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With one final announcement, Carmin's math class was dismissed for the day and the students were released for the rest of the day. A long time ago, Carmin used to remember loving this moment, but now he was kind of impartial about it. Class was class, he'd pay attention, jot down notes and learn whatever was taught. It was work, but it was something to do. After school, there'd be some homework, but after that there was nothing. On the rare occasion, a friend would want to hang out, but those were hard to come by.

Today wasn't really set to be any different. Another head-down walk to his locker. He opened it and started getting his things packed up, putting them neatly into his backpack. After that, the plan was to head home, do his work and then read. The routine was honestly pretty stale at this point. He gave a quiet sigh as he started zipping up his bag.

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Today was anything but average for Ferret. At least, that's what she hoped. For the past week or so, the angsty little dragon had been painstakingly attempting to work her way through a potentially very exciting puzzle. Each successive day without progress caused her mounting frustration to blossom even further, and now she'd had enough. There was no way she was making progress on her own, so it stood to reason she would have to rope someone else into it.

All day she had been trying to decide on someone to approach about the riddle with nobody coming to mind. Set to head home and mull it over more, a familiar, diminutive spot of green caught her peripheral attention, and almost immediately the dragon's brows raised quizzically. Gears turning in her head, Ferret near silently made her way towards the plant kid, like a cat stalking a bird, and just as he was zipping up his bag she leaned unceremoniously on the locker next to him with a dull metal bang. "Hey! If it isn't my lovely friend Carmin! How are you?~" Her tone was very uncharacteristically sweet, and she was doing everything in her power to restrain the innocent smile on her face from spreading into a sharp grin.
 

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"Eh!?" Carmin practically fell over when Ferret suddenly appeared before him. After having a moment to collect himself and hear Ferret talk, Carmin let out a sigh. Then before responding, his eyes raised to give her a suspicious look. It was almost more frightening to have her talking so sweet. It most definitely meant she was up to something, but the fact that Carmin couldn't figure out what it was kept him on edge.

"W-what do you-" Carmin bit his lip and started again, remembering some of what he'd learned from his few days of therapy. "Sorry, I'm fine... How are you?" Regardless of what he'd been taught, he still stuck a hand in his pocket and pulled out his wallet to make sure it was there before stuffing it back in.
 

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Naturally, Ferret saw Carmin reach for his wallet in her peripheral view, actively having to suppress a derisive snort in response. "Hey now, you don't have to worry about your cash." Smiling wider, a little of that wickedness creeping in, she leaned closer and lowered her voice after giving a quick, cautionary look around. "Whatever you've got in there is chump change compared to what I'm gonna be finding. Or..."

Standing up straight again, the dragon girl cocked her hip a little to the side, resting a hand on it. She had probably the most smug expression possible, making a whole show of sizing him up. "If you play your cards right and lend me a hand, or...I dunno, a leaf? Anyway. Me finding it just might turn into us finding it. Then again, that's only if you think you can read better than me, sooo..."
 

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Carmin just kept watching suspiciously as Ferret told him not to worry. Of course he trusted none of that, but he had no proof that she was trying to pull something on him either. So, he stayed put and heard her out.

His look of confusion seemed to stay plastered across his face, right up until she said lending a leaf. At which point, his face changed to one that was just plain unimpressed. By the time she finished, he was once again quite confused. "What are you even talking about? And what do you mean think I'm better at reading?" In a desperate attempt to protect the one thing he thought he was at least half decent at, Carmin took the bait. "Aren't you literally illiterate?"
 

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As the tone of his voice hit her ears, even before the words registered, Ferret made a mental note to thanm Carmin later for making this easy. She displayed a theatrical, obviously exaggerated pout when he mentioned her illiteracy. "Oh my, I'm really hurt by that Carmin! Such cruelty and malice from my dear old friend." Barely holding in a snicker, she took hold of his arm firmly, but not quite enough to hurt. "As for what I'm talking about, c'mon. This is for as few ears as possible."

Whether he agreed or not, Carmin got dragged along briskly towards a a secluded spot behind the school, the pair arriving after a few minutes. Letting go of the plant kid's arm, Ferret grinned down at him and started digging through her backpack. "Now, Carmin. Tell me. What do you think about the prospect of a dazzling mountain of gold and jewels and enchanted artifacts, all kinds of crazy treasure and stuff? Because that's what we're gonna find." With that, she produced a tattered, dirty scroll from her backpack, the paper obviously worn by the years even without a close inspection. "...Probably."
 

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Carmin remained skeptical as Ferret exclaimed how hurt she was by his question. Not of the fact that Ferret might be acting, that much was obvious, but still of her plan in all of this. He just wanted to figure out what she wanted so he could get on with his day. But it looked like he was going to get his wishes after all.

Although the mode of transportation to what Ferret wanted to show him wasn't exactly ideal. Carmin barely had enough time to grab ahold of his backpack asshe whisked him away to who knows where. "Hey, stop. Let go. Hey! Ferret!" He couldn't really do much while she dragged him. One arm was being pulled on by her, while the other was occupied with dragging his backpack.

When she finally let go, he had to take a look and make sure she hadn't damaged it. Looked fine. Then his eyes turned to her as she explained herself, though he still looked rather unimpressed by all of this.

The idea of finding loads of treasure was nice. He was out of extra money now and stuck with what he got from the school until he could get a job, so a top up would be appreciated. However, it sounded too good to be true. Especially given the source of the info.

He looked at the scroll, still with that overwhelming sense of suspicion, and then to Ferret. "What's that? Is that the treasure map that's gonna take us to the magical money hoard?"
 

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