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(Ira feels like a heel for not noticing that Kauri and Parada needed help until they had pulled the anchor up all the way, especially with the look Ezekiel is giving him.) Ehh... (He lets out an embarrassed grunt and kicks at the floor.)
"You are too kind, Captain," Victor says to Melvin. "From the bottom of my heart, thanks again. This means a lot to me."
"Aw..." Melvin can't help himself. He hugs Victor. "Welcome to the crew."
Edited by DrNoPuma on Mar 7th 2019 at 11:32:35 AM
Victor is a little surprised, but he returns the hug, chuckling a bit. He had definitely made the right choice by boarding Melvin's ship. Although it had only been a few minutes, he already felt at home here.
Klamptrap sees the heartwarming hug and sticks out his metal tongue in disgust, wisely deciding to keep his voice low.
Klamptrap: Blech, things are getting a little too nice for my tastes, ugh!
"Ah!" Parada only now seems to notice that Kauri's fallen. "Are you okay?"
"Ezekiel Riles. I am a..." He catches his tongue, realizing he'd stir up a fuss if he went any further with his customary introduction.
"...a friend of Melvin's." Looking between the two children, he asks the two of them, "And what'll be your names? I certainly wouldn't want to call ya lad and lass all the while, now do I."
"Thank you, Mr. Ezekiel…" He says, quickly bowing his head. "My name's Kauri." He turns his head to look at the girl. "O-Oh, and I'm okay, Parada…" He assures her, though he sounds a little embarrassed. Thinking on it now, she was able to pull harder than he was. He could feel it. (… Is Parada really strong or am I just a wimp?) … (Aw, man, I'm a wimp, aren't I?)
If Parada knows that he's embarrassed, she doesn't show it.
Edited by Daydre on Mar 10th 2019 at 12:36:18 PM
"Kauri and Parada...I'll be keepin' an eye on you two..." Ezekiel then turns his attention to the lizard who'd somewhat inexplicably found his way onto the ship in hopes of getting away from this town...though perhaps for more urgent reasons than the boy Sven.
"Victor, as I recall," he says, approaching the lizard currently wrapped within Melvin's arms. "You've stated your desire to get away from something, or someone, rather, here in town." He looks to Melvin for a moment, hoping to get some affirmation before continuing, "If I'm allowed, I'd like to talk with you about this. I'm quite curious about the situation you've gotten yourself into..."
(Ira idly steals another look toward shore. He notices Esmeralda, one of Cleo's close friends and a shape-shifting dragon like himself, walking on the beach into the town. He hopes beyond anything that she didn't see him on the boat...)
"A-Alright…" He's a little confused. (Keeping an eye on us? Why, are we in trouble? I already had enough trouble today… Oh wait, it's probably just 'cause we're kids. Yeah, gotta be.) Kauri moves over to the doorway leading to the lower decks, but stays above until everything seems to be in order.
"I... uh... alright," says Victor to the raccoon.
Everything seems to be in order now. And so, Kauri slips out of sight and returns to the lower decks.
(Having still been keeping an eye on Esmeralda on the shore for a while, Ira notices Kauri slipping below deck.)
Hm? (Ira breaks away from looking toward shore and heads toward below deck as well.)
(The Sharkazil has woken back up thanks to the commotion and sees Kauri show up.) Mrrh! (It lets out a cheerful chirp and waddles toward Kauri.)
"I'm back, Mr. Splo-" He notices a moving object. A very familiar moving object. One that, despite the opinions of others, did not make a good first impression on him. "Ah- AHH, HELP!" He runs away from the Sharkazil and strafes around it before running away. He vaults over the cannon furthest away from the creature and hides behind it. Coincidentally, this particular cannon happened to be his new friend, MR. SPLOOSHY :).
Hold your horses, Zilly! (Ira says, making it below deck and seeing that the Sharkazil is unintentionally terrorizing poor Kauri.)
Grrt? (The Sharkazil looks down at Ira and stops moving. It seems ashamed of itself and moves back to where it was sleeping.) Mrrr...
Just be careful around the kid, okay? (Ira says, rubbing the Sharkazil's head as it lays back down. Ira then looks to where Kauri ended up.)
You okay, Kauri? (He asks.)
"D-D-Don't like..." He stutters, fidgeting.
Oh, sorry, Kauri. At least I don't think it actually meant to scare you. (Ira says with a small chuckle.) Hey, is everything okay? I just noticed you were coming down here by yourself.
Edited by kablammin45 on Mar 14th 2019 at 9:03:04 AM
He calms down. "I just came down here to see Mr. Splooshy..." He responds softly. Ira might notice the engraving on the cannon, too.
Melvin has returned to the steering wheel and continues piloting the ship towards Aetate. He sings to himself.
"What shall we do with a drunken sailor, what shall we do with a drunken sailor, what shall we do with a drunken sailor, early in the morning..."
Gabrielle, upon hearing a scream, runs below deck.
"What's goi-" she starts, before noticing Kauri cowering in a corner, holding a cannon. She had multiple questions, including as to who this "MR. SPLOOSHY :)" was...
Mr....Splooshy? (Ira is confused until he notices the engraving on the cannon Kauri is standing beside.) ....OH! Mr. Splooshy's the cannon! I see now...
(The scout, Esmeralda, catches up to Cleo and her party as they are asking a the owner of a pottery questions about Ira.)
(pant, wheeze) Cleo! Cleo!! (Esmeralda wheezes, screeching to a halt in front of the other dragons and catching her breath.)
Oh, Esmeralda! (Cleo says, turning to her.) You seem absolutely breathless, what is it? Did you find Ira?
Yes! (Esmeralda says, sitting back up straight.) He was with that gaggle of crew members I saw at the bar a while ago. He was with them all along...they're going to Aetate for the next egg piece.
(Cleo's eyes narrow and she looks to the other dragons with her.) Everyone, back to the ship immediately. We have to catch up to them before they find the next egg piece!
(Cleo immediately begins leading the way back to her gaudy boat, with Esmeralda and the other dragons following behind.)
"Y-Yeah, I just... started playing pretend with him, so I gave him a name and wrote it on him with a knife, and- and..." Kauri realizes how silly he must sound, playing pretend and vandalizing artillery, and simply trails off. His cheeks get stained red from the impending embarrassment. "N-Never mind."
Below deck, Ezekiel makes his way back towards the obscure corner he was in before, beckoning Victor over as he does.
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