z-The Morrigan Posted October 4, 2011 Share Posted October 4, 2011 Three days after Jungle Storms... Morri crouched, one leg extended behind her, her head tilted back. Her right foot was beneath her, bearing most of her weight, as her fingertips pushed lightly to the floor. Despite being posed on a dance floor, she was wearing her usual tank top and olive BDU pants. The drum beat rose in a rolling tide, raising her to her feet, her body moving in sharp, jerking movements in time to the music. Tahir bounced out onto the padded floor, his own movements sharply rhythmic. The large lion's blue eyes were narrowed with concentration. Not only was he moving his body with graceful ease, he was watching Morri closely. The two novas danced together in ritualistic formality, their lean, strong bodies fulfilling the ancient story of the Primal Queen. It was a myth in the Primal Lands; the goddess who created the world had once been challenged by an intruder. The Suns ran through this ceremonial dance on the shortest day of the year, which was when the epic battle had occurred. There were many versions of the fight; the Suns' mythos said that the Primal Queen had banished the shadowy invader, releasing the sun from the shadows the evil god had tried to wrap around it. The Suns drew their strength from the sun and this dance was the story of the salvation of that power. The final music faded; Tahir said it wasn't exactly right, but it was close enough for them to practice. Normally, the honor of performing this saga in dance was reserved for the heir and a great hero of the Suns. This year, according to Tahir, that honor was being given to Morri. The respect shown to her would be used to pay off the Tribe's debt to the Morrigan. They'd even conceded to alter it a little because she was a two-legged; as far as anyone could remember, she was the first two-legged who'd be allowed to perform the saga on the Short-Day. She hadn't said so to Tahir, but she wished she'd earned it the traditional way. The Suns always treated her with stiff but complete deliberateness. Even Tahir had been overly formal with her to start; had he not been with her constantly he'd probably still be acting with excessive officiousness. "How was that?" Morri asked before repeating herself in French for Tahir's benefit. Tahir nodded. "Good. You've learned to dance quickly," he rumbled in Feliod, then repeated himself in Lion. It was the way that Morri was going to learn the more complex language, even if she'd never have the mouth for it. "I've always been good at dancing," Morri told him in both languages, an amused glint coming into her eyes. "Let me show you my music." She turned back to the music system, going out to the opnet to choose a song. As the first raucous notes poured out of the speakers, Tahir's ears flicked back. "Come in!" the human nova crowed as she started to dance. She didn't bother to repeat herself in French as she moved her body to the music. After a moment, her enthusiasm passed to the lion; with a covert look around, he started his own dancing. It was mostly shuffling his paws around in a complex rhythm with the occasional hop. "That's it!" Morri laughed as she spun around, grinning at her furred friend. Drum music: <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ee6YCgOkaXk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Modern music - mentally update for 2027: <iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/chJgaksG4sg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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