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Day 8 - Aug. 16 - Prompting ends, posting begins! You have 14 days to write, draw, and potentially diorama as many prompts as you can.

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FILL: Nyara post-Mage Winds gen - "Stable"

Date: 2015-08-18 06:35 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Hi nonny! Hope this works out for you. Nyara doesn't get enough love!




At last, gryphons and Heralds and Hawkbrothers had dispersed, and Nyara saw a path to escape the series of celebratory embraces. Skif was distracted, talking to one of the Healers; she slipped away without him seeing. She left Need propped up in the salle – though the sword could certainly address her from anywhere she chose, the physical distance gave Nyara the chance to forget that for a while.

She headed for the stables trying desperately not to cry. Or at least, to conceal her tears from the servants and Heralds she passed. So far as she could tell, none had so much as given her a second glance. She was utterly unremarkable, just a pretty girl in foreign garb, and Nyara never would have guessed the invisibility would sting so much. It wasn’t just Skif she was worried about, she realized now. She’d grown enough over the past several months to know that one man’s opinion, however beloved, was not the be-all and end-all of her.

Every man’s opinion, though – and every woman’s – she had finally learned to walk among people, and it was harder than anything she’d ever done before, but she’d done it. Perhaps not very well, but she’d done it her way, as best she could.

And now she had to start all over from a crawl. Her clothing itched against her skin without her soft fur in between.

She nearly took a wrong turn. Her sense of smell had been muffled; she’d almost missed the stables halfway across the grounds. The gardens, which she’d had brief occasion to explore, no longer filled the air with sensual delight. They were brighter, yes, this whole world was colored sharper than the one before, and it hurt to look at. She could scarcely walk straight, and she felt cold and overheated in dizzying turns.

Nyara slipped inside the stable, ducking her head to avoid eye contact with the stable-boy at the door. The lack of smell should have been a relief in here, but she even missed the rich, real scent of horse-droppings. A tall dark bay craned his head over the door of his stall and whickered at her. She froze.

The horse’s lip quivered, and his ears perked forward. He was a fine creature, with kind eyes and glossy coat, a streak of white marking his forehead. According to the brass plate affixed to the door, his name was Jack.

Jack seemed to be a very ordinary sort of horse, and he had whickered at her, still stared at her with expectant eyes. As if she was a very ordinary sort of visitor who might be convinced to procure a treat for him. He wasn’t wary of her, couldn’t smell the corruption in her flesh, couldn’t tell what she was – what she had been, she reminded herself. She stepped closer, enthralled, and reached out her hand. Jack leaned forward and sniffed at her fingers, his whiskers tickling at her bare skin.

Perhaps this was why she’d changed, she thought. Not to make her more seemly in the eyes of the crowd, but to allow her small moments like this.

Nyara felt the tears welling up again. This time she let them fall. She whirled away from the horse and dashed down the aisle, her limbs still quick once she got them moving. Spotting an empty stall, bare of straw and clearly not in use, she skidded a turn and darted inside. She tucked herself tight in the corner behind the door, clapped her hands to her mouth to muffle her sobs.

No longer a Changechild, but she had changed, and would keep changing. Nyara determined, hiccupping, that from now on no mage, sword, or goddess would direct that change. Whatever she was to become, she would become it of her own free will.

Re: FILL: Nyara post-Mage Winds gen - "Stable"

Date: 2015-08-18 08:28 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Thank you so much, nonnie!!! That was most excellent and indeed did work for me. I just found the entire thing in the books a bit ridiculous, and I can't imagine it would've been fun or enjoyable for her. Your last line really gets as to why - everyone has been molding her all her life, and this is one more brutal denial of autonomy and agency that she has to undergo... and is expected to be happy about! I'm so much happier to see her deciding she's going to own her life now, and do what she wants, how she wants. Go Nyara!!!

Re: FILL: Nyara post-Mage Winds gen - "Stable"

Date: 2015-08-18 02:14 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)

Thank you! I agree, I was always kind of bothered by how it went down in canon. It was framed overwhelmingly as a good thing, a reward, by the narrative, but would have been more logical if it was reframed through the lens of "unwanted fate meddling" like what Elspeth deals with the whole series.

Re: FILL: Nyara post-Mage Winds gen - "Stable"

Date: 2015-08-18 07:17 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Oh man, right in the feels. This is excellent, anon. I can't remember, was Nyara born a catgirl or was she born human and Falconsbane changed her? Either way, it was a dick move on the avatars' part to change her body without asking her if that was what she wanted. Maybe she would have chosen to become fully human, but still. Not cool. I especially loved how confused she was at her senses being different--I never thought of it, but of course they would be. Augh poor girl :(

Re: FILL: Nyara post-Mage Winds gen - "Stable"

Date: 2015-08-19 02:27 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Thanks! And she was changed by Falconsbane. He used to try out transformations on her as a test subject before using them on himself :(

But yeah, dick move. I get that it was supposed to be a nice gift, but most nice gifts don't involve nonconsensual body modification? Uncool :(

Re: FILL: Nyara post-Mage Winds gen - "Stable"

Date: 2015-08-18 11:22 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Nyara ;__; Love how all the little details you threw in here contribute to her unease at passing as human.

Re: FILL: Nyara post-Mage Winds gen - "Stable"

Date: 2015-08-19 02:29 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Thanks, nonny! ;____;

Re: FILL: Nyara post-Mage Winds gen - "Stable"

Date: 2015-08-22 09:22 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Thank you for actually thinking about Nyara's self-determination. This is lovely.


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