Whitefish River Standing on my own two feet
All Welcome  June 11, 2019, 04:26 PM
Speedy
Kaistleoki
Newcomer


She hadn't yet felt comfortable enough to leave the borders to look for herbs, so rebuilding her plant collection would have to be a slower process than she'd like. She had, however, been excited to learn this new territory like she had known the mountain and had filled her time exploring when she wasn't overcome with fatigue. 

The healer walked along the bank of the river, searching it's vegetation for anything of use. She had also been keeping an eye out for any area that might make for a good whelping den when the time came. Although she still had some time yet, she never thought it was too early to start planning for something so important. She was still fairly shell shocked from everything that had gone down on the mountain, but thoughts of her future children still often drifted in and out of her mind. If anything, she was beyond grateful to be having them somewhere safe where she knew they would be loved. 

A turtle poked it's head from the water then, pulling her from her thoughts, and she stopped to look down at it with mild curiosity. It quickly dunked back below the water and swam away upon seeing her, leaving little ripples in the place where its head had been. She smiled a little and continued walking, thoughts soon drifting again.

I'm a wild light blinding bright.
June 11, 2019, 05:44 PM
Tobi
Kaistleoki
Newcomer
The cowboy had taken to exploring different parts of the territory in his free time. Surely there was a lot to see past the borders, but learning his new home proved to be more important. Recently he had discovered the caverns near the river's edge which he and Evergreen promptly name Quartz cavern for the crystals forming along the walls.

This time his travels along the river led him to a woman just up ahead, who seemed preoccupied with something in the water. At first glance, he would have assumed she was attempting to fish, but his hypothesis was quickly proved wrong as she continued on her way. Hold up—!

The timber colored man quickened his pace to meet the strides of the lady up ahead You from Kaistleoki? Perhaps it was a tad embarrassing that he had to ask, but with all the new faces and scents it wasn't so easy to distinguish loners from pack wolves yet.

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June 11, 2019, 08:44 PM
Speedy
Kaistleoki
Newcomer
She halted her steps when an unfamiliar voice called out to her and turned to see who it was. She didn't know him, but he asked if she was from Kaistleoki, and she scented Evergreen on him, so she assumed he was a new packmate. She nodded and smiled a little. Yeah, I'm new, she answered. I'm Speedy, she offered next. Then she turned a little and her smile grew a fraction. I was just exploring. Would you like to join me? It was easier to keep away the the dark thoughts of her past when she had company to keep her occupied, and she looked forward to getting to know another packmate.

I'm a wild light blinding bright.
June 11, 2019, 09:10 PM
Tobi
Kaistleoki
Newcomer
The woman stopped allowing him to properly catch up, and confirm she too lived here at the river. Apparently, she had recently joined the ranks like him. She offered her name than an invitation to travel along the territory with her. Darlin' I live for adventure. I'll gladly accompany you. He flashed a grin in response to her smile as he turned his attention back to the path ahead. My name's Tobias, but I reckon Tobi works just fine too.

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June 12, 2019, 12:15 AM
Speedy
Kaistleoki
Newcomer
Her smile grew brighter at his acceptance of her invitation. She turned and began walking once he was at her side. Well, nice to meet you, Tobi, she said as she moved. She didn't let much silence fall between them before she began to talk again as she was eager to find out more about her new packmate. How long have you been here? she asked, looking over to smile at him once more. That was always a good place to start--learn about how long they'd been here and what pieces had fallen into place to bring them here. Still a wanderer at heart, she was always interested to hear about someone's past, if they were willing to share anyway.

I'm a wild light blinding bright.
June 12, 2019, 12:34 AM
Tobi
Kaistleoki
Newcomer
That was a good question. To be truthfully honest, he hadn't been keeping track of the days lately, his mind too focused on what laid ahead and what was needed for the pack. There were no safety nets to rely on while they had been setting up. The need for food or marking the borders was great and took all of their energies to make sure their little home was here to stay. Hard to say, if I am to be truthful. A week or two if I had to guess? Life's been busy since we all joined. What about you? His eyes trailed the tops of the trees, the specs of light seeping through when given the chance to litter the ground with dancing lights.

Unknown to the medic, Tobias too sought out the stories of his packmates. Everyone has a story and he wanted to hear them all. Perhaps one day he could weave a tale about how all of their chapters came together to make the story of Kaistleoki.  Of course that all depended on the willingness to share any kind of intimate details about one's self. What's your story?

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June 12, 2019, 01:11 AM
Speedy
Kaistleoki
Newcomer
She had no doubt that things had been busy; she just wished she could have been here to help out more since she would have to rely so heavily on everyone in the following weeks. It was a lot to ask of pack that knew nothing about her, which was why she would try to do whatever she could while she was still able. Where were you before Kaistleoki? she pressed further, curious to know more.

What she had forgotten was that asking others about their past opened herself up to the same questions. It had never been something she was concerned with before since she never minded telling her story, but now--now her story was dark, and she was afraid it would harden her packmates to her. But, she had promised herself there would be no more lies, and she was going to keep that promise; she wouldn't ruin her new home with secrets like she had her home on the mountain. Her face fell, and she looked down. Um, well, I used to belong to a pack called Moonspear, she started quietly. I was there for a while and had built a good life, but then-- she swallowed hard at the emotion she felt retelling her awful mistakes. Then I messed up...I got pregnant...the very mated alpha was the father. Tears formed in her eyes, but she kept them from falling for now. It was my first heat, and everything was so confusing, but...my mistake ended up hurting a lot of packmates. Silent tears fell now, the emotion too much for her to fight. I feel so awful about it, the healer added. She fell silent for a few moments as she collected herself and then she continued, her voice a little more steady. The beta gave me this injury and then ran me out of the territory, understandably. So, her truth was out. She couldn't look at him, afraid she would see disgust or hate, so she kept her eyes glued to the ground in front of them.

I'm a wild light blinding bright.
June 12, 2019, 11:16 AM
Tobi
Kaistleoki
Newcomer
As a storyteller, you have to hear stories before you can tell them. As such, Tobias had heard his fair share of tales, but the one that came from the woman beside him genuinely caught the male off-guard. A mother to be who had lost a cherished life. That being said, he thought no less of her. As she said it was a mistake and no harm was ever intended.

Something about the smaller woman gave off the vibe that she was very caring. Perhaps it was the tears that fell or the softness of her voice, maybe it was all her visible regrets to hurting a family she loved. As Speedy motioned to the wound inflicted on her, the cowboy could not help but move in to lick away some of the tears that fell. She refused to look at him, but that was fine. As long as he could stop the tears that so wrongfully flowed from her bright eyes. Come now, I didn't mean to cause tears, darlin'.

Tobias stepped back to give her some room, now sitting under the shade of a tree near the river's edge. If he could get the female's attention he'd motion her to follow. Everything'll be ok, you're with us now. The place of new beginnings. See this river? Regardless if she joined him or not, he'd slap a paw across the water's surface causing a splash and series of ripples. See that? The birds, the wind, this river, everything moves. Sometimes life gets shaken in unexpected ways, but eventually-- The timber wolf tilted his head back to the river that had now evened out from the low current. Life finds a way to rebalance.

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June 12, 2019, 03:23 PM
Speedy
Kaistleoki
Newcomer
She smiled a little and looked back up when he cleaned the tears from her face. How could she have ended up somewhere with such caring wolves; she certainly didn't deserve it. She shook her head a little. No, it's not your fault, she said through sniffles. She was already sensitive, and so the hormones and weight of the situation made crying pretty much an inevitability. 

When he moved sit near a tree by the bank of the river, she followed, taking a seat next to him. She listened as he spoke, quietly sniffling as her gaze focused on the water and the ripples he made with his paw. It was hard not to be uplifted by his metaphor, but she was still reluctant to let herself feel too much hope. She still had no idea if the Moonspear wolves would come for her, seeking revenge for all the damage she caused. Still, she nodded and smiled up at Tobi. Thank you, she murmured. You and and Evergreen have been far too kind. Too kind for a homewrecker like herself. And, I'm sorry I kind of dumped all that on you, she added. I just don't want to start here with any secrets. That had only made everything worse on the mountain, and she wouldn't let lies poison her life here.

I'm a wild light blinding bright.
June 12, 2019, 04:08 PM
Tobi
Kaistleoki
Newcomer
Shaking out his paw with a chuckle, Tobias lightly shook his head. I asked for it, you have no reason to apologize. Now that he was looking, it was rather obvious that Speedy was expecting, but only if you looked. Her bump was only just starting to show. How exciting! Even a new pack like theirs could have children. If you ever need anything, just let me know. Or ya know, just someone to fill the youngin's heads with stories. He flashed her another grin before looking back out to the river. 

Fair is fair, I can give you my story, but it's by far not as interesting. Was it ironic? That a man with tall tales and lived for adventure had little to say about his life aside from the adventures he's been on? Well even if it wasn't, maybe it was a tad sad. Grew up with my Ma n' Pa, normal pack life, but I never felt whole at home. Took a life finding journey to find a place where everythin' felt right, still lookin', but I have hopes for this place. Been in so many packs now I've lost track. Then again, perhaps his story had more life to it than he led on. The short facts might have not been extravagant, but the real life laid in his journey. On the bright side I can proudly say I've seen a life's worth of crazy, and I'll happily share my experiences. As for where I was before here? Some land East of here. Crossed mountain ranges and met Evergreen out on the cliffs.

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June 14, 2019, 02:05 AM
Speedy
Kaistleoki
Newcomer
She smiled. Thank you, that means a lot, she answered. And, you're welcome to tell them stories anytime. She was surprised that he seemed so willing to accept her after everything that she divulged, but it made her happy to know that he was already excited to teach and entertain the pups. Hydra's last words had made it clear that her children would not have been awarded the same kindness had they been born on the mountain, and she was grateful that that wouldn't be the case here.

She was more than glad for the change of subject, turning her attention fully on him as he began to tell the story of his past. He seemed to be a wanderer at heart, and she could certainly understand his need to go searching for his place in life. Well, I hope you find what your looking for, she offered, giving him an encouraging smile. Everyone deserved that much, especially wolves who let their new packmates cry at them and tell them their problems.

What's your craziest experience? she asked, intrigued and gladly taking him up on his offer.

I'm a wild light blinding bright.
June 14, 2019, 02:22 AM
Tobi
Kaistleoki
Newcomer
The cowboy couldn't help but grin at the opportunity to share his stories with the kids. They always had the best reactions since they were willing to believe anything. They also failed to call him out if his tales grew too tall. It would be a fun time, sadly it would still be some time before they were ready to sit and listen to him.

Perhaps what I'm lookin' for will find me. Maybe it already did and I just haven't realized yet. Who knew what would fill the desire in his heart. Maybe it was a place, or a pack, maybe it was just another wolf. Only time would really tell.

Given the opportunity to finally share some of his adventures was enough to perk up the timber pelted male. I suppose that depends on what you find interestin' Ma'am. What was his craziest experience? Crazy that was true at least. Let's see...once when I was crossin' some mountains I watched fire rain from the sky. It's touch spread across the land rapidly and the sound was enough to shake the ground where I stood.

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