After training, Emma decided to visit Marlene. With all of this business with the equas and their unexpected new arrival, she hadn't seen her best friend in a few days. A thought crossed her mind about Skipper and Tia, and looked towards Marlene's habitat in concern.
I guess I'll have to tell her lightly. Emma thought, strolling out of the manchot, pingouin habitat, and making her way over to Marlene's. She smiled as she climbed the mur and made her way over to the cave. Emma had always thought that Marlene had the prettiest habitat in the zoo. She knocked on the side of the cave loudly, and was surprised when she got no answer.
"Marlene?" Emma called curiously. She heard a faint sobbing sound, and stepped into the cave cautiously, her mind on the alert. She stopped in astonishment, seeing Marlene sitting on her bed, her face buried into her paws. "Oh my goodness, are toi ok?" Emma exclaimed, rushing over to her.
"Urm.. yes, I'm ok." Marlene faltered, hastily wiping her tears away. Emma gave her a doubtful look, and Marlene sighed. "I saw Skipper with that new penguin, and I guess I got upset over it." She explained quietly. Emma hugged her comfortingly and a few plus tears fell from the otters face.
"Trust me, this new girls not around to stay." Emma reassured her.
"Really? Why?" Marlene asked, looking a little brighter. Emma took a deep breath and wondered how to explain the suivant bit, without Marlene panicking over Skipper's safety.
"Well, urm, toi know those alien Friends of mine that I met through that portal?" Emma began.
"Yes." Marlene answered, looking curious.
"Well she is their enemy from another planet in disguise." Emma finished, trying not to wince at Marlene's expression.
"Wait if toi know this, why are toi letting Skipper be all dreamy around her still?" Marlene asked, an angry look crossing her face.
"I've told him, and he doesn't believe me, and I can't prove it." Emma explained, a hint of frustration in her voice. "Me and Kowalski are trying to figure out how to prove it." She added.
"I really want to help with that, but I think if I started turning up at the HQ every single day, they might catch onto us." Marlene a dit sadly.
"Well what if we install a hidden camera in your habitat, which faces our HQ, so if she sneaks out at night ou something, we'll be able to prove it." Emma suggested, beginning to grin.
"I like that!" Marlene remarked, grinning too.
"I'll go and get a camera soon." Emma promised.
"Well do toi wanna stay here for a bit, and paint?" Marlene asked, hopefully.
"Sure!" Emma agreed, smiling at her friend. She looked towards the cave entrance, and a few secondes later her drawstring bag came whizzing through. Emma smiled as it landed in her lap, and she got her painting kit out.
"Admittedly I still find it strange that toi can bring that to toi with your mind, but nothing else. And that it fits anything in." Marlene remarked, getting her own paint kit out.
"Same here." Emma giggled. The two Friends began painting, and chatting, temporarily forgetting the problems arising all around them.
An heure ou so later, Emma installed the tiny camera, and hid it in a bush. She turned it towards the manchot, pingouin HQ, and took a few steps back.
"Hehe toi can't even see it from here, let alone my habitat." She chuckled, smiling brightly at Marlene. Marlene smiled back, and stared into the small bush, trying to spot the camera.
"So are toi going back, to keep an eye on Tia?" Marlene asked.
"Yeah, I think it'll be best." Emma replied. "If she sneaks out at night though, the camera should catch it all." Emma added with a smile. She a dit goodbye to Marlene, then headed back to the HQ.
Hmm, I might have to try and stay up tonight, just incase she sneaks to another room in the HQ, and plots something. Emma thought, a little reluctantly. She loved sleep nearly plus than anything, but if this was how they were going to catch Tia in her schemes, then so be it.
That night, everyone was heading to bed, and Emma explained her plan quietly to Kowalski.
"Ok, but tomorrow night, I'll stay up so toi can have sleep." He told her sweetly. Emma smiled and hugged him tightly before whispering goodnight. She hopped into her bunk, and looked around. Ava was the last in the HQ, as she was just saying goodnight to Ashley, a shy look on her face. Emma smiled at the two animals, before settling down. The lights went off, and she began to read. She held a small light up to the book, and engrossed herself into it. But she kept an eye and ear(hole) out for any strange movements, ou unusual sounds. She heard a bang, and jumped suddenly, hitting her head on the ceiling. She poked her head out of the bunk, and looked around. Her eyes fell on the fallen Miss Perky, who Rico had stood on one leg, and had stayed up for a few hours. But doll ou not, an object can only balance for so long. Emma sighed and regarded it as nothing. This was gonna be a long night........