"Frankly, I can't decide if I should laugh or be offended," Fox said, raising one eyebrow in amusement as he took in the scene before him. He'd come home to find Riyo curled up in the couch, blanket draped over her shoulders and datapad in hand and usual.

The fluffy creature napping on her lap, though? That was new.

"You should be grateful," Riyo replied nonchalantly. "As it turns out, my mother may have overheard Farai's teasing comment about how much I've 'come to like foxes since arriving on Coruscant.'" She looked up at him, her eyes glimmering with withheld giggles as she tried to act serious while gesturing at the fox kit snuggled in her warm lap. "It would seem she took that rather seriously for my Life Day present."

Fox did chuckle as he quietly approached her, getting on one knee so he could more closely observe his new competition. It was a cute little fur ball, for sure, but Fox has no idea how it would fair in a Coruscanti apartment. "I've decided. I think I'll be jealous instead," he comments, looking up at her with a sly grin. "Never would've expected another fox to be the one to steal my favorite nap spot from me."

He outright laughed at the combination of embarrassment and amusement that washed over Riyo's face as she flushed a darker blue. "Just for that, I think I've found a new favorite 'Fox' in my life," she huffed with mock-severity, before adding cleverly, "and a new cuddle partner for when I sleep. I'm afraid you'll have to take the couch."

Fox rolled his eyes but still reached out to gently pet the little creature. "Forgive me, Senator. Will you be accepting any arguments for the defense?"

"It depends. Are they compelling?"

He grinned as he leaned up to capture her lips with his, kissing her soundly enough that when he pulled away, Riyo leaned forward to chase after him. "It would seem so. There's more where that came from… but only in the bedroom."

Riyo's laughter finally spilled free into the air. "It seems that this little one will have to continue its nap in the special den Mother sent along for it."

"Good. My status as 'most important Fox to Riyo Chuchi' remains secure."