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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’d been reluctant to leave the safety of Ina’mos and, naturally, her young. More and more Messoria had to remind herself that they were old enough to wander the island on their own now, no longer needing her ever-watchful eye or sharp reprimands. They’d swiftly taken it upon themselves to explore in the first days, eager to be free of her side solely due to the tantalizing offer of freedom. She watched from the shadows of the dens each morning as they went tromping off through the forest, a feeling of mingled pride and sadness swelling in her chest. In a mere two months’ time they would be ready to make the swim to Vor’asa for the Agoge, much like the older Kairos Youth were beginning to do. Messoria did not miss the wistfulness upon the mother’s faces when they returned to the dens, fresh from seeing another of their sons (and in some rare cases, daughters) off. It was a strange thing, being a mother; while she was so very delighted to see the young brutes and femmes that they were growing into, she knew that there would come a time when it would be her staring forlornly after their receding forms in the ocean. She’d done well with raising them to be independent and able; she could only watch idly from the sidelines now as their fates unfolded.
And so it was with grim determination that she’d temporarily separated herself from them, and her home. It had been so long since she’d stepped foot upon land that was not Ina’mos; she’d risen from the ocean dripping and tired, content with knowing that although her young no longer needed her to watch over them, they would be well supervised on their homeland. She’d forgotten how very arduous the swim was, but the burn in her muscles was pleasant, a welcome sensation to the femme. Her dark and diminutive form streaked across the Occasus, head held high and proud, amber eyes alert as she approached the nearest source of drinkable water near the ocean, a river she’d passed long ago on her travels. While normally a she-wolf might have spent such a journey glancing furtively over their shoulder for threats, Messoria did no such thing. She was close to Kairos territory, and a Consort of the Emperor as well as second-favored and beloved femme of her mate's harem; should one be foolish enough to harm her, they would pay for it dearly with blood and body.
Finally her dainty paws halted alongside the river. Messoria dipped her head, small pink tongue darting out from between ivory teeth to drink from the cool, clear source. It was a welcome respite from the oppressive heat, which was swiftly drying her wet pelt that had previously cooled her. Panting quietly, she lowered herself to her haunches beside the water, carefully dipping her forepaws into the stream. She could not fully emerge herself and risk being carried away by the current; her paws alone would have to do. Occasionally the silvery body of a fish darted beneath the surface, but she’d sated her hunger before leaving Ina’mos. Perhaps she would take a few back with her to offer her pups; fish were prominent on Ina’mos, but it was no secret that the fish of the ocean and the fish of freshwater were different in both type and taste.
NOTES: So excited <3
Four years | Eastern Timber x Mexican | Kairos Matriarch
It was hot, almost unbearably so. The male boasted thicker coat than most, though typically it was mostly along his back and neck, only proving to irritate him further in the warmer months of the year. This place, the western portion of Anikira, was likely not the best place for him to be right now. At least not during the day. He growled softly in irritation, ears pinned back and tail swaying gently behind him as he walked. Thankfully, it had become part of his habits to remain in the shadows, even if they were still hot and bright in the clear sky's sunlight. Perhaps there was a tree somewhere, a rock, anything that could provide some sort of relief for him. That was when his eyes fell on a river, not quite water from the warm ocean shore that surrounded this part of the island, this water was fresh. Perhaps he could travel along the path of the slowly flowing water for a while before he finally decided where he was going to end up.
He had debated joining one of the many packs on the island, but so far, he had not found one that truly meshed with his personality and beliefs. Kairos was full of monsters, enormous males and females and it was a place that he had every doubt about belonging. The other fairly large pack on the island was Valyn, dominated by females and not at all a place where he would fit in. He had heard rumors of more packs springing up, but he had yet to explore many of them. Perhaps there would be a place for him somewhere on this island at some point in the future.
Right now, however, he lowered his paws into the river and began to follow it within the shallow water of the shore. Perhaps along this river he would be able to find some answers, something or someone new. But, after only a few minutes of walking, he stopped, a strange but somehow familiar figure had appeared several yards ahead. He moved forward slower now, but his ears perked and his head tilted slightly as he got closer. Could it be? "Messoria?" He asked, the words leaving his mouth before he even knew what he was thinking. She had been young when she had left their family, but he himself had left only a short while after. Could this really be her? Had she survived on her own, or had she joined a pack? He inhaled deeply, coming to a stop several feet away from her and standing silently in the river's water. She smelled like his sister, but her scent was covered in that of a pack, of many other wolves, and of youth. Did she have her own family now?
The sound of a voice, deep and unmistakably masculine, had her turning. While she did not immediately recognize the deep timber of his voice, there was no denying the overwhelming pang of realization that widened Messoria’s honey-hued eyes. He was exactly as she’d remembered him, albeit a bit larger, his fur a slick ebony with striking red-brown streaks tinged by ivory. Her shocked gaze lifted to meet his, deep auburn and just as wide as her own were, the disbelief clear in both his tone and upon his expression. It had been years since she’d seen him last on the morning before she’d decided to flee from her family – most notably her mother. It had been more difficult than anything to take herself away from her siblings, her gentle sisters and sullen brother. She’d loved them in her own way, even though she hadn’t know what love was, not truly. She’d never seen in it her youth except fleeting and confusing glimpses of it, flickers of sparks like dying flames kindled by her siblings. And when she’d killed their mother…what then? She hadn’t expected much. Maybe they hated her for it, but she doubted it. Their maternal figure had been slowly deteriorating in mind and spirit, and Messoria had freed not only herself…but her siblings, too.
And now here he stood, the water rushing around him as he gazed at her. She hadn’t given much thought to her siblings after she’d left because the thought that perhaps they’d died was too painful, but all of her memories were laid bare before her at the sight of Mathias, wriggling at her paws. So much had changed – she had a mate now, pups, and a comfortable position in a notorious pack. And what of him? The wind carried his scent to her, both familiar and not. He didn’t smell of any territory or any pack, and although his appearance hadn’t set her on edge, she was secretly relieved. The last thing she needed was to return to Kairos smelling of another territory, but fortunately it was not to be so.
She stood, taking a single step towards him before stopping herself. ”Mathias.” It was no question; she knew that it was him, her heart thrumming light and quick as a bird beneath her ribcage. So many questions bubbled up to her maw, but only one slipped free, her silky voice tinged with awe and something close to astonishment. ”You lived?”
A brief moment, tense, and then her quiet laughter broke through. ”How silly of me. Obviously you lived.” The surge of emotions was…difficult for her to deal with. She wasn’t accustomed to them – warmth, affection, relief. It had been hard enough for her to come to terms with her then-blooming love for Goliath, which had blossomed beautifully and manifested tenfold for her children, but this…this was almost too much. ”Where did you go?”
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Four years | Eastern Timber x Mexican | Kairos Matriarch
Love and affection had never been a part of his life. No, he had learned from his father, and he had learned well. He could not honestly say that it was the best way to live his life, but it truly was the only way he really knew how. But here, right now, staring at his smaller sister as she spoke to him and easily recognized him, he could not help but soften his expression and relax his muscles. They had been apart for quite a while, and still he found that he could feel calm and trusting around her. ”You lived?” Her question, obviously not completely thought through, made him laugh heartily. It had been a while since he had done so, and though it sounded strange and foreign to his ears, he had to admit that he liked the feeling. His ears twitched slightly as the sound of her own laugh joined his, but he quieted himself down only a few moments later as she spoke once more. ”How silly of me. Obviously you lived.” Well, yes, she was right, that much was obvious. But clearly he did not need to spell that out for her.
That was another thing he found he could be grateful for. His sister, the only one alive that he knew of, was clearly not an idiot. A point there for Messoria. He chuckled softly at the thought, but kept it to himself as she opened her mouth to question him again, this time with a legitimate thought. ”Where did you go?” His head tilted, watching her face as she seemed to study him curiously. "I have wandered the island for a while now, though no place has yet seemed to grab my attention for long, let alone my loyalty." He said, carefully moving out the the water to sit down on dry land. "You, however, seem to have joined a pack. At least that is what I can assume from the scent on you." He said, tilting his head the other way and inhaling deeply. It really was not necessary, for even at this distance he could easily decipher the pack's scent covering her entire body. She must have been there for quite some time now in order to smell so strongly of them.
Messoria (Sorry this is so stupidly short...I'm still trying to figure Mat out.)
"I have wandered the island for a while now, though no place has yet seemed to grab my attention for long, let alone my loyalty."
Messoria nodded in understanding. In the beginning, before she’d found Kairos, she had wandered. Her own perception of loyalty had been skewered and demolished when the one being who was supposed to care for her attempted to end her, a vicious part of the cycle that had been unexpected and unfortunate. But things were different now. Kairos had taught her the true meaning of loyalty, and her mate and pups had taught her the meaning of love, a word she did not toss around easily when she’d previously known nothing of it. Some days blatant shows of emotion still confused her and left her reeling, but she was learning, she was blossoming into a version of herself that she once could not have imagined.
"You, however, seem to have joined a pack. At least that is what I can assume from the scent on you."
He’d stepped closer to her, although he was still a respectful distance away. She and her siblings had never been overly affectionate towards each other; Messoria did not go to him physically, but the warmth shining in her eyes was clear enough. She was happy to see him, truly, and while she could not smell any particularly telltale scents on his pelt thanks to the stream he’d waded through, she knew from his earlier admission that he was a loner.
”I did,” she said as an answer to his question, pausing to lower herself to her haunches, her tail fanning out on the earth behind her as she considered how to answer. She did not want to overwhelm him with information all at once, and yet so much had changed since she’d last seen Mathias. ”I joined Kairos many months ago. I am a Consort there, mate to the Emperor Goliath.” She did not tell him that she was not the only one; the fact did not bother her, and yet it seemed inappropriate to mention it so soon to her newly found brother. ”And…I gave birth to my first litter of pups recently. Five of them. They’re nearing six months of age now.” They were growing large so quickly; already Hyperion, Nimue, and Morrigan towered over their own mother. Croix was nearly as large as she was too, and she was certain that while he would not be as large as his other siblings, he would be taller than her. Fawn was the only one still small, Messoria realized with a pang. ”You’re an uncle,” she said finally, a wry smile pulling at her lips.
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Four years | Eastern Timber x Mexican | Kairos Matriarch
So much had changed since he had last seen her. She had not only killed their mother - something that he had been contemplating following through on himself - but she had joined one of the strongest packs on Anikira and was now mate to their leader. Not only that, but she had given birth to pups. His ears perked at the mention of his nieces and nephews, though she did not quite go into details about each of them. The emotions that overwhelmed him now were strange, but he could not help but welcome them with open arms. "Five of them. They’re nearing six months of age now.” He smiled slightly, a feeling that was strange to him, but this was his sister, one of the few creatures on this earth that he did not completely disdain. "What are their names?" He asked, his head tilting to the side curiously as he watched her. His tail rested lightly beside him as he slowly lowered his front half down to the ground, crossing his paws in front of him as he listened for his sister's voice to fill the air around them once more.
He doubted that she would be out here for too long, for as a pack wolf, he was sure she had at least some sort of responsibility to her pack. She most likely could not go gallivanting all over the island all the time without permission or an escort. After all, he doubted that the leader of Kairos would be fond of his consort running about all over the place alone. Briefly the male debated following her back to her mate's pack, but he had heard plenty of things about Kairos over the years. It simply was not the place for him, but he hoped his sister was happy there. "I would like to meet them someday, if that is alright with you, of course." He said, leaning slightly to the side and sighing softly. Family really had never meant a lot to him, but he could not help feel a soft spot for his sister somewhere deep inside of him. Perhaps he would feel the same about his nieces and nephews, but he would never know for sure until he finally got to meet them.
As her brother lowered himself to the ground while speaking, Messoria mirrored the movements, ears flicking atop her skull as he inquired after the names of his nieces and nephews, information that she was all too happy to supply. ”There are two boys, Hyperion and Croix, and three girls – Fawn, Nimue, and Morrigan.” She wished for nothing more than to spend hours there with Mathias, gushing about her pups and inquiring after every aspect of his own life, and yet Messoria knew that she could not. ”Hyperion and Croix are good, strong boys. They aspire to become warriors. And the girls…well, they’re all too smart and crafty for their own good. The terror trio.” This was said with fondness evident in her tone; her daughters were just as headstrong as her sons, and while she would not blabber about them endlessly, she was happy to momentarily sate the curiosity that shone in Mathias’ eyes.
"I would like to meet them someday, if that is alright with you, of course."
”Yes, of course.” The reply was instant, for no matter how strained and horrid her relationship had been with her mother, she had no such qualms or reservations with Mathias. ”It will be some time before they are able to leave Ina’mos; the boys will be going away to train soon, and the girls are still learning. They could make the swim, I think, but I would rather you meet them all at once regardless.” She glanced in the general direction of Ina’mos absently, knowing that soon she would have to return, her heart considerably lighter with the news that her brother lived. She could always have tried to convince Mathias to come with her, to join Kairos, and yet she did not. If he desired to do so, he would have asked, and she would not attempt to sway his decisions so soon after reuniting with him. ”Where will you go now?” She asked him. ”Will you stay near to these lands, or will you wander?” It would be difficult for her to hunt him down when the time came for him to meet his nieces and nephews, considering that Anikira was no small continent.
Four years | Eastern Timber x Mexican | Kairos Matriarch
The male listened to his sister silently. It did feel strangely good to hear about the family that he did not even know he had, but at the same time he doubted that they would ever be close. Closeness was not something that his family was known for, though it seemed that Messoria's offspring were already succeeding in it much better than he and his sister ever had. Perhaps if he had left their family with her, they would be closer, they would be more familiar with each other. But, with a small sigh, the male realized that the time for all of that had passed. They were older, they both had their own lives, and she had an entirely new family. There was no hope for a bond that could have been, but perhaps he still had a chance with his nieces and nephews. She wanted him to meet them, which was definitely a good sign. A rare smile crossed his face as she spoke of them with obvious affection, and he found himself longing for the day when they could finally meet.
Surely they would not recognize them, but there would be time for bonding, for getting to know them. Though if they remained in the pack that Messoria had tucked herself so nicely into, he doubted the chance would be a full one. He had no intention of joining Kairos, and he was sure he would never fit into such a pack. "With you for a mother, I have no doubt that they all have bright futures." He said, a rare affection for his sister in his eyes. But it was gone a moment later as he pushed himself back to his feet and looked up at the sky. He had no doubt that she would be missed from her pack if she remained away too long, and he had no intention of getting her, or himself, into any trouble with them. "I will likely remain near here for a while, especially now that I know you are still alive and there is family here." He said, with every intention of following through on his words. He wanted to be close to his family, even if it was only a distant and small part of it. He did not get the chance as a youth, perhaps there could be some sort of relationship as an adult.
Mathias’ words brought a swift smile to Messoria’s muzzle, the affection unusual for her brother and yet not unwelcome. She had most certainly changed in the time that they’d been apart, and she did not doubt that he had as well. They were thoughts for another time; as Mathias’ gaze drifted towards the heavens, his confirmation that he would stay close falling from his lips, Messoria’s own gaze followed. She had been gone from Ina’mos for some time now, and she would have to return swiftly. Her young were waiting for her, and soon her mate would be departing for Vor’asa as well, an event that Messoria did not wish to miss. Despite her reluctance to separate herself from Mathias after just finding her brother again, Messoria stood and shook out her pelt, vowing that she would see him again.
”I must be going now,” she said softly, ears swiveling atop her head. ”As soon as I can I will bring your family to meet you.” The small smile was still upon her muzzle as she stepped away, her paws thudding gently against the ground. While the slender femme was not excited to plunge back into the ocean so soon, she knew that she could make the swim to Ina’mos. It would only strengthen her further. ”Take care of yourself in the meantime, Mathias,” she called over her shoulder to him, tail flicking gently at her haunches as she padded away from him in the direction of the waves. Her children had two uncles already, the esteemed brothers of Goliath, but now they would be graced with a third. The entire trip to the ocean she considered this, her steps light and energized as she finally reached the shore. With each day the gods seemed to offer their blessings to her, and Messoria could not have been more thankful.
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Four years | Eastern Timber x Mexican | Kairos Matriarch
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