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berry theft (open)
« on: March 06, 2017, 09:28:44 AM »
The hound looked across the sea of purple leaves that made up Inaria's woodland, his keen eyes barely managing to pick up the wasteland beyond. He had climbed a particularly high tree and had poked his head through the leaves so he could look beyond the border without having to wander to said border. The last time he had tried it, an angry border guard had ordered him back within the packlands. Dali had heard some talk about rogues being commonplace in these lands but the Page had merely blown a raspberry at the aggressive guard and had vanished through the trees, too fast for the guard to catch and give a sound beating. It was all in good fun, but Dali had felt a degree of irritation at being talked to like he was stupid.

As if he would ever want to leave Inaria! He had a good thing going on here. Food, warmth and protection. A fine reward for surviving all those months in the marsh. Still, he could not deny that the pull of home was somewhat strong. He often wandered how the rest of his pack was doing. His mother and father. He felt kind of guilty that he had abandoned them and had managed to make a home here.

"Ugh - this is depressing," Dali grumbled to himself, clambering down from the trees. "Time to grab some berries."

The hound made a beeline for a row of nearby bushes, licking his lips as he thought of the juicy berries that were officially his kryptonite. It was only when he grew closer that he noticed the bushes had been picked bare. Dali frowned. What the hell? There had been a fresh crop of them here only yesterday. "Did I really eat all those berries?" he questioned himself, the growl of stomach confirming that - for once - he was not the culprit. His nose picked up the smell of the thief, prompting him to let out a snort.

"Well, that's just peaching!" he growled. "Fancy eating all these berries and not leaving a single one for a hardworking Page!"

Completely missing the irony and hypocrisy of his own words, Dali began to follow the scent of the berry thief. His sense of smell was extremely refined and it was not long before the smell was also joined by the remnants of the berry bush. Whoever the thief was, they had made a right mess. Bounding through the trees, Dali would pause upon sighting somebody through the trees. Maybe they had stolen his berries? Completely forgetting that the berries were hardly private property, the Page stomped through the trees towards his suspect and would clear his throat loudly, not at all in the mood for manners.

"Hi there, Detective Dali, Inarian Berry Inspector!" he introduced himself. Yeah, that sounded nice and official! "Have you consumed any berries today, friend?"

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Re: berry theft (open)
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2017, 10:52:51 AM »
"So full," Felix groaned waddling slightly to accomadate his over full belly. He had stumbled upon patch of berries at the end of one of his runs and feeling a bit peckish had helped himself, he hadn't counted on them being quite so delicious as they were however and with out really realising it had polished off the whole lot. Felix was still a young wolf who, despite rigorous work outs, was mostly gangly limbs and had the pinched look of someone who had grown a lot in short amount of time. At least he was a growing pup rather than just a glutton - Not that he hadn't greedily gobbled down more than he needed, he certainly had and so much infact he was now starting to feel a bit sick. "Ugh," He grumbled, licking his chops as his stomach gave a particularly violent churn. The sound of someone who he hadn't even heard approaching clearing their throat loudly behind him caused him to start and then sink to the ground, ears back, crouched ready to flee.

"Hi there, Detective Dali, Inarian Berry Inspector! Have you consumed any berries today, friend?"

"No." Felix lied compulsively. What? If someone suddenly bursts out the shrubbery suddenly and accuses you of something the first thing you are going to do is deny all knowledge of said event. The staining round his mouth wasn't lying quite so eloquently as his words however and he rubbed a paw hastily across his snout trying to destroy the evidence but succeeding in doing little more than spreading it. He shuffled forward guilty, adding a bit more distance between himself and what he now saw from looking over his shoulder was a kinda wierd looking spindly beast. He stopped moving to stare at it - The heck was it? That was no wolf, was it one of those hellhound creatures his Dad once told him about?

The pause where he ogled the stranger also gave his startled mind a moment to kick back in "Heeey - Berry inspector? That's not a thing!" Felix responed with more confidence than he actually felt and a little cross too, ironically, because he realised he was being lied to. It wasn't a thing though was it? Oh god, what if it was a thing!?
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Re: berry theft (open)
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2017, 05:44:08 PM »
His suspect was a male dire wolf. Brown fur, blue eyes. Two foot or so in height. A youngster, but heavy... Heavy due to evident consumption of HIS berries.

Eyes narrowing to the point where Dali could barely see out of them, he strolled on over to the pup and looked him up and down with indignation. When the boy instinctively denied his crime, the hound could only frown for a moment. He reviewed the evidence. Let's see. The scent that was around the berries clearly belonged to the kid, he was sorta fat from eating SOMETHING recently and... Wait, was that BERRY JUICE around his mouth? Hmmm.

"Heeey - Berry inspector? That's not a thing!"

Before Dali could put all the pieces of this seemingly hard jigsaw puzzle together, Felix had thrown him off. Now it was Dali's turn to have his own inner turmoil. He had A rank, that was true at least. Did being a Page come with berry privileges? Well, even if it didn't, he was going to make it his personal mission to install one! After all, if anybody was deserving of berries, it was him! He needed them for energy after all. Thus, Dali felt absolutely no guilt as he stuck his tail up in the air and lifted his chin defiantly.

All official like.

"Pfft, shows how much you know," Dali sneered. "I've been entrusted with... Uh, personally protecting the berries of this pack. It's a very important job - yes siree - but I mostly work undercover, hence why you've never heard of a berry inspector. It's all very top secret, you know! Yes, 'top secret'! Very top secret-y!"

In fact, it's so top secret that... it's nonexistent. Yep.

"You're in a world of trouble, young man," the hound declared. "Where were you between the hours of... Uh, do you have the time? Let's say it's like an hour after sunrise so... Where were you between sunrise and now?"
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Re: berry theft (open)
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2017, 06:59:17 PM »
[Sorry for being so slow - Saw this and promptly typed up three quarters of a reply and equally promptly forgot to about it >.<]

"Pfft, shows how much you know. I've been entrusted with... Uh, personally protecting the berries of this pack. It's a very important job - yes siree - but I mostly work undercover, hence why you've never heard of a berry inspector. It's all very top secret, you know! Yes, 'top secret'! Very top secret-y!"

Felix's eyes widened at this, top secret huh? Explains why he hadn't heard about it. "Berry inspector huh..." He repeated, testing the title, still unsure, but now he said it aloud he had to admit it kinda sounded official. The only problem with it being official was that would be he was officially in trouble. Unless... "Hey who's your superior?" He asked, sounding perhaps a little too hopeful, but equally sure he'd get no answer. Top secret was top secret afterall but if his offence was that serious surely this guy would be reporting him to his higher ups? In which case let it be Moons, please let it be Moons. She was a old friend of the family and he was sure he could weedle his way out of any real trouble if she was the orchestrator of all this.

"You're in a world of trouble, young man. Where were you between the hours of... Uh, do you have the time? Let's say it's like an hour after sunrise so... Where were you between sunrise and now?"

"I dunno..." Felix mumbled in a very teenager like way, "Doing stuff..." He added looking down at a paw and twiddling some grass between his toes, then even more unhelpfully, with a little shrug thrown in for good measure, "...And things." Mumbling was generally a shabby defence but was better than nothing. "Never saw anyone eat the berries though!" He added vehemently looking back up and shaking his head now. Because it was true wasn't it? He hadn't! You can't see yourself after all. Embrace technicalities his Dad had always said and now he was seeing why.

"So there's a threat to the berries then? So what sorta thing you protecting them from?" Felix asked, leaning and dropping his voice to a whisper, equal parts curious and equal parts trying to change the subject to shift the finger if blame from himself. "Not those Wurzels is it?" His Dad had told him a thing or two about Wurzels and the dangers they posed and the trouble they caused, the only thing he had yet to tell his son about them is that they didn't actually exist; if he had Felix would not right now be thinking that Wurzels seemed like the perfect scape goat. Kids falling for their parents fictional tales of things that go bump in the night had a long documented history and Felix had not been spared. Poor kid.
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