A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step

[P; Elisabeth; Hades Beach]

POSTED: Sun Mar 19, 2017 3:47 pm

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Sitting on the beach wasn't the most comfortable place to be but the view was a rewarding one. The way the sun was reflected in the water made him continue to sit upon the rocky shoreline despite the discomfort that he felt. He had been advised that a soak would do him good to help with his aches and pains but he hadn't yet attempted such a thing. He simply didn't see how sitting in the water would help but he also knew that Harosheth wouldn't steer him wrong either. He wasn't meant to sit too long but just enough for the cold to seep in and numb the pain and help the inflation to subside. Of course, since he was no medic, he didn't understand any of this.

Pushing himself up Cartier picked his way carefully down to the waterline and stepped lightly into the water which was still ice cold. Even though he had watched the ebb and flow of the water he hadn't expected there to be any strength to it and quickly lost his footing.

The coyote male fell into the water and splashed about as his head dipped below the water. He coughed and sputtered when his head came above the water again when it retreated for the moment. He continued to cough and gag as the water continued to wash over him. Panic set in and didn't allow for him to get back to his feet but caused him to flail and get dragged away from the shore with the tide. Help! The word barely got out before he was choking on the water again. He clawed at the water as if that would help to keep it down and from overwhelming him once again. He opened his mouth to scream again but wasn't able to manage it before the water rushed right on in and down his throat.

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POSTED: Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:43 pm

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Lis loved the water. She had adored it ever since she was little. Her earliest memories were of splashing in the side alcove of her father's cavern. Although, it was probably her's now since she was the only one living in it. Unfortionatly, Lis had grown a lot in the past year and the alcove was no longer the massive pool that it had once been. So, it was down to the beach for her usual game of tag with the waves.

Elisabeth bounded happily down the familiar trail. Her hair was mostly free save for the crown of braids that merged together into a single, thin braid that bounced with every step. The day was positively glorious and the world was finally starting to warm up again. The scent of the sea greeted her long before she could even see the waves. But the music they sang carried just as far. Elisabeth hummed happily to herself as she skipped and hopped towards the rocky shore, just in time to see an Infernian tumble.

The wave kicked his feet up and swept him out in a riptide. Elisabeth sprinted as fast as she could to the shore. Her long legs pounded against the earth and her heart thundered as she watched Cartier get dragged out to sea. Elisabeth slammed into the water and the bone chilling waves sent a paralyzing shock through her system. Her body seized for a moment. Cartier screamed for help and Elisabeth was back in high gear. She plunged forward. Her frantic kicks and paddles drew her closer to the drowning coyote.

Elisabeth watched in horror as he went under again. She took a deep breath and dove. The salt water stung her eyes and she could barely keep them open as she made to wrap her hands around his waist and try to pull him up the surface.

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POSTED: Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:20 pm

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The water pushed and pulled at him, tiring him out more than he would have figured it could. Perhaps if he had still been in prime condition then he would have been able to fight it off better. But he had been on strict bed rest until recently and so he wasn't up to par. Though he was slowly learning that such would never be the case again. He would never be whole again. It was a hard lesson to learn, and to stomach. Cartier couldn't stand what was to be the new him.

This feeling of utter helplessness was also something else that was new to him. It was also proving to be something else that he couldn't stand. He hated the feeling of being unable to do for himself. And should he have been left alone to do just that then he wouldn't have survived. No, it was all thanks to the young woman whom had dragged his sorry bum up to the surface.

The coyote male sucked in gulping lungfuls of air, as well as coughing up a torrent of briny water. Once he was able to breath properly enough again he spoke quietly, his throat ragged from the upheaval of all the water that he swallowed. Thank you. He panted tiredly and sought to paddle his arms to not make himself such a heavy load. Think we can make it back to shore? The water continued to pull at him and he believed that if the woman didn't continue to hold onto him then he would be dragged out to never be seen again. Maybe that wasn't such a bad thing though. He hadn't ever been so dependent on others since he was a pup. Even then he had an independent streak. So this being helpless thing was all new to him.

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POSTED: Wed Apr 05, 2017 10:14 pm

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Elisabeth managed to grab hold of him. Her fingers dug into his thick fur as she kicked with all her might. Elisabeth was a strong swimmer, but hauling an adult coywolf to the surface wasn't easy. As they neared the surface, Lis extended her arms, pushing him closer t to the top so that he would breach first. Lis held him up, feeling his body convulse as he coughed up a lungful of seawater. Unable to hold her breath for any longer, Lis kicked harder and breached herself. But every moment above the water was a constant struggle. Her head tipped back, trying to keep her nose as high as possible. She could barely even hear his thanks as she bobbed.

Cartier made her life a little easier. He half-swam, allowing her to focus more on keeping her own head above the water. Still, the brunt of the work went to her legs and she huffed with every kick. The strain was evident on her face and all she could do was grunt in response. Lis sneaked a glance to the shore. It was still receding as the rip tide continued to pull them out to sea. She looked away from where they had come and focused on the shoreline that was closer. They couldn't swim against the riptide. Heck, Lis wouldn't be able to do it even without Cartier in tow. So instead, Lis focused her efforts on escaping it.

Lis adjusted her grip on Cartier, pulling one arm under his so that she at least had use of her other arm. She took a deep breath and plunged her head forward. Water went straight up her nose and gave a pained snorted. Elisabeth kicked and pumped, working her way perpendicular to the riptide. Thankfully, the shape of the coast meant that she could also head straight for shore at the same time. Every few feet she'd have to drag her head above water again. Still, the change in current made her way easier as they drew closer to shore.

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POSTED: Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:25 pm

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Cartier was trying desperately to not just be dead weight to Elisabeth but he wasn't a swimmer and the flailing of his arms was proof enough of that. Still he tried to follow the young woman's example she she tried to drag him first to one shore and then to the other. He tried to kick his legs but ended up hissing at the stab of pain in his ankle, it reminding him of why he had come to the water in the first place.

Still they had somehow made it. Elisabeth had somehow managed to get the to the opposite shore. And once it was within reach Cartier dug his claws in and pulled himself up and out of the water. He panted a he laid upon the rocky coastline. Thank you. He panted out the words once more. How'd you do that? He followed up with once he could breath properly once again. His limbs felt weak but still he had managed to pull himself completely clear of the water, not even allowing it to lap at his ankle any longer.

Harosheth said I needed to soak it. He said and motioned at his sprained ankle. Think it might be soaked enough by now? It was a lame joke to try and lighten the situation. But that was just the way he was. Most of his jokes turned out to be self deprecating. And this was just another hit at his own expense, though not as bad as the others usually were.

He reached down to rub at his ankle and winced as he did so. The strain of trying to fight against the current had done nothing to help the sprain that he had originally been trying to soothe. What brings you out here? Rescuing drowning gimps a passion of yours? And there was the self deprecation surfacing once more.

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POSTED: Fri Apr 07, 2017 12:26 am

Out of character goes here!

Elisabeth couldn't have been happier the second her feet first touched sand again. She used the ocean floor to push them along even faster and heaved the both of them onto the shore. Lis was basically crawling alongside Cartier as they emerged from the ocean. Her arms, no her entire body, shook. Wet hair folded over her face as she panted, mouth wide open and tongue dangling. Exhaustion threatened to knock her out and she simply gave up trying to keep herself out of the sand once they were clear of the waves.

Elisabeth just let her whole body drop. Her cheek was flat against the sand. The water on her fur congealed around the sand, causing it to cling to her like moss on a tree. She managed to roll over onto her back, but the damage was done. A fine layer of sand coated her belly, arms, legs, and chest; as well as one side of her face. The taste of salt and grit infected her mouth. She gave a weak spit, but if anything it just made things worse.

Cartier breathed out his thanks and Lis could barely bring up the energy to look at him. "Paddles."She gave a weak little air paddle with her hands. "Kicking. Lots of kicking." Lis let one hand flop onto her belly and half-heartedly used the other to try and clear her face. She listened to Cartier as he spoke and even made a little joke. Elisabeth gave him a weak laugh in response. "Y-yeah." she managed.

Although Cartier was starting to move around, Elisabeth was quite content where she was. She didn't need to move. In fact, she could just stay there for the next month. Everything would be fine. Besides, she had practically lived on the beach not too long ago. So being glued to the one spot out of exhaustion was just one step away from that.

"Waves." Lis responded. "I chase waves."

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POSTED: Fri Apr 07, 2017 6:07 pm

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Cartier laughed tiredly when the woman actually answered his question of how. It was only after he had gotten the answer that he realized that he hadn't really expected one. Yeah, and I wasn't much help there. Turns out kicking is hard. He forced out a chuckle and closed his eyes in an attempt to focus on forcing his body to relax. He drew in a few deep breaths and then released them slowly to calm his heart rate.

Harosheth said that cold water was supposed to be good for my ankle. She said it was a sprain. He shrugged to show that he wasn't certain if that was the right diagnosis but he trusted the medic anyways. Hurts almost as bad as when I fractured it. Had to stay off of it for awhile and seems like I might be stuck back in bed again if it keeps up. The pain wasn't as unbearable as before but it still didn't allow him to put weight on it.

Don't know why you would want to do that. But I guess you have an easier time when you aren't dragging someone useless along with you. It wasn't up to him to discourage her from something that she enjoyed just because he didn't harbor the same feelings for it. I'm Cartier, by the way. He wasn't Centurion anymore and so he couldn't expect everyone to automatically know who he was. He was no longer an important member of Inferni and so he couldn't expect his name to be whispered among the ranks any longer. No, now he was just a regular old member of Inferni just like everyone else, nobody special and so no reason for his name to already be known. I'm sorry but I can't seem to recall your name.

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POSTED: Sun Apr 09, 2017 7:18 pm

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Lis gave a weak laugh. She was too tired to try anything else. Plus, her chest was heaving so hard it hurt. One ear flicked as she listened to male inhale and exhale. Her own breathing began to match his pace, slowing steadily. The horrible thundering of her heart slowly dimmed as the adrenaline let her body and she started to relax. They were safe. They weren't in danger. They were fine. A little wet, but fine.

Cartier had said earlier that he had been trying to soak his leg. Elisabeth didn't really see how that was supposed to help anything. Then again, she wasn't exactly an expert when it came to injuries and the like. She knew even less about series issues like sprains or fractures. So maybe Harosheth was right. Didn't stop the advice from sounding weird though. A part of Elisabeth went out to the other male. Their little adventure could not have been good for his injury. If Lis had been stronger, maybe she could have helped him without needed his help.

Elisabeth laughed at Cartier's reply to her past time. Her energy was slowly starting to come back. "You're not supposed to get wet. It's a game. You chase when it goes out. Run when it comes in. It's fun." It was also a game she could play by herself. Most of the coyotes in the pack weren't exactly lining up to be her playmate, so Lis had to learn how to entertain herself.

The male introduced himself and Lis giggled. "I know." Elisabeth wasn't the most social canine in Inferni, but she had been around long enough to know many of the members by name. He was the dad of the other pups; the ones that stole Molca from her. Elisabeth wasn't sure she'd ever forgive them for that, but she didn't really have a beef with Cartier. The fact that he didn't know hers was a little distressing. She was over a year old and spent her entire life in Inferni. He should know her!

Elisabeth frowned and pushed herself into a sitting position. "Elisabeth," she said incredulously. "Elisabeth de le Poer. Nex is my dad."

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POSTED: Tue Apr 25, 2017 6:23 pm

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Well I guess that we both lost then since we are soaked. He shifted his weight in order to be able to sit up on an elbow and cupped the other hand around his maw. You hear that waves!? You won! He called out in an attempt to try and further lighten the situation by being silly. But the burst of energy didn't last long and he was laying down once again.

His eyes become closed against the sun overhead. A light frown pressed against his lips momentarily before it was gone when she said she knew who he was. Were others still talking about him? What could they possibly be saying? The coyote male couldn't imagine that it had to be anything good. He had been demoted and practically disowned as his family no longer spoke to him. He had been absolutely worthless during the war and was no longer able to pull his weight in the same fashion that he had done before. Whatever she had heard about him or knew about him couldn't have been anything worthwhile.

Lis? No, not Lis. Lis is just a bitty thing on four legs. You are much too big to be Lis. But then he could hardly believe that his own children had grown and shifted as well. To him they should still be puppies as well. And he still had a habit of treating them as such as well. They would always be his puppies to him. He just couldn't accept that they had grown up and were there own persons now. It was hard to believe that in such a short period of time he was no longer needed. And for a good period of that he had been laid up and couldn't interact with them properly anymore. They hadn't needed him long before they had shifted and become adults.

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POSTED: Sun May 07, 2017 12:00 am

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The smile on her face grew as Cartier continued to crack jokes. Elisabeth couldn't help but laugh. She had never hung out with the male before. She's just seen him in passing and heard his name. That was how she knew most of the older pack members. They were passing names and faces to her. She had just assumed that Cartier wouldn't be someone she could get along with. Of course, this had everything to do with the fact that he was those other pups dad. Maybe she should have given him a chance before? Or rather, just been a bit more social. Lis had to admit that she wasn't the most outgoing canine around.

Lis shot up. Her smile disappeared in an instant and she gave Cartier a pouting glare. Did he really just call her little? Plus he just had to point out that she was trapped on four legs at one point. Lis's late shifting was quite a sore spot her. Even if he wasn't referencing that, just being reminded of her shame was enough. "I'm not little!" she childishly protested. "I'm over a year now. I can shift too."

Just to make her point, Lis climbed to her feet and put her hands on her hips. She stared down the older male, her eyes daring him to try and correct her. She wasn't some tiny pup. Granted, she wasn't an adult yet either, but that didn't matter as much. The issue here was that he couldn't even recognize her despite having known who she was when she was younger.

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