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The path continued, in places wider, in places narrower, until at long last it finally widened, revealing a space that was so perfectly hidden from view just moments before.

She was panting, lightly, by the time they reached it, but it was only in part with exertion. She felt electrified, skin tingling with excitement at the prospect of showing him what she had found. What she had, already, begun to think of as home—begun to think of as hers.

There was an open, flat space here, surprisingly wide. Mountains rose up on the far side, cradling the area, their stony crags hiding alcoves and climbing places. But to the other side were trees, ample cover and places for prey to hide. Herbs, too, maybe. She didn’t know, but perhaps that was possible.

And in the center, calm and glassy, the lake—frozen over, but with ice thin enough to crack open with paws and force.

Her tail gave a wave as she looked back at Wayfarer, expectant. Hopeful that he would see the beauty and opportunity here that she did. That he would approve of her choice.

How strange, now, to be a wolf who hoped for another wolf’s approval.

Overhead, the snow fell harder, flakes growing in size and number, threatening to blot out the view in whiteness. But for now, perhaps, he could still see enough to appreciate the beauty.


Aug 17, 2017 06:12 PM

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Of course it had come. It always came. The snow fell in heavy sheets now, coating his once dark pelt in a layer of white. He looked out of place on that snowy day, steadily climbing down the mountain to get to the pot of gold at the end.

His body was slowly decreasing in temperature as he followed her, his nose practically nudging her haunches as he sought out the heat she supplied. Wayfarer’s jaw clenched. He was already done with winter, even if it had brought him a bounty he’d keep with him for the future to come. She looked back at him, this bounty, and he gave a warm smile, encouraging her as his eyes scanned the place she’d seemed so proud of finding.

It was a frozen lake in the middle of nowhere, the view picturesque as he gazed upon it with his obscured vision. It’d probably be better when the skies were clear but that wouldn’t be for a while. “Come on Nima, we better get you some shelter” he trotted up beside her, his muscles aching from the cold. They needed to find something but he wasn’t sure what.


Aug 17, 2017 06:27 PM — Post #1

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Aw, was that all he had to say?

Well, it was the practical response, anyway. They were nearing white-out strength snow, it seemed. At least the biting winds were absent. She could handle turning temporarily into an arctic wolf so long as the wind wasn’t rattling her bones.

“There should be some crags among the slope,” she ventured. “That’s how I hid, last time.”

Nice, warm crags. Cozy. The sort of place you could dig a den, have some puppies.

Wait what.

She was getting ahead of herself.

Slightly embarrassed by the sudden rush of maternal instinct that threatened to fall over her like a sheet, she started toward the mountain, curling around the edge of the frozen lake. She wondered about the other wolves she’d met up here, where they were now, how they might be faring. Perhaps they, too, sought refuge among the crags.


Aug 17, 2017 06:36 PM — Post #2

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He brushed his shoulder to hers, a shy smile tugging at his lips. Staying close during that weather seemed like the best bet if they didn’t want to lose each other. He felt like if he strayed too far behind, he’d never see her again and after what he went through to find her? Hell no, that was not going to happen.

His tail lay low, his eyes scanning the wilderness. The snow was getting heavier, making visibility something he no longer had much of, his paws moving him to follow after the woman. He was watching though, looking around searching the shadows of trees for anything noticeable. Nothing.  A sigh passed his lips. If this had hit them while they were walking the pass, he could’ve walked over a cliff and not known it.

His ears moved to cup the back of his crown, his joints stiffening. He didn’t know what to do, what to find. He was a desert wolves. Mountains just weren’t they same as boulders. His gut clenched - fear? No, he wasn’t scared. Or at least, not for himself. He looked over at Nima. Still so strong. He didn’t know what he’d do if anything happened to her again. He was such a loose cannon last time something happened and yet, she was still standing strong. Wayfarer’s eyes softened. She’d make a good role model in certain aspects.

He was getting soft. No, it was time to find something of use to them.

The male picked up pace, not losing her but just a little ahead. He delved between trees and bushes, his eyes peeled for something that could house the both of them but alas, any leads he had were too small, just a crack in the wall or the opening a little tight on entry. He was useless at finding anything.


Aug 18, 2017 04:12 AM — Post #3

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She sniffed along the edge of the stony mountainside, as though she could smell a hole. That was a ridiculous idea, of course, but it made her feel like she was doing something productive.

“The good news,” she mused, shaking some of the snow that had settled over her ears, “is this place should be practically impenetrable, if anyone were to come looking for us.”

Easily defendable. That was certainly one thing her desert home had not been. Anyone could see or smell you from a mile off in the scrublands. That had been one reason why gathering the sort of rowdy gang she used to run with was so necessary: the only defense against potentially dangerous wolves was to hold other, even more dangerous wolves close.

Impenetrable. That was what she wanted. For her home, and for herself.

She would not be weak again. Not ever.

Her nose broke through a crust of snow, and she stopped, head tilting. A hollow place? That might be promising. Shoving her face forward into the snow, she cleared out some of the loose fresh-fallen powder and stuck her head through into an opening.

“This might be something,” she called, head still in the hole, listening to her voice echo around. The echo suggested this might go a bit deeper than just a little crag, and her tail swept a few times, side to side.

It’d be a tight squeeze, though.

At least it would be too cold for scorpions.

It was not, however, too cold for a bear, and hibernating or not, she felt the urge to be cautious. She withdrew, shaking snow from her head, and turned hopeful eyes in Wayfarer’s direction. She practically batted her eyelashes.

“Would you like to go first? You are, after all, the brave adventurer between the two of us.”

Not that she was exactly throwing him into the path of a potential wolverine-ripping-off-someone’s-face, but just in case there was one, she’d at least give him the option of being the hero here. For the sake of his pride, of course.


Aug 18, 2017 04:36 AM — Post #4

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She’d found something it would seem, her voice gripping his attention enough for him to rejoin her side. A cave? This wasn’t just any old hole in the wall, this was definitely more than that. His brows rose in a curious manner, his body shifting from toe to toe. Were they going to go in or- Ah, she’d already decided the order. Him first, her second. It was time to man up. Kinda. He was already pretty manly *wink*.

The way she looked at him, he had no choice did he? Releasing a sigh, he shouldered forward, his muzzle gently grazing her shoulder. “Flattery gets you no where. I am only doing this because this shit stinking storm is giving me the chills.” his voice was deep, a light jest but in a threatening way. A joke he hoped she would see, he didn’t fancy her jaws on his body again. Well, unless it was in a rather… randy way.

Wayfarer moved to the gap. It was small and he doubted it’d be large enough for him. With his thick frame, everything seemed to be. In some ways, he wished he was still a lanky yearling but that wasn’t the case anymore. He’d grown up. He had no choice. Shuffling into it, his shoulders were definitely a little wide for it’s spacing but now his head was in, he had a little look around. It opened up that’s for sure and it’d definitely be worth looking into when the weather permitted it.

Stepping back, he went at it from another angle, pushing in but hopping on one paw, his left shoulder raised. It was a little tight but he made it, his slim hips fitting through like a dream. Surely there’d be an easier way on entry to such a large cave? He mentally shrugged it off and cautiously looked about. You never knew what would lurk in the shadows of these places.

So far, nothing moved in the dark chamber, his head twisting back to look through the gap to his mate. “It seems safe enough”, the male inhaled. It was slightly humid, a source of warmth was heating the area around him. What it was, he didn’t know. His brows furrowed slightly. It was weird but calm. It felt like his body was being pulled into it’s depths. A frown stretched upon his maw. At least their bodies could be warmed by it’s heat.


Aug 20, 2017 03:52 PM — Post #5

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She grinned at him, taking his teasing in stride, and aimed a playful nip at his tail as he squeezed inside.

She began to follow after, head and shoulders entering the hole, but her body seized with a fierce sensory memory. It was so much like the path into Elliot’s hidden little cavern; her muscles tensed at the thought. She could hear the echo of his voice in her memory, summoned up unbidden from a place she had thought was buried.

“We could do it in here. There’s privacy an’ the scenery is nice. It’s fit for a king an’ queen.”

Her heart thudded up in her chest and, halfway into the hole, she felt frozen. Her hips, wider than Wayfarer’s, caught in the narrow gap, and panic threatened the edges of her mind. Irrational, blind panic, claustrophobic and laced with memories.

Her paws scrambled at the earth, urging her to go forward and backward at the same time, ensuring she remained stuck in place. A slight whimper tore from her throat, echoing in the chamber. She struggled to choke it off as soon as she could, not wanting Wayfarer to know about this moment of weakness, however small and petty it was.

She pushed herself backward, shivering against the snow, and ducked her head to call into the hole. “What do you see in there?”

Maybe it wouldn’t be worth going into. Maybe if she gave herself a minute, she wouldn’t feel so bad.

If there was a hidden waterfall and a stone ledge in there, though, a circle that fell off into a pool below, she was going to scream. She had not traveled this far simply to stick her head into a hole and find herself right back where she’d started.


Aug 20, 2017 10:10 PM — Post #6

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He saw it all.

His eyes narrowed slightly with concern, his lips puckering with unspoken words. She wasn’t okay, that was obvious by her squirming form in the small gap. PTSD they called it, or at least, it could be claustrophobia. He honestly didn’t know, he wasn’t a certified diagnoser. He could only guess, worry tearing at his facade as he stumbled forward toward the female but only for a step or two.

She sorted herself out it would seem, pressuring herself to move back into the snow. A frown tugged at his jowls, his ears flattening slightly. She didn’t seem bothered, almost like she wish to cover it up. She wanted to know what was in here like it was some scary monster lurking in the shadows, something she had to be afraid of but refused to show. She wanted the knowledge.

He thought it weird - the reaction, the question. Why didn’t she just come on in and take a peak.

Looking over his shoulder, His eyes adjusted to the darkness of the cave, it expanded to the left, like a chamber to to take cover in from the storm. There were stalactites hanging from the ceiling and the other.. uh… stalagmites rising from the stony ground around the edges of the walls. It was nothing fancy but what did peak his interest was the slight, almost blue in hue, glow coming from a small passageway to the right.

The roof was low in that direction, sloping down deeper into the earth. He blinked several times, gazing over the walkway with curiosity only to find that a small spring leaked across the descending rock floor, coming out just after the slant began. It created a river of sorts, shallow and with the humid atmosphere, it wasn’t frozen like the outer world.

The male turned back to the woman with a small smirk, “more for our exploration. Come, come mio caro-” he encouraged her willingly, a slight wag of his tail and a playful tone in his voice ”-You’ll be able to see the lights of the north light up our way” he hoped it sounded enticing, his voice low, caressing; teasing her with a tempting seduction. He would leave her to decide.

Ducking tail, he head towards the cavernous pathway, his paws splaying over cool, wet floors as he began the descent. If she wanted to follow, that was her choice, he didn’t care. Though… at that thought, his heart was betraying him.


Aug 21, 2017 05:32 PM — Post #7

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Her tail was freezing, and she felt exceptionally foolish.

It’s just a hole in the damn rock she chastised herself.

Taking a deep, steadying breath, she crept forward and lowered herself down to her belly, because the hole seemed just a little wider at the base. She crawled forward, eyes closed, reminding herself that Elliot was not behind her, that this was not the same tunnel, that she was fine and safe and—oh. The air around her opened up, a little, and she rolled over onto her side to squeeze her hips out behind her, staring up at the cavern.

It was quite different from Elliot’s secret place, after all.

It seemed like it might be a bit bigger, too, though perhaps that was just because of the way the carved stone and stalagmites seemed to form walls and chambers.

She sought out Wayfarer in the darkness, but her eyes caught a flicker of blue, and she lifted her head to look at it, an expression of confusion settling over her brow.

The hell was that?


Aug 22, 2017 02:31 PM — Post #8

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The sound of her scuffled shuffling into the cave comforted the male, her paws upon the wet ground slapping in his ears. She trusted him enough to follow him into a dark space, what else did she trust him with? His head turned back to look for her form in the shadows, only catching a glimpse of her eyes with the help of the glint of the ceiling.

Something caught his eye as he turned back, his vision zoning in on the cause of the light. It was faint but growing as he closed the distance to the final stretch of the descending corridor, a light leading him to the end. Something was off about this cave, something that caused lines of shimmering colour upon the walls. It wasn’t normal. Or at least, it wasn’t something he’d seen in his lifetime.

Peering around the corner, his eyes widened briefly, his body halting. The space was big, large in diameter. It surprised him really, but enough light was shed into the room to allow easy visibility too. He’d been mistaken before. There was no glow, just that of natural light, a glittering of something in the walls reflecting it back.

He padded cautiously left, closer to the wall. He still didn’t know what called the place home, yet he was so willing to explore. His eyes studied the vein like feature upon the cave wall. It extended like one, maybe a deposit of some sort, old forgotten something. He didn’t know much but he knew that certain minerals that helped the plants grow existed in soil, maybe… Just maybe, the cave had that too? No?

He sounded dumb. Trying to figure his mind out, he pressed his nose to the slightly damp, cool wall. It didn’t feel.. well, it felt rough but so did every rock. A frown etched onto his maw. What the heck was this place


Aug 22, 2017 06:03 PM — Post #9

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She rolled up to her paws, crouching instinctively as though there were some threat she was prepared to face. It had her on edge, this dark, closed space with the odd flickers of light that danced along stone walls.

Everything about it was strange, alien.

Yet…“It’s warm here,” she noted, and lifted her nose, brow furrowing at the strange scent. It seemed to deepen and strengthen as they ventured left. “Much warmer than outside.”

She couldn’t figure it out. What was causing such a wide space to be so warm? For though she could not quite see the ceiling, she had the sense that this was a large cavern, not some narrow crag. Several wolves could fit in here. So it was not their body heat trapped by stone causing all of this warmth. It seemed to be coming from…something else.

Her paw pads touched earth and stone that was not quite hot, but warm to the touch. Like a patch of ground in the late afternoon, warmed by the sun.

She straightened, but could not help the instinctive hunch of her shoulders as she came up closer to her mate, feeling a bit uneasy but admittedly curious. She walked in silence, trailing him, looking with growing curiosity at a space that seemed far larger than its narrow entryway would have suggested.

Ahead, the light shifted and danced over the walls, casting a strange sparkle, and she growled without realizing she was doing it.

But—no. Wait.

“That smell.”

It was thicker, here, a scent she had no name for. A sulfuric, rotten egg smell, but not wholly unpleasant. Just…strange. Mineral-y. Damp.

But she saw a shaft of light filter down through what must have been a fissure in the stone overhead, and her eyes followed its beam downward. “Is that…water?”

Strange-smelling water.

If she had explored further in the mountains, she might have encountered the springs, and been able to put the two together—but as it was, she was wholly caught off-guard by the underground spring at their feet.


Aug 22, 2017 06:24 PM — Post #10

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She moved along and so did he, following her, awaiting the ghosts to spring out at any second. He could see her inhaling, scenting the strange air. She growled even. His brows rose a little and he took a deep breath in. It smelt just like the day an egg had fallen from a nest above where he was walking. It reeked!... But it wasn’t… too bad? It was something you didn’t notice until you actually focused on it. You could easily push it to the back of your mind.

He trailed her closely, his muzzle nudging her rump. “This place… It’s oddly comforting.” he spoke softly, almost afraid to state it. His toes no longer felt cold from the winter’s bite but warm like a summers day. It wasn’t the uncomfortable sticky heat and he was sure he could escape it if he had to, all he needed to do was leave the cave itself. It wasn’t stuffy enough to though.

She spoke. He looked. water? Yes! Water! A smile spread across his maw as he studied the clear body. It had weird hues of blues, dark and then, even in the deeper areas, it was light. It also… felt warm as he closed the gap. He walked to it’s edge, his toes dipping the surface. Hot. A hot bloody spring. His eyes widened a fraction. It wasn’t boiling but it was definitely hot enough to penetrate deep into your body and soul. The off putting thing about it was definitely the smell, but if he could become relaxed in those depths? He’d happily take the smell.

“I don’t care what you say Nima but… I swear down right now, this is my pool. I’m going to guard it like a duck on water - bobbing along.” he said it with a smile, submerging his paws deeper into the depths, the water level coming up just under his ribcage. He staked his claim with a jest, his inner child coming out as he looked upon the water in awe.

And to think - he hated water.


Aug 22, 2017 06:44 PM — Post #11

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She had planted her paws at the edge of the water, feeling significantly more uncertain about all of this than he seemed to be.

She flinched back, surprised to see him wading on in as though it were nothing. Ears folding back, head ducking, she looked as though prepared to attack…what, exactly? Was she going to wage war against a cave?

Her cautious reluctance gave way to a hint of amusement as he waded around like a pup. This playfulness, this childish wonder, was a side of him she had not seen, or expected.

But it was endearing, in a way.

An uncertain smile touched her maw.

“Yes, imagine it,” she said, dryly. “Behold, the fearsome empress, flanked by her mate the mighty duckling.”

Tentatively, she crept forward and dipped the very tips of her toes into the water, as if expecting it to come alive and swallow her whole.

The water, like the stone, was warm. Like a pool heated by the sun…but…warmer, perhaps, even than that. As she dared to plunge her paw in deeper, she was surprised that it did not seem to get colder at lower depths. If anything, it felt warmer down below.

What the hell?


Aug 22, 2017 07:04 PM — Post #12

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The warmth caressed his body, his pelt flowing beneath the waters surface. Relaxation. Peace. Something he hadn’t had in years. His brow softened as he scrapped his paws against the rocks he could reach, pulling himself deeper, which mind you, wasn’t deep.

Nima seemed hesitant but she came around. It was a pleasant surprise.

He released a low, rolling chuckle. “Mighty Duckling. Sound’s reaaally threatening, my love” he poked fun at his new nickname. What he didn’t realise though, was what he dropped at the end. He let it slide over his head, his eyes staring at his reflection as he waded further away hoping to escape her reaction. Heck, he didn’t even know what it was.


Aug 23, 2017 12:09 PM — Post #13

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“I’m positively quivering,” she replied, deadpan, but her brow lifted at the end.

Belarus had called her ‘love,’ too, but that was different. The casualness and cadence with which he spoke it made it clear it was a pet name, an affectation; he likely called everyone that.

This was different.

She was not sure how to respond. He looked so happy, in that moment, illuminated by the faint glow of light filtering in overhead, sinking down into the shallow warm waters. It was a moment so utterly perfect, it felt unreal.

Nima did not have this sort of quiet, sweet life. It must be a trap.

“If you’re going to play at becoming a frog,” she said, finally, not unkindly, “I’m going to explore a bit more. See how much further this goes.”


Aug 23, 2017 03:04 PM — Post #14

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The man nodded with a happy grin. He’d play frog a little while longer, it sounded fun when the heat warmed him in ways he could never reach himself. He felt positively relaxed amongst the stinky water.

He released a content sigh and waded through, heading to the back wall. A ledge rose there, one that seemed reachable by following the small track of rock between the two pools. The other pool was definitely smaller though, shallower. A smirk brushed his jowls, a mischievous glint reflecting in his eye. He pondered on the tricks he could pull in such an area. Some plans were mean, others hilariously funny. Though, both did seem to tickle his fancy as amusing, kind of merging the ideas. What was a little pain for a lot of laughs?

He scanned the pool he resided in. It was deeper to the center but definitely shallow around the edges, one could simply walk through it if they wanted to. It would be safe for smaller wolves - pups even.

At the thought of the small squirming beasties, his eyes flickered to Nima. Was she ripe with his spawns within her belly? He couldn’t tell but inwardly, he hoped. The mans expression softened a fraction, but no one had room for weakness.

He turned away, paddling deeper into the abyss of heat. He found that it got hotter the closer he got to the center, his body soon become struck with an uncomfortable warmth. So maybe heat was nice but in small quantities. He quickly made a b-line for the edge, but continued to sink further into the pool, the roof lowering.

Something was drawing him in. What it was, he didn’t know. It could’ve been his wandering instinct driving him for the unknown. Who knew but for now, all he could see was a lack of light. A low huff escaped his maw. Maybe there was nothing deeper. This would all be for nothing, all this moving around in water. The man’s eyes flickered around the dark area. There was water rippling from somewhere, a place that obviously reacted with his movement in the liquid.

His brow furrowed. It could be a wall for all he knew but his body drew closer, his eyes constantly scanning. There seemed to be a beach of some sort - when I say beach, I just mean a flat piece of rock going into the water’s edge. Shuffling closer, he rose, placing a paw awkwardly onto the dry land.

It was a small alcove, no access from anywhere but the pool. It wasn’t lit and he doubted anybody would find him there if he were to hide - not that he would, he’s manly and all that - his body would blend with the darkness. Only those who were curious or knew him would find his hide away. He climbed out of the pool, shaking out his pelt before going any further. It was almost like nighttime had a constant veil over the area. And with that thought, it was his spot. 

His veil of darkness.

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Aug 28, 2017 09:14 AM — Post #15

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