⬤ "Hey, come back!" The marbled vulpine did her best to shallow the frustration in her tone as she dashed after the younger girl, but this was really testing what little patience she had left. The playful nature of this stranger's actions assured her that the intentions were innocent, but that didn't dim the anxious blue flares in her irises as she watched the unknown feline skip away with her necklace. If it was any other object, she might have just allowed it to be run off with rather than deal with the trouble of a chase, but she couldn't lose this necklace; not again.
The odd tabby - Midi, as she had introduced herself - had been going on about some wonderful home that she insisted on sharing with her. In fact, Kiss was impressed with how much the winged child could talk while prancing at such a quick pace. Why she had taken an interest in her, she had no idea, but she couldn't be bothered with asking herself these questions right now. She just needed to retrieve her necklace and get back to her base so she could be on her way again. Her own home was in that piece of jewelry and no where else. Not anymore, at least.
"Where are you even taking me?" Asked the multi-tailed female as her steps finally began to catch up to those of Midi's. "If you could just return my necklace, I really need to be on my w--" Her voice cut off as their tracks slowed, the realization that the landscape was fading into a thickness of pines taking over whatever thought had previously been in her mind. She had never seen this forest before - as she had avoided it as well as she could - but an oh so familiar scent that radiated off of it's trees told her that her assumptions were correct. While it wasn't the old swampy woodland of her past, there was no doubt that this was home to the clan she once held an alliance to.
This place should feel familiar, but it didn't at all. Everything was different about it, even the name. Others in her situation might have grieved for the memories of their birthplace, but she found the variation sort of comforting. She no longer shared a connection to her former home, not that she had ever really felt in place there as it was. Oddly enough, the landscape had more in common with her second place of birth, the last location she had called home. Kiss was undecided if that fact made her feel closer or further away from it, but no matter her feelings, she had no choice but to enter the eerie undergrowth as Midi's form disappeared into it.
"We're home!" The kitsune heard the three-eyed girl call back to her, as if she had already joined their ranks once again. She had to admit that Midi's strange infatuation to befriend a random nomad was quite endearing despite her natural sense of "stranger danger" that had only grown stronger into her older years. For a moment, as the child looked back to her with three hopeful eyes, she let herself wonder what it would be like to give into the her wishes and remain here. A mess it would be, she reminded herself with an exhausted shake of her head. She was here to take back her necklace and that was it. She couldn't be getting caught up in the "what if"s and "maybe"s that tugged on the memories of what having a community at her flank was like. She had learned the hard way that the only one she could truly trust was herself, and being alone was the safest home she could claim.
"It surely is beautiful, like you said," Commented Kissingbeehives as she looked around at the growing plant life, a hint of impatience in her voice as she studied the scenery. "But I really should be getting back, so could I have my necklace please?" She melted away the tint of irritation in her expression to reveal a short smile towards Midi as she held out her paw. She couldn't help but be distracted at the sight of the mystic falls in the distance, it's waters practically calling her further into the territory, but she persisted in her stance. Even though the whispering winds through the pines were doing their best to knock down that dam of a wall inside her, urging her soul's river to flow out, she had to get going. For her good, and for the good of the Shadow Veilers.