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Holly Atari
 

“Ash! Sayaaaaa! Ro?”

C’mon kids, Momma was bored and needed entertainment. Plus like, teaching life lessons and shit.

She gave a little howl for them, tail wagging in excitement for what she had planned. Ash had recently been in the river, and as such she reckoned it was a good idea to give him a proper swimming lesson, along with the others in case, you know. They fell in and didn’t have their brother’s weirdly strong sense of self-preservation.

They might be a little young, but then again.. She had no idea. These three were the trial run, sorry guys. Holly was learning just as much as they were.

She did wonder if Regent might pop by to help, if the ginger was nearby. It’d be handy, of course, though then again the older girl wasn’t too snazzy around the kids still. Better, but at swimming lesson level?

Ehhhhh.

Holly could do this on her own if needed, though she did need the actual children present. Hence a few more yaps for the brood, each one a little more impatient.


Jan 08, 2018 02:03 PM

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Saya Zeri
 

Woohoo! party!

Growing up and wondering around more was fun! Following Ash around when she could was also fun. He seemed to always know what to do. He was very reliable! She’d always follow if she finds him up to something!

Spending time with mommy was also great. Saya was learning a lot and she was enjoying it most of the time, except when it got too difficult. So whenever someone would call Saya was ready to go see what was going on. Especially if it was family related!

Mommy called, Saya made her way over happily. She bounced through the grass to join her. Oh! Back to the river? She had to show her what she talked about last time! “Mommy! come see!” She said while running towards her.


Jan 08, 2018 02:35 PM — Post #1

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Ash Chris Staff
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((Gonna be suitably vague about the last Ash thread as it’s a bit of a group thread and not so fast moving but he would definitely be here :)))

Ash let out a bark from where he was currently doing zoomies a short distance away. Usually he had a bit more purpose to where he ran, but these were definitely random zigzagging to-and-fro zoomies, tail tucked under his butt and black and white paws flying.

He started to zoom in the right direction though.

Coming, Mum.


Jan 08, 2018 03:28 PM — Post #2

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Holly Atari
 

Two kids down, only one to go. Though, if Rowan didn’t get his butt moving soon she was going to have to do this without him. Her tail swished in greeting as Saya came bounding over, ears perking as she caught sight of a white blob making its way over to them. Fast.

Definitely Ash then.

Knowing it wouldn’t be long till he joined them, she turned her attention back onto Saya. “Come see what kiddo?” Had she found something interesting?


Jan 13, 2018 10:07 AM — Post #3

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Saya Zeri
 

Saya keep running, passed mother and straight to the river’s edge! That’s where the reflections were and that’s what she wanted to show. Yup it was still there! “Look! Look!” She said as she pointed at her own reflection. “It’s Ro!” Except for the eye color difference that she did not notice.

Showing things that she discovered was always exciting. “You see? You see?” Mommy could see it right? Saya stepped back so mommy could have space to see the Ro reflection. She wiggled excitedly and watched her look at the discovery!


Jan 13, 2018 10:49 AM — Post #4

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Rowan Jill
 

He was getting his butt moving! Rowan was coming! Tugging himself from the most recent comfortable place he’d found to settle into was simply always a struggle, and would likely always be one. But he was coming!

On sore paws he padded his way over, stopping every few paces to gnaw at his toes. Poking his claws into an anthill the other day had not been a wise decision, in fact, and he’d earned more than a few bites to his pads for it. The itchiness wasn’t that big a deal, but it was bothersome, and he let out a whine when he saw his mother not far away.

“Hnnnnnngh! Mum!” he cried, and kept his mouth parted to complain at her, only to hear Saya say his name and point at the river.

Wait, was she looking at Not-Ro again? The one who’d made the water go up his nose?

Consider his ant bites momentarily forgotten.

“No, Say, I right here!” he barked, sauntering up to her with a high-pitched giggle. He pressed his nose into her shoulder and gave a huff through his nose, hoping to tickle her.


Jan 13, 2018 10:48 PM — Post #5

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[ Edited: Jan 13, 2018 10:52 PM by Rowan ]
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Ash Chris Staff
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Zoom-zoom-zoom. Ash reached his family but did a little runaround circuit instead of stopping. He finally came to a halt, digging his paws in and skidding out like a racecar over the grass.

A snort of exasperation. “Saya, I told you, that no Ro! It you!” He grumbled. Man, sisters NEVER listened.


Jan 15, 2018 04:34 AM — Post #6

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It’s who now? Oh honey. Holly stifled a soft giggle at her enthusiastic daughter, as she bounded over to the river’s edge. Sure, her reflection could be mistaken for Rowan’s - if you completely blanked on the eye color difference.

Still, she was patient enough padding over, about to explain again about how Saya was looking at herself. Only, both boys finally showed, Rowan sort of whining at her. “You okay there Ro?” Holly yipped, not too concerned as it was.

If he was walking and giggling, he wasn’t dying.

Ash had the right idea, his mother nodding briskly at the pup’s explanation. “Look at the eye color, Saya. Rowan has blue eyes - yours are this shade, brown.” She pointed obviously to their three reflections, her own, and the almost-twins.

But, enough of this business. The fun stuff was more important! Or well. Let’s hope it was fun.

“Guys, listen up! Your brother,” she flicked her eyes to Ash, one eyebrow raised, “seems to be all up in the water lately. Before something bad happens, I want to teach you guys how to swim. So that’s what we’re gonna try today! Everyone good with that?”

If there were no objections, she’d start this off.


Jan 15, 2018 01:08 PM — Post #7

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Saya Zeri
 

Soon enough the whole complete family was here! Rowan came over, saying he was there instead of in the water. Saya knew the water made copies so it was no surprise that there were two Rowans. Her brother tried to tickle her, making his presence well known. She stayed put and looked at him with a smile. That didn’t tickle her that much, she resisted.

Mommy and Ash both tried to explain the Ro clone in the water. It was pointed out that the copy had brown eyes. Saya wasn’t that aware of her own eye color but she could easily see that Rowan’s eye were not brown. So it all clicked after she inspected the reflection again. “Hello Saya.” She waved with her paw and it made her giggled to see her reflection do the same.

The reason for being over here was coming up. Something bad, water, swimming. It wasn’t that easy to understand adults but she did understand the general idea. Saya was a little unsure though. Curious, she waited for mommy to continue and watched. What is swimming?


Jan 16, 2018 03:51 AM — Post #8

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“Hmm,” Rowan hummed in response to his mum’s question. Her asking brought the bites back to the forefront of his mind, their throbbing dull but persisted, but it didn’t take him long to focus on Saya once again.

Mostly because she was looking down at him, triumphant in the wake of his attempts to tickle her, and he scoffed. Before he drew his muzzle from her shoulder, he gave her a quick lick.

It was then that he watched her inspect her clone in the water, going so far as to wave to it. He frowned gently to himself, hoping it wouldn’t splash water up her nose as his own reflection had done to him. That had been mean.

Mum commanded their attention in the next moment, and Ro obediently turned to her. He tilted his head at the word “swimming,” understanding from her explanation that it had something to do with the water, and dread welled up inside him.

Surely, what he asked next had to be on both his siblings’ minds, too.

“What swimming?”


Jan 17, 2018 01:32 AM — Post #9

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Ash Chris Staff
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Oooooh brother.

Mum had to waste time explaining to Saya the scentless reflection in the water wasn’t her. How was this confusing in the slightest? Ash had figured it out the first time he saw reflections. They weren’t real.

He grunted when Holly asked about being ready to swim. The grunt roughly meant: Yeah Mum. Then he nudged Rowan with a watch this grunt since his much lazier, slower brother didn’t even know what swimming was yet. 

Without waiting for Mum to show them, since he already knew full well how to swim (come on Mum he figured it out AGES AGO this was old news!) he simply slipped into the water, pushed off the ground with his strong little hindpaws and began a rather graceless but undoubtedly mobile dog-paddle through the shallows. It wasn’t pretty, but it was definitely swimming.


Jan 17, 2018 03:57 AM — Post #10

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Obvious question came next - what’s swimming? Well, Holly was fully prepared to answer it, offering up a grin and opening her mouth when.. Well go on Ash, steal the spotlight why don’t you. She stifled a slight eye-roll, but watched his technique nonetheless, which.. Wasn’t too bad.

I mean, it looked a little flaily, but hey. He wasn’t sinking.

“Well, Ash just showed you guys. That’s swimming. Isn’t too hard really, I’m going to teach you how. It’s important to know, in case you fall into a river.” So you didn’t like. You know. Die.

But let’s not get into those kinda dark topics just yet!

“Basically, it’s like walking but in the water. Try and copy my movements guys, take your paw like this..” she lifted her right leg up, and started making a paddling motion with it, “And you do that with both front paws.” Holly kept paddling a bit, nodding to Saya and Rowan. “C’mon, let’s see what ya got.”


Jan 20, 2018 04:35 PM — Post #11

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Saya watched and then was shocked to see Ash go into the water. It’s like he was about to disappear! Mom was there, she would do something about it right? Saya felt quite stressed after seeing Ash going on like that. Apparently it was okay but the stress wasn’t going to suddenly disappear just as fast as it came.

Mommy instead was showing everyone how to ‘swim’. In theory it looked easy. Ash was still there and kicking so maybe it was okay. Saya stepped into the water but stopped after being somewhat deep. She was still able to stand but it was harder to force herself to start swimming.

She turned her head to look at mommy. How did she do it again? Saya didn’t want to mess up and maybe disappear. She was sort of shaking from the anxiety she felt. She could do it right?


Jan 21, 2018 06:03 AM — Post #12

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Ash paddled in a rough but recognizable circle. Mum did some talking which honestly he didn’t bother to tune into much. He knew swimming, okay? Lets not learn the same thing twice.

Rowan was still on the bank, probably nervous. Saya was having trouble, shaking and definitely nervous, and he paddled a bit closer to her, splashing a little less now as he refined his technique and got into the motions of paddling. “Saya.” He spoke her name a grunt it was true, but then opted for actual words, lifting his chin high of the water so he wouldn’t get a mouthful. 

“It’s okay. Mum right here. Watch me - you can do this too.” See, Ash wasn’t always an ass. Just 87% of the time.

((Jump back on in wen ya can Jillybean!))


Jan 25, 2018 05:37 AM — Post #13

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(I guess Ill post)

Right, Saya watched her bro. She had the idea but still wasn’t sure exactly how. Everyone was around just in case, so maybe she was safe if she messed up. It’s scary but she wanted to show that she could keep up with her brother.

Saya eventually decided to simply jump in. She held her breath and her heart pounding. She kicked like the others did. She managed to keep her head above water but barely. Keep trying, keep trying. Her kicking was sloppy but it improved little by little. “H-hey, im doing it!” She was still stressing out a little but she was starting to have a little fun.


Jan 31, 2018 05:40 AM — Post #14

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Whoops sorry! x’D

Before Mum even had a chance to explain, Ash rushed into the stream and began paddling away. Rowan’s heart fluttered in panic. “Ash!” he barked, his ears flattening against his head. In the time he’d spent around the water, he’d come to know it could be a fickle thing—it’d squirted up into his nose after all. He worried for his brother.

But… surprisingly, Ash seemed like he was doing okay? He wasn’t sinking, wasn’t coughing and spewing water like Ro had that one time when they all saw their clones in the river.

Maybe this swimming thing wasn’t so bad.

He turned and listened obediently to Mum as she demonstrated what Ash was assumedly doing beneath the surface of the river. Rowan reached his nose forward, wiggling it inquiringly at the cyclical motions his mother’s paws took. Well, that didn’t seem so hard.

Then he glanced to Saya, and saw her standing uncertainly at the edge of the water, and doubt crept into his thoughts. Was he maybe… underthinking this? He hoped not.

At Ash’s coaxing, she hopped in… and then she was paddling too! Okay, well. If both his siblings could do this, he could, too. Right?

Stepping toward the water, Rowan didn’t leap in as fearlessly as they had. He approached with cautious, dedicated movements, more or less sliding from the bank as a turtle might. He had to gasp quietly when the mud fell away from his paws, leaving him floating in the water without a foothold. Whether it was instinct or Mum’s tutelage or both, something compelled him to paddle his paws.

He… wasn’t sinking, but he definitely wasn’t really going anywhere, more or less just treading water. His head whipped to the side, trying to catch sight of Mum, craving her encouragement.


Feb 01, 2018 10:28 PM — Post #15

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