He's Barely Grown

Teagan

POSTED: Mon Jan 07, 2019 2:57 am

[[Just outside of Casa di Cavalieri; Noon, Clear skies but snow on ground. Jan 25th]]

It seemed like the meeting with отец was going well, but odd eyes peeked over the outside hearth with a pounding heart anyway. Oтец had sent for Teagan after he had expressed his intent desire for a bit of training in whatever he could learn. Hunting seemed the idea that Oтец liked most, and if it was what he could get away with if someone else was taking him, then he'd not argue it. Considering both of them weren't talkers, it didn't take long for Teagan leave the den house.

Within moments, Pushok was leaping with joy and barking with the excitement his young, trembling body couldn't subdue, even in her strong presence. Ever since their first meeting, where she'd given him a ride back home, he'd found an adoration for her that he couldn't explain other than, Teagan was the coolest Cavalier he knew! Not only that, but she was the War Lord! If anyone was going to show him the best of the best, it was going to be her!

The warrior woman traveled on ahead while Pushok followed on her foot steps, happily playing behind her in her tracks and easily being distracted by this and that and everything in between. He seemed to be having a great deal of fun, up until the moment that the southern border started coming up.

Odd-eyes widened with a pounding heart as his tracks altered from all over the place to a very straight line. Quickening his pace, his fast moving paws carried him right beside Teagan as he took it all in. He couldn't believe his eyes! Were they really going to cross? Was he going to be allowed out there without getting in trouble? It was a dream come true! Paws were alight with bouncing steps, his tail wildly flailing with joy behind him as small little whines of excitement filled the spaces between his enthusiasm and apprehension. Everything his Father had taught him was to stay within these boundaries and away from them, if he could.

If Teagan was taking him, this had to be his destiny!

It came in slow motion, the scent markers that were thoughtfully and well placed, and his goofy, large paws making way over them. He watched as a marked tree passed him as they walked and his posture stiffed like that of a warrior. This was where the adults went! He had to act like one! Danger could be lurking at every corner!

Bounding steps turned into leaps and twists as he kept a keen eye out all around him. A shiver of brush! He glared at the branches that shook free their snow. A crow crying out in the distance? He closed one eye and offered it a daring look, more than proud as it clearly fluttered off in fear despite taking flight before he challenged it. A smug grin painted Pushok's features. He didn't know why this was so hard! He was a Hushhowl and like the stories of his mother, he was strong and able. Nothing could best him, especially not with Teagan at his side!

Yet, as they continued on, there was a sliver of hesitation in him. Looking back behind him, he couldn't see the boundary anymore. The maze of trees were blocking his sight and the brush was consuming the earth from where they'd came. What if something did happen? What if they got lost? Oтец told him stories about how getting lost was awful, and Terokla had even made sure to mention to keep to what he knew. She explained that he was Vil Di'haka, and how Father was, too. It came in a bad light with the usual mentions of his age.

Gaze moved ahead, his little steps taking less ground as he watched Teagan. Well, she wasn't scared at all! She was leading him and she wasn't going to take him anywhere where something bad might happen! After all, Father wouldn't be pleased at all if he came home after being out for too long. Teagan wouldn't lose him.

His faith restored for wanderlust with the protection that Teagan provided, his picked up his pace again before finally piping up behind her,” Kak dal'she?” He misspoke and looked up at her with curious eyes. A quick bite of the tongue had him remember that not everyone spoke Russian, or Svinka for that matter. Young tongue twisted out words, so familiar to his Father's accent with just a little of the twist in Jace's tune,” Ahre we dhere, yeh?” The rolling russian tongue trilled and the taste of Svinka drew out in the vowels as he found Teagan's gaze firmly and waited for the warrior's instruction.

While some adults didn't talk much, Pushok was a very different creature, but he knew he had to practice patience here. He was in a place adults came to, and biting his tongue might be hard, but it'll be worth it. Maybe, he'll come back with something good, and the Lune will see his achievement! Maybe, he'll come back a warrior! The possibilities were endless but this small hunting trip was so much more to him than that! He couldn't wait to tell Tem and his other siblings about how exciting this was bound to be! He could picture it now! A hare in his mouth from a successful hunt and Teagan praising him to his Father. His brother's and sisters all crowded around him while he told the harrowing tale.

Tail up and smug grin, he waited for Teagan to begin her trials for him. He knew he had what it took, all he needed to do was show Teagan he was ready!


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POSTED: Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:18 pm

Secui | Ethereal Eclipse; noon | Fore-dated: January 25th (+816)

Early shifting. Moving them further out. Mako and the horses are in the background/will show up later to help with later events.

She had been intrigued when Darkness had asked a favor of her. While it was not rare for her to interact with the Hushhowls, she was by no means a common and familial presence found around their home or in their daily lives. Not like the Wolfes were, at least. After a short meeting, it seemed his son, Pushok, desired to hone his skills more. It was something that the War Lord could both respect and approve of. It wouldn’t be long before the boy was given a mentor, after all, and training—even when unshifted—never hurt. The younger they were, the more likely they’d transition better when the time came for it all to be a daily routine.

Teagan had left the Hushhowl den with the youngster in tow, but not before making a quick detour to her house to rid herself of her clothes and weaponry. It’d be easier to keep track of the growing pup if she could easily outpace him if he decided to bolt after something he shouldn’t have. Darkness had given his approval for a lesson outside of the pack territory, and it would be the boy’s first time. With this in mind—and with her own past experiences to add to the matter—Teagan wasn’t taking any chances.

Before they had set off, she had passed along a message to Mako while she tasked Pushok to be a good and responsible Cavalier and inform the gate guard of where they’d be heading (out on a hunting expedition). She wanted the Sworn to take out her two stallions, Apollo and Kenyon, and ride out to the southern border after an hour or so of their conversation there in that moment. He was to be discrete and make a patrol out into the neutral territory. His mission? To make sure there weren’t any hungry cougars wandering about or rogue Luperci that might botch Pushok’s lesson.

With the message passed along and accepted, Teagan called the boy to her, and they headed out towards the forested terrain of the Ethereal Eclipse. The puppy was excited and energetic as ever as they made the trek, though, as the border came and went, this high energy was dialed back the moment he seemed to realize that this wasn’t just any hunting lesson. “Stay close to me,” she told him, not wanting the pup to go gallivanting off at his new freedom.

He adopted a more cautious—but curious—mindset as he took in the world beyond the pack’s marked borders. He reacted to the littlest things, though, she tried to pay it little mind. It was all new to him, she knew, even if it could hardly be considered different from the world he already knew. She kept her pace slow, allowing Pushok’s young mind take it all in; the sights, the smells, the wonder of it all.

After becoming comfortable with the new environment, he returned to his original place at her heels. He spoke to her in one of those foreign tongues of his, and she flicked one of her mismatched ears at him. The two brothers were still having trouble not falling back into the languages spoken at home. It didn’t take Pushok long to switch to one she understood, albeit, accented like his father’s as it were.

“Almost,” she answered him over her shoulder. A cold breeze played with the ends of her long, dark mane. “This will be a test of your hunting skills as much as it is to assess how proficient you are at navigating the land on your own.” Because your father is largely lacking in that category.

With any luck, and for Hartt’s sacrifice’s sake, those genes had not been passed on.

Teagan led them a bit further until she felt they were far out enough that Pushok would not be able to cheat and sneak back into the familiar territory of Casa di Cavalieri. The hunting lesson was to test how good he was from a cold start, in unknown territory, where he couldn’t rely on familiar game trails or popular places that he knew where prey liked to hide. If he were to ever be caught outside of Casa di Cavalieri lands, he’d need to be able to provide for himself or starve.

Birdsong filled the woods around them, and sunlight came down in patches as it wove its way through the thick pines and barren limbs of deciduous trees. She stopped in the midst of a small clearing, her canary eyes finding the boy as she half-turned to face him. “We’ll start from here,” she informed him. Teagan took a sniff at the air. “Tell me what you smell.” Her gaze shifted to the snow around them. “And what you see.”

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POSTED: Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:07 am

Pushok didn't know that Teagan knew more than one language, just like he did. To his great surprise, she started saying weird things like 'proficient' and 'navigating'. How exciting! Maybe he'd learn to speak this language, too? Until then, however, he did his best to understand her. He didn't want to look silly, after all, he was an adult now! From her word puzzle, he figured that he was going to be hunting, certainly, and after that doing something to the land?

As they walked on, Pushok's eyes burned holes in the snow as he tried to figure out what she meant about the land. Quietly, and to himself, he tried a method of sounding out the word, hoping that it made some kind of sense.

”Na,” Well, that sounded like на,” Vee,” Sounding that out was close to вы. He carried this on with “Ga.... Te,” Until he'd finally come up with something, but alas, it certianly didn't make any more sense than the last. Навыгате. No, that's not right... Навыкате. Навыкате!” Waetch ohn dhie laend!” He proclaimed suddenly as he hopped up a bit, very proud that he had figured it out, even if it was completely wrong.

Before he'd have a chance to translate the other thing she'd said, they came upon the clearing that caught his eye. It was a bright, pretty place that was a lot more wide open than where they had been walking before. Eyes alight, he jogged at her side and almost passed her up as she finally stopped. Slipping on his rear to keep himself where he thought he should be, at her side just slightly behind her and found the side of her face with a wide-eyed look.

Nodding excitedly, he watched her take a sniff of the air and promptly did the same on instinct. When he question came, well, he hadn't been sampling the air for scents at first, so he took another few whiffs, turning his head as he did so. Her second instruction had him suddenly aware of everything around him by three fold. Through the motions of sniffing and looking, he finally had something of an answer,” A loet ov thiengs,” His grin spread wide across his face as his nose continued to take in all the smells he could find,” Snoew and dhis branch,” Whiffling at it, he turned away and followed his nose with anything that seemed interesting,” Smiells... wiet,” Blubbling from his chest, a mirthful giggle erupted, but didn't last longer than his attention was at this point,” I smiell yeu!”

Likely, all answers that were bound to make the Stryder impatient after a while. It continued on for a while longer before suddenly he stopped and stared into the snow, head tilted as oversized ears were tossed to the side,” I smiell dhis,” Now this was something he'd never happen upon. Marten scat made the snow poignant, though he wasn't capable of telling from what it came from. It was certainly a strong scent, and hard to miss, either way. From there, he recalled Teagan's instruction,” Ahnd... dhose,” Heterochromic eyes lifted to the old tracks that had melted just enough to be warped on it's icy surface. Putting his paw within the track, he notice how terribly small his feet were. He wondered if the thing that made the tracks got made fun of by his friends,” Vhaet is dhiese?” Innocently, he asked, suddenly distracted from seeing and sniffing everything he could as curiosity took him over.


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POSTED: Sat Jan 26, 2019 2:39 pm

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Sorry if it's not the greatest, typing this while on the road Dx

As she had continued to lead them onward, she had heard the Hushhowl son attempting to sound out something. Her brows furrowed, and she flicked an ear in his direction in an attempt to figure out what it was that had puzzled him. It took a moment, but, she eventually realized which of the words had been above his understanding. Navigating. The War Lord rolled her eyes in silent amusement. Of course. Of all of the “big” words to not understand, the son of Darkness would be lost over something that had to do with traversing the land and one’s inner compass and being self-aware of one’s surroundings.

With any luck though, it would only be the word that the boy struggled with, and not what it entailed in its meaning.

When they arrived at the clearing, Pushok's excitement didn't fade. He mimicked her actions, and supplied his answers. They were vague, and not entirely what she had been looking for. She supposed that he was still relatively young at five months though, and with his father being who he was, she surmised that most of the skills the Hushhowl children had had been largely taught by their late mother, or by their mentors, of those that had grown up within Casa di Cavalieri. Pushok was also still at that age where being funny and silly was a common driving source behind actions and what they said. They wanted to laugh and be laughed with. Unfortunately for the Cavalieri youth, she was not Mako, nor was she exactly known for her warm personality.

Still, she offered him some feedback. She chuckled lightly--a kind meant to humor, one that would have cued to a more mature and astute individual of her lack of finding amusement in the matter as they had--before she urged him, “What else do you smell, Pushok?” Her tone hinted that she wanted him to think harder about his reply this time. “Any animals that might have come through here?” She thought to graciously add in hopes of stirring the boy into the direction she wanted him to think and consider in. Perhaps if she were more direct, it might help matters. He was still a pup, she had to keep reminding herself, and they were often prone to taking and answering things quite literally or in other strange, random ways that children often did.

Eventually, he found something of worthy note, and the warrior princess wandered over, visually appraising the dried excrement before she took a sniff. “Very good. That was left by a marten,” she informed the young Cavalier, “It's a long bodied creature that likes to climb trees. It looks kind of like a carnivorous squirrel. A bit meatier, and not as rodent-looking.”

He moved off to something else and, once more, Teagan moved to investigate whatever vaguely proclaimed finding he had. At this one though, her brows furrowed and her lips pressed into a thin line. They were tracks, and they were faint, but, their indentation on the snow at all meant that the creature had been through the area recently, and the fact that they were there at all was concerning. She bent her head down and took a few good information-grabbing sniffs. Such a creature should not have been around these parts, not at this time of year. Canary eyes took in the track's rough, general heading before she decided to give Pushok his answer.

“Those are bear tracks,” she told him. Her tone was crisp, stern, indicating that he should pay close attention to her. “They're really big predators, and they're dangerous and stupid. They won't hesitate to kill a pup like you.” She moved to nudge Pushok in the opposite direction that the bears tracks had gone. In order to cease any wild fantasies that the boy might have had with pursuing such an animal, Teagan added for good measure, “You know my brother, Arlen? How he walks with a limp? That was because of a bear.”

With any luck, they wouldn't see the creature while they were out there. The War Lord was silently glad that she was in her Secui form, knowing that the pair of them stood the best chance with her in the halfling form. She could gain ground easier, was stronger, and stood more on even ground with the shambling creature in the form than she did in her Lupus or unarmed in her Optime.

“If come across one and it sees you, bark at it loudly, and it should scare it. If it charges you though, you run, understand? You're not strong or but enough to take on one. Most Luperco aren't.”

She thankful for her forethought to have Mako follow them out there on the horses. She wasn't sure why a bear would be out of hibernation in the middle of winter, but, hopefully, it already moved on, and the lesson would be without incident. If it hadn't, hopefully it was smart or wary enough to get out of the area with the Luperci activity in it. And of worse came to worse, Teagan knew that she had someone to count on in the general area.

“Let's continue our lesson though. I want you find me something that we can kill for food for your family. It'll help your father out.” Surely that would drive him to not blow this test off. She nodded out in the direction she wanted him to hunt in. “Go out that way. I'll be around if you need me.” She jerked her head for him to go from her. “Don't wander too far.”

With the knowledge of a possible predator still I the area, Teagan wouldn't let him wander too far from her sight or hearing though.

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