Arrives turned and waved at Stella, grinning and then took off. "Imma get to Mista A first!" She proclaimed, scurrying out of the Abbey and back to where she last saw him. Of course, when she looked around he was nowhere to be seen, so she set off towards the gate to follow the footprints. As she ran as fast as she could, a couple of chestnuts fell out of her pouch and made a trail.
Star was taken aback at the sudden knocking on her door, since very few ever visited her. But when she saw who it was she quickly ushered everyone inside.
"Oh my! It's great to see you!" She grinned, hugging her brothers and both Arries.
"It is great your acquaintance too!" She shyly shook Cockleburr's paw. "I have some tea on the stove, and a few pastries if you would like. I'm afraid it's not much, but that's all I have for now." The short hallway expanded into a nicely sized den, with a small kitchen and dining room. The table had a few cookies on a wooden plate, and five neatly carved stumps surrounded the table. At that moment, the teapot above a fire started whistling and Starlight hurried to take it off.
Fenrath looked from the mug pinned to the wall to the pine marten who had done so. “Aye, bally, I’ve got the castle nitch,” he replied as he took the knife from the wall, “but just cause ya can toss a knife about doesn’t mean yer any good in the shadows.” Fen leaned across the table to Serghei, grinning quite broadly. “So, ‘ow long have ya been in this ‘business’ and what have ya been doin’?”
'This is quite the festival,' Liam thought as he idly munched on a hot scone he'd picked up at one of the stalls. A lot of creatures had shown up, mostly otters it seemed. As he walked past a vendor hawking 'the best tea bread you'll ever taste north of Redwall!', he noticed a long line of creatures, stretching all the way to the main pavilion. The excitement in the air was palpable.
"What's all this about?" he asked a nearby otter, a burly fellow who was carrying a harpoon.
"The whole reason reason we have this celebration in the first place!" he exclaimed, looking Liam over. "'Tis the annual Fishing Competition!"
"So I was right. Kind of," Liam muttered to himself, then turned his attention back towards the otter. "Can anybeast join?"
"Of course, matey!" the otter grinned widely. "You've got three days to find yourself the biggest fish you can find! Course," he winked, "you have to compete with everybeast else. But that's the fun of it!"
Liam looked at his spear, wondering if it would be enough. "Well, it couldn't hurt. Where do I sign up?"
"Over there," the otter pointed towards the end of the long line.
"Thanks," Liam replied, feeling the beginnings of a headache, and made his way towards it.
Besides the scrawny rat's snifflings, all beasts were silent as a dew drop. The ferret had ground it's hind paws into the sand and eagerly awaited some kind of action. He carried an evil, sophic smile. It made Hesari shiver slightly with uncertainty. But how could he back down? This was a rite of Adulthood. There was a very real chance of banishment if he declined the fight. But was banishment better than death if he lost? He didn't want to kill a creature. That wasn't his way…
It was rash of me to make that challenge… This beast knows it.
"A fight to 'a death."
His turmoil all but resolved…
Hesari moved into stance one.
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Star cackled and set the sandwich back down in it's proper place.
"I didn't * mean * to, but this is too good an opportunityto miss!" She laughs. While she is talking, more dubbins and trying to catch the flying good and Star dances it over to another table as she watches that little fight.
"Ya'know what, I'm gonna take that bet!" She grins and pulls 3 golden coins from her pouch.