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 Twelve Trails Twitter post archive p. 2, Christmas 2009, updated 01/07/10
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Page 2 of the Twelve Trails Twitter archive


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12/20/09 12 noon PST

#rathxmas The Named "Twelve Trails of Christmas" or "A Pre-Hisssteric Holiday" starring the Named clan cats 12 noon PST today

#rathxmas The irreverent and irrepressible Bonechewer, from Ratha's Creature is back for a visit with the Named.

#rathxmas Bonechewer was possibly the best character in the series. I, being young and stupid at the time, killed him off in the first book.

#rathxmas At least I thought I did, but he seems to think otherwise. He still comes around to haunt me.

#rathxmas Bonechewer sings: "On the sixth trail of Christmas, the clan brought down on me. Six raiders slaying..."

#rathxmas Ratha: "Bonechewer?"

#rathxmas Thakur: "How, by the Red Tongue's ashes, can you be here? Brother, I thought you died."

#rathxmas: Bonechewer: "You clan cats have throught a lot of things about me and none have been true."

#rathxmas: Ratha: I thought we were more than just 'clan cats' to you, Bonechewer.

#rathxmas: Bonechewer. You are. I didn't mean to be so harsh. When one changes, as I have, one loses some of the stronger positive emotions."

#rathxmas: Thakur: "Brother, I am glad to see you, whatever you are. But please don't upset Ratha."

#rathxmas Bonechewer: "I respect boundaries. She is your mate now. And, I suspect, she has grown out of me."

#rathxmas Ratha: "I have in some ways, though not in others."

#rathxmas Bonechewer "You love what you see of me in my brother. It is right. I will not disturb it."

#rathxmas Thakur: "Though I rejoice to see you, I still wonder how you can be here."

#rathxmas Bonechewer: "The spirit of life in this season has powers over those of us who have taken the darker trails.

#rathxmas Bonechewer: It has gifted me with the chance to rejoin you, sing with you, and even create nonsense with you."

#rathxmas Bonechewer: "Brother, I may need to borrow your herding students for this task."#rathxmas

#rathxmas Thakur: "I don't think you'll get much use out of them today, but you are welcome to try."

#rathxmas Herding Students: "We're hungry." "We're bored." "This is stupid." "I gotta go in the sand pile." "I wanna go home!!" "Wrrrwhaaahhh...."

#rathxmas Bonechewer: I see what you mean. Well, cublings, pay attention. You are going to help me do the next verse."

#rathxmas Student #1: "Why do we have to obey you? Who are you?"

#rathxmas Student # 2 "This is strange. I can see right through him, as if he's sort of here, but sort of isn't. "Hssst!"

#rathxmas Thakur "You will obey him because I and the clan leader say so."

#rathxmas Bonechewer: "I am a bit of an ectoplasmic manifestation at the moment. My apologies."

#rathxmas Student #1 "You mean you're..."

#rathxmas Bonechewer "A spirit. A ghost of seasons past, if you will. A dweller by strange waters."

#rathxmas Student #1 "I don't believe in no ghosts!"

#rathxmas Student #2 "It's a trick."

#rathxmas Bonechewer: I have been known to be a bit of a trickster. But you will find this trick fun, I believe."



Twelve Trails ClanChirps Six Raiders Slaying (Bonechewer) #2

12/22/09 12 noon PST

#rathxmas Cub Student #1: How will this verse be fun for us? This whole song-thing is dumb."

#rathxmas Cub Student #2: "I wanna go back to my den!"

#rathxmas Bonechewer: "Since we have a certain lack of real raiders, as my verse demands, I need some fake ones. And you cubs have been volunteered."

#rathxmas Cub Student #2: "Not me!"

#rathxmas Bonechewer: "A pity then. I shall have to summon some of my less than respectable UnNamed friends."

#rathxmas Ratha: "I suggest you youngsters take Bonechewer's suggestion."

#rathxmas Cub #1 "If we're raiders, we have to attack something. What do we attack?"

#rathxmas Bonechewer: "The clan. Your elders. You don't think that's exciting?"

#rathxmas Thakur and Ratha together: "Bonechewer!"

#rathxmas Cub Student #1 "We cant really hurt 'em."

#rathxmas Bonechewer: "That's why I chose you."

#rathxmas Cub student #2 "But we can try! Watch out, herding teacher! I'm going to chew your ears!"

#rathxmas Thakur: "When you grow real teeth instead of those milk-fangs, fluff-ball..."

#rathxmas Ratha: "If I had any doubts that he's really Bonechewer, I just lost them."



12/22/09 6PM PST

#rathxmas Bonechewer sings: "On the sixth trail of Christmas, I brought down on the clan. Six raiders slaying..."

#rathxmas Bonechewer: "Gather together, little cub-raiders. Elders, be on your guard."

#rathxmas Fessran: "What the flaming scats is HE doing here?"

#rathxmas Ratha: I'll explain later, Fessran. Everybody, listen. For now, just play along."

#rathxmas Fessran: "What about Thistle-chaser. For yowling out loud, he's her father..."

#rathxmas Bonechewer: "She won't see me or hear me. Until later."

#rathxmas Fessran: "Uhrrr...it must be useful being a ghost. Or an ecto-whatever-you-call-it."

#rathxmas Bonechewer: "It does, on occasion."

#rathxmas Ashon: "Can I be a raider too? I'm still a cub student."

#rathxmas Bonechewer: "If you promise to not mault your victim too badly. Yes."

#Cub Student #1 "I'm a raying slader! I mean, I'm a slaying raider!"

#rathxmas Cub Student #2: "Can we attack you, Bonechewer-thing?"

#rathxmas Bonechewer: "You might find it difficult to even get a claw into me, but you can try."



12/23/09 12 noon PST

#rathxmas Bonechewer: "Raiders, assemble! Good. Go!"

#rathxmas Cub Student #1: "I'm going for the herding teacher! Rrraaah!"

#rathxmas Cub Student #2 "I'm pouncing on the herder leader. Watch out, old Cherfan! Growwwrrr!"

#rathxmas All the cub students together: "Attack the clan! Eeeerowrrr!"

#rathxmas Ashon: "Clan leader, do you mind if I jump on you? I'll be careful?"

#rathxmas Ratha: "What's one more cub on top of me. Go on."

Fessran: "I have cubs all over me! Youch! You little..."

#rathxmas Mondir: "They're cheating. There are more than six here. All the cubs are being raiders. They're chewing on my tail. Help!"

#rathxmas Bonechewer: "I never said I could count..."

#rathxmas Clan elders: "Yow, ouch, grrrrf, get off me, quit that you fur-ball..."

#rathxmas Cubs: "Wowrr, this IS fun!"

#rathxmas Fessran: " Fighting. The true spirit of this Chrisss-Mess season. Yeerouch!"

#rathxmas Ratha: "Enough! Sing your verse, Bonechewer!"

#rathxmas Bonechewer sings: "On the sixth trail of Christmas, the cubs ran wild and free. Six raiders slaying, five drunk treelings...."

#rathxmas Bnechewer sings: "Four bawling herds, three drenched wrens, two rumblers to shove, and a threehorn deer stuck in a plum tree..."

#rathxmas Don't take the Named as an example of what to do for the hoildays. Have a happy and safe season!

#rathxmas Twelve Trails will resume on the 27th with Thistle-chaser and seven seamares sloshing etc. etc.

12/28/09 12 noon PST

#rathxmas According to older traditions, the winter solstice holiday lasted 12 days, encompassing Christmas and New Year's Day (I think).

#rathxmas To me, that makes more sense than trying to cram everything into two or three days. So the Named are reviving the old tradition.

#rathxmas Thistle-chaser sings: "By seven trail of Christmas, took all the clan to sea..."

#rathxmas Ratha: "It may have taken us an additional day to reach Thistle-chaser's beach, but we're all here."

#rathxmas: Thakur: "And some others have joined us. Greetings, Quiet Hunter."

#rathxmas Thistle: "Here's lagoon where Thakur learned to swim in sea. Seamares further ahead."

#rathxmas Thakur: "Yes, where you taught me. I remember."

#rathxmas Quiet Hunter: "This one is glad that Thistle's leg is better."

#rathxmas Thistle: "And taught me how to fix bad leg. Worked! Can dance on sand, see!"

#rathxmas Quiet Hunter: "This one is glad that Thistle can dance."

#rathxmas Thistle: "Happy that Quiet Hunter will dance too. With this one."

#rathxmas Fessran: "Uh, Thistle, I don't see any seamares."

#rathxmas Thistle: "Wave-wallowers out swimming. Will come. First, we dig clams."

#rathxmas Fessran: " Dig what?"

#rathxmas Thistle: "Not remember? Clams. Squirty, shelly things. Seamares smash and eat."

#rathxmas Ratha "It has been many seasons, Thistle."

#rathxmas Thistle: "When Named caught and kept Splayfoot and other seamare friends as herdbeasts, clan had to dig clams to feed them."

#rathxmas Fessran: "THAT's why I didn't want to remember."

#rathxmas Bira: "This is starting to sound messy..."

#rathxmas Ratha: "Thistle, can you show us again? Everyone, please listen to Thistle-chaser."

#rathxmas Fessran: Is there anything in this song that isn't? May an uncountable number of fleas pester the writer-creature!"

#rathxmas If you enjoyed this, please treat yourself to a Ratha book, or give one to a friend. Thanks!

#rathxmas Thistle-chaser and her seamare friends inhabit Ratha and Thistle-chaser (Named #3) and leave wet sandy footprints on my keyboard.

#rathxmas Seamares are based on extinct fossil creatures: http://www.rathascourage1.com/2007/11/rath...-are-seamares...


Twelve Trails ClanChirps Seven Seamares Sloshing #1

12/28/09 6 PM PST

#rathxmas Thistle "Will show Named clan how to find clams to dig up for seamares. Find hole in sand."

#rathxmas Fessran: "Which one?. There are LOTS of holes in this sand."
fessran

#rathxmas Thistle: "Look for hole a little bigger than others. Then step on hole hard and pull foot back quickly."

#rathxmas Bira: "Why do you step on the hole instead of digging beside it?"

#rathxmas Thistle: "If clam under sand, clam won't like you stepping on hole and squeezing sand down. Will blow out water."

#rathxmas Bira: "I'll try first. There. Oooarrr, what a fountain! I'm getting drenched!"

#rathxmas Thistle: "Not quick enough. Should be easy."

#rathxmas Bira: "Easy for you, maybe."

#rathmas Thistle:"Doing, not talking. See other hole there? Will step on hard, then..."

#rathxmas Clam: "Squirt, sloosh, splat!"

#rathxmas Thistle: "Yeearreeech! Arrrr..."

#rathxmas Bira: "Hah! It got you!"

#rathxmas Thistle: "Hrmph. Must be out of practice..."

#rathxmas Twelve Trails up again at 12 noon and 6 PM

#rathxmas Hope everyone is having a good holiday.

#rathxmas If you enjoyed this, please treat yourself to a Ratha book, or give one to a friend. Thanks!

#rathxmas Thistle-chaser and her seamare friends inhabit Ratha and Thistle-chaser (Named #3) and leave wet sandy footprints on my keyboard.

#rathxmas Seamares are based on extinct fossil Paleoparadoxia: http://www.rathascourage1.com/2007/11/rath...-are-seamares...

#rathxmas Find Ratha and Thistle-chaser: http://www.rathascourage.com/Ratha_and_Thistle-chaser

12/29/09 12 noon PST

#rathxmas Ratha: "All right. We've dug up a bunch of clams and smashed them on the rocks, as Thistle said."

#rathxmas Thistle: "Seamares coming. Scatter clam stuff just above waves, so seamares have to wallow on shore."

#rathxmas Bira: "And we're all soaked and full of sand. Can't we clean up and dry off first?"

#rathxmas Fessran: "No point in it, soggy-butt. We'll just get wet again, sloshing around with those creatures.

#rathxmas Thakur: "There's the seamare you call Splayfoot. And her colt, Guzzler."

#rathxmas Fessran: "Some colt. He's bigger than his mother now."

#rathxmas Seamares: "Heee-YONK, onk, onk..."

#rathxmas Thistle: "Now you get around seamares, so can have as many as needed for song."

#rathxmas Mondir: "This can't be much harder than herding dappleback horses. Seamares aren't much bigger."

#rathxmas Cherfan: "You ever seen dapple-backs with tusks like those? Rrrrharrr, you guzzling wave-wallower, don't take a poke at me!"

#rathxmas Guzzler: "Hooo-ONK, YONK, YONK!"



12/29/09 6PM PST

#rathxmas Thakur: "The sea-colt is just trying to protect his mother. Easy, herders."

#rathxmas Thistle: "Will calm seamares. All in clan, stay still. Must be gentle."

#rathxmas Ratha: "Thistle, be careful. Yarrr, she's touching noses with the colt and rubbing heads with the mother. That's... "

#rathxmas Thakur: "Amazing."

#rathxmas Fessran: "Salty, sticky, and dangerous."

#rathxmas Bira: "The whole seamare herd is around Thistle, but they aren't harming her."

#rathxmas Mondir: "How many seamares are here?"

#rathxmas Fessran: "Who knows. More than seven."

#rathxmas Ratha: "They're doing what Thistle wants. Gobbling clam-scraps and splashing in the surf."

#rathxmas Bira: "Brrr, this sea wind is cold. Thistle, sing your verse!"

#rathxmas Thistle sings: "On seven trail of Christmas, took all the clan to see. Seven seamares sloshing, six raiders slaying..."

#rathxmas Thakur sings: "Five drunk treelings!"

#rathxmas Thistle sings: "Four bawling herds, three drenched wrens, two rumblers to shove..."

#rathxmas Thistle sings: "...and threehorn deer we stuck in plum tree!"


12/30/09 Skipped due to hubby's follow-on medical checkup.



12/31/09 12 noon PST

#rathxmas Twelve Trails returns, with all the grace and delicacy of a rampaging face-tail (hairy prehistoric elephant). 12 noon and 6 PM PST today.

#rathxmas Khushi is Fessran's son. He's good-natured, kind, but a bit unsure. He has a bad habit of becoming an object for hairy elephants to throw.

#rathxmas As in the first chapter of Ratha's Challenge. http://www.rathascourage.com/Challenge%20Chapter%20One

#rathxmas Khushi: "On the eighth day of Christmas, I really had to flee. From eight face-tails flinging..."

#rathxmas Fessran: "We're back from Thistle-chaser's beach, and my son, Khushi, can sing his verse here on clan ground."

#rathxmas Khushi: "So I have to herd together a bunch of those hairy, elephant face-tail things and make them throw stuff."

#rathxmas Ashon: "The face-tails like to throw you, Khushi. Just get a little closer to them..."

#rathxmas Khushi: "Nope. Not taking that trail, Ashon. I've had enough of getting tossed into thornbushes."

#rathxmas Thakur: "Herders, let's help Khushi by rounding up some face-tails."

#rathxmas Khushi: "Pick small ones, please...."

#rathxmas Mondir: How will Khushi know when he's got enough of the beasts?"

#rathxmas Ratha: "Here's an easy way. Khushi, look at all of your toes. If an UnNamed raider bit off two of them..."

#rathxmas Khushi: "Ow! My foot would hurt."

#rathmas Ratha: "I can't count very well either, but if you match each of your remaining toes to each face-tail beast, you should get it right."

#rathaxmas Khushi: "Do I also use my dew-claws? They're sort of like toes..."


Twelve Trails ClanChirps Eight Face-tails Flinging #1

12/31/09 6PM PST

#rathxmas Thakur: "I think we have enough of the face-tailed beasts, Khushi. Where do you want them?"

#rathxmas Khushi: "By the creek, so that they have mud to throw. Better than throwing rocks at us."

#rathxmas Ashon: How will you get them to throw mud? For once, they seem in a pretty good temper."

#rathxmas Khushi: "I'll fix that. I can't throw, like a treeling, but I can back-kick."

#rathxmas Thakur: "That's good, because the treelings are still...well, unavailable."

#rathxmas Khushi: "Everyone bring some creek mud and make a pile near the face-tails. Keep adding the stuff as I kick it away."

#rathxmas Khushi: "All right, we're ready. You tuskers take...THIS! Grrowff! Splat!"

#rathxmas Facetail: "Ehraaaahhh!"

#rathxmas Ashon: "Yeeoww! Good back-kick, Khushi. Got the beast right between the eyes. Let me try!"

#rathxmas Ratha: "I'm next. Clan leadership does have its privileges. This is for all the times you tuskers have butted me across the meadow. Yarr...Raaagh!"

#rathxmas Bira: "It's working! One of the facetails is scooping up a trunk-full of mud."

#rathxmas Fessran: "Clan leader, that isn't mud...watch out! Oh dungballs..."

#rathxmas Face-tail: "Ehraaahhh! Splat!"

#rathxmas Ratha: "Eeeyowreeech! Rrrr..."

#rathxmas Thakur: "At least they weren't rocks."

#rathxmas Ratha: "Khushi, sing your scatting verse before I bite off ALL your toes and some other pieces too!"

#rathxmas Khushi: "Uh...on the eighth trail of Chirstmas my clan leader snarled at me. Eight face-tails flinging..."

#rathxmas Ratha: "GrrrAAAHrrrrr!"

#rathxmas Khushi sings: "A clan leader slaying, and all that other stuff, and I am running so far away from here!"

#rathxmas Thakur sings: "Six raiders slaying. Five still-drunk treelings!"

#rathxmas Fessran sings: "Four bawling herds, Ratha, don't you chase my son! Three drenched wrens..."

#rathxmas Bira: "Two rumblers to shove, and a threehorn deer that's wrecking a plum tree!"

#rathxmas Thakur: "Bira, can you help me pull Fessran off Ratha..."

#rathxmas Happy New Year's Eve!


#rathxmas No virtual animals were harmed in the making of this program, although some virtual hairy prehistoric elephants were annoyed.



01/01/10 skipped (holiday)

Twelve Trails ClanChirps Nine Toms Romancing

01/02/10 12 noon PST

#rathxmas Fessran sings: "On the ninth day of Christmas, I went on such a spree
Nine toms romancing...."

#rathxmas Ratha: "Clan males, gather around Fessran. Each one, tell her why she should choose you.'

#rathxmas Bira: "Ratha, I went after Khushi, found him and told him that you were no longer angry."

#rathxmas Fessran: "Since Khushi's back, I'll start with him. If I wasn't your mother, scout, how would you court me?"

#rathxmas Khushi: "I wouldn't because you are, but if I did...uh, well I like little cubs. I found and cared for Mishanti before Thistle-chaser raised him."

#rathxmas Khushi "I would be a good father. I would dig you a nice new den for the cubs and fill it with soft moss and nice-smelling pine needles."

#rathxmas "I would pat the small ones so gently, let them climb all over me and play with my tail. I would be so proud because they would be yours and mine."

#rathxmas Fessran: "The clan female who does take you will make a wise choice. I almost wish that it could be me."

#rathxmas Cherfan: "I'll be next. Lovely, swift, brave, clever Fessran, I will keep doing what I have done before. And more of it."

#rathxmas Cherfan: "I will raise the plumpest herdbeasts so that I can feed you and your cubs the choicest, most tender meat."

#rathxmas Cherfan "You will be sleek and sassy, with beautiful thick fur. And even more fun to snuggle and cuddle every night."

#rathxmas Fessran: "That is why have chosen you before, my huge, strong, soft, sweet Cherfan, and I may again. Mondir?"

#rathxmas Mondir: "I would be your warrior, fighting beside you and defending you from raider attacks. My cubs by you would be strong and fierce."

#rathxmas Mondir: "We would train them as Firekeepers.With such torch-bearers, the UnNamed would never again venture onto clan ground."

#rathxmas: Fessran "Your words are like the Red Tongue flaming in my heart and belly, young warrior."

#rathxmas Fessran: "Now Mishanti. Small, but still growing fast. Toughened through an early struggle to live. Young, but promising."

#rathxmas Mishanti: "Know best places to catch yummy fishies. Thistle taught how. Would feed you. Make your fur and eyes shine."

#rathxmas Mishanti: "Would dance with you in moonlight on beach. Be so happy, would chase tail, get dizzy, and fall in water."

#rathxmas Fessran: "Now that is true affection. I am impressed. Thank you dear Mishanti!"

#rathxmas Mishanti: "Would shake off good afterwards, so wouldn't get you too wet..."


01/02/10 6PM PST

#rathxmas Fessran: "The wise and thoughtful herding teacher of the clan, Thakur. How would you win me?"

#rathxmas Thakur: "In the same way as I have won Ratha. I would celebrate your speed and endurance by racing you up a mountain."

#rathxmas Thakur: When we reached the top, I would show you a vison of our world, how it is now and how it could be."

#rathxmas Thakur: "And then, as night crept over the peak, I would lift your paw into the sky, and touch it to the stars."

#rathxmas Fessran: "Perhaps you will someday, although I will never try to take you away from Ratha."

#rathxmas Ratha: "I thank you for that, Firekeeper. Next, Bundi."

#rathxmas Bundi: "I know about you, Fessran. You tend the Red Tongue because it gives you command and leadership. Power."

#rathxmas Bundi "I could give you command of a great animal power. Imagine a whole herd of my rumblers and all of us riding on them."

#rathxmas Bundi: "I would give you a young rumbler and teach you how to ride it. Then you could teach and lead others."

#rathxmas Fessran: "The Named would become The Rumbler-Riders. That is an incredible idea, but I'm not sure Ratha or I are ready for it yet."

#rathxmas Ratha: I'm not sure what to say. Someday we may need to use your idea. In the meantime, we move on. Quiet Hunter?

#rathxmas Quiet Hunter: "This one is bound to Thistle-chaser, but if ...I ..were not, I would give the greatest gift this one knows."

#rathxmas "Quiet Hunter: "The upwelling beauty that is the guiding and teaching Song of this one's hunter tribe."

#rathxmas Quiet Hunter: "With voice, with movement, with dance, this one...I...would re-create it for you."

#rathxmas Fessran: "I believe Thistle is very happy that she chose you. Even though this Song is not for me, I am honored by the thought."

#rathxmas Ratha: "Wait, who is that? He's not a clan male. By the Red Tongue's flame, Night-who-eats-stars! Why have you come?"

#rathxmas Thakur: "Easy, Ratha. Night isn't your enemy."

#rathxmas: Fessran: "Greetings, star-eater. I think you have a few more stars in your pelt than you did last time.

#rathxmas Ratha: "I want to know what his intentions are. If they are peaceful, then he should say so. Unless he can't speak."

#rathxmas Thistle-chaser: " Can talk better than me. Doesn't choose to. Will whisper to me, so can speak for him."

#rathxmas Fessran: "Let me guess. Night is here as part of the crazy song, so, as incredible as it seems, he is also courting me."

#rathxmas: Thistle-chaser: "Night says yes."

#rathxmas Fessran: "And you are going to offer me something to make me choose you?"

#rathxmas Thistle-chaser: "He says yes."

#rathxmas Ratha: "Since you brought us the Red Tongue's coals in a hollow log, your offer must have something to do with that"

#rathxmas Thistle-chaser: "He says it does. He says will give many more ways to use flame creature."

#rathxmas Thistle-chaser: "Fire-carrying log only beginning of trail. Much more lies ahead."

#rathxmas Brief intermission to get all the prehistoric cat hair out of the Twitter tubes.


01/02/10 9 PM PST


#rathxmas Thistle-chaser: Flame-creature can make water hot, make it froth, change it to mist. Can melt soil, change it into hard shiny stuff."

#rathxmas Thistlechaser: "Fire and flame-mist can push, move, turn, change world, change lives. Full taming of fire-creature best gift of all."

#rathxmas Fessran: "If I trusted Night, I might take his offer. I'm not sure."

#rathxmas Ratha: "I brought the Red Tongue's flame to the clan. They and I will decide together what trail we take with it."

#rathxmas Thistle-chaser: "He says it is too soon for you. Now he is going."

#rathxmas Ratha: "Wait, we need to.."

#rathxmas Fessran: "He's gone. I was thinking it might be wonderful to have cubs with stars in their black pelts...who's next?"

#rathxmas Ratha: "I don't know. We seem to have run out of toms..."

#rathxmas Bonechewer: "Have you forgotten me, clan leader?"

#rathxmas Ratha and Fessran together: "Bonechewer?"

#rathxmas Bonechewer: In this form I may not be able to couple, but I certainly can court."

#rathxmas Ratha: "As long as you can speak, you can charm the fur off anyone."

#rathxmas Bonechewer: "For such faith in me, I will tell you one precious thing. Night's offer is the strongest."

#rathxmas Fessran: "Then I should choose...HIM?"

#rathxmas Bonechewer: "I said his offer is the strongest, not the best. And I have not yet made mine."

#rathxmas Fessran: "Ratha, he doesn't have to...I don't want to upset you. I must be dreaming, Is this real?"

#rathxmas Ratha: "No, Fessran, it's all right. He's the ninth one in the song. Bonechewer, tell her what you would give."

#rathxmas Bonechewer: "What I gave you, Ratha. To sink her teeth deep into the world's flesh, to feast on life's passion, bravery, and beauty."

#rathxmas Bonechewer: "To see, stalk, smell, taste, and marvel at creatures you not only haven't seen, Fessran, but can barely imagine."

#rathxmas Bonechewer "I would walk with you all your life on the world's wild hunting trails, and when your life ended...

#rathxmas Bonechewer: "... if you chose to become spirit and journey with me, we would rise from this world and run the paths beyond."

#rathxmas Ratha: "Fessran?"

#rathxmas Fessran: "My head is still spinning..."

#rathxmas Ratha: "Bonechewer's wrong about Night's offer being the strongest. If it were possible, Bonechewer's offer would be the best."

#rathxmas: Fessran: " But I can't...stupid song! All right, I won't choose one of you toms. I'll choose ALL of you..."

#rathxmas Fessran: "For an enormous cuddle in a panther-pile. Females, join in! Ooof, Cherfan, I should have known you'd be the first..."

#rathxmas Ratha: "And somehow Bonechewer is in here with us. Sing, Fessran!"

#rathxmas Fessran sings: "On this ninth trail of Christmas, I think I'll stay awhile in this nice warm panther-pile, with nine toms romancing..."

#rathxmas Fessran sings: "Eight face-tails flinging, seven seamares sloshing, six raiders slaying..."

#rathxmas Thakur sings: "Five drunk tree-lings!"

#rathxmas Fessran sings: "Four bawling herds, three drenched wrens, two rumblers to shove...

#rathxmas Ratha sings: "And the threehorn deer still stuck in a plum tree!"



01/03/09 6PM PST

#rathxmas The next verse features Shongshar, from Clan Ground. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/014...ndsandworlds-20

#rathxmas I didn't really intend to include him, but he crashed his way in. He's what you'd get if you gave Dick Cheney a big fur coat and sabertooth fangs.

#rathxmas Clan Ground was first published in 1984. Funny how reality and fiction interact.

#rathxmas Read the first chapter of Clan Ground here: http://rathascourage1.com/Clan%20Chapter%20One

#rathxmas Shongshar sings: "On the tenth trail of Christmas, my spies brought word to me. Of ten hordes a-peeping..."


#rathxmas Ratha: "Who is that? Oh, no, it can't be..."

#rathxmas Shongshar: "Remember me, little clan leader? I come to warn you about hordes of UnNamed that threaten clan ground."

#rathxmas Fessran: "I remember you, Shongshar. These scars on my foreleg and chest remember your fangs."

#rathxmas Bundi: "I remember you in these burns I got the night your followers pushed me into the Red Tongue's nest."

#rathxmas Thakur: "I and my treeling Aree remember you, Shongshar. Your twisted Firekeepers tried to kill both of us."

#rathxmas Bira: "Go away. All you bring is evil, pain and horror. We don't need any more ghosts since we have Bonechewer."

#rathxmas Ratha: "No Bira. Shongshar brought more than that. He taught me a lesson that was bitter but needed."

#rathxmas Shongshar: "Ahhh, you see now, little leader. Your people need to dance dangerously close to the fire..."

#rathxmas Shongshar: "...to fling themselves high, to burn with glorious fever, to adore and tremble before a great power.."

#rathxmas Ratha: "Not in your way, Shongshar. Not by terror, not by viciousness, not by hatred."

#rathxmas Bira: "We dance around the fire and we leap in its light, but no one fears, no one suffers."

#rathxmas Thakur: "Our treeling friends that you wanted to destroy now dance with us."

#rathxmas Ratha: "We are still making cub-steps along the trail of worship, but we must find our own way."



01/03/09 8PM PST

#rathxmas Shongshar: "Even though I am dead, my voice can still guide and protect you from the threatening hordes of the UnNamed ones."

#rathxmas Ratha: "I know that trick, Shongshar. You scare us with the enemy outside so that we will cower under you."

#rathxmas Ratha: "Even if there were hordes of UnNamed raiders surrounding us, we would reject your cruel path."

#rathxmas Shongshar: "You call me cruel? I am here because you Named me, because you took my cubs from me..."

#rathxmas Ratha: "I had to do that for the future of the clan. Yes, I gave you pain, but you chose to act as you did. Sing your verse and be gone."

#rathxmas Shongshar sings: "On the tenth trail of Christmas, the clan risked too much to be free..."

#rathxmas Bundi sings: "Don't need your kind of se-cur-ity..."

#rathxmas Fessran sings: "You'd really better flee..."

#rathxmas Shongshar: "All right, I'll go."

#rathxmas Bonechewer: "I don't believe I've met you, Shongshar. I'm Bonechewer. We must have a lot in common."

#rathxmas Shongshar: "What do I have in common with you, renegade?"

#rathxmas Bonechewer: "Well, for one thing, we're both dead..."

#rathxmas Bonechewer: "Join me on the starry trails for awhile and let the clan finish the song."

#rathxmas Ratha sings: "On the tenth day of Christmas, we rejoiced that we stayed free..."

#rathxmas Ratha sings: "In your eye, you ten hordes a-peeping If you're really there...!"

#rathxmas Fessran: "Nine toms romancing, eight face-tails flinging, seven seamares sloshing, six raiders slaying..."

#rathxmas Thakur: "Five drunk tree-lings!"

#rathxmas Mondir: "Four bawling herds, three drenched wrens, two rumblers to shove..."

#rathxmas Thistle "Free poor threehorn deer from fallen plum tree..."

#rathxmas Striper is the Named word for the three-toed (center hoof prominent) Hipparion horses. Often shown in paleo-art totally or partially striped. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hipparion

#rathxmas The young herder Ashon is intoduced in Ratha's Courage, getting pelted with mud thrown by a face-tail.

#rathxmas Here's the Twelve Trails archive and recap page: http://www.rathascourage.com/Twelve_trails

#rathxmas Ratha's Courage on Amazon http://bit.ly/8Sx8pb Ratha's Courage on Indiebound http://bit.ly/6o76yX


01/04/10 6PM PST

#rathxmas Ashon sings:"On the eleventh trail of Christmas, I was surprised to see. Eleven stripers swiping..."

#rathxmas Ashon: "Cherfan and Mondir, are you having trouble with those striped horses? May I help?"

#rathxmas Cherfan: "Yes, indeed, youngster. Help us get the beasts together so that we can finish that flea-bitten song."

#rathxmas Bira: "Herders, can you keep the stripers away from the cub nursery? They're poking their heads in."

#rathxmas Bira: "They're stealing the soft dry grass right out from under the little cubs!"

#rathxmas Ratha: "They are also ripping down and dragging away the hides we hung up to dry."

#rathxmas Fessran: "And taking sticks and branches from my Firekeepers. We need the wood to keep the guard-fires going."

#rathxmas Thakur: "Rrrarr, you greedy horses, stop taking the fruit I got for the treelings!"

#rathxmas Ashon: "Yow, they are swiping everything! Crazy stripers."

#rathxmas Thistle: "Am mad at stripers too."

#rathxmas Ratha: "What did they do to you, Thistle?"

#rathxmas Thistle: "Was hungry. Caught fish from pond to eat, and river-crawlers to give Thakur. Laid them out on bank."

#rathxmas Thistle:"Striper came up, brayed loud. Startled me. Ran away. Came back, food all gone. Even the river-crawlers."

#rathxmas Thakur: "The river-crawlers? My delicious river-crawlers? Gone? That's too much! We've got to stop this."

#rathxmas Fessran: "Cull a few. That would show them who rules here. And I haven't had MY holiday feast yet."



01/04/10 8 PM PS

#rathxmas Ratha: "You'll get your holiday feast, Firekeeper, but not right now. Does anyone else have an idea to stop the stripers from swiping things?"

#rathxmas Ashon: "We could distract the stripers. A lot of new grass that has just grown up in the meadow near the creek."

#rathxmas Ratha: "Good thinking, young herder. Let's drive the stripers together and take them to the meadow."

#rathxmas Mondir: "Here we go. Heyarrr, you horse, don't kick at me!"

#rathxmas Cherfan: "Be careful, Ashon. That stallion is rearing. Watch those front hooves!"

#rathxmas Striper: "Breee hee hee! Hrughhh..."

#rathxmas Ashon: "Missed, grass-eater. Swipe at me, will you? Here's one across your backside. "Rrrah-hah!"

#rathxmas Cherfan: "That got him moving. Good, they've found the grass and they're feasting on it."

#rathxmas Thakur: "Hopefully the food will keep them busy and out of our fur."

#rathxmas Fessran: Don't be so sure. Ashon, sing your verse!"

#rathxmas Ashon sings: "On the eleventh day of Christmas, I ducked a big horse-ie! Eleven stripers swiping..."

#rathxmas Fessran sings: "All those other mangy creatures. In-clu-ding the wri-ter."

#rathxmas Ratha "And that threehorn deer caught in the plum tree."



01/05/10 4PM PST

#rathxmas Mondir sings: "On the twelfth trail of Christmas we drove herd-beasts to the tree..."

#rathxmas Quiet Hunter sings: "Twelve dapples drumming..."

#rathxmas Quiet Hunter: "This one thinks that driving litttle dappleback horses should be easy."

#rathxmas Ratha: "They can be tricky, though. Slow down, herders, or you'll stampede them. Especially you, Mondir."

#rathxmas Quiet Hunter: "It seems to this one...uh,me...that the dappleback stallion is getting angry."

#rathxmas Mondir: "You're being too cautious. I can manage...Whoops! Yeowwr, the little beast jumped right over me. There he goes."

#rathxmas Quiet Hunter: "And the dappleback mares follow. They run to the creek bank where the stripers graze."

#rathxmas Ratha: "Oh no, they'll stampede the stripers too! Cut them off. Cherfan, Mondir, everyone..."

#rathxmas Cherfan: "Too late, clan leader. Mondir, you dung-brain, get out of the way or the stripers will trample you!"

#rathxmas Fessran: "Now we've got all the horses running wild."

#rathxmas Thakur: "The horses startled the three-horn deer. There goes the deer herd."

#rathxmas Ashon: "Right into the middle of the face-tails. Now the tuskers are charging."

#rathxmas Mishanti: "And rumblers too. Biggest mess ever!"

#rathxmas Fessran "Well, the treelings have recovered from eating overripe plums. There they are, jumping up on the dapplebacks."

#rathxmas Bundi: "All the beasts are stopping, turning around..."

#rathxmas Another five-star review for Ratha's Courage: http://www.docstoc.com/docs/18616524/Ratha...--5-Star-Review


01/05/10 6PM PST

#rathxmas Bundi "...and chasing us. Run!"

#rathxmas Thakur: "Did I just see a shamble-claw and a pack of bristle-manes join the bunch?"

#rathxmas Ratha: And that huge, nasty, wingless bird that once tried to eat me when I was young."

#rathxmas Thistle: "Seamares in the creek. Barking raiders too. And the blubber-tusker. How?"

#rathxmas Bira: What's that creature? It looks as big as a rumbler."

#rathxmas Fessran "It doesn't have fur or ears. It's all feathers,skin and scales, and a big head. Those jaws are crammed with fangs much longer than mine."

#rathxmas Ratha: "Is the creature another giant bird? But it doesn't have a beak."

#rathxmas Thakur: I believe that the humans call that creature a 'dinosaur'. Specfically, a Tyrannosaurus rex."

#rathxmas Fessran: "I thought all those things were long dead! What's it doing HERE?"

#rathxmas Ratha: "Ask you-know-who. Everyone, listen. Hide up in the trees!"

#rathxmas: Bira: "This isn't fair. The writer-creature is CHEATING!"

#rathxmas Fessran: "We'll be safe. She can't kill us off. She needs us."

#rathaxmas Cherfan: "Then why is your fur all spiked up, Firekeeper?"


01/05/10 8PM PST

#rathxmas Thakur: "Help me up this tree, Ratha. I'm a runner, not a climber."

#rathxmas Ratha: "All those creatures will exhaust themselves charging all over clan ground. Let's just hide and wait."

#rathxmas Quiet Hunter: "This one suggests that singing the last verse may calm things down."

#rathxmas Ratha: "Then, Mondir and Quiet Hunter, sing it."

#rathxmas Mondir sings:"On these Twelve Trails of Christmas, I don't know what's coming next."

#rathxmas Quiet Hunter sings: "A creature humans call 'Tee Rex' "

#rathxmas Thakur sings: "It's too far out of context."

#rathxmas Fessran sings: "This is making us all wrecks!"

#rathxmas Mondir sings: "Twelve dapples drumming, eleven stripers swiping, ten hordes a-peeping..."

#rathxmas Fessran sings: "Nine toms romancing, eight face-tails flinging..."

#rathxmas Thistle sings: "Seven seamares sloshing, six raiders slaying..."

#rathxmas Thakur sings: "Five drunk tree-lings!"

#rathxmas Bira sings: "Four bawling herds, three drenched wrens, two rumblers to shove..."

#rathxmas Ratha sings: "And the Named all hiding in a plum tree!"

#rathxmas T. Rex:" GRAAAHHAAAAA!"

#rathxmas All the Named cats together: "Have a Happy 2010, everyone!"

#rathxmas Fessran: "Where did that T. Rex go? Grr, I am so going to shred that writer-creature...."

#rathxmas Finally THE END


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