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outside of the springs but headed that way | late summer, late morning, warm

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Amelia Daniels Zoi
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Amelia’s paws were no longer as clumsy as they had been once, but the princess was ever unbalanced with her mind. Time had long past, and now there was supposed to be something done about it. Someone was supposed to step up, to make things happen. But she didn’t know who was supposed to do that - who could, even, begin to fix things.

She had started thinking about things. Maybe she could start helping out a little more. Make it easier on Igbo, carrying the weight of a thousand puppies. While she strutted about, she couldn’t shake the burn that was still hissing through her very soul. Always telling her that she had failed.

Now, as she moved away from the lake, she had to know that there was always a risk of running into strangers. While she should have been concerned, she was also following her nose. Looking to find, for what was the worth, plants. Things that she could tenderly harvest and take back to the wolf who needed assistance. Even if she didn’t know what they were for.

They wouldn’t fix a broken heart.

But they might fix something else.

Clover wasn’t lucky, she mused, stepping on the leaf. Surely there were things out there on the ground that could hurt her - but she wouldn’t eat anything. She’d just… collect. She’d be a collector.


Mar 15, 2018 10:27 AM

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Tunglid frá Norðri Madison
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Ever the silent sentinel, Tunglið was poised outside of the springs that morning. He wasn’t doing much of anything in that moment except watching. Waiting. Defending. His nose occasionally lifted to the air to catch a sniff of a stale scent wafting on the breeze, hoping that it was fresher, hoping that it belonged to one of his companions. It wasn’t like they neglected him, but in the minimal companionship he had found here, he still preferred their company over the moments when he was alone.

There was indeed an interesting scent on the wind, but it was neither Lorenzo or Morwen. Intrigued, Tunglið honed in on the slope below the springs, his gaze picking through the trees in search of its owner. He couldn’t see her yet, but now his curiosity was piqued.


Mar 15, 2018 03:06 PM — Post #1

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Amelia Daniels Zoi
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(eeek, HI MADISON <3 It’s been a while :3 )

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Amelia’s eyes scattered through the grasses, knowing that one moment it would be clover and the next it would be something else altogether. In her short time, she had learned some skills - but while Igbo tried his best, it was clear without her mother that her wariness was being hampered. Even Kopec knew that Amelia was a bit on the… oblivious side, moreso than being purposefully reckless.

She just didn’t think about the consequences. Being away from the lake and the pack grounds she was almost ritually leaving. It was for that reason, without missing a beat, she pushed herself on. With all the water around here, it was a little easier to imagine what sort of flowers she might find.

Once upon a time, finding flowers had been about trying to make her mother happy. Now it was about making Igbo happy. Amelia sure as wet rain didn’t know how to make herself happy. Nose flaring, the small outcrop nestled against the rock face drew her, oblivious as predicted to any incoming company.


Mar 15, 2018 04:36 PM — Post #2

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Tunglid frá Norðri Madison
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(omg you’re right!! i didn’t even realize!)

Suddenly aware of the presence of a nearby stranger, Tunglið slowly found the imperative to investigate rising. As of late, those he had caught here hadn’t been aggressive, but he was unwilling to trust trends. The single instance of a murder was what stuck with him. A hundred wolves could be friendly in passing, but one sickening beast was all it took to wrench everything he held dear away from him. He wasn’t about to run that risk.

The northerner gradually descended from the slope, following his nose into the trees. He moved slowly, hoping to catch sight of the stranger before they noticed him - and sure enough, he spotted her, a youth traipsing among the green. Tunglið paused for a moment to observe.

A girl of her stature surely couldn’t be of harm to anyone. He was tempted to simply let it be and return to his watchful seat on the edge of the springs, before he found himself wondering what the youth was doing here. Even if she belonged to the Covenant, or Hellmaw, it was still quite a distance to have wandered.

Perhaps she was one of the desert children Emberia had spoken of. He couldn’t help his curiosity now, especially if her presence could mean adults were to follow. He remained standing where he was among the trees and uttered a soft woof to let her know he was there.


Mar 15, 2018 04:59 PM — Post #3

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Amelia Daniels Zoi
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The reddish flowers, which she didn’t know to be beebalm, were pretty enough that they must have had some use. Some sort of purpose that would have made Igbo smile. It was… nice when he smiled.

Especially since the older male belonged to her, and he was one of the only ones that stuck around. That was, likely, why there was such bitterness in amongst the young. They’d all fought over that other guy - who hadn’t really been anything special. Interesting, sure. But then he had left and never looked back.

There was Tomas… but he seemed always tense around them. Amelia couldn’t guess why. Except because he wasn’t a parent in amongst the sea of children.

Her head snapped up to the woof, though, neck ringing with a sound of pain in the wake. Her eyes glanced around, for a moment, before she forced herself to half turn. Strangers.

Her tail offered a faint wag when she finally discovered some of the shadow - black wolves, after all, being a remarkable attachment point for her. Something she’d never understood. But her head stayed low, and she wondered what protocol she was supposed to use.

Hi.


Mar 16, 2018 08:08 AM — Post #4

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Tunglid frá Norðri Madison
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Unmoving, he waited for her to finally pinpoint him, and when she did, he noted the youthful way in which she regarded him. A wag of her tail - an act of anxiety, or simple childish pleasure at seeing another wolf? The motives and inner workings of children had a tendency to evade him. They were unpredictable, irrational, and far too often they had little worth to him. But he had a good reason now to handle this one. If she was from one of the neighboring packs, he felt Lorenzo would appreciate it if he held their neighbor’s good graces by protecting their young.

Tunglið strode closer, appraising her briefly; another intake of air produced a scent remarkably similar to what he recalled of the Empress. “Hello,” he greeted, “are you lost?”

Straight to the point, as always. It didn’t occur to him that she might have been out here for a purpose.


Mar 16, 2018 09:01 AM — Post #5

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Lost.

The words didn’t make sense for a moment, and she held low while he approached. Intimidating in his size, for certain. But he was nice to look at. She found her heart beating in her chest, and as her tail flipped between her legs to promise no harm, she managed not to drool.

He was gorgeous.

Look at those eyes. Envious, she stared a few moments longer, before she took a half step forward and worked through the flabbergasted wash and wear. “Not lost, sir.” Her joyous words were tempered with her politeness, “Flower collecting - my -” Eebu, but she cut herself off. That sounded childish.

Our healer has been under stress, I thought…” She glanced back toward the flowers, and then wore a brighter smile this time around when she looked back to Tunglið‘s face. “I might be of aid.


Mar 16, 2018 09:21 AM — Post #6

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The fact that she stared long at him didn’t go unnoticed, but he merely chalked it up to the habit of a gawking child. Tunglið wondered what she thought of him - if she was intimidated, frightened, or if perhaps she had never seen someone like him before. It was hard to imagine, but not unheard of. Either way, he patiently waited for her to gather her bearings, holding his ground until she gave her response.

Not lost, but flower collecting. His ear twisted slightly, gaze venturing back out to the pines as he thought back to the various colours of flowers he had seen in passing. He never lingered long to admire them. He couldn’t even remember what flowers he had seen, only their bright hues, flashes of blue and violet against green. His attention returned to her as she spoke of the healer, rather eloquently for a child, and that she might attempt to aid them.

“A rather noble crusade,” Tunglið answered, peering at her, and then flicking his gaze away to the trees again. The way she presented herself, he might have thought she was older; he was struck over whether or not to regard her as a child or a valid adult. “Does anyone know you’re out here?”

Were there other pack wolves lurking nearby he should know about?


Mar 16, 2018 06:28 PM — Post #7

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Amelia almost dropped her jaw at the use of this stranger’s words. Noble. Noble. Her?

The princess was all aflutter, as it sounded so ever important. Something like her mother would have bestowed on her, before -

Shifting her position just enough to pull her front feet together, she wondered if she should have been sputtering out thank yous. Nima would never have let a compliment leave her so adrift, however, and Amelia wasn’t about to either. It was for that reason though, she couldn’t help but somber her feelings.

No. I often go the other way,” It was her usual route, the first place anyone would think to look for her. Toward the peaks, where she could look over the valley.

Then she scrunched up her face, faintly. “Am I… Am I not allowed to be here, sir?


Mar 17, 2018 07:57 AM — Post #8

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The other way. It still didn’t tell him where she had come from. Would she volunteer that information willingly, or did Hellmaw teach their young to hold information about themselves in secrecy? Either way, he was content to assume she was from Hellmaw - it was far closer than the Covenant and likely easier for a child to have wandered from. And to top it off, she had wandered here alone.

“This place is home to a guarded group of wolves. It is my duty to assess interlopers for the threat they may possess. At the moment you, however,” he said, appraising her briefly, “appear to be more vulnerable than my companions.”

He would prioritize Morwen and Lorenzo over a child any day. But neither of them were here, it seemed, and while they were busy taking care of themselves, Tunglid supposed he could lend his attention to a child for the sake of strengthening his alliance with the Empress.

“Allow me to accompany you until you have found what you require,” he suggested.


Mar 17, 2018 01:13 PM — Post #9

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The girl could have questioned what was next, and ears seemed to fall against her head with a restlessness. It was an easy gesture that meant she was expecting to be told that she was going to be in trouble, that the adult was going to make her feel bad about what she had been doing.

What she was rewarded with, instead, was a very carefully laid out explanation of why she was likely crossing lines. As such, mouth dropped open and she swallowed lightly with frustration, “I didn’t mean to. I wasn’t told there was a pack nearby,” It hadn’t been relevant. Thus, she cocked her head.

Then she turned her attention back toward the beebalm red flowers, finding the faint ache in her chest clear enough. “I was thinking those ones - if that’s… okay?” It almost bothered her to have to ask permission. She was a Daniels. She didn’t need his permission, no matter how beautiful he was to look at. He wasn’t family. Anyone else was… less valuable.


Mar 18, 2018 06:39 AM — Post #10

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Did the girl realize that she was easy to read? He observed her without even a moment’s break, the way her face changed when he told her that the springs belonged to them, how she confessed that she didn’t know there was a pack nearby. Technically, they weren’t a pack. That was Lorenzo’s jurisdiction. “It is a small collective, but a collective all the same. Do not consider it a slight.”

It was meant to reassure her that she wasn’t in trouble. He was above holding it against a child to know exactly where she should go, even if she was traipsing on somewhat claimed territory. The elder wolf sought to make a league out of them, but as of yet, nothing official had been arranged. Perhaps he was simply seeking more recruits. He made a mental note to bring it up to his companion later.

Tunglid looked to the red flowers as well, and when the girl asked if it was okay to take them, he nodded. He didn’t believe either Lorenzo or Morwen had any use for plants, so what was the harm?


Mar 18, 2018 12:42 PM — Post #11

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The male was a looming God, and she was but a young pup who was seeking the reassurance. The faint pressure in her chest told her, however, that she should have known these things. She was a Daniels. She should have known where her paws graced, the expectation that still rode her so strongly.

Her paws drifted though, and carefully she moved. It was about securing, as she had noted in Igbo’s cache, not just the stem and flower but the roots as well. She set to digging, curving out the ground with her paws moving at a fairly clumsy, but determined rate.

My name is Amelia,” She eventually murmured, having forgotten the manners that should have been better instilled in her during a stressful situation. “Amelia Daniels.


Mar 27, 2018 10:19 AM — Post #12

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Tunglið surged forward to walk alongside her. His sights grazed over her occasionally, assessing her form for signs of malnutrition or neglect, or for the healthy shine of her fur, anything to suggest at the lifestyle hidden among the Hellmaw caverns. She seemed fairly well fed; it was the implication that he had that the Empress was taking care of her packmates. Such was to be expected; she had been an adept huntress. He could respect a woman who cared for her subordinates.

The girl spoke her name, prompting Tunglið to lift his eyes back into the trees. Daniels, she said of her surname. He wondered if she was a child of Nima’s, but the Empress had never given him her surname.

“It is a pleasure, miss Daniels,” he rumbled formally with a tip of his maw. “I am Tunglið frá Norðri.”

He observed the trees for a moment longer and found himself searching for the telltale pop of colour from the flowers she sought.

“Am I correct to assume you reside with Empress Nima?” he finally asked, hoping to sate his curiosity.


Mar 29, 2018 11:13 AM — Post #13

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The formality was caught as her paws scratched at the ear, twisting her eyes back to land on the handsome creation that was a wolf’s name. Her ears caught like the soft gesture of delight, but it was scarce about to lure her out of more than a stare. Now that would be a name to practice, a sound so rich.

The Empress is my mother,” The confession was an easy one, even as the first flower tumbled to the earth int he tragic hum of defeat. The sound that was marked with a sigh, leaning down to pull the first flower exposed aside, breaking it from its bounds.

She’s not home right now, she’s gone to slaughter her enemies and bring back their heads - so that we may live in safety.” Nima had never said such directly, but Amelia was learning. Getting rid of an enemy, a traitor or a foe was simply about bringing death. To keep them safe.

To keep their family together.

Her eyes refused to look at the clever adult, who would undoubtedly see her pain.


Mar 29, 2018 12:30 PM — Post #14

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His suspicions were confirmed - the Empress was her mother. She had not mentioned having children to care for, but he would assume the validity of it simply because she was an Empress, and such a powerful title had to come with wolves to serve. But, little Amelia went on - confessing that the Empress was not in her pack territory and had ventured off to slaughter her enemies. At this, his brow furrowed. What enemies did the Empress possess?

Admittedly, he knew little of what lie beyond these mountains. He had not gone to explore so far north since arriving and settling among the springs with Morwen and Lorenzo.

Tunglid glanced down at her, noting the evasiveness of her gaze. “She told you this herself?” he rumbled, mildly amused by the notion, but mostly curious to know whether or not this fact she had given him was true. Perhaps there was need to pay a visit to Hellmaw, to see if he could garner more information on the matter. Surely, Lorenzo would be interested in the affairs of their neighbors, would he not?


Apr 07, 2018 11:47 AM — Post #15

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