Kyoko’s fur blended in surprisingly well with the garden. Her coat was brown and blue which made her look like a flower when she crouched down low in the soil. The girl smiled as she watched. If she had been a predator, she might have missed the baby completely. She knew what the baby looked like, which made it easy enough for the girl to spot her, however. Leafy didn’t think she would be able to get much done with the baby Felusine hanging around. That was alright as well. Sometimes it was better to relax in the gardens and explore. This was a bonding experience for her and Kyoko, she might as well make the most of it!
“What should we do first?” she wondered. “Maybe I we could look for some treasure!”
The ground around them was soft and good for digging. If a pirate had treasure to bury, they might have picked this spot.
For a moment, Leafy wished she had a treasure map. If she did, then it would be a straight guarantee that there was treasure to be found! However, she had no such thing so she would need to make due without. Kyoko was curious about everything around them. She stuck her snout straight into a cluster of dandelions and sneezed when the fluff tickled her nose. Leafy grinned as she watched the baby pet play. Her enthusiasm was contagious and she found herself wanting to join her in rolling around in the soil. She knew that was a bit strange for a teenage girl to want to do. She settled for kneeling next to the baby and running her hand along her belly. Kyoko squirmed at the touch. It was easier dealing with baby pets that had been born in her care. They seemed to like her a bit more than the others.
The sun was high in the sky with the promise of shining for the rest of the day. Kyoko’s fur was warm in the sunlight and Leafy continued to pet her as she thought of what they could do next. Leafy was glad she was wearing shorts and a t-shirt. If she’d dressed any warmer, she would have certainly overheated by now.
“We could try searching for treasure. I wonder what the best place to start would be?”
Sometimes objects of interest could be stashed in trees. Birds liked to collect shiny things and often they’d take them into the trees to hide away in their nests. She scanned the treetops, searching for any that contained nests large enough to house a crow or a magpie. Something that an intelligent bird would build, one that would be interested in human objects. She spotted one that looked promising, but it was a bit of a climb.
She debated for a moment whether she should carry Kyoko up the tree in order to check the nest. It would be difficult climbing with the baby pet and she was currently distracted by a cluster of butterflies that she had come across. While Kyoko was distracted, she’d be able to climb the tree and check the nest. Then she could be down in no time! She scouted out the best branch to start climbing on. The branch needed to be sturdy enough to hold her weight as she hoisted herself up. She found a sturdy enough branch and planted one foot on the trunk of the tree as she pushed herself up onto the branch. She wasn’t able to rest her entire weight on the branch out of fear of it breaking, but it could support her if she hugged the trunk of the tree while she was on the branch.
Leafy glanced down, checking to make sure that Kyoko was still distracted with the butterflies. The Felusine was thankfully trying to pounce onto the butterflies and catch them. While she was distracted, Leafy took the time to scout out the path to the next tree branch. She moved a while longer, taking care to map out the path up to the nest before she started climbing there. When she had a plan in place, she moved quickly to climb up the tree. When she reached the nest, she allowed herself to have a moment to rest. She snuck another glance at Kyoko and sighed in relief when she saw that the baby was still preoccupied with the butterflies. She knew Felusine were carnivorous, but she didn’t know if their diet consisted of insects at all. She supposed that was something she needed to find out. She turned her attention to the nest.
When Leafy peered into the inside of the nest, she felt immediate confusion. There was a hoard of different plants from the garden and all of them were in immaculate condition. That was strangely odd for a bird. She figured that a bird that collected vegetation was certainly doing so to eat the items, but these seemed to be simply collected. Perhaps a bird had abandoned this nest and someone else had stashed these here. It seemed a little outlandish, but it made sense to Leafy. She gathered up all of the plants and placed them carefully into her backpack. When she had finished, she tracked the way down from the tree with her eyes first before climbing down with her body. Kyoko greeted her when she hit the ground, yipping excitedly at the girl. Leafy found herself being herded closer to the butterflies as Kyoko tried to get her to play with them.
Leafy didn’t mind taking some time to play with the baby pet. Kyoko was sweet and curious and even though she was energetic, she was still eager to spend time with the girl. She grinned as the Felusine led her closer to the butterflies. She had a fondness for the insect. Their wings were pleasing and their colours bright and pretty to look at. Kyoko yipped at the butterflies and Leafy laughed at the noise. The Felusine came from a lineage that was capable of speech, it was strange to see her making regular Felusine noises. She knew that in order to speak, Kyoko would have to be both old enough and taught how to do it properly. She watched the butterflies for a while longer, until the baby Felusine had decided that she was bored. There were lots of other things to do in the garden and they could try different things now.
She thought for a while, wondering which direction to head in. She scanned the areas of the garden that she could actually see, looking for the spot that seemed the most interesting. They could try digging for treasure, but that would only serve to tear up her garden and leave holes in places where there shouldn’t be any. She could try digging carefully perhaps. Only digging surface level and refilling any holes that she created.
“Want to give it a go?” she asked the Felusine.
The Felusine yipped in excitement, though Leafy was fairly certain she hadn’t understood the words. First, Leafy would need to get her hands on a shovel. There was no way she would settle for using her hands to dig for treasure. It just wasn’t efficient! Her first task would be to take Kyoko and find a shovel.
The garden was peaceful during the afternoon. Kyoko was calm as she settled down in the warm sun. For a while, Leafy felt at peace and she allowed herself a moment of relaxation. She settled in close to the Felusine, smiling when the small baby curled up against her hip. Leafy ran her fingers through the soft fur of the Felusine and smiled when Kyoko kicked her legs out. They sat like that for a moment, relishing in the bright, sunny day. But the warmth didn’t last as long as she wanted it to. As Leafy shut her eyes for a moment, she soon snapped them open when she realized it was far darker than it should have been. A shiver ran down her spine as she took in her new surroundings. There was a thick fog covering the immediate vicinity. It blocked out the sun and chilled her with its coldness.
Kyoko let out a low whine as the air grew cold around them. It was somewhat of a pressing concern considering they were supposed to be well within summer weather. She crouched down and picked up Kyoko. If there was anything dangerous afoot, she didn’t want the little Felusine to be left in harm’s way. It would also be easier for her to comfort the baby if she was being held securely in her arms.
“I’m sure there’s nothing to be concerned about, but we should still check it out anyways,” she told Kyoko.
The Felusine struggled for a moment at the sudden lack of freedom, but she settled down in the security of Leafy’s arms. If she wanted to figure out the cause for the change in weather, she would need to start by seeing what the effects of said change were. She inhaled deeply as she tried to focus on her surroundings.
Fog could be damaging if it contained hazardous properties, she’d read enough horror stories to know that. If she wasn’t dead immediately from some sort of strange acidity that melted her skin or illness that filled her lungs with blood, it was likely not particularly harmful to humans.
“Well you don’t seem effected by it either,” she remarked to Kyoko.
The Felusine yipped in response, but Leafy was fairly certain she had only made some reply because she had been expecting one. She smiled down at the baby, glad for the enthusiasm. She felt excitement thrum in her chest. This would be Kyoko’s first real adventure! That was always a cause for celebration. She glanced around the area, looking for any sign of damage in the plants. There were dead and wilting plants, but Leafy was fairly confident that those had been there before the mysterious fog had presented itself.
Kyoko gradually began to grow more comfortable with the presence of the fog. It unnerved Leafy a bit to see how quickly the Felusine adjusted, but she supposed that was simply an ability that baby pets had. The fog didn’t appear harmful just yet, so there was no reason to worry. For now, she would concentrate on finding the cause behind it. In order to do that, she would need to see how far the fog extended. If it was concentrated in a small area, it would be easier to track down. If the entire garden was covered in it, then her job would be a lot more difficult to accomplish. Tracking down how far the fog stretched was a clearly defined task that she would be able to do. She would start by finding a good vantage point to see the area. The best spot for that would be at the top of a tall tree.
Finding a tree tall enough to see past the immediate vicinity was trickier than it sounded. In her garden, most of the trees were fruit trees and while those could grow to be massive, the ones closest to her weren’t.
“Looks like we’ll need to head inwards a bit. I can see some tall cherry trees there,” she remarked.
Climbing trees was easy enough for Leafy, but she knew she needed to keep Kyoko close and climbing with a baby Felusine would be a lot more difficult. She could always leave her on the ground, but the girl didn’t want them to be separated in this strange fog. Climbing together would be her only option. She had enough faith in her abilities to accomplish it. She would need to take things slow though and if this fog was dangerous, they might not have a lot of time to spare. She and Kyoko headed for the trees.
Jack: Thanks for the notice!
May 28, 2020 10:05:26 GMT -6
Darky: Heads up: there's a chance you might notice Trepuldra images having loading issues on June 3rd, for about 3h. No need to panic, Veebimajutus just notified there's going to be some scheduled maintenance, is all x3
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.
May 26, 2020 18:51:32 GMT -6
Fanged: Oh wow that's an awesome garden find FF
May 26, 2020 18:13:26 GMT -6
Riku: Oh how perfect! I woke up wanting to post (unexpected, but yay) and saw I had a reply. <3 Meant to be.
May 26, 2020 6:40:43 GMT -6
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