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[SWP2] Once Forgotten and Bruise Sweet
« on: July 28, 2019, 03:41:33 AM »
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Once Forgotten wasn’t normally inclined towards relaxing. He was a driven fellow and always liked to be doing something productive, whether it was tidying up his home, searching for food or questing for his long lost father. That last one hadn’t popped up for a while but the many years he’d spent solely focused on that one task was so ingrained in his psyche that he couldn’t help but side-eye any dark-furred glowing Kimeti.

But today, he was trying to relax. It was a hot and sticky day. He could still remember the plains, where there was always a breeze to rustle through the long grass and cool down the heat of the sun. Here the heat weighed you down and stuck to your lungs.

Still, it was a nice day and perfect for swimming.

He’d followed the sound of laughter and chatter to the swimming hole populated by a mixed group of kin. They looked like they were enjoying the water so much that he’d just had to take a dip, and it was just as refreshing as he’d hoped.

Once Forgotten dipped his whole head in the water and then lifted it, immediately shaking droplets out of his mane. Perfect.

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Re: [SWP2] Once Forgotten and Bruise Sweet
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2019, 04:51:07 AM »
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It was a scorcher, all right. Bruise panted like a hound under the meager shade of a tree, looking longingly at a nearby pond. In general, Bruise enjoyed hot days - the whole swamp seemed to come alive, with animals scurrying around in the undergrowth, birds singing their hearts out in the branches, and insects humming contently in their never-ending tasks. The day seemed full of possibilities and wonder - but it was also full of blistering heat. As much as Bruise enjoyed being warm rather than cold, the heat was becoming unbearable.

Usually he wouldn't have hesitated to plunge into the pond to cool off, but an.... unfortunate incident a little while ago had made him very cautious about what kinds of water he approached. He had been standing there, struck by indecision, for an embarrassingly large amount of time. A welcome breeze blessed him with a small respite from the heated air, and along with it the hint of laughter. When he hurriedly followed the sounds of other Kin, Bruise found himself in front of the perfect pool of water. The amount of Kin around him assured him that there was no danger in the water, and he was free to jump straight in, which he did without any hesitation.

Finally! Submerging himself fully in the water, letting only his nose and eyes peek out from under the surface, Bruise relished in the coolness.

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Re: [SWP2] Once Forgotten and Bruise Sweet
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2019, 07:24:00 AM »
Something brushed against his back right leg. Once Forgotten paid it no mind, only lifting his hoof in the water and giving it a slight shake, presuming it to be a plant or piece of wood floating around at the bottom of the pool.

Then something bit him.

There was a quick flash of pain.

With a recent encounter with a caiman fresh in his mind, Once Forgotten yelped, shrill and startled. He bucked, spraying water and making a scene that drew everyone’s gaze. It would be embarrassing later but right now he was ready for a fight, nostrils flared and gaze searching the murky waters for his assailant.

“There’s something in the water!” He warned and began high-stepping his way back to shore it could get another bite in.

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Re: [SWP2] Once Forgotten and Bruise Sweet
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2019, 07:39:19 AM »
The loud yelp was enough to startle Bruise into raising his head above the water; the following shout of warning lead him to stand up in an instant and then literally leap out of the water back onto solid land in a feat of acrobatics that seemed impossible for a buck his size. Safely out of the water, Bruise retreated to a safe distance and stared intensely back into it, searching for a shadowy shape that would signalize a caiman or, in an even more horrifying possibility, a crocodile or alligator.

After a tense period of scrutinizing the water, Bruise felt comfortable enough to divert his attention elsewhere - the voice that sounded the alarm seemed oddly familiar...

"Once Forgotten? Is that you? Are you all right?"

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Re: [SWP2] Once Forgotten and Bruise Sweet
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2019, 08:12:05 AM »
Safely to shore, Once Forgotten peered back to look for any tell-tale ripples that might belong to a caiman. He doubted that was what had nipped him; the pain in his leg was already receding to a dull ache.

Then someone spoke to him, someone he knew...

“Bruise?” Once Forgotten looked over at the buck, his moment of recognition followed by a pleased smile. “Fancy meeting you here!”

Then he remembered, “oh, right. Yes, I seem to be fine.”

He turned, presenting his leg for inspection while also craning his neck around to see. “Something bit me. How does it look? I can’t seem to see any blood.”

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Re: [SWP2] Once Forgotten and Bruise Sweet
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2019, 09:04:04 AM »
Bruise dutifully inspected the offered limb. He couldn't see anything, except perhaps: "There's a tiny little bitemark. I think it was probably a fish, maybe an eel."

He sighed in relief. He was very glad his friend hadn't sustained a more serious injury! His own bite scar still ached a little bit, but the bite on Once Forgotten's leg would fade within the day.

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Re: [SWP2] Once Forgotten and Bruise Sweet
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2019, 04:48:46 AM »
Once Forgotten tested his leg and it held his weight up just fine. Other than a dull ache where he had been nipped, all was well.

“Perhaps I overreacted then...”

He glanced around but nobody seemed to be taking his warning very seriously anyway.

“Lucky,” he chuckled. “For a second, I was certain I’d also met the wrong end of a caiman.” Possibly due to being cursed by that unfortunate batch of eggs.

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Re: [SWP2] Once Forgotten and Bruise Sweet
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2019, 08:51:16 AM »
Bruise softly laughed along with Once Forgotten. "Maybe just a little - but I think it's better to be a bit too vigilant rather than the opposite in these sorts of situations. All's well that ends well."

The sun had already gone some way in drying his fur, and Bruise was once again beginning to feel unpleasantly heated. He didn't want to drop the conversation with his companion, either. The trouble was, now that he wasn't injured and with the panic raised by the false alarm wearing off almost immediately, Bruise was feeling a lot less certain around the older buck. He wasn't going to give up quite so easily however.

Discreetly taking a breath to calm his nerves, Bruise decided to go ahead and ask: "Now that we know that the water is probably still safe, shall we go back in? ...Maybe I'll stay a bit shallower, this time."

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Re: [SWP2] Once Forgotten and Bruise Sweet
« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2019, 10:10:31 PM »
“That’s a wonderful idea.” Once Forgotten wasn’t going to let one little nibble ruin the rest of his day, nor was he interested in sweltering in the heat when there was a perfectly good pool of water available. If that involved nippy eels and fish, then so be it.

And now he had company to go along with it.

The Kiokote led the way back towards the water, taking his time finding a nice shallow spot where they could rest and chat. “Here looks good,” he said, as he curled up his legs and lay down on his side in the water. It was pleasantly cool against his belly and legs  and the mud beneath was soft and comfortable.

“So, Bruise,” he began asking, as soon as they were settled, “do you have any children?”

Because what else was a father supposed to do but fish for a way to gush about his kids?

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Re: [SWP2] Once Forgotten and Bruise Sweet
« Reply #9 on: August 02, 2019, 08:23:42 AM »
It worked! Bruise trotted happily after Once Forgotten, approving of his choice of seat immediately. Folding himself down, Bruise made sure to dip his head under the water, wetting his long mane once again and luxuriating in the newfound cool. He placed himself a bit deeper in the water than the Kiokote, mostly because of his size, which meant that he usually had to crane his neck downwards when talking to other Kin, but also because his short tail prevented him from being able to swat away insects. His coat was thick enough that he didn't have to worry about actually being bit (although that same thickness caused him to overheat so easily on days like this), but he didn't particularly enjoy them buzzing around his flank, regardless.

"Uhm," replied Bruise, "no, I don't." Did he look old enough to have children already? Bruise always thought he painfully looked exactly as what he was - young and out of his depth. Thankfully, Bruise remembered enough about their previous encounter to continue: "You have a son, though, right? The, uh, headstrong one. Is he your only child or...?"

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Re: [SWP2] Once Forgotten and Bruise Sweet
« Reply #10 on: August 02, 2019, 08:55:40 PM »
Thankfully, Bruise took the bait.

“I have five children, actually,” Once Forgotten told his companion, glowing with fatherly pride and eager to gush. “All from the same clutch. Three daughters and two sons. I’m very proud of them all. They grow up so quickly, you know? Oh, you’ll find out one day but when you do make sure to cherish their younger years.”

The Kiokote sighed. “They’re always so eager to leave home and run off into the Swamp. I miss seeing them every day... though some of them did try my patience.” Mostly System Shock being an idiot but he wasn’t going to say that out loud.

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Re: [SWP2] Once Forgotten and Bruise Sweet
« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2019, 10:57:54 AM »
Bruise had never actually been subjected to a proud parent's soliloquy before, but he caught on fast, instinctively nodding and responding with approving murmurs in the appropriate pauses. That wasn't to say he wasn't interested in the information, indeed he found it rather fascinating. Five children! Not a rarity in the Swamp, of course, but certainly not a usual number. His own clutch consisted of three, which, frankly, felt like one too may to his younger self. And yet Once Forgotten spoke with obvious pride and affection, and Bruise felt an even deeper respect for the older buck.

" I see... They visit you, though, yes? And uhm..." Bruise wanted to ask about the mother of the mentioned children, but realized at the last moment that there might be a reason she had not been mentioned. Hastily changing the subject, he decided to ask a less risky question: "Are they all Kiokote like you?"

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Re: [SWP2] Once Forgotten and Bruise Sweet
« Reply #12 on: August 04, 2019, 05:12:19 AM »
"Oh every now and again... but they have their own lives to live."

With how he sighed, Once Forgotten's sounded very sad and lonely but they did stop by and at least Candid Crush was easy to find. It wasn't so bad. It was just because he was getting clucky again, that he felt their absence keenly. Bruise, thankfully, chose the best way to distract him, and he brightened instantly, ears perking up.

"Ah! Not at all! Three are Kiokote like myself but the other two are Kimeti." He felt a little bad that he was making this whole conversation about himself and his family but hardly enough to stop. If Bruise was willing to listen, then Forgotten would continue to talk. "Their mother is," he leaned forward a bit, imparting the next part with all the whispered awe that he believed it deserved, "a Legendary."

Forgotten gave a pleased little snort. "But I knew her before that. She was one of my first friends upon coming to the Swamp from the plains. Of course we started off on the wrong hoof." The buck chuckled. He could still remember their first meeting, their argument, his insistence on family and belonging and how she'd faded into the dark like a angry shadow. "But it's funny how things change, relationships develop and the things you thought were so important get put aside for something new." 

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Re: [SWP2] Once Forgotten and Bruise Sweet
« Reply #13 on: August 04, 2019, 11:31:03 AM »
Bruise gasped, ears flaring in shock. "A Legendary?"

Bruise had heard of them, naturally, but only the same way he had heard of the Motherfather herself - in abstract, spiritual terms. They were both real, of course, but in a metaphysical sense. The thought of someone meeting a Legendary - and, more than that, having children with one, was hard to comprehend.

While absorbing such momentous fact, Bruise barely heard Once Forgotten's perhaps slightly maudlin continuation, instead blurting out: "What's she like?"

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Re: [SWP2] Once Forgotten and Bruise Sweet
« Reply #14 on: August 05, 2019, 06:50:45 AM »
It didn’t matter that Bruise wasn’t going to engage in any of Forgotten’s more thoughtful ramblings, gushing about Cue Queue was enough to keep him happy.

“She’s marvellous!” He exclaimed immediately, almost rising to his hooves with his feelings. As it was, he lifted some of his side out of the water and then dropped back with a very small splash. “Also terrifying and brilliant.”

It wasn’t that he went around gloating that the love of his life was a chosen one of the Swamp and also a badass but Bruise had brought it up. “She’s very strong and smart, far stronger and smarter than I. She can turn into an owlcat and a wasp. There’s nothing that can stop her. I’ve met a few Legendaries and I can most certainly say that she is the best one.”