A soft grin colored her face as the dark luperci watched Soifra play. She was such a typical kitten now that she was back on the road to a healthy life, full of energy and joy. Suddenly, the little tabby took a running leap at her sister, who had just finished her food and began to wander away from the bowl. A loud cry of surprise echoed through the air as she landed with a thud atop Bébinn. More cries followed, each more incessantly pleading for help than the last as Soifra began to chew on her ear as her sister struggled to escape out from under her. Chuckling to herself, Keelan reached out and picked up the tabby, giving the black kitten a quick rub behind her ears as she did so.
Grabbing a crude little leather ball, she rolled it across the floor to distract her from Bébinn as she set her down. Low, throaty laughter filled the room as she watched the kitten trip over her own feet and nearly crash face first into the ground as she ran after it. A sharp, sudden pain broke her from her joy with a hiss as little claws dig into her thigh. Bébinn always wanted to be in her lap, but getting there sometimes hurt! The female quickly grabbed her and carefully pulling her little claws out of her worn buckskin pants, hoping to prevent any more tears. Holding her in front of her face, she exclaimed, “Careful sweetheart, your claws are sharp!”
Pressing a quick kiss to her nose, she set the little thing down in her lap.
The sound of her name shook her from petting the kitten softly, her large hands dwarfing her. Nayavota was hovering excitedly in the doorway, asking where she had gotten the kittens and if she could play with them. “Of course, come on in!”
Moving Bébinn to the floor, she stood quickly and shifted the log to the side, gesturing the younger Cadet in. The hybrid didn't want to make a big deal of it, but she wasn't certain she would be able to step over it as easily as Keelan could.
It had been a long time since they had the chance to really talk, despite occasionally running into each other in the Fort. Maybe this would give them the chance to catch up, though she hated to start off on a sad topic. “It's a kinda long and sad story, but I found them after their mother was killed and decided to care for them.”