The next morning, the elephant was still there, though, and Neptune couldn't remember if this was the how it was last night, but now the elephant was definitely red. Shades of red with dry blood creases. Even the elephant's eyes were red, all red, and they followed Neptune as he single swirled down the spiral staircase.
"Oh." Neptune said, meeting the elephant's eyes. "I'm going to need more money, if you're going to stay here."
The elephant nodded.