@Zodiac - can't be nursing if you're wearing Timberlands... some sort of a warehouse? manufacturing? I used to have to wear steel toe shoes for 12hr shifts 5 days a week. it SUCKED. I quit that job after about 4 months. The money wasn't worth not being able to do anything on my days off because I couldn't walk
@Zodiac - I also have problems with my feet. I finally found a shoe store that has people who are trained to check your gait and stuff as you're trying on shoes. My new shoes help a lot but I still need custom orthotics which are gonna cost me ~$400 cause my insurance doesn't want to cover them.
Bel// 4// herd mare// M: Soudeh, Cairo (ind), open
Giving up calling for Soudeh, Bel flicked her tail in agitation. Stamping her hoof against the ground, she thought to herself, that filly is really more trouble than she's worth. She's probably off with that troublesome colt, Cairo. She turned her dark indigo eyes to her surroundings, wondering where the foals were. She saw Cairo sticking next to Astarte, but she didn't see Soudeh. I'm sure she's fine, she said, trying to calm her heart, which was quickly gaining speed.
She turned towards the sparse treeline, slowly walking towards a tree. Perhaps there was dry grass beneath the trees. Approaching the tree, Bel put her muzzle to the grass at the base. Not completely dry, but only slightly damp rather than sodden. Bel hadn't had much sleep the night before due to the rains, so she had to fight back a yawn as she imagined catching a quick nap here. She lied down under the tree, sighing as she settled in the soft grass and curled up in an attempt to retain body heat. She's just catch a nice nap here to make up for her lost sleep the previous evening. Finally she closed her eyes, hoping Soudeh would come find her soon.
Adder smiled apologetically as Adder scolded him, pretending to be ashamed of his actions. He pinned his ears sadly, but the twinkle in his eyes made it obvious he was teasing with her. He watched as Nia wandered off, but didn't pay her much attention. He turned back to Adder, watching the water droplets sit in her mane, soaking it. He bet his looked the same, if not worse. The water seemed to create a weight out of his mane, and he took a step forward, shaking his whole form once more. Yet, the water was relentless.
His expression was one of clear annoyance, "Fine, be that way," he grumbled sharply towards the the rain. Turning back to Adder, he said, with a slightly softer tone, "I'm going ot stand under a tree or something, this rain is really getting to me." While his fur was silky, causing the water to roll off his form, that didn't much help his drenched tail and mane. He walked towards a tree, briefly saying over his shoulder, "Feel free to join me!" to Adder before picking up his pace and standing under a nearby tree.
Estrella// 5// herd mare// M: open
Looking around, Ella took in the locations of her herd. She wasn't much in the mood to socialize, as the dreary weather wasn't really putting her in the mood to be cheery. The graceful mare tossed her head, moving her dripping forelock out of her eyes. With every gracerful step she took, she felt the ground squish, and mud was caking her hooves. As she preferred to be immaculate in appearance, the mud bothered her more than it would have most horses. Yet, she knew it was useless to attempt cleaning it off until she was out of the rain and on dry ground.
She stopped moving, choosing to stand still rather than have the rain continue to fly into her face as she trotted. She turned her dark gaze towards the sea, wondering when they would move islands next. Surely not too soon, but she still longed to get out of this horrible weather.
The leaf above his head, the only thing holding back the rain from his face, suddenly gave way with a splash of cold water right on his forehead. The elderly stallion woke with a brief, startled yell, shaking off his head and his entire body in a vain attempt to dry off. His thin, ragged fur was slicked to his skin, and his ears pinned flat to his neck as he stepped out into the rain, following the sounds and scents towards the herd when he figured out he was alone.
"I'm alive, thanks for caring!" he announced grumpily, letting out a grumbling snort. "No thanks to this godforsaken rain! 'Ey Stryker, when are we moving islands? I ain't gonna die on this one." His tail twitched with agitation, and he shook his head again, sniffing at the air for a moment.
Harlow looked to his grandfather, Cedar, and tilted his head. He flicked his tail, and the drenched stallion moved closer to him.
`` Hey, grandpa. ``
He greeted, flicking his tail.
`` You doing good? ``
He tilted his head slightly, and the buckskin stallion waited patiently for his response. He wanted to help him this time, but Buckwheat did as well. He shot a small glare to his sister, then looked back to Cedar. He flicked his ears forward.
Buckwheat stayed pressed up against Misty as she turned her gaze to her grandfather, Cedar. She glared back to Harlow as he glared at her, and flicked her ears up. The flazen mare swished her tail, and some strands of it got stuck on her rump. She flicked her tail more so it would come off.
Buckwheat nipped at her side as she felt an itch, and she was relived when it left. She turned her gaze back to Harlow and Cedar, and she looked up at Misty, her ears up.
The dapple grey mare was in a foul mood, and she was about to lecture her son when she heard him squeal. Simply turning her head to see what he was so frightened of she saw two yellow eyes. She flatter her ears annoyed, predators weren't on this island and so it was obviously a fake. Did someone really want to annoy this hormonal pregnant mare? If so she would put a hoof to their face. She snorted amused as her lovely mate 'defended' them from the 'creature' . As she watched him deal with the mare she looked to her son, " Don't wake your father again by splashing in the puddles all night, he needs his rest to protect us, and you need your sleep since your a growing foal. Now I'll let you off this once, so go find Soudeh and play "
Turning to her mate she spoke, "Now, now don't be brash. Well move once the storm is a bit calmer as we can't go in a full fledged storm "
She chuckled slightly flicking her tail, and turning to the younger mare Buckwheat, " What do you need help with dear?"
She said motioning the mare away as it seemed to be a private matter.
The golden champagne male had been patrolling the island when he returned. His handsome coat was water streaked and wet. It made his blue eyes seem even more electric , and he looked around for Niabi. She was carrying his foal and he wanted to make sure she was alright.
"Hey Adder!" he said to the other mare, " Hey Whisper and Buckwheat! Morning Ceader and Astarte, looking good Stryder" he said chuckling at the Lead Stallion.
When he saw Niabi his heart fluttered a bit and he presented her with a wild rose, " For you Bi-Bi"
Adya had awaken early that morning. Though she hadn't slept entirely well through the night. The young Cairo had kept her awake with his endless adventure of splashing in every possible puddle. She had gone off to do a little patroling but mostly to stretch her legs. It had begun to rain, or more like pour. The rain pelted the Island. Water began to gather and snake down her soft coat. Before long her coat was stuck to her skin. She didn't mind the rain but she didn't particularly enjoy it either. After a while, she stopped to graze for a bit. She was just on the outskirts of the herd. She could see all of them slowly waking up. Probably because of the rain. Flicking her tail she immediately regretted it as cold water splattered on her Flank. She snorted in annoyance.
A loud scream filled the air. The mare instantly shot her head up her ears alert. She searched for the source of the noise. And when she noticed the lead bolting off she immediately started off. Galloping, and in a few short moments, she slowed to a trot as she neared Astarte, Buckwheat, and the young colt. Styder returned and Astarte continued her conversation with Buckwheat. She noticed Styder's muddy form and the irritation in his stature.
"What happened?" She asked and furrowed her brow.
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She turned her gaze back to Astarte, and she nudged her shoulder.
`` I just need some advice on what to do if I ever end up getting a crush on a stallion. Like, what do I do? Im just confused about it. ``
She looked up at her apologetically, her ears flicked back. She didnt want to bother Astarte with this, and she swished her tail slowly. Buckwheat flicked her soaked mane, her amber gaze soft and confused about love.
Vancouver | 5 years| Lone Stallion | Mentions: Broken
Vancouver thought she looked a little distracted. She seemed to start a little, and he wondered if he should apolgoize. He snorted in disbelief. Getting chased away was fun? "Did you find the fun you were looking for?" he cocked his head. He shook out his mane, "I was curious about the herd. I haven't seen too many around here. Have you been hanging around them often?" He was wanting to know if he had a chance of joining. However, he wasn't sure if he was willing to actually try to go and join. He shook out his mane tempted to leave Broken. She didn't seem to be the best company, and he had othet things to do.
Misty Noir | 8 years | Herd Mare | Mentions: Buckwheat
Misty Noir nuzzled her daughter, trying to calm her. Having one of her children with her made her feel warm and protective. She nickered greeting Harlow. Misty startled when Cedar bellowed. She trotted in his direction, because she liked to keep an eye on her sire. "Of course we care," she replied hoping that was true. She snorted in disbelief when he mentioned dying. "You have years left in you. Don't joke about things like that," she ordered. She wondered if the lead stallion would answer him.
She gently nudged him with her head, so that he knew that she was nearby. She didn't feel like asking him how he was. He had already started talking pretty negatively, so she felt that she could guess what he was feeling. Misty cocked her head curious what she wanted to talk to Astarte about. The fact that she had no clue bothered her. "How can I help you?" she turned her attention back toward Cedar. She should help someone instead of being anxious about something.
She sighed, staring into the shadowy woods almost longingly. It would be drier in the denser trees, she knew, but she didn't want to be too far from the herd. What if something happened, or an actual monster came? She definitely wanted to stay close, where she belonged, but she was starting to worry about Aureli. He was usually there when she woke up, though she figured he was probably patrolling... He did that sometimes.
Lowering her head, she nibbled at the grass near her hooves, ears pinned as she resigned herself to the fact that she'd be alone today... Well, not alone. Just, not with her favorite person.
Just as she thought that, she heard the soft rustling of bushes behind her, and Aureli's familiar voice reached her ears. A bright grin immediately replacing the faint frown on her mottled face, the painted mare lifted her head and turned towards him, her tail twitching at a drop of water that was tickling her rounded flank.
"Good morning," she said happily, as she trotted over to him and nuzzled her head under his chin. He offered her a rose, and she smiled as she took it gingerly in her teeth. "Thanks," she said shyly, pressing her side against his. "How was your day?" She smiled as she nuzzled his neck affectionately.
Stryder || Lead Stallion || M : Adya, Astarte, Buckwheat, Cairo, Cedar
He huffed in irritated acceptance to his mate's words, knowing she was right. Either way, now he was both soaking and muddy and that dirt was gonna itch when it dried. Stryder moved off at the dappled mare's body language towards Buckwheat, knowing he didn't want to get involved with female talk anyhow, and instead focused his attention on Adya.
"Just some loners trying to put us into cardiac arrest," he stated curtly, setting his jaw. Stryder was doing his best not to just go ballistic on everyone around him; it wasn't any of their faults that he was a walking mass of earth and rain. Really, if anyone was to blame, it was himself. If they'd left before the storm... Ah, well. Not now. At that moment, Cedar decided to bring up shifting islands. With a grunt of suppressed irritation at both himself and the old man, he took a deep breath and faced the elderly stallion.
"As soon as the storm lets up, Cedar," he called back, forcing himself to sound nicer than he felt. Oh, today was gonna be a challenge.
Cairo || Foal || Colt || M : Astarte, Soudeh
Cairo half listened to his mother's lecture before bounding off at first opportunity and charging back towards his and Soudeh's hiding place. He shouldered the appaloosa filly as he arrived and urged, "Let's explore! Maybe we'll find some of those snappy-snappy creatures by the beach!"
He had recently discovered crabs, and it was enjoyable -- too enjoyable -- to taunt them.
Adder || Herd Mare || M : Whisper, Aureli, Niabi
Her heart flattened at the sight of Niabi and Aureli nuzzling each other, and Adder quickly gazed the other way, irritation flaring up her spine. She didn't even like Aureli that much; she'd given up on chasing him long ago. So why did she still feel a little jealous?
She was snapped out of her reverie by Whisper's invitation to join him, and, suddenly feeling saltier than the ocean, swished her tail and pranced archly away from Aureli with a short hello before heading off after Whisper.
"Yes, I did actually" Broken said, smirking slightly before she shrugged. "As much as a curious mare would hang around a herd, you should go say hi to them, I bet they'll give you a warmer welcome," She said, her tone slightly taunting as she gave the stallion a way out, guessing he had other things to do.