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A sneak peak of a short story I like to write. Enjoy!

~~~~~~~~~Prologue~~~~~~~~~~~

Bored.
So Bored.
Go to sleep? Bored.
Television? Bored.
Pridelands? Oh,yeah. The cure of my boredom.
Gone.

My Fantasties. My dreams. The feelings of rubbing my cheeks, tummy, claws and back on the nearest pillow and screaming about how much I loved to feel those muscle-bounded lions and bending myself to their will. Gone.

These were the fantasies of a purple cat named Grape. A Female cat we might add that lives within the Sandwich household with her human adoptive parents, Jill and Earl Sandwich. No kids, just two pets - Herself; and a dog named Peanut.

Ever since the eventual end of the Prideland series two weeks ago, Grape had much more free time on her hands on important things to do ~ mainly sleeping, being woken up by Peanut, laying on her parent's laps; a feat she recently discovered she enjoyed very much; and then repeat. Oh, and Maxwell ~ her black cat boyfriend. Grape fears however that her relationship hasn't been the most progressive since the end of the Prideland series, but she never blamed that on Maxwell. Infact, it's been steady ~ just slow. without the Prideland series, a drive in her has been feeling very empty lately and she began fearing that it may have an affect on her life the more she thought about it. Though Grape lamented that she knew better after the Prideland series to not let it get to her so much.

However... the reality of the situation seems to have affected her more than she realized. all of those deep moments she talked about. All of those feelings she had about the book. How much she felt she connected with Res...
This can't be what's left of her life after this. Moping in her bed.

"Maybe I should become the leader of the good old dogs club." She said to herself. "They have good biscuits."

"Maybe you should try Pridelands Online!" Said Peanut, who somehow snuck up on Grape.
Grape turns around and just stared at him for a moment, realizing this was definitely Peanut talking. And not waking her up.
"Say what now?"
"Pridelands Online! That new online game everyone's been talking about." Peanut pauses for a moment to think about what he's saying. "Though you need a computer to play it and we don't have one."

Peanut was being ignored at this point. The bed Grape was using was gone. He quickly looks towards the kitchen and sees that Grape somehow pushed herself into the kitchen with the bed ontop of her back... with her tail. She bumps into Earl. Despite not seeing him, she begins speaking to him.

"Dad. We need a computer."

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Wait! Okay, I got a beer. I'm listening, GC..........


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Only things I know of SAO is the premise of being trapped in a game and a few clips of the Abridged series.

Interesting to see where this leads, and the mental image of Grape dragging her entire bed that quickly is kinda funny. :lol:

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Alright, so here's how it's going to work: I got the script done.

It looks like this will be longer than I thought, but I will be writing an act three times a week. The Chapters will consist of five acts each.

This story will likely be done by the end of Febuary, but expect an act for now on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. If anything comes up, i'll update it ahead of schedule.

That being said, enjoy the show :)

~~~~~~~~~~Chapter 1: My Nine Lives for a Computer~~~~~~~~~~

(Act 1)

"Why do we have to be the only family in the neighbourhood who lives like the Flintstones?"

Grape shouts towards the sky, her uvula clearly being shown for everyone to see.

"Well for starters we don't need a computer." Earl starts the conversation off with. "The computers are at the office and we don't need one at home for anything. We just need to write everything down."
"Plus, the Internet is scary." Jill adds, who can be heard in one of the other rooms. Though nowhere near them, the conversation isn't being lost to anyone.

"Ugh, the internet only sounds scary because people can do anything on there. What do you think I'm gonna do? Go on there and pretend i'm human?"
"Now see, This is the kind of thinking we're worried about. People can go on there and pretend to be pets as well."
"It's really weird."

Grape grumbles as she listens in on this conversation. It's true that the family is not computer experts to start with, and noone knows how the internet really works, but ~ Pridelands. That's an effort Grape is willing to take a risk for...

"But what about Pridelands? Can't I just get a computer to play Pridelands and just Pridelands? I won't even go on the internet."

Earl paused for a moment. The question did look like it gave him a moment to think about it.
But...

"Not at the moment, Princess."

Earl walks away at that point; and so does the conversation.

Slowly getting out from under the bed, Grape goes back to putting her bed back to where it belongs and starts digging her head deep into a pillow. Frustrated at this point, her mind begins turning towards other people in the neighbourhood.

Peanut on the otherhand is still in the same position he always was at ~ and continues to look at Grape as she puts her bed back together.

"How did you hear about this game, anyway?"
"Joey."

Joey? How does he have this news before~

"Oh, right. Shouldn't surprise me." Grape says as she sighs. "So... what did you learn about this game, anyway?"

Peanut suddenly started getting silent. Grape looked at him carefully and was beginning to analyze him. Peanut's eyes were shifting towards the windows of the house.
"I'm assuming it's the best game ev~"
"you get to play as the Kumara Klan."

The Kumara Klan? The most peaceful loving clan in the entire franchise? Who would want to play as them?

"...Seriously?" Grape suddenly adds. "I was under the impression you were going to have me at the Spearbearer's tribe."

Peanut rolls his eyes while drawing out his lips.

"Wellllllll..."
"Please tell me they are playable..."

The expressions on Peanut's face was dancing back and forth. Part of his look was conveying worry about something, but it's at this point Grape didn't know what it was. Grape's anticipation for an answer was growing deeply into desperation as Peanut was already giving off the excitement to her with his expressions, so it's safe to assume that even if he said no at this point, Grape knows he's hiding the real answer from her.

But Grape wanted Peanut to give her the answer she wanted. She wanted him to get her excited for this game more than anyone at this point.

"...Yes."

Grape immediately jumps out of the bed and lands perfectly on the floor with a hard thud.

"That's it ~ I need a computer."
"But we don't have one!"
"I know where I can get one."

Grape hops out the window and starts walking across the fences. Eying the windows of the house that Bino and Max lived in down the road, she starts checking out the house for Maxwell, eventually catching him on the family computer.
Grape knocks on the window and waits for Max. Smirking at him as he looks over at her and answers by opening the window, he returns the smile back to her as she jumps through the window and lands infront of him, playfully wrapping her tail around his.

"Oh, Maxie. I missed you so much."

Maxwell rubs his chin as he hears Grape saying this, amused by her response.

"You're here to play on the computer."
"I'm here to play on your computer."

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This looks pretty good.

I'm interested in your take on Pridelands, since the only definitive things I know of from the comic are a handful of throwaway references and a list of proper nouns with no context.

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My favorite aroma .... "OBSESSION" !!!!


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(Act 2)

"It's like this." Max starts off the conversation as he leads Grape towards the computer, the two of them holding glasses of milk and some popcorn. "All the tribes are fighting one another. It's the same thing like in the books. The catch is, though, is that we're all part of the Final Pride. It sort of sucks at first..."

Max takes a deep breath.

"But get this ~ We can leave the Final Pride! We can join anyone we want! We don't have to be saving the pridelands or anything! We can just go around as The Spearbearer's tribe and show off our awesome might and let everyone know why we're the hottest lions in the universe!"

Grape grins at the last remark.

"Alright, Max. I know you're trying to hype me up ~ and you are definitely doing an awesome job." She says as she takes the time to sip the glass of milk to cool off the hype she's experiencing. "But what about the characters? What about the Laughing Face and the ancient conspiracy and all the stuff in the books? How far into the story is the game?"

To answer the question, Max pulls from the computer desk all of the books. He specifically hones out for Fall of the Pridelands.

"What best place to start than Fall of the Pridelands? the start of the conspiracy and the conspiracy and where all the fighting starts."

Max turns on the PC and goes to the game immediately, showing off the icon of the Pridelands. Representing a lion with a spear held over his shoulder from the ground and looking towards the background, Max clicks on the login and types in his login username. The password, however, is saved for his convenience.

"Had to write down the password, but this is much easier."

As Grape watches, she notes that the computer mentions that the computer Maxwell uses has two characters he can login to the game as. The first one, the one Maxwell is clicking on, is called MightyMax. The second is called WolfAmongUs.

"Hey, why do you have two names? Can you play the game as multiple people?"
Max coughs for a moment.
"Oh,yes. I found out you can have a max of five characters. The second character was created to try out the Hyenas out. You know, to see how bad they really are."
"Still very bad?"
"Very."

As the game starts to login, Max hops off of the chair and offers it to Grape.

"Try it."

Grape is surprised at first, nervously squeezing and tapping her fingers before she sits into the chair and logs in to MightyMax.

"Just... try not to do anything embarassing?" Max says, rubbing his head nervously. Grape chuckles at this point.
"No worries - i'll let everyone know your a dog who likes dating cats for catnip."

Maxwell raises a finger to the comment, but pauses as he processes the information.

"...Are you sure this is your first time on a computer?"

Logging into the game, Grape gets to see an overhead view of MightyMax who steps out of his hut. A walking bipedal Lion with a spear and a mane darker than most who has a tribal cloth to match the color as well. A cute and adorable detail Grape notes is he even got the ear bitten off on the same right ear as Max. He even has the same number of teeth marks, though the mark is stretched out more and isn't as deep as Maxwell's real bite.

Looking around the place MightyMax lives in is a bunch of other characters who pretty much are equipped with spears just like him. Though luckily they all don't look exactly the same, some of them are a mix-breed of cheetahs, hyenas and Lions. Refreshing to see it's not just the all-lion approach like it was in the book, Grape was eager to experiment later on.

"I already left the Final Pride and became a Spearbearer." Max notes.
"Oh, right. So what do you normally do in the game at this point?"

Max points outside the town.

"Just hunting stuff. It's currently the only way to progress in the game i found out until I find out where this place is, exactly. But it's very likely not far from the other tribes like the books says."

Grape analyzes the screen carefully to figure out the controls for the game. However, up until this point she realizes she never played a computer game before and can't grasp the controls. After a little guiding from Max, she manages to see that the character, MightyMax, can only equip a few things compared to the RPGs that Peanut plays on his consoles - mainly a weapon, a piece of armor and a shield. The game, however, doesn't say anything about the limit of what she can carry. Seeing no bag on the character, she assumes it all goes in the cloth.

"Oh, brother." she says, embarrassed from the immediate conclusion that came to her.
"I'm not complaining!" Max adds, grinning.
"They make it sound like sometimes having fur or wearing something like a tribal cloth automatically will have infinitespace! How can they say this carp?!?"

Grape fumes for a moment, but decides to fool around with the game more and get use to the controls. She finds herself looking at one of the other characters.
"Hi!" She types, with Maxwell pressing enter on the keyboard for her to confirm her text message. "Whoops."

One of the players looks at MightyMax and gushes. "It's one thing to be able to emote in a console game... but in this game?"
Grape tries hiding her excitement from the player's gush-like look. It was much more detailed than the games she played on a console.

"Hey, i'm new ~ Wanna travel together?!?"

Grape pauses and whispers to Max.

"How... did he do that?"

Max points ot the top of the keyboard's F keys.

"twelve emotions in the game. it's pretty sweet."

Grape randomly presses one of them. Specifically, the F2 key.

Mighty Max growls loudly, scaring off the player.

"Ack!"
"Grape!" Maxwell says, but eventually laughing afterwards. "You're going to make me look mean!"
"You are mean!"
"Yeah, but not that mean!"

Despite the reactions, Grape felt amused what just happened. It's her first time interacting with another player online and she felt much more refreshed to try out other things.

"Hopefully i didn't scare the kid. Let's do something else."

Grape at this point positioned herself to play the game on the chair with her knees. She moves the character outside the village and gets a taste of the combat system, which boils down to fighting and poking random scorpions and desert rats with her spear. She gets MightyMax damaged a few times, but discovers he's easily defeating the random encounters outside the village. Every defeat gave her food to return to the village as well, which was somethign she never seen in a game before and she began looking for ways to contribute to the village.

"So wait, you can improve the village?"

For the first time, Max squees. He then points to various parts of the village that Grape can see.

"What i love about this game is that we can improve the village we live in. This game is still new, though, so i'm not sure how this works. But what i read is that we can improve the weapons, armor and the shields that we use to fight for everyone. so everyone that's a spearbearer shares the same equipment as the village!"

Max and Grape squee together at this point.

"Just think - an army of buff lions with super awesome spears."

The distinction was not lost on either Grape or Max, but their imaginations were playing a different tune. To Max, it meant he could be the awesome warrior he always wanted.
To Grape, this was two folds ~ Be an awesome fighting female lioness ~ and two, she can admire all the buff lions with awesome spears. And maybe the tribal cloths.

After some time passed, Grape had to log off as she noted that at least two hours passed and she gotten her taste of the game. Maxwell in the meantime turned the computer off and guided Grape to the door.

"If we can, we can get everyone else to play with us, but i'm not sure who... besides the two of us."
"If i can get my dad to buy one, me and Peanut can play. But..."
Grape realized while leaving that a computer isn't exactly a two player machine. One account.
"We'll figure something out! It would be fun if we could all play together and become the best Spearbearers in the whole game!"
"Yeah, then we can show off our awesome prowless to Petir." Grape snarks "But yes ~ this sound awesome. I'll give you a call when something comes up."

Grape eventually heads home, Max eventually heading back into the house with another grin on his face.
"Yes! Online dating with Grape!"

However, after introducing Grape to the online game, Grape had a new goal in mind:
"Yes! World's most popular purple cat!"

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Perfect close to a quiet evening .... Thanks.


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I remember being fascinated with my first computer game, which I think was The Amazon Trail. Point and click is really different from whatever genre Pridelands is here. Seems pretty good.

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I want grape and peanut to become famous youtubers that play Pridelands online, lol.


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Have to admit i had a bit of a challenge with this one due to limited time, but it was fun writing this chapter ~ even if it's a dream chapter. x3

(ACT 3)

"Petir! I'm here!" Shouts a tall, muscular and very intimidating purple cat, swinging a spear at her hyenas opponents with the assistance of other spearbearer lions that are equally sized. Clad with an oaken bra sturdy enough to withstand their arrows and blunt weaponry and a tribal cloth wrecked in fasionably attractive and durable detail, the purple cat wrecks the group of hyenas shortly before pulling out the bow over her shoulder and shooting the leader of the opposition in the head, leaving behind a black silouette shadow of the body.

"Gapre!" The well-dressed lion shouts to her, jumping beside her as he scoops her into his free arm, the other one using a shield to block the arrows fired at them. "I have heard the tales from afar what people speak of yourself! Tell me if it is true!"

"Yes, Petir... anything..." She replies, her voice trembling from the anticipation of his answer, suddenly dropping her weapons and attempting to reach his cheek.

"Is it true you reached level one hundred?"

Those... were not the words she wanted to hear.

"Carp!" Grape shouts, waking up from the dream. "Not what i had in mind..."

Grape struggled from her bed as she woke up, now moving herself to the couch half-asleep, thinking about the game. It was starting to come to her more, a feeling of different types of excitement. At first it was merely excitement for the attention she would get, but then she realized that she could get the attention of other more prominent people. It was also dawning on her as more time went by about the game that she began thinking of another important aspect of the game that never dawned on her: Res.

It dawned on her that Res might've had some input for the game through his owner, Miss Auburn. She wasn't sure how he felt about the game. However, realizing this, She also wasn't sure if it was a good idea to talk to him without spoiling herself. Of course, she knows she's better than that, but at the same time she never actually tested that theory out before with Res and felt it would be best just to wait until she tries the game more.

"I'll have to send him a letter letting him know what i'm up to, anyway. See if there's something he should let me know."

As more time passed, Grape noticed she was starting to fall asleep again. Thinking about the story more and how the game would work once she got her computer someday ~ if that ever happened, she wondered about the Gapre character in her dream and if was possible she could have a character like that? She never seen any fancy multi-colored characters in the game, but she did see some paint and different colored gear.

Part of her wanted to resist the urge as she thought about it more, but the purple dressed female spearbearer. She only wanted to try the spearbearer since it felt like the most obvious choice to feed her ongoing fantasies with the game and that she knew herself that Max was into the fighting clan's tough ways. Peanut, on the otherhand, if given the chance, would no doubt be with the Kumara clan.

As she thought about it more and closed her eyes, the thought about it suddenly felt more clear. Peanut walking around the Final Pride, with a cape and his pure fists, spreading ways on how to main peace and prosperity in the Final Pride. Players wree gathering around him to talk about improving their lives and he would tell everyone about the cult of Nintendo or the good old dogs club.

The image of Peanut suddenly hosting the good old dogs club started to materialize. Except the fun part Grape notes is that Peanut is wearing a well-tailored robe that matches his real-life brown fur and is preaching to the players of the game about the good old dogs club inside what looks like a brimstone church dressed up in expensive church glass ~ which oddly have Zach on them. The dream was starting to pick up the pace and Grape could only vaguely see the idea that the game is overrun by Peanut now and his followers have somehow created a world where everything is run by the Sandwiches.

Peanut became the ruler of Pridelands Online. noone could stop him.

"I totally approve." Grape says to herself, saying that after witnessing Peanut enjoying his newfound love by other players. Thinking about it, if Peanut ever got the time, she also wondered how the other players would treat him...

Bino suddenly showed up. With an army of Binos. The dream was suddenly getting faster, but Grape was able to keep up as it kept going. Her mind on the emotional aspects of the dreams read everything going on and Grape felt things as they passed by, but as she tried to watch the Binos running around and starting to attract followers by telling them secrets about Peanut, it started to come to Grape that there might be some bad players out there like Bino...

Come to think of it, how far into the game is Peanut? If he's playing with Joey, it's likely not that much.
Did Peanut ever meet people like this?

The dream slipped towards numerous ideas Grape had over the years with Pridelands at this point. Grape realized it was showing some aspects of her childhood with Pridelands ~ the things she wished she could've stopped in Pridelands. Stopping the Hyenas from ruining the land, for example. If they never burnt down, she might've found some good hyenas in the books.

It then dawned on Grape - we can do that in the game?

The anticipation was starting to get to Grape more. The dream kept getting faster and more exciting things she wished before her were coming and leaving at a blink of an eye, but she felt them. That's the important part for Grape. But as it was sorting out all of this, it slew down at one thing she was excited to see in the game ~ a long term memory.

Everyone she knew banning together to have a good time playing the game. She recognozed them as Pridelands characters she thought she would see them as if they ever became what she perceived as their prideland characters. Even though she didn't play the game with them, she felt like a memory of history of things to come were coming to her: Peanut, Max, Tarot, Res, Joey and maybe even Sabrina would play and band together to save the land. She doubted Sabrina would play games with them online, but she did get Sabrina to play Imaginate with them.

As the dream felt like it was reaching it's conclusion, Grape saw everyone she knew hosting a party with people she never met before online. Interesting enough, they were not their prideland characters anymore. It was like the Yarn Ball, but this time everyone was dancing and singing and having a good time. Now unlike the Yarn Ball, this dream was showing the potential party of over ten times what she saw at the Yarn Ball, nay, even more to eclipse what it felt like. Though after awhile of seeing it, it wasn't the numbers that mattered ~ it's what they were doing.

"To Res" Grape said in her dream, not noticing she was in the crowd as well. "For making it this far with his story."

With their fists raised in triumph, the party moved on afterwards. Everyone dancing, everyone having a good time... everyone moving into houses like it was their own lives.
their own lives...

Grape felt a growing warmth there. In addition to what she felt when she was playing with her friends, An easing sensation that they would get the chance to own property and hang out like real people swept over Grape. Though Grape was not sure if that was a thing in the game, the idea that the game could present that possibility was growing immiment more.

"So good." Grape said to herself asleep. "I hope this works out..."

Grape drifts off now into the dream, now thinking about more important things ~ Like what's for dinner ~ And just how long would it take for her to get a computer.

Grape amuses herself as the dream shows her the answer ~ in the form of collecting moondust from the ceiling of her house.

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Sweet, funny, and delightful, GC ... except I'm gonna need a sink full of Marker's Mark to wash the image of an army of Binos out of my skull! Oh, and a straw.....I'll also need a straw....


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I'll admit, I think this much in certain games, too. Seems pretty good to me.

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