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Planet Ripple-27- Rescue

Man... if Andrea didn't wait, Minnow's story would've ended right there. Crazy, huh?


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lordmep's avatar
Even in the future, dolphins are still kickass.
NickOnPlanetRipple's avatar
Especially in the future.
Gusindor's avatar

Is this before or after Minnow lost her limbs? I can't tell if her arms are stumps or just in the water. Did... did she loose her limbs to frostbite?
NickOnPlanetRipple's avatar
Nope. She was born with four stumps.
Gusindor's avatar
Ah, I see. Luck really isn't on her side.
NickOnPlanetRipple's avatar
At least she doesn't have cancer. That, on top of everything else, would REALLY be "pleeeease pity this character of mine!" overdoing it.
Gusindor's avatar
Yeah. I mean, I think being able to be cruel to your characters is an important skill as a writer, but some things are just going too far.
Dolphins are very intelligent creatures, you know. They Actually have been known to rescue people like this.
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Oh, I know. Because we're both mammals, when they use their sonar ability, we basically look the same, inside. They sense our lungs, our heartbeat, even a baby in the womb! And when a dolphin gets too tired to go up for air, another dolphin will help them out by pushing them up, so they know to do the same thing to us. Of course, they aren't always nice. Some dolphins just get too pissed off to care and may bite or ram a person cause they're in a bad mood. But if a friendly dolphin sees someone like Minnow in danger, it triggers the same instinct to take care of their own.

They're one of those special "sister" species gifted with self awareness, and advanced spindle cells that let them empathize with people other than themselves, like elephants. And in the 30,000 year gap between our time and Minnow's time, they've become EVEN MORE intelligent. Now they know to follow ships around because that's where the people (and food) are, and they even understand human speech to a degree. They can't speak it, of course, but they'd understand if you said something like "thank you," or "please help," to them.
Now that's what i call "inter-species cooperation!
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Oh, you don't know the half of it. Just wait until the Merfolk show up.
steamdiesel's avatar
Is that how Minnow came to the city-boat things?  (I forget what they're called)
NickOnPlanetRipple's avatar
This is how she arrived on the Balena, yes. She was rescued from another ship.
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