Nadia didn't have the first idea what she was doing at the river. Armed with tools that she didn't have the slightest clue how to use, she was pitching up early in the morning, hoping to find a decent spot. In tow was her newest puppy, Mabel - she was a recent acquisition, and was asleep in the girl's satchel, her head poking out of the top. That was absolutely fine. Babies needed plenty of rest, and it was better than her immediately getting lost!
The sun glimmered on the surface of the water. Its main body was too intimidating for Nadia; she wanted to avoid making herself anxious if at all possible, and if she had to rescue her puppy in an unfortunate circumstance, a shallower stream would be better. So, they were making their way along a tributary, to find a decent place to set up for the day.
Summer was in full swing. Even in the first hours of the day, the sun was strong - Nadia was glad that she had opted to wear her sun hat, to prevent herself from burning her cheeks or the back of her neck. The floppy brim wasn't ideal for seeing where she was going, though. One booted foot squelched in a patch of wet mud, and she almost slipped over, only narrowly managing to catch herself.
"Confound it," She muttered. "I suppose I'd better grow accustomed to such happenings, hm?"
If Mabel could hear her, she didn't react. Instead, she snored, soft puffs of breath out of her little nose. Too cute. Nadia thought that it was the most relaxing sound in the world other than birdsong and rustling leaves. It was a shame their expedition wasn't going to take them to a slightly more wooded area, for both of their protection.
It wasn't long before Nadia's back had begun to ache. It wasn't so much the weight of the pole and net, but of the positioning of her arms; she was getting stiff, and would need to set down before long. Served her right for not doing more strength training. Was there a gym in the City? She'd have to think about joining, maybe finding a trainer-- ah!
As chance would have it, she came across a tree standing near to the bank. Its branches were draped with rich leaves, which would be perfect for shading her and her puppy while she worked! Perfect. Doing her best not to wake her, she lifted Mabel from her satchel and laid her on a patch of moss near to the trunk. Unperturbed, the houluh continued with her nap. Sweet thing. Nadia felt confident enough to turn her back on her to spread a picnic blanket on the grass.
Now, where did one begin...? Nadia had thought that you might need bait, but had nothing of the sort. Crumbs. Was it possible to catch a fish with a line without bait? With some more gullible fish, potentially. Her brow furrowed as she observed the pole, from the wire to the hook - it looked pretty nasty. Forgive me, fish. I will give back to the river somehow.
Learning how to cast. She had read about it, but never observed it in practice, or tried it herself. As was usual, she had leapt into this without taking the time to try it out; she had to learn that not everything could be taught by a book.
Mabel's bleary eyes blinked open in time to watch the woman draw the pole back and then swing it forwards. The line made it perhaps a few feet in front of her to land on the ground. Hm. Maybe she should go back to sleep.
It took a few attempts to even get the shot on target, let alone in the water. Nadia didn't consider herself to have bad aim, but the pole was slightly unwieldy, and she wasn't yet accustomed to it. It took her full brain power. Mabel watched from her moss patch, stretching out her front paws - it was too early to play quite yet, so she was content to lay down and check out what was going on.
"Right. This cannot be this difficult..." Her tongue poked from her mouth as she swung forward once more. The hook landed with a satisfying 'plop!' in the water. "Excellent! Now, I... wait, I suppose? Mabel, what do you think?"
The houluh yawned wide.
"Hmm. How inspired. I shall get comfortable."
She wasn't sure if it was sensible to sit down, but she did her best not to jostle the pole as she did so. Her muddy boots stayed off the blanket.
Nadia was using her hands to lean back on as she toed off her boots, when-- ouch! Something dug into her palm. Alarmed, she lifted it up, frightened that she'd landed on a creature... instead, she found a pretty shell, still covered with flakes of mud from the banks. How lovely! If nothing else, at least now she had a sweet souvenir from her first fishing trip.
"Mabel, look!" She called over to the snoozing houluh. The pup's eyes were focused on her, but she didn't appear to be too interested. "Our first discovery! I will put this on my shelf... unless it is worth more to a collector. Then I may be persuaded to part with it."
Mabel's gaze was not judgemental in any way, considering that she couldn't understand the nuances of the conversation, but Nadia felt ashamed regardless.
"It is a tough world out there, Mabel! Sometimes we must put money first."
That was why they had come out in the first place, after all. Nadia was trying to find her niche - something that she was good at, that allowed her to spend time with her companions, and paid her a decent living wage. That was a huge ask. She recognised that usually, there would be a compromise... but she still lived in hope that she would be blessed with good luck.
It was relaxing, at least. Sitting by the water. She could hear the bubbling of the river as it flowed downstream; though she wasn't a massive fan of the idea of being submerged in it, she could appreciate its sounds and natural beauty. Someone else appeared ready to appreciate it, too. Mabel was stirring from her sleepiness, and stretched out, the tip of her tail wagging. Time to have some fun. She'd not seen a river before, so it was all new and exciting!
Her woman was not far away. Mabel was small, and little journeys tended to be more exhausting to her, so she was grateful that she didn't have to go far! With a playful yip, she bounded over to Nadia and butted her head against her side; the woman reached her free hand around to scratch her ears.
"Hello, dear," She said with a smile. "Did you have a pleasant sleep?"
The houluh sniffed over her blouse, and down her side. No treats? That was a shame. She'd have to nibble on those clothes instead! It was rough, being a teething puppy. Nadia was grateful that she'd chosen older clothes for their adventure.
"Yes, yes, I imagine that must be delicious," She nodded along, looking out over the water. Nothing had been felt yet. Maybe she was doing it wrong...? No, this was exactly how it looked in the pictures and movies!
That... didn't actually mean much, though, did it? Nadia knew as well as anyone that representations of things in books were hardly foolproof and accurate. Hmm. She was beginning to wish that she had gotten out of her comfort zone and consulted a professional.
At least she wasn't doing something with significant risk, like... she didn't know, ski jumping or paragliding! Not that she would ever consider those sports anyway. Oh, the things she told herself to keep her anxiety at bay. Mabel made a grunt, shoving her head under Nadia's arm as she scrambled into her lap, jostling the rod in the process.
"Careful, darling, careful," She told the puppy, raising her arms as carefully as possible to accommodate the houluh without messing with the rod too much. "You want to sit with me? That's quite alright. Perhaps you will bring me luck!"
The sun was creeping higher in the sky. Nadia could feel the heat of it through the sleeves of her light shirt; she'd wanted to keep her arms covered in case of either burn or aquatic related incidents. The hook continued to bob in the water.
"Perhaps we may reel in the biggest fish ever seen. Wouldn't that be a riot?" She mused. Mabel was staring at the reel - one tiny paw reached out to bat at the handle. "Ah, be careful with that, dear. Gosh, I don't think I would have the strength to reel in anything sizeable..."
It was slightly unfortunate that she had chosen a puppy as a companion. The poor thing wanted attention and entertainment, and... the wavering fishing line was exactly what she was after. It shouldn't have come as a shock that she practically catapulted herself off of Nadia's lap to try and grab it.
Nadia wasn't expecting Mabel to be quite as strong as she was. Though still a baby, she was solid enough to knock the rod out of her hands; she scrambled forward on the blanket to try and grab both the tool and her puppy, but was only half successful. One houluh acquired. One rod beginning to slip away with the river water.
"No! Oh, confound it!" Her boots were too much hassle to pull back on. Instead, she shed her socks and stood, drawing closer to the river with Mabel tucked under one arm. "This cost me some credits, you know... if I lose it, I shall be furious!"
Not at Mabel. Never AT her - she was little, and wanted to play. More at herself and her silly ideas. The mud squelching beneath her soles was less than helpful in her scramble to get to the rod before it was taken too far downstream.
This was typical. As usual, Nadia had gone with a feeling instead of logic, and had landed in a situation she was not prepared for. Mabel was indignantly squirming under her arm as she padded along the bank, doing her best not to slip and break an ankle.
"Hold on, hold on-- ow!" A little shell jabbed into the soft flesh of her foot, and she hissed. "I will be back for you, shell, but we are not on good terms! Damn you!"
Thank god the water didn't seem to be flowing particularly quickly, and that there was plenty of shrubbery growing along the banks. Branches and grasses were catching against the rod and slowing its passage. Mabel thought it was a swell game, now she'd gotten over being hauled around; her tail wagged and she barked excitedly, enjoying the bouncing of Nadia's half-run.
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