Third Day of Orangeleaf : First Days with Velvet
Velvet has lived with me for about three weeks now, and I’ve learned quite a lot about her, and about Sugar Foxes in general.
Firstly, they are omnivorous, like any fox. They have a sweet tooth, though. When my wife made pumpkin cookies, Velvet stole a few off the windowsill. I thought it amusing, my wife not so much.
Second, they are very curious creatures, eagerly investigating any new stimuli. I brought home some magical tools from my mentor’s house. Velvet was sniffing and pawing at everything she saw. The little furball nearly broke one of my potion vials! I had to send her outside, for her own safety. Velvet whined at the door for nearly ten minutes, until she decided to pester my wife for attention.
Tenth Day of Orangeleaf: Velvet Makes a Friend
My friend brought his Sugar Fox over to play with Velvet. His fox is male, a strawberry shortcake tod. The male, named Astrophel, seems to be bigger then Velvet, but gentle for his size. The two seem to be bonding, cuddling and playing as if they’d been friends forever. Could Sugar Foxes be a social species? Or is this their mating behavior? This requires further study, and my friend is eager to learn too.
Twelfth Day of Orangeleaf: Velvet’s a Fighter
Today, I learned something truly extraordinary. Sugar Foxes are rather fierce fighters when needed. Case in point: Velvet and I were gathering mushrooms in the forest when we ran afoul of a wild boar. Though I tried to pick her up and run away, Velvet refused. She jumped from my arms to drive the boar away. As I watched, afraid I’d have a dead Sugar Fox on my hands, she proved my fears wrong. Velvet dove at its legs, biting relentlessly, then would dodge its sharp tusks nimbly before returning for another bite. With a final headbutt to the chest, she sent the boar squealing away and stood proudly. This development certainly surprised me! I’ll have to tell the rest of the town about this.
Seventeenth Day of Orangeleaf: Velvet has a Cub-Cake
Today, I learned how Sugar Foxes reproduce, and I must say, it’s… interesting. Velvet’s been restless the last few days. My friend brought Astrophel over to see if some play could settle her down. The two started acting differently this time. They rubbed heads, then ruffs. As they finished rubbing ruffs, a baby Sugar Fox appeared between them, with red velvet fur and a strawberries-and-cream ruff. I can only assume that it’s magic.
Twentieth Day of Orangeleaf
Though the Sugar Fox cannot speak English, due to its vocal cords being different, it can understand English almost perfectly. Case in point: I was making some potions yesterday. As I read the ingredients off a list, Velvet would bring them to me. She even knew the difference between two different mushrooms I labeled. Can she read? (Edit: Yes, she can. I put two cups on the counter, with different labels, and asked her to bring me the cup labeled for food. She did!)
Read Part 1 here.
See pictures of Velvet here!