June 12, 2020 at 6:08 pm #6761
They’d been on the search for his sister’s remains for a few days now, the business was dreary and morbid. Even though both Sebastian and his female companion were mostly sure that Kass had indeed made it and survived- she was stubborn like that, there was an even bigger part of him that hoped to whoever was out there that they did in fact find her dead. It was better that way. Easier. Then he and Skylar could go home. They could go home and undergo the ceremony and become real mates. He wasn’t a bad choice to be mated to, he figured, he’d been told before that he was honorable. That he was kind. He would never hurt her, never manipulate her the way she and Kass did to each other. He would be there for her. Life would be theirs for the taking.
And yet, here they were perched under the remains of what used to be a wooden dining table to escape a summer storm which had made the bank much smaller and harder to walk along without slipping and falling into the river. Luckily they’d found some sort of gated community of trash dwelling cats that had let them in with little to no argument. No cat liked to be out in the rain. “They were nice,” Sebastian hummed, making small talk for the first time in a few hours. “Too bad they live in literal garbage.”
There was a twinge in his spine from the pressure in the air and the stress of the situation, but he wasn’t about to tell her that unless she asked. She almost never did anyway.June 19, 2020 at 9:10 pm #6828
This was dreary, terribly boring business, and when they found Kass she had better get done and kiss Skylar’s poor paws. Though she was used to going on missions, none had ever been quite like this. Usually they had an idea of where their target was, how the mission should play out, any extenuating circumstances that might eventually become large problems. This time though? This time they were down a member, their target, in fact, and had no idea where she could possibly be. The faintest clue they had was following the river, a shot in the dark, if she were being honest with herself, but a chance she was willing to take nonetheless. Kass could still be alive out there, without a Skylar to tell her what to do. That realization just did not sit well with the blue Abyssinian at all.
Ever since she had wrangled Sebastian into going on this adventure with her, the possibility of finding Kass had been all she would breathe, eat, and sleep. Soon, for she wasn’t ready to accept her mate’s death without a body, they would be reunited and everything could go back to normal. Skylar, if anything, enjoyed sticking to the status quo. “Hmm,” she mumbled noncommittally from where she was hunkered down beside her travel companion. Literal garbage indeed. If it weren’t for his condition, she would have been perfectly content to continue on in the rain. However, she knew rainy weather had a tendency to make it act up, and she wasn’t about to go diving into the river to save his butt when he inevitably slipped in. “Does it not remind you of simpler times, though?”
Admittedly, ever since Kass had been lost to them, she had been quite touchy and rude. Alluding to the fact Kass and Sebastian had been found in a dumpster as kits was just her way of taking a jab at him to let off steam, even if it was uncalled for. Bless his sole for dealing with her this long. Truthfully, as soon as his sister had disappeared, Skylar was surprised he didn’t jump ship as well.June 22, 2020 at 11:42 pm #6861
If Sebastian wasn’t eager to find Kass alive, he even more so was not looking forward to finding her dead either. If she’d died in the river her remains would have been long gone- it had been an obvious chunk of moons since her fall off the ravine. It had been the first mission they’d been instructed to take on alone as a duo since they’d dueled that one fateful day where Sebastian had hurt his spine in combat. It wasn’t lost on the tom, now in hindsight, that maybe they were alone for a reason. But who were they to question their former mentor when he tasked them with a find as big as this?
Kass and Sebastian had on a one day hike and a two day surveillance period in the country of a barn on the side of the river, to take out a rival gang’s leader while he was alone in his hideout. His name was Pops, and he was as old as he was fertile, given his gang which consisted only of family- primarily his over twenty sons who were all diseased and filled with rabies. They’d infected the area for miles around. Taking out Pops would’ve been like curing the disease itself, but it seemed the tom was never alone long enough to send Kass in without causing a disturbance.
Inevitably, the sibling duo began to bicker. The realization that he didn’t have as much of a hold on his sister’s leash anymore was startling, and the lack of use in his right hind leg was making him grumpy. He didn’t understand. When they were young and in training he could’ve move entire buildings with the way she hung onto his every word, all of a sudden he couldn’t quite remember when the endless devotion had stopped. Until he did. Until he remembered a lapse in attendance. A lapse in conduct between the two felines he was supposed to trust most in the world. His sister, and his soon to be mate. He hadn’t had the chance to tell Kass about his future, how the future was set for him to marry into the highest family of the Foundation. How the conversation he’d had with Alerio, paired with the curt nod from Diana had made him feel like the luckiest tom in the world. He’d been so sure, so sure Skylar would say yes to him when he finally asked- had a sneaking suspicion she had expected it coming.
It was the logical thing to do.
In a fit of anger he told Kass, belittling her and the so-called relationship she’d stumbled upon. His little sister didn’t know a thing about love, about courtship. She was still the bloodthirsty kitten racing him to kill the one mouse they had to share between them in the dumpster. She was a rapid animal, void of emotion or reason. And it was all she would ever be.
Of course she ran away after that. She would cool down eventually, once she beat something up- or at least that’s what Sebastian told himself. Until there was chaos in the barn by the river. She’d gotten Pops in the end, but his hoarde of inbred incels had heard wind of the struggle and had found her standing over his body. But it wasn’t them who had chased her through the cornfields and over the ravine. It was the dogs the two-leg owner had released once he’d heard the commotion in the barn. Sebastian had watched the entire struggle down wind and out of site, he watched his sister climb a tree and suddenly losing all other options. He watched his baby sister fling herself over the ravine to her sure death while Sebastian was useless on the sidelines.
Sometimes he was mad at himself, felt sorry for her and what he’d caused. But then again, without her around there was no explanation as to why Skylar wouldn’t accept his offer. His pale eyes took his future mate in, a lazy smile finding his features. “I guess it does. Although my kit-hood was much darker and.. mostly covered. Such is the life of a no-name,” he shrugged in a non-committed fashion, “Couldn’t all live as lush as you Princess.” he teased.
He shifted onto his side awkwardly to alleviate some pressure on his back, “I think when I retire I may move here. Live amongst the trash cats. Become their leader.” he joked easily, wiggling his eyebrows at her. A shared trait between him and Kass- sarcastic humor as a default. He focused on the rain for a moment, worrying slightly that the ground beneath them may flood. Perhaps there was a reason none of the other garbage dwelling cats had chosen their spot for cover…
“How much farther do you think she could have floated?” The spotted rogue’s pale eyes rose to meet hers, “a little more ways off?” he speculated. “The bend in the river up ahead they were talking about might prove to be an issue.”
June 23, 2020 at 12:12 am #6863
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That was one trait she supposed she could like about him. Though she was known to be a raging bitch most of the time, especially during tense situations, and had a tendency to take her emotions out on others nearby, Sebastian still stuck with her. Out of a misplaced sense of loyalty, or fear, or something else, she had no clue, but his company was… Appreciated when times got rough. He certainly made a good verbal punching bag, if nothing else.
She flashed a sharp smile at him that didn’t quite reach her eyes, a smug air about her. “Why indeed, most couldn’t and still can’t. Though my father is very generous, no one could ever be so worthy as to live as lush as I do,” she stated haughtily, clearly not shy to flaunt her stature. When she had been a kit, it was a bit endearing. But now that she was older, her arrogance was downright insufferable. Couple that with her entitled mindset, and it really was a wonder how anyone could stand her company. She had failed to realize it yet, but meeting Kass and Sebastian when they had all been younger had been a god-send in disguise. If only she could pull her head out of her own butt and see that.
Admittedly, his little joke was funny, but she didn’t deign to give it a response. There were far more pressing matters, even if they were stuck under trash for shelter from the rain outside. The need to get her Kass back at that very second was like the itch of fleas upon her skin, burning and unrelenting. Kass was hers, and fate had dared to try and steal her away. Skylar was not going to sit back and let that happen, not without a fight. “When have we not been able to handle a problem thrown our way, Sebastian? Though we’re one member down, we still have your beautiful brainpower to pull us through,” she purred, batting her eyelashes at him. It was no secret in their trio that Sebastian had been the brain, unless Skylar absolutely disagreed with a harebrained idea he concocted up.June 24, 2020 at 11:54 pm #6894
Sebastian could think of at least a dozen times when they hadn’t been able to handle problems thrown their way, but he didn’t point that out. Instead, he just allowed the heat to reach his ears at the compliment offered. “Yeah well,” he shifted his weight, “Things will probably go easier without her here anyway, she’d just find a way to screw up her own search party.” It was meant to be funny. But then again, it was his sister’s remains they were searching for. His whiskers twitched with unsaid words, but he continued on anyway.
“Anyway Princess, I might need your opinion on something.” In the dirt below he drew a long winding line, making a fork in the line around half way. “So, if my intel is correct and it usually is, there should be a fork in the river. It’s very unlikely that she would have drifted upstream but.. if we think since our hypothesis is that she is alive and she’s not terrorizing anyone on this side of the river, then she’ll be somewhere between the two rivers. Wherever that may be.” The tom’s eyes left the makeshift diagram and instead traced the features of his future mate. She really was pretty, the way her feminine features framed her body, the way the rain left the nape of her neck risen. The spotted tom let the she-cat think it over. “Plus, we know she’s over there because well,” his eyes left her suddenly, angry and partly disgusted, “the only days she ever skipped in training were swimming lessons.”July 8, 2020 at 1:05 am #7168
She didn’t even dare to deign that reply with one of her own, a sliver of irritation at her travel companion chipping away at her… Patience. It seemed all he ever did since Kass’ disappearance was belittle and criticize her. It was to be expected from siblings, but Skylar had never heard this level from Sebastian before. She didn’t know what his problem was – not true, she had plenty of theories, she just didn’t really care – but he best shape up. Though she needed him along on this mission to help watch her back, she would only put up with so much of her mate’s good name being sullied. Skylar knew Kass wasn’t a saint, far from it, but Kass was hers. And what was hers, was nothing but perfect in her eyes. Otherwise why would she even waste her time on it?
The blue Abyssinian visibly tuned back in as Sebastian asked for her opinion, all far too happy to give it on whatever was needed. She loved being listened to, after all. “It usually is,” she agreed quickly, voice low. Studying the map, she concluded he had to be right. They would have heard by Kass now, if she was still on this side of those rivers. Not only was her pelt stunning and unforgettable, but her attitude wasn’t exactly a common one. If Skylar was a moth, Kass was the flame she just couldn’t stop herself from being drawn to, time and time again.
“Sebsatian,” she warned lowly. Her amber eyes flashed in the darkness, the promise of retribution in their depths on Kass’ behalf if he didn’t stop behaving like a brat right that second. It was hardly ever that she let her cool slip, but Sebastian had witnessed a few of the times she had. It wasn’t pretty, and she doubted he wanted an episode right now, so soon into their mission.
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