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about us This is Komorrah, a city full of corruption, poverty, and crime. While there's good and bad in every city, this one has dogs. A lot of stray dogs.
Set in a modern-day, fictionalized version of New York City, Komorrah has much to offer our gang dogs. Strays on the street feed from human negligence and thrive on the loopholes they can fit their snouts in. It's every dog for themselves
out there, though living with and having the support of a gang is helpful.
Tensions rise, enemies are made, but perhaps alliances are arranged. Only the strong survive this harsh hand the strays have been dealt. What will be your choice in Infidelis?
featured adoptable DYNASTY • APP Dynasty is the 'Queen Bee' of the Yardies, and you'll know it from a first glance. Vain, condescending, a petty with
a capital 'P', don't let her pretty looks fool you. 'Nasty' is in her name for a reason! A former pet and now a stray, she's still getting used to the life of a street dog, but, it doesn't hold her, or her sharp tongue, back any.
On the very edge of Komorrah lies the Coast, mainly consisting of a long stretch of Jones Beach, there's Tortuga Cove nestled in an inlet behind a sheer rockface. The only way to access it is to either climb down from the rocks above or swim around the rocky wall that shields it from prying eyes. However, the swim is no easy feat. Waves with strong riptides lap at the shores of Jones Beach, dragging any unsuspecting victim under and keeping them there as prey.
Far to the south-east is a small seaside town called Cliffside Ridge. The Crabs call the Coast their home, getting much of their food supply from Cliffside Ridge, but calling Tortuga Cove their real home.
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The skies were gloomy, thunder pounding in the distance and cracks of lightning shuddering out over the sea, casting an eerie light over the coast where Amaryllis moved swiftly and with purpose. She’d been spending most of her time here recently, despite the lingering scent of other dogs, watching the daily storms riddle the rocks and craggy shores with harsh waves. She enjoyed to wait here for a break in the weather to see the sun and to feel the warm rays beam down onto her fur. She’d always been drawn to it.. the ocean. Her brief time with humans was spent in the city, a place she associated with bad memories, but the country and oceanside was her happy place. She loved everything involving the ocean and the open skies.
But today was just a touch different; she didn’t have time to wait and hope that the skies would lighten up. She had given herself the task to get a seabird, maybe two, for dinner tonight. It had been quite awhile since she had a meat that wasn't just scraps and the plump birds were looking mighty tasty by this point.. Amaryllis had noticed from her time in Cliffside Ridge that this spot in particular seemed to be good hunting grounds for the feathery creatures. They always flocked to the water. She may not have grown up around the area, but it was pretty common sense.
Still, it was a minor race against time to avoid the impending rain and wind which would make everything far more difficult as far as traversing terrain went- scared prey, wet rocks, sticky sand, lots of opportunity for things to go awry. And considering the current rate of success- two attempts, two failures- she was having one hell of a time getting anything done. She’d left bait; half rotten fish, poised in a tough nook of rocks that would prevent anything from running (or flying) off with it. Once they were distracted, then he would strike. But for now, Kubo waited. Biding his time for another round of leapfrog, the spaniel mix hunkered down by the tall grasses bordering the coast, waiting for the seagulls to resettle on the rocks.
It didn't take very long before a bird decided to try its luck. Amaryllis licked her lips as she watched the feathery thing land beside the rotting fish and tear away at what was left of it. Her nerves itched as she tried to time out when the perfect time to strike would be, not wanting to scare away yet another meal. The bird hopped a couple steps to the side to try and get a better grip on the meat and she decided it was now or never. The girl suddenly pushed herself away from the brush and towards the bird, her paws slipping and sinking into the sand as she attempted to launch herself forwards.
Instead of feathers, Amaryllis found her mouth full of sand instead of the plump flesh of the bird. "Oh come on!" She wailed out in despair as she tried to spit out as much as she could. Her legs lifted her back up and she pawed at her tongue desperately, a soft whine escaping at her failure. "So much for third time's a charm..." Her gaze fell back onto where the bird, and the bait, once was in disgust. It was completely empty now which meant, no meal for her.
dark clouds above loomed like the most obvious omen in the world, warning humans and dogs alike to avoid the outdoors, pleading not to let the storm get the better of them. visible light was scarce, provided heavily from the bolts of lightning that would bleed across the sky every now and again, broken apart only by the waves of thunder that would crash to mirror those of the ocean in the distance. as white paws padded across the rocks in the direction of the cove, lex cursed for allowing himself to get caught in this type of weather. he had smelled the rain coming and ignored it just as easily, pushing away the warning signs as he explored a curious scent that ended up as some disappointingly bare deer bones. it wasn't the first time his nose had gotten the better of him, and it certainly wouldn't be the last, but at least for this moment, lex swore to himself to be home in a timely manner when he felt a storm coming - no matter what.
of course, this promise was futile in his current situation, especially as he caught whiff of a strange dog on crabs territory. previous oath and the lurking storm be damned, the male knew very well that he would not be able to keep himself from investigating. chalking it up to, ahem, keeping the crabs safe - a lousy excuse, as lex was no lookout - he changed his course, claws digging into the wet ground below him until his toes skipped through the familiar sand of jones beach. there, he watched from the shadows as an unfamiliar femme bounded towards a seabird, seemingly attempting to take a bite out of it before being greeted with sand instead. his head couldn't help but cock at the sight, a tiny smile beginning to form. was it wrong to find amusement in another's failures? possibly, but lex meant no ill will. in fact, he found her attempts valiant, if not unnecessary.
"we don't really eat birds, here," he called out to her, trotting closer. as the distance between them diminished, the mutt knew she was neither a crab nor a member of another gang; her scent was strong and all over the place, not consistent with one that belonged to that of a yardie, dodger or saint. "i mean, some do, i guess. i don't think it's actually a rule, but- they're our partners. we train them, and they help us out." his voice was soft but confident, unthreatening and amiable. "anyway, if you're hungry, you're better off waiting for this storm to blow over. fishing is easier after everything settles, and it's a hell of a lot easier than catching something with wings. besides, we've got food in the cave."
The failure wasn't settling well with the girl. She had continued her feeble attempts to dislodge the sand from her tongue, but only seemed to be spreading more around. Amaryllis huffed in disappointment and forced herself instead to make many heavy gulps, swallowing whatever grains were left over. It brought instant relief, but also kept her from noticing the figure approaching.
"we don't really eat birds, here," the voice called out. Her head instantly whipped around to spot the stranger, though her body remained at ease. His words confused her. They didn't eat seabirds? How strange.. to any other canid she figured a bird would make a tasty snack. The stranger continued on, trying to explain himself. "i mean, some do, i guess. i don't think it's actually a rule, but- they're our partners. we train them, and they help us out." Even more strange. Amaryllis had never met a dog who considered the birds to be their friend, let alone train them. She raised an eyebrow in curiosity at his words. He kept speaking of 'we', but as far as she could tell, there was no one on the beach besides them too. The smell of other canids was strong on him, as well on the beach itself, though she hadn't quite put two and two together.
"anyway, if you're hungry, you're better off waiting for this storm to blow over. fishing is easier after everything settles, and it's a hell of a lot easier than catching something with wings. besides, we've got food in the cave."
She listened intently to what he had to say, her curiosity rising with each word. Fishing? Yep, she'd never done that. Been in a cave? Nope, first as well. Amaryllis began to sway her tail happily at the sound of being offered a free meal, her mouth almost watering in response. She often she would have to sneak around and steal to just get a decent scrap, so it was a no brainer to accept this generosity. Who cared if he was a stranger. "You keep speaking of a 'we'," She woofed to the male, taking a couple steps forwards. "Who exactly are you referring to? I wasn't aware I was intruding...let alone trying to eat someone's 'partner'." Her ears almost pinned back in embarrassment for a moment, but they quickly returned to their normal position and a smile beamed across her lips as she awaited the male's response.
as he padded closer, lex noticed her posture relaxing, and he was grateful that the stranger seemed to be a friend rather than a foe. too many times, his curiosity and general friendliness had led the mutt into some kind of trouble - whether it was trusting an unfamiliar face until he was eventually screwed over, or simply getting attacked by those he had offered help to. lex never took it personally, of course, and very rarely did he regret his kindness; it was situations such as these that gave him some faith and willingness to continue showing his caring nature. something in his chest gave him a good feeling about her, and his inquisitiveness only heightened as she asked him questions in return. she really must be new around here.
"no worries. i cross territory lines by accident all the time, and i've been here since i was a pup," he chuckled, stopping a few paces from her, not wanting to seem threatening. the bicolored male seemed content to sit happily in the sand, even as rain continued to fall and thunder kept cracking above. blinking a few drops from his eyes, he continued, soft smile on his lips. "i'm part of the crabs. we're one of the gangs in komorrah, along with the saints, dodgers and yardies." being born into the culture of the crabs, lex hardly noticed how abrupt this information would sound coming from a stranger who had no idea about the history of the city. when he had explained this to elise - a loner and newcomer to the area as a whole - it took her quite a while to wrap her mind around it. lex couldn't help but wonder if this female would have a similarly difficult time adjusting to the much wider world he painted for her.
"i'm lex, by the way. i'm one of the healing assistants." his gaze ran over her body, searching for a minor scratch or wound he would be able to help her with. "you aren't hurt, are you?"
"no worries. i cross territory lines by accident all the time, and i've been here since i was a pup... i'm part of the crabs. we're one of the gangs in komorrah, along with the saints, dodgers and yardies."
Amaryllis stared idly at the male, almost as if her brain had disconnected from the rest of her body, as he explained where she was and the neighboring gangs. It was strange to think of a group of dogs as a gang.. wouldn't it be more like a pack? Honestly she couldn't be sure. Her time spent around other canids was short and sparse, so a term for the grouping was never actually established. The name of his particular gang however really caught her interest. "Crabs? Odd name for a gang.. not very tough sounding. You guys gonna pitch away your intruders?" Amaryllis meant no ill will in her words and the smile remained on her features as a soft chuckle escaped. It was barely a joke, but she found herself amusing none the less. "I kid of course, but it sure is nice to know where I am. Komorrah.." She let the name of the town roll off her tongue in such a way that made it obvious she had never heard it before. Sure, a year in the city may seem like a lot, but she had never bothered to figure out exactly what city it was. It didn't really matter, right?
As the rain began to fall, the mutt's eyes wandered off of the figure in front of her and up towards the gloomy sky. She squinted as drops of water fell onto her face, though she almost smiled at the feeling of them running off of her fur. It was a soothing sensation, almost calming. Her attention turned back to the male as he spoke up again. "i'm lex, by the way. i'm one of the healing assistants." She smiled at his introduction, giving a small bow of her head in response. It was rather nice to be able to put a name to a face, as he seemed like a nice lad and she was rather enjoying his company. Amaryllis titled her head slightly at the question about being hurt. "Do I look that scrawny to you? Pfft. I'm offended." She joked with another hearty laugh. It was nice to have someone to talk to, and while he was clearing just being concerned, she couldn't help but want to mess around a little. "I'm Amaryllis, like the flower. But just call me whatever you'd like.. Amzie, Liss, Amari; I don't really mind." Once again the beaming smile was plastered to her features as she replied. It was hard not to at this point. Between the kindness of this stranger and just the sheer joy she was feeling from being around someone, it was hard to keep her happiness (or excitement) to a minimum.
Notes: i just thought i should tell you that lex is such a sweetheart omg Tagged:Lex "Speech." | "Other's Speech." | 'Thoughts.'
he liked her. he knew this almost instantly upon meeting her, but this notion was just reaffirmed as she poked fun at the gang's name. the laugh that fell from his black-tinged snout was genuine and hearty, the corners of his eyes squinting from the weight of his smile. "no, it's actually 'cause we burrow under the sand," he quipped back just as easily, tapping his front paw against the beach below him for good measure. her words suggested that she was new to the area, and not just to the life of a wild dog; his curiosity pushed at the edge of his teeth, begging to spill into countless questions. he allowed himself, for manners' sake, just one. "you're from... not here, i'm guessing?"
her positivity was infectious, and lex was incredibly grateful for such an attitude. he knew - if she so chose, of course - that she would be an excellent addition to the crabs. his feathered tail wagged low, a laugh filling the space between them as she responded so sarcastically. "super scrawny. must be all those birds you haven't caught!" and he didn't mean this to be mean, no. lex chuckled lightly after, and added his biggest smile to boot. the mutt thought of the other as a friend already, and that meant she would get the normal abuse he would offer any friend. she started it, didn't she?i'm amaryllis, like the flower.strangely, lex didn't recognize the name of the plant, but he enjoyed the sound of it nonetheless. "amaryllis," he tested it on his tongue softly, nodding a bit. he let a beat of silence pass between them before cocking his bicolored head to the side, eyes drifting from her, back up to the falling rain. "well, amaryllis, want to go get something to eat?"
ooc: ahh thank you, so is amaryllis!! she's such a joy! | Amaryllis
It didn't take long for Amaryllis to form her opinion on this new stranger. From his easy going attitude to her intrusion and his response to her jokes, she could tell they would get along just fine. Perhaps even be good friends if given the chance. "no, it's actually 'cause we burrow under the sand" She let out another hearty laugh at the male's response, her tail swaying happily behind her as she watched him paw at the ground. It felt nice to just sit back and have some fun. It had been way too long since she had the chance.
"you're from... not here, i'm guessing?" Lex asked, changing the mood slightly. A soft smile remained on her features as she processed her response, unsure of what all to tell the male. She saw no reason to lie, as he was no threat to her, but he didn't diserve the truth either. No one did. No one ever would. Amaryllis took a soft breath before explaining, "Ahh, yes and no?" Her head titled slightly as she tried to find the words to explain. "I've been around the area for just over a year, but stuck mainly to myself." With a slight shrug of her shoulders she figured this explanation would be all the male would need, and if not, too bad. It's all he was getting for now.
Lex joked around once again, this time about her weight and her inability to catch birds, bringing back the smile to her features. She was glad for the change of topic and returned to enjoying herself about the stranger. As he tested her name on his tongue she couldn't help but just smile at him. The name testing thing was something she often found herself doing and it was nice to see they had something else in common. 'Yeah.. This is could be the beginning of something real nice,' Amaryllis thought happily. A few moments passed with her being deep in her thoughts that she almost missed the last thing the male said. Food. Her eyes lit up suddenly as her paws began dancing around below her. "Uh, yes please! Lead the way, Crab man!" She barked happily, taking a short hop towards the male. The idea of having a nice meal was too good to be true. Her mouth watered at the thought of it.
Notes: i'm glad you like her! Tagged:Lex "Speech." | "Other's Speech." | 'Thoughts.'
her words in response were enigmatic, and lex's profound curiosity scratched at the forefront of his lips as he listened, begging the inevitable spout of questions to open. you've been around here? where? he wanted to ask. i've been all around and i've never seen you before... but he was proud of the self-control he exhibited in that moment when he remained silent, quietly nodding his head at her words. there would be time to expose his queries later; being too forward may very well cause her to run off, and with the looks of the storm looming above, the mutt feared for the other's wellbeing in such. her explanation, it seemed, would just have to suit him for now.
a rush of appreciation flushed through him at the friendly bare of her teeth, and even some admiration may have trickled through his features as he watched her toes do a jig in the sand at the sound of a meal. "crab man?" he quipped back, brows raised playfully. "i think that's more dizzybird -- oh, you should probably meet him." in the absence of a boss, dizzybird seemed to be filling the role. lex had wondered why valkyrie wasn't considered more of a leader, but the bicolor male wasn't one to stir the pot, especially a politically charged one, so he kept his mouth shut and did (mostly) what was asked of him.
the healer dismissed the figment of a thought quickly, bringing his attention back to the femme poised excitedly in front of him. he skipped a bit in his step as he began to lead her to the cove, tail unable to stop wagging and smile still as present as ever. the rain above bounced off his coat yet he paid it no mind, focus taken over by his new companion. "if you wanna stay, you should learn how to fish, too." a pause filled the gap between them as he looked back to the waves, finding comfort in their ebb and flow. "can you swim?"
ooc: this is absolutely so late and i apologize so much for that!! hope this is okay! Amaryllis
as the pair padded across the sand towards the cave, the mutt couldn't help but expect her follow-up question. her inquisitiveness seemed to match his own, and it was something he appreciated, finding it entertaining, not irritating. "well, sorta. he's kinda like my leader, since he's the physician and i'm an assistant healer, and he's a lieutenant, which is sorta like a higher council. valkyrie is a lieutenant, too, but she's more in a security job." he paused at that, wondering absentmindedly if he was making any sense. the gang's rank structure seemed to make sense to him, someone who's been born into it, but he never considered how confusing it may come off as to someone unfamiliar with gangs as a whole. "we're in between official leaders right now. normally, we'd have a boss and a vice, and then lieutenants, but we've been rocked by a few things lately so... it's a little bit of a free-for-all." not that he minded. lex felt perfectly secure with this lack of leadership - in fact, he preferred the chaos a bit, enjoying his ability to trot off seemingly whenever he pleased. in the great debate of security or freedom, the mutt was happy to choose the latter.
when she crept closer to him, now shoulder-to-shoulder, the grin on his jowls couldn't help but stretch a bit farther upwards, tail wagging as they trotted along. "fishing is easier, i think. i never really got into the bird thing, but there are people who can teach you to do that, if that's what you decide to do. not all crabs fish, though. it just makes it a little easier to live off the coast, but there's plenty that just hunt and gather." his mind ventured to a few of the gang members he'd met along the way that preferred remaining on land, who lex never believed were at a disadvantage for their choice. still, as his amber eyes gazed in her direction, he could sense her discomfort with her lack of skills. "...but if you wanted to learn, i could teach you."
her insecurity was obvious in her expression and her words; the bicolored male felt a pang of sadness in his heart at the thought, even frowning slightly at her sadness. "hey, don't say that," he shook his head, stepping closer to her, allowing their shoulders to bump gently as they walked. "being a good crab isn't about, like, what you can do in the ocean. it's more about sticking together. everyone in the gang is pretty different, and i think that makes us better." as much as lex seemed unserious, one of his hallmarks was his sincerity, something that often surprised others.
of course, it wasn't long before his smile was back, a chuckle falling as he joked, "just don't try to catch any more birds without supervision, okay?"
"well, sorta. he's kinda like my leader, since he's the physician and i'm an assistant healer, and he's a lieutenant, which is sorta like a higher council. valkyrie is a lieutenant, too, but she's more in a security job. we're in between official leaders right now. normally, we'd have a boss and a vice, and then lieutenants, but we've been rocked by a few things lately so... it's a little bit of a free-for-all."
So many words flew out of the male's mouth at such a quick pace. And rather strange words too. Lieutenant? Higher council? Who was Valkyrie? And what the hell was a vice? Amaryllis felt like she was spinning as she tried to understand what was being explained to her. It made sense he was just trying to explain the ranking system of the gang and other tasks they completed, but it was still all really confusing to hear. "Ahh, yeah, you lost me there." She gave a sheepish grin as she admitted to her confusion. Surely he couldn't blame her for not understanding, any sane dog would need to hear it all again, and hell, maybe even need some sort of diagram or something.
As she continued to walk along the sand she let the confusing matter leave her thoughts. It wasn't all that important and if she decided to stick around, surely it would all become clear sooner or later. "fishing is easier, i think. i never really got into the bird thing, but there are people who can teach you to do that, if that's what you decide to do. not all crabs fish, though. it just makes it a little easier to live off the coast, but there's plenty that just hunt and gather." Her attention turned back to Lex as he spoke up about fishing, her interest peaking as he spoke. It helped calm her nerves to hear him talk about other members not being expert fishers and know that it wouldn't be a make or break skill to be accepted. "...but if you wanted to learn, i could teach you." Now that caught her off guard, but in a good way? Amaryllis couldn't help but feel a rush of happiness flood through her at his words, her gazing meeting with his. "Thank you, Lex." She was truly grateful for his generosity and how quick he was to help her.
With a soft bump against her shoulder and more kind words from the male, she couldn't help but smile once again. Sure, the feeling of being rejected and not enough was still looming around in her mind, but with her new found friend by her side, it felt much more manageable. With good company like this she couldn't stay sad for very long. "being a good crab isn't about, like, what you can do in the ocean. it's more about sticking together. everyone in the gang is pretty different, and i think that makes us better." Those were good words and helped even more to reassure her for the future. It hadn't really hit her, but she was following this male to get a nice meal and meet his so called 'leader' of some crab gang. It was weird, but hopefully a good weird. A type of weird that would lead her to finally finding a group she could call family.
"just don't try to catch any more birds without supervision, okay?" Amaryllis chuckled at the joke, her eyes squinting as she continued to follow along. She nodded her head in response before speaking up. "Oh trust me, I promise I won't! I don't enjoy the taste of... sand." She stuck her tongue out for adding measure as she talked about her previous tasting of sand. It was quite an embarrassing thing to go through and she almost blushed just thinking about that moment. Oh well, they say first impressions are what stick around most, right?
After a moment or two she decided to speak up again, though instead of being embarrassed, her curiosity had been struck as she thought about something Lex had previously said. "So, you said some things have been going on with your friends back at the gang... what do you mean?" Hopefully it wouldn't be too intruding for her to ask something so personal, but she couldn't help herself. If she was truly going to try and be a part of this gang, she wanted to know what kind of troubles she may have to face.
her confusion was inevitable and understandable; lex could see it creep into her features almost shamefully, but the male offered simply a patient smile in return. the hierarchy of the crabs may have been imprinted in his genes, but it could easily turn into a different tongue when trying to explain it to foreigners. "you'll learn it in time, don't worry,"he mused as they walked, just as everyone who wanted to join any gang would do. he hoped she would stick around after the meal, of course - the spaniel hadn't said so in such plain terms, but surely if she was keen on meeting dizzybird, she planned on sticking around? the idea of his new companion dining and dashing hadn't struck him until now, and it a thought he hoped wouldn't be manifested.
her soft gratuity gave him pause, if only because he wouldn't imagine not helping a fellow crab - recruit or not - in a time of need. he had grown up with the gang, and his mother always made sure her pups had the proper skills to survive and thrive on the coast. still, he recognized that was not always the case, and thus, his offerings to teach others were genuine; why would he waste his breath otherwise? besides, amary was excellent company, and lex hoped that he would see more of her in his future. "no problem," he answered finally, and he meant it as he grinned.
i don't enjoy the taste of ... sand. a giggle fell from his jowls at that, and he was grateful she could so easily brush off the slight foible in favor of laughing with herself instead. "yeah, i'll take a mouth of saltwater over sand any day." they were nearing the cave now, and through the heavy drops of rain and slight breeze, lex could make it out in the distance. her next question caught him by surprise - he hadn't anticipated she would be so interested in the gang and its recent history, but he was grateful for her curiosity nonetheless, and happy to oblige as best he could.
"oh, yeah, well. i don't know everything, since i sorta ... have some times apart from the gang," he paused, ignoring the brief sting in his heart of the memories that seemed to flood to the front of his mind whenever he thought for too long. "but from what i've heard, our last boss, oceane - she's the first in command - went missing a few weeks ago, along with some other dogs. and we didn't have a vice, or second in command, because oceane was our vice before, but got promoted when the boss before that, prim, died. so right now, we don't have a boss or a vice, just our higher council, which are the top ranks of each type of job, like dizzybird and valkyrie." he turned to her then, brows raised. "that's all totally confusing, right?"
She really hoped the male was right on this one. It wasn’t that Amaryllis didn’t believe in herself, because she knew she could do anything she put her mind to, but the thought of not fitting in haunted her anyway. She had to constantly remind herself that this time wouldn’t be like the last. That is wasn’t her fault she was abandoned the way she had been. Or maybe it was? Honestly she couldn’t be too certain about why things happened the way they did. Oh well, this was neither the time nor place to dwell on such matters.
"yeah, i'll take a mouth of saltwater over sand any day." Lex responded with a chuckle of his own. She smiled at the male and his willingness to joke around with her about her own stupidity but yet didn’t seem to rub it in her face too much. He was lucky he behaved in such a way otherwise she’d have to give him a taste of his own medicine! But he didn’t seem to be that sort of dog. He seemed much more like a gentleman, and with all the chaos going on in her own life, she could appreciate having someone like that around. As the two neared the cave her attentioned perked once more and she focused on the dwelling before her. Amaryllis had never really spent much time on a beach, let alone near a cave, so the sight was quite magnificent to see. Her eyes lit up with excitement at the thought of getting a meal soon but also having the chance to explore a new area.
Between the cool drops of the rain flowing off her pelt and the good company, she was rather enjoying her time. In a content manner her tail swayed behind her as she trotted alongside the male. "oh, yeah, well. i don't know everything, since i sorta ... have some times apart from the gang," She sneered softly at this, her eyes adverting away from the cave and back towards the male. "Oh really now?" Her grin only grew as she taunted the male. "Crab man has got a bit of a wild side to him, eh?" The idea of him steering away from this gang of his to do whatever seemed rather odd. He was just too polite, too well behaved. But hey, if there was something more to him she sure as hell wanted to stick around to see it.
He continued on to talk about the reasonings for why everything seemed as confusing as it was. Something about the changing of whos in charge because of deaths and missing dogs was all she really got out of the ramble. Her smile damped slightly at the subject, and although she desperately wanted to make some sort of joke, she decided it wouldn’t be appropriate. "that's all totally confusing, right?" Amaryllis nodded her head quickly to the male’s question and raised her eyebrows as if to say ‘ya think?’, but gave no verbal answer. After a few moments she figured it would be best to address the sadder bit of his speech and woofed softly, “I’m sorry for you loss. That must be hard for the gang to deal with.” It was a simple offering of sympathy, but she hoped he would accept it none the less. She never was really any good with them anyways.
as soon as he mentioned his hiatuses from the gang, the black-and-white male flinched at his own ignorance. shit, why did i even think about that? it's like i'm begging to be unhappy. still, her sense of humor was enough for him to forget about the past - as he has become so used to doing, so comfortable with forgetting - and he focused instead on her words, even laughing a bit at the nickname he'd been gifted. "duh, bird girl," he teased, light eyes rolling playfully, offering a sobriquet of his own. "maybe one day i'll let you see it." and that was the truth. though he valued his alone time above all else, lex didn't find a reason not to allow her to join him on some of his adventures. she seemed just as curious and, truthfully, mysterious; lex was enticed by the spaniel, and would be willing to share more of himself in order to get to know her in return. i’m sorry for you loss. that must be hard for the gang to deal with. "oh, uh- it's alright." it wasn't, really, but he knew others more affected by the stream of tragedies and felt a bit selfish for even bringing the matter up, eliciting sympathy when little of these events have directly effected him. still, her condolences were sweet, and lex appreciated her interest in the gang's affairs - she would make for a good crab; that, he was sure. "the gang gets through. it always does," he reassured her, recalling the various tribulations they have gone through and survived, together. crabs were nothing if not resilient; as one of the oldest gangs in komorrah, they knew how to get through a difficult period. lex was grateful for inheriting the resiliency.
he was grateful that the storm seemed to calm some, as a powerful one would surely bring about harsher waves than usual in their entrance to tortuga cove. the water seemed relatively at ease for now, and dogs were beginning to gather outside on the beach once more, despite the drops of wet that still fell from the sky. being of the sea, lex found that many crabs paid little mind to rain - thunder, though, may be a different story. nonetheless, the mutt was grateful his new friend would be able to meet others of the gang, especially dizzybird. never one to deny a canid in need, lex was confident in amary's entry into the family, and the thought of seeing her more often made his heart beat faster in anticipation.
as he caught sight of the slender leader's coat of midnight, lex called out to him, nudging the femme beside him to pick up her pace as he did. "dizzybird!" the healer shouted, coming to a stop when they reached the borzoi. "this is, well, a new recruit. amaryllis." his amber eyes moved to watch her as he spoke her name, tail unable to keep itself from wagging.
treat me like a game and I will show you how it's played
The male's chuckle at her nickname brought joy to her ears as he teased her back. "duh, bird girl." Bird girl? That was a new one but Amaryllis grinned wildly at it anyways. It only seemed fair that he would return the favor, but she couldn't say she didn't enjoy it anyways. And besides, she was rather interested in this bird training job he had previously spoke about. She made mental note to ask more about that later. "maybe one day i'll let you see it." The thought of going on a little adventure with this new friend brought excitement to her features, her tail swaying happily behind her. She had enjoyed venturing around on her own, but some company would be a nice change. Sometimes it got lonely on the road and having someone to experience it all with was something she would greatly appreciate, especially if it was Lex.
The subject changed at her apology for the tragedy of the gang, but he seemed to reflect it well. "oh, uh- it's alright." His response was less than she had expected, but she couldn't really blame him too much. Amaryllis knew it must have been hard for everyone involved, and without knowing how soon these vents had taken place, she couldn't blame him for not saying too much. "the gang gets through. it always does," She nodded her head softly before responding. "I'm sure they do. If they're all as genuine as you it comes as no surprise." A soft smile was offered as another form of condolence and hopefully a small pick me up for the mood. It wasn't that she didn't enjoy having a heart to heart moment with another dog, cause she most definitely craved that sort of connection, but it was just more enjoyable if their was laughter in the air.
As the two moved along, she couldn't help but start to think of the future that awaited her. She liked to think that it would be filled with joyful moments surrounded by light-hearted dogs like Lex, but it was all so uncertain. Her heart raced a bit as she realized the moment of meeting the leader was sooner impending upon her. Would she be accepted? Did she belong as a member of the Crabs?
"dizzybird!" The male's sudden shout brought her out of her deep thought and allowed her eyes to focus on the new stranger before them. It all seemed to be happening so quick and she stumbled over her own paws for a moment as she followed after her new friend. She stopped beside him once more as he introduced her. "this is, well, a new recruit. amaryllis." The smile that was usually found plastered to her features suddenly appeared as she looked to the new dog. "It's a pleasure to meet you, Dizzybird. I hope it's alright that I've come here to see if this Crab thing is as cool as Lex has promised." Her gaze drifted from the midnight coated male for a moment back over to her friend, offering him a smile as well before returning to the leader. Her heart raced as she waited for a response, but she tried to remain as calm on the outside as possible.
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