Broken Boulder the soul serene
Private  June 12, 2018, 11:50 AM
Delight
Bracken Sanctuary
Chancellor


the children are surely due any time now -- delight feels worse, somehow, with that event horizon looming, but he's not callous enough to do what he really wants to do and bury his head in the sand for a bit. so he spends the morning catching a hare, his thoughts dark and mutinous, to take to @Queenie. even if he doesn't feel like it, he can at least play the part of good father-to-be. besides, he actually does miss being around queenie -- like they used to be back at tindómë, before the, y'know. everything. 

hare in mouth he makes his way to the den site -- assuming they have a den site by now, they probably have a den site by now, right? -- to give it to her and make sure everything is, at least, status quo with them.

there's only one place this road ever ends up and i don't want to die alone
June 13, 2018, 02:32 PM
Queenie
Bracken Sanctuary
General
Yes, they did have a den (they, meaning Queenie and company, sans Delight), but it wasn't much to look at. There were some of the necessities — herbs and the like granted by local healers, along with flower buds here and there to bring the scene together — but for the most part, the space was barren. As Queenie's belly swelled to capacity, she began to wish that she was, too. 

Being so close to their due date, Queenie wasn't able to hunt for herself, so any offerings were much appreciated. That being said, had Delight not thought to come with a hare, and he might have been swiftly chased away by a very emotional mother. You shouldn't have, she cooed as he approached, hesitating not in taking the gift from him, But you did, and I'm starving.

"Yet, even amidst the hatred and carnage, life is still worth living."
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June 13, 2018, 06:43 PM
Delight
Bracken Sanctuary
Chancellor


as he hands over the hare he glances around the den -- it seems.. empty, but maybe that's how it's supposed to be? it's not like he has any experience in the whelping department. as long as queenie's content, he figures. "i can get more," delight offers anxiously, his tail thumping against the ground as he takes a seat. "how d'you feel?" he asks, scanning her face for any outward sign of distress -- not that there's much he can do for her at this point.

there's only one place this road ever ends up and i don't want to die alone
June 14, 2018, 12:19 PM
Queenie
Bracken Sanctuary
General
No, Queenie sighed. She didn't need anything that would make her any bigger than she already was, no matter how good it happened to taste. I feel fat. And achey. I also feel like a bitch, she joked, hoping that the two of them hadn't become so somber that they couldn't still enjoy a good joke (well, a half-joke). The two of them were about to be parents, like, to actual children; they'd have to get over whatever this was if it was going to work. 

If they wanted it to work, that is.

You feel okay? Not nervous or anything? Queenie asked, hoping that Delight would give her something that she could work with.

"Yet, even amidst the hatred and carnage, life is still worth living."
Hayao Miyazaki
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June 14, 2018, 12:33 PM
Delight
Bracken Sanctuary
Chancellor


he hasn't been in the mood for quips, lately, but looking at queenie's face, his thoughts echo hers: there's children on the line and he has to make it work. so he shuffles and says in a low murmur, hesitantly, "well that one's not new," a fragile smile curving his mouth to show he's kidding, just kidding with her. (well. sort of.) 

oh but her question. "of course i'm nervous," delight says, his eyebrows shooting up. wouldn't it be weirder if he wasn't nervous? neither of them know what they're doing. "but i'm not -- i'm here, i'm, y'know. we're doing this," he adds, in what he hopes is a reassuring way. depressed and nervous he may be but at least he is here and not going anywhere. at his heart delight is a loyalist -- it's one of his few good qualities. he's quiet for a minute, and then suddenly, as if struck by the thought as he's saying it: "i know we've never actually talked about.. them, but i guess we should, right? have you thought about names?"

there's only one place this road ever ends up and i don't want to die alone
June 14, 2018, 12:48 PM
Queenie
Bracken Sanctuary
General
We're doing this. The words, although meant to be reassuring and soft, hit like waves against an untouched cliff. There really was no escape( for the first few weeks, at least). They were going to be parents! Not a cool auntie-uncle pair, or like, generous grandparents, but actual, real-life parents. Yay-ish.

I have to see them first, Queenie sighed with a thin smile. What if they chose names and then all of the pups died? What if they picked all girl names and then they had boys? Or vice-versa? The pups had to be born first, and then they could deal with the logistics. I can't do it now.

"Yet, even amidst the hatred and carnage, life is still worth living."
Hayao Miyazaki
Adopt my baby and join my home!
June 15, 2018, 01:55 PM
Delight
Bracken Sanctuary
Chancellor


he's surprised by the answer -- as if he'd given it more than five minutes thought, honestly! -- and quickly shelves the handful of ideas that'd swarmed to the top of his mind. there's also the question of surnames (he's not so bold as to assume they'd take his) but suspects if he brings it up queenie will have much the same decision. instead he says, "alright," and settles near her, head tilted. "then.. what do you want to talk about?"

there's only one place this road ever ends up and i don't want to die alone
June 17, 2018, 10:34 PM
Queenie
Bracken Sanctuary
General
There were so many options! They could talk about the weather, or current events; weather or herding patterns — I don't care. As long as it doesn't have anything to do with them. It was like no one knew anything else to talk about anymore. If it didn't directly pertain to Queenie's unwanted and (sorta) unplanned pregnancy, then it was immediately thrown out of the window. You know what you can talk to me about?, she asked, suddenly a degree perkier, The borders. Do you know who maintains them?

"Yet, even amidst the hatred and carnage, life is still worth living."
Hayao Miyazaki
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Delight
Bracken Sanctuary
Chancellor

of course she wants to talk about the borders; delight suppresses a snort, suspecting she won't take too kindly to it. for a moment he's quiet, thinking. the truth is he doesn't know, having largely been withdrawn from learning about the sanctuary's going-ons. "it's a sanctuary," he says finally, drawing on what alarian's told him, "so -- i guess kind of, everyone." definitely, it's not the sort of structure queenie would probably like (delight finds he kind of likes it, the "open" policy, the idea that they offer home to those who need it -- he'd kind of done that with tindómë, in his own way). "alarian would probably know better," he says, "or maybe, uh, lily or lanaywn..." aaaand.. neither of them particularly like the pair, so... not much help there, huh. sorry, queenie.

there's only one place this road ever ends up and i don't want to die alone