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Adrian, Kaiolohia, Rowan, Taliesin!
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Dated April 16th. PP-ing Rowan (and Adrian) a little for this first post so that Adrian can reply first, then I will with Kaio, then Rowan can after, and then Taliesin please. ^^ Marked M for possible graphicness.


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Last night, had been a rough night for Kenna. For five hours she tossed and turned, unable to get comfortable beside her mate in their bed. She tried various meditation techniques and even made an extra cup of the herbal tea Taliesin had prescribed her to help try and relax her. No matter what she did, the collie woman found herself incapable of sleep. Not wanting to disturb Adrian from his own sleep any longer with all her fussing about, Kenna had opted to move out to the living room couch. Once there she found herself able to get some shut eye, but every creak of the forest outside of the house or the scuffling of a mouse in the basement woke her. Much to her annoyance, she didn't find any restful sleep until six in the morning when the sun was already rising into the sky for the new day. As the bright rays filtered through the windows, Kenna began to stir again. But this time it was not because of some passing noise or the light, it was for a far more exciting reason.

In her half lucid state, the cowgirl slowly became aware of a heavy pressure in her abdomen. As she tried to ignore it, the sensation became more persistent until suddenly as if struck in the stomach, Kenna woke with a pained gasp, sitting up swiftly only to double over again with a groan. At first she didn't realize what was happening and tried to work through the pain, massaging her swollen belly carefully, but then it clicked. Suddenly falling stock still in shock, she knew. She was going into labor. Panting softly now, worry and fear starting to take hold she gave a soft whimper not sure if she could make it all the way up the stairs by herself to wake Adrian or Rowan and Kaiolohia. The hawaiian woman had stayed the night after all of them had had a pleasant evening chatting with one another. Not sure what to do and on the verge of panic, Kenna was about to call out when suddenly a shadow fell over the stairs and paws could be heard descending the flight slowly. When Rowan's face came into view Kenna instantly met his eyes with a meaningful but terrified look."Rowan! Rowan it's happening! Go--" She gave another groan and winced as another contraction wracked her body. This was her first time having a litter, she had no idea what to expect or what she needed to do, she needed Taliesin, the pack's healer and needed him now. Looking back up at her brother who now stood at her side worried and trying to calm her the cowgirl tried again. "Go get Taliesin! Hurry! She said urgently through gritted teeth, laying back against the couch pillows again, breathing faster and closing her eyes to prevent scared tears from flowing down her face. Although she wished she didn't have to send him away, she was still glad when Rowan responded quickly, calling up to Adrian before hurrying out the front door into the dawn to fetch the white male who could help her during the process.

Laying on the couch and trying to get control of herself, the collie woman whimpered and groaned over and over. It wasn't but thirty seconds after Rowan had rushed out that Adrian was at her side. Looking up into his face, tears blurring her sight, she lifted a paw to him needing something to hold onto, squeezing hard and half panting, half-sobbing. "I'm scared Adrian!" She practically wailed at him. "...What...what if something goes wrong!? Oh gods!" Another contraction sent the collie woman writhing. She knew that her mate had never seen her so upset and scared before. And atop of it seeing her in pain had to be extremely hard for him to watch. Even in her emotional outbursts during the months of her pregnancy, she'd never been this bad. All her previous worries suddenly came to the front of her mind and overwhelmed her. And with the pain rippling through her as her body prepared to bring their pups into the world, she was even more scared not knowing how long it would last and wondering if she would be okay through the experience. Whimpering again she barely registered as Kaio came to stand at the back of the couch, a cold rag in hand which she lay gently over Kenna's forehead and carefully wiped her face free of the sweat beginning to accumulate. She didn't hear the soft words the sweet girl tried to soothe her with. She only had one thought held tightly in her mind, she had to focus on it. Taliesin would be there soon and he'd know what to do. He'd know what to do...



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Rowan's call had instantly woken the male. It took him a moment to register in his mind what was going on. Rowan had said that Kenna needed him, that it was time. His brain snapped the pieces together, the lack of Kenna's warmth beside him, "it's time," the feeling in the air. The pups were being born. The realization shocked Adrian, but his body began moving without a second thought, quickly jumping out of the bed and making his way downstairs, taking them two and three at a time. Then he was beside Kenna, looking down at her panting and groaning. Part of him flinched, seeing his mate like that. He noticed the tears in her eyes and felt some welling up in his own, but he knew he couldn't let himself cry. He had to be strong here, strong for Kenna and their pups. He was going to be a father now. He got on his knees beside the couch, taking Kenna's paw in his own and pressing it to his cheek, holding it there and smiling at his mate. He had to think of the right words to say. He knew what he needed to, he knew what the truth was, he just had to think to say it to make sure Kenna heard him and got it through her head. The beautiful hard head that he loved so much.


It was scary seeing Kenna like that, seeing her hurting so bad and so scared. But Adrian knew that she would get through this. If there was a female that he knew could do this, it was his mate. "Kenna, baby, it is okay. I'm here, I'm right here and I'm not going to leave your side." Adrian said, leaning down to nuzzle Kenna's neck gently, "I won't let anything happen, to you or the pups. You can do this baby, You're so strong and passionate, I know you can. I've never had as much faith in anyone as I do in you, right here, right now. I choose you as my mate, as the female to be the mother of my pups, because I knew you could do it, and I knew we could get through anything together. And we'll get through this. And when we do, we'll have beautiful pups of our own to love and raise." Adrian said, all his love and strength in his voice. Sure, he was afraid, but his own words reassured him, their truth making his voice steady and his heart slow. It wouldn't be easy, he knew that, but in the end, it would be well worth it. As Kaio came up behind him and set a cloth on Kenna's forehead Adrian looked at her and nodded, smiling, "Thank you Kaio." He said before glancing to Kenna, "We are here for you love. If it starts to hurt to bad, use me, bite me, dig your claws into me, whatever you have to." Adrian grinned slightly, letting his usual flirty and teasing nature come out, hoping it would help Kenna stay calm, "You know I like it when you're rough." He said, winking at his mate and licking her cheek, squeezing her paw with his, still pressed to his cheek as he looked into Kenna's eyes lovingly and calmly, letting everything he just said show in his eyes as well. He would stay by her side.


Part of Adrian was still in shock. His pups, their pups, were being born. He would finally get to see the beautiful lives him and Kenna had made, had created. He wasn't sure what he felt, other than shock and worry for Kenna, even though he knew they would get through it, he just hoped she didn't suffer too much. The thought of finally being able to hold his pups was one that chilled Adrian, in a good way. He was glad only Kaio was there, and that Rowan would return. For once, Adrian actually felt like he would growl if someone he didn't know approached. A need to protect coursed through him, and he was instantly on guard for anyone he didn't know. He needed to protect his mate and pups, and he would. If he had to, the male would use violence, the male who feared and hated the thought of hurting others, would have done so in that moment if it meant protecting the ones he loved. It was good to have only trusted loved ones for now.
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Kaiolohia had enjoyed the previous night's get together with Rowan and his family. More and more she was starting to feel accepted among them and it was easier to relax around them. Rowan had invited her to stay the night instead of them both returning to her house next door, and for the first time she'd accepted without hesitation. Sleeping at her mate's side, his arms wrapped around her and holding her close had felt so wonderful to the island girl. She looked forward to many many more night like this one and she drifted off to sleep. Sometime in the middle of the night, Kaio woke briefly to see Kenna making her way towards the stairs. She wondered what the collie woman was doing, but figured that if she needed help with anything, she'd ask for it. Kenna was a strong individual, someone who both intimidated Kaio and yet at the same time, she admired her. Deciding not to worry about Kenna's late night activity, Kaiolohia rolled back over and snuggled against Rowan and fell back asleep.

It was with a jolt that Kaio awoke in the morning. The sound of voices, sobbing, rushed steps, and the slamming of a door followed by Adrian practically flying down the stairs was a little disorienting at first to the woman. But after a moment, realizing Rowan was not beside her, Kaiolohia hurried to get out of bed. When she reached the bottom of the stairs she instantly knew what was going on. She could see Kenna breathing heavily and crying on the couch clutching her belly while Adrian kneeled at her side trying to soothe her. Kaio's heart began to race. Kenna was about to deliver her pups! Leaping into action, Kaio rushed back up the stairs and to the bathroom where she grabbed a rag, wet it and hurried back down the stairs, coming up behind the couch and leaning in to wipe the scared, soon to be mother's face, catching some of Adrian's words. "And we'll get through this. And when we do, we'll have beautiful pups of our own to love and raise." Kaio knew that when she herself was overly stressed or upset, cool water could help her calm down. She hoped the technique as well as Adrian's words would work for Kenna as well. Smiling softly with encouragement, Kaio nodded. He's right. It's alright Kenna. You can do this. Just breathe... When it's all done it'll be worth it. You'll get to meet your children for the first time. Think of them and how happy you'll be with them. The Hawaiian girl spoke softly, a little shocked and scared herself but trying to remain level headed for Kenna's sake. "Thank you Kaio." The girl nodded lightly to Adrian as he spoke. Of course... She said and lightly stroked Kenna's hair back from her face.

It was clear how scared kenna was and how much pain she was in. The sight before her made Kaio rather unsure about having pups of her own. She'd always wanted to be a mother, but seeing this now, she wasn't sure if she could handle it. It was quite a shock to the innocent young woman just how traumatic birth could be. But she knew the worst was yet to come. Glancing up and out the front window, Kaio watched for Rowan's return with Taliesin, still gently stroking her paw soothingly along Kenna's shoulder. She hoped it wouldn't be too much longer. Although Kenna's initial panic seemed to have subsided, she was still in a lot of pain and breathing really hard. It was hard for Kaio to remain in the room, but she had to be strong. It was Rowan's sister and now her own sister of sorts, she couldn't just walk away now. Kenna needed her family to be with her and Kaio was family now. She wouldn't let Kenna down.


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Rowan was in a state of near panic. His sister going into labor on his way down for breakfast had not been his best idea for him to truly wake up that morning. He hadn't known how to react for about a second, then he did what came naturally in a crisis. He followed orders. He had shouted up the stairs to wake Adrian, but had no way of knowing if he'd actually woken him. However Kenna had sent him to find Taliesin, and he intended to get the healer to her side as quickly as possible. Crossing the cobblestones outside the house, he flew from the porch as fast as his legs would carry him. After the longest short time in his young life, the male finally arrived at Taliesin's door. He pounded loudly at the door, which Taliesin thankfully opened quickly. Rowan panted softly from his run and spoke a little haltingly. "Kenna. She's in labor. We need you."


He watched for a moment as Taliesin went to collect his things, then when he was sure the healer was following, turned and bolted back to the house he was sharing with his sister and her mate. And his new niece or nephew he realized. This thought almost caused him to stumble into a concussion inducing fall that would have made him glad Taliesin was behind him. Luckily he managed to hop his way back into a rhythm and reached the house without breaking his neck. Racing through, he saw Kenna on her back on the couch, Adrian knelt at her side and Kaio behind the furniture with a wet cloth that she was using to wipe Kenna's forehead. His mate looked to be worse than he was about the whole process, and seeing the grimace of pain on his sister's countenance, he didn't wonder why. He moved up behind her and said to Adrian and Kenna, "Taliesin is behind me." He wrapped his arms around Kaio's waist and whispered in her ear, "Are you alright? You look a little panicky." He nuzzled her head gently as he said it, trying to soothe the shepherd girl a bit.


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Sorry on the wait...been a rough couple of days. D: Ignore the rambling, Tal's had a rough month. LOL

The knock wasn't entirely unexpected. Tal pulled himself out of bed, dislodging a disgruntled Sheba. He stroked the calico's head gently, then moved down the stairs. The face at the door was the one he'd expected, and Tal nodded, feeling more awake. "I need to grab my pack. Won't take but a moment." He moved up the stairs, knocking at Myrddin's door. It took a moment to explain that it was time for Kenna to give birth, and that the boy was to stay at the house in case a second need for a healer emerged.

The pale healer returned to Rowan's side mere moments later, ready to go. He was watching carefully as they moved, Rowan seemed as anxious as if it were his litter being born. Tal laid a hand on the male's shoulder as he announced the healer's arrival. Tal had a cheerful and reassuring smile on his face as he moved forward. "That's right, I am here." He chuckled, as though making the pointless announcement amused him, and it did. It was rather obvious he was there, after all.

He knelt by Kenna's side, laying a hand on her distended abdomen. "When did the labor begin?" He didn't wait for an answer, but began probing the belly with his fingers lightly, gauging the strength of her contractions with her fingers, and also by the look on Adrian's face. Tal offered the male a teasing smile and playful wink. "Labor is painful on both parents, when the father is present. I've got a nip of whiskey in my pack you can have. Rowan, feel free to help yourself as well. Won't do Kenna any good if everyone is anxious and wound up." He chuckled again, then directed his next remark to Kenna. "Won't be long now, dear. You're doing well, and you've got a good group with you. Feeling any nausea?"
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To Kenna everything was happening in a blur of the senses. It was all so confusing and scary. She had to find something to focus on, to keep her from losing all control. Sobbing and taking unsteady breaths, the collie woman swallowed hard and fixed her gaze upon Adrian. His paw around hers gave her something solid to grasp and helped remind her she was not alone. The male spoke of strength saying he'd never leave her and even had the nerve to attempt to tease her. Kenna held onto his every word, slowly but surely calming from her previously panicked state. Closing her eyes and forcing away the tears but still feeling the painful waves of the contractions she was having, she gripped her mate's paw and growled, teeth bared. Gasping and whimpering, the woman did her best to try and relax back against the couch. Panting heavily and choking back small sobs the cowgirl tried to smile reassuringly at Kaiolohia who continued to look petrified despite her attempts to hide it. "I'm...I'll be okay Kaio..." She said softly, trying to be convincing, but Kenna wasn't sure of her words herself so they didn't carry as much gravity.


Just then Rowan came stumbling back in the front door, Taliesin close behind and the collie woman felt instantly more calm. Rowan moved to stand beside his now trembling mate and Kenna groaned as the white healer set to work. His fingers gently pressed at her abdomen and Kenna whimpered softly, her blue eyes locked on Taliesin's every move. "How long is this going to take?" She asked the male with a strained voice, through heavy panting and cried out a little as another contraction came. They were closer and closer together now. As Taliesin offered some whiskey to help calm the nerves of those around her, Kenna couldn't help but wish there was something to be given to her for her panic. Looking back up at those gathered around her she had to agree with Taliesin's words about having a good group about her though. This was her family. Everyone was there to witness the births of two new members of the family into the world. She was surrounded by love and support. This comforted her more than even Taliesin's presence could. He asked her if she was having any nausea and Kenna shook her head and whined again. "No. J-Just the pain. I...this is my first litter." She said, the worry clear in her voice. She knew the worst of it was yet to come. The actual birthing process. She hoped that it would be quick so that none of them had to endure the process much longer. A brief thought flashed through her mind as she lay there and sent a new wave of panic through her. What if Honrin turned out to be right? What if her stupidity had somehow harmed the pups? She'd never forgive herself if something happened to them. Clamping her eyes shut Kenna fought tears again, banishing the thoughts, her heart racing from a combination of anxiety and pain. No... They would survive. All of them. The pups were going to be fine. They had to be. Looking to her mate she met his eyes now with love, trying to be positive. She was looking forward to seeing her children's tiny faces for the first time. She couldn't wait to share in being a parent with Adrian. They were going to have beautiful pups to raise and care for together, they would be happy.


Writhing again, Kenna gripped Adrian's paw in a severely tight hold as one of the biggest contractions wracked her body. Crying out Kenna couldn't control the tears anymore. She let them flow freely now and felt some small guilt as Kaiolohia had to be lead from the room by Rowan at the sight. Trying to keep her breathing steady, she just awaited the instructions from the healer of when to start pushing. She could tell it was almost time just by instinct, but she didn't want to do anything wrong that would risk the pups' lives. Turning her gaze to the ceiling, Kenna was dully aware of the blood rushing in her ears, how faint everyone's voices were. She wanted to just close her eyes and sleep, she was so damn tired. But she knew it would all be over soon and so she had to be strong and stay awake and see her pups successfully born into the world. Only then would she be at peace again. Once she held her pups and could shift into her natural, Lupus form to feed them, only then could she finally relax and experience the rush of joy from the miracle she was about to perform. Now if only that miracle would happen faster... Groaning once more, the cowgirl rolled her head side to side whimpering as her body worked to bring the pups into the world. It wouldn't be long now.


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Brown eyes snapped to the front door as Rowan came back in, announcing that Taliesin would be there soon. Adrian's eyes lingered on the door, waiting, expectant, until the white male finally walked into the room. He could feel Kenna relax as soon as the healer entered and Adrian relaxed too. As the white male approached Adrian moved over slightly, still holding Kenna's paw, and made room for the healer. Adrian felt a protective urge tug at him as he watched Taliesin touch Kenna's swollen belly holding their pups, who were in the process of being born. But Adrian ignored it, because he respected and almost worshipped Taliesin. The male had saved Kenna before, she owed her life to him, and that meant that Adrian owed him his as well. If there was anyone outside his family members in this room who he trusted around Kenna, it was the white male in front of him. Taliesin's presence put him more at ease than he was before. But that didn't stop Adrian from watching intently as he began to probe Kenna's belly, watching her face show signs of pain as he did and wishing there was some way he could make it easier on him. As worry began to cloud his face again, Taliesin's voice made Adrian glance at the healer, and he couldn't help but returned the male's smile, albeit his was rather strained, and listen to the male's words. Adrian could hear and see how calm Taliesin was, as if this was just any other day, and it impressed the male. He wished he could be so calm and in control. Adrian found himself admiring Taliesin even more, wishing he could bring himself to tell the healer how grateful he was.

Adrian caught the male's words, through his awe, and the idea of a little whiskey couldn't have sounded better. It might be just what he needed to calm his nerves. "Thank you Taliesin, you're right, Kenna doesn't need us all stressing and worried. She'll be doing plenty of that herself." He shot his mate a look and gave her a gentle smile before looking back to the healer, "I think I could use that whiskey." Adrian said, letting out a strained chuckle. He took the whiskey from Taliesin, who got it out of his pack, and took a quick sip, swallowing it down and glancing to Rowan, asking with his eyes if the other male wanted any. His eyes also moved to Kaio and Adrian smiled at the female, understanding in his eyes, "It's okay Kaio, Kenna's strong, she'll be okay." Adrian said, before another thought occurred to him, "And you're strong too." Adrian winked at Kaio and grinned slightly at Rowan before glancing back to his mate, reaching one paw down to stroke her cheek, Adrian watched as Kenna shook and closed her eyes. He knew that it wasn't just physically that she was struggling. He knew cause she was his mate. He leaned down and presses his lips to her forehead before pressing his forehead against her gently. "I'm here love." He whispered softly, one of his paws still wrapped together with hers and his other stroking her cheek lovingly. He worried himself about their pups. What if something went wrong, what if one of them was stillborn, or all of them. These thoughts raced through his head, threatening to break his will. But Adrian focused on Kenna's fur against his, the sound of her strained breathing, and he knew that Kenna was strong enough, that they would have all of their pups alive by sheer power of will if it came down to it. He and Kenna would raise their pups together, and they would have a family of their own. As Adrian opened his eyes and meant Kenna's, he knew that she agreed. Their eyes were filled with love and understanding that they would both always be by the other's side through all of this and through everything.

Whining softly as Kenna cried out and squeezed his paw, Adrian pressed his forehead against hers gently, whispering to here that he was there and that it was okay again and again. As she groaned and turned her head to the side Adrian licked her cheek and presses his muzzle against her neck, nuzzling her gently. "I'm here baby. Stay strong for me okay? Stay right here with me. Look at me when it feels like it's getting too painful, use my strength to keep going if you have to, I'll give you as much as you need, just stay awake and get through this with me baby." Adrian murmured softly, noticing in the back of his mind that Rowan and Kaio had to leave the room as Kenna started to cry. Adrian stayed by her side though and held her paw and stroked her cheek and nuzzled her neck, giving her as much comfort as he could, letting her know that he was right there, by her side. And that he always would be.


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Watching Kenna writhing in pain and hearing her groans and cries was really taking its toll on Kaio. As much as she wanted to and tried to be strong and stay at the collie's side through the ordeal, as soon as Rowan joined her at her side the island woman had to turn away and press her face into his neck, trembling a little. With a quiet whine she whispered to her mate so only he could here. "Rowan...I...I can't take this much longer..." She admitted, fighting tears of her own. Chancing a glance back at the commotion, she found herself wishing she was as strong as Kenna and wondered if Rowan and her would have the same kind of strength and bond that Adrian and the whelping mother had. She knew with time she and Rowan would be as close if not closer than Adrian and Kenna were, but the idea of having someone loving her unconditionally was still so new to her. It was still a little surreal. As Kenna seemed to drift a little from her exhaustion, still occasionally crying out with each new contraction, Kaio felt the tears spill over and she once again pressed her face into Rowan for comfort. She wanted to be supportive, but seeing Kenna, someone she cared about in so much pain almost physically hurt the Hawaiian woman too. She wished she could be as calm as Taliesin was. She admired him greatly for his skill with the fearful mother and was glad he was there to help in the birthing process and soothe the cowgirl.


Sobbing very softly she squeezed Rowan's shoulder, trembling. Too taken over by emotion and feeling like a nuisance she urged Rowan for them to leave the room. "Please...Can we go? I'm sorry..." Kaio whimpered, sniffling and wincing as Kenna cried out once more. "I'm just not any help right now..." She shook her head and allowed Rowan to lead her away with one last tearful, apologetic glance back at Adrian and Kenna. Once away from the charged atmosphere around the birthing, Kaio slowly began to relax again. Although she could still hear the occasional cry from Kenna, not being directly a part of the situation made things easier to handle. A fear still plagued the back of the girl's mind however and she held onto Rowan for comfort. If she ever had pups of her own...would she be able to take such pain? Would she even be strong enough to see her pups be born? Another whine escaped the Hawaiian shepherd and new tears spilled over, thankfully unheard by anyone other than her beloved mate. Kaio knew she would not return to the other room until everything was calm again.
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Rowan watched as everything progressed with a horrified fascination. The entire process was so far harmless except for the extreme pain the Kemma was in, but he knew what was to come. Or at least he knew an approximation of the situation. The only thing that was keeping him steady right now was holding onto Kaio as they watched, probably both rethinking any previous thoughts of having children of their own any time soon. He drew a shaky breath as the healer was poking and prodding his sister, who he wanted to be here for, and was quickly being taken over by a twinge of nausea. He was about to speak up when his mate turned and buried her head in his neck. He pressed his palm to the back of her head as she whispered to him the thoughts he'd just been having. Nodding, he stroked her head gently as he felt her squeeze his shoulder. "Alright love, we can go."


Turning to Kenna and Adrian he looked at them with a guilty expression plastered all over his countenance. he felt like he was failing them in retreating. "I'm sorry, Kaio and I aren't cut out for this. We have absolute faith in you Kenna, but watching this is going to make me sick. I'm very sorry, please don't be angry." He spoke quickly and with an effort to keep the reflexes of his stomach under control as he turned Kaio towards the stairs and ushered her away from the scene on the couch. He turned once more, stating, "I'm sorry Kenna, Adrian. I love you both," before fleeing up the stairs after his mate.


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Sorry, kids being sick really sucks.

He could see the other two were unnerved by the racket Kenna was making as her labor progressed. A slight smile came to his lips as they decided it was time to duck out. "Ginger will help with the nausea, Rowan." He winked playfully as he returned his attention back to the couple. "Its all right, Kenna. I can give you a little something for the pain in a bit, after they're born... Its not much but it will take the edge off." He laid a hand on the male's shoulder for a moment, squeezing it gently. He understood how bad it hurt to watch your loved one suffer through labor, feeling helpless and useless.

"Normally, I'd be telling you to go boil some water and get me clean towels, but that's really only to get anxious fathers out of the way. Kenna I promise, as close and as strong as these contractions are now, I'll be congratulating you two on a fine litter soon. Just keep calm for a bit longer." His voice was soft, deliberately singsonging the words as though to sooth a frightened pet. He would have spoken to her in the little Irish he knew, but something told him she wouldn't appreciate being spoken to in a tongue she didn't understand. Not while she was in labor. "You're doing good." He attempted to meet the male's eyes, so he knew the words were as much for him as they were for her.
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OOC:: The first born is Skylee, the female, then Faolan the male. Hopefully my PP of Taliesin isn't too much. <_<...PUUUUUSH KENNAAA!!! XD| Form: Optime | 656


Time seemed to be mocking her. How long had she been like this? How much longer would she have to endure it all? Kenna felt like her whole body was being put through its paces as it prepared to bring the pups into the world. The contractions were strong and close together now and Kenna knew the time was drawing near to the point where she would have to start pushing. Taliesin's words confirmed her instincts and panting hard she gave a small nod in acknowledgement to the healer, whimpering softly. Adrian's words and support however were what really kept her from simply passing out already from sheer exhaustion. The lack of sleep and now the great strain on her body was taking a lot out of the cowgirl. Groaning deeply and writhing again, not noticing as Rowan and Kaio quietly slipped away into the other room, Kenna squeezed Adrian's paw harder and grit her teeth. Adrian remained at her side, nuzzling into her and placing soothing kisses against her neck. Sweat made her thick pelt cling to her frame as she lay on the couch just moments away from giving birth. With one last powerful jolt of a contraction Kenna knew it was time. This was it. "Adrian...!" She whimpered before giving Taliesin one final look then clamping her eyes shut, digging her claws into her mate's palm and began to push. The effort was great but she felt now that she was not suffering for nothing. She was determined now to bring her children into the world. She could feel the first pup coming, with her legs splayed and feet braced against the arm of the couch, the collie woman gave a desperate push, crying out, the sound almost a howl as the first pup cleared her body to land gently onto soft warm towels which Rowan had quickly brought back into the room after calming Kaio down and hearing Taliesin's words. Kenna's motherly instincts kicked in completely then and between panting, she tried to sit up a bit more to see, trembling from head to tail, wanting to know the child was okay.

"Are they okay?! Is...is it a boy or girl?" She asked through heavy pants, watching as Taliesin assisted in cleaning the newborn pup free of its afterbirth and the placenta and rubbed it dry, stimulating it until it took a sudden tiny gasping breath and then gave a high pitched whining screech signifying it was most definitely alive. The pup was on the larger side, her pelt a mix of browns like Kenna's but had definite resemblance to Adrian as well. Relaxing back against the couch again, closing her eyes briefly, glad for the momentary break, the collie woman's exhausted face spread into a relieved and happy grin. Looking up at her mate, releasing her vice-like grip on his paw she realized she was crushing, she gave a soft murr as the pups was then passed to her and laid upon her chest. Blue eyes welled with tears and emotion as the woman cradled her arms carefully around the tiny, precious life she and Adrian had created. She had no words in that moment that could describe how happy she was. "Oh love... She's...beautiful." She whispered, tenderly looking up into Adrian's eyes. Carefully running her paws along the pup's back as it wriggled in her fur and hungrily cried out, Kenna chuckled softly and guided the little one to her breast. She was a mother now. But the work wasn't over yet. Just then another painful wave struck her and with a soft cry of pain and a wince, the collie knew it was time to push again. She didn't know how many pups to expect but she knew she wouldn't give up, she would keep pushing as long as it took to bring her children into the world. Taking Adrian's paw again, Kenna grit her teeth once more and pushed.


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Through Kenna's grip on his paw Adrian was able to roughly judge his mate's pain and how close their pups were to coming into this world. He wasn't sure how many there would be, or how long Kenna would have to endure the pain, but he hoped it wouldn't be long. He hoped she was able to bring their pups into this world quickly and rest easy afterwards. As the hope and thoughts filled his head he heard Taliesins words to Kenna and knew the time was drawing near. He licked Kenna's neck gently before sitting back, letting her cling to his paw, covering the one gripping his with his other one gently. Adrian held back a whine as Kenna whimpered his name, feeling her claws digging into his palm, making him wince slightly but otherwise he just gripped her paw in his. His muzzle hoverd by her ear and he whispered encouragement to her, telling her he was there and that she was doing good. Her cry rang in his ears but he didn't let it distract him. He felt her grip relax slightly as the first pup was born. Adrian helped Kenna sit up, instantly looking at Taliesin and their pup, watching him clean the lump. Adrian smiled as and blew out a deep breath as the pup took its first breath. Adrian nuzzled Kenna's neck and squeezed her paw, though it was still holding tight to his, and whispered, "It's a girl. A beautiful girl." He said, pulling back and watching as Taliesin handed the pup to his mate. Adrian was a father now. Kenna and him were parents. The thought seemed almost unreal.

As Kenna held the pup Adrian stroked his mate's cheek gently, smiling down at his mate and their pup. He was happy to see that the pain was gone from Kenna's expression for now, replaced by one of unimaginable joy. He knew his own face probably looked the same. Adrian's eyes were deep and loving as he gazed into his mate's eyes, "Yes she is. Just like her mother." The brown and gray male said softly. As the pup cried out Adrian smiled and chuckled softly, watching his mate guide it to one of her breasts. He knelt back down next to his mate and gently ran a paw along his daughter's back. But Adrian's happy thoughts were interrupted as his mate cried out again. Adrian was stunned for a moment. He knew it wasn't unexpected for them to have more than one pup, but the thought that him and Kenna would be the parents to more than one pup shocked him for a moment. But as the male felt Kenna's paw grip his once again, he smiled slightly and squeezed her paw in his, letting her know he was there. The thought of having more than one pup with his mate thrilled the male. He would raise how ever many pups they had with Kenna. He knew they would do it together.

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((The pp is more than alright, it was exactly what he would have done. LOL ^_^))

Things moved normally, though the snow colored healer had his moment of concern when the pup didn't make it's noises right away. Still, soon enough the little girl began her whining cries, and Tal felt confident enough to hand her to her mother. Though he busied himself by trading out the used towel for a clean one, he couldn't help but to overhear the exchange. The joy and the love in their voices was unmistakable to the Rhiannon male, and he felt a dual sense of pride and sadness. He was happy, proud even, that he was a part of bringing their pups into the world. It pleased him he was trusted to help guide the little ones into the light. And yet the sadness came from so recently losing his own infant son, the little boy whom he'd been unable to know until after death. He looked up, a smile on his lips to see the pup already nursing.

All too soon, Kenna's peaceful countenance changed to one of pain, and she began straining. It wasn't long before a male fell into the healer's outstretched hands. Again, he cleaned the little pup of the sac and the afterbirth, ensuring the male was breathing. As the pup let out a quivering whine, the pale healer was reminded of the day that Myrddin and his siblings had been born, a year and a half ago. How quickly time flew by... He gave the little male one more little pat before laying him on Kenna's chest, next to his sister. A quick palpitation of Kenna's abdomen revealed no more pups to be born. He grinned crookedly at the couple. "Congratulations, you two."
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OOC:// Last round. This is my final post with Kenna, then Adrian will do his then Taliesin and then after Honrin can make his one post to finish. <3 Also, sorry if some words are weird, my 'w' key on this laptop is kinda broken, I tried to catch all the spelling errors, but if something doesn't quite look right, it's probably supposed to have a 'w' in it someplace. XD WC: 504


The miracle that was giving birth was one hell of an experience, that was for sure. Kenna could honestly say it was like nothing else. The pain, the fear, the sudden wave of happiness and understanding that came over you when you first get to hold your child and you realize what all the struggling as for, it was all a part of the process. The collie woman knew that despite the hardships she'd faced this time around, one day she looked forward to having another litter. Next time she'd be more careful and more prepared. She was grateful that everything had turned out alright in the end. As she felt the second pup clear her body, the cowgirl whimpered and flopped back against the couch once more, panting hard. She kept her eyes trained on Taliesin as he repeated the process of bringing the pup to life and sighed with a combination of relief and exhaustion as her son took his first breath. Smiling as the healer lay the tiny newborn male on her chest beside his sister, Kenna gave a soft, tired murr and moved the pups around gently so that each of them could get the to the milk that would be their nourishment for months to come.


Gently stroking to fingers along the male's back, feeling the damp, but soft fur of his patchwork coat Kenna looked up to her mate and grinned tiredly. "Oh love... I'm just...I'm so happy. Look at them...We'll have to come up with names soon..." She gazed fondly at her children, their children. They'd accomplished the miracle of life together and it was such an amazing feat. A swell of pride and love rose in the collie woman's heart. This was what is felt like to be a mother. Suddenly all the worries she'd had about parenthood didn't seem to matter. She felt a new confidence in herself. She would be a good mother, she was determined to be the best mom she could be. Her attention was then drawn to the white pelted healer as he gently pressed on her stomach determining if there were more pups to come. With his smile and words Kenna relaxed. "Congratulations you two." Part of the cowgirl was a little sad that there weren't more pups to come but she was also just as equally glad that she had the two she did and made a silent promise to herself to protect, love and cherish them like nothing else. With a tired nod of her head she smiled at Taliesin. "Thank you Taliesin... You've been such a great help." She chuckled weakly. She was sooo ready for a nap now. Closing her eyes, once again finding Adrian's paw with hers she began to drift off, only barely aware of Rowan and Kaiolohia returning to the see the newborns. With a content smile, the new mother fell into a restful sleep, her loved ones and mate around her and her beautiful children cradled close to her heart. All was well.
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A boy and a girl. Two beautiful wolfdog pups. Kenna's and his pups. Part of him was saddened that there wasn't more, but he knew that two would be more than enough. He knew he would love them both so much and he knew Kenna would too. Adrian gazed at the two pups lovingly as they lay on their mother's chest, suckling their mother's milk. Adrian sighed with relief and relaxed back, a happy smile spread across his face. He knew he would never understand exactly what Kenna had went through, but he knew how hard it had been for him, seeing her in pain and seeing her struggle and being helpless to make it easier or any less painful. But the shared relief was amazing, the shared happiness in what they had accomplished. Gently Adrian reached out and stroked his son's back along with Kenna, murring happily. They were parents to two beautiful pups.


Kenna's tired grin made Adrian smile softly and move his paw to stroke her cheek, looking down at her. "I know darling, they're beautiful. And yes we will, but you need to rest first love." He said softly, seeing the exhaustion on Kenna's face. So much had been lifted, so many worries and doubts had vanished. It was like a weight had been lifted from their shoulders. They had accomplished this, made it this far. They could handle whatever came their way, this was proof, they were committed to one another, and now they had a new reason to get up and face each day in an attempt to make it a good one. For their pups and for each other. Adrian turned to look at the healer and he smiled, unsure of how to thank the male. There was so much Adrian felt he owed the man. Not only had he taken care of Kenna when she needed it, but now he had helped bring their pups into the world. Adrian bowed his head a little to Taliesin for a moment then he looked at his and Kenna's newborn pups before speaking, "Thank you Taliesin, truly. You're a kind hearted man and the pack is lucky to have you. We were lucky to have you here. Thank you one again." The big male said, glancing once more at the male and smiling tiredly, everything finally catching up to him as tiredness found him. He settled down beside his mate, letting her take his paw, and watched her with a smile, not letting himself fall asleep just yet. He took in the sight before him, his mate sleeping peacefully while their pups suckled and then curled up to rest themselves. This in front of him was his future, his main purpose in life now was to protect and love the ones who lay in front of him. And he knew he would.
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The snow hued healer smiled as he was thanked. He didn't do it for the gratitude, he did it to give back to the pack mates who gave so much of their time and talents into making the pack a wonderful place. His talent laid in the healing arts, and he enjoyed sharking his gift. "Was my pleasure, Kenna. Get some rest, you'll need it." He turned to the proud father, who was already holding his mate's hand again. "They'll be fine, Adrian, but if she or the pups run a fever, or if she seems to be having problems nursing or if you have any concerns over her or the pups at all, feel free to come to me day or night. My door is always unlocked for that reason."

He offered the mother a smile, the father a handshake, and then slipped out past their friends and into the cool air. His smile was genuine, and if there was an air of melancholy to it he wouldn't show it to anyone. His steps were light as he walked, as he began singing a blessing for the new pups in a sweet sing-song voice. "May the blessing of light be on you— light without and light within. May the blessed sunlight shine on you and warm your heart till it glows like a great fire. May love and laughter light your days, and warm your hearts and home. May good and faithful friends be yours, wherever you may roam. May peace and plenty bless your world with joy that long endures. May all life's passing seasons bring the best to you... May Rhiannon give you all the best and just enough pain to enrich the joys in your lives."
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