[M] Work hard, play hard

Teaaaaaa

POSTED: Sun Jun 05, 2016 5:59 pm

WARNING: This thread contains material exceeding the general board rating of PG-13. It may contain very strong language, drug usage, graphic violence, or graphic sexual content. Reader discretion is advised.


AWW YISS! Under-age drinking time! Set on the 4th. [620]


There was a tune on Indi’s lips, and despite the aching arms and legs a morning of training had given her she was practically skipping as she made her way through the fort’s gate.

Indi was a firm believer that all work and no play was no way to go about your life. The weeks following the loners’ attempt to kidnap her had been marked by almost non-stop frantic work, driven by panic and a feeling of helplessness that had eaten away at her like poison. Slowly, Indi was beginning to regain her confidence. It was a slow process; aside from the day she had met Skoll Indi hadn’t been anywhere near the borders ever since the incident, and there were still times when some unexpected noise or smell would send her heart into overdrive for a few seconds. She was improving though, enough to spend some time outside the Fort but still safely inside the territory, and enough to enjoy the little pleasures of life when opportunity presented itself. And today, opportunity hadn’t so much as presented itself but announced its presence with thunderous fanfare.

The morning had started out well, with a session of training with her spear that Indi had managed to keep going for several hours. The exercise still made her almost sick with exhaustion, and her arms and legs felt like they were going to fall off at the end of a session, but every time she worked at it she could feel herself getting better. Indi was getting stronger, faster, more accurate. She was still months behind where she should be, but to have some measurable improvement felt amazing. She had even managed to rope Casa’s newest hired-help into sparring with her for a few bouts, though she was unsure whether it had been her fluttering eyelashes or just boredom behind his agreeance. Even using a generic pole rather than his actual weapon, Howland had (gently) beaten Indi into the ground almost effortlessly, looking absolutely delicious as he did so. The wolfdog had left Indi with some tips on her stance, and a comment about how the typical thrusting spear seemed too immobile for her fast form that had set Indi’s mind whirring. All in all, a very good start to the day.

It was when Indi had taken a long detour through Windsor on the way home that she had struck gold. The meteor had wrecked large parts of the human town, but it had also opened up some old buildings whose locks had previously stood the test of time. While poking around one of these buildings Indi had come across it. An old, rectangular glass bottle, still sealed with a glob of bright red wax. The label had long since rotted to nothing, revealing an entire bottle full of liquid coloured an enticingly deep amber. Indi’s prize now clinked gently inside a bag strung across her back, hiding amongst some useful looking sections of metal and some interesting knick-knacks she had picked up.

Calm and confident, giving no outward sign of the contraband that she now carried, Indi strolled through the emptying streets of the fort as the sun began to dip down below the horizon above her. She slipped quietly into the house and made a beeline towards her and Tea’s room, where she could smell her sister alongside a little tinge that might possibly be the little baby falcon that she had claimed for her own.

“Oh Teaaaaaaaa~” she singsonged, shouldering the door open and then knocking it shut with a casual kick, “-guess what I have?”

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POSTED: Fri Jun 10, 2016 2:17 pm

TEAGAN STRYDER
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Woot woot!

Her muscles were taut from the day’s rigorous training with her sword. The salvaged piece of metal had become a surprisingly good beginner’s weapon, and, with each day, the Stryder had become more confident in her ability to wield it without worry of injury. She went through basic drills, but had decided to be more physical with the training dummy that day. More force poured into her strikes, and the princess was definitely feeling the aftereffects of her training.

She had made a brief detour after her training to relocate Agrona, who looked more and more like her mother, Marahute, with each passing day. As much as Teagan loved the bird, she knew better than to keep the falcon stowed away in the siblings’ room after dark. She wouldn’t able to predict if or when her parents might come into the room, and the last thing she needed was for them to find out she was harboring the bird in secret. So, after a few flying tests, capturing prey drills, and some cuddles, Teagan had left the falcon to be with her siblings and mother in the cage the Lotta’s mother and father had built in the stables.

With her feathered companion taken care of, the Stryder made her way home, stopping only once to grab a quick snack from Isaac’s shop. Indi would be home soon, she hoped, as the koi-colored girl had been out all day. As Teagan munched thoughtfully on some of the seasoned deer jerky, she wondered what her littermate had been up to all day. Some part of her worried that there might have been another attack, but, she calmed her worries by reasoning that Indi was smart enough to not be fooled twice.

Entering the family home for the second time that evening, Teagan briefly noted the lack of anyone else awake within it, and idly made her way to the siblings’ shared bedroom. She closed the door behind her, but didn’t push it hard enough for it to latch. With an exhausted sigh, the wolfdog deposited the remains of her dried-out snack on an end table before flopping down face-first into her bed. She remained like that for a few minutes, enjoying the relaxed feeling the soft material had against her tired muscles.

She eventually rolled over onto her back and sat up so that she could work the stiffness out of her shoulders. Her stretching was interrupted by a familiar voice with a tune that could have only alluded to trouble. Teagan stopped her rolling motions, a hand clasped over her shoulder while the arm was held out away from her body. Her cranium turned towards the bedroom door as Indi jovially entered the room.

Teagan eyed her sister suspiciously, her canary gaze flicking to the bag slung across Indi’s shoulders. There was a clinking sound as the Knight moved, like glass rubbing up against glass. Whatever it was inside her bag, it sounded fragile. “What did you find, Indi?” She replied, answering the question with another question. She rolled out the last knot in her shoulder and slid off the bed to move to her sister’s side. Her nose took a few inquisitive sniffs in a vain attempt to figure out what her sister had brought without having to actually guess.

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EDIT: Realized an important adjective was missing in setting the scene xD
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POSTED: Sun Jun 19, 2016 1:06 pm

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Tea’s look of suspicious caution provoked an impish grin from Indi as she swaggered into the room. She giggled to herself as she crossed the room and plopped down onto her bed, stiffening faintly when she heard a loud snore through the wall behind her, almost in response to her noisy movements. For a moment Indi froze, ears swivelling on her head as she listened intently to the sound of their sleeping parents in the other room. If Luca or Lyris - particularly Lyris, Indi felt reasonably confident sneaking around her father, but her mother was ridiculously perceptive and knew almost all of Indi’s tricks since she had been the one to teach her them - were to wake, then it would spell disaster for the fledgling plans that Indi had for the night.

Thankfully, the sounds in the other room quickly settled down. Indi grinned and gave a low whuff of relief, shifting her bag away from Tea and grinning teasingly at her sister as she approached. “Weeelllllllll, oh dear sister 'o mine,” she drawled smugly, keeping her voice low and level. Cradling the bag as though it were a small child, Indi slipped a hand in so that Teagan couldn’t see the contents and began to withdraw some of the more interesting items one by one. “I got this-” she pulled out a hand-mirror, still cracked but mostly intact, “-this-” the other bottle she had found, this one with the more boring contents of a broken figurine depicting a ship, “-these-” a pair of golden stud-earrings and a golden hoop holding a decorative red feather, “-thiiiiissssssss-” pulled out purposefully and agonisingly slowly, a tarnished brass candlestick, “-and this!” and finally she pulled out the bottle, holding it aloft triumphantly with a grin on her face.

POSTED: Mon Jun 20, 2016 10:44 pm

TEAGAN STRYDER
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Lay on the peer pressure, Indi xD You know your sissy’s weaknesses~

The bag was moved out of her reach and the Lotta’s face twisted into a frown. As interested as she was to see what her sister had found, she wasn’t particularly fond of this game of suspense. Indi offered her a grin and provided filler words that Teagan had a feeling were just used to help draw out the moment, to make that gnawing curiosity of the Stryder’s rampage in the cage of her mind. She knew better than to snap impatiently though, knowing it would only fuel her sister’s teasing actions to make her wait longer. So, Teagan took a step back, crossing her arms as she begrudgingly played along.

An assortment of things were pulled out of the bag. Teagan’s canary eyes scrutinized the finds, her arms unfurling to receive the items for a proper inspection. The hand-mirror was a useful tool, even cracked as it were. Though Teagan would never have much use for one, it was fitting that her sister had found one for herself. It would beat having to sneak into their parents’ room or running back and forth to the river to look at her reflection. The bottle with the ship inside fascinated the Lotta the most, perhaps more out of wonder at how the figurine had gotten inside the bottle than anything else. A few earrings were seen next. They were pretty to look at, but, jewelry wasn’t something of the tomboy’s fancy. The candlestick would prove useful with a candle. All of these items were passed off onto Indi’s bed after each individual inspection.

When the final item was pulled from the bag though, Teagan blinked, confused at first by what was so great about an angled bottle with an amber liquid inside. As realization hit though, it struck like a lightning bolt. “Where did you get that?” Teagan asked in an almost accusing tone. Not even pausing for Indi to answer, Teagan's hands reached up to grab at the bottle. “You didn’t steal it from the party did you?!”

Please, Fenris, tell me you didn’t get caught!

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POSTED: Tue Jun 21, 2016 12:00 pm

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Indi couldn’t help but giggle at the look on Teagan’s face when she pulled out the bottle; her sister was hilariously serious sometimes. “Ap ap ap ap!” she scolded playfully, hiding the bottle behind her back and dancing nimbly away as Teagan grabbed for it. “You’re gonna wake mooooommmmmm Tea!” she laughed, twirling around as she made her escape. Amongst the list of things that would terrify both sisters to the core, their mother finding them with a bottle of alcohol in the room after they had woken her up was very high on the list. What Lyris would do if Indi’s antics woke her up… didn’t bear thinking about. Much as Indi didn’t have a single ounce of fear that her mother would ever truly hurt either of them, Lyris was a scary lady.

“I didn’t steal it!” she said indignantly. Did her own sister seriously think that she would do something like that?! And anyway, the alcohol at the party was there for people to drink so even if she had taken the bottle from there it wouldn’t have been… huh, this is probably why Tea thought she had stolen it. Grudgingly giving Teagan a mental point, Indi returned to the matter at hand. “I found it!” she claimed. Purposefully, Indi let her expression morph into just the right mixture of childish innocence and teenage deviance to make Teagan think that she actually might have stolen it, and holding the silence juuuuusssstttt long enough to give her time to sweat, but not interrupt.

“-in Windsor,” she eventually finished, “The earthquakes cracked open one of the locked cellars and there were a bunch of these inside! Most of em were broken though, but this one survived! Grinning toothily, Indi skipped back over to Teagan and threw an arm around her shoulders, “So! Whadda ya say sis, how about me an you go out and have some fun?”

POSTED: Tue Jun 21, 2016 2:20 pm

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A irritated—but humored—growl rumbled from the Stryder’s maw as she made a few pitiful swings to snatch the bottle from her sister’s hand. The harder she tried to outwit and maneuver the koi-colored teen though, the more her frustrations began to voice themselves. She’d nearly forgotten that their parents were sleeping in the room next door until Indi reminded her. Then, and only then, did Teagan stop her advance. She glanced at the shared wall as if it would tell her if their antics had woken their parental units. There wasn’t a stir that could be heard from their side though, and, so, Teagan let out a quiet sigh of relief.

Her attention was turned back to Indi when she defended herself, denying having stolen the bottle of alcohol. The Lotta narrowed her sister with a doubtful scowl before moving over to her bed and sitting down on the edge of it, arms crossed over her chest. “Uh huh,” she replied sarcastically. Her scowl deepened when there was a flicker of deception ghosted across Indi’s face. You liar! Teagan’s lips curled in preparation to call out her sister’s lie…only to realize she’d been played.

Pressing her lips in a firm line, the Stryder tried her best to look unamused with Indi’s deceptive antics. There was a glimmer of mirth in her eyes though, so it was likely that the sibling would have saw through her act anyways. When Indi went on to explain where she’d found the treasure, Teagan rolled her eyes—she had to commit to her unenthusiastic role now—as she deadpanned, “Of course!” Leave it to Indi, the Queen of Coincidence, to find the one bottle that survived the test of time and Mother Nature.

An arm was suddenly thrown around her shoulders and Teagan’s scowl turned skeptical. “I don’t know, Indi.” The bottle received a leery glance. “Do you think it’ll be any good?” Neither of them had tasted alcohol before…especially not one that had been created back during the times of the humans.

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POSTED: Tue Jun 21, 2016 2:49 pm

INDI KNIGHT
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Ahhh, Indi loved it when a plan came together. Teagan’s face morphed deliciously through confusion to anger, and then finally to a grudging humour as Indi revealed her hand. Indi and her sister were so close that, when they wanted to, pushing each others’ buttons was almost second nature. The two would close ranks in a second if an outsider tried their luck, of course, but that didn’t make needling Teagan every now and then any less fun. Spending time with her sister was so refreshing! When it came to Teagan, Indi never felt the need to censor herself for fear of causing offence or coming across too clingy, she could just be herself in a way that she could with nobody else. Even with her parents there was always some little part of her that was holding back, trying to make herself appear more than she was to impress them. Teagan had already seen Indi at her worst many times, and the familiarity that bred meant that she also got Indi at her best.

“Only one way to find out!” Indi said brightly, holding the bottle up to what little light was still shining through their window. The glass was pitted and cloudy from age, but the sealing wax was unbroken and the liquid itself looked clear and clean, a gentle amber rolling back and forth. Noting Teagan’s sceptical look, Indi rubbed her sister’s arm and lightly butted heads. “I’m sure it’ll be fine,” she spoke again, her voice still bright but now subtly different, tone aimed to comfort and convince. “Uncle Enzo said that alcohol just gets better when it ages, so this stuff must be the best in Casa!”

Spiritedly Indi shot back up to her feet, untangling herself from Teagan just as quickly as she had thrown herself around her. Indi pranced over to the window and knocked the half-closed blinds open with her elbow. From her new position leaning against the sill, she could see that the pile of straw that they kept beneath their window for when they wanted to make a quick escape was nice and plump today. A little damp for her liking, but she would make do. “Orrrr if you don’t want to come then I could head out myself, give it a try and report back. Little old Indi, lost, alone, and drunk in the forest at night! Without her faithful sister to protect her!” The koi youth’s voice grew more and more dramatic as she spoke, to the point that by the end of her speech she was making dramatic motions and cradling the bottle to her chest as though it were her only friend in the world. She moved as though to drop herself out of the window but paused at the last moment, eyes widening piteously in Teagan’s direction.

There wasn’t a chance in the world that Indi would actually leave without Teagan, and they both knew that. If Indi’s sister needed any further indication, then the look in Indi’s eye and the fact that she was only just containing herself from bursting out laughing should serve well enough. Indi’s theatrics were just that; theatrics, an overly elaborate question that she asked doubly in the tilted raise of one eye, gentle smile, and the proffering of her free hand towards her sister.

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POSTED: Tue Jun 21, 2016 4:17 pm

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She cringed as Indi was not swayed by her words. If anything, they seemed to have encouraged her rather than make her have second thoughts. The Guarire held up the bottle to the moonlight, allowing the amber liquid inside to shimmer and gleam almost temptingly. Had it not been for the wax seal, Teagan might have made a jab that maybe it wasn’t alcohol, but, urine. It seemed the odds were against her though, and there was nothing Teagan could find wrong with the bottle to dissuade her persistent sibling.

Indi’s reassurance did nothing to improve the disbelieving look Teagan had leveled her with. She was still wary of consuming something that was years, if not decades old. Logic told her that it was long past its due date, and ingesting such a thing would only lead to one outcome: a trip to the Medico’s office. She had no reason to doubt their great uncle, but, Teagan still had her misgivings. Besides, there was probably a reason the youth were never allowed even a cup of the alcohol that was served at ceremonies and parties. It was probably bad for them…

Before Teagan knew it, Indi was making for the window and had unfastened the locks before the Stryder could protest. Teagan’s mismatched ears pricked with interest at what Indi had in mind. If she knows what’s good for her, she’d dispose of the evidence before Mom or Dad finds it in our room! Oh how naïve she was though.

The cream-coated sister knew the ploy her sister was dragging her into. And, still, she found herself suckered and persuaded. Teagan scowled sourly as she used the bed to bounce to her feet. She uncrossed her arms and threw them in the air in defeat. “Fine! Fiiiinnnne! I’ll go with you.” She submitted, not able to take the dramatics anymore. She made her way over to the window sill, lightly batting Indi’s hand away to show that she meant to follow after her conniving sibling. Not before she dug her claws into the wood of the window sill as she stuck her head out to look at her sister though. “But don’t expect me to be happy about it.”

With that, she waited for her sister to move before she swung a leg out and escaped from their room. She prayed to Fenris that their mother or father didn’t wake up any time soon and decide to check up on them. The last thing they needed was to return home to a trap.

Teagan brushed off her hands and eyed her sister and the bottle. “Okay, let’s go try this thing out,” she sighed.

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POSTED: Tue Jun 21, 2016 5:20 pm

INDI KNIGHT
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Hook, line, and sinker. It was good to know that the ol’ puppy dog eyes and dramatics still worked on Teagan, and Indi grinned in triumph as her sister stalked grumpily over to the window. Teagan would soon cheer up once she saw the place that Indi had discovered for them; she had been planning to drag Teagan out of the house to watch the sunset tonight anyway, the alcohol just made things all the sweeter!

“Yesssss, let’s go!” Indi crowed in victory and excitement, scooping both bottle and assorted salvage back into her bag and swinging herself neatly out of the window. Between their height and the soft landing it was child’s play to drop down from the window to the ground. Tail flickering about spastically, Indi hounded Teagan forwards towards the gate. “Cmon, cmon, I don’t wanna miss all the sunset,” she needled, eventually overtaking Teagan and beginning to lead the way out into the forest.

Humming a merry tune, Indi led Teagan out of the fort and off towards the northeastern end of the territory. It didn’t take long for the forest to close up into a thick overgrowth as they entered the area surrounding the weeping lake, but with Indi leading the way they quickly entered a hard to see trail that cut through the worst of it. Indi didn’t have a clue what had actually created this part of the trail - deer perhaps, judging by how it meandered about the place - but as they began to approach the thorny tangle that made up most of the lake’s western shore she began to see signs of her own handiwork; small branches and other troublesome encroachments sliced off neatly.“Almost there!” she said cheerily.

Eventually they reached a small clearing right on the side of the lake, a near vertical bank of earth making their little alcove almost inaccessible except by the trail they had just used. The entire area was shaded by the towering weeping willows that gave the lake its name, and off to one side was one of the old cottages that dotted this end of the lake. The building itself had been irrepairable - roof collapsed and almost completely filled with more thorns and vines than Indi even wanted to think about clearing out.

It wasn’t a total loss though. The cottage’s porch and its overhanging roof were still intact, and at some point somebody had managed to drag out a plump sofa from inside the building. The sofa was half-rotten and had been covered with dust and grime when Indi had found it, but after a bit of cleaning and with some furs thrown over the worst areas it made a passable seat, and the view was to die for. With a happy grin Indi retrieved the bottle, plopped her bag down, and then flopped onto the sofa, stretching out and hooking her legs over one armrest. From here she had a perfect view out over the lake, which was currently lit up orange by the sun setting behind them.“Well?” she asked Teagan,“What do you think, better than lazing around at home right?”

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POSTED: Tue Jun 21, 2016 7:58 pm

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Fudged with the timeline a bit (made it closer to actual no-lights night time) since I think Luca and Lyris would have still at the beach party (which Melissa referenced as being in the evening on the 4th x3) with the current time setting

This is some real sibling stuff right here xD

She waited as Indi gathered up her treasures once more. Why she’d need them for where they were going, Teagan wasn’t sure. She surmised that she’d find out soon enough, and, so, didn’t immediately question her sister’s intentions. Once they were out the window and Indi was rearing to go, Teagan gave one last, long look at the window before grudgingly following after Indi. She hoped she wouldn’t come to regret her decision to give into Indi’s plans later.

The path Indi led them on was not one that Teagan was familiar with. In the back of her mind, she hoped that she’d be able to make her way home later if, for whatever reason, she found herself traveling the path back by herself. As if sensing the Stryder’s unvoiced questions, Indi reassured Teagan that they were almost to the location. Her reassurance did little to ease some of the doubts the Lotta had though, as she couldn’t help but to notice the tangled mess of thorns that guarded their path as they went. Wherever they were going, it was likely a very secluded area.

It wasn’t until the trees opened up and a lake appeared that Teagan realized where they were: Weeping Lake. Large, heavy willow trees dotted around the water’s edge, and the whole area was overgrown and buzzed with the song of nocturnal insects like cicadas, grasshoppers, and crickets. With the rising moon, fireflies had even begun to light up the tranquil atmosphere.

Indi moved, and Teagan quickly followed after her. She’d never really explored Weeping Lake, but, it appeared Indi obviously had. The koi-colored teen led them to an old human ruin. It was obvious that no one had seen to its upkeep since the fall of the humans, as the cottage was in a rather dismal state. Not enough that it couldn’t be used still though. The porch appeared to have, surprisingly, survived. There was even a convenient couch—cleaned in some places, repaired in others—to welcome the siblings.

With how Indi approached the dwelling and lounged onto the couch as if she’d done so more than a few times, Teagan suspected that Indi might have been the one that had spruced up the weathered piece of furniture. The Lotta smirked and shook her head before moving to follow her sibling. She made sure to make a quick, jabbing poke at Indi’s exposed belly before she sat down, reclining heavily against the opposite armrest. The old springs creaked a little under her weight and from the force of her action.

Teagan looked out to the lake as Indi asked for her opinion of their chosen activity for the night. The moon had just begun its steady rise on the horizon, and it would be some time before it chased away the final rays of sunlight and touched the lake. This is much better. She cast a sidelong glance at her sister. “I guess,” she answered in a bored tone instead, not wanting to give Indi the satisfaction of being right. A playful smirk spread across her lips before she nodded to the bottle. “Just open it already,” She suggested with a soft laugh.

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