Post by Elijah Theron Fleming on Apr 10, 2020 15:57:16 GMT -7
only dust settles.
summer, 2025ELI HAD ONCE DREAMED OF GRADUATION LIKE IT would be his saving grace. No more tests, no more dorms, no more rules. If he graduated, which he did, he would be free. Except, nobody told him that adulthood was fucking terrifying. Or, that his winning apprenticeship at a renowned animal sanctuary would be as regimented as it was difficult. He was gonna work with animals, Eli had always known that. But, he hadn't factored in the part where he had to learn how. It hadn't occurred to him.
"I don't know, man, they just gave me the list." Eli had stammered to the retail worker. Juggling an armful of specialised feed, he felt a sweat break out on his brow as the man behind the desk counted the cash again and again and found it wanting. After they went back and forth a half dozen times, Eli sighed and pulled out his own pouch and handed over the missing galleon. Trust that old bat to short him. Just another one of his tests, Eli thought, with a sneer.
Face almost entirely hidden, Eli tried to peer around his large bag of feed as he navigated the cold, cobbled streets of Horizon Alley. It was a seedy kind of place. Not the type of street his mom would want him on, but then again, she was dead. So, he tried to enjoy his minute of freedom, but it was hard when his arms were screaming in pain. Stopping by a wall, Eli dropped the bag and sighed heavily. When he lifted his head, it was to see a mirage of curly blonde hair behind a dirty display window.
"Cord-" He mumbled to himself in shock, as if he couldn't quite believe what he was seeing. Dragging the feed across the ground, Eli didn't even check to see if a cart was coming as he crashed in to the stores door, disturbing a crying bell and tearing a corner of the feed bag. "Cordie!" He exclaimed, halfway in the door, creating an echo in the deathly quiet bookstore. He cringed at his own lack of self control, hefting the bag over the lip and quietly - too little too late - closing the door behind him.
"Cordie, what the hell are you doing in Horizon Alley?" Eli asked with a tired smile, so relieved to see her that, had he been just a little more exhausted - he might have cried. They garnered a few stares, but Eli kept his voice as low as he could manage, parking his bag of feed by the door and sidling up beside her. "Hair grew out." He commented with a lift of his brows, nudging her with one elbow.