Well, it looked like Emery’s patience was about to pay off as she felt a sudden tug on her line. She looked down at the string, fully expecting it to be caught on a root or wrapped around a rock. Sure enough though, she could see a shape thrashing under the surface and felt a distinct pulling on the line, tightening the loop around her finger. She immediately began to calculate her next move. No doubt the birds were watching already, thinking about how to nab their next meal. And Emery wasn’t exactly fast. There was a dip in the cliff face up ahead though- maybe she could maneuver the fish over there and try and pull it right up into her hand instead of letting it dangle for several feet and get picked at by birds as she tried to bring it up. She was sure Klik would find it amusing either way.
She slowly walked forward, tugging gently on the fishing line to try and get the hook to set. It may have been set already however, based on the fact that the fish hadn’t swum off with the bait yet. Sure enough, Emery heard flapping above them as they walked, and a few birds dipped low at the water in an attempt to skim up the fish. It was still too far down to grab though, and soon Emery was able to safely maneuver herself next to the shore. Hopefully the birds wouldn’t dare get too close to her- she was a very odd looking human after all. Klik followed along doggedly, but any opinion he had on the situation was hidden by his alien little eyes and odd body. In that way, they were quite similar to each other. “Okay... let’s get this fish up.” Emery said, mostly to herself, as she approached the water’s edge.
Thankfully, the birds gave her little trouble as she slowly reeled the small fish in. It wasn't nearly as heavy as she had been expecting, nor as strong. That was a relief to her- this little trip had worn her out more than she thought. It felt like it had taken months! Even though she and Klik hadn't found much, she figured this would be enough. A shell sample, a fish sample. You couldn't ask for much more. It was a start for her studies, at least. She just... had to finish reeling it in. Klik wasn't much help for that. The little insect skittered around her heels, investigating the environment while Emery did all the hard work. She could admire his work ethic in his own studies, but she didn't need the extra tugging on her wrist while she was trying to complete a task that required so much manual dexterity.
She braced her arm against her side as Klik steadily tugged at his lead as she doggedly pulled the fish in. It didn't take too long, and soon it finally was pulled from the water, shedding sparkling drops of water that splashed back into the shallow edge of the river. It was about as small as she was expecting, less than six inches long. But it was a fish, which was more than she was expecting when she first came here. Despite herself, she felt an internal smile creep through her psyche. "Mission success." She said to herself. The fish wiggled madly at the end of the line, as if upset that it had lost so easily. Not that it really had a chance. Emery might have been a frail excuse for a human, but even she was more than enough to bring a five inch fish out of the water.
Holding it up before her, Emery could see all the small details about the fish that normally one wouldn't be able to appreciate. She knew it would be fine for now- fish could usually last a lot longer than one would think out of water, or at least long enough for her to note it. It had a long, muscular body with a slightly iridescent sheen to it, reflecting different colors in the bright summer sunlight. The rest of its body was a dull grey however, with pale yellow fins on all edges of the body. This made sense to her- riverine fish were frequently duller in color, as the muddier and more heavily colored waters made it less likely for them to need to identify each other based on sight. Instead they relied more on their other senses to recognize threats and other members of their species in the water.
So overall, while interesting to her, it wasn't exactly indicative of the mad sorts of wildlife this area was known for. She gently lowered it back into the bucket, nodding slightly to herself. The fish immediately swam down to the bottom the moment she got the hook out of its mouth, settling itself grumpily in the corner. That was an acceptable reaction to have, she supposed. Even if this was a good day to her, it was most likely a miserable day for the fish. Without further messing around then, she went ahead and snapped the lid back over the bucket, safely hiding it from the bright summer rays and rising water temperatures. Then she crouched and, with a bit of effort, managed to lift the bucket up. Yes, she wasn't sure how she was expecting to get this out of here if she had even more fish with her.
So perhaps then it was for the best that she was stopping now. Klik didn't seem to mind one way or another at least, as she turned around and began walking back to where they had began. As they crested the gentle hills and winding paths along the river, he skittered around just as before, investigating every leaf in his path. The journey back did feel a lot more exhausting than the journey there, but at least Emery wasn't returning empty handed. Overall, it was a successful day and another check in Emery's growing list of tasks she needed to complete. She had also gotten to know Klik better, which was no small feat. After all, insects were not known for their... relatability. As Emery left the riverside and headed toward home, she felt satisfied as Klik ran ahead of her, no doubt thrilled to get to the next adventure.
Was that rain? Oh great. It didn't seem that cloudy this morning, but the sky is full of dark clouds swollen with precipitation. Slowly the drops fall at first, but they quickly pick up speed. Before too long, it's a full on downpour, and there aren't many places to hide in the canyons.
If that wasn't bad enough, the ground around the river turns into a sludgy muck. It's hard to navigate, sucking at the feet of all those who try to step in it.
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Wandering the face of the earth, wondering what our dreams might be worth. Learning that we're only immortal for a limited time.
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