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    The world is distorted, I'll follow the footsteps

    hold back the screaming within me, in silence —

    If anything, Vale's unwavering trust in BlizzardClan had been shaken with the events from before. The hybrid had been naive enough to believe that just because she had been accepted as one of that, it meant that she was trusted, and could be trusted. Now, she wasn't so sure anymore. Not with the death of her snake. "I'll join." She murmured, taking a seat.

    The world is distorted, I'll follow the footsteps

    hold back the screaming within me, in silence —

    "Leo is saying this is strange. Like walking into a lion's den, only to be offered refreshments." Came Vale's low mumbling, as the smaller leopard followed her leader, the soft hissing of the viper and black mamba on her back, and as Kady wandered off somewhere, the hybrid stayed put, in the middle of this surprisingly cheerful setting, picking up a small glass of water for her to sip as she watched the others converse. "But I think it's nice." She quietly added on.

    The world is distorted, I'll follow the footsteps

    hold back the screaming within me, in silence —

    "Your first statement... it makes it seem as though you were falsely accused, but now you're saying you did it against your will. Nico says to make up your mind." The sound of hissing accompanied her words, as the hybrid approached, her companions' gazes all zeroed in on the stranger before her, and the paladin carefully positioned herself off to the side, but close enough to the group that if something happened, she could do something about it.


    Killer. It made Vale's stomach turn, thinking on it. She had a strange relationship with the word. Being the kind of creature she was, she had been forced to take the lives of others, but in self defense. That fact alone was what had helped her compartmentalize those emotions she felt. The fact that there was no choice in the matter. Yet, the words he spoke struck a chord in her. Not of my own volition. What was he? Somebody's puppet?


    "Leo says if he needs to be hurt or forced into a boat, it can be done." She murmured quietly, the viper's fangs bared at the male before her.

    The world is distorted, I'll follow the footsteps

    hold back the screaming within me, in silence —

    "Death."


    Vale was the first to speak on the matter of his punishment, it seemed, finally turning her attention away from her snakes, the hybrid's gaze settling on the snow leopard before her, voice loud and clear. The sound of soft hissing following her words, and she didn't need to translate for them for the others to get the message: that they were all in agreement. A comrade had been killed. That was something that was irreversible. No matter how many apologies, how many excuses, how many pleas, there would always be a hole that could never be filled, in Vale's eyes. "An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth." She murmured, as though that explained her reasoning and logic perfectly.


    Perhaps Kady had made a bit of a mistake, telling them to speak their mind. Vale wasn't somebody with a big enough heart to forgive others, not for small, petty things, no, those she could brush off. But Felix did not fall under small, petty things. She just wanted her companions protected. She herself had never really killed anybody out of anger or vengeance, only in self-defense. Those times, she had simply done her best to compartmentalize those feelings; every time they came up, they were quickly silenced and pushed back down.

    The world is distorted, I'll follow the footsteps

    hold back the screaming within me, in silence —

    Vale was the next to arrive, her companions with her, as always, as she settled down, sticking a bit closer to the crowd for this meeting, so she didn't have to strain to hear what was said. At the mention of her name in regards to the coronation, the paladin simply nodded.

    The world is distorted, I'll follow the footsteps

    hold back the screaming within me, in silence —

    "You're awake." Came the soft voice of Vale as the young female took note of the fact, the sounds of soft hissing and tongues flickering out to taste the air, as multiple pairs of eyes settled on the tiger. She hadn't come to visit the vice leader much, if at all, she had to admit, but she would've felt out of place if she had. It was meant for close friends and family to be by her side. She would've felt more comfort with them than with Vale. It was a fact that the hybrid had accepted long ago.


    Finally, she opened her mouth to speak, this time, for her companions. "They all said they're glad."

    The world is distorted, I'll follow the footsteps

    hold back the screaming within me, in silence —

    The first to arrive appeared to be Vale, as she drew closer and closer, the sound of loud hissing could be heard, tongues flickering as her companions tasted the air, and whispering their thoughts into her ear. "Ava is asking what you are doing here." Vale translated, the milksnake seeming content with just that question for now.


    As a paladin, she had been informed that it was her duty to greet newcomers. However, she wasn't quite sure that was the most ideal role for her, somebody who invited misunderstanding whenever she approached, whether she had hostile intentions or not.

    The world is distorted, I'll follow the footsteps

    hold back the screaming within me, in silence —

    "He killed Felix." Vale said bluntly, refusing to look at the dragon in question, finding more comfort in her snakes, and a few more long moments would pass before she spoke again, her voice hollow. "Felix went off by himself, and when I found him, he was in pieces. Bai-Chen was there, covered in blood. Nobody else was."


    The paladin's sentences were short and blunt. For her, it was better to try and keep it as simple as possible. If she went into detail, she was afraid she might become more focused on those images, forever seared into her mind. Of Felix's bloodied body at her paws, at Bai-Chen's claims of an attack, when Vale knew, just knew, she didn't need evidence when she had known the reptilian creature for so long, that unless Bai-Chen had provoked him, Felix would never have had attacked him, or anybody.

    The world is distorted, I'll follow the footsteps

    hold back the screaming within me, in silence —

    It was more the snake, rather than the person that they were attached to, that caught Vale's attention, her own companions draped across her body, the sound of soft hissing announcing her presence as she approached the smaller male, saying nothing as she settled down a safe distance away from Kady, keeping in mind that Leo was with her, and not quite ready to listen to what she said. For the most part, Eli helped with keeping the feisty viper in check, but if that raptor got too close, she wasn't quite sure what would happen.


    It took a few moments, but when she finally opened her mouth, she began to translate what the black mamba said, rather than using her own words. "Eli says that this is... that I am Vale, and that the other one is Leo, and Nico is the smaller one." She translated, her voice a bit quiet as she did so. "I, personally, wish to know about how you found Basil."

    The world is distorted, I'll follow the footsteps

    hold back the screaming within me, in silence —

    The paladin was completely unaware of the large being in the trees above her as she strolled underneath, more focused on the mice before her that she had set loose, allowing most of the snakes that she carried with her to have some fun with their food for once, leaving only Leo, who's injuries were still healing, with her. Though all of the others were nearby, not wanting to stray too far from the hybrid that had taken them in, and occaisonally, the sound of soft hissing and the dying squeaks of mice could be heard, comforting Vale, and the anxiety that was slowly building up from being so bare, so vulnerable, without her companions slowly disappearing.


    It was the rustling of leaves and Leo's sharp words in her ear that led her to glance upwards at the tree she was standing under, but by the time she noticed the large cub nestled amongst the trees, it would be far too late for her to move.

    The world is distorted, I'll follow the footsteps

    hold back the screaming within me, in silence —

    The sound of soft hissing could be heard as Vale approached, her own companions' gazes having zeroed in on the stranger before her, tongues flickering and heads bobbing as they spoke to the hybrid.


    It was the raven's screech that had alerted Vale, and hollow eyes simply gazed at the person before her for a few moments before she spoke, translating for the black mamba wrapped comfortably around her neck, his dark head raised to her ear, as if telling the leopard a secret. "Eli is asking what you are doing here." She said, her tail twitching a bit as she waited for an answer.

    The world is distorted, I'll follow the footsteps

    hold back the screaming within me, in silence —

    Vale had lunged, fully intent on doing damage to the ivory dragon before her, when the wall of plants rose, much like water from a geyser would, fast and unexpected, and she ended up simply digging her claws in it, anger still radiating off the hybrid as she raked her claws down the makeshift wall, as though it could change anything, as though she could manage to get past it and rip into Bai-Chen.


    However, Bai-Chen's words only made her quick to snap once again, like a feral creature lunging for their prey's throat. "Felix wouldn't have attacked without reason." Vale bit out, some of the snake's blood still on her side of the wall, and dripping down the walls of the plants. "He would never. He doesn't have it in him."


    If anything, the anger was dissipating as quickly as it appeared, the adrenaline Vale had felt only moments prior now draining out of her, and she slumped against the wall. "I just... wanted everybody to be friends." She mumbled, and even when she thought she had run out, tears filled her eyes once again, as she took in the bloodied floor and Felix's head before her.

    The world is distorted, I'll follow the footsteps

    hold back the screaming within me, in silence —

    "And?" Speak of the devil and she shall appear. Vale wasn't used to confrontation; hated it, in fact, but as multiple pairs of eyes settled on the kitten, she almost wanted her to say something. Maybe then she could know who to avoid, who she had to protect her companions from.


    She didn't want anybody to be next.


    Still, her tone held nothing but indifference in it, maybe a bit hollow, if anything, as she passed Nadia, her form holding a bit less grace than before, with one snake missing from her entourage, heading towards Lucas, Ava moving her head forward, a friendly greeting from her to somebody she recognized as somebody who fed her and the others.


    Vale herself didn't think badly of Nadia, even after the kitten had shown aversion to her and her snakes, but after what happened with Bai-Chen, she suddenly felt like a lot of the clan was a lot less trustworthy than before. If she was being reasonable, she could usually understand how such a tiny thing could view such predators in a negative light.


    "I thought... I heard my name." She mumbled in explanation for her sudden appearance, green eyes settling on the snake with a hint of curiosity in them. "That's an interesting snake, Eli says. He's asking if it just came of it's own free will, or you tempted it with food or something."


    //ic opinions I hate the fact that Vale is giving Nadia the cold shoulder I love the little thing to bits Vale's just sad I'm sorry

    The world is distorted, I'll follow the footsteps

    hold back the screaming within me, in silence —

    "Felix?" It was her poor eyesight that had allowed her to be spared from the grisly scene as she approached. At first, those childish, innocent thoughts of hers was that Bai-Chen had simply killed something, and Felix had approached. It wasn't uncommon for him to do that. Felix was always more trusting of others, especially when it came to food. He was still young, hadn't learned that not everybody was as willing to share as Vale was. If anything, the hybrid was glad that Bai-Chen had found him first. Bai-Chen was her friend, he wouldn't ever hurt a friend of hers.


    Such naive thoughts.


    "You found Felix, Bai-Chen? I'm so glad, he had disappea-" Vale's words came to a halt as she finally took in the scene before her, her eyes widening, and the sound of loud hissing could be heard from the others draped across her body at the sight of their comrade, quicker to come to the obvious conclusion as to what happened than Vale was. "W-what happened to Felix?"


    The sight of his head, just laying there next to the dragon, had her rushing over, not caring about the puddles of blood she was stepping in. Felix. Felix. Felix. He wasn't dead. No, she had just fed him this morning. He was his usual, calm self just an hour before. This wasn't possible.


    Vale was a bit slow to come to the conclusion, but just looking at the bloodied dragon before her, the remains of Felix's corpse at his feet, and his head, flung away as though it didn't matter, as though Felix had never mattered to anybody.


    He had to Vale.


    "Why did you kill him?" Was all she asked, not looking up, the only way to describe her tone was broken, as though you had just ripped apart a child in front of their mother. Which, in a way, Bai-Chen had.


    The sorrow she felt quickly fueled the tiny sparks of anger that she had felt at his death, turning it into a raging wildfire.


    She had never understood the meaning of phrases such as blood boiling. Maybe because she had simply never been angry enough to experience such a raw emotion.


    That anger, it was indeed enough to make the hybrid's blood boil, and as she looked up from the remains of her beloved friend, one of her closest companions.


    This snake had been with her for months, almost as long as she could clearly remember. Felix simply been resting on the leopard when she had woken up in that field two months ago, using her as a way to sunbathe, and had simply tagged along with her on her travels from then on. He wasn't even full-grown, he didn't get to see the world with her like she had wanted him to.


    Now he never would. No longer would she quietly ramble and have him listen silently. No longer would she toss their meals on the ground and watch Felix fight with Ivy over the biggest rat. No, she couldn't do that anymore.


    Felix never would've hurt anybody. Vale could've never asked her friends to hurt any BlizzardClanner, she had made that clear. Were her words and actions not enough? Would they ever be enough? Her companions, who would not just defend Vale, but any of these BlizzardClanners, because she had felt accepted by them, that she wasn't such an unnatural existence thanks to them. And now, one of her own, was laying dead at the paws of one of those she had silently sworn to protect.


    "What did he do to you!" She finally snapped, and with one fluid movement, abandoned Felix's broken body and turned onto Bai-Chen, tears brimming in her eyes, her companions blood staining her paws, leaving bloodied pawprints on the ground as she slowly advanced, the sound of loud hissing accompanying her words from her remaining snakes. "He didn't do anything! He wouldn't have done anything to you!" Her voice grew louder and louder, far louder than the quiet tone she usually spoke with. "You didn't have to kill him!" Jaws snapped as a few of the snakes adorning her body lunged forward, but a low growl had them retreating back to their usual places, instead of soft words to placate them. No, right now, Vale wanted to be the one to hurt somebody, not leave it to her companions. Never had she felt a stronger urge to want to just lash out at somebody, as though it could make all the anger and pain and sadness go away, and her claws unsheathed, Vale itching to dig her claws into those beautiful ivory scales that Bai-Chen treasured so much, now stained with an innocent's blood.

    The world is distorted, I'll follow the footsteps

    hold back the screaming within me, in silence —

    "Everybody but Eli. Eli's been with me my whole life. And no, not yet. He's a bit like how Vera was when I found her. Nico, though, was just very young when I found him." Vale said quietly, not wanting to spook the creature before her, simply keeping her paw out, waiting for the reptile to calm down a bit before she moved closer. She had all the time in the world to wait. Her duties could be put off until then. "He's just scared because he knows he won't be able to flee quickly enough, isn't that right?" She murmured to the viper, who, at least, had stopped trying to snap at her paws for the moment, and she inched a bit closer, her smile growing a bit when she got within striking range, and nothing. She just had to be extra careful...


    Pulling out a pouch where she usually kept small treats for the others, she carefully pulled her paw back, hooking her claws into a large mouse, before slowly extending her paw once again. "I bet you haven't eaten anything for awhile, huh? I'm assuming the prey you played with got away, so you must be starving." If anything, the viper seemed a bit calmer now, head raised, tongue flickering as he tasted the air, to see exactly what she had on her, before the scaled head shot forward, grabbing the treat by it's head and beginning to swallow it, far less concerned about the hybrid now that he had food, and she moved closer, getting a better look at the wound, before finally addressing Candela. "He should be. I think he just needs it washed out, and maybe something like ointment since it isn't that shallow. Since he'll have just eaten a big meal, he won't be able to move as much while he's digesting it, and might be a bit less irritable." The leopard murmured.