Summer awoke to the sound of the car, Josephine was for the first time going to school and Summer knew just how excided her owner was. For Summer that meant a golden opportunity to leave the house again and might meet up with Roy again…
The ground outside wasn´t covered in snow anymore and Summer nuzzled her face in disbelieve.. have it been so long? she thought to herself seeing how the grass shined in an emerald green glow. Is it already sunny again?
The hole in the wall stood untouched and Summer felt her paws buzzing with excitement as she jumped down the table and found the corner and the way outside…
The air was heavy and a tidal wave of smells crashed into her as she took it in looking at all the many colored flowered around her… “I hope I will see you again” she said sending one last thought to Roy before something else but the smell caught her attention… a hamster with a coat as colorful as the flowers that surrounded her…
“Hello” she shouted, better at the language than before, but still with that distinct accent that made it obvious that Summer wasn´t born here
The unknown hamster looked around, curious who was speaking, and who they were speaking to, but didn't respond otherwise.
Summer smiled at the hamster and ran up to it, Roy did that to her and she felt she had to be the one in charge, granted that she wasn´t good at it.
“Hello” she tried again, looking into the Hamsters blue eyes “who are you?... I am Summer”, the hamster did remind her of Roy, but Roy somehow seemed more civilized… this one felt… wild
"...Me?" he asked, stepping back a bit. "I am called Kitsune. It's, uh, Japanese. Means... Fox, I think?"
Japanese, Summer had overheard Josephine talking about it, she knew a couple of Japanese words, mainly Haru which meant spring… where he knew it from she didn´t remember. “That is a great name” she smiled, closing her pinkish eyes “You do look a little like a fox” she let out a friendly giggle “are you in a hurry Kitsu…su” she stumbled on the words and looked at him “I´m sorry” she started “but do you mind, if I call you Foxy instead” she then smiled again “I think it is cute.. you can also call me what you like if you want”
"Hm..." he thought for a moment. "Sure, that's fine. I understand how it can be hard for most people to pronounce the 'tsu'. As for being in a hurry... I don't have anywhere to be, really. I could use some food though..." His stomach growled as he mentioned food. "Heh, scavenging tends to use energy as fast as you can eat..."
Summer kept smiling “I know where we can go” she took her paw in his and pointed at some trees at the distance. Even though it had been a long time, Summer still knew the way like in her sleep and wanted nothing more than to see the other hamsters again and maybe get a new friend in Foxy in the process “they have food there and there are many other hamsters to meet” she probably felt like when Roy had found her, being in full control next to a clueless hamster, leading the way and the conversation… it was a new feeling, but Summer felt more and more comfortable in it as time went on… “I can show you, if you want”
"...Alright." he said, not comfortable with the other hamster touching him.
Summer let go of his paw, feeling the awkward tension “I´m sorry” she blushed say if I move too fast”… “I just want you to be my friend”
"It's alright." he said. "I just... Don't really like physical contact. One of many things I don't care for..."
Summer understood, where other hamsters kept to themselves others was ready to hug each other at first glance. She still felt hurt but kept on smiling “I will keep that in mind, but are you still ready to go?”
"Of course!" he answered. "I'll go almost anywhere, if there's food! Gotta eat to live, you know."
Summer felt relieved that Foxy didn’t took it as serious as she feared “you see the big oak tree in the distance” she pointed her paw towards a tree crown “inside there is the Guild, the place we all go to” she smiled, again to reassure that she was sad about what she had done… with so few friends and one she didn´t even knew where was, she wanted to be extra careful
"Alright! Let's go, Summer-san!" he shouted, rushing toward it.
She giggled, apparently she had a nickname now as well… “I promise you Foxy, you will find food there.. and who knows.. maybe a friend too” she began walking towards the Oak tree looking back to make sure he followed her
He followed close behind her, eagerly anticipating their arrival as he easily matched her speed.
Summer somehow felt wird being the one in charge, if Foxy was a wild hamster he would have had many opportunities to find the Guild, and yet, the one guiding him was her, a hamster who only have had been at the same Guild once before… “where do you live Foxy?” she then asked out of the blue
"Huh? You mean where I sleep?" he asked. "Here, there, pretty much wherever I can."
Summer´s suspicion was true, he was wild. She wondered how it would be not to have an owner, but at no point would she give up her life with Josephine “but, isn´t it cold, not having a warm cage to sleep in at night?”
"A lot of the time, yeah, but... What choice do I have?"
“You could find an owner” suggested Summer “I am you are so friendly and the coat of yours, I am sure that everybody loves it” she smiled “I am little, shy and fragile, and even I found someone who loves me… if I can, anyone can”
"I don't think it's as simple as you seem to think." he replied. "Besides, living my life trapped in a cage doesn't appeal to me."
He had a point, the cage could sometimes feel like.. well a ‘cage’ but Summer have lived her whole life inside, so having to sleep outside sounded weird. “I guess you are right” she said “but don´t you get lonely, not having any one whit you?”
"Yeah, but... That's life. Doesn't always go the way you'd like." he said.
Summers wasn’t sure if Foxy really disliked being wild or she´d just hit a soft spot “you are right that we can´t have anything we want, but we can make do with what we have and truly create something wonderful”… “an friend is a good place start… well if you want to be mine?”
"If you don't mind, sure." he answered. "You'd be the first in a long time."
Summer blushed unintentionally by the remark, “No problem” she said, still a little embarrassed…
“But let us get along before we run out of time”
He continued following behind her.
Summer smiled, as time went on she felt more comfortable around Foxy… he was shy and that came as a surprise to her. He was wild and the only other semi-wild hamster she had met wa Roy, and she was as outgoing as they came
He continued following behind her until they reached their destination.
The oak tree looked as she remembered “it’s here” she exclaimed and gave Foxy a warm smile “inside here is all the food you can eat” she made a gesture towards the whole in the tree “ready when you are”
"Um... You know the place better than I do, Summer-san." he said, bowing as he gestured toward the hole himself. "Please, after you."
Summer laughed and blushed, she found him more and more sweet. She wasn´t sure if it was his shyness or what, but the mix between shy and sweet that made him so cute “that was so nice of you” again she took the need, walked the tunnels until she hit the main hall, busy as always
"Not just nice." he replied. "It's just smarter to let someone who knows where they're going lead the way over someone who doesn't." When they got to the main hall, he looked around. "...Lot of hamsters here..."
“And all of them are ready to lent a paw, or maybe some food too” she giggled and pointed around “there are different tunnels who leads to different places.. some out and some deeper down”
"...I see... Um, you mind introducing me to a small group? Having too many others around makes me a bit uncomfortable..."
”Well you see” Summer blushed even harder, but in embarrassment this time “I don´t really know any of these hamsters, I only know one and she is not here” she lowered her voice “it´s only my second time here… I´m sorry if you go another impression on me”
"Not here?" he asked. "...I see... Guess it's back to the drawing board..."
"But I can show you a place I hold very dear, if you want" Summer smiled, or at least tried to
"I suppose that would be nice." he said.
Summer took her paw in Foxy’s and pointed at one of the tunnels… “This one leads to a high tree from where you can see the whole city” she laughed “I was told that it is where our world becomes smaller and you become closer with one another”
"...I see..." Kitsune said, still not comfortable with Summer holding his paw. "...Um, do you mind?"
Summer let go of his paw “of course “ she kept forgetting it and felt horrible “I just want to show you so many things, I keep forgetting what how you feel.. sorry”
He smiled at her to show no hard feelings. "It's alright." he said. "So, you want to go there, right?" He started toward the tunnel she had indicated, but, after a few steps, he collapsed to the ground, clutching his stomach.
”My g… FOOD!” Summer exclaimed ”of course” she ran to Foxy´s side “give me a minute I will find something to eat”
As promised, soon Summer came back with as much food as she could hold and stacked it in front of Foxy “I´d gathered some different things, I hope you like some of it”
He quickly grabbed the nearest piece of food and quickly scarfed it down. His pulling the food from the bottom of the stack caused it to fall on him, but he continued to scarf it down until he'd eaten all of it. "Hah, I've never felt so full." he said as he stood up. He bowed his head to Summer and said, "Doumo arigatou gozaimasu, Summer-sama!"
“Wha?” Summer tilted her head, she didn´t understand what Foxy said, so it was probably Japanese… but by the looks of him it probably meant something nice so she just smiled “don´t make a big deal out of this, we are friends remember, and friends help each other out” a little grin escaped her “even in hunger”
"Right, right, but... I don't expect everyone to think like that." he explained. "So I've got to give thanks where it's due. And something like this is definitely worthy of a 'doumo arigatou gozaimasu', anyway."
Summer smiled at him, still not sure what it meant “why wouldn´t others not help… I mean if someone is in need of help.. you help”
"That would be ideal, but in practice..." He shook his head. "It doesn't happen, sadly. That's why I scavenge, eat whatever I can get my paws on."
Summer sighed “But, you don´t have to do that anymore.. you have this place.. and if it becomes too crowded.. you have be, always ready to find you whatever food you want”
He smiled. "If this place really is so great, I'm gonna have to really thank you. And if not... Well, I guess I'll still have you. So, let's go to this place you wanted to take me. Um..." He looked around at the many tunnels.
Summer nodded and smilled ”she walked towards one of the tunnels ”up here” she started ”it will lead us out in the open again, and then we are very close”
He followed her up to and into the tunnel.
Outside again Summer took it all in, last time she was here winter was coming and small plies of snow was scattered around her. Now, with the dun shining and the wind warm, it looked completely new, as if Summer had never seen it… Yet, only after a few seconds, the familiar feeling returned and as she turned her head, waiting for Foxy, she knew where to go
The vulpine hamster was following right behind her, moving at the same speed she was.
”There you are” Summer smiled, as she had done it ever since she met Foxy earlier that day “up next is a big oak tree, on top of that you can see the whole city” for some, this was maybe not that exciting, but Summer was a simple hamster who enjoyed simple things
He nodded, letting her lead him the rest of the way.
Speeding up a little, Summer felt more and more comfortable around Foxy and knew that he would follow… within a very short time Summer reached her destination, the big oak… Slowly she began scaling the tree. The wind blew at her back as she went higher and higher up, reaching a thick branch higher up
"...I hate climbing..." he muttered before catching up with her easily.
Summer made the branch and looked down at Foxy who kept a steady pace… “Up here! She waved at him when the scenery caught her eye
"Yeah, I got that..." he muttered as he joined her.
Summer didn´t say anything, she wanted Foxy to see for himself, see what she loved so much and why she loved it so much
Kitsune looked out at the scene, silently.
”It makes me feel so small” Summer said after a few moments of silence ”before I moved here I was never out, I feared that if I did go out I would be apart from my owner when she needed me…” she was quiet ”my owner is sick, that´s why we moved here… on day this amazing hamster came around and showed me this place and told me that friends are never far away… it made me believe that there was more than just my cage” … “like you, I thought about just running away so I would never sit alone… but I realized that being there for others is enough to take away the loneliness” she smiled and looked at Foxy “how about yourself, do you feel something, being up here?”
He hesitated before shaking his head. "Sorry, but... I don't really see it."
Summer didn´t expect Foxy to feel exactly how she felt, but she had hoped for another reaction from him ”I guess it depends on who you ask” she then said ”but you know what?” she answered her own question “that is what makes me love this place even more, that the things we see are so very different”
"Yeah, I guess some people just don't feel much." he said.
She sat quietly, tossing the quesion i her head "do.. do you enjoy my company?"
"Well..." he said. "Kinda, I guess? That's more than I can say about anyone else. You're actually nice to me."
Summer made a sigh "sorry if I asked, you see most of the once I have met talk a lot more than you" she smilled "to be honest, It´s really nice and quiet being with you"
"Yeah, it takes a bit to get me to open up..." he said. "...And when I do... I talk way too much... All that work, and your reward is so much worse..."
Summer simply just smiled ”I wouldn´t mind, gets kinda lonely at times… so having someone to talk to is nice”
"Yeah, sometimes it is..."
Summer looked out at the sky, time flew and Josephine would soon be home again “I guess I have to go back” she said, a little sad “but before I go, can you promise me something Foxy?” she looked at ham
"Hm? What is it?"
”That if you ever get lonely, hungry or cold you come to me” she closed her eyes, smiled and blushed a little ”but most of all, that you remember, that you have a friend in me”
He smiled at her. "Of course." he said.
She felt at peace, Foxy was still short on words, but they felt true… ”I have to go” she said, not concerned about not meeting him again” my owner will be home soon… but if you ever have the time, stop by my house” she smiled again, waved at him and climbed down the tree, ran through the tunnels, jumped across the grassy plains and made her way home, just for the owner to come home
“Why are yo so tired?” been chased by a fox or something
Summer just smiled at Josephine, it was not too far from the future
Color (Original Meaning): Meaning
Grey (Enemy/Rival): If someone’s managed to make it here, it means they’ve crossed a line. They’ve made Kitsune mad, and there is little chance of digging themselves out of this hole. He will avoid them at any cost, as he does not like to fight.
Black (Dislike): Those at this point have given Kitsune a reason to actively avoid them. He will avoid them whenever he can, though not in all situations.
Purple (Neutral): Kitsune’s met these Ham-Hams, but hasn’t really made an opinion of them one way or the other.
Blue (Acquaintance): Ham-Hams at this level have been met, and Kitsune has a generally positive opinion of them.
Yellow (Friend): These Ham-Hams have proven themselves friendly to Kitsune, and they are very important to him.
Green (Good Friend): These Ham-Hams are the closest of close friends with Kitsune, and are definite exceptions to some of his rules, particularly his “no contact” rule.
Pink (Crush): Kitsune has noticed these female Ham-Hams, and is attracted to them, but is unsure if they feel the same.
Red (Love): The strongest of all bonds. Kitsune likes her, and she likes him. Only something Enemy-worthy could break this bond. As with Good Friends, they are definite exceptions to some of his rules.
Natsu ( Summer) - She is his first friend, and the one who introduced him to the Guild.