“…I don’t know. Some of them just look so.. afraid. Of something.” Whether she realized it or not, she was in fact feeling a bit.. disappointed. Not at the game, no, it was quite entertaining, but at the failing team. Although anything could happen at any moment, she strangely got the same feeling of doubt Red had. Perhaps it was the concept of mighty Falcons losing to silly Seagulls that got her just a little irked.
Only minutes into watching this game and already she was choosing sides. Tikal would laugh at the thought of that if she’d actually realize it. “Surely they can try a bit harder.”
Afraid? Of what? Tikal was so weird sometimes, and Red felt like she spoke in riddles. What was with old people and speaking in riddles? It pissed Red off to no end. He took a long drag of his cigarette, relishing in the feeling of smoke filling his lungs. He gradually exhaled, tiling his head over to look at Tikal.
“Yeah, they could try harder, but they’re probably tired. They’re normal and boring. They don’t have any special powers or anything that makes them interesting. They get exhausted and some of them… just give up. That’s just how it is, I guess,” Red said, shrugging. The game was nice to watch, but after watching so many football games things kinda just seemed to blend together. Or he was getting tipsy. Hm.
“What’s your favorite sport, Tial… Tikal, fuck, sorry.”
She gave a.. strange sort of laugh to Red’s mistake, though it wasn’t at him or anything. This stuff was going to have an effect on her soon enough, anyway.
“My favorite sport? Well, there were a variety I was fond of.. one in particular is.. well, was like what you call soccer these days. Or perhaps.. bas-ket-ball. Like a combination. …Somewhat.” Four thousand years could do a thing or two to your memory. She seemed to remember it hazily.
“It involved a ball. But also two walls. Members had to fight to get it through a formidably narrow ring. The balls weren’t like those feather-weighted things you see today… They weighed like rocks. If you didn’t get fracture on any bone in your body after playing a full game, you were either blessed,” she explained, pausing to take a sip, “…or seen as a coward.”
“…Lunatic Hedgehogs made of th’ stuff sounds.. Delicious, actually.
“I’d just eat ‘em.”
“…Do you always see yourself as a burden? One could gibe their energy to another.. but why should you? I’ll.. be fine. What we need is rest. Besides that, don’t you understand what you’ve done? You found what you sought for. Countless others dream of finding this emerald, and here it is. Fate and fortune smiles upon you for hard work, and you say you’re not worthy? For saving the lives of this world and lives ahead? You’re a funny squirrel, Ray. My father would have much use for a warrior like you, especially one that doubles as a comedian.”
The wind howled some, dust irritating the echidna’s wounds just a bit. The sky, though dark, remained to be a lovely thing to see. It was quite a day for the both of them. Quite a time that Tikal probably wouldn’t forget any time soon.
“You’ve done a lot, Ray. Appreciate the fruit of your labor. It shouldn’t be too difficult to make a portal with this.” She said, handing him the emerald. “Only a few more to go, yes?” The thought of having to repeat this whole process sounded tiresome, but if that was what it’d take to fix this place, Tikal knew that Ray would by all means find the rest of the collection of gems. And of course, she’d always be willing to help.
An eyebrow raised. He wasn’t trying to be funny with that comment. Somehow he figured she knew that, and was just playing it off. He wasn’t sure what to make of the remark. Even with what he could do, he was no warrior. Ray was however, considering asking a Shadow alternate to teach him how to fight. They seemed to excel at using that kind of energy for fighting. If no one else, he would just as Chasey.
The emerald he was handed was a clear white tone. This meant he had the blue one, the purple one, and now the white one. Three down, four to go. With it came an increase in his own powers. Without the two that were already in his possession, Ray wasn’t sure he would have been able to do as much as he had just moments ago. “Yeah…” He commented. “I usually feel like a burden. I guess it doesn’t matter.”
“I’ll have to find them soon. We’re both searching for seven. I have three, he has five. He’s still two ahead of me. …But I don’t think I have the energy to do anything like this again… at least not now.” He shook his head, stashing the emerald in his scarf with all the others and carefully, Ray moved his arms around Tikal, shifting position so that he was carrying her bridal style. It took effort to stand up at first, but once he caught his balance he was fine. “Where do you want me to take you? I’m not going to just leave you here. I’ll make the portal and set you down wherever you want me to.”
“Hm.. I see- wh—” Woah okay. Alright. Although a bit nonplussed, she wasn’t going to protest to being carried around. Hell, that meant less walking, and her body was sore all over, as much as Tikal would hate to admit it. …He could’ve gave her a heads up, though. “I don’t.. know, actually.” Where to go? That usually required some thought. There was Mighty’s home, since she was always welcome to come and go from there. Then there was Chasey’s palace, which she actually.. hadn’t gone to yet. She knew the location, but the question was, did Ray?
“Chaos has a home deep beneath the sea. But I presume you’ve never been there. If you know of his zone in the least.. You can take me there. If not, just take me to your brother’s home. He told me you knew of an armadillo, correct?”
“Ahhhhh, I see…” Chaos nodded in response to the others explanation. He’d have to try that trick later. That’d make for a whole new level of practical jokes to pull on Tikal and others. He still wanted to get even with her teasing him some how, but he had another idea.
“Lets say however, that I wanted to coat an entity to look like myself. How would I go about doing that, if such a thing is possible?”
“Well you’d have to keep ‘em still. It’s easier t’do it on ourselves ‘cause we’re nothin but fluids an’ energy, but on other folk with flesh an’ all that, y’need them to not fidget too much or else they might come out a lil’.. Lil’. Yucky.” The thought of it would make Chasey feel sick to the stomach if he had one.
“Also, there’s a matter of whether or not they’d also let you shift their form, which would mostly be in th’case of full shiftin’, not just coatin. That can be a bit more tricky, an’ if ya wanna do that on someone unsuspectin’, that might hafta be knocked out first. Messin’ ‘round with another’s energy altogether ain’t simple stuff, y’know.”
Keep them still, eh? He could do that. Mobains don’t move much in their sleep. Still, he’d have to wait for someone he could impersonate to come around. Either way, he’d have to try it out later. For now he nodded his head and kept his alternate’s instructions in mind.
“I figured it wouldn’t be that simple, but I think I can use this technique in combination with a few others to develop new attack patterns… So I must thank you for your help!” The deity said, extending a hand for a shake.
And the hand was indeed shaken by a jolly Chasey. “Hee hee, you’re welcome! Anythin’ for a friend. Just be sure t’do it right.” He did in fact have a fear growing in the very back of his gelatinous brain that ol’ Chazzy here might do something.. bad with the suggestions he just gave him, but he did his best to shake off the worry.
“Anyhow, again, good luck with gettin’ Mighty an’ Mephy to take care of that egg. I’ll keep an’ eye on ‘em myself if things get outta hand.”
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“…Well okay. ..It would be best if you’d lead. I’d probably just get lost, never mind actually finding the.. store.” She appreciated Mighty coming along, she really did. Tikal always felt a little less stoic around Mighty’s enthusiastic attitude. She may as well be a bit more cheery herself. “Alright. This should be fun!”
Mighty laughed a little, taking another long sip of the tea Tikal had given him. He hadn’t been shopping in a while, and it would be fun to show Tikal around. Mighty smiled and nodded. “Yeah! It’ll be awesome. We’ll go to all the shops that catch your interest, okay?”
Mighty made his way into the kitchen and set his mug on the kitchen table. He already had his wallet, but he would need his keys. “The trip into town isn’t that long. We’ll be back before you know it!”
His keys were on the table by the couch, so he made his way there. He grabbed them and then turned to Tikal, smiling and motioning for her to follow. “Let’s hit it!”
“Okay. Okay! Wonderful.” It’s time to be confident. Time to have fun. We’re going to go to to town. We’re going to buy a pot. Maybe some other things. Mighty had money right? Had to be careful with the money. Was it really okay to go out like this? This was a good skirt, right? She’d blend right in.
Brushing those concerns aside, Tikal chirped, “Lead the way, Mighty!”
“Awuh, ‘got so many presents from my lil’ darlings. A son of mine got me th’most fab shoes, an’ one of my sweetheart daughters took over a kingdom in my name! Kids are just th’best, aren’t they~! It pays, bein’ a mama~! What about you, Tiks? Sent any prayers to your Mom?”
“You killed my mother. Along with everyone else.”
“…There. You jus’ ruined Mother’s Day f’me. Jus’like that.”
“You could give me some of the gifts you received to make up for my tragic loss.”
”..You’re kiddin’. We ain’t doin’ this, Tiks. Get some kids of your own.”