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Postby Kura Wolfsdotter » Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:50 pm

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Timestamp: 1st of Cylus, 718
Location: Padraith's House, outside of Scaltown.

The sky above was dark, and all across the island, fire burned to keep the shadows of Cylus at bay. Kura ignored them, instead focused on making the trek from her house to Padraig and Faith's house. It was cold as Faldrun's burned out heart, but Kura's furs kept her nice and warm, so she was able to ignore it. Under normal circumstances, the council member would have been out among the commoners at the bonfires mingling and getting a feel for the island. However, Faith had given birth while Kura had been up around Darbyton, and from the sounds of things it had been a damned mess. Plus she hadn't had the chance to speak to Padraig about his trip since he had returned, only hearing some rumors about barriers at the end of the world.

When she got to their house, and the adjoining house for Katie and Cyrus, Kura had a moment to wonder why she hadn't built her own home closer to her friends houses. It would have made visiting significantly easier, especially in the cold. However, she had wanted to live as close to the forest as she possibly could, so she wound up living a goodly distance away from the rest of the town. Still, she liked her house and was contemplating adding a library to it once she had her current debt paid off.

Pausing once she got to the porch, Kura took a look around, looking for anything odd. She had heard about the wild carriage ride through the town, and she had a guess as to who had been responsible for that from conversations with the others. Still, everything seemed quiet, and her familiars, who followed her out of the darkness at different points of entry, all agreed with her. After a moment, she nodded and knocked on her friends door, quietly so as not to wake the twins she had heard her friends now had. "Faith, Padriag? It's Kura." she said, keeping her voice low.
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Postby Faith » Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:25 pm

There was a tradition on Scalvoris that, for ten trials after a woman gave birth, there were no visitors allowed, no gifts given or names chosen. Just the immediate family and the newborn. Or, in this case, newborns. That was just fine with Faith, she had to admit that not only had she enjoyed the chance to get back to some semblance of physically normal the time of just them had been wonderful. Getting used to the twins, to their individual personalities, their routines and likes, dislikes and mostly, just looking at them. The thing which amazed her, she'd told Padraig, was the smell of them and how beautiful it was. Or maybe it was their toes, she loved their toes the best. Then, she told him, it was how they slept best wrapped up together. But then, there was the way that Girl-Bun wrinkled her nose or perhaps it was how Boy-Bun sucked his thumb. Maybe it was... actually, she had to admit, she loved every inch of them and all of it was her favourite.

Finally, though, this trial had dawned and they could reasonably go out, let people in and call their children by the names they had already agreed on. There was no where she wanted to go, she told him, but that wasn't the point. Knowing that they could was important. It was probably a freedom thing, she had to admit. However, that morning as they sat with a twin each, eating some toast and sipping tea Faith looked up from her gaze on their son to Padraig and she grinned. "Happy new arc, Padraig." Her expression softened as she looked at their daughter, nestled in his arms. "I can't tell you how it feels to see you and her. Or you and him. Or you and both of them. My family, I just... gosh I talk a lot these trials, though, don't I?" Looking down at the ten-trial old baby in her arms, she fussed over his blankets and smiled.

Just as they were finishing up, there was a low wuff from Cosmo and the two wolf pups, one of whom was under Faith's chair and one under Padraig's, as close to their respective charges as they could be, also stood. At the sound of the voice though, Cosmo's tail wagged and Faith called out. "Come in, Kura!" Her expression to Padraig showed her delight. Their friend was here and they could show off their children to someone who mattered to them. Standing, the young woman moved over to her husband and grinned as Kura came in the door. "It is so good to see you, Kura, and you too, Cally! We have people we would like you to meet. This here is Noah," she said, using their son's name now that she could. The baby in question was, of course, tiny, with a mop of dark hair and silver eyes. Just like his mother and the black wolf pup who was now standing at her feet, sniffing suspiciously at Kura.

Their daughter, she left to Padraig to introduce as she motioned into the house. "Come in. We'll get the kettle on and they can meet you properly." Faith looked, felt delighted to be able to show their children to their friend. She simply could not be more proud, more pleased or more delighted that Kura was the first person outside of their immediate family to meet them.
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Postby Padraig » Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:57 am

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Padraig had learned a lot during the ten trials since the twins had been born. Little things mostly, some inconsequential, that combined to create a wealth of knowledge. There were things about babies in general such as the discovery that the top of an infant's head, after bathing or no, had a wonderful intoxicating aroma.

During one long night of rocking both back to sleep, he'd gone so far as to try and figure out the scientific reason for it. Some combination of chemical reactions and compounds belonging to the youngest of young alone, maybe? But there were other things, patterns that intrigued him. Even in silence, if one woke, so did the other. Sometimes they seemed to breathe, perfectly in sync one with the other. He'd even learned to do without nearly as much sleep as he was accustomed to.

He'd also been fascinated to discover that one small, nonsensical human, let alone two, could turn his gruff, dry humored grandfather into a clownish entertainer on command. Just a whimper or coo would do it. Padraig was growing a little stir-crazy however. Not that he needed or even wanted to go out, and couldn't imagine where he'd go if he did. Like Faith, it was the difference in being able to choose, once the traditional period of self-isolation had passed. "Happy new arc," he said with a smile when Faith sat down across from him at the table. Their daughter had fallen asleep in his arms, her tiny fingers wrapped tightly round one of his own. Extracting his hand would have woken and displeased her, though he had no interest in doing it.

"You have every reason in the world to gush. Look at what you've made," he told her with a smile, glancing at both children and back again. Cosmo though, as ever, knew someone was approaching before they were even close to arriving. Padraig would never quite understand how the dog did it. An enhanced sense of hearing, or a sense that belonged to him alone? Nevertheless, the voice on the other side of the door was a familiar one, and as the wolf pups took up their positions of watching over their charges, Padraig carefully got up from his chair, babe in arms.

"Kura, it's good to see you. And you Cally," he added when he joined Faith in order to greet their guests. While the silver pup at his feet sniffed the new arrivals up and down, unsure yet whether they were friend or foe, the tiny, dark eyed girl in Padraig's arms opened dark amber eyes and blinked. "And this is Madison," he said, moving out of the way then so everyone could file in and have a seat.
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Postby Kura Wolfsdotter » Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:02 pm

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When Faith called her in, Kura opened the door and stepped quietly inside, still not sure if the kids were awake. However, that turned out to be unnecessary, as both kids were awake. She shut the door behind her when she came in, both familiars trailing after her just before she got the door shut. Speck found an out of the way place she could perch herself without damaging anything, while Phelan went to speak canine to Cosmo. Or at least, he would have before he caught the scent of the pups.

Kura hadn't noticed them yet and grinned at Faith and Padraigh. "Good to see the two of you, now that you're out of isolated confinement." she said, her tone cheerful. "And it's nice to meet you, Noah and Madison." she said, smiling at the babies. Cally waved energetically, but stopped short of speaking when she noticed the twins eyes. Kura noticed them too, then looked down at her friends feet. The sight of the kids protective little guardians drew another smile, though she shook her head at the same time. "And nice to meet the two of you, as well. Been a long time since I saw infants with Velduris." she said, grinning slightly.

After a moment, she looked over at Phelan. "It occurs to me that you can't hear them. Some of the wolves have names they use, some don't, and they wouldn't be able to tell you. Phelan, can you talk to the fluffy balls of protection, please?" she asked, looking at her own black wolf familiar. Phelan nodded, then flopped down on the floor and started speaking canine at the pups. Kura shook her head and looked back at Faith and Padraig. "She's supposed to ask before she blesses infants, but mum forgets sometimes." she said with a sigh, before grinning at her friends again. "So how have the two of you been? I heard about the carriage, has there been any more trouble?" she asked.
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Postby Faith » Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:53 pm

The way that Madison's tiny fingers wrapped around his single digit intrigued Faith. The emotions she felt were close to overwhelming and the sight of him, her husband and Madison, her daughter sitting together, his arms holding their baby tight even as her arms did the same to their son burned into her. Madison was sleeping, but as Noah lifted his tiny hand to rub at his nose, his twin did the same and Faith watched in wonder. "There's someone out there who looks like me. Exactly like me." She knew that, had known that for some time now. "Do you think we do things like that, her and I?" That sort of thing simply hadn't even crossed her mind. She understood on a cognitive, intellectual level, the fact that she had a twin. Yet the bond shared by twins, the ways in which they often behaved was beyond her knowledge, let alone any sort of instinct.

"We made them," she responded, looking at him with a gaze which told of her opinion on him saying she made them. "I'm a doctor of no small renown and I assure you, Professor, your part in the proceedings was necessary and very welcome." Her teasing was undeniable, but then that was how they had always been together the two of them. Things had been just one crisis after another for them, but the fundamental them had not changed.

It was good that it hadn't. She wouldn't know how to do any of this, otherwise. Still, there was no time for more than that as they both stood and greeted their friend. It had to be said, Faith adored Kura and the woman's reaction to the twins, wolves and generally everything was just perfectly her. She even asked Phelan to find out the pups' names and Faith smiled. "Well, we've named them Starr and Nova. I hope they don't mind." In fairness, since they couldn't speak to them, really they were going to have to live with them going 'best guess'.

They had suspected, of course, that they were Velduris wolves, but it was good to have confirmation. She smiled at Kura and shook her head. "No, nothing else. They were sent by Alexander," looking down at Noah, she smiled at their son as she answered their friend. How had they been? "It's .. overwhelming. They're perfect and beautiful and I look at them and see both of us and yet themselves individually. " She hadn't taken her eyes from the baby in her arms until she looked up at Kura and beamed. "I've never been better. We made people," Faith leaned herself against Padraig and the terrors of the carriage seemed a hundred arcs away.

Still, tea was needed and Madison had her fingers wrapped around Padraig's, so Faith nestled Noah into his crib, pulled his blankets around him and wandered to make the tea. "Alexander sent them, the plan was to get me to him and then turn the baby into a thrall." She called in, like it was a plan for shopping, maybe, going for a meal or to the ballet. "Padraig saved me. Us. I was in labour, not really much use. We'll have to deal with him. We were going to talk to you about that," she said and grinned at Cally as she brought the tea in. "I can make you physical and you can hold one, if you'd like?" To Kura, though, she grinned. "You, you can always hold one of them."
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