[P] Snowball Fight
p: Saqui
#1
The last time he’d hailed for Saqui in her home, he’d found a young, brown, puppy instead. He was a dog that Saqui had adopted, and he—Caleb—too had adopted something of his own: Saqui’s surname. It had startled him to discover that she had taken another into her life, but it was fitting. She was so caring that it was easy to understand why she had done it. Besides, AniWaya was a tribe that valued family and friendship, so Claudius was happy to see that their members portrayed these qualities well. The tribe was far from perfect—Maska was perfect proof of that—but he liked those in the tribe. He valued their companionship. Saqui, too, he valued and he hoped to one day be able to explain the how, and the why. Until then, he kept his sly grin in place and held a snowball loosely in his fingers. He made sure to hide his left hand, the hand holding the snowball, behind his back and let his right arm dangle.

As he approached her hut, he glanced around surreptitiously, hoping that she wouldn’t figure out what he was up to until it was too late.

“Suh-Saqui?” he called. “A-a-a-re yuh-you huh-home?”
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#2
WC: 238 OOC: Second paragraph is the only thing that really needs reading the first bit is a bunch of thoughts and mumbo jumbo :P

Saqui was at rest, thinking about the growing boy she had taken in. He was out with Simcha learning one thing or another, giving her some time to herself.. She couldn’t believe he had taken to her so well, and how close they had become. She was proud and felt more like a mother than just a caretaker and she hoped he knew how much he meant to her. It was a good feeling. It was something different and she was sure this was how her father felt about her and her brother. She wondered if it was the exact same as having a child of her womb as opposed to adopting. That thought could be answered one way and she was not ready for that quite yet.

Her mind was on the child but it soon left her when she heard Claudius outside her hut. She brightened up and stood to go to the doorway of her hut and saw the white man. “Claudius!” She said happily her tail wagging; “It is good to see you!” Though she wondered why he was here, she was getting use to him visiting her off and on for just visits. So this was probably one of those times. She had no idea what he had in mind because if she did, well she didn’t know what she would... well she wouldn’t know what to do exactly.
#3
Claudius grinned as he waited. He hoped he didn't look too mischievous: secret plans had to be kept secret, after all. He stepped closer as a plan hatched in his mind. He had an idea and he knew exactly how to execute it. He was a mastermind! A genius!

Well, close.

He couldn’t keep the grin off his face when Saqui opened the door, but now, he was really just glad to see her. The plan faltered for a moment before he gave himself a mental push. No, the plan was foolproof. He could do this.

"I-i-it's guh-good to suh-see yuh-you. Wuh-where's thuh luh-luh-little guy?" he asked as he stepped forward once more, pretending to be looking around her new son. He didn’t see Caleb anywhere, but used the opportunity to get closer to Saqui, inching nearer until his nose was almost touching hers, hoping that she wouldn’t recoil or move away.
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WC: 224 OOC: I be allowing pp from you lady cause i'm sure he's up to something >:P

She was getting used to Claudius coming and going as a friend these days and she felt closer to him than ever, and felt a flutter every time she saw him. There was no exception to this when she found him at her doorstep. It was always a good thing to see the man who greeted her at the edge of the borders to allow her to live here and became such a good friend so far. She could say much the same for some of the others, but it was him she seemed the most close to.

She was naive, thinking that he was quite happy to see her. It seemed he had other things on his mind and she didn’t see it. All the better for it when it happened; “Caleb? Simcha has him, he likes looking after the little guy.” Saqui said wth a smile on her face. Though she wasn’t sure what he was up to as he came to look inside her hut, she didn’t move but she gave him a look that was a mix of concern and confusion; “He should be around somewhere if you wanted to play with him.” She said, she wasn’t uncomfortable, but it was not everyday she got to get this close to Claudius and made to move back.
#5
Omg just barely pp but only because you told me to make a snowball fight!!!
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[/html] Claudius was used to doubting himself. He had grown out of it to some degree, but he was still struck by insecurity at perhaps the worst times. Now, for instance, he was thrown off by her wide smile and warm response. He had to stay strong. He could do this. He was better than what he'd been before. He owed it to himself to carry out the plan because he said he would and he couldn't back down now.

He nodded quickly in response, glad that Saqui spoke up. This was good. This would district her from his true mission. He had successfully convinced her that he was looking for Caleb, so naturally, the next thing that would happen would be a complete surprise.

"O-oh, thuh-that's guh-good tuh-to huh-hear. Huh-he... needs... a fuh-family; and An-ni-ni-wuh-Waya... is the buh-best... of fuh-families," he explained, smiling softly. He held out his right hand to gesture around him, both out of habit (he tended to talk with his hands) but also to distract her while he slipped his left hand from behind his back and tried to snake it behind her own. If all went well, she would be none the wiser.

"Thuh-though, a-a-actually... I wuh-was... here... tuh-to suh-see... yuh-you. Ju-just... nuh-nervous I guh-guess," he explained shyly. He pretended to be looking away in embarrassment when, in reality, he was about to throw the snowball against her back to begin a snowball fight. Since it was in close range, he didn't have much momentum, so he could only hope for the best.
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#6
WC: 195 OOC: Hehehe ;3

She smiled nodding, ageeing with Claudius. It was true. He was in the perfect place to find a family. Caleb was welcome in the pack and in her heart. She let her head swivvel with his hand to watch it as it motioned all around him. Then he said he was here to see her, but nervous why nervous? She was about to ask when suddenly she felt wet and cold snow on her back. She stopped suddenly squeeling with laughter and ran out of her hut;

“Claudius!” She said a bit of laughter in her voice and eyes as she shook herself. She bend down to scoop up some of her own snow and threw it his way. She was entirely suprised at him and it was natural for her to have to get back at him. She was laughing though. She knew he meant it as fun so she would certainly give it fun. She was laughing so she wasn’t even sure that it came close to him. “You are one sneaky wolf.” She giggled and was poised to dodge anything in case he came back with another snowball.
#7
Claudius the mastermind muaha

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It worked! Oh, Claudius felt so devious: this must be what Attila felt like whenever he had pranked Claudius. No wonder he’d done it so much; it was rather… fun. Claudius wasn’t one to normally prey on his friends for the sake of his own amusement, but Saqui’s shrill shout and laughter assured him that she wasn’t really upset.

He chased her out of her hut and then ducked down to grab some snow to make another snowball, but she beat him to it. As he was reaching for the snow, he felt the impact of the snowball just barely hit him on the shoulder. When she informed him that she was one sneaky wolf, and Claudius grinned widely.

“The suh-sneakiest,” he confirmed. He straightened up, patting the snow together.

“Suh-see? No sneak,” he said, and then lightly tossed the snowball, grinning. He spread out his arms and stood still and then made a beckoning motion with his right hand.
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#8
WC: 194 OOC: Hehe she isn't going to give him an easy time! Rawr! :D

She couldn’t help but giggle as her snowball hit and he gave her a vain reply of being the sneakiest; “Oh I doubt that! We’ll see.” She said as she bent to make more snowballs as fast as she could. She hadn’t played in the snow like this before. She played often with her brother Kuruk, though they couldn’t throw snowballs as pups and at that time they had been in the great tribe for a short while. She liked this though. She felt like a puppy again and exhilarated by the play.

He tossed his snowball almost lazily it seemed but she didn’t have enough time to get away, it landed on her forehead as she tried dodging away from it but not crush her already built one. She nearly squealed at the cold, but she didn’t and she blindly threw her next one at him running to get behind a hut to hide from him and get another one made. Her breath frosted in the air as she moved away. The fight had barely begun and she felt winded already, but it wasn’t a tired kind and it felt good.
#9
His snowball didn't quite meet its mark, but Claudius wasn't too bothered. It managed to get her on her forehead as she stooped to make her own snowball. She shouted her own challenge and Claudius grinned. Good. He just wanted to get Saqui to strike back and turn this into a real snowball fight.

With his arms outstretched, Claudius was quite certain that he would make a very good target, however, Saqui lost her balance and for a moment, Claudius didn't think she would hit him. He was about to duck when he remembered that the point of standing like this was to get hit so that he'd have a good excuse later. The snowball struck his stomach and Claudius coughed as he lost his breath. He dove into the snow and then stuck his arm up.

"I'm duh-down! I suh-surrender!" he shouted, just as he saw her duck behind the hut.
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WC: 141 OOC: PP is okay since I have an idea of what he might do lol.... or at least that he's up to something ;)

As Saqui went for cover she heard the snowball hit and then a noise from the man and then he spoke loudly, and her eyes widened, she hadn’t thrown that hard had she? No, she wasn’t that good of a hit she knew it, but it had hit his belly, that was a tender spot. She might have hit him hard enough to actually get him down.

She looked out from her hiding spot to see his arm up and that he was really down, and cautiously she moved to him, though cautious she was quick to be by his side almost worried she’d hurt him. She held out her own hand, certain the fight was over since he did say he surrendered so she would help him up her hand grasped onto his to pull him up to his feet.
#11
With his face smushed into the snow, Claudius had to rely on his senses of hearing and smell to figure out when Saqui came closer. After a few seconds, he heard her tentative footsteps and the sound of snow crinkling under her feet. He turned over to one side, keeping his arm up like a flag. She stood over him and paused, seemingly concerned for him. Claudius hadn't thought of that. The hit from the snowball hadn't been hard, but it had been enough to make him cough once. But she didn't know that, so now he felt guilty for deceiving her.

She reached out and then pulled him to his feet. But before Claudius could let her get away, he gave her a fiendish grin and then opened up his arms with the intention of gathering her up into his arms.
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#12
OOC is so shooorrttt XDD



She was cautious but also worried at the same time so when she pulled him up... or helped him up rather she was checking him out with her eyes to see that he was alright... of course... snowballs shouldn’t have hurt in any case but such a big man as he didn’t just go down for nothing. Then she thought that it was all a ploy that he had his own snowball ready to throw at close range again as he had when he greeted her.

The grin gave something away and when he made to go after her she sqeaked in an unwomanly way and was about to get away but slipped instead falling back first toward the snow.
#13
Omg these two are the best/worst (can't decide)

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Even though Claudius was fairly co-ordinated on his own, the addition of Saqui (who was admittedly very wiggly) made it difficult to execute the rest of his plan. Instead of hoisting her into his arms so that he could toss her into a big pile of snow (he really was the most evil), she wiggled away and fell, taking Claudius down with her.

Claudius tripped over her flailing feet and fell into the snow next to her. Luckily, Claudius fell to the side, away from the pathway, where it was completely filled with snow. Once he regained his breath, he started to laugh and couldn’t stop. He turned to Saqui, grinning widely.

“Yuh-you ruh-ruined my puh-plan,” he complained. “Buh-but thuh-that’s okay.”
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WC: 138 OOC: I'm innocent I swar!
Claudius was a wicked horrible man Saqui thought as she fell, he got entangled with her and fell too though not on top of her. Thank goodness she wouldn’t know what to do or how to act to that... she’d probably panic, with the way she’d felt about him for so long, though he fell next to her and he was laughing.

She noticed right away that she too was laughing and she couldn’t stop. This was more fun than she had in a long time. She looked at him as he spoke; “You are so cruel” She teased. She didn’t normally let out quirky remarks like this, but with all the fun she was having now... well it had to be said. Though she stopped laughing she still had her grin on his face and she was staring right at him, suddenly feeling paralyzed at being so close to him.
#15
Even though this hadn't worked out quite the way he'd planned, it ended with the same goal: getting Saqui close enough and feeling comfortable enough to actually tell her what he felt about her. He wasn't really some sort of devious mastermind; he just joked about it to try and hide his discomfort and his anxiety. He'd been crushed when Terra had told him the news and that whatever he'd thought they had was over. Until he met Saqui, he had been more terrified of committing to someone than ever before.

Even now, even though his heart was beating loudly and he felt like he was going to seize up, he thought he might possibly be able to say it. He'd known her for about half a year now and it was time to actually say it.

Claudius quirked a grin and turned over in the snow when Saqui claimed that he was the cruelest. He laughed once more and then paused when he noticed that she was looking right at him. This was unnerving. He couldn't do this. He wasn't even that strong or smart and the only thing that distinguished him from anyone else in the tribe was his position on the Council. He didn't want that to be the only reason he could offer her for being worth her time.

He couldn't do this. He tensed up and was about to stand up and leave, when the words just tumbled out of his mouth.

"Suh-Saqui I-I luh-like you. I've liked you... for a luh-luh-luh-luh-long time buh-but... I-I wuh-was tuh-too shy t-t-t-to suh-say a-a-a-anything. I... I suh-said it once... buh-but... I nuh-needed... t-t-t-o suh-say... it... to you... fuh-for real. So. Umm. Yeah."

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Edit: I forgot he confessed here, so I changed it a teensy!
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WC: 200 OOC: like a deer in headlights! :O

The tension of his muscles made her want to back away, but she was frozen as he started speaking, stuttering over his words as he normally did but to her, it just seemed to roll into her head in anything as normal as speach and she couldn’t help but blink. She sat up on her elbow as he spoke her eyes darting around looking at him but trying to see all of him. His body language, and she could see the nervous tension... this wasn’t just an admittance that he liked her as a friend.... and she could tell.

She stared at him but she knew she had to say something before he bolted away and stole herself letting her hand rest on his arm, smiling at him, a smile she rarely used full of warmth, understanding and love. “I... I, I’ve liked you too Claudius. You you’ve been nothing but kind and...” She had to trail away to find the words she was looking for her eyes looking towards her hut; “I can be myself around you....” She said in a near whisper. As though it was almost an embarrassing thing to admit out loud, here in the open.
#17
Even though they had been smiling and laughing only moments ago, this smile felt different. Saqui's entire face lit up and she laid her one hand on his arm. Claudius didn't even flinch at the surprise contact, but instead, found himself leaning in to her touch. That had never happened before. Sudden, unexpected contact had always left him confused and surprised. Now, he just felt... happy. It was nice.

It was nicer, still, when Saqui said that she liked him too. He found himself grinning like Saqui was, unable to restrain his happiness. She liked him! He wanted to dance or roll around in the snow or do something. He felt like he had too much nervous energy pent up and he needed to do something. But she spoke again and his smile twitched and then faded as he nodded seriously in understanding.

"I-I fuh-fuh-fuh-feel... thuh-the... suh-same... wuh-way... ab-buh-bout... yuh-you. Yuh-you're... kuh-kind and juh-gentle and yuh-you're puh-pa-a-a-atient... evuh-vuh-vuh-ven... though... I cuh-can't tuh-talk right, but you nuh-never made fun of me and yuh-you've buh-been... such... a-a-an... inval-yuh-yuh-uale... fuh-friend... I juh-just... I-I a-a-am... really... happy thuh-that... you luh-like... me... too," he explained, his voice quieting as he finished his words and he glanced away, suddenly shy.
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#18
WC: 217 OOC :D she is being brave! O.O

He didn’t pull away from her touch and that made her think mentally and seem happy that he wasn’t about to turn tail and run even though she felt like she wanted to run and hide herself even after they both admitted they liked each other. It was hard for her to express her feelings. Her father barely showed any, though he laughed when he was happy with his children but was stoic when it came to others in the great tribe.

Then he spoke again and she swore it was the most he said in the whole time she knew him and it was all compliments to her. She thanked the spirits that he could not see the blush under her dark fur because she was blushing and badly as he spoke. He then seemed to shy inside himself looking away. She bit her lip, feeling brave for once. Instead of going after her instinct and doing something she knew her father would do which was nod and that be the end of that she moved a little closer her hand supporting her weight instead of her elbow and then kissed him on the cheek. “I am glad you think so.” She said in a cool voice not certain she should say anything more.
#19
The bravest!!!

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Claudius hadn't really expected that. The second he felt her lips touch his cheek, he froze, and his jittery, nervous hands stopped twitching. He hadn't experienced tics since he was a child, but perhaps confessing to his crush would do that to a guy. But the small peck on his cheek made him stop and inhale (don't forget to breathe). He looked up and saw Saqui looking at him and watched as she too pushed herself to speak up. Claudius could recognize how brave she was being right now, since saying any of this, doing any of this, was no easy task. Neither of them were particularly boisterous (though Saqui was a little more open than he), so he felt like he understood the impact of her actions and her words.

With a sudden inspiration and a devil-may-care attitude, he leaned over to touch his nose to hers and return her peck with a slightly longer touch.

"I-I-I-I duh-do," he added, smiling.
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WC: 138 OOC: We should probably finish this up and make a new one tee hee :)

It was too late to back down now her lips had brushed his cheek and he stopped all together, though she was glad to see he was breathing. He showed nothing on his face to tell her that he was nothing more than scared timid, no ‘I like that’s’ or ‘that was too much’. She was about to move away when his nose touched her and he stuttered out a few words and she smiled at his smile. It was almost too much for her, but she stood her ground. She was brave, she had to be after how could she call herself an Utina?

“I do too.” She said her eyes glued to his, noting exactly how comely they really were this close up. They were as though she was staring into the purest of skies.


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