Year 763 of the New Age, Spring
Featuring Rhinestone, Keahi and Arrietti
The filly was racing down the trail, her little legs flying to carry her as fast as they could. Small for her age, and beginning to show flecks of grey and silver around her eyes and knees, flecking here and there on a rich red coat, Keahi was similar in looks to her father and mother both it would have seemed. Today her daddy had told her he had a surprise for her- she would get to meet her little sister! One of many. There were many brothers and sisters to be met- but this one was special. Her Momma lived away from the rest of the herd. Though Keahi’s mommy didn’t exactly stay close to the herd normally either.. Oh well! Her tail flagged out as she rushed along the well worn path, not pausing to play in the pretty flowers or explore for feathers or any other trinkets that could have been carefully braided into her mane or even better her sister’s!
Slowing to a bouncing prance, the fawn paused to look around. She was sure the meeting place was around here somewhere! The tell tale fallen burnt log on the ground in the clearing, surrounded by the growing grasses was the first sign of the place. Heading into the clearing, the fawn’s ears perked as she gazed this way and then that. “Daddy?” Called Keahi, tail flagged out as she wondered. Why was Daddy showing her this sibling? Was this one of the ones born most recently? The youngsters would have been born about now. So she would be young right? Was she beautiful like her big sister Ingrid? Or a beautiful palomino filly with a golden coat? Maybe the sister could control the flames already! Surely she would be special!
Suddenly, a rather large butterfly landed on the log and the hunt was on. Butt wiggling in the air, sliding rather ungracefully through the soft lush spring grass, the fawn carefully stalked her newest victim.. closer.. closer.. Whoosh! Shooting off after the butterfly, a cascade of giggles escaping her as she tore off after it- before running nearly head first into the log with a resounding “oof!”
The red stag made his way calmly through the Silver Vale, his long tail flagging out behind him. Today would be a good day, he felt. Today would be the day that Keahi met Arietti. Arietti was a bit special in the sense that she lived away from the herd. She was most likely not going to meet any of her siblings, unless Rhine arranged the meetings for her. The filly needed playmates and he could think of the perfect one, his two-year-old daughter. Keahi didn't stay around the herd too much, like Arietti. She was a fiery filly, full of sweetness and vitality. He was certain that the two girls would get along quite well.
He had Arietti in tow- headed to meet Keahi. Felina had been grateful to have a little bit of time to herself. Pharoah was five years old and practically on his own. Eleanor was three now and off having adventures with friends. Herne, however, was but a wee yearling, always whining and bleating for food.. But, a friend was watching him for a little while so poor Fel could get some time to herself. Arietti was being babysat by Daddy.
"We're going to meet your sister, Keahi." He said sweetly to the little filly. "I'm sure you love her." Arrietti was likely too young to understand anything that was coming out if his mouth, but he talked to her like she could anyways. Right about that time he spotted Keahi up ahead....just as she face-planted into a log. So graceful and majestic, just like her daddy.
Scrambling to right herself, bits of moss and rotted bark clinging to her forehead and the ends of her greyish tipped mane, the red filly stood upright, blinking over her shoulder with a sheepish grin at her father and her new sister! Shaking off the clinging bits of moss and bark, Keahi grinned up at her father while Arrietti blinked up at her father, taking a few shy steps to hide under his belly, ears perked forward though her tail tucked between her legs. The silver dunskin fawn poked her head between their father’s forelegs, bleating softly as her older sister bounded over. “Daddy!” She squealed, rearing up excitedly while Arrietti watched sheepishly, tilting her head and retreating to the safety under Daddy’s belly.
Keahi paused, peeking under her father’s chest to stare at her sister, bright brown eyes warm. Smiling as she took in the silver dunskin’s pretty white markings and delicate build. “She’s so pretty!” Keahi announced, while her sister took a few cautious steps closer, sniffing at her sister. The younger of the two sniffed at her sister before bumping her nose against her sister’s, smiling brightly, her own brown eyes lighting up. Both glanced up at their father for approval, before the darker of the two lowered her forelegs, bouncing in a similar way to a dog’s playbow, her tail flagged out. “Come play!” She giggled, bouncing this way and that, the silver beginning to show around her eyes and muzzle accenting the energy and vitality in the pretty face. Arrietti wobbled after her sister shyly, before twining her tail around her father’s and tugging him along, bleating and pausing, unsure.
“Daddy?” Questioned the older filly, bouncing into a high kneed trot excitedly. “Can we play?” She asked bashfully, pausing to try and understand- her sister was younger afterall! Maybe the younger fawn wasn’t allowed to play or couldn’t play like she and daddy normally did.
The red stag couldn't help the chuckles that slipped from his mouth as the filly righted herself, shaking some debris out of her silvery mane. Arietti quickly ducked beneath him shyly as Keahi approached. Rhine swished his tail towards her reassuringly before turning his attention back to the red filly. She was so vibrant and energetic- he didn't blame a shy filly like Arietti for being a bit intimidated. The filly squealed a greeting, hearing in excitement as she reached her father. "Hello, Keahi." He greeted his young daughter, snaking his neck out and nipping her silvery mane affectionately. He loved how almost all of his children shared his silver mane...and those who didn't have a creamy blonde one. It was quite peculiar, really.
Keahi ducked her head beneath his chest, gazing at Arietti curiously and then announcing that she found the little one pretty. "Yes she is, just like you." He wanted to make sure both daughters felt loved.. Some of his children struggled, having to constantly share their sire... He didn't want Keahi to feel the same. After some nose-bumping Arietti warmed up to Keahi immediately. They started to play, but halted to look at him, seeking out his approval. Arietti tugged on his legs with uncertainty and Keahi asked if they could play. "Of course we can play." He said with a soft chuckle. "We just have to be very careful with Arietti! She's brand new and not very strong yet. So no rough-housing! We must be gentle." With that he turned, gently pulling away from Arietti, and striding a few paces away, tail flagging out, an invitation for play.
That was all it took for the reddish filly to streak off like a little fireball, heels kicking up excitedly. Zigzagging one way, then another. Maybe they could play tag! Keahi was good at tag! Slowing to a snorting, prancy trot the silver bloody bay fawn danced alongside her father before head butting him and promptly fleeing, tail flagged out.
Then she remembered Arrietti was little. Frowning thoughtfully as she watched the wobbly silver dun try to keep up, the small hind slowed down to wait for her sister, calling encouragingly, “Common Arrietti! This way! Daddy’s it!” A smile brightened her dark face, chocolatey brown eyes dancing with excitement and love for her little sister already. An unknowing bleat answered, as the younger of the two fawns wobbled after her sister. She may not have understood the words, besides her name perhaps- but her big sister sounded so friendly and sweet! Nothing could be bad from that!
Keahi pranced away, sticking her tongue out over her shoulder at her father playfully while her sister did her best big girl trot that she could, trying to keep pace with the older hind. Occassionaly Arreitti would stumble, and Keahi would skid to a halt as though the world might end and fuss over the other fawn.
“You can’t catch us daddy!” Keahi boasted gleefully.
The red stag watched his precious daughters closely as they frolicked, letting out a soft chuckle. They really were his pride and joy. He watched as Keahi danced alongside him, a mischievous look filling her dark brown eyes. The red filly then lashed out playfully, giving him a firm headbutt upon the shoulder before whirling and bolting away, the air filled with her adorable giggling.
However, after a moment, she looked back at her wobbly little sister and began to slow down some, realizing that she wasn't going to be able to keep up. She loped along slowly now encouraging her sister. Rhine chuckled, whirling and pursuing them as well. "I'm gonna getcha!!" He exclaimed loudly as she he chased the girls down, but remained lingering a ways behind them as if he couldn't quite catch up. "But, you're too fast, darnit!!"
Peals of giggles escaped both youngsters, while Arrietti proudly stumbled after her big sister whose tail flagged out behind her proudly. Racing to keep her daddy at bay, while her newest sibling chased after her, Keahi was more than proud of herself for escaping the big look alike of her. The silvery filly galloped alongside her rather ungracefully, before turning and abruptly bleating a battle bleat. A change of games it would seem. “CHARRRRGGGGEEE!” Arrietti’s elder sister howled, wheeling and charging their daddy boldly while the youngster tottered after her, micmiking her tone in a brave bleat.
Majestically the deep red filly reared on her short, strong legs, kicking her forelegs before launching foreward. “Ticklemonsters unite!” Came the battle cry before nipping at her father’s ribs, digging her nose into his sides in an attempt to ungracefully tickle his much larger form. It might have worked- except the incredible size difference. Arrietti tried to do the same as her older sister, but with less grace. Ending up on her rump, the silver dunskin’s lip began to tremble as crocodile tears welled in big brown eyes.
Keahi paused midtickle and turned to stare at her sister in confusion. Oh no. What? What happened? A wince etched across her muzzle as the new fawn let out a trembling bleat.
“Daddddddd… WHAT DO WE DO?!” The older fawn panicked, staring at the wailing youngster intensely in confusion.
Suddenly Keahi let out a loud battlecry, whirling and charging him. Rhine's extremely dark, nearly black, eyes widened in surprise as the filly charged him. Well, she couldn't do too much harm to him. But... she was tall enough to make him nervous, if she accidentally sent a stray kick go the wrong area. Yes, that could end very, very badly. Fortunately though the filly seemed most interested in burying her nose into his sides. It was a strange feeling, not quite a tickle, but he played along with it anyways. "Noooooo! Anything but the ticklemonsters!!" He whined pitifully, pretending to try and escape Keahi's attacks.
Then, a sniffling noise drew the red stag's attention. Keahi stopped as well, looking over her shoulder in horror. Arietti sat on her rump, lower lip quivering and brown eyes quickly filling with tears that began to trickle down her face. Then she wailed. Rhine winced, quickly shuffling over to her. He wasn't really sure what had happened, but the little one was definitely upset. "We just need to reassure her that everything is OK." He licked the fawn on the top of her head in the most comforting way he could, hoping Keahi would join in the task of comforting her baby sister.
Keahi watched her father lick the fawn on the head.. That made sense. Momma did that to her when she got upset, right? But this wasn't her momma. And daddy wasn't momma. So how did one momma when they weren't a momma? Approaching with great caution, the red and silver flecked filly fell into line beside her father while the silver dunskin whimpered with soulful, deep pool like eyes up at their father. Another heart wrenching bleat as tears spilled down her pretty face. Not on Keahi’s watch! Giving the other fawn a biiiiiggggg lick, trying to do the same as her daddy, ears perked hopefully. Her sister turned in confusion and blinked, her lip trembling. Arreitti didn't know what had happened but she had fallen and it had startled her more than anything else. When her sister had looked at her it had confirmed the baby's fear that something bad had happened. And then the tears.
Now the silver dunskin sniffled, burrowing into her father’s chest while her sister kept dragging her tongue on her face. “Liek dis dab?” Keahi questioned, 100% serious though her tongue was still on her sister’s face.
The tall red stag continued to lick at the little filly’s forehead gently. Keahi approached now and followed suit, giving her sister gentle licks upon her sister’s face. Rhine smiled softly. He didn’t think Arietti was hurt- she would’ve likely been screaming her head off if she was- so he wasn’t very concerned. The fall had likely just scared the poor little thing, hence all the tears and whimpering. However, the silvery filly’s tremors and whimpers had begun to die down now. She buried her head in her sire’s chest, sniffling a bit. Keahi, however, continued to lick at the fawn’s face. Then, she asked if she was doing it right, completely serious, with her tongue still hanging out. Rhinestone couldn’t help the bark of laughter that slipped from his mouth. Keahi had so much personality- she amused him greatly. “Yes, like that.” he grinned at the fiery filly. “However, I think that’s enough. She seems to be feeling better now. She’s alright, it’s just scary to a baby when they fall.”
As the red filly took a half step back, Arrietti gave a tired little bleat, nestling against the fluffy cushion of her father’s chest. Well maybe not fluffy. But it was daddy and it was safe! Daddy wouldn’t let her fall. Nuzzling into the warmth and safety of her father’s chest and leg and shoulder, the shy youngster closed her eyes, tail curling around a foreleg. Keahi blinked at her sister’s sudden.. well.. maybe not so sudden. It was understandable she was scared of her little fall. And maybe a little pooped out. Afterall.. Tag was serious work.
The darker and older hind smiled understandingly, nodding to herself. Yes, she too fell often and hard. Some days there were scary falls and crashes- she couldn’t help it, her little legs were so very fast. Steering took practice and skilllll. Keahi had plenty of that. Just needed the practice. Or to watch where she was going. Arrietti could learn it one day too though!
“Yeah.. I fall a lot. It isn’t always scary though.” Keahi grinned goofily at her sister, ruffling the soft baby curls of her half sibling’s mane as Arrietti smiled sheepishly, offering a little half yawn bleat.
It seemed that the silvery filly was completely tired out. She buried her face in his chest and legs, bleating softly and closing her eyes. She was probably ready for some milk and a nap...or perhaps she would even sleep through the whole night. Her parents would certainly appreciate it if she did. The filly curled her tail around one of his forelegs and the red stag felt his heart melt with love and affection. She was so perfect, just like the rest of her siblings.
The red stag let out a little chuckle at his older daughter's words. "I used to fall a lot when I was younger, so you two must have inherited my clumsiness. So, if you're anything like me you'll grow out of it." He smiled softly, reaching out and giving his fiery daughter a gentle lick upon the forehead. "Well, I think that it's time for Arietti and I to head home and catch some z's. Would you like to join us, Keahi? I'm sure Fel will have some tea ready that we can share."
The flamboyant older fawn nodded, smiling brightly. “Yes!” The fawn bleated excitedly, watching as her younger sibling nodded sleepily against their father’s chest.Trotting ahead aways, waiting till the huge stag that was her father followed after with the sleepy fawn in tow, her tail linked with their father’s.