Silvertip Mountain Did you find something?
Private  August 05, 2017, 01:29 PM
Sebastian
Redhawk Caldera
Eta

Sebastian had traveled toward Silvertip after his conversation with Mato. He was pleased to see his son and glad that he found at least one of his family members. It was tough to see him go but he knew he had to, again. The male noticed as he gotten closer, that the pack that had been there before did not seem to be there anymore. Sebastian frowned lightly. He wasn't their greatest friend after adopting Odette.

All the marks were washed away too, they had been gone awhile. Would he need to tell Odette? He didn't know where they went, so maybe it was something she could better find out herself. Sebastian threw his head back and let out a howl to see if Andalusia was already here in the area. If not then he would camp out here for a few days. He could use some rest. Sebastian looked tired and worn. His voice was croaking of the many howls he had sounded into the air in search for his family.
August 05, 2017, 07:26 PM
Andalusia
Redhawk Caldera
Iota
<3 Let the feels-trip begin! Also, in case my writing isn't clear, the wolf she's thinking of in the third paragraph isn't Sebastian... :)

Andalusia gripped the mountainside, and pebbles clattered down the sloping rock to disappear into the bushes far, far below. Wind tangled her silken fur, dirty and unwashed in the frenzy of her travel, and her eyes scanned the sprawling land before her. From her vantage, she could almost see the world. The brilliant sun brought the frothy ocean to life in the north, and to the east, the Plateau sent long shadows across the rolling flatlands bowed at its feet. Forests and fields wove themselves in an intricate patchwork, framed by the mountains and accented by trailing rivers and pockets of water. The sight was awesome - and yet she stared out with apathy, for her mind could not find a place within itself to draw in the beauty of what she could see. On the air lingered the fading echo of Sebastian's call, and she let the land settle to silence before she returned her voice with a single note and peeled away from the precipice to meet him.

She found him waiting on one of Silvertip's lower slopes, his face toward her. The thickening trees cut shadows against him, and accented the deep lines of his face. Sunken and worn, the father held the scent of neither Nova nor Pearl, and Andalusia felt the ache in her chest grow, and her thoughts trip back to a time before even Sebastian had known her.

Had he bent with the same exhaustion when she had slipped into the dawn? Had he looked for her in the same way Sebastian scored the earth for Pearl? The guilting questions had not left her, and only grew when she saw Sebastian, a shadow like he had been. The beams of sunlight that marred the path toward her friend warmed her fur, but every step made her paws feel like they had turned to stone. She failed to quiet her thoughts, and her head fell with a downcast shake of the only answer she could give.

No.

She wears her loneliness just like a crown
But when she smiles all the kings will bow down, down, down

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August 06, 2017, 04:37 AM
Sebastian
Redhawk Caldera
Eta
Yes! I can't wait! <3 Ooooh super interesting! :D

Sebastian was quite surprised that a howl sounded after his. It seemed higher up and further away but at least Andalusia already made it here. Sebastian hoped that she hadn't been waiting too long for him. The large male sat down, to rest his weary legs. He traveled before, to find new pack lands, but he couldn't remember that it had exhausted him so much as it did now. It felt different at least, now he tried to turn over every stone to find his mate and daughter then he was just looking around to see if he saw something nice.

Sebastian's ears picked up the familiar footfalls of Andalusia. He let out a soft sigh, pleased to see her. His blue eyes scanned over her. He wondered why she looked worried. Though, then he realized that his raw howl and physical appearance weren't the greatest. "Anda," he greeted, pushing himself to his feet and his tail wagging a bit. The male was clearly broken with the idea that he lost his family. Though, that wasn't the first thing he would speak about though.

"Good news. I found Mato. I talked to him already. He is doing well, and trying to set up his own pack," he informed. Though, then came the dreaded news. "He had not seen Pearl or Nova. I think... I don't think it is fruitful to look for them anymore," his voice broke when he said that. Mato was still alive, but he had a pack to back him up. Nova and Pearl were probably roaming, all alone, looking for one another, or worse, they weren't roaming anymore. "Maybe they are both back already at the Caldera," he spoke, sounding so hopeful. He didn't want to sound too negative. This search felt like finding two needles in a haystack. It felt impossible as he had no clue in which direction they had gone. It didn't seem in this direction.
August 06, 2017, 07:53 PM
Andalusia
Redhawk Caldera
Iota
He greeted her with a sway of his tail, but Andalusia could see the emptiness in every inch of him. Or maybe, she could imagine it with a measure only those who had suffered, or caused such pain to another, could imagine. Her jaw tightened, and she glanced down, trying instead to focus on the pattern of her feet against the ground.

Sebastian spoke, and Andalusia continued her slow approach. So they no longer had a need to travel any further than this mountain; he had found his son, at least, but Mato had not been their primary charge or concern. Andalusia only managed a forced smile at the news, but no thing of joy settled in her, and her face fell again. They had turned over every stone to find only dirt and worms beneath. No scent, no track. Their search was over; as far as they knew, Pearl and Nova were gone.

Andalusia didn't share the same hope as Sebastian, and the levity in his voice grated against her. But she managed to hold her tongue, though her teeth pressed tightly against each other. There had been no word nor sign of the girls for nearly two moons. If they had any intention of returning, they would have already. They were gone - but age had wisened the Ostrega, and where she would have once exploded with cutting words to release the build of stress within her chest, she opened her mouth more slowly, and calculated her approach - though she couldn't keep a certain edge from her voice. She was tired, worn, and emotionally exhausted. Everything ached, but she would try to hold herself together. For him.

"Maybe." If only she could just reassure the father that that's exactly what they would find. But Andalusia was not that type of girl - had never been. Any way she looked, the odds were not stacked in their favour, and she clenched her jaw before saying, "But maybe they're not. Then what?" He had to keep living - that was the answer - but that was something even she, for the longest time, had been unable to do.

She wears her loneliness just like a crown
But when she smiles all the kings will bow down, down, down

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August 10, 2017, 04:55 AM
Sebastian
Redhawk Caldera
Eta
Sebastian's shoulders sagged in sadness when the female asked him what would happen if his girls weren't back at the Caldera. He would have to accept that they aren't alive anymore. There wasn't anything he could do if they weren't there except to mourn for them. He would hate to think that he lost both of his girls. He had watched Nova grow and felt like she was strong and independent enough. And Pearl, well, why she left was truly a mystery. The male sighed. "I will have to accept that then. Focus on Benjamin and Ivy," he spoke.

He just kept in mind that Mato would visit him as well. It was also a reasoning for him to travel back to the Caldera. He glanced in sadness at the female. "I just thought that this wouldn't happen to my family," he spoke softly. He thought they would always stay together. The first hit was when Mato left for that other pack. Sebastian looked at the sky and then turned to the general direction of the caldera. "Let's go," he spoke and started walking. There was no trace of both females, so there was no scent to track. They had vanished from the earth.
August 11, 2017, 11:04 AM
Andalusia
Redhawk Caldera
Iota
He gave her the answer she hoped for, but felt nothing. Sebastian sunk like a rock to the waves, and hearing him mention the names of his children made a part of Andalusia wish she could erase her words, and the harsh reality they expressed. Sebastian wasn't just some number she could rattle off, or some hard fact of life - he was her friend, a father, with his children, his mate, and a future that should have been filled with watching his sons and daughters grow to have families of their own. These things happened to so many, and she thought she'd know the words to say - but now, facing her friend, with real sorrow and grief, all she wanted to do was find Pearl and Nova and pummel them to the Caldera's depths to stop them from ever leaving again, and for ever causing him this pain.

This shouldn't have happened to him.

But her thoughts came with a piercing irony, and her shoulders sagged at the weight of it all. "We never do," was all she could say, before she fell into slow rhythm at Sebastian's side.

Nova could be excused - she was young, volatile. Wolves her age did stupid things, and Andalusia just prayed no harm had fallen her. She hoped the girl had left on her own volition, and thrived wherever her paws had taken her. But Pearl. Her ears burned at the very thought of the pale mother, and Andalusia stared at the ground. She had everything, everything Andalusia had ever wished for, everything Andalusia could never have. And she had just... left it all, and this was what made the Ostrega's heart twist with a sickening flame. But beneath the thick anger and accusations, Andalusia knew she was in no place to judge, and her heart weighed like waterlogged fur with the heavy question of why.

But what came from her mouth wasn't that question, nor any question she wanted to ask, or any words she wanted to say. Without a glance toward him, she spoke the only words she could muster: "I'm sorry we couldn't find them."

She wears her loneliness just like a crown
But when she smiles all the kings will bow down, down, down

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August 11, 2017, 02:00 PM
Sebastian
Redhawk Caldera
Eta
Sebastian slowly nodded at Andalusia's words. He had over analyzed everything, from Pearl's disappearance and the possible connection to the vanishing of his daughter. Sebastian let out a long sigh. He blamed himself for not being vigilant enough. At the time he just wanted to give his children space to explore without him panting down their necks. Maybe that would have prevented them from going away.

He put one paw in front of the other to keep his body moving. However, he stopped when Andalusia spoke again. His gaze looked confused for a moment. "Don't be sorry," he returned to her and then offered a sad smile. "We did our best. We had no scent to track or footsteps to follow," he added. A long sigh left his lips. It was almost like Pearl wanted to vanish. He would never know what happened to her if she wouldn't return.

Sebastian wanted to distract himself as he started to walk again. "Did you ever have a mate?," he asked Andalusia out of curiosity. He wasn't sure if the female would answer his question. Though, as his friend, he hoped that she would give some more insight into her private life.
August 11, 2017, 05:41 PM
Andalusia
Redhawk Caldera
Iota
A heavy sigh echoed from Andalusia. Of course, Sebastian was right. With nothing to follow and no tracks in sight, they'd done everything in their power to search out the girls. That they hadn't found them was no fault of their own. But the situation was beyond her control and her ability to fix, and this understanding fueled her frustration.

Her friend prevented her from dwelling on this. His question pricked her chest with heat and she ran her tongue across her teeth. "No." She said, and paused, only to follow with a slow and careful, "Kind of." She breathed a deep breath, and let the air out through her nose. "His name was Adrien." A name that now felt funny on her tongue, and that brought the feeling of flying and like she would she would throw up all the same. A grimace of a smile twitched on her lips - one that seemed to wish it might rather be a frown. "Or is, I suppose." She didn't know how much to share, or how much Sebastian wanted to hear, but she left herself open. The pain he shared - and everything they'd gone through - made telling him feel almost right.

She wears her loneliness just like a crown
But when she smiles all the kings will bow down, down, down

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August 12, 2017, 06:59 AM
Sebastian
Redhawk Caldera
Eta
Sebastian wasn't surprised at the strict no, but then the female corrected herself. The male tipped his head slightly in curiosity. He figured it hadn't worked out after all seeing that she wasn't together with him now. Perhaps it was just as a painful story as that he had endured? "You aren't together anymore," he stated and swallowed. "You don't have to tell me if it is too painful," he spoke to her in return. He wouldn't want to cause pain.

The male wondered what would become of him. Would he ever find a new mate? Would he get over Pearl? He had been pretty fond of her. The male also liked to think he was a good mate to her. Now he was doubting everything because the female left without another word as to why she had left.