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Published: July 17, 2014
RP between :iconwildfire-tama: 's Alcatraz and :iconlester66: 's Kestrel.  A brief meeting between two loners sharing info and life views.  :)

Wildfire-Tama said the following:

Alcatraz bounded away from the mountains and toward the northeast. He had just run into two Morrow wolves during a violent rainstorm but now he was on his own again and free to go where he pleased. So he headed up toward Blutwald territory (unknowingly) to see what the world had to offer up there. He let out a sigh as he enjoyed the crisp, wet morning air after such a large storm. But the sky was not clear. More rain would most likely come soon. Alcatraz loved the rain. But at this point, he would not mind some sunny days just for a change of pace.

LESter66 said the following:

Despite all the rain of the last few days, the sky promised yet more as Kestrel looked up at it. She was taking a break, lying on her back in the wet grass with her paws up in the air like a pup. It wasn't as if there was any point to trying to stay dry, and besides, she liked watching the fantastic, ever-changing formations the winds blew the grey clouds into. Suddenly, the breeze called an unfamiliar wolf's scent to her attention, breaking her mind from its idyllic reverie. She stood up, wary, and looked around trying to find its source.

Wildfire-Tama said the following:

Alcatraz saw four paws in their air ahead of him and he narrowed his eyes in confusion as he approached. It was then that a wolf popped out of the grass. She must have been laying down in the wet grass and caught his scent. He slowed to a stop and dipped his head politely. He could tell she was a loner. "Greetings, miss." he said to the female. "Enjoying the cloudy sky, I see." his voice was more or less expressionless. As much as he disdained carelessness (he considered her laying on her back out in the open carelessness), he had a great appreciation of beauty, and the sky was one of the most beautiful to him with its ever changing shapes and colors, so he could not be scornful of her appreciation.

LESter66 said the following:

Kestrel blushed, aware that she probably should have noticed the stranger's scent sooner. His voice suggestred a certain amount of disdain, and she struggled to regain some composure. She had to try once and then start again before she finally managed to spit out, "O-oh, um, yes, hello! Yes, I l-love watching the sky before and after storms like this. I kn-know some people don't like storms, but..." She smiled tentatively. "I appreciate them."

Wildfire-Tama said the following:

Alcatraz raised his brow at her uncertain, even timid, tone. "Yes, I appreciate them too. We are a rare breed, hm?" he said with a half smile that lasted only a moment. It was true that many wolves did not like storms, but Alcatraz loved the raw power of thunder, lighting, and the feeling of pouring rain sliding through his fur like a soothing, streaming blanket. He refocused on the she-wolf in front of him. She seemed a bit... uncertain to be a loner. But she was of no pack he recognized, and in no territory he had noticed crossing the border into. "You are a loner?" he asked.

LESter66 said the following:

Kestrel smiled and nodded shyly in response to the other wolf's half smile. "Yes," she said simply, briefly considering elaboration but deciding there was really no need at this point. "My name's Kestrel."

Wildfire-Tama said the following:

Alcatraz nodded. "Alcatraz." he answered back with his own name. "What brings you to these parts?" he sat down as he prepared for a conversation. That was his most common question to others, more so he could know, if they came from the direction he was going, what to expect. But also because he enjoyed a good story or two if the wolf was particularly talkative. he was not sure of Kestrel would be, though.

LESter66 said the following:

Kestrel also sat down, her body language and expression a bit more relaxed now as she got over her first slightly alarming impression of Alcatraz. "Nothing in particular, to be honest," she replied to his question with a wry smile. "I've just been wandering, and I found myself in this area a few weeks ago. I've stuck around because it's good hunting. I've learned a bit about the packs around here, but I don't really know what I'll do next." She smiled again, a more genuine smile this time. "I tend to just go where the wind takes me."

Wildfire-Tama said the following:

Alcatraz perked his ears as she mentioned packs. "Packs, hm? Which ones have you learned of?" he asked curiously. That information was potentially useful to him.

ESter66 said the following:

"I've heard of at least three- Blutwald, Morrow, and Kausen," she replied. "But I wouldn't be able to tell you much about any of them. All I know is that it sounds like Blutwald is a pretty tough pack- violent. Not sure about the others." She felt it was probably safe to assume Morrow pack was peaceful considering it had taken in refugees from Blutwald, and she had met Gypsee at the border and hadn't been attacked. But she wasn't sure, and she definitely didn't know anything about Kausen- she had just heard it mentioned by Stallion of Blutwald.

Wildfire-Tama said the following:

Alcatraz nodded. He took particular interest in Blutwald. That was a name he did not know yet while he had encountered the other two. "Blutwald, hm?" he said, looking at her with interest, "Did you talk to a member?"

LESter66 said the following:

Recalling the way she had almost said too much about Stallion to Gypsee before she even knew who she was, and aware that revealing his plans to a loner might have more consequences than speaking of them with a member of a pack that was friendly to Stallion, Kestrel took more care with her reply this time. "Yes, I did. I met a Guard at the border. He warned me away." She shrugged ina self-deprecating way, smiling a little as she looked down at her own petite frame. "We agreed I wouldn't last long trying to prove myself to a pack such as his."

Wildfire-Tama said the following:

Alcatraz nodded. "He warned you away." Alright, this Blutwald was probably not too aggressive, then he tilted his head, "Are there harsh requirements for joining?" he asked her curiously.

"Hm, and you are looking for a pack? I know some wolves in Morrow up ahead. They are quite kind... once you get to know them anyway. As is Chandor from my experiences... perhaps not as much, though..." Gypsee and Charaka had not gotten the best first impression of him, but when the three were trapped in a cave by a vicious storm, they were forced to get along and even hunted together after the storm passed. He had only met Phen and Suteki from Chandor. Phen had been a very impressive she-wolf... she was polite enough to him, but he had witnessed her kill another wolf, though, so he was not so sure what the rest of the pack was like...

LESter66 said the following:

Kestrel bit her lip uncertainly at his continued interest in Blutwald, but nodded in agreement to his statement about Morrow. "Yes, I've actually met a Morrow wolf as well," she replied. "She seemed kind. But as for Blutwald... Apparently you must prove your worth in order to join. They will only accept wolves who prove they are strong in a fight." She wondered about telling him there might be a change in Blutwald soon, but swallowed the comment. She shrugged. "I know I wouldn't fit in there. As for the others... I guess I just don't know exactly what I'm looking for..."

Wildfire-Tama said the following:

Alcatraz nodded. Alright, they sounded like a fine wolf pack, but they did not sound particularly threatening. That was good to know. He turned back to the little female and listened to her as she said she didn't know what he was looking for. "Hm. Kausen is to the north as well. Perhaps give them a look? I met a female there who was quite kind." He suggested.

LESter66 said the following:

Kestrel was surprised by Alcatraz's willingness to help her search for a pack. "Hm... Yes, I've heard of Kausen... I don't know much besides to name though. And the other... Chandor? I haven't heard of them." Kestrel hadn't even been in this area for that long, but it was a prey-rich area and seemed large enough to accommodate, apparently, at least four packs, plus a seemingly large number of loners. Perhaps if she learned more about this place... She tried to imagine settling down again- staying in one den- or even becoming part of a pack again... Uncertainty plagued her thoughts and her brow wrinkled in a worried expression as she thought.

Wildfire-Tama said the following:

"Chandor is north of Morrow." he said, pointing with his muzzle. in the direction. He saw she was uncertain. "If you don't like the options, you can always start your own."he suggested, but she honestly didn't seem like the alpha type to him. She seemed like a follower at heart. But who knows? Sometimes wolves changed once they take charge.

LESter66 said the following:

The idea of being an Alpha was so alien to Kestrel- surely she couldn't possibly do that!- that she dismissed it out of hand with a smile and an almost inaudible short laugh. "I suppose that's true," she said, out of politeness to Alcatraz. She changed the subject from herself. "And what about you? What are you looking for?"

Wildfire-Tama said the following:

Alcatraz shrugged. He didn't know, honestly. He was looking for places to enjoy the beauty of the world. He wanted to find happiness, but he didn't quite know where to find it yet. But he was content at the moment, traveling place to place, seeing new things and exploring new places. "Nothing." he said. He had no desires at the moment... he loved his life of wandering around and seeing what the world could offer. He flicked his tail at the female, changing the subject. "Well, I wish you happy travels, Kestrel." he said.

LESter66 said the following:

Kestrel's ears came up in an attentive, interested expression at the stranger's curious reply. 'Nothing...' she thought, unable to keep a smile from breaking onto her face. She liked that answer. 'I wonder if I've ever met someone before who wasn't looking for something,' she thought idly, 'even if they don't know what it is exactly... Or,' she thought, letting her mind get away from her for a moment, 'I wonder if someone who THINKS they're looking for something but doesn't know what it is... might actually have everything they need...' Her smile faded slightly. 'Is that... me?' But no, she decided, she was certain there was SOMETHING missing, something she was still looking for. She was happy enough. If she never found her something, she'd be alright. But it was still there for the looking. At this point in her life, she couldn't say she searched for nothing like this handsome stranger, and she admired him for it. "Thank you," she replied, meaning it fully. She blushed a tiny bit under her fur, surprised at how passionately she suddenly thought of him and too reserved to ever voice those thoughts. "And I to you, Alcatraz."

Wildfire-Tama said the following:

"And perhaps the next time I see you, you will have a pack at your side." he said. He bounded past her, heading east toward Blutwald. Then he looked back at her over his shoulder, "and I do hope you will remember me kindly when that time comes." he said with a good-natured smirk as he bounded away. He did not plan on ever joining a pack, and disliked most pack wolves on principle, but he always treated them with respect in fear that he would create a vendetta with a pack. Alcatraz feared no opponent... although even he knew that he would have quite the challenge on his paws if ever against a pack of a dozen or more well fed wolves. He did hope that Kestrel found one she liked, though. Alcatraz liked happy endings.

LESter66 said the following:

Kestrel watched Alcatraz bound away with a mixture of both sadness- she wished she could get to know him better, but recognized a loner's wandering spirit in him- and a newfound lightness, as if somehow he had taken with him some of her troubles. "I will," she whispered, knowing he was already out of earshot but getting the feeling he wasn't expecting a response, "Alcatraz." Although it wasn't the direction she had been traveling before she had stopped to watch the clouds, she felt compelled to turn around and take off in the opposite direction as Alcatraz, letting her paws take her where they would, as always.
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Wildfire-Tama's avatar
This was fun! Kestrel is such a sweetheart! I hope she finds a pack she likes!
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Thank you!  Yeah this was really fun, let's RP again sometime, she'd love to run into him again.  :D
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Yeah, sure! I'm always up for a role play with these two :)
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