Stare and Wonder

Lyris

POSTED: Sat Feb 13, 2016 10:35 pm

Set in Mirage Glade. Backdated to the 12th. The ‘shadowy figures’ are just some of the wild horses come to see wassup >_> [643]


The world around Indi was silent as she padded along, nothing to disturb the peace of the night bar her own shallow breathing and the faint crunch of the snow beneath her paws.

It was a new world that Indi found herself in tonight. After being so active during the day, Indi tended to value and enjoy her sleep greatly, and so was never usually one to wander after the sun went down. Tonight though she had been torn from her sleep with a half-muffled whimper by a nightmare. She couldn’t remember much of the dream but what she did – vague flashes of anger, shouting, shame – was enough to leave her unsettled and upset. Usually she would have snuggled up to Tea after such an episode, let the familiar warmth of her sibling drive the bad thoughts away, but that wasn’t much an option these days. The stupid argument that Indi had started and had no clue how to end was still going, and Indi’s beloved sister seemed farther and farther away from her every day. Besides, Indi had the sneaking suspicion that if she really focused, it would be those familiar yellow eyes flashing angrily at her in her dream.

So, denied her rest and denied her comfort, Indi had simply started walking. Aiming to put as much distance between her and the house, and figure out what to actually do later.

She had been expecting a dark, dismal world to match her mood. What she got was a wonderland.

The air was still and the moon fat and bright in the sky, reflecting off the snow-covered world and casting everything in an ethereal glow. As Indi’s wandering took her farther away from the fort and into the forest the scenery only got better. The shards of ice and snow hanging from the forest trees – pretty enough during the day – were glinting and glimmering in the reflected light. Slowly, Indi’s tail began to drift from side to side as she wandered through the trees, and the tension that had haunted her muscles ever since she woke began to loose.

And then, just when she thought things couldn’t get any better, Indi looked up. The sky was cloudless tonight, and the stars were out in full force. Indi actually stopped in mid-step, mouth hanging half open as she caught sight of the ocean of stars hanging above her. For a while she just stood there, staring into the sky as until she felt as though she were about to slip from the earth and fall upwards.

Sadly, the peace didn’t last for long. A heavy footfall nearby jerked Indi out of her reverie. Flinching backwards away from the sound, Indi quickly turned her attention back to the ground, looking around wildly for the source of the noise. It took her a moment to see them, but when she did her blood ran cold in her veins. Off in the distance, just visible in the gloom as the trees began to thicken and block out the moonlight, three enormous shadowy figures stood. They were barely visible except for the shine of their eyes, all of which were watching Indi intently.

Indi’s ears flattened against her head and the dropped into a crouch, backing away slowly until she felt her hindquarters pressing up against a tree. Part of her wanted to run but she was terrified what the figures would do once she wasn’t looking at them, so instead she curled her lips back and growled, sounding pathetic and small in the suddenly dark night.

POSTED: Sun Feb 14, 2016 7:31 pm

long n' rambly, sorry >c (+600)

She wasn't sure if it was a nightmare or footsteps that woke her.

Lyris opened her eyes to blackness, disturbed only by the pooled dark of a figure beside her. A curious hand extended to brush against padded fingers, the gesture only present to reassure the woman that Luca was still there. If it was not him she had heard, then surely it was only a night terror already forgotten. The mother turned then, to attempt to fall back to sleep, when she heard it again. Footsteps, so faint and distant that many would never have detected them. Silent, Lyris removed herself from bed and slipped out the door, clicking it closed on her mate's form to instead face the barren house. Green eyes caught the shape of a young girl vanishing outside. The figure was on four legs, so undoubtedly it was Indi. The scarred Corpo followed her daughter outside into the starry night. The consideration to call out to the girl and reprimand her for sneaking out did not even cross Lyris' mind. She, as a youth, had done the same countless times. It was a tool to help relax her, and apparently it had been adopted by the Guarire as well. The mother wanted to see where she would go.

She allowed Indi to disappear, and then Lyris shifted down into her own Lupus skin. She then began to track, using fresh scents along with the petite pawprints pressed against the leftover snow. Indi had no reason to believe anybody would be following, and so it was easy to stay on the tail of the girl, just out of sight. Almost languid, Lyris glided through the forest, one pale foot after the next. The first half of the trek was largely uneventful, and it appeared that the girl had no destination in mind. Lyris watched as she caught sight of the sky and found a small smile playing on her own face, the blue-eyed youth's mouth open in stunned awe. Had she never shown Indi the night sky? She ought to be better about such things.

The scene changed very suddenly. Lyris had detected them coming, but did not warn her daughter for risk of blowing her cover. Instead, the Stryder began a silent loop around from Indi's flank to directly behind her. She watched as the fear slowly crept into the girl's features, but still Lyris remained hidden. She wanted to watch. Cruel as it may be, the shadows of the night may be crueler, and half of teaching was watching. If Lyris was going to teach her daughters to be smart and safe, she had to see how far along they had come on their own.

Lyris twitched an ear as Indi growled, but it was not a strong sound, and the looming horses did not move. The Cavallo knew that they were only curious, but their forms were intimidating to a small child. The mother then decided she had seen plenty, and was becoming rather restless as Indi become less and less confident, her instinct to jump in to protect her offspring taking the wheel. Taking only two steps closer, the scarred female slid towards the light of the clearing so that only her barren teeth were visible, inches from Indi. Lyris then added her own chorus to the weak sound, a threatening snarl vibrating from her throat. The horses' curiosity then turned to fear, and the once-towering shadows nickered and backed away with shuffling feet, quickly turning to run back to the safety of their enigma of a herd. When the threat was gone, Lyris stepped fully out into the moonlight and nudged her cold nose against Indi's own. "We need to work on your growl, little one." Was all she said, dark eyes now warm instead of threatening.

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POSTED: Sun Feb 28, 2016 6:42 pm

Sorry about the wait. [337]


Indi was so focused on the looming shadows that she didn’t even notice the figure approaching her until it was on her. The young girl yelped and jumped away when she heard another growl join her own, but quickly calmed when she caught sight of a flash of moonlit white fur, and the comforting scent of her mother.

There had always been an undercurrent of awe to Indi’s thoughts when looking at her mother. While she loved her parents equally, Indi had taken to seeing Lyris as a role-model moreso than Luca; as far as Indi was concerned, her mother was a complete badass, even if Indi’s choice of language hadn’t yet matured enough to use that specific phrase.

Lyris was certainly living up to Indi’s view of her tonight. As soon as she stepped forwards the shadowy figured practically melted away, making silly noises that would have made Indi chuckle if she wasn’t still trembling from adrenaline.

Indi’s eyes flickered down and her ears dipped as Lyris stepped out into the light fully, the pup not willing to meet her eyes. Along with Indi’s admiration of her mother came the desire to emulate and impress her. Indi had never had quite the same relationship with her parents that she had with Tea, through no fault of their own. Luca and Lyris were a source of constant love for her, but it sometimes seemed as though she and Tea were two sides of the same coin. It was that extraordinary closeness that let her open up to Tea so much. With her parents, Indi always found herself too tied up trying to impress or please them to truly open up when something was wrong. And she certainly didn’t feel like she’d done that tonight. “Yes Ma.” she mumbled, tail wagging weakly when she felt Lyris nudge her nose.

POSTED: Fri Mar 11, 2016 11:07 pm

oh no worries, seriously im a turtle worse D: (+400)

Following the saving of her child from the looming shadows, Lyris had a mental battle with herself. She had always been fearful of doing the wrong thing as a mother; she didn't want to be too restrictive, but if she was too lax her children would likely put themselves in danger or miss out on valuable lessons to develop their common sense and or judgement. So after revealing herself to Indi and bumping noses, Lyris had to make a decision. To discipline or to sympathize? She was not cut out for this mothering thing; Luca was the one that should be here. She was going to do the wrong thing.

The fear she may have held was effortlessly hidden. Lyris had not considered letting her guard down for the benefit of her daughters; but should the thought cross her mind, it was worth attempting. Lyris did not want Indi or Teagan to think she or Luca was perfect in physical ability or heart. But concealing her colors was so deeply carved into her marrow that she feared it would be hard if not impossible to do.

And so, without even hesitation or hitch, Lyris met the Guarire's clearest-water eyes. "I can't say I blame you for wandering out." She was not completely oblivious, however; her instinct prevented that. She had noticed the tension between Indi and Teagan recently, as well as Indi's longing gaze as she peered secretly upon the Optime form of her sister or others. Teagan was a little early and Indi was a little late, and it could only stack up the reasons for Indi to require some alone time to star-gaze. "But if you must slip out, stay in the walls of the Fort. There are things out here I don't want you to see yet." Lyris' deep eyes sharpened, hoping that the moonlight playing on the scars against her jaw was statement enough. The words were cryptic- she had forgotten again that not everybody could read her mind- but she had meant them. The Fort was their haven, and outside- even inside the territory- there were dangers. Lyris wanted Indi and her sister to be independent and self-sufficient, but not yet. She could justify sheltering them; they were far too young to leave her nest yet. For as long as she could, they were forced under her wing.

"No sidekick on this adventure?" Lyris inquired, referring, of course, to Indi's partner in crime. This was an opportune moment for her to try and understand what their disagreement was. Watching them fight was a thorn in her side, but Lyris knew that whenever her own mother had tried to get involved she only got more frustrated. Hopefully she could be more peer-like than motherly in this conversation.

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POSTED: Tue Mar 15, 2016 12:44 pm

Little bit of PP as I said, tell meis if ya want changing. [330]


Indi’s eyes gleamed faintly in the darkness as she peered upwards at Lyris. A cold wind blew past the two, making Indi shiver. After a moment’s hesitation she padded forwards and pressed herself against the thicker fur of her mother’s flank, letting out a happy murmur as her tail drifted slowly back and forth against Lyris’ leg. There was something that felt oddly right about standing here with her mother, the stars floating above them and the moon fat in the sky. The whole scene seemed to touch at something in the back of her mind that didn’t quite put itself into words. For a brief moment Indi wished that she could share it with Tea, but she quickly pushed the painful thought away.

“What sorta things?” Indi asked curiously, boldly. The terror that the shadowy figures had brought to her had been swiftly banished now that her other stood tall besides her, a barrier between Indi and the scary things lurking in the dark that she had absolute faith in.

The happy feelings quickly came crashing down as Lyris steered the conversation right back down the roads that Indi had come out here to escape in the first case. “No.” she answered abruptly and stubbornly, burying her face in Lyris’ side and refusing to meet her eyes. Indi tried and mostly succeeded at surprising the sniff trying to force its way out of her muzzle, but the sudden stillness to her previously wagging tail would have been just as telling. She didn’t want to talk or think about Tea right now, she’d come out here to try and clear her thoughts of everything that had been happening over the past few weeks. If only she could have actually outrun it.

POSTED: Sun Mar 20, 2016 8:15 pm

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Lyris was constantly stuck between making importantly motherly decisions. On one hand, she wanted to keep her daughters safe from every bad thing that may venture in their path. While on the other, she wanted them to learn to defend themselves from even the worst demons at as young as possible. So she often ended up trying to find the happy medium; but she felt like those compromises achieved neither end result she wanted. She was constantly rolled up with the fear that everything she'd done up until the current moment was going to come undone in some very negative way. It had tightened her shoulders for months on end, and she was only now beginning to relax in the realization that she hadn't screwed up too drastically yet, and hopefully the good fortune for the new mother would continue. Indi's little body of warmth against her own only managed to relax her further, and Lyris sat in the comfort of the moment, resting her nose lightly on the bright-patched girl's head. "Things that you can't fight off. Things even I can't fight off. Just stay in the Fort." She said these things quickly and bluntly. She didn't want to scare Indi, but she wanted her to be cautious. Lyris wasn't lying, either. There were creatures and even disasters of nature that could not be avoided, and no amount of will power or confidence could save them. Lyris was the living testimony of the cruelty of what was outside, and her last, longest-living wish was to keep the very few she allowed herself to love from ever coming face-to-face with those personal demons.

The conversation was one that brought her healing mind back to dark places and so she changed the course of conversation, curling her tail up along Indi's paws as her daughter rejected the question. Lyris allowed herself a mental sigh, and moved her muzzle an inch away from the Guarire's ears. "Indi Knight," She said, but not firmly like a mother scolding her child. It was affectionate and quiet, a voice to match the gentle breeze of night air that was billowing through their shared fur. "I must chew your ears off if you don't tell me why you're fighting with your sister." As if to demonstrate her point, Lyris closed the tips of her teeth around the edge of Indi's white ear, pulling gently in a motion to get her blue eyes to meet her mother's green.

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POSTED: Mon Mar 28, 2016 5:16 pm

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The faintest of shocked gasps escaped Indi’s maw in response to Lyris’ words. That there were things that even Indi’s mother couldn’t fight off was an almost unthinkable claim to Indi, one that she would have rejected if almost anyone other than the woman herself had made it. Even though Indi shivered and pressed herself the tiniest bit tighter against Lyris – not because she was scared, she assured herself, but just because of a cold gust of air that chose that moment to strike, her next words were carefully chosen and purposefully vague.

“Mkay, I’ll be careful.” she said, promising with tone what she didn’t actually say with words. The thought that the night contained things that scared even her mother – and yet again Indi’s mind flicked to the terrifying, shadowy monsters so easily scared off – was one that half had Indi wanting to run and hide under her mother’s skirts; well, more under her mother’s skirts, the saying didn’t really work well with their current position. Even so though, there were always things that would bulldoze their way straight past Indi’s fear. If Tea or her parents or, well, if any of the people she truly loved were lost or in danger Indi knew that she would throw herself into the shadowy sea of the night without a moment’s hesitation or consideration for any promises she had made. And so she chose her words carefully, for some reason unwilling to make a promise that some part of her knew she couldn’t keep.

Indi whined faintly as Lyris homed right in on exactly what she didn’t want her to, though it morphed to a faint giggle when she felt her mother nibbling on her ears, gently tugging her face skywards to peer into her eyes. Indi’s mouth opened but despite her efforts, she stayed silent. The last few weeks all came rushing into her brain – all her fears and doubts and that faint tinge of self-hatred over her failures, over her lack of development. Her guilt at how she had somehow managed to hurt Tea so easily, her fear as everything spiralled out of her control and her sister seemed to drift farther and farther away – but the words dammed up in her throat and stayed stuck there. Again that imbalance in Indi’s mind rose up. Neither Lyris nor Luca felt like a confidant to Indi; figures to be loved, to admire, to impress and to make proud, yes, but Tea and Tea alone had always been the one who Indi poured out all her innermost thoughts to. How could she impress her mother, how could she be proud of Indi, if she knew all the doubts and worries plaguing her?

“I don’t know,” she said quietly, her eyes sliding down from Lyris’ and settling at a point somewhere past her shoulder. Another half-truth, for with no much rattling around inside her head, Indi couldn’t honestly say exactly what was causing the rift between the sisters to go on for so long.

POSTED: Mon Mar 28, 2016 5:43 pm

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The reaction to her warning was immediate in her daughter, in her disbelieving eyes that suddenly filled with some form of fear. Lyris was both flattered and confused. Flattered that Indi believed she could fight anything and everything this world threw her way without pause, and confused that she thought the first. Couldn't she see the scars that stole her beauty? Couldn't she notice the way Lyris gazed so cold at anyone she didn't know? Couldn't she understand that Lyris was so very, very far from invincible? Indi's words were not ideal, but the emotion she injected them with was very real and very true. The result had been what she desired- her daughter promising that she would be careful- but the way in which the response had been elicited was not what she intended. Lyris decided that she needed to tear Indi's perfect picture of herself, even if it was the last thing she wanted to do. Lyris was not perfect, and to have her daughters think as much would be lying.

The Guarire's reaction to her pestering quickly became melancholy, and it made the mother's heart hurt. She was obviously distressed about it, which washed away Lyris' hope that their argument was just a petty one that siblings sometimes got into. And the worst part of it all was that she was powerless to fix it. That damned powerlessness, the last emotion she wanted to feel. She was not good at advice, even if Indi had told her the whole story. She was not good at being a peacemaker, because she always seemed to be the one that broke the peace. So what was she to do? God, how Lyris wished her own mother was still here. Wisteria would have known what to do in the heartbeat she was asked.

The breeze was not quite as cold as it had been moments before, but the Cavallo was still chilled. Laying down, she curled her long body around Indi, resting her head on her paws to look with uncharacteristically warm eyes on the girl. "Have I ever told you that I had a brother once?" She asked, barricading her voice to remain in its lightheartedness. This was not a story of loss, and so she would not allow herself to feel that way.

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POSTED: Mon Mar 28, 2016 6:22 pm

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Indi was a fair bit more perceptive than most would count her to be. She was so noisy and brash most of the time, acting without care or thought through sheer impatience and energy, that it was easy for many to think her a bit dim and simply overlook the times when she was silent, icy eyes gazing out at the world. Unfortunately, for all that Indi could be surprisingly perceptive, it was so easy to lie to yourself. She thought so much of her family that she flat out subconsciously refused to see the flaws of those she held so close; ignoring them or twisting them into positives with the same energy and focus that she used to mercilessly tear apart her own flaws. It seemed that Indi’s carefully crafted reality was about to receive a blow, though Lyris’ light voice left the young girl no warning.

As Lyris lowered herself to the ground Indi eagerly wormed her way into the ring she had formed, head lay sideways across Lyris’ thigh so that Indi could see her mother’s face, and her tail curled around to brush Lyris’ own. “No Ma. Where is he, why isn’t he here?” she asked in confusion. The thought of her and Tea not being together was alien and horrifying to Indi, so why were her mother and her brother so far apart from each other than Indi had never seen or heard of him? A small ice cube of fear began to grow in Indi’s gut; had Lyris and her brother argued, drifted apart and never spoken to each other again? Was this was waited her at the end of her argument with Tea, a part of her life so vital that it felt like a limb as important as any of her legs ripped away? Though she had hit the wrong note in her worrying, the damage had been done and Indi huddled herself tighter into Lyris. A faint tinge of worry growing in her eyes as she gazed intently at her mother, ears pricked and listening.

POSTED: Mon Mar 28, 2016 6:48 pm

(+500) this is random and all over the place idk?

The stars were very bright tonight. While Lyris often hated the summer and the heat and dirt that it brought, the one thing that she loved the most about it were the cloudless nights. During no other season could she count every star or pick out the brightest; all of which she had done over and over when she lay in the dark and couldn't find sleep. With a spark of recognition, the Stryder realized she didn't need to do such silly things anymore. She could sleep deep and peacefully next to Luca and under their roof, with scarce a nightmare to disturb her. It was a relief.

Indi's little core of heat kept Lyris warm, and so she could relax in the night-stained grass without fear of cold. She began her attempt at a story, but her daughter's thoughts flew immediately somewhere she didn't want them to go. Lyris picked up the fear in her eyes, and she nearly regretted what she said, but made herself continue. "He died, a long time ago. It was just a bout of bad luck. But that is not a story I want to tell you yet." Her last intention had been to scare Indi into thinking Teagan would be taken from her; and as long as Lyris was living and breathing, no such thing would come to pass. "His name was Kenyon. We were very close, and got into a lot of trouble together. Just like a couple of pups I know." Lyris' eyes glittered with a mischievous light, and she bumped her nose against the Knight girl's cheek. "My point is," she continued- "we got into lots of fights. Just petty little things; brothers and sisters tend to have more differences than just sisters." Lyris flicked an ear, running over the words before she could think into them more deeply. She was exercising her ability to avoid depressed thoughts, and so far had been improving. Maybe at one point she would be able to recount her past without even a twinge of tragic regret, but that was a long ways off. As it was, this was as much as she could do without emoting too much. "I never told my mother about them. But I saw her at work; my father was an alpha, and he often had my mother act as the mediator- or peacemaker- between members or other packs. She was brilliant at it; everything turned out perfectly. Still, I never told her. I thought she would be disappointed, or reprimand me, or something." She sighed, glancing over to the dark spots between the trees. "Indi, I have gotten into lots of fights. And most of them were my fault. I am not the peacemaker my mother was. I've hurt others with no real reason for it." Lyris shifted her eyes back to her daughter. "I don't want you to try and impress me. I don't think I'm very good at giving advice. But I still want you to tell me things, alright? I worry more if you don't." Lyris hadn't really had a solid idea for where she was going with this; she was just letting the words spill as they came. And maybe it wasn't making much sense, but she was trying to share what she was thinking. Maybe if Indi saw that, she would do the same. "Don't tell me why you're fighting. Just tell me what happened, little one?" In good fun, Lyris nudged Indi again, lightening the mood as best she could.

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