Stopping by the APAA almost always ended up with Sevyrn coming home with a new animal or three - or at least desperately wanting to. Just like usual she walked on by and her gaze turned towards the doors, calling her just like every time - unlike every other time she walked by, however, this time she decided that she was actually going to head on in and see what new faces awaited inside. There would undoubtably be someone in there who called to her, or would fit in to her motley crew of animals back at the kennel...
Yeah, she was more than likely going to be trying to take a few critters back home with her. Sevyrn could sense it as soon as she walked in - the next little while would tell her just who she was going to fall in love with today. Maybe a new equillion, maybe something she'd never even seen before. There was bound to be someone here who could use a new home among her group.
Kittens and ponies - Sevyrn had an easy pull towards animals inclined to either of those aspects. Imagine her surprise after she was allowed in to the back, and she came to see both a young estharne, the original variety at that, and a tainted equillion among the creatures that waited for a potential new home. She had plenty of equillion back home but none of them were of the tainted variety, and Sev immediately felt a connection to this one. He would likely be at home amongst her crowd, a wide open pasture and to roam in with the rest of her equines. And that kitten? Boy did Sevyrn want that kitten - and she had two different types of kitten that would likely enjoy having a new buddy. Rat would, for sure.
In the end, it was those two creatures that she asked to get to know. With them being in different spaces, she asked to meet the estharne first.
"Hey kitten," Sevyrn said to the estharne as his cage was opened and he was allowed out to roam. She had enough experience with felines and unknown animals both to know that she wanted to move slowly and be careful, and as such she stood back a little ways and held a hand out to offer the young estharne. He didn't move but stretched his head forward to sniff at her, retreating the first time only to lean in again.
The first noise out of his mouth was a hiss.
That was okay, though. He had someone much bigger than him in his space, she probably seemed threatening. Sev tried to make herself small, show him that she wasn't a danger. Always having treats on her, she dug through her pocket to pull out a little snack that the estharne might enjoy.
"How about this?" She asked him, offering the treat out.
The estharne seemed curious, at least - intrigued by the little snack that this strange woman was offering him. Did he take it? Was it a trap? Sevyrn could see his hesitancy in the way he slowly creeped forward and retreated, and she wished that he could just know that she meant him no ill will. Bonding took time however, and she didn't expect him to warm up to her immediately. With the kind of patience she only held for animals, she offered him a moment of understanding as she put the treat down on the ground and retreated away from it, showing the estharne that she would offer him good things even if he did not want to meet her just yet.
The estharne took to that good will, and Sevyrn was pleased to see the way he munched down on his little snack. "I have more where that came from," she said in a soft tone.
For the next little while, Sevyrn let the estharne come to her rather than the other way around. She offered him gentle encouragement - a few more treats - but did not try to push herself on to him. The last thing that she wanted to do was make him uncomfortable, as she wanted him to see her as a safe place if she were to end up taking him home. It didn't take long before she knew that she wanted to, though. He was a curious little thing - cautious, at least around strangers, but playful and sure to fit in among the others. With time they would hopefully become the best of friends.
After some time, Sevyrn had the juvenile estharne running around chasing toys - laser pointers and stuffed mice, even one of those feather toys attached to a rope. He definitely seemed to be coming out of his shell, and she hoped that would work in her favour.
It was kind of bad - Sevyrn was already imagining what life would be like with this little guy joining the ranks. It was probably a bad idea to get her hopes up or think that far ahead, she had no way of knowing if she would actually get to bring him home, but man... she wanted it. Especially after he had the audacity to climb in to her lap and curl up, tuckered out from the play... it was just like back home with Ramses, her malii.
"Yeah... it's hard being a kitten, isn't it?" Sevyrn asked as she gently scratched between the estharne's ears. The kitten stretched out and yawned, seeming to feel at home with her. If only Sev didn't have an equillion that she wanted to meet, she would have been content simply sitting here on the ground with the kitten falling asleep on her. A few more minutes wouldn't hurt, though.
She had to have been there quite some time because eventually she was checked in on - at that point she expressed just how much she wanted that kitten estharne before very gently putting him back in to his kennel so that she could head off to meet the other animal that she had been interested in. Sevyrn definitely had experience with equillion giving her own herd of them, so she imagined that she would have an easy time with the tainted that awaited her - or at least relatively. Pets from the APAA were there for a reason, having been sent here to be rehomed. She didn't know what this guy's past was like, and if there would be some quirks that would keep them from bonding easily or need to be worked out in the future.
Standing on the opposite side of the outdoor enclosure from the equillion, Sevyrn knew that she would be good for him.
Equillion were prone to being a bit flighty, and the tainted breed was known for being... interesting. That was why she hadn't taken responsibility for one back when she had the option to back when they were new, but Sevyrn was much more experienced with the species now that she was an adult and she felt prepared for their unique needs. Besides... fire breathing horse. If she were able to take him home then she would need to make sure she got on top of his training as soon as possible to make sure he would fit the herd well, but she could handle it.
The equillion did not seem to be as fond of her as she was it, though. Knowing that they were strict carnivores, she had grabbed an appropriate snack before stepping outside to meet him. "Hey," she called to him, careful in her steps as she dared to approach him.
Equillion had to be respected - they were more than capable of hurting someone (she had experienced that personally before, having cared for many) and this temperamental breed was more likely to want to. Sevyrn didn't think that made him aggressive, though - no, he simply needed to learn trust and that was a process. The tainted seemed to glare at her from across the enclosure, but Sevyrn kept a close eye on his body language - he seemed cautious, but not yet aggressive. Even as she got closer, she didn't get the impression that he would want to bring her harm.
"Hey guy," she said again, once she was close enough to toss the piece of meat she held to him. The slab landed just a couple feet in front of him, and he kept his eye on her as he leaned in to take it. That seemed to be enough to warrant an introduction.
He paced in towards her slowly and cautiously, and like with any creature she first offered them her scent rather than moving to meet in the middle. He sniffed at her and even tried to nibble her fingers, surprisingly gentle. For a moment Sevyrn had thought that she was about to lose her middle fingertip... Luckily that was not the case, and after that Sevyrn was able to approach him. She spent plenty of time with him and took things slowly, talking and staying close until she felt like he may still feel safe if she were to touch him.
"What do you think?" She asked him with her fingers curled in to his bright red-orange mane, deciding that she really did want to put the work in to making him feel like he had a home with her. "I think I'd like to introduce you to the rest of my herd some day."
Twilight-Claw: And usually I do notice those things. x3
Aug 11, 2022 8:35:50 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Lol, I honestly hadn't noticed them until you said that Darky! XD
Aug 11, 2022 8:35:38 GMT -6
Darky: With bonus feesh~
Aug 11, 2022 2:09:03 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Awesome growth! And I see they still got the birds flying around them. x3
Aug 10, 2022 13:31:10 GMT -6
Morgan: The Shabutau eyes are so expressive! I'm impressed with them. c:
Aug 9, 2022 21:09:30 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: *Dances* Yes! Primal Expertise is here! <3 Just now noticed the list with what is updated, thanks Silver! Definitely loving all those tiny updates that where made with the rest as well! <3
Aug 1, 2022 15:20:01 GMT -6
Darky: Yep, they're def 5-fingered, complete with a thumb :3 And danku~
Jul 21, 2022 4:04:19 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: The Dynasty Tat-Lung looks awesome Darky! You made them look really cool! I think I even see a thumb in their design that fits their most likely one to read books in their design. <3
Jul 20, 2022 13:26:25 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: I like this part "and would like to remind you that lost digit reattachment is a service offered at all Labs-Aligned hospitals within the city." of them a lot for some reason, I don't think many people go to that establishment a lot. x3
Jul 2, 2022 3:42:55 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: I didn't even noticed it was double headed until it got mentioned in the cbox (which was really just five seconds after seeing them! XD). :3
Jul 2, 2022 3:41:30 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: I'm glad you like them!! Seeing as they're a retired breed, I wanted the Magestorm to be extra special.
Jul 1, 2022 21:08:53 GMT -6
Morgan: Oh, the Magestorm being double headed is a really neat surprise! What a cute species. c:
Jul 1, 2022 21:02:39 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: Afraid I don't have any. :C
Jun 30, 2022 14:16:45 GMT -6
Darky: Btw, still on the lookout for 1 sapling flower if anyone has any spares? (Not picky about colour~)
Jun 30, 2022 4:28:15 GMT -6