[AW] Beyond the horizon, home still waits
#1
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For the first time in a month, Seira had decided to venture to the New Caledonian borders. She hadn't returned to the borders since she had told her brother to leave. A pang of homesickness washed over her as she gazed beyond the invisible borders. The Greyfire doll missed her family, longed to see her parents and even Nomos. Though the pain had and anger had died away, she had started settling into her new life within the Kingdom. A sigh escaped her as she walked the invisible line, eyes searching her surroundings for any sign of movement.

Seira would be lying to herself if she hadn't hoped to see Nomos, still camped out waiting for her return or even her parents coming for a visit. She was such a family-oriented wolfess and leaving her family had been one of the most complicated choices of her life. Seira came to a stop, looking beyond the borders she now knew as home to the wilderness beyond. It wasn't forbidden to leave, she could explore all she wanted; but why did it feel so wrong? Dark-rimmed ears pulled back to rest against wavy tresses as she reached beyond the border with an outstretched hand.

Why couldn't she have both? Why couldn't she have her freedom and her family? Why had Nomos pushed things this far, and why had she been allowed to hurt so profoundly? Seira sank to her knees, tears streaming from her eyes downward with gravities pull. Tears flowed quickly as frustration grew within her. She was homesick, but she couldn't bring herself to visit home; not yet. Pale hands formed into fists as she leaned forward, dark locks falling like a screen to hide her face as she silently cried.

"Speech."
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#2
Everard had by now gotten firmly over his recent emotional breakdown, with the help of a packmate he met for the first time that night, it took him another day or so after their late night meeting before he was finally through the worst of it, and felt good enough to actually be out and about again. Today he had decided to go out wandering, not really to collect anything, or to explore any particular locations, he just wanted to be up and about, so he had set out for the border of New Caledonia territory.

Closing in the border he caught a somewhat strange, yet familiar scent, a member of the pack that he hadn't met yet, this made him just a little excited, he was always excited to meet another member of the pack, as he was determined to become friends with every member of the pack. Closing in though he started to hear a disquieting sound, the sound of someone crying, suddenly his happiness was gone and his mouth turned to a frown as his ears went back. If someone was crying then something was wrong, and if that was true, then Everard felt it was his duty to the pack to try and help any member that needed it.

From a distance he could see another Luperci down on her knees with tears streaming down her face, he slowed his walk so as to not startled the stranger as he closed in. From a safe distance he stopped, his leather satchel hanging from his shoulder as he cocked his head to the side as he looked down at her. "Excuse me, are you alright?" The question immediately seemed stupid, clearly if she was crying than something was wrong and she was not alright, he slapped himself mentally as he took a step closer, worry clearly etched all over his face.
#3
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A wave of emotions continued to crash over the greyscale doll, though the most profound had been the homesickness. Anger had prevented her from visiting at first, and now an invisible barrier she couldn't cross kept her from visiting home. Seira was determined to make something of herself within the Kingdom, to show her brothers just how useful she could be now that her breathing was no longer such a prominent issue. Seira's heart ached, and tears continued to fall as soft footfalls came within earshot.

Seira didn't want a fellow packmate to see her sobbing at the border, but it was too late. Pale hands unfurled from fists to cross over her chest as if trying to hold herself together. Dark-rimmed ears twitched as the footsteps continued to grow closer and with the breeze came a scent that belonged to the footfalls had been a Caledonian. The footfalls stopped, and before long came a soft voice. Seira allowed herself to sit up, pale fingers pulling the hair from her face. Cheeks stained with the trail of tears, amethyst gaze lifting from the forest floor to meet the eyes of her fellow packmate.

"I uh.." she said in a strained tone. Words seemed to escape her, her voice disappearing as tears continued to fall. Seira shook her head, jaws parting for a moment only to close without a word. She was almost afraid that if she tried to speak once more, the only noises she would be able to make were the sobs she had been so desperately trying to keep in.

"Speech."
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#4
Everard took a few tentative steps closer as he watched the stranger try an fail to say something, she was obviously quite distressed to be unable to voice her problems. This made him ever more concerned as he slowly closed on her, before kneeling down next to her. He was unsure of what to do in this situation, the only thing he had in his arsenal was a hug, but he wasn't sure if that would be appropriate right now, with her in such a state of emotional duress, though perhaps he was over thinking things and a hug would be a good idea, he wasn't sure either way as he knelt there next to her, head cocked, ears back, worry still plastered all over his face.

"Take your time, there's no rush when it comes to emotions." He said, truly he knew that emotions couldn't be rushed, they were something that had to be dealt with sure, but in a measured and thoughtful way. His own emotional breakdown but a few days ago came to mind, when he had been helped by Ingvildr, maybe he could help her as his friend had helped him. He was still unsure of what to do in this situation, but he finally decided on at least something that he could do, so he slowly and gently reach out and embraced her.
#5
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The greyscale doll's voice hadn't failed her before, causing slight alarm. Seira had spent many nights crying, but she had always been able to speak between sobs and frantically trying to catch her breath. Seira tried to clear her throat, and with that came a small coughing fit. Crying and coughing went hand in hand in her experience, so perhaps soon, she would be able to get a handle on herself.

The Caledonian spoke once more, soft and soothing words. Slow movements brought him closer, sitting next to her as she sobbed. His arms opened, beckoning her into an embrace. Without hesitation, she scooted herself closer, pale hands finally unlatching themselves from her arms and wrapping around her packmate tightly. Her cheek came to rest on his shoulder, face pressing against his neck as she cried. Frustration slowly built up within her, unable to gain control of her emotions and explain that nothing was, in fact, wrong.

Fennore was the only one who knew the entire story, though she had told certain ones bits and pieces. Even after resolving most of the problems between Nomos and herself, she still felt empty. She had gotten everything she wanted in life. Seira could never have imagined that gaining her freedom and independence had also meant leaving her family behind.

"Speech."
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#6
Everard hadn't been sure what he would find on this particular night, but apparently it was a packmate who needed someone else to cry on, and that was fine by him. He had been in much the same state but a few days before, lost in his own void of sadness and depression, so to help another who needed it seemed only natural. He held her close to him as she cried against him, silently stroking her head. He didn't really know what else to do, so doing this seemed like a good idea, he had very little experience with the opposite gender, and this was absolutely new to him, but he knew when someone needed a hug at least.

He would do his best to comfort his packmate, even if he didn't know what else to do, this seemed like the least he could do for a member of his new family, of his pack. He hadn't a single clue as to why this person was out here alone, crying into the night, but it seemed wrong to just leave her alone like this, and he was content to simply sit there in silence, holding her close in her time of need, though the silence seemed to drag on forever so he decided to break it, softly. "It's alright, everyone needs a hug and a shoulder to cry on sometimes." He himself had only once before gotten a hug from anyone besides his parents, and that had been a long time, and a long distance ago, back when he was still on his own in the US, wandering without a plan or goal.
#7
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Seira nuzzled her cheek against his shoulder softly, her sobs slowly quieting down. The tears continued to flow, but the wails and cries had stopped for the time being. Homesickness had left a permanent mark within her, something she would carry with her until her final days. There was a strange feeling of comfort to have her packmate's arms around her, to know someone outside of her family cared that she hurt so badly. Silence fell between them now that her outward cries had come to an end.

Her packmate was the first to break the silence, and his words had brought so much more support. This packmate, whom she had never met before, actually cared how she felt. She gave a small nod, still pressed against him as her tears began to slow. She let out a heavy sigh, and only once she had regained control did she feel foolish. Seira didn't want to let go, not just yet. Her arms tightened around the other, eyes closing tightly as she willed her voice to work. "T-thank you..." she said in a whisper. There were no words that could express just how much she needed this, how desperate she had felt just moments before his arrival.

One simple gesture had brought her back from the edge, and for that, she would be forever grateful.

"Speech."
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#8
He could feel her nuzzle against him as her sobs slowly quieted, he was glad that his actions had bore fruit, happy that he had been able to comfort her, as far as he was concerned she was a member of his new family. Everard could feel her tears continue to roll down her face, feeling the fur on his shoulder grow ever so slightly damp, he ignored this feeling, knowing that such a thing could be easily rectified by simply waiting for it to dry. He had gone through much worse before, falling into a small river when he was a young pup was one such time, it had taken forever for his already thick fur to dry.

He smiled slightly as she sighed and her tears began to stop, happy that his presence had made a difference, he cocked his head slightly and looked down at her as she tightened her grip on him. He continued to stroke her head as she finally spoke, thanking him, her words made him smile a bit more as he rested his chin softly on the top of her head. "It's alright, seemed like you needed a hug." He said softly, letting out breath, truthfully he simply enjoyed giving hugs, they brought people closer, made it known that you cared for one another.

Cocking his head back the other way and looking down out of the side of his eye he spoke again. "So whats wrong hmm?" He asked simply, knowing that it was a loaded question, but hoping that the continued hug would comfort her enough so that she could bring more words forth, enlightening him about her troubles.
#9
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The Greyfire doll didn't have the words to express just how much her fellow packmate comforted her. The man's arms still wrapped around her for a short time as she waited for her tears and cries to stop entirely. It had felt like an eternity to the greyscale woman, and yet her packmate was patient in waiting. Her arms tightened around the man, his hand still stroking her hair as he spoke. His words were true, she not only needed the hug, but the show of support.

Her arms loosened around the man as he cocked his head to look down at her. He had asked an extremely loaded question. Seira cleared her throat and moved to sit up slowly, not wanting to make herself dizzy. Pale hands rubbed the last of the tears from her amethyst eyes as she collected her thoughts. "There's a lot wrong, honestly. It's a long story." she said with a heavy sigh. Not many knew the story of why she had left her family and joined New Caledonia, but perhaps it was time for her to start branching out and moving on. "The biggest thing that's wrong is... I miss my family." she said, dark ears pinning back against wavy locks.

She missed her family so much that it hurt, but even now, she couldn't bring herself to visit home. What would her parents think? What would her siblings think? She had left her family, joined a pack, and felt like a completely different person now. Surely her family would think differently of her and her new status. What if they didn't want her anymore? All these questions swarmed the Greyfire doll's mind, causing her to let out a soft whimper.

"Speech."
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#10
Everard would have been alright comforting her for a while yet, knowing full well that sometimes it takes a little while to calm down, as he had somewhat frequently had breakdowns of his own. As she pulled away slightly and lessened her grip on him he smiled slightly, trying to make a warm and comforting face, though he did admittedly have very little experience comforting others, seeing as how he had been on his own for most of his life. He was happy to be able to comfort someone else, to have the chance to make one of his new packmates feel better, despite his lack of experience. 

He cocked his head slightly, still looking down at her as she said it would be a long story, he would happily listen to her story, no matter how long as long as it would make her feel better. He stayed by her side as she started to sit up, wiping her eyes of any last tears, he wasn't entirely sure what to say at this point, so he merely let her take her time, continuing at her own pace. He nodded slightly when she said she missed her family, he knew full well about that feeling, since most of his breakdowns and sadness in life was due to his losing his parents early on in his life.

Giving her a few moments after her statement he frowned slightly as he remembered his own parents, the memories were starting to get fuzzy after the years, but he felt he could still remember them well enough, remember what life had been like. "Missing ones family is only natural, losing your family can be a breaking point for some. Stay strong, their memories will be with you always, so you will never have truly lost them." He misunderstood her when she said she missed her family, he thought that she was like him, and her family had truly been lost, not that she had left them.


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