It was time to talk to both Wendi and Zeus about her plans for Marlo. She knew she was kinda involving herself a bit too much with them, but she honestly wanted to help out however she could. Wendi was such a sweet girl and she just didn't like seeing her worry so much.
"If I can just get Marlo off of their backs for a while and focused more on myself be it for the better or the worst..." she started as she let out a small sigh, "Then so be it."
Following behind her on the ground was he Puffkin, Bitey, and in the air was her Drakesprite, Tassel. They were both happily following her, oblivious to the ideas that Mesa was going to present to both Wendi and Zeus.
Wendi's in one of the patient rooms sitting in a chair by the bed where Zeus lays. She looks like she hadn't gotten too much sleep while she's just been sitting there, watching Zeus and taking care of him every so often.
She gently grabs Zeus's good hand and looks at him worriedly while he's beginning to wake from his sleep.
All things considered, he was getting plenty of sleep and dane helped keep the pain to a mild dull-ness in his arm, but he often found himself subconsciously trying to use his arm, almost feeling the muscles in his chest and around his shoulder trying to get the shoulder and arm to move, with no success. Undoubtedly it would take a long time to get used to, and he might never stop subconsciously trying to use his arm. Even now, when he felt someone's hand in his, he subconsciously tried to reach over with his injured arm, getting barely a twitch from his pec muscle and what little muscle still worked in his shoulder, but at least he still had one good arm, of which he could close his hand around the one resting in it.
"You needn't worry so much. Dane's keeping the pain down, the village is quiet and we're safe" He spoke softly, turning his head to look at her face, although it wasn't clear enough for him to look her in the eyes without his glasses on.
"C'mon, up," Mesa said as she bent down to let Bitey climb atop her hand so he could crawl up to sit on her shoulder. Tassel took up the other shoulder as she landed down, ready to rest from all her flying.
Mesa entered into Dane's Office and asked about what room Wendi and Zeus would be in. She was told where to find them and with a thank you, she strolled her way over to the room they were in. She knocked on the wood paneling of the open door and looked inside.
"Hey Wendi!" she greeted with a smile. "And you must be Zeus, yeh?" she then pointed out rather rhetorically. "You two doing okay?" She hoped that she wasn't intruding on anything.
she looks up at Mesa with surprise, her ears perking up and she lets out a smile
"O-oh... Good morning, Mesa...! I'm doing alright. "
she smiles warmly, but there's but there are bags under her eyes and she's clearly exhausted
"Zeus, this is the new friend I made yesterday, this is Mesa." she gently hands Zeus his glasses and then yawns a little
She could tell that Wendi wasn't really telling the complete truth. Then again, her friend was badly hurt so it was understandable that she may be feeling a bit worse off than she was letting on.
"You not sleeping?" she asked as she walked in. Her Drakesprite, Tassel, leapt off of her shoulder and flew over to Wendi. She made a cute little noise as she tilted her head some, going to land in Wendi's lap.
"Oh... Tassel... come back here," Mesa tried to instruct. Shame she wasn't good at teaching her pets how to have good manners. "Sorry about that. Tassel likes to cheer finley up whenever she can," she apologized.
her eyes sparkle a litle when seeing the cute little drakesprite "Awww what a cutie!" she then starts gently petting the little thing and her smile becomes more geniune, though there's no erasing the lack up sleep in her eyes
"You remind me of my little Shelbi..." she scratches Tassle under the chin a little and then the sad look on her face slowly returns "I.... I can't sleep.... every time I do.... the horrible incident plays over and over again in my head..... so.... I just... I want to take care of Zeus the best I can..."
her ears lower and she gently gives Tassle a little hug in her arms
he looked softly upon Wendi, understanding that it couldn't be easy for her either, although to him, the even is mostly a blur of red, anger and searing, yet suddenly cut off pain
"Wendi.." He spoke softly " I'm sure that Dane has something to help with sleep and the nightmares. I'll be fine, but you won't be if you don't get some sleep, you know..."
"Besides, you know my father wouldn't let me leave on my own either way" He spoke, giving a soft sideways smile. He sort of shuffled the part of the sheets hanging over the bed a bit, almost like checking for something, the movement of which caused a little more movement from under the bed before a lil green face stuck out, looking up. Cybele the pufkin had probably been hiding there for a while, staying near to her owner.
Bitey noticed Cybele pop out from under the bed and with a happy little noise, he leapt off of Mesa's shoulder to try and initiate play with her. Mesa at this point just sighed and shook her head, a smile on her face as she laughed just a bit.
"I really suck at training my pets," she commented. She then cleared her throat and looked between Zeus and Wendi as they both spoke.
"Zeus is right," she began while looking in Wendi's direction. "Dane may have something to aid in getting rid of those nightmares." She went to get a chair so she could sit down, folding her wings against her back and letting the hands on them grip her shoulders. "Is there anything I could do to try and help you with it? I could talk to Dane for you or just... maybe lend you one of my pets to see if they could help you sleep better? I'm sure that Tassel wouldn't mind cuddling up with you at night...?"
she's silent for a moment and then after awhile she nods and becomes complient
"A.... Alright.... I can go talk to Dane... I'll be right back..." she stands up slowly and gently places Tassle down by Zeus's feet, then with a worried face she adds "Is there anything you need while I'm out, Zeus? Water? Medicine.... another pillow...?" her wings droop downward a little
"Raise those wings up sweetheart. You'll scruff your feathers if you let them scrape the floor" he smiled softly add her, having added maybe a slight bit of a joking tone to the remark about scruffing her feathers, surely she would notice if she dragged her feathers on the floor
"Some water and a brush would be fine. I think my back mane has become a little bit too tightly tangled from sleeping so much"
Meanwhile, Cybele remained largely under the bed but reached a paw out and wiggled it at bitey to kind of, gently bat at him. She was bigger than him, owing to being older as well and she didn't wanna hurt this stranger looking pufkin.
Mesa was actually sitting backwards in the chair now. Frontwards was difficult given her big ass fuckin' tail. She could tell how much Zeus cared for her and it was honestly a very sweet scene.
Bitey smiled at the other Puffkin and rolled onto his back, wiggling his tiny little legs before tumbling back to his feet and reaching forward, trying to grab at the paw that was being offered to him.
Tassel, being the ever caring soul that she was, flew up to be right at Wendi's side. She went to sit on her shoulder, giving Wendi a nuzzle to let her know that Tassel wasn't going to leave her side. Wendi needed something to help her smile some more, and Tassel was going to be that very thing!
Wendi smiles at the little blue drakesprite joining her side
"Oh... you wanna go with? Sure..." she then glances at Mesa "I guess I'll be borrowing your sprite for a bit. I'll be back." she then gives them both a tired smile and dainty wave and then leaves the room
He sighed softly when Wendi had left the room before placing his good hand on his bad arm's shoulder and gently stirring his shoulder a bit, making sure it and the rest of the arm was getting the blood-flow it needed since it was still there and very much alive, yet unusable to him. It did hurt to move it tho, gritting his teeth and his glowing bits flaring a bit before the yellow glow faded a bit as he rested his bad arm again, turning his attention to Mesa, while occasionally glancing at the two pufkins on the floor
"I am surprised she has managed to find a friend in these time where she've rarely left the room, as far as I'm aware" he spoke, less softly, yet still a friendly tone "Especially consider what her last 'friend' caused in the first place" his eyes very briefly opened a bit more when saying the word 'friend' as well as a spiteful tone to the word was spoken, as to emphasis on the sarcasm of the word used in the sentence.
Cybele was very gentle with Bitey, letting him grab onto her paw while she carefully dragged herself out from under the bed a bit more. She began to bat a little bit more harshly at him while still being gentle, in order to facilitate play a little more.
"I initially ran into that, 'friend' when I was coming to the Dane's office for something. I saw Wendi after he stormed off looking rather beside herself so I went in to check up on her. I figured from how Marlo was acting that he and her had just gone through a fight or something along those lines." She leaned forward a bit in the chair, placing both arms atop the back of it and letting herself put a bit more weight on it.
"That's actually partly the reason I came in here looking for Wendi and you just now. I have a... proposition I want to offer in regards to Marlo," she then added as she glanced down at the two playing Puffkin.
Bitey was getting all kinds of tells from this other Puffkin that they really wanted to play. He leaned forward and wagged his tail a bit, making some noises in response before turning to run to another part of the room in hopes that the other Puffkin would chase him.
"I see" He said, placing his good hand in his lap and shifting his legs to sit more comfortably and relive his back of some of the work of sitting up "I never had any connection or care to him. I tolerated him because he was Wendi's friend, but i think she knows i'm not gonna tolerate him anymore. In fact I can't lie and say I'm not tempted to break his nose the next time I see him" He huffed, understandable still furious at Marlo over the one last straw of bringing the thuddly to them in the first place
"Whatever happens between them is up to Wendi, I'm not going to tell her what she can and can't do about someone else"
Cybele looked at Bitey confused when he ran off before realising it was a game of chase. She didn't make much sound herself, but while she hesitated, taking only a few steps at first, she very suddenly darted off after him, her feet probably making more noise on the floor than his had done.
"I fully get you on that. It's a situation that she's the most privy to. Still I wanted to talk to you both because the last thing I want is to try something that both of you would be against. You care a lot about her so I don't want to seem like I'm stepping over my place," she explained. "Need some help sitting up?" she then asked after watching him struggle a bit.
Bitey made a chirp like noise as the other Puffkin came after him, running from her and tumbling a bit due to some clumsy moments with his stride. The game was on! He would totally win this game regardless of the fact that there really was no end goal for it.
she walks into the room with Tassle at her shoulder, hair brush and glass of water in her hands. she walks to the other side of Zeus's bed "Alright I'm back, guys. Zeus, here's your water and your hair brush you wanted. Do you need any help brushing?"
she sets the water down on the end table in the reach of Zeus's good arm and holds the brush up and in his reach
"Oh.... and I didn't forget my medicine either... I took it. "
"I understand. we are a pair afterall" he smiled at her, letting his eyes close to enhance the smile "no Im fine, just wanted to adjust how I sat"
He looked up and followed Wendi with his gaze when she arrived back, smiling softly at her "Thank you" he said to her, picking up the water with his working hand "Some help with brushing my back mane would be nice, can't quite reach it all myself after all"
Zeus took a moment to orient himself about where the pufkins were running off to, remarking to himself that Cybele rarely ran in the first place, but she didn't have a lot of playmates to begin with, considering how spooky Kiara could be to her and Screech was not playful whatsoever anyway.
He glanced over to Mesa before returning his attention to Wendi, although not facing her as he turned his back to her so she could help him brush his back mane
"Mesa wanted to talk to us both about something" He remarked to her "It's about Marlo"
It was nice seeing Bitey actually play without the use of his teeth for once. Mesa could count on both hands the amount of times he would nip at her when they played. Granted she was a bit of a roughhouser herself so perhaps that was why?
When Wendi returned, Mesa gave her a smile. When Zeus made mention of marlo, she nodded and turned her expression serious.
"I wanted to get your guys' opinions on what it is I want to do in regards to him. After seeing how he treats you, and seeing the aftermath of what I can only assume was a horible action caused by him, I wanted to try and see if there was something I could do to try and help."
she gently props Zeus forward by stuffing a pillow down to support his lower back and begins brushing him carefully. with a sad and kind of hopeless look on her face she quietly sighs and glances up at Mesa
"Well Marlo.... He just.... He doesn't listen.... He's too proud and he thinks so highly of himself... I've tried to keep him under control, but I'm at my limit at this point... It's why I cut him off. If he doesn't like something, he gets angry.... really angry..."
she sighs yet again at the hopeless situation she is faced with and then continues
"Right now I can only hope he doesn't hurt anybody else... I am unable to do anything... I'm just not strong enough..." her ears lower
"... You're welcome to try though..."
he sat patiently and relaxed, letting her brush his back mane, only flincing slightly anytime she snagged a knot in it, as one would expect with tangled fur along the spine. he flicked his tail tip a bit, the glow at the end flashing up slightly as Cybele playfully chased Bitey under the bed and out the other side
"As long as he stays away from us, and the rest of my family, i couldn't care less what happens to him" He snorted "I won't hesitate to defend Wendi or myself, and i know for a fact that my sister might not hesitate with planting a knife in his leg and my father doesn't like him any better either"
It seemed like any time he had a flare of emotion or wanted to put more emphasis on something, the lights planted around his body flared up in soft yellow light.
"That's exactly why I want to try and take him on myself. To give him a new focus as well as to try and really push him into his place. He and I have already fought twice and both times I was able to best him. He even called for mercy in the second fight. Well he mostly said "uncle", but it was a cry for mercy for sure." She readjusted herself a bit in her chair before continuing.
"I also want to make sure he doesn't cause harm to anyone else like he has with the two of you. I know that I'm not much more than a simple friend, possibly just an acquaintance at the most for the moment, but I want to at least try to help you both," she finished explaining. At this point BItey's playing was but an after thought to her. She knew the little Puffkin wouldn't wander off very far, and for the moment she wanted her full attention to be on both Wendi and Zeus.
"You both deserve a break from him, and if I can give it, then I want to at least try."
after getting the most troublesome knots out of Zeus's mane, she continues gently brushing him to fluffen the fur up some more, still paying attention to Mesa's words
"... It's like Zeus said... as long as he can stay away from us... that would be best. I would like to move on from him for now and start making some real friends." she looks over at Mesa and gives her a gentle smile
"I mean that's already happen as soon as I ended things with him, so that's a start, right?" she then leans her cheek up against Zeus's back in the middle of his collar, resting her head there for a bit, and looks at Mesa "You can try... though you don't necessarily need my permission."
Today at 5:10 PM
"Whatever you decide to do about him, as long as he stays away from us, i don't really care" he remarked, reaching over his shoulder to gently touch Wendi wherever he could reach, careful not to poke her in the eye or something
"Just whatever you do, do not let him put you in life threatening danger like he did us" he looked at Mesa with a very serious expression "Even if you're trying to help him, do not put your own life below helping him"
Meanwhile, having let Bitey lead the play chase, Cybele sped up a bit and tried to tackle Bitey to grab him and curl around him for pufkin snuggles.
"Oh I promise that I won't allow him to do that to me. The last thing he's going to do is cause me any kind of harm," she responded.
"If I can get him to change would you two be willing to talk to him again? It's okay if not. I just want to be sure because I want to try giving him a goal to reach. He's... pretty adamant on wanting to talk to Wendi again. I've told him that he can't right now given the damage he's done and he seemed to be responsive to that. That's why I wanted to ask you guys if he'd be cool to talk should he actually have a change in his behavior?" She figured that she knew what the answer would be, but it never hurt to ask. She had to be sure after all.
she sits up straight and then sets the brush on the bed, she starts looking drowsy thanks to the meds and leans against Zeus's good arm
"As far as.... talking to him again.... It's too early for me to answer that... Right now... He needs to think of what he's done and stay away... He's been hurting me... and now he's hurt Zeus irreversibly. I don't think.... I can easily forgive him at this moment... You can try, just.... Please don't let him hurt you..."
her eyes begin to droop and she's starting to nod off
"I wouldn't be able to say for sure at the moment either, but what i can say is, that he's got a whole lot to prove, and a lot to lose" He remarked, moving himself gently to lean Wendi against his chest so he could use his good art to help her lay down gentle
"Better you get some sleep now sweetheart" he said softly "I promise i'll stay right here. Promise i wont leave this room unless i have to get something from Dane or use the bathroom"
he looked at mesa with a sigh "Whatever you do, if he won't change at all, it’s better you ditch him and leave him to is own downward spiral"
"I wouldn't expect anything to happen anytime soon. From my experience so far, he's got a long, LONG road ahead of him before he can even think about trying to talk to you guys again. I just wanted to make sure if it'd be alright if at the time when he's learned a lesson, that he could. For now the answer I've gotten is perfectly fine. I wouldn't expect a full on proper answer right away. Vague more like it than anything else."
She noticed that Wendi was starting to nod off. "Want I should go so that you two can get some proper rest? Especially you, Wendi," she asked.
she jerks up a little "Huwhat? I'm listening...." she says, clearly not awake enough to listen or comprehend what finley are saying at this point.
she is feeling rather comfy laying up against Zeus though, her large wings droop, she's not used to their larger size yet, so they end up spreading over almost the entire bed
He kept holding her close while also pushing at her wing a little so he wouldn't end up laying on it himself as he didn't want to hurt her, but he also turned his attention to Mesa and shortly called his pufkin to him, who proceeded to leave Bitey alone and get up on the bed to snuggle
"Yeah probably an idea for us to rest now. You should take your time with thinking over your plans with marlo" He tilted his head a bit towards Bitey's direction "And don't forget about your son there"
She gave a nod to Zeus as she answered back, "I'll be sure to think my plan through completely before I fully commit to it. Right now it's just in the beginning phase since I wanted to talk to you both before delving further." She turned to Bitey and held out a hand for him. He ran up to her and leapt onto it, moving to the crawl up her arm to rest on her shoulder. Tassel did the same, moving from Wendi over to Mesa's other shoulder and hunkering down for the trip back to wherever it was they lived.
"Get some rest you two. Maybe when you're able to leave, Zeus, we can go on a picnic or something? Could be fun, us and our pets all enjoying some warmer weather?" That and just giving them something better to focus on than the problems that plague them now.
"That sounds like a good idea. I could invite my sister and my father as well if you want" he chuckled "just no Marlo, alright?"
Cybele hunkered down between zeus's legs, snuggling in nicely for some rest and peace
"Haha, absolutely not. No Marlo at all. But yeah, that sounds like it'd be great! I don't know too too many finley so it'd be great to get to meet some more!" Mesa went to stand up and returned the chair to where she'd gotten it from.
"Rest well, you two. I'll see you later!" She gave a wave as she walked out of the room, her destination pretty much up in the air at this point. She wasn't sure where she was going to head next. Maybe she could register her a place to live? That would be nice. Yeah. She would do that!