Endymion tilts his head, and slows down the movement of his jaws from a quick clack, to repeat what Morgan said. He points to himself, full front paw on his chest. "En-dee-mee-on." He manages to get out. Morgan nods to him. "You've got it." Morgan said, a little shocked. They were tempted to pat him on the head, but decide not to degrade him like that. He wasn't an animal. "That is yu-your name, Endymion." They explained. "That is what you're called." If Morgan knew that as soon as they woke up, just knew it, then they had no idea why he wouldn't just know that too. Still, they needed practice. "What is y-your name?" Morgan asks, pointing at his chest. He nods fervently, and then manages out in his tenor voice; "Endymion!" Morgan nodded. "Good job." Morgan said.
Morgan was sure that he was learning his name well enough, but they wanted to move on to the next thing, while they still had time. "Endymion, See the fishes?" Morgan asks him, pointing down to them in the water. Endymion looks over the lip of the rock and into the fast-moving water. "The fish?" Morgan asks again, gesturing towards the water. Endymion quietly points at one of the fish, tilting his head as he does and looking at Morgan with a questioning expression. "Yes, that is a fish!" Morgan exclaims to him, bending down beside him. "I'd like to teach you how to c-catch your own fish." Morgan says to him. He mimics Morgan's confused expression well enough that Morgan was able to realize immediately what he was thinking. At least that was what Morgan explained it away as (they felt like maybe they could hear him- but surely not).
"Endymion-" Morgan started. They watched his face as they started to speak, and noticed that he seemed to notice his name. "It should be easy for you to catch fish. B-but it will take lots of practice. L-lets start." They said, sitting down now beside him, and not just squatting. They pointed to one of the smallest, slowest things in the water. "S-see that? It is a shell. Can you grab the shell like this?" Morgan said, reaching out to hold the shell. The young draconic looked down at his paws, and then up at Morgan like they were ridiculous. "Well, I uh, guess you don't have any manual dexterity at all, huh?" They couldn't really tell with his young paws, but they were going to trust his judgement. "Alright, so, how about you use your t-teeth, and swipe using your paws?" They suggested, miming the actions theirself to try to help him understand.
Endymion tilted his head quietly, and then stood up, leaning over the rock lip and towards the shell that had been right beside the one Morgan picked up. He seemed to try to hold it, and unable to pick anything up due to the way his front foot was, he gently swiped at the shell, knocking it a little further over to the side under the water. Frustrated, he swiped it a little harder, nearly falling into the water, but bringing the shell close enough to the top of the water that it nearly come out of the water. He took another swipe at it, and missed it. It floated down the fast-flowing river and landed along the silty bottom. He looked frustrated, but looked up at Morgan with curiosity anyway. "That was a-a-a-a good first try! I-I'm sorry about your paws, though. W-we can find a way around it, I'm sure."
Endymion seemed to take Morgan's comments in stride, and he turned back to the water, looking for something else to try on. He finds a snail, just below the rocks, and tries to swipe at it as well. The snail was quite large and well-equipped to be smacked at, so it didn't do much to it. "You've got this, keep on trying to fish." Morgan coaxed him. They let him try on his own, instead of trying to baby him. It would be a bad thing, to let him spoil now and grow up being a mess. He was going to grow up fast, they were sure. After a little while, Endymion tries again, swiping with a paw, and managed to dislodge it. He then tried to grab it out of the water using his mouth, but he missed it. "G-good, good second try. Endymion You'll get it eventually." Morgan said.
A fish nosed a flower toward the shore as it swam, making way for the little squirt to follow in it's wake. It was shocked to see the person and their Draconic on the shore, apparently it hadn't heard the other one get caught earlier.
Morgan knew that they were going to have to teach the youngster how to swim as soon as possible. That way, if he fell in, he would at least be able to get to the shore. He would never be like the water draconics that could swim delicately upriver out here, but at least he wouldn't drown! Morgan watched him as he tried a few more times, under their urging, to try to catch fish. Morgan decided that the 'word' for it was going to be fishing, so that they could fit it into normal conversation. It was rough, having to 'command' creatures that were too smart for that. However, a strange white shape was coming close, and Morgan grabbed the net, getting it ready. "Okay Endymion, help me try to try fishing this creature, w-w-will ya?" Endymion gives a soft chirping noise, and then keeps his paws in the water, but doesn't try to grab anything yet.
It tended to completely forget that it was near invisible in the water, and so it raised a tentacle in greeting, even though it wasn't that bright. The squirt pumped forward in the water toward the net to inspect it, wondering what exactly it was.
Morgan was always really surprised with how strange creatures were, when they did strange actions like 'wave' at them. Morgan still kept an eye on it, slowly lowering the long handled fishing net towards the water. They didn't dip it into the water yet, but they held it just over the water, standing stark still once it got to that point. Endymion, however, was focused on the ghostly-colored creature, and waved a paw at it awkwardly, not at all like that of a human. He made a soft chirruping noise at it, not like a bird, but definitely something somewhat like that. Morgan watches him as he stops waving, and instead makes a gentle splash into the water, inviting the creature to play. Well, that was one way to do it! Maybe he was trying to entice it to come closer? Morgan smiled. He was clever, they'd give him that.
Ah, playtime! It swam forward some more and brought two tentacles down on top of the water at the Draconic, pleased with the game so far. There were a lot of things it thought it could do, even though it really couldn't, but for now it was content with trying to splash the Draconic back in any way possible.
If the bespectacled human had been surprised earlier, now they were incredibly so. Was this fish-like thing going to play with Endymion? They weren't sure exactly what would posses it to do that. It surely had to be some kind of a different behavior. Morgan didn't really know if fish-like creatures had the intelligence to 'play'. Then again, they were also intrigued and interested in finding out as well. They waited until Endymion's attention was completely on the strange tentacle-creature, and then they slowly and silently dipped the net below the water to catch the creature. Endymion was splashed at, and excitedly made a little soft noise that Morgan couldn't really decide what was before he splashed back at the creature. He seemed to be ready to have some fun, too. Still, he kept a close eye on the creature, waiting for it to get close like Morgan had been trying to teach him in order to learn how to fish.
Slowly it got in the way of where the net was and reached up to cling to it, even though it might bring it out of the water a little bit. That was fine, as long as it got to play awhile! It squinted at the Draconic, it's way of smiling, and then reached out to pat him.
Morgan realized pretty quickly what Endymion was about to do. As the creature came haplessly closer, and as Endymion leaned down and stared at the creature with a playful expression on his face, Morgan was able to see exactly when that expression fell off of his face, and he got really determined. He immediately leapt down, half of his body scrambling for purchase, over the lip of the rock ledge, and he grabbed the little creature. At first, Morgan was scared that perhaps it was venomous, but suddenly, they realized that Endymion had noticed that the other one was poisonous far before they actually did, so they were sure that Endymion had made the correct choice. Their second thought was, wow, he actually got it! And the third was, holy crap, he's gonna fall! So they dove down, nearly dropping the net in the process, and grabbed him by his back legs to keep him from falling into the fast flowing water.
Morgan scrambled for purchase theirself, and was able to pull him back up over the rim. Endymion held onto the fish he had caught with all of his strength between his paws, and Morgan pulled him up the best they could. Finally, they were both panting on the ground. Morgan transferred the fish he caught to the cooler, and then looked at him. "You did good, Endymion, at t-t-that fish. Good at fishing. Yup." Morgan was about out of breath, but couldn't help but talk more than they should have had. Endymion looked pleased with himself, though. "We n-need to teach you how to swim, though." Morgan decides. Endymion watches Morgan, and oddly enough, it seems like he is starting to understand what Morgan is saying and signing a bit better. "Let's pack up and w-w-walk down a bit." That they did, as soon as they could.
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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