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 Swimming with the fishes, tagged: Serafina
✧ GABRIEL
 Posted: Jun 28 2018, 05:26 AM
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@SERAFINA QUINN

The cool night air wasn’t enough to deter Gabe as he wandered down the forest pathways, drawing ever closer to the lake that the small town possessed. Yeah, the water was gonna be cold, and yeah, it’d suck until he got used to it, but if he could handle this sorta shit when he was alive, he sure as hell could handle it when he was dead. Besides...swimming at night meant that he wouldn’t be fighting the locals and visitors for space. He doubted, severely so, that the lake’s current temperature could be worse than the damn chill that followed someone moving through his whole damn person. At least with the lake, it made sense as to why it was cold. The other shit? It didn’t. And he didn’t think it ever would.

He shook his head with an annoyed growl, refusing to entertain that line of thought any longer. For fuck’s sake, he’d come down to this stupid lake to relax, and that was exactly what he was gonna do. He wasn’t gonna think about this shit, and he wasn’t gonna get mad. He was gonna pretend, if just for a little bit, that everything was normal.
Otherwise, he was gonna flip his shit.

Thankfully, the lake came into sight a couple of minutes later. And hell, it looked pretty, what with the moonlight reflecting off of it, and the wind stirring up gentle waves across its surface. He stopped for a moment to simply stare at the lake, appreciating the brief tranquility for what it was. He couldn’t speak for how this area looked during the day, when there were a bunch of people stomping around, but right now? It was easy to see why they’d choose to live here. The scenery was downright gorgeous.

...but, pretty or not, he hadn’t come here to just stare at the lake. Might be a good idea for another night, but he hadn’t trudged all the way down here in goddamn swim trunks just to gawk. Gabe snorted, shook off the seemingly hypnotic effect the lake had on him, and moved closer to its bank. He set his duffle bag on the ground, and after he pulled his shirt off, he dropped that on top of the bag. His shoes were next to be removed, and he tucked them against the bag for ease of access. An hour or so of swimming should be enough before he headed back to the hotel; just enough to tire him out, but not enough that he’d be too wiped out to walk all the way back. With any luck, he’d be tired enough to fall asleep straight away when he got back to the hotel, and from there?
Well. It’d be another day, albeit another day that he was a bit more rested than he’d been for the past week.

With those articles of clothing squared away, the teenager headed closer to the water, and experimentally dipped his toes into it to test the temperature. A grimace instantly crossed his face; it may be summer, but seemed like the lake was big enough that it took a lot of time in the sun for it to heat up. And when the sun went down, it cooled off real quick.
...well, whatever. He’d get over it.

He drew in a breath to steady himself before striding purposefully into the water, doing his best to ignore the slight chill that the water’s touch brought. And, as soon as he was able to, he dove under the water to get the shock over and done with, so he could acclimate to the temperature faster.
Even so, he surfaced with a hissed, "Fuck," and had to take another moment to ease into the less than ideal temperature. Once he’d gotten a little more used to it, he could start swimming laps to warm up. But for right now, he was just gonna float where he was, his scowling head just above the water’s surface.

...yep, next time, he was definitely gonna just sit and appreciate how pretty the lake looked.
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☥ SERAFINA QUINN
 Posted: Jun 29 2018, 09:33 PM
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12 • Catamount • Courage • Burgess
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It was the perfect sort of night for exploring the forest. The stars and moon casting a silvery light as it filtered through the treetops and the crisp cool air filling her lungs. It was nights like this that Serafina was especially grateful to be a Catamount. Imagine missing the chance to enjoy the beauty of it all by just sleeping! But fortunately she had taken plenty of time to sleep in the middle of the day when it was hot and not much to do leaving her wide awake to enjoy the night.

Since it was such a quiet and peaceful night she decided to stay in her human form and just take a leisurely stroll. Bare feet padded almost silently over the soft earth and grass she easily navigated around the roots and stones in the ground despite the limited light. The woods were seldom completely quiet, there was always the songs of crickets and other insects or the distant rustle of nocturnal animals searching for food- whether that food came in the form of seeds and leaves or other night creatures. And sometimes Serafina herself might be among the hunters. Though she usually didn't go for the kill the field mice and other little creatures usually offered a good chase that kept her speed and agility practiced. But tonight she decided not to break up the peaceful evening with a hunt- even a play one- and instead just soak it all in. Still her senses were always keen and alert out here and so as she absently made her way towards the lake she began to notice the sounds of small splashes and stirring in the water. Strange...she was still a fair distance from the lake, enough that an animal going for a drink should have been too quiet even for her ears. So she shifted her course a little to head straight for the lake, crouching low among the shadows and taking extra care to keep her own movements silent. Soon enough she was at the edge of the treeline that surrounded the lake, she crept forward peeking around the trunk of a tree while keeping in its shadow.

There in the center of the lake was the figure of a boy. He looked like a teenager which would have been a normal enough sight in the daytime. But what on earth was he doing here in the middle of the night? She felt a sudden creeping feeling of worry. He was facing upright...so he probably wasn't drowning. But what if he had been hurt or unconscious? If nothing else it was strange for him to be out here now and Serafina was curious.

Slowly she moved out from the shelter of the trees and took a few steps up to the water's edge. "Hello," she called out. "Are you ok?"

@GABRIEL
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✧ GABRIEL
 Posted: Jun 30 2018, 06:58 PM
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@SERAFINA QUINN

Right. Time to suck it up, and get some exercise in. As much as he didn’t want to, he knew that he had to. Otherwise, he’d just go back to his hotel room irritated, which would make it even harder to sleep. He’d gotten himself into this mess, so he had to take responsibility. He drew in a deep breath, preparing to start swimming laps when he heard a voice from the water’s edge. Instantly, he froze, and stared towards the voice’s origin. The fuck? He’d have understood if that had sounded like an adult, cuz then he’d just figure it was some police officer or something, but...that definitely sounded like a kid.

Sure enough, his gaze settled on the girl that was there. The cold forgotten for the time being, his lips curled down into a frown, and he eyed her for another handful of seconds before he cautiously responded. “Yeah, I’m all right.” He didn’t know if she could see or hear him, so much as she could’ve just seen the water churning, and heard splashes. If it were the latter, and the dumb kid thought that there was someone drowning…
Fuuuuck. The last thing he wanted was for some stupid kid to endanger themselves over this. He was definitely gonna make it a point to just sit on the water’s edge after this bullshit.

Hopefully, though, she could see him, so he could convince her to stay right where she was. Besides, shouldn’t a kid her age be heading to bed soon? And why was she out alone? This town might be safer than most, but still! A kid that young shouldn’t be wandering alone in the woods like this. “What’re you doin’ out here, anyway? Can’t sleep?” Ahhh, shit. If she could see him, he’d probably have to get out of the water, since he didn’t feel like shouting across the stupid lake to carry on a conversation with her. He could go one more night without a good night’s rest.
Wasn’t like it was gonna kill him.
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☥ SERAFINA QUINN
 Posted: Jul 4 2018, 02:49 AM
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12 • Catamount • Courage • Burgess
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Serafina stood near enough to the edge of the water that the slight ripples just touched against her bare feet by the time the boy shifted in the water assuring her that he was fine. Her posture relaxed, worry fading from her expression as she realized he had just been swimming. In fact, she almost felt bad for apparently having interrupted a midnight swim but it couldn't be helped. Still it wasn't like people swimming in the middle of the night happened all the time so she could not help having been a little worried.

Unfortunately adolescent girls wandering around in the woods at night was another thing that did not happen all the time. So of course now that she had gotten his attention the boy had some concerns of his own. "Um...yeah, something like that," she replied to his question.

Serafina frowned slightly realizing she might have just gotten herself into another awkward encounter of someone getting needlessly worried about her. "Are you camping out here, too?" She asked, hoping if he believed she had some family camping out nearby he wouldn't see the need to ask too many other questions.

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✧ GABRIEL
 Posted: Jul 4 2018, 06:47 PM
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@SERAFINA QUINN

Oh thank fuck, she could see him.



It was weird having that kinda thought, but in this case? It really was for the better that the kid could see him. Last thing he wanted to do was find a way to fish a kid out of the water with the strap of his duffle bag, if it had come to her coming into the water after him. She seemed content enough to stay on the shore, which...also meant that he’d have to head out there, too.
Ehhh...probably for the better that he did that, anyway. Never could tell when there might be weirdos out in the darkness, waiting to kidnap someone. And even if the night was relatively peaceful, there was still the issue of shouting across the damn lake that he had to correct.

He gave a brief shrug when she answered his question with a non-answer. If she didn’t want to give him the details, that was her business. The teenager started to move out of the water as the girl posed her question, and he lifted his eyebrows as he got back to the shore, and got a better look at her. Yep. She really was too young to be out like this alone. Fuck, had her parents slipped into a drunken sleep or something? Or were they just heavy sleepers, if she was able to leave their campsite without much issue?
...and fuck the night air, it was goddamn cold.

Gabe fetched his towel, and quickly wrapped it around himself, ignoring his dripping hair for the time being. He’d deal with that when he was dry enough to get a damn shirt on. “Nah. Just came out here to relax.” He shrugged, and before the little shit could even think to apologise for interrupting (if she really was the apologetic type), he continued speaking, “Name’s Gabe.” And if she still wound up apologising anyway...eh, no biggie. He may not think that she had anything worth apologising over, but she may have a different opinion on the matter. So she could do whatever she wanted.
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☥ SERAFINA QUINN
 Posted: Jul 6 2018, 03:38 PM
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12 • Catamount • Courage • Burgess
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Maybe asking a question had not been her best idea as the teen was now swimming over to shore. All she had wanted to do was seem casual and hopefully avoid what had happened the last time she had met a teenager that thought she was too young to be out on her own. It did occur to her that if she ran right now she would be long gone before he even reached shoreline. Serafina was faster than the average in any circumstances and the dark and wooded terrain would just be more of an advantage to her. But depending on how invested he was in seeing she was alright he might still try to follow and she didn't want someone getting hurt or lost in the woods on her account.

So she waited as he made his way over, getting out of the water and wrapping himself in a towel. She gave a small nod when he claimed he just came out to relax. He must have lived near the woods then if he came all the way out here in the middle of the night just to relax but she was hardly one to question some nocturnal habits.

"Nice to meet you, Gabe," she replied when he introduced himself. "I'm Serafina. I didn't mean to make you stop swimming," she added a little apologetically. "Just don't see many people swimming at night so figured I should check."

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✧ GABRIEL
 Posted: Jul 8 2018, 08:17 PM
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The name he received in return earned a slight eyebrow lift from the teen, but he didn’t bother questioning it. Sure, it wasn’t a name he’d ever heard before, but he’d grown up in an admittedly small town. Wasn’t like there’d be too many names to pick and choose from in a place like that. And honestly? People could come up with some pretty strange names.
That wasn’t to say that hers was strange. Just not something as widespread as Rebecca or Angela. “Nice to meet you too, Serafina.” Nice, but bizarre. Just how the hell was he supposed to tell the difference between people that could and couldn’t see him? Seemed like a fair amount of kids could see him, and not so much the adults, but…
Mmmph. There was no real way to tell, far as he understood. Wasn’t like she was glowing with some sort of eerie light or anything of the sort. Whatever. He’d just have to be a bit more careful as time wore on. He hadn’t met a whole lot of people that could see him at first, but now that it was becoming more common...it’d be in his best interests to take care what he did and said from now on, just in case.

He snorted and shook his head when she offered an apology. Jeez, if anything, she’d done him a favour, now that he was thinking about it. While he would’ve warmed up eventually, it would’ve taken a while, and he probably would’ve been in a pretty bad mood throughout it all. For now, not being in the water was better than being in it. “Don’t worry about it; better that you check in on something like that than ignore it. For all you knew, I could’ve been in trouble.” Looking at her, she may not have been able to do much if he really had been in trouble (could ghosts even drown?), but...wasn’t like he was gonna stomp all over that. She hadn’t put herself in needless danger anyway, so wasn’t like she needed a lecture. And really, he wasn’t the best at giving those. “You know your way back to your campsite? Probably don’t wanna keep wandering around for very long unless you do.” Hell, she shouldn’t be wandering around, period. But it was better to at least figure out whether she could find her way back to safety if she needed to. If not…
Well, he wouldn’t be able to find her damn campsite, but he could lead her back into town. The police there would probably be happy to help her find her parents, and it’d be a helluva lot safer to go with them.
If she did know the way back, though? Mmm...she might be okay, especially if her family camped here often. Kids could be stupid, but if she knew the trails and the dangers, she’d probably be all right. At least, that was the hope.
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☥ SERAFINA QUINN
 Posted: Jul 12 2018, 03:25 AM
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12 • Catamount • Courage • Burgess
Lady Archive 67 posts application plotter wanted tracker other


Serafina caught the raised brow and look of slight confusion on his features though she was not quite sure of the cause. But whatever it was he seemed content to just continue on with the conversation so it must not have been anything to important. She knew there were in fact a lot of reasons someone could be a bit surprised by her. Her name wasn't exactly one you heard every day and though the darkness did help a little she never could tell when someone would actually pick up on her eyes being a bit unusual or other feline features. She had learned not to worry overmuch about it.

She gave a smile as he reassured her that the interruption was alright. And even recognized that it was a good thing to make sure he was not in danger if she was uncertain. "Yeah, I have to admit you're the first person I've seen out swimming this late," she replied. Serafina had to admit she was curious about the teen and his midnight swim. Not that she could blame him- the woods were amazing at night. Sure it was pretty and all during the day as well but there was just something different about it at night. The quiet peacefulness where you knew that there were still all the same creatures but they were still and silent and everything looked soft and silvery in the light of the moon and stars. But it was a beauty that not many others, certainly not most humans, could appreciate so it was always interesting to find one that did.

"Oh sure," she replied confidently when he asked if she knew the way back to her campsite. Of course she didn't actually have a camp but she certainly knew her way back home which was basically the same thing as far as Gabe needed to know. "I'm won't be expected back for awhile longer though, my parents know I like to explore out here."

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✧ GABRIEL
 Posted: Yesterday at 11:02 pm
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@SERAFINA QUINN

Gabe snorted. Yeah, he could tell why people usually didn’t swim this late; the lake got cold, fast. Ugh...he’d have to start looking for hotels with heated, outdoor pools or something, if he ever wanted to swim at night. Indoor pools could work, but people would hear and see all sorts of splashes without there being anyone there, and that could freak them out. He sure as hell would be spooked if he saw that shit going on at a hotel he was staying at. “First, and hopefully last. It was a bad idea to try it.” That being said, there were probably plenty of people that would be just as dumb as he’d been, and give it a go. Oh well, he’d learned the hard way, so they could manage on their own, too.

...and sounded like the kid had everything under wraps as well. Fuck, how pathetic was this? A kid had her shit together more so than he did. He gave a brief, snorted chuckle at her confident reply, and nodded after. If her parents knew and were okay with it, then it was probably fine. They were probably the type to teach their kids all sorts of wilderness survival shit anyway, if they went camping often. So really, she probably knew a helluva lot more than he did about how to stay safe out in this area. “Fair enough. I’m glad to hear it.” He fished around a bit in his duffel bag, and pulled a couple packets of beef jerky out from it. One he kept for himself, and the other he offered out to her. “Hungry at all?” It may just be beef jerky, but fuck it, it could be a nice, light snack until she got around to getting actual food. Same went for him, too, on the food thing, but he’d deal with that later. “And you said you liked to explore? Found anything interesting around this place?”
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