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Breaking the News

Artorias <3



Briar

The Hallows
Queen

Master Fighter (245)

Master Intellectual (240)

Bulwark & Professor

age
3 Years
gender
Female
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25
size
Large
build
Light
posts
501
player
Shelby

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09-11-2022, 03:05 AM

The first several days of her heat had been spent mostly holed up in their room, only really leaving their bed when their were duties that they couldn't delegate to someone else or to eat and bathe. It wasn't necessarily a surprise when the symptoms of her heat began to diminish, hinting at the success of all of their attempts to make the puppies they both wanted, but it still made excited, nervous flutters kick up in her stomach at the thought. Her first time being pregnant, her first time having pups... There was so much unknown and so much she couldn't even begin to imagine so that uncertainty did make her a bit nervous when she liked to think ahead and plan out so much of her life, but there was far more excitement than there was nervousness. This was such a huge step toward the life and family they had both been working toward for most of their lives and now to actually be living it... she could hardly believe it.

She waited a few days once she started getting an inkling that they might have gotten lucky in their first attempts at getting her pregnant before she went to Lia to confirm it. She trusted her friend's abilities and fully believed that she would know, but she was still just so worried that they could miss something and mistake it somehow and she didn't want to tell Artorias unless they were entirely certain. The last thing she wanted was for them to celebrate and get their hopes up only to have them come crashing down. She waited a few more days and confirmed with a couple more healers in the pack just to be certain, but after that there was really no mistaking it. The distinct scent from her heat and the ravenous, instinctual need that came with it had begun to fade and with multiple healers telling her it was so she had to believe that it was true. She was pregnant and carrying their soon to be pups.

When she finally decided to tell Artorias she kept trying to find a good time throughout the day to break the news. She wanted it to be special, but she didn't know exactly how to tell him and every time she thought she might have a chance to pull him away they got pulled into something else. All of the work that had been lacking their attention over the time they had spent ignoring most anything other than each other had piled up a bit so they were pulled in many different directions. It was fairly late by the time they started making their way back to the castle after sunset, returning after tending to something near the border, and when they got to their room she finally decided that there wasn't going to be a perfectly convenient time to tell her husband the news. Once they were alone in their room, she was watching Artorias as he was taking off his armor and putting his sword away when she finally just blurted out what had been on her mind for so long now. "Artorias... I'm pregnant."

"Artorias & Briar Carpathius"





Artorias

"I will shield you from the darkness"

The Hallows
Aegis

Master Fighter (700)

Master Navigator (935)

Knight & Fleet-footed

age
3 Years
gender
Male
gems
7540
size
Dire wolf
build
Medium
posts
1,173
player
Joe

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09-12-2022, 01:16 AM

The alpha couple of the Hallows had spent the first week of summer locked away within their private chambers, thoroughly enjoying one another to the fullest as they had the summer before. The only times anyone saw Artorias or Briar around the castle was when the pair came out to eat to replenish their energy or to bathe, and even that ended up getting pretty handsy with the two hurrying back to their room shortly after. Artorias had savored every moment of the many, many rounds of passionate sex he and his beloved mate had gone through in their attempts to make puppies together, each time finishing with cuddles and pillow talk of the future family they both dreamed of. So single-minded had the Aegis become in their efforts that he hadn't noticed when Briar's heat scent began to fade, still performing as if there was any sort of doubt in his mind. Morning, afternoon, evening, and night. It was a miracle either of them had gotten any sleep!

Artorias had been unaware of Briar's little trips to see the healers of the pack to diagnose her condition. She had always slipped away when he had been in the middle of whatever he couldn't delegate to someone else, or when he went to get them a replenishment of refreshments and supplies for their room. Otherwise, the rampant breeding continued unabated, not that either he nor Briar were really complaining about that! It was only on this day, when he and Briar had gone out to run a short patrol together while their usual warriors ran a hunt in the absence of Rudy and Fern that he began to notice the diminishing scent coming from Briar, and instead began to notice the subtle hormonal shift in her smell. In the cold air of Auster's winter, it was easy to pick up on the subtle shifts. Artorias' heart gave a excited skip while they walked back through the thin layer of snow that fell from heavy gray clouds towards their castle home, daring to wonder and hope that their efforts were being rewarded so quickly.

It was pushing past evening and into night proper when they returned to their room, Artorias pushing open the double mahogany doors and stepping into the warm room, lit by the crackling fire in the hearth. Artorias stepped over to the wardrobe he used to store his armor, unfastening his cuirass and setting it inside before moving to the ornate wooden sword rack on the mantle to remove Embershard from his back and stow it safely in its display. He was just reaching up and setting his sword away when Briar's sudden declaration nearly made him jump and fumble his sword. "Wha- Oh jeez!" Artorias exclaimed as he managed to catch his falling sword, breathing a sigh of relief before setting it away properly and then dropping down to all four paws and hurrying over to Briar, the wide-eyed look of shock and hopefulness lighting up his face. "You're pregnant?" There was eager optimism in his voice, and his bushy tail began to wag so fast it was nearly spinning behind him. A smile slowly crept across his lips, excited amber eyes shifting from her face down to her belly, then back up again. "Are... Are we sure? This is really it?"

"Artorias & Briar Carpathius"


One big happy family

Artorias has two ravens named Corbin and Eira and a fox named Argent. Assume they are within calling distance at all times.
As his mate, Briar may enter Artorias' threads unless marked private.

____________________





Briar

The Hallows
Queen

Master Fighter (245)

Master Intellectual (240)

Bulwark & Professor

age
3 Years
gender
Female
gems
25
size
Large
build
Light
posts
501
player
Shelby

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09-21-2022, 09:25 PM

Briar had to bite back a snicker as her news made Artorias jump and very nearly drop his sword as he was in the process of putting Embershard back onto its holder, a grin starting to tug at her lips as her excitement started to get the best of her. She could hardly wait for him to finish putting the sword away properly and for him to come over to where she was waiting for him, shifting and pawing at the floor while she waited anxiously for his real reaction. When he turned toward her and rushed across the room to her she saw the eager hope and shock that lit up his amber eyes and it made her chest squeeze with happiness that she couldn't really describe. They had both wanted a family—that was something that had been very clear from the beginning of their relationship. Family was something that had been such a big part of both of their lives and from the beginning they knew that they wanted to bring their own family into the world as well. Still, even though she knew he would be excited, there was still something that made emotion well up in her chest when she got to see that genuine reaction from him all the same.

She laughed, the sound broken up by tears of joy that had creeped into her turquoise gaze as his tail spun behind him and he grinned with an excitement that was even better than she could have imagined. Briar knew there was a long road ahead of them of pregnancy and the symptoms that came with it, of the birth itself which was never an easy task, and of parenthood that was so wide and unknown to them both, but every single bit of it was entirely worth this moment. All she ever wanted was to make Artorias as happy as he had made her and make the life they both wanted a reality and now all of that had led to this moment. She nodded excitedly as she struggled to get out the words, giggling while her own tail wagged and brushed against the ground like a feather duster. "I've had Lia and Gwen both check so many times just to be sure, but... yes. This is it. We're going to be parents!"

"Artorias & Briar Carpathius"





Artorias

"I will shield you from the darkness"

The Hallows
Aegis

Master Fighter (700)

Master Navigator (935)

Knight & Fleet-footed

age
3 Years
gender
Male
gems
7540
size
Dire wolf
build
Medium
posts
1,173
player
Joe

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09-26-2022, 04:52 AM

Artorias was scarcely breathing while he waited with bated breath for Briar to confirm what she had just told him and make all of his dreams come true. This was by no means a surprise; he and Briar had oft had long discussions about having a family of their own one day, how important the aspect of family was to the both of them, and even discussed right before her heat season if this was what they had both still wanted. Then came all the trying at the first few weeks of her season, so it was really no shock she was pregnant, but he still needed to hear it again all the same. Briar beamed at him, laughing and crying tears of joy while she affirmed what she had claimed. She was pregnant and they were going to be parents! Artorias' smile stretched so wide his cheeks began to ache, amber eyes shimmering and wide while love and joy welled up in his heart. Then he could hold in his glee no longer.

With excited and happy barks, Artorias bounced up and down, his tail wagging a mile a minute behind him. He danced in place, paws tippy-tapping with a giddy energy before lunging forward to wrap Briar up in his arms and scoop her off her paws, spinning her around in the air with peels of joyous laughter. "Parents! We're going to be parents!" he cheered, happy tears of his own cutting down his dark-furred cheeks. Eventually his spinning began to slow and he once more set Briar down, beaming at her with nothing short of pure unequivocal love. His gaze drifting a bit lower on her body, Art lifted a large paw to rest over her still slender stomach, reveling in the knowledge that their family was growing inside of her. His tail beat the ground with eager thumps. He couldn't believe this was really happening!

"Parents...! You're gonna be a mom, and I'm gonna be a dad!" exclaimed the jubilant alpha, leaning forward to nuzzle and kiss his Queen over and over and over again. Artorias basked in the moment, committing it to memory so he could relive this pure joy for the rest of his days. A few moments later, however, and the Aegis' smile slowly slipped from his face, a realization and dread dawning on his expression. "I'm gonna be a dad..." he repeated, his words suddenly sounding much more overwhelmed and anxious than before. "Briar... I don't know how to be a dad." He looked into his mate's eyes with a nervousness wholly uncharacteristic of his usual confident self as the worry began to spill out of him in a jumble of panicked words. "I never had a father. What if... What if I'm not good at it? What if I do everything wrong or something terrible happens because of me? Oh shit, am I going to screw up our puppies' lives by being a bad father?"

"Artorias & Briar Carpathius"


One big happy family

Artorias has two ravens named Corbin and Eira and a fox named Argent. Assume they are within calling distance at all times.
As his mate, Briar may enter Artorias' threads unless marked private.

____________________





Briar

The Hallows
Queen

Master Fighter (245)

Master Intellectual (240)

Bulwark & Professor

age
3 Years
gender
Female
gems
25
size
Large
build
Light
posts
501
player
Shelby

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09-28-2022, 12:14 AM

Briar grinned so wide her cheeks hurt as Artorias immediately began to bark and dance with an excitement that was infectious and she took in this absolute pure joy they shared with such a gratefulness that she couldn't really explain. They had both gone through so much in their relatively short lives and now here they were, leading a pack, having. a family, fully living out all of their dreams with more love than she had ever imagined possible. When he scooped her up into his strong embrace and started to swing her around in his unrestrained happiness, Briar squealed and giggled, quickly wrapping her forelegs around his neck to hold on to him while more tears of joy streamed down her face and she just enjoyed this precious moment for as long as she could.

When he eventually placed her back on the floor she kept her paws around his neck, laughing and grinning as she leaned into him happily. His paw on her stomach that would soon be swollen with their future pups made her smile even wider if that was even possible and she let one of her paws slip down to rest over his larger one, still feeling disbelief that this was actually real. "We are! Mom and dad to pups of our own!" she replied between giggles as she returned his nuzzles and affectionate kisses while they celebrated this next step they were taking in their lives. The seemingly endless joy seemed to falter slightly as she saw some sort of grim realization cross her husband's face. It made her smile falter as well and she looked at him with a tilt of her head, wondering what could possibly be wrong.

As soon as he revealed what had suddenly caused such anxious, nervous energy from him, Briar couldn't help but bite back a smirk at how absolutely ridiculous her dear mate was. Of course she had her own anxieties about being a first time parent and not really knowing how to navigate it and fearing that she might make mistakes along the way, but the idea that Artorias could possibly be a bad father was laughable at best. "Artorias," she almost scolded with a chuckle as she brought her paws to his cheeks, holding his face between her paws as she smiled up at him. "Don't worry about whether or not you had a father in your life. You are going to be a wonderful parent. You're kind, loving, and you only want the very best for our family. That's all you need. Don't think about being a father, just think about being a parent. We're going to mess up and we're going to make mistakes and that's okay. We're going to figure all of this out together."

"Artorias & Briar Carpathius"