A Christmas Found
It was a chilly winters day as snowflakes were falling all around. A beautiful girl was walking down the sidewalk, bundled up in a winter jacket and winter cap. She looked over onto the ground to see a young Neera child shivering from the cold. The girl crouched down to get a better look at the child.
"Hey little guy, are you okay?" The small mouse boy looked up to her shivering.
"H-h-hi...um..I-I am...a b-bit c-c-c-cold...out he-here...b-but don't concern yours-yourself miss..." He smiled up at the girl but obviously was freezing to the bone and wouldn't last much longer as much of the color had left his face now. The girl looked at the shivering creature and felt somewhat sorry for him, she could just see his face turning blue from the winter cold. She picked the boy up in her hands and looked concerned.
"How could I not be concerned, your shivering all over. How come you're not wearing a jacket?"
"I-It's not exactly e-easy to f-f-find things...m-my size.." he replied still looking up into her eyes. She looked at the mouse boy just feeling so sorry for him.
"What's your name little guy" She spoke while scratching his tiny mouse ears. He folded his ears down and made a small noise as she scratched his ears
"Well Mario, my name is Aeris, sort of ironic were named after video game characters right?" She joked slightly patting the boy's head with the palm of her wool glove.
"H-heh right yeah." He couldn't help but snuggle into the patting for warmth as he continued to shiver.
"Poor boy, here why don't you come with me? I'm sure my friend and I can keep you safe and warm." The girl smiled at him.
"A-are y-you sure? I-I don't want t-t-to be a bother." She smiled carefully nudging him onto the palm of her hand as she held him up for a closer look and smiled at the boy.
"Trust me its no trouble at all." He gave her a faint smile still shivering so very much "Th-thank....you....y-y-you're.....nice." He fell down in her hand unable to hold himself up as the cold had worked a number on him. The small creature was half unconscious aware of his surroundings but unable to interact as it lied in her hand shivering with eyes shut. The girl opened her eyes wide and tried to think of a way to warm up the boy. She took off her scarf and wrapped it around the mouseboy and unzipped part of her wintercoat and placed the boy in her coat and zipped it back up with his head popping out. His ears were folded down now as he was shivering but slowly started to warm up, he remained unable to speak for the time being. Aeris rubbed the boy's head gently as she walked down the street.
"Don't worry... My friends and I will take care of you." She said trudging through the snow.
His ears twitched a bit and a small smile crept across his face as she rubbed his head. Aeris of course couldn't help but smile seeing the small creature so attached to her. She saw her friend's house off in the distance. But when she got to the door she saw a note left for her. She read it aloud. " 'Dear Aeris, I know I said I'd do something with you today, but something came up. I'll get back to you when I can.' Here I'll just take you back to my place." The small Neera having warmed up a bit barely nodded his head in response, though that was all he managed to do. Aeris made her way back to her house and opened the door. "Sean I'm home! Sean? I guess he's out with them too." She took off her jacket and held the shivering mouseboy in her palm. She walked over to the couch and sat down looking at the snowcovered boy who was still shivering though now only slightly as he started to warm up. He slowly opened his eyes back up and looked up to her and couldn't help but smile "Thank you..."
"Teehee... No problem, I couldn't just leave you out there. But it looks like you need some new clothes bud, you looked drenched." She pointed out that the snow melted and soaked the mouseboy's clothing.
"Heh...yeah I do need a change...dang this is my favorite outfit. Um what do you suggest? I mean not like there's naturally anything my size."
"Well, I think I might have some spare clothing, stay there and I'll be right back." She then left the room and the mouseboy was left on the couch by himself. As he looked around at the house curiously he still continued to smile and spoke out loud to himself.
"Hm...I wonder why she's treating me so well....It's never been like this before..." Aeris soon walked back into the room and held in her palm a black longsleeve shirt with a clover on the front and a pair of bluejeans.
"Here, these are my boyfriend's, I'm sure he wouldn't mind if you used them." The small boy looked curious cocking his head to the side
"Hm?....why are they my size?." He asked now standing up.
"Oh, well you see, he can change his size, sometimes he can be as small as you are or as tall as me." She handed the boy the clothes who took them with a smile.
"Oh alright....I won't question it as I'm sure it's probably a bit personal...um...mind if I have a little privacy to change?" the Neera asked with a blush.
"Oh of course, sorry" Aeris then walked to the other side of the room to go get a few things for the little mouseboy. After he had finished changing into the dry clothes he was given he gathered up his and held them not wanting to get the couch wet. Aeris soon came back with a blanket and three pillows. Setting them down on the couch she looked over to her small friend to see him holding his soaked clothes.
"Oh here I'll get those for you, I'll put them in the dryer later."
"Oh okay thank you very much....um I may have forgotten...did you give me your name?" He asked holding up my wet clothes for her to take.
"Yes...my name is Aeris." She went over and put the boy's clothes in a laundry hamper. She came back and sat down next to the boy and looked down at him. She gave a smile with her eyes half closed and placed a hand behind him. He smiled and leaned back against her hand
"Oh right I remember now....Well I can't thank you enough Aeris you really have probably just saved my life." He looked up to her happily.
"You're welcome, so do you mind if I ask a little something about you?"
"Oh go right ahead I'm happy to talk with new people I would consider good friends."
Aeris laid down on her stomach on the couch with her hands on the sides of her face. She brought her face closer to him.
"Like, how come you're so small?"
"Um...well I'm part mouse as you can tell. So naturally this is how I am." His ears twitched looking up at her again.
"So you were born like this?" She started rub her finger against his ears. "That's so adorable." He blushed as she rubbed his ears making a small noise.
"Nyuuu~....Yes I was. I don't know the details but as far as I know this is how I always was."
"I have a few more questions for you if that's okay? So were you just wandering out there in the cold because you were lost? And where are your parents?" He then looked down.
"Um...I don't know my parents...and I'm just living on my own right now...just been trying to keep myself alive....kinda hard I have to say though...and it isn't too bothersome since I don't know my parents It doesn't really hurt to not see them so I'm doing alright." and looked back up with a reassuring smile. Though Aeris looked at the smile, and thought about how the boy might be hurting on the inside.
"That's so sad... You mean when you go home there's no one there?"
"Oh I don't really have a permanent home. But it's alright I've managed so far haven't I?" The girl looked down at him and felt really sad about him.
"He doesn't even have a home? Poor guy..." She thought to herself. Aeris brought a hand by the boy and began to talk to him again. "Well, I don't want you to go back out there, you could have gotten a really bad cold or worse. Why don't you stay with me for a while? I'm sure my brother wouldn't mind." Aeris smiled at him. His ears perked up as he gave her a happy smile
"Really? I would be grateful if you would but I don't want to be a bother though...You sure it's alright?" The girl picked up the boy and gave him a smile. She proceeded to give him a nice warm hug.
"Absolutely. Besides, it shouldn't be hard to take care of someone was little as you, I do it with my boyfriend when he's as small as you." The small Neera then blushed and smiled snuggling into the hug.
"No problem. If you'd like you can ask me a few questions now." She laid the boy down against her stomach.
"Uh let's see...." I scratched the back of my head "Hmm...to be honest I can't think of any good questions right now...sorry I'm not much of a conversation starter. In fact I usually don't talk to others seeing as how I expected most humans to react....negatively by seeing something like me...so yeah no questions at the moment, but feel free to ask me anything at all."
"Well... I have nothing at all right now..." She looked down at him to see his face be a little red. "Hey, you're not looking to well, are you okay?" He sniffled
"Um well I don't know I mean I was out there in the snow for a pretty long time." but started to cough and covered his mouth with his arm as he started to cough a bit violently, he stopped after a few seconds and shook his head slowly, face still red. Aeris put two fingers to the boy's head.
"Poor kid, you're burning up..." Aeris felt boy's head shake against her stomach. "Here lets go into the kitchen, I'll go make something that should help you with your cold." He sniffled again.
"Thanks....and I'm not a kid. I may look young but that's because...well my guess is that since I'm a Neera...anyways I'm just older than I look right now."
"Hehe, sorry, you must get it a lot though." She put the boy on her shoulder as she walked into the kitchen. She placed him on the counter and started the burned on the stove. She then took out some ingredients to make a soup. "Once I'm finished with this it should help you feel better, its a recipe my parents taught me before they... uhm, never mind." He nodded knowing it was a personal memory she would rather not re-visit and coughed a few more times as he patiently waited. Aeris finished making the soup and got out a small bowl for the boy, she poured some of the soup into it and handed it to him.
"Here, family recipe guaranteed to make you feel better or your money back." She joked with him. Aeris saw that the boy was struggling trying to hold the bowl up, she managed to take it back before it fell on top of him. "Here,I think I can fix this for you." Aeris held the bowl and spoon in her hands and used her powers to shrink it to a size the boy would be able to eat it at. "There you go." He looked at her in astonishment and also looked back at the bowl.
"H-....you...did..?" looking utterly confused.
"Hehe sorry, I guess I should have told you about that. You see like my boyfriend I can change my size and the sizes of other things too." He blinked a few times
"Oh alright...that's really cool...well thanks." and took the bowl happily and sat down as he blew on it and started to eat. She leaned against the counter and watched him eat the soup.
"Ya know you don't ask a lot of questions, you sure you don't want to know a little more about me? I'll answer anything you have to ask. He blew on the bowl as he took another sip and looked up to her again
"Well I'm usually not one to ask questions though I'm kind of the quiet type." he said blushing a bit. "Um but if you want me to I'll try to think of something."
"Okay... Hey I got to go change into some clothes. So if you finish before I get back, just go ahead back into the living room." Aeris left the room to go change in some pajamas. After a minute or two he finished his soup and set the bowl down. He then looked around curiously and walked over to a corner on the counter he saw a penny and chuckled
"Hehe...not like I can even use this though...wonder why this penny is sitting back here."
He sighed and turned around starting to head back but something caught him and he tripped landing on his face. It hurt and he soon found a spider crawling on top of him as his eyes widened in horror he let out a yell in desperation "AHHHH HELP!" he screamed trying to get away from it as it started to try and wrap him up in it's webbing. Aeris entered the kitchen in her pajamas and saw that her new friend was gone.
"Huh... I guess he went back into the living room." Aeris exited the room and went back to the living room to search for him. The spider started to wrap him up now having gone halfway up from his legs. He kept squirming to get away in absolute fear and screamed as loud as he could.
"HELP!!!" Aeris looked around the front room for him but couldn't find him.
"He must still be in the kitchen." She went back into the kitchen and started her search for him. The small boy looked to see her walk back in and screamed as loud as he could again desperate to get her attention
"AERIS!"Aeris looked to her left to hear a somewhat faint scream coming from another counter top. She looked over to see that the tiny boy was being taken captive by a spider. He looked to her fear in his eyes as the spider finished wrapping him up and attempted to drag him away while he was still squirming. He could only think to himself. "Please, please help me...I'm not ready to die.." Before the spider moved one more step, Aeris slammed her hand in front of the spider and looked down at it in cold eyes.
"Listen hear you eight legged bug. If you don't let go of him in the next five seconds, I will have no trouble in ending you..." The spider immediately let go of his prey and scurried away. The spider probably didn't understand her, but the fact of a towering figure frightened it. Aeris picked up the boy and took off the webbing constricting his fragile body. "Are you okay?" He was shaking still a bit scared but sighed in releif
"Y-Yeah....I'm fine...thanks Aeris....seems I owe you twice over now huh? Hehehe."
"Forget about that, you could have gotten hurt..." Aeris began to tear a bit. She brought the boy with her to the front room and sat down. "Are you sure you're all right? No cuts or anything?"
"Yeah I've been through worse I'm fine...please try not to cry alright?" The small boy tried to give her a hug "I'm fine so there's no need to worry about me right now."
"Okay..." She hugged the little mouseboy back and wiped her tears.She looked down at his head and pat his mouse ears. As she did she looked over to a picture of her and her brother, her parents were not in the picture. He smiled as she petted his ears making that small noise again
"Nyuu~" Aeris looked down and smiled at him. She then heard her cell phone rang and took it out.
"Hello? Hey Brian! What's up? Oh sure you can come over I'll leave the door open. Okay I'll see you then." She hung up her phone.
He looked up to her "Oh someone coming over? A friend of yours I assume right?"
"Yep, listen I go to go check some e-mails so wait here for a bit." Aeris left the room and went up the stairs and left the boy in the room. After ten minutes and Aeris still away, Brian opened the house and a cool breeze rolled in.
"Oh God its cold out." Brian removed his jacket and sighed a bit, but when he removed his hat, a pair of cat ears could be seen. The small mouse boy grew frightened folding his ears down when he saw cat ears and jumped down from the couch running under it in hiding.
Brian walked over to the couch and sat down on the couch. He sighed a bit as he stared at the ceiling, he scratched his ears as his tail swayed back and forth on the floor near the mouse boy hiding underneath the couch. "I wonder where she is." The Neera stepped back a bit and accidentally backed into a pin that had gotten lost under the couch which stabbed into his rear, he yelped in a squeak.
"Chee!" Brian's ears perked up as he heard the slight squeak. He leaned over the couch and looked on the ground to see the tiny mouseboy rubbing its backside.
"Uh... are you okay?" He said looking at the boy with a puzzled face. The Neera turned back to face him as his eyes widened again and took another step back this time avoiding the pin.
"D-d-don't try anything N-Neko I'm not your food!" he said, ears folded down and shaking a bit.
"Huh? What are y-" Before he could finished he looked atop the boys head to see the two mouse ears.
"Oh so that's why?" He thought to himself. Brian got up to his full height and reached down picking him up. The boy squeaked again and struggled to get out of his grip
"L-l-let me go!" Brian looked at him a little puzzled and remembered that his cat ears were shown.
"Whoa chill out little guy." He just kept struggling
"I'm not going to become food to a Neko!" Brian saw the little mouse boy trying to break free from his grip.
"Hey, its alright, I'm not going to eat you." The Neera looked up to him and still tried to pull away a little "H-how can I trust that?"
"Listen..." Brian loosened his grip and held him in his palm. "I won't hurt you..." He said rubbing the mouse boy's ears. "I know my appearance might frighten you but I would never harm an innocent soul, especially one as small as you." Mario folded his ears down and relaxed as Brian rubbed his ears.
"Thank you, by the way my name is Brian." He said holding hid finger out for the mouse boy to shake.
"Oh so your Brian? Nice to meet you then call me Mario." He replied shaking his finger with both of his small hands.
"Okay then, sorry if I scared you like that, I didn't mean to frighten you. I know how it is to try and avoid people when being that small..."
"Heh yeah though especially if they are...commonly known as a threat...Example being you're part cat and I'm part mouse....Neko's hunt Neera's. But it's alright."
"Don't worry, I'm not like the other Nekos you may have encountered. Hey have you seen a girl around here?"
"Oh you mean Aeris?"
"Yeah, have you two met?" The small boy nodded
"Yeah actually she took me in....I think I was about to die out there in that snow. So she brought me in saying I could stay here."
"You were all alone in the snow? And I guess she gave you a pair of my clothes too." He said pointing to the boy's clothes.
"Eh its all right, I got plenty of more." He set the boy on the couch beside him on the blanket Aeris left.
"I guess you're very lucky Neera for her to pass by, she's a very kind person."
"Oh yeah wish I could have asked you first but mine were damp and freezing and she insisted, and yeah I am lucky....luck is the only thing that's kept me alive since I don't have a home and no family or friends."
"Well, I'll be your friend, and I'm sure Aeris wouldn't mind if you stayed at her or me and my sister's house."The Neera smiled.
"Thanks man 'preciate it...oh yeah and if you were wonderin' she went to go change her clothes."
"All right... Hey what's that on your shirt?" He said pointing to the webbing the spider left.
"Hm? Oh yuck." he pulled it off and tossed it away. "Yeah um a spider caught me earlier completely wrapped me up in it's webbing and I think then it started to drag me off...not sure what Aeris did to save me since I was wrapped up completely I couldn't see, speak, or anything except move around slightly so yeah it was a spider."
"She probably stopped that spider right in its tracks. I know how frightening it must have been, Four of them surrounded me and I had to fend them off with my fists. The last one would have bit my head clean off if she and another one of my friends didn't get there in time. I owed her big time for that."
"Wow...sounds like a really close call. Actually now I owe her for saving my life twice now...once for saving me from the cold and again for the spider."
"Eh, just pay it forward, She doesn't really want anything back, she's just glad to help you out. Always had a soft spot for the little guy she has." Brian's tail swayed up on the couch around the mouse boy. Mario smirked.
"I'm kinda the same I don't ask for anything in return if I manage to do something for someone....She's been gone for a pretty long time just to get dressed." He looked over to where I saw her last wondering what was taking her so long. Brian smirked
"Ya, know girls... Always take pride in the way they look..." Aeris entered back in the room to see the two boys sitting on the couch.
"Hey Brian, how's my kitty friend" She said scratching his ears.
"Ah... come on stop!" He said starting to laugh. Mario chuckled to himself silently. Aeris turned her attention to the little mouse boy and did the same for him as she did for Brian.
Mario then became completely limp again and laid down smiling happily.
"Nyuuu~" Aeris smiled at the little boy and it reminded her of when Brian was so small.
"So I guess you two have met."
"Yea, the little guy was a bit afraid of me at first." Aeris sat down on the couch and placed the mouse boy on her lap lying his head against her stomach. She pulled up a blanket to keep him warm. He smirked putting his hands over the blanket
"Yeah I mean how could I not? Neko eats Neera...that's how I've always known it to be but I appreciate the fact that you didn't."
"Thank you for being nice to him Brian." The girl kissed his face and started to blush. They both shifted their attention to the Neera who then looked up at them glancing back and forth between them .
"...Um..any particular reason you two are staring?" The two looked back at each other and laughed a bit.
"I don't know, you sort remind me of when I am that small. Aeris always liked to take care of me or just wanted to cuddle with me. Sort of makes me want to be like that again..."
"Oh alright....hey wait a sec ya'll still got that power don't you two? Oh and Aeris already told me about it so I know...so why not go ahead?"
"Okay..." Brian used his power to shrink his size to about the size of Mario. Brian walked up to him. "Hehe, and you were afraid of me when I was so big now huh?"
"Heh yeah I was." he replied putting a hand behind his head "Heh...though I still wouldn't mess with ya I know sure as heck I can't fight."
"Well, someday I guess I could teach you, those spiders would be running from you instead you running from them." Aeris looked at the site of the Neko and the Neera talking to each other and smiled. She picked them both up gently and cupped her hands together with the two sitting there.
"*giggle* Aww, look at you two, now I have two small friends to take care of." Mario blushed a bit and smiled.
"Heh, well don't ya think I've TRIED to fight before? Having been this since I was born....I think....of course I've been in a LOT of danger any time I tried to fight back I never got any closer to victory even over all these years...so I don't seem to be improving any." Aeris seemed a little bored and felt like doing something.
"Hey, you two want to play a game or something?"Mario's ears twitched again as he looked up to her "Um....sure what do you have in mind?"
"Mousetrap? No I'm just kidding. Whatever you want like tag, a board game, or maybe hide 'n go seek."
"Hehe to be honest I actually wouldn't even mind being the prey....in metaphorical terms of course....of a game haha. But really it doesn't matter to me."
"I guess hide n go seek then. I guess me and Brian will hide first, but I think I might have to give you a... little advantage." Aeris placed her hand on the little mouse boy's head and a blue aura emitted from her hand. The boy grew to the size of Aeris. Aeris then used the same power and met her boyfriend on the floor. They both looked up to the boy they used to look down at."I thought that you should be able to have the feeling of being bigger than someone for once." Mario looked around and looked down at them putting his hands and legs together blushing
"U-um...alright but...can I go back to how I was after this?..I-it feels uncomfortable."
"Of course, its just for the game. All right me and Brian will go hide first just give us a minute to hide." The two scurried about the room to find a hiding spot in the room, it seemed Brian's position was more easily visible to Aeris' position. After about a minute Mario stood up "A-Alright guys I'm comin' to look for ya." and began to walk around the house awkwardly still holding my hands together as he looked around under the couch behind the tv and a few other places. He stood back up and sighed, but then a smile spread across his face as he closed his eyes and reduced his breathing to silence. The Neera listened very carefully trying to pick up sound from them using his natural ability to hear even the smallest noise due to his mouse ears. Brian hid behind a backpack that was left on the floor, until he heard footsteps walking towards the bag, he could feel a slight quake each time a footstep was heard. He then fell completely out of position on his stomach. Looking forward he saw the shoe of the once small Neera. Mario opened his eyes smiling as he heard Brian and looked behind the backpack down at him
"Heh found ya."
"Yeah, found me, but you haven't caught me!" Brian made a full out sprint across the room and dashed away from him. Mario looked over to him and started to chase after him but tripped up and fell onto the ground his face hitting first and twitched a bit
"...Owww." Brian ran back towards his head and smiled a bit.
"Come on, you won't be able to catch someone with your face on the ground." He said in a playful attitude. Mario sat up and sighed
"Yeah I'm just clumsy a lot...one of my traits that makes some things hard for me..plus the fact it feels uncomfortable to be this size...but that doesn't stop me from trying THIS!" he replied quickly snatching his friend up.
"Eep!..Oh you sneaky little... *Sighs* I guess I would have tried the same thing." He started to laugh a bit. "I find this situation to be a bit ironic..."
"I would say that it's too bad the cat didn't drag anything in...hehe...I can be sneaky I had to in order to survive this long." Mario set Brian on his left shoulder carefully "Okay so now to find Aeris." He walked around and stopped closing his eyes and listening intently. Aeris hid in the kitchen ontop of the countertop.
"Hehe, this is quite fun actually." Aeris said to herself. "He looks like he's having a lot of fun." Aeris kept a lookout for Mario so he wouldn't be able to catch her. Just then Aeris heard a noise behind here. The spider had returned and this time with a few friends.
"Oh, haha... hey, about earlier..." Aeris started to run away from the spiders but they soon caught up to her. "Ahh! Someone help!" Mario's ears perked up and he put Brian back in his hands and darted for the kitchen
"I'm coming Aeris!" The spider and its other friends ganged up on Aeris and slowly wrapped her up in webbing. She kept asking for help and tried to wriggle free. Her vision started to blur. The spiders dragged her up to the web and placed her in the middle of it. They started to surround her as she looked around at them. The one spider from earlier slowly crawled and glared down at her with his mouth opening wide. Aeris turned her head away shaking rapidly.
"No... n-not like this." Aeris let out a small tear, almost giving up hope.
He dashed over to her and snatched her pulling her away from the webs and flung the spiders in different directions. He then put Brian back on his left shoulder and gently pulled the webbing off of Aeris.
"P-p-please be o-okay." Aeris grabbed her shoulder seeing that one of the spiders cut her there with its sharp legs. She started to cry with her eyes closed she was slightly unconscious from the incident. The spiders went to the end of the counter chasing after the hand that took their dinner away, but Mario looked at her and held her close to his chest gently in one hand while he took his other hand and in a large sweep swatted all the spiders away and sent them flying. He then looked back to Aeris and walked into the living room and sat down on the couch holding her very carefully "It's alright Aeris....it's alright...Hey Brian I don't know anything about treating someone's injuries..I've just always ignored the ones I got..think you could help me with Aeris?"
"Yeah I'll be right back just watch her for a bit." Brian left the room and walked to the bathroom to find some medical supplies. Mario cradled her very carefully
"It'll be okay Aeris...I promise..."Aeris opened her eyes slightly to see the Neera boy cry a bit.
"Mario..." He smiled at her wiping a tear into his shoulder then turning back to her "I promise while I'm still like this I won't let anything happen to you." Aeris coughed a bit and smiled. "Thank you... and I guess you and I are even" She joked.
"I still owe you another time hehe."
"Like I said before, you don't have to owe me anything, this was good enough..." She brought her upper body up and looked him in the eyes while holding her injured shoulder. "Thank you so much..." He looked back into her eyes and kept smiling as his ears twitched a bit "You're welcome..." Brian returned to the room with a med kit.
"Here place her down on the couch..." Mario nodded to him and carefully set her down on the couch. He then got off of the couch and crouched down in front of the couch on the floor but making sure he was out of Brian's way. "Here hold out your arm, now this might sting a bit." He sprayed a bottle of disinfectant.
"I told you, hey Mario hold these supplies."Mario nodded and did so as he watched Brian continue to treat Aeris' injuries. Brian took out a band-aid and placed on his friend's shoulder.
"You feeling better?" Aeris nodded her head and looked at the two boys.
"Don't worry I'm sure the spider's are gone now." Aeris cracked a weak smile and look at the Neera boy and smiled.
"Thank you, both of you, now let's get back to the game now shall we?" Mario smirked
"Sure just avoid the kitchen for now don't want that happening again."
"Okay, Brian why don't you be the seeker this time?"
"All right." Brian used his powers to return to his original size while Aeris used hers to Bring Mario back to his. She walked around him and smiled. The now small again Neera smiled and looked to be a bit more comfortable aside from his usual timid and shy self since he was back at his natural size
"Alright I'll go hide now but keep in mind I'm pretty good..I am part mouse so naturally I can hide well hehe." He took off now looking for a good location. Brian began to count as Aeris went and hid behind a picture of her family. Mario made sure to keep quiet as he climbed the couch with fair ease since he was experienced in climbing things and worked his way in between the couch cushions. He was not worried about getting stuck as he easily got in he could easily get back out and tucked my ears in now unseen by the eye and kept silent smiling to himself. Brian begun his search behind the T.V. and saw that no one was there. He then looked under a coffee table to see if one of them was under there but couldn't find anyone...
"I guess I'll just try the same trick he did." Brian took a deep breathe and used his cat ears to try and determine the location of at least one of them. Hearing him say that Mario slowed his breath down to silence and kept calm reducing his presence.
Brian then went over to the couch and brought his ear to the crevice to hear a slight breathing. He knew one of them was in the crevice. "Hmm... I wonder where they are, could they be over here, nah couldn't be... Ah well, I guess I should just check over here."
He made a noise that sounded like he was leaving, but then crouched down behind the couch. The Neera however did not fall for the trick since he had been in similar situations before and remained where he was. "Hmm not coming out is he?" Brian thought to himself. "Hmm, I guess I might relax and just jump onto the couch." He jumped onto the couch and hoped that would pop Mario out of the crevice, and sure enough the small Neera flew out. Then taking off to the side of the couch jumping down and making a dash for behind the T.V. Brian, using his feline instincts, dashed out on all fours for neera boy, he then jumped out in front of him stopping him in his tracks. Mario ran into his shoe and was knocked back, then shook his head and got up to run in the other direction but tripped again right after he took off landing on his face yet again he twitched a few times.
"Ow...." Brian picked the neera boy in his hand and gently stroked his mouse ears.
"Hehe, sorry little guy if I got a little rough there." He laid down again becoming completely relaxed when Brian stroked his ears
"Nyuuu~...It's fine I've been through worse."
"Okay lets go find Aeris." Brian set the Neera boy on the top of his head as they went to go search for the tiny girl. He went over by the fireplace and heard a slight noise."That must be her."
"Well go ahead and check to see if it is." Brian looked behind the picture to see Aeris looking in the opposite direction. He had the element of the suprise. He tapped her shoulder to get her attention.
"Hey is he gone?"
"Yeah I think so, he might be... be... uh-oh." Aeris turned around to see the two behind her, she took a step back but when she did one of her legs was off the ledge and she tried to balance on the ledge. Mario jumped off from Brian's head and ran over to her grabbing her arm and helping her keep from falling.
"Heh hey c-careful now. Don't want you fallin' and gettin' hurt again." As the Neera boy brought her back to the ledge, the girl started to blush. Aeris accidentally bumped into Mario causing both of them to fall down with Aeris on top of him. The small Neera folded his ears down and blushed very brightly.
"Oh... uhm sorry" Aeris said blushing as well.
"Here lemme help you back up..." The girl brought the Neera boy back to his feet and brushed off his shoulders of some of the dust.
"I-I-It's o-okay." he stuttered still blushing and his ears still down. As the two were distracted, Brian brought his hand over slowly and caught them both in his fist, gently holding them he smiled.
"Hehe, guess I win." Mario looked up to him and smirked
"Yeah guess you do."
Brian brought them out from behind the picture, but part of his hand knocked the picture over and it fell to the ground. Aeris became saddened by this.
"Oh... Aeris I'm sorry..." Brian set the two next to the picture of Aeris' once full family. She looked down at it and just stared at the picture. Mario folded his ears back down also feeling the sadness and thought it over for a second before giving Aeris a friendly hug and felt she just needed to stop thinking about it
"I may not know what has happened in the past...but you have friends...And I won't stop being as good of a friend as I can...you also have Brian...and I'm certain neither of us will leave you." He kept trying to comfort her and looked over to Brian.
"Thanks, sorry its just that, this picture is one of the only things I have to remember my parents by..." Aeris hugged the neera boy back.
"You see... My parents died a few years ago and I really don't want to go into details, but my brother has been taking care of me ever since..."
"I-I'm sorry to hear that...but the past has left...and you're parents love you dearly...they don't want to see you upset so try not to cry...Okay? I may have never known my parents but I know they love you....they still do and they just want you be be happy..." Aeris rubbed her eye and gave a smile to the neera boy.
"Thank you." Brian looked down at the Neera boy.
"Well said kid."
"Okay, I guess its my turn to be the seeker I guess." Brian shrunk back to the size of Mario and stood next to him. Aeris released her hug of the Neera boy and changed back to her original size. She looked down at him and smiled. Aeris closed her eyes and started to count as Mario nodded and took off heading downstairs and up to a pool table hiding in one of the pockets. Brian went into the dining room and hid behind some figurines.
Aeris took to the dining room, Brian was trying to blend in with the figurines trying to look like one of them. Aeris looked at them and Brian kept still.
"uh... Brian I know its you..." Brian kept still. Aeris played a hand on him. "Brian... I'm physically touching you now..." Once she did, he stuck his tongue out and jumped off the table making a dash for the downstairs.
"Hey! Hey get back here!"
"Oh sure I'll get right on that!" Brian jumped up to the railing of the stairs and surfed down it getting downstairs faster than she did. Brian climbed up to the pool table and jumped into the farthest corner. "Whew..." But he didn't know who occupied the same pocket. Mario whispered to his friend a bit startled
"Dude...get your own hole to hide in."
"Fine..." Brian climbed out of the hole and jumped off the table. He made his way overto the treadmill and climbed onto it. He then felt the light be overcasted by a shadow, the shadow belonging to Aeris."Oh, hey there..."Aeris had somewhat a devious smile on her face as she turned on the treadmill increasing the speed. "Whoa whoa hey knock it off!" She started to laugh a bit. Eventually Brian fell down and flew off the end of the treadmill rolling off onto the ground. He became dizzy enough to see birds flying around his head.
"No, I don't want to go to school mommy..." He said in his dizzied state. He then fell down straight on his back.He slowly opened his eyes and looked up to see his girlfriend hovering over him as she picked him up in her fist and laughed a bit.
"Looks like I got you."
"Hehe, looks like you did. I'll give you a hint, he is not in one of the pockets in the pool table." The small mouse boy peeked out a bit agitated at his friend.
"Traitor!" and climbed down running to another T.V Aeris set Brian down on the pool table and he smiled.
"Sorry..." He said in a smug way. Aeris saw the Neera move behind the T.V. and walked slowly over there. She looked behind the television and saw him running behind the T.V. to the other side. She slowly crept over to the other side and waited for him to reach her.
Mario got to the other side and saw her looking down at me him. He quckly turned around and started to run, but tripped yet again landing face first
"Ow.." Aeris crouched down to see him on the ground in a little pain. She poked him gently trying to wake him up.
"Hey, are you okay?" He got up an stretched.
"Yeah I'm fine I'm just a klutz heh always been like that but you still gotta catch me!" I took off running again to the other side. Aeris blinked and smiled as he ran. She gave him about a five second head start before eventually starting to chase after him.
"Hey! Come back here " Mario got out from behind the tv and scurried to get away but tripped up...yet again landing on his face.
"OH come on!" Aeris started to giggle as she saw him trip again. She knelt down and gently picked him up in her palm and took her other hand to gently scratch his ears.
"You're not very coordinated are you." He fell over in her hand completely relaxed again when she scratched his ears
"Nyuu~...Yeah heh again only reason I've lived so far I think it's just luck." She went back over to the pool table and picked up her boyfriend and brought them back upstairs. She both of them on the couch beside her.
"Hey Aeris, I got to go home for dinner, I'll see you later." Brian said reverted back to his original size.
"See ya later" See said giving him a hug."
"Good-bye Mario." He then brought his head closer. "And don't worry about her, you're in good hands." Brian put on his jacket and left the house leaving the two alone.
The small Neera looked up to her with a smile.
"Well so what now?" Aeris put a hand to her face and tried to think of what to do. An idea finally popped into her head and looked down at him and smiled. She gently picked him up and brought him to her face.
"You know, I haven't properly thanked you for saving me from those spiders."
"Oh that? You don't HAVE to thank me ya know? One...I was repaying a dept...and two...you're my good friend now. Um...but I mean I won't say no just because honestly I like to hear thanks and all." She smiled as she looked down at the nervous Neera, she then kissed the side of his face for a few seconds. As she released her kiss, she then looked down at him and smiled. He blushed very brightly and folded his ears down not knowing what to say. She looked down at him blushing.
"Ya know Brian had the same reaction first time I did that." Aeris looked over to the clock to see that it was starting to get late. "Hmm... I think we should get to bed." She placed the Neera boy on her shoulder and walked upstairs into her room. She put the boy on the bed and laid down next to him. Getting under the covers, she picked him back up placing him on her breast. She then took the covers and handed part of it to him.
"Comfy?" The small Neera blushed even brighter
"Y-y-y-y...I-I..." He was unable to speak and just nodded.
"Hehe, you don't have to be embarassed, I do this with Brian all the time." She dimmed the light and placed a hand over him as she started to yawn. "Ah... Good night."
"G-good night A-Aeris." He replied snuggling with her slightly before dozing off.
Aeris fell asleep with a smile on her face as she snuggled with the Neera.
Aeris woke up the next morning and saw the Neera sleeping snug in her shirt. She took him out and placed him onto the bed without waking him up while she draped the blanket over him and tucked it in. Aeris walked down the steps of the stairs and went into the kitchen to make some breakfast. After a few minutes she finished making the breakfast and brought it into the living room. She walked back upstairs to her room and saw Mario still sleeping. She walked to the bedside and poked him gently trying to wake him up. He wiggled a bit and opened his eyes yawning sleepily.
"Mmm...morning." He said my ears twitching happily.
"How did you sleep?"
"I slept really well to be honest I've never been close to warmth like that before so it was nice." He smiled getting up and stretching as his tail swished around. Aeris picked him up and set him on her shoulder.
"Well you don't have to worry about the cold anymore little guy. Now come on, I made us some breakfast." The two walked down the stairs into the kitchen.
"Well right her are some pancakes, syrup, fruit, and this might seem a bit stereotypical but a bit of cheese."
"Hehe don't worry about offending me I love cheese. But I also enjoy other foods...cheese is just.....y'know cheese! Haha." He remarked jokingly. "But really thanks."
"Okay, dig in." She poured some syrup on the pancakes for him.
He climbed down from her shoulder and down her arm as he jumped down onto the table he then looked over to the pancakes and tilted his head to the side "Hmmm....mind cutting me off a few bites? And no you don't have to shrink anything to fit my size I can just snack off of these big portions." She cut a few of them into slices for the Neera then began to eat her own food. The eager Neera leaned in looking at the pieces and his ears twitched as his tail swished around. He inched in more to just smell the scent of the maple syrup, but he then lost balance and fell into a puddle of syrup pulling himself back up "Aw dang it I'm all sticky." Aeris began to laugh a bit.
"Aww... don't fret." She picked him up. "Here lets get you cleaned off." Aeris took a bowl out of the pantry and filled it up with some hot water and added some soap for bubbles.
"Here you bathe off and I'll get you some new clothes." Aeris left the room to go get some clothes. The still sticky mouse boy looked to her as she left
"What? I couldn't hear you I got syrup in my ears I think....what?" She started to laugh as she dropped him in the water and cleaned the syrup out of his ears.
"I said I'll be back with some new clothes silly..." She then left the room.
"Oh alright...hm this is warm."
Aeris returned to the room setting aside some clothes, placing them on the counter. She took a dish rag out of the drawer.
"Make sure you get behind your ears."
"Hm? Oh right heh thanks." He smiled and pulled on the rag and dragged it accidentally on top of himself it soaked up water and got too heavy for the small boy to hold up as he sank to the bottom of the bowl struggling. Aeris picked the boy out of the bowl and placed him on the counter top. She handed him another rag and wrapped him up in it.
"Careful next time." She began to dry off the Neera boy.
"Yhh shry hbht thhht." He replied, voice muffled under the rag. She finished drying off the boy and handed him a new pair of clothes.
"Here these are my brother's I'm sure he won't mind." She handed the boy a white long sleeve shirt and a blue fleece and blue jeans. She turned away to give him some privacy.
"Uh thanks again..plus I needed a bath....like I won't lie I NEEDED one heh." He then changed into the clean clothes she brought him and smiled. "Okay you can look now." Aeris turned around and picked up the boy setting him a top of her head and walked into the front room. She saw her brother Sean there on the couch.
"Hey little sis." He looked on top of her head. "Say who's that." The small boy folded his ears down and laid down on her head feeling timid as usual
"H-hey." Sean plucked him off of her head and held him in his palm.
"So you must be Mario." Mario simply nodded in silence.
"Hey, don't be afraid of me little guy, Aeris already told me all about you. You can stay here as long as you like." He patted the boy's head.
"Oh alright so you're her bro?"
"Yep, by the way my name is Sean." He said hold his pinky finger out. The small Neera smiled and shook his finger with both hands
"M-Mario nice to meet ya." Sean placed the boy back into his sister's hands.
"Hey Aeris I got to go to work early today so I'll see you later."
"See ya bro..." Aeris stood up and placed Mario onto her shoulder as she gave her brother a hug. After he left she sat down onto the couch and turned on the T.V.
"Heh last time I watched t.v. was...let's see when was it again?...ahh can't remember when it was but I was hiding under the bed of one girl's room when she turned it on....so anyways what we watchin? Or you gonna play a game?"
"Oh, I'm just watching right now... So did this girl ever find you?"
"Yeah....and about that....she screamed and her family came up and I had to run like heck out of there. Hence the reason I try not to show myself to anyone."
"Aww... that's so sad... Well you don't have to worry about anyone driving you out of the house now."
"Hey, you wanna go outside?"
"Hmmm well that depends if there are birds squirrels or people with cameras. Or any other living animal."
"Hehe, don't worry I'll protect you. Besides birds fly south for the winter and squirrels are hibernating."
"True....I like the cold...so long as there's a source of warmth though."
"Hmm... hold on, I'll be right back." Aeris left the room to fetch some winter gear. She brought one of her brother's and shrunk it down for the neera boy.
"Here put these on."
"Oh alright." I took the clothes and started to bundle up "Eh....this feels like it won't do for me. I honestly can handle the cold very well I was out there for a few days when ya found me and only then did it become dangerous for me...so I can do without okay?"
"Well, its just in case." She picked up the boy and placed him on her shoulder. The two went outside out onto the snow covered grass. Aeris knelt down in the snow and started to make a snowball. The curious Neera watched her and smirked
"Heh what ya makin' a snowball for?"
I'm building a snowman, ever built one before?"
"Eh wasn't really a snowman it was too small to add anything to it."
"Snowmouse probably... Here you build yours and I'll build mine okay." Aeris began to build her snowman trying to make it out to look like her as much as possible. She eventually finished hers and looked down to see the progression of her friend's.
"It doesn't look right....almost like me....sorta....but not really at all.. I'm not good at this hehe."
"Don't worry about it." She picked the Neera up from the snowy ground and placed him on her shoulder. She then picked up the 'snowmouse' and placed it on the shoulder of the 'snowoman'. "Sort of like a reflection right?"
"Hehe yeah." The small mouse boy started to shiver a bit "Hm the cold is gettin' to me...and no I don't want to wear that thick stuff for warmth I hate wearing layers of clothes." Aeris sort of knew what he was getting at and was more than happy to warm him up. She unzipped her coat a bit and placed him on the inside zipping it back up and smiled a bit.
"Better?" He blushed a bit as he was tucked in
"Good. Well today I was wondering we could head over to a friend's house. If that's okay."
"Hm....well sure I guess...if they could be trusted with handling..well...seeing me...I'm obviously not normal hence the ears and tail and natural small stature."
"I'm sure that won't be a problem." The girl walked down the street and headed towards her friend's house. Once they reached the door another girl opened the door.
"Hi Rina." Aeris walked in and sat down on the couch.
"Hey Rina, I made a new friend the other day and I brought him over today."
"Really? Um where is he?"
"Right here." Aeris pulled out the Neera boy from her coat and held him in her palm to show Rina. The small creature in her hand simply folded his ears down blushing.
Rina looked down at the Neera as she took him in her palm.
"Oh my gosh... he's... he's..." Mario became nervous about her response. "SO cute!"
Rina brought the boy to her chest and hugged him, starting to blush as she held the boy close to her heart.
"Chee!" He squeaked in surprise as she put him against her chest and blushed extremely brightly.
"Uh Rina, it looks like he can't breathe."
"Oh, sorry little guy, I didn't mean to do that so hard." He kept blushing
"I-I could breath....that j-just was unex-...unexpected." Rina blushed and held the little Neera in her hand. She brought her other hand and scratched his ears.
"So where did you come from little guy?" He fell onto my side in her hand relaxed again by the scratching
"Nyuuu~.......Mmm.....feels nice....but I don't know where I came from." She placed the boy on her lap and looked down at him.
"So what's your name?"His ears perked back up and twitched.
"Mario." He replied with a smile as his tail swished around.
"Well nice to meet you. Can you tell my why your so small, did Brian or Aeris do this?"
"Well I would think the ears and tail would give it away that this is my natural size." He said tugging at his ears a bit.
"You mean you were born this way?" He put a finger to his chin and cocked his head to the side
"As far as I know yeah...I think....heck never knew my parents or any others like me."
"Your parents aren't even around..." A tear was brought to Rinass face as she started to nuzzle the Neera.
"Poor baby..." He hugged her back.
"Hey now don't cry for me it doesn't bother me that much I don't even know if I had parents I have no clue where I came from....so it doesn't bother me....come on cheer up." He smiled as he wiped her tear away with his small hand.
"Sorry" She placed the boy in the middle of between Aeris and her and they both looked down at him.
"So how did you meet Aeris?"He looked up to her.
"Well I met her while I was outside in the snow....I think I was actually about to die from it....she came across my and took me in. So I've been stayin' with her for about a day now."
"Good thing she came by, most people would have passed on by... but Aeris is a kind soul, she would never leave someone as small as you out there like that."
"And I still am grateful for it." He replied and hugged Aeris by her side. Aeris brought they boy closer and couldn't help but smile.
"Hey Rina, I have to go use the bathroom, you mind watching him for me?"
"Yeah, no problem." As Aeris left the room she looked at the Neera boy with a smile.
The small boy smiled back then looked up to Rina
"So anyways nice to meet ya." He squeaked again "Chee....you can snuggle me if ya want I don't mind." Rina cuddled the boy near her heart and had a few questions for him.
"So tell me, is it hard being so small?"He blushed again.
"Y-yeah...at times it is...okay a lot of the time....but eh...I've lived this long on my own so I don't mind and plus having met ya'll makes it better.....and nothing could ever be better than this hug."
"Hehe... I'd imagine someone at your size would. You also said you never knew your parents, if you had the chance would you ever want to?"
"I don't know....again not sure if I was even born by two parents....may have been made in a lab...heck if I know." He then snuggled to her affectionately. "Chee."
"I guess you're the affectionate one too huh?" Aeris entered back into the room to see the two.
"Oh Rina..." She said quietly to herself as she enjoyed this sight.
"Well to be honest I've never had company, friends, or family so I really like this." He replied as he kept snuggling, his ears folded down and his tail swishing about happily. Even though Aeris liked this sight, they had to be on their way.
"Hey Rina, I have to go out and do a few things now I'll see you later."
"Yeah, I have a few things to do today as well. Good bye little guy, it was nice to meet you." She patted his head.
"Nice to meet you too, so shall we be on our way then Aeris?" He asked looking over to her. Aeris picked up the Neera and placed him on the inside of her coat. The two exited outside of the house and continued to walk down the sidewalk. The girl strolled down the sidewalk with the Neera happily in her jacket.Her stomach started to growl and she blushed brightly. Having heard her stomach, the small Mouse boy she was carrying looked up to her from her jacket
"Oh you hungry?" She nodded her head.
"Yea, I know a good place we could eat at." Aeris walked into the downtown area of the city and walked to a nearby food place.
"O-okay j-just don't let anyone see m-me please." He stuttered ducking a bit lower in her jacket not wanting to be seen.
"Don't worry little guy, I'm sure no one would hurt you even if they saw you, so don't be scared, I'll protect you."
"I-I still don't want to take chances I-I'll just wait in here." He kept himself hidden in her jacket. Aeris laughed to see the little guy scared a bit, but she understood.
"Okay, don't move around to much it tickles." Aeris went up to the counter to get an order. "Um, can I get a burger, a milkshake, and do you have a bit of cheese? Okay great."
Once Aeris got the food she sat down in the furthest part of the restaurant and unzipped her coat. "You can come out now, slow service today." Mario peeked out looking around
"Y-you're sure? Because I mean last few times a human other than you and your friends saw me they tried to either catch me for their own....evil uses...or tried to catch and make a fortune off of me as a small mouse boy...I don't even want someone to see me and take a picture.....Y-you're sure it's safe?" Aeris cooed softly and took him out.
"Im positive, if anyone tried anything, I'll show them a few things about manners. Here I'll put my scarf around you." He then smiled up to her
"Thanks." Mario pulled off a piece of a french fry and started to eat it still snug wrapped up a bit in her scarf.
"Have you ever had this kind of food before, even though it is delicious its not healthy to eat all the time." She started to eat her own food.
"I'm not completely in the dark to everything you know?" He said looking up to her as if she just called him stupid or something. "As long as I've been alive I had to learn these things eventually."
"It's fine I know ya didn't mean it to sound that way." As Aeris finished her food she looked down at the Neera eating his. He finished half of a fry and picked up the bit of cheese eating it happily.
"I didn't know you liked cheese so much, well I know you're part mouse but I could never find it that good unless it was on a pizza." He chuckled to himself
"Heh funny." He finished it off letting out a sigh. "Ahh~...I'm done eatin' now." She saw the little neera lying happily on the table. She placed a finger over his stomach and made a tickling motion.
"Hehe yeah." he replied pushing her finger away with his small hands. She then smiled and tucked him back inside her jacket as she got up and left. "H-hey um Aeris?...I-I wanted to thank you again...f-for everything." Aeris smiled and looked down at him.
"No problem. Stay down there a bit, I think a blizzard is picking up."
"Oh alright just be careful I don't want you getting sick or hurt either." The storm began to pick up a little, a bit too much for Aeris as she started to shiver a bit.
"I-it's getting a little cold. I think we need to head into a building." The nearest building was a movie theater. Aeris entered into the nearby building and embraced the warmth. "Ah much better..."
"Ah alright glad you feel better. Um where are we though?"
"Hmm..." Aeris looked around.
"Oh I think were in the movie theater, I just went into the nearest building, it was a bit troublesome to see. Well, if were here why don't we go see a movie?"
"Um sure heh don't pay for mine I can hide...hehe free movie. Well kinda you'll still have to pay for yours."
"Oh aren't you lucky." Aeris started to scratch his head a little harder. He folded his ears down and and moved around a bit "Ah hey. Stop with the noogie."
"I'm just kidding." She smiled as she went up to the counter and got a ticket for a movie. She went up to the counter and got some popcorn, candy, and drink.
She walked into the theater and sat down in the chair. She took the neera out of her jacket and placed him down on her lap. He laid back against her stomach and smiled up at her "Hey what movie are we watching?"
"Um, Red Christmas 2..."
"Oh a Christmas movie huh? You know I never got to celebrate Christmas...but from what I've seen hiding in some peoples houses over the years it seems fun."
"Umm... this isn't really a happy go lucky Christmas movie... Its a horror movie about a Christmas gone awry..."
"O-oh....I don't like scary stuff to be honest."
"Oh sorry, I didn't know..." She handed him a few pieces of popcorn. "Don't worry its just a movie."
"Well alright." Mario took a piece of popcorn and nibbled on it as the other pieces laid beside him as he turned his attention back to the screen. The movie began with a family going to the mall. The youngest of the family made the Mall Santa angry for some reason... and that Santa followed the family home and the horror began. The little Neera felt a bit uneasy watching as the Santa followed them home and was wondering what was about to happen first. The Santa began picking off the neighboring houses one by one, killing them, he finally went into the house of the family back at the mall.
Mario had sank down, by now only his head laid back against Aeris' stomach the rest of him lying down and he had his legs pulled up and in his arms as he watched nervously. Aeris looked down to see the neera cowering in fear from the movie.
"There there..." She patted his head a bit. "Remember, its just a movie. Don't be afraid." She looked a little concerned for him. "Maybe I shouldn't have brought him to this movie..." She thought to her self. He tried to settle down as she patted his head and slowly started to relax back to a normal sitting position. Just then the Santa started to shoot up the place, the kid was on his own, as his parents left town and forgot him. He ran into the closet and locked the door. The boy cowered in fear, and everything went silent. All the boy could hear were the footsteps coming closer to the door, each step louder than the last.
"Come out kid, Santa just wants to give you a present..." The small Neera was shaking in fear as he watched anxiety taking him over and continued to view the movie but slightly turned away not wanting to see it. He folded his ears down. Aeris felt the shaking and looked down to see the boy put his mouse ears over his head. Aeris gently picked him up and put him on her shoulder.
"I'm sorry if this is scaring you little guy. I didn't know if you could handle a movie like this."
He held onto her neck in a hug and hid behind her hair.
"O-o-okay l-let me kn-know when it's o-over." He replied stuttering constantly. As the movie came to a close, the boy having survived the attempted assassination by the santa. No one knows why the Santa wanted to kill him (Probably because of another kid having an accident on his lap...) Aeris looked at the Neera hugging her neck.
"Okay its over, are you all right?"
"A-alright." He started to settle down a bit but was obviously going to be shaken for a little while.