Leafy laughed when she saw the wild familiar start to dig its own hole. It appeared to have a competitive streak! Faye clicked in annoyance. She moved to the opposite side of Leafy. For a moment, the girl thought that Faye was going to join in on the competition. It appeared the cross thought the same. When it came time for her to touch the dirt, Faye decided against the plan. Leafy laughed again, rolling her eyes at the cross’s reluctance. She was a mining familiar! She was supposed to handle getting a little dirty!
“At least it seems you don’t have that issue,” she told the wild familiar. “You’ve certainly beaten Faye in whatever digging competition this was.”
She moved closer, inspecting the wild familiar’s work. It was able to work at a rapid pace, indicating that it was no stranger to finding gems. Leafy set her shovel down, trying to express that she conceded to the wild critter.
The familiar dug up a couple of stones already and preened itself as it pushed them over to her, pleased with it's findings when she couldn't even find anything. There, that would show her, though it would need to stick around to show superiority...
Leafy hid the wild familiar away in the buggy. It could stay there for the duration of the trip where it would stay safe. For now, she would explore the area with Faye. She didn’t want to cut their trip short just yet. She also stored the gems in the buggy as well. The wild familiar was content to be surrounded by the treasure.
“Where would you like to go, Faye?” she asked the familiar.
The creature contemplated for a moment, almost as if she knew what Leafy was asking. She listened for a moment before letting out a few long clicks. When the sound bounced back, Faye seemed content with heading forward. Leafy followed her. This trip was all about getting the familiar acquainted with the mines after all.
“I think I’m going to keep my shovel out.”
The shovel was easy enough to carry when it was the only tool she held.
She had her flashlight as well, but that was a necessity in the mines. Her backpack was a lot lighter when she didn’t have to store all of her treasures inside it. The buggy seemed to be a gamechanger for her mining experience. Faye trotted forward, seeming at ease in the tunnel. Leafy thought that was a good sign. She didn’t really understand how mining crossbreeds worked. She had been worried that the familiar DNA would be diluted somehow, but that didn’t appear to be the case.
“Hopefully there’s lots of treasure to be found,” she commented.
She felt carefree as they walked down the tunnel. She wished she’d gotten a hold of this buggy a lot earlier. She scanned the walls, searching for any signs of gems. She was running rather low on credits, which made her feel a bit antsy. This adventure was extremely necessary. She needed to find treasure.
When Faye stopped, Leafy decided that would be a best place to do some digging. Running into the wild familiar earlier had proven to be useful. When the familiar had dug, it had revealed a whole tiny stash of gems. She felt confident that she could find some gems if she just put in the hard work. Faye watched her as the girl took her shovel and began clearing dirt out of the way.
“At least there’s not much risk to damaging the gems with a shovel. When you use a pick, there’s always a chance that you’ll accidentally chip them. But with the shovel, it’s very difficult to damage them.”
Faye listened to her. She seemed fascinated with the girl’s mining technique. She supposed it was rather fascinating. Not many creatures knew how to use tools. Faye had opposable thumbs thanks to her Felu parentage. Perhaps she could be taught.
Faye kept her eyes fixed on the shovel as Leafy moved it through the dirt. The girl sifted the dirt, trying to cover as much of the area as possible. Leafy tried to make her movements exaggerated so that Faye could understand what she was doing.
“Shovels are useful because gems can often be hidden in the dirt. Usually it occurs when a tunnel collapses and buries a horde of gems that a creature has stashed away. She felt content with working. Leafy didn’t find hard work as annoying as other people did. If she got paid in the end, then it was always worth it.
“It feels weird to be away from my Tat-Lung egg,” she confessed.
Sometimes the egg made her feel a little uneasy, but it had become almost like a part of her. She didn’t dare risk bringing it into the mines. There were far too many dangers.
Faye seemed intrigued with her use of tools. She settled down onto her paws, never taking her eyes off of the girl. They settled into a steady rhythm. Leafy worked diligently, having grown efficient over her many journeys into the mines. The buggy certainly helped things. She was glad she didn’t have to leave every time she found a wild creature. She felt accomplished having already tamed one.
“I’m glad you didn’t scare it away. I know you don’t particularly like others,” she told Faye.
The Maluzik clicked in response. Leafy wondered how her anatomy worked exactly. Her wings seemed delicate and it would be interesting to figure out how they worked. She would have liked to touch them, but she knew the Maluzik wouldn’t let her. She certainly didn’t want to upset her beloved pet either.
“Phew. Looks like I’ve managed to move a lot of dirt,” she commented as she wiped sweat from her brow.
Leafy beamed as she uncovered a stash of gems with her shovel. Faye’s eyes lit up as she laid eyes on the treasure. She glanced up at the girl, amazement shining in her eyes for a brief moment. Leafy felt a rush of pride fill her chest. It was difficult for Faye to trust others which made her admiration all the more elusive. She gathered up all the gems and retreated back to her buggy. She placed all her treasures inside and stepped back over towards Faye.
“That’s probably all there is in this area. We should probably keep going forward.”
She would be leaving behind the buggy for now, but they wouldn’t stray too far from it. Leafy found it far too convenient to leave it alone for long. She didn’t have to carry all the heavy gems herself while it was here with her. But for now, they would keep going.
She felt at home in the mines. She hadn’t been here in a while and it was soothing to get back to the grind. Faye made for a lovely companion. She was rather independent, which made the journey all the easier. Whenever Leafy worked with baby pets, she was in for a lot of extra work. Baby pets needed coddling and she had to keep them safe from any danger. Faye could take care of herself and they could work together to keep each other safe. Leafy had to admit, it was nice to go somewhere with someone who could watch her back. She led the halfbreed through the tunnel. The tunnel itself seemed rather mundane. It was so mundane, that Leafy felt as though it were hiding some sort of secret just out of sight. Leafy almost wanted to stop and do some more digging, but she felt the urge to keep going.
Walking through the tunnel was soothing. There were no current dangers, which made the journey feel relatively safe. Most of the time, the mines were rather mundane. However, there was always a possibility for a tunnel collapse or a monster attack. She needed to be alert even if there wasn’t obvious danger. Faye followed along with enthusiasm. The mining familiar was in her element. She had taken to the underground like a fish takes to water. The halfbreed was beginning to warm up to her. It would take a while before Leafy was fully trusted, but she’d take what she could get with regards to Faye’s affections.
“I think the tunnel is changing,” she remarked.
The terrain around them was gradually becoming rockier. It would be rather difficult to dig through. Leafy was glad she’d left the shovel back with the buggy. It would be of little use to her right now.
They walked for a decent distance. The sound of rushing water filled the air, but Leafy couldn’t find any signs of an underground river. For now, it was simply the noise and that didn’t mean much. It could actually be very far away despite sounding rather loud. The tunnel gradually grew darker until Leafy was solely relying on the flashlight as their only source of light. She felt a bit uneasy, but everything still seemed safe. Faye was a bit on edge too. She didn’t have nightvision, so she was rather limited in what she could see. Just like Leafy was.
“If we keep our focus on finding treasure, our journey should be productive,” she commented.
She felt calmer when she had a goal to accomplish. Faye followed her lead as they ventured further down the tunnel. She made a mental note to keep track of the path back to the buggy.
Leafy took a moment to study Faye. The Maluzik moved through the darkness using echolocation. She was surprised by that. She knew that the halfbreed liked to make a clicking noise, but she hadn’t known that she could naturally utilize it to lead her through the tunnel. The girl watched in fascination, wishing she could replicate the effects as well. She knew humans could learn echolocation, but it would never be nearly as effective as when a creature did it.
“You’re getting really good at that,” she remarked.
Faye flicked her ears back. Leafy felt the Maluzik would have been a silent creature if given the choice, but her biology geared her towards being rather talkative. She liked having a companion that could fill the silence with a melodic noise. The clicking sound she made was rather musical. Leafy found herself looking forward to hearing the noise. They continued forward.
Leafy felt a faint buzzing in her fingertips. When she glanced down, she saw one of those strange, pink crystal that she’d collected a few of. She picked up, deciding to put it in her backpack. She didn’t need to make a trip back to the buggy for every gem found. When she was done, she turned back to Faye, gesturing for the familiar to follow her forward.
“Covering distance should be our priority here. If we can scout out enough areas, the treasure should be easy to find as well.”
Spending too much time in one area could be effective too, but only if that area had a lot of treasure to find. It was a risk though. You could spend hours digging in one tunnel and there might not even be anything for you to find. Covering more ground could result in more treasure since it was less reliant on luck.
Silver: That's okay, things can change a bit. :3
Sept 27, 2021 5:42:43 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Since the Bellafaux are the dumbed down but bigger version of them. Love the fact that they got stats of their own now though! Finally they can be trained! <3
Sept 27, 2021 0:06:11 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Hmm, for some reason it doesn't feel as if the Bellaroxi has the right move set when looking at the old entry of them in text.
Sept 27, 2021 0:05:02 GMT -6
Renathan: -points at the sushi monster- Him go 3 Miles an Hour. Lookit him go.
Sept 26, 2021 21:31:10 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: That just means rl has caught up with you, it can happen. X3
Sept 23, 2021 10:10:22 GMT -6
Renathan: I'm gonna have to get caught up on all the updates, I've let myself fallen behind sooo badly.
Sept 22, 2021 4:47:08 GMT -6