>>301454>>301455>>301457>>301458>>301471We had deal going for quite a while, and it's still tied as I'm typing this, so let's go with deal.
"…I think we can knock out a deal here. You hold up to your end of the bargain and I'm good to go." You strike a pose you saw in one of Sweetie's big sisters fashion magazines.
"What?! You agree, right?" Rover calls over. You see the burly Diamond Dog begin swinging the massive chain in his paws.
"Yes, but only if you tell me I'm pretty."
The other Diamond Dogs chuckle. Rover jumps up in frustration. "QuuuiieeEETTTT!!!" He turns, then nods. "Yes!"
"Yes, you're pretty!" The distance obscures him a little bit, but you're sure he's blushing.
"Great! We have a deal then! We'll show you how to help us defeat the snakes, you get me and all the treasure besides my trinket, and we'll be on our merry ways!"
The giant hook comes flying across the room. As it slams into the side of the cave entrance, you hear your friends recoil in fear.
"Raisin?! What are you doing?! Do you even know what you agreed to?!" Scootaloo shakes her head. "There's no way they're going to let us leave!"
"Relax. We need these guys to help us with the snakes. Once the snakes are out of the picture, I can take care of them if the deal goes sour."
Applebloom shakes her head. "Ah got a bad feelin' bout' this…"
You kick the hook into the rock a bit to make sure it's stable. You see Rover point to a couple of dogs. "Go Dig Dogs! Mush!" As the burly dog keeps the chain taught, the dig team climbs their way across the magma chamber and into the entrance of the blue cave. The CMC back up as they fill the entrance.
The dogs don't seem to be the brightest of the bunch. They pant in and hang their head in place, their helmets covering up their eyes for the most part. They look down at you, then reach out with a paw. Your shiny coat seems to draw their attention.
"Alright.. so… you're the dig team, right?"
The one in front nods.
"…just follow us, then. Keep my friends safe or the deals off, you hear?"
He nods again, then the team goes over to the CMC. They walk out in front of them, leaving a gap between them so that you can take the lead.