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The Corporal's Kitten

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“Oh, for god’s sake…” said Sergeant Nessilka, covering her eyes. Corporal Algol had a very small kitten cradled in his hands. She was pretty sure she'd had nightmares like this.

“Can I keep ‘im, Sarge, can I? Please?”

“Corporal—“ she began, and stopped, because she didn’t know what she was going to say after that. She should never have let him name the supply goat. Once you started naming goats, it was all downhill from there. She massaged the bridge of her nose and tried again. “Corporal, we’re goblins. The scourge of the night! Stealers of children! Marauders of the dark! The terror of…well, fairly terrible anyway.”

Algol looked at her blankly, petting the kitten.

“We aren’t kitten people!”

Algol stared at her, still petting the kitten. It made a little mrrp! noise and butted its head against his fingers.

“We…don’t…what would the other units think…?”

Algol sniffed. The sergeant could see a traitorous moisture beginning under his eyes.


His lower lip wibbled.

“Oh, fine,” she said, relenting. “If somebody eats it, don’t come crying to me.”


I get the feeling the goblin military is pretty lax by human standards. Mixed media on illo board, 8 x 12 or thereabouts. I have goblins on the brain. Original is probably for sale, prints are definitely available for $10 plus shipping--send a note or visit [link] for details.
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Yishana8's avatar
Aaah! Soft-hearted, kitten-loving goblins! Like this!

marcoancientpredator's avatar
YAY!!! I knew that goblins have a weak spot! LOL
Nina-Lupus's avatar
The story just makes this cuter!!! This is adorable :glomp:
raptoregg64's avatar
^_^ Adorable! Kittens can melt anyone's heart. I know from experience. *nods sagely*
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skepticon's avatar
Totally adorable. :D
bdevries's avatar
Goblins + kittens for the win! :D
MechaFurre's avatar
I like your idea of goblins.
mrnyuckles's avatar
Again, SO cute. ^^
LadyKalliope's avatar
that's so incredibly cute, and I have to say, like the rest of your works, very original.
poisonustreefrog's avatar
it make me happy inside
UnicornPoki's avatar
awwwwww! so sweet! thank you!
noa-of-natures-hold's avatar
it's just beautiful how you make realy good yet funny art
ghostwhitehorse's avatar
*sigh* missed this. . . and I am a sucker for kitten pics. *rolls eyes at self* :D :+fav:
Sofolla's avatar
OMG this is so adorable. Awwww.. Impressions on their face and colours that you used.. Awh.. I wish I had one of those too *meauw* ^____^
MrtY's avatar
Haha how cute :--D
Nuttyasafruitcake's avatar
AWWWWWW! I love it! Can never have too many kitties!
apeman505's avatar
LOL that reminds me of Corporal Nobbs and Sergeant Colon in Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels. He looks so happy!
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