"Seriously, is there anything I can do to make up for the pie? I can't bake, but I'm a hard worker. You need wood chopped or anything?" Frederick was anxious to repay this debt--he knew he did a lot of bad things when he was Fred, and this was his first chance to make amends.
"No Fred..." Amity said quietly, not knowing that he was Frederick now. "I baked a new one with my grandma and delivered it this morning. I'm not mad." she spoke a little shakily from shyness and not because she was scared. Amity had no idea but her hat was slowly going back from one of her cat ears because her head was bowed.
Frederick approahced her and put his arm on her shoulder gently. "No, please...You don't understand how much this means to me. I hurt so many people when I'm not like this, and this is the only way I can think of to make up for a little of it. Please.."
Amity tensed when he touched her. She wasn't used ot anything but rough and violent hits unless it was her grandmother so she couldn't help her stiff posture. "I already told you I baked another one. It's okay." her voice quivered faintly like she was afraid he'd draw back and slap her at any moment. She knew this was Fred but at the same time he'd never acted human with her so it was like he was a brand new person.
Frederick was feeling truly desperate now--if he let this opportunity pass, he would never forgive himself. He suddenly rememebred his coin purse, and quickly offered, "Well, at least let me buy you a drink! It's the least I can do."
Being young Amity didn't think of alcohol. She bit her lower lip and looked up at Frederick. "I... Do enjoy cream soda." she said quietly. Amity didn't have any desire to be home any time soon and she trusted Fred a little so those were both reasons to take him up on his offer. "I mean if it isn't too much." she said shyly.
"Of course not!" Frederick was honeslty surprised she hadn't requested something more expensive, certainly not something he could get at a simple soda shop. He gently took her hand in his and said softy, "Shall we go?"
Amity blushed at the warmth of Frederick's hand. "S-Sure." She didn't pull back but let the male hold onto her hand as she used her free one to make sure her hat was on. Amity didn't like showing off her cat features to anyone and checked to make sure the white ears were hidden periodically.
As Frederick led Amity to the nearest bar, he noticed her pulling at her hat. "Oh, right, you're...part cat?" He chuckled, "At least it's only physically. Still, must be hard."
She didn't know Frederick knew about her cat side so the words startled her. She came to a halt outside the place and removed her hand from the male's. "I'd rather you not mention that okay?" Amity's voice came out almost pleading and in a way that indicated she was going to start crying though she didn't.
"Woah, sorry!" Frederick was slightly taken aback. "I mean, I'm part animal too. Guess mine's always been so prominent, it never seeme like a big deal to me. I really wouldn't be able to tell if it weren't for my sense of smell, honest." He tried to be comforting as he took her hand again. "I won't mention it again."
Amity let Frederick take her hand again because it felt nice. "Okay..." she was usually very quiet and this wasn't any different with the male. She said nothing further and allowed Frederick to lead the way, trying to forget about her cat side.
Frederick led her into the bar, pulling her onto a stool at the counter. "Two cream sodas," he ordered sharply. He poured the contents of his coin purse onto the counter, and started feeling a bit worried. Boy, would his caretaker be upset with him--these two cream sodas would practically deplete all of his money. Ah well, he though, not like Fred needs it for anything.
The half cat girl really wasn't sure it was okay to be taking the drink from Frederick but she wanted to. She loved cream soda and Frederick seemed nice unlike all the people in her life that made fun of her for having cat features. When the pops were brought Amity gave Frederick a shy smile. "Thank you. Let me know if you need to be paid back okay?" she said in a very nice voice.
"No worries," Frederick said cheerily, though the empty coin purse still haunted his thoughts. "That would destroy the purpose, I'm trying to pay you back!" The bartender came with their drinks. Frederick popped open a straw, stuck it in a cream soda, and passed it to Amity.
Amity still had shyness when she smiled and took the soda from Frederick. "Okay. Thank you." she said and took a big gulp. She really loved cream soda. Even though she was shy around Frederick she hoped that he would stay this way for a while. She enjoyed his company.
"You are EVER so welcome," Frederick answered, grinning ear to ear. The smile on Amity's face told him that his debt was paid, at least to her, but he still didn't even consider leaving. Fred would be asleep for at least another hour, if everything went well, and he wanted to spend it with Amity. Not just because she was probably the only person who would treat him like an intelligent being, but..something more...
She sipped on the soda that Frederick had gotten her in a petite manner. The small girl tried to keep her eyes away from her new friend in fear that she would start blushing. She couldn't help but be really shy around him so it was difficult to even glance his way. "So..." she bit her lip when she was mostly done with her beverage, unsure of what they would do now.
Frederick awkwardly sipped his own soda. His mouth wasn't used to using utensils or things like straws, but he tried his best in from of Amity. He noticed, a little shocked, that her drink was almost gone, and felt anxious to stay near here. "So...you busy?"
Amity thought about her parents and how mad they'd be that she had left in the first place. She smiled a little sadly and shook her head. "Nope." she tried to get more comfortable around Frederick but he was beginning to make her nevous... In a different way. In a more crushing way though she didn't want to admit that to him or even herself just yet.