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Fluffy Springs Saga
Chapter 25

Thursday, October 21

The hills were really big now, taking much longer to climb. Loose rocks and dirt caused her more than once to slide down the side of the hill, almost into the water that ran between the long black rock and where she was walking. But she was determined. This white fluffy was going to Fluffy Springs!

Then she came to a point where there was more water coming from the hill. She looked back to see if she could get around it and beheld for the first time the land below her. She could see the long black rock growing thin into the distance, winding around all the large hills that she'd been climbing for forever. A word entered her mind to match what she was seeing.

Mountain.

Mountain!

These weren't big hills! These were mountains! She was at the place that Fluffy Springs was! Her mother Sprucie told her! Mountains! That's where Fluffy Springs was!

And it should be right here!

She spun around a few times but slowly stopped as the conclusion filtered into her neurons that she was right where she was a moment before the revelation: On loose dirt, at a stream fork, water blocking her way on two sides, the mountain side on another, and the way back leading to the miserable life down in the city behind her.

She sat down on her haunches, swishing her tail in the dry dirt in frustration. She had come too far to be stopped! But that water! Death lay before her in two directions and another slower form of death behind her. There was only one direction that might give her some hope which was up the mountain side.

Climbing up the mountain was a lot more grueling than along the edges of the stream or roads she'd been following for so many forevers. But the days of walking had made her into a lean machine and it merely meant she needed to exert herself more, not that she couldn't do it.

Finally, at the crest of a little overlook, she could see the two liquid ribbons that would certainly drown her down below, plus a little ways up the long black rock as well. What she saw excited her!

It was a bunch of human housies! Maybe... maybe! Was she at Fluffy Springs?! A quick glance around showed no sign of fluffies and her thoughts began to gel on her predicament. The last place she'd seen to crawl under the long black rock was two bright times ago. She glanced at the road.

And spotted two flat formerly fluffy things there.

They weren't expired fluffies, just some of the red-brown fluffy monsters she'd seen before in the trees. If they couldn't get away from the metal monsters, what chance did a little white fluffy?

No, across the road was not the way to go. She had to find some other way. She looked up to the sky ball.

It was being eaten by a mountain!

No, no, wait. Mountains don't eat sky balls. The sky ball was just doing what it did every bright time. It was time for it to sleep. It would be her time to sleep soon too, but where? She could go on a little bit more, if she just knew how to get over the water around her.

She climbed down the little incline on the other side of the outlook and down to the stream that had blocked her travel. It smelled a little like a bad egg, but not much. With the sun going down, she could feel the heat coming off the strange water. She looked across the wide expanse of water in front of her, a full half meter if she'd been inclined to measure it and had an implement to do the measuring. But survey crews rarely employ fluffies, so she was doomed to estimation.

With no choice, she started to follow the water up the mountain side. Here and there, it looked like there was a rock that she could jump to, but the egg water would give her hurties for sure! It started to get dark. A chill was coming. She could feel it.

Then she found it! There was a short tree that had fallen across the water and split itself cleanly in half! She tested it a little with her hoof and the little bridge seemed sturdy. Still. Sudden death awaited her should she fall into the nearly fluffy-knee deep water.

Staring across, the sun continued down, and her heart was racing. Pounding so hard she could hear it echo off the mountain sides.

A deep breath in, then by running as fast as she could, she crossed the bridge.

And wound up on the other side. Dry. Alive.

Alive!

Adrenaline poured from her body! She felt like she was going to pass out. No! She was not going to do that! She ran forward, away from the liquid poison that she'd just so skillfully crossed. It was as if the mountain was showing her where to go. There were no plants in front of where she was going, only dirt. Maybe the plants had moved out of the way for her?

She looked to her left and saw the stream curve towards her! Was it going to get her! She ran faster!

Her heart pounding again, she finally came to a little grassy area. The water still followed her but she had started to calm down and think straight again. She'd been following a river much bigger than this for so long, so why was she scared of this little one?!

She blew a raspberry at it.

STUPID WAWA! NO FOWWOW FWUFFY NO MOWE!

She turned away from it and nibbled a few blades of grass. She filled up, calming the tummie hurties that she suddenly found herself with, and took in her surroundings. She could see some of the human housies with their lights that coming on inside and around them. Maybe she could go ask them where Fluffy Springs was? But it was getting late and very dark, so where should she sleep?

Looking around, she found a copse of rocks that made a little house next to the water. She cautiously looked inside, and saw from the other side through a little gap in the pile that the water was safely on the other side. Looks like tonight's bed had been found!

Stepping inside, she was greeted with a warmth she'd never known. Sure, she'd been hot before, and had felt the heat coming off the walls of the city buildings. But this?

Inside the little rock house was comforting. The chill air outside teased at her, wanted to bite her, but the rock house wanted to keep her safe. She could feel it. She formed a little fluff pile inside with the rocks, happy to be held by her mother.

Her eyes shot open. The rocks weren't her mother! Sprucie was her mother. But... Sprucie hated her. Her little "KEWWY BABBEH".

The tears came.

WHY!? WHY MUMMAH NO WUB BABBEH?! BABBEH AM GOOD FWUFFY! BABBEH NEED WUB, HUGGIES, AN' MIWKIES! WHY MUMMAH NO GIB?! BABBEH AM BAD BABBEH? WHAT KEWWIE BABBEH DO!? WHY MUMMAH!? BABBEH ONWY WAN' WUB AN' HUGGIES! BABBEH GO WAST FOW MIWKIES! BABBEH HAB HEAWT HAPPIES IF GO WAST! JUST WAN' MIWKIES. WAN' HUGGIES! WHY MUMMAH!? WHY SPWUCIE NO WUB WHITE BABBEH?! WOCKS WUB BABBEH MOWE DAN STUPID POOPIE GWEEN MUMMAH! WHY? WHY?! WHY?!

The warmth and love of the heat coming off the rocks didn't answer her.

It couldn't. Geothermal upwellings and infrared radiation don't work that way.

She cried and occasionally wailed until the warmth pushed sleepiness to above her ability to keep her eyes open. She sobbed occasionally in her sleep with the small comfort that she was warm. She slept, dreaming of being held in a fluffy mother's arms that wasn't Sprucie and playing with her innumerable brothers and sisters in green grass with little piles of nummies all around.

But she hadn't gone unnoticed. Nor had she for a long time.

Two hidden creatures had waited quietly, first for the screaming to die away, then for the sobbing to die away, and then for the soft sounds of a fluffy in contented sleep. Quietly, they discussed the situation.

WHY SHOULDN'T WE WAKE THE WITTLE FLUFFY UP, SKY? SHE'S ALMOST TO FLUFFY SPWINGS.

NO, OAK. LET THE LITTLE ONE SLEEP. SHE'S WORN OUT. WHERE SHE IS NOW IS SAFE AND WARM, AND SHE'S EATEN. SHE WILL BE OKAY THERE UNTIL MORNING.

The blue fluffy motioned to the brown one to follow and the two fluffies walked down off the meadow a bit, silently crossing a little path, away from any chance of disturbing the white fluffy.

STILL, I WOULDN'T WANT ANYTHING TO HAPPEN TO HER IN THE NIGHT. OAK, PLEASE GET TWO WINGS AND WHAT LEGS YOU CAN SPARE. PULL IN AN EYE TO WATCH HER AND TO GET WORD TO A WING SHOULD SOMETHING COME UP. HAVE THE LEGS AROUND WHERE SHE IS SLEEPING.

WIGHT, SKY. I'LL SEE TO IT.

WE CAN SAY HELLO TO THE LITTLE FLUFFY IN THE MORNING. He looked back at her.

SHE'S HAD A LONG TRIP.

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SmawtySpewmatozoon: White is such a good girl.
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FosterFluffy: It's like the fluffies of Fluffy Springs went on a social and evolutionary path of their own.
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Fluffy_Angst: And hopefully nothing bad happened and she woke up unperturbed and went to Fluffy Springs and was happy. *cue Monty Python Search for the Holy Grail paesant's going "Yay."*

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guodzilla: @Fluffy_Angst: "And there was much rejoicing."
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Fluffy_Angst: @guodzilla: Yaaaaay. *waves banners*
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Fogfactor: Oh the warm water was a sulfur deposit, like from hot springs
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PencilWingie: @Fogfactor: Yeah. The hot springs I've been to have looked weird, with water coming up from under the water. Tried to convey that without giving away completely that's she's close.
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shaithis1: @Fluffy_Angst: When I first read that I thought it said "waves boners"