Star thanked Tinarandel, while Ylan just grabbed the dessert- while slightly drooling- and grabbed her friend's hand. She whisked them both to the booth right next to the jukebox. Then she heard the depressing news.
"Oh. It's all so horrible. Couldn't they for once focus on the good stuff? The riot though…" Ylan trailed off. Her eyes which were filled with joy just a few seconds ago, were dull and lifeless. Star frantically searched the area, looking for a distraction. She quickly smiled and faced her best friend.
"Hey! Focus on the good stuff, remember? I know what'll cheer you right up!" She got up and went straight to the jukebox. Smiling, she pressed the song titled, "Happy".
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!"
Arries the wildcat blushed, the light pink traveling from her ears, and down to her neck. Before she could fumble for words, her sister laughed.
"It is true, Starlight makes the best tea ever brewed! Why, I didn't even like tea till I tasted that lemon goodness!" She giggled, peeking a glance at her sis, who nodded her thanks. The squirrelmaid winked.
"Better hurry up and get to Star's. Drink tea, save Redwall, and get back to the Inn! I'm starting to miss it…" she joked, following the foxes, her wildcat brethern following close behind.
The girls looked up at the kind squirrel.
"Special." Ylan announced, while at the same time Star replied, "Just vanilla please." They both looked at each other and had a short laugh.
"The special for me, and a vanilla with sprinkles for Star." Ylan quickly ordered, before Star could say anything. Star shook her head, and grabbed out her wallet. Ylan caught her.
"Hey, no. I'm paying." She demanded, rushing to pull out her own sparkly pink wallet.
"No, I lost fair and square. I'm paying." Star protested, while placing the money on the counter. Ylan glared at her, putting away her wallet.
"Keep the change for yourself!"Star told Tinarandel, grinning.
Arries the squirrel nodded and grinned. Her counterpart just sighed.
"When I said cursed, I meant no ill will. Why, the most mighty badgers are cursed, yet are they evil? I think not." She strode out of the Inn. Arries the squirrel just sighed.
"She means it. I suspect she greatly admires Starlight, for many reasons. But there is no disputing that Star is completely normal. Just looking at her gorgous eyes almost hypnotize me. Anyway, we best follow her. " She smiled cheekly, "I've been late to tea before. Not an experiance I wish to repeat." She quickly scurried after her sister.
The young human girl was just walking on the street. She and her family lived in the north-eastern quarter of the Island. This part was homes to the middle class citizens, and was full of stores and smaller companies. Unlike the south quarter, the air was relatively clean, and they even had a few parks!
The human grinned, thinking of the wonder she called home, when her best friend interrupted, "Star! Hey, did you see that hot wolf today in school? I think it was love at first sight! Would you believe-" Ylan rambled on, talking about school, and boys, and just plain gossip. Star rolled her eyes. There never was a boring moment around her.
"And I heard another fox and a few other beasts went missing! Creepy!" Ylan shivered, "And it was closer. It seems humans and beasts are disappearing left and right. Nowhere is safe." Star turned to look at her normally cheery friend. Ylan's head was slightly down, and looked like she was scared. Or on the verge of tears. Or both!
Star patted her shoulder, "Hey. It's gonna be fine. The Police and the Island Patrol are on it. Whoever is doing it will be stopped. I promise." She genlty shook Ylan, causing her to look at her, "If you're that scared, I'll buy you ice cream, or a paw-cicle. How about it?" Ylan immediately cheered right up.
"Sure! Whoever gets there last buys!" She laughed, and took off. Star smiled and followed.
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.