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[N x Reader] Insertion Point c1
[Chapter 1 - Crisis Averted]
"Start with something you know they said. Well, what do I know?" you mumbled to yourself, fingers drumming lightly on a keyboard without truely typing a word. "I could always... no, that's been done to death." A deep sigh from the depths of frustration escaped your lips as you stared at the blank word processor, the cursor blinking continuously. Glaring at the screen, you nearly jumped as you felt a tap on her shoulder. Glancing up, a pale bespectacled young man with ultramarine eyes and black hair stood at your back.
"I can't help but notice the loaded sigh, is there anything I can help with?" His kind words held a hint of laughter. Apparently, he found your predicament amusing enough to stop.
Shaking your head, you turned back to the computer, glancing down to the ticking timer at the bottom of the screen. "I'm just about out of time anyway, I may as well give it up. Thanks though." Your soft voice
In the Golden DarknessFootsteps echoed across the stone corridor, racing past silent shadows. Through darkened hallways and secret passages, a young woman raced. The ancient manor a eerie and cold echo of it's former self. Though she ran headlong through long-unused tunnels she wasn't afraid. She had grown inside these walls, her youth spent searching through every room. So familiar, she needed no light, only an outstretched hand to keep her from slamming into the walls as she sped towards her goal, the only other person who knew these ruins just as she did.
His family owned the old castle, a decrepit heirloom which they only kept to hold claim on for the title bestowed to the owner of this parcel of land. He had always felt that the place was a trap, but he had never told her what the intended prey was. He was going to leave for the last time as the golden afternoon of a long summer's day grew darker and dusk approched. If she hurried, she would get to see his sky blue eyes one more time before he disapp
The girls plus mount drifted towards a clearing near where the huntress had cached her kill. The vulture landed with surprising grace and more than a little sweat as the cat nimbly hopped off, tossing Isuka the 'reins'. Carefully dismounting, Isuka murmured a thank you to him, letting the rope go. Oddly enough, he seemed only to nod in return and stretch while remaining nearby. Shrugging Isuka trotted to the woman's side as they made their way through the thick overgrowth.
"So... you never told me your name." Isuka muttered, feeling slightly uncomfortable with the silence after all that crying.
"Oh right. Yeah, I'm Aiko - the best hunter in the greater Iricidae jungle!" This boastful introduction included a 'badass pose' that seemed very practiced.
"I-I see... well, it's nice to meet you and thank you again for saving me."
"You're lucky, I normally wouldn't stick my neck out to that extent for someone I don't know, but you caught me on a good day. You see, I nabbed this just before I found you so I was in a great mood." As she said this, Aiko lifted the fronds away from the slaughtered boar, proudly putting her other hand on her hip as she showed off her kill.
Isuka couldn't help but yelp and jump back as the cat presented her treasure. Going to press her hand against her mouth against the sudden heave of her stomach, she realized that she was covered in the black liquid that had consisted of the vulture-people's blood. Flashes of the kills made by her own hand blitzed before her eyes and her now normal mind couldn't take the thought of having killed things so human-like - she found herself emptying her stomach of the last lunch she and Malakite had shared together and that thought made the pain and heaves even worse.
Aiko - who was slightly offended by the girl's reaction - nonetheless knelt next to her, moving her hair out of the way so she didn't get any spew in her hair. Letting out a small sigh as the girl's reaction trickled into hysterics, she rolled her eyes and gave her a good slap. Seeing the girl calm down, she returned to her kill, eyeing the travois and vulture-man who was now standing near Isuka, offering his feathered arm to her.
"Hey birdbrain, stop bothering her and come here." She impatiently tapped her foot in rhythm with her tail as she waited for the man to follow orders.
He merely shook his head, returning his attention toward Isuka who had now looked up, wiping her mouth on her arm. Glancing between Aiko and the man, she waved her hands in decllining his assistance and stood on her own shaky feet. With a shrug, the birdman made his leisurely way toward Aiko much to her annoyance. With an expression that screamed 'What do you want?' he stopped next to her, confident wide legged stance and everything.
Aiko couldn't help but mutter, "Oh my god," before pointing to the beast that was twice their combined size. "You're going to carry that home. Come Isuka, let's go." Turning on her heel, she walked a few paces before glancing back through the corner of her eye to be sure the man had followed orders. He obviously didn't want to, but for some reason he did. Struggling against the rope that acted as handle for the travois, he slowly began making progress.
"Aiko, that isn't fair. He carried us all the way back and hasn't had any rest yet!" Iskua ran over to the man, his eyes following her as he continued his struggle.
"Hold on there pipsqueak these things attacked you, nearly killed you, and you're worried about this shit's well being?" Aiko's obvious surprise at Isuka's reaction made Isuka blush.
"Y-yeah well. I killed enough of them... I mean he's not bad." Isuka grabbed a part of the rope and began pushing, suddenly realizing just how heavy the beast that they were dragging was.
"Tch, well do what you want. Just don't complain to me when you get tired." Tail tip twitching with her irritation, Aiko strode confidently forward before adjusting her pace a small ways away so she wouldn't end up out of sight.
Despite her best efforts, the weight of the creature was just too much for Isuka who ended up tripping for the millionth time as the two struggled to drag the corpse through the jungle. Vulture-man who in her mind Isuka had dubbed Slate since she couldn't really get a fix on any of his motivations, merely helped her up and shook his head, returning to the obvious burden of pulling. To be honest, he was nearly as fast by himself as he had been with her help, so with a pout she slowly caught up to Aiko, falling instep beside her.
As Aiko noticed her she pointed ahead, "Do you hear the woosh of water ahead?" Isuka nodded. "That means we're getting close to my home. It's not much, but I think it's pretty cozy." With a grin she returned to her cheerful demeanor for a moment before becoming suddenly contemplative. "You know, I do a lot of my gutting, cleaning, and tanning near my house. You had a pretty bad reaction to that intact bloke back there, so I'm not sure if you should come to my house. Then again, if I leave you outside you might get attacked again..."
Isuka glanced nervously to her companion, swollowing the sudden lump in her throat. "Do all the creatures here have people bodies?"
"People bodies? I'm not exactly certain what you mean. I guess they don't really look like bugs if that's what you mean." Aiko was suddenly confused by trying to figure out what the girl meant.
Isuka thought, trying to figure a way to explain the difference between 'people' and 'animals' in her planet without being offensive to someone who was as obviously intelligent as Aiko. "I wish I had my backpack, I could kinda draw you what I mean." A small sigh escaped her lips.
"Well if it's drawing, you could do it in the dirt right?" Snagging a stick from the ground, Aiko handed it to Isuka and stopped their march, looking at her expectantly.
"Ehh, alright then... uhm, lets see. How do I...?" She trailed off into mumbles as she attempted to draw a human and a cat in the dirt.
Aiko watched closely trying to decipher the lines as 'Slate' kept trudging along the road beside them, heading in the direction Aiko had indicated the house was. Crude lines and uncooperative dirt turned what had looked in Isuka's head into some weird squigglies that really didn't look much like anything. Stomping on the failed drawing, which drew some snickers from Aiko, Isuka turned to a looser looking patch of dirt and tried again. Another failure and Aiko was howling with laughter as Isuka stomped on the second 'image' like Godzilla in Japan.
Tearfully turning towards the dirt and blood covered Aiko who was at this point rolling on the ground with laughter, Isuka had an idea. Starting with a big fat circle, she used Aiko's legs as an example of drawing the cat's legs and added some ears and a cheezily drawn cat face, ending up with something like Garfield. Satisfied with that, she began trying to draw a person and ending up with something like a thickly drawin stick figure. Giving up at that point, she poked Aiko in the cheek.
"Hey, I think I got it... at least it's as good as it's going to get."
Aiko, still weak from the amount of laughter, rolled up onto her feet and glanced at the doodle. "What the hell?" Circling the drawing, she wore a frown as she tried to comprehend what she was looking at. "Explain."
Isuka nodded, crouching next to Aiko as she began pointing out features. "On my planet, we have people like me who stand upright, use tools, and think intelligently." Glancing back up at Aiko to be sure she still followed, she continued with the explination. "Other than us 'humans' we have animals on our planet. They aren't quite as intelligent, with a few exceptions none use tools, and don't really stand upright. They also kind of look a lot like the creatures I see here." She glanced back to Aiko who's eye ridges were furrowed, contemplating what she had heard. "Uhm, it seems like the creatures of your planet are kind of a combination of the two, eh, lifestates on my planet. Is there any creatures here that don't walk upright and stuff?"
"Wait, you're saying that you have these 'animals' on your planet that look like my kind but are stupid and fat?"
"N-no that's not what I'm saying at all, although there are some..."
"Right." Aiko's ears were laid back in irritation. "Well I guess I can kinda see what you're getting at. You wanted to know if all our people were people, or if there were stupid animals here too, yes?"
Isuka bit her lip, as she was sure she had completly alienated her new friend. Nervously she nodded.
A deep sigh resounded from the fanged mouth. "All the creatures here are people and visa versa. I assume you're saying that you'd be okay seeing these things," She pointed to the cat, "gutted, cleaned, and such easier than something that was more like you, am I right?" Isuka only nodded slightly, her eyes hidden from Aiko's view. Aiko gently placed her paw on the girl's shoulder as she shook her head. "Well I'm sorry to tell you that every non-bug non-plant life on this planet has characteristics of both these things."
Isuka couldn't help but let out a small whimper as thoughts of humans being dissected by her new friend sprang to mind.
"Oh come now. All planets can't be the same or life would be hella boring. It's better to get adjusted now while you're not in danger than later when you have to go psycho to save your skin. Speaking of which, I think I should teach you a bit about self-preservation cause that sorry excuse for a technique of yours almost got you killed." Gently patting the frozen girl's shoulder, she pulled Isuka to her feet and began guiding her back towards the place Aiko called home.