(All good, lol. Sorry about that, btw)(I get the hint, sorry, got busy. <giggle-blush> Let's move this plotline along some...)
<the cat nodded in agreement. He too wanted this to just be over, the only real thoughts in his mind was the beautiful date he was having with the hybrid before this all started. He could still almost smell her muzzle as he kissed her tenderly, and so wanted to return to that fun. But first, he had a raptor and a stranger to deal with clearly...>
All right, up the stairs now...Arizona, get ready at the top of the steps...once he's inside the observatory, lead him to the portal behind the barricade to the left. <he starts to glide backwards up the stairs, the raptor snarling but somehow not attacking as he followed, as the hybrid meets up and passes him to secure the doorway> Aurora, once we're inside, disable the safety screen on the portal exhibit please, we want this thing inside and secured.
<the bunny appears on a screen and nods> Instructions received. Standing by...
<the cat yells down to the coywolf> OK, you get it to enter, and then make sure it doesn't leave. We got this...
<the cat tilts his head curiously, but did not reply. What an odd thing to say, and with such bite! Jealousy wasn't a factor, so why go there? He shrugged but couldn't put it out of his head...something was clearly off with this newcomer, entering randomly and somehow with power over the raptor, and apparently a sore spot for the cat? Odd.>
<seeing the raptor cowering, the cat growls and takes a second to confront the coywolf> Ok that's it...look buddy, I don't know if we know each other, but you seem to have some problem with me, and I'd love to know why! Who the hell are you again, and when did you arrive? I'm centuries old and love catnip so there's a chance we've met and I honestly don't remember you, so if I owe you an apology or something, I'll give it gladly, but can we discuss this after we deal with this thing??? We have to...WOAH!!!!!!!!
<as the cat talks distracted, the raptor suddenly spies some discarded carrots and crackers on a side table beside the telescope and makes a beeline for it, knocking the cat completely over and tangling him in a pile of wiring and cables. As he tries to get back up, he yells out desperately> Dullihan, Arizona, STOP HIM!!! GET HIM INTO THE PORTAL QUICK, BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!!! WE NEED TO...YYYEEAAAAUAUUGGH!!!
<the cat abruptly stiffens and screams as suddenly one of the cables energizes, zapping the cat and stunning him. You see his limp body moaning softly, clearly hurt with slightly burnt fur but alive, as the raptor bends over to try and eat the tray of food...the coywolf subtly moving his paw from the motor controls of the telescope before anyone notices what he just did...>
Arizona yelps, flinging another chip at the creature, stopping it dead in its tracks, moments before it chomps down on the fruit. Quickly, she leaps towards it, hoping to get another kick off like she did last time, but the beast grows back to normal size much quicker than anticipated. Instead of hitting the beast with a quick, sharp kick like she did last time, she somehow ends up sprawled on the creature's back, dazed, and slightly disoriented. She regains her senses just in time to see the creature eagerly reaching out with its mouth, primed and ready to take a bit of the delicious fruit.
Thinking quickly she pulls her gun from her side and blasts the tray with a massive fireball that sends everyone in the vicinity, including the massive beast, reeling back from the sudden, fiery explosion.
"Don't you even dare." The coyote growls, pulling herself up to a more comfortable position.
The beast recovers, letting out a massive roar as it charges blindly around the room. Knocking into walls, sending the telescope flying, rearing up in an effort to shake its unwanted guest off its back. The hybrid holds on for dear life, struggling to balance on top of the massive creature as she starts fishing through her bag.
"HEY! DULIHAN!? MAMBI!? I COULD USE A LI'L HE- oh, whatever." She cuts herself off, pulling a set of massive reins from her bag. "Oh please... please let this work..."
After taking a moment to carefully aim, she tosses the massive bit down into range of the creature's mouth. It clamps tightly around the strong metal piece, and she lets out a sigh of relief as she pulls the reigns taught. However, this only seems to anger the massive reptile further, and she struggles to steer it away from many obstacles. She screams as her leg gets rammed between the beast's hide and the wall, adrenaline taking hold as she wrestles the creature towards the open portal, gritting her fangs tight as she fights to keep it steady... growing closer and closer to the alien, purple landscape, jumping free at the last moment, gasping as she lands on her leg the wrong way. The same leg that got rammed up against the wall. There's a loud crack, and then a flash of overwhelming pain that nearly sends her blacking out. But she manages to hold on. Just barely.
"A-Aurora? En...enable th' safety screen on... on th' portal, please." The hybrid lets out a sigh of relief as Aurora complies, turning back to admire her handiwork, watching the strange reptile run off into an alien sunset.
"Thank... goodness... that's over with..." She mutters, grasping for her bag, only to find it's not there. She spots it a few meters away and starts to drag herself towards it.
"Mambi! Dulihan! Could ya at least do me a favor an'-" She cuts off when she sees Dulihan standing up over Mambi.
"D-Dulihan? What are ya-"
She growls, pulling out her Vengeful Phoenix again, still crawling her way to her bag.