Leafy had certainly gotten rusty at fishing. She had only ever fished deep in the canyons of the Draconics, so this new location would be a new adventure for her. She had decided to take a new pet along for the trip, settling on James. James was a Vulticus offspring and was usually seen with his brothers. Leafy had yet to spend one-on-one time with him and hoped to remedy that now. She had stopped at the store and grabbed some new fishing supplies and carried it all to the river and claimed a spot of her own. She set her equipment down and got herself organized. James watched her pensively, wondering what she was going to do with all the strange items. The girl grabbed the fishing pole and decided to cast it into the water. She didn't quite remember how to do all of this, so she needed to familiarize herself with the process once again.
The pole was more awkward to hold than she had remembered, and it didn't have any hooks attached to the line. Leafy figured it was more like a stick than a fishing pole at this point. She looked through her supplies and attached a hook, figuring that she would start by figuring out how to use the pole with one.
"Okay James, let's give this a try," Leafy said to her pet, who watched with amusement. He didn't quite understand what the girl was doing, but it seemed to resemble some kind of strange hunting technique.
James decided to take a more hands on approach and he padded over towards the water, peering in so that he could watch the fishing line as it hit the water. Leafy didn't have the best aim, but eventually she managed to cast with success. The girl pumped her fist in triumph, leaning down to give James a quick scratch behind the ears.
James enjoyed this attention, glad to be out in the sunshine alongside his owner. Especially if they were going to be hunting. James hadn't ever hunted for fish before, but he was excited to try. He didn't understand how the strange string was supposed to catch the fish, but the girl was confident that it would do something. She was his owner and he trusted her, so James had no reason not to believe her. He padded over to the bank, watching the fishing lure curiously as it bobbed in the water.
"I forgot how long this could take," she remarked.
It was the wet season, so the water was high and treacherous. If Leafy jumped in, she doubted that she would get very far before she was washed away in the current. It was quite difficult to control where the lure went, though with the fast water, she wasn't sure that it would matter much in the long run.
James' ears pricked up and he watched intently, noticing movement in the water. A fish came up to the lure before disappearing once more below the surface, leaving the lure completely untouched. Leafy swore under her breath, her patience wearing thin already. She knew she needed a different approach to fishing considering it wasn't meant to be done quickly. The fish in the water were cautious, and Leafy needed to be more strategic in how she tried to catch them. It would take time and effort, but Leafy was willing to wait if that was what it took. She took a deep breath and willed her body to relax. Her old strategies of just fishing on a whim wouldn't be effective for her now. She closed her eyes, trying to tune out everything around her in order to focus. She needed to hear the water and let it take her mind into a zen state.
James pressed against her side, his tail wagging as he watched the girl. He didn't quite understand what she was trying to accomplish and preferred when she was trying to catch them some food. She decided to reel in her empty line and try casting again, but this time, she would apply some bait to the line first. She pulled the line up and took out a box of worms, which didn't gross her out like it might most humans. She managed to wriggle a generous amount onto a hook and cast her rod once more. She was getting better with more practice and James watched in anticipation as the bobber hit the water. Now it would be a waiting game. The Vulticus peered into the water, watching with rapt attention as the bobber moved up and down in time with the current. Leafy settled down into a more comfortable position as she waited.
Post by Fiera Ferella on Aug 11, 2023 10:03:44 GMT -6
Your line touches down next to a floating lotus that keeps bobbing in and out of the water oddly... upon closer inspection, you see a pinball trying to pull it under to eat it, but it isn't quite able to get a good grip on it.
With the added worm bait, the bobber sunk underneath the water and Leafy felt a consistent tug on the line. James began to wag his tail excitedly, sensing that Leafy had gotten a bite. The girl cried out in excitement and James was quick to join in with enthusiasm. It took Leafy a few tries before she managed to get the hang of reeling in the fishing rod. When she managed to pull it out from the surface of the water, reeling it in the rest of the way was a cinch. The fish that she caught wasn't too large, but Leafy was thrilled that it was her first of the trip! James barked in excitement, pleased with the fish as well. Leafy had made sure to bring a container to put this fish in so it wouldn't die, which she placed it into as soon as she had the hook free from its mouth.
Leafy took a moment to admire the fish as it swam lethargically around the bucket she had placed it inside. At least it hadn’t died in all the commotion of getting fished out. James padded over towards the bucket and peered inside, watching the fish with a look of intrigue on his face. Leafy wasn't sure what else to do with her catch, so she decided that she would go back to fishing. She sat down in the grass, watching for a moment as James made faces at the fish. He looked like a puppy who was playing around with his food. Leafy shook her head with amusement as James' face became covered in the water when he shoved his snout in the bucket. He made a disgruntled noise, shaking his head to get the water out of his fur. Leafy cast her fishing rod again, this time forgetting about using any bait.
She wanted to see if she could catch a bigger fish, but as she cast, the line appeared to get tangled in a plant that happened to be in the way. Leafy tugged on the line, trying to figure out how to get the mess free before she accidentally pulled the plant up along with it. She quickly untangled the plant, not quite sure what it was but deciding to put it in the bucket as well. Before casting her line, Leafy applied another worm to the end of the line. Once she was ready, she made quick cast of casting the line. The bobber hit the water with a soft splash and began to sway in the current. A sudden tug on her fishing line nearly pulled her off her feet, but Leafy was quick to wrap her fingers around her fishing rod and dug her heels into the ground, bracing herself against the sudden force. James perked up in interest.
Leafy held on tightly, allowing the fish to lead the dance as it tugged the line back and forth. The last thing she wanted was for the fishing line to break. James made a soft whining noise in her ear, anticipating the catch, but steadily growing impatient. He trotted right up to the river, leaning forward to get a closer look. Leafy motioned for him to take a few steps back, worried that he might fall in. The fish wasn't very strong and Leafy was able to gain control back without too much difficult. When she felt she was ready, she tugged hard on the rod, trying to bring the fish up to the surface. With a strong enough tug, she had the fish out of the water and into her bucket. James barked loudly, watching the fish swim around, looking more lively than the last one had. Now she had two fish!
Leafy admired the two fish in the bucket and decided that she wanted to try her luck with a lure this time. James continued to watch in fascination as the girl cast her line again. She had swapped out the regular line with a yellow lure, which was rather eye-catching. She was really getting into the groove of things, so much so that James wanted to learn how to fish too! The river swelled and splashed against the bank, spraying both James and Leafy with water. The Vulticus closed his eyes and shook his head, trying to get the water out of his fur once again. Fishing was certainly more dramatic than Leafy remembered it being.
"Good thing I'm wearing boots this time," she told James. Cold feet wouldn't do much to benefit her now. Especially if she decided to brave the river and try and wade in the current.
For now, she was content to wait on the shore of the bank, eyes fixed on the bobber as she waited for something to bite. James began to bark rapidly, staring at the bucket with newfound vigor. To her surprise, one of the fish had escaped from the bucket. It had managed to flop its way back over to the river and before Leafy could do anything about it, it had plunged right back into the river. Mourning the loss of her find, the girl had abandoned her fishing pole to investigate the water. As she peered over the edge of the water, she caught glimpse of the fish that had previously been hers. She grabbed her fishing net, intending to use that to scoop the fish back out, but before she could, a larger fish quickly used the opportunity to consume the smaller one. Not one to be deterred, Leafy switched her focus to the new fish.
The fish was round and thorny, reminding Leafy of a pufferfish which was one of the mundane species of fish. She hadn’t seen one in real life, but this fish looked as she imagined one might. James yelped in excitement, racing up and down the riverbank as he chased after the fish. Maybe he’d be able to help her get it out of the water? She’d also need to use something to lure it out. She still had her fishing rod and the net, but she was also adequately stocked up with bait. And if it came down to it, she could sacrifice the second fish in her bucket in order to secure this larger creature. As she was strategizing, the fish had grown distracted by James and was busy watching him, trying to figure out if the strange creature was a threat, or if it could eat that one as well.
It inched closer to James, a little put off by the barking, but wanting to get a better look anyway. As though sensing he needed to be quiet, James settled down and glared back at the fish, challenging it to a fight in his own way. The fish didn’t seem to understand what James was trying to do and instead became distracted with Leafy when the girl tried to scoop it out with her fishing net. She had worms that she could use as well, and she decided to try and chuck a few at the Pinball fish in an attempt to lure it closer. The fish was pleased with the sudden snack, and it quickly swam around scooping up as many worms as it could. With the fish successfully distracted, Leafy used the net to try and nudge it out of the water. After some time, she managed to haul it out onto the bank.
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