“You’re a fluke! You’ve taken over the Syck Monkey’s job!” Labaguette exclaims.
“He collects for himself. It’s his world, his Alibaba cavern. I collect for everyone, for the greater good of all. My world is made of lists, receipts and items in exchange for more.”
“Yeah right!” the Captain says as the Insatiable Princess shudders and the ropes unfold some more out of the deck before straightening towards the disappeared shuttle, but no one takes notice.
“We work together.”
“Why would the Syck Monkey steal from you?”
“A falling egg. A fortunate mismatch over place and timing. One precious egg. Caught it falling from Syck Monkey’s cavern though I did not know this at the time.”
“We’re out of here,” the Captain says, “we don’t need to get involved.”
Upon those words, the King-of-all-Things, who is not one to chew his words for too long, points to the platform and a tsunami approaches fast, with a few tornadoes following at a short distance behind.
“All right, all right, all right!” Captain Traumatic concedes, his pupils darker than they’ve ever been.
“This won’t do, Captain!” Birdseye exclaims.
At that exact moment, the ropes straightened to such an extent that solidify, to the exception of one, pulling the Insatiable Princess with them, towards the disappeared Monkeys and shuttle.
Then, the loose rope slaps King U off balance, and he falls onto the platform below.
In no time, the Insatiable Princess and its remaining crew are out of sight.
“Synchronicity, again!” the King-of-all-Things says, pulling a fishing rod out of his cloud, throwing towards King U before hanging it in the air, pondering this fateful catch.
To be continued…