*BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP*
Terri jolted up as her alarmed blared the life out of her ears before slamming her fist right onto the red button. She moaned and groaned as she slowly got out of bed, put on her glasses, and walk to the kitchen. Still half asleep she leaned against the wall and counter edges to support her petite weight.
''Another day another dollar to spend on damn bills'' she grumbled. She put hot water into the kettle and turned on the stove, waiting for the water to boil so that she may have her 'Morning Burst'.
Terri despised the taste of coffee, and always preferred a nice cup of mint tea to calm her nerves and start her day.
After drinking her tea and collecting herself, Terri opened her front door and walked along the sidewalk with a book under her arm. Glancing around Terri saw many people in everyday society, and scoffed in disgust.
''Quite a sight huh, Mom and Dad?'' She said looking up to the clear sky, before groaning more.
Terri had quit complaining about her pitiful world and sat down on the nearest bench in the park. She sighed softly and tried to calm herself once more; once done she pulled her book from under her arm and opened it to the page she saved it on.
While in her Dreamland of 'Drop dead gorgeous Men', she failed to see a storm forming right above her.
The clouds turned dark, and started to twist and turn rapidly.
Terri held herself as she felt a chill hit her body. She looked around to see the trees and bushes rustling like crazy. She glanced around more and saw people scared and looking up at the sky, which made her hesitant to look up.
"Do I dare look up...?" She asked herself before she slowly, and somewhat painfully looked up to the sky.
Terri shrieked and got up quickly, dropping her book on the ground.
Before she could think to run, the clouds formed a large spiral; creating a tornado and dropping straight to Earth and consuming Terri whole.
"I don't want to die.''
Terri groaned as she heard echoes in her head. She slowly opened her eyes and saw what looked like metal bars; like a prison--red hair, and rather large ears. "Holy molar, am I in Disney World?"
''Disney World, what's that?" The voice asked.
Terri rubbed her eyes and sat up slowly, before looking at the girl behind voice. 'It's a theme park with lots of--" she stopped as soon as she saw the girl. She was a mouse anthro with tan fur, red hair and maroon eyes; she was also wearing a maroon dress that complimented her eyes and hair.
"Are you feeling better? You hit the ground pretty hard when we found you..." she said.
Terri said nothing and fainted.
The mouse-girl panicked and looked around quickly before poking Terri's cheek repeatedly. "U-ummm...please wake up." she said softly.
Terri jolted up and breathed heavily. "I was totally not asleep just now! I swear!"
The mouse-girl leaned back to avoid Terri's flailing arms. "M-miss Human, it's ok--you're safe." She said.
Terri looked to the mouse-girl and stared at her.
"U-umm..." the mouse-girl stared back.
What seemed like a long time, Terri gently placed her hands the mouse-girl's cheeks and started lightly squishing her face. "Whoa, you are real." She said. A smile slowly forming on her face.
"No~ stop squishing my face! It tickles~!" The mouse-girl said, giggling lots.
Terri smiled and continued to squish her face before seeing a giant, brown bear with armor on him; looking down at Terri and the mouse-girl.
"Sorry to break the fun ladies, but the King wants to see you now." He said.
The mouse-girl pouted and looked to the bear. "The poor girl just got here and is scared to oblivion, can't she have an hour to take this in?" She asked.
The bear shook his head and opened the cage doors. "I'm sorry, Miss Sam; but he wants to see her now." He said.
The mouse-girl; now called Sam looked to Terri and tried to smile. "It's okay, don't be scared okay?" She said.
Terri nodded. "Yeah, it's not like I'm three seconds away from having a three heart attacks along with a panic attack."
Sam looked to Terri with worry. "P-please don't have any of those." She said nervously.
Terri tried to smile and looked to Sam again. "I'll try not too, heh." She said.
Sam nodded and took Terri's hand gently helping her to her feet before walking out of the prison with her and through the castle halls. Terri looked around in amazement as she saw large paintings of different Kings' of different species. The Bear guard opened a pair of large double doors before walking in first. Terri looked in and saw many anthros of different species of animals. Terri froze in place as multiple pairs of animalistic eyes stared down at her, in both amazement and confusion.
Terri felt a bit sick to her stomach, and felt herself about to faint again; but not before she felt a warm hand gently place itself upon her shoulder.
"Don't worry, it'll be okay." Sam said, smiling the best she could.
Terri nodded, and smiled weakly to Sam before following her to a rather large podium. She tried her best not to look scared; but failed in doing so.
"I am curious as to how a human has entered Traverse." Whispered a Moose-man to a Crocodile-guard.
"Let's not get hasty, the only way to find out is if we let her speak first." A female Chameleon-woman whispered.
"All rise for his majesty, The King!" Shouted a Calico cat-man.
Everyone in the stands stood up and bowed their heads. Terri looked to Sam and saw her bowing as well, Terri panicked a bit but bowed otherwise.
She heard footsteps approaching her, closer and closer. She gulped before slowly lifted her head and looking at the man before her. He was a tall, lizard-like man with most features like a lizard; only his scales were soft and smooth, his snout was shorter and squared, and his violet eyes were warm and welcoming.
"U-um..." Terri blushed more as her eyes locked onto his eyes.
The King remained silent as he looked right back into her eyes as well.
''...Ahem!" Scoffed the cat man.
''A-ah, right." Gestured the king before walking up to his throne and sitting down.
Terri flustered and looked down at the ground; before looking back up to the 'people', looking very unsure of what to say or do at that point.
''Go on...despite some of the less...favorable parts of this royal court, we'll hear you out." The Chameleon-woman said.
Terri nodded before taking in a deep breath. ''U-um...I was just...minding my own...b-busniess...when suddenly...something showed up and...pulled me i-in." Terri said as her words stumbling and shaky from the fear.
"What exactly pulled you in?" Asked the cat-man.
''A tornado...I think...then I passed out and woke up h-her...'' She said.
''It has been quite active as of lately...'' mumbled the King.
Before Terri or anyone was able to say more, a Bull-man stood up and glared at Terri. ''How do we know you are not a spy sent here to kill his Majesty!?" He shouted.
''You will cease." The Moose-man said.
''The poor girl is scared, how would she be a threat to us?" Samantha questioned.
''She could be faking it; she's waiting for the right moment to strike...and kill the King!" He shouted again.
Before anyone protested, the King slammed his fist onto the armrest of his throne; letting it echo the whole room.
''Y-your Majesty...!" The cat-man said as he looked to his King.
The whole room went silent as everyone looked at him in slight shock.
Terri looked around at them, and saw that by their expressions; they most likely have never seen him lose his cool before.
''If there is anyone to judge, it is I. I will make the decisions of her fate. Understood?'' He said sternly.
The court nodded and bowed in respect.
''Of course, your majesty. We apologize for being hasty and giving grief.'' The chameleon-woman said apologetically.
The King nodded and looked to Terri. ''What is your name?''
Terri looked up at him hesitantly, but looked him right in the eyes. ''Terri...Terri Shimmerman...sire.'' She said.
The King looked back into her eyes, and with close examination of her personality and all he sighed softly. ''Very well, you are free to stay until we have found a way to return yo back home.'' He said.
Terri flustered a bit, but tried to her best to smile to him. ''T-thank you very much...your Majesty.'' She said.
The King nodded and looked to Samantha. ''Sam, I need you to give her a room to stay in for the time being.''
'Yes, sir.'' She said before bowing to him.
''This meeting is over.'' He said before leaving the room.
Terri waited for the King to disappear before falling to her knees, and slumping over onto the floor. Sam's eyes widened as she knelt beside Terri and gently rubbed her back. "Are you alright?" She asked with much worry on her face. Terri took a few deep breaths before slowly looking to Sam, trying her best not to pass out again.
''Y-yeah, sorry...this was just a bit...much for me.'' She said.
Sam gently nodded and waited beside her to get better. Terri sighed and slowly got up; Sam getting up as well to support her if she were to fall over again.
''I'm okay now, thanks.'' Terri said smiling weakly.
Sam continued to look at Terri with worry, but tried to smile in agreement with with her. ''Let's take you to your room, so you can relax.'' Sam said, gently taking Terri's hand and walking through the castle halls.
A few minutes later, Terri and Sam had reached a vintage room provided with a bed, dressing room, and full view of the entire Kingdom.
Terri looked in amazement before slowly changing into a state of utter confusion. ''This is so...confusing.'' She muttered.
''Hm, what are you confused about?" Sam said as she looked to Terri.
''A-ah, you heard that...I'm confused about everything! I'm suddenly in a whole different world...and I don't know anything about what's going to happen to me now...'' Terri said
Sam's large ears twitched as she tried to think of something positive to say. ''Don't worry, I'm sure you'll probably like it here...!" She said.
''I hope so...Well, at least I won't be missed...'' Terri stated before sitting on the bed. Sam's ears twicthed again as she looked at Terri with concern.
''What do you mean?" She asked.
Terri frowned and looked away. ''...I don't want to talk about it''
''Are you sure?" Sam asked.
Terri smiled weakly before looking back to Sam. ''Yeah...thanks for your concern.'' She said.
Sam nodded and smiled back at Terri. ''I'll let you rest, now.'' She said before leaving the room with Terri by her lonesome.
Terri sighed deeply and lied down onto the bed, before staring up at the ceiling.
''This is crazy...'' She mumbled before getting up and looking outside at the scenery. Terri smiled as she looked at the different 'people' in the Kingdom. She felt like she was in the renaissance, which made her smile more. She looked south of her field of vision and saw the King walking with one of his guards.
The King finished his conversation with the guard and looked up at the castle, smiling warmly as he spotted Terri.
Terri blushed bright like a tomato and hid behind the window curtains.