It was slightly odd to be taking a creature that was more suited for the mines into the mansion instead. Leafy knew that she would need to forge a bond with Faye before she decided to take her there. Faye was certainly secretive and rather mistrustful. It seemed like a better idea to take her to the mansion where Faye would be in unfamiliar territory. If she took her to the mines, Faye might dash off only to be never seen again. At least in the mansion, Leafy could control where they both went. She was the only one with the ability to open doors. She wondered for a moment if she should have brought Faye a leash or something, but she felt that might make the cross’s mistrust of her to deepen. For now she would hope that Faye would realize it would be advantageous to stick to her side.
Leafy could not recall having visited the mansion at this time of year before. It had always felt wrong to her. She knew the mansion was supposed to shift and change every month, but for some reason it never did for this month. It made her think that there was something stuck with the mansion’s magic that prevented it from working. She hoped that it wasn’t anything nefarious. It might have been a bad idea to take Faye here during this month, but Leafy felt the cross’s untrusting nature might be helpful in this situation. Faye looked around in intrigue, not quite sure what to make of her surroundings.
“I’ll make an adventurer out of you!” Leafy declared. It made her feel better about the situation when she talked to her companion directly.
Faye ignored her in favour of climbing the front steps of the mansion. Leafy followed her quickly, not wanting to be left behind.
Faye clicked at the door impatiently once she reached it. She flicked her tail back and forth as she looked back at Leafy.
“You have to wait for me to open the door. It doesn’t just open because you got mad at it,” the girl commented.
Faye tilted her head as though considering her words for a moment. Leafy was fairly confident that the creature did not actually understand what she was saying and was only pretending to. Faye hadn’t spent enough time around humans to know their language. Faye certainly was clever. She would likely learn to pick up words here and there the more time she spent with Leafy.
Leafy grabbed the handle of the door once she reached it. She turned it swiftly, wanting to get out from the winter chill. The indoors provided some relief from the wind. She rubbed her hands together in an effort to warm up further.
Faye took a little more coaxing before she decided to step foot inside. She had wanted the door opened, but the second it was she had decided it was infinitely less interesting than before. It’s almost as though Faye wanted the door opened to peer inside and never actually enter.
“It’s not as scary as you think it is,” Leafy tried to reason. Of course, she had just established that the halfbreed was unlikely able to understand her language at this point. “If you don’t enter the door then I’m going to think you are a fraidy cat.”
Leafy changed her tone to be teasing, wondering if the creature could at least understand what feeling she was trying to convey. If Faye understood the insult, she didn’t give any indication that she did. Leafy decided to venture further into the room and only then did Faye decide to follow her.
“I guess you don’t actually want to be left on your own in a strange, new place,” Leafy murmured.
She felt a little bad for Faye, but she figured the experience of exploring new places would be beneficial for the cautious creature. Faye ducked her head down as she joined Leafy in walking to the center of the front room. The room itself was not particularly unusual. The walls were lined with bookshelves but only a few of them actually had any books on them. Leafy drew closer to one of the fuller shelves.
“I can’t understand any of these,” she said out loud to herself.
Faye lifted her head at the sound of the girl’s voice and narrowed her eyes as she considered the sound carefully. When she decided the girl had not in fact spotted danger, she instead decided to focus on the couch that was pressed against the far wall.
As they approached the couch, Leafy could tell there was something quite wrong with the piece of furniture. The entirety of the fabric was covered in deep scratch marks that tore through the surface of the couch. Faye clicked in apprehension as they both began to investigate the couch.
“Do you think whatever made that is still around? Is that why you are worried?” Leafy questioned the halfbreed.
Predictably, she got no proper response in return, but Leafy figured that her intuition was right on the money. She glanced around suddenly confused. It was almost as if the entire mansion was shifting and Leafy suddenly recalled that it was the risk she took entering the mansion so close to the end of the month. She must have lost track of time. Faye darted closer to Leafy and cowered beneath her as the entire mansion shifted around them. The room they were in thankfully remained the same.
Faye only relaxed when the mansions shifting suddenly settled to a stop. Even then Leafy would hardly call the halfbreed relaxed. Faye shook herself, as though trying to chase away her nerves. Both the ripped up couch and the mansion’s sudden changing were definitely not making it easier for Faye to be comfortable with their adventure.
“Hey I’m sure everything is actually fine. That torn up couch probably means nothing and the mansion always does the shifting thing at the start of the month,” Leafy tried to reassure Faye.
The halfbreed turned away from her and clicked as though not believing Leafy for a second. The girl rolled her eyes in response and began to head towards the door. She gripped the doorknob and beckoned for Faye to join her. The halfbreed clicked twice before finally deciding that she would rather stick with Leafy than go it alone. The girl opened the door.
It was slightly unnerving to step through the door and enter an entirely different mansion. She at least appreciated that the mansion would have a proper theme this time. Faye followed her as she entered through into the next room.
“It smells like chocolate,” Leafy murmured.
She wondered if Faye even knew what chocolate was. It didn’t seem like a food that would appeal to the mining familiar. Leafy herself liked chocolate well enough. She much preferred gummy candy if she had a choice however. The ones that were extremely sour were the kind that appealed to her the most.
“I’m starting to get hungry,” she commented.
Faye glanced up at her and clicked her tongue in agreement. Leafy wasn’t even very certain what Faye ate. Fish maybe? That seemed like a good enough guess. The room they ended in was a dining room. Leafy tried to see if there was food around.
It seemed like it would be a bad idea to eat food that she randomly found in a strange place, but that didn’t actually bother the girl. Plus, she would need to actually find some food in the first place. Perhaps she could get lucky and find where the chocolate smell was coming from.
“Do you see anything we can eat? I am now definitely hungry,” she commented.
Faye clicked as she walked around the room as though the noise could help lead her to some food. Maybe next time Leafy should bring some snacks into the mansion. Then the food smells wouldn’t be so tempting.
“Maybe the food isn’t in this room,” she said out loud to herself.
Faye whipped her head around to glance at the girl as she spoke. It definitely seemed like the dining room was void of food, despite its entire purpose being to serve food.
The dining room itself wasn’t particularly remarkable. Especially since it didn’t seem to contain any of the sources of the delicious smells that wafted through it. Faye stepped around the room, searching behind chairs for any sign of strange things. When she was satisfied that the room was clear of anything unusual, she stepped back over towards Leafy and sat down.
“Are you ready to head out? I certainly am.”
Faye seemed eager enough to leave the room so Leafy made her way over towards the door. She twisted the doorknob and stepped through quickly. Faye followed soon after. The next room smelled even more strongly of chocolate and Leafy felt her stomach growl at the thought of finding some.
“Keep your eyes peeled,” she said to Faye. “I could certainly use a snack right about now.”
Faye didn’t seem at all interested in finding Leafy food and instead began to check around for danger.
It does not seem like danger was afoot at this moment in time. That could possibly be a good thing, or perhaps a foreboding calm before the storm? The Mansion was always unpredictable, shifting and twisting to match whatever whim it had. If it were possible for such a thing to have a whim, as it were. Upon the floor and near the halfbreed and humanoid pair sat one pearly bell; tied about with a ribbon of crimson. Not far away from that one, perhaps a lost twin, laid one bell that shone like a polished sun with a ribbon to match. The chocolate smell of the room did not bother these inanimate objects, but they do cause one to beg the question; where did they come from? Was some mysterious benefactor spreading about a little cheer? This was yet another mystery that made the Mansion a rather daunting force, despite the benevolence.
The lemming was hiding. It's little eyes peeked out from under something nearby... What was that big thing over there?
Last Edit: Apr 17, 2018 11:41:16 GMT -6 by Renathan
A new month meant a new adventure. Leafy approached the mansion with a bit more care than usual. The entire outside of the mansion was twisted strangely. It unnerved the girl, but not enough to force her to stay away. She had brought along two companions. Antony was a cave Vulticus that was capable of speech. It had confused Leafy at first, but she was learning to get along with the intelligent canine. He made her feel safer as they approached the strange mansion. She carried a baby Felusine in her arms. His name was Kuru and he was blind.
“I’m not even sure why you wish to go in there,” Antony commented.
“Just think of all the treasure we could find!” Leafy replied. “I’ve found some neat stuff here before.”
Antony contemplated her response for a moment before grunting and climbing up the front steps of the mansion. Leafy followed, clutching Kuru close to her chest as she skipped up the steps. Kuru protested with a high-pitched yip as he was jostled around. He settled down again once Leafy had reached the door to the mansion.
“I hope you are well prepared for an exciting journey,” Leafy teased Antony.
“Remember to check for danger before you enter,” Antony said.
Leafy nodded vigorously before swinging the door open. The action was automatic and not at all what Antony had advised her to do. She shrugged at him before continuing on inside. Kuru squirmed in attempt to escape. After slight deliberation, she decided to place him down on the ground. She felt a burst of anxiety at the prospect of having to keep a baby pet out of danger, but Antony was here to help out as well.
“Little one, don’t wander too far,” Antony told him.
Kuru grumbled in response. The small Felusine couldn’t see so his only option for exploration was to feel around the room. Leafy thought the whole thing would be rather difficult to navigate with a hood over your head. She was fairly certain he would be blind even without the hood, but she had never actually checked. She wasn’t even sure if his hood came off.
“This room appears rather odd,” Antony remarked.
Leafy was inclined to agree. The walls were curved, as though they were in a cylinder. She couldn’t even imagine how that sort of a thing would work architecturally. It seemed rather odd.
The room they were in was subtly twisted. The floor was warped and uneven. Kuru took his time checking the floor carefully for areas where it was uneven. Leafy thought he might have been trying to map out the layout in his mind, but surely a baby pet couldn’t be that smart.
“You’d be surprised at where intelligence can reside,” Antony said as though reading her thoughts.
“I sure wouldn’t have expected you to be so smart!” Leafy snorted. “It’s strange to me that someone would sell you.”
“Perhaps, but it’s not as though anyone could actually own me,” he commented.
The idea of a pet with intelligence had been odd, but Leafy was starting to grow accustomed to it. She knew Antony didn’t like to be referred to as a pet, so she refrained from calling him one.
“Do you think Kuru might be able to speak? I heard that his mother was capable of it,” she changed the subject.
“I wouldn’t be surprised. It might even be necessary for him to learn. His inability to read body language is not typical for most Felusine. He will have to learn to communicate in other ways. Perhaps I might teach him.”
Jack: Thanks for the notice!
May 28, 2020 10:05:26 GMT -6
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May 28, 2020 10:05:06 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: right??? i was really hoping i could find one of those pachee before the season was out.
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Fanged: Oh wow that's an awesome garden find FF
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Riku: Oh how perfect! I woke up wanting to post (unexpected, but yay) and saw I had a reply. <3 Meant to be.
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Twilight-Claw: I really, really love all the updates that have come~! <3
May 24, 2020 2:12:37 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: np!!! I hope y'all like it!
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Riku: What an awesome update, staff! Thanks for that! <3
May 23, 2020 12:06:52 GMT -6
Jack: All have been found!
May 23, 2020 9:53:27 GMT -6
Jack: Might want to be on the lookout for anything... odd
May 22, 2020 23:51:22 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: Yeah it’s definitely a coincidence but wow did it work out well for us! XD
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Silver: I'm pretty sure that was just a coincidence, but it sure feels lucky!
May 22, 2020 2:07:09 GMT -6
Riku: So did you guys make this hosting switch perfectly RIGHT before pb broke? >.< Thaz crazy. It’s a huge relief and I’m very glad we’ve come to this. <3
May 22, 2020 1:41:01 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: It’s free up to a certain number of GB, which we haven’t hit yet.
May 21, 2020 6:46:33 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Is the site that is going to be used to host all those images also the type you'd need to pay for? (definitely noticed the broken images yeah. Photobucket feels like it is standing on its last legs. X3 )
May 21, 2020 0:13:57 GMT -6
Morgan: I'm just kinda nervous about them going down before things get moved over completely. It's prolly nothing to be worried about though. :3
May 20, 2020 22:13:15 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: Thank goodness we're moving out of there? XD
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Renathan: Ugh, photobucket has the images broke again. x3
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