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Anais Willett

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PostSubject: Nature's Bounty (Silvers Only)   Sat Nov 19, 2011 11:29 am

It had been ages since she saw this land again, so fertile and alive teeming with the very best of human labour. The trees and bushes bore fruit to the point the branches seemed to buckle under the weight, and Anais was more then happy to relieve them of some small portion of their bounty. In her left arm was nestled roughly two handfuls of a mixture of blackberries and raspberries, along with an apple she was devouring like a starved urchin. Cal was the reason for that. She adored him but he always hogged the apples and this time she didn't want to share. Anais would happily get him another but he'd eat her whole one, as he had proved countless time when she tried to share with the greedy pony. ...Upon reflection, she probably should have shared, the apple was overripe and bitter. The cleric broke open the apple's core and made a hole with her toe, boots long abandoned at camp, she buried the seeds in the earth, she then knelt and deepened the hold with her thumb and hands, letting her berries sit in her lap as she said the little prayer she was taught as a child,

"Thank you for your sustenance, the sweetness of your flesh. I give your children to the land and one day mine, yours too, will nourish."

She knew she wouldn't be having any little ones, but there would be more children, so long as Carlisle lived. With the seeds buried she would find water later to give them a drink, but for now she was sated eating her snack and waking a survey of the land in the midday sun. Anais had not at all forgotten why they were there; lessers were moving far too close into human lands, one almost snatched a boy two days prior. The child has been grateful to Avery's quick thinking, the mother was a bit less so. She thought maybe Avery waited just a second too long to wrest the child away.

Maybe he did, but that demon was dead and her child survived. They weren't heartless, but if saving that on little boy would have cost another thirty their lives...that mother could bear her pain for the living. Cruel economics of an equally cruel world, but it was infinitely selfish to believe one child was more valuable that dozens. She sighed and popped a blackberry in her mouth, letting the ripe fruit distract her from that thought and bring her focus back to surveying her sector. Everything was clear, a few rats she dispatched quickly but nothing to call for support over. Anais continued eating until steam rising seemingly from the ground aheah caught her eye. She finished the last of her snack and walked cautiously towards to sight, she knew she could fend off a few demons but where was this steam coming--
She grinned, it was the best kind of luck. Who would have thought a hot spring in the middle of the wild patch? "Everyone! I found a spring! A hot spring!"

Anais stopped and picked up a large pumpkin, frowning as she did...it looked so delicious... and threw it into the spring. A splash. Then nothing, the pumpkin bobbed happily like a buoy in the sea, "And it's Safe!"

Quickly she slipped off her trousers, carrying them in hand as she moved closer, dipping a foot under the surface...it was a little hot but not too bad, her top followed and she looked at her knickers. They weren't fancy just a strip of blue cloth she wrapped around her bits, much like her 'bra' was just a band of fabric she had wrapped around her breasts. it wasn't so hot she'd burn her sensitive areas so she decided to slip in bare, giggling to herself as she did. The others, especially Cal, were a bad influence.
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PostSubject: Re: Nature's Bounty (Silvers Only)   Mon Nov 21, 2011 3:13 am

It was unusual to see Avery without the hint of a smile on his face when he was alone with his family, but today was a rare occurrence where even his own unflappable spirit was ruffled a little. Bloody hearts always got in the way of everything. If she were just five or so years older this would be so much easier. She was getting better, at least she didn't tear up when they didn't play superhero to every little crotch goblin that managed to put itself in danger because it's mum or dad was too stupid to put it on a lead. It hadn't been any sudden Grinch-conversion on his part the previous day. But a bit of emotional economics; this was Carlisle. Anais grew up here till Edinburgh took her away from a fate of being another baby-pumping wretch and off to be of better use than making more demon food, death here were going to likely make her mope longer. They were hunting out here, they didn't know what kind of lessers were trying to stake a claim in humanity's breadbasket, all they needed was to have any one of them off their head in regrets or fantasy. But Cal was right about one thing, lothe as Avery was to admit it,

"You're too soft on her."
"Don't you start too," he turned away, pad of his thumb rubbing against his goatee as he poked the evening fire. That same thumb quickly pointed back to the tent, "I've already gotten enough from the others, thanks."
"You know our job. You start getting soft, there'll be no place for you."
His eyes narrowed softly into the fire. Cal was right, but he wasn't,"I'm not getting soft, I know our job well. And we both know her head's not half as clear when she's stuck on incidentals. Frankly, considering the cunt that spawned the little crotch goblin was such a cow it would have been smarter for me to let the fucking demon have it. Anais to mope for a day or so, and that hag to scrap what was left of it on crops for fertaliser."
"She'll never learn if you keep mothering her..."
Avery sighed and ran his left hand through his hair and tugged at the ends as he always did when he was frustrated, "I know..."
Cal reached out and began to rub his back.
Avery felt the tension start to work it's way out of his back thanks to his friend and rubbed the spot where he hurt his scalp tugging, "Don't ever tell her I said this.... Some things were just," he paused, feeling at once a traitor and mild relief for admitting aloud something he never voiced, "a lot easier with Matt..."
Cal rubbed rubbed the back of his neck, "I know... Man had no heart..."
"Hearts are irritating...." Avery spoke to break the silence.
the shiftier gave a small nod, "They get in the way of the job."


Anais was still too soft-hearted. Too Bloody Young. Just a few years older, a little more life and a little more death would have been better for her and she wouldn't be so caught up on the details. He had taken the western section and was eagle-eyed as ever, determined that anything bigger than a mosquito was dead if it came too close. He could do this; mull over events and still fully concentrate on his surroundings...What were they teaching these kids in Edinburgh? She was there most her life, she should have been harder, emotionally stronger. Blessing and a curse, because the Silvers were around, people were more indolent, but without them, well, there would be fewer people.

He heard Anais' voice and groaned. Heaven'd better help that girl if she was about to jump in. There was a hollow splash after she shouted and he broke out into a run using he element to increase his speed, stupid foolish child.
She then shouted three magic words that assured him her head was not full of rocks. She was going to kill him, he was positive now. Avery walked the rest of the way, over a small hill in time to see their little healer getting undressed. With a smile to himself he watched her carefully undress and place her clothes near the side and stare at her under things before unwinding then and adding the strips of dark blue cloth to the rest of her clothing. She looked at the scar on her breast again, he could tell by the canter of her head. Silly girl.

He waited until she was comfortable, gently scrubbing her face and arms with hot water before walking up to the spring and sitting down behind her, "Need a hand?" grinning as he began undressing to join her.
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PostSubject: Re: Nature's Bounty (Silvers Only)   Thu Jan 05, 2012 9:52 am


The sensitive whiskers on Cal's muzzle brushed against the grass, his wide nostrils flaring as he took in the scents of the earth. The cool autumn crispness of the world around him was reflected in the freshness of the aromas he was picking up, the recent rain making everything smell clean, like the earth had just taken a bath. Seeds and berries were dotted amongst the long blades of grass, the occasional small piece of fallen fruit picked up between his deceptively dexterous lips and munched on as he wandered. Even with his nose all but on the floor Cal still had a wide view of the area around him, his brown equine eyes constantly in search of anything amiss. The area was quiet and still, the only foreign scents he could detect those of a mouse demon trail that was at least three days old. Cal pawed at the ground idly with a plate-sized front hoof, sending a soft cloud of dust into the air around him and leaving a hole in the ground that looked like someone had attacked it with a small shovel. Simple pleasures.

Cal had known Anais would be too young, too easily upset by the life the Order lived and the choices that they had to make. The young girl was immensely talented, of that he could not doubt, but she was far too battle green, hadn't witnessed anywhere near enough carnage. If there had been anyone older and more experienced at the time, then Cal would have picked them over her in a heartbeat. Alas, Anais had been the best on offer, and though she had proven her use to the group already, Cal knew it would be a while yet before he would be able to truly class her as one of the Silvers. Too easily upset, too damaged. Or perhaps not damaged enough...

Finishing his patrol of the border of the area they would be staying in for tonight at least, Cal headed back to the main camp. It had been almost a week since he had a chance to fully remove his armour and it was beginning to rub and chafe his neck, croup and shoulders. The armour was wonderfully made and fit him perfectly, but so many days of travelling and wearing it without a break were starting to take their toll. He knew he would already have a small bald patch forming behind his ears where the strap holding his face plate in place would have rubbed at his poll, and he dreaded to think about the state his mane would be in. Once back at the camp the others helped him out of the armour and he shook hard, his aching and stiff muscles delighting in having a break from the weight of the metal and leather. After making sure the others stored his armour so that it could be easily and quickly gotten to if needed, Cal thanked them with a nod of his head and set off at a lazy canter, hooves pounding the ground like thunder as he threw his mighty head around like a young colt, enjoying the extra freedom of movement he now had.

Ever since he was a young boy Autumn had always been Cal's favourite season, a fact that had been reinforced as he had come to depend on the harvests as a means of surviving. Even before the world's monetary systems collapsed shops had been a luxury Cal had never been able to have; chocolate and sweets were expensive but stolen apples and berries were free and, at this time of year, plentiful and seldom missed. The fruits would be missed now though, and the Order would no doubt cause the manager in charge of this plot of land a sizeable loss in his crops, but he could suck it up. A few trees worth of food missing were a very fair price to pay for the job the Order was carrying out. Frankly Cal couldn't care less, and he was more than content pigging out on the turnips and swedes he had managed to uproot. A large orange sphere caught his eye and Cal uttered a soft whinny of excitement as he trotted up to the pumpkin, pushing it free from its vine with his powerful nose. Even though he could devour the skin it was more bitter and he wanted to get to the sweet flesh inside. He brought a hoof down firmly on the top of the pumpkin. The pumpkin exploded. It was not a fair fight.

Several pumpkins were freed from their mortal coils before the black stallion had eaten his fill, and he hoped he wouldn't have to go back to his human form for a little while yet. The bloating would be sickening. Cal heard Anais calling from out of sight a distance away, his ears turning in the direction of the sound. After pondering for a moment Cal decided he might want a snack later and snared a vine between his teeth, dragging it and the attached squashes in the direction of her calling. After a few minutes walk he came across Anais and Avery at the spring, dropping his vine and wandering over to his colleagues and sniffing the warm water. Cal did feel a little bad about what he had said to Avery the day before, but it had been true. He knew there would be no love lost between them, but he wanted to make sure that no hard feelings or grudges were being held. The water in the spring smelled natural and clean, and after rinsing his muzzle to get rid of the pumpkin juice Cal turned to Avery, slobbering the water from his lips on the other man's shoulder.
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PostSubject: Re: Nature's Bounty (Silvers Only)   Thu Jan 26, 2012 6:07 am

"I don't need a hand, but I'd like one..."

Avery chuckled as his hands massaged her wet, rather tense shoulders and she bobbed contentedly in the water. Cal was right, he did mother her, but hat was because she did occasionally need that. If he was honest with himself, it was also because she was their healer and a healer's job was vital, she was in a few import ways, supposed to be the backbone of the Silvers. They were only as strong as their weakest link, and as it stood, they were looking pretty shabby. Mat had joked years ago that perhaps they should have started looking at the most talented orphans in every discipline and start molding them, always orphans, fewer complaints if a few didn't make it and by the time they were Anais' age they would be a seasoned as anyone of them. Problem was even that would have taken far too long and would have rendered the Silvers... useless. She was going to need to toughen up and that mean he'd have to be more serious with the girl. They'd work on that
later, once the demons here were properly exterminated, he wouldn't want that as a distraction.

He smiled as the war pony made his way over, carrying in his teeth a small bounty he left to rest as he reached the other silvers. Avery wasn't one to stay mad, especially when it was his friend making a very good point, but he couldn't resist the opportunity to be childish, "Augh, horse slobber!" He whined, despite a grin plastered over his face, he reached towards the large war pony and stroked his cheeks tenderly, looking into the large equine eyes, "Did you make anything smaller than you scurry in fright?" And after over two decades of friendship Avery was well over the words between them earlier, nothing Cal has said was put out place, he couldn't soften just because Anais was. One of the advantages of this form for the elementalist in relation to his long-time ally was that the oversized warhorse couldn't verbally retaliate against him, which was always a plus when he was in the mood for jokes as bad as this one,"you look a little...long in the face."
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PostSubject: Re: Nature's Bounty (Silvers Only)   Sun Feb 05, 2012 12:03 pm


Cal had been described as many things in his life. Cold, bitter, calculating, manipulative, heartless, soulless. They were all true in their own way. He had seen so much darkness, so much pain and despair, he sometimes had to fight to remember that there was some good in the world. Humans were so often just as vile to other humans as the demons were, he had on occasion found himself wondering which were the actual monsters. The demons were hellish but most of them were just acting on their natural instincts, like caged tigers. Throw them into a strange atmosphere where everything is trying to kill them and of course they will react badly and lash out at anything that came near. Not that Cal was trying to justify their existence, but there was a natural order to their behaviour. But even before this war for Earth had broken out, humans were killing other humans left right and centre with no purpose or reason. Cal had been too young to be able to remember it properly, but he had heard all the stories. People killing each other over something as small as a disagreement over car parking spaces or religion. How pathetic such things seemed now.

Yes Cal could be cold and bitter and heartless, but that wasn't everything he was. He was playful and like a big brother to those he was close to, and would sacrifice himself for them if need be. Anais, Avery and the rest of the order rarely saw the dark side of him when they were not working, and that was the way he preferred it to be. Yes they had to be strong and make dire decisions and treat the rest of their species as replaceable, but when they had the chance they were closer than most families.

Avery's reaction to the slobber caused Cal to whicker softly, a sound that was not completely unlike a low laugh, and as his friend stroked his cheeks Cal nuzzled his shoulder gently. It was moments like this that made it all worth fighting for. Then Avery made the terrible joke and the giant warhorse rolled his eyes. He had heard them all from Avery a hundred times before, but they never failed to make him smile. However, that didn't stop him from using his head like a battering ram and shoving Avery into the spring.
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PostSubject: Re: Nature's Bounty (Silvers Only)   Wed Feb 15, 2012 8:54 am

Few of those words if any were ever used to describe the brunette bobbing gently in the spring. Sweet, cautious, studious, emphatic. Emphatic was the one she was being told now had to go. Silvers had no place for empathy, you couldn't empathize with a Truen, or understand where a Manah was coming from. They killed humans, wholesale extermination was their goal, and they certainly had no mercy for them, but did the silvers have mercy for other humans? Cal certainly didn't. He seemed to view everyone outside the order as useless, and even said as much when the group was alone, as they were now. She had not been privy to the exact details of the conversation the two men has shared after their demon hunting excursion further southland, but she watched them from a distance, peeking out a small corner of the tent she lifted from the earth to see what they were doing. Talking, and gestured and Avery picked at the fire like a child not wanting their vegetables, Cal seemed to say something that resonated, and then he stroked the back of the longer haired man... then, a firm-- and clearly annoyed ---hand found purchase on Anais' backside and it's owner informed the younger woman that at her age beauty sleep was more than a suggestion.

The silvers were very physical in many ways. They were a brotherhood she was honored to be a part of though Anais knew that while she was with them, she wasn't really considered a full member. Her emotions were still too raw, she couldn't see a demon bent on eating a frightened child and clack it up to evolution, Darwinism or what have you if she knew something could be done to save them...weren't the silvers supposed to be protecting humanity?

Not that humanity made itself easy to want to protect... they could be mean, callow and ungrateful, and sadistic. There was more human slavery and trafficking, horrors one would think the battle for survival would have blotted out now than before the Inssurrection began. Anais only half noticed the war pony's arrival, distracted as she was, and the water half concealed Avery's terrible sense of humor, but seeing the man belly flop ungracefully into the spring made her chuckle, he was the one responsible for her new training regimine and he was, when it came to proper magic usage, meaner then cal, so seeing him in a bit of discomfort was fun.

"Hi Cal!" Anais laughed as she pulled herself out of the water and gave her hair a quick wringing before reaching up to stroke his long equine face with wet fingers, "Did Avery say something ridiculous again? He's so mean...." she nuzzled again, it was no secret she had a slight crush on the man, though it was not hard to guesss buy the fact she was snuggling him in nothing but a thin layer of water.
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