Let's be alone together

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POSTED: Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:43 pm

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The Wolfe-Denahlii camp was as crowded as ever, and as much as Nayavota loved her family, she needed a break. With Honrin’s help, and Tochina’s hindrance, she dragged one of their archery targets to a nearby clearing. Nestled halfway between their camp and the Hushhowl den, it was the perfect spot for some peace and quiet. Even Tochina wasn’t bothering her; with nothing interesting going on, he waddled off to eat bugs along the treeline.

Nayavota pulled her bow from her back, the apple wood smooth under her fingers. She lined herself up with the target, feet shoulder-width apart, and took a deep breath. Back straight, shoulders relaxed, head turned toward the target. Another deep breath. Naya pulled a white-ringed arrow from her quiver, nocked it, and grasped the bowstring. She was ready.

Drawing the bow string back in one, fluid motion, Nayavota aimed at the target. Deep breath, don’t overthink it, stay relaxed. She released the arrow, chest expanding slightly as her fingers brushed against her face. It hit the wood with a loud thwack and lodged itself just off-center of the bullseye. Naya pulled another arrow from her quiver. Draw, aim, release.

The pale Cadet shot four more arrows in quick, but measured succession. The first two were too low, the third was too high, and the fourth—bullseye! It landed smack dab in the center of the target, surrounded by a cluster of near-misses. Nayavota grinned and limped up to the target, walking stick forgotten in her excitement. She was getting better! Better at shooting, better at walking, better at fighting—every day she practiced, she got better.

Nayavota pulled the arrows from the wood and examined them carefully, searching for any signs of damage. A few arrowheads were looking a bit worse for wear, but it wasn’t worth worrying about just yet. No broken fletchings, no damaged nocks, no cracked shafts… They weren’t good as new, but they’d survive a few more shots. Naya smiled at her luck, slid the arrows back into her quiver, and returned to her stance. Time for round two.

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POSTED: Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:10 pm

The leather quiver slipped from his shoulder as a silvery ear shot back, followed by a milk and honey gaze that swept through the trees at his back. A quartered log was still gripped in his hand as silence fell through the maze of timbers, but as if a rhythm, another crack followed. It was the telltale cacophony of an arrow striking it's mark. The string of his own bow pressed into the fur of his chest, across his breast, hung over his shoulder and below his rib. By the sound of it, someone was training, but it was strange to hear it so close. The Fort was far enough away with it's walls to keep it's noise deeper within, and though the Denahli camp was close, it wasn't that close.

The log fell into the center of the flames. Embers darted upward as he slipped the bow from his shoulder and took it in hand. He doubted that there would be an intruder so deep into the Cavalier's home, and he wouldn't think that it made much sense for them to make so much noise if someone was sneaking about, but it was best to investigate it because of the proximity to the Denhouse and the Denahli Camp.

His pace was more steadfast than his usual, but as the trees parted to show the little area that had been set up for training. The familiar silvery pelt of Jace's youngest daughter moved to pluck her arrows from the target and made her way back into place. Darkness didn't want to startle her, not with a weapon in her hand, of course, and not to break her focus until her next round was done. It was heart warming to know the young girl she once was, and how she managed to overcome all odds to be just as productive as her Cavalier family in her own right.

When her final set was fired, charcoal paws carried him over the brush and through to the small clearing,” Hiello, Naiyavoeta,” He greeted her. His bare shoulders soaked up the sun that filtered beneath the canopy, his back shielded from the warm glow by the shade of leaves and a cape of threads that made his hair,” Yeu ahre a gued vith dhie boew,” The comment was truth, but her hard efforts should be rewarded even if it was something so simple as a compliment.


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POSTED: Sat Aug 10, 2019 9:00 pm

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Darkness’ voice made Nayavota jump, even as a toothy grin spread across her pale face. How long had he been standing there? Tochina lifted his head to stare at the grizzled, old man, but seemed more interested in eating bugs than greeting friends. ”Hi, Darkness!” she said, spinning around to face him. ”And tank you! I’ve been practicing.” Her chest swelled with pride at Darkness’ compliment; he was like a second father to her, and she wanted to make him proud.

”Do you want to shoot with me?” the silver Cadet asked, noting his own, wood bow and leather quiver. She usually practiced with Mama—when she wasn’t too tired—or Honrin. Nora was a good archer, too, but Naya rarely brought her bow to the training rings anymore. It was just… Quieter near the Wolfe-Denahlii camp. There were fewer distractions, and she was better at tuning them out while shooting.

Tochina hissed loudly at something beyond the treeline, his head bobbing up and down as he searched for his quarry. Nayavota turned and tilted her head to the side; what was Tochina up to now? She scanned the trees for anything of interest and spotted a small, fat squirrel chattering at her goose. Oh. That was… Anticlimactic. Naya whistled for the poor, startled goose and he came running. She rolled her eyes, turned back to Darkness, and waited for his answer.

The squirrel disappeared into the canopy, significantly less alarmed by the encounter than Tochina was.

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POSTED: Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:00 pm

Naya's enthusiasm bubbled up a little more energy within himself than he was capable of making on his own, and he was thankful for it. Her gratitude for his compliment with Casa's old adage of training following, he offered her a nod of acknowledgment. When the Denahlii girl followed that with a question about taking a bit of time to shoot with her, he nodded.

Slipping the bow over his head, he held it fast to one hand at rest at his hip as she chimed for her pet. The bird waddled over at a greater speed than Darkness thought capable. It was an interesting sight to behold, but nothing that particularly interested him. It was strange now that, within Casa's boundaries in stark contrast to New Dawn, that he didn't even think of how the creature was food. He was a pet. The father was getting more used to the idea, especially with Podarok in his charge.

Moving near to where Naya originally stood, he took a look at the set-up she was working with before Milk and Honey found her again. Despite his aging, his shoulders, back and arms had grown strong compared to his first malnourished attempt at pulling a bow's string. There were a lot of things that were different now. Including the dark place in his heart where love once gave light to the world.

Once he was sure that Naya's bird was well out of the way, Darkness lifted the bow and reached over his shoulder. The arrow arched over his back, held deftly between two fingers. Quickly, he notched it and pulled it taut. He'd always been patient at the aim. Slow breaths moved through him as he felts his heartbeat in his arm, taming his breath in order to keep a steady arm. Breath out. Release.

The arrow sailed and sank with a sharp clack as it bit into the wood. There he watched it settle before he stepped aside. Top right of the ring nearest the bullseye. He'd let her have the option of aiming, and comparing or shot, before he'd go to fetch the arrow.


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POSTED: Mon Oct 21, 2019 11:51 am

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Nayavota shooed Tochina behind her ankles and gave Darkness a thumbs-up; he was good to shoot. The pale man lifted his bow and pulled an arrow from the quiver on his back, eyes already trained on the target. He nocked it quickly, aimed it steadily, and then released the bowstring with practiced ease. Naya grinned as the arrow sunk into the ring around the bullseye, piercing the wood with a satisfying clack.

Tochina had already wandered off again, searching for more bugs to eat and wildlife to harass.

”Dat was awesome, Darkness!” Nayavota said, crouching down on shaking legs. She grabbed her walking stick from the earth and used it to stand again. ”You’re even better den da last time I watched you shoot.” And much, much better than when he’d started. Memories of watching Darkness’ first, slow training sessions flooded the yearling’s mind; they were fuzzy, but they were still there.

The silver Cadet limped up to the target and examined Darkness’ shot, checking the arrow for damage as if it were her own. The fletching, shaft, and back of the arrowhead seemed undamaged; she’d need to remove the arrow from the wood to double-check. ”Do you tink you could hit da same spot again?” she asked, stepping backward toward Darkness. Maybe they could work on accuracy together.

Aiming for the bullseye felt a lot easier than just aiming near it.

Nayavota moved to stand behind Darkness and smiled. Archery practice was always fun, especially when her arrows landed in the target instead of the grass—or trees—beyond it.

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POSTED: Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:42 pm

Nayavota's enthusiasm was infection enough to bring a lighter note to the Hushhowl Patriarch's face. Still, his humble nature wouldn't allow him to accept the compliment so much as to bring a rise to his chest or a square to his shoulders. To him, he was just a man, if not broken, and could just as easily have missed as he could have made his target. Practice made the difference,” Dhank yeu,” Gratitude for her kind words came with a dip of his maw, because he was not above that, either.

Silver pelt made off with her walking stick to the target to inspect his aim, only to take the time to return to him again with a curiosity now on her lips,” Dhie... Saem spoet?” The words came a little rough, his own surprise came to the fact that if he had ever done it, he'd not remembered. Brows furrowed as he returned eye to the ripples that seemed to stare at him now from their distance. Ears swiveled for noises, nose lifted to catch the wind. There didn't seem a reason why he couldn't, at least, try?

“Liet us see,” His tone inquisitive of himself as well as her wondering, and as Naya settled behind him again, he plucked an arrow from his quiver and tucked it against the shaft of the bow. Now, he'd been aiming for the bullseye and made mark a bit up and over. The question was, to remain aiming for the bullseye or shoot for the arrow mark. It was a much smaller mark.

Pulling the bow taut, he cast the tip of the arrow up to where his last mark hit. There, he breathed in slowly and out, calculating what he knew of the art in his mind. It took a great deal longer for him to insure his aim flew true, but not so long as to tire his arms to the point of weakness.

Crack

The arrow sailed as soon as it was released, and caught the wind in it's feathers. It met the target with commotion, and quickly thereafter, silence. Amber eye reached from it's distance to the rigid flare of the arrow's feathers. Just shy of his mark, a few centimeters between. Gaze met Naya as he turned at his waist to find her,” I've noet doen dhat before,” The excitement was clear in his voice, as well as the rush of his breath. Accomplishment seemed a silly thing now days, but for some reason, there was a lighter beat to his chest today.


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