One might think it to be strange - feasting upon food with an animal watching you with big, round eyes. But Daphne couldn't care less. She hadn't eaten anything for almost eight hours now and she was starving and didn't mind showing it.
By the time she finished her sweet meal, she wasn't even half as full. Her stomach groaned for more but asking a squirrel to get her food suddenly sounded quite creepy. Wiping at the edge of her mouth with her hand, she looked at the squirrel with cautious eyes.
Is it even normal? For it to understand what I'm talking about?
She'd never read or heard about animals understanding human language. But she knew it to be peculiar if one did, and as she watched the squirrel, she grew even more uncertain.
"Can you...can you understand me?"
The squirrel did a little hop, clapping his paws together as he chirped in that small voice of his. Then he gave her an ecstatic little expression. He brought his paws together, dug them into the soil and then tilted his head towards the direction of her feet.
It took Daphne a while to understand what he meant but when the realization came to her, she shook her head wildly. "It hurts enough already!"
He retaliated strongly, repeating his gesture in a more urgent way as if to say "Try it!"
Sighing, Daphne looked down at her feet. She couldn't believe she was going to listen to a squirrel. But it wouldn't hurt to try...right?