A blanker whiteness of benighted snow

POSTED: Fri Dec 22, 2017 11:20 pm

OOC: A snowstorm blows in overnight, coating Salsola in inches of fresh powder. Take advantage of this during the early hours and go hunting, enjoy the scenery, or loosen up and have a snowball fight.

IC:

Snow woke Khael — falling through the holes in the roof of the shed, burning cold flakes landing on her exposed nose. She sat upright and stared critically at the mossy ceiling, her ember eyes latching onto the one gaping break that let snow — and light — fall inside. Since the first sign of inclement weather the woman had (with help of a slave or two) patched and mended most of the roof’s holes, but it was clear that the job was imperfect.

Anger surged up in her, but beside her Katinka’s laughter suddenly pealed. She glanced down at the Swedish-blooded woman, her expression blank, but Tink’s blue eyes twinkled with mirth and she reached up to brush a stray snowflake from Khael’s dark hair.

The dark jackal smiled.

The women rose together from the bed furs — two separate pelts, but overlapped in such a way that touching during sleep was common — and began to get ready for the day. A brush was passed back and forth, clothes unfolded from boxes, trinkets clasped by the other’s hands. The ritual had become quite familiar over the months, though it was interrupted a few times by the cats.

Both young felines enjoyed making mischief, and often a little bauble went missing. When Tink searched for bows to tie her braids, she found one scrap of blue fabric wedged into a bag, and another dangling from a kitten’s jaws. Samak played keep-away for a little bit, until Katinka’s patience thinned and Khael barked a sharp order in Arabic immediately obeyed. Getting ready became easier after that, and soon the small group emerged into a Millstone Village blanketed with a soft layer of snow.

Tink traisped out into the fresh powder happily humming, while Khael tightened her footwraps and padded after her with an intense expression. The cats followed suit; Samak kept shivering, but she didn’t seem to mind getting her paws wet, while Usi — the grey longhair — followed confidently after Tink with ungainly high-steps, shaking his feet. Amused by this, Samak pounced her new “brother,” rolling him into the snow.

Al’abalah!” the ginger queen trilled, while Usi growled and lashed his tail. Though younger, he was bigger, and he kicked her off easily before sprinting past.

As the cats ran around like little frost demons, Katinka laughed heartily. Khael sighed with all the dramatics she could summon.
but between my soft hands they die.
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POSTED: Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:02 am

The wall was cool where she had brushed off the snow and sat herself to look at the falling flakes for a moment. The snow nearly blanketed every surface of the town in a white, nearly crystalline cover. It made the place beautiful, and even more inaccessible to her. She looked at the houses, covered in frost, their cracked and broken windows glittering with freshly fallen snow. She would be there one day. But it took patience. And it took work.

Two - no wait, four - figures stood on the edge of the town, slowly ambling closer to where she sat. Two Luperci - a quick sniff confirmed that they were female. The tiny figures at their feet seemed to be cats, and Pepsi could hear them as their feet crunched in the snow. One of the cats pounced on the other, the leather-clad wolf saw, and she heard sound escape from the cat's maw.

Her ears pricked forward immediately, eyes widening slightly - were those words coming from the feline's mouth? Or was she imagining it? She knew that bears and cougars could speak, although she hadn't met any, but she didn't know such little creatures like domestic cats could speak, too. She cocked her head at the little creature - although at this point, she couldn't ignore the Luperci standing a little ways away, watching the cats with amused expressions. She didn't know them - she didn't really know anyone - but they were undoubtedly higher in rank than her.

She hopped up off of her low-standing wall, approaching the other canines with a small wave and a friendly smile. Instinctively, she smoothed her hair with her hand as she walked forward, and stopped just several feet short of the pair.

"It's a cold day," she said, facing them yet avoiding their gaze. She liked the snow, the cold; her jacket was comfortable in this season, and the snow cooled her hot blood. "I'm Pepsi," she said. "PepsiCola. I'm new around here."

foredated to after pepsi joined like we discussed :> | 328

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POSTED: Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:40 pm

[376] I'm sorry for cat spam/interruption ;_; As well as pp, lemme know if it needs changed!

While Tink was giggling and running around after the cats, Khael was quick to notice the stranger sitting on the crumbled old wall. She stood, arms crossed tightly across her chest for warmth, her gaze dead and critical, as the newcomer -- a young wolf -- walked up to them.

"It is cold," Khael agreed. Her desert accent did nothing to warm her.

Katinka, meanwhile, stopped pursuing the cats and turned to look at the wolf girl. Her blue eyes were wide and bright, and she looked at once charmed by the leather jacket and styled hair. Wagging her feathered tail, she returned to them. "Oh, hello!"

The wolfdog started to get into Pepsi's space for the traditional cheek kiss, but no sooner had her hand alighted on one shoulder and she'd leaned in did she stop and giggle. "Oh, here, this is how we greet one another," she said, and touched her nose to both cheeks. Khael watched with narrow eyes. "My name's Katinka -- you can call me Tink -- and this is Khael." She lifted her hand and added in a conspiritorial stage whisper, "She's a bit grumpy about the weather."

Khael grunted at that, but smirked when Tink glanced at her. Tink continued, "It's good to meet you, Pep --"

Just then, the cats raced past -- the orange tabby rushing in the lead, the hairy gray tom stumbling behind her. Their feet sprayed Tink with snow and their hisses interrupted her.

At once, lightning-fast, Khael reached down and dug her claws into the orange cat's scruff. She lifted the creature up and locked eyes with her, issuing a dark reprimand in Arabic. Samak squirmed lightly but went limp, and averted her eyes.

"Asif," she mewed, and Khael lowered her and let her drop down. Samak landed on her feet, shook her coat out, and scurried to sit a distance away, beginning to groom herself for composure. Usi, the grey cat, looked up at Pepsi curiously then planted his fluffy rear by Tink's foot.

Obviously a little flustered by this, Katinka fixed her smile on Pepsi again. "You must be brand new, if I haven't seen you before," she said, attempting to carry on as if nothing had happened.
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