[P] That Cramped Feeling.
Claudius
#1
WC: 312 OOC: Saqui is a bad girl!

She just plain itched. Under the makeshift cast that was put on her broken arm, she only had a few weeks to wear it, but it was annoying! And the sweaty itchy feel made her want to just take it off. She missed using her right hand and tired of not being able to hunt like she wanted to. This made her think and do it. She found herself in the back of the town hall with her knife. It was saved because it helped with boarding up the windows during the hurricane. She looked around for a second before beginning to saw off the cast. It didn’t hurt anymore so perhaps it was healed now, she could move her fingers without too much pain, so she kept reassuring herself as she sawed the knife back and forth on the cast.

It was a thin cast so it came off rather quickly. She let her fingers flex a little as she sighed with relief. The fresh air hitting on her now matted fur on her arm was so soothing. It seemed like the best medicine for her. She closed her eyes happy to get the stupid thing off her finally. She would just let it stay in her sling for a while and then start using it. After all it had been some time, shouldn’t it have healed by now? She was no doctor, but she knew what her body felt like and she was not in pain.... ok not that much pain. She just kept reminding herself that as she found the sling and slipped it on putting her arm in it. Then took the cast and threw it in the fire that warmed the town hall, grinning at the burning whatever it was. Good riddance, she thought watching the fire light up quickly as it lipped then ate the cast.
#2
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Since Everly had patched him up (and popped his shoulder back in with a disgusting pop), Claudius had been spending his days trying not to re-injure himself. It was difficult considering his left wrist ached constantly, but at least it didn't hurt nearly as much as it had before. The hurricane come come and gone and his cave was no longer his home. He had lost a few items, but the one thing he had managed to save he would treasure forever: it was a small corn husk doll Noir had made him years ago. It now sat in the basket he'd wove with Saqui, along with a variety of his other possessions. He was too injured to build a new hut, so he kept all of his items in the Town Hall, along with all of the other displaced tribesmembers' items. It was really starting to get very cramped and Claudius was tired of not having a home.

Until he was well enough to do anything, he'd have to spend his days in the Town Hall. He wasn't even well enough to dig himself a new den; and that was the one thing he itched to do.

He had been sitting outside of the Town Hall enjoying his freedom. The air smelled fresh outside, unlike the dank smell in the hall. He wrinkled his nose when he caught the scent of something else: something absolutely putrid. It was coming from inside the hall.

He stood up, stretched, and then walked over to the entrance of the hall. He poked his head in, holding his left arm close to his body. He smelled Saqui and then noticed her standing over the fire.

"What... a-a-are... you... duh-doing?" he asked, frowning. So far, he had surmised that Saqui was the cause of the disgusting smell, but he couldn’t figure out what that smell was and it was really starting to bug him.
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OOC: Short and sweet Haha!!!

Yes the cast made a horrible smell, but it would be gone once it was burned up, but it was better than being on her arm so she was intent on watching it burn, her tail moving back and forth as though it was in a dance with the hated item. Then she jumped out of her skin at the voice from behind her. Her free hand went to her heart at his question and she turned and looked at him, a slight guilty look at Claudius. He was frowning so her eyes dipped down to the ground.

“Oh, h-hi Claudius, nothing, I was just um. It wasn’t dangerous I promise!” She said, she felt guilty. Why did she feel guilty. She looked at the man before her and her left arm holding her right as if to protect (or hide) it from Claudius. She had been caught almost right away. Was he going to have Everly come back here and throw another cast on her arm? Not if he couldn’t see she had it on. She thought as she itched at the sling a little.
#4
Just the way I like it 8D
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Claudius tilted his head and frowned in response. She didn't really tell him what she was doing and Claudius was still curious. He stepped through the doorway and wrinkled his nose as he tried to figure out what was going on--and why she looked so guilty! He walked over to the fire and peered down at it, but couldn't figure out what it was. The flames were curling around it--whatever it was--and it had already turned a charred black. If anything, he would have thought that she'd burned some sort of fabric; though he didn't know why.

"Oh... kay," he replied slowly. Physically there wasn't wrong with his head or face anymore; the bruises, cuts, and scrapes had healed, but he still spoke slower than usual, as if he wasn't used to it. "What... wuh... were... you... doing?" he asked, glancing from the fire to Saqui. Then he finally noticed that she didn't have her bandages around her wrist.

"Duh-did... you...?" he asked, struggling to phrase the words, and gesturing at her uncovered arm with his right hand.
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OOC: Derp
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She had to put her hand behind her as her fingers worked their way around each other when he stepped forward. So she wasn’t so good at hiding things, so what but should she really be guilty for taking somehting off? Probably, she was just afraid he would get angry at her himself and she valued Claudius’ friendship. She sighed defeated as he saw her arm and put two and two together, and she looked back into the flames keeping her eyes off him.

“It was too itchy. It doesn’t hurt anymore, I won’t use it but, I just can’t have it on anymore! Don’t take me back to get another one!” She pleaded holding her arm against her now. It still itched like the devil but it felt so much better with that stupid cast off and she wasn’t going ot be stupid enough to move it, not around him or Everly. She couldn’t meet his eyes though, only when she pleaded him to not take her back to Everly. She really couldn’t stand being confined and the cast was confining enough to remind her to just be careful the next few weeks and not pick anything up at all with that hand or both hands at the same time.
#6
She looked so guilty and worried that Claudius couldn't help but laugh. He didn't intend to be mean about it, but he had to admit that it was rather funny. He sometimes forgot that he was a sub-leader here and the members of the tribe would think he would exercise his powers. He didn't think this was really sub-leader business, but seeing her so worried made him chuckle. He didn't mean to be malicious about it, but he had never really thought that someone else might see him as an authority figure in this situation.

"Duh-don-don't wuh-worry... I wuh-won't... muh-make... you... get a-a-another... wuh-one... thuh-though, you muh-may wa-want... to see... Everly.... she... ma-a-ay... have some... ideas... o-on how to get something... else... that's... not as itchy," he explained. He shrugged and lowered his arms so that he could hold out his hands palms up in a gesture of peace. He then added: "yuh-you're an adult... so in... the end... it's your decision."
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WC: 259 OOC: *whistles innocently*

She jumped when she heard him laugh. Her eyes went wide, was it truly that funny that she didn’t want him to bring her to Everly? She was still just out of her father’s own care, so she had automatically thought that anyone who was older would try such a thing and Claudius was older than she, though not all that old. He reassured her that he wouldn’t do it, though made a suggestion that made the young woman think.

That was when she saw his own hand and her eyes went wide. “Claudius! Your hand! She took his hand, seeing that it was not like the other. It was bandaged, but not the way it should be.... he was missing a finger. A broken bone was one thing but to lose something “What happened, are you ok? Her hand gingerly touched his, then her face flared in heat and embarrassment as she took her own hand from his.

She had not been in such close quarters to Claudius, they may have done the normal ceremonial stuff when they met or when she corrected his weaving, but this was personal. Though he was her friend she felt she went too far and she looked down. “You must be in terrible pain. She said finally when she did her best to control her thoughts and emotions. He was a man and this much she was deducing, but he was her friend. Why she had such a reaction to him made her all the more confused.
#8
I've been trying to research what kind of pain you're in after having a finger cut off, but had no luck, so I'm trying to wing this gahwhhk. (WC: 313)
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Claudius blinked in confusion when Saqui pointed to his hand. Was something wrong? Had he done something wrong? For a few moments, he couldn’t think of why she would be upset at seeing his hand. Then he remembered and his eyes widened. Right. Yeah. That.

He looked down when she touched his hand, but didn’t pull it back. He felt oddly calm watching her hold his hand. It felt right. He liked it. And then the realization hit and he retracted his hand from hers at the exact second when she pulled back. Good. That means she wouldn’t notice how he hunched over a bit or how he felt like his insides were swimming around. He had felt something like this when he was with Terra or Luna and it was just as confusing with Saqui.

“Umm,” he began, trying not to stammer. He felt more shy than usual now. “I-I guh-guess,” he replied slowly. He wasn’t sure how to respond. “It ju-ju-hust… feels… weird… a-a-a-and… yuh-yeah, I guh-guess it huh-hurts. Muh-more than my o-o-other i-inju-hu-ries,” he replied, considering the question. As he spoke, he turned his left arm over to show her his wrist and where his fur refused to grow back. The strip of short fur encircled his left wrist from when he’d been tied up. He then dropped his hand to his side and reached up with his right hand to push the fur back from his left shoulder. He turned slightly so that Saqui could see the scar that was hidden underneath his fur.

“But I’ve huh-ha-a-ad… oth…thers… I guh-guess,” he said awkwardly. He didn’t mention how part of his left ear was missing (he thought it was pretty obvious) or that the worst wounds were the memories of being tied up. He could lose more fingers and that would always still be the worst injury of them all.
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Wc: 247 OOC: she feels sad he gotted hurt!! ; ;

She could tell she got too close as he too pulled back but any other signs of anything else but his movement and his words made her feel like her heart clenched in her throat. She looked at the spot where his wrist was clean, no fur around the area. What had happened to him? She thought as he showed her more. Her mouth moving, she didn’t feel sorry for him but he was reminding her of a life even before her own. She felt a lot younger than she ought to.

Once he was done showing her the scars he had, though few, were far too numerous for her. She was in a way perfect except for her broken arm, she never got into fights, was never hurt. Her father always protected her. He was there for her to show her how to do things the right way the first time and she listened to him. So seeing what happened to Claudius made her feel insignificant; “Wh-what happened?” She was almost afraid to ask this question, but it had to come out. He showed her and now... well it was unlike her to seek answers that may cause too much pain and as it was... he was in a lot of pain, though she could understand his missing pinky was probably the worst of it. having it there one day then just not... it was unfathomable to her, and yet here was living proof.
#10
Claudius is sorry that she is sad!!
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Her face fell as he showed him his marks. He’d hoped that she would see them and realize that, even if his current injury was painful, he would be able to get through it, just like he had the last ones. What he hadn’t expected was sadness. It made him feel horrible because he hadn’t wanted to make her sad. He had just wanted to show her that he was okay, but it seemed to have had the opposite effect.

“O-oh,” he stammered, and then reached out with his right hand so that he could reassure her. This time, he was the one who was trying to offer comfort. It was different, but not bad necessarily. Emboldened, he reached out to place his hand on her shoulder so that he could show her that he really was okay.

“I-I’m suh-sorry, I duh-didn’t… muh-mean… tuh-t-t-to… muh-make… you… sad. I huh-happ…ened… d-d-d-during… the-huh… wuh-war,” he explained. “I tuh-tried to huh-help, but uh… thuh-they… duh-didn’t… ruh-ruh-ruh-realize… we wuh-weren’t… all… on Muh-maska’s… side.”
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WC: 312 OOC: gasp!

The wounds looked like they had hurt him at one point, but being nothing but scars were a reminder of something. Claudius put his hand on her shoulder reassuringly and she felt slightly vulnerable at the look of his scars and hurts, she looked at him, her blue eyes, the ones she inherited from her father blinked a few times. She wouldn’t cry but she felt sad he had to go through such things. No one should be hurt deliberately, maybe a hunting accident, or working with animals who were scared and didn’t know what they were doing like with her, but these seemed deliberate.

He spoke of the war. The one where she got a few reminders, of her worried parent’s face her aunt insisting on going with them when Liliana had been banished, most of it was strange and distorted. She was only four months at the time it all happened. Maska gave her a chill and she automatically wrapper her arms around her torso, as if to protect herself from his ghost, even though she knew full well he was back at the Great Tribe, his sentence was something of a mystery to her. “Why would you be prisoned when... when they took my family in?” She asked quietly. She figured he ws talking about Crimson Dreams. She didn’t know anyone else who had a problem with AniWaya, perhaps she should learn more of the situation that helped break up her family and make them move to the great tribe. “No... you know what, I don’t want you to have to explain. I am sorry for bringing up bad memories. You are brave I can see that and I suppose your finger is one of many. I am sorry again, I shouldn’t ask you such horrible questions.” she said finally looking to the ground again.
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[/html]Claudius wished she would stop looking at him like that. He felt so guilty now; he hadn’t intended to make her sad; he had just wanted to explain to her that he was going to be okay and that all was well. He was quite grateful knowing that he had made it through such difficult times when he could have easily been the one to die. AniWaya had lost many in the war with Crimson Dreams and Cour des Miracles, but he had survived. How could he not be grateful for that? But the last thing he wanted was for Saqui to feel sad, especially for him. He was alright; she didn’t need to worry.

He then realized that the entire notion of ‘war’ was likely quite foreign to Saqui. She had grown up in the Great Tribe, where even though there would have been memories of their wars with neighbouring packs, was quite different from living through one. Though, the name Maska still seemed to scare her. She wrapped her arms around herself and Claudius immediately retracted his hand. He hadn’t wanted to make her remember that; not when it would hurt her so.

He was about to explain when she changed her mind. He shook his head and tried to reassure her.

“Nuh-no, i-it’s o-o-okay, I duh-don’t muh-mind. It’s… impuh-puh-puh-portant… if yuh-you wuh-want… to nuh-know… I will tuh-tell yuh-you. I-i-it wuh-was huh-hard a-a-a-t… first… buh-but… it duh-doesn’t… hu-r-t… as much tuh-to… ta-a-a-alk… ab… out it… any-muh-more,” he explained. It was a half-truth; there were times when he thought he recognized someone or he swore he saw Maska out of the corner of his eye, but that was happening less and less now. Of everything, being bound by Silvano was the worst memory because it had combined his worst fears and put them all in one place. He still had to rub his wrists every so often to ensure that he really was free.

“It…. it’s… it’s o-okay,” he said, reaching out with his right hand to touch her chin so that he could look at her and finally smile.
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OOC: She's so not as cute as he is XDDD

He seemed uncomfortable at her eyes, to see her looking at him, sad that he had been hurt so bad by those who had evidently protected her. She knew nothing of what happened other than she was going to be taken from her family because she was a part of the pack but her mother was banished... it was all confusing and still was, she looked over to Claudius as he reassured her saying he would be fine to tell her

She was about to decide not to make him when his finger lightly touched her chin to have her look at him and she could see in his eyes he was not going to be frightened of the past, and she knew he was a strong man in both spirit and stature. She smiled a little then nodded “Ok, if you do need to stop then you can. I won’t make you say anything you don’t have to. She said as she lifted her chin up from his fingers, she didn’t look away from him, nor did her look show her sorrow for his pains.
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Claudius broke out into a grin once Saqui nodded and smiled. He was so worried that she was afraid or worried for his sake and that (this didn't make sense, he knew) she wouldn't smile anymore. He hated thinking that he might have hurt her in some way when that was the last thing he wanted to do.

He felt his heart beat faster when she looked up and met his gaze and stared back stupidly. He was glad that his hand wasn't shaking, since that would betray how nervous he felt. Should he let go? Was this okay? He wasn't sure. He hoped he wasn't freaking her out.

He dropped his hand once he began to reply and let it hang at his side.

"I wuh-wuh-was a ruh-rebel. The puh-puh-previous... sub-leader, Ruh-Ralla... orguh-guh-gan... ized... a ruh-resistance. I wuh-went to Cuh-Crimson Duh-Dreams to wuh-warn them... but they... did not know... there was a cuh-coup... they thuh-thought... we wuh-wuh-were... all... attacking. Suh-suh-suh... so... they cuh-captured muh-me. I-i-it... it... wuh-wasn't... until... they cuh-came... wuh-when... Muh-maska... had... tuh-tuh-to tuh-trade... the prisoners... thuh-that I wuh-was... released..." He took a deep breath in an attempt to calm his nerves. Speaking for such a long time always made him jumpy. "Buh-but after... Muh-Maska... was impuh-prisoned... thuh-they muh-made... me... the tuh-temporary... leader... of An-ni-ni-Waya... Fuh-for a tuh-time... we... we were not... a true... pack. Wuh-we ruh-reported tuh-to... the leaders... of... Cour des Mi-mi-r-a-acles... and Cuh-crimson... Dreams. It was... humiliating. Buh-but... we ruh-regained... our freedom... and a fuh-few... weeks... later, Ulilohi... was puh-put in chuh-charge... and Muh-maska and Duh-Dawali... were... sent buh-back t-t-t-to... the Guh-Great... T-t-t-tribe."
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WC: 331 OOC: we can wrap this up and start that thread we had planned, if you want they can do small stuffs together every once in a while between talk or what not :P

His hand stayed where it was for a short time, and she wondered what he wanted, then he let it drop and he spoke. She listened in rapt attention her eyes wide at his capture, even though they were rebelling against Maska. It made her want to cry, that they were so wrongly accused an hurt, but she remembered that only minutes before he seemed horrified that she had felt sad for his hurts. She controlled her emotions in a way her father could be proud. She did learn it from him after all, to keep a passive face, and now she understood why.

When he finished she gave him a slight smile; “I am glad you came out of all that in one piece. Or else I wouldn’t have such a good friend” She said. And she was right, even in the great tribe it was her brother who was her friend, and she was always too busy with learning one thing or another to make many friends, now here, though she constantly helped with what she could, when she could, she found she had a little bit more of a leisure time to do things.

“I saw Maska when he came back to the Great Tribe. It scared me when I first saw him, thinking he would take over the tribe and make us outsiders again, but he was imprisoned. I don’t know if they did anything to him, my dad wouldn’t tell me but I certainly hope it was enough to pay for the crimes he did here.” She said finally. She itched her arm, which was starting to feel much better just for having off that stupid cast. [b] “Perhaps later you can tell me about the old leader? He had come too but he won’t talk. I remember some things of him, but nothing perminant. It was all fleeting and gave her nothing of what the man was like before everything happened.
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Claudius was glad to see a small smile on Saqui's face. He was comfortable talking about this, but he was worried that it might make her feel uncomfortable. It was, after all, the war that had torn her family apart. He had always been a very sensitive child and this hadn't really changed much now that he was older.

He smiled when she spoke up and jerked his head in a small, quick nod. A friend: the word made his heart flutter, but he wasn't sure why. Certainly, they were fiends, but why did hearing that make him happy and glad at the same time? He'd felt this way with Terra, but he wasn't sure if it would be appropriate to develop a crush on Saqui when he was trying so hard not to make her cry. He just wanted her to be happy.

Claudius nodded in support when Saqui explained what it had been like to Maska. It would have been very scary indeed. He was glad she was so brave.

When she mentioned Dawali, he was quick to smile again. "Sure I can," he replied, glad at how he didn't stutter. Shorter, quicker words were easier for him. Spurned on by this success, he asked: "he-e-e wuh-was a guh-good man." Claudius wished he had been good enough to be allowed to remain in AniWaya.
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