The trail was leading across the dunes, but... into lightly less shallow water. It was impossible for Nadia to refrain from worrying - she had never taught Dylan how to swim, and was running off of the assumption that it wasn't an inborn ability, especially not for a pup with fur as long as his. She picked up her skirts if only to stop them from getting tangled on rocks.
Did she hear a bark? The sound of whimpers, or his paws in the sand? It was difficult to tell, and if the sounds were there, were they fabricated by the mansion? She furrowed her brow as she looked out across the area. Was that the wiggle of his white-tipped tail...?
"Do you see that, sir?" She needed reassurance, and understandably so. Her finger was pointing ahead, to what certainly looked like a wagging tail, visible just over the crest of a dune. "Please tell me this is real."
It's easy enough to keep pace with the lady, although in terms of search contributing senses he is largely operating off of eyesight, due to the ears still feeling a little rough (And just as well. Even though it's still daylight creeping towards twilight, the eyes might be able to spot something in the dimmer corners of the area than regular eyes might not). But he doesn't necessarily see the dog anywhere at first. The trail leading through puddles doesn't help, although the fact its mostly standing water is certainly better than running - the indents underwater are slower to fade with the liquid's motion that way.
Crossing the stones sees him stand by to catch her in case she slips, since between the breakdown, the trembling and the exhaustion, there is no reason to take chances on her losing footing and injuring herself further. For himself the balance part isn't that difficult, but he does need to use the glaive as support in a few spots, since the armour isn't exactly comfortable weight when partly waterlogged and in a hurry.
Reaching the edge of the pool, he looks across towards where she's pointing, and nods, "It would certainly appear so, my lady. And the tracks do seem to lead towards it." In case her mind required a bit of tangible evidence to go with the assurance. (As he hoped the pup hadn't suddenly discovered a way to disguise itself with decoys.. or something. Stranger things, after all).
The brief acknowledgement and confirmation was all she needed. Nadia made haste to cross the distance between herself and what she believed was Dylan - it was not without its wobbles as her boots were caught on slippery stones, but she was still standing by the time she was within a few metres.
"Dylan...?" Her heart was in her throat, thudding. It was difficult to allow herself to hope. The tail disappeared, and her heart sunk... until it was replaced with a sandy nose and a lolling tongue. "Dylan! By the gods, come here!"
She was undoubtedly cramping the pup's style, but she swept him up into her arms without a moment's delay, pressing him tight to her chest. His tail wagged against her skirts, thumping into the fabric. The tears that threatened this time were ones of joy, rather than sorrow; a welcome change, to be certain.
Even better luck was that Dylan had been investigating a rock pool, full of sealife and magic.
Far from it is he in a position to chide her to avoid recklessness (And there's a pretty strong suspicion it would do little to sway her haste anyway), but he'd be lying if the thought of actually seeing the hound wouldn't have been a relief. Although he keeps up, he ends up cresting the dune's edge a few seconds after the lady has already descended on the hound to grab it into a coddling hold. (Well, thank Goddess, at least something is going according to expectation, much less plan). The reunion isn't likely to be concluded for some time, so he leans on the glaive and takes a moment to recover, looking about the place.
There's certainly some sense of beauty to this small little hollow (Although 'small' by relative terms, as it remains big enough to contain quite a number of things) as it seems almost a pond trapped in a sandy valley, filled with clear water, rocks, reeds, sea shells and a manner of vibrancy almost unknown to the beach. The energy is certainly different, though he can't quite place why - gulls wheel overhead, seashells glisten on both shore and in water, something what he estimates to be a crab-like thing scuttering along the floor, while two others seem to have a stand-off over some toy boats. (He's learned not to question the toy boats. Might as well). Somewhere closer to sandbar some netting seems to be washed ashore, a small shark-like creature quickly scattering as soon as he gazes that way (Which also tracks).
The knight sits down on the dune's crest, glaive resting against shoulder, unable to see any immediate threat or danger, "If I had not known better, it almost seems as though the hound has found himself something of a paradise oasis. Perhaps there wasn't so much madness to the escape as purpose?" A hopeful thought, but one that could be useful to her emotional state, circumstances being what they are.
Zenjesi: Hey Silv - how do you pronounce Kodakai?
Nov 17, 2023 18:23:56 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Not to mention the baby mosca with wolf skin from Elvye and the sparkling owl of Xentus. <3
Nov 14, 2023 10:27:52 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: I like the Donnor one not just with looks FF, but the description, funny as heck.
Nov 14, 2023 10:26:27 GMT -6
Zenjesi: yours both made me laugh, FF! They're very expressive
Nov 13, 2023 21:57:46 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: Woooow Twilight, I love that witch drawing!!! :0 It's so pretty! And Zenjesi I think Spectral is my favorite out of yours lol. Just looks happy to be included. and silver now i wanna know which pets youd pick for the other legendary beasts. XD
Nov 13, 2023 21:37:45 GMT -6
Silver: Ah I'm so glad you guys enjoyed it! I love everyone's drawings they're all so cute. ;o;
Nov 13, 2023 17:31:37 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: I like that one as well yeah, loved the old nootnoot image from quest prizes, so that one went perfectly with that particular costume being based around it. X3
Nov 13, 2023 15:23:13 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: The jewelry on tail or at the head definitely tends to be their most recognizable feature for a Mosca, and sadly their pharaoh chin piece as well. XD
Nov 13, 2023 15:21:07 GMT -6
Zenjesi: Your peanut costume is hilarious and adorable too!
Nov 13, 2023 15:14:29 GMT -6
Zenjesi: Yes you're correct! I guess I did a decent enough job with the drawing!
Nov 13, 2023 15:05:27 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: It still looks good on Synkka. She is a shaman Mosca I'm guessing? Its mostly the tail that makes me think of it.
Nov 13, 2023 15:00:42 GMT -6
Zenjesi: I definitely like Spectral's the most too! I sort of cheated by drawing Synkka with a cloak because I do not know how to draw feathered wings, haha ^^'
Nov 13, 2023 13:45:15 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Which one do you like the most out of the three you made?
Nov 13, 2023 12:09:48 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Thanks for that compliment! Though I know with the water it doesn't look entirely great, I love the latter one I made the most.
Nov 13, 2023 12:09:30 GMT -6
Zenjesi: Silv - both of yours are cute and would make fun stickers!
Nov 13, 2023 9:18:10 GMT -6
Zenjesi: Aw, thanks, Twilight! I really love the way you drew the water/swimming motion in yours. Wand in the mouth is also a cool pose!
Nov 13, 2023 9:13:03 GMT -6