3:16 – A possible solution

«Good to know Ollie.»

He gave the cat another pet on the head, before putting him back down. He had been out most night, so it was always nice to get a report when he came back home. He noticed someone get closer to the house, realizing fairly quickly who it was.

“Toshi, Eric is here.”

He could see Toshi go visibly pale, as Derek walked out to meet the man who seemed almost as nervous as he was. After a fairly brief greeting they all sat on the small table outside, Toshi mostly wishing there was a black hole that could just take him somewhere else, and Eric not feeling all that much better.

“A fruit?”
“Yes, that should turn you human, which they think can break your curse.”

He could hear the anger in Derek’s voice, guessing just how much the man on the other side off the table wanted to kill him right there. Honestly, he was pretty sure Derek could break him in half if he wanted too by the looks off him.

“A second fruit should turn you back into a merman, not a siren.”
“Should?”
“Yeah, this isn’t exactly science, more like a hope and a prayer.”
“I’d rather stay human than take the chance of becoming a siren again.”
“We can always try and find 3 of that fruit.”
“If not, I’ll just have one.”

Toshi had been quiet since they sat down, he had no idea what to say, or what to do with himself. Part off him wanted to just retreat inside, taking a million more showers, the other wanted to help, but he had no idea how.

“Here.”

Eric handed a note with a phone number to Derek.

“I’ll go away again, it keeps you know what from happening, I’ll stay away for as long as I can. If you find it, you can call me.”
“Deal.”
“If it takes long.”
“I’ll tie Toshi up until were done, yes.”
“Eh…”

Eric looked at Toshi who just put his head in his arms and pretended he wasn’t a part of this conversation any more.

“That will stop him from coming to you will it not?”
“Yes.”
“And I will stop you getting to him, that is a promise.”
“Fine with me.”

There was a silence for a while, until what for Toshi felt was years, Eric stood up and said goodbye.

“Well, that was awkward.”
“Yep.”
“Did you mean the tie me up and stop him?”
“Well, I can tie you up, and I would try and stop him, but well, you know my skills in that.”
“I am pretty sure that death stare you pulled would handle it for a while.”

Derek turned towards Toshi, patting him gently on the head.

“I think I know where the cave is, how about we go check it out, and get started?”
“Sure.”
“And really, death stare?”
“Oh yeah… “

Derek chuckled, he didn’t know he had one of them. Hopefully it would be enough if it came down to it, as he knew his fighting skills would not be.

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