We’re all guilty of fishing for compliments every once in a while. If you’re in the market for some grade-A flattery, look no further than the lobby of Menaka’s Spa in the Otherworld. There you will find the mythic Fountain of Compliments! And yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like. A ten-foot marble fountain with the ability to dish out the very best pick-me-up lines within the divine halls of the asparas.
But sometimes a compliment can reveal an ugly truth. And certain people have been known to lose their temper after the fountain told them something they didn’t want to hear. So, here are a few tips on how to get the most out of this bubbling bundle of praise and adulation:
First Off, Fix Your Face
The Fountain of Compliments will flatter, but it won’t lie to you. Not to worry, you’ll get a compliment regardless of how you look. But if you show up in the divine halls without putting much effort into your appearance, the fountain may have to get creative with its compliments.
For example: “You look great even on a bad hair day!” Or: “That’s a unique fashion choice . . .“ Or the classic: “Clearly you don’t care what other people think! I wish I had that confidence!” Yeah, we all know what that really means.
Pick the Right People to Accompany You
If you arrive at Menaka’s Spa in a group, the Fountain of Compliments will go out of its way to flatter each of you. The trouble is, not every compliment is created equally. In other words, if the fountain thinks one of your friends is way prettier than you, it won’t be much of a secret. As if competing for attention on social media wasn’t hard enough, kids these days now have to go out of their way to impress a literal body of water.
Above All Else, Please Show Some Respect
Like all of us, the Fountain of Compliments is just trying its best. You try finding a unique and honest compliment for every rando who happens to walk up to you. It’s not an easy job! So, please treat the fountain with a little dignity and keep your outbursts to a minimum. You might not like what it has to say, but that’s no excuse to berate the poor thing.
Also, as a word of warning: it’s been known to splash back.
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