The rain picked up again later that afternoon, but the downpour only lasted for a short while. Once it had stopped, Mrs. Doggo approached us from the kitchen. Queen Floofy Floofer and I were sitting on the couch together watching the television again. I had managed to calm her down after before as she had been a little upset. I think things were getting to her and Mertle's actions certainly weren't helping. "You two, are you able to help me out this afternoon?" Mrs. Doggo asked us. Queen Floofy Floofer looked up at her sister for a moment before looking back to the television. I perked up my ears. "I need a few things from the store but I don't have time to go there. I'll give you some money." "Okeytaka," I said, although Queen Floofy Floofer didn't look in the mood. I pulled her arm gently. "Fine," she eventually grumbled, pushing my paw away slightly. "Thanks kiddo," Mrs. Doggo responded, going in to claim her purse. She returned a short while later and handed over the leafy greens. I knew it was called money, though I preferred Sir Chonky's term. I took the money from her and Queen Floofy Floofer pushed herself up from the couch. "Come on Captain Chonkers," she said softly, and I followed her to the door. "Be careful, little girl. Captain Chonkers," I heard Thicc Corgi say, eyeing me as I grabbed the umbrella. I gave a nod and closed the door behind us. Queen Floofy Floofer walked ahead of me down the staircase and I quickly followed her. Thankfully the store was only just down the road. It wouldn't take us more than five minutes to get there. There were not many people out considering the weather. As it started to lightly rain again, I held the umbrella over Queen Floofy Floofer's head. She looked at the ground as we walked, her expression quite moody. I bent over her and peered up into her eyes. She sighed. "I'm sorry Captain Chonkers," she told me. "A lot is on my mind right now." " Captain Chonkers can tell," I responded. "Want to talk?" She looked around. I tilted my head, waiting for a response. She grabbed my paw and pulled me over to a bench. We sat down. She kicked her feet and stared down at the ground. She was quiet for a few moments before finally speaking to me. "I just..." she sighed. "I'm afraid, Captain Chonkers. The way Mertle is talking about you now. All this stuff she is saying to you. You know. About you needing to be restrained, and that you tried to kill us? It really makes me angry. I'm afraid that I'll lose control and punch her when we perform. I don't want to ruin our dance and embarrass us because of her." I put a paw to her back and rubbed gently. " Queen Floofy Floofer, Mertle isa bully, ih? Queen Floofy Floofer cannot let get to her. I know... is hard. Hard to ignore... but, Queen Floofy Floofer has to. Naga leesa tel japdelup, okeytaka?" She went quiet. I looked up at the sky and flinched when some water hit my nose. "It's also what you said before. About not deserving me? Captain Chonkers, I want you to understand that had you not crashed here that night, I would have had nobody, and I mean that." I looked at her thoughtfully. A few people passed by us and Queen Floofy Floofer went quiet for a moment until they were out of earshot. "I mean... back then Mertle didn't pick on me as much, but me and Mrs. Doggo were so alone. We fought a lot. It was really hard to cope most days. I miss mom and dad so much and I took it out on my sister sometimes even though I didn't mean to." "Mrs. Doggo was stressed because she was being told that a social worker would be keeping an eye on us, but I just didn't care about anything and I was just making it so much harder for both of us," she sighed and looked away. "I didn't care about anything. I just wanted to listen to my Elvis records and be alone and maybe die while I was at it, because I knew at least then I wouldn't have to worry about how bad things were any more." " Queen Floofy Floofer..." I said to her softly. I was shocked to hear this. " Captain Chonkers, you've done so much for me," she looked directly at me and took my paws into both of her hands. "So you do deserve me. Not the opposite way around! My life was nothing until you came into it!" she closed her eyes and sighed. "It was hard enough being bullied for being different and when mom and dad died it just got worse. I was considered weird because we weren't a normal family anymore." I was quiet, taking into account what she had said. "But Queen Floofy Floofer, you do deserve me too." She closed her eyes. "I hate feeling this way Captain Chonkers. I feel so angry and sad... and I just... I don't know why!" There were so many things I wanted to say to her at that point. So many things I wanted to make her understand. But my lack of English made that too hard for me. I could only hope she knew enough Tantalog to understand me. " Captain Chonkers cata kweesta yalbay. Queen Floofy Floofer nel daga injiki tay Captain Chonkers kali ashol injibay. Yuuga chunga bey showta Captain Chonkers sa'hya robaapaskit ehs naga kweesta naga cha nala. Queen Floofy Floofer et Captain Chonkers naga o-itumi tay Queen Floofy Floofer naga veesa Captain Chonkers kaphong. Yuuga iki boh Captain Chonkers halaquas uchet, pitcha daklet. Captain Chonkers naga calchaida dougabba. Queen Floofy Floofer make'a meega Captain Chonkers tay Captain Chonkers lottaka poju yuuga." Queen Floofy Floofer stared at me for the longest time after that. I could almost see the gears grinding in her head. It took her at least five minutes before she tried to translate what I'd said to her. I wondered how she would go. It was the best I could explain to her. "You... were created to destroy but... because I... um.. something... you didn't accomplish that?" I nodded. "Injiki." "Interrupted?" I shook my head. "Jiki." "Um..." she thought long and hard. "Intervened?" "Ih ih!" "I was the first one to show you... um..." she paused. "Not to be evil?" "Sa'hya robaapaskit." "Uh... Take in?" "Naga. Ro-baa-pas-kit." "Oh. Learn?" "Ih." "I was the first one to show you how to learn not to be evil and not to destroy." I nodded at her. "I didn't want to get away from you because I... didn't view you as a monster?" I gestured for her to keep going. "I... stayed with you and supported you when everybody else was... um... gone?" I shook my head. "Pitcha." She thought for a moment, before finally she perked up. "Done!" "Ih!" "I stayed with you, supported you when everybody else was done... and..." I saw her begin to tear up again, and quickly picked up her tear with a claw. "Naga cry. No more crying Queen Floofy Floofer." She didn't answer me. "...You can't thank me enough and you are who you are because of me..." "Yes." "Oh Captain Chonkers..." she said gently, and hugged me tightly. "I am who I am because of you as well." "Don't want it any other way," I told her. "Neither do I," she responded over my shoulder. Eventually we pulled apart, and I smiled at her. She smiled back at me. I pulled her down from the bench and pointed in the direction of the shops. She nodded, and we started to head there. Queen Floofy Floofer had her arm around me this time as opposed to holding my paw. It was fairly quiet in the store. A few people stared at us as we went in, though they mostly stared at me. Most places kicked me out because they thought I was a dog, but Queen Floofy Floofer had reasoned long and hard with the owner, Mr Kuakini, to allow me in there. She wouldn't take no for an answer. The human had eventually agreed, and I was allowed inside there with her. As we walked up the aisle, Queen Floofy Floofer handed me a list. I squinted at some of the words on there and she explained what they were to me. "Think you can find those?" "Okeytaka." I'd found most of these items in the past, so I remembered what they were. I saluted to her and walked off to find some of them. Most of them were for dinner, but there were a few other things on there as well. As I rounded the corner to head up to find some vegetables, I paused upon seeing Aleka standing beside an older woman and a younger male child. I guessed it was her mother and brother. When she saw me after turning around, I sneered at her. She looked a little scared and backed off a bit. Stupid brat. Eyeing me closely, she watched as I walked past her to get the vegetables Mrs. Doggo required. I ignored her. Her mother stared at me as well, but was too busy being distracted by her younger sibling. The child and I stared at each other again. I hated her so much. I hated how she treated Queen Floofy Floofer and got away with it so much. Granted, Mertle was the leader but the other three, including her, were just as nasty. I was so tempted to throw the vegetables in her face but I knew that would get me kicked out. How I wished I could give her a mouthful. It was so tempting, but I couldn't do that to Queen Floofy Floofer. I couldn't risk my identity in that way. So I just clenched my fists, feeling my claws dig into my skin. "Blue doggy!" the younger sibling suddenly cried and lunged at me and I jerked back. I didn't want him touching me. He looked surprised and then tried to reach out to pet me again. I would have allowed it had it been any other child, but at that point I didn't care considering he was HER brother. So I jerked back and growled. He looked upset and soon began to cry, running back to the mother. Aleka just glared at me and I gave her the most foulest look I could pull off. The family eventually walked away, but Aleka just stared back at me as they did so. I just grinned at her and waved when the others had gone around the corner and she looked so startled to see that that it made her pause for a moment or so in surprise before realising they had gone and running to catch up with them. I knew it was a stupid idea, but I couldn't help myself. Nobody would believe her that a 'dog' had waved to her anyway. I was quite confident about that. I picked up the vegetables, bagging them and then I headed off to find the rest of the items. However as I approached Queen Floofy Floofer, I saw that Aleka and her family had entered the aisle where she was. I walked up in time to hear Queen Floofy Floofer greet Aleka with a friendly 'Hello!' but Aleka ignored her completely. Queen Floofy Floofer looked very sad. Of all the nerve. I put the vegetables aside at that point and stormed over to them, leering right into the girls face. She looked terrified. " Captain Chonkers..." Queen Floofy Floofer said softly, looking around at the other customers and I knew she was hoping I wasn't going to make a scene. I wasn't. I just wanted the girl to know my patience was growing thin. She got the message thankfully. She said nothing to Queen Floofy Floofer, but she did back off and kept eye contact with me. "Your dog is so strange," she said as she left. I snarled at her and she ran back to her family once again. Queen Floofy Floofer just sighed. "Let's go home Captain Chonkers." Once again, Queen Floofy Floofer's mood was killed thanks to Mertle's stupid friend. I could tell. I remained where I was causing Queen Floofy Floofer to look back at me curiously. I was shaking with anger. " Queen Floofy Floofer, you need to let Captain Chonkers deal with. Meega fed up. No right." "I know Captain Chonkers, but as I said you can't risk them finding out you're an alien," she told me quietly. "I'd rather put up with them than risk anything happening to you." " Queen Floofy Floofer pleechi-ba!" I gripped her hand. "This cannot go on!" She looked at me sadly. " Captain Chonkers... I want to do something too. But I will NOT risk your identity. Okay?" I growled, but sighed in defeat. "Feecha." She said nothing to that, instead just led me to the front of the store so that we could pay for the groceries and leave. I barely even noticed the customers staring at me. I was too distracted by my thoughts. Enough so that I accidently dropped all the vegetables from the bag onto the floor. " Captain Chonkers!" Queen Floofy Floofer cried in frustration at me. Whoops. I hastily bent down and tried to pick them up, Queen Floofy Floofer trying to help. People were just full on staring at us now but Queen Floofy Floofer ignored them too. Eventually we got everything back up on the counter and Mr Kuakini rang up the sale. Queen Floofy Floofer handed over the money and we left. I held the umbrella over her and carried the bags in my extra arms, seeing as nobody was headed in the same direction as us. I couldn't tell if she was angry with me or not. She did stare down at me as I did this though. I lowered my ears under her gaze. "I sorry," I squeaked. I hadn't meant to drop the groceries. "It's okay," she said. She sounded annoyed, but I could see a smile. "Just make sure to wash them when we get home." I gave a nod. We had made it only halfway up the road when there was a bang on thunder and the rain started to pelt down once again. "Aka choota!" I cried out, pulling Queen Floofy Floofer close to me under the umbrella. She groaned. "Stupid weird weather!" While she was close to me, I felt her touch the bandage over the back of my head. "At least this is dry." "Doongalahab." "It's waterproof?" she repeated. "Ih." She looked interested for a moment, but then cowered beside me when there was a bang of thunder. I quickly set her onto my back, manoeuvring the bags and umbrella, and raced home. What I did not predict was that the dirt of the road had loosened up due to the previous flooding and heavy rain. The ground gave out beneath me and I cried out in horror, only just barely managing to throw Queen Floofy Floofer off me so she didn't fall down too. I'll never forget her scream as I fell down into the earth for as long as I live.