I was plotting for "The Secrets of Dinosaur Planet" last night, and a thought occurred to me.
What happened before Krystal (and Fox) left Corneria for Dinosaur Planet?
Those were Krystal's first few weeks living in a permanent environment ... How did she handle it?
What was it like joining the Star Fox team? Getting to know Fox?
... How well did she and Fox actually get to know each other?
SO MANY QUESTIONS.
... So I started this, to answer some of them.
It's going to be a collection of scenes/shorts from those first few weeks of Krystal's new life.
Hope you enjoy!
(This first little bit is set directly after the ending cut scene of the game StarFox Adventures.
Krystal is on the Great Fox, getting adjusted to her new accommodations. Fox pays her a visit.)
Tales of the Cobalt Vixen
A Collection of Cornerian Shorts
Scene One: "Foxy First Night"
Her tail swished softly on her bunk as she regarded the walls of her cabin, spanning her bright, intelligent eyes over every surface.
It was a small room. Understandable.
As a surprise guest, she hadn't expected or desired anything more.
There was a small desk in the corner, which held the usual accoutrements: an intercom to the cockpit, a touchpad for sending intergalactic messages, a neatly folded spare blanket.
Though she was sure the climate on the ship was well regulated, she appreciated the gesture. Orphaned as she was, she'd learned to love the small comforts most of all.
She sighed. At least this was a safe, certain place to sleep.
There was a soft knock at her door. She looked up, startled.
"Hey, uh, Krystal?" The voice was muffled. "It's Fox." There was silence for a moment.
An uncomfortable aura filled the room. Krystal's lips curved up into a tiny smile.
"You may come in," she said in a clear voice.
The door slid into the adjacent wall with a soft click.
He was standing there, scratching one ear, looking oddly ashamed and embarrassed.
"Hey. Just wanted to apologize for the way my friends were actin' out there," he muttered. His eyes flickered between hers and the floor. "It was pretty uncalled-for."
She chuckled. "Don't worry, Fox." Her voice was soft and comforting. "I promise. I've seen worse."
He raised his eyebrows and lifted his eyes to meet her gaze. "Yeah? ... Well, still." He shuffled from one foot to the other, still uncomfortable.
Krystal spread out her fingers on the clean white bedspread of her bunk, patting a spot beside her. "Come, sit," she said. "You seem tense."
Fox laughed, edging tentatively across the room. "That obvious, huh?" He flicked his tail out of the way and sat down, sighing. "I guess I am kind of an open book."
She gave him an enchanting smile. "All the better."
Fox coughed, realizing he was staring at her, smiling. "So... How are you feeling?" he asked, trying to look serious. "Do you need anything? You were trapped in that thing a long time ..."
"Oh, I've been monitoring my health for the past few days. No need to worry." She brushed a lock of hair behind her ear. Fox watched her fingers twine in the silky blue fur.
She looked up at him through her lashes, and his heart stuttered. "It's nice to know my hero's so thorough," she murmured, leaning toward him and fixing him with her gaze.
His breath caught. Her scent flooded his senses.
As he stared into her sparkling emerald eyes, he was suddenly aware of how close she was, and that they were on a bed. Together.
He stood up quickly.
"Well, uh, I'm gonna go. Just wanted to check on you," he said, suddenly businesslike. Krystal looked up at him, surprised.
"You can stay if you like," she said softly, a small frown arcing her lips. "We've barely had a chance to talk to each other."
Fox stared down into her lovely eyes, and his tail swished. With a twinge of panic, he felt himself getting tongue-tied.
"No, another day. Don't worry," he said, tripping over his words. "Tomorrow. Later."
She started to stand up. "Fox..."
He backed toward the door. "I've gotta go. We'll talk. Later."
He mashed the buttons on the control panel with a blind hand, and before she had a chance to protest, he was gone.
Kicking off her sandals, she stretched out on the bunk. It was surprisingly comfortable.
Plenty of time to learn more about Fox later, she thought.
She smiled, remembering his words.
"No, another day. Don't worry. Tomorrow. Later."
Her smile widened. So charming when he's nervous.
She closed her eyes and his face flashed behind her eyelids, grinning and debonair.
Her heart fluttered.
Well, she thought.
Isn't this an interesting start to things?
... You know what makes this idea so great?
Anyone can review and ask me to write something they're curious about!
So, if you have any questions or ideas about what should happen with Krystal, please tell me in your review!
I'm open to (and would LOVE) any suggestions! :3 You can even PM me!
I'll listen to your words!