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#1
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Medic
07-21-2022, 02:46 PM
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Something always intrigued Olive, as a midwife, about the moment that the process childbirth began. How did the body know when was the right time — and what was the internal trigger that began the cascade? In life, seconds ticked by from one to the next without much change or consequence; but the very second a mother became anew, nothing was ever the same. It was no wonder that such a thing ranked high on the spectrum of life’s most significant events, akin to one’s own birth and death.

In truth, it was in most senses, a rebirth, and not just for the souls that cloaked themselves in the skins of puppies, but for the willing parents, and for the universe as a whole.
 
The woman barely registered the change when it occurred, perhaps because she was so profoundly rotund and uncomfortable. Her belly felt firmly lodged in her hips and she could not walk as much as she could embarrassingly waddle around; but waddle she did, because it relieved the discomfort in a way that nothing else could. Not even herbs could assuage the restlessness and tenderness she felt, though she often indulged in her stores of summer’s raspberry leaf, made plentiful largely in part to the woman @Aries and her foraging efforts.
 
The only thing that had made her feel any better was the presence of @Archon within the Vale's borders. The sudden certainty of his health and safety was her ultimate relief, and it was less than 24-hours later when the Priestess realized that today might be the day. This was no normal languor; the cramps and the tugging that she felt as she ambled about on a continuous stroll refused to abate, and though they were still mild, their regularity and reoccurrence was what inspired her to action. She mildly marveled at the effect of stress on one's body and mind, and then the woman immediately sought out @Tiberius.
 
The titan was never far — no, not these days.
“My goddess,” she breathed as she approached, immediately drawing close to his comforting presence. Her heart was now skipping and blood was rushing with excitement and a sudden onset of nervousness, mixed with the discomfort of the intense, regular tightness. “They are certainly coming, and with some sense of urgency.” she claimed with a sheepish smile, tail fluttering behind her and voice unnaturally strained. She immediately set to nibbling on the short furs on his shoulder.
 
The den’s weren’t far, and the sunshine felt nice.

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07-21-2022, 07:50 PM
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He was never far from her now. Not when in his mind, Olive looked like she was about to... pop. The titan refused to be so far from her in case the day came and he was unable to be there for her. Unable to be at the birth of his children. His first litter. Tiberius knew he was nervous. Living up to the title of father was looming over him something fierce-- he didn't want to mess up.

He didn't want to mess them up the way Wenda messed him up. Tiberius felt so incredibly feral with how the birth seemed so close and he was unpredictable in his mannerisms and even he was unsure how he might react if anyone came near Olive during the birth.

The birth.

The birth that seemed to be choosing now to happen, if his Angels words were of any indication. The Chief looked around, alarmed, seeking her out as she came to him. Tiberius would meet her, swallowing up the distance and washing his molten gaze over her. "Now?" He rumbled, almost choking on his words. No need for panic, no need to fret -- oh god, oh god he was going to be a father -- Olive was giving birth. His mouth felt dry.

"Alrigh' luv, let's git to yer den, yeah?" That's what they did, right? Her nibbling to his shoulder calmed him a tad but the man was on high alert as he kept her as flush to his side as possible, seeking to guide her to the dens. They were going to be parents.

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#3
07-21-2022, 11:22 PM
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Was there anything in the world that gave her this sort of rush? Her entire body tingled with anticipation, and her heartbeat thrummed with excitement. Beneath it all, there was an undercurrent of uncertainty, but even that felt indulgent. So few things in life ran as high a risk as this; but my, what a reward! Was were labor pains, compared to the joy one watching one’s progeny grow and become their own beings? The stakes were high and there was much to lose, as Olive had seen clearly within the twisted faces of the grieving Ragnar and Sindri, but Olive was eager to know both light (and the darks) of such a depth of love.
 
Not that she felt anything less for the inkdark titan who received and heartily accepted her nuzzles. There was a certain high that came over her, and her eye held a sort of gleam of wonder, her mind a tizzy of thoughts; but as she stood there and breathed his scent within, she realized the overarching theme of her thoughts was a generalized wonder of how their moment of intimacy resulted in her current state, here and now — laboring, seemingly drunk on hormones, and about to birth his puppies. What a funnily simple process, one which Olive had to do relatively little to see to completion. That was in the hand of the Gods, and she was only their simple vessel.
 
But, oh, how that vessel heaved and ached! The woman grit her teeth and inhaled sharply as a contraction overcame her, clenching her in its grasp for nearly a minute; her entire body seized and Olive realized, with haste, that puppies did not always take their time. Sometimes, they entered the world with great gusto and eagerness! The look in her eye turned to pleading, as the force of it was immediately sobering and cut through the sense of excitement she had felt just moments prior.
 
— but in the next moment is was gone, and the metronome of her breathing resumed. The sylph looked back agaat Tiberius, the smile she wore from before quavering. Despite the calm after the contraction, before her mind flashed images of Valeska during her own birth, and the tragedy was that a nigh occurrence. Olive forced the brief memory from her attention, and focused on walking besides Tiberius, attempting to remain as calm as possible. At least, that’s what she would tell her patients if she was their own midwife.
 

“This is crazy, isn’t it?” she muttered in a voice that she manage to hold high, despite the fearing that each next breath might bring on another painful wave. “I can’t help but be a little… afraid” she admitted to Tiberius, failing to keeping the thoughts of Valeska’s little, unconscious puppy out of her awareness. Olive had prayed to the Goddesses and asked for their favor, not even a week ago —
 
The woman hoped she had their collective ear.

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#4
07-23-2022, 08:03 AM
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His experience with pregnant women was... minimal. The only woman he had been around whilst pregnant had been Minerva but the Crane hadn't needed his help. He hadn't any skills to offer her even if she had desired it, anyway. So all he could do with Olive at his side was try to remember anything she had ever mentioned about pregnancies and women and apply them here -- though his brain was loud in screaming at him that he was about to become a father.

The titan didn't rush her, walking at her pace despite their leg differences. She was the one going through it, so he would walk at whatever pace she desired. There was little he could do for her pain, his face withholding a grimace as he caught the evidence in the way her breathing changed. Tiberius felt guilty then, thinking that it was due to him she was here, pain touched. He swallowed with a dry tongue and mouth, ears splayed -- what was left of them -- and shoulders taught. Crazy, she said, and he was inclined to agree with her. "Aye," he rumbled quietly, never having believed he would be here.

It was normal, he knew, to feel fear. Especially for an expectant mother. Yet it didn't matter what little he knew because that was enough to know and when she admitted it, Tiberius felt sick. She was afraid, perhaps a little more than what she was letting on and there was little Tiberius could do to assure her she had no worries. "I aint... I aint know wha' is like ta be a woman, especially one carryin' life bu' I... i's always gonn' be at yer side, no matter wha' yer facin'." He couldn't do anything to make an instinct go away but he could be at her side and support her through it. Tiberius would tilt down his head to deliver an affectionate kiss to her crown, "yer strong, Olive. Yer allowed ta be scared but wha'ever yer need, i's 'ere." Even if that meant calling the girl @Aries to come and provide her with things he could not.

Ahead was the den and the titan ushered her closer, wanting her safely tucked away before things escalated. Tiberius wouldn't enter unless she asked, standing at the mouth of the Den like an iron-made statue.

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#5
Medic
07-23-2022, 03:10 PM
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Tiberius seemed to be calm, but when did he not seem calm? Almost with a giggle (forgetting the discomfort she was in), Olive answered her own question with a vivid memory. The Tiberius she had seen slaughtering the walrus was not the Tiberius she had seen in any other moment. He had been wild and unhinged, intent on killing and causing pain — it might have been frightening if it hadn’t been so captivated, resulting in her subsequent confession of unending ardor. Certainly, she was afraid; but that was alright, because Tiberius wasn’t afraid. He wasn’t ever afraid. He simply handled what lay in front of him, and was exceedingly effective at it.
 
For once in their lives, Tiberius found many words, but Olive could find none. She could feel it again, rising in the periphery of her consciousness. The woman attempted to walk, placing a dainty foot in front of the other — but the growing tightness in her belly caused her to collapse, knees buckling behind, taking the wind directly out of her lungs. A low groan took the place of any ability to form words as something wild and feral took hold of the normally demure woman. As the intensity increased, Olive could feel how the logical and rational part of her brain quickly subsided, replaced with a consciousness that was entirely instinct and flow. She felt the pains of a thousand woman before her, and the infinite that would come after; but at the same moment she felt their omnipresence in the earth beneath her, and the air that bolstered her laboring body.

Still, she feared anything more might break her, right here, out in the open for all to see. In between breaths, when her lungs were as full as the space in her long-suffering ribcage could afford, she managed to eke out several word, spoke softly under a held breath.
“Tiberius, can you…?” she implored, hoping he would know that she meant I can’t seem to move but I need to get in the den, can you help me? “I must—” but a sharp pain caught in her throat and took the place where words were supposed to be. With her mind and vision tinted red, the pale, panting woman wondered if this might be the worst pain she might ever feel, or if it would all-too-soon get worse. For this, she truly had no such gauge.

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#6
07-24-2022, 02:38 PM
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He had wanted to give her space yet she encouraged him forward, to come and assist her. She didn't need to vocalise all of her desire to him, he came forward to help and guide her into the Den. Pain grabbed at her and Tiberius' lips tightened across his teeth as he bit down the guilt and horror for her pain. For one so little, Olive wore her pain like she stood as tall as the mountains that helped guard them.

"I gotcha, luv," he rumbled softly, venturing forward with her at whatever pace she needed. The Den had been lined during her nesting phase, comfort beneath her and he would try and guide her to settle. "Yer doin' well, Angel," Tiberius encouraged, not a single lie dropping from his tongue. He dared a man to swap places with her and do better. The titan doubted they could.

Anxiety coursed through him as he stood, crouching slightly for the height of the Den was competiting with his statute. His tongue lapped across his lips with nerves, "d'yer need m'ta git yer anythin'. Do anythin' fer yer?" His voice was a gentle rumble as he leaned down to her, molten gaze searching her she settled herself.

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#7
Medic
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07-26-2022, 10:06 AM
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#8
07-26-2022, 10:28 PM
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 There was darkness... and then there was light. She came defiantly into the world with a single cry. She fell silent... but only until she felt something warm and wet rasp over her body. Then, there was another cry. A battle cry? Or one simply for milk and attention? Because she felt... empty. Hungry. 

 She whimpered then, squirming to get closer to the large light creature that instinct bade her to. Another cry as she struggled nearer, trying to use limbs that had --so far-- been useless in the darkness. Food. Food. Then, there would be sleep.

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#9
Medic
07-27-2022, 02:38 AM
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The time had arrived, and the smell of light blood and birthing filled the area as Aries drew close, not for the thought of the due-date but a more casual meet of medical discussion with the Priestess. She had much to learn by the other, who knew much of the arts and wouldn't even need a midwife, much less one like herself who only knew of book knowledge and not of practice. Her heart felt flushed, on the trust that was seemingly given, and the hare preparingly giving her all to the moment.

And she arrived, just outside the den where the small sound of squirming was there that touched Aries's soul, and the smell of the mother and father within the area. Aries, did not enter though ; a respect of as she knew by wolf tendencies, many were far more protective over the process then led on to be. Her interaction with the Chief was minimal, for her time here was only so short.. But Olive bloomed with her pregnancy, and surely wanted to enjoy all that it was.

Feverfew within mouth, and huckleberries beside her ; she presented them on a skinned pelt, assumed to be a spare of an caribou long hunted. They were the few herbs that she knew of.. To help during, and to help after it all — not to mention the obvious of poppy seeds laid before, for a lovefest that many became addicted to, she would hope as a last resort. She would hope.. These would be enough to tend to the other, and beside so just helping forward and having others beside her. The hare would pray.

Aries announced herself lightly, a pushing of these herbal remedies to take if her presence was currently not desired.

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#10
07-30-2022, 08:51 PM
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She didn't want him to go and go he wouldn't. He nodded, "alrigh', luv," he rumbled and watched her with intense worry. Olive was doing so well so far and he had no doubt she would continue to yet it pained him for her to be in such pain and discomfort. Little could he do but be there for her. At her words, he once more nodded as he surmised she was telling him it was time for her to push.  The man would opt to lay himself down as close to her as he could without getting in the way, offering her body his own as support and comfort as she went through the birth. There was little else he could do as she shifted through the pain, attempting to get into a more comfortable position until she was hoisted by her forelegs.

He worried his tongue against the roof of his mouth, heart thumping in his chest as he moved himself to stand, offering her more room but still did he hover, not willing to go too far. It happened all too soon though likely felt like a life time for Olive as she birthed their child, a wriggling little body of black -- of black? Molten eyes widened as he kissed the crown of Olive's head, the shock of seeing the child wear fur so similar to his own still fresh. "Oh Olive," the titan rumbled as he peered down as she shifted, laying back on her side and bringing the child closer as to clean it.

He hadn't spent much time with Aries, if any at all but when Olive and Tiberius were alone in their den, his Angel would tell him all about the girl who fell from the sky. He knew she had an interest in herbs, the same as Olive and here she came, her scent mixing in with the scent of birth and them together. The titan assumed she was here to offer her assistance if needed and he regarded her through the den with respect though something territorial in him found itself unhappy another was so near.

The titan ignored it in favour for Olive and his childs wellbeing, unbeknowest to him as he gazed down at the little bundle that more would arrive.

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Visionary
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#12
Medic
07-31-2022, 06:02 PM
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She smiled, blessing the new father with a paw to her chest and a slight bow of the new becoming ; although on another date Aries noted she should properly introduce herself. Trying to take root and prove herself useful, it was only days before the Priestess then laid to the earth and blessed the world with the newest brood ; and where she gently stepped in, carefully making her presence minimal but gathering that of her pelt and herbs. 

"You are blessed and doing well," would the new midwife coo so lightly in a whisper, at the more experienced one who surely already had the precautions — but nonetheless poised herself to be of any use, if so desired. She gently pushed the herbs near if the woman would take a gander at any way, whether she wished to experience it to the fullest, unknowing how Olive, now Esra, was fully enjoying this life of pregnancy, and now entering a sort of despair of losing that closeness. Golden eyes would smile, gazing and gently so, but not too closely, to take a slight glimpse at the newest ones ; she would wait until the mother was fully well for any to see closer.

Wolves by nature were protective, and she knew to give that of a space. 

A blackened abyss, and the snow stained by soot.. But at the very least she watched the squirming of one, who mewled lightly that caused a warmth to glisten in her heart. Though murked by the birthing and that of blood itself, the father tended lovingly, and Aries noted that there didn't seem anything wrong with them. Breathed, she saw them move and whimper — truly so far, to be healthy. And yet, Olive was still in pain — for more was to come.

"To help ease if you need so," and she pushed forward comfrey ; but was it the right herb? Aries fretted whether she was providing ample support and what was needed.. Although not shown within calmness, for the moment the mother was more important than any anxiety that she may hold toward this moment. In the mixture as well, one could not forget the feverfew to help midst it all.

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Duskguard
08-14-2022, 06:45 AM (This post was last modified: 08-14-2022, 07:56 AM by Dalmatia. Edited 1 time in total.)
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She didn't understand what it was she'd done to deserve being forced into the unknown, torn away from the warmth and comfort of the dark place that'd been her home for all of existence. The world felt so large for such a tiny, blind being. From the moment her mother plucked her from the ground and began clearing her airways, the speckled child wailed. Loudly.

The second-born certainly had no issues with her lung capacity.

It took a long time for her to settle, but still she emitted soft little mewls. She'd at last been shielded by the biting cold, tucked alongside a littermate and made curious by the scent of milk. 


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Medic
08-14-2022, 11:57 PM (This post was last modified: 08-14-2022, 11:59 PM by Ari. Edited 1 time in total.)
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Aries was not an experienced medic, nor' even a midwife. She was learning as she went, gaining and so from the many, many who taught her throughout the Winterglade. Though then momentarily such teachings were put on a pause, for a time of marriage was brought too — and there was she, awaiting to meet a man she had never even seen the face of, but during all that preparation, torn away from the realm she so knew, and tossed into a new one. Brought to the Vale, a land, a territory, a pack she knew not but graciously accepted in ; relief instantly met that while settling herself, she was grounded — and blessed to be someone that could be a support.

Though she worried, if she prepared, if she could help. Ushured to the new world, Olive breathed more life and she — she fluttered, a weakling muttering of she could not, but life was given again. A surprising bundle she could through through the vale, twinset but still there — for she could not. Aries's heart thumped, and she moved toward, "I am here," so she whispered to the wife.

To remove that was and allow breath, and stimulate it all. Birth was never a pretty thing to witness, as she felt the sac removed by her tongue and the washing of the beloved young. Even as she looked and awaited for their finally mewls of life, they were replica's of each other, and whispered oh-so lovingly, "you are blessed with twins," so said Aries, hushing the movement toward Olive's quarters for the supplies they needed, and though helped in a delivery, she could do no more besides of that.

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08-15-2022, 12:02 AM
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An arrival and bundled with another ; but game not as easily. Weakened by birth that she was, there was but a moments of struggle — but was soon released and given that of fresh air but unknown motions. Mewling, crying as so ; desire of hunger that was not known before this new life, but as soon met. Snuggled closely, and she was met with her needs.

New life given, and she was here.

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#17
Medic
08-26-2022, 01:38 AM
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It was only the most immense wave of exhaustion that could keep her from new newborns, but that is exactly what overtook the sweat-slicked woman; her mind felt fuzzy and her body suddenly felt foreign and empty. The scents within the den were heady and overwhelming; blood and milk, somehow mixed together — and all Olive could do was lay half against Tiberius and half against the earth, ribs hitching with her shortness of breath, eyelashes fluttering.

She was only vaguely aware of Aries coming and assuming the overt position of midwife, angled toward her hindquarters as doctor and patient. It was difficult for her to perceive how the snowhare shuffled the two puppies into her arm,
 
It was then and only then, that the new mother could be roused; the realization that two puppies had been born, somehow — of course, in her studies Olive had seen such a thing happen before but it seemed impossible that it might happen to her, and with a great summation of effort she lifted her head and gazed feebly at the two greyscale things that mewled and quivered with life. She grinned, and released herself back against the stalwart @Tiberius once more, trusting Aries to help the two pups to their first teat.


"F-four," she uttered, her voice without breath, a mere whisper, "four incredible baby girls," and the sudden thought of Tiberius being surrounded be females was enough to bring a small chuckle from deep inside her parched, tired throat. Her body became inert, and her heart stilled. It all seemed to be over, and Olive allowed herself to bask in its exhaustive glory.


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Medic
09-23-2022, 12:24 AM
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As the young were safe, Aries approached closer ; carefully looking at the woman while an eye toward @Tiberius for any misgiving he may feel on her intruding too closely. She would hope her respectful nature would allow so, as the mild nurse would desire very much to make sure of the weakened Olive and that was safe. Suckling as they went, an air forth where the young breathed and cried lightly.. In and out she saw, a rising chest and the loving warmth of parents eyes.

Her paws shuffling lightly to a series of herbs, various ones to ensure the health of the other — such as huckleberries, bounty to help strength after this all. A turmoil that she could not imagine this brave woman faced ; one of the Gods liking, a Priestess in name where any would utter prayers within her light, even to those who did not believe in the heavens. 

She was blessed in safety.

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