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All the snow was beginning to pile up in great drifts moved by the wind. Snapdragon, small as she was, had special trouble trying to plow her way through the snow unaided. So, during this harsh winter seasons she chose a different mode of transport rather than walking. And Chamerion made an excellent seat and with a bit of coaxing she could almost curl up on his back to keep her feet out of the snow but today was on patrol.


The snow spoke volumes to her, as much as she hated it. They told the inner workings of the land as it shifted and changed. Almost everywhere she looked, she could see the four toed foot prints of the crow as they hoped around, tail dragging behind them. Not that they weren't already easy to see, shiny black against the glistening snow.


Though, it was the other creatures that interested her. Deer dancing across the surface, long gone now but their scent remaining. The dainty prints of cats and other coyotes and the larger paws of the hybrids intermingling there. It was all very normal and standard, and she made footprints of her own, though they were in the shape of horse hooves as she guided Chamerion on along the border.


It hadn't snowed since the day before and it left lots open to the imagination. A day of activity was amazing when accumulated on a soft snow cover. And when the snow returned, they would all but disappear.


Her familiarity with the foot prints didn't stop her from examining strange ones. Most she recognized were on one clear side of the border or the other. Inferni's patrol paced in a uniform pattern. Loners beyond never got closer than ten feet of the macabre display hanging from the borders. But when she saw a set defying all of her expectations she stopped. Her hackles rose and she dismounted, examining them closer, breathing in a scent, any scent. But whoever - or whatever - had made these tracks had concealed themselves well.


Gazing out, she noticed them zigzagging in and out of Inferni's territory sometimes further in than Snapdragon would have pleased and in one case, there was a dash of blood against the snow as if they had made a lazy kill upon Inferni's border. Snapdragon shook her head and lifted her muzzle in a summoning yip, hoping to attract the attention of a few Infernians to crack the puzzle.


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Leon had to wonder whether this is what it felt like to be buried alive in the aftermath of an avalanche, because whether the Hybrid wanted it or not, he was buried from head to digit in white fluff that was slowly but surely starting to melt around him, seeping into his fur that he actually put much effort in grooming this morning.

Not that he would normally think of such a thing, but accidently walking over a snow bank that you originally thought was a small hill had that effect on canines. Yet Leon was far from admitting that to himself. He was usually such an observant and aware fellow, and leaving a large coyote shaped hole at the top of said small snow-covered hill that wasn’t really a hill would possibly mean that he wasn’t aware and/or observant in the slightest.

No, he was simply being courteous to the next passing coyote.

A coyote who WOULD have accidently gotten themselves stuck in a pile of built up snow which had some resemblance to a hill. And so, when they would see Leon’s body imprint within the hill, they would know without a doubt, that this hill, was not a hill, but a snow bank waiting to swallow up its next unsuspecting victim, and would thank Leon for his obviously purposeful sacrifice in getting a chill in all the wrong places. Especially one particular place which will not be mentioned, nor will ever be mentioned. You just don’t mention that spot… EVER!

So after digging himself out, in a less then graceful manner then he would have liked. The Hybrid took one quick shake before his ears had him face in the general direction of a summoning. His eyes lingered, unsure if he should answer. It wasn’t a call of distress, yet did it matter if it was or wasn’t?

Before he knew it, his legs had already carried him to the scene, with a familiar and welcome sight of a barley hued coyote greeting him. More to his non-existent surprise, she was unharmed.

‘And here I thought I would be saving a damsel in distress’ Leon stated in an almost humorless tone of voice within in his head. He didn’t voice his thoughts out loud for obvious reasons, as his previous endeavor left him in no mood to either be berated or toyed with by his superior in rank.

“You called?” He spoke, before noticing the obvious telltale signs of a trespasser.



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369 Vesper has Stark, Conrad, and Conrad's ravens with her! (Haha, and Leon posted right before I finished this so sorry if the end is weird, had to go back and edit.)

Vesper patrolled religiously. A substantial part of her day was spent walking the full length of the borders, hours devoted to focus, and an Infernian could find their leader if they paid attention to the time of her morning patrol. Other times she ventured out at random, with or without scouting as her main focus and with or without a partner -- as she had now -- depending on what was needed. And, right now, she knew it was needed.

Once or twice she'd spotted the tracks, always missing the creature that made them. She was a decent tracker, but with the snow drifting, it left the trail of scent and footprint literally cold. She'd gone to the ravens and asked them for more vigilance, but even they were left puzzled. Vesper couldn't imagine what could miss her birds; the trespasser had to be damn lucky, imbued with invisibility powers, or otherwise not something that looked like a threat to the ravens. Anything that would hunt near their borders, however, would send up a red flag. Any raven who'd ever sat eggs would be vigilant to the likes of foxes.

It was through her messages to the ravens, and his own patrolling, that drew Conrad to her. He patrolled with her today, his trotting pace matching hers, with their three ravens flying overhead and occasionally wheeling in the sky to scout off in a different direction. When the snow became laden with heavier prints and the musk of horse, Vesper froze and bristled, but Conrad brushed past her with a few suspicious sniffs and dropped his stiff tail to indicate that she could relax. Unfamiliar with horse scents as she was, Ves did recognize Snapdragon's scent and her voice a moment later, followed by that of Leon, and sighed as she trotted after the sounds.

Quiet as Conrad, Vesper stood with an ear cocked back as one of the ravens settled in the bare branches of the trees above them. She offered Leon a brief smile -- they hadn't spoken in a while -- but lingered a very safe distance from the stallion. Conrad pricked his ears and sniffed the air again, though he learned nothing new.



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I totally shadowposted. *edits* XD

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The Moineau boy was often at the borders lately; it appealed to him, though he didn't yet venture beyond the Inferni borders very often. Rather, he would walk along them and see what interesting encounters he could have. More often than not, there wasn't much happening. The skulls were a pretty good deterrent for most and he had never run into a joiner himself before. Though he figured it was just a matter of time before he was helping filter the newest members of the pack into it. With the aid of his leadership, of course, he couldn't just let them in himself. Kalli didn't even really want that kind of responsibility.

Today he was walking the borders with a cloak tugged tight around his body; it was really freaking cold! It was just as he was about to turn away to head back home to warmth that he heard someone call. It was a familiar voice. "Snapdragon?" he said to himself, frowning slightly as he listened to the message. It didn't seem urgent or distressed, so he doubted she was personally injured. It did sound like she wanted help, though. Curiosity and friendship won out over his desire to get warm and the young male turned to walk toward her.

A couple others had beaten him there: Vesper and a strange dark male he didn't know. "Hey." he said to the group in general. "What's happening?" his nostrils flared to see if there was something he wasn't noticing right away based upon the smells around them. Nothing seemed particularly amiss to him, though, so he waited for his pal to explain. Although it was clear all of the others gathered were a bit agitated, so perhaps he was just missing a really big piece of the puzzle.
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Snapdragon didn't have to wait long for her calls to be heeded. The Clan had keen ears and they came from the brush, some more silent than others to join her. She felt safe among them and happy that they had gathered around her. There was little that she could do alone other than track the prints, already becoming marred by the snow and the scent growing stale. The fur on the back of her neck those it was hidden by her hair, growing longer than she liked it.


Leon was first to show. Though she was irritated, he inadvertently caused heat to rise in her face. They had been an almost something but she could never put labels on one meeting in a greenhouse. And she hadn't forgotten about Nivosus back in Sapient, his memory certainly dominated her mind but neither of them could take her attention now. Her mouth parted to speak with him when Vesper and Conrad appeared silently through the brush. Almost as quickly, Kalli appeared with his mouth full of words and questions.


"It's good that you came," She hadn't really expected this many, but she had no idea what the thread was and her dull red eyes cast out in front of her. "We've had a visitor."


She inhaled, low and slow, trying to find a source of a scent but it was muddled, unclear as though they were trying to mask their scent. Looking at the paw prints, muddled she believed it was a canine or something similar. The snow was soft and always shifting in the slightest breeze. "I was hoping to get an idea of it all, I've never been the best at tracking but I know when someone in trespassing, and killing in our territory." Her brow brunched and she shook her head, wondering what kind of fool would dart into Inferni through a macabre show of skulls and even have the audacity to hunt.


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Her nephew approached through the snow, wrapped up in a cloak, and she smiled at the new Sciens before returning her blue-eyed gaze to Snapdragon. She nodded as the Regulus summed up the situation, sitting down briefly in the snow though apparently ready to spring into action, should she need to.

Whoever or whatever it is has been lingering around the borders for days now, Vesper said, frowning, and flicked an ear as the large raven in the tree croaked. The ravens haven't reported anyone, either. Either they know and they're avoiding our birds, or they don't seem like a threat.

She glanced at the fuzzy tracks in the snow, lifting her own paw to compare the size. None of it added up to her. She hoped it wasn't a threat, just some idiot playing with the coyotes -- but it could be something more malicious, too. If it was someone who wanted to lure one of us out and kill us, they would have done so already, she added, though she hadn't really meant to speak aloud. She shrugged.



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Kallistos flattened his ears in respectful greeting to his aunt when she looked his way, then perked them up again to hear what was happening. The thought of trespassers made his hackles rise, his upper lip curling slightly in distaste for the concept of a creature of some sort invading their territory and taking their prey. It didn't sit well at all with the young Moineau and he lowered his body toward the ground to examine the tracks with eyes and nose.

There wasn't much that he could detect that was overly familiar, although he did recognize the coppery scent of blood from a kill. His ears flicked again and he looked to Vesper again when she spoke. Valid points about the ravens having shown no alarm recently, though that didn't necessarily mean it wasn't a threat or enemy. After all, smart enemies hid in shadows. Snapdragon had taught him that. He stood up and resettled his cloak so that it sat more easily across his growing shoulders.

"We should track it down, to find out what it is at least. If not a trespasser, what else could it be?" the young male asked, looking at the two females with a puzzled sort of expression. The tracks looked canine enough to him, though he wasn't a pro by any means. Youth had the fault for that one; he was learning by experience, but it was a slow process.
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Turning his eyes back on Snap, Leon noticed a slight hint of irritation, which would have gone unnoticed to the untrained eye. Leon narrowed his eyes, his ears splaying back in a defensive manner. He was just about to ask the Lykoi what was wrong before the subtle fall of paws from the surround caught his attention.

Leon returned a smile as Vesper walked into the clearing along with Conrad, who Leon gave a slight nod too. Not long after that, a young Kallistos came bounding after them. The Hybrid raised an eyebrow at this, unsure of whether he should feel worried for having him around should things get violent if the group does happen to find a trespasser. Though he said nothing as Vesper seemed to approve of his presence.

“Inila hasn’t noticed anything either, and owls are usually quite perceptive. Whoever this fool is, they are cunning and elusive enough to avoid detection from the air, as well as cover up their scent.” Leon narrowed his eyes at the tracks as well as the blood stains, deep in thought. “If they are this prepared, then I wouldn’t be surprised if they had a temporary camp close to our border. Any sort of scent-nulling formula would have faded over long distances, and such scent-masks usually need time to be applied” Unless they covered themselves in mud, which Leon highly doubted since winter left little in the ways soft earth.

Leon returned his gaze back on the group. “Given that there are paw prints as well as other evidence that something was here, they must be doing this with a purpose. Probably not to lure us out, but maybe to irritate, or possibly challenge us. Or their simply too stupid to cover their own tracks.” Which was unlikely given they can avoid the entire population of ravens within Inferni. Leon couldn’t even remember the last time he DIDN’T notice a raven perched up on a branch or rooftop. Even on the beaches! The Ravens were everywhere in Inferni.

The Hybrid then turned his attention to the sciens, who Leon was more then grateful to hear him bring up a clear point in logic. Though his admiration faultered a bit as he saw the young coyote’s confused face.

‘Still Learning’ Leon reminded himself, and he offered Kallistos a small smile, and a nod.

“I must agree with Kallistos. We will gain nothing more from sitting here and scratching our muzzles. We should move forward and find out who our unwelcome guest is, and deal with them.”




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I don't know exactly what they're tracking... *vague post is vague*


Looking at the three canines, a rather odd trio if she was honest, and nodded at their suggestions. There was a lot that cold be going on here and she was eager to figure it out as well. The tracks suggested only one and when they were together, there was no doubt that they would be fine. Chamerion was simply a whistle away and she felt no fear when she was around the fierce stallion. She was also among friends, so she let her mild anxiety dissipate further.


"Alright then, let's find this jokester then." Her nose wrinkled, but she knew that this was something that she would have done when she was younger. There was no doubt it was the kind of handiwork that she praised. They were sneaky, untouchable as of right now, a phantom in a slew of snow. "If you can, it would be good to get the birds to go ahead of us, we could use the eyes in the sky." Snapdragon didn't know hjow to manage the birds so that was up to them.


For herself, she knelt down and tried to catch a scent. It was faint against the snow but she could combine the tracks and the faint scent that came off of them. It wasn't enough for her to identify anything but she marched out after them. "Kalli, stick close to someone, you're still young and we don't exactly know what we're up against." Snapdragon shot him a glance that was protective and even soft around the edges. She had a soft spot for the boy, who was really more of a young man now. Snap didn't doubt that he could fend for himself. But after her rendezvous with Nivosus... she was feeling a little different about it all.


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"Prolly hidden, their camp," Conrad offered, the first he'd spoken. The small, dark coyote shifted his weight, thoughtful. "Scent and sight, I mean. Otherwise we woulda noticed 'em, so close."

"Right," agreed Vesper, and nodded again at Leon's statement. "They definitely mean to leave these marks. Whether they're doing it maliciously or as a prank, I don't know, but if they can evade us -- who else will try?"

Snapdragon gave her instruction, and Vesper nodded. Conrad repeated the order in an accented croak; Eliseo, Eloisa, and Stark flapped from their perches and flew out ahead, dark wings riding the wind and beady eyes surveying the ground below. They broke off in slightly different directions as Stark cawed more orders, circling to cover a wider area as the five coyotes traveled after the faint tracks.

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He noted some approval from Leon and returned the smile; this was really Kalli's first chance to prove himself to a group that wasn't entirely formed of family members. Although Vesper was his aunt and he thought he might somehow be blood-related to Snapdragon too. If not, he was at least close enough to consider her family.

His ears raised at the words from all gathered, along with the direction to stick close to someone. The boy nodded; sometimes he could be brash, but he respected and liked Snapdragon. If she thought it best that he stick close to someone, he would. He ranged between Vesper and Snapdragon, walking near one before either falling back or speeding up to walk next to the other one. Kalli didn't stray from being by the side of one or the other as they tracked, though he did keep his nose to the ground most of the time to catch what he could himself.

"It smells almost... spicy? Could someone have put spices on their coat to confuse our noses?" his nose felt itchy and hot when he smelled some of the tracks, as if he had inhaled a noseful of a spice. "Maybe ... it's a trap." he suggested after a moment of thinking. "Maybe they want us to come look for them in the thicket." Kallistos remembered what Snapdragon had told him about being subtle instead of attacking someone outright; his hackles rose as his skin prickled ominously.
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A FOX of course


Snapdragon made her own silent judgement as she went forward, listening to crows but also to her eyes and nose. The one that tried to play at the borders of a clan was either very brave or a great fool, she hadn't decided which yet. If they happened to stumble into a wolf, then that would be no grand thing. A coyote would practically be traitorous.


Whatever it was, it had caused them enough trouble and even had the audacity to steal prey from their territory. Her brow scrunched. There was no telling what they would find but she hoped they could deal with the problem at hand. She knew that a disturbance like this was no great teller of the Clan. They had to unite and be strong against the challenges that rose up against them.


The coyote mix dipped her nose to smell the tracks as well. There was the definite smell of spice but any creature could have traversed through a patch of pungent plants. Even in the cold of winter, there were sheltered areas where plants could dry and give off a powerful smell. "Keen nose," She replied, edging toward the brush Vesper's crows had croaked about. A trap? Perhaps but they were many when this stranger seemed to be only one. It didn't make her pace any less cautious as her sanguine eyes peered into the undergrowth.


Fingers prying at the growth for clues, she produced a tuft of long orange fur. Unless a shaggy dog was traipsing unnoticed through Inferni, she knew what hey had on their hands. Her nose wrinkled and she turned to present the small finding to the gathered canines. "It looks as thought we have a fox hunt on our hands," Letting out a little snort, she turned back to the undergrowth.


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Conrad and Leon offered to stay back a ways in case of an ambush, and though Vesper would have preferred Kallistos to be closer to the safety of Inferni, too, she wouldn't take away the boy's chance to prove himself. Luckily, he remained close to Snapdragon's side, and began to sniff along the ground at the thicket's edge. She padded forward to sniff at the same spot and snorted. Could be, she said -- to both his questions. She was reassured by the circling of the ravens and held her ground as Snapdragon began to look through the bushes.

She held up a tuft of bright red fur, and Vesper let out a soft laugh.

But it made sense, and as her amusement died down, she began to understand. A fox -- it wasn't suspicious enough for the ravens to caw about, and if it had remained far from their nests, they might not see a reason to worry. It could make the same small kills as any coyote, and the teeth and paw marks wouldn't be too strange. Her brows knit, but then a small voice cleared its throat while one of the ravens cawed.

Lookin' for me, then? the vixen asked, slipping from another cluster of bushes. The scent of spice clung faintly to a clean, vividly red pelt. She had dark paws, amber eyes -- fearless eyes. A Luperci had announced a fox hunt and she stared at them, calmly, if curiously.

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Snapdragon came up with a tuft of familiar rust-hued fur. It was easily recognizable as being from a fox, the smaller but similar creature that tended to lurk in the shadows picking up scraps instead of taking down their own prey. At least that was the perception that the Moineau boy had of the vulpines, being mostly unfamiliar and having only vague information to use at his disposal. There was no other animal he knew that had fur like that, though.

He was glad when Vesper didn't tell him to hang back with Leon. Especially since he didn't even really know the dark coyote. He was much happier, more confident and excited to be next to Snapdragon. Up where the action was, eager to prove himself as a capable and strong member of the pack. As a Sciens and no longer a cub within the clan.

Before he could remark about the fox hunt, the fox itself showed its foxy face. It would seem they had been overheard. His teeth were bared as his upper lip curved back, hackles rising and body aggressively stalking forward. "You aren't welcome here, get out!" he growled at the fox, certain that both Snapdragon and Vesper would be advancing with him to "encourage" the invading fox to leave.
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Snapdragon, like many, hadn't really bothered with foxes all that much. They were fellow predators and clever to a degree but they were small and even to coyotes, they were thought of as thieves. Perhaps at a time, they would have worked together to steal from the wolf's kill but times had changed and the tables had turned. Coyotes had been given the gift of shifting and the foxes had been left in the dust. Some were hunted by their once friends and others simply learned to avoid them, an easier fate than becoming a trophy. In this age, Snapdragon had simply ceased to bother with them but she forgot that they were just as quick and keen as a coyote could be.


As she thought, the vixen they had smelled decided to make her presence known. Snap was surprised to see her so boldly announcing herself, rather then running for the hills. Her immediate thought was to assume the fox was a raving lunatic or mad, but she stood without the look of insanity glistening back in her eyes. They were steady, boldly looking back at them but an inkling of fear hung in the darker depths of her eyes.


Kalli reacted more quickly than Snap could think, shouting so defiantly as only a youth could. The tawny coyote was surprised the boy didn't just rip towards the fox for all the indignation he spouted, but he restrained himself. With the feeling of a hunt and chase out of her immediate mind, she could be reasonable, to a degree. It was better to have answers rather than just assumptions.


"Just a moment, Kalli," Snapdragon said in nullifying tones. She didn't want the fox running now, for then they would have to chase. "I'm interested to see what her reasoning is. It is a very bold choice to go leaping into coyote Clans and hunting their prey. I would even say stupid, but you don't look like an idiot." Snap continued, evermore curious.


"So, fox, why are you here?" She asked at last, her tone biting and cool but shockingly reasonable. Snap had been just as ready to go on hunt just moments before. Perhaps she respected the fox's guile and its foolish bravery to reveal itself. It was three against one after all, and Leon was not far behind them. There was no way for her to flee unscathed.


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Vesper stared at the young vixen, blue eyes narrowed in thought and amusement, but made no move when Kallistos growled and postured at the smaller creature. The fox stiffened, dark ears folding back, but she didn't budge as much as she looked like she wanted to.

The Centurion chuckled softly. It seemed to unnerve the fox as much, if not more, than the growling of the younger coymutt.

Snapdragon spoke, though, and the fox darted amber eyes to her. She resettled her dark paws and lifted her chin, pulling up all the dignity such an almost feline-like creature could in the face of three bigger canines ready for blood.

I wanted to prove I could do it, and I did, the vixen said. For a lil' while I was good as all your scouts and warriors. She paused, and the pride rose up in her more easily. Her red, spiced fur seemed to glow. Wolves all the time ignore I talk and think just 'cause I'm little and not as smart. And I'm not smart. But I'm clever. If I can be clever as all that, maybe a fox shouldn't be hunted like a weasel or a deer.

Vesper's smile faded. She leaned forward a bit. So we won't kill you for being a fox. But don't you think we might kill you for being a trespasser and a thief?

The fox's tail trembled again, but she jut her chin up. I don't wanna die, but if I gotta go, that's a better death, ma'am!

Vesper laughed again, but she didn't make a move.



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Kallistos was surprised when his fellow coyotes did not immediately jump to threaten the fox, too. Clearly she had entered their clan's lands with some sort of intention, since she had smothered her scents in herbs to dull their sense of smell. Why should they treat her as a guest or as someone unintentionally trespassing? Of course he knew fox territories were different from coyotes and wolves, but that was no excuse. He frowned and flattened his ears, obeying what Snapdragon said though his hackles remained raised and his body language was stiff.

The boy waited and let the females speak, his tail flicking from one side to the other in agitation. Even when Vesper spoke of killing the creature for being a trespasser and a thief, she did not move forward to take the creature's throat from its body. So he stayed still. Waiting to be directed as to the plan. Were they going to take the fox out or had her words somehow saved her from their wrath? Would they let her loose again into the mutual territories where she might then continue to do the same?

Kalli waited for direction, since he had been told to hold back and so far had not been directed otherwise. His upper lip curled, but all he could do was to wait to give chase until his superiors decided that was the best course of action.
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Snapdragon shook her head slowly. She was always interested in the guile they received from lower species, perhaps not lower as much as simpler. A fox had no desire to restore the homes of men, nor did it feel any pleasure working the fields or cooking the meals it ate. They were different and had grown more different over the ages. It was a shame that they could no longer work together but the ideals of the fox had not changed but the coyotes had advanced.


Glancing at Vesper, it didn't seem like a fox hunt was truly in the picture. As snarky as this fox was, she was no real threat to anything larger than a pup and even then the children were so well supervised that a fox would have a terrible time trying to get one. It left the question of what to do with a fox that killed and ate beyond their borders, toying with their minds. Snapdragon didn't know if she wanted to reward the creature or soundly punishing her for pushing her luck among them. It teetered to both sides.


"What are we to do with you?" She chuckled, crossing her arms. Snap sent a sidelong glance toward Kalli. The poor thing looked like he was ready to burst from the change in mood. He looked ready for a fight more than anything. "Kalli, any ideas? Vesper?" She looked at both of them, honestly curious as to what they would say. Well, it was not such a great mystery what the youngest among them would say. Ready to burst, he was not exactly an expert at masking his emotions. Though, Snapdragon couldn't blame him. She had been young and hot headed once two and it was only something that went away with age.


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So you just wanted to prove yourself, Vesper addressed the fox as Snapdragon looked to her clan mates for their input, even if you did it in the most suicidal way possible?

The fox inclined her head, now thinking it was necessary to show respect. Her amber eyes lingered briefly on the scowling Kallistos before returning to Vesper. She nodded. Only way I figured I could get attention from the clan, she said. I had to be sneaky. I'd get shot on sight otherwise, right? For sniffin' around in coyote land?

Vesper tapped her tail against the ground. Why harass us?

The vixen's eyes gleamed. You're the same, y'know. I mean--I mean, you're shifters, but I seen all the skulls and I know why you put 'em there. Wolves don't take you seriously. Carcass-sniffers, little loners. I thought you'd give a fox a chance.

And what did you expect would happen after we caught you?

I... The fox lowered her ears, making it obvious how young she was. I wanted to... I wanted to join Inferni. She tried to read into Vesper's blank if amused stare but couldn't tell what she was thinking, and tried to sit up taller. I mean, I know I'm not... I'm not a Luperci, I'm not a coyote, but... You got them birds, up there. She gestured with her small nose. They look out for you and get fed real nice. And... nobody notices a fox, right? A bird, a fox, but foxes are smarter, and you already know how sneaky I am. She puffed her chest. Ma'am.

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He was moping but he tried not to show it; it was still probably very obvious to his companions, since he knew them both well and they knew him well. More than likely even the fox could tell he was displeased, but he was trying not to actively show how very disappointed he was. They had all come with blood boiling and anger beating in their chest. Then at the climax, everything had fizzled and he was the one who looked like a dope for being so aggressive. It left him feeling rather confused and irritated.

They kept talking and his impatience kept brewing. Although the fox was interesting, clever, blah blah blah, it was still an intruder and the fact that they weren't doing anything about that made him rather frustrated. When asked for his opinion, he narrowed his eyes and flicked his tail. "How can we trust a fox that would just walk in here trying to trick us?" he asked with a stiffening of his young shoulders. His sense of justice was being compromised. Though he didn't feel the same thirst for blood or violence, he didn't want her walking away scratch free just because she had made some plea for wanting to be a companion to them all.

"Maybe let her stay, but she'd have to prove herself. Prove she really wants to be an Inferni creature and isn't just here, maybe as a spy for someone else." after all she had shown her trickiness already; who was to say another group hadn't sent her with just such a mission?
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