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What was that?

Out in the slushy part of the grass-water, which was more like grass-ice right now but she was smart enough to know water and ice were each other because when she ate snow and ice it turned into water in her mouth, there was a bunch of sticks. Not like normal falling tree sticks though, because there wasn’t any trees out here?

She took a couple steps closer, ears pricked and eyes wide with curious interest.

The sticks were sort of piled on each other, like someone had put them like that. But why way out in the middle of the watery part? Why so many of them? Did… Did a really small wolf live inside the sticks. Was it a stick den?

Tempest gasped softly to herself.

What a clever wolf.


Sep 12, 2017 08:34 PM

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Sometimes he followed her. Just at a distance. He liked being with her, but he also liked watching her learn.  He was reasonably certain she knew he did this. He wouldn’t be surprised if she knew he was here now. Bravo didn’t intend to stalk her, but he knew she wouldn’t learn if she was right to his side at every waking moment.

For now, he was a ways back, and he chuckled as she seemed to catch sight of something that stiffened her with curious body signals.  Eyes on… what was that? A beaver dam? Perhaps.  He would have to get closer to sniff it to be sure, as well as if it was abandoned or not, but…

He went a little closer, thinking now might be a time to alleviate her wondering mind, if she wished it.


Sep 12, 2017 09:10 PM — Post #1

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Watching for a minute, just to see if anything happened, Tempest spun around excitedly when nothing did, grinning at Uncle Sir there just like she had known he would be. He was always there. Uncle Sir did not leave. They would never leave each other.

“Uncle Sir!” She cheered. “I found something!” She turned her neck back to look at the something. “It’s… Sticks! I think a wolf lives in it!” Such earnest excitement was not usually something she gave herself over to, but this was really exciting! She found something! All by herself! Scared little Tem! Think how proud her brothers would be if they knew she discovered stick wolves!


Sep 13, 2017 03:40 PM — Post #2

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She spun as if she knew exactly what she’d find, and find it she did, and he smiled openly as she cheered his name. No one called him Bravo these days. No one was around to do so. To Tempest he always hoped to be something else.

He went closer, mindful of his path in the snow and uneven terrain, and listened to her earnest proclamation. “You think a wolf does?” he asked, surprised by this, but not about to burst her bubble with abrupt seriousness.

“Well, that’s a new one to me,” he said, having to raise his voice less now that he lessened the distance considerable.  He figured she had probably found a beaver dam… but who was to say that a wolf had not found a way to inhabit such a thing.

Maybe she knew something he didn’t. He liked the fantasy, anyway.


Sep 14, 2017 07:49 PM — Post #3

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It had to be a wolf, didn’t it? “Not a lot of wolves, but it’s big enough to be a den, isn’t it?” Granted, Tempest hadn’t ever gone back to look at her den since she grew up, but she was sure it was about the right size it should be.

Besides, “Aren’t we the only ones that live in dens?” She looked curiously over the stacks of branches. Rabbits didn’t. Burds didn’t. Flowers and clouds didn’t. Um. Um um. What other animals… nope. No dens. Just for them.


Sep 16, 2017 05:04 PM — Post #4

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That made him chuckle a little. Her innocence extended past her heartfelt emotions and into a lack of experience. He could change the latter, and would so she could survive, but he hoped that she always retained the former.

“There are a number of animals that live in ends, darling,” he told her as he joined her in looking at the branches. “Mostly the sorts of animals you would not have met yet—and should avoid doing so, because they could be dangerous. Bears, cougars, and their sorts.  But this, I do not believe, is a den so much as it is what is called a dam.”

He hoped by sparking some new curiosity in her she wouldn’t be too disappointed by the lack of stick wolves.


Sep 18, 2017 02:16 PM — Post #5

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Oh?

“What’s a bear? What’s a cougar? What’s a dan? How do you know it’s a dan and not a den?”

It didn’t smell like wolves, but she figured the water washed everything away.

“Is it because it’s in the water?” Water dens were dans. Waaater. Daaaan. Eeeearth. Deeeeen.


Sep 19, 2017 09:51 AM — Post #6

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She had several questions, but she seemed to get stuck on the latter one, which was fine by him.  “It’s a dam,” he corrected gently, emphasis on the m. “But yes, it’s because it’s in the water and it’s made of sticks. Creatures called beavers make them, and they live in them, but the dam also stops water from flowing away.”

Which explained why there was a wetland here. Interesting, actually.


Sep 19, 2017 12:03 PM — Post #7

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Dam. Den. Dam. Den. Dam.

Dam dam dam.

“What’s a beaver?” she piped up. Bear? Cougar? Beaver?

There was so much to learn outside of the circle!


Sep 26, 2017 10:36 AM — Post #8

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“A beaver is a prey animal,” he told her. “Like a rabbit, perhaps, but larger and with short ears and a broad, flat tail. They chew down trees to make dams like this one, and they do live inside.”

So yeah, maybe in a sense they were stick wolves.

“They are important animals, but also very good for eating.”


Sep 26, 2017 12:09 PM — Post #9

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Like a rabbit, perhaps

but larger

and with short ears

and a broad, flat tail.

Tempest imagined it was cute, in a weird way. She looked down from her thoughts to meet Uncle Sir’s look again.

“But if they’re inside the sticks, how do you catch them? And what about bears and cougars? Do they live in sticks too? Do we have to jump on the sticks until they fall down?”

So many questions!


Sep 26, 2017 12:24 PM — Post #10

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She had a lot of questions and he was patient in hearing her out before he formed a response for her. “You don’t want to make the sticks fall down,” he told her. “I don’t think you could make it fall apart, anyhow. Beavers are very good at making their dams, and it would take more than a couple of small wolves to undo their work.” He smiled easily at her.

“We have to wait for them to come out of their lodge if we wish to hunt them.  Bears and cougars are very different from beavers. They are not prey. They are predators, like us. Cougars are large with very sharp claws and teeth. Thankfully they usually just live in the mountains.  Bears are similar, and larger, and also do not normally come to places like this.”

Hopefully she would never see one for herself, but as she was a wolf living in the wild, that was unlikely.

“Best to stay away if you ever come across a creature larger than you with teeth like ours. They are not usually friendly to a wolf’s presence.”


Sep 26, 2017 02:32 PM — Post #11

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Tempest did not know what the difference between prey and predator was. Predator must mean you were big, bigger than someone else. And had sharp teeth. So worlds were also predators, except they were nice, because she saw no reason anybody should be not friendly just because.

“Why don’t they like us?” she asked, beavers and dams utterly put aside for now as she wondered about what wolves had ever done wrong to anyone. Besides the Circle. But that was a rare event, wasn’t it? For things to go that badly? And it was only between wolves.


Sep 30, 2017 01:18 PM — Post #12

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“They don’t like us because we are competition. We have similar living and eating habits.  They want to eat animals that we want to eat, and so they don’t want us encroaching on their territories and stealing the food they consider theirs.”

He was always happy to explain to her, though he realized as time went on that her father and mother had failed to teach her much that seemed like common sense but decidedly was not.

“Much like wolves in a pack may be territorial and desire other wolves to stay away, bears and cougars are the same.”


Oct 01, 2017 02:07 PM — Post #13

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Hmm. Hmmmmmm.

Couldn’t they all share?

It was always her first response, and her second response was always to remember the Circle, and think no, maybe they couldn’t.

She hoped one day she understood why not. She’d been told, of course, why wolves didn’t want to, but that didn’t mean she could understand it. Sharing made everyone happy! Why would you want to not do that?

She cocked her head at the mention of packs and terri-tori-al, beavers sliding further and further from her train of thought as he brain ambled along with the conversation.

“I thought packs were for letting wolves in. That’s what we did, isn’t?” Everything in the form of a question. “Do you know other packs? Are we gonna join one?” She felt a flutter of hope excite her stomach. More wolves! More friends! Already forgetting that Uncle Sir mentioned packs in the context of liking wolves to stay away.


Oct 02, 2017 02:02 PM — Post #14

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“Depends on the pack,” he informed her.  “And their numbers. A territory can only support so many wolves before it starts to not have enough food…”

He paused, though, at her second questions and let them linger, a little sorrow between his shoulder blades.

“I know of the Evergreen Wolves and the Starfall Cadre… but I fear both are too close to where we came from. I… do not wish to go back south,” he confessed to her, his smile trying to be reassuring but tinged with a personal sadness. 

“Perhaps we should make one,” he suggested, though his heart was not there. He did not think he was suited to try and lead again.


Oct 03, 2017 12:03 PM — Post #15

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