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Sparrow Kelly Staff
 

It felt like it had taken ages to get here, but they had finally made it to the base of the northern mountains. They’d spent a few days traveling since the encounter with the white bitch and random kid, pausing for the boys. But as they’d grown closer, she couldn’t without her energy. Unable to hold back, Sparrow had charged ahead of the family a bit, eager to gaze up at the rocky slopes and peaks. From a distance the mountains had looked massive, even more than the ones they’d once called home to the south.

Now, looking up and up from the base, they looked even larger.

The cool chill of winter brushing through her coat, she let out a short howl, hoping Ink and the boys would show up soon enough. Every fiber in her being was ready to climb, to push the boys past the limits they’d known in the hills. Beyond the chill of the winter air, every fiber of her being was buzzing with an energy she hadn’t felt in ages.

These weren’t their mountains. But they could be. This could be their new start, new home, new everything.

With a contented sigh, she turned, seeking out her family, tail swaying gently behind her and heart racing. This was it. This was home.


Jul 13, 2017 06:32 PM

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Rook Carra
 

Mountains. That’s what they had been traveling to. It hadn’t been as bad as Rook had assumed that it could be, traveling outside his comfort zone. He felt bad the more he moved away from his new friend Emma. Did friends leave? He didn’t know, he didn’t know what friends did. He had whispered a goodbye before they moved further, but now they were long gone. He had kept focused on what was ahead of him, instead of what was behind him. His mother seemed more excited with every passing moment, hour, day, and so it made him happy.

Whatever they were doing, it didn’t feel wrong and so the clamping feeling he sometimes got in his stomach was no where to be found. Mother had moved faster than the rest of them, and Rook had felt comfortable falling into place alongside his father, keeping pace with Faolan and his smaller legs. Mother’s howl though, it caused him to race ahead to see what was happening. But she looked..happy? Rook let his paws take him right up to her side, his safe place, as his eyes took in the rocks that went up up up. He finally looked back at her, letting out a breath. “Big.” he said in awe.


Jul 13, 2017 06:49 PM — Post #1

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[ Edited: Jul 13, 2017 07:00 PM by Rook ]
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Ink Fao Staff
 

While Sparrow had charged ahead, eager… he longed to do so with her. Maybe that would have been their renewed solidarity, to reach the mountains as a pair.  But Faolan was short and though he was energetic, he tired the most quickly. Ink had made a point of keeping pace with the slowest among them so no one would get lost, and as a result it was him and the boys well behind.

But Sparrow’s howl drew them easily, and seemed to put some life into them. Even Faolan deemed to pick up the pace, though he was not quite so fast as Rook was at a run and so Ink stayed with him as they went.

There had been snow. There would be more snow, as they went up. He was glad that so far the boys did not seem put off by it, at least.

Not far behind Rook, Sparrow came into view.  Ink didn’t say anything, but he all but grinned up at the mountain peak they stood at the base of.

No way to go but up, he figured.


Jul 13, 2017 07:29 PM — Post #2

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Faolan Fao Staff
 

Faolan was wiped out. Completely. Wiped. Out.

The incident with the white wolf and the foolish puppy seemed to have put some serious fire into mother, though, and nothing was going to stop her. They rested only when necessary, and soon the prairie of grass that had flattened out more and more as they went north was behind them an they were standing in the foothills of…

Mountains.

Rook wasn’t the only one gaping as they approached. Faolan could barely fathom it.

“We have to climb that?!” he asked, incredulous. His tiny legs were already so tired, he could scarcely fathom…


Jul 13, 2017 07:38 PM — Post #3

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Sparrow Kelly Staff
 

As Rook darted up beside her, she leaned down idly, tapping noses with him as he looked up and up. The singular word was enough to bring a rare smile, one that remained in place even as Ink and Faolan caught up. It felt like they’d been eyeing the distant peaks for a lifetime, the fact that they’d finally made it almost surreal against the backdrop.

For his part, Faolan looked exhausted. They’d traveled rather steadily in the last few days. It made sense enough that a young wolf wouldn’t be so keen on hiking straight up. She knew well enough that they’d have to take it slow anyhow. As the air thinned, so would their energies until they readjusted to mountain life. They’d been in the lowlands for quite a while now, and the boys had never known anything else.

“Not today, Faolan, but yes, we’ll start climbing it. It’ll be good for your bones.” They had it in their blood after all, of that much she was convinced. Letting the smile give way to her normal expression, she glanced to Ink, a look of relief hidden in her eyes.

They were here. She didn’t know what that meant or what the next step was beyond climbing further up, but they were back in the shadow of a mountain. To Ink, she sighed. “Can you believe we’ve made it?”


Jul 13, 2017 08:16 PM — Post #4

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Jigsaw Tay
 

Hard. Fast. That’s the pace that she cut for herself. She had managed to pick up Sparrow’s scent heading north from where she had met her. Jigsaw had decided to follow the river north as long as she could, remembering that that was supposedly the directions of the mountains that they were going towards. Hopefully it wasn’t a trap. Her fur bristled at the thought, she had wasted too much time in the place she had met Sparrow and she needed to set herself on the right track.

For some reason the family was moving fast if she was going in the right direction and not catching up with them. She tried to make sure that she was able to hunt on her way there because she didn’t want to appear underfed and looking for a meal if she did happen upon the family. If Sparrow had left the morning after their conversation then Jigsaw was already a day or two late. She wasn’t able to go as far and fast as a full grown wolf but very near it, her old pack had clipped a fair pace and not been kind to those who fell behind. So she tried to make up for lost time as much as possible.

She had kept herself going for just past a little too long by the time she came up to the peaks and they took her breath away. And just as through most of her travel here she couldn’t find any sign of the wolves she was looking for. Her ears flickered and she heard a clear resonant howl. Normally the pup would have been hesitant of responding to such a thing but…if it was the wolves she was looking for she had come this far and there were no packs that she could smell that had claimed this land for their own. It let her feel somewhat safe here, safe enough to venture towards the howl.

She was tired but there was something here. And even though her paws ached she knew that the feeling would fade, because she had felt it before; she knew how to work through the pain, because this was the kind that didn’t last longer than a day or two. Jigsaw was wary of permanence but this could last. She could see this lasting.

She knew it was dangerous to linger as if she were a stranger with ill intent but honestly she wasn’t sure how to approach. It felt so intimate, it was something she had never had with her family. Never longed for either. But it was also strange and foreign to her. She was hanging so that she could just sense that wolves were there if she inhaled deeply enough and strained her ears.

Circling slightly she resolved to approach them from the front and not sideways or the back and once she was a little closer let out a small yip into the air. Non-threatening. They would know she was there now, she wasn’t trying to surprise them. Wasn’t trying to attack. She let herself inch closer but wouldn’t draw herself into a range where she could be attacked or rushed or surrounded easily. Despite her gamble that Sparrow would be here and the offer would still stand she was too wary to do that to herself on her tired paws. Besides she had never met this other male who she assumed was Sparrow’s mate.


Jul 14, 2017 06:32 AM — Post #5

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Rook Carra
 

Using the concepts from the lecture and the Module Resources.. Just kidding, but I figured I’d keep up the joke for good measure. ;)

Faolan finally caught up, and mentioned climbing. They had to climb that. Oh. Crap. His eyes widened as he looked up at his mother, who confirmed that they’d in fact do that! But just not right now. Rook was glad. He wasn’t as tired as his brother, but he was still darn tired. He wanted to sit, rest, watch Faolan..well be Faolan, but they weren’t alone. His ears swiveled as he heard a yip and he turned to face the noise.

Someone else was there, and Rook was sick of these others. It was too much, a new place and a new face…Especially after that mean other pup. He froze, immediately finding a solid stance and staring down the oncoming pup. She was their age and size, and ironically the similar color they all shared…just like the other obnoxious female. He growled in warning, not ready for round two even if time had passed.


Jul 16, 2017 11:54 PM — Post #6

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Ink Fao Staff
 

Sparrow was, as she ever was, proving to be a good mother. Her disappearance had not otherwise hampered the relationship. That one—admittedly long—hiccup in what had otherwise been… pleasant experience. Watching her be a mother had reassured Ink that he had not been a complete idiot last winter.

Her loyalties were firm when they counted the most.

She sighed and he fluffed pleasantly for the first time in ages. “It almost doesn’t seem real,” he confessed.  “If we didn’t have the boys to mind I’d have half the mind to start scaling.”

Put his paws to heavy slope and just… go.

And even as that pleasantness was shifting between them, there was a noise to draw them away. Ink’s head turned and his eyes narrowed, and for a moment he feared it was the pup they’d battered and run off, but his eyes were acute enough to realize quickly that it was a different dark pup.

Besides, this one was silent and cautious.  Infinitely smarter than the first.

“Who’re you?” he asked, his tone light if slightly accusing. Kinder than it would have been before they’d reached this spot. He was feeling some relief and thus he spared her his ire for a moment. At least until they knew more.


Jul 17, 2017 01:32 AM — Post #7

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Faolan Fao Staff
 

Faolan whined, but only lightly, at his mother’s insistence.  It would be good for his bones, sure, but he was also very tired. And very tired pups did not want to think about futures of walking and climbing and tearing about. They wanted to sleep forever and eat some food that they didn’t have to catch.

But, “Okay,” he lamented and relented alike, never one to disobey mother without sincerely good reason. And exhaustion was not good enough reason to pitch a tantrum. That would just him more anyhow.

And that was when… another.

Unlike the others of his family, all Faolan saw was a dark pup. A dark female pup. And his mind leapt to conclusions. And those conclusions made him a little bit mad.  Had that foolish pup really followed them after all they’d done to her?

His tail flared and he bravely stepped up, past his mother and the rest of his family, to be the first to encounter her. If she was coming any closer, she had to go through him, the runt.

Rook’s growl emboldened him further. He barked even as his father asked her who she was. As if that would make a difference. This was a foolish pup who had not gotten enough of a biting, it seemed!

His back still stung a bit from the first time if he wasn’t careful.


Jul 17, 2017 01:44 AM — Post #8

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Sparrow Kelly Staff
 

The reality of things seemed to dawn a little slower on Rook’s face, but it was there all the same, the two brothers likely exhausted from travel. Their small lives so unaccustomed to anything but the hills that even straying this far had worn them thin. She heaved a small sigh, looking to Ink with some measure of uncertainty over it all. Surely they’d toughen up in higher altitudes. It’d take time. They’d go at it painfully slow if they had to, considering the season. But they’d come out stronger for it… Wouldn’t they?

Ink mused a little, earning a rare flicker of life across her eyes as she sought out his own. “It pains me to imagine it’s been nearly a year since we’ve last been in the mountains,” she returned, the longing there in her tone. She’d have raced him straight up the rocky slopes if the boys weren’t so exhausted. Some cruel, selfish part of her wanted to force them onward.

But she was distracted by the yip that rang out in the crisp winter air. It was familiar, vaguely, but before she could say much, the boys were all reacting. It was so lined up with what’d happened in the prairies that she nearly dropped her jaw, but she’d met this wolf before.

With a step the girl’s direction, she looked back at the dark wolves. “It’s okay. I met her on our journey north and invited her to practice sparring with the boys. They seemed a well enough match.” It had been true then. Perhaps the parallel of their more recent encounter was throwing this now, the fact that they’d just reached the mountains they’d pined after cutting the offer short.

“Jigsaw, I’m afraid you’ve come across us after a bit of a rushed journey. I think everyone is rather tired at the moment.” Everyone meaning Rook and Faolan. She eyed Ink, wondering what he’d think of it all, considering.


Jul 19, 2017 04:48 AM — Post #9

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Jigsaw Tay
 

The other two pups didn’t seem that much bigger than her so when the first one stepped up to snarl at her she paid it little mind. She didn’t move any closer into their line of sight but she didn’t allow it to phase her. Her ears flickered, the small creature matched the general description and she was able to scent Sparrow. When the second pup began to growl over the slightly stressed tone of the other adult who she assumed was Sparrow’s mate she backed up a step. While she trusted Sparrow to a point, and the other wolf hadn’t been hostile to her two pups about her size ganging up on her was a situation she would much rather keep herself out of.

Finally Sparrow seemed to interject which let her breath more easily. The air that had built up in her lungs let out in a small sigh as she breathed in again. the immediate panic that had begun to well up at the hostility of the two other pups subsided. It was part of her instinct, she hadn’t come looking for a fight but if she did she would fight.

Nodding her head slightly she edged a bit closer, dipping her head for a second to Sparrow’s mate, knowing that he was a male she would have to gain some sort of understanding with in the future “Jigsaw.” Perhaps a bit short but he could most likely infer her name from Sparrow’s own words and she didn’t want to seem redundant. Glancing back to the pale female she considered and weighed the words. She could tell only now that she had come at a bad time and she wasn’t completely sure how to make up for her error. Considering the words she replied carefully, but also knowing that she hadn’t been shut down that Sparrow still considered her useful which was a good sign “My apologies for alarming you, I’ve traveled a ways too and I’m sorry for intruding.” Tilting her head she wanted to ensure that she could set herself up for the future. Despite their rocky start she had no qualms about practicing with the other youngsters despite their propensity to greet strangers with bared teeth. “Perhaps a little later once I and everyone else has recovered from the journey?” She wasn’t sure what had led to the rushed departure but she didn’t feel now was the time to press. She still seemed to be talking past one of the pups. Names, faces, and connections eluded her at the moment. She was too tired to spar then and there anyways. At the pace they were going they may try to scale the mountain in the morning. Jigsaw allowed her eyes to trace the peak, it wasn’t intimidating but it was work, that was what she saw when she looked at it. And possibility.


Jul 21, 2017 01:31 AM — Post #10

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Rook Carra
 

There was something about her that he didn’t like. Rook wasn’t ruled by emotions typically - he had his facts and knowledge, but even as his brother stepped up before them all, even as his mother called them off, even as pleasantries were exchanged.. Rook had a hard time settling down. He didn’t bare his teeth any longer, but his hair never quite settled back down on his neck. Perhaps it was the the last pup that still had him on edge. Perhaps it was that he really was still tired. Perhaps it was just the fact that he didn’t want a stranger up in their business currently. But if mother had invited her…

Rook.” he stated, not giving up his tense stance.


Jul 24, 2017 08:35 PM — Post #11

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Ink Fao Staff
 

Sparring with the boys?

Ink gave Sparrow a sidelong glance, his paws shifting uneasily against the ground. This was the first he’d heard of this, but… Must have happened before the incident with the other pup, the annoying one. They hadn’t really separated since that point. 

“Interesting,” he said to Sparrow, and then looked at the new pup. She looked… experienced. More than his boys did.  “I suppose you’re welcome then, Jigsaw.”

Another pup to watch after, in a way, though she seemed capable of watching after herself. He doubted she was any more prepared for the climb than his children were, though.

He huffed quietly to himself, and decided, “We should rest.”  If they were going to get tense because of a pup approaching them in any manner, they clearly needed to relax before pushing to anything new.


Jul 25, 2017 11:22 AM — Post #12

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Faolan Fao Staff
 

Faolan didn’t want to make it all that simple, but mother spoke of having met her before, and father seemed to agree to that, so…

He eyed the other pup dubiously for a moment longer, then snorted and simply turned away with, “I’m Faolan,” and went instead to snuggle into his mother’s chest.

Possessively. As if JIgsaw would take her away.

Father’s offer of rest, though… “We should! Please,” he agreed, hoping mother would not protest. She had been so eager to get here, and now they were here. They could afford a warm spot and a bit of closed eyes, right?

His legs were sick to death of existing.


Jul 25, 2017 11:41 AM — Post #13

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Sparrow Kelly Staff
 

In truth, Sparrow had invited the girl back in the prairies, not expecting her to have trailed along with them as far as she had. It would be a conversation with Ink for another time, but exhausted as the boys were, she did not long to drag this out.

“Perhaps a little later, yes,” she offered to Jigsaw, hoping she’d be okay finding someplace else to recoup while they maintained their own space, considering. It had been a long trek, and hunkering down with a stranger was likely not something any of her boys would be keen on, nor was she entirely comfortable with it herself. The wolf was an acquaintance at best. A welcome one but one nonetheless.

The boys introduced themselves curtly, Faolan moving to press into her, Rook looking exhausted as well. She scooped herself around her youngest, heaving a sigh of sorts at Ink’s suggestion to which she nodded.

“Yes, let’s go find somewhere safe to lie low for a bit, let your bones rest up. We’ll reassess tomorrow.” And by reassess, she meant they would start climbing, even if it was bit by bit because the drive in her body to be within the mountains again was singing louder than it had in ages.


Jul 25, 2017 11:53 AM — Post #14

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Jigsaw Tay
 

Nodding her head she realized that there was still room here. Now she had names to faces and she could relax. Her bones were weary and paws were tired but she wouldn’t be left behind again even if she had to wake up in the middle of the night to ensure that she wasn’t gone. “I’ll settle a little ways away from here.” Jigsaw didn’t want to intrude but if they wanted assistance in a fight or needed her presence she wanted it to be obvious whose side she would be on. Heading off she wasn’t bothered with showing her back to them, which was a step even though her pace was brisk as she set off. “Goodnight.” It was an afterthought, something that wasn’t often said to her but she knew was a phrase to use in situations like these.


Jul 25, 2017 08:22 PM — Post #15

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