▷ @Wiz || Honeymoon
Gale chuckled silently, finding the way Hiro yawned to be infinitely endearing. He watched as his young husband drifted off into sleep, taking some time before he managed to sleep as well.
The next morning, the pair dressed extra warm and left their yurt to head north towards the small village where Gale had spent most of his years training with his master. It was a long walk over vast, rocky, snow-speckled steppes. Far off in the distance the wizard could see a herd of wild horses - or more accurately, ponies. The same variety of thick-coated equines that the locals would often ride into the mountains when they went fox-hunting with the help of their trained eagles. The wizard smiled lightly at the memory of watching the hunting parties come and go, always wanting to join them but being too busy with his training to do so. Besides, to become a hunter was a privilege only those in the clan were allowed to have. He was a foreigner, an outlander. Unwelcomed by all but his master and a few of the village children whom he would sometimes play with.
A shiver ran through the wizard’s lanky body as tiny flakes of snow brushed against his face, the snowfall gradually becoming heavier and heavier as they got closer to the mountainous region where the village was safely nestled within a ring of hills and mountains.
"The snow… is not going to let up," he said, stopping to glance around. With a sigh, he looked to Hiro and said, "We won’t make it to the village in time."
"There should be a cave that way… as long as nothing large is living in it, it should work for shelter," he said, pointing towards the nearest large hill. The hill was so large, in fact, that it could easily be mistaken for a small mountain instead. He changed direction to head towards the hill, disregarding the snow as it was soon joined by small stinging hailstones flung at him by the worsening winds. Soon enough they managed to reach the cave, but Gale did not step much further beyond the mouth of it. "Let’s stay here… If it gets much colder, I will go and… make sure it is safe… deeper in the cave. I’m… sorry about this. I was not paying attention to the weather…"
Hiro put on his all of his warmest clothes before leaving for their adventure to the northern village. He followed closely behind the wizard, admiring the snowy landscape around them as they walked. He began to feel a bit wary, however, as the snowfall grew heavier and piled up around their feet, making it difficult to walk.
Eventually, they came across a herd of wild horses. Hiro thought that his best friend back home would have liked to see a sight like this, and suddenly wished he had brought a camera along. Gale’s expression seemed distant as he gazed around him, and Hiro wondered what was on his mind.
While he did enjoy looking at the scenery, it was hard to focus as the weather became increasingly harsh and cold. Hiro soon began to shiver as the snow fell heavier and blew into his face. He pulled up his jacket tighter around his neck and grabbed his husband by the arm. “Are you sure it’s safe to continue walking in this weather?”
The pair decided it would be best to find somewhere to wait out the snowstorm. Wizard suggested staying in a nearby cave, and although his comment about large animals living inside concerned him, Hiro agreed. He was shivering pretty badly now, and to get out of the freezing cold winds was a relief. “W-we probably should have had more precaution b-before taking our trip,” Hiro commented through chattering teeth.