My sister called these the toasted marshmallow rocks.
Is this a melting ice cream sandwich, or a rock?
Nox faced Ellie and Rapid across the table. He was intentionally drawing out the suspense of the moment. Rapid knew this, and raised an eyebrow at him. Nodding slightly to the increasingly fidgety child. For her part, Ellie was making predictions.
Today was Ellie’s 13th birthday, but she had no idea what it might mean in umbrid culture for Nox to be making such a big deal of it. She hadn’t seen Gabrial since the day she first flew, which meant a halt to her history lessons. What minimal information Nox could provide was pitiful, and only made him sad. So no reason was evident as to why Nox would have placed a box large enough to sit in before her.
“I suppose you’d like to know what’s in the box, hmm?” Nox’s lip quirked up slightly in amusement at his daughter’s painstakingly controlled nod. She was learning and applying her lessons well, a true Intelligencer.
“Yes please.” Ellie calmly responded. She knew the present wouldn’t be taken away if she showed enthusiasm, but she loved to see the pride in Nox’s eyes when she practiced a skill he had taught her. Rapid wordlessly passed her a folding knife, allowing her to neatly slice the tape. Ellie paused, awaiting approval before opening the lid. Nox waved her on, and the lid was lifted away.
“Woah.” Was all Ellie could say. At the top of the box was a mask. A magpie mask. The colors matched her wings perfectly. She took the beautiful thing out of the box reverently to examine it further, revealing more elements of a uniform. Armor, a jacket, a utility belt, pants, boots. The whole kit. It was perfect, the material smooth and soft to the touch. “What is this?”
Nox straightened his shirtsleeve. “That, little warrior, is your uniform. If you want it to be of course. You’ve progressed in your training so well, and I think it’s time for you to join me in the field.” He smiled at the sheer joy scrawled across the girl’s face. She was ecstatic. This was what she’d been waiting for.
“I am so in!” Ellie cheered, holding the mask up to her face. “How do I look? Scary? Do I strike fear into your heart, Rapid?!” She crowed dramatically. Rapid nodded very seriously.
“Truly, I shake in my boots.” The woman laughed.
Nox, smiling gestured back towards Ellie’s room. “Why don’t you go try it on? That way we can start on any alterations as soon as possible.” Ellie leapt up, taking her box and darting off. She was back in minutes, suited up but carrying her armor plates in her hands.
“Can you show me how to put this stuff on?” She asked. Nox smiled happily. He was hoping she would ask. That gave him an excuse to gear up too.
Standing, Nox promised. “I’ll be right back. Gimme a sec.” While Nox dressed, Rapid helped Ellie sort her armor into piles based on where it would be worn. Bracers and gloves in one pile; Knee pads and shin-guards in another. When her father returned, he was wearing a falcon mask and a black uniform just like Ellie’s. Her’s was just a mini version of Nox’s. “Ready?”
After ten minutes of demonstration and wrangling, both birds were strapped snugly into protective gear and had donned their mask. Ellie ran her fingertips over the smooth matte plates and canvas pockets on her belt. All sorts of new and lovely textures to experience. Rapid beamed as Ellie spread her wings and arms in display.
“Fearsome Ellie. I think it’s picture time!” Rapid pulled out her phone and gestured for Nox and Ellie to pose. “Click!” The werewolf announced to indicate she had taken the picture. “The new birds of prey are here to wreak havoc, and establish order.”
“Darn right we are!” Ellie declared proudly. She couldn’t wait to get started.
I LOVE SPOTTY ROCKS
Found lots of cool rocks at the beach this weekend!!
does ANYONE know what a GHOST MAGPIE IS??? It is this magpie that is half albino making it look like a diluted undead magpie. it also has BLUE EYES! I saw one and omfg I thought I had a peek spiritual experience
So there I am, sat in bed drinking my coffee and minding my own business when I heard a noise close by outside… I got up and opened my blinds.
No word of a lie, a fucking magpie was sat on my window ledge tapping it’s beak on my window.
I’m getting incredibly ominous vibes this morning.