It took her a few tries to climb the fruit tree. She was a bit out of practice and it took her a second to get reacquainted with climbing trees once again. Poetry watched her expectantly as the girl snagged the apple from the tree. She grinned triumphantly as she leaped back down to the ground. Poetry watched her warily as she landed. The Equillion seemed quite interested in the apple and she stared at it with wide, open eyes. Leafy laughed as she observed the foal’s reaction. She held out the apple to her with her palm flat. The baby approached and sniffed at the apple first before tentatively opening her mouth. Her teeth scraped against the skin of the apple. She hesitated for a moment before taking out a large chunk of the fruit. She took to the fruit immediately and thrust her head back to chew the apple.
Poetry finished the apple of quickly and bobbed her head up and down in delight. She sprayed bit of apple everywhere as she moved. Leafy dodged the bits of half chewed apple. The Equillion snorted as she looked for more fruit to eat. There were some apples on the ground so she started with those. The girl laughed as the Equillion couldn’t decide which apple to eat first. Leafy tried to steer her away from the ones that were starting to rot. She didn’t think an Equillion could get sick from them, but she still didn’t want to risk it. There were more fruit trees that she could find. There were some orange trees that Leafy wanted to try for herself. She approached it and began to scan the tree for the brightest, roundest orange that she could fine. She spotted the perfect one just above her a few feet up.
It appeared like she was going to need to climb up a bit if she wanted to pick the orange. Poetry was still occupied with the apples. Leafy figured that was for the best, she wasn’t sure how good oranges would be for an Equillion to eat. She knew that fruit had sugar in it and too much would be bad for anyone. She watched Poetry with fondness as the foal excitedly chomped away on some apples. Leafy focused on the tree, searching for a sturdy branch to boost herself up onto. She didn’t have to climb far, she just needed to get a leg up in order to reach the orange. She reached past some of the more imperfect looking oranges in pursuit of the perfect one. She leaned a bit further, making sure to keep her balance as she plucked the orange free from the tree branch above her.
Leafy felt the skin of the orange with her fingers, trying to find the perfect spot to start peeling. She wanted to get the peel off in one go. It was almost like a game. If she did it right, the peel might even be shaped like an octopus. She pricked the skin with her fingernail, making a tear that she was then able to pry wider with her fingers. Poetry had demolished a second apple and was now working on her third. Soon, Leafy would be joining her in snacking on fruit. Once the orange peel was free from the fruit, she flicked it so that it dropped to the ground. She had managed to peel it in a single, whole piece which made her feel like she had accomplished something. Now the fruit would be ready to eat. She tore a section away and placed it into her mouth.
The orange was a perfect balance between sweet and sour. She dropped down from the tree, ready to enjoy the rest of her treat with her feet planted firmly on the ground. Poetry looked up at the sound of her owner hitting the ground. When she saw that nothing of interest was happening, she went back to eating the apples that she could reach. She had decided that the ground apples weren’t as good as the ones on the tree. She was able to get to some of the apples on the lower hanging branches. She hoped the Equillion would get full eventually. She didn’t want the baby to eat the entire orchard! Perhaps once she was done with this orange, they could move on to a new area. She took her time eating the rest of the orange, savouring the flavour as she slowly ate the rest of the orange pieces.
When she was done, she looked around for a source of water that she could use to wash the juice from her fingers. Poetry appeared to be getting sick of eating so many apples. She seemed to want to eat some regular grass for a change. Leafy gave the Equillion foal a tap on the butt in order to get her to move with her as she walked to the next area. This area had a pond with water clean enough to wash in. Near the edge of the pond, she found a patch of sweetgrass growing that she needed to collect. Sweetgrass was one of the things that was worth actual money in the gardens. There was also a blueberry bush close by that only had a few berries left on it. Leafy plucked those free as well and then turned back to the pond. She then washed her hands.
Leafy felt a lot better once she had washed the sticky juice from her fingers. She shook the last water droplets from her fingers, marvelling as they flew to the ground. Poetry finished drinking and then stepped over to investigate what Leafy was doing. The girl had no current plans, so she tried to think of something on the fly. She wanted to show the Equillion around some more, now she just needed to pick where she wanted to take them.
“Hmm. Maybe we should head away from the orchard and look at some of the flower gardens. Maybe I can get some work done as well,” she commented.
She led the Equillion forward, not minding that the process was a bit slow-going. The flowers would be a nice change in pace. Now that she had eaten a snack, she was ready to get back to work. It was all a matter of where to start.
Leafy found herself in a row of tulips. She didn’t really have much of an opinion on tulips. They were certainly pretty, but she’d hardly call them a flower that she particularly liked. She didn’t mind them and she wanted to work on them to make the area even more beautiful. Poetry stuck close by. She didn’t eat the flowers, but she was rather interested in the other plants in the area. Like most areas of the garden, this one had plenty of weeds that needed pulling. She wished again that she could get Poetry to help her, but she was going to need her smarts if she wanted to trick the Equillion into helping her. It would involve enticing the creature to eat the weeds. It made Leafy feel kind of bad, so she opted for pulling the weeds by hand instead. She started with some of the smaller ones to get her warmed up.
Poetry was starting to get more tired as they worked. Leafy didn’t mind her sudden lack of energy. It made the baby pet a lot easier to watch. She focused on the weeds, pulling out the tinier ones easily enough. She shook the soil free from the roots and then placed the small weeds into a pile. The weeds themselves were unremarkable. This was a good thing because it ensured that Leafy wouldn’t find herself poisoned. Sometimes being plain was preferred. This was especially the case when it came to plants. Leafy would rather deal with the plants she knew rather than trying to figure out the ones she didn’t know. This was only applicable in the field. She was perfectly fine with studying new things, but she needed to take the time to study up on more plants before she would be ready to identify ones she hadn’t seen before in the wild.
The weeds were starting to get a little difficult to remove. Leafy didn’t mind, but it was doing a number on her muscles. She wasn’t the strongest, which meant she had to work within her means. Poetry had settled down next to her, not intending on helping out at all. Leafy didn’t mind all that much. She had her trusty gardening gloves which helped protect her hands from getting blisters. The girl scanned the area, searching for the most difficult weeds. It might be best to move onto those next. There were weeds that had flowers sprouting on them. She didn’t really know what made them weeds, considering that they looked like regular flowers to her. The only difference was that they were covered in thistles. But roses were also covered in thorns, so what was the difference? It seemed like a rather strange thing to dwell on, but Leafy was curious.
The weeds were difficult to work around, but Leafy didn’t mind doing some hard labor. Just as long as she didn’t tucker herself out completely. Poetry brushed up against her, nickering softly to greet her. Leafy reached over and scratched the foal behind the ears. She spent a few minutes like that, giving the baby her attention. But then she needed to get back to work and she scanned the weeds for the next one she wanted to pluck free from the soil. The weeds felt almost never-ending, but she assumed that was why they were classified as weeds. Plants that weren’t so hardy or common were simply classified as what they were. The plants that overtook entire gardens were the ones that would get categorized as the nasty things. There was a certain sense of satisfaction when she managed to pull a particularly tough weed free from the soil.
Leafy continued pulling weeds until she found herself growing more and more tired. She looked over at Poetry and realized that the foal was slowing down a lot as well. It might be best for them if she finished up here and escorted the baby creature back to the kennel. She didn’t want to get stuck here with the Equillion resting. She felt her arms ached as she pulled one final weed out. She then sighed in relief as she sunk back into the soil. She felt like she had done good work here. Her garden might not be even remotely close to perfect, but she felt like she had accomplished a lot. She moved closer to Poetry and helped the Equillion stand up. She gathered up her backpack and began to walk back towards the entrance of her garden. She gave one last look behind her as she and Poetry left the area.
Leafy was prepared for the change into summer. She was ready to garden once more and this time she had brought a baby Felusine with her. Kyoko was an offspring that had a maw for a tail. She was descended from her custom, Alchemy, which was the first Felusine with the strange tail. It reminded the girl of a Venus flytrap, which in turn reminded her of the gardens. She hoped the baby would enjoy being out in the sun. The girl hadn’t felt like going to the mansion or the mines today, so she had decided to take the baby here. The garden was the perfect place to bring a baby pet. There was generally nothing dangerous here and harmful plants could easily be avoided with the correct knowledge. She would need to keep a close eye on the baby, but that was nothing new. She placed Kyoko down.
The baby Felusine took to the garden immediately. She immediately dove towards the flowers and batted at the stems that she could reach. Petals flew in all directions as the baby started attacking the various plants she could reach. Leafy quickly leaned in and tapped the baby on the nose. This distracted Kyoko long enough for the girl to lead her away from the flowers.
“Alright. You can attack the plants, but I’m going to need you to leave the harmless flowers alone,” she remarked.
The baby squirmed in place, as though she couldn’t muster up the will to sit still. She knew baby pets could be energetic, but she hadn’t really expected this level of curiosity. Kyoko appeared to like the garden very much and Leafy couldn’t blame her. It was fun here discovering all the new plants, but it was also relaxing since there was so much sun to soak in.
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!
May 23, 2020 13:45:06 GMT -6
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
May 22, 2020 6:43:27 GMT -6
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
May 20, 2020 21:59:22 GMT -6
Renathan: Ugh, photobucket has the images broke again. x3
May 20, 2020 21:18:53 GMT -6