Among the snowy forest, three creatures ran and jumped around playfully. A grayish-brown one with a tiny purple bow on her head, and her slightly taller, pale spotted sister. Watching them was a larger, medium blue one, missing a foreleg. Despite holding a relatively authoritative figure, the blue mivool would jump in to join the fun now and then. Playfully bounding through the high snow, jumping and tumbling, they were unaware that they were being watched.
A dark, striped animal laid in a tree, as if waiting, watching the little adopted family. It was smaller than even the sappy mivool; but stalked them like a predator nonetheless, its red eyes staring expressionlessly.
As the blue one led his little sisters onward, the shadow jumped through the tall, evergreen trees silently. Should it make a wrong move, a huge mass of snow piled on the branches could topple over him, more than giving away his presence.
Suddenly, a glimmer caught his eye. Stowed away under a low-set tree were two col