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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. 936868 ID: 0d5cb3
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936868

Morning routine done, sitting at my kitchen table. Tonight' sleep was a bit restless. After what happens, I feel like things jumped myself a bit. But anyway, assess my options.

Go to the police station
I could go the station and try to get help about the Merfolk situation, though I worry that I have no real proof to convince them to act. And I'm unsure what they can do considering everything. Cops can't handle everything after all. But it might still be worth it to try.
Go to the Deep Dark and help Echo up.
With a pair of sunglasses bought, I can probably go meet with Echo and help him up.
Hang out Date with Riptide or Mango?
Might be weird to do this with everything on my mind, but it's still an option I guess.

I don't have to do these things to a tee. So if I can come up with anything else to do, I can do things differently. Ammy did say she needs to prepare for the next step, so I can't go directly to her, unless I have another reason to visit her.
Also, I'm not sure what I can do to specifically search for Jolene, but at any rate, I'll be keeping an eye out for her whereabouts while doing whatever I do.
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No. 936869 ID: b1b4f3

>>936868
Go find out what's up with Echo. They might be extremely helpful in the coming troubles.
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No. 936870 ID: 0fae41

A date with Mango. She's ripe for the plucking! (Though she's probably heard every fruit pun in existence already.)
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No. 936871 ID: 83bf07

Good to see you, Finn.
Let's get more friends first. Help Echo and then we can swing around to fill out a police report. Maybe treat them to food while you do that.
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No. 936872 ID: ad51b8

Help Echo
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No. 936876 ID: 15a025

Let's go help out Echo!
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No. 936912 ID: 8cb228

>>936871
This. Help Echo then swing around for the police report.
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No. 937656 ID: 0d5cb3
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937656

>Good to see you, Finn.

Good to still see you intact, brain.

>Go find out what's up with Echo. They might be extremely helpful in the coming troubles.
>Let's get more friends first. Help Echo and then we can swing around to fill out a police report. Maybe treat them to food while you do that.
>This. Help Echo then swing around for the police report.
>Help Echo
>Let's go help out Echo!

Alright! Time to get Echo then! I do want to see Mango afterward, but checking with the police seems to take priority in my mind.
I do a quick check around the house for my old sunglasses, but fail to find them, so I'll be bringing only the pair I bought yesterday.



I decide to swim part of the way there. I manage to enjoy it, which is nice. I find the spot I was sitting at with Rosie and peek over. Mmmmh...
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No. 937657 ID: 0d5cb3
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937657

Finn: "Echo?"

Echo: "Finn! It's Echo! Hello!"

Finn: "Oh, hello! Good, you're here already!"

Echo: "Yes! I'm still here!"

Finn: "... Still? Did you stay here since we last talk?"

Echo: "Yes... I wasn't sure when you were going to be back! I'm very hungry..."

Oh no, I have to get him out of there quick!

Finn: "Uhh, don't worry, I have the sunglasses!"

Echo: "Joy!"

Now, how to get him the glasses? Or should I get him up first?
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No. 937658 ID: 0fae41

Help him up first.
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No. 937659 ID: b1b4f3

>>937657
Ask him to close his eyes and swim up into the light so you can see him to put the sunglasses on him.
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No. 937660 ID: e7848c

>>937657
They might not have the strength to get up on their own. How about you go down there and give them the glasses?
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No. 937661 ID: a9af05

>>937659
This.
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No. 937666 ID: ad51b8

can you met him half way?
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No. 937667 ID: 15a025

Try to help him up first.
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No. 937671 ID: 4d81e1

Can’t you just drop them down to him? Or maybe meet him half-way if you can’t
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No. 937681 ID: 2202fb

>>937657
Have them do it slowly or they will die.
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No. 937690 ID: 864e49

>>937681
Did both of you forget that you're surrounded by water and can swim? Meet half way.

Please be a frilled shark please be a frilled shark.
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No. 939908 ID: 0d5cb3
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939908

>Ask him to close his eyes and swim up into the light so you can see him to put the sunglasses on him.
>They might not have the strength to get up on their own. How about you go down there and give them the glasses?
>Meet half way.

Ok! Never swam toward the Deep Dark before and I'm sure nothing will creep from the darkness to grab me and pull me down!... Ok! Here Goes?!?!

Finn: "Ok, Echo! Here's what I think we should do. You close your eyes and swim upward. I will be swimming down to meet you half way! Once I reach you, I'll place the glasses on you and then we can both swim up to the top of the cliff where we can both stop swimming. Sounds good?"

Echo: "Oh... ok! I- I'll try!"

Finn: "Alright! I'm gonna swim down now. Start to swim up!"

... Ok, here goes... I pause for a second as I realize what I'm doing by stepping off into the Deep Dark. The Darkness goes on forever and a part of me panics along my spine. But I'm sure it's safe as I can swim like I can anywhere else. And thing dragging people down might just been stories we told as kids... I'm sure.
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No. 939909 ID: 0d5cb3
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939909

Yet I start swimming down toward the darkness. I keep close to the wall, obviously, but the wall starts to become harder and harder to see, even when this close.

Suddenly I see something toward my destination. A light?! It's bobbing around. I slow down a bit as I try to make out what is going on. Does Echo have a light?

As I wonder, I start seeing a form show itself slowly behind the light as it approaches the natural light above me. And as that form takes shape, I now see a Fish person swimming towards me with their eyes closed, a light attached to a stalk on it's forehead. Huh!
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No. 939910 ID: 0d5cb3
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939910

Once I reach Echo, I grab one of his shoulder.

Finn: "Ok don't move, I'm gonna put something on your face and around your head."

Echo: "Ooo! Ok!"

Once the sunglasses are on Echo, I put one of his arm around me and tell him to continue swimming up, as I also do so. If he didn't have the strengths the swim all the way up, then hopefully this helps.
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No. 939911 ID: 0d5cb3
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939911

Once we reach the top, Echo fall to his knee as he seems to be catching his breath. I observe him for a moment as I never seen an Angler Fish before. And now he's here! Out of the Deep Dark! Woah!

Echo: "*huff* ... We're here?"
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No. 939912 ID: 2df440

We’re here!

... do you need a minute to catch your breathe?
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No. 939913 ID: b1b4f3

>>939911
Yup. Ask if he can open his eyes a peek now that you've put the sunglasses on.
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No. 939914 ID: ad51b8

yup... wanna go grab some food?
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No. 939915 ID: e7848c

>>939911
Welcome to the world of tomorrow light! Take a moment to catch your breath, friend. Finn, appreciate your similar fashion sense
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No. 939928 ID: fdb6b5

Alright! How about lunch and maybe see about getting him some new clothes? Those are looking kinda ratty.

Also fun little fact about anglerfish, the males are tiny compared to the females and when they mate they attach themselves to the females and die on her.... so if poor echo is roughly the same size as Finn, I can only imagine what the women look like...
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No. 939949 ID: 123023

Probably the worst thing to be, a male anglerfish.
Those things absolutely need to find a female since they are dying via deteriorating organs.
And the only way to live is by fusing with a female.
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No. 939951 ID: 123023

>>939949
But hey at least we don’t have to worry about that since, with the evidence of that lure, Echo is a female.
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No. 939954 ID: 91ee5f

>>939911
Yep, we’re out of the dark!
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No. 939988 ID: 0d5cb3

Just to let people know: I don't do that kind of nitty gritty research. Keep in mind this is an anthro and I lean on the human side of things most times, even though most vocal people lean on the animal one. For one, I dunno how deep sea creatures actually fares swimming up above like that but I chose to ignore it. Mostly just wanted to have a cute angler dude around (Finn already asked in the previous thread and Echo said he was male.)
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No. 940013 ID: 123023

>>939988
Aw heck now I remember, dude he is.
Welp, time to get some food once he’s situated from going past the scary, spoopy, eternall darkness of the ocean.
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No. 940223 ID: 0d5cb3
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940223

>Finn, appreciate your similar fashion sense
>maybe see about getting him some new clothes? Those are looking kinda ratty.

Actually, It looks like his pants are made of Seaweed. My trunks are made of Nylon I think? His tank-top does look like an actual shirt though. But I think it used to be closer to white... So new clothes could be a thing to do.

>Dialoguex3
>Take a moment to catch your breath, friend.

Finn: "We’re here! We're out of the dark! Welcome to the world of light!"

Echo: "Hha! Light!"

Finn: "... do you need a minute to catch your breathe?"

Echo: "Haw... A bit. Food would be nice. Oooh..."


>wanna go grab some food?
>Welp, time to get some food once he’s situated from going past the scary, spoopy, eternall darkness of the ocean.

Finn: "Food would be a great idea! Let's go!"

I take some steps back to lead on, but Echo carefully stands up with his arms in front of him as he feels around.

>Ask if he can open his eyes a peek now that you've put the sunglasses on.

Finn: "Are your eyes open? You should be able to do so with the sunglasses on."

Echo: "Oooh, I know. I'm just a bit afraid to try. It could hurt!"

Finn: "Ahh, take your time, but you should trust in them. They are designed to protect your eyes from bright lights!"

Echo: "O-ok! I-I'll try!"

Echo makes fist with his hands and brings em close to his face... and doesn't really move more since I can't see his eyes. I'm assuming he's trying to peek. Slowly he perks up a bit.

Echo: "Ooooooooooohhhhhh! It's really flat here!" He looks to me "Finn?!" I wave to him. "You're cute!"... I'm sure I'm not blushing! Uuuhhhhh.

Finn: "Uhh, thanks! You look snazzy with the glasses!"

Echo: "Where's the food? Are there places to hide up here?!"

Finn: "Uh, don't worry about that, I'll take you to get food. Follow me!"

I can go take him to get food, though I might have to swing by a clothes store first. Afterwards I should pic a food type to take him to. Small meat, Big meat or Weird meat. Unless he'd prefer something else? I'm sure his chompers can handle anything, as per this universe. Woah I blacked out after I thought "anything". Weird! Anyway...

I can also talk to Echo!
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No. 940224 ID: 0fae41

Weird meats.
What's there to hide from down there?
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No. 940226 ID: b1b4f3

Why do you need a clothes store? You're not even WEARING a shirt, and his pants could be considered stylish. They're weathered!

You should get him a sample tray of all the kinds of meats.
Ask him how he gets food down there in the abyss. Hiding being involved sounds like he's an ambush hunter.
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No. 940227 ID: ad51b8

Well since it's his first time up here I suggest maybe all 3. let him sample all of them and figure out which one he likes best. As for clothes, I say just grab a bunch of cheap but comfy clothes for him to wear since it sounds like he might be up here for awhile so giving him more then one pair of clothes might not be a bad idea and this way it also doesn't drain all you money.
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No. 940242 ID: 132e04

Ask him what he usually eats? I’m assuming the weird stuff is what’s he’s used to but maybe offer other stuff?

And a clothing store because his clothes look kinda old and ratty. He might need to get a new wardrobe
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No. 940243 ID: e7848c

There's no need to hide when you're with a friend! Let's get him some big meat since he's been starving. New clothes aren't too important right now. Don't forget the police report!
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No. 940649 ID: 15a025

Go grab some weird meat. Shopping's fun, but even trying on clothes takes some energy out of ya.
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No. 941789 ID: 0d5cb3
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941789

>What's there to hide from down there?
>Ask him how he gets food down there in the abyss. Hiding being involved sounds like he's an ambush hunter.
>Dialogue

Finn: "So you're an ambush predator, right?"

Echo: "Best way to get food! They swim fast!"

Finn: "Well, there's no need to hide when you're with a friend!"

Echo: "Uh?" He tilts his head.

Finn: "I'll show you! We get food in a slightly easier way up here!"

>Weird meats.
>Go grab some weird meat.
>Ask him what he usually eats? I’m assuming the weird stuff is what’s he’s used to but maybe offer other stuff?

I bring Echo to the weird food store! He has to be into the selection over there, I'm sure. After explaining how to get food from a store and that I will cover the price, he looks over the options the restaurant offers. But then turns his attention to the Food Vendor and Cashier.

Echo: "Ah! You two are cute too!"

The Vendor directly in front of him blushes a bit.

Vendor: "Excuse me?"

Finn: "I uh-"

Echo: "You're a cute shark! Like my friend here!"

Vendor: "Oh, uhhh, thanks!" She takes a look at me and back as she blushes a bit more. "What will it be?"

The vendor cracks a flattered smile as Echo turns his attention back to the food behind the glass. The cashier is in a more leaning pose as she's surveying the scene. Her expression shows that she might be trying to make sense of Echo. He put both his hands on the glass as he perks up.

Echo: "Woah! This one here! The Juumags! They are just there for the taking?!?"

I look to where he points and I see these weird and small hook shaped fishes simply labeled "Hooks from the Deep". The Food Vendor give Echo and the small fishes a furrowed brow and the Cashier's goal to understand Echo seems to be shattering before her. I distract them by giving an order of a box of em which the vendor obliges. Echo is in awe when he sees how many of them we're buying as the Vendor uses a small net to scoop portions to fill a Large sized box. I get a bone with purple meat on it to chew on since I ate not long ago. We step outside.

Echo: "Is everyone cute up here?!"

Finn: "Heck yeah, Sharks are great!"

Echo: "Yeah!"

Echo has enough enthusiasm to keep me in a good mood, that's for sure. Though his compliment from earlier is spread thin now that I know he finds everyone cute. Heh, not really a biggie.

Echo: "So how much do you get?"

Finn: "Uh? Oh, that box is for you, I'm guessing you're very hungry."

Echo has a really big mouth. It's very obvious as he's agape while figuring out if I'm being serious. I let him know to go ahead and he happily starts throwing fist full of hook shaped fishes into his mouth.

Echo: "I can't believe I get to eat this many at once!"
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No. 941790 ID: 0d5cb3
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941790

>As for clothes, I say just grab a bunch of cheap but comfy clothes for him to wear
>And a clothing store because his clothes look kinda old and ratty. He might need to get a new wardrobe
>New clothes aren't too important right now.
>Shopping's fun

We are now at a clothes store. Echo seems distracted by everything that is new around him and tells me that He's not an expert in clothes, so it might be faster if I pick something. There's a selection of types of clothes that can be bought. Each article of clothing have other colors that are not on display, so I can pick that too for whatever I'm choosing for Echo. The clothes here is cheap enough. If I want to get something for myself, I could do that too... I did forget to wear new pants today.

>Don't forget the police report!

That would still be an option I think. Hey, Echo, wanna see some cops? joking aside, it shouldn't take too long to wing by? I never had to report anything to the police before.

These poses are just examples. If you want, you can pick whatever top and bottom you want.
For example, picking Shirt A with pants B. Other accessories can be suggested for both Echo and Finn (bracelets, necklace, etc.) Suggest whatever and maybe either character will be into it!

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No. 941791 ID: 0fae41

C, but perhaps a dark blue stripe instead. Wouldn't want shiny materials giving him away in the abyss.
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No. 941792 ID: 83bf07

>>941790
Deff outfit C but make sure it has zipper pockets so he can keep his new sunglasses secure!Why not pick up a new pair for yourself?
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No. 941799 ID: 9876c4

C is cool.

+Tooth or seashell necklace for Finn.
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No. 941803 ID: e7c7d3

Yeah, going with C as well.
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No. 942876 ID: 15a025

Outfit C looks pretty cool.
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No. 942896 ID: aa0488

C is fine for now.
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No. 943128 ID: 0d5cb3
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943128

>C, but perhaps a dark blue stripe instead. Wouldn't want shiny materials giving him away in the abyss.
>Deff outfit C but make sure it has zipper pockets so he can keep his new sunglasses secure!
>C is cool.
>Yeah, going with C as well.
>Outfit C looks pretty cool.

Tadaaa! Echo now has new clothes!
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No. 943129 ID: 0d5cb3
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943129

>Why not pick up a new pair [of sunglasses] for yourself?
>Tooth or seashell necklace for Finn.

And I also get a Seashell necklace and replacement sunglasses. Better not lose these ones.


I think back of things that I put on my todo list. Next would be the police station? We start heading that way.

*Bloopadabloop!*

I check who just texted me.

Mango: "Hey dude! I'm at the park. We should hang out!"
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No. 943131 ID: e7c7d3

Sounds like a good way to introduce Echo to more people.
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No. 943137 ID: 72774c

>>943129
Hell yeah. Let them know we'll swing by with a new friend after we get that police report.
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No. 943161 ID: ad51b8

to the park.
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No. 943223 ID: 9876c4

We should do our patriotic duty.

We could send Echo ahead, but we haven't known him long enough to know if he's socially astute enough for that.
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No. 943534 ID: 15a025

Bring Echo along to hang out with Mango.
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No. 943837 ID: c790b8

>>941789
Flirt with busty babe!
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No. 944393 ID: 0d5cb3
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944393

>Sounds like a good way to introduce Echo to more people.
>to the park.
>Bring Echo along to hang out with Mango.

Mmmh, I'm a bit torn with what to do, but I'm leaning on meeting up with Mango. I'm sure I can swing by the police station afterward!

I reply to her Hey, alright! There's actually someone here you could meet!

Mango: Oh? Someone new in town?

Finn: You'll see!

Finn: "Ok, Echo there's a friend of mine nearby, let's go see her!"

Echo: "Ok! More cute friends!"

We head to the park instead of the police station. Once we're there, I notice the park is more lively than usual. I spot Mango waving at us! As we approach Mango seems to change her disposition to be more careful as she's focused on Echo.

Mango: "Woah... Who is this?"

Finn: "This is Echo! He's from the Deep Dark!"

Echo: "Hello, cute friend!"

Mango: "Wh- Why do you know someone from the Deep Dark?! Since when?!"

Finn: "Yesterday, I tried to talk to my own echo, but Echo is the one that answered back."

Mango: "Yesterday!?... Huh. What are the odds that's he's named Echo... Uh, hello Echo, My name is Mango!"

Echo: "Mango! I'm Echo! Joy to meet you!"

Mango: "Hahah, likewise!" She turns to me and scans me from head to toe. "Finn... How are you holding up? You doing ok?"

A lot since last we talked. What should I tell her about?
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No. 944394 ID: 83bf07

Let her know that you're been trying to have a relaxing day for once. You're doing that by hanging out with friends. There's still some responsibilities like the police report you have to do, but one thing at a time.
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No. 944399 ID: 0d5cb3
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944399

>Let her know that you're been trying to have a relaxing day for once. You're doing that by hanging out with friends. There's still some responsibilities like the police report you have to do, but one thing at a time.

I tell her that.

Mango: "Trying for a relaxing day for once?. Police report? Finn, what happened yesterday?! Is Rosie ok?!"
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No. 944400 ID: 83bf07

She doesn't need the panic. You're okay, everyone is okay. There's just some worrying things you saw. ... Did something happen to Rosie?
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No. 944402 ID: b1b4f3

No, it didn't have anything to do with the date. Long story short you spied on the merpeople and they're up to no good.
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No. 944403 ID: a9af05

>>944399
Oh hey, looks like telling Mango something out of context will lead to her freaking out!

You should take a moment to give Mango a better explanation.
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No. 944405 ID: 9876c4

This is the price we pay for dating before debriefing (Heyyoo)

Button it up, because in the wrong mouth this knowledge could start a war. Tell her we'd never lie to her, and leave it at that.
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No. 944408 ID: ad51b8

nothing, you just overheard something that you feel someone should know about.
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No. 944411 ID: 91ee5f

>>944402
If we tell her this, should we also mention Ammy using her magic is how we were able to spy on the merpeople?
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No. 944791 ID: 0d5cb3
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944791

Ok time happened way faster than it needed to right about now! I ponder on whether I should tell her about what I saw or not.

>She doesn't need the panic. You're okay, everyone is okay. There's just some worrying things you saw. ... Did something happen to Rosie?
>Tell her we'd never lie to her, and leave it at that.

It might be better to err on the side of caution and keep it vague for now. If I ever tell anyone, Mango is indeed among some of the people I'd be more comfortable letting know. If it comes to that, telling her not to spread the knowledge around... I think she would listen to me. She can be a bit of a hothead sometimes, but she's also reasonable and I can convince her not to get too passionate about rash actions.

Finn: "I think so. I'm ok, I think everyone is ok. Did you hear something happening to Rosie?"

Mango: "No! I thought something happened to her after we parted ways yesterday! I haven't seen either of you since."

Finn: "Well everything should be fine then. For the police, I just saw something worrying... It's probably fine, but just to make sure. I'm sorry for making you worry."

Mango: "... Well... Alright then. You do look like shit though. And you're wearing the same trunks as yesterday. So I was worried... Wait. You didn't change clothes and you look tired... Did you and Rosie..."

She looks oddly worried.
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No. 944793 ID: b1b4f3

>>944791
Tell her to keep her mind out of the gutter. You have multiple pairs of swim trunks this color.
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No. 944796 ID: 91ee5f

>>944791
>She looks oddly worried.
She’s implying that you and Rosie had sex, which you did not.

>>944793
Yes, tell her this.
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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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>"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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>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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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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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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>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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