[Talk - Jurou and Gugalanna]

The two of them made it inside the kitchen before I managed to cross the massive room, but Jurou ran back out a few seconds later– he saw me and waved me over frantically.

Jurou yells.
Jurou

Tim! Tim! C'mere, ya gotta see this!!

Tim looks confused.
Timaeus

Huh? Is everything alright– wait what?

Jurou dragged me into the kitchen, where I saw exactly what he was talking about–

Timaeus, Jurou, and Gugalanna inspect the large pile of veggies on the kitchen counter.

–a pile of fresh vegetables, sitting right in the middle of the counter. Carrots, lettuce, broccoli, onions, tomatoes… even some I didn’t know by name.

Jurou looks freaked out.
Jurou

See?? I ain’t goin’ cuckoo, right? Those are real, right?!

Timaeus also yells.
Timaeus

Wh– where did they come from?!

Gugalanna sweats.
Gugalanna

Hell if I know! It's witchcraft, amigo!!

Gugalanna kept her distance from the mystery vegetables, as if touching them might turn her into a newt or something. I was pretty sure I could hear her stomach growling, though.

I picked up a celery stalk and turned it over in my hand. It felt like a real plant to me…

Tim is wary.
Timaeus

Are they… can we eat them? They’re not, uh, poisoned or anything, right?

Jurou yells.
Jurou

I dunno man, tha’s why I was askin’ you! I mean they smell okay, and they look plenty ripe, but y’know, where’d they come from?? We’re in space, right?! There ain’t farms in space…

Timaeus thinks.
Timaeus

Well it did mention “hydroponic farms” on the map. But I haven’t seen anything like that… not sure what it even means, really–

Gugalanna yells, as usual.
Gugalanna

…What the hell, I’ll try it! I’m starving!!

Gugalanna grabbed the first vegetable her tiny hands could reach and crammed it into her mouth.

Gugalanna yells with her mouth full.
Gugalanna

I better not die from this fuckin’ parsnip!!!

Timaeus yells.
Timaeus

Oh my god are you okay??

Jurou starts crying.
Jurou

P-please don’t die!!!

Our fears seemed to be unfounded, however. Gugalanna mulled over the taste for a few seconds, then grinned up at us.

Gugalanna laughs.
Gugalanna

Haven’t thrown up yet, amigos! I think we're good!!

Timaeus sighs in relief.
Timaeus

W-well that’s something, I guess…

Jurou grins.
Jurou

Alright, now I can get cookin’! Supper’s on me tonight, y’all! Tell the others!

Jurou immediately set to fishing out all the cooking equipment he needed from the cabinets– the promise of untainted food had lifted his spirits considerably. Given that my kitchen experience amounted to making hot dogs and boxed macaroni-and-cheese for my sisters every once in a while, I decided to stay out of his way.

I took a peek into the pantry at the back of the kitchen. It was stocked to the ceiling with nonperishables– between that and the mystery vegetables, it didn’t seem like MONO-9000 wanted us to starve to death, at least.

Gugalanna followed me out of the kitchen and tugged on my sleeve. Now that she was alone, her wrestling persona seemed to crack a bit.

Gugalanna looks worried.
Gugalanna

Hey, um, how’s Ishi? That gash looked pretty nasty…

Timaeus also worries.
Timaeus

Well, uh, it sounds like she’s hanging in there… Maybe you could go visit her? I imagine Aoi could use some help, if you know anything about first aid…

Gugalanna smiles.
Gugalanna

Yeah, that’s a good idea. Thanks, amigo!

Timaeus smiles.
Timaeus

…You’re not yelling?

Gugalanna yells again.
Gugalanna

Oh, I found my hearing aids.

Tim laughs nervously.
Timaeus

Oh… oh! That’s good–

Gugalanna flexes.
Gugalanna

She’s gonna be okay, El Timeo!! We’ll fix ‘er up! I’ll pin ‘er down if I have to, wahahaha!!!

I guess she yells for fun after all… I hope Aoi doesn’t get cross with me for sending her after them. But if Gugalanna fights for a living, she probably knows more about injuries than most of us, right?

Well, if nothing else, she’s strong enough to keep Ishi from doing anything else stupid.