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By the time the sun was making a grave of the nearby peaks, Damien had completed his duties for the day. With the borders marked and the pack’s cache decently replenished, there wasn’t much left to do other than return to his cavern and rest. If nothing of importance had been planned for tomorrow, perhaps he could take the day off as well. Maybe even go on a short trip to the range.

“Astred?” He called out, although the majority of his speech was muffled by the hare hanging from his jaws. A few strides still separated the brute from the entrance to his cavern—their cavern, for now—but he hoped that the guardian was already there and done with her daily tasks.


Jun 11, 2018 01:36 PM

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[ Edited: Jun 11, 2018 01:41 PM by Damien ]
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She’d been around.  With the borders accurately monitored and the occasional trip to the Lookout complete, the woman had had nothing to do but to head back to the alcove that had become her home for the winter season.

Speaking of.  The air was delightfully chilled with the promise of the colder days to come.  Reminiscence, however, could wait.  The troubling conundrum of her heat was on the guardian’s mind as it had been for the last few hours.  Only once before had Astred endured what she could claim as the worst week of her life.  It had been during the last few days of late winter, so if things like that happened on a very acute schedule, she shouldn’t have to worry about it for a while.

Being apart of a pack had it’s benefits but this was not one of them.  Astred wasn’t too keen on the idea of having to be around Stephan or Relic when the time came—even Damien, because she was afraid of what she might do.  She couldn’t deny her feelings for the hunter and yet… she was scared of jumping down a rabbit hole too vast to provide an escape.

Astred?  Her name was quick to reach her ears as she was barely within the confines of the cave.  The Guardian took a moment to rise from where she’d been previously sprawled out and to stretch her long and slender limbs.  Tall she had always been; a vital characteristic of the Northern brethren.

“Yeah?”  Blue eyes were adorned in slight curiosity as she exited the mouth of the alcove, leaving darkness behind her.  The sun had passed the mountains and only slight streaks of orange and purple dotted the darkening sky.  She thought perhaps Damien requested her presence for a hunt; to bring down larger prey.  Or maybe he wanted to speak to her about the Hellmaw children and the meeting that had been held.  Either way, Astred’s door was always open to the Night Boy.


Jun 11, 2018 02:07 PM — Post #1

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[ Edited: Jun 11, 2018 02:12 PM by Astred ]
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Before he even managed to reach the entrance, Astred emerged. Evergreen eyes were drawn to her form, light-toned fur illuminated by the sun’s dying rays in a soft, warm glow. The male’s lips stretched into a smile as he approached. “Got this for you.”He said, head motioning for her to take the hare if she wished.


Jun 11, 2018 02:44 PM — Post #2

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She wandered closer after a brief moment of silence, noting the prey in the hunter’s maw.  Got this for you.  The side of Astred’s maw lifted in amusement and genuine gratitude.  Charming, Stalker.  Charming.  While she wasn’t particularily hungry, she did accept the gift.  It would be a nice snack later, one that she would share with the wolf who caught it if he too was hungry.

“Thank you.” 

A paw moved to place itself on the hare’s body.  Still warm.  She took the thing in her jaws, blonde tail waving in appreciation.


Jun 11, 2018 02:53 PM — Post #3

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As Astred accepted his offer, the male’s tail swayed gently against the cool evening air. The continuous drop in temperatures was pleasing, especially during the nights. It was easier to feel it then through his thick coat, to see his breath as he exhaled. Merely thinking of the upcoming snowfall was enough to put a smile on the hunter’s features.

“Let’s go back into the cavern,” He began, before casting a glance at the mirror-like surface of the nearby water over his shoulder. “Unless you want to go somewhere else.” For the most part, Damien was indifferent.


Jun 11, 2018 03:26 PM — Post #4

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Let’s go back into the cavern, unless you want to go somewhere else.

She nodded though her eyes held the slightest hint of question.  Why would she want to go somewhere else?  The Lookout was slowly becoming her favorite spot to roam and the lake could be beautiful at night, but in all honesty, the Guardian was tired.  She desired to sleep—even if only for an hour or two—before going on a crazy adventure.  Something told her that wasn’t what Damien had in mind.

“Something on your mind?

She questioned softly, turning with the gift in tow to pad lightly back into the cavern.  It was a cozy and comfortable little place: light in the day and lit by the moon at night, save for the very back which was always cloaked in darkness.

“You still haven’t caught me up on what’s happened these last few months.”

My feelings for you changed.  A small voice tugged at the back of her mind.  But that wasn’t what she meant.  Covenant-wise.  Like why Kumar’s scent was no longer present and why Sienna seemed to be… distant from everybody, to say the least.


Jun 11, 2018 03:48 PM — Post #5

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Astred seemed content with sticking to the alcove, answering his question by simply turning to move back towards its darkened confines. Damien followed wordlessly.

‘Something on your mind?’

A shake of his head, solemn. But she would know. She always knew.

Before he was able to muster up an answer, some sort of mess in attempt to articulate his thoughts and emotions, Astred spoke again. This time, it was easier to gather his words.

“It’s been…eventful.” He admitted, a sigh slipping from obsidian lips. He sat himself along one of the cool walls, umber coat brushing against stone. “Sienna and Kumar left.” Both for reasons undisclosed to him. The hunter had not been close to either, but that didn’t mean their absences didn’t have a larger effect on the Covenant. “I don’t know why.”

And then there was Marceline.

“My mother visited.” The mother he had never known, here as though she had the right to insert herself into his life after so many years. “It was the first time I ever saw her.” He swallowed. “I still don’t know what to think of it.”


Jun 11, 2018 04:12 PM — Post #6

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[ Edited: Jun 11, 2018 04:19 PM by Damien ]
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Sienna and Kumar left.  While Astred was personally saddened to hear of the fisherman’s departure, she wasn’t overly devastated.  They would get over it one way or another.  But… poor Daniel.  It had seemed that the blonde male and the healer had been close.

Sienna’s absence startled her, though.  Hadn’t she just seen the umber girl at the meeting?  And why would she have any cause to leave?  Astred was about to ask why but Damien concluded that he didn’t know.  Well then.  Again, the Covenant would move past their losses.

My mother visited.

The warrioress’s eyes widened in disbelief.  She hadn’t heard of Damien’s mother… ever.  She had assumed that the woman was dead by the way Damien struggled to even speak of his past that one night they talked at the Lookout.  “Your mother’s here?”  She breathed, searching his eyes and tilting her chin so that she could meet them in the process.  “Damien, that’s amazing.”  If Vola was alive… Astred wouldn’t have known what to do.  She would have been overcome with joy. 

“What did you say?”  All of her attention was on him now; the rabbit that had previously been in her jaws now rested on the ground.  Her haunches folded to allow her to take a seat next to Damien, still looking to his eyes for the answer.  Still waiting for him to reply


Jun 11, 2018 04:44 PM — Post #7

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‘Damien, that’s amazing.’ Her words were laced with a kind of hopefulness and optimism he wouldn’t have ever expected to hear, especially in reference to the wolf that gave birth to him. That was all she was, really. Even Willow, his litter’s caretaker, had been more of a mother to him than Marceline herself.

“I—I told her not to come near me.” She had been dead to him for the entirety of his life and a shitty little reunion did nothing to change that. He didn’t need her.

But why, then, did he struggle to admit what he’d said?

Emerald eyes trailed to Astred’s own in search of understanding. He didn’t expect it, but it was what he needed. Some form of approval to feel secure in his decision from somebody he valued. 

“Apparently my sister was seen in the valley, too.”  A poor attempt at changing the subject, for it hardly shifted the weight off his chest. If anything, it tightened its grip around his lungs. “I thought she was dead all of this time. I didn’t even search for her.

This was it. This was why vulnerability left him scarred.


Jun 11, 2018 05:05 PM — Post #8

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I-I told her not to come near me.

Astred’s brows were drawn together in what could have been concern or empathy—except she wasn’t too sure.  At the moment, all she was trying to do was relate with Damien.  To try to see things from his side so that she may help him instead of hurt him.

In all honesty, Astred had no idea what Damien’s mother’s situation had been.  She didn’t know if the woman who had birthed the wolf she cared for had had a choice before she left her children in the care of the Haven or if she had been forced to do so by some greater being.  All she could do was try to understand.

The warrioress listened as Damien changed the subject from his mother to his sister, watching his face with deep intent.  Avoidance was a game she knew well.  Paired with a poker face, she’d turned the tables many times.  Not this time.  She wasn’t going to let Damien get away with anything.

I didn’t even search for her.

And then he was silent; succumbed to the wild gale of his own thoughts.  Astred reached out to rest a paw on Damien’s shoulder, hoping to console him for all it was worth.  “Damien… she’s your mother.  She’s been absent, but she’s still the woman who brought you into this world.  She must have loved you.”  How could she not?  From what Astred had heard from Damien, she’d searched for him and his siblings far and wide before finally finding luck within the Covenant.  “Everyone has their reasons for certain things.  She made a choice.  Maybe… if she’d chosen to keep you and your sister… you would have died a long time ago.  Her, too.  Maybe the choice she made was the better one… because now as adults you can reconnect.”  Her words were slow, her heart longing.

“I would give anything to see my mother again.  My siblings.  At least… give her a chance to explain herself.  Her reasons.  Because at the end of the day, you still have what a lot of others don’t.  You still have a mom.”  She wanted so very badly to heal whatever had been broken inside Damien’s heart, because in a way it was like healing her own. 

“And your sister… Damien, you couldn’t have known if she was alive or dead.  Your life was at stake and your entire tribe had just been slaughtered.”  Like hers.  But she understood and she understood completely.  If Tessa had been alive all this time… Astred would beat herself up from here to Valhalla for it.  Somehow knowing this and knowing there was nothing she could have done about it eased her mind.

“There’s nothing you can do to change the past.  But you’ve just been handed an entire chance to regain all that you’ve lost.  Your mom, your sister…”  He could still have them.  He could still rebuild the relationships that had been broken.  Astred’s family was dead.  This, she knew.  She’d seen it with her own eyes and there was nothing anyone could do to bring them back.  Damien was different.

He still had hope.


Jun 11, 2018 09:13 PM — Post #9

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Her touch was consoling, however Damien awaited judgement all the same. It would come eventually, he knew it, as it already had with Daniel the same day Marceline entered the basin. It was so much less difficult for others to see through the depths of his doubts and hesitation when their own minds weren’t clouded, but that simply wasn’t the case with him. Years of not having anybody to call a parent had built strong, sturdy walls. Walls that, with time, Damien had made himself comfortable living inside of.

They wouldn’t topple soundlessly.

As Astred spoke, attempts at swaying his perspective hit the crisp air. Damien understood where she spoke from, truly, but it was different for her. Her mother had been loving. Her father, though a treacherous scum in the end, had at least been there. Damien did not know even the name of his own.

’ Give her a chance to explain herself.’ He inhaled, gaze averting to the stone beneath him.  Torn was the best way to describe his emotions.

If Marceline ever returned, he’d try.

If not for himself, then just to get this shit over with. Hopefully her time away would have taught her that even if they shared the same blood, they were merely related, not family. That to gain his respect, she had to show it first.

Or maybe, just maybe, she wouldn’t end up ever coming back.

The mention of Valley was where things changed. When it came to her, he was hopeful. Wishing to reunite with her somehow, and if not, at least that she was safe and happy with the life she’d build away from the Haven.

Perhaps she had a family of her own by now. A mate. Children. A pack life himself in order to replace what they had all lost.

You’ve just been handed an entire chance to regain all that you’ve lost.’

Words ran dry of meaning. All he gave in response was a nod.

 


Jun 12, 2018 10:51 AM — Post #10

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[ Edited: Jun 12, 2018 12:42 PM by Damien ]
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He nodded.  Whether that meant that he was willing to talk to his mother the next time he saw her or that he was just going to blow off everything Astred had just said, at least he was going to do something.  She, on the other hand, couldn’t be more excited for the hunter.  His own blood was nearby Covenant lands.  He had the chance to reunite with someone he thought he would never have.

She understood—things were a little different from her perspective.  Her mother and father had always been in the picture—from her birth to their death.  It was hard to form a relationship with someone who hadn’t even been present before.

While Astred also understood the importance of blood relationships, it was a valid point to connect with those you had chosen to love instead of those you were given.  To form a new family instead of to live with the members you were stuck with and all the troubles that came with.  Troubles, however, were a part of love.  Without problems one would never seek a solution.  Relationships meant working past the hard times and finding greener pastures beyond.

Removing her paw from the hunter’s shoulder, she groomed a leaf that had found its way onto the male’s scruff and gently sought to remove it with her teeth, then resting the crown of her head under the spot where her paw had once reached.  Normally she wouldn’t have been this… affectionate.  But times had changed.

“The way I see it,”  Her voice was singular among the quiet confines of the cave.  “You have a whole army of people who love you… if you’re just willing to let those walls down.”

That was another thing she understood quite well.  The Lady if the Slain had once harbored great walls of her own.  Cold things they were; able to block out even the slightest hint of friendship or love.  But there had come a time when those walls came crashing down because Astred had found a greater purpose within herself than to block people out.


Jun 12, 2018 12:31 PM — Post #11

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She groomed him silently. Gently. The male’s eyes fluttered shut, even if it was just for a little while, appreciative of the guardian’s comforting affections.

Rarely ever was he at a loss for words.

“Astred,” He addressed eventually, voice hushed, before his words trailed off in a brief period of hesitation. Would she want this as much as he wanted it, too? “What are we?”


Jun 12, 2018 01:56 PM — Post #12

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A comfortable silence overtook the two—or, at least, it was comfortable on Astred’s half.  She didn’t know that there was a war waging in Damien’s head so she stayed mute.  It was when her name was voiced into the air that she snapped out of the happy silence she was currently in.

“Hm?”

“What are we?”  Another moment of silence followed, this time ensured by the warrioress.  What were they?  It was a simple question that could require a simple answer, but Astred knew what Damien meant.  The time had long passed when they could have just considered themselves friends.

Of course, she knew how she felt.  She knew it well.  She loved Damien and maybe love was such a fickle concept but it was no less real.  She just couldn’t… put it into words.  Both for the lack of knowledge of how to present it and for fear of being rejected.  And… the fear of building a relationship with the worry that one day it would all crumble to pieces.  If she became like Vola and had a mate and children, that her own family would be torn from her.

“Labels are such definitive things,  She mused.  Was she his mate?  His lover?  Could she even call him that?  She… wanted to.  But… did he want the same?

“I was hoping… I was hoping you knew.”  Because she didn’t.  Not really.  She knew what she wanted but she wasn’t sure if she could find the words to say it.

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Ok so Lilja is dumb and left half of this post alone for like 2 hours before she realized she wasn’t done with it so this is why it is edited.  We are going to pretend it never happened.


Jun 12, 2018 06:39 PM — Post #13

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Jade eyes watched as Astred registered what they had both hinted about previously but had never explicitly said; This was something more than friendship. It had been that way for a long time. Except now, the choice to simply avoid facing the truth was no longer a possibility.

Heat began to flood the hunter’s chest as the silence between them settled. It was small, however magnified by the blizzard of thoughts and emotions spiraling within both of their heads, it felt as though it went on forever. Finally, she spoke.

‘Labels are such definitive things.’

...Did that mean she didn’t want this? To call herself his and for him to be hers.

She simply turned the question around, again, like she had many times before.  It stoked the fire within Damien more. Momentarily, his gaze left Astred completely, instead focusing on the growing darkness outside. She wanted him to say it.

Turning back, dark lips parted.

“I love you, Astred.”

Out of the countless amount of uncertainties circling his mind, she was the one thing he knew he wanted.


Jun 13, 2018 02:18 AM — Post #14

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I love you, Astred.

The heart wants what it wants.  Right now, hearing those words tumble from Damien’s lips, Astred’s heart was very clear on what it wanted.  She was shocked into silence for a few moments, blue eyes deflecting to the ground for a moment before reconnecting with Damien’s.

“You do?”

She would have said something else.  Something further.  But her cynical mind and sharp senses stopped her from going further without clarification as they always would.  She wanted to make sure that the words Damien said were genuine and true—not just voiced in a time of confusion or jumbled emotions.

But soon enough, she saw the confirmation in his eyes.  In his look.  She knew that he did love her, utterly and unconditionally.  And she loved him back.

“You are mine… and I am yours.”

She finally sighed in content, leaning into the male with a dependence she’d never possessed before.  From the moment they walked into each others lives, he was all she thought about.  He was the reason she was strong.  He was the stars in her sky.  She wouldn’t want this any other way, and… ”þú ert ástin af mín lífið”.  Always.

 


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