The box was full of tissue paper, a rather odd thing to find. Kuru appeared interested in it. He pounced on the stray paper and growled as it crinkled underneath his touch. He bit at it with his sharp teeth, ripping the material to shreds with ease. Leafy would have been impressed if tissue paper wasn’t so easy to destroy. Perhaps she should test him out on a proper target. Though he was far too young for battle training right now. Within the box, hidden beneath a crumpled clump of pink tissue paper, was a small hummingbird.
“Seems like a rather odd place for one of these to be. I thought I read if they stopped flying, they would die,” Leafy said.
“If they had to keep flying all the time, how would they sleep?” Antony snorted in amusement.
The girl had no proper response to that. Instead, she decided to focus on the hummingbird. She hid it away for now, intending to sell the creature at a later time. She had little interest in pocketpets, but she heard that they were worth quite a bit of cash now. She would have to test that out for herself when she was in town next.
Tissue paper seems to have entertained Kuru well enough, but it wasn’t worth much to Leafy. She moved away from the box, eager to see what the next one contained. It was thrilling in its own way. Almost like opening a birthday present, but the contents would be far from conventional. Antony took it upon himself to open up the next box. He used his teeth to gently lift the corners of the box open. She was surprised that he had it in him to be so gentle.
“I’m glad we get to spend time together,” she said. “I’m learning a lot of things I didn’t know about you.”
The Vulticus let out a low bark of laughter. It wasn’t malicious. The sound arose from a place of surprise.
“I appreciate this time as well,” came the reply.
Leafy tried to focus on the box instead, not wanting to delve too deep into the mushy gushy stuff. The box itself was dustier than the others. It felt strange since all of the boxes should have been here the same amount of time, but the girl had no way of knowing that. Kuru snapped his tail open in shut as he approached the box.
Kuru growled as he demanded to be picked up. It took Leafy a moment to realize that the noise had come from Kuru and that he actually wanted to be picked up.
“I think he wants you to pick him up and show him what’s in the box,” Antony suggested.
Leafy decided to listen to the Vulticus and she leaned down to pick up Kuru. The Felusine squirmed until she held him up to peer into the box that Antony had just opened. When Leafy reached into the box, a strange mist rose from it. For a moment, she thought it was merely a trick of the light. But the fog tickled her nose when she breathed in and it made Kuru sneeze.
“I certainly hope I didn’t just inhale the plague,” she complained.
Antony tilted his head to the side as he considered her words. “I don’t think that’s quite how that works,” he commented.
The whole thing gave her second thoughts about opening the box. She swallowed her doubts and reached into the box, clutching Kuru closely for support. Her hand made contact with something soft and Leafy glanced down in confusion as she pulled out a thick, woolen scarf.
Leafy woke up sprawled on the floor with Kuru clutched tightly in her arms. The whole thing was disorienting, but then again, being forced to go to sleep always was. Antony stirred beside her and Leafy was relieved to see that he was still with her. Sometimes when she fell asleep in the mansion, her pets were mysteriously transported back to her kennel. The mansion had changed drastically in the time she had been asleep. She was still in the room with the boxes, but it was now filled with a purple mist. Perhaps that had been what put her to sleep.
“I think that’s what came out of the box,” Antony commented.
It made sense. After all, the strange fog had made her rather uneasy and something forced her into unconsciousness.
“Should we leave this room then? I don’t think I want to be put to sleep again,” she shuddered at the thought.
“I think we should be fine to stay here and explore a while longer if you’d like,” Antony replied.
She nodded, feeling a bit better about the whole situation than she had before. She stepped over to one of the boxes and gently lifted off the lid.
The inside of the box was glowing. Leafy reached in and felt around for the light source. When she found it, she pulled her hand back in triumph. A pink glowstick was gripped in her hand. The light was soft and soothing and looked as though it was meant to be used as a nightlight. Kuru didn’t react to the light which made Leafy slightly uncomfortable. He was truly blind and that made her feel bad.
“That’s a pretty light. Are you going to keep it?” Antony questioned.
As though making the decision for her, the light fizzled out. Leafy felt disappointed and she tossed the burned out glowstick to the ground. Kuru perked up at the soft noise. She turned back to the box and continued to rifle through it. The contents seemed quite different than they had been before the mansion had changed. When her hand met the bottom of the box, cool water met her palm. She fished through the box until her fingers met with something metallic. She shivered as the cold metal touched her skin. She wrapped her fingers around it and pulled it out for further investigation.
Antony trotted over to help and his verdict was the same. The girl held the key up to the light and squinted. It was difficult to see considering the room didn’t have much light at all.
“Now we’ll just have to figure out where this will fit.” Leafy remarked.
Kuru squirmed until Leafy put him down. She had hopes that perhaps the little Felusine could figure out where to go, but his blindness made that difficult. Besides that, he was still a baby and didn’t have the necessary experience for puzzle solving. She kept a careful hold on the key, not wanting to lose it to the fog filling the room. If she dropped it, there would be no finding it. There were no obvious doors that the key would fit into either. It gave her a feeling of unease. Being trapped didn’t really bother Leafy, but it didn’t make her comfortable either. She was lucky to have Antony around to protect her, but the burden was on her to protect Kuru. She looked forward to the day when Kuru was more grown up and could take care of himself.
“I’m confident you will make a great treasure hunter one day,” she told him.
She listened closely to the sounds of the room. There was nothing out of the ordinary. The steady hum of a lightbulb and the sound of trickling water. Having already found a box full of water, the fact that there was more to be found didn’t faze her. It could be a clue, however. If she found the source of the water, she just might find herself a way out of the room. The opening would need to be big enough to fit Antony in. She might have been able to fit into tight spaces, Kuru as well, but not the Vulticus.
“I can feel your judgement from over here,” he snapped good-naturedly.
She inhaled deeply, trying to scent where the smell of water was stagnant. Then she remembered that Antony would be able to track the scent down much better than she ever could.
“Do you think you could figure out where the water is coming from?” she asked him.
Antony raised his head and sniffed carefully at the air. His ears pricked forward and his tongue rolled out of his mouth as he scented the air. Leafy tried to copy him, but it wasn’t effective when she did it.
“Up there!” Antony spoke excitedly as his tail wagged.
The Vulticus jerked his head up to point at a vent in the wall. Emerging from the vent was a steady trickle of water. Kuru thrashed his head around wildly as he tried to determine what the Vulticus was talking about. He trotted up towards the vent, miraculously managing to avoid tripping as he reached the area below it.
“Wow that was really clever, Kuru!” Leafy praised him.
“Yes, perhaps the little creature has a knack for exploration,” Antony suggested, his tone impressed.
Leafy followed Kuru, wanting to investigate the vent closer as well. It was just over her head and unfortunately dripping water onto all that stood beneath it. If she wanted to open it, she was definitely going to need to brave the cold water. She rubbed her palms together before standing up on her tip toes and reaching up towards the vent. Water immediately ran down her arms and Leafy frowned at its coldness. She managed to hook her fingers into the vent cover and pulled it free from the wall. She quickly stepped back and tossed the cover out of the way. Antony padded closer and gave a cautious sniff at the vent cover before joining her.
A blur of a figure moved from the vent. If Leafy had blinked she would have missed it. It was gone so quickly but unsettling all the same. She shivered as the feeling of unease fluttered in her chest. Kuru growled low and snapped his tail open and shut. Was that his attempt at intimidation? It was an unnerving cross between cute and slightly terrifying. Antony huffed in amusement.
“You know when he gets older, he will be a lot more terrifying. His father Alchemy can be pretty scary when he wants to be,” Leafy grinned.
“Well he won’t be able to intimidate me. I don’t scare so easily,” Antony teased her.
Leafy rolled her eyes and continued to investigate the strange vent. She tilted her head, trying to judge and see if she would be able to fit her head inside. She would need something to stand on. She wouldn’t be able to lift herself up. She was unsure if the vent would be able to support her weight. Besides, she wasn’t strong enough to hold herself up for very long. She glanced around, searching for something that would work as elevation. Perhaps a wooden crate would hold her up.
Leafy scanned over the boxes, searching for one that looked like it would be able to hold her weight. She settled on one of the wooden crates, one that she had yet to open. She approached it with Kuru following at her heels. The little Felusine was interested in helping which Leafy appreciated. Even if he was little and wouldn’t be able to really help in moving the crate. Antony followed as well.
“How prepared will you be if you find a ghost up in the vent?” he teased her as he went to help her with the crate.
Leafy just rolled her eyes, knowing full well that if they ran into a ghost, she would probably run the other way. She moved the crate into place. Kuru followed and placed both his paws on top of the crate. He was scarcely big enough to reach. He tried to jump up but was too little to do so. Leafy scooped him up and placed him on top of the crate. Once he was up, he placed his paws on the wall and tried his best to reach the vent himself. Leafy was impressed that he had even known the vent was there.
After a moment of deliberating, Leafy scooped up Kuru into her arms and then stepped up onto the crate herself. She lifted up the Felusine so that he could stick his head into the vent. Leafy couldn’t quite reach the vent enough to see into it, even with the additional boost the crate gave her. Kuru wouldn’t be able to see either, but he might be able to fit. She wouldn’t force him to enter the vent if he didn’t want to though.
“Anything interesting up there?” Antony asked her.
“I can’t quite see in, but I’m going to see if Kuru wants to go and explore,” she replied.
Antony deliberated her words for a moment. On one hand, the baby pet was much too inexperienced to be put into a potentially dangerous situation. On the other, he was a rather smart creature and would likely be able to fetch a key or anything else that might have been stashed in the vent.
“This wouldn’t be an issue if you were a bit taller,” he said with a light laugh.
Leafy rolled her eyes and lifted Kuru high enough so that the little Felusine could place both of his paws by the opening of the vent.
“If you feel comfortable, it would help us out a lot if you went and explored inside the vent,” she cooed at the baby Felusine.
“Okay,” he replied much to her surprise.
Even with the capabilities of speech, Kuru didn’t appear to be much of a talker. It always surprised her when he actually spoke. Even if he was still learning the language, he talked a lot less than she expected a pet capable of speech of doing. He squirmed out of her grip and plopped himself down into the vent. Leafy felt worry fill her chest, but she knew the baby would be smart enough to turn back if he sensed anything too dangerous.
“Be careful. Don’t get too overconfident,” Antony warned.
Leafy appreciate Antony’s help in taking care of the baby Felusine. She hoped that the Vulticus actually liked baby pets and wasn’t doing it out of mere obligation to her. She figured it might be a bit frustrating to be a pet capable of speech. Antony never really saw himself as a pet though, and Leafy had a bit of difficulty understanding that. She allowed him to consider their pet and owner relationship in whatever terms he felt comfortable using.
Silver: I can give you one of my Baby Berries, Sev!
Aug 12, 2020 4:53:31 GMT -6
Sevyrn: Getting in to orbarus first, have half a breeding written up already just gotta get my hands on some baby berries first. But I'm gonna see if anything comes out of houlou in the future. Who knows, I could like them more than orbs.
Aug 12, 2020 4:21:12 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: Oh that's awesome!!! I love breedables too, and houluh have been such a fun addition to that.
Aug 11, 2020 10:58:30 GMT -6
Sevyrn: I have two from when they were first released, so I figured why not give it a shot now that there's something to really do with them. Plus breedables. I love breedables.
Aug 11, 2020 10:29:12 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: Oooh, houluh kennel request spotted. :0 Thinking of getting into houluh, Sevryn?
Aug 11, 2020 10:25:55 GMT -6
Sevyrn: I've been trying to scour through things, slowly catching up bit by bit I do think!
Aug 9, 2020 2:05:23 GMT -6
Riku: Have you read all the updates, Sevryn? You’ve missed a lot, so it’s probably going to be enlightening/exciting.
Aug 8, 2020 23:24:15 GMT -6