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Mar 10

Chapter 3: Meeting Arrin

Chapter 3: Meeting Arrin

In Which Soquan Takes Jozra to His Hometown.

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Arrin Woodgreen: The otter grins happily as the smell of wood smoke fill his nose. “Man, there’s nothing like a familiar surrounding to relax a guy!” The village is a small one, a place where everybody knows each other. The houses, it seems are meant for colder weather and the clothes the other beasts wear are heavy, winter coats.

Yazeth: The ferret nods her head and smiles. “Almost like that little town my ma used to send me into to sell spare tomatoes when I was a cub…”

Arrin Woodgreen: He grins. “C’mon… This way…” He turns to his right and stops at a house. He feels cautiously in front of himself, anticipating the steps up to the door.

Yazeth: Jozra watches as the otter climbs the steps with familiarity.  She grins and follows him up.

Arrin Woodgreen: He knocks on the door and after a moment it swings open, revealing a red furred otter. She stands still for only a moment before throwing her arms around the otter nearly knocking him over. “Soquan, it wonderful t’see yeh!” Soquan grins and returns the hug. “It’s good to see you too…”

Yazeth: The ferret stands on the step below the porch, politely keeping her silence.

Arrin Woodgreen: The smaller otter looks over her brother’s shoulder at the ferret.  “Who’s yeh’re friend?” Soquan grins, “That’s Jozra, she saved my life a while ago.”

Yazeth: The ferret grins and bobs her head modestly. “Err, pleased to meet ya.”

Arrin Woodgreen: The female grins and throws an arm around the ferret. “C’mon in then, any friend of Soquan’s is a friend of mine!”

Yazeth: Jozra grins broadly and follows the two otters into the house.

Arrin Woodgreen: She beams at her. “So how did you save my brother? What kind of trouble did he get himself into this time?”

Yazeth: The ferret glances at Soquan first. “There was a band of ruffians trying to rob him.  I ran them off and helped Soquan get everything all back together…”

Arrin Woodgreen: She chuckles. “Well I’m glad you did, I don’t know what I’d do if anything happened to my big brother…”

Yazeth: Jozra grins. “He’s been a great traveling companion too.”

Arrin Woodgreen: She grins again. “I’m sure he is…” She pauses. “I was just about to make dinner, how do you feel about spice soup?”

Yazeth: “Sounds delicious!”

Arrin Woodgreen: She continues to grin. “Alright, you two can stay here, I’ll be in the kitchen.” She walks off into the next room.

Arrin Woodgreen: Soquan chuckles, stepping beside the ferret. “She’s really taken a liking to you.”

Yazeth: The ferret blushes slightly and grins. “I, uh, didn’t catch her name.”

Arrin Woodgreen: He laughs. “She didn’t tell you her name. It’s Arrin.” He motions towards the couch. “Have a seat.”

Yazeth: Jozra meanders towards the couch. “Arrin? Pretty name, that.”

Arrin Woodgreen: He nods. “Yeah, dad always said that too…”

Yazeth: The ferret settles herself on the couch and looks around the room.

Arrin Woodgreen: He makes his way over, sitting beside her. “So… When do you want to head to the mountains?”

Yazeth: Jozra shrugs. “For some reason, getting rich doesn’t seem as important anymore, though I would like to see these mountains.  How long would it take to get there anyway?”

Arrin Woodgreen: He shrugs. “Just a couple hours.”

Yazeth: The ferret’s ears prick up. “That close?!”

Arrin Woodgreen: He nods. “Weren’t you watching as we came into town?”

Yazeth: The ferret chuckles. “Well I saw mountains but I didn’t know it was THOSE mountains.”

Arrin Woodgreen: He laughs. “We’ve been following those mountains for two days; I’m surprised it didn’t occur to you…”

Yazeth: Jozra grins. “Well, when I was traveling up north in the first place, all the directions I got went something along the lines of, ‘Just over the next hill.’ And when I got over the next hill, there was nothing there.” She chuckles. “So I’d find somebody else and ask about my destination and be told the same thing only to find the same nothing.”

Arrin Woodgreen: He laughs. “That sounds very disheartening…”

Yazeth: She chuckles again. “It was a bit at first, but after a while I made it into a game to see how knowledgeable various villagers are of their more than immediate surroundings.”

Arrin Woodgreen: He nods. “Sounds very amusing.”

Yazeth: She nods. “It kept me entertained.”

 

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