When I was six years old, I broke my leg

Jhiral & Maja

POSTED: Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:34 pm

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The chickens were endless fascination for Temnota. Sometimes they were locked away behind wire and wood, and other times they pecked out in the open for him to wander after and chase sometimes, although he was always scolded for doing such a thing. They were So Much fun to chase though! It was irresistible, especially so when it appeared there was no one around to tell him no.

Tem was not a bad boy, but sometimes his excitable nature could not be denied for a moment longer.

Birds scattered in every direction, a cacophony of angry clucks and raucous abandon filled the airs. Temnota laughed, a high, clear sound that lit up the courtyard. This day there was no one to come forwards just yet and tell him to stop frightening the poor birds.

A different kind of bird caught his eye though, this one was smaller than the chickens and a glossy blue-black with blue eyes. Strange, he had never seen a bird with blue eyes before. Curious, Tem came close to the strange bird, stretching out his neck and sniffing.

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POSTED: Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:24 pm

(Might just do Maja for this, Jhiral can be busy being weird somewhere)

The Stranger himself had passed by, beneath his wide-rimmed hat, the tall man had inspected the clicking, pecking plump birds with a click of his teeth, they were cute in their own daft way, before he continued on with a bundle of herbs, weeds and assorted bits plucked from the gardens.

What remained behind, however, was rather less civilized; a large raven which had developed the odd habit of watching the chickens as they wandered around in the open during the day, and settled behind a caged space at night. Sometimes Maja rested among the fellow birds, bothering the occasional rooster that came too close, imitating their clicks and their glassy expression as if to mock them, something the chickens never quite understood let alone cared very much for.

They made for poor conversational company, though sometimes one hen might try offering an avian insight into the life of slamming your face into the dirt, staring glassy-eyed at a Luperci or occasionally farting out something large, round and easily 'misplaced', nothing connected to the Luperci that leaned in every so often.

Then a small child materlised, oh right. Maja noticed this darkling child long before he, once again, barreled into the general mass of squawking, flailing chicken. Maja was wise, however, and much braver, remaining rooted to her spot in the dirt even as the lad came closer, before she suddenly flung her wings out, standing tall and proud for a raven, and then, in a show of domination, turned her head upwards and released a guttural, gargling noise.

A moment passed before the big raven lowered her head into a tilted, quizzical expression. 'You boy! Chaesing 'chukkin, verry fowl! Why chaes dirt peck'errrrrs?' She inquired, holding her wings outwards still, guessing he was just... excited, but no harm in asking.
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POSTED: Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:02 pm

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Temnota had not much instinct for survival at this point in his development, he had never know the harshness of abuse or the mistakes of a wrong decision. Oh, the elder wolves had told him and put the ideas into his mind but knowing and seeing it for yourself was an entirely different thing.

So he approached the pretty bird and didn't even flinch when she suddenly threw out her wings and made a funny noise at him. Temnota instead, plonked his ass into the ground and tried to copy her gargling noise.

Then the bird spoke, and Temnota's poor young mind was blown to the moon and back.

Terokla's bird didn't speak, and he was a big one with black and white and a sharp, scary looking beak. None of the other birds he knew spoke words either, at least, none he could understand. Instantly Temnota decided she must be magic, and afforded the proper adoring expression onto his face. Terokla always told him that many things in the word were unexplainable.

"I chaes biecaues iz fuen!" He said in his 'much too deep for his age' voice. His tail wagged across the dusty ground, awaiting the magic bird's condemnation or acceptance.

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POSTED: Wed Jul 31, 2019 5:57 pm

Maja had intended to dissuade the small blackish child from further persuing her lesser avian kindred, she had intended to stall him until a more responsible adult-knight arrived to take away this errant pup... what she had not expected however was for the boy to indeed come to a stop, but then to express absolutely no fear at this truly majestic show of power, only to gaze upon her large, puffed-up form with what appeared to be adorably adoring, shiny eyes.

Confused, Maja merely stood there, blank of any obvious expresion (or more-so, if it were possible), digging her bird-toes into the dirt, and flapped her beak in surprise as the small furry thing began to gargle back.

Oh how dare he!

Naturally she increased the volume of her gargling, neck stretched out and eyes bulging from the intensity for but a moment, falling silent as the child eloquently explained (with a voice that didn't belong to him, must be magic) his position on the matter at hand; because chasing chikkuns was... fun. That made sense actually, yes it made a lot of sense to the bird; chasing chikkuns was sometimes fun if they strayed too close and began to peck at dark feathers.

Staring at the boy while slowly becoming less of a dominant, fluffed-up guardian of the fowl residents that were slowly returning, clucking and pecking the ground as they did so, Maja tilted her head and strutted closer to study the awaiting lad, gently prodding at his body with her beak, before fluttering her wings slightly and croaking lazily. He was so fluffy.

Inspection over, the big raven briefly garbled words of common tongue, "Chaes chikkun fun, 'yis. Chikkun r'good, chikkun er... life. Peckle egg-plokkybois," With that deep insight into what chickens are... whatever they are, the large raven waggled her long tail feathers, letting loose a squeaky noise therein, before continuing. "yoo boy orf Hush?" She enquired, squinting at him firmly, remembering the thick accent the large man had.
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POSTED: Wed Aug 07, 2019 10:22 pm

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The Magic Bird seemed to maybe not appreciate his attempts at copying and repeated herself louder, appropriately cowing Temnota from attempting a second imitation. She was quite magnificent with her puffy feathers and bulging eyes, Temnota was awestruck.

He didn't even flinch as she strode towards him and picked curiously at his fur, there was a lot of it there. In return he sniffed at her head, and contemplated licking her face -- but maybe she wouldn't like that, so he refrained. Instead tongue blepped from his mouth in a dignified expression. It was Very Distinguished, with the added advantage of making him appear Grand.

The raven woman had more wisdom to bestow upon him and he listened carefully, lest he miss anything important.

'Chaes chikkun fun, 'yis. Chikkun r'good, chikkun er... life. Peckle egg-plokkybois,' Amazing, it was the most profound thing he'd ever heard in his life.

He repeated it back to her, in his own language,

"Чез чиккун весело, уй. Чиккун хорошо, чиккун эр ... жизнь. Пекл-яйцо-плоккибойс." Nodding fervently the entire time. Very wise.

Tem saw fit then to lay down on the ground, sitting sphinx-like in the dusty ground.

"Yaes -- iz Темнота Хушоуль," He thought maybe the magic bird would know every language, since he'd never seen a bird speak common -- it made sense to him. And then, forth burst the flood walls,

"Я никогда раньше не видел говорящую птицу - откуда ты родом волшебная леди? Как тебя зовут?" He happily chirped away, adoration sparkling in his eyes.

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POSTED: Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:37 pm

A child cowed, yes, so he should be, silly smol Luperci boy.

The mighty bird had spread her wings, gargled her relative dominance over a child too young to know better, and bestowed her worldly wisdom to the young of now, but the adult of the future; Maja knew better than to let ignorance go unchecked, especially when it came fellow birds... however socially inept they outwardly appeared.

She expected more words in the boy's oddly deep, accented manner, her bright eyes glinting with curiousity... and then swiftly glazed over and appeared to stare deep into nothing as the young lad began to... fervently babble in a language that felt vaguely familiar, and yet utterly unrelated to anything she had bore witness to in the none-too-few years of her life.

Avian gaze traversed from the soft black puppy and sky-ward, pondering, before one word in english cropped up, a simple 'yes'.

More babble, the boy excitedly warbled a foreign tone most profound in its illegible fashion... how odd, though to be fair, Maja had known of the Hushhowls speaking in such a manner; another language she could try and fasten into long-lived memory. At least he was enthusiastic.

Perhaps if he knew this, he could understand her own język; 'Znasz więcej słów? Znam inny język, mój język, język palca, język wspólny, mądry chłopak, dobry chłopak.' She paused, tilting her head this way and that, nearly pecking the boy as he laid upon his presumably wobbly tummy. 'Dobry kurczak, kurczak nie goni, kurczak nie przeraża.' The large raven finished, doing a little flutter, blessing the child with a sonorous croon, looking to the chickens pointedly while they hesitantly returned to pecking at the ground, if at a greater distance from the fierce predator in their midst.
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