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.
Varian continued to push the armadillo as they tried to escape.”Thanks. But let’s focus on escaping right now, ok?,” he said as he pushed with all his might. He ducked a bit when he heard the sound of a gun shot. He looked around to keep an eye out for the lion or Negaduck in case they decided to come after them again. He couldn’t risk being caught or worse so he continued to push forward through the smoke.
Varian wasn’t sure how long the smoke would last so he got ready to make another smoke bomb but realized he was out of chemicals. That’s when the fear began to set in and pushed the machine more as they neared the exit. “We’re almost to the exit. I hope we can make it,” he said as he tried to hurry, praying that they made it.
Negaduck leaped to his feet, waving his arms in an effort to dissipate the smoke. If he could only see them, he knew he could finish them off.
He could hear Scar snarling somewhere up ahead. Good; he must have engaged the little creeps. Negaduck considered firing at the sound, but that might only kill the lion. Which wouldn't bother Negaduck a whole lot, but why blast your ally when he was attacking your common foe? Instead he followed the sound through the smoke.
"Come out, come out, wherever you are," he muttered. Just one shot, that was all he asked for. One clear shot.
Suddenly, from out of the smoke came a small metal object hurtling through the air. It was his own grenade.
Scar bit and clawed and generally did his best to kill the animal. But even though he'd clearly damaged it, it refused to stop; it trundled along inexorably toward the exit, dragging the lion, who refused to let go, along with it.
The smoke stung Scar's eyes so that he failed to see the scrawny human who emerged from the cloud. Maybe the human failed to see him, too, because he wasn't as frightened as he should be, if he'd had any sense.
let’s focus on escaping right now
Releasing his hold on the strange animal, Scar turned to rake the human with his claws, crying, "You, at least, won't be going anywhere, boy. Your hide isn't as hard as this creature's, I'll bet."
Gadget breathed a sigh of relief as the grenade bounced away to the other side of the room. But its presence meant that there was no time to lose; the had to get out of there fast! If only she could get rid of this lion. He already knocked a couple of attachments off of her invention which, although they weren't critical, they worried her. Sooner or later he'd break something serious, and stop her for good. Or worse, he might eventually break into the control room where she sat. And then--gulp.
Varian popped out of somewhere, which saved Gadget the trouble of blundering through the smoke to look for him.
We’re almost to the exit. I hope we can make it
"We've gotta book it--there's a live grenade in there," she shouted to him.
Just then the lion left off chewing on her armadillo skin and pounced on Varian. With a yelp, Gadget turned a control wheel, making her invention spin around to whack the lion with its fiberglass tail.
"Run for it!" she cried, putting her foot down hard on the gas.
Varian cried out in surprise as he felt the lion slash at him. He felt Scar’s claws dig into his thigh and cried out in pain. He fell to the floor and backed away from the lion as he feared for his life. Is this how he will die? Never to see his father again? No! He refused to die this way and he will save his father.
Suddenly, to his surprise, an object wizzed by his head and hits Scar. He took that moment to get up and quickly limped towards the exit. He focused on escaping that he didn’t even hear Gadget. He looked back for a moment to make sure his mouse friend was following him. He watched as everything began to slow down around him, his mind racing as he looked around him.
Continual practice and training had given Negaduck excellent reflexes. As soon as he spotted the grenade, he executed a back flip, landing in a roll which he turned into a side slip followed by a dive behind a nearby pair of huge speakers, more leftover junk from the place's former life as a night club; it was the nearest cover he could find. Negaduck lay as flat as he could make himself, covering his head with both arms, and waited for the blast.
It wasn't long in coming.
The whole building shook as debris flew in every direction. It wasn't a huge grenade, but in these close quarters, it sure sounded like one.
Negaduck leaped to his feet, coughing on the gunpowder, and waited for the smoke to clear. The first thing that met his gaze was a jagged hole in the wall.
"No, no, no, no, NO! I will NOT lose another hideout!!"
Scar heard the human scream, felt his claws rending supple flesh, smelled the fresh blood. It had been along time--too long--since he'd actually taken down prey, and the old thrill was heady. This one would make a tasty meal.
Then that accursed animal lashed out with its tail, catching Scar a blow to the side of the head. Stunned, the lion fell back; though he staggered, he managed to keep his feet.
He intended to hurl some hideous insult at the beast before continuing his attack, but then the air was shattered by a terrific noise, like thunder. A sudden wind hurled Scar the the ground. What kind of weather was this?
Varian was down. What should she do? Gadget ran over the various controls in her mind, seeking something that could take out the lion, or at least keep him busy long enough for her friend to get away. Oh, if only she'd had more time to equip this thing!
It all became moot when the grenade exploded. Gadget knew what the sound was immediately; she'd been expecting it. She was relatively safe inside the armadillo, though some pieces of shrapnel hit the outside shell. The lion hadn't been so lucky. The blast knocked him down, and seemed to have knocked him silly, too. This was their chance.
"Varian, grab on to the armadillo! I'll get you out of here!" she yelled into her microphone. All he had to do was hang on, and Gadget would drive away and drag him to safety.
Jake: Hello there, and welcome!
Aug 1, 2019 17:04:22 GMT -5
Basil: Basil and Vanellope had an...interesting relationship.
Aug 1, 2019 21:44:00 GMT -5
Ronno: A belated welcome Vanellope!
Aug 6, 2019 17:13:19 GMT -5
Helen Parr: Heyy sorry about the delay! The kitchen remodeling took an entire month and then my sister left for vet school, so it's been super busy for me. I'm back to posting though <3
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Ronno: Good to see you back! Congrats and good luck to your sister too! It’s a tough route but very rewarding. (I’m actually a vet tech myself ).
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Elsa: I'm coming back as well! Pruning a few characters, have an idea for a new one (i have a mild addiction... XD)
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Negaduck: Admitting it is the first step to a cure.
Aug 9, 2019 19:06:58 GMT -5
Helen Parr: Lol that's awesome that you're in that field, too! <3 My sister was a vet tech as well! Thank you! It definitely sounds tough.
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Ronno: <3 ! Vet techs unite! Always good to hear of a fellow vet tech. ^_^
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Edna Mode: welcome back helen hope things went ok been waiting for the thread to continue
Aug 15, 2019 2:10:44 GMT -5
Elsa: relatively unimportant message for Basil
Aug 16, 2019 20:21:29 GMT -5
Helen Parr: Hey Edna! Thank you! I think I'll wait for Vi and Dash to post in there before I post again, but I'm looking forward to the thread too! And yay Sage, love seeing your amazing posts again <3
Aug 16, 2019 23:52:09 GMT -5
Papá Héctor: As for Héctor, I'm getting ready to introduce the whole dance quince court thing in the party this weekend, so prepare yourselves! <3
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Basil: Cool! I have company for the weekend, so I may be late in replying.
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Basil: Yay! A post in the balloon thread!! Hurrah!!
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Jiminy: Soooo so sorry for the crazy delay on literally all of my posts y'all. I'm done with training so I should be less sporadic now with any luck, haha!
Aug 17, 2019 21:05:40 GMT -5
Basil: Jiminy is worth waiting for!
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Judy Hopps: I just spotted that thread for Judy & Nick. Sorry, Fibber! But I'll wait until Reuben posts first.
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Nick Wilde: I was waiting on others, hehe.
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