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Fast enough to get in trouble, but not fast enough to get away
backdated to 9.26.17, sorry | after fight with natasha | west of butte, beside river, dusk | all welcome

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Ross didn’t know how he’d made it this far from the Glen.

Events following his scrap with that fucking Brotherhood bitch had conglomerated into some vague, nonspecific span of time, the details of which he couldn’t recall even if he tried. He could recall more sensory memories—the pounding of his paws against earth as they carried him away, the pounding in his head where his eye had been bitten into, threatening to split his skull which each sharp, distinct throb. He remembered running into trees more than once, and tripping through snow-dusted undergrowth, to go falling over his own paws before struggling to rise to them again.

Though he’d picked up the hare the girl had thrown at him, he’d abandoned it long ago on the fringes of the forest. He couldn’t hold a bunny and hope to suck in air, and when it came down to it, he thought maybe the latter was a bit more important in ensuring his survival.

It was with parted jaws and gasps that he stumbled—quite literally—upon a river.

Crystals clung to the water’s edge. A thin sheet of ice stretched from this bank to the next, but beneath it, he could see movement. A stream flowed below, and instinct compelled him to break the crust so he might wash his wounds. The thought of being swept away in the lower current or freezing didn’t even enter his mind.

But he couldn’t make it into the water.

A pace from the shore, he collapsed onto his left side, leaving his shredded eye socket to point skyward. His chest continued to fall and rise in panicked intervals, sending fresh sears of pain through his aching, bruised ribs. His facial wounds still had yet to stop bleeding, and now that he was prone, he was left to focus on the warm, sticky fluid creeping down his face, thick and slow as molasses but nowhere as sweet.

With the river rushing only tail-lengths from his nose, as if taunting him, he flitted in and out of consciousness.


Oct 05, 2017 12:33 AM

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[ Edited: Oct 05, 2017 12:36 AM by Ross ]
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Walking… Walking… She was tired of walking. May be she was looking in the wrong areas? The girl stopped at a… rather strange scent. Another stranger.. but something was off. Nayomi perked her ears at the sound of water.

Might as well take a detour. The small yearning started at a trot but soon was bounding toward the scent. The girl stopped when she saw a body on the other side of the body of water. Shoot… that didn’t look good. Was it dead?

She went up and down the side of the bed to find a shallow passage. Once found, Nayomi took a few steps into the water.


Oct 05, 2017 09:56 AM — Post #1

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Time passed. How much had elapsed, exactly, Ross couldn’t say. He just knew he must have blacked out for a moment, because suddenly, he was waking with a jolt, a fresh sear of pain rippling across his body.

He gasped, and fluid in his chest rattled with the breath.

His following breaths came in much the same way: agonizing, difficult, and strained. With the sound of his wheezing and the nearby river so intense in his ears, he did not hear the approach of another wolf.

A foreign scent did reach him, but over the smell of his own blood, it was easy to dismiss. He considered lifting his head to try and look around, but even that seemed too monumental a task when all he could focus on was the feeling of his heartbeat in his skull, deep and thrumming.

Maybe the smell had just been an illusion, anyway. A hallucination.

He sorta hoped so.


Oct 05, 2017 04:18 PM — Post #2

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Blood. It was a fowl smell that entered the girls nose when she finally made it across the body of water. Her eyes immediately went to the body. It seemed to be moving… only slightly though as it took in ragged breaths.

Nayomi quickly bounded over but slowed down when she got near. Her head was low as she took in the strangers scent. It was a male. He looked like he was knocking on heavens door… or hells.

She wanted to turn him over… but he would most likely not like her touch. Asking are you ok was stupid as well. “What can I do to help you?” She decided to say as she stood a bit over him to block the sun.


Oct 05, 2017 04:24 PM — Post #3

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A voice spoke, and it was close—much, much closer than he would have liked. Ross’ initial response was to growl, and the warning sound rumbled up from his chest only to devolve into a cough the next instant. The need to clear his throat beckoned him to lift his head, and once he could, he opened his good eye to look upon the stranger who had approached.

She looked so similar to Natasha that, at first, he stiffened, expecting another attack. But then he heard her voice, so different from the Brotherhood wolf’s. She was offering to help, and he’d be damned if he didn’t take it.

He still didn’t relax quite yet, though.

“Nnn….” Talking was difficult, and painful, but he forced forth what words he could manage between ragged breaths. “N-Need. Get ‘n… water.”

God. He couldn’t even say a fucking sentence. Would she possibly understand?

One ear swiveled forward, awaiting her response if she happened to piece together his murmurs.


Oct 05, 2017 04:35 PM — Post #4

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The female stepped back a bit at the attempted growl. Yup… She expected that reaction. However he seemed to understand the weight of the situation. The male began to say something… but it was cut off by… pain? That must have been it.

Nayomi furrowed her brows together as he continued to rasp out parts of a sentence. “You need to get to the water?” She asked right after. There was no time to waste. He didn’t look good at all.


Oct 05, 2017 04:44 PM — Post #5

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Was she deaf? Fuck yes, that was just what he’d said.

He had to remind himself, consciously, that he was stuttering. It wasn’t her fault. She was trying to help. He… could maybe try to understand. Not snap at her, as much as the thought of snapping at anyone brought him delight in the moment.

With a grunting sigh, he moved to bob his head—which was a huge mistake. The smallest action caused his sight to swirl, the pounding in his head to worsen. He felt a little like vomiting.

“Y-Yeah,” he strained out instead of nodding in response. “Can… ‘elp?”

He shuffled his paws, attempting to drag them back under his body. Maybe she’d let him lean on her, if he was able to stand at all.


Oct 05, 2017 04:51 PM — Post #6

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Nayomi stared at the male for a response. When he bobbed his head he seemed to get real sick. Out if habit, the girl moved forward thinking he was going to die.

Yes… he needed to go to the water. She wondered if he wanted to drown himself. If he tried… She would not allow him to. Anyone’s life was worth something.

“Yes… I can help” she said in a calm tone. “Can you get up? If so… you can lean on me. If you can’t… then I’m going to carry you” she stated. “Its gonna hurt either way” she frowned. Poor thing… She thought. The girl crouched down next to him. That way the quicker he got up the easier it was for him to lean on her.


Oct 05, 2017 04:55 PM — Post #7

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Could he get up? That was the question on both their minds, wasn’t it.

With the majority of his injuries on his face, Ross moved to lift his hind end first. His back legs tensed, eventually lifting his rump, but not without wobbling in protest. Gathering his forepaws beneath his chest wasn’t so easy, and it took him several moments to lift his front end off the ground.

He regretted standing almost immediately.

Searing pain and dull aching alike assaulted his head, so heavy and overwhelming he wondered if his skull wouldn’t snap from his neck and sink to the ground again with the gravity of it all. It was all he could do to gasp again, and the breath quivered on its way down to his lungs.

“Fuck,” he whispered, his voice going sotto.

He couldn’t maintain his balance and swayed until his side contacted the girl’s. He didn’t care that he’d toppled into her all that much. She’d been the one to offer her help, after all, he tried to convince himself.

But part of him did wonder if she’d have to say something about it, and he kinda wished he could defend himself. Tell her he hadn’t meant to rock into her like that.

Mostly, though, he just wanted to get to the damn water already.


Oct 05, 2017 05:18 PM — Post #8

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Nayomi waited for his body to hit hers, then she would rise and begin to walk toward the water. However, he was having issues. She couldn’t imagine the pain he was in… specially moving. The girl really hadn’t seen his face but judging on his body… did she want to see it?

The female perked her ears at his word choice. Out of all the words he could say with his fading breath… he chose that word. Nayomi sighed. Then his body fell against hers. She stiffened her legs so they wouldn’t fall over.

“Ok… let’s go” she said as her paws began to carry her toward the water. It wasn’t a very slow pace but slow enough for the male not to fall.


Oct 05, 2017 05:30 PM — Post #9

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If she’d been made uncomfortable by his expletive, Ross wasn’t aware. He was far too busy with trying to stay upright. Every step caused a fresh wave of pain to ripple across and through his being, so overwhelming in its intensity that he feared he’d shatter into a million pieces with each footfall.

He continued to lean his weight into her, quietly grateful she was roughly the same size as he. That fact helped him feel… not entirely awful. If she was smaller, he didn’t know what he’d have done.

The water had been so close when he collapsed initially, but the time it took them to reach the edge of the river felt an eternity. Ross heaved a relieved breath when he could reach out with a wobbly paw to feel the ice clinging to the bank. Extending his toes, he attempted to claw at the ice to reveal the water below, but his movements were imprecise and clumsy. He couldn’t clear the ice away fast enough.

He snorted—more at his own failings than anything else.

“Help… br… eak i-it?” he asked the girl. Though he’d been stubborn and standoffish, his request this time around was gentler. He wasn’t looking to shoo her away by seeming ungrateful for her help.

He didn’t think he’d be able to stand otherwise.


Oct 05, 2017 05:43 PM — Post #10

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Nayomi back away slightly when he broke from her side. He came down with a thud that she winced at. The girl watched as he attempted to crawl and break the ice.

His voice was softer this time… When he asked her in broken words… Her eyes softened with her heart. He wasnt being as stubborn. Nayomi walked forward and pawed at the ice. It soon broke and water spilled through like a bowl. Perfect.

“There you go"she smiled down at the male.


Oct 05, 2017 07:48 PM — Post #11

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he was actually still leaning against her—but i can see that my writing was a bit unclear! i’ll just go with that he fell again. he’d have crouched down anyway in this post. :)

Thank the heavens the girl was willing to do as he asked. With his face still a mess of saliva and blood—both his own and that of the Brotherhood girl’s—he wanted nothing more in the moment than to cleanse himself.

Ross didn’t have a clue about herbs, but he knew about infection. And with his right eye now a gaping hole, he certainly didn’t want that shit spreading into his head.

His lips billowed as he breathed ragged breaths in and out. The water was gonna be cold, he just knew it, but he didn’t have much of a choice. He could endure this. He had to.

With a grunt, he stretched forward and dipped his face into the water.

And, fuck, did he want to die right then and there.

Every inch of his face was alight with pain. The water was frigid, and it bit like fire in the oddest sense: it burned, but with cold instead of heat. And it was so paralyzing, the stabbing pain in his eye and along his muzzle so wretched, he couldn’t even scream if he wanted to.

Blood drained from his wounds into the water, and also away from his head to settle, heavy, in his paws. He felt like he might faint.

Instinct told him he’d surely drown if that happened, and in some desperate attempt to get back on land, his paws shuffled beneath him. Rather than bringing him away from the water, though, he ended up slipping into it.

The ice broke as he fell up to his shoulders into the river. His hind legs remained on dry land, however, and though they wobbled uncertainly, he tried pulling himself back onto the snow as planned.

He couldn’t even bother to feel embarrassed. If he had time at all to consider the girl at his side, he would have hoped she might grab him and drag his ass out of the water please thanks.


Oct 05, 2017 08:15 PM — Post #12

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[ Edited: Oct 05, 2017 08:44 PM by Ross ]
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Nayomi watched as he dipped his head into the water. Why did he look like he was in so much pain? All she saw was blood seeping through the cold water. Yeah… that will sting, but it seemed like there was something her eyes couldn’t see at the moment.


She took her gaze off him for a few moments. When she turned around, he was slipping into the water! Was he this helpless? Half his body was already submerged and she wanted him try to scramble out. It was no use.

Nayomi to the rescue… again. The girl bent down and grabbed him by the scruff. She didn’t care if it hurt him. It was better than him drowning… that was for sure. The female gave a big heave. She had never put so much work I to something… physically. Inch by inch… The she wolf dragged him back sideways until he was back on the land… still near the water, but ok.

Nayomi let go and collapsed on her side and breathed heavily. “You know…” She breathed. “You weigh more than you look” she chuckled trying to make the mood light.


Oct 05, 2017 08:27 PM — Post #13

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There was pressure in his neck—the girl had bitten into his scruff. Ross grimaced in response, but the pain from her grip was nothing compared to the searing ache of the cold water as it flowed against the hole where his eye used to be.

As she pulled against him, he tried to use his front paws to push himself out the water. His efforts were largely useless, and in the end it was mostly the work of the girl that, at last, brought him to the shoreline again.

He collapsed onto his side, panting as heavily as she did. His head continued to spin, the fluid inside his ears shifting uncomfortably. The snow-covered floor beneath him kept him grounded enough—literally—not to succumb to sleep right then and there.

Because, God, he really wanted to just curl up and sleep forever.

One ear swiveled in the girl’s direction when she made a joke, and Ross huffed a ragged breath, attempting to make it sound more like a chuckle and not a desperate attempt to push air from his overworked lungs.

“Really….” he mused, blinking at the sight of his water-drenched paws.

He frowned. What was this girl even doing, helping him. She could have just walked on by.

As jumbled as his thoughts were, he still found himself thinking she was a weirdo.

“Whas… your name.”


Oct 14, 2017 01:22 PM — Post #14

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The girl heaved a sigh as she flicked an ear toward the hurt male. He really didnt do anything to help her. Nayomi was proud of herself.. She helped save his life. The girl smiled now.

He made a strange noise… She took it as a chuckle though when he said… Really? “Yeah… Sorry. Probably not the best time to crack a joke” she said. However there was still a smile on her maw.

Her ears perked at his question. “Nayomi… Yours?” she asked as he breathing went back to normal. Then she thought. He was probably tired. “You dont have to answer that. You are probably tired… And i know you are hurting. You can sleep if you want. Ill make sure nothing bad happens to you..” she said with a yawn.


Oct 14, 2017 06:48 PM — Post #15

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