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A clear day, Jay had said, and it seemed as though the overcast skies had let up for a bit, to give them some glimpse of the sky to the west as the sun slowly sank below the horizon. Athena’s last view of the sunset over the sea had been much farther south, where the coastline had risen far above the waves and presented a precarious view of the ocean below. It was where she’d met the odd-eyed Pace, and where she’d told the patient she-wolf altogether too much of her life before coming to the valley. Athena felt a little embarrassed at the thought now, and though she knew there was no taking back the fact that she’d spilled all of her problems to a complete stranger, she did realize it had helped a little at the time, when she’d been in a state of transition in her life, trying to decide what she was going to do and where she was going to for.

Athena’s tail waved behind her gently as she looked out toward the horizon, glad that they were nearly there. She didn’t often travel for the sake of traveling, and though she was far from weary, she felt the pull of home far from where she could reach it in even a few hours’ travel. Her trips out onto the range typically didn’t take her farther than half a day’s trot from home, but it would take her at least that long to return…

Not that she thought of going back now. She was here for a reason, not least to find her brother. And, she thought, to help distract Jay from the troubling thoughts that had plagued him the night she’d found him lying out on the range, sad and angry and isolated. That was it, she told herself, and curiosity had nothing to do with it.

Their journey had been well timed, though they hadn’t yet reached the sandy terrain that she knew awaited them when they finally hit the edge of the coastline, though the area ahead of them was rocky and not at all the relatively flat terrain she remembered, and they were perhaps closer to the lookout than she had intended. They might have to go a little north to reach the sandy beach, but she wasn’t too concerned about what lay ahead.

There had been a cold wind blowing off the sea that day, her senses inundated with the strong, briny scent of the sea miles before they reached it. Now, it was nearly overpowering. Athena found she didn’t particularly mind it, though it would take some getting used to. She looked toward Jay as she moved, her pace a leisurely trot as it had been for much of their journey.

Have you spent much time here? Before now, I mean.


Jul 26, 2017 09:59 PM

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The trip here had been perfectly timed, it seemed. Today was the clearest, warmest day he had seen for a time. And it also just so happened to be a day during which he had been doing absolutely nothing. It was, of course, a pleasure to spend more time with Miss Athena, though he would avoid saying as much so as to not overdo it with his commentary. It seemed enough of an achievement that he’d gotten an agreement.

But there were now also a couple of additional questions and concerns he had to pose, when there was an appropriate moment to do so, of course. For a time however, he’d simply allowed himself to indulge in the pleasure of just walking. He took long strides across the grasses, making the pace at which they were going easy to maintain. Which was good, because crossing the range always brought back a few memories.

Mainly, that silent male, his reunification with Tyra, and to a lesser extent Vaska, from the Tribe. Jay wondered what had become of her, though he doubted he’d ever find out. More than likely she had been scared off upon learning the truth about him. But that was over now. It was time to move on.

Taking a deep breath of the cold, and yet strangely appealing scented air, Jay deduced that they were close to the Ocean now. Feeling a surge of energy which he was unable to suppress, Jay took a few bounding leaps forth, a gleeful spring to his step that hadn’t been present for a while. It was hard to not want to go bounding forth excitedly, and though he probably resembled an overly excited pup going out on his first hunt, Jay did not particularly care. This was fun, so he was going to enjoy it. And it probably had something to do with the wonderful, pretty girl he’d managed to convince to go along with him, too.

An inquiry from Miss Athena manage to wrangle him back in however, the white wolf casting a quick look towards his companion. ”Spent a few days on the coast, after I met you. Not in this spot, a little north of here.” Mostly when he had been resting up in Bucky’s gorge, home of his Rangers. But Jay opted to avoid mentioning them for the time being.

”Never been to this area. Maybe we’ll find something cool.” Jay flashed a hopeful smile at the thought. At least let there be something to make this trip truly worth remembering.


Jul 26, 2017 11:02 PM — Post #1

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It was a gorgeous sunset at their home, and Efeon wondered what it would look like atop his little rock perch in the middle of the shoal. Hence why he was sat on top of it, surrounded by the glistening water.

Except it was really bright and kind of shining in his eyes. He had them squinted mostly.

However, his ears perked up and twisted back with his head when he heard talking. A conversation, which meant there was definitely one other wolf, because the only other one here was Fawn. But then it wasn’t even her voice that responded.

Up on the north cliff he saw two wolves, one kind of like him but darker, and another rare white wolf. Even after meeting… uh how many was it now… four?- either way, they still mesmerised him.

Efeon shuffled to twist around on the rock and call out to the wolves, his raspy cords ripping through the air. “Hello! Do you need help?”


((Sorry for the mistake! I edited it now))


Jul 27, 2017 06:50 AM — Post #2

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Jay seemed rather more enthusiastic than Athena about all of this, being in the middle of a bounding step before he turned to answer her question. She picked up the pace to keep up with him, glad to see that he was enjoying himself here already. She raised her head and breathed in the smell of the ocean, and tried not to think of where her brother might have gotten off to, or what he was doing without her and Atlas around. She kept her thoughts on the moment, and on the wolf who she was with currently, not wanting to appear distracted. She hadn’t yet told him she was hoping to catch some glimpse of Apollo, and she wasn’t sure if she’d tell him, especially considering chances that they came across her brother were rather low. There was no reason for him to think that her reasons for being here were anything other than to enjoy the outing.

He’d come here after meeting with her, but seemed not to have spent any significant time at the beach, and hadn’t been in this specific area. So the area was relatively new to him as well, then. She didn’t really know what, exactly, was north of here. She recalled that she’d been much farther north when she came to the beach the first time, though she didn’t know the area well enough to pinpoint her previous location. It had been mostly featureless, curving coastline.

Jay’s next words- that maybe they would see something cool- drew a small huff of laughter from her. Maybe so. She hadn’t stayed overlong the last time she’d visited, but she had seen one or two interesting specimens. And if nothing else, the sight of the sunset would be a good one. More than that, she wasn’t sure. Athena approached the edge of the rocks, and glanced around, trying to see if there was a way down. 

Well, I’m sure there’ll be-” she began, looking briefly toward Jay, but was interrupted when she heard a voice from below.

She’d been paying more attention to scents on the ground, and the strong smell of the sea wasn’t something she was used to compensating for. She looked down, her ears pricking forward as she spotted the timber-coated male perched atop a rock. He seemed friendly enough, having called out a greeting and asked if they needed help. She shook her head.

Not last I checked,” she called, giving the wolf a small smile. “Do you live here? Don’t want to intrude.

not 100% sure, but from what i read in the description, Jay and Athena would be approaching from above Efeon, I think? since they have to descend the cliffs to get down into the shoal. i put her at the edge so Efeon would be able to see her either way xD


Jul 29, 2017 09:08 PM — Post #3

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Something about the scent of salt in the air had affected him. Energized him. To a point which he hadn’t felt in quite a long time. It was almost liberating, in a sense, to be here and not worrying about anything else. In fact, he couldn’t remember a time in recent history, when he had felt so good. That, was saying something. Of course, concerns for his daughter would always be present, but he trusted that she’d be alright for one day if he opted to take a little trip.

Good eye taking in the land up ahead, he could see it was rather.. rocky. From his current vantage point, it almost reminded him of the gorge, to an extent. It did not take long for himself and Athena to cover the remaining ground, at last giving him a clear view of the ocean. The only problem was, that it was below them. And they were standing on cliffs overlooking the water below. Jay wasn’t familiar with the area, but he had been expecting it to be a bit… flatter.

He was not complaining however, far from it, in fact. If anything, sitting atop a vantage point such as this would only make the sunset show even better. Which was not terribly far off, now. A look toward his companion seemed to suggest she was looking for a way down. That was not so good.

Whatever she had been about to tell him though, was cut off by a raspy sounding call coming from.. below? Someone was down there, asking if they needed help. He couldn’t suppress the spark of irritation that went through him, though Jay’s only outward expression of it was a troubled frown. He’d been hoping for it to be only the two of them, here.

And he also wondered what the hell was wrong with their appearance that suggested they needed help. He was about to say as much, too, but thankfully he was beaten by Athena. Who’s response was much kinder than his would’ve been. Realizing he should probably attempt manners too, he forced a smile and nodded his agreement. ”Yes. We’re fine.”

Athena asked another question of the strange wolf, though it seemed a relatively pointless one. If the wolf lived here and hadn’t wanted anyone to intrude, his first call to them definitely wouldn’t have been asking if they needed help. He’d avoid saying this however, and instead just angle an ear toward the new male, awaiting a response.


Jul 30, 2017 12:50 PM — Post #4

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So there wasn’t anything he could help them with, that was alright. Although then again, they were at the North end, so if they wanted directions, or to pass through, then Efeon would be able to help.

The colourful wolf, the female, was the first wolf to ask if they were intruding here. On the other hand, Efeon didn’t really expect Ale to have asked when he appeared that day. Or even know where he was.

“I live here with my mate,” he called back, his voice not having the common trailing off at end because he was shouting, “But visitors are welcome.”

He then went back to his first thought, about directions. “If you want to pass through here, you’re best going around. If you want to ask questions or something, you’re best coming in from the south side still.” He smiled up at them, wondering if they were even able to see him with all the shiny water around him.


Jul 30, 2017 02:17 PM — Post #5

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It was obvious from Jay’s curt reply that he was not at all enthused by the stranger’s presence, and Athena flicked an ear toward him, assuming his irritation must have been brought on by the stranger’s presence, as the wolf had done little else to warrant it. She was a little disappointed that there was someone else around that she didn’t know, because that made it more difficult to simply relax and enjoy the sunset properly, like the good traveling companion she was supposed to be. Fortunately, the male croaked at them that, while he lived here with his mate, they didn’t mind visitors. Well, that was good to know. She wasn’t entirely certain that she liked the idea of walking into someone else’s home, invited or not, however- and certainly not with one of the residents there to watch them the whole time. Maybe the male expected he’d have to entertain them- he surely seemed willing to help, giving them directions on how to get down to where he was if they wanted to ask him questions.

Yes, thank you,” she said, her tone holding a polite quality that was not obviously patronising. Goodness. She wondered if the two of them looked like clueless idiots, or if this wolf was truly so eager to assist them. Athena glanced at Jay, raising an eyebrow at him. Well, she knew she didn’t look clueless, anyway, smirking at the thought.

She didn’t know if she still wanted to go down there if an alacritously helpful wolf continued to croak at them until they were sick of offers of assistance or aid- not that she had been quite ready to descend, anyway. She smiled cursorily, the gesture amicable enough, though it wasn’t a warm, genuine one. She doubted the other wolf would be able to tell from where he was, but she didn’t doubt Jay would pick up on it if he happened to glance her way. She didn’t actually want to be rude to the stranger, who had been nothing but kind to them, but she wasn’t exactly ready to run down and chat with him either. Maybe she ought to, however, just to see how her company took it. He seemed awfully annoyed by the intrusion, and she was somewhat selfishly curious if his cordial behavior would be much affected with the addition of some unexpected company.

Maybe he’s bored or lonely, or something,” she said to him, voice pitched so that only Jay would hear, though it wasn’t like she had to whisper to avoid being heard over the crash of the waves and the distance between them. It was just about the only explanation she could come up with.


Aug 03, 2017 09:31 PM — Post #6

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His annoyance morphed into something not quite resembling envy, as Jay picked up on the strange wolf saying that he lived here with apparently only one other wolf, a mate. He liked his life on the Rise, no doubt, but this was the sort of existence that he missed. The mere idea of living only with the one you cared about in an idyllic place, it brought about a sense of peace and contentment that he’d been longing for, but had never quite been able to achieve since.. yeah. At least someone had made it there.

Jay had been there once, and he hoped nothing ever happened to ruin this strange wolf or his mate and their life here. As he looked around the place again, he found himself nodding with approval. ”You picked a good spot for that,” he admitted, calling out to the stranger again. Even if he wasn’t exactly sure how good this would be for the upcoming winter. At least there were probably plenty of caves and such, to shelter in. For some reason the stranger offered them directions on how to best go around, or else how to descend into the cavern. Even when neither he nor Athena had asked for them.

”We just came for the views, we’re not really sure what we’ll be doing yet,” Jay offered up once more, this time turning questioningly to Athena as he said this. He’d been so caught up in his own annoyance that he had failed to take into consideration what his company might like to do. This was, in his mind, supposed to be just as much about her desires as it was his own. He wanted her to enjoy herself just as much as he did.

If she wanted to go down there and ask questions, then Jay would happily oblige. After all, maybe the stranger was lonely. Jay had yet to see this mate that had been mentioned. ”Maybe,” he echoed, a bit thoughtfully. ”Maybe his mate doesn’t actually exist, and he’s just been drinking too much of the sea water, or something of the like?” He added, being sure to say it quietly, managing a devilish little smile to go along with it. Somehow he found the idea amusing and yet not altogether unreasonable.

But that was beside the point. ”What would you like to do?”


Aug 05, 2017 12:11 AM — Post #7

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The white stranger shouted that this was a good spot, and Efeon smiled a little too giddily. This was his and Fawn’s paradise, especially after what the two had been through.

They didn’t know what they were doing yet, but Efeon just nodded. He didn’t want to force himself onto their conversation, so he decided to leave them to it. “Just ask if you need anything!” he shouted back up, coughing a few times. Okay, too much shouting.

Then he hopped off his rock perch and splashed into the shallow waters of the Shoal, wandering back to shore to rest.

Exit? But still there if called.


Aug 05, 2017 06:53 AM — Post #8

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Despite his terse response to the stranger, Jay’s demeanor seemed to have shifted somewhat when the male told them that he lived here with his mate. Athena didn’t really give it much thought. It wasn’t a place she might have picked for herself, because the smell of the sea was rather too strong for her taste, and she choice of prey wasn’t much to her liking. Never mind the difficulties that came in living so close to the coastline when the weather turned back. She was an inland wolf, through and through. But to each her own, she supposed.

Her companion called down that the two of them were just here for the views, and the stranger below acknowledged that and once again offered his assistance if they should need anything. Athena nodded, exaggerating it enough that it would read from a distance, though she felt it was a tad bit awkward to just sit up here and talk while someone was sitting down below. She’d even be able to see him from where she was. She turned to look back at Jay as he spoke. While her speculations had been serious, Jay’s strayed into territory that Athena hadn’t even considered, and a small smile crept onto her muzzle.

Well, now she was curious, because she honestly hadn’t even thought about that. There was one way to check whether anyone else had been around recently. Once they started down into the shoal- if they decided to do that- she was sure they’d pick up on the scents of the two occupants. Jay was leaving their next move up to her, and Athena sighed. She really didn’t know what to do, but the stranger seemed to have gone back to doing his own thing. She shrugged. If she’d had any misgivings about being alone in Jay’s company then she wouldn’t be here, and he seemed to have softened a bit toward the other wolf.

She sighed, then gave a small shrug.

We could just walk a bit,” she suggested. “I don’t want to loom over the guy… unless you want to talk to someone new. Maybe he knows if there’s something cool around here.

She grinned lopsidedly, and then glanced down to where the wolf below was now splashing in the water.

sorry for the wait!


Aug 11, 2017 09:08 PM — Post #9

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Just ask if they needed anything. Jay had thought they’d made it exceedingly clear that they did not need any help, but the stranger just had to say it again. At least he seemed content to leave it at that however, leaving behind his rock perch to wander off to.. somewhere else. The stranger did not seem like a bad wolf. Jay couldn’t fault him, or bring himself to feel too annoyed anymore at the offers of help, but finally. Mostly alone again.

Now he could actually get a good look at the place. It sort of reminded him of the gorge, except it wasn’t quite like that. More just a little inlet, an indentation of the sea into the land. He was admittedly tempted to explore, and might’ve suggested it had someone else not already taken residence here. Although, he was not sure how much he wanted to test his admittedly lackluster climbing skills.

Thankfully, Miss Athena did not seem entirely certain in how she wanted to proceed either, and simply suggested walking. Yeah. He could do that.

”Sure. Walking sounds fine. I dunno about talkin’ to him though. Don’t want to be too intrusive. We’ll see, though.” He cast an inquisitive glance towards his companion. He wasn’t out here to make any new friends, but it definitely couldn’t hurt to add one more to the list of allies Jay hoped to have in his corner.

”Besides, I’d rather find something cool, myself. It makes the experience more.. Authentic, that way.” He squinted a little bit, as he turned his gaze back out to the water. There was still ample daylight left to do a bit of exploring, before he had to worry about finding somewhere to witness the fiery sunset spectacle he’d come here to see.


Aug 12, 2017 11:11 AM — Post #10

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Jay agreed to go, mentioning that he didn’t want to disturb their helpful acquaintance even further, though Athena wondered if what he really meant was that he’d rather the two of them be alone. She only gave a small smile and then glanced back down into the shoal as Jay continued. He wanted to do his own exploring, he explained, and Athena couldn’t argue with that. It stood to reason that a resident of the area would know more about it than they did, but if Jay wanted to dig up any interesting spots on his own, she couldn’t fault him for that. If they’d been here to gain information, that was another thing. But this was just a way to pass the time.

Athena turned and began to walk along the edge of the cliffs, moving at a slow enough pace that Jay could match easily if he followed.

So where would one begin to look for something like that?” she asked wryly, looking at Jay with an air of expectation, brows raised slightly.

Athena didn’t know the area well enough to guide them anywhere that this amazing thing might be found, but she was content enough with the change of scenery that she didn’t mind if they didn’t happen across this new and amazing thing Jay seemed to want to find. Perhaps he had an adventurer’s spirit, something Athena had never really possessed. She was happy enough to stay in one place, as long as she was reasonably comfortable there and it provided her with what she needed. The rise was as good as place as any, in her opinion, and her natal pack had been in a similar location. Still, it was nice to see something new once in a while.

She just wasn’t sure she approached it with the same sense of wonder that someone who lived for exploration would have done, but she could put herself in the spirit.


Aug 12, 2017 07:22 PM — Post #11

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There was also going to be the little issue of finding their way home, after dark. Being who he was, Jay would’ve far preferred to just look for some little alcove to hole up in for the night, and then begin the journey back to the rise come morning. However, he also needed to account for the possibility that his companion would not feel the same, and would prefer to return after dark rather than spend a night in his company. That was what he suspected, anyway. But he still intended to ask. Whatever the case, he’d not leave his company alone.

A question from said companion brought his good eye back to her, and he noted the expectant manner with which she gazed at him, as though he were supposed to have a clever answer to that. Well, lucky for her, he did. Although this sort of softer toned, contemplative response probably was not at all what she had been anticipating. ”I suppose that depends, Miss Athena, on what you hope to find. If it’s peace of mind you seek, you don’t have to look any further than yourself.” Yeah. All of that philosophical sounding stuff wasn’t usually something he liked to delve into readily, but Jay could make exceptions from time to time. 

Like now. Because this was a chance to show Athena a different side of Jay. The thoughtful, more openly emotional side. Something that was not put on display all too often. But, he was interested to find out just how well it would be received. ”But beautiful things like this, help with that.” He took a skipping step forward, still content to ride the remnants of that energy surge from earlier.

He allowed his good eye to drift back to the cliffs, beginning to scan them for anything of interest for a moment - and also to make sure that he wasn’t going to accidentally bunny hop over it - but the good eye quickly returned to his companion. ”Perhaps you’d like to tell me something about yourself? You know my biggest secret, and yet I know comparatively little about you.”


Aug 12, 2017 10:00 PM — Post #12

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Athena narrowed her eyes very slightly at Jay in scrutiny as he spoke, giving her a response that was decidedly more nebulous than she had expected. One brow raised high as she looked at him, wondering if she ought to be taking him seriously or if he was going to burst out laughing an instant later. She waited, but she didn’t see any telltales signs of mirth, or that he was just pulling her leg with his response. She wasn’t really looking for peace of mind out here, didn’t think wandering out on the coast was going to do it for her, but she didn’t know what would.

Oh goodness,” she said with a weary shake of her head and a slanted smile, “he’s waxing poetic. What have I done to deserve this?” Her tone was slightly wry, but there was nothing mean spirited in what she said, and she continued more seriously an instant later:  “It’s nice out here, but I’m not sure a pretty scene is going to do much for my peace of mind at the moment. Not that it’s in any particular state of upset or peril, mind you.

It wasn’t easy for her to shut things out. She shrugged between steps. The next thing Jay said was more straightforward, but no less difficult for her to respond to.

There really isn’t much to tell,” she began, wondering what she had to tell this wolf about herself that he might find interesting. There really was nothing about her that jumped out at as something she just had to tell him. Her ears splayed out to the sides slightly as she thought, and the dearth of anything resembling a good story. Telling him how she and her siblings had gotten to the valley was probably more tragic than she would have liked for the setting, but it was the only thing she could think of. What else had she done with her life that was noteworthy, other than try to be a supportive, constant presence for her brothers and her pack when they needed her?

Not much, she supposed. She didn’t know whether or not it bothered her. Moments like this were problematic, she supposed. She didn’t have many wolves asking to get to know her, really, and so her own lack of achievements and riveting anecdotes didn’t matter. Until it did, of course. She didn’t look at Jay, imagining that he was looking at her expectantly. It took her a beat longer to respond than she would have liked.

I’m not… from this valley, for a start. Atlas, Apollo and I came from a pack many weeks east of here, and we left due to some, eh… very serious misunderstandings.

She was going with that old story, then, but she paused and waited to see what Jay would say to that.


Aug 13, 2017 07:33 PM — Post #13

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Nope, that sort of response most definitely had not been expected. And he liked to think that maybe it could be considered a small accomplishment, surprising someone who seemed to usually be rather steadfast. To even earn a little comment referring to him as poetic, yea. That definitely was a noteworthy feat, coming from someone like Miss Athena.

Now if only he could get that to happen more often. ”It is my specialty,” Jay replied with a note of witty sarcasm this time. Even if the statement wasn’t entirely untrue. It was nice to think about things other than himself sometimes. Hell, he had spent more than enough time focusing on just him. Much more than he wanted to admit. But on the bright side it had given him a much deeper understanding of many things, and Jay undoubtedly valued this perspective. Or maybe some would call it wisdom.

Athena did not seem to agree with his opinion that pretty things couldn’t do much to help her state of mind if she was feeling down. He nodded once. ”I understand. But I disagree.” Jay hadn’t come out here to debate with her. But he wasn’t going to shy away from stating his own thoughts. ”Pretty things can remind us of our blessings when we’re feeling down. And tell us that there’s so much more to life than what we might be seeing. Or at least.. that’s what I think.”

He did understand though. Not long ago Ghost would’ve agreed with Miss Athena, and then probably gone even further than that. Calling anyone who sought out pretty things to comfort them a fool and a wimp. That was putting it nicely.

Damn. What was he going to do if anyone who had known him as Ghost ever showed up again? Like Vaska, Cricket, or those wolves from the mountains? Jay was going to have a hell of a lot of explaining to do.

As opposed to Athena then, he did have quite a lot to tell about himself that could probably be considered interesting. Except he really did not want to talk about any of it, for fear that all of his new friends might question his sanity. Jay wouldn’t blame them if they did, though. But hopefully he could get by without ever having to reveal too much about himself.

Deciding to distract himself from that unpleasant line of thought, he went back to examining the land. They were leaving behind the little inlet, but they were still towering above the shoreline by a good amount. Ever so cautiously poking his head over the cliff edge, Jay looked for any possible way to get down there, to the narrow strip of beach between the water and the cliff walls. He didn’t see any good ways. That meant no attempting to fish for him, darn it. But maybe that was for the better.

He thought about it for a moment. Yeah, it probably was.

So, Athena was not from the valley. Even though he hadn’t known what to expect, somehow he did not find that entirely surprising. They had apparently come from a pack many weeks to the east of here. Which meant, Jay guessed, that the three siblings had been the original members of this Alliance, the creators of it. That was interesting to know, so he nodded. What was even more interesting, why they had left. Very serious misunderstandings? What did that mean?

He wanted to ask, but wouldn’t. In all fairness, if she’d had any qualms with telling the story, she probably wouldn’t have begun to speak it. But Miss Athena hadn’t pressed him for detail that night on the range, so he would show the same courtesy.

So rather than ask any of the questions he wanted, Jay opted to go with a very generalized, not prying at all, ”I see.” She could tell him as much or as little as she wanted, since what she had said technically counted as something about herself. Maybe he should’ve added that little stipulation verbally, but it didn’t seem necessary, for he felt that it was already understood between them. Hopefully it was, at any rate.

 


Aug 14, 2017 07:43 AM — Post #14

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Athena Stormborn Wynter
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Given that he seemed to have a hidden romantic streak, Athena wasn’t at all surprised that Jay disagreed with her more practical view, though Athena didn’t hold it against him. That sort of thing could work for some, and she was sincerely glad that he could take some comfort from the sight of something beautiful. Athena wasn’t so jaded that she couldn’t appreciate the simple things in life, but they were distractions. Not therapy.

She looked a bit pensive as Jay spoke, but she kept her thoughts to herself. Maybe she hadn’t found the right setting to bring her that elusive peace of mind. Maybe she simply hadn’t tried hard enough to wipe her worries from her mind, or maybe she just wasn’t the sort of wolf who could easily push them aside, wherever she was. Even now, out here with good company and ostensibly on a bit of a vacation from the pack, she was thinking of Apollo, of those who’d gone missing without a trace, and of what might be happening back home in her absence, as though everything might simply fall apart if she wasn’t there to keep it from happening with the simple act of being present and alert for danger. Athena knew that wasn’t so, but it didn’t keep her from thinking about it. It didn’t all rush to the surface at once, and that kept it manageable. But it was there.

She fought back a sigh, wondering how a wolf whose family had been murdered could have that mentality. Athena didn’t know if she would be able to do the same, in his position.

When she told him a sliver of the tale of how she’d come to the valley, Jay only acknowledged what she said, and didn’t prod or inquire, but there was something in his tone and expression that implied he was interested in hearing, iif she chose to continue. Athena tried not to shrug away his interest, knowing that the story was far less her own than her brother’s, but it was what she had. He’d told her of his own harrowing experiences, and though she didn’t really have anything that could compare, she could at least make an effort to be more willing to speak about herself than she typically was.

Atlas got into a bit of a disagreement with our leader’s son,” she continued, deliberately leaving off the fact that the disagreement had been over whether or not Atlas ought to rip out a chunk of Pallas’ throat for him. Atlas had won that particular debate. All the same, she wasn’t going to tell him that bit- she hadn’t told anyone, in fact. It wasn’t hers to share.

Long story short, we- my family- were strongly encouraged to leave. It involved a lot of growling and threatening and chasing and general unpleasantness. Atlas went his own way, and Apollo and I decided to join him here after a time. When we finally tracked him down, he’d already formed the Alliance. That was when the three of us started calling ourselves Stormborn, actually, after the pack name.

She huffed, smiling slightly, and when she spoke next her tone was somewhat dry:.

So dramatic.

It all sounded so simple, phrased that way, with the high tension and emotion cut out. She hardly remembered the faces of the wolves who’d threatened her, those who she’d once counted as friends. She hadn’t thought about what it had meant to her back then, not in quite a while, and she frowned pensively.


Aug 15, 2017 05:36 PM — Post #15

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