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Stephan was snuggled deep within the depths of his alcove in the vertical cliff face of the basin walls.

He wasn’t asleep, not yet at least. His eyelids heavy but his brain was tired enough to succumb to slumber. Late morning light drifted in through the entrance.

Stephan’s hind legs were tucked beneath while his forelegs were stretched out before him. His skull rested between them upon the stone floor. It was growing colder as his coat thickened. Soon the lands were be blanketed by snow, just as he liked it. Perfect hunting conditions.

There were questions in his mind he had yet to ask a certain wolf, but he had been refraining, procrastinating. Avoiding, ignoring them. Death was so cumbersome, especially in conversation.


Jun 09, 2018 12:00 AM

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Anna was not in the habit of disturbing sleeping wolves. But that didn’t mean she never did it.

She had caught a bird, small, with bright red feathers that made the blood that seeped from the wounds she inflicted upon it invisible against the plumage. She had never caught a bird, before. They could fly, of course, which made them often too difficult. This one had maybe had something wrong with it, or perhaps it had just been very conveniently distracted.

She was not interested in the key to her success- only the face that the success was hers, and she wished to share it with someone else.

“Papa,” the girl huffed into the darkness, standing in the mouth of the alcove with the hollow-boned creature dangling from her jaws. As her eyes adjusted, she stepped within, immediately seeking out the form of her father lying sphynxlike in the gloom.


Jun 09, 2018 11:36 AM — Post #1

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“Hm?”

Stephan blinked open his eyes a little wider. It had smelt the scent of blood before his daughter’s arrival. He hadn’t thought it would come all the way to him, though. A tired smile crawled across his inky lips as he shifted himself a little to look at her better, but he didn’t move from his spot. Not yet, at least.


Jun 09, 2018 11:41 AM — Post #2

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Rather than answer verbally, Anna simply approached, claws ticking softly against the stone of the alcove’s floor. She lowered her head when she drew near to him, tail waving lazily at her hocks, and dropped the prettily wrapped package just in front of his muzzle.

“A snack?”  Her head tilted in offer, eyes bright with hope that he would accept the gift. Papa had fed her many times- she’d never been in the position to return the favor before. Perhaps a cardinal was poor repayment, but the feathers were beautiful and eye-catching.


Jun 09, 2018 11:44 AM — Post #3

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Birds of a favourite of the smokey she-wolf’s. Quail, specifically. He remembered hunting one with her and having to take the feathers off. Stephan never liked the maintenance that avians required. But they did taste good. Especially when they were right in front of his ebony nose.

“Thanks,” he said in a murmur. He lifted his head to reach for the carcass and draw it nearer to him.

“What’s up?” Stephan asked before placing a foreleg over the cardinal’s head to commence the feather-plucking.


Jun 09, 2018 11:50 AM — Post #4

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Anna watched with mild interest as her father began to pluck the small creature. It hardly seemed worth the work, but she supposed the feeling of feathers stuck in one’s teeth was, in general, fairly undesirable.

“Nothing..” she responded, though her mind was on Astred. Had the guardian sought an audience with her father yet? She felt like she might have known about it if so, but what if it just hadn’t been brought up to her yet?

She slid to her belly and flicked her tail. “Will it get colder than this?”


Jun 09, 2018 12:00 PM — Post #5

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Mint green eyes flickered to her at her response. It didn’t sound like nothing, but he refrained from pressing, for now. Stephan flicked a feather out from his teeth with his tongue.

He huffed a chuckle.

“Darling, you haven’t felt cold, yet,” Stephan said with a small smirk. “When every piece of the land turns white, then you’ll know what cold is. And it can get colder than that.”


Jun 09, 2018 12:25 PM — Post #6

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Papa was laughing at her. Her lips pulled back in a look of chagrin. Really only Papa was allowed to laugh at her- only for him would she drop her pride and allow this sort of thing. Maybe for Claes, if she was in a particularly good mood.

She breathed in the air that bit slightly at her lungs, huffing out a visible puff of breath. “I like it, I think.” She did. The cold was much better than the heat of the summer, when she had to lay panting in the middle of the day, flank heaving with the effort to stay cool beneath a naturally thick coat, however sparse for the season. The autumn had given her a taste of what was to come, the days mixed with reasonably warm days and cool nights.

She shifted leaning her muzzle toward him some more with eyes intent. “I want it to snow a lot.” She’d seen flurries, here and there, and of course the peaks far above were decorated with the chilly icing, but she hadn’t had a chance to truly experience it yet.


Jun 09, 2018 12:36 PM — Post #7

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Stephan smiled as he took a bite out of the cardinal. Of course she would like it. She was a mountain wolf bred for harsh conditions. His tail swept across the stone.

“The best time to hunt is when the grasslands are full of snow,” he said. “Elk can get stuck in it sometimes, but we were made to run on it.”

His tongue slid out to lick at his reddening whiskers.

“Do you remember when I told you of giants?” Stephan asked.


Jun 09, 2018 12:50 PM — Post #8

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The girl’s ears pricked at the mention of elk. “Will you take us on an elk hunt?” she asked, scooting a little closer still to him with a look of appeasement. Please oh please oh please.

He asked of giants, and she grinned at him impishly. “I remember.” She wouldn’t mention that Astred also played into the memories.


Jun 09, 2018 01:04 PM — Post #9

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“That’s the plan,” he said.

“There’s a type of giant known as the jötunn,” he said, “can’t remember if I told you of them, too. They’re large blue creatures.”


Jun 09, 2018 01:08 PM — Post #10

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She beamed, already excited for the elk hunt. She wanted to ask when, and pester him about it a little, but he moved on to the giant thing. Her nose wrinkled. Blue? she huffed.


Jun 09, 2018 01:21 PM — Post #11

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Stephan nodded.

“Jötnar can make things cold,” he said. “Loki is a jötunn, but he uses magic to disguise himself with the rest of the gods. Snow makes me think of them, sometimes. The stories.”


Jun 09, 2018 01:26 PM — Post #12

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Her belly against the cold floor of the alcove, Anna’s shivered in response to the story, imagining a great blue wolflike creature, but feathered, for some reason (likely because the only truly blue animal she had seen was a little bluebird, flitting amongst the trees). In her minds eye it blew icy breath onto the mountaintops, causing snowflakes to cascade from the sky.

“How many Jötnar are there? Do they make the wintertime? Are they dangerous, Papa?” She knew that they were only stories, but she loved listening to him tell them so much, she couldn’t help but become immersed fully.


Jun 09, 2018 01:31 PM — Post #13

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“Not sure,” he admitted. “But they are dangerous. They seek to destroy Asgard and our world, Midgard. While they don’t cause wintertime, they can plunge the world into a realm of ice. Unfit for any life to survive upon it but them.

“But it is Thor’s job to protect us from them. Only Loki is known to have entered Asgard. But… it would be no fun for a trickster god if there was no one alive to trick.”


Jun 09, 2018 01:42 PM — Post #14

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Anna listened with rapt attention, the scenarios Stephan described being played out in her head as if she watched them happening. Great blue feathered wolf giants covering the world in ice so cold and so thick that none would survive.

For some reason, in her head, Loki appeared as Claes. The thought made her giggle, and she brought a paw up and placed it over her muzzle to stifle the sound.


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