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Sep 18, 2018 1:16 PM
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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 this 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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