The joined group of trainer mons and pirates made their way into the cave, following the trusty map they now shared. Taking a right at a fork in the path, they all emerged into a lovely sunlight-filled cove, surrounded by rock. The map seemed to indicate the treasure was in the center of the water, which while appearing to be a mid-sized coral pool, was still decently deep. There was a bit of a debate over who would retrieve the treasure, and how, since while it was true a few of the pirates and the Dratini pair could technically swim, none of them were large enough to carry the treasure, even combined.
Ameer was trying to brainstorm some kind of a solution with the Sableye captain, Lil' Ray and Bliss were just happily chatting with the a few of the pirates and trying to make better friends with them, Terumi refused to even take part in the discussion (still distrustful of the pirates and mostly feeling a bit put out there wasn't much chance to prank anyone or do anything "fun" here), and Gareth and Amity were trying to get Terumi to stop sulking and come join the discussion, or at least be ready to help once they found a solution and brought up the treasure.
While everyone was otherwise busy, Piper decided she had the perfect and most obvious solution, and bounded over to the water's edge and yelled out, quite loudly, asking if any of the pokemon in the water could come help them with something. Terumi just threw her paws up and asked the Dratini pair how on earth they dealt with this all the time without the hyper little mon causing a disaster every other day. To which Gareth replied that she might be surprised how often the friendly little mon had the right idea, and Amity added that today's events so far had already been pretty good proof of that. Ameer and the pirate captain walked over to the the water's edge next to Piper, just as a very large wild Milotic surfaced in front of them. She was surprised to see strangers in her cove, and asked the "little one" what it was she needed. Piper started trying to quickly rattle off an explanation of their whole adventure so far, but Ameer placed a paw on her head and said to calm down a little and he would explain things. She seemed a little disappointed, but knew he was better at getting mons to understand things than she was. For some reason she couldn't quite grasp, others had a hard time keeping up with her.
Ameer and the Sableye captain explained they needed a treasure chest from somewhere deep inside the pool here, and that they had been working together to find it, but now no one was big enough to get it. Ameer asked very politely if the Milotic could help them retrieve the chest, and Gareth and Amity volunteered (as well as a couple of the aquatic pirates) to go down with her and help search for it. She said that she did not mind helping, but she already knew where it was, just no one in the cove here ever had a reason to bother with it. Everyone was happy and relieved with both the help and to know the treasure was actually real. The swimmers followed the Milotic as she dived down into the lowest part of the coral pool, pointing to a rocky ledge with a large chest stuck under it. It actually took some combined effort to pull the chest out, since it had apparently been under the ledge for a long time, and was a bit wedged in place. But everyone worked together to pull and dig out the sand around it. Once they got it free, the Milotic was able to wrap her tail around it and bring it to the water's edge (with the other mons helping bear a little of the weight as much as they could). At the edge, the rest of the mons were able to grab it and haul it onto the shore. Lil' Ray's vines were actually quite helpful here.
Piper thanked the Milotic a lot while trying to bounce close to her (and falling in the water a few times in the process). Ameer just shook his head and joined everyone else in thanking the wild mon more calmly. She said she was happy to help, and wanted to stay to see what was in the chest, a bit curious what all the fuss was even about. Bliss was just flying in excited circles above it and going on about how cool it was and how they were really official pirates now. No one felt like saying otherwise, as this had certainly felt like a very pirate-y adventure. Amity suggested that since the pirates had been so helpful, they should get to open the chest (she was more curious then interested in riches, same as most of their group). Terumi was just exasperated with them all by now. And muttered it wasn't her fault it anyone ran off with the treasure. She was ignored, of course, in favor of everyone's excitement over the chest finally being opened. After the largest of the pirates bit the lock off the chest, both groups held their breath, excited to see what wonders it contained as their lifted the lid.
To be continued...