LMM 226: Vive la Difference

Claimer: I do hereby claim all rights and responsibility for the characters in this series of vignettes because the Amaranthine Saga is mine. (Which means I should probably behave myself since anything I say or do could be taken as canon.) Indulge the lot of us, especially the one who can sympathize.

226
Vive la Difference

Jacques trailed a finger over a long stretch of exposed skin any dog would consider a fashion faux pas. “But you’re a wolf.”

“Thank you for noticing. Not everybody does.”

As far as Jacques knew, wolves became dogs, not the other way around. “Were you fostered by the Starmark clan?”

“Born to. That’s why I don’t have a wolvish name.”

Jacques couldn’t have been more delighted by this new twist. “You identify as a wolf.”

Sonnet’s posture grew more confident, and yet the tip of his tail tucked. “My father doesn’t entirely approve of my choices.”

“Lord. I can relate.”


Posted: March 25, 2021
Prompt: Difference, suggested by cheesegoddess
Words: 100


Summary: Jacques Smythe brazens his way into Stately House and shows no sign of departing. Like it or not, Lord Mettlebright has himself a butler. An Amaranthine Saga Serial. [Humor, Drama, Family] Begins here. You can suggest a prompt here. To scroll through archived chapters, use the Lord Mettlebright’s Man tag.

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11 thoughts on “LMM 226: Vive la Difference

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  2. How come Sonnet has a tail? I thought the dogs lost them in their humanoid form (it didn’t seem voluntary for Glint). Or can Sonnet decide how he manifests by will alone? Or is he some sort of throwback? Not that I don’t love him, I just can’t help niggling at little details :o).

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    • Details, details…!

      I’ll point you to a conversation in Bk4: Mikoto and the Reaver Village:

      “Does he need to shift forms?” asked Ginkgo.
      “Wings will manifest in either form, but in recent centuries, it’s become popular to remain in speaking form.” Timur’s voice was pitched to soothe. “It makes it easier to maintain a partial transformation later.”
      “Wings in speaking form?” checked Kyrie.
      “Like a wolf and his tail,” said Ginkgo. “Or a stag and his antlers.”

      … I mean, it’s not as if any of the dog clan folks actually had their tails docked. They still have them in truest form but no longer manifest them in speaking form. Incidentally, wolves who join the dog clans (usually as bondmates) willingly “put away” their tails and take a doggish name. All part of their unique culture.

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