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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 Tears 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...
Okay, great, thanks, well 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? Shes obviously lost, but she
has a datalink and she seems aware.
Theres something about her, Anim said, I cant quite put
my finger on it...
I know what you mean, just looking at her gives me this chill
down my spine, like weve met somewhere before.
Anim glanced in Tears direction. Tear was amusing herself watching
a butterfly intently, wondering if it was eatable. Well, one
thing is clear, Anim whispered, We cant leave her here. lets
just take her with us and when were 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
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 Lycas expression,
Lyca, you all right?
I will be.
Okay, Anim cheerfully spoke, Were 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 hadnt 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, Theres alot of them,
well need some help, equip your Mag and get a weapon.
Why I need bang bang?
Whats 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, Ive 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 its eyes and looked at Lyca and
Anim. It blinked several times, and then closed its 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 its eyes, looked over Anim and Lyca, and then began
to hover on its 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 Mags 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 Tears left shoulder and stayed there. Anim and Lyca
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? Ive 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, hes so cute!
He is Ducky! Can you tell me what he is saying? Please!!
Okies! Tear moved closer to Ducky, it held a blank look in
its eyes. Tear slowly moved around Ducky, before finally facing
Anim again. Um...
Yes!!? What did he say??!! Anim said enthusiastically.
Him say Quack Quack Anims jaw dropped.
Quack Quack? Anim repeated the words, Quack Quack??? What
does that mean?? Cmon 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
Anims 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. Anims 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
Is she walking by herself into a group of twelve rappies?
Looks that way.
I knew that girl would be trouble, cmon. Anim and Lyca hurriedly
ran after Tear, who had already alerted the rappies to their presence.
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