[x] No business? Didn't you just try to eat me?
"No business?" You ask, "Didn't you just try to eat me?"
"You looked tasty!" One of the kappa calls out, "It's a compliment! I still wanna suck that---"
"H-hey," The leader says, turning around to quiet her companion, "Yeah, I mean, we did - but we're done with that now. So we've got no business with you. So, we'll just be going..."
"Hold it," Sanae says, as you consider your options, "I'm Sanae, the priestess of the Moriya shrine. We're trying to make this path safe. If you're going to make it unsafe, we've got business with you."
"I'm Nitori," The leader says, resigning herself to staying a bit. "Kappa inventor extraordinaire. This is Midori, and this is Kiyori."
You greet them in kind, although you're unable to ignore that these are kappa and they just tried to drown you a minute ago. Sanae seems to want to try her luck with diplomacy, so you just resolve yourself to fuming a bit.
"What do we need to do to make it so no humans would get attacked here?" She asks, eliciting a laugh from all three kappa.
"Not gonna happen," Kiyori says, "Is it?"
"Nope," Nitori says, "Kappa do what they want in kappa lands. And that's where you are right now."
"How far from the river do you claim?" Sanae asks.
"The whole valley is ours, up to the waterfall and down to the edge of the forest."
"Isn't this trail for trading, though?" Sanae asks, "I can't imagine you get much trade if you just eat everyone."
"We don't eat everyone," Midori butts in, "Just some who look really tasty! Like your friend. And that trader from earlier, for example---"
"Quiet," Nitori says, "Yeah, we don't eat everyone. Not even most! Actually, we're pretty peaceful as far as the mountain goes! Eating no humans is ridiculous, but we leave most of them alone."
Kappa, what they eat, and those pants from earlier... ah. A wave of realization washes over you. That might solve that mystery, then. The poor guy probably wandered up to the river like you two did, and, well, didn't have someone like Sanae nearby.
[ ] Speak up. That's not cool.
[ ] Keep quiet for now.
These names probably do not make sense and would not be real names, but oh well.
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