[AW] Spring Cleaning
#1
For some reason, despite how tired she was, Aspen felt like cleaning. She chalked it up to being pregnant, although she really did not know if that was the real cause. Her own house was clean, mostly because it was so empty, however, she knew that there were some unoccupied houses that could probably use some cleaning as well. Her own house had been a bit dirty when she moved in and while she had not minded the cleaning since it gave her something to do, she thought that maybe someone else might want to move into a clean house.

Major simply watched her head for the door with one eye open. She turned to wave to him and he let out a quiet trill before making himself comfortable on his rabbit fur bed in a sunbeam. Aspen found a broom as well as a bucket, which she filled part way with water so it wasn’t too heavy for her to carry, and grabbed a couple pieces of cloth that she could use to clean.

Aspen made her way back through Jordheim to choose one of the empty houses to clean. She knew there were a few empty houses in the village, although it seemed quite full now. Aspen stopped in the yard of a house she knew was empty and set the bucket down. Aspen pushed some of her wild hair from her face as she looked around, hoping that the outside would not need repairs since she was sure she wouldn’t be able to do that. Really the most she was going to be able to do was clean the inside and maybe sweep off the porch.

After a couple of moments, Aspen picked up her bucket of water and headed inside to get to work, leaving the door wide open as she went.
#2
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wow midnight replies are hard+300


Taro shuffled around, still in a state of delight. He was enjoying life and all that it had. The spring brought about high spirits and even though he loved the winter, there came a time when the sunshine was much more important to him. With his new mateship, he was feeling much lighter and happy. The previous weaks he had been worrying and fretting over what she would say and now he was feeling a lot more confident about everything. He was going to interact with the llamas out at pasture, they were getting far friendlier and healthier, but something else caught his interest.


As he walked through Jordheim, the door of an unoccupied house was thrown open. His sandy ears perked up as he approached, but he saw the shape of Aspen within. He hadn't interacted with her nearly enough since they got their llamas. Obviously, they passed each other often but they didn't talk much. A quick glance assured him that she was wasn't quaking in her fur that much but he didn't want to close off her the doorway by following her in. He remembered first time they had talked.


"Hey Aspen!" He chirped, standing just outside. The interior of the empty house looked dusty, a little rugged and pierced by the unkempt knots of roots from plants. It wasn't uncommon for the homes to fall into disrepair if they weren't used and kept up. But not in the way a wooden house was, since the homes were underground and rained brittle dirt and roots returned. There were different problems but Taro didn't mind since he had no idea how to use a hammer or tools and dirt was much easier to sweep up. "Are you cleaning the empty houses?" he asked, glancing at the bucket and the way she looked at the room.


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#3
The house had a table, which needed cleaning, and Aspen figured some of the shelves on the walls could be dusted, although she wouldn’t be able to reach some of the higher ones. Maybe she would ask Ascher for help with those later since he was much taller than she was. It would seem odd not to clean the whole place and leave some of it dusty. What if someone really tall moved in soon? While looking around the front room of the house, Aspen managed to zone out a little bit, a testament to how comfortable she had become in Vinatta, at least on her own or with those that made her feel comfortable. So, a voice from outside the door caused her to jump with a quiet startled sound and her hair fell in her face as she turned quickly to see who the voice belonged to.

“Oh, h-hi, Taro,” she said with a smile, then nodded to his question. “Yes, I um, I felt like cleaning, but my doesn’t need it.” It helped that there was not much to clean and it was lived in. This house may not have much to clean, but there was no one to clean it regularly. “So um, I figured I would straighten this one up a bit.” She glanced down at the bucket of water, then back over to him.

“I d-don’t know if any of the others needed. I um, figured I’d start with this one.” For all she knew, after this, she wouldn’t feel like cleaning again for a while, or she would be too tired to clean any of the other open ones.

“Did um, you want to help?” She asked as she started to sweep the floor. Maybe he was just curious and didn’t want to clean. If she was an assertive wolf, she would have simply put him to work for walking in the door, but that just wasn’t her.
#4
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It's four AM I may have lost control of my life.+300


Taro smiled warmly, approaching slowly and with some apprehension. Her scent had changed and he could detect the smallest difference in her figure. Months ago, he had noticed these changes in his mother before Dagr had been born. With some slowness, his eyes widened slightly. "Something's different about you," His tail thumped behind him as he came closer, appraising the vacant structure at the same time. If he knew anything, pups were in store for the viking pack and Taro would be happy to see them wandering around and all that.


His grin didn't falter but he shook his head, "I don't want to be a gossip, or anything. But I'm real excited for you and Ascher." Taro was all smiles and tail wagging from them. He had a good enough nose to know what was what. Though, he was sure that wasn't going to stop her from working on whatever she wished. Though, it did make him more eager to help her in some way. In fact, he had been meaning to give her something for quite awhile. He had been practicing his table making skills, and while he was no master, he could make something that would stand well in a room.


"Anything you need help with," He commented, looking around and at the ceiling. He could see slight coils of roots above them. Plants were always seeking places to hide away and burrow into. Taro couldn't blame the plants for their tenacity. "I made something for you though, ages it ago, I just keep forgetting to bring it over." The yearling blinked apologetically at her with a sheepish shrug. The table had been tucked away when he had decided to ask Chloe to be his mate, since then, he had hardly even looked at it.


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#5
OOC: get some sleep, you looney! ;D

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"Oh, um, yes," Aspen replied with a nod. It was becoming apparent how obvious the change in her scent was. The pregnancy certainly wasn't a secret - not that it could have been if she wanted it to be - but it was still odd getting attention for it, especially for someone who did her best not to be noticed too much. Even attention from those she knew like this was strange to her. Aspen didn’t have too much trouble talking about the livestock, but talking about herself was still difficult sometimes, even with news as exciting as this.

"Th-thanks," she said with a smile as her tail wagged. Aspen was still getting used to the idea of motherhood and figured she would still be in the same boat until the puppies arrived, and maybe for a while afterwards. The whole thing made her nervous since she did not have much experience with newborns at all. Mainly just Dagr after his surprise birth. Bel and Orvar were already talking when she started having a larger role in their lives. If they wanted something from her, they could easily ask, unlike a newborn puppy.

"Well, you um, could maybe start cleaning some of the higher shelves?" She suggested gently. She didn't think she would be able to get them, but maybe he was tall enough. Her ears perked when Taro mentioned the had made something for her and she felt the usual unease she had whenever she received a gift. It just never occurred to her that someone would want to give her anything.

"You did? Um, what is it?" She asked. It was understandable that he had been busy, especially with his new mateship. Aspen was just grateful for the thought alone, let alone actually having a gift given to her.
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OOC +300


Taro puttered around, happy to help in any way. He hadn't been doing anything else of merit and reached up to start working on the shelves. It was a dusty place and as soon as he reached, he started sneezing, much against his will. Through the cloud he subsequently knocked up, he nodded foggily. "I fashioned a little table for you, since your home is so bare. You can put things on it or ate at it, it's very stable."


It had taken him a lot of work just to figure out how to make a table stand properly. He had crept around and peered at tables for what seemed like ages to get a idea of what he wanted to do with it. The very first table he had made had all but crumbled when he put anything larger than a small book on it. Now, he wasn't much of a carpenter, but he could place almost anything on his new and sturdy tables that he had begun to fashion from large cross sections of fallen trees. He found that large trees created a perfect table size and just needed a little extra sawing to get them going.


"I'll be happy to bring it round whenever, once this is done we could go get. I'm pretty used to hauling it around at this point."Taro smiled warmly and braved the dustiness once more. He had never known how hazardous simple dusting could be. He supposed that his and Tyris' home had been a dust bomb waiting to happen since neither of them knew anything about cleaning nor did they clean. Granted, now that he moved in with Chloe, their home was not exactly the picture of cleanliness either.


With a muted cough, he muttered, "Who knew dust could attack? I feel like my nose is sand." When a loud snort, he finished his task with a determined flourish.


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#7
OOC: feel free to skip ahead in the cleaning if you’d like to move things along! :D

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Aspen ducked her head automatically at the loud sound, despite recognizing the obvious sneeze and her ears flicked forward with interest as she straightened up. A table? That would be very useful. She always did most of her work that could be done at a table outside by her fire pit, but when the puppies arrived, it would be nice to be able to sit inside, and keep tools away from them for a while until they grew tall enough to reach them.

“Th-thank you,” Aspen said with a smile, continuing to move around as she swept. She wasn’t sure what she could do in return for something like a table. Surely it had taken quite a bit of work, not to mention the materials for it, but she would think of something nice. “That um, would be great,” Aspen said. “Getting it when we’re done here, I mean,” she added on to clarify. She was excited to have a table, and since he had offered, that sounded like a good idea.

She cringed as he kicked up another cloud of dust, but laughed at his joke, and she hoped for his sake that there wouldn’t be much more, and also felt a little bad for suggesting it to him and subjecting him to it. Her own work was going pretty quickly, and she moved towards the door with the pile of dust she was sweeping up so she could send it out the door.

“Maybe some fresh air will help?” She asked, stepping back inside. The dust pile was still on the porch, but she would get rid of it later when she swept the porch itself. Next, she picked up a cloth and dipped it into the bucket so she could start wiping down the table. Soon, she would be doing that with her own.
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OOC +300


Taro was glad for her appreciation for it was all that he really needed from it. It was a job well done if he just had her smile for a moment. He regarded Aspen as someone he needed to protect, not that she could not protect herself but she had garnered a soft spot in his heart. Taro was made of soft bits though and found special places for everyone he met unless they were cruel to him. He didn't let his blindness blind him though and he was a fighter deep down, even if he acted more akin to a stuffed animal.


He tried to finish his task promptly, scrubbing the shelves and avoiding further sneezes through a little extra snorting and extreme willpower. But he got them clean enough and lowered his arms, a little stiff from being held vertically for any amount of time. Aspen worked behind him, sweeping the floor and kicking up dust of her own. It was clear she had the true will power here and he could hardly compare himself to. He didn't mind cleaning, despite the dust and his sneezes for when he was done he felt like he had accomplished something, even it was just a small task he had done.


The ginger canine did make a move for the door though, sniffing at the air that was clean and free of dust and must and things that grew when a home wasn't occupied. "Cleanings all good and well," He said after a moment, "But I don't know how good I am at it." He snickered to himself, rubbing his irritated nose and watched as she cleaned some more, feeling a little guilty he wasn't helping. "Anything else for me to do?" He prompted, tail wagging, even if he didn't like it, he would help.


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#9
With the table clean, Aspen moved on to opening the cupboards to see if any dust had gotten into them. She was pretty sure the doors had remained closed most of the time, so very little was there. The Starfa Rikr dipped her cloth in the bucket to rinse it off and then went back to work. Luckily, she could manage to reach all the shelves and that job was going quickly.

Aspen paused when Taro said he wasn’t very good at cleaning and asked if there was something else she wanted and she looked around. An empty house didn't have much in it to get dirty, but she also hadn't checked the other rooms yet. The house looked like it only had two other rooms, luckily. It would be a bit like cleaning her own house in that sense; even how empty it was was similar.

"You um, seem fine a-at it,” she replied, tail wagging. “Um, maybe you could go see what the other rooms need?" She suggested, glancing towards the doorway of one of them. “Hopefully just sweeping.” With any luck, they would be empty and that was all they would need. Then there was just the porch to finish sweeping, which was good because Aspen was starting to get tired. It happened much more easily now that she was pregnant, but cleaning the house was easy enough.
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The eager lad nodded at once and hustled into the rest of the home. Most places were small with only a few other rooms beyond the living area. This place was no exception and was comfortably cozy and would be plenty of space for a couple or even a small family. It was so empty though and anyone that moved it would have to bring their own flair to it for a bare horse wasn't much fun to live in. Taro customized his home with pelts and craft items that he found or created himself. He was no artist, but he had a general skill in many things. He had spent a lot of time observing others during his time in the pack.


Walking through the hallways, the place looked clean enough. The compact dirt floor was simply that, dirt, and peeking into the rooms revealed little more than cobwebs which were easy to brush away with his hands. He gathered the webbing in his hads until he was able to roll a little cobwebby ball and teased at it with his fingers as he examined the rest of the place. Unlived in, there wasn't much else that he could do. It was easy cleaning up if no one had lived there for awhile.


"It's looking pretty good, Aspen," He commented as he returned to the main living space. It was a nice place and with some furnishing, he imagined that it could be cozy and warm in even the coldest weather. It drew an almost wistful sigh from him. He had a mate but their house was seeming pretty empty with only him and Chloe most of the time. Lila lived there, but as she gained her independence, he was spending less time with her pseudo parents. Curious, he turned to Aspen with a question, "Do you think your life will change after you have pups?" He knew he wanted some of his own someday, but was curious about them as he was still so young himself.


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#11
"It does," Aspen agreed with a nod. "I um, th-think we're just about done." In fact, she was pretty sure that all she needed to do now was sweep the dirt pile off the porch, then gather her cleaning supplies to take home. She reached for the handle of the broom and as she turned towards the door, Taro asked her a question that startled her a bit, mostly because she wasn't expecting it.

"U-um, well, yes, I think so," she replied with a nod. It was inevitable, really, with at least one new life that would be entirely reliant on her for a while. It was a scary thought, but Aspen was told she would feel such ardor for the puppy or puppies, that it wouldn't matter. "I mean, um, the puppies will be completely helpless, so um, until they're older, I won't be able to go to the barn or stable as often." It seemed like they would grow so quickly, though.

"But I guess, um, it's like your whole focus changes. It's um, not about what you want anymore, it's about what they need." She leaned gently on the broom and looked at the floor. "It's still a bit scary, knowing I'll have that sort of responsibility." Aspen was forever terrified that she was going to do something wrong.

"I don't know if that makes sense," she said with a quiet, self-defeating laugh while shuffling towards for the door so she could finish sweeping.
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Taro listened to her with ears ready and eyes attentive. While they had raised Lila together, she was already largely independent when she had come into their lives. It had been a perspective change but while he loved her, she wasn't his own kin and was making her way in the world without him.


He had always thought about starting a family of his own but he always worried about whether he would be a good father and if he would be there as they grew. The ginger wolf had grown up without a father and though Jiva had been swept away, it hurt non the less. Some days, he felt like he hardly remembered what his father looked like anymore and it brought it crashing down on him again. Her answer had satisfied him though, and caused him to smile. If anyone was ready and able to have pups, he would definitely pick Aspen. The quiet fae was kind and understanding, able to empathize with the pain of others.


"Well, I think you'll be a wonderful mother." He said, wagging his tail behind him. Taro stepped out of the small home behind her and stared out at Jordheim. It was quiet today, swimming in the warmth of spring. It looked as though they were very nearly done and he was glad being finished with the dusty job. "Would you like to grab that table I made you? I don't think I live too far from here." Jordheim was fairly compact, allowing most of the open spaces to form around it rather than inside. He'd be glad to move the furniture out of his house since moving items between his and Chloe's house was going to take enough work as it was, one less thing out be a relief.


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#13
"Thanks," Aspen replied with a shy smile. Her friends and mate thought she would make a good mother, but she was just nervous. Aspen didn't think she would have trouble disciplining them, or anything like that. Once they were older, she knew she would be alright. It was the actual process of giving birth, and trying to understand the needs of puppies who cannot express what they want that scared her, and they seemed so fragile. But it seemed she would have plenty of help.

"Y-yes, that sounds like a good idea," Aspen agreed, reaching for the handle of the half-filled bucket. The cloth hung over the side and she headed outside where she picked up the cloth and emptied the dirty water next to the house, out of the walking path. It was only dirt, so she knew it would dry and be fine. After putting the cloth back over the side, she picked up the bucket again.

Aspen waited just off the porch for Taro to lead the way, hoping that he would be able to carry the table alone because she would not be much help. She knew she wasn't supposed to stress herself too much, which is why the water in the bucket was so low.

"Will, um, you need help carrying it?" She asked as she followed him.
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Taro was never afraid to show his support for his friends. If anything, that made up half of his goodness of personality. He may be brave in the face of danger but it was a new bravery that caused him to speak freely with his peers and companions. Taro was never cruel in his words though, unless they needed to be and it suited the moment well. Lies were worse though and he tried to be kindly honest whenever he could manage it.


"No problem!" He chirped brightly. And watched as she dumped the dirtied water onto the side of the path. The table was long over due in being given. While large, Taro was growing stronger by the day as his body matured. He had attained his adult size but he had not yet reached his blooming prime. The springy youth was like a growing sapling, stronger everyday. He had left his quailing days behind him. And with spring and summer ahead of him, he intended to live the rest of his life like he meant it.


"I can carry it myself," He assured, waving a hand and heading down the path. it was an easy distance away though he watched Aspen with warm interest. "Sorry I didn't get it to you sooner." He murmured with a sheepish dip of his head. He felt distracted some days, the flying speed of his youth simply carrying him away with it. His tail swayed behind him almost thoughtfully. "I'm just enough dog to be distracted by everything." He gave a soft deprecating chuckle as he arrived at the little hobbit home Chloe and him shared.


He pushed open the door and easily stole through the house quietly. It smelled empty but was warmly furnished with furs and rough hewn furniture that had been made before the young couple moved in and a few that Taro had made himself. The table wasn't far though, tucked away in the corner of the room. It was simple with a rustic charm, pleasing to the eye. "Do you like it?" He smiled eagerly at the older canine.


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#15
"Th­that's okay," Aspen replied with a quiet laugh of her own, following him along the path to his and Chloe's house. Aspen didn't experience the distraction part of dog heritage, but she did have a strong urge to herd things, and she preferred when people she cared about were all together.

Aspen really wasn't worried about how long it had taken Taro to get her the table; she had gotten along find so far without one, although it would be useful to keep things out of reach for the puppies when they arrived. She was still just not used to getting gifts from others, let alone a table that Taro had spent time making her for no reason that she could see, other than that she wanted one. And she was relieved that he could carry it on his own since she would not be of much help. Aspen wouldn't have wanted to bother someone else, too.

When they arrived at his house, Aspen hesitated in the doorway before stepping inside. She glanced around briefly before her eyes landed on the table that Taro indicated.

"Oh," she said in a surprised tone, eyes slightly wide. "It's lovely," she added on sincerely and looked up at him as her tail wagged. She wasn't sure what to expect with a table, or what he would be able to build, but she really liked this one.

"It will work perfectly," Aspen continued. She didn't want chairs since she was often in lupus form, and sitting on the floor would be fine. A low table was exactly what she wanted.
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Taro beamed at what sounded like genuine sincerity. He had worked hard on the table and had sort of accepted it as part of the backdrop of his home. He had liked making it as well but wasn't sure if he would pursue the craft furhter. He was having more fun crafting beers and hunting for the fruit and grains that he knew would be back the coming year. Killing strong trees for furniture more than he had to seemed a waste especially when many canines did not use them as much as the man did. A wolf was still a wolf no matter how much furniture he owned.


"I'm glad for that, it's been just collecting dust since I made it. No doubt I should have gotten it to you sooner but better late than never, right?" He grinned and shrugged going over to it. It was a sturdy thing but as it was low to the ground and rather small. Bear hugging the table he was able to lift it off the ground with a slightly strained grunt. The weight of it surprised him as he hadn't messed with it for quite some time. In a slightly strained voice, he grunted, "Let's head over quick before my arms fall off."


The stout legs of the water were quick to dig into the fur of his arms as he shimmied out of the tight space of his home and into open air. As he waited for Aspen, he rested the table on the ground and hoped that his face didn't look too wearied by the weight of it for he was sure that he would be able to make it over with no problem once he got his momentum started. Hopefully, Aspen wouldn't worry for him, he didn't want her lifting the heavy table when he knew he was capable.


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#17
“Definitely,” Aspen replied with a nod; she was not at all concerned with how long it had taken him to get the table to her. They were all busy and she was just glad to be able to have it now, assuming he was actually able to carry it to her house. It looked quite heavy, and she knew she was not going to be of much help to him; if he could not carry it alone, they were going to have to go ask someone else.

"O-okay," Aspen nodded again, making sure to move out of Taro's way. She stepped out of the house behind him and then closed the door so he wouldn't have to. She was worried about the weight of the table; it looked like it was heavier than he thought, but she did not want to question him, especially since it might just slow him down, and she didn't want to do that, either.

A worried frown formed on her face when he lifted the table again, but she said nothing and instead started heading towards her house. She didn't say anything on the way there, partially because she didn't know what to say, but also because she was not sure how easy conversation would be for Taro while he carried the table anyway. Not talking didn't bother her and when they arrived at her porch, she quickly opened the door. Luckily, her front room was as bare as it always was, leaving what she hoped was plenty of room for Taro.

"Um, o-over there would be great," Aspen said, pointing to one side of the room. It was the side near the shelf she kept all her things on, figuring it would make it easiest to access them quickly from there. It was also near one of the few windows in her home, so there would be light without her having to use a candle all the time.
#18
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Wrap up in the next post or two? +000


Taro huffed and puffed slightly as he hauled the table. While he was not particularly concerned with the idea of masculinity, there was a small amount of vanity connected to him being able to move the table around by himself. He had made it and he felt as though he should be able to carry it. And if he were to have puppies, he would feel inclined, that since he helped make them, he should be able to carry all them at once as well, no exceptions.


Though, as he tottered, he realized just how foolish it was but he was too invested now. He couldn't back out of his good deed now and it wasn't right to ask Aspen to strain herself with the table. The journey was a short one and his poorly concealing puffing could be put to rest as he eased the table into the small home. It was just as sparse as he remembered it but he supposed that the table would be just enough to fill it up.


He watched where she pointed and made his way over, shimmying and squirming to get it just right. Angling it carefully, he placed it. A beam of sun from the window settled on it as Taro shook himself off and rubbed his weary hands together. "This look good?" He asked, turning to her with a bright smile. He hoped he wouldn't have to move it again but it was her home and his gift to her and she could do whatever she liked with it.


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#19
OOC: yup, sounds good!

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The placement of the table seemed like it would be good. It was difficult to tell since Aspen had never actually had one, even in her birthpack, but with how tired Tiro seemed to be from carrying it, she certainly wasn't about to ask him to go through the trouble of moving it again. For now, she figured she could try it out where it was, and if it did not seem right, she'd ask Ascher to move it for her. Between the two of them, she was sure they could at least move it around her little front room.

"That looks good," Aspen told him with a smile as her tail wagged gently behind her. She clasped her hands in front of her stomach. "Th-thank you for making it and um, for bringing it over." Sometime during the next couple of days, Aspen figured she could bring him something to eat, if she could manage to catch any fish. In her optime form, it would be difficult since she was used to fishing in lupus. If not, she'd repay him after her puppies were born.

"Oh um, and th-thanks for helping me clean the house. I'm um, sure someone will appreciate it when they move in." She hoped there would be someone moving into it sometime soon, but if not, at least it was clean, and she would be willing to go clean it again.


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