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Old 07-12-2017, 10:50 AM   #37
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Originally Posted by Marion Ette View Post
Fountain (Median Dia, Sandaa) – After sorting out her balance at the Check-In/Help Desk, Ami makes her way to the fountain. Beside the fountain is a small sign encouraging patrons to make wishes and offer coins to Jirachi - “Unlike other fountains, the wishes you make to Jirachi are guaranteed to come true... with enough coins, that is!” What an odd thing for a sign to say... and how odd to be so certain of Jirachi's wish-granting powers through this gaudy fountain! Even the signage at Jirachi's own Shrine was nowhere near as presumptuous of its ability to communicate to the little legend.

The little wish that escapes Ami's lips reverberates oddly throughout the casino – odd, considering that the acoustics in the space typically would not produce such an effect. As the coin flips into the water, Ami notices that the little gold coin is the odd-one out in a sea of larger, dark purple coins submerged in the fountain. For a brief moment, Ami can't shake the incredibly unsettling feeling that the statue is watching her – not from its eyes, but from the water-spewing “eye” on its stomach, which Ami notices is more round than it should be. In that brief moment, the water gushing forth from the eye stops – time itself, too, feels as if it stops, frozen in a single second, a round, red eye staring unblinking into Ami's very soul – only for the water to start again and the feeling to pass, though Ami's uneasiness remains.

A crackling, animatronic voice bursts forth from one of the smaller statues surrounding Jirachi – the Magikarp's robotic catchphrase seems to be, “If wishes were fishes, we'd all cast nets! Hyuk hyuk!” Its metallic fins move slowly, gratingly, back and forth. Perhaps other members of this statue crew had similar gimmicks, activated with enough coins...

Nadie looks visibly shaken – her psychic senses seem to have picked up something about this statue being very, very wrong. However, she has not deviated from her trainer's orders, and maintains her focus and composure – indeed, she has noticed something unusual about the fountain, and directs Ami's attention to her finding. The Jirachi statue's left eye is slightly different from the right – the left eye is made of a different material, and sticks out somewhat, like it could be pressed.

There could be more to this fountain... or it might be time to move on.

Meanwhile, a brief investigation of the window above the fountain by the intrepid Scurvy allows him to discover, much to his delight, that the star window can be opened... but only from inside. With substantial effort and dexterity, Scurvy opens the star window a crack, just enough so that someone else could pry it open from the outside. With his mission accomplished, Scurvy and Gary can continue straight ahead. Scurvy gains 1 level for his show of finesse.
Funny thing about undercover missions is that anything remotely suspicious you say seems to be far louder to yourself when you say it, even if it was just a whisper. And by 'funny', everyone means absolutely nerve wracking when they say that- nobody laughs when it happens unless it was some sort of lame ironic joke!

That wasn't the only peculiarity about the place she found right off the bat- far from it, in fact. For some odd reason, all the other coins in the fountain were... purple? Well, that certainly explained the account wipes- not even her Coin Case would be able to run its original use! At least she could use it as a bludgeoning weapon if things took a sharp turn for the worst...?

...Like right about now, apparently. The water spewing forth from the statue's bizarre tummy anatomy suddenly decided to stop flowing entirely for a brief moment, exposing the eerie red light within. It most certainly didn't feel like just a light, however. If the girl she fought in the Bedlam Quarry was disturbing because she seemed to look through her, this eldritch glare was freaky because it seemed to look into her- and not like an x-ray machine, at that. Ami felt like her very being was under scrutiny, along with all her misdoings both past and present...

An eternity seemed to pass before anything was allowed to move again. Ami jumped in surprise as the fountain began to flow with water again and something mechanical somewhere spat out the lame line "If wishes were fishes, we'd all cast nets! Hyuk hyuk!" alongside some horrible metallic grating sounds. Given what just happened, it seemed likely that this horrible fountain was hiding a secret camera in its third eye, which was all the more reason to bring Bell with her later.

Nadie was having a slightly better time of things, however, and brought her attention to the figure's left-most eye. While it looked the same as its twin at first glance, a closer look would've been enough to reveal that it was actually a switch of some sort. Of course, a creature that relied on echolocation wouldn't have been fooled in the first place, and she made sure to acknowledge his helpfulness in a way that wouldn't be picked up by any sort of voice recorder- she really didn't need more dirt against her.

A brief creaking noise from above was the next thing to catch her attention- an aipom had climbed up to a window in the ceiling and opened it, making reentry that much easier. Not a bad move to make in the slightest, not bad at all...

Of course, she no longer had any business with the fountain and needed to head elsewhere to avoid further suspicion. There were an awful lot of people taking the elevators, so that was naturally a no-go. But she didn't want to stick to just this main floor, either. 'Well, if the place has hidden cameras and switches, then it's only natural that there'd be something suspect going on below,' she thought to herself as she walked the metagross, opting to take the stairwell Downstairs with Nadie scanning the area for secrets the whole way. Hopefully this will be less stress-inducing than the fountain was...

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