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Hidden Cove | Full winter | Mid-morning | Overcast, breezy | High tide

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Yuna shivered, then woke up and uncurled from her tight ball. She had taken, in lieu of having Tidus to curl up with, to sleeping down above the reach of the high tide line, digging herself into a little divot into the sand. She slept there each night, with the sound of the ocean waves in her ears, one of her last remaining comforts.

She wasn’t sure if Tidus had even come back to the cove after the disaster that was their conversation the previous day. Later she would check her herb cache to see if he’d taken the peppermint. Even if he had, she certainly doubted he would try to curl up with her the way he once had.

Yuna didn’t know how it had all gone this wrong.

Her heart ached dully. So did her stomach, with less pain but more urgency, and she shakily got up. “Okay babies.” She murmured, weight settling heavily on her shoulders. “I don’t feel like eating, so I know that must be you. Fish it is as usual, since that’s all I can catch you.” She told her unborn children miserably.


Sep 01, 2017 06:23 AM

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Nose sniffed for the air, and he pushed himself out into the open. He wasn’t sure if he was feeling light, or heavy today; and that in itself was a cause for concern. Winter still brewed at its finest, telling him it was far from over.

But Bragi moved out, looking to find what he could. Thinking about the fact Apollo was still around, after all the weirdness and the franticness he had put on the male. It was an odd sensation. Wondering if he deserved it, if he had earned it somewhere along the way.

What he didn’t expect was the hum of a voice, accompanied with the scent of a woman he’d meant to check in on. Shaking himself off, he grunted with the thought that perhaps someone was with her. But he needed to see for himself; Yuna, the sweetest little thing of the sands. Who’d been a cause for concern as Marce went around loving on everyone with his healing ways.

Yipping, he sought to draw her out. He didn’t know the exact location, he hadn’t been much savvy to the happenings going on. But he wanted to see her. And, thus, he added a call, “Seeking the beautiful sun kissed beauty, guardian of the Tribe’s hearts,” It was easy to call out, wanting her to come. Wanting to see that hesitant smile.

He waved his tail. He’d be cute. He’d be good at this, making her feel better. He had done so last time she had been in a panic. If Marce was right, the Bard would soothe. Remind her what it was like to have a choice, to be out from a heavy paw.


Sep 01, 2017 01:07 PM — Post #1

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Yuna had started down the beach towards the water. She had her favourite fishing rocks and knew when each was in relation to high or low tide; it was better than what she did in summer, willingly submerging up to her belly in the name of her fishing expeditions.

She recognized the voice calling for her, if not exactly what he’d said. She though he might be looking for her. She hummed softly, sadly. “It’s all right babies. That’s Bragi, the bard. That’s like a storyteller, once you’re born he’ll tell you all sorts of stories. I bet you’ll love that.” She didn’t mind being caught talking to her unborn children by Bragi. If there was a wolf on the shoreline who wouldn’t think it strange, it was him.

He was easier to spot now with the dusting of snow that lay along the higher sands.

“Good morning, Bard.” She spoke politely, but without any real spark behind the words. Her head dipped low, tail tucked and submissive, conscious of her last Tribe encounter where she’d annoyed Eerik and he’d sworn at her. Not that she could imagine Bragi ever using language like that, but still.

Her confidence was lower than ever these days.


Sep 01, 2017 10:35 PM — Post #2

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Sadness wasn’t what he wanted to hear, wasn’t what he wanted to absorb into his skin and take as a reminder of his interactions with others. As sensitive a soul he was, he had been taking it upon himself to maintain his own pleasures. Winter was, unfortunately, a stressful time.

Undoubtedly, he merely flicked an ear to her murmuring toward her stomach, it was worse for Yuna. For the things that had come that had tormented her so. Stepping in close, he bowed his head, surprised at the submission. A whine that was a response out of himself, fighting the frustration.

Never a goddess of the glimmering moon should bow to a songsmen of the sands,” He scolded softly, tutting as he drew himself to a halt a few feet in front of her. Taking a deep breath. Hoping that she wouldn’t cry, because it would break his soul. Standing there, she simply looked so dejected - and he couldn’t help but blame himself. Perhaps he should have befriended her closer, so that she could have leaned on him. As Arrow had.

The seeds are sown,” His words commented, gesturing softly, “My heart sings in pleasure, for the moon goddess has invoked the pleasures of motherhood in her generosity of the Shark and Carl.” She’d be a good mom, all right. She was a gentle soul for it. But he could see lots of tears in her future. Pups were also assholes.


Sep 09, 2017 09:30 AM — Post #3

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She limited her head, still timid, at being chastised. Somehow she doubted the word ‘sorry’ that hung on her lips was what he wanted to hear.

“You speak too highly of me, Bragi.” She tried for a smile that came out a pale shadow of what it ought to have been. He then gestured to her waistline, offering what she figured was his version of congratulations.

“Thank you, Bard.” She murmured, wondering if he ever desired a family of his own, or if that was what he took from the Tribe. “They’re going to be a lively litter, that’s for sure.”

Lively puppies who might not have their father. She was already letting them down.

((omg Zoi, I laughed so much at the last line!))


Sep 09, 2017 09:53 AM — Post #4

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Ah. The self-depreciation, and doubt, that wasn’t warranted.

Closing in further on her, with another few strides, he lifted his nose out to brush against hers briefly, tutting in a throaty manner to emphasize. “The day the Bard’s eyes met yours, a warrioress trampled the sands in a concern for a home not her own; her voice wary, but true; dauntless, and invigoratingly soft.” It was what he had seen of her. What he knew to be true.

But the words of Marce were still ringing in the back of his head. He frowned next, leaning inward and bringing his head to further try and push against hers; looking to nuzzle and see if that helped any. At least, to soothe his own nerves.

Value of a strong hearted mother ensures the flying of young birds,” He wasn’t about to dismiss that part. Confidence in her. “And the tails and nips from adoring tribe-kin.” They were in it together. As much as raising a litter took, the Tribe wouldn’t just idly stand by. They would be there.

Regardless. He was cocky enough to assert so.


Sep 09, 2017 10:04 AM — Post #5

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His colouring was so close to Tidus, even height and build alongside, though his scent didn’t match, that the close touch brought a lump to her throat. “I’m no dauntless warrior Bragi, but it’s sweet of you to say so.” Her neck lowered under his gentle headbutt, taking some comfort from the way he nuzzled against her once she got her mind to accept who it was.

She knew this was how it was meant to be with her pack, but what had happened to the fairy-tale family?

She took a step back, letting the ocean captivate her gaze as it so often did. She felt too weary to fish.

“Bard Bragi, will you tell us a story? Something happy?” She turned a pleading set of mismatched eyes to him. “I fear these pups already grow weary of their mother’s negative mood.”


Sep 09, 2017 10:12 AM — Post #6

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Idly, he wondered how long it had been since she had eaten. Eating for a family undoubtedly was tiresome, he had seen some of the other Mothers of his half-kin be subjected to some pretty endearing necessities of nearly over feeding where it had been possible.

His eyes squinted briefly, pondering.

Was it right for him to want to stuff Yuna’s face with anything edible in that moment? Probably not.

But then she moved back, and he let his head tip to the side. A story. There were a thousand of them, he supposed, that he could share. But without missing a beat, he accepted the task. A Bragi story was often long winded, and vaguely annoying.

But he twisted to face the ocean as well, coming to a seat position. “If only the moon goddess takes ease,” He insisted gently, head bobbing once more. No need for them both to be on guard. The babes needed all her expanded belly to help listen, after all.


Sep 09, 2017 10:30 AM — Post #7

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This time Yuna didn’t protest being referred to as such, simply dipping her head obediently, then settled down onto the chilly sand with a small sigh. It took her a little adjusting to get comfortable, twisting so her weight was largely upon one side and there was less pressure upon her pregnant belly.

And also on her bladder, because she didn’t want to have to get up to pee constantly and interrupt Bragi’s story.

She twisted her head to nose her stomach fur. “Bragi’s going to tell you your first story.” She murmured to her unborn children, then stretched back out but propped herself up on her elbows, attentive but still somewhat distant. Clearly, it didn’t come easy for this particular wolf to abandon her worries so rapidly.


Sep 10, 2017 09:43 AM — Post #8

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Bragi offered some resemblance of a smile, watching her as she settled. It would only get worse - and he found himself dumping his body down on the ground as well. The warm sands weren’t there, but at least it wasn’t so cold. It wasn’t a feeling of emptiness.

He lay somewhat back, from her position. Enough to put his head low near her stomach. She was speaking to him, he’d do much the same. “Sometimes the moon glows a thriving, magnificent blue. Upon these crystalline occasions, often there are young conceived. Often, these wee bairns, between the ethereal plains and hulking other worlds - are blessed.

He endured, wagging his tail faintly. “Other times, these cold times seeking warmth, there needs to be a promise of a new grounds broken, a summoning of kismet - a new reason to hope, little doves, as the sky can look so cloudy beneath a blue, blue moon…

How depressing.


Sep 12, 2017 04:03 PM — Post #9

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A blue moon. She had heard talk of such things, and sometimes noted the moon rising a brilliant golden, or with a red tinge more rarely, filling her with a nameless fear in the latter.

“They’re meant to be rare.” She murmured, loathe to interrupt the flow of his words, her body already relaxing slightly at the sound of a friendly voice, and at having no demands. Nowhere to be, nowhere who needed her. Kamaal and Fray and Skuld had all gone, and in her heart she missed them deeply, one in particular. It had been her own fault. She had run away on her fruitless quest without telling anyone. And it had all been for nothing.

Yuna felt… not exactly alone, given Bragi’s presence, but nor was this the happy family she and Tidus had talked about.


Sep 13, 2017 08:12 AM — Post #10

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A sadness that was still seeming to build, it was enough that eyes seemed to twinkle without the effort that should have otherwise stayed. He wanted to enthuse her, as the puppies would hear nothing. He’d recalled the fact that newborns couldn’t hear - or couldn’t process, fresh out of the body. He didn’t need to tell her that.

Indeed, rare as the gem of a lady’s heart to be taken.” His voice echoed, offering a reflection of a smile to that sort of news.

A small life came to be beneath one of these moons. Her fur a kiss of sand-blondes, and a riveting sunshine gold. A petite enchantress, to walk on the grounds that mere mortals quaked - to persevere even in the moments of chaos.

He cocked his head, “Slender like a bluebird, dainty - a laugh like the greatest bursts of starshine above us all; but one would think - for someone so tender, so slight, so gentle - how might so be so important, to be within a story’s hue?” The question dipped, and he leaned his head forward a tad, like telling a secret.

In a home betwixt the oceans and the ranges, the little soul breathed a fire into more than just a single life.


Sep 13, 2017 05:15 PM — Post #11

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The sound of his rich storytelling voice filled the air again, and Yuna took comfort from it and the backdrop of rushing waves. She didn’t quite manage to smile back, but an attempt was there.

He was telling a story about the moon giving life to a golden wolf, or maybe a spirit, she wasn’t quite sure.

She leaned her chin upon the sand, but her nose swung towards his when he leaned in. “How?” She murmured, not quite following the bit at the end about breathing fire between the oceans and the ranges. “What sort of lives?” She questioned softly at that.


Sep 14, 2017 09:54 AM — Post #12

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How was a lovely question, no doubt about that.

There was more than just one answer to that, however. Bragi let the silence fill for a moment, looking from the stomach of the lovely woman to her face. “Sacrifice, m’lady goddess.” His words were quite soft, although relatively straight forward.

Adjoining territories plastered with kin and quest oft’ find pleasure in the savory feasts of seasonal change. Fires spark, lives plaster themselves against stones and earth - the golden dame, a lively young she, was doomed to be borne of a hunger. A hunger that expanded to every wolf, and every deer, as the earth ceased provision.” It was about a loss of prey because of drought and fire, but far be it for him to say it in such few words.

Miss Golden one, in not the first full cycle, learned little - to game a large foe was hardly a game at all, unless bones cracking in crevices fell.” Shaking his head, he realized what a sad story it was. But it was good.

For one’s own, the hearth - the truest heart of home and those within such a call - Golden knew. Thriving on an empty stomach, oft led to bruised hearts. To death and sadness. To a stoppage of a precious cycle.


Sep 14, 2017 03:52 PM — Post #13

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Yuna’s breath disturbed a few snowflakes that had settled upon the sand. They never stuck well here down on the beach. Yuna was by this point, so sunk into the story she didn’t notice the wind bearing the flakes skyward, to spiral out over the water and add their tiny contribution to the greatness.

By the stars, she would not like to hear a sad story if this one was considered happy by the Bard, and made a mental note of that. Hopefully the ending would be brighter.

She’d had enough of unhappy endings. There were always things you couldn’t heal.


Sep 15, 2017 11:07 AM — Post #14

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Bragi knew there was a pleasurable edge to be approached. His ears swung on his head as he found himself muddling through his mind.

All things that are good, never stay — all things cruel, fade with the rebirth of joy.” His words were quiet, finding himself thoughtful.

Golden ran, ran far - to find a call of hunger, the call of change. Alone. For the few that wobbled still grew gaunt. Disease, sliding. Grounds changed. Seasons, changed.” His words were ominous.

The elk which crossed path were in the dozens, tempered and fearless. Fighters of singletons. Brutalizers, with their eyes and their hooves.” The truth was on his tongue, and he found himself almost growing tense with the memory of the story. The feeling of the tremor in his own paws the first time it’d crossed his ears.

A pause. “Nothing pleases the gods like a sacrifice. Exhausted, rounding the herd - a drive of off course is difficult — a migration is a blessed key.” His words were still bright, determined as he explained.

But all it took was the use of trust — for as the single golden raced to what was potentially, a trampling, heart pounding -” A pause.

A hoof shot out and took true to the shoulder.

A dramatic pause, his ears swinging on his head. Swallowing. The feeling settling in, letting the desolate conclusion come.

As the starving hunters, who’d trailed in inspiration of Golden’s love, emerged from the opposite side.


Sep 15, 2017 11:23 AM — Post #15

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