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Teagan and Indi!

POSTED: Thu Feb 04, 2016 8:59 pm

Yucky starter, I'm sorry. >< -- +260

One part of being an adult wolf was being able to contribute in some way to the food storage. Whether you had the skill to run down food yourself, killed it with a bow or spear, or preferred instead to set snares and traps to entangle your prey, anything helped. Most wolves could pounce a rabbit or a squirrel, a few boasted a large enough physique to take down a deer, and hunting with weaponry could in theory take all but the largest quarry.

No matter which way each wolf preferred, learning to hunt was, by and large, a skill to be learned. And it started at a young age. With this in mind, Cal trotted through the square and toward the gates of the Fort before howling to call his nieces to him. Indi and Tea were old enough to be going out on hunts, but he was not sure how much time Luca and Lyris had been able to spend with their increased rank duties. For him, hunting fell into his interests, as did teaching the kids how to do so in their preferred way.

For this hunt, the Knight decided it might be better to take Secui, the better to provide protection for his younger charges. He thought he might get some backlash from Teagan, who had shifted already, being made to be in Lupus, but it was better to start with the basics, especially when you tended sturdy, like Teagan and himself. He would see when they got there, he decided, staring expectantly back into Fort Kingsbury.


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POSTED: Sun Feb 07, 2016 8:31 pm

Sorry this is bad, not written in a while and I’m tired. Offhand referenced some ooc stuff with Tea that kinda came out by accident Song, tell me if you want changing. [677]


Indi huffed gently, sending a loose piece of thread fluttering on the blanket she was sprawled across. A lot was changing these days, and Indi along with it, but the feeling of being alone was still disquieting to her.

She and Tea still saw each other of course, it was a rare day where they didn’t, but as they grew and the duties and responsibilities of adulthood began grow on them they were no longer glued inseparably to each other as they had been in the past. Usually Indi would throw herself into everything and anything that Uncle Enzo would teach her, but even he was absent today. Even her last resort of aimlessly wandering didn’t seem appealing at the moment, the snow outside was deep and the weather grey, as though it was preparing to spit a blizzard at them given any provocation. A bit of mud and snow wouldn’t normally have bothered Indi, but without anything in particular to do or someone to keep her company, the warmth of the house was just more inviting. But there came her problem.

Houses, Indi had long since discovered, were not built for canines. Or, at least, not four-legged ones. The house she and her parents still shared was full of interesting places and things, but most of them were inaccessible without those wonderful things known as thumbs. And unfortunately, despite all the many things changing in ways that had Indi scared and unsettled, the one thing that she wanted to change stayed stubbornly the same; she couldn’t shift. It hadn’t been so bad back when Tea was in the same boat as her, but now that her sister could shift she was feeling her limitations all the more keenly. Even something as simple as the blanket was sitting on was almost inaccessible to her unless one of the other members of the family remembered to leave it out for her! Even though she knew the thoughts were stupid, and that it was just a matter of time until she shifted, she couldn’t supress the feelings of uselessness every time she had to ask someone with hands to do something for her.

Indi’s thoughts were going down distressing paths, ones which had lead to the perhaps unnecessary deaths of more than a few rabbits and, recently, the first time in her life Indi had ever snapped at Tea. So, when it came the call was like honey to her ears. Uncle Cal’s voice in itself was a welcome sound, doubly so when it was calling for her and Tea. Indi couldn’t account for her sister’s location, but she let out her own answering call – a high, short-lived sound that seemed more borrowed from her dog genes than a true howl – and raced out of the door towards him.

While she still lacked hands, the passage of time had transformed Indi physically in other ways. Her disproportionate, awkward body had given way to a leggy, lithe form. She was much lighter than her bulky sister, but under her silky fur still lurked enough muscle to give Indi a powerful sprint. And so, even with the thick snow hampering her progress in areas where it hadn’t been compacted enough for her to race atop, Indi still made it down to the gates in record time; skidding to a stop near Uncle Cal with a spray of snow twice her height. Once Indi had regained control over herself she promptly assaulted her Uncle with affection, nuzzling into the soft fur under his neck and whining happily for several seconds before she danced back, tail whirring a-mile-a-minute.

“Lo’ Uncle Cal,” she yapped happily, breath billowing out in clouds of mist as she panted out her dash, “What’s going on?”

POSTED: Mon Feb 08, 2016 4:35 pm

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Perfectly fine, both of you~<333 Ah, the joys of children xDD

The Stryder youth angrily tossed a rock out into the forest before her. Her charcoal ears twitched at the sound of snapping undergrowth as the stone landed, but, the action wasn’t as satisfying as what she had imagined it to be. Teagan let out a frustrated sigh, balling her fists tightly as she turned to find another rock to throw. In her own way, the Lotta was sulking. She had gained the ability to shift a few weeks ago, but, the milestone seemed to have caused more problems than what she would have liked, mainly, the rift that had begun to form between the two siblings.

Indi had yelled at her.

Indi had never yelled at her.

The event had birthed a swirl of emotions in the cream-coated sibling, ranging from shock, to anger, to hurt. Frustrated, the shifted child had stormed off before she could say or do something hurtful. It had been what had brought her out into the woods that surrounded the fort. As she vented on the unfortunate flora, she had failed to figure out what her sister’s issue was. Was it just a natural part of growing up? Ever since they had gotten mentors, they had seen less and less of each other as they once had… Had she done or said something wrong to Indi? No…not anything she could think of anyway… Maybe it was because Indi hadn’t shifted yet?

Teagan threw another rock. “This is stupid,” she grumbled to herself. Some part of her considered just returning to the house and apologizing to Indi. Maybe that would fix this…even if she felt she wasn’t in the wrong in the first place. She just wanted things to go back to how they used to be…

A summons called out into the winter air, stopping the Stryder from lobbing another stone into the wilderness. Her cranium turned to look back in the direction of the fort. It was her Uncle Callum, and it sounded like he wanted to take the two children on a hunt. Teagan let out a heated snort, turning back to chunk the rock she had picked up. She didn’t want to hunt right now. She wanted to be alone. Maybe if she just pretended she hadn’t heard him—

Her ears fell against her hair as she heard the familiar tune of her sister returning his call. Had she known the words, Teagan might have cursed at her luck. There was no way she could get away with not coming now. Indi would have known that she had left the house, and it would have likely roused alarm if Teagan didn’t report…especially with the recent events around her shifting. With a growl, Teagan reluctantly jogged back to the fort.

When she arrived, she saw her Uncle in his halfling form; large, muscular, and powerful in shape. Her koi-colored sister was skidding to a halt, spraying the white and black Knight with a wave of loose snow. Teagan slowed her pace as she watched the two interact, too grumpy to join Indi’s joyous affection. The Stryder’s canary gaze was just short of a glare as she finally joined her family members. “Hello, Uncle Callum,” she echoed Indi, though, her voice much less exuberant. She crossed her arms defensively, her lips pressed into a firm line as she waited for the older Cavalier to answer her sister’s question.

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POSTED: Sun May 01, 2016 3:27 pm

Sorry for the wait, guys. Gonna be focusing on this one, now. <3 -- +403

He had not anticipated how quickly his call was answered. When he was a youngling himself, he remembered dragging his feet whenever someone called him to do something, unless it was something he wanted to do. But within a few moments of his howl, he could see the patched coat of Indi as she bounded through the snow, occasionally disappearing where the snow got deep. He turned his head away but did not try to avoid the spray of snow, and so was coated from head to haunch. A wide grin had already been on his face, and this was accompanied with a hearty laugh as he twitched some of the snow away between nuzzling Indi in return.

While the Guarire was greeting him, Teagan came up from behind. Cal turned to look at her and his grin faded a little; the look on her face was distinctly unhappy, bordering on angry. What was going on with the girl to make her so upset? He looked back to Indi, whose tail was flashing back and forth in a blur; she seemed jovial enough. So the question was, did the problem exist between the sisters, or was it something affecting Teagan alone? He would not ask now. Perhaps opportunity would present itself later, or perhaps not, but he did not want to upset Tea further by prying where it was not wanted. He made the few steps to the Lotta's side and nudged against her hip in greeting, then answered Indi.

I know you two have probably been hunting smaller prey on your own, but I thought today we might go over one way to take down something larger. I was thinking a whitetail, probably a doe; I know where some have been bedding and we can track them from there. He looked up, meeting Teagan's eyes. We'll do this hunt feral, with you girls both in Lupus. I'll take Secui in case we run into trouble. Maybe I can take you two out again with weapons once you both can shift, but it's a good idea to know how to hunt this way, too, in case you ever are caught out without them.

His explanation finished, all there was to do now was wait for Tea to shift. Once she was done, he would lead them south to the Sea of Grass, and hopefully to a successful hunt.


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POSTED: Mon May 23, 2016 2:41 pm

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Oh no. Indi’s ears shrunk back against her head as Tea stomped onto the scene, her heart sinking as lemon eyes fixed on her in an almost-glare. A not-insignificant amount of her time recently had been spend agonising, worrying how Tea would react when they saw each other again. It seemed that some of her worst fears had come to life, judging by her sister’s mood. Indi half opened her mouth, but whatever she had been about to say died in her mouth and she shrank in on herself, looking back over at Uncle Cal.

Uncle Cal started talking again, but Indi’s attention was only half on him. Her eyes, rather than being fixed on him, were stuck sneaking uncertain glances at Tea out of the corner of her eye. It was a shame, because the news of going out on a hunting trip with her sister and uncle would normally have Indi bouncing with excitement. Today, it just filled her with a vague sense of dread, her earlier excitement at seeing Uncle Cal drained away.

Indi remained distracted all through Callum’s speech, maybe more attention to her sister than her uncle. Even the comment about Indi not being able to shift slipped past without note, barely registering in Indi’s mind. With a jolt Indi suddenly realised that Callum had stopped talking and looked back to him, forcing a bright smile. It was obvious though that Indi’s heart wasn’t in it as she padded forwards to wait by Callum’s side. After a moment’s hesitation she stopped sat close by him, putting the larger wolf between her and Indi and resting her head against his side.

POSTED: Mon May 23, 2016 3:41 pm

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Pre-teen draaaamaaaa xD

It seemed her foul mood was quickly picked up by everyone present. Good. Maybe it would make them less likely to make her more angry than what she already was. Neither questioned her, and Teagan was appreciative for it. She didn’t feel like explaining, and was liable to explode if pestered about the matter. The Lotta didn’t want to scream or yell or fight. She wanted to just be left alone to sort out her heated feelings. She was being denied such a release though, and would have to suffer through forced family interaction. Ugggh.

Their Uncle didn’t leave the two pups in suspense in what he had called them for, and his words offered a promising compromise for keeping the Stryder captive. Hunting was always a good stress reliever, but it had been the suggestion that they go after a deer that had peaked Teagan’s interest. Her ears went from being pricked with interest to flattening against her darkly colored hair when he strongly hinted at the form they’d use for the exercise. She didn’t like being told to shift down, but the girl didn’t fight the detail. It made more sense, especially considering that Indi would have been at a disadvantage. Not to mention, Teagan had never used her Optime form for hunting anyways.

Callum offhandedly remarked about bringing the two back out of another hunt later on, and Teagan was sure to lock it down in her memory bank. She would definitely collect on it at a later date. When all eyes moved to her, Teagan let out a soft—almost agitated—sigh and shifted down to her Lupus form. It took a little bit, as she was still getting used to shifting in general, but, once it was done, she offered her Uncle a glance to show that she was ready to move on. “I’m ready if you two are,” she said, her words as dry as they had previously been. She dared not sneak a glance at her sister—whom, Teagan had seen avoiding her cold gaze out of the corner of her eye during the entire exchange of information. The Stryder stood apart from the Knights, too prideful and irritated to stand anywhere near the origin of her current agitation.

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