~Saturday, March 26, 1932 part 2~

YarnKittymon: DN: ::is out at the north edge of town, right where the forest begins, out hunting with Sara::
Quantum Catz: SA: ::hasn't spotted anything obvious yet to hunt out::
YarnKittymon: DN: ::softly:: Maybe we'll find a deer. That's ten times better than a mangy rabbit.
Quantum Catz: SA: That would be cool...Sammy and Becky might not like it though if we brought one home
YarnKittymon: DN: ::mrrs:: Then we'll sell it to a restaurant. ::grins:: And then we can buy Sammy and Becky presents so they can't be mad!
Quantum Catz: SA: ::chuckles:: Then lets hope we find one - it would be cool
Maeve Owens: TW: ::a large cat with short black furr and yellow-green eyes has been watching the other two for some time now. When he is sure there attention is directed elsewhere, he pounces from behind some bushes and directly into their path.
Maeve Owens: His back end is up and wiggling playfully as he meows his greeting::
YarnKittymon: DN: ::instinctively mrrs in surprise::
Quantum Catz: SA: ::lowers into a slight crouch, looking like she might pounce, although she looks playful; mewls:: Who're you?
Maeve Owens: TW: Thiwas. Who're you?
YarnKittymon: DN: I'm Daniel. This is Sara. How come you're not in school? I guess you're not old enough.
Maeve Owens: TW: ::ruffles his fur a little, tilting his chin up in the air:: I don't go to school. My mom teaches me at home. Why aren't *you*?
Quantum Catz: SA: It's Saturday today ::mrrs:: Where do you live?
Maeve Owens: TW: ::he straightens up, then pounces around them in a circle:: Nearby. Wanna come over and play?
YarnKittymon: DN: ::ears perk:: Yeah! ::looks back at Sara for confirmation::
Quantum Catz: SA: ::nods:: Okay. Do you like hunting?
Maeve Owens: TW: ::he nods hesitantly:: uh, yeah. Sure. ::he takes off:: Come on, lets go!
Quantum Catz: SA: ::glances at Daniel and then bounds after Thiwas::
YarnKittymon: DN: ::sprints after the both of them, sniffing for any prey or anything else edible::
YarnKittymon: DN: ::after they've been going for quite a while:: You said you lived close.
Maeve Owens: TW: I do! Its not much further. And theres lots of places to...hunt. Especially in the, um, river. Yeah! Fish! ::waves his paw:: Come on! Hurry up! Or are you too old to keep up? ::darts off::
Quantum Catz: SA: ::mrrs, frowning:: Why would we want to hunt fish? They're not as fun as rabbits or deer
YarnKittymon: DN: And if you have a net you can catch 'em real easy.
Maeve Owens: TW: Well, theres plenty of those too. Are you still coming or what? ::he bends down again, in his pouncing position:: Nets aren't challenging enough, I dont use them.
Quantum Catz: SA: I guess so
Maeve Owens: TW: ::darts off again, looking over his shoulder to make sure they are following::
YarnKittymon: DN: ::mrrs, and then looks around suspicously, sniffing:: I don't like it here.
Maeve Owens: TW: ::sighs, stopping again to rejoin them:: Why?
YarnKittymon: DN: ::murmurs:: It smells like another cat.
Maeve Owens: TW: ::tilts his head to the side:: Well, its probably my family. ::scratches at the ground:: Come on, I never get to have any friends over and it'll be fun. Theres a really really big forest. I bet you can even find more fun things to hunt besides deer and rabbits.
Quantum Catz: SA: ::sniffs as well, not saying anything - not sure whether to listen to Dan or just follow Thiwas::
YarnKittymon: : ::Sara can pick up a faint scent of another cat, female, probably older than Thiwas::
YarnKittymon: DN: ::turns around:: I want to go home.
Maeve Owens: TW: ::pouting, he plops down on the ground and opens up a bag he had hanging over his shoulder. He pulls out some food:: Do you want a snack before you go at least? I brought some extra from home.
YarnKittymon: DN: ::sniffs, slowing at the mention of food:: What is it?
Maeve Owens: TW: Rabbit ::pushes it towards him::
YarnKittymon: DN: ::sniffs at the meat, and then nibbles on it, not commenting on the taste::
Maeve Owens: TW: ::pushes another piece towards Sara:: You want some too?
Quantum Catz: SA: Sure ::begins to eat some, assuming it must taste alright since Dan hasn't said anything::
Maeve Owens: TW: ::smiles slightly and reaches into his bag once more and pulls out some for him. He eats quietly, watching them from time to time::
YarnKittymon: DN: ::once he's finished the rabbit, glances at Sara, then back at Thiwas, then back at Sara:: Let's go home.
Maeve Owens: TW: ::looking as sad as he can:: but we haven't gone hunting yet! Come on, please? The forest isnt far.
YarnKittymon: DN: ::licks his paw once, feeling rather inclined to agree with Thiwas's suggestion:: Well, OK.
Maeve Owens: TW: ::smiles brightly, his tail straightning and hooking at the tip::
Quantum Catz: SA: ::cheers up now that Dan doesn't seem to have a problem with going:: I bet it'll be fun
YarnKittymon: DN: I'll bet we catch *two* deer!
Maeve Owens: TW: ::nods his head excitedly:: And a few rabbits! ::motions with his head for them to follow:: This way. ::heads off::
Quantum Catz: SA: ::heads after him::
YarnKittymon: : ::they keep going for over an hour, though Daniel doesn't comment about the distance they've covered::
Quantum Catz: SA: ::doesn't bring it up either, although the area starts to look rather more unfamiliar to her::
YarnKittymon: DN: ::suddenly his ears go back, as the other cat's scent grows much stronger, and a dark gray cat wearing a cloak, its blue eyes shining in the dim light of the forest, steps out, a smile on her face; she licks Thiwas's forehead, purring softly::
Quantum Catz: SA: ::backs away a step, uncertainly::
Maeve Owens: TW: ::mrrs::
YarnKittymon: : ::the dark grey cat smiles at Sara and Daniel:: I'm so glad you came to visit.
Quantum Catz: SA: Hi...
YarnKittymon: DN: ::mrrs, still looking rather uncomfortable::
Maeve Owens: TW: They want to go hunting. Can we go? ::bats lightly at the hem of her cloak::
YarnKittymon: : ::the cat continues smiling, drawing nearer to Sara; looks back at her son:: If you like. Just make sure you come see me before they go home.
Maeve Owens: TW: ::nods::
Quantum Catz: SA: ::looks uncertainly at the cat:: We shouldn't be gone too long - Sammy'll worry
YarnKittymon: : ::softly:: Do you really think she'll worry? She'll be glad for a bit of peace and quiet, don't you think? A bit of time to have a normal life?
Maeve Owens: TW: ::mrrs, nodding:: You'll have more fun here.
Quantum Catz: SA: Uh...I... ::frowns:: Maybe...i guess...
YarnKittymon: DN: ::mrrs, his ears back; softly:: You want us to stay with you, don't you?
Maeve Owens: TW: ::excitedly:: That would be neat! Then we could play all the time.
YarnKittymon: : ::nods; softly:: I'll send someone back to ask your family if it's all right. What do you say?
Quantum Catz: SA: But...I...what about school?
YarnKittymon: : I'll teach the both of you. Didn't you always want to live with other cats? You can't be happy living with *people,* can you?
Maeve Owens: TW: ::growls faintly when she mentions people, his fur going up a little::
Quantum Catz: SA: But they're...nice
YarnKittymon: : ::doubtfully:: Nice? Daniel, what did they do to *you*?
YarnKittymon: DN: ::growls softly:: They put me in a cage.
Quantum Catz: SA: But...Becky...
YarnKittymon: DN: ::eyes widen slightly:: Becky's nice.
YarnKittymon: : ::growls very softly, so the cats can barely hear::
Maeve Owens: TW: but its nicer around here! and theres more cats to play with! Dont you ever get bored locked up at home?
YarnKittymon: DN: ::very softly:: Becky doesn't lock me up.
Maeve Owens: TW: ::frowns:: I bet she doesnt let you do half of the things you want to do but around here you could.
Quantum Catz: SA: ::looks tempted to nod to that, though she's thinking more of Sammy than Becky::
YarnKittymon: DN: ::mrrs softly, looking rather confused:: I guess...we could go try it...::looks doubtfully at Sara::
Maeve Owens: TW: ::mrrs excitedly:: And we could be friends.
Quantum Catz: SA: ::is a bit doubtful herself and doesn't say anything::
YarnKittymon: : ::looks at the cats; softly:: I promise we'll all take care of you.
Maeve Owens: TW: And you'll always have someone to play with! ::pounces around::
YarnKittymon: DN: ::jumps playfully on the kitten, unable to resist the instinct::
Maeve Owens: TW: ::mrrs, surprised at the sudden attack but playfully slaps at Daniel then tries to wiggle away::
Quantum Catz: SA: ::is tempted to join in the game, though she's still uncertain about the unfamiliar surroundings::
Maeve Owens: TW: ::swipes playfully at Sara:: Come on! play!
YarnKittymon: : ::draws nearer to Sara and nuzzles her affectionately::
Quantum Catz: SA: ::mrrs, glancing at the cat and then moving towards Dan and Thiwas::
YarnKittymon: DN: ::smiles at Sara, his troubles forgotten in the fun of playing::
Quantum Catz: SA: ::joins in::
YarnKittymon: : ::the cat just looks on, smiling, waiting for the kittens to tire of playing::
YarnKittymon: DN: ::finally stops playing, though he doesn't extricate himself from the cat-pile, instead just laying still, not reacting when he's batted at::
Maeve Owens: TW: ::fights to keep his eyes open, and when Daniel doesn't respond to him, he lazily bats at Sara::
Quantum Catz: SA: ::bats back, although she's tired too::
YarnKittymon: : ::the cat goes in among them and nuzzles them:: Come on; we've still got a ways to go before we're home. Then you can sleep all you want.
Maeve Owens: TW: ::tiredly, he wiggles out from the pile and stands close to his mother::
Quantum Catz: SA: ::slowly stands up::
YarnKittymon: DN: ::stands up too, looking the way they came:: I still think maybe we should go home...
YarnKittymon: : ::smiles anxiously:: I'm *taking* you home, Daniel, you know that.
Quantum Catz: SA: ::yawns:: It's so far away - we can go back later
Maeve Owens: TW: ::yawns too:: Our homes closer, get to sleep sooner.
YarnKittymon: DN: ::mrrs, rubbing his chin against Sara:: OK. You don't think Becky will worry?
YarnKittymon: : ::starts walking, looking back anxiously at the other cats::
Quantum Catz: SA: ::hesitates:: Maybe...but Becky can find you if she wants...
YarnKittymon: DN: ::more brightly:: Yeah. ::follows the gray cat again, his tail unconsciously twitching::
Quantum Catz: SA: ::follows as well::
YarnKittymon: : ::after walking for about fifteen minutes, they can smell maybe a dozen more cats, and a few minutes after that, they come upon a natural clearing; there's one fair-sized hut built in the middle of it, and there's several cats lounging around, many of whom Daniel saw the last time they were at the catpeople's camp, though this isn't the camp they'd traveled to before. All the cats look very pleased to see the newcomers::
Quantum Catz: SA: ::is rather uncertain at seeing so many catpeople and moves closer to Dan, mewling::
Maeve Owens: TW: ::walks closely beside his mother::
YarnKittymon: : ::the cat who led them to the camp goes over to the others, and they start talking, in a language of meows and hisses, not at all English::
YarnKittymon: DN: ::nuzzles Sara; softly:: Last time I was here they tried to make me stay.
Quantum Catz: SA: I don't think i want to stay...it's a bit scary...
YarnKittymon: DN: ::nods::
YarnKittymon: : ::the gray cat's ears go back as she sheds her cloak, and after a few seconds the cats she was talking to look back at Sara and Daniel, their ears perked and their pupils very large::
Maeve Owens: TW: ::he scrunches down, looking wide eyed at the other cats around him::
Quantum Catz: SA: ::looks away from the cats, a bit nervously::
YarnKittymon: : ::two of the cats in the group dash off in opposite directions into the forest, without a word::
YarnKittymon: : ::the gray cat walks back to Sara and Daniel, her whiskers twitching:: Stay the night here, and we'll walk you back home in the morning. Promise.
Quantum Catz: SA: ::glances at Daniel::
YarnKittymon: DN: ::mrrs; softly:: Last time they told me I could go back home...but then they locked me up...
Maeve Owens: TW: ::quietly:: we can have a sleep over and have snacks.
YarnKittymon: DN: ::shakes his head, his eyes wide:: I don't wanna.
Maeve Owens: TW: ::pouts:: Why dont you want to be my friend?
Quantum Catz: SA: ::softly:: I wish Becky would come look for you now
YarnKittymon: DN: ::nods, still looking rather frightened; to Thiwas:: I like you but I don't like your family. ::glances at Sara as if for silent confirmation, and then bolts::
Quantum Catz: SA: ::runs quickly after Daniel::
Maeve Owens: TW: ::mrrs sadly, watching them go, then glances up to his mother::
YarnKittymon: : ::the gray cat hisses, and all the cats run at full speed after Sara and Daniel::
YarnKittymon: DN: ::runs his fastest, but he's been playing most of the day, while most of the other cats were lounging around, so the gap between him and the cat quickly narrows::
Quantum Catz: SA: ::isn't much better off than Dan, although she does manage to catch up with him at first, she doesn't get any faster::
YarnKittymon: : ::a couple cats sprint and get ahead of Daniel and Sara, and stop to keep them from continuing, while the other cats close in from behind::
Quantum Catz: SA: ::Stops running; mewls:: We want to go home!
YarnKittymon: DN: ::stays close to Sara, his tail whipping back and forth::
YarnKittymon: : ::a couple of cats speak, but it's in a language Daniel and Sara still can't understand a word of; a pure white cat pushes her way forward and speaks, enunciating:: Wi *mye-th* myu.
Quantum Catz: SA: ::just looks confused::
Maeve Owens: TW: ::he scurries after them and pushes his way to the front of the group. He growls, looking at the older cats with distrust:: What are you doing? You're scarrying them.
YarnKittymon: : ::the cat glares at Sara and Daniel:: *Nyee-th* myu! ::glares back at Thiwas next, speaking in the native tongue that the kitten can understand:: We need them! Their *people* killed several of us, and then after the flood--
YarnKittymon: we *need* them to join us!
Quantum Catz: SA: ::moves closer to Daniel, rather frightened by the strange language::
Maeve Owens: TW: ::frowns:: Well, you dont have to be so mean! I want some friends and they wont stay if you scare them.
YarnKittymon: : ::coldly:: They'll go back home and you'll never see them again. They'll probably send their people to kill the rest of us. Do you want that?
Maeve Owens: TW: ::shaking his head:: no...
YarnKittymon: : Then go back and watch Thhishuff, and leave this to the grown cats. ::looks back at Sara and Daniel:: Ronth myuff.
Quantum Catz: SA: ::nervously:: What?
Maeve Owens: TW: ::he ducks his head, his ears back and his tail down, then turns back towards the camp::
YarnKittymon: : ::tries to enunciate more:: Ronth myuff. Shthay hirr.
YarnKittymon: : ::Thiwas runs into his mother, who's quite winded, walking towards where the cats are gathered::
Maeve Owens: TW: ::sadly:: They're scarrying them, they wont want to be my friends now...
YarnKittymon: : ::Thiwas's mother frowns:: We'll make them stay. I promise.
Maeve Owens: TW: ::paws at the ground:: But what if they arent happy and they dont want to play with me anyway? They dont like us...
Quantum Catz: SA: I don't want to stay...
YarnKittymon: : ::Thiwas's mother looks at him; softly:: Then they'll have kittens someday and you can play with them. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have another kitten around to play with?
YarnKittymon: DN: ::looks around anxiously, trying to find a gap in the circle of cats, but he has no luck::
Maeve Owens: TW: yeah... but that takes a long time.
YarnKittymon: : ::Thiwas's mother looks back at him:: They'll be happy soon enough. And they live too far away; if they don't stay here you'll never see them again.
Maeve Owens: TW: ::nods, still looking doubtful about how this will all work out.::
YarnKittymon: : ::the white cat looks at Sara; softly:: Riff myu ronth shthay, wii wonth haff amye myorr Shuhuh. Myo myorr...::with a good deal of difficulty:: *Caths.*
Quantum Catz: SA: ::only has a vague idea what the cat said:: You know Becky's gonna come looking for Dan anytime soon and then you won't be able to stop us leaving...isn't that right, Dan? ::looks over at him, nervously::
YarnKittymon: : ::Thiwas's mother walks back towards the gathered cats, her tail down::
YarnKittymon: DN: ::nods, looking a good deal calmer:: Yeah. She won't let us stay here.
YarnKittymon: : ::the white cat glares:: Sho myu wirr thirr thi rishth off ush?
Quantum Catz: SA: ::just looks lost at the question::
YarnKittymon: : ::Thiwas's mother gets to the cats, and makes her way next to Sara and Daniel:: Let's go back home.
Quantum Catz: SA: ::wails:: That's what we're *trying* to do!
YarnKittymon: : ::licks Sara's face once:: Your *real* home. The place you belong. The place you'd be if the *humans* hadn't kidnapped you.
Quantum Catz: SA: I wasn't kidnapped - i was rescued
YarnKittymon: : ::one of the cats says something, and Thiwas's mother glares at him, then smiles back at Sara:: What about Daniel?
YarnKittymon: DN: ::mrrs; softly:: I want to go back to Marquis.
Quantum Catz: SA: Dan has Becky!
YarnKittymon: : ::looks back at the other cats, and they pounce at Sara and Daniel, aiming to restrain them, and trying very hard not to hurt them::
Quantum Catz: SA: ::panicks and tries to fight them off::
YarnKittymon: : ::one of the cats accidentally bites Sara's back paw, pretty hard, but a couple more grab her front and back paws and hold her parallel to the ground so she can't use them::
Quantum Catz: SA: ::cries out, upset:: Please! I want to go home!
YarnKittymon: DN: ::is similarly restrained; mrrs:: Please?
YarnKittymon: : ::the cats carry Sara and Daniel back towards their camp without speaking::
Maeve Owens: TW: ::he watches them, his tail twitching nervously, not liking how his new friends are being treated::
Quantum Catz: SA: ::meows sadly::
YarnKittymon: DN: ::meows too::
YarnKittymon: : ::the cats unceremoniously put Daniel and Sara into the hut in the middle of the camp; it's quite large and rather sturdily built, and has a bowl filled with water and some meat on a plate on the floor; they close the door as
YarnKittymon: soon as Daniel and Sara are inside::
Quantum Catz: SA: ::tries to stand up but cries out in pain when she stands on her back paw, and sits back down::
YarnKittymon: DN: ::meows sadly, nuzzling at Sara and licking her wound::
Quantum Catz: SA: ::uncertainly:: They'll come right? Becky'll come?
YarnKittymon: DN: ::meows again:: I know she'll come. Don't worry. ::meows again, so loudly it can easily be heard through the wall::
Quantum Catz: SA: I hope she can find us
Maeve Owens: TW: ::he walks over to the hut, intent on seeing them, hoping they'll still like him::
YarnKittymon: : ::there's two cats--one cut up pretty badly from Sara's struggles--guarding the hut entrance, and they tell Thiwas he can't go in::
YarnKittymon: DN: She can find me anywhere. ::meows:: Unless she ran away again.
Quantum Catz: SA: ::shouts:: Why are you doing this? We don't want to stay!
YarnKittymon: : ::the guards don't know English so they don't understand Sara without a translator::

Quantum Catz: BM: ::appears inside Toby's house with him, looking tired; takes a step back:: Guess i'll ee you around
YarnKittymon: TY: ::nods, having trouble figuring out what to say:: Yeah. Thanks.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::looks at him, a rather sad expression on her face and seems about to say something but stops herself:: Sure ::runs a hand through her hair and heads for the door::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::looks at Becky, worried; softly:: I guess you're too tired to just teleport back home.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::shrugs and smiles weakly:: I'll be okay - it's not like i've got anywhere else i need to teleport to tonite
YarnKittymon: TY: ::smiles back:: Thanks. I owe you.
Quantum Catz: BM: That's okay - it was just a trip to Coney, not much to shout about
YarnKittymon: TY: ::shakes his head, briefly smiling as though nothing happened to wreck their relationship:: See you.
Quantum Catz: BM: Bye ::heads off back to her house:
YarnKittymon: : ::the lights are all off inside--not completely unusual given that Daniel hardly needs them--but the radio's off, and nothing seems at all disturbed from when Becky left::
Quantum Catz: BM: Dan? You here?
YarnKittymon: : ::no one answers::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::looks around the house, calling his name to see if he's about::
YarnKittymon: : ::there's still no answer; his bed is still made, and doesn't have much fur on it, which probably means didn't even nap in it::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::sighs:: Where are you, Dan? ::leaves the house and heads to Sammi's to see if she knows where he is::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::reaches Sammi's house and knocks on the door::
Maeve Owens: SY: ::The door swings open immediately, revealing a very worried Samantha. She looks disappointed to see that its only Becky:: You haven't seen Sara or Dan have you? ::although from the look on her face she already knows the answer,
Maeve Owens: and is expecting the worse::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::frowns:: You mean they're not here?
Maeve Owens: SY: ::she shakes her head:: I haven't seen them since this morning. I've searched the whole town over, twice. I forced myself to sit here and wait for a few hours hoping she'd show up. I was just about to head back out... ::she bites her lower lip::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::sighs:: They probably they just went off into the woods and lost track of the time
Maeve Owens: SY: Maybe, but after last time, ::sighs:: You're right. I'm probably worrying over nothing. ::attempts a weak smile::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::rubs her eyes for a moment:: God, i wish i hadn't used up all my energy
Maeve Owens: SY: Are you okay? Would you like to come in and rest for a while? ::she steps back, pulling the door open farther:: You can wait here, I have to go check the woods. The waiting is killing me.
Quantum Catz: BM: It's okay - i'm fine for moving around - i just can't teleport anywhere
Maeve Owens: SY: ::nods, looking relieved:: Thats good, come on. ::she closes the door and locks it::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::follows Sammy::
Maeve Owens: SY: ::heads off towards the woods::
YarnKittymon: : ::it's getting hard to see in the woods, and they don't hear or see any signs of the cats::
Maeve Owens: SY: ::she continues to call out for Sara, becoming more nervous the farther they go::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::if she wasn't regretting going to Coney now, she definitely is now; softly:: I don't think we're going to find them on our own - it's getting too dark
Maeve Owens: SY: Who else could we get to help?
Quantum Catz: BM: I don't know ::runs a hand down her face, trying to think:: Maybe Eli could track them...?
Maeve Owens: SY: ::nods:: I guess its worth a shot.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::turns back and heads towards Toby's house again::
Maeve Owens: SY: ::she follows Becky::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::opens the door when they knock, his natural smile fading slightly as he sees how worried the women look:: Hi...
Quantum Catz: BM: Hey, is Eli here?
YarnKittymon: JH: Yeah. I'll get him. ::goes in to do so::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::appears at the door within a few minutes, a frown on his face:: Yeah?
YarnKittymon: JH: ::follows his brother to the door, silently looking up at Becky and Sammy::
Maeve Owens: DK: ::comes down the stairs, curious to what all the commotion is about.::
Maeve Owens: SY: ::not knowing the Kindall's all that well, she stays quiet, looking anxiously at Becky then back to the boys in front of her::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::looks at Eli:: Dan and Sara have gone missing...we were kind of hoping...that you would help us try to find them...
Quantum Catz: EK: Help you how?
YarnKittymon: JH: ::interrupts:: I saw them today; they went out into the forest.
Quantum Catz: BM: Yeah, well...it doesn't look like they came out
YarnKittymon: JH: ::frowns::
Maeve Owens: SY: ::looking at Eli hopefully:: Becky seemed to think that you might be able to track them...
Quantum Catz: EK: ::frowns:: I dunno...maybe...
Maeve Owens: SY: We'd appreciate it very much if you would try.
Maeve Owens: DK: ::she's standing just behind Josh, her complexion pale with a far off look in her eye, like she's looking straight through them::
YarnKittymon: : ::Dolly finds herself, or at least her spirit, among a group of about half a dozen cats, none of which seems to be speaking (or if they are, not in English), and most of which hiss upon seeing her::
Maeve Owens: DK: ::looks terrified to suddenly be surrounded by a group of hostile cats. She glances around her, looking for an escape::
YarnKittymon: : ::there's no way out, and one of them jumps at her throat--but he just goes right through her::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::looks back at his sister, alarmed, and then shakes her arm:: Dolly! Wake up!
Quantum Catz: BM: ::blinks:: Is she okay?
Maeve Owens: DK: ::she sucks in a sharp breath, swaying a little as she comes out of it; murmers:: cats... so many of them... ::one hand rubs her throat::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::still looks rather worried:: Dolly?
Maeve Owens: DK: ::she shrugs, trying to cover it up:: Nothing, its nothing really I just thought I saw a bunch of large cats.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::looks a bit pale:: Cats like Dan and Sara?
Maeve Owens: DK: ::slowly, she nods her head::
Maeve Owens: SY: What about Sara? Were they there?
YarnKittymon: JH: They're probably there, if the cats are real, I mean.
Quantum Catz: BM; ::groans slightly, under her breath, looking worried::
Maeve Owens: SY: ::glances at Becky:: Whats the matter? Do you know where they are?
Quantum Catz: BM; Not really - but if they are who i think they are...i don't think they're going to let Dan or Sara go without a fight
Maeve Owens: DK: ::she backs away, intending to run to her room::
Maeve Owens: SY: ::she pales:: Why?
Quantum Catz: BM: Because they'll think that they belong with them
YarnKittymon: JH: But we can just fight them, right?
Maeve Owens: SY: ::drops her face into her hands, rubbing tiredly at her eyes. When she glances up again she has a determined look on her face:: Then how do we get them back.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::sighs:: I don't know - the last time they tried to keep Daniel we just suddenly reappeared back home...
Maeve Owens: SY: Any chance of that happening again?
YarnKittymon: JH: ::looks at Becky:: You can re-appear them, right?
Quantum Catz: BM: Not till probably tomorrow and maybe only one of them if they're far enough away
Maeve Owens: SY: We cant wait until tomorrow... what if something happens to them before then?
YarnKittymon: JH: ::frowns, then looks up again:: But we'd all help you get them out.
Quantum Catz: BM: If it helps...i don't think they'd really hurt the cats - they're more likely to hurt us
Maeve Owens: SY: I dont want to leave her there overnight. And what if you can only get one of them out? That would be much worse for the one left behind. ::shakes her head, looking at Becky with pleading eyes:: I cant leave her there.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::looks back at Eli:: You could at least find out where they are, right?
Quantum Catz: BM: ::rubs her eyes:: Even if we go looking now - it might take us till morning to reach them - cats can move a lot faster than we can
Maeve Owens: SY: I'd feel better doing something then just waiting at home and then... ::she shakes her head, looking completely frustrated and worried about the situation::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::after a moment, pushes by Becky and Sammy, heading out:: I'll find Isaac and Maeve. They'll know what to do.
Maeve Owens: SY: ::she doesnt care who goes, just as long as someone helps her get Sara back, so she follows Josh::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::goes to the small café Maeve and Isaac have been known to visit, since that's where Isaac said they'd be; looks in the windows, then goes in the door::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::Looks up:: Josh? What are you doing here?
YarnKittymon: JH: ::quickly:: Daniel and Sara are missing. We think they're with some big cats who won't let them go.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::her eyes widen and she chokes on her drink:: What?
YarnKittymon: JH: Dolly had a dream, only she was awake, but that's probably where they are, don't you think?
Maeve Owens: SY: ::she glances between Maeve and Isaac:: Can you help me get Sara back? Please?
Quantum Catz: IS: I, uh...i guess....do you know whereabouts they might be?
Maeve Owens: SY: ::shakes her head:: We were hoping that Eli might be able to track them.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::shakes her head:: It'll be dangerous... they wont take too kindly to our presence.
Quantum Catz: BM: I think they might well be the same cats that took Dan the last time...or at least have the same viewpoint... ::wryly:: which means they'll try to hurt us
YarnKittymon: JH: ::eagerly:: I'm not scared of cats!
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she stands up, looking worriedly at Becky:: What happened that you cant teleport over to them?
Quantum Catz: BM: I...kinda teleported over to Coney for the day...so i'm wiped
Maeve Owens: MV: Oh. ::for a moment she looks a little homesick for the place but quickly shoves it away:: Are we going to go and make another rescue?
Quantum Catz: BM: Guess so - we can't just leave them there
Maeve Owens: MV: Well, lets move then! ::heads for the door::: Anyone got a game plan?
YarnKittymon: JH: I can hide your scent so they don't know you're coming!
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she glances down at him, one eyebrow raised:: Then they'll just hear our footsteps. You should stay back here anyway, and, um, look after Dolly. ::smiles::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::shakes his head quickly:: If there's a lot of cats you'll need help, right?
Quantum Catz: BM: Yeah, but they're rather viscious cats...it wouldn't be safe
YarnKittymon: JH: ::sounding hurt:: Then it wouldn't be safe for Maeve and Isaac either.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::gives the boy a sympathetic smile:: We'll be fine. Besides, trips to the forest are never fun. You wont be missing out on much.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::slowly:: Well, you can't go by yourselves, anyway, if there's a big group of cats.
Quantum Catz: BM: We managed before
YarnKittymon: JH: ::sighs, then suddenly hugs Maeve:: Be careful.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she smiles, returning the hug:: I will.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::turns back to Isaac, frowning:: Are you going too?
Quantum Catz: IS: YEah, i'd better - then if one of them gets hurt i can help them
Maeve Owens: SY: ::nervously:: Then can we please hurry? ::she edges towards the door::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::frowns:: But if you get hurt no one can heal you. ::brightens:: Unless you take Toby too.
Quantum Catz: IS: I guess...
Maeve Owens: MV: Then we'd better hurry up and collect him. ::ushers them out the door and back over to get Toby::
YarnKittymon: : ::they meet Toby in the street, coming towards the café; he looks at them with a frown:: If they're kidnapped, I want to come try and help. ::looks at Becky as if asking her permission::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::shrugs and looks down, she's looking even more stressed and pale than she did when he saw her before::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::nearly reaches for Becky's hand, but stops himself in time, shoving his hands into his pockets:: Let's go, then.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::nods and moves off in the direction of the forest::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::turns into a wolf once they reach the forest, lowering his nose to the ground to try and pick up the scent of the cats::
YarnKittymon: : ::he can scent three cats quite strongly, and perhaps a couple others more faintly, depending on how good he is at tracking::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::begins to follow the stronger scent of the three cats::
YarnKittymon: : ::the moon is waning, so they have to rely on Eli mostly, not being able to see too well in the forest::
YarnKittymon: : ::one of the scents seems to go in two directions after quite a bit of walking, but it continues along with the first two scents, and is quickly joined by a fourth::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::slows a bit when the scents split off but continues to follow the first two scents::
YarnKittymon: : ::after they've been walking for over an hour, Eli hears a slight noise, like footsteps, that the others probably wouldn't have heard, though he might not be thinking enough like an animal to think anything of it::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::pauses for a moment when he hears the noise, his ear twitching in the direction of the sound, although he continues to follow the scents::
YarnKittymon: : ::after another minute or two, Eli can definitely hear something approaching at what might be best described as a gallop, though there's no hoofbeats, but in just a few seconds after that, a great orange cat has leapt at the
YarnKittymon: wolf, clawing and biting at his throat::
Maeve Owens: MV: Eli! ::the attack surprises her but she quickly dashes to Eli's rescue, forming a fireball and attempting to burn the cat to get it to release him::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::snarls and snaps at the cat, trying to bite at its throat::
YarnKittymon: : ::the cat hisses at Eli, the flesh on its back burnt, but it keeps fighting, even as Eli gets a good hold of its shoulder::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::digs his teeth in hard::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::turns up the fireball another notch and tugs on the animals fur:: Let go already! He's not your dinner! ::glances over her shoulder:: A little help here!
YarnKittymon: : ::the cat makes an awful mrow noise and tries to roll away from Maeve and Eli, though its shoulder's still stuck::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::has already formed a couple throwing knives but doesn't dare throw them, afraid he'll miss and kill Eli or Maeve::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::lets go of the cat when it tries to pull away, afraid of getting burnt himself::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she steps back when the cat lets go::
YarnKittymon: : ::the cat backs off, looking back coldly at the people, arching its back::
Maeve Owens: MV: We probably shouldn't let it get away....
YarnKittymon: TY: ::very softly:: I could probably kill it, or at least hurt it bad, without getting any closer.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::snaps at the cat:: Do you understand English? What have you done with Dan and Sara?
YarnKittymon: : ::the cat hisses, its tail twitching; after a moment it replies with something that sounds menacing, but isn't English::
Quantum Catz: BM: Do you have them? Nod your head or shake it
YarnKittymon: : ::the cat's tail bristles, and its ears are back, but it doesn't move its head::
Quantum Catz: BM: Tell me!
YarnKittymon: : ::the cat says quite a bit more, still looking defensive, but sounding in tone as though it's trying to explain itself--though the words still aren't English::
Quantum Catz: BM: :graons, looking frustrated:: I don't suppose any of you guys got that?
YarnKittymon: TY: ::shakes his head silently::
Maeve Owens: SY: ::she shakes her head::
Maeve Owens: MV: So why dont we just tie him up and leave him? We cant be that much farther away.
YarnKittymon: TY: ::frowns:: Are you going to brave the claws and teeth?
Maeve Owens: MV: Knock him out or just kill him then. I just wouldn't let him make too much more noise... there could be more near by.
Quantum Catz: EK: ::flicks his ears, listening out for others::
YarnKittymon: : ::Eli doesn't hear any more cats::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::softly:: I don't think it'll just let us by, anyway. ::a little louder:: You okay, Eli?
Maeve Owens: MV: Then kill it! How good are you at throwing those knives? Can you take it out in one shot?
YarnKittymon: TY: ::nods, looking a bit pale:: Probably...
Quantum Catz: EK: ::snarls slightly, licking at one of his cuts, but he doesn't seem badly hurt::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::finally, sounding a bit upset; softly:: Becky, do you want me to...?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::mutters:: We dont have much of a choice, he gets back to their camp and we'll have a whole group of cats on us in seconds.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::doesn't look too happy about the idea of killing the cat:: But if they find this one dead, they aren't going to be any happier with us
YarnKittymon: TY: ::nods, thinking, and then forms the knife in his hand into what looks at first like a bit of string; hands part to Maeve:: I don't think we can tie it, but maybe we can catch it in a net.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she takes the string from him, nodding:: Okay. ::takes a deep breath and prays this works::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::dashes forward towards the cat, holding two corners of the net, and hoping Maeve comes along just as quickly--the cat snarls and tries to leap at Toby, and they wind up in a struggle, with not a few scratches between Maeve
YarnKittymon: and Toby, but in the end the cat's trapped; Toby jumps back from the net he secured::
Quantum Catz: IS: Are you two okay?
YarnKittymon: TY: ::lightly touches a long cut on his arm, just stopping the bleeding:: I'm fine.
YarnKittymon: : ::the cat starts to yell awful-sounding things at them, or maybe as a cry of alarm::

Maeve Owens: SY: ::walks up to the cat pulling a thick branch behind her, she attempts to whack it over the head hoping that it would silence the animal. She had a look of determination on her face, like she was willing to do just about anything to get Sara back safe and sound::
YarnKittymon: : ::the cat goes limp and silent, its eyes still open::
Maeve Owens: SY: ::drops the stick, looking a bit horrified:: I... I didnt mean to kill it.. but it wouldnt shut up. ::looks close to tears:: How are we ever going to get them back?
YarnKittymon: TY: ::looks at Isaac silently::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::uncertainly:: I can try to bring it back...
YarnKittymon: TY: ::frowning:: You might try it. We might be able to use it as a hostage.
Maeve Owens: MV: Just dont bring it fully back or it will start yelling again.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::kneels down and places his hands on the cat's side and head, concentrating::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::reaches for the cat and gently forms a muzzle over its mouth::
YarnKittymon: : ::the cat wakes almost before Toby's done, trying to snap at their hands through the net, but its jaw is stuck shut; it struggles madly, trying to claw its way free::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::stands up and backs away a bit::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::softly:: We need a plan, don't we? What are we up against?
Maeve Owens: MV: A lot of cats like that one.
Quantum Catz: BM: Most of whom probably hate me and Sammy for having Dan and Sara live with us
YarnKittymon: TY: ::puts his hands in his pockets:: So we really don't have much choice but to fight them, do we?
Maeve Owens: MV: I dont see how we are going to avoid it, unless we can sneak in and sneak out.
Maeve Owens: MV: Oh! What about a diversion! We need a diversion. Get all the cats out of their village.
Quantum Catz: BM: BM: ::groans and covers her face with her hands:: And this happens the one damn night i can't teleport - how do we do a diversion without putting someone in danger?
YarnKittymon: TY: ::doubtfully:: If we could make them *all* come out *here,* and one of us snuck back to wherever they're living...
Maeve Owens: MV: It shouldnt be just one. We should probably go in pairs.
Quantum Catz: EK: ::shifts back to his human form:: I can make a diversion - and i bet i can get away too ::looks at the trapped cat and seems about to snarl like the wolf he just was::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::frowns; quietly:: That's dangerous, Eli.
Quantum Catz: EK: Yeah but if they get too close i can just fly away - i can do it ::glares at Toby as if daring him to contradict him, although he glances slightly warily at his brother::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::looks at the ground; softly:: Cats eat birds, you know.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::shakes her head, not likingt the idea at all and remembering what almost happened to Serena:: And they arent afraid of dogs either and even if you try and look like one of them they'll know your not by your smell...
Quantum Catz: EK: They eat birds who get too close - if i'm above the tree level they can't reach me - and i don't want them to be afraid of me, do i? i want them to chace me
YarnKittymon: TY: ::doesn't like this either, but just looks at Isaac:: Well, it's your call.
Maeve Owens: MV: I was just letting you know unless at some point you decided to *try* and scare them. What if you dont change fast enough?
Quantum Catz: EK: I can *do* it - i wouldn't say i could if i couldn't ::looks at his brother::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::sighs, and looks to Isaac too::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::looks serous for a moment, not saying anything, and then:: As long as you swear that you'll get away well before they're too close - if anyting happens to you i promise i'll follow you to the afterlife and make the rest of eternity miserable for you
Quantum Catz: EK: ::smiles as if he doesn't quite believe that his brother's saying 'yes' and nods:: I swear - i told you - i can do it
YarnKittymon: TY: ::looks back at Eli seriously:: So what's the plan? Lead them back to us?
Quantum Catz: EK: If you want me to - or i could just lead them away from town for you
YarnKittymon: TY: ::shrugs:: Worth a try, if we can get away from a fight.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::really hates the fact that she suggested it now:: Should someone go with him?
Quantum Catz: EK: You'd slow me down
Maeve Owens: MV: ::shrugs:: Thought I should ask just in case...
YarnKittymon: TY: ::nods:: Okay. Be careful, Eli.
Quantum Catz: IS: Yeah, you'd better be careful ::looks for a moment like he's regretting his decision but he doesn't say anything::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::squeezes Isaac's shoulder, though he doesn't look so certain himself:: He'll be fine. Let's get going so we don't miss our chance.
Maeve Owens: SY: ::softly:: Good luck Eli. Come back safe. ::smiles thankfully at him, although she feels the uncertainty of it as well::
Quantum Catz: EK: Kay, well, the cat people are that way ::points:: I'm gonna go round a bit so they don't head towards you. See ya ::changes into a variation of the cat in front of them and bounds off and away from them::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::forms a few knives and another net just in case as he walks quickly in the direction Eli pointed::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::his eyes follow Eli for a moment and then he follows Toby::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::follows them::
Maeve Owens: SY: ::follows them too::
YarnKittymon: : ::they soon sense they're nearing the village, though there's no cats in sight and no sounds to indicate it--then they hear a couple shouts and growls, very cat-like, though they can't tell if they're happy or not::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::slows down, hiding behind trees as he goes; he catches a glimpse of several cats a ways ahead, around what looks like a single hut, and he motions to his friends to look, silently::
YarnKittymon: : ::the rest of the cats have chased Eli, calling out in the cat language, and the white cat in rather mangled English, asking him to stop::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::frowns; whispers:: now what? another diversion?
YarnKittymon: TY: ::shrugs, not wanting to draw attention to themselves; looks forward hesitantly, and then tries to sneak closer--the cats look up, ears perked, each hearing something::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::changes into a lion, speeding up::
YarnKittymon: : ::the cats continue to follow, begging for him to stop--two seem to drop away, and two others try to drive Eli to the left, so they can head him off up ahead::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::continues straight ahead, hoping that the cats won't be able to keep up with his pace in the long term::
YarnKittymon: : ::the white cat finally springs at Eli with all her might, claws out, though only aiming to pin Eli, not to damage him::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::uses his weight to try and pin the cat, growling::
YarnKittymon: : ::the cat is pinned, hissing and struggling to break free, but the other cats catch up, surrounding Eli::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::looks around, snarling, and then turns and jumps forward, aiming for a gap between the surrounding cats, and changing in midair into a hawk::
YarnKittymon: : ::one of the cats leaps at Eli, glancing his wing with a claw::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::cries out and struggles with his flight though he keeps moving up into the air::
YarnKittymon: : ::once the bird's well over their heads, the cats can't leap again--after a brief discussion, they send the white cat to track the bird as best it can and the others go back towards the camp::
YarnKittymon: : ::back at the camp, one of the cats--a dark grey one with blue eyes--finally starts walking towards Becky and everyone else set to rescue Sara and Daniel::
Quantum Catz: EK: :keeps as high above the trees as he can, though his flight is rather erratic::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::hisses:: We need to do something, it's coming this way
YarnKittymon: : ::the cat follows as best she can, not even trying to stay hidden::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::picks up a rock and throws it far away from them::
YarnKittymon: : ::the cat hears the rock hit the ground, and shouts back something at the other cats, then advances on the humans, eyes lighting up with rage as she sees Becky and Maeve::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::smirks, grumbling:: Well, it always works in the movies.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::weakly:: It doesn't look too happy to see us, does it?
YarnKittymon: NT: ::looks at them levelly:: We outnumber you. Leave now and you won't be hurt.
Quantum Catz: BM: Dan doesn't want to be with you - didn't you get that through your thick heads last time?
YarnKittymon: NT: ::growls:: He's going to want to be a *father* soon--do you really want to have *that* living in your house?
Quantum Catz: BM: ::grits her teeth: I'll deal with whatever happens when it happens, but as long as he wants to stay with me i'm not going to let you keep him like this
YarnKittymon: NT: ::hisses:: You won't be happy until every one of us is dead, except your two precious kittens!
Maeve Owens: MV: ::forms a fireball:: That could be arranged. Or you could just surrender.
Quantum Catz: BM: I don't care! You can live however the hell you want if you'd just stop kidnapping them!
YarnKittymon: NT: ::glares at Becky and Maeve:: You *had* your kittens, and then you *drowned* our people! Taking these two won't replace the dozen you stole from us!
Maeve Owens: SY: ::attempts to move as quietly as possibly towards the hut::
Maeve Owens: MV: Well, it wasnt like we did it on *purpose*.
YarnKittymon: : ::the cat who'd chased the rock is now coming back to the camp, and he sees Sammy, and bounds towards her, fiercely::
Quantum Catz: BM: Taking them against their will won't help you rebuild your people
YarnKittymon: NT: ::hisses:: We'll have the kittens in a year or two--if they aren't killed by you humans.
Maeve Owens: SY: ::yelps and runs back towards the group and jumps behind Toby::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::takes out one of his throwing knives, looking levelly at the other cat, who seems content to stand next to Natalie::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::bitterly:: Being held hostage doesnt make for the best breeding conditions.
Quantum Catz: BM: And you'd turn two of your own into cattle - fit to breed more kittens but not to be real people and live their own lives
YarnKittymon: NT: ::growls, snapping at Becky:: They'd learn to be happy here, living the way they were always *meant* to!
Maeve Owens: MV: Its a little too late for that, and you cant force anyone to be happy.
YarnKittymon: : ::another cat comes running up to Natalie, about to say something, but it has a look of pure terror and misery on its face when it sees Becky and Maeve--after it gets control of itself it murmurs something to Natalie, who glares back at the others:: How many more of you *are* there?
Maeve Owens: MV: A bunch.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::smiles wryly:: There'll always be more of us than you
YarnKittymon: NT: ::growls, her ears back and her tail down; after a long pause, softly:: We only have one kitten...now...and hunting's not so good around here. We might not have any more--if we're lucky, maybe 3 or 4 that survive to become adults. You're asking us to kill our people.
Quantum Catz: BM: I'm asking you to give Dan and Sara a choice - they deserve that don't they?
YarnKittymon: NT: ::snarls:: Like we had a chance to avoid drowning? By the time we knew what was happening it was too late! ::growls again, looking as unhappy as she is angry::
Maeve Owens: MV: Dan and Sara had nothing to do with it! Something they had no control over shouldnt be held against them.
YarnKittymon: NT: ::claws at the grass beneath her front paws, tail twitching, looking rather upset::
Maeve Owens: MV: Well? Are you going to let them make the decision or not?
Quantum Catz: BM: ::hesitates:: You're right, you know - Dan...and Sara probably will want to have kittens one day...wouldn't you rather they chose to come to you rather than you keep them here and have them hate you?
YarnKittymon: NT: ::lowers her head, mrring sadly:: They won't come back. ::turns back towards the camp; quietly:: Come and look at what remains of our people. We'll be gone someday, but maybe the memory can live.
Quantum Catz: ((are the shuhuh still alive present day?))
Quantum Catz: BM: ::looks down, her hand absently moving to her stomach as she thinks of all the things that could be if only the world were a better place:: I'm sorry...
Maeve Owens: MV: ::squashes the fireball, utterly shocked that the cat gave in::
YarnKittymon: ((Yeah--or at least they were when I last left them, though some things have changed in the timeline since then ^_^; ))
YarnKittymon: NT: ::walks slowly, followed by the other cats close by::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::glances at Toby for a moment, sadly, and then turns and follows the cats::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::looking straight ahead, rather sober himself, but after a little bit turns towards Becky as he walks beside her, the faint hint of what could almost be a smile on his lips:: We won, didn't we?
YarnKittymon: : ::the camp is just one hut built in a settlement--it's hard to tell if the cats built it or if they just took over one that had been abandoned. There's 10 cats there, including Thiwas the kitten, but at a word from Natalie, the cats reluctantly open the hut door::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::softly:: Shame that always means that someone has to lose though
Maeve Owens: SY: ::she follows them, looking eager to see Sara::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::hangs back behind the crowd, letting Sara and Becky have their moment with the kittens::
YarnKittymon: DN: ::comes bounding out of the hut with no regard for anyone who might be standing in his way; quickly spots Becky and runs to her, just about pouncing her, with his claws retracted, nuzzling her shoulder::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::laughs:: Hey, Dan
Maeve Owens: SY: ::quickly goes over to Sara::
YarnKittymon: DN: I told Sara you'd come. ::glances back at his friend, dropping to all fours again and purring audibly::
Quantum Catz: SA: ::bounds out:: Fresh air at last ::raises her head to the sky for a moment and then starts to bound around Sara exitedly:: I'm so glad you came - i was afraid no-one would be able to find us!
YarnKittymon: TY: ::looks around at the cats, silently, his hands still in his pockets::
YarnKittymon: NT: ::after a moment, very quietly:: Your friend who can change to look like other creatures was hurt.
Maeve Owens: SY: ::laughs:: I'm glad you're okay. And I'd find you no matter what.
Quantum Catz: IS: What? How badly?
YarnKittymon: NT: ::not sounding terribly concerned:: They said it was still flying last they saw--but they left someone to follow, and if it fell from the sky, she would've eaten it by now.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::suddenly looks rather pale:: They what?
YarnKittymon: NT: Well, she *might* not have eaten it--if it can change to look like a cat it could've helped us, you know.
YarnKittymon: TY: ::glances back at everyone, then sets off vaguely towards the direction Eli had gone, without saying a word::
Quantum Catz: IS: What and you'd've used him like breeding stock as well? Get over yourselves - if you're that cruel to everyone you meet then you probably don't deserve to survive ::follows after Toby::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::walks quickly, going out of his way to step into dry leaves and brush and anything else that'll make noise; glances back at Isaac:: We'll find him.
Quantum Catz: IS: If he didn't head back here then he would've gone towards town - especially if he thought he might fall
YarnKittymon: NT: ::rests on her haunches, her tail twitching:: As if humans have a right to speak about *cruelty.*
YarnKittymon: TY: ::nods:: Lead the way. And don't be quiet about it; if we can attract the cat's attention, all the better.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::wryly:: Well then maybe you should consider trying not to stoop to our level then
Maeve Owens: MV: Um, maybe we should get going. ::looks off in the direction Toby and Isaac went::
YarnKittymon: DN: ::mrrs in agreement::
Quantum Catz: IS: Okay
YarnKittymon: TY: ::walks alongside Isaac, keeping his eyes out for either a bird or a cat, or maybe both::
Maeve Owens: SY: Come on Sara, lets go home. ::smiles and starts to leave::
YarnKittymon: : ::after a little bit, a pure white cat pounces Toby, clawing unmercifully, and trying to bite his throat; Toby managed to shield his throat with one arm, but his wrists are pinned and he's otherwise helpless::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::looks at Natasha:: I'm sorry - maybe they will want to come back one day - in the end everyone gets curious about where they came from
YarnKittymon: NT: ::growls softly:: If there's anything *left* of us by then. Leave, before you kill another of us.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::sighs:: Like i said...i'm sorry - but it's still their choice
YarnKittymon: NT: ::glares at Becky and the others as they leave, but makes no move to fight::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::grabs a stick and hits out at the cat:: What have you done to my brother?
YarnKittymon: : ::the cat releases Toby's arm from its jaws to ask:: Whathh--furrutharr?
Quantum Catz: IS: My brother! The bird, or cat or whatever he was
YarnKittymon: : ::the cat looks slightly puzzled:: Hi farr.
Quantum Catz: IS: He what?
YarnKittymon: : *Farr*, win tha tharriis.
Quantum Catz: IS: :: just looks confused:: In the what?
YarnKittymon: : *Tharriis*. Whith tha rriths ranth tha tharanthis. ::motions with its head to the nearest tree trunk, still not taking its claws out of Toby::
Quantum Catz: IS: In the trees? Oh hell - where? Near here?
YarnKittymon: : ::the cat nods, motioning the other direction:: Nyoth finth him.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::groans, covering his face with his hands for a moment:: He swore... ::looks up:: I need to find him
YarnKittymon: TY: ::weakly:: I'm right behind you, but you mind pulling this *thing* off me first?
Quantum Catz: IS: ::looks at the cat, wondering if he'll have to fight it to get Toby out::
YarnKittymon: : ::the cat hisses at Toby, then looks back up at Isaac, its tail twitching:: Myuu noth hath him. Hith myine.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::tightens his grip on the stick:: What do you need him for? Another bit of revenge against us humans for being so damn evil?
YarnKittymon: : ::the cat nods, shifting its claws slightly, so that Toby gasps::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::finally groans and just moves straight at the cat, swinging the stick round hard and hoping that if he can at least free Toby then they both might have a chance of getting away alive::
YarnKittymon: : ::the cat snarls, digging one set of claws into Toby deeper, and grabbing him with its legs as well, but releasing one paw to swipe at Isaac--that's all Toby needs to get a hold on the cat's front paw and change it to a mess of blood and muscle; the cat continues to fight Toby but it's not long at all before it pulls back defensively::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::takes an uncertain step back when the cat does::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::is breathing hard, both his legs and arms bleeding, but he forms a throwing knife:: I'm not going to go easy on you the next time.
YarnKittymon: : ::the cat licks one of its wounds, pained, and in a moment it turns and limps away, to hole up somewhere safe 'til it's healed::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::moves towards Toby to heal him::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::cringes, not moving until Isaac's done; when he is, softly:: Thanks. Come on. ::walks off, calling:: Eli!
Quantum Catz: IS: ::calls his brother's name as well, though he can't help but look back the way the cat went::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::glances back too, but, softly:: *He's* not coming back for us. He might send the others, but I'll take 'em.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::sighs:: Yeah ::and starts to call out for his brother again, looking up into the trees::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::looks around, too, calling, and checking the ground more::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::after a while, they hear a sound that starts off like a bird's cry and half turns into a strangled groan before they hear the thump of something heavy falling into the bushes to their left::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::instantly turns that way, not even thinking about any danger that might be present:: Eli?!
Quantum Catz: EK: ::is lying on the ground, on his back, his body still stuck in a half form between human and hawk:: Bones...bones too...
YarnKittymon: TY: ::instantly kneels next to Eli, running a hand over whatever hair the boy has:: Ssh...it's OK. We're here now. Isaac's gonna make you better, OK?
Quantum Catz: EK: ::weakly:: Fix the bones...birds' are hollow...need to change them...
Quantum Catz: IS: ::drops to his knees:: Okay, okay ::starts to heal Eli's broken bones::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::just keeps a hand on Eli's strange face, silently watching::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::as soon as Isaac's fixed his bones, Eli pushes his brother away, and slowly begins to change. The transformation is so much slower than normal though, that Toby can probably hear the cracking of bones. When it stops, Eli doesn't look much different than before but he seems happier in himself:: Better now - solid... ::closes his eyes::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::nods; softly:: Are you all right? Does your brother need to heal anything else?
Quantum Catz: EK: ::doesn't reply, although his breathing seems normal enough::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::looks up at Isaac, shrugging::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::uses his powers on Eli anyway, just in case:: He maybe just needs to get his strength back a bit
YarnKittymon: TY: ::nods:: It would've been easier if he'd just stayed a hawk; we could've carried him home real easy. But I guess we can wait. Be easier to walk home with a bit of sunlight anyway.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::looking worriedly at his brother:: Yeah...
YarnKittymon: TY: ::after a long pause:: And it's probably just as well I don't come back to town the same time as Maeve, anyway.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::looks up:: Why?
YarnKittymon: TY: ::not looking up:: I thought you'd heard the rumors.
Quantum Catz: IS: I don't tend to listen to rumours - people can spread around a lot of crap when they want to
YarnKittymon: TY: ::shrugs:: Good. ::pauses:: But I guess you'll hear 'em someday.
Quantum Catz: IS: Rumours about you and Maeve?
YarnKittymon: TY: ::softly:: The day Lu...after we split up...I stayed the night at Maeve's, just because I didn't have anywhere else to go. And that...might be enough to keep the divorce from going through.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::hesitates and then says:: I'm sorry...i know how much you want things to work with Becky...
YarnKittymon: TY: ::nods, looking down at Eli, looking rather sober:: She doesn't think it'll work out, not for anything.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::hesitates again:: You know how Eli is - he decides things are going to work out his way and he tries to force them to but that sometimes just makes things harder for him...so then...you get other people...who admit defeat from
Quantum Catz: the start...then they're not disappointed later...or hurt any more...
YarnKittymon: TY: ::nods; after a long pause, softly:: How do you handle them so well? You can't be that much older than Dolly and Eli.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::shrugs:: I had to - it would have all fallen apart if i couldn't handle it...so i just had to find a way
YarnKittymon: TY: ::shakes his head:: It's something I want someday, too, but I'm not even sure I'm ready *now.* ::smiles weakly:: But I was the middle child, so my parents never really trusted me with that responsibility.
Quantum Catz: IS: I hope fatherhood isn't as hard as this... ::smiles weakly:: But i somehow doubt it...
YarnKittymon: TY: ::smiles:: I doubt it's any *harder,* anyway, and you're the best-prepared man for it in all of Marquis. Though I guess it's not too late for one of your siblings to go bad.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::laughs weakly:: Don't say that
YarnKittymon: TY: ::grins:: Nah; they're all great. I'm sure they'll be fine. ::after a pause:: Do you ever think about really being a father?
Quantum Catz: IS: I guess...one day...i think i'll wait till they're a bit more grown up fist
YarnKittymon: TY: ::nods, smirking slightly:: And you probably need the woman first besides. Though you've done a good enough job the orphanage would probably give you a couple babies if you asked 'em.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::chuckles slightly:: I don't think i could cope with a baby - at least the kids were a bit grown up first before i had to look after them myself
YarnKittymon: TY: ::nods, putting a hand on Eli's shoulder, but smiling at Isaac:: I still don't know how you managed it.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::shrugs:: I don't know really either - like i said - i just had to
YarnKittymon: TY: I guess that's how things work out--you don't know what you can do 'til you're forced to do it. ::looks down at the grass, sighing softly:: I sure hope she forgives me someday.
Quantum Catz: IS: Well...maybe she will...i guess these things just take time
YarnKittymon: TY: ::nods, smiling faintly:: Well, 'til then, at least I've had plenty to do.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::chuckles:: I guess so


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