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Natasha Chris Staff
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Natasha knew better than to just waltz into enemy territory and starting howling. She had lingered in the glen a few days after the fog trying to catch her mother to see if she or anyone else was going to come with her, but there hadn’t been a good moment and so in true Natasha fashion, the headstrong yearling simply set off one morning. She moved down the slope towards the sound of a waterfall with caution, but so far she hadn’t seen anybody. Still. Until she knew where Scotch was, and anyone else he had dredged up… best to be cautious. 

She sniffed the air warily and kept to the undergrowth, sure-pawed as a wolf of her build ever could be. Whatever happened, she was ready. Natasha of the Firewing Brotherhood was always ready.

((I honestly have no idea what is going on with timelines of this plot and everyone else involved, because after a certain point I feel you can’t keep backdating everything endlessly, but whatever works for anyone else, Nat is flexible))


Mar 06, 2018 01:07 AM

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Harlow Gail Bamsy
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Harlow was an easy wolf to spot in summer, though she did what she could to mitigate it.

Nima and her accomplices, and some of Harlow’s accomplices had gone down to the caves to look for puppies.  She would have preferred to keep Sunfall with her, but it would be good enough to be a few minutes’ run away, patrolling, keeping an ear out for danger.  She moved slowly, and quietly for a wolf her size, spending most of her time obscured in at least a few directions by the dense undergrowth of the glen.  So focused on being slow and quiet, she thought she heard the purposeful movements of a wolf entering the immediate territory.

She would be spotted, and her scent was fresh in the air.

She stepped out of the tangle, her nose working, and began to move in the sound’s direction.

| can’t see or hear Nat yet but heard some movement


Mar 07, 2018 05:23 AM — Post #1

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Natasha’s head lifted, just a little. Enough to catch a pale flash of fur. She stayed still long enough to determine that it was moving towards her, then, before the distance could be closed too much - she stepped out of cover, clearly defensive, but not yet aggressive until she knew for sure who’s side this wolf was on.

“Hold it.” Natasha kept her voice hushed, but somehow it still rapped out with authority. “Who’re you?”

She didn’t have Kingdom scent that Natasha could tell. She certainly didn’t smell like Zelda. If Eliot had hurt her old friend… there’d be hell to pay.


Mar 07, 2018 06:16 AM — Post #2

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She had held herself still at the movement, a wolf practiced in caution and practiced in the language of body and posture.  It was…a big yearling, female and fierce. 

Her face was calm, watchful.  She paused a moment, the distant look in her eye suggesting she was listening for some other presence.  Once satisfied, she answered quietly, not so uncomfortable now with her limited speech.

“With Nima.  Harlow.”  She stood in place, suggesting the yearling should come to her, or at least return with information.


Mar 07, 2018 06:32 AM — Post #3

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She didn’t miss a thing. Not as the older female froze, but calmly rather than out of guilt. She was a little bigger than Natasha herself was, both in height and weight. Scarred. Experienced. Not an easy foe to overcome, Natasha figured.

She could have done it, of course, if she had to. “Natasha, lead hunter of the Firewing Brotherhood.” She introduced herself, still proud enough of the title to apply it here.

Natasha strode forwards. Not right up in Harlow’s face or anything - she wasn’t stupid. Her silver eyes were unwavering.

“Who’s Nima?” She checked, not willing to let her guard down yet. Or at all.


Mar 07, 2018 06:42 AM — Post #4

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Her face softened slightly at the introduction - not a smile, but a shift in that direction.  A pack with a yearling for their lead hunter was a struggling organization.  Not that she had any intention of bringing that up.

Instead she nodded, continuing to take in the girl, stepping slightly to the side to present a longer view of her body - I am here, nonviolent, and amenable to your presence. 

She had realized since their initial gathering, the Firewing Brotherhood was the unfriendly pack Bucky had warned her of.  But Effie numbered among them, and she was a reasonable soul.  Perhaps it was a matter of personality.

“You in pack with Effie,” she clarified quietly, waiting to see the look the girl gave her for her clumsy speech.  “She helping us.  With Nima now.  Nima is Elliot mother.”


Mar 07, 2018 06:59 AM — Post #5

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The older wolf presented no threat, and Natasha relaxed by a measure of a few hairs before she spoke aloud. She wasn’t going to be messed with. Not many wolves were brave enough to.

This was new info though - Effie was here, helping. Natasha felt another wave of admiration for her newest packmate, and her silver gaze softened just slightly. Nima was against her son. Natasha wondered what sort of shitty job any mother had to do to raise a kid like Elliot, and if she thought this made up for it.

Still. However the job got done, as long as it did.

“Good. What’s happening down there? Sounds pretty quiet.” She nodded deeper into East Eden.

 


Mar 07, 2018 07:06 AM — Post #6

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She did smile now, taking the absence of commentary at her broken speech as a sign of Natasha’s kindness.  She remained standing, one ear still tuned largely to their surroundings, but was otherwise relaxed.  So Natasha of the Firewing Brotherhood did not know of Nima, but was sniffing around suspiciously near Elliot’s den.  “You come, helping?”

Harlow hardly thought the girl was affiliated with Elliot, but a certain order of operations must occur before she filled Natasha in.


Mar 07, 2018 07:24 AM — Post #7

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A small smile back, all business, but it vanished fast when she received no answer, a hardness flashing through her eyes

“If there’s something to help with. You didn’t answer my question.” A sharp tone lifted the end of the statement. Natasha still didn’t like being ignored.

She knew what her next question was already.


Mar 07, 2018 07:28 AM — Post #8

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Ah, there.  Sharpness.  Harlow’s face hardened as well, a look of slight displeasure.  It would be helpful to have this conversation in her own language, but words would have to do.

“I just meeting you.  Not tell you everything I know, before I know you friend.”  That should be obvious, child.  “I tell you if you show you friend.”

Her lips were pursed, her eyes a little stern - the expression of a wolf who had been stepped on, and was asking for space to be given back.  Harlow was not a wolf who needed to be in control, but nor was she a wolf who tolerated being bullied.


Mar 08, 2018 04:35 AM — Post #9

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Natasha’s face didn’t alter from its firm stare, and she did not back down.

“Then I don’t trust you, either.” She replied, simply. No give, no take. She had always been that way. Scotch hadn’t appeared and she couldn’t scent him. Who was really in charge of this plan? Him, or Nima? “I’ll find out for myself.” She rose and stalked onwards. If the sound of their voices hadn’t attracted attention nor should her pawsteps. She kept a wary set of senses trained in Harlow, though. Just because she didn’t carry Kingdom scent, didn’t mean Natasha was ready to trust her.

Where was that idiot Scotch when she needed him? WHY were men so fucking unreliable?


Mar 08, 2018 07:26 AM — Post #10

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Now THAT was an unfriendly Brotherhood wolf.

The displeasure and disapproval became immediately clearer on her stark white face, and she let the yearling go without comment.  Good riddance.


Mar 08, 2018 09:26 AM — Post #11

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((She’d exit))


Mar 09, 2018 12:42 AM — Post #12

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