ACX JN Staff Tourney - The Story
Yooyuball slings and knee pads cluttered the halls, fan merchandise and banners hung from every corner. Everyone was getting ready for the Jellyneo Altador Staff Tournament, the staffers all suiting up and preparing for the opening ceremony. To say the least, the Jellyneo Headquarters was in complete chaos.
One staffer in particular seemed to be searching the rooms frantically.
Seeing a slightly disgruntled Sab and already dressed in his finest Maraquan garb, Rylon decided to take the time to help out his fellow co-worker.
Rylon walked across the hall into the staff lounge, looking around for Sab's lost equipment. He quickly spotted her Yooyuball sling in the corner. It was perched on the counter, carefully leaning against the fridge. He suddenly stopped, his eyes widening as he stared at an unknown object on the counter. It was in this moment when someone knocked into him.
Monica stopped to see what Rylon was staring at. It was a beautiful eighteen layered cake, a tier for every Altador cup team. A draft of fresh air came in through an open window and the smells of a sweet, freshly baked cake hit the noses of the two awed staffers. A small black card sat next to the cake on the counter. The two co-workers just stood there for a moment, their jaw slacked and their eyes wide. It looked and smelled- absolutely delicious.
Walking into the staff lounge to retrieve his Shenkuu lunar luck charm out of his locker, Chesu stopped in his tracks, admiring the mouthwatering masterpiece alongside the two dumbfounded staffers.
Seeming to have appeared out of thin air, Nick grinned from ear to ear as he headed towards the cake. Chesu shook his head and walked over to the big towering door known as Dave's office. He knocked once and the door swung open.
Dave looked up from his official-looking paperwork that noileh was trying to get him to sign and smelled the sweet air as Chesu opened the door.
Rylon poked his head into the room.
Dave sat there for a moment, looking slightly confused. He raised an eyebrow before questioningly addressing Rylon.
noileh tapped her foot impatiently.
Dave nodded in agreement before tapping a big red button on the right-hand corner of his desk. A low crackling sound echoed through the halls of the Jellyneo Headquarters as the megaphone turned on.
Staffer after staffer scrambled into the lounge at the mention of free food, no less a delicious cake.
Aurora looked at the cake with bright eyes. Astonished by the craftsmanship of the Moltara tier, the bright reds and browns mixing together to imitate the beautiful crackling of magma.
Leaf echoed Aurora's disbelief of such a beautiful and tasty-looking dessert. He immediately started to look around for dishes, forks, and a cake knife. Why bother saying more when you have a cake to eat? Everyone began to come in closer, gathering around the cake as Leaf cut each person a piece from their own tier and from the tiers of other teams. The staffers began to happily eat, digging into the cake's deliciousness.
With just a single bite, a smile beamed upon Jen's face.
The staffers groaned at the cake puns, laughed, and began to eat. They passed different cake slices around, making sure everyone got their fill. For once, it seemed as if this staff tournament would actually be a friendly competition between peers and co-workers. All the tiers seemed to be equally flavorful as some staffers made it their own personal quest to try and grab a taste of each team.
Through mouthfuls of compliments, one staffer in particular looked over towards the rest. Herdy tilted his head slightly, a question on his mind.
The staffers looked over to Dave as he shrugged.
Ummy took a few steps towards the table, but realized that something was off. She swayed slightly, looking as if she was about to topple over at any moment. Many of the other staffers soon followed suit with a slight groan. Suddenly, the cake didn't seem as delicious...
Sweep looked down at her hands in shock as she watched her skin slowly begin to transmogrify into something she couldn't at first comprehend. Bit by bit, piece by piece, she was slowly becoming... pixelated? Sweep looked around to see many of her fellow staffers in the same condition.
Rosie poked at another staffer's pixelated shoulder in disbelief.
Skumby's eyes grew wide, trying to understand what was going on around her.
Kumar looked up and over to Skylar, who was standing the closest to the table.
Skylar blinked, a smile on her face. She didn't seem too disturbed by everything going on, more-so amused.
Skylar frowned, her eyes fixed on one particular part of the note.
She held it up for the rest of the staffers to see:
Anayu blinked a few times as her jaw dropped slowly.
Link just slowly sighed and shook his head, trying not to take the comment about the image emporium as a personal insult.
Suzuka spoke up, pulling at the ends of her 8-bit hair.
Dave stepped forward, determined to make the best of a... maybe not bad, but definitely weird, situation.
Suzuka nodded in agreement.
Anayu grinned and looked towards the rest of the staff.