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Geir Ek Fao Staff
 

His face was so cold from the crying.

Geir had rushed after Ylva, following her. But he wasn’t fast enough and he tired so easily. He had followed her, and then he had followed her trail, and then he had… stopped.

Ylva didn’t want him to follow her. She was going to look for Mommo and she didn’t care if Geir was there or not. Ylva thought Guardian Rufus had lied, but… Geir didn’t think so. Geir was really scared Mommo was gone for real.

First, the father he’d never known.

Then, the brother he couldn’t find.

Next, the mother who had left him.

Now, the sister who had gotten too far away from him to ever catch up.

He sat there, in hills he had never seen before, having gone as far as he felt he could. Lonely and feeling more lost in spirit than anything, he could do nothing but cry. Mostly silent, though punctuated by sniffles, he had no real knowledge of the larger world. And now he was in it. And mommo wasn’t going to teach him.  For some reason she had decided… he was better without her.

She was wrong.

He missed Leif.

He missed Ylva.

Curling over into his own paws, he slumped much as he had when Rufus had told them the news. Bent over, he was a hulking mass of exhausted and sorrowful Geir.


Jul 31, 2017 03:19 PM

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After meeting the young pup, Senna and still on his quest to find Grigore’s lost children, Nanook felt the need to be more active in patrolling the Hills, Verdant & Riverside. There seemed to be too many young ones, out and about by their lonesome. The pale wolf felt the need to seek those wolfs out and any other that may need help. That was what a Sanctuary wolf would do right?

Even though his pack was gone, even though he was alone, a rogue, he still felt this need to do or be for something or someone else then himself. He had helped Senna and it felt good.

It was a strong feeling and Nanook had tried to put it in his head that he could either work on sating this feeling or sulk around till the end of his days. Some days were better than others, but overall, Nanook was a survivor and he did not intend to just waste away feeling too sorry for himself. No, he could do that while seeking to fulfill a purpose, even small ones that he made up in his own head.

So, when the pale wolf heard the soft noises of despair, he was quick to change his course and head towards the noises. Some was in need and he needed to be there. To investigate and find out what he could do.

It did not take him long to find the source of the despair. A white pup, large for his age. He was curled into himself, surely the culprit that Nanook sought to find. Slowly he approached, not wanting to frighten the already saddened pup. “Hello?” He said softly, his head even with his body as he sniffed around the pup, taking in his scent and registering it within his mind. He was a stranger. Another young stranger.

“Are you ok? Have you been hurt?”


Jul 31, 2017 04:24 PM — Post #1

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Elliot had told Senna he was going to go hunt her a rabbit. The girl looked famished, and he wasn’t going to let her starve on their trip back to the butte. Bringing a dead girl to Nima’s paws would look horrible for Elliot. It would give Nima more reason to hate him (which Elliot didn’t quite understand… what was wrong with killing those that weren’t worth life?). Then again, Senna wasn’t one that deserved death. He needed her for her determination.

He had somehow lost track of Freyr’s whereabouts during the trek south, but Elliot doubted he was far off. One howl and he was sure to pop up.

Elliot hadn’t really been traveling quickly to the butte. He was taking his time, trying not to tire Senna out. It would be best, after all, for the girl to be in tip-top shape by the time they got back. That way it didn’t look like he had forced her into coming.

Anyway, back to Elliot going out for a hunt. As he was sorting through the scents, that of a wolf’s came up. Ears perked, Elliot followed after it. At first, he heard nothing, but as he got closer, small sniffles reached his ears.

O-ho-ho… what did he have here? The sad were always the easiest to manipulate. Faking a believable concerned expression, the king strode toward the curled pup.

“Everythin’ alright?” Elliot asked, but it came out more as a bark than a gentle coo. His inner emotions were too excited to keep his voice calm. The moment his words left his mouth, he realized another wolf was speaking. Ah, a competitor, possibly. Or maybe a lost male. Or scum.

Elliot nodded at the white adult, a silent greeting.


Jul 31, 2017 04:26 PM — Post #2

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Geir sniffled. He heard a pair of wolves approaching from different sides but he couldn’t seem to will himself to move, much.  Shoulders aching, legs tired, he had sufficient bulk and fur to keep him warm and yet…

He peeked up and saw the white wolf first. Reminded him a little of Leif. His heart hurt.

A twist of his head and he saw the other. Not like other wolves he knew. No reminder. His blue gaze settled there, head still low as if he might lay out on the ground in a moment.

“Not hurt,” he managed to express, throat tight and eyes watering.  “Just… Just…” How to express it. “They’re all gone. I lost Ylva and now they’re all…”

Memories. That’s what they’d become and he was scared to death they’d stay that way.


Jul 31, 2017 05:38 PM — Post #3

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The other male approached quickly and Nanook instantly became on guard, his head drew up and was held high. He did not know the situation with this young male just yet and he felt uncomfortable with another being so close without knowing their intentions. If it were just himself, there would be no cause for alarm, for Nanook could handle his own and was generally friendly, but when a pup came into the mix, his insides felt different. He was starting to realize that the role of protector was creeping in on him.

Nanook was given no words from the other male, a common greeting he supposed, since he himself had done so many times before. He simply returned the nod, as a mutual show of respect. He did not know this male, but he was grown and was bigger than him, although his build was not as filled out as Nanook. Either way, his guard was up and he watched the male carefully.

Then, the pup moved and Nanook’s eyes were upon him instead of the other male, for a moment they locked eyes and he could see the pain in the younglings blue iris’. It hurt him to see one so young with so much pain inside. “It is ok, young one.” He cooed, lowering his head slightly to be closer to the pup. “Faces will come and go, but you must be strong.” His eyes were soft as he spoke and a feeling of kinship was felt for this wolf. He wasn’t entirely sure of what the youngling was going through, but from the few words he gave him and the look in his eyes, Nanook had a few guesses. He had lost ones that were important to him. The pale wolf could relate, he himself was still dealing with the hurt of losing his pack, his purpose and the wolves that he had grown accustomed to. Before this valley, he really hadn’t had much to live for besides living just to live.

“What is your name, young one?”


Jul 31, 2017 06:28 PM — Post #4

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Who was Ylva? Elliot had to stop himself from twisting his lips into a smile. Goodness, he loved the broken ones. They were so easy to use and manipulate. His expression remained concerned, steps at a halt.

He almost wished the other male wasn’t there. It would be so much easier to steal the boy had this other man not been there. His words were soothing, and Daniels feared that the boy’s heart would drift toward the older stranger.

The king nodded along, trying to act as pleasant as possible. No words left his mouth, he didn’t want to overwhelm the boy with questions from right and left.


Jul 31, 2017 06:37 PM — Post #5

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He had to be strong.

Geir didn’t feel the least bit that, though.

“I’m Geir Ek…” he said, voice hushed.  He almost hadn’t said ‘Ek’ as part of his name, but he feared not saying it would be conceding to the defeat he felt. The idea that he no longer had a family.

He should have finished building them that den.  Like he’d been trying, with Rabbit. Then maybe Mommo wouldn’t have gone…


Jul 31, 2017 06:44 PM — Post #6

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“Geir Ek, it is a pleasure to meet you, I am Nanook Himura.” He paused for a moment, glancing at the other wolf from the corner of his eye, then back to the boy on the ground. “Things happen, young one, sometimes, things that we have no control over. You mustn’t blame yourself for everything that happens.” His words remained soft and comforting, but iff only he could live by his own words, he would be a much happier soul.

The other male remained quiet, giving simple nods as time and words passed. What was he here for? What were his intentions? Was he simply curious to the noises of despair, as Nanook was? His face showed concern, but something about the male made Nanook uneasy. He tried his best to remain focused on both strangers and tried to mentally shake whatever vibe this other male was throwing off. Maybe it was just some primal instinct kicking in.

“Might I ask what happened to the ones who you’ve lost?”


Jul 31, 2017 07:22 PM — Post #7

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This Nanook Himura dude wasn’t giving any speech room for Elliot. Awkwardly adding in words or nodding his head along was weird. The king grumbled internally, frustrated by the situation.

“Perhaps you can brin’ them back,” Elliot suggested, trying to have his voice heard, to wiggle into the conversation as best he could. Maybe they were dead. In that case, summoning rituals or some shit could be suggested. Not that Elliot believed in that crap, but he needed this kid’s attention.


Aug 01, 2017 02:41 AM — Post #8

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The girl was resting and saving her strength. For what exactly, she wasn’t sure… but she got the feeling it was something important. Important enough that—for instance—a king would hunt for her while she slept. King Elliot was already tracking down her next meal, even though she had only just finished the last rabbit. It was the height of luxury after two months of starvation. Senna was still reeling from how quickly her fortune had shifted.

The girl yawned, stretched, and peered at the sky. Cloudy, no sun in sight. Impossible to tell how long she had been sleeping. She set off after Elliot’s scent at an easy, lumbering pace… she would earn the king’s disapproval if she wasted too much energy propelling herself in any direction that was not toward The Kingdom. As long as it was him bringing the food, she would let him dictate how the energy was spent. For now.

He wouldn’t be far. Even now, Senna thought she could make out his silhouette in the distance. Elliot’s towering frame was unmistakable. She did not yet see the others, whose pale complexions blended with the icy scenery. The girl moved quietly toward the king, careful to make her footfalls soft in case he was stalking prey. She was eager to see a valley hunter in action.


Aug 01, 2017 07:27 AM — Post #9

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Geir didn’t blame himself.

That was the thing. As upsetting as this all was, he knew he wasn’t to blame. Ragnar had started it by never existing.  Leif’s sadness has been something Geir had tried to fix, but could not.  So he’d gone.  Mommo had made a choice. Why that choice was…

He didn’t know.

And Ylva had gone after mother.

For whatever reason, there was one thing that Geir understood: choices. He knew he could not make choices for others.

Still, Nanook’s words were nice, and he sniffled a few more times, shrugging to them. The other wolf suggested bringing them back, but…

“Ylva’s going to try and bring mommo back,” he said in hushed tones.  “But I can’t keep up. And now they’re… all gone.”  His gaze went towards the east, where he was pretty sure that Ylva had gone in the end, but he honestly… just wasn’t sure.

“Leif left first. Then Mommo told Guardian Rufus she was going away without telling me and my sister. And Ylva, she…” His voice broke again. “I don’t think she wanted me to come to find her with her.”

And he was crying again, head bowing to nearly his paws.


Aug 01, 2017 12:02 PM — Post #10

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Before the young one spoke, the other male had finally joined the conversation, but his words struck Nanook as strange and almost disturbing.

Bring them back?

Was that meant to be a real suggestion? Was that his way of trying to make the pup feel better? Who was this stranger?

Just as Nanook was about to comment on bringing the dead back to life, the youngling spoke and boy was the pale wolf glad he did. Disputing beliefs was not something that he cared to get into, especially one that was so far out there, should not, in his opinion, be suggested to a pup. He merely shot the other male a bewildered look in response, before turning his focus back on the pup

From how Geir talked, the wolves that were lost, were his family or friends, wolves of importance. This tugged at Nanook’s heart, for someone so young, to have family abandon him, it was something that he could relate to, even if he could not remember his own family, he remembered the hurt, the questioning, the anger. He remembered those things over others far too easily.

Amber eyes rose to look out to the east, where The Wasteland was waiting, that barren hellhole that he himself crossed to get into The Valley so many moons ago. It was no place for pups, especially ones that seemed inexperienced in the harshness of life. He feared for Geir, if his decision was to continue onward.

Then, a shock, a situation that Nanook himself was inexperienced in, someone crying. His insides crawled, he had no knowledge on how to handle what was happening in front of him. For a moment, he stood there awkwardly, feeling a little dumbfounded, but soon he lowered his own head, despite his want to keep an eye on the strange male and gave the boy a nudge, a short nuzzle of comfort. He remembered his last encounter with Grigore and remembered how his greeting touch felt. Maybe this contact he was offering now would comfort the boy? Make him feel good inside, if only for a moment.

“It must be your choice, Geir. To stay or to go. Only you can decide.” He paused for a moment, pondering, as if deciding on what to say. His voice was quiet. “If you go, please be careful, be smart. The Wasteland is not a force to be taken lightly. It will be hard. It will be painful and it will hurt you.” Nanook’s voice was grave and tinged with regret, regret on having to tell such things to one so young and sensitive, but better he be prepared if his decision was to go on alone, be it through The Wasteland or otherwise.

“If you decide to stay, in The Valley, know that you have a friend in The Hills. If you are hungry, lonely or need shelter, I do not live far off from here and I do not plan on moving.” A genuine offer, Nanook had already lived in the Hills and around the Hollow long enough, his heart seemed set on the two areas and upon finding a couple of pups roaming, alone, he felt that maybe these two areas were a good place for him to be useful. So, he would stay.He would help Senna and Geir as much as he could, while they stayed within The Hills. If they called, he would answer.


Aug 03, 2017 09:40 PM — Post #11

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Guardian Rufus. Who on Earth was that. And what exactly was this “Guardian” title. A synonym for king around here? Or maybe it was his first name. He decided on the latter. Elliot had enough competition with Wayfarer already.

Then there was this rude guy over here that was stealing Elliot’s spotlight. This kid would have been a marvelously easy recruit had snowball over here not appeared.

“Maybe Ylva will be successful in bringin’ the rest of yer family back.” Be positive, was what Elliot was trying to get at. Hope was something children needed.

He lifted a brow at Nanook. The fool was actually saying he should go in the dead of winter through the wasteland. Did he want the kid to die? Frankly, Elliot was all for killing wolves, but he could use a big dude like this boy.

“I would advise against it,” Daniels interjected, shooting Nanook the same bewildered glance Elliot had been given just moments ago. “The winter weather is harsh an’ the wasteland is unforgivin’. I would wait until spring.” Pause. This was his moment to shine. “If you would like, you can stay in the shelter of my kingdom until Spring. We can send a search party with you to find yer family once the cold’s cruelty has passed.”

He had something to offer that Nanook didn’t. A search party. Not just one wolf in the hills.


Aug 04, 2017 04:25 AM — Post #12

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Senna was close enough now to see that King Elliot was not hunting; he was talking with another wolf. The wolf’s pale coat had blended with the background earlier. They both seemed strangely focused on a hulking, snowy boulder. Senna squinted, confused. The boulder moved!

Oh, so the boulder was a person too.  The king was in fact speaking to two light-pelted wolves, and one of them was sort of puddled weirdly on the ground. Senna stopped in her tracks, unsure of whether the king would want her to interrupt. It seemed like a strange situation, from what she could tell from this far away. She barked to alert the king of her presence, in case he wished for her assistance. In the meantime, she would stay waaaay over here unless he called for her.


Aug 04, 2017 10:25 AM — Post #13

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The Wasteland? What was a Wasteland? It didn’t sound nice. Geir felt his heart thudding anxiously now amidst the sadness.  He had to.. make a choice. Oh goodness, but he couldn’t go on. Couldn’t they see that already? He was too slow, too dumb, too Geir. 

The only thing that mattered to him in all the world was his family, and his family was gone.

Maybe Ylva would fin dthem. Maybe she was just leaving Geir behind so she could got Mommo before she got too far. Surely… surely that was the case. It heartened him a little, and his cries became sniffles again.

He nodded mutely to what Nanook said. He had a friend here. He was inclined to believe that. He had never been hurt by anyone before. Everyone was a friend in his eyes. All the cruelty he’d ever known was at the hands of his siblings, whom he loved.

Pawing at his eyes to clear the tears, he looked up only when the second, unnamed wolf spoke a second time.

“What’s… what’s a… Kin-dom?” he asked, voice went and a little shuddering, but… curious? He knew Kin.  But… was that the same as a Kindom?

And a search party. For his family. He had no idea how long it would be until spring, but at least he was being offered something. A choice that wasn’t just… give up or go cross this apparently terrible Wasteland.

Blue eyes dared look hopeful, though he flinched a little at the sound of another bark beyond the unnamed wolf.  Someone watching them… He couldn’t help but wonder why.


Aug 04, 2017 01:40 PM — Post #14

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“That I agree on.” He gave an unwilling nod in agreement. It was not as if Nanook wanted the youngling to go on by himself, merely that it must first be his decision to go or to stay. His lost ones seemed very important and in Nanook’s eyes, to tell the boy it was not his right to go after them, even if it was in his best interest, seemed cruel. “Ultimately, one so young should not be traveling alone.”

Kingdom?

Who used such a word as this? Weren’t Kingdoms the talk of fairy tales? Children’s stories? Who was this wolf? Nanook was at a loss of words. He had no Kingdom, no pack, just himself. That was all he had.

Then, a sound. A bark.

Senna?

He thought, quirking his head in the direction of the pup’s voice. It sounded so familiar, a comforting feeling in this oddball situation, but he could not be sure if it was indeed her. A creamy shadow was all he could see from his point of view. He wished to call out to see if it was her, but his strange feeling about the brute in front of him made him not want to bring anyone else close to him, especially another so young and inexperienced.


Aug 05, 2017 08:25 PM — Post #15

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