sonder winter 1710

Ameliorate


Healer

from Saora
age
3 years old
gender
Female
size
Medium
scent
Rosemary and sage
supporting
Undecided
threadlog
encounters
writer
Rilo
Odette’s scent filled her senses as she drew nearer – sweeter than any treat she sold inside, delicately feminine and wholly unlike any other Willow had known before. The other’s golden sights were somehow still bright, still vivid, even by the bleak winter’s light that afternoon. “I'd love to." ”Then it’s settled. I’ll be your guide on today’s adventure,” she said in a purposefully silly voice in an attempt to further lighten the mood. Laughter was a wonderful medicine.

The healer smiled, head turning just so to observe Odette as she disappeared into her shop again. She made a mental note to ask Odette more about her family on their journey. It was a topic that caused Willow’s heart to ache with a now-familiar sadness, but to allow that grief to creep back in, coupled with the trauma of Odette’s story… The she-wolf shook her head to clear the shadowed thoughts. Before her thoughts could wander further into the darkness once more, Odette returned, and the baker’s daughter came closer still upon her arrival, close enough that all else faded into the background for Willow but the sweet smile of her friend.

“Ready when you are." The gentle words had scarcely parted Odette’s delicate lips before Willow was on the move, eager to be away from the throngs of strangers that populated Odette’s village. The pair were similar in size, so Willow adjusted her gait to match the other’s so they could walk side by side, shoulders occasionally brushing against each other in their shared movement. An ear flicked at the sound of the other’s gratitude, corners of her lips drawing back into a wider grin. ”It’s no trouble at all. We’ll keep each other safe.”

She was quiet for a brief moment as she walked, putting the sounds of the civilians further behind them as a white meadow stretched out before them. ”There is something I need to tell you, Odette.” She had never mentioned Rowan during their previous all-too brief encounter. The opportunity had simply never presented itself. But it felt important to be open. Honest from the start. ”I know we don’t know each other very well yet,” she added a slight emphasis to the last word, ”But I feel you should know more about me, if we are to continue to get closer.” She added: ”And I do hope that’s the case.”




@Odette

art and code by Yahtzee-Penguiduck
02-19-2024, 08:51 AM

Owner of Rosie's Tea Garden & Patisserie

from Saora
age
3 years old
gender
Female
size
Medium
scent
Vanilla and Chai Spice
supporting
Undecided
home
Iverness
threadlog
Odette's Menu
writer
Supernova


Odette was more than delighted to be in step with her friend rather than being led to their destination. It reminded her of, Aurora, a friend she'd made in Rionna that had also helped her through hardship. She seemed to be doing that a lot lately...making friends or at the very least trying to. The smile she earned from simply expressing her gratitude was brighter than the sun itself and Willow practically glowed, the light of the day framing her in angelic fashion. Odette had to blink a few times to make sure she wasn't simply seeing things. Then again, would she be so surprised if she did discover that she was an angel? Likely not.

As if on queue, Willow said there was something that she had to tell her. Could she have read my mind? Odette had to wonder, but then reminded herself not to make assumptions of what she was going to hear. Ears perked up as her golden eyes rounded with a genuine curiosity. “Oh, of course, Willow." She realized that there was a level of trust being bestowed upon her and she offered a smile with a nod of unspoken understanding. “I really would like to get to know you better and for you to know me as well. So...why don't we trade tidbits about each other. When you tell me something about you, I will tell you something about me. Seems like a fair trade if you ask me." She made the suggestion and then sealed it with a wink.



@Willow
(This post was last modified: 02-19-2024, 07:55 PM by Odette.)
02-19-2024, 07:50 PM

Healer

from Saora
age
3 years old
gender
Female
size
Medium
scent
Rosemary and sage
supporting
Undecided
threadlog
encounters
writer
Rilo
“I really would like to get to know you better and for you to know me as well.” The cold air that surrounded them seemed to vanish, at least for a few seconds, as Odette’s comment inspired Willow’s cheeks to grow warm. But it was the wink that followed her lyrical words that caused the tri-color femme to stare, perhaps a bit longer than was necessary. The warmth in the other's golden gaze stole the words she had been preparing to speak away as those thoughts suddenly disappeared from her focus.


The winter still felt as if it were kept at bay as Willow recomposed herself. ”Er, well, this one might be more than a tidbit,” she said with a nervous laugh. Her pace had unconsciously slowed as she tried to find the right words to express something that would likely be shocking to her new friend. ”I have a child.” A pause to allow the words to trickle through the other’s mind, and then she continued: ”Her name is Rowan. She was born early last summer. To say that she was a surprise would be an understatement…” She laughed in spite of herself, eyes turning upward to the cloudy skies.


”Her other parent and I, we just – it didn’t work out the way I thought it might when I found out I was expecting. They – they’re a great wolf. It just wasn’t right,” she explained. Her heart ached with a sadness she felt for Gallagher – how she had loved them, how she still did – it just wasn’t the same as the love she had seen between her mothers, or between Aryth and Grigori…


Silence followed, save for the sounds of dainty paws as they traveled through the snow. Willow cleared her throat, finally pulling her focus from the dreary firmament to Odette’s sunny sights. She would attempt to gauge the she-wolf’s response from her expression, and she felt oddly nervous to see how she would respond.




@Odette

art and code by Yahtzee-Penguiduck
02-21-2024, 02:58 PM

Owner of Rosie's Tea Garden & Patisserie

from Saora
age
3 years old
gender
Female
size
Medium
scent
Vanilla and Chai Spice
supporting
Undecided
home
Iverness
threadlog
Odette's Menu
writer
Supernova


Willow seemed hesitant at first to tell her, saying that it might be more than a little fact about her. “Oh?" The baker smiled warmly at her friend hoping it might put her at ease. “Thats alright! Whatever it is, I'm all ears." She gave her ears a wiggle and then patiently awaited for what the blonde woman wished to share.

“I have a child."

Odette blinked, her golden eyes growing wide, but with awe rather than surprise. “Oh, goodness, Willow...you're a mother." Her voice softened, now seeing her in a new light. Her gaze was full of admiration, for she knew that becoming a mother was no easy feat for anyone and she knew that the two of them couldn't be that far off in age.

She then followed the gaze of light green eyes up towards the open winter sky, listening to her explain her position with Rowan's parent. It sounded like the young mother had been through quite a lot in the past year. Odette touched her nose to Willow's shoulder sympathetically as she spoke, but remained silent and attentive until she'd finished sharing.


When their eyes met, a knowing smile took over her features as she gave Willow a once over. “That certainly explains your larger orders of pastries. I knew those sweets couldn't have all been for you and that you must've been getting enough for two." She chuckled softly, experiencing an odd feeling relief that her assumption the second wolf was a significant other. “I hadn't a clue it might've been a pup. Ohhh, sweet little, Rowan...and what a lovely name too!"

It was her turn to share something then and she hummed to herself thoughtfully. There wasn't much that was incredibly interesting and so she chose a similar topic. “My father is actually the one who raised me. My mother, unfortunately, passed away during childbirth, so it has been me and Papa since day one. I wish I had at least been able to meet my mother...Rowan is a very lucky little girl to have you." She spoke with the utmost sincerity and she leaned into her friend with affection to show her that she truly meant it.






@Willow
02-21-2024, 04:03 PM
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