Soft yet Fierce

*All elements of Mystere and Kooza belong to Cirque Du Soleil.

Moha-Samedi did not walk about the streets of Vegas often…

The first time he made the mistake of walking along the streets of Vegas in his costume, it had ended with his magenta tuxedo NEARLY torn to shreds, him catching his breath in the ally outside the theater…

So now he walked, blue jeans, sneakers, black jacket and white t-shirt, not noticing the women AND men eyeing him, as he distracted himself with music blasting through the earphones Trickster had given him….

However, as he walked his route home, he WASN'T distracted by a soft, baby "MEW" from the ally way corner of the treasure Island as he took the back route to the theater…

Turning the volume down, he took the earphones off his head, hanging them around his neck as he looked about the dimly lit ally way…no, wait, he WASN'T imagining it...he definitely heard it…there…by the drain pipe…

A small, baby tabby kitten sat, lapping at small drops of water falling from the pipe…Moha blinked a couple of times…awww…it WAS a cute little kitten! And as uptight as the narrator usually was, even HE wasn't immune to cuteness…

"Well, HELLO there!" the emcee murmured as he bent down, carefully as not to scare the already frightened creature away…he scooped the kitten into his hands, holding it's trembling form close…

"Hello, little one!" He cooed…he checked its neck…

"No collar?" He murmured…who would leave a defenseless, adorable little kitten in an ally way?

Hearing voices down the way, Moha decided that was his cue to head back…

Moha entered his room, quickly turning around to close the door behind him…

"Hellllooooo"

Moha practically WHIPPED AROUND as he realized WHO was sitting on his bed, dressed in a red shirt, purple vest and black pants…

"DO. YOU. HAVE. TO. DO THAT?" Moha hissed, sitting himself down in the chair to steady himself…

"What? It's fun when you jump!" Trickster began…but if he WAS going to say something else, he was suddenly caught off guard by Moha's…why was there a lump in Moha's black jacket…AND WHY WAS IT MOVING?

"….Narrator?"

Moha noticed Trickster's sudden attention to his jacket…

"Oh, right…" He blushed as he unzipped the jacket, "I know I know…I must have asked…A HUNDRED random people about the casino and I REALLY should take it to a shelter but I didn't have the heart…"

Bafore Trickster could ask what Moha was talking about, Moha walked over to the bed and lifted the blue-eyed tabby for Trickster to see…

"…Oh!" Trickster gasped in relief as the tabby jumped out of Moha's hands onto the bed…Trickster pet the creature, gold fingers running through orange fur…he didn't think Moha one to bring random animals home, no less with fire bird, the lizards, Stas, the birds of prey and more running around…but this had to be the CUTEST thing he'd done since…well…the first time he'd blushed when Trickster had first taken him, unwillingly, into his arms…

"So…what will we name it?"

Moha blinked, almost dumbfounded at the words, "Are you serious? I can't keep it here-!"

"I can keep it in my world…bring it by for visits…it'll be our secret," Trickster whispered, admiring the cat's flexibility under his hands…

"Um…well, " Moha murmured, "I kind of…already named him…Aelius…Roman's derived the name from Helios…"

"The Greek sun God…I like it…" Trickster murmured, scratching underneath the kitten's chin…suddenly, the kitten grabbed Trickster's finger with his tiny claws…Trickster didn't seem to mind much, he simply chuckled as he pulled his finger away, rubbing it and silently deducing Aelius had not scratched him…

"AELIUS! NO scratching!" Moha warned in a playful voice, scratching Aelius's chin…then Aelius took a swipe at HIS finger!

"OW!" Moha cried out, more in surprise than anger, staring at his lightly bleeding finger as if he'd never seen it coming…Trickster sighed in amusement…he'd never known Moha-Samedi to be so SENSITIVE! …it was actually kind of cute…

Aelius = 1

Moha = 0

Still, right now it was the NARRATOR that had Trickster's attention, NOT Aelius…

And right now, Trickster wanted Moha's attention, so he took Moha's hand away from his grasp…and pressed the lightly bleeding finger to his lips…

Moha felt himself blush DEEP RED…and NOT just from the charm magic Trickster was using to heal his finger…

Then Trickster looked up at him, smiling against the Narrator's hand…

"You know…I've always seen you as a cat person, narrator…so friendly and open one moment…so easily tempered and defensive the next…"

He leaned forward, taking Aelius in his hand as he held him up to Moha's level, "But unlike HIM, YOU don't need a collar…when do you think we should get him one?"

Moha gulped…he knew Trickster was setting him up for a get together outside the theater…and after the "Dinner" scenario…yet for some reason, Moha felt more…THRILLED by the offer than scared…

"Well…perhaps…maybe…tonight, later if we feel up to it…or maybe tomorrow?"

Trickster chuckled, placing Aelius in Moha's hands, still holding Aelius himself, their fingers intertwining through gold fur as Trickster used one hand to hold the cat, the other raising Moha's chin to gaze into his eyes…Trickster smiled as Moha met his gaze…

"So it's a date," and with that, the gap between their lips closed, the cat falling asleep in their still intertwined hands, purring against their chests…

Aelius = 1

Moha/Trickster = 1 + 1 = Win

*Because Moha + Trickster + Kitten = SQUEE! And Yes, the "Dinner" scenario IS Dinner date…I do believe this WOULD take place AFTER Arixa's Calling overseas, with Moha listening to Trickster's earphones Think Arixa's "Goobyes"