He’s charming, in a muscle-bound kind of way.
She distracted herself by observing the motion of the ripples across the surface of the pond. The water on the plateau was sweet and plentiful, and there was an abundance of game in the area. She had decided to rest and hunt here until the Gathering ended before traveling home.
The Okyran plateau was devoid of wild vranyxia. Her ears flicked toward the distant walled city, out of sight but never out of mind, not here on the plateau created to sustain it. The only vranyxia within her sensing range were there, with the priests. She snorted in disdain. The vranyxia who lived with and fought for the priests weren’t precisely traitors, but they were looked down upon for casting their lots in with the humans. She would no more consider allowing one of those to mate with her than she would consider one of those dim-witted bastardizations called avtappi.