Effort doesn’t lie, it makes a visible mark

[all welcome for one!] [Prompt #6]

POSTED: Sat Jun 28, 2014 5:47 pm

Using a thread prompt, feel free to hop in. :) NPC: Jindabyne.

Word Count → +400

The summer sun was finally beginning to sink toward the horizon, though the heat had yet to dissipate from the humid air. Insects droned by, taking advantage of the soporific effect warmth had on the livestock. Horses stood placidly in small groups, swishing tails their only defense as they waited for the weather to cool. Jindabyne lounged near a gap in the paddock fence, sipping water from a wineskin and keeping a watchful eye on the herd lest one of the more adventurous equines decided to make a break for it.

Florina grunted as she plodded through the grazing field, shouldering the butt of a log and dragging the timber behind her. She had been enlisted to do the heavy lifting, since Jin did not trust her to watch the animals by herself. She couldn't blame him — some queer combination of a dog's herding instinct and a wolf's hunting instinct left Florina itching to chase the things as soon as she saw them, the same as when she'd been a pup.

Normally she avoided the stables for that reason, but today her diligent patrol had been extended to points of interest within the territory. She was only content when she had something to do, and a recent thunderstorm had damaged some fixtures that now needed repairs. She had zero knowledge of carpentry, but she did know how to carry heavy things for the Luperci who could use them.

The redheaded male perked up when he saw Florina arrive with her cargo. "Oi, that's a right big one, Sannindi! One more like that and we'll be set for now. My brother and I can patch this fence up proper-like later," he stated with a grin. Florina wiped a bead of moisture from her ecru nose and grunted in monosyllabic agreement, letting the wood fall at his feet. She liked physical labor for its simplicity, and did not mind the work despite the season.

Silver eyes lingered on the sweat-dappled hindquarters of a nearby mare, and she grumbled faintly to herself as it flicked its tail. She could recognize the usefulness of livestock overall, but it didn't make them any less tempting to hunt. Jin raised an eyebrow and smirked, then waved her off to go find a second log. Florina squared her shoulders and shook particles of bark from her white mane. Be right back, she barked importantly. It was not as heroic as rescuing packmates from the jaws of danger, but she was still helping.

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Miyu
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POSTED: Sat Jun 28, 2014 6:15 pm

herpaderp i steal the AW [286]

Despite the fact that there were plenty of things she could be doing, the Vald couldn't find anything to do. She'd already been hunting more than needed and her home was nearly spotless. Lila didn't need Chloé constantly hovering over her anymore, either. Padding through the small hillside village on her less than common two paws, Chloé continued to look for something to do, although she was definately out of ideas by now. Huffing boredly, the timberwolf decided that she might as well go see if anything around the stables needed doing and set off in search of work to do.

After breaking into a somewhat slower than usual run, it didn't take Chloé long to reach her destination. There didn't seem to be many other canines around, although she did spot Jindabyne not too far off. The Vald's nose twitched, catching the scent of another canine who probably wasn't that far away. Misty green eyes scanned the area and soon fell on the form of the Sannindi heading off to do something. Wondering if she possibly could use some assistance, the wolfess headed over towards the paler canine, a bright look spread across her face.

"Hi," Chloé greeted, making sure she wasn't standing up too straight or anything like that. Florina was from New Dawn and Chloé was fairly sure that the feral pack was more strict about dominance and subordinance than Vinátta, and Chloé wasn't sure if the Sannindi still went by the feral pack's rules or not. Chloé had never moved packs before so she wasn't exactly sure what it was like. "Need help with anything?" she asked, seeming overly cheerful. Quietly, she hoped that her immense amount of 'happy' wasn't too annoying.

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POSTED: Sat Jun 28, 2014 10:27 pm

:D!

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The wolfdog panted lightly. The humid air granted little reprieve. Summer heat made her sluggish, and exhausted her large frame more quickly, but she viewed it as a challenge to overcome the conditions. Privately she would rather be swimming during the hottest hours of the day, but interacting with others here and there was tolerable. Her old packmates had been more eager to seek her out; it was strange feeling solitary again, though not uncomfortable.

Her heavy hand scratched the nape of her neck, annoyed by the itching of an insect that burrowed its way through her thick fur. Tall doggish ears flicked at the sound of swishing grass nearby, distracting her from the pest, and she let her hand drop to her side. Florina cocked her head curiously, studying the female who approached her so in such a familiar manner. The dark-furred wolf with pale eyes was recognized vaguely — a face in the crowd at a meeting — but a name did not surface.

Silver eyes scrutinized her, noting that the girl's long-legged height was comparable to her own, but her posture downplayed this. She exhaled in a snort, some indistinct acknowledgment, and continued walking. I'm helping him patch the horse fence, she stated gruffly, jerking her head in the direction of Jindabyne behind her.

Need to find another log, or knock down a tree I guess, Florina elaborated after a moment. Her flat tone was somewhat dismissive, as she figured such a female would lack the strength necessary to be of real use. The packmate did have scars, though, she couldn't be completely useless. See anything I could use on your way here? she asked. The grazing fields had a few patches of trees for shade — the same storm that broke the fence could have felled a tree as well. If not, Florina intended to just smash one down herself.

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Miyu
Luperci Pegasus Knight Radiant Dawn Nohrian Scum
ATONE THROUGH STRENGTH
WHEN DARKNESS FALLS
AND SURROUNDS YOU
YELLOW FLICKER BEAT

POSTED: Sat Jul 05, 2014 12:38 am

The Sannindi seemed somewhat gruff when responding and also like she wasn't exactly too keen on talking to anyone, which caught Chloé off-guard. For a moment, she desperately wanted Colibri and Saul to be leaders again, although shook the desire away. Florina was here now and the pack would have to deal with it, despite the fact that she didn't really seem to fit in with the pack's values. Chloé nodded when Florina explained what she was doing, stating that she needed to find another log to use. Chloé wasn't exactly sure how useful she would be, although was determined to not seem weak in front of Florina, who seemed to value strength so much, even in a pack of peace and friendship.

"I might have seen a few," Chloé said, remembering back to when she had been walking from Jordheim to the fields. She was fairly sure that she had seen a tree that had been toppled over, although she didn't exactly know what kind of log the Sannindi was looking for. "Between here and Jordheim," the Vald elaborated, turning to nod in the direction of where she had come from even though Florina was probably aware of where Jordheim was in relation to the fields. "If you need help carrying it, I might be able to help," Chloé continued, one of her ears twitching. She wasn't exactly sure how useful she would be with her scrawny arms and small legs made for running, although the Moineau girl hoped she could toughen up and help carry a measly log.

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