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Tacet is exploring the D'Neville Mansion!
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A small female stood in front of a massive mansion. The woman was small, like a miniature coyote but some features weren't exactly coyote. Off-white fur covered her body and it was colored with ginger and black. One ear was black and the other was orange and it alternated from her face to her paws, differing on each side. The girl's shoulders to her waist was sunkissed and then it met onyx that stretched to her rump. A large black-tipped tail swayed behind her, the ebony meeting fire halfway up. A pair of cyan eyes gazed out from the female's tri-colored face. Her face was narrow and from her head sprouted a pair of overlarge ears. Her blonde hair was tied back in an intricate french braid and her ears had some earrings hanging from them. The lass's neck was decorated with many necklaces. A lace choker clung to her neck and was decorated with three wooden charms: a feather, a heart, and a sideways eight. Three more necklaces hung from her strait. On each necklace was a wooded charm: a paw print, a fox, and an arrow. Decorating her wrists were a pair of bracelets. They were each decorated with pieces of turquoise, amber, obsidian, and marble. The belle wore a pretty pair of black leggings and a white lace tunic. Held in her hand was a chalkboard. Beside her was a handsome fox with amber eyes. He stood at knee-height and seemed to have a permanent simper on his face. And on the maiden's shoulder was a small saw-whet who looked out at the world with bright eyes.

Tacet was now exploring her new home. She would try to explore a new place every day until she investigated every step of her new home. The Calico girl had decided on the D'Neville mansion to start and it had not been very hard to find what she wanted to explore. The house was enormous, the biggest structure she had ever seen! She gazed upon it in wonder and awe. The cyan-eyed woman had lived in a little town for all of her life, and those homes were small and basic. The masion was one of the biggest works of Man she had seen. Was there anything bigger than this gargantuan structure? Could there be?

"Big house!" Mercury cooed, as he gazed upon the structure. The saw-whet always had something to say with his big mouth. If he was capable of full high-speech, the owl probably would have jabbered all day long. But with his limited vocabulary, he just said things at the right time, like now. The house was big, bigger than any sort of home he had flown over. Tacet must also be shocked since she had seen less than him. But Orange-fur? Was he amazed at the relic?

"Want to take a close look?" Stellio asked the coy-jackal. He was starting to get more comfortable in his new home, Inferni but he would never forgive the woman for taking away his comrade and Tacet's friend. The woman had been quite cold and he noticed that the other coyote hybrid that arrived at the scene had also been quite rude. Were all coyotes this xenophobic? He hoped that they weren't that prejudiced.

The craftswoman simply nodded, not needing to write anything. Her companions could understand her hand signs and the predatory mammals could read. Her muteness had never been much of a problem growing up, but as she got older it got harder for her to accept it sometimes. Maybe the coyote woman would have let Vindex stay if the huntress could have defended him with words?

The tri-colored vixen didn't notice that her feet had carried her to the steps of the mansion. She stood there, frozen. What should she do? Was it okay for her to walk in?

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Word Count → 258 :: Hello!

That morning, Redtooth slept in for as long as he could -- in fact, it had been the latest he had arisen in his life. He had just slept so well, now that he had a proper shelter instead of what he could construct on the fly. And the blankest, oh the blankets were wonderful. So soft and warm, and awesome. He couldn't help but think he had stumbled into a sweet deal by coming here. It was almost as if he had accidentally fallen into affluence.


He rose with a languid yawn, and he stretched his arms from underneath his beloved blankets. The light pouring into the window above him told Redtooth that day was in full effect. He rubbed the sleep from his tired eyes before pushing the rest of his blanket aside to the cold concrete floor. After hoisting his way up to his feet, Redtooth stumbled his way to the door.


Stark naked, he walked through the hallway. After all, nature called and Redtooth needed to do his business outside (because, you know, no indoor plumbing). When he finally made his way out the front door, Redtooth saw another coyote lingering on the front porch. She appeared to be in awe... and somewhat confused. However, what was most surprising about her was her animal companions. A bird. A fox. Both prey animals. "'Mornin," Redtooth mumbled despite the fact that it was midday. "You brought breakfast. I like you." He joked, although part of him was serious.


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Thanks for joining! [365]

And then a man walked out the door. Tacet's bright cyan eyes met a pair of muted green ones. She had to tilt her head to meet his eyes because she was so short due to her jackal blood. She didn't know what to do since she felt a bit awkward using her board. Should she wave at him or something? The Calico girl was a bit scared of using her board in front of strangers since they didn't know she was mute. It was scary for her, seeing their confusion as she wrote instead of spoke.

And then the coyote asked if the coy-jackal brought breakfast. She was confused since she had nothing to suggest food on her. No bags or anything. Di she smell like food? The huntress didn't know. But then she remembered what the coyote woman had said when she joined. Something about keeping her fox with her so that none of the hunters got it. People ate foxes? She would never think of such thing! A somewhat scared and shocked reaction crossed her face as she realized that the vulpine creatures were thought as food.

"You eat me? Can't catch me! Slow 'yote!" Mercury hooted as he took off from the hybrid's shoulder. Stranger 'yote couldn't fly! He was safe from being a meal! The saw-whet didn't stray far from his comrades, staying above them. But he was out of Stranger 'yote's claws which was good. But what about Oranger-fur? Could the oranger-furred canine escape.? He hoped that he could

Stellio shook his head. "I am not your breakfast." The fox said calmly as he glared up at the man. He was twice as fast as the lumbering giant and he would be damned if the man caught him. And then he glanced up at the tri-colored vixen's shocked face. Apparently, she didn't know that foxes were prey. But the tod had been chased before and he knew his place on the food chain.

And then the craftswoman started writing on her chalkboard, finally gathering her wits.


My name is Tacet Calico and this is my fox, Stellio and my owl, Mercury. I'm new to Inferni and I'm just exploring."


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A fox was a strange pet to keep, thought Redtooth. An owl too. Both seemed more fitting when served on a plate. He never thought to keep lesser creatures with him for company. He typically preferred the presence of his own kind, other canines. But, Redtooth could see a brief flash of fear play in the stranger's eyes. Did she love these lesser things? He didn't really understand why, but to each their own.


The owl flew just out of reach and sassed back in broken high speech. It was surprising to Redtooth that it showed signs of intelligence. Most feathered things he had run into in his life had been incapable of any intelligent articulation. He just assumed that they were all dumb. Redtooth's eyes followed it upward, but his attention was soon stolen away by the fox, who surprisingly spoke for the other hybrid while she frantically scribbled on the board she carried. His brow furrowed and he canted his head to the side as he stared down at the animal. "Don't judge me... food," he spoke. Redtooth shook his head and began to chuckle. "Y'all know I'm fuckin' around, right?"


Then, the stranger lifted her board that she had been working on. Redtooth squinted to read what she wrote for him. "So you can't speak can you?" he asked. That seemed the only likely answer. "Bummer. I'm new here too. Name's Redtooth," he introduced. "You claimed a room yet?"


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The man's reaction to Stellio's remark was quite rude to Tacet. The fox was an intelligent being and was a fellow predator and canine. To eat the vulpine would be like cannibalism, eating another of their species. Why would a Luperci eat another predator> The Calico girl had a respect for other predators since they were both hunters and she felt that all animals had a soul. SThe fox and many of the predators were sapient creatures to her. They were capable of high speech and deserved respect. But that didn't mean she didn't respect the prey animals. They were in a world that involved living in a world where they were hunted constantly. The huntress had a degree of respect for the animals she killed because they had survived for that long. She had respect for all animals.

And then the fox replied to the man's second remark about joking around. "Well, I've had several instances of being called food so don't blame me for getting defensive." He had been threatened before and the coyote woman had implied that there was a chance that the red vulpine creature would be thought of as prey. There was a reason why he didn't roam alone since there were many who would eat him. So the red fox had a reason for taking the man's "joke" seriously.

And then the saw-whet owl lighted down on the woman's shoulder. He was tiny but he looked at the coyote with ferocity. "Mercury not prey!" The owl hooted loudly. He wouldn't be prey, he had never been treated as prey before. Coyote Clan was mean. Orange Fur was food to the 'yotes and Big Cat had been cast away. He clicked his beak in disapproval.

The vixen nodded in response to the coyote's first question. She was mute and that normally was the first thing that was established in any conversation. The coy-jackal didn't know if the "Bummer" was because she was new or because she was cursed with silence. But it seemed like the latter as the man also said that he was new. And then the cyan-eyed hybrid learned his name which was Redtooth. And then she asked her if she had claimed a room yet. And then she began writing down on her board and then showed him the writing.


Nice to meet you, Redtooth. And I have claimed a room in the Great Village. Do you live in the mansion?

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Word Count → 210 :: No worries!

Apparently, the fox got this sort of treatment regularly. It was the natural order of things: being predator and prey all lumped into one. Redtooth didn't feel to sorry for the creature, as he himself was higher on the on evolutionary chain, but he did feel a bit sorry for the coyjackal with the writing board. On top of being mute, she had to deal with the hassle of carrying around her pets. And for what? The company? They just seemed to be more trouble than they were worth. He exhaled and shook his head, but his thoughts remained unspoken.


Redtooth ignored the fox. Next, the owl spoke in its shrill attempt at higher language. "I don't give a hoot," Redtooth shot back with a slight chuckle concerning his 'expertly crafted' pun.


After addressing the pets, Tacet had finished scribbling her response on her board. So, she lived in the village. Redtooth hadn't seen it yet, nor had he even ventured to that side of Inferni. "Ah, where's that at?" he asked. "I've sort'a stayed close to the mansion ever since I came here. I live in the far room on the east wing, first floor." He pointed in the direction of his window.


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