Those aren't doughnuts! (Enrico, Open)

The swamp that is a fixture surrounding the battlefield. The swamp, like most, is quite full of trees, moss, and most notably leeches. There are some strange things that pop out of the waters; are you willing to brave into them?

Those aren't doughnuts! (Enrico, Open)

Postby Connal Reid » Sat Aug 18, 2012 10:25 pm

While their surrogate mother was at the base, the hyena sisters took it upon themselves to explore their new territory. Ruth was much more accepting of the damp environment now that she had a place to go to take a break from the soggy, squishy land. Now, one might think that, being outside of the base, there wouldn't be much of a chance of those two getting into trouble. Nothing important or expensive to chew on, no doors to break through, no food to be outright stolen... The most they could do was piss off the crab-man, or something to that effect. Right?

Unfortunately, they seemed to have a talent for mischief. The pair had found a garage, next to what used to be the BLU warehouse. After forcing their way in (because absolutely nothing could go unchecked), their attention was immediately grabbed by the old car in the center. Even though cars weren't exactly a new concept to them, Saidah went ahead and acted like it was, approaching slowly as if it could start up and charge them any minute. Ruth, much less into the game, just jumped up onto the hood.

For reasons few can explain, apparently the scent of rubber is somewhat enticing to hyenas. So it wasn't long before curious sniffing progressed into curious nibbling. It was even less time before the smaller sister started tugging on the back passenger wheel, trying to rip it free, and succeeding in tearing it open. The larger just laid next to the front passenger side, lazily chewing on the tire as if it were a toy.
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Re: Those aren't doughnuts! (Enrico, Open)

Postby Gerhard Melsbach » Sun Aug 19, 2012 3:19 am

Enrico had been struggling to get his beloved Thing working ever since discovering it during the whole warehouse incident, borrowing tools to go arse over teakettle into the engine, attacking rust spots with steel wool, tearing out practically the entirety of the interior to clean out the refuse of animals that had attempted to nest inside, and for all his efforts, things were finally starting to come together on the old vehicle. The cleaning had been the real hard part, it took him forever to figure out where that awful smell was coming from (a mutated rat stuck in the radiator, yay) and the Thing was actually looking semi-presentable.
A bit more elbow grease, some glass cleaner and a little petrol...
Hell, they'd be ready and able to have a night on the town.

He came ambling over from the main base, a shoebox of borrowed tools under one arm and a handful of cleaning clothes tucked into his back pocket, whistling quietly to himself in a rare show of good humor. Only to pause mid-step as he heard something strange coming from the dilapidated garage.
Frowning, he reached into the shoebox, pulling out a decently large spanner before approaching the rather flimsy wooden doors.
"Lo? Anybody in there? If you aren't BLU, I'm bout t'get real mean, so's y'better sound off!"
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Re: Those aren't doughnuts! (Enrico, Open)

Postby Connal Reid » Sun Aug 19, 2012 9:52 pm

Two pairs of rounded ears perked; those were human noises. Saidah decided to ignore it for the moment, and went back to tearing off a strip of the tire. Ruth, on the other hand, wanted some attention. She got up off the floor, gave a stretch, and approached the door while making a soft, low sound that could easily be mistaken for a growl. Having been the one to break in the first time, it wasn't that difficult for her to nudge and tug the door until it again opened enough for her to fit through. The hyena made her way up to the Sniper, her tail giving a small flick.
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Re: Those aren't doughnuts! (Enrico, Open)

Postby Gerhard Melsbach » Sun Aug 19, 2012 11:26 pm

He heard the growl first, and swore under his breath, lifting the spanner a little higher for a better swing as he cautiously edged closer to the doors. Only to jump back with a startled yelp and a clatter of dropped tools as the hyena came trotting out.
"What the hell?!"
A goddamn full grown hyena, in this place?! Weren't they supposed to be from Africa or where ever? How the hell did they get here?!
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Re: Those aren't doughnuts! (Enrico, Open)

Postby Connal Reid » Mon Aug 20, 2012 8:41 pm

Humans were always so damn jumpy when they first meet her. Well, most of them, at least, ever since they left their birthplace. Ruth was patient, and kept her head level and mouth closed. She didn't want to chase him off, she wanted some scratching, and that meant playing as nice as she possibly could. After the man stopped moving, she approached again, hoping he'd see there wasn't anything to be afraid of. At least, not unless he tried to attack.
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Re: Those aren't doughnuts! (Enrico, Open)

Postby Gerhard Melsbach » Tue Aug 21, 2012 1:31 pm

Okay. So- He wasn't being attacked.
That was nice, bit of a change from the norm.
But it was still a hyena. A full grown spotted hyena that he'd seen in documentaries that scared off lions and had super strong jaws and big teeth and aaaaaaahh quit making yourself panic this is stupid-!
Swallowing, Enrico slowly shuffled a bit to the side, a somewhat halfhearted attempt to slip past the impressively large pseudo-canine, wishing he hadn't spooked so bad and dropped that spanner. Could use a weapon to block any attempted lunges...
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Re: Those aren't doughnuts! (Enrico, Open)

Postby Connal Reid » Tue Aug 21, 2012 7:13 pm

The man wanted to avoid her? Yeah, too bad. Ruth turned and walked right up to the Sniper, and tried to nudge his hand with her nose. Hopefully he'd get the hint. See? Nice hyena. Pets now?

Meanwhile, Saidah continued her assault on The Thing. She had a particularly stubborn strip of tire, that just refused to be separated from the rest of the rubber. When it did finally pull free, the savanna native fell back with a thud. Undeterred, she went right ahead and chewed up her prize.
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Re: Those aren't doughnuts! (Enrico, Open)

Postby Gerhard Melsbach » Tue Aug 21, 2012 11:36 pm

The Sniper would later say that the hyena's forwardness had caught him off guard, and his scream was one of simple startlement, not fear.
Still, he wouldn't be able to agree the fact that his cry, however brief, came out sounding very similar to a six year old girl.
He jerked back from the momentary contact and bolted, heaving the garage open and ducking inside before he could really think on the fact that the hyena had come from inside, thus being likely to know an alternate route inside.
Only to turn about and practically swallow his tongue when he saw another fucking hyena.

Gators, he could deal with. Feral dogs, okay. Monsters, in the bloody job description.
Face to face with an African super-predator?
Not a snowball's chance in hell.
"Bugger."
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Re: Those aren't doughnuts! (Enrico, Open)

Postby Connal Reid » Wed Aug 22, 2012 11:53 pm

Saidah was a little startled at the Sniper's sudden appearance, but didn't give him much more than a glance. She had her chewy snack, and for the moment, that was more than enough. The light colored hyena sat back down, tore off a smaller chunk of the strip she already had, and swallowed it.

Ruth let out a small huff. Sure, humans could be skittish, but it's not like she had been aggressive at all. The larger animal made her way back inside, and this time hoped the man would come to her. She also sat, but unlike her sister, kept her attention on Enrico. Peeet meeeeeeee.
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Re: Those aren't doughnuts! (Enrico, Open)

Postby Gerhard Melsbach » Thu Aug 23, 2012 1:20 am

Enrico slowly edged himself into a corner, a part of his brain cursing a blue streak at seeing what the two canines had done to his poor Thing (and it'd been just about ready to go too!) while the rest of his gray matter was busy scrambling to think of a way out of his current situation.
Two large, full grown hyenas, probably female if he remembered his National Geographics right, chewing on his car's tires and... Sitting?
He blinked, head cocking slightly at seeing the smaller of the two sitting and staring at him in a manner he would almost label as expectant, while the larger one seemed to be completely ignoring him. Maybe... Maybe they weren't hostile?
Now that he'd got his brain out of Immediate Panic Mode, he actually started to put some thoughts in order.
Hyenas were obviously not native to the local swamp, so they had to have been brought in by the Company, the option of escaped zoo or circus animals ruled out by the simple proximity of such things to the base. So, brought in by the Company, okay, probably came with a trainer if the non-violent attitude was anything to go by, which meant-
He was safe.

"Jesus fuckin' bloody Chroist..."
Taking a step back to lean against the wall, the New Zealander slid down to sit himself on the floor, a hand rubbing tiredly across his face before he looked back up to the hyenas.
"Scared the shite outta me, I think you ought t'know..."
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Re: Those aren't doughnuts! (Enrico, Open)

Postby Connal Reid » Sat Aug 25, 2012 3:06 pm

Ruth's ears swiveled as everything about the Sniper seemed to relax. She stood again, and when nothing seemed to change, once again attempted to approach the so far skittish man. Perhaps now she could finally get some scratches. Her head was held just a bit low, her mouth firmly shut, as she tried to make sure she didn't scare him away again. The smaller Saidah, on the other hand, continued to ignore everyone and everything except the bits of tire in front of her.
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Re: Those aren't doughnuts! (Enrico, Open)

Postby Gerhard Melsbach » Sat Aug 25, 2012 6:21 pm

The Sniper regarded the approaching hyena warily, glancing between it and the one nomming on his poor car, sitting still and quiet just in case the pseudo-canine was attempting to pull something. But when no threat came, he shifted his weight a little and very, very hesitantly offered a hand.
"Ello..."
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Re: Those aren't doughnuts! (Enrico, Open)

Postby Connal Reid » Sat Aug 25, 2012 11:22 pm

Oh, finally. Ruth rubbed her face against Enrico's hand, eager for hard earned attention. Good thing not all humans were always so afraid of her and her sister. Maybe if Tihun had been around, she would have been able to explain, and most of this frustration could have been avoided entirely. For the moment, however, the larger hyena was more than happy to take advantage of the Sniper's sitting position, and crawled into his lap. Pets now pets now pets now!
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Re: Those aren't doughnuts! (Enrico, Open)

Postby Gerhard Melsbach » Sun Aug 26, 2012 3:42 am

"Jesus-!"
Very forward, apparently tame hyena. In his lap. Okay.
At least it wasn't trying to eat him like its friend was eating his car's tires.
Swallowing, Enrico hesitantly rubbed a few fingers down the animal's head, not entirely sure if he was reading things right, but when no harm came to him, he grew more bold and let himself use his whole hand.
"Well, least y're friendly..."
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Is someone else gonna come in and save the Sniper, now? :Va

Postby Connal Reid » Wed Aug 29, 2012 2:58 am

The hyena in question nuzzled the Sniper a minute, happy he was finally doing as she wanted. Even if he was still nervous about it. She laid down, while still on top of him, and wondered when he was going to take the hint that she wasn't about to rip his face off for no good reason. Some humans, they just needed to be so babied...

Saidah had finished off the strips of tire she had in front of her, and went back to tearing at the car. As if to prove that she wasn't the particularly brightest, the next bit of rubber she tried to yank free was from the underside of the tire. Having an entire car still attached and pressing its weight down on said tire, this made things understandably difficult. When she did manage to pull it free, the young hyena accidentally propelled herself backwards quickly enough to audibly slam against the wall. She let out some typical hyena laughter, as if she was able to find humor in this.
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Enrico: My baby-! ;n;

Postby Gerhard Melsbach » Wed Aug 29, 2012 3:12 am

The New Zealander 'oof'ed at abruptly having the full weight of a rather large animal abruptly flopped into his lap, but a breath and he managed to get himself together, keeping up the petting that the hyena apparently craved.
"Big spotted puppy aren't ya..."
He looked up at hearing a THUD, and cringed when he saw what had been done to his poor car. Tires shredded and chewed on... Even the spare! Groaning, he leaned back against the wall, head hitting the wood with a soft thump as his hat tipped back.
"Bloody brilliant... So much f'drivin' into town."
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Just kill me now

Postby Penultimate Pi » Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:54 pm

Adrian wasn't doing so good. Honestly, he'd never felt ultimately satisfied ever in his life, but here at Swamp Rat, he'd hardly even felt marginally happy. It didn't exactly help that he'd chosen the ruins of the BLU warehouse to ponder his misfortunes so far, but Adrian didn't exactly have the heart to care right now. As a whole, the Demoman had been rather useless, there being plenty of times where everyone just would've been better off without his presence.

Enrico, in particular, stood out after the literal fight with him. Adrian was positive that the Sniper absolutely hated the Demoman's guts now. In the his experience, Snipers (and most of the people he'd met in general) tended to keep grudges and such very well. Judging how Enrico acted, it was almost certain that the Sniper wouldn't forget about Adrian's foolishness so soon.
Then his thoughts turned to Argent, and consecutively, 12. Argent had definitely played a guardian role when Adrian had been lost in the wild of the swamp, a role that Adrian had never truly been in the presence of. The thought that there was some sort of figure who cared for you so deeply and wanted to see you prosper was warm, but so... foreign to the Demoman. And then 12... he was-

*THUD*

Adrian looked up, snapped out of his depressive thoughts. Right, they still had the garage, thankfully. He'd never really checked what was inside, which was why it never resonated with the Demoman. Now that there was a noise coming from it, Adrian stood up to investigate, if only for something to take his mind off of everything.
Moving through the open door with little regard to what might've been inside, Adrian found himself in the presence of a pair of... what looked to be some strange dogs. Having never heard of hyenas before, Adrian was confounded to what these things might've been. They sure acted like dogs though; one seemed to be garnering for attention, and the other was leaning on a wall, contently gnawing on a shred of tire from the old vehicle in the middle of the garage. Also leaning on the wall was-

Enrico. The same Sniper who wouldn't give a crap about Adrian since their fight. And the Sniper who was now slumped on the garage wall, looking rather upset.

Oh boy.
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What's that? Make things MORE awkward? OKAY.

Postby Connal Reid » Thu Aug 30, 2012 10:29 pm

Both hyenas looked up at the newcomer, but as Ruth already had someone petting her, she didn't much care. Saidah, on the other hand, decided she had enough rubber in her stomach, and went up to check out this dark-skinned human. The good thing about that was, she went about it like a dog, nose-first, so it probably wouldn't startle the Demo too much. The bad thing about that was, she went about it like a dog, nose-first into Adrian's crotch, which was almost guaranteed to make him jump.
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Postby Gerhard Melsbach » Sat Sep 01, 2012 9:34 am

Enrico noticed the presence of a new person only after the hyenas did, as the one in his lap shifted to see what was up. He looked down from the ceiling, hoping for maybe a little help, only to frown tiredly at seeing who it was.
Oh great, the drunken punk kid...
"Parently they're friendly. Dunno where they came from."
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Re: Those aren't doughnuts! (Enrico, Open)

Postby Penultimate Pi » Sun Sep 02, 2012 4:51 pm

Adrian flinched rather audibly when the wet nose slammed into his loins, and quickly aimed to push the 'dog' away. Looking up at Enrico, who was now aiming his mental warpath at him, the Demoman responded with, "Your guess 's as good as mine."

Wanting not to make a bad impression, he quickly glanced at the vehicle and said, "That yours? Looks mighty fine, actually." And now that Adrian was really looking at it, the Thing did look very nice. After living in a neighborhood where a lot of what you owned was either salvaged or owned in a semi-vintage state, having a vehicle like this around seemed like a refreshing memory. "Just needs some dog-proof tires and it's all good to go."

Then it occurred to Adrian that the closest place to get even reasonably good tries was the town outside of the swamp, and even then it was a longshot, both in probability and distance.
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