When Worlds Collude
Amanda Reaves and N.C. Weber
over at her sister Golden. "Do you have any idea how often I've
wanted you to say that to me?"
Golden giggled. "Com'on, Red. Gimme a card."
"Okay, okay," said Red as she pulled a card from the deck and passed it
The two sisters
were playing a game of blackjack in the park not far from where they
lived. It was a bright, sunny day, yet the temperature was quite
comfortable. There was no wind to speak of, which made playing
cards outside ideal. It had been a rather dull week.
Nothing big had happened at the EndZone Sports Bar where Red
worked. Apparently, her reputation for being a very effective
bouncer had gotten around to all the troublemakers.
Golden, as it
turned out, took advantage of her winning people skills and got a job
as a soda jerk in a 1950s themed ice cream parlor. Red thought
the job was exploitative, but didn't complain to Golden since she was
doing her best to help pay the rent.
"Hit me again," said Golden.
"You sure you know what you're doing, Sunshine?" asked Red.
Golden looked up and smiled brightly at her sister. "Trust me."
blinked. If she didn't know any better she would have sworn that
there was a sinister glint in Golden's eye. Nah, she thought to herself, impossible.
Red dealt Golden another card from the deck. "I stand," said
Golden. She laid out her cards.
Red leaned over
in disbelief. "What the...," she sputtered. "How the hell
did you manage a Five Card Charlie?"
Golden shrugged. "Just lucky, I guess."
Red eyed her sister. "You haven't learned how to count cards
behind my back, have you?"
"Is that like remembering what cards have been played already?" asked
Red threw down
her hand. "Alright, who corrupted my innocent little
sister." Despite their being identical in age, Red always
referred to Golden as her little sister. Mostly due to Golden's
habit of following Red around like a puppy. "I think I'd better
quit while I'm behind."
Red scooped up all the cards, gave them a quick shuffle and pocketed
them. "Hey, you hungry?"
Golden nodded her head enthusiastically. "I could go for a hot
"Well, since I lost, I'll spring for lunch," said Red hurriedly.
"Nuh-uh," chided Golden while wagging a finger. "You have to do
dishes tonight. Lunch is on me."
Red snapped her fingers. "Dang."
Golden made her
way over to a hot dog stand at the edge of the park. She ordered
two hot dogs, a chili dog with cheese for herself, and one with the
works for Red. Golden also purchased two bags of potato chips and
two cans of soda. Red watched as Golden carefully made her way to
the picnic table carrying a full load. At one point, Golden
tripped on a small stone and lost her balance. As she tried to
right herself, Red noticed that the food was serenely floating in front
of Golden while her arms flailed about in order to regain her
"Oh ho!" shouted Red. "That, my dear, is cheating."
"Hey, you don't
see me complaining when you light your cigarettes with your thumb,"
said Golden. "Besides, what good is having special abilities if
you can't put them to good use?"
"Good point," agreed Red.
The two settled
down at the table and hungrily ate their lunch. While Golden ate
slowly, savoring her food, Red scarfed her meal in a few quick bites
followed by chugging her soft drink. Red then let out a
tremendous belch that echoed across the park. Golden
giggled. "Ah," sighed Red, "life is good. I think I'll take
a nap." She glanced at Golden. "Don't let any weirdoes try
to kidnap me."
Golden giggled once more. "Okie doke."
Red leaned back
on the table bench and closed her eyes. To pass the time, Golden
pulled out a book from a tote bag she had brought along and began to
It was raining.
No, not raining…storming! The once pink sky that played around
red sun had turned a deep blue in no time flat. The ground was
and people found themselves suddenly soaked. One of which was
had been exploring K'orin to see if she could find a stone of her very
own. Now, she stood in the opening of a cave sopping wet.
Her shiny black
hair was straight and heavy on her shoulders while her red dress was
now three shades darker.
"Rassa fraggin' stupid rain…,"
she muttered, proceeding to ring out her tails. Then, one of the
of water that fell from her fur morphed into a tall man. He had
bear ears and a long shaggy tail. He wore a trench coat with an
green top and black pants. He wasn't wet at all.
"Aww, what ya lookin' like-a dat for?" he
asked seeing her narrowed eyes upon him.
"What were you doing on my
tail?" she asked as she rung out her hair. "And its pouring down
How do you expect me to look?" She poked her tongue at him. "Now,
to figure out how I am going to get back to Innai in this weather."
"Well, if'n ya be nice-a to meh, I will-a
take-a ya back with meh." He gave her a cheesy grin.
"Does it matter who I go with? I'm
still going to get soaked." She folded her arms.
"Not if'n ya come-a
with meh." He started making wave motions with his hands.
"We could-a ride on-a the waves of-a the air!" he said with a wink.
"You've gotta be kidding me.
That is the most dangerous form of teleportation." In a mocking
voice, she added,
"Ridin' on-a the waves of-a the air…" She poked him. "Don't
you know you
can end up anywhere doing that? Teleporting through molecules
that? No wonder you were on my fur. Probably you that
"Hey! There-a be none
nah." He looked back at the storm. "Might-a be your only
way out, though…"
A smug smirk showed on his lips as Legna sighed. "Besides, I'm-a
navigating. I don't-a see what-a they mean by 'dangerous and
navigation. I do-a just swell. Here, I'll-a make-a us pass
sunlight, eh? You be-a dry in no time. Might-a be a little
mangy, though. All-a that wet fur. But you be-a dry."
He chuckled as Legna hit him. "I am not mangy, thank you very
much. Now, come on. Let's go."
"Hey! Dun't-a you rush meh! I am-a
"Come on Xuri." She said in a mock whine.
"The feeling is mutual."
that, he closed his eyes, and their forms merged and changed until they
were part of the molecules. They reformed as dew drops falling
leaf on one of the trees near Red and Golden, but because Innai was
surrounded by trees, neither of them thought anything of it. As Legna
stepped out from the trees and into the park area she still had no
inkling that they were someplace else.
"Hey?! Where did the rain
go?" She looked at herself. "You were right, Xuri. I
dried out during the trip."
She looked back at him as he stepped out of the trees. "And I'm not
At hearing this
outcry, Golden looked up from her book and noticed the two strange
looking creatures standing not far from the picnic table.
"Say, Red?" inquired Golden.
A groan was heard from the opposite side of the table. "What is
it, Smiley? I'm tryin' to sleep!"
"Do you know of any furcons going on in town?"
"A furry convention,"
explained Golden. "It's where people who are fans of
anthropomorphic characters gather to celebrate with contests, art
galleries and panels."
Red sat up and looked at Golden. "I do not want to know how you know all
this," she said. "Why, pray tell, are you asking anyway?"
Golden pointed in the direction of the strangers. Red turned
around to get a good look.
"What the hell?"
started Red. "Is the circus in town or something? That's
just plain weird. They don't even look real."
"Maybe they're lost,"
said Golden. "I'll go find out." She put a bookmark on the
page where she had paused in her reading and put the book back into her
"You be careful," said
Red as she watched her sister approach the strangers. "They look
like a couple o' freaks to me."
Golden put on her best
smile and walked up to Legna and Xurian. "Hi there!" she beamed.
"You guys need help?"
At the sound of Golden's
cheerful voice, Legna turned to catch her gaze and stumbled back as her
eyes grew wide. Luckily, Xurian was there to catch her and
push her up
to balance once again on her own two feet. Silence... She
her head around as it dawned on her...there was no place like this on
"Xuri....I....am...going...to...kill...you...," was all Legna
could muster saying, a bit overwhelmed by the situation.
Xurian on the other hand,
scratched his head, trying to place just where and how he steered
wrong. "What-a ya mean? Kill-a me?" he asked trying to make light
of the whole
matter. "You always-a said, you wanted adventure!"
"I wanted to get home out of the storm."
Legna's eyes narrowed a bit.
"Come on! You always-a like-a new places!"
he said grinning sheepishly.
Her eyes narrowed more. "New places
Xurian was cutoff as Legna snapped out of her trance and turned giving
him a sharp hit to his shoulder.
NITWIT! LOOK AT WHAT YOU'VE DONE!" For the moment, she had
forgotten that Golden was standing there.
"No-a problem. We'll-a just-a go back-a the
way we came."
Legna folded her arms. "You must be
"Then-a I'll go." He turned
to step back into the trees but was quickly pulled back by Legna's
tight grip on his trench coat. Her eyes had grown wide again as
tails wrapped around her legs as if suddenly afraid.
"Xuri you leave me here and I promise you the Exalted One will get you!" This caused him to
her with a look of sheer defeat and a bit of annoyance.
"I dont-a like-a you," was all he could say
as she grinned. That's when she remembered Golden.
Turning to her, she cleared
her throat and took a couple steps towards her. The initial shock out
of her system, she could think clearly again. At least for the
part. She then gave a long look to Golden, as if studying
which, she leaned to the side to try and glance behind her.
"Hey...where's your tail?" she asked without thinking.
Xurian chuckled and
tapped her on the shoulder. "You know...that's-a not a polite-a
way to greet-a someone."
Golden blinked at such
a strange question. She had been entranced by the movement of
Legna's tails, wondering how she got them to move of their own
accord. She hadn't seen any wires. "I don't have a tail,"
she stated. "So, are you guys here for a convention?" She
peered more closely at Legna and Xurian. "Wow, those are some
really impressive looking prosthetics. It must have been hard
getting all that fur on your faces like that. You really must have
spent a lot of money to have those made for you. Or did you make
seemed to snap out of a daydream. "Oh! I'm sorry. How
rude of me." She giggled self-consciously and extended a
hand. "I'm Golden Glover. What are your names?"
"No tail? How do you make it through the day?"
said Legna still peering behind Golden. That is, until Xurian
pulled her back.
"Will-a you stop-a that? That's-a
very rude!" Legna blushed and put her hands behind her back.
"And prosthetics? Oh, no no no.
The fur is mine," she beamed.
"Yeah, every bit...," Xurian
added plucking a few strands from her tail. She jumped and
began holding her tail, glaring at him.
"OUCH!" she yelled as she rubbed her tail. "That wasn't very
nice! How about I pull your fur out?"
Xurian ignored the comment
and looked at Golden, "My name is-a Xurian T'Kankarol, and-a yes, we
are-a here for... a convention." He smiled and leaned and kissed
of Golden's hand. Legna slapped his shoulder again.
"No, we are not! We don't even know
what a convention
is. I will not stand here and lie. 'Specially since she has been
nice." She looked at Golden. "I'm sorry. My name is
Legna, and you can
just call him Xuri...everyone else does." That was followed by a
growl from Xuri directed toward Legna, but she ignored it.
A voice called out
from a short distance away. "Hey, Smiley! Just give the
weirdoes directions and come away from there!"
The other voice made Xurian
look in Red's direction. "I think-a she just-a insulted me.
she just-a insult-a me?" He started heading towards Red but was
back again. "I wish-a you would-a quit doing-a that!"
Golden giggled. "Oh, that's my sister
Red. She's harmless. Well...most of the time anyway.
So, are you guys, like, mutants from out of town or something?"
Legna raised a brow as
Xurian chuckled. "Well, imagine-a that...being-a called-a
mutants..." He laughed.
"Well I..." Legna really
didn't know how to answer that question. "I guess you could kind
that...," she blushed. "And you can blame it on ol' smart butt
She glared at Xurian.
"Heh...where are-a we...anyway?" he asked to steer the conversation
away from his goof-up.
"Oh, this is
Washington," said Golden. "The most important city in the
world." She thought for a moment. "You know, we should
maybe go inside. If you two are really mutants, then the
government won't like that. They're kind of afraid of people who
aren't normal human beings."
Legna's eyes grew wide
again, and all of a sudden, she began bouncing up and down with a big
grin. "Oh my! Oh my! Oh my!!!"
Xurian raised a brow. "Have-a you
gone-a loony?" Legna turned to him.
"Do you know where we are?"
"No you nitwit...Earth...we are on Earth!"
She looked around again. "The place Ney'Vin always
talked about and studied!"
Legna tilted her head
a bit. "Government?" Then, she looked at Xurian. "I
guess it can't hurt."
Xurian's gaze went to Red, "You-a sure
your-a sister wont-a bite-a our-a heads off?"
"Red's a pussycat," said Golden. "She'll warm up to you.
Golden led Legna and Xurian over to the picnic table.
"Goldie, what are you doing," said Red incredulously. "These
aren't stray kittens, you know."
"But they're lost, Red," pleaded
Golden. "They're not from around here, and you know how paranoid
the Mutant Patrol is."
Xurian gave a side glance at
Golden at that statement, while Legna put on the biggest puppy dog eyes
she could muster as she looked at Red.
Red shook her head and sighed. "One
of these days, you're going to get us in a world of trouble.
Alright, alright, they can come home with us...for now. At least
until we can figure out what to do with 'em." She leaned over an
peered at Legna. "And the female critter is kinda cute."
Legna smiled and then poked her tongue out at Xuri. He poked his
back and was about to say something when Golden conspiratorially poked
Xurian in the
ribs with her elbow. "See? What'd I tell you? A big
Xurian looked at Golden and then to Red and
back. "I dunno...I still-a watch-a her..."
"Oh Xuri, stop being such a numbskull...,"
"Im-a gonna hurt-a you..." He
narrowed his eyes again.
The foursome took an indirect route back to
Red and Golden's apartment using low traffic streets. Even so,
they could feel the conspicuous stares on the backs of their
necks. Even with the hasty detour, it was only minutes before
they reached their destination. Red used her key to access the
security lock and ushered everyone inside. Fortunately, the
apartment was on the first floor. As Red opened the apartment
door wide she announced, "Welcome to the Glover Kennel. Barking,
howling and biting permissible."
After stepping inside, Red froze. She
slowly turned back toward her impromptu guests. "Sorry, poor
choice of words."
Golden giggled. "She always says that when showing new friends
"Mmmhmmm...," Xurian said narrowing his eyes a bit.
him in the back to get him to stumble through the door. "Just go
on!" she urged, then
stepped in herself. After the door was closed, she turned to
don't think we've been introduced. I'm Legna and that
fellow over there
he growled at her.
"You and Golden look so much
alike...," she said before looking around the apartment again.
The room's central living space was small and modestly furnished.
These were people on a tight budget. On the coffee table were two
recently burned candles, and in between them, a layout of tarot cards
had been carefully placed. Some of the cards hadn't yet been
turned over. A dinette set and a kitchenette were sectioned off
on the far end. An open hallway led to other rooms toward the
back of the apartment.
"Yeah," said Red casually. "It's one of those fact of life
things. I have enough siblings for every day of the week, and one
for Sunday best."
"We're like octuplets," said Golden.
"We may look alike, but believe me, we are vastly different people,"
Legna giggled, "Wow that's a
lot...the most we have are four, and trust me," she gave a side glance
at Xurian, "they are very
different...one for a facet of life...from
"So, allow me to show my hospitality," announced Red. "Would you
guys like a brewski?"
Golden turned toward her sister. "How do you know they even drink
beer?" she asked.
"Never met an intelligent species that didn't," said Red.
"Red! The only intelligent species you've ever met are humans
like us," laughed Golden.
"Then you know I'm not lying," said Red as she triumphantly pulled two
bottles of draft beer from the refrigerator. She offered them to
bit her lip and nudged Xurian whispering, "You drink it."
Xuri gave a
low growl. He then looked curiously at the container as Legna
away. "What-a is-a that?"
"This, this my friend is an ancient beverage made from the fermentation
of barley and hops," said Red holding the bottle up reverently.
"Purified, pasteurized and chilled to perfection at approximately forty
degrees Fahrenheit. In short, this is the nectar of the
gods." She took a bottle opener out of the flatware drawer and
popped the cap. Then, she put the frosted bottled in Xurian's
hand. His body heat cause a wisp of condensation to pour out of
the bottle's mouth. "Drink up."
Since Legna didn't seem interested, Red decided to help herself to the
second bottled. After popping the cap, she took a hefty swig of
the malted beverage.
went and sat
in front of the
tarot cards. "These are pretty...what are they for?"
studied their formation. "To tell the future of some sort?"
Golden walked over to where Legna was sitting. "Not exactly," she
said tentatively. "They sort of give you advice based on your
future, but they can't really predict your future. You see, as
you take action to improve things, your future actually begins to
change. I'm still a novice at this, but a friend is teaching me
how to read the cards.
take a closer look, if you like. I was only practicing the
Legna smiled at Golden
put her hand above the cards. They all glowed, and as she lifted
hands, they all rose up in the air and began to whirl around her. "We
use to have things like these to do the same thing. Only certain
species could. Species like Xuri, who are endowed with psychic abili---"
Hack! Cough! Cough!
Xurian sputtered and choked as he quickly put down
Red quickly began to pat him hard on the back. "Went down the
wrong pipe there, chief."
"Whoa, that-a..." Cough! "...stuff is-a..." Cough! "strong!" His
caused Legna to loose her concentration, and the cards fell all over
and the floor.
"Now, look what you
made me do!"
"It's okay," said Golden with a
giggle. She stretched out her hand and immediately the cards
lifted off of the floor and neatly stacked themselves. Then, the
deck shuffled itself and finally rested back upon the coffee
table. Golden looked at Legna with a satisfied grin.
Legna watched Golden
stacked the cards and put them away. "Hmm, in all of Ney'Vin's
he never said that humans had powers...just weird noses and no
She scratched her head. "I wonder why he left that out..."
wrapped around her legs. "I guess we don't seem odd to you after
"Well," said Golden
thoughtfully, "you two are definitely unique, but you're not the first
furry mutants we've seen."
Red drained the last
of her beer and let out a hearty belch. Golden looked at her
sister in mock indignation. Even so, it was with an effort not to
burst out laughing. "Red! We have guests! Where are
"To quote a certain
ogre, 'Better out than in,'" said Red. "But this guy obviously
has never drunk in his life if he thinks beer is strong." She
shook her head sadly. "So, where are you guys from anyway?
Laurel? Reston? Let me know if I'm getting warm."
Xurian, half hoarse
from the beer answered, "We are-a from-a Zanali..."
Red wrinkled her
brow. "Isn't that in Jersey?"
"It's in the Astria
Galaxy." She smiled. "Seems we've come a long way from
seen a for-real human before." She giggled. "It's very
"That's-a because you
are-a easily amused...," he chuckled with a cough.
Red and Golden glanced
at one another. "Ooooooo-kaaay," said Red while twirling her
finger in a circular motion around her temple. "Looks like we got
ourselves a couple o' wild ones here."
hissed Golden. She turned to Legna. "So, you're from
another galaxy? Like, space travelers?"
"No, not space travelers..."
Red. "Ain't no such thing. This ain't Star Trek, Sunshine,
and even they only stayed within in one
quarter of the Milky Way. I swear you are sooo....gullible!"
Legna's eyes widened,
looked at Xurian. She knew what he was thinking when she saw his
eye twitch. "Xuri, calm down. We already don't look foreign
to them. How do you expect them to believe us?" She stood
over to him and patted his head, then looked at Red and Golden.
"Well, I-a dun think-a
Golden's-a gullible at-a all. I-a think-a she has-a an open-a
Xurian said, folding his arms.
"Don't mind Red,
Xuri," said Golden with a smile. "She often says things like
that. It's her nature." She thought for a moment.
"Mind you, she's seldom wrong about that kind of thing."
Legna nodded, "What
could I do to prove it...? Oh, I know!" She turned to
Xuri. "Give me your dagger."
"What? No, I am-a not!" he answered defensively.
"Do you want them to continue to
think that we are crazy?" she raised a brow.
"Fine! Take-a it...but if-a you--"
"I am not going to
precious weapon. Geez!" she said as she pulled it from the
"Humans have blood...so do we...and a lot of things in the
universe...but, those from our galaxy have another fluid...called
Liquim...that runs along side our blood." She then grabbed Xuri's
and cut it twice. The two cuts were very close together.
"YEOUCH!!!!!" he screamed trying
to snatch his arm back, but Legna
was strong. "Why you-a punk!"
She then motioned Red
and Golden's eyes to the cuts, one dripped red and the other dripped
green. "See? There's the blood...and there's the Liquim."
touched the two cuts and, in a white glow, both healed. "Eh...different
colors for different species..." She proceeded to do the same to
herself. Her liquim was pink and she moved closer to them so they
see up close.
Red's jaw worked up and down a few times
before she finally uttered, "Well I'll be dipped. You guys really
are from another
planet!" Red's mind reeled for a moment, and she had to grab hold
of the kitchenette counter. "Wow! This is like...big! Man, the girls are never
gonna believe this. Imagine, extraterrestrials in our living
Golden had never seen Red react this
way. She was amazed to see little wisps of smoke coming off of
Red's shoulders. "Red? Are you okay? You're not upset
"Upset?" said Red bewildered, apparently
oblivious to the smoke she was generating. "Why would I be
upset? Do you have any idea what this means?" At this
point, Red threw out her arms to try to express the enormity of the
situation. That was when her shirt ignited. "Oh, shit!" she
Quickly, Golden pushed past Red into the
kitchenette, grabbed the fire extinguisher that hung on the wall by the
stove and doused Red in it's spray.
"Gaaaah!" screamed Red. "Damn, that's
With the fire out, the rest of Red's top
and her bra disintegrated. Red smiled at Golden. "Thanks,
kiddo." Suddenly, she notice that she was topless. "Geep!"
she squeaked as she grabbed a chopping board to hide her bare
breasts. Now, it was her cheeks that were burning. She
looked at Xurian and Legna. "Uhm....'scuse me," she quipped as she
dashed down the corridor to her bedroom.
Legna politely waited
Red was out of sight before she began to laugh. Not loudly
held both hands to her face and rolled over on her back. Xurian
her in the side while still rubbing his arm.
"What are-a you-a
laughin' at? That's-a not-a funny!"
Trying to catch her
but still letting out a snicker here and there, she responded, "I
know...I know...but it reminded me of Ambrose, when the
his immortality and took his outer skin with it!" She laughed
"He was standing there with big eyes and nothing covering him up!"
Compose-a yourself! You're-a
Red walked over to Golden and helped her to
her feet. "So, if you guys are from another galaxy, how'd you get
all the way over here?"
"Ok." She slowly
calmed herself down. "Ok..." She looked at Golden.
"My sincerest apologies...I'm so sorry..."
Up until now Golden
had kept both hands over her mouth and nose. Tears were streaming
from her eyes. Finally, she could hold it in no longer.
With a scream, Golden broke down into a fit of mirth. She
collapsed to the floor kicking her legs with peals of laughter.
Eventually, she was able to regain control of herself.
breathe!" she cried between giggles.
Just then, Red
returned with a fresh shirt. She stood with her hands on her hips
watching her sister. "Well, I'm glad you're
entertained." Red couldn't help but smile as well. "Sorry,
folks. I guess I got a little overexcited. I really need to
get fireproof clothes. At least some asbestos underwear."
Legna glared at Xurian, "Ask smarty
Xurian poked his tongue out
at her, then looked at Red. "I am an Illura with the abilities of
teleportation. I have the ability to teleport through almost
from dreams to shadows to molecules."
Legna folded her arms, "They aren't supposed
to travel by molecules because since everything is made from them, its
hard to tell where you will come out. Xurian convinced me he knew what
he was doing, and I wanted to get out of a storm...and so...I went, and
the teleportation brought us here."
Red chuckled. "Leave it to a guy to
get a girl in even more trouble than she already is. I guess that
kind of thing is universal no matter what galaxy you're from."
"Is there anything we can do to help?"
Legna looked at Golden. "I'll
need a door..."
Legna shook her head.
"Doors on Earth mean glass...like a mirror of some sort."
"You can-a get-a that tomorrow," said
Xurian. "We need-a rest. Why do-a you need-a
"To summon a Vinjai...one of
light...to head our way home," she said firmly.
"How do you know? Ever tried?"
"Well then shut up." She poked her tongue out
"Hey, ain't no thang," said Red.
"We've got mirrors here. How big are we talking? We've got
hand mirrors, wall mirrors, free standing mirrors. If you need
something the size and shape of a door, a free standing mirror would
fit, but if size doesn't matter, a hand mirror would be easier to carry
"It'd look pretty strange carrying a big
free standing mirror to the park," giggled Golden.
"It's late," said Red. "I think they
should spend the night here, and in the morning we can take 'em back to
the park. Hopefully, they can find their way back home."
Legna glared at Xurian, "Yeah hopefully..."
Xurian threw up his hands. "What?" he
Legna rolled her eyes.
"Well, let's sort out the sleeping
arrangements," said Red hoping to prevent another argument. "Xuri
can sleep in my room, and me and
Legna can share the sofa bed. Oh!" She paused amidst a
sudden revelation. "Do you guys have bathrooms where you come
Legna giggled at the
question. "Yesh...we are house trained." She winked.
"And a small mirror will work fine..."
Golden and Red set
about the task of unfolding the sofa bed. Golden pulled out a
fresh blanket and extra pillows from the hall closet. She placed
the pillows at the head of the sofa bed and spread the blanket over the
mattress. Meantime, Red showed Legna and Xurian where the
bathroom was, and she showed Xurian where he would be sleeping for the
"Well, if that's
everything, I'm gonna
shower and get the smell of burnt cotton and
polyester off of me," said Red. She ducked quickly into her room
and grabbed some sleeping clothes. Then, she headed into the
bathroom, shutting the door behind her.
waited until Red was in the bathroom and looked at Legna. "Have-a
he said with a snicker as he turned to go to the place set for
Legna reached out and grabbed him by the back of his shirt and glared.
what is that supposed to mean?" she hissed.
get-a to sleep with-a Red. Make-a sure she doesn't catch-a you on
fire...," he snickered again.
are so mean," she said with a sharp hit to his shoulder.
quickly gripped his shoulder with a glare. "And-a you are-a
violent." Then, he walked to his sleeping quarters.
turned to Golden, "This
is really neat. I thank you for letting us stay the night."
Golden simpered at Legna's expression of gratitude. "Think
nothing of it. I'm always willing to help out someone in
need. You really should thank Red. She can be...difficult
to get close to sometimes, but I think she's really taken to you guys."
After a short while. Red emerged from the bathroom in an extra
large night shirt with a picture of a cherubic looking devil on the
front. "Ah," she said while stretching her arms, "much better."
By now Xurian was sound
asleep. All the teleporting he had done obviously had worn him out.
"Well, I think I shall turn in," said Golden. "Looks like we're
going to have a big day tomorrow. G'night!"
Golden went down the hall to her room, and Red proceeded to sit on the
edge of the sofa bed. She looked up at Legna. "Say, do you
mind if I ask you a question?"
Legna sat on the other side of the bed and
proceeded to braid her jet
black strands into a ponytail. She tilted her head slightly to glance
at Red as her paws made their way down her hair. "Sure, you may ask me
anything you like." She gave a smile.
Red hesitated a moment. She seemed to
be studying the far wall. Then, she turned to Legna and asked,
"What's it like? You know, where you're from?" She took a
deep breath. "I've always wondered about what it would be like to
visit another world. I wonder just how different everything would
be." Suddenly, she seemed to snap out a daydream. "Listen
to me yammerin' away. We need sleep!"