Varian quietly listened to Negaduck as he asked his questions. He never really considered himself as a villain until he kidnapped the queen of Corona then tried to use Rapunzel’s hair to free his father and almost killing the queen and Cassandra. “I never wanted to be the villain but I did what I had to do. As for Gadget, she reminds me of myself before Rapunzel walked into my life and betrayed me and destroyed my life. Have you met Rapunzel?,” he asked as he was curious if the princess had ever came to this place.
“And to answer your question regarding my work, I plan to figure out the mystery of the portals that brought us to this place and find a way home. I have to get home to free my father and settle a score with the princess,” Varian said through gritted teeth as he thought about Rapunzel. Ruddiger looked up at his master with a worried look as Varian gave a dark look then snapped out of it. He sighed and picked up Ruddiger before he answered the last question, “Ruddiger has been with me since forever. I tried to get rid of him but he stayed no matter what. And we don’t have alligators in Corona.”
Negaduck wasn't aware that his fingers were drumming lightly on the table. He was a little impatient with this kid. You're either a villain or you aren't.
I never wanted to be the villain but I did what I had to do
"Yeah, yeah. The reason's not that important. You've crossed the line, that's what counts."
As for Gadget, she reminds me of myself before Rapunzel walked into my life and betrayed me and destroyed my life. Have you met Rapunzel?
Negaduck snorted a laugh at that question, followed by, "What kind of a name is Rapunzel? Sounds more like a kind of vegetable. But, seriously, the rat has got to go. You don't need any reminders and I don't need any stool-pigeon mouse telling the local do-gooders where to find my hideout." There was one easy way to take care of that little problem. "Scar, find that rodent and eat it."
I plan to figure out the mystery of the portals that brought us to this place and find a way home
"Sounds good. As long as you find me a way to get to my home, you can stay. I don't use this building, so it's all yours. Oh, and one other thing...I need a way to fight a ghost. You got any potions that'll help in that department?"
Scar's green eyes narrowed--he was not accustomed to being ordered around like this. And he didn't like it. Nor was he very pleased with the thought of the human who attacked him receiving no comeuppance. Daring to assault a king should result in immediate death, and now Negaduck was giving him the run of the place.
He would have to have a little chat with his feathered friend.
Scar laid his head on a level with the floor so he could peer inside the hole. Although he could only see a small portion of the interior, there was no sign of any living thing. The mouse was either hiding or it had escaped.
A lion could easily break through that flimsy wall, but it was far too much work for such a tiny morsel. Hardly even a mouthful, really. Instead of complying, Scar turned his back on the duck, strolled to the far end of the room, and stretched out on the floor for an interval of relaxation.
So far, so good. Gadget had gotten through to some other room, far enough away from the bad guys to get some work done. Of course, they could find her by just walking through the building room by room. But she didn't think about that just now.
She wandered through the dusty room, peeking under the tarps to get an look at what she had to work with. Somehow, she had to invent some...something that would enable her to rescue Varian. But what? Gadget kept on looking, hoping to spark an idea.
Nice piece of tech, she thought to herself as she surveyed an old animatronic figure. And that boom was in really good shape. Something was starting to form in her mind at last. Pulling out her tools, Gadget got to work.
“I suppose you’re right. How about you leave her to me? I’ll take care of it,” Varian said as he thought about it, he didn’t want to put his friend in jeopardy because of him. He didn’t want Gadget to get eaten or anything like that. He just hoped wherever she was that she was safe and sound.
“Sounds good. As long as you find me a way to get to my home, you can stay. I don’t use this building, so it’s all yours. Oh, and one other thing...I need a way to fight a ghost. You got any potions that’ll help in that department?”
“That sounds like a fair deal,” Varian said as he agreed to Negaduck’s terms. However, he became interested when the mallard mentioned a ghost and the wheels in his head began to turn. Perhaps catching this phantom might be helpful to his research...or better yet, to use it against Rapunzel. He smiled at the crazed mallard before he spoke, “A ghost, you say? I don’t have anything for that....yet. Please do tell me about your problem with the phantom? I would very much like to hear more.”
How about you leave her to me? I’ll take care of it
Negaduck cast skeptical look at Varian. He was not a trusting individual, and he wasn't at all sure that the kid, rotten as he appeared to be, didn't have a soft spot for the little rodent. After all, he did have a nauseatingly cute furry pet.
"You'll be too busy, I'm sure, inventing a way to rid me of that ghost." Besides, Scar needed to earn his keep.
Please do tell me about your problem with the phantom
"So, there's this German guy, see? He gets his head blown off in a battle somewhere, and he comes back as a ghost. He rides around on a spook horse, carrying a magic pumpkin. Guy thinks he owns the place or something. Anyhow, he's gunning for me, and I don't have any way to fight him. Anything you throw at him, he just goes all phantom and it passes through him. I need something that'll freeze him, or exorcise him, or at least keep him outta my hair."
Any living foe, Negaduck could handle. But he wasn't equipped to take on magic.
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Gadget worked like a mouse possessed. But she never thought about the time passing when she was building. She combined everything but the kitchen sink in her new invention, and that was just because she couldn't find a sink.
When it was ready, she climbed into the driver's seat and pulled her goggles down over her eyes. Her fingers glided over the rodent-sized controls and the machine came to life. Or the nearest electronic equivalent of life. It clanked through the empty rooms of the former nightclub until it burst through the door and faced the villainous lion and man-duck.
Mostly, it was a fiberglass armadillo, only as big as a sofa, decorated with neon lights. Gadget had strapped it to a wheeled dolly, because it was easier than making it actually walk; the motor from an old fan provided the locomotion. A boom arm sprang from the armadillo's shell, while several less-recognizable things protruded from the sides and rear.
"Hang on, Varian," she called out from inside the robot's head. "I'll rescue you."
As she said it, Gadget pulled a lever, and a large speaker sent out a high-pitched whine directed right at the lion.
Varian listened to the villainous mallard as he spoke about his phantom problem. A phantom of a beheaded man that carried a pumpkin for a head? It sounded impossible to the young alchemist but that didn’t stop him from becoming interested in the ghost. He could make an elixir to stop the ghost but he would have to come face to face with the specter. That made him less enthusiastic to do it but the science behind it fascinated him so he agreed, “I’ll see what I can do about it.”
“Hang on, Varian,” she called out from inside the robot’s head. “I’ll rescue you.”
Varian’s train of thought was interrupted by the sound of Gadget’s voice and looked in the direction of the source. To his surprise, a large armadillo was coming straight at him and Negaduck to rescue him. He was in awe at how quickly the little mouse put this contraption together and got it to actually work. He would have to ask her how she did it after he figured out a way to spare her life from the lion and water fowl. He had to think of something and fast.
Their charming conversation was interrupted by the entrance of a--whatever it was. Some kind of machine that looked like a cross between an aardvark and a Swiss army knife. Negaduck leaped to his feet, whipping out a weapon for each hand in the process. Nobody ever caught him napping.
A voice came out of the thing, a tiny, cutesy, little girl mouse voice:
Hang on, Varian, I’ll rescue you.
So, Negaduck's instincts had been right all along. The kid was playing him for a patsy.
Taking a step backward, the crime boss shifted one gun to cover Varian.
"You thought you could put one over on me, punk?" he sneered. "Pretending to be a villain while your little pet rat built that junk pile of a weapon? Well, playtime is over!"
Scar was brooding on plans of his won when his feline ears picked up a strange clanking sound. He leaped to his feet, but before he could say or do anything, a curious beast crashed into the room. It was around his own size, though bulkier. It's hide was covered with strange appendages like nothing he had ever seen before.
Scar stared for a moment, stunned. But no creature this side of a rhino could stand up to a full-grown lion. The would-be lion king sprang toward the animal, raking its side with his claws. Its hide was tough, that was certain. It would take more than a simgle swipe to take this animal down.
Then a terrible sound assaulted Scar's ears. He cried out, backing away with his ears folded flat against the noise.
Gadget continued to advance in her armored armadillo. The lion clawed one side of her invention before she could turn her sonic weapon on it. Gadget winced at the thought of the damage done to the shell's left side. She was already working out how she could fix it when the sonic beam hit the lion, pushing him back a few paces.
"It's working!" she said to herself, though the microphone was still on, broadcasting to the entire room.
The duck pulled out some weapons; this wasn't good. Gadget pulled a lever and a trap door opened in the armadillo's back, shooting out a shower of crushed ice at the caped duck.
"Good thing there was an ice machine available."
The armadillo continued to roll over to Varian, Gadget's plan being to keep the bad guys off-balance while shielding Varian's getaway with the body of her invention.
Varian backed away as the crazed mallard pointed a weapon at him. He knew he was in deep trouble and had to think of something but how could he? His mind was racing as he watched the scene unfold before him. He covered his ears when he heard that horrid sound and got up. His instinct was to run and not come back. However, he couldn’t leave Gadget behind and he needed a plan.
Varian’s mind began to reel with a plan but that would involve transforming Ruddiger again until he remembered his chemicals could create a smoke bomb to escape. Without thinking twice, he pulled out his vials and quickly threw them to the ground, smoke building around him and blinding Negaduck and his lion partner. He quickly rushed to Gadget’s machine and pushed it with all his might towards the exit.
Negaduck wasn't going to waste another minute on this punk. He fired his machine pistol at Varian, and would've hit him, too, if he hadn't been hit with a shower of ice cubes. Just as he pulled the trigger, Negaduck slipped and crashed to the floor, spraying a hail of bullets into the ceiling.
At the same time, he shot a grenade from the portable launcher clutched in his other hand. It was supposed to take out the neon armadillo, but the fall messed that up, too, and the grenade rolled across the floor somewhat wide of its target.
All of a sudden the room filled with smoke; that sneaky brat was responsible for this. Coughing and sputtering, Negaduck jumped to his feet. There was a live grenade somewhere in this room, and he couldn't see it!
That sound was horrible! The worst thing Scar had ever heard. How could any animal make such a painful noise?
It angered the lion to be so hurt by such a ridiculous-looking creature. He was a king, after all. This beast would have to be taught the proper respect.
With his ears flattened against the noise, Scar attacked once again, clinging to the back of the animal, trying to bring it down. He maneuvered behind the speaker that was sending out the sonic waves, but of course, Scar didn't know that. He only knew that the pain was nearly gone as suddenly as it had appeared.
Flailing with his claws, the lion knocked something off the back of the creature.
With relief, Gadget saw that her ice cube bombardment had caused Negaduck to miss Varian. The young inventor rushed over; finally, they could make a run for it.
"Nice smoke bomb," she complemented her friend. It should help them to escape.
But then the lion attacked again. He couldn't get through to hurt her. Yet. The armadillo had been made as a decoration, and its fiberglass shell wouldn't hold up forever.
Gadget started to drive toward the exit, but Varian pushed her invention along even faster. That was good, she supposed. But then, through the dissipating edge of the smoke cloud, she saw a metal cylinder skitter across the floor to stop right in their path.
"A grenade!" cried the mouse. Working a series of levers, she moved a metal armature to whack the explosive away like a hockey puck.
Panchito: It's nothing like I expected, but I'm still anticipating good things.
Jun 4, 2019 18:31:36 GMT -5
Nick Wilde: Well, I had a thread idea now that Galaxy's Edge is opened in Disneyland.
Jun 5, 2019 16:50:31 GMT -5
Nick Wilde: And figuring things out with it, considering how that land is operating.
Jun 5, 2019 16:59:12 GMT -5
Basil: All I know about it is what I read. I won't be able to visit until 2020 (in Florida).
Jun 6, 2019 19:16:55 GMT -5
Nick Wilde: Aye. I am hoping to visit sometime t his year. Or early next year. I really, really,really, want to go there.
Jun 7, 2019 21:57:51 GMT -5
Nick Wilde: But so far from what I read, it is good. The most immersive Disney ever did. Cast members actually having a backstory and name in the setting, characters constantly interacting with the guests in-character...
Jun 8, 2019 8:49:33 GMT -5
Nick Wilde: Guests actually being encouraged to make their own story, and play a part in the land..
Jun 8, 2019 8:50:01 GMT -5
Nick Wilde: And also has an app to allow guests to actually do things more.
Jun 8, 2019 8:54:23 GMT -5
Nick Wilde: Of course, I imagine our characters checking it out in it's full glory.
Jun 8, 2019 8:58:20 GMT -5
Judy Hopps: An app...Disney didn't bother to make their app to work on my phone.
Jun 8, 2019 11:23:19 GMT -5
Jiminy: Apologies for the extended absence, all! I finished up graduation stuff and immediately have to launch into college program prep so I've been busy as of late. I'm really hoping to get back on top of things soon.
Jun 8, 2019 15:44:41 GMT -5
Papá Héctor: Lol aww that darn phone :/ And welcome back, Jiminy! <3
Jun 8, 2019 15:52:09 GMT -5
Papá Héctor: Congratulations on your graduation! Yayy! <3
Jun 8, 2019 15:52:58 GMT -5
Nick Wilde: Congrats Jiminiy. And aye. Hopefully can get it to work, with the app.
Jun 8, 2019 16:03:42 GMT -5