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Hi guys! My name is Liv909 but please call me Liv. For some of you, you may have anticipated this story hitting the boards since I've been talking about it. But for others, you may not know who I am or what my writing is like. If that latter description is you, I recommend you sit back, relax, grab some snacks and drinks, and read! Also check out my other stories listed in my profile.


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Stefan's POV

I sat in the barber's chair at Shampoodle's. Today was the day of my regular haircut. I relaxed against the leather seat and stared around the shop as Harriet prepared her tools. The barber shop had been open in town for a long time. It was one of the first businesses to come to Airedale. I remember people were very excited to have a barber's shop coming to town; no longer would they have to travel farther for regular haircuts or grooming. I stared out of the window and could see snowflakes gently drifting towards the ground. My thoughts drifted off like clouds. Harriet sat down alongside of me and began fiddling with the shavers and scissors.

"So what's new with you, Stefan?" she asked. "I hope you're not too frozen during this cold weather." she asked. I shook my head.

"It's okay. I'm used to it." I watched some wind lightly blow down the street and affect the path of the snowfall. I just hoped that too much snow wouldn't fall. It would seriously impair travel and commute. The weather channel said we might get another inch or two tonight but I prayed they were inaccurate. Harriet asked me what cut I wanted. I shrugged. "Eh, I don't feel like straying much from my usual path. I'm good with the same old undercut. Maybe have this top part a little bit more spiked." Harriet nodded and went to work. I felt her shave off the hair that grown towards the nape of my neck. The low buzz filled the room as the shaver worked its way towards my ears.

It almost tickled.

The television that was mounted above my head began to show the news. Harriet turned it up so she could hear the weather forecast. However, we didn't hear the weather right away. Instead the news forecast flicked right to the breaking news part. A white rabbit stood in front of the Airedale town hall, clearly shivering and uncomfortable from the falling snow. Her shrill voice ran through the speakers, filling up the small room of the barber's shop. "We are located in front of the Airedale town hall, waiting for word from anyone in Mayor Stefan's administration! Isabelle has expressed that Mayor Stefan is holding a press conference in approximately one and a half hours. It is rumored that he is planning on running for another term but we are unsure. Nothing definite has been confirmed or denied. We are hoping that this press conference will be him giving us an answer once and for all. When Mayor Stefan comes outside in this snow, we will absolutely show you live coverage. Only here on WKBV 7 news! Back to you, Phil!"

Yep, that's right. I'm the mayor.

I could hear Harriet chuckle in my ear. "Do you really have to taunt the people like this? We all know you're running again." I shrugged and looked up at her with a smirk.

"You never know. I could have found a nice girl and want to get settled down with her. Have a few kids, a nice picket fence, and a beautifully decorated home and yard by the HHA..." Harriet snorted as she laughed.

"Somehow, I doubt that. I'm one of the only people that has known you since you were younger. Y'know, before your politician days. You were a partier and I don't think that's ever left you. You're probably never going to settle down with a guy OR a girl." I nodded in agreement.

"I can't accuse you of slander on that one, Harriet." Harriet squirted some hair gel onto her fingers and ran her paws through my head. The top of my undercut was now very spiky and assertive. What a perfect ensemble for a day like today. In Airedale's society--well any society in Animal Crossing really--it was rare for a human like me to have such a good, strong relationship with an animal. My relationship with Isabelle wasn't even that good. But I've known Harriet for years; she's a family friend. Something with us two...we had chemistry. Nothing of the romance kind, but we just had a compatibility that I knew would last for eternity. Harriet spoke up as she finished spiking my hair and shaving the ends.

"Have you heard the rumors? The Populists are planning to pit a candidate to run against you. I don't know who, but what I do know is that he's got a lot of popular support." I pursed my lips and didn't say anything. Harriet sighed. "We're not Bloomington. We don't have electors; our votes are popularity-based. I'm not trying to upset you. I just want you to be realistic about things." I scoffed.

"I've had candidates run against me before. They think that they're being all cool by challenging the establishment incumbent, but I win in a landslide every time." I rattled. Harriet thinks that just because she's older that me that she has the right to play Moral Coral. By now, Harriet's tools were put away and she was done. She opened her mouth to quip back but I refused to let her win this argument. "Do you think I'm stupid? I've been the mayor of Airedale for years now. I think I know how these politics work. I am not about to lose to some...animal." That last part couldn't help but slip out. When I was around Harriet, I never thought of her as a dog. As some greasy, gross animal. She seemed human to me, but that was the only animal who I thought of like that. Harriet visibly cringed and I regretted allowing my anger to grow so quickly.

She couldn't say anything against me, because I was the mayor. Plus I was a human. Sure, we were close but there were still social levels and hierarchies in our society. Those didn't just disappear. Harriet sighed and pointed to the door. "I think it is time you leave. I have other customers to tend to." I gulped and pulled my black pea coat on nervously. My fingers were shaking but it wasn't because I was cold. I hurried to the door. As I pushed it open and allowed a gust of cold air to temporarily enter the shop, I could hear Harriet's voice lightly see me off. "Have a good day, Stefan."

I'm surprised she let me have my haircut for free like usual after my offhand comment.
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Something tells me Stefan's last comment is gonna come back to haunt him...
I loved the detail you put into this new story's beginning.
And the POV's are back!
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Stefan is a jerk. I'm already voting for the other guy.
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Kathy - It's going to be a focal point around the backdrop of this setting. You'll see more later on! And thank you! =D I've missed doing POV's; it was fun to do Heart of Expectations just in Eden's perspective, but I do love jumping around to different important narrators.

Hailey - You don't even know who the other guy is. Who says he's an angel either?

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Well considering this mayor is - what, classist? Animalist? What even is that? The other guy can't be that much worse. Idc if he's taking all the tax money and spending it on gold statues of himself. Still better. ;D

We will see if I change my mind.
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Specist. You'll find out deeper meanings behind all that soon! =D
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Chapter 1
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Stefan's POV

My black loafers crunched in the snow that had settled along Main Street. I left the awkward scene at the hair salon and spotted my limousine waiting for me on the side of the road. The sleek black car idled, exhaust pouring out of the back windpipe. I ambled over to the limousine and peered into the drivers' seat. A brown anteater sat in the seat, staring blankly across Main Street. I tapped on the window and grunted inaudibly at him.

"Olaf, open up and let me in." I said. The anteater, upon seeing me outside the car, hurriedly scurried out of the car and opened the door for me. I slid in, happy to escape the cold and snow. Olaf shut the door quickly and clambered back in his spot. I cleared my throat, brushing some ice off of my pea coat. "Take me back to the town hall, Olaf." The anteater nodded and began to drive away. I settled into my seat and enjoyed the warmth.

I could only imagine what those news reporters were going through, waiting for me to make an announcement. Olaf glanced in the rearview mirror like he was going to ask me something, but refrained from opening his mouth. Olaf has been my limousine driver ever since I became mayor; however, we didn't develop a very close relationship. I told him what to do and he did it. That was pretty much the relationship between any human and animal. My dealings with the anteater were no different.

As Olaf drove over the train tracks, I could see more and more evidence that there was media presence in Airedale. There were vans and reporters everywhere. People with cameras were standing around, filming other people talking. Clearly, they were speaking about me. When the limousine passed by them, they immediately realized it was me and crowded around the car. Some took pictures and others filmed the car now slowly moving towards the town hall. Olaf rarely honked at reporters but I heard him mumble under his breath that we were running late.

My cell phone rang. I glanced down at the screen to see that Isabelle was ringing in. I answered and her frantic, shrill voice sounded through the speakers. In some odd way, it calmed me. "Mr. Mayor! Where are you right now? Is Olaf driving you back into Airedale? You're running late for your announcement speech. I had told the press that you would be speaking in two minutes, but you're already over fifteen minutes late!" she exclaimed.

"I'm sorry, Isabelle. Things got a little tied up at the hair salon and traffic was difficult getting back into Airedale. I'm within the village limits now, but with all the press, it's hard to make our way through without killing someone. I'm doing the best I can, but I'll be there soon. Don't worry." I abruptly hung up the phone and leaned forward to stare out the windshield. "C'mon Olaf, can't you go any faster? Isabelle is getting antsy. Find like a backroad or something. Run over some flowers. I can always replace them." Olaf didn't acknowledge that last part of my command.

"I'm going as fast as I can, Mr. Mayor. We don't need the press suing and reporting any liabilities due to me running someone over." The anteater said nothing. We had slowly crept through for about five minutes, until there was finally a break in the crowd. Olaf gunned it and the limousine jerked forward. I could see the town hall from here. The Airedale flag fluttered lightly over the building, the wind blowing it gently. Snow was still falling as Isabelle paced around the front stone plaza. When the dog saw the limousine approach, her ears perked up and she rushed over to us. Olaf eased the car to a stop and Isabelle whipped the door open.
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"Mr. Mayor! Finally, you're here!" I pulled my pea coat tighter around me and slowly got out of the car. Loud voices soon drowned out Isabelle's as news reporters swarmed around me, asking multiple questions. Lights flashed as people tried to improve the surrounding lighting and take my picture. Isabelle pushed them back forcefully. "Mayor Stefan will speak in a matter of moments, folks. You all can ask your questions in the special Q&A session, after the initial speech." Isabelle gestured for me to walk up to the podium in the middle of the plaza. I strode forward, staring at the crowd. It consisted of a mixture of people and animals, news reporters and villagers. I couldn't really decipher how they were feeling about me or the whole thing in general. Some people looked neutral. Others looked anxious. A few...just looked downright flustered and angry.

I swallowed down my anxiety and stepped in front of the podium. The surrounding noise immediately quieted down. The only sounds I heard were the rustling of papers and the clicking of cameras. Isabelle walked up alongside of me and stood there loyally. I cleared my throat and leaned into the microphone. The hush that lay over the entire crowd was mesmerizing. If I wasn't the person they were mesmerized over, I would be quite in awe myself.

"Thank you all for coming out tonight. I know it must be a lot to endure the cold and the snow. I appreciate all of those who came to hear my announcement and support me through my decision." I paused for a moment. The suspense these people were dealing with! I could just see it in their eyes. "I've been a part of Airedale politics for a very long time. I think this year will mark my...tenth year as mayor. I'm no stranger to the process and I'm no stranger to the people. I know what the villagers want; I provide it. They appreciate what my administration and I do for them and they vote for me. It's the way it has worked, it's the way it's always worked, and it's the way things continue to work."

"I have seen Airedale make remarkable progress in the last ten years. A whole decade has completely changed the face of a town. And I had a role in creating that change. I have enjoyed my position and I have enjoyed watching Airedale grow. To me, this town is like my child and my constituents are my family. I have watched the people of Airedale and the town overall achieve amazing things. People that I was acquainted with as teenagers and children are now growing into adults. Older adults have stabilized their lives and are very happy and financially successful. Our economy right now is the best that it's been in ten years, since I enacted the Bell Boom Ordinance back last March. Nine months later, Airedale is thriving and, no pun intended, booming."

"I can pass Airedale on to some other prospective candidate, raring to get a jumpstart on his political career. I can pass Airedale on, confident that Airedale is in a stable position and will be in good hands. It could be the best thing that ever happened to Airedale. Someone else can step in, just like I did, and get his hands dirty. He can change Airedale and possibly be continuously elected for the next ten years and progressively advance the town further than I already have. But I just love Airedale too much." The eyes of everyone bulged out, threatening to hop out of their sockets.  "I love this town too much and I love the people too much. I refuse to leave Airedale when the town development is clearly climaxing. I'm an optimist; I solely believe the only way to go from this point is up. And I want to carry Airedale up." I scanned the crowd. Some looked excited and happy for me to officially say the words. Others looked like they were going to vomit.

"I will be running for mayor in the 2016 election. If you support my principles and if you support what I have done for this town, then I am confident that you will not make a mistake on Election Day." Mostly people were cheering. A majority of the people were cheering. Only a handful of animals were genuinely clapping. Most of the animals were hanging in the back with a sour expression on their faces. The reporters were now going crazy. Isabelle signalled for her aides to do something in the back. A girl with pink hair in the back pulled on a string. A banner rolled down. My face took up the entire left of it. On the other side it read "Vote for confidence. Vote for stability. Vote for comfort. Vote Mayor Stefan. #Airedale2016." As the cheers calmed down, Isabelle leaned into the microphone.

"Now, Mayor Stefan will be accepting questions from the media. Please keep your composure as you ask questions and remain quiet as the questions are asked and answered." A light blue frog raised her hand. Isabelle pointed at her. "Yes? The frog in the front. You may ask the first question." The frog nodded, smiling and clearing her throat.
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"Thank you. Mayor Stefan, you had pledged in the 2012 election that you would not raise taxes for the residents. However, when you signed the Bell Boom Ordinance in March 2015, you did exactly that. Taxes spiked for residents, forcing many to move or foreclose on their homes.  How do you justify directly going back on your election promise and asking the people to trust in you again?" Jeez, they're coming out with the bullets. I nodded, my ten years of political swagger clearly helping me in this moment.

"With every policy decision, I have costs and benefits to analyze. With the Bell Boom Ordinance, a clear cost was, exactly as you stated, a tax hike. I didn't want to do it, as I stated back in March when this exact same question was posed to me. However, I am obligated to examine every policy and bill and proposal that the Airedale committee puts before me. That's just the way politics works, and while I could see the costs to the ordinance, I could also see the benefits to the ordinance. I saw what the committeemen and committeewomen who passed the ordinance through saw. I realized that the ordinance would improve the economy, stimulate it, and continue to benefit the people. These overwhelming benefits outweighed the cost of a small tax hike, so I passed the ordinance. I wasn't wrong. The Bell Boom Ordinance has helped the Airedale economy and has allowed us to expand in so many different ways. I wouldn't take back my decision." Isabelle winced at my last sentence, but hey, the people knew they were voting for a confident guy. They bought the cow with the farm.

Isabelle pointed to another reporter who had a question. This time, it was a white eagle. The man cleared his throat. "In May, it was announced that you made a business deal with the corporation Mario Karting Enterprise to build a race track in the village limits of Airedale. Despite the loud vocal protests of villagers who would be living by the race track, the deal was still approved. These people signed petitions. They came to town meetings and spoke their hearts out in front of you and other committee members. Why didn't you listen to their pleas and cancel the deal?" Ugh, the barrage wasn't ending. Isabelleeeeee. I had to approach this carefully because I knew they were going to try to corner me somehow.

"I don't back out on business deals. That affects the town's reputation. I want Airedale to expand commercially and the addition of a brand new race track opens up so many opportunities. It introduces a flurry of new jobs to the economy. It allows other corporations, vendors, and chains to come in Airedale and express interest in having a business here. It's all an economy within an economy, like how ecology works together. Supply and demand determines everything. A car mechanic/performance shop might want to open nearby due to the race track. A burger place might want to come in to rival the concession stands within the race track. A hotel might decide that they want to build near the race track. These are all opportunities for economic advancement and stimulation that I couldn't pass up. It's all in the best interest of Airedale. It's the first step to building a bigger, better, stronger, more stable town that will attract both residents and tourists."

Isabelle pointed to a bull in the back. "We only have time for one more question. The black bull in the back." The bull had a sinister gleam in his eye as he stood up and cleared his throat firmly.

"It has been floating through the news sources that the Populist party is prepping a candidate to run against you for mayor. We don't know who yet, but there are speculations of who. And those speculations are all animals. If this candidate has a successful campaign and wins the election, this would be the first time an animal has held office in Airedale since 1995. With the recent events of your term, including the lowest approval rate that your administration has ever had during your tenure, and the current animal discrimination that is still strong despite being abolished in other towns, are you afraid?" Isabelle pushed my shoulder aside, ready to intercede. I however blocked her access to the microphone, smiling just as evilly.

"I am not afraid. I've had people run against me before and they barely have put a budge on my campaign. They receive some steady approval and a strong radical grassroots support due to their running against the establishment incumbent, but the fact of the matter is that I win in a landslide every single time. I know this town and I know what's best for it. I understand the politics and I understand the inner workings of everything. I stand for stability and improvement. A wild card that flaps around and has no idea what he's talking about or facing is not a good choice for Airedale. Allowing a newbie into Airedale politics, a complete stranger in all sense of the term, is no way to expand Airedale economically. I am confident that this challenger, just like all the other ones, faces no chance against me. So I'll say these parting words: by all means, run. Whoever you are. Try to beat me. Try to find something wrong with me and pick at my flaws, but I will win. I'm not afraid of whatever you have to come to the table with. In fact, bring it on."

I backed away from the podium and walked inside the town hall, signalling that this Q&A was over. As voices clamored to ask more questions or called for me to come back, Isabelle worked frantically to close off the barriers and make everyone leave.
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Chapter 2
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Ambrosia's POV

Mayor Stefan's speech was a success and a disaster. Just like everything else he does.

I fixed my pink hair which was wrapped up in a ponytail and watched Isabelle as she hustled around the office. I had just helped her push the media back and secure ourselves with Mayor Stefan in the town hall. As Isabelle's aide, it was my job to...well...aid her. Normally, humans aren't in inferior positions to animals, but given the fact that I was basically an intern, I answered to the dog. It doesn't matter to me though; these are all just society standards and norms. Which are gross. Isabelle was a nice girl. I enjoyed talking to her. She always had something positive to babble on about. Right now, Isabelle was filing some papers around while Mayor Stefan was on his computer at his desk, scrolling through social media feeds.

I walked over to Isabelle and sidled alongside of her. "Do you need any help with anything, Miss Isabelle?" I asked. The dog shook her head.

"I don't need your help with this paperwork but I do need you to do something else for me." She stated. I waited for Isabelle's orders expectantly. The dog pointed to a piece of paper near her paw. "Run this permit down to the Happy Home Academy; give it to Lyle." Simple curiosity pestered me to ask what the permit allowed, but that would be out of place. It was my job to follow Isabelle's orders, despite the fact that it wasn't typical for a human. I had to show her and other animals the utmost respect (even though other humans would look down on me for stooping to such a position). I nodded vigorously.

"Yes, ma'am." I grabbed the permit and stuffed it in my pockets. Mayor Stefan let out a loud yell of victory and pointed to his computer screen.

"Ladies, I've officially trended on social media! News outlets everywhere are headlining my campaign in articles. Everyone is talking about me running and everyone is commenting on my speech!" he exclaimed. Isabelle walked over to the computer to peer over Mayor Stefan's shoulder. I started to follow her over but the dog waved me away, ordering me to go to the HHA now. I sighed under my breath and trudged out of the town hall. The last thing I heard was Mayor Stefan exclaiming wildly, "Everyone is going to know my name soon enough!"

I wasn't privileged to be driven around in fancy town cars. I pushed my way through the lingering crowd to head towards the train station. Copper and Booker were still pushing some reporters and cameramen backwards, away from the town hall. The stern brown and white dog stared at me as I made my way out. "Ambrosia, where are you going?" he asked.

I took the permit out of my pockets and waved it lightly. "The HHA. Miss Isabelle sent me on a mission." The dog nodded and cleared a path for me, although it was filling up quickly with snow. I crunched through the town, shivering as I proceeded along. I was relieved once I reached the train tracks. It was only a short jog up the cobblestone hill--thank goodness there were stairs for pedestrians! When I entered the medium-sized building on Main Street, I was relieved to feel heat wash over my body. I relaxed once I was inside and stared around. Lottie, Lyle's niece, was sitting on a corner box couch holding a consultation with a customer. She waved at me when she saw me and pointed to a human boy sitting at his desk.

"Hi Ambrosia! Uncle Lyle isn't in right now. You can deal with Austin." I knew Austin quite well. We were childhood friends all through high school. After we graduated, we went our separate ways. He went to community college to get his business degree with a specialty in home design while I went to an out-of-county university for a political science degree. I came back, able to get an internship opportunity with Mayor Stefan. Austin meanwhile jumped right into the workforce with HHA and now was just promoted to district manager. The man with shaggy red hair gestured me over to his desk. I sat down in a chair and smirked.

"I've seen you before with the red suit on but now that you have the gold sign on your desk, you seem different." I noted. Austin chuckled.

"Trust me, Ambrosia. I'm no different. The only thing different with me is my salary." The boy added with a wink. I laughed and handed him the permit. He eagerly took it in his hands and set it off to the side. "Ah, perfect! I've been waiting to receive this. Lyle and I are very excited to expand the HHA building upstairs and next door." I nodded. So THAT was what the permit was for. Austin leaned forward, raising his eyebrows at me curiously. "I wanted to talk to you about something important, Ambrosia." he said seriously.

I smiled. "Are you finally mustering up the courage to propose to me?" Austin scoffed.

"No, not yet. I have a different type of proposal for you." I narrowed my eyebrows. Austin cleared his throat. "I know that you are an independent woman with great initiative. I've known you since we were kids. The moment you punched me in the shoulder during tag, I fell in love with your brusque personality." I laughed. "You're being stifled at town hall. Serving as Isabelle's lackey is humiliating and degrading. You're better than that." Ugh, is this seriously where this conversation was going? Austin grinned. "Having to serve under a dog and call her Miss and ma'am like she's your master has got to be so gut wrenching and disgusting. It sickens me that you put up with that." Austin cleared his throat again.

"Come join the Happy Home Academy, Ambrosia. We would be happy to have you. Heck, you're like family already. I want only the best for you and you're not getting it right now. Join us and we'll treat you the way you deserve to be treated." I looked down and pursed my lips. This isn't the first time that Austin has asked me this question. I appreciated the offer and I understood why he was poaching me, but I didn't want to leave my position. I enjoy politics and I enjoyed what I did. And honestly, I knew deep down in my heart how lucky I was to receive this opportunity in the first place. It's not every day that people just become Isabelle's intern/assistant. I stood up and pushed the chair back where it was.

"I'm going to reply the way I always reply when you ask me such a stupid question, Austin. No way in a freezing tundra during the Hunger Games." Austin scoffed and stood up. He opened his mouth to say something but I cut him off. "You are the most specist snob I've ever met in my life. Times have changed. We're living in 2015. You need to get with it." Austin rolled his eyes.

"It could be 3015 for all I care. Animals have always been disgusting, filthy, vile creatures. Some of them are fine, but for the most part, they aren't nearly as intelligent or civilized as we are. You can dress them up in clothes, you can slather makeup on them...you can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig." We heard a gasp in the corner. Lottie was standing there with her client looking at Austin with an aghast expression. I bit my lip and threw the nearest thing I could at Austin's head.

A thick HHA catalog bounced off his head and landed on the desk with a loud thump. Austin winced in pain, holding his head. I walked forward and kicked him in the shins. "You're despicable. Animals are people. Just. Like. Us." Austin grinned at me through his pain.
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"Let me guess. You're an animast. You believe that animals deserve equal rights. You don't care about humans. You think that humans should just roll over and let filthy greasy animals claim all the glory and the dominance, right? What about humanism? We need some more of that in our world. We ARE the minority." I didn't feel like winning anymore. His vile tone and talk was making me sick. I groaned and shook my head.

"You're hopeless. How can you expect to work in an office as district manager over animals? How do you expect them to respect you? You're a terrible, rude man that doesn't deserve a single thing given to him." I snapped back. I walked backwards and stared at Lottie and her client. She was slowly getting up with him and moving towards an office in the back. I felt so bad for them but I didn't honestly know what to say. What could a human say to them about discrimination from humans that would make them feel more comfortable?

Austin shook his head. "You're such a traitor to humankind. If you were a true human, you wouldn't have to ask me that question. You should realize that it's my privilege, not my attitude, that wins respect and fear. I don't expect them to respect me. I KNOW they'll respect me." An awkward silence hung in between us for a few moments. Austin licked his lips and pointed to the door. "That was the last time I'll ever ask you to join HHA. Clearly, an animast like you has no place in our company anyways. You can leave now...and scurry back to your master."

I didn't even have the energy to throw anything else at his specist, pompous face. I huffed loudly and stormed out of the office.
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Whoa that turned dark quickly

I guess they're all specist buttheads in this town. So basically I have to learn to like the lesser evil. But dude what's with all these humans talking smack about animals right in front of them? There's no way that would be the first time it happened so why would animals work under them in the first place?

I guess it could go one of two ways: the animals plot a very civil but powerful revolution and eventually get the respect they deserve

Or

The animals can act like the animals they are and kill most of the humans. Gorillas can rip them limb from limb, dogs can bite throats out, elephants can tample them to death. But I guess the animals wouldn't look too good after that, huh? They'd be reinforcing the fact that they are ANIMALS which ain't good.

Curious to see where this will lead


Edit: OR the super cheesy resolution which is prob obivously. "Omg we have been wrong this entire time you animals are just like us we all love you xoxoxooo"
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Humans are insensitive butt faces. What can I say? It's going to be a lot of the real world plunged into an Animal Crossing story.

You'll seeeeeeeeee. =D But OMG gurl what makes you think I would do the super cheesy resolution?
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Prediction: There is a conspiracy of some sort.

I am greatly enjoying this already and look forward to reading more of it.
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LOL Kathy. Ambrosia doesn't have enough experience to do that. But she'll be heavily involved in other ways. =D

Ethan - Great prediction. But thanks for reading/stopping by! =D
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Just realized I made it sound like I thought you were going with the cheesy route cuz my autocorrect made it say "obviously" plus cruddy wording. I actually just meant that would be the cheesiest ending so you wouldnt go with that so that crosses that option out


I can't with words today I am tired
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LOL it's fine. Next chapter should come out as we get closer to the weekend. I'm up to Chapter 11 by now and am still writing but I don't want to space them too close together. =)
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Chapter 3
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Ambrosia's POV

As much as I don't want to make excuses for Austin, I understand why he is the way he is. Austin grew up in an ultra-conservative human family. His parents and grandparents had grown up in an age where animals were subservient and had no privileges or equal rights in society. The Vanders were an elite, old town family that rarely changed as the times changed around them. As Austin and I grew up, animals were active in pursuing a civil rights movement. They petitioned for the right to vote. They petitioned for the end of "separate but equal" facilities. They petitioned for the desegregation of public schools.

When Austin and I turned 12 years old, the final political battle was over. Open animal discrimination by people, businesses, workplaces, governments etc. was beginning to be outlawed in Animal Crossing. I remembered the day fondly because it was celebrated by all of my neighbors. Austin and I didn't understand what was going on but we tried to grasp the meaning of it in our own ways.

"Neighbors were lighting up small fireworks and radios blared KK music. Animals were celebrating what seemed to be the beginning of the end. Animal Crossing towns across the continent were beginning to end open animal discrimination. Already human mayors were embracing change and progress. They were willing to accept animals as equals and move forward in history. News stations couldn't stop talking about the recent bill. Both civil rights activists and conservative political pundits couldn't keep their mouths shut on national television.

I sat on my back porch, staring into a neighbor's backyard. They had a bunch of people over and were loudly conversing. They were celebrating. The host family had invited my parents over for dinner. They were going to have a nice barbecue with fresh vegetables and fruits and marvelous desserts. They were a nice family--there was a young girl my age that lived there. I think her name was Daisy. I had been playing with her for a little bit, but while we were playing, I had accidentally let a word slip out that I had heard at Austin's house: slurry.

Slurry doesn't sound like a terrible word, but it was a specist slur for an animal. I wasn't sure where it originated from or what it even referred to. It had slipped out and Daisy had screamed. Things got chaotic. Daisy was crying. Her parents were hanging over her, consoling her. My parents turned and looked at me. And it wasn't anger I saw on their faces. It was disappointment. My father grabbed my ear and walked me across the yard to our back porch. He sat me down on the back porch and brusquely told me I was to sit here for the rest of the night under timeout. I was to sit there until they returned at the end of the party.

Now that the flashback within the flashback is over, so I was on the back porch.  

For most children, the psychological effects of the timeout would be working. I would yearn to rejoin the party and cry out to my parents for hours until they let me return. As for me though, that wasn't my style. I stayed on the porch, brooding for about forty-five minutes. I heard a rustle behind me. A lanky kid with red hair and freckles stumbled out of the bushes and stood awkwardly next to me. I smiled and started talking to him.

"What are you doing out on the porch? Want to go back to my house and play some video games?" I shook my head.

"I'm on a timeout. I'm not sure if I can."

"Oh." There was an awkward silence before Austin spoke up again. "Why are you on timeout?"

"I called the neighbor a slurry by accident." Austin shrugged indifferently.

"My parents and grandparents call animals slurries all the time. They allow me to say it but we don't really say it in public. That's a joke that your parents have you on timeout for it." I scoffed.

"I know but you know...PARENTS." Austin 'mmed' and we stood there for a moment. My father had spotted us alone and stormed over. He yelled out at Austin to get away from me and leave me alone. Austin staggered backwards a little and held his hands out in a surrendering gesture. He didn't leave though; I stood up and tried to hold my dad back. "Dad, please! Austin's just talking to me!" My dad didn't shove me viciously but he definitely pushed me out of the way.

"I don't care. That boy is a bad influence on you and I will not have him poisoning your mind." My dad grabbed Austin by the shoulders and yanked him towards the edge of our front yard. "You stay away from my daughter." The party vibe ended rather quickly. My parents came home from the neighbor's and ushered me into the house. My mom told me to sit at the table so they could talk to me. I clambered into a chair. My dad grabbed a chair and sat down in front of me.

That evening, my family explained to me about the concept of animal discrimination."
That conversation changed my perspective of my life: past, present, and future. I realized that the Vanders were specist and that due to the strong specist sentiments in their family, the beliefs had imprinted onto Austin. My dad told me that Austin's family was close-minded and weren't raising Austin to establish his own opinion. My parents said that they were open-minded with animals--more than happy to treat them as equals--and encouraged me to do the same. However, they also encouraged me to seek my own opinion. Needless to say, my parents' style worked. I established my own opinion: a progressive opinion. I don't look down on animals or treat them as inferiors. I realized they were people and deserved the utmost respect and kindness.

Austin's behavior stemming from childhood up to his temper tantrum in the HHA was inexcusable but explainable. He was raised that way and he took on that belief for himself, without truly examining multiple points of view. I continued to speak to Austin, much to my parents' dismay. We maintained a firmly platonic relationship through middle school and high school, but I did keep my distance when it came to Austin's specist attitudes. Growing up in the era of the animal civil rights movement, where every other news headline pertained to animal civil rights, I saw Austin's specist side coming out frequently. I chose to ignore it, mostly because I knew I couldn't do anything about it. I never wanted to get into arguments or debates with him about things because I knew he would only fight back harder. I knew it wasn't worth my time. After high school, I tried to keep in touch with him but we ended up fading out. Until recently anyways.  

I knew Isabelle didn't care if I came back right away or not. Based off of her current tone, I could tell she just wanted me to stay out of her way. I had the perfect places to retreat to when Isabelle was acting like this. One of those was the ice skating rink in the town center. Wintertime was the perfect season for people to visit the ice rink. They can be all cute, skate around, swoon their lover. I had seen a man propose once to his girlfriend in the middle of the rink. It was absolutely adorable and everyone had cheered.

I owned a pair of ice skates but obviously didn't have them on me. Luckily, the rink had a booth where people could rent skates and have lessons from an instructor. I approached the medium-sized booth. A teenage cat was slouched inside on a chair. She spoke to me through the glass speaker in the window.
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"What can I do for you today, miss?"

"I just need to rent a pair of skates. Size 7." The girl nodded, digging in the nearby bin for some skates. She slid apart the glass to hand them to me. "Thank you." I said. She nodded.

"Have a good time, miss." She could barely throw together an ounce of enthusiasm in her voice. At least the booth was heated. The girl could have it worse. I sat on a bench, slipping on the ice skates. They fit snugly and I tied them tightly. The ice rink wasn't too crowded, but there was a good amount of people skating. I guess the atmosphere attracted people to the rink today. By now, the snow had stopped but it was still pretty chilly.

I carefully made my way onto the ice and began to skate around. I was no pro but I knew how to balance myself without looking like a fool. I glided easily, doing a couple turns and feeling the light wind against my face. It made me shiver but at the same time, the feeling of skating on the ice warmed me up. There was something about ice skating that relaxed me. I noticed there were the different types of people skating tonight. There were families with young and middle-aged children. There were young couples ranging from teenagers to young adults on dates. There were older people. There were single people. It was amazing how all these people with all their differences could unite in one place to do something they enjoy.

It made me wonder how animals and humans could eventually do the same.

The brutal sound of someone falling on the ice aroused my thoughts. I heard someone wince and whine loudly. "Hey, you did that on purpose!" A childish voice cried out. I had looked over to see a small mouse lying on the ice, staring up at two humans. It was a man and a woman, I presume, out on a date. The mouse clenched his fists and slowly picked himself up. "You've been pushing me around this whole time. Quit trying to trip me! It's not nice!"

The boy skated away. The man and woman laughed to themselves and whispered something. The man grinned evilly, ignoring my judging glare, and skated alongside the retreating boy. The human grabbed the young child by the neck and wrenched him to the ground. The boy screamed out as he was wrestled down to the ice. That was it. I couldn't take it anymore and no one else was choosing to intervene. I made my way over to the human and pulled him off of the child.

"Leave him alone!" I yelled. The man turned around, expecting to see an animal. His face paled when he saw I was a human. He huffed under his breath and skated backwards.

"What's the big deal? He's just an animal. A filthy, slimy rat boy. Why are you defending him?" he asked me. I folded my arms and skated in between him and the boy, leaning down to help the boy stand up. The boy mumbled a 'thank you' timidly.

"He's a child, whether or not he is an animal. He's just a little boy, trying to have some fun at the ice rink. He wasn't bothering anyone." The man spit on the ice alongside of my skate and glared at me.

"Whatever. You animast." I wasn't the most familiar with the term and I didn't really know the extent of what it meant. However, this was the only time I had been called the label in such a degrading, demeaning term. The couple skated away and I was left with just the boy. An older woman with grayish-black hair skated up to me with a grateful look on her face.

"Thank you so much for helping my son. Those humans were bullying him for a while and I was too afraid to stand up for him." Her eyes were red. Had she been crying? "There's not a lot of humans like you out there, but I'm thankful you were brave enough to help my son." Before I could even stammer out a 'you're welcome', the woman grabbed her son by the hand and was gone. I don't even know where they went; they just disappeared.

I had enough of ice skating for today. I wanted to just get back to the village and see what else Isabelle had for me to do.
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Not sure the mouse's mom is fit to be a parent if she values her own life and safety over his. It's her job as a parent to protect her child. Where is her maternal instinct?!

Oh, wait... Don't mice mothers occasionally eat their babies? That explains that


Yes that is what I took from this chapter
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"In Airedale's society--well any society in Animal Crossing really--it was rare for a human like me to have such a good, strong relationship with an animal."
"An older woman with grayish-black hair skated up to me with a grateful look on her face."
It is interesting to compare how Stefan and Ambrosia think; Stefan always uses the word "animal", whereas Ambrosia talks about them the way she would humans ("boy", "woman", "child" etc.). Nicely done.
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Hailey - Great lesson learned. Terror creates fear and thoughtlessness.

Ethan - Thanks! It's a nice touch I plan on expanding in future chapters. =)
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This chapter reminds me of real life racism...
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