Chapter 1: I Got Skills!
“Why is it called a R.I.B.B.E.T.S. again?” asked Nitro. A collective sigh arose from the group.
“Amateur,” chided Dexter. “Remote Instantaneous Blackhole-Banking Electronic Transfer System or R.I.B.B.E.T.S. for short. It uses blackhole technology to transfer physical objects between A.I.M.S.(Amphibian Inventory Manufacturing and Storage) and your current reality. It’s really quite amazing. In 736 FD…”
“Okay, now I remember why I don’t care,” interrupted Nitro. Dexter grumbled in irritation. “Just show me to the skills list.” Penelope smacked her lips.
“Do you see the button on the touchscreen that says ‘SKILLS’? Yeah, it’s that one,” said Penelope, rolling her eyes.
Nitro tapped the ‘SKILLS’ button. A list of buttons appeared on screen.
“Alright, now we’re talkin’,” said Nitro excitedly. He tapped the “NICE” button. A list of Meanie battling skills appeared on the screen. “Gift, Happybeam, Party Time… This isn’t what I’m looking for.” Nitro tapped the back arrow, then the “LIFE” button. Another list appeared. “Cooking, Crafting… Ah ha! Fishing!” Nitro ecstatically tapped the “LEARN” button.
There was a sudden cool electric rush in Nitro’s brain as the information on fishing came flooding in. In the frog’s mind, he saw Teach casting a line out into the water. He watched his technique as Teach jigged the bait back and forth. There was a whirring sound as Teach’s rod bent over. Teach fought the fish, reeling and pulling until… Whoosh! A great white shark flew out of the water! Nitro’s eyes watered at the glorious sight as the shark glided through the air in slow motion. The giant fish crashed onto the beach and thrashed about, throwing sand into the air! Teach dodged its massive teeth and smacked it square on the head with his fishing rod. The shark’s eyes turned into Xs and it fell flat. Teach puffed out his chest and put one foot on his vanquished foe as the word “CONGRATULATIONS!” flashed over his head.
Nitro looked down at his R.I.B.B.E.T.S. as an electronic voice rang out.
“Congratulations! You’ve learned ‘FISHING’!”
“That… was… AWESOME!” shouted Nitro. “Let’s do this!”
Nitro tapped the “USE” button next to “FISHING”. There was an electric buzz in the air as a fishing rod materialized in front of him and dropped into his hands. It was tri-color yellow, orange, and red, just like Nitro’s shirt. There was a bobber painted with flames and a plain hook hung from the end of the line. Nitro was drooling over his new rod when his expression suddenly changed.
“Hey wait. Where’s the bait?”
“It doesn’t come with bait. You can try to find some, but I would suggest getting the ‘GATHERING’ skill to make it easier. You’ll have a better knowledge of what you’re looking for. Of course, you could get the ‘CRAFTING’ skill. That would teach you how to make lures. ISN’T THIS SO EXCITING!” said Gloria with flames in her eyes.
“Hmm…” Nitro weighed the options. “I’ll just get both!”
After both tutorials played through Nitro’s mind, he looked around at his friends with a giant grin. Then he began laughing maniacally.
“Hahaha! Do not feel ashamed. It isn’t your fault that you aren’t masters like me. Keep trying, you’ll get it one day. Hahaha!” Every frog stared at him like he was insane. “Now stand back and watch the master at work!”
Nitro looked around the beach. He felt as though he had super detective powers as objects jumped out at him. He grabbed a forked stick from the sand and spun it through a spider web he saw glistening in a nearby almond tree. His R.I.B.B.E.T.S. suddenly called out.
“You’ve made a ‘NET’!”
“Hahaha!” Nitro laughed again as everyone watched.
Nitro leapt into the ocean with a splash and returned with a single tiny shrimp wiggling in the net.
“Obtained ‘TINY SHRIMP’!” chimed the R.I.B.B.E.T.S.
Nitro put the shrimp on his hook and tossed it into the ocean. Everyone watched as ten minutes went by. Nitro started to fidget uncomfortably.
“C’mon, fish. Don’t make me look dumb. Here fishy fishy,” Nitro whispered to the ocean.
Suddenly, the bobber bounced and sank! Nitro snatched the rod back and started reeling. “This is it! Oh, it’s a giant shark! No, a whale! Here it comes!” With one last great pull, the fish came flying out of the water. Nitro watched in horror as a miniature sardine glided through the air in slow motion. It landed inaudibly on the sand. There was no sound except for the gently breaking waves. Then…
“Obtained ‘MINIATURE SARDINE’!” Nitro quietly flicked the fish back into the water.
There was an eruption of laughter from the group. Gloria patted Nitro on the shoulder.
“You just need to practice and level-up your skill. Then you can catch bigger fish. It was pretty neat how you made that net though.” Nitro nodded resolutely. He was determined to do just that.
“I WILL be a Master Fisherfrog!” he declared and leapt into the ocean for more bait.