Leafy was not fully convinced that the quest she was on was a real quest. She had been promised pesky bugs to pulverize, but the only bugs she could see appeared rather underwhelming. She’d brought Roneth with her, wanting the baby pet to get some experience out in the field, but the bugs looked like something she could deal with single-handedly. Just because she could squish them alone, didn’t mean she would. She was going to ensure that her bringing Roneth out here wasn’t a complete waste.
“When someone says they’ve got a problem with large caterpillars, I was thinking they’d at least be the size of a horse,” she commented.
Roneth grumbled in response to her words, reacting to the tone of them rather than the message. He was infinitely more interested in the caterpillars than his owner was. He approached one playfully and pounced on top of it. The bug squirmed for a moment underneath his front foot before exploding into a gush of goop. The whole thing was rather disgusting on a superficial level. Leafy found that rather appealing though. She rounded on one of the caterpillars herself and slapped it hard with the palm of her hand, grinning as the bug split beneath the pressure. Perhaps this endeavour could prove to be fun after all.
Roneth growled lowly as caterpillars continued to wriggle around the garden. He snapped his jaws playfully, moving to attack the plump caterpillars that he could catch. Leafy didn’t think she would adopt the same strategy considering she didn’t want to bite any caterpillars.
“There are quite a few bugs here, but at least they seem easy to kill,” she commented.
She peered down at then, squishing a rather fat caterpillar with the heal of her boot. Perhaps she would feel bad if they weren’t insects. She had no issues killing insects. It appeared that Roneth had no qualms about it either. In fact, he was treating it like a game, bouncing forward and squishing one and then leaping to the next. It was almost like a twisted game of hopscotch. Leafy decided to join in. Using her boots to smash the faces of the oversized bugs. It was an oddly satisfying sensation and she wasn’t about to question that.
“We should have this cleaned up in no time if we continue like this!” she beamed.
The garden itself was rather pretty when it wasn’t being overrun with caterpillars. The plants were budding in the spring season and if the caterpillars weren’t eradicated soon, they would be harshly affected. She felt slightly bad for the plants. Someone had clearly put in a lot of effort into growing them and here they were being devoured by caterpillars. Roneth had slowed down a bit, growing tired of chasing after caterpillars. Leafy would have to pick up the slack.
“Yeah that’s fine. You can take a break if you’re feeling lazy,” she commented.
Roneth yawned in response, not caring much about what the girl did. Leafy decided to tackle the garden area that contained the highest concentration of caterpillars. They seemed to like the vegetables the best, choosing to munch on the green tops of the carrots sprouting from the ground. She thought that eating the plants before they had a chance to fully grow the carrots was rather wasteful. In order to rectify the injustice, she decided to stomp on the nearest caterpillars to avenge the eaten carrot plants.
Leafy felt confident when the caterpillars began to grow less in number. She felt a lot less confident when a rush of caterpillars climbed over the corpses on the ones she had already killed. They seemed to be coming for somewhere and if she wanted them to stop, she needed to take out the source.
“Come on Roneth, help me look!” she demanded her lazy baby pet.
The baby Chelcauda stood up and shook the dirt off of his body. He grumbled as he began to follow Leafy, not wanting to be left behind while the girl tried to track down the source of the bugs. She moved to where the caterpillars were clustered in the greatest numbers, figuring that was likely where they came from. It didn’t take long to reach it. After all, caterpillars did not really prove to be much of an obstacle. Even if they had enough numbers to rival an army.
As Leafy reached the cluster of caterpillars, she noticed something rather unusual. They appeared to be crawling straight out of the ground! Could caterpillars do that? Did they live underground? Perhaps these were of an unusual specimen.
Perhaps they were using some kind of underground passage as a temporary pathway. If that were the case, Leafy could block them off by filling in the entrance of the tunnel. This would be easy to accomplish since they were in a garden and the caterpillar’s tunnel was comprised entirely of garden soil.
“Come give me a hand, Roneth!” she called over to the baby pet.
The Chelcauda stepped over cautiously, not entirely sure what Leafy had in mind. The girl just grinned pointing at the surprisingly large caterpillar tunnels.
“We’re going to collapse these!” she declared. “Just follow my lead!”
The girl began to kick at the dirt surrounding the tunnel, trying to angle it so that it fell directly onto the tunnel entrance. Roneth joined to help her, not out of anything she had done. He simply thought that digging in the dirt appeared to be a fun activity. Leafy would be inclined to agree with that thought. She continued to kick as much dirt as she could, burying a bunch of caterpillars in the soil as she did so. Once she felt confident that the tunnel had been successfully blocked, she stood back to admire her handiwork.
“Well if they want to get to this garden, they’ll need to find another path,” she commented.
Leafy wondered if she should try and find the other side of the tunnel she had just collapsed. Maybe that would be a more efficient way to stop the caterpillars.
“Come on Roneth, we have so investigating to do!” she declared.
The tunnel itself was a little hard to follow now that she had collapsed it. However, the dirt was still freshly disturbed which made it easier to track. The caterpillars also left a lot of silky white string in the places they had been. She tried her best to avoid stepping in the strange substance.
“I think there are more of them up here,” she commented.
Roneth glared intently at the caterpillars that dared to enter his personal space. He swatted at them half-heartedly with one of his front legs. She scanned around the area, looking for anything that looked like a caterpillar hive. Did they have hives? Were they like bees? She could see them clustering around some kind of a spherical object. Was that the hive?
The object appeared manmade, like someone had brought the caterpillars to the garden willingly. Perhaps if she closed the container, no more could escape. And if she did that, the ones contained inside would likely suffocate. A much more efficient strategy than squishing them all one by one. She approached warily, afraid that she might accidentally activate something to release even more caterpillars. Roneth growled low as he took notice of the device as well.
“Maybe there’s like a switch or something?” she mused out loud.
The container was the size of a dog crate. It was certainly large enough to hold more than a hundred of the large sized caterpillars. As she drew closer, she could see that there was a panel on the front that had been opened and was currently leaking caterpillars into the garden. She would now need to figure out how to close the thing.
Roneth appeared disturbed by the container. She wondered if it had a strange smell about it or if he was simply agitated by the caterpillars. She inhaled deeply, trying to figure out if she could sense it with her own nose. There did appear to be a sickly-sweet scent filling the air. She would need to shut that off as well if she wanted the caterpillars to disappear for good. That scent would simply serve to attract more of the creatures into the garden.
“Alright where’s the control panel on this thing?” Leafy questioned.
She had some experience with robotic pets but little experience with technology itself. It simply wasn’t something she used all that often. She pressed her hands against the surface of the container, dragging her fingers across it as she tried to find any strange indents. They eventually caught on a crevice that lifted up when her finger nails scraped the edges.
She pried it upwards with ease. It was definitely meant to open. A row of buttons was presented before her. They glowed with enough intensity to light up the immediate vicinity with an eerie red glow. Roneth jumped away, not liking the strange light one bit.
“It’s okay, I don’t think the light is able to harm you. I’ll try to get rid of it,” Leafy said.
The control panel was difficult to use, but she had planned on using trial and error to figure it out anyways. She pressed the button furthest to the right and grimaced when the light changed colour to blue. At least blue was a friendlier colour. Roneth relaxed slightly as the colour changed and the girl realized that the sweet scent emitting from the device had stopped. Perhaps Roneth was not a fan of sweet things? With that figured out, she now needed to find out how to close the door.
The second button she pressed turned the light green, but Leafy couldn’t figure out any further changes. Roneth appeared to be rather calm at the moment, so there wasn’t likely to be any change that presented harm to her or the creature. She pressed two more buttons and watched as the light changed to pink and then yellow.
“Maybe I need to make this a specific colour in order to shut the door,” she mused.
But it wasn’t like there was a colour to be associated with a shut door. Red would have been her guess, but that hadn’t been the right colour. She pressed the buttons until the light was blue once more. Then she pressed the button that she knew would make it red. Instead of turning red, the light changed to purple. The scent of sweetness filled the air once again. Roneth backed away from the device, growling and snapping his jaws in agitation. A green slime began to ooze out of the device and immediately the caterpillars closest began to munch on it.
The effect was instantaneous. The caterpillars began to grow sluggish until the stopped moving altogether. Was the slime killing them or simply putting them to sleep? Leafy couldn’t tell. The sweet scent was attracting more caterpillars and the slime was serving to put them out of commission. She hoped that this would serve to clean up the infestation at the very least.
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Zenjesi: Hey Silv - how do you pronounce Kodakai?
Nov 17, 2023 18:23:56 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Not to mention the baby mosca with wolf skin from Elvye and the sparkling owl of Xentus. <3
Nov 14, 2023 10:27:52 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: I like the Donnor one not just with looks FF, but the description, funny as heck.
Nov 14, 2023 10:26:27 GMT -6
Zenjesi: yours both made me laugh, FF! They're very expressive
Nov 13, 2023 21:57:46 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: Woooow Twilight, I love that witch drawing!!! :0 It's so pretty! And Zenjesi I think Spectral is my favorite out of yours lol. Just looks happy to be included. and silver now i wanna know which pets youd pick for the other legendary beasts. XD
Nov 13, 2023 21:37:45 GMT -6
Silver: Ah I'm so glad you guys enjoyed it! I love everyone's drawings they're all so cute. ;o;
Nov 13, 2023 17:31:37 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: I like that one as well yeah, loved the old nootnoot image from quest prizes, so that one went perfectly with that particular costume being based around it. X3
Nov 13, 2023 15:23:13 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: The jewelry on tail or at the head definitely tends to be their most recognizable feature for a Mosca, and sadly their pharaoh chin piece as well. XD
Nov 13, 2023 15:21:07 GMT -6
Zenjesi: Your peanut costume is hilarious and adorable too!
Nov 13, 2023 15:14:29 GMT -6
Zenjesi: Yes you're correct! I guess I did a decent enough job with the drawing!
Nov 13, 2023 15:05:27 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: It still looks good on Synkka. She is a shaman Mosca I'm guessing? Its mostly the tail that makes me think of it.
Nov 13, 2023 15:00:42 GMT -6
Zenjesi: I definitely like Spectral's the most too! I sort of cheated by drawing Synkka with a cloak because I do not know how to draw feathered wings, haha ^^'
Nov 13, 2023 13:45:15 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Which one do you like the most out of the three you made?
Nov 13, 2023 12:09:48 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Thanks for that compliment! Though I know with the water it doesn't look entirely great, I love the latter one I made the most.
Nov 13, 2023 12:09:30 GMT -6