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Yuna had a small pile of herbs she had carefully selected from her stores. Most of them were ones she had not widely used at all, but she liked to be prepared for anything. She just hadn’t expected to be meeting a nephew with a heart condition, but the healer took it in her stride. It wasn’t the herbs she brought to Sebastian yet though. She had left him currently enjoying the sunshine outside, though Yuna had asked him to rest, rather than try exploring. She didn’t yet know the young male well enough to know how obedient he was. 

“Sebastian?” She called around the fish in her mouth. He needed to eat well, small and often, to get back to his full strength. Today, she knew, she would be able to start introducing herbs other than garlic, but she wanted to talk to her nephew first, get a feel for him and how willing he was to be involved in his own treatment.


May 17, 2018 08:03 AM

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Since coming to the coast, life had been practically a blur. Time itself seemed nonexistent and through the pain and exhaustion, all Sebastian really did was sleep. It was the only treatment that felt right to him. If there was anything else that his aunt was doing with him, for a while, Sebastian couldn’t tell.

Yet, in the coming days, he was able to stay up for more hours in the day. The pain had subsided since his last episode and while things were looking up—he was still slightly worried. He had never felt that way in months, or like, ever. Did that mean something bad? Should he be worried?

He wanted to take his mother or even confide in his father, but after everything they had been through and Finn…it just seemed like a burden that he did not want to weigh them down with.

He would be fine. He had to be.

Yuna had told him to stay out in the sun, rest, take a moment to breathe—and though he wished he could do more, he obliged. Walking around was still slightly painful, his body still pretty damn sore.

And so reluctantly, he had settled himself down below the sun; his eyes closed for a few moments, and he wondered if he should sleep. Sleep itself sounded good… and he could… but before then, a voice rung through his ears.

Yuna.

Sebastian briefly turned his head to glance in her direction, before calling out half exhaustingly back, “Yeah, I’m here.”

((short morning post))


May 17, 2018 10:08 AM — Post #1

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Sebastian still sounded exhausted, she noted, and he looked it as well as she reached him and her mismatched gaze swept over him. He had been so quiet since he had gotten here, she knew she had given his body enough time to recover from the journey now before she tried some new herbs.

She set her fish down on a rock and came to settle at his side, gently pressing a lick to his ear before stretching out on the sand beside her nephew.

“Nap if you need to, Sebastian.” her gentle voice encouraged. “I’ll be here when you wake up.” She would, too. Comfort was important for Sebastian right now. He needed to know she was reliable, that she would keep treating him no matter what.


May 17, 2018 08:45 PM — Post #2

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His eyes flashed across the sandy landscape, watching briefly as his aunt’s cream colored coat came into focus, and briefly a fish between her jaws. He could smell the pungent smell of salt..and whatever fish were made of and although Sebastian knew he hadn’t been hungry before—he could feel his stomach churn at the thought of eating.

When was the last time he ate? He wasn’t sure.

The boy’s mouth briefly watered for a moment, but as she placed the fish on a rock and moved towards him, he made his best efforts to forget about it. It wasn’t for him. He probably shouldn’t eat anyway though right? He was recovering, and was food even good for wolves who needed to rest? Especially after his own episode…maybe he couldn’t even keep down anything.

His body shifted briefly as his aunt came to his side; the boy growing more comfortable with her presence.  Though when she told him to nap, he shook his head. Listen, he was tired, but he was also tired of being tired. Napping and sleeping and not being up and about was starting to make him restless. He hated this about his body.

Each time his heart acted up, it felt as though a million years would have to pass before he felt like himself. It was awful. “I’m okay, I’m a bit tired of sleeping all the time…” He didn’t know how to respond, he wanted to take in her words and agree to them. Be the model patient. But he was still a kid. A growing boy who wanted to go out and play with his cousins, he wanted to explore the beach and see if this could be a place he wanted to stay—Finn had already found his home, Sebastian now wanted to find his—because it obviously wasn’t going to be with his parents in the long run. “When will I be better?” He asked, his boy probably hinting more towards the hope of a perfect world rather than his reality.


May 18, 2018 02:01 PM — Post #3

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Ah, he had a stubbornness to him then - not a bad thing, but one Yuna distinctly suspected was his father’s influence. Sebastian would need determination if he was to get through his illness, though. Having a heart condition was chronic, long-term, and so was dealing with it.

“In that case, are you hungry?” She fetched the fish and put it before him with a small smile, then lay down beside him once again.

“Soon, I hope - I’ve got some more garlic for you but some new herbs to try as well. Each day, we can add something new, and see which ones work best for you.” She explained her plan directly to the young wolf.

“Do you like your full name, Sebastian, or is there a nickname you prefer to be called…?”


May 18, 2018 09:01 PM — Post #4

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Hunger.

The sound of the word immediately made his mouth salivate as his ears perked forward and his eyes lazily glanced towards the rock. Fish. It was a meal that he was used to, but he was not going to complain. If he could anything at all, that would be a blessing within itself.

The boy gave a small nod, agreeing towards her inquiry. He was kinda hungry. Not sure if he was hungry for fish in particular…but he’d take what he could get.

The smell was strong as it lied between his paws, and something deep within his brain was telling him not to bite into it. Yet, he did so anyway. Digging in gently and ripping away the slimy parts of the fish. The moment he swallowed the first bite, Sebastian couldn’t stop himself from making a face. His nose scrunching up and his eyes quickly shutting as he forced the meal to swallow. It tasted…weird.

Though after a few more bites, he learned to accept it, to ignore the smell that wafted from the fish and continued to eat. He was a hungry boy after all.

Sebastian gave a few nods though his meal, listening to her words but finding no way to respond to them. He didn’t know what to say. Would anything truly help his condition? A part of him doubted it, but he knew he couldn’t just roll over and give up—his parents would be furious. So instead, he just nodded.

His ears perked forward to the sound of her last question, and in all honesty, it took him a little by surprise. No one had really asked him what he’d like to be called. Sebastian was nice and all, but it always sounded so formal to him. But his parents liked it and so he had never made a fuss about it… but now he could pick? “I like the name Bastian..but either works,” he said, his voice low as he continued to finish off the fish.


May 19, 2018 02:19 PM — Post #5

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He certainly looked hungry and Yuna tucked her paws comfortably underneath her as he ate with big gulps, though at first he seemed uncertain about the taste of fish, if the face he pulled was anything to go by. “Sorry I’m not much good at hunting land prey. I’ll ask your mother or sister to bring the next rabbit they catch.” She told him, though he did eat the fish, which she appreciated. He needed to keep his strength up. 

“Bastian it is then.” She smiled at him, then retrieved her herbs. “So we know garlic has been helping you, and so does the dandelion I gave you when you first got here. But I’ve brought some hawthorn berries too, which are one of the best treatments I know for heart problems. The thing is, we need to find a combination of herbs that work well for you, especially if you travel. Heart problems are very varies, different things work for different wolves.” She explained.


May 19, 2018 09:47 PM — Post #6

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A single ear twitched to the sound of Aunt Yuna’s voice as he turned to look at her. She was sorry? She shouldn’t be sorry, she had got him food and even if it was fish, a taste he was not used to, he was grateful. The boy shook his head as he swallowed a mouthful down, “No, don’t be sorry. The fish is…different, but I’m grateful for it either way.” He truly was. She didn’t have to take care of him but she did, and while he wished his body would just heal already—so he could go play with his cousins—he was glad that she had made time to spend some time with him at least.

The boy gave a small smile as his head turned back towards his meal, his sharp, pointy puppy teeth digging into the flesh of the prey as he swallowed yet another bite, much quicker than the last.

Though as she continued to speak, Sebastian started to grow curious. If dandelion and garlic worked, what would happen when he tried something that didn’t work? His face fell momentarily at the thought as he voiced his concerns to the cream-colored healer,“What if I try something..and it doesn’t work… will it hurt?” He couldn’t imagine anything hurting more than what he felt when he reached the coast, but the possibility did scare him.

With a small sigh, his amber eyes watched the woman in front of him, searching her expression for any indication that perhaps there was more brutal honesty waiting around the corner… “Will I always be in this much pain?”

That was a sad thought, but also, a part of him knew it was his reality. He’ll always have a heart condition, he’ll always be sick, he’ll always be broken compared to his siblings.


May 22, 2018 10:38 AM — Post #7

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She was quick to shake her head and offer a reassuring lick to her nephew’s ear at that question. “No, Bastian. I’m not giving you anything dangerous.” She looked seriously at him. “If your problem ever gets more severe - if you were in pain a lot, there are a few stronger things we could try. But the strongest heart medications can also be the more dangerous ones. You need to be very careful about taking it. So we’re going to start with these.”

She set down six berries before him and a small pile of garlic and dandelion. There were only a few leaves of garlic - Yuna didn’t have very much. But she did of the dandelion leaves, an easy plant to find even late in autumn. 

“The berries taste quite nice. And you can find them even in winter, though they don’t taste quite so nice once they’re frozen.”


May 22, 2018 08:51 PM — Post #8

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His eyes studied her as he listened to the sound of her voice, reassuring yet also sending a chill to run down the boy’s spine. If it got worse, that was the predicament of his condition. They couldn’t tell which direction his health would take. He could, by chance, live with this ticking time bomb in his chest for years and be perfectly fine and relatively healthy. His life could be great and he could learn to manage it to an extent. Yet, it could also take a turn for the worst and debilitate him from being the man he wanted to strive to be…

His ears fell a few centimeters down to his skull as his amber gaze flickered towards the lapping shores. He wished he could just get a definite answer. How much time he had left in this world. What his life expectancy was and how fulfilling he could make it be. He just wanted answers…but Bastian knew he’d never get them.

When she moved to place a few berries and other herbs that, well, didn’t smell the greatest at his paws, all the boy could do was stare at them with a reluctant look across his eyes. Would it just be easier to not take them…let his body take it’s course rather than try to prolong the inevitable?

Yet, with a sigh, Bastian moved to swallow each little piece up; feeling it run down his throat as the bitter taste of garlic and dandelion filled his taste buds. “I don’t think I’ll ever get used to this,” he mumbled quietly to himself.

(( rip sick post ))


Jun 01, 2018 01:31 PM — Post #9

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“Well done.” She murmured encouragement when he ate the herbs. Yuna lowered her head apologetically when her nephew murmured sadly about not ever getting used to it. She had hoped the berries might be a little less bitter than what he was used to, but he must be so tired of eating plants every day.

“I’m sorry, Bastian.” She got an idea and blinked hopefully at the boy. “I could catch you another fish to get the taste out of your mouth - or would you like to cry a crab instead?” She offered with a tiny tailwag.

She watched him closely, comparing his breathing to previous days, the way he lay and rested, even his smell. All things that could give clues to his health and how he was feeling.

((Hope you fell betterer!)


Jun 06, 2018 07:21 AM — Post #10

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His ears were lowered, his eyes trained to his paws for a few moments as his thoughts mulled over the reality of his situation. A sick boy, with no future besides being a sick. A ticking time bomb in his chest that would one day kill him. Bastian had always tried to be optimistic, to never let his darker side show, but after coming to the beach, after his episode, it was too hard to pretend anymore.

He was tired, exhausted, and hurt. A part of him wished he could be like his siblings, or that someone else could have taken this burden away from him…but he could never wish that on anyone. His pain was his only to bear and he knew this.

A single ear pivoted towards the sound of his aunt’s voice as he gradually turned his attention towards hers, his own amber gaze watching her own bi-colored one. She offered condolences but he knew the words were empty. One could say sorry all the time, but it didn’t change his situation. It did not change his life. Sorry was pitiful, he didn’t need anyone’s pity. The boy briefly shook his head at the apology before listening towards the offer of food.

Hm, that would be nice.

Though, the sound of another possible prey to try made his head fall to one side as his eyes scrunched together in a narrowed gaze. “What’s crab?” He asked, completely lost on the idea of some species he had never heard of. “I think I’d like to try that…if that’s alright with you,” he said softly, a small smile peaking through the edge of his lips as a single tail wag began.


Jun 08, 2018 05:51 PM — Post #11

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Yuna was pleased to see the level of interest as Sebastian’s tail stirred and he smiled a little smile. He wanted to live, this puppy, she could tell. She hoped that, even though she didn’t think it would cure him, she could find a combination of herbs that would ensure he had the best quality of life.

She rewarded his politeness with a nuzzle towards his cheek that was almost automatic after impressing months of pleases, thank yous and respect for other wolves upon her trio. “Of course not, Bastian. I’ll go get one for you now.” She promised with a smile, and excused herself with a quick dip of her muzzle.

((Short timeskip presuming he would just wait for her to return.))

“This is a crab.” He voice was muffled around the pincer she held her catch by. It was a good-sized brown one, completely limp in her jaws as she moved back towards her nephew. She held it out for him to take a good look, expecting surprise.


Jun 10, 2018 08:56 AM — Post #12

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The boy smiled fondly towards his aunt as his eyes briefly shut towards her touch. A small tail wag ensued as she brought up the conversation about food. Crab sounded weird, but he’d be interested in trying it. At least once.

He carefully waited for her return, his eyes watching the sand shift and move on the surface as brief gusts of wind passed by him. Life here seemed simple, and while he wished he’d like to stay here too, he wasn’t sure if he would. Not forever. The beach was nice, but the food was odd and the wolves…the wolves were great, but simple. He wanted action, he wanted to be like his father, he wanted to be a knight in shining armor—to at least somebody.

A small twitch of his ear was all that signaled him to Yuna’s return, her paw steps nearly silent against the crunching sound of sand beneath her paws. His eyes twinkled at the sight of the thing between her mouth, brown and weird looking. It had things protruding from his body that Bastian couldn’t, at first, distinguish.

The boy’s eyes narrowed briefly as she drew closer and he craned his neck to sniff at the dead thing? A part of him felt like growling or barking at this weird creature, he knew it was dead, but god damn it was weird looking. “How do you eat it?” He asked, his voice soft and low as he continued to investigate the thing in front of him.


Jun 17, 2018 11:08 AM — Post #13

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Sebastian looked a little alarmed by the new type of food as he first looked at it, but his calm nature won out. He asked a question, and Yuna carefully laid the crab on the nearest rock for him to look at more closely.

“Most of the meat is in the body, which it easier to open up from the underside.” She flipped the crab over. “There’s more meat in the claws as well, you can get it at like this.” Yuna demonstrated the same lesson she had showed all her girls when they were younger, deftly snapping off one claw, then using her canines to carefully pull the bottom part of the claw away. The meat inside came with it, which she nudged over to her nephew to see if he liked it.


Jun 19, 2018 10:33 PM — Post #14

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Sebastian, for a while, couldn’t stop staring. The thing…it looked so weird. So different. So unnatural. And this was okay to eat? That…was weird. But he didn’t say a single thing, just watched as his aunt demonstrated how to eat it.

When the claw was broken, the boy merely peered forward; his brows arching and creasing as he looked down at it suspiciously. It didn’t necessarily smell like food, but neither did the fish for that matter. But if Yuna was giving it to him, it had to be safe right?

He glanced briefly towards the cream colored wolf beside him before gently moving his snout towards the piece of crab in front of him. Alright, here goes nothing… he thought to himself hesitantly.

The boy’s mouth opened up slowly and carefully before gently picking out pieces of meat with his canines. Once finally free from the hard shell, he swallowed.

It tasted..slimy but satisfying. Weird. His head moved backwards, his eyes wide with surprise as the small boy realized he didn’t hate it. It didn’t really taste like fish either, this tasted better. With his new found excitement, his tail began to wag and he turned to glance in Yuna’s direction, “I…I like it!”


Jun 20, 2018 12:43 PM — Post #15

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