There was no way a pounce at that close range was going to miss. Tian Yue was easily bowled back into the drink. "I was wet already! You can hardly get me wetter," the Dragon King proclaimed just before his head went underwater.
Funny that. He'd almost thought he'd heard something - some kind of silly notion about being already wet and not getting any wetter.
Must have been his imagination. Such a silly thought.
Of course any motion enough to push his taller, bulkier brother into the water was more than enough to send him right back in it as well, but Xun Jiang didn't really care. Both went under, and when they resurfaced, the water dragon was laughing much like a child finally getting a bout with a well-loved playmate.
Well, that was actually pretty accurate, all things considered.
"I shall transform and crack your pool," Tian Yue threatened, trying to loom up out of the water and look a bit more imposing; physically, he had some height and breadth on his 'younger' brother. "It will be a great tragedy. The water damage to the chambers below will be immeasurable, but I will have had my vengeance..."
Then he let himself slip back into the water, paddling back a bit, away from Xun Jiang. He could not hope to best his brother in Ti Lung's own element. "What of your own scales? Show me," he challenged, eyes bright, a faint glow reflecting in the water.
The look on Tian Yue's face was an unconcealed expression of horror; the Dragon King could not fathom not remembering his own scales. "How... I... no, no, this shall be fixed, brother, it may be that you are too newly changed. Something simple like that," he said, quickly, realizing that his reaction of shock might be rude. He tried to ignore the nagging voice that said: you shifted easily the day after your coming into being, no harm done.
Time. Yes. That had to be it. Had to be. This was still all new, this was still all strange. He needed time, and first of all he needed to calm down.
Yet it was also easy to see that things might be different, that in Ti-Lung's case it might, indeed, require more time. Shaiming had fount host, became Tian Yue, and thrived. Xun Jiang, like sadly so many of their siblings, was almost like a survivor, brought back from the brink of what had almost been a second fading, in a way.
"I don't..." He finally replied, looking... well, downright miserable.
"Never fear - I am certain it is not a sign of anything," Tian Yue said, forcefully, a little more loudly than he'd meant to. "You are hale and healthy, brother, anyone could see that." And yet there was that faint niggling fear now, something he couldn't ignore - what had happened with his other brothers when their hosts failed? Had it begun, thus...
No. No. That was foolishness. The Dragon King forcefully shoved away the seed of anxiety. "Time, then; if not, our Lord can surely remind you. To hear His voice speak your true name is like..." His words trailed off as he failed to find a proper description. Instead, he heaved a sigh of pure satisfaction.
"Then you must make haste, brother! See Him, and let Him whisper scales over you." Tian Yue paddled close enough to place a large, reassuring hand on his brother's shoulder. "All will be well. This is the time of Creation, not of Destruction."
Tian Yue gave his brother's shoulder a hopefully reassuring squeeze before releasing him. "Perhaps stay in your element as much as you can until then? You may remember one morning and wake up in scales. This is a time for celebration, at any rate... and relaxation. Bother, I'm turning into a prune." The Dragon King made a face at his own fingertips, wrinkled from the water. "I'm a god. What next? Pimples?"
Ha, as if he'd need a reason to do that. No, Ti Lung was already in his element as much as possible - delighted to finally be able to feel, and be with it, again.
Illisia had gone on swims, yes, but it hadn't been the same.
An amused look at his own hand proved that he was also turning into a prune, through the water dragon certainly couldn't care less. "How undignified, brother mine. I thought you were supposed to set me a good example to me to follow ?" He teased, pushing his worries away from the time being.
"Hah! No, I feel better if it takes you the same way, Ti Lung." Tian Yue grinned and paddled towards the shore, settling once he'd found a depth at which he could both rest and keep his head above water at the same time. "Perhaps the god of Water also suffers, so."
"Only for now, I assure you." He stuck out his tongue, staying put even as Tian Yue moved to get out of the water. He felt perfectly fine in there, thank you !
Through... "Water had been reborn ? Which one ?" This was interesting, interesting indeed. He couldn't... remember what kind of relationship he and the two of waters might have had. Or even the two or rivers. But surely there'd been something there, and even if there hadn't... Well, he certainly would have liked to know of them now.