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Splash had wandered far today, as she’d discovered the existence of grass. And plants. She’d thought only sand was everything! Now there were plants of shapes and sizes!! Poor Splash was amazed. and the child hadn’t even seen a real tree yet, instead sniffing about at the fascinating, stunted little beach flora. She ate some mint, but it’s spicy coolness was a little strong for her. Very disappointing.

Still, this new beach was almost as cool as her and her family’s home, so Splash snuffed about with tail waving over her back proudly. She nearly got nabbed by a crab, but she dodged the grouchy creature’s snapping advances just in time, squeaking in delight at it. Splash had little fear of the tiny little creatures who could pinch and grab oh so quickly. Of course, she’d learned to give them a decent berth as well, having her ankles pinched a few too many times. However, the dark 3 month old decided to leave the crab be and made her way up the sandy section of the beach to the more forest-ish section. And by that, I mean a few small but strong trees scattered about, standing proudly.
They. Were. The coolest to Splash.
She tried to lick one, but it tasted nasty. Like, worse than rocks and sand. And that greenish plant that was cool and spicy. Ick. But look at the cool little branch things sticking out of it!! Could she climb it? She’d long since mastered several rocks around the Aekyr-Laroche children’s cave, perching atop them with pride to screech for her sisters or watch the sunrise, if she got up that early.
Certainly with the few lower hanging branch type things she could climb this, right? The leaves were a little in the way, but a curious nosing exposed them to be flimsy.
Brazen, the dark puppy lunged up the side of the tree, paws scrabbling for purchase. They found none, and she went sliding back down ontp her haunches. The second attempt did succeed, though, getting Splash’s paws around a lower hanging branch barely strong enough to hold her growing body.
And now she was stuck, paws not very far off the ground but far enough to make Splash feel thoroughly terrified, the branch caught around her underside. Her ears splayed, her body stiffened, and her blue eyes went wide.
Oh no.
Oh. No.
She would certainly perish here, stranded in the horrifying grip of a leafy terror, never to see her dear sisters, her beach, hear the ocean or snuggle her mother.
Tears welled in her eyes as she wriggled, only to slip slightly and feel as if going to FALL FOREVER which made her stop. Send help, Splash had gotten herself into something she couldn’t get out of. Truthfully, she was in little danger, but in the three month old child’s mind, this was a crisis.


Jan 25, 2018 01:30 PM

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Dante was running on autopilot, long strides carrying him across the sand as he made his way south, heading toward where he knew a colony of seabirds liked to nest. If he was lucky, he might be able to snag one of them, though it was less a dedicated hunting trip and more something to do with his time. He felt sluggish- he hadn’t slept the previous night, and hadn’t slept well the night before that. It was catching up to him, but he didn’t let it stop him from leaving the caves.

He looked toward a small stand of trees in the distance when a slight movement caught his eye, and spotted a dark, vaguely canine shape perched on its lower branches. His brow furrowed and he squinted. When his brain caught up with what he was seeing, Dante’s eyes widened slightly- enough that he didn’t seem like he was about to fall asleep standing up, anyway. There was… a pup. In the tree.

Okay, then. It wasn’t the first time he’d seen something like that. What the hell was with pups climbing trees? Valerian had done it a few times, and every time he’d gotten stuck. Dante veered toward her and jogged closer to the trees, head up as he tried to determine which pup it was. He was close enough for the smell to tell him that it was Splash. He turned his head to scan for her sisters, or Pace, but found none of them. She wasn’t all that far from the cove, but she was still alone.

He wouldn’t have been concerned about that, once. Kids needed some level of autonomy if they were to grow and develop, and he’d felt pretty good about granting that sort of thing right up until his lax behavior had gotten his son killed.

This wasn’t like that, though. Splash wasn’t going after a deer on her own, she was just up in a tree, and not very high at that.

‘cha doin’ up in that tree, kid?” he called as he approached, and there was amusement in his voice. “Ain’t no birds up there for you to chew on.


Jan 26, 2018 02:17 PM — Post #1

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A single tear slid down her muzzle as she sat in the tree, her distress rolling off her in waves and only making her think less and feel worse. She noticed a small little twig was poking into her side now too. It was not comfortable. She wanted her Mommy. She decided that trees were the worst thing ever. Stick to rocks, Pashie.

Thank the…Well, Splash wasn’t exactly religious, and if she was she’d be more of one of those in-tune-with-nature types rather than truly religious, so she didn’t thank any gods for her rescuer. Instead she yipped for his attention, though he was already speaking. Good old Dan-eh. He could be counted on, she decided, memories of a bloody bird and discussion in the rain surfacing to the youngster’s mind, and his dark, broad form while bad-tasting rain floated down from the dark clouds. Yes. Not as much as Mom, but he seemed to be around often. Thank goodness he was around today. Splash would have died you know.

“Dan-eh! I’m stuuuuuck! I don’t want up here anymore, but I can’t get dowwwwwwwn!!!” She told him, voice slightly shaky with the worry and certainty that this was a significant problem. Then, a slightly stunned, thoughtful silence. “No, no birds. No sand? No sand, too.” Her focus was captured by the idea of what was, in fact, actually up here (you know, up about a foot and a half off the ground.?, calming the pup significantly. No sand either.
The singular plus to this worst of things, remember.


Jan 26, 2018 09:04 PM — Post #2

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He wanted to laugh, he really did. He decided against it, because the kid was obviously very distressed, but he couldn’t keep the broad grin off his face as he approached and she told him exactly what the trouble was. She couldn’t get down. And while that might have been a problem if she’d managed to climb much higher, Dante didn’t really consider it a dire enough situation to go rushing to the rescue, but he could be moral support- she clearly needed it.

She’d been a bit more at eye level for him while she was up on her perch, but he dropped down to his chest in the sand just a short distance away, legs gathered under him. She remarked on there being no birds for her to go after, and seemed to calm down a little after that observation.

You can jump down,” he said, looking at the great heights to which she had climbed with the air of someone considering a challenge that was difficult, but doable. “Splashie’s got strong legs, right?

The branches under her could support her weight, but would they hold her if she tried to shift and use them as leverage so she could jump down? He thought so. If not… well, she wouldn’t have very far to fall. Dante crawled forward on his chest, intending to wedge himself under the branches where Splash was struggling to get down.

Step on my back, then jump down. Then we can go find some birds to chase, how ‘bout that?


Feb 01, 2018 11:56 AM — Post #3

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She could? She frowned at the ground cautiously. The tree was on actual turf, not soft sand, and Splash was really not sure about this.
Really not sure.
Until Dante dared to challenge her abilities, that is. Children often have a curious sense of tender pride that can be so easily manipulated, and Splash was no different. “Yes!” She responded, mildly indignant that he would question her. Despite the fact that the child was complaining about jumping out a tree she gotten herself into in the first place. “Stronger than Mo AND Gull. Her sisters may be her moon and stars, but healthy sibling rivalry was not out of the question either.
Oh! How kind, he would offer himself for her to climb onto. <b.“Yes! Birds.” Ok. That was less scary. She nodded, understanding, and wriggled forward and try and flop/hop onto her uncle.
Unfortunately, Splash missed. or, rather, she flopped off of the branch and tumbled onto Dante, then onto the ground beside him with a series of surprised squeaks and a few grunts. Well. She was down now, despite doing so in a tumble and tangle of long legs and dark fur. There was a moment of silence, then a grateful, meek “Thank you, Dan-eh.” was murmured from where she was on her back, rolling onto her belly to mirror her uncle with a pleased huff and a wave of her tail.
Ok, so that hadn’t been too bad after all! And now they could chase some birds, right?
If she hadn’t crippled him with her three-month old self dropping onto the poor wolf.


Feb 01, 2018 06:35 PM — Post #4

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Splash was quick enough to defend her own abilities, and to take him up on his offer to be a stepping stool, and Dante waited patiently for her to make her descent. It didn’t take her long, and he turned to look over his shoulder to watch as she went to climb down, a less than graceful affair. She started off well enough, aiming at his back- he felt a weight drop down onto him, heavier than she would have been when he’d first met her- then he saw her tumbling over him and down onto the ground in a heap in the grass. Dante’s lips pulled back into a sympathetic wince, though he rather doubted the girl had been seriously hurt, and his grimace was tinged with a small amount of amusement. Those strong legs weren’t too well coordinated yet, he knew, and it was going to be a while before she would be anything resembling graceful.

Had he ever been that way as a kid? Dante supposed he must have been, though he couldn’t imagine it. How had he even survived on his own, tripping over his paws all the time? Luck, he supposed. He didn’t say anything, only watched to see if she was going to spring back up or if she was going to complain, and fortunately there was no fuss and no tears. She only sat up and thanked him for providing her with a way down.

You did all the work, kiddo,” he said, tail thumping the ground a couple of times before he backed out from under the branches and pushed himself into a sitting position. He lowered his head and narrowed his eyes slightly, like he was scrutinizing her, pushing his muzzle toward her with the intention to sniff at her face.

All smiles, huh? Ready to go, then, tough girl?


Feb 05, 2018 12:13 AM — Post #5

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She did all the work? Yeaaaahhhh! She puffed out her chest now, smirking proudly with fur sticking this way and that and even a couple of twigs in her soft puppy fur, completely oblivious to her disheveled appearance and instead simply proud and pleased by her uncle’s flattery.

And, of course, if you’re going to stick your face that close to hers, it is obligatory for Splash to give you a friendly lick! She grinned and attempted to nom swiftly at Dan-eh’s ear, tail starting to wag now.
And birds! That was right, they were gonna chase themselves some birds! She nodded, leaping to her feet with a gasp. “Yeah! Let’s go! Gonna getta the birds, eh, Dan-eh?” She knew full well she was capable of pronouncing his name properly now, but rather liked her name for her uncle. And she liked being called tough, too. The toughest!

After all, someone had to take care of Ma and Mo and Gull, right?

The puppy hopped in a circle, dancing in place on the sand as she waited very impatiently for Dan-eh to hurry up and get ready, throwing glances this way and that looking for possible chasing targets.
It was hard, though, because she was still hopping about. So she finally stopped that nonsense and got down to the serous business of chasing down them seagulls. Not to be confused with her precious sister Gull.


Feb 07, 2018 02:31 PM — Post #6

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Dante’s face scrunched up exaggeratedly as Splash licked at him and then nibbled his ear, the corners of his lips still pulled back in a lopsided smile. He gave a nod of affirmation and then raised himself up, preparing to head off.

Splash, for her part, was obviously excited to go seeking out the birds he’d mentioned, and he watched her shifting about as she looked for any signs of the winged creatures. Her impatience made him feel just the tiniest bit self conscious. Was he taking too long for her? Was he maybe getting a little slower now as he aged?

Fuck no, that couldn’t be it. As though in defiance, Dante whirled around on his hind paws and began a spirited trot away from Splash, toward the high rock standing alone in the near distance. He’d never felt old a day in his damn life and he wasn’t going to let that thought creep in on him now.

Y’know, I never got to ask your ma,” he began, his tone curious as he turned around to look at the girl. “She say anything about your older brother and sister? Or your dad?

Dante had noticed that they were scarce, but Pace has hardly seemed to worry about that before. It had been… a while, though, and he wondered what she had told the little ones.


Feb 13, 2018 11:07 PM — Post #7

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Oh man he was trotting the other direction! Get back here, rascally Dan-eh! Splash squeaked in surprise, spinning clumsily to dart after the bigger black male, prancing at his side. That didn’t last long, though, as she quickly realized she’d be tired by the time they found some birds if she tried to keep up with him and dance around like she had thorns in her paws.

His question made her brows furrow, though, that oddly serious expression of concentration flitting onto her features swiftly. She knew what a brother was, thanks to Seeker, but didn’t know she had one! And an older sister? What? She had another one??
Geez, she wasn’t sure if she’d be able to keep track of all these siblings if they kept coming out of the woodwork like this. “I don’t have a brother, Dan-eh. An’ my sisters are Mo n’ Gull, right?” Silly Dan-eh, thinking she had a brother…Unless someone hadn’t told her something. They wouldn’t, though, right? Siblings were super important, Ma wouldn’t not tell the trio about siblings! And definitely wouldn’t tell Dan-eh and not tell Splash! But the last bit was especially strange. “What’s a dad?” She’d never heard such a term! The few meetings with her sire in her early days were long forgotten by the child. She didn’t even know one could have male siblings until a day or two ago with Seeker! She was still working through that, and had come to the conclusion brothers sucked anyway and she was proud to only have sisters.

A dad….a dad….Maybe like…Una? She was kind of like a second Ma. But a second Ma couldn’t be a dad, then. Hmm…
She was pretty thoroughly stumped now. Dan-eh knew, though! He had all the answers. Grown-ups were the best, always ready to answer questions and teach Splash about things. She fell into silence, blue gaze pinning Dante down intensely as she waited with an unintentionally glowering expression for an explanation.


Feb 21, 2018 02:15 PM — Post #8

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Splash’s first statement had him raising an eyebrow, and the longer she went on, the more confused Dante became. The girl sounded honestly baffled, and Dante doubted she was trying to mess with him by pretending not to know who her family was. When she asked him what a dad was, Dante stopped and stared at Splash in astonishment at the question. She looked back at him with an expression that was easily a mirror for the glower that often took over his visage.

He was silent for a beat or two before he spoke, wondering how she wouldn’t know this. But if Pace had never said anything about Vincent, how could she?

Kid-” he began in exasperation, but cut himself off. He hadn’t intended to start this, but there was no way for him to back out of it now. He didn’t know how to explain this, didn’t know why Pace hadn’t taken the time to do so. Maybe she hadn’t wanted to tell the kids that their father had left and their two older siblings had apparently done so as well- but why would she keep that from them? Was she waiting until they were older, or had she been hoping the others would come back soon, so she wouldn’t have to have the awkward conversation Dante was having now?

He’s like your ma, only… a boy. Y’need a ma and a dad to uh, to make little ones, like you an’ your sisters.” He sort of glossed over that last fact, because he wasn’t explaining the mechanics of that to a child. That wasn’t the issue here, though.

You have older siblings. They were born last spring, so they’re big now, like me. But they… they ain’t around right now, Splashie.

He frowned at her, wishing he hadn’t opened his mouth before speaking to Pace first. But it was done now.


Feb 21, 2018 10:20 PM — Post #9

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Dante was upset? Her paws slowed, tail dropping as her ears tilted back slightly. She hadn’t meant to upset him! He sounded a bit frustrated, at first, anyway, cutting himself mid-sentence. Splash could barely hold in her whirling questions and concerns, waiting for her uncle to speak impatiently.

She couldn’t have even guessed what he was going to say next, blue eyes widening as she listened intently, careful not to miss a drop if information. So. A dad. Was like a Ma, but a boy. A boy? Where were all these boy relations coming from? First brothers, now Dads!! Her mind swiftly whirled through all the wolves she knew, wondering if her dad was in them. Even though she’d met her own as a child, she didn’t remember. He wasn’t there. Dan-eh was the most Ma-like male wolf she knew, and he was an ‘uncle’ not a dad.
But Dante said she HAD to have a dad to exist! A ma, and a dad, equals the trio of sisters! Splash was confused.

And older siblings too! Siblings! Splash was supposed to be able to keep track of her siblings! And now it turns out there were two older ones she didn’t even know. Not around right now? Obviously not around here. Not around the cove. Her confusion turned to annoyance. “Dan-eh, I never even met a boy wolf like Ma…An’ how am I s’posed t’ keep track of sisters and brothers I don’ even know what they smell like? If they’re not here, an’ not home, where’d they go??” Nope, scratch that she was still pretty damn confused. She flopped onto her rear, tilting her head and pouting at her uncle with a mix of upset and indignant glower on her facial features. She would have guessed maybe M’yalo was a sister, but she definitely wasn’t, and besides, she was not as big as Dante! And M’yalo only had sisters, she knew from the Bad Rain Incident. Tipona and Peyteh sure weren’t, they were colorful strangers. Seeker couldn’t be. But he had sisters and brothers.
She’d bet he knew his dad too. Dads were like Mommas. Mommas were very important to Splash. But she didn’t even know what this dad looked like. How could she not know who such an important wolf was?
She kept good rack of her loved ones, and now there were three she’d never even seen. It was a bit distressing.


Feb 23, 2018 12:37 PM — Post #10

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Dante watched the little dark pup, seeing confusion and frustration in her expression as she questioned him. He couldn’t blame her for that. He knew just how traumatic it could be.

I dunno where they went, or why they ain’t here,” he admitted ruefully, his good natured expression gone entirely, replaced by a frown rather than his usual resting glower. He looked up, as though trying to find some nebulous answer floating in the air above him, feeling just as perplexed. “Sometimes wolves just… go away.

He’d never understood it either, even if he’d been marked by such disappearances and desertions his whole life and was now rarely surprised when they happened. He thought of Chai and of his living children with a twinge of bitterness he wasn’t able to suppress, but he tried not to let it show in his demeanor- this wasn’t about him, it was about Pace’s daughter. Still, he looked crestfallen for a moment, before he was able to regain his composure.

Your dad’s name is Vincent. I only met ‘em once, but… seems like he was the type likes to roam around, I guess. Your sister Shark, and your brother Carl, they were coming back from their own trips when you and your sisters were born…

Maybe they were all wanderers at heart. But that didn’t explain why they all would have left right after the pups were born- especially Vincent. He knew little enough about Vincent, but Pace had said she loved him, and he trusted his sister’s judgement in that matter. But there’d been a moment between them that made Dante aware that Vincent’s wandering could stretch on for a while.

Still. He had children. Dante would’ve given anything to be in his position- with a mate who hadn’t left him, with children who were still alive and didn’t resent him or wanted nothing to do with him. And he just walked away from it.


Mar 07, 2018 08:23 AM — Post #11

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‘Sometimes wolves just…go away’
whAT. Uncle Dante WHAT.
No. Not ok. Wolves couldn’t just ditch her. Just go away. Forever. Friends, sure, whatever. Maybe she’d see them again but she didn’t mind too much. She figured she wouldn’t when a friend like M’yalo or something decided to ‘go away’. But this was family hey were talking about! Siblings! Wolves who were supposed to be essentially boy Mommas. She pouted, frowning in indignation at this ridiculousness.
She’d be heartbroken if her sisters or mother left her one day. Went away. There seemed to be a difference between exploring and ‘going away’. Obviously. Or her Da and Other Siblings would be back by now. Splash would know them. She didn’t even know their names. Names were real important, you couldn’t call for your family if you didn’t know their name.
Or if they’d gone away, apparently.
Splash was mostly silence, at this point, desperately trying to process and memorize all of this. There was so much, though. And feelings that accompanied this information. Mostly confusion, but a little bit of hurt feelings too. She didn’t understand why someone would even leave their family for so long. Splash doubted she’d be able to stay away from her family for even a whole day. Out here, alone, in the big world, without two warm golden furred sisters to cuddle you or a big black Momma to keep you nice and safe and tell you about sky-growls. All alone. How utterly horrifying.
She stepped closer to walk close to Dante’s side, seeking comfort, she supposed. “Vincent, Shark. N’ Carl.” Shark was a cool name for a sister, and it started with an ‘s’ like Splash’s. Vincent sounded soft. Carl rolled off her tongue similar to Gull. Splash hummed softly to herself, considering…things. Of importance.
She was going to have to break this to Gull and Momo. And she’d tell Ma, too, of course, to try to get her take on this.
“It’s a bad idea t’ go away, I think.” She finally spoke up. “My grown up friend Seeker says bad wolves are out there n’ they’ll trick ya n’ bite ya not nicely if you’re not careful, Dante. He got tricked, by a bad wolf, he said. But he yelled for his sisters n’ they helped him tell the bad wolf that wasn’t nice. He bit the bad wolf back, too, a’course.” That was a pretty good approximation of what Seeker had told her. “But if Shark n’ Carl n’ Vincent went away, then we won’t be able t’ hear ‘em and the bad wolves might really hurt ‘em, right, Dante?”
Seemed logical, but Dante was for sure even older than Seeker, so he would be able to confirm it. Going away put you at risk for biting and tricking from bad wolves.
She hoped those Shark and Carl and Vincent wolves were ok out there in the scary world with bad wolves.


Mar 07, 2018 02:24 PM — Post #12

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She was quiet for a moment, and Dante didn’t break the silence as he watched her. Then Splash moved closer to him, and Dante turned a bit so that he could lower his muzzle to brush the side of his muzzle against Splash’s cheek fur, keeping his head lowered and hovering there, a contemplative frown on his muzzle. He’d always been quicker to show affection to little ones when they needed it, despite not being anyone’s idea of… cuddly. It was something they needed at that age, more than an adult might, and he wasn’t going to begrudge that to any kid. She wasn’t his, but Splash and her sisters- all the little pups on the beach- were the closest thing he had now to his own kids.

She repeated the names, trying them for the first time, and he gave a small, affirmative rumble, though he had no need to. The pup came to the conclusion that it was bad to go away- and Dante couldn’t have agreed with her more, nodding his head once. What would his life look like now if his family hadn’t scattered? If they’d come together instead of splitting apart?

His brow furrowed as he listened to Splash recount the story of some wolf named Seeker that she’d met. The guy had the right idea, and he was glad Splash knew that not everyone was a good wolf. Best to learn that early on. Apparently this Seeker had been attacked, but he’d had backup to help him. Splash worried that the part of her family that wasn’t here didn’t have that luxury.

Maybe they’re together, lookin’ out for eachother,” he said, unsure if that were true but thinking it just as likely as not. He tried to keep his tone light.  “Anyway, your dad, he looked like he could get himself outta trouble if he had to, and your brother an’ sister too.

Maybe not Carl, but. He wasn’t going to say anything about that.

Ain’t all bad, though. Sometimes goin’ away from home can be fun, ‘s long as you’re smart about it. Not everyone is bad, just like ain’t everyone good, either. Sometimes it’s harder to tell which is which, so ya gotta be careful. Gotta know how to defend yourself. But there’s a whole world out there for you to see, places you ain’t even dreamed about. Always good to let someone know where you’re goin’ though, an’ when you might be back. Ain’t a bad idea to have someone go with you, just in case somethin’ happens.

That wasn’t always the case. Dante had been a loner, up until he’d come to this valley. Even though he’d had some approximation of a friend back then, he’d spent much of his time solitary. He’d never needed anyone to look out for him, as far as he’d thought- he’d damn well look after himself, and anyone who tangled with him wouldn’t have an easy time of it. Yeah… all well and good for him when he was younger, and he sure as hell had no fear of walking alone these days, either. But these days, especially for youngsters, he thought it best to stay safe.

An’ ya gotta make sure you come back, yeah? Else we’d miss ya.” He snuffled at Splash’s ear.


Mar 10, 2018 03:36 PM — Post #13

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She thought about that for a second before agreeing. “Yeah, I betcha you’re right.” After all, she hadn’t known them. Vincent sounded soft, but so did Splash if you said it right, and she was a far cry from Gull’s gentle breeze-like demeanor.
Dante seemed to believe going away from home for a bit could be fun. She crinkled her nose at first, but listened, gradually warming up to the idea at the notion of bringing family along for the ride. And seeing lots and lots of cool things she couldn’t see at home? She was down for that!
”...Ok. That sound real fun! An’ I can take Gull an’ Momo an’ Mama. And maybe you too, Dan-eh.” Couldn’t make him feel left out! Defending herself sounded cool, but also kind of grown up. Maybe she shouldn’t ask.
Nahhhh. “How d’ I defend myself? Do I ask Mama? Can you show me? Is that like what Seeker told me, yellin’ and bitin’? I can do that, easy! I got sharp teeth, see?” Cue beaming smile to show off those ferocious teeth.

Come back? “A’course I’ll come back, Uncle Dante! I’d miss you all too!! And the ocean!!” Life without the salty body of water by her side would be unfathomable, similar to life without her sisters or mother.


Mar 12, 2018 06:18 PM — Post #14

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And maybe him. Well at least he was sort-of on the list. Dante smirked at the kid. She seemed to change her idea of travel very quickly, but he was glad she acknowledged his advice. He remembered his time traveling the valley, along with Chai and Vesper. Happier times.

He couldn’t imagine Pace ever leaving the beach, not for any length of time. She’d come to the glen a few times, but that wasn’t more than a day’s trot, and she hadn’t ever stayed long. She was stuck here like a barnacle.

Splash asked how to defend herself, and she got the general idea right. Dante stepped back so he could look at her, expression somewhat pensive, features drawing unconsciously up into a glower.

He remembered the last time he’d trained anyone. Kyoshi, who’d gotten killed anyway. His living son, who hadn’t seemed to have the heart for it. A handful of youngsters outside the valley. He hadn’t devoted much time to any of them- there never seemed to be enough of it. He was always too preoccupied, too busy, or there was never enough opportunity. She showed her teeth in a grin, and Dante made a show of raising a paw and trying to hide his face, as though intimidated. She was right, though. Pups had sharp teeth. He didn’t know if she’d lost all her baby teeth by now.

Bitin’s part of it. Y’gotta know how to stand an’ how to move. Gotta know where to bite, an’ when, an’ how to keep ‘em from bitin’ you back somewhere it’s really gonna hurt.

He hunched his shoulders, suddenly aware that he hadn’t really had the experience of fighting or even scuffling at all in ages. It was something he’d prided himself in. Useless now, and what did that make him? Some warrior he was, all washed up and clinging to the beach like a piece of shriveled up old driftwood.

I could teach ya a thing or two if you wanna learn.

And she should learn. But he didn’t have to say that just now.

sorry this took so long. i’m good with continuing or fading soon, whichever you’d prefer~


Mar 28, 2018 08:14 PM — Post #15

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