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Blucini is meticulous about keeping her coat neat.

When she was on the streets for a while, it really got to her deeply when it was matted all the time and she felt dirty and gross. Now she owns several kinds of soaps, shampoos and conditioners with lovely herbal and spice-based scents: vanilla, lavender, mint, cinnamon, chamomile, chocolate.

Sometimes, after taking a shower, people look around for the food that smells good and close by and realize it’s the short blue cat instead.

It’s not kind of phobia of being unclean or an obsession, but it is something on her mind a lot. Is she presentable? Is her fur smooth and shiny and healthy-looking? She feels like a shop-owner ought to look good during the working week.

She takes long showers and clips and files her nails while a spray of lukewarm water runs. Why lukewarm river water?

She can’t afford a water-heating artifact yet, but it’s definitely the next thing she’s planning to invest in. Blucini is saving up for it. She keeps dropping hints to her friends, she’d really like one but it hasn’t happened yet…

Blucini shampoos, lathers and rinses twice then rubs conditioner all over. She then uses soap in the usual places gunk might build up- her paws, her feet, around her mouth and then rinses it all off.

Not to mention, potion-mixing can be a very… odorous activity. Some of the additives to curse-water mixtures are very chemical or unpleasantly strong-smelling, especially heavy minerals.

She has invested in a separate water-pipe to the upstairs so she can take a proper shower. She doesn’t have a nice bathtub built in to the shop, but she does use a large water-proof basin large enough to stand in without trouble. It drains out to the street below, via a gutter, into a retainment pond.

The water comes from the local river fed by a spring, not the well-water, and doesn’t have a smell.

Her nose is very sensitive to that. She doesn’t have to pay for water, it is a service provided to Mistseek residents and handled by her landlord, Zise the Jackal.


Published by Watercolorheart

Artist, animator, painter, writer, aspiring musician. Working on short stories for an animated series called Sparse. Pen name Lyn Mitre.

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