Max watched her go and sat on a rock. He took his knife out and began carving on the sculpture he had been working on for a few days. Lupa laid on her paws next to him. The fire sparked and popped away as they sat there. Max went to his car and checked the gauges. He was low on water. he picked up a five gallon jug and started toward the stream. Lupa looked back at the fire and then at max. She shook her head and trotted after him.
Avery sighed, she needed a bath badly. She stripped hanging her clothes and found a small pool separated from the creek. It was clear blue water and it wouldn't taint the drinking water from the creek. Naked she eased her body into the heated water and smiled as she scrubbed her body clean. She was surprised by a nudge and she saw Lupa "Hey there girl, Whats oh! Max!' she noticed him and sank until only her shoulders were visible her hair wet.
Max walked along, the jug on his shoulder. At the sound of his voice he stopped and looked up. "Oh Avery!" He saw her drop into the water and stood shocked for a moment. "Uhhhh..... I'm just making a water run don't mind me." He spun on his heel and marched to the stream. He forced the jug under and held it. He was working on eradicating the memory of her body from his thoughts. Beautiful as she was he was sure she would want nothing to do with him if he showed her anything more than friendship. None of the other women had, even before the darkness came.
Avery blushed red, it seeped down to her neck and she looked down. "Uh, n-no I dont mind, take your time" she said softly. She turned her back to him and dipped her head into the water. The tatoo on her left shoulder revealed itself, a simple character in chinese, the symbol for courage and then the phrase Acquire the Courage in bold black lettering. She flipped her wet hair back and ran her hands through it. She looked around and let her hair cover her breasts she she tried to ignore his presence and reached up for her dry shirt. She stood in the water her back to him as a dragons head appeared at her hip worming its way up her leg. She set the shirt back and found a flat rock to dry herself out on. meanwhile she laid her clothes out, maybe they'd smell like sunshine then.
Max picked the jug up out of the water and set it on his shoulder. He carried it back to where Avery was and took a breath. He set the jug on the ground and removed his shirt. He had seen her tattoos and liked them very much. He hid his eyes under the brim of his cowboy hat and walked over to Avery not looking at her. He guessed where her hand was and put his shirt in it. "Here," he said gently. "You can use this to dry off with." He turned on his heel and took the jug back up. He walked back to the camp and puttered around, working on food and fire.
Avery heard him approaching and didnt move. She blushed feeling his shirt on her hand "oh n-o I.." she turned and he was already gone. She couldnt use his shirt. She set it aside and slid into her own now dry enough she dressed and carried his shirt back to him "I couldnt use your shirt, thanks for the offer though"
The sun was hot over here. Avery let out a sigh and sat by Lupa. She smiled and tied her shirt up passed under her chest. Feeling better she smiled at Lupa kissing her head. She found some jerky and fed it to her.
Max filled the boiler with fresh water and put his shirt back on. He sat by the fire and watched as Avery fed Lupa. He smiled, "It's good that you are friends now." He laid back and chewed on a piece of grass.
Avery looked over her shoulder at him "I used to have a dog, I love dogs, wolves aren't that much different in how they act" she said petting her. Lupa's tongue lolled out and the wolf looked at her. Avery giggled "Yeah, I know, come on girl lets go get you some water" she stood and began to jog away teasing her. The wolf yipped and they ran off.
Avery played with Lupa and got her to the creek to drink. They came back and Avery knelt where Max couldnt hear them "Go get him girl" she said softly. Lupa raced up to him knocking him backwards. Avery stood and watched smiling and laughing.
Avery let out a squeal and laughed. She ran her hands through the wolf's fur laughing. She kissed her muzzle. Sitting up Lupa jumped down and bounced around happily. Aver got up shaking her head "Max! You better run im gonna get you!" she said as she walked towards him.