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POSTED: Fri Jan 11, 2013 10:09 pm

That's Our Kind of Love
The morning came on swift wings to the mother. She awoken like she usually would—all three children crawling over her while they gifted her with puppy kisses and little nips on the nose. The harbingers of the day were well appreciated by the Luna, but they were fast outgrowing their position. When they had been smaller, it was a softer awakening as soft, light paws prodded her soundly from sleep. Now, it was occasional to be disturbed by receiving a misgiving, heavy step upon her stomach, or when her face was used as a seat for one of the pups as they settled upon it.

No matter how rowdy the three would get, she could never muster enough annoyance to become angered at them, and they would squeal with amusement as they got their punishments of unmerciful tickles until, between their bubbling laughter, begged her to stop. They were approaching their second month, and even small Alexander was starting to become too big to carry around for long periods of time, and the girls, even less so. She had stopped using the sling she would carry them in about a week ago, and she looked at it with a sort of saddened happiness as she got dressed to step out into the cold; it was a sign that her babies were growing up, and even though they were still so young, it both warmed and pained her heart that they were sprouting so fast. Luckily, all three of them had the wolfish coat of their father, and they were not fazed as the four of them exited the courthouse and plopped into the snow.

The trio scrambled a yard ahead of her as she followed after them, allowing them to go where they pleased. While some of the Fort was well known to them, such as the garden and most of the square, they knew there were things beyond that, and innocent and wild curiosity motivated them to look about even more, especially now they were free to run about. They headed east, and the library caught their attention. "What's that?" Alexander asked quietly as Annabeth and Valerie ran ahead, eager to discover what the building was. A library—it's where we store books, like the ones I read to you. The boy nodded, and went after his sisters with haste, calling, "It's a liberry!"

Alyssum simply laughed, though it was stifled, knowing how sensitive her boy was, and followed after them as the stared up at the closed entrance, pawing with enthusiasm at the door.

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POSTED: Sat Jan 12, 2013 1:25 pm

OOC:: Kinda rambly >.< WC:: 634

Though the Salsolan woman hadn't given the best impression, the Callow man couldn't help but be intrigued by her origin, or rather, the origin of her name. He had an interest in these sorts of things, magic, enchantments all human nonsense, for the most part, but nonetheless, intriguing. To him her name sounded unique, if a little harsh on his tongue, so he couldn't help but inquire after it. She'd revealed little, save that the words were supposedly 'magic.' It piqued his curiosity, and so he was in the library, hoping to find out more on the subject. Or, he'd been trying to, but soon found himself inevitably distracted by his surroundings. He was only a novice carpenter, but he knew enough about his trade to know that the library was in a poor state. Anyone could see that it was falling into disrepair. It was still stable, not like to collapse, but the structure needed work, and a lot of it. Sighing, he picked himself up from his seat and headed towards the shop. It wasn't much of a walk and once there he collected an assortment of tools- a hammer, some of the nails Tony had made, and assorted bits of wood. In one hand he carried the tool box, the other arm full of as much wood as he could carry and headed towards the library once again.

It wasn't long after he'd unloaded the timber and tools that the sounds of approach reached his brown ears. There were several footfalls and excited babbling, and his tail was soon caught in the sway when he realized that the voices were without a doubt, the high-pitched voices of puppies, and more than one. Grinning in his crooked way, he turned from his task and rounded the side of the building until the mother and her children were in his sight. "Morning, m-" He began to call, stopping short to amend himself, "Ah, Alyssum." before the phrase of 'my lady' left his lips. From what he recalled of the Luna, she wasn't a woman who demanded such formalities and seemed content to be without them. It was a relief, really, and a welcome change. The canines of Casa seemed far more lax about their titles, many of them neither posturing or desiring to, but he wouldn't hesitate to give respect where it was due.

He was wearing his pants, as always, and the pendant he was never without, the bastard sword hung from its sheath at his belt, though today it wasn't alone. A hammer hung from the other side, tucked idly into his belt. The grey cloak of Casa was draped about his tall frame as well, its deer pelt lining showing itself in its mantle, the man was like to wear it wherever he went as a sign that he accepted the changes and the responsibility it demanded of him. Not only that, he was growing quite fond of it, seeing as it was exponentially better than his previous and pathetically patched garment. The past was behind him at last. Now, if only Elissa could disappear as well...

He watched with a growing air of mischief as the dark pelted boy scrabbled at the library door, and with a glance in Alyssum's direction shifted his attention back to the excited pup. "Oh, I wouldn't do that if I were you." He cautioned, knitting his brow in mock worry, hazel eyes shifting between the mother and her children, hoping she might want play along. "You never know what you're going to find lurking within." His tone was ominous, and he kept his face hidden from the children as he tossed the Luna a quick wink. Pups were prone to curiosity, and he wasn't about to let this opportunity to pass him by.

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POSTED: Fri Jan 18, 2013 1:36 pm

That's Our Kind of Love
She tugged the dark, royal purple, one of the sporting colors of her pack, cloak closer to her body as a light wind rolled by. The bear fur was generously thick, and wherever Clara had masterfully sewn it, she was most definitely warmed in that particular area. While she loved the clothing for its beautiful craftsmanship, she could not help but admire its usefulness more than its appearance. Even though it had been years, even, since she last expeierenced the southern warmth of her old home, it seemed that her body would not accept the chill of the north despite the time she had spent in it. But, it was only a small hinderance, one that Alyssum only gave few misgiving thoughts about before it was forgotten as as thoughts came to mind. Her short fur was a blessing during the summer, but did she sometimes wished that she was gifted with thicker fur.

A familiar, accented voice had called out, stuttering once before her name was announced. She swiveled her head around and caught sight of Alister approaching them. He was garbed in his cloak that he had received at the last meeting, which, that alone, brought a smile to her face, and was also equipped with his sword and tooled with a hammer. Good mornin', Alister, she answered back as he walked closer. One of the girls turned her gaze to the man, but she, along with the others, were too intent on getting into the library to acknowledge his prescene beyond a mere glance. Come on, mama! Valerie squealed, while the other two squeaked their agreement that she needed to hurry and let them in.

Alyssum watched as Alister turned to the pups, she too turning to them, as he spoke to Alexander, who was still pawing at the door in excitement, perhaps to see how many books were in there. He stopped clawing at the door immediately when the warning was given, and the rounded gaze he gave showed that he was scared that he must've done something wrong. "Mama said there's books in the liberry..." The mother almost confirmed this, but before she could, she saw the wink that was thrown her way. While she never wanted to scare her children, she loved harmless tricks; at times, they, too, liked to be swindled.

You should listen to him, kids, she added, her motherly tone taking on a more serious one. Now all three regarded the adults with wide eyes, though the girls seemed more excited to hear more while the boy already had enough—he was never one for ominous subjects. "What, monsters? I bite them!" Annabeth asked and claimed to the man, her tail wagging vigorously at the thought of battling against a dark force.

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POSTED: Sat Jan 19, 2013 4:52 pm

OOC:: Lies! <33 First paragraph is skippable WC:: 474

The Luna wore her own cloak, one that had been dyed the royal purple of Casa. He dipped his head respectfully as she acknowledged him. He saw his own cloak as a gift, not a status symbol. What status could a carpenter truly boast? He was of the middle tier only, though had been rising steadily. It was on account of hard work, which he might admit, he never really saw it as work. He wasn't ambitious, not near as much as he should or could have been. No, he generally enjoyed doing things to help his pack. He thought of it as earning his keep, more than anything else. The leadership of Casa had been especially kind to take him in, in his opinion. After all who would want a deserter within their ranks? Speaking with Jazper on that account had afforded him some solace, Jazper himself had been viewed as a traitor to his former pack, so really, he was in good company. His desertion had a reason of it's own, and a good one. No one would fault him for leaving once he told his half of the tale. His loyalty was something which, once earned, could never be shaken. So far, Casa had earned his allegiance. He would follow his Sole and Luna without question, as long as their intentions were true and would not conflict with his own morality. His previous pack had never been as welcoming, and though he'd had some less than friendly encounters with some of Casas members, it was still home. He wasn't about to think of leaving. He had a place here, somewhere to belong, just as he'd always hoped.

The pups hardly glanced at him, as they were far too preoccupied with the library door. The male pup looked as if he were being scolded, but the girl's curiosity only grew. Alyssum looked as if she were going to speak, but, luckily caught his wink, and backed him up. He had to fight to mask his mirth at the little joke he was playing on the children. "Oh there's books, alright, but that's not all." He continued, replying to Alexander. The girl's excitement only grew, and he had to suppress a good-natured chuckle at Annabeth's brave claim. "Well, you see, sometimes, there's dragons." He focused solely on the pups for a moment drinking in their reactions, quickly continuing with a description of the monstrous creatures. "Huge fire-breathing beasts, with giant razor-sharp teeth, and great big, scaly wings." He gestured with the telling, stretching his arms out wide to illustrate his claims. He grinned boyishly at Alyssum briefly. It melted away of course as he turned to the children. "You're going to protect us, right?" He asked, feigning a fear of the beast that was no doubt hiding behind the door ready to attack.

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POSTED: Mon Jan 21, 2013 12:34 am

That's Our Kind of Love
Childish play and tricks were never a part of her childhood -- she had been raised singularly, without siblings nor friends to speak of, and only a sole mother for company. It was a comfortable, easy life, though it had been uprooted rather unpleasantly when she had challenge what had made her the outsider in her old clan. Looking back, she knew it could have been better, and that only fueled her for her own to have the best they could possibly get, to give them what she had not received. Every day is brought a smile to her face when she knew that she was providing her absolute best to the three of them. The trick Alister was devising could prove to be a fond memory to look back at; at least, she knew it would be the case for her.

At the mention that there were things besides books in a library, the girls were in rapture, while Alexander, the asker of the question, looked less than eager to discover what it was. Dragons! At first, the word flew over their head, holding no true meaning to them at first. What were dragons to them? Hairy beasts with big feet, maybe, that ate books? Tall, skinny things that could hide between the pages and slip through floorboard cracks? But, the man gifted them with enough description to fill their minds with imagination, and Alyssum grinned as all their eyes widened and as a smile was thrown her way by the storyteller.

At the mention of protecting adults -- look how scared they were! It was their duty as Cavaliers to protect them! -- all three were up to the challenge. "I will bite them!" Annabeth again claimed. "I will scare them!" Valerie boasted. "I 'unno... I try! Alexander tentatively added. Well, if you three are all sure... Alyssum said slowly, considering heavily of the fate that her children were choosing to lead. I just wanna let you know, I wouldn't trust anyone else with the task! She turned her gaze to the Callow, and asked, What do say? Do you think they can defeat them? Despite their unison squeals of "yes!", she did not move her eyes away from Alister as she awaited for his agreement.

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POSTED: Wed Jan 23, 2013 4:27 pm

OOC:: so much cuteness! xD WC:: 294

The Callow man was continuously delighted with his little ruse, and much more to see Alyssum was joining in. The pup's were excited and enthusiastic to prove their courage to their adult counterparts. He failed to stifle his grin as each pup's eyes widened with his explanation. They were well and truly enthralled now, and he wasn't about to reveal the truth of the matter. It was far too amusing as the pups' tails wagged furiously behind them. The Luna returned his grin, and he couldn't help the chuckle that escaped his lips as tails wagged furiously, each proclaiming what great feat they would perform to defeat the beast. Even Alexander wanted to at least give it a try.

"That's the spirit!" He encouraged brightly, in special regards to Alexander who'd chimed in himself. Hazel eyes shifted towards Alyssum as she made sure her children were prepared. He paused before answering her question, as his ears twitched towards the chorus of 'yes!' from the children. After which he confidently proclaimed, "but of course! They're Cavaliers! I'd expect no less," then lowered himself down slightly to be closer to the children's excited, wiggling, bodies. "What do you say, pups? Are you ready?" He straightened and reached for the door knob, glancing back cautiously. "Just so you know..." Alister said in a slightly hushed voice, feigning worry that the beast within might hear him. "I think you're all very brave, for protecting us, like this."

"...and I'm sure you're mother would agree, am I right, Luna?" he awaited her reply, before turning back to the excited children. His hand still lingered on the door handle, and if they were to agree he would slowly begin to open it, giving a warning "prepare yourselves." in a whisper.

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POSTED: Fri Jan 25, 2013 7:31 pm

That's Our Kind of Love
Eyes -- shining blue and golden yellow and pale green -- were completely absorbed within his tale. They were told other stories as well, but they followed a plot line that they absolutely loved -- canines were in danger by some fearsome and frightening being, and it would be someone like them to save the day. It was as if they were being told their future, and in a way, Alyssum hoped that was what was in store for all three of them. They were true Cavaliers, born and raise on the soil of knights, and they could not have anything else but a bright, and honorable future, especially since they were prince and princesses of the Sole and Luna. She expected no less from them.

They were given encouragement, and even the reserved Alexander began to perk up a bit more, and she watched as his pale chest swell and rose in pride as he invested in Alister's word; he may not have been as bold as his sisters, but he was a Knight. They were now anxious, knowing that their chances to prove their greatness in battle was dependent on the man, and they gazed up at him with glimmering and excited glances. As he injected that they were worthy -- and rightly so; they were Cavaliers! -- they could not stop wriggling and yipping their elation. But, they saw the man crouch down in front of them, and they were so enthralled by his tale that they managed to silence themselves, but they could not cease their squirming, it seemed.

They heeded up, and all three of their rounded heads nodded vigorously, and Valerie nearly lost balance from dipping her head forward a bit too far; Alexander and Annabeth steadied her at the last moment, but the trio were not phased by it as the Callow took hand of the door. But, he did not open it quite yet, and it seemed that they wanted to yap at him to hurry up, but they withheld their voice. His praise did not fall on deaf ears though, and as the mother was prompted, she agreed softly, and even though there were no dragons, her words did not lack sincerity, The bravest I know.

Warm words only threw fuel into their fire, and -- finally! -- he had begun to open the door. "Charge!" the trio said in unison (probably decided moments before that they would make a rallying cry to warn the dragons of what was to come), and they squeezed their bodies into the door before it was even fully opened. It took a moment, since all three of them ran forward at the same time, but they managed to get into the building, and all sorts of roars and bellows and squeals echoed from inside, mainly consisting of dragons and how they will be defeated.

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They were truly enthralled, eyes shimmering with excitement, their imaginations running wild. It was curious how little it took to inspire the young. Their innocence was something to be cherished, and encouraged. These pups would have the best the pack had to offer. They had a home, a family, two loving parents. More than he could have ever hoped for himself. It was heart-warming, and he beamed at the three young ones who were more than eager to defend their kingdom from the monstrous threat of the monster no doubt waiting for them within the library's decaying structure.

The anticipation was killing them, their bodies wriggling to and fro vigorously. He thought it was a miracle they remained on their feet. They hung on his every word, silencing their erratic yipping to catch every quiet sentence. Valerie almost did fall, her siblings quickly helping her right herself. He knew he couldn't keep them much longer, the three children bouncing and riled. Alyssum's soft admission was met with a fond smile. Slowly, so slowly he opened the door, for surely if he did so suddenly the beast within would be stirred and any plan to slay it would be quickly dissolved into a mess of bodies as pups and dragon battled one another fiercely. Boldly they charged, three voices raised in unison to frighten the beast and prepare it for the terrible wrath it was about to face.

He remained beside the door after the pups had entered, turning his attention to his Luna as the pups occupied themselves with their dragon hunting and all the careful planning that came with it. "So, uh, how are you this morning, Alyssum?" His grin was entirely unrepentant.

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