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Quest 1: Prepare for Valentine[]

Quest Start[]

Rich Guess who's all set for some loving on Valentine's.
Catniss You, I presume?
Rich You got that right.
I managed to grab the last box of Berry's Chocolate Emporium's ultra-exclusive limited edition Valentine's set.
Catniss What a lucky lady.
Rich Oh, you bet she is...
Hey, losers. You gonna do another chocolate handout this year? It was such a success the last time.
Conan Yeah, yeah, whatever, Rich.
This year will be different for sure! I've almost made all the necessary preparations.
As a matter of fact, I'm going to pick up the last few things I need right now.
Francis, come with me.
Francis What?
Conan (To the bakery! I completely forgot about the chocolate!)
Francis (Why do I have to come?)
Conan (For moral support and for a potential friendly discount.)
Francis (...I do enjoy a good haggle.)
Conan (So?!)
Francis Why yes, I'll be right with you. Give me but a moment.
Conan Yeah, so, uh... We better get going.
S-see you later, Catniss!
Catniss See you.
Rich Pathetic.

Quest End[]

Conan The town is so crowded!
Francis This is not what I signed up for.
Conan Quick, I see an opening!
Francis We might've gotten into the store, but I can barely move.
Conan Guess we'll just have to wait for our turn at the counter.
Francis It appears so. Who are you going to give your chocolate to, anyway?
Conan Honestly, I haven't decided yet.
...AAARGH! There's just so many to choose from! How do I know I'll make the right decision?
I don't know, I feel a bit confused.
Francis Wow, what a world of trouble.
You know, you better make up your mind quick.
Nobody's gonna like you if you keep bouncing between ladies.
Conan Yeah, I know. I figured this is as good of a time as any to figure it all out.
Francis Besides, the whole love thing is stupid. There's so much fuss about it and I really don't see why.
Conan Oh, yeah? Then who are you getting chocolates for?
Francis Myself, of course.
Conan Isn't that a bit self-indulgent?
Francis Who cares. I only came here because of you, remember?
Besides, you gotta treat yourself once in a while.
Would you look at that, it's finally our turn.

Quest 2: Valentine's Over?![]

Quest Start[]

Francis Hey, Berry. Business is booming, huh?
There's barely any scraps left.
Berry Oh, hi!
You could say that again! Not a calm moment these days.
But if things continue at this pace, repaying my uncle on time shouldn't be a problem!
Francis I'm glad to hear it.
Conan I heard the Valentine's set got all sold out.
What's the next best thing?
Berry I'm really sorry, but I've run out of ingredients again...
So sorry!
I was just about to close the store for the time being.
Conan What?! No!
Francis Stop freaking out.
What can we help you out with? We can gather whatever's required.
Berry I'm afraid it's not that simple. A lot of it's imported and won't be coming until next week.
Conan NEXT WEEK?!
I'm in so much trouble... What do I do...?
Berry Well...

Quest End[]

Berry You could always try your paw at making it yourself.
Francis I don't know if he's got the brains to do that without setting fire to half the guild.
Conan Hey!
But you're not wrong... Isn't it a difficult process?
Berry Not necessarily.
The base recipe for chocolate isn't all that complicated. If you'd like, I could share you one of mine.
Francis Wouldn't that risk losing profit for your own business?
Berry Um... I don't mean to be rude, really!
But while I have faith in Conan to bake something nice and edible, I don't think he'll be much of a threat.
No offense!
Conan ...None taken.
Francis Alright, then. It seems there is no choice but to leave.
Not like I had anything better to do with my afternoon.
I'm heading back. Nice to see you, Berry.
Berry L-likewise!
Conan Dang...
Berry So, how about it? Wanna try your paw at making your very own pawmade chocolate?
They say chocolate made from the heart tastes all the better!
It might just convey your feelings a little better.
Conan Really? Well... If it's one of your recipes, what could go wrong?
Berry (Lots.)
Conan Hmm?
Berry N-nothing, ehehe!
Here you go.
Conan Thanks, Berry. I really appreciate it.
Berry No worries! Bye-bye!
Conan Bye!
Man, it's still so crowded.
What's that huge gathering?

Quest 3: Poet in the Making[]

Quest Start[]

Conan Someone's reading out poetry.
??? "But alas her love was not true, she was cheated, betrayed and left to be blue."
"Her heart turned to stone, she was always alone, sitting atop her makeshift throne."
Conan Well, that's a bit of a bummer...
Here's something for your trouble.
??? Thank you, good sir, thank you! And farewell, madam, may you stay safe on your travels!
Conan That was really good. A bit bleak, but good.
??? I appreciate it, good sir. Love's not exactly my strong suit, you could say.
I'm Cyrille, pleased to meet you!
Conan I'm Conan. I haven't seen you around before, are you new to the area?
Cyrille Why, yes! I'm a traveler at heart, you see. I believe experiencing new things is vital to one's inspiration.
We mustn't stagnate! For else, our thoughts will too.
Conan Sounds exciting! What brings you here?
Cyrille I heard there is to be a competition right up my alley: a poetry slam!
There are some rather hefty prizes involved. However...

Quest End[]

Conan However?
Cyrille They must be themed around the topic of love.
The subject of oh so many stories, songs and everyday woes. A feeling universal, or so they say.
I've never been in love, and it's become an issue that haunts me.
Conan An issue? You probably just haven't met the right one for you yet.
Cyrille I think you might misunderstand. I cannot seem to feel love.
I'm not blind, I can appreciate beauty, and I think dearly of my friends, but...
I've never loved someone and I've never felt the need to.
But poems are feelings and if I cannot comprehend what is is I'm to talk about, how can I ever sway the hearts of the people?
Conan You're sounding a bit like Demaires. Though I guess he's a bit of an extreme case.
Cyrille Demaires?
Conan Yeah, he's a cat from the guild that I'm part of.
Cyrille I see...
Could I perhaps meet this Demaires?
Conan It's uh... A little complicated.
Cyrille Oh...
Conan But I could take you to meet some of the others!
Perhaps you can find some inspiration!
Cyrille Yes... Yes, that sounds lovely. Great thinking, Conan!
Conan Hehe, I have my moments.

Quest 4: Clash of Ego[]

Quest Start[]

Conan Well, this is it!
Cyrille It's all so lively! Like a spring flood finally released from its prison of ice.
Conan Yeah, things tend to get a bit hectic.
Oh, right!
I actually have some stuff I need to do, so I'm afraid I can't show you around.
But feel free to go ahead and explore the guild!
Most of us are real friendly, so you can just go ahead and ask around!
I'll always be nearby if anything comes up.
Cyrille I'm not particularly worried. After all, I do have a way with words.
Conan I'm glad to see you so confident. Anyway, see you later!
Cyrille Farewell!
Now then... what's all the fuss about over there?

Quest End[]

Rich So, how did your little trip with Conan go?
Find anything befitting someone of your stature?
Some garbage, perhaps? Booyah!
Francis Your wit knows no bounds.
Oh, a new face?
Cyrille Greetings! My name's Cyrille. Lovely to meet you both.
Rich Who's the Mr. Fancypants?
Francis Hey, you're being rude.
Cyrille Miss or mister, it matters not. But I appreciate your compliment!
You look rather dashing yourself.
Rich Tell me something I don't know.
Francis Ignore Rich. I'm Francis.
What brings you here?
Cyrille Oh, have you heard about the poetry competition?
Francis No, I have not.
Rich Poetry? Sounds lame.
Cyrille Perhaps the art of the pen goes lost on some, but I assure you there's plenty of bounty to be had.
There are some rather fine prizes at stake, or so I heard!
Francis Ooo, bounty...
Rich Prizes, you say? Well, they're already as good as mine!
Cyrille Why, the more the merrier! Please do enter!
However, I was hoping I could ask for a favor.

Quest 5: Love Thyself, and Material Things[]

Quest Start[]

Francis Our take on love, you say?
Good question.
I'd say I-
Rich Why, I love myself! As anyone should.
I mean, I'm hard to not like.
Francis (Right...)
Rich Sorry, did you say something?
Francis Nothing of importance.
Cyrille I see... But what about loving someone else? Is it something you've experienced?
Rich I don't know about love, but I definitely have five or six candidates.
But hey, it's like they say, if you can't love yourself, how are you gonna love somebody else, am I right?
Cyrille A unique perspective... and a fair point!
If you're unable to accept yourself, flaws included, how can you expect to be accepting of someone else?
Rich Uh, yeah. Like I said.
Cyrille Perhaps it is because we are fundamentally incomplete that we need another to hold dear?
Though that'd be quite the scary thought, and quite unlikely.
What about you, Francis?
Francis I love gold.
Cyrille Gold?
Francis And gemstones.
Cyrille So, material possessions only?
Francis Yeah. I mean, sure, maybe someday I'll fall head over heels in love with someone, I guess.
Until then, seeing my reflection in the shiny coins gathered from a day's hard work is all I need to keep going.
Cyrille Material possessions can indeed be of great importance to people.
After all, some would say it is our possessions that makes us. And it's true that love seemingly cannot be forced.
Francis Meh, I think you're overthinking things. I just like things that are shiny.
Cyrille Perhaps I am... Of course, simple adoration for material things could be seen as somewhat shallow or vain.
But it's a valid love nonetheless!
Thank you both for your valuable insight, I shall be on my way. Farewell, now!
Francis Bye-bye.
Rich Lates'.
...They were so obnoxious! Going on and on trying to make things sound profound.
Francis I don't know, Rich. I think you're feeling threatened.
Suddenly there's a new smooth talker in town.
(Someone with a bearable personality.)
Rich Stop muttering stuff under your breath! I'm not dumb, you know!
Francis (Some would beg to differ...)
Rich Hey!

Quest End[]

Conan Alright, first things first...
I don't understand half of this recipe.
There's so many complex terms! She should've added a glossary.
Hey, Cupcake!
Cupcake Yes, dearie?
Conan Could you help me out?
I'm trying to make some homemade chocolate.
Cupcake How sweet!
Conan Th-thank you. But I can't seem to get what I'm supposed to do.
There's too many baking terms.
Cupcake Oh, don't worry! Let me have a look at it.
Let's see...
Mm...
Mhmm...
I see.
Well, truthfully, the most complicated part of this recipe will be tempering the chocolate.
Conan What does it mean?
Cupcake It's a way to stabilize it for making confections. It gives it a smooth and glossy finish!
It's a little tricky, but if you take it nice and slow I bet it'll turn out lovely!
Conan I think I get it.
Cupcake These are the ingredients you'll need. Let me know if you need someone to taste test!
I never say no to some heartfelt chocolate.
Conan Thanks! I'll make sure to let you know.

Quest 6: Smooth Like Butter[]

Quest Start[]

Rich So, Catniss...
Got any plans for Valentine's? You know, besides looking fine as always.
Catniss As a matter of fact, no, I do not.
And frankly, I don't mind keeping it that way.
Cyrille Rich, we meet again!
Rich Cyrille! You're here... again.
Cyrille And who might this fair lady be?
Catniss Haha, I'm Catniss. Nice to meet you.
Cyrille Likewise!
Romeo What's this little gathering you've got going on here?
Juliet Makes us feel all left out~
Catniss Romeo, Juliet - this is Cyrille.
Juliet What a pretty little baby-face!
Cyrille Your words warm this weary heart of mine, but I simply can't compare to the gentleman by your side.
Romeo You've got quite the silver tongue. What brings you here?
Cyrille I'm partaking in a poetry competition. You could say I'm in search of inspiration.
Romeo A competition you say? Count me in. What sort of inspiration are we talking about?
Could always sneek[sic] a peek at some previous entries and gather some... "inspiration".
Cyrille I appreciate it, but I doubt that'll be necessary. In fact, I believe you could help me out.
Romeo Oh?

Quest End[]

Romeo What does love mean to me?
Why, she's standing right next to me.
Juliet's the most wonderful partner in crime I could ever hope to ask for.
She's what makes me whole.
You might find a scoundrel now, but before I met Juliet I was...
Another kind of cat.
Juliet It's okay, dear.
It's all behind us.
Cyrille Your earnest affection is clear to see.
Like a rose in full bloom, your love is sweet and full of life.
One can only pray that your petals never fall.
...
I appreciate what you've told me.
I'll continue my search for inspiration, but I applaud your commitment.
Farewell, for now.
Rich Hmph.
Romeo ...
Juliet Dear... you can't tell me you feel outstaged?
Romeo Me? Outclassed? You hurt me, my dearest.
No, I... I've got a poem to write!
Juliet Hahah...
There he goes.

Quest 7: Game On![]

Quest Start[]

Conan I finally got a hold of all the ingredients.
Now I just gotta prepare the mixture.
Rich Hey, Con-con.
Conan No, that's where I draw the line. I can't handle more than one cat calling me "Con-con".
It makes my whole body cringe.
Rich Fine.
So, what's your thoughts on that newbie, Cyrille?
They're getting on my nerves. Prancing around like they own the place.
There's a certain social structure here, you know?
Conan I was the one who invited them here.
Rich What?! Do you realize what you've done?
Conan Helped a cat in need..?
Rich You just threw our social order all out of whack.
Conan We have new recruits and gain new friends all the time.
I'm sure you'll adjust.
Rich Whatever. You'll all regret this.
What's all the stuff you're carrying, anyway?

Quest End[]

Conan Ingredients.
Rich Yeah? For what?
Conan Some chocolate.
Rich You're making your own chocolate?
Conan Yes, I am. Chocolate from the heart is said to taste better than any fancy smancy deluxe edition you could find!
Rich PFF, I'd love to see that disaster!
Careful so you don't burn your tent down.
Conan Laugh as much as you want, but I feel confident this time.
This is the year I win her heart!
Rich Whose heart?
Conan I won't say.
Rich Well then. May the best cat win her heart.
Whoever it is, she'll fall for me more.
Conan It's game on!
Rich (As if I'm gonna let you stand a chance.)

Quest 8: Chocolate Disaster[]

Quest Start[]

Rich They've all finally gone to bed.
Now then, where does our dear little Conan keep his mixture...
Yes, I know to check underneath the bed, I'm not stupid.
Yikes, his snores are so loud... Lucky me.
Here it is. Told you it'd be somewhere obvious.
Time to add some extra spice to the mixture.
Half a bag is probably enough.
...
Eh, you're right. Why not dump all of it in?
*cough, cough*
That's that's a lot of smoke.
That's bad, isn't it..?
You really think so?
Nah, I'm sure it's fine.
Good luck conveying your feelings with chocolate bitter enough to maek you want to scratch your tongue out.
Sweet dreams.

Quest End[]

Conan I thought I wouldn't be able to get any sleep, I was so excited.
But it turns out I slept like a log.
I feel a little queasy, though... The air feels all stuffy.
But it's nothing a little yummy chocolate can[sic] fix!
Uh, oh...
It certainly looks darker than when I left it...
But I guess all I gotta do is temper it and try out a piece.
Curio Bro, what are you doing?
Conan Perfect timing, Curio!
Here, I made some chocolate.
Curio Oh, sweet! Give it here!
...
BLERGH!
It's terrible! So bitter!
My tongue is all numb... I don't feel too good.
Conan Curio?
Curio!


Quest 9: Sickness and Explosions[]

Quest Start[]

Molotov It's all about the sparks, my furry little pal.
Your heart just goes BOOM! POW!
Like it's about to explode. But then it doesn't.
That's how you know you found someone worth spending your time with.
Pipsqueak Why, how eloquent of you.
Molotov I try my very bestest, just for you, babe.
Pipsqueak Again, please refer from calling me babe.
Molotov Sorry.
Pipsqueak But yes, as he said.
You know it when you know it. It is near impossible to describe.
And sometimes, it shows up in places where we least expect it to.
Molotov Babe, look-
Pipsqueak *sigh* Case in point.
What is it, my love?
Cyrille So love mustn't look like the one Romeo holds for Juliet.
It mustn't be two halves of the same whole, it can be opposites that bring forth the uniqueness of one another.
Much like how we can only see light because there is darkness.
Makes sense, I suppose.
Molotov What are you on about?
Cyrille Oh, pay me no mind.
You've got a way with words, dear Molotov. Simple and perhaps a little brash - but effective nonetheless.
Perhaps you ought to enter the competition as well?
Molotov Ooo, you bet I will! I'll make sure to open the competition with a bang!

Quest End[]

Conan Kai!
Curio's sick, like, very sick.
I don't know what's wrong with her, please help me!
Kai Calm down, friend.
Tell me, what happened?
Conan She ate some of the chocolate I made and complained about it being all bitter and how her tongue felt strange.
Then she just passed out!
Kai Put her down here, I will examine her.
Hmm...
Her tongue is green. Which means Bitterroot is the culprit. She might suffer from an overdose.
Conan What?!
Kai Be at ease, friend.
It is harmless, but packs an intense flavor that may knock certain cats out.
She'll be back causing a ruckus before you know it.
Conan Phew...
Kai However, I must ask...

Quest 10: Surprise Visit[]

Quest Start[]

Kai Why would you add Bitterroot if you are making chocolate meant to be edible?
Conan I didn't!
Kai ...
Conan I might tend to mess things up, but this time I'm certain.
I went to bed and everything looked fine, but when I woke up it looked dark and murky.
Kai Well, friend, perhaps we are dealing with an act of malice?
If the mixture seemed fine as you went to bed, somebody must have tampered with it while we were all asleep.
I suggest examining the scene of the crime.
Conan This calls for a certain detective...
I'll go fetch Benedict!
Kai Be on your way, then.

Quest End[]

Cyrille Greetings, Conan!
Conan Oh, hi! How's your hunt for inspiration going?
Cyrille I can't deny you're all a colorful lot. Some of the answers I've received have been most intriguing.
However, I am not here to take up much of your time.
I simply had someone to deliver to you.
Conan Oh?
Sandy Claws Conan!
It's been too long.
Conan Sandy? What are you doing here?
Sandy Claws I'm running some errands for father and figured I'd stop by!
Thank you once more for your efforts last Purrismas. You truly saved the day!
Conan I don't know about that, hehe...
Sandy Claws How modest of you.
Actually, I was wondering...

Quest 11: Curious Investigation[]

Quest Start[]

Sandy Claws Are you up to anything right now?
Conan Oh, right! Unfortunately, I am.
I've got a culprit to catch!
Sandy Claws Sounds serious. Will you be alright? Can I be of an assistance?
Conan I'll be fine. How long are you staying? I'd love to catch up.
Sandy Claws *blush*
I'll be around for a couple of days. Hopefully we'll get some time for ourselves-
I-I mean, to catch up!
Conan Yes! To catch up, hehe.
Sandy Claws ...
Conan ...
Sandy Claws Well, I wish you luck!
Conan Ah, yes! Thank you very much. See you later.
Sandy Claws Bye...
Argh, I'm a mess.
Cyrille And like snow under the spring sun, he disappears.
I'm sorry to pry, but am I correct in assuming you fancy the man?
Sandy Claws W-what?! No! I mean yes, but not like that. I, uh...
Cyrille Then I apologize.
May I ask what you'd define as love, then? What do you find important in a cat?
Sandy Claws Defining love, huh... I think loving someone makes you kinder.
When it comes to what's important in a cat...
Well, they have to be kind, and loyal. It doesn't matter if they're a little slow sometimes.
I think about them constantly and I'll find any excuse to see them.
Conan really is...
Cyrille Hahah, so honest. It's quite endearing.
Sandy Claws AH! Forget I said any of that!
Cyrille Your secret is safe with me, milady.

Quest End[]

Benedict I can already tell you with utmost certainty who your culprit is.
Conan Already?! We've only been here five minutes.
Benedict Yes. It's Rich.
Conan Rich? How come?
Benedict He has the perfect motive. He comes home flaunting a package of chocolate delicacies.
Surely he's looking to outdo anyone who would ever hope to contest him in his pursuits.
Thankfully, no such threat was present - until you suddenly decided to create your own chocolate.
Suddenly, there's a contendor, but they're easy to get rid off.
Just add a packet of Bitteroot and the problem will solve itself, no?
Conan Wow! I don't know why I'm getting surprised anymore, but you really know your stuff!
But what's the proof?
Benedict It may have been quite the clever plan, but...
There's literally an empty Bitterroot packet righ[sic] here on the ground.
It says "BELONGS TO RICH; PAWS OFF" with a star after it.
Conan Oh.
Benedict You must never neglect to cover your tracks. 'Tis but elementary.
Conan Thanks for your help, Benedict. I guess it's confrontation time.

Quest 12: Star of the Show[]

Quest Start[]

Conan Hey, Rich
Rich Oh, sweet little Conan. What's the matter?
Conan You ruined my chocolate. I demand compensation.
And an apology.
Rich Why, that's quite a serious accusation. Got any proof?
Conan Yes, right here.
It has your name on it.
Rich Oh.
Fine! I ruined your stupid chocolate.
Conan Why do you always have to be so mean?
You're just desperate to hog the spotlight and can't bear with the thought to have to share it with somebody else.
It's sad, really.
Rich Well, I had to share the spotlight all my life!
Having ten siblings with the same markings don't exactly make you stand out.
Not to anyone. Only skills matter. And I'm the best around.
I earned my place in the spotlight, and I won't have anyone take it away from me.
Conan Rich, is that true..?
Rich Maybe. Maybe not. It doesn't matter.
Conan ...
Rich I'll dump the ingredients by your tent later tonight.
See it as a sign of a temporary truce.
But I'm not apologizing!
Conan I guess that's good enough. Thanks, Rich.
Rich Whatever, lover boy. Whoever you're aiming for, they're out of your league.
Conan Yeah, well... Not that I know who to give it to anymore...

Quest End[]

Cyrille How tranquil...
*sigh*
"A summer fragrance rides past me on the wind. But as it reaches my nose, it's already gone."
How melancholic. Typical.
I've been provided insight, yet I'm more confused than ever.
I mean, I've got things I love. Family, friends, baked biscuits.
What is the love that they're describing? And how come I don't feel it, too?
Am I really so strange...?
Amortina You're really not.
Cyrille Huh?

Quest 13: Spectrum of Love[]

Quest Start[]

Cyrille What lovely amber eyes.
Who do I have the pleasure of being sneaked upon by?
Amortina Gosh, I'm stiff. I've been in quite the heavy slumber.
I am the Goddess of Love, Amortina.
Cyrille Hah, how ironic.
Amortina Why do you say that?
Cyrille I seem incapable of love, or at least, it's not what I imagined.
Amortina You certainly aren't "incapable" of love.
You said it yourself just now, you have many things you hold dear.
Family, friends, foods and activities - just not romantic partners.
There are many kinds of love, and all of them are equal.
Just because one cat adores the taste of mint while another is indifferent, it doesn't make them any worse.
Cyrille I believe that naalogy might be taking things a bit too lightly...
Amortina My point is, love is love no matter the form it might take, my lost little friend.
Be as you are and surround yourself with those who love you for it.
I bet you'll come to love them, too, although perhaps not in the way you originally imagined.
Cyrille I suppose so...
Amortina I know so.

Quest End[]

Conan Sandy!
Sandy Claws Conan?
Conan *huff, huff*
Sandy Claws Are you alright?
Conan What? Yeah, yeah, just fine.
Listen, do you have a minute?
Sandy Claws I mean, technically I do, but apparently there's a big show starting real soon.
I was curious to check it out.
Conan Oh, that must be the poetry competition?
Sandy Claws A competition?
Conan Yes, a friend of mine is participating in it.
In fact, I think a lot of the guild memebrs are.
Would you like to go watch it together?
Sandy Claws I'd love to.

Quest 14: Poetry Slammin'[]

Quest Start[]

Astrid Ey, is this thing on?
Nya, whatever.
Welcome to our grand poetry slammin' competition.
Please refrain from actually slammin' your stuff around. It's an expensive setup.
The surprise prize will be announced at the end of the contest. You will be judged.
Catniss What exactly is it they will be judged on?
Astrid That's uh... Also a surprise.
Aight, ready, set, go or sumthin'.
Leonard So, I brought with me my trusty lute.
Settle on down and prepare for a song.
Catniss Excuse me.
Leonard Hm?
Catniss Music isn't allowed in poetry slams. It's spoken word only.
Astrid It ain't?
Leonard Oh... Well, then.
I think it's time to say goodbye, goodbye, goodbye~
Astrid Aight then, next.

Quest End[]

Rich A mirror broke the other day. It couldn't handle what was at stake.
To reflect a pretty being such as I, ah, how it aches.
I wrote that myself.
Astrid How candid. Neeext!
Romeo This is for my beloved Juliet.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height and-
Catniss That sounds oddly familiar.
Is that stolen?
Juliet Did you steal that poem just for me?
Romeo Of course, dearest! I always think of you.
Juliet Aww, Romeo...
Catniss That's just blatant plagiarism and reason for disqualification!
Astrid Meh, you're y'all such sticklers for details!
But fine! People paid good money to enter, so I'll allow for disqualification.
We already had to escort Molotov off the stage due to safety reasons...
Remember that you oughta present your own work!
Why did we lose nearly half our contestants...
Anyways! Carry on!
Berry H-hi... I... um... sorry.
I don't actually have a poem, I just wanted to say that my store will restock next week!
So, um... Drop on by at Berry's Chocolate Emporium.
So sorry.
Astrid *sigh*
Please just give us a proper poem.

Quest 15: Feelings Spoken Aloud[]

Quest Start[]

Francis Fine.
I can swim in your arms, a golden abysss.
Reflect in your ruby eyes.
I must be in utter bliss.
When you leave me, my prize, a part of me dies.
That's it.
Catniss That's... surprisingly well done, Francis.
Who's it for?
Francis What do you mean?
It's about my riches, obviously. The one thing that'll never fail me.
Catniss Of course it is...
Astrid How wonderful, look at y'all go! Neeext!
Catniss Is that...?
Conan Hey, it's Demaires.
Demaires Love is but a mortal's attempt at filling the void in their heart.
It brings no warmth on winter nights, offers no hand to help you get back up.
Tis a feeling devoid of purpose. And so, I dod not mourn it missing within me.
Cyrille I know Conan assumed us to be similar, but I sure hope I don't appear quite as bleak

Quest End[]

Cyrille Here goes...
Love is plentiful, and it take on many, many forms.
It shows through claws intertwined as mother and child, or as spouses strolling the night.
What it does is spark joy; whether through the shine of a coin or the sound of a boom.
As I write my heart flutters, there's so many words I must utter - and perhaps that is the very meaning of love itself.
Conan That's really wonderful, Cyrille.
Catniss It's bordering prose, though...
Conan Come on, Catniss, it can be a poetic piece of prose!
Catniss But is it a poem?
Conan I... I don't know, actually.
Astrid Either way, it'll make do! C'mon, last couple of cats!
Conan Guess it's my turn.
Sandy Claws You're participating?
Conan Yes. It was sort of a spontaneous decision.
Sandy Claws I wish you luck!
Conan Thanks.

Quest 16: And the Prize Is...[]

Quest Start[]

Conan So, um...
When it comes to the matters of the heart, what I've learned is that you must follow your gut.
Pay the heart no mind, it only leads you astray, some say.
But I'm forever lost.
It's not until when I'm with you that my mind's fog seems to clear.
So... I hope to meet my Valentine in the fields after this. B-bye!
Astrid And there he goes, excellent. Now, our closing contender.
Sandy Claws Sorry, I gotta go.
Catniss Hm...

Quest End[]

Aya Hope is made of feathers. Light and full of life, pluck enough and you might fly.
A ton of hope and of despair weighs equally as heavy, though this truth might not always be laid bare.
For wings drenched in lead, it's impossible to fly.
Pluck no more feathers but learn to strip them of their strain.
Astrid Apologies egghead, but that's all the time we've got.
Now to announce the winner!
Due to some fussy rules...
(Why must you always meddle, archer?!)
Our top contender won't be considered for the prize.
So the prize goes to our second-best contender, which is...
You there, the one staring off into space!
For an absolutely darling poem about... material possessions.
C'mon up!
Francis Wow, finally some recognition! And a prize to boot! I'm so excited!
Astrid The prize is... You ready?
Francis Just tell me already!
Astrid The honor and skill acquired through competing.
Francis What?
Astrid Just think about all the free inspiration I've given you all!
I hope y'all aspire towards greatness. You've got fine potential.
But you should definitely sign up next year!
Francis Next year? There won't be a next year once I'm through with you!
Do you know how much work I put into this - for nothing?!
Astrid Well, maybe you oughta think twice next time you sign up for a competition hosted by the Whiskers, hehe!
Francis Hey, you can't just sneak off!
Wait, where'd she go?

Quest 17: From the heart[]

Quest Start[]

Rich Hey, Catniss
Where are you off to?
Catniss Oh, um! No where in particular...
I was just going to check the perimeter. Do some scouting business, you know the drill.
Rich Right, right. So anyway, I've got something for you.
I'm sure you'll love it.
Catniss I really don't have time.
Rich Just hear me out! Here.
Catniss What's this? The package sure is fancy.
Rich Just open it.
Catniss Alright. It is... empty plastic packaging.
Rich What? Give it here!
Why is it empty...?
Curio Hihihi! That's what you get for messing with my bro!
Rich You little brat!
Curio Run!
Bob Wait up! I can't run too fast, I'm too full...
Rich Get back here!

Quest End[]

Sandy Claws Conan...?
Conan I'm here!
Sandy Claws Gosh, you scared me!
Conan Haha, sorry!
Sandy Claws No harm done, eheh. So...
Conan ...
Sandy-
Sandy Claws Conan-
Sorry!
Conan No, no worries. You go ahead.
Sandy Claws Alright. Well, I kind of lied when I said I was only here to run some errands.
I was doing some errands, but then I happened upon your guild again... seems to happen a lot, haha...
I've been doing a lot of thinking, and I'd really like to get to know you better.
Conan As friends, or...?
Sandy Claws Yes! Or well, I want to be your friend, but also...
I don't know, I really just like seeing you.
It makes me... happy.
Conan Yeah... Yeah, me too, Sandy!
Sandy Claws *blush*
Conan Here, I made something for you.
Sandy Claws Chocolate? You made this yourself?
Conan Yup! I don't know if they're any good, though.
I had a bit of a mishap and so I had to rush and make a new batch, so...
Sandy Claws Don't worry, I'll happily eat it!
It's... a little bitter.
Conan It's terrible, isn't it?
Sandy Claws Probably the worst chocolate I have ever tasted.
But I taste a special ingredient; Love.
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