The Blue Heeler coudn't hear the suft lullaby of the monsters. She didn't flinch as she walked by the mechanical beasts, most dogs thought they'd eat a human right in a second, but no, the humans rode on the beasts. They were asleep and didn't shuffle the sand.
She walked over to one of the many pipes and listened for anything. A mouse scurried somewhere, dogs howled and she swore she heard infected. Too bad - just a nightmare - she reminded herself.
She lay down in the pipe, closing her eyes gently. They flickered open throughout the night, checking for Infected.
Solstice walked slowly through the entrance, he had found a gap in the fence and he wedged himself through. He looked around once inside. It was quiet at night in a construction site. He started to walk further in so he could find a place to lay down. He was tired and wanted a safe place to sleep even though this wasn't the safest place to sleep it was safer than in an alley. He could see a couple of a large pipes a few yards away. He quickened his pace to get to the pipes. Once he reached them he noticed that someone else was here. He let his ears flick back for a few seconds before he started to back up.
Kaia raised an ear when she heard something. Paws. She backed a little further into the tunnel and looked for those yellow, glowing eyes she always saw. The nightmare that always was there. She pressed her ears against her skull and curled her lip back, before realising they were normal eyes. She uncurled her lip and examined him. "Not an infected, are you?" Kaia asked, as if that was a rare thing. In fact, it was in this city. She took a cautious step forward and sighed. "Sleep here if you want - plenty of room" He looked like a German Sheperd with another dog in him. She was a mutt too, but never knew what her father's breed was. He left before she was born - she was never told her second breed. All she knew is that she was proudly part Blue Heeler. "I'm... Kaia" Kaia gave a... smile. Well, as much as she could of a smile. It was hard to smile when the only interaction that you gave other dogs were growls and snarls. Especially when those dogs tried to turn you... infected. But she was immune.
Solstice flicked his ears forward when the other dog started to talk.
"I'm Solstice," he spoke up cautiously, "Thank you, Kaia."
He took an uncertain step forwards and gave a small smile. Solstice moved forwards enough to be inside the pipe. He sat down before he looked back out. He found the outside world to be scary since he was new to street life. He laid down gently and let out a sigh at least he could sleep in peace hopefully.
Kaia nodded her 'your welcome' and moved back a little so they weren't so close. If humans let another human they didn't know in their room or house, they'd freak out... possibly pick up a phone and call those people in the glowy red and blue cars. Polick? Polile? Ah, she forgot the name. Why'd they freak out? If the person was dangerous, they should fight. Hiding shows fear, and fear draws agressive people in. She watched the male laying in the pipe with her, keeping her distance. She eventually fell asleep, on watch.
Solstice looked over at the female from the corner of his eyes. He looked back out at the outside of the pack before closing his eyes. He slowly drifted off though he was still listening to his surroundings. His thoughts wandered off to those of his former owner. He was a kind man who just needed a friend. He never raised his voice or hand and always made sure that Solstice was comfortable. In return, Solstice made sure to look out for him and protect him. Now look at where he was, in a construction site pipe with another dog and without a place to call home. Though he really didn't mind the other dogs presence, she was a hope of new friends.
Kaia awoke in the pipe, and was about to snarl after scenting another dog near her. Last night quickly flashed back and she realized that was Solstice. The nice little dog she'd exchanged less than 10 sentences with then let sleep in the same pipe. She got onto her paws and let out a silent yawn, then trodded out of the pipe. She was hungry. Kaia made sure her scent was clear enough for the male to follow if he worried, but not enough for anyone who didn't know her to find her.
As she walked through the construction site, something brown and furry darted by her. She had lots of practice tracking and hunting on the farm - helping get rid of vermin (foxes, rats, ect) and herding the animals - so, she usually fed herself whenever she went out for hunting. Kaia quickly darted after the animal. A hare. She knew her way around the metal beasts that spewed smoke - yet the hare didn't. It was soon in a corner formed by two yellow, gas smelling beasts pushed together. Within a second it's blood was on the floor and it's pulse slowed.
The mutt quickly ran back to the pipe, following her and the male's scent. He was still asleep - lovely. She was used to waking up in the middle of the night or at morning when it was still dark. On a good day at the farm she'd get up when the sun was only showing half of itself over the hills. She dropped the hare near his paws and retreated to the back of the pipe. Dried blood came up her nose - from the hare. And... fresh blood. Not from the hare. Kaia noticed a gash the size of what her previous owners used to spread butter on bread with. Knick? Knife - yes. A butter knife. She sighed. It was on her left hind leg muscle, blood slowly dripped out. It wasn't life threatening either. She licked the blood off, but soon enough it was replaced by bleeding.
Solstice slowly woke up to the smell of blood and meat. He looked up then stared at the dead animal in front of him. He had seen something like it before on the flashing screen his former owner had. He remembered back to the times he would watch the screen with his owner watching animal programs and heard them say the name hare while a moving image was displayed on the screen. Yeah that was it a hare.
He looked over to see Kaia and he gave a smile to her. He stood up and walked outside long enough to look around, stretch, and shake his fur to dislodge some of the dirt that had gathered in his coat. He walked back in quickly before sitting down and looking at the hare.
Looking back at Kaia he asked, "Have you eaten yet?"
Solstice had no clue why he was worrying more about her than himself. He figured it might have something to do with the fact that he was used to worrying over his owner especially when he was sick. He knew that Kaia probably knew more about the streets than he did that wasn't completely shown through his coat though since his fur was long.
"Nope" Kaia answered, trying to lick the blood from her wound. Too much bleeding. She sighed and saw the sun was up, rising above the clouds and shining down, representing a new morning. A yawn overcame her and she stopped trying to stop the bleeding. So what if she bled out? She was in a safe pipe. Not safe for long.
Kaia heard a growl and looked out the pipe. One of the yellow, metal beasts was waking up, a little human riding it. It spewed smoke and with long, metal paws started climbing across the ground. She realised it was coming towards them. The Blue Heeler saw two horns a the end of it's long arms. The horns lowered and placed themselves under the pipe, then slowly started to lift. She cursed and quickly rose to her hackles, using her muzzle to push Solstice out of the pipe. He was a bit too big. "Move!"
Solstice yelped in surprise but soon realized the pipe was moving. He turned and jumped out of the pipe and taking off for a few yards to wait for Kaia. He looked at the metal beast and his hackles rose. He had always hated them, they always made to much noise. He looked around him to make sure that, other than the metal beast, they were safe.
The pipe rose and wobbled as Kaia quickly ran to the edge. That looked like a long way down... but who cared? She wanted to live. She leapt out of it, quickly landing onto the sand with a thud. She snarled at the beast and walked over to Solstie. "Damn beasts" She sighed.
"There's a little wooded area next to the construction site. Follow me" Kaia rose on her hackles and quickly sprinted off towards the wooded area, which was in the distance. She pressed her ears against her skull so the growling was cut off.
Solstice took off after Kaia, able to see the wooded area in the distance. He pinned his ears back so as to block out the sound of the metal beasts. He looked around him every few seconds while stile following Kaia.
Kaia and Solstice approached the wooded area not yet cut down by humans and eaten by their beasts. She pushed on faster until they reached it and she looked around for anything to eat. Nothing. "Can't smell any food" She muttered to him, looking around.