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[continuation] w/ Auberon // ~pack cache // light thunderstorm, 42°F

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Epidemic managed to hold the deer firmly in her mouth, leading the knowing way to the pack’s cache. She knew that she at least managed to keep it up to date. Swishing her tail, she loosened her grip and let her the strain on her neck slacken. Flashing her amber eyes to Auberon, she let her piece of the deer drop.

Swinging upwards, she beamed,“We are here, Auberon of the Evergreens!” Now it was her turn to rip of the larger pieces of the deer and shove it in random, but close enough, holes. Maybe, she’d do it later. Or try and get the kid to help.


Jul 12, 2018 12:12 PM

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The boy felt like he’d held up his half of the weight on their journey back to the Vanguar’d home. He panted but the boy had grown stronger from his first times out hunting and something always pushed him on to prove he was the strongest.

Finally with Epidemic’s words he too released his grip and plopped back into a sitting position to look around for a few moments. He’d never been here before, it was strange and interesting. It was what Icarus had described to him though. Here the forest did feel different than around the caverns. Of course, home in the caverns was always best, but this place seemed nice too.

“Do you like living here?” He asked, a little more contemplative than normal, still looking around to take in the whole place. It smelled strongly like the Vanguard, and Auberon felt a little odd being in the midst of it, but his tail wagged still.


Jul 13, 2018 06:09 PM — Post #1

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Avoiding places which were not immediately Firefly Woods or the Labyrinth meant Ross focused almost all his attention on pack duties. The southern borders and the caches, in particular, he made a habit of visiting several times a day.

A hunt, one which had not ended successfully for him, saw him returning to the Vanguard’s territory with his jaws parted and his chest rising and falling in labored pants. Not as out of breath as he felt when his asthma flared, he was still rather tired and looked forward to checking the larders one last time before settling in for a nap.

Breathing deeply alerted him to the fact that Epidemic was nearby, but it wasn’t her scent alone he caught. Someone else was with her, and the fact the unfamiliar boy smelled of the Evergreens was the only thing which kept Ross from tensing in fear. A visit from one of their allied pack was far different than finding a total stranger in his home.

Trusting (yes, believe it or not, trusting) that Epidemic’s judgment was much like Kronos’ had been with Bastian, Ross approached them at an easy pace, letting out a low woof to avoid startling anyone when he arrived at last.


visible next round. before the earthquake, yes?


Jul 13, 2018 07:55 PM — Post #2

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We can make it an earthquake thread if that’s good with everyone! This thread is slightlyyy backdated.

A soft smile hugged her as she took in the curious look Auberon released in wonder of the Labyrinth. She chuckled in response to his question. “I had the same look as you when I was first here.” Feeling the taxing burden of moving her body in such a crisis as hers, Epidemic took it upon herself to casually sit down.

She enjoyed talking.

She could talk all day.

If not for her favorite wolf in the entire forest woofing his way into her conversations, she would of continued talking away.

Looking back over her shoulder, the single-eye and the grumpy face was all enough for her to drop her jaw. OOF. That’s right, Epidemic could remember the last time she saw Ross. Her face scrunched together, tied tightly while it simultaneously sagged in defeat.

She had backed him up against a tree.

And he had actually wanted to be a nice guy in that moment!

Internally cringing at her self, Epidemic bleated an off-pitch “oH, hEY ROSS.”


Jul 16, 2018 05:24 PM — Post #3

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That wasn’t exactly an answer to his question, but Auberon looked back at the older woman with a goofy smile. It was an interesting place. It was mostly that it was just very different from home. Maybe the caverns would seem this interesting if he hadn’t grown up there too.

He looked around again, just taking in the new place and wondering if he might get to meet some of those other wolves that Epidemic had mentioned also lived here. He certainly could smell them.

Epidemic’s call made him look around but he didn’t immediately see anyone. Her voice had sounded strange too and Auberon wasn’t sure what to make of that - good or bad. It was a packmate she was calling to right? The dark boy just waited another moment, his tail still wagging, expecting whoever arrived to be as friendly as she had been.


[I can’t really have Auberon here and back at the caverns for the earthquake ~ sorry]


Jul 17, 2018 07:52 PM — Post #4

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think i mentioned it already, but yeah ross was in firefly for it~ i’m so sorry j ;_;

Ross spotted Epidemic’s fur between trees first. With the color of hers, she was nigh impossible to miss. The boy, however, boasted a dark coat, and by comparison Ross took a few moments longer to latch onto him in the ever-dusky woods. The thin veil of raindrops which penetrated the canopy didn’t help, either.

Still, as he came upon the pair he summoned as amenable an air as he could—which, in his tired state, amounted to a slack tail and neutrally-held skull. He let the former sway in a wag, though the action faltered slightly at Epidemic’s off-key greeting.

Ross tilted his head at her, having long since shoved their awkward af meeting during her heat from his mind. She was so freakin’ weird.

“Heya,” he rumbled. His gaze roved to the boy, noticing that he was young like Bastian had been. Tall, too—but most wolves were, when he compared them to himself.

He’d smelled the deer upon his approach and regarded it with subdued approval.

“Y’all hunt this together?”

Maybe the boy had brought it as a token of good will from his pack, or something. Ross wasn’t entirely sure how alliances worked.


Jul 18, 2018 10:00 PM — Post #5

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omg i actually misread what you wrote wrong Jill! looooool I thought it meant that the earthquake was upcoming in this thread, not backdated before the earthquake. oof. my bad for the confusion yall
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With Ross arrival through the trees, Epidemic could only cringe more and more. The edge of her lips hiked her smile higher and higher. Her amber eyes bulged out. In an accelerated push through her dark nostrils, a high-paced and loud snorted ripped through her.

Okay, she was going to act normal—though, bless Ross’ heart for switching the tension she felt from her and Ross to just focusing on the visitor. She laughed nervously, throwing a look back at Auberon to see how he was doing.

He was chill?

Cool.

Cool.

“It was on its way to dying so I took it out.” Yeah, Ross. Epidemic can do other things besides feel highly uncomfortable or make others feel the same way. “Then I made a friend.”


Jul 19, 2018 12:21 PM — Post #6

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[ Edited: Jul 21, 2018 12:28 PM by Epidemic ]
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Auberon turned to watch the new wolf who approached. A little dark colored wolf - not as dark and Auberon - and honestly smaller than any other wolf he thought he’d ever seen. It didn’t help that he seemed to be missing an eye and other scars littered his face. Auberon would have had a hard time taking his gaze away if he had wanted to.

He studied the other wolf, a little wary and a little curious. Epidemic answered his question and Auberon gave a nod in return. He realized maybe he shouldn’t stare, but he knew he was staring.

The word ‘friend’ at least brought his away a little and he finally turned his head to give Epidemic a smile. It broke whatever had captivated him and he managed to look back at the new male with a similarly friendly expression - much more his norm. “I’m Auberon from the Evergreen Wolves. Our packs are friends, and I helped Epidemic bring it back.” His tail wagged and he grinned happily.


Jul 20, 2018 10:01 PM — Post #7

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oh lol my bad for not being clearer! xD

Epidemic snorted, only to calm a moment later. With his attention still rapt on the boy, Ross could only cast her a sidelong glance, but there was much confusion in his gaze.

Maybe this was what winter for females was like up close. Messed with their brains and stuff, made them act funny. He didn’t know; he’d never been around females when their condition struck.

That was a subject he did not want to linger on, so the entirety of his attention was returned to Auberon as introduced himself. Ross’ brows lifted ever so slightly to know he’d identified the boy’s scent correctly. He gave a subtle nod.

“Thought you smelled familiar. I know ‘em.” Well, he knew of the Evergreens, having only met one of their dead—but whatever.

Dead wolves were everywhere, right? Nothing to get hung up on.

He lapsed into silence then, looking to the cache and wishing to dig up a vole he knew he’d put in there recently. But doing so in front of a guest, only to take it and go to bed, was… awkward. Should he offer to help them chop up the deer and store it? Let Auberon take some back with him?

Fuck, this was why he didn’t do socializing. The bite on his ruff stung, as if it was fresh all over again. He sucked in a wobbly breath.

“Y’all… need help? With this.”

Maybe they’d say no and he could just leave and try to go to sleep.


Jul 22, 2018 05:35 PM — Post #8

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[ Edited: Jul 22, 2018 05:39 PM by Ross ]
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“Yes.” She blurted out as quickly as possible. “Help is good!” Epidemic nodded her head up and down—ignoring that Ross didn’t praise her like the kid had. She could of thrown a tantrum, but she had other awkward encounters to deal with today. Instead, she’d just let him do the work that she didn’t want to do in the first place.

Flicking a flirty amber gaze over Auberon, her head quirked to the side,“You can take a piece with you, but I am expecting to follow with a hunt together, Auberon of the Evergreens.”

She didn’t know what she was doing. Her brain decided that it needed to be on autopilot for a little longer than two seconds.


Jul 22, 2018 09:13 PM — Post #9

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Auberon’s tail continued to swish pleasantly, basically oblivious to any strange feelings between the two adult wolves in front of him. He gave a happy nod to Ross’ thought that Auberon smelled familiar. The dark boy didn’t know who else Ross might have smelled, but their homes were fairly close together. It seemed reasonable to Auberon.

The dark boy shuffled forward a little bit at the mention of help and he assumed that the deer was going to go into their cache somewhere. He nodded along, happy with help as well, though sure that him and Epidemic could do it too since they’d drug the thing the whole way here.

“Oh, yeah, I’ll take some. I’m sure my sisters will like it.” He smiled in agreement. His sisters were of course who he was going to offer it to. It was sort of special - it was a gift from their nearest neighbors. Besides, then he could tell Adhara and Azalea about the Vanguard too. “When do you want to go hunting? You can just call for me, or me and my Da.” Because again, as far as Auberon was concerned, his father and himself were really the only two with all that much interest or skill in hunting.


Jul 23, 2018 05:57 PM — Post #10

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Of course she’d say yes. Ross cast Epidemic a furtive glance, careful to keep the indignation he felt from surfacing in it. He was so freakin’ tired. But, he’d gotten himself into this. Wouldn’t do to complain.

He moved to begin pawing at the ground, disturbing the loam of the cache which tended to stay rather mussed-looking, anyway. As Auberon and Epidemic talked, he uncovered the vole he’d been after and tossed it deftly aside, where it landed among some roots. Easy for him to locate and bring back to his den later.

Auberon mentioned his sisters and dad. Ross had heard a bit about the pack from his own father, and for a moment he thought of mentioning as much—but decided quickly against it.

With his shoulders hunched, he began to clear away a large hollow for the deer, looking to the carcass every now and again to ensure measurements were fairly appropriate.


Jul 23, 2018 06:28 PM — Post #11

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Catching Ross’ gaze, she only smirked at him. Don’t ask if you don’t wanna do something. Or just literally say,“Ya know. Never-mind. I’m good.” She chuckled aloud, but inside she was screaming and cackling in burning flames. Gotcha’ Ross. Have fun tearing that deer a part. Her pretty rump was sitting nice and warm in hostess hell and having a good time. This moment would only be fodder for their encounter.

Clearing her throat and waking up from the daydream,“Yeah. I’d probably go pretty soon. There’s been a herd that has been moving south of here in the plains—so keep your ears ready. “


Jul 23, 2018 10:13 PM — Post #12

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Without a word Ross turned and began digging and Auberon didn’t want to leave him all alone to do it. The large boy felt like he had plenty of energy for digging into their cache to help.

He picked the side opposite Ross and began to widen the hole from there. Inside the caverns they didn’t have to bury things as much, but he understood the general principle of it all. He looked up to grin at Epidemic when she mentioned hunting soon.

“I’ll pay attention. It’ll be fun!” He dug a little more excitedly. It would be fun to go hunting with wolves from a different pack and learn more. He’d keep an ear turned south towards the plains for this.


Jul 24, 2018 07:32 PM — Post #13

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Hearing Epidemic speak of herds moving to their south was slightly bewildering. Life went on outside the labyrinth. Something Ross only realized he’d forgotten when he remembered it just now, in the moment.

He hadn’t left the Vanguard’s woods in… weeks.

Maybe he ought to try again.

At present, he could only muster enough energy to dig. Epidemic was doing nothing but squatting on her ass, and the resultant frustration fueled his movements. When Auberon moved to join him, that source grew decidedly more positive.

He mustered a lopsided grin and flashed it at the boy, if he managed to catch it.

Meanwhile, the Quartermaster shifted on his paws. Scooping up a nice chunk of dirt, he vaulted it between his hind legs, meaning to aim it at Epidemic’s shoulder or side or something.

Yeah, okay, maybe she had hunted a whole freakin’ deer for them. Maybe he would be a gentleman, and not ask her to help them dig.

BUT. STILL. C’mon, he had to pick on her a little.


Jul 25, 2018 08:01 PM — Post #14

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Epidemic watched lazily as Auberon moved to help. What good little boys. It was all just manners. If you make the food, you don’t clean the dishes. She sat royally smug, proud of herself. Naturally, her chest rose a little. She always adored the flash of her own tickling red chest hairs when she accidentally spotted her reflection. Sometimes, it was just being around Ross that reall—

Instantly, she was attacked. Mauled. Slain. Betrayed. A branch had fallen from a tree and hit her! No! Ross had swung around and hit her in the face! Wait!

Her pinched eyelids slowly parted to see Ross in the olympic dirt throwing stance. Epidemic had been totally unaware. Even when she scrunched up after the initial hit, surprise was the common denominator during and after she got hit in the face.

Her upper lip rose to flash the forty-two reasons why he shouldn’t of done that—but, it childishly fell back to a domineering pout.

She roared,“ROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSUUUUUUUUUAJJJJJJAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA” as she promptly threw herself to the ground in dramatic flair and ended the scream of his name in a delicate whimper.


Jul 27, 2018 05:34 PM — Post #15

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