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Gareth Mercer Dingo
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Surprisingly, he was near healed with no sign of an infection. He had done well to keep it clean, but still fully expected something to go wrong. It hardly hurt any longer. Fur would never grow there again, but that was fine. He was old and certainly not trying to earn the favor of any females. As much as he’d like to, such rigorous activity as mating would be far too painful for his old man hips.

Speaking of, they had also healed considerably. Sure, they were stiff most of the time and still hurt often, but the pain was tolerable now. Running after prey was finally in question yet again. The night before,  he scored a family of moles. There was more digging than anything, but he did end up chasing one of the fuckers down.

Now that he was well, he would take the opportunity to check this place out a little further. He decided against going north for the time being. This place would do well enough.


Jul 10, 2018 02:56 AM

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Maya Kess Quinn Staff
 

Okay, maybe it was the wrong kind of thing to make her actually curious of the area Maya and AJ’d settled in beyond the meadow - but that corpse had left her equal parts unsettled and…morbidly curious. AJ had tried to tell her that the wolf had probably died of hold age or something, but she couldn’t help but think the bones had been too out in the open for that. She knew, at least, that things liked to hide away to die.

So then, what might have done it? What lived around the meadow possible of killing a wolf? She’d crossed the river to explore that area again and eventually ended up on the shore of a lake so massive, she felt like she was back at the coast all over again.

It’d been easy to get lost in the awe of such a sight, and Maya must have stood on the shore just watching the lake, the mountains behind it, for some time. Now, she padded along the shore, a trail of paw prints extending along behind her.


Jul 10, 2018 06:29 PM — Post #1

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Gareth Mercer Dingo
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The snow had stopped for now. It’d been going on and off for a while now, and it seemed the sky was always hidden behind a thick veil of grey. He did enjoy the sun, but a break from its directness was always welcome. Had the cold not fucked with his body so much, he might call it his favorite season—but alas.

The air held a bite that was prevalent when he attempted to know which scents were nearby. Deep breaths felt heavier and harder to take than they had in the past, but he highly doubted it was winter’s own doing.

Of the scents he was able to derive, there was a feminine one—not Ozias’ bitch of a woman, but a new one.

He was more than aware that nothing officiated this land as his own, but..

This was his territory. He fought for it, and he’d keep it until further notice. And he would not tolerate trespassing this early on.

But meeting a passerby with agression was counter-intuitive to his cause, and he had told Ozias to send wolves his way. There was a middle ground and he’d be wise to take it.

Gareth followed the scent, recognizing its direction as that of the lake’s.

He’s moving toward her and should be there by the next post or the one after! Depends on if Maya notices him or not.


Jul 10, 2018 07:39 PM — Post #2

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Brrrr, freezing water! With him and Maya camping out by the lake for a few days, on a little holiday from their precious meadow, AJ was enjoying the chance to explore. He jumped and laughed when his paws splashed the icy cold water, dancing back from the bank. No, it wasn’t as good as the ocean, but AJ liked being beside the water. He supposed all wolves did really. You couldn’t get far without drinking all the time!

((He’s messing about further up by the shore, and not within sight, but could be smelled by either or both! Totally skippable for now!))


Jul 10, 2018 09:54 PM — Post #3

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It wasn’t so long before Maya kind of gave up sniffing about for something sinister that might have left that wolf’s body out in the open like that. The lake easily pulled her attention from the actual reason she’d wandered this way. Not to mention, the light snow on the ground. If it’d been thicker, she would have been tempted to frolic through it. As it were, it barely covered her paws when she stepped into it. Totally not good for frolicking.

She sighed, a puff of misty breath twisting up through the air before disappearing. A grin tugged her lips up and she inhaled.

And blew out another misty breath, watching as the tendrils danced in the light breeze before vanishing, grinning still.

Her little game only stopped when the shifting breeze brought a scent with it - one she didn’t recognize. With AJ somewhere near, likely within shouting distance, she let the curiosity bubble up.

She paused, eyes turning to peer off into the trees.


Jul 11, 2018 11:33 AM — Post #4

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Not long after was the females scent joined by a males. They weren’t near one another, not hardly, but he was close. Either this was a common place for travel or Ozias had been an exceptional recruiter, and given his experience with Ozias, he found the latter difficult to believe. Loyalty was not confidence.

In time, he found the intruder. She was young. His recent meetings with young wolves had been pleasant and he could only pray that streak would continue.

“Are you lost?” he questioned. He hoped she’d take the hint that she was trespassing. He hadn’t marked borders yet, but he planned on it.


Jul 12, 2018 04:21 AM — Post #5

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Maya probably stood staring into the trees far longer than was really necessary. Eventually, though, a figure pulled her attention to it, and she couldn’t help but shift back a bit, ears rotating back.

Big, dark wolves always made her a little nervous, but the voice of the male put her at ease just as quickly as the nervousness had arisen. This guy was big, but he wasn’t the same as the wolf she’d run into so long ago.

She cocked her head at his question. Did she look lost or something? She shook her head, smile pulling the corners of her lips up. “Nope, not lost! My friend and I live nearby and we decided to check out this area.” Pause. “Are you lost?”


Jul 12, 2018 08:19 AM — Post #6

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Gareth Mercer Dingo
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He sat when there was only a few feet of space between them. It was moderately upsetting to learn that she and another wolf (possibly the male he scented) lived close. He only wondered how close.

“No,” he replied with a grin that conveyed little happiness. “I live here.”

Just a heads up. His face is still noticeably injured, but all that can be seen is a scab running along his face.


Jul 12, 2018 12:09 PM — Post #7

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Maya watched as the guy closed the distance all the more, only pausing to sit when there was a few feet left between them. Older, she thought, if the greying around his face and the stiff way he moved gave his age away. The scabbing wound on his face looked nasty, and Maya almost blurted out something about it, but she managed to keep her mouth shut.

He smiled, but there was something off about it. Something false. Maya’d seen enough real smiles to know when one wasn’t genuine, and it made her feel just a smidge uneasy, but he seemed nice enough otherwise. So far. So, she just kept smiling. His declaration that he lived here, however, had her smile faltering. She hadn’t smelled any scent marks and no signs of a pack, so she couldn’t have gone and crossed pack borders again, could she?

Her first instinct was to apologize and leave, but AJ hadn’t noticed any either, and he would have even if she hadn’t. She knew that much.

Oh, I didn’t smell any scent marks. Is there a pack here?”


Jul 12, 2018 12:59 PM — Post #8

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Clearly not sent by Ozias. A recruit would know who he was. He opted not to offer more information than she needed to know and ignored her question, answering with a brief blank stare.

”That scent belong to your friend?” He needed to leave as well. He didn’t see potential in the female and could only assume the same of the male.


Jul 12, 2018 08:18 PM — Post #9

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Jaylan Chris Staff
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AJ could hear voices in the distance, one of them Maya and another unknown. Always ready to meet a new friend he went sauntering in that direction, leaving wet pawprints behind. He was drenched up to his knees with some belly-splashes as well, but he didn’t seem to mind the cold.

((Arriving next round, can probably be scented!))


Jul 12, 2018 08:43 PM — Post #10

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He just stared at her. Ooookay. That wasn’t weird at all.

She was going to take that as a no, though. Confirmation that she wasn’t trespassing, at least, and she wasn’t about to get chewed out for it. Or chewed on. He was probably too old to catch her anyway. But seriously, ignoring her question? Rude. She only tipped her head in a little shrug, lip jutting out in a little pout.

Two could play at that game.

What happened to your face?”


Jul 12, 2018 08:50 PM — Post #11

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He really had to fight back a lip-raised snarl. She’d overstayed her welcome and overstepped more boundaries than he considered wise.

He did not plan on dispelling any information about what happened at the lakeside.

”I think you should leave.”

As for the other scent, he was now led to believe it was the girl’s friend. He needed to go as well.


Jul 12, 2018 10:02 PM — Post #12

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Woah, okay. Some big, old, scar-faced guy threatening Maya. AJ instantly moved a great deal faster, skidding up beside Maya and coolly meeting the guy’s gaze.

Got your back, Maya.

“Sorry, I think I missed some important stuff - you wouldn’t be threatening my best girl for walking through an unclaimed territory, would you?” He asked pleasantly, tail wagging slowly.

Like Maya, he was thinking this old boy wasn’t going to be able to catch them, so he wasn’t overly worried.


Jul 12, 2018 10:14 PM — Post #13

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She hadn’t been terribly worried before, but with AJ skidding to a halt beside her, she wasn’t worried one tiny bit. They could both outrun the guy, she didn’t doubt.

She only sighed and leaned into AJ with a little nod. Yes, that was exactly what the scarred up jerk-face was doing. Because she wanted to have a look around an unclaimed lake. Ugh.

She knew why AJ didn’t like the pack wolf mentality so much and this guy was a prime example of that crap. He didn’t even have a pack and he was trying to kick them out!

Orrr you could be less of a jerk. Could have even offered a tour, if you know the place.” She couldn’t lie, she was feeling a bit emboldened by the guys obvious oldness. Also having AJ here helped. “We can leave, AJ,” not so keen to stick around now that the grumpy old man was being. Well, a grumpy old man.


Jul 12, 2018 10:45 PM — Post #14

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Worst neighbors ever, officially. The male showed himself not long after acting like some hero. Why was he cursed with bullshit everywhere he went?

The territory technically was unclaimed, but he had chosen to live here. That should be respected, regardless if it was doused in his piss or not. There would be no tours offered by him today.

Once again, he disregarded the girl and speaking directly to AJ. What a cursed individual with such a name.. The same smile from earlier was deployed again. ”No threats here. But I need to warn you. A real scary guy passed through earlier—real big. Quiet too. Didn’t look like the friendly kind. He said something about looking for an in-season female,” he needed a diversion to cool the guy off. Last thing he needed was a fight. ”I was trying to warn her. ‘ts why I came.”


Jul 12, 2018 10:59 PM — Post #15

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