Kanaya could hear a more than audible and elongated profanity, followed by the sound of crushing foliage, as she put down the frog she had been examining.
Making her way through the brush towards the sound, she used her chainsaw to clear a path until she came across the sight of her fearless leader entangled in some vines as he struggled to break free.
“WHY IN THE GRUBSTAINED HELL WOULD IT DROP ME OUT OF THE SKY!?”
Kanaya couldn’t help but give a weary chuckle “How Nice Of You To “Drop In”. I Even Used Word Talons To Emphasize.”
“HAR FUCKING HAR MARYAM.” Karkat said in his usual disgruntled tone
“Just Stay Still And I’ll Cut You Loose In A Moment.” She said with a rev of her chainsaw which threw Karkat into a panic.
“WOAH, HOLD ON, DON’T YOU DARE BRING THAT THING NEAR ME!”
After much screaming, which was mostly drowned out by the roar of the gardening tool, Kanaya gave a tired sigh before putting away the chainsaw, “There, That Wasn’t So Bad.” She said rubbing some soreness out of her arms.
Karkat simply laid there on the grass for a moment, his chest rising and falling rapidly and his pupils like needle points “I THINK I JUST SAW MY LIFE FLASH BEFORE MY EYES.”
After he had calmed down, he got a good look at Kanaya “HOLY CRAP, YOU LOOK LIKE HELL.” He was quick to notice the bags under her eyes, along with how disheveled her hair looked, which needless to say was a rarity.
She responded by sitting down, inadvertently on a chest which had been covered in leaves. Quickly opening it and pulling out a key for her fetch modus, she unlocked one of the locked cards to find it was a much needed brush. Sitting down once more, she began to groom herself before replying to Karkat “Frog Breeding Has Been Less Than Pleasant To Say The Least.”
Karkat quickly retorted with a “NO SHIT” before allowing her to continue
“Between Breeding And Catching All These Frogs-” At which point a frog just so happened to jump between them and began to croak it’s heart out “I Have Also Had To Deal With Assassination Attempts From Derse.”
Karkats’ eyes widened as he looked at her “THEY’VE BEEN TRYING TO KILL YOU!?”
Kanaya shook her head before picking up the frog and placing it on her lap, petting it as though it were a small woof or meowbeast “The Frogs. Derse Seems To Harbor A Programmed Hatred For All Amphibian Forms, And Are Most Likely Trying To Stop Me From Breeding Bilious Slick.”
Karkat crossed his arms in frustration “WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU ACTUALLY GOT INSIDE YOUR RECOOPERACON?”
Kanaya shook her head, as if physically trying to jog her memory “I’ve Been Taking Short Rests Inbetween Breedings And Attacks But-”
“THEY’RE NOT DOING IT RIGHT?” He said finishing for her.
Kanaya nodded as she continued to pet the empty air where the frog had once been, having jumped off her lap in the middle of their conversation.
Karkat pinched the bridge of his olfactory bulb before helping Kanaya up to her feet “COME ON, I’LL PATROL WHILE YOU GET SOME REST.”
Kanaya smiled as she slowly rose, only to fall forward onto Karkat, her chest smothering him a bit thanks to their height difference “KANAYA, KEEP IT TOGETHER, I’M NOT CARRYING YOU TO YOUR HIVE LIKE A WRIGGLER THAT STAYED UP PAST IT’S RECOOPERACON TIME.”
While she did manage to steady herself, she still had to lean on Karkat for support “My Apologies… I Think I May Be More Tired Than I Had Thought.”
“NO FUCKING KIDDING.” Karkat said with an obviously annoyed tone as he none the less helped her back to her hive, having to actually carry her the latter half of the way there.
Once they’d reached the base of her Hive, Karkat let out a resounding “FUCK!” which scared about half the frogs in the immediate vicinity.
Kanaya shifted a bit on Karkats back, realizing he’d actually carried her to her hive “I’m Sorry…”
Karkat simply rolled his eyes “IT’S FINE, I CAN’T CALL MYSELF A LEADER IF I CAN’T EVEN PICK UP ONE OF MY SUBORDINATES. EXCEPT FOR EQUIUS, HE’D PROBABLY JUST SLIDE OFF MY BACK WITH ALL HIS SWEAT. GRAPHIC IMAGERY ASIDE, THERE’S NO SHIT FLIPPING WAY I’M GONNA BE ABLE TO CARRY YOU UP TO YOUR HIVE.”
Kanaya gave him a weak hug as thanks before getting to her feet “It’s Fine, You’ve Done Enough As It Is. There Should Be A Cave Hidden Around Here, I Can Rest Inside Until I’ve Gathered My Strength.” Kanaya began to take out her lipstick, only to have Karkats hand hold hers down. For that passing moment, she could feel an unfamiliar heat coming from it, unlike any she’d felt before.
“HOLD IT RIGHT THERE, YOU’RE NOT MOVING A MUSCLE, LEADERS ORDERS.”
Kanaya’s hazy eyes quickly went back to normal once she realized Karkat was talking to her. With a weak smile, she nodded “I Am Quite Fortunate To Have Such A Caring Leader.”
Karkat had begun to hack away at some foliage with his scythes as she watched him “IT’S CALLED STRATEGIZING, I CAN’T HAVE OUR TEAM AT FULL PONTENTIAL UNLESS I HAVE MY STRONGEST FIGHTERS AT THEIR BEST.”
She couldn’t help but smile a little wider at the half-compliment. Turning away from Karkat while he was working at the vines, she looked out towards the rest of her land, scanning the lush green horizon, the sounds of the croaking frogs forming a soothing symphony for her auditory sponges.
After a few minutes, Karkat announced the successful unveiling of the cave “FUCKING FINALLY.”
Kanaya turned to see the heaving Karkat next to a mound of vines taller than he was “Oh My, You Really Should Have Let Me Take Care Of It.” To which Karkat quickly replied “STRATEGIZING! NOW GET IN THE CAVE ALREADY, WE CAN USE ALL THESE STUPID VINES TO MAKE YOU A NEST OR SOMETHING.”
Kanaya chuckled at the mental image of her sleeping inside a wingbeast nest. Karkat grabbed a large clump of vines and set them down inside the cave before smoothing them out into a makeshift mat.
After helping her inside and onto the vine mat, Karkat gave the cave a look over, noting some frogs poking their heads out from crack and nooks to see their new guests “YOU SURE YOU’RE GONNA BE OKAY SLEEPING IN A PLACE LIKE THIS?” He then looked back to Kanaya only to see her sound asleep. With an exacerbated sigh, Karkat got out some of his spare shirts and used them to cover her before heading outside to patrol the area like he had promised.
Karkat made sure to literally cut a path through the foliage as he patrolled the immediate area around Kanayas hive, dealing with several croaking frogs along the way.
“SWEET CROAKING HELL WHY DO THEY ALL HAVE TO BE SO OBNOXIOUSLY LOUD!?” He exclaimed as he flailed his arms in a vain attempt to shoo away all the frogs near him, only to have them replaced with several more frogs
“AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUGH!” The croaking quickly ceased after his well articulated rebuttal.
Karkat stood there for a moment, wondering where all the croaking had suddenly gone off to. Looking above him, he noticed an unusually large leaf sprouting from a nearby tree, the underside of which seemed to be covered in several odd lumps. Karkat reached for it out of curiosity, causing a fuckton of frogs to cascade down onto him and restarting their unified choir.
Yeah, there was pretty much no way there wasn’t going be a bunch of frogs on there.
Karkat then proceeded to burst out of the amphibian pile like Troll Neo, except less badass and a whole lot more shouty.
“I SWEAR TO ALL THAT IS UNHOLY AND THINKPAN GRATING IF ONE MORE THING PISSES ME OFF I WILL DESTROY THE VERY LAND UPON WHICH MY WALKPADS STAND!” It was at this very moment that a giant shadow flew over the canopy of the jungle, blocking out some of the rays in the process.
Karkat looked up, still half-buried in frogs, to see a Derse Siege Titan flying above before landing just a bit away from Kanayas hive.
The Siege Titan landed with a flap of it’s massive dragon wings, causing a huge gust to sweep through the jungle, quickly followed by an earth shaking thud. It’s large red globes scanned the jungle floor as swarms of frogs jumped away from it as fast as they could, croaking in panic. Lifting up it’s massive forelegs, it quickly brought its hooves crashing down, causing more tremors to shake the land.
Karkat watched in dead silence as the modified titan continued to cause chaos on Kanayas’ land, his expression one of disbelief. Completely ignoring the frogs he was buried in, Karkat walked out of the pile towards the rampaging beast.
Walking up to in a continued silence, Karkat took an extremely deep breath
“WHAT IN THE EVERHATING, BULGE SUCKING, NOOKSTAIN COVERED FUCK DO YOU THINK YOU’RE DOING YOU THINKPAN ADDLED EXCUSE FOR A GRUBS BEDTIME STORY MONSTER!? YOU’RE GOING TO WAKE UP KANAYA!”
The Siege Titan had to cover its ears as Karkats screaming resounded, more than likely, through the entire land. It then looked at him with a bit of confusion before shrugging it off and attempting to stomp him flat.
As soon as it had raised its hoof, two purple spiked scythes which had obviously been alchemized using Solluxs throwing stars flew in an 8 formation into the titans eyes, causing them to crack as it howled in pain and held its hands to its maimed organs. Karkat simply pointed at it with a look of even greater annoyance than usual
“FUCK YOU!” Pulling out another pair of scythes, this time colored light blue and covered in hooks on the inner edge just like Nepetas claws, Karkat began to climb up the Titans legs with astounding speed as it continued to howl and flail about.
Pulling its hands away, the Titan looked down at Karkat through its cracked vision, and gave a sweep with its tremendous arm to knock him off. Seeing this, Karkat jumped off the leg and into the air as he put away the Action Scythes. At the same time, the Titans other arm came to swat Karkat out of the air. Quickly pulling out a pair of dark blue scythes with what looked like arrow heads at the tips of them, Karkat pressed a button on the handle of each, launching the heads via wires to grapple onto the Titans neck. As the arm came close, Karkat pulled himself up ontop of it with the help of the scythes before running along its length, and up to its shoulder.
Karkat continued to run, the wires of his STRONG Scythes extending after him as he ran across the Titans neck. Once on the other side, he suddenly jumped down, still clutching to the handles. Using the momentum from the drop, Karkat then swung himself back up, the wires wrapping around the Titans neck as he shot into the air. Finally letting go of the handles as he reached the apex of his rise, he pulled out his next set of long bladed scythes which looked more like extremely curved scimitars with dragon heads on the pommels.
Going into a nose dive, Karkat aimed for the back of the Titans neck, going into a rapid spin half way down, the Roaring Scythes cutting through the air in just the right way to sound like their monicker. With a thunder-like crack, Karkat hit the back of the Titans neck at full force with the blades, cutting out a chunk of ebony rock, the recoil causing him to bounce back up into the air.
Putting away the Roaring Scythes, he replaced them with another long but wider pair of scythes with almost translucent, light brown blades. He locked the pommels together, using them as makeshift wings to glide atop the falling Titans head.
A massive dust cloud formed around the Siege Titans fallen form, causing Karkat to cough as he tried to wave away some of the dust around him
“SHE WASN’T KIDDING ABOUT THE ASSASSINATION ATTEMPTS. IS THIS WHAT SHE’S BEEN DEALING WITH THIS WHOLE TIME?” Feeling a rush of fatigue, Karkat had to take a knee.
“FOR A GIANT PIECE OF PETRIFIED SHIT, IT WAS PRETTY HARD TO TAKE DOWN.” He said with an exhausted sigh before sliding off its head.
Several crack appeared around the Titans body as it slowly began to break down, its limbs falling apart and raising more dust, one after another.
After trekking back to the cave where he left Kanaya, Karkat was glad to see that the fighting had, thankfully, not disturbed her sleep. Desperately needing a rest himself, Karkat laid down beside her on the ground, his chest rising and falling quickly as he tried to catch his breath.
It was his heavy panting that alerted Kanaya to Karkats presence. With a yawn, she slowly sat up, looking a bit better than when Karkat had first seen her.
A worried expression came onto her face as soon as she saw the state that Karkat was in.
“Karkat, What Happened To You?”
Karkat managed to reply between breaths
“HUGE. DERSE. STONE. ASSHOLE. KILLED HIM. TIRED.”
It took her a moment, but Kanaya eventually managed to make sense of his chopped up sentence before shaking her head.
“Oh Dear, There Was Another Siege Titan? Well, At Least You Don’t Seem Hurt. You Should Definitely Rest Now Though.” Standing up, Kanaya dragged Karkat onto the vine mat as he continued to catch his breath
“They’re Quite Hard To Destroy Aren’t They?” She said taking note of his exhaustion before putting a hand on his chest, gently rubbing at it in an attempt to calm him down.
“BASTARD WAS. TOUGH AS A ROCK. FUCK PUNS.” He said between heavy gasps
Kanaya simply chuckled as she continued to rub his chest, his warmth taking over her hand as it began to move without her conscious input. Her hand slowly traced down his chest and over his stomach before sneaking up his shirt and rubbing his bare skin.
A shade of jade flushed over her face as Kanaya looked down and realized where her hand had gone off to. With a gulp, she looked back up at Karkat to see if he had noticed. To her surprise, he seemed to be blushing, a light red tint on his cheeks. Her lower lip quivered a bit, having to bite it to get it under control as she struggled a bit to say her next sentence.
“YEAH?” His breathing seemed to have calmed down a bit by now.
“Do You Mind If I…” She trailed off as her hand answered for her, rubbing at his stomach and eliciting a slight purr from him
“S-SURE…” The red tint on Karkats face darkened a bit as Kanaya gave a smile and pulled up his shirt up to his neck. She looked him over a bit before her hands slid up his sides to rub at his chest, making him purr louder.
Karkat leaned his head back and gave a relaxed sigh as his usually tense body began to soften.
Her hands continued to glide over his chitinous grey skin, drinking up the warmth of what coursed beneath it. She could see that Karkat was enjoying it as much as she was, and was almost half-tempted to massage a bit below his belly, but kept herself in check. Rather than going lower, Kanayas hand began to slide beneath his shirt, slipping over his collarbone and resting against his neck. She felt his purring course through her palm and into her heart, sending a wave of desire through her. Her teeth dug into her lower lip to suppress herself, her canines almost piercing the skin.
As she pulled up on his shirt, Karkat didn’t seem to resist as Kanaya took it off. It was only when he felt her weight drop onto his chest that he opened his eyes to see her head bowed down.
“KANAYA? WHAT ARE YOU DOING?” He gave a moan as he felt her lips press to his neck, making his legs squirm a bit.
“AAAaaaah…” His voice lowered as Kanaya continued to kiss at his neck while her hands seemed to go up and down his sides. He began to hear purring from her as well now, almost synchronizing with his own.
“Mmm…” Karkat continued to give little moans at every kiss Kanaya planted on his neck, slowly making her way down to his collarbone before giving it a small bite and suckling on it.
His legs continued to squirm at the intimacy, his fingers curling and uncurling in unison at the new-found sensation.
Kanaya continued to press her lips to his warm skin, it being the only thing she could do to keep her rising urge to fully sink her teeth into him at bay. Once his collarbone was covered in lipstick and light bite marks, she proceeded to mark his chest as her own as well, his moans and purring providing the perfect ambiance for her feast. She hadn’t even noticed that she herself was purring along with him, too immersed in tasting as much of his warmth as she could.
Once Karkats entire body was covered in her lipstick, she couldn’t help but look at his pants to notice the lump forming between his legs. She gave an almost starved gulp, biting at her lip again, and even drawing blood this time. Her hand began to reach for his zipper until she stopped herself half way and shook her head. Taking a deep breath, she looked up at Karkat, his face completely flushed and his purring still more than audible.
“Karkat… Would It Be Alright…” She said rubbing just below his belly, the tips of her fingers skirting underneath the hem of his pants. However, he quickly closed his legs in response. Kanaya looked visibly disappointed, but nodded as she looked down at the floor.
“I’m Sorry, I Went Too Far.” Karkats hand cupped her cheek as he laid there, causing her to look back up at him
“YOU DIDN’T DO ANYTHING LIKE THAT. I JUST DON’T REALLY WANT TO GO THAT FAR.” His face was turned away from her to avoid having her see how embarrassed he was, which she found a bit redundant if nevertheless cute.
Smiling, she laid back down on him, nuzzling his chest a bit and being careful not too harm him with her horns.
“Thank You For Letting Me Kiss And Massage You Like I Did, It Was Nice.” She began to trace a circle around one of the kiss marks on his chest, as if admiring her work.
Karkat nodded in response as his arms wrapped around her waist, slightly squeezing her to him
“Y-YEAH… IT WAS,” He gulped a bit before looking down at her “YOU KNOW, IF YOU EVER WANNA DO THIS AGAIN… I GUESS I WOULDN’T MIND.”
Looking up, Kanaya beamed at him, happily displaying her sharp canines
“That Would Be Wonderful Karkat.” She moved up a bit before hiding her face in the crook of his neck and gently suckling on his neck without biting it.
Karkat gave a gasp and held her a bit tighter before letting out a moan.
After a rather intimate hour, Kanaya was back to her old self and brimming with energy, while Karkat was unusually meek. After they made it all the way up to their hive, Kanaya gave him a tight hug and kissed his cheek “I Am Guessing You Will Be Moving On Now Correct?”
Karkat returned the hug, but just blushed a bit at the kiss “WELL, I WAS THINKING THAT MAY IT’D BE BETTER IF I STUCK AROUND AND HELPED WITH THE FROG BREEDING BUSINESS, OR AT LEAST THE WHOLE ‘BIG-ASS DERSE SIEGE TITAN’ PROBLEM YOU SEEM TO HAVE.”
Kanaya giggled a bit, naturally quite happy for the company “Oh? Are You Sure That Is The Only Motive For Your Staying?” She gave a teasing lick of her lips, sending her dear leader into a fluster
“YES! I’M A KNIGHT FOR FUCKS SAKE, PROTECTING YOU IDIOTS IS PRACTICALLY MY JOB DESCRIPTION.”
Kanaya was about to keel over laughing from how adorable Karkat was being. Pinching the sides of her skirt, she gave a curtsy to him “Well My Fair Knight, I Am Truly In Your Debt. If There Should Ever Be Anything I Could Do To Repay You, Please Do Not Hesitate To Ask.”
A rather annoyed look came onto Karkats face, replacing his meek and flustered one
“ALRIGHT, I AM INSTATING A NEW ZERO-SASS TOLERANCE POLICY.”
“But Leader, I Assure You I Am Not Being Sassy In The Least.” She said with a giggle
“JUST GET IN YOUR RECOOPERACON ALREADY!”