"I can't say I know the streets too well but from what I've observed from being moved from place to place, they're crawling with 'my kind'. There's no safe place for a big dog such as yourself unless you plan on tailing humans for protection. Areas of dense population- although you'll need to learn to read humans. They don't like knee-high terriers let alone giant sized dogs with the potential to become deadly should one become... Dangerous," Volker replied. He would've said Infected but... That wasn't always necessarily true. Different dogs had different levels of control over the virus. He of course could almost control the seemingly primeval instincts. Almost.
Volker could just feel the presence of the instinct, a voice that whispered in his ears yet if he turned to face them, the malinois mix knew he'd see nothing, feel nothing. But he could hear something.
All you need is a... catalyst, eh? Silence. It's time to eat. We'll eat when I command it. Cheh. You had no problems eating your siblings. ...
The male took as low step back in case he did snap. From this distance, Shiko would see it coming a long ways away. The blue dog woukd not be pleased if his instincts decided it was the boss. The virus seemed to be pretty strong today... He probably shouldn't have given his 'friend' a taste of freedom.
(I think I'm going to join. Hope you both don't mind.)
Solstice came in view of the opening of the sewers. His long ebony and fawn pelt was ruffled in a sudden gust of wind. He peered into the murky sewer tunnel. He couldn't see very far into it but was curious. He could hear a few things though and became interested to the point that he wanted to find out if he could find anything in there. He knew that some of the noises might be coming from sewer rats and water dropping from the ceiling into puddles in the base of the sewer.
Solstice took easy long strides into the sewer. He adjusted his steps to make as little noise as possible though he did make some noises here and there. He let his ears flick back and forth trying to listen around him so as to not get snuck up on. He lowered his head a bit so as to sniff the ground. He could smell that a dog had walked through here earlier. His compact but lanky stature was just a shadow in the sewer.
As Solstice continued further into the sewers he could make out two shapes. He moved closer so that he could see the two shapes better. Upon getting close enough he saw that it was two dogs. Both dogs were larger than he was though he didn't let that get to him. The one furtherest from him was covered in scars while the one closest to him you couldn't see any scars.
Solstice took in the details of each dog with his dark brown eyes. "I wonder what's going on?" he thought to himself. He made himself known by clearing his throat.
The male's head raised up, giant, furry ears swiveling back and focusing on the almost inconspicuous drip, drip, dripping of sewer water. The quiet splashing was subtle, barely noticeable, his radar like ears wouldn't have picked them up if he were not on high alert. No doubt it came from a not very heavily built creature, significantly larger than a rat but probably not bigger than himself. And as the scent of canine hit his scarred nose Volker couldn't help letting a low warning growl escape his throat. One dog he could handle but two? Shiko alone would've been deadly if he suddenly decided the virus ravaged mix breed was too dangerous to be roaming the streets but what if this dog wasn't willing to simply sit around and chat, more likely than not he'd much rather not talk.
Don't you see what's happening? You can't trust the Wolfhound. ... You're wrong... You're doubting me? Two on one... Remember the good ol' days, eh Volker boy? And by old I mean yesterday of course. You only just got out of there. You didn't escape those 'harmless' infant teeth to fall victim to a fully developed row of incisors now did you? ...
His yellow eyes turned to face the stranger as the silhouette approached. As the dog cleared his throat he got a better look at the male. The build screamed German Shepherd (he probably had GSD somewhere in his lineage), but what caught his eyes most were the striking markings. This dog was half Malinois no questions asked, something they both had in common. Strong, agile form, not too heavy but not too light. If he hadn't been denied the nutrition he so baldly needed growing up, is this what he would've looked like?
The grumble in the blue dog's throat seemed to die down a little but his agitation was still obvious. He could still probably dart out of the way of anyone got any ideas... Probably.
"Something wrong, rogue?" Volker question. He seemed like a rogue, no smell of 'pack' clinging to his black and fawn coat.
Shiko watched with trepidation as the other dog approached. He had sensed him earlier, recognizing the heartbeat of another male dog before he had entered into the small cross way. As the male cleared his throat, demanding the two dog's attention, Shiko turned to him, keeping a watchful ear and eye on Volker. He had a feeling that the infected dog was getting closer and closer with each drip of the pounding water beside him to breaking. And when he did, Shiko was unsure as to whether to kill him, or flee. He had no harsh feelings towards Volker.
On the contrary, he respected the mutt for maintaining his sanity for so long. He had seen much lesser dogs loose their minds simply by being bitten. He almost felt a kinship with the mutt. At the same time though, he had not quite dropped his tense stance. An infected dog was like a stray rabid dog. No different in actions. One moment, they are friendly and yearning for a humans touch, the next, whirling around and biting the hand that had caressed them so gent;ly before.
It was truly a vexing situation, and Shiko felt as if his time was almost up. "Who are you?" He growled, keeping his voice low and even. Almost as if he was talking about a completely normal subject and not deciding on whether or not to slaughter those before.
Solstice cocked his head to the side a little confused with the word rouge but he slowly thought it through. He wasn't stupid he just wasn't that bright and had to think some things through longer than most. He knew that probably came from being a humans pet. Once he figured the word out he moved forwards a bit a little bit of confidence coming out of him.
"Nothing's wrong. Why would something be wrong?" He spoke to the first male. "My name's Solstice," he spoke up gently trying not to seem aggressive. He cocked one ear back for caution and the other one straight forwards for aggression if he needed to be. He was wary and made sure to stay to the sides of either dogs so that he could do his best to make an escape if it came down to it.
Solstice took in the yellow eyes of this new stranger. He had never seen another dog with yellow eyes yeah sure he had seen some dogs with amber eyes but they were more brown than they were the yellow. This helped pique his interest even more than it was already though his cautious side kept him back. His cautious side warned him enough that he took a small step back though he wasn't going to run. He wasn't one who liked to run he would much rather stand his ground than run.
As the stranger male took a confident step forward the fur along the steel coloured dog's nape began to bristle up. His broad head leaned downwards and his black lined lips curled back to showoff the gleam of his fangs, as well as the exposed bone and muscle tissue brushing the left portion of his face when he twisted his muzzle slightly to the right. A twig seemed to snap in the dark forest that was his mind, he would've lunged then and there had it not been for the malinois mutt's voice momentarily dragged his sanity back from the dead.
"What do you want Solstice?" Volker grumbled, his was voice laced with utter disdain although his posture spoke otherwise. The young dog was far too... Courageous for the slightly older male's liking. Was it simply the naivety of youth or sheer stupidity that caused the young black and fawn canine to want to go up to and introduce himself to not one but two complete and potentially dangerous strangers, one of which was clearly an Infected. Or maybe... He knew exactly what he was doing.
Volker didn't have much time to analyse the situation after that. When he noticed the other dog gawking at his glowing yellow eyes, a single comment came from his 'friend'; He's challenging you. With that he bunched up the remains of his lean muscles and lunged, seeking out any bit of flesh he can grab and slash before darting away.
((I have no idea how I completely forgot about this...))
Shiko watched as Volker snapped. He felt his own muscles bunch and, without a thought, he lunched just as the larger male bared his fangs and made a leap at Solstice. He felt his jaws connect with sinewy muscle as they latched around Volker's throat.
"RUN!" He snapped at the smaller dog. He was irritated. He hated protecting other dogs. He preferred not to get into fights that would potentially ruin his secluded independence, but he liked Volker. It might of been in a small, minimal way, but he wanted the infected dog to remain free of having the taint of killing a younger dog.
He no doubt had already done so though.
Shiko shook this thought from his head and continued to wrangle with Volker, attempting to pin the smaller dog so he could calm down.
Solstice started to back up, his ears moving to stand pinned down to his head. He turned around and took off as fast as his legs could carry him. He didn't stop to look back behind him even though he thought about going back but he didn't know how to fight. He was a pet not a street dog he couldn't hardly even find food for himself after leaving the apartment.
Once outside the sewers, Solstice stopped and moved just out of site of anyone inside the sewers. He sat down and lowered his head. He didn't mean for anything like that to happen. He chanced a quick look back into the sewers though he knew he probably wouldn't be able to see very much if anything at all. He turned back around with a sigh and stared down at his paws.
He saw the giant dog lunge. He Heard the scrambling of claws on concrete. He felt the jaws latch around the base of his throat. And yet his mind said one thing only; kill the challenger. Rather than retaliate, he attempted to wriggle from the significantly larger male's grasp and continue his enraged attacked. What little control Volker had over his consciousness was just enough to stop him from turning on him.
"Stay out of this Shiko," he snapped, biting wildly at the air next to the Wolfhound mutt's face in a mock warning. Volker's giant ears swiveled forward as the sound of running paws grew distant. By now his prey drive was in overload and he barely had control over his instincts. It was then that his 'friend' gave a suggestion. Shiko was easily twice, if not, three times heavier than him. But from his position he was perfectly capable of a direct bite to the skull. Instant kill, no matter what size his opponent. Volker once again felt his body move against his will. Dispatch this fool and we'll make that insolent pup pay... No.., don't!
The metallic taste of blooded flooded his mouth as his incisors met flesh. At the last second he managed to avert his target away from Shiko's skull and instead locked onto the soft tissue of his pointed ear. The black furred dog was significantly larger than him, he'd have no trouble pinning the lightly built malinois down. What Shiko decided was the best course of action after that, Volker didn't care. The moment the blood touched his tongue his sanity lost control. If this was the moment that would end it, he wouldn't care. Of course, the virus thought otherwise.
Shiko felt Volker writhing beneath him, a desperate attempt to withdraw from his iron hard grip. He felt his hole of a heart open slightly wider as Volker spoke to him, seeming to have enough sanity to realize he didn't want to hurt Shiko. That ended quickly though as he felt Volker shift underneath him and lunge at his face. He felt a moment of surprise, a flicker of emotion. So fast, so brief, and yet it was the strongest emotion he had felt in years. It left him staggered. Enough for him to release Volker for a brief moment.
As Volker latched onto his ear. Instead of yelping with pain, he snarled. His pupils dilated, practically covering the whole of his iris as his blood scent filled the air. In that instant, Shiko felt a powerful strength coursing through him. A cold, powerful, and unrelenting strength. The mutt chomping eagerly down on his ear, sanity finally lost within those dark scarred eyes, would not of noticed the dangerous threat that began to grow around Shiko. Almost like a visible aura, he seemed to swell in size. Reaching around as if Volker wasn't holding onto his ear at all, he once again gripped the dog's neck. He gave no warning. No words, no actions as he began to clamp down slowly on the life of Volker. He felt his teeth grinding easily through his flesh as if it was nothing but paper. Thin, soft, easy to chew through. It was perfect.
He tightened his muzzle every few seconds, slowly coming closer and closer to reaching that vein as his canines pushed through the meaty muscle of the dog's neck. A cold fury overwhelmed him, an aura of deathly silence surrounding him. It was like a bubble, encasing him, shadowing him. Portraying him as something greater. Something no dog could escape from no matter how hard he ran.
(( That was way too much fun to RP. Let me know if you want Volker to die Jato. And if I PP'ed him. ))
((No it's fine ^^' I don't think I want this guy to go just yet since he's only been in a... Two or three RPs. Shiko's definitely leaving permanent scarring though and he basically has control over Volker from this point onwards. Oh, just note though, his sanity's gonna take awhile to regain control. ^^))
Solstice stood up, he could still hear a few noises from inside the sewers. He didn't know at this point whether he should return to the two other dogs or leave the sewer place completely. He looked over his shoulder at the entrance of the sewers as he contemplated what he should do. He turned and started to walk back in the sewers though he didn't go in very far. He sighed and looked around to look at the damp sewer walls around him.
Solstice was somewhat afraid to talk. He didn't mean for what had happened to happen. He still hadn't gotten used to dealing with dogs that are on the streets, then again this was his first interaction with street dogs. He still hadn't learned all their mannerisms and how they communicated with body language.
Solstice looked straight down into the sewer and started to take slow steps forwards until he could at least start to make out the shapes of the two dogs. He stood there cautious and nervous, both of his ears pinned back and his tail was slightly tucked and head slightly lowered. He knew that by now they could hear him if he cleared his throat. He cleared his throat and waited though his body was already prepared to turn and run out of the sewers.
He felt the teeth sink into the soft flesh of his weak neck, he felt the blood welling up in his mouth and he felt the strong beating of his heart trying to pump more vital fluid to his organs as his circulation was cut off. Volker would've given up then and there, he wasn't stupid, the blue malinois mix was finished. However, "Volker" wasn't in control.
"You god-damned coward!..." came the enraged voice out of the dog's jaws. His words were spiteful, harsh, but they were not meant for the one who's teeth firmly locked around the throat of his pathetic host. It was better than this, to be confined to a worthless, starving body was an insult to the virus. The wolfhound mix before it would've been a far better specimen if he weren't immune. He may be immune. But I wonder of that little whelp from before is? As the incisors of the much larger male sunk in deeper, he could feel it inching closer, closer and closer to the jugular. If this body perished... Well, no one would miss him. However, he wasn't leaving this world without infecting another.
The smaller dog began to cough up blood as Shiko's teeth sunk in further. The red liquid poured from his now open jaws and dripped down the black canine's forehead. As he began gasping for air, the sound of someone clearing their throat urged him on. That fool was back. And the virus wasn't leaving without taking that pup with it. Twisting his body around, he managed to place his forepaws on the wolfhound's chest and his back feet angled towards the soft part of his belly. Shoving with his front feet, he felt his airways cutting off even further. If he was successful, the wound would be fatal, that he was sure of. But he didn't care, he'd live for a few minutes and it was those minutes that counted. With his back paws he kicked upwards, the attack wouldn't knock the giant male off but it may break his concentration for just a moment and cause him to loosen his grip just slightly. His nails weren't sharp like a rat's (or that clawed creature from before) but they'd do some damage.
The entire time Volker's yellow eyes looked past Shiko's and up at the ceiling. His giant ears were angled backwards, listening for the sound of his prey. Despite its imminent death, the virus was still focused on one thing; to infect that shepherd cross.
((Gah! Sorry, I used up all my creativity in my English exam. We wrote a short story ^^'))
virusrising.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=tryouts&action=display&thread=262&page=1 Summer watched from the shadows, her already large brown eyes wide. She lifted her petite head, smelling the air. The scents of an infected dog mingled with those of others and the iron scent of blood. She watched the red liquid spill out onto the ground and felt sick. It was one thing to kill a prey animal, but another thing entirely to watch a member of her own species perish. She tried to steady her trembling legs, making a fast decision.
What did it matter if the dying dog was infected? She couldn't watch him die. She was immune, but she could still be killed. Shiko's size and power scared her a little, but deep inside, she felt she had to do something. She was almost...compelled. Yes, that was the right word.Compelled to save the dying dog. Her legs stopped trembling and tensed. Her lips pulled back, showing her teeth, and a low growl escaped from her throat. Her ears went up and forward and she crawled out of the shadows into the light, staring directly at Shiko. If he didn't get the message, she would attack.