“Someone I should meet? All the way down here?” Harmony’s voice echoed off the tunnel walls, amused but unsure.
“I know it sounds strange, but, trust me.” Shantae had taken Harmony aside for the day. While they’d had a pretty good time just hanging out, she had grabbed the oldest Half-Genie for a reason. “Here, at the bottom of this silo.”
“That’s quite a leap. Are you sure we can - ”
Shantae had already made the jump. She heard Harmony cry out in surprise above her, and looked up to confirm that the older Half-Genie had followed her. It didn’t take long to reach the bottom - both of them stuck the landing, but Harmony wobbled when she stood up, apparently not used to leaping into mysterious holes in the earth without thinking.
“Don’t worry about getting back up, there’s steps set into the walls,” Shantae reassured Harmony, helping to steady her.
“Why didn’t we use them to get down here, then?”
“Jumping’s faster!” Shantae ignored the startled look on Harmony’s face and looked around, her eyes settling on an eerie light hovering nearby. “Ah, there she is!”
The strange light promptly coalesced into a dog, who greeted the two Half-Genies with a cheerful bark.
“This is the ghost dog I told you about! Y’know, the one who gave me the Fusion Stone so you could let me borrow your Quake magic.”
“I see… so this is who you wanted me to meet.” Harmony crouched to look at the dog, holding out a hand. “Thank you for your help, friend. I doubt we would have been able to thwart the Sirens’ leader without your assistance.”
“Of course,” the dog barked. “The Sirens posed quite a threat to the island.”
Harmony jumped a bit, then looked over her shoulder at Shantae. “I know you said that this dog talked, but I wasn’t expecting something like this.”
Shantae just kept grinning.