>>592088 A dopey grin crosses his face as you pet him between the ears, eyes half-closing on reflex. "O-of course! How could I forget? Don't worry, I'll do everything I can, I promise! After all… you're worth it…" >>592087 Your rather small tent is empty except for you. It's good to get a good night's rest after all the excitement earlier, what with wolves attacking the caravan. Of course you weren't near the action, but still! Exciting stuff! First though, your stomach is growling.
>>592089 He chuckles a bit,he then searches for his saddlebag for some fruits,but he was all empty… ''Oh…I suppose I'll have to need aid from mother on that mather…hehe…'' He said,stomach growling, he slowly crawled out of his tent and searched for some delicious fruits to start the day
>>592089 "Honestly, what am I going to do with you." I'll give him a smile before going over to grab some water and rags. "Stay down for a little. I haven't cleaned those burns recently. It looks better than before, but I won't take any more risks, okay?"
>>592090 The rest of the caravan is still waking up too, though most are making their way to the Cook's meal line. Maybe you could go there? Of course, this is the forest, so you could certainly find better-tasting berries and fruits growing naturally… >>592091 He folds his ears a little, but stays down, holding his manacled hooves out for you. "Okay… Thank you for taking such good care of me. I'd hate to cause you trouble by getting infected or something."
>>592092 ''hm…Maybeee…'' He started reconsidering as the caravan was still waking up,maybe he could get the best food before the others. He felt a bit bad for thinking such selfish things,but his hunger was stronger,so to the caravan he went to get food
>>592094 "Got it. I really look forward to learning how to read. I've always wondered what's inside those books some ponies are so fascinated by." He winces a little as you clean the burns. They've gotten better, but the skin is still raw and hasn't quite grown back yet. >>592095 Wrapped tightly in Big Spear's arms. By this point you don't feel sore in the mornings anymore, just a strange sort of tingly numbness. Small blessings, I suppose. >>592093 The line isn't very long yet, so you quickly get to the front of it, where a stallion grins and adjusts his tall white hat. "Good morning, sir! Haven't seen you around before. Did you just get transferred back here?" (Yes, yes you did)
>>592096 "Looks like you might be needing some of those fancier hoof shoes down the line if it doesn't clear up soon. Still, I'm sure my little pup will get better." Give him a strong hug. "Let's go, we could both use a meal, but I'm making sure you get a nice and proper one today."
>>592099 Roll for how stealthily you escape his grip. >>592098 "I know I'll get better… special hoof shoes? I don't want you to have to spend that kind of money on me, just because I got a little singed…" >>592097 "Nice to meet you. I figger you'll want the veggetarian meal? We got hash browns and Chopped Fruits this morning!"
>>592100 "Ah told ya to leave your health and happiness to me. No need to worry yourself about it if it comes to that." I'll get in line after making sure Path is just waiting for us at the table. He doesn't need to worry more when I get him the regular pony meal and not his usual slop.
>>592102 "Plenty of eligible mares around. Just go talk to some of them!" He hands you your plate, then shoos you off so he can attend to his next customer. >>592103 "Y-yes mistress!" You can pick up just a hint of giddiness in his speech as he acknowledges your status over him. There's a deer standing nearby, looking a little lost. >>592101 You forgot that he was still… well, lets just say that you got a surprise as he "slipped" from you. He mumbles in his sleep, giving you a squeeze as he nuzzles your mane. He's starting to stir, but you might still be able to sneak out before he wakes.
>>592104 I gulp and try to stiffle my voice as I slip out of him, With that I then grab his wash clothe's and clean myself off of any of his stains and start my way out of the tent slowly and make sure this dum dum knows not a thing at all. "Ah! What a good morning." I stretch and began to inspect how the caravan is doing. Are the merchants looking lively today?
>>592105 He turns around,seeying the large diamond dog. ''O-Oh goodness…'' He stops for a moment,looking him over. He sure was big… ''Y-yes I am…M-m-my name is Maali…It's a pleasure'' He says with a bow
>>592108 "No need to be so formal, but don't say I can't reci-procate." I give my own curtsy in response. "Now, I may be a lady, but I can deal with everything the same as anyone else here. Name's Tosa, it's a pleasure to meet you."
>>592107 They're all on they're way to the breakfast line. Of course, cleaning yourself beforehand proved a problem, since there wasn't much cloth in there that wasn't stained already. He doesn't mind it, even if you do. >>592105 "Coming right up!" It's assorted veggies and Hash Browns for vegetarians, and breakfast sausage and eggs for the carnivores. >>592108 Strange definition of "large." She's practically face-to-face with you when she stands up straight!
>>592110 What an ass.. he really is unforgiving just sigh as I look at myself still smelling of him and his scent. I then lower my head as memories of him starts to come back, I then shake my head, Gaahh.. if he is not cleaning his stuff then I would do it, perhaps clean and wash myself too along the way. Is there a nearby river or source of water? Perhaps I can sneak in his tent and gather the clothes that I can clean so I can at least use something to clean myself, unless he stains it again that bastard.
>>592111 "To be honest, not the first time, or probably the last it'll happen. Getting mixed up in a job like this won't help my reputation much." I sigh.
>>592113 "Like the job poster said, we're liable to be ambushed at all points. A few bandits tried their paws at it, Open Path among them, and got plastered to the floor thanks to yours truly and Miyuki, a strong Unicorn lass you should be nice to. Instead of just tying 'em up and carting them the whole way through, we put 'em to work for their food. Path gave himself up to me and I'm in charge of him now. Better way to pay for their crimes, don't you think?
>>592114 As it so happens there actually is a stream nearby. >>592115 >>592111 Path looks up as you approach the table, focused on Tosa and not immediately noticing the plates she's carrying. "Who's this, mistress? Another friend of yours?"
>>592116 "More 'n likely, Path. Usually just us guards who wander around. The vendor types don't like leaving their wares, for good reason.:
"Oh, and I managed to snag you the regular meal. No more leftovers for you if I can help it."
>>592117 "Yuppers. Poor little fellow tries his best, but he's basically having to work himself up from property." I'll turn to Path and apologize. "Sorry about that, but I need to clear up any issues with others." Turn back to Maali. "O' course, his welfare is assigned to me, so I won't tolerate anyone trying to take advantage of him. I'm right possessive of my belongings."
>>592118 A stallion stops you as he sees you and points downriver. "That way if you're going to wash things up. We don't want soap winding up in our drinking water, after all." >>592117 "Yes, she is my mistress." He smiles warmly in her direction. "And I'm very grateful to her for that." >>592119 Finally noticing the plate for him, he just stops and stares, his eyes wide. "I… t-thank you, mistress…" He smiles as you mention his status. "I've always been little more than property. You're the first master I've had who's taken such good care of me."
>>592121 I smile and nod at the stallion. "Ah thanks for pointing that out." As I head down river… but before that I turn. "Say, when will this caravan start moving? How far are we from the destination? Any news from the head?"
>>592120 Path is a pegasus. his wings are currently strapped down, and he's wearing a belt/collar with a nametag that reads "T O S A." There are manacles on his legs, with some visible burns around them, since they were attached while still hot. He also seems very fixated on Tosa, a constant smile on his face while she's around. He looks at you a little funny as you look him over, but doesn't flinch away or try to hide. >>592123 "It's not about the starting point, but the pathway. Er, I think it goes something like that." He curls up happily at your feet and starts eating slowly, savoring every mouthful. From the look on his face, you're not sure he's ever had fresh fruit before. >>592122 "We'll start moving when everybody's good and ready! and we'll get there quicker without constant "are we there yets!"" No news from the head, but no news is good news, aye?"
>>592124 I shrug. "Got to agree with that. Dont worry, we will keep all of you safe as long as this legs of mine is able so rest easy." I smile Alright lets head down river and start cleaning these clothes, by Celestia I didnt know how dirty it has already gotten.. and his smell is all over it.. does that buffoon even washes? '1d10'
>>592124 Maali simply gives him a small smile,thena cute wink ''Heeeey'' before turning to his own plate and eating slowly,savoring the fruits >>592123 ''I belonged to someone in a similar manner before,Glad that I'm free now though…'' He says after swallowing his food
>>592127 "Ouch. Sorry if this brings back bad memories. Let's talk about something else while the Caravan moves along. Usually pretty dull and just being around seems enough of a deterrent to the dastardly types."
>>592128 '' oh no it's no problem at all…just funny thing to remember,that's all…She was nice to me at least. She was the one that gave me this ring though'' he says poking the pretty ring on his ear.mobing along with the party
>>592125 "Yush'm," he mumbles through a mouthful of food. You notice that his fur is starting to get a bit matted and dirty. >>592127 He blinks and shrinks back a little, giving an uncertain smile in return. >>592126 Of course he washes his clothes! He just doesn't wash them often. The clothes are easy enough to clean, though some stains are permanent, and his scent still clings to it.
>>592129 "Nice enough gift. I'm happy to know it wasn't a bad memory for you."
>>592130 "Reckon the Caravan might take off soon enough. Most of the vendors are decent enough, but not exactly the fighting type. Their eager to get to their destination." Maybe I should find my brush and clean him up a little before we leave.
>>592131 He matted you up pretty good back there. You're going to have to really scrub in order to get completely clean. A little ways upstream, a few other ponies are also washing both their stuff and themselves, chatting and laughing amicably. >>592132 There's a river nearby where you could wash him off. You've also got a brush back in the tent. You picked it up somewhere because it was shiny. Not in the best of conditions, but it should do. >>592133 "So…" he finally ventures, "You were owned once too?"
>>592134 I just gulp at the thought, he really is messy like that….. Perhaps they may got something to scrub myself, damn that bastard. With that I approach the group and go see whats the thing they are all laughing about. "Hey, anyone have something that that I may borrow so I can scrub my coat?"
>>592135 "I'm sorry to hear that," he comments quietly. "What happened to her?" >>592136 "Sure thing, miss," one of the stallion says, tossing you a brush on a handle. "Name's Leafy Green. Need some soap too? I got plenty to spare." >>592137 He gulps down the last of his meal and sighs happily, then gets up and stands beside you. "Sorry for keeping you waiting, mistress. I'll try not to eat so slowly in the future."
>>592143 "Well, its the first time I noticed a deer companion amongst the caravan, your guys are a rarity in these area's if you ask me." I grin as I wash myself. "Say. are you a guard? A merchant? Someone's relative?"
>>592144 I then look at Tosa. "Hey hows you're doing?"
>>592139 "Yes, ma'am." He smiles proudly as he walks beside you, head held high and collar clear for all to see. "So… you wish to freshen up? How may I assist?" >>592144 He pauses, ears flattening as he looks away. "…found some running water to rinse off in a couple weeks ago… maybe a month or two, actually…" >>592141 "Yup, soaps and bathstones, toiletries and towelletes!" He grins and winks at you as he scrubs his back. "Come on by if you ever run out, I'm sure I could sell ye something!" >>592140 "I see… Would you stay with her now, if you met her again?" A tall, light green earthie stallion is washing off in the river next to the unicorn mare. He waves as the party approaches. "Howdy folks! Care to buy some soap?"
>>592150 "Ah, I have just the thing!" He hoofs over a jug that smells of cloves for a decent price. Your wallet didn't even feel it. >>592151 "They're actually rather light! Not sure I have breath freshener, but I can check!" >>592149 "Hey, you want soap too?" the stallion in the water calls as he scrubs his sides.
>>592155 He comes out of the water to get you some of the soap he's selling. Roll to see how good you are at sneaking peeks. >>592156 "Um… sir?" A stallion calls out nervously to you. "You're making the merchants a little nervous, sir…" Considering that a tornado of fire is swirling around you and extending far into the sky, their concern is understandable. >>592157 "Y-yes ma'am." He takes the soap and waits for you to get down, then starts rubbing it into your back. It seems he's also a very talented masseusse, his hooves finding knots and cramped muscles you didn't even know you had and working them until they get loose, what feels like years of stress and tension simply melting away over the course of a few minutes. "I-I'm not hurting you, am I? I haven't done this very often…"
>>592159 "R-really? I-I mean, certainly, of course!" Soon he's worked your entire lower back looser than it's ever felt before, his hooves lingering indecisively before moving up to work on your shoulders and neck. "Ooh… that's a big knot… you need to stretch more often. I-in my opinion, of course, not that I'm telling you… what to do or anything…" >>592161 He starts chuckling. "Sorry miss, my mistake. Here, I'll go find your mother if you'd like. Whereabouts is she staying?" >>592160 Yep, clean as you can be. Green wolf whistles at you. "Well, don't you clean up nice!" >>592163 You manage to get the barest of glimpses before you notice him grinning knowingly at you. "It's polite to ask before browsing the merchandise, sonny."
>>592165 Green wolf? I then shake myself to get off extra water off me and dry myself using Maali's towel. "Well I need too, I mean by Celestia I was quite dirty and …. uhmm yeah. So yes, I am clean." I grin.
>>592166 They're all washing themselves off in the river nearby. A stallion is peddling soaps, as they're not the only ones with that idea. >>592167 "Got it. If you ever need my help with these again, just let me know. I actually kinda enjoy it, you know?" Soon your arms feel limp and dangle loosely by your sides as he focuses entirely on your neck, making you instinctively crane your head back. "You have… really soft fur, d-did you know that? It's… really nice. I wish I could take that good of care of my fur…" >>592168 Wolf-whistle "Come by next time you need soap!" Don't forget Big Spear's clothes!
>>592170 "Okay…" He finally relents, leaving you feeling springier and looser than you've ever felt before. He shudders a little as you remove his saddle, wings gently fanning out and stretching. "J-just be careful, p-please? T-they're… really sensitive…"
>>592172 Considering the way he melts into your paws like wet putty, it seems you're doing a pretty good job. Guess focusing on the front and following the direction of the feathers was a good call. #Pause