The door shut as Tigress left again. The two animal friends came out of the bed, both with a face of confusion and worry.
Delgado said, "Who was that? And...did he just adopt Tigress?"
"Some kind of mutated rat." Jeia said as she titled her head. "And I don't know." The panther than became sadder. "...Maybe she was adopted..."
"But she didn't say goodbye!" Delgado whimpered.
"Then, maybe she's coming back then." Jeia said. Jeia furrowed her eye ridge, looking at the door. "She has to."
Later, that same day, the door opened to sleeping kids around the room.
"Guys?" Tigress asked.
Hearing the sound of her voice, Delgado sprang up from slumber and hugged the tiger. "Tigress!"
Jeia as well came over, a bit of sleepiness obviously on her face, but she fought it. "What happened?"
"That man named Master Shifu is helping me control my anger." Tigress said, smiling.
"Wait, so he's coming back?" Jeia asked, trying to contain her frown.
"Yeah, but only for an hour a day. The rest of the time, I'll be with you guys." Tigress smiled. Tigress noticed they weren't convinced. She understood. If she was one of them, she would feel the same.
"We thought you left us." Delgado said, his ears dropping against his head. "Without a goodbye."
"I would never do that, guys." Tigress said. "If I'm getting adopted, then you guys too. We stick together, no matter what."
The two seemed to lighten up at her words.
Tigress said one more thing, to convince them completely. "We stay together..." Tigress said, holding her palm out. She waited for them to finish.
Jeia and Delado smiled and piled their paws on top of Tigress'. They both said, "Forever and ever."
They all laughed and hugged. Their bond was too strong to break.
It had been a couple months since the training began with Tigress controling her anger. Soon after, the other kids began to like her. Delgado and Jeia played together a good game of dominos that Tigress gave them from Shifu. That same day, the door opened. The two cubs looked over and saw the care-takers come in. They were giving the two smiles...not fear.
"Come on out. Let's play with the other kids." One woman goat said, holding out her hand as well as the other.
Delgado and Jeia both looked at each other is astounishment. The slowly stood up and hesitantly took their hands. They gently led them out of the room and into the playing area. The children stopped playing and looked over at the two. The children did what the panther and wolf never thought they'd do to them. They came over with smiles and greeted them, as if they were new. They began to smile. They went over and began to join in on the fun, finally getting the feeling that they...