Curiko scampered with liquid grace. She disappeared into the corridors still dark with emergency lighting. Elzebeth fought a sudden wash of sadness watching her leave. that emptiness was a new feeling. She was going to have to find out if that was normal and healthy, or if it showed she was already overly attached.

She turned to the squirming fox in her hand, looking him in the eye. “I’ve never had a girlfriend before. I get the feeling they are a lot of trouble.”

In response, the fox whined.