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
[attr="class","pltxt"]Her legs moved as swiftly as they could under the circumstances, her tiny paws seeming to fly across the ground beneath her. She could faintly make out the shape of the caverns in the distance by the light of the setting sun, and it was towards it that she hastened, wincing as a sharp contraction gripped her once more. It was time, and while this normally might have filled another expectant mother with glee, Calantha’s heart instead pounded with fear. It’s too soon. Over and over this repeated in her head as she went, like a mantra that she couldn’t shake, seeming to resonate in her very bones. She’d promised Rikez that things would go smoothly, that they were possible, but now the doubts crept into her head, entwining with her fear.
At last she came to the mouth of the tunnels, where the coyote then paused, tipping back her angular muzzle and howling. It was different, she knew, that the howls of her pack mates; high-pitched and seemingly more eerie as her worry seeped into the notes, calling for Rikez, wherever he may have been. There would be no mistaking who the howl, which ended in a volley of yips, belonged to. A moment later she was hastening into the coolness of the cavern, winding through the tunnels. She’d nearly reached the spot she’d designated, just far enough away from the trickle of water that it would not pose a threat to her pups, when another burst of pain seared through her, and she paused, gasping. Her shoulder brushed roughly against the stone walls as she swayed, but a moment later it passed, and she was darting forward again.
A sigh of relief slipped from her muzzle as she came to the place at last, lowering herself gently upon a bed of moss that spanned half the area. The pains had hit her suddenly and unexpectedly while she’d been walking to try to relieve the ache in her muscles. At first she’d been confused, not even daring to think that it was labor when it was so very early…but there was no mistaking it now. The pain was gripping her belly, her hips, and after a moment she laid on her side, knowing that she did not have long.
When at last the pain became so severe that it was breathtaking, Calantha knew it was time. She did not know in that moment if Rikez was there yet, if he’d slipped in during her moments where she attempted to cope with the discomfort. Now there was nothing except the overwhelming pressure and stinging in her hips, the desire to push, and beneath it all, the constant twinge of unease. The process seemed endless, her effort leaving her gasping for several precious moments that she spent gathering her breath, and then beginning once again. But at last, just when Calantha’s panic was beginning to truly rise, their first pup made its way into the world.
Or, rather, her. She was tiny, her gender revealed as immediately Calantha turned, ignoring the dull pain that she knew would rise again as she began to clean her first daughter. For a heartbeat there was no noise, no movement, and then suddenly a squeal escaped from the small pup, indignant as her mother licked the grime from her black-and-ivory pelt. Calantha could not keep the grin from her muzzle as she lifted the pup, gently nuzzling the wriggling form closer to her own stomach. And then, just as she became fascinated watching her daughter suckle greedily, her pain intensified.
Again she labored, careful now not to squirm too much so as not to disturb her firstborn. It became apparent very quickly that her second born was either much larger than its sister – or perhaps simply more stubborn. Time was no longer something that she was conscious of as Calantha lay there, saffron gaze planted firmly upon the rocky ceiling above her, the various names of her Gods flickering through her skull, though as if through a fog. And then with one final burst of pain, it was done.
This one she discovered was a boy, larger than his sister but still small, perhaps due to their early birth. She wondered how big they would grow to be as she groomed him, revealing brilliant shades of browns and reds and golds in varying colorations upon his pelt before placing him beside his sister. But still her body was not done, and once again she fell into the motions of labor, her breathing heavy but her will unwavering. They will all be healthy, she told herself as she pushed, as if she could will it to be so with her thoughts. They will all be strong. And again a pup took its first breath of air, this time another girl, with a coat of similar colors to her brother. She was of similar sizing to her sister, however, downright diminutive…but healthy. That was all that mattered. Pride swelled in her chest as she placed the second female beside her brother, before laying back to breathe. At last it seemed as if she was done.
And then, again, she felt it. How many will I have? She found herself wondering as she dedicated herself to her task. Three beautiful, lively pups already laid before her, and while Calantha did not know how much longer she could endure the pain of labor, she knew it would be well worth the struggle in the end. The final pup that she birthed was as dark as night, aside from the lightening fur along his chest and stomach. And even as she cleaned him he did not move; her first daughter had scared her, too, but this one…he was taking longer to come around, his tiny chest not rising, and just as Calantha began to truly panic…he breathed. An audible sigh slipped from her muzzle as he began to make snuffling noises, and she lifted him, depositing him safely alongside his siblings.
At last it seemed clear that her body was finished, and she laid back against the bed of moss, exhausted. Still, her gaze lifted, shining with love and joy as it settled upon Rikez. A tired smile pulled at her muzzle, her neck stretching as she beckoned him closer with her gaze. ”Two lovely girls,” she breathed, ”and two handsome boys. We’re so lucky, Rikez.”
TAG:Rikez WORDS: 1,066 NOTES: COYWOLF PUPS ARE HERE ;-; I left it a bit vague so that Rikez could have slipped in just as Calantha was going into labor, if you wanted ^.^
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[attr="class","pltxt"]The pride and happiness flickering behind Rikez’s amber eyes, evident too in his tone, made Calantha’s heart swell with joy and love as she smiled, stretching her neck to brush her muzzle loving against his. The ordeal had been exhausting, and still her hips throbbed faintly with pain, but she had done it. She had given birth to four beautiful, healthy pups, each of them so tiny and so perfectly formed. Truly they’d been blessed. At last, Calantha had a family. She had longed for one from the very moment she’d been exiled from her homeland; her heart had pined for it, and it had been delivered to her in the form of Rikez. And he too had needed family, his own past just as sorrowful and lonely as her own. But never again would he be alone. He had Calantha, and now their four pups, who Calantha already loved so dearly that it nearly hurt.
She turned to look at them again, her eyes taking in each tiny form that squirmed and wriggled at her side. The boys were larger than their sisters, suggesting that they would have their father’s sizing contributing to their genes as they grew. Her own sons would tower over her; the thought made her smile, her gaze flitting back to Rikez. She was tired, but she would not sleep yet. The excitement coursing through her was too strong and persistant. ”They need names,” she said softly, craning her head to observe her young once more. Her gaze fell first upon the first-born, the dark girl who lay nuzzled against her mother’s side, the colors of her pelt already striking. ”Harpy,” Calantha murmured, her gaze briefly flicking to Rikez as she spoke, before settling upon the darkest of their children, the last-born male. ”And Rowan.”
The names felt right as they rolled off of her tongue, and she smiled. ”You name the others,” she told Rikez, leaning back so that her head rested against the underside of his chest. The hardest part was over, it seemed, and now Calantha would share in the experience of raising young with her mate, of watching as they grew into their own individual personalities, undoubtedly making her proud. There in the warmth of the cavern with her mate behind her and her children nestled against her, everything seemed right within the world.
He could see the exhaustion in her. It was in the heaving of her sides, still heavy with her rapid breaths. It was there in the slight droop of her large audits. But he could also see the throbbing excitement beneath the tiredness. Her body was tired, but her mind was alive with what had happened.
Four beautiful pups nestled close, two with distinguishably dark pelts, and two with a lighter coloration, like their mother. As they began to suckle, Calantha looked almost dwarfed by her litter. Two pups in particular seem to have taken to Rikez’s larger size.
My sons, he thought in wonder. They will grow to be larger than Calantha herself. The image in his mind made him smile. They were an odd group, but they were his. And with them at his side, he would never have to face to world alone.
As his beautiful mate named their pups, the black brute could not help but feel a natural instinct rising in his chest. It was something greater than his feelings for Calantha… something deeper. It was the instinct to protect, no matter the costs. This was more than an adoptive pack before him. This was his life’s blood.
He took a half step closer and bent to nuzzle the smallest pup, a little cream-colored fea. Her tail was like a worm as she moved, wiggling closer to her mother’s warm midsection. She was so small, eyes still sealed tightly shut, blundering on her tummy, legs to weak to support her weight. She was so sweet, innocent. ”Lyra,” he whispered finally, his dark nose hovering over her squirming body. Then, he turned to the second boy, a strong male who was already suckling in earnest. His coat was dappled in tans and hints of brown—a promise to be a very handsome brute someday.
Rikez was suddenly struck with shyness as the little male pup opened his pink mouth open in a silent squeal. He wanted their names to be as perfect as they were. He thought of the immensity of this all, how vast this moment was in his life and it reminded him of the night sky. ”Sirius,” he named the pup before him, a name truly fit for a star.
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This untraditional coupling is one of the truly loving matches in Anikira. Although they are members of two different species, Calantha and Rikez have overcome the differences and rose above, finding love in the most pure of ways. And from this pairing, a litter born of two loving parents was conceived. These little boys and girls will have the great honor of being raised by two parents that support each other, while many of the offspring in Anikira have not had such a benefit. The pair are truly fitting of one another; both kind-hearted and generally good individuals.