"Jasmine, come on! Get up already!"
"Leave me alone, Lily!"a skunk mumbed sleepily. She turned over and stubbornly kept her eyes shut.
A moment later, a sharp pain in her ear made her yelp and sit up."Lily!"she said angrily,
glaring at the raccoon that had darted away to avoid the wrath of her friend. The skunk, who was, of course, Jasmine, muttered,"I'll get you later." Lily just grinned.
"Calm down, Jas!"chirped a voice from the trees. Jasmine looked over to see a possum emerge and come over.
"That's rich, coming from you, Fern,"remarked Lily, walking over. Jasmine flicked Lily on the ear."Ow! By the way, do you know where Amber is?"Amber was the other member of the foursome. The(normally) calm squirrel was probably off in a tree somewhere, scouting out the land for human houses to raid for food. Fern shrugged.
"Dunno, sorry."she answered, and darted off. Lily rolled her eyes.
"I'll go find her, Lily. You go get Fern, all right?"Without waiting for an answer, Jasmine headed away into the trees. After a while, she found the squirrel perched in a tree, as usual."Hey, Am. Find anything?"
"Yeah. Just north of here, there's a bunch of houses. So I see Lils got you up. That's a surprise,"the squirrel said, climbing down from the tree.
"Come on, then, let's go get Lily and Fern and be on our way"
Jasmine smiled to herself as she scanned the yard for humans or pets from behind the hedge.
"Come on! Before someone comes!"she urged.
"Relax, Jasmine,"Lily told her friend. The skunk rolled her eyes and climbed through the hedge, with the others close behind. They ran across the yard and into the house. Lily ran over to the counter, climbing up using the drawerandles. Amber followed, while Fern and Jasmine waited at the bottom. The squirrel and raccoon were about to toss down some mini-packs of food to their friends when they heard a noise behind them and spun around. A raccoon and a squirrel were climbing through, not having noticed them yet. When they spotted them, the two raccoons locked eyes.Amber, Jasmine, and Fern all exchanged exasperated looks, having seen Lily's expression. Amber took charge of the situaton.
"Excuse me if I'm rude, but who exactly are you?"she asked, lightly elbowing Lily to signal for her to climb down. The squirrel did so herself."My name's Amber, and these are my friends, Lily, Jasmine, and Fern."She indicated each of them as she spoke.
"I'm Hammy, and that's RJ!"said the squirrel happily. Jasmine smiled, and the raccoon looked at the small group and managed a small grin. "Hey. I haven't seen you around here before"
"We just got here a few days ago."said Amber. Glancing back at the other tree, she said,
"Come on, let's go. If the humans are up, I don't want to get caught." The foursome left quickly, returning to the spot they had decided to stay in until they moved on. Jasmine shot Lily a look.
"We saw you, y'know,"she said teasingly. The raccoon blushed, and the others grinned.
"Chill, Lily. You know just fine I'm not yelling at you."Just try not to fall too far in love--we don't even know if we can stay here too long yet, she thought but didn't say. Lily didn't reply, and Jasmine leaned against a tree, closing her eyes.
"Good luck, though."