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Post Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:20 pm

Re: Chasing Pirates

Well, if she wanted to watch the filly flop onto her head, who was to say no? AuraSidra played the game fairly regularly; she was glad to demonstrate. The only problem was that they were on a beach, and beaches were notoriously short of high places to hang from.

Except that this time, luckily or not, there was something out in the water. Eternal smiled as she watched the little one look around and discover the stone jutting up in the air; the expression on her little face was simply adorable. It was amazing to see such calculation for something as trivial as a flying game!

AuraSidra hesitated for just a moment, reluctant to undo all the work of burying her in the cool sand. At least it was cool now. It was like it became an insulating layer against the sun as it piled around her. If she was going to surge to her hooves and sabotage all that work, she kind of wished Coal would have wandered back so she could explain. She didn't see him still, though... And Rose had said she wanted to see. She just hoped she wouldn't upset her new friend while he was gone.

Surging forward brought her out of the sand, and it required more effort than she'd anticipated; sand was surprisingly heavy! Eternal made a small sound at the same time, catching her attention.

Mind your lessons, young lady, and remember your manners.

Not a light warning. AuraSidra knew that blatant rudeness would result in a loss of all sweets for some time - and that simply wasn't tolerable. Properly chastened, she took several careful steps forward, careful to be standing at the water's edge before shaking out the sand from her coat. Shaking off right under their noses would have been inconsiderate enough to earn her some decent trouble with her mother once she got home. No matter how much fun she was having, she needed to remember herself.

Eternal took careful note of the fact that the filly had very carefully not stepped into the water itself. There had been an incident involving the ocean a while ago, and for a time everyone had worried that it would result in a similar fear to Path's aversion. Support and several long talks seemed to have curtailed that result; the filly had, instead, begun regular swimming lessons with the water dwellers in their herd. She wouldn't ever be a strong swimmer, not compared to those with a natural affinity for water, but honestly she was fairly decent. Her confidence had not grown to the point of carelessness, however; Eternal thought that a filly's first lesson in fear wouldn't ever become carelessness again.

AuraSidra didn't look back for permission before deliberately crossing that small boundary into the ocean; she didn't need permission, and with the way she lifted her head high it was clear that she refused to seek reassurance. At least, it was if one knew about what had happened. Eternal wasn't so sure it would look to be any more than proper posture to anyone else.

It was a short swim and the currents were gentle enough, though she still used them to her advantage rather than fighting against them. She'd learned that from Tribe, the wandering mare who was so much like a gypsy with her love of travel and trinkets. Whenever there was a chance to, she would open her wings and coast - a lesson from Sign's gentle cove. The rock jutted out at an angle that allowed her to step onto it and walk to the top, though it wasn't possible for her to haul her weight out of the water with any amount of grace; the sea was not her element.

She looked around once she'd walked to the top, hoping to see Coal. Had he gone home? Hopefully there wasn't some emergency... She didn't remember saying anything to have upset him.

I'll show Coal when he gets back, if he wants to see too, she called, and Eternal smiled her approval. Consideration was always rewarded.

Reassured by the smile, AuraSidra sat like a dog before stretching her back legs in front of her. She looked quite ridiculous until she tipped herself backwards, and for one heartstopping moment it seemed she would simply fall. Instead, she tensed her legs and allowed the backs of her gaskins to catch her, hooking her weight just above the hocks so that her hooves stuck straight in the air as her knees bent to grip the stone.

Now she really looked ridiculous. She was dangling straight upside down, legs stretched behind her as if in mid-jump, hooves sticking straight in the air, and the only thing keeping her there was the bend of her knees.

But now the ground was the sky, floating somewhere above her head. Even with her body stretched out as she hung down, the water was a good four lengths away; it was a higher rock than she'd thought, but that was a good thing. Wrinkling her nose in concentration, she flexed her wings and got a feel for what she was about to do; then she let go and dropped.

A quick twist and several hard flaps had her scrambling back so that the sky was upright again, making her laugh as she flopped into the deep water. The watery landing made Eternal think of birds as the filly carefully folded her wings and began the swim back, obviously quite pleased with herself.

She shook the water out of her coat the moment her hooves touched sand, well away from the two mares, and smiled at the approval in Eternal's eyes. And then she had to go and give Rose an exaggerated bow, making her guardian chuckle. AuraSidra, the performing pony!

I saw the bats in the Hermit's forest, the filly explained, so I wanted to try what they did. I like hanging around (her eyes lit up at her own joke as Eternal snorted) but getting down is the hard part. Mother says I'm going to enjoy the same daring dives as father, once I'm grown enough to fly properly.

She spends a lot of time with your Sire, Eternal added, and there was a spark of amusement in her eye as she told Rose It had originally been because of how the grass on his plateau was so different due to his atmospheric influences. Now I think he's just influencing her with his own brand of creative chaos.

Chaos is just change, and the sky is always changing, so he comes up with the best ideas! AuraSidra gushed, fluffing her wings in self-satisfaction as Eternal chuckled. Oh yes, the filly was certainly being influenced by the mercurial stallion.
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Post Tue Nov 28, 2017 11:04 pm

Re: Chasing Pirates

Finally, it dawned on her that her brother was seemingly absent, and she began to surreptitiously scan the area. Aura Sida was just so darn cute and excited and serious that it was impossible to divide her attention, so she let it drop for now. But she'd sure give him a hard time for missing this!

It was a real struggle to hold back her laugh as the filly oh so carefully distanced herself before sending sand flying outward in a short-lived halo of debris. Rose was unable to hold back entirely, and a few giggles escaped. She was laughing more in this day than the past few weeks put together! And now she found herself itching to jump in and start a sand fight! Well, she was Coal's sister, after all. Looking at Eternal, she commented Boy, she sure gets serious sometimes,for such a young one. Was she like that? It was hard to remember.

Coal watched from the water, on the other side of the rock. He'd planned on playing at sea-monster and perhaps giving the filly a bit of a fright, but this show was too good to miss. This rock had a ledge, a slope that one would call gentle if it were not for the porous sharpness of it all. The grey one rested on his knees with hind legs tucked beneath him, ducking low as he saw a quiet determination pass across those small features and wondered if conquering the water was something she'd had to work at. It definitely made her seem brave.

Waiting until she was situated on her rock, he had to thank a few lucky stars she'd not caught him. She was a sharp whippersnapper. Then she performed her trick. It truly needed a drum roll. After she finished and made it to shore, Coal leapt as quickly to his feet as the pointy rock surface allowed, whooping and cheering as loudly as he could.

Wooo-hoo-hoooooo! That! Was fantastic! He scrambled over the rest of the rock and into the water, swimming to join them on the beach.

As he landed and stood dripping water, not bothering to shake it all off, Rose cocked her head at him. Whatever happened to fetching a stick for a moat? She shook her head in exasperation and addressed Aura Sidra. That was very well done. Such balance! And so brave. I could not bring myself to teeter like that, and drop. Did the bats ever see you do that?

Coal snorted indignantly, reaching back and yanking a stick out of the strand of blue running through his tail he'd tied it into and dropping it for his sister to see. I got distracted! But I did bring one, even so. Leave it to his sister to take him back to his snarky foalhood self.

He glanced at Eternal. That is becoming quite apparent, certainly. I can see our sire doing that from a sky high cliff. He brought his face down a bit until it was level with Aura Sidra's. Have you gotten him to make cloud candy for you yet? He can take flowers with nectar to the clouds, drizzle them over the fluffiest sections, and bring some of it back to you still puffy. He sighed. Delicious!

Mint was always my favorite. Rose's expression softened as she remembered. Yes, delicious. And just right for their new friend.
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Post Wed Nov 29, 2017 2:47 am

Re: Chasing Pirates

A spark lit the little one's eye at Coal's question, and she was still grinning from his whooping shout; she'd never been cheered for, before. It was the look in her eye that had Eternal perking an ear, not the smile. There was going to be a ruckus back home; there always was when the young one got that look.

Flavored ice-mist, from the clouds? she asked, clearly contemplating the possibilities. He has made his grasses flavored; sweeter and thicker, like it was grown from honey. Maybe that is how he does it. I have never gotten to try the source of it, though...

Oh, yes. There was going to be a ruckus. The filly could be mercilessly relentless, and Caelum would make a token effort of denying her at first. He always gave in eventually; the filly was generally smart enough to find something else to give in exchange for what she wanted.

And in all honesty, Caelum was a bit too changeable to do anything but give in to someone as stubborn as that little beast. But they'd all be hearing about it in the meantime; the storms would roar throughout the lands, at least if the filly didn't keep the right balance of tact and persistence.

You might find the end result is better than the original alterations, Eternal said mildly, motioning towards the piles of damp sand the filly had left behind as an example. Perhaps, if she could be made to think a bit, she might not start out with her father's blazing intensity in full force.

AuraSidra looked thoughtful for a moment before giving a slight nod; message received. Tact had been the focus of her last several lessons, and it was a concept she was still struggling to embrace. It had taken her weeks to notice that both of her parents were as fierce as she was; they simply tempered it when dealing with others.

And she might not like the sweet-fluff as much as the gummy grasses, so easing up on the intensity of her stubbornness was made all the easier. She was curious now, but not driven to fixation.

It also hinted, in the back of her young mind, that the grown ups were becoming stricter. She was going to have to step carefully if it was so easy to get a mild reminder that trouble wasn't far away for her.

I do not think I have ever practiced ground-sky where the bats could see,, she added, her thoughts on being a bit less reckless reminding her that she'd completely overlooked entire pieces of conversation for the concept of new sweets (not obsessed at all, was she?) My ermine friends have watched me, and shown me different ways to climb up on the ice, she smiled. They think it's funny.

They are surprisingly good at climbing and swimming, Eternal explained, and their nimble boldness entertains and encourages. If those little fluffballs could be so versatile, surely AuraSidra could explore and expand. Why else would she be out on a beach?

There was that word again, that nimble. Ermines could, and often did, get into hilariously clumsy situations, yet for the most part she didn't really think of them as tripping over themselves. They really were very good at climbing, and it was because of them that she'd started climbing the giant ice spires that made up her "palace" in the first place.

But they did fall on their faces sometimes; she still wasn't certain about the meaning.

Curious, and quite happy because she had found something new to be curious about, AuraSidra picked up the little stick that Coal had dropped and pranced over to the piles of sand she'd left scattered where she'd been buried. She was humming the word Nimble over and over to herself as she pushed and nosed the piles into new shapes, eventually bringing a gnarled old "tree" out of the sand and using the stick as the trunk.

Eternal chuckled and smiled at Rose and Coal, nodding towards the youngling. She can be quite serious at times, and quite silly at others, she grinned, speaking over the repetitive nimble. What would you say to a bit of silliness this day, my friends? I quite fancy the idea of building with the youngling.

Which might lead to hurling sand at each other, which might lead to running through the water and splashing each other to "clean off." Chaos and destruction could also be a very, very good thing. Especially when it was while having fun with your friends.
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Post Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:46 pm

Re: Chasing Pirates

OOC| Gah! Egads! I believe cobwebs began re-forming just from my recent lapse! Apologies, the holidays really chewed me up this year.

BIC| Rose watched the little one carefully. The range of expressions on her face was quite wide, and it was fascinating to watch her process everything. Perhaps it was just not as plain on other faces, perhaps it was age. A thought she kept finding herself repeating as time went on.

Coal grinned a wide grin, seeing he'd brought up something for this one to pester his Da about. Some pestering was only proper from a young'un, of course. It seemed AuraSidra was under a rather monitored, rather tight rein. Mayhaps it was just that with triplets, things tended to be a little on the wild side. Mayhaps it was Eternal's presence. Mayhaps it was past happenings coming back to teach lessons. Who knew. Do you have a nickname, little one? So many of your relations have them, and they are the most interesting assignations. They always seemed earned, and he wondered what names she'd earned herself if she had them.

Have you befriended others? The bats and the ermines cannot be the only ones you've come across and played with in your lands, surely? Aura impressed her with her independence, but it would be easy to see her making friends wherever she went. And it was great fun hearing her tales of her homeland.

Both watched the filly with fondness, sharing Eternal's amusement. A bit of silliness would be more than welcome, your ladyship. Rose nodded her agreement, happy to be a part of this group and sharing in the serious and the silly.
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