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Sparrow Kelly Staff
 

Sparrow had been contentedly cuddling with Peregrine, wrapped around him as tightly as she could manage. Her thoughts had been falling dark since his birth, secrets she’d never be able to share with Ink. Secrets that would drive her into the ground but she had to focus on the one life she’d managed to keep. He was so small, so light in comparison to his male counterparts. He was hers, wholly.

But she’d needed to stretch, to get some water, and she’d left the den for a time, heading toward the lake, still quite frozen in some parts, to lap up what water she could manage. Only today’s atmosphere quite mirrored her thoughts more than she’d intended.

It took her a while to shake the haze of the den and her thoughts to recognize that it was actually day, that the sky was dark for some unnatural or quite natural reason that she’d never experienced. Her first thought was fire, and she glanced off but the sky was too consumed for that.

Whatever had caused it had been large, but they were far from the source, skies merely darkened for it. And so she’d headed back to the den quietly, a bit fearful of it all despite her usual confidence. It wasn’t just herself she was looking out for right now.


Dec 16, 2017 02:06 AM

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Peregrine Isabel Staff
 

Dunno how much Ink, Rook, and Faolan visit, so lemme know if I should edit anything~

Peregrine had grown accustomed to the presence of the warm being constantly beside him. About two weeks ago, all he’d known was fluid warmth. There had been bodies on either side of him, but they weren’t a source of heat like this large one was. That, and this lovely being gave him the holiest thing in his life: milk.

Life was good, he realized. It was a lot better than the loneliness of the womb. Whereas life pre-birth was full of empty bodies, this new reality, he’d sensed, held many more lives. Smells were still hard to distinguish, but after a certain amount of time, he was at least able to understand that life held more than just him and his beloved mother. He didn’t know the difference between male and female, but the shift in scent between the feminine smell of his mother and the masculine scent of The Others had been the first indicator that life contained more living things.

During his mother’s break, Peregrine had been comfortably snoozing away. Unlike the first couple of times, her absence from the den no longer frightened him. Before, when she’d gone on her water breaks, the lack of warmth beside him left him feeling alone and terrified. Now, he was better able to keep himself warm and found solace in the fact that he knew she’d always come back for him. So, instead of waking up to his mother’s temporary absence, he woke up to something different this time. Smell and feeling had been the only senses granted to him since birth. Now, however, he felt his brain fill with a mess of jumbling nonsense. His mother’s light pawsteps were caught by inexperienced ears. Confused by the sound and mildly angry at it for existing, Peregrine grunted. That, too, was picked up by his little ears. His puppy fur stood on end at the sound he’d just released.

What was going on.


Dec 16, 2017 09:38 AM — Post #1

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[ Edited: Dec 19, 2017 07:56 AM by Peregrine ]
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Faolan Fao Staff
 

Faolan had been wondering about… this darkened sky. It reminded him a lot of the fire which he only remembered because it had seemed like such a big deal. But he seemed to recall there being a scent to that particular experience that he was not getting now…

He’d observed for a long time on his own, but he had no answers.  He knew where to find a certain member of his family, though, den-ridden as she was. And maybe she could sate his curiosity.

Her scent was fresh on the outside, but she seemed to have just gone in.

“Mother?” he asked, a habit seemingly gathered from his father, greeting by name.  Also, he had a question, and questions should always be preceded with a direct address.

He didn’t go into the den, waiting to see if he would be invited. Unlike father, he could fit down the tunnel, but he knew better than to crowd the new puppy.


Dec 17, 2017 07:25 PM — Post #2

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Sparrow Kelly Staff
 

By the time she made it back to the den, the light sound of a grunting pup reached her ears, and she rushed back into the small space, nosing at him to be sure all was well before settling back into place. He was okay. Perhaps curious, though she wasn’t sure if he was yet old enough to sense anything beyond her warmth. How she wished for the day his eyes opened, but she knew such things couldn’t be rushed.

But the sound of her elder son calling out for her broke the small reverie she’d been settling into with Peregrine, so with a small lick to his head and a recheck to make sure he was alive and well, she pressed toward the entrance of the small space.

“Come, Faolan,” she called lightly, shuffling back just a bit to allow him entrance. There was no reason to keep him from the space, not when she felt so connected with her sons as she did the youngest, even if she was feeling particularly possessive of the later right now.

After another moment, she followed up. “What is it, darling?” she asked, tone calm, monicker not facetious as it often was aimed at others.


Dec 19, 2017 04:29 AM — Post #3

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Peregrine Isabel Staff
 

The familiar touch of his mother was comforting, but it wasn’t enough to shake him of the strange feeling. No matter how hard he tried to shut it out, the sounds kept on flooding into his ears. He was nowhere near perfect hearing, but the small change was strong enough to make him feel weird.

Peregrine pressed his head against his mother as she settled down, but that, too, failed to keep out the sounds. Maybe life wasn’t as easy and great as he’d once thought it was.

Then, out of nowhere, there was a sound that made “Mother” move away. A louder sound, perhaps because she was closer, responded. Peregrine squeaked in protest, greatly disliking how sounds seemed to make the warmth go away. Much to his dismay, his own voice caught him by surprise again. The world was changing and he hated it.

Desperate to hide in his mother’s fur, Peregrine clumsily wobbled after her scent. A few steps into his travels, he caught onto the masculine smell of one of the wolves who wasn’t mom. Did he know how to fix Peregrine?


Dec 19, 2017 08:19 AM — Post #4

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Rook Carra
 

Independence. It was not an area he was particularly skilled in, and yet he continued to experiment with it more specifically as their family continued to grow. He wasn’t sure what to do with the added member, and so he had kept more distance than he probably should have. Rook preferred to observe, and so he’d done just that - watched from a far. There wasn’t much to watch, with his mother in her den as he vaguely remembered in his own past. He remembered of not wanting to leave the safe place, but nothing more. Now his brother had his own safe place and Rook wasn’t sure where his was anymore. Perhaps it remained within his littermate.

Still, as the sky darkened, he sought the safety of the one who always knew the answers. Approaching the den, he found the scent of both his brother and his mother, though his paws did not bring him any further. Instead, his eyes cast upwards, to the darkness before settling again on the den before him. Rook was hesitant to be a bother.


Dec 19, 2017 03:58 PM — Post #5

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Faolan Fao Staff
 

With permission, Faolan was happy to go down further into the den, peering curiously as if he would catch sight of Peregrine if he looked at the right angle.  He hung back enough not to crowd, but felt somewhat calmed by the lack of dark sky down here.

“Is there a fire again?” he asked her straight away. “It’s very dark but I don’t smell anything strange…”

He’d been so young during the fire, really, but apparently it had clung to his memories.  A flash of dark and burning in between the more common recollection of green hills and a river in the distance.


Dec 20, 2017 12:59 AM — Post #6

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Sparrow Kelly Staff
 

Peregrine was particularly clingy today, and Sparrow noted it away in the back of her mind, having no clue what was going through the young pup’s mind, that he was hearing things. His squeaks of protest didn’t go unheard, but she was addressing Faolan. He’d live without her for half a moment even if part of her wanted to scoop him up and help stop the cries. She could hear him wobbling toward her, and she turned after a moment, grabbing him in her jaws and placing him beneath her chest as she lowered at the den entrance.

Rook showed up shortly after, looking apprehensive as well. Faolan spoke, though, and Sparrow shook her head. “No it’s not a fire,” she said softly. “I’m not sure what it is, in truth, but whatever it is, it’s far away from here. I’m sure the skies will clear up in no time.” She wasn’t sure of that much, but it seemed the right thing to say. They could worry when it came to that, if it came to that.

But in the meantime… After a moment, she paused, looking down at Peregrine. “Would you two like to meet your brother properly?” she asked gently, nosing the small boy against her chest.


Dec 20, 2017 01:22 AM — Post #7

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Peregrine Isabel Staff
 

His mother picked him up, and, for a second, he thought she was going to rid of his ailment. The moment he was set back down, though, he realized that the sounds had only increased in volume. Now closer to both speaking wolves, Peregrine was filtering in all of the different sounds and wasn’t liking one second of it.

Just as he was about to open his mouth to roll out some disgruntled squeaks, he felt light piercing through the thin layer of skin. Slowly and very carefully, his eyelids instinctively opened to slits. His ears pressed back tightly against his head—which probably wouldn’t have been too noticeable since his ears were tiny to begin with—and grumbles of confusion and anger rumbled out of him. At the nudges, Peregrine curled his face into his mother’s fur. His chest fell in relief as the world, once more, grew completely dark.

Today was just incredibly mentally draining.


Dec 22, 2017 04:01 PM — Post #8

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Rook Carra
 

Rook watched strictly as his brother moved further into the den, and Rook was seemly left alone out in the open. His ears swiveled forwards as he took a few steps, hoping to at least continue to hear what they were discussing even if he wasn’t up close and personal as well. There was no fire, his mother explained. His memories of the alleged fire were choppy, but he remembered the fear that had gripped his stomach. This was not the same scenario, and she felt that this would pass.

Well, that would be enough for him. Rook let his light eyes trace the sky once more, before her next question got his attention. She was speaking them both. Silent still, he took his last few steps forward so he was in the opening finally, gazing on the scene. Did he want to meet him? He didn’t necessarily not want to.


Dec 30, 2017 11:45 AM — Post #9

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Faolan Fao Staff
 

“Yeah!”  Faolan was quick to take up the offer, his fur crawling up his back in a way that he knew meant excitement.  It meant getting a little closer, his own golden eyes bright with wonder.  “Why is there only one? I thought there would be two,” he admitted, a thought that had crossed his mind before but chose to be voiced now.

He had his ‘twin,’ so where was Peregrine’s?


Dec 30, 2017 05:39 PM — Post #10

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Sparrow Kelly Staff
 

Faolan made his way closer, and while Peregrine seemed hardly willing to meet anyone, pressed against her tight as he was, she let her paws splay out some, at least revealing his light fur. Rook was hovering somewhere nearby, and she imagine Faolan would move out of the way to let his sibling take a peek eventually as well so she let it remain as such.

But when Faolan came down, asking after the number of siblings, her ears flattened for a fraction of a second.

“Every litter is different in size. Some wolves have four one year and one another,” she returned simply, hoping it was enough to appease the dark boy. “This year, you’ve just one sibling.”


Dec 31, 2017 08:22 PM — Post #11

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Peregrine Isabel Staff
 

Peregrine rubbed his face against her fur, but that didn’t make anything go away. There were sounds and sights to hear and see, respectively, and he didn’t like it in the slightest.

Feeling defeated, the puppy looked around, grimacing as everything was filtered in by his senses. Peregrine grumbled, clumsily placing a paw on his mom’s belly.

He was so confused. He could see what he did and it was the weirdest thing ever. Peregrine tried placing his paw back on the ground, but his coordination was still lacking. Instead, his paw landed on his other one before sliding off. He squinted down at the blurry figures, still completely confused and annoyed.


Jan 02, 2018 11:40 AM — Post #12

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Rook Carra
 

The boy decided he needed to move forward, if anything to appease his mother. So he took one step, two steps, three until he was closer. He didn’t want to linger too close, with Faolan in the way, but he tried to peer around as he listened to her explain why there was only one.

He is not like us.

Rook found his voice as he caught a glimpse of his youngest brother, through his littermate. The boy wasn’t dark like they were, but light. Light like their mother, and there was only one of him.  While her explanation made sense, it felt strange to have an addition that wasn’t like them. “Will he be different too, not like us?

The brothers with a duo, they were what the other was not. Where could a third fit into this? His brows furrowed, outside of the den as he wondered what this meant for the future.


Jan 30, 2018 09:02 PM — Post #13

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Sparrow Kelly Staff
 

Peregrine seemed discontent, and she nosed at him, pulling him closer in, in an effort to still his troubles, whatever they were. Newborns were hard to read in general. His coordination was off, and it was adorable, but Rook was here and she’d not ignore him.

“No, he’s not. He’s like me. Light in color. Now I don’t have to be the only one,” she said, jesting. But Rook had more questions.

Would he be different from his siblings, he asked, and she shook her head. “No, he’ll have his own personality, but he’ll be your brother just like Faolan is. And you’ll all get along just fine, I’m certain.” It was as much as she could offer. She couldn’t predict the future, but she hoped the three got along well enough. Time would tell.


Feb 11, 2018 07:16 PM — Post #14

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Faolan Fao Staff
 

“We’re all mountain wolves,” Faolan would remind his brother gently, as if that was the most important thing in the world and worthy of note when questioning how alike they could possibly be. 

Right now, though, Peregrine was only passingly interesting to a young mind, since he didn’t do much at all.  “Are we ever going to have sisters?” he did find himself asking, though, curious about the future. 

Maybe mother and father could only have sons, though. He was uncertain as to what made the difference. He’d met more girl pups in his short life than boy pups, but he only had brothers.

((Also good to fade this whenever, y’all. mwah))


Feb 13, 2018 02:02 PM — Post #15

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