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Chapter Six
Sunlit Memories

  The twelfth and final Rappy let out a satisfying chirp as Anim slammed her frying pan into it’s forehead, knocking it unconscious. Never had either Lyca or Anim been involved in such a bizarre series of events, and they both hoped they never would be again. Somehow, Tear had managed to defeat almost all of the Rappies with a single blast of a powerful Zonde type spell. The rappies who weren’t felled by the blast however, were quite upset. They beset Tear en masse, Anim and Lyca were certain Tear would be severely injured. Three or four Rappies is manageable in a group, but 5 alone was difficult at best.
  So Anim and Lyca were even more confounded when Tear’s Mag, the one she called ‘Pitri’, suddenly dropped it’s jaw several feet and swallowed a Rappy whole. Then to watch as Tear poked a Rappy in front of her in the eyes with her index fingers, it was just too bizarre. With a odd combination of stomping on their feet, poking them in the eyes, and scratching them behind the antennae, Tear had managed to defeat all but one of the rappies. The only reason Tear didn't defeat them all, was due to Anim’s compulsion to bash the last one in the head with her frying pan.
  “Wow”, Anim said. “That was great! Tear, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like that!” Tear smiled. Pitri dropped it’s jaw and swallowed another whole Rappy. A quick series of beeps came from Lyca’s datalink, informing her she had received a high priority mail. Lyca quickly read the message.
  “It’s from Trys”, Lyca said quietly. “She wants me to return immediately, but won’t say why.”
  “Well, perhaps it’s for the best”, Anim said. “You were supposed to take your medication an hour ago or something right? Plus, we’ve got alot of em today, we don’t want the Rappies to go extinct or anything, right?” As Anim finished speaking Tear withdrew a massive cooking cauldron from her null space item storage, it was filled with what appeared to Anim to be boiling water. Tear grabbed the nearest Rappy by it’s legs and threw it into the cauldron, which resulted in a very pleasant sounding hissing noise. The remaining rappies all suddenly sat up, and ran as fast as they could for the bushes, where they disappeared from sight. “Tear!” Anim said quickly “What the heck is that?!” Tear smiled.
  “I not like Pitri”, Tear proclaimed sounding rather sad. “Sister say I not allowed to eat eatables before cooked... but”, Tear once again smiled “Cooked eatables good! Delicious!”
  ;“I’m sorry Tear”, Lyca interrupted, “but I’ve got to go back to P2 right away. Do you want to come with me? I’m sure someone at the guild can help you...”
  “NO!”, Tear said abruptly. “Mission... Lyca Anim not stay?”
“I’m sorry Tear”, Anim said. “But we have to get back, it’s getting late and we’ve got school tomorrow. Don’t you?” Tear frowned.
  “School? What ‘School’? It eatable?”
  “Uh, no, not really... it’s um...”, Anim struggled to find the words, “It’s a place where you are taught stuff. I guess...”
  “Oh...”, Tear frowned again. “Not sound eatable.” Tear turned to face Pitri. She stared at the mag for several moments before speaking again, “Pitri agree, not sound eatable.”
  “Then”, Lyca said, “You’re sure you won’t come back with us?”
  “Nah!”
  “Well, that’s your decision... I guess. We should swap guild card files so we can keep in touch.” Tear stared at Lyca with a perplexed look. “Um, here, let me show you...” Lyca stepped forward and pressed the guild file button on Tear’s datalink. Lyca pressed the same button on hers. “See...” Lyca said, “Now we can find each other, so we can go rappy hunting again sometime.” At the mention of this Tear smiled again, and suddenly lunged toward Lyca. Tear wrapped her arms around Lyca, and gave her a tremendous bear hug with surprising strength. Then in a rather odd scene with even further shocked the already bewildered Lyca, Tear pressed her face to Lyca’s, and rubbed her cheek against Lyca’s cheek. “It okay sister”, Tear whispered into Lyca’s ear, “Everything okay!”. Tear released her hold on Lyca, and walked back to her cauldron where she withdrew several canisters of cooking spices from her null space item storage, and began to throw portions of them into the boiling water. Anim and Lyca looked at each other, simultaneously shrugged, and turned around to walk to the transporter back to Pioneer 2.
  The entire walk to the transporter neither Lyca nor Anim spoke a word. Once they reached the transporter, Anim was the first to speak. “Do you think it was okay to just leave her like that? She’s obviously very confused.”
  “Something tells me everything’ll be okay.”
  “Oh? Well, if you say so. By the way, did she whisper something to you when she had you in that bear hug? It sure looked like she did.” Lyca stepped onto the transporter pad, she did not reply. “Oh come on!” Anim said, “We’ve been best friends my entire life! You can tell me what she said!!”
  “She...” Lyca mumbled under her breath “She called me ‘sister’.” Lyca pressed a button on her datalink and disappeared in a flash of light. Anim sighed, and stepped on the pad. She pressed a button on her datalink and vanished in a similar flash.

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