Remy went to Echo Lake to meet his new friends Lady and Archimedes and to fish, and he had a feeling that they were on luck this day. The owl had probably caught a lot of mice before, so he could probably catch a seabass as well. Remy was hoping for seabass this time, and was planning to bake it with lemon and bay leaves.
He had brought some foil to bake the fish in, and he also found bayleaves on his way to the lake. He had dragged the foil all the way to the lake, and now could he finally sit down. He found a rock to place on the foil so that it wouldn't blow away, and sat down on the grass and waited for his friends to come and help him with the fishing.
"You got here quick!" called Lady in surprise as her and Archimedes strolled up to meet their new friend. When I came here I never thought I'd be friends with a rat and an owl! she thought with a smile as she sat down and looked at the two of them.
She noticed the tin foil beside Remy, which was caught under a rock to stop it from blowing away, but there was something else the rat had brought with him that she didn't recongise. "What's that, Remy?" Lady asked, motioning to the bayleaves.
"No, you were slow!" Remy teased. He really was rather quick, but he was looking so forward to this, and he had gotten the foil so quickly, so he had runned all the way to the lake.
"What's that, Remy? Lady asked.
"These?" Remy held up the bayleaves, and held them up to Lady so that she could get a closer look at them. "These are bayleaves, they are used as spices, and give the fish an excellent taste! Mmm, can you smell it? Isn't it just delicious?"
Lady lifted an eyebrow and smirked down at the rat as he teased them. Well she thought, I've only got small legs. When Remy held up the bayleaves, Lady sniffed this bizzare new food interestingly, before quickly retreating. The spices made her eyes water slightly.
"Very nice," she replied after a moment. Truth be told she wasn't sure if she'd enjoy it, but Remy was the chef and if he thought it was delicious then Lady was in no authority to judge. She was just a dog after all.
As he arrived with Lady, Archimedes gave a nod of greeting to Remy, before he settled himself in the top of a tree.
The owl placed himself on the tip of a branch to get the best view of the lake, not taking his eyes off of it. Still while sitting there, waiting for the best opportunity, he couldn`t help but overhear their conversation.
What a remarkable rat, Archie muttered silently to himself. The view he`d had of rats before was as tasteless little creatures which ate garbage, and with no other point to them than being eaten themselves. This one claimed to be a real chief, and he definitely sounded like one.
Turning his attention back to the water, the owl spotted a sparkle of silver right under the surface.
That was the only clue he needed.
Spreading his wings he dived down, aiming at the fish. Seconds before he hit the surface below, he stretched out his sharp claws.
several minutes, ditto attempts, and a long race throughout the lake, later, the owl finally managed to dig his claws real deeply into the fish.
Or at least he thought it was the fish he`d just been hunting. The old owl gulped slightly as he noticed what he really had dug his claws into.
"Oh, what a beautiful fork!" It was a silver fork. It might have looked like a fish in the water, further away, but it was not. "Don't hang your head like that, Archimedes, we will find a use for it! And it is very beautiful." They might need it for the fire afterwords, to lay the fish on the fire and taking it out again without burning. It was indeed beautiful, it had a little engraving of a cat on it, and a mouse on the other side. But they would just borrow it, and maybe he could bring it to the hotel later? In case someone was missing it.
Lady watched interestingly as the owl dived down towards the lake to find them a fish. She took a took surprising step backwards however as Archie began to splutter slightly and have struggle flying from the weight. Narrowing her eyes slightly, Lady realized that it wasn't a fish at all. It was a fork!
"I know what that is!" She said at once as Remy confirmed her prediction and bent down closer so she could sniff the fork that was still dangling from Archie's mouth. As she sat up again, she noticed his glum expression. "Aww, don't worry," she said kindly, "I'm sure you'll get another chance to find a fish, won't he Remy?"
"Oh yes!" Remy gave the owl an encouraging smile. "There are lots of fish in the lake, and you have got the whole afternoon to find one." Remy hoped that he hadn't given up, that he would give it at least one more try. Remy's stomach started to rumble, and he was looking forward to eat fish. With lemons! "Would you excuse me for a second? I think I spotted a lemon tree on my way here. And it would give the fish an excellent taste! Archimedes, don't give up. Lady, could you watch the foil so it won't fly away?" And then he turned his heal and walked away to find the lemon tree. He hoped Archimedes could find a fish until he came back.
Not just a tiny bit embarrassed, Archimedes returned to land with his pray. What kind of hunter would they think he was, going through such a mess for a FORK?! Fortunately no one else had seen the incident, or at least he hoped they hadn`t.
Shaking the water off his feathers, though it probably were pointless, he gave a tiny nod by his friends`reassuring.
Oh well, he muttered, taking off once more to circle above the lake. Eventually the owl spotted another glimpse of silver below the water`s surface. Figuring this one had to be a fish, he dived down with claws outstretched. There couldn`t be anymore forks "swimming" around now could it?
"A lemon tree? There are such things are lemon trees?" Lady inquired, turning to look at where Remy was heading. "Of course!" She added and immediately walked towards the foil and putting a fluffy paw on it. I've got so much to learn she thought with a slight shake of the head. She didn't even know about lemon trees!
Her thoughts were interrupted as she saw a streak of an owl flying past her and diving towards the water again. Lady watched in anticipation and excitement - they would soon have a fish! She craned her neck slightly as Archie disappeared from behind the bank for a moment, her tail beginning to wag.
Ronno was resting close to the edge of the lake teasing the fish by tapping his front hooves into the water, hoping that that would gather their attention and come toward him. He had never been this bored lately; nothing seemed to really spark him to do anything that would be fun for him yet be unpleasant for others around him.
Then, something caught the rogue fawn's eye as he looked up. He could witness an owl swooping down to try and catch what may appear to be a fish before bringing it over toward a lady dog and a small rat. Wondering if perhaps he could go over there to brag about being able to catch fish better than those animals in the group could only for some attention, he made a smirk and got up to walk along the edge of the lake toward the group. In his mind, he practiced what he wanted to say as soon as he got over there, and, seeing only Lady at the spot, decided to act casual and greet himself, saying, "Hey, there." Then, taking notice of the foil Lady was guarding, he asked, "Mind if I have a look at that shiny thing?"
After fifteen minutes, Remy returned with a lemon to the fish. He hoped the owl had gotten a fish by now! His stomach was threatening to kill him.
Rolling the lemon as he walked, Remy noticed a fawn was talking to Lady. "I'm ba-ack! Friend of yours? Hi, I'm Remy!" He waved to the fawn with his left paw as he walked and rolled the lemon with his right one.
Then he noticed that Archimedes had caught something! He waited patiently for him to get back with the catch, and hoped it was a fish.
"Thank you for guarding the foil, Lady." he said as he took the foil back and sat on it. He was tired from all the walking.