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Nov 16, 2018 5:04 PM
a Cat gets stolen by the Zveri
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Conflicted relief/happiness? He's not exactly thrilled about having to eat his own—people he thought were his own species, until today. But if he can do it without having to actually kill anyone himself, if they can just give him unidentifiable meat that could be anything, and not remind him...maybe it wouldn't be too bad. 

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They, an impression of two specific minds, are hunting for you. You will eat soon.

He send vague apology.

We did not know you were found.

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Kai pushes back vague reassurance in reply, almost on automatic. He really shouldn't be this comfortable with someone he's only just met, communicating in an entirely new way, but something about it feels like the most natural thing in the world.

Instead of thinking too hard about that, he decides to look around at the room they're in. Which totally isn't just an excuse to look at something, anything other than the unfairly pretty man-eating monster who can maybe sort of read his mind.

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There are piles of cushions and blankets on the floor, made of an unfamiliar fabric and with unfamiliar designs. 

The room is otherwise mostly bare. There's no furniture to speak of.

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He investigates the cushions and blankets, checking the texture with his hands the way he always does with new fabrics. Kai has a tendency to find fabric irritating or itchy when no-one else notices anything wrong with it, but he has a feeling these will seem like they're made for him, just like the mental not-speech does. 

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They are the softest thing he has ever felt.

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Giggling, he gives in to the temptation to flop down among them. 

They can probably feel some of it anyway, but he projects his delight in the general direction of all the Zveri. 

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They project delight back.

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This is a recipe for a feedback loop of happiness and a very giggly Kai. He buries his face in soft and curls up in his new nest. All of these belong to Kai now, and if he is feeling generous he might let other people share them sometimes. 

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The Zveri are all very pleased by this. They assure him that he doesn't have to share if he doesn't want to.

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The leader settles down next to him, not touching him, but close enough that it would be easy if Kai wanted to.

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Kai does not want to do that, at least not right now. Instead, he lets himself relax into the softness and trust that he's safe for now. Nothing bad or scary is going to happen for the next few minutes, and no new surprises are going to demand his attention. He has space to breathe—and to think.

So. In the last few hours, he's been captured by man-eating monsters, found out that he can talk to them in his head and vice versa, and been told—although Kai's not sure he entirely believes it yet—that he's one of them...well, something like them. That he's not human. Oh, and he has to eat people.

That's kind of a lot to process. 

Start from the beginning. Being kidnapped by Zveri was terrifying, but Kai seems to have accepted at some point that they're not going to kill him. They've had plenty of opportunities to do that, and haven't taken any of them. Besides, there's no way he's getting out of here if they decided to stop him, so they've got no reason to lie about it. 

...that's a point. Would they let Kai go if he asked? He suspects the answer is 'no', but doesn't particularly want to test that right now in case it messes with the fragile feeling of safety that's letting him slow down his thoughts enough to notice them as they go past. And assuming they're telling the truth, he should probably stay long enough to eat. Humans. That's going to be fun. At least he can console himself that it won't be anyone he's met, not this far from home. Probably. He hopes. 

Yeah, he's not gonna get any more processing done until that's happened. There's too much uncertainty about how the whole 'eating people' thing is going to work. How it's going to feel. If he'll be able to make himself do it or if they'll end up force-feeding him. If he'll end up discovering that he likes it, that it feels good to eat the flesh of people he thought were his own species. 

Kai's shaking now, his bubble of calm gone. He feels cold, even with all the blankets. 

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The Zveri notice the sudden distress.

Concern.

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The Zveri are still strange and mildly scary but he would kind of like a hug. He shoves this at the one sat next to him without bothering to untangle it. 

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The Zver is happy to hug him. 

The tangled in fear makes him do so slowly, while also sending reassurance.

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Hug. Hugs are good and not scary. Telepathy is only a tiny bit scary! It's convenient and comfortable and so much better than talking in words! He appreciates his new telepathy so much. 

And at some point, there will be...food. Does Kai have to move before that happens? 

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The hunters don't take long to return. 

Kai can feel them as they approach. 

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Outside the alcove, someone screams. 

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This is alarming! 

Kai scrambles up and heads for the sound. He's not thinking about how bad an idea that is, just acting on instinct that says someone needs help

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There's a crack.

By the time he gets out of the alcove, the human man is dead, neck broken. One of the Zveri is holding his corpse.

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The Zveri leader follows him out of the alcove.

What's wrong? They can't hurt you.

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Alarm/barely suppressed panic/horror because that is a dead body in front of him—

Zveri kill humans, he knew that, why is this a shock...oh, look at that, he's shivering again, so hard he can barely stand. He backs up until his spine hits the wall, eyes still locked on the corpse. It's almost physically painful to look at, but he can't make himself look away. That's a person. Was a person. And he's dead. 

...Shit. He's dead because of Kai.

Yup. There's the panic attack. He can barely breathe, can't hear properly. Black spots swim in his vision, blocking out his view of the corpse. He doesn't even notice his legs giving out under him, dropping him into a shaking heap against the wall. 

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The Zveri leader steps forward and catches him and sends a rush of What's wrong? What happened? 

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