Chapter 4b: Doomed to dodgeball (part 2)
*Location: Far edge of the playground of Pokey Okes Kindergarden. What? No monsters are attacking Townsville*
*Time left until the dodgeball match: 10 minutes.*
Buttercup: Alright then. I only have 10 minutes to learn the easiest parts of dodgeball, which is everything. There will be no breaks. You will not stop until you're sweating like a tourist in a sauna and your hands are raw and red like the blood under your skin!
*Shad just stands there in front of a handball wall listening to every word while Blossom and Bubbles watch from a nearby bench*
Buttercup: Now first things first. *swipes Shad's glasses* No glasses!
Shad: Hey no fair! I can't see well without those.
Buttercup: So? You weren't wearing them at all today.
Blossom: He only wears those when he's reading.
Shad: Give them back! My mommy will yell at me if I lose them.
Bubbles: Shouldn't we help him?
Blossom: I don't know. It's a bit of rare moment but Buttercup seems to know what she's doing...I hope.
Buttercup: Okay. You want 'em back? Heads up leader girl! *tosses glasses to Blossom* I'll keep tossing this at you 15 times. The goal is to not get hit once as it bounces off the handball wall. If you don't get it, you get your glasses back.
Shad: 15 times?
Buttercup: Wanna make it 30?
Buttercup: Thought so. *Buttercup throws the ball at Shad (who dosen't do anything to move away) and strikes him*
Buttercup: Aw, come on! You didn't try moving...again!
Bubbles: He didn't see it!
Shad: I need my glasses. I didn't know you threw it.
Buttercup: Not good enough! *ball hits Shad again* C'mon. What's your problem? I'm practically close enough for even a toddler to dodge it!
Shad: You threw it too fast. I can still see but everything's a little bit blurry.
Buttercup: Mitch throws it slower then I did and you still got hit! Why don't you fight back? You don't even try to catch the stupid thing! Or even block it!
Buttercup: You might as well give Mitch your drawings now you...you...*all of a sudden, Buttercup's eyes glow a bright emerald green and releases 2 streams of light headed for Shad*
Blossom: Buttercup you...
*BOOM! Too late. The beams have already impacted. But when the smoke cleared, it was actually the handball wall that was hit, with a rather large dent as proof. And at the right of the dent was a very shocked and wide-eyed Shad*
Bubbles: He lives!
Blossom: Buttercup what's with you?! Shad could've been really hurt and the professor would've grounded you foreve...*bonked*
Buttercup: Sis...did you notice anything?
Blossom: Notice what?
Buttercup: *sigh* Shad? When I got frustrated and almost zapped you, what happened?
Shad: ...........I...dodged it?
Blossom: Oh. Oooh. I get it now.
Bubbles: So do I...wait, no I don't.
Shad: I didn't really try to defend myself because I thought that dodgeballs didn't really hurt that much. Well they do, but when you almost zapped me I got really scared and my legs seemed to have moved by themselves.
Buttercup: Duh! Why didn't I figure it out? It's fear! If you get really scared, you act on...um...what did the professor call it? Oh yeah: Instinct!
AN: Chapter to be continued when I get back on. Added after 1 hours:
*Time left until dodgeball match: 7 minutes*
Blossom: Looked more like common sense to me. Anyone would've sidestepped away.
Buttercup: True, but if Shad here just pretends that the ball is a laser beam is about to hit him, that'll motivate him into dodging it.
Bubbles: I hope Buttercup's right about this. She's pushing him too far.
Blossom: Didn't you already do that when you spoke in his place and wagered his art projects?
I was just trying to help.
Buttercup: That wasn't your fault Bubbles. It was Shad's!
Buttercup: Couldn't you at least open your big yap? Mitch just went ahead and insulted you by calling you a punching bag. Okay, he didn't say that but he implied it...Am I using the word 'implied' right? Anyway, if you just said SOMETHING back then Bubbles didn't have to make some stupid bet. At least I think it was a bet because I didn't even understand a word she said.
Blossom: She's right you know.
Shad: I was scared. And sleepy.
Buttercup: Sleepy, I can cope with...
Blossom: Really, she can. She's always the last one awake and thinks it's Saturday every day. We almost come to school late a few times because of her since she always plays her Game Boy...
Buttercup: SHADDAP! As I was saying, sleepy, I can cope with. Scared is something different. If you want to stop being scared, then face whatever's scaring you even if you are afraid because that's the ONLY way you can stop being afraid. It worked for me. It worked for Blossom. It has yet to work on Bubbles. The first thing you have to do to is at least beat Mitch in dodgeball. Me and my sisters can't make you promise to win, but at least make one promise to US that you fight back whenever someone picks on you or something. They badmouth you, you talk back to them.
Shad: ........................................Okay. I...I promise. I'll try to not be so scared anymore. I feel much better now. Maybe I can do this!
Blossom: Wow. That's the longest time Buttercup spoke since...ever.
Buttercup: Okay now. All this yammering cost us about 3 more minutes of practice, so let's make this quick. Remember, pretend it's a laser. Ready Steady GO!
*throws ball at Shad, who immedietly ducks to the ground. The ball ricochets off the handball wall and back to Buttercup*
Bubbles: It worked!
Buttercup: There you go. Now do that 14 more times.
*Buttercup constantly throws the ball while Shad ducks and sidesteps away from it. He got hit a few times but he quickly got back on his feet and ducked some more until he got hit-free all 15 times*
*Time left until dodgeball match: 2 minutes*
Shad: I did it! I did it! *jumps up and down*
Buttercup: Yeah yeah. Just stop hopping like it. It's embarrasing.
Blossom: C'mon Buttercup. Just look at him. *glides over to Shad and gives back his glasses* Don't put them back on though.
???: Hey! What's keeping ya? *the PPG and Shad turn around to see Mitch and a few other of his teammates at the center of the playground*
Buttercup: Yeah yeah we're coming. Lead the way leader girl.
Blossom: Just one problem: You forgot to teach Shad how to THROW the ball properly!
*Time until dodgeball match: 0 minutes*
Buttercup: What? It's not my fault Shadowed State of Mind made us only practice for 10 minutes.
Blossom: BUTTERCUP YOU FU...*4th wall shatters*
End of Chapter 4b (to be conlcuded...the dodgeball match, not the whole fic)
Dammit. Now I gotta rebuild this thing. *stares at shards of 4th wall* Way to go Buttercup.