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[continuation] HY4 || Late winter || w/ Zombie, AW! || Evening, just south of ST territory

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The two wandered west until the snowy grasses of the plains turned into sandy shores. Small talk was made along the way and by now Jote was slowly growing used to Zombie’s company.

Daylight tugged at the horizon as it waned, though it still had a few more hours to hold itself up before being pressed down completely for the night. The snow had also dissipated from the sky the minute they reached the coast and the oranges and pinks of the sunset cast brilliant hues against the incoming tide and sands. It was a beautiful sight, something Jote had never laid eyes on before.

“This is it?” She questioned rhetorically the last few rays of sunlight sought her orange gaze. She was in awe, though her mouth wouldn’t hang open. Instead it was captured in the rest of her expression as she faced out toward the waves.


Sep 27, 2017 06:02 PM

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Zombie’s gaze lingered on Jote as she looked out over the ocean.  She was a beautiful female, he’d not deny that… but that wasn’t why his gaze was intense on her.  It was her eyes.  The light that reflected within revealed many secrets.  Secrets in which Jote may not even know she had.  The reflections of light bouncing from the surface of the sea glinted deep within the female’s gaze.  Zombie could see exactly what she saw, but through her own eyes.  It was mesmerizing.

Their journey from the plains to the shore didn’t reveal a deep seeded romance that made the two so profoundly connected, he could hear his heart beat in time with hers.  Nor did it even sow the bonds of friendship that would last through the years.  What it did, was smooth the bumps of a rough encounter, and lay the foundation for comfortable silence.  That, for Zombie at least, was a feat in and of itself.  He wasn’t the easiest to get along with, and if anyone could stand him, for even more than a few moments, there were unknown possibilities there.

Pulling his gaze away from Jote, Zombie looked out over the water.  He hadn’t really seen it when he’d passed.  Hell… he’d not really seen much of anything.  But here it was.  Big.  Vast.  It almost felt like… freedom.  “Too bad we cant breathe water…”  Zombie hadn’t realized he spoke out-loud, his gaze so fixed on the picture before him.


Sep 28, 2017 03:35 PM — Post #1

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As she stood facing the ocean, Jote hadn’t realized Zombie was so drawn to her in that moment. Everything was silent as she focused on the swell, the gentle chirping of birds in the distance that were readying for bed, the soothing noise the waves made as they broke against the shoreline. There was a certain type of magic surrounding this place. Jote had never been so distracted by scenery in her life.

“Too bad we cant breathe water…”

The silver wolf quirked a brow and rotated an ear towards Zombie, giving him a look as if to say ‘really?’ with sarcasm. “Who knows, maybe the water here is different than water you’ve ever been in before. Maybe you should go try it out.” It was a minor challenge, though she knew he wouldn’t act on it and the sarcasm was now seeping through her words as well as her facial expression.

She pulled her gaze away, as well as her body, and turned to walk down the coastline now, watching as her paw pads softly sunk into the sand with every step she took. It was an interesting feeling and she was becoming quite enamored with it.

Suddenly there was a new scent that reached her nose and she glanced up with ears perked. Eyes narrowing, she worked to discover the origin of the smell - it smelled delicious and it was in that moment that Jote realized she hadn’t eaten in a while. Her stomach grumbled quietly and, eventually, her eyes landed on what looked like a deer carcass in the distance. “FOOD.”

With a newfound source of energy, her long legs started to carry her to it in a sprint. She knew not to get her hopes up. She didn’t know how old the body was, or if there was anything decent leftover, but she could at least take a look before just giving up.


Sep 28, 2017 05:42 PM — Post #2

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The light, however dim it was, within Zombie’s eyes faded as Jote piped in with a suggestion to drown himself.  It was a joke, surely, as the laws of nature would always prevent him from suddenly being able to change his physiology and breathe water.  But he’d been sincere, and for a single moment, had let his guard down completely.  Now, Zombie’s entire body sagged as his jaw clenched tightly.  Apparently, despite their travels and minimal conversing, she still wasn’t too keen on his presence.  Yet she was tolerating him.  Or perhaps this was Jotes way of being friendly?

Allowing the latter to sink deeper within his subconscious to take root, not caring to revert back into his dark thoughts, Zombie merely let out an exasperated breath, following behind the rejuvenated pup as she made her way down the sloping sands toward the crashing waves on the shore.  The sound was melodic, he had to admit.  At his most calm, he could see himself getting lost to his own thoughts looking out over the vast ocean.  The temperature though… it was still winter, and the wind had little remorse as it pushed his fur against the grain leaving his bare skin to be stung by bite of it.

What caught Jotes attention, also caught Zombies, and like she, he realized he couldn’t remember the last time he’d eaten.  His stomach churned at the smell, wanting to both devour the meat, as well as want nothing to do with it.  The kind of hunger that was so deep, even it didn’t know what it really wanted.

At Jotes exclamation and sudden surge forward, Zombie’s entire body went on alert, his ears perking quickly as he went into survival mode.  Leaping forward himself, Zombie sprinted ahead of Jote, placing himself directly in her path before stopping and turning his gaze upon her.  “Wait…”  He said softly, his eyes leaving hers as he turned his attention to their surroundings.  Luckily, the wind gust wasn’t coming directly off the sea, which allowed for an advantage in carrying any enemy sent their way. Unfortunately, it also was coming from the direction of the carcass, which the scent was almost intoxicating with its strength.

Taking a few steps forward, ready to step in Jotes path again should she ignore is warning, Zombie’s rose colored eyes swept the area around them.  There didn’t seem to be any danger, but he was curious who would have left their meal so readily for scavengers to pick clean.  The possibility of their return would be more evident once they saw the condition of the deer.

After one final sweep, Zombie looked back to Jote, who was hopefully awaiting his all clear, and would give her a nod.  If she had decided to bound forward despite his warnings, Zombie would simply let out yet another breath of defeat, and follow after her.  Either way, he’d make his way to the carcass to see just what could be salvaged.


Oct 02, 2017 12:57 PM — Post #3

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Speed. Wind. Salty air. All these things filled Jote’s senses wonderfully as she made a mad dash towards the carcass. She still shouldn’t get her hopes up considering the carcass could be rotten or simply nothing left of it, but her excitement and adrenaline had her acting otherwise.

But then, very suddenly, Zombie’s large torso entered into her path directly and stopped, staring her down. He was too close for her to stop gracefully, so instead she slammed on the breaks and went skidding - straight into his side, hard. She didn’t feel bad if she’d hurt him more than a bruise and knocking some air out of his lungs. He shouldn’t have gotten in her way when she was clearly barreling towards a certain destination. At full speed.

He told her to wait then and she rolled her eyes. She wanted to whine in protest, but figured if she’d just let him do his thang then it’d be over sooner rather than later and she could go inspect the carcass like she’d wanted to originally.

Zombie carefully regarded their surroundings and Jote just tilted her head at him, waiting for him to finish. The second he let his guard of her down, however, she strafed to the side and bolted right past him. “HA HA HA~!” She cackled, though she moved too fast that her laughter slowly disappeared right along with her the further she ran from him.

Her eyes were bright again and she zeroed in on the carcass, though the closer she got the more dim her expression became. There was pretty much only bone left. Not even much fur was left hanging on. Deep down inside, she knew this would happen. She just hoped it wouldn’t be the case. With a defeated gaze, she sighed and turned to see where Zombie was before casting her sights once more to the ocean. She didn’t know how to fish, but maybe he would?

With her body pointed towards the waves, she twisted her neck to the side to look at him with a sort of pouty look, silently questioning him if he knew how to fish though she didn’t verbalize it.


Oct 02, 2017 07:17 PM — Post #4

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Zombie flinched when Jote slammed into his side.  He could take a beating, that was for certain, but he wasn’t as spry as he once was, and the impact knocked the air from his lungs and left a soreness to his ribs.  Physical attacks, or encounters rather, was something Zombie was used to.  A misbehaving female destined to get herself killed while he tried everything he could to keep her alive… that he wasn’t used to.  Kiriana was so obedient.  At least, in the end.  She knew he was there to help her, to care for her.  He knew what was best for both himself and her, and she accepted that.  But… not at first.  And he only met Jote earlier this day.

Of course, she didn’t wait for him.  Of course she ran off, and of course, he was left there watching after her.  If he had the strength, he’s take her scruff in his teeth and force her to her chest.  Show her just what not listening to him could cause.  Even then he’d be letting her off lightly.  Say that carcass was an already claimed meal.  Say that it attracted something bigger than her just as it had filled her nose.  Say it attracted something bigger than the both of them.  Not only was she reckless in her own life, she was now endangering his.

With a clenched jaw, Zombie followed after slowly, his eyes burning upon her as she inspected the ‘meal’ she ran so carelessly toward.  Finding it bare, his own eyes not leaving hers to confirm this until her own made contact with his.  Merely feet away, his muscles twitched beneath his hide, ready to pounce and put the female into her place.  As he felt the incling to do so however, another flash of Kiriana caused him pause.  Her eyes… her blazing green eyes, they looked into his own with concern, warning. 

That was all it took for Zombie’s own eyes to peel away from both Jote and Kiriana’s spirit.  She was right of course.  Just because his mate had listened to him, it had taken time.  Time he wasn’t too keen to invest into Jote, or any other wolf for that matter.  He’d already done that, and lost everything.  Starting new?  For yet another time. 

Swallowing, looking out over the ocean, he lowered his haunches to the sand.  This time however, he was deep in thought, and not about the seductive call of the sea or the creatures that may inhabit it.  After a moment of silence, he spoke, his voice calm, though deep.  “What would you have done if that deer had belonged to something prepared to make you its next meal?  He tried… he really and truly tried to remain calm.  Every fiber of his being wanted to force Jote into the realization she’d been reckless, but he knew it wouldn’t accomplish much.  After a moment of thought, he didn’t turn to look at her, but spoke again, his eyes cast out upon the ocean.  “How did you get injured?”  He wanted to know.  He needed to know… just how far he would have to go to protect this female.  She may not realize it, but Zombie was invested.  Not only for her sake, but his own as well.  For whatever reason, this female grounded him.  Or at least the spirit of Kiriana protecting her did.  And because of that, she would have his unfaltering loyalty. 

But he needed to know.  He needed to prepare.

(Ooc:  Sorry he’s kind of intense!)


Oct 07, 2017 07:37 PM — Post #5

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Jote kept her pouty eyes on Zombie as he approached, though her face soon fell once he started speaking again. There was a sternness to his voice and her entire body seemed to droop and she sighed. She never knew she’d encounter anyone who nagged more than her own parents did.

Yes, Jote was sometimes a child. Yes, Jote was sometimes reckless. But she wasn’t an idiot and she didn’t really like being treated like one. She’d survived this long on her own and that was proof enough to support the fact she wasn’t stupid. So even though Zombie kept his voice collected and even, she didn’t really like the words that were coming out of his mouth. Luckily for him, the ocean calmed her to a certain degree that kept her from lashing out at him like she normally might’ve done.

Instead, she rolled her eyes - again - before settling her orange gaze back onto the large male. “I figure you’d be a big enough distraction for me to run away,” she grinned smugly at him before batting her eyelashes a few times. “But there doesn’t really seem to be many places to hide around here…” she stated, bouncing her gaze around them. She already noticed the lack of caves and trees where they were before she made a mad dash to the corpse, but she took the time to verify she was correct in her observations. “Probably would’ve smelled something off, too.” She wrinkled her nose for a couple seconds before flashing her sights back to Zombie.

He proceeded to ask her how she got injured and at first she quirked a brow in confusion. Oh, right. The lovely new rip in her ear. Now she knew how obvious it was when she was hoping it would fly under the radar for the most part. She sighed, but didn’t hesitate to answer his question. His tone didn’t have any concerned notes to it and Jote was actually surprised it took him this long to inquire about it.

“I was walking through a meadow and happened to come across this guy rolling around. Naturally, I asked him what he was doing. I was only curious. But he immediately lashed out and told me I was in his territory and I didn’t believe it considering there weren’t any scent markers bordering anything there. And I didn’t see any others around there besides him. Anyway, so I started asking if he was part of a pack and then he attacked me. But I’m not the type to roll over and submit.” Her explanation came out much more detailed than she originally meant it to be, but perhaps he was the type to enjoy as many details as possible.

“I won,” she gave another smug grin with a short ‘hmph’ of a laugh before walking off towards the water again, stopping only when the tide crashed against her legs and was deep enough to cover all four paws.


Oct 08, 2017 05:45 PM — Post #6

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Jote’s first words brought a smile to Zombies face that couldn’t be helped.  It was a smart ass remark, but probably filled with truth.  And to be honest, he preferred that she behaved as such no matter the company she held.  If she was fast enough, she could easily place herself with another in between her and danger.  Thats all that mattered.

Thoughts of Kiriana didn’t crop up again in this moment, but it was obvious the ruled Zombie’s heart.  This she wolf was nothing to him.  Not really.  He had yet to know her.  He had no social, emotional, or blood ties to this female.  He should care less if she died or not.  And yet, he was smiling because he liked the fact that she had common sense enough to place her life over his.  she was the important one.  She must go on.  No matter the consequences to him.

His own gaze followed hers as she glanced around for signs of shelter.  There was little on the beach, and without the surrounding forest line to make a run for, it would be just that.  Running would be their salvation should circumstances lead to that.  Something Zombie would have to admit, he was too tired and hungry to do at this time.  Small bursts from adrenaline perhaps… but not long distance. 

Pushing the thoughts from his mind as there was little could be done about that at the time, Zombie turned his attention entirely to Jote as she spoke.  He listened carefully, taking in every word and reliving it in his minds eye.  He could see how agile she could be in combat, just by the little amount of time they had spent together.  He could see how she would react to such a stranger, and with the end of her story, he expected no less than a victory for the female.  Without be able to help it, and having no real claim to the feeling, he gazed down at Jote with a glimmer of pride in his eyes.  She was strong… and she could hold her own.  Despite being left with external damage that would serve as a memento from the victory.

He was curious though… and after a beat, he asked calmly, “Did you kill him?”  But she was already off walking toward the water, and Zombie unsure if Jote heard him.  He was curious, but didn’t really need to know.  Perhaps he didn’t want to know.  If she didn’t, she was weak.  Show’d mercy.  Allowed an enemy to live where he could seek revenge.  If she did… then she didn’t really need him. 

Following after a moment later, his own paws sinking heavily into the sand until they reached the packed dampness that the ocean tide solidified.  Pausing beside her, only his front feet being touched by the waves, Zombie looked out over the water.  It wasn’t his first time seeing an ocean.  But it was the first time seeing it was relative peace in his heart.  He couldn’t see where his path was leading him.  And he dreaded looking back.  But right now, in this moment, he didn’t hate the world, or even himself.  His past existed, but it didn’t haunt him.  And his future… well… he wasn’t dead yet.  And it would take quite a bit to take down this beast.

(Ooc:  Just a heads up, so for the next two weeks work is going to control my life T_T.  BUT, I’m going to try my hardest to post as often as I can.  I really appreciate your patience!  I’m enjoying these two bantering!  Zombie’s coming around ^^)


Oct 14, 2017 02:55 PM — Post #7

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Jote was quite surprised when Zombie didn’t reply to her quips with nags or his own smart ass comments about how she could’ve died with nothing around to threaten her. She stared at him for a moment, narrowing her eyes skeptically and trying to get a read on him. She was waiting for him to say something, anything, but…he never did. With a small ‘hmm’ she turned her attention back to the water.

Maybe he’d finally accepted that she wasn’t what he thought she was. That she didn’t need a bodyguard, but would be open to a traveling companion. That bodyguards would only slow her down and chain up her free will, however fiery it was. Jote didn’t like chains. She didn’t like to be restraint, whether physically or mentally. She was alive and had as much right as anyone else to do what she pleased. She might be reckless and love adventure maybe too much, but she wasn’t stupid.

There’d been a time when Jote acted with a more subdued personality and didn’t have impulses, but those times died along with her natal pack. There were internal relations that compromised the integrity of both the pack structure and the family as a whole and ever since then Jote had been a different wolf. While she was still friendly and found herself wanting to help certain wolves she’d stumble upon, she mostly acted upon her own whims and her actions typically worked in favor of herself. She learned how to fight, though still didn’t have the most experience ever, and learned better hunting tactics. In the end, she learned how to be a successful rogue and took pride in her growth.

It took some time before Zombie spoke up again and Jote took that time to watch the tide slink in and out. She closed her eyes for a moment as the sound of the water entered her ears and found it peculiar how something could sound both so calm and rushing at the same time. It was an interesting paradox - a forcefully calm noise. Just by listening she could hear just how much power the ocean harnessed. And by the time she opened her eyes, the world had gotten dark and Zombie was at her side again.

She’d heard his question, but for a minute she paused before answering.

“Well. I did try to snap off his testicles,” she replied with a grin. One could tell she was clearly proud of herself for the attempt just by listening to her tone. “But the bastard tucked too fast. So instead I grabbed his tail and either fractured or dislocated it enough for him to surrender and run off with a barely-there tail.” A short laugh escaped her lungs as she reminisced on the way he looked when he was running off. And how small he sounded when he finally gave in.

“But no, I didn’t kill him. Though I’d like to see how the asshole is handling his fucked up tail these days.” Another smirk. She would’ve killed him if she’d had a better chance. “Took a chunk out of his shoulder and tried to lacerate his ankle, too, though.” Even if he tried to come back for her, she didn’t think she’d be too worried about it now that she knew his skill level. That, and he also didn’t seem to be the type to have too many friends willing to fight for or with him out of revenge.

|| No worries~~ They’re fun to rp together ^^ I hope work doesn’t get too chaotic for you, though D: ||


Oct 14, 2017 07:37 PM — Post #8

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