all the trembling flowers
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His body was tense, crouched in the tall grass. Leaf was a sore spot in the green field, the same color of autumn leaves not yet turned. In a few weeks he would be able to act like a proper spy. For now, though, except for the sunburnt patches of grass. The fox had his large ears turned forward, and his nose was working in quick, sharp bursts. Dark whiskers twitched, shoulders rolling.

With a sudden spring he flew into the air, making a sharp arc and letting gravity do the work for him. His pounce landed on an unfortunate mouse, who barely managed to squeak in surprise. Not a minute later this was gone, swallowed in fast bites so that Leaf might not be slowed.

One leg came up and scratched at his armpit, and from there, the fox rolled onto all fours. He gave a great shake, loosening pieces of his fur and bits of pollen, and sat back to admire the way the sunlight played with these semi-transparent things. A few bugs, spooked by the motions, had taken to the air. Some birds took advantage of this and swooped after them while Leaf, content with his small snack, watched them from below.


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OOC: Optime. Have an Asch & Orvar!

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Ascher had had his fill of awkwardness for the time being – things between he and Aspen still weren't quite the same as they had been, and in moments where he couldn't wrap his head around how to make things better he had started to retreat to the woods and fields. The fresh air and loosening leaves as Autumn approached did a lot to clear his head - not so much for his relations with his family.

This time, as Ascher plodded out of Jordheim and towards the nearest space which would allow the breeze to rake through his fur, he was shadowed by a the lanky figure of his son. Orvar, despite being the eldest of all Ascher's offspring, was the quietest, and apparently the most stealthy; the elder Stormbringer didn't notice his firstborn following him until the expanse of long grass was in sight. He slowed so that Orvar might catch up, throwing an encouraging grin over his shoulder. “You're working the quiet thing to your advantage, I see. I never got the hang of that.”

Asch threw his arm around the boy as the pair crossed a well-trodden path to reach the field. For the remainder of the walk Orvar spoke in a hushed but excited voice about everything he'd been learning, and Ascher listened with a vague smile. He loved his boy for his forgiveness of his absence, but he couldn't help wishing that everyone was as ready to forgive him as the charcoal lad.

A repetitive flapping made Orvar's voice cut off mid-sentence, though it had been quiet enough that it might have simply run out of steam on its own. Ascher jerked his head as the fox's scent rolled towards him, a smile tugging at the edges of his mouth. “Leaf,” he called, wading through the grasses with occasional twitches of his tail and ears as he repelled tiny insects on autopilot. “How have you been?” The Eljun Rikr had always had a soft spot for Drin's eldest and there was a fondness in his tone which was present when he spoke to his extended family.

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The Kurosoul Clan descends... +300


Taro moved about his business in Jordheim, he was growing restless being cooped up and the three young pups were eager to explore the world around them. Still very young, Taro kept a close eye on them but he felt as though it was time for them to go beyond the safe town. He wouldn't let anything happen to them though and had his two falcons high above them, keeping a look for anything that could be considered dangerous. Tobias had slowly gotten used to the younger Gyrfalcon and her silly ways.Though most of his attention was on the children that tottered waywardly behind him.


It had been a week since he brought them out to the garden and already they looked more sure of themselves though the big world continued to confuse and fascinate them. His keen eyes noticed Robin falling behind and the tall canine bent to scoop the tawny child up. "It's okay Robin," He murmured in hushed tones. Her puppy blue eyes looked up at him in recognition and he couldn't help but smile. They were beginning to recognize their names and their little babbling almost made sense, to a degree. Though, their whines held plenty enough meaning to the young male.


Wandering not much further, he encountered a field of tall grass but it already looked as though it was occupied. Ascher stood out with his lanky son, but with a blaze of orange fur, his adopted brother stood out just as brilliantly. Taro grinned with surprise glad for the opportunity for his brother to meet his rowdy nephew and nieces. "Hey!" Taro began, holding Robin with one hand and waving with the other. Bjorn and Juno were already blazing a trail through the long grass, stumbling as much as they were running, fascinated with both the two bigger strangers and the smaller, oddity of a fox they had never seen before.


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The birds had a right to fly, it seemed. All at once the field was full of other people—two Stormbringers and his brother to boot. Nevermind the horde of children, all of whom Leaf knew by sight and name even though he had been less involved with their raising. His brother seemed to have a handle on it, even if the puppies came charging up like a whirlwind of babbling talk and wagging tails.

Leaf was on his feet quickly, and peered up at the Luperci with a broad smile on his face. He sniffed at the puppies, let his bushy tail give a few sweeps behind him, and keened up at the elder males.

Oh, as good as I can be, he answered, and his smile split into a grin. Better now for the company. We got practically the whole family here, wouldn'tchya know?


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The grass swayed and rippled as the breeze skimmed it. The frayed ends of the blades almost reached high enough to tickle Ascher's kneecaps as he came to a halt a comfortable distance from Leaf. Orvar hung back a little, and from the corner of his eye Ascher saw his son's head turn towards the wolves who approached. Asch adjusted his footing, moving a half step back and outwards to make room for Taro and his brood. He grinned crookedly and tipped his head to the gingery male, observing the Aeska with gentle curiosity.

Leaf seemed as chipper as he always had to Asch, and the Stormbringer man nodded, his smile unwavering. “That's very good to hear.” Orvar eyed the children shyly, mumbling a word of greeting to Taro as he shuffled his feet.

Ascher's tail swayed slowly as he witnessed the mini reunion and was warmed by it. It was perhaps even more pleasant because it didn't really seem like a reunion – unlike Ascher's generation, these siblings had probably rarely been far away from each other. Drin had managed to raise a functional family in spite of every trial life had thrown in her path.

“A fine family it is, too. Your mother must be so proud,” Ascher intoned softly, returning his attention to the pups who massed around Taro's paws. “I don't believe I've had the pleasure of meeting everyone, though.” So much had happened in the time he'd been gone. His own children had grown, and so had entire families; Drin was a grandmother now, and Shiloh was a mother again. There would be plenty of Aeska running around to keep the scholar busy over the next few months.
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OOC+300


The puppies were fascinated with the fox and scurried around him without fear. Taro knew he would have to tell them that not all foxes were as nice as Uncle Leaf but for now they could have their fun and chase after his plumy tail. Juno was the first to pounce but Bjorn wrestled her into the ground and the three rolled off into a thick patch of grass. The young male let out a weary sigh, they were an exhausting punch especially now that they weren't sleeping all the time. "Yup, the whole lot." He said, "If they don't get out they tend to break things."


As they grew, they were getting big enough to knock things over and it was quite the hassle to keep them from destroying everything, either from chewing or just being crazy. It was a blessing when they finally went to sleep and then Taro and Chloe could get some rest as well. They tended to follow a similar sleeping schedule as their children. They were more manageable when they were out in the less destructible world. Nature could stand the test of time and flowers crushed by over eager paws would regrow in time.


Scratching his chin, he pointed to the darkest and only boy. "Well, that's Bjorn, his sisters are Juno, the lighter, and Robin with the redder colors." They stopped for a moment when they heard their names but quickly went back to playing. But it wasn't long before Juno bit overly hard and Bjorn let out a shrill yelp. "Juno," He scolded sternly, "Play nice with your brother, you have teeth remember." Their teeth were painfully sharp and Taro had more than one bite mark from play time gone wrong. But the sooner they learned to use their teeth the better.


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It took a few minutes before the thrill of bushy Uncle Leaf wore off, and the fox was glad for it. He loved puppies, and tolerated them well enough, but it was sometimes overwhelming. Sure, the games were great, but after a while he got tired and they just kept on going. Exhausting!

The sun warmed his back, but the tall grass provided enough shade to keep him comfortable at the low height. That was one thing he never had to worry about, he thought. It sure was easier finding somewhere to go when you weren't as big as tree.

A small chuckle escaped the fox, and he peered over at the pups before looking to his “little” brother.

I remember you a'n your brother breakin' a few things when you was little, he teased, and flicked his bushy tail at a buzzing fly.


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OOC: Sorry for the ridic wait!

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It was always something of a treat for Ascher to meet the pack's newer Aeska – at such a vulnerable time in their lives, he always felt a sense of pride in being trusted around the children. It was always interesting to see how other parents dealt with the everyday issues which arose during childhood. He smiled knowingly at Taro as the little ones romped in the long grass. “Wait until they're teenagers – they stop knocking things over and start throwing them,” he responded in soft but light tones. Ascher hadn't really suffered that problem with his eldest children – yet – but he was painfully aware that that was because he'd been absent for a chunk of their teenage weeks.

The Eljun absorbed the names with a studious gaze directed towards the pups surging around their feet. He didn't know when, but he knew he would need to know them for the future – at some point, they would probably need a teacher or an ear to offer their grievances to. Ascher wasn't aware of a child or youngster in existence who had no complaints and wasn't in need of understanding at times.

Taking a deep breath of late Summer air, a lazy smile lit the coppery male's face. Leaf teased Taro about breaking things when he was a pup and a chuckle drifted from the eldest male as he basked in the glow of being back amongst friends and family. “I was on the other end of the spectrum,” he supplied thoughtfully, “Too cautious to break anything or get into trouble...” The scholar shrugged stiffly, brushing the hair from his eyes as he refocused on the pups. It seemed they all had bright futures ahead in the form of their families, but Ascher hadn't quite shrugged off the shadows which seemed to be trailing after him.

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As they played, they quickly ran into the grass and romped and leaped the best that they could. They could hardly see each other but Taro kept a fatherly eye on them as they bounced to and fro, making sure none of them wandered too far away that they could be in danger. As much as he trusted Vinatta's borders, he could never be too careful when watching the pups. Not only would losing them devastate him, he would never be able to look Chloé in the eye again. His brow creasing slightly, he turned toward his brother and pack mate, making sure the squeals they made were happy ones.


At Ascher's words, he very nearly balked, "Gods, I hope that doesn't happen. Accidental breakage is another in my opinion." Taro had been a tame teenager, more smitten with Chloé than anything else. Their romance had been one straight out of a fairy tale and he knew it and very much appreciated the simplicity of the whole thing. He let out a little snort, "I think you're confusing my games with your and Tyris', I was the picture of perfect child, I assure you." Perfect in behavior, but he had been a timid thing, more apt to be around his mother's feet than out breaking things.


It wasn't until he was older than he began to realize that fear was okay as long as he could over come it. Bran had taught him many things and he had taught even more to himself. Before then, he had been considering becoming an Eljun much like Ascher, but realized book work was not so much his forte. "I was the same way," He added with a sight, "They'll crash eventually, I hope. But I've been so busy, I never asked what you two have been up to. What about Ivy, Leaf? And how is Aspen faring?" He hadn't ever known Ivy very well, the vixen that had often accompanied Leaf but Aspen was dear to his own heart and someone he respected a lot.


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