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Ash thought nothing of traveling through the night. He hadn’t been sleeping well anyway since Rowan’s death. With his sister still mad at him and his patience with Claes wearing more thin every day, when Relic had said he didn’t at all mind Ash taking a few days away, he had jumped at the opportunity for solitude.

The lake he padded towards now reminded him of Starshatter, though. The same sort of formation, rocky walls, but WAY bigger a lake. It reminded him of the beach, and that brought a fleeting thought of Arashi and how the Tribe girl was doing. A thought Ash didn’t dwell on, trying to get back to the notion of being on his own.

That was safest, for Ash. In the end he would always be alone.

He sniffed around the shore of the lake. There were a few repeated wolf scents here, but not more than three, he decided. That was three too many wolves than what he wanted to see, but since he didn’t see any of them around he began a perimeter scout of the edge of the lake.


Sep 02, 2018 06:27 PM

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Kopec Daniels mads
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It was weird being back here. It had been a place she had tried to protect since the day she was born, but nothing she had done had saved it at the end of the day. Amelia had been right, it had died the same day as her mother. Her mother had been the heart and they had been the blood and without something to pump the blood through the veins, it died. She had been too stubborn to see the bigger picture, even when others started to die and leave. It was not until a few months prior that she really opened her mind to the fact that she had been protecting a corpse that had been deteriorating for so long. No one was left; not even Igbo.

Well, his scent was still around but he too wasn’t… all there. She wouldn’t be surprised if he abandoned her too - she was just a lost cause. It was time to move on, so she came back to the lake that had quenched her thirst as a child to drown the part of her memory that found any sentimental part of her for this place. It was just a place. She didn’t want to remember it anymore, she didn’t want to remember the memories. She just wanted to move on. It was time to say goodbye - the only reason why she had come up here in the first place.

Sitting upon a ridge to take in the entire lake, she blinked slowly, her large exhale escaping her and freezing into the atmosphere before it too left her company. The only ones that seemed to matter anymore were Tunglid and Morwen, and while she would never admit it, she was scared they would leave her too. Even when they said they wouldn’t, words were just words - her siblings promised they would stay and they hadn’t. Catching a deepset frown on her face as she dwelled deep in thought, she finally shook her head and decided that was enough.

If they would leave, she expected it. What she didn’t expect, however, was for her to not be the only one here. Hopping down from her perch, she made her way towards the shore of the lake, narrowing her eyes at the very white and very prominent figure scouting the edges of it. The scent told her it was one of the wolves from the other pack on the mountain, but she couldn’t remember the name. She didn’t really care. What she cared about was making something of herself and he was on the opposite side of the mountain. He was closer to her new home and her new family than his. “You won’t find anything here.” She came to a full stop.

 


Sep 02, 2018 07:07 PM — Post #1

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Vitalis Volsunga-Koena Gabriel Lucas
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Kopec wasn’t entirely right. He would find Vitalis.

For Vitalis had never left. Stubborn, stubborn, that was what she was- a whisp of a girl, a lone wraith still haunting her brother’s grave, the densite of her girlhood. She was there now, tucked away in its darkness, a faux idea of safety to drown away the despair. She wanted Amelia, desperately so, but the girl she had grown to love so much was gone along with the winter, without a word. So Vitalis would have settled for Igbo, only he wasn’t there, either, and so Vita was alone.

Vita was always alone.

Familiar voice nearby was what roused her, eyes bleary from her brief, unsuccesful attempt at sleep. Sleep was what was safest now, now that everyone was leaving- now that everyone continued to be leaving. Vitalis was always the one left behind. And yet she clung, stubbornly, stupidly, to the place where she was born. To the place where she grew. She was going to die there.

Kopec was outside.

She rose slowly, limbs protesting- she was not the small puppy she had once been, when she was still living in this den. My lake, Amelia had said when they were little girls. Your lake, Vitalis thought now, as she pushed her away out of the ground, bits of dust and debri sticking to her unruly pelt.

She wished Amelia would have taken her when she left. Vitalis would have followed her anywhere.

Kopec had grown since the last time Vitalis had seen her. She was talking to a boy, white and strange, with a scent somehow familiar and yet wholly new. Where did she know that scent from?

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Sep 02, 2018 07:28 PM — Post #2

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Ash Chris Staff
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Up on a higher ridge he caught one of the scents that was stale around here, this time not so stale. He looked up at the voice, taking in… wow. Weird. The mountain girl was almost the opposite of his markings, dark with pale legs and brows.

He wouldn’t have admitted finding somebody with sort of similar markings made him feel a tiny bit less alone.

But then she spoke to him, trying to engage him as she came towards him, and with a sentence designed to make herself sound smart but that really proved how stupid she was.

“You don’t know what I’m looking for.” He pointed out sullenly, his dark ears twitching. 

He soon spotted another wolf walking not so far off, another female, another of the stale scents hanging around this lake edge. He scowled. Ash didn’t like groups or crowds.

Three was definitely a crowd in Ash’s mind. At least the second girl wasn’t speaking to him, making her marginally more tolerable than the first one.


Sep 02, 2018 07:38 PM — Post #3

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She didn’t notice Vitalis at first, if anything, her brain blocked out the primary scent of her and replaced it with a stale one because it could not believe that she hadn’t left. Just another memory to the wind that she would force herself to forget so she could finally move on. At his words she snorted loudly, shrugging her shoulders, “you’re right,”  she paused, shifting her weight from her one side to the next. He was an odd-looking one, wasn’t he? “I don’t care enough to find out,” He wouldn’t find anything here, nothing but death and destruction and if his brain worked correctly, he would leave and return home and never come back.

This was the land of the dead, despite what life bloomed here. It was a lure to trap the naive and stupid, like a fish hook - lured in by the glittering silver and promise of food only to get eaten that night. It seemed some were just so idiotic they’d go for the hook without the food on it.

Well, she wasn’t planning on staying here for long, so as she walked, she passed right by him and just as she did, she immediately stopped. Blood drained from her face, any confidence quickly disposed of and guilt rushing through her veins; her heart hammered in her chest and she could hear it in her ears. “Vitalis?” A quiet whisper under her breath, disbelief crossing her expression as her brain tried to make up an excuse as to why she was seeing Vitalis. A ghost, perhaps. A memory being played before her eyes just like deja vu. Vitalis, Vitalis, she had forgotten Vitalis and now she was here. She had never left. 

Kopec had been the one to leave.

Uncertain, she finally tore her attention back to the boy, scrunching her brows as if to say ‘do you see this or am I finally going nuts?’ before taking a step forward, and then another, and another, until she was at a half-desperate half-unsure state of a run.

Right towards Vitalis. The only one that had remained.


Sep 02, 2018 10:54 PM — Post #4

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How approperiate. Three children alone in the land of the dead, standing at Hellmaw’s doorstep, standing on the bones of their predecessors. Three children sunken, sullen, unfriendly- at least, that was what Vitalis knew of Kopec, and what she could gauge from the stranger not stranger. For all her loyalty, Kopec had shown her no other qualities. That was Amelia. Always Amelia.

When she thought of her, Vitalis wanted to lay down and cry.

Kopec was moving. Proud as always, she passed right by him, and as she did she stopped and looked straight at Vitalis. Surprised, queen Kopec, beholder of bones, child of Hellmaw? She called her name, but Vitalis simply looked, waiting. Waiting, waiting, she was always waiting, but for what? There was nothing to wait for here, anymore, except for her brother to come take her home.

“Kopec”, Vitalis called back a few moments too late, but by then the shadowy girl had turned to her paler counterpart. That was alright. Vitalis wasn’t quite sure if she was real herself.

But Kopec was approaching.

Vitalis blinked.

It was not the turn of events she had anticipated. Instinct told her to run from the wolf coming towards her so quickly, but knowledge kept her in place, eyes on Kopec. She wanted to talk to Kopec- she didn’t want to talk to Kopec. She wanted to ask the white boy if he was from the Covenant. Relic had been friendly to her, had seemed so different than the Hellmaw wolves she was accustumed to- Vitalis had not forgotten.


Sep 03, 2018 07:59 PM — Post #5

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At least the girl admitted she was wrong, which not many wolves could. She then followed it up with a comment that actually pleased Ash somewhat, though it didn’t show on the impassive, closed-off lines of his facial features.

“Good.” He replied simply when she conveyed to him she wouldn’t be questioning him. Somebody who could mind their own business and wasn’t interested in socializing, he couldn’t have asked for better except to be left alone entirely. Ash carried on his way, moving around the edge of the lake. Her attention shifted to the second wolf Ash had scented, and she called a weird-sounding name and took off. She called a shorter but only mildly less weird name back. Ash didn’t spare a glance. He was far more interested in the terrain than socializing, and quickly increased his stride to a trot to put more distance between himself and the girls.


Sep 03, 2018 09:52 PM — Post #6

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It didn’t take long at all for her to reach her, ears falling back in concern once she did. ”I thought you left, I-“ Kopec did a full look over, confusion and some sort of relief that no, she hadn’t been left alone. She couldn’t bring herself up to say the truth; I had forgotten you. It was a cruel truth and sometimes, things were better left unsaid. Vitalis, the girl who rivaled her losses with her own had been left behind.

Just like her.

She could feel saliva building up in her mouth and yet she could not bring herself to swallow; she could not bring herself to believe that the one wolf who’s brother had died, who’s mother had abandoned them and who everyone forgot was here, alive and well. ”Vitalis, where have you been all this time?” Her subconscious knew the answer - she had been rotting inside the cave like the corpses that surrounded the land. She wanted so badly to say ‘come back with me’ but she didn’t know where her mind was at the moment.

Was it rotted just like she was?


Sep 04, 2018 08:59 PM — Post #7

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This was strange. The last time Vitalis had seen Kopec, the girl was a young, wild thing, clinging to the rementants of a rotting kingdom and preparing to tear into the bowels of anyone who dared to stand in her way. Now she was quiet, passive. Vitalis did not recognize the shadowy girl in front of her.

Kopec is a kid playing adult games, and Tomas and Igbo allow her because they are too busy trying not to bury another one of us. That’s what Amelia had said. Was Kopec, still?

She pushed the thought of Amelia violently out of her head, like ripping off a bandage.

“Here.” The answer was plain, but not flat. It was simply obvious. Vitalis had never left.

But Kopec was not a part of her worries, not truly. The Empire had died with Nima, even if they had been far too stubborn to admit it. And now where were they? Igbo was scarce, Amelia was gone, and she was the only one left at the lakeside. Their lakeside.

She would survive. She had so far.

Her eyes followed the white boy as he moved away. Wait, no, not yet. There were things she had yet to ask. “Are you from the Covenant?”, she called out after him, head gently tilted to the side.


Sep 07, 2018 09:26 AM — Post #8

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Ash had made some headway, but he wasn’t yet out of earshot. The second girl called to him, with some knowledge of his pack. He paused, resisting the urge to groan. She wanted to talk, now? Couldn’t she just enjoy her reunion?

“Mmhmm.” He dipped his head in a quick nod in case they were too distant to hear the grunted answer. 

The understanding the second girl knew the Covenant meant he ought to put forward some effort. He knew both of their names now. He shifted his stance, more looking back at them than actually turning around.

“Ash.” He grunted, with a quick gesture of his chin that meant he was referring to himself.


Sep 07, 2018 08:35 PM — Post #9

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“There’s a… better place, Vitalis.”

Not here, don’t rot in here, too. Perhaps she should elaborate - just as she was about to, her attention was pulled to the boy, more importantly, how Vitalis went out of her way to ask if he was one of the Covenant’s. Had he been sent here to see if the Empire had fallen? Well good news for you, bucko, it had. Here’s your reward; her attention. Slowly, she turned to look at him.

Ash.

She remained quiet.


Sep 15, 2018 09:31 AM — Post #10

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Ash. Vitalis didn’t nod, but acknowledged the words with a flick of her ear, and a moment later a soft “Vitalis”.

He should have heard her name, if he was paying attention- but Vita had never been the kind of wolf able to keep a conversation going. She had nothing else to say. First Relic, now this boy- Covenant strangers were coming here more often that it was to her liking, but this lake did not belong to her. This was Amelia’s lake, a ghost much like everything else surrounding it.

She heard Kopec talk, but did not reply. A better place. Was there, truly? Vitalis was not sure she believed that, and she was not sure she could believe anything could be better when Hellmaw was involved. It was dead and by god, sometimes she hoped she would die with it, or that at least that it would cease to plague her thoughts.


Sep 17, 2018 06:37 PM — Post #11

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His pelt itched when Kopec turned to look at him. He hated being stared at directly, it was so rude. The second girl spoke her name. Yes, Vitalis. He knew that already because the girl inverse in markings to him had said the name three times so far, he wasn’t an idiot nor deaf. Still subscribing to the three’s a crowd mentality, Ash continued to inch further away. Unless he was spoken to again he would soon have the distance to slip away from the girls and leave them to enjoy one another’s company.


Sep 18, 2018 04:28 PM — Post #12

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