Author's Note: New Follower! Thanks TDPIvy for your interest in my story and I hope it, and my future stories continue to entertain you. On another note, I am a couple chapters ahead when I post these. If it's a special occasion, or if I get a new follower, or something like that, I'll post an extra chapter in that day, and what a chapter to get this time.

Chapter 16

Sarah's POV

"Come on, come on…" I said while watching the results. "Well, no-pulp is more popular. That's expected."

"Mei and I almost were pulp, so I picked no-pulp." Guyver said.

"Oh right, you did mention that." I remembered. "Come to think of it, I haven't met your cousin yet…"

"Shut up!" Guyver interrupted. "The final results are in, aaaannd…"

"Woohoo!" I shouted. "Pulp wins!"

"Bravo." Guyver slow-clapped.

"Aw, don't be a sore loser." I told him. "The less popular choice just tends to win."

"Well, I guess we should go collect our shells." Guyver shrugged.

"Oh, I just got a text from Marie!" I told him. "She wants an agent meet-up in Octo Canyon."

"I'll come with you." Guyver said. "I've got nothing better to do."

We made our way to the Square, and then to Octo Canyon. Everyone was there. Beth was even there with an Octoling girl.

"Mei!" Guyver shouted.

"Guyver!" She ran over and bear-hugged him.

"So this is Mei?" I asked.

"Yup…" Guyver said, running out of air.

"Oh, are you Otis's sister?" She asked, releasing Guyver.

"Yup, the name's Sarah." I shook her hand. "I'm your cousin's roommate."

"It's nice to meet you." She took a slight bow.

"Likewise." I said.

"Meetings are nice…" Marie said. "But we've got business to discuss.

"Alright," I agreed. "What's the sitch?"

Minutes Later…

They all were dumbstruck by what Beth and Mei had to tell them. The fact that Octarians are training humanoid salmonids means this is much bigger than they thought.

"This is bad…" Otis said. "As if Salmonids weren't bad enough, humanoid ones with professional military training would be a force to be reckoned with."

"That's why Off the Hook is comin' later to help." Cap'n Cuttlefish said. "We'll bring 'em up to speed when they get here."

"Well, in the meantime, take the time off." Marie told them. "We've got a lot of work ahead of us."

They all agreed to that. They all hung around for a bit. Sarah and Otis were spending that time getting to know Mei. After a few minutes of idle chatting, Sarah decided to ask Mei something.

"So…do you know anything about…crushes?" Sarah asked Mei.

"I know it means you like someone a lot and I've had a couple before." Mei said. "Why?"

"Because I do…" Sarah admitted. "Big time…"

"Well, who is it?" Mei asked.

"I don't want to name him…" Sarah said.

"Well, maybe you should tell him." Mei suggested.

"W-what if it backfires?" Sarah asked, worried.

"Well, which is worse?" Mei asked. "Confessing and getting rejected, or holding your feelings back?"

"I don't know…" Sarah sighed.

"Just do it." Guyver joined the conversation.

"W-what?!" Sarah asked, surprised.

"Oh dear..." Otis mumbled.

"I mean, Mei's got a point." Guyver shrugged. "What've you got to lose?"

"W-what if it ruins our friendship?" Sarah asked, her face getting red.

"If this guy's your friend, it shouldn't ruin anything." Guyver assured her. "Come on, girl. Just do it. I've seen Octarian soap operas, thanks a lot, Mei, and it's six seasons of 'will they, won't they' bullshark that could easily be avoided. I don't want you to go through that."

Sarah thought about it for a minute.

"…Y-yeah!" Sarah agreed. "I'll tell him!"

"This'll be interesting..." Otis mumbled to himself.

"Don't hold back, Sarah!" Mei encouraged. "Go all out!"

"Yeah!" Sarah said.

"So what're you going to do?" Guyver asked.

"Go all out!" Sarah shouted.

"Then go for it, Sarah!" Mei shouted.

"Right!" Sarah agreed. "…G-Guyver!"

"Yes, Sar-" He was cut off by Sarah grabbing him by the shirt, pulling him close, and pressing her lips against his. She closed her eyes as her mouth covered his.

Guyver's eyed widened as much as they could.

"Woah!" Otis shouted in surprise.

"Whaaaaaaaaaaaaa?!" Mei yelled in shock.

All of the agents turned to see what Mei was yelling about and their jaws dropped at the sight.

After a solid minute, Sarah finally broke the kiss. She let go of Guyver, who froze up and fell backwards. Sarah was breathing heavily, her face was red and her hearts were pounding.

"Ha…ha…I did it…I did…" Her eyes rolled back and she fainted as well.

"S-Sarah!" Otis rushed to his sister.

"W-what the shell did I miss?!" Mei broke her usual polite character out of pure shock.

"I knew she had a crush, but I never thought she'd go through with it…" Beth remarked.

"Are they dead?" Callie asked.

"No, they just fainted." Otis told Callie. "That was probably just a little much for both of them."

"Uh…Just keep an eye on them until they wake up." Marie told them.

"Right…" Otis and Mei said in unison.

Two hours later…Sarah's POV

I slowly woke up to Otis sitting next to me. I looked around to see Beth, Arnold, Mei, and Guyver were gone while Marina and Pearl had arrived and were chatting with the Squid sisters and the Cap'n.

"Sarah, you're awake!" Otis was relieved to see.

"Uh…what happened?" I sat up. "Where's Guyver?"

"You both passed out after the stunt you pulled." Otis explained. "Guyver woke up first, looked around like he was thinking of something, and then left without saying a word."

"Oh nooo…" I put my head in my hands. "Did I screw up?"

"Not sure…" Otis said. "I'd say wait a bit and maybe talk to him later."

"O-okay…" I agreed.

"Yo, Reena!" Pearl called out. "Sleeping Beauty's awake!"

"Oh, Sarah!" Marina shouted. "Are you alright?"

"Yes…no…I don't know…" I responded.

"We heard what happened." Marina said.

"You've got ink sacs, girl!" Pearl complimented.

"Uh…thanks…?" I wasn't sure what to say. Needed to think of something else. "So, Callie, Marie, how's the spying going?"

"Well, I've been putting on the goggles to spy on Cass," Callie told us. "But all I hear are her talking about pointless things, mostly while drinking, mundane video-chats with a pen pal from Octo Canyon, and other stuff that I don't wanna think about again…I think I'm gonna lay off the spying for a while."

"Yeeaah, that's probably for the best." Marina agreed. "I think we'll probably get further if we use my computer to hack into their files because these ones haven't been updated in three years. I mean, it still labels this Cassandra girl as a Drill Sergeant who was transferred to Octo Valley."

"I actually had to look up her transfer report when interrogating her here in Octo Canyon." Marie brought up. "That's how out-of-date the files are.

"Sorry, I was mostly keepin' tabs on Octavio's main forces." Cap'n Cuttlefish explained. "Even Octavio mostly ignored the place as he barely went there."

"Well, what do you know about the place?" I asked Marina.

"I know it's the fifth largest Octarian settlement. She explained. "I also know it's an area where a lot trading with the Salmonids is done."

Those were good to know…

"Well, I'd better get going now." I said. "I've got a lot to think about…"

"Okay, Sarah." Marina patted me on the back. "That's probably for the best.

"Tell me how it goes." Pearl said. "There's nothin' more precious than young love."

Why did she have to put it like that?! I put my face in my hands.

"Pearl, what do you mean 'young love'?" Marina raised an eyebrow. "You're only 21."

"The Squidcube came out 17 years ago, Marina!" Pearl explained. "I feel so old!"

"Pearlie, you're a goof." Marina laughed.

"Come on, Sarah." Otis put a hand on my shoulder. "I'll take you back to your apartment."

I nodded and we walked out.

Well, I'll see Guyver later anyway…I hope I didn't screw up…