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Chapter Three
Tear

  Tear opened her eyes. She was laying on her back on the side of a grassy hill, staring up at the canopy of trees above her. For several minutes she simply lay there, gazing up into the trees, enjoying the cool breeze. A noise in the distance startled her, it was a loud chirping noise, a kind of noise she had never heard. She sat up, and looked at her datalink. She had never learned how to use any more than its most basic functions. She looked at the readout, she was in the outer forrest area, on Ragol. She stared at the devise, as though it were some incomprehensible alien artifact she had never before seen.
  “Um..” Tear spoke to the Datalink. “Um, linky, where I?” The Datalink gave no reply, nor would it. “Trees? These trees? Iris sister tell about trees.” Tear paused for a moment as if searching her memories, she frowned. “Trees not eatable!” Tear stood up, and began walking in the direction of the noise.
  After several minutes of following loud chirping noises, Tear walked into a clearing to find two young forces fighting giant yellow birds. The older one wore glasses and a white force garb, while the other wore a green force outfit and had pink hair. Tear stood in silence as the two forces attacked and defeated the large bird, at which point it let out one of the loud chirping noises Tear had been following. The force in white noticed Tear watching.
  “Hello there!” The force in white yelled across the clearing, waving her hand in the air to attract Tear’s attention. The force in green looked at Tear, the two forces began to walk towards her. When they were only a few feet away they stopped. “Hi there!” the force in white repeated.
  Tear stood in silence for several moments. “Um, what you doing?”
  The two forces looked at each other. “Rappy hunting”, the force in green replied. “My name is Lyca” she said, “and this” Lyca pointed to the force in white, “is Anim.”
  Tear pointed to Lyca, “Lyca”, she said. Tear then pointed to Anim, “Anim” she said. Tear finally pointed to herself “I Tear, you have eatables?” Tear smiled.
  Lyca and Anim look at each other. Anim was the first to speak, “Eatables? What is an eatable? Do you mean food?”
  Tear continued smiling, “Yes! Eatables, yummy eatables. You have?” Tear paused for a second, “What rappy? Rappy eatable?”
  “As a matter of fact”, Anim said, “It is.”
  “Um, Tear, would you mind waiting here for just a second?”, Lyca said. “Anim and I need to talk...”
  “Sure.”
  “Okay, great, thanks, we’ll just be a sec...” Lyca and Anim walked to the other side of the clearing. Lyca was the first to speak. “Well, what should we do? She’s obviously lost, but she has a datalink and she seems aware.”
  “There’s something about her”, Anim said, “I can’t quite put my finger on it...”
  “I know what you mean, just looking at her gives me this chill down my spine, like we’ve met somewhere before.”
  Anim glanced in Tear’s direction. Tear was amusing herself watching a butterfly intently, wondering if it was eatable. “Well, one thing is clear”, Anim whispered, “We can’t leave her here. let’s just take her with us and when we’re done for the day we can take her to the guild and see if they know what to do with her. She probably wandered onto the Ragol teleporter by accident, you know how those Army guards slack off.”
  Lyca gave an acknowledging nod. They walked back over to Tear, who had caught a butterfly and was about to eat it. “Say Tear”, Anim said in a happy tone, “Would you like to go with us on our Rappy hunt?”
  Tear opened her mouth wide, and ate the butterfly. Lyca made her disgustion apparent with an exaggerated facial expression. “Um, sure!” Tear proclaimed.
  “Great!” Anim said. “Okay”, Anim noticed Lyca’s expression, “Lyca, you all right?”
  “I will be.”
  “Okay”, Anim cheerfully spoke, “We’re off, watch out rappies!” Anim, Tear, and Lyca walked through a door at the far end of the clearing and ventured off deeper into the forest.
  They hadn’t traveled very far before they encountered a group of 12 rappies. The pudgy yellow creatures were sunning themselves in a clearing where the sun had penetrated the canopy of trees. Anim and Lyca stopped near the edge to the clearing, Tear stopped with them. “All right Tear”, Lyca said, “There’s alot of them, we’ll need some help, equip your Mag and get a weapon.”
  “Why I need bang bang?”
  “What’s ‘bang bang’ Tear?”, asked Anim.
  “Um... is bang bang, sister give. I show you?” Tear cheerfully pressed a button on her datalink, and a pair of Gatlings appeared in her hands. A small pudgy creature with bat wings appeared on the ground next to Tear. “Ahh, this Pitri”, Tear informed Anim and Lyca. “Him friend, like yummy eatables too!” Anim and Lyca looked at the creature on the ground. It was clearly a Mag, and an uncommon type at that, but it was the first Mag either Anim or Lyca had seen that was on the ground like that. mags normally had a tremendous amount of energy, but this one was clearly lethargic, and appeared to be sleeping.
  “Ah, Tear”, Anim began, “I know a thing of two about Mags, but...” she hesitated before speaking further, “I’ve never seen a mag do what yours is, is it okay?”
  “Of course! Him just sleepy. HEY PIIIITRIIII!!” Tear shouted at the Mag on the ground. She reached down and picked it up as if it were a large ball. She gave the Mag a tight hug before rubbing it against her cheek. “Wake wake Piiiiiitriii!! Nice people to meet!” The Mag slowly opened it’s eyes and looked at Lyca and Anim. It blinked several times, and then closed it’s eyes, and began to snore quietly. Anim and Lyca looked at Tear questioningly. “WAKE WAKE PIIIIITRIII!!” Tear happily yelled. She held the Mag at arms length and turned it to face Anim and Lyca. The Mag once again opened it’s eyes, looked over Anim and Lyca, and then began to hover on it’s own. It turned to face Tear, and for several seconds hovered facing her. Tear suddenly looked quite annoyed, and spoke abruptly. “No no, friends, we get yummy eatables... for Pitri too!” The Mag’s eyes opened wide, and it again stared at Tear for several seconds. Tear smiled once again and faced Lyca and Anim. “Pitri will help, him want eatables too.” Pitri hovered to Tear’s left shoulder and stayed there. Anim and Lyca looked dumbfounded.
  “Say Tear”, Anim said, “Um, were you... just now, that is... I mean... were you talking to your mag?”
  “Of course! Pitri very smart!”
  “Really? You can talk to Mags? I’ve heard about this before, I didn't think it was true...” Tear looked at Anim. Anim pressed a button on her datalink and a yellow mag appeared by her shoulder. “This is a Preta type Tear, I named him Ducky, he’s so cute!”
  “Is duck...”
  “He is Ducky! Can you tell me what he is saying? Please!!”
  “Okies!” Tear moved closer to Ducky, it held a blank look in it’s eyes. Tear slowly moved around Ducky, before finally facing Anim again. “Um...”
  “Yes!!? What did he say??!!” Anim said enthusiastically.
  “Him say ‘Quack Quack’” Anim’s jaw dropped.
  “’Quack Quack’?” Anim repeated the words, “Quack Quack??? What does that mean?? C’mon Tear, tell me what that means!”
  Tear looked at Pitri, then back at Anim. “Um, it means ‘Quack Quack’” A profound look of disappointment slowly took shape on Anim’s face. Tear again looked at Pitri. “No Pitri, not do that!”
  “Tear...” Lyca spoke up, “What is it saying?”
  “Pitri want know if Duck thing eatable, him say Duck look delicious, and he want to know if eatable.” Anim’s face twisted into a look of total shock and revulsion.
  “Absolutely NOT!” Anim screamed, “No one will be eating Ducky, no way!” Anim grabbed the creature and held it tightly to her bosom. “Ducky is forever! Keep that fat bat away from him!!”
  Tear appeared puzzled for several moments, then turned around and looked at the rappies sunning themselves. “I hungry, Pitri says we go get eatables now, toodles!” Tear began to quickly walk in the direction of the rappies. Anim turned her head to face Lyca.
  “Is she walking by herself into a group of twelve rappies?”
  “Looks that way.”
  “I knew that girl would be trouble, c’mon.” Anim and Lyca hurriedly ran after Tear, who had already alerted the rappies to their presence.

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