Dragoncrest Cliffs soldier, take your time
All Welcome  June 28, 2018, 10:37 AM
Étoille
Drageda
Steltrona
maybe @Ephraim? <3 all welcome otherwise!

It is hard to shake the echoes of situations past. Furi's depature has left a wound in his heart that cannot be filled -- it is not that he views Ephraim as a replacement, but, well, it is not hard to see how he could help ease some of that pain. The boy's return to health has pleased Étoille greatly, as does seeing him interact with heda's children (even knowing her name now, he does not think he can bring himself to think of her as anything other than 'heda'). 

He makes himself accessible to the boy but does not hover -- it's not his personality, and surely Ephraim would rather spend time with the other children than with his reticent guardian. Still, the thought that he might have missed Furi's struggles haunts him, and so he makes up his mind to be more attentive this time around. (And without a war looming, it's pretty easy, admittedly.) So he makes his way through Hougeda, seeking his young ward without urgency.
July 17, 2018, 02:09 PM
Ephraim
Drageda
Goufa
He was settling in well among the other pups in Hougeda, for the most part. Kiwi he still avoided when possible—her stern and far more mature demeanour made him nervous—but he felt good enough around Tux and Bat to come out of his shell a little. He hadn't spent any one-on-one time with his guardian's look-alike, but there would be time for that. All in all, his life in Hougeda was going splendidly, enough so that Ephraim no longer sobbed at night to think of his family.

He missed them, of course, and always would—minus the pale pup Caiaphas had picked up from somewhere—but their absence didn't hurt as badly. He thought of them with fondness rather than misery. He was on his own, laying on his belly and staring off into space with a memory of Raleska playing through his mind when Étoille came along, and it took him several seconds to register that he was staring at his foster parent rather than the grey-green of the cavern wall.

The masked man had given his name, Ephraim knew what it was and meant to use it, but it was automatic and immediate when he said, "hi, pa," before even realizing what had come out.

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July 17, 2018, 07:20 PM
Étoille
Drageda
Steltrona

Étoille keeps an eye on the pups enough to note Ephraim's adjustment, and it pleases him. Maybe that's part of the difference between his new ward and his old -- Furi had been older, and though heda had a similarly aged batch of children they'd not been the same rowdy, full crowd as these. Either way he is glad. 

He spots the boy and makes his way over silently, unbothered when it takes him a second to be noticed. Ephraim's greeting does make him start -- a flicker of surprise and -- pleasure, maybe, in the mistake (?). Étoille did not ever imagine himself to be a father, and even now he does not think of it in those terms so much (Furi was not his daughter, Ephraim is not his son, but --). 

Unsure how to address it, he choses instead to let it go, offering the boy a brief smile and a "bonjour, Ephraim. How are you?"