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Mon Apr 04, 2016 2:19 pm
Fri Apr 15, 2016 12:04 am
She had woken up early per her usual routine. The horses were visited, and the falcon—for, the female had gone missing for a little while now—was seen too and socialized with. Sylvie had given her a challenge to fulfill at the end of the previous day’s training. Teagan’s body buzzed with excitement and eagerness at the thought of it. She had until sundown to accomplish it, but, the young princess was eager as ever to make the most of the hours she had until such time. Using only her Lupus form, she was to bring back something worthy of a meal. To any other, the challenge might have been a simple task. For Teagan though, the Lotta saw it as a test of her abilities to bring her mentor the biggest and hardest thing she could catch.
The Stryder had shifted down into her primitive, four-legged form once her morning chores were finished, and had set out into the forest beyond the fort. So many ideas buffeted her energized mind. Her first thought had been to catch a rabbit, but, they were too easy. Birds were off limits since she had a soft spot for them. That left something more unique to be on the menu. A weasel? No, that was too small. A fisher? Now that would be a catch, but, would it really count as something ‘worthy of a meal?’ Likely not. So…what else was there? A porcupine? A gopher? Deer tasted good, but, she had never tried hunting one before.
Her inner conflict was put on hold as she caught a whiff of a familiar scent. It was her cousin, Marius. What’s he doing up so early? The cream-coated girl almost thought to leave him be, but, some part of her suggested seeking his help. He was older than her, so, perhaps he’d have a few ideas, and maybe a few pointers as well. Teagan wove her way towards the direction of the Damaichu. When her canary eyes finally fell upon his shadowed form, it appeared he was in the midst of something.
Not wanting to spook the older male in the dark, morning hours, Teagan let out a soft chuff to announce her approach if he hadn’t already sensed her. “Marius,” she greeted with a small, slight wag of her tail. She hadn’t interacted with her cousin much, but, he was still a relative none the less. It also didn’t hurt that he was the son of her favorite uncle. “What are you up to so early this morning?” The Lotta came to a stop a few paces from him.
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Mon May 02, 2016 6:32 pm
She was happy to see a welcome reception from her cousin. She had almost been afraid that he might dismiss her or act like she was a nuisance. The male was not exactly known for being overly friendly and outgoing. He was older than she, and, as she had found out, time was precious to the more mature crowd. Being bothered by a young girl, who was still hardly more than a pup, would likely annoy the busier sort. Marius didn’t seem set on getting rid of her as fast as possible though, and for that, Teagan was thankful.
Her ears flickered with interest when the Damaichu explained his purpose for being up so early. He was hunting too? This is perfect! Maybe he would let her tag along and show her some pointers? Even though Teagan had received plenty of hunting lessons since she had graduated to Lotta, it never hurt to learn more. From what she had been told, her Uncle Callum and his family had come from a pack very different from Casa di Cavalieri. Marius was old enough that he probably knew of a technique or two that the more sophisticated knights didn’t use. If she could persuade him to teach her, perhaps the young princess could show off her new skills to her mentor!
When Marius scented the morning wind, the Lotta mimicked him. She was a bit disappointed to find nothing worthwhile on it either though. Maybe they just weren’t far enough away from the fort though… The older boy returned his attention back to her, and the Stryder straightened. A question was made and Teagan shrugged nonchalantly. “Hunting as well. Miss Sylvie gave me a task today to hunt down something ‘worthy of a meal’ in my Lupus form,” she explained with a bit of pride and a puffed up chest.
Her ears fell to her skull and her confidence deflated a bit as she continued though, “I don’t want to get something that’s easy though. I catch rabbits and squirrels the other small game all the time.” She looked her cousin up and down. He looked old enough and big enough that they could go after something much more difficult if they worked together. Teagan’s canary eyes looked up at Marius with a curious but calculating gaze. “Since you’re hunting too…would it be alright if I tagged along?” Her tail wagged softly and lowly behind her, showing respect to his age and higher rank despite them being relatives.
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Mon May 16, 2016 8:56 pm
Her ears flickered at Marius’ statement, and she nodded in agreement. “Mine too! Everything you take from hunting can be applied to fighting and other stuff,” she explained unnecessarily. “And…it keeps everyone alive.” That was perhaps, the most important part of it. If one didn’t know how to hunt, how could they survive? Within a pack setting, it was perhaps no big deal, but, what if one found themselves alone? The pack wouldn’t be able to help them anymore. They would starve, and have no one to blame but themselves!
Marius’ answer was nonchalant, being neither overly eager at the prospect, but also not being disgusted by it. It was better than nothing, and Teagan was happy that her cousin agreed to let her tag along. “Thank you, Marius!” She said with a small smile, wishing to show him her gratitude with his decision. At his question, her tail ceased its friendly motion as her lips formed a thin line. Her canary eyes dropped from his face as she admitted, “I don’t know…I’ve only ever really hunted smaller animals so I can focus on my technique.” She had been doing well, or so she had been told, but that didn’t make up for the fact that she hadn’t been taken out to hunt larger game in a while.
She mulled over the subject for a moment or two before looking back at Marius. “We could go after a small deer maybe?” Her canary eyes were bright with determination. “Uncle Callum took Indi and I out to hunt one of them a few weeks ago.” She left out that Marius’ father had been in his Secui form though, as she felt it was more for the siblings’ protection than it had been for lack of strength.
Teagan stood a little taller as she tried to persuade him. “I’m bigger and stronger now.” She sized her cousin up. “And you’re pretty big too, and are probably really strong, so, I think we could take one on?” There was a pause before she added, “Unless you have an idea of something else we can go after?” What else was there that could be edible?
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She hadn’t mingled with her older cousins a lot, so, the whole experience would be one of feeling out where she stood in her social structure with her blood kin. Her relationship with her uncle, Marius’ father, was good, great even. She loved her Uncle Callum. His children and the rest of his family though? Teagan had only interacted with them a handful of times; enough to recognize that they were family, but not so much that she was close with them. Auntie Veyra hung out with her mom a lot. The two boys seemed content to do their own thing though. So, it was nice to interact with one of them without the forced family get-together atmosphere.
Her explanation turned into a lesson, and Teagan was more than eager to participate. Her tail wagged softly behind her and her ears pricked with attention. She knew the answer to this one! “How to fight!” She answered confidently, smacking a paw on the dirt before her. “And how to problem solve!” She wrested with Indi all the time. Teagan knew how to throw her weight around to pin her sister, and her sister’s agile body made it so the Lotta had to calculate when and where to put her paws in order to trip up the more lithe sibling.
When Marius approved of her choice of deer, Teagan’s heart soared. She had been itching to hunt something more prestigious than the average-day prey items, and the Prova was willing to help her do that. She was sure to not let her excitement get the best of her though. She had to be poised, calm, in control; just like her mother. She took a slow breath to calm her excited heart. She had to get into hunt mode.
“Deer don’t like to wander too close to the Fort because it reeks of Luperci, so, we should probably head further out,” she answered, turning her cranium out towards the forest and open grassland that she knew laid beyond it. She thought a bit, her brows knitting together as she tried to think of a good answer to the second half of his question. “Hmmm…maybe scare the herd, and, in the chaos, separate the smaller deer from the rest of its herd?” Her canary gaze sought Marius for his opinion and perhaps more experienced answer to his own question.
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Her head cocked slightly to one side as Marius took the answer further, elaborating on what else there was to learn from something as simple as play fighting between pups. She had never considered the lesson he spoke of before, and her eyes moved away in quiet thought as she rolled the idea over in her mind. Hierarchy? Was there a hierarchy to be had between her and her sister? No. Some part of her whispered. Both girls were dominate, and they both won and loss as many bouts as the other. She couldn’t think of one or the other standing taller than the remaining sister, but, perhaps it was because of how close they were to each other. The Stryder wondered if the same could be said about Marius and his siblings.
Marius continued, and to his words of wisdom about strengths and weaknesses, Teagan nodded firmly in agreement. She took the words to heart, liking the confident and uplifting ring they had to them. Let no one exploit her weaknesses. The Lotta would be sure to put the quote in with the other many mantras she had for how she lived and carried on with life. When Marius began to put their hunt into motion, she eagerly trotted along after the older boy so as to not be left behind.
To her inexperience, the Damaichu provided constructive criticism, reminding her that hunting deer had more risks than hunting, say, a rabbit. A rabbit rarely fought back, using its speed and agility to evade its pursuers. Deer, however, were large and carried with them natural weaponry that could be used to defend themselves if backed into a corner. Marius offered her a ghost of a smile, and Teagan shook her head to show that his comment hadn’t dampened her spirit. She could take whatever he had to say! After all, it’d only hamper her learning if everyone coddled her. She was tough! She could take it!
“How would you do it, Marius?” She inquired after him, seeking his experience in the matter. “With only two of us?” Her first thoughts had been to bark or cause an audible racket to scare the fleet-footed beasts. Obviously though, such an act would put the animals into a panic, and their direction could not be guided so easily with just two Luperci on the hunt.
When the lesson had moved to another subject, Teagan took a bit more time to consider her answer to ensure it was the best that she could come up with. “We have to look for the old or the weak. They’ll die soon enough anyways, and, that way, the strong members of the herd live on and reproduce,” she replied, her voice more firm this time around. “They usually lag behind the herd when it moves, or they’ll be limping or otherwise show signs of distress.”