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Tallisibeth Enwandung-Esterhazy (Scout) ([personal profile] stillwinningthehardway) wrote in [community profile] lostcarnival2017-05-15 02:01 pm

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Who: Scout and OPEN
What: Adjusting to new feet using the power of Athleticism
When: After the Game Cube, for the next few days
Where: Anywhere really? Most notably the Backyard, the woods, the lake, and one of the tents.
Warnings: Nah

Considering the things Scout could have kept from her Game-form, tusk-cat feet aren't too bad. She's still pretty aggravated though. It's literally having to walk on the tips of her toes! She can with an effort put weight on what used to be the balls of her feet - she has to get those coarse pads touching the ground in order to traverse really smooth surfaces - but she can only keep it up for so long. Her feet themselves, or tarsi or whatever now, are elongated. Scout's not keeping her knees and ankles bent in the light crouch that becomes natural to most people who end up with digigrade or ungulate feet, so this makes her noticeably taller.

She has to readjust to standing and walking and pretty much everything, which is a very broad concept. Still, it has to be done. No matter how many times she falls over, or how concerned Thranta seems.

So Scout can be seen for the next few days with a determined expression, walking with a wobble at first. When out of the way, around the less populated trailers, she may be seen side-stepping tens of times in a row, stepping up and down from a block from every angle, hopping and stamping and kicking out and balancing on one leg, performing squat thrusts, and running. She swims in the lake and sharpens her bronze dewclaws and tackles trees. She climbs things. She does strange things with gravity. She can be seen in the woods running along a thin fallen log and jumping from wooden ring to wooden ring. Finally, she spends a lot of time in one of the tents with music of all kinds playing, because she was a really good dancer before and refuses to just lose that.

Over that time she goes from falling or nearly falling every few minutes to... not. Still, even by the end,
it's not unheard of if you startle her.
small_reservations: (Default)

Pretty early in that time

[personal profile] small_reservations 2017-05-15 06:54 pm (UTC)(link)
Axel's not here to make fun. His own hooves were hard to adjust to, he gets it. Scout's got it somewhat easier, but it's still a hard time.

Of course, that doesn't mean he doesn't announce his presence with a little chuckle when she falls. When a Scout falls in the forest, someone's usually around to hear it.

"You're not bending your knees and... What were your ankles enough."
small_reservations: (Sunset smile)

[personal profile] small_reservations 2017-05-24 06:47 pm (UTC)(link)
"Try spreading 'em a little, then. You want to get your center of gravity lower when you're learning how to really move again."

He demonstrates this by crouching slightly. She's seen him really get moving before, likely knows how fast he is, but he's still tempted to show off a little...

"Once you figure your balance out better you can stand more upright and do all kinds of things!"

He decides to demostrate by taking off at a swift trot and making a short (for him) leap - only about 8 feet. Gazelle legs are great.
small_reservations: (Hmmm...)

[personal profile] small_reservations 2017-05-26 04:15 pm (UTC)(link)
"Tails are a pain, but I think the balance issues with legs are worse." He looks her up and down, his own tail flicking. "How fast are the creatures that have those legs? You can probably approach those speeds if your hips have changed at all." Sorry, Scout, but he ain't staring at your hips.
small_reservations: (Talking)

[personal profile] small_reservations 2017-05-27 04:20 am (UTC)(link)
"That's a start. I'm up to my waist, as... I guess you've seen." Thinking about that is awkward, so he changes the subject. "What else are you trying? Just hopping, or are you doing other things too?"
small_reservations: (Laughing)

[personal profile] small_reservations 2017-05-28 11:58 pm (UTC)(link)
"You dance? Gonna be doing that in the big top if the RM catches you, y'know!" His voice is teasing, and he smiles at her.

"Sounds like a good start, though. You ever heard of yoga? Tai chi? They're both great for balancing practice." He sweeps through a a tai chi pattern, in demonstration. "Good for keeping up muscle and flexibility, too."
small_reservations: (Smile 2)

[personal profile] small_reservations 2017-06-04 12:32 am (UTC)(link)
"Oh, a game? Sounds interesting. What were the rules?" His smile shifts into a cheeky grin.
small_reservations: (Tapping Forehead)

[personal profile] small_reservations 2017-06-15 05:38 pm (UTC)(link)
"Ah, I get it. Kinda like gymnastics mixed with the floor is lava or something?"

He's literally made the floor lava, but he's not going to tell her that.
whattaprick: (like so whatever)

[personal profile] whattaprick 2017-05-18 05:53 pm (UTC)(link)
"So this is what you've been sneaking off for."

Of course Lambert would wait to speak up right as Scout lifts her feet over her head; funny thing is, the Nightrider seems to have popped out of nowhere. He's still testing the limits of the necklace the Ringmaster gave him, so he's in a patch of shadow under a tree, leaning against the trunk and grinning at her. Unlike her, he's not sporting any new changes -- likely because the form he'd been bound into had been so similar to what he already was -- so mostly, he's here to see where one of his nightrunners has run off to.
whattaprick: (nyeh nyeh)

[personal profile] whattaprick 2017-05-21 06:33 pm (UTC)(link)
To his credit (or probably not really) Lambert doesn't further interrupt Scout as she moves through her routine, but he does give her a shit-eating grin as she glares at him through her hair. When she does finally make her landing, he raises a brow and holds up ... eight fingers.

"I'd give that a solid eight out of ten. Nice somersault, but still a little wobbly on the landing." She's back to being closer to eye level to him again, huh? Oh well.

"With moves like that, you should consider putting in for being an acrobat. It'd make an interesting act, anyway."
pipers_son: (I like to think it a success when)

[personal profile] pipers_son 2017-05-22 01:29 am (UTC)(link)
Fairly late in the afternoon- when the carnival is more shadows than sunlight, although not completely- Joker comes striding by and pauses to watch what Scout is doing. It's not a strange sight, in his opinion. After a year in the carnival, you got used to people trying to figure out how to work out the way their bodies had changed.

Scout can probably remember him crashing into every god damn thing in the carnival when he first got his wings, in fact.

"Gettin' a hang of it now?" he asks lazily, spinning the enormous umbrella in his hand just as casually.
pipers_son: (leyline) (Also pencil in smooth jazz and)

[personal profile] pipers_son 2017-05-24 11:38 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, welp. Joker winces sympathetically, the expression of a man who flew backwards into a pole once. Even before she gives her answer, he can imagine it well enough.

"Sorry, didn't mean ta startle ya. Guess ya were really focused, huh?"
pipers_son: (I was the only one at the party that)

[personal profile] pipers_son 2017-05-28 10:11 pm (UTC)(link)
Not hiding his interest at all, Joker leans over to get a better look at her feet. While it might be awkward for some of the newbies to be looked at with such interest whenever they get new changes, Joker trusts that the workers who've been here a while don't care as much. At least, so long as it's not too rude or assholish.

"Multiple heads, huh...?" Straightening up, he rolls his head around as if that can dislodge a memory. "I mean, I know plenty of folks have grown new mouths or more eyes- like Amethyst, y'know- but I ain't too sure on a whole head." He stills and grins at her.

"But y'know, sayin' that out loud almost guarantees ya might get a change like that some day."
pipers_son: (leyline) (FYI I found your friend asleep in my)

[personal profile] pipers_son 2017-05-29 06:50 pm (UTC)(link)
Laughing at her distaste, he leans back. "Fair enough! I guess everyone's had one world they wouldn't want ta go back ta, travelin' with the carnival after long enough." The vampire world, he's certain, is permanently banned even by the Ringmaster. The Matrix too, probably. Now that he thinks about it, it's been a real shit year.... Well, he knew that already.

Hopefully it'll clear up from now on, however. He has a lot of years to work to get what he wants.

Curiously, he nods back down to her feet. "Looks like they're pretty sharp- did that yerself, then?"
pipers_son: (iconography) (Did you ever find your cellphone?)

[personal profile] pipers_son 2017-06-02 10:20 pm (UTC)(link)
"Ah." He clicks his tongue in understanding. "So it's for more practical reasons than just bein' prepared to take someone's shins out, huh?" Hey, sometimes you have to ask. People take to their changes in all sorts of different ways, sometimes for sensible things and sometimes to make someone else's lives a living hell. He tries not to judge too much either way.
pipers_son: (If he survived pride)

[personal profile] pipers_son 2017-06-05 06:19 pm (UTC)(link)
"What- " He places his hand over his heart, looking far too offended to be serious in any way. "Ya wouldn't be honest with me, Scout? Why, I'm the most trustworthy guy in the whole carnival!" This is almost definitely a lie. The most trustworthy guy is probably Steven, who's, like, ten. Barring him, then Zecora, who is a zebra.

"Still, think about repurposin' those boots? Can always fiddle around with things, if they're worth it."
pipers_son: (leyline) ("Five things that make you perfect. Go.")

[personal profile] pipers_son 2017-06-08 04:00 am (UTC)(link)
"I mean." His gaze goes up 'innocently' to the sky. "The newbies might not. And we're always gettin' more and more new faces by the day." So, theoretically, she could figure out a way to work around that whole lying thing.....

But anyway.

"Dunno." His gaze comes back down to earth. "For yerself? Bet ye could make boots that take inta account hooves and claws and all that, dependin' on what the best parts of 'em are."