The Curious Castaway, Part 7
Warnings: Castaway Stories spoilers
At the luau, Vidcund partakes of many Island customs, including an intoxicating beverage dubbed “Volcano Water,”
"Did sounds always have a taste?"
(This “first kiss” interaction happens as part of the story. It made me laugh, because in my gameplay I’d already had them kiss about 20 times, lol.)
As the evening draws to a close, the chief gives Vidcund the rudder for his raft to sail back to his home.
Vidcund starts after her, but is stopped by the chieftess, who tells him that in time, Tai will forget him, and move on.
That thought doesn’t make Vidcund feel better at all. He loves Tai, and she loves him!
He thinks the best thing to do would be to go to his hut and sleep… and think about his dilemma in the morning. Should he stay or go?
And as he’s making his bed the following day, Vidcund realizes he doesn’t want to leave the island.
It’s true, he misses his family, but perhaps he could contact them somehow and let them know he’s alive and well… and has found love and happiness where he is. Perhaps they could even come to visit him!
Worried about Tai, Vidcund heads into the jungle as well.
The chief tells Vidcund that Tai has been cursed, as have several others in the village. They have angered the volcano spirirts and they all must flee again.
Vidcund tells the chief that what is wrong with Tai is not a curse… it’s the mysterious disease he himself was afflicted with earlier, and that he was cured with medicine and is now immune.
The earth starts to shake.
“Damn, this is some kiss…”
No, the volcano is erupting!
The chief is convinced Vidcund has angered the volcano even more… but is amazed when he is unaffected by the curse.
The chief rejoices. If it can be cured, the people are saved! However, Vidcund must break the news that he doesn’t know where there is any more medicine… except back in Strangetown. He must try to make it home and back with medicine to save Tai and the village.
Vidcund makes the final adjustments to his raft and prepares to set sail.
Right about then, the Professor shows up. (He does have a habit of popping in at the most convenient times!) Vidcund tells him about the dying people, and that he now has no sail… with no time to waste.
He doesn’t know what to do!
To Be Continued…