The Night's LullabyIt was dark.The Night's Lullaby
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Beyond her eyelids, shadows danced, stretched, morphed into figures both familiar and foreign. The air was cool, the faint scent of petrichor rising up from the depths of the tunnels, the sweet scent tinged with a salty must, the kind that clung to fur, embraced bodies in its grasp, lulled beings of shadow to sleep.
But sleep wasn't coming. It lingered just out of reach, was chased away by the erratic pounding that had cursed her chest every night since the approach of the Day had neared. She wasn't ready, wasn't ready, she was scared....
A quiet exhale emerging from her lips, the darkest of the Four jolted upwards, pale blue eyes blinking open in the darkness of the nursery, pupils swelling, constricting as they tried to catch the faintest drops of light, trickles of moonlight managing to peer through ravaged cracks in the layered stone, reflecting almost ethereally off of the quartz she grasped in her paw. Its smooth surface was dappled with tiny droplets of saline, echo