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Kalluk Nipaitchuk
 Posted: Feb 27 2018, 08:47 PM
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still waters run deep
This was the kind of weather that Kalluk loved. Cold, but not entirely freezing - just enough to have to wear a layer or two - and with a dampness in the air that suggested that a rainfall was on its way. Kalluk wore her traditional water-tribe clothes. Despite it being the cold season in the United Republic, it wasn't nearly as frigid as the cold season down south. So, ironically, Kalluk was wearing her summer tribe clothes. Her pants and her anorak weren't as thickly lined with fur, and she didn't need a neck scarf or gloves to keep herself warm.

She sat on the edge of a cement slab that overlooked the water. It was an area that was too shallow for any boats to dock, but that led to several spots that were deep enough. Workers passed behind her, rolling boxes of supplies to and from the ports where the ships were docked. None of them really seemed to step too close to the edge of the cement, so she didn't think that she'd be in the way where she sat. Takaani, her rockruff, sat beside her, eagerly looking into the water for any signs of wildlife, while her lapras Siku drifted lazily in the tide a few feet away.

Now that their family had officially moved to the Republic City, Kalluk felt a little bad for Siku. The lapras had been used to spending most of her time out of the pokeball in bays or rivers that they had travelled along, but now she was cooped up in her all so much. Kalluk liked to let the shiny pokemon out every now and then for a swim.

Just like her rockruff, Kalluk stared down past her feet and into the water. The fish here were not as healthy or as large as the ones that they had caught on the surrounding routes, but her mother knew how to make any fish into great fish stew, regardless of how bad it might look. She sat with one arm resting on each leg, her hands outstretched. She was ready, and at any moment if she saw a flicker of life, she would waterbend it out of the water. On her other side was a fishing pole hooked to the dock, its line extending out past Siku in the water.
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Kaspar Turani
 Posted: Feb 28 2018, 04:50 AM
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It was the Lapras that drew Kaspar's attention first, for he had an automatic eye for anything that was different, that was rare. The glint of the noteworthy hue against the water was like a homing beacon for a man who had an appreciation for anything out of the ordinary and, for a moment, it was enough to distract him from his study of the horizon. Kaspar could smell it in the air, the promise of rain, and he had been suspiciously narrowing his eyes at the sky as he tried to divine how soon it would be before it conspired against him and tried to ruin his hair. He hated rain...but for this Lapras he would take a chance and dally here a little while longer.

So it was the Lapras who caught his eye first, but the trainer was a close second. Unusual in her own way, if only because she was a point of stillness amidst the busy worker Combees buzzing between the ships and the docks. Everyone else was moving...except for her. Again, it was the oddity in the landscape that most drew Kaspar, and when had he ever not indulged his curiosity?

Sayuri was trotting neatly at his heels, her dainty muzzle ever so slightly curled in pointed protest at the odours associated with docks and ships and fishing. The Vulpix would clearly have been back in the studio, where the strongest smells were of incense and essential oils and warm skin. There was a sense of martyred patience in her as she followed her trainer towards the group clustered where land met sea that was not present in the pokemon who followed in her and Kaspar's wake.

Honestly, Kaspar was genuinely taken aback by what happened next, for his Zorua was usually so dreamy that he never really seemed to notice what was going on around him. But something about the shiny Lapras clearly woke Kohaku from his habitual reverie and interested him as much as it did his trainer. One moment, he was a man with two relatively small, vulpine pokemon. The next, he was a man with one small, vulpine pokemon (looking gleeful at her companion being naughty until she remembered that she was supposed to look piously scandalised instead) and one large, shiny Lapras-impersonator sliding on his belly across the concrete towards the other trainer.

"Oh, Kohaku, you wretch," Kaspar grumbled before raising his voice. "Just remember that you can't actually swim." He wouldn't have put it past the Zorua to forget that his Lapras illusion was just that, an illusion. As it was, Kohaku's slide ended up with him teetering on the edge of the concrete slab, but ultimately still balanced on land. For that Kaspar was grateful, though it was with fond resignation that he watched his 'Lapras' stretch its neck out towards the actual Lapras on the water. "I'm sorry," he said languidly, approaching the trainer with more decorum than Kohaku had managed. "Fishing is not my area of expertise of it, but from what I understand, the less noise to scare off the fish, the better?"

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Kalluk Nipaitchuk
 Posted: Mar 1 2018, 07:16 PM
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still waters run deep
Takaani was the first to notice the strangers approaching them. Ever vigilant, the small rockruff pulled an ear back when he was sure that he had heard the sound of footsteps not walking past them like the rest of them had been, but instead walking towards them from behind. He lifted his head, and after a few seconds the sound was confirmed and he turned away from the water's edge.

He had turned just a moment too late to see the zorua transform. Instead, what he saw was a large, purple lapras that looked just like his pal Siku. Stunned, he turned his head back and forth to look at Siku, then this new lapras sliding across the pavement, and then Siku again, and back and forth until the realization dawned on him that he was actually seeing another lapras. Tail wagging and tongue lolling out, the rockruff barked excitedly at the tall man and his vulpix, taking a few eager steps towards the other pokemon to give her a few sniffs.

It was about that time that Siku noticed the new trio as well. It was sort of hard to miss a pokemon that was as unique as she was sitting not in the water but sliding along the cement. Spotting the man that seemed to be following the lapras, and realizing that their "guard dog" hadn't done his job to let Kalluk know that someone was approaching, she bowed her head nervously, her thoughts drifting towards her trainer.

Kalluk was aware of her lapras' emotions almost instantly. Her lapras had a funny way of wordlessly sharing what she was feeling at any given moment, and it had only gotten stronger and more precise with time and training. This particular feeling was the 'stranger danger' warning.

Immediately, Kalluk looked up at her lapras before a large purple blob appeared in the edge of her vision. Turning her head to look at what had just slid to a halt beside her, Kalluk audibly gasped, leaning back away from the fake-lapras. Her apprehension was only temporary, and after a stunned second it was replaced with excitement. Remembering that she needed to be aware of her surroundings, Kalluk turned to look the other direction, and it was a good thing she did because there was a man standing beside her, speaking to her.

Shit. She had missed most of what he had said. With body language and facial expression being such a critical part of her language, she could never really make herself out to be a stoic individual. So when she only caught the tail end of his apologetic question, she couldn't hide the slight squint in her eyes and the small bite of her bottom lip that said she was trying to put together what exactly he had said.

"understand the less noise to scare off the fish the better"

Was that a question or a statement? She was pretty sure it had been a question, based off of what had been his expression while talking. Suddenly smiling warmly, Kalluk nodded to try to give him the impression that it wasn't a big deal if he had scared off any fish. She then took a moment to stand up so that the man wouldn't have to stare down at her, making sure to keep an eye on his face for any other words while she did so. Once she was standing, she thrust her thumb over her shoulder to the lapras behind her, a huge grin on her face and her eyebrows raised.

Meanwhile, Siku the lapras remained where she was at sea, anxiously watching this man interact with her trainer while Takaani the rockruff attempted to become the Very Best Friends with the strange man's vulpix.
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Kaspar Turani
 Posted: Mar 2 2018, 08:33 AM
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The woman's pokemon seemed far more attuned to the approaching company than she herself did. Even when the welcoming Rockruff barked and wagged and did the usual canine rigmarole she didn't turn her head and Kaspar cocked a curious eyebrow at that as he and Sayuri approached at a more sedate pace than his 'Lapras'. Kohaku's exuberant slide across the slick concrete served as an announcement of his presence though, since it was difficult to miss a bright purple mass of shell and flippers that stood taller than the heads of everyone in the vicinity.

Kaspar regarded her as her expression ran the gamut between surprise, appreciation and then...whatever that puzzled lip-bite meant. That slanted eyebrow hitched upwards a fraction more towards his sleek hairline. Her smile and nod was more reassuring, albeit still unaccompanied by any explanation of a verbal nature, and Kaspar's automatic response was a lazy, languid smile as she stood up.

She thumbed in the direction of the Lapras-shrouded Kohaku was still trying to make pleasant overtures towards the actual Lapras (spoiler alert: there was a lot of flipper-waving and shell-waggling going on). Kaspar glanced between them, trying to parse the meaning of the gesture. A verbal creature if ever there was one, he had no qualms about handling a one-sided conversation, but it was admittedly somewhat out of the ordinary...

"I think Kohaku means it as a compliment," he hazarded, guessing that it might be some sort of inquiry about him also possessing a shiny 'Lapras'. His smile had a wry slant to it; much of what Kaspar did had a bend to it, an angle, like moving or talking in straight lines was just far too much effort. "Your lady is a lovely one, and he mimics Pokemon of whom he likes the look."

Sayuri gave off a prim sniff by his feet, but it wasn't an overly scornful tone - she had been exceptionally flattered when the Zorua had imitated her appearance the first time they had encountered him. She was susceptible to people giving her the attention to which she believed she was entitled and that made her inclined to be amiable to the Rockruff. She made coy eyes at him, flirting her tails this way and that as she padded forwards to investigate him.

Kaspar watched her antics with amused resignation before looking back to the woman. "Have you caught anything yet? Or have we effectively scared off your dinner?"

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Kalluk Nipaitchuk
 Posted: Mar 2 2018, 10:06 PM
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still waters run deep
It was difficult for Siku to avoid watching this other purple lapras flail about on the concrete beside her trainer. Even in her own pod back up north, she had been the only shiny lapras. Her mother often told her that the aurora borealis had been especially bright and colorful on the night that she had hatched, and that it had blessed her with her unique coloring. Her heart ached for her mother, and that ache turned into apprehension anytime she met a new human. When the other lapras continued to try to gain her attention, she stuck her neck out and paddled just a tad towards him, however she found it quite odd that the other pokemon was refusing to get into the water. After a few seconds of thinking that small fact over, she pulled her head back up, and turned, staring at the other pokemon from the side. Something was off about him, and she didn't like it. She'd go no further, and would instead stare coyly until he entered the water.

It hadn't occurred to Kalluk to wonder why the lapras wasn't entering the water, or why he hadn't been in the water in the first place. She had been so surprised to find another purple lapras that the exact specifics of the situation had completely eluded her. She watched the man's lips as he spoke, her eyes expertly flickering between his mouth and his own eyes, reading his expression as his lips shaped the words. It was much easier to gauge an approximation of what he had said now that she was standing and that she had the entire snippet.

After understanding that the pokemon was only a mimicry, she turned to glance at the lapras beside her, a slightly uneasy look on her face. Now that the idea was in her head, she realized that the lapras had yet to actually enter the water, which was incredibly odd for a pokemon of their species. She had read about pokemon who could shapeshift and cast illusions in her studies before; unless this man was some incredibly advanced trainer who had befriended some sort of legendary beast, she assumed this trickster was a member of the zoroark line in disguise.

She looked back to the man quickly, realizing she had ignored his compliment to Siku completely. A wide smile spread across on her lips, she held an open, flat hand up to her face. Her fingertips touched her lips before she brought her hand forward and down - "Thank you!"

He spoke again, and appeared to be asking if they had scared away the fish. She chuckled a bit under her breathe - always careful not to make "too much" noise - and then glanced down at her feet. As she did so, she pulled out the inside of her pockets, effectively revealing that she wasn't hiding any fish in them. The number of fish that he could see around her was what she had caught, and that number was zero!

She looked back up at the man and gave him a half smile, shrugging. It wasn't a big deal - there was plenty of time left in the day to find some fish. If she really needed to, Siku could take her out farther into the ocean, and they could find some bigger fish to make up for it.

Remembering that it would be the polite thing to do to continue their conversation, and suddenly becoming incredibly aware that he didn't 'speak' her language, Kalluks eyes flicked around and her smiled weakened as she thought of what to do next. Quickly, she held out a hand as though she wanted to give him a handshake, an uneasy smile replacing the warm one from a moment ago. Honestly, this was the worst part about being Deaf - upon just looking at her, no one could actually tell she couldn't hear unless they were paying attention. At least this guy had continued to speak at a normal pace.

As his trainer was exchanging niceties with the stranger, Takaani was also being friendly to his vulpix. He sniffed around her in several full circle, admiring her orange coat and her man tails. Bowing so that his front was down towards the ground and his butt was in the air, he barked several times, his tail wagging excitedly. He had been staring at the bay for what had felt like hours (it was half an hour), and now he had energy to spare!
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Kaspar Turani
 Posted: Mar 5 2018, 06:20 AM
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His new lapras friend was playing hard to get! Kohaku wiggled all the more amiably, but to no avail - the purple lapras whose appearance he was copying was staying firmly out of reach. He settled down slightly, expression turning dreamily thoughtful as he pondered how best to prove to the genuine lapras that he was worth being friends with...

Kaspar usually might have wanted to pay better attention to his erratically mischievous Zorua - leaving Kohaku to his own devices sometimes had unpredictable consequences - but he had his own puzzle to work out. Not that it was a difficult one to deduce; just not one that he had encountered before.

The girl continued to not speak - verbally, anyway. That laugh proved that she could make sound, but the elegantly stylised gesture with her hand was what made Kaspar finally twig that she was most likely impaired of hearing in some way. He had no clue whatsoever what the sign had meant, but he did recognise a visual language when he saw one. Probably.

He just had no clue which one it was.

It was safe to say that Kaspar - a professional layabout if ever there had been one - had not had any sort of sign language included in his education. His lips shaped a rueful twist beneath the smooth curve of his mustache because communication had just become that much more difficult. Not that he wasn't willing to give it a shot though!

She offered a hand and Kaspar took it easily. Ever the exaggerated gallant, he grinned and turned her hand over so that he could bow over it. He wasn't a total ass though, since he waited until his face was visible to her again to start talking. "My name is Kaspar," he said. "Right now you're making me feel very ashamed about the heinous gaps in my education that limit what I assume would be a delightful conversation."

Whether any further charm (or perhaps) smarm would have been levied against her was unclear because, at that moment, a very large splash sounded from very close to them. Kaspar closed his eyes in weary resignation and released the girl's hand. "Excuse me," he said with exceptional courtesy before stripping off his coat and promptly diving into the water after his over-enthusiastic Zorua who had decided to 'test' his Lapras illusion by sliding into the sea.

Sayuri was slightly peeved because she had been having a good time, watching the Rockruff prance about and make friendly advances. She'd been in the middle of deigning to lower her own torso towards the ground, hindquarters wriggling in an elegant invitation to play, when Kohaku just had to go and make a fool of himself. She looked over to where his Lapras illusion had evaporated as soon as he had hit the water and where her trainer was now swimming to rescue the madly paddling Zorua...and did the vulpine equivalent of an extremely long sigh, one that went right from her nose down to the tip of every tail.

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Kalluk Nipaitchuk
 Posted: Apr 10 2018, 08:41 PM
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She didn't like that, not one bit. Siku watched as the other lapras began calming down a tad and developed some sort of curious look on his face. Her brows furrowed and she looked warily at the other pokemon. What was he thinking of doing? Why was he looking at that. She shifted in the water, her flippers paddling lightly and anxiously.

Kalluk was used to a variety of reactions from people upon realizing she was unable to hear. Some people acted as though they suddenly thought they were talking to a toddler - they slowed their speech, over-enunciate their words (which would change the shape of them), and generally used simpler language. Most of them were unable to hide the judgement on their faces. Then, there were those people who suddenly became nervous around her, as though they were putting on a show but hadn't been given the script. They suddenly didn't want to make eye contact and would oftentimes clam up, sometimes going so far as to abruptly end the conversation.

When it didn't appear that the man before her would be either of those people, she felt a sense of calm wash over her. She was still naturally defensive of this new person - after all, he could get frustrated or bored with her at any moment - but she could see that he was at least trying to be considerate. Gentlemanly as well, she realized as he bent over her hand. He had taken it willingly and happily (her mind flashed back to those who had suddenly become afraid of her).

She blushed at his kind gesture as he stood straight. No one had ever bowed upon introducing themself before. She chuckled again, the same soft laugh as earlier. She watched the words "my name is" move across his lips and instinctively latched on to the next several shapes that they made. As he continued speaking, she very carefully made similar movements with her mouth. It was difficult to say whether or not the syllables that she was shaping were the exact same as the ones he had made, but even just a general shape was better than nothing.

With a grin, she put her free hand to her chest, and then pulled her hand away so that she could bring both sets of her first two fingers down in front of her in an X-shape. She was about to reach for his hand once mre to spell out the letters of her name on his palm when he suddenly closed his eyes and gave off a very different vibe. She watched him strip his coat and her eyes widened, eyebrows furrowed as she desperately tried to keep up with the situation. Had there been some cue that she had missed?

She took a step back, and at the same time turned to find that the lapras that had been behind her was no longer there, but instead here was a black creature splashing around in the water. She gasped and dropped to her knees on the pavement, just as the man dove into the water to save his drowning fox.

Siku, who had been watching the other lapras with distrust, was surprised when he practically evaporated upon hitting the water. At first, she remained where she was until she was able to spot the small creature's head bob to the surface. Unsure of what exactly had just happened but realizing immediately that the creature needed help, she sped forward. She reached them just as the man hit the water, and she reached her head down to offer him support, allowing him to hold on to her if he needed to.

Kalluk, meanwhile, was positioned on her hands and knees at the pavement's edge, ready to help in any way that she could. Takaani, surprised by the sound of the splash, gave a glance to the vulpine pokemon that he was playing with and then bounded to the water's edge beside his training, barking at all the commotion.
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