Max is barking loudly as he happily jumps around on the deck and dances around the sailors' feet. He eventually stops and pants, his tongue lolling out of his mouth. Then he suddenly jerks his head up as a strange, new scent enters his nose. His nostrils flare up as he sniffs the air, taking in this strange, semi-human but semi-fishy smell. The big sheepdog is intrigued; what could it be? He presses his nose to the floor of the deck and starts taking in deep sniffs, walking along as he follows the scent as it gets stronger, meaning he is close to the source.
Ariel watches the dog walk around sniffing the ground with great interest until she realizes that he's coming closer and closer to the window she's looking through! She's what he's smelling! Ariel bites her lip nervously, but decides to stay where she is and see what the creature is.
Max, seeing that the source of the smell is a beautiful fish-tailed girl, gets a big grin on his face. As he sits down and sticks his head out of the window, he begins panting loud and hard, his tongue hanging out of his mouth as he breathes hot breath into Ariel's face. Ariel presses her nose against Max's, still staring at him in wide-eyed, open-mouthed fascination. She's so close to him that Max naturally assumes she wants a kiss. And since he loves her already, smelling that she has a wonderfuly spunky personality, he's more than happy to give one to her!
His tongue oozing slobber, Max thrusts his head forward and gives Ariel a friendly lick on the cheek. Ariel closes her eyes, krinkles her nose and grimaces at the sudden wet sensation on her cheek as Max's big tongue lifts it up. The dog's slobbery tongue sweeps across the girl's cheek and makes a loud "smack!" sound when it's done, drool flying everywhere from it as it retracts back into Max's mouth. Max looks at Ariel and smiles at her fondly, while Ariel lowers her head and looks a little grossed out.
Ariel opens one eye and looks at Max, then whispers to him.
ARIEL: Who are you?
Max wags his tail excitedly as he responds.
MAX: Woof! Woof!
Ariel opens her other eye and a goofy smile of delight spreads across her face as she puts a hand to her wet cheek and lifts her head back up toward Max.
ARIEL: Hello, Woof! I'm Ariel.
Max loves the sound of Ariel's voice so much that he immediately gives her another lick, planting his tongue on her chin and sweeping it all the way up to her forehead, drenching her face in slobber. Ariel laughs.
ARIEL: Is that your way of kissing me?
Max nods his head, then sticks his head out a little more and licks Ariel's other cheek multiple times. She tastes like seafood....and Max likes seafood! Ariel gives up on trying to wipe herself and just giggles as she reaches and starts scratching Max on the head with fondness, making him pant and wag his tail even more.
ARIEL: Aw, you're so friendly, Woof!
The sheepdog leaned his head down even more and managed to slap his tongue down on Ariel's midriff. As he licked it happily, the mermaid laughed as quietly as she could at the ticklishness.
ARIEL: Ahahahahahaha! Very friendly, hahaha!
A commotion is heard as the crowd dispenses, prompting Max to run back over to the humans. Ariel, chuckling to herself, watches him go and rubs her cheek as she peeks back to the deck to see what's happening.