Carpathia III: Episode 47 - Mousie

Zhail City, Sra's Sundries

Tension hung thick in the air of the former storage room which Adell and Artemis now occupied in Sra's Sundries. Both Adell and Artemis were busy packing their stuff, but Artemis was only doing so half-heartedly.

Artemis: I still don't understand why we're doing this. We don't know if we're even going anywhere yet.

Adell sighed.

Adell: I've explained this. I wrote the Prince that I would agree to come with him on one condition and he wrote back saying just that he would be coming here today.

Artemis: We don't even know if he's going to agree to it! He doesn't know what the condition is!

Adell: I know that, but I don't think he's coming here for nothing.  We should be prepared regardless.

Both of them resumed packing, though Artemis put little effort into it.

Artemis: I still think this is a bad idea.

Adell stopped and clenched the shirt he was holding until his knuckles turned white.

Adell: Look, we discussed this and you agreed to it! Even Sra told us that the prince gave the last guy who did this seed money for his own shop! He's doing very well! It's not like we're going into this completely blind!

Artemis: I know, but look at all the things that could go wrong! We don't know what it's going to be like there. We don't know if this prince is lying to us. We don't know anything! We have a decent life here and...

As Artemis went on and on, Adell's focus slowly shifted to other things. He stared blankly at Artemis's twitchy ears first and, after that, his flailing tail. It wasn't long before he wasn't even hearing words coming out of Artemis's mouth.

Artemis: Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow!

Adell, not knowing how long Artemis would continue, reached into his pocket and pulled out a small, plush mouse.

Artemis: MOUSIE!!!

Adell tossed the plush mouse across the room and it landed under a small table. Artemis immediately leaped after it.


Adell: Neko boyfriends do have their advantages.

At that moment, the door swung open and Sra walked in. He opened his mouth to say something and then suddenly stopped, catching a glimpse of Artemis on the floor by the table with the plush mouse in his mouth.

Sra: Um...

Adell: Don't mind him. Go ahead.

Sra: Right... I was just going to say that Prince Riven should be here soon. Also, I wanted you to know that I completely understand the choice you made. I would probably do the same in your position. Just so you know, you can always come back here if you want.

Adell: I feel bad about leaving you in the lurch.  We can send Phobos and Deimos to help you out once in awhile if you need it.

Sra: Thanks, but I don't think that will be necessary.  They've done a great job putting together tools for me to do everything myself.

Phobos: What should we do?

Artemis: Myw nee gnyw gnee innen...

Adell: Artemis, take the damned mouse out of your mouth!

Artemis turned and spit the plush mouse onto a nearby chair.

Artemis: You need to keep hidden. Only come out when nobody is around, except Adell or me.

Deimos: Aw, do we have to?

Artemis: We're doing this to get as much information was we can. I don't want to risk you two to a government we know little about.

Sra looked glanced at his watch.

Sra: Prince Riven should be here any minute. You should finish getting ready.

Artemis kneeled and opened his bag.

Artemis: Okay, you two, into the bag.

Phobos and Deimos: Yes sir!

Phobos and Deimos jumped into the bag and, before Artemis could close it, the bag seemed to zip shut on its own. As soon as the bag closed, they heard the bells of the front door ring.

Sra: That'll be him, I'll bet. Let's go.

To be continued.

Commissioned art in this episode from:
Atomic Clover

All city pictures from SimCity 4

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