Ori I get the herbs and come back, gently laying them on Neptune. I look at our group, puzzled. Where's Silverbeam Muse? Wait. I know Silverbeam's out doing some reconnaissance, but that doesn't explain where Muse is! I swim over to Manny and Breme, demanding, "Where's Muse?" After a pause, Manny says, "I haven't seen her since the battle..." He trails off and Breme nods. They both seem concerned. "Can you two come with me to look for her?" I ask. Breme looks at the others nervously, and I understand that he's needed here. Manny just nods. I go gather two little packs of emergency herbs, and Manny and I each take one. Then we're off.
"Now that I think of it," I tell Flamesong "I haven't seen Ripple since the battle."
Flamesong looks worried. "How could we forget her?"
We are nearing the spot where the battle took place.
"There!" I say, spotting the shape of a fish amidst the weeds. We swim over.
"Muse!" Cries Flamesong. The poor fish is tangled in weeds, she has a huge gash on her side, and her eyes are cloudy.
"Who- who is it?" Muse murmurs.
"It's okay Muse, it's just us. Flamesong and Manny."
"Please help me," she says. "I think I've gone blind!" I bite the weeds away from her emaciated body, and Muse helps her to the surface so that she can take a few gulps of air. No one speaks as we swim back to the basin. As soon as we get inside, everyone's gaze turns to us.