Ah well, couldn't teach a child everything all in one day. Morgan understood that already, of course. Morgan stepped across the singing floor as quietly as possible, but the soft chirping of the joints in the floor alerted the tat-lung to their presence. The first one to show up was, unsurprisingly enough, Seimei. Seimei may not be the most friendly of the tat-lungs, but he was the quickest riser. Some days he got very little sleep, and Morgan had to beg him to get more rest. He was super light as a sleeper, and Morgan knew why. His scars attested to his life before he had come into Morgan's care, and Morgan knew that they must have been the reason why he was this way. Morgan understood, and had even offered to pay for a counselor for him; a human counselor. That had not gone over well at all, though Morgan had meant well. Seimei saw Millicent, and Millicent saw Seimei.
Morgan had kinda expected Seimei to be the prickliest about the harachiu. That was sort of what this was going to be for; Morgan wanted the tat-lung to meet the newest sentient member of the family. They knew that Ryuusei would dote on her if allowed, and knew also that Shigeru would certainly enjoy being around her. The babies were too young to really meet Millicent yet; tat-lungs were boisterous youngsters sometimes and Millicent was still nervous. However, Millicent actually smiled. Just, just what? Smiling? That couldn't be right. She hadn't smiled this entire time, not even eating dinner with Morgan. Seimei did something that Morgan wasn't expecting as well, he stepped forward, and looked at her. "This is Millicent." Morgan said, signing. The pair just looked at one another, and then Millicent leaned out of the pocket with both hands, patting on Seimei's nose. Seimei disliked being touched, but he took it very well.
Morgan realized that they must be watching the start of a friendship, and they were admittedly a little shocked. They hadn't really expected Seimei to be the one that got Millicent out of her shell. Morgan figured that Millicent may actually like Ryuusei, perhaps, but no, here she was patting Seimei's nose as if he wasn't the prickliest tat-lung that Morgan cared for, and Seimei was... Nuzzling her hand. It was a small, almost imperceptible thing, but Morgan noticed that he didn't hate it. Morgan kept theirself carefully metered, and soon, Seimei simply turned and slid back down into the water. The other tat-lungs were coming, and Seimei was in fact quite prickly and did not tend to be around the others, save for perhaps Ryuusei sometimes. Millicent waved at him, but acted super shy around the other tat-lungs, even Ryuusei who was quite boisterous. Weird. Morgan couldn't help but be surprised.
Well, in the case of Ryuusei and Seimei, they tended to be the 'opposites attract' sort of situation, and that surprised Morgan in some ways too. They were both prideful though, extremely so, and loved games, so they had some things alike. However, Millicent was appearing... Shy? So shy goes to shy, perhaps? Morgan was surprised. Heck, maybe Seimei just kind of likes others being around that were weaker than them? Morgan would have to ask Seimei later, since Millicent didn't speak yet. Morgan allowed Millicent to meet the other tats, and then made sure that all the tat-lungs were fed and everything. After that, Morgan stepped back out into the cold. It was a tad warmer, thankfully, and Morgan was pleased that it was. They had a lot of other things to do this morning, and Morgan was beginning to think that maybe they should practice the whole magic thing... They needed to learn how to control it.
That actually sounded like a pretty good idea; but the other critters needed to be fed and walked this morning first. Morgan had two houluh that needed walking, and it would be the first morning that the two were walked together. Morgan really wanted Millicent to start coming with them on these little outings in the mornings to get used to being around all of the other critters first. Getting a daily routine had been good for Nico, and Morgan was sure it would be good for Millicent as well, though she was sentient. Morgan liked to have a routine in general, as well. "Alrighty Millicent, we're gonna walk the houluh. Then, we're gonna do some magic practice. You can watch if you want." Morgan said in both common and labs sign language. Millicent just had her arms crossed across her chest and a pouty look on her face. Oh, well that was okay. Morgan wasn't going to force her to attempt to be communicative.
It was fine, Morgan thought. It would be a long time before Millicent got used to Morgan enough to start learning. Morgan had heard a lot about harachiu, that they were often kept as slaves. Morgan was sure that Millicent didn't looked like she got hurt before now, she had no scars on her at all, and that made Morgan feel much better. Seimei was completely one-hundred percent on Morgan's mind when they checked this. Seimei's scars had still not went away, and it was distressing just thinking about it! However, Millicent seemed to be fine. Poorly socialized, like many an adopted child when they first come home, but not harmed. Morgan was pleased at that, but still wanted to make sure that she was okay otherwise. "You got your coat, Millicent?" Morgan asked, and then smiled. "Of course you do. Good job on getting your coat on Millicent." At that, Morgan continued on.
Figuring out how to manage to control the magic was going to be a difficult task, Morgan knew. They were both anxious and ready to get it over with, knowing that later on in the morning before it got too warm, they would stand out here and try some things. However, for now, they also knew that they needed to keep it slow going. It was quite important that they didn't work theirself up. They remembered how terrible it had been just thinking about the entire Waar issue. Breaking Waar had been a mess, a real and right mess, and Morgan didn't want to let their emotions get the best of them again and cause any issues. Morgan was SURE that it had been their fault! A frown was on Morgan's face, and Millicent was looking up at them, curiously. What were they so mad about, huh? The tiny fae child thought.
It would take a long while before the pair would be able to work together smoothly, perhaps even longer than Morgan dealing with their other adopted children, the tat-lung. Something about Morgan made that much easier to adjust to working with. Morgan often aligned themself with dragons, so it didn't occur to them as strange to deal with dragon youngsters. Raising the tat-lungs was natural to Morgan, as natural as anything really. However, Millicent was different. Sure, she was a fae child, but she was so much more like a person in looks that it was hard for Morgan to even really consider her as anything other than a human child. But of course, she was fae. She'd be able to fly, eventually, and that might mean that she could get hurt. Morgan was very worried for her; at least the tat-lungs were grown by the time they could fly! Morgan would have to be so careful with the young lady.
Millicent on the other hand was very smart and really curious, but at this point in time wasn't really ready to deal with Morgan one on one with anything more complicated than meal time. It wasn't a deficiency due to her, in fact, it was because anyone didn't really take to a change in living circumstances immediately. Morgan really wanted to teach her to communicate eventually, but also they were quite concerned about the fact that they didn't know in the mean time what all she had been through or what all was annoying her. Hopefully her clothes were comfortable. Morgan had her wearing a lot more than she normally would be. She had come to Morgan only in regular 'harachiu' clothes, and the first thing Morgan had done was to make sure to pick up more clothes for her; almost too many for her to choose from in the mornings. So far, she hated all of them.
And that was, despite the huge amount of different varieties of clothes were selected for her. Morgan hated the fact that they felt like they had failed her, in that way. However, they hoped that she would get used to wearing more clothes soon. The human walked them back out and into the mansion, where it was warmer. "Alright Millicent, we're gonna walk the houluh." They repeated, using their hands and in common. They wanted to make sure that the youngster remembered what they were doing. "Do you want to come, or do you want to stay?" Morgan asked, and then tried to communicate the idea to Millicent. If she understood (Morgan was sure that she didn't despite the attempts) she showed no indication other than watching Morgan's hands. Well, at least Morgan had tried, they thought. They did need to do something in the future to help with this language barrier.
It would undoubtedly take a long time to work with Millicent on this issue, but as with all of their sentient family members, Morgan planned to work on this as much as possible without causing issues. Morgan immediately rounded up the houluh quite quickly, and got them on the lead. Cozette was not really ready to be walkable as much as Nico, but thankfully Nico had pretty good leadership instincts, so she was kept in line by him. They walked around the city with Millicent in Morgan's breast pocket of course, now not as cold since she was wearing her little jacket. They walked to the park and back, putting the houluh back inside afterwards. The sun was 'good and up' now, as Morgan would have said, so it was about time to get some breakfast in them. "What do you like to eat, Millicent?" Morgan asked, thoughtfully as they made their way to the kitchen.
Morgan liked bacon and eggs, so bacon and eggs it was for Morgan. However, Morgan felt like perhaps the harachiu didn't like the smell of it. They were guessing by her wrinkled up nose of course, this kind of thing was hard to pinpoint with a being one had a language barrier with. They gently helped Millicent out of their breast pocket and stood her up on the table carefully. "Eat." Morgan said, before opening the refrigerator. "Eat?" They said, this time trying to mark it as a question for the harachiu. They decided that keeping it simple for now might be good. When the Harachiu stared at Morgan blankly and then with a lot of frustration, Morgan dug around in the refrigerator and pulled out a ton of stuff; one of every fruit and vegetable they had in there, and sat it down on the table in front of the harachiu.
Morgan brought their hand to their mouth in the Labs Sign Language movement for 'eat', and repeated the word. At this, the Harachiu pouted, but walked over to a grape; nearly as large around as she was, and pointed at it. Morgan immediately washed a knife, their hands, and the grape, and then cut it into the tiniest pieces they could on a plate. The harachiu stepped over and onto the plate, picked up a piece, and looked at Morgan. Morgan popped an entire, separate grape into their mouth. "Eat." They repeated, with the movement of their hand as well. The harachiu seemed to understand, suddenly, and reached down to pick up one of the cut up pieces of grape. There we go, Morgan thought. Millicent was suddenly excited; but still refused to attempt the word, spoken of course. Morgan cut up several fruits for her, to see which she liked, and then when she was full, cooked their own breakfast and ate.
Now that Everyone was Fed, it was time to practice the magic. Morgan had admittedly been shuffling their feet, so to speak, to try to put this as late as possible, but they had botany classes still after lunch, so if they were going to do anything, they needed to do it Now, basically. Morgan cleaned up after breakfast with Millicent staring them down the entire time. It took a minute for Morgan to realize that the harachiu was simply watching and learning, and not actually judging them on their ability to clean! The harachiu just had 'one of those faces' that looked super angry a lot, perhaps? Morgan would have to keep an eye on it in the future. "Millicent, are you okay?" Morgan asked, using LSL at the same time. "Do you want to go out into the yard with me and watch, or would you prefer to go back to the room?"
It was probably a good thing that Millicent didn't understand what Morgan was saying, or at this point really care. She simply curled up on top of the table and went to go to sleep. Oh, she was tired! That made sense, they had done a lot of stuff this morning, and she was a child. A particularly small, and young child at that. "Alrighty then, I'll take you up to the bedroom to sleep." Morgan had a monitor made for her, just in case, but she wasn't young enough to really need it. Still, Morgan liked to make sure that she wasn't into any trouble. Morgan gently took her up to the bedroom in their hand, and then sat her down on her bed gently. It was small of course, for her, but quite big all the same. Morgan liked a big bed, and figured that other beings would probably like room to stretch to. After putting her to bed, Morgan knew they couldn't put off working on their magic any longer. Out to the yard it was!
 - [Morgan puts Millicent to bed, the rest of the thread will continue without Millicent.]
Riku: From what I loosely understand about the fish is that it isn't one-use, whereas the berry is. I feel like there wouldn't be any consequence of 'using' the fish...which I'd think just ooc wouldn't be counted for whatever rolls or whatever it is that it uses
Jun 3, 2020 14:14:30 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Thanks for that piece of info Ren! <3 | But would it be allowed for the flavor of the rp if the berry wasn't filling enough for the Lotine?
Jun 1, 2020 6:09:21 GMT -6
Renathan: There is no need to double up on a fish and a magical berry (doesn't change the effect of the berry at all) in a lotine breeding.
Jun 1, 2020 6:02:21 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Does anyone know if it is possible to combine both a magical berry and a fish in a Lotine breeding? Or is you can only choose one of them? (right now writing a Lotine breeding)
Jun 1, 2020 5:36:49 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: I am still interested in trading it for a green drake.
Jun 1, 2020 0:31:33 GMT -6
Ridelys: If you are still interested in a trade twilight, for your fidelity result, let me know.
May 31, 2020 22:49:49 GMT -6
Riku: I got three pet levels and 15c out of it. <3 And all the necessary posts for my job salary form.
May 31, 2020 18:49:26 GMT -6
Riku: In mine my crossbreed used foxfire to burn it - but then it used incendiary illusion, which was extra scary because my cross is a plant pet with thick fur. It used the distraction to escape. I’m proud of it, and it’s okay that I won’t finish this month.
May 31, 2020 18:48:42 GMT -6
Renathan: *But of course, the RNG was not having that. / In Morgan's story, the Nyssa was a real thing, so I wanted to have two different situations for the variety.
May 31, 2020 18:15:27 GMT -6
Renathan: Yeah, the 'finished the story but the RNGods are being a butt' thing is a rather unfortunate situation to be in. I had already decided that in Ren's story, the elderly woman had lied about the nyssa and just wanted someone to talk to*
May 31, 2020 18:14:49 GMT -6
Riku: That makes sense. I've considered that before. -nod- I hope your non-hxr life is going smoothly.
May 31, 2020 16:38:08 GMT -6
Haix: Just quitting the job. Don't believe I'll be making the ten posts required per month any time soon. XD
May 31, 2020 16:34:01 GMT -6
Riku: Note to haix, I believe you can post the new application form at the same time as the quitting form. Unless you are simply taking an overall break from the job system.
May 31, 2020 16:30:58 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: even AT the gardens yet. XD It sucks when you've finished writing your story and haven't gotten a success, because then its like "well... now what?" XD
May 31, 2020 15:51:47 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: ive found that when there's a quest that might take longer like this, its a good idea to try and space out the story beats to try and roll a success before i get to the meat of the story. XD Like, by the time i was 5 posts in my character wasn't
May 31, 2020 15:51:21 GMT -6