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The Color of Indigo
- A FornaX Story.
 
  2002 By Philip .J. Eggerding
Fornax Characters 1999-2002 Matt J. McCullar
 
 

    The honey badger in the advertisement was so pretty. Almost as pretty as those Fornax sisters.
    Mira Leistung frowned at the memory. Band Fornax had hired her husband, D’Mago, as a security guard a year and a half ago. The pay had been fantastic, but the Fornax sisters’ relentless attempts to seduce him had forced him to quit after only three moons. He’d managed to remain faithful to her, but it could have been so different.
    If only I were pretty
    Irritated, Mira looked away from the ads on the make-up counter. This was crazy. Why was she looking at those ads? She was here at the Fur-Mart to pick up essentials, not pine for the impossible like some stupid youngling. ‘Pretty’ was something she’d never be, and she knew it. Looking around, she tried to locate the toddler section amidst the cacophony of store posters and banners. Altera, her little kit, was growing fast and would need a bigger outfit soon. Maybe something was on sale.
    Suddenly, Altera began chittering from her stroller.
    Oh Godesses! Not again. Not now!
    With a huff of barely contained frustration, Mira pushed the second-hand stroller toward the store’s hygiene/refresh room. Experience had shown her that when Altera began fussing, some serious yelling would soon follow. Where had she gotten that voice? The kit’s large size had come from her Patra, but her powerful voice was a total surprise. Banging through the hygiene/refresh door was Altera’s cue to cut loose, and Mira grabbed the squalling kit before plunking down on the courtesy sofa.
    "Oh hush, already!" she said as she fumbled with her blouse. "Matra just fed you this morning! I’ve hardly had time to refill the tanks!"
    She’d just gotten the buttons undone whe the little kit finally wormed her way inside and latched onto what she was looking for. Mira let out a yip. The little one’s sharp teeth were coming in, making life painful for both of them. Mira bit her own lip and tried to resign herself to the pain and inconvenience, but sometimes it was so damned hard. Stabbing a look at the clock, she thought of everything she needed to do today besides calm Altera’s fits. Her husband needed clean work clothes for that new job interview, and she had her own work clothes, plus Altera’s things to do. Oh sure, ‘Bad’ had offered to help, but he had no talent for laundry, and his cooking was even worse. He had a way with Altera though, and was more than willing to watch his ‘little angel’ while Mira did housework, but her own job took up the weekdays, and she needed the weekend for shopping! With their modest income, shopping took so much time.
    Modest income?
    Mira looked at the second-hand stroller and then at her suckling daughter’s faded jumper.
    Modest income?
    Glancing up, she caught her own reflection in one of the hygiene mirrors, and for a moment, she didn’t even recognize herself. Cutting her hair to shoulder length for convenience and putting on some weight had changed her looks, but not this much! All she could see in the mirror was a miserable, homely-looking ratel in shabby, worn-out clothes.
    And the image suddenly shook her to the core.
    That... that can’t be me.
    Looking away, she closed her eyes--her ears flattening against her skull. Gods! Who was she kidding? The mirror said it all. Theirs was not a modest income. She and her husband were poor. Maybe not dirt poor like when they were kids, but their combined income still fell short of basic needs most times. D’Mago’s last construction job had ended almost a month ago, and he hadn’t found anything else yet. Hopefully he’d find something soon, but she couldn’t count on it. Raising her head, Mira looked again at her meager possessions and then at her reflection.
    Was this all there was to life? Living from job to job--not knowing if they would have enough. Was this all she would ever be?
    Suddenly, the thought loomed over her, and she could no longer escape it.
    You will be poor forever.
    She’d always been the tough-as-nails, self-reliant honey badger. Nothing and no one could take her down. Growing up in a broken home and then as an orphan had toughened her, and the hard edges hadn’t softened much with marriage. Yet looking at her reflection, all she could see was her own bleak future stretching away to infinity. Her poverty was so much bigger than she was. Mira let her head drop as if the weight was already too much to bear, and a black tear dripped from her muzzle to dampen the little head at her breast. She felt so helpless.
    "I’m sorry, Allie," she whispered, her voice choked. "I want to do better. I... I really do. It’s just so hard sometimes."
    Another tear dripped from her nose, but this time she wiped it away. This wasn’t her! She never cried! Then Altera stopped suckling and chittered unhappily, which only made Mira feel worse. Laying the kit back in the stroller, she tried singing to her daughter as she always did after nursing her, but what came out was a totally unexpected sob--followed by another--and then another. Goddesses! What was happening to her? She’d never fallen apart like this. Putting her head in her paws, she tried to muffle the crying that wouldn’t stop.
    And that’s when fingers lightly touched her elbow.
    Startled, she looked up, ready to spring her claws at whomever had intruded on her sudden misery, but all she saw was white hair under a checkered scarf, glossy black facial fur, and the most beautiful gray eyes she’d ever seen---eyes filled with genuine concern.
    "Is something the matter? Can I help?" asked the strange honey badger in a low, musical voice.
    Mira tried to gulp back her tears. "No. No, I... I’m fine. I just need time to... I mean..."
    The stranger sat down, took her paw, and began stroking it gently. It was a common greeting between furs, but Mira had rarely allowed this sort of intimacy from another female. She wanted to pull away, but the simple contact felt so... so very kind.
    And all of a sudden, the frustrations and fears she’d bottled up for so long burst out. Clinging to this stranger as if her life depended on it, she buried her muzzle in soft, black, shoulder fur, and bawled like a newborn--too overwhelmed to be embarrassed--too relieved to be afraid. And all the while, the stranger held her, stroking her head and crooning softly.
    When Mira finally quieted down, the stranger held her out and smiled.
    "Looks like you needed to do that," she said.
    "I... I didn’t mean to... I shouldn’t have..." Mira stopped. She’d just noticed something. The mussed fur and dark streaks on her companion’s face showed she’d been crying too. Slowly, Mira reached up and touched the dampness.
    "Why you?" she asked.
    "I’m not sure," replied the ratel, sniffing and looking over at Altera in her stroller. "You seemed in such pain and I wondered why someone with such a darling kit needed to cry." The stranger’s eyes misted up for a moment. "I’ll never have kits," she quietly said before looking back at Mira. "I had a problem a while back that left me barren. It’s hard for me to look at such a beautiful kit and not long to have one of my own. This one’s yours, of course."
    Mira nodded. "You... you really think Altera’s beautiful?"
    The ratel’s black face split into a smile that almost lit up the room. "Oh yes. She’s gorgeous. And her name--Altera is it? Such a pretty name."
    Mira looked fondly at her daughter and savored the pride that came from a stranger’s approval. Then she sighed. "Her looks must come from her father. I’ve never been beautiful." She looked back at the stranger. "Beautiful like you, that is." Suddenly embarrassed at her admission, she looked down and wondered why she was talking to a complete stranger this way.
    "Thank you," replied other ratel. "But what makes you think you’re not beautiful?"
    Mira’s head shot up. "Look at me!" she exclaimed, as if it should be obvious. "I’m scrawny! My face would frighten a moondragon. My fur is like steel wool. My hair is either matted, or it sticks out in all directions. I’m..."
    "In other words," interrupted her companion, "it looks like you just got out of bed and had so many things to do that you didn’t have time to freshen up."
    Mira gave a snort. "It’ll take more than a little freshening up to fix this mess."
    "I’m not so sure. Have you ever tried?"
    Mira started to reply, but then stopped and stared. Now that she thought about it, sitting down to ‘pretty herself up’ was something she’d never even considered, let alone tried. Why bard a mule? Besides, even if she had a notion to do it, she didn’t know how to do it! No one had ever shown her! She had no sors, no Matra, and no real friends, besides D’Mago. Suddenly, it hit her all at once. Great Gods and Goddesses! No one had ever shown her how to be pretty!
    "Helloooo..." The ratel was waving her paw in front of Mira’s stunned face.
    Mira blinked. "I guess... I mean, no, I’ve never tried to pretty myself up."
    "Then it’s about time you did."
    "But..."
    "But nothing!" insisted the ratel. "I think a complete makeover is in order for you. Sometimes you have to take a break from the hard life and do something totally different. That’s what I’m doing today. I love my job and my family, but it was getting to be too much of the same thing, so I decided to sneak away and do some ‘malling’. If my manager finds out he’ll probably have a fit, so I’m in disguise today."
    The ratel tightened the scarf about her head and looked around the refresh room conspiratorially before winking. "Today... you can call me ‘Indigo’. That’s my code name. Who do you want to be?"
    Mira couldn’t believe she was playing make believe with a stranger, but the idea seemed so ‘right’ just now. "I’m not sure..." she said, but then an idea struck her. "Yes. I think I’ll be ‘Lady B’."
    "What’s the ‘B’ stand for?"
    Mira felt her lips curl into a playful leer. "‘B’ is for ‘Bad’."
    "Oooooo," replied Indigo. "Lean and mean!"
    "Of course! I’m a rrrrrrrratel!" Mira shot back, getting into the spirit of the thing.
    Indigo looked her up and down and then nodded. "Yes. You’re lanky enough to pull off the ‘lean and hard look’. Me? I’ve got too much bulk. Not fat, mind you!" she added. "I’m just a bit more buff than you. Now, if you’re willing, you can carry Altera, and I can fill up the stroller with a few things I’ll need to do you up right."
    Mira hesitated. "Um. I... I can’t pay for..."
    Indigo held up a paw. "I’m not asking you to pay for anything. All the things we’ll be getting are stuff I can use myself, but I want you to see that it really doesn’t have to be expensive. If, when we’re finished, you want to keep some of it, I promise it won’t break you. Come on. You look like you need to have some fun!"
    Indigo’s enthusiasm was infectious and Mira found herself scooping Altera from the stroller before she could think of a reason not to do this. Exiting the refresh/hygiene, they were soon strolling the aisles of the beauty department with Indigo grabbing items here and there. Then they were off to the fabric section for a 2’x18’ piece of slivery, no-rip knit cloth, followed by a trip to house wares for colored pins, and finally, to hardware for some nylon rope. In fifteen minutes, Indigo was paying for it all and Mira was indeed surprised at the low cost. However, her curiosity was getting the best of her, and she pointed to the items in the stroller that were obviously not beauty aids.
    "What are these for?"
    "You’ll see," hinted Indigo, as they head back to the hygiene. "As kids we were so poor that me and my sors learned quickly to make really elaborate outfits from the most mundane stuff. It was a blast."
    "Indigo?" Mira was looking over her shoulder. Her naturally suspicious nature had caused her to become aware of something.
    "Hmm?"
    "Have you noticed that there’s a male ratel following us?"
    Indigo nodded. "Yeah. I noticed. He’s a friend from work--probably sent to look after my best interests. He thinks I don’t know he’s here, but we’ll surprise him later. We can test your new look out on him."
    Mira was relieved to know this other fur wasn’t a threat, but she began feeling nervous for another reason. They were going to test out her new look on him? Other than D’Mago, no one had ever paid much attention to her. What would that be like? And what would D’Mago do if she started attracting attention? Mira was still mulling this over when they entered the refresh room, and Indigo quickly emptied the contents of the stroller onto one of the tables so that Mira could put Altera in it. It was good to set the kit down. She got heavy after a while.
    "Before we get started," Mira said, pointing to a stall, "I need to use the ‘necessary’."
    Indigo nodded and began sorting through the items on the table. Mira entered the stall and quickly finished her business. She was just readjusting her clothing when she heard Altera complaining, and a sudden, suspicious thought struck her. Gods! What if this Indigo fur was one of those crazies who was not above stealing a kit because she couldn’t have one of her own? Bursting out of the stall, she saw that Indigo had indeed taken Alter from her stroller.
 
      "What do you think you’re doing with my kit! Give her back, now!"
    Indigo quickly held out Altera, and Mira almost snatched the kit away.
    "I’m sorry," Indigo said, backing away. "She started fussing with you not here. I was just trying to calm her down."
    "If there’s any calming to be done, let her own Matra do it!"
    Mira saw Indigo wince at her harsh words and look down. A prolonged silence followed, and when Indigo finally looked up she spoke in a whisper.
    "Maybe I should go now."
    The look on Indigo’s face deflated Mira’s anger instantly. This wasn’t the look of someone who’d been caught stealing. There was genuine hurt there. Silently, Indigo gathered up all the things she’d bought and turned away.
    "Please..." Mira blurted out. She suddenly didn’t want this meeting to end the way so many others had when it involved females. "Please don’t go. I was scared. Altera is just about the only thing I have and she’s so precious. I thought you might... I mean..." Mira couldn’t complete the thought. How could she think Indigo would do such a thing? Hadn’t this total stranger willingly lent Mira a shoulder to cry on? Slowly, she walked over to where Indigo stood and held out her daughter, who was starting to fuss again--probably because of all the yelling.
    "Would you... would you like to hold her for a while?"
    A tentative smile brightened Indigo’s face, and she nodded. Then slowly, as if this was a very important step in her life, Mira relinquished her kit. She felt her claws beginning to inch their way out as Indigo accepted Altera and turned away to sit down, but when the ratel began crooning to the kit, Mira’s apprehension faded away. Indigo’s voice was so nice--silky and soft, like a newborn’s fur--and Altera was no longer fussing. In fact, she almost seemed to be humming along.
    Mira sat down beside the two of them and just watched for a while before speaking. "I’m sorry I was so nasty before. I’d like to blame my kit-bearing hormones, but that’s not true. I... I’ve just never felt comfortable around other females."
    "Competition?" asked Indigo, as Altera began playing with her hair.
    Mira nodded.
    "Yeah," Indigo continued, "I know a little about that, and there’s some truth to it. I tried moving in on a married male once." The ratel’s voice dropped to a whisper. "Worst mistake I ever made." Just then, Altera latched onto Indigo’s blouse. "Oops. I think this one’s looking for something I can’t give," she said, handing the kit back.
    Mira rolled her eyes and accepted the squirming bundle. "She can’t be hungry again. I think she just likes to bite me. You said you can’t have kits now, but believe me, you’re not missing much. After six moons you’re waddling around with a front porch sticking out to here, and," Mira pointed to her chest, "after the birth, you gotta carry around these refillable bowling balls for another eighteen moons!" She shook her head. "With all the weight shifted forward, I’m surprised I haven’t blow a disk in my back. Adoption has got to be easier."
    "I don’t know," countered Indigo. "I’ve thought about adoption, and though the birth part might be absent, you still gotta feed, change, clothe, cuddle, cosset, and constantly cajole the little critter."
    Mira grunted as she stood up. "Erf! We’re slaves to our offspring and don’t even know it. Well, I think it’s time I put this slave-driver back in her stroller so we slaves can get on with my makeover." Mira grinned. She liked the feeling of actually looking forward to something.
    Indigo grinned back and pointed. "I like it when you smile. You’ve got a pretty smile. We won’t have to do anything about that." Then, sitting Mira in front of the mirror, Indigo gave her another appraising look. "Remember, we’re not going for cloud-soft here. That look wouldn’t do for you. We need to take what you’ve got and say ‘This is beautiful’, so I think ‘Sleek and Sultry’ is the way to go." With that, the transformation began.
    First, there was a quick hair wash, conditioning, combing, and fur brushing that established a clean starting point. Then it was on to the face and muzzle. "Highlights and shadow," commented Indigo as she worked. "That’s what it’s all about. Our facial fur is just a black hole surrounded by white hair if there isn’t anything to distinguish the features." Fur gloss was applied so that the ambient light could bring out the high points and make the face look rounder. Colored fur-dust was applied to accent the eyes, whiskers, and the inside of the ears. White mascara then turned eyelashes from short and subdued into long and luscious, and the white eyebrows and pink nosepad were given a subtle glaze that would make them sparkle. Next came the hair.
    "You can get as fancy as you want with hair, but it’ll cost you, so let’s keep it simple. If yours was longer, I’d consider a single, large tassel braid--something you could do yourself. Some furs think braids are for kits, but a single large one looks powerful. It usually says ‘I mean business’, which is good for the no-nonsense, sultry look. For now, let’s just sweep it back and we’ll do a special ‘pony tail’ thing with it later. No bangs, please! Bangs aren’t you. We’ll also place more accents on the ears with a bit of gold dust, and, if you’ve got any ear dangles at home, use ‘em." Then it was on to body and clothes.
    "Clothes?" asked Mira, looking around the refresh room.
    "Of course," replied Indigo, holding up the silvery cloth. "You’d be surprised what you can do with a strip of cloth and some pins. Now, off with everything except your underthings."
    "Um... I haven’t got any underthings," Mira said, looking embarrassed.
    "Good. Then I won’t have to ask you to take them off, too. I didn’t know how you felt about that sort of thing."
    "It isn’t that," protested Mira. "I... I just can’t afford them."
    "Then it’s a good thing we don’t need them! I always thought the whole idea of underthings a bit silly. How many layers of opaque material does it take to cover something up anyway?"
    When Mira had doffed her worn clothes, Indigo gave her fur a light coating of fur gloss for more accent and then approached her with the cloth. "Now we do the Crolusian Wrap!" she said, holding up the material and motioning Mira to turn around. "Actually, I don’t know what it’s really called or even if it has a name, but we called it the Crolusian Wrap when we were kits because it looked so ancient and exotic. Okay, here we go. Pay attention so you can do this yourself later. Over the left shoulder, down the back and under the tail, up over the right shoulder, back down to the waist and around under the tail, back to the front and loop it through, reverse direction, around the waist over the tail twice, loop again, around under the tail and twice around the thighs, securing it with the other end of the cloth. Pin it here... here... here... and here to keep it in place and we’re done!"
    Mira was surprised at how fast Indigo had applied the wrap, but it covered all the naughty bits and still allowed her free movement. Its silver color also gave it an expensive look, even though it was dirt-cheap. Mira would have liked to see how it looked on her, but Indigo was blocking the mirror and pointing to the table.
    "Now, we need to choose some scents for you. Remember, even though we girls appreciate the variety of perfumes that are out there, we have to consider our males. You can’t make it too complicated for them. Three different fragrances should do. Something light and breezy for the morning, something pleasant and long lasting for the daytime, and finally, a sensual, musky scent for those times when you’re feeling playful."
    Mira looked at the variety of perfumes Indigo had arranged on the table and saw that all of them were in utilitarian bottles with prices to match. "Do you use these?" she asked.
    "I have. Some of my friends buy me the expensive stuff, so I’m obligated to wear it, but to tell the truth, I wouldn’t buy it myself. Somehow, paying for the name on the bottle rather than what’s inside seems stupid. I may be wealthier now than when I was a kit, but that doesn’t mean I have to be stupid with my credits."
    Mira proceeded to try out all the perfumes, and picked three that she liked, actually applying the ‘Silent Thunder’ scent, because she was feeling playful now.
    "Now for the ponytail."
    Mira noticed that Indigo had picked up the thin nylon rope. "I was wondering when you would get to that," she commented, pointing, and Indigo explained.
    "Brand-new nylon rope, especially the smaller diameter stuff, is quite supple and has such a nice silky sheen to it. With a few knots and some teasing of the cut ends, I can make a really attractive brow circlet and ponytail tie. I can use it for other costume accessories, too." Indigo winked. "Don’t tell your husband it’s only rope. He’ll steal it and try to use it for something practical."
    After a few measurements and some quick tying, Indigo had a silvery, braided brow-circlet with a cinched loop on the back. Settling it over Mira’s head, she gathered up her white hair, and with a twist, ran it through the loop. She then cinched it loosely, arranging the tasseled ends of the rope to either side and letting the hair fall in a natural cascade down the back of Mira’s neck. More rope and more braiding completed a shoulder loop and a waist cinch. Finally, Indigo stepped back.
    "I think we’re done. Turn around and look in the mirror. See if you like it."
    Almost afraid to, Mira turned around and was so shocked that all she could do was stare. The face that stared back from the mirror was as unrecognizable as the motley image she’d seen of herself earlier. But this one... oh Goddesses... this one was soooo much better. Somehow, scrawny had become sleek, scary had become sultry, and ugly had been transformed into beautiful. Hers was a look that was sensual but still said she could kick some serious ass if needed. Hard, yet handsome. It was simply striking.
    "Oh." It was all she could say for a while. "Oh Goddesses."
    "And it was all done for," Indigo was counting on her fingers, "less than one week’s worth of groceries for two. However, this stuff will last a lot longer than a week."
    Quickly, Indigo gathered up all the leftover items and put them in a bag. Then she draped the bag over the handle on Altera’s stroller and stooped down to run a finger lightly across the dozing kit’s cheek. "I hope you like my birthday present, Altera."
    "Birthday present?" Mira began, and then it hit her. "But, you... I thought you said I could pay for this. I don’t want to be a freeloader. And it’s not Altera’s birthday."
    "Well, she was born on a day not so long ago," Indigo said, turning to scratch the now yawning kit’s chin, "weren’t you, little one? I think that warrants a present. And what better present could there be than a beautiful Matra? Of course, you knew your Matra was beautiful all along, didn’t you." Altera grabbed Indigo’s finger and bit it.
    "Ouch!" Indigo pulled her finger away. "Maybe a teething ring might have been a better present."
    Mira chuckled, but then quieted. Indigo had stood up and now had her paw on the refresh door. "It’s time to try out your new look."
    Mira couldn’t believe how nervous she suddenly felt, but there was no easy way to back out now. Walking behind Altera’s stroller, she grabbed the handle in a vice-like grip and nodded. Indigo cracked open the door and peaked out. Then she motioned to Mira and they quickly stepped through. The male ratel they’d spied earlier was poking at some jackets in the clothing section, looking bored.
    "Let’s surprise him," Indigo whispered, and they proceeded to sneak up on their quarry.
    "You looking for something!" Indigo shouted when she was right behind him. The ratel jumped nearly two feet in the air and knocked over the display stand. Mira and Indigo burst out laughing.
    "Dammit all! Don’t do that!" he said in a harsh voice as he began picking up the scattered clothing. "If I wasn’t a professional, I could have attacked you without a second thought! You know you’re not supposed to be here. What have you been doing in the refresh anyway? It’s been nearly an hour."
    "I’ve been having some fun, and don’t worry. I’ve been discreet."
    He finished straightening the display stand and eyed Indigo darkly, but then he turned his gaze on Mira, and a totally different look crossed his muzzle. Goddess! No male had ever looked at her that way before! It was thrilling and scary at the same time.
    "So who’s your gorgeous friend?" he asked, leering a bit.
    "This is Lady B and her kit, Altera," Indigo answered. "She’s already taken, so don’t you go getting any ideas."
    "Me? Get ideas? I’m a bought man. No need to worry there." He gave Indigo a squeeze. "But I gotta tell you, we have a ton of work to do this afternoon to get ready for tonight. I was just about to barge into the hygiene to get you. We need to leave now!"
    "Okay. Okay. We’ll go in just a second." Indigo turned back to Mira. "Lady B? It’s been fun, and Altera is a darling, but I really must get back to work."
    Indigo gave her a hug, and Mira fought back an urge to cry because she didn’t want to mess up her newly discovered face. "Will I see you again?" she whispered in Indigo’s ear.
    "I don’t know. I’m just passing through town. My work involves a lot of traveling, so I wouldn’t make a very good friend."
    "But you’re the only girl friend I’ve ever had."
    Indigo released her hug and gazed fondly into Mira’s eyes. "I think maybe you let your appearance stifle your ability to make friends. They’re out there, and they don’t have to be honey badgers either. One of my best friends is a Dalmatian. I know you can find someone closer to home. And who knows? We might see each other again."
    As Indigo turned away, Mira touched her elbow. She had to ask one more question.
    "Who are you? Really?"
    Indigo smiled mysteriously. "I’m someone you had fun with today, but I really must go now." She pulled off her scarf and shook out a great wave of white hair. Then she took something from her purse and, pressed it into Mira’s paw. "Here. Have some more fun tonight." Then Indigo grabbed her male friend’s arm, and they were off at a run.
    Mira sighed and one black tear escaped her bejeweled eye. She and Indigo could have been friends, but life didn’t always go the way you wanted it to. Still, life wasn’t as hard as it was an hour ago. She now knew how to soften the edges. Tough could be tenderized. And Indigo was right. Maybe she could find a girlfriend--now that females were no longer ‘the competition’. Opening her paw to see what Indigo had given her, she found two glossy cards lying in her palm. They appeared to be tickets of some sort.
    "Appearing in concert tonight: The brightest colors of the musical universe. Yellow, Violet, Green, Pink, and Blue--FornaX."
    Mira felt a sudden, jealous anger and looked around for a trashcan but then stopped, her frown quickly melting back into a grin. Since she could be attractive too, going to see a band composed of the world’s most beautiful ratels was no longer a threat. And their music actually was very nice. Besides, even if they had made life miserable for her husband, he’d explained how they’d paid a heavy price. Hadn’t one of them even ended up in the hospital for...?
    Mira’s eyes shot back to the tickets in her paw.
    The things Indigo had said about herself! Her billowing hair when she’d removed her scarf! Her make-believe name! Wasn’t ‘Indigo’ just another name for Blue? Mira looked up at the spot where she’d last seen Indigo
    Blue Fornax has just left the building.
    For a long time, she just stared. Then, she gave herself a shake. Nahhh. It couldn’t be. Indigo had been so nice. Yet... couldn’t furs change? Couldn’t ugly become beautiful?
    Mira heard a whistle from behind her and turned to see a young lion giving her the eye. She couldn’t believe it. She actually started blushing! Rolling her eyes, she pointed to her marriage necklace and the lion gave a ‘too bad’ shrug before smiling and turning away.
    Oh yes, she thought. Ugly could become beautiful.
    And pushing Altera’s stroller proudly, Mira Leistung left the building and went home to give her husband a very pleasant surprise.


 
 

2002 by Philip J. Eggerding
Fornax Characters 1999-2002 Matt J. McCullar
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