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Gaylin and the fox
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No Plagiarism!ut5F949BaHSy32rYxsRAposted on PENANA

(Note to the reader because of the limited word count I was not able to explain Josh only adopted Gaylin for two months whilst the family searched China for his dad Yè fēng. He mainly calls Josh dad out of respect for looking after him whilst he stayed with the family for a year.)copyright protection7PENANAyi4eCgeMM9

The snow begins to fall like cottonwool, the wind has that icy nip to it which makes everyone want to stay in front of a roaring fire, all snug and warm. This is what most people do in winter, but not Gaylin Spear. He hates staying indoors, he likes to be out exploring the land and what he enjoys the most is walking up to his knees in snow.copyright protection7PENANA4hCaXMe6op

One day whilst out exploring the high hills near his home he begins to hear the weeping of a dog in distress. He quickly follows the sound to find it is coming from a young white fox: its back paw is trapped in a snare.copyright protection7PENANANgXRipQQRH

Gaylin quickly gets out his knife to cut the animal free, but with the injury to its leg prevents it from running away and he cannot leave it to die; so he gently picks it up and carries it home. Normally the animal would go for the person helping it and would have be put to sleep before the vet is able to take it anywhere. This is not the case for Gaylin with him being a Dream Deity, common name Dreamer, with them being able to take away nightmares; they are also empathic which gives them the ability to channel calming thoughts into a person or animal without their knowledge.copyright protection7PENANAqqZuFCLTox

Gaylin places the fox inside his thick coat to keep it warm as he makes his way home through the deep snow. It is beginning to get dark by the time he reaches the outskirts of his village, he gently strokes the top of the fox’s head and whispers, “Nearly home”.copyright protection7PENANA3sPGCMsRSR

Josh, Gaylin’s adopted father is beginning to worry as his son is always home before it grows dark. He puts on his coat and heads out to look for him.copyright protection7PENANAgG7eyqDogv

Josh became Gaylin’s dad in 1200AD after his entire family were killed by the Day Walkers, which were a terrible army of women, half Vampire and half mortal, that swept across the world like a black cloud, killing everything in their path. Josh himself lost his wife and daughter to them. He is another form of god which the mortals call Annihilation Deity because they can produce fire in the palms of their hands.copyright protection7PENANA5GV5bAHWu5

Gaylin is making his way through the marketplace.copyright protection7PENANAuxyjdb6G2Z

All of its little stores are covered in snow and long icicles hang from the roofs, Gaylin can see a ball of fire coming towards him through the blizzard and he begins to wonder who could be out on a night like this?copyright protection7PENANAxjGEye4bCk

   “My dear boy, there you are,” says Josh, running over to him, as he makes his hand into a fist to extinguish the fireball.copyright protection7PENANAHH1CNdduaH

   “Dad, you didn’t need to come looking for me.”copyright protection7PENANAAEe8Ysj58m

   “Oh? I’m not allowed to worry, when my son is not home after dark?” Josh asks, leaning down to look into his son’s eyes.copyright protection7PENANA4FFKkdYppB

Gaylin giggles and replies, “It is a parent’s duty to worry, but as you can see I’m fine.”copyright protection7PENANAK6jLJ6ZXA9

Josh nods and says, “Which I am pleased to see. Come.”copyright protection7PENANAEaOTjNlCSu

They both head home and once they are inside the warm kitchen, Gaylin places a towel on the table before he removes the fox from his coat.copyright protection7PENANAZWaFHuSGTi

   “The poor girl, where did you find her?” Josh asks, giving the animal a stroke.copyright protection7PENANAhDpAp9Ho6i

Gaylin goes on to tell him whilst he takes a closer look at the paw and continues, “I don’t think it is broken, can you confirm?”copyright protection7PENANAyLsnEMa0p2

Josh nods, he gently feels it and replies, “No, it is just badly strained. Let’s take care of that cut.”copyright protection7PENANAvoZF3H9Wn3

Gaylin fills a bowl with warm water, he grabs a cloth and carefully cleans the area where the snare has torn into the flesh whilst his father keeps the fox distracted with some pieces of cooked duck.copyright protection7PENANAfEGEf6OWvU

Once the paw is clean Josh helps him to place a dressing around it that contains healing herbs and they both make her a nice bed near the fire to rest.copyright protection7PENANAe3FHrktBlS

The following morning the gods call a village meeting to inform the people what has happened on the outskirts. The mortals are shocked that an innocent animal, who is happily lying in Gaylin’s arms, has been hurt by the very thing which is banned. They are all relieved to hear all the fox has suffered is a sprained paw and she is on the mend. A group of hunters decide to head out to check no more have been set.copyright protection7PENANAEQhEwklGhI

A little girl walks up to the Dreamer, she goes to stroke the fox but her mother quickly pulls her hand away, making Gaylin say, “It’s all right, she can stroke her.”copyright protection7PENANAJwnqbCwZz2

The mother performs a slight bow and releases her daughter’s hand.copyright protection7PENANATN6zvxUZ8g

The little girl runs her hand down the side of the fox’s body and says, “So soft... How do you know it’s a girl?”copyright protection7PENANARN79rDtMjL

   “My dad knew the moment he saw her.”copyright protection7PENANAv3hStsu0s3

  “How?” the girl asks, looking up at the huge Annihilation Deity.copyright protection7PENANA2mR9VmGQmP

Josh crouches down, he taps the left side of his nose and replies, “Her sent is not as strong as a boy’s and her markings are also different.”copyright protection7PENANA7eCen4SRRb

   “Oh, so boys stink?”copyright protection7PENANACmfTeImJJO

Josh nods and replies with a slight laugh, “That’s one way to put it. However, most humans cannot smell the difference.”copyright protection7PENANANMaEV61BXn

   “I guess we have to be the same as you,” says the little girl, pointing a hand towards him.copyright protection7PENANAq4B3iZ7bQY

The Annihilation Deity gives her smile and replies, “Yes, I’m afraid so, my dear.”copyright protection7PENANAnskCmzkJi4

The mother pats her daughter’s shoulder and says, “They need to get the fox home.”copyright protection7PENANAy6QJKLPMmN

“She’s fine, but you’re right she needs to rest,” says Gaylin, winking his left eye.copyright protection7PENANAaNRMQaLYlC

The little girl gives the fox one last stroke before the gods head out of the meeting hall.copyright protection7PENANAXI4hkrRFaa

It is late afternoon when the hunters arrive back, they all head over to Gaylin’s home to offer him and Josh some large salmon.copyright protection7PENANAJIgzr1lhNH

   “Here, this one is for the fox,” says one of them, holding out a medium size fish.copyright protection7PENANA5YvWKm7wlt

   “Thank you, Gust, she is going to love that,” replies Gaylin, as he takes it.copyright protection7PENANA8ibdAwErcO

  “Spear.”copyright protection7PENANABWxSwZTRgG

  “Yes, Raven?”copyright protection7PENANAzlF5iprqWM

   “Could she be a Fox God? As we have not come across any more traps. We know from experience no hunter lays just one.”copyright protection7PENANAT555iFCW6O

  “Raven is right this is a test, a test to see if we can take care of god, right Spear?”copyright protection7PENANALILiAhht9y

Gaylin nods and replies, “I think you’re both right, Windfall, as I also believe there is more to our little guest than just being a wild fox. Even though my bracelet is not glowing nor my guardian has come forward, it does not mean we’re not dealing with one as they can be very cunning, so we must take very good care of her.”copyright protection7PENANAaIUPOcffDc

All the hunters nod in agreement and go on to inform the gods the people have also begun to lay offering at the statue of the god which makes them very happy.copyright protection7PENANA2wh7BzNdwU

The hunters all perform deep bows to the gods and the fox before they leave the house to return to their families.copyright protection7PENANA2hCNAd5SHe

Over the following weeks the fox’s paw continues to get better and Gaylin is pleased when he sees her hunting for a vole under the snow, she jumps into the air to dive head first in the deep snow up to her back hips and comes out with the rodent in her mouth.copyright protection7PENANAqSXlILyX1b

   “Well done,” he says, giving her a stroke.copyright protection7PENANAa4Hrcj0Zwx

The fox trots proudly back to the warmth of the kitchen to eat her prize.copyright protection7PENANATzOwmpKrhr

The following day Gaylin decides to lead the fox back to where he found her, in the hope she will return to the wild, but she just follows him back which tells him she may not be well enough to head home, so he allows her to stay another week then tries again.copyright protection7PENANAGIjD31pBZq

This time the little fox runs to the top of a high hill, she looks back and barks.copyright protection7PENANAM9uuBHNCGk

   “All right, I’ll follow you,” replies Gaylin, running over to her.copyright protection7PENANA9ATY6gnQHE

The fox waits until he has caught up with her before she continues to walk along the top of the hill for another three miles, then sits down staring out across the landscape.copyright protection7PENANAionC1qDq1D

Gaylin is expecting the fox’s family to appear, but all he can see is nothing other than endless snow going on for miles in all directions.copyright protection7PENANAQONlio250J

Suddenly, a strong wind comes out of nowhere whipping the light dusting into a huge column and out of it comes a massive paw, slowly followed by a head then the rest of the body.copyright protection7PENANAp9jj7qzvhg

Gaylin watches the column of snow form in to nine long bushy tails and he whispers, “A nine tailed Fox.”copyright protection7PENANAazExbGXP7Z

   “My son, he would like to thank you for taking care of his daughter,” comes a deep man’s voice with his mind.copyright protection7PENANAtYNgj6EmbE

Gaylin is pleased to see his guardian has appeared beside him, who is a twelve foot creature from the other realm who could be mistaken for the grim reaper with him wearing a long black hooded robe and has blueish purple orbs for eyes, he looks up at him and says, “Nightfall, I was right this was a test to see how we would take care of a god.”copyright protection7PENANA6BOpUWQtr7

The guardian nods and replies, “He is pleased to see his dear daughter has recovered very well.”copyright protection7PENANAKBHp8T56Jc

The Dreamer looks to the Fox God and asks, “Why? Why did you feel the need to test us?”copyright protection7PENANA5cbTsuZ6Rb

   “He wanted to be sure the mortals still honoured us gods. But he never thought it would be a fellow god who would have stumbled across his dear daughter and helped her. He cannot thank you enough.”copyright protection7PENANALXMznGvdaX

Gaylin performs a slight bow and replies, “You’re welcome. I’m just pleased I was able to help her.”copyright protection7PENANAlUy2kHWqNF

The Fox God bows his head, then he vanishes in to a column of snow and the little fox also bows before she disappears into a small cloud.copyright protection7PENANADTROMjjMqa

Gaylin turns to his guardian and says, “Thanks for your help.”copyright protection7PENANAXc8JMvqiIB

Nightfall gently pats the Dreamer’s shoulder and replies, “Any time my son and see you again.”copyright protection7PENANAf4vN7Qv3gi

Gaylin waits for his guardian to disappear back in to the other realm then he makes his way home and goes on to tell his dad what happened.copyright protection7PENANAITbAHYU0Kk

Josh is a little confused, but at the same time he is pleased to hear the young fox is now reunited with her father.copyright protection7PENANAbIxjsjOSBx

The following morning the hunters notice all the offerings around the Fox God’s statue are gone and in their place are beautiful crystal flowers all over the shrine. Gust quickly goes to inform the gods.copyright protection7PENANAtQCZEJP9M5

Josh and Gaylin are both shocked, they watch them sparkle in the morning sun.copyright protection7PENANAsvZE5GCZHn

Nightfall informs the Dreamer they are a gift from the mother Fox God and they will continue to glow as long as people remember them.copyright protection7PENANAkS5Rbxb0qM

Gaylin knows as long as he worships the Fox God the people will do too and he was right, even to this day people still place offerings at the shrine and stay to watch the crystal flowers sparkle.11Please respect copyright.PENANAzB4FtgdEhD
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The end.copyright protection7PENANAOUbOzhuchc

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