Get the Ball!

AW+ | Ball thread! Spectators welcome!

POSTED: Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:06 pm

OOC: The first round will be up for a week, or however long it takes for all the participants to post, whichever is first, then I'll post again! Spectators are welcome! WC: 350

It was finally the day! The day for Ball! Norah had already decided that, as the referee, she should also get to keep a ball just like everyone else who participated did. As she headed out to the field, she saw that a few other pack members were beginning to gather.

With Tak's help, Norah had set out the field the previous day. It was a rectangle with the ends marked by four wooden stakes shoved into the ground. Each team had to get the ball across the imaginary line created by the stakes in order to score a point. Taseko and Tak had agreed to stand near the stakes as judges in case Norah couldn't tell if the ball had actually made it across. Other than that, she hadn't really come up with any rules for the game, and she didn't think she would need to if they decided to play again... unless Oscar was up to no good. She narrowed her eyes a little at the thought, and then let it slide. Nah, he wouldn't ruin this for her.

Hazel seemed antsy as she took her place at the side of the field with the other spectators. When Norah looked her way, the other dog shouted over to her.

"Next time, I'm so in for this!" Hazel grinned, then turned a slightly longing gaze over to the line of balls waiting to be handed out to the participants. Gavin had taken a seat next to them to make sure that there was no thievery from the peanut gallery.

Once the participants were on the field, Norah quickly went over the rules, or lack thereof, with them. She was not sure how the teams would fare against each other, but thought that having a pup on one of the teams might even the odds a little bit. Hopefully.

"Readyyyy..." Norah waved the ball she was holding around a little and then tossed it into the air high above her head. "Go!" Then she dashed out of the way to let the mayhem ensue.
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POSTED: Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:29 am

Percival was absolutely buzzing with anticipation. That his parents allowed him to join in was excitement enough, but now that he was here on the field, with his mother and cousin facing his father and uncle and that quiet dog who always smelled to Percy like a bird, the four-month-old Guppy was beyond ecstatic.

What made him feel even more important and proud was the fact that his sisters were on the sidelines and not a part of this obviously monumental moment. He found Daisy in the crowd, sitting at the feet of that sad, curly-haired lady with a scowl on her face, and smiled smugly at her. She stuck her tongue back out at him, which he mirrored in spite of himself.

Thankfully, before their sibling rivalry could escalate any further, Norah's voice rose above the chattering spectators and drew Percival's attention with a soft flopping of his drop ears. The moment she shouted "Go!", Percy dashed to the center of the field, barking like a maniac for absolutely no reason. To his surprise, he made it to the center of the field as the ball dropped and sunk his needle teeth into the fibers holding it together.

And then he ran.

But there were legs and bodies all around him, and voices shouting and hooting and hollering. In the chaos and thrill of being chased, he didn't realize he'd started running toward the wrong goal. Thankfully (or perhaps not), when his foot knocked against a rut in the ground, the ball was dislodged from his mouth as he tripped and fell.

As he scrambled to his feet, Percival did not immediately see who picked it up after him; he only ran after where everyone else was, barking wildly as he went.

OOC: Minor PPs are definitely okay with me for either of my characters during this game! :D

[WC — 300]

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POSTED: Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:48 pm

Optime (+554)

[KR] Celebration of Achievements

I’m okay with minor PP too!

It was the first time since his joining that Elias had decided to participate in the festivities that often happened around the time of the pack’s foundation. In the past, he had always felt too much like an outsider still feel right to celebrate alongside his packmates. While his social circle had expanded only marginally so, this time around, he had felt more…worthy to join in on the fun that was to be had. He had even been confident enough to step out of his comfort zone and agree to joining in on this new game that Norah had created called Ball.

However, the decision had not come without regret when the day of this game was to be hosted. His opponents, he had found out, would be the Intimidating Eliza, the Young pup Percival, and…


Of course, Oscar. Fate was cruel to him, and he swore that he would never cheat in another food eating contest again if it meant he would survive the match that day.

When he had arrived onto the playing field, he had taken a moment to look around and appreciate the work that Norah had done in the set up. He waited for his teammates to show up, quietly wondering how valuable of a player he would be when compared to either one of them. Though, he supposed, at the very least, he might be able to keep Oscar off of them. With how Elias’ luck went, he seemed to be a magnet for the wild child of Lucille’s.

As the rest of the pack gathered, he spied Ailie amongst the spectators, and he offered a shy smile and wave at his friend. Norah spoke then, gathering the teams’ attention and setting out the rules of the game and it should be played. They were told to get ready. When the signal was given, Elias held back, likely the least competitive one out of the participants and in no way wanting to be accidentally smacked or landed upon in the fray to get the ball first.

To his surprise though, it was not one of the adults, but the youngest member of the game, Percival, that snatched the ball. The Guppy was off like a shot, zipping and feinting to keep away from those that tried to snatch him or cut him off. And then his direction changed, and he charge down the field…in the wrong direction. Maybe he just meant to swing out wide…? Either way, it took the coydog a moment of watching the initial chaos that he should probably be chasing the kid like the others were. He jogged after the group, a little unsure, and not entirely into the game just yet.

An opportunity arose though when the Parhelion youth tripped, the prized possession that he had snatched so early on flying from his maw. Elias saw an opportunity, and his half-hearted chase attempt turned into a dead-on sprint. His feet slid a little from having to slow down enough that he could grab the ball before Oscar or Eliza could get it first. With the ball secured in his hand though, his periwinkle eyes quickly looked for one of his teammates.

“Finlay!” He barked loudly. He chunked the ball towards the father of Ailie’s children.


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POSTED: Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:38 pm

ooc - Same here regarding minor pp!


Get the Ball was arguably one of the dumbest games ever conjured up by a fellow Luperci - but then again, the idea had come from his sister. So, it wasn’t as if the bar was set high in the first place. The rules were simple enough, simple enough for even Oscar to grasp. Get the ball across the opposing team’s goal line. Using any means necessary.

Okay, so maybe Oscar had added the second clause. Nonverbally.

As simple as the game was, it relied on pure strength and athletic ability over strategy. Which was why Oscar absolutely loved it already.

”How come yer no’ joinin’, sis?” Oscar called over to Norah as he joined his teammates on the playing field ”Knew I woulda’ beat ya’ anyway?” The Morelli flashed a cheeky grin over to Norah as he ducked away from any blows his sister might aim at him. On his end of the field waited the mother-son duo that made up his team mates. He could work with this. While Percy was inexperienced, he was practically fizzing with that puppy spark that he and Eliza lacked. They could use this extra energy to their advantage, as long as they aimed it in the right direction. And his uncle was on the opposing team, which meant that Liz would be willing to resort to extreme measures to beat him.

”Alrigh’ guys, ‘memeber ‘is.” Oscar rubbed his hands together in anticipation ”Always, always go fer th’ knees. Percy, dun be ‘fraid ter bite ankles while yer at it.” Pep talk concluded, Norah gave the signal for the start of the match. Oscar’s eyes were focused solely on that leather ball Norah held casually in her grip - never had he desired anything more in his life.

And then she threw it in the air.

On four legs, Percy quickly outpaced Oscar in his Optime form. ”Yes!” Oscar hollered as the puppy snatched up the ball in his jaws ”That’s me cousin! Wait, where ya goin’...” Oscar trailed off, watching as Percy made a wide arc, heading towards the wrong goal. ”No!” The Morelli hollered, loping after him in vain.

But he was too late. For who else picked up the ball but Elias Blueridge. Periwinkle eyes met brown, and for a split second, everything around the two of them faded into white noise. All that mattered was Elias, and, more importantly, the ball he held in his grasp. Oscar grinned a beautiful, wicked grin.

He really should have seen this coming.

A distorted howl ripping through his maw, Oscar picked up his pace as he barrelled straight towards the Blueridge. Of course, by the time Oscar reached the other male he had already launched the ball into the air. But this would be just as satisfying.

Besides, it was too late to slow down now.

Oscar took a final step, and flew straight into Elias with his arms outstretched, with the full intention of bringing the Outrigger down with him to eat dust.

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