Narcissa was panting and bleeding from her mouth. Lilith was sure at this rate her elder sister would kill herself. Looking desperately at her dead mother, laying peacefully on the her bed Lilith suddenly realized just how close she was to assuming the crown. She was heartbroken about her mother, yes, but the thought of ruling the whole planet was building up a swelling since of duty in the pit of her gut.
"You are right... you can be healed later sister... we must know if the mouse servants knew anything of this attack!" Lilith said. "I will stay by our mother's side, you should track them down!"
"Summon the home defense corps, if another of these portals opens, we have to be ready!" Narcissa nodded and wiped the blood from her mouth. Seeing the little door her mother installed for the mouse servants she hired she turned back to her sister. "Where do those lead?"
"All over the castle!" Lilith replied. "Mother was a fool to give simple mouse scum so much access, I know that there is a central control to lock all their doors though, in the control room, third floor... hurry!"
Narcissa headed off and made her way past some panicked and paranoid Battlecats. She ordered them to secure the castle and prepare for other possible attacks. She ordered they round up Jezebel and get her to the Queen's chamber with her sister and triple their guards. Seeing the little mouse doors infuriated her, since when did her mother cozy up to the nasty little rodents?
In the control room two tech kitties gasped as they got a look at the mangled Princess. One threw down her head set and tears welled in her eyes.
"Princess Narcissa!" She gasped. Her white ears perked up.
"Shut off the mouse doors! All but the one leading to my chambers... Do it now!" Narcissa hissed. A few button mashes later the still wide eyed kitty nodded.
"Done... shall I call the physician?!" She gasped in horror.
"Do it, I will return when I have dealt with these "servants" to our dear and late Queen!" Narcissa narrowed her one eye.
"The Queen? Is dead?" the two technicians looked even more bewildered. Narcissa nodded.
"Bring the turbo lasers online, if a hover bike, transport, or even a star fighter tries to take off blast it from the skies!"
"Yes Princess! Turbo Lasers are coming online now!" The white kitty nodded.
"Roger, no fly message sent to all bays and hangars!" The grey kitty added. Narcissa gasped as she staggered down the hallway to her room. she began to charge up her baton and kicked open the door. the mouse servants looked perplexed as to where they had came out.
Linly was a little blonde mouse girl and had served the Queen of Cats for a year. Just an adult herself, she had never liked Cats, they were the reason her brother was dead. The Queen however was different and had gone out of her way in an attempt to make peace with the mice, and even find alternatives so that less and less mice were being devoured as a food source each year.
"You!" Narcissa narrowed her eyes. The mouse girls all stared in horror at the sight. They had all seen Narcissa in paintings, all of the Queen's kittens were lovely, but Narcissa had a dark beauty about her that set her above the other two. Now though, she was mangled almost beyond recognition. What had happened Linly could not imagine as they were all aware of her military training and prowess on the battlefield.
"Princess!" Linly nudged the little mouse girl beside her and they all dropped to their knees bowing to their Princess.
"That is Queen... the old Queen is dead and I have reason to believe you may have some information for e on this mysterious assassin!" Narcissa was panting and Linly was already looking for a weapon. A mad cat, especially an injured one, generally didn't leave a nearby mouse alive for long.
"The Queen!?" Linly was shocked. she had taken no part in the assassination, though she wondered if her fellow servants had played some role. Both Heather and Kayla had whispered of a coming time when mice would have a chance for revenge. She glanced at them and could see less shock in their eyes.
Narcissa saw this too and in a single swift motion impaled Kayla through the belly with the baton, extending the staff. Kayla let out a squeaking cry and wiggled as Narcissa sliced her open and let her drop to the floor. The little mouse girl's foot twitched and she lay there bleeding out.
"How could you!? You didn't even question her!" Linly gasped in horror as Kayla lay twitching, slowly draining of life.
"I saw the shock in your eyes mouse scum... but I did not see it in hers... or hers!" Narcissa pointed the baton at Heather the Mouse girl. "You... I have words for you.
"We are innocent! I am, I know others here were also very close to your mother!" Linly gasped horrified as Narcissa stared her down.
"Keep your mouth shut mouse! You are speaking in a dangerous tone to your Queen!" Narcissa snapped. "All of you will be taken into custody... and you..." Narcissa glared at Heather who peed herself through her little fancy palace skirt. "You will stay here..."
Narcissa called in two Battlecat guards and ordered them to lock up Linly and her seven friends, leaving Heather alone with Narcissa. heather backed against a wall, she was tall for a mouse but only came up just above Narcissa's knees. Her knees buckled and she began to tear up.
"Okay little mouse... speak... or shall I eat one of those long legs?" Narcissa hissed with her one remaining ear and mangled half of her other laying down.
"You have to promise..." Narcissa extend her claws and pressed one to Heather's neck, poking it enough to draw blood.
"I have to do nothing! You start talking... you life and the speed at which you fade away will depend on it..." Narcissa slowly sliced a small gash in Heather's neck and she cried.
"It was a message sent by... by a small mouse group called Rodent Hands... I only gave them the coordinates to summon the portal... I didn't want to! the Mouse King forced me to work with..." Narcissa interrupted the trembling mouse suddenly.
"The Mouse King!?" Narcissa gasped and narrowed her eye. Heather was praying the badly bleeding kitty might just collapse and die of her wounds.
"I told you, they got to me because I worked so closely to your mother..." Heather started and felt the claws rake across her chest ripping away her dress.
"Linly and those other mice didn't go along with it fool! She took you in like you were not the scum you are, she looked past the fact you were nothing but a sickening pathetic mouse!" Narcissa sliced open Heather's neck and the mouse gasped and choked on her own blood as she collapsed jerking and twitching. "Fool! You piece of trash! All of you!" Narcissa screamed at the walls and ceiling. "I hate you! I hate you all! You killed my mother!"
King Horace Mouse had ruled the mouse population for twenty years. His hair was just beginning to grey, but he still carried a very handsome look. Under the rule of the Felines, Horace had managed to keep the mouse kingdom afloat, and once Queen Klea came to power, he was instrumental in making the mouse kingdom prosper. Queen Klea Feliway had seen differently than her predecessors. She had attempted to work with the mouse King, and even give him more power over his people.
Of course all her good had finally given him a chance to get even with the feline. Queen Klea was too trusting, and now, she and her daughters surely lay in pools of blood. He did not take pleasure in dealing so badly with Klea, but could see Narcissa and Lilith and what they represented; subjugation. Now though, they were dead, and Jezebel would become queen, a naive and inexperienced child. She would rule like her mother and eventually the mouse kingdom would become even more powerful.
King Horace smiled as he sipped from a wine glass brought to him by a lovely little mouse mistress he had acquired. AS he drank he thought of how he would have loved to be present at the executions of Narcissa and Lilith. Then he choked. Gagging and spitting up the wine. Poison! King Horace staggered and grabbed a glass of water and downed it, then another. He felt his legs weaken as he slid down to a sitting position realizing he was partially paralyzed.
"Wuummpp issth mmenning uff th..." His speech slurred as he stared behind him and spotted the one eyed horror that was before him. Even in her damaged state he knew exactly who had come before him this night. "N...narssithhha!?"
"Oh yes "King" Horace..." Narcissa pushed back a lock of hair so that he could look into her empty eye socket. "Do notbother calling your guards... I mean listen to you anyway... they are scattered across the courtyard impaled with their own pathetic mouse spears."
"Y...youth are evil... you wifff be punethhhed!" King Horace gagged as he drooled uncontrollably down is fancy silk night shirt.
"Oh? I will? By your allies? Who you paid with the whole Mouse Kingdom Coffer just for a single strike?" Narcissa laughed. "You many mistresses were willing to talk, especially before I sliced open their bellies and fed their insides to my Battlecats..."
King Horace was wide eyed. they had saved long and hard to hire the assassin fro the neighboring planet. She was reluctant to strike until King Horace had raised taxes and doubled her pay. Now she was obviously dead, as he too soon would be.
"After all my mother did... this?" Narcissa coughed blood and slung it in his face. "She tried to help you mouse fools... she took you in as friends... and you stabbed her in the back."
Narcissa slowly stood and powered up her baton pointing the laser at his legs. A single blast shattered one and separated the other, blood spurted from the stump just below King Horace's knee as he flopped, jerked and gagged.
"Well I am Queen now!" Narcissa smiled and turned dot walk away. "Oh and King Horace? You are the last Mouse King... from this day forward, there is only one ruler on this planet... me..." The King lay there realizing the horror that would soon befall every mouse on the planet... all because his assassin failed. His plan had not only backfired, it had cost the mouse kingdom its freedom.
Narcissa finally collapsed on the way back to the palace. Her swooper crashing as she lost consciousness. The Battlecats in her service quickly brought the mortally wounded new Queen back to her palace and sent her to the Physicians. She was not expected to live through the night. Jezebel, flanked by her big pet Brutus paced outside the door. Lilith sat with some of the officials discussing the funerals for both Queen Klea and Princess Narcissa.
"Jezebel doesn't think she should talk like this..." Jezebel said. "What does Brutus think?" Brutus grunted and shook his head in agreement. The big hound like creature was very docile, unless somebody messed with little Jezebel. She was a kitten still by most standards, but already thicker than her sisters having so much Persian in her, she was still a sight to behold with her father's ice eyes and her mother's good looks. Her curves only added to the beauty she would possess when she came of age.
Seeing no concern or worry in her sister's demeanor bothered her. She loved both of her sisters, and even though they somewhat looked down on her, they treated her fair and would protect her if she was bothered. Not like she needed their protection with Brutus there.
"Jezebel is concerned by your behavior dear sister..." Jezebel said. "Narcissa isn't even dead yet..." Lilith, annoyed with the little half sister dismissed the officials.
"Well "Lilith" is pretty sure she has a country to run, I dont have time to worry!" Lilith replied mocking Jezebel who liked to speak in 3rd person. "She lost her eye, an ear, her tail, she has been bleeding since mother died, they are doing all they can but expect her to be dead by morning..."
"Jezebel is sad... is Brutus...?" Jezebel said patting his head as the big hound like brute gave her a sad look. "But Jezebel doesn't give up on Narcissa just yet..."
Narcissa lived through the night and made a frightfully rapid recovery. With her eyes sewed shut and her ear and tail cleaned and decorated with jewelry she looked as regal as any cat, even with her scars she was still beautiful when she sat on the throne and took the scepter as the new Queen.
"A new day dawns..." Queen Narcissa shouted to those who looked on. "A day where the Feline will rule our planet and strike down any who oppose us!" The deafening cheers of the felines below showed the universal support the new Queen held.
Some amazing art and commissions of these characters~!
Lilith and Narcissa by
Narcissa on her Throne by
Jezebel and Brutus by
Beach Kitties Featuring Narcissa by
Just cause all those artists are AMAZING!!!!