A Near-Drowning

Caldron Pool(#270R/GKLM)

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The best word for this spot might be grandiose. To the west water roars from a fall, where a river somewhere in the western wilds crashes over Narnia’s western border-cliffs to form the great, churning Caldron pool, deep and cold. The path at the edge of the pool forks three ways: east, to follow along the bank of the Great River, north, toward the Gathering Circle and the forest homes, and south fording the relatively small ‘river’ where it continues curving around to the southern side of the pool.

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You can go: The Gathering Circle <N>, Along the Great River <E>, South side of the Pool <S>

Caileana laps up some water at the edge of the Pool.

Crenna comes loping in from the east, going as fast as she can. She yells over her shoulder, “Have to be faster than that, Aliyah!”

Aliyah pops out of some scrub in front of Crenna. “What was that? I’m afraid I can’t hear you since you were yelling so loud.” She smirks.

Caileana perks her ears and raises her head, water dripping from her muzzle.

Crenna lets out a startled bark and crashes head long into Aliyah, knocking them into the water.

Aliyah yelps in surprise before going under. She comes up sputtering and paddling frantically towards the side of the pool. It is then that she spots Caileana. Before she can say anything though, she goes under again.

Crenna bops a bit, getting her bearings. As Aliyah goes under, Crenna paddles as fast as she can, “Aliyah!”

Caileana looks startled when they both come crashing into the water. She moves down along the water’s edge, trying to catch sight of Aliyah again.

Aliyah’s head pops up after what seems like ages. Wide-eyed, she looks around searching for anything she can grab.

Crenna latches onto Aliyah’s scruff and starts to tug her to the shore, “I got you.” She mumbles.

Caileana wades into the water and paddles towards them, sticking mostly out of the way but near just in case they need help.

Aliyah nearly tugs Crenna under in her panic.

Crenna just focuses on getting the other wolf out of the river.

Caileana sticks close.

Aliyah tries to stop fighting but seems to be having trouble doing that. Finally she goes limp.

Crenna takes advantage of this and with one final push, gets them both to the river bank. She tries to catch Caileana’s eye, needing help in getting Aliyah out of the water.

Caileana circles behind and, managing to touch the bottom a bit further back because of her long legs, shoves Aliyah further onto shore with her chest.

Aliyah crawls away from the edge of the pool as fast as she can which really isn’t that fast, panting and shaking a bit. Clearly the shaking is not from being cold. In fact, if she was a good swimmer, the water would feel good. She coughs up some water before turning and flopping back down in the grass. She eyes the water and then Crenna, her expression momentarily dark before flashing to something unreadable.

Crenna shakes out her coat, running over to Aliyah, “oh my goodness! Are you okay?” She starts to nose her packmate, checking for injury.

Caileana wades out of the water and shakes herself out, watching Aliyah with concern.

Aliyah is still breathing somewhat faster than normal. “Sorry… I don’t swim well,” she says through gritted teeth. “Didn’t learn as a pup once my father passed and have had no need here.” She moves away from the nosing, finally shaking out her coat, and in so doing, she splatters Crenna with more droplets.

Crenna doesn’t seem to mind, “I am so sorry for knocking you in there.” She looks very concerned.

Caileana tilts her head, but chooses not to comment.

Aliyah shakes her head dismissively. “I’ll be fine. Just have to remember not to beat you during a race near water.” She offers a tense smile.

Crenna semi chuckles, “I just have to learn to be more careful.” She turns to look at Caileana, “Thank you so much, Caileana.”

Caileana clicks her tongue dismissively. “You did most of the work, Crenna.”

Aliyah eyes Caileana. “Thanks…” She lets her head fall to her paws.

Crenna clears her throat, shaking out her coat. “Your aid was still helpful.” She keeps an eye on Aliyah as she asks, “Is your day well, Caileana?”

Caileana sits down. “Perhaps not as eventful till you two came along, but yes, so far.”

Aliyah lets out a snort. “Never dull with Winterden around.”

Crenna smirks just a bit, “Yes, we always do seem to stir up drama.”

Caileana snickers. “You’re not wrong.”

Aliyah says sarcastically, “Ever having a boring day. Just send a message to Winterden. We’ll be sure to send some circus acts for you.”

Crenna chuckles, “Really, we just would send Dreygan.”

Aliyah says, “Just to get rid of him for a while, but they would always send him back once he got too snarky.”

Caileana says, “I will be honest, I have at times missed the snark since I’ve been back from my extended visit to the Great Woods.”

Crenna hehs, “It does grow on you.”

Aliyah flashes a toothy grin. “Like warts.”

Caileana snorts.

Crenna sits down next to Aliyah, “Has Ulfden has any more opportunity to talk about the representative?”

Aliyah looks at Crenna with surprise on her features… perhaps at not being bopped by the cousin of the wartlike snark monster. She quickly turns that expression into one of interest awaiting Caileana’s response.

Caileana says, “Ah, yes. I’ve meant to speak to you about that.” She curls her tail around herself. “The Alphas agree that a representative should be sent. They suggest that we send one from Ulfden and one from Winterden, in the spirit of cooperation and unity.”

Crenna nods, “I agree. Two heads are better than one and it will allow each pack to voice their unique needs.”

Aliyah nods.

Caileana dips her head. “Precisely. I have volunteered to be the Ulfden representative, so all that remains is for you to decide upon a Winterden one.”

Crenna smiles, “You would make a good representative, Caileana.”

Aliyah again nods, looking between the two wolves clearly in thought.

Caileana clears her throat. “Well, I do not know about /that/, necessarily, but someone needs to do it.”

Crenna paws Caileana, “You will do well. I am sure of it.”

Aliyah raises herself into a sitting position. “So true, Caileana. the sooner the better, I think.”

Caileana flashes her teeth in a smile. “Thank you, Crenna.” She looks at Aliyah and nods. “This way, we will also be able to keep the packs appraised of news more regularly.”

Crenna nods, “Yes, news can travel slow here.”

Aliyah nods. “All the better. I don’t think communication as a whole has been the best up until now, that’s for sure. And I’m not referring to the packs alone either. Sorry for that by the way, Crenna. I could have sent a message your way long before now.”

Caileana makes a wry face and bobs her head in agreement.

Crenna shrugs her shoulder a bit, “It is alright. Tempest just wanted to know what was happening. And with the meeting.”

Aliyah flicks an ear. “Understandable.”

Caileana looks between them. “And how is Tempest?”

Crenna dips her head, “She is well. Being a good Alpha as always.” Her tag wags.

Aliyah listens in silence.

Caileana smiles warmly. “Good, good.”

Crenna says, “She has done a wonderful job with alphaship.”

Caileana says, “I am not surprised.”

Crenna says, “How has Ulfden been? ”

Crenna pulls a candied fig from her pouch and eats it.

Caileana sighs. “I can’t say poorly, exactly, but things have been strained among all of us in the Waste, not just the pack. Hosting the royal hunt after a Stag from legend was all terribly exciting at the time, but there was something to be said for the fact that the Kings and Queens disappeared in our territory, under our watch, that makes the whole situation…harder to bear.” She frowns. “And I know the Lion said that it was their ‘time’ and all, but even so. I was in the hunt. I can’t help wondering if I could have…prevented it, somehow. And I think some of the others feel the same.”

Aliyah nods in agreement. “I certainly do. That sudden fatigue…” She frowns, sighing.

Crenna looks sympathetic, “I can’t imagine what your pack is going through. But it isn’t their fault.”

Caileana rolls her shoulders in a shrug. “Objectively, I know that, but even so.”

Aliyah stretches. “I know what she means. Maybe you had to be here to get it. It was just… so awkward. One minute there. The next gone.”

Crenna dips her head, “I see.”

Caileana says, “At any rate, I think we’re all anxious for something to do about it all now.”

Aliyah grunts. “Indeed.”

Crenna says, “Yes, I am glad that we are working towards a solution. ”

Caileana looks between them. “Were there any other things I should bring to the Alphas attention? I know we did not quite finish our conversation the other day.”

Crenna stands up, shaking her head, “Not off the top of my head.” She yawns, “Well, I should head in for the night.” She smiles at Caileana, “it was good to see you again.”

Aliyah stands with Crenna. “I’ll go with you. We can talk on the way back to the shelter perhaps… Try to figure out something for Winterden.” She flicks an ear and then turns towards Caileana. “I cannot think of anything either.” She offers a smile.

Caileana nods and smiles at them both. “Let me know what you decide, then. I see no reason why we may not make the journey to Sted Cair together with whoever you choose.”

Crenna dips her head, “I think that would be a good idea. Have a good eve.” She bumps Aliyah, “sure, Let’s talk.” They begin to head back to the shelter.

Aliyah nudges Crenna far AWAY from the water as they head out. “Sure. We’ll be heading back as a group anyway,” she says over her shoulder.

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