The forest floor was silent but for the soft crunches of the dried leaves on the forest floor. The sounds were muffled, but there certainly wasn't only one set of footfalls. The deer approached the berries warily, mistrusting any slight sounds made in the forest. Kaylee stepped forward slightly hardly making any sounds but the deer looked up startled. Kaylee stopped, and so did her breathing. Her arms strained holding the bow in place. Her brow was slick with sweat and even as a stray strand of black lock fell in front of her eyes, she stayed still.
Kaylee had come a long way from stealing. She didn't make as much now, but she didn't need to hide too much either. Before, her work hours were just an hour at most, but now, she was working almost half the day to get haul a deer back into the market to be sold. She wanted to go back to stealing. To the high-tension, quick-thinking game. But she couldn't do that. She made a promise never to be seen. She made a promise to the old man to safeguard the necklace. She didn't understand most of it, but she did swear. One thing about her was, she didn't break her promises.
She just hoped she didn't give that one too easily.
Another crunch. The deer suddenly bolted and she growled in frustration. She turned around to give a piece of her mind to whoever it was who just took away her meal for the day.
Haegr watches the whole thing, laying down on his front and watching the huntress. The silky soft fur of his wolf form bristles in the wind as he watches the woman aiming at the deer. He is totally passive, death is a natural part of life but he had seen this woman hunting in his forest many times before and something about her is different. He can't see it as a human but as a wolf or bear the smell is there. She is constantly worried, as if something is boring into the back of her mind. He hears the crack behind her but from where he is he can't see what is there. He can smell it though, something strange, something or someone he hasn't smelled around here before. He slinks off to the side to get a better look.
Kaylee turns to find another man. One that she has certainly never seen before. The man iscertainly not from around the area either. He is arrayed in black armor and an insect-like helmet caps his head. His weapon was a dire lance and it seems as if the man could wield it expertly. She knocks her arrow to her cheek and glares at the man. "Who are you?"
The man smiles showing his teeth blackened at places. From the looks of it, he doesn't seem too friendly.
"Y' have somethin' I need."
"Th' necklace, love. Give it t' me quietly and I'll let y' live."
"I'll give you this one last chance to leave."
The man snarls hefting his dire lance and charges at her. Kaylee quickly looses the arrow going through a space between the armor in his shoulder. He roars in pain, but his other hand keeps the lance steady and heads straight for her. Kaylee ducks just in time to keep herself from being skewered by the lance, but is not fast enough to jump away from the next swing, clipping her leg and knocking her to the ground. She rolls off feeling the pain, but runs up to a nearby large tree, using it for leverage to scale up and jump down onto the man dropping him a kick. The man staggers but does not fall. Instead, he lifts his fist and hits her square in the stomach.
Kaylee is winded by the hit. She curls up in pain on the ground and struggles to stand. Her breathing is uneven and every breath she takes is a pain, but she pushes herself to breathe and stand. She knows she needs to run from this maniac, and knows she can outrun him. She just has to steady herself.
So... that's what the poor girl was worried about. That was the only thought in his head as the wolf leapt gracefully through the air. He hits the man high in the chest, pushing him to the ground with his weight and ripping out his throat with his teeth. Blood spurts everywhere and covers his muzzle. He makes sure the man is finished off quickly, before he turns on the young woman. He looks at her for a few moments, then squats down on his stomach. He watches her for a few moments, licking the blood off his snout but he doesn't make any move to get closer to the poor frightened girl. When he is done he lays his head down on the floor as well, looking at her. He doesn't want to turn back into a man yet, he doesn't want to scare the poor girl too much.
Kaylee knows she only has a heartbeat to move out of the man's way and run for it, but before either of them could move, a wolf jumps out and rips the man's throat, quite efficiently killing the man in one stroke. She hesitates a while not knowing if any sudden moves could turn the wolf on her. And quite frankly, it is a large wolf. Larger than any she had ever seen in the forest. The wolf looks at her and she looks back at it with her blue eyes still frightened and wary. Her heart stops, beating again only when he squatted. The wolf became more relaxed and she crouches down slowly, reaching for an arrow just in case.
"Easy boy. Easy..." she said quietly backing away. The old mage told her not to trust anyone or anything. And she isn't sure at the moment whether this wolf saved her or just killed the man to take the prize himself. One thing she is sure of, he isn't a normal wolf.
Having lived alone for so long in the woods he really doesn't know what to do as a person to calm her down. He thinks for a moment and decides to pretend to be just an ordinary wolf for now, at least until she has calmed down. That way his transformation won't scare her into doing something stupid like shooting him. He rolls on his back when he sees her reaching for an arrow, hoping that she knows that is how a dog shows that it is being submissive. Thinking about it he would have a harder time communicating even if he was in human form, he was never good at words. After a couple of moments he looks around, whatever this man was after he can risk another one getting it. The malice and the hatred of the man could be smelt even now to him and he had no doubt whatever it was he wanted it would be of no good to either Haegr or his much loved forest. He goes forwards slowly and nips at her clothes, pulling them and trying to get her to follow him. He begins leading her in a direction and looks back to see if she follows.
Kaylee is surprised when the wolf rolls over to his back. She has seen dogs do that when they played with their masters, but she has never seen a wolf do it before. "A-are you telling me that I don't have to be afraid of you?"
The wolf doesn't answer. Of course it wouldn't! It was a wolf! Sighing, she gathers her arrows, but still doesn't do more than turn sideways from the wolf. As she gathers the last of her arrows, she gasps as the wolf tugs at her. She almost stabs him with an arrow, but when he only pulled at her trousers and walking off, she licks her lips thinking what she should be doing. The wolf looks back at her and she turns to the dead man. The wolf doesn't seem to want to do her any harm and the alternative to following it was being in danger of getting killed by more of where those black-armored men came from.
Sighing, she walked toward the wolf, still as wary as ever and hoping she isn't doing the wrong thing.
The wolf leads the way through the forest, Haegr knows the forest well as it is where he has spent most of his life. He keeps looking back on the girl to make sure she is still following her and keeps his noes on alert for anyone else following them. He leads her to a cave in a rock face next to a waterfall. The cave is small but dry, there is the remains of a fire on the floor and a sleeping roll. He picks up a pair of trousers in his mouth and walks deeper into the cave. He gives her a look before he rounds a corner. He transforms back into his human form, causing a strange sound like grinding of bone and a weird meaty sound. He puts the trousers back on and walks around the corner, his long red hair falling down past his broad shoulders and the light from the mouth of the cavern playing against his well muscled body. A life in the forest has left him with almost not an ounce of fat.
Kaylee follows the wolf in a cave and looks around as she enters. It was certainly very beautiful and a place she had never seen before. The she notices the bedroll and the fire. A human lives here and her breath catches in her throat before she expels it. The things in the cave tells her that whoever is here has been living here quite a while. She looked at the wolf, its tail disappearing, and then hears a noise. She quickly nocks an arrow, the bow still pointing to the ground. Whatever is going on behind the bend it sounds like a wild animal tearing at flesh and bone.
Her muscles are still hurting and she isn't sure if she could escape, but she would try. Since quitting being a thief, she had gained a little more fat on her taut body, most especially in her womanly places and she continuously blames them feeling herself slow down. One thing is sure, in place of her speed, she has gained accuracy that would rival the best in the kingdom.
Slowly, a man stepped out. He is quite good looking, she noticed, in a rugged sort of way. For a moment, she forgets herself and blushes, but the flicker of the fire hides it. Quickly, she gathers herself and points the arrow at him. "Who are you and why did you send your wolf to me?"
He rolls his eyes. "Do you see a wolf now, girl?" He smirks, his manner is friendly. He moves forwards and sits down by the fire, ignoring the arrow that she is pointing at him. He doesn't think she would just shoot him. "You know it's not nice to point a weapon at someone who just saved your life..."
He takes a water skin off the floor and drinks from it then offers it to her to drink from. "Come and sit down and talk."