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Khiera Meneris
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« Reply #15 on: December 10, 2003, 04:34:22 AM »

@Fluffy:

Yerun peeked cautiously into the kitchen from the back door of the tavern that he had just pushed slightly open. Scanning the room quickly with his bright brown eyes, he surmised that it was safe -- for the Ramblers -- for him to enter. The cook didn't seem to be around. But if he wasn't now, he would be soon, so Yerun decided that he better get the Ramblers all settled in first before that happened.

Closing the door behind him, Yerun walked over to a table at the corner furthest away from the fireplace. There, he slowly set the heavy basket down, leaning it against one of the legs of the tables. Wondering if it would be too high a distance for the Ramblers to leap out to the ground, Yerun cupped both his hands at the edge of basket, and again, whispering, trying to suppress his bubbling excitement, "We're here! You can come out now!"



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« Reply #16 on: December 10, 2003, 11:17:22 PM »

Ramblers climbed out of the basket sniffing the air and sprang to the ground ignoring the boys hands. Only Teapot, who was too old accepted Yerun's help. Smells of spices were filling the air. Ramblers started to look around in search for new hideout.

"Thank you again, Big One... Yerun," - said Fuzzytail: "We shall now stay here and search for a warm and cosy corner, allright?"


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« Reply #17 on: December 11, 2003, 01:16:22 AM »

Yerun beamed liked someone had just given him a silverbard as the Ramblers scrambled their way out of the basket, sniffing and wandering around their new "home".

"Thank you again, Big One... Yerun, we shall now stay here and search for a warm and cosy corner, allright?"

Yerun grinned, "I have the perfect place for you!" Going down on all fours, he crawled below the big table that was in front of him, towards the wall where there stood a small piece of wood that was seemingly out of place as it leaned against the wall in a curious fashion. Careful not to bump his head against the underside of the table surface, Yerun reached for the piece of wood and removed it, revealing a dark little gap in the wall.

Yerun crawled out from under the table, dusted his knees, and handed the small piece of wood to Fuzzytail, and, pointing to the hole in the wall, "I used to know two rats who lived there, we talked everyday. I really enjoyed that, and they were going to bring in a third friend, but then, one day ..." A somber look came over Yerun's face, "... Omis (the cook) found them, and he ... made them into stew." Yerun stopped for a moment, remembering how the customers had praised the stew for tasting more excellent than usual, but he didn't think that the Ramblers need to know that. Straightening up again, Yerun tried to put on a cheery face, to welcome the Ramblers into their new home, "But i think Omis has forgotten all about this hole now, so you should be safe," he nodded reassuringly, "And i have been told that it is really spacious but cosy in there at the same time." Yerun smiled, hoping that the Ramblers would like their new home, but more importantly, happy that he had someone ... well, some ones, to talk to now.  



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« Reply #18 on: December 11, 2003, 10:20:22 PM »

The mention about the cook making two previous owners of the dark hole into stew didn't really raise Ramblers' spirits. But they were tough rats and from the childhood on got used to the cruelty of the world. Deep inside though, everyone of them hoped one day to find a place, where they could live peacefully, where nobody would hunt them down and eat.

Manymeals got into the hole, spent some time in there and then ran out and squeaked something. Fuzzytail translated it swiftly adding a comment of his own: "Yerun, it seems that the hole your two friends described as a spacious one turned out to be quite small for six of us. But, well, we don't mind, do we?" The rest nodded.

"Oh! I almost forgot it!" - cried the mouse then: "Are there any big hungry furry monsters with burning eyes that you call cats here?"


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« Reply #19 on: December 12, 2003, 01:56:22 AM »

Yerun's face fell when he found out that the ideal place he had in mind for the Ramblers turned out to be not so ideal at all. However, it cheered him up that they weren't going to complain and had decided to stay. He was so worried that they might decide to make their way off elsewhere and he would be stuck with the ants and roaches again, who were more interested in getting food from Yerun than conversation. Yerun bobbed his head excitedly, "Yes, Yes! It will be just fine, i'm sure it will!"

"Oh! I almost forgot it! Are there any big hungry furry monsters with burning eyes that you call cats here?"

Yerun pursed his lips slightly. Well, he had always thought that scrawny little alley cat behind the tavern was adorable and quite an agreeble little thing. But ... the Ramblers didn't need to know about that. Besides, Omis did not like any kind of animal to be in the kitchen, except if they were in his big cooking pot. So, as long as he kept the Ramblers in the kitchen or with him at all times, they should be alright. He so badly wanted them to settle in and stay! "Oh, no! No, no, no such thing! You are all safe here, i give my word on that." Yerun had heard his parents use that phrase many times -- giving their word -- and it had always seemed to elicit favourable responses from others. Never mind that Yerun had absolutely no idea what that meant. He tried to catch words coming out from his mouth before to give to someone, but that never quite worked out.

Hoping that he had reassured the Ramblers enough and allayed all their fears, Yerun cheerfully added, "You must all be hungry, no? I will get you some food, what kind of food do you like or prefer?" Yerun was so excited in the prospect of a little house -- uhm, hole-warming party, that he didn't notice the soft creaking of the kitchen door as it was being pushed open from the other side.  



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« Reply #20 on: December 13, 2003, 03:39:22 AM »

"Oh, no! No, no, no such thing! You are all safe here, I give my word on that." - Yerun seemed a bit confused as he spoke his last words. Ramblers were confused as well, not knowing what "giving a word" meant. They didn't say anything however, trusting the boy.

"You must all be hungry, no? I will get you some food, what kind of food do you like or prefer?"

"Well, not exactly," - said Fuzzytail, who apparently has taken the responsibility of talking to the boy:
"Actually, we've had our breakfast just an hour ago. But if you get some more food, we sure will find a use to it..." - Fuzzytail opened his mouth smiling: "Hey, wha....?" - he heard the door opening: *Squggle!* And the Ramblers quickly ran into the hole.


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« Reply #21 on: December 13, 2003, 09:45:22 AM »

Yerun was surprised why the Ramblers had all suddenly dashed into the hole in mid-conversation. He soon found out.

Omis sauntered into the kitchen, humming an odd little ditty tune. Seeing Yerun kneeling on the ground, he spoke out to him, "Boy! Why! You! Not! Sorting! Vegetables? Work! To! Do! Work! To! Do!"

Yerun scrambled to his feet nervously, nodding and nodding his head as he proceeded to lift the basket of vegetables from the ground and onto the table to begin unloading and sorting the vegetables. In his haste, and caught by surprise with Omis' sudden entry, he had forgotten about the piece of wood lying under the table.

As Yerun removed the huge basket, Omis' eyes caught sight of the piece of wood lying askewed under the table. It was his kitchen and his kitchen was always in perfect order. He would not have it any other way. But now, what was this piece of wood doing there? He didn't remember ever placing a piece of wood anywhere in the kitchen, except in the fireplace ...

Something clicked in Omis' mind. When Yerun saw Omis getting on his knees and making his way towards the hole in the wall, he knew something was wrong.

Omis got close to the hole in the wall, and peered into it. "HEY!"  



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« Reply #22 on: December 13, 2003, 11:49:22 PM »

The hole was dark and Ramblers crawled to the very back of it in hope that the cook wouldn't see them. Being caught in here without any chance of escaping would mean big trouble. They kept silence, not speaking, trying not even to breath. All that Ramblers could do now was just waiting.

((OOC: I know, this is a bit too short, but I had no idea what else a pack of rats would do in such a situation. :veryconfused ))


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« Reply #23 on: December 14, 2003, 02:25:22 AM »

((ooc: Hey Fluffly, Khiera's a bit harried with all the posting she has to do, so I'll be posting for you this time))

Omis peered into the hole, the huddled forms of the Ramblers just barely silhouetted in the back of the small hole, "RATS! IN! MY! KITCHEN! STEW!"

His eyes never leaving the hole, Omis slowly backed away on his knees, lifting his arm to the table above, his hand blindly feeling around for some tongs. Knives, spoon, forks, basting brush, there! Tongs!

Crawling back to the hole on his elbows and knees, he shoved the tongs towards the rats, clacking them open and closed as it disappeared into the darkness.

After a moment, he felt the tongs close on one of the rats tails. Aha! Slowly pulling the tongs towards him, he could feel the rat struggling to get away...


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« Reply #24 on: December 15, 2003, 12:05:22 AM »

((OOC: No problem. :)  ))

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Omis pulled Sparky out of the hole. "I will kill you for that!" - thought the rat: "I will scratch you to death, you old stupid skrrr! MY TAIL!!!" - and he struggled to get his tail free, grabbing the tongs with his hands: "Come here, you skrrr, I'll show you!"

In the same time other Ramblers ran out of the hole and saw what happened to Sparky. At once they attacked the cook, biting him with their long teeth as hard as they could.

"Yerun! Help us! Please!" - screamed Fuzzytail leaving the Omis wondering if the rat on his neck really said what he has heard.


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« Reply #25 on: December 15, 2003, 01:07:22 AM »

Omis grinned a toothy grin as his thongs dragged out a screeching rat. Omis merely chuckled as the rat tried to pry open the tongs with his forepaws ... a futile endeavour ...

"Yerun! Help us! Please!"

Omis was startled. Was it possible -- this ... rat ... talking??? Before he could ponder upon that further, five other furry figures had dashed out of the whole, and he soon felt their sharp rodent teeth piercing through his skin as they bit him furiously all over.

Yerun was already panicking when Omis stuck the pair of thongs into the hole. What to do what to do??? At Fuzzytail's cry for help, he could no longer stand and do nothing. Eyeing a large gourd sitting among the vegetables in the basket, his hand made a quick grab for it, and then, approaching towards the wincing Omis who was trying to bat off the attacking Ramblers with his other free hand, Yerun took a deep breath, raised the gourd high in the air with both hands, and brought it down hard upon the base of Omis' skull.

With a loud thud, the gourd split open, and Omis crumpled to the ground, the tongs falling clattering to the kitchen floor.  



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« Reply #26 on: December 16, 2003, 01:07:22 AM »

When Omis let his tongs loose Sparky fell to the ground. Pain burned him, most likely he broke some ribs. Sparky got up and the other rats helped him to move away. The dream of a nice safe warm place in the tavern seemed to come to an end. At least the safe part.

"What do we do now?" - asked the boy Manymeals.
"Do you think you'll get into trouble for that?" - added Fuzzytail.
"I told you, it was a bad idea to come here!" mumbled Teapot.


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« Reply #27 on: December 16, 2003, 01:29:22 AM »

@Fluffy & Cacunai:

Yerun stood dumbfounded as the Ramblers chittered among themselves.

"What do we do now?"
"Do you think you'll get into trouble for that?"
"I told you, it was a bad idea to come here!"


Trouble?? Trouble??? His ears were going to get boxed so hard he wouldn't be able to stand up straight for a month! And who knows what Omis is going to say or do when he comes to ... that is, if no one comes across him first.

Before Yerun could reply to the Rambler's frantic questions, the kitchen door creaked, and in stepped a tall, willowy elf figure with long, straight auburn hair. Yerun gulped and stared nervously at Cacunai. Who was this??



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« Reply #28 on: December 16, 2003, 12:34:22 AM »

Cacunai had heard the commotion and saw around five or six very large rats clustered near a boy who was standing over a man lying supine on the floor, probably knocked out. Her heart beat faster at the sight of the rats, but only because she had heard a quiet, sqeaky-type voice that could only belong to a magically-inclined rodent (or so she thought), and Cacunai wanted nothing to do with magic. Herblore and common sense were enough for the elf. Moving a few steps forward, she lifted a hand in tentative greeting, swaying back and forth in indecision.

Er... excuse me, boy, but is there something I could help you with?

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« Reply #29 on: December 16, 2003, 08:55:22 AM »

Ramblers watched the the tall elf woman enter the kitchen. Another person who saw them, just great! They gathered behind Yerun and waited there wondering what happens next.


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