Guards patrolled Vibe City. It was mostly for making sure trolls did not go joyriding on the flying records or fall into the fountains. What caught Echo’s eye was that a troll was drinking out of the big fountain. Some others had noticed too and was pointedly ignoring the troll. Echo crept toward them and shook his head. It was obviously D in some silly disguise again. He didn’t even try to hide his blue hair or striped fur, just made it longer, put on a hat, and remove his tinsel and jewelery.
That still didn’t explain why he was drinking out of the fountain where there were places to get drinks from nearby.
“Hey, you good?” Echo asked. ‘D’ jumped at the sound of the voice and tumbled into the fountain. Echo paled and everyone gasped. He was in deep trouble if he caused the prince to drown.
“Oops, sorry,” ‘D’ chuckled, swimming effortlessly in the fountain, “you kinda spooked me.”
“Are you ok, dude?” Echo blinked repeatedly. ‘D’ was swimming fine in the fountain. He wasn’t drowning. When did he learn to swim?
“Oh yeah, I was just thirsty,” ‘D’ nodded before happily swimming on his back, “was kinda hot too. This is nice.”
“Dude, get out. You can’t swim,” Echo carefully reached down to help him out.
“Sorry,” ‘D’ squeaked before pulling himself out of the fountain. He shook himself till he was all fluffy and now Echo was wet. He started laughing. “So…what’s fun to do here?”
Echo blinked, this had to be D, did he bash his head somewhere or something? “Well…we can go see a show…” yeah, he needed to keep an eye on him.
‘D’ bounced up and down, his smile infectious as Echo led him to the hover-boards. ‘D’ touched it before jumping on and flying off. Echo yelped before getting on his own and chasing after. He was weaving and driving like an idiot that never touched a hover-board before. If it wasn’t for Echo already being on hot pursuit, about six other guards might have tried their luck catching him.
The only reason Echo did eventually catch the wild prince was because he had crashed and was now making glitter angels. “Are you ok?”
“Oh yeah, I had trouble with landing,” ‘D’ sat up and shook off the glitter.
“Then are you insane? Why were you driving like that? You could’ve gotten hurt!” Echo waved wildly before groaning in his hands.
‘D’ got up and nuzzled Echo, he looked at him with big eyes, “sorry I made you worry. I was having so much fun!”
A lot of trolls were now watching them. Echo was blushing. Something was definitely wrong, “come on. I’m bringing you to the doctors.”
‘D’s ears went down, Echo just realized he had them up the whole time. “Do we have to?”
“You crashed!” Echo wondered just how many painkillers he could take while still being coherent, because if ‘D’ was going to act like this all day, he’ll need it.
‘D’ whimpered but followed after. He brightened up again as they went to a giant record. Echo didn’t think much of it till the record started to spin. He looked and saw someone had let ‘D’ into the middle and he was making it spin. Echo sighed and picked him up.
“I am not cleaning up throw-up,” Echo said, gesturing for someone to take the lead.
“But I haven’t eaten today yet,” ‘D’ pouted , but vibrated as he took in the sights.
“It’s almost dinner?!” Echo squeaked before realizing ‘D’ had gotten distracted by the sights. Eventually, Echo managed to herd/manhandle ‘D’ into the doctor’s office and keep him distracted with some games on a data pad. The doctor came in and gave a hard look to ‘D’.
“What happened this time and is your father also hurt?”
“Huh?” ‘D’ cocked his head to the side.
“Darnell’s been acting off all day and crashed a hover-board,” Echo explained.
“Whose Darnell?” the troll asked. The two looked to each other and then to the troll.
“You are? Did you hit your head? Drink or eat anything weird today?” The doctor started looking into the trolls eyes.
“My name’s Cooper and the only thing I’ve eaten or drank today was fountain water,” Cooper chuckled. The doctor blinked. She grabbed a cup and filled it in the sink.
“Drink,” she ordered before looking at the guard, “get him some food from the cafeteria, I’m calling his- I’m calling Essence and Quincy.”
By the time the guard came back with food, Essence, Quincy, and Darnell were in the room with Cooper. Essence was holding Cooper tightly to her chest, Quincy had an arm wrapped around him, D was sitting on the side, just smiling.
Echo smiled and slipped in the plate of food before leaving. He made a mental note to notify the other guards the lost prince had returned. And that the lost prince was as wild as a trolling who’d eaten a bag of sugar and a pot of coffee.