It was cold and raining and you were stuck in a garbage pail that was quickly filling up. Your small little body was shivering in both fear and freeze. Looking up at the sky, you saw no end to the rain.
You began crying out pathetically for help, scratching at the sides to make noise. Hours passed, starvation was setting in, the water level was going to reach over your head in moments and your blood vessels were freezing assumably.
Crying out once more, you pitifully tried to gain attention before you drowned. As your breath was cut off, you noticed someone coming by, giving you the energy to force your head out of the water for another little cry.
A shadow covered over you and plucked you from the water, a person with blood-red eyes and white hair covered by a hood held you. "Help..." You squeaked, looking sadly into his crimson orbs.
"Don't worry little kind, I don't think mein bruder would mind if you come home with me." He said as if understanding you. A light purr sounded from you when he cradled you in his warm arms.
"You feel really cold." He said, stroking your soaked (h/c) fur. "How long were you stuck in there."
"Awhile." You meowed back, looking up into his crimson eyes.
He smirked and ran his warm fingers over your head and massaged little circles by your ears. "Don't worry. You won't have to worry about being stuck in that situation again."
Again, you felt as if he were able to understand but ignored it. He unzipped his coat slightly and zipped you up in his, wrapping his arms around your little frozen form.
It took a short while before you were in a home, smelling of delicious food and wielding a welcoming atmosphere. "Bruder! I need to take with you!" The man holding you exploded with a loud voice.
A man came in with blond hair and shimmering blue eyes which quickly locked on your quivering little form. "What is this?"
"Was...? The kitten? West, she was drowning! I couldn't just say no!" He whined while taking off his hood. You cautiously watched the man in front of you. "Please West!"
"I already have to deal with you!" He snapped back, but with one look at your innocent little face, he sighed and waved his brother off. "Keep her but it's your job to watch her."
Looking up towards your new master, you now could see the white ears sticking from his head. "So...you did understand what I was saying the whole time, didn't you?"
"Ja, I did." He said back, brushing your fur. "How about I clean you and warm you up? You're still really cold..."
He carried you upstairs and brought you into his room. He went into a bathroom connected to his room and gently put you in the sink. "You should be lucky that I have cat shampoo for you to use. It makes my hair shiny."
"I'm cold..." You complained, looking towards him.
Ignoring your complaints, he turned on the warm water and started soaking you. After a few moments, he began washing your fur with the sweet-smelling shampoo, rubbing small circles into your shoulders, back and head.
Once you were cleaned and rinsed thoroughly, he took you into a towel and began to dry you off gently. "So why were you left alone in a garbage pail. Your mutti couldn't have left you there."
"My mommy left me." You said, not understanding the translation. "Because I was the runt. A...A person came to stand the garbage can up a-and she left me. Then the rain started and...I'm hungry..."
He finished drying you off before letting you lay on his bed,"How about I get you something real good to eat? Luddy always tries to hide them but I can nab some if you really want."
Without even waiting for a reply, he dashed out of the room, leaving you alone. A bit of curiosity played you for you began wandering around his room, hitting random things scattered about to occupy your time.
When he came back in, you were laying on the ground with a ball of yawn unraveled around you. He laughed softly and went to untangle you while putting his 'special' food to the side.
Once you were freed, he kissed your forehead softly. You sneezed softly, gaining his attention once more. "Please don't get sick kind...here, how about we get you something to eat und then you can sleep."
He opened a can of tuna, sharing some with you. Its been awhile since you've eaten something as good as this. A pan of milk was laid in front of you and was quickly lapped up before you rested once more.
"Do you have a name kitten?" He asked gently as you began to brush against his leg in rest. "My name is Gilbert und my bruder's name is Ludwig. 'Cept I call him West."
"___________..." You squeaked, looking up towards his red eyes. "My mama gave it to me before I was left alone."
"It's a pretty name." He said, picking up your small body and laying you on his pillowcase. "Get some rest for now fraulein...you need all the energy you can get so you don't get sick."
Resting your head, you felt him laying down beside you, stretching before his arm protectively went around your small body. "You're warm." You instinctively mentioned. "Don't move..."
He chuckled and scratched behind your ears. "I won't, I won't. Gut nacht kitten."
"It means 'good night' in my language." He said, kissing your forehead again. "Good night."
"Good night Gilbert."
Ludwig came upstairs, noticing that it was a little bit more silent than he could've ever expected. Opening the door, he saw his brother resting with you asleep on his chest.
Per usual, his brother was drooling in his sleep. But he did look rather happy and decided to just leave it be. It was surprising to see his brother come home one day with cat ears. Apparently one of Arthur's spells backfired on him.
Since then, his brother would be found wandering aimlessly around, trying to hide his new form. He never told Ludwig how he was feeling anymore. Now he lay here with a small smile on his face as he fell asleep.