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Tina Vanhaskan

Please don't hurt me

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a character in “Lab Rats, and Tigers, and Bears. Oh my.”, as played by RacoonMoon()

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NAME: Tina Vanhaskan
AGE: 14
GENDER: Female
SPECIES: Mouse/Human (damen)
EXTRA MUTATION OR ABILITY: Expert problem solver due to all the puzzles and mazes she was exhibited to. She also has sensitive hearing.
HUMAN FORM APPEARANCE: Tina is small averaging about 4''2' from head to toe. She has white hair and is unnaturally pale due to never before seeing sunlight. She is skinny because the scientist know she won't complain for more food and therefore give her the bare minimum.
ANIMAL FORM APPEARANCE: She is a white mouse with blue eyes and a pink nose. Her long, thin tail and feet match the color of her nose almost perfectly. In comparison to her size she is slightly chubby in her rat form.
PERSONALITY: Tina is perfectly aware that every other person and damen she's ever met has the ability to kill her given the chance. This makes her give an obvious effort to stay on everyone's good side no matter the consequence it may cause her. She's an extreme pushover to put it simply. Despite this she is a good friend overall being a great listener and good at giving advice.
HISTORY: She has no idea but is pretty sure she deserves this for some reason.

So begins...

Tina Vanhaskan's Story

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Tina woke up with a start as she tried to figure out where she was. It didn't feel like the cold metal floor of her cage. No, it felt more like dirt. then she remembered that she had gone to sleep in this hole so she could be away from the other damen for a while. She stood up shaking off the thin blanket of dirt that had settled around her. She slowly opened her eyes yawning pleasantly remembering her dreams of runnig through clouds last night. She gave out a shrill "eek" as she saw the fluffy white mass in front of her. It wasn't a dream, she was up in the clouds! She tried to take solstice in the fact a cloud can't hurt her. Then the cloud turned around and started digging at the walls around them. She regarded the claws that seemed to tip this clouds legs. She gave another cry. Okay maybe clouds could hurt her. Her white fur stood on end as she realized this cloud would start digging at her any moment now. She franticaly looked around for a possible escape route but the killer cloud blocked the entrance. She grabbed her thin pink tail and brought it around so she could hide behind it.She could feel her whole body trembling as the cloud made another swift turn to claw at yet another wall. "Please don't hurt me scary cloud." she pleaded using her round ears to cover her eyes.

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Wynter stopped digging and looked where to the voice came from and saw a white mouse beside her, "Cloud?" she titled her head a bit, "Oh! She must think that I'm a cloud!" she giggled at the thought in her rabbit form and stopped digging and started to write on the dirt with her claws: I'm not a cloud, I'm a white dwarf lop-eared rabbit. Now can you help me dig so we can get away from the hungry leopard that's going to be here any second?
After she wrote it on the floor, she went back to digging frantically. She can't really talk in her rabbit form, only make small sounds. What can she say? A rabbit has vocal cords but it's true nature is to be quiet.

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Wynter heard some noise from the outside but kept on digging, not sure if the mouse is digging along with her or not, "Just keep digging and everything would be okay." she thought. Then all the noise stopped and she heard the boy apologizing outside. She momentarily stopped digging and hopped near the opening and saw that the boy was holding a female down. She slowly went out of the hole and slowly hopped towards him and the female dragging her blue and black scarf with her. She looked back at hole whether or not she should leave the mouse behind, "She did talk so maybe she's like me..."

"Is it ready?" the male scientist asked.

"In about fifteen minutes, sir."

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Tina froze as the cloud turned towards her. "Maybe if i don't move she'll think i'm another cloud." she thought trying to be hopeful. She looked back to the cloud and was puzzled to see it writing some kind of message in the dirt. Clouds aren't supposed to do that she marvelled padding a litttle closer to it. When it finished it went back to digging at the walls with no apparent straregy. Tina's fear and curiosity battled inside her to see if she would look at the message or cower even farther back into the hole. She thought about it a moment before inching towards the message scrawled in the dirt wary of the cloud's fast moving paws that teared at the wall with intense determination. When she finally got to the message she had to stand on the tips of her paws to see it clearly, tail out behind her for balance. "I'm not a cloud, I'm a white dwarf lop-eared rabbit." the message explained. Tina thought for a moment and then chuckled at her own stupidity. Of course it was a rabbit, why else would it be digging in this whole instead of up in the clouds. But why was it in her hole digging at the walls like there was no tomorrow? She read on. "Now can you help me dig so we can get away from the hungry leopard that's going to be here any second?" At first she looked down at her tiny pink paws. They couldn't move big clumps of dirt like the rabbits paws. She wasn't actually sure what these paws were good for. All this was forgotten as she read the part about the hungry leapord outside the hole. She darted to the side parrallell the rabbit and started digging. Digging for her life.

Tina stopped after a few moments to catch her breath. She turned her head back towards her work. She had made a long, dark tunnel away from the main corridor barely large enough to accomodate her much less the rabbit. She sat back on her haunches loathing the amount of work it would take to make this tunnel big enough to fit the rabbit. She started to pad back to the entrance of this hallway when she realized she could no longer hear the rabbit digging. Maybe the leapord got her she thought already thnking the worst. she started to run even faster down the hallway until she entered the main part of the hole. when she couldn't see the rabbit she cast out her enhanced hearing to see if the rabbit or leapord were nearby. She heard the sound of a big creature being held to the ground and guessed that was the leapord. Then to her surprise she heard the sound of a boy apologizing. Great now there were two potential predators with a death wish on her. She was about to go back and hide in her hallway until she heard the sound sound of something being dragged accomponied by the thud of what was probaly a foot. The rabbit! she had gone out there to try and stop the leapord. Tina's loyalty kicked in to overdrive and before she knew it she was half-walking, half-cowering beside the rabbit as they embraced their attacker.

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Connor stopped as he saw Hope run away. H e scoffed then turned to the girl and saw a small mouse beside her.He knelt down beside the two. "That little kitty cat was Hope she's nice just don't make her mad or hungry." he said slightly scared of her himself. He then looked at the mouse and smiled. " Hello there are you another Damen or just a little mouse?" he asked slightly tempted to eat her if she was simply a mouse. But it seemed almost too white to be a regular mouse and chances are she was one to get out of the hole with the rabbit.

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Wynter looked at the direction of where the sound came from and saw that the leopard lady went towards that direction. She then turned her head to the boy when he said that the leopard's name was Hope and not to mess around with her. He smiled and looked at something beside her and saw the small white mouse beside her, surprised that she came out with her.

"It's ready, sir." the assistant said as he was ready to push down the button to activate the electric shock of Wynter's scarf.

The scientist smirked, "Time to test this little experiment." he then turned to several scientists, "Be ready to get her." they nodded and exited the room, "Activate it now!"

Wynter felt a wave of electricity flowing through her body which made her scream in her rabbit form. Once it was over, she was slowly turning back to her human form, unconscious.

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Tina turned to look up at the boy as he adressed her. She was slighly unsure about what she should do. She thought of playing dumb and scurring away but decided that he would probaly just come and get her. "I'm a Damen." she replied in the high squeaky tone her voice always asumed when she was in mouse form. She pushed against the rabbit's fur beside her hiding her embarrasment at her voice. She could feel why she had mistaken the rabbit for a cloud because her fur was pretty soft. She lost herself in the rabbit's fur giving a purring noise at her delight. She felt herself drifting back to sleep. She had only woken up a short while ago and after all that had happened since then sleep was welcome. She jumped back from the rabbit's fur realizing how awkward it would be to fall asleep against the fur of this stranger. Not to mention Hope could come back at any moment with that same hunger as before. "Hi my name is-" she started to introduce until the rabbit convulsed in a agonizing scream. The scarf had started to emit electricty and it had nowhere to go but through the rabbit's body. The shock kickstarted her inner mouse and before she knew it, she had turned tail and ran in the opposite direction. Stop, she needs help she commanded the mouse as it continued to run away from the damens. She hadn't gone far when she rained in the creature and ran at full speed back to the rabbit, cursing the mouse for abandoning her. When she got back the rabbit was slowly changing into a white haired girl. Thinking quickly she started to run for the scarf but stopped when she realized it could still be spewing electricity. She looked around for a branch to snag the scarf with meanwhile worrying about the pain the rabbit must be in. "Hurry, hurry." she muttered to herself as she finally found a suitable branch. It was about as long as her human forearm but thicker than her thigh. She went over to it and tried to move it but her muscles were to small to even move it an inch. She changed back to human form feeling her body growing and tail receding. She picked up the branch (which was much lighter now that she was human.) and rushed over to drag the scarf off the rabbit who had now settled as a girl with white hair much like her own. She was almost oblivious to the fact that this boy was watching her naked as she hooked her hands into the girl's armpits and started pulling. It was hard work and she wasn't very strong. She made a note to ask the scientist for more food from now on, because if this kind of thing became normal she'd need way more. Suddenly she became angry at the boy for just watching and turned to him sreaming "Don't just stand there help!" Commanding people was comepletely out of her pacifist nature but this girl needed help and she couldn't pull by herself.

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Connor was shocked as the rabbit girl collapsed then turn back infront of him. He growled but decided not to go postal yet. He watched the mouse girl freak out slightly then change form and start to drag her away. "Fine don't get your tail in a twist." he picked up the girl by the ankles but turned his head to avoid looking at her body. He wasn't a pervert and he wasn't going to start now." You guide I'm not gonna look." he said blushing.

(Sorry Short post)

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Confused, Tina looked down and saw that both she and the rabbit damen were naked. she had completly forgotten she wouldn't change back with clothes in the heat of the moment. She fought the urge to drop the girl and run to conceal herself in the forest. She realized how awkward it must be for the boy exposed to two naked girls. First impressions meant alot to Tina and this was not how she wanted to remember their first meeting. wow he's already seen me naked and we don't know each others names she thought to herself. "My name is Tina." she said shyly quickly trying to change the subject. To distract her from the awkward situation , she thought of where they would take the rabbit? Her first thought was to go back to the hole but realized the rabbit wouldn't fit in this form. She cursed how little she knew about this forest. She'd been wandering around here since yesterday morning and yet couldn't think of a place to take the damen. She scrunched up her eyebrows as she struggled to think where they could go. She wasn't a leader, she wasn't supposed to figure out these things. She wished she were more compatent in these situations. At the word competant she was reminded of hope, who had run off after who knows what. "were going to find hope." she said trying to be brave about that idea. There was something about bringing the unconcoius version of Hope's intended prey that didn't seem right. Either way she picked the girl up a little higher and started to walk off towards where Hope had disapeared. Though the boy helped her muscles could still barely support the girls weight.

(OOC: ceh12: nice job summing up my entire post; "He watched the mouse girl freak out..." lol )

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Connor was stunned when the girl wanted to find hope. "Woah Lab Rat don't wanna go near Hope right now. She's hungry and you and Hopper and snacks to her. " he sat the girls legs down and changed to his bird form. "I'll go spy on her a bit and see if she's calmed down you keep the girl out of harms way for now, her clothes are around here I think." he said his voice booming unlike his regular calm voice. He then flew over to where Hope had gone and he heard voices. He landed and saw her and a Lion. "Another Damen." he thought trying to add up all the Damens while he hid completely invisible in the shadows.

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Hope was pretty sure this was a Damen, but she decided to shift anyway, to be sure. She backed into a bush, unchanged, and changed form. She picked up her clothes in her mouth, gently, and carried it back to where she had stashed it before. She walked back to the lion, and her ear twitched. She looked around, but even her sensitive eyes couldn't pick out a figure. She narrowed her eyes and sniffed the air. She was hungry. She wanted to talk to the rabbit Damen, but she didn't want to attempt to eat her again. She nodded to the lion Damen and went back to the pond she had found the fish before. She caught three and ate them, now full. Ready, she sighed and walked back to the hole. She looked around but they weren't here. She frowned and sat down. Maybe they would come back.

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Tina looked up in surprise as the bird damen flew away. Alot of help he was she thought sarcastically. She gasped realizing she had just used sarcasm. She placed the girl's unconcious body on the ground knowing she couldn't carry her alone. She walked over and sat by a nearby tree relishing in what she had just done. "I just used sarcasm." she said not quite believing it could be true. This endeavor was really screwing with her and bit by bit she was surcoming to this new confidant, sarcastic Tina. Already she had yelled at a potential predator and then used sarcasm against him. Even when the scientist had done their most excruciating test on her she hadn't come to these resorts. "He didn't even tell me his name." she mumled discontentedly looking around aimlessly. Her eyes came across the scarf that had just elcotrocuted the girl and she flinched. She welcomed the fear as she felt herself returning to normal. She wondered if the girl would want the scarf back. Sure it had shocked her but she wouldn't have carried it around if she knew that. With a sigh she got up to get the scarf, careful to only touch it with the stick. Setting it down near the girl, she sat back down at her tree. "You could use some comfort." she thought eyeing the hard ground beneath the girl. She pulled some leaves from a nearby tree and placed them in a pile under the girls white hair. "Better." she thought not really believing herself. A breeze blew past, rustling the girls leaf pillow and she shivered. "I need some clothes." she thought aloud growing tired of walking around this rainforest naked. Remembering Hope's makeshift clothes she looked around for some similar leaves. It took her awhile but she finally found a big clump of them by her hole. "I was pretty well supplied here." she joked trying to lighten her mood. Sitting back at her tree she folded and twisted trying to put together a bra. After failing a knot she fustratedly changed to a mouse and finished it. Work went much faster now and quickly got an outfit together including a nice bandana with three different color leaves. "Oh, so that's what these paws are good for." she observed not minding her squeaky voice in her satisfaction. She started to make the girl an some clothes too when she started to feel hungry. She finished up her knot and scurried over to the girl's ear. "I'm going to get some food but i'll be right back." she whispered feeling some regret about leaving the girl here. I may not be a leader but I can be a caretaker she thought smiling as she caught the scent of berries and ran towards it.

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As she scurried towards the scent of the berries she was distracted by the scent of fish crossing it's stream. Rabbits and mice were vegetarians but she was still curious as to what could bring fish scent this far from a water source. She knew she could find the berry scent later but didn't know how long this scent would linger. As she drew close to its source she gasped as she saw Hope sitting near the hole in leapord form. She cowered behind a tree not knowing if Hope had smelled her yet. She had no doubt that if Hope had gone after rabbit she would also go after mouse. The hole wasn't that far from her camp with the rabbit and she knew it woudn't be long before the leapord found it. She remembered that she had tried to go to hope ealier and thanked the boy for stopping her. She didn't like it but she had to once again stifle the mouses urge to run. Normally she and the mouse agreed on everything so this constant stream of denying him was kind of depressing. Getting back to the task at hand she ran as silently as possible back to the camp to get her clothes. When she got there she changed back to human and put her makeshift clothes on. She wasn't sure if she was more threatening as a mouse or human but at least she wouldn't be eaten in human form. She had just finished tying her bandana when she reached the edge of the clearing. She sighed, time to embrace the more dangerous side of caretaking. With a deep breath she stepped towards Hope. Louder now the mouse was yelling at her to run, but she ignored it and said "Hello" making sure to sit well away to satisfy the mouse and herself.

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Hope looked over, her ears pricking with sound. It was a human. Damen, it looked like. She remembered there being a mouse there with the rabbit. Good thing she had eaten that fish. If this girl would have come as a mouse she would have gone for her. But she wasn't hungry after eating all that fish. She nodded to her. "Hi...i..surry, sorry. I sorry for.....chasing you. I...don't....know what.....came...over me." She said. She was getting used to this whole talking in the animal form thing. "I'm sorry, for..chasing you. I...didn't know what came....over me. I hope that...we can be...friends. I will try....not....to eat you." She smiled. Then she narrowed her eyes and looked around. "Where is....the rabbit?"

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Tina was still big on first impressions and couldn't help but imagine this digging at her while her and the rabbit hid In the hole. She would be much more comfortable if hope would go human so an entirely new impression could be made.Despite this she could hardly stifle a laugh as hope tried to speak in animal form. Her own voice in animal form was laughable too but at least she could get words out clearly. She controlled herself quickly knowing hope was trying to apologize. "Don't worry about it, animal instincts right," she said tentatively. By speaking she gave up her chance to run away and the mouse new this quieting slightly. "You wouldn't believe how much the mouse is telling me to run right now." she said jokingly trying to ease the obvious tension in the air. This is going good, at least she hasn't made an attempt to eat me. she thought chastising herself for thinking hope would eat her. She knew she would never let that go but she didn't have to hold it against her when she was obviously sorry about it. She flinched at the mention of the rabbit because she could hear her stirring as they spoke. "You change back to human. I'll go get her." she said not knowing if she was lying or not. How would Hope react? Could she control the leapord with potential prey in such a vulnerable state?
She got to her camp knowing only that she should comfort the rabbit. She changed into a mouse feeling her clothes falling in heap around her. She was less threatening this way, not that she was threatening before. "Hi" she said crawling out of the heap of clothes. She wasn't sure where the rabbit was and that worried her. Maybe I can lure her out she thought walking towards the girls unfinished clothes. "I made you these." she said gesturing to the clothes by the tree. She tried her best to smile encouragingly blocking out the fears the mouse pushed into her mind. Ignoring fear? She really was changing.

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Hope nodded. Changing into human would be best. She dashed back to her clothes and shifted, yanking them on. She ran back to where the mouse girl went. She looked around and spotted them back at a bush. She walked over to them and crouched down. "hey guys? What's going on?" She asked. She pushed away some of the leaves. "You guys in there?"

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Tina jumped out of the clothes heap at the sound of hope's voice. That was fast she thought disappointed she couldn't get more done in that time. The rabbit hadn't appeared yet so she figured she could relax a bit. Of course the mouse would never relax with this much of a size difference. "Be right back." she said, looking around once more for the rabbit, and then running to her clothes. She changed back beside them and quickly put them on. It still bothered her that she barely knew any of the damen here. Her first impressions with all of them were terrible and she only knew the name of the one who tried to kill her. There was no way she would introduce herself first again.Bad things happen when I try to introduce myself she thought remembering the rabbit getting electrocuted and the bird flying away when she'd tried to introduce herself. Then with a start she realized hope still didn't know about the rabbit getting electrocuted. She wondered how she would even tell a person about something like that. She sat down thinking deeply when her stomach reminded her she hasn't eaten for almost two days now. She remembered the berries and set off to find them again. She looked back towards her camp wondering if it was wise to leave hope alone with the rabbit. Well how much of a difference will it make if I'm there she thought already knowing the answer. Despite her newfound bravery she knew she wouldn't stand between a leopard and her meal. This in mind she set out to find her own meal. Besides, I should show more trust in my potential friend she thought before realizing what she'd done. This was the first time she hadn't thought of hope as a predator. Maybe some of this change could be good after all she smiled running to her destination.

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Tina squealed. Yeah something she and the mouse agreed on for a change thinking of all the things she and the mouse had disagreed on recently. The mouse squealed because owls ate mice and it wanted to run away. Tina squealed kinda wanting to run away with the mouse but also to alert Hope she might be in danger. Then she caught herself. She had bad first impressions with every other person in this forest and was about to cause another bad one by running away. "My name is-. What's your name?" she asked about to introduce herself when she remembered that usually came with consequences. She knew he was a Damen but was disapointed that he was another creature that could kill her. When were those scientist going to make something that she could kill given the chance.

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Tina smiled when he gave his name. Good now nothing bad can happen because he gave his name first she thought preparing to introduce herself. "I'm Tina." she said extending her hand before awkwardly bringing it back not knowing how to shake hands with a bird. He thought it was weird how he was unsure how to change back. It just seemed natural to her but it may be different for predators. Are they so intent on eating that they can't keep track of the important things she thought knowing she as prey would never understand. She tried not to flinch as he mentioned food. Owls ate mice and she was unsure how well he could control his instincts. One thing was for sure she was not offering herself. At the mention of food she was yet again reminded that she hadn't eaten yet and of the berry scent assaulting her nose. "You're asking the wrong girl," she said edging toward the scent of berries giving in to the mouse slightly. She didn't want to leave him hungry though and figured that Hope could probably help him better than she could. "There's a girl back there who can probably help you with that." she said gesturing back towards Hope. Waving goodbye she started back on her way to the berries. She hoped there won't be any more interuptions she was actually pretty hungry now.

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Tina reached the source of the bery scent without interuptions. There was a plentiful amount of berry clusters scattered around the bush. She dropped to her knees and gorged on the berries giving in to her hunger. She considered they might be poisonanous but her hunger had made her impractical. Besides it's too late now she thought stopping her feeding frenzy. She wiped her mouth with her hand and then looked up in surprise to see she had eaten half the berries off the bush. "Well this won't do." she commented disaprovingly at her lack of control. She sat back to think for a moment roling aberry between her fingers. She didn't know how long she would be here but she would need to ration out her food. No more feeding frenzies she directed the mouse wrongly blaming him for it. She decided to take a closer look at these berries. Folding her clothes beside her she shifted into the mouse and looked at the berry she was just holding. She was used to everything growing 10x their size when she changed but even so she was surprised when she could barely hold the berry between her paws. Placing it down in front of her she took an experimental bite out of it. It was much more filling this way and she was sure this one berry would satisfy her. The rest of this bush could easily feed her for the rest of her time here. She changed back and popped the rest of the berry in her mouth satisfied with her discovery.

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Ramiah uncoiled from the young moabi tree, disturbed by the many vibrations he could feel pricking his human skin. There were Damen in his home, running and shouting and tearing apart the foliage. Young, stupid Damen. With luck, they'd be gone soon. He rolled his tongue around the confines of his many teeth, erasing the antiseptic taste from the cotton swab lingering in his mouth. He could encourage them to leave. The idea was sound, but he abandoned it. It would probably make the scientists inordinately pleased if he killed everyone in his territory; they could draw conclusions without hypotheses and congratulate each other for conducting a brilliant experiment. And at the end of the day he wouldn't get a single mouse for his trouble.

He looked to the plexiglas wall, an incongruity in an otherwise seamless rainforest. The man who feared him was on the other side, conducting a LD50 with the saliva sample. The test mice were rapidly dying as the enzyme-rich liquid destroyed the proteins in their flesh. He watched, as he often did, obliquely aware a hunger stirred. The mice would be soft now, easily digestible, and very tender. Their pain and fear would release all sort of chemicals, ultimately making their meat a culinary delight instead of bland muscle. The scientists and technicians didn't care about the mice, only in testing his venom control. He couldn't produce venom in his human skin, but vipers have excellent control of the amount of venom they release, and they'd been training him to keep it in his mouth during transformation. Like a dog with a treat on its tongue it wasn't allowed to swallow until a command was given. If the LD50 value was lower than the day before, they'd let him have all of the test mice. If he'd failed the test, he'd get only one mouse: the participation award that was worth nothing. The human looked up at him, a box of dead mice and a plate of glass between them. The results looked good.

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He wound his way over and around steep buttressed teak roots and climbed a tangle of lianas, leaving the forest floor behind. The oldest lianas formed bridges between some of his favorite trees, fragile arboreal paths that kept him safely away from most predators. He wrapped an arm around a swaying liana and jettisoned away from the security of solid footing. A stretch of ligament, a twist of bone, and a series of minute shifts of balance and strength allowed him to suspend the self imposed limits humans set upon themselves. They didn't stretch too far away from safety, afraid of gravity, or falling, or more directly, of the pain and death that could destroy them from a simple misstep. Snakes knew how to move. Their entire form was moving bones, moving muscles, moving mouths, moving tongues. The straight rigid bones of humans were a hindrance he'd had to adjust to, but that was it. It required adjustment, it was not a limitation.

Though if he had a choice between the two, he'd pick snake. Every time.

Unfortunately, that wasn't an option today. Napping in his snake form was decidedly unsafe with two avian Damen on the loose. Plus, the technician had passed along the instruction that he wasn't to molt his human skin for 48 hours. They'd force him to shift back into a human if he defied the order. But -and this was what made the human skin bearable- the technician had also promised there would be a reward. If he could find it, it was all his.

He'd certainly found it. It was mildly insulting they'd implied a snake couldn't find a mouse in his own forest.

Ramiah dropped down the liana, hand under hand until his toes met silently with damp leaf litter. The pale thing was sweet, but not saccharine, not like the heady perfume of nectar but exactly like the berries staining her hands. She smelled of earth, warm fur, something more that stung his sinuses, reminding him of ozone lingering in the air after a lightning strike, scents intermingling and indistinguishable from all the places she'd wandered before he'd found her. She'd been frightened earlier today, but wasn't now. She was small even in her human skin. She was white, as white as his clothes, making them both conspicuous amid the colors of the rainforest. She was as white as any lab mouse he'd ever eaten.

Enough dawdling. She was liable to notice the warmth at her back and at this distance -or rather the lack thereof- her prey sense might be already alerting her to the danger. Fast as a viper strike, he pinned her in his arms. He preferred to hold his prey, but it was common for them to get away, only to be recaptured later when his venom caught up to the runners. "If you run -or shift- I might accidentally break your skin and slip venom into your bloodstream," he said, for her benefit, omitting that he was equally capable of breaking her, crushing the air from her lungs, as he felt it was redundant to list the numerous ways he could cripple her ability to escape, "To avoid a very unfortunate accident, I'd recommend complete compliance. You are, of course, free to ignore my advice." He'd learned his English from an Indian technician, and Oxford English had made his pronunciation excruciatingly clear, without the lisping hiss most expected from him. Ramiah doubted she'd appreciate the careful articulation.

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Tina could feel the mouse telling her to run, that some kind of predator was near. As she had done for most of her time in the rainforest she shrugged it off as the mouse being paranoid. Every other person she had met was a "predator" to the mouse. well she was tired of it. She would sit here and prove to the mouse there was nothing to be afraid of.

After a few moments she was about to get up and wallow in her sucess over the mouse when she felt herself restrained by a boy's arms. Still believing in her newfound bravery she asumed it was Mason or the other bird damen trying to scare her. That is untill she heard him speak. "If you run -or shift- I might accidentally break your skin and slip venom into your bloodstream," he said very seriously into her ear. Birds don't have venom she thought fear rushing back to her. This guy was a predator, and not a predator like hope where he was a slave to instinct, no this guy was a cold blooded killer. He wanted to kill her.

He had told her not to do exactly what she wanted to do, shift and run away. Run run run run run the mouse repeated in her head and she regretted not listening to it. No she would die running if she didn't do it right she thought as an icy determination she had't known she had overcame her. She screamed as loud as she could to anounce to every other damen in the forest that she was once again in trouble. He told her not to shift or run but he didn't say anything about screaming. Despite his warnings she seized his surprise and shifted before his eyes. She darted away dodging as the clothes fell in the plac she was just in. She didn't know exactly where she was running to but she decided to trust the mouse to outsmart the predator.

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Hope listened to Mason. So he needed help hunting? She really hadn't noticed any rodents other than mouse girl, so hunting for him would be trouble. Then again, rodents came out at night, and she also remembered owls being nocturnal. "We will have to wait....until night time, but for now I can get you...fish to eat if you want. There is some..." She cut off, her ear twitching. Her sensitive ears picked up something. A scream? "hold on, or come with me if you can." She sprinted off toward the sound, maneuvering through the brush. she leapt over some logs and crawled under a tree. She skidded to a stop as she saw a snake chasing after mouse girl (I assume Ramiah is in snake form). She gave a low somewhat hissing growl from her throat, and her claws dug into earth as she pushed off from the ground, leaping forward through the air. She managed to catch him with one of her paws, but not for long as he slipped away. She flicked her tail and instead ran in between mouse girl and the snake, growling. "Leave her alone. She is a Damen like you," she said, her eyes narrowed.

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Tina looked up at Mason vision blurry through tear filled eyes. She didn't know why but she was glad it was him here and not anyone else. Oh wait she did know why he was the only predator in this forest that hadn't hurt in any way yet. The mouse warned her that it was only a matter of time but she felt herself ignore him. She was already breaking the mental vow she'd made stating that she wouldn't refuse the mouse anymore. She pushed herself up wiping away tears as she did. She was already a mouse and about 4ft tall so she didn't need anyone thinking she was weak. She wanted to talk about her problems but despite her relationship with Mason she knew it wasn't something that a predator would understand. She noticed that mason was still in owl form and wondered if he'd succeeded in any of his problems. "Still stuck as an owl?" she asked her voice higher than usual from crying. While she waited for his answer she looked for an answer to his food problem. She could smell that there were fish in the river beside. Could owls fish? For mice it would be like taming cattle she thought allowing herself a little merriment at the mental image of her riding a fish.

(sorry short post. 3rd post in the last hour, creative juices low)

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Tina nodded as he said he was still stuck thinking about how to fix that problem. She had thought about his earlier when she first met him but she was distracted by hunger then. She could think more intensely now because she was ignoring her own problems. She thought about what it felt like when she changed although it may be different to sprout fur compared to feathers. She changed in place a few times before settling as a mouse with her answer. When she changed she could feel a small pressure in between her shoulder blades and she knew it was probably the same for him.
She was about to test her theory when she saw the fish float up out of the river. Her first thought was that the scientist had done something strange to the fish too when she turned to Mason. His topaz eyes were gazing intently at the fish and the fish seemed to be reacting because of it. With a gasp she realized what was happening. Mason was using telekinesis she thought wide eyes following the fish as it plopped down in front of her. She had heard of the scientist giving the Damen strange abilities to accompany being able to change into an animal but she had thought it was a rumor. She watched as the fish flopped around and died in front of her. "That could have been me." she muttered to herself barely making out the words.
Suddenly she was angry. Who was mason to say that it was this fishes time to die. It was no better than the scientist abusing their power to hurt others think it was "for the best". She changed back to human and started to walk away angrily. A voice in her head told her that she was being unfair and that was just what predators do. An even louder voice was arguing with the other that that didn't make it right. She was more partial to the second voice as she charged through the forest. She was going to go and talk to the rabbit damen who she deemed the only one that would understand her problems. She then remembered that in that direction there were at least two people who tried to eat her. She stopped for a moment steaming at her lack of direction when she heard branches rustling. She decided to had in that direction as it was a direction she had not been yet.
She kept walking this way until she came to see a black mound of fur up in the tree. She was prone to be cautious not wanting to get caught up with another predator but the mouse did not recognize it as a predator so she went closer. She sat down concealing herself in a bush and inspected the creature.