It’s official canon that there are cats living in Skyhold so please imagine:
one of the cats somehow getting into the war room and just plopping itself down right in the middle of all those carefully placed markers and turning the organized map into absolute chaos because a nice sunbeam was shining on the table.
cats sleeping on the inquisitor’s throne (or alternatively clawing it to pieces)
cats in the infirmary lifting people’s spirits and keeping the injured warm
cats snuggled up beside Storvacker when she’s in Skyhold
someone making little inquisition uniforms for the cats to make them honorary inquisition members. The cats just fall over and refuse to move when they’re forced to wear the uniforms and Skyhold is left with a bunch of immobile, angry cats lying on the ground and twitching their tails. Later it’s decided that the cats will just wear inquisition collars instead
each cat having at least ten names because everyone calls them something different leading to some confusion and in one extreme instance, a duel over what one cat should be called
People often misunderstand what the old saying about a cat having nine lives means. The cats prefer to keep it a secret, as most humans can’t be trusted with information so fragile and precious, but there are exceptions.
The merchant who shares his leftover fish. The young girl that hides littler after litter of newborn ones in her room until they find new homes. The old man with scars who still has enough kindness to open his shed to let them slip in from the rain. Boys, teenagers, mothers, warriors, brothers - some are trusted.
Exceptions, yes, few nowadays and rare, but honoured all the more.
So nine lives there are indeed. Each cat is born with them and no matter the time or place, they are lost easily.
This is where the story ends for most people.
But for those who are trusted, those who wake up one morning and find a weird taste in their mouth, the scent of a forest never touched by human hands in their nose, and a strange lingering touch of whiskers on their forehead - they know the truth.
Nine lives for this world, is what all our legends used to say.
You, friend of cats, know the ancient, almost forgotten sayings.
You know of cat eyes shining in the deepest night when they shouldn’t be able to. You know of cats staring past your ear, at that forbidden spot right by the frayed corner of your vision, and you fear that if you look, your cat won’t be able to stare it into submission anymore. You don’t look. The cat purrs. You’re safe.
The kittens have all their lives still. They do not look at the edgewalking beasts that whisper through their humans’ house. It will take time until they fall, hurt, learn.
The oldest cats know so much that a touch of their paw will make an entire village shudder. Their quiet voices cast spells. Let them roam. You cannot imagine the things that flee from them as they walk in silence.
Cat friend, you know it in your heart.
You know of the paths they walk that human feet can’t find.
You know of the nights they vanish and return with the scent of blood, earth and salt in their fur, and when your fingers touch their coat, a cold shiver awakes your skin.
Sometimes, they hear things. You don’t know what, but you know enough to let them sit in front of your house or room, paws tucked under, dark stare never leaving an invisible spot in the air.
And when you float between sleep and life, when you’re unlucky enough to claw at the edge of death before you’re ready to go…
Then maybe, friend of cats, you’ll feel a brush of fur along your legs. Maybe, just before you startle with awe in your heart and wake once more, the same pair of eyes that should sleep by your side winks at you from another world.
Love this blog, really makes my day that you try to stay away from the cliches that often get caught in the fandom over the years x: How about SHINee as cats :D
i’m so glad that these make your day, love! yeah i’m hoping that i’m veering away from archetypes but still staying true to the boys ^^ i actually have not spent much time with cats so i don’t think i could fully capture their quirkiness so i tweaked it a little so that shinee finds a kitten!
shows up at the dorm with a lump under his sweatershirt and an “ok don’t be mad”
before the hyungs could say anything a kitten springs from his arms and effectively scares the shit out of all of them (jong would like it to be known that his yell was very manly and he did not scream bc he thought that part of taemin fell off him)
“i named him neko” / shinee: …… you named him cat / taemin: in japanese / minho: taemin he’s cat the cat you can’t DO that
also lugged home a big bag of dried food which he pulls out from his sweater along with two bowls (srsly some mary poppins shit is going on with him and that giant orange hoodie), and calls over neko for food
cuddles with his kitten “we’ve bonded he’s mine now”
the most covered in cat hair even though he spends the least amount of time around neko
the kitty insists on sleeping on his bed EVERY night even if it means he has to sit on the very edge
once when neko jumped on his bed the sudden movement scared him so he jumped a little and neko scrambled off and ran away
felt bad so he lets him sleep with him now
completely unmoved when neko begs him for food (quickly learned that taemin/key are the weak spots)
“omg pls don’t walk between my legs that is not something that you should do unless you want us to be both bodily injured. do you want that neko?? do you???”
is ADAMANTLY a dog person
edges around neko for weeks bc “you can’t seduce me with your cuteness cat!!!!!!!”
but one day he jumped on his stomach and started kneading him with his little paws and omg it was the cutest thing EVER
stayed still for hours while neko napped on him
every time he pets the kitty he says sorry silently to roo
can dogs smell cats on people????
locked in some strange dominance battle with the cat
“nonono you cannot go on tables!!!!! or the counters!!!!! we eat here!!!”
srsly neko doesn’t really go on the table/counters unless key’s around and when he does he v deliberately locks eyes with key
they both stare at each other like >ΦωΦ<
whenever he has his back turned neko will invariably stick his head into key’s cups and LICK HIS BEVERAGES
he exasperatedly refills his water all. the. time. and would get annoyed but honestly it’s so ridiculous his ears flatten to his head and he pushes his face down to drink the water
omg you strange cat your bowl of water is two feet away
having a cat walk on your face in the morning is not an ideal way to get up
admittedly effective but not ideal
he only seems to do this to him so he usually feeds neko in the morning
picks up neko like a baby and carries him around the house like that
talks to him like he’s a person and nods v seriously when he meows back at him
once the door was open and neko dashed for it and minho caught him one-handedly like a football and scolded him (neko did not look contrite at all)
“yah lee taemin!!!! it’s your turn to clean the litterbox!!!!”