[Chapter 2] The Dead of Winter: Snow Stained Red

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Re: [Chapter 2] The Dead of Winter: Snow Stained Red

Post by Straken » Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:45 pm

Letting out another brief cough, Lovell responded. "I wouldn't be much of a hunter if I brought back nothing."

Taking a couple of steps, the wolfman put a hand on the young Druid's shoulder, and simply nodded towards the cabin; his lower lip trembling slightly. As much as he tried to continue looking like nothing was wrong, a subtle inspection gave away just how cold he felt in his human form. As he walked past Melissa, he said nothing and simply took the sword from her hands. Every step he took was stiff and labored as his soaked clothes began to freeze; reminding the werewolf that the temperature had dropped to well below zero at this point.

"I don't know," Lovell finally acknowledged Keelin's question. "Last thing I remember was falling into the water."

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Re: [Chapter 2] The Dead of Winter: Snow Stained Red

Post by Kai » Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:00 pm

Keelin clonked Lovell on the forehead, quite significantly more gently than the previous time Keelin had accidentally hit the Werewolf. "Don't be such an idiot!" she chided him after his comment about not being much of a hunter if he couldn't get anything. "Let's hope that it stays under there, for good." She shuddered, for various reasons, from the sheer cold, to the idea of having to potentially kill even such a vicious creature as a Wendigo. Even if the thought of letting it die 'naturally' under the frozen surface of the lake might have eased some of the burden of the morality of the action.

"Well, no use waiting out here, then, she pointed out, afterward, and grabbed Lovell by the sleeve of his frozen, wet coat and began to almost drag him toward the cabin, as he seemed incapable of moving there fast enough himself. It wasn't long until they had reached it, and gotten inside. Keelin busily set about starting up a roaring fire in the fireplace, and she tasked Melissa with finding some dry clothes. Lovell, she left to his own devices in one of the rooms to remove his soaked, freezing clothes and dry himself off with a pile of towels and blankets which had been found inside a closet.

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Re: [Chapter 2] The Dead of Winter: Snow Stained Red

Post by Straken » Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:47 pm

Lovell did not object to Keelin pulling him along, and once the little group had made it to a cabin the wolfman set about stiffly removing his clothing in an adjacent room. In the still, frosty air of the vacant cabin, Lovell allowed himself to shiver as he was out of sight of the women, and set about drying himself as best he could with the frigid towel; though he found he hair was already frozen and brittle.

Once he had dried, Lovell wrapped a terribly cold bed comforter around himself before slowly making his way out to the main room. Finding Keelin, he slumped down near the fireplace as the druid built the fire. With nothing but the comforter between the red head and his modesty, he hugged the thick blanket close.

"Got any healing tricks in your pocket? This is starting the sting again," Lovell said, his voice still sounding raw. He was holding his wounded arm out from under the blanket. It was wrapped tightly with one of the towels, but blood was starting to seep through. The freezing water had ended up being a double edged sword, for while he was now freezing, the the icy water had staunched the worst of the bleeding.

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Re: [Chapter 2] The Dead of Winter: Snow Stained Red

Post by Kai » Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:54 pm

Keelin looked over Lovell's wound as soon as he showed it, digging through her pouch and seeing what sort of healing runes she had thought to bring with her. "Well, normally I'd make a salve or poultice for something like this, and bandage it up real good, as that'd get the best healing, but it'd take a while, too," she rambled, trying to see if she could find a good rune stone. Her hands found there way to a rune that she'd forgotten she'd had in there, and she gave a small noise of success, pulling the stone out and focusing on the rune, letting her mana flow into it, causing the stone to glow. She pulled the bandages off completely, and chanted a few things in Gaelic, which caused the stone to dissolve into powder, which fell into the gaping wounds, stanching the bleeding and causing them to close up, if a bit less than tidily, leaving some still relatively deep red marks.

"This should keep ya whole till we can find a better healer," the redhead assured the hunter, before she realized that the blanket Lovell wore was the only thing around his body. Her face turned a shade similar to her hair and she backed away suddenly with a bit of a surprised gasp, moving back and busying herself with the fire. "Wonder if Melissa found anything yet..." she muttered sheepishly, back turned on Lovell as she stoked the fire a bit higher.

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Re: [Chapter 2] The Dead of Winter: Snow Stained Red

Post by Straken » Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:32 pm

Seeing an opportunity to tease Keelin, something he hadn't done much of in a little while, Lovell took advantage of the girl's embarrassment. "I dunno, but if that fire doesn't work, you could crawl in here and help warm me up," the wolfman chided in an exaggerated tone, opening the blanket for emphasis. Grinning a toothy grin, he pulled the blanket in close as the jest ended up letting cold air onto his exposed skin. Back within the cloth folds, he tested his arm a bit and let himself rest fully against the hearth.

After a short while, Melissa returned with a handful of clothes. "Calvin was the only one with anything you would fit in. Here's some jeans, socks, and a shirt and sweater. Unfortunately, nobody brought extra boots, and the only extra jacket belongs to Casey; but she is quite a bit smaller than you are. These are also pretty cold, so I'd recommend letting them warm up by the fire."

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Re: [Chapter 2] The Dead of Winter: Snow Stained Red

Post by Kai » Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:34 pm

Lovell's jest was met with a hearty slap, as Keelin's face turned about the same shade of red as her hair, though, the physical assault on her partner seemed to calm her nerves down enough that she was back to a normal shade of rosy cheeks simply from the cold before Melissa came in. "I'm sure you're more than capable of warming yourself, Mr. Lone Wolf" she almost spat, a little testily, as she didn't appreciate the hunter's sense of humor in that moment.

"Thank you, Melissa," Keelin let the other girl know, taking the clothes from her and laying them out by the fire, near Lovell's own soaking wet clothes, which had by now begun steaming, making the air around the fireplace a little bit humid. "Hopefully we'll have enough time for Lovell's stuff to dry properly before we have to go outside again."

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Re: [Chapter 2] The Dead of Winter: Snow Stained Red

Post by Straken » Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:46 pm

Lovell gave a few laughs but had to stop as a fit of coughs started. Smiling through the coughs and rubbing the spot that had been hit. Clearing his throat as Melissa brought the clothes, he offered a rough thanks but little else as he settled back down into the bundle of comforter; warmth finally starting to work its way to his bones.

"Not a problem Michael J Fox," Melissa said as she sat the clothes down and spread them out by the hearth, and stealing a couple of curious glances over to the teen wolf. "Heh, Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf."

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