Okay - that wasn't where she had wanted it to be, but the hook was in the water and a decent distance from the shore. That would have to be a win in Sevyrn's book, who was just happy she wasn't fumbling and failing to cast at all like she had been when she had first shown up. It would take a lot of practice to get everything just right, but the basics were starting to come to her. From here on, the rest of the afternoon would be pretty repetitive, but that was okay. Bez was happy, she was happy, and they could stop for a snack or walk or 'let's pretend we can swim' break at any point in time. Life would be good. Slowly but surely, the woman focused on reeling the line back in, waiting for it to reach the shore before she pulled it up and tried once again.
Open reel, grab line carefully, pull back, swing forward, let go - it was a fairly simple process that Sevyrn got better at with every shot. Now that the rain was gone and she was able to properly get in to it (she prayed that the storm didn't start back up as soon as she was back in to the swing of things...) everything just seemed good. It was a peaceful kind of fun, the same kind as spending an afternoon in the gardens - lowkey and self paced, only needing as much energy as she was willing to put in. Frankly... this needed a lot less energy than picking weeds and planting flowers did, though. All she had to do was stand around, and she could do that for hours as long as her attention span didn't waver - which it would inevitably would, but that was a worry for later. Sevyrn let out a soft sigh as she left the hook in the water, waiting to see if anything would come by.
Nothing yet, but that was okay - now that the weather was nice Sevyrn had all of the afternoon left to wait and see what would come. She still figured that she would be pretty lucky if she brought something home today. If she did then what would she do with it? Maybe she could make a good meal out of it, share some with the estharnes - there was no better fish than the freshly caught ones. More likely, however, was that she would take them home and put them in her pond.
And in the moment where she thought she might take that route, Sevyrn realized that she didn't have anything to bring any fish home in. It was time to take Bez back to the house so that she could find something to bring at least one little buddy back with her... she was sure that she had an empty fishbowl somewhere.
There it was! It was hiding in the back of her closet and as such took a little while to find, but Sevyrn eventually found the fishbowl that she was looking for. There was no need to put water in it now - she could use some of the river water if/when she ended up catching something. A little fish would probably like that much more than sanitized tap water, anyways. "Alright, buddy - let's get back," she said to Bez who excitedly ran out the door ahead of her, and then they started to make their way back to the river bend. Everything was still looking good when they got back, and Sevyrn set up just the way that she had before - bag atop a large rock to keep it away from the water, Bez happily chittering about, and her... ready to give this another shot. She was getting comfortable enough with casting that she figured perhaps she should take her first shot at throwing a worm on.
This was... trickier than she had thought it would be, though that probably had something to do with it being her first time. The worm squirmed in her hand, her fingers shook, and meanwhile there was this sharp point just waiting for the chance to jab her and stick right through her finger - yeah, she had seen that before. Ryden, genius that he was, had managed to get one stuck so deep in his fingertip that it came out the other side through his nail. That had been... unpleasant, to say the least. It killed her to think about him, the loss was still recent, but as she struggled to get that worm on the hook all she could think about was sitting on the grass with her sketchbook in hand while her past fiance had been trying to bring dinner home for them again. If someone as good at this as him could hurt themselves on a hook, so could she.
Aha! Sev finally managed to slip the hook through the worm's body after a couple minutes of trying - and trying to not hurt herself. She'd seen people do this before and knew that she would probably want to hook it through a second time in order to make sure that it was on securely, so she started the process all over again in order to achieve that. All the while she felt bad - it might have just been a worm, but this was the first time that she had ever purposely hurt another living creature. Luckily it wouldn't have to live in pain for long - if a fish didn't get to it, then the lack of oxygen deep in the water most likely would. Once it was secured, Sevyrn was ready to go. First, however, she needed to check on Bez - who was just minding his own business nearby, pawing at tadpoles swimming in a shallow pool nearby.
Sevyrn loved that little ghaenelt so much - Bez was probably one of her top... three? Yeah, he was in a top-three tie with Kika and Disceva. These guys had been a part of her life for so long it was like there had never been a time without them, and they were all very well behaved. Sevyrn appreciated being able to drag one of her buddies along on a trip and know that they weren't going to run off or get in to anything that they shouldn't. A handful of her pets were a handful to keep control over still, but those three? Maybe even add Al to the list even though she enjoyed shenanigans? They were also safe to take out and about with her.
Glad to see that all was well, Sevyrn was able to get back to the task at hand. Worm on the hook, she launched her line in to the water and waited to see if anything would come to her this time.
Hey! There was something on the line. As soon as Sevyrn felt that first tug she was filled with excitement, and she rushed to reel the first in as well as she could. It fought hard against her and then... nothing. Her line ripped up out of the water as the tension freed, the fishing having escaped from her grasps. That was a bit of a buzz kill - her first day out here and she had really thought that she might be able to pull something up only to be faced with it escaping her grasps. That would be okay... there was more time to try again, and inevitably she was going to have to catch something at some point. The sudden jerk of her rod when the fish escaped had caught Bez's attention, luring him closer to his human. He cocked his head at her, and Sevyrn shook hers at him in return. "Nothing this time, buddy."
Maybe she would end up needing better equipment? No matter what happened she was going to have to inevitably go back to the store after she had run out of bait, so when she did that she would take some more time to go through all of the options available. It wouldn't hurt to grab a sample pack of all the lures and hooks available to test out and see what worked best for her and attracted the creatures that awaited the easiest. The other day's purchase was just meant to be a simple "starter kit" to help her dip her toes in to the water. She wondered if she could teach Bez to fish? That would be an interesting sight - the ghaenelt standing on the shore, swatting fish out of the water with one of those agile paws of his. For some reason she had a feeling that he wouldn't be the best choice for something like that, though.
Maybe one of the estharnes would be better for that, given how much they loved to eat a good fish? Sevyrn wanted to be able to spend more time with then at some point anyways - maybe it would be fun to try to teach them to accompany her down to the river. That was a worry for another day, though - today was about her and Bez and her first time handling a fishing rod. Sure she hadn't caught anything yet, but that would come with time. She had already almost got something, and that had to mean that she was doing well... right? She couldn't be that bad at this if she was at least catching the attention of the fish that swam about in the murky river water. That on its own was something for her to be proud of, even if she would need to do some more work.
She gave Bez some attention for a moment before she picked her rod back up, ready to get back at it. As she held her rod back over her shoulder, Bez stood at the shoreline with his toes tentatively touching the surface of the water over and over. Maybe he wouldn't be the best fisher, but she probably could teach him to swim at some point - Bez seemed to have an interest in the water, at least, and it would be a good skill for him to have. There was always the chance of accidents happening, and swimming could be a life-saving skill in that case. Sevyrn would still need to learn to swim herself first before that was an option, though. After watching him for a short moment, Sevyrn turned her attention back to the water. Adjusting her hold on the grip of the pole, Sevyrn swung it forward and released the line.
The end of the line bobbed on top of the water, gently floating down the river with its' slow current. After a moment, Sevyrn started the slow process of reeling the line in, waiting to see if it caught anything's fancy along the way. When it didn't she tried again - and again, and again. It was a waiting game that for now she seemed to be losing but that was okay, she had as long as she wanted to give it a shot today, and then there would always be other days to try again. She would be bringing some fish back home to stock up her pond with at some point, though. Bez beside her seemed to be getting more and more interested in the river as well, though after a while he settled down and laid atop one of the flat rocks with his feet resting in the water while Sevyrn waited for a catch with a worm on the hook.
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