Subject: [18+]Whatever happened to the young man’s heart? [mxm] Swallowed by pain, [r.] as he slowly fell apart

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Subject: [18+]Whatever happened to the young man’s heart? [mxm] Swallowed by pain, [r.] as he slowly fell apart

Post by Master of Shadows » Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:34 pm


And I’m staring down the barrel of a .45


Looking back, Clayton felt that he was naïve. He had signed up with the army because not only was it family tradition but because what better way to serve his country? Once he got shoved into the cluster fuck known as the Middle East, he changed his tune pretty damn fast. Initially, he thought that he was making a difference, but after a few months he wasn’t so sure. He saw things that he never would have wished on his worst enemies. Lost good friends. It haunted him for months when Mark was shot right next to him.

He had no idea that a high caliber bullet could make a man’s head explode like that.

It was close to the end of his tour when his squad was moving into some old ruins. They’d been given some intel that a group of Al Qaeda were using the place as a temporary hideout. The locals didn’t go near the place, claiming that there was bad mojo around the place. So, it was up to him and the squad to check things out. If asked, all that Clayton would really be able to say was that a firefight broke out and the next thing he knew, he was being hauled towards a helicopter, his front covered with blood.

He was lucky. The bullet hadn’t hit anything vital, but it was enough to earn himself a discharge. Once he got stateside, he honestly didn’t know what to do with himself. His family was grateful that he was still alive, but he felt smothered by the closeness. He pulled away from them as he tried to deal with the sudden shift. In a sort of twisted irony, the sedateness of civilian life was more stressful than being on tour.

Still, he managed to get himself a small house and a job teaching self-defense. It wasn’t that bad, to be honest and things were starting to look up a bit. The VA was trying to push therapy for people who’d seen combat, but considering how backlogged things were, his visits were sporadic, at best. Honestly, he needed to see someone more often, but it was better than nothing. Despite this, he was still a great deal more withdrawn that his family would have liked.


Swimming through the ashes of another life


Naturally, things would suddenly take a nose dive.

For a week straight he called in to work sick. His body ached and he was running a nasty fever. No doubt it was high enough that going to the doctor would have been a great idea, but honestly, he couldn’t gather the strength to pull himself out of bed. Then, just like that, it passed. So, Clayton took a shower and that’s when the skin on his hands sloughed off.

It was hard to say which was more alarming: the fact that his skin had come off, or the fact that there was slick, black, inhuman skin under it. He stood there in the shower for several minutes after the water had started running cold as he tried to process all this. Then, he came to the conclusion that he needed to leave. He couldn’t explain the urge that he wasn’t safe.

After drying off and getting dressed, he grabbed his old backpack and started stuffing it with supplies: food, bottled water, some medical supplies, and so forth. He had no idea where he was going to go, and honestly, he didn’t really trust anyone enough to talk to. Reflexively, he rubbed the side of his face and then flinched at the sensation of the new skin that covered his hand. This sure as hell wasn’t right. What was going on? The thought of a mental break crossed his mind, but things seemed too damn real.

Pulling out the map of the local nature reserve, he spread it out on his table. At this time of night, the place would be closed. However, he wasn’t worried about that. He was more than capable of hiking. It didn’t take him too terribly long to figure out where he’d be going. Since the place allowed for camping, it wouldn’t be hard for him to set up somewhere.

Locking up the place, he headed out to his car, got in, and drove. The reserve was about forty-five minutes outside of town and it gave him plenty of time to go over his plan. Parking at a rest stop on the side of the road, he grabbed his backpack and got out of the car. Sighing, he flexed his hands before locking up the car.

It was 2am on a Friday night. No one would realize that he was missing till at least Monday. With a firm nod to himself, he flicked on his flashlight and jogged down the slope towards the woods.


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Re: Subject: [18+]Whatever happened to the young man’s heart? [mxm] Swallowed by pain, [r.] as he slowly fell apart

Post by Master of Shadows » Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:34 pm

Raoul tapped his fingers on the steering wheel, glancing down at the car clock. Unless he actually made an effort to note the time, he basically went by whether it was light or dark outside, or something in between. Growing up, he'd always had an ordered life, and his recent absentmindedness drove him crazy at times, but getting mad at himself didn't help anything. That didn't mean it didn't happen, not by a long shot. His anger was always there in some way, whether he was punching his knuckles raw or screaming at someone.

And, of course, the anger turned to a potent mix of hate and self-loathing that had made things worse. He'd ended up losing his job, his friends, and almost all his money. Of course he was too proud to admit that he needed help, so he'd sold off everything he couldn't fit in his '83 Chevy Blazer and had hit the road, leaving his phone in the apartment where he owed three weeks rent.

The worst part was that it was his own fault and he'd been offered every chance of avoiding it. And of course he'd turned them down - friends, family, coworkers, professionals. He didn't even remember the accident, just a flash of light and a scream that had probably been his own. And the heat, the memory of it as permanently ensconced in his mind as the knowledge of his name, that had him abandoning his home in the southern states as soon as time started creeping into late spring. Nobody had quite understood the way he'd tried to explain it, but his family had been understanding.

So he'd moved up north, following the cold seasons the way most people followed the warm ones. During the winter he went as far south as the Carolinas to avoid getting stuck in a blizzard, but for the rest of the year he stayed within a couple states' width of the Canadian-American border. A few times he'd considered crossing it, finding some unguarded back road and taking a whole new life for himself. But somehow the thought of that always made him feel like he'd be betraying Ricky, and while it was probably a whole new level of fucked up that his loyalty was to a dead man, it was what he had to go on.

Everyone told him he was lucky to be alive, but it never felt that way. He and his brother and his step-father had been on the best team of firefighters in Georgia. When the storm came, stamping out all but the westernmost point of the fire, they'd thought it would be safe to wave the others off and take one side of the last of the blaze. It had been a mistake. Ricky had ended up dead, their step-father Ben retired. And Raoul? Well, he had undeniably gone off the deep end emotionally. Of course it was no surprise to anyone that he quite the force, even though a couple of the senior firemen had tried to get him to stay at least for a few counselling sessions.

Raoul had obviously had a much better handle on things. Which was why he was driving at fuck-o-clock in the morning, the three rings on his right hand clicking against the wheel, and trying not to fall asleep. He'd passed a rest station about half an hour ago and was starting to wish he'd pulled over at the time. The fatigue had come on him suddenly but he was already having trouble fighting it, and after surviving everything he had so far, it would be ridiculous to die because he ran into a tree or telephone post.

Something big and brown leaped out into the road and Raoul swore, jerking the wheel hard to the left. He could hear the tires screeching and then the crunch of metal, closely followed by the dull thud of the airbags deploying and smacking him. He grunted at the impact, disoriented by the car rolling, but realized he'd landed right-side up not too far off the road. Cursing at the top of his lungs, he reached for the switchblade he kept on his belt and opened it, cutting the side of the airbag and then his seatbelt. The door had gotten jammed shut so he ended up going out through the window, which he'd thankfully had down at the time.

Standing outside the ruin of his car, Raoul sighed and ran his right hand through his shoulder-length blond hair. Great. Just great. No phone, the middle of the night, and his car was totalled. The engine was dead and it was probably useless to try to get it started again. What had he even hit? A deer, probably. Besides a small splash of blood on the road and some flattened weeds across from his wreck, there was no sign of anything hurt, so it probably wasn't wounded badly. The anger came back and he kicked the door as hard as he could, instantly swearing when the paint shot up the limb. Even better, he'd hurt his bad leg again.

Raoul crossed his arms and stared down the road in both directions. Nothing in sight except the woods behind him. He wondered what had startled the deer into running and felt a sudden chill. It was nighttime, and there were undoubtedly predators in whatever state he was in. Armed with nothing but a two-inch blade, he wasn't feeling very confident about his chances of surviving any encounter that he might have. Sitting in the car would be dangerous as well, he realized with a sudden shiver. Despite the cold temperature outside - it had to be cold enough for snow if there was the humidity to match - he didn't have any jackets except for a plaid overshirt.

"Fuck you, world!" he yelled into the quiet darkness. It didn't do anything except make him waste breath, but it was better than just standing there. He managed to pull his overshirt off the back of the driver's seat without tearing anything and put it on, knowing it wouldn't be much help but also knowing he should take whatever he could get. Glaring at the silent wreck of his car, he sighed and started walking down the road, limping badly on his right leg and still cold. About five miles back he'd seen a sign advertising a town in fifteen, so he had a godawful walk ahead of him.
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Re: Subject: [18+]Whatever happened to the young man’s heart? [mxm] Swallowed by pain, [r.] as he slowly fell apart

Post by Master of Shadows » Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:35 pm

As he walked, he steadily started becoming aware of an ache in his lower back that radiated down his legs and into his feet. At first, Clayton figured that it was just his shoes, but the ache kept getting worse. Eventually, he leaned against a tree with a groan, the noise startling a herd of deer. Moments later, he heard the squeal of tires and the unmistakable sound of a vehicle impacting something. There was no telling on if one of the deer had gotten hit or if someone had taken a bend in the road to fast.

Straightening up he started walking again, each exhale a hiss of pain. It felt like his hips were on fire. Distantly, he heard a man scream out his anger at the world, but all Clayton could really hear was the blood pounding in his ears. Then the world spun as he collapsed. As he laid there, the pain only got worse and it steadily spread throughout his body. Everything felt like white hot agony.

A small part of him realized that he was screaming. Steadily, the skin from his waist down sloughed off, in a similar manner that his hands had. However, the changes didn’t stop there. His legs shifted to something more digitigrade and from the base of his spine, a tail tipped with a blade that was nearly as long as he was tall. Groaning, he dragged himself forward, out of the ruined remains of his pants and boots, leaving behind the semi-transparent mess of his old skin.

Blearily, he shrugged off the backpack and stumbled to his feet. Wasn’t safe here. Needed to get deeper into the woods. Making a soft noise, he stumbled off into the darkness.
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Re: Subject: [18+]Whatever happened to the young man’s heart? [mxm] Swallowed by pain, [r.] as he slowly fell apart

Post by Master of Shadows » Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:35 pm

Raoul had only made it a couple dozen steps before he heard someone screaming and jerked to a stop. The sound was coming in the direction that the deer had been running from and the dots connected in his mind far too quickly. Someone was out there, sounding like they were being ripped apart or mauled or both. And it was coming from the direction he was walking in, which was just great. Whatever wild animal that was out there in the darkness murdering people was probably going to come in his direction next, chasing the deer or catching his scent or something. Although the sound was pretty far away, who knew what kind of predator was out there.

He should be walking in the other direction, if anywhere, but whatever had kept him alive in the past was, unfortunately, sure to keep it up. "Hey!" he yelled, figuring that making a lot of noise was more likely to scare off the murderbeast rather than attract it. "Still alive?" If someone had managed the injuries undoubtedly produced by all that screaming, they were probably in no shape to answer, but it beat hearing nothing but his boots on the asphalt.

Of course, nothing answered, and Raoul didn't see anything. As he kept walking, he realized there was the faintest smell of blood tinging the air. Fuck. He felt at his waist for the pocketknife he always carried and stopped where he was on the road, knowing that walking toward the site of the killing would be the worst possible thing. If the animal that had killed whatever poor sap was its target was still in the area, even Raoul's screwed-up luck wouldn't hold up. Still, he could at least yell again.

"Can you hear me?" he shouted, cupping his hands around his mouth. The steam from his breath hung in the air as he listened for an answer. When he didn't hear anything, he kept walking. Unfortunately lucky or not, he wasn't going to be stupid enough to go wander in the woods. Raoul knew a ridiculously stereotypical horror movie setup when he saw one.
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Re: Subject: [18+]Whatever happened to the young man’s heart? [mxm] Swallowed by pain, [r.] as he slowly fell apart

Post by Master of Shadows » Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:35 pm

In his pain and confusion, he mixed up his directions, which wasn't surprising, considering. Slowly, he trudged on, his mind swimming to the point that he couldn't tell which way was up. All he could do was put one foot in front of the other and after a short time, the soft ground gave way to hard asphalt.

Blearily, he stepped onto the road. The new claws on his feet not yet hardened enough to produce sound. From the waist and elbows down, he was entirely inhuman, the skin that covered the parts a pale grey but starting to darken in places as they dried and hardened.

Unsteadily, he stood there, legs splayed a bit much like a young fawn who was just learning to walk. In reality, the comparison was fairly apt.
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Post by Master of Shadows » Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:35 pm

Raoul kept his head down, hunching his shoulders up around his ears. It was cold and he didn't need to be stretching his neck out like a chicken. He shivered and tucked his hands in his pockets, staring at the uneven movement of his feet. There wasn't much noise except for the general night noises of the outdoors, faded by distance now. Something made a quiet sound closer and he looked up, blinking in the dim light. As he'd walked his eyes had gotten accustomed to the darkness and he could see fairly well, though he didn't have night vision by any means.

What he saw made him yell out loud and backpedal as fast as he could. He ended up falling over backwards, fighting to get his hands out of his pockets. The cold weather and the crash had made the injured muscles of his bad leg stiff and he only really had three working limbs scrambling around on his ass like a crab. "The fuck are you?" he demanded, eyes wide in surprise. God, the thing had a tail.
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Re: Subject: [18+]Whatever happened to the young man’s heart? [mxm] Swallowed by pain, [r.] as he slowly fell apart

Post by Master of Shadows » Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:35 pm

The yelling and cursing caused a delayed response from him. Looking over towards the sound caused his had to spin and he stumbled slightly. This only caused him to end up on his hands, knees, and feet; the tail flopped out behind him like some devilish worm.

Quite quickly, he was puking up the remains of the beef jerky he'd eaten an hour prior. Despite the chill in the hair, he felt feverish and the back of his shirt was damp with sweat. After a long few moments on the ground, he struggling to try and get back up to his feet, the tail twitching a bit as he moved.
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Post by Master of Shadows » Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:35 pm

When the creature ended up on its hands and knees, Raoul was certain it was about to lunge for his throat, but instead it started... throwing up? If there was one thing he hadn't expected, it was that. Some freakish creature had walked out of the woods and was now laying in the road vomiting? And he thought his life was screwed up before.

He swore under his breath as he backed up further, the heel of the shoe on his bad leg dragging on the concrete. Even his luck couldn't manage to hold up under this. Raoul was going to die on some godforsaken back road and get eaten by some kind of experiment or alien or whatever the fuck that thing was.
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Post by Master of Shadows » Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:35 pm

It took him a few moments to get back up on his feet, but he was no more steady that he was before. If anything, his legs were a bit more shaky. However, he was slowly becoming aware of the fact that he wasn't exactly alone. Slowly, he focused on the other male. Instead of actually doing anything, he just stood there and stared, dumbly.

After a moment, it vaguely dawned on him that he wasn't quite human anymore in appearance. With a slightly distorted noise, he stumbled across the road and ended up falling down the embankment.
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Post by Master of Shadows » Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:36 pm

When the creature focused on him, Raoul froze except for the trembling in his hands. Since he was putting most of his weight on his hands, his arms ended up shaking as well, but he couldn't help it. The creature was staring at him, and, fuck, the thing almost looked human from the waist up except for its hands. And for some reason it wasn't trying to murder him. What the hell had to happen to a guy to make him look like that, stumbling around on some back road? In a couple seconds the thing crossed the road, Raoul shuffling to keep himself away from it still.

When it fell, Raoul couldn't help staring after it. "The fuck is that," he muttered under his breath. It didn't look like the thing even knew what to do with itself. He couldn't even figure out what he should do, and he wasn't even sure if he could get back on his feet with the way his leg was hurting. "Jesus, this can't be happening," he swore.
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Post by Master of Shadows » Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:06 pm

He laid there at the bottom of the slope for a moment, dimly aware of an ache in his shoulder where he'd landed on it. As it was, his mind was in a total fog and he honestly couldn't think things through very well. After a moment, he managed to pull himself to his feet. Making a soft noise, he rubbed the side of his head. Nothing made sense except for the drive to find somewhere safe to hole up.

However, the adrenaline was starting to wear off and slowly, he was beginning to realize that he was having trouble walking. Things weren't moving as they should, and this only added to his confusion.
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Post by Master of Shadows » Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:06 pm

Raoul couldn't help but wonder if the thing was still alive. Evidently it was, because he could hear it moving around at the bottom of the slope after a minute. Great, it was going to come back to eat him. He managed to get on his feet again, swearing profusely under his breath, and stood in the middle of the road, trying to decide what to do. The sensible thing would be to leave it there and hope it left people alone. Besides, there was no way Raoul could take it on by himself.

And yet part of the thing had looked almost human. What if it was, somehow? Maybe it had been some kind of exoskeleton or machinery that he'd seen. Raoul knew that was hardly more logical than the thing being some kind of alien, but he really didn't want to focus on the implications of that. If it decided he was some kind of prey, though, he wouldn't have a sinner's chance in hell of outrunning it, so he edged just close enough to the side of the road to be able to look down the slope at it.
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Post by Master of Shadows » Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:06 pm

Slowly, he shuffled forward, trying to both find a safe spot and drag himself out of the fog that wrapped around his mind. So far, he was only being successful with the first act. As it was, he was unaware of the other that was watching him. Even if he was, it was unlikely that he was in the shape to even do anything about it.

Continuing on, he briefly paused to lean against a tree and slowly shake his head in an attempt to clear it. When that didn't work, he stood back up, threatening to fall over, but managing not to.
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Post by Master of Shadows » Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:06 pm

If the thing was human, it had to have one hell of a hangover. Raoul couldn't help but feel a little stab of pity for the thing. Whatever it was, it looked utterly miserable. Maybe it was some kind of youngling of whatever species it belonged to? He quickly turned down that idea, because the thing had to be way too big to be a baby. Or if it was, Raoul did not want to see the adults. The creature didn't even seem to notice that it was being watched, but Raoul wasn't going to try to get any closer. Getting a hands-on experience was far from desirable when he didn't know what he was dealing with.

Raoul still had a lot of questions, but the creature was hardly going to answer them. He couldn't help but ask the most obvious one, though, even if he was acting like the typical dumb blond in the horror movies he'd binge-watched with his brother as a kid. "Are you even human?" he asked. It was probably stupid to draw the thing's attention back to him, but it had looked so humanoid - in places - that Raoul couldn't help but wonder what had happened to it.
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Post by Master of Shadows » Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:06 pm

The voice was someone distorted to him due to the fever haze, but it was enough to catch his attention. Slowly, he turned towards it. The exoskeleton wasn't quite the pale grey of his exoskeleton was steadily darkening to black in the places where it was the thinnest. What wasn't covered by exoskeleton, that is, his head, upper arms, and torso seemed human enough. Although, his upper arms and torso were covered by a shirt.

Blearily, he stared at the other a bit dumbly. He couldn't immediately pinpoint the man as a threat, even if he was, there wasn't much that Clayton could do to him in his current state.

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Raoul caught a glimpse of something metal and shiny and he squinted at the creature. If he had a flashlight... he'd probably provoke the thing into tearing him apart, who was he kidding? Sudden lights and noises were classic triggers for more than one medical condition, and if this thing wasn't messed up in the head Raoul was a Vegas card sharp. That was only a lie because he'd never been to Vegas, but still. Now that he was actually getting a good look at the thing, it seemed even freakier than before and yet more human. The face was undeniably made of good old Earth stock. Because it was dark, there wasn't much he could do to get a better look at the thing, but he realized that the thing he'd seen was some kind of tag. 'Experiment 24601', probably.

"Jesus, you were a person, weren't you?" Raoul hadn't realized it was him blurting out the words until they were spoken, but there was hardly any time to take them back now. In his shock there wasn't really any way he would care, unless he managed to get himself mauled by some half-human thing he'd run into on a back road because he flipped his car.
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The more the other spoke, the more it forced him to think which steadily was causing the fog to lift from his mind. Quite suddenly, he was hit with a sharp ache all over his body, as if he'd been working the entire day without rest. Then, he realized that someone was in front of him. Blearily, he blinked as he tried to clear the rest of the fog from his mind.

It took him a moment to realize what had been said was a question. Had he blacked out or something? Fuck. "..Huh?" Given that the change had only affected his extremities, in terms of appearance, his voice was human enough. Steadily, he was starting to realize that things weren't quite right.

That's when he looked down. Unfortunately, the change had resulted in very good nighttime vision. He promptly made a very unmasculine sound of horror and scrambled backwards. This caused hm to lose his balance and landed on his ass. It was sheer reflex that he scuttled backwards a few feet before staring down at the freakish things that were his legs.

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The thing talked and it sounded absolutely human, like somebody Raoul would have run into at the store. His jaw dropped and he stared at it in total shock. He still didn't know what the creature was, but that had unmistakably been a word, and it had almost sounded like a question. Had Raoul startled it into realizing it was capable of communicating? If he'd just gotten himself into trouble, things were going to go badly really quickly, and he wasn't looking forward to it.

Instead of attacking him, the thing gave a horrid screech and moved way too quickly for Raoul to be comfortable with. The blond's own squawk was hardly more masculine than the creature's, and he scrambled backward from the edge of the road even though the creature looked like it was trying to get away from him as much as Raoul was. For some reason the idea that the thing didn't know what it looked like struck him as ridiculous, but if it was some kind of experiment, it made a bit of sense. No creator would want its monster to know how to function in the world, especially if it was potentially dangerous.

When he didn't hear any sounds of the thing leaving or coming to attack him, Raoul carefully edged closer. The creature was sitting down like it had fallen over and was staring at itself like it had never had the pleasure of the view before. Maybe it hadn't, for all Raoul knew. He couldn't help staring himself, because, seriously, he'd never in his life seen anything remotely like this outside of a DVD case. "You don't even know what you are, do you?"
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Re: Subject: [18+]Whatever happened to the young man’s heart? [mxm] Swallowed by pain, [r.] as he slowly fell apart

Post by Master of Shadows » Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:07 pm

The sound of someone speaking made him jump and his head immediately jerked up to focus on whoever it was. He didn't remember this happening. The last thing that he remember was just pain. Lightly, he dug his fingers into the soil. The sensation that he felt was deadened, as if he was wearing a pair of gloves. He felt a slight coolness from the damp earth and pressure from the twigs, but it wasn't as sharp as it should be.

"I...No. I was human but..." He looked back to his legs and tail, trying to ignore how the tip of the tail was twitching similar to how an anxious cat's tail might. Slowly, he flexed his toes and watched the 'skin' deform from the muscle movement.

"....Fuck my life..."
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Re: Subject: [18+]Whatever happened to the young man’s heart? [mxm] Swallowed by pain, [r.] as he slowly fell apart

Post by Master of Shadows » Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:07 pm

"Humans don't have fucking tails," Raoul informed him, unsure how much of his mind was still a person and how much was... creature. When it - well, it was a 'he' now, if it/he was human, right? - had started speaking, Raoul had almost fallen over again from the shock Talking and former human appearance was not necessarily a reason for Raoul to trust it, though, and he stayed up on the road where he'd have a tiny chance of getting more than two feet before being murdered, if things came to violence.

If he'd been human before what he was now, though... 'Fuck my life' was a wholly inadequate thing for him to be saying, in Raoul's opinion. He couldn't imagine such a change happening to anyone he knew, but he was glad it was a stranger. Seeing a friend or family member like that would have been utterly horrifying, not to mention gruesome. "Where did you come from?"
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Re: Subject: [18+]Whatever happened to the young man’s heart? [mxm] Swallowed by pain, [r.] as he slowly fell apart

Post by Master of Shadows » Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:07 pm

"No fucking shit!" He snapped. Quite honestly, he wasn't even sure how to get up. His legs now appeared to have a few more joints. Slowly, he started working to gather his legs under him, the movement a bit jerky. More than anything, he was trying to figure out how the damn things worked while trying not to get tangled up with the tail.

After a moment, he managed to roll himself onto his feet, but was still in a crouch with the tail between his feet. "Howell." Which was the city where he'd lived since he had gotten discharged.

Slowly, he focused on moving the tail. However, the thing was apparently very limber and had the same sensitivity to movement as his fingers did. So, the tail suddenly whipped around and he ended up smacking himself in the side with it, knocking himself over.

"Fuck!"
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Re: Subject: [18+]Whatever happened to the young man’s heart? [mxm] Swallowed by pain, [r.] as he slowly fell apart

Post by Master of Shadows » Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:08 pm

Apparently the guy had a pretty good idea of what a human was supposed to look like. So Raoul was faced with a very pissed off, not quite human but previously human thing, and it knew that there was something wrong with it. Whether that made it more or less likely to attack him, he didn't know. If it was an it rather than a he, which Raoul still hadn't made his mind up about.

Despite the lethal-looking tail and claws, right now the thing looked about as threatening as a baby animal trying to walk. Which was what he was watching, in a way, he supposed. Although he had no idea what had happened to the guy or how long he'd been like this, from what Raoul had seen, he clearly wasn't used to the body he was working with.

Which became even more evident when the thing knocked itself - himself? - over with its own tail. "Did you hurt yourself?" he asked on instinct. He had no idea why he was asking that, especially since the thing was probably capable of killing him one-handedly even if it was injured.
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Re: Subject: [18+]Whatever happened to the young man’s heart? [mxm] Swallowed by pain, [r.] as he slowly fell apart

Post by Master of Shadows » Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:08 pm

More than anything, he was startled, but his tail was out of the way and he was able to get back into the crouch again. "No." After a moment, he slowly rolled himself up into a standing position but was relatively unsteady.

"....I was not this fucking tall earlier."

Clayton hasn't been exceptionally tall and had clocked in at 5'7". The others in his squad had jokingly called him 'Logan' once or twice. As it was now, the height change was giving him vertigo. Blinking a few times, he focused on the other male. "Who the hell are you?"
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Re: Subject: [18+]Whatever happened to the young man’s heart? [mxm] Swallowed by pain, [r.] as he slowly fell apart

Post by Master of Shadows » Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:08 pm

Well, it wasn't hurt and it didn't seem too inclined to try to go for Raoul's throat, so maybe he'd end up living until morning after all. It surprised him how tall it was when it stood up, and it seemed to be the same for the creature. "Me?" he asked dumbly, staring at him rather like a deer in headlights. "Raoul. Tumbled my car trying to not hit a deer. Planned on walking back to the last town, but..." But he'd somehow put himself into even more pain and ended up in a conversation with a whatever-the-fuck-that-thing-was. "Who the hell are you?" He rather wanted to say 'what' instead of 'who' but knew better.
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Re: Subject: [18+]Whatever happened to the young man’s heart? [mxm] Swallowed by pain, [r.] as he slowly fell apart

Post by Master of Shadows » Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:08 pm

Lightly, he ran his fingers through his hair and then grimaces a bit at the sensation. The skin on his hand felt weird as fuck. "...Did I stutter?" No, Clayton wasn't really in any mood for bullshit. When he finally got the name, he nodded slightly and glanced around before focusing back on Raoul.

"Deer are assholes." But they made for good eating. Sighing, he dropped his hand back to his side and took a tentative step forward while attempting to not fall on his face.

"Clayton." His second step saw him wobbling windmilling his tail, ad nearly falling over, but grabbing onto a tree save him from face planting.
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