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[summons] Wormword Grove | Early autumn | Morning | Overcast, windy | Calling Theo

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Seeker Chris Staff
 

The wind had picked up, skittering little waves across the surface of the lake. Clouds overhead promised rain in the near future, and Seeker’s nose was lifted skyward. Now the vegetation had begun to take on a ruddy tint, Seeker camouflaged much better than in the warmer seasons. His hunting was in full swing, and he eyed a large white swan sailing by speculatively, hardly hungry but always interested in pitting himself against a new kind of prey.  He padded around by the bank, watching the swan head out to a small island.

Huh. Was there… Seeker’s sharp emerald gaze studied the surface of the water. His head tilted. There was - underwater after the rains, but there was a way to that little island. 

“Theo?” He called, in the low, tentative voice he used when on unfamiliar ground. So far, he hadn’t exactly met anybody here who he’d hit it off with. He was starting to believe that braving the crowds of the Hillside Sanctuary might be better than facing one hostile stranger after another.

But the island inflamed his curousity, and he let out a bark for Theodore so he could come and see it as well.


Apr 07, 2018 06:36 AM

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Theodore Zoi
 

Theodore’s ears caught the sound even as he found himself reluctant to come out of the folds and the noises of the grounds that were far from his catch. Seeker had been quiet, and the boys had been together… but there had been such a heavy sense of wonder to why things had come to pass as they had.

There was no sign of the pack along the lakeside, whatever had once been was now gone into a full self-destruction. Now while that would have caused a question about the means of things, it seemed to have been just what Seeker needed. Theodore had enjoyed the seclusion, although it left him worrying about the pull of the snow. It left his nose flaring as he marked the grounds that often had frequented trails for food. Hell, in some ways, he was trying to show responsibility.

Seek!” His voice called a lazy noise despite the poorness of the weather. He broke the trees from the west, near the edge of what had drawn Seeker to expect him. The question was still leaning on him, but he fought through nothing. He would go where he was expected, and that would be that. Short of needing to socialize and pull out his finest etiquette, Theodore felt… free. Lonesome, but utterly free.


Apr 07, 2018 11:50 AM — Post #1

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Seeker Chris Staff
 

Seeker was almost impatient, pacing in place with his forepaws as he waited for his best friend to arrive. “Theo, over here!” He wuffed, his eyes on the strip of land leading to the island, staring at it intently as if it might yield the answer to life’s greatest mysteries. His tail wagged a few times, emerald eyes bright. He liked the look of that island.

Maybe there they’d be all right. Theodore would be content, and Seeker wouldn’t have to face strangers, and when Storm and Sonya arrived he could show them.

“Come see this!” He coaxed, raising himself as high as he could, all but standing on his toes to get a better look. He wasn’t going to wade across to the island until Theodore caught him up.


Apr 08, 2018 05:32 AM — Post #2

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Theodore Zoi
 

Theodore’s frantic edge toned down when he drew near enough to make the outline of his colorful Seeker out. The boy was pacing, staring out across the water to the point that Theodore’s gaze followed, although there was a sense of wonderment. What in the world had him dancing on his toes?

Theodore moved along, flanking the male from the right as his eyes spilled out across the water. Eventually, when it landed on the look of th island, he allowed himself a moment or two to feel a wave of doubt. It was a fair bridge of a gap out, although he allowed his sunset gaze to flick to Seeker.

I didn’t peg you for an island sort,” Amusement tinged his voice, although he allowed the merit of it to cross his mind. Something to explore, one supposed. Theodore didn’t look at it and see the promise his companion did.


Apr 08, 2018 04:26 PM — Post #3

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Seeker Chris Staff
 

Seeker flashed a grin, waving his tail and letting his gaze linger on Theodore a moment. No injuries. No cuts or scrapes. No illness that he could spot - he was still too skinny for Seeker’s liking, but maybe once they settled somewhere and stopped roving about half the valley he’d get better.

“This is fresh water.” He pointed out in reference to his minor dislike of the beach. “And here. Look, watch!” Still enthusiastic about his discovery, he stepped onto the narrow strip of land. The lake was currently full enough Seeker went in up to his knees, not realizing how much the lake rose and fell with the seasons, and that the land he walked upon now would at other parts of the year be fully exposed. To him,it felt safe, secretive.

“Come on, it goes all the way out!”


Apr 09, 2018 06:26 AM — Post #4

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Theodore Zoi
 

Theodore’s ears swung on his head and he offered the warmth that was still missing, and honestly, he would have been shocked to see Seeker anything but hopeful ad surging forward with such countless attempts. For that reason, he allowed his head to dip downward as his eyes draped over the water.

It could have been the purest mountain spring water, and Theo still didn’t know if he would really desire to go within it. The boy watched his gaze move, and he took a deep breath as he realized there was a little method of sinking into the grounds. Cheeks puffed, but he followed th boy into the water with reluctance.

Fair enough.

Lead the way, then,” His bemused voice was soft. This was definitely Seeker’s kind of thing.


Apr 09, 2018 02:49 PM — Post #5

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Seeker Chris Staff
 

Seeker splashed along, flicking his paws high and for once, not looking worried by the world. He flashed a grin back at Theodore at his encouragement and proceeded to do just that, embarking all the way to the island.

His nostrils were already flaring when he reached it, leaving the water for the shore with a great bound and scattering silvery drops. His nose went down. Nobody else had set a paw on this island in… a long time. Enough time that even Seeker’s neuroses felt safe here.

“Not very big.” He murmured thoughtfully to his friend. “Not that it needs to be…”


Apr 10, 2018 07:40 AM — Post #6

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Theodore Zoi
 

The excitement wasn’t quite at the same height of thing, but his paw seemed to drag over the dirt that was trying to suck his paw in and trap him. Walking through the water was just a hell of an odd feeling.

It was a short adventure, anyway, and that was a funny thing enough as it was. Ears seemed to swing against his head, it was a beautiful little feeling that was weighted upon his chest, his eyes scanning as Seeker moved out ahead of him. The faint smile was quick to follow on his lips, and he allowed his thoughts to settle.

This place?” There was a flutter of amusement, although he couldn’t quite keep his sense. At least it was still a bit isolated, and that was excitement in some manner. But orange gaze still lingered on the back of Seeker though, his ambition lesser. But hey, hang out on an island? It sounded… secluded, at least.


Apr 10, 2018 03:54 PM — Post #7

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Seeker Chris Staff
 

Seeker looked over his shoulder, catching Thedore’s smile. His huffed, but not really in offense - he bounced back to nudge him, tail waving. “Ah come on Theo.” He coaxed. “It’s nice out here. There hasn’t been anyone else here in months.” He could smell that much. “We can have a base while we’re exploring the lake, come back here, somewhere safe.” Or as safe as anywhere was these days.

“Come on. I’ll catch you a fish. There’ll be tons in this lake.” As long as they weren’t the size of that pike he’d once caught in the depths of the river at the Brotherhood. His gaze dulled a little, thinking of how Lenna had come to help him.

What had driven away his adoptive sister? In his heart, he believed it was his fault. If he’d stayed at home, she wouldn’t have gone looking for him. But then… if he’d stayed at home, he would be with Theodore right now.


Apr 10, 2018 04:37 PM — Post #8

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Theodore Zoi
 

Theodore allowed the pain that was weighing on his chest, although he couldn’t have begun to paraphrase what was going through his mind. Theodore was beginning to live in that constant sense of being off, being uncomfortable.

Until now,” The faint smile, not wanting to ruin Seeker’s positivity. “And then it’s more than just us, and more, and then we’re locked in once the winter falls.” His voice was soft, comfortable in the up and down of his thoughts as they rolled out of his mouth.

A fish.

The boy grimaced, finding his tail twitching as his paws itched for the solid ground.

I hope something bad didn’t happen to miss Ryd and Makki.


Apr 11, 2018 03:00 PM — Post #9

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Seeker Chris Staff
 

Seeker finally stopped pacing around, sniffing at everything, and swung around to fall back into a sit. Theodore was thinking longterm. Seeker… well. A few weeks maybe. A few weeks of safety and just him and Theodore, until Storm and Sonya arrived for their visit (to check up on him, he thought) and after that, when they had to think about going back to the hills.

Theodore made a face at the notion of fish, and Seeker’s expression fell as well. His tail stopped flickering in nervous excitement and went still behind him.

“All right, no fish.” He murmured a bit defeatedly. “I think - the sanctuary would be safer during winter, don’t you think?” Winter was harsh in the valley, he knew that. And after last winter he already felt mildly obsessive about keeping Theodore safe. 

He shifted uneasily. “Me either. We should ask the Sanctuary if they know - it isn’t far from here after all.”


Apr 11, 2018 06:14 PM — Post #10

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Theodore Zoi
 

Theodore managed not to think about the way the world was going too much, although there was definitely a risk on the tongue. It would have been a lot easier to just go along with the boy, tell all the things that someone would be holding in a means of expectation.

It was why he allowed his eyes to flick toward Seeker. “Seeker, we’re supposed to be keeping you happy. It’s you who needs the permission to remind yourself to take calming breaths.” A faint smile, although it was a pressure weight.

We have time,” His voice was soft, comfortable with the reminder. Winter was going to be in the air before he knew it, but. “We’re not in a rush.


Apr 12, 2018 04:11 PM — Post #11

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Seeker Chris Staff
 

His tail still didn’t pick back up. Theodore was wrong - this wasn’t about him. It was about both of them. Making sure nothing like last winter ever happened again.

“I- I’m content enough here.” He protested faintly. “At least right now. Nobody else around to hassle us - just you and me.” He still hadn’t even begun to build a trust in other wolves yet. He didn’t really believe that he would, and that was part of the problem back in the hills. He exhaled, still looking dejected.

“No, I guess not. The valley’s not so big, just..” Crowded. He changed the subject. “You still… you’re thinking the Sanctuary, then?” Since there was clearly no Cadre to be found anymore here.


Apr 13, 2018 06:34 AM — Post #12

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Theodore Zoi
 

Just you and me.

While there were good things about that, there was also room for a statement of just how stressful that could be. It wasn’t like there were any established strangers around, no one who would immediately stick out on his mind. It was why his tail flicked from one side to the other, the wariness still etched.

But he found his head dipping downward, giving a suggestion of what they really had in the means of choices. “Unless you’re up for trying the stone hills,” There was a humor in his voice he couldn’t quite manage. His eyes glinted, and he managed a resemblance of a smile.

We could head back to the beach…” Another venture, with little to gain. “Dunno if my nose would like that.


Apr 13, 2018 03:45 PM — Post #13

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Seeker sighed, half amused and half exasperated. “Theo, be serious!” He scolded, with a quick grimace at the thought of the danger they had evaded at the stone hills. He certainly wasn’t going back there. He rolled his eyes. “Visits only to the beach. My nose definitely doesn’t like it there, I can’t track anything properly.” He grouched.

But he got the point. “The hills it is. It’s just.. you know. Crowded.” When he’d first met Senna there had been… what, four wolves living in the hollow? Now there were around two dozen. The very thought of trying to socialize with that many strangers had his hackles lifting in horror. “I did smell Catrine there though. She’s nice. Did you meet her?”


Apr 13, 2018 06:52 PM — Post #14

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Theodore Zoi
 

The scolding brought a grumble of laughter to him, although he didn’t expel it in any sort of youthful burst as he might have done once another upon a time. It was enough to brighten the feelings that were heavy upon them. No living at the beach, no living in the stone hills, mountains were tedious and the forests were a walking threat.

There isn’t much else left,” His voice grew quieter, remarking on the obvious. Surely Seeker had followed the same line of thinking.

Theodore shook his head to an unfamiliar name, his lips curving at the edge. “Senna was the only one I wanted to see,” The easy honesty was comfortable. But he didn’t see himself giving the emphasis that one would have hoped. He allowed himself to shift, clearing his throat.

Your new friend… Ace, right? He’s there too?” A name that Theodore hadn’t forgotten. “So that’s… three wolves you know.


Apr 17, 2018 03:37 PM — Post #15

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