If Shinju had not been racing down the slope of the gully, unable to see more than mere inches in front of her pink nose, she might have savored the smell of his anger igniting. Her baser instincts were clamoring to the forefront of her brain, the inner fox trying to goad her into slipping beneath the surface of the primal pool inside.
Every Shifter imagined their animal side as something different and for Shinju it was a small, still pool deep inside her soul where the fox's reflection stared back at her...
Now she was feeling hungry, not for food, but for more of his reactions. It was a bad combination in conjunction with the physical attraction she had admitted to herself. She liked the way he smelt and she just might have been doing this solely for his attention. She was pulling his pigtails, so to speak. Usually the albino was composed and never took her flirting beyond suggestive remarks or brief stares. She had certainly never provoked a man because of her libido. She knew she should have slipped away off the property without aggravation, but she was buzzing with the chase and her judgement was having a hard time getting through to her.
The bottom of the gully had ice cold water sitting there and she yelped as her paws hit the thin vein of ice melt, splashing it up over her belly where it soaked her pelt and chilled her skin. He had the home advantage, and knowing the layout of the land would have been more useful to her than being able to out run him.
Instead of climbing back up the other side however, Shinju ran along the edge of the ditch, following its curve deeper into the forest. She was not to know she had unwittingly chosen the direction of the Savage River...
The water disrupted her scent, which was sweetened by her excitement where it pooled near the streamlet. She was not only toying with him, she was enjoying the hell out of it apparently. Her paws made wet strikes on the wet earth flooded by the water and the fog roiled in her wake, pointing out which way she had gone.
She was not running as fast now however, her gait could be heard to come differently through the dark. She was slowing down, letting him get closer...DragonBlue