Time/Date :It is currently 11:57 Pacific Time on Fri Jul 6 2007.
Place : Fury House
Weather :Currently in Saint Claire, it's a sunny day. The temperature is 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius). The wind is currently coming in from variable directions at 6 mph. The barometric pressure reading is 30.10 and falling, and the relative humidity is 45 percent. The dewpoint is 48 degrees Fahrenheit (8 degrees Celsius.)
Moon Phase :Currently the moon is in the waning Half Moon phase (57% full).
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This is the central hub of the house. From here, you can still see the entrance foyer, as well as the stairway that heads to the second story. Towards the back of the common area is a set of glass doors that lead out to a courtyard. To the east, an arched doorway leads to what apparently serves as a library, office, and workroom, and to the west, an arched doorway leads to what appears to be a kitchen and dining area..
There are several chairs here, simple, elegant, yet functional in their design and intent. The room has a comfortable feel to it, but is a bit ascetic in design. The walls are off-white, the molding dark cherry wood and decorated with acanthus-leaf ornamentation at the corners. A pair of antique spears are hung crossed against each other on one wall, and a wall-relief depicting a scene of Grecian warriors hangs on the other. Above the mantle of the fireplace is a small statue of Artemis, on either side of that, dark metal candlesticks with ivory pillar candles. The entire room is a study in the contrast of light and dark.
Long dark black hair frames the fair-skinned face of this teen girl. There's a bit of firmness to her jaw line and her brown eyes bracket a thin lipped mouth and a smallish nose. Alesia's frame is a bit thin or lithe while still maintaining a hint of classical features. Her frame is thin and almost wiry. There's almost a sadness in her eyes and her mouth looks like smiles might be foreign to it. She stands just just over four and a half feet tall. She has no piercings or jewelry.
Alesia is wearing a newish sweatshirt that's a light pink shade and looks like it might have picked out by guess as it's a tad large on her. Her pants are blue jeans that while tight only show that she doesn't have much in the way of curves, but more look like they are tight because she grew some since they were bought. Her shoes are a bit out of date as well, just a well worn pair of gym shoes.
Sometime over the last couple of years, a teen girl with a poor attitude and a hair-trigger temper has grown up, and matured into a young woman. With a poor attitude and a hair-trigger temper. KL is a little over five-foot tall - no late growth spurt for her - and slimly built. She moves quickly, and is rarely still for any length of time. Her natural balance and co-ordination are clearly evident in her movement, but any hint of grace is smothered with her air of irritation, hostility and restrained aggression. She manages to turn even simple activities - like ordering fries - into not particularly subtle attempts to provoke fights.
Her mousy-brown hair hangs loose around her shoulders, the front falling to frame her face. Her hair looks like it has been cut recently, and by someone with at least a little skill. She's really quite attractive, perhaps not a pin-up, but far from ugly, with a cute upturned nose and wide expressive hazelnut eyes. However, any level of appeal her physical appearance might have is swamped by the anger in her gaze and the sullen set of her mouth. She stares at people - particularly people she doesnt know - with a cold fury, as if trying to decide exactly which way to kill them.
KL has pale skin, and on her right shoulder-blade is a two-inch-square tattoo of a winged horse. There isn't much in the way of excess flesh on her, her cheekbones are clearly visible and her bare arms have a tight musculature that speaks of regular and plentiful exercise.
She is wearing a pair of blue jeans that look brand-new, and have a designer label clearly visible on the rear, a pair of combat boots that also look new. On her upper half she is sporting a rather snazzy black leather jacket over a clean new white t-shirt.
Full moon. Dangerous time. In the main room of the Fury house, one of the more volatile Sept members is sitting, surrounded by sticks. Some broken, some not. There's a ball of thread in front of KL, on the table, and the latest stick is clamped between her knees, where it's the focus of some intense scrutiny on the behalf of the Ahroun.
Alesia enters from the back door, spear in one hand and a wrapped package in the other. Small, it fits in her hand and has some colorful if slightly old looking wrapping paper around it and a little bit of ribbon tied into a bow. Alesia peeks in and when she spots KL she says, "Ah, there you are. Been looking for you."
KL holds up a hand, still intent on the stick in front of her. Closer up, it's apparent that what she's doing is fletching. She slowly wraps the thread around the flights, and then ties them off. She lifts the arrow, and inspects it. "Yes!" she exhales, punching the air. "Yes!" She looks over at Alesia. "Heya! How are you? Looking for me? Why?"
Alesia gives a little nervous shrug and moves forward, holding out the package, "You said it was your birthday soon. I didn't hear about the party but figured maybe I missed it cause I'm a guardian or something.... um, so I thought I'd just give you the present now?" She says kind of hopefully. "So... ah, happy birthday?"
"You didn't miss it," KL says, with a frown. "I was inept and didn't organise it, and then Kevin had his and I found I couldn't really stand being in a room with that many Garou." She shrugs. "Not surprising, really." She looks at the package and takes it. "But, like...wow... Can I open it? I have some things for you, too!"
Alesia nods, "Sure. Open it now. I... I hope you like it. I was hoping you'd let me try to teach you a new rite I learned to go with it." She says cryptically as she looks to see KL's reaction to the gift.
The Ahroun slowly unwraps the package, peering at it curiously. Inside the wrapping paper is a long thin strip of leather, like a cord, and at the center of the cord is a piece of antler, that's been cut at a slight angle to create an oval disc. On one side of the flat surface are the runes for KL's breed, tribe and auspice. On the other side is an attempt at her garou name in garou runes, and under it a small symbol for Gaia.
Alesia watches to catch KL's reaction.
"Oh wow!" KL breathes, holding it up in front of her. She studies it closely, puzzling the runes out. Suddenly she looks sad. "Thank you. This is the first present I've had since... I was thirteen. You made it?"
Alesia nods, "I have a matching one, well... with my name on it instead." She notes as she pulls it free from her shirt, wearing it like a necklace, "I made it from the deer I killed. I use it for the ritual, the Hunting Prayer. I learned that rite from Blackriver and... and I thought if you wanted I could try to teach you?"
KL slowly puts the pendant on, obviously pleased. "Sure, what does it do? Help with hunting?" She lifts a finger and runs it along the leather thong. "Oh, do you want your present now, or later?" Her brow furrows. "Hmm. Can you dedicate things, yet?"
Alesia shakes her head, "I'm afraid I can't dedicate things yet. I hope to learn that soon, but... I've been studying and working to learn so many things it may wait a bit. I learned to heal first. I thought... that might be more important." She says almost appologetically. "I've had to have others help me dedicate things. The Hunting Prayer... you say it before each hunt and it helps you track your prey if you do it everytime. It can help you track anything, from a deer to a fomori, or at least I think it can..."
The Ahroun suddenly looks interested. "Yes, then. I'm definitely keen. Can you show me? Does it have to be done at a particular time? And do you want your present?" She looks keenly at the Theurge. "And...um...what's your favourite colour?"
Alesia looks a bit off balance by the question, "Um, I can show you but we have to go hunt and the first time you have to go to the umbra so have to do it at night. So... not today. Um, but color? I... don't know." She admits, "I never thought about it. But... ah, why did you get something for me?"
"Because you asked for it, twice," KL says, with a grin. She bounces up and walks over to a plastic bag, tucked under a seat. "It's not wrapped, but there you are." She presents it to Alesia with a smile. "Well, pick a colour. You can't have black - best if it's quite a bright colour. I've been learning to fletch -" she indicates the mess "- and I thought I'd fletch some arrows for you and me and Nike. And Helen, if she wants. And I'll fletch all your arrows in the same colour, so you know they're yours."
Alesia peers at the bag, and accepts it very hesitantly, eyes wide, "You... you got me... um, a teddy bear?" She very carefully starts to unwrap the plastic like eggshells were inside or something. Her attention focused on the present more than the color but she stammers, "Yellow... it'll be easy to see."
Inside the package is a medium-size teddy bear, loosely stuffed and with a very soft tactile furry skin. It's the sort of teddy bear designed to be hugged rather than to look particularly smart. "It doesn't have a name," KL says. "I thought that was better. And that you wouldn't want one called Marcy or something." A pause. "Oh, and yellow it is. Any particular preference as to heads? I have to buy them, so they can't be anything too special. I think I can fletch them differently depending on the heads, so you can tell by touch which one is which."
Alesia blinks, staring at the bear. She tries very hard not to cry but... she can't help herself and she reaches her arms out to hug the bear tight. She's been playing adult full bore since her Rite finished, but now she seems more like a little kid again as she hugs the bear very tightly, both arms wrapped around it as she hugs it close. She sniffles and tries to wipe the tears away, "Thank you KL." She says softly, "I... I really appreciate it." Clearly the gift has shaken her up a bit. Then she manages a very rare smile, obvioulsy the tears being more ones of joy then sorrow. "Oh! I um... I made a whole bunch of arrow heads from the antlers. Jamethon showed me how. But I don't know how to make arrows. Maybe you could use those arrow heads? If I brought them to you?"
"Sure!" KL says. "I've been practicing quite a lot, as you can see, and I think I've got the hang of it." A long pause. "I didn't want to go out this moon. Other than to the moot, tonight. Because...well, last time...I did something really bad." She looks down at the floor. "And I'm tired of screwing up."
Alesia nods a bit, "That's wise, KL. The... the moon is heavy on us all but more on some. And... I think I can bring you the arrow heads later. They are at the sept compound." She still is holding the bear closely. "I hope you can use the arrow heads. I don't know how to fire a bow very well yet. You'll have to help me get better after we get some arrows, maybe?"
"Oh, we have arrows," KL says, with a grin. "Loads of them. They're much cheaper when you buy them in a reasonable number. We've got about...um...one hundred and thirty arrows. We did have one hundred and forty-four, but I've lost fourteen or so, or broken them. But that's not the same as having our *own* arrows. And yes, I'll teach you. I practice every day, more or less."
Alesia nods a bit, "I'm training Hal, and Vika and adalyn. Lots of tribes have come to me and allowed me to teach their cubs. So when I add that to my guardian duties and my attempt to learn more about the ways of a Theurge it has been a very busy time for me but I would like to try to find time each day. I could try to teach you what Jamethon taught me about spear use too if you want?"
"Yes," KL says, looking enthusiastic. "Any weapon use that doesn't go bang is always interesting." She sits back down. "Alesia, can I talk to you about something? I talked to Nike about it, but I'm not sure... well, Nike looks at the world in a certain way, and it's not quite the same as my way. Which is cool, but this is...awkward."
Alesia hesitates looking worried at KL, "This is about Alexander, isn't it?" She says softly, still holding the teddy bear tightly, "I... I think I upset things. Nike and I... we think different about things."
The Ahroun nods slowly. "Yeah, it's about Alexander. I'm a bit mixed-up about the whole thing." She wrinkles her brow. "I... I should have a baby, Alesia. My life expectancy isn't that great, and I also think it's bad that all of the Furies here are...well...haven't had babies. And the moment I started thinking about it, it was sort of everywhere. And Alexander is the only Fury kin around her who isn't Anji. And I do like him, just not as much as I liked Kovo. But I'm worried about what happens after. I mean, I'm not the ideal baby-caring choice. But it's not fair to lumber Alexander, especially as we're not...a couple. You know?"
Alesia nods slowly then says, "Um, I don't know what to say. I... I'm really the wrong person to ask. I don't know if I'll ever be about to think about having sex without wanting to hurt someone. So... so I don't know if I'll ever be able to have a child. Even if I might really want to have one some day, you know?" Her voice is soft, her smile has faded. "But I think you should have one, maybe you could have one with a not-a-kin if that might be better? Or you could have one with Alexander but have someone else raise it?"
KL's frown deepens. "Yeah, but who? Has to be somebody I trust. And...I don't want to abandon it entirely. So shipping it off to a different sept...it feels really wrong calling a baby "it", you know." She shakes her head. "I just don't know what to do. Maybe I shouldn't do anything. But that feels wrong too."
Alesia hesitates then says, "KL? If it's a boy... you'll give it away? Right? I mean, don't we have to do that? If it is a boy and a garou?" She asks worriedly, "Could... could you live with that?"
"Not easily," KL says, "but yes, probably. I'm not that untraditional. I'm sort of hoping it will be a girl full-stop, because I get on well with women and badly with men, and I imagine a son will be doubly bad. Wow. "Son". How odd."
Alesia nods a bit, "Well, I worry. But... what can I say? I... I think you should have a child and I think maybe we should try to find a kin other than Alexander who can take care of the kin? Can... can Anji do that?"
"Oh," KL says, looking thoughtful. "I could ask. Her advice might be useful." She looks very cheerful. "Yay! A plan! I'll go and talk to her when Luna gets slim enough." She peers at Alesia. "Is there anything I can help you with, in any way? You know you have only to ask?"
Alesia hesitates then says, "I am going to make an announcement at the moot tonight. I am worried about the sept. We are too divided. And I worry that the cubs, all four of them, being at a house in the city is a risk. Most cubs frenzy at least once during their cub training, and if you have four cubs in a tight area, the risk of something going wrong gets bigger. They should be here, where if something goes wrong they are isolated enough that it isn't as much a risk the the veil."
KL nods. "And I know that it's awkward for them. CJ is...the male cubs gang up on her. They don't think they do, but every time I've seen them, it's been "we" and "her". I'm sure it's not intentional, but it's bad. I'm very worried about her. I don't think your announcement will be overly popular. But I agree. There's this weird divide between town and bawn. And there aren't many tribes that actually go to both."
Alesia nods, "I think if you are a member of this sept, and we want to get along, we must have our cubs here, on the bawn. Not here in this house mind you. I understand needing some time to get the cubs calm, settled, but it has been a while since those Glasswalker cubs showed up. I even went out there to check them for taint back before I started Guardian duties. I worry, they should not be out in the city, roaming around, it creates a further split between the tribes and makes an us slash them mentality. It is not good, it hurts us all. We must work together. And that starts as a cub. I am doing my best to try to help the cubs that the other tribes allow me to work with, and I do not teach cubs unless I have elder permission. But... forget that part, we need them to all be here, on the bawn. If the wyrm wanted to pick us off one by one.... well, just imagine how easy it would be to lure one of those cubs to the wyrm... they sneak out into the city and get caught up... and then they use that cub to go after the other three and then the others... it could be horrible."
The Ahroun nods. "Do you not think that maybe this is a decision that Vera should make? You can ask, obviously, and at the moot, but unless she says 'make it so', the Glasswalkers won't go for it." She shrugs. "Not sure I would, in their place. I'd think it was encroaching on my territory."
Alesia nods, "I do not plan on making demands. I am simply going to ask if it is right, and try to get people thinking about it. I spoke with Vera-Rhya and her main answer was she is a Ragabash and does not think tradition is as important as some others do." She frowns, "Which I found frustrating."
"She did?" KL says, raising an eyebrow. "Interesting. The Sept is changing. I would expect a Shadow Lord to notice that." She purses her lips. "I wish Touch Deer was still alpha." She shakes her head. "But if wishes were horses..."
Alesia sighs, "I will be booed down for my words, I expect to make people unhappy, but I think it must be said. I am not challenging any ruling and I am not bringing charges against any garou. I simply think that many are not thinking about the risks and threats to us all, including the risk that we become more seperated and lost because of it."
"Say it," KL says, definitely. "Popularity is over-rated. I'll support you, obviously. Have you spoken to Nike? It would be nice to be unified as a tribe about this. And then we have to live it."
Alesia shakes her head, "No, I have not. I wasn't sure I would step forward to say this until a short while ago. I've been thinking about it a lot. I don't know exactly what words I'll use yet. I still need to consider the best way of presenting it. An appeal to the traditions? Or a scolding, or.... I don't know. I think the best way would be to get people to think about it as a good thing to change to or return to rather than something to be ashamed of not doing."
Alesia adds, "Maybe we should talk to Helen as well?"
KL nods. "Not a scolding. What's the reaction you want? If you scold people they will just react negatively. Say what you want to happen. All of us together. Remembering that we are all Garou, we are all together. That sort of thing. Sort of...selling a vision?"
Alesia nods, "Selling a vision, yes. I want them to bring the cubs here, both the native american tribes and the city tribes. I want them to be housed at the farm house and the sept compound, on the bawn. I want teaching to go across tribes to help unify us once they are no longer cubs, to make us stronger and having the cubs here would mean teachers would be here and mean more garou to protect the sept."
The Ahroun smiles. "You'd want to make clear that each tribe was still responsible...still in charge...of teaching their own cubs, but that it was about meeting...getting exposure...to other tribes. And also, so that the cubs can find packs easier when they rite. And people know other people. You're going to do this in the Cracking Of The Bone?"
Alesia nods, "Yes, during the cracking of the bone. I think... I must find the right words though. I'm not good at public speaking. I'm trying to reherse...."
KL smiles reassuringly. "Just say it. You'll be fine. And if anyone tries to...do anything...I'll rip them to shreds." She gives a definite nod, as if this is in some way a good thing to do.
Alesia peers at KL, then nods, "Well, I wish I could find Nike and Helen and speak as a tribe, but... I don't know if we can see them in time?"
KL nods. "It might be better if it was just you, y'know," she muses. "I mean, there are tribes that don't like us very much. But I'm not aware of anyone who doesn't like you. It's likely to be better received from you than from us, as it was. But it would be nice if you could say "my tribe is behind me.""
Alesia shrugs, "I guess, maybe best to stick myself out there though. Some may hate me for it, but if I can say it right... maybe saying I am worried, that I think that we need a change, not scolding but asking for future changes?"
"That's the way the sane part of me thinks you should do it," KL says, grinning at her own joke. "The other part suggests going to Crinos and hitting them all until they do what you want. Take your pick as to which is best to go with."
Alesia considers, "I could probably do the second. But.... then we'd have to take care of the cubs left over after they were all dead." She says in an absolute dead-pan delivery, but peeks at KL in a curious way as if hinting this is probably a joke. "But honestly, I think talk first. If I warn them and they still screw up, then... at least I warned them."
KL laughs. "There's a couple that even I would struggle to pull down." A pause. "But I think you're right to do what you're trying to do. It might be the wisest thing anyone's done here for a good long time. I hope it goes well, and will try and help."
Alesia nods slowly, "Yes, well... okay. I will do it and hope to stand proud with my tribe afterwards. I have to word it right so that none of the tribes think it is an attack just on them, but strong enough that they realize what I need or want them to do.
The Ahroun nods fiercely. "That's right. And I will be there. I have a job to do!" She grins widely. "A glorious one, you might say." She bounces up and down on her seat. "Oh. Too much energy. Must not break chair."
Alesia tilts her head, "Your job? Other than keep me alive? Or is that what you meant?" She sounds unsure, "I just... I am not sure how much attention a newly rited Cliath will gain from those at the sept. I know those with the bones are allowed to speak but as one so new... will my words have any weight with those who must make the decisions?"
"If you speak the truth, then they should," KL says. "I'm wyrmfoe." She seems really really pleased with herself. "So, it should be an interesting moot for the Black Furies, no?"
Alesia nods, "Very, and congrats. I'm glad for you. I don't get to go on the revel. Guardian duties and all. But I hope it is a glorious hunt and that all goes well."
"I'm sure it will," KL says. She looks around. "I should tidy up, I guess." She starts collecting abandoned arrow shafts. "I like new skills, I really do. Makes me feel useful."
Alesia nods, "Well, once the moot is over and after you have healed... we can go into the woods and I'll try to teach you that rite to help tracking. I think it is a great rite for both Theurges and Ahrouns to know." She stands back up, tucking her bear under one arm. "And if anyone gives me any grief about the bear, I'll break their arms." She says firmly as she snugs the bear, "Need a name, but I'll think of something."
KL smiles warmly. "Goddess be with you, Alesia-yuf," she says, with obvious affection. "I'll stand with you at the moot?" She continues to tidy up her craft efforts, sorting whole shafts from broken ones.
Alesia nods, "Yes, I would be proud to stand by your side. I may need to stand with Jamethon-Rhya for part of it as a Guardian but I will be there with you as I can."