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07-25-2020, 10:50 AM (This post was last modified: 07-25-2020, 01:49 PM by Hanako.)
Navigation/exploration post 1

Hanako panted softly as she waded ashore, her legs throbbing with each step. Normally she would try to avoid getting herself all soggy and tired, but the aches that riddled her legs were actually quite satisfying, like proof of a job well done. From the mainland the island hadn't seemed so far away, perhaps a half an hour swim at most, but the waves were stronger than she'd anticipated, forcing her to grit her teeth and push hard as the tide tried to drag her back to shore. But despite all the risks she'd made it. The childish, impulsive, part of her wanted to turn back around and do it all over again but she quickly shooed away that thought with a shake of her head. What was the point of swimming to a desert island if she wasn't even going to explore? It'd be like catching a fish just to throw it back into the water, a damn waste of time if you asked her.

Water dripped from her fur as she made her way up the beach towards the glassy ruins ahead. As with the rest of the world nature had it's way of claiming back what was hers, smothering man-made structures with greenery and foliage till it fit almost seamlessly into her design. As Hanako approached she couldn't help but wonder what it had been for, or if it had any purpose at all. She'd never been told about humans or their past civilisations, so as far as she was concerned the world was littered with the remnants of nameless, faceless beings she couldn't possibly hope to understand. Not that she cared too much anyway, since she wasn't much of a scholar.

Instead she approached the large shattered window, carefully stepping over the glass as she climbed up so that her front paws rested against the overhang. Like a peeping tom she poked her head, her tail wagging in anticipation of whatever was hidden within.



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07-26-2020, 01:23 AM
Eyes roam over the unidentified building that Meadow finds herself standing before. She had traveled from the Armada’s territory to this island in search of herbs for her little stash. However, once the swim was behind her and she found this loaming structure in front of her, the thrill of an adventure took hold. Stepping carefully around broken shards of glass, Meadow leaps effortlessly through the gap in a window and lands soundlessly on the other side. She can be very light on her feet, when she wants to be.

Mouth hangs open as she looks around the inside of the building, trying to imagine what this place could have been used for. The room is huge and littered with broken, decaying objects. Dirt, grass and flowers poke up through the once solid wood flooring. Now a shadow of its former self, holes scatter the walls and ceiling, allowing the light and air to filter in freely. As she moves to take a step forward, a scent suddenly fills Meadow nostrils.

Someone else has made the swim to this place and they are from the Armada. The wet smell of the other wolf and the flowers that are blooming in the room work to cover the identity of who the other wolf is. It is probably Resin, following her to make sure she doesn’t get into trouble. An idea forms and a mischievous smirk plays across her lips. Resin is approaching the window Meadow had leaped through, so the small wolf hunkers down, slinking under the lip of the sill. When Resin looks through the hole, Meadow will leap up and greet her.

Holding in a laugh, she waits until the paw steps stop, allowing her sister a moment to peek through before suddenly springing up from her hiding place and shouting, “Hello!” as loudly as she can. Almost face to face, Meadow’s eyes round in shock as she is greeted, not by Resin’s face but a white one. Black, brown and orange splash the wolf’s face, right between glassy blue eyes. Mouth forms an ‘O’ shape and the trickster wolf, surprised by her own prank falls over, backwards, and lays there. Too stunned and embarrassed to move, paws stretched out straight in the air, Meadow makes a small squeaking sound and stays still.



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Hanako stared, wide eyed and dumbfounded as a stranger sprung out at her from the shadows. To her credit Hanako didn't leap out of her skin or stumble back into the shards of glass, she remained frozen where she was, her mind working over time to try and figure out what the hell had just happened.  Either this was a case of mistaken identity or the girl in question just liked to jump out at people for the hell of it. The stranger, who had seemingly fallen into the floor in shock, remained where she was, as though she thought if she laid really really still Hanako would forget that she was there. Hmm, Hanako felt as though the former was true, why else would she act so sheepishly?

Oh man this was too much. Hanako bit her lips as she struggled to contain her giggles. Then like water bursting from a dam she erupted in a full bout of laughter, her sides heaving as her eyes crinkled in amusement. It really was funny and Hanako certainly wasn't faking it,  but laughter seemed like the easiest way to break the strained silence that had formed. Old habits died hard, and all that.

"I'm- " Hanako wheezed, cut off by more waves of laughter. Light and soft, echoing off the walls of the abandoned building. "I'm sorry it's just the way you fell. Just...Dunk!" An undignified snort ripped from her nose and Hanako had to hold her breath to stop herself from bursting out into another fit. Instead she clambered through the window, over the debris and tangled wires till she was a few feet away. "Are you okay? You're not hurt are you?"

Hanako gave her a look over, her gaze roving over her pale girl as she checked for injuries or any blood. She seemed okay but what did Hanako know?



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07-26-2020, 10:21 PM
Meadow is dead still on the floor. Eyes wide, legs sticking in the air when laughter greets her ears. Muscles relax, legs flopping down to her chest and giggles start to escape. It is extremely funny, now that she thinks about it. After all, when she had found that her prank had backfired, Meadow had acted like one of those fainting goats. Luckily, she had not passed out. That would have been even more embarrassing. When the other wolf speaks and mentions the sound she made when she fell, her giggles become laughter and joins the din as the other wolf snorts.

When the wolf climbs through the window and joins Meadow in the room, the woman on the floor decides to roll onto her side and makes it to a standing position. The new wolf stands a few feet away and when she asks if Meadow is okay, the sheepish, yet cheerful wolf says, “Oh yes, nothing hurt. Well, unless you count my pride.” Another laugh and she becomes slightly more serious as she adds, “I am really sorry if I startled you, I thought you were my sister coming to make sure I didn’t get into trouble.” The seriousness leaves as quickly as it arrived and she chuckles while shaking her head.

With a bright smile and cheerful eyes, Meadow offers, “My name is Meadow. I came here looking for some herbs. However, this place really intrigued me and, so, of course I had to take a look.” Shaking off the dust and dirt that might be sticking to her coat, she casts her eyes around and asks, “Have you ever seen anything like this?” The building still amazes the small wolf and she wishes the walls could tell their stories. The thought of exploring this place was too intriguing to pass up.

Glancing back at the other female, Meadow adds, “Sorry, I talk a lot. You can tell me to slow down at any time.” She offers another wide, happy smile and continues to look around.




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07-27-2020, 06:13 PM (This post was last modified: 07-27-2020, 06:16 PM by Hanako.)
Hanako had thought as much but she still was glad to hear the confirmation. Who knows what she would've done if things had taken a turn for the worse? The island wasn't too far from the mainland but the thought of having to drag along an injured wolf made her legs ache, like she was already straining and kicking against the oceans current. The girl began a heartfelt apology and Hanako didn't hesitate to wave it off with a flick of her paw, there was no harm done but Hanako appreciated the sentiment anyway.

"Don't worry about it. Think of it as...a mini training exercise to keep me on my toes." She grinned, hoping that'd be enough to lift the strangers spirits. Besides it served as a good reminder, Hanako really ought to pay more attention to her surroundings.

Referring to her as a stranger didn't feel right though as the scent that clung to her coat was anything but stranger or unfamiliar. She was clearly an Armada wolf but try as she might Hanako couldn't picture her picking a fight with anyone. Her fur was too soft and well kept, whilst her eyes-being the windows to the soul that they were- revealed her soft and gentle nature. It then seemed only natural to assume that she was a healer of some sort- and yep, as soon as Meadow properly introduced herself Hanako's assumptions were once again proven to be true. She was getting good at this, the whole reading people thing.

"I haven't." Hanako barely managed to cut in before Meadow continued once again.

She sure was talkative but Hanako didn't really mind. Whilst being a bit of a chatterbox herself she found her own words didn't flow with such...urgency, it was almost like Meadow was in a rush to move things along, that she didn't quite know what to do in the earliest stages of a conversation. Hanako shook her head, a smile tugging at her lips as she padded closer, swung out her butt and gave Meadow a hip bump. Her smile grew into an all out grin as she bounced away in case Meadow wanted to retaliate with a bump of her own.

"I'm Hanako!" She introduced herself, her tail wagging so hard and fast her frame rocked. Hanako wondered if this is what  she was like when she was in her submissive, apologetic mode. Maybe that was why Azure had insisted she didn't need to apologise for each and every affront, stating that it got old fast. Hmm. Her tail wagged a little slower."And you don't need to worry about it, nothing bothers me. Water off a ducks back yanno?" If Meadow needed a friend who understood her then Hanako would do her best to provide her with that.

"You know though...since we're both here we ought to have a look around! You can keep looking for your herbs and I can tag along for the ride." She came here to explore so why not, they'd be hitting two birds with one stone.



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07-27-2020, 11:25 PM
With a flick of her paw and a don’t worry about it, the new wolf dismisses the need for Meadow to apologize. A laugh bubbles up and out as the other wolf calls it ‘training’. Meadow talks fast and jumps from one subject to another. Silence is just space for someone to figure out that she is too cheerful or too soft. If they figure that out they might leave her. With her, fear is not just a state of mind; it is her whole way of life. She dreads the unknown, is frightened to death of failing and anguishes at the thought of losing friends.

So, to combat that, she talks… and she talks a lot. Friends are a treasure to her and so, when this new wolf doesn’t run away after the first barrage of words, Meadow holds out hope that this new female will be her friend. Looking around, she hears the wolf’s reply that she has not seen anything like this either. Meadow hears her new friend (well so she hopes) pad closer and, as she moves to look at the beautifully colored wolf, feels the wolf hip bump her.

Head shoots around to fully look at the other wolf as she retreats and introduces herself as Hanako. Meadow’s tail matches Hanako’s in speed and she listens as she tells the bubbly wolf not to worry about talking. Practically bouncing from the happiness at being told it is okay to talk, Meadow bounds over to Hanako and finds herself full of giggles. She bounces around the colorful wolf and nods enthusiastically at Hanako’s suggestion.

The words that come out are still filled with joy but they come at a slightly slowly clip. She says, “Okay Hanako! That sounds like a plan! And thank you. You are very kind.” A bright smile appears. Remembering the hip bump, a joke comes to mind to get back at Hanako. Stopping suddenly, Meadow pretends to look at something in the distance. To sell the prank she says, “Will you look at that.” Moving forward toward the unseen object, hoping Hanako is looking for the fictitious thing, Meadow gasps, “Oh no! It is an ankle biter!” With a great laugh, Meadow rushes toward Hanako, pretending to bite at her paws before zooming off into the next room to find some herbs.

Laughter follows Meadow as she goes.



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Hanako turned with a hum, wondering what Meadow was referring to as she completely fell for the bait. She stepped closer, brows drawn as she squinted and- Hanako yelped, barely dancing away in time as her friend playfully aimed a nip at her ankles. Yet another laughter passed her lips as she danced forward to aim a bite at the fluff of Meadow's tail. It was all fun and games, clearly neither one of them meant any harm to the other. But it might've seemed odd that two seemingly strangers were able to bond so quickly, to get along like a house on fire.

Right on her tail, Hanako followed Meadow into the first room of the corridor. It was far smaller than the grand atrium, with collapsed pieces of wood strewn all over the place, along with cloth and rusted metal. The ground beneath her paws was soft and green, almost spongy, but it clearly wasn't grass or even moss. Hanako tried to dig it up but instead of tearing it up at the roots the material bunched up into an arch and she realised that it was some sort of floor covering. Almost like the furs she used to soften up the floor of her den. The windows in this room were far smaller than that of the atrium, but plants still managed to weave there way in like coiled snakes.

Heading back the way they came, Hanako popped her neck out and glanced down the hallway. It was long and dark, and at a glance Hanako realised that not all of the rooms were accessible, a good number of them blocked by chunks of immovable concrete and debris.

"It's a bit spooky, isn't it?" Hanako asked, glancing over her shoulder. "What do you think it was, you know...before?" Cause surely, at some point or another this place had to be something, right?



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07-29-2020, 05:11 PM
Herb Gathering 1

Laughter follows as she tucks her tail to try and avoid the bite but there goes some fur! It only serves to intensify her laughs as Hanako follows hot on heels into the next room. Meadow only stops laughing when she notices Hanako looking around intently. Casting her eyes around the room, Meadow decides to allow her friend a chance to explore and investigate this strange and wonderful place.

As Hanako discovers, Meadow tests the air for the telltale scent of herbs. She thinks she smells... some type of berries. Eyes widen as she follows the aroma to a small bush that is peaking up through the flooring. Tail wags happily as she finds an Elderberry shrub. Shrugging off her saddlebag, Meadow prepares to pick some the deep blue-purple berries. She knows she has to careful not to get any of the bark or roots as they can cause vomiting. Looking carefully at the small, ripe berries, Meadow opens the flap of her bag and pulls out a small strip of leather to place them in.

When Hanako speaks, Meadow looks up from her work and nods to question about it being spooky. This seems like a prime place for ghost or spirits to hang out. Not that she believes they can hurt her but she does know they exist. The next question Hanako poses about what this place was, Meadow lets her mind churn, coming up with fantastical possibilities. She says, “Maybe this was a really big den where lots of wolves came to live. Or it maybe it was a meeting place. You know, they all gathered here and each one of those rooms was for a separate meeting.”

The ideas seem ludicrous when she hears them out loud but then again… who needs a place as big as this? Looking at Hanako she asks, “What do you think it was?” She is curious to hear what ideas her friend comes up with.



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07-31-2020, 06:23 PM
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Meadow's take on the location made sense. There was plenty of space and when she thought about it she could easily picture wolves wandering down the hallway, dipping in and out of the rooms as they went about their day. Her only issue with that theory was that if this place was made by or for wolves then...why didn't they use places like this now? She'd seen plenty of wolves make items from old stuff but that didn't really feel the same. Like they were just improvising, as opposed to using it for its true and original purpose. But who was Hanako to know, she was just stabbing in the dark really, putting together the few pieces she had.

"Hmm..." Hanako tapped her chin with a paw. "I've got...no clue, to be honest." She admitted with a sheepish grin. "But maybe it's better that way, some things are best left unknown." She didn't mean to sound all deep and mysterious but there was a lot of stuff Hanako didn't know about the world and she was okay with that.

She moved out into the hallway and came across yet another wide open space, this one littered with twisted metal frames that lined one side of the room to the other. The ceiling was caved in at several points, allowing both sunlight and dangling vines to seep into the room. She hadn't seen much of this place but it all seemed very much the same from where she stood, old ruins worn away by time and the ocean, long since reclaimed by nature. If she hadn't already owned it to begin with.

"But it just feels real old, that's all I know." She finally finished, turning to look over shoulder again to her friend who was busy at work collecting plants, from the looks of it. "What sort of plants are you looking for anyway?"



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07-31-2020, 09:54 PM
Herb Gathering 2

Watching Hanako as the colorful wolf looks around, Meadow listens as her friend admits she has no clue. Nodding her agreement to the statement about things best left unknown, the small wolf knows there are many mysteries in this world and most of them are best left to those who have passed. The ghosts and spirits that wander the realms, like keeping their secrets to themselves. For a brief moment, Meadow fancies she sees a wolf’s spirit walking around the corner and out of the room. However, it is so quick that it is hard to know if it is really there are just figment of her imagination.

Shaking her head to clear it of sudden images of scary creatures lurking around corners, Meadow turns back to the Elderberries as Hanako moves to further investigate this place. Calling out over her shoulder, “Please be careful!” to the exploring wolf. Meadow is already worring for her new friend. It is no secret that she is a worry wart, often times she is a big bundle of nerves, but it is only because she cares about her friends and family. Her heart is big and she wants to make sure each and every person she loves is happy and content with their life and, to Meadow, that means worrying for them. Did they feed themselves today? Did they sleep well? Are they happy? All these questions are thrown at them, often more than once a day, as she frets over them.

Whether she knows it or not, Hanako is now on her list of wolves that the anxiety filled Meadow cares about. From now on, she will agonize and care about the larger wolf for the rest of her life. So, when her friend moves off, the healer turns her attention back to the plant in hopes of quelling of the nerves that have sprung up. The ripe berries need to be carefully harvested from the branches of the shrub. White flowers poke their heads from the leaves and smile up at her. Taking time to sniff one, Meadow inhales the perfume deeply before removing a branch laden with berries. Moving it over the small strip of leather, Meadow removes each berry carefully, so as not to pop the ripe fruit, and puts them on the leather.

She repeats this process, picking a branch, taking the berries and discarding the lightened branch after, five more times before her little strip is filled with deep blue-purple berries. Setting aside the last branch, Meadow bundles up the packet of berries and places them in her saddlebag. By the time she has finished putting her bag back on, Hanako has returned. Tail wags happily and she nods to the comment about this place being really old. Next her friend enquires about what kind of plants Meadow is looking for. Thinking for a moment, she says, “Well I am looking for plants that are good for healing. Something like Marigold. They are a golden, orange flower that you might have seen before, they are very common. Their petals can be used to heal burns and cuts. Also good for insect bites and stings. I need some more of those and…”

After thinking for a moment, Meadow finishes her thought with, “Maybe some Earth Smoke. It is good for treating liver ailment. It shouldn’t be too hard to find. It grows on long stalks with pink flowers. It should be blooming right about now. For that one I will harvest the leaves and the flowers…” Suddenly she notices that she has been talking, a lot. Looking at Hanako sheepishly she says, “Sorry, I just… get really excited about herbs and… well everything.” A soft laugh bubbles out and she offers her new friend a bright smile before asking, “Want to help me find some?”



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08-06-2020, 11:14 AM
As old as this place was Hanako didn't think it was dangerous. Being as sheltered as she was the concept of danger was a rather abstract concept to her, she understood it in theory but the few times she'd gotten even remotely close to being in peril her Keepers had taken care of it. Try as she might she just couldn't see what there was to worry about in a place like this, it was quiet and peaceful, and from what she could tell they were the only wolves about. Still, it made her feel all warm and fuzzy that Meadow was concerned for her, that even in such a short period of time they'd grown so close.

Hanako's ears tipped forward as she listened, she didn't recognise any of the plants names but Meadow's explanations were more than enough to clear the fog of confusion. Even though Meadow did talk a lot, Hanako didn't feel as though the Healers words were inane ramblings of someone who didn't know what they were talking about. There was a sense of passion to her words, a feeling of consideration and care that really showed off the dedication to her craft. If Hanako ever got hurt she knew with a firm sense of certainty that she'd be in safe paws, that her friend would use all of her knowledge and know how to her best ability. Not that Hanako ever thought it would come to that, the worst she'd experienced was a cold...and well, to be honest she'd been very melodramatic about it. Whining and crying as though she was on her deathbed, her life slipping through her grasp like sand.

"Yeah of course!" Hanako was quick to agree, even if she had no idea what she was getting herself into. "So you're just looking out for those two plants? I'll call out if i see them!" Hanako said before she bounced further down the hallway, into the darker reaches of the building where the sunlight didn't reach.



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Smiling brightly as Hanako quickly agrees to help in the search, Meadow finds her tail wagging without a thought. As the colorful wolf bounds out of room, after telling the smaller female that she will call out, Meadow finds herself yelling after explorer, “Hanako, please be careful! We don’t know what the building is like!” Worry stabs at her heart as the younger wolf disappears from sight. This place looks old and who knows if it is structurally sound. What if Hanako goes exploring and finds a weak spot in the flooring or part of the walls fall down and onto her. The sudden urge to follow her and make sure the larger female is alright is overwhelming.

Meadow tries to talk herself through the anxiety attack she finds herself suddenly experiencing. ‘It is okay. Hanako can take care of herself. Don’t smother her. Other wolves can resent it when you try to be over protective. Just relax.’ Talking herself through the worst of it and regulating her breathing so she doesn’t start to hyperventilate, Meadow calms herself enough to function. Paws move her slowly in the direction Hanako had disappeared and eyes scan the area for any weaknesses or dangerous spots. Her progress is slow and, as the sunlight starts to dim, the small wolf finds the fear starting to bubble up again.

Making her in way in, all thoughts of collecting herbs gone, Meadow’s overriding concern now is to make sure her friend is safe. Calling out tentatively into the dark, “Hanako? Are you okay? Where… where did you go?” This place is maze and the halls and rooms bewilder and disorient her. Did she lose Hanako? Is her friend hurt? Panic sets in and Meadow starts to call out, “Hanako? Hanako? I can’t find you. Please answer me.” She begs for the colorful wolf to answer her as tears start to well in her eyes.



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