Ahead of them, the gargoyle paused, body angled towards a break in the wall. It was narrow, barely wide enough for a person to walk straight through, but seemed to be a branch off tunnel. He turned his head briefly towards Vixen, and without awaiting input, forged ahead through it, disappearing sideways. "Juke- ok. I guess we're doing this." Vixen hesitated outside the narrow opening, looking longingly towards the wider tunnel path ahead. Was it worth dipping in here? Maybe Juke sensed something she didn't... or maybe he was just investigating every nook and cranny. Theoretically, this trip was for exploration purposes, so that's precisely what they should be doing, but saying something and doing it were two different things, and faced with such a closed off space, well Vixen would rather they not. Still, she had to follow him, lest she lose her gargoyle, and so with a heavy sigh, she gently pressed Qi closer to her neck to ensure the young Wiurn would not be scraped off by the wall, and walked forward through the rocky crevice. The tools strapped alongside her back dinged against the opening in protest, but luckily once past the entry, the path was marginally wider, wider enough that her tools would not get caught, at least.
Being that the tunnel was so narrow, Vixen's flashlight flooded their surroundings, illuminating every pebble and crack in the stone around them. Though this shaft, too, was reinforced with wooden beams, they were much narrower and further spaced than that of the main tunnel, and Vixen tried to will herself into believing that this path was no less stable than the rest of the mines. She was deeply paranoid about cave-ins, and each trip into the mines was a test of her nerve, moreso than any monster she'd ever worked with. Luckily, her companions shared no such anxiety, and Qi was absently chewing on locks of her hair, occasionally defaulting to tug at Vixen's earlobe, earning a wince and a tossed curse to shake her off. Juke, meanwhile, was striding confidently ahead of them, the light scarcely holding the gray borders of his smooth tail and textured wings. He led a good six meters ahead, seemingly unconcerned about Vixen's ability to keep pace with him, though he did sporadically seem to glance over his shoulder. She tried to be flattered by this, but Vixen couldn't quite shake the feeling that he was more so keeping tabs on her shoulder monkey than herself.
Assuming Juke had formed any sort of attachment or interest in the young Wiurn, it certainly wasn't the worst thing in the world, was it? She had other Wiurn babies to offer him, even! Perhaps she would bring Lore down here next; he would certainly be easier than his half sister. No, it wouldn't be the worst thing, but... I want him to bond to me.... Wait, am I jealous of a baby lizard? Wow. How petty of me. Vixen was usually a patient person when it came to critters of all shapes and sizes, but even still, she was spoiled and accustomed to being instantly liked- often, instantly adored. There was no reason for this gargoyle to have such an attachment to her, though- after all, she hadn't even been the one to find and tame him in the mines! No, she had sold her drake and acquired Juke; he barely knew her, and moreover, being a wild animal, there was no innate desire to bond or attach to a human, and he was more intelligent than the average creature. Those factors combined didn't set her up for immediate favoritism... but still. Frowning, she reached up and scratched along Qi's neck, earning a soft trill from the ornery hatchling, capturing Juke's attention somewhat as his steps faltered.
Jack: Thanks for the notice!
May 28, 2020 10:05:26 GMT -6
Darky: Heads up: there's a chance you might notice Trepuldra images having loading issues on June 3rd, for about 3h. No need to panic, Veebimajutus just notified there's going to be some scheduled maintenance, is all x3
May 28, 2020 10:05:06 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: right??? i was really hoping i could find one of those pachee before the season was out.
May 26, 2020 18:51:32 GMT -6
Fanged: Oh wow that's an awesome garden find FF
May 26, 2020 18:13:26 GMT -6
Riku: Oh how perfect! I woke up wanting to post (unexpected, but yay) and saw I had a reply. <3 Meant to be.
May 26, 2020 6:40:43 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: I really, really love all the updates that have come~! <3
May 24, 2020 2:12:37 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: np!!! I hope y'all like it!
May 23, 2020 13:45:06 GMT -6
Riku: What an awesome update, staff! Thanks for that! <3
May 23, 2020 12:06:52 GMT -6
Jack: All have been found!
May 23, 2020 9:53:27 GMT -6
Jack: Might want to be on the lookout for anything... odd
May 22, 2020 23:51:22 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: Yeah it’s definitely a coincidence but wow did it work out well for us! XD
May 22, 2020 6:43:27 GMT -6
Silver: I'm pretty sure that was just a coincidence, but it sure feels lucky!
May 22, 2020 2:07:09 GMT -6
Riku: So did you guys make this hosting switch perfectly RIGHT before pb broke? >.< Thaz crazy. It’s a huge relief and I’m very glad we’ve come to this. <3
May 22, 2020 1:41:01 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: It’s free up to a certain number of GB, which we haven’t hit yet.
May 21, 2020 6:46:33 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Is the site that is going to be used to host all those images also the type you'd need to pay for? (definitely noticed the broken images yeah. Photobucket feels like it is standing on its last legs. X3 )
May 21, 2020 0:13:57 GMT -6
Morgan: I'm just kinda nervous about them going down before things get moved over completely. It's prolly nothing to be worried about though. :3
May 20, 2020 22:13:15 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: Thank goodness we're moving out of there? XD
May 20, 2020 21:59:22 GMT -6
Renathan: Ugh, photobucket has the images broke again. x3
May 20, 2020 21:18:53 GMT -6