The Tangle la mer
All Welcome  December 28, 2018, 06:34 PM
Tahani
Undersea
Tauhou
backdated to 12/25

no one knew anything. no one had seen anyone. no one had been of any help, whatsoever. and the normally positive Tahani was beginning to lose all hope.

the pale healer entered the thicket, a ghost among the dead weeds. the dying sun cast long shadows over her pelt; she felt as if they were demons clawing at her, tearing her flesh. she felt enough pain for that to be true, anyway. she couldn't remember this much pain, ever.

pain, inside and out. she hurt. and the most prominent pain of all was the loneliness that went bone-deep. it was a dull ache, a hunger for companionship, and yet, with all the conversations she'd had over the past days, it had not been sated. no, only her family would do.

only Currituck would do.

she kept on going, for she feared that if she stopped, she would be overwhelmed at last by sorrow. she must keep going, for her daughter's sake. she must.

Common · Inuttut
December 30, 2018, 01:45 PM
Lischo
Wild Fauna

The feline prowled through the trees and bushes, their skeletal claws trying to rake through her fur to snag her skin. She picked her way up and over, under and through the thorns and branches.
Hunting.
She rarely actively hunted but waiting for something to pass her nose had become boring and fruitless. She needed to eat. The woman licked at her lips before yawning. She doubted she'd find much in here. Too dense for her to hunt properly; at least it kept off the weather.

Carelessly, she took a bound forwards to untangle herself from a particularly clingy bush only to have a thorn dig itself into her pad. She feline yowled, leaping upwards before taking a few steps forwards. She hissed quietly, seething and hurt. She lifted her paw to lick at it; the thorn was embedded in her. She licked at it more, trying to stop the throbbing pain to no avail. Again she groaned, annoyed and uncomfortable. She shook her paw wildly in the air in her frustration before licking at it again. Taking no notice to what was around her.

It was just trees after all.
December 30, 2018, 08:13 PM
Artaax
Dragoncrest Cliffs
Feisripa
Artaax was restless. It was wonderful to be home and to have the drama with his family a little further behind him, but the more at ease he grew, the more she began to reappear in his mind. The number of days until their rendezvous were growing fewer and fewer, and in spite of his other R-Rated escapades, the young lion was eager to return to be reunited with his golden nymph. And only mostly because he was confident he'd get to nail her this time. Part of it, the more wholesome part, was because he actually liked her. It's that part I like to focus on, but that was not the part that was making him so antsy and restless and easily agitated.

In an effort to distract himself, Artaax put himself towards strengthening the claim his sister was attempting to make upon the Tangle. He did not AT ALL understand her desire to take this particular territory, but that didn't stop him from being the good little soldier and supporting her however needed. He just silently judged her for her life choices the entire time. Nothing new there, though.

Artaax was not anticipating anything of interest to occur during his scouting trip through the woods, and even when he sensed the presence of another of his kind, he didn't find it particularly interesting. Still, he turned his steps and struggled his way over to her, growling low to gather her attention and stop her in her tracks. But just as soon as he'd made the sound, another presence made itself known, and then Artaax was the one to freeze and turn with head and tail lifted, hackles raised, and eager wariness glinting in his mismatched eyes.

 
January 01, 2019, 06:38 PM
Mallaidh
Dragoncrest Cliffs
Gona


Mallaidh’s frequent visits make it easy to maneuver. She’s big, tall, and has a lot of fur, but with enough practice she knows which turns to make (most of the time). She’s following Artaax’s scent for some unknown reason (cough) but he’s making literally The Worst Choices in direction. Standing side by side with him, they easily compare in size, but most of her size comes from her fur and in his arms she feels… not small but, she fits.

Okay, that’s not why she’s following him.

It’s not.

She squirms through some brush but it takes a few shoves to make it through and not without taking twig-hostages with her. A yelp causes her eyes to widen just as she stumbles forward and smacks her face into a tree-trunk. Ow.

A little disoriented, she looks up and sees two of Artaax, blinking a few times in surprise. Did she hit her head that hard?

i'd give anything to hear you say it one more time
that the universe was made just to be seen by my eyes
January 04, 2019, 09:37 PM
Tahani
Undersea
Tauhou
she smelled cat before anything else; the stench was unmistakable. Tahani bristled, hair fully on end as she did a sort of sidestep, but before she could go further, the burly warrior was upon her with a growl. had she. . .had she trespassed, unknowingly? again?

i. . .i-- the healer broke off, her nerves getting in the way of coherent speech. l-looking for-- she was interrupted once more by the girl's smack against the tree, and her round eyes widened further, staring at the young woman.

s-sorry, she whispered, looking wildly around for the cougar. where was it? looking for m-my daughter. currituck. small, brown. Tahani silently pleaded--for the pair to be friendly, for the cougar to go, for her family to be reunited. you see her?

Common · Inuttut
January 06, 2019, 07:33 AM
Lischo
Wild Fauna

Sounds of others carried to her once she quietened. A sound.
Wolf.
Wolves, actually.
Her gaze narrowed, scanning the trees, before starting towards the source. Not so silent for the pain in her paw. She emitted a low sound, pushing through the branched to land her eyes on the forms. She hunkered low, wondering what the trio was doing here. One was laying on the ground, looking kind of dazed. She rose slightly, eyes piercing through the thin weave of branches.
She tensed up, ears twitching before falling still. Injured paw raised. 
The feline stood stock still, assessing the wolves.

She debated racing up a tree despite the pain. She'd be safer. Three against one didn't fare her odds. she could attack. Strike first. Would she cross the distance on one leap? Possibly half, but by then they'd be moving. Not prey.
She needed to hunt, not fight.
Her tail whipped through the air in indecision.  
January 06, 2019, 01:09 PM
Artaax
Dragoncrest Cliffs
Feisripa
A few things happened at once then. First, the stranger started stuttering anxiously at him, and Artaax immediately stopped listening. He couldn't stand listening to broken speech, so he didn't. He was over her, and would otherwise have driven her out then and there were it not for the second thing to happen - Mallaidh.

His attention shifted swiftly to his friend, taken by surprise at her sudden arrival. He already was on edge at the other presence he'd sensed, and Mallaidh injuring herself immediately upon arrival was not at all helpful for that. Artaax looked away from her as she blinked at him, his gaze sifting through the trees until he found the cougar, prowling through the brush to step into view.

Stiff-legged, the lion stepped forward towards the beast, shifting so he was in the forefront with the two females behind him. His lifted his lips in a silent snarl, warning the creature away. He wasn't quite stupid enough to attack if he could send it off with just posturing, but he was ready to engage if it decided it would be stupid and ignore the warning.

 
January 08, 2019, 07:07 PM
Mallaidh
Dragoncrest Cliffs
Gona


One of the Artaaxes starts talking and she quickly realizes it’s not two of the same, but one of each. Mallaidh doesn’t recognize the voice but her mind if occupied with the sudden approach of cat. She has not had any real experience with a cougar before. She’s seen them in the distance but she doesn’t know what to expect up close.

Mallaidh only half-listens to what the stranger has to say and tries, with her eyes, to get her to be quiet. Cougars are large, with far deadlier weapons than they have. Three against one? They might have the odds in their favor but there are far too many unknowns. She glances to Artaax, whom puffs up first and she stands close, her own thick fur bristling too. If anything, maybe they can run (if they follow her), otherwise they’re pinned against the creature.

i'd give anything to hear you say it one more time
that the universe was made just to be seen by my eyes
January 10, 2019, 09:49 PM
Tahani
Undersea
Tauhou
no one answered her. they were too focused on the cougar, and soon her attention shifted as well, deep-set eyes locking on the cat warily because there--there it was. she bristled further, her thick pelt making her look twice as big as she normally was, and took a step closer to the girl that had smacked her head.

she ignored the compulsion to check her for injury--obviously now was neither the time nor place.

instead, Tahani shifted her gaze toward her, face alight in a slightly fearful question. now what? she clearly wanted to know.

Common · Inuttut
January 13, 2019, 04:04 PM
Lischo
Wild Fauna

The feline moved, limping from the cover. Her eyes were trained on the one displaying the aggression. The one that stood territorially yet the land wasn't claimed. She sneered at him, turning her gaze to the dazed one on the ground. Her ear flicked, green eyes swallowing details. Pupils dilated, the shafts of winter sunlight blotted out by clouds. Her tail swayed, unsure. She could play a game, or she could stare them down.

A soft sting reminded her of the thorn so naturally, she licked at it, earning a hiss in pain. She turned teeth to it, trying to pull the pain from her paw and yet couldn't. Her teeth not quite grasping properly or with the precision that a healer may have. Her head turned up back to the trio; nervous apart from the male. Her fur rose up, tail fluffing as a low rumble emitted from her throat. A stark warning to the male, her eyes solely staring at him.
She would not back down from that. 
January 13, 2019, 05:01 PM
Artaax
Dragoncrest Cliffs
Feisripa
The girls moved behind him - even the stuttery one, but Artaax paid them no attention. His eyes were on the cougar, which was apparently just as intent upon him as he was upon it. Were the feisripa one to actually carry his emotions on his face, he would've been grinning fiendishly, eagerly at it. Much of his life had been in turmoil as of late, and he liked nothing better than a good fight to clear his head (Well. Sex was good too. But probably not likely considering the present circumstances).

Artaax didn't flinch at all when the cougar growled a warning at him. He fluffed up taller and took a step forward, his teeth still showing though no sound escaped him yet. He also had no intention of backing down. He really saw no reason to. With or without the two female wolves at his back, Artaax was a power to be reckoned with. He could take this stupid thing out, just as easily as he wiped the floor with all of his enemies. 

Confident, cocky, semi-delusional, Artaax took another step.