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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. 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?

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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."

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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.
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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?"
No. 990560 ID: c9a3cd
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"I think it's sweet!" Cookie said. "I used to write stories all the time as a puppy where I saved characters from dying like Mufasa and Littlefoot's mother. I don't think Hans Christian Anderson meant to torture the mermaid. I think he wanted her to be happy too! We're going to study Anderson later in my fairy tale class, and I'd be happy to tell you anything neat! I think they'd be interested in your story too, Marshie!"

"Hehe, thanks." Marshal blushed. "I think I'll keep this for myself though. It'd be weird if other people saw my work; this is for the literature club only."

"I guess I'll go next." Muffy said. "Sorry if this sucks. I'm not used to the 30 minute thing yet."
No. 990561 ID: c9a3cd
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The Meek Shall Inherit the Asteroids

O Battered Carrietta
You were the star no one wanted to shine
So they belittled your luminescence

They snuffed out your light
Degraded your shine
They roared as you bled
Laughed as you cried

For one night only
You offered your shine
A beauty briefly glimpsed
A pearl before swine

No. 990562 ID: c9a3cd
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Tarnished into
And you bled

Society is a farce
That doesn't deserve your shine
Your light becomes a blight
To punish our crimes

The cruel possess the moon
And hog the sun's shine
But the meek shall inherit the asteroids
And end the moon's time

No. 990564 ID: 07ed53

I think the poem's pretty good!

It's Carrie from Carrie, right? I think we all can sympathize with her unfair treatment from pretty much literally everyone around her. I've only seen the movie so I dunno how the book ends, though.
No. 990588 ID: b1b4f3

Muffy, are you ok? I'm sensing some anger that isn't just about Carrie.
No. 990637 ID: e51896

pretty much this
No. 993285 ID: b1ffbb
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"That's quite an evocative poem, Muffy!" Kiki said. "I always felt sorry for poor Carrie. She deserved so much better."

"I agree." Marshal said. "Are the space objects you mentioned a reference to the asteroids Carrie brought down upon her house in the book?"

"Yeah, actually!" Muffy nodded. "I thought I could do some cool imagery with that."

Cookie and Sherb liked the poem too--they agreed Carrie itself as a story was more sad than scary, like a Cinderella story gone wrong. Bolstered by the discussion, Sherb heads up to the front of the class next.

"I hope this is okay!" said Sherb. He yawned before he began to read.
No. 993286 ID: b1ffbb
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No. 993287 ID: b1b4f3

Throw something at him to get him to stop.
No. 993288 ID: 094652

Calmly walk out of the room and consider which cosmic horror story Shurb is trying to write an eulogy for.
No. 993289 ID: e51896

look over at the other club members, see what their reactions are. If they act like nothing is wrong, get worried about your mental health.
No. 993294 ID: b1b4f3

Well if we're not gonna stop him at least cover your ears.
No. 997100 ID: b1ffbb
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What was that? Cookie was listening to Sherb when his soft voice crackled like a spitting fire before dissolving into an odd shrill beep. Were her ears ringing? She looked around at the other members of the literature club: Kiki was smiling, and Marshal and Muffy looked normal too. Was she the only one hearing that awful noise?

"Cookie? Are you okay?" Cookie blinked and Sherb was looking at her with concern.
No. 997101 ID: e51896

Tell the truth. Tell them what happened, and you think you need to see a doctor if you're hallucinating.
No. 997102 ID: b1b4f3

Ask the others what they heard.
No. 997128 ID: 86aaf2

Ah, I think I may be experiencing auditory hallucinations.
No. 997135 ID: ce39da

"Um... Could you guys tell me what Sherb's eulogy was about? I sorta spaced out there."

If they ask whether you're feeling alright, a simple "no, I don't feel so good" should do just fine.
No. 997163 ID: 094652

"I need to go to a hospital now."
No. 997164 ID: 86aaf2

Yea. Something along the lines of "I'm experiencing extreme, unexpected, and distressing auditory hallucinations and need medical attention."
No. 997224 ID: b1ffbb
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Cookie has never had auditory hallucinations before! She doesn't want to seem rude to Sherb, but she's got to tell him what's up.

"I'm sorry, but did you hear anything weird? Like something going on from another classroom maybe?"

"I don't think so." Sherb replies. "Are you sure you okay? You look kind of pale."

"I swear I heard something!" Cookie says. "I don't know, maybe I'm not feeling so good. It's weird, I was fine before!"

"Should we walk you to the clinic?" Sherb asks.

"I'm feeling better now! It's well... if it happens again, I'll go." Cookie frowns. "I'm sorry for spacing out."

"It's okay. Would you like some ice? Maybe you have a headache."

"Oh no, I don't need any. Thank you though!"
No. 997225 ID: b1ffbb
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Cookie takes her sparkly blue notebook and heads to the front of the class. Maybe she'll feel better after she reads her poem!

"I don't want to leave the literature club without sharing my writing first!" she beams.
No. 997226 ID: b1ffbb
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Never Forgotten

Despite the betrayal and heartache
Despite losing your friends and family in one
dreadful night
Despite the thievery of your music
Despite the massacre of your song
Despite the loss of hope and respect and love
You never lost your heart

You remembered her
You never let go
You were hurt, humiliated, and shamed
But you remembered her
And she remembered you
The true you

No. 997227 ID: b1ffbb
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I won't forget you either!
Your love
Your sacrifice
Your humble nature
Your smile
Your bravery
Your compassion
Your generosity and empathy
Your loyalty
Your courage

You will be remembered for all those things
And you will be remembered by me

No. 997228 ID: 6e8c51

Take a deep breath to try not to cry after reading that. What you wrote is somewhat personal to you.
No. 997230 ID: b1b4f3

That's a very traditional eulogy style. Straightforward. I wonder how the others liked it?
No. 997933 ID: b1ffbb
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Maybe it's the stress from the weird noise earlier or that everyone seemed to like her poem, but Cookie sniffles a little, her eyes getting watery. Like Mama Coco, she was close to her father growing up and he disappeared mysteriously--only in Cookie's case, she was fifteen. His case had baffled the police for years and they long since given up, and there wasn't a day she didn't miss him.

"That was wonderful, Cookie!" Kiki beams. "That was very touching."

"I have no idea what movie that's from, but it's very sweet. Good job." Muffy says.

"It's from Coco." Sherb explains. "It's the Pixar Day of the Dead movie. It's really good. Just like Cookie's poem!"

"Yeah, uh... good." Marshal says. He doesn't look so well.
No. 997941 ID: ce39da

... It looks like Marshal went through a similar glitch, although it's probably best not to assume outright.

"Er, are you okay, Marshal?"

If club time is wrapping up, maybe both of you should go to the nurse's office.
No. 997967 ID: b1b4f3

Ask Marshal if he heard it too.
No. 998084 ID: b1ffbb
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"Are you okay, Marshie?"

"Oh thank god, I can hear your lovely voice again!" Marshal looks paler than his fur. "I thought I heard something too. While you read your poem, your words got completely covered up by this ringing noise. You know those old telephones with the circle dials in some classic movies? I don't know where it's coming from, and I swear I never hallucinated in my life!"

"This is horrible!" Cookie cries. "So it's not just me? I don't know what's going on!"

"We should try to calm down." Kiki says, though her voice is shaky. "Has anyone else heard anything strange while we were reading our eulogies?"

Neither Sherb or Muffy heard anything.

"You should probably head over to the clinic." Kiki suggests. "Club is almost over, so you wouldn't be missing much."

"I don't know where it is though." Marshal answers.

"Me neither..." Cookie says. After all, it's her first day here! She doesn't have the map fully memorized yet.

Who should take Cookie and Marshal to the clinic?
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No. 998146 ID: ce39da

Kiki. If not her, then Sherb.
No. 1003635 ID: b1ffbb
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"I know where the nurse is. I can take you there!" Sherb offers. Kiki and Muffy wish Cookie and Marshal well as they follow the pastel blue goat out of the room.

"It shouldn't take long. The clinic is close to the science buildings, and the nurses there are really nice."

"Have you been to this school before, Sherb?" Cookie asks.

"It's my second year! So I know a little of my way around." He opens the door leading out of the building.
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"Sherb?" Marshal asks. "Is it normal for Rosewood to snow this early in August?"
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Cookiequest, Chapter 1

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