**Legato knew exactly how that sounded, and was about to respond when Hughes pulled them into Control, grinning from ear to ear. The sponsors gave them a round light applause as the atarin group began to make their way back into Control.**
Hughes - "That was fantastic! Honestly, I've never seen such a difficult first round and you guys ACED it! Oh, Darby!"
**The man excitedly moved over to the mercenary, jabbering at him and pumping his hand as Loveday looked on with a sour expression. Galla likewise seemed a bit put out, not as irritated as the Pink Promoter but more confused than anything else.**
Galla - "Your round was tough? I thought ours was sort of.....disappointing? They're saying you fought some sort of massive golem?"
**One of the sponsors, an ananke in underwurm hide, nodded empathically.**
Ananke - "It was quite the show of prowess, really."
**Galla frowned deeply.**
Galla - "We didn't get anything like that! It was just, just....I don't know, like the kid's gloves were on! Damnit, if I find out they're trying to soft pitch me through this damn thing, I'll - "
**It was then that The Richards stomped into Control, dripping wet and furious to a man. There was a moment of silence as they glared furiously around before one of them finally growled at Loveday, his every word dripping with venom.**
A Richard - "Our challenge was under water. They got our challenge mixed up with the damn eelskins' challenge."
**One of the Richards hawked a multicolored glob to the ground, shivering furiously.**
**One of the Richards snarled, his knuckles audibly cracking as he flexed them towards Lumarin and started fowards. A quick glare from another Richard and calm words from Loveday stopped him in his tracks.**
Loveday - "That's a bold claim, Cleric. Is that how you're going to explain it when you lose, in the end? It was fixed? Seems childish. Leave that sort of attitude for your son or daughter, kid. It's unbecoming."
Vilhjalmr - Why was Richard so certain that the challenge he participated in was switched with the one Galla and the other Atarins participated in? I believe no one is supposed to know what any of the challenges are if they are participating.
Lumarin - I am an honorable man Loveday, you are lucky on that count. But your luck will run out one day and you will blithely cross the wrong man. Your words are too sharp, and one day they will slit your throat.
**Nodding, Hughes gave a signal to the man at the operating panel and the three doors opened. The Richards immediately filed out, the atarins taking a bit longer. Galla turned to Lumarin, her voice low.**
Galla - "I don't think the Run is fixed, Lumarin...but, well...hrm."
**The young atarin turned abruptly and left before finishing her thought.**