eastendteddy
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Re:Midnight News-Call to Arms-Surviving Chaos

[Post New]by eastendteddy on Nov 16, 17 12:31 PM
As I stare at the velvet pouch I look to Imp and Penny ,I see Imp is fighting to keep it in
and Penny holding tight to her hand but one tear does escape down Imp's sullen face.
Each one of us loved Apollo (Robyn) and Shadow in our own way and are in deep mourning over the still not believed lose we are now suffering even all our critters mourn in there own way ... Smoke joins Penny and Imp and lays his huge head on Imp's shoulder and whimpers she falls to the ground and hugs him so tight and I watch her body shake but can not see her tears nor hear her cry.
My heart breaks for I feel so useless to see Imp who I love as my own Child deal with this horrific pain.
I choke back my own tears and go to her.
I softly touch both Smoke and Imp's head and whisper to Imp come my child we need to do something before we leave.
Penny lowers her eyes and steps back knowing we need this time together alone, I nod a silent thank you
Penny joins Rose and the group and I nod go to Camp we will be there shortly ,holding Imp close to my chest and my hand still on Smokes head I guide them to the top of the stone steps in The Pond Of Life right by the Lamp ever glowing.
I tell Imp here my child take this Lilly and plant it here I will plant the Wolfbain , that way you can come with me every day to tend them and divide them as I will build an arch way for Wolfbain to climb and The Lilly's (Robyn's dearly loved favorite plant)
will grow under the Arc .
Robyn loved this place she and I would sneak of here to talk or just listen to the water it was a special place and now more so , she looked at me with questions in her eyes... until we can go to her as the priest said in a fort night we can come here
and tend her Lilly's and be close to her .
I hand Imp the baby Lilly and say you pick her new bed I will plant the Wolfbain close.
Imp picks a perfect spot and digs a new bed with her hands and gently place the plant in the bed and covers her as I do the same after dividing the Wolfbain I place them on both sides close but far enough that they will grow and climb.
I say they need water now and I remove one boot and go to the pond and fill it and bring it back to water our new in honor of Apollo's plants.
We both say a silent prayer then I hold Imp as we head back to Camp to join the others...........................

 
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Re:Midnight News-Call to Arms-Surviving Chaos

[Post New]by gohill on Nov 20, 17 8:00 PM
I'm so emotionally drained so that when Smoke lays his head on my shoulders, I fall to the ground... I dig my fingers into his deep fur and try to bury my sorrow into his neck.... My body trembles as I grapple with our loss and what that might mean for our future.... I struggle to my feet as the MG helps me up and informs me we have a task to complete before we can leave.....

I give a lopsided smile and raise my hand slightly in a halfhearted attempt at a wave as I watch our group shimmer back to camp.... A heavy sigh escapes my lips as I turn my attention back to the MG..... I gingerly take the baby Lily and find a nice soft spot where I can dig a hole for the plant.... I wipe my hands on my buckskins as the MG fills the boot with water from the Pond of Life.... I suspect this water will help the plants grow stronger and faster than normal water....

Smoke quietly watches us perform our tasks... saying nothing but I "feel" his appreciation for our efforts.... When we are finished, Smoke chokes out a thank you to us both and the three of us shimmer back to camp....

The exhaustion immediately hits me upon our arrival... I probably should eat something, but I have a graveyard stomach and can only think of sleep.... I beg my leave from the others and start to walk back to Penny's place.... Smoke, fearing I won't make it, grabs my shirt with his teeth and transports us directly to my room... I hear my pillow calling my name and literally fall into bed without even taking off my boots.... Smoke helps push my legs completely on the bed and then, in an uncharacteristic move, climbs into bed beside me, laying perpendicular to me... I throw my arm around his neck and fall fast asleep.... I dream of an Elf with her bow and arrows.. hunting deer, a Dire Wolf helping to track the scent.... In my dreams, she is forever strong and agile.. I see her smile as her arrow hits it's mark, the Wolf barking encouragement and bounding toward the fallen deer... They are happy and I am at peace....

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dwdharvey
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Re:Midnight News-Call to Arms-Surviving Chaos

[Post New]by dwdharvey on Nov 22, 17 8:37 AM
I put my empty cup on my plate and gathered up all my utensils, one rule at the mess hall is that you clean up after yourselves. There are no ' wait ' services here. Placing everything in the tub, I turned to Ayla but she was gone, for such a large person, she moves like a cat. Oh well, I'll catch her later. With my hand on the swinging door of the kitchen, thoughts clearly not on what I'm doing, Ayla exits. Quick reflexes keep me from being a heap on the floor. She puts a wrapped package in my hand, " Something for the young one. "

Still a little off center, I watch her head for the door, nodding to those who greet her. Don't get me wrong, Ayla's a lovely person but I had no idea that she even talked to anyone but Imp and myself. Even then, she doesn't carry on a long conversation, which suited me just fine.

I peeked in on Imp when I got home and found her sound asleep, Smoke curled up beside her. Though she had tear tracks down her cheeks her expression was peaceful. I placed the food on the night stand for later and pulled the corner of the blanket over her shoulder. "Rest well, my friend." I turned to Smoke. " You too big fella. " Leaving the door ajar for Smoke I headed for my own room, it has been a very emotional day.

 
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Re:Midnight News-Call to Arms-Surviving Chaos

[Post New]by gohill on Nov 23, 17 12:00 PM
I wake from a hard sleep, not knowing where I am or what time of day it is.... My head throbs and there is a pit in my stomach from not eating dinner..... I notice the food on the night stand and do a small taste test... I must have slept a LONG time as the food is cold and tastes stale.... which, is just as well as a shower and clean clothes sounds better anyway.... I gather up necessities and head off towards the water closet....

I hear a <Morning, sleep head> from Smoke... I can't see him so he must be outside attending to his own personal needs.... He doesn't ask me how I've slept or how I feel as he already "knows".... I, on the other hand, am not all knowing and ask him how his night went.... <you snore>.... and that's what I get for asking.... I hear a halfhearted chuckle and smile to myself... His sarcasm sounding a little like his old self....

The warm water and the smell of fresh soap does wonders for helping to clear my head.... Once dressed, I immediately go searching for Penny to see what she has planned for the day.... She's not in the house so I head out towards the Mess Hall.... Smoke joins me as we make our way inside.... I see her sitting with Ayla at our usual table and pull up a chair along side them.... We exchange morning greetings and I thank Penny for bringing me a plate of food.... I confess that I did not wake up last night to eat it but am possitive some of the camp critters will not be as picky...

Opel appears with blueberry pancakes, some homemade syrup, and plenty of freshly churned butter.... My mouth begins to water and my stomach growls in appreciative response.... Opel pats me on the head and moves on to feed other hungry "customers"..... I eat a few bites before turning my attention to Penny and Ayla...

"What's on the agenda for the day?" I ask..

Penny says they were talking about going hunting for some deer.... Now that Kacey is no longer supplying the camp with game, it would be a way of pitching in allowing some of the others to have a day off.... This sounds like a great plan to me, and I haven't ridden Karis in "forever".... I ask if I can borrow a bow and some arrows and if they'll give me some pointers on how to use them.... They both look and sound like this is acceptable to them... I smile back at them and finish my meal with gusto looking forward to the outing....

 
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Re:Midnight News-Call to Arms-Surviving Chaos

[Post New]by dwdharvey on Nov 24, 17 9:40 AM
After the morning meal we head to the stables. Ayla wants us to give her and Noble Warrior a bit of time out first as he hasn't been ridden since his injury. We didn't think it was necessary but Ayla insisted and who's gotten to argue with the woman. Not me.

So we obediently waited by the door of the stable, we could hear scrambling, kicking and banging but not one curse word was spoken. Noble Warrior came out the door on his hind feet, a long rope around his neck and holding on to the end, was Ayla. She stood in place well away from the flying feet, easily controlling the black beast. Now I'm glad she wanted us to wait, this activity would certainly set our horses off.

I looked closer at the woman's face and see the pleasure she was feeling, each to their own I guess. I for one would not enjoy having my arm torn off by the towering brute. A few minutes later, Alya jumped aboard and the rearing began again. It didn't last long and it might have been a command given by the rider but it was still a sight to see. Ayla gave a yell and they did a move with all four feet in the air and when they touched the ground they thundered towards the open spaces. The long black mane, tail and the feathering on his legs flying behind him giving the illusion that his feet weren't even touching the ground. The pounding hooves on the hard ground told you that they were definitely hitting the ground and hitting it hard.

So Imp and I sat on the bench by the door and waited........

 
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Re:Midnight News-Call to Arms-Surviving Chaos

[Post New]by eastendteddy on Nov 26, 17 8:40 AM
I wake up in a fog feeling like I have slept for years and slowly open my heavey eyes.
it is daylight but what time and what day??
My back hurts and I realize I fell asleep on the hill top where Robyn and I used to sneek of to , to talk, think or just look out over The Castel ,,, my back is cold but the rest of me is hot and as my eyes ajust to the bright light I see why I am so hot ,, my head is on Blossoms belly, my legs covered by Cherry, one hand is covered by Stump and the other by Fang,, and all are staring at me
Blossom's foot is soaking wet now is that from tears or drool??
I remember heading to my cottage so how did I end up here,, last night comes flooding back , the memorial , Imp, Smoke, and planting the flowers for Robyn and the tears flood again as I bury my face into Blossoms foot .
I hear ,about time lazy head ( Frost) I answer in a gravel voice do not get cheeky you white streak** smies** He knows how to break the tension he knows my heart ache as my other babies do also and I feel two wet trunks and a sandpaper tounge on my face.
My belly is growling like a starving wolf but also have a quesy stomach all this emotion is wrecking havoic on my body.

I think I better head over to The Mess Hall and grab a tea at least and check on the others I kiss my girls and boys and say thank you , I head to the Mess Hall with a parade behind me I stop and smile go eat I will be fine and will see you later.
Continued,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

 
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Re:Midnight News-Call to Arms-Surviving Chaos

[Post New]by eastendteddy on Nov 26, 17 9:00 AM
As I get closer to The Mess Hall I see Imp and Penny siting on a bench and fell the ground shake??
WTH is going on ??
I them see what they are staring at mouths wide open,,,I see a streak of flashing black
hit the ground in a thunder boom then so high you almost lose site of it
The black blur hits the ground again and it feels like an earthquake then I spy Alya sitting proud and in perfect control of what I now know is her War Horse,,, she musk be checking him out to see if his injuries are healed ** looks like it to me***
I reach Imp and Penny and hug them both *** out of normal for me but had to do it
and they huged back.
I asked them if they wanted to join me for tea both pated there belly's and said Opel already fixed that Cap she is waiting for you now,, we will wait here for you.
I entered The Mess Hall and headed for my table and before I could sit down fully Opel was there with blueberrie pancakes, with home made syrup and fresh churned butter and is that Canadian Bacon??? wow I do not know why I am surprized even in this God forshakin Land full of Evil my Opel found a way to make an Canadian favorite ones in the USA call it back bacon .
I grabed my fork and knife and ended up eating TWO plates and two Teas, I really was hungry
Opel came to clear the table and said you rag of muffins ya gets and clean up ya looks like a Hobo now scat... and get a haircut and shave ya looks like a hippie.
I grab her and kiss her Ebony forehead and whisper love ya my Opel,,
I go to join Imp and Penny before I get sliced and diced by the village barber,,,,,,,

 
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Re:Midnight News-Call to Arms-Surviving Chaos

[Post New]by dandydog on Nov 28, 17 3:44 AM
Ssssssh Flash!...Meow..Meow..MEOW!... ...No... we are NOT Spying on MG!.....I am making sure that He's A-OK and by the look of those stacks of Pancakes with Syrup plus Canadian Bacon Ms. Opel's bringing him...Wheweeew!... .... ....Meow..Meow..meow?.. ..No Flash, we'll let MG enjoy his breakfast in peace and quiet....Sigh...I really don't know what the future holds for All of us here now Little Flash.... ....I do know that whatever occurs, our Captain will lead us through it with Imp, Penny, Ayla and the rest of our Mighty Group gathered right beside Him.... Hmmmmm....With Winter coming on,....I wonder where I can get a set of those extra fine looking Buckskins that MG's wearing Flash?......In my Petite Size of course.... ....Rumble..rumble...rumble..Meow?..That's just my back-bone letting my stomach know it needs to be fed Pronto Flash....Sigh....I wonder if MG left any Breakfast fixings's for the rest of us poor Hungry Folk?.......

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Re:Midnight News-Call to Arms-Surviving Chaos

[Post New]by gohill on Nov 28, 17 8:47 AM
I had snagged some sugar cubes and an apple for Karis as a peace offerings for not coming to see her more often.....Ayla asks us to wait on our horses till she checked out her war horse..... Now that we are here, I would like to go ahead and see my horse but, something about the way Ayla asked us to wait and the look on her face makes me bite my tongue and wait.... Besides Smoke is already giving a wide berth as he is already sitting by the bench with a toothy grin plastered on his face.... hmmmm, wonder what he knows.... <Just wait>, is his only response.

I then hear the kicking and banging... I give a shocked look at Smoke, who continues to smile.... "Is this NORMAL?" I ask him.... He chuckles and says <oh, we are in for show.>.. and before I can ask him anymore, Ayla comes out with Noble Warrior, easily avoiding the hooves that could crush a skull.... I look at Penny who also looks like she's glad we waited to bring out our FRIENDLY horses.... I watch as Ayla hops on top of her steed and they begin to fly through the air.... My jaw drops to the ground as the site may not be THE most beautiful thing I've ever seen, but it was definitely in contention for the top spot.

Our leader, looking worse for wear, comes over to give Penny and I a hug.... He looks very much like how I felt when I first got up this morning and give him a bear hug in return.... He heads off to the Mess Hall and not long afterwards, I see Pup heading that way as well.... I wave and give her a smile before turning my attention back to the flying horse..... Eventually the horse settles down and Ayla indicates that Penny and I are free to get our own rides.

I bounce off the bench, eager to see how Karis has fared in my absence.... When I ask her how she's been, she snorts in response but accepts the sugar cubes and apple as my apology.... I notice her stall is clean and she's been brushed recently.

<Well, somebody still cares about me in this place.> she grumbles.

"I CARE!!" I shoot back at her... "I've been a 'tad' preoccupied", my feelings are also now hurt that she hasn't even mentioned our loss.

<Smoke told me what happened to Apollo and Shadow, are you okay?> and looks deeply into my eyes.

I turn away from her piercing gaze and busy myself preparing the saddle and bridle... She waits patiently for a response, never taking her eyes off me... Finally, I softly reply ... "Some day".... This seems to satisfy her and we walk out of the stall in silence...

 
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Re:Midnight News-Call to Arms-Surviving Chaos

[Post New]by eastendteddy on Nov 28, 17 10:51 AM
Opel comes over with an other plate of pancakes , that yummy syrup and that that awsome butter she makes.
My chin hits the floor and I say *** BURPPPPPPPPPPPP*** sorry Opel thta is how good it was but for heavens sake woman I can not eat an other bite or I will surely burst,,,, Oh you rascal you scolde Opel ya thinks ya be da only one here hungry??
Or you alone kin eats all da food???
TSK TSK as she waves he Ebony finger an inch away from my nose,,, I then go beet red as I see Pup and flash beside me... Pups head is bent so I can not see her eyes but she sees the plate of pancakes abd also carrotes, apples, Opel says sorry der sweet Flash you have to get yer own mice,,,
I look at Pup with a grin at what Opel said ,,, okay Pup what are you waiting for???
I hear you twos bellies clear as bells... I stand up and pull out Pus chair and put a pilloe Opel threw at me on the chair for Flash I pet her sweet head as I remove her from Mamma's cozy carrier and place her on the chair and give her her own plate.
Man Pup sure can blush as I push her chair closer to the table and I return to my sit..
You know Pup you have to get over being so shy here we are all family you know now.
Now you two eat I have to finish this list,, winter coming you know and we all need new winter wear yes that means you and Flash to no need to mark the size our tailores will take care of that..
I feel my Amulet still waiting for PTG to answer me that doorknob.
I hear the wheening of the horse out side and pick up that Karis in none to happy with Imp and Imp's pain and anger hits me as she snaps at Karis...but Karis has a way with Imp I am sure they will be fine and if not I am close by,,,
The Queens voice interups my thought,,, she has summound me to her at the Hill Top in 30 minutes yes your Majesté I will be there may I bring Pup and Flash they can wait at the pound? I get a yes but no closer,,, ???? this must be important so I realay the message to Pup saying she can come with me as far as the pound I do not want her alone so she will be close and will be able to see us and maybe Flash can catch a mouse or two.......

 
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Re:Midnight News-Call to Arms-Surviving Chaos

[Post New]by dwdharvey on Nov 28, 17 5:51 PM
I run the curry comb over Midnight's coat and notice it's starting to get a bit thicker. The seasons are changing again, I thought. Where does the time go. I lead him out the door into the fresh air and tightened his girth one last time before I mount up. I didn't realize how much I was looking forward to our outing until I actually got in the saddle. I was so ready for a good gallop to clear the cobwebs and I'm sure Imp could use a good run too. Her color was already better and just being around Karis brought a smile to her eyes. Oh, my mistake, looks like another argument between the two of them, that animal sure knows how to push the girl's buttons. Between Karis, the Queen and Smoke, Imp's life just got a little more. I want to say busy but maybe more exciting and never a dull moment. If that doesn't bring her out of her shell, nothing will.

I smile at her as she gets a little closer. " Are you ready to blow the cobwebs away. " Just then Ayla slides to a stop in front of us, neither one of them are even breathing hard. " I know I am, lets bag a big buck or two for Opel. " The three of us kicked up a lot of dust as we left the camp at a fast gallop and quite possibly let a few whoops escape too. The day was ours.


 
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Re:Midnight News-Call to Arms-Surviving Chaos

[Post New]by eastendteddy on Dec 4, 17 8:14 AM
After my head almost exploded from that ZAP and the smell of charded hair **YUCK** I know deep in my soul something very wrong is going on over at The Special Room and I need to get back there to see what the H*LL is going on or what PTG is NOT doing besides drincking his crazy tea's and not being second in command.
Seeing the Ladies on on there way hunting and a much needed break on there steeds I think this will be a perfect time to go back and check out what is the mess over at The Special Room.
I must ask The Queen for her permission for she did want a meeting with me and I am sure it is about Imp.
I clean up and go to The Queens liar and find her in a state like trance **** that means she is mind searching for her Mate The Wise One.
I kneel and wait ,,,, I feel her eyes on me and I say I am so sorry My Queen but it seems there is trouble again over in the other MC the fake one and seems they need me I know you wanted to talk to me , she interupts me and says yes but I feel My Mate close yet He is not alone and NOT himself.
Let the ladies go on there hunt, you go to the other MC I will take Jewel and Brulee and search for My Mate.
keep your Amulets open and let me know if you need futher help
hen Captain we shall all meet back here this meeting is very important and time getting short.
I bow and walk out backwards and thank the Queen,
My spine tingle is going off like the fourth of July so I call Frost and Dandydog come ASAP
I reach the square the same time as Frost and see Dandydog runing as fast as she can .
I climb on Frost and reach for Pup no time to explain grab my hand Pup and off we go to the Special Room.................I rub my Amulet to tell Imp what is going on and to go on the hunt and we will be back later keep your Amulet open

 
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Re:Midnight News-Call to Arms-Surviving Chaos

[Post New]by dwdharvey on Dec 4, 17 9:37 AM
We'd been riding for a little more than an hour and a lot of that at a fair clip but now the horses were more settled for the hunt. We started scouting the area, the well trained horses knew to stay here until we came back for them. Nothing was worse than having a target in sight and your horse nickering a greeting.

The first mile passes with nothing, no tracks, spoor or rustling underbrush. It was a bit unusual but not unheard of so on we went, eyes scanning the ground listening for the slightest sound and finally we were rewarded. Off in the distance, we could hear the peculiar bugle of a mature elk but that wasn't the only sound. A series of grunts and low guttural sounds accompanied it. I looked at Ayla, " What do you think." She listened for a few seconds. " Stag is being pursued by big predator. " I looked at Imp and thought, we already figured that out but what.

Keeping our weapons ready, we slowly started off in that direction thankful that the wind was in our favor. The animal sounds had tapered off but you could definitely hear scrambling through the dense brush. There happened to be some nice climbing trees near by so we decided to use them to our advantage until we were sure what was coming our way. Nicely camouflaged, we waited. It seemed like forever when we finally saw what was making all the noise. A large stag with an impressive rack limped into view. It's front leg held at an odd angle could be a break or dislocation but it was not good for mighty animal. Head hanging, sides heaving the pain ridden stag waited for the end. We weren't going to let that majestic animal suffer any longer, silent signals were quickly sent and we held our bows at the ready. Before we could release our arrows, it's large head lifted and he looked all us in the eye as if to say he was ready. A few seconds later, it was done.

I stood beside the elk gently laid my hand between his eyes and wished him peace on his journey. As we moved around him, we noticed that his other side had been ripped almost through to the ribs. I was amazed he made it this far but unfortunately for us, he left a trail of blood for the claw wielding predator to follow.

 
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Re:Midnight News-Call to Arms-Surviving Chaos

[Post New]by gohill on Dec 4, 17 10:12 AM
Once the horses were in full gallop mode, pure joy took over and my adrenaline was pumping.... I barely noticed our MG telling us to keep our Amulets open and quickly shot back a <sure thing, boss> in response....

I was used to setting traps for small prey but this was a rare treat to hunt something bigger.... I managed to steady my breathing and used techniques I had learned to steal when I was younger to creep silently through the trees and heavy brush....

The sound of the stag being pursued by a big predator made me nervous.... My mind went immediately to Trolls but rejected those thoughts as other camp members had been hunting here recently without incident....

When the stag looked at us, I hesitated ... I wasn't that good of a shot and didn't want to make things worse.... The other two were experts and it was over quickly...

The sight of his side being ripped through to his ribs caused me to panic and scream for Smoke.... Instantly, Smoke was beside us ..... his body tense and his ears perked as he scanned for danger.... His hackles raised and he emitted a low growl as he crouched down ... He said nothing as he slunk off into the brush.... I looked at Penny and Ayla to see how they wanted to handle the situation....

Edited on 12/04/2017 at 10:13:47 AM PST


 
 
 
 
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