Saint for Rent – To Lay Down One’s Life for Cat’s Nine

Look how pretty this is? Just look at it! The story is a fair draw-in, as well, since it’s like taking the clunkiness of Potter-style travel, and spins it with Time! Plus, who can deny flash animation, I ask you? NOT I…at least not this time, this webcomic’s fun from the start.

First Saint is introed as being the proprietor of a Time Travel Inn, which people and others visit by going through the closet. Saint isn’t one by nature, but feels he wouldn’t turn down a saintship due to the sorts of requests he was asked to fulfilled by some of his customers to stop in. When 1 of them asks him to use a wand to kill a monster, it and she disappear upon he acquiescing, but is then greeted by a popping-into-his-timezone cat. Once he gets insight from different time inn-owners as to what the cat was (a real cat) and why it’d come, Saint believing it could’ve been the Asian girl whom’d asked for his help, 1 of the future inn-owners confirming its catdom. When the cat jumps off and starts becoming like a billy goat, making it difficult to reclaim her again, presuming the kitty is a girly, 1 of the other people watching him lose the cat as she sits off in a far up spot, decides he had better things to do then chase her down. Armand commenting on plumbing work needing to get done, Saint glad he was offering to help *Wink wink* . They then attempt speaking Spanish at it, since it was rumored cats were suckers for one of the Lurv languages.

Meanwhile, as he’s checking the first room for the disappeared monster, kitty comes back and brings with her another traveler wanting Saint to kill a monster, he now equipped with sword. Saint goes out and sees Armand wrassling with a monster, perhaps not the monster, he claiming he’d been trying to help Saint get his little miss kitty back. Armand scares Saint as he’s pushed by this monster over the edge of the 2nd floor, but he stating he still was handling the situation, even though he’s being watched by guests down below who look terrified at his descent, 2 men finding a sack to break his fall with. 1 of the guys mentions how this was how you used time travel to save your own ass; not actually understanding how this occurred. They then advise Saint to kill it by stabbing the head, he uncertain with its odd acting movements, which involves he getting wrapped by its flexible limb, the others debating how best to help him. Kitty distracts it for a mo., then confusingly, the cat turns into a girl, whom is caught by one of the guys on the first floor, Saint coming soon after. He then considering the best option for the monster is to probably bury it with flowers, he having lived through this 3 times before another fella thinking of stuffing it in the closet. Then it’s clearer of Armand’s future self having helped to catch those who’d fallen and 1 of em was returning to their time.

Saint was more concerned with his inn no longer being more damaged than it already was, but then soon deflated with not only future Armand leaving, but many of the other guests, this-time Armand deciding it was shower power and expected Saint to handle lunch by the time he was out, Saint a bit let down by all his guests leaving so abruptly, but Armand making the good point of they probably not interested in residing with a monster, Saint hoping this didn’t garner bad reviews. Then kitty fetches Saint’s pops manacle, which hadn’t been a part of his inheritance, wondering where puddy had found it. The saved girl then declares the monster had been carrying it, insulting Saint’s intelligence, which he suavely knocks back with his skills in the kitchen, brunch being a good showoff mo.

This is the 1st 40 pages which is listed on Goodreads, but I’ll be including the Travel Log, since the next book starts after this chapter, or tagalong ch., anyways.The Travel Log takes place in the future.

Armand is the only one and, and is interrupted by a time cop/Reaper when he declares the host is out, but Reaper is apparently troubled by present-Armand, whom tries to get out of taking responsibility for Reaper stating his time-traveling license had expired, he then confiding how Armand would have a stroke in under a minute. Armand realizes future fella is the Reaper, he preferring the title of time police, Armand also asking respectfully to not get taken out just yet. Then Armand reveals he has important info which’d help him claim an important immortal, upon investigating this claim, Reaper wanting more deets. When Armand falls and hits his head, learning Reaper had stopped time within half a second of his fatality, he decides to go along with him and help, Reaper stating how if he introed himself properly, Armand wouldn’t be able to say his name, anyways, so gives the name Casimir Demort, the last fellow time-traveler’s name for him. Armand then suggests they go to The Helen Inn, Armand’s first hotel, which’d allow them to get to where they could find this immortal, Armand reminded how he’d been 17 when he’d started at Helen’s.

This is the last part before the 2nd book! Dang, I like it, the art and coloring, much more flash ani. than I thought there’d be, which makes it a little confusing for me, but I guess it’s a part of the draw, since the story apparently gets easier to follow with the 2nd reading. I’m digging it, though and I’ll definitely follow from here on!

 

 

 

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Cucumber Quest (Vol. 5 Webcomic, Ch. 4)

The Quartet make it back to the Crystal Kingdom and get some warm clothes before checking in with the other Princess to make certain she hadn’t been accosted by a Disaster master. This princess was aware and had been planning on confront Quakemaster, Almond squeeing over witnessing princess fight possibility. Carrot is wondering at this princess’s ability to overtake this other disaster master, what with being more powerful than the previous, she sticking to her guns and Peridot attempting to act all suave and mysterious has it ruined again by Almond. Peridot reveals how they’re going for the master which edges out even Double Night, so when she biffs off, the group decides to split up their efforts, Almond sticking with her bro, which will also piss off Peridot, since it’d mean she wouldn’t be facing her.

Whilst Cuco and Almond are walking along, they get into a fight about how things went down with the Double Night, Cuco admitting Almond’s blame in this whole adventure, she walking off and Nautilus attempting to lighten her up with a little reminder how she could’ve done better to warn them during more opportune moments, as well and she needed Almond’s skills in order to protect her, so she should get her head straight. They then walk directly to Cordelia and Peridot looking suave, but not for long when Cordelia reads the message Double Night left in her book she’d been planning to call the Forsaken Master. Cordelia realizes her mistake, but next Cuco and Almond are trapped together, she admitting how she still believed the Double Night was attempting to trick him, but not liking how it came out, her words getting jumbled, Cuco understanding, and then the 2 walking through to a lighted area.

They are addressed by a disembodied voice, it going for a specific fear, neither one seemed aware it was going for this, it trying other ways as the 2 remain confused. They begin to crack up and then hear Nautilus, following her laugh, she inviting them to watch an emotionally dippy movie. They must endure a dull new fear on each elevator floor, the creature either getting the meaning wrong, or it not being scary. Cordelia meanwhile doesn’t understand this master’s failure, looking to the end of the book and it basically relating how he was kidding. Peridot hysterically laughing. The Forsaken Master comes out from his shadows when Cuco finds his seam, looking like a cutesy Halloween fella, he running off for sadness none of his levels scared them. Cuco and Almond catch up though and they learn his, odd ass name, his nickname, Besty and this not even being the best part. Nautilus stays positive for him, Besty confessing how he’d truly wanted to do his best for Steve, pff HAHA! Great stuff, this. Then, Besty does the unexpected and asks to be sealed back up again, he wanting to work on his art. Now they must figure out how to turn him back into a seal stone, since he was a bit different the the rest, Peridot revving up to do her usual spell when Almond asked if she had anything to contribute.

It doesn’t take, Cuco asked to try with his fancy wand, everyone impressed with its glow, which brings out what looks like Punisher Pumice’s costume draping upon Cuco, Almond and Peridot realizing they fangirl’d the same show. Besty decides to give them a show since they were going to put him back, so Cuco magics a huge drain, which serves Besty’s purpose, he happily awaying. Peridot reluctantly offers to tell Almond what happens in the new episode when it airs, since she’s bizzy, with evil villain stuuuff. Then, Cuco doubts Besty’s true masterness, remembering Carrot attempting to conquer Quakemaster, Cordelia making this her outro for “tricking” them with the distraction, Peridot wanting to make a playdate with Almond sometime. Cuco, knowing they needed to go retrieve his real wand from those wand cleaner stealers, reminds Nautilus and they all wonder what their motive could’ve been to give him the Pumice wand. Cuco and Almond get on better ground with each other, and Almond reiterates truly being regretful for how it played out, but she’d look out for him, what with actually wanting to be heroic.

Then, an afterward with Besty hoping he didn’t upset Steve, Besty realizing the pit he’d gone through in the drain, went to a button looking headstone. Upon pressing it, the large creature thanks him for being awakened, Steve popping out. He greets Besty warmly, the two catching up on how Besty got there, he confused about the big drain plug, but upon seeing it, they go through, Besty not where he’d started, but def. still on Dreamside. Steve then throws Besty for a loop when he mentions doing eeevil! Then it skips to Cordelia testing 1 of Double Night’s lemon cupcakes, devine-ness being bandied. Double Night then calls Cordelia out on Peridot’s role in all of this, Cordelia admitting she liked the little spunky gal, they having met not long before this whole spell-casting disaster stones began.

Then Cordelia suggests Double Night give the cupcakes to Peridot, she inviting him to watch Punisher Pumice again. The twisty turn being the Pancetta baring her heart to her crush and he collecting stones (1 being her heart) in order to summon Double Night!! Punisher Pumice then turns up to defeat him, but when he aims a shot at her, Pan protects her, this making Peridot glare heartbrokenly with anger at Double Night. AAAWW, so cute! Plus, a twist which has Peridot scream-hooting for awesomeness. This has Double Night questioning what he should be allowing these writers to get away with using his image, he allowing Peridot to accompany even though he was considering different ways to shut them down.

Later, Double Night visits Parfait, he taking care of Tomato’s weirdness. and informing her of leaving for a bit to speak to Quakemaster and another thing… Then from the studios perspective as they’re revelling in how fortunate they added the Nightmare Knight to their story, the lights go out. After which a mini drama from the actor Nightmare Knight and Peridot fangirling to get Bacon’s autograph. Cuco also finally able  to trade his magic wand for the real one, it being a genuine accident. Cuco then offers Nautilus his protection, as well, regardless of she technically their to aid them, Nautilus touched and grateful by his sentiment. After, they begin to think of Carrot and how he’s probably fine since his upgrade, but they’ll be on their way to him next.

And onward the comic goes, and I with it, at least so far to 922. Huzzah! An engaging, wonderful comic!

Cucumber Quest (Vol. 4 Webcomic, Ch. 3)

Nautilus recognizes their pizza homies as the Limbo crew, they now quite a somber group for not being able to continue their limbo ways, Nautilus trying to keep their spirits up. To make matters worse, the next kingdom lacked a princess, so how they were to collect the siggy’s from each kingdom without a princess available makes a quick, pausing hiccup. Meanwhile Rosemaster wants to look her best whilst she speaks with Double Night about her grand plan, which didn’t impress him much. Rosemaster started to yearn for the old days when it was easier to be evil, their first run through their evil plans. She does reveal which in the quartet could actually do them trouble, she digressing about Double Night’s choice of words when harping on all the failures they’d had. She doesn’t mention which of the group would be dangerous, but does vow a good show whilst they played with the children.

Botanica Springs didn’t have royalty the way the rest of the Kingdoms had, they were verging on gangsters. The “King” there was of fashion at their capital, the quartet crashing their style event in order to figure out which “royalty” choice they had to sign the sword. As they each have their own emotion about the loud in style, Cuco deduces how the chat with the Double Knight basically q’d how any of the heroes all these 99 times, had gotten the siggy before them, if they didn’t have a princess, since the beginning. The King of Style picks girls from the crowd as honorary princess of style, Almond among them. Nautilus is currently in a cave-like area with Liquus she meeting Rosemaster and reassuring her how the rest of her group was content, this after insulting her charmingly.

Back at the style show, Cuco is angrily wondering why and how his dad was somehow hosting the contest, he explaining he was only making an income, is all. The 4 girls then start the task, receiving a flower and having to look for the trophy whilst keeping the flower til the end. Rosemaster is learning of Nautilus’ escape and demanding her minions to find them. The style of underwear dude sets her down after they knew they lost the minions, the fella running off and coming back with a stylish outfit, Nautilus learning they were in a dark, giant closet. Peridot then says how she was after Almond, her pop making fun of her for kinda stalking her. After denying it profusely, she lets out with how dumb Almond was for believing the contest was real, reality changing, and Almond looking at Carrot, whom had forgotten why he’d climbed atop an odd looking precipice point.

From his vantage though, he sees Cuco, whom then confronts Double Night, wanting to compromise, somehow. Double Night attempts to relate how complicated the situation truly was, when he’s distracted by Cuco’s wand, but then has a flashback and hardens up, showing he didn’t care by swiping at them and making them fall down a crevasse. Carrot pleads with Double Night to spare them all, and when he awakes, Double Night mocks his emotions, but this also being what saved them. Meanwhile Rosemaster/Thornmaster, is holding Peridot hostage now, she having messed up, and if she complained more, she’d be worse off than jail. Rosemaster shows how upset she is when she’s alone, then being confronted by Glitchmaster, it commending her good work all these 99 times. Glitchmaster wants to confide who is responsible for keeping them back, they having to take him out if they wished to succeed this time.

Glitchmaster then asks she do the job, since it was suspicious of him to even be present, she agreeing what with their recent long time betrayer. Almond is currently at the end of the search, they locating the trophy and a chest, which contained the letter from Princess Parfait. They are then confronted by the Gaurdener, his name depth ofc, confusing the hell out of them, he letting them know they were in the Queen Lotus’ garden. He claims to have frightened the Rosemaster with his power and face, he making the suggestion if they could look upon him they could take the Hocus crocus which was the trophy and also a magic enhancer. Meanwhile, Peridot is complaining hella loudly about her odd cell, so much to the point of wishing for a normal door, at and getting it, magic-style, this magical door still closed, and seeming confused when she asking it to open.

Nautilus helps her, she ofc, salty about it, and Almond with Cuco get back to the Style King and she somehow has the trophy with her. Upon handing it off to a rep for safe-keeping whilst they readied her for the 2nd test, Cuco decides to follow the rep, due to suspiciousness, but gets himself caught after Carrot helps him deduce where they were, after seeing a bunch of odd flowers floating around. Almond comes back thinking she’d be needed, Cuco already having helped himself after Rosemaster minions were body-checking him, but she disappointed with his conquering skills.

They then all trying to catch up to Rosemaster before she got the trophy magic flower, but this doesn’t happen, Glitchmaster attempting to get it off her, but she going rogue and keeping it, glitching his ass out of existence. She then confronts the group, showing off her upgrade, and putting them all down after showing Almond what for when she cuts her off to get to the point, taking her elsewhere to chat. When they arrive, Almond sees Carrot, and Rosemaster does something to Almond which makes her swing at Carrot off a ledge, he falling and talking about his failure to another presence and when he awakes, sees lil creatures eating grass and talking of having Carrot’s letter, the Gaurdener never wanting it but only attempting to divert them from the Crocus, pff, haha.

Carrot reads and is so overcome, his pendant starts glowing along with Parfait’s, he returning to face Rosemaster. She somehow has a convulsive flash to where Glitchmaster airs his grievances with Rosemaster for edging him out, discussing the true nature of Double Night, and how Rosemaster was going to indulge herself before she won. Double Night turns up and shuts shit down, disappearing Peridot, Rosemaster defeated, Cuco deciding they’d give Rosemaster’s stone to the minions, since they hadn’t been tricked into serving her, they liked her.

Then, Double Night is shown with Peridot and she invites him to watch her teen show, Punisher Pumice, a close up look of the episode they watch to follow. Double Night then speaks with Parfait, she thanking him for giving Carrot her letter, then Double Night recalls how they fell into playing the same fight out so many times. A bit more is shown, some side stories are given, and a flashback of Cabbage almost being made to quest like Cuco sheds some interesting light on at least one of an almost-hero’s strange experience with the Oracle.

This is a quite addictive series, and it certainly isn’t taking long to catch up! I’ll be following D.G. Gigi’s work, for sure!

Cucumber Quest (Vol. 3 Webcomic)

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The shortest one, yet; To pg. 519. 

So, Cuco interrupts the ghosts turning the castle into an easy lounge spot, since Legato wasn’t around. They also confide about how this Legato isn’t the REAL dude, he coming back to announce it was time to begin the show. Legato reveals to being Panpipe, in actuality and he gets his apology from the guy whom has been taunting him since school, both apologizing and moving forward. Cuco and co. find Noisemaster, Almond attempting to rationalize how tired he must be after going through this 99 times, but Noisemaster isn’t wearied and Nautilus had forgotten another important tidbit about how Noisemaster had a partner, Mutemaster, but this all being for nothing since it seems Noisemaster wins with a bomb, but he yields to them like they’d won, turning back into their Disaster stones, then the Oracle admits to helping them, for some ass backwards reason, she taking them all back to her H.Q,

Princess Parfait gives Tomato a fools errand by finding her necklace which she claimed she’d lost, then attempting escape, only to be found by Double Night and she talking to him about her concerns to the point of forgetting whom she’d been baring her soul to, he leaving her after she’d almost requested he deliver a love letter to Carrot for her. As the quartet get ready to leave, Nautilus is gifted with a cell upgrade for Liquus and then Cosmo almost fucks with them, but he de-pixelates and then they realize they’re progressing speedily toward the sun, Nautilus deciding it was a good time to try out her useless spell of ordering pizza when no one else wants it. They float away with delivered pizza, somehow.

A short little story which hopefully I’m following properly, but either way I’ll be going through the whole series, so it doesn’t truly matter since it’s so on point. Continuing on!

Cucumber Quest (Vol. 2 Webcomic)

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Getting straight into it, I hadn’t paid close attention to where the cut off point was between vols, which makes the flow of story a bit easier between my posts, so here it continues! To pg. 407 on Webcomic.

When they land sorta kinda nearby the kingdom, they’re interrupted by a minion of the Oracle with news for them, it also outing the fact of the Nightmare Knight having been released 100 times over the course of blabla amount of years, Cuco not pleased. Princess Nautilus was quite hopeful to discovering a true way to finish the Nightmare Knight off, Chardonnay, the servant having to go after this.

Meanwhile, Carrot wakes up by Crabbro and he’s told where they’d been last, he locating Almond and talking big, but unfortunately unable to back it up. Then, back with Cuco, Saturday pops up as Cuco is complaining about how difficult finding her is, this being in wish formation, because this is the logic they use in order to explain her poofing out of nowhere, she not happy with poofing, either, but giving up the sword when asked, since the one she had was a fake, it not coming out from it’s sheath. They deduce it is the real sword, though and once Saturday realizes they can’t send her back, she’s firing at them when she gets smashed into by a UFO, a man walking out and marveling at the place needing saving. He gets directions to Caketown Castle and biffs off again, Cuco and the princess continuing on to her kingdom. Meanwhile, Almond’s plan fails, Peridot showing up and relishing Almond’s fate, having the squid take action, since she couldn’t, but this fails, and she cries aaall the way home, Almond agreeing to come up with a better plan when Carrot mentions it.

Cuco and Nautilus see the damage the squid had done to her city and castle, the 2 going in and updating the King of their progress whilst he also revealed how Nautilus’ mama was currently captured, and whilst the future wasn’t bright, they needed to remain hopeful they’d discover a way to end the nightmare (Knight) once and for all. They learn why the sword remained in its scabbard, and would now have to get the siggys of all the princesses in the other 5 kingdoms, Nautilus signing since she was there. The king then gives Cuco a magical trinket since he didn’t know how to use a sword, and reveals a spell inside capsules, their uses quite specific, puzzling Cuco, esp. when he ends up with the same pointless spell, and when Nautilus tries, gets another quite pointless spell, which only allowed her to order pizza anywhere when no one else desired them…

After this they continue on their way, upon coming to a dead end beneath the castle’s stone path, Nautilus sending her Liquus to see if they can get through underwater, the 2 being greeted by Crabbro when he’d left. He updates Cuco on Carrot looking for him, Crabbro warning them to be careful if they were planning on taking on the squid, then Liquus calls about there being a way through, and Nautilus confides of not being able to swim, oddly, but Cuco helps with a spell which would act like a scuba diver helmet. They get through without trubbs and even discover Almond’s sword, their entrance definitely noticed by all, since they weren’t covert whatsoever.

Once Almond gets the simpleton squid to pick up the barrel trapping them, they’re able to escape, Carrot and the Queen getting caught by the squid temporarily before Carrot saves them both. Before they can leave together though, Nautilus sees Splashmaster’s crown for limbo, which is truly hers, as she’d won it earlier, so due to the squid’s refusal to return it, she invites him to a limbo-than, the whole nine-yards popping out from under the sea, ready for this moment of limbo-dueling.

Nautilus wins fair and square again, since Splashmaster didn’t know how to limbo anyways, but he doesn’t take it well and crunches the fun insta-limbo set. When Splashmaster makes off with Carrot and the Queen, Almond attempts to do the saving, but they couldn’t fight as well underwater, Cuco remembering one of the useless spells he’d collected, making a drain stopper appear. They pull the cork, and Almond’s able to finish the creature off. The oracle makes it seem as though she didn’t actually see the future, but does give them the Splash stone, so they could continue their journey to the next minion in Melody Kingdom.

The Nightmare Knight updates Cordelia on Splashmaster’s failure, but is adamant the hero’s journey will end in Melody Kingdom, she also having Peridot go there, as well. When Peridot also moves this frozen green fella they conquered, she also sees Cabbage still in his cage, she stating the obv of the unlocked cell and they didn’t actually need him there, but he feeling like he was comfy and getting old. After he stays with his new frozen cell-mate, Peridot runs into the Nightmare Knight, whom mispronounces her name, she then biffing off to catch the end of her show, which segue’s to hearing Princess Parfait scream because Tomato was being a dick and playing keepaway with her necklace from Carrot.

Tomato plays the age old classic, an exchange for a kiss, but the Nightmare Knight interrupts by ordering Tomato to get back to his post, he intimidating him before he agreed to go more willingly, Parfait doing the etiquette-remembering and thanks him. Nautilus, meanwhile thought she wouldn’t be allowed to continue with the heroes, her pops surprising her and also requesting she sample some good food to recommend when she returned. When they’re on the Sea Train, they meet with Cosmo again, whom carried snacks. They then learn Cosmo was the driver of the Sea Train, but instead of speeding the sucker up like he said, he activates a bomb, then ditching them, but then Saturday coming back to swindle the train passengers.

Brambleby, he servant begins fighting Almond and Cuco per her orders as Nautilus and Carrot search for the bomb, Saturday done gathering riches before Nautilus shows up, accompanied by bomb. They arrive at Trebleopolis during a birthday bash for their Queen Cymbal, Princess Piano performing in a concert later. The Queen at first didn’t want them to meet up with Piano, since she needed to be ready for the concert later, but it’s given the okay after she’s done the concert and her voice wouldn’t be required anymore. Before she’s to go on though, she gets a package which ends up being a trap for her, someone inside.

Then, when the show is about to start and the quartet sit down, Noisemaster speaks from another area, live and has Princess Piano with him, she bawling and complaining of her makeup being ruined and the weather chill, the crowd in shock. Noisemaster then makes clear his terms and shuts off the stream, he then seeing Double Night (Great idea.), he bagging on Noisemaster’s stereotypical gangsta talk. Noisemaster than must reassure Double Night of his competence, since he’d been the only one to do as ordered. Meanwhile, BLT has broken up, T making B biff off.

Back with Almond and Carrot, they decide they must split from the group to do some tasks in order to open the Oracle’s gate, Cuco and Nautilus, waiting there. As they are, Cuco’s losing hope and Nautilus is wondering why he can’t look on the brighter side, when Double Night turns up. He takes a swing at them and opens the gate for them instead of killing them, somehow. So, Almond having returned with Carrot, the quartet go through. They are soon met up by the mayor of the town, she allowing them in her home in order for them to meet the curfew of their area. She was attempting badly to rhyme the story of Legato, when he shows up and takes everyone prisoner.

When it begins to unfold Legato’s plan for them to be a part of his play, which they soon realize has the also trapped princess starring in it, and Cuco asking straight out what the play was about. Cuco surprised Legato wrote the play about his own beauty, and when almost finishing a sentence which was insulting to Legato, he decides the boy’s costume. Then, it seems something in orbit is going to blow up, and this is where, I suppose it stops, somewhere, so I’ll continue to the next, immediateleh!

Cucumber Quest ( Vol. 1 Webcomic)

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Now, this cover, isn’t doing the story justice, but it does show you the cast of characters to expect, I suppose, so it serves the general purpose of at least providing a colorful backdrop to which one should expect to find the comic, and it does live up to the perdy color scheme and style. Less necessary, but I’m also appreciative of this comic, so far being the only one which apparently saw the value of having 2 categories on Goodreads, which I appreciate, since I usually have to create a spot for it being a webcomic.

So, it starts with a look at what the “evil” character looks like, and then goes into Cucumber’s entrance, he young enough to be living with his mother, whom also looks young, and Cucumber is packing for a trip for her enrollment to the “best school in the world”, which apparently is Harry Potter-esque, his lil sis, Almond not worried her bro will do well, since Cuco is a study bug. They then get an oddly timed letter from the sibs father, he worried his letter may not reach them, but something of dangerous matters needed to be shared. He had learned the Queen Cordelia, whom resided in Caketown Castle in their beloved Doughnut Kingdom, was planning WORLD DOMINATION and needed Cuco to join his cause.

Cuco is not at all pleased with the idea of ditching his future for his pops, but his mama won’t hear it, she not caring how it sounded when Almond offered to go instead, but believed Cuco could be allowed to reenroll upon completing his kingdom saving mission. His mama was so proud, she praises how well he’d already packed his bag, and shoves him out the door before he can even get his dinner in him. As he’s sitting on the stoop, a magical creature pops up, making sure he was Cabbage’s son, then revealing she was the dream oracle, there to provide some info, but Cuco interrupting thinking she must have the wrong sib, but upon offerring his sis, the oracle dismisses her as not being a legendary hero type due to her sister status.

I’m definitely enjoying the blatant slapsticky comedy. The oracle, upon stating how she knew he’d read the letter, is shown shoving her face against the window as he’d been “reading”. Cuco is nowhere near interested in this quest, obv, since his next suggestion is for the oracle to save the world herself, she being one of its “protectors” and all, but she feigns bad reception and bids him meet her in Gumdrop Forest, to Cuco’s dismay.

Cuco makes it to Caketown by the next day, and is introed to a bunch of bullies, BLT trio, their names those of the letters listed. Then, after Cuco sneaks past them whilst they argued amongst themselves, hears his name, his pops behind bars, he again telling of the danger they were in, but Cuco, not seeing it, everything on the fine-ass looking day side. Cabbage reveals the “Queen’s” plan to resurrect the Nightmare Knight, Cuco disbelieving of this news, as well, and apparently with every right.

Then we’ve got our “Infinity stone” copy, when Cabbage points out Cordelia’s collection of Disaster stones, the last one to be collected, ofc leading to disaster, and Cuco’s mission being to get the Dream sword from the oracle. Cuco again can’t understand why Almond wasn’t perfect for this, she having practiced sword fighting and wanting to become a knight, whilst he didn’t know how to wield a sword, his father shutting him down, since again, no one has known any lil sisters becoming LEGENDARY HEROES, and why start here, ya know? Plus it ran in their manly side blood-line, it skipping a generation sometimes, since Cabbage wasn’t a hero either.

(I’m getting mad Monty Python vibes of comedy here) Papa, in his build up to getting Cuco to get going on his mission had shown his cell hadn’t been locked, but he fixes this by reentering and shutting door, Cuco then deducing he could make this mission easier by ridding the other stones right in front of them, but then BLT show up. Cabbage urges Cuco to use his magic, since he’d gotten into school with his talent, but this fails, Cuco upset since he’d been planning on replacing his wand for a better one, but he doesn’t have to worry for long for his lil sis, Almond turns up and saves his butt.

As they’re walking and chatting, Cuco bumps into a lady carrying a huge cake, and it dropped, the 2 bakers out of sugar and needing a knight to collect it from Gumdrop Mtn., Cuco and Almond heading through the forest which surrounds it, the offer being made to collect it for the bakers. Next, though, the 2 kids got 2 extra in their party, the bakers coming along, and then Cuco wanting to go back, since they’d revealed there could be monsters there, but the sugar ofc being too valuable. Then, they run in to the last guy, whom was sent to get sugar, stuck in a tree, but when he falls out,

Almond is digging how this guy was a true non-evil knight, called Carrot. After hearing his story of what had caused him fear, they were a bit puzzled, but then, a bear appears, toothless, and complaining about how the people who came in, weren’t being mindful of the wildlife and fucking shit up. Cuco gets to how they’re “legendary heroes”, this having the bear help them see the oracle. When they do though, she’d given the sword to a different bunny, unable to tell them apart, Almond let down by the oracle’s mistake, then questing them to get it back, the derp. Carrot knew where her hideout was, so they would now have to extend their tasks, Cuco dreading it, but Almond relishing the upcoming fun. So, toothless bear escorts the lady bakers back as Carrot goes along with the kids.

Soon, they reach the sword thief’s, Saturday’s house, they learning where she went, but before leaving, Cuco convinces Almond to check around for treasure, she scoring hard! Cuco discovers the last disaster stone, Almond hella disappointed now since Cuco figured they could use it rather than the sword, but soon Almond and Carrot are in disagreement over it. They’re interrupted by Cordelia’s witch, Peridot, whom starts doing her best made spell, which turns peeps to stone, but this isn’t needed as a threat, which Almond soon makes obv, by simply giving the stone to the witch, which made her look stupid and vowed to revenge upon Almond, she unmoved, and excited to still be going on their quest now, to Ripple Island, Cuco even spotting a wand in among the treasure.

Next, Cordelia is in the middle of berating BLT crew when Peridot returns with the stone and they get their girly squee moment. Meanwhile, the kids and Carrot try to get a boat to Ripple Island and are denied outrightly, but only due to the fact the last ship which tried to get there was attacked by a big ass squid. When they’re back outside and discussing it, they are overheard by a weird little girl, whom has invented a steam-powered ship which will get them across to Ripple Island, free of charge. Cuco does dread how odd this is, but Carrot reasons, what other choice did they have in declining, so they all going. Cuco worries whilst they’re on their way, but the ship is so fast, it seems they’ll arrive at the island before they meet trubs, then they meet trubs as Cuco lightens up, a cyclopic squid smashing their ship and Cuco getting knocked out after seeing Almond in the things grip.

When Cuco awakes, he’s thrust fairly quickly into a situation where he must stop a bunch of crabs from clacking all over a lil girl, he successfully bringing them upon himself and kaplowing them with his wand. He intros himself to the grateful Princess Nautilus and they have a nice lil joke between them involving her name, and then, once he confesses why he was there, she realizes he’s a descended legendary hero, he admitting this is what’s said, and she going on to how she studied the histories in order to help this hero on his quests, she showing how seriously deeply intent on helping she was, a scary fanatic look making the point. She then also gets to show off her history skills regarding the Nightmare Knight, but falls short a bit, after only being able to name Ripple Kingdom’s master.

Then, she reveals more of how she’d washed up on the Island, being from Ocean Kingdom, this as they’re waiting to be seen by the crabs owner of the resort. Meanwhile, Almond was threatening the squid Splashmaster, she currently captive, and then the Nightmare Knight showing up to get the squid’s report, so he goes through showing off his captives, a Queen, which was supposed to have been the princess, and Almond, the legendary hero’s sis, this not pleasing him, either, tasking the squid with taking out Cuco when he showed. He was currently not being able to be candid with his mother as he’d called home to supposedly catch her up, but she not actually wanting to be worried about their dangerous adventures, so he hangs off a little deflated. They then see the owner and he’s looking a little dippy, but he’s quite a large crab, the princess’s reunion with him also deflating since he declined to help them, but would toss the 2 back to where the princess’s home was, Cuco not realizing he actually meant it.

This is where the story ends, I believe, so I will continue to the next, since this is quite addictive, and cutesy and if you’re looking for some light comedy, is perfect!

A Redtail’s Dream

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It is quite dreamy from the start, showing a meeting of foxes quibbling over whether they have enough snacks for their meeting this time, as well as whether said snacks are gluten free. Bear gets invited and eats the basket, but one of the foxes was smart to get a charm so they had extra snacks, due to the moose asked to bake, did so by making a month’s worth of goods, so they were way safe. Bear was curious where they youngest member was, if he was filling his seat, he learning the group’d given him aurora watching duty, so they didn’t have to hear him whine from boredom. They then digress to the possibility of how simple Puppy’s job was, so he shouldn’t have issue not messing up.

Then a segue to the human cities which were aware how bright the auroras would be and urging people to take advantage of the easiness for viewing. Meanwhile to kids left in charge of their pop’s baking project for the evening festivities, keep taking breaks and get distracted with having to retrieve another of their member when they realize something inside is burning, which they better fix quick or else papa would be pissed. Then they had the task of saving a table which some young kids had occupied temporarily with their loud music and mouths until threats of not being served snacks was made, a member of the baking group standing atop it until a group more suitable turned up. As everyone watches the auroras getting into full swing, Puppy is seen from afar fixing breaks in the borealis, and not happily, it seems.

Next, a young man, Hannu wakes up next to his talking dog, he deciding he must be dreaming because of this and hoping if they’d find food or shelter soon, the dog wondering if he was the one dreaming, but he normally dreamed of food. The 2 are then met by Puppy, whom takes responsibility for what’s happened to them and the town, the spark he’d attempted to reconnect, bringing the 2 into the auroras, along with the town. The only issue now was, the “birds” of the Milky Way had taken the rest of the townspeople and moved them on, Puppy now having to retrieve them and get everyone back into their original reality.

The only other hiccup was, Puppy wouldn’t be able to get them himself, since the birds new him and had banned him for a different transgression a hundred years ago, but he could get the 2 of them thru so they could save everyone. The 2 decide they aren’t going to believe this dumb fox and go for a walk instead, hopefully the surroundings becoming normal as they went, Puppy not being upset, since they had time to dawdle. They soon realizing why when they go through a fog and they see Puppy ahead, he greeting them, and explaining how it was only their town which’d gotten taken into the auroras. Hannu doesn’t wish to fulfill Puppy’s request, but Ville wanting to go, for the food and to save the people, so Hannu agrees reluctantly.

So, when Puppy calls the Bird’s Path, the 2 fall and change, the dog turning into a squirrel, and after a little while a box falls near them as the Puppy had predicted, they having to find the “head” of the town, they having his name and addy. They check the first house they see (beautifully colored and drawn, I’m still googly over it), and notice many of the towns kids sitting inside like it’s a classroom, but it does give Hannu the idea of whom they can give the squirrel necklace. He’s told he must wait til the school day ends, only a half hour away, so he waits amongst the kids, until he realizes the time won’t change, so he uses Ville as a distraction to get into the proper room, and gets revenge on a boy whom was mean to him.

Then, they find the lady they needed to put the charm on, but she was distracted by getting the same looking letter on the wall, so the completed alphabet hung uniformly, even though there were other versions of the same letter which could work, but this woman was o.c.d., apparently. Hannu begins optimistically, but then as time passes loses hope they’ll find the correct page, esp, since the headmistress also was having trubs remembering where she left off, the papers piling high and many stacks laying around. When Hannu reminds the headmistress of the package he had for her, she finally consents to looking at it, finding the letter, and so then puts the charm on, their surroundings change, and Ville’s body changing with it.

Ville isn’t pleased with his snaky form, even though he does have stubby legs, still, and as they’re on their way, it begins to rain, they fortunately finding farmhouse. They only find a cow there, but Ville noticing light across the field, they discovering people there, but also having to deal with running thru vipers, they welcomed upon arrival. As they’re chatting with everyone around a campfire, though, Hannu considers, whom should get the charm. The man they decide upon refuses to do anything or take the charm until the snakes left, so Hannu decides to try and wack afew into the massive rest made the choice to leave, as well.

What ends up changing Hannu’s mind is Ville offerring to attempt to ask how long the snake’s planned to stay, they learning the snakes had an odd idea of getting hit by lightning, they saying it in a dreamier, culty way. Hannu offers to make a lightning rod for the crazy goofs, they quite pleased, so not biting him in return. His plan ultimately succeeds, he gets a lightning bolt and is thrown off hitting the ground pretty hard, then wakes up, the snakes gone, and Kuitunen receiving the charm and promising to speak with a wiser animal to help them out of this if Puppy failed.

The 2 next drop to a new spot and Ville turns into a seal-like creature, and the 2 argue if he happens to be fatter than the normal seal, then a pelican or something lands on Hannu’s head after Puppy isn’t helpful at all, other than letting them know they weren’t spell-protected. After Hannu gets the coughed up charm, they consider how Ville will travel to where they need to go. Eventually, Hannu is just dragging Ville along, resorting to using his jacket under him when his belly was getting scratched, they then reaching town and Ville brings 2 locals attention to them, which Hannu wasn’t interested in doing, hiding the both of them before they could see whom had called. They’re found out, though, but the 2 only help them, so Hannu can’t complain too much, since he’d already complained a little.

They get Ville to their little boat and row to the island where Ville can get fish and Hannu can speak to Asa. Asa is with a seal, as mentioned by her niece and nephew, she not certain they could help her with the problem she was attempting to fix. Hannu believes he can get this bigass fish they’re attempting to kill, stealing a net, and borrowing the 2 sibs boat, Ville finally using his bod as intended. He discovers where the bigass fish would be staying and even has to swim off from it, and by the time he reaches Hannu again, Asa is able to kill-shot it. Hannu returns the charm to Asa and asks for a 20 second head start before she puts it on, getting back to Ville in the boat and hoping they didn’t end up in the lake when the environment switch happened, Ville now a moose.

They must carefully reach shore due to Ville’s form again, almost capsizing them because of his unfortunate weight gain. They reach shore without incident other than another bird giving the charm, but doesn’t communicate well, and Puppy hadn’t turned up, yet. So, as Ville attempts to offer a ride on his back now he was more comfy in his form, but not truly showing it when he gets his horns stuck between some trees, they continue walking through the forest, hoping Puppy hadn’t left them to die. Puppy meanwhile, is hoping the squirrel knocking loudly on the door to the fox meeting place, won’t out his mistake to everyone, so he preemptively takes a shortcut to the meeting place, to beat squirrel to the punch. He creates a different door so the foxes don’t hear squirrel yelling for their attention from behind the magic door.

When Puppy fox starts losing his shit, though, he was in the process of leaving the rest of the townspeople in deathly peril when he’s interrupted by one of the more powerful among the birds, this eagle confronting the pup with what he was about to do to them, and stating his position on blabbing on Puppy if he messed up his mess up any worse. This does the trick to keep him in line, Hannu’s head hurting from the shifting dream world, Ville being forced to stop licking his face, as a moose, it being nasty. They reach a road and decide to follow what Ville believes to be the North star, by an imaginary smell, but it does lead to a fence with a symbol mirroring the one on Hannu’s cap, so they seemed to find the right spot, this time Hannu getting his wish of going in quietly without talking to everyone, Ville reserving the right to approach if they looked chatty.

Well, it doesn’t take long for Ville to take over after hearing Hannu’s boring plan to ask boring old man, Pekka, Hannu getting dragged along for trying to stop Ville from saying howdy to some peeps at a bench table. Ville starts whining about food and being t(w)ired, so he sits with the group as Hannu gets buns. They almost get stuck their until Ville convinces them he’s quick enough to carry Hannu on his back and get to their father’s shop down the road, real quick, the 2 meeting “the monster” of the wood, it a wooden looking moose with red eyes and apparently ready to kill, so Ville takes off away from it, but it catching up when they attempt to climb a steep incline. They’re saved by another moose, he helping them to store, and would explain more when they were safer. When they reach the pop’s shop, he states what he needed from them didn’t involve supplies, but to kill the spirit of the forest moose, Hannu not quite interested in taking up the reigns.

A boss of a business, whom was the 2 sibs pops, couldn’t rely on his workers, so he again turns to Hannu for his help. So, he sets him up with a cross-bow and Ville and he are back into the forest to kill the wooden creature moose. When they’re on their way into the woods, Ville attempts the silent treatment, because of what Hannu had confessed about having killed small animals for fun, among shooting non-living things to practice cross-bow when he was younger, Ville upset he’d kill without reason, Hannu reminding him this was long ago and he didn’t do this anymore. Hannu was dozing when Ville unceremoniously wakes him, Hannu annoyed to the point of turning around so Ville wouldn’t be paranoid of being sneaked up on, Hannu getting lucky and spotting the wooden beast, Ville’s instinct to run being whispered quietly in return to hold still so Hannu could get the shot, hoping the beast would take a step and make it perfect.

Hannu takes a shot, but Ville can’t hold it together and dashes off with Hannu still pointed in the wrong direction, he refusing to slow down or stop, Hannu gets knocked off, hard, and as he’s insulting Ville’s back, wooden moose approaches. The spirit moose goes off, as well, Hannu hating he now having to catch up to both, Ville not noticing Hannu’s absence until attempting to cross a frozen lake, he berating his bad doggieness as he runs back, directly at Hiisi the moose, getting himself chased around in the open. Hannu catches up, makes a shot, gets noticed, then falls through a soft break in the ice, going under, making it to the surface, only to go back under and get caught by Hiisi. Ville taking the opportunity to charge at his booty, Hiisi redirects his chase to Ville and they cross the lake, Ville even attempting to lose him by swimming through another area, but Hiisi catching up by running over the water!

Hannu catches up, though, and takes another shot, leading to a fucking great panel! Needless, Ville comes up from underneath the water, where Hiisi had been holding his head under. Hannu sits with him on shore and when Ville shakes off his water, Hannu gets soaked, Ville then quickly getting him back to his boss, where he finally put on the charm, and hardcore, makes Hannu aware of his every intent on making him work the day they all came back to the real world from this, Hannu ofc, understandably protesting. This marks where the dream changes again, and Ville is now a bear, Puppy finally returning whilst Hannu complained of the snowfall. After Hannu threatens to murder Puppy for nearly killing them, he leaves and the bird with the charm comes over, looking simple, the 2 walking toward an area empty of trees and the 2 bickering as usual on multiple subjects. They meet unhelpful dickhead bird, then Hannu loses time after falling on his face AFTER falling asleep. Ville makes them a den for him to rest a bit, to follow, one of the best cuddle buddy scenes with a bear. After Ville has a nap and is waken by smoke smells, he wakes a whippy-armed Hannu and they follow Ville’s smell sensing, hopefully it being more reliable than his direction.

Hannu gives Ville another chance not to buck him off his back, since Ville believes he can get them to where his nose was pointing hella quick. This ofc, leads to Hannu getting fallen on after he warns Ville to watch where he steps with stumps sticking out all over. The 2 walk the rest of the way, the big bon the towns was making having Hannu wonder what they were doing. Instead of learning this, Hannu asks a fella if he’d seen a bear and where, Ville getting caught up in making a bitch notice how he much larger he was than her, now, which has the owner send them off. Hannu clarifies to Ville of not worrying about how “cool” the bitch was, she’d be dead and he’ll be alive long after, so he should chill. Ville wondered how Hannu got along being around people he was jealous of then, Hannu clarifying he didn’t get jels-balls because if peeps didn’t get in his way he didn’t care what they did (Agreed, wholeheartedly). When they finally locate whom they need, she turns them away, saying they had a problem, but they didn’t require their help, Hannu and Ville being stopped by the other bear, saying they truly did need them to do something about their issue, it being the problem of stopping the snow from falling, Hannu straight up saying they couldn’t do anything about this one.

The other bear shares the plan of getting the attention of Kokko , the great eagle, to help the snow stop, since she had some magical skills. So, the request was to have Hannu and Ville go to a manifestation of Kokko’s first tree and collect something which would get the attention of Kokko, making a “stronger connection”. Fear was the reason the other bear wanted them to do this, Hannu annoyed, but then indifferent, leaving after giving Anu the charm, accepting because it was mentioned she must do anything with it. Fun part with the gang of crows which scared Kokko, and when they reach the nest, it’s a bit tricky to reach, then it’s difficult to keep the pieces of wood Hannu drops to the forest floor to pick up upon returning down, but they succeed in getting it to the fire and Kokko appears. She does as requested and they finally change to another dream spot. Hannu awaking to see Ville as a bunny!

Ville is not amused by this degrading new form, Hannu absolutely tickled by his puppy size. When they get on their way, Ville riding on Hannu’s shoulders, he hears something in the distance. They reach the boy, Tuomi, seeing all his friends dead asleep, they learning the kid had no intention of returning home. Hannu threatens him, Ville attempts empathy for his and many other wishing to return home, the boy getting ornery because he didn’t like how he was treated by his ma and sis, he deciding to return when he’s 20, but Hannu takes over when the boy turns away Ville. Hannu blows the loud ass horn and tells the kids how Tuomi was keeping the way home to himself, he getting annoyed and finally allowing everyone to get home, but not before his bunny friend wishes for their death.

When Hannu looks at their new surroundings, Ville has become a winged swan-like creature, they getting the swan charm, and Hannu walking as Ville floated, since he couldn’t fly. Soon, the ground stops, so Hannu gets a ride and soon they are met by a swan, as a rabbit finds a fox hole to the group discussion, he readying to tell the other animals who wanted to know, but they distracted, so the bunny biffs off. Meanwhile the swan isn’t happy of their presence and demanding they go home, but does confirm of more people being nearby who shouldn’t be there, so when Hannu decides they must continue on, against the bird’s wishes, they learn where all the blood came from they’d seen earlier on the land they’d been transported. Ville saves him and is worried of how badly Hannu is hurt, he saying he’s much better than he looked, bleeding a little.

When they finally get to where the other people are, they are blissfully alive, Hannu recognizing them as church goers, the leader being the priest, currently sobbing in a corner, the peeps waiting for the swan to do with them what it will, when it was ready, being bizzy bizzy bee. They then learn the priest wasn’t the true leader, they spotting the 2nd swan, the woman they approach recognizing Hannu as a grave vandal, but he only stepping on flowers clumsily. After being reprimanded by the swan to be quiet due to recuperating from the injuries he’d sustained, Hannu quietly asks if she’d return home if they knew how. When she finally decides to help everyone get back, Hannu unexpectedly shows his gratefulness, her turn being indifferent. Hannu and Ville watch the misty departure, and are confused, Puppy returning and misting Ville, Hannu having to stay due to a snafu.

On Ville’s side, he returns next to Hannu, and Puppy shows up seeming uncaring to help Ville, and then gives the excuse of Hannu’s body being “broke”, so as he’s about to let down his last stasis spell, Ville gets aggressive in order to make him stop. When it fails to help, Kokko returns to show she’d been viewing the whole scene and gave Puppy as many chances as possible to be selfless. Puppy still attempts to close the stasis, but he cannot, and next Ville awakes with cat ears after being taken off by Kokko. When Hannu wakes and sees the state of Ville, he’s quite surprised, understandably, since he was his twin minus the ears, but then Kokko turns up to say all they’d have to do is put on the charms and wish to return home, Hannu unfortunately wanting to kill something more, this being when Puppy catches up. As he’s getting into a heated argument with Hannu, whom threatens to kill him and he’s in the middle of responding of stranding them there, his mama turns up, looking frothy pissed. She begins with disappointment and upon hearing what the human had in mind for him, the collective of foxes debated, sure go ahead, but also didn’t believe Puppy would learn from it (Lol, agreed.).

Puppy’s mama, shoves him down to Hannu and Ville’s holding space, and takes away his powers, the playing field, more even. Puppy biffs off quick, the 2 giving chase, tracking him to a tree knot-hole. They attempt to smoke him out with the foxes help, but this only gives Puppy a chance to bite one of them again and blast off out of the tree. He almost gets stuck after following a path into the lake, but swims beyond, eventually the 2 shooting an arrow and making the hit, even though knowing he wouldn’t truly die, they are able to mist out of there, now. When they awake though, Ville is still human, tripping Hannu out and q’ing the swan, whom confirms their truly being awake, and wouldn’t help them, so the 2 go back to town. Ville is nervous due to his human form, and when they are noticed by townsppl, Hannu plays it cool and states Ville’s identity. When one guy asks more about Ville, Hannu staves it off, since he’d already come up with a couple bullshit stories for them to swallow, they making their way home so Hannu can finally sleep, but not before getting yelled at about when he was expected to work the next day.

When they’re readying for sleep after a light meal, Ville’s puppy dreams show Puppy doing chores for other animal spirits as part of his punishment. Weeks pass and Hannu is working as Ville hangs out, the sibs offerring to speak to their pops about giving him a job, since he’s staying for awhile, Ville liking the idea. Later on, when Hannu’s parents visit, he admits Ville had died, since he wouldn’t stop getting pestered, his parents having him stay with him, and Paju declares Hannu needed therapy for his sadistic nature. As they’re readying to leave, his parents offer him a replacement pet, but the Ville decides he wants a turtle, which Hannu relents to considering. So, fricking fun! I truly enjoyed the comedy and myth story created, here, and will be continuing her other stories as they come.