So it wasn’t Boteg after all. Not surprising, considering that the only reason why Boteg would get a bunch of magical girls together would be to remove them from Penrose. Thing is, he lacked the back bone to do something on this grand a scale. At least Su thought so. Regardless, it did seem like they weren’t in any real danger at the moment. There was the possibility that everyone had been removed from Penrose so that something sinister could be done back home. But if that were the case, killing them all made more sense. Su would play nice for now, but she was skeptical about this whole thing.
However, Su did not have a lot of opportunities to interact with the girls of Penrose. Boteg was afraid of magical entities, and Veronica had told her to keep a low profile with her powers to avoid attracting the Mint. As a result, she typically avoided or fought most magical girls she encountered. Though over the past few weeks, that was becoming harder and harder to do. Between Charlie’s angels, Lupa, and the ghost twins, Su was interacting with magical girls more and more. But such interactions were always strange with Boteg nearby. This was her chance to get to know her neighbors without worrying about what her Patron would think.
None of the “events” Dan mentioned really interested her. She did take notice of Helga’s interest in Keijo. The sport sounded ridiculous, which was another way of saying it sounded like most of the girls present would be interested in it. ”No cooperating with our own island group?”
That was fine. Su had no interest in the sport, and knowing that she couldn’t ally with any of her friends gave her little reason to participate. She certainly wasn’t going to ally herself with Sophia or any of those Beacon girls. Simply participating in something so uncouth was below her, beyond the fact that she wasn’t very capable physically. But that didn’t mean she couldn’t play against
her friends. Su wasn’t sure why that made playing more interesting to her.”The stage show looks interesting.”
Su aproched Helga while saying this. She didn’t look at her, but she spoke a little louder than one typically does. ”I haven’t danced in a really long time. That would be fun.”
She placed her hands on her hips. ”But dancing by myself in front of so many strangers would be weird.”
She turned to look at Helga. ”Would you like to sing and dance with me?”
Su overheard Lily talking about a double date and her body tensed up. ”Actually, if you’d rather not, that’s fine. It’s your vacation too, and I’m sure Mika or Lupa would like to dance with me.”“Yay! We all won!”
Mika wasn’t sure how good the sun lotion tasted, but she was glad that she was getting an infinite supply of it. Her skin was already pretty tan, and she didn’t want to burn up much further than that. A shame Lupa and Hillaria hadn’t arrived yet, but that just meant she’d have to share with them. Maybe they could go to the beach and Mika could work the stuff into their skin. They deserved it for sacrificing their shot at the prize so that Mika could fly to victory.
Then Dan explained everything else. “We’re getting paid to have fun? It’s like Chunky Cheddar’s!”
Needless to say, that sounded like a pretty good deal to Mika. She had to make sure to get a Keijo match in, and all those other sports sounded good too. But first she needed to find some opponents. But before that, she needed to get ready for Hilaria and Lupa’s arrival. “Gunna grab some lotion, I’ll be right back!”
She got on all fours and ran towards the shop.@FamishedPants“Seems we were too late.”
Without any animals on the island to pick from, Lupa had to catch a seagull and transform into a giant version of one. She then made two clones of herself which Hilaria and her were able to sail to shore. Birds are able to fly because their bones are porous, and thus very light. They wouldn’t be able to fly to the island, but they were more than capable of floating ashore. “Well, I think you made Mika happy anyway.”
She stepped onto the beach. “Seems like there’s quite a gathering, maybe someone can fill us in.”
”Operation: Successful!”— Tetrad
Tetrad was quite pleased that no one had uncovered her hiding place yet. Given the circumstances, she anticipated that she would have been discovered much earlier. In a way, she was almost disappointed no one had found her. But that was fine.
She was able to hear everything Dan said. It all sounded too good to be true, bordering on suspicious. But Tetrad wasn’t one to say no to free money. Even if the money was a lie, she hadn’t had an opportunity to meet most of Penrose’s most popular faces. So this was her chance to meet as many people as possible. The temptation was to make the first move, but she was in hiding. No point in doing anything until she was discovered. Or got bored.@ERode@Rune_Alchemist
Veronica nodded to Amaryllis’s suggestion that all the girls came from Penrose, so the two of them meeting was nothing special. “I have not confirmed the location of all the magical girls present, but they do appear to all come from Penrose. In regards to forming alliances, I find that most magical girls are quick to ally with those they consider attractive or powerful, if not both. I’m not trying to flatter you, I’ve made an observation based on current trends.”
When she asked for Veronica’s name, she had turned to observed the dolphin. “I am Vermilion Veronica. ”
She looked back at Amaryllis. “We should probably be listening to the dolphin, let us descend and resume our conversation momentarily. ”
Veronica stood up and leaped out of her chair, Amaryllis following shortly afterwards.
Once Dan was done talking, Veronica turned back to face Amaryllis. “I had wanted to talk to you sooner, but you caught me at a bad time. I was hiding from the Mint using an alter ego while trying to monitor the city during the graveyard escapade. But to skip to why I approached you, I think it would benefit you to ally with my organization.”
She grinned. “Given the unique properties of this place, where our patrons are nowhere to be scene, it might even be possible for you to switch employers.”
She patted Amaryllis on the shoulder. “If you’re unhappy with your current arrangement that is. Cutting ties with a patron is fairly serious, and they won’t forgive you for it.”
Veronica looked towards Chloe and frowned. “I have to catch one of my former arrangements before she runs off. ”
Veronica started to walk away. “Enjoy your vacation. I hope we get a chance to talk more later.”
Veronica walked up to Chloe. “So”
She folded her hands behind her back. “Maybe when you’re done there, we can meet me by the elevated swimming pools. You and me, no spectators. There may be beverages involved.”@DarkwolfX37 ”Oh my!”
Betty placed a finger on her lower lip. ”There’s a lot to do! I just, wow.”
She folded her arms. ”There’s almost too much to choose from.”
She thumped her foot. ”Uh…”
Betty walked up to Shion again. ”Is there anything you wanted to do?”@Shifter_Master@t2wave@Flamelord
Regina laughed at Jenna’s remark about thinking outside the box. "Actually, I wouldn’t be surprised if someone else used a very similar method to get to the island. But creative or not, it worked, right?"
She nodded to Janet. "I saw the sign, I just didn’t want to do anything until the rest of you guys showed up. I’m so scared and all of this is really new."
She looked at Alicia when she neared. "Yup! It’s me!"
She approached Alicia and gave her a tight (yet brief) hug. Regina might have had a petite appearance, but she was surprisingly tall. "Let’s have lots of fun later!"
Regina gave one of Kimble’s tails a tug as she attempted to scoot by "Gotcha!"
She waved to Penny as she walked past. "Hey Penneh!"
Next up was Aurelio. Regina was able to pick up on his true emotions, regardless of how he tried to act. But she didn’t remark on it, instead choosing to embrace him in a tight hug. "Aurelio! I’m so glad you’re here!"
She let go of him to hug Sally. "And you too! Man, everything’s going to be great!"
She gave Aurelio a quick peck on the cheek before walking past them to greet Sylvia. But by this point she looked exhausted. "Yea, it takes a lot out of me to be this positive."
She cleared her throat and puffed out her chest. "But maybe if we all work together, we can beat this and have fun doing it!"
She turned around to run back towards Aurelio and Sally. "Yea, ring that bell, I’m kinda scared to do it."
After Dan explained everything, Regina placed her hands on her hips. "Well, I just realized something really cool."
She pointed at the arena. "Aurelio, you and I started on different islands, so we can play Keijo on the same team!"
She hugged him and laid her head on his shoulder, looking directly at Sally. "You should grab someone and fight against us, it would be a lot of fun!"
Abigail was watching everyone from the treeline. She was able to hear everything Dan said, but didn’t want to get involved with Regina again too soon if she could help it. That, and it seemed like there were a lot of monster girls present. "Hmmm…"
she placed her hands on her hips. "If Aurelio and Regina are going to play Keijo, I need to get on Sally’s side."
She pounded one fist into the other. "I’m sure if I beat him at Keijo, he’ll want to go on a date with me. I just have to convince Sally to attack Regina, which shouldn’t be too hard given Regina’s history."
Abigail lifted a hand to her chin. ”Unless she likes Aurelio. Then she might want to fight him and leave Regina to me. That would backfire considerably.”
She lowered her arms. ”I need to talk to Sally regardless. If there’s a Keijo fight involved with Aurelio, I need to be a part of it!”
The trees under Abigail rustled around. ”Huh? Who’s the-”
She was pulled behind the tree line.
In hindsight, that didn’t work out so well.
It was a simple idea. Binky had made the world’s largest bowl of ramen soup. She then removed all of the noodles and emptied the broth into the sea, creating a giant boat. All Binky had to do was push it into the water, and use the oversized spoon as an ore to row to land. Binky had made a few oversights however. The bowl was perfectly round and flat on the bottom. When Binky tried to use the giant plastic spoon as an ore, it just caused the “boat” to spin instead of moving it in any particular direction. This put Binky at the mercy of the incoming waves, which appeared to be moving away from the central island. It was too late to do anything, as Binky’s mana reserves were quite low after making such a big bowl of ramen. She also had a hard time looking anywhere, as the sun’s rays were reflected off the white walls of the bowl directly into Binky’s eyes. She created a much smaller bowl of ramen to wear overhead to shield herself from the incoming rays.”I’m okay.”
She told herself. ”I’m okay.”
Penrose was a rather chaotic place. For the most part, that was because so many magical beings had taken interest in it. But just by removing the magical girls, things had calmed down considerably. Even to the point where a once timid dragon felt okay just taking a stroll by the interior swimming pools in his own establishment. ”This be a blessed day!”