Acuity Lakefoot (Koru's Den)/Afternoon
(G: 18 | E: 24)
This was the second time she had almost lost him. And both instances were because of her.
Eris could've stayed in that little den with Gregory forever. She'd keep him warm and safe and tear anything that tried to disturb their peace to shreds. She'd always told herself that reuniting with her brother had been a blessing; a miracle; the key out of that nightmare of a 'life' she'd had before, but her knack for getting them both into trouble with her impulsive nature hadn't done either of them any favours. At times she wondered if Greg resented her for that. He wouldn't, of course; his heart was far too kind and pure, but her head told her all sorts of stories. Sometimes she believed them.
Her head snapped up when Marley softly cleared her throat as she entered. Eris merely stared wearily at her, her tail whipping gently from side to side on the ground. This human had saved Gregory's life; Eris had no reason to dislike her. If anything, she was in her debt. "We're planning on heading to the city to look for supplies," Marley told them, as flatly as usual. "Candice says that she has some to share ... are you two coming? Now that you've rested a little, do you want to try getting up?"
"What, right now?" Eris looked anxiously to her brother and then back to Marley. "It hasn't been that long ... do they really need to get going right this instant or -- Greg!"
"It's all right, I can do it." Greg was already pushing himself up onto his arms, his left wing twitching uncomfortably at the effort. His face twisted into a grimace, but he kept trying. Eris felt her heart beginning to break.
It took a minute or so, and Eris had to place her head under his to help, but her brother was soon on his feet. He slid off the bed, holding onto Eris's shoulder for support. He swayed a little, but after a shake of his head and a deep breath, he soon steadied himself.
"Well done," Eris breathed, wishing she could just throw herself at him and smother him in hugs without hurting him or knocking him over. Controlling herself at that moment was difficult. "You feeling OK?"
"Yes," Greg said, wincing as he attempted to shift his wing into a comfortable position onto his back. "I'm fine."
He wasn't though. He could be holding one of his limbs and still insist that it wasn't a problem.
"By the sounds of it, we have some new faces to get acquainted with."
"Unfortunately," Eris scowled.
Tears sprang into Eris's eyes as she felt Greg curl his tail around hers comfortingly. She quickly looked away, hoping neither he or Marley would notice. "We'll follow you, Marley."