This was a most tragic events, it was morning, and that meant that only one thing concerned Sha-ung, waking up. He was perfectly comfortable in his burrow under the sand, which in fact wasn't a burrow, just a collapsed tunnel of sand which was thankfully extremely warm, even to his standards. He soon realised staying in this temporary bed would mean something very bad, starvation, just the thought of it made his stomach rumble, his hungry finally out grew his drowsiness as he started to dig himself out of the sand with his hands.
He got out and stretched his tail as far as it would, doing the same with his more humaniod like features, doing this caused his bones to crack, in relief he pulled his tail back by his side before sticking it into the sand to pull out the sword he had been sleeping with, quite remarkable he didn't roll over onto the blade, but since it didn't there was nothing to talk about on that subject.
He rolled his eyes at himself and continued on his adventure for another Ryashi, since he had no luck what so ever so far his hopes were fading, but there must be one on this planet, he was sure of it, but if he found one, and until that day, he had to hope that they did not have an evil heart such as his brother's.
For most of the people that lived on Earth, they generally couldn’t seem to tell the difference between one patch of desert and another. However, those who grew up on the desert planet of Appodorra, like Nai-Ran, had a keen eye for spotting such differences. There were actually several things to take into consideration that most people missed. There was the scent that hung in the air, the subtle difference in the color of sand, the way that the dunes were shaped, as well as the silhouettes on the horizon. With all that, Nai-Ran knew that whatever desert had slithered into most certainly wasn’t the Diablo Desert.
With all of the excitement that came with meeting a new friend and exploring new city, Nai-Ran had completely forgotten to purchase a map in South Capitol. She hadn’t even realized that she had slithered away empty handed until after had already come back ashore on the mainland. There was no way that she was going to cross such a large body of water again. The first two times had already been nerve-wracking enough for her liking. Therefore, she was left throwing her hands up in defeat and sticking to blind exploration. It wasn’t necessarily a bad thing though. Wandering the world without a set path simply heightened the sense of adventure she was getting from this little journey of hers. Still, it would have been nice to have a little reassurance that she wasn’t going in circles. The serpentine lass’s sense of direction had never been spectacular.
Nai-Ran’s stomach rumbled lightly as she slid her scales across the foreign sands of the unfamiliar desert. She had been making it a habit to eat her daily meal as early as possible so that it wouldn’t interrupt any of the day’s exploring. However, most of animals that inhabited the Earth had the tendency to avoid the desert. It was a shame, really. Perhaps it was just the mild case of homesickness speaking, but Nai-Ran honestly couldn’t think of a nicer environment to inhabit. There was nothing particularly wrong with the greener areas of the planet that they fancied. It just didn’t have the same feel to it as the hot sand the stretched as far as the eye could see.
Suddenly, a shape moving in the distance caught the young woman’s attention. She squinted her eyes trying to get a better look, but was too far away to pick out any details other than the fact that it appeared to be roughly her size. Perhaps a traveler or a large animal had wandered their way into the empty sands. It was intriguing enough to go take a closer look regardless. However, as she drew nearer to the shape, there was something oddly familiar about it. Wait, was that...? It couldn’t be. Wasn’t she supposed to be the only Ryashi on the planet? Sure, it wasn’t completely unheard of for her kind to leave Appodorra in favor of other worlds, but it wasn’t exactly common. Still, there was no mistaking such a tail...
”Salutations, traveler!“ Nai-Ran called out to what she was absolutely positive was another Ryashi. Hopefully her voice was loud enough that he or she would hear it and slow their pace.
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What was this? An early snack, to fill him up for the day, and most likely a few after as well, it was strange though, not before had he found a creature of that size in this type of desert before, of course, back on Appodorra the beasts that roamed the deserts (which were the basically the entire planet) were massive in size so this did not oppose such a threat towards Sha-ung, this soon to be prey would be large enough for at least four days.
He continued to think about how this new potential food would taste in his mouth before recognising the strangely familiar tail surging from her backside, this was no doubt used as a mode of transport, similar to a snake, similar, to a Ryashi. He was almost convinced but then when the thing in the distanced called out to him he knew it was not just an animal but could in fact be a Ryashi.
She sped across the sand with fine swishes of his tail, flailing from side to side and he brushed through the hot yellow sand, he looked at the potential Ryashi and stopped moving in place, this was incredible, he had actually found another Ryashi, well that's what a proper person would think, but not Sha-ung, instead he thought this. ABOUT FU**ING TIME YOU FOUND ONE!
He approached it with ease to not pose a threat, still hoping that this one was of pure heart, she looked like she was, but he would not be fooled by looks once again, not after what happened. He closer inspected the fellow Ryashi, she seemed to have light pink head and deep red eyes, her tail was covered in white scales with various red patterns. Quite different to Sha-ung, and his entire family, yet, this was a different clan all together.
He thought before he started thinking of things they could do he had to make sure he was not imaging this in desperation, he raised his right hand that was idling by his waist and tried to poke the Ryashi on the shoulder, as he poked it he tried not to prick her with his sharp nails, no way did he want to seem like he was attempting to attack the first day he found someone like him.
For his relief this Ryashi was not a figment of his imagination, but a real living being, he rested his arm back by his side and broke the long silence that he thought he had made. "Well, this is amazing, I never thought I would find another one like me, It's incredible! Oh, sorry, where are my manners? My name is Prakam-Rex, but my clan use to call me Sha-ung, and if I may ask of your name, I shall." He gave a short bow to this Ryashi, that he had not yet known the name to, when he spoke his own name before continuing the sentence with a straight back.
Thankfully, Nai-Ran’s voice had been heard. The shape that she had spotted in the distance had started to move towards her. The closer it got, the more and more unmistakable it became. He or she was definitely another Ryashi. As the gap between the two of them grew smaller, Nai-Ran was able to tell that it was a man with dark hair, tan skin, and black scales. He carried a sword with him. Was he a regional guard or just a sword fighting enthusiast? Both were fairly common back home. Either way, it was nice to see someone slightly familiar even though she had never actually seen him before in her life. The fact that he was another that didn’t rely on legs to get around was enough for her.
”Salutations, traveler,“ the young woman repeated once she was close enough to be heard as more than just an inaudible cry in the distance. The man gave no response at first. Instead he simply sat there, looking her over. The serpentine lass blinked and tilted her head to the side. Whoever he was, he certainly wasn’t very talkative. He cautiously outstretched his arm and lightly poked her shoulder. Nai-Ran looked at him, then at her shoulder, then back at him with confused look on her face. What odd behavior...
She was about to repeat herself yet again in hopes of a return greeting when he finally spoke on his own. Nai-Ran would have been happy about finding one of her own kind no matter what, but it was a relief to find that he wasn’t mute. The man introduced himself as Prakem-Rex. The name sounded a bit peculiar. Whatever region he originated from was likely pretty far from the Rujju Sands. Sha-Ung sounded a bit more normal, but the comment that it was the name that his clan used to call him struck a strange chord with her. What did he mean by that? Oh well, she didn’t want to pry. Not yet, at least. It sounded like the answer could possibly spoil the moment.
”It’s a pleasure to meet you, Prakem-Rex. I am Nai-Ran of the Rassuto,“ the young woman returned the introduction with a formal bow. If her initial thoughts of him living nowhere near the Rujju Sands when he had still been on Appodorra were correct, then he probably wouldn’t recognize her clan name. Nai-Ran seriously hoped that that was the case. The last thing she needed was her father’s position or accomplishments coloring his judgment of her. While it wasn’t one of the main reasons she was on Earth to begin with, Nai-Ran had been enjoying being out of his shadow quite a bit during her stay. ”It’s rare to find even one Ryashi outside of Appodorra, let alone two that came to the planet separately. What brings you to Earth, if I may ask?“
Sha-ung was feeling very excited at the moment, finding another Ryashi on this planet earth truly was rare, as he found out a more painful way then one would hope to. He shortly realised that his early actions may of made him look like a manic, he could tell this by the expression on her face, he softly laughed under his breath before looking recognising that this new fellow Ryashi, named Nai-Ran Rassuto had the same eyes as his sister, he looked into the deeply as he took a stroll down memory lane, his eyes started to water as he remembered the terrible events that had happened, he held the tears in so that he did not look like a completed wussy to Nai-ran.
He straightened his back back up to his upright position still with a small frown on his face, he responded to Nai-Ran's quick statement. "As It is to you as well, Nai-Ran, your clan sounds vaguely familiar."[/color] but he was not able to remember anything since his mind was occupied by two important things at this current moment, he stretched his arms again and then was about to reply with a small amusing comment before he asked what brought him to earth, his soon to be smile turned back into the same face before, again with the watery eyes, he looked away into the distance and thought that maybe telling someone about the events that happened would lift the weight off his shoulders.
He looked back at Nai-Ran and decided that he would tell her most of his life story, "The reason I came to earth all started when a rivaling clan wanted to take over a bit of the land that our clan owned, my father being the one to fight over it died in the fight, but while the fight was on my brother challenged me to the death, he did this because he did not like the fact that our father liked me more than him, at the time I panicked and was forced to kill him. When I found out my father had died I went away from home for a while before coming home to see my Mother and Sister being hung in my basement. That's when I retreated to this planet, I will never return to Appodorra, never. Ever since I landed here I have been looking for someone else to fit in with, another Ryashi is all I was looking for all this time."[/font][/color]
He just stood there giving his speech to Nai-Ran and then turned his head to his sword and raised it in front of himself. "This is the only thing I have left of my family, My sword that my father granted me."[/color]
Nai-Ran narrowed her eyes as she examined Prakem-Rex’s face. He wasn’t actually crying, but it looked like he had a few tears building up that he was refusing to let fall. Was it something she said? The young woman could have sworn that the words that had left her mouth so far had been harmless enough. Still, she seemed to be absolutely terrible at conversation starters lately. Her father wouldn’t have been pleased at all. She was supposed to be someone that was easy to talk to...
The serpentine lass tensed up at his comment that her clan name sounded familiar. So much for that. Though, just because he thought he had heard of it didn’t necessarily mean that knew of the Rassuto clan. Even if he did, there was no guarantee that it would come back to him. All she had to do was act natural and everything would be just fine.
Oh dear, Nai-Ran really was slipping in her recent attempts to make friendly conversation. She thought it had been a reasonable enough question to ask seeing as how it wasn’t common to find other Ryashi outside of Appodorra. However, she was met with a frown and the same watery eyes before Prakem-Rex’s gaze moved away from her to somewhere on the horizon. Why was she so bad at this?! The young woman was tempted to simply wave her question away and tell him to forget about it in an attempt to find a happier subject. However, his eyes returned to her and he instead began telling his story.
As Nai-Ran listened carefully to his words, she found it a bit difficult to fathom. The man’s history was a bloody one for sure. A dispute between clans that ended in death... Sibling rivalry at its ugliest... It couldn’t have been easy to cope with. As incredibly sad of a story as it was, the young woman couldn’t help but ask herself a single, burning question. What kind of governor would allow such events to take place in their region? The young woman was still reluctant to the idea of her taking her father’s place, even though knew that it was the role she was conditioned to play. Still, she hoped that she would have a better handle on things than that when the time finally came. If such events were allowed to come to pass, what was even the point of placing someone in charge? She wanted to ask what region he was from so that she could look into it when she finally returned home, but she felt like enough focus had already been placed on such tragedy. ”I see... I am truly sorry for your loss,“ Nai-Ran said quietly with her head hung low.
The serpentine lass seemed to be attracting a lot of sad stories ever since she left home. There were more people out there than she ever would have guessed that carried pasts darkened by slavery, abuse, murder, and various other things. Exactly how sheltered had she been kept while she was growing up? While Nai-Ran hadn’t experienced such hardships herself, she found at least one thing that she shared with several of these individuals that she had met so far. They seemed to give off the impression that they didn’t quite feel like they belonged, at least not in human society. Perhaps there was something she could do about that. The young woman had been playing with the idea for a while of trying to start up her own community where such individuals could feel like they were accepted, but hadn’t given it any serious thought until now. Maybe that would be a worthwhile goal to set for herself rather than just exploring aimlessly.
”So... How are you enjoying your stay on Earth so far?“ Nai-Ran asked quietly, desperately hoping that her attempt at lightening the mood with a different conversation topic wouldn’t turn sour.
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If there was one thing that could be said about Reikiko, then it likely was the fact that her attitude was often like a child. She needed something new in her life frequently, something exciting to keep her busy or she would grow restless. On this particular day Reikiko had decided to spend some time wandered outside the Bamboo Forest. Of course, she had in no way anticipated that she'd end up getting bored enough to travel to the other side of the world! Where had once been lush green forests and rolling hills had now become a scorching desert, and while the bio-android had obviously brought along a basket of those delicious red fruits, it was still an unpleasant place for her to be. It was way too hot, and even if her body could adapt to the heat easily the fact that she was spending a bit of ki to fly across the sky didn't help making her feel any less annoyed. What in the hell could she do in this desert?! Build a sandcastle? That almost seemed like the only option left for her, at least until she saw 'them'.
Two small figures were visible in the distance, and with her curiosity surrounding the reason behind their presence stirred, the bio-android descended toward them. She didn't even bother to suppress her presence, instead descending toward them at a rapid pace.
A cheerful cry was made by Reikiko who finally landed right beside them. It appeared the two individuals she had seen a bit ago were a male and female, well judging from their looks. However, she was actually just glad to have found something or someone in this desert, because sandcastle building was really going to be a last resort to keep herself busy.
"I'm so glad to have found someone. While some people might find this place a haven for sandcastle building, I found myself growing mildly annoyed when the wind blown away my masterwork. So I was looking for something else to keep me busy~"
It was only after she finished speaking that the Bio-android's eyes gazed at their lower-bodies, a visible blinking of her eyes occurring for a moment. Slowly she made a tiny jump, hovering in the air and floated around the two of them, clearly making a cursory gaze at them, as if she was inspecting them intensely.
"This is confusing... upper-body of a human, lower-body of a serpentine being akin to a snake. Could it be that you're a Snakeman and a Snakemaid?!"
She clearly seemed energetic, mistaking the two of them for some sort of serpentine version of a mermaid before she landed beside the two of them again. However, something about those two made her kind of... hungry.
"Sorry Snakeman mister, but your girlfriend is the one who wins on terms of looks. She kind of looks yummy... But don't worry! I got enough apples so I won't try to poke you."
As if to explain on her statement the child-like creature's tail swished before her, stinger poking into the opening of the basket and pulling out an apple on it, almost like a kebab grinned once more.
"Fascinating.... My name is Reikiko, but just Rei is fi~fine"
A soft sound escaped from her at the last moment, and judging from the slight blush on her face it was lightly related to the odd stinger being embed into the apple.
"Ah~ Nothing better than to absorb an apple... That hits the spot."
Oh god, this wasn't good, he looked back down at Nai to see her looking quite sorry, god damnit you idiot, you just broke your father's last will and was un-polite to a lady, even in, well he would say public, but no one in their right mind on this planet apparently comes to this desert so well, in reality he didn't do it in public, but it wasn't really a private place either.
He looked at Nai as she asked a quite confusing question. "Well, interesting you asked, my current stay on earth has been quite beneficial, besides the fact that humans have ran away from me, I have learned three different techniques as well as enhance my skill with a sword." Then without much effort at all he show Nai his sword by pulling it out with his tail.
He re-sheathed his blade and kept it wrapped in the protection of his thick black tail. He looked up at the new comer as he made a weird eerie noise before she landed, the little did not look like the normal human kid but he could not currently determine what type of race this child was apart of.
She smiled at the company of the new kid as she was also proud of the company, so this thing was definitely a child since it wanted to what the infants of Appodorra spent the majority of their time doing, making lovely sandcastles. Come to think of it, before Sha-ung started training he use to make sand castles all the time, he still remembered a trick or two.
Well, that was a new one, snakeman and snakemaid, he had never heard those before. "Hello, nice to meet you, my name is Prakem-Rex and this is my new friend Nai-Ran, what is your name? And our species name is Ryashi, not snakeman/maid.[/colour] He smiled at the little girl giving a quick bow then raising back up listening to what else she had to say.
Then she mentioned them being boyfriend and girlfriend, umm, why anyone in the world think that these two were together? "Uhh, erhh, uhh, umm, umm, why do think that we are together? We met each other literally one minute ago! He was extremely confused by this little girl's comment but looked back at Nai-Ran to see what she thought on this matter.
”Ah yes, I’m afraid that humans aren’t really open to our kind’s appearance. Fear seems to be the default reaction almost every time I’ve encountered them,“ Nai-Ran agreed. It was the reason she tended to stay away from large population centers more often than not, even if she sometimes got the urge to poke around the larger cities of Earth. There were a few exceptions to this, of course. The occasional traveler that the young woman happened across was sometimes friendly. The of course there was the farming community she passed through in the Spinach Wastes. It kind of made her wish for dinosaur attacks to happen more frequently when visiting new places, even if such a wish was incredibly selfish. ”Oddly enough, most that I’ve actually stopped and conversed with on this planet haven’t been human at all. While it’s not to the same degree as Appodorra, Earth seems to be quite the melting pot for various races. I’ve actually been thinking of trying to set up the makings of my own little community somewhere out of the way for such people. From what I’ve seen, this planet seems to be a bit lacking when it comes to places dedicated to making outsiders feel welcomed. Perhaps I simply haven’t searched enough though,“ she continued as Prakem-Rex showed off his sword, wielding it with the tip of his tail before quickly re-sheathing it.
The serpentine lass looked up just in time to see what appeared to be a peculiar looking child zooming through the air in their direction, shortly before landing in the sand a few feet away and greeting the two of them in a cheery voice. Unlike most of the other people Nai-Ran had met during her stay on Earth, it was quite obvious to tell that this one wasn’t human. Aside from the general body shape that most bipeds shared, she appeared to have a rather unique form that was comprised of thick hide and what looked like some kind of natural armor. A basket of apples was clutched in her hands. ”Desert winds can indeed be fickle, can’t they?“ Nai-Ran chuckled lightly at her comment about building sandcastles, obviously not bothered by her appearance in the slightest.
Apparently the child hadn’t noticed the fact that neither Nai-Ran nor Prakem-Rex had legs until just that moment. After studying them for a bit, she gave them a strange pair of names. Prakem-Rex corrected her, as well as handled the introductions. The young woman gave a small wave when her name was said. This newcomer truly was a strange one. Of course, strange on its own was never a bad thing. At the very least her enthusiasm was a breath of fresh air.
”W-What?“ Nai-Ran blurted out with wide eyes at the next thing out of her mouth. On any other occasion she would have either been flattered by the complement or creeped out by being referred to as yummy, but the young woman was too distracted by the girlfriend comment. She gave Prakem-Rex a quick, confused glance as her words sunk in. It was at the exact same time that he decided to look her way. Well, THIS was a tad awkward. Thankfully, her new friend wasted no time in clearing that part up as well. She still felt the need to chime in in order to confirm what he was saying though. ”Indeed. This is the first time we’ve encountered one another.“ It didn’t really matter who was being confused for her ‘boyfriend’. Nai-Ran couldn’t pay any attention to such things since she needed to focus on being a leader and keeping up her appearance for public eye. Besides, her father would never approve of anyone she could possibly bump into on this planet with how strongly he was pushing for a political marriage. It simply wasn’t something to occupy her mind with.
The biped swung her tail around and impaled its pointy tip into one of the bright red apples in her basket. The piece of fruit that had been pierced shriveled up as a look of satisfaction crossed her face. Wait a moment, did she just eat using her tail? Nai-Ran had seen a decent variety of beings from different worlds, but that was a first. It was actually kind of fascinating. ”It’s a pleasure to meet you, Rei. What brings you to the desert this fine morning? Since you seem to be frustrated with sandcastle building, perhaps a picnic on the dunes?“
Despite her best efforts to search through any mental knowledge she possessed about them, Reikiko found herself incapable of retrieving any worthwhile data that could have helped her identify the species of the two, aside from a simple name to label them with. If she was to follow human terms then they would have resembled the naga from mythology a lot. The upper-body of a human, but the lower body of a serpent. However, when Nai-ran started speaking Reikiko's attention soon diverted from the subject.
The bio-android nodded her head firmly in response to the young woman called Nai-ran's words. It was quite difficult to predict the desert winds, their direction and strength often feeling random and lacking in a pattern. It made it truly difficult to get a grasp on nature itself in this area. However, it seemed her words about the relationship surrounding the two of them had stirred a rather amusing reaction from the two of them. How pleasant to see such youthful displays of embarrassment. It actually caused a soft laugh to come from the bio-android.
"At least I confirmed one thing already: Seeing Ryashi get flustered is surprisingly fun."
Nevertheless, with the girlfriend matter sorted out they soon turned toward a different type of subject: The reason for her presence in the desert. The idea of being in this sandy place for a picnic sounded amusing, especially when one kept in mind that the forest she was dwelling in was a much more suitable location for such an activity. Shaking her head firmly in return to those words Reikiko replied in the same energetic tone as before.
"I was waiting for someone, but since he didn't show up yet I decided to go for some exploring and find something interesting. There's only a certain period of time before building sandcastles gets boring. And with a certain ape-woman being a TERRIBLE neighbor I'm not exactly interested in going home just yet."
Yes, she certainly didn't want to return to the cottage just yet. After that terrible trashing she received from the Saiyan living in a cave not so far from her home Reikiko was adamant about the idea of getting more power to gain her revenge before going anywhere near that ape woman again. After the apple had been discarded from her stinger Reikiko's tail flailed back and forth in the air.
"Either way, you two don't seem to be like that foul woman. You two look like civilized and friendly ones. Kind of like this thing that children read in their comic books called 'heroes'."
Wasn't that kind of a bad thing for her? Heroes usually were the ones to succeed in defeating the villains. Smiling weakly Reikiko glanced from Praxam-Rex to Nai-ran and hummed softly.
"I guess I should leave after I finish my apples then. Because I turn into a bad girl when I'm out of apples... And heroes kill the baddies. Therefore it's logical that if I want to live a long and healthy life then I should make a strategic retreat soon."
Swoosh, once more the tail swept into the basket, picking out another apple to stab onto her stinger.
"So what brings the two of you here Rex, Nai-Nai, are you both also building sandcastles, or merely about to picnic? I would advise against the latter. I heard that getting sand in your mouth leaves a foul taste, literally..."
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This was good news, turns out that Sha-ung wasn't the only one feared by humans, it turned out that Nai-Ran had encountered humans which weren't too fond of her either, he was about to ask her if she knew how humans had managed to create invisable watches before she went on talking about her own little community for people just like himself to feel like they belong somewhere, that would be a good idea, a good way to make new friends none the least.
Sha-ung looked towards Reikio and smiled at the little creature until she said her comment about the way Nai-Ran and Sha-ung reacted when he mentioned them being in a relationship, he just nodded not really listening but then after he processed the words he was saying he jolted back his chest and gave a small chuckle."Well, that's, a odd way to look at us, but thanks for the laugh, I haven't had much reason to laugh lately."
He looked around for a good place on the dunes that wouldn't be blown away by the wind anytime soon, he found a place slightly protected from the wind, but it wouldn't last more than hour, tops. He then looked over to a forest in the far distance and told Reikio the picnic plan. "Ok, you will go get apples from that forest, and I will go find some sort of animal large enough for the both of us, that is if you eat venison."
Sha-ung went to the same forest that Reikio was told to go to and looked around for an animal that would be tasty to eat, he wondered around before finding a father and a baby elk wondering around the forest as well, he started to think what Nai-Ran would be doing right now, eh, probably having a quick nap or going to get something to eat herself, he also wondered if Rei got the apples from the forest before she went 'evil', he still didn't know if she was joking yet but he didn't want to find out.
He looked at the two elks and shrugged his shoulders, nature is nature, he leaped towards the father and snapped its neck with his tail, the youngster ran off into the forest but Sha-ung just dragged the lifeless elk though the forest and then through the sand, he ventured off to the sand wondering if the others even listened to him, they would be smart not to, what did he know?
Their reactions to Rei’s comment left the child chuckling at their embarrassment. Even Prakem-Rex seemed to agree and join in. Perhaps not as much had changed in Nai-Ran’s life as she had first thought, as this was a situation that she had found herself in on multiple occasions in the past. The smiles on the faces of her two companions were soon reflected upon her own face. The sense of familiarity she was getting from the situation felt somewhat uplifting.
Ah, so Nai-Ran wasn’t the only one out for exploration that day. She understood the need to see more of the planet completely, even if some of the regions she discovered were far too cold for her liking. Some of the scenery the young woman had come across so far was simply breathtaking. She absolutely had to remember to pick up what humans referred to as a ‘camera’ at some point before she returned home so she could show her friends the same sights.
Ape-woman? Nai-Ran had never heard of such a being before. Whatever she was, she didn’t sound too pleasant with how Rei described her. Something in the back of her mind told her that her judgment might not have been a wise idea to trust blindly with how eccentric she seemed. ”I’m sorry to hear that you’re having issues with this ape-woman. Hopefully the desert is providing you with what sounds like a much needed break from her,“ she remarked. The Ryashi continued to watch the apple that was stuck to her tail until it was no more than a dried up husk and then casually flung to the side.
”I’m not so certain about being called a ‘hero’. Being civilized doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ve accomplished anything particularly heroic.“ It was true. Nai-Ran had met plenty of other Ryashi in her lifetime that were plenty civilized and friendly, but would by no means ever be considered heroes because of that. Being involved in the world of politics unfortunately had that effect on certain people, and corruption wasn’t exactly a rare occurrence among those that undertook such political positions. It was all a matter of how well it was hidden from those around them. Though, the way that Rei referred to herself as a turning into a ‘bad girl’ upon running out of apples was troubling. What did she mean by that? Why did she think that she would be killed if that happened?
”I assure you that I will do no such thing,“ Nai-Ran said firmly as she glanced once again to her basket of apples. How long would what she had last her? ”Neither of those. You see, I was actually doing a bit of exploring myself when I happened upon Prakem-Rex here. It isn’t too common for our kind to be found away from our home world, so I decided to call out to him and say hello.“ She then turned to Prakem-Rex to see that he was serious about the possibility of having a picnic out there. Nai-Ran had simply suggested it by the look of Rei’s basket. It’s true that she was feeling a bit puckish, but she certainly hadn’t been expecting anything like that. Either way, he slithered off on his own.
”Or... Perhaps a picnic is in order after all?“ Nai-Ran spoke in a somewhat confused voice as she was left with Rei. She wasn’t exactly sure what to do here since Prakem-Rex had pretty much made the decision on his own, and hadn’t given her any sort of task. The young woman shrugged her shoulders and looked back to Rei. ”Well then, shall we follow after him?“ she asked, uncoiling her tail and inching herself in the direction that he disappeared in. If Rei agreed, then the two of them would be off in the direction of the forest that he mentioned. If not, then she would stay put for the moment since she wasn’t really sure what she could do to add to a picnic at the moment, and it would be incredibly rude to simply abandon Rei when it was hinted at that the other Ryashi would be returning shortly.
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Now that was an unexpected development... It appeared that something had caused Rex to decide to voice his idea for a picnic. However, before even she or Nai-ran had the chance to respond the man had slithered off to the forest. While she didn't exactly mind the idea of gathering more apples, for they were a delicious little something, it made her rather uncertain whether it would be wise to attend to such an event. The little bio-android shrugged her shoulders lightly at Nai-ran's suggestion to go after them. It wasn't exactly like she had anything to do right now, so perhaps it wouldn't hurt for her to accompany them for a little longer. Fortunately the walk from the dunes to the forest wasn't that long, and within a matter of minutes they were surrounded by the lush green scenery that the forest was known for. Of course the moment they had arrived there Reikiko's movements had become a lot more nimble and faster than before, in the end she was now pretty much on what could be considered her home territory. The little bio-android hopped from one tree onto another, swift sweeping motions that were impossible to follow for the untrained eye accompanying her hops.
Nai-ran however would have been able to see that those swift motions were pretty much just the child severing the bit where the apple was connected to the tree branch. She had spend several long minutes gathering apples like that, right until her basket was filled again. It was with a light thud that the bio-android descended back onto the ground, standing right before the young woman, holding her basket tightly in both hands.
"I think it's better to suggest to eat at the outskirts of the forest. Unless one of you has a blanket and a means to counter the desert winds, it would make a meal that most likely would taste unpleasant, with the sand and everything."
Unlike her previous tone Reikiko's words were spoken in a more serious matter of fact type of attitude. Fortunately it appeared they would still be able to decide on the location of their picnic, for Rex returned from the forest, seemingly towing along two elks! It surprised her a little, to see them dragging back two lifeless animals. Then again, eating them was likely the same thing as her absorbing methods, so she wasn't one to scold them for killing some wildlife of the forest. In fact it might have displayed some hunter prowess from Rex, to have been able to slay the elk so cleanly.
Of course she had just finished another apple, the shriveled skin being tossed aside while she eyed the two Ryashi. What would they end up doing now? Would they eat at the outskirts of the forest, where the weather was pleasant and they were pretty much free from the more dangerous wildlife that dwelled in the forest? Or would they return to the dunes and eat there? Only time would tell...
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Sha-ung pulled along the two elks with the the end of his fine black tail, he gracefully slithered across the soft warm sand, as the heat traveled from the earth to his body he embraced it by slowing down for a little while so that more heat would travel through his body before he went back to the others where his mind would most likely be filled with other things, for example, socialising. He continued to pull the future lunch behind him and smiled as the taste of tender meat filled his mind, at least the heat had left his mind. He knew his mouth started to drool slightly but he quickly put it back in his mouth to hide embarrassment.
When he had finally brought he pulled his sword out of his sheath and held it up above, he moved his right arm back and observed the different ways he could cut these elks, he then pushed his arm forwards and cut them several times into very detail and precise pieces, he looked around for sword fire wood he could use to make a small fire for this meat, even though it would be fine to eat it raw, no doubt it would taste a millions times better after being roasted on a fine fire for a couple of hours, or even one would do.
He looked around back at the forest and slithered towards it, much faster now that he wasn't carrying one fairly heavy elk and an average weighted elk, when he got within a seven meter range he lifted his sword into the air and focused a bunch of energy into it, he then sliced it through the air as the Ki wave flew through the air at great speeds, when it sliced through the first tree Sha-ung did not expect it to keep going and cut over one hundred more before dying back down into nothing, he lightly gulped in guiltiness but tried to forget it. He picked up the tree with one hand and placed it on his shoulder for extra support in case something were to attack him, when he got the wood back to the elk venison and chopped it up to even pieces, he placed it in a regular fire cooking pit and lit the flame with two sticks.
"Hey guys, Rei, If you want to cook your apples or something I have a little room for it." Sha-ung didn't truly know the meaning of a picnic but knew the basics of it, anyway, it seemed that he was enjoying himself, hopefully they would enjoy themselves as well, he did indeed take Reikiko's idea into consideration and set up on the out skirts of the forest.