Endymion moves, unsteadily as he does, and nearly falls several times onto his rump as he tries to get to the water. Morgan pays rapt attention, while also working to make the fajita, and after a moment or two, Endymion does manage to get to the lip of the stone on the beach. Morgan knew that it would take a ridiculous amount of work for him to fall over the other side, and they could swim decently well anyway. For now, the human just keeps a good eye on him. He reaches down one shakey front leg, and paws at the water curiously. It was amazing to see the look on his face as he realizes that water is indeed, wet.
Morgan cracks a grin without wanting to, feeling a strange excitement run through them, and then suddenly Endymion cracks a strange expression, almost a... Grin? He plays excitedly at the water, leaning over the lip, with both front limbs.
Morgan knew that Endymion was a little bit top-heavy as a youngster, but judged that mathematically as long as he doesn't try to scramble over the lip and leap into the water, he should be fine. They finished making him the fajita, and then patted him on the shoulder after a while. When he turned, Morgan offered him the food, and watched as he sniffed it cautiously, seemed to realize that something was different about it, and nearly sneezed. Morgan smiled, quietly. "Yeah, that's s-s-spicy, huh?" Morgan said quietly to him, realizing that they spoke a little too late. Endymion's little ears moved a bit, and he tilts his head. As if he hadn't understood that it was a thing that could be done yet. He takes another sniff of the food, and then takes it gingerly out of Morgan's hands before eating it, using his mouth to pinch the edges so as not to hurt Morgan's hands.
Endymion seemed to really like that- he snorted at first, but soon was smacking his mouth and licking his chops. He nosed Morgan's hand for more. "I don't h-have any more of that, k-kiddo." They said. Then, they dug around in their food bag again, trying to figure out what to have him try next. Finally, the removed a large piece of candy. It was the kind Morgan really liked to make for theirself, but theirs were normally quite a bit smaller. Morgan had taken the liberty of making a larger one for him to try. They pulled the hard maple syrup from the stick, along with the blueberry jam that was wrapped along with it decoratively in swirls. "Here you are." Morgan said, offering to the young one. He sniffs it, seems to notice that it was sweet, and tentatively took it into his mouth. The human watched with curiousity.
He rolls it around in his mouth for a moment, seems excited at the dark and fruit flavors, and then chews on it. His teeth make short work of something that Morgan had expected him to eat like they did (by leaving it in the mouth). He crunches it up and then goes to swallow the little pieces without any difficulty. He seemed to like it though, waggling his tail afterwards. It was strangely cute. It didn't take long for him to move back over to the water though, and continue playing in it. Morgan was somehow very, very sure that he did not know how to swim. They kept a good eye on him, but packed up the little food bag for now. They did plan to eat some theirself, and feed him again later, but they figured they'd give his belly time to adjust to the food for now.
Morgan knew that they weren't going to be able to keep him from playing in the water, so they decided that they'd get the net out and try their luck with it, first. They'd bought a cooler to keep the fish in, if they managed to catch anything. They really weren't even sure if they were going to be able to catch any fish today. That was fine, they were really out here to be around Endymion, anyway. They needed to know him as well as they could, since they were in the situation they were in. Morgan rubs the spot in-between their eyes but above their nose on their brow. They had a headache threatening on.
How could they let this happen? They really hadn't planned to bond with a draconic at all, but they knew that if they were going to, it would probably be with poor Vixie. Who was going to be absolutely -livid-.
Morgan didn't want to have to think about that right now, what with the youngster here, but it was going to be an issue regardless of whether Morgan wanted it to be or not. It was going to be trouble, right and truly. They sighed, but grabbed up the net anyway, going towards the water with it. They didn't see any fish at first, because the light was really distracting on the top of the water. It was a little hard to see down into the water when it was clear enough to be a perfect mirror of the sky above the canon right now, anyway. They kept an eye on the little draconic, knowing that it was perfectly possible and probably probable that they were going to have to jump in after him and save him a little bit. It was very hard to explain things to younglings about danger before they tried it theirself.
Morgan tried anyway. "B-be careful, Endymion." They said in a language that they weren't sure Endymion would pick up with any amount of speed. "You d-don't know how to swim yet, and you don't need to get into the water yet." Morgan said. Endymion stared at them, but it wasn't blankly. He was watching Morgan's lips move with interest, and he was cocking his head every so gently to watch it even better. After Morgan was done talking to him, he returned to play in the water again. This time, it wasn't random splashing. Morgan noticed that he seemed to be testing something. Odd. They weren't sure what to think about it. It was odd.
Morgan crouched down beside him, looking down into the water a little closer. They were partially looking for fish, and partially trying to figure out what he was trying to do so intently.
The human thought about asking, decided not to, and then decided to do it anyway. He needed to hear common if he was going to learn it, after all. "What a-a-are you doin', Endymion?" They forced out, in a facsimile of casually. Endymion looked up at Morgan, tilted his head again, and then looked back down at what he was doing. Then, he glanced back up to Morgan, and made a head flick. Morgan looked closer, and saw that he was pointing to just below the water on the lip of the rock. The human looked closer and then realized that they could see that there were tiny holes in the rock here. Small creatures were living in the rocks (not something that Morgan could use, sadly) and he was playing with them with curiosity. "Oh, look at what you found!" Morgan said, excitedly to him. "Good job."
After a while, Morgan was standing there with the fishing net and saw something small and brown flash by. They weren't sure what kind of fish it was, but they knew that they could just barely reach it if they used the net, since it had a long handle. They flashed out with the reflexes of a cat, and then jerked up, removing the fish from the river with a rather easy movement. It looked spectacular, and Morgan was absolutely baffled that they had somehow actually caught the thing. It was amazing to them. However, they were not quite as shocked as little Endymion, who's mouth shaped into the tiniest of 'ohs' and released a small breath that sounded like an exclamation. "Well, I c-caught it, didn't I?" Morgan said, with a quick smile. They took the brown creature over to the cooler and released it into the water to take a look.
Little Endymion gets up with a grunt, and walks on his wobbly legs (slowly but surely learning to be less wobbly as time went on) to look over at what was in the cooler. He stands up with his front legs on top of the cooler to look in, and sees the small brown fish in there. Morgan smiles at him, but realizes that the tiny brown fish looked more like a shark than any other type of fish. It certainly did not have fins made of fin-like material. Instead they were loby, and made out of the same sort of flesh as the rest of their body. That meant shark, right? Morgan looked nervously at it, but looking at Endymion, who was much bigger, again made them realize that he was probably not in any danger of being hurt at this time by such a small creature, teeth or no teeth.
Morgan couldn't get the thought out of their head that Endymion just looked deerlike to them. Perhaps it was the young age, or maybe it was something else entirely, but he just seemed so long legged for a 'chubby baby'. It was an odd thing to see. He was wobbly on his legs, but looked like he might be a delicate mover as an adult. The human was a little afraid to find out what he was going to be like, as if it would tell even more about them to theirself, more than they would like to know. that was the thing about these incredibly rare draconics that just showed up, right? They were like a mirror of your soul? The human shivered, just thinking about it. He was a curious being, already. They weren't sure what he meant about them at all. Would he know, when he got older?
They noticed that they had been staring into the cooler for a couple more moments than they had meant to, so they simply turned away, closing the cooler to keep the fish safe. Somewhere above, the bespectacled human heard a quiet noise from above. When they looked, they realized that it was a lashak, a great red one, leaping from one side of the canyon to the other. Not flying, simply Leaping. Morgan watched the graceful movement and the resulting scarily silent shadow, and then glanced down to the little Endymion. Would he be capable of such movement when he got older? It was amazing to think about that.
Still, it was time to get back to the water. Certainly, Endymion had already done so. He was half studying and half playing with the little creatures in the holes just below the water's rapid surface edge. Morgan simply took the fishing net back over to him.
They held the fishing net in one hand and stared down into the water. It was a calming thing, really, being out here. The air going through the canyon could be really cold during the cold part of the year, and it was not abnormal for them to feel chilly in the mornings. Fall was coming soon, and the air had a slight bite to it, even though it was still warm out. They glanced up at the clouds after a little while of staring at the endlessly clear water. There were fluffy clouds up there at the lip of the canyon's red walls. They knew that it was probably going to rain within the next few days, but they weren't entirely sure if it would blow over to another area to rain, or if it would give the dry ground the needed water, perhaps for the last time this season. Endymion stands beside them, playing the water over the water lip.
Twilight-Claw: Lol, those puppies are comically cute in appearance! I feel like I might have seen them from somewhere else with their baby stage, but more because of their pudgy stage and short limbs. x3
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