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936867 No. 936867 ID: 0d5cb3

Groggy Morning...

In case anyone missed it when I said so, I decided this quest won't be full nsfw. First thread is a good indication of how I want to keep it for the most part.

Part 1: https://tgchan.org/kusaba/questarch/res/732068.html
Disthread: http://tgchan.org/kusaba/questdis/res/99036.html
Wiki: https://tgchan.org/wiki/Shark_Quest_-_Jiggy
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/jiggydino
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No. 944815 ID: 9876c4

No, not yet.
We'd tell you. We'd tell everybody!
We'd shout it into the depths
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No. 944819 ID: 83bf07

>>944791
If only. That would have preferable, really. Let's find someplace to sit down and talk, yeah? It's a bit of a tale and you have to recount this on the police report anyways. Besides, you have a guest to entertain. Trust us, Mango?
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No. 944880 ID: ce39da

“No, I walked her home, made sure she was safe, and left. What I saw was way after that. I’d sound crazy trying to explain it to you straight up. In fact, I’m still thinking about what I’m going to write up for the report that’ll sound like I’m not submitting mystic’s evidence.”
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No. 945092 ID: 15a025

>you're wearing the same trunks as yesterday. So I was worried...

What, a guy can't have multiple pairs of his favorite trunks? Anyway, ask Mango if she has any ideas on what the three of you could do today?
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No. 945166 ID: bfce93

Nope...

We were just too busy and stressed out to remember to change.
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No. 945321 ID: 473826

>>944791
"Sex? On the first date? Never! I'm a good Christian™ shark!"
"...in all seriousness, I just didn't sleep well, and resultantly forgot to change pants. Walked Rosie home later in the afternoon last I saw her, so chances are she's fine."
[look her up and down]
"Both of you are fine, of course."
[finger guns snap, suggestive eyebrows]
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No. 945622 ID: 0d5cb3
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945622

>She’s implying that you and Rosie had sex, which you did not.

I gathered as much, but...

>Tell her to keep her mind out of the gutter. You have multiple pairs of swim trunks this color.
>Yes, tell her this.
>No, not yet. We'd tell you. We'd tell everybody! We'd shout it into the depths
>No, I walked her home, made sure she was safe, and left.
>Dialogue


Finn: "I have multiple of these pairs! Keep your mind out of the gutter!"

Mango has a flash of surprise one her face before switching to a joking yet furrowed expression as she uses her hand currently on my shoulder to push me away with enough force to require me to re-balance to avoid falling.

Mango: "What!? Your mind is in the gutter way more than anyone! How dare you!?"

Finn: "Hah! Anyway, We didn't. I just didn't sleep well, and resultantly forgot to change pants. Walked Rosie home later in the afternoon last I saw her, so chances are she's fine." I look her up and down. "Both of you are fine, of course." I then do some finger gun snaps and suggestive eyebrows!

She blushes a little.

Mango: "Pfff, wow. Being a dork now? I... Thought the flower might have been much at first, hah..." She sheepishly smiles, but then gets a bit pensive and looks away. "I got to be honest, your idea, dating multiple people, still hard to grasp."

Echo: "Wooooaaahhh!"

Echo, now sitting on the floor, seems to be admiring me now.

Mango: "Oh, sorry Echo, I didn't mean to ignore you there. How are you finding it up here?"

Echo: "So far so great! I ate tons and I keep seeing cute sharks everywhere!"

Mango: "Heh!"

Mango does a little pose, to which Echo elates.
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No. 945623 ID: 0d5cb3
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945623

>"What I saw was way after that. I’d sound crazy trying to explain it to you straight up. In fact, I’m still thinking about what I’m going to write up for the report that’ll sound like I’m not submitting mystic’s evidence.”
>Nope... We were just too busy and stressed out to remember to change.
>Let's find someplace to sit down and talk, yeah? It's a bit of a tale and you have to recount this on the police report anyways. Besides, you have a guest to entertain. Trust us, Mango?

Part of me want to tell Mango, but...
If I want to tell Mango about what happened I have to make a hard decision about it. Think about the pros and cons. I think I trust all my close friends with the info, but I feel like anyone I tell I might be putting at risk? Or maybe I'm being paranoid... Knowing Mango, I think she might be up to even come with me and up for any fights. Riptide, I'm not sure how he'd react about it. And Rosie, well she might be more afraid than anything. I also just met Echo. So I'll have to think about what I want to say in front of him.

Mango seems to be looking around a bit more confused now?
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No. 945624 ID: b1b4f3

>>945623
I feel like you should tell Mango, since she'd be up for a fight. As for Echo... ask him how his civilization gets along with the merfolk.
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No. 945625 ID: 745eba

Wonder where that guy's going to so fast

As far as telling them, maybe you should tell Mango and Riptide (And maybe Rosie too, unless you think she'll panic or something) at least. If what the Merfolk are doing is putting them in danger they have a right to know after all.

Echo's not a shark and so is probably fine, and you just met him so this whole shark fin murder thing is a bit much to dump on him right away
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No. 945626 ID: b1b4f3

Should probably make it clear we don't know what happens to the sharks after their fins are removed. It's pretty likely they're being used for slave labor in the complex behind the bars we didn't go through.
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No. 945629 ID: 91ee5f

>>945623
>tell or no?
I’m not entirely sure if you should.

Mango is probably all dressed up so she can have her turn dating you. Telling her would ruin the mood.

Then again, not knowing about what’s going on will leave her unprepared for what might happen.

>Mango seems to be looking around a bit more confused now?
You’re staring off in that direction, she’s probably trying to see what you’re looking at.

>>945626
>slave labor
I’m pretty sure when the poster we read said, “The shark will be humanely disposed of.”, that means that the merfolk are killing the sharks they take the fins off of.
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No. 945632 ID: e7848c

We can tell her sure, but I wonder where the proverbial fire is. Maybe we can tell her the super watered-down summarized version while we figure out if we need to start swimming in a certain direction soon.
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No. 945660 ID: 8cee7a

>>945623
We really should just tell her everything. She seems like the kinda girl who's gonna be able to tell you're not telling the whole truth and get angry that you didn't.
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No. 947821 ID: 0d5cb3
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947821

>I feel like you should tell Mango, since she'd be up for a fight.
>As far as telling them, maybe you should tell Mango and Riptide (And maybe Rosie too, unless you think she'll panic or something) at least. If what the Merfolk are doing is putting them in danger they have a right to know after all
>We can tell her sure
>We really should just tell her everything. She seems like the kinda girl who's gonna be able to tell you're not telling the whole truth and get angry that you didn't.

Yeah, I should at least tell Mango about what I saw. I can always decide for the others later.

>As for Echo... ask him how his civilization gets along with the merfolk.
>Echo's not a shark and so is probably fine, and you just met him so this whole shark fin murder thing is a bit much to dump on him right away

Finn: "Echo, what is the Deep Dark denizens opinion on the merfolk?"

Echo's endless smile fades.

Echo: "I'm not sure what they are, but I've heard others talk about them... They sound dangerous! I wasn't sure if they were real!"

>Wonder where that guy's going to so fast
>You’re staring off in that direction, she’s probably trying to see what you’re looking at.

I'm not sure where I was looking since I was lost in thoughts, looking at where she's looking, her head is more on a swivel. Do I really look everywhere like that when I think? Am I doing that now?!?! That or it's hard to convey movement sometimes, I don't know.

Finn: "What is-?"

As I noticed already, seems like people around are swimming somewhere. I think that's what she was looking at. Seems like everyone is swimming in the same direction. Hopefully they are not swimming from anything?

Mango: "Wait, I'll ask her there."

Mango launches herself upward after saying that to reach a lady shark that was swimming over us. She slows her swim as Mango approaches and they exchange words. After info is exchanged, the other sharks immediately resumes swimming as Mango hurries back with a surprised expression.

Mango: "Dude, there's a Merfolk at the other side of the park! Come on!"
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No. 947822 ID: 0d5cb3
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947822

Wh-!?! As soon as she says that, she lands, grabs my arm, and then pull me while launching herself again, but now in the direction where everyone else is heading. Again, I have to make an effort not to eat sand as I try to start swimming after her.

Finn: "Echo, follow us! Mango! Wait!"

I start swimming after her. I'm not sure how much I can tell her while swimming... Once I reach her I try to at least tell her.

Finn: "Mango! There's actually something I'd want to tell you about the merfolks! Preferably alone!"

Mango: "What? Do you know something about this?"

Finn: "Yesterday, Ammy asked me to help her with something... Yeah, I know something. Maybe not about this right now, but... Yeah."

Mango: "Woah dude... Might have to wait, look!"

We can see a group of shark standing on the ground surrounding... well from here it's like a green person, but Merfolks are green, so I'm guessing this is it. Some other sharks are swimming about to get a view from above, though they sometimes go back to the ground to take a breather. Seems like 2 sharks are addressing the Merfolk while the rest watch and converses.
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No. 947823 ID: 0d5cb3
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947823

We all land near the circle. I start to make my way through people, pretty much everyone gets out of the way with gentle pushes. They probably can tell I just swam here and would rather approach on the ground. Once I get to the edge of the inner circle, I stop.

Shelly?!?

She has not noticed me yet so I stay in the crowd for now. Should I make myself known?

Shark Dude: "Look, we can't help you find who you're looking for if you don't tell us who it is."

Shelly: "I- I just- have to look around and I'll find him! I think... They might not be in this town!"

Shark Lady: "And we can save you time if we know him. We can't just let you swim free. Do you know how suspicious your kind have been lately!?"

Someone from the crowd yells at the group in the middle.

Crowd Shark 1: "She's a scout, I'm telling you!"

Shelly: "I'm not! I'm not here to mess with anyone!!!"

Shark Lady: "Hey, whoever said that, you're not helping!"

Shark Dude: "I'm sorry, but we'd be more comfortable if you just leave."

Crowd Shark 2: "We're just letting her go free!?"

Mango: "Holy shit... I never seen a Merfolk before..."

Crowd Shark 3: "She's just gonna go tell her friends which of us is vulnerable or something! Ripe for the picking!"

Crowd Shark 4: "... They sent her to distract us, haven't they. Like, wow. What the hell."


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No. 947825 ID: e7c7d3

I think you'll have to step up. There's some level heads to protect her here, but what about the next group she runs into?
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No. 947826 ID: b1b4f3

>>947823
You'd better get down there before things turn ugly. That also means you're gonna have to apologize for lying to her.
But hey, this means you have EXTREMELY solid evidence that the Merfolk are up to no good. They were not shy with their propaganda, and she can tell the authorities all about it. Somebody needs to go get Ammy so that she can help with the explanations.
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No. 947827 ID: 548a98

>>947823
>t h i c c mermaid

You go see here after all...
“You... you look so familiar. H-how do I know you?”
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No. 947835 ID: eeb7d9

Ok i am new at all this shark quest thing, but the story is too intriguing to ignore.

I suggest that you go and help her out. She came for you, don't know why tho, but she can be of real help to discover what is the deal with the merfolk. Firstly we need to get her out of this mess. We could tell Mango to go and fetch Ammy. In the mean time, you do what you do best: use that silver tunge of yours to tell the sharks some bullshit about you accidentaly contacting her by mistake. As for Shelly, we can tell her what happened AFTER we get her out of this.
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No. 947844 ID: a9af05

>>947826
This
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No. 947845 ID: e7848c

>>947823
You know what? Step up. You can help vouch for her to this crowd and she can help vouch for you to the police.
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No. 947886 ID: 15a025

Looks like you're going to have to break things up Finn. Swim in and re-introduce yourself to her. Pretend you don't know her though, it might draw un-wanted attention from the crowd otherwise.
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No. 947901 ID: feecd8

>>947823
Go help her. Just let Mango know that you'll explain you helping Shelly later when you're in a more private place.
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No. 947915 ID: a05054

>>947823
Make yourself known.
"Miss, please leave. No harm'll come to you if you do. Tensions between sharks 'n' Merfolk at the moment are fairly high; last thing we need's some sort of easily-prevented incident. If you'd like to talk in private, away from the angry crowd, I'm willing to do so."
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No. 947944 ID: 91ee5f

>>947823
Go help, but don’t call her by her name. The crowd will get suspicious if you know her name.

Do your best to not let things escalate.
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No. 948567 ID: 76349d

Jeeze, well this is going to be pretty awkward if she see you. I feel like keeping up the lie would be bad and also not work or help this situation at all, but spilling the truth might just wreck her opinion of sharks, and she could be a major help in repairing your species' relationship.
What if... You get Mango and Echo to approach her, and tell her they know who she's looking for, and that he is a good friend of theirs (neither of which are lies, technically). Echo is a deep dark denizen, and while he is a cinnamon roll of a character, if he went in, acting like he knew what he was doing, and loudly declaring that he knows this merfolk and needs to talk to her in private, I feel like everyone might be so shocked at his presence that they would just assume what he's doing was important and accept whatever he says. Mango being there and supporting Echo might also assure the crowd that whatever's happening, sharks won't be getting the short straw.
Of course, this is a lot to dump on Echo and Mango all at once. But if you promise to tell them everything just as soon as they get Shelly away from the group, I think they'll trust you.
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No. 948819 ID: 0d5cb3
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948819

>What if... You get Mango and Echo to approach her, and tell her they know who she's looking for, and that he is a good friend of theirs (neither of which are lies, technically).

I think of many ways to approach this, what to say, what to consider, what kind of damage control I'd have to make. But then I think of sending Mango and Echo in to save her. If I can get everyone away from this crowd, then I can explain it all. Trying to keep a facade or come clean in front of everyone might be a good way to not only spook Shelly, but turn the crowd against me. Mango would have less to explain if she's also unaware of what is going on, right...? If she pulls it off, I'll have a lot to owe her.

I bring both Mango and Echo in a huddle.

Finn: "Mango, you remember what I just said about knowing what is going on and that I would tell you what is happening afterward? Well I need you and Echo to go in there and help this Merfolk."

Mango: "Woah what!"

Finn: "Ssshhh quiet!" I look around to see if anyone is paying attention, luckily I just spot a couple of uninterested glances. "Look, tell them she's a friend of mine, but keep my identity vague. Her name is Shelly. You should be able to vouch for her being nice. Just be friendly and act natural, but text or call me if anything ends up going wrong! Bring her to..."

Dang, I don't know where to take her for the meet. My house? What if they are followed? Near the Deep Dark? That might spook her still and eavesdroppers are more likely... A sunken ship? that might still come off as sketchy...
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No. 948821 ID: eeb7d9

Maybe Ammy's place? She will immediately understand the situation, and i doubt that people will actually follow them there.
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No. 948847 ID: 83bf07

>>948819
A public place with a private booth? A restaurant?
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No. 948888 ID: efa420

>>948821
Ammunition probably would have a better understanding of what’s happening than others.
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No. 948927 ID: 8b660e

>>948888
AMMY, I meant to say Ammy (fucking autocorrect...)
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No. 948928 ID: c0e130

>>948819
I think somewhere just within the Deep Dark is our best bet in this case. We've got a denizen of it right here with us.
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No. 949144 ID: 15a025

Sounds like Ammy's place might be our best meet up spot.
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No. 949153 ID: a9af05

>>949144
This
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No. 949571 ID: 83bf07

>>948888
>>948927
No, no..
Ammunition might be just what we need in a worst case scenario.
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No. 951150 ID: 0d5cb3
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951150

>I think somewhere just within the Deep Dark is our best bet in this case. We've got a denizen of it right here with us.

You know, with Echo here, This is pretty surreal to me. The Deep Dark was always this thing to fear. I'm not even sure how deep it is. I think we learned it back in school, but I'll admit I didn't really try to remember the number. Still, with Echo, I wonder how far he went to even get to where he could speak with me and Rosie...

>Maybe Ammy's place? She will immediately understand the situation, and i doubt that people will actually follow them there.
>Ammy probably would have a better understanding of what’s happening than others.

Finn: "You know where Ammy lives, right?"

Mango: "Uhh, I think so..."

Finn: "I think this might be the best spot. She might be able to help with what I can't fill in actually. We can text each other to keep each other updated. Alright? Can you both do this?"

Mango and Echo looks at each other for a moment, Echo smiles.

Mango: "Sure. If doing this will answer some questions, then hey, let's do this!"

Echo: "Let's save the new cute!"

With that, I start walking away through the crowd, and once I'm out I start swimming a bit. I try not to move away from the ground while in the vicinity of the crowd... it's a bit hard not to look conspicuous out in the open here. but I manage to get some distance that it looks like no one noticed me, or if anyone did, no one is following, and I go full swim towards Ammy's place... I should probably text Ammy to tell her what is going on.

Finn: "Ammy! I'm on my way to your hut. And later, 3 of my friends will also arrive. A shark, an angler fish and a merfolk. I'll explain why once I get there!"

It takes some minutes before she replies.

Ammy: "What have you been doing since last night?!? It is barely noon! A merfolk is among them?!? I'm sorry Finn, but I would rather you don't lead the enemy to my home. Please lead them to the Crescent Rock instead. I will meet you there... This will delay my preparations."

Oh whoops. Well, Crescent Rock might be a decent spot too. It's still out of the way and nearby-ish of Ammy's hut. If Ammy prefers that spot, it should be good then right? I text Mango to tell her the new spot. She text me back to say that there was a bit of resistance but she successfully got a very confused Shelly out of the very confused Shark crowd. Echo is making friends?
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No. 951151 ID: 0d5cb3
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951151

After some time, I arrive at Crescent Rock. This spot, as far as I know, has nothing going on. But the rock is shaped in a Crescent so some like to check it out sometimes. Especially if they visit. Lots of pictures have been taken in front of it. But most times, it's very quiet.
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No. 951152 ID: 0d5cb3
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951152

After waiting for a minute or so, I spot the group coming over. Mango and Echo lands near me, but Shelly lags behind once she's close enough to see me better. She floats some feet away from me.

Shelly: "... You're not a-"

She cuts her phrase short as she glances at Mango and Echo. She's looking embarrassed.
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No. 951154 ID: b1b4f3

>>951152
Apologize for the deception, you meant no harm. You were on a mission to find out what the merfolk were doing, and had to hide in her room for a bit.
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No. 951155 ID: ba3f1d

>>951152
Oh shit she knows...

Uhhhhh... apologize?
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No. 951164 ID: 4c2615

Just apologize, don’t even give an excuse until she asks because she’s probably upset and angry with you now.
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No. 951165 ID: eeb7d9

I owe you an apology. It wasn't my intention to lie to you but i really couldn't take chances of letting myself get caught in that place. So i had to make a convincing lie (I am actually surpriced that that worked at all).
Any way, You were just trying to find out if the merfolk were behind shark disapearences, and from what i've seen there, it might be true.
But not only that; it seems to be a bit of misinformation about our species. Just like with Heco here. We have been always told that merfolk were to be feared and heated, just like the people of the Deep Dark. But now i am not so sure about all that. I met both of you and you are nothing but good people. Shelly, you yourself don't seem to know what is happening in that place, so there must be something that is being kept secret from your whole race.

I am not going to hope for you to forgive me, i just want you to understand why i did what i did, and that it wasn't my intention to harm you at all.
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No. 951192 ID: 7ad6c9

Text ammy some more details before she gets here: the merfolk is Shelly, a princess you met while investigating their palace. You befriended here, but only by lying to her that you were secretly her ghost lover. Now she's here and she's probably a bit pissed off, but! This is possibly the best chance you will have to work out all this merfolk business non-violently, and prevent any further escalation.
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No. 951193 ID: b1b4f3

>>951192
Ammy was watching during the scouting mission, up until we went past the shielded door. All we'd have to say is that it's the merfolk lady from the mission.
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No. 951212 ID: 83bf07

>>951152
Start with apologies. You can move into explanations after that.
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No. 952577 ID: ea81d3
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952577

>Apologize for the deception, you meant no harm. You were on a mission to find out what the merfolk were doing, and had to hide in her room for a bit.
>Oh shit she knows... Uhhhhh... apologize?
>Just apologize, don’t even give an excuse until she asks because she’s probably upset and angry with you now.
>I owe you an apology. It wasn't my intention to lie to you but i really couldn't take chances of letting myself get caught in that place. I am not going to hope for you to forgive me, i just want you to understand why i did what i did, and that it wasn't my intention to harm you at all.
>Start with apologies. You can move into explanations after that.

Finn: "Ok. First thing's first, I'm sorry that I lied to you. No excuse, just sorry."

Shelly studies my face for a moment. She looks to Mango and Echo and finally says:

Shelly: "Can I maybe talk to you without an audience?"

I look to Mango and we exchange a shrug.

Finn: "Sure."

Mango tells Echo to follow her closer to the Crescent while I take some steps closer to Shelly, but I still keep some feet away from her. Shelly grabs and fidgets with her shell nervously. She then looks up to me.

Shelly: "Why would you tell anyone all the things you told me to begin with?"

Finn: "Honestly? I kinda panicked. I couldn't take chances of letting myself get caught in that place so I just kinda started improvising a story."

Shelly: "Caught?"

>Any way, You were just trying to find out if the merfolk were behind shark disapearences, and from what i've seen there, it might be true.

Finn: "Some sharks have been disappearing lately and it was believed that the Merfolk were behind it. I was there to investigate and from what I found after I left you, seems like it might be true."

Shelly: She talks at a low volume to herself "Is this true...?" then fully addresses me. "But sharks are the ones that are a danger to the merfolk?"
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No. 952578 ID: ea81d3
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952578

>But not only that; it seems to be a bit of misinformation about our species. Just like with Echo here. We have been always told that merfolk were to be feared and heated, just like the people of the Deep Dark. But now i am not so sure about all that. I met both of you and you are nothing but good people. Shelly, you yourself don't seem to know what is happening in that place, so there must be something that is being kept secret from your whole race.

Finn: "All of our species seems to have been misinformed about one another. Just like Echo over there." I gesture to him as he and Mango talk among themselves while keeping an eye on us. "Us sharks were always told to avoid Merfolks and Deep Sea folks, but having met you both, you are nothing but good people. From what I can tell, there are merfolk lying about sharks to keep us as enemies."

Shelly: "... This all seems so far-fetched and you lied to me already once. How can I believe this?"

Finn: "I've apologized, and part of apologizing is not repeating what I apologized for. This is all as true as I can tell it. How dangerous are we suppose to be? Did Mango do anything to you? What about that crowd you were surrounded by. Sure, they were distrusting of you, but you seem like you got out of it."

Shelly: "... That is true." Then mostly to herself "But why would we be lied to?" back to me "A friend of mine seems to be extremely convinced that sharks are evil."

She swims a bit toward me.

Shelly: "What does she know that I don't?"
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No. 952581 ID: b1b4f3

>>952578
Extremely convinced? So like, more than buying into the propaganda? I wonder if there are some bad sharks doing something to Merfolk? Or maybe she ran across a shark out in the ocean and got attacked out of fear? I wish we could talk to her friend to find out what her deal is.
Tell Shelly you don't know what's with her friend, but if she could find out that could help. Also if she can find other merfolk willing to give sharks a chance that'd be nice. Speaking of hidden information, you should tell her what you saw behind that door. Sharks are being kidnapped and de-finned, then most likely used as slave labor. You didn't confirm what happened to the sharks afterwards because you were scared it was something worse, but that's what it looked like. Also you got caught and someone tried to kill you via your projection, so that's not great.
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No. 952592 ID: ce39da

"For all I know, a group of sharks did do something horrible to your people, but it had to have been a long, long time ago, I think, else I'd know about it. Or not. It's also possible that the hostilities between our species led to your friend having a bad experience. I can't say for sure, either way."
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No. 952629 ID: 83bf07

I don't know. Maybe one day we could find out. But we'll need to work together. Trust each other.
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No. 952752 ID: 15a025

It's more like, what does she think she knows? Ask her about what kind of horrible things she's heard about sharks? Maybe there's something super not true we could disprove to break the ice?
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No. 953060 ID: 92aaf8

You're a princess right? So, do you know much about your history? When did this conflict between sharks and merfolk start? Why did it start?
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No. 953104 ID: ea81d3
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953104

>Tell Shelly you don't know what's with her friend, but if she could find out that could help.
>I don't know. Maybe one day we could find out.
>It's more like, what does she think she knows? Ask her about what kind of horrible things she's heard about sharks? Maybe there's something super not true we could disprove to break the ice?

Finn: "I don't know what's with your friend, but if you could find out, that could help."

Shelly: "Oh, I know: her p-" She stops herself in a bit of a startle. "Never mind! S-she does not want me to tell others about it..."

> I wonder if there are some bad sharks doing something to Merfolk?
>"For all I know, a group of sharks did do something horrible to your people, but it had to have been a long, long time ago, I think, else I'd know about it. Or not. It's also possible that the hostilities between our species led to your friend having a bad experience. I can't say for sure, either way."

Finn: "... Well, I just want to say that I could believe that there are a group of sharks that that did horrible things to the Merfolks, but it must have been a long time ago since I never heard of anything like that happening recently. Unless they were very secret about it."

Shelly: She lowers her head. "...That would make shark pretty much like regular people." She wrings her hands nervously, then looks back up to me. "Are you gonna try to find those bad sharks?"

Finn: "I am trying to figure out what is going on, and if they are involved, sure."

She seems oddly uneasy about that answer. Like someone scolding her.

>Dialogue

Finn: "By the way, you're a princess right?"

She blushes more and looks down as she answers.

Shelly: "Ah... no... I'm a palace companion... for special guests..."

Mango: "Finn, who's that!?"
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No. 953105 ID: ea81d3
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953105

Someone is approaching us! They must have snuck up on us a little since they are surprisingly close. They keep moving towards me and Shelly at a brisk pace.
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No. 953106 ID: f0fa52

>>953105
It's Ammy. Cool outfit.
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No. 953107 ID: a9af05

>>953104
>"Oh, I know: her p-" She stops herself in a bit of a startle. "Never mind! S-she does not want me to tell others about it..."
I think she was about to mention something about her friend's parents.

>She seems oddly uneasy about that answer. Like someone scolding her.
She probably thinks you believe it's the merpeople doing the bad things and you don't fully believe sharks are at fault at all.

>>953105
Ask Ammy why she's wearing that outfit? Also, make sure you stand between her and Shelly.

You heard how Ammy sounded on the phone. It's possible that she might try doing something to Shelly. So you need to try and prevent Ammy from possibly doing something as an overreaction.
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No. 953108 ID: 83bf07

>>953105
Sweet outfit! You know it probably Ammy but make a show of moving in front of Shelly anyways. Ask her what's the news.
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No. 953128 ID: ce39da

"Relax, she's not here to cause trouble - not intentionally, anyway. I'm honestly more worried for her than about her if we're talking about threats to people's safety."
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No. 953131 ID: 33adb3

I guess is Ammy? I hope she is.
Time to explain what is going on.
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No. 953432 ID: ea81d3
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953432

>Ask Ammy why she's wearing that outfit? Also, make sure you stand between her and Shelly.
>You know it probably Ammy but make a show of moving in front of Shelly anyways. Ask her what's the news.

I move in front of Shelly while I address Ammy.

Finn: "Hey Ammy! Wha-"

Ammy: "YOU! Quiet! Do not say that name!" She raises her staff looking thing.

Ammy: "Br'ee's weh ee-ceh't o' yoo!"

Her staff makes some kind of magic thing form above everyone's head, like a funnel originating from the top of her staff. I extend an arm one side and my tail the other to try and shield Shelly as I back up one step.

>You heard how Ammy sounded on the phone. It's possible that she might try doing something to Shelly. So you need to try and prevent Ammy from possibly doing something as an overreaction.
>Dialogue

I extend an arm one side and my tail the other to try and shield Shelly as I back up one step.

Finn: "Wait! You have to relax! she's not here to cause trouble!"

Ammy: "Br'ee's pah'rl soo o' yoo!"

Another pulse through the magic above us, making it change color! I look back to Shelly who seems afraid, but seems to accept my interference as she seem to try to hide behind me.

Finn: "Ammy! I don't know what you think she's doing, but it's not intentional!"
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No. 953433 ID: ea81d3
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953433

Ammy: "Pro-tek soo yoo eh'r!"

Ammy then plunge her staff into the sand in front of her. Another pulse goes through the magic above, but this time, the water along the the pulse distorts downward in a way I've never seen. I bring my arm in front of me in a way to try and block it, not knowing what will happen when it hits me. When it does I expect pain! But instead I suddenly feel like gravity is pulling me down harder than usual. I also have trouble breathing until I realize that I have to change how I breath. I take a moment to look around to see what happens and now see that the area looks different, but I'm unsure how. There seem to be a curtain of some kind at the edge of the magic above surrounding us, with the staff being it's source at the center.

Shelly: "Oh gods! What is happening!? Is- Is the water gone?!"

I look back to see that Shelly is on the sea floor trying to hold herself up a bit with her arms. I also notice now that my feet sinks a bit in the wet sand. I look over to Ammy.

Finn: "What happened! What did you do!?"

Ammy let's go of her staff, leaving it sticking where she planted it. She starts approaching us.

Ammy: "Relax, F-... You. The merfolk is right. I created an area of oxygen to prevent any swimmers from escaping. This is for our safety. Now she cannot run."

Finn: "She wasn't going to!"

Shelly: "I- I wasn't!"
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No. 953434 ID: ea81d3
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953434

Ammy: "Step aside, shark-folk. You, merfolk! Do not try anything." She pulls out a pink crystal on a string and begins to step around me to approach Shelly, who shows signs of panic with her ability to swim being taken from her.

Mango and Echo seems to be trying to deal with the water being gone, Mango recovering a bit by starting to make her way to us and Echo just seem resolved to just sitting on the sand while still visibly confused.
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No. 953436 ID: b1b4f3

>>953434
Tell her you're not going to step aside. This could be an opportunity for peace, and you will not let that go to waste. She needs to explain what she's doing first, and if you don't like it you're going to stop her.
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No. 953439 ID: 91ee5f

>>953433
>Relax, F-... You.
Ammy is trying to hide your identity. You should tell her that Shelly already knows your name.

>>953434
Tell her that you’re not going to move! She needs to explain what she’s doing right now or you will carry Shelly to the water and let her swim away!

Tell Ammy that she needs to calm down right now!
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No. 953442 ID: e2e941

Bring the water back and/or tell me what you doin or we gonna fight.
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No. 953443 ID: 3ed3c3

>>953434
Screw it. Tackle her and cut that witch crap off.
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No. 953492 ID: 83bf07

>>953434
Stand your ground, do not escalate. You're Shelly's only defense right now. Peace requires bravery and self sacrifice. Ammy can be dramatic, be we can make our point too.
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No. 953532 ID: ce39da

"If you're doing the worst of what I think you might be doing, you must know that'll only prove they were right about us!"
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No. 953724 ID: d152c2

>>953434
Tell her right now we were talking peacefully she decided to butt in. Make sure to use her name and don't let her stop you. Let her know that you've got this and she needs to trust you. If she tries to incant any spells or tries any magic do what >>953443 said and tackle her. Don't let her speak, make sure to hold her mouth closed, until she understands your position and the fact that Shelly isn't a threat. Ammy really didn't need to escalate this as much as she did and we shouldn't be happy that she's letting paranoia dictate her actions.
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No. 953734 ID: b1b4f3

Hey, stopping Ammy at least long enough to clear things up is a good idea. Ignoring her request to avoid names is not a good idea.
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No. 953750 ID: a9af05

>>953434
Tell her that if she doesn't stop right now, you will punch her in the face! You had things perfectly under control until she decided to start doing this magic stuff!

Then tell her that it's overreactions like this that has lead to the sharks and merfolk hating each other! If we want to settle this peacefully, we need to talk to each other!
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No. 953831 ID: 15a025

Ammy, explain what it is you're trying to accomplish here. If you're trying to attack shelly, you're only proving to her sharks are dangerous!
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No. 954095 ID: ea81d3
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954095

>Tell her you're not going to step aside. This could be an opportunity for peace, and you will not let that go to waste. She needs to explain what she's doing first, and if you don't like it you're going to stop her.
>Tell her that you’re not going to move! She needs to explain what she’s doing right now or you will carry Shelly to the water and let her swim away!
>Stand your ground, do not escalate. You're Shelly's only defense right now. Peace requires bravery and self sacrifice. Ammy can be dramatic, be we can make our point too.
>"If you're doing the worst of what I think you might be doing, you must know that'll only prove they were right about us!"
>Tell her right now we were talking peacefully she decided to butt in.
>Hey, stopping Ammy at least long enough to clear things up is a good idea.
>Ammy, explain what it is you're trying to accomplish here. If you're trying to attack shelly, you're only proving to her sharks are dangerous!

I move along with her to continue blocking her.

Finn: "Wait! You have to tell me what you are doing. Because if you plan on hurting her, it'll make things worst!"

Ammy: "Hurt her?!" she pauses as she looks at Shelly and back to me. "... I'm sorry, F- ahhh" She stumbles in her words again trying to avoid saying my name.

>Ammy is trying to hide your identity. You should tell her that Shelly already knows your name.

Finn: "It's ok, she knows my name already."

Ammy pauses to, I assume, analyse Shelly, then she looks at me again. At this point, Mango as reached my side as she listen to the conversation, joining me in standing in Ammy's way, more or less.

Ammy: "Alright, F-Finn, I want to apologize as my actions may not be clear to you, but I have no intention in hurting her."

Mango: "Really?! You think this isn't hurting her?!"

Ammy: "I would be surprised if it did and would apologize if it is the case. But to be sure, ask her."

I kneel and turn to Shelly to speak to her face to face. I also offer a hand to assist in her attempt at sitting up straight, and she accepts it.

Finn: "... Shelly, are you hurt?"

She looks at me for a beat and then exhale like she was holding her breath.

Shelly: "Wh- oh, no, I- I think I'm fine. I-I'm just-" She begins to blush. "I would like to be able to swim again, t-that's all."

Ammy: "I came here with a plan Finn. Yes, it was short notice, but if I wanted to hurt her, you would know. Severely... Though rest assure that I do not do this kind of things, even with the know-how."

Finn: "... Well, you still spooked her. We're trying for peace here and this act you just did isn't really helping."

Ammy: "Finn. I understand your noble attempt, but know that nothing can be done completely cleanly. You can try and make everyone feel safe and someone will take advantage of it sooner or later. I agree that not all Merfolks are villains, but don't fool yourself into believing that none of them are. Which brings us to this: I still feel that precautions needs to be taken." She holds up the pink crystal. "This is only meant to glow brighter when it detects magic in a very narrow proximity."

Finn: "Magic? Why would she have anything magic?" I look to Shelly who now tries to avert her gaze from us.

Ammy: "Do you remember the Merfolk who hurt you? I would believe they would be working with this one in some way." This time Shelly looks at us again, but she scans my body with a furrowed brow. "Do you still have any objections, Finn? Or may I resume? Checking her for magical items is the last thing I want to do, then I'll return the water." She pull a small blue box from her pouch. "I assume whatever she has will fit in this, if it is dangerous to us... it's effect will be neutralized while it is contained."
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No. 954097 ID: b1b4f3

>>954095
Sounds fine to me. She might even have something on her that she doesn't know is magic. Obviously Ammy suspects a listening device, something to broadcast what she sees and hears back to the merfolk in charge.
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No. 954104 ID: ce39da

"If that's all... then yeah, I'm fine with it - especially since if there's something she isn't aware of, I'm sure she'd want to know about it. Does that sound okay to you, Shelly?"
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No. 954188 ID: 83bf07

>>954095
That seems mild enough. "Shelly, we have to be sure we're not being watched." Go ahead.
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No. 954725 ID: ea81d3
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954725

>Sounds fine to me. She might even have something on her that she doesn't know is magic. Obviously Ammy suspects a listening device, something to broadcast what she sees and hears back to the merfolk in charge.
>Dialogue
>That seems mild enough. [Dialogue] Go ahead.

Finn: "If that's all... then yeah, I'm fine with it - especially since if there's something she isn't aware of, I'm sure she'd want to know about it." I turn to Shelly "Shelly, we have to be sure we're not being watched. Does that sound okay to you, Shelly?"

Shelly takes a short moment to think of an answer with everyone waiting on her for one.

Shelly: "O-ok wait, look! I didn't- I told my friend it was fine but she really wanted me to have plan Bs. I just wanted to talk to you, Finnegan..."

As she says this she grabs her shell that she wears around her neck and fiddles with it a bit.

Finn: "We just want to make sure it's safe for us. It might just be a listening device!"

Shelly thinks for a moment and then she let's go of my hand to grab something on the other side of her shell. She pulls out a gem of some kind, a blue one.

Shelly: "That is one of the things this do, yeah..."

She hands it to me, to which I hand it to Ammy. Ammy then puts the gem in the blue container she has. The inside of it is red and seems to be glowing as she puts the gem in, but she closes it soon enough after that I am not sure if I saw right.

Ammy: "Thank you for you cooperation, but I still want to make sure. You have to understand that we do not know you and precautions are to be taken for our peace of mind."

Shelly: "It's ok, do what you will, I have nothing else to hide."

Shelly then shifts her body from her "sitting" position to lean her upper body against me and swings her tail around to extend it to lay herself out.

Shelly is soft.

Finn: "woAh! Careful!"

Shelly: "Ah sorry!"

I try to hold her up better as she move away a bit, realizing how close she got, blushing.

Mango: "Wow. Look at her wriggling against you." she says in a deadpan tone. Shelly blushes even more and I do feel a bit warmer around the face. I think I hear Mango giggle, so there's that.

She then waits as Ammy hovers the crystal along Shelly, head fin to tail fin. The crystal doesn't react.

Ammy: "Good. She's clear."
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No. 954726 ID: ea81d3
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954726

Ammy then put the pink crystal back in her pouch, then takes the gem out of the blue container again. She turns her back to us and holds it out upward as if to try to get some light through it then lift the front of her veil thingie.

Ammy: "... Well, she is not lying. Most of this gem seems to be communication magic..." After some more seconds, she turns her head to look toward Shelly. "Teleportation?"

Shelly lowers her head down in a guilty manner.

Shelly: "Yeah... my friend wanted a way for me to quickly escape."

Ammy: "... Your friend cares for you quite a bit it seems."

This seems to manage to make Shelly smile amidst everything. Ammy continues to move the gem around as she analyses it. Suddenly she stops for a moment. She lowers the gem slowly, but then quickly puts it back into the blue container. She turns to Shelly, pauses and then addresses her.

Ammy: "... What else does this gem do?"

Shelly: "I- I dunno, I think it was the talking part and the teleportation? Why?"

Ammy: "Your friend never mentioned anything else?"

Shelly: "I..." She pauses "I don't know."

Shelly seems uncomfortable again. Ammy brings up the container to make it more visible.

Ammy: "Merfolk! If this does anything else, you have to tell us if you want us to trust you!"

Shelly seems a bit spooked for a second but recovers.

Shelly: "Y-You're right. To be honest, I truly don't know! My friend was vague about anything else she put in it, but seems to think it would make me the safest! But she wouldn't tell me what it was!"

Ammy: "Well I have a vague idea of what it is. Finn, you remember the red gem that mage hurt you with? This gem here has traces of that magic here."

Finn: "What?! Wait would that still hurt me?"

Ammy: "That gem she carries is for offensive magic, it can hurt anyone."

Finn: "Well what does it do then!? If it's meant to protect Shelly?!"

Ammy: "I do not know. I could only determine that the magic is within this, not what it does..."
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No. 954727 ID: ea81d3
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954727

She looks at the blue container for a moment. Then holds it toward me.

Ammy: "You seem to want to handle this situation Finn. I will let you decide what to do with this and when, BUT! You have to keep in mind all the things this gem does. This container is neutralizing the gem's magic capabilities. Only return the gem to her once you are ready for her to leave you and-" She looks at Shelly for a moment. "It would be best if you make sure you are not around her when you do."

I take the container, and examine it for a moment.

Ammy: "Also, please return the container to me after it has been emptied. I will head back home now to prepare for what we talked about. Know that my aim is to finish this as soon as possible, so be ready when I summon you. If you have any questions or things you would like to tell me, now is the time before my leave. Walk with me, I think this merfolk has had enough sand for now."

Mango: "Yeah, I hope I can be around for explanations? Everything's been real weird..."

Ammy: "... Finn if you trust this one and think we could use her help, I would be fine with this."
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No. 954729 ID: cdabe3

I think she’s trustworthy.
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No. 954732 ID: e7848c

>>954727
We can trust Mango. But I don't think Echo signed up for any of this. He shouldn't have to come along if he doesn't want to. Apologies to Shelly for the precautions.
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No. 954734 ID: b1b4f3

>>954727
Hmph. This is a bit suspicious, but reasonable precautions for a merfolk venturing into shark territory, I suppose. Hmmmmm... well, first thing's first. Ask Shelly what she knows about how the de-finning operation works. Do the Merfolk know where the sharks go afterwards? How many Merfolk are as convinced as her friend is that sharks are evil? WHY do they need shark fins for food anyway? Is it just some delicacy for the upper class?
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No. 954796 ID: e51896

>>954734
this
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No. 955244 ID: 15a025

Mango's our friend, of course we can trust her. Echo seems nice enough, but we shouldn't drag him into this if he doesn't want to.
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No. 955712 ID: ea81d3
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955712

>I think she’s trustworthy.
>We can trust Mango. But I don't think Echo signed up for any of this. He shouldn't have to come along if he doesn't want to.
>Mango's our friend, of course we can trust her. Echo seems nice enough, but we shouldn't drag him into this if he doesn't want to.

Finn: "I'm fine with it too, I do trust her."

Ammy: "Let's hope it is not misplaced then."

Mango: "What's that suppose to mean?!"

Ammy: "Nothing major, but I believe not everyone is to be trusted. Even those with good intention might accidentally impede progress. I do hope that upcoming events will be positive and swift. And since Finn trust you, I hope you'll aid us in that endeavor."

She looks to Echo.

Ammy: "What about this one?"

Finn: "I'd rather not bring him into it. I don't think he'd like that."

Ammy: "Alright." She turns to Mango "We'll be seeing each other later then?"

Mango: "I guess?"

Ammy then turns away and continues to her staff to remove it from the ground. Suddenly all the water above us fall on us and Mango, who was the only one standing at that point, is pushed to the ground. Ammy simply continues on in the vague direction of her hut.

>Speaking of hidden information, you should tell her what you saw behind that door. Sharks are being kidnapped and de-finned, then most likely used as slave labor. You didn't confirm what happened to the sharks afterwards because you were scared it was something worse, but that's what it looked like.
>Apologies to Shelly for the precautions.
> Ask Shelly what she knows about how the de-finning operation works. Do the Merfolk know where the sharks go afterwards? How many Merfolk are as convinced as her friend is that sharks are evil? WHY do they need shark fins for food anyway? Is it just some delicacy for the upper class?
>this

Finn: "Uhh, sorry for the precautions Shelly, I wasn't expecting her to do that."

She swims from the ground and wiggles her body to get whatever sand off of her.

Shelly: "I-it's fine. I'm just glad it wasn't anything dangerous... Ummm..."

She eyes my hand that is holding the small box containing the gem. My grip around it tightens a little bit.

Finn: "Uhh, Shelly, what do you know about the shark de-finning anyway? Like how it works, what happens to the sharks afterwards?"

Shelly: "... Wait, de-finning?! That's why they are capturing Sharks?"

Finn: "Ahh, yes, That's what I discovered while scouting the palace. I found a door that lead to a room with cages and... a contraption... I couldn't figure out what they do with the sharks after they were de-finned. You know about Shark Fin Soup right?"

Shelly: "Oh my gods, you're right! If sharks are not bad, then... I have to say I'm glad I never got to taste one of those soups then!"

Finn: "Oh? Is it still hard to come by?" That's good to hear if it's not something that happens a lot at least...

Shelly: "It's fancy enough that the guests are the ones that can partake. I was under strict order to not eat any for myself because of the rarity. But I did hear that it was going to become more accessible in the future..."

Finn: "More accessible? Because..."

There's a beat, I look to Mango who is horrified since she is learning about this all for the first time. I can see in her expression that her mind is going miles a minute.
Shelly is also realizing what this means.

Finn: "They are planning to do something to get way more, aren't they?... Shelly, what can you tell me about how they do so, it could be important for us to know!"

Shelly: "I-I don't really know! Those are the types of things handled by groups that deals with that stuff. I always assumed it was some company that dealt with it, but you say they operate in the palace?... I-I guess it's possible since I have not been everywhere inside." She rubs her arms with her hands, head down. "I don't feel good. I wish I could prove this is all false..."

I take a moment before continuing...

Finn: "It has to do with how we're perceived to be evil. Does everyone think we are?"

Shelly: "More or less. It's kind of a "truth" we all believe, but... now that I'm being questioned about it, I never really thought much about it before. I just accepted it as fact and moved on from that. They do teach it to us when we're young. To warn us about you. But I think most of us assume we won't face a shark to worry about it.... Oh gods..."

Mango: "We have to do something... right? What can we even do?"

I have to think of what to do now. Anything active I can do has to be waited on Ammy for her to finish preparing. Maybe I could offer help for her to prepare faster? Is that even how that works? What about Shelly? Should I take her to the police to testify? Should I give her the gem back now or later? Is there anything I'm missing I could do? If I focus on this, what to do with Echo? Maybe I should introduce him to Rosie and Riptide so they can keep him occupied? Or just let him go back to the Deep Dark for now?
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No. 955713 ID: 83bf07

>>955712
Okay the quick plan for now is to just catch up with Amy real quick and ask her if you can speak to the police yet. If yes, we can bring Shelly over to testify. We can ask echo what he wants to do, meet with your other friends or go back home.
If no, I say we pick someone's house and the four of you go talk it out. It'd be cool to get insight on the shark society, the deep dark and the merfolk.
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No. 955726 ID: b1b4f3

>>955712
Well obviously the authorities need to be warned about a possible merfolk attack. Optimally Shelly would come with to add legitimacy to the claim, but she also needs to go back home and secretly spread the word that sharks are NOT evil, and are just regular people, with good and bad individuals just like merfolk do.

Hmm, dragging Echo into this wouldn't be great, but maybe we can ask him to get someone who *would* like to help? Like some kind of abyss-person ambassador? Or any kind of authority really. His people are a neutral party so they'd be the best for mediating between sharks and merfolk. We can buy him more sunglasses to give to whoever he chooses.
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No. 956189 ID: ea81d3
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956189

>Okay the quick plan for now is to just catch up with Amy real quick and ask her if you can speak to the police yet. If yes, we can bring Shelly over to testify.
>Well obviously the authorities need to be warned about a possible merfolk attack. Optimally Shelly would come with to add legitimacy to the claim, but she also needs to go back home and secretly spread the word that sharks are NOT evil, and are just regular people, with good and bad individuals just like merfolk do.

Finn: "Uhhh, just a sec, you guys wait here!"

I start making my way toward where Ammy left while I pull out my phone to send a quick text to tell her to wait up, then swim toward her direction. Once I reach her I land on the ground next to her.

Finn: "Ammy! We were thinking about going to the police station and reporting all this, with Shelly as a witness. Does that sound like a thing we should do?"

Ammy takes a moment, then leans to the side to check behind me, then straighten herself back. She then removes her hat to look at me better.

Ammy: "Finn, Remember what I said about trust earlier? I do not always trust people's abilities, but I also do not trust people's intentions. It would be great if we could trust law enforcers, but you have to remember that they are singular individuals with their own goals and morals."

Finn: "So, we shouldn't go there?"

Ammy: "I personally would not. But what I am saying is that it would be best if you go with thoughts and planning. Do not just barge in and announce your intentions. Trust your own instinct when choosing your allies."

Finn: "... I also find it hard to believe that sharks would throw other sharks in front of the sub."

Ammy: "... Sometimes, we do not see the full picture of someone's intentions. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go prepare. Hopefully, it will not be long before I contact you. Know that I plan on getting you to the palace physically this evening. And I will try to allow for some to come with you, but I can't guarantee a number yet... It could just be one of your friends..."

Finn: "Oh, uhh, alright. I'll see you then."

Ammy: "Likewise."

Ammy puts her hat on once again and heads home, I rejoin the others.
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>We can ask echo what he wants to do, meet with your other friends or go back home.
>Hmm, dragging Echo into this wouldn't be great, but maybe we can ask him to get someone who *would* like to help? Like some kind of abyss-person ambassador? Or any kind of authority really. His people are a neutral party so they'd be the best for mediating between sharks and merfolk. We can buy him more sunglasses to give to whoever he chooses.

Once I reach them, I address Echo.

Finn: "Echo, you know what is going on?"

Echo: "Some merfolk are being mean to sharks! This one notwithstanding. Everyone is cute up here!" Shelly blushes a bit.

Finn: "Well, I was wondering what you'd want to do. We want to look into it and it could get dangerous. You can help, or you can keep hanging out with people here, I have a couple of other friends you could spend time with. Though if you feel safer with it, you can also go back home. Your choice."

Echo: "Ohhhh. Well, I'm better at hiding and catching wildlife. If it's really dangerous, I dunno if I can do a lot. But it also sounds like there's not many people that might try to stop it! I'm not sure what to do..."

>I say we pick someone's house and the four of you go talk it out. It'd be cool to get insight on the shark society, the deep dark and the merfolk.

So now I have to figure out what to do with the police thing. If I do go there, what plan should I go with? Echo seems to want to help, but in a way that would be less dangerous. I don't know if I can come up with anything, but if I can think of something, he could play a role. And if we have nothing to really do, we could go talk about our societies until I get called by Ammy. If we do this we could also get Rosie and Riptide in on it... if it's ok for them to be roped in. Then again maybe we don't have to talk about the messed up stuff, just regular day to day stuff? I'm not sure.
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No. 956194 ID: 996d42

I think that the less people we get into this mess the better. If it is unavoidable, we can tell them. But not now.
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No. 956198 ID: b1b4f3

Okay if we're not going to the police because they're "individuals" and apparently can't be trusted with saving their race from being treated like cattle, can we contact the government?
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No. 956206 ID: e22100

>>956190
You know what, let's try and have a last hurrah with our friends before things get heavy again. Your place, everyone BYOS (bring your own snacks)
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No. 956393 ID: 15a025

We should forget about the police for now. We know more right now than they do, and the police will have to follow due process and take things by the book. We'd be able act faster, and there's no guarantee they'll have the same trust in Shelly as we do.
As for who to bring with, I think it might depend on our approach. If we're going in at night and plan on being sneaky, Echo sounds like the perfect partner. Otherwise I think taking Ammy along would be smart. She's seems to be the most knowledgeable of us all.
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>Okay if we're not going to the police because they're "individuals" and apparently can't be trusted with saving their race from being treated like cattle, can we contact the government?

I'm not sure that's what Ammy was getting at. More that she herself is the one that doesn't trust people like this. If I really wanted to, I could ignore her advice and just report it normally, but she suggest to me that I should go there "with more thought". So like, I dunno. Ask the cop with the friendliest smile?

>You know what, let's try and have a last hurrah with our friends before things get heavy again. Your place, everyone BYOS (bring your own snacks)
>We should forget about the police for now. We know more right now than they do, and the police will have to follow due process and take things by the book. We'd be able act faster, and there's no guarantee they'll have the same trust in Shelly as we do.

But heh. I have to kill time until Ammy calls me, so let's try to hang out!!!

Finn: "Ok, Mango. I'll be honest. I'm not 100% sure what we can and should do. But Ammy does seem to have plans for it. Last time she projected me into the palace so I was over there like a ghost of some type?"

Mango: "Oh yeah, about that. Magic. WHAT!?!"

Finn: "Oh yeah, I guess you didn't know."

Mango: "So like, Ammy can just do magic?!"

Finn: "I'm not sure she can "just" do it. A lot of it has to be prepared. That's what I'm waiting on right now."

Shelly: "I guess my friend is better at magic then!"

Finn: "Hey, it's not a competition!"

Shelly: "I-it's not! But my friend just uses a staff and it happens!"

Finn: "Sounds cool! But it's probably just different!"

Mango: "So wait... Shelly? Magic is normal to you?"

Shelly: "As normal as having friends that can do so. I can't do any of it. The palace has a couple of mages."

Finn: "Well that will be things to take care of later. Right now I'm thinking we could just try to hang out to wait till Ammy calls me. We can call the rest of the gang for that."

Mango: "... We just hang out? I'll admit, that's gonna be tough. Gods, just doing nothing knowing all this. I guess, sometimes all that can be done is wait. Heck, maybe we can keep an eye out to make sure there's nothing suspicious..."

Shelly: "... I'm gonna need that gem if I want to go home. But it might be dangerous...?"

... Find a way to give her the stone safely, or invite her to hang out?
I do know inviting her would be riskier, we might have less places we can go and it might be best if she goes home and convince as many Merfolks that sharks are ok, if she can. But I might as well ponder the option for her to also relax with us. Feels fairer?
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No. 956778 ID: fa5515

Well, we do need to look after Shelly, she is in a place full of sharks and it must be pretty scary for her. So goin out to places might be a little tricky. What about your place Finn? With just your friends, she might feel a little bit safer, they are nice people after all... I hope, given she is a merfolk...
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No. 956831 ID: fa2754

>>956770
Offer her a choice. Learn how sharks really are and hang out with you and your buds. Maybe get her stuff back in a game of spin the bottle seashell or Truth or Dare! Or.. chicken (tuna?) out and leave now. Missing out on knowing the real Finn and possibly the most fun she's had in a while.
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No. 956879 ID: 422cea

>>956831
I want to see chicktuna now.
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No. 957099 ID: 15a025

It might be better to have her just hang with us for now. It might seem a little suspicious to the merfolk that she left to see sharks and come back saying "yeah they're fine." after all the propaganda it sounds like they're fed.
You wouldn't have a secret hang out spot or something, would you Finn?
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