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Trust with a side of openness (Nikolai)
« on: August 21, 2017, 01:39:37 PM »
Life with a group of strangers was proving to be not as scary as Kesa had first thought. Once she had passed her acceptance into the pride she immediately began to make the land known to her. The last thing she needed to do was get lost or tread in places best left alone. There was a lot that was new to her. The strangest though had to be the 'human' lodgings. Kesa had never seen a human but her parents had told her many tales of the strange creatures that walked on two legs and fought with sharp sticks and other weapons. At first, and she feared, that the pride lived among them. The stories had left her with an uneasy feeling towards them. Thankfully she found no humans nor heard talk of them. The lodgings were merely shells of what once existed in this land.

Sometimes she would pass another member and would greet them enthusiastically, introducing herself before being distracted and finding something to engage herself in. Honestly, she loved it! There was always someone around who might talk to her, a huge change from only being surrounded by her two aging parents who soon tired of her talk. Perhaps that is why they encouraged her to seek out a pride; they needed the break. She laughed at that thought. They had often told her she was talkative and never knew when was a good time to shut her maw. Sometimes she missed them, especially moments when she relived some memories of home. However, the feeling would soon be pushed aside as she found something else in her new home that amazed her. The one thing that she was interested in the most was the ranks the pride provided. Upon her arrival, an old grey saber had spoken to her about the variety of jobs the pride expected their members to partake in. Some sounded interesting and others made her feel slightly uneasy. She was not a fighter, she had never fought in her life and feared the day she would be expected to. She was not a huge saber but she was fast. The old saber had mentioned the rank, fletcher. After finding out what it was she thought it was best suited to her personality. She loved talking to others which is what she would be expected to do if she acquired that rank. Of course there were other things she needed to consider such as invaders and stuff. Perhaps a few more days of thinking it through would do her good.

Kesa eventually found herself at the base of the tree houses. She had yet to gain the courage to venture up to them. These new things frightened her slightly. Walking around was beginning to bore her. She wanted to find someone to have an actual conversation with. There was no one in sight and she turned her head first to the right and then to the left. With a sigh she lowered her head to the body of water in front of her. The water was cool and while she drank she gazed down at her reflection, spotting something below the water. It was a tooth. What kind of tooth she did not know. It was not of a cat or even a wolf. This could be a great  conversation starter for her. Excitedly, she pulled the tooth out the water and placed it on the ground in front of her. All she needed was someone to actually come along.
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Re: Trust with a side of openness (Nikolai)
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2017, 09:30:55 PM »
Stoneclaw had been his refuge. His sanctuary. The cubs that had accompanied him into the pride lands didn't need him anymore and as there were no more cubs for him to take care of. Not now anyway. At least they had escaped Mother.

The thought of Conchita stopped the mint colored saber dead in his tracks. Flashes of his life with her rushed back all at once and the male couldn't help but choke back a whimper, lavender eyes closing tight. His claws dug into the soft earth of the forest floor, trying to cling to anything that would keep him grounded. How could she have done such wicked things to children? He simply couldn't comprehend her specific brand of evil.

Nikolai needed water. He smelled the air, needing to find the nearest water source to swallow back the bile that had risen in his throat at the memory of cubs, mauled, being consumed. Before he knew it, he was running, tearing through the brush to get to the water. He didn't even see the female by the water's edge as he plunged right in. The shock of the cold water was enough to distract him, if even for right now. It wasn't until he broke the water's surface, gasping for breath, that he saw he wasn't alone.

His face burned with embarrassment, eyes darting away from her. How foolish he had been. Slowly Nikolai swam back over to the bank, pulling himself up from the muddied water. A small sound escaped him and he hung his head in apology.


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Re: Trust with a side of openness (Nikolai)
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2017, 06:32:07 AM »
Kesa found herself amazed at her discovery. She lay on the ground to allow herself a closer look at the tooth. "where are you from..." she thought out loud. In fact, Kesa was so distracted by the small object on the ground that she did not hear the visitor come bounded through the bushes. It was the splash that made her aware. The sound startled her making her jump up onto her feet. "What was that??" she yelled out, not to anyone in particular but more to herself. She looked around before spotting the feline in the water. A saber with the most beautiful coat she had ever seen walked out covered in water and a bit of mud. She heard what he thought was him saying something but it was too soft. His head was hung low and she couldn't make eye contact with him.

"Your fur is beautiful!" Kesa heard herself blurt out. She often said things without thinking it all through. This moment was one of them. No 'hello, my name is Kesa!", nothing. She always had to say what was on her mind. First she took a deep breath, then she tried again, "What I meant to say is, hi there! My name is Kesa." She would sit on the bank of the lake watching him. "Today is a very good day for a swim. Before I forget to ask, what is your name?". He was the first member she had met since she joined. She finally had someone to ask about the tooth!

"By the way, I saw this lying near the waters edge. It is tooth of some kind but I am not sure from what it comes from. Do you maybe have an idea?" There! She had done it. She had begun her plan to make friends. The first step was complete, meet someone! The second step was complete, initiate a conversation. Now on to step 3, maintain eagerness to socialise in order to not scare potential friends away. He parents had always told she had what was known as a bubbly personality. They warned her to introduce people to her personality slowly as not everyone would welcome it straight away. Let's see how well she can do that now. 
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Re: Trust with a side of openness (Nikolai)
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2017, 09:10:56 PM »
"Your fur is beautiful!"

Nikolai's lavender eyes grew wide and his face burned even hotter than before. He shuffled his paws and made another strange noise. She was very pretty herself but how could he possibly convey that without words? Most here didn't even know his unique hieroglyphics. Even if they did, there was no way for him to convey how to say his name. There was no symbol for himself.

"What I meant to say is, hi there! My name is Kesa. Today is a very good day for a swim. Before I forget to ask, what is your name?".

This time he whistled out of his nose, face twisted in sorrow. He couldn't tell her his name. His paws flexed nervously, as his eyes cast down in shame. If only he could speak... if only he could make his tongue form the words. Every time he did, the horrors of Conchita flooded back to him and the words were choked down once more.

"By the way, I saw this lying near the waters edge. It is tooth of some kind but I am not sure from what it comes from. Do you maybe have an idea?"

Finally something he could respond to! His ears perked up and he nodded vigorously. He'd seen plenty of these things since moving into the forest. Nikolai quickly went to the waters edge where the soil was soft enough for him to draw a symbol. First he thought he would try to explain why he didn't speak so he drew out the shape of an open mouth with a line through it, then opened his own mouth and pointed into it, making a strange noise as he did.

Then he quickly pointed to the tooth she had asked about and drew a new symbol in the soil.


Croc. He opened his mouth wide and snapped a couple of times, then waited to see if she got the point.
                                
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