The Legend of Zelda: The Gently Used Headset (Part the Seventh)

Galleons, are you ready for THE LONGEST MINI GAME OF ALL TIME?!

For the record, mini games like this always drive me crazy in games, so I had to make this long and frustrating, to (in my opinion) accurately portray them in this story.

Also, I invented a goddamn card game for you people. BE GRATEFUL.

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(09:40) Sam: *doo dee doodly dooooo*

(09:41) Alissa: YAY

(09:41) Sam: (load last save? Y/N)

(09:41) Alissa: Yes!

(09:43) Sam: Terr dealt six cards to both himself and Zeldissa, then placed the remainder of the deck in the center of the table.

(09:43) Sam: (Your hand: 3 peasants, 2 courtiers, 1 Lord)

(09:43) Sam: Terr gestured toward Zeldissa. “Your move.”

(09:43) Sam: “Uh… how do you play this game?” she asked. She had never seen its like before.

(09:44) Sam: “The goal is simple,” Terr said. “You need to gather the royal court together in one hand. “King, Queen, Lord, Lady, Knight, and Wizard. Whoever gathers the court first wins.”

(09:44) Sam: “That’s it?”

(09:45) Sam: “Ah, but there is only one King and one Queen in the deck,” Terr said. “And the deck is mostly comprised of peasants and courtiers, who will do nothing for you.”

(09:45) Sam: “Great…”

(09:46) Sam: “On your turn, you may discard up to three cards and draw back up to your hand of 6. OR you may trade one of your cards for one of your opponents’.”

(09:46) Sam: “Okay, I think I get it” Zeldissa said.

(09:48) Sam: “There are also two Fools in the deck,” Terr said. “Fools can go anywhere, as nobody pays them much heed. As a result, you can discard a Fool, which lets you look through the top five cards in the draw pile. You can then select whichever card you want to complete your hand of six.”

(09:49) Sam: (do you understand the game? Y/N)

(09:50) Alissa: Yes

(09:50) Sam: “I think I’m all set,” Zeldissa said. Terr grinned.

(09:50) Sam: “Then let us begin. It’s your turn.”

(09:50) Sam: (Discard and draw or trade a card with opponent?)

(09:52) Alissa: Discard

(09:53) Sam: (discard how many cards? 1? 2? 3?)

(09:54) Alissa: 3 (2 peasants and a courtier if I can choose)

(09:55) Sam: (of course you can choose)

(09:55) Sam: Zeldissa discard two peasants and a courtier and drew three new cards.

(09:56) Sam: (Your hand: 2 peasants, 2 courtiers, 1 Lord, 1 Knight)

(09:56) Sam: Terr smiled at her across the table. “You’re smiling. You got something good. I think I should try to take it from you.”

(09:57) Sam: Terr reached across the table and deftly plucked a card out of Zeldissa’s hand, then slid one of his own across the table to take its place.

(09:57) Sam: (Your hand: 1 peasant, 3 courtiers, 1 Lord, 1 Knight)

(09:58) Sam: “Better luck next time,” Zeldissa said sweetly.

(09:58) Sam: (your turn: discard/draw or trade card with opponent?)

(09:58) Alissa: discard the 3 courtiers

(09:59) Sam: “I don’t think you have anything I need,” Zeldissa said, discarding three courtiers and drawing three more cards from the draw pile.

(10:00) Sam: (Your hand: 2 peasants, 1 Lord, 1 Lady, 2 Knights)

(10:00) Sam: “Oh, now we both know that’s not true,” Terr said, discarding two cards and drawing new ones. “Otherwise, we wouldn’t be engaged in this delightful competition.”

(10:01) Sam: (Your turn: Discard/draw or trade card with opponent?)

(10:01) Alissa: trade a peasant

(10:01) Sam: (select card position from Terr’s hand: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6?)

(10:02) Alissa: 3

(10:02) Sam: Zeldissa plucked the third card from Terr’s hand, then slid a courtier across the table to him.

(10:02) Alissa: (peasant)

(10:03) Sam: (I was about to correct that, pedantic player)

(10:03) Sam: (PEASANT, not courtier)

(10:04) Sam: (Your hand: 1 peasant, 1 courtier, 1 Lady, 2 Lords, 1 Knight)

(10:04) Sam: (I mean 1 peasant, 1 courtier, 1 Lady, 1 Lord, 2 Knights)

(10:04) Sam: (The narrator really sucks at keeping track of the cards)

(10:05) Sam: Terr smirked. “Not much of a trade, was it?”

(10:06) Sam: With that smirk firmly in place, Terr held up one of the cards in his hand and flipped it to show Zeldissa. A Fool.

(10:06) Sam: He discarded it, set his hand down, then took the top five cards on the discard pile and looked at them.

(10:07) Sam: “Oh, would you look at that,” he said, still smiling. He selected one and put the remaining four back in the draw pile (and yes, I meant the draw pile before, it’s really hard to write out a damn card game).

(10:10) Sam: (Your turn: Discard/draw or trade card with opponent?)

(10:10) Alissa: trade a peasant

(10:11) Sam: (Select card position 1-6)

(10:11) Alissa: 6

(10:11) Sam: (You suck at this)

(10:12) Sam: (Your hand: 1 Lord, 1 Lady, 2 Knights, 2 courtiers)

(10:14) Sam: Terr tutted at her. “You’ll need to up your game if you want to beat me.”

(10:14) Sam: He discards 3 cards and draws three new ones from the draw pile.

(10:15) Sam: (Your turn: Discard/draw or trade?)

(10:16) Alissa: Trade a courtier with card#2

(10:17) Sam: Zeldissa snatched card #2 from Terr and slid a courtier across the table to him. She saw the faintest furrowing of his brow.

(10:17) Sam: (Your hand: 1 Lord, 1 Lady, 2 Knights, 1 Wizard, 1 courtier)

(10:18) Sam: “You seem pretty confident,” Terr said. “Perhaps a little too confident.”

(10:18) Sam: He plucked a card from Zeldissa’s hand and slid another across the table to her.

(10:19) Sam: (Your hand: 1 Lord, 2 Knights, 1 Wizard, 2 courtiers)

(10:20) Sam: (Your turn: Discard/Draw or Trade?)

(10:20) Alissa: discard 2 courtiers

(10:21) Sam: (Your hand: 1 King, 1 Lord, 2 Knights, 1 Wizard, 1 peasant)

(10:22) Sam: Terr stared hard at Zeldissa, but she made sure nothing showed on her face. She would not let him know she’d drawn such an important card.

(10:23) Sam: Terr could read nothing on our heroine’s puh-puh-puh-poker face. Slowly, he discarded 3 cards and drew to replace them.

(10:24) Sam: (Your turn: Discard/draw or trade?)

(10:25) Alissa: trade the peasant with card #4

(10:25) Sam: (oh damn)

(10:25) Sam: (Your hand: 1 King, 1 Queen, 1 Lord, 2 Knights, 1 Wizard)

(10:26) Sam: Zeldissa was SO CLOSE to victory. She could taste it. It tasted like lemonade and sunshine and JOY.

(10:27) Sam: Terr scowled. “I don’t think so, little lady.”

(10:27) Sam: He plucked a card from her hand and slid another across the table to her.

(10:28) Sam: (Your hand: 1 King, 1 Queen, 2 Knights, 1 Wizard, 1 courtier)

(10:28) Sam: Zeldissa was disappointed, but at least he hadn’t selected a king or queen.

(10:28) Sam: (Your turn: Discard/draw or trade?)

(10:28) Alissa: discard the courtier

(10:29) Sam: (Your hand: 1 King, 1 Queen, 2 Knights, 1 Wizard, 1 Fool)

(10:29) Sam: (We must now take a brief hiatus)

(10:29) Sam: (As it is my lunch time)

(14:22) Sam: (resuming)

(14:23) Sam: Terr sat there for a few moments, glancing back and forth between his hand and Zeldissa’s face. He was waiting for her to crack.

(14:23) Sam: But she didn’t. Girl kept her cool.

(14:27) Sam: Terr growled under his breath and discarded three cards.

(14:29) Sam: (Your turn: Draw/Discard, Trade, Use Fool?)

(14:30) Alissa: Use fool

(14:30) Sam: Zeldissa smiled, pulled the Fool from her hand, and turned it to face Terr.

(14:30) Sam: He seemed upset

(14:30) Sam: Still smiling, Zeldissa drew the top five cards from the draw deck.

(14:31) Sam: (courtier, Lord, courtier, peasant, courtier)

(14:31) Sam: (I wonder which one you’ll pick?)

(14:31) Sam: (those courtiers looks awfully tempting)

(14:31) Alissa: Lord, lol

(14:31) Sam: (*look)

(14:32) Sam: Zeldissa put one card in her hand, then replaced the other four on the draw pile

(14:32) Sam: (Your hand: 1 King, 1 Queen, 1 Lord, 2 Knights, 1 Wizard)

(14:33) Sam: “You were awfully quick in your selection there,” Terr said. “I don’t know if anything in the draw pile is really worth my time.”

(14:33) Sam: Terr reached across the table and selected a card from Zeldissa’s hand, then slid a new one over to her.

(14:34) Sam: (Your hand: 1 King, 1 Lord, 2 Knights, 1 Wizard, 1 courtier)

(14:34) Sam: (Your turn: Discard/Draw or Trade?)

(14:34) Alissa: trade the courtier

(14:34) Alissa: for…

(14:34) Alissa: #5

(14:34) Sam: (select card 1-6)

(14:35) Sam: (oh, look at you go, anticipating the narrator’s lines)

(14:35) Sam: Zeldissa, in turn, plucked a card from Terr’s hand and slid a courtier over to him.

(14:37) Sam: (Your hand: 1 King, 1 Lord, 1 Lady, 2 Knights, 1 Wizard)

(14:37) Sam: Terr frowned. For a con man, he appeared to have a terrible poker face. Or did he?

(14:38) Sam: He reached across the table, grabbed a card, and slid a new one to Zeldissa.

(14:42) Sam: (Your hand: 1 King, 1 Lord, 1 Lady, 1 Knight, 1 Wizard, 1 peasant)

(14:42) Sam: (Your turn: Draw/Discard or Trade?)

(14:43) Alissa: Trade the peasant for #1

(14:43) Sam: (Your hand: 1 King, 1 Lord, 2 Ladies, 1 Knight, 1 Wizard)

(14:44) Sam: Terr reached across the table and plucked a card from Zeldissa’s hand, sliding a new one over to her.

(14:45) Sam: (Your hand: 1 Lord, 2 Ladies, 1 Knight, 1 Wizard, 1 courtier)

(14:45) Sam: (Your turn: Draw/Discard or Trade?)

(14:45) Alissa: trade the courtier for #6

(14:45) Sam: (Your hand: 1 Lord, 2 Ladies, 1 Knight, 2 Wizards)

(14:46) Sam: Terr smiled. “You are REALLY avoiding that draw pile. Must not be worth my time.” He selected one of her cards, then slid a new one over to her.

(14:47) Sam: (Your hand: 1 Lord, 2 Ladies, 2 Wizards, 1 courtier)

(14:47) Sam: (Your turn: Draw/Discard or Trade?)

(14:48) Alissa: discard a wizard a courtier and a lady

(14:48) Sam: (bold)

(14:48) Sam: Zeldissa discarded three cards, then drew three more.

(14:49) Sam: (Your hand: 1 Lord, 1 Lady, 1 Wizard, 2 courtiers, 1 peasant)

(14:49) Sam: Zeldissa smiled at Terr. “You were saying?”

(14:49) Sam: Terr’s own grin wavered. He was confused- was her hand good or bad? What was her game?

(14:49) Sam: Hesitantly, he discarded one card and drew another.

(14:50) Sam: (Your turn: Draw/Discard or Trade?)

(14:50) Sam: (note that the draw pile is getting awfully small…)

(14:50) Alissa: discard the 2 courtiers and the peasant

(14:51) Sam: (Your hand: 1 Lord, 1 Lady, 1 Wizard, 3 courtiers)

(14:51) Sam: (it’s a big court, you know- lots of fawning to be done over the royals)

(14:52) Sam: Terr frowned, reached over, and selected a card from her hand before sliding a new one to our heroine.

(14:52) Sam: (Your hand: 1 Lord, 1 Lady, 1 Wizard, 3 courtiers… still)

(14:52) Sam: (Your turn: Discard/Draw or Trade?)

(14:52) Alissa: Trade a courtier back

(14:52) Sam: (for which card?)

(14:52) Alissa: for #4..

(14:53) Sam: Zeldissa still smiled easily (even though her hand was… not great) and plucked the fourth card from Terr. His frown deepened as she slid a courtier to him.

(14:53) Sam: (Your hand: 1 Queen, 1 Lord, 1 Lady, 1 Wizard, 2 courtiers)

(14:54) Sam: Terr discarded one card and drew another.

(14:54) Sam: (Your turn: Discard/Draw or Trade?)

(14:54) Alissa: Discard both courtiers

(14:54) Sam: Zeldissa also discarded and drew two new cards.

(14:55) Sam: (Your hand: 1 Queen, 1 Lord, 1 Lady, 1 Wizard, 1 courtier, 1 peasant)

(14:55) Sam: (please note there are only 4 cards left in the draw pile)

(14:56) Sam: Terr sat there for a while, debating. Discard or trade?

(14:56) Sam: Finally, he discarded one card and drew another.

(14:56) Sam: (Your turn: Discard/Draw or Trade?)

(14:57) Alissa: Trade the courtier for #2

(14:57) Sam: Zeldissa reached over, took card 2, and gave a new card to Terr.

(14:58) Sam: (Your hand: 1 Queen, 2 Lords, 1 Lady, 1 Wizard, 1 peasant)

(14:58) Sam: Terr seemed frustrated. “Why don’t you just give up now? This information cannot possibly be worth such a long and aggravating game.”

(14:58) Sam: (give up or keep playing?)

(14:59) Alissa: Keep playing, I want him to reveal himself as Marshall (:<

(14:59) Sam: (whoa there- nobody said that)

(14:59) Sam: “Oh no,” Zeldissa smirked. “This is fun. I’m enjoying watching you squirm.”

(15:00) Sam: Terr grumbled and reached across the table for a card.

(15:01) Sam: (Your hand: 1 Queen, 2 Lords, 1 Lady, 1 Wizard, 1 courtier)

(15:01) Sam: (Your turn: Discard/Draw or Trade?)

(15:01) Alissa: discard a lord (there’s only a few cards left, or one?)

(15:01) Alissa: (I don’t remember)

(15:01) Sam: (3 cards are left in the draw pile)

(15:02) Sam: (is that your move?)

(15:02) Alissa: Yes

(15:02) Sam: Zeldissa discarded one card and drew another

(15:02) Sam: (Your hand: 1 Queen, 1 Lord, 1 Lady, 1 Wizard, 1 courtier, 1 peasant)

(15:03) Sam: Terr tossed two cards down and grabbed the last two from the draw pile.

(15:04) Sam: (Your turn: Discard/Draw or Trade?)

(15:05) Sam: (actually, never mind- there’s nothing to draw)

(15:05) Sam: (I got distracted by a work question- the narrator apologizes)

(15:05) Sam: With no cards in the Draw deck, all Zeldissa could do was select a card from Terr’s hand and hope for the best.

(15:05) Sam: (choose: 1-6)

(15:05) Alissa: Trade the peasant for #1

(15:06) Sam: (Your hand: 1 Queen, 1 Lord, 1 Lady, 1 Wizard, 1 courtier, 1 peasant)

(15:06) Sam: *psst* Yuniss said in a very low voice. So low only Zeldissa could hear.

(15:06) Sam: *psst*

(15:06) Sam: *If you were to casually place me on the table, I could see through the cards and help you.*

(15:07) Sam: Zeldissa wasn’t aware that was a power held by pixel pixies, but she didn’t think Yuniss was lying to her.

(15:07) Sam: (do you sneak Yuniss onto the table and cheat? or do you play fair?)

(15:08) Alissa: Hm.. as tempting as it is to be fair I’m going to cheat lol

(15:09) Sam: Zeldissa, while often a noble heroine, was really tired of this stupid game. And she needed to win.

(15:10) Sam: So, she slipped the COMPLETELY ROYALTY APPROVED communication device up her sleeve and sneakily deposited it behind a vase when after Terr selected his next card from her hand.

(15:10) Sam: (Your hand: 1 Queen, 1 Lord, 1 Lady, 1 Wizard, 1 courtier, 1 peasant)

(15:10) Sam: Zeldissa snuck a glance down at Yuniss. All sneaky like.

(15:11) Sam: Yuniss held up 3 tiny digital digits (digitalits? digitals? whatever)

(15:11) Sam: (Your move- you know the drill)

(15:11) Alissa: Trade a courtier for #3

(15:12) Sam: Zeldissa confidently grabbed card three and gave Terr a courtier.

(15:12) Sam: (Your hand: 1 Queen, 1 Lord, 1 Lady, 1 Knight, 1 Wizard, 1 peasant)

(15:12) Sam: Terr reached over and grabbed a card as well.

(15:13) Sam: (Your hand: 1 Queen, 1 Lord, 1 Lady, 1 Knight, 1 Wizard, 1 courtier… boy’s got some bad luck)

(15:13) Sam: Again, Zeldissa looked down at Yuniss. She held up 6 little fingers.

(15:13) Sam: (Your turn)

(15:13) Alissa: Trade the courtier for #6 

(15:14) Sam: Once again, Zeldissa brashly grabbed a card and tossed another to Terr.

(15:14) Sam: (Your hand: 1 Queen, 1 Lord, 1 Lady, 1 Knight, 1 Wizard, 1 courtier)

(15:14) Sam: Yuniss doubled over in silent laughter.

(15:14) Sam: Terr reached over and selected a card.

(15:15) Sam: (Your hand: 1 Queen, 1 Lord, 1 Lady, 1 Knight, 2 courtiers)

(15:15) Sam: Zeldissa glared down at Yuniss, who was wiping pixelated tears from her eyes.

(15:15) Sam: “Something wrong?” Terr asked, smiling again.

(15:15) Sam: “Just thinking,” Zeldissa muttered. Yuniss held up 5 fingers.

(15:16) Sam: (Your turn- trust the tricksy little pixie or choose on your own?)

(15:16) Alissa: Trade a courtier for… #2

(15:17) Sam: Zeldissa, still glaring, reached over and pointedly did NOT take card 5. Take that, terrible sidekick.

(15:17) Sam: (Your hand: 1 Queen, 1 Lord, 1 Lady, 1 Knight, 1 Wizard, 1 courtier)

(15:17) Sam: Terr frowned and reached over.

(15:18) Sam: (Your hand: 1 Queen, 1 Lord, 1 Lady, 1 Knight, 1 Wizard, 1 peasant)

(15:18) Sam: “SERIOUSLY?!” Terr shouted

(15:18) Sam: Zeldissa smirked

(15:18) Sam: And looked down at Yuniss

(15:18) Sam: The pixie appeared grumpy. She stomped her foot and held up 5 emphatic fingers.

(15:18) Sam: (Your turn- trust Yuniss or go your own way again?)

(15:19) Alissa: Ugh, I’ll trade the peasant for #5

(15:19) Sam: Unsure if this was the right decision, Zeldissa reached over, grabbed card 5 and slid another one over to Terr. His eyes widened.

(15:19) Sam: Zeldissa looked at the card she’d selected.

(15:20) Sam: With a Cheshire Cat smile, she laid out her hand:

(15:20) Sam: 1 King, 1 Queen, 1 Lord, 1 Lady, 1 Knight, 1 Wizard

(15:20) Sam: “The court is assembled” she said. “I win.”

(15:22) Sam: (time to do a stealth check to see if Zeldissa can slip Yuniss back in her sleeve without Terr noticing)

(15:22) Sam: (consulting the 8 Ball…)

(15:26) Sam: Zeldissa attempted to slip her COMPLETELY ROYALTY APPROVED communication device up her sleeve

(15:26) Sam: And bobbled it, sending Yuniss spinning across the table.

(15:26) Sam: *I’m gonna be sick!* the pixie shrieked.

(15:26) Sam: Terr looked down in surprise.

(15:30) Sam: “Is that… a pixel pixie?” he gasped. “Did you… cheat?!”

(15:30) Sam: (did you?)

(15:30) Alissa: NOPE

(15:31) Sam: “Of cc…ccourse… not” Zeldissa stammered, unable to lie well when Terr was staring her down.

(15:31) Sam: For a beat, Terr didn’t say anything.

(15:32) Sam: Then, he burst out laughing. Genuine laughter. And his smile was real, not the smile of a con artist reeling in a mark.

(15:32) Sam: “I didn’t think you had it in you, little hero,” Terr laughed. “You CHEATED. Oh, that is rich.”

(15:32) Sam: “I…I did not,” Zeldissa said, but she flushed red. Terr laughed harder.

(15:33) Sam: “Okay, fine,” she said. “I cheated. Just a little. At the end. But I really need to know where Marshall is and I KNOW you know something.”

(15:33) Sam: Terr stopped laughing, but he was still smiling slightly.

(15:33) Sam: “Haven’t you figured it out yet?” he asked. “I am Marshall.”

(15:33) Sam: (ooo- dramatic reveal)

(15:33) Sam: (that was totally ruined by the far-too-smart player character)

(15:36) Sam: “You’re Marshall?” Zeldissa was puzzled. “But Marshall’s only been missing a few weeks. Haven’t you been here a lot longer than that? Everyone seems to know you.”

(15:36) Sam: Terr shrugged. “I show up in a lot of places- people learned who I was pretty quick.”

(15:37) Sam: “But why didn’t you send word to your sister?” Zeldissa asked. “She’s worried sick about you.”

(15:37) Sam: “No she’s not,” Terr said. “I sent a letter to her after I got here. Told her I was tired of Lobi and wasn’t coming back. She’s just being dramatic.”

(15:38) Sam: “…You think it’s possible the letter might have, oh, gotten lost on the way?” Zeldissa asked innocently. “Maybe in the Natgrid Forest, which has been… more active than usual, as of late?”

(15:39) Sam: “I…” Terr paused. “I guess I hadn’t thought of that. I was so busy creating my new identity and making a life here that I never thought about what might happen if my sister never got the letter.”

(15:39) Sam: “Would it have killed you to go back and visit? Just to say goodbye?” Zeldissa pressed.

(15:40) Sam: “If I went back, she’d guilt me into staying,” he said. “I don’t want to go back to that life. I love it here. And people love me.”

(15:40) Sam: “And so do their coin purses, right?”

(15:40) Sam: “Well, that too” Terr grinned. “A man’s gotta eat.”

(15:40) Sam: “Why were you so reluctant to tell me you were Marshall?”

(15:41) Sam: “Because I didn’t want anyone to associate me with some country boy from Lobi,” Terr said. “I spent a lot of time setting up my new identity and you barged in here and tried to ruin it.”

(15:41) Sam: “I didn’t know” Zeldissa argued. “Anyway, what do you want me to tell your sister?”

(15:42) Sam: “Tell her…” Terr paused. “This may sound bad, but I don’t really want her to visit me. That part of my life is over. Could you tell her that I died or something?”

(15:42) Sam: “You want me to LIE to your sister and tell her you’re DEAD?!”

(15:42) Sam: “Well, yeah.”

(15:42) Sam: “She’ll be heartbroken!” Zeldissa cried.

(15:42) Sam: “Eh, she’ll get over it,” Terr shrugged.

(15:43) Sam: “You are AWFUL,” Zeldissa said. “I can’t believe you!”

(15:44) Sam: “Did you ever stop to think that maybe we weren’t as close as you assume?” Terr asked. “My sister and I never had a great relationship. But I think, deep down, she’d want me to be happy. And THIS will make me happy. And she’ll be just fine without me- I was just a burden to her anyway.”

(15:44) Sam: “I don’t…” Zeldissa sputtered. “I can’t tell her you’re dead, Terr. That would be WRONG.”

(15:45) Sam: “Wrong? Like cheating at cards is wrong?” he asked. Zeldissa sighed and Terr reached across the table and took her hand in his. “Listen, I’m not always a good guy. I know that. But I need you to do this for me. PLEASE.”

(15:46) Sam: His big brown eyes stared into hers, sorrowful and hopeful.

(15:46) Sam: “Please help me, Zeldissa.”

(15:46) Sam: “I’ll… I don’t know, Terr,” she muttered, pulling her hand away. “I’ll think about it.”

(15:46) Sam: Terr nodded.

(15:47) Sam: “Fair enough,” he said. “At least let me buy you a drink- they sell a fizzy cola here that will blow your mind.”

(15:47) Sam: “No thank you,” our heroine said gently. “I’m just going to… go for a walk.”

(15:48) Sam: Zeldissa stepped outside and let the cool breeze waft over her. It was evening now, and the crowds from earlier had dissolved. Only a few people scurried about now, trying to get home to their families after a long day of work.

(15:48) Sam: “What should I do, Yuniss?” Zeldissa asked. But for once, the pixie was silent.

(15:49) Sam: Zeldissa knew that, no matter what, she needed to go speak with Terr’s… Marshall’s sister. She pulled out the traveling stone from her bag.

(15:49) Sam: (fast travel to Lobi? Y/N)

(15:49) Alissa: Yes

(15:49) Sam: (shwoosh. glimmer. sigh)

(15:50) Sam: Zeldissa walked down the main (and only) street of Lobi and soon found herself standing in front of Marshall’s sister’s door.

(15:50) Sam: Zeldissa knocked and the door opened almost immediately.

(15:50) Sam: “Oh, adventurer!” the woman cried, gathering her up in an extremely uncomfortable hug. “Do you have news of my brother?”

(15:51) Sam: (Tell her Marshall is dead? Or tell her the truth?)

(15:51) Alissa: The truth

(15:51) Sam: (really? you’ll cheat at cards, but NOW you’re being all honorable?)

(15:52) Alissa: (lol she doesn’t deserve that kind of devastation, the cards weren’t someone!)

(15:52) Alissa: Can I choose to not tell her where he is though?

(15:52) Sam: Zeldissa looked at the woman. While she liked Terr and wanted him to be happy, telling this woman her brother was dead was just too cruel.

(15:53) Sam: “Yeah, I found him,” Zeldissa said. When the woman went to exclaim, our heroine held up a hand to silence her.

(15:53) Sam: “He… he’s making a life of his own now,” she said. “He loves you and he will miss you, but he needs to go his own way. I’m afraid Marshall won’t be coming back.”

(15:54) Sam: “Oh,” the woman said quietly.

(15:54) Sam: “I want you to know he’s happy, though,” Zeldissa said. “And maybe one day soon he’ll realize he can have both his new life AND his family. And he’ll come back and visit. But until then… if you love him, just give him his space.”

(15:58) Sam: “Okay, the woman said, her eyes shining with tears. “I’m just glad to know he’s safe. Thank you.”

(15:58) Sam: “Uh… you’re welcome”

(15:59) Sam: “I know it’s not much, but please, take this,” the woman said. She handed Zeldissa a bag of… assorted items. Really random stuff. There might be a lizard in there.

(15:59) Sam: Zeldissa decided to just thank the woman and walk away. She’d check out her loot later.

(15:59) Sam: (It’s late. Save game? Y/N)

(15:59) Alissa: Yes!

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