Quick as she could, Marie arrived in Octo Valley. Cap’n Cuttlefish’s shack was completely deserted. The shack itself was undisturbed, but the snow globe that had stood beside it was a shattered wreck—pieces of glass littered the landscape. Callie was nowhere to be found, and the scene failed to offer up any clues. With a heavy heart, Marie made her way back to Inkopolis.
The city was buzzing with unbelievable news. The Great Zapfish had disappeared! It had vanished once before, but reappeared shortly thereafter.
The people of the city consoled each other, saying, “Chill out! It won’t be gone long this time, either!”
Marie alone shivered in trepidation. “Could he possibly be at it again?”
Marie made up her mind get to the bottom of this.
But if their adversary was who she suspected, this problem would have no quick and easy solution. Cap’n Cuttlefish wasn’t around to help this time. Her worry for Callie overshadowed everything, and before long, the squidizens of Inkopolis would begin to notice Callie’s absence. If Marie were to disappear, too, at a time like this, it would only add to the chaos. But what else could she do?
There was no choice but to find help, and quickly.
Just as Cap’n Cuttlefish had done before, she would need to enlist a brave recruit to help investigate the depths of the Octarians’ underground base. Thanks to her fame, though, Marie stood out like a sore tentacle in Inkopolis. She had to keep the number of people who knew about the new Octarian threat to a minimum. Secrecy and discretion were, after all, of the utmost importance when it came to the operations of the Squidbeak Splatoon.
Suddenly, the conversation she’d had with Callie at Arowana Mall came rushing back to her. Word on the street was that all the freshest Inklings were hanging out and battling for turf in a new part of town. Surely she could find someone there with the perfect blend of talent and bravery this daring task required.
Her mind made up, Marie set her sights on the new center of squid kid culture, Inkopolis Square!
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