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Sorrel Vedi-Spree fenshae
 

Sorrel was confused.

She didn’t know where her mama was. There had been a meeting, and lots of words, but none of it really made much sense to the girl. She had a hard time paying attention to people talking, usually, and this time she was mostly distracted by the big question. Where was mama? Where was Da? What had happened?

Was this just what happened when you were this age? Was this what life looked like, now?

She didn’t know. But she was frightened, and confused, and more than anything just wanted answers.

And so the pup had slipped away, because it was not so very difficult for one sleepy gray pup to vanish from beneath the paws of an overworked and recently appointed guardian. Sorrel felt no particular affection toward any of the adults in the pack who had stepped forward to help. She did not know them.

It was an exhausting walk all the way back here to the old den. By the time she arrived, she was very ready for a nap.

She crawled down into the old hole, pressing herself in close against the dirt at the back. It wasn’t warm anymore. No one had slept in it to heat it up with their bodies. But it still smelled like her mother, and that helped. There were still bits of fur and fluff and she snuggled in against them and slept, and in her dreams she remembered how it felt to have a mama and a Da and how they had both looked and smelled and loved them, even if their memories were getting hazier by the day.


Dec 28, 2017 01:01 PM

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Mintaka Slash-GNR
 

The golden pup had followed her sister to the old den. In truth, Mintaka was looking for mother as well. However, she couldn’t figure why she would be around here… when they had the largest den they could wish for.

“Sorrel?” She called out. “Why by yourself?” She asked concerned. Mintaka was very protective if her sisters. Therefore, it wasn’t a surprise she was worried for the grey pup before her.

The child walked up and licked his sibling behind the ear. “Seen mother?” She asked with her signature grumpy expression.


Dec 28, 2017 02:33 PM — Post #1

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Leas Fitzroy Matti
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Leas had counted each and every little pup in the caverns and no matter how many times she checked and double checked the number was wrong. She could only find eight pups when she knew there were supposed to be ten. It was not overly difficult to figure out which pups were missing. She could find the three white babies of Achilles. All of her own children were safely where they were supposed to be. It was two of Alina’s girls that had snuck away.

She didn’t know when the girls had gone, or where exactly. Their mother had been gone for more than a day, and Leas’ knew they hadn’t been missing before this morning. Lord, ten pups were far too many for even herself and Achilles to watch over. How in the world were they going to make this work?

The dark brown mother set out from the entrance of the caves. She scented the air and then the ground. The golden girl, Mintaka, was easier for her to follow the trail of. She’d seen that pup around more, and her youngest son seemed to smell like her more often than not.

She followed the pup scent trail off in the forest, meandering after the direction she thought it seemed to go. Were they trying to follow their mother? With the recent rain Leas wasn’t sure if this was the direction Alina had left in or not.

“Mintaka, Sorrel,” Leas called sweetly but urgently. She needed to find them and bring them home before more pups escaped out the entrance.

[Arriving next round]


Dec 28, 2017 05:45 PM — Post #2

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“Hmmmmph,” Sorrel grunted, curling away from her sister’s voice, trying very hard to stay asleep and not to be pulled into waking.

She was having an important dream. She was dreaming about her parents. Or, at least, what she remembered of them, or what she’d created as a replacement for them.

At any rate, it was a pleasant dream, and she did not want to be disturbed.

A distant voice called out and she tried to fight back by covering her head with both paws, attempting to block out all the noise so she could get back to sleep before it was gone.


Dec 28, 2017 06:48 PM — Post #3

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Her sister did not reply… really. It was an irritated grunting noise. Mintaka realed backed. How dare she! The golden pup had done nothing wrong. Was it so bad to worry about her sister? She was only trying to do what mother would do.

Mintaka knitted her brows and frowned. She was entering her grump self.

Then a sudden voice caused her exit grumpyville. Turning her head, she perked her ears. At first, the girl thought it was mother. Alas, it was a stranger.

Well, not really… but she had spoken to this bigger wolf yet. Was she safe? Mintaka only worried for her friends and family. Right now, Sorrel was here and she wasn’t about to let anyone hurt her.

Standing in front if her sister, prospectively… She awaited for this beast to come and fight.


Dec 28, 2017 07:01 PM — Post #4

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Leas Fitzroy Matti
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There was no response through the trees. Perhaps it was too much to ask that the pups of practically a stranger would make this easier on her, but Leas was certainly trying here. They weren’t her pups, but that wasn’t going to stop her from caring for them. If Alina had abandoned them, then they needed a mother, and Leas would find a way to make it work.

She pressed on through the trees, following the thankfully recent pup scents. She passed through more trees and came to a slow stop. This place seemed familiar. Leas glanced around, sniffed, looked at the brush and trees. Was this about where Alina had called them all when she had explained the rest of the pack had left? Even the memory brought back all of the old worry again.

How had things possibly gone so wrong here? She had just told Rath a few days before that she was happy they had come to the forest, but here she was, out in the trees, looking for pups that didn’t rightfully belong to her. The pack was four adults, and ten puppies. She wanted to sit down and cry but the babies who had wandered away needed her, and the need to protect the pups that were part of her pack made her press on.

It took a long moment of searching to find the den, it was well hidden on purpose. As she stuck her nose and then slid her body the rest of the way down she knew she had found the pups though. It felt so wrong to be entering another wolf’s den, but she knew she would not find Alina here.

She crawled down to the place where the entrance opened up and could see the two pups near each other. She stopped with most of her body still in the entrance tunnel, just her face peaking nearer to the pups. Mintaka faced her and she gave the girl a relieved smile. “Girls you worried me. Why’d you come so far out here?” Leas was sure she knew the answer. “Are you hungry, or cold?” She asked quickly as well, trying to look them over to make sure no harm had befallen them.


Dec 28, 2017 07:14 PM — Post #5

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Sorrel Vedi-Spree fenshae
 

Sleeping wasn’t going to happen. She might slide back asleep, but the dream was gone, vanished. She stayed where she was, frozen, paws over her head, fur bristling.

There was someone here. Someone who was not Mama or Da or even another of her siblings. It was strange.

Sorrel, always so eager to make friends with unusual things—worms and beetles and whatnot—didn’t want a friend right now at all. She wanted her mother. She wanted to understand what was happening.

“Want Mama,” she muttered, muffled beneath her paws. “Bad cave take mama ‘way.”

That had been it, right? They’d moved to the cave and then Mama had vanished? It was the cave’s fault. She didn’t want to go back there.


Dec 28, 2017 07:29 PM — Post #6

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There she was. My goodness! It was a bigger Adhara! Mintaka didn’t know how to feel about that. She hadn’t liked the girl at first, but they had a good time playing until Auberon hurt his tail.

The large wolf asked if they were cold or hungry. That is all she gathered from all the sounds.

Was she hungry? Heck yes! Perhaps… maybe… The golden girl had tried to eat her sister. A small wolf. Maybe larger wolves were edible? It seemed all that was available at the moment. It wasn’t like she was going to try and eat her other sister… Sorrel. The girl licked her lips at the thought and wiggled her nose.

Wait. Auberon.

“Auberon… where?” She asked as she padded around the bigger Adhara. Where was her best friend?

Then ears perked, she looked at Sorrel. “Ya… where mamma?” She asked tilting her head. Was she lost in the caves? Is that what Sorrel was trying to say?

It seemed possible. Perhaps she and Auberon could explore together again? The golden pup smiled inwardly at the thought if spending more time with the boy.


Dec 28, 2017 07:42 PM — Post #7

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Neither girl seemed thrilled to see her. At least neither cowered in fear though. Perhaps they remembered her from their past meetings? She smelled like the caves and the pack at least, hopefully that was some sort of familiar comfort to the pups. “I’m Leas, I’m a friend of your mama’s.” This much was the truth, or at least mostly the truth. Leas and Alina knew each other, surely they would have become friends under other circumstances. Leas didn’t yet know what else to say to the girls want of their mother back.

Leas continued forward out the tunnel and stepped over the little golden pup who had come closer. She smiled at Mintaka. It was true that her pups had been making friends here. The brown female lay on her side in the wider part of the den. Mintaka had looked like she had perked up a little bit at the mention of food. Leas relaxed back a little and motioned at her belly. The pups were still young enough to nurse, if they would come that close. Perhaps the fact that she smelled like her son - and that Auberon smelled like her - might coax Mintaka closer at least.

She took a deep breath. At least she had found the pups, that was one problem solved, now to just convince them to follow her back because she was not going to manage to carry two of them, and forcing them back would just make them run off again no doubt.

“I know you want your mama,” she said calmly to them, using as gentle a voice as she could. “Your mama had to leave for a little while, but she left you with us, with me, so that we could take care of you while she was gone.” It was almost certainly a lie, who knew if Alina would ever come back. “Your mama wanted you to stay at the caves so she would know where to find you later. Do you think you could come back there to wait for her?” She turned her attention to Mintaka in particular, the golden girl seemed more interested, easier to help in this situation. “Auberon is back at the caves waiting for you,” she said, a little smile for the sweet golden pup. This plan needed to work, it needed to work so much so that Leas could just tuck these babies back into the cavern corner with her own and find some possible way to keep all of their lives moving forward without further catastrophe.


Dec 28, 2017 07:55 PM — Post #8

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“Mama come back?” Sorrel lifted her head, hopeful. “Mama go wi’ Da? Come back find us?”

Her nose worked, scenting fresh milk, and her little toes twitched with the anticipation. A rumble of hunger rolled through her belly. Maybe it would be okay to eat, if mama said this lady was supposed to watch her.

“S’your name?”


Dec 29, 2017 11:49 AM — Post #9

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Mintaka hesitated. This woman said mother was out, but would be at the caves.  Mother wouldn’t leave without telling them. She was always kind and… with them. Mother was always around.

Mintaka remembered when she chased the hoppy thing and mother was there laughing… She edged her on to hunt the creature.

This… wolf… wasn’t mother. Where was mother? Mintaka wanted her now. They were her children… She wouldn’t go anywhere without them, or she would tell them.

Where was mother?

The lady was attempting to coax them closer. She said Auberon was at the caves waiting for Mintaka. The golden girl liked the idea if going back to the boy. However, family was more important. Mother was more important.

Nothing added up, but everything was foggy and confused in her puppy mind. She couldn’t really think straight.

With that, Mintaka began to back away from the scent of milk. It was mother… it felt wrong in a way. Though she gave a tough and grumpy persona… Mintaka still had feelings on the inside.

She wanted to curl up against mother and play. She wanted her mother to coo to her… child if the stars. That is what she called her… where was that sweet, loving voice?

The girl began to look around as she backed up. Her head crouching down and tail tucking. Where was mother?


Dec 30, 2017 02:11 PM — Post #10

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Leas Fitzroy Matti
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The gray-ish girl had questions for her, and Leas wasn’t sure how to respond immediately. She was already half-way into the lie, and it seemed kinder to coax the girls back to the caverns now, and let them slowly forget their mother. Leas did not want them to think they were abandoned orphans. She didn’t know how or why Alina could leave her pups, how she could not want them, but Leas wanted them.

“Your mama left you with me, so I could take care of you. You have to stay in the caverns so you’re safe and your mama knows where you find you.” It was the best explanation she could give. She didn’t want to tell the girls their mother was coming back if she wasn’t, but Leas also wasn’t going to leave two helpless pups out in the forest alone.

She saw how Sorrel seemed interested in eating even while Mintaka had a change of heart and tried to back away. “Shhhhh, shhhh,” she cooed at the pair, Mintaka in particular who seemed increasingly upset. “Sorrel, Mintaka, I’ll keep you both safe, and warm, and fed.” She smiled at the pups and relaxed onto her side further. She nodded down at her belly. “Do you want to eat? It’s okay, come here babies, where it’s warm.” She thought if she could just get the girls to eat once, or snuggle with her once it would help calm them, and set the group back towards some sort of normalcy.


Dec 30, 2017 02:52 PM — Post #11

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She did like food, and this lady smelled like food.

Beggars could not be choosers, and so hesitantly, the little girl crawled toward the milk-smell at the brown lady’s belly, nosing about for a teat.

It wasn’t mama. But it was better than being hungry.


Jan 02, 2018 02:20 PM — Post #12

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Mintaka was disgusted by her sister giving up mother so easily. It’s like she meant nothing to her! It had been like a day and Sorrel already was going to another mother.

Well… Not her. The girl shook her head and narrowed her gaze. “No” she said simply. She didnt want to talk anymore. It was just sounds anyway… Actions spoke more than words could ever.

Maybe mother wasnt really gone… Maybe it was just words. Minta hadnt seen her leave… So perhaps it wasnt true.


Jan 03, 2018 04:40 PM — Post #13

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Azalea was behind. Her paws couldn’t care her efficiently enough, nor could she even process the entire journey she was taking. She saw Sorrel leave and she didn’t do anything. She saw Mintaka leave and she didn’t do anything. Then, she saw the larger brown wolf leave…and..and…

What would her mother want?

With her heart beating as fast as a cicadas chirp, the black Azalea waddled forward. She already knew where they were going, but it was difficult. The cave was supposed to be her home. Ma had said so. And that Kin would be there. And Kin was there but not… not the way Ma was. Kin was difficult to understand and he was always troubled with the other pups.

Azalea felt left out, but didn’t do anything about it. She sat in her puddle of youthful self-pity and watched her siblings leave. Now, she was taking the steps to see where her siblings went, not because she wanted to, but because its what she thought she would do. Ma always made her follow them, therefore Azalea would follow Mintaka, Sorrel, and Aster to the end of the earth if that is what it meant.

But, as she came upon the scene, her big pale blue eyes shone like the full moon in the night sky. Her eyes were slightly sunken into her small face. It hurt. Standing in the entrance of the den, their old home, and to look down into the entrance and see that they were feeding off the lady, the woman. Ma didn’t even lay that way because Azalea knew the best spot to get attention and everything felt backwards.

“Ma?” She squeaked. She felt her chest beginning to rise and fall, her breathing increasing. She was confused. Very confused.


Jan 03, 2018 07:24 PM — Post #14

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Leas kept up her smile and gentle beckoning sounds to the girls. Sorrel was the most easily convinced, and Leas breathed a sigh of relief when the pup crawled forward and began to nose at her the way her own pups did before nursing. She used her own muzzle to nudge Sorrel closer, bringing the gray pup right against her and snuffling at the fur on the back of her head in what she hoped was a comforting way.

The tan pup was not so easily convinced, and went so far as to say ‘no’ to Leas. Was it a no that she didn’t want to eat? Or more of a general no to this entire situation? Leas supposed it was difficult for the pups, confusing maybe too. They had come all the way back out to their den in search of their missing mother, but they wouldn’t find her here - not today, and probably not at any days in the future.

Leas put her attention back to Sorrel for a minute, getting a single lick across the girls back when a new voice piped up from the den entrance. Oh geez, had this pup followed her out here? She hoped her own children hadn’t tried to follow. “Oh Azalea,” she said with a tinge of a sad note in her voice. The girl looked absolutely bewildered, and she too had come looking for her mother.

“Come here Azalea, it’s okay,” she said softly to the little girl, nodding her head. She wanted to beckon the pup closer without disturbing Sorrel. “Your ma had to leave, but I’m here to look after you.” She paused for a moment, seeing if the girl seemed to understand that, or come closer. “Are you hungry?” She beckoned Azalea forward again. Then she leaned to lick across Sorrel’s back, getting into the gentle routine of bathing the girl while she nursed - as Leas had learned to do with her own pups. She looked back to Mintaka. “Would you like a bath?” She didn’t know what the girl thought of bath time, but perhaps that would coax her closer. If nothing else, Leas would carry the girl back to the caverns if she truly would not listen.


Jan 03, 2018 09:03 PM — Post #15

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