Chapter One: A New Home
The sabre-toothed tiger Diego ran across the hills and valleys of his new home, his fellow sabre (and ex-pirate) Shira right behind him. The two stopped at a cliff overlooking a beautiful valley.
"Not bad, huh?" Diego asked.
"It's been a while since I've been somewhere that didn't have an ocean view." Shira admitted. "Getting rid of my sea legs won't be easy."
"Stick with me, kitty." Diego smiled. "I'll show you the ropes."
"I thought I told you not to call me 'Kitty'?" Shira grimaced.
"Must have slipped my mind... Kitty." Diego grinned.
"Oh, now you're gonna get it!" Shira growled playfully.
"You'll have to catch me first!" Diego turned tail and raced across the cliff, Shira in hot pursuit.
As they neared the bottom, Shira leapt at Diego, tackling him and pinning him to the ground.
"Gotcha!" She yelled triumphantly.
"No." Diego reversed the pin. "Got you."
"So you do." Shira smiled. "Question is: What are you going to do with me?"
"I've got a few ideas." Diego purred.
"So do I." Shira purred back.
Shira stroked Diego's cheek with her paw, and gave the other a tender lick.
At that moment, a rustling sound caught their attention. They turned to see Sid the sloth pushing his way out of a bush.
"Sick!" Sid complained, as he scraped brown filth off his foot. "You'd think an animal that big would watch where he was leaving his leavings..."
He stopped when he spotted Diego and Shira, still in their compromising position.
"Well, well, what have we have we here?" Sid smirked. "Am I interrupting something?"
"Actually, yes." Shira nodded.
"This is kind of a private moment, Sid." Diego agreed.
"Oh, don't mind me." Sid smiled. "You won't even know I'm here."
Sid leaned onto the bush, falling into it and causing quite a lot of noise in his struggle to get back up.
"SID!" Diego and Shira yelled together.
"Alright, I'm going!" Sid yelled, walking away in a huff.
"That's some friend you've got there." Shira said sarcastically.
"Yeah, that's Sid." Diego sighed. "I'd say he gets easier to live with, but that would be a big lie."
"What do you say we go find somewhere a little more private?" Shira asked.
"I say 'You read my mind'." Diego replied.
Diego moved himself off of Shira, and the two went in search of a private place.
As night fell, the two sabres found a nice, cosy cave, and settled in just in time to see the stars come out. The pair huddled close together. There was a chill in the air that night, but it wasn't the main reason they were so close.
"Now this is more like it." Shira sighed blissfully. "Just the two of us. Alone, no distractions..."
"Yeah." Diego agreed, before suddenly bowing his head bashfully. "Shira, I have to tell you something."
"Which is?" Shira asked.
"I... I..." The words were caught in Diego's throat. "Sorry. I've never done this before."
"Just spit it out." Shira prompted, having a good idea of what Diego was trying to say.
Diego took a deep breath.
"You're the most beautiful sabre I've ever seen. When I'm around you, I feel things I've never felt before." Diego declared. "What I'm trying to say is... I love you, Shira. ...That didn't make me sound like too much of a cissy, did it?"
"A little." Shira smirked, her suspicions validated. "But on you, it's cute. And, just for the record, I love you too... you big cissy."
The two lovecats snuggled up closely. Very, very closely...
To Be Continued...
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