Changes have become too severe in Anikira, and the wolves have been temporarily relocated to the Anikiran Southern Isles. Things have grown dire and unlivable on the mainland; it was time for outside intervention. Please be sure to review the full update on the staff board for more information!
The current season is fall in the Southern Isles. Due to their proximity to the equator, the region is still warm. There is currently no breeding and no birthing amongst the wolves
She had been here before, she had hunted here before, and she had been hunted here before. It was early, far too early to move quite yet. She laid curled up in the tall grass several yards into the trees from the wide open space that was called the Shydar. Typically she would have found some sort of hiding place, tucked away in some corner of the world where no one could hurt her. But today, things were different. Today she was tucked in against another wolf, but it was not Lex and it was not Lalani. She had met Auron by chance a few days ago, back during a horrible storm that had shaken her - like usual - to the core. She had stumbled into a cave to find the invisible wolf hidden in there already. Now they were traveling together, friends and companions, while Lex was away.
She had no idea where the unique colored male that she had fallen for had disappeared to, but she knew she would see him again sooner or later. For now, though, she stretched almost lazily beside Auron and yawned softly. The sound came off sort of squeaky, and she closed her eyes lightly before lifting her head and looking around. The scent of prey was strong, though she made sure to keep her body low to avoid alerting them at all of their presence. She was sure that Auron would be waking shortly, and though they had worked on hunting small prey together a bit, they had yet to tackle anything larger than a bulky hare. She lifted her nose, inhaling deeply and opening her eyes to look over at the field beside them.
There was no mistaking it. There was a herd of deer there, and though it seemed to be a small one, she figured they might actually have a chance at taking something larger than a rabbit down for a change. Her paw was mostly healed up, and though the area was still mildly red and sensitive, she could put all her weight on it and she was sure that running was a very high possibility. After a few moments she finally pushed herself to her feet, stretching slowly and yawning silently. After this, she lowered her nose, poking the male beside her gently to wake him up. She was not sure if he would remember where they had slept for the night, but the scent of prey was unmistakable. If he woke loudly, he would scare off the herd, but if he inhaled even slightly, he would be able to easily tell that they were not too far away.
Auron woke very slowly on most days, edging his way into consciousness resentfully, leaving the land of his dreams with little desire to return to the waking world. Though his dreams were nothing special, they contained no hunger, and that was something he enjoyed above all else. So often did he go without food that he would continue to deprive himself in order to keep the rumbling of his stomach at bay. But today was different; the small spot of warmth that had been Rita against his side and belly moved away, and he fought the urge to groan pathetically. He had grown used to her small comfort, and they had eaten better together than Auron ever had apart, though it was true that they usually didn't catch much.
Before he opened his eyes, Auron inhaled a deep breath through his nose, and a familiar and delicious scent hit him hard enough to snap his grey eyes open immediately, pupils huge and dilated for a few seconds before adjusting to the light. They focused a second later, looking to Rita just as she nudged him in the side, presumably to wake him gently in order to avoid a large commotion, which would be just the thing to scare off the herd of deer they both sniffed out. A small smile crept onto his face as the sleepiness washed away, and he thumped the tip of his tail very gently on the ground, to alert Rita that he was finally awake.
Without preamble, he rolled to his feet and stood, flexing his muscles in a quick but effective exercise in order to prepare his body for their coming task. He had learned some tricks on staying quiet, and now knew the very basics of hunting with another wolf, but he still had plenty of work to go, and there was only so much talking Rita could do while there was prey to take down. Auron relied heavily on keeping track of her expressions and trying to interpret them, which he was slowly learning; he had never even attempted to take down anything as large as a deer, but his confidence had risen much higher in his time with Rita, and he was ready to try something harder this time.
Glancing in the direction he had sniffed, Auron focused the tall ears atop his head and strained to listen, not quite convinced that they were close enough to hear anything but wanting to make sure he would be able to converse with his companion without spooking the animals. "What a fruitful morning we're having already," he muttered softly to her, smiling again as he turned to meet her eyes. "This must be our big break. Do you think we're ready? How is your paw?" Having grown fond of Rita over the time they had spent together, the male was still concerned with her past injury, even though she would likely tell him to shush and that she would be fine. It wasn't his fault that he worried about her; she was a small and delicate creature, by her own admission, and he only wanted to be sure she was safe. If she gave him the affirmative, it would be straight to the hunt.
Word Count || 549 Tag || @rita Notes || Should we assume they've talked about their past or not? I mean Auron's is pretty boring so I'm sure it won't matter but should Auron know about Lex or Lalani or will it be a surprise when they all meet?
It had been only a few days since their first meeting, but it already seemed like the male had learned how to pick up on her emotions and thoughts just from her expressions. However, today they could talk, at least for now. They were far enough away from the herd that they could talk softly without scaring them, but if they raised their voices too much the deer would scatter and their chance at a few days' meal would be gone. "This must be our big break. Do you think we're ready? How is your paw?" She could not help but smile at his concern, but she lifted her head with rare pride and stubbornness as he spoke. "My paw is fine, though you will need to do most of the running, it is still pretty sensitive. How about you cut a deer from the herd and I'll go in for the kill and you will help take it down?" She suggested, unsure of whether or not he was ready for this kind of hunt.
They had gotten into some sort of groove when it came to hunting together, and though they still made mistakes and did not typically take risks, they had somehow learned how to work in tandem without words. She was sure they could pull this off, but she wanted to make sure he was clear and comfortable with the plan first. He seemed to bring out some sort of confidence in her, even though she was still fairly insecure about her disabilities. They were friends, and they worked well together. She felt like she could be herself around him and she already knew she could trust him not to let her down. Her head tilted slightly, tail curled around her paws as she sat down and waited for him to respond. Would he rather go hunt smaller prey? It sounded like he was ready, and even excited, but she could not quite tell. She would be okay if he turned back and avoided the deer, but it would be a good chance for them to catch something big and be set for at least a couple days.
"Are you ready?" She finally asked, pushing herself to her feet and stretching slowly. Her paw was sensitive, but the leg itself was not as stiff as usual, so she figured she would be alright. Her nostrils flared slowly as she inhaled deeply once more, picking up on the heavy scents of the deer nearby and figuring that there were probably only a small handful of them. A couple young bucks and about four or five females, probably. She kept her head low as she turned away from the male wolf, eyes now on the red field of flowers that held their next meal. The trees were thick enough here to hide both of their forms, and she would be the ideal wolf to hide in the bright flowers until the male led the deer in her direction. But for now, she waited on the edge of the field for Auron to join her.
Grinning in her direction, Auron nodded his agreement, lifting himself from a sitting position in preparation. He was getting better at running, not only speeding up (though he had never been slow) but also quieting down; very rarely did the prey get spooked by his paws hitting the earth, these days. Mostly it was his horrible inaccuracy when it came to the kill bite. It was easy enough to get his teeth on whatever he was hunting, but it was much harder to make that bite count, and he had slipped off the smaller creatures in the past. If Rita could get in there first and he second, they had a much better chance of success.
"I'll do it just like you taught me," he said after he was up, warmth and respect apparent in his tone. Rita had been more helpful to him in the past few days than his whole family had been during the time that mattered, and he was extremely grateful to her for taking the time and dealing with his failures in order to help him, even if he did benefit her with his size difference--if they were approached by anything intending harm that didn't back down immediately, that would be another story. "Let's take a closer look first."
She had already begun to move as he spoke, so the dark male followed the red female, padding forward normally until the trees thinned and the field where the prey waited came into view. Auron slowed his steps as they got within hearing range, carefully placing his feet to diminish the notice they created. From where the two now crouched, they could see the seven deer from which they would pick their next meal, and Auron's grey eyes focused immediately on a smaller female, not quite full grown but close, who wandered a little too far from the rest. He looked around at the field, determining the best place for him to make his approach. It was a small patch of bushes slightly to the left of where the two wolves were, and it would allow him to not only lead the smaller female straight to Rita, but also send the other deer darting off in a separate direction.
Glancing over at the female next to him, he nodded once and slipped back to behind the trees, where he was able to move more swiftly around the edge of the field without attracting attention. In less than a minute he was on the other side of the small field, body crouched low to the ground, eyes intent on his prize. She was still unaware of the threat, grazing unknowingly a few meters from where the enemy laid in wait. Auron had learned patience with Rita as well as skills, and he stayed perfectly still as he waited for the deer to turn exactly the right way.
As soon as her back was fully to him, the grey wolf sprung, leaping from the brush at the edge of the field and making a beeline for his prey. There was a split second where she froze to listen before she was off as well, kicking up little clods of dirt as she frantically tried to escape her pursuer. The two made several zig-zags during the chase, the deer kicking her feet out several times while Auron followed as closely as he dared while being just out of reach of her sharp hooves. Everything was going perfectly, and though he could not see Rita beyond the edge of the flowery field, he knew that he was leading the doe in exactly the right direction.
Words || 615 Tags || @rita Notes || I was thinking you would want to initiate the interaction with the buck so I hope this is okay. If you would rather I start it, I can certainly add a little bit to this one without it being a problem. x)
The female remained crouched, keeping her red head low and her ears perked as she listened to the herd and waited for the male to move around to his position. She watched him carefully, her brown eyes moving back and forth between him and the herd, tail laying motionlessly behind her as their hunt slowly progressed. It was mostly about patience and intelligence, knowing which animal to choose, when to start the chase, and when to strike. It only took him a short while to get into position, though it felt like forever as Rita slowly crept forward into the red flowers and waited. Her fur blended in perfectly, eyes blinking slowly as the deer gradually shifted without noticing the male. He was in the right spot now, and she could tell the moment that he shot out at them.
The herd scattered, deer running in all directions, and she could see the male zig zagging around after a particular female. But it was not time yet, he was leading her towards her, but the pair was still too far away for the Ethiopian female to reveal her hiding place. Moments past that felt like hours, but she waited, watching the herd scattering and the doe coming towards her. Then, all of a sudden, she burst out of the flowers, launching herself at the all too surprised doe. The creature tried to shift it's path instantly, but it was not the doe that now had the small wolf's attention. He came out of nowhere, as if he had seen her start her attack and had turned on his heels to defend the female deer of the herd. Rita, although focused on the hunt at first, now skidded to a stop and leaped to the side, tripping on her still sore paw and snarling at the buck with a surprising ferocity.
He had barely missed her with his antlers, but he was not giving up now. The doe turned, attempting to run towards the trees as the buck blocked Rita's pursuit. The red wolf growled, paws spread in front of her and ears pinned backwards in a mixture of panic and frustration. Her teeth were bared, but she knew she stood little chance against the male as he shook his head towards her and threatened to cut her open in any way that he possibly could.
Auron loved feeling the wind blow through his fur, finding the thrill of the chase at last, instead of pure frustration. Learning to hunt had been a fast process, and it was finally going to pay off today. The doe was headed in exactly the right direction, and he watched from the corner of his eye as his tiny companion burst forth from her hiding place, running in for the kill. Seconds later, however, Auron skidded to a stop as the doe went one direction, and Rita began to go another; not because she wanted to, but because of the large-antlered buck that had somehow circled back and gone after her.
Terror filled him, not for himself, but for his friend, and Auron dug his heels into the grass and dashed off again, headed as quickly as he could for the confrontation. Through his mind flashed the dangers of antlers and hooves, but he had no choice. He would not leave Rita to be killed by this creature, even if it meant sustaining injuries himself, and she would not be able to fight a beast so much larger than her. Without a word, the dark male dove into the fray, coming from behind and beside the male, hoping to surprise him. While the buck focused his attention on Rita, Auron was able to get close and leap, jaws open wide just before he collided with the fawn-colored animal.
Sharp teeth met tough skin, and Auron snapped his jaws shut tight, latching on to the buck's windpipe and nicking each jugular in the process. A split second passed in which the buck did nothing, but it did not last, and sure enough the beast bellowed in rage and began to shake his head, dancing around on his hooves in an attempt to rid himself of the predator. Auron's front feet were still off the ground but his rear legs touched every so often, though he was trying to pull the buck down with his minuscule weight rather than keep himself grounded. The struggle was swift, and the male focused mostly on keeping his teeth clamped tightly around the neck of the beast, hoping it would run short of breath sooner rather than later.
A sharp sting came vaguely to the forefront of his mind as the buck thrashed around, but Auron paid it no mind as he clung to his prey, jaws beginning to hurt as his muscles strained with effort. This was the point at which he needed to stay focused and change nothing, he knew, though it was the first time he had really done so and as such was much harder than he imagined. Life seemed to leak out of the buck at a sickeningly slow pace, and yet the animal fought harder than ever to free himself of the eighty pound necklace he now sported. Vaguely Auron wondered where Rita was, if she would be helping, though it would be safest for her to remain out of reach of the sharp hooves and antlers.
Almost before he realized it, the male's feet were fully back on the ground along with the entirety of the deer's bulky body, still moving but with much less vitality. Though he contemplated shifting his grip, Auron was satisfied with holding on, blood dripping down his chin, ragged breaths choking their way out of the prey. This is the end. It's almost over, he thought silently, paying careful attention to the buck as it fell slowly into oblivion. Hunger filled him as he waited, and he very nearly forgot about Rita when his overwhelming desire to gorge himself until he puked came to the front of his mind. As the last breath rattled out of the larger beast and it moved no more, Auron waited a few moments longer before loosening his grip and stepping backwards, his chest heaving with effort as he glanced around with his grey eyes, frantically searching for his companion. "Rita! Are you okay?"
Words || 676 Tags || @rita Notes || Bwerp that went a little faster than I intended but I didn't know how else to handle it. Feel free to throw in some action for Rita if she wants to bite some buck for revenge.
It all seemed to happen at once. The buck charged her, she changed direction, Auron leaped and attached his teeth to the brute's neck. The small wolf's teeth were still bared as the male wolf hung from the struggling buck, but she could not bring herself to do anything to help. She froze, watching the struggle before her as she failed to find a proper time or way to get around the buck's swinging antler to help in the hunt. She was useless, crouching in the flowers just barely out of reach of the small battle that Auron fought for her. But, just as quickly as it began, it ended.
The deer collapsed, struggling for breath and life in the male wolf's jaws as the little red-hued wolf crouched and stared. Moments later, however, the male released the buck, turning back towards her and speaking. "Rita! Are you okay?" She almost flinched at the sound, her wide eyes looking up at the male and easily taking in the view of his blood-stained jaws. "I'm, uh, fine." She said softly, picking herself up from the crouching position she had lowered herself into only moments before. "You did great, and thank you." She said, looking over at the dead creature behind her friend. Obviously her coaching had done him well, for he had taken the fighting buck down all on his own. Her stomach ached and growled, but for now, she kept her distance. She had known him for several days now, and they had almost always shared the small prey they had caught, but this was nothing compared to that. He had brought down the beast, he was more dominant than she was, he had every right to begin the feast and allow her to eat whenever he saw fit. It was the way of their species, their packs, and although she was not part of one here yet, she knew how things typically worked.
When he finally spotted her, Auron was starting to get his breath back, relaxing at the sight of the red female despite how frightened she still looked. It had been a tense few minutes, but the dead buck between them was a testament to how far he had come with only her help and training. Even a week ago, he was not able to take down the simplest of prey, let alone a deer that nearly outweighed him. It would be a grand feast indeed, and he had taken it down basically by himself; Rita helped to initially distract him, but she had kept her distance during the bulk of the battle. Regardless, it was a win for the both of them, and he was proud.
His fluffy tail wagged gently back and forth as Rita stood, and he smiled widely at her, his heart filling with joy at the thought of how much food they were about to enjoy. "You're very welcome, Rita," he said kindly, nodding his head, then glancing back at the prey. "And thank you as well. I wouldn't have been able to do it without you. You're an excellent teacher." His words were heartfelt and sincere, and Auron turned back to his friend with his eyes twinkling. She was just sitting there, waiting for... what? It confused the male, that she was not padding over to partake in the meal.
"Well come on, then, let's eat before it gets cold," he jested, hoping she wasn't about to act as though he had any power over her. They were both loners, and neither of them could really have any say in what the other did. Perhaps she was simply being polite, since he had taken down the beast? At any rate, he was hungry enough that his paws carried him back to the still carcass, jowls dripping with a combination of saliva and blood.
After a moment's hesitation, Auron set his teeth to the belly, gnawing away at the fur and skin until it broke, then sticking his lower jaw directly into the abdomen of his meal. After more chewing on the thick hide, he was able to fully access the inner abdomen, and pulled delicately on a metallic-tasting organ, removing the shiny maroon liver and tearing into it with abandon. Eating the innards was his favorite part of his past encounters (namely when he was a pup) and he had forgotten how good a fresh liver could taste, especially from a formerly young and vibrant animal. He contemplated asking Rita if she would like to eat half, but with his mouth full of the soft tissue, he decided to finish consuming his half and ask he when he was finished.
It took only seconds for Auron to devour half of the large organ, and he turned to Rita once more, raising a wolfy eyebrow. "Would you like your pick of the innards? I suppose I should have waited to start until I knew what you preferred but I did leave half of this one for you," he said brightly, tail wagging again as he took a break from his meal to speak to his companion.
It was almost like he had not picked up on their mild ranking when it came to confidence and dominance, but he did not seem to care either way. In fact, in a matter of moments he was telling her to join him at the kill. She picked herself up, her tiny body moving slowly towards the meal and moving around so that she was at the opposite side of the creature from him. She honestly had no preference for what part of the animal that she devoured, she was just grateful to have enough prey to last her at least a couple days instead of a mere couple hours. "Would you like your pick of the innards? I suppose I should have waited to start until I knew what you preferred but I did leave half of this one for you." His tail was wagging, and though she had lowered her head to begin eating, she now picked it up and tilted it curiously.
"I suppose half of the liver would be nice, but I'm just glad to have a fresh kill that's bigger than a rabbit." She said, her own shorter tail wagging slightly as she spoke to her friend. They had done well, even if she really had done nothing more than play bait to the buck that they were now devouring. Within a matter of moments, she lowered her head once more, taking the half of the liver that he offered and beginning to eat it. It tasted wonderful, and though she would have preferred to take her time and save some food for the next couple days - at least some of the good parts, anyways - she was finished with the second half within minutes. It was enough to satisfy her hunger for the time being, and she knew that if she stretched this kill out for a bit, she would not go hungry for quite a while. Plus, she had Auron with her as well.
She would have to return to Lex soon, but she was afraid of what he would do, to be honest. He was particularly protective of her, and though Auron would not do anything to harm her in any way, the other male would not know that. It would be an interesting interaction, but she did want both of them to meet. After all, she could just stay with one or the other all the time. It would be nice to be able to be with them both without worrying at all. She would be safe all the time, and with Lalani in the mix as well, she knew she would never have to worry about anyone hurting her again. Unless she sneaked off on her own, that is. But for now, she figured that she and Auron would hang out near this kill and defend it from scavengers until they had their fill over the next couple days.
Rita joined him at the kill, and Auron scooted a little bit to the right, in order to make room for her at his side. It had been a long time since he had shared a meal with anyone, and he didn't ever remember partaking from such a large animal; even when he was a pup, the pack would take down smaller prey rather than larger ones, killing the babies and effectively eliminating the new blood. It was in this way that the pack over hunted the land, growing used to easy prey instead of taking down the elderly and allowing young ones to thrive. Shaking his head of the thoughts, the male smiled again at Rita, nodding toward her as she took her half of the liver.
As she ate the shiny red organ, her dark companion dug into the kill again, burying his muzzle up to his bright eyes in order to reach more of the precious innards. Instinct told him that those would be the first to expire, while the heavy meat would last nearly a week, even in the hot sun; were they to drag the buck somewhere sheltered, it might last even two. Since Rita was small and Auron only average, it would take a long time for them to destroy the entire carcass, and he didn't want to lose any of the meal they had fought so hard for, so he paused, mouth full of viscera and face full of blood, and thought for a moment. After swallowing what he had bitten off, he glance to Rita, who was finishing off the liver with what looked like ravenous hunger.
"Say... I think we should find a safe place for this," he said to her once they had both taken a break from eating, though he was nowhere near full. "I mean, I can probably eat a whole lot of this but certainly not all," Auron added, smiling lightly, though it probably didn't look very friendly with the gore smeared across his face, but that was the nature of a predator. He glanced around, searching for a likely place to hide the meat, but found none in the general vicinity. "Thought... there's not a lot of options right here. We might have to drag it kind of far. Do you know of any good places near here?"
Auron looked around again, but saw only the same scenery he had seen before. A brief scowl replaced his gruesome smile and he thought back to the areas they had been training. The only likely place he remembered as being a good hiding place was the cavern where they had first met, and he remembered it fondly. Meeting Rita had literally changed his life, perhaps even saved him from dying at a young age of starvation. However, it was not feasible that they drag such a heavy carcass so long a distance; they would need to eat it all in order to have the energy.
"I suppose we could leave it around here, but it would need to stay out of the sun," he said absentmindedly, his thoughts drifting back to the real world and away from the past week. Moving forward was the important thing, not dwelling on the past, even if it was recent. Auron was turning a new leaf, and he was excited and happy to be sharing it with a new friend.
Words || 580 Tags || @rita Notes || SORRY FOR TAKING A VACATION I HOPE THIS MAKES UP FOR IT.< 3
She had already eaten her fill by the time he lifted his head to speak, and she sat down slowly to groom herself and free her fur of any blood that stained it from the meal. Her ears were flattened to the side, but for the first time in a long time away from Lex, she was actually calm and comfortable. Her ethiopian half-tail curled slightly around her paws as he talked, watching him curiously as he thought out loud about where to stash their kill so they could continue to eat from it for days to come. "Thought... there's not a lot of options right here. We might have to drag it kind of far. Do you know of any good places near here?" Her ears twitched curiously as he asked her, though she could not give him a real answer, even if she did truly know the place like she thought she did. Plus, she doubted that the two of them could drag this creature anywhere other than into the nearby trees.
"I suppose we could leave it around here, but it would need to stay out of the sun." It appeared that he was thinking the exact same thing that she was. "I think these trees are really our only option." She said, looking back at the trees that she had run from in order to hunt their original target. She had been delayed, of course, by the buck, but now they had several meals for the days to come. With a fully belly, the female pushed herself to her feet and stretched slowly. Her leg was sore, but at least she was not twitching at the moment. Had Auron seen her disabilities to their full extent yet? She assumed he had picked up on her poor eyesight in the cave when they first met, but had he seen her twitch yet? She frowned, hoping that he had not, but she doubted that it could be avoided forever. "I suppose we should try to move it before the sun hits it too much." She said, lowering her head to get a secure grip on the creature before waiting for the male to join her. She doubted they would be able to easily move it together, but she knew there was no way she could do it on her own.
As Rita settled herself, Auron moved his own body to the area they had scouted, a patch of trees with luscious, low-hanging branches and beautiful broad leaves that would shelter the meat from the sun regardless of the angle it came from. Paws went to work flattening the more obnoxious grasses and shoving small sticks out of the way, and with a snort of approval the larger wolf nodded his head at the cleared patch of ground and wandered back to Rita, who had her teeth on the carcass and was ready to pull.
Settling in beside her, he sunk his teeth to the gums in the tough flesh and secured a grip on the dead buck, resisting the urge to tear a chunk of the muscle free and swallow it; he was not full, but he would not take more than his fair share when Rita, being so small, ate not even a quarter of what he could. Certainly she was kind enough that she would encourage him to devour what he could hold, but he would not disrespect his friend by eating all of their catch right here.
"Reh-dee?" he asked through a mouth full of deer, a slight twinkle in his grey eyes as he turned them as best he could toward his minuscule companion. She was the only friend he had found since his days with littermates, and he thoroughly enjoyed her company. With scarcely a pause for her to answer, the gray beast pulled with all his might, slowly but surely inching the prize closer to its final resting place. It would take them several minutes, to be sure, but a few minutes of labor were well worth their meat not spoiling in the sun.
Words || 294 Tags || @rita Notes || This is really short and I'm very sorry! Is there a certain place you would like to go with this, or should we do a couple more replies and call it quits? Did you want to bring Lex or Lalani into our thread if they're willing?
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