Some fear fire, but I've become it.
Even after the excitement about the quickly growing child within Raven's swollen belly, it wasn't long before those nerves seem to rise within her companion. No matter how prepared she could be, nothing could truly be ready for such a life altering chapter of motherhood. Even still, it was like Raven wanted to hear those reassuring words, not that Mira could blame her. Even though, maybe just maybe, sometimes it was those very times in life when those nerves were struck, ended up being some of the best moments.
Mira's thoughtful golden eyes rested upon the worried familiar blue hue of Raven... The she-wolf eventually coaxing a smile to her lips as she had hoped she would. After all, wasn't being an exceptional Googler a useful trait? Weeding through the garbage pile to find something that actually might help? The pair went back to eating with what seemed like an easier tone, savouring the hot, gooey cheese deliciousness that was nachos before Raven uttered her thanks. Truly she should have left it at that because Mira scoffed, giving the curly haired woman a look at that final statement. The nerves were one thing but to say that she would only call her in an emergency made her shake her head. One thing she would refuse to stand. "There is nothing wrong with getting nervous, Raven, we all do sometimes.. But don't be ridiculous, you have my number, it means you can use it. We are pack.. You don't have to wait for some serious emergency to call. There is a reason why I am here today and not somewhere else. I want to support you, believe it or not, you are my friend." Mira nodded firmly insisting with a resoluteness that left no room for buts. That serious tone, thankfully didn't linger too long as Mira mentioned Tetradore and her sock dilemma.
She did not anticipate Raven to admit her braless phase. Mira laughed a true deep sound, her golden eyes gleamed with mischief. "Hey, if you enjoyed letting your girls hang out. Let them be free. I doubt Tobi would complain about that. Ever." Mira said in a lighthearted jest. If that was what the other woman liked, there shouldn't be a damn person to stand in the way of comfort as far as Mira was concerned! The pair of woman feasted on that meal until there was very little left on that plate. They paid and both women reentered the mall, grateful to be able to move around. It wasn't a long journey to find one of the largest baby stores in that mall, grabbing a free cart as they began to take in the very large world of baby things. How foreign it was to Mira and yet how difficult could it be? It was then that Raven pulled up her phone to show her those photos of that nursery she had wanted to build. How cute! The woodland theme was quite fitting. After all, they were basically woodland creatures themselves. The thought distracted Mira momentarily at the thought, commenting over each picture, highlighting to Raven, her favourite parts before returning that phone.
These were the parts that Raven should have been fussing over. The clothes, the planning, the babies room. All of it. The parts that were well within the woman's control. Clothes, it would seem would probably be one of the easiest things the women could tackle together. It wasn't a hard process picking out all the cute little onesies for Raven and Tobias' future little one. If anything, the hard part was narrowing them down. Alright, maybe they collected more outfits than what was absolutey necessary. But how does one actually choose between dinosaurs and cute little puns? Or that cute little woodland creature print Mira had found and thought matched the theme of their future nursery.
So how did they choose between all that? The answer was... they didn't. It was easy to get lost in the process, adding things to their ever-growing cart. Even if it took a bit of effort to continuously stand in the way of those nosy shoppers that seemed to be a little handsy of Raven's belly. Just because there was baby... growing in there.. Didn't mean everyone and their mom had a direct invitation to rub it like if brought on good fortune or something. It was a baffling phenomenon! The baby fever that seemed to infect most women and mother's to be. Was it.... The hormone induced or something else entirely? Regardless, Mira had become quite effective at catching them before they invaded Raven's space, becoming the most inconvenient of obstacles as possible, to block their line of sight while making it seem natural.
The pair finally mulled over the last few designs when that sudden question drew Mira's golden eyes to Raven who just put a dark blue onesie into the cart. The question... nearly caused her to freeze. God, she missed her family. She had carefully distanced herself from them to keep them... safe. If her previous pack alpha knew... that she remained in contact with them, he would have only used them as a means to control her. As much as it hurt to do so...
Mira looked away, intently to one of the onesies, her fingers brushing over that soft material as if in consideration. She let out a soft sigh as she recalled what she had so diligently kept at a distance within her mind. Her family, a rarely broached topic. It wasn't long before her face softened. It felt good to remember them. "What was there not to like? They were my parents and when I was a little girl, I idolized them. My mom was like wonder woman or something. She always had a hot meal for us.. No matter what. We always ate together until I got older. We always took care of one another.. My father, I remember him being.. everything to me. He was the fun one, when he was around. But of course, no family is perfect.. But kids don't figure that out til later." She returned her almost reminisent gaze to Raven, offering the woman a sweet smile. It was nice to talk about them, she could distinctly remember the last time she did. "We always had big family gatherings, I will never forget those. They would get pretty... wild." She left out the bad, purposely, choosing to remember the good over the bad. Like her father's gambling problem. Or financial stress they had to endure because of it. All issues Raven unlikely would have to face, fortunately. "But I think.... When it comes to parents.. Good and bad. We take the parts we like from them and emulate it... and the parts we don't we try our best fix it." If there was anything that was probably the most useful tidbit out of everything.
"What about you? Do you have anything fond from your childhood that you want your kid to have as well?" Mira returned a question of her own, studying the other woman's features within the quiet corner they had found within the store. The pair chatted for a time after that... before Mira took in the sight of that cart and all the items they had accumulated within it.
"Come on.. Lets go pay for this while we chat... I think... we got the 'bit of clothes' part way more than covered.." Mira grinned as she peered at the cart. Overboard? Who them? She simply could not be stopped when she took a several of those clothes and paid for them herself. Mira collected the bags before leading them straight to the parked car they arrived in so they could shop some more unhindered. By the time they entered into that mall once more, Mira realized she had seen that same man looming figure of a man from before. It seemed too obvious to be a coincidence. There was no doubt in the she-wolf's mind that they were being followed. Hmm. If only she could make out his features. It was frustrating how well the man kept himself concealed, using wide cement pillars and crowds to blend in, incognito mode. It wasn't long before the emotion of unease was written all over the Mira's pretty face as it drew into a pinched frown.
She drew in closer to her companion, leaning into her just slightly to so she could speak in a hushed tone her concerns. " Don't look. But... we might have an admirer. We should... trick him out in the open and see what it is he wants. I don't want him trying to follow us home. Are you ok with pretending to go toward the bathrooms at the back of the food court? I think I have an idea. I doubt anyone is dumb enough to try anything in public." Mira straightened once more, moving an angular direction through the mall.
Even though any creep that was foolish enough to follow either woman home, it would surely do so at their own peril. Yet... not everything was black and white nor were things always what they seemed. It was best to draw him out and then find the best course of action. If only she could get a little closer to find out what he was.. Or better yet, who.