“This is it,” Al-Epzi whispered, although the blindfold kept the Messtic from actually seeing anything. Perhaps he felt his surroundings from the yarn.
“Ye sure?” Duncan MacTavish asked, more out of reflex than doubt. He was already busy figuring out how to cut the damn thing down.
“Yes, this is the Amulet of Shiny Things. It is needed to liberate Siluri from the confines of the Dread Fish Tank.” The Messtic kneaded the ball of yarn in his paws, forming cryptic patterns with the yarn.
“You’d think that she’d be more careful after that business with the damn tuna net,” Symeon muttered, keeping his one good eye on the surroundings.
If the Fiji Purrmaid had heard her companions, she would have surely commented on how it is not her fault that her beauty is irresistible and captivating to the degree that she finds herself as the captive more often than not. As it was, she was fluttering with the white fish of extravagant fan tails of feminine wiles in the bejewelled tank behind the Oracle Rise.
“I could drop the weight in too, you know,” suggested Bruce, the Brisbanian Barbarian. “My Siluri’s a full-grown Purrmaid, all curves and tail. That little fish can’t replace her.”
“Now now, Bruce, you know very well what Al-Epzi said: a tail for a tail, fair exchange.” Ringmaster Quirk poked a hole in the fish bag to let the small creature into the tank. “Issymbolic or some such.”
“A spiced mouse, Miss Siluri?” Vinny offered a snack to the rescued Purrmaid. “I hope the water’s nice. Bastet insisted on the flowers. It’ll all be alright now, see Bill and Steve are keeping watch. ‘n the little monster’s trying to row. We also-”
“Shh, Vinny. Everything’s fine. We’ll be soon out. Just… just hold onto those mice still for a bit?” Siluri splashed in the scented water bowl restlessly. No matter how fierce and primal the tamed cat really was, she doubted it could actually row a boat. She crossed her soft paws and wished Al-Epzi and the Ringmaster had an escape plan.
There was a crash of breaking glass, a splash of something big and the boat shook as the giant fish raised it up. Al-Epzi held the Amulet of Shiny Things for it to see, the sparkles luring the giant forward. The last sound floating in the still summer air was Clawed Maude’s. “You call that big? We had bigger fish for snacks back in Texas…”
The feline heroes of The Quirk & Co. Travelling Sideshow have been adventuring in my mind since the Tag! Gacha, and they can still be won in lassitude & ennui’s main store (except the exclusive mystery prize). The mystical amulet is also by lassitude & ennui, available in the current round of We Love Roleplay. The fitting scenery hails back to this spring’s Fantasy Faire: the miniature oracle and the rowboat were hunt prizes, but the temple will be for sale in Fallen Gods Inc. main store later. The particle effects by Cole’s Corner are actually auras and supposed to be worn by an avatar, but they worked beautifully as rezed magic, too.
Feline Heroes: lassitude & ennui – The Quirk & Co. Travelling Sideshow*
Fishies: Anc Ltd. – Frilledfish mistwhite, fish shop daughters: antique tank & symbiosisfish albino rezpet | !Ohmai – Bloopie Goldfish Bag (white)
Scene: Fallen Gods Inc. – Odyssey~ Pearl Submerged Temple & Odyssey’s Fate Oracle Miniature*
Mystical Amulet of Shiny Things: lassitude & ennui – Sunna Necklace gold/black*
Boat: FF2015 Wildehaven Rowboat | Bowl: Pixel Mode – Flower Bowl
Magic Effects: Cole’s Corner – “We are Groot” Aura & Pixie Dust (in fish tank)*