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Early Spring/Dawn/Looking for rabbits.

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It’d bedn a while since he joined and he was getting into the swing of things. Pack life was exponentially better than traveling alone.

The weather was warming up. It wasn’t hot yet, but Cassian knew it would be soon. He dreaded that happening, he wished it would stay winter forever.

He was up very early, unable to get comfortable enough to sleep. He decided to wake up and see what he could do for the pack.

He smelled rabbits around often and figured they, like most rabbits, were active during the night. Groggily, he began searching for them.


Oct 14, 2017 11:07 AM

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With the weather warming up, Senna was starting to wake up earlier and earlier.  The hours before dawn were the coldest; which were the most comfortable for a arctic-pelted wolf like Senna. There was something about the briskness in the air that made her feel alive—like she could do anything. Like today was the day she would finally catch her own rabbit.

Senna knew the rabbit warren well; she had been stalking it for weeks now, charging it occasionally, trying to grab a rabbit before they all disappeared into the thick, tangled and thorny warren. She had so far been quite unsuccessful.

She was making her way toward the warren when she detected another early-riser. The girl changed direction, following her nose instead toward the stranger. She woofed out a gentle, summoning bark, so they would know she was coming.


Oct 14, 2017 11:23 AM — Post #1

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His entire body tensed when he heard a bark. He didn’t expect any others to be awake now. He assumed the bark came from another sanctuary member given he didn’t smell any foreign scents around. That in mind, he relaxed his body with a quick full-body shake.

He returned with a bark of the same quiet nature, not wanting to startle any rabbits nearby.

He changed course for the bark. Maybe whoever it was could show him where the best hunting happened.


Oct 14, 2017 02:06 PM — Post #2

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Her greeting was returned, and it wasn’t long before Senna and the stranger crossed paths.

“New Guy! Hi!” Senna said brightly, voice a tad lower than usual. Something about the early morning tranquility made her feel quieter, calmer.

She had seen and smelled him around before, and New Guy was what she had been calling him in her head.  Which reminded her, he probably still needed to hear her name. “I’m Senna Selwyn, the Seeker,” she chirped. That tongue twister of an introduction had taken some practice to master.

The girl’s head titled as she waited to hear from him, apple-green eyes alive and curious. The man was older than her (which she assumed indicated wisdom and experience); he was tall and whip-like where Senna was stocky, powerful, and full of youth. They would probably make a pretty good hunting team, their strengths balancing out one another.


Oct 15, 2017 09:08 AM — Post #3

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New guy, a title rightfully granted. He was a guy, and he was new. His tail swayed at her introduction. He’d been meaning to learn each of the pack member’s names at some point. She introduced herself in the same way as Adonai. Name, the position. Cassian wondered if it was some sort of unspoken rule to do so.

”Senna Selwyn,” he liked the way that sounded, ”I’m Cassian the New Guy,” he joked.

”Thought I’d be the only one up this hour. What’s the news?”


Oct 15, 2017 11:14 AM — Post #4

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Senna grinned at Cassian’s introduction. As if New Guy was an actual title! He was silly. She liked him immediately.

That name though… Senna was going to get him mixed up with Caspian, she just knew it. People probably mixed up her and Sienna all the time.

“Nah, morning’s the best!” Senna nodded eagerly, for emphasis.

“Well, Sunfall and Saski had their pups! Three!” It was the biggest news that Senna knew of, off the top of her head.

New pups were exciting in and of themselves, but the news also marked another exciting event in Senna’s life—she wasn’t a pup herself anymore. That was how it had worked in Eiriol Pass, at least. When the new crop of pups came it, last year’s pups became adults.

With her new adult role came adult responsibilities, such as feeding the pack—a pack that had very nearly doubled overnight with the addition of the new litter. Senna was more than eager to meet her newfound responsibilities. Maybe Cassian was up for a morning hunt.

“So, rabbits?” Senna questioned, head tilting curiously. Was there any other reason for rising so early?


Oct 16, 2017 04:35 AM — Post #5

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He didn’t entirely agree with her statement. Morning was nowhere near as good as night or even afternoon. It was like the summer of time of day. Except summer was absolutely terrible while morning was somewhat alright.

She must’ve taken his question in a literal sense, because she told him actual pack news. He meant it more as a question to why she was up so early, but what she said worked as a response too.

It was always good to hear of a successful birth!

Though, he hadn’t met the parents in question. Still, enthusiasm all the same.

“That’s good!”

She either read his mind or rabbit hunting was extremely popular with the Sanctuary.

“Yeah, you know where to find ‘em? Maybe we can catch one for Sunfall and Saski.”


Oct 16, 2017 12:26 PM — Post #6

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It hadn’t even occurred to Senna that Cassian’s question might have been meant figuratively. She was a pretty literal girl after all, and if he asked for news he was going to get news!

Senna grinned and wagged her tail when Cassian agreed about the rabbits. “Yeah, exactly!” Nanook sometimes came home with two or even three rabbits hanging from his maw. Maybe she and Cassian would do that today!

It was just like Senna to imagine herself as a rabbit-hunting machine when she hadn’t ever even caught one.

“That way,” Senna directed. On towards the warren!


Oct 19, 2017 09:02 AM — Post #7

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She did know where they were, evidently, which was good. They could save time by not having to actually look for them.

The sun was hardly up now, so Cassian guessed they had a maybe an hour to catch some. That would be more than enough time.

“Lead on then, Senna Selwyn.”

He was ready to follow.


Oct 19, 2017 01:56 PM — Post #8

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Senna set a brisk pace, slowing only once the pair was nearing the warren. The last time Senna had been here the rabbits had all been tucked safely away, but hopefully at this time of day they would all be hopping around, sluggish from gorging themselves on the fresh spring grasses.

The pair drew slowly up to the warren, and Senna halted just when the overgrown bushes came into sight. She pointed silently with a paw, gesturing toward the area of thick undergrowth. The girl knew from experience that the bushes were interlaced with thick, painful briers. Once the rabbits disappeared in there, there was no following them.

Senna then shifted her gaze to the grassy areas around the briar patch, squinting, trying to make out any little furry bodies. A hop here, a shuffle there.. her gaze was drawn to movement, and as the moment dragged out she began to make out several possible targets.


Oct 23, 2017 09:59 AM — Post #9

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He followed Senna. The walk was not very far at all. The stench of rabbit was strong and enticed his mouth to water—he hadn’t realized he was hungry, but he was. Very.

He followed her paw into the brush, assuming she meant that that’s where the rabbits hid. It would be tough to navigate that stuff.

Or maybe she meant not to go there.. There were quite a few rabbits outside of the brush they could get. Going in the brush wasn’t entirely necessary.

“What now, Senna Selwyn,” he shot at her in a whisper. He’d still let her lead the way since she probably knew better what they were doing.


Oct 24, 2017 01:07 AM — Post #10

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Senna shifted a bit awkwardly at the question.

“I.. was hoping you would know,” she admitted, voice low, eyes glued to the rabbits ahead. She bit her lower lip and then spoke again. “I can’t figure it out. Whenever I charge, they all dive into that prickle bush.”


Nov 01, 2017 07:17 AM — Post #11

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He hadn’t expected to hear that. Senna carried herself as if she did this a lot. Maybe she did, but it sounded like her attempts always ended in failure. It was pretty obvious why. Charging them head on was a losing battle. Especially if they had a hiding place nearby.

”Ahh. I might be able to help. Let’s chase them away from the bush instead of into it.”


Nov 01, 2017 09:47 AM — Post #12

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Senna nodded slowly at Cassian’s idea, not looking entirely convinced. Of course, she had tried the problem from all different angles, including attempting to scare the rabbits in the opposite direction of the bush. They always found a way to circle back to their protective shelter. But she had never figured another hunter into the equation before, and so Cassian’s suggestion sparked an idea. Her face lit up.

“What if one of us sneaks over to the bush and guards it, while the other one goes after the rabbits?” The startled rabbits would run straight for the hunter crouched by the warren, lying in wait to grab the retreating prey. It was perfect!


Nov 03, 2017 10:12 AM — Post #13

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”Excellent idea! he exclaimed through a whisper.

Doing so would eliminate any possibility of the rabbits going back toward the bushes. It one did, it might end tragically for the bugger.

”Which do you want to do?”


Nov 03, 2017 01:42 PM — Post #14

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Senna grinned at the praise. There was no question as to which part she wanted. She wanted to be the one with a rabbit in her jaws at the end of this.

“I’m gonna go to the bush,” she said, gaze flicking momentarily to the looming tangle of briers. There was enough snow on the ground that she would be able to blend in a bit if she stayed low.

“And then you get to do your plan—where you try an’ chase one away from the bush. The rest will run for me. So then maybe we can end up with two!”

It felt odd to be the one coming up with the plans, being in charge—telling a much older wolf exactly what he was supposed to do. It made her wonder about Cassian, about the kind of person he was… very few wolves would have let Senna, barely a yearling, take control of a hunt.  This man was different from most, that was certain.


Nov 04, 2017 09:33 AM — Post #15

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