"I have a heater in my room if you're cold. I know I get cold if I'm out here too long and you're a bit smaller the-" she chocked on her sentence.
Beanie shook her head once more as the domestic mutt offered yet again to visit her house. Beanie had never been into a human den before, and she wasn't sure if she liked the idea of being so dangerously close. Then again, she narrowed her eyes at Verse in ponder as a small realization struck her; Maybe Verse would think that she was a coward!
"Fine, I'll--" Her agreement was cut short as Verse's last words escaped before she quickly stifled. "Humf. Small? For someone who's apparently bigger than me, you sure do act like your brain is no bigger than a bee. Or maybe no bigger than myself ya know, since I'm just sooo small?" Beanie wasn't too mad at Verse, however, just offended. It was true that she was a bit smaller than the housepet, but that still gave her no right to point it out.
"Whatever. Take me to the food or whatever." Standing up and taking a few trudging paces towards the house, Bea waved her stiff tail to signal the housepet to lead the way.
"I'm sorry!" Verse begged for forgiveness as she lead Beanie up to the house. Taylor opened the door for Verse as he was grabbing a book from the living room and taking it to his office.He quickly made his way back to his room calling behind him "You need to eat soon Verse, or your breakfast going to stink up the house and..." he was still talking but he shut the door behind him, and it became hard to make out."This way," Verse lead Beanie into a room filled with her things "My food bowl's over there, there's a little treat machine on the other side, it'll give you a puzzle, and when you complete the puzzle it'll give you a treat."
A sneer had been the stray's response to Verse's apology. It's not like she'd stay mad, but she would definitely be sure to put the housedog in check if she ever were to try and insult her stature again.
She cautiously treads behind Verse, heart thudding as she neared the tall human den. An unsuspecting apprehension washed over Bea as the door flung open to reveal the house, as well as Verse's human. Her paws itched her to flee, but she remained steady, not wanting to be outshined by a housepet. She would suppress her fear.
Beanie entered the home, her posture tense but also as confident as she could possibly be. Verse guided her up to a strange contraption that had scented of food. The energetic pooch had referred to it as some sort of 'puzzle.'
"Let's make this quick, Verse." the tone she spoke with had a bit of an edge "Is there meat in this? What do I do?" Teal eyes darted around the confined space of the home, as if an annoying little brat was about to round a corner, stomping obnoxiously with appendages reached out to pull at Bea's ears.
"Yep, dried meat as raw meat would spoil, but it's pure meat. Taylor actually makes it, splits it between us!"
"Now when you put your nose here..." she went up and activated the puzzle. The lights went off, and she pawed the light that lit until the lights had stopped. Once finished a treat was dispensed and Verse stepped back to let her try it.
"It might be a little hard, but I know Jasper got the hang of it!" Verse hopped that Beanie would enjoy the contraption as much as Jasper had when he visited. He had been just a nervous as she was being.
The little device was weird looking, and was even weirder when Verse had nuzzled the thing and sent the contraption lighting up, soon pawing at it for it to stop and release a treat. When Verse stepped back from the dispenser, Bea sniffed the jerky before finally chewing it. It wasn't bad. Actually, it was much better than kibble!
Beanie didn't hear the last thing Verse said as she herself drew her focus on the machine, pressing her nose as Verse did and lighting up the device. Mimicking what the Domestic did, the brown female lifted her paw over and over on the light that flickered until it stopped entirely. Sure enough, a dried meat treat released.
"Oh wow! This this is actually pretty cool, Verse." She'd been speaking between chews. Once she finished the meat, began to repeat the process on the device.
"You Domestics get everything!" Although she spoke somewhat in awe, there was too much scorn in her tone. Afterall, Beanie's disdain for humans was strong. Even now as she stood in the human den, her fur still pricked and her ears remained perked and alert. It was just the fact that Domestics get to eat so much and are gifted with such unnecessary items. Then again, it wasn't like she would ever want to be cared for, as if she couldn't function or survive on her own.
Verse listened to Beanie as she walked over to a blanket and pillows."Ha! I will admit that compared to other pets I'm spoiled." It was true, Verse's life was extremely easy and relaxed with the only conflict in it being her petty fight with Val for Taylor's love.She stacked the pillows onto the blanket watching Beanie out of the corner of her eye. Beanie had gotten the hang of it very quickly and easily."Doing good!" her voice was muffled as she was in the process of dragging the blanket and pillow over to her."If you're cold here's some stuff to warm you up!" Verse smiled and started to pull the pillows to make a couch like arrangement for the other dog
"I bet." She mumbled under her breath before speaking in a louder tone, turning away from the dispenser when she had enough "You pets just have it so easy. Warm house, accessible, but still kinda gross, food. You Domestics will never know what it's like to live life on the edge and be a truly free dog. I mean like, It sure must be boring to be stuck in just one smelly human den with nothing to do or see. As a stray, everywhere is your home and you can do anything you want! I mean, me coming into your house only comes with the ' i get to go anywhere' package, ya know?" Her tone was condescending, and her head was held high. All her life, Beanie had always thought herself to be superior to dogs owned by humans, thinking them all to be fat, lazy, and just a little too sociable for their own good. Bea relished in the fact that she had so much more to live for than just spending her time flipping around like a rabbit with an itch just for some stupid loud kids.
At Verse's offer of a warm couch, Bea turned her nose away and began fuming.
"I don't need any warming up. I do just fine on the streets without your fluffy pillows or whatever."
"Hmmpf!" Verse went on to drag the pillows away. "Well, I'm never stuck in my house."The smell of something cooking began to drift through the house."I'll just leave you alone in here." Verse's ears perked, and she peaked outside the room. "They're cooking breakfast!"She sped out and skidded into a sitting position by Taylor's feet.As she watched him cook sausage and eggs, her mind began to wander back to the rude dog.Part of her was ready to get her out of the house and subsequently her life, but the other part was taking Beanies rudeness as a challenge.The dog could be impressed, and subsequently mildly kind.Verse thought about asking if she wanted to come and beg, but the dog would probably bite her if she offered.
Out of nowhere, a smell so enticing sent Bea's mouth to a water. Never had her nose been pooled with such a fresh hot and meaty smell. Her senses had been too focused on the smell, however, that she didn't hear most of what Verse stated. Just something about breakfast then ran off into another room.
It was very tempting to follow Verse, but Bea knew she couldn't. There were humans there, she could hear them. At this point, the young stray didn't know what to do alone in the current room she was in, but then she had decided it was best to leave before anyone that wasn't a dog saw her. Before she took any pawsteps in the direction in which the two dogs entered, Beanie got a sudden recollection; There was no doggy door. How else was she suppose to leave?
Reluctantly, the young mutt went over to the kitchen swallowing the globs of drool that secreted in her mouth. She didn't enter the room, but she was around the corner, peering in the house space with her eyes darting for Verse. It didn't take long for her to recognize the wiry dog's black and brown coat.
"Psst. Pssssst, Verse. " Her tone was a quite whisper, but it seemed the housepet was focused in doing tricks for her human and didn't hear Bea.
"Dammit Verse..! Over here..!" This time her tone, though still hushed, was rough and tipping with irritability.
Verse glanced over and saw Beanie calling for her. She quickly padded over as to not get the dog very irritated with her.
She couldn't help but sigh as she walked up. She probably wanted to leave. Part of Verse was happy; Beanie was rather rude, but she had made up her mind to try her best to befriend the dog taking the rudeness as a challenge.
"Yeah?" Verse smiled and cocked her head; maybe Beanie just wanted to get some of the sausage.
Had to make sure. "If you want some of the sausage and eggs I'd be happy to get you some." She drew back slightly so that she was harder to attack if Bea had been offended.
"I understand if you think it's... uh... 'wrong'or. Under you?" She winced cocking her head to the other side.
Bea hesitated at Verse's offer, but determinedly decided against it, despite the ever delicious smells invading all sections in her nose and throat. She was a stray and Verse was a housepet. Already did she waste her time filling her belly with jerky, and now that the notion settled in, Bea found herself growing more and more irritated with herself for even accepting an offer of food. Perhaps she should stop hanging around the neighborhood so much? Dogs like Cardigan and Verse might make her fat and soft one day if she indulged in the hospitality all housepets seemed to show.
Her eyes narrowed at the domestic as she started leaning away, as if Beanie was some overly aggressive dog.
"Oh, come off it, Verse. I haven't bit you yet, have I?" She huffed with an irked flick of her furry tail. "Maybe I'll consider it if you don't show me a way out of her soon." Her brow lifted at the housepet, only a slight twinge of humor creeping in her voice. Verse may be spoiled and a bit annoying to Bea, but she couldn't say she disliked the domestic. Rather, she secretly appreciated the offer of food, although she wasn't too impressed by the little foody doo-hickey.
Verse chuckled "Well you're going to want to go out the window, the door means Taylor will have to help."As Verse lead the way to the bay window in her room, she started plotting how to meet Beanie again. Even if the bitting her threat was probably true she sensed the slight trace of humor."Okay, now you're going to need to give me a second to get the unhook the window." Verse explained as she leaped up onto the bay.She started to fidget with the hook in her mouth. She shivered up against the freezing glass. The cold metallic taste of the hook as also rather unpleasant.Finally, she got it unlocked, and she nosed it up.As she opened it the cold broke through the room and she clenched her eyes shut. "Ahh." she shivered."Just so you know, you always got a warm bed here Beanie. It might hurt your pride, but it's there."
"I don't care." The female grumbled in an upset manner. At this point, she had felt as if she'd long overstayed her welcome in Verse's house, and now that the opportunity to leave had finally risen, Bea's stress had officially begun to release. It did smell nice in the home, but it was still too confined for her liking. Plus, humans were around, and that was never a good sign according to the moody canine.
As Verse began to work the locks on the window, Beanie stood with her paws twitching with impatience. Once the housepet had finished, she instantly made way outside, bumping the energetic house dog aside unintentionally. She hopped right up on the window sill with her rump dangling in the house and her forepaws pulling the rest of her long body outside for a few heartbeats. When she had finally scrambled up the platform, the young stray's ears perked and her anger instantly flared.
"The hell -- don't pity me!" Her growl was sharp, and her eyes blazed intensely at Verse. Wasn't this little dog ever listening to what Bea said? Human dens were not her thing! She'd be damned if she were ever caught sleeping inside one. Hell, even going inside was too much for the mutt!
"You can keep your stupid warm bed because I don't want to be anywhere near it. In fact, never invite me inside again!" It bugged her so much to know that all Verse seemed to see in Bea was a cold shivering dog in need of a home, but that wasn't even true! Beanie knew full well how to take care of herself.
"Ya know, you housepets would invite literally anyone in your house. I bet you'd ask a bear tearing up your garbage to come on in! Strays aren't as helpless as you think -- I'M not helpless. I actually know how to take care of myself, unlike you, so don't offer to try and take care of me when I already know how to, Verse."
A huff escaped the stray, and she shook her head "Ya know, what? Whatever." Beanie was almost certain a housepet like Verse wouldn't retain what she was trying to rant. In fact, no pets would ever know! They were all numb in the head to the real world.
It really hadn't been Bea's intention to depart on such ill terms, but she was so livid to the point where she knew she might end up biting Verse. It wasn't even like she disliked the domestic, but the ignorance irritated Bea to no end.
With an aggressive flick of the tail, the mutt slumped back to the snowy ground and quickly padded out of the neighborhood.
Verse sighed and struggled to lock the window again.She wasn't sure if she was angry or sad."No matter how well a dog can take care of themselves they can't control the weather." She growled knowing Bea was out of earshot.It was aggravating for her. "If she wants to be alone I'll let her."She kept mumbling to herself as she made her way back to Taylor and the cooking food.