Star shook from laughter, "This is crazy! And entertaining. Never have I ever seen anything like this! And I'm friends with very interesting characters." She told T.J. At that moment, she noticed 2 beasts headed towards the commotion.
"Speak of the devil!" Star grinned and stood up to greet them. "Arries! Starlight! So good to see familar faces!" Them afore mentioned wildcat and fox. "You came just in time!"
Arries the wildcat lifted her eyebrows, "Just in time for what?" She asked.
"A eating contest?" Starlight questioned. Star just noded, and ushered them to the front row seats.
TJ sheathed her sword, "You make a fair point." And then gave a bright grin, ears pricked forward in excitement. "Alright! Is everyone who wants to participate in the eating contest here? So far I have to say Rascal is in the lead but we have a close second contender catching up quick, a the new comer, Vrasku, who just started. This will be a marvelous event! So come one and come all!"
Dominique chimed in and amazing a bottle of rum appeared in her hand, "It's an event you don't wanna miss! Let's cheer on the champions!!" Before taking a huge drink and. Giving a cheer before jumping down from the table. This was a marvelous night indeed. She sauntered over to TJ, "Thanks mate." She said giving a cheery wink. Watching the three beats eating, "Also congrats on being Abbey Champion! Def cause for celebration tonight." TJ grinned before calling out! "Come Guys! A huge prize awaits!! Eat up."
TJ smiled again at Star, "Things are never boring with TJ and crew. Who are your friends?"
Rascal was, indeed, winning… If only for the moment.
Despite being a rather plump creature, the fox still had a normal fox sized stomach under his abnormally large belly, and it was getting full.
He managed to make it to plate four, where he hesitated, looking at one last cookie on his plate. He turned to the muscular fox at his side and whimpered.
"What if I eat one of the contestents? That counts as eating as much as they did, right?" Vrasku laughs on the other side of Rascal. "Kidding. Im just kidding." He says before anyone can chastise him for it.
Rascal cant help but notice, Vrasku's plate is full of only meat.
"You know..." Rascal said between labored breaths, "Just adding 'kidding,' to everything you say doesnt make it more believable."
Vrasku leaned closer and grinned, showing off his teeth. "Oh, but I was joking about eating the loser..." He whispered, smiling only growing, "I was planning on eating BOTH contestents."
The fox gulped. Deciding the lizard was just trying to scare him he left the crazy reptile to his own devices. He chose to focus on his opponant instead.
Rascal looked the muscular fox up and down, then looked at his own decidedly less musvular self, scowling, "Remind me again, how we could possibly have the same appitite..."
Katsuke looked up from his plate, and for the sake of the conversation, slowed his pace to only a few bites of food every second. “Attempting to eat either one or both of us would, I assume, be against the rules, good sir,” he stated, and proceeded to ignore the reptile for the rest of the competition – although he did reach back with one paw to place one of his kamas in his lap.
Then, he turned to Rascal, while shoving a rather large helping of pie onto his plate. “Fellow glutton, if you look closely, we happen to be of about the same size,” he commented, stuffing his face as he did so yet by some feat of astounding mouth-agility, managing to speak clearly as he did so. “I am clearly as tall as thou art wide.”
Hinata, standing off to the side and watching the competition, almost slapped her forehead. Katsuke had absolutely zero tact, and antagonizing his opponent -- no matter how unwittingly -- was the equivalent of egging them on. He might as well be throwing her money into a river. She sighed and moved quietly closer to the tables.
When she reached Katsuke, she bent down and whispered, “I’m positive that you’re flat broke. Here.” She slipped a small package of coins into his sash. “Don’t you dare lose.” With that, she spun around to walk back to where Jurou waited -- hopefully -- for her return.
She wasn’t exactly paying careful attention -- she was too annoyed at Bakuchiku – and as she turned, she bumped head-on into the ottermaid who was overseeing the party. Hinata stumbled back, almost tripping over her cloak but turning it into a backflip at the last second. She landed, somewhat stunned, and looked up at her host sheepishly.
Sorry, she signed, then realized that the otter wouldn’t understand Senshachaa sign, unless she was an enormously vast-travelling wanderer.
Star laughed, "Oh! This is Arries the squirrel, and Starlight the fox! They-" she was cut off by Rascal starting the fourth plate, which was accompanied by cheering. Arries joined in, though she barely knew what had happened. Starlight just scooted closer to Arries, as if the squirrel could protect her from the noise, her night sky eyes scanning the room.
"Go Rascal! You can beat them! Don't let Vrasku scare you!" Star yelled. She forgot about the conversation with T.J., totally engrossed with the intense glutton match. Starlight suddenly got up, and went to the other side of the room. She grabbed a few snacks off a table, and returned. Then both her and Arries ate them. Arries completely lost to the interest of the contest, and Starlight looking around the room.
Rascal snorted, "Just you wait. It will come back on you eventually." If the universe were fair, thought the fox.
The contest continued, Rascal struggling to keep food on his plate. Vrasku at least was looking just as sick as the fox was. The lizard apparently didnt share the vulpines zeel for food.
Rascal finished off his fith plate, all that was left was but a single tart. He leaned forward, but his swollen midriff prevented him from reaching the tart no matter how hard he tried.
Finally, he fell to whining, staring at his fellow fox. If he ate but a bite more, his fellow fox would win!
TJ looked at the contestants, "Looks like it's Rasacl first followed by Vrasku, and then Katsuke. But it's close!" She then added, "If you are done, please raise your hand, and that tells me that your done!"
Dominique gave a look of surprise at who bumped in to her and recovered nicely. She saw Hinata signal 'Sorry.' Or she thought it was sorry, Dominique was a super rusty on Senshschachaa, but singled back 'Accepted' (hopefully it was the right motions) Dominique though and then grinned, "Dominique Perrie, welcome to the party." She held out her hand in greeting, "My senshschachaa is very rusty and I hope I didn't offend you."
Hinata gave a quiet smile. It was a bit rusty, but the otter’s Senshachaa was definitely the real thing. No, it’s all right, she signed. She stood up and dusted herself off, then accepted the proffered paw and shook it. Thank you. It’s a wonderfully organized gathering.
Realizing that her hood had fallen down, she pulled it back up to cover her eyes and hair. They tended to draw attention, and she preferred to stay unnoticed in social settings. Unlike Katsuke. She smirked.
Bringing her attention back to her host, she said, You speak sign. Where are you from?
Meanwhile, Katsuke was furiously shoving food into his mouth, despite the fact that he knew he’d throw up by the end of the contest if he kept up like this. Fourth plate. Fifth. Now he was on his sixth, and he wasn’t feeling too well. He glanced over at Vrasku’s plate. They were close, if he’d kept count right. But . . . he was feeling awful now. Evidently, so were his opponents. He groaned.
He really wanted that knife.
Out of the corner of his eye, he could see Jurou. The small ferret looked as bored as hell. “I’ll bet he leaves in the next two –” he started to mutter to himself, but looked back and saw that Jurou was gone. “Never mind.”
Jurou was tired of being stared at, so he walked around the edge of the party and towards the large house to find something to capture his interest. “Hm . . . wealthy otter,” he murmured, as he entered by a side door.
Both lizard and vulpine were looking uncomfortably full as well. "Well, Im out." Vrasku threw his arms into the air, twisitng in his chair until his back rested against the table. Picking his teeth with one paw, resting the other on his swollen midriff he turned to Rascal amd smiled deviously, "I can aford to lose, how about YOU, Rascal?"
The fox gulped. He had no idea what he had done to offend the lizard so much, and he hoped to never find out.
Slowly, Rascal craned his head back to his plate. All that was left was a single cookie. He was so full he couldnt even lean forward to grab it. All that money, done the drain if he didnt eat one… Last... Cookie.
Rascal let out a loud whine, raising his paw to signify he was done, before falling backward onto the floor in defeat.
Star and Arries both let out a chorus of, "Noo!" Along with all of Rascal's supporters in the crowd. Starlight shook her head, munchimg on a cookie similar to the one on the gluttons plate.
Star sighed, "Well, there goes my money also… At least it was entertaining!"
ooc: DON"T YOU DARE GO STEALING STUFF FROM DOMINIQUE! lol ask is better then stealing.
Oh what contest shall we do next? Dance concert, Dance off? fencing? about about games like ring toss? of pong?
Rudderwake, she signed back to Hinata, but I have been everywhere around the world up since I was a kid, worked on a variety of different ships, one was a crew member who knew sashasha and taught me_._ She signaled again. But if you are curious, my travel journals record my adventures on the high sea and places I have been. One second she signaled.
She focused back on the table and gave a grin, the pain in her eyes gone Dominique hopped up on the table once more. "VRASKU! Congratulations on winning! You have won the prize money! Once you feel better you can retrieve your prize, With Katsuke a close second, followed by Rascalm well done my friends!" she quickly added, noticing all the faces look like they were about to be sick, she gave a small grimace, that wouldn't be a pretty sight. "NOW EVERYONE! ENJOY THE REST OF THE FESTIVITIES!" she cried gleefully before jumping down off the table. She grinned at Hinata and handed her a chocolate chip cookie.
Back in the house, Jessie had managed to sneak way from her sister and found herself in the library where she was in the middle of the floor surrounded by stacks of book she plucked off Dominiques shelf. In her hand was an old leather bound book talking about mythical creatures in the world which captured her interest. A fe wtimes she noticed the Dominique had scribbled in the margins notes and things about some of the creatures. She wondered if Dominique acually had found some of these creatures.
Rudderwake, hm? Hinata hadn’t heard of the place. She definitely needed to visit sometime. Where’s Rudderwake? And what’s it – she started, but was interrupted by the commotion of the newly ended contest. Ms. Dominique had hopped up onto a table and was announcing the winners.
Katsuke collapsed with his face in a bowl of soup with a sigh of defeat. “Ugh . . .” he moaned, and tossed the bag of money he’d gotten from Hinata over to his opponent. “Worthy . . . opponent . . .” he muttered, but it came through in bubbles of soup, so it sounded more like, “Blerth eep ponin.”
Hinata sighed in resignation. What am I going to do with you? she thought. Idiot. She accepted the cookie from the descending Dominique, then glanced around as she took a bite. Wait . . . she thought. Where’s . . .
Jurou looked around in awe at the large library. “Oh . . .” he breathed.
There were so many books! Scrolls, maps, and chests lined the walls, with other shelves full of musty tomes and old papers. It was impressive, to say the least.
No, that was a massive understatement. Jurou’s eyes widened as he stared at one book in particular. It was a somewhat thin novel, entitled, “The Friar and His Keep,” by Father Nicolas of Loamhedge Abbey.
Jurou glanced around the library. He’d never told anybody of his passion for reading, and it would be embarrassing if somebody were to see him in a moment of literary weakness such as this one. He pulled the book off of the shelf and looked about for a place to read in silence.
However, for (oddly) the first time, he noticed the squirrelmaid sitting in the middle of the room, surrounded by old and new maps. Startled, he backed up into a small stack of books, which instantly fell. Jurou quickly ducked behind a nearby shelf.
((ooc Sorry for the wait. Finals and all.