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Coyote Ugly — Wild Rye Fields 
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Played by Ashbash who has 43 posts.
Wild Rye Fields III. Yearling
Sphinx Avalon
For mama @Jessie || Early afternoon - Overcast ; 60°f

All seemed to be calm within the Rye once more now that a small break from the heat was given to the inhabitants of the lore. The 'yotes, though, not so much. Still their disgusting odor stung her nose with every breath she dared take, but unfortunately there was nothing she alone, nor the others, could do about the surge in coyote numbers and their increased hostility. Treks beyond their boarders were limited as a precaution, but that only helped the problem to some degree. The wolves of the Rye still needed food and food didn't waltz right up to their front door with a ribbon tied to its neck while holding a note that read 'eat me' or anything like that. If only they were that lucky.

Warm amber irises scoured the sea of golden rye from atop the outpost, speckled haunches lowering themselves to take up a more comfortable seated position while she watched a small cluster of caribou lazily cross the tundra below. The thought of following them to track their migratory pattern for the summer briefly crossed her mind until motion behind the small meandering herd caught her eye. Surprise, surprise a small band of 'yotes were tailing the caribou and internally Sphinx groaned before rising to descend from the tall hill. So much for that idea.

Maybe a quick boarder patrol would suffice instead.
Played by Lightning who has 692 posts.
Wild Rye Fields I. Leader
Jessie Tainn

With the arrival of Adelayde's children, the new members that had joined recently, and the return of her daughter, Jessie felt a bit better about the status of Wild Rye Fields. With the growth in numbers, it was easier to feel more secure about the future of the pack. That being said, there was still one problem that readily made itself apparent with every patrol and attempt to cross the border - the coyotes. Not only were they competing with one another for prey and this only annoyed Jessie more. Spring and summer was a time that she preferred her pack to be more comfortable, especially in terms of their caches.

The aging monochrome woman was patrolling the borders, the stench of coyotes overwhelming her nose - so much thaat she did not notice her daughter scent being blown in her direction. Emerald eyes shifted to look in front of her and a small smile formed on the mother's lips. Her youngest daughter looked so much like Drestig. Jessie's tail wagged behind her as she increased her pace to catch up with the other woman, a bark leaving her maw to get Sphinx's attention.

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Played by Ashbash who has 43 posts.
Wild Rye Fields III. Yearling
Sphinx Avalon
So it seemed the speckled female wasn't the only one with patrolling on their mind. A bark from behind had Sphinx halting in her tracks to glance over her shoulder at whom had called out, the inky lining of her lips erasing the sour expression it formerly had to exchange it for a small smile once her mother managed to reach her flank. "Hey, mother." She spoke fondly while reaching out to brush the top of her muzzle through the monochrome fur that cloaked the aging matriarch's shoulder.

"They're at it again." Sphinx commented vaguely while tossing a final glance in the direction the caribu herd she spotted earlier had been heading, knowing well the woman beside her would catch on to the coyote reference as lithe limbs continued to follow the marked outline of the Rye. In truth, patrolling the borders; since she couldnt leave to scout out the surrounding areas to become reacquainted with the landscape granted the infestation problem, was the Avalon's method of coping with the grief and guilt that went hand in hand after being informed of what occured during her absence.

Keep moving. Any moment her paws stood still her mind was flooded with an array of what if scenarios that just couldn't be answered. Thus Sphinx kept herself in motion doing anything and everything that would allow her mind to stay clear and in that current moment. Only daring to stop once she felt an ache in her paws and a heaviness in her eyes.
Played by Lightning who has 692 posts.
Wild Rye Fields I. Leader
Jessie Tainn

The dark girl was quick to come to a stop after that and Jessie's approach was quick to follow. The two's embrace was long overdue, just as any of her interactions were with her children. There was something reassuring about her second daughter coming home having left. Maybe it was because of how she felt about her mothering skills towards Percy and having failed her as a parent. Perhaps, for her second litter she had not done as bad. Of course, she would have to do better now that Drestig was gone. Parenting would be all on her now.

At Sphinx's statement, the Rye Queen turned to gaze out passed their borders, lips pulled back in digust, wrinkling her muzzle. "It's awful," she offered. The monochrome woman felt like she was being suffocated within her own home, feeling like she could not leave the comfort of her own borders without being jumped by the vermin - who seemed to be moving around in their own little groups. Grey ears flicked forward, emerald eyes intent on the open fields in front of them. When she spoke, her voice was firmer, "Something has to be done."

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Played by Ashbash who has 43 posts.
Wild Rye Fields III. Yearling
Sphinx Avalon
It was no surprise that her mother held similar sentiments in regards to the infestation problem that plagued their lands as the duo traced the outer walls of their home with each stride through the open fields. A dark tufted ear rotating off to the side to catch the firmer tone of voice the monochrome woman used when speaking her thoughts. Sphinx couldn't agree more that indeed something needed to be done, but what could they truly do about the situation? Chasing them off only did so much and often times they chased back to force the Rye wolves back into their dens which left the young Avalon's skin crawling in disgust. How was it that they, the top predators, were being beat by the likes of them?

A small rumble of frustration sounded in Sphinx's chest and for a moment her tail lashed like a whip behind her to display the very agitation she felt. "I agree, but what can we do?" She didn't know the answer, but one thing she firmly remembered growing up was that her parents always seemed to have an answer or method to solve whatever problem they faced. Unfortunately, she only had her mother's guidance now, but in turn that made the speckled yearling cherish the older woman's wisdom that much more.
Played by Lightning who has 692 posts.
Wild Rye Fields I. Leader
Jessie Tainn

Walking shoulder by shoulder with her daughter brought a peace to Jessie's mind. It was so comforting to know that while some parts of her life might have been shattering, other parts remained in tact. She remembered a time in her life where there were all these unknowns and still she felt like this. Like she was never in control, when it was all she really wanted in life. That was how she felt now, like her life was spiraling out of control. There were these coyotes that never seemed to go away. Jessie just wanted her family to be able to live in peace. The mother's ears flicked at the sound of her daughter's voice. It was a valid question given that she had brought it up but the Rye Queen found herself lost to an answer. What could they do?

It felt like the vermin had made their claim to the lore. Jessie certainly did not want to lose any more of her members and certainly not to the 'yotes. When she spoke again, her voice was uncharacteristically softer, "The only thing we can do. Fight and stick together. We can't risk anything, not with Adelayde's children. At this point in time, we're more fragile than ever." This caused a frown to form on her maw. It was a concerning thought but a familiar feeling to Jessie, none the less.

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