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Sorrel had a great deal of time on her hands.

This was the price, perhaps, of swapping a small den for a massive one; the cavern had become her domain, and she would busy herself whenever she had a spare moment to sneak away—running poor Leas ragged, no doubt, though it was not her intent—with exploring. She would study every nook and cranny.

At first, this had been in a search for her mother, and the memory of her father. A quest that time proved to be futile, and with the brief but inevitable passage of time she began to abandon both hope and desire for finishing it. So her exploration began to be for its own sake, simply strolling along stony corridors and imagining what she might find there. Searching for unlikely friends, like mice and beetles.

What she found instead was a strange room, with a wide pool of water. This she approached hesitantly, curiously, leaning out over it and gazing down at the still surface. Driven by instinct and intrigue, the pup leaned down to lap at the water—and then reeled backward, surprised at the ripple of color beneath the surface.

The water, when disturbed, seemed to glow with a strange blue light. She had never seen anything like it before. It was beautiful! She stood at the edge of the water, head tilted, gaze trained excitedly on the water as the blue glow rippled and stilled, eventually dying down once the water had quieted.

That was amazing.

She reached out a paw to prod at the surface of the water, giggling at the spread of glowing light that trailed away from her touch.

What was down there? What was it that made such beautiful color?

She wanted very badly to go down and see for herself. And so, too young to know any better, she tipped forward and slid on her belly like an otter down into the water, sinking into its glittering depths, for this moment blissfully unaware of her inability to swim.


Jan 04, 2018 02:28 PM

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Rathbone finally had the new pups’ names down.

He still wasn’t entirely sure if they had adopted them yet. Leas was feeding them. They were all so young, they still needed a mother and a father. Something he was not against with at all. It was just something he had never done before and he wasn’t sure if he was doing it right. Mostly because he didn’t know how to just… become another’s father.

All of the pups called him Da. More for ease than anything else. Rathbone was a long and hard name. He would know.

The timber was heading toward the pool after a walk. A walk was he conscious for. He still didn’t understand why he had gone out into that thunderstorm. Completely unaware of himself or his surroundings.

Hopefully it wouldn’t happen again.


Jan 04, 2018 02:54 PM — Post #1

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At first, nothing seemed to be wrong.

She hung, weightless and suspended, within the glowy blue water, and her wide eyes took in the details with awe despite the burning that crept in around the edges. She was in a wonderland of color and sensation and for just that first fleeting moment, it was amazing.

But then she became aware of other things.

The discomfort of the cold.

The burn against her eyes.

The invasion of water up her nostrils.

She opened her muzzle to protest, and water rushed in, filling her tiny mouth, working its way down her throat.

Her body seized with panic. She thrashed, aimless, fruitless, beginning a slow revolution in the water, losing her sense of up and down. Her throat, instinctively, closed up against the water, trying to hold her breath, but the choking sensation sent her deeper into a panic as she began to sink.


Jan 04, 2018 03:16 PM — Post #2

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A yawn escaped him as he sauntered into the room. Maybe a nap was in order. He felt sleepy.

Until he smelt a pup. Didn’t see a pup. But saw a stirring pool.

In an instant, Rathbone was at the water’s edge. He didn’t stop to think. Everything happened quickly. For once, his mind was utterly empty. Like he was during hunting. His head darted into the water. The timber’s skull was submerged as he reached for the whelp. Grabbing them around their stomach.

Quickly, he pulled them out of the water and onto the stone floor. He began to lick the pup frantically.

Sorrel.

Poor girl. He hoped she wasn’t in there for too terribly long.


Jan 04, 2018 03:22 PM — Post #3

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She was sinking, sinking..

And then, quite suddenly, she was not.

She felt pressure around her middle. Inky blackness dotted across her vision as she was dragged back to the surface, and she lay on the floor, semiconscious, her mind a confused jumble.

She felt, distantly, the feel of a tongue against her fur, the steady rhythmic pressure against her body. She felt, too, the cold stone beneath her.

Her head lolled, jaws parting. Water leaked out. More bubbled up, retching and dribbling out like spittle from eating too much.

Her nose and lungs burned. Her body tried to remember how to draw in breath.


Jan 04, 2018 03:30 PM — Post #4

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His tail swayed a little. The water coming out was a good sign. He repeatedly lick at her belly, chest, and throat. Trying to help more of the water to escape her lungs.

Rathbone settled him down on to his stomach. Stretching out his forelegs to be on either side of her. Water dripped from the fur of his face. He felt like he had some water in his ears. They twitched every now and then.

“It’s okay,” he murmured against her fur as he continued to lick. He hoped everything was okay. There wasn’t anything else wrong, was there?


Jan 04, 2018 03:34 PM — Post #5

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Darkness taunted at the edge of her vision, but her body shuddered with the final expulsion of water. Her lungs, remembering their purpose now, expanded, a shaky breath inhaled followed by an explosive fit of coughing.

Dazed and exhausted by her brief ordeal, the pup coughed and lay weakly on her side, not fully registering the presence of this wolf, this Da who was not her Da, her savior but also a stranger. She heard words, but did not comprehend them; her mind was still swirling in a confused daze.

What had happened?

Why had the blue things tried to pull her under?

She was so sleepy. Her body shivered, cold as the water began to evaporate from her still-thin fur, the guard hairs not yet having grown in fully around her puppy-soft downy pelt. Her heart hammered in her chest, terrified, as she continued to cough and sputter and vomit up a frothy mix of pool water and milk and bile.


Jan 04, 2018 06:23 PM — Post #6

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Rathbone continued to lick, now to try to get rid of the water from her coat. Her body was functioning better now. His tail thumped softly against the stone. She was breathing and coughing and vomiting. All gross and hard, but still signs of life.

“It’s okay,” he whispered again.

He would wait for everything to get out of her before he would move her away. Find a clean spot for her and warm her back up and dry her off more.


Jan 04, 2018 06:36 PM — Post #7

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Her breathing, ragged at first, had begun to stabilize, deepening and coming more comfortably now that the excess of fluids had been expunged. It was fortunate that she had not been under very long; long enough to be terrified, and to have her body frozen with the paralysis of fear, but not long enough to fill up her delicate baby lungs.

But she was so sleepy, and so confused, and she curled in on herself like a snail, her own tongue seeking the paw next to her, grooming the larger wolf’s leg fur as he groomed her back, an instinctive urge to lick for comfort.

How had something so pretty become so dangerous?


Jan 04, 2018 06:41 PM — Post #8

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The babe was gradually settling herself down. She didn’t seem to have been under water for too long. Perhaps she had been trying to swim or just stumbled over. At this age, the whelps were still a little clumsy.

Rathbone was content to lie there for a short while. Both of them grooming each other. Tiny tongues felt weird, but still managed to bring some comfort.

“Let’s get you dried off,” he said before his teeth reached for her scruff. He moved to carry her from the watered down bile and the pool’s edge. Closer to the wall.

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If Sorrel would react to him trying to pick her up then you can ignore the part of him carrying her :3


Jan 04, 2018 06:56 PM — Post #9

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She was limp and docile in his grasp, having rather little fight in her even if she’d wanted to. She dangled as he carried her, body curling up reflexively, tail tucked up between her little rabbit legs.

She was terribly sleepy, and her eyelids started to droop as he carried her.

Such adventures could wear out a baby quite fast.


Jan 04, 2018 07:01 PM — Post #10

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Rathbone placed the girl down and then settled himself down beside her. His flank was pressed against the stone wall. He curled his larger body around her tiny one before resuming the grooming.

The timber was growing tired, too. He had been tired before rescuing the pup from drowning. Once she was drier, maybe he would fall asleep.


Jan 04, 2018 07:21 PM — Post #11

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Sleep was good. Sleep called to her even when she was not exhausted with fear, and she nodded off eagerly now, shivering and curled against him, lulled to sleep by his touch.

She would dream of beautiful lights, and of the dark monsters that dwelled beneath the surface.


Jan 04, 2018 07:34 PM — Post #12

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Once her hide was drier, Rathbone placed his head down near her. Sheltering her in a C-shape. He gave his maw a lick before a contented sigh escaped him.

Sleep was very good.


Jan 04, 2018 07:40 PM — Post #13

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