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986362 No. 986362 ID: b1ffbb

Welcome to Cookiequest, a magical tale of horror! Potentially NSFW, this quest will have blood, gore, death, dark themes, and maybe sexual content depending how things go.

Discussion Thread: https://questden.org/kusaba/questdis/res/134762.html
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No. 986510 ID: b1b4f3

A prank? Nothing too mean I hope.
No. 986511 ID: 8a51ec

You hope it's the harmless kind, especially if he's implying it's a prank he pulls on Sherb often.
No. 986521 ID: 10c07d

Go along with the prank
No. 986524 ID: b1ffbb
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"A prank?" Cookie asks. "It's not mean, is it?"

"Naaaaaah! All you gotta do is press an ice cube to his neck. No biggie!" Muffy assures. "I mean, food works too, but unless you got a spare snack on ya, that requires money. At least ice from the ice machine is free."

Cookie looks at the sleeping goat. He just looks so peaceful... but he's going to have to wake up so he doesn't miss club activities.
No. 986525 ID: 10c07d

Ice the goat
No. 986526 ID: a38353

don't ice the goat, a prank probably isn't the best way to meet someone for the first time.
No. 986527 ID: b6e369

>"I mean, food works too, but unless you got a spare snack on ya..."

I mean, your name is Cookie... so... you can be his snack ;)
No. 986540 ID: b1b4f3

Get something from the snack machine and wave it under his nose.
No. 986549 ID: 8a51ec

Best case scenario he finds your wordplay funny and ignores the erotic part of whatever maneuver you'd be pulling off, "worst" case scenario you give him a boner
No. 986612 ID: b1ffbb
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Cookie searches around the floor in search of forgotten coins and finds two quarters. She adds them to her inventory and heads into the hallway.

She finds the ice machine, which is next to a drink machine and snack machine. If she looks closer, she can see one of the snacks is loose and thiiiiiiiiis close to falling down.
No. 986616 ID: b1b4f3

You gotta shake it.
Just remember not to shake it so hard it falls on you.
If you can't shake a free snack loose, buy the same snack so you get two for one.
No. 986617 ID: e51896

Get some M soda and ice.
No. 986636 ID: 10c07d

Kick the machine so it falls. Just make sure no one sees
No. 986637 ID: 270bc9

Hit the coin return, I've gained many a spare dollar by hitting the coin return on a machine. If that fails, shake it till you make it.
No. 986788 ID: b1ffbb
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Cookie does her best to shake the machine, but the snack is stubborn and doesn't budge. Cookie uses her TWO QUARTERS to force the snack out, and she gets TWO CHOCOLATE BARS in return. Yay!

She heads back to the club and opens one of the chocolates for Sherb, bringing it up to his nose for him to sniff.

"Wake up sleepyhead!" Cookie says. "I'm Cookie. I'm a friend of Kiki's! It's nice to meet you, and I'd hate for you to miss out on club!"

Sherb chomps away at the chocolate bar, then yawns and smacks his lips before opening his eyes.

"Hello." he smiles. He's soft-spoken and not at all irritated to be awakened; it's as though he just finished a nice dream.
No. 986789 ID: b1b4f3

Ask if he had a nice dream. And what books he likes.
No. 986791 ID: 8a51ec

Ask Sherb if he had a nice dream
No. 986795 ID: 894419

Tell sherb he's adorable
No. 986853 ID: b1ffbb
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"You must have been dreaming about your favorite book." Cookie smiles.

"Haha, not really. Just strawberries." Sherb says. "I actually like any book that puts me to sleep. Which uh... sounds like a bad thing, does it? I just like stuff with a lot of descriptions of nice cozy places, which puts me in a mood to dream."

"Okay everyone!" Kiki calls. "I'd like your attention please! I'd like to give everyone their first prompt!"

((What prompt does Kiki offer?))
No. 986854 ID: b6124b

Write a eulogy for your favorite character
No. 986859 ID: e7c7d3

Go Dr. Suess, write a story based on two rhyming words.
No. 986920 ID: ce39da

Draft a clever whodunnit solution. ("It doesn't have to be murder if you aren't comfortable with that.")
No. 987026 ID: b1ffbb
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"I'd like to welcome you again to the literature club!" Kiki smiles. She seems a little shy, but her love for writing clearly shines through. "I know you want to get started right away. So I thought as a way of getting to know each other and our writing, we'll begin with this prompt!" She takes a dry-erase marker and writes Eulogy on the board.

"Write a eulogy for your favorite character! They can be from any media you want, and they don't even have to have died! I'll be giving everyone 30 minutes to write, then we'll be sharing what we've got! I'll be joining too, so you won't be the only one with stage fright." She chuckles softly. "I'll tell you once we reach the ten and five minute marks. That way, you'll have time to find a good wrapping up point."
No. 987027 ID: b1ffbb
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"Is everyone ready?" Kiki asks. Everybody nods. "Then let's write!"

Cookie opens her sparkly blue notebook, her matching gel pen uncapped. Ooh, it's been so long since she last written anything! What character should she write for? Her ultimate favorite? A character she felt sad for? A character the other club members will recognize? It's so hard to choose!
No. 987033 ID: e7c7d3

A character that Cookie had a crush on
No. 987034 ID: ce39da

A eulogy is meant less to mourn someone's passing and more about celebrating their life; you'll write better for a character whose life, achievements, and survivors you're most familiar with. And honestly, you don't need to shoot for a character your clubmates know; if your eulogy is well-written, they'll know who your chosen character was even if this is their first time hearing of the guy.
No. 987061 ID: 094652

Remember the most soul-crushing tragedy you've ever read and say you're sorry that nobody was there to tell them how unfair their life was designed for the amusement of a worldwide audience
No. 987084 ID: b1ffbb
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Cookie remembers now. Eulogies were written specifically to praise someone, right? It didn't need to be sad! Cookie scribbles as though she caught a muse like a fairy in a bottle. Eventually, Kiki calls out ten minutes, then five...

A ringtone jingles from Kiki's phone, signifying the end of the session.

"Time's up!" Kiki says. "Finish your last sentence, then we can gather round and start reading!"

Kiki straightens up her own piece of paper.

"Who wants to go first?"

Cookie. Marshal. Muffy. Sherb. Kiki herself. Who ends up taking the plunge?
No. 987085 ID: 10c07d

Kiki is the head of the club right? She should go first
No. 987096 ID: e7c7d3

Let's hear Marchal
No. 987099 ID: ce39da

Let Kiki go first.
No. 987439 ID: b1ffbb
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"Kiki's the president, she should go first." Muffy suggests.

"Yeah! Let's hear it for Kiki!" Cookie cheers.

"All right." Kiki nods. "This is more of an essay than a true eulogy, but I hope you like it all the same."
No. 987443 ID: b1ffbb
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Kiki reads out loud:

The Prodigy

Matilda was my hero growing up. She grew up in a family who considered her a mistake and her intelligence a burden, but it never snuffed out her curiosity and love of learning. She fought back against her cruel father, and eventually overthrew the tyrannical Mrs. Trunchbull, but she wouldn't have done it alone.

In the absence of a caring family, she met other people who supported her: the librarian, her friends, and none other than her teacher Miss Honey. Matilda had a power no one else had, and she chose to use it to empower the weak, frightened, lonely, and oppressed.

No. 987444 ID: b1ffbb
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That alone gives me the hope that one day, a lowly cat like me can do the same.
No. 987447 ID: 8a51ec

A calm and not completely distracting bit of applause for Kiki
No. 987457 ID: e7c7d3

No. 987514 ID: e529cc

I too support this
No. 988557 ID: b1ffbb
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"That was wonderful, Kiki!" Cookie cheered. "I love Matilda! We used to watch that movie together all the time, remember?"

"That's right!" Kiki said. "I thought you might like that, Cookie."

"Matilda is a real badass." Muffy said. "You got good taste, Kiki!"

The boys agreed and also applauded; Marshal with a grin, Sherb with a small "Yay!"

"I'll go next." Marshal said, unplugging his laptop and carrying it with him. "Hopefully my first masterpiece will live up to your expectations." he chuckled sheepishly.
No. 988560 ID: b1ffbb
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The Liberation of Sisiphus

Once there was an angel without wings. She did her best every day to do the Lord's work and perform good deeds, but no matter what miracles she brought or how much the lives of mortals changed for the better, it was never enough to earn her those coveted limbs of flight.

One day, the angel came across an unusual presence. A mermaid floated through the air as though she were a bird rather than a fish; she introduced herself as a daughter of the air, one of the many ethereal beings that fly without wings. As all angels know, a mermaid cannot obtain an immortal soul unless they have received the love of a human. If she was dead, why hadn't she turned to sea foam?

No. 988561 ID: b1ffbb
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The angel listened to the mermaid's story. Her eyes lit with wonder as the mermaid spoke passionately about the surface and her dream to live among land, and the prince that she had fallen in love with that motivated her to make her wish come true. She winced as the mermaid explained a sea witch cut her tongue to give her legs, and each footstep was like treading on the sharpest of knives--the mermaid simply smiled and said it was worth the pain just to be with him. Alas, the prince loved another, and he and his bride gotten married. The mermaid had to choose between killing the prince and reuniting with her family, or sparing his life in exchange for hers. She couldn't bear to destroy the prince and his bride's happiness, so she plunged herself into the bloody sea.

"You must've been rewarded for your kindness and sacrifice. So why are you still here?" the angel asked.

"If the daughters of the air perform good deeds for 300 years, we will earn an immortal soul," the mermaid said. "We fly unseen into the homes of children. If they are good and deserve the love of their parents, God takes a year off our trial. But if the child is naughty, we must shed tears of sorrow, and each tear adds a day to our trial."

No. 988562 ID: b1ffbb
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"But that's not fair!" the angel cried. "There will always be naughty and cruel children in the world, and your good deeds and sacrifices shouldn't be negated because of the terrible actions of somebody else! To think that God would rather punish those without a soul with a promise of love and acceptance that will never come! The sweet embrace of death is better than being strung along in eternal suffering of false hope. I won't accept it! You have suffered long enough!"

White wings burst from the angel's back, and she took the mermaid's hand to fly her into Heaven...

No. 988564 ID: e7c7d3

Was that a eulogy, Marshal, or a formal complaint?
No. 988565 ID: b1b4f3

Cool. Is it the mermaid's eulogy, or the angel's? God does not take kindly to rebellion...
No. 988566 ID: 094652

You're a writer, Marshal, not a psychopomp.
No. 988772 ID: ce39da

I wouldn't say anything obliquely rude; I'm sure someone else will point out how it doesn't really fit the format of the prompt.

"Ohhhh, so 'Sisiphus' refers to the futility of- ohhhhh... I mean, honestly, I wouldn't put it past Mr. Anderson to have known exactly what he was doing when he left The Little Mermaid's ending open to those unfortunate implications."
No. 988780 ID: b1b4f3

I don't agree that it's a sisiphian task either.
Good kids are more common than bad kids, and it's unlikely a child of air will weep a full year's worth of tears for each bad child anyway.
No. 989008 ID: b1ffbb
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"That was so pretty!" Sherb said. "I like it a lot! I'm glad those two can have a happy ending."

"It's all well and good, but how is this a eulogy?" Muffy asked. "Is it about the mermaid or the angel?"

"I kind of lost track." Marshal said. "It's sorta difficult writing a eulogy in a short story format."

"I'll admit, you did stray from the prompt a little, but that's okay! Going on tangents is normal, and beautiful things can come out of it!" Kiki said.

"What I want to know is whether or not they come back for the other daughters of air." Muffy said. "Is there gonna be a revolution after this? Are they going to battle God?"

"Man, that could lead to a whole bunch of new stories." Sherb smiled.

"Oof, I didn't think that far ahead! I was just thinking about the mermaid and wanted her to have a true happy ending." Marshal hesitated. "Yeah, it uh... came off more as a rant than a eulogy. Sorry about that."

"Cookie, what do you think?" Muffy asked.
No. 989009 ID: e51896

"I'm impressed that you were able to write all that quickly in the span of 30 minutes."
No. 989010 ID: b1b4f3

Alright let's do some real analysis here.
The Little Mermaid was his favorite character- someone who literally went out of her element to seek love, and foolishly made a deal with the wrong kind of person to do so. But someone else got there first, as it were, and so she sacrificed her own happiness to make sure her love interest was happy. That part of the eulogy essentially complains that it will take way too long for her to be happy again.
I wonder if Marcus had a crush, but his crush fell in love with someone else?

Tell Marcus that you admired the Mermaid's courage and it's sweet of him to want to give her a happy ending. But you don't think it's that bad for her. She has hope, and you think the balance of good and evil is in her favor.
No. 989049 ID: ce39da

"Well... I don't think her task is one she needed to be bailed out from. Especially since she already has a major ally; Anderson~! In fact, he recruited a whole army of readers to help save her already~! I mean, if you were a kid hearing the story he wrote about the little mermaid, wouldn't you want to be a good boy or girl, for her sake?"
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