Author: Kat Lee
Character/Pairing: Ax, Cassie
Challenge/Prompt: drabble_weekly 94: Hungry
Word Count: 323 (Drabble version is here.)
Date Written: 18 June 2018
Disclaimer: All characters within belong to Applegate, not the author, and are used without permission.
“Don’t you even want to wait until we get home?” Cassie asked as Ax pulled the bag impatiently out of her arms.
“No,” he said, and she could practically see his antler-eyes swaying back and forth in disagreement despite his current human form. “I do not. I have been for hungry for so long -- “
“Ax, this isn’t the cinnamon buns! We haven’t gotten there yet! That’s our next stop.”
“As delightful as the cinn-cinna-cinnamun-mun-mun-cinnamon bun-bunzuh! are, they can wait as well.”
Cassie’s mouth dropped open. “I’ve never known you to say that about cinnamon buns! What’s up?”
She sat down on a bench, indicating that he should do the same. He did and took the first, thick volume out of her bag. He leaned back with a sigh as he placed his hand, which was already turning into a blue hoof, onto the book.
“Ax,” Cassie hissed, “don’t do that here!” Quickly she used her bag to hide his hand-turned-hoof from any passerbys.
He blinked up at her after a moment. “Don’t do what here?”
“Read that way!”
“Oh. I already did.” He smiled and moved forward to the next book. Before she could stop him, he had read all they had just checked out. “May I have some more?” he asked, looking eagerly up at her.
She sighed. “The librarian isn’t going to like this,” she grumbled but took him back nonetheless.
“Back so soon? You found out they were above your level, didn’t you? I tried to tell you -- “
“No. I just finished them all.”
“You couldn’t possibly -- “
“Page Three hundred thirty five.” He quoted the entire page to her as the librarian flipped to it. She gawked at him, but he was already moving away into the stacks of books.
“Your friend is . . . something else.”
“Oh, yeah. He’s a whiz. He loves reading more than almost anything else. Ax, let’s finish up so we can go get those cinnamon buns!”