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Nikolai's Room at the Arms, Monday Morning, Before Classes
It had been a very long and very tiring weekend for the little klipspringer that was actually a girl. There had been the necessary kicking anytime she'd been called a goat and the fretting every time her oddly-shaped MateProtector had gone out of sight. The time he'd been hidden behind the Great SquareWood the hid the place of BrightLightLotsWater had been quite distressing. Oh! And bouncing, of course. The bouncing was very important! And then she'd had to protect him when the creature with the weird headfur had been taken by predators--really, it was a lot for one little klipspringer to do.

Taking care of her MateProtector was definitely the hardest part of her weekend. He seemed to have no survival instincts at all. He kept trying to wander off without her, he blocked his eyes so he could not see, and he never kept lookout, even when she was eating! They had even fought the night before about when it was time to sleep. He didn't seem to understand that once the DayBright went away, it was time to sleep. After an intense argument where she'd had to headbutt him several times to get him to listen to reason, she had eventually 'persuaded' him to lay down. In addition to being dumb, her MateProtector lacked horns, which made it easier for her to win their arguments. He refused to sleep, preferring to watch the BrightSquare, but at least he was still enough to let her sleep. Except for those times when the BrightSquare would make loud enough noises to startle her awake and bounce away looking for predators.

MateProtector sometimes made loud noises at her when she did that. The klipspringer did not understand why. Was he trying to bring the predators to them? Each time, once she'd ascertained that they were safe and nothing was trying to kill them, she would return to her place on his chest and fall back asleep, privately resolving not to mourn too much if his idiocy got him eaten by an eagle or something.

At some point after the BrightSquare had gone off and the DayBright had risen, the Fandom's whimsy had released it's hold on the little klipspringer, returning her to back to her normal self. Sleep held Kathy too tightly for her to be aware of shift in form. She stayed comfortably tucked on Nikolai's chest with her head pillowed on his shoulder, a little colder now that her fur had turned back to skin, but too deep in dreams to really notice.

[For him whose room this is and was shamelessly modded!]


2014-09-08 07:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

All-in-all, sleeping with a tiny antelope on his chest was easily accomplished, for Nikolai. Growing up he'd kept dogs, after all, and Banzai in klipspringer form was actually smaller than some of those mutts had been. So, once he'd shut off the TV last night and decided to just stay on the couch, falling asleep had been simple.

... It wasn't like he could get up without waking up Banzai, after all.

He woke up quickly enough when she changed back, however. It wasn't that she was too heavy. Kathy was a slight woman no matter how you looked at it. But you could still fit five tiny antelope inside of a grown adult woman, and the extra weight had him exhaling in a rush, blinking awake and staring at her, wide-eyed.

... It took him a few moments to realize why he was staring. And then he was torn between scrabbling for his shades or clapping a hand over his eyes, while trying to maybe nudge her awake. On the shoulder. The very bare shoulder, there.

Jesus fucking Christ.


2014-09-10 12:24 am (UTC) (Link)

"Mmm?" Kathy didn;t so much mumble as exhale with intent, before burrowing closer. She was sleepy and it was much too early to be awake. Besides, she was quite comfortable where she was, thank you.


2014-09-10 01:28 am (UTC) (Link)

Well, that wouldn't last for too long. Nick had no goddamn clue where he'd dropped his shades. Probably onto the floor after he fell asleep, which was going to do him absolutely no good now. So he had his eyes really, really firmly closed as he poked her shoulder again for good measure.

"Hey, Banzai? Kathy? You, uh, might want to wake up."

Maybe. He couldn't say for sure. But there was a chance of that being the case.


2014-09-10 01:47 am (UTC) (Link)

"Dun wanna," Kathy mumbled, nuzzling her face closer to Nick's neck. "Sleepin'."

Look, it had been a really long weekend and she was exhausted. So why was he bothering her right now?


2014-09-10 01:50 am (UTC) (Link)

Oh, goddamn, she was getting good and cozy, there. He almost didn't have the heart to move her.

"Yeah? You, uh, don't have class or anything today, do you?"

He didn't know what to dooooo.


2014-09-10 02:24 am (UTC) (Link)

Why was he making her think? That was the utter worst.

"Yeah, got class Reno..." Finally, Kathy realized that she was speaking. With words. That Nick could understand. "I'm back!" she said, delighted. "I'm human! I'm--"

And then the rest of it sunk in.



2014-09-10 02:28 am (UTC) (Link)

"Very," Nick agreed, grinning faintly. "Uh, I mean..."

Oh this was going smooth. He held his hands up, open-palm, to show he wasn't going to try anything stupid. While he kept his eyes closed.

"I'm not looking. Obviously I'm not looking. The aim of the game here isn't to knock you out again. Welcome back?"

And then, because he was an asshole, "Comfortable?"


2014-09-10 02:37 am (UTC) (Link)

Kathy was busy flinging herself off of the couch and futiley trying to cover every part of herself with her hands and hair to answer. "Naked! I'm naked! How long have I been naked? Don't look at me!"

Yeah, she knew he wasn't. But all the same--don't!


2014-09-10 02:43 am (UTC) (Link)

"You've been naked since you turned into a goat-thing, days ago," Nick replied, sighing. "I'm not looking, I promise. You'd know if I was. And your uniform is on the counter by the fridge. Cleaned it for you and everything."

Because he had nothing better to do yesterday but randomly wash laundry and get Kenzi arrested, and while he had no idea what to make of Kathy's costume and underwear, it was laundry all the same.


2014-09-10 03:12 am (UTC) (Link)

"Antelope! I was an antelope! Not a goat! Antelope!"

For just a brief moment, Kathy's weekend-long frustration boiled out and eclipsed her abject mortification.

"And I wasn't naked then! I was covered in fur! And not human! The not human part is really, really important!" She was diving for her uniform, yes.


2014-09-10 03:30 am (UTC) (Link)

"Okay, then you've been naked for about ten minutes, because you turning back into a real girl woke me up pretty quickly," Nick replied, shrugging and sitting up, eyes still closed, attempting to cast around the floor for his shades with one hand. "Either way, with you curled up on top of me, it's not like I got an eyeful of anything besides your shoulders and the top of your head. They are nice shoulders, though."


2014-09-10 03:58 am (UTC) (Link)

It was a good thing that Kathy was still pulling on her gi. The strangled noise she made could easily be mistaken for...tying her belt too tightly? Maybe?

"...They are?" she croaked. "I mean--thank you?"

Oh lord. She'd been pressed against him. While naked. Skin against skin. Nick hadn't been wearing a shirt and she'd been naked and sleeping and...

And she had nice shoulders.


2014-09-10 04:04 am (UTC) (Link)

She had nice a-lot-of-things. But Nikolai would compliment her on one thing at a time, because he was pretty sure 'you're hotter than you give yourself credit for' would short her brain out entirely, and then she'd just dismiss it out of hand as pity-flattery.

"Welcome," he replied, sounding almost flip. His hand closed around something on the floor.

... Remote control.

"You wanna do me a favor and let me know when you're dressed? I'm gonna need you to turn your back for a minute so I can find my shades."


2014-09-10 04:10 am (UTC) (Link)

"Oh! Oh, right! Umm, of course. I'm sorry, I should have thought..." Wait, no. It had kept his eyes closed while she got dressed. Not that she thought he'd have any reason to be sneaking peeks at her, but it was an extra layer of comfort. "I could help you find them? Orrrr I could maybe go to the bathroom, just to make sure it's clear?"

She remembered where it was. It had been an obstacle to be overcome this weekend.


2014-09-10 04:13 am (UTC) (Link)

Nikolai remembered that much. There were tiny cloven-hooved scuff-marks on the door, after all.

"Either is fine," he replied. "If you wanna go camp out in the bathroom for a minute, I'm not going to stop you. Wouldn't mind the second set of eyes, but this is sort of a 'one set of eyes at a time' hotel room, I'm afraid."

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