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Chapter Two Blooper
Mariss giggled playfully as she jumped down into the puddle, covering herself with muddy droplets. Little Dev’in was more careful, easing himself down in so as not to make a mess.
“Hey, come on!” she bade. “It’s no fun if you don’t get dirty.”
Dev’in carefully pattered his small feet up and down. Enough to make ripples, but not enough to splash.
“No, don’t be a weakling, do it like THIS,” she laughed, kicking a foot full of mud at him.
Dev’in gasped as the cold slop hit him in the face. He coughed and gagged, flicking his head about.
The young girl laughed so hard she fell backwards onto the hard floor of the cave, holding her tummy and rolling around.
“It’s not funny!” he complained, splashing water on himself and twisting his whole body like a towel to wring himself out.
“Yes it is,” Mariss nodded as she gave a deep belly laugh. “It’s very, very funny.”
He flicked the mud off his hands and sat down, looking up at the sorrowful stalactites dripping above them. Off in the distance, the other changelings had risked a small fire to cook some more of those foul-smelling roots they had dug up. Dev’in watched their mournful faces, their sorrowful eyes. He could not remember the last time he had seen one of the adults smile.
“Why do we have to stay here?” he wondered. “It’s cold, I don’t like it. Why can’t we go home?”
Mariss changed her body into a crab and practiced walking sideways up the cave wall. “Krabby.”
“Krabby, Krabby. Krrrrabby!”
Dev’in placed his hands on his hips and huffed. “She’s doing it again.”
“Cut!” the Director yelled. “What is this?”
“Krabby?” Mariss asked.
“Stop saying that. Say your line.”
“What is wrong with her?”
“She’s doing that stupid Pokémon thing again.”
“Look, if you can’t say your lines, I’m just going to have to hire another shapeshifter.”
“Where did you get these two?”
The Assistant Director frowned. “Do you have any idea how hard it is to find shapeshifting child actors in this town?”
“If they’re shapeshifters then you can just hire an adult, right?”
The Assistant Director waggled her head. “Well, there’s a very good reason why I didn’t do that?”
Dev’in changed shape into a sea horse. “Horsea!”
“And what reason is that?”
“Because I didn’t think of it until you said it just now.”
“GET THOSE THINGS OFF MY SET!”