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Apr 14

Chapter 53: Feuding

Chapter 53: Feuding

In Which Kirrian Can’t Leave Well Enough Alone.

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Arrin Woodgreen: He starts as the knock is heard. Realizing their rather awkward position, he clears his throat a bit and pulls away from her grasp slightly. He looks towards the door, waiting.

Yazeth: Once again Jinx and Fiarah let themselves in before Joseph can get to the door.  The vixen smiles apologetically at the mouse healer. “Sorry, didn’t want to risk being seen waiting out on the stoop.”

Arrin Woodgreen: Soquan gives a bit of a grin and greets the two. “Hullo again.”

Yazeth: Fiarah greets Soquan and smiles gently at Jozra. “It’s good to see you awake.”

Arrin Woodgreen: Soquan grins a bit, staying silent so his companion can reply.

Yazeth: Jozra grins weakly, entirely too self conscious and terribly confused as to what just happened. “Ah, pleased to meet you.”

Arrin Woodgreen: Soquan attempts to slip out of the blankets. “Did you have trouble getting away from the safe-house?”

Yazeth: Jinx grins at Fiarah before answering for her. “Just the trouble of coming up with a good excuse to be in town for a while.”

Arrin Woodgreen: He gives a chuckle. “I see.”

Yazeth: The younger ferret quirks an eyebrow at the older one in amusement as she accurately reads Jozra’s expression of confusion and embarrassment. Jinx says nothing, however, and instead saunters into the kitchen and pokes around for something to eat.  Joseph, who has been standing rather helplessly in the middle of the room, suddenly has a thought. “Oh, oh! Your, your foot S-soquan. I-I keep forgetting to, er, to look at it.”

Arrin Woodgreen: He’s a bit bemused by this and it take him a while to realize what the mouse is talking about. “What? Oh, right, my foot.”

Yazeth: Fiarah pulls up a chair for the mouse, assuming the otter will sit on the bed and then stands attentively, ready to give any aid her mentor requires.

Arrin Woodgreen: Soquan does indeed sit on the end of the bed and waits for the healer to also have a seat.

Yazeth:  Joseph settles himself in the chair and gently pulls Soquan’s bandaged foot towards him. He unwraps the bandages and examines the cut in the paw, noting that it could have been much more severe than it is.

He is just about to ask Fiarah to prepare a fresh poultice to put on the paw when a heavy knocking comes at his door.

Before anyone can respond to it, the door is flung open from the outside by Deke revealing a very irate Kirrian. Soquan overhears the normally very mild mannered mouse mutter irritably to himself, “I’ve got to put a lock on that door.”

Arrin Woodgreen: Soquan’s on his feet right away, his paw going for his staff. Once it is in his paws, he waits fully prepared to defend himself and Jozra.

Yazeth: Kirrian stalks into the house, glaring at her sister who stands firmly by the bed. “You…  I ordered them out and this is what you do? Help them behind my back?!”  Fiarah’s lip curls automatically at her sister. “What did you expect me to do?! Just dump them on the street in the rain without any aid?” The vixen points sharply at Jozra. “She nearly DIED thanks to you ordering them out!!”

Arrin Woodgreen: He snarls silently, his grip tightening on his staff.

Yazeth: Kirrian glares at her sister, sure Fiarah is exaggerating, but then does a double-take when she catches sight of Jozra’s full mask and black paws. She also notes that the ferret is conscious as well. “Surely you exaggerate, sister. That ferret tried to harm one of my girls and who knows what else. She’s probably on the run from somewhere if she’s been disguising herself.”

Jozra can only stare at Kirrain in horror, not that the vixen notices. She can’t know! SANDSTORMS! She should have pretended to be asleep!

Arrin Woodgreen: The otter gives a much, much louder snarl this time and he crosses the room, grabbing Kirrian’s collar roughly. “How can you brush that aside so lightly? You nearly KILLED my best friend! And the only reason she ‘attacked’ one of your girls is because you were all too pig-headed to listen to either her or me and wouldn’t let her go!”

Yazeth: Deke quickly moves to protect his mistress but it’s Jozra that calls the otter off.  She rasps his name. “Let her alone…  It doesn’t matter anymore.”

It suddenly occurs to her that it doesn’t. She’s doomed but Soquan isn’t. Best keep him out of trouble.

Jinx, who had slunk back into the room at the commotion, catches the tinge of hopelessness in the other ferret’s voice and shoots a worried glance at Jozra.

Arrin Woodgreen: He releases the vixen at Jozra’s command and shoots Kirran a dirty look as he growls softly and returns to Jozra’s side.

Yazeth: Kirrian gestures at the otter, glaring at Fiarah as though everything in the entire world were her fault. “You see?! This is why I had them kicked out! They must leave!” At this comment Joseph stands to address the vixen, astonished that she would kick someone out of his house. “You, you can’t kick them out of, out of my house…”

Arrin Woodgreen: He growls again. “Is there a rule against defending you friend?”

Yazeth: Kirrian glares at Soquan now, she didn’t invite him to the conversation. “There’s a rule against assaulting other beasts!” She turns back to Joseph. “They’re dangerous beasts, they must leave!” Even Joseph’s hackles rise at this comment, but it’s clever Jinx that has a solution. The young ferret casually pipes up. “Joseph, your house is a part of the Solstice Temple, right?”

Arrin Woodgreen: Soquan blinks a few times, confused as to where this is going.

Yazeth:  Joseph is as well but he nods jerkily. “Y-yes. Alvisa thought it would be a, a good idea to have a healer with, ah, near the temple.”  Jozra is still somewhat panicky but she’s trained well enough to notice Jinx’s sudden, very deliberate, hijacking of the conversation. Kirrian now turns her glare to Jinx. “I don’t see what that has to do with anything, child.”

Arrin Woodgreen: Soquan’s frown deepens as his listens, his brow furrowing.

Yazeth: Jinx smiles disarmingly. “Well it seems to me that this is a Temple matter then.  Perhaps we should take it up with Priestess Alvisa.”

Kirrian’s eyes narrow but Jozra catches a glimpse of fear in the vixen’s eyes. Fiarah recalled her promise to herself to never underestimate Jinx again when the jill began to speak and now can see exactly where this is going. She smiles to herself before turning to her sister. “Yes, we should take this up with Alvisa.”

Arrin Woodgreen: Soquan quirks an eyebrow, listening further.

Yazeth: Kirrian is startled by this turn of events and nervous that they may not be bluffing. No matter who was in charge of what officially, in the end it all boiled down to the snowy owl’s quiet authority over everything in Kodan. It was Alvisa that approved the plan for the safe house, Kirrian’s whole life, and should she suddenly find fault with it…  “I, I don’t think that’s totally necessary.”

Arrin Woodgreen: Soquan chuckles softly, crossing his arms. “I say we take this up with the priestess, that way she can settle this once and for all.”

Yazeth: Kirrian turns on the otter, seething, but four votes beats three. Deke is rather oblivious to the conversation going on but of course he has to side with his mistress and Jozra, well, she just doesn’t want anymore trouble but she keeps her mouth shut. Joseph glances at Jozra and then back at Fiarah. “Per, perhaps I should stay here with her…”

Arrin Woodgreen: He suddenly gets an idea. “Why don’t we wait ’till tomorrow? That way Jozra has time to recuperate and we can all head out to this Alvisa’s place.”

Yazeth: Kirrian is about to protest as a matter of principle when it occurs to her that this would give her more time to prepare her argument and come across as a calm and rational beast. Besides, even Deke has this look about him as though he’s unwilling to force the obviously unwell ferret out of her bed. “Fine.”

Arrin Woodgreen: He nods. “Alright. Now leave.”

Yazeth: The vixen bristles at the otter’s tone but says nothing as she turns on her heel and stalks to the door. After a moment, Deke shrugs and follows her.

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