Happy Holidays!!! ( Quick RPG One-Off)

  • The dubbins stopped in mid fight and all clapped their hands over there ears. “Owwwee! That so loud!!” Stella mumbled. She glanced up and saw Mista A howling as loud as he could. It was a scary site, Stella backed up as fast as she could. “Mista A is mad!” She whispered quickly, her voice shaking to Timmy and Lenny. “We gotta get out of here.” And quickly the three attempted to sneak away, after this they might not get any presents or food. “We hide in the fort until the coast is clear.” Stella said as they scrambled up the stairs to the library, were tucked in a corner was stack books, sheet covering over and many cushions and blankets. They scurried inside and hid under the blankets.
    Sophie rubbed her nose and looked up at Aedlin. “Really? It’s me favorite dress..” her eyes looking so pitiful and sad. She waited by the wall for Aedlin who came back, sprinkled shiny stuff on a towel and soon enough her dress was back to before. “It’s beautiful.” She said, admiration in her eyes, “you make wonders happen!” And for the rest of the day Sophie follows Aedlin around, her new hero!


    Tessa and crew froze, “No...” Jessie whispered as she pocketed the food from Tessa. Seeing Icefurr and Citrine get caught but then got the all clear to leave. “Better not break anything” Dominique said playing with her hair, she looked like a dubbin that was caught doing something bad. Tessa and Jessie laughed, “Nah, we will bring everything back just as it was.”
    She clapped Citrine, “Thanks for not ratting us out and to your Icefurr.” Sitting on a bench under a tree she payed out the candied chestnuts, scones, milk and rolls. “Second breakfast guys!”

  • ((ooc One more round of posts and then timeskip to the feast? It's supposed to be a quickie, after all.

    ((bic Etain's eye's narrowed. "Mouse," she simply said, before getting up on all fours on the bed, pushing Hinata off. As per usual, she'd gone to bed fully dressed.

    "Wait, sweetheart," Hinata started to whisper, but she slipped on the edge of the bed and landed on the floor beside it with a WHOOMF. Thankfully, Etain's weapons weren't anywhere in sight, but that didn't stop the white vixen from full-on launching herself at the doorway, armed with her tool of punishment -- a pillow.

    Hinata struggled to stand because of how hard she was giggling at the sight of the fox swinging a feathery pillow in midair at poor Charlie behind the door, which flew open under Etain's furious barrage.

    Citrine nodded, grinning like a naughty kit caught with her paw in a cookie jar, and gave the scone to Melwave. "Have at it, young'un," she chuckled. The ferret followed her companions up and out into the snow once more, pulling her cloak tight around her shoulders. The sun shown beautifully through the orchard's trees' leaves. Citrine lifted her face up to the sky, letting the dappled light bounce off her fur and warm her body.

    Icefurr took a seat beside Jessie, and accepted the food. "First breakfast for us," he snickered. "Up at the crack of dawn, and not a thing to eat, eh, Ms. 'My Stomach Needs Time To Wake Up'?" With this, the fox sent a pointed glare towards Citrine, who remained blissfully unaware. Icefurr shrugged in resignation and ate his food.

    Citrine kept looking up. She listened to the sounds of work and joyful banter from the nearby squirrels who were setting up the tables for the feast, and sighed, a smile on her face. "Tonight will be an evening to remember," she breathed.

    Frosted particles of water drifted from her mouth into the cold winter air, joining the clouds that gathered overhead, heralds of more snow to come in the next few days.

    Anghan stepped down from the table. The big wolf rubbed his throat. "Ah'd better not do thae again," he chuckled. Aodhán rubbed his wrinkled forehead in despair.

    "How are we going to get every bloomin' thing on today's blinkin list done?" he demanded. Anghan shrugged. The ancient rabbit looked at him with a face of pure vexation and said, very slowly, "Well, if we don't, we won't have a holiday feast."

    But the wolf wasn't listening, and had already taken off towards the Cellars. "Ah'll be back, ah jus' remembered ah was gon' tae help the Easterners with the cheeses!" he called back as he ran. He threw his cloak by the Cellar doors, stormed down the stairs, and turn a corner to see . . .

    One big wheel of cheese, about the size of a healthy squirrel, rolling at full speed between the barrels towards Anghan. Behind it charged Katsuke, Gilan, and Asa, waving their paws frantically and attempting to catch the massive, elliptical dairy product. "Watch out!" they all cried at once. Anghan threw himself out of the way.

    With a huge CRASH, the cheese slammed into a large basket of fall chestnuts, knocking them all to the floor, and landing in a large pile of them.

    Katsuke screeched to a stop in front of Anghan, bringing his footpaws together and snapping to a salute as his companions dashed to retrieve the cheese. "Mr. Silverfur, sir!" he shouted.

    Anghan winced and put a paw to his ear. "Not so loud, young'un!"

    "Sorry, sir!" The fox seemed to have gotten even louder. "We didn't mean to lose control of the cheese, sir!"

    Anghan flicked Katsuke in the nose. "Weel then, get over there an' help ye're companions, aye?" he ordered. The fox immediately scrambled to help Gilan and Asa. "Odd one, that," the wolf murmured to himself.

  • Dinner time? Dinner time , idk what we will talk about but I’m game with whatever. Not good at keep characters straight tho.

    Stella and Timmy walked with Tessa and Jessie. Stella wearing a simple red and green cotton dress and Timmy a green shirt with a top hat.
    “Remember manners!” Jessie said sternly to Stella and Timmy but was meant to the group as whole. Stella winced at the stern words. Her mother wasn’t happy what they did this morning, that if it happens again, they would all be sent straight to bed. Stella was gonna make sure she was on her best behavior.
    Tessa and Jessie were similar dressed, Tessa wearing a emerald green dress with gold trim and Jessie a deep navy blue with silver trim. Both were excited to go to the feast and chat with old friends.

    “Sophie! Lenny!” Stella squealed and raced off to join her friends with Timmy following close behind. The whole group of dubbins swarmed over to Mista A and Aodhan, “Mista A , Aod, tell us stories!!!”
    “Holiday stories!!” Timmy climbed up into Aodhans lap and Stella perched on Mista A’s shoulder. Lenny and the others crowded around or clambered up, waiting eagerly for a story. Sophie of course was following Aedlin around, enchanted and still in awe of the ‘magic’ she performed earlier on her dress, telling her all sorts of things.

    Tessa and Jessie found a place at the table near Icefurr, Citrine, Fabiana and Dominique. Tessa’s face fell when she noticed her long time friend and secret crush Oliver didn’t make it to the festivities nor his friend Bradley. Jessie gave her a comforting hug before being caught up in the excitement of talking with Mikey, Leo, Raph, Donnie and April, she was fascinated by the group and soon was caught up in the their vibe.

    No one seemed to noticed Tessa as she put some hot pepper powder in a pitcher of water, before getting up and heading to the kitchen. Time to put some fun into the holiday. She smiled to herself, pranking always cheered her up. In the kitchen she pulled out a bag she stashed earlier in the cellar, inside was an assortment of things. Rolling up a smaller cask she placed it next to the door, in this cask was very tart cider. Opening her bag she pulled out some scones she baked earlier today, she replaced them, the 'scones' were full of salt instead of sugar, and put the sugar scones on a separate tray for later. Taking the bowl of blueberries she mixed in dewberries, unless you looked closely it was impossible to tell.
    Slipping out of the kitchen she went to the huge Christmas tree and rearranged the presents, 'hers' were in front, but instead of gifts it was filled with feathers. When the user opened it, a spring would trigger, spraying them with tons of feathers. Some presents where wrapped multiple times to make it hard to receive the tiny gift placed in the center.

    Fabiana was pleasantly sipping her cider, cheeks flushed as she spoke with Icefurr and Citrine, exchanging stories of pervious adventures, her voice full of excitement as she talked about her friends from the other side of the gate, and blushing furiously at some parts. Dominique kept glancing over at Fabi and laughing to herself, as she engaged in convo with the Easterners, curiously intrigued by their homeland.

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    At feast time, the Islanders poured into Cavern Hole, dressed in their best clothes. Eolin walked between his parents in his best suit: a white-gray plaid and collared long-sleeved shirt with cuffed wrists, ankle-length dress pants, a rainbow-striped necktie, and black laceless dress shoes, complemented by his usual studded Maraulian belt. A small red lederhosen hat sat upon Eolin’s head, a brown eagle’s feather pointed in an eastward direction on the left side; a few strands of his short wavy hair poked out from underneath it.

    Sariah entered behind Eolin beside her parents wearing her usual orange silk shift dress, but in place of her pinafore was instead a tan velvet sleeveless vest adorned by her purple linen sash. She wore ruby red high heels on her feet. Her scarlet locks flowed lazily from her hair from side to side as she moved, accentuated by a winter jasmine behind her right ear. On her left side holding her paw, her younger brother Joshua skipped merrily in a suit similar to Eolin’s, smaller with a sea-blue necktie and hickory-brown dress pants. His small tuft of baby hair was carefully combed up behind his ears.

    Charlie clumsily stumbled in behind the Sandeyes and Starhearts, his clothes sprinkled in pillow feathers. He’d just come back from a rather “merciless” beating at the paws of Etain Weiss; his chest, back, and shoulder blades rather sore and aching. Etain had barely even let him loose to go change his clothes for the feast. So he tailed the Easterners in his casual clothes, scarcely prepared for the festivities and nowhere properly dressed. When he finally found his family and told him of what had happened, they laughed wildly. Charlie grumbled and helped himself to food, only half-listening to the conversations his parents and uncles held with Jessie.

    Brother Bartolomew waved at the Easterners as they descended the stairs into Cavern Hole, and invited them to join his table. Out of the corner of his eye, he spied Tessa up to some Christmas mischief, and shook his head. He’d keep a vigilant lookout for any accidents as the night went on. While he was no longer a warrior, he still had most of the senses, instincts, and reflexes for the job.

    He scanned Cavern Hole, searching for a particular face, and his face fell slightly when it did not show itself.

    “Do you know,” he asked Eolin and Sariah. “Your friend, the mapmaker. Where is he? I was wishing he would show up tonight.”

    Eolin politely shook his head as he passed a bowl of pastries to Katsuke. “I’m afraid not, Brother. He told us last week that he was going to spend Christmas with his magulang, his parents, who live on the northwestern edges of Mossflower.” He emphasized the word in his foreign Islander tongue, so as to teach it to the harvest mouse.

    “Ah, that makes sense.” Bartolomew nodded and took up his mug of hot chocolate. “Family comes first. But mind you, I would be greatly surprised if he did show up tonight! Oh, well...” the harvest mouse laid his arms on the table, his paws cradling his chocolate. “One can hope, I suppose.”

    Ina! Ama!” Joshua asked his mother and father. “May I go listen to Tito Anghan and Tito Aodhán tell their stories?”

    “Yes, you may, anak.” Pearl Starheart placed a small bunch of her son’s favorite vegetables, broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower. “But eat these while you listen.”

    Mabuti!” Joshua grabbed his bowl of greens and scurried off to join his Dibbuns beside his two “uncles”.

    “If I may ask,” Bartolomew inquired again. “How do you say ‘Merry Christmas’ in your homeland?”

    Maligayang pasko!” The two families raised their drinks high in the air as they spoke their native language heartily.

    Aedlin had Sophie sitting on her lap, holding the pika steady while she served both of them dinner and dessert. She laughed and marveled at the things the dear little girl said and enthusiastically hung onto her every word.

    Lucas chuckled at his wife being wide-eyed and entertained by the little Sophie, and turned to Dominique. “If you’re interested, Miss, I’d be honored to teach you some basic words in our tongue, and answer your questions about our culture and how the Eastern Islands work.”

    On the other side of the Christmas tree, the white ferret Bandit stepped back and surveyed his decorating work, his paws proudly on his hips and his smile brighter than all the candle- and torchlight in Cavern Hole. The adult male ferret from the Eastern Island of Githinien straightened a few of the ornaments hanging from the evergreen’s branches and nodded in satisfaction to himself. He looked over to Jurou Shouroki next to him and raised his fists to bump.

    “Darn good job well done, eh? Marvelous tree, too. I don’t know about ye, but I think we foun’ the perfect tree, Mr. Rouki!”

    OOC: Tagalog - “English”

    magulang - “parents”
    Ina/Ama - “mother/father”
    Tito - “uncle”
    anak - “child”
    Mabuti! - “Good!”
    Maligayang pasko! - “Merry Christmas!”

  • "Aye! That we did." A pair of paws met for the best fistbump ever seen in the Abbey.

    Jurou was absolutely nothing but smiles. This had to be the best day of the young ferret's life -- for once, he actually felt really, truly happy. He reached up to adjust one golden ornament.

    "Well done, Jurou!" Citrine put a paw around her son's shoulders. "I don't believe ye could have picked a better tree in all of Mossflower."

    "Thank you, 'ka-san," he chuckled. "Although it was a bit of a reach getting it back to the Abbey, wasn't it, Bandit?" As he and the other ferret talked and laughed together, marveling their handiwork, Citrine Shouroki looked on in wonder. Her son had used to be such a quiet, withdrawn young creature, but seeing him so open with the Abbeydwellers and other Easterners made her so happy. It positively warmed her old, battle-hardened heart.

    "I missed you," she murmured.

    Elsewhere, Asa and Katsuke were sitting besides old Dan and the Maraulian cousins, digging into their heaped up plates. The Kyunan otter was shoveling down impressive amounts of a large cranberry tart, but not to be outdone, Katsuke had commandeered an entire plate of assorted cheeses, as well as two enormous mushroom and leek flans. "Good stuff, this," Asa managed around a mouthful of berries.

    "Aye," Katsuke responded, accepting the bowl of pastries from Eolin. "Mah-goo-lang," he repeated, turning his attention to the squirrels. "Our word for parents sounds so much different . . . ayan."

    "Or oyan, depending on your dialect," Asa added.

    "True." Katsuke shoved another pastry into his mouth. "Or yurk if you choke on your food right before saying it."

    The fox stood to put his food away, turned, and stopped short. "Uh . . . h-hi," he said, his ear starting to turn red and his face heating up. Of all the creatures, why this one . . . ?

    Could it be really good holiday luck? He blushed harder. "Um . . ."

    "No, no, just one more flower!" Hinata begged as loudly as she could, straining her vocal cords. She was walking rapidly behind Etain as the Arctic vixen stormed towards Cavern Hole.

    "Nope!" Her partner had fought tooth and claw for every single one of the six flowers in her headfur, and Etain was not about to give for a seventh. Six was bad enough. "No flowers! No lilies, no roses, no --"

    "But they're just hedge bindweed! They're not even that fancy!" Hinata attempted once more to place the flower, lunging forward. Etain sensed it, dropped into a side lean, tripped the other fox, caught her on one arm, lifted her, and they continued their fast pace, now with arms linked.

    Hinata shook her head, dazed. "Uh . . . okay . . ." she murmured.

    "Fine. Just the one." Etain grudgingly took the flower and placed it in the collar of her dress, just above her heart.

    "Th-thank you . . ." her girlfriend managed.

    "You owe me." Etain readied herself, placed a paw on the wooden door, and the two opened it and entered the party.

    The pair turned heads as they glided across the floor into Cavern Hole. Jurou's eyes widened from across the room. "Woah," he said, breaking off his conversation with Bandit to look.

    Hinata wore a long grey dress, accented with red and hints of green for the season, that swirled at her footpaws and gathered at her waist to create a rather slimming effect, yet allowed the garment to flow across her torso to extend into rather wing-like sleeves. Her headfur fell in long, shining ripples down her back, brushed back until it gleamed. Etain, however, was the less glamorous of the two. Her dress only reached her knees, and was simple and white. It was fit to her body, yet still had room for her legs and arms to move freely. The sleeves were long and flowing, like Hinata's, but instead of extending all the way down her arms stopped short just behind her elbows. The six white hedge bindweed blossoms adorned her bluish headfur, tucking it back behind one ear on the side that wasn't cut closer to her head. One silvery pendant glistened on her chest. Her nakkaru were wrapped in white cloths that matched her dress.

    "Pfft," Etain scoffed as they passed one Mossflowerian fox who's mouth was unashamedly open. "Get off it." She chucked him under the chin.

    Nearby, Icefurr chuckled at the interaction, then returned to his conversation with Fabiana and Citrine. "So, this . . . 'gate' . . . what was it again?" he asked the two.

    Aodhán had his paws in the air, gesturing wildly. "So there we were, old Leo and I, surrounded by the vermin!" He slammed both paws down onto the arms of his wheelchair, startling some of the Dibbuns that surrounded him, and almost knocking Joshua Starheart off of his lap. "And . . . not a single one of them lived to tell the tale. One! Two!" He swiped back and forth with an imaginary sword. "Back and forth! Leo's sword cut straight through their leader's sword, and I went in for the kill. However . . . I tripped."

    The Dibbuns gasped in horror. "But!" Aodhán reassured them. "I managed to stab him through the footpaw. He and his band of ne'er-do-wells ran off crying to their mummies." The old hare burst into laughter at the memory.

    It was just then that Anghan burst into the room. However, he was dressed rather strangely. He wore a big, red tunic and coat, lined with white feathers, with a silly floppy hat on top of the same colorings. His stomach seemed fatter, almost as if he'd stuffed a pillow down the front of his clothes. "Ho, ho, ho!" he cried, gaining the attention of the whole of Cavern Hole. "Merry Christmas! Where are all the Dibbuns, might I ask?"

    He was Santa Paws!

    (( ooc couldn't help myself 😄

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    Fabi played with a curl as she considered Icefurr’s question looking at Citrine before saying, “Well, the gate linked my world with this world, reason we don’t know but I did discover that I came from here when I was just a babe.” She shrugged, “but I was never able to get enough information on who my family was.” She glances at the Sandeye family before continuing, “to add, due to my actions, I can’t return to my world or o face death.” Pulling out a locket she opened it, “this is my best friend Louis and this is my adopted brother Renvi.” She smiled fondly at the picture. And then unfolded a smaller picture. It was worn and tattered but could see a whole group, “This was my extended family when I was in the military, or army.”
    She closed it, “On the bright side, if the gate never happened, I would of never met any of you guys! Especially Citrine.” She gave her a hug and said in a mono tone. “Unfortunately due to treaty reasons, the gate has been disabled, its whereabouts shall remain unknown to those who seek it. Sorry Icefurr, my lips are sealed.”
    Timmy and Stella held each other, eyes wide at the story, “Nooooooo!” They gasp as the story continued but then laughed at the ending. “You defeat em bad guys with stabbing in foot!” Stella mimicked the action with Timmy falling over in mock pain. He stopped when he saw Santa Paws coming in!! “Santa Paws!!!!” He shrieked and the rest of the dubbins scrambled over to Santa Paws. “I was really good this year!!!” “Did you bring me any presents?” The questions coming from all directions.

    Sophie was eating desserts, telling Aedlin about her snowball fight yesterday. “Then it was like wham! And a swoosh and Timmy went down, then I had to fight back and then Mista A joined, and the easterners came, and tis wa-“ She said waving her arms around as she told her story to Hero Aedlin. She stopped as Santa Paws came in, squeaking excitedly she clambered down, tripping on her dress, “I be righ’ back Ms Aedlin!” But she managed to dash over to Santa Paws!! “I’m ‘ere Santa Paws!!”
    Dominique nodded, “Oh yes please! I love learning about different cultures and dialects.” She scrunched up her face, “Ok, how do I say... ‘Hi, how are you? My name is Dominique. Goodbye.’”
    Tessa popped up from the other side of the tree, “I think it’s the best yet! You guys outdid yourself this year.” She got distracted as ‘ Santa Paws’ came in. “This is my cue to enjoy the festivities! Better grab some scones.” And scuttled off.

    Jessie broke off from her delightful conservation to tousle Charlie’s hair, “Cheer up the fun is about to start!” She said, pointing to Santa Paws.

    Taking a drink of water from the pitcher. “Ugh, yuck!” She said and spat out the water back into her cup, “my mouth is on fire!!!” She said fawning her mouth grabbing the pitcher of water that Tessa spiked with hotroot and chugging it, that didn’t help either. “Dying..” she gagged, coughing into a napkin. “Tessa!!!” She snarled under her breath looking at her sister disappearing into the kitchen. Thankfully she found an ‘untainted’ pitcher of water which she gracefully chugged while spooning honey in her mouth.

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    Davbank watched fondly from his table as Melwave brought out a new pair of bowls of baked vegetables. He swallowed his bite of hotroot soup and wiped his mouth with a napkin.

    He nervously stood up, his eyes locked on Melwave.

    Come on, Dav! Ye can do it! Just grit yer teeth an’ do it! It’s now or never!

    He left his napkin by his plate and began to make his way casually towards Melwave, who was standing back up.

    “Hello, Melwave!”

    Melwave turned over her shoulder to see Davbank shuffling awkwardly towards her. She suppressed a giggle and turned her whole self to face him. “Hello, Davbank. Can I help ye wit’ anythin’?”

    Davbank cleared his throat and rubbed the back of his neck nervously. “Miss Melwave, um...Well, I just wanted t’ let ye know that...erm, after th’ Feast, I was plannin’ on talkin’ a walk around th’ Abbey Lawns, in th’ snow. Nothin’ special, just a casual little stroll in th’ snow t’ burn off all th’ food I ate. Anyway, what I mean t’ say is...I’d like t’ invite ye t’ accompany me. Would ye be interested in a walk around the Abbey grounds...wit’ me?” Why did he have to go red now? Why?!

    Melwave felt her breath catch in her throat. She was surprised at she was hearing from Davbank. But it took her only half a second to figure out - he was asking her out, on a date!

    She rapidly gathered her wits and smiled brightly at Davbank, as bright or perhaps brighter than the fires that warmed Cavern Hole. “I would love t’ accompany ye on yer walk, Davbank.” she accepted in a genuinely affectionate tone. “That would be a wonderful experience, an’ a perfect en’ t’ an already wondrous Christmas nigh’. My answer is ‘Yes’, Davbank!”

    Davbank sighed in relief and dropped his paw from behind his neck. “Thankee, Melwave. Right’ after th’ Feast, then?”

    “Perfect, Davbank.” Melwave nodded in acceptance. “No better timin’.” She swung around on her heels and winked flirtatiously at the male otter. “I’ll see ye later, Davbank!” And she took off back to the Kitchens.

    Davbank exhaled again in relief and went to return to his table. He was silent and stoic, but his face betrayed a noticeable excitement and shining blushing triumph. He was going on a date with Melwave herself! His feelings were indescribable, even to himself.

    I did it! I actually did it!

    A table away to his left, he saw Charlie sulking in his chair, covered from head to toe in feathers. Davbank snickered; Charlie noticed and gave him a dirty look, sticking his tongue out. Davbank snickered again and pointed to himself, then to the Kitchens (into which Melwave had just disappeared to fetch the last bowls of the baked veggies), then his thumb and pinky, indicating two together, and finally a thumbs-up, smiling. Charlie’s face brightened, and he grinned back at the otter in congratulations. Davbank nodded his thanks, sat down, and began to serve himself another helping of the hotroot soup. Charlie, his mood improved, began meticulously picking the feathers out of his fur; he’d change into more proper winter clothes later.

    Bandit watched with a glowing ear-to-ear smile as Citrine congratulated Jurou, and he thanked his mother in return. “Aye, ‘twas quite a fussy reach indeed, Jurou, gettin’ it back ‘ere.” He chuckled and put his paws on his hips, nodding proudly at the tree. “Evergreens can be real stubborn. But, our determination an’ perseverance won us th’ day, huh? That’s what th’ Christmas spirit does! It gives ye stren’ an’ energy beyon’ anythin’ ye can imagine.” He brushed evergreen leaves and a thin layer of snow off his clothes.

    “Hm? Whatcha lookin’ at?” He looked in the direction the other ferret was staring, and his eyes also grew as round as the sun at the approaching festively-dressed vixens.

    “Wow...” Bandit could only say breathlessly. “My goodness, they look like angels!” He remarked once he had collected himself.

    Bandit dug into a box of leftover candy canes, pulled a pair out, and then rushed over to Hinata and Etain. He bowed very gentlemanly and offered the vixens the candy canes, one in each paw.

    “Merry Christmas, my ladies! Bandit of Githinien, at yer service! May I offer ye lovely vixens some candy canes to whet yer appetites an’ fill yer hearts with Christmas cheer?”

    Joshua sat on Aodhán’s lap, transfixed and awed by the hare’s story. Wide-eyed and captivated, he idly ate his vegetables in small pawfuls like popcorn. When the hare slammed his fists down on his lap, he nearly fell over but caught himself at the last second, using his squirrel reflexes to straighten up and maintain his sitting position. When the hare arrived at the part when he stabbed the vermin in the footpaw and drove the rest away, he laughed out loud with the others. Aodhán smiled, picked Joshua up under his arms and put him neatly down on the ground.

    Joshua finished his vegetables, put his bowl back on his table, and rushed over to “Santa Paws”. He waited patiently in line while the other Dibbuns told the overdressed wolf what they wanted for Christmas. When it came his turn, he perched on Anghan’s lap and whispered his discreet request in the wolf’s ear:

    “A new set of jewelry-making tools!”

    Aedlin visualized the snowball fight as Sophie described it, imagining snowballs flying everywhere and hitting everybeast from every direction. She laughed at Sophie’s descriptions of whamming little Timmy with her snowballs, while they shared a plate of custard cake. She also stopped at Santa Paws’ entrance, and smiled at the pika. “Go ahead, little one.” Aedlin watched the child pika fondly as she ran off to go meet Santa Paws, coming right after her nephew.

    Lucas nodded at Dominique’s question. “An excellent inquiry, miss. First of all, our Eastern tongue is purely phonetic, so you would speak the language as it is written and structured. Also, make sure you pronounce your ‘a’ vowels long and wide.

    ‘Kumusta ka’, is the traditional greeting in the Eastern Islands; it can mean ‘hello’, ‘how are you’, or any number of similar things.” He took a drink of his pumpkin juice before continuing.

    “Alternatively, you can say it as ‘Kamusta’, an inversion of sorts. But fundamentally, it is all the same.*

    Now, to introduce yourself, say, Ako si Dominique.’ Technically, this translates to, ‘I am Dominique’, but it gets the main point across.” Another drink of pumpkin juice to keep his throat moist.

    “Finally, ‘goodbye’ is ‘Paalam'. Pa- remember to say your ‘a’ vowel long - aa - treat this syllable and the one before it as two separate ones - lam. Paalam! Goodbye!

    In full, you’d say it like so: Kumusta ka? Ako si Dominique. Paalam! ‘Hi, how are you? My name is Dominique. Goodbye!’”

    Lucas exhaled. “Whew, that was long-winded! I should be a teacher, shouldn’t I? I hope I helped you, Dominique!”

    Antellia the orange-brown vixen sat on Katsuke’s left, dressed in her usual outfit: an elegant long-sleeved purple robe patterned with red dots over a black blouse and a violet skirt formed her slender and smooth body. She sat with one elbow on the table, her chin cupped in her paw and smiling brightly at fiery-red fox beside her. She giggled at the hot blush that colored his ears and cheeks.

    “Hello, Katsuke.” the Ishuni vixen reached out and flirtatiously stroked the back of Katsuke’s paw. “How you doing, handsome? I hope you’re having a Merry Christmas.”

    She took a sweetroll from the table and put it into the Senshan fox’s mouth. “Have you had enough to eat, Bakuchiku?” She spoke his nickname, “firecracker”, with a tone of endearment. She stroked him under his neck and chin. “You’re so cute when you blush.”

    Antellia couldn’t help but giggle as the fox’s face grew redder and redder. Just the experience of seeing one of her old friends - not to mention her being an early adolescent crush of his at one point in time - filled her heart with merry Christmas joy.

    OOC: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bqa_3NS7h_s. Just watch this. It’ll save your sanity. Trust me.

    *Technically speaking, there is no real difference between kumusta and kamusta. The former is the correct spelling, but the latter is more casual.

  • ((ooc Alright, I think that in the next couple posts we should bring this one to a close, we can come back later if we want, but I do believe that canon material is demanding our attention 😄 as well as the Never Ending Party. However, we can come back and continue it if the wish to do so arises.


    Katsuke's ears turned even redder. His paw tingled where Antellia had touched it, and he blinked rapidly, the epitome of embarrassment. "I -- er --" he started to stammer, but was cut off by the beautiful vixen placing a candied roll into his mouth. "Mff!" he tried to protest, but bit down anyway.

    Food is food.

    He tried to swallow and talk some more, but then came the final blow -- Antellia's paw came up to his white-ruffed throat and drew itself up to his chin with a soft, slow stroke. "You're so cute when you blush," she giggled.

    Katsuke's ears turned an unnatural shade of bright pink, his tail stood straight up, and he started purring at a rather mollifying rate. The poor fox stood and promptly tripped backwards over a bench, landing on his behind with a THOOMP. "I-I-I, er, uh," he blabbered. The Ishuni was beyond flustered.

    From the other side of the room, Etain spotted the interaction and tugged on Hinata's sleeve. Hinata turned away from the chivalrous Bandit to the white vixen, who was grinning wickedly. "I've got the most horrendous idea," she whispered, pointing to some mistletoe hanging above the main mantle of Cavern Hole. Hinata's eyes widened, and she nodded and started to chuckle uncontrollably as her girlfriend walked quickly to the mistletoe and unpinned it. Etain snuck up behind Katsuke, who was still stammering, and winked at Antellia.

    She then held the mistletoe right above the unaware Bakuchiku.

    Hinata started giggling even harder.

    Jurou stood beside Citrine, still looking at his handiwork on the tree. His mother placed an arm around his shoulders, and he leaned into her. "You did very, very well," she murmured. A contented smile spread across Rouki's face, the first in a long, long time.

    He turned and looked up at his mother's face. "Mom . . . I feel like . . . l-like I haven't s-seen you in c-centuries," he stuttered, tears starting to gather at the corners of his dark eyes. Citrine tilted her head slightly, confused, as he started crying more. "I --" He struggled to keep himself together. "I feel like I won't . . . won't see you again . . ." He buried his face in her tunic, and started to sob.

    The emotions of the last five years had all come crashing down on the young ferret's head in one torrent of pain and sorrow. It poured out as tears upon the fabric of Citrine's clothes, who clenched him closer to her body, determined to make him feel her presence. "I'm here," she murmured gently.

    "I'm here."

    And Jurou felt happy.

    Anghan laughed heartily at Joshua's request, and nodded his big head up and down. "That can be arranged, little lad!" He lifted the young squirrel off of his lap and turned to a bag behind his chair, opened it, and reached in. "Naow . . . Santa Paws happened to a'ready ken whae it was that ye wanted, on account of mah magic powers," he said with a grandiose wave of his other paw.

    He promptly pulled out the tiny jewelry-making tools that Eolin had supplied the other day, and placed them in Joshua's paws, then turned to the next Dibbun (Sophie), grinning at Joshua's sounds of pure joy.

    Happiness was almost tangible in the great chamber, the Christmas cheer floating on the air like wisps of dandelion seed, or flurries of snowflakes. Aodhán sat up straight in his chair, taking the position of head of the table in the Abbot's temporary absence. "Attention! Attention, please!" he called to the whole room. When everybeast was silent, he turned to the tree. "I'd like to call upon a number o' creatures tonight, to share in the saying of grace. One from each o' the nations, in fact, that we have represented here tonight. And we've got a bloomin' load o' them," he chuckled. He wheeled away from the table and pointed at creature after creature, naming them one by one.

    "Anghan Silverfur, from the Northlands."

    "Lucas Sandeye, from Maraul."

    "Tessa Streamlily, from Redwall."

    "Bandit, from Githinien."

    "Asa, Etain, and Antellia, from Kyuna, Kanneki, and Ishuni."

    "Dominique, from . . . well, Martin knows jolly well where." Laughter.

    "And Brother Bartolomew, one of our oldest members at Redwall Abbey."

    The hare raised his ancient paws. "May goodwill rest on this Abbey, and all of its creatures," he intoned.

    Anghan nodded, and stood from his chair. "Ah donnae have the fanciest o' graces to say," he started apologetically. "But ah do hae one from mah homelands." And he spoke.

    "From the great north, tae the warm south
    From sungen song, tae word o' mouth
    Let grace an' goodwill to creatures below
    Bely the whole o' this land covered with snow

    Each creature named had a grace from their home to say. Etain said a prayer in the Kannekan dialect of Senshaan.

    Asa said one similar, yet modified for Kyunan monks.

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    Antellia caught the half-eaten sweetroll when it fell from Katsuke’s mouth and returned it to its plate. She didn’t bother to hold back a fit of giggles at his sheer embarrassment, and gasped when the poor red fox tripped backwards over the bench. More giggles came at his flustered clumsiness, a heavenly sound enchanting Katsuke and ringing in his ears like silver wind chimes.

    “Oh!” She raised her eyebrows in surprise at the sudden appearance of Etain dangling a mistletoe. She bowed respectfully to the other vixen. “Thank you, madam.”

    In stark contrast to Etain’s wicked smile, Antellia’s smile was warm, comforting, and beautiful. She knelt down, her knees on the floor, and crawled on top of her male counterpart as appropriately as possible. When he opened his mouth to protest, she pressed a soft finger to his lips.

    “Shhh…” she softly shushed him in a tender and calming whisper. “You don’t need to say a word, sweetheart.” Leaning down and closing her eyes, she planted kittenish kisses on his cheeks.

    Antellia drew away and straightened up, sitting on the floor in front of Katsuke. She stroked his white-ruffed neck and chin again in a more caring and friendly manner.

    “Merry Christmas, my Bakuchiku.”

    Bandit couldn’t help but snicker as Etain dangled the mistletoe over Katsuke’s head, and he nearly fell over onto the floor from laughing at loud at Antellia kissing the orange fox. He straightened himself and shrugged his shoulders.

    “Well, I’ll just put ‘em righ’ ere, eh?” He placed the candy canes on a table between a pair of plates, in plain sight where the vixens could see them.

    He kept his distance from Jurou and Citrine out of respect, keeping his head low and averting his gaze to the floor of Cavern Hole.

    Kuya Bandit!”

    Bandit looked down to see Joshua Starheart coming up to him, holding a small burlap pack of jewelry-making tools and glowing as bright as the Christmas tree.

    “Joshua!” Bandit knelt down on the floor to talk to the little squirrel boy. “Batang lalake, did Santa Paws give ya those new tools?”

    “He sure did, Kuya Bandit!” Joshua opened up the burlap sack and showed Bandit the tools that Anghan had given him. His face glowed brighter than the fires warming Cavern Hole. “New files, beading pliers, hammers, magnifiers; the whole lot! All forged of real Eastern metal!”

    “Wow!” Bandit chuckled and marveled at the brand-new jewelry tools, holding and turning them over and over in his paws one by one as Joshua showed them. He returned the last hammer to the squirrel boy and patted him on the head. “That is a magnificent Christmas gift, Josh! Don’t forget t’ say Salamat t’ Santa Paws, eh?”

    Joshua nodded and turned around to call to Santa Paws, who was helping Sophie. “Salamat, Santa Paws! Thank you!”

    Bandit laughed again and picked up Joshua, hoisting him onto his shoulders and bringing him back to his family.

    Joshua sat between his sister and cousin and bit into a small scone, and promptly spat it out. “Yuck! Blech! Uck! It’s full of salt! No sugar!”

    Wait a minute. Salt!

    “It must’ve been Ate Tessa! This is definitely something she would do! Salt is part of her signature!” The little Eastern boy was laughing hard and rocking in his chair. “Yep, that’s her, all right!”

    He hopped off his chair and ran to find Tessa hiding behind the Christmas tree.

    Ate Tessa! You were having a prank-fest and you didn’t include me?” He put his paws on his hips and pouted, pretending to scold her.

    “Oh, what did she do this time?” Eolin asked, appearing beside his cousin. He knelt down to examine one of the Christmas presents and lifted its decorated lid to take a small peek inside.


    The present exploded in the squirrel’s face, showering him in white feathers from head to toe.

    Joshua exploded into full-blown laughter, falling onto the floor and kicking his little legs in the air while pointing at his older cousin, who was looking very peeved at being pranked so cleverly. Feathers inside a Christmas present! The nerve!

    Eolin returned to his chair covered in feathers and grumbling under his breath. Charlie saw the Eastern squirrel caught in the same predicament he was only an hour ago trapped in himself, and snickered shamelessly.

    “Now you know how I felt!” he called out to Eolin.

    Everyone immediately gave Aodhán their rapt attention when he called for particular beasts to say their grace. They applauded respectfully as each one gave their grace. Bartolomew joined Bandit and Lucas in front of the tree.

    “Well, like Anghan,” Bartolomew began with humble honesty. “I have never been skilled at writing or reciting graces. I am a former Champion of Martin the Warrior, that is true. But I have never been a poet even in my life before being called by Martin. Nevertheless, I will do the best I can.” He folded his paws together, bowed his head, and recited a classic Christmas prayer known by all and beloved across Mossflower Forest.

    Eolin, as the Abbey knew of his unique singing talent, sang a short verse and chorus of a favorite Christmas carol from the Eastern Islands in the native language (despite still being covered in feathers). Bandit, not musical himself, recited a sacred Githinien seasonal chant. Antellia added her prayer in Ishuni.

    OOC: Batang lalake – “little boy”
    Kuya - "older brother"
    Ate - "older sister"
    Salamat - "Thank you"

    Just keeping it simple since I cannot write poetry or song lyrics to save my life.

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    “Kumust ka? Ako su ummm si Dominique... paalam!!” She said giving a smile and wave at the end and giggled, “oh that harder then I thought but really fascinating!” She was about I say more before Aodhan stood up to say a toast. At her name Dominque have a gruff cheer with the biggest smile, “yhar! I come from where the stars meet tah sea!! Cheers to ya good fellow!”

    Sophia sat on Santa Paws lap, “Santa Paws! Santa Paws! I wanna dress, just like Aedlin!! Please??!” And out of the sack, came a beautiful dress, “ekkkk yay!” Sophia squealed in excitement. “A’Linn, lookey I got a dress like you!!” And ran over to Aedlin, with the biggest grin on her face.

    Tessa gave a big wink to Joshua, “ah come on, didn’t want to take away Santa Paw time. It’s pretty huge that he came.” She ruffled his hair and whispered, “Next time, now watch your cousins face.” She watched Eolin pick up a present and stepped back a few steps as the package exploded feathers all over Eolin. “A hahahaha! gotcha good I did!” She said wiping tears from her face. “That’s what you get for peeking at presents!” Unable to control her laughter she leaned against the wall, clutching her stomach and sat down next to Joshua. “The look... on his face... epic.” She said between laughs.”

    At the sound of Aodhan calling for attention she attempted to control her laughter, which ended up being snorts and chuckles into the folds of her dress as she listened to the toast. “A very good year my dear friend” she thought. “Time for me to skip out of the feast. I’ll just stay here.” She said peeking out from the Christmas tree and into face of Badger Mum. “Aww hi.” Tessa said sheepishly before she was grabbed by the ear. “Ow ow ow, no badger mum, please, it was all in good fun, nobody, ow, got hurt.”
    “No feast for you. young lady! You ought to know better then to cause chaos for Christmas dinner.”
    Tessa tried in vain to escape, and to her relief Jessie hurried up to them, “it wasn’t all Tess!” She said quickly, “the present explosion was my idea! Please badger mum, ‘tis the holiday.”
    Badger mum looked at the two squirrel maids and gave a wicked smile, “alright, In holiday spirit, I won’t send you to your rooms, but you will have to clean up after the feast. And clean I mean everything.”
    Tessa and Jessie’s face went from shock to dread. “Yes ma’am.” They said before heading towards the kitchen. Once out of range from badger mum they broke into fits of giggles, “so worth it.” Jessie said, slinging an arm around Tessa. “Merry Christmas sis.” “And to you also!” Tessa hugged back before they disappeared to the kitchens to start cleaning up.

    Jessie and Fabi smiled at each other, “til new adventures and more stories!” They said enthusiastically after the toast and prayers where done.

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