Moonspear Never Ever
All Welcome  May 16, 2019, 12:15 PM
Charon
Moonspear
Alpha
It was difficult to part with @Speedy after their little resort together. Although the hormones had mostly subsided the feelings still lingered. Charon did not love her, and felt that if pups would come from their union it should be his right to do as patriarch of this mountain, when his mate could not. But it was not quite that time yet, and experience taught Charon it was a lot easier to lie until time did come. Charon had rolled and preened his fur until the remnants of Speedy's scent were gone.

And just as quickly as he had gone many weeks ago, Charon returned, King of the Mountain as he had always been. A howl announced his return as the sun started to set and he made his way through the forests at the mountain's slopes towards the rendezvous site, glad to find that the season's scents had settled at last. He decided that he should find @Hydra soon, so that they could both realise that they had been silly because of the hormones and make up. Of course, @Amekaze was still on that list too, although he was more upset with her than with Hydra. His daughter had always been a rash creature and Charon loved her dearly, forgave her easily, but Amekaze was the reason for all of this mess. Speedy and Hydra would not have come into season if Amekaze was the strong Alpha Female that she was supposed to be still, and if she had had her season instead. The mountain needed pups, but now there were two eligible females to provide it with such, rather than the one strong one that it should have been.

Still, he also loved Amekaze and that made it difficult to talk to her. She would never believe him if he told her that that was her duty and that he thought she had failed in it. There was no use in trying to convince her of that. But he needed to get over the bitterness he felt towards her in some other way, still, so that they could see their grandchildren -- and possibly new batch of children, if it took, for Charon was still convinced that they should be born, half-royalty and all, and they should be raised by Amekaze and he as though their own -- grow up.
May 16, 2019, 12:44 PM
Amekaze
Moonspear
Alpha
They had found some semblance of an almost-normalcy here, and she had remained steadfast in her guard and watch as it started to fall into a routine. Hydra's season had faded (likely to be seen through), Zafina's illicit whelps dealt with, and Charon remained notably absent. Accordingly enough, her bitterness towards him and his acts of disrespect aimed at her only became a festering wound, one insulted by his continued leave that was far too suspicious for even her. She didn't trust any of it.

But, cavorting with her sons and daughters over their slopes and game trails had quelled her aches enough to not have them burden her on the daily, not any worse than they needed to, anyway, so it was these moments she built herself upon. If anything, not having Charon there made it easier on her morale; she didn't want the constant reminder of what he desired from her, not when she was perfectly content without--now more than she had ever been after their argument, feeling fit, just absent that whole seasonal affair. And, in Hydra's potential litter, she had her (almost) assurances that her blood could remain even without the cost to her so directly.

So where she might have patrolled their darkening forests with him near, as she had comfortably done for some time over and over again, it was her daughter who flanked her now as their winds carried his howl. She said nothing as she veered a route towards him, and the inner sanctums of the Spear.. knowing what may await them.

When she spied him, her tail rose to a sharp arc and her nose flared after his scents--wanting an explanation therein. Have fun? she asked as she stepped closer, no greeting or warmth towards him to be had as it took more effort than that to still the snarl she held back.

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i want to bleed in the 「r a i n
May 16, 2019, 02:19 PM
Charon
Moonspear
Alpha
It was Amekaze who found him first. Might as well be. Charon turned to look at her when she greeted him so coldly. Unlike the cool expressions on her face, his expression wasn't cold at all. No, he said, his eyes shimmering as he looked at Amekaze. I hated every moment. It was her fault, in Charon's opinion, that it had all come to transpire, but even as she stood before him looking cold, Charon could not be angry at her. It wouldn't be any use.

I'm sorry, I couldn't be around with an that was going on. With her... Heat was one thing, but his own daughter's another entirely. I'm sorry that we left on bad terms, Ame. Charon frowned as he looked at Amekaze and he stepped towards her, clearly intending to close the distance between them. Charon's face had regret written clearly on his face. For the fight. For being away for so long. I missed you.
May 16, 2019, 02:31 PM
Hydra
Moonspear
Beta
Her anger and her hurt was palpable, and as she emerged from the woodwork, letting him see and regard her mother first, her ears were thrust forward and her head was held high. His words were not missed, and Hydra grew all the more angry. There was no need for any of that, she began slowly, if you had brought her back here. But you kept away, alone, with her, there was no accusation in her voice, but she was matter-of-fact. You did not trust me, or mother, And such a thing came full circle now as she steeled herself. If she is with child, she will leave, she commanded.

I'll find that you'll find that I'm lethal
May 16, 2019, 03:34 PM
Amekaze
Moonspear
Alpha
Her eyes narrowed over his answer, although the rest of her stayed as dispassionate as the frustrations rippling beneath her surface would allow--especially with the root of so many of them standing there in front of her, towing a very fine line already with a look like that on his face. The ire in her heart gave a twist then, seeing him after the fact of everything that had landed them here; he could say all he wanted, but to her, those in-betweens and what he didn't outright say, might be all the more valuable.

Deciding not to remark on that, he gave her more to consider as he admitted to his weakness in leaving in the first place. That didn't earn him much favor--could he not be bothered to control himself? Was his daughter's heat that offensive? Something in there did not sit well with her. She knew, too, why it would unnerve those basal instincts. She hadn't liked it on principle at first either--that had been her role, her right.. but Hydra had, and she had not so she had adapted and found the vantage point in the situation that she did approve of. It had not been enough to send her fleeing from the mountain in the first place, though. Are you? she asked, watching, allowing him closer towards her as she didn't move or shift otherwise. She sincerely doubted he was sorry for any of it, though the part of her that aligned so well to him wanted to feel otherwise badly. You seemed plenty sure of yourself then, even in insulting me, she said, looking him dead on. She had not forgotten that she had been hysteric, not seeing it clearly, and all manner of whatever else to her while he threw a right tantrum, complete with storming off just because she wouldn't get pregnant for him or blissfully raise his kids with some other random cur.

After her dark daughter said her piece, Amekaze felt the barely contained anger leaking through and it was oh-so-tempting to stoke that flame right here and now. Hydra was still slighted by how they had parted, and in her eyes despite not seeing the situation in real time, perhaps rightfully so. Charon had not left any of them on good terms, it seemed.

Her nod was small, but true, to back up the words: he didn't trust them, not by those actions, or the mountain they all stood upon. She would have been safest here, she said in addition, curious to hear the justifications for that one that Hydra pressed for. Was she meant to believe he had stowed away with a female in season to no consequence? In his care, alone? Did he really think so lowly of her? She was beginning to wonder that, and this realization was unsettling--even if he missed her, she feared the words were more hollow than he led her to believe.

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i want to bleed in the 「r a i n
May 16, 2019, 03:43 PM
Charon
Moonspear
Alpha
Hydra came out of seemingly nowhere. Charon turned to look at her, though honestly he wished he could be here with Amekaze alone right now. At his daughter's words, Charon answered: You are my Beta and I trust you, but I am your father and Alpha. I had made the plan, and you defied me in front of family and subordinates. You must understand why I could not let that pass. Only after that Amekaze had called for them, but then it'd been too late. Maybe if her call had come minutes earlier.

Amekaze did not move and Charon closed the distance between them. He pressed his nose briefly to her cheek before withdrawing again. Things were said in the heat of the moment on both ends when we argued. I won't let that ruin over half a lifetime of great things. He looked at her with a frown that seemed to imply, please don't let it. At Amekaze's notification about Speedy, Charon said: At the time I did not want to be on the mountain with Hydra's season, so this seemed the best choice. Your call did not come until after. Charon did not care about all of this questioning and found his patience thinning. He didn't understand why they would be this way; he could throw enough things in their faces, too, but chose not to -- for now.
May 16, 2019, 03:48 PM
Arcturus
Moonspear
Epsilon
arcturus was not first to respond to his father’s proud howl, which sounded like a clarion over their stony rooftops. the boy was relieved — his father had been gone much too long, and he was eager to chase away the loneliness he had felt in charon’s absence. 

he was too slow to intercept his father first; Amekaze and Hydra were present, and even from his vantage arcturus could see tension rent the air between the trio. he cleared his throat and bounded down the slope towards them, cutting off the tense reunion by lending his overjoyed presence to them. father, you’re back. he exclaimed, ignoring the coldness that seemed to seep from the pair of females. he had more important matters to talk about than a woman’s stupid heat — in some ways he was just like his father, in that he had little patience for things he did not believe were important. it had been weeks the heats had made their claim upon the mountain, and the boy was sick of listening to and hearing about it. 

 revui and i found yami. he announced, deeming this was clearly more important than whatever reason his father had been gone. arcturus was sure, that whatever the reason was, his father had done what was best. she does not care to be part of our family anymore. 

this, to arcturus, was a graver matter than the tiresome subject of female fertility. patiently, he glanced to Charon, looking to read whatever emotions showed upon the patriarch’s muzzle.
May 16, 2019, 05:28 PM
Hydra
Moonspear
Beta
Hydra shook her head. One did not hold grudges as she did and forget so easily. I told you my plan. I told you that I would escort her back, with Revui. You did not like that, and so I then offered to take her, alone, and escorted by those I knew would protect us. You among that number, she pressed, which begged the question: so why not come back? Not only did you disrespect me, but you also insulted my mate, and your sons, and her mother, too, but Amekaze was here and could speak for herself, and she trusted her to do so. The standard he set before all that day had opened her up for disrespect; Revui and Arcturus had both ignored her command for the first time that day, and perhaps they would do it again. He explained it was due to her heat, and she bristled at that, but dipped her head relenting to this point, at least. For a moment, she seemed to soften. Hydra loved her father, but she felt as though she meant so little to him, and the threat of that caused an ample amount of strife.

The hurt his absence had brought, and the choice he might have made during it, had caused her belief in him to falter. Did he love her? Would he protect her as he protected Speedy that day? He saiid he had trusted her, but he did not show it in his actions. Already she had come to the thought that this woman would now come first to him; he had proven it. He was willing to put his teeth to his flesh and blood to do so. She had seen it. And if they had children, they would ever be a threat to her own. 

Arcturus approached them, all chipper and cheery. Hydra had one ear upon him, and one upon her father. There could be no peace between the three leaders unless this was resolved, and Hydra so wished for it to be remedied; she did not enjoy this any more than their father did. If she had to fix it with her teeth, she would, though for family she had more patience than any stranger. Completely ignoring the words of her brother as he saw fit to do to her in a moment far bigger than the runaway (and showing him in fell swoop what she thought of that), she lashed her tail. More patience, true, but it was wearing thin. Why bring the irrelevant up in a time like this? They could get to that, if Arcturus wanted to sour the reunion further with dismal news. 

If your protection of her failed, and she is with child, Hydra said, they will not be welcome here. Her ears pricked forward. If this was challenged, then she could abide by his rule no longer. She had trusted him that day, and she wanted to trust him now—but she knew him. Knew him enough to know that he would not protect anything that was not his own. 

Did he care to be of their family anymore? 

There was brighter and better news, she suspected, as a wave of nausea clutched her. This she did not attribute to pregnancy, in not knowing its symptoms. I will need you to spend all of your time bonding with and protecting your grandchildren, if there are any, she edged in, daring to let a shard of light poke through the heavy cover of cloud. At last, she got to the heart of it. All of this was not to attack or offend him, but to defend what she foresaw; her father knew her enough to know that all she ever did, she did for love, for her family. Those around her were what mattered most; she simply wanted to know they were not alone in that. 

Was that so unfair?

I'll find that you'll find that I'm lethal
May 17, 2019, 01:47 PM
Dirge
Moonspear
Iota
The timing of the return was unexpected by his estimations, to say the least. There was no particular haste taken to come and receive Charon's return on his part either; Dirge knew as well as anyone on the mountain that the odds of walking into literal storm were decent. He would approach it like he did most things, with a particular nonchalance and curiosity. The rift that had been left in the wake of the season and boiling tempers would not be so easily sewn shut.

A clamor of voices guided him in as he neared the rendezvous site; he heard Charon's voice and then Hydra's, the subtle tones of Amekaze only to be joined by a more eager one belonging to none other than Arcturus. The yearling's input netted a faint smile across his lips, a surprising innocence in a matter that surely still went over his head. From the brush and shade, he laid eyes on the group as he pieced the situation together but did not yet interrupt anything.

He wondered, instead, whether what he had heard in snippets were true. Perhaps all went according to plan and there was nothing to fear, leaving a certain patriarch a white knight, but he had his doubts. Such outcry wouldn't have been warranted if there was even a shred of doubt, and Dirge too knew the burn of carnal desire, knew the struggle of deciding whether to give in or get out. It was a delicate situation and because of that, he lingered on the sidelines and out of view. But certainly not out of earshot.