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-- backdated to early december, pups are about a week old.

When the pair of them had arrived at Saul's door a week earlier, the bitter cold of the day and the unmistakable scent of birth clinging to them, he'd been surprised if not delighted for the pair of them. He'd told Colibri she was pregnant a little while ago and he'd had a chance to prepare himself for Niernan and Colibri's happiness since then. But, as ever, the chocolate female had announced the arrival of her newest brood in terrifying fashion; while Saul was sure she hadn't nearly died this time, she was injured, weak and scared. He'd brought them inside immediately and patched his Sannindi up before checking on the pups; two girls and a little boy for them. Two had seemed healthy and happy, while the last born had still appeared a little cold, lethargic perhaps. He hadn't wanted to say in front of them, but he was uncertain if their youngest daughter would even survive the night.


It was a week on and Saul could breath a sigh of relief that all three had made it. He'd worried, constantly, since their birth and now that enough time had passed to allow the new mother to settle, Saul had decided on a home visit. It was different this time; he headed towards Niernan's house instead of her own, although Colibri had stayed close to Saul's home when the Flowers had been born. As he approached his cousins house, he flicked the snow-mush from his paws before entering, knowing Niernan wouldn't mind and that Colibri would probably not appreciate having to open the door for him. Coli? Its me. I just wanted to come and check you guys were alright. He offered, waiting for a response before he stepped further than the entrance.

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That first week had been a blur. After she shifted down to Lupus and Saul stitched her up, Colibri had done little else but sleep. Nestled indoors with the warmth of the fire and occasional feline companionship, it was difficult to even guess the time of day, let alone how many days passed her by. She certainly could not hunt for herself, and relied utterly on her Vald mate as well as the storage house with its dried meats. Her back was healing from when she'd slipped and tumbled down the rocky slope. The scabs itched now that the lacerations were knitting closed, although to those who could tell time, it did seem like they were doing so at a slower rate than expected. At least the abrasions were shallow enough to promise no new scars, or so she judged whenever she twisted back to lick them clean.

It was nigh impossible to steer Coli's mind from anything but babies, though. The puppies dominated her thoughts and feelings as she let herself sink into the simplistic instincts of motherhood. She nursed them frequently, and fell asleep curled around them when they were satiated. She nudged and licked them to inspect them, clean their messes, share their scents. Tending to Orvar and Bel had already woken such maternal proclivities that now she couldn't seem to flip the switch and return to being Sannindi and mate like she had been. It was too soon, of course — surely no one would ask her to leave her infants when they were still sightless and helpless. It tugged at her heartstrings to even sneak outside and relieve herself, and she always rushed back as quickly as she could manage. Nothing could be more important than her little ones.

As the small wolf nosed at the slumbering forms for the umpteenth time to check if they were still breathing, she spared a passing thought for her wolfdog flowers. Had she ever been so obsessive with her girls when they were this small? Honestly, she had, but the hormones made it difficult to remember the hazy details. That autumn had been bleak and she had been worried and miserable in all other aspects of her life, but stole moments of precious peace with her miracles Fiora, Farina, and Florina. It was the simple, tactile reward of feeling their heartbeats against hers and knowing they existed because of her. Being a parent changed her.

She sighed contentedly and curled around her youngest offspring, Russano, Fionna, and Ninian. (Nier had come up with the names, since her exhausted brain could barely remember her own name let alone concoct brand new ones.) If she never had to deal with the outside world again, she would be happy to stay here forever. It was not meant to be, however, as the door swung open and Saul entered the house with a loud announcement. Coli perked up, ears pricked forward, and woofed softly so as to let the pups doze on.

"We're in here," she called from the room, a warm smile spreading across her tired countenance. Saul was always welcome in their home.

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The scent hit him like a wave, nostalgia threatening to overwhelm him. He remembered distinctly how strongly his own house had smelled of pups, the combined mixture of Colibri and Lilin that was a comforting blanket to him. Saul probably could never admit to it, but he'd needed them as much as they'd needed him, if they ever had. They were gone now, his house was quiet despite his two remaining children. For just a moment, there was the sharpest stab of longing, to experience the high energy and innocence of young pups in his own house once again. And then he was reminded just as swiftly of his abandonment; he had no-one to do such a thing with. A soft and familiar woof came from the bedroom and Saul was quick to push these feelings away. He wasn't here to talk about himself, he was here to see Colibri and check on the pups. Cinnamon backed ears twitched forward as he was encouraged forward by Coli's soft words and with a gentle smile he moved forward to enter their den.


How are you feeling? He asked, keen gaze noting the grazes on her back; they were healing but perhaps not as quickly as he might have expected. He came closer, tail flickering easily back and forward before he stooped down on his knees in front of the new mother. Has she said anything yet? He questioned, eyes turning to the creamy coloured pup who had been so cold and lifeless that they'd almost given up on her. Of course, the pups couldn't speak yet and wouldn't for a little while, but it had been unnatural how quiet the youngest was. Green eyes flickered back up to look over the tired but contented face of his Sannindi, a bittersweet smile upon his lips.

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