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PostSubject: Winter Forage   Sat Jan 07, 2017 2:14 pm

Winter was setting in, the deer continued with their lives with some a bit fatter than others, expectant after a successful season. The grass had become scarce with snow fall coming in light spurts the deeper the cold season crept along. When it got down to it, they would have to resort to taking the bark from trees in long strips. For now, in the twilight hours, they were gathered tentatively in a worn field. The farmers had already done their harvest and left the unsatisfactory remains to the wildlife like them. Their rooting and rummaging would turn the ground a bit, grinding the waste into the soil to help aid the next sowing.

Faereni was among them, sticking out for more than one reason. From her height in standing, to the pink coloring of her skin. Not to mention, the fact that she was far more human shaped than they. The does were split off into social groups with Faereni with the lowest and smaller deer on the totem, likely the ones enduring their first winter off their mother's side, pulling away at dead weeds and leaves of what was earlier a rich radish crop. One or two deer overall were standing alert and watching. Wide open spaces made them cautious. Many could get shot on the way back to the safety of the treeline.

A rabbit joined her little group and with a smile she reached out to pet it and shared her bounty. Radishes weren't her favorite findings, but they were a pleasant offering compared to bark. The rabbit, like many of the animals of the forest she resided in considered her simultaneously one of them and different. Like a black sheep, a creature that would have been abandoned for being unlike the norm, but as she had survived they would admit her to the world just the same.
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PostSubject: Re: Winter Forage   Sat Jan 07, 2017 6:45 pm

The forest was quiet where the chimera was at, seemingly dead along with the fire and camp that he had left behind. The air had begun  to get much colder, frost crunching and melting under his forcibly slow, uneasy walk. He wasn't used to the environment around him- no birds in the trees besides the occasional scrawny-twig crow, no quiet rustling in the brush that wasn't magnified loud enough to make the hair on the back of his neck rise up. Wherever he was from, he had decided it was a stranger to cold weather.

Zhaki shifted the weight on his back and shoulders, saddled with both his and Ben's things. The wolfman himself was nowhere to be found, but he'd shrugged it off as him looking for some way to entertain himself in the cold. The only thing Zhaki minded was the fact that he was most likely chasing down some other innocent creature in that terrible form of his, that- and of course the loneliness walking alone in a foreign environment brought.

He settled down at the banks of a running brook, the cold not enough to freeze it over. There was a barren field nearby, already harvested for the winter months, but it drew no special attention from him. He shrugged off his burdens. The water was as bone-cold as he thought it would be cupping it between his hands, shivering as he splashed it on his face, rubbed his hair and tall black ears in it and scrubbed his hands and neck. Cold as he was getting, he couldn't stand being filthy.
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PostSubject: Re: Winter Forage   Sun Jan 08, 2017 10:47 pm

As long as they weren't disturbed they could be here for hours in their foraging. She liked these cold months, the deer were more inclined to share space with her in their selected 'yards' hovering for warmth in the snow fall. Grazing was slim as they had done much of it in the fall, but that didn't mean they didn't need to or wouldn't take advantage of the findings. The younger deer that Faereni had been grouped with were making a move away from the field, to try another still within sight of the elder does on look-out. She followed with them, her fingers in the grayed fur of the nearest just on the withers as they casually strolled to a patch that had the remains of withered corn.

They loved the stuff, though she found it as tough as bark to eat, which wasn't so pleasant after a time. She met eyes with one of them with silent communication before slipping off on her own. Most of their water came from the grasses that they consumed, but winter made most of it dry up as plants withdrew it for their own, to stay alive for spring, and so she would partake in the stream a little more than usual. On her own she had to be alert, those big dust-brown ears turning individually to listen to the world before and behind her as she made her way. No action was ever safe for a creature of prey. Especially when food was scarce and predators were desperate.
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PostSubject: Re: Winter Forage   Sun Jan 08, 2017 11:11 pm

The man finished up his scrubbing and shook his head quickly, scattering icy droplets in all directions. The remainder made him shudder as it slid down his jaw and neck, down to his back and chest, soaking into his shirt and sticking to his skin.

He leaned back into a sitting position, sighing heavily and rubbing his face to soothe his wary nerves, his breath coming out in a large puff of vapor for any beast around to see. There were animals nearby, his ears pricking up at sounds he decided were too small to matter. Rabbits, maybe. Foxes. Maybe even a stray cat he could share a few crumbs with.

Water, he knew, attracted all sorts of creatures. Creatures that would either be afraid of him, or the other way around. He'd had his fill, so he grabbed his bags and dragged them some ways off from the banks in case any animal happened to need a drink. He'd be close enough to watch, but far enough away to keep both of them at least confident.
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PostSubject: Re: Winter Forage   Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:13 pm

She always walked steadily on her toes as though they were cloven hoof, heels high as if they were placed in invisible stiletto. Approaching the waterway she continued to check her surroundings for safety. She spotted him, her head bobbing in that usual way an animal did when catching or checking the air of something. He had given distance, but it may not have been enough for her. She liked to keep a good bound-length between them and made extra point by hopping across the water so that it was just one more thing between them. They were catty corner otherwise, two leaps away and she kept her fuchsia and white-specked eyes on him as she knelt for a drink.

Usually she'd get her mouth right to the stream but given the circumstance she opted for her hand-- another waver of the line between human an animal. Whether she recognized him as one of the pack from the camp she had eavesdropped on or not was not going to be very apparent, nor did it matter entirely. But the items he had offered had been left well alone, as he may have noticed after he woke. Then again, it may have been more concerning that his companion was missing.

The items, if left, would be found by another stranger in need surely. Or at least that's what the villagers seemed to believe, doing their part to welcome the chosen of this Skald being. Faereni did not follow their beliefs, at least not that she understood. Humans (and other 'civilized' human-like beings) had many words and descriptions sharing the same meaning... and never mind homophones on top of that.
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PostSubject: Re: Winter Forage   Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:45 pm

Zhaki watched her with a surprised stillness as he realized who she was, recognizing the pink and the antlers from the flashes he'd seen during Ben's chase. This quickly passed, however, as he didn't want her to think he was trying to hide from her.

Not that it really mattered, she had lept across the water anyways, and he was content with that, simply enjoying finding out what Ben had seen. He flicked his right ear curiously as she brought the water up to her lips rather than lean down like an animal, putting a little more faith into his belief that maybe she could speak.

"Cold morning, huh?" It didn't come out as awkward as the first time he spoke to her, but rather had a more imploring tone, uncertain if she would or could respond. "Too cold for me, anyways. You're probably fine...and Ben." He scratched his ear, looking down slightly. All of his more animalistic features were clearly those of a predator, tall wolfish ears, doubled fangs on his lower jaw and a tail like a lion. Still, he didn't appear to be in any position to move quickly, his legs criss-crossed with his bag lying over them.
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PostSubject: Re: Winter Forage   Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:27 am

The furry spades twitched in his direction as he spoke, then immediately turned to listen behind her. She was still very much expecting an ambush of wolves, which was not an uncommon tactic she had seen in action. The deer was aware of the finer traits of his figure, those ears and tail... the folded up body that she'd realize would earn her precious seconds of a head start, or if she felt like going over there and pummeling him, she could, probably. Antlers were the obvious weapon, making bucks both prized and a concern, many did not realize that a doe could injure a person just as drastically with her long legs. Their front hooves were longer and sharper than their hind for such things. Bones could break with the force of weight.

Faereni lacked the actual hard keratin of a hoof, however. She did have the muscle... and she was better balanced than a regular person on one leg, but she wasn't going to be as capable as her four-legged brethren. Likely this reason is why she had been...blessed?... with antlers like the males. She did not blink the whole careful watch of him. The scent of her was still strong where her ankles or wrist may have brushed against in the underbrush but as he already knew, she was the one and same quarry.

The silence was an awkward length. Faereni was letting him talk as though he were speaking to himself rather than her... the way farmers chatted with their beasts of burden or pets knowing they couldn't answer back. She could, however, though a silent companion was probably just as effective in conversation. Predator don't just have conversations with their food, though. This was new and always-cautious territory.

"Yes."
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PostSubject: Re: Winter Forage   Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:39 am

There was another short pause as his ears perked up in surprise, registering the sound of her voice before his own mind did. Then he grinned, quickly looking away to avoid showing her his fangs. There was a childlike joy in it depsite appearing to be in his early twenties, a small victory on his part, he believed. Had she actually decided to attack him, he would most likely be the one to scramble off despite his skill in hand-to-hand.

The tuft of his tail tapped against the ground as the rest curled up a bit, eager to get her to speak again. "Pfft...if you're looking for Ben, so am I, sort of. Dog left me out to dry last night for who knows what..." He looked back up. "Either way, I doubt he'll try to chase you again, now that he's seen you. He's just curious, simpleminded
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PostSubject: Re: Winter Forage   Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:16 pm

She brought another unfulfilling amount of water from her palm to her lips. Her ears still on alert, but her tail unseen under the same messy canvas and rope wrap on her body had remained down. His words were relatively in one side of her head and out the other, she lacked care or context to really respond fairly to it. His excitement had gone relatively unnoticed, at least, but the comment that suggested the predator that had run her around the camp that night was just 'curious' had struck the sort of nerve that resonated with a protectiveness she had for those around her, for her (well not her) fawns. "All predators simple minded. Will chase. They do."

It was a broken speech, obvious that she was piecing together what she had heard over the years, the many conversations and interactions she had spied on much like their camp. As mentioned before, there were words she were simply confused over as they had far too many meanings, and so she would resort to regurgitating what was just said, flipping it in her answer.
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PostSubject: Re: Winter Forage   Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:40 pm

Zhaki felt the heat rise up in his cheeks and chest, not because he was blushing or embarrassed or any fluffy emotion like that, but rather how speaking to her made him feel about himself. Predator. Obstacle. The latter he could see in some way, the former he knew. He had helped take down one of what he assumed she would consider her kind, but the word was ugly to him, and brought him images of a snarling creature stalking in the brush. He held several seconds of uncertain pause as his excitement faded off, tail falling still, ears slowly moving back to their usual place as he fiddled with the strap on his bag.

"I can't stop him from attacking deer in general, but he'll most likely move his hunts away from here. You might have actually put him off without even doing anything. His mind works funny." He was looking away from her now, off to where he thought he heard the quiet steps of more creatures.

He felt he should shut up then, but there was just a few more things...

"Aren't those ropes bothersome? With the canvas, I mean. I could help you with those clothes I left behind. You might find it more comfortable if it fits."
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PostSubject: Re: Winter Forage   Sun Jan 15, 2017 12:28 am

The thing is, predator would always be predator and there was nothing wrong with that. She wasn't going to hate or attack in revenge for her fallen 'family' as it was all a part of the way things were. Human hunters or wolves alike needed to eat, and it was up to the deer to out think and out run them if they intended to live to breed next season. She was simply being pragmatic as prey go.

His attention drifting made hers follow. There was a natural inclination to look and see for herself what they might have seen, if he was acknowledging a bigger predator or a companion coming. Waterways were traps as well as places of sanctuary depending on the season. She took one last handful of a sip. It took her a moment to realize that he was talking about the wrapping around her form. She looked at him and then back at her self a few times, the pale pink fingers touching at the dirty canvas she lived in before finally developing what little speech she was going to give him. She seemed more confused than anything at this moment, possibly trying to process what he was talking about and putting two and two together.

"Clothes? Not uncomfortable or... bothersome."

It had been mentioned before that she was a creature who raised more questions than answers, the more one looked at her the more oddities they could spot and this trait even affected her voice. The more she spoke, or rather the more fluid her speech was, the more another trait came to the surface. She exemplified the seasons in her voice in classic romanticized descriptors. The bright freshness of spring, the warmth of summer, crispness of autumn, and the quiet coziness of winter. Really she was a bit of a special snowflake all around, a prize that could catch a pretty penny at auction or at travelling side shows.
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PostSubject: Re: Winter Forage   Mon Jan 16, 2017 10:37 pm

He shrugged it off. "Alright then, but it's still there, if you want. I'm sure you can put it on without having to worry about fitting the shirt over your antlers, there." He was still listening towards the field, picking up on the footsteps if whatever animals happened to be in the field. That, however, wasn't the only reason why he looked away. He didn't want to alarm her much by making eye contact as civilized people did when speaking, as he wasn't sure if she'd take it as a threat as Ben sometimes did, or him trying to distract her from something bigger.

There wasn't much left more him to ask- or rather- what he would ask for then, seeing as she had some difficultly with speech despite how lovely it was to hear. He sniffed a bit, ears pricking up as he took in her scent again. It intrigued him, and though he didn't want to appear pushy, (though he suspected he might be bordering it) he wanted her to come closer so he could get a better look at her, figure out if she'd seen more like himself and Ben and most of all, ease his loneliness a bit.

Ben seemed to had taken his sudden appearance in the world in stride, as if one place was just the same as another to him, and that he found himself envying sometimes. Was he actually brought into the world by a god of some sort? The Skald? Or was he some kind of amnesiac? A victim to memory loss or some accident that left him confused? Perhaps he had a family or kin of some sort waiting for him, and that thought scared him the most. The presence of other people soothed his worries, and Ben was nowhere to be found.
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PostSubject: Re: Winter Forage   Fri Jan 20, 2017 12:48 am

There was little winning no matter where he focused his gaze. The distance made her concerned that he had sensed something and it made her watch more firmly, ears out wide on her head. Had he stared her down though, it would be a threat of another sort, that she was being watched and she would have to be mindful about where she went and what she did. While deer did not have a 'den' she did have a habit of returning to the same place to curl up when being with other deer in a deer yard (as winter would allow) was out of the normality.

A ghost of the forest through and through and she was happy to remain quiet, keeping to the position of answering questions and responding rather than asking and initiating though in truth, she wouldn't have much answers for him. Her kind may have been written by this Skald they had spoken of at the camp, but they (the animals) were not privy to the knowledge as far as she were aware. Life simply was. Rare would an animal cross into the realm of heroes...

In the time that they both sat/stood there in their awkward silence, she hadn't moved from her position. Suggesting she wasn't going to run, but she wasn't apt to come closer either. Of course, he could probably expect that given her nature. She had taken her fill of water however and absentmindedly started to 'itch' her antlers against a nearby tree. She had not lost hers like most of the bucks around here; it was yet another difference between them.
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PostSubject: Re: Winter Forage   Sun Jan 22, 2017 1:07 am

He had planned on staying quiet for awhile longer, despite enjoying her speech. He seemed comfortable with her already, in the sense that he didn't think she'd try to impale him with her curious antlers. (Which did- in fact- confuse him.) A rogue thought hit him. He looked up from his bag to her rather quickly, as if just remembering something.

"You probably know the place better than I do, have you seen anything especially dangerous around here? Bigger than Ben, maybe?" He looked concerned, adding a bit more hastily. "Or anything, really. Something that wouldn't mind attacking us, even though Ben smells like a wolf?"

Then his little leap of faith. What could he possibly lose, anyway? As he spoke, he made a small gesture, calling her forward. Of course he expected nothing, but did it anyways out of curiosity.
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PostSubject: Re: Winter Forage   Tue Jan 24, 2017 12:27 am

Her silence dragged as she mapped out the words and responses, a confused concern that he would seek out larger predators. Hunter? White-specked fuchsia eyes continued to slowly pick him apart, looking for signs of things she should be aware of that a hunter would carry upon them. Perhaps he had set up snares near by knowing they'd come for water. Her ankles shifted, heels paddling the air a little before she settled again on her toes. "Bear, sleep."

Granted they weren't extremely aggressive, in her experience. Then again while bears have been noted to attack deer, they weren't exactly their main source of food. Most bear had no experience, having happily fed on fish and plants to not even need to bother with the springing prey. There were larger things out there for sure, too, most of which she had no name for and many she had never personally encountered. All were lumped together for the most part, all were simply dangers they would respond to in the same way every time.

Her attention focused on his hand gesture, brow squishing together as she expressed her suspicions in face. She'd not move from her spot, but she did lean in a little.
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PostSubject: Re: Winter Forage   Sat Jan 28, 2017 1:44 am

"Bear?" He mumbled a bit, his left ear twitching a bit. "Dear lord..." The predator himself didn't scare him, but what another certain wolfman might do when encountering said predator. "I swear if that dog tries to pick a fight with a blackie it won't be the bear that kills him." He reached up and rubbed his head, imagining the nearly seven-foot tall Ben sizing up a barely taller, yet born-stronger black beast.

He wasn't sure what to do afterwards, simply looking up at her and tilting his head slightly, the corner of his mouth curled upwards in a small half-smile. He supposed there wasn't anything to do at all, she not moving, and he having to find his respective idiot before he ended up turning himself into minced wolf. He stood slowly, grabbing the bag and throwing it over his shoulder. "Well, it was nice to speak with you..." He dragged it out for awhile, not knowing her name. "Ms. Doe, I suppose. I've got to find Ben, but you're welcome to join me." Again that tilt of the head, that ear twitch. "I would definitely appreciate it..."
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PostSubject: Re: Winter Forage   Tue Jan 31, 2017 10:25 pm

Faereni stared at him with concern and confusion alike. His pack-mate would attack bears? Weren't the bear supposed to be well into their torpor by now? All the more worrisome. She didn't vocalize any of it, of course, now more curious in finding a known den and seeing if anyone came by and what would happen if they did make them rouse from it. The silence was getting too much for the lonely stranger, however, as he prepared to leave.

Her spade-shaped ears turned forward to him again as he called her 'Ms. Doe'. Predator did not normally care for a name, or to clothe their prey. This trap was getting more elaborate by the word. She stepped forward, willing to join him but at a distance his shadow wouldn't touch. "Faereni," she remarked in that same style of voice, despite all of its timidness.
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PostSubject: Re: Winter Forage   Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:34 pm

"Faereni." His voice did her name no justice in his mind. Compared to her smooth and timid breath, his speech sounded no better than a dressed-up cowboy. A slight, sort drawl with a soft 'ff' and an exaggerated 'aye', it was a fine voice, but he never thought it that way. Especially with all the people of this world having a much neater accent than himself.

He turned, showing his back to her as he moved forward. Speaking to himself now more than her, he mumbled a bit. "I'm thinking I'll find a steady job...force Ben to do the same, and rent out a room in the city. I don't know you two sleep well when it's so cold and open out here." Finally, he caught sight of Ben's large pawprints, mostly hidden by him stepping only on leaves or the sides of tree trunks or frozen dirt as a habit.

There was a large amount of snow scraped away from the ground in a large circle, making an entire clearing bare with yellow, dying grass. In the center was a rather impressive-looking mound of snow, the entrance facing away from the two.

Ben's scent was lingering strongly in and around the pile, the wolf himself curled up inside, enjoying the warmth the snow and dirt brought. He had been planning to assault Zhaki with a pile of snowballs he had assembled once he found him, but paused with his hand on one as he heard an extra pair of feet behind him.

"Haven't found himself a friend, now has he?" He scooped up the pile of snow near the entrance and built it up to cover it, no real reason for doing so other than childish impulse and the fact that he had surrounded himself in freshly skinned pelts, which he had grown quite protective over in the twenty-five minutes he'd had them.
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PostSubject: Re: Winter Forage   Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:14 pm

"Job?" She followed, disregarding his musing question with one of her own, each step of hers a soft spoken glide. Aside from the occasional peel of branches as she pressed through them, or the confused verbal responses, he could easily forget that she was following at all. Those star-specked eyes were studying him more than their pathway, his gruff voice mostly unnoticed, but casually memorized. Like people, deer had a varied sort of memory. Some did amazingly, recalling finer details that could save them and perhaps pass on to their offspring, and some did averagely remembering things well enough to survive but still rely on chance, and still some were simply not very bright as they flirted with danger, feasting despite a kill having occurred just yesterday and just feet from them.

She kept her distance even now, far enough that had he lead her to a trap she could potentially get away-- unless he was taking her distance into account. Faereni was moderately intelligent, but even she would fault at that extra step.

When they approached what was certainly signs of a marked territory, she stopped firmly. Her head bobbing as her nose possibly took in the pungent scent of something bigger and testosterone-filled. Truthfully the visual cue was enough for her.
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PostSubject: Re: Winter Forage   Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:41 pm

"Ooh, that's your first question I think!" He didn't turn back, instead circling around Ben's fort and scoping the scene. "A job is something you do for others for money. Money you can get all sorts of stuff with, like food or clothes or PROBABLY A SMARTER PARTNER." His yell was sudden, making sure Ben only heard the last part, with no other context.

"Don't worry, that's just Ben being a stupid kid again." He grinned, the tip of his tail twitching as he waited to see what would happen, acting as a 'stupid kid' hinself.

Ben narrowed his eyes. He would let it go this time, this one battle, but the war was still on. His revenge would be swift and merciless. By that, he meant sticking a worm in his food or something equally petty. "Who's that, with you?" He yelled back.

"Deer girl. Come to take your apology now."

"Ha!"
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PostSubject: Re: Winter Forage   Wed Feb 01, 2017 11:13 pm

Why though? She had never used the stuff, but she had seen it in the bags that the animals had rummaged through. The bags left for the strangers that simply appeared into their domain. One upon a time there had been food in those bags, but the animals would always take it if it didn't rot... and so the nearby civilizations would quit supplying food in these care packages, opting to give them just enough for said food when they got to town, or however else they would use it. Of course that isn't to say the occasional shiny-loving magpie didn't take it themselves.

Or like her, who took the canvas from some tent to make her own wrappings.

She held her ground while he pushed inward to explore the snow banked hovel, jumping when he suddenly raised his voice to get Ben to rile up and appear. It extended her range of distance, causing her to stand nervously on her toes, pink form standing out amid the blank snow and dark trees. Her ears at attention.
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PostSubject: Re: Winter Forage   Wed Feb 01, 2017 11:42 pm


"Eh?" Zhaki's ears pricked up, turning to face Faereni and wincing slightly, thinking he scared her. "Sorry, forgot. It didn't hurt your ears like loud sounds sometimes hurt Ben, right?"

Ben had his ear pressed up to the cold wall of his fort, not actually achieving hearing better, but doing it anyways. He whistled upon hearing the clash of Faereni's jump. "Guess 'e really did bring 'er." Either way, he was staying in the fort, not wanting to 'ruin' it for Zhaki by scaring her off again.

Zhaki scowled at the wolfman, knowing if he got closer he would either be tackled or get rained on by snow. "I'm not getting closer, he'll get bored eventually."

Time for another leap of faith, he turned, but walked towards her, not directly, but off to the side where he assumed she wouldn't feel threatened.
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PostSubject: Re: Winter Forage   Thu Feb 02, 2017 12:26 am

She shook her head, causing the shoulder-length wavy locks to bounce side to side. It didn't hurt, just startled her. Her attention drifted to the mound that Ben hid within or behind, she wasn't sure which, then to Zhaki as he decided to abandon it and come toward her, but keeping his distance. She allowed it though it was clear she was watching him carefully.

In truth, she was a little more concerned about what she couldn't currently see. "Bored?"

Another halfway foreign concept. There was idleness, but she wouldn't have described the empty moments as boredom. It wasn't as though deer really played a lot either. They did, certainly, especially when young... but most of their life was spent roaming and foraging and digesting...
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PostSubject: Re: Winter Forage   Sat Feb 04, 2017 12:33 am

"That feeling you get when you have nothing to do, but want to do something." Keeping an eye on her as he walked by, he continues. "I'm not sure you or your...herd? might feel it much, same as cows don't, I think." Turning, he continued on a few more steps, then stopped and looked back, waiting for her to 'catch up', move any closer to him.

Ben could be heard huffing within his fort, resigning himself to a bit more boredom so Zhaki could speak to the deer girl.
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PostSubject: Re: Winter Forage   Sat Feb 04, 2017 12:44 pm

Her head swayed with the twitch of her ears as she couldn't help but focus on the being in hiding. It was hard for her not to, instinct begging her to stay aware and alert to it, and split by the fact that Zhaki was moving around and slightly away. Softly, her toes stepping into the cold powder as she strolled forward and after her conversation partner, keeping that precise distance almost as if she were reluctantly on the end of a leash.

There wasn't much else from her vocally, unsure what to say or ask as he had answered in a manner that only made her think. She supposed he was right, she-- and cows-- didn't really feel boredom. Their lives had a very straight forward set up. They ate, they roamed, they ate, they rested... but her curiosity had always drawn her toward things she really shouldn't be near. Like now, between two predators and even conversing a little. She hadn't realized it til just now, but she couldn't recall any actual chats with any other animal. Implied understandings, the quiet signals that relayed stories of concern about hunter locations. Blinds weren't as unseen as hunters would like to believe time to time, but sometimes good clover was hard to ignore and the brave and bold would graze there anyway. A hunter could only shoot one at a time, theoretically.

She looked between them again, brow furrowing. It was concerning that two predatory creatures would be hunting one another. Was there a mate around? Was this practice? How young were they to need practice? "Hunting? Rut?"

Her head bobbed as she sniffed the air again, trying to catch whiff of anything tell-tale.
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