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The look of anger and frustration on Jolty´s face was that of nothing Leo had ever seen. He knew he had messed up BIG this time. ¨Jolty…..?¨ The dog called out. There was nothing for a few seconds, then, Jolty turned in a fit of rage and slashed, hard, against Leo´s face. ¨YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU JUST DID, LIONEL! THAT WAS MY EVERYTHING AND YOU JUST RUINED IT!¨ The cat gestured to the mess of books, wood, and other objects, burning in a pile. ¨You're no brother to me…….you idiot….¨

Lionel, a upbeat, quirky mutt, shot up in his bed, gasping for breath, like he had almost every night for almost a 3 years. Ever since Jolty, his nerdy, science obsessed friend had lashed out that August night, nearly 3 years ago, he had never slept the same. And now, here he was, returning home tomorrow morning….¨ Grimacing, the dog stood up, and rubbed his eyes. His owners asleep, he looked out at the snow covered lawn of 42 Maplewood Drive, thinking good and hard. What would Jolty be like? Did he make new friends? Was he still researching the weirdness of this world? What was his owner like now? So many questions he had, yet he was afraid for the answers. ¨No matter….¨ He murmured, rubbing the 6 slash scars on his right cheek area. ¨I owe you for what I did, and you're gonna get it, you dork….¨

Jolty looked at his sleeping owner, then back at the window seat, which he´d begged his owner for. He looked at the trees, the the upcoming houses, and the all-too familiar sign which was his last memory from this place…. RIVER FALLS, WEST VIRGINIA POP. 36,000

The bus hissed to a stop, and people began to get off. Nudging his owner, Ivan, he whispered: ¨Ivan. Bussed stopped, get up.¨ Ivan snorted, waking up, and grabbed their luggage, hauling it off the bus. ¨Our house is nearby. I'll get us unpacked, why don't you look around?¨ Jolty nodded, gingerly touching his glasses, and wrapping his scarf around his neck some more. He didn´t know where to begin. The town was busy as ever, people and pets walking about, stopping to talk with one another, generally being friendly. There was one place, however, Jolty did indeed wish to visit.

A short walk there proved to be devastating. ¨Under Construction¨ read the area, and he watched as workers were putting up houses right over his childhood playplace, the woods. His fort, the place where he buried his time capsule, all gone. Looking over at a metal dumpster, it was hard not to tear up a bit when he pulled a old, all to familiar metal briefcase from it. It was heavy, but he managed to drag it to his new home, placing it on the front steps, entering the locks, hearing a timeless *click* and opening the rusted, dented metal case. Photographs from childhood, toys, a letter to people of the year 2050, and a gift from Ivan´s Grandfather, a pocket-watch, came flooding out. Gingerly, tucking the watch into a pocket on his scarf, he looked at each. Childhood friends, crushes, others….people he didn´t know, if they were around, he looked at these photos, feeling the sentimental value they carried, he shut them back in the case, and walked inside. He needed time, time to think.

A few hours later, Jolty was lying on his bed reading a book when there was a knock on the door. He went over, and opened it up, and saw a black cat with violet eyes, and a purple scarf at the door. Next to her was a Dog, a Dalmatian, who sported a beanie and a mint green collar. Their faces lit up the second they say him in the doorway. ¨JOLTY!¨ They screeched in unison, tackling the cat. Jolty, confused more than ever, picked up his glasses, and squinted at these new creatures.

¨D-Dom? Saria?¨

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I like your writing, Jolty! The thing part about the time capsule made me tear up a bit.

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Thank you very much, Cyber! I intend on adding more, if you want to see it.


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This is such a fantastic start. Im hooked. Looking forward to the next chapter

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Nice job, Jolty.

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Uh, hello everyone, thanks for the support and feedback on Chapter 1. I hope you all enjoy Chapter 2, but before I begin, I would like to ask if you are interested in reading another story, where it´s my character, Jolty, visiting and interacting with all the other characters of Babylon Gardens and the Official HousePets! Universe. If you want to read it, just say so. I will be posting the chapters of my stories here. So, if you all wish to read another story, just say so, and I will work on it. That being said, my apologies for the rambling authors note, lets get into Chapter Two of The Way the Stars Shine Tonight.

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The three animals sat by the fire, swapping stories, and catching up on what had happened in their lives in the past 3 years. Perhaps it was just the light, the friends, and the feeling of coming to rest after a long day, but Jolty felt more at home than he ever had in the three years he had lived with Ivan at his collage in Maryland. He closed his eyes, and sighed, the warmth of the fire warming his fur.

*Bonk* Jolty opened his eyes to find the twinkling, mischievous eyes of Dom looking back at him, his paw bonking Jolty´s nose. He smiled, and put his paw on Dom´s nose, and they shouted ¨Taxes!¨ at the top of their lungs. They chuckled, laughing at their inside joke. Saria looked confused, but smiled anyways.

¨So, Jolty. How long do you plan on staying here?¨ Dom asked, excited to see his friend again.

Jolty shrugged. ¨Dunno. I want to stay for good, but, uh, Ivan might go back to school, and I´ll have to head either with Ivan, or his family members who live in Montana, which, you know...¨ He lowered his gaze, clearly upset by the prospect. ¨Is a ways away.¨

Saria smiled. ¨C´mon dork, cheer up! You just got back, you´ve gotta while before you gotta worry about that! So, just chillax, ´sokies?

Jolty couldn´t help but smile. ¨Yeah, thanks guys. I can always count on you guys to cheer me up.¨

Saria gave him a bear hug, and Dom rubbed his head. ¨No probs.¨

. . .

The three pets walked outside, staring at the stars. Well, what stars could be seen. The feeling of slipping into a comfortable normality they hadn´t realized how much they missed was certainly pleasing in itself. But the hot chocolate in their paws? Made this entire situation a thousand times better.

¨So....what should we do now?¨ Jolty asked, his hot breath creating clouds of steam in the early November night.

¨Well.........I was gonna say we go eat dinner at my house.¨ Dom grinned slyly. His mom made pretty much the best food this side of well....anywhere to be perfectly honest.

Saria and Jolty had more stars in their eyes than their where in the sky that night. ¨YES.¨

Dom grinned harder. ¨I thought so. C´mon, moms is making Tomato Grilled Cheese and Soup!
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Perhaps the night was could, but the three friends raced off, knowing full well that anything even lukewarm would heat them like a furnace. The Heartwood household was filled with talking, happiness and livelyhood that many people only dream of. Ivan came looking for Jolty, and joined in on the festivities. Grandfather Heartwood, broke out his Violin, and sung in Irish of happy times and the good will and luck of the past and future.

Halfway through, Jolty burst into tears, happy to feel like he had a home and a family to call his own once more. It had been such a long, long time since he felt like this. He fell asleep on the couch, his two best friends at his side, the word ¨Home¨ ringing in his ears as it was whispered in his ear in the dark. From who, he didn´t remember. But he sat, everything he wanted at the moment satisfied.

Tomorrow is another day. I´ll have to face my other problems sometime, but now....I am at home....


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Post Re: HPU Fanfiction: The way the stars shine tonight.
I’d say it be worth a read. Also, I trust you.

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Chapter 3

"Well, ain't you just the luckiest cat around." A voice said, stirring Jolty awake, yawning. He rubs his eyes seeing Ivan extending a coffee mug for him to pick up. Jolty takes it, and lets his brain warm up, and then suddenly, it clicks in his head. Saria apparently had thought that Jolty was an excellent heat source, and had snuggled up to him, her arms wrapped tightly around his body.

Jolty felt the heat in his cheeks pick up, and his heartbeat began to race. Sputtering, he looked desperately at his owner, who simply grinned, and walked away. Looking around, he saw Dom, who had slipped off the couch, onto the floor, and now was looking at Jolty with a sly expression. "Dom....please help...." Dom , grinned, and got up, walking out in the exact same way Ivan had. "Good luck, Jolty~"

I will kill both of them later, as soon as I get out of this.... He thinks, looking down at Saria. "Okay, okay...I guess I should just...wake her up?"

15 minutes later, and Saria still hadn't woken. Apparently she's a heavier sleeper than.....Leo....

"..."

Jolty sighed. He knew he'd have to go talk to Leo eventually, and it scared him. He had hurt his already hurt friend." What had I been thinking...Leo already doesn't have an arm, and I lashed out at him like that. I may have hated him for destroying all my work, all my writing, but....I shouldn't have ever hurt him..."

"Ugh...what time is it?"

Jolty's attention flicked down to the cat next to him. Saria, stirred, her violet eyes looking up at him. It took her a second to realize where she was, and who he was. Then she smiled. Am I the only one feeling how awkward this situation is? Jolty thought.

But Saria never seemed to falter,always happy, always confident, and this was no exception. She nuzzled under Jolty's neck. "Mornin' dork!"

Jolty sighed. "Hi Saria. Care to explain what your up to?"

She grinned. "Oh, you know." She gets up, and walks out of the room, running her tail under his chin as she leaves. "Chillin'~"

Jolty sighed. Getting up, he followed her. "You know, you could always just go sit by the radiator, or on the washing machine. Or, heck, get a blanket?" He sipped his coffee, looking around, and seemingly unhappy with it. "Ivan never puts cream in it...." Finding the creme in the fridge, the cat adds it, and sips. "Mm....pretty good."

Saria smirked. "You are so weird." But she looked around herself. "Want to take a walk? I figure you'd like to be shown around after being gone for so long."

Jolty shrugged. "Sure, why not, let me go tell Ivan, and get Dom." He walks out of the room, heading to where he last saw Dom, only for a back paw to reach out, and grab his.

"Actually...." Saria said, a smile on her face "I thought maybe we could walk alone."

"Is it always this cold this time of year?" Jolty asked. He had agreed to go with Saria, under the condition they leave behind some kind of note letting everyone know where they had gone. Saria just huffed. "Your no fun. Making them guess is the best part." They walked along, wrapped in thick scarves, casually making conversation. They had begun to catch up yesterday, but they opened up more, talking about how the separation had been, what life had been like on both sides, and, what Jolty had feared most, Leo.

It was Saria who brought it up. "So....you ever hear from Leo?"

Jolty looked away, rubbing his paws together. "N-no..."

Saria looked back, a rare somber look on her face. "Not all of it was burned."

Jolty's head snapped up almost immediately. "What."

Saria shook her head. "It was mostly garbage dude. Old things he'd found in the trash. Very little was your stuff. Didn't you always keep the really important stuff locked away? Leo probably doesn't know the code."

Jolty slipped in a terrified expression. "Stars above....I never...." He looked at the ground, feeling tears begin to brim on his face. "I-I feel even worse now....I never should have hit him, but....knowing and remembering that, I...."
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Saria nuzzled his face. "Jolts...you can't be completely angry at yourself. He still burned you work, some of it. He shouldn't a done that." She grabbed his face. "Look at me. We are going to go over there, and you are going to apologize, and I am going to make sure he does, alright?"

Jolty nodded, hugging Saria. "Thanks."

Saria had a startled expression for a moment, then smiled. "No problem, dork....."


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Chapter 4

*Knock Knock*

Jolty felt the tension in his very soul as he saw the door open, and a familiar face, with 6 scars running down the right cheek look at him. He was speechless. "I gave you scars. Oh my stars....Leo....I...I.." Jolty looked at the ground. "Leo I am so sorry for everything. I never shoud have hit you, I should of remembered I kept my important-"

Jolty was cut off by an arm and a half being wrapped around him. "Dude. I am sorry too....I am sorry I burned the stuff I did, I never should have. Can we please, please, PLEASE, never fight again?! Do you have any idea how much I've missed you?!" Leo was shouting, tears streaming from both their faces. Jolty smiled. "Please....let's never fight again..."

*Flashback*


"Mommy? Daddy?"

"Yes Leo?" His owners looked down at him, smiling

"Can we go say hi to that kitty? He was here last time, we should say hello!" A young pup, named Leo, gestured to a cage full of different cats. He dragged his owners over to the cage, where a young cat sat in the corner...reading? The shreds of newspaper that covered the floor for the cats to play with where pieced together, and he was reading it. He looked up, squinting. "Uh....hello."

"Hi kitty! My owners are looking for another pet, and I think I want you as my brother!!!" Leo smiling, his tongue hanging from his mouth.

The cat smiled somberly. "Uh...thanks. But I don't think you want a freak like me."

Leo tilted his head. "Freak? How are you a freak, kitty?"

His father glanced at the card with the kitten's picture on it. "Leo, the cat's name is Jolty. Apparently your from Alaska? That's a ways away, how'd you get here?"

Jolty grimaced. "My owner was a wicked old guy. He lived as like....a hermit? I guess. He came down to visit his family, and died. I got moved here. And uh....." Jolty held up his paws. Most cats had five fingers, but he instead had 6. "I'm...p-polydactl...a freak."

Leo frowned. "Just because your different doesn't make you a freak..."

Jolty looked at the ground, embarrassed. "How would you know that...?"

Leo put his arms out, touching the cage. His fingers touched it, and the other arm was missing at the elbow, and had wrappings on it. "Your not the only one born different, kitty..."

*Flashback end*

After a heart warming reunion with his old family, Leo pulled Jolty aside, and handed him a metal safe. "I made sure to keep what was left safe. I haven't broken in, it's all here..."

Jolty gingerly touched it, picking it up. It was heavier than he remembered. "Thanks...."

Leo grinned, and rubbed his brothers head with his stump. "No problem, nerd."

They laughed for a moment, then Jolty opens the case, pulling out books, files and photos, with mounting excitement. "Leo, everything we need is here!"

Leo looked at Jolty, puzzled. "We?"

"Yes we! We are going to finally get some answers of everything I wanted to know! All this old research we found, buried in the woods, it's all here! Nothing of major importance was destroyed, so I think we can go over to the library tomorrow! You want to know why?" "Why?" "Well, when I was at collage, sounds funny saying it, but anyways. When I was there, I found a book. Talking about ciphers. It wasn't using Atbash Cipher, Leo. It was using Caesar Cipher! It we go to the library, and find the book, we can finally translate it!"

Leo grinned. "Then it's settled. Tomorrow, we gather the others, and go over to the library, and finally continue the hunt."

Jolty nodded eagerly. "Just imagine. We can finally get some answers, or at least a lead! Perhaps it will explain all the weird stuff we have seen, yet the humans cannot seem to see."

Leo got up, and walked Jolty to the door. "I stick by my belief that it's just that the humans are stupid." He pushed Jolty out the door. "Have fun with your girlfriend, poindexter. Oh, yeah, by the way, can I see is Annabelle want's to come?"

Jolty looked back. "She's not my girlfriend. But, uh, yeah. You two still a thing?" Leo nodded. "Okies. She can come along. Oh, by the way, have you seen Saria? She was with us for dinner, but she disappeared after that..." Leo grinned. "Dunno. See you tomorrow, dork!

"That grin makes it look like you do-" "SURPRISE!!!" "AHHHH SARIA WHAT THE HECK?! NO NO NOPE, TO CLOSE!" "Snuggles time!"

*The next day....*

Jolty, Dom, Saria, Leo, and Leo's girlfriend, a Australian Shepard named Annabelle walked along the street. It was like it used to be, as Dom pointed out. "Leo and Annie are making out, Saria is staring at Jolty, who has his face in a book, and I am making jokes about you all!" Moments later, Dom had been pelted with freshly made snowballs, courtesy of the other pets. They arrived at the library a few minutes later. The lady at the desk greeted them with a warm smile, and hot apple cider.

They all slid over to a table, and Jolty rushed off to find the book. A few minutes later, he came back, holding it, and singing the Dewey Decimal System Rap, which was rewarded but a head rub from Leo and being called a nerd. Jolty opened book, and looked for the little marks, pinpricks on the page. Writing them out, it spelled "Zkdw sodfh exlow rxu krphv, rxu krxvhv, zkdw sodfh lv srzhuhg eb wkh qdphvdnh ri wklv wrzq? Wkhuh, wkh dqvzhuv zloo eh wr wkh txhvwlrqv brx vhhn. Brx kdyh frph idu, brxqj shw, dqg nqrzohgjh lv brxu sulch."

Annabelle breathed. "Wow, that's a lot...." Leo shook his head. "Not for poindexter. He's a master of this, he has spent years doing it, he could do it in a few minutes.

"Uh, Leo...." Leo looked over to see Jolty using a library computer to translate it.

"...Oh.."

A few seconds later, Jolty printed out the deciphered message. Everyone crowded around the read. "What place built our homes, our houses, what place is powered by the namesake of this town? There, the answers will be to the questions you seek. You have come far, young pet, and knowledge is your prize."

"I guess we're going to the sawmill...." "Didn't they shut that place down years ago? It's on tyhe verge of collapsing, from what I've seen." "It's over by the old train tracks, we can walk there." Jolty stuck the message in his rucksack. "Right. Let's go, and finally get the answers we've been looking for."

They walked out of the library (after taking a thermos of cider from the kind lady at the front desk) and started walking over to the tracks. The old line hadn't been used in almost a century, after an accident at the sawmill badly damaged the old bridge. It was to dangerous for humans the try and fix it, or even go near it. But not for pets. They stepped onto the tracks, and started walking. It would be about a 40 minute walk.

Jolty pulled out the pocket watch of Ivan's grandfather, and stared at it. He had been given the watch, not Ivan. But why? He did have a close bond with the old man, but....wouldn't he give it to his grandson, instead of his grandson's pet?

Leo looked back, and saw Jolty standing there, lost in thought. "Oi! Your running this show, poindexter! You coming?"

Jolty's gaze snapped up to meet Leo's. "Oh, sorry! I was just...thinking. We'd better get going, if we want to make it there before sundown." Tucking the watch back into his scarf, they started walking.

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Nice writing, Jolty! So far, it looks good!

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Alright, things seem to be interesting. Let's see where the journey takes us.

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Chapter 5

"Oh my gawd. It's so cold and dark out!" Dom complained as the group trudged along, heading for the mill.

"Dom, your the reason we all wasted an hour! You complained of being cold, so we all went and got our coats and stuff!" Leo shot back. It was true, the usually happy go lucky Dalmatian was rather short furred, compared to the rest of the group, and had decided to complain, moan and whine until the group begrudgingly agreed to go back, and get their coats.

Jolty tugged on the hand-me-down over-sized army jacket his owner had given him, as it was messing up his satchel. "Sorry guys, I could've gone on my own, you know. You all could have gone home." He felt bad now. What had once been an exciting adventure, and an opportunity to spend time with his friends was now turning into a chore for them, and he was feeling guilty.
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But Saria shook her head. "Don't worry 'bout it, Sparkplug. We all woulda said something if we where THAT miserable." She stopped to look at a train car, pushed off on a side road. "But, I do gotta ask. Are we almost there?"

Jolty smiled. "Yeah, we are! Actually, it's right up ahead!" Just as he gestured, the old, broken down building came into view. It was exactly what you'd expect from something that hadn't been touched in almost 95 years. A broken down,decrepit place. The perfect hiding place for a secret. Jolty walked out front, looking for a safe entrance point for his friends. "Okay, guys, I see a safe entryway! Follow me!" The other pets followed in suit, and entered the old mill.

Jolty trotted down through the halls, holding a stick out in front of him, tapping the floor for weak spots. After 15 or so minutes, still no luck. Then he heard Dom shout, and not in a good way, and came running.

What he saw was his friend being sucked closer into some kind of glowing light. Was this the towns secret?! He saw his other friends trying to pull him back, but to no avail. He realized he had to go get Dom, even if it meant the weird light thingy eating him. Getting a running start, he dashed into the air, gravity seemingly vanishing around him. He floated, trying to propel himself towards Dom. When he reached his friend, he grabbed him, and threw him towards the doorway. Though gravity seemingly had failed around them, it was enough force to propel Dom, along with his friends, out of the event horizon of this weird light.

It was also enough to propel the Tabby straight into the glowing ball.

There was a flash of light, and a booming, like a clap of thunder, which echoed throughout River Falls. People looked, startled, wondering what could have made such a noise.

Dom looked up in shock, as the glowing ball disappeared. What had just happened? He just remembered looking for the secret, entering a room, a glowing thing showing up, and bam!, he was floating!

Leo looked around in shock and terror. "Jolty?!" He remembered the light, his friend pushing them back, just as- looking in realization at the cracked wall, he realized: His friend, the brother he loved dearly had sacrificed himself in an attempt to save them. "No...." was all he could say.

When the others awoke, they found Leo curled up in a ball, frozen in shock, and terror. They had to carry him all the way home, with only his quiet breathing, and the last sliver of the sun in the sky to let them know they where still alive.

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Okay, I need to level with everyone. I want to continue this story, but I feel like there are some things I need to say and explain.

1. Yes, this story has extremely heavy inspiration from the popular show, Gravity Falls. It's one of my by far favorite shows, and if you don't like that show, or hate this story because of the amount of inspiration I have from it, I really apologize. I don't want it just to be a HousePets! version of Gravity Falls, as I have a bunch of story aspects I want to include that are not Gravity Falls related. So, on my behalf, I sincerely apologize for that, I hope you all understand and forgive me. Like my Jumanji story, I have full intentions of expanding beyond, I just needed to get through this short beginning piece, with a few small chapters.

Second, do you people know about the ciphers, how to solve them, and etc? Because if people do not like those, I will seriously just remove them.

3rd, I want to say that chapters should get longer, and improve quality from here on out. I am trying to improve, and I hope it shows.

Thank you all for your time. I apologize for the short update. After the last chapter of my Jumanji story airs, I will be coming back to this in full force. I am also going to be drawing more, and maybe make a comic. I hope you all understand, and I once again thank you for your patience. -Jolty


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Never made the time to properly check the series out. I'm only vaguely aware of Ciphers, as they came up briefly in another fan fic I kept track of, "Hearts of the Selfless." Tried to decode what was here just now, are there different varieties of Cipher? what I plugged in was nonsense.

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Look for italicized letters in the story to figure out what kind of cipher you are dealing with. I don't want to ruin the fun. :)


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Found it. Neat.

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Hey Folks, just wanted to let everyone know that the first real chapter, after this prologue type thingy, is all in progress, and I hope it will be typed, written, and posted by Sunday. Thanks for the support an co-operation! ^^


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Chapter 6

Hurt. Everything on and inside Jolty hurt. He felt like his entire body had been shattered into a million pieces, and put back together with searing hot glue. Shaking he opened his eyes, looking around. He couldn't see, everything was pixely and tv static-like. Holding his head for a moment, he closed his eyes, and took deep, slow breaths....

Okay. He thought. Getting up, he opened his eyes. The static was gone, but everything was blurry. "'Sonova cow-licker...." He murmured. Feeling around, he located his glasses, and balanced them on his nose. Looking around, he saw nothing. Nothing but a big, empty field. It was cold, and a breeze flew through the area. Shivering, he pulled his over-sized coat around him more, and felt his heartbeat quicken.

"H-hello?"

Nothing. Not even the wind. This was good and bad. Nothing may mean no predators, wanting to eat a bite-sized creature like him. But nothing also meant no one was around to help. "Okay Jolty....just analyze your situation...." He decided to look at the plants some more. Observing closely, he realized it was corn. "Well, that's good. I've got a food source." Not a very nutritious one, but beggars can't be choosers....

The corn was in rows, and extended for longer than he thought possible. Picking a direction, and began to walk. The sun was starting to set, and he was hoping to find something, anything, rather than just corn.

10:46 pm.... Jolty thought. Fortunately, he always carried his satchel, with had survival items tucked inside it for situations like this. Okay, maybe not being abducted by a glowing ball of light, but you get the idea.

A flashing light caught his attention, followed by the stomping of boots. "I'm telling you, Daryl. I heard something out here." Another creature sighed. "Sweetheart, it might have been one of the cats. You know they go roaming together at night. Ain't like they don't make a racket chatting it up. But, if you feel so confident, I guess we can look."

Jolty's ears shot up. Humans, possibly. Based on the boots, the reflections, etc, it was a human farmer, and his wife. But would they help him? He shouldn't trust them, but still.....

Remaining quiet for a moment, and after they dug around for a moment, he heard the lady sigh. "Guess it was nothing. But ah coulda sworn I heard a thing talking...." Jolty heard a kissing noise, and then. "It's late. You shouldn't have been out here, getting vegetables, miles from the house. It's almost 11'na clock." He heard the boot stomping fade, and followed, quiet and calculated.

After following the humans (yes, he saw they where indeed humans) for around half an hour of walking, he watched at the edge of the seemingly endless corn as the folks went inside, followed by a dog, who, based on his voice, sounded very young.

Jolty sat, thinking, his brain racing a mile a minute. Okay, Jolty, think. You are stuck in a place that seems to be a long ways away from home. It's a similar place, so I might not be in another dimension or whatever. Or it's a similar dimension..... The lump in his throat go bigger when he thought of that. Being across the world made him less scared; he could get home even if it took a lot of work. But a whole other dimension? Jolty liked to think he was a fairly smart cat, but he knew nothing about dimensions, even if he liked the idea.

He buried his face into his paws. "I guess it's true....Knowledge comes at a price....Gosh, what did I get myself into......"

Peeking out again, he saw everything, pet, human, etc, appeared to be either inside or in the barn nearby. He shot out of the cornfield, and wandered over to the road. Looking around, he looked for something, anything he could use as a reference point. Looking, he saw a beat down sign a few hundred feet down the road. Walking over to it, he brushed the fall leaves off it, reading the sign. BABYLON GARDENS, 50 MILES

Babylon Gardens? He had never heard of a town like that. But, hey, the world was a big place, right? There where plenty of places he could not know about.

Or it doesn't exist in our- Jolty slapped his cheeks, taking in the cold night air. "Stop thinking like that, Jolty. Kitten steps, kitten steps, you'll reach that bridge when you reach it. For now, I think this is your best bet. Just one foot after the other...."

So Jolty began to walk, stopping by the edge of the cornfield, grabbing two ears of corn. It was going to be a long walk, and he needed something to eat. You could go ask those folks, they might even let you stay the night.... No, no. Who knows, they might attack an kill you, they might hurt you.... So, he kept walking, hoping the trip wouldn't take to long....

Approximately 2-ish days later....

Jolty ground his teeth into the disgusting corn. Turns out, the corn had not been the sweet, tasty variety that he on occasion had as a treat, and rather, was the kind of corn put in alfalfa and cow/horse food. Not tasty, but it was something. It had taken him roughly a full two days to reach Babylon Gardens on foot. This accounted for roughly 4 hours of sleep, and the time it took to evade cars who stopped, either asking if he wanted a ride, or where trying to catch him. As you can probably guess, the latter took longer. He was tired, grumpy, and hungry for something other than cruddy cow corn.

Jolty wasn't generally a violent person, liking to solve things diplomatically. But there were a few occasions, like this one, that, if someone ticked him off, intentionally antagonizing him, he seriously was about to deck someone.

.....

Bino was in a overconfident mood. He had gone out and gotten the entire Good Ol' Dogs Club to listen to him for once, and his ego was roughly the size of Majora's Moon right now. He wasn't a bad guy, he just had some.... popularity issues, to say the least. He was on his way to buy a gift for his girlfriend, and saw a grey-striped tabby in an oversized army coat, wearing glasses, wandering down the street, eating a piece of corn. Grinning mischeviously, he opened his mouth, and did the equivalent of throwing a brick of Cesium in a bucket of water.

"Hey Four-Eyes, your a cat, not a cow! Also, the war's over, you can take the jacket off!"

Jolty's eyes widened for a moment. Looking over, he saw a smug looking brown dog with green eyes and collar looking at him, grinning. A condescending, mocking grin. Everything inside Jolty said to punch that grin right off his face. But he closed his eyes, and unclenched his fists. Proceeding the chuck the corn-husk at the dog, hard, he walked on, looking for the police station.

After walking around, and an uneasy exchange with a kind stranger, Jolty located the police station. A large, average looking building that appeared to have no regular doors, simply motion activated ones. Odd. Jolty thought as he entered, but remained on guard. He apprached the front desk, where an laid-back looking officer sat. Gently touching the bell, the officer lifted his hat up, staring at the cat. Grinning kindly, he offered his hand. "Well hey there, cat! How can I help ya?"

Jolty took his hand, doing his best to make a genuine smile, but still felt uneasy. "Uh, hello officer. I was hoping you could tell me where we are? I'm afraid I'm lost."

The officer smiled again, and pulled up a map on the monitor next to him. "Sure, I can help you! Where in Babylon Gardens! Would you like to use the computer to find where you live?"

Jolty nodded again, adjusting the keyboard in front of him. His hands shaking, he typed in River Falls, Virginia.

No search results.

Jolty's breath went dead for a moment, before he tried again. No results.....

His throat dry, forced a smile, he looked up at the officer. "Uh, thanks officer. I know where I am now." As he turned to leave, he felt a hand clamp on his shoulder. "Uh, hey....I'm an officer, son. I can tell a liar from a truther, you know?" The police man laughed at his own joke. "I can tell you don't know where your house is. Do you...uh...need a place to stay? Because you can stay at my house till you figure it out. I've got a pet, he's a good dog, I'm sure he wouldn't mind sharing."

Do I trust him? Jolty's mind was racing. He'd never heard of a "Babylon Gardens" and his town didn't exist. He was in another world, probably the same Earth, just different people. He had seen a theory show that talked about these kinds of realities before. What if he's just gonna dump me at a shelter?! I can't trust him....But, he sounded genuine.

Breaking from traditional Jolty thinking, he decided to trust the stranger. "That- That'd be great, if it is not a trouble."

The man sounded legitimately relieved. It worried Jolty, and also filled him with a sense of happiness. "Cool. My shift ends soon, so we can wait here for a few minutes, then get going." Jolty nodded. The man grinned. "I'm Bill, by the way. How do you feel about motorcycles?"

Jolty groaned. This was probably going to be an....interesting time here...

End of Chapter 6

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Well, let's see how the dynamic unfolds. At least there's an actual bucket seat.

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Chapter 7

Jolty groaned as he hopped off the motorcycle, pulling out his circular specs from some distant pocket, and putting them on. Everything's blurry....excellent... He thought to himself. Bill drove....recklessly...possibly worse than Ivan did, and that was saying something.

Ivan....No, stop, focus on the present. Pushing the thought of his owner worlds away in to a deep crevice inside the cerebral cortex of his brain, he rubbed his eyes, and looked around, trying to orient himself.

Bill, getting off the bike, chuckled and patted the cat's head. "Ahaha! That was fun, wasn't it?" Jolty managed a nod, and followed Bill inside a simple looking 2 story house. "Your gonna have to share the basement with Fox, is that okay?" The cat nodded again, following the man into the basement. Fox....so, I guess that's my new roommate...

Clicking on a bulb, Bill pulled out an old sleeping bag, and spread it out in a corner. "Well, here you are, cat! I never caught your name, by the way." Jolty mumbled his name, and thanked him for the help. "Aw, no problem. Now, I've gotta go get some groceries. Fox is out and about, he'll be back soon." Jolty nodded, and sat down on his...bed, lost in thought.

About 20 minutes later, Jolty was jarred from his thoughts by a tapping on his shoulder. "AHHH HOLY MOSES!" The cat shouted, leaping into the air. He heard a cough, and turned around, to see a grey dog in a yellow bandanna. "Uh....hey. You're the cat that Dad says is staying with us."

Jolty held up his hands, shaking them in a disagreeing motion rapidly. "Okay, just for the record, I have no intentions of stealing from your family. It was your father's idea, and I-" Fox shushed him. "I didn't think that, but thanks. You seem nice enough."

There was an awkward silence between the two pets. "I, uh...am not exactly a dog with experience as a friend of cats, so I don't really know...you know, what to say." Fox mumbled, kicking his feet awkwardly. Oh... Jolty thought.

"Socialization isn't exactly my forté, so...I don't really know what to say, either. Well, uh, how about some introductions? I'm Jolty, it's a pleasure." The cat offered a paw.

Fox took it. "Fox. So, you some kind of runaway?"

Jolty rubbed his hands nervously. "Not really. I'm....lost, to say the least. I don't know why your father didn't dump be at the shelter, it's what most people would have done in those circumstances."

Fox shrugged. "He's got a big heart, you know?" "Indeed he does. Now, if only his driving skills where as good as his heart." Fox burst out laughing. "Ho boy, yeah. Did you get sick?"

Jolty grinned, feeling like he was easing into conversation. "Yeah, I did. I have a kind of week stomach too, so that was almost a messy ride."

Fox's face, once clouded with suspicion, anxiety, and doubt, now looked more relaxed. "Yeah, you're alright, I can tell. You want to get some food?" The dog started for the stairs.

Jolty smiled. "Yeah, just let me set my bag down." Setting down his satchel, he looked at it for a moment. There's gotta be a way out of this....I guess I could go look at the local library for answers tomorrow....but for now, I guess I will just appreciate these kind folks... Turning, he followed Fox upstairs, into the kitchen.

They sat at the counter, quietly sipping drinks, and taking the occasional chip from bowl they had placed at the center of the table. Jolty, who had been delighted at the discovery that Bill's house contained coffee, took a sip of his caffeinated drink. "So....uh, what do you do in your time during the day?"

Fox smiled. "Not to brag, but I am a police dog. You?" "I write and draw, mostly. Being a police dog must be real interesting. Anything exciting happen as of late?"

Fox blushed. "Well, uh....I don't really want to talk about it." Jolty held up a hand, as a friendly gesture. Fox stared hard at his hand for a moment. The cat realized what he was doing, and hid his hand.

Fox looked startled. "Hey, I uh....didn't mean anything by it." Jolty shook his head. "Nah, it's okay. I just....don't like to talk about it."

The awkward silence resumed. Fox cleared his throat. "I can show you around town tomorrow, if you'd like. I don't have anything planned, and....I'm off duty." Jolty nodded. "That'd be nice." Fox smiled. The tension seemed to lessen.

After a hour or so of talking, the two animals retired to bed, more stressed out for tomorrow morning than they let on.

The next day....

Fox got up, and brushed up, getting ready to face the day. When he headed to the 1st floor, he found himself greeted by his Mom and Dad, along with Jolty who had a....thermos? He was pouring coffee into it, and sealing it tight, stuffing it into his bag. His parents looked over, and greeted him to breakfast.

A short meal, and a wave goodbye later, the two pets were out the door, and ready to face the day. Jolty was mumbling to himself. "This is a horrendous idea, Fox. I know enough about the dog hierarchy to know you're about to take a serious reputation hit."

Fox looked back. "Look, Jolty. I'm glad you're concerned for my....reputation, but, uh, your my friend now, you know? I'd rather you not get lost, heheh..."

Jolty rubbed the back of his head. "A-alright then....god, am I really stuttering? I haven't done that in a long time..." Fox trotted down the street, his newfound companion in tow.

A few local dogs gave Fox waves, and then stares as Jolty sheepishly followed behind, wrapping himself even more in the dull, dingy grey scarf he wore. Oh stars, this is kind of embarrassing. Let's just get this over with....

Over the course of the next 3 hours, Fox gave a pretty lengthy and accurate explanation of Babylon Gardens, it's sights, etc. He stopped at a familiar spot the police station. "Ah here we are, the police station. Pretty self explanatory, I'd like to think. Any questions?"

Jolty shook his head. "No, thank you. I can tell you kind of want to go. I get it. I'll find my way around. Thanks for the help, Fox."

Fox gave him a apologetic look. "Sorry, it's nothing personal, I just-"

Jolty held up a hand. "Hey, remember what I said earlier? Don't worry about it, I'll see you tonight."

Fox nodded, and ran off, feeling a combination of relief and incredible guilt.

And a lone Jolty stood in the street, waiting on the universe for something interesting to study.

He didn't have to wait long.

A brown dog and a purple cat came walking down the street, holding....Christmas decorations. Duh, stupid. It's November, everyone's getting ready for the holidays....

The dog looked at him, and smiled. "Hey there stranger! You look new, I don't think I've seen you before!"

Jolty gave him a nod. "Uh, greetings." He looked at the box. "Getting ready for Christmas, I see. Do, you, uh, um....need any help?" Gosh, I am out of touch with talking to strangers....Don't be stupid, and you'll be fine. That's what Leo always said...

The dog gave him another big, goofy grin. "Some help would be awesome! Can you pull the sled?" The dog gestured to a sled full of ornaments, wrapped gifts and various Christmas-like things. "I'm Peanut by the way! This is Grape!" He gestured to the cat next to him, who just stared. "I'm Jolty...." he mumbled in reply.

"It's nice to meet you, Jolty! Thanks for the help!" Jolty nodded. "Yeah, of course. He took the sled's rope, and followed the pets ahead of him to their unknown destination....

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I wanted to get something out today, apologies if it's kind of bad. I hope everyone enjoys, I will probably type more tomorrow, if school doesn't kick my behind. Hope this enough to tide everyone over. *Sarcasm Sarcasm*


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So Fox still has issues with cats? Not a surprise, really, those kinds of things can take a while to grow out of.

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I am so excited to share all the ideas I have, I have a full page of them, it's going to be awesome. (I hope.)


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Finally got to this ... Made for a delightful evening's read, Jolty.


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Post Re: HPU Fanfiction: The way the stars shine tonight.
Meant to give this a read earlier. This looks good so far, I haven't really watched Gravity Falls before, so I may not get any of the references. Also, I can't say I've ever read a story with cyphering involved, but I like it! (Though I'm not quite that good at it.) Keep up the good work, I'm definitely looking forward to the next chapter!

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Finally got around to reading it, nice work! I haven't watched Gravity Falls either but I probably should. Looking forward for the next chapter :mrgreen:

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