Anila's Beach Caper
Anila, (Captain), Vyrn, and Lyria enjoy a day of beach volleyball and take a ride on a banana boat. They take a break at a beach house; Anila and (Captain) chat about the day's activities while watching the sun set.
Anila: Plus the sea...
Anila: Equals Auguste!
Anila, Queen of Sheep and Guardian of the South-Southwest, has been traveling with the crew ever since she hung up her hat as the year spirit.
The midsummer sun bathes the swimsuit-clad Divine General with warm rays as she sprints toward the sparkling, lapping waves.
Vyrn: Haha, there she goes, (Captain)! I didn't know sheep could fly!
Lyria: Oh no. She hasn't put on any sunscreen yet.
Anila: Hey, (Captain)! Over here, over here!
Anila motions for the captain to come her way, but (Captain) holds up a bottle of sunscreen.
Anila: Whoopsie! I got so excited I forgot to protect my skin.
Anila: Even the smallest mistake can lead to oodles of stinging pain later on!
Anila: Rubby-rubby-rub... Lotion on the skin... Rubby-rubby-rub...
Anila applies sunscreen over her whole body except for her back, which eludes her reach.
I hate to be a bother, but can someone get my back for me?
Lyria: Sure! I'll do it!
Anila: My savior! Make sure you don't miss a spot!
Lyria does as she's asked and coats Anila's back with a generous layer of sunscreen.
(Captain) takes a gob of lotion and sneaks up behind Anila.
Anila: Eeeep! Wait a minute, (Captain)!
Anila: I appreciate the help, but you should say something before—
Anila: Ahahaha! Eeeheehee!
Anila squirms with laughter as her captor unleashes a wave of tickles on her sides.
Anila: Th-that's enough of your mischief!
Anila: N-no more... Heehee... My... My sides!
Now that the crew is properly protected from the sun, they set their sights on jumping into the water.
Anila: Oh! I almost forgot another important thing!
Anila summons her sheep.
Anila: Heehee! It's your vacation time too! Go out and do whatever you like!
Anila: Hm? You want to stick around and play with me?
Anila: Teehee! What dears! Okay then, the more the merrier!
And so the eclectic band of sheep, dragon, and skyfarers hit the beach.
Anila: Here comes a bump! Hah!
(Captain) takes the pass and then sends it over the net at Vyrn.
Vyrn: I got it! Lyria, I'm passin' it to you!
Lyria: Oh no! I can't make it!
Anila: Nice save!
As the crew continue their game of beach volleyball, they spot a small boat zooming through the water, dragging something behind it.
Anila: What was that?
Vyrn: Not sure. Didn't get a good look 'cause it was goin' so fast...
Anila: Then it's up to us to solve this mystery! Come on, everyone!
The crew runs in the direction the boat disappeared off to. They eventually find it docked by a small beach shack.
Anila: Banana... boat?
Banana Boat Hawker: Aha! I spy with my little eye a lovely lady who's all about banana boats!
Anila: What, pray tell, is a banana boat?
Banana Boat Hawker: It's only the summer's hottest and coolest attraction! Ride in style on a banana-shaped inflatable as it's pulled by a boat at warp speed!
Lyria: Wow! That sounds like tons of fun!
Vyrn: Too bad it's not apple-shaped, but I guess a banana makes more sense as a boat!
Anila: Consider me intrigued! What's the verdict, (Captain)?
The crew members have spoken, and (Captain) forks over the rupies without hesitation.
Banana Boat Hawker: Best decision you'll ever make! Now, who's gonna ride where?
Choose: You want to sit up front, Anila?
- You want to sit up front, Anila?
- They don't call me captain for nothing!
Anila: Sure! I'll man the bow with gusto!
Banana Boat Hawker: Haha, I like your moxie! All righty, time to hit those waves!
Anila takes her place at the front of the banana boat, and the inflatable is calmly towed out to the open sea.
Banana Boat Hawker: I'm going slow so you guys can get used to riding on the water.
Anila: Heehee! What a wonderful breeze!
Lyria: Whee! Up and down we go!
Vyrn: We're like a stone skipping along the surface!
(Captain) and the riders holler with joy as their banana boat cuts through the wind.
Banana Boat Hawker: You ain't seen nothing yet, kiddos! Get ready for the real banana boat experience!
The Three: Eyaaah!
The inflatable takes a sharp turn at full speed, causing the riders to lose their grips.
Anila: Waaaah! (Captain)!
(Captain) tries to hold Anila down, but the sudden shift in balance sends everybody tumbling into the water.Choose: They don't call me captain for nothing!
Anila: Oooh! Look who's taking charge!
Banana Boat Hawker: Hear, hear! And I wouldn't be much of a promoter if I didn't give you the banana boat experience to match!
With (Captain) at the front, the banana boat is tugged into the sea at a fantastic speed.
Banana Boat Hawker: Full throttle, baby!
Anila: Whoooa! What a sudden burst of speed!
Lyria: We're going so fast I feel like I'm flying with every bounce!
Vyrn: This is crazy!
(Captain) and the riders scream at the top of their lungs as their banana boat caroms off the waves.
Banana Boat Hawker: Still holding on back there? Nice! You kids ain't the average customers!
Banana Boat Hawker: I've always wanted to see what would happen if I crank it up a notch!
The Three: Gyaaah!
(Captain) and company latch onto the banana boat for dear life as it weaves left and right like a thrashing yellow sea serpent.
Eventually the forces are too much for the captain to overcome.
Anila: Watch out, (Captain)!
Anila tries to keep (Captain) from falling off, but her shifting weight causes the boat to tip, and everyone tumbles into the water.Continue 1
Anila: Cough... Pfft... We finally tipped over!
Lyria: I had no idea the boat could bounce that high!
Vyrn: I honestly thought we'd get blown away, but it sure was a blast!
The soaked friends share a laugh at their big wipeout.
Banana Boat Hawker: Heh, climb back on, you guys. Summer's just getting started.
This man knows a thing or two about quality service. He ensures the riders get their money's worth.
Exhausted from the exhilaration, (Captain) and company take a break at a nearby beach house.
Anila: Phew... Nothing beats a cold glass of juice when you need to cool down.
Lyria: Yeah. I was really thirsty.
Vyrn: That Banana Man became a totally different person once we hit the water. He needs to turn it down.
The tired crew kicks back with several cold beverages.
As the sun slowly sets, it paints the beach with strokes of red, orange, and yellow.
Anila: Today was really fun.
Choose: Not to mention tiring.
- Not to mention tiring.
- I'm not done yet. Are you?
Anila: You're right about that. Maybe I didn't pace myself too well.
Anila: I could relax here for a little while longer.Choose: I'm not done yet. Are you?
Anila: Heehee! Of course not, silly!
Anila: When it comes to having fun, I'm just getting started!Continue 2
Anila and (Captain) smile at each other as the last rays of sunlight sink below the tide.
They turn and fix their gazes on the multicolored horizon, not wanting to miss a second of dusk waving goodbye.
After the sun goes down, (Captain) and company explore a summer festival. They eat dinner and dessert followed by playing several games of ring toss. Anila is especially thrilled by the festival, acting like a big kid.
Evening descends on Auguste, and a boardwalk festival is in full swing.
Anila and company make their way through the festival grounds, swiveling their heads from one crowded shop to the next.
Anila: Hmm... Every place is packed. It makes me wonder what all the hubbub is about!
Anila: Sniff, sniff... And what's that smell?
Lyria: I think it's coming from that stall over there!
The sweet aroma is coming from a combination of sauce, seafood, and noodles sauteing on an iron griddle.
Anila: Gulp... I would love to have a taste of those seafood fried noodles!
Vyrn: Right on! Pretty sure we're all starving!
Anila: Excuse me. Can I get a serving for four?
Noodle Vendor: You sure can! I'll even super-size it on the house 'cause you're cute as a button!
Anila: Thank you kindly for the extra helping!
Anila sets the plate of steaming noodles on a nearby table and everybody digs in.
Anila: Phoo... Phoo... Nom nom... Oh my!
Anila: The rich sauce goes perfectly with the seafood's saltiness. I can't get enough of this delectable concoction!
Lyria: The squid and shrimp are chewy but not soggy!
(Captain) and Vyrn couldn't agree more as they stuff their faces with food.
With happy stomachs all around, the foursome ventures back onto the boardwalk.
Vyrn: Whew... I think I ate too much. But it was too good to resist!
Anila: I didn't even notice I was on my second helping. I hope I wasn't being shameless.
Slowed slightly by full bellies, the gang spies a stand selling shaved ice.
A huge block of ice sits inside a machine. In front of it is a rainbow of syrup bottles that lines the edge of the booth.
Anila: Frozen desserts, ho! A sweet treat is the perfect way to top off a meal indeed!
Lyria: That sounds like a great idea! I was in the mood for something sweet myself!
Vyrn: Hahaha! Boy, can you two eat!
Anila: There's always room for dessert, don'tcha know. What say you, (Captain)?
(Captain) agrees with the old saying and suggests they each get their own cup.
Anila: Oh look, (Captain)! They have strawberry!
Anila: And for toppings they offer sweetened condensed milk and red bean jellies! Too chic!
Vyrn: Huh, how 'bout that? Don't see many places using red bean jellies as a topping.
Lyria: Hm... I can't decide what I want...
Anila: Well, I know what I'm getting! Strawberry shaved ice with condensed milk and red bean jellies!
Shaved Ice Vendor: Hey, I get the same thing every time too! Gonna stack on some extra toppings for a fellow foodie!
Each crew member orders their combination of shaved ice, and they eat while walking.
Anila: Mmm-mm! It's chilly and delicious!
Lyria: Wowie, this hits the spot after dinner!
(Captain) enters a state of rapture with every bite of cold, crunchy goodness.
Vyrn: Hey, buddy! Can I try some of yours?
Lyria: Oh! Me too!
Anila: (Captain)! Could I also...
- But it's mine...
Anila: Heehee! Aw, you're too kind!
Anila: I'm not picky. Feed me as little or as much as you like!Choose: But it's mine...
Anila: Owie, owie, ow! Who knew blistering rejection could hurt so much...
(Captain) desperately tries to stifle a laugh at the sight of Anila's melodrama.
Anila: Hmph! Maybe you'll reconsider if I give you a spoonful of my dessert first.
Anila: Open wide and say "ah"!
(Captain) gets a taste of frozen heaven from Anila's spoon.
Anila: So? Did my offering change your mind?
The captain, without saying a word, returns the favor.
Anila: I knew I could count on you! Now it's my turn to say "ah"!Continue 1
(Captain) sticks a spoonful of ice and toppings into Anila's mouth.
Anila: Mm! This is delicious!
With their dessert cups now empty, the crew pass by a ring toss booth.
Ring Toss Boss: Step right up, ladies and gentlemen! Fancy a game of ring toss?
Anila: Oho... So all I need to do is toss this ring onto the peg of the prize I want?
Lyria: I see candy prizes, stuffed animals... There's a lot to choose from!
Anila: Looks interesting! It could be just what I need to burn off this food!
Ring Toss Boss: Any reason's a good reason to play! I'll even move the prizes a bit closer for ya!
(Captain) and company try their hand at winning a prize, with the added bonus of letting their food digest.
Anila: Unh! Yah! Hah!
Anila: Sigh... I guess my aim isn't very good.
Lyria: Which prize are you trying to go for?
Anila: Either that set of fluffy stuffed sheep or the assortment of red bean jellies.
Vyrn: Dun-dun-dun! I think (Captain)'s gettin' fired up!
(Captain) breathes deeply, entering a state of total concentration. The captain steps in front of Anila and picks up a ring.
Choose: Super Secret Tech: Sidewinder!
- Super Secret Tech: Sidewinder!
- Super Secret Tech: Ricochet!
(Captain) gives a flick of the wrist, shooting the ring horizontally in a perfect parabolic arc that snags the prize peg.
Anila: Oh! You won the fluffy sheep plushies!
Still in the zone, (Captain) lets fly another ring, winning a box of assorted red bean jellies as well.Choose: Super Secret Tech: Ricochet!
(Captain) hurls the ring forward at an angle. It bounces off the board and flips onto the peg.
Anila: Amazing! You won the assorted red bean jellies!
Still in the zone, (Captain) lets fly another ring, winning the set of stuffed sheep as well.Continue 2
Anila: That was fantastic, (Captain)! You're a master at ring toss!
(Captain) collects the prizes and gifts them to Anila.
Anila: Can I really have these? Thank you!
The Divine General is so ecstatic she forgets she's in public and gives (Captain) a big hug.
Anila: Oops! I shouldn't be doing this!
Vyrn: Heheh! Guess you're just a big kid after all!
Lyria: Um, say, (Captain)... Do you think you can win that prize for me?
Vyrn: Don't forget about me! I want something too!
The captain obliges, winning prize after prize.
Anila and company make the most of enjoying the summer booths.
Endless Summer: Scene 2
(Captain) and the gang are coaxed into braving some "haunted" woods as a way to test their courage. After making it through several scripted scares, the crew arrive at their goal: a graveyard. A horde of pretend zombies chases Anila and Lyria out of the woods as a final congratulations for completing the trial.
The crew approaches a trail that leads into a wooded area running alongside the festival.
A man stands by the entrance, candle in hand. He meets Anila's gaze.
Spooky Man: I wonder...
You there. Girl with the curly horns.
Anila: Yes? You wish to speak with me?
Spooky Man: Just as I suspected. You can see me.
Anila: Wh-what are you implying? That I'm the only person who can see you?
Lyria: Anila? Why did you stop all of a sudden?
Anila: Oh, how should I put this... There's a ghost here, and...
Anila: (I've been chosen to undergo a trial since I'm the only one who can see him.)
Vyrn: Huh? Who's that dude over there?
Anila: That dude? You mean you see the man holding the candle?
Vyrn: What are you talkin' about? He's standing right next to you.
At that exact moment, a couple carrying candles comes strolling out of the woods.
Tough Guy: Well, that was a whole lotta nothing. I thought a test of courage was supposed to be—oh, I don't know—scary?
Sultry Lady: Teehee! I have nothing to fear with my darling at my side!
Anila: A test of courage?
Anila: (I was being led on! I almost made a fool out of myself!)
Spooky Man: Can you people do me a favor? There is a graveyard just past these woods. Please offer this monster-sealing talisman to a shrine among those tombs.
Spooky Man: Capture the evil energy that permeates the dead grounds into the talisman to let the spirits rest in peace.
Vyrn: So it's basically a challenge to make it through the haunted woods without gettin' scared, right? I say we give it a try!
Lyria: I'm always willing to help people, but are we really going to run into gh-ghosts... or worse?
Anila: Lyria makes a valid point. It seems irresponsible to disturb spirits for a simple dare.
Choose: They need our help!
- They need our help!
- Maybe we shouldn't...
Anila: If those are (Captain)'s wishes, then who am I to refuse?
Lyria: Sigh... Ghosts are scary, but I'll have to do my best to be brave!Choose: Maybe we shouldn't...
Anila: Sometimes discretion is the better part of valor.
Spooky Man: Are you truly unable to help me? If you don't appease the spirits, misfortune is bound to happen...
In the dim light of the flickering candle, the man's sunken eyes bore holes into each of the crew members.
Lyria: I-I understand! If that's the case then I'll do it!
Vyrn: Should be fine, right? Can't be that scary if we all go in together.
Anila: So that's two for going. As for you, (Captain)?
Seeing that the man has strong-armed the others into submission, (Captain) has no choice but to reluctantly agree.Continue 1
Spooky Man: Thank you. Be careful in there. I'll be waiting for the good news.
The man sends them into the dense growth of trees with the monster-sealing talisman.
Anila: Since we agreed to this mission, we have to do it right.
Anila: First we need to place this talisman at the graveyard shrine.
Anila & Lyria: Eep...
Flying Shadow: Keekeekee...
Moving Shadow: Groooan...
Anila: Something's trying to scare us!
Lyria: I'm pretty sure they were ghosts...
Pretend Zombie: Blaaargh!
Anila & Lyria: Aaaah!
The girls take off running but trip and fall onto their backsides.
Anila: Oof... Why is the ground all soggy?
Lyria: It's hard for me to stand up...
Something cold and slimy flies at Anila and Lyria from the thicket.
Anila: Eeuyech! Some sort of slime hit me in the face!
Lyria: Eeek! What is this!
Vyrn: Uh, are you two okay?
Anila: Wait, isn't this edible konjac jelly?
Lyria: Even the ground is covered in it!
Anila: Grrr... I can't believe I was duped by such a juvenile trick. They won't get away with this!
Anila: I swear nothing's going to get a rise out of me from now on! Get your wits about you, Lyria!
Lyria: Ah! Wait, Anila!
Vyrn: Hey, we gotta go after them, (Captain)!
(Captain) and Vyrn race after their two companions.
Anila takes the lead, but she retreats to the safety of the crew every time she encounters a jump scare.
The beleaguered guardian finally arrives at the graveyard and spots the shrine they've been looking for.
Anila: Huff... Huff... We're done once we offer this talisman to the shrine, right?
Lyria: Look what I found! It's a monster-shaped stamper!
Vyrn: I guess that guy wants us to stamp the talisman.
Anila takes the stamper and presses it down firmly on the talisman.
It seems their mission is complete.
Anila & Lyria: Zooombiiies!
Vyrn: Oh brother... Whaddya say we get outta these woods?
Having proven their courage, (Captain) and Vyrn chase after the girls, who are running for their lives.
Endless Summer: Scene 3
The crew joins a public dance around a large bonfire. Fireworks explode overhead, capping off what should be a perfect evening, but the sudden appearance of a deepflight oyster ruins the mood. (Captain) and Anila battle the shelled party crasher.
After overcoming the trial in the woods, the crew leaves the boardwalk shops and visits an open square that has a large bonfire set in the center.
A crowd of people dance in one big circle around the flames to the beat of the music.
Anila: Now this looks like a lively activity I can get behind!
Anila: Let's join in, (Captain)!
Anila grabs (Captain) by the hand, and the two slip into the ring of dancers.
Anila: Step to the right, step to the left... To the right, to the left... Now front step, front step, and one step back...
Anila: One, and two, and three, and spin, and pose!
Lyria: Yay, she's got her smile back!
Vyrn: That test of courage thing really sapped the life outta her...
Lyria: Let's enjoy this dance and forget all about that episode.
Vyrn: Sounds good to me! C'mon, time to get our dance on!
The music continues uninterrupted; (Captain) and company boogie around the bonfire in a never-ending loop.
Anila: Heehee! This is so much fun!
Anila and (Captain) are caught up in this magical moment, smiling at each other as they hold hands.
Then the music suddenly cuts out and everyone around them looks up at the sky.
Multicolored lights blossom amid the stars above Anila and (Captain).
Anila: They sure are...
The couple next to them happens to be the same couple they'd seen coming out of the woods.
Sultry Lady: Darling? Did you know that if two people tango under the fireworks, they'll be together forever?
Tough Guy: Oh, really? Well, I guess that means we're together forever now.
Anila and (Captain) overhear their conversation, and the two reflexively look at each other.
Anila: I-I've never heard of such a saying...
(Captain) is about to answer when a terrifying screech fills the plaza.
Deepflight Oyster: ...!
It's the sound of a dreaded deepflight oyster crashing the dance.
Anila: Disrupting everyone's enjoyment is unacceptable behavior!
Anila: (Captain)! You and I are going to put a stop to the tumult!
Anila and the captain push through the panicking public and engage the hard-shelled foe.
Endless Summer: Scene 4
The oyster is defeated, but a sudden downpour forces the crew to return to the inn where they succumb to fatigue. A quick nap later, Anila invites (Captain) out for a nighttime swim in the sea. It's been a fun-filled vacation—one that has allowed their friendship to deepen even further.
Deepflight Oyster: ...!
Anila matches (Captain)'s movements, and they successfully shuck the troublemaker.
The people who had run for cover clap and cheer for their heroes.
Lyria: You guys were so cool!
Anila: Lyria! I'm glad you're safe!
Anila: Now I can finally relax again.
Vyrn: Uh-oh. Is it rainin'?
The clouds suddenly open up and a heavy downpour sends the crowd looking for shelter.
Anila: Agh! We'd better move it too!
They splash through the rain all the way back to their inn.
Anila: Sheesh... It's a good thing I was wearing my bathing suit, but I'm still soaked to the bone.
Anila: Luckily, I've got just the thing to dry off with.
Anila passes around the fluffy towels she brought, and soon everyone is squeaky dry.
Anila: A cold body is susceptible to illness, so I'll go make us some tea.
Lyria: Ooh! I'll help you!
Anila: Great! Let's shake a leg!
It isn't long before the girls return with trays of hot tea and light snacks.
Anila: I brewed my super special tea leaves, so I hope you like it!
Lyria: And the snacks are the jellies (Captain) won from the ring toss game!
Vyrn: That's supposed to be your stuff. Thanks for sharing them with us!
Anila: It's okay! Food tastes better when shared with friends!
As the group enjoys tea time, Anila hits upon an idea. She gets up and leaves momentarily.
When she comes back, she's hiding something behind her back.
Vyrn: Uh-oh... What's with that sneaky smirk?
Anila reveals a big stack of board games.
Anila: No one's sleeping tonight!
Lyria: Oh, yay! I've always wanted to play these!
Vyrn: I heard this one's pretty good!
Anila: Am I psychic or what? We're going to play until we drop!
It continues to rain outside while the crew loses track of time playing board games.
But even they can't stave off the sandman forever, succumbing to a day's worth of activity.
Their soft snores are nearly drowned out by the droning rain.
Anila: Snooze... Snooze...
(Captain)'s eyes groggily open to see Anila's sleeping face up close and personal.
Anila: Nnh... Mumble...
Anila: Heh... Heh... I ate too much...
Anila's eyes suddenly open, and her gaze meets the captain's.
Anila: Yeep! I didn't know you were awake.
Anila: You didn't see me making weird faces while I was sleeping, did you?
Choose: I did...
- I did...
- No, I swear I didn't!
Anila: Nnh... This is so embarrassing! It's unbecoming of a maiden!Choose: No, I swear I didn't!
Anila: Thanks for protecting a maiden's dignity, (Captain)!Continue 1
Anila: I need to be more mindful of where I fall asleep next time.
Anila: But I had so much fun hanging out with everyone that I didn't realize I'd dozed off.
Anila: Sorry for dragging you all out on a whim.
(Captain) promises her that they've all had a fun day.
Anila: I see. You always have a way with words.
Anila: There's never a dull moment whenever I spend time with you.
Anila: I know I've already asked a lot from you, but there's just one more thing, if I may?
(Captain) is quick to nod.
Anila: Thanks. Will you come outside with me?
Anila invites (Captain) out to the shore.
Anila: The sea is much different at night. It's quieter for one thing.
Anila: So about that thing I wanted to ask... I was wondering what it'd be like to swim under the stars.
Anila: But a pitch-black sea is unnerving. Will you go in with me?
(Captain) responds with an empathic yes.
With the beach all to themselves, the two slip into the water.
Anila: Aah... The water is quite warm once you're actually in it.
Anila: Come over here, (Captain). Take my hand.
Anila: I'm not afraid or anything, but it'd be dangerous if we got separated.
They float together on the calm waves, hand in hand.
Anila suddenly takes a more ceremonious tone with (Captain).
Anila: And so my list of "new experiences shared with (Captain)" grows by one.
Anila: I'm lucky to have met you, (Captain).
Anila: Thanks for bringing me along on your adventure.
Choose: I'm just glad you wanted to come.
- I'm just glad you wanted to come.
Anila: Heehee! I want us to experience many more things that we can someday look back on.
Their smiles are illuminated by the gentle beams of moonlight.
They'll surely come to rely on each other even more as the journey goes on, and their bonds will continue to strengthen without fail.