The Hlessi and The Hare Part IIIIII
By Wertlosehoffnung and dplutonium13
The ground was now wet from the nights' rain, the clouds still hungover but partially as a fog floated above the ground and around the burrow, then Frith rose from the east turning the fog around them into gold mist then faint disappearing into the morning air. A brand new day filled with opportunities for those willing to share it with those they love and for the two in the lonely burrow, they had this potential, making it all the more worthwhile.
A new day is starting. The fog is still close to the ground but the sun is already shining...
Carduus opens his eyes and rubs the sleep out of his eyes.
Vespers, who snuggled close to the hare, was still asleep. Carduus gently strokes the back of Hlessi and closes his eyes again and continues to doze.
Vesper eventually woke to see his mate dozing off with a paw behind his back. The Hlessi smiled and cusped his mates head, startling Carduus a bit but Vesper smiled as he looked deeply into his mates eyes, placing a good morning kiss on his forehead. ^^ "Wonderful morning to you, my Handsome Hare. Did you sleep well? You seemed to have had a bit of a nightmare last night. You alright, Carduus'chen?" Vesper asked in a bit concern as he then ran his paws through his hair and cheeks.
"Yeah have a weird dream. But I am fine now.
I dream about... That I was swim... Diving in the water and suddenly don't breathe anymore... I wanted swimming up, but I can't...
But then I noticed that you hold me and the dream was gone.
Thank you, my beauty!"
Said Carduus with a smile and a kiss on Vespers nose.
Vesper giggled as Carduus kissed his nose and in gratitude, he kissed the Hare's nose too and had the biggest smile that he could ever muster. "I love you so much for that, dear.^^" Vesper said as he hugged tightly his mate before letting Carduus go so he could stand up and stretch his slender body, which Vesper saw intently and blushed when his mate notices his stare. "You are one handsome buck, dear. In fact, a beautiful hare, my Carduus'chen." Vesper said cheerfully flustered as started tickling his mate and rubbing his belly in amusement. That Hlessi then stopped as kissed sweetly his mate before whispering, "Would you like to help me practice walking and hopping on my injured hind leg? I promise that if things go well, perhaps we can mate lovingly once more." Vesper said with a sly wink. "Or we could lovingly cuddle one another in each other's arms" "Or both, we could try dancing, oh ^^ so many things we could do. Would do you think?" Vesper asked his mate cheerfully. "Sorry, if I may be a bother to you, I'm a full-on romantic," Vesper said in a clarifying tone with a joyful gaze towards Carduus.
Carduus stuck his body out and smiled as he heard the beautiful compliment of his mate
When he heard Vesper's question 'mate', Carduus blushed heavily, chuckling and winking at the Hlessi.
"I think we'll pick that up in the evening... But if you want, I'm always ready."
Carduus kissing Vesper on his mouth and softly caresses his belly again.
"Of course I will help you to walk again."
Carduus stands next to Vesper and Hlessi tries to get back on his four paws.
Vesper stands on his three paws and let's his injured hind leg hang by as he then slowly pushed it down to the ground, and little by little, applied more pressure on it and stopping once and a while to let the pain fade away with time and after several minutes, his hind leg was firmly set on the ground, with Carduus caressing his back to calm his light pain he felt. After a while, Vesper decided to stand on his two hind legs and he pulled himself up with the help of Carduus as he grabbed the Hare's supportive arms. Vesper smiled upon seeing Carduus face up close once more and kissed his cheek on gratitude. "Thanks for the help, my love. Now let's see if I can hop out of this burrow out on my own." Vesper said with a hopeful wink as he then looked toward the Burrow's exit and made one leap after another but timing it after a momentary resting period as each moment he leaped, the pain would come back to his injuries and continued once more with Carduus close behind. Once he was at the entrance of the burrow, he made one more leap, yet tumbled upon his landing and fell into the grass and the growing dandelions around him. Vesper got himself up, sitting on his hind legs and with cold sweat upon his face as he looked at his mate, heading towards him and checking on him. Frith was out and the golden rays of Sunrise enveloped the two. The light turned Carduus Fur color into a golden color, which Vesper found stunning. "How did I do, dear?" Vesper said with a tired smile as he put a paw on his bandage over his wound.
"It looks a bit inelegant. But I think it's getting better.
But do not burden it too coarse. Not that it hurts too much for you. For me, it is not a problem if I have to carry you on my back .."
Said Carduus. He held Vesper's paw so he could relieve his leg.
" Maybe I should clean your injury again and make a fresh leaf on it."
Vesper lay down and Carduus bite down the bandage carefully. His injury looks good, which calms Carduus. But Carduus still begins to cleanse the wound. When he was done he gets a fresh leaf and covered his injury again. Carduus brushes his paw with Vespers fur.
"Your other scratches look good too. I think that heals fast."
Vesper smiled as he got up, with a paw in Carduus grip and smiled as he looked down at his hind leg with his new bandage. "Thank you, dear. I'm greatly in debt to you for kindness and generosity you have given me with my leg. I agree that my other scratches have indeed healed, perhaps in few days, you wouldn't even know that I had been scratched at all. I wish I could say the same with my leg. Don't worry, dear. At how fast my injured healed, I'm sure it will be better soon but I think it will still leave an everlasting effect on my performance. I mean look at Hazel, once and a while I've seen him limp due to his hind leg, though he's performed better over time. Perhaps that will be how I'll be in the future... I hope I'll get better soon though." Vesper said as his tone sadden a bit as he then hugged his mate tightly, nuzzling his fur chest and purring at his warmth with a blush. He always loved Carduus furry coat, warm and appealing to look at. ^^ Vesper then looked up into his mate's blue eyes they shined from the frith's light. "What do you wish to do dear today? We have the day to ourselves, perhaps we can have some fun. Do you want to go for a swim once more? Or would you like to do something else, my love? I'm alright with whatever's on your mind, dear." Vesper asked eagerly as he then leaned up to a rub Carduus nose affectionately as he then said sweetly, "Te Amo.".
The hare saw the Vesper rather a sadder face shows. He falls into Carduus chest coat and cuddles his head in the long fur.
"That'll become fine. Maybe that's just Hazel and he had a worse injury. It just takes time and then you can jump around again and race against me."
Carduus strokes Vesper's back and kisses him again.
"I think today is going to be a warm and sunny day .. Swimming a bit by the river would be wonderful.
But maybe we'll eat something my stomach growls.
Something is missing on you .."
Said Carduus and hops into his burrow. Then comes back with the blue charm of Vesper.
" You're still missing ... Or did you not wear that consciously?"
Vesper kissed back his after cheering him up with a hopeful statement that things may be better for him in the future. He loved how he could find the right words that would turn his sad day right on its head. After ending their kiss with an affectionate nuzzle, Carduus proposed of how swimming would indeed be wonderful after eating off course then noted something missing as he went back into the burrow, as if in search of something. He scratched his neck and notice that his collar was not on him. He must have forgotten it, Vesper figured, perhaps love does that to you sometimes. You forget a few things significant to you because you know have someone newly yet amazingly significant to you. Vesper smiled widely at his thought as Carduus came back with Charm Collar and asked if he had intentionally left it behind. With his rare smile, he collected his collar and put it over his ears, and slide it down to his face, then Neck as he fixed it around him with a satisfying sigh and a cheer. "Yay! My Hero! Thanks, love. I guess I had forgotten about it. Looks like I'm not used to having it off my neck for long periods of time. I just keeping I still have them on when I wake. And after our mating, I guess I forget. No worries, though, I'm not complaining. I find it amusing in fact. That's good mating for me to forget my collar. ^^ That's love for you, dear. Thanks." Vesper said as he grabbed Carduus paw and kissed it, then his cheek in thankfulness. Carduus stomach growled once more, causing Vesper to chuckle as he patted his mates stomach with a little tickle as he chuckled a bit before nuzzling his mate once more.
"Now, let's get something for your hungry belly, dear. There's a new patch berry I saw nearby yesterday, that looked different from the ones we usually eat. It was red, blue, blackberries, including the Cloverleaf patch nearby. Perhaps we may feast on those, my Carduus'chen. Then, I can eat you up, if you let me off course." Vesper said slyly with a flustered laugh as Carduus, blushing with a chuckled expression, got on his four paws, helping Vesper climb upon his back as he made himself comfortable. "Thanks, my Snow Hare. Love you." Chu. A kiss on his hare head Carduus then Carried his mate towards the direction where the new berries and cloverleaves were. Meanwhile, Vesper sang a song that rang around them as a soft morning melody as he would sometimes kiss his mate on his head, like a sense of encouragement for him.
Vesper buzzed a beautiful tune as he was on the back of the hare. When Carduus was still a loner, he taught himself something. Whistling, he began.
He attaches his rhythm to Vesper's melody.
Together, the two make an entertaining piece of music .. Until they arrived at the place with the best berries.
Carduus puts Vesper gently on the ground and then jumps to a bush and bites off again a big branch. Bring the branch to Vesper and put it in front of his paws.
"Please, very much, my beautiful .."
Carduus looks up at the sky and says.
"Today is really a very nice day, but you are still more beautiful, my love!!"
Vesper blushed heavily, first the loving whistling combining with his melody, which he had found profounding of his mate, then the large berry branch in front of him which Carduus insisted on him eating. It had all the berries he had a talk about, and with Cloverleafs around him, this could make for a really good breakfast. But the thing that made his heart skip a beat once or twice was the fact that even with the beautiful skies above him, Carduus still found him beautiful. That was exemplary of Vesper as he then had an idea. He looked down and saw three different and yet very tasty berries, and ate them before getting a few more, and using his paws, smashed and mixed the berry juice all around his fur, from his back, hair. chest, etc. Vesper looked at the confused hare and smiled widely with a sweet laughter that made the hare's own heart skip as Vesper declared, "Awww, I love you." Vesper said as he got up a bit and snuggled his mate's side, and with a smile and a wink, said. "Now, I'm delicious too. I hope.^^ I'm now a Vespberry!" Vesper said as he rubbed his mate's nose with his own, the smell of sweet berries enveloping his mate.
“What are you doing there?"
Said Carduus astonished, as Vesper pressed the last berries into his fur and squeezed out.
Carduus laughed and thought to know what his mate was up to.
"Well, with such a sweet Vespberry, you cannot resist .."
Carduus said cheekily and started to lick Vesper's coat and tickled him in his belly.
Vesper laughed as his Carduus licked the berry juice and jam on his belly fur and blushed heavily him continued to lick closer to his legs. Vesper rolled his mate over to ground as he got into a loving embrace of his mate strong hare arms, looking at those sweet blue eyes he found so mysterious yet attractive. He then kissed his mate deeply as he Caressed his mates back and neck. Carduus could taste the delicious taste berries upon their kiss, and Vesper placed multiple kisses upon his mate's face before kissing and playfully biting his mate's neck with nibbling tickle upon him and using his paws, started tickling his mate's side, seeing that loving smile upon Carduus he knew deeply loved. And once more, they kissed for quite some time, arousing one another, Carduus's own white fur turning dark purple from the berries. Vesper did indeed notice this and with a sly smile, he slid down and started to lick his mate's belly fur, with his mate heavily blushing upon the Hlessi.
Carduus enjoys licking the juice of the berries from Vespers fur and is at the same time a little bit excited. This leads to the fact that he shows a gentle purr.
It then comes to an intense kiss, which excites the two very.
Finally, Vesper begins to lick Carduus' now purple coat. What Carduus likes a lot and blushes a lot.
Vesper licks turn into playful nibbles upon Carduus Juicy Purple fur coat, which he noticed his mate enjoyed a lot. After licking most of the juice off his mate, he kissed him deeply once more, noticing a gentle purr from his mate as he held him close in his arms, still covered in the berry juices, still a Vespberry, which the Hlessi found amusing. After a long while, the two had become excitedly aroused by their kiss and the two knew it as well as they briefly stopped kiss to look at one another once more with heavily flustered face, but when Vesper wrapped his paws behind his mates head, Carduus smiled and two kissed once more, this time more intensely. ^^ He allowed his mate to continue licking the sweet juices in his fur as he ended the kiss with a loving nuzzle and laid to his side upon the grass as his mate started licking his sides, back and would occasionally nibble with kisses upon his neck fur, causing Vesper to purr gently and adding his musical hum to it, which caught the ears of Carduus with a loving smile.
Carduus looks into the eyes of Vesper.
"Darling, I love you about everything. You are really an exciting, dear and beautiful buck.
Without you, my life would be boring .."
The hare said and kissed the hlessi again.
"Are we going to the river. Not that we still attract flies.
The morning slowly got warmer and the two lovers hopped, with a few more branches of berries, towards the river.
As the two continued to approach the quiet river ahead of them, Vesper would snuggle his body next to his mate in affection and in a deep loving gesture that Hare had returned with his own Snuggles against his Hlessi. Once the two had arrived, they found themselves in the river's edge as they set their branches of berries down on a nearby tree, before returning to the Riverfront to inspect and check for elil in their surroundings. The area was underneath a forest, providing excellent shade with rays of sunshine peeking through to create a beautiful atmosphere. Vesper looked as his mate and grabbed his both paws tightly as he stepped in front of him, his back to the river as he looked deeply into the blue eyes of his Carduus.. "Sweetie, I love you about everything as well. You're an amazing and the most Handsomest buck I've ever seen, but Carduus, the one thing I really love of you is your passion!"Vesper said lovingly as he placed a paw on Carduus chest where his heart would be. "It drives your heart to do amazing and creative things and when it comes to love, your kindness and personality of loyalty caring have made me one of the happiest rabbits in the world, and for that I am grateful. ^^ Honestly, without you, my life would be unexceptionally dull... you brought the colors of life back to my life, like real Colors!! As your best friend, I'm honored to have been so close to you and as your mate, well I Relish and Cherish being with you, making you smile, loving you till our heart's content, and so much more. Believe me, when I say, you are my living miracle, my best friend, my fellow partner, my lover, my Awesome Mate!" Vesper said happily and excitingly as he wrapped his paws around Carduus and pull him closer to the river's edge as they then started rubbing their noses together, nuzzling lovingly and purring satisfyingly.
Carduus just smiled and hugged the hlessi.
The embrace lasted a long time and cuddled into each other.
"You are precious to me, sweety."
Vesper upon hearing those, had his heart skipped a beat once more as he looked towards the Hare with a loving smile of his own as learned in a kissed his mate deeply, paws upon his the Hare's lower sided as they wrapped around his back to deepen the kiss. After a while, Vesper leaned back and his hold, brought Carduus along with him as they both fell into the river with a large splash as they were immersed into the cold water and started to sink little by little as they held their breaths. Meanwhile, Vesper charmed collar glowed a light blue as the two were in the water in each other embrace. After a while, Carduus swam back with Carduus back in his arms as the two caught there breaths after their kiss driven fall.
When the two reappeared and gasped, Carduus looks surprised under his hair as he wipes them away.
"Oh my gosh, the water is cold .."
The hare said and starts to tremble slightly.
Carduus holds Vesper around his back to relieve his leg.
Carduus senses the warmth his mate gives him and stops shivering.
Vesper was happy as he held tightly Carduus's back, using his own warmth to end the shivering of his mate in the river, though he started to shiver because of it. Nonetheless, he started to clean Carduus back, neck, and Hair clean while being in the River. Afterward, Carduus then flipped Vesper to his towards his chest as he floated onto his back on the water as they started to clean one another sweetly, occasionally planting kisses onto another in amusement. "Hold your breath," Carduus said suddenly as he grabbed and held Vesper tightly and once more, swam underwater to get the remain juices away before resurfacing. Vesper was having fun indeed as he nuzzled his mate as they floated in the water. Vesper then decided to rest his head on Carduus chest as the Hare floated on his back, holding Vesper safely, allowing the river current to pull them slowly forward as he watched the clouds and the blue skies above. Eventually, Vesper put his head to the side, so that he can see the clouds, though he looked back down to his mate looking at him with a smile, causing Vesper to blush with a warm smile. "You are my greatest passion, dear. I love you." He said as he nuzzled into Carduus wet fur chest snuggly.
Vesper climbed onto the belly of the hare, which was swimming on his back. Both enjoyed the peace of the forest. Only to be heard is the wind that fades through the deciduous trees, the individual birds that chirp and the humming of Vesper had a calming influence on Carduus.
After a while, Carduus had an idea. He released Vesper ... but lifted him in his arms, like a baby, so that Vesper swam on his back. Carduus supported him, he does not sink.
"Close your eyes and relax .."
Carduus said softly.
Vesper a bit nervous at what Carduus was doing but being affirmed by his mates support, he soon relaxed as swam a bit, floating upon the surface and then eventually closing his eyes. The sounds of birds chirping, wind rustling the leaves, and the pleasant coolness of the river allowed him to rest peacefully as he continued to hum sweetly to his mate. With Carduus arms around his upper back and shoulders, he felt safe and secured as they continued to drift in the water. "Thanks for this, dear. You surely do know how to make a day such as this one a relaxing one, dear. Would you like to eat the remaining berries we have? I know we have a lot by the tree over there, perhaps we could use a break from the water, then we'll figure out what to do." Vesper said in a loving tone as gaze above to sunlight peeking through the leaves and branches.
"Yes, why not. Maybe we can rest in the sunlight a bit. Then our fur is dry again .."
Carduus swam with Vesper towards the edge of the river and helped the hlessi out of the water first. Then climbed out and shook his whole body dry. Vesper did as well and leaned on the side of the hare and went to a sunny place which pushed through the trees. Carduus go and picked up the berry branch, put it down next to Vesper, sat on his hind legs and checked again for Elil's.
But it did not look like any danger. Carduus drops into the grass and looks at Vesper, who is already nibbling on the berries.
Vesper continued eating the delicious berries Carduus provided while he observed his mate looking for elil. That pose he took of alertness, his ears flicking at the tiniest of movements, eyes observing for danger and whiskers sensing the present of and elil. This was a buck for Owsla and he was glad that he was part-time, but he was also glad to have him by his side. The Hare looked down at his mate eating and upon seeing Carduus gaze, Vesper smiled and gave Carduus his own branch for him to eat berries, which he took gingerly. For a while, the two ate in solitude, enjoying each others presence as the Snuggled against one another a bit in comfort. Eventually, their furs dried and the two had finished their berries as Vesper stood on his own hind legs and stretched carefully next to the Hare and grabbed his paw upon his side with a flustered yet satisfied smile. "The was a good rest, dear. The berries were indeed delicious, the water was enjoyable, and now since we dried off, we're cleaned! Your coat looks beautifying white and my fur is back to its original form. Thanks for the wonderful time, my love." Vesper said as he leaned in and kissed his mate's cheek, causing the hare to blush.
"No problem and I thank you too. I feel me so much better, to spend time with you, my sweetie!", says Carduus happy and rub his head to Vespers and give him a kiss on his Cheek.
Carduus leaning his head back and saying with a serious tone.
"Are you think we should go tomorrow back to Watership down? Or are you afraid to go back?
But whatever it comes to us, I stay next to you. I promise you!"
Carduus holds Vespers paw and takes him near to himself.
Vesper thought seriously of Carduus proposal. Throughout the day, he had been thinking of their return to Watership down, what may happen, what was involved, etc. He was concerned returning to Watership down, perhaps a little afraid, but with Carduus reassurance that he was going to stand by his side upon returning to Warren, he felt it would be appropriate to return to Watership down as he looked back to his mate with his own serious tone. "Carduus, I think it'll be alright if we return to Watership down tomorrow. Perhaps we can leave in the morning and arrive there before noon. I know you'll stay with me, that's a promise I believe from you and I promise I'll do the same. Whatever these rabbits think of us, it won't matter. As long as we are safe from them and honestly, Loving you is not a thing I regret doing not then, not now, and hopefully, not ever!" Vesper said in confidence as he leans up and briefly kissed his mate in affirming gesture as he then pulled back with a smile as he placed a paw on his mate's cheek. "We can take them on, as long as we're together and stay true, my dear Carduus'chen. I love you so much and I know, we'll be alright, that I can hopefully promise you." Vesper said with a wink.
Carduus smiled at Vespers conviction.
"I would say we enjoy our day together, sleep well again and depending on the weather, we can make our way to Watership Down.
What do you think?
And above all what would like to do my beautiful buck now?"
Carduus said romantically and with a wink.
Vesper smile and Carduus shift in tone as he too spoke romantically and put his paws to Carduus sides, " I think it's marvelous idea from an equally marvelous buck. I'm all for it! As if for now, hmmm What to do? What to do?" Vesper said flirtingly as he pressed his body closer to Carduus and rubbed his paws to Carduus lower sides. "Well my Handsome Hare, what we could do is return to the burrow, secluded from those who may be watching or we could stay out here in the tall grass? It is up to you, as long as with whatever you decide that afterward..." Vesper paused with a heavy blush upon his cheeks and he looked back to his mate with a flustered smile, "We make love as long as best as we can. What do you say?" Vesper said with a wink as he placed his paws on his mate's lower hind legs.
Carduus passionately kissed Vespers. Carduus grabbed it Vesper rolled over him so Vesper lay on the ground.
"I think we just crawl into a bush ..."
The hare got up, hopped a few steps away, and lured Vesper with a smile.
But Vesper just stood up and looked at his hind leg.
"Ohh .. Sorry, I thought you were jumping wild behind me .."
Carduus went back and helped Vesper.
Both went to a shrubbery and jumped in. The bush was really tight around with its leaves.
Carduus grabbed Vesper and squeezed their bodies together. The hare kissed the hlessi deeply again. Strokes Vesper's abdomen with his paws .. and acting like lovers.
Vesper tore his Charmed collar and tossed it to the side as he enveloped his mate kiss. Throughout the remainder of the afternoon and to evening, the two lovers enjoyed moments of Bliss, Ecstasy, Love, Pleasure, and Satisfaction as the two would kiss often and deeply during their physical lovemaking. To the two, this was paradise for them as they made love to someone they love so dearly and continued on and on, expressing their love through Mating as they moan, gasped, cries of pleasure until the two could do no more. Vesper fell upon his back to the ground, breathing, sweating, panting heavily as Carduss laid his head upon his mate's chest tired as well. Vesper held Carduus close as he kissed his forehead and caressed his mate. "Now that's how you end a day, dear... You were Awesome, dear. ^^ I love you!" Vesper said as the two kissed once more.
Carduus growls like a savage. He could only lay his head on Vesper's chest. When the two then kissed again, Carduus rolled onto his back, but cuddles closer to Vesper.
"You were great too, my beauty."
Carduus exhaled for a moment. Then he lay on his side and stroked his stomach down to his leg again and kissed him.
Vesper kissed back, deepening the kiss he felt his mates paws, arousing him a bit as he then cuddled closer to his mate and lay on his side, facing his mate. After the two ended their kiss, Vesper rubbed his mate's nose as he closed his eyes with his rare smile strong across his face. He started to tiredly sing a song with Carduus whistling adding on to his melody adding a nice rhythm to it as an evening to quickly tonight. Vesper then grew quieter as he huddled closer to Carduus for Warmth wrapped his paws around him, "I think I'll rest here with you if you don't mind." Vesper said laid his head into the ground next to his mate. "Good Night, my Carduus'chen. Te Amo, mi Estrella Brillante... You probably don't understand this, It was a language my Human taught me, it means, I love you, my bright star." ^^ Vesper said with a chuckle as he kissed his mates neck sweetly before falling asleep with his mate.
"Aww. That's a beautiful language. I love you too. Vesper'chen"
Carduus fell then asleep too.
But after a while, Carduus awake and heard it's thundering in the near and the wind gets stronger in the wide area...
He gets out the head of the bush and sees the storm is coming.
Suddenly he goes with his head lower to Vespers Belly and take him on his back..and started to run carefully to his near borrow. It wants to start raining as Carduus see his borrow and going inside it. He laying down carefully Vesper in their own nest and he sleeps like a rock.
The hare then noticed that the rain is getting stronger and the thunderstorm gets worse. He only watches how the storm is going. Until.
It's getting better and it only rains. He gets back to his mate and snuggle to his back and wrapping his arms around him.
Vesper slowly woke as he opened his eyes and noticed his surrounding as he yawned a bit and rubbed his eyes awake. He realized he was back in the burrow, laying upon the nest inside the burrow the two had rested the night before. He sniffed the air to smell the wet humid air coming from the entrance of the burrow as a cool chill entered the burrow in a breeze, causing the Hlessi to shiver but then discovered he was alone in the burrow. He felt his mate behind him, breathing calmly, indicating that he was sleeping, and felt his strong white arms around him in a secure hold. Vesper smiled as he carefully backed himself up closer to closer to Carduus in a cuddle, wanting to be enveloped more into his mate's loving embrace. Vesper then started to sing a song, quietly as to not wake his mate but loud enough to be heard if he was awake.
The song was one he knew had a lot in common with them both, it was both mysterious and loving. He thought it was interesting how perhaps it was an allegory to them both as Carduus was the complex Hare and perhaps himself as the Rabbit who felt intrigued by Carduus mysterious character and delve himself deeper into who he was, as if he was trying to find the truth of Carduus, and all of sudden, he looked at the buck differently as if he finally figured it out. He was not just trying to understand Carduus but was intrigued by him and it grew to respect, then close friendship, and through hardships, it led to his forgiveness of his friend, leading to the two to becoming best friends. Then... he fell in love. He wanted to make this buck smile as much as possible, he wanted to be involved in his life more than he was previously. He wished for great success and happiness in his future and he was going to help him get there. He wants to show the Hare that he was one of the most significant bucks he ever met and he wanted to love him like no other. He thought of this as he finished the song in a loving song filled tone that perhaps echoed not only in the burrow but perhaps in his heart, "Oh, woah woe is me...The first time that you kissed me. Oh, will wonders ever cease? Blessed be the mystery of love." Vesper, satisfied with song and his life, rested his eyes once more and fell into a nap, huddled close to his Mate, loved and cherished, as he thought of those lyrics again. "Oh, will wonders ever cease? Blessed be the mystery of love..."
Carduus noticed that Vesper cuddles up to him to enjoy his warmth. The hare was still tired and slept on. But he still caressed Vespers chest and arms.
Also heard the song of Vesper that he sang.
After a while, the hare opened his tired eyes and rubbed his sleep out of his eyes with his paw.
Carduus gently kissed Vesper's neck and stroked his belly and hips ..
Vesper giggled lightly as he felt his mates paws upon his bellies and hips which tickled him awake with a sweet smile as he then shifted his to the other side where he was now facing his mate while laying down. "Good morning, my Handsome Hare. By Frith, you look gorgeous dear. I hope you rested well, my love. I can see we are in the burrow now though I smelled the wet air, so it perhaps rained. Thanks for moving me here without waking me, I had a fulfilling rest, the best I've had in awhile." Vesper said cheerfully as he placed his own paws around Carduus hips and lower back, bring him closer with a tired smile. "You look like you just woke earlier, dear. There appears to be something missing though, perhaps it's my lips upon yours!" Vesper said romantically as he kissed his mate deeply which surprised the Hare a bit. After a short while, Vesper pulled back and nuzzled his mate fondly as his flustered smile caught Carduus attention once more. "I love you" Vesper whispered as he buried his head snuggly into Carduus furry chest in a loving cuddle. After their loving embrace, Vesper stood up on his legs and stretched a bit with a loud yawn, which Carduus found amusing. Vesper helped Carduus up on his own hind legs as he held his paws tightly and looked towards his eyes and spoke in a serious tone, "Today, after eating flayrah, we make our journey back towards Watership down... Are ready for whatever may come next, dear? Honestly, for me, I'm still a bit nervous but I'll be alright as long as he does this together, by each other side. I believe in you, in us and our love. We can do this, right?" Vesper asked as he looked deeply into the Hare's eyes in hope.
Carduus felt flattered.
"Good morning also to my beautiful buck .."
As Vesper stretched out and gave a loud yawn. Carduus laughed and looked at the small but strong rabbit Buck.
"You are really a beauty. But how could you sleep so well?
Last night it was thunderstorms like crazy.
But you. no reaction.
So it looks like that you slept well .."
Carduus got to his feet and helped Vesper smooth his coat again.
Carduus coat was also disheveled and Vesper also helped him to bowl him.
Carduus noticed again that his charm is missing. And points to his chest.
"Ohh I think I forgot that .. Or yeah overlooked it
Let's eat something else, we pick up your charm and yes we go back to Watership Down.
Oh, that's me too. But believe me, that will become fine."
Carduus gets closer to Vesper and strokes his cheeks and gives him a kiss.
Vesper kissed back his mate as he wrapped around his mate with his paws around his neck and back, deepening the kiss lovingly. After a while, the two broke their kiss with a satisfied sigh as they rubbed noses upon one another, sweetly, happily as mates. "Now that was an Awesome good morning kiss, dear!" Vesper said cheerfully as he pulled away and reached over to grab and put on his Charmed collar with his mates help and sooner than later, it was perfectly wrapped around his neck as Vesper winked at his mate. "Thank you, my Precious. Now let's go eat the flayrah that's outside. Hopefully, there will be delicious Cloverleaves and Dandelion leaves that will make for an excellent breakfast for our bellies." Vesper said as he tickled his mates stomach a bit, causing Carduus to laugh and Vesper to smile, oh how he loved to cheered his mate up. "You're are so adorable, dear. You really are, even for a Hare like you. I love you... Do you mind if I can practice hopping out of the Burrow with you to our Flayrah, then you can carry me back to the foot of Watership Down. There we can hop back together by each other side. Will that be alright with you, my love?" Vesper asked curiously as he inspected his hind leg and moved it around a bit. His leg had indeed healed a considerable amount but still needed a day till he was all better or so.
"Of course, honey...
I think Blackberry will be amazed when she sees how well you are with your leg and your other injuries."
The two jump out of the building.
Vesper hobbles a bit, but he can strain his leg sooner.
The day was gray. There were still dense and heavy clouds in the sky and a cold gust of wind makes the two tremble briefly. It does not rain.
A few ways further the two found some clovers and nibble on them for breakfast.
"Burrr, what cold winds we feel, dear. Recently it was hot and clear skies, now it cold and potentially rainy." Vesper commented as the two continued to eat their Flayrah around them and would share it with each other such as a delicious leaf or delectable plants they found nearby. The weather was indeed cloudy and overcast as wind chills would occasionally ruffle through their fur coats at one point, it cause Carduus hair to block his eyes. Vesper giggled upon seeing this as he reached with a paw and fixed his mates hair away from his eyes, to reveal those blue eyes he fell in love and could not resist himself planting a kiss upon his mate forehead with a paw on his cheek. Eventually, they did finish there flayrah with full stomachs as the two prepared for their journey with Vesper bringing a small branch berries he would bring as a snack for the two when they needed energy, Vesper planned to feed himself and Carduus along the way as Vesper looked to his mate, who had already gone on his four paws down on the ground so that his mate could climb on, and he smiled generously as he did climb on. With Carduus help, he lifted his mated upon his back as the Hlessi held on tightly and the two then started their journey to Warren of Watership down, all the while, cold gust of winds blew across the two, causing them both to shiver and Vesper holding on more snuggly to his mate white furred back.
Carduus and Vesper are now on the feet of the Hill.
"Are you still have the energy to hopping on top of the hill, my sweetie?"
As Vesper heard the question, Carduus got on all four paws to help Vesper carefully climb off his mates back. The Hlessi then stretched his injured hind leg and a large smile formed as the pain he was expecting to feel sharply had not been felt as the only thing he felt was a bit of muscle stiffness with small pain that bearable more now than earlier. In satisfaction of his recovery, he hopped and hugged his mate tightly as he excitingly kissed the Hare neck and cheek, surprising Carduus with a blush upon his face. "Yes, I do believe so, dear. Those berries sure did the trick, among other things, dear." Vesper said slyly which turned to the laughter of happiness as he rubbed noses with his mate lovingly "As long as I don't overstrain myself, I should be alright. I'll stay close to you just in case" Vesper concluded reassuringly... Yet when he spoke once more as he pulled away, his expression turned more serious as he laid his paws upon the upper side of Carduus. "My love, this goes without saying that as we return to the Warren, we should still be cautious upon those we encounter. I trust these rabbits but I'm not sure if their views and intentions upon us now that they saw us kiss... I'm not ashamed of loving you we shouldn't be pressured too... I just want us to expect the unexpected. They may welcome, respect, congratulate and may even tolerate us, dear and I'm hoping they do. But they may also despise us, shunned us, banish us, or even hurt us... I'm hoping they don't but the possibility is still there. Whatever we face, we face together dear. I'll stay by your side through it all, hopefully. Remember this to be true that I love you and they'll find no shame within me because of this." Vesper said as he placed a paw upon Carduus heart and kissed him deeply as an assurance of his love for his mate.
"Of course my love.
I also have respect for how others react to us and I were also a little bit scared too.
But Now we assume that everything is alright."
Carduus gave a kiss on the lips of Vesper and hold him in his arms.
Both of them are hopping up the hill.
The Junior Owsla with Pipkin as their captain has the two disadvantages. They were happy again to see Vesper and sore more than the Hlessi can run again. They literally overwhelm their guardian with hugs.
"Hey Vesper, nice to see you again .. We already missed you .."
One of the younger rabbits as there is a snack hugging.
Vesper immediately hugged the kittens back as he was indeed overwhelmed by the kits he knew and cared for dearly. Junior Owsla were the best Owsla in his eyes, they were enjoyable to be around with, plus their progression and training were something loved being a part of. He stood on his hind legs, still hugging the loving kits tightly when his Mate caught up to him to see if he was alright, in which he nodded that he was well indeed as he then looked to the kits around him. ^^ "I figured you had missed this Charmed Rabbit here, my dear little ones. I missed you all deeply as well, it is good to be back. I do have to say, you all look like you've grown a bit since the last time I saw you. Sorry for the sudden departure, Junior Owsla. I was with Carduus these past few days, hope you didn't mind me being gone too much." Vesper said positively tickled them a bit for fun. Vesper looked to see the Beech tree and a number of Rabbits heading there direction and a good number of them too! Vesper immediately stopped playing and alerted Carduus with a stomp on the ground and once he saw, he immediately got up on all fours and stood between his mate with the Junior Owsla from the rabbits heading there way as he looked to the Hlessi in a serious tone that alerted Vesper more what was to come."Owsla!"
The hare noticed that Vesper was getting ready like to fight. Then saw the rabbits sitting next to each other and watching the two lovers.
Carduus also fell back on his four paws and stood next to Vesper, whose eyes turned more to the Owsla.
"Are we going up!?"
Carduus said and kept on lapping. Vesper followed the hare behind.
Hawkbit, Dandelion and a few other Owsla are sitting next to each other watching the two. Carduus adjusted his pace to Vesper and the hlessi hid next to the big hare. But the two pass the Owslas. Carduus eyes fell briefly on the rabbits, which showed a surprised but serious look. He also heard a whisper, but what he said did not hear Carduus. Both went towards the entrance of the Warren and sat on their hind legs and looked again briefly to the Owsla, who is still staring at the two.
"They do not attack us. But they see us with different eyes .."
Carduus said and then looked at Vesper, who was recovering from the walk for a short time.
"I see what you mean, dear. Perhaps they didn't expect us to return this soon. Hopefully, we'll be alright, dear." Vesper said snuggled his mates side in assurance. The Junior Owsla by now had gone clear of the rabbits were keeping their distance as both Carduus and Vesper looked towards the Owsla then to each other with a tired smile. "I expected it to be different once we returned, dear. Luckily, they seem not to want to bother us, my love. Come now, let's go rest within my burrow. I can see that you're tired, my love." Vesper said as he held his mate paw not caring of the rabbits who were watching them as he led Carduus back in the Warren. The two hopped quickly through the warren and arrived at his burrow and they immediately got in, not wanting to draw too much attention to the rabbits they encountered on the way. As the two were getting settled in, the chiefs arrived to speak with them along with BIgwig, Fiver, and Blackberry. "Hallo, my fellow rabbits. It's good to see you all. Oh, hey Bigwig, How's Spartina been?" Vesper asked casually as he hid a bit behind Carduus upon their gaze towards the two.
Carduus and Vesper made themselves comfortable in the dry straw and wanted to rest. Bigwig, Blackberry, and Fiver have arrived at Vesper borrow. Bigwig Answer to Vespers question.
"My Spartina is fine, she gave birth to our children yesterday in fully healthy. She is currently resting with the children," said Bigwig with a smile.
"How are you, Vesper? With your leg, especially?" Blackberry asked, and noticed that the wound of the weasel was almost gone and presented to Vesper a smile too.
"I think you were in the right paws with Carduus," she said and look to the hare with a smile.
Vesper smiled also upon hearing the good news from Bigwig as he said in a more elated tone, "That's indeed is one of the most wonderful news to hear in this warren. Glad there in good health, dear. I would gladly like to see these kittens, though, through my experiences, it's best if I delay this, for now, they need to be raised a bit by their mother and father until they are ready in an appropriate time. Happy to hear Spartina is doing fine as well, great work on her part by the way.^^ My utmost Congratulations to you and your mate and for your kittens, dear." Vesper said happily as held his mate's paw lightly, who had close to him in their dry straw nest. Upon hearing Blackberry remarks about his injuries and the good luck being in Carduus paws, Vesper chuckled lightly as he responded in a relieved tone, "Yes, I think and believe so as well. He's been a big help towards my recovery. I'll be soon, fit as Owsla is after training. My leg is for the most part well, though still needs a bit of recovery from the long hop I had up the warren. As for me, I'm alright as well. I feel really good, indeed. This Hare tends to make me feel better and I'm lovin' this exceptional mood I'm in when I'm around Carduus." Vesper said in a lovestruck tone as he leaned up and lightly kissed his mate's cheek before looking at them with a large smile, though his mate blushed like a tomato.
Carduus smiled at the great news from Bigwig.
Congratulated Carduus with a wink.
As Vesper snuggles closer to Carduus and gives him a kiss on the cheek, only Bigwig looked confused and disturbing. Blackberry and Fiver just smiled.
"Carduus can I talk to you ?!"
Bigwig said to the hare.
Carduus looked surprised, but then got up and went with Bigwig.
Blackberry and Fiver were still talking to Vesper, while Bigwig and Carduus turned to a corner of the honeycomb.
"Carduus, it's very nice to see you care for Vesper. He is a great rabbit and a good keeper of our youngest.
But what was that two mornings ago? You made weird moves with each other and touched your lips .. What is behind it? You can be honest with me."
That's when Hazel comes along.
" Carduus, not seen for a long time?"
Greeted the upper rabbit the hare.
Carduus nodded in greeting to Hazel.
"The first one was a dance. Vesper showed that to me the other day ago. I know that standing in the rain is not everyone's case but we enjoyed it. The second.."
Carduus hesitated, was scared...
"Our lips touched us because.
Because we love each other!
Yes, I know it sounds strange that two bucks kiss and love each other.
But I love Vespers very much. Like you Spartina or you Primrose.
Vesper is just the best friend for me. Me and him we had a hard past, that's why we get along so well. And now he is also a life mate for me. He has a good heart and soul. "
"And what do you say to that?
Do you want to banish us or kill us?" ask Carduus afraid.
"No, no, Carduus !! What are you talking about .. I understand why you love each other. Vesper may be very grateful that you saved his life twice. And that you take care of him." Hazel said in a reassuring voice.
"But it's like your owsla colleagues scorn or mock you. They talked about it yesterday and today .. Maybe it's better if you do not come to our training anymore .. You are too good anyway !!"
Bigwig said with a short laugh at the end.
"Can you drum them together, I would be interested in what has a problem
Or can I and Vespers announce that to the whole warren?"
Carduus asked seriously.
"Yeah sure .. we'll organize that. But would like to hear before Vespers approval," said Hazel.
They go then to the way back to Vespers borrow.
Vesper spoke with both Blackberry and Fiver of the recent weather they were having these last few days before Bigwig, Carduus and Hazel joined them. The Hlessi immediately bowed his head in greetings for the chief before greeting him lightly in a positive tone, "Hallo, Hazel. Good to see you're awake and well. I apologize by the way for the departure though upon our return, I did encounter the Junior Owsla and your kits, dear. They seem to be good spirits upon seeing me. How has the warren been by the way and Primrose? I'm pretty sure out to get her." Vesper said with the last part being a little joke as chuckled a little when he noticed they seem to be in a serious mood, in which he dropped his ears down in light embarrassment. "Sorry for my cheerful attitude, I tend to do that from time to time. It seems we have important matters to discuss. You have my attention." Vesper said slightly in a worried and serious tone, not knowing what they wished to discuss with him.
"Thanks, Vesper. The whole Warren is fine.
Now we know that you and Carduus confess each other your love. Carduus told us two.
Incidentally, I have no problem with your love and Bigwig too .. right?"
Bigwig nods shortly.
"Now Carduus has the desire to announce that to Warren."
"Do you agree, sweetheart? We can tell everyone this evening together .."
Interrupted Carduus and gave Vesper a trusting smile.
Upon hearing his question and seeing that smile of his, he felt his shyness lightly but not enough to sway his decision returned the smile and responded. "Now that sounds like a good plan, my love. This evening would be an appropriate time to do so because by then, we'll have been rested and settled in. I'm a little shy but I don't mind it as much as I thought I would. So.. Yeah, I agree, my Snow Hare." Vesper warmly said in conclusion as he got upon his hind legs. "Thank you for giving us the opportunity to make the announcement Hazel and thank you for trying your best to tolerate us, Bigwig. I can see this is still new to you and I can understand that. Perhaps it'll take time but I'll be happy to discuss it with you if you have any questions or concern." Vesper said supportively to Bigwig as he hoped next to his mate Carduus and held his arm tightly.
Carduus held Vesper's paw and smiled at him. He then turned to Hazel and Bigwig and said.
"I feel really grateful that you tolerate us. I was really afraid that it would be different. All the more even Vesper would have had to leave his home. That would have hurt me the most. Thank you Chiefs !!"
Saluted Carduus with a smile and snuggled closer to Vesper.
" If El-Ahrairah and Frith brought you together, I will not stand in your way.
I think we'll leave you alone, you wanted to rest .."
Laughed Hazel, showing a friendly smile to the two.
Hazel and Bigwig left the two and set to work to drum the whole Warren together.
Carduus rubbed his head at Vesper.
" You see, everything will be alright, darling.
And if someone has something against us. He should talk to me.
Do we want to rest or go outside?"
Vesper let out a sigh of relief as the Chiefs along with Blackberry and Fiver left along with the two. He rubbed his head against Carduus own and purred warmly upon being so close to his mate. He felt, secured, loved and with the good news from the chiefs, he was satisfyingly content with they wished to do later on today. "I have to hand it to you, dear. You were right that everything would be alright. I'm sorry if I worried you, I just wanted us to be ready if something did happen yet now, it seems less likely wish is all the more to celebrate, my Snow Hare." Vesper said as he then looked up to Carduus blue eyes and with his rare smile, leaned in and put his lips upon Carduus own and the kissed deeply, lovingly and passionately and as the two drew apart sweetly, he leaned into his ear and whispered, "I love you so much, my Carduus'chen. Never seem to fail to surprise me." Vesper said as held Carduus paw tightly and drew him closer to their nest. "I think a little rest will be good for us, dear. Beneficial for what we have planned later. Come, my love. I want to be in your loving arms of embrace." Vesper said silently yet in a loving cooing tone as he then laid down in the nest and prepared himself to rest. As for safe measure, he looks to the Hare, lowered his ear down and bit, just to make sure it was all real. Indeed, with the pain he felt, he concluded that this all was his living dream, one he hoped to continue to share it with Carduus.
Carduus puts himself in the nest with Vesper. He puts his arms around the hlessi and squeezes him gently to himself.
"I love you too, my beautiful one. I'm glad that I have you .."
Carduus gives a kiss on the cheek and strokes Vesper's chest and slowly after a time both fell in a nap.
For long while, the two bucks slept close together, snuggling and cuddling warming against each other's comfy coats of fur as they breathed calmly upon their slumber Carduus wrapping around Vesper back close with his paws holding him. Vesper slept deeply and peacefully as he felt safe and secured in his mates hold. In several minutes, it was time for them to awake as it was evening and around the Warren, the two chiefs were keeping their word as they prepared for the rabbits to gather for the announcement the two were going to make soon. It was big news for the Rabbits of Watership down as the rabbits began discussing of the two rabbits in question. Most were mainly curious and would occasionally talk with others about it, some would share what they saw the two did during the rainstorm, others would talk of their change in behavior as the two had grown closer together. However, there were some who were not happy with how the two had been and with the announcement coming, they hoped it would clarify their suspicion. Luckily, the kittens of the Warren were actually excited to head of what Vesper and Carduus had to say. They knew the two personally and with the upcoming announcement and how much attention it was getting, they were highly interested in what peaked the interest of their parents and friends.
Eventually, with a flash of blue light upon his charm, Vesper quietly woke with a yawn and rubbed his eyes open as he turned his body facing towards his Hare, who was sleeping soundly next to him. Vesper smiled as he started to stroking one paw across his mate's side, from his lower half all the way to his cheek and repeated the process of caressing his mate till he knew his mate was well relaxed. With Carduus arms around, he carefully slipped away as to not wake his buck as he then stood on his hind legs and stretched satisfyingly. He then smiled as he grabbed an apple left in his burrow, cut it so that it was shared between himself and his mate when he finally awoke. When bit gingerly into his apple and stroked his mates hair playfully as he relaxed a bit a laid back down next to Carduus with his loving smile, the same smile that had a tendency kiss Carduus heart so sweetly. That was his secret over his mate, and he loved it as much as he did for Carduus. ^^ He leaned in kissed his mates cheek and nose pleasantly as he then started to hum lightly and stroke his chest as he then lay his head close to where it's touching his forehead as he then placed one more kiss lovingly and pulled away to grab Carduus slice of apple with his mouth and placed near his mates nose as at it down. "Rise and evening shine, my Handsome Hare. It's time." Vesper said happily as he giggled seeing his mate still sleeping soundly as if he never heard him. "Well, then. Plan B is a go." he then said in an exciting tone as he started to tickle Carduus sides in another attempt to wake as he then announced. "Fourth Rule of Owlsa, my love. Even your greatest ally could be your most dangerous adversary if not to careful, dear!"
Carduus also woke up and the first thing he saw was the happy smile from Vesper .. "Good. No evening. It's evening right?"
Vesper nodded briefly.
Carduus yawned and rubbed his eyes.
"Hmm, too bad I woke up from the dream. Have dreamed again of our little river, where we have bathed and flew around us fireflies ... Was just where we kissed. But I can do that in reality .."
Carduus first rubbed his nose against Vesper's nose and then kissed him.
" Häckhäm! ". It sounded suddenly. Acacia stood and leaned against the wall, grinning at the entrance to Vesper Borrow. Carduus and Vesper looked up in alarm.
" Nice that you two, are back .. And still as in love as a few days ago, what it looks like.
Hazel sent me to remind you that you have something to announce.
I think everyone is there.
Are you coming?"
The two stood up.
"Yes .. I am ready .. And you?"
Looked the hare to Vesper .. And noticed half the apple.
"Oh, I'll eat the apple later. Thanks for that, sweetheart."
"No problem, sweetie. ^^ Yeah, I believe I'm ready as well." Vesper said happily in agreement as he nuzzled his mate a bit before nodding in agreement to Acacia and the two followed their friend out of the burrow and through the passages of Watership Down. Most of the burrows they passed by were empty, indicating to the two there were lots of rabbits gathering around to hear and the announcement and indeed, their suspicion was confirmed when arriving in the Honeycomb of the Warren. It was packed with scores of rabbits, kittens with their parents, Owsla, Mates, friends, etc. And upon the rock ledge, that stood high up such as a pedestal, the chiefs were there and when they saw the two arrivals, they gestured for them to join up as everyone quieted upon seeing the two bucks. Vesper hesitated and blushed shyly upon seeing everyone's gaze upon them and was concerned if he could do it or not. Out of shyness, he stood close to Carduus and snuggled his side for reassurance from his mate.
Carduus and Vesper now stood in front of all rabbits. Some smiled, others looked serious and others just curious. Carduus is nervous, but when he looked at Vesper and he squeezed it, the hare felt stronger.
"Good evening my fellows. It's nice to see how many have appeared. Thanks in their place to Hazel and Bigwig.
Well. The reason why we all gather here is that I and Vesper want to enlighten you about what you have seen from us a few days before.
The strange fooling around in the rain was a dance. Vesper showed that to me before and I then led him there on my feet, because of his injuries.
And why in the rain .. We wanted to try that. And rain makes you beautiful, it's called.
After that, our lips touched. But that did not belong to the dance.
They touched because.
because we love each other .."
Carduus took Vesper's paw and held it.
He turned to him and looked into his blue eyes.
" Vesper is and was my best friend. Me and him we share a hard past. Everyone went through it alone. Maybe not always lucky, but when we met, we were immediately the best friends. A few days ago we ate berries in the forest when a thunderstorm surprised us. We fled to my borrow and rested.
Something magical came over us. Reminded us of our bad and good memories.
Is there no longer any sense that we should spend our lives together? Let's ask ...
Forget the bad past and spend a nice future together?
Vesper should be my life partner. I love him because he is nice, funny, personable and has a good heart.
I know two bucks that love each other are weird. If you were in our skin, you would understand that our feelings for each other are serious. "
Vesper then continued on his mate's speech as he held his mate's paw even tighter, a little bit more confident than before with Carduus starting off, now he was hoping he could finish it. "Hopefully, what we wish to ask, convey, and express to you all is that you are able to tolerate and accept us into the Warren still after this announcement of ours. We ask to extend the courtesy you have towards others who have mates onto us because even though we may be a unique case of Mates, we are still rabbits who still believe in dignity and respect towards others who are different. I've seen this warren do exceptional things when it comes to new endeavors, though there have been challenges in the past no doubt and we know this will be no exception. But we'll do our best to pull through this new change we have here and it surprisingly centers around something most of us have experienced and cherish."
Vesper said with a pause as he steps forward and made himself taller and with his rare smile, he placed his free paw upon his heart, "That my fellow rabbits are Love.
Love shows us how important we are to one another and to ourselves. Love is what causes mates to care deeply for their kittens and for their significant other. Love is what drives to go and make sure this very warren is safe and secured well so that the rabbits that occupy it may prosper. Love is what changes us into roles we never thought we'd be ready for but in the end, lead and make decisions that are instrumental for the integrity and prosperity for the warren. Love is a lot of things and may indeed stand to differ for each one's perspective, due to their own experience. Yet the one thing love does that makes you believe it is all the worthwhile, because when you meet that special someone who changes everything and improves it through their own actions towards you and you specifically....well, I feel great." Vesper said in a satisfied serious tone as he pulled his mate next to him, closely and smiled upon seeing the Hare.
"Carduus is a Hare and a Buck I love deeply, unconditionally, and importantly. He makes me happy when I'm around him and he's happy when I'm around him too. Very important characteristics towards deciding someone you chose to be your loving partner and it happen to be my best friend. I am grateful that El-ahrairah and Frith through our experiences, brought us together and I hope good things to come in our near future. I smile now because I'm not ashamed of who I love... in fact, I'm proud.^^ I'm proud of my Mate, how much he has done for me and how much he cares for me, couldn't have picked a better hare to love." Vesper said warmly as he smiled to them all and after a wink to Acacia in the back, who had been cheering them on silently, he looked to Carduus with a flustered smile, leaned up kissed his forehead happily and whispered to his ear, "I love you."