Hannah and Armin made a great impression on Midnight, the beautiful black cat living with Team Hacker. Armin then surprised everyone when he informed them that he was planning to be brave in conquering his fear of water by going for a hot tub. A near mishap on Hannah's part nearly cost Armin his own life. However, Hannah jumped in front of the Bori to save his fur. However, it looks like Hannah may want more than just hugs and kisses from her date. Will the pair have an awkward moment at bed time? And, what will happen with the huge gem, now that the couple is on Earth, instead of Neopia?
This gives me an idea for a beautiful movie's opening title screen. Someday, I hope to make fan films a reality!
The pair's very first conversation. And, to think, their relationship goes beyond JUST FRIENDS! The timeline in these stories is set to about a couple years after this event.
Honestly, who doesn't think these two are or belong in a beautiful relationship? They're holding hands!
Armin... actually enjoying being in water!
Armin finally settled in the hot tub's water, and Hannah watched him, to ensure he wouldn't drown. The Usul's heartbeat was moderately rapid for a while until Armin saw Hannah worrying about him.
"Hannah? Please… don't worry. I am happy in this water. I'm able to feel comfortable in this. While this is new to me, I am having quite a bit of fun! You should, too!"
"Armin… I know you're loyal, but, if you are being untruthful to yourself, you are also untruthful to me. If it turns out that you're trying to impress me, while unhappy or uncomfortable, I will have a hard time trusting you, Armin. Are you certain
you're being truthful? This is your only chance to retract any untruths to what you just told me."
"I swear, Hannah, I am being truthful. Never would I lie to you. You, the beautiful girl that I found cold, unconscious, and under a layer of snow on Terror Mountain. You, Hannah the Usul. Besides, swimming is important to you, and, I truly hope to swim like you, someday, to help you with large treasure chests, and bringing them to shore. Not even Vegeta will be able to beat us with our combined swimming skills, once I'm done learning how to swim by a beautiful expert!"
Hannah sniffled. "Armin, the only thing missing is a diamond or ruby. Otherwise, it's quite beautiful, what you just told me." Armin hugged Hannah as the Usul sniffled between words.
Armin gulped, as he remembered something vital.
"Uh…… Ah, heh, heh! Uh! Hannah?" The Bori was nervous.
"Armin? You seem nervous."
"Uh, well……" Armin leaned towards Hannah to whisper something in her ear. The Usul gasped.
"We need Vegeta. He's the only one who can help us!" Hannah's words made Armin gasp, as Vegeta himself was heard walking towards the recreational room.
"What.... now? Surely, he shouldn't mind.... calling off the expedition?"
"The problem is, it might hurt the poor guy's feelings..." Hannah then used a hand motion towards Armin to tell him to stop talking about their worries.
"Lovebirds, you both seem rather nervous. My wife and I are concerned for you two." Vegeta's concerned voice made the pair feel nervous.
"Oh, Vegeta! You have a nice sense of humour! No, really! Armin and I aren't in any trouble! We have to get used to culture here on Earth!"
"Save the act, Usul. My scouter indicates your base energy level is very similar to when we first met. Your base energy levels, combined, when calm, is at 20. Right now, I see it is at 35. Something is happening, and I want to know what it is. Lie to me, and I will
retract my expedition offer. I am under no obligation to take you two to the custom clothes shop. But, I am willing to give you two a chance to keep the offer." Vegeta's words made the pair feel a bit more under pressure to stay. However, Hannah knew she had to come clean with her concerns about the big gem.
"Vegeta... I have this strange feeling." Hannah shook as she got out of the hot tub. It wasn't the cooling down that caused her body to vibrate. It was fear. "See, Armin and I... we... found a nice gem, and we need to protect it. No matter what, we cannot allow anything
to happen to it!"
Vegeta eyed the pair. "So? Why couldn't -" He then paused. He knew if their find was heavy enough, they wouldn't have risked bringing it with them, out in the open, and his scouter picked up a strange reading on both days he had met them. "So... it's still at your place, huh? Figures. So, my friend... tell me, what is so special about this gem?"
Armin jumped out in front of Hannah, almost as if to protect her, and shouted "It's big! It's green! It weighs a ton! Well, half a ton, but, it felt like it weighed a lot more!"
The Gem's importance!
"WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT!" Vegeta's eyes opened up. "What are you trying to pull?"
He asked with a slight level of skepticism and joking tone, and frowned slightly, "You and I ALL know that NO gem is that
big!" Vegeta looked more serious at the pair, "And, even if it were, I'd have known about it, a LONG
time ago!" Vegeta grew impatient.
"It's true! We speak no word of a lie! Armin has a photograph of it! We have an electronic camera, and, well, we have the photograph on it, but, also printed out! It's the only one, however, so, please, be careful with it." Hannah's looking into Vegeta's eyes was a gesture that told him she wasn't joking. Vegeta then headed for the men's change room.
As he searched Armin's clothes for the photo, he eventually found what he was looking for. Much to his surprise, the gem seemed to check out. He ran back to the pair, and angrily rushed towards Hannah, who felt hopeless. Vegeta then had poor Hannah in a near chokehold, and growled briefly, but loudly.
"What's the matter with you two?!?! Couldn't you have told us about this gem any earlier?!?! Well, you must have had it weighed! I am right, am I not?" Vegeta's eyes had rage glowing in them. Hannah struggled to answer, and Armin couldn't take it any longer. He stood up for Hannah by protesting to Vegeta, who angrily threw the Usul at the Bori, who caught her just in time. As she made her landing in Armin's arms, Hannah let out a sharp, frightened, scream, as she never thought someone would be this strong. "Fools! You don't get it, do you? Listen up, because, I'm only going to say this once!
There are seven
special emeralds known as Chaos Emeralds. And, they have the ability to energize animals and all living beings!
However, they have been losing their power, over time. The planet they were created on was completely destroyed. They now reside here on Earth. And, the only gem missing is the Master Emerald, a gem so massive, it may very well be the same one you two found and collected! If it turns out to be the same gem, I'll treat you two to an extravagant trip, all expenses paid, and, more importantly, I'll purchase the gem for 5 fold your asking price! However, if it turns out that it's not the Master Emerald, well, I might still purchase it... just for a little less. After all, it does
look quite nice, and my beloved wife could use a nice wedding anniversary present."
Hannah's shaking and crying gradually stopped, and as Armin prepared to set the Usul back down, she begged him to keep her in his arms. Armin shook nervously, as he sensed the magnitude of Hannah's fear. "Please, Hannah? You're Hannah the Brave!" Armin somewhat begged.
"YEAH?!?! Well, for the time being, YOU are Armin the Brave, while I am Hannah the Frightened!" Hannah piped up, realizing that she was snapping at poor Armin, the one she never
thought she'd behave like this towards. Hannah shook, and looked at the poor Bori that she yelled at, and whimpered. "Armin.... I'm so sorry! I snapped at you!" Tears rolled down her face, and Hannah cried out loud. Hannah hugged Armin harder, and cried with more heart.
"Now, now. It's only natural to snap after a frightening experience like that," Armin whispered.
"But, I'm a Usul!" Hannah whimpered, "No
Usul ever snaps at their beloved ones!"
"Maybe, they've never been as stressed as you!" Armin tried to comfort Hannah. However, the Usul felt somewhat offended by the fact that her Bori companion had the audacity of informing her she was stressed. However, Hannah's initial feel of being offended faded when she realized that Armin was able to see that something was wrong with her, and cared enough about her to point out that she perhaps needed to address her emotional problems. As Hannah continued to prss against Armin for comfort, Vegeta cleared his throat.
"You know, I regret attacking you like this. I really do. That is why I will pay top price for your gem, either way." Vegeta did not dare try to smirk or smile. He maintained his composure, and looked at Armin in a sincere manner. "If you and Hannah get married, it would be nice to have it happen here on Earth. This mansion harbours a private church. I am certain you can invite plenty of friends to your wedding. However, that
is a long time from now. But, it isn't to say I won't be there to make beautiful things happen in your relationship with one another in the meantime. That is the truth." Vegeta couldn't help but smile as he finished talking, as he enjoyed seeing beautiful prospective couples bloom into full romance, and he had a knack for identifying real couples.
"You're very kind, Vegeta." Armin was grateful to his host. However, he had the urge to let Hannah down on the ground, as the Usul was getting to be a bit too heavy for the poor Bori, and Vegeta noticed that. He then relieved Armin of his position of being Hannah's physical support by pulling her away, and setting the Usul on the ground.
"Why'd you do that, Vegeta?" Hannah asked while she shook.
"Humph! You're welcome
, Usul. Perhaps, you should be thankful and happy that I'm willing to compensate you in either scenario in regards to your precious gem find." Vegeta squinted slightly as the Usul slowly turned to face him as he spoke. Vegeta let the pair know that he found it was urgent to get the gem to Planet Earth, and, therefore, they would get down to business as soon as the couple changed into their regular clothes.
Vegeta and White Hawk's problem with the Portal Machine
Moe and BIOS were disappointed that their father had to leave to Neopia to retrieve the gem from Hannah and Armin's home. However, they understood that it would be for a short while, as The Hacker still wanted to bring the pair from Neopia around town. White Hawk was worried about her machine, however, as it gave very different information about the captured coordinates about Hannah and Armin's house on Krawk Island. Vegeta frowned, but kept his temper in check.
"Could it be... the Portal is somewhere else on Neopia? I assume it is... after all, planets rotate all the time. Perhaps, the coordinates are only good for us in the morning, or in the evening."
Will Vegeta, Hannah and Armin get the gem? Or, will someone like Kanrik and the Thieves Guild get it before the trio can bring it to Planet Earth?