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Claes Stephansson Quinn Staff
 

He had better things to do than this.

There were always better things to do than come here.

But there was something about it. Something about the glassy surface. Something about the way the waves lapped gently at the shore that always drew him, when he was near. Even with the faint memories of the rushing sound in his ears. With the chill that felt like a bucket of water being dumped over his head. The feeling that, for some reason, he shouldn’t be able to breathe, so close to this. He found himself, again and again, at the shore of the lake.

Just like now. Crouched down on his stomach, watching as the waves chased each other ashore - receding just as quickly. Never touching the water for fear that it would reach up and grab him. It was a silly fear, he was beginning to realize - but it was there, embedded into his brain, all the same. He wasn’t sure why anymore. There was something, something to do with the fuzzy memories, but he couldn’t remember.

But even with the uneasiness, there was something soothing about this sound.

There was no rushing here. Just the gentle sound of the lake moving placidly against the pebbles along the shore. There were good memories here - the time Momma had fetched him a pretty yellow pebble from the water most prominent. How nicely it had matched the color of Momma’s eyes - and his own. It was precious, even if it was just a silly pebble. He still had it - tucked away in the alcove safely, hopefully away from Anna’s greedy paws.

He hummed a quiet sound, eyes remaining on the waves as they rose and fell, the sound and the motion lulling him into a peaceful place.


Apr 12, 2018 07:33 PM

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Anna Stephansdotter Rainy Staff
 

Huehuehuehue.

Anna saw that peaceful place. The serene look on her brother’s face. Oh yes. It was there.

She was going to vanquish it.

Damien had taught them how to stalk after prey, and Anna had wasted no time in exercising this new skill anywhere and everywhere, terrorizing squirrels, pouncing after the tails of her family members, and overall being a complete brat, something she was very good at, thank you very much.

Anyway, she adopted her pose now, even getting correct the part where her butt couldn’t be all up in the air. I told you, guys. She was a freakin’ professional now. Carefully, and as quietly as could be, she crept closer, eyes intent on her brother’s back.


Apr 12, 2018 08:00 PM — Post #1

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Claes Stephansson Quinn Staff
 

He was unaware of the danger that crept up behind him.

Too focused on the danger that might come from in front of him, if he stopped watching the waves. It was puzzling, feeling so cautious of something when you couldn’t remember exactly why. There were only vague sounds, vague feelings.

He lifted a paw.

Watched, heavy lidded as the water continued it’s rhythmic to and fro. He wondered what made the water move like that. Was there some kind of creature writhing below the surface, disturbing it? Wouldn’t the water sit still if nothing was below the surface.

He lifted his head from the rocky shore.

Cocked it to the side as he watched, narrowed his eyes as he looked into the clear water, trying to spot whatever might cause the motion.

But there were only small silvery flashes of fish. Surely, those small bodies didn’t cause the whole lake to rock to and fro. Claes pursed his lips, tentatively extended his paw towards the water, paused.

What if it grabbed him, whatever made the water move?

He hummed, nervous. Held his breath.

And flicked his paw quickly at the surface, toes barely brushing, just enough to create ripples to dance across the surface. He cringed, he couldn’t help it. But nothing stirred, nothing except the ripples his paw created, and he watched them until the water had settled back into it’s glassy smoothness.


Apr 12, 2018 08:18 PM — Post #2

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Anna Stephansdotter Rainy Staff
 

What.. was he doing? Anna wasn’t sure whether to dance giddily at his apparent absorption with the water, or pout because he hadn’t yet turned round to scold her. Maybe she was just getting so damn sneaky he couldn’t have any hope of noticing.

She covered her muzzle with a paw when he brushed his toe across the water. His tail was within pouncing distance now.

If she.. could just…


Apr 12, 2018 08:42 PM — Post #3

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Bea Rainy Staff
 

“ANNA.” Her voice was sharp, just loud enough to be heard clearly from the trees, where she could see, very clearly, that the devious young girl was creeping up on her brother. Normally this would be allowed. They did that sort of thing on a regular basis. But Claes was so sensitive about water, and Bea was loathe to think that he might retain or develop a stronger aversion to it.

She stepped out of the trees, tail lifted a bit and her chin held high, but nothing more would be needed to stop the miniature Stephan in her tracks, so while she gave a quick glance to her female offspring, she looked then to Claes and her expression softened. He always seemed to be the victim in these situations. 


// kill me


Apr 12, 2018 08:43 PM — Post #4

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Claes Stephansson Quinn Staff
 

He felt like he was waiting for something terrible to happen, eyes locked on the surface of the water as they were. Nothing moved, nothing flew out of the water at him. But why was he so nervous? His nose wrinkled in a quiet snarl, agitation at the water - at his own nervousness spiking an anger in him. The peace was shattered, now.

He huffed, prepared to settle himself back into a lazy sprawl, but something caught his attention. A shuffling in the pebbles behind him, and his ears pinned tight to his head, dread rising. The water couldn’t be behind him, could it? It took little more than a second for Claes to bare his teeth and spin towards the sound, even from his position on the ground. Momma’s voice rang out at the exact moment he laid eyes on Anna and he let loose a little growl, lifting his head to stare down at Anna, lips still curled lightly. “What are you doing?”

What little fear that had risen at the realization that something was behind him settled quickly when he’d laid eyes on Anna. Not to mention, Momma wasn’t far off. He was safe. Even if Anna was a rotten brat, she was a lot less scary than the thought of the water manifesting into a gruesome monster.


Apr 12, 2018 09:06 PM — Post #5

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Anna Stephansdotter Rainy Staff
 

Foiled again.

Anna’s belly slammed to the ground at the sharp bark of her name, and she whirled to face Bea, jaw dropping a bit. Then she turned to look at Claes, who, of course, now knew she was here. “I wasn’t doing anything,” she insisted, eyes darting to the side. “What are you doing?” Being a freaking weirdo, no doubt.

She trotted loosely up to her mother, bumping her head along her side and chest, nibbling her fur, and then trotting back over to where Claes sat. What a grump.


Apr 12, 2018 09:18 PM — Post #6

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Bea Rainy Staff
 

Rolling her eyes at the blatant lie the girl offered- not even a good one, she noted- she smiled and continued her approach. “There is a time and a place for sneaking, love, and you picked the wrong one.” She returned the affection offered, tail swaying just above her hocks, and padded closer to the water to press her nose to her son’s head.

“Thinking about a swim?” she said, slight amusement in her eyes. It was growing colder now, but the water wasn’t unbearable as she trailed a paw through the shallows.


Apr 12, 2018 09:22 PM — Post #7

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Claes Stephansson Quinn Staff
 

Anna sunk immediately to the ground at Momma’s voice, and honestly? That was better. It was easier to glare down at her with her cowering on the ground. “Du ljuger,” he growled, agitation remaining. “I was relaxing, until you decided to ruin it,” Claes grumbled.

He turned his attention to Momma, then, when she came over and pressed her nose to his head. He rumbled a little sound, leaning into the affection despite the prick of uneasiness the words she spoke brought him. His eyes fell to her paw trailing through the water and he couldn’t help but tense, but he kept quiet. Momma and Anna both had no problem with the water and whatever monsters might lurk beneath the surface. He was beginning to understand it was something in his head -a memory, maybe- that made him weary of the water. He wasn’t sure how to conquer it. Or if he could, for that matter. He huffed, shook his head. “No Momma, just watching.”


Apr 12, 2018 11:11 PM — Post #8

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Anna Stephansdotter Rainy Staff
 

Anna rolled her eyes, pouting in Claes’s general direction. “You are always relaxing. Why are you so lazy?” she asked, poking out her tongue a little and conveniently skirting around the subject of her stretching the truth. Despite just having criticized him for his slothlike ways, Anna padded right up to where the water just barely kissed the shore, and flopped down onto her belly, then stuck her rear paws out for good measure, affecting the classic frog pose.


Apr 13, 2018 08:02 AM — Post #9

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Bea Rainy Staff
 

Bea frowned slightly at the boy’s unease toward the water, but kept trailing her paw through gently. “Do you remember?” she asked, tilting her head to look at him through half-lidded eyes. He was so tiny when he fell into the river, but it had clearly affected him despite all that. She felt a wave of guilt for the situation, but tried to shake it off.

He had survived, after all, and he was still only a babe. He might overcome his fear, one day. She wouldn’t push it.


Apr 13, 2018 08:05 AM — Post #10

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Claes Stephansson Quinn Staff
 

Because I have to deal with you,” Claes retorted, quickly, poking his own tongue out. He watched as Anna moved off towards the water - to do exactly what she was just nagging him about. He glared, eyes narrowed. Maybe Claes’ monsters would finally manifest and snatch Anna away. He smiled gleefully at the thought, but leaned into Momma when she spoke instead of bickering with Anna more.

His eyes moved back to the water, to Momma trailing a paw through it, eyes narrowed in an attempt to dredge up memories that might explain his predicament. He shook his head gently, after a moment. “I-I don’t know, Momma,” Claes answered. “It’s like-” He paused, wondering if anything he might say would even make sense. He pursed his lips, eyed Anna. She would probably tease him if he outright said he was scared of the water. He sighed, gently. “There’s…feelings? Sounds? I dunno,” he finished, a shrug accompanying the words. He knew the water made him uneasy. He could remember a sound, but it wasn’t the sound of the lake. The cold, feeling like he shouldn’t be able to breathe, the roaring. They were all there - distant. But the entire memory evaded him. He wasn’t sure if he wanted to remember.

It sounded like Momma knew why he felt like he did, but even so, he didn’t want to ask. Not if it might bring the memory back. Maybe it would make it easier to deal with - or maybe it would just make things worse. It was weird, feeling like he was forgetting something, either way.


Apr 13, 2018 08:53 AM — Post #11

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[ Edited: Apr 13, 2018 08:58 AM by Claes ]
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Bea Rainy Staff
 

// skipping anna cuz i do what i want

Bea’s ears tucked back against her head. It seemed like the boy had some sort of memory of the incident, but unclear. If she explained it to him, would it help? Or would it make it worse? She looked into his face, then pressed her nose to his forehead. “You fell into the river, love, when you were only.. thiis big.” She held her paw off the ground to show an approximate size. It made her realize how big he’d grown, now. “You could barely walk then, let alone swim.” She tried for a somewhat amused smile, though it didn’t reach her eyes. “Scared me to death, you did, but here you are now, thanks to your father.”


Apr 13, 2018 09:37 PM — Post #12

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Claes Stephansson Quinn Staff
 

He might have been pleased at Anna’s silence in any other situation, but he was feeling more and more antsy - more uneasy. He’d kind of hoped Momma might just move pass whatever it was had happened, but she pressed her nose to his forehead then, revealed exactly what it was that had been haunting him all this time.

The river, she said. He’d fallen in the river. It made sense then - the rushing he thought he could hear when he got too close, the chill, the suffocation. He tucked his head down, shoved his face deep into the fur at Momma’s chest. The fear that rose up didn’t make sense - not like everything else. He was safe. He knew that better than anything else, right then. He was with Momma. He wasn’t close enough to the water to fall in.

He growled, a quiet rumble creeping up. Against the feeling. Against the memory. He knew where the uneasy feeling came from now - it couldn’t control him anymore. He could control it. It wasn’t unknown. There weren’t monsters waiting in the depths of the lake or the river. Not anymore.

His ears twitched, but he kept his face where it was if Momma would let him. “Sorry, Momma. Didn’t mean to scare you,” Claes said, quiet, yellow eyes opening to stare down at the pebbles at his feet.


Apr 14, 2018 09:19 PM — Post #13

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Anna Stephansdotter Rainy Staff
 

Anna lay quietly off to the side, though her ear swiveled with interest as she listened to the conversation occurring. She didn’t remember the incident, being too young, and not having witnessed it in any case, but something was there, in the back of her mind, an adventure her brother hadn’t participated in. He’d been.. carried? Wet. Miserable. Sullen. Her nose twitched, and the memory faded.

She turned her head, looking to see as Claes leaned against their mother, then rose to her paws and slunk across the few feet to join him there, tail wagging.


Apr 16, 2018 10:52 AM — Post #14

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Bea Rainy Staff
 

Bea lifted a paw to drape across Claes’s back, nuzzling the top of his head when he burrowed his face into the soft salt-and-pepper fur of his chest. “You’re safe, Claes,” she murmured to him, looking up briefly to see Anna stir and come their way. The girl nosed in beside her brother and she rested her chin on top of her head briefly, too, embracing her babies.

Claes apologized for scaring her, and she smiled, nipping at his ear. “It was only an accident, it’s alright, my boy.” He’d lived, he hadn’t been terribly effected, and he was still young. Maybe someday the water wouldn’t stir such a feeling of dread in him.


Apr 16, 2018 11:15 AM — Post #15

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