Bee's Challenge

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    Bee's Challenge

    Post by Bumblebeeflower on Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:35 pm

    Challenge 1: An egg found in the snow...
    Time had a way of escaping one who was deeply engrossed in their work. A woman with a thick, deep green cloak around her shoulders was hard at work, standing over a blueprint, hands moving quickly with a sharpened chicken’s feather tip dipped in fresh ink as she sketched out her biggest project to date. Her dark brown hair was braided back though it was starting to slip faintly from its binds and there were ink smudges all over the woman’s hands, face, and even a bit on her pointed ears. Her name was Bee and she had a dream. A dream to open up her own Coffee Shop for all to enjoy…but first she actually needed to have the coffee beans to even open up her shop, and the first step towards that was building her own greenhouse. Behind her table were her various blueprints were scattered, various machines from macerators to recyclers chugged away behind her, slowly building up the cache of materials she would need in order to get started.

    Bee was well aware that she hadn’t exactly picked a very good location to make a greenhouse, snow biomes, or just snow in general, meant that only the hardiest of plants could survive the constant cold and snow but she figured, wouldn’t that make the coffee taste even better once she had bred the right plants together? It would surely make for a strong brew!...At least that was what she thought.

    So engrossed she was in her thoughts, the woman rarely noticed time fly until the nightly winds rattled at the doors to her workshop and reminded her to go to bed. Tonight was no different as an ear twitched slightly at the sound of the eternal winter wind blowing. “Time for bed then, I guess.” She sighed quietly, putting away her materials and shutting down the machines for the night. Pulling the hood of her cloak over her head and pulling up the mouth piece as well to shield her from the cold. Twisting the gem of the ring on her finger, she felt herself float up slightly and quickly moving forward, she went out into the cold, working against the wind up to her floating island. She had just landed when a glint, back down below, caught her eye. “What in the name of minecraftia is that?” Bee mumbled to herself, pulling her cloak tighter around herself in a vain attempt to keep out the cold as she went to the opposite side of her island to peer down. She saw a black mass, unidentifiable in the dark, slink away from the area marked out as the grave for her beloved dog that had passed away not very long ago. Scowling, the woman figured it was some monster trying to mess with it and leaped off the side of the island, quickly activating her flying ring in order to make her fall more graceful and less deadly, already pulling out her trusty bow, hand at the ready to notch an arrow from the quiver strapped to her back.

    Landing, she looked around warily, hearing the faint hisses and groans from nearby monsters just above the howling wind. She walked forward until she stood in front of the grave and knelt down, examining it. Nothing looked out of place aside from the headstone looking a little weather worn but…what was that? Just off to the side of the grave there was something oval shaped sticking out of the snow and if she had come any later she would have missed it, the object being buried under the snow. Reaching into her bag, the woman pulled out and lit a torch. She knew it wouldn’t last long in this harsh wind but she wanted to see what it was before she handled something potentially dangerous. From what Bee could tell it looked like…an egg? It had a light gray base with dark gray hash marks as a design, reminding her a bit of fabric. It was larger than a chicken egg and for a moment Bee wondered if it could be one of the legendary ‘spawn eggs’ that only the most powerful of mages could conjure but it looked a bit too big even for that if she remembered correctly from the illustrations she had seen of spawn eggs. It looked big enough to fit comfortably in both palms pressed together.

    Bee shivered as a particularly strong wind blew and put her torch out, reminding her along with her numb hands how cold it was and she began to feel sorry for the egg sitting out here in the snow and cold. Surely, whatever was inside would die if left out here, all alone? Biting her lip, she debated with herself. For all she knew, it could be some kind of horrible monster that would try to eat her the moment it hatched…or it could be a defenseless baby left all alone. Groaning aloud and telling herself mentally that she was going to regret this, Bee bent over and scooped the egg into her arms, wrapping her cloak around herself and the egg as with a twist of the ring on her finger, she was once again sky bound. Moving quickly, she burst inside her warm home and quickly forced the door closed, sighing with relief as the noise of the wind was reduced greatly. Egg still cradled in her arms, she sat down on her bed and took a better look at the egg in the better light. It wasn’t completely smooth to the touch and had an odd bump or two that she could feel when she ran her hands along the surface but other than that, she couldn’t feel any abnormalities. Bee remembered a trick an old friend of hers had shown her in order to check if a chicken egg had a chick inside of it or not. Going over to one of the glowstones that lit her home, she gently placed the egg on top so that the light showed what, if anything, was inside.

    What she saw nearly melted her heart. Through the shell and inside some kind of fluid she could see the outline of some baby creature. Looking long enough she could see a bit of movement inside to confirm it was still alive despite being out there in the cold for notch only knew how long and…the poor thing almost looked like it was shivering. Bee bit her lip, knowing that if she didn’t do something to warm the creature inside up, it surely wouldn’t survive the night. Thinking quickly, she took off her cloak, not needing it because she was inside and wrapped the egg in it while she pulled out her largest bucket (a basin really, she used it to give herself makeshift baths since the spring water outside was as cold as death itself) and using one of her smaller buckets, dumped water into it until it was half way full. She then hauled the half-filled basin on top of her furnaces that was almost always burning to create warmth inside of her home and threw a few new coals inside until the water was not to hot but not too cold.

    Being careful not to spill it, she put it down in her bedroom and went over to the egg. Once she check to make sure whatever was inside hadn’t died while she was away she gently lowered it into the warm water. Using an old piece of cloth, she rubbed at the shell of the egg with the soaked cloth, using the water as a means to warm the egg up without accidentally boiling it, as she might have if she had just put it directly on or even in the furnace. Bee continued this gentle procedure until the egg was warm to the touch and she wasn’t sure if she was imagining this or not, but she felt little nudges coming from inside the egg, as if the heat had managed to perk up whatever was inside. The woman’s smile was tired, but genuine as she picked up the egg from the water, drying it carefully with another cloth and bundling it once more in her cloak while she cleaned up.

    Now was the matter of helping the egg keep its warmth. She couldn’t exactly sleep with it in her arms or wrapped around it, she could possibly squish it or, notch forbid, knock it down onto the hard wooden floors and crack it open before whatever was inside was ready to be born. Bee thought about it for a while until her tired mind came up with an idea. Taking some of the glowstone she had stored in her chests, she arranged a sort of makeshift nest. The glowstone would produce enough heat on their own when grouped together in a large enough bunch while her cloak would serve as another way to help retain the warmth and protect the egg from the sharp edges of the stone helping to warm it. Bee laughed a little when she tugged the hood over the egg as if the egg was wearing it and took that as a sign that it was way past her bed time. Dimming the lights and making sure to stoke the fire once more to keep her home warm overnight, Bee climbed into bed and faced the little glowing nest at the side of her room. In the morning she would have to remember to look over the egg a little more thoroughly and check her books to see if she could identify it. Though she was berating herself for it, she could already feel herself growing attached to the little creature inside. Bee wasn’t entirely sure if this was a good thing or not but as her eyes grew heavier and heavier, she resolved to worry about it in the morning…
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    Re: Bee's Challenge

    Post by Bumblebeeflower on Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:37 pm

    Challenge 2: An unexpected hatching!

    As Bee slept on, she was unaware of what was going on with the egg she had nestled in the makeshift nest. Before, whatever creature was inside the egg had practically been rendered dormant due to the severe cold but had been stirred awake by the gentle touches and the warm water. Now, the high elevation of the island was affecting the unborn creature inside as its form changed and the egg wiggled before a quiet cracking sound could be heard.

    It took majority of the night as the little creature inside chipped away at its egg, often taking long breaks once it became tired. It was only as the sun began to rise of a new day did the shell finally break enough for whatever was inside to tumble out and onto the cold floor below. The creature, having still been tucked into a ball, shivered and whimpered faintly, uncurling and opening its eyes for the first time in its life. The newborn was a light purple covered and appeared to be covered in downy fur. Shaking itself, rather larger ears sprang up and wings unfurled at it’s side, purple feathers a bit out of place due to being curled up for so long. The newborn creature looked around with small white eyes, lip trembling when it seemed to think it was all alone in this large scary place. Then, it’s eyes settled on the sleeping form of Bee and the little creature was already imprinting on her as it fluttered awkwardly towards the bed before managing to pull itself up onto the bed with a few weak flutter’s of its wings and clinging to the sheets with it’s mouth. The creature sort of fluttered and hopped toward the sleeping Bee before it wiggled itself between her warm arms, chirping contently.

    The noise, however, pulled Bee out of her slumber, the sound being foreign to her ears. Sleepy brown eyes opened and she was jolted out of her half-awake state at the sight of purple creature snuggled and chirping happily in her arms. She couldn’t help the scream nor could she help flinging the small thing out of her arms and off the bed. The creature let out a cry of distress and immediately hid under the bed, making crying noises that sounded like…a child or a baby crying? Though she had been jolted awake, Bee’s mind was still very much foggy with sleep. Looking around in confusion, she spotted the empty shell and realization hurtled through her. That thing…must have come from the egg! That meant she had just flung a newborn onto the ground and it was now crying underneath her bed.

    Well crap.

    Flinging her sheets off, she got down on the ground and looked under the bed, noticing the little thing cowering in the far back of her bed wings covering it’s face, feathers and fur covered in the dust bunnies that loved to congregate underneath her be, crying. “Oh no…” She murmured, watching it. How could she ever think for a second that anything this cute could be some evil monster out to eat her? It was just a baby! “Hey now, hey…don’t cry…” She murmured to it. “I didn’t mean to throw you like that, you just startled me…” Bee reached out her hand to the little thing, who quieted a little at hearing her voice, sniffling a little. Slowly, it began to shuffle forward until it was finally close enough for Bee to lean forward just a bit more and gently pet it’s head. It was almost like Bee was instantly forgiven as it’s scared expression changed to a small smile as it purred and nuzzled into her hand. Smiling, she reached her other hand down to get a proper hold on the creature and pull it from under the bed.

    “There now…see? I’m not some scary monster…and neither are you apparently.” She murmured, sitting down on the bed and placing the little creature in her lap, it blinking up at her with it’s white eyes. “Now…the question is, what exactly are you?” At the question, the creature did a bit of a jig on her lap, wings twitching with excitement. “To…to..!” Blinking in shock, she continued to watch it (him? Though the voice was squeaky, it sounded like a little male) “Well, apparently you can understand me and can talk.”
    “To…tobi…tobipup!” He chirped in triumph, finally able to say it in properly.

    “Tobipup? Is that what you are?” Bee asked, watching the pup nod his head vigorously. “Odd sounding but… you are really cute.” The pup, in response, trilled happily and nuzzled into her side, murmuring something.

    “What was that?”

    “Maaaa...mama!”

    “Oh…crap…” It appears that the pup had imprinted on her and now thought that she was his mama. Well…its not like she was going to abandon him, especially not a newly hatched baby like him, that would be cruel. It seemed she was stuck with him. Glancing down at the tobipup that had hopped out of her lap and was trying to hop around her bed, making chirping noises and flapping his wings, it didn’t seem like such a bad thing… it would be nice to have another living thing around again as well, keep back the long lonely hours of working on her projects. Bee smiled but then yawned as she realized it was still very early out and she could still get a few hours of sleep.

    The pup took notice and stopped what he was doing when he saw his new mama moving on the bed and back under the covers. Looking over at him, Bee moved her long brown hair out of the way of her face and patted the space next to her, inviting him to snuggle up against her like he had originally done before she had freaked out. The little one looked a bit frightened to do so, clearly remembering what had happened the first time.
    Rolling her eyes a little, she smiled. “Come on, I’m not going to freak out again, you just scared me. Its cold and you need to stay warm.” Slowly, the pup fluttered his way over before settling between her arms, making a content squeak at the warm her felt, soft fur brushing up against her skin as he drew his wings in against his side, yawning widely and closing his eyes after sufficiently snuggling. “Mama…” Bee smiled and drew the covers up securely against them, quickly falling asleep with her new little charge.

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