A new day, a new adventure. Nadia had been a stranger to the training grounds for many months, but with a new mission in mind, she had at last returned - and this time, with something different in mind.
She'd kept the basket that Murr had given her with Hael in. It was a charming keepsake if nothing else, but to her surprise the houluh had become attached to it and was allowing her to carry her around. That suited her just fine. It was easier than letting her sprint around before they were at the park and had a closed off space in which to become acquainted.
The weather was mild for the time of year. At least they had the sun on their side, and they'd hopefully be able to run through some tolerance training before the necessity of a bath arose. Puppy needle teeth were no fun to deal with.
Nadia wasn't lugging tons of supplies with her - only what she thought was absolutely necessary, and that happened to be a ball and a box of jerky treats. As long as she had things to use to motivate Hael, there wouldn't be a problem. Babies tended to be simple in their needs. When they were securely inside the fenced-off area she'd chosen as her own, she set the basket down, and knelt in front of the sleeping puppy.
"Hael," She murmured, reaching forward to smooth a finger over the crown of the houluh's head. "Time to awaken, my sweet."
No such interest. Hael opened her jaws in a wide, unscrupulous yawn, and stretched her forepaws in front of her; Nadia bit back a coo at the flash of soft pink pawpads.
"I know, sleeping is very nice," She acquiesced with a nod. "Hael. That is what we will call you, you know? Hael."
Nadia wasn't sure why she'd chosen the name for the puppy. It had come to her, she supposed; it seemed to fit, and had stuck, especially once she'd started actively calling her by it. Getting her to be interested in the name, though, was another matter.
"Hael," She called, moving her hand down to instead tap lightly on the back of one paw. "Hael, darling. Can we get moving?"
Absolutely not! The Houluh whined in protest, but her eyes cracked open, fixing on Nadia's face. Despite the annoyance of being woken up, her tail began to wag. People always made puppies happy!
"Yes, that's right." She beamed, nodding to enforce the positive. "Hael. That is you. Hael."
It didn't matter to the puppy who she was. What did matter was slowly rising to her feet and bowing into a more extensive stretch. Aaaah, it was a hard life of naps and treats!
Hael shook, sending little tufts of fur floating into the air, and slowly stepped out of the basket. The grass was a new, interesting feeling on her pawpads; she'd spent most of her time so far indoors, first with her mum and then in the adoption centre. It was scary, but fun! The tip of her tail wiggled as she began to nip at blades of grass.
"Hael," Nadia tried to hold her attention without making a noise or gesture, but it was more difficult than one might expect. "Hael! Hael."
Anyone could walk by and wonder who on earth she was 'hail'ing. A shift in her tone of voice had a positive effect on the puppy's attention; though she didn't like to be stern, adding a strict note to her speech was always helpful. It helped them understand that she meant business.
"Hael! Yes, you, the puppy just there," She teased, clapping her hands when the houluh looked her way. "Yes! Good girl, Hael!"
Hael was torn. The person speaking to her was of course very interesting - she loved people, after all! - but the new environment was exciting too. There were so many new, yummy smells! Her stubby nose jammed itself into the dirt and drew a trail as she dragged it along, her upper body lowered to get the most out of it. What treasures could she find?
"Oh, yucky," Nadia tutted, but didn't expect to be paid any notice. Babies were babies, especially canine; they loved to get their paws dirty. "Hael. Hael, are you listening?"
A little bit, maybe. Her ears perked in Nadia's direction at the very least, and that was a good thing!
"Very good. I do hope you like this name... Hael," She was sure that everyone got bored of repeating themselves so often, but it was a necessary evil. "Hael. That's you, isn't it? A very clever girl. Hael."
Hael had found something very much worth her time. Something squirming, just beneath the surface... like a pig hunting for truffles, she rammed her snout into the soft earth and rummaged as best she could, looking to uncover her treat. The soil was quickly upturned with her level of enthusiasm, to reveal... a worm!
"Hael!" Nadia said, with notably more demand, upon the sight of the creature. The Houluh's head snapped up to look at her - that was a great success, but preserving this poor worm's life was also important! "Hael, you leave that alone, hm? Hael?"
Her name seemed to be sticking, but the thought of leaving the worm alone was out of the question. Her paw raised as if she was preparing to bat at it, and she blinked at Nadia when she heard her name again.
"Hael. Hael, no!"
Well, she had intended to carry on with a different command, but 'no' worked just as well.
Nadia tried to keep her revulsion to herself. All creatures were worthy of life, whether or not she thought they were particularly nice, and she owed the worm a service, because it was her puppy that had disturbed it. Plus, it had become a convenient training tool without even realising it.
"Hael, no. No!" She shot a hand out to block the puppy's batting paw, and ignored the frustrated growl that followed in response. "No. That is not for you, sweetheart. No, Hael. Leave the worm alone."
Hael didn't want to leave it alone. The woman wasn't playing with her, so she had to make her own entertainment somehow, right? It was only fair! Her backside wriggled as she scooted from side to side, looking for a way to circumvent the block. Unfortunately, Nadia was persistent in following her.
What a bother! Hael huffed out a breath through her mucky nose and plopped onto her backside, perturbed. What was the point in all the gesticulating and talking? One way or another, she was going to play with her new friend, and if the woman was jealous, that was just too bad! She should have gotten there first!
Still, she seemed to be getting the message, one way or another. Nadia could see that she was taking notice of being forbidden, but it was likely because she was physically unable to reach what she wanted - making her listen without the obstruction was another matter.
"I will move my hand now," She said, not that it was of any use to the houluh. "You are not to touch this creature. No. You hear me, Hael? No."
She heard her, alright. She had no choice. Hael watched as the girl moved away from the worm, and prepared to strike.
With her backside wriggling with all the vigour it could muster, Hael sprang forwards, with the full intentions of landing a paw right atop the poor worm. Thankfully, Nadia had been braced for disobedience. With a huff, she cupped her hands over it, and shook her head fiercely at the puppy.
"No. No, Hael."
It wasn't fair! Not fair at all! Hael yipped with annoyance and stared at Nadia's face, hard - but the woman didn't move. Just stayed there hunched over the worm. What was wrong with her?! Was there no fun allowed any more? If that was how it was, she wasn't going to enjoy her time with her at all.
"You are getting it. That's good," Nadia said gently. "No. Hael-- no!" A curious snout was doing its best to burrow under her palm. "No. You will not get through here. No."
Well, fine. The houluh gave up with an enormous huff and threw herself to lay on the ground.
Throwing a tantrum was okay. It meant that Hael was invested in what was going on, and that was all Nadia could ask for, considering her age. With a smile, she sat back up straight and removed her hands from around the worm; Hael watched, eyes bright and tail beginning to twitch, but didn't do anything.
"No. You understand, don't you? No," She repeated. "No. No, Hael."
Hael sighed through her nose. It would be easy, to take a swipe at the worm, but she was only going to get complained at if she did. It wasn't worth the hassle. What was interesting, though, was the woman reaching into a box. She could smell something delicious! Was it time for a treat?!
"You are doing very well. Here you go," Nadia snapped off a piece of jerky and held it out for the houluh. The worm was forgotten about in the excitement over something edible. "Good girl."
What to do next? Nadia thought she would change things up a little and try teaching a move she hadn't done before. With most of her prior experience rooted in mount training, she hadn't had much use for tricks that canines were adept with; she'd made a small list of options, and it was as good a time as any to give it a go.
"Okay, are you ready for the next stage, Hael?" She asked. The houluh looked at her with a cocked head. "Excellent. Let us begin!"
The puppy was standing up after snatching the jerky from Nadia, which was ideal. The girl straightened out her hand and rubbed it along Hael's back, down towards her bottom - when she reached just above her tail, she increased the pressure in an attempt to push her into a sit.
"Sit. Here we go, Hael, sit now," She cooed. Instead of acquiescing, Hael shimmied to the side.
Pushing down on her backside was likely not the ideal method to teaching Hael to sit, but Nadia didn't have any better ideas. She had never taught the command before - at least, not in her memory - and hadn't done a whole lot of research either. A mistake she was willing to admit.
"I know it is unpleasant, but let's try hard," She said to the puppy, who fixed her with an unamused look. "Come now, it is not so bad. Sit, Hael. Sit for me."
She didn't push hard, but persisted with the pressure, as well as with following Hael as she tried to wriggle out of the way. Disgruntled, the houluh barked, and turned her head to attempt to shove Nadia's hand away. The quick motion made her stumble over her own paws and onto her bum.
"Yes! Good girl, good sit!" Even though it was an accident, Nadia was keen to show positive reinforcement and offered her some jerky. "Good, good!"
Hael didn't have any idea what was going on. All that was happening was words were being shouted at her, and she was being fed seemingly at random - the pieces hadn't fit together quite yet. As she was chewing on her jerky, Nadia repositioned herself and waited.
"We are getting there. Ready? One more try," She said once the houluh had finished. "I know, it's no fun, but you are doing marvellously."
It brought her comfort, to speak to the puppy as if she could understand. Her hand was gentle as ever as she soothed it down her spine, and the pressure she put on her hindquarters was reduced; she was hoping there would be a connection between what she was doing and the command being spoken.
"Sit. Sit, Hael," She coaxed. It was a good change that Hael did not try to run away this time, and her back legs bent as if she was about to plop down. "Yes, that's it, almost!"
Hael didn't look like she wanted to give into the physical pressure, even if there wasn't much of it, but didn't have a lot of choice. Those back legs trembled for a few seconds more, until she sat down with a little huff of air through her nose.
"Yes! Very good, very good!" Nadia ruffled the puppy's ears as a reward, refraining from using any more jerky. It wouldn't help if she was conditioned to look for edible compensation every time she did a trick. "That was a good sit, Hael!"
Good sit or not, Hael wanted to do something more exciting! It was boring, being moved around like a doll by her human. Why couldn't they play? She got to her feet and began to prance away as fast as her little paws would take her. They couldn't do any of this nonsense if Nadia couldn't catch her, after all!
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