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"Hm? Ok,” Hawk said, taking the green jelly bean from my hand. I watched in anticipation as he popped the jelly bean into his mouth & almost immediately, he spat out the jelly bean onto the ground. “What in the world was that?” He exclaimed, pointing at the bean on the ground.
The expression on his face is priceless!
I bursted out laughing to the point that soon my stomach hurted. "I'm sorry, so sorry.. just give me a minute," I cried out trying to regain control over myself while clutching my stomach though it didn't help that I overheard Baske express the same complaint. On total, it took me about two minutes or so to finally compose myself. Taking a deep breathe, I finally answered, "That my friend definitely wasn't sour apple, um.. perhaps it was something not food related if it really was that bad."
((What Hawk says or/& does))
I smiled, "At least you gave me a good laugh to start the night." Bending down, I picked up the spatted jelly bean & tossed into a small garbage can nearby then pocketed the other two beans. A few moment later, Faolon announced, "Alright everyone, time is almost upon us, remember to act like humans wearing costumes, look to Tigerlily for cues or help, stay with Mr Ritz and Elizabeth, and finally try not to draw any attention to yourselves."
Inwardly, I chuckled nervously for now I have the responsibility of showing those on how to interact & behave in a human social environment. I slipped over to one of the front windows of the store & slightly lifted it's curtains to look outside & let's just say the outside environment is completely different then what some of these hybrids are use too. In plain sight, the street in front lied crowded with people in costumes all making their way up & down the street. 
Model citizen, model citizen... no pressure whatsoever.
 
((Ewww, that's awful! Though I like the way you think, let it be booger flavored then! Mwahahaha >:) ))
 
~~Elizabeth Newton~
 
Clark shrugged, "why not." He went ahead & served Xenophon some coffee in a bowl, setting it on the counter next to the coffee pot then told him to cool it down first. Afterwards, he turned back to us & glanced at his old watch, "If you lot want to make it out to all the stores in time, I suggest you get moving soon." 
"Ah, that's right!" I exclaimed almost forgetting about the whole venture. With only a little bit of coffee left, I blew & gulp it down like a shot before swiftly placing the empty cup on the counter. It was then that Faolon came & informed me and Ritz that the hybrids are ready when we are to which I nodded. Turning to Amber & Clark, I expressed my gratitude, "Thank you so much for the coffee and your hospitality and most importantly, your help."  I then looked over at Rita's uncle, "Mr. Ritz? Are you ready to head out?"
 
((Aunt Martha's old fashioned salad dressing XD By Mech saying 'old fashioned' it reminded me of a I love Lucy episode))
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~Mr.Ritz~

Clark shrugged, saying "Why not" before grabbing a bowl and pouring coffee into it for Xenophon. He turned back to Mr.Ritz and Elizabeth. "If you lot want to make it out to all the stores in time, I suggest you get moving soon," he said. Mr.Ritz heard Faolan telling the hybrids that it was time to go and he then came over saying that they were ready to go when they were. Elizabeth quickly gulped her coffee before thanking Amber and Clark, she then asked if he was ready to head out. He took a long sip of his coffee and then reluctantly set it down on the counter. "Yes I'm ready to go," he said. He then spotted the jar of jellybeans that Faolan had been holding ((Just gonna assume Faolan set it down somewhere)) and walked over to it, grabbed a handful of candy and stuffed it in his pockets. Rita was going to be annoyed that he had gotten coffee and she hadn't, but maybe he could give her candy instead. He looked around, remembering something he had seen earlier "Hey, could I maybe borrow one of those?" he asked Clark, pointing at a rack of cloth shopping bags. 

 

~Sea Fern~

Aki came up to her and pointed out the bag of trash that she still carried. "If you wouldn't mind me suggesting this, perhaps you should recycle what's recyclable. It's something I learned about a long time ago, that recycling is better than throwing everything into the trash since it lessens the amount of new material needed to produce and it's better for the environment," she said. Sea Fern nodded "Yeah, I know, thanks for reminding me," she said. She looked around for a recycling bin. She knew that recycling bins usually had an image of three arrows forming a triangle on them. Sea Fern didn't see anything like that near them and was about to go look around the rest of the store when Faolan walked up. "Alright everyone, time is almost upon us, remember to act like humans wearing costumes, look to Tigerlily for cues or help, stay with Mr.Ritz and Elizabeth, and finally try not to draw any attention to yourselves," he said. Sea Fern nodded, smoothing out her dress and preparing herself to go. She should be able to find a recycling bin somewhere out in the city. She was pretty sure they had bins out on the sidewalks. Or at least she thought they did. 

 

~Baske~

Ryu took a jellybean. "Like mango, that one was. Not bad," he said. Baske nodded and shoved the rest of candies in her mouth. Faolan came over to them and told them all that they would be going soon, and to act like humans, to look to Tigerlily for help, stick together and not draw attention to themselves. "Wivv really gonigg? Finely!" she exclaimed around a mouthful of jellybeans.

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Clark shrugged, "sure, you can even have a couple"

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Sea Fern nodded, “Yeah, I know, thanks for reminding me.”

“No problem,” I replied.

Just then, Faolan announced that it was about time to go. I nodded, briefly looking over at Tigerlily.

Just then, I remembered another thing I wanted to do before we went into town. After making sure Clark wasn’t busy with anything, I approached the man, “Um, excuse me Mr. Clark? May I ask for something?”

 

Hawk

Tigerlily bursted out laughing. “I'm sorry, so sorry.. just give me a minute,” she cried out, clutching her stomach.

“Really, not cool,” I said, shaking my head in disapproval as I waited for her to regain control of herself. I didn’t dare touch the jelly bean again in case it packed any other surprise.

“That my friend definitely wasn't sour apple, um.. perhaps it was something not food related if it really was that bad.” she finally explained.
I glared at the jelly bean, perhaps now my new nemesis. “Yeah,” I agreed, wrinkling the skin above my beak in disgust ((similar to how a human would wrinkle his/her nose)). “Tasted almost like puke. It’ll take like a ton of water to wash away that taste. Terrible.”
Ty smiled, “At least you gave me a good laugh to start the night.” Bending down, she picked up the green jelly bean and tossed it into a small garbage can nearby.

“Guess so,” I mumbled, but brightened up, remembering there was still the rest of the night to make the best of.

“Alright everyone, time is almost upon us, remember to act like humans wearing costumes, look to Tigerlily for cues or help, stay with Mr Ritz and Elizabeth, and finally try not to draw any attention to yourselves.” Faolan said, calling attention to him.
“Looks like someone has quite the responsibility tonight,” I commented to Tigerlily as I went over to her by the front, nudging her on the side. “Pressure’s on.”
((Lol. Hawk has been beanboozled

Btw this isn’t Alienated XD))

 

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Baske nodded and shoved the rest of jelly beans in her mouth. Faolan then came over to us and told us that we would be going soon.

“Wivv really gonigg? Finely!” the frilled hybrid exclaimed, mouth full of jelly beans.

“Finish eating first, or choke you might when you talk,” I warned.

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Clark turned to the rather ornate looking hybrid that had come up to him, "Clark works just fine" he said with a kind smile, "what can I do for ya' sweetie?" he asked

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Clark turned around, “Clark works just fine” he said with a kind smile, “what can I do for ya' sweetie?”

“Oh, okay,” I said. “Um, this might sound weird but, by any chance, do you have a spare change of male clothes I can have? I’ve a friend who got pretty roughed up and his clothes are in tatters. I was hoping that I could find some to give to him since it’s awful to see him like that...”

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Clark cocked his head for a second, thinking, before he nodded and dissapeared. He returned quickly with three brown, pairs of canvas pants and a couple shirts, one blue, the other black. "Think any of these will work?" he asked the the little hybrid, Aki he remebered her name was.

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Clark cocked his head for a second before he nodded and disappeared. He returned quickly with three brown, pairs of canvas pants and a couple shirts, one blue, the other black. “Think any of these will work?” he asked.

I nodded. “Yes.”

If I recall correctly, Triton’s favorite color was blue, I picked up one pair of pants and the blue shirt.

“Thanks, one set of clothes is enough,” I said gratefully, then looked around briefly before looking back at Clark. “Is it alright if I leave the clothes here and pick them up on the way back to the forest?”

((Don’t remember if Aki’s name was mentioned or not. Ik she didn’t introduce herself, but idt anyone else mentioned her name. However, I can edit it so Aki says her name))

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~Mr.Ritz~

Clark shrugged, saying he could even have a couple. Mr.Ritz took two bags from the rack. "Thank you," he said, stuffing one bag into the other so it would be easier to carry. 'Hopefully I'll be able to do what Rita asked... but with both Baske and Sea Fern here, I don't know if I can manage to pull it off...' he thought, clenching his fist around the bag handles nervously. 

 

~Baske~

"Finish eating first, or choke you might when you talk," Ryu told her. "Ok, MOM," Baske said sarcastically. Like seriously, who does he think he is? Her mother? 'He doesn't even look anything like my mother! Well I've never actually met my mom, but I very highly doubt he looks like her!' she thought. 

 

((That MOM is supposed to be italicized but italics doesn't work on my iPad :( ))

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“Ok, MOM," Baske said. However, I didn’t get the sarcasm at the time.

I cocked my head. “Mom? Ineligible I am to be your mom, I am sure. Masculine I am.”

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I twitched an ear back as I heard someone approach. "Looks like someone has quite the responsibility tonight,” The voice of Hawk commented, soon nudging me on the side. “Pressure’s on.”
"Yeah, no kidding..." I replied, withdrawing myself from the window as I lowering the curtain back to its rightful position as found. "It'll be fine. This shouldn't be difficult for me." I glanced momentarily at the other hybrids I have to take care of & frankly, I doubted myself - apart me didn't want to accept the responsibility that was placed upon me while the other half wanted to submit to the responsibility. 
Can I really pull this off?
 
((Hehe! Who says that their not one of the same?))
 
~~Elizabeth Trail~~
 
Mr. Ritz took a long sip of his coffee then reluctantly set it down on the counter. "Yes I'm ready to go," He answered. That was enough for me to head towards the front of the store, though, not quite at the front front. Stopping at one of the cash register lanes, I placed my medical bag on the little counter & in the instant that I opened my medical bag to separate the money I have, I come face-to-face with Harry's filthy money! 
You persistent scumbag! 
Reaching in, I took hold of the bundled of cash & went behind the counter where a little trash can sat. My purpose? To toss his dirty cash in the trash & be done with it. As I step on the small foot pad to lift the lid on top, my conscience begins nagging me & reminds me of Harry's past words.
 
I'm here to make peace with my daughter. I know that I've caused her pain, I've realize that.. that's why I came all this way to try to make things right for once in my life.
Since I'm restricted from going along with you all. I'd thought that I'll give you some cash to contribute in getting supplies for it seems to be the only way to help out at the moment being.
 
This only made me feel guilty about the action I wanted to do so badly. I didn't know if I should even believe his words, so much lies in the past & yet my conscience is condemning me for considering to trash this cash. Reluctantly, I gave in to my conscience & removed my foot from the foot pad allowing the trash can lid to close. I returned to the other side of the counter & took out my wallet from my medical bag. I'll use his money then but my daughter isn't going too, I thought & began separating the money - some for my daughter & some for me to use for supplies.
 
~~Harry Trail~~
 
After the others had left, Harry went ahead & made his own makeshift fishing rod from the very things around him & the very things in his possession. And so, there he was sitting down next to the flowing stream - baited hook in the water & nothing but him & the stream.
 
 
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"Sure sweetie" Clark replied to Aki

 

((no need, just roll with it))

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“Sure sweetie,” Clark replied.
“Thanks,” I said with gratitude before looking around for a suitable place to leave the clothes. I decided to leave the clothes on a mini refrigerator that was filled with refreshments, a spot I knew I wouldn’t miss seeing when passing by.
I glimpsed others ready to leave by the front of the grocery store. I shouldn’t keep them waiting, I thought. But one last thing...
I spotted Faolan in his cloak and went over to the dragon hybrid. “I’ll catch you later, mk?”
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as the other hybrids began to collect themselves at the front, Aki came over to me and said she would see me in time. I nodded but before she could head off I caught her shoulder to keep her facing me, "you stay safe, ya' hear? keep the others out of trouble.. and please keep an eye on Baske and Ryu" I told her with a smile, chuckling at the last part.

I shook her shoulder lightly, emphasizing what I had said, before releasing it, "you know where I am, stay safe" I said as a sort of 'see you later'

 

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Apparently Ryu didn't understand sarcasm. "Mom? Ineligible I am to be your mom, I am sure. Masculine I am," he said. Baske didn't say anything back, she just face palmed. Suddenly she had a vision of the scene from Star War Empire Strikes Back were Darth Vader told Luke he was his father, but instead of Luke and Vader it was her and Ryu, with Ryu saying 'Baske! I am your... Mother!' Baske stared giggling wildly. 

 

~Rita Ritz~

After everyone going to town had left, Rita continued to lean against the tree for a few minutes, then she straightened and began to pace around the camp. She was worried about the trip to the city. Why did they let Baske of all people go? She was loud, irresponsible, and didn't think before she did things. Ryu seemed to be a lot more responsible than Baske, but Baske seemed to easily be able to convince him to do dumb things. Neither of them were as human looking as Rita would of liked either. The other hybrids were alright though... Aki, Tigerlily and Hawk weren't the type to rush into things, she was pretty sure. Aki looked almost completely human. Hawk would probably be Ok even with that beak of his, as long as he didn't talk... Rita was kind of worried about Tigerlily's appearance though, it was very... noticeable, but she sort of looked like she was wearing a fursuit, so she would probably be fine. Faolan wasn't going into the town, which was good... She hoped her uncle would be Ok, what if Hunters or the police tried to stop them? What if... Rita forced herself to stop pacing, she was going to start wearing a groove around the perimeter of the camp. 'I need to stop worrying, everything will be fine, they'll get the supplies, come back and then we can continue on our way,' she thought. She just hoped that the hybrids in the town would think things through before they did anything... 'Because, if you don't think things through, you could end up with scales, a tail, and oversized fangs.' Rita walked back into the centre of the camp.

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Faolan nodded but before I could go to join the others, the dragon hybrid placed a hand on my shoulder. “You stay safe, ya' hear? keep the others out of trouble.. and please keep an eye on Baske and Ryu.”
I smiled as he chuckled at the last part, “Will do.”
He shook my shoulder lightly before releasing it, “you know where I am, stay safe.”
I nodded, “And you, don’t get seen.”
With that said, I left to join the group ready to leave, smiling, my cheeks a tinge redder from the cringiness of my reply.
 
Hawk
“Yeah, no kidding…” Tigerlily replied, withdrawing herself from the window, lowering the curtain. “It'll be fine. This shouldn't be difficult for me.” She glanced away, perhaps at the other hybrids.
I gave a reassuring hug with one arm, “Yeah, I’m sure it’ll be fine, no worries.”
I looked around at the others, letting my arm fall down to my side, and asked, “Shall we get going now?”
((gasp XD))
 
Ryu
Baske brought her hand to her face and then started giggling wildly.
“Er…okay are you?” I asked, concerned.
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Hawk gave me reassuring hug with one arm, “Yeah, I’m sure it’ll be fine, no worries.”
I casted a smile down at the ground, thankful for his reassurance but also thankful to have him as a friend. “Shall we get going now?” I turned my attention on the ones present for an answer. The ones I noticed that weren't here yet (correct me if wrong) are Ryu, Baske, & Ritz.
"Baske honey & Ryu darling, it's time to get going... Mr. Ritz? Come on, " The voice of my mother called. I glanced over to find her beckoning them from the cashier lane just after. Moment's later she approached me & placed some money in my hand, "Just a little something in case you & the others want to do something in the festival while me and Ritz are supply shopping," She said. I smiled & nodded, "Ok, thanks." She smiled in return & shifted over to the double doors. I guess when everyone's here she'll be the one doing the honors of opening the doors to a world some haven't experienced before.
 
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~Baske~

Ignoring Ryu, Baske went over to the front of the store where everyone was congregating. She bounced slightly on her toes, it was so exciting, she couldn't wait to see all the interesting city things!

 

~Sea Fern~ 

She walked to the front of the store and waited with the rest for the doors to be opened. 

 

~Mr.Ritz~

"...Mr.Ritz? Come on," Elizabeth said, snapping him out of his thoughts. "Yes. Let's go," he said, squaring his shoulders. 

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“Baske honey & Ryu darling, it's time to get going…”
I looked towards the voice, finding it to belong to Elizabeth.
“Coming we are,” I replied, running over.

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Once everyone was accounted for, I looked upon the small group & smiled, "Alright, everyone to the festival we go!" At that, I pushed open the double doors & stepped outside into the festive atmosphere of the city of Silverhills. As far as I could see, the street's full of people each wearing different types of costumes all making their way up & down the streets and lining the streets lied kiosks - some selling gift items, refreshments, others hosting small games to play, and more. And, of course, who could forget about the music. You could honestly say that the city of Silverhills is buzzing with activity! 
Feeling good inside, I look over my shoulder at the others to see their expressions.
"Mr. Ritz? Clark said to take a left on this street in order to find the pharmacy on our right, correct?" I asked to be certain we don't go around in circles.
 
~~Tigerlily~
 
Once we exited the building, I couldn't help but grin at the festive atmosphere that I have missed so dearly - even my own tail began to wag a little. The whole street simply buzzed with activity! The crowds of people wearing different types of costumes all making their way up & down the streets of Silverhills while lining its streets lied kiosks - some selling gift items, refreshments, others hosting small games to play, and more. And with the music playing in the background, it just all came together so perfectly.
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♪ Xenophon ♪

Xenophon kept blowing on the coffee. And blowing.. and blowing.. and blowing. He didn't seem to understand that he was to stop once it reached safe-for-drinking levels of heat. As he did that he noticed the group gathering towards the front of the store. He watched them, unsure if he was supposed to be in that group or not. His abdomen (tail) was raised slightly, his head tilted, his scythes still rested on either side of the bowl to hold it in place.

The doors were opened and the first few of the group went outside. Xenophon waved his antenna towards the direction of the open doorway while looking over his shoulder, the sounds and smells creeping in so strongly again peaking his interest if not moreso than on their way there. Drawn to the splendor of the outside, he twisted his upper body around and started towards the group.

He still held the bowl of coffee between his two scythes, the feet at the end of his scythes 'grabbing' the bowl and keeping it in from falling. Xenophon slowly crept towards the back of the group, looking over them at the open doorway with curiousity. He was still blowing on the coffee, though. A constant "Fphhhh... Fphhhhh... Fphhhhhh.." coming from him as he sort of held the bowl up a bit so he could blow on the coffee inside (which, the coffee was probably ice-cold by now.)

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Once everyone was gathered by the door, Elizabeth said "Alright, everyone to the festival we go!" and swung open the doors. 

 

~Baske~

She walked through the door and gazed around in excitement. There were stands lined up and down the streets, full of toys and food and games. People were everywhere, wearing so many different sorts of costumes. There were bright lights strung between the buildings and tall metal poles. She could hear music coming from, well, everywhere! Repeatedly opening and closing her frill in barely contained excitement, she looked at the costumes that the humans were wearing. Not all of the people she saw had costumes, but most did. Baske saw a guy with red horns and a spiky tail walking down the street, and next to him was a girl with white wings and a gold ring suspended above her head with wire. Wanting to go talk to them -she wanted to know what they were dressed as!- she took a few steps in their direction, then stopped. She sighed in frustration, she just wanted to go explore! But she couldn't because the others wouldn't let her.

 

~Sea Fern~

She walked through the door after Tigerlily. She saw people everywhere, dressed in an assortment of costumes. Along the edges of the streets were stands, some appeared to be selling food, while others were games of some sort. Sea Fern paused and, turning around, she looked at her reflection in a window. Her he.ad tentacles were usually raised up from her he.ad, moving and swaying slightly, but this time she forced them to go limp, hanging down like hair. Her tentacles also randomly shifted colours normally. Sea Fern was hidden from view behind the other hybrids, so no one could see her as she shifted her tentacles from colour to colour. First she turned them yellow with blue circles like a Blue Ringed Octopus, then she realized that that might be too bright and noticeable, so she switched the colour to black and white stripes, like a Zebra Cuttlefish, but the pattern clashed with her dress, and was still very noticeable. After a few more color changes, she finally settled on a solid red colour, like a Giant Pacific Octopus, it wasn't too bright, and matched her dress nicely. The entire colour switching process had taken less than a minute. Turning away from the window she noticed two things "Tigerlily, stop wagging your tail, and Baske stop moving your frill, costumes don't move like that!" she hissed. 

 

~Mr.Ritz~

Walking out the door and looking around, he saw what was to be expected for a town during a festival. Kiosks lined the streets, people played music and people in costume were everywhere. "Mr.Ritz? Clark said to take a left on this street in order to find the pharmacy on our right, correct?," Elizabeth asked. He nodded "Yes, he said to turn on to Mile Hill Road," and, looking up at the street sigh at the end of the sidewalk, that's exactly what the sign pointing to the left said. "It's closes in less than a half hour, so we should hurrry up," he said. 

 

((I think I'm finally finished this post... jeez, that took forever.))

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I watched as the other began to make their way to the front of the store and then out onto the street. I had to admit, I was a tad jealous of the others who were able to head out into the town. "Hey Faolan, why aren't you going?" Amber asked, "I kind of stand out to much, I am taller than the average human and have massive wings" I said with a chuckle. I then noticed Xenophon heading towards the door while still blowing on the bowl of coffee.

"Xenophon!" I said as I walked quickly over to the mantis hybrid to stop him, "sorry my friend we can't be heading out their, plus I think you can drink your coffee now" I told him, closing the door behind the others and drawing the curtains so that we could not be seen. "You know, you two can go the roof to watch the festival, the lights are low enough and bright enough that people won't be looking up" Clark said and I smiled happily, we could still enjoy the festival, "what do you say Xenophon, want to head up to the roof?" I asked him.

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♪ Xenophon ♪

Xenophon was startled by Faolan suddenly calling his name, jumping a tad and spilling some of his coffee. He watched the dragon hybrid hurry to close the opening and then obscure the windows with sorts of curtains as he explained they couldn't go out there. Xenophon settled down as he was content with being told what he should be doing, which was staying there.

He sort of trailed off for a few seconds, staring at the coffee as he'd been told he could drink it. He twitched back to attention when Faolan was asking him a question. He didn't quite know what to say as his mind had wandered. He stood there a moment.

"Y-y-y-y...-y-y..-y-yes-s-s-sbr-brb-brlurb-brb-" he response cut off as he'd slowly been raising the coffee bowl to his mouth to drink and the 'brb'ing was a result of him talking with his mouth in the coffee. He sampled the coffee a bit, sipping it and raising his head up. He then slowly let the coffee pour back out of his mouth. He gave a gargly sound of unhappiness. "C-c-c-coff..e'e'e is b'b'bro-kken..." Xenophon mumbled, slowly glancing around before setting the bowl on top of a shelf. The mantis hybrid gave a shiver, then started running a scythe through his mouth to get the taste out of it.

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I smiled as Xenophon said he would like to go to the roof as he began to drink the coffee. "Yeah I was never a fan of coffee myself" I replied when Xenophon said that the coffee was broken, I figured he meant the coffee was bad. I heard a door open and turned to see that Clark had opened a door that led to stairs, "come on Xenophon, let's go" I said, heading for the stairs.

I came to the door to the roof and opened it up coming out to wonderful sounds and smells with the store front. I slowly made my way over to the edge of the roof which had a 6 in verticle lip. I layed down so that only my head hung over and that I could look over and watch all that would go on down below.

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Mr. Ritz nodded & answered, "Yes, he said to turn on to Mile Hill Road. It's closes in less than a half hour, so we should hurry up." I nodded in agreement. Time definitely wasn't on our side tonight & if I wanted to restock on all the medical supplies I've used up these past weeks, the time to go is now. "Alrighty everyone, follow me & do stick together. It's easy to get lost in a crowd like this," I announced to the others & began making my way through the crowds of people heading down (which is left) the street of Mile Hill Road.
 
~~Tigerlily~~
 
Lost in thought at the wondrous atmosphere of the festival, I began recalling past memories of festivities I've been too & they all brought good times even when life wasn't kind. I can honestly say that I've always been cheerful at these events for they were like a place where I can forget my problems, a little escape from reality you could say. 
Suddenly, in mid-thoughts, "Tigerlily, stop wagging your tail, and Baske stop moving your frill, costumes don't move like that!" It was so sudden that I yelped, catching my tail instantly as it swung left. "Sorry about that," I replied sheepishly to Sea Fern, holding my tail close to me then moments later releasing it for it looked embarrassing. Shortly after, I heard my mother announce, "Alrighty everyone, follow me & do stick together. It's easy to get lost in a crowd like this." Needing to be in the back of the line to assure that no one veers off during the walk, I waited until everyone went first.
 
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Xenophon twitched his antenna in acknowledgement as Faolan said he never really liked coffee much either, as Xenophon couldn't verbally respond since he literally had his foot in his mouth. It was, technically, more of a really long wrist to Xenophon but you get the idea. A slight creak caught Xenophon's attention and he turned his upper body (this being more convenient to him right now as he had his scythe in his mouth at the moment) to see Clark standing by another door. Faolan beckoned him to follow him up to the roof, shortly before going through the door and up the stairs. Xenophon followed after, making one last pass of his scythe through his mouthparts before following.

Xenophon walked up the stairs a ways behind Faolan, and once he exited he saw the winged hybrid lying with his head propped up on the edge of the roof. Xenophon walked over to him, antenna waving in the air to catch all the scents and sounds, settling down beside Faolan and gazing down. His wings buzzed momentarily in excitement.

"M-m-m-many... Hy-brids.. ..S-s-smells. H-h-have ssmelled s's'some.. t-t-these s's'smells. New smells. Food. S-s-sounds. G-g-good sounds. Food. M'many hy-brids. Food." Xenophon sputtered, repeating himself a few times as his mind was everywhere and he had a hard time of keeping track of his words. He leaned his head down until it was also resting on the ledge like Faolan, which was a bit awkward looking as he was bending himself a weird way to manage this.

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“Alright, everyone to the festival we go!” Elizabeth announced when everyone had gathered by the exit. With that said, the doctor opened the double doors to the outside. I could already feel the festive atmosphere of the city of Silverhills upon glimpsing out the doors. People walked up and down the street in front of the store wearing all sorts of costumes. Kiosks lined the sidewalks. I blinked several times, pinching myself on the arm to make sure I wasn’t dreaming.

I walked outside with the others, absorbing all of my surroundings. It was too much at first, the lights and the sounds, but I forced myself to assimilate quickly. I soon found myself already accustomed and eager to mix in with the people of Silver Hills.

“Alrighty everyone, follow me & do stick together. It's easy to get lost in a crowd like this,” I heard Elizabeth announce.

I looked over at her to see the doc already heading left, down the road. Eagerly, I walked after her, looking to the left at the stands lining that side and admiring the crafts and foods on display.

 

Hawk

The doc announced that we were going, opening the doors and letting music and loud chattering flood in. I gazed out, squinting against the at first too colorful outside. My eyes soon adjusted. I heard Sea Fern scold Baske and Tigerlily for bringing attention to their non-human body parts.

I used it as a personal reminder to not swish my own tail or shift my wings. I wondered if it was ok to talk or if beaks that could open and close was a typical sort of mask for bird costumes.

I guess I just won’t talk to draw as little attention as possible, I thought. Wow, now I wish I hadn’t ridded myself of that mask. I guess if I can find anything similar to block my beak motions, that’d be fine as well.

((Hence, Hawk’s soon to be new attire))

 

Ryu

When Elizabeth opened the doors of the grocery store, I nearly jumped in excitement. I was now used to daylight, but the presence of so many people right outside- that was overwhelming. The closed doors had muffled that sense, but now it was tingling like never before.

“People, there are so many,” I uttered, surprised yet deep inside, not surprised.

“Alrighty everyone, follow me and do stick together. It’s easy to get lost in a crowd like this,” the doctor announced, leading the way down the street. I trailed along, looking here and there at the people I passed by and the stands, curious about all the new things I saw.

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~Sea Fern~

Tigerlily yelped in  surprise, clutching her tail. "Sorry about that," she said. Elizabeth spoke up, telling them all to follow and to stay close together. Sea Fern walked after Elizabeth and Mr.Ritz, gazing around at the festive surroundings. She spotted a group of trash cans on the sidewalk, huddled around a lamppost. Walking over to them, she started separating the garbage she was carrying into the proper bins. She put the glass, paper and plastic into the recycling bin and the chip bags, candy wrappers and other random bits of trash into the normal garbage can. And lastly she stuffed the tattered, dirty plastic bag that it had all been carried in, into the garbage. 

 

~Baske~

She heard Sea Fern tell her to stop moving her frill. Forcing her frill to a stop, she left it fully extended. "Alrighty everyone, follow me and do stick together. It's easy to get lost in a crowd like this," Elizabeth called, and the group began move down the street along with a flow of people. Baske slowly turned in a circle as she walked, taking in the sights and sounds of the city. "Everything is so interesting!"

 

~Scytha~

She watched as the selected hybrids headed off to the festival. She observed Xenophon going with them, he must of gotten confused as to where he was supposed to be going, but the festival group seemed to be fine with it. Perhaps he would stay in the store with Faolan while the others gathered supplies. Scytha stood motionless at the edge of the camp for a while. Then she slowly walked deeper into the forest. After walking for a few minutes she came to a very tall pine tree. Walking up to it, she placed her claws against the trunk, extended her second, smaller, pair of arms, and began to climb. Scytha climbed towards the top of the tree, using her claws to dig into the bark. When she reached the top, she could see for miles in the fading light. Down below the lights of the city sparkled and she could even hear a few snippets of music, carried on the wind. As she sat there, at the top of the tree, gazing down at the festival, memories drifted across her vision. She remembered going to festivals and fairs before, with her parents, when she was still human. It was always so much fun; the food, the games, the rides, the dancing, the singing, but... there'd always been something missing- Someone missing. When she was at those festivals or fairs, she'd always felt like there was a blank space beside her, that should of been filled, but couldn't be. It wasn't fair, they should of been there. The someone WAS there, but never where it was important for them to be. But, who was missing? She couldn't remember... Why couldn't she remember them? Why?

Who was it?

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Glancing back once every minute, I was glad to see that everyone was following close behind. The last thing we need is a lost hybrid but thankfully, even though the street is packed with people, everyone’s keeping a sharp eye on each others whereabouts even while still enjoying the things around them. 

Eventually, after a few minutes, I caught a glimpse of the pharmacy that Clark told us about, just on the right side of the street as said. I began inching my way over to the right side carefully passing by other people - to me getting through these crowds of people is like a maze in itself.  

But soon, we completely crossed over to the other side of the street and we arrived just in time for the pharmacy was still opened though not for long.

“Ok, everyone. You guys can stay out here if you like until we return,” I said to the group before turning to Ritz. “Mr. Ritz, I’ll need your help inside if that’s ok.”

With that, I entered into the Walters pharmacy (right?).

 

. . .

 

Ultimately, after sometime had passed, we finally accomplished our main goal of gathering the needed supplies and had just arrived back to the grocery store front. I took a breath of relief and placed the bag (or bags) full of supplies on the groceries front to take a break from the added weight I’d be carrying around the festival. 

Took sometime but we got it done, I thought, thank goodness. 

Now, that supply gathering is done with, I believe that the hybrids deserve to be rewarded. “I thank you all for watching over me & Mr. Ritz as we gathered our needed supplies, Faolan would be proud,” I said. “So, for all your hard work, why don’t you all go enjoy the festival? You don’t have to worry about the funds, I already have that covered,” I glanced at my daughter and she revealed the money that I had gave her earlier. “It’ll be enough so that you all can enjoy the festival to the fullest. So, what do you say? Are you ready to have a good time?” I smiled.

 

 
 
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They arrived at the pharmacy and after that they went to the clothing shop and then the camping store. Before long they had gathered all the supplies they needed and were headed back to Clarks grocery store. 

 

~Baske~

She was very disappointed, all they had done was go to boring stores! They hadn't gotten to eat any food or go on those rides! Baske wanted to go on a roller coaster.... her frill went between drooped in disappointment and angled back in anger. Why did she even come if all they were gonna do was walk around and wait outside of stores while Elizabeth and Mr.Ritz got to go in?! Sure, she had seen so many interesting things, but she wanted to experience those interesting things! So not fair. 

 

~Sea Fern~

It had been pretty amazing, being able to walk around a city, without anyone freaking out at her appearance. She had just been another human in a costume. They were almost back at Clark and Ambers place now, having acquired all the supplies they needed. Sea Fern glanced back at the city and scrunched her nose in disgust. The festival was really awesome, but the city was so... dirty, and not in a good natural way. Despite all the garbage and recycling bins with "Keep Silverhills Clean!" written on them, the city was still full of garbage, even more so than usual probably, because of the festival. Sea Fern recalled when they had been walking to the camping store, they had passed the docks, she had looked out at sea and hoped that Seagill was nowhere near those polluted waters. They hadn't been able to really participate in the festival, they hadn't gotten to play any games or go on any rides. Sea Fern understood why they couldn't, don't want to attract attention, but she was still sort of disappointed. 

 

~Mr.Ritz~

They arrived at the pharmacy. "Mr.Ritz, I'll need your help inside if that's ok" Elizabeth said. "Of course," He replied, walking into the store after her. 

. . .

They were almost back at Clarks store. Mr.Ritz frowned. He hadn't had a chance to slip away from the others while they were shopping. 'How am I going to get the things Rita asked for now?' he wondered silently. He could also tell that the others were disappointed that they had not gotten to participate in the festival. He walked up to the store front and set down the two plastic bags and one cloth bag he had been carrying. He rubbed his sore back as he tried to think of how he could slip away for a few minutes. 'I could just tell Elizabeth and everyone but Baske and Sea Fern what I'm doing... but... I kinda want it to be a surprise for everyone,' he thought, smiling slightly. "I thank you all for watching over me and Mr.Ritz as we gathered our needed supplies, Faolan would be proud," Elizabeth spoke up. Mr,Ritz nodded in agreement. "So-" she continued "for all your hard work, why don't you all go enjoy the festival? You don't have to worry about the funds, I already have that covered." She looked over at Tigerlily, who produced a wad of cash. "It'll be enough so that you can all enjoy the festival to the fullest. So what do you say? Are you ready to have a good time?" Elizabeth said cheerfully. Mr.Ritz smiled 'Yes!' he thought, he had another chance to get the items Rita wanted! The hybrids were happy too. Baske pumped her fists in the air and shouted "YES!" and then started jumping up and down in excitement. "Calm down Baske, we're trying to not draw attention remember?" Mr.Ritz pointed out. He turned to Elizabeth. "I'm going to go put all of my bags in the store and then I'm going back out into the festival too!" he said, leaning down to pick up the bags. 

 

~Sea Fern~

Wait, they could still go to the festival?! Sea Fern stood there, surprised. Part of her didn't want to go back into the smelly city, but another part of her wanted to enjoy the festival. The latter part won and her head tentacles momentarily turn multicoloured before she got them under control and turned them back to Giant Pacific Octopus red. "We can really go? That's awesome!" Sea Fern said. "Lets go already!" she said, turning around and heading down the street. 

 

((Finally done this post, and boy is this long)) 

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​Faolan noticed that Xenophon had settled down next to him and, through the mantis's broken speach, expressed censored whe liked all the new things he saw below. "Some of them are hybrids Xenophon, but most of those below are actually just humans dressing like hybrids, silly isn't it? but then they do not even know that we exist so they see no wrong in it" Faolan informed Xenophon, enjoying the music more than anything.

 

((time skip to end of resource collecting))

 

Slowly, the evening stretched into early night and Faolan had become a little uneasy since the others had yet to return. Faolan popped up from his spot on the roof when he saw the others returning and raced back down the stairs to meet them at the door.

He heard Elizabeth's proposition about the hybrids having some deserving fun. ​We have been on the run for weeks, it is only just that they have a good time​ Faolan thought to himself as he opened the door just enough to poke his black scaled head through and smile at all those he led. "Good job all and I could not agree more with Elizabeth, go, go have some fun, it'll probably be some time till we have such peace" Faolan told them before grabbing a few bags to lighten Elizabeth's and Mr. Ritz's load.

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Xenophon tilted his head slightly as Faolan explained most of those down there were simply humans dressed as hybrids. He did suppose the smell of human was far greater than that of hybrid but it still didn't make sense to him. "Is it't't w-w-wron'g? I d-d-do nnnot un-un-underst't'tand." Xenophon asked. He went silent for a while, listening to the music and staring out at the street, lost in thought and music.

When he came back to reality, he noticed Faolan wasn't there with him. He leaned up, tucking his arms up against himself and pivoting his head around to look for the hybrid. He heard Faolan's voice, down below, though didn't know where. Xenophon turned back around to face out towards the street, staring at everyone below. A panic started to rise in him as he didn't know if he should still be here. He noticed something though.

A food stand.

After seeing it his senses seemed to zero in on that one thing, and that one thing alone became all he could think about. It smelled strange- but good. He shuffled his arms against himself, thinking out a strategy to 'kill' the foodstand. He tilted his head as he watched someone approach it, be given something from it, then eat said something. His mind picked apart this transaction until he figured that he could do the same and thus get the same result.

Xenophon turned, and climbed down the side of the building and into the alley. His dark coloring in the unlit place between the two buildings made him practically invisible to the eyes. He lingered there, a part of him aware that if he left now then someone from the group would spot him and potentially stop him from fulfilling his mission. So he did what he was naturally good at- sat and waited.

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The group had returned to Clark’s place to unload all the supplies that had been bought.

“I thank you all for watching over me and Mr. Ritz as we gathered our needed supplies, Faolan would be proud. So, for all your hard work, why don’t you all go enjoy the festival?” Elizabeth said. “You don’t have to worry about the funds, I already have that covered.”

Tigerlily revealed the said funds.

“It’ll be enough so that you all can enjoy the festival to the fullest. So what do you say? Are you ready to have a good time?”

“Good job all and I could not agree more with Elizabeth, go, go have some fun, it'll probably be some time till we have such peace,” Faolan encouraged as he took some of the supplies.

Sea Fern immediately exclaimed in eagerness and began heading down the street.

“Aw, he-ll yeah!” Hawk shouted, pumping a fist at the air. “Let’s get the party started!”

The air around Ryu was brimming with excitement from each of the hybrids and others nearby. It didn’t take much for him to catch the excitement. “Go first, where will we?” He asked.

Having heard the dragon hybrid’s question, Aki gestured to where Sea Fern had disappeared off to, “We should catch up to Sea Fern,” she suggested. “We still have to divy up the money.”

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I expected nothing more from the hybrids but excitement & it genuinely pleased me to see it. Especially Baske, that girl is always full of energy - I watched, giggling, as she jumped up and down until Ritz reminded her that we’re trying to keep a low profile before telling me that he’ll put all his bags inside. But before he could manage it, a black scaly head poked out from the front door of the grocery with a smile. It was Faolon.

“Good job all and I could not agree more with Elizabeth, go, go have some fun, it'll probably be some time till we have such peace,” He supported my proposal as he grabbed a few bags to help lighten our load. 

Immediately Sea Fern exclaimed in eagerness & began heading down the street whereas Hawk shouted with joy, pumping a fist in the air. Another giggle escaped from me as I picked up the remaining supply bags from the ground. While the rest spoke amongst themselves about where to go, I opened the front door of the grocery a little wider so I could pass by Faolon more easily.

“You know, a leader also needs time to unwind..” I commented to him, giving him a side-smile as I passed by him entering into the building.

 

~~Tigerlily~~

 

Having heard Ryu’s question, Aki gestured to where Sea Fern had disappeared off to, “We should catch up to Sea Fern,” She suggested. “We still have to divy up the money.”

I nodded, “Well, what are we waiting for?! Let’s go before we lost her for good.”

With that said, I began heading down the street after Sea Fern eagerly gesturing for the others to get moving, “Sea Fern wait up!”

 
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​He chuckled when Elizabeth said that he too should take some time to 'unwind', "unwind? Is that sort of like relaxing" he asked, it had been a while since he heard such a term and he was not quite sure about it. Faolan set down some of the full bags and turned to look at Elizabeth, "if so, I laid upon the roof with Xenophon and watched the festival from their" he added, to be truthful it was entertaining but not all that fun, there were numerous amount of actvities that he would have enjoyed to have tried out.

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"Sea Fern wait up!" 

She was almost a block away when she heard Tigerlily calling her. Turning around she saw that most everyone else was still standing in front of the grocery store. "How about you hurry up!" she called back. But she walked slower so they could catch up. 

 

~Baske~

Mr. Ritz told her to calm down. Baske didn't really listen, she was too excited. Hawk was excited as well and Sea Fern immediately headed off down the street. Ryu asked where they should go first. Aki replied saying that they needed to catch up to Sea Fern and divy up the money Tigerlily had. Tigerlily went after Sea Fern, gesturing for everyone to follow. "Come on!" Baske said, dashing after her. "We should go on the roller coaster! No, food first! Then the roller coaster! No, wait we shouldn't eat before going on a roller coaster in case we get sick. Roller coaster first, then food!" Baske babbled. 

 

~Mr. Ritz~

As he went to pick up his bags, Faolan opened the door and grabbed them for him. Faolan told the hybrids good job and to go have fun. Nodding in thanks Mr. Ritz straitened up. Aki was talking about dividing the money. "I don't need any money, I still have some that Rita gave me," he informed her. 'Hopefully I still have enough to buy what I need...' he thought.

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Faolon chuckled, “unwind? Is that sort of like relaxing..” He asked. I placed the two supplies bags that I had on hand onto a countertop as Faolon laid the other supplies down nearby, “if so, I laid upon the roof with Xenophon and watched the festival from there,” He added. I took out some articles of clothing from the two bags, bobbing my head to the left & to the right thinking. Faolon had the right idea of the word ‘unwind’ but although it means ‘relax,’ I meant something different by it. Shortly, I looked at him from where I stood meeting his face. “You’re not wrong. Unwind is sort of-well.. not sort of but is relaxing but what I meant was that you should go and have fun,” I replied & held up a green striped shirt briefly inspecting it before adding, “You know, to unwind and enjoy yourself here at the festival with the others. Besides I’ve noticed the way you look at her.”

 

((Smirky-Smirk ~ I’m reading way too much of ‘The Traitors Game’))

 

~~Tigerlily~~

 

“How about you hurry up!" Sea Fern retorted from nearly a block away. As much as I wanted to say something back, I couldn’t find anything to say in return unfortunately. Mainly because following behind me laid someone who held a lot of energy, “We should go on the roller coaster! No, food first! Then the roller coaster! No, wait we shouldn't eat before going on a roller coaster in case we get sick. Roller coaster first, then food!" 

 

I laughed & shook my head. “Baske, you can do whatever your little heart desires,” I said as I’d carefully weaved pass some people in front, shortly, catching up with Sea Fern & slowing myself down.

Digging into my pocket, I took out the money my mother gave me & began dividing it into fair amounts for each person. “Here,” I held out some cash for Sea Fern to take. “Try not to spend it all in one kiosk, ok?” I told her then did the same for Baske & everyone else who followed after, giving each the same fair amount.

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Faolan cocked his head and listned to Elizabeth as she described what unwinding was and how to do it. He was quite for a short moment before speaking, "yes, I do, what's the word.. love? yes that is it, I do love her and I would love nothing more to spend the night out there with her and the rest of the group, enjoying what the good humans of the world have to offer" Faolan said, it was no secret and it fell nice to say that he loved Aki.

"But even with my cloak I would stick out like a sore thumb and then our cover would be lost... from there it would not be long before we are attacked, and the coming time I am sure it would be with deadly force" Faolan told Elizabeth in a sad tone, looking towards the front of the store. He had no clue how he could move with the group and remain unseen.

 

~Salastar~

He watched as the group took off into the city. He was both fearful of them being spotted and happy that their family friends were still around and remember Faolan. Unfortunately the proximity to Faolan and family friends caused his programming to stutter and he had to run off into forest once more to avoid him lasping fully back, the last few days had been hard as his programming had been trying to regain control. Off deep in the forest a distant primal roar could be heard as Salastar fought back against the old programming.

Something must be coming if the programming is trying to retake control, Salastar knew it, but what it was he did not know.. and he would not be able to warn the hybrids about it without risking their lives. Relapsing near them would end.. bloodily.. it was protocol to kill all nearby potential targets if programming was messed with.. and then end his life to prevent any further tampering.

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Faolan was quiet for a moment before he spoke. “Yes, I do, what's the word.. love? yes that is it, I do love her and I would love nothing more to spend the night out there with her and the rest of the group, enjoying what the good humans of the world have to offer,” He acknowledged and looking towards the front of the store he added in a sad tone, “But even with my cloak I would stick out like a sore thumb and then our cover would be lost... from there it would not be long before we are attacked, and the coming time I am sure it would be with deadly force."

 

I frowned & sighed sadly, shifting my eyes back to the articles of clothing that laid on the counter in front of me. Every little part of my body began aching of anxiety as I folded the clothing I’d bought for myself & my daughter. 

After all the things we’ve gone through over the past weeks, Faolan deserves to go to that festival - it’s as simple as that. 

There has to be a way that he could go, but how?

I started musing over some ideas until I finally found one that’ll be sure to work, but, this one had a downside to it. Shifting my eyes back towards Faolan, I presented my thought, “Maybe you could follow them into the festival by rooftop. I noticed that the buildings around here are close to each other, so, hopping from roof to roof would be fairly easy for you. You won’t be able to play the games or anything, but, at least you won’t be cooped up in here.” 

 
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Faolan watched as Elizabeth folded the cloths she had gotten and was about to head back to the roof when she spoke up. He listened intently, nodding at her idea, the roofs are close together and everyone is too distracted to notice a shadow jumping from roof to roof. His eyes brightened and his stance returned to its normal proud lift, "that is a splendid idea, I doubt anyone will see me against the black back drop of the night" Faolan said as he began to excitedly move towards the stairs, "oh, do be sure to keep Xenophon safe" Faolan said before he dissapeared up the stairs.

He reached the roof top and spread his wings, it had been a while since he last took a small flight. he peared over the side of the roof and when he caught a glimpse of the hybrids he took to the sky and glided so that he was crouched on the building just above them, watching as they divied up the money. He smiled at the excitment that he could see in all of them

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Tigerlliy laughed. "Baske, you can do whatever your little heart desires," she said. "I don't have a little heart, I have a big one!" Baske said. Catching up with Sea Fern, Tigerlily began handing out the money. Baske took the money she gave her. Looking down at the pieces of paper in her hands, Baske realized that she didn't know how to use them. Her frill drooped in disappointment. "Um, Tigerlily? I don't know how money really works... could you, like, explain it quickly?" Baske asked her. She was impatient to get going. 

 

~Sea Fern~

Tigerlily and the others caught up to her and Tigerlily began dividing the money. "Here, try not to spend it all in one kiosk, ok?" Tigerlily said holding out some money for her. Sea Fern took the money and looked at it nervously. She didn't really understand how money functioned. Baske asked Tigerlily to quickly explain how money worked. Sea Fern wasn't the only one who didn't understand it seemed. 'Of coarse Baske doesn't understand money. She lived in the wild her entire life, like me, right? Actually... now that I think about it, I don't actually know where Baske was before she was brought to the Dome. I'm pretty sure she's a naturally born hybrid though... she certainly doesn't act like she used to be completely human... but I really don't know anything about her (other than she really likes Star Wars and wants to be an astronaut)... or anything about any of the other hybrids for that matter. I know about Tigerlily's past, and about Faolans... I think. But everyone else... Rita used to be full human, but decided to become a hybrid for some reason, and her uncle was working at the Dome... but I don't know anything about her past. Aki... she has a friend named Triton, that's all I really know. Hawk, Ryu, don't know anything about them either.... but no one knows about MY past...'  Sea Fern mused over the fact that they all didn't really know that much about each other, as she waited for Tigerlily to answer Baske's question so she could go have fun.

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“I don't need any money, I still have some that Rita gave me,” Mr. Ritz said. Aki nodded, keeping it in mind for later. At the same time, Tigerlily said, “Well, what are we waiting for?! Let’s go before we lost her for good.”
She then began going after Sea Fern, beckoning everyone else to keep up, “Sea Fern wait up!”
The aquatic hybrid heard Tigerlily and called back, “How about you hurry up!” however, she slowed down as everyone else caught up.

When everyone was all together, Tigerlily distributed money to everyone, saying not to spend all of the allowance on one kiosk only.

I nodded, “Of course.” Now that I had money, I simply wanted to go and live for the night, however another important notion came to mind. ((After Tigerlily answered Baske’s question and)) Before anyone went off on their own way I brought up the point, “Everyone, when we’re all done, let’s meet by the grocery, ok? Don’t stay too late!”

I tiptoed and looked around for some sort of clock. In the distance was a clock tower, the clock lit by a warm incandescent light from inside the tower as it seems. I read the time to be 8 pm. I wanted everyone to have ample time to enjoy themselves.

Midnight isn’t too late, is it? I thought.

“Everyone be back by 12,” I added, pointing towards the clock tower. “That’s when both hands point directly up towards the sky. Like this.”

I then demonstrated how the clock hands would look like with my own, holding my arms straight and up above my head.

“If you can’t find the grocery, go to the tower and we’ll find you.”

((Lmk if I need to change anything))

 

Hawk

“Well, what are we waiting for?! Let’s go before we lost her for good.”
She then began going after Sea Fern, beckoning everyone else to keep up, “Sea Fern wait up!”
The aquatic hybrid heard Tigerlily and called back, “How about you hurry up!” however, she slowed down as everyone else caught up.
When everyone was all together, Tigerlily distributed money to everyone, saying not to spend all of the allowance on one kiosk only.

“Aye aye, captain,” I said jokingly.

Baske had asked about how to use money. I had the general idea, but never ever used it before since it wasn’t needed in the Dome. The person selling says the number and the buyer gives that number of money, right?

 

Ryu

“Well, what are we waiting for?! Let’s go before we lost her for good.” Tigerlily said, going after Sea Fern.

“Come on!” Baske said, dashing after her. "We should go on the roller coaster! No, food first! Then the roller coaster! No, wait we shouldn't eat before going on a roller coaster in case we get sick. Roller coaster first, then food!”

I didn’t really know what a rollercoaster was until today when we were all preparing to go to the festival. I learned several terms as I got kempt and ready.

Tigerlily laughed. “Baske, you can do whatever your little heart desires,” she said. “I don't have a little heart, I have a big one!” Baske replied. I chuckled, finding it a little funny.

When everyone had caught up to Sea Fern, Tigerlily began distributing money. I collected mine when it was my turn and waited to listen to Tigerlily’s explanation of money since I was a little unsure of its usage as well.

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He was thankful of his sharp ears as listened to the group's discussion, he listened closely for Tigerlily's description of money and Aki's plan for a time to meet up and where to go if lost. He looked over to the city hall clock tower and remembered the positions she had mentioned. Faolan would not let anyone get lost so he found a bit of a beaded necklace and pulled off some of the beads. He aimed and after a couple attempts he hit Aki, when she looked up he made some motions I'll keep an eye on everyone he signaled. No one would get lost on his watch.

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Faolan nodded at my idea as I noticed his eyes brighten with lifting spirits. "That is a splendid idea, I doubt anyone will see me against the black back drop of the night" He replied as he began to excitedly move towards the stairway, "oh, do be sure to keep Xenophon safe.” I nodded just before he disappeared up the stairs.

“Just be careful out there big guy,” I thought & turned back to begin the task of organizing everything into there proper places, starting with the medical supplies. And shortly into doing so, I realized my idea - that was proposed to Faolan - differed to my medical background of enforcing the idea of safety & I couldn’t help myself but laugh at that realization.

 

~~Tigerlily~

 

Everyone acknowledged the fact of the spending. 

“Um, Tigerlily? I don't know how money really works... could you, like, explain it quickly?" I turned to Baske, who’s frill had drooped down - I was already prepared mentally to explain the function of money for those who didn’t know. I glanced momentarily at the others & noticed that one bodily indication of some wanting to know the answer as well or wanting a refreshers course.

Alright then, this’ll be fun

Directly from the funds leftover for myself, I held out in front of the group one of each type of bill: the ones, fives, tens, and twenties. And began, “Each bill has numbers on them which in turn tells you it’s value. If someone tells you that a certain item is, let’s say, one dollar then you give that person the bill that has the number one on it. Which would be this one,” I pointed at the said bill & handed it over to Baske for the moment being. “The same applies to the others. If someone asks for two dollars, well, you simply add & give that person two of the bills that has the one on it. Now, what if you don’t have anymore bills with the number one on them? Well, then, you simply give that person a five dollar bill and since you basically overpaid for the item the clerk would give you change. Subtract two from five and that would give you the amount the clerk has to give back and that’s three dollars,” I handed the five dollar bill to Baske & took the one from her & simply added two more ones from my funds to demonstrate. “Sooner or later, there’ll be a point when the clerk would give you coins as change but all you have to remember is that they have the same function as bills do. The only difference is that their value is lesser than them.”

Taking back the five from Baske, I’d returned the funds - that had be taken out - back into my pocket. “Any questions?” I asked those who listened to my hopefully helpful, simple explanation.

((Insert whatever questions are asked if any and insert Tigerlily’s answers))

Before anyone went off on their way, Aki spoke up & brought up the point, “Everyone, when we’re all done, let’s meet by the grocery, ok? Don’t stay too late!”

She tiptoed and looked around for something until that said something was founded: A clock tower. “Everyone be back by 12,” She said, pointing towards it. “That’s when both hands point directly up towards the sky. Like this.”

She then demonstrated how the clock hands would look like with her own, holding her arms straight and up above her head. 

How far someone went to make the point clear to everyone! Joking aside, I agreed with her notion. Counting by the hour now, midnight was five hours away enough time to enjoy the festival no doubt. 

“If you can’t find the grocery, go to the tower and we’ll find you.”

 

I nodded in acknowledgment. “I believe this little meeting is dismissed then. Everyone knows what to do, so, let’s all go enjoy ourselves,” I commented & went off on my own way, briefly turning around once to gesture Hawk to follow me if he wishes it.

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I felt a pebble or something of the likes hit me on the back. I looked around for the source. My eyes landed on a figure cloaked by the darkness of the evening. I pondered who it could be, but it struck me that there could only be one who it’d be.

A smile slipped onto my face briefly as I registered Faolan’s signals and gave a small thumbs up.

Got it.

“I believe this little meeting is dismissed then. Everyone knows what to do, so, let’s all go enjoy ourselves,” Tigerlily said, concluding the congregation.

Immediately, everyone went their own ways. I wanted to go over to Faolan, but I couldn’t see any way to get onto the roofs without being noticed easily.

I’ll see him afterwards either way, I thought. Perhaps I can get a gift for him in the meanwhile.

I mused over what the dragon would like as I walked down the street.

 

Hawk

-timeskip-

“I believe this little meeting is dismissed then. Everyone knows what to do, so, let’s all go enjoy ourselves,” Tigerlily said, drawing the meeting to a close.

She then headed off, briefly turning around once to gesture towards me to follow.

I jogged over, wondering if she had anything planned.

 

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~Baske~

Tigerlily began to explain how money worked, handing and taking money from Baske to demonstrate. "Uh... I think I get it?.." Baske said. "I do remember being told how to use money, but I didn't pay much attention because I didn't think I was ever going to go into a town to buy stuff..." she said. 

Aki spoke up saying "Everyone, when we're all done, let's meet by the grocery, ok. Don't stay to late! Everyone be back by twelve. That's when both hands point directly up towards the sky," she said pointing at a clock tower in the distance and stretching her arms up over her head to show how the clock would look. "If you can't find the grocery, go to the tower and we'll find you," Aki finished. Tigerlily then said that the meeting was over and it was time to go enjoy themselves. "Finally!" Baske dashed off down the street, away from the others. "This is going to be so much fun!!!" 

 

~Sea Fern~

After Tigerlily explained money and Aki told them all to be back by twelve, the meeting was dismissed. "Alright! This is probably the one time I get to be in a city and I'm gonna enjoy it for as long as I can!" Sea Fern cried as everyone headed off in different directions. She walked down the street, wandering in a random direction. Sea Fern wasn't sure what she was going to do, but whatever it was, it was sure going to be a night to remember.

 

~Mr. Ritz~

After they all caught up to Sea Fern, Tigerlily handed out the money and gave a quick lesson on how to use it for those who didn't know. Aki then told everyone to be back by midnight. Mr. Ritz looked from one hybrid to the next as everyone dispersed. He realized something he hadn't understood before 'Wait... we're splitting up? I thought we were supposed to stay together! ... Rita probably  isn't going to be happy about this...' he thought 'Though it certainly makes my job a lot easier. Now I won't have to come up with some lame excuse about having to use the bathroom to get away from the group!' he thought, as he walked down a street away from the others, making sure to go in a completely different direction than Baske and Sea Fern. 

'Now... where would a plant store be in this town?...' he wondered, scanning the shops to either side of him. 

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After learning how to use money from Tigerlily, Aki said to be back by 12. Tigerlily then said that the meeting was over and it was time to go enjoy ourselves. I was ready to go on my own way when Baske shouted “Finally!” and reminded me that I should make sure she didn’t get herself into trouble while having fun. I ran after her, barely managing to keep an eye on the ecstatic hybrid in the crowd.

I pushed through the crowd after Baske until I thought I was close enough to be heard.

“Baske! To the roller coaster, are you going?” I hollered my query.

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Hawk arrived at my side & together we strolled through the busy festive streets of the city. Since this wasn’t my first time being in a festival, I knew practically the ins and outs - what type of foods are usually served, what sort of games there are, what some clerks maybe selling etc. Granted, every festival is different from another, though, certain things do tend to stay the same. Since Hawk hasn’t been to one of these before I’d wanted to give him the best experience as possible.

“So, I was thinking we start off with playing some games. And as you can see there’s quite a few to chose from,“ I gestured towards the sides of the street & middle where some kiosks were hosting them. “The question is, though, which one should we play first?“ I mused & started looking around for something that we could do that’ll possibly be a guarantee win. “Hmm, do you see anything that you would want to play?”