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POSTED: Sat Jun 30, 2018 2:10 pm

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Thread Prompt: As summer moves in, some interesting critters come out to play: reptiles! Maybe your character finds a snake, turtle, frog, or lizard out and about?

It was bright out, and the sun fanned at her back, but the summer breeze was temperate and cool. It seemed to have chased away some of the grey clouds that had rolled in earlier that morning, and by noon the sky was blue and clear, almost cloudless but for a few wispy cirrus clouds. The pleasant weather made Skylark giddy - more so than usual. She was capering about on four legs, getting a feel for the territories around Winterwynd, when she spied a blue-tailed lizard sunning itself on the stone face of one of the nearby caverns.

The tasty treat was too tempting to resist. She immediately charged towards it, hoping to catch it unawares. Naturally, this backfired, the reptile retreating into a narrow fissure, safely out of reach.

True to fashion, Sky was not in the least bit deterred. She loitered impatiently to the left of her quarry's hidey-hole, flank brushing against the warm rock. Her forepaw raised and mouth watering in anticipation, she was prepared to strike at a moment's notice should the lizard venture out again - as she was sure it would.

What kind of creature would spend its time hidden inside a damp crevice on such a balmy day?

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POSTED: Sat Jun 30, 2018 4:49 pm

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Hiya! Hope you don't mind me joining with Gen!

Adjusting to life in the Vale was a simpler process than Generosity thought it would have been. It wasn't much different than the life on the farmland—stable dens, familiar landmarks, the buzzing of moving bodies. The girl was reclusive and hadn't gotten to know the other Mistwalkers better yet. Rather, she'd been avoiding them.

It had been easy talking to an unfamiliar face every once in a while when she and her mother were travelling, but consistently seeing strangers that one had to live with was unnerving. And yet Generosity made no motion to change that yet. Paralyzing nerves and shyness kept her at bay.

Gen stayed close to Winterwynd most of the time, but she began to venture out further and further as summer burned on, if the weather allowed it. That particular day was clear and warm and Generosity plodded around on her four legs as the sun bore onto her dark back. It made her feel hot and her tongue lolled after only a hour of walking. She knew where to find water and she began to make her way towards that.

That's when she saw an unfamiliar posed before some rocks, paw in the air like they were frozen in space. This made Generosity pause herself in confusion. She almost wanted to leave them to... whatever they were doing, but curiosity got the better of her.

"What're you doing?" The wolf approached closer, noting the other's appearance. She looked weird—she hadn't seen many dogs in her life and couldn't help but see her as an oddity, and her judgement was innocent and ignorant in nature.

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POSTED: Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:39 pm

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Don't mind at all - thanks for joining!

Minutes passed with no sign of the vibrantly colored reptile. Skylark peeked into the cleft, but it was too dark for her to see anything and too tight for her to fit her muzzle through. Tail twitching restlessly, she tried to poke her paw in, but to no avail. Her prey remained stubbornly hidden, as though it had not been there in the first place. She wondered how far the crevice went, and whether the lizard could have escaped through some unknown passage. But she was nothing if not persistent, determined to wait it out.

Fixated as she was, Skylark did not notice the stranger as she approached, but keen ears perked up at the sound of her voice. She turned to face her, falling into a more casual pose. The she-wolf had round features and big bright eyes, and Sky was immediately charmed.

"Hi!" she greeted. She flashed a cheerful smile, clearly glad for the company, then inclined her head towards the fissure. "There's a lizard in there," the dog explained, "I'm waiting for it to come back out so I can catch it." Sky spared a quick glance at the cave, then trained her eyes again on the youngster. "Want to help?" she invited, still grinning.

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Generosity was put at ease when the other girl smiled at her. She seemed older than she was herself, but that didn't matter—the other was as mirthful as a fellow child. She returned her smile and gave lazy wag of her tail, her eyes following where the dog gestured. Well, chasing a lizard made perfect sense in the girl's mind, and she immediately understood.

When the dog asked for her help, it caught Gen off guard. She blinked in surprise and didn't know what to say for a moment. For as spoiled as she was on the farm, there had been a lack of other puppies for her to socialize with. This was keenly apparent as a shyness made her stiff. She was also rather hot; she almost rather go swimming than help chase lizards.

However, the yearn for doing something new, meeting someone new, won her over. "Sure," she answered, her voice soft with nerves, though she stepped forward regardless. The cleft where the lizard must've gone was narrow and Generosity appraised it for a moment. "What should I do to help?"

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POSTED: Tue Jul 03, 2018 5:38 am

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OOC: when the crazy kid comes to hang :D

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So many things could lie. Small piles of leaves masquerade as writhing piles of fire ants before his steps, the sound of a mosquito contorts into a wasp’s hellish hum in his ears. There was nothing he could do but believe, fall, and if the fall was never real, nothing gained nothing lost. But he had to fall, because he was too scared to see what would happen if he didn't. Falling was the only way to the real world, a satirical sign pointing straight down.

The fall then was some noise through some brush, the enticing pattern of two voices exchanging. Mystery stopped to gaze through the thick foliage of a winding birch, and the rustling bulk of a few thistles and berry bushes. There was two alright. ‘Just stay and watch them’

“See what they do?” He finished, but he'd already made his mind—shipped off in that little tight box of decision. Mystery hunkered lower, quite low on four legs, grass tickling his stomach. A blue bird yapped in the tree overhead, and he glanced skyward to see it perched on a leaning white branch. ‘Come down here it's safe’ as the blue feathered thing ruffled itself out and settled in. “It's not safe here,” he whispered, peering toward the pair who seemed to be enamoured by an outcropping of rock. A creek sauntered nearby and he was feeling like a drink, but he was growing too interested, invested in the television world beyond the green. ‘Why are you watching’

“It's easier than doing”

‘You are doing’

“Am n-not” ‘Are too’ “Am n—” then his voice cut out and the rustling of the green canvas before them created a white noise that filled out the silence. It snagged him—speedy-quick tripwire into euphoria. He would not answer Lucifer. The demon with the hot tongue was abrasive, and sometimes he was difficult to talk to. Then again, back into the real unreal world the awestruck coydog could watch and not do, because doing was being and being was too much when being was all the time. To watch, not do was all he wanted to be.
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POSTED: Tue Jul 03, 2018 3:08 pm

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The more the merrier! ♥ Feel free to PP the lizard, guys!

Skylark watched the wolf curiously, pleased when she saw her smile returned. As not to be outdone, she offered her brightest grin in exchange.

When asked whether she would help, the youth seemed to hesitate for a moment, but eventually, she agreed and stepped closer to examine the crevice. Sky backed away to allow her a better view, appraising both it and the dark girl thoughtfully. Even with the extra paw, she mused, it was still a matter of waiting for the lizard to reemerge - what they did after was what mattered. But that didn't mean two pairs of eyes wouldn't come in handy. She knew from experience that most scaled critters were quick and easy to miss. If the lizard spotted them before they spotted it, Sky wasn't sure they would get another shot.

"Well," the dog said finally, tearing her gaze from the rock, "if I watch from this side, and you watch from the other, we'll have a good chance of spotting it - and catching it once we do." Attention fixed squarely on her companion, Skylark did not notice the stranger crouching in the brush. "What do you think?" she inquired, tail wagging freely.

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POSTED: Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:40 am

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When the other gave her an even bigger smile than before, Generosity tried to match it but felt her lips draw too tight and quiver. It felt terribly fake and it must've looked just about that, so she wiped it clean from her maw and looked back at the crevice as if it suddenly held her interest. It was some attempt to hide her awkwardness and embarrassment. Gen doubted it helped much.

But she glanced back at the dog as she explained her plan, listening intently despite all her nerves. It sounded good in her ears and she gave her head a nod. "I think that sounds best!" She never caught a lizard before—not that she never tried—and felt curiosity and excitement well in her chest. It was almost enough to distract her.

Generosity began to lightly pad to the side that she supposed the dog spoke about but gave a pause. Perked ears gave minute flicks and the soft, small smile on her face edged into a frown. The back of her neck felt heavy and hot, and she wasn't sure if it was just the sun that was making her feel that way anymore. She almost felt like she was being watched.

Anxious, her yellow eyes raked the underbrush. "Do you—" However, before she could say more than to grab the girl's attention, something small and fast brushed over her front paws. She yelped as if she had been struck and fumbled backwards, legs tangling, and eyes reeling to try to spot whatever touched her.

The lizard was trying to make a break for it.

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POSTED: Sat Jul 07, 2018 12:20 pm

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OOC: Mystery is letting the lizard go, but you guys can still give chase!

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It wasn't just about watching for the sake of watching. The removed world was entertaining for all the wrong reasons; the threat of discovery was ever present, buzzing at the back of the skull, filling the legs with sand. And at a moment's notice, wherever the winds may blow, the sand could blow away and you get up and go.

When it was time to go no one knows, but the scene beyond the green suddenly gained motion and it was time for something to go or give. The dark furred one gained animation so quickly that Mystery thought a ghost had slipped inside her moving parts. Then there was the flicker of something there, and in the legs Mystery saw the small thing, moving suave through the forest of limbs as a thread might. It had sent the world into a small tilt of pandemonium, and it was a lizard with a blue tail. And that blue tailed skink decided to careen out from the madness, and made a break for the brush. The brush in which Mystery was currently sidled away, and he watched with blooming eyes as the creature drew near like a landslide. A tiny, writhing brown-blue landslide with eyes that were too small to understand.

Apparently the lizard was a wanted delicacy, or maybe it was the thrill of the chase for them. Just like the thrill of watching, and it all became a circle in his head. A fuzzy cartoon on a reel: Mystery watching them, watching the lizard, watching...but it was too late to know further, or try to understand, because the skink would soon escape into the thicker brush, lost forever.

‘Sand has blown’

‘Get up and go’


And he breathed three panicky breaths that made his head swim, ‘Get it,’ and pushed himself through the brush half-yelling half-barking like a deranged maniac. ‘Get it.’ Like a deranged maniac, and with leaves and fragments of branch up in the air—clinging in his fur—he pounced at the lizard. His tail swayed jerkily as if not in full range of operation as the sly thing darted out from his paws before the capture. ‘Get it get it,’ then it was that thrill again; of the chase, of doing, which made his entire body tremble but still he went after. Streaking this way and that, and for a second he thought he may have bumped into something, but there was nothing else. Only he and the lizard existed now. ‘Get it get it get it get it get it get it get it’ Lucifer bade, his voice an onward pull close to snapping reins—but then Mystery stopped mid-step like a plug had been pulled, and he just stared in the direction of the lizard that he'd been so enamoured with moments before. ‘What what what get it’

‘Watch’ ‘Go' ‘the’ ‘get’
‘thing’
‘it'

‘leave’


The voices weaved while Mystery looked out into the world through three lenses, breathing with the sudden burst of speed, his head a feather, his face changing and twisting. Like the winds wherever they may blow with the hounds of hell scraping the inner walls of his ears. And he was lost.
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POSTED: Sat Jul 07, 2018 3:10 pm

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The dark youth returned her smile, though Skylark could not help but notice it seemed strained. Her reply, however, was cheerful enough, and some of the uncertainty she’d held appeared to dissipate. Satisfied at this, Sky turned back towards the nook, resuming her position of attention - unaware that the doggish pose come across a bit strange to the other.

Folded ears pricked as her companion began to say something, but her words were cut off by a sudden yelp, and the girl recoiled as though stung. Puzzled, Sky looked down in time to catch a retreating blue flash dashing through the grass. "Get it!" she exclaimed, laughing breathily as she charged forwards in pursuance.

She'd only gone a few feet when a dappled figure burst out of the undergrowth and dived at their quarry, causing her to come to an abrupt halt. For an instant, she thought they had managed to capture it, but then the stranger stopped suddenly in their tracks, and the lizard darted out from between their paws. Without a second thought, Skylark gave chase, whizzing past them into the foliage and crashing through shrubs and brambles in wild pursuit. Every once and a while, she would catch a glimpse of the reptile's vibrant tail, but that was all she could see of it through the dense bush. Eventually, the dog lost sight of it entirely and had to stop and catch her breath, staring meaningfully in the direction it had gone.

After a few beats, she turned on her heels and trotted back the way she came. Her expression as she reemerged from the tangle was anything but disheartened, however. "It got away!" she declared, bright eyes shining with mirth. "But that was fun, wasn't it?" Sky beamed broadly at them both, then shook out her coat, dislodging a few of the thorns that had snagged on it. "I'm Skylark, by the way," she added, once she had finished.

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POSTED: Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:37 pm

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If the lizard had given her a scare, then the sudden barking and appearance of another canine gave her an awful fright. Her yellow eyes rounded into two bewildered circles and the fur on her back stiffened. Even the dog's encouragement to go after the lizard hadn't stirred her and she stood dumbfounded, not unlike a deer in the headlights.

The other dog stopped barking and chasing off the lizard and the girl dove after it in their place. Generosity observed this mindlessly, too busy trying to determine what was going on and if everything was sound. The dog, the blue-eyed one that had been barking, looked as disturbed as she felt and that confused her even more. What was going on? Were they watching them this entire time?

Before the wolf could think or do something, the other girl reemerged from the underbrush and happily announced that the lizard had gotten away. Generosity's ears flicked briefly against her head, and she took a couple of paw steps to rejoin the dog, giving the new stranger a side-eye.

"I'm Generosity," she said in return, refocusing on Skylark. "Sorry I let the lizard get away. It, uh, it scared me, when it came out like that all of a sudden..."

Generosity tried to think of something to do that could make the situation better, even if Skylark wasn't upset, and shuffled her feet awkwardly.

In the middle of her thinking, she glanced at the blue-eyed dog. "Were you watching us?" she asked openly, her voice free of contempt or anything else that could suggest anger. She sounded confused and curious.

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