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Leas Fitzroy Matti
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A new wolf had been around the caverns recently, and Leas couldn’t just ignore the new girls’ scent. Rath hadn’t mentioned her, nor had anyone else. It seemed that her scent mingled about with Margarita’s, and Leas had been meaning to make sure the palest pup had settled back into her home again as well.

Really, her heat had been a very distracting time, and she was glad that it had passed now. It was too early to tell if she was having pups but every morning she woke up desperately hoping that there would be some sign that day that she was. She’d have to wait, be patient. There were plenty of pups in the caverns already to look after, but she felt strongly about having more.

Taking a little breath she cleared her worried but excited thoughts from her head and instead turned her nose towards the ground, trying to search out the girls she was looking for. “Marg,” she called softly, not even knowing the other girls name to call for her specifically.


Jul 07, 2018 10:19 AM

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Margarita tried to spend as little time around the caverns as possible. Most of her days were spent looking for new haunts to waste her days, waiting to find a place that felt better suited to her. She’d begun caching plants again, too, though most were dead, and she didn’t know what any of them were used for. She wondered if she ever would; if it would ever be anything except a way to pass time.

Marg. The syllable came from around the caverns. Luckily, she was close enough to hear it, and meandered in that direction. Finally, she found Lees. A bitter taste came to her tongue.

“Huh,” she huffed disinterestedly through a plant’s stem, setting it down at her feet thereafter. It was wilted, but the brown woman may have recognized it as beebalm.


Jul 09, 2018 03:17 PM — Post #1

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The smaller white pup appeared around a corner and Leas favored the girl with a gentle smile. Marg was looking better again, and Leas could only hope the pup was flourishing some here. Scotch had seemed very intent on being a part of the girls life, though Leas didn’t recall seeing him around for a little while.

“Has Piper been teaching you about plants as well?” Leas asked gently, nodding towards what Marg had in her mouth. Leas didn’t recognize it herself, but then her herbal lessons had been somewhat short, and here they were in another winter and Leas had hopes of having more pups. She had plenty of other things to keep her busy.

‘I wanted to ask you about another girl I’ve smelled around the caverns, is she your friend?” Leas didn’t even have a name for the other wolf, but she hoped that Marg might be able to tell her something more.


Jul 13, 2018 05:59 PM — Post #2

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She heard Margarita’s name being called.  Except it wasn’t a name that Absinthe would have used for her new acquaintance.  It wasn’t one she was rather fond of, either.  The pale child much preferred ‘Rita’, or in her own mind, ‘Fairy Goddess’.  Still, the girl couldn’t ebb the flow of curiosity that hit her hard in the chest when Margarita’s name echoed throughout the caverns in a voice that was not hers.

Slowly at first, but speeding up when she gained confidence, Absinthe slunk through the shadows, keeping to the sides of the walls that would best conceal her figure.  She should have been born dark like her sire.  Though he wouldn’t have liked that much, it certainly would have aided Absinthe in her time of need for stealth.

She was getting better at being sneaky.  Better at being unheard.  She was the shadow of the caverns, the White Wraith.  Rarely seen, rarely heard.  It was Margarita she was here for, not Rathbone or Maurdie or any of the other Evergreens.  Margarita was the reason she stayed.  For now.

Up ahead, she could see the two wolves in a beam of light from the cavern’s mouth.  She came as close as she dared where she was sure that she was invisible from sight.  Maybe Margarita would notice her presence.  Maybe the other woman she was talking to would.  Maybe none of them would notice and the girl could go on remaining invisible.  She was there to listen, not to partake in the action.

And listen she did.  She heard the name ‘Piper’ and something about plants.  Absinthe liked plants.  Especially the pretty ones.  Flowers, they were called.  Sometime she was going to get out of the caverns and find some pretty flowers for Margarita. 

It was when her presence was mentioned that Absinthe’s pearly ears pricked.  Was she Margarita’s friend.  Yes.  No.  Absinthe wasn’t sure what the proper label for herself and Margarita would be.  For Absinthe, she didn’t need one.  She only needed Margarita, as Margarita was enough for her.

Still, the girl refrained herself from coming out of the shadows.  Maybe she would if Margarita said she could.  If the Fairy Goddess told her it was safe.  Until either of them noticed her or the other child gave her permission to appear, Absinthe would remain in darkness.

 

 


Jul 15, 2018 06:55 PM — Post #3

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Rita’s face was characteristically expressionless as the brown woman spoke to her. Piper. She barely knew the name; had seen its beholder around the caverns, but they’d never spoken. Should Margarita have sought her out? Or perhaps the other way around? Regardless, it hadn’t happened. To Lees’ first question, the girl shook her head.

Then, she asked about Absinthe. Only then did a hint of light enter into her features. Her ears leaned forward slightly, lidded eyes opening a subtle bit more.

Was she her friend?

She nodded. The girl didn’t have to consider her response. No one else had been there for her so reliably, whether it was by Margarita’s own accord that she was alone, or some unspoken shunning that had been initiated. No one wanted to talk to the girl from a dead family. No one liked an audience with someone so perpetually sad.

Absinthe was the only thing she knew anymore. She was the only one who was always there.

Rita’s eyes wandered, only to find her there, watching from the shadows. Her gaze flicked away quickly in an effort to keep her concealed.

“Her name’s Abby,” she told Lees, testing the name on her tongue, wondering if Absinthe would approve. So far, she liked it.


Jul 17, 2018 04:13 PM — Post #4

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Leas focused her attention on the girl with a gentle smile. It seemed that Marg had not been learning from Piper, but it still begged the question of why she was carrying a plant around then. “Would you like to learn more about plants and healing from her?” Leas asked hopefully. There seemed to be more pups interested in that than she had expected, but she hoped to encourage the girl if she had an interest.

Her smile grew when Marg agreed that the new girl was her friend. That seemed good at least, promising. Leas followed the white pups gaze so that her own eyes landed on the small, new wolf who it seemed had been watching them.

The other girl - Abby - didn’t look particularly young, but she was tiny, and not fed as well as Leas might have wished. “Hello dear,” Leas greeted in her most motherly tone. This wasn’t the first strange pup she had encountered and she could only assume it would not be the last. Abby lurking in the darkness gave Leas the impression of her being a shy child, but then that wasn’t new to her either. “My name is Leas and I hope you’ve found our home here comfortable.” She wanted to give the girl an opportunity to voice any thoughts she had.


Jul 17, 2018 06:07 PM — Post #5

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Absinthe pinpointed the exact moment Margarita’s eyes left Leas to travel to hers.  Their eyes met—green on gold—but only for a moment.  Rita was defending her hiding spot.  The thought brought a smile to the pale child’s face, though she quickly eradicated it.

Her name’s Abby,

Ab-by.  Absinthe mouthed it out to herself in silence, trying out the sounds and rolling the vowels around in her mouth.  It was like ‘Abs’, but… different.  More.  She liked it.  In fact, Absinthe liked it so much that her white tail began to thump lightly on the ground.  It only stopped when she realized that the caverns were silent.  So, slowly, Absinthe raised her green eyes… to meet the brown woman’s gaze.  Shoot.

Hello, dear.

The tone.  The softness.  It was… unnerving.  It was the way her dam had spoken to her on several occasions, before…

The pale child shrunk further into the shadows, eyes narrowing and tail curling around her side.  Not a word was allowed to escape from her maw.  Her name was Leas.  She hoped that Absinthe had found their home comfortable.  Maybe Absinthe would have done something; emerged from the darkness or offered something other than a sullen and mistrusting gaze, but she did not.  She didn’t trust the brown woman.

Not because of how she had been talking about her and not because of her attempt to greet Absinthe, but because of her voice.  It was the voice of her dam, and her dam had betrayed her.

Maybe the woman’s name was Leas to Margarita.  To Absinthe, she would be forever known as, ‘Leas Not to be Trusted’.


Jul 18, 2018 04:21 PM — Post #6

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“Would you like to learn more about plants and healing from her?”

Rita had always fostered an interest for plants. She still remembered the day Lees had showed her the herb cache, though not as fondly as before. An opportunity to learn more would definitely benefit her. Whether or not she’d follow through the commitment was another question, though; one she didn’t really want to confront. Nonetheless, Rita nodded, giving a quiet mm to express her approval.

Then, Lees turned her head. She saw Margarita look to the edge of the cavern, and now she’d discovered Absinthe. The girl grit her teeth behind her lips. Shit. It wasn’t of any consequence for Abby to be seen, but why would she be sneaking around if she didn’t want to avoid that?

Whatever Absinthe wanted to do, Rita wanted to help, even if it seemed pointless. She’d already managed to fuck that up, too, though.

As was expected, Abby didn’t speak. That wasn’t unexpected of her, and Rita wasn’t surprised. The girl moved to stand at her side, staying a pace or so forward.

“I found her alone in the clearing,” the girl explained. She didn’t exactly want to be talking to Lees about Absinthe—or anything, for that matter—but offering up a few details now to be left alone later was better than being pestered for knowledge.

She knew Abby didn’t want to speak, either. Rita knew that feeling pretty well, hence why she tended to avoid the caverns. For her, though, she’d build a wall of words; anything to keep her comfortable.


Jul 22, 2018 03:37 PM — Post #7

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The new girl had no reply and instead shrunk back away from Leas - not the reaction that Leas often got from children. She was good with children, it was one of her few actual skills. She watched the girl for a moment but Marg brought her attention back when she spoke again.

It seemed that a lot of lost and abandoned young wolves ended up in the clearing for the Evergreens to find. At least the pack was here to help them, who knew what might become of them elsewhere.

“That’s a very kind thing of you to do, thank you for bringing her back here Marg,” she smiled at the young girl with the praise. She hoped it encourage Margarita to be kind and gentle to strangers in need in the future. That was what the Evergreens did after all.

“Abby, darling, it’s alright to come out. No one here will hurt you, we look out and take care of each other, and other wolves who are in need in our forest.” She paused for a moment again but then had another idea. “Are you hungry? We can get you something nice to eat.” The girl had been here long enough she’d surely figured out how the cache worked, but perhaps being offered something specifically would put her more at ease.


Jul 27, 2018 06:21 PM — Post #8

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Leas Not to be Trusted looked surprised.  As if she had expected Absinthe to come prancing out of the shadows, a smile on her face.  Eager to be fed and nourished and pampered.  Abs wasn’t like other children, though, and no other children were like her.  Adults had done nothing for her except for betray her, disown her, and leave her.  She didn’t want to be in the company of them.  Only Margarita.

It’s alright to come out.

It wasn’t.  At least, not until Rita came to stand at her side.  Then it was alright for her to move a few paces forwards, all the while at a snail’s speed.  Testing the waters.  Dipping her paw in to see if she would like it or not, or if she would get wet.

We look out and take care of each other.

Was that why Margarita hated the caverns so?  Hated living with the Evergreens?  Was that why her dearest and most treasured friend felt a prisoner here?  It seemed Leas Not to be Trusted had a very different opinion than her Fairy Goddess.

When that didn’t seem to work, the chocolate woman switched tactics.  Offering food instead.  Absinthe was no stranger to the way she looked.  She knew she was a horrid little thing—gaunt and starving.  She knew the way her bones protruded from her sides like little white sticks, and the way her fur sparsely grew in thin clumps despite the colder seasons.  This was what adults had done to her.  This was the mask Absinthe wore to keep them away.  To scare them.  Margarita had her words to protect her, but Absinthe had her silence.

Make no mistake, Absinthe did eat.  She had no interest in dying.  But it was always done in a stealthy fashion, and always under the cover of night.  Rarely did she let anyone see her eat.  If one were to look especially close, they would see the tail of a rat missing from the cache, or an ear from their latest hunt.  Barely enough to stay alive and well and little enough to notice a difference.  She was a thief; a silent taker.

Still, she supposed Leas Not to be Trusted deserved some kind of response.  Torturing the woman was appealing, yet not ideal.  The child’s little white head cocked to the side, her left ear flicking as if to say, <i>“Food?  Show me.”</b>  The gift of food was a treasured one.  Mothers gave their children food: milk from their breast.

And yet, slavers could give their prisoners food, it was all the same.  And in time, some learned to love their chains.


Jul 31, 2018 02:14 PM — Post #9

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Margarita looked on with disinterest as Lees put on her charitable act; the same one given when the girl had reappeared in the forest, looking much like Absinthe did now. Why did she do it? Obligation? Whatever it was, it wasn’t the “familial love” her pack seemed to revere so much. She sighed, instead taking this time to watch her friend without disguising her gaze.

She watched Abs often. Scrutinized her every contour, and the mannerisms that manipulated them into different shapes and gestures. She hid it, though, only doing so when she was certain she wouldn’t get caught; never doing so liberally in fear that she may be sated. That she may not hunger for another glance. It was torturous, but Rita didn’t mind the pain—provided she had moments like that where she could simply stare.

The girl observed Absinthe wordlessly from her place adjacent to her. Her eyes traced idly, moving along the bottom of her muzzle along her jaw, to the place where her the outside of her ear rooted to her temple. Her gaunt cheeks, the bubble-like curve of her vibrant eye, rendered so by the way her face was angled. Her black, button nose.

Margarita licked her lips, and swallowed. She turned back to Lees. “Let’s hunt something for her,” she suggested. “She deserves something fresh.” Food from the cache was less appetizing than a new kill sounded. And Rita was desperate for practice, most of her solo attempts having failed. She took the chance to steal another glance of Absinthe, smiling faintly—just for her.


Jul 31, 2018 04:35 PM — Post #10

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Leas wasn’t sure if the small, pale, new girl was actually mute, or if she was simply shy. Painfully shy, somehow more shy than even Azalea was. Still, the girl did show a certain interest in a meal, and that was promising at least. Leas wore a gentle smile for the girl, and for Marg when the other pup spoke up.

The chocolate brown woman gave a friendly nod. “Yes, why don’t we go hunt something for you both then.” She nodded towards the cavern exit, she’d take the girls and likely they could find something injured or slow with the winter weather. She didn’t know how much either of these two knew how to hunt, but Leas had done a fair job of teaching Mintaka she thought.

[Can we fade and say the hunt happened off-screen?]


Aug 10, 2018 08:15 PM — Post #11

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Leas Not to be Trusted was quick to offer a reassuring smile.  Were she like the normal girls her age, or even held a scrap of affection for the woman in her heart, she would have smiled back.  She didn’t though, because she wasn’t like normal girls and her heart remained opened for only Rita.  Her mouth remained in a thin line, expressionless and mute.

Mute.

That was a nice concept.  Having never to speak ever again, or to answer to any higher authority.  She wasn’t sure if she could pull it off.  Around other adults, certainly.  But to physically shun Margarita?  Absinthe couldn’t just stop talking to her dearest friend.  Not even if she wanted to.  But to everyone else then, she decided, mute was the best course of action.

She deserves something fresh.

No, Absinthe didn’t want to hunt.  Didn’t want to eat.  But for Margarita’s sake, she would.  She even offered the barest wisp of a smile towards the girl.  She supposed it wouldn’t be all bad if Rita went, too.  The tiniest bit of optimism shone through her mind just then, reminding herself how good of a hunter she’d used to be.  That was when she wasn’t underweight, though.

Still, for Rita, Abby would do anything.  If it meant hunting a simple meal, she could do it.  Time would tell if this new connection and devotion she felt for her friend would be beneficial or not, but for the time being, Absinthe knew it was the best thing that had happened to her in a long time.

Sure, offscreen hunting sounds good.~


Aug 13, 2018 01:41 PM — Post #12

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Rita paid hardly any attention to Lees. Instead, she focused on Absinthe, waiting for even the slightest acknowledgement; desperate for the elation that came with being seen and heeded and enjoyed.

Finally, she smiled back at her, and the yellow-eyed girl was satisfied.

Looking back to the oldest among them, she realized that they’d been spoken to. Unsure as to what, but having somewhat of a grasp based on assumption, Rita nodded almost dazedly. Her mind was still far away from the actual task at hand.

“Yeah. Sounds good.”

| fade for offscreen hunting!


Aug 14, 2018 11:51 AM — Post #13

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