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w/ Amelie(maybe Tibs idk?) After Peach.

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The sight of dirt clumping and covering the still form of Nettle would be something seared into his brain forever, he thought. Burying her was the hardest thing Kato had ever had to do - actually letting her go and accepting that she wouldn’t just….open her eyes again and everything would be okay.

Had Pa gone like that, too? At the jaws of Manson, he could not imagine Pa would have gone easily - Nettle had not gone easily either, but she had been so much smaller than the white wolf that had torn into her. Kato trembled, finally collapsing into the familiar shade of the rocky walls of the gorge, the sound of the river rushing soothing his frazzled nerves, if only a little.

He’d lost track of how long the walk back had taken - had tried to use his bitten leg many times to support his weight and stop slowing Amelie down. But every time he had lowered it to the ground, he’d flinched from the pain, at the way it refused to support his weight, and drawn it right back up.

With a mighty sigh, he sprawled out on his side, wounded leg facing the sky. At least, with no weight on it, it dulled the pain a bit. “Where’s Ransom,” a mumble, half at Amelie, half into the dirt.

Ransom needed to know what had happened. Kato could not imagine making the trip back to the Hollow on his own, but Ransom could go - he could tell Ma and he could convince her to come here.

He couldn’t stop his eyes slipping closed, barely wanted to fight it.


Jun 13, 2018 06:16 PM

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Kato reminded her much more of Vittorio, now. It had been a while since she had to keep her pace slow to accommodate another’s crippled gait. Seeing the gorge brought her a sense of relief. The last time there had been an attack, Amelie had fled so far away from her home.

This time was different. There were more casualties, more injuries, more blood. None of it hers.

When Kato collapsed into a shadow, Amelie moved away toward the river to drink from it. The current was much stronger than before. Colder, too. Much like a proper monster. She lowered her head to lap up some water.

After quenching her thirst, Amelie moved back toward the injured hills wolf. Her head tilted a little at his question as she lowered herself to her haunches, watching his eyes flutter shut. Ransom’s scent didn’t seem to be in the gorge anymore. He rarely ever ventured into the wasteland. That left only one option she figured he might resort to.

“Seems he’s moved on,” she said. Her voice was a little hoarse from the screaming and growling.


Jun 13, 2018 06:26 PM — Post #1

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His eyes had stayed open long enough to watch Amelie move towards the water, and he couldn’t help but smack his lips quietly at the thought of water. But he was exhausted - from the fight, the tears. From watching Nettle die right before his eyes. He clenched his teeth against the welling emotion - but no tears would come. He had long since cried himself out.

Now, he just wanted to sleep, to forget.

When Amelie moved back and answered his question, he blinked open his eyes again, struggled to sit his front half up. The movement jostled his leg and he couldn’t hide a grimace, ears falling back, but he kept his eyes on Amelie, fear creeping in.

Ransom knew how to heal, at least, and Kato had thought if he helped Kato’s leg he would be fine. But now what? With Ransom gone, what would happen? He couldn’t hunt, not like this. He couldn’t rely on Amelie to hunt for them both and whatifhenevergotbetter. “Amelie, what do w-we do?” A stutter, panic creeping in right alongside the fear. Would there even be a we, with Kato so weak? Or would the desert see his weakness and take him away like Amelie said the desert could do?


Jun 13, 2018 07:02 PM — Post #2

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Amelie noticed the grimace. It drew her attention to his leg. She gave it a blink before her eyes returned to Kato’s.

“Survive,” she said simply. It was something she was good at. Amelie couldn’t understand his nervousness. The uncertainty. But perhaps it was his softness speaking.

The desert wolf stood up again and padded nearer to him. She lied down before him with her head near his hind legs. Her own were stretched out behind her. Amelie reached over to begin licking at his wound again.


Jun 13, 2018 07:54 PM — Post #3

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Survive, Amelie said. Any other time it may have soothed, but this time it did little to settle the rising doubts. Wide eyes met Amelie’s gaze, cautiously willing himself to believe that he could. He would heal, he would be fine, even without Ransom here to help. He had to be, otherwise the desert would eat him alive.

Amelie was strong, but relying on her would drag them both down, he thought. He only sighed when Amelie rose to move closer to him, unsure how to respond just then. When she moved to lay near him, his ears flicked forward and he shifted, seeking to lay his head over her back. It might have taken some wiggling, but he shifted close enough in time and he couldn’t help but sigh again, disturbing the fur before his muzzle. Even that little bit of movement wore him down.

This, on the other hand, reassured him, just a bit. Amelie wasn’t gonna leave him to fend for himself. She’d come to his aide in the fight - even with the way she’d distanced herself when he’d needed her, she was here now. “Dunno if I can,” he admitted, quieter still. He would try with all of his might, but surviving in a desert with a leg that didn’t seem to want to support your weight did not seem possible to Kato. Of course, he had never met Amelie’s brother, now had he?


Jun 13, 2018 08:20 PM — Post #4

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The wound wasn’t bleeding any more, but there was still quite a bit of blood. Amelie didn’t bother cleaning up the dried streams further down his leg. She focused on the actual wound. The ugly gash. There would be another one on the inside of his leg, but she wouldn’t be able to reach it. Amelie doubted he would want her mouth around there, anyway.

An ear turned to his voice. Amelie licked once more before pausing and turning to look at him. There were so many things she kept to herself. She would pry with strangers but when they did, she would dance around them. But who was there for Kato to share?

“My father had his throat nearly torn out,” she said, “and my mother was constantly sick. They survived in the desert a long time. My brother had a deformed leg that hardly grew and he killed a wolf.”

What of Amelie? She carried the weight of the trauma of losing them and being the only one to survive all of the battles. Inherited a terrain that showed no mercy nor empathy.

Her head turned back to continue the cleaning. Wordlessly saying he would be fine. She doubted he would be as handicapped as her brother, but she knew very little of wounds. If he was cursed, then maybe he wouldn’t have long. Vittorio was fortunate to have been born with the deformity. Grew to exist with it.

Kato had not.


Jun 13, 2018 09:00 PM — Post #5

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With Amelie focusing her attention on the wound at his leg, even with the slight sting it caused, it soothed - made his eyelids heavy. If she would have stayed silent, surely Kato would have drifted off. Everything that had happened had sapped his energy. But she spoke, again, offering details of her family. Kato forced his attention to focus on Amelie in turn, ears twitching when her voice piped up.

A father who had nearly had his throat torn out, a mother who was always sick, and a brother with a deformed leg - who had killed another wolf. And they had all survived in the desert - he only hoped he could as well.

He blinked against the burn in his eyes, swallowed down the tears that wouldn’t come. “I wanted to kill her, Amelie,” I wanted to wrap my jaws around her throat and take her away like she took Nettle from me. “But I couldn’t. She killed Nettle and I couldn’t do anything about it.” The thought scared him now - that he’d been on the verge of killing another wolf. That he might have if he’d managed to get her throat in his teeth - Kato had never thought himself capable of anything like that. He shivered, a tremor wracking his body before he settled once more, breath shaky.


Jun 13, 2018 09:39 PM — Post #6

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“That happens.”

Not being able to do anything about something. She was all-too familiar with that. Amelie also knew the urge of wanting to kill a wolf, but she refrained from going into detail.


Jun 13, 2018 09:48 PM — Post #7

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It isn’t fair.” That Nettle had been taken from him. That he couldn’t do anything to stop it, in the end. But then, Nettle had been the one to tell him, in a way, that wolves were not meant to be happy. Kato hadn’t believed it, not really. And then the world had gone and proved him wrong by taking one of the few things that made him happy from him, right before his eyes.

He lifted his head, smoothed the fur beneath his chin with a few licks and settled his head again. “How’d your brother do it?” Her brother had to have been younger than Kato was now when he’d done it. He still remembered when Amelie had told him her brother had left - and that seemed so long ago, now.


Jun 13, 2018 10:01 PM — Post #8

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Fairness was foreign to Amelie. A concept known to hill wolves, but not to desert wolves.

“Few things are.”

It was gentler than saying nothing was fair.

“He never hunted,” she said, “he’d been too young. Another wolf and I had to hunt for him. He survived off of caches. He knew how to get sympathy, makes others do what he wanted.” A manipulator. Amelie could be one, too, at times. It was easier when one had a physical ailment, though.


Jun 13, 2018 10:10 PM — Post #9

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He blew out a breath at Amelie’s response. ‘You sound like Nettle’ was on the tip of his tongue - he could imagine the words in her voice, even. They were so similar to the things she’d told him the day before. His throat constricted, instead, and he just lay there staring into the distance beyond Amelie’s back. Nothing was fair, no one would ever be wholly and completely happy - it just wasn’t the way things worked.

His ears lifted from where he’d pinned them moments before, head turning just enough that he could look down towards his hind legs - towards Amelie. He couldn’t see much unless he squirmed closer, but he didn’t wanna move much anymore. “I won’t do that. I’ll start hunting again as soon a-as soon as I’m able.”

A yawn split his jaws then, and when his teeth came back together he didn’t fight his eyes open again. Just tugged a foot from beneath him and slung it over Amelie’s back where his chin rested and let his face lean against it. Asking if this was okay, him sleeping like this crossed his mind, but he was slowly losing the fight against staying alert and awake. Now that he was resting, safe, and back in familiar walls - it was easy to want to give in and drift off.

He wasn’t quite gone just yet, though, attention still focused on Amelie as much as he could offer.


Jun 14, 2018 01:55 AM — Post #10

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“No rush,” she hummed.

There was, though. It was winter. Prey was already making itself more scarce. She would have to start going all the out to the edge of the hills.

Amelie wasn’t naïve enough to become dependent on Tiberius’ assistance. He already warned her to not count on him being around all the time. Fickle like the wind; whereas Amelie was constant, like the desert’s heat.

“You should get this washed.”


Jun 14, 2018 10:19 AM — Post #11

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Kato only hummed in response - he knew there was a rush. The cache would only last them so long, if anything was even left in it. The sooner his leg healed, the better.

Her next words had him blinking open his eyes again, a little rumble escaping - a complaint. “M’tired,” he probably sounded whiny, but he wanted nothing more than to just stay right where he was and sleep.

Getting up and walking to the river seemed such a daunting task at this point, but he shifted, slowly drug himself from the ground. It was harder now, to lift himself from the ground, but he managed, ears pinned against the pain movement sent searing up his leg.

He took a few clumsy steps and then glanced back at Amelie, uncertain. He would go by himself if she didn’t wanna bother, but…well, frankly, Quinn thinks he’s being kind of a big baby rn and he doesn’t want to do anything by himself.


Jun 14, 2018 10:50 AM — Post #12

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Amelie didn’t acknowledge the whine. She tilted her head away as he began to push himself up. She began lapping at her own foreleg, cleansing the taste of his blood from her tongue. Replacing it with dust.

She noticed the pause in his steps and glanced at him from the corner of her eye. Silently, she stood up as well and moved to place herself at his side for him to lean on.


Jun 14, 2018 11:03 AM — Post #13

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She didn’t leave him to it on his own and Kato let a little breath of relief escape, ghost of a smile flickering. “Thanks, Amelie,” it was said on a sigh. He moved to limp forward once more, making his way towards the river.

When they made it to the bank, he watched the water skeptically, unsure. It was flowing quite a bit stronger than he remembered and he was in no shape to fight a current that might want to sweep him away.

The dark water made it hard to see how deep it might be but he shuffled closer, dipped a paw in to search for a foothold.


Jun 14, 2018 11:15 AM — Post #14

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Amelie remained silent, but she had turned an ear toward him in response. She was never certain of how to respond to gratitude.

The desert wolf stared into the water, remembering how Vittorio would be so wild toward it. Trying to intimidate the river. But it was an apathetic monster that paid no one any mind.

“Careful,” she said. The current was strong and Amelie hardly had any strength to pull Kato’s wet body out. Not even an ounce of heroism that might encourage her to throw herself after him. Amelie had never even swam before.


Jun 14, 2018 11:31 AM — Post #15

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