Chapter 26a: Raft Royal Rumble! (part 1)
*Black Eden (lab) 12:55PM*
*Bell and Shad read the note that Bean and Bop left behind as they stand in front of the teleporter as Dr. X sets the coordinates to their destination*
Shad: Mr. X?
Dr. X: Hmm?
Shad: Um...is it okay if we can get Berry back first?
Bell: What were they even doing near the teleporter anyway?
Shad: They wanted to go outside. I didn't ask Mr. X first and...wait, where's Bean and Bop?!
Dr. X: Not to worry Shad. You'll kill 2 birds with one stone.
Shad: *gasp* I have to kill birds now?!
Dr. X: NO! You'll complete your mission and get Berry back at the same time. Read the receipt. Where did she go off to?
Shad: *reads the receipt* Somewhere called...er...Guan's temple?
Dr. X: That's exactly where you and Bell are going. Your mission is to test your power against the Xiaolin Dragons.
Bell: Xiaolin WHAT?!
Dr. X: Monks! They guard sacred powerful treasures known as Shen Gong Wu; Mystical objects that give the possessor a huge variety of abilities. You would do well to make your way to the vault and fetch what you want.
Shad: But how will I know which is which?
Dr. X: Find the Ancient scroll of the Shen Gong Wu. It should give you all the information you need on all of them, but choose wisely.
Shad: Mr. X? Can I really do this? What if I fail?
Dr. X: You failed simply because those girls caught you by surprise. With more practice and training, you'll show them what you can really do.
Shad: Wait...what DID happen that time?! I just got mad and didn't want to be lied to again. I had power...power to help all this time and only found out because Mr. X showed me. But...how did he know? And why does he talk to me as if...as if he knew me? AUGH!! I'M SO CONFUSED!! What is all this!? Bubbles...where are you?
Dr. X: Hmm...the vault is located at the left of the main temple. Obviously it's under heavy guard so...
Bell: We know! Take out the Monks while...
Dr. X: These are no ordinary Monks! Had this organization been created much earlier, this mission would be much easier. But they're stronger now. Not to be trifled with! They possess the ability to control the elements of fire, wind, water and earth. If things get a little too rough for you Shad, feel free to head towards the vault as fast as you can.
Shad: *raises hand* Question. Why can't Bean and Bop come with us? And where are they?
Dr. X: That...*sighs then takes out another receipt from his pants pocket and give it to Shad*
[center]Warped: Bean and Bop.
Destination: Powerpuff household; Plateau Suburbs, Megasville
Time warped: 12:48PM[/center]
Bell: That's just a little bit before we came here!
Shad: But...the Powerpuff's house?!
Dr. X: No need to worry. I'm sure they won't do anything too drastic. After all, as long as they come back they can have their sunlight.
Bell: But why at the Powerpuff's house?
Shad: *gulp* I hope they don't do anything bad.
Dr. X: Enough worrying. You can fetch them after your mission is complete. Now step into the teleporter.
Bell: Ready Shad?
Shad: I think so.
*Bell and Shad step onto the platform as Dr. X pushes a big button, starting up the warp process no doubt. Bell holds on to Shad's hand as they start to flash multiple colors*
Shad: *wide eyed* Th...this is...
Bell: I just held your ha....
Shad: No...it's not that. This warp thing. I feel like...like I've been on something like this before!
Dr. X: What?!
*before Dr. X can ask, Bell and Shad are engulfed by a white flash that fills up the entire lab. Dr. X merely looks on as the flash goes away...along with Shad and Bell*
Dr. X: Strange...he's experienced this kind of teleportation before?
*somewhere in China*
*scene starts again on a long set of stairs on a mountain. A huge sphere of light appears and disperses, showing Shad and Bell*
Bell: Looks like we're here...sort of.
Shad: But I don't see the temple.
Bell: That's because we have to climb the stairs first. C'mon. *walks up the stairs*
Shad: *follows Bell* So we just have to get the scroll and the wu things?
Bell: Shen Gong Wu. And yes. It shouldn't be too hard if we try to avoid the Monks.
Shad: We need to find Berry first. Then we can get those Shen Gong Wu.
Bell: Yeah. I wonder how she's doing.
Shad: She's probably scared all alone.
Bell: How? She probably got here on her own while Bean and Bop just went somewhere else!
Shad: But why didn't they follow her?! She's their sister!
Bell: Next time you see them make sure they never leave her.
Shad: You mean, scold them?
Bell: Of course! You made them!
Shad: I probably just have to keep a closer eye on them.
Bell: Or that. *sigh* I wonder what the Monks look like.
Shad: I hear that most of them are bald and have dots on their foreheads. And they're really good at karate.
Bell: But daddy said these Monks are different. They can control elements.
Shad: Maybe these Monks are...*stops*
Shad: Bell. What IS the Darkstar Council?
Bell: Where'd that come from?
Shad: It's just...I don't even remember why I even attacked the Powerpuffs.
Bell: You didn't hurt them you know. Besides, you kinda wanted to stay with us.
Shad: Yeah, but because you seemed lonely...like me. Mr. X even said we have a lot of stuff in common.
Bell: That's one thing he's right about.
Shad: If you hate him, why do you do as he says?
Bell: I already told you! He's my daddy! You "left" your daddy because I took you away from him. And Bubbles.
Shad: If it was up to you, would you have attacked Blossom and the others by choice?
Bell: Why are you so surprised for?! I told you that they forced Mandark to blow up his lair...with him in it! I want to get back at them!
Shad: *continues walking* But what if Dr. X saved Mandark? Would you still have a grudge against the Powerpuffs?
Bell: ........no. I guess not. But the point is...
Shad: We're here.
Bell: Not "we're here" it's the fact that...*head gets tilted a bit*
Shad: Look, we're at the temple!
*Shad and Bell are now at the top of the stairs. In front of them are open gates that lead to a huge martial arts-esque temple high up in the mountains, surrounded by several, smaller buildings that are possibly the sleeping quarters*
Bell: So this is what a temple looks like. So big and beautiful.
Shad: Pretty? It just looks big.
Shad: So we just need to...
Man's voice: Intruders! Halt!
*2 monks in white karate outfits jump out from nowhere and land in front of Shad and Bell. Their heads are shaven and completely round as they take an offensive stance, their fists clenched*
Shad: AHHHHHHHH! *glomps Bell* The Monks!
Bell: *blushes* Uh...Shad, can you get off?
Shad: Oops. *blushes, then lets go* Sorry.
Monk 1: Who are you children?
Shad: Uh...*whispers to Bell* Now what? Mr. X didn't say anything about this.
Bell: *whispers back* Just say something.
Shad: Ahem. We're tourists. Can we have a tour of the temple?
Monk 2: This is not a tourist attraction. Please leave.
Bell: But we must get in there! I dau...I mean, friend of ours is in there. Can you please let us in?
Monk 1: You must be mistaken. Only official monks are allowed inside Master Monk Guan's temple. Now lea...
Shad: Please Mr. Monk! You must...*hears Dr. X's voice from his earpiece*
Dr. X's voice: Repeat after me. Our hearts are heavy with darkness.
Shad: What? Oh well. Here goes.
*gulp* Our hearts are heavy with darkness.
Monk 1: Hmm?
Dr. X's voice: And our minds are hazy with doubt.
Shad: Our minds are hazy with doubt.
Monk 2: I see.
Dr. X's voice: We are on a pilgrimage to discover ourselves.
Shad: Discover ourselves? But we're right here!
We are on a pilgrimage to discover ourselves.
Bell: Is...daddy helping him?
Monk 2: I understand now. But first...*lands his palms on the heads of Shad and Bell. A minute passes, and he raises his hands off* Yes...perhaps the Xiaolin style might do you children good.
Monk 1: You should've just said so. Now...*points to the main temple* make your way to Master Monk Guan and register. *jumps away to nowhere*
Monk 2: Farewell and good luck. *jumps away as well. Bell and Shad walk through the gates. They are now on temple grounds. They see lots of monks similar to the first 2. Whether doing push ups, practicing karate chops, meditating, 5 mile laps, you name it*
Bell: They all look the same.
Shad: I wonder which ones control the elements.
Dr. X's voice: No time for chitchat! Make your way to the vault! It should be just west of the main temple.
Shad: First we find Berry! Can we please look for the Shen Gong Wu after? I'm worried about her.
Dr. X's voice: Rest assured, she's in no danger. The Monks wouldn't dare harm her.
Bell: Shad, let's just keep going. If we stand around here any longer the Monks will get suspi....
Berry's voice: DAAAAAAAAAADDDDYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!
Shad: Was that?
Bell: Could it be...
*there was a quick flash of aquamarine, then WHAM! Next thing she knew, Bell saw Shad on the floor. Hugging him (tightly!) was a familiar little Creampuff in a dark cerulean vest with an aquamarine shirt underneath, complete with orange shorts, knee-pads and hiker-esque shoes*
Berry: *still glomping Shad* DADDY DADDY DADDY!!
Bell: Berry! There you are!
Berry: *looks up and sees Bell* MOMMY!! *glomps Bell*
Shad: My aching...*gets up* Berry what happened?
Berry: Um...long story?
Bell: What were you running from?
Berry: Um...longer story?
Boy's voice: Aha! I have found you, girl made of bubbles!
Older boy's voice: Her name is Bubbles!
Boy's voice: That too!
Shad: Where'd that come from?
Berry: They think I'm Bubbles!
Shad: *feels someone poking his shoulder* Who's there?
*turns around and sees a boy, possibly older then him, bent down and catching his breath. He has dark brown hair and a slight tan. His eyes are green and unlike the other monks, he dons a red karate outfit instead with a bondi blue sash around it. And let's not forget the white pants now*
Boy: *pant* Geez...Bubbles. We...just wanted...to know...why you're here and all.
Shad: Uh...who are you?
Boy: *gets up* What the...who am I? Who are you?! *turns to Bell* And you?! What's with the "do?"
Shad: Don't make fun of my hair! Now who are you!?
Berry: He says his name is Raimundo.
Raimundo: I see you remembered my name Bubbles.
Berry: I'M NOT BUBBLES!! My name is Berry and I wanted my daddy!
Shad: What's going on?! Berry, why did you even come here?!
Berry: This place looked pretty and had lots of sun.
Raimundo: Heheh. I don't know about that but...hey, don't change the subject, who are you people?
Shad: My name is Shad Staydamind! My friend Bell and me are here to become monks. Our minds are clou...
Boy's voice: Raimundo, did you retrieve the bubble girl?
*another Monk with the same clothing as Raimundo catches up. This one is oddly short (almost shorter then Berry!) and has yellow skin. Like most of the other monks, his head is shaven and has 9 dots on his forehead. His eyes are small though, almost bean-sized*
Berry: That one is Omi. *bonks Omi on the head* Where's the hair? Did he lose it?
Omi: *slaps Berry's head away* No! I did not lose it! I was born without hair! Besides, all monks...
Shad: Shave their heads? So you're...
Omi: Yes. Nature made me bald!
Raimundo: I think you mean naturally bald.
Omi: That too!
Berry: Look at it. So shiny. I think I see my face on it.
Raimundo: Yeah, whatever. If you're not Bubbles then why do you look like her? You another Powerpuff or something?
Shad: *gasp* You know the Powerpuff Girls?!
Berry: Mr. Raimundo said he heard of them. *turns to Raimundo* And I'm a Creampuff! My sisters are Bean and Bop but they didn't come. Said it was boring.
Raimundo: Heheh. Got that right.
Omi: Boring?! Who are you to say that this place reeks of boredom?! I dare you to devour that sentence!
Girl's voice: I think you mean eat those words.
*the next Monk to appear is a girl this time. She dons the same garb as the other 2 but her eyes are blue and her hair is black, tied up in pigtails a little similar to Berry's*
Shad: Another one?!
Raimundo: About time you caught up Kimiko.
Kimiko: Can it, Rai. There was a phone call. *to Berry* Hey there...Berry, I think your name is?
Berry: FINALLY! Someone actually knows I'm NOT Bubbles! *to Shad and Bell* This is Shad and Bell. My mo...
Bell: Friends! We're her FRIENDS! *to Berry* Right?!
Kimiko: Good thing you guys came here on time though. She was going crazy a few minutes ago.
Omi: In fact, how did you find this place? Very suspicious I might add.
Shad: We heard great things about Master Monk Guan.
Bell: We want to meet him so we can see if we can become monks. We need to cle...
Raimundo: Say no more. *mocking tone of voice* Quest to find yourselves BLAH BLAH BLAH cleanse your mind BLAH BLAH BLAH! *kicked in the knee* OW!!!
Berry: Don't make fun of DADDY!!
Shad: Uh...I remind her of her daddy! So she mistakes me for her daddy! *nervous laugh*
Bell: Is it me or we getting WAY off track?!
Berry. Shad. *grabs them both and jets up into the sky*
Omi: What's this?! That girl is capable of flight!?
Kimiko: Say, you think she's one of those Powerpuff Girls? Her dress looked similar.
Raimundo: And shorter too. *elbowed in the stomach* OOF!
Kimiko: Watch it!
Raimundo: I was...just pointing it out!
*high above the temple*
Shad: Now start from the beginning. What happened?
Berry: When I got here I was already inside the temple but a bald man found me and grabbed me. I broke free and ran around so I can get a good view of everything and it all looked so pretty but I bumped into a big person with a weird hat on and grabbed me but I couldn't break free and then took me to his room where those other 3 monks down there asked me questions and stuff and when they asked where my daddy was I got upset because I feel sad without daddy so I got upset and flew everywhere because they thought I was Bu...
Bell: Alright already! We get it! Just don't talk so fast.
Shad: So they asked you questions, you started to calm down until I was mentioned (sort of) and that's when you got...crazy because you missed me? That's what happened?!
Berry: Uh-huh. And I wanted to show you everything here and here you are!
Shad: At least we got you back. Now we can start the mission.
Berry: So...I see! Your mission is to have fun here!
Bell: No Berry! We have to...take a few things.
Shad: I think I have a feeling that those are the 4 special Monks Mr. X mentioned.
Dr. X's voice: That's because they ARE those Monks!
Shad: AH! Mr. X!
Dr. X's voice: Perfect! You just missed the one chance to get the Wu undetected! If only Berry...
Bell: Wait, how is this Berry's fault?!
Dr. X's voice: If they were to found a stranger, they would tend to him/her until he/she is well enough to move on. If what Berry said is true, then you might've been able to get in the vault while the Monks were distracted. Now you'll have a harder time trying to break in. Doing so by force will attract too much attention.
Shad: What about the scroll thing?
Dr. X's voice: It should be somewhere in the main temple in the middle, possibly the ground floor. Try to persuade the Monks into showing it to you first. I doubt they see either of you as a threat.
Shad: I'll try.
Berry: *sees something heading towards them* Daddy, something's coming!
Bell: Is it Bean and Bop?
Shad: *turns around* I only see one. But who?
*the UFO (not an alien mind you) soars closer to the 3 kids. As it does, they have a better look at it. It's a bird of some kind, but an oddly colored one; black wings and a white chest. It has the appearance of a parrot sans the big beak. It stopped in front of the kids, hovering in place*
Berry: What's that? *tries to pet it, but the bird almost ends up biting it, causing Berry to pull her hand back* EEK!
Bell: I think I saw it in a book once. A bird, I think it's called.
Shad: It's a parrot. But parrots are usually brighter colored then this. And where's the big beak?
Bell: Never mind that. We have to find a way to get inside the vault.
Voice (southern accent): *chuckles* Now here's something that you don't see everyday.
Berry: EEK! It talked!
Bell: The mouth didn't move.
*Bell used her magnification vision on the bird. On the back she saw the strangest thing. A tiny red bean with a crusty looking face. On its stem-ish arms are bracers of some kind. They're black with a red ruby engraved in each bracer*
Bell: What on Earth? Are you the one who spoke?
Shad: What, I don't see any...*takes a slightly closer look* OH! A bean with a face?!
Bean: HEY! *jumps onto the bird's head* That's HANNIBAL Roy Bean to you!
Berry: *gasp* You have the same name as my sister!
Shad: Mr. Hannibal Roy, we might've first met each other just now, but is it okay if you can please call yourself Roy?
Bell: And go away or something. We're trying to get inside the vault.
Roy: Who are you to comma...did you say...vault? As in, the Shen Gong Wu vault?
Shad: Yeah! We come from an organization called the Da...*bonked*
Bell: Rouges! We wish to use the magical weapons for our own needs and stuff. You seem to know a lot about them. Perhaps we can team up for a time.
Dr. X's voice: Hmm. He also seems to have a Shen Gong Wu on him as well. Be careful Bell, he can't be too trusted.
Bell: *whispers* Okay daddy. *to Roy* How about we split it 50/50?
Roy: Better yet, 90/10.
Bell: Say, that's pretty nice of you.
Roy: Of course. You and your pals can take the 10 and I have my 90 off the top.
Shad: HEY! 50/50!
Berry: What daddy said! 50/50!
Roy: Hmm!? Daddy?! And to think I was initially enamored by floating children. Which reminds me, before we put our plan into action, introduce yourselves.
Bell: Fine, but never mind how we can fly! You're a bean! I'm Bell.
Shad: My name is Shad Staydamind.
Berry: Berry! *to Shad* Daddy, he looks creepy for a bean.
Roy: Hey, I heard that! And this, *bounces on the bird's head* is my little messenger and mode of transportation, Ying Ying.
Berry: It's mean. It almost bit me.
Roy: Now now, it doesn't bite...much.
Ying Ying: *squawks*
Bell: So...*looks down and sees the Monks, who look like tiny dots from way up in the sky* what'll we do? You probably know the layout of the temple better then we do. Those Monks will just distract us again.
Roy: Heheh. Just stay up here until I give y'all the signal. *jumps off Ying Ying and binds the bracers together* MOBY MORPHER!!
*blinding rays of light cover the tiny figure. The kids and Ying Ying cover their eyes as to not have their eyes hurt. The light diminishes and the kids open their eyes and look down, but they don't see Roy*
Berry: Where did that Roy person go?
Bell: Wait...was that thing he used a Shen Gong Wu?!
Shad: Yeah, it has to be. It can make things disappear?
Ying Ying: *squawks*
Bell: I'll take that as a no.
*on the temple grounds*
Raimundo: Hey, I think she's coming down!
*a girl with long white hair and haunting white eyes lands next to Raimundo*
Bell: Tee hee. I'm back!
Kimiko: Where's Shad and Berry?
Bell: They left for now. Heheh. Had to go somewhere but they'll be back. Let's go see Mr. Guan. *giggles*
Omi: You are acting most...giggly.
Bell: Only because being a monk will be so much fun! Yay!
Raimundo: So much...are you sure you're not at the wrong temple? It's not THAT fun. I kinda like it but you end up saving the world from evil over and over and over again! And the world? Let's just say it depends on us A LOT! I mean, can't someone else do it every now and then?
Man's voice: *angered* Was that a QUESTION?!
*a shadow is cast over the Monks and Bell. Raimundo turns around and sees the source of the shadow, a large, muscular monk who is no doubt the leader of the temple. Master Monk Guan*
Raimundo: Uh...yeah, about that "no questions" rule, can't we just take a short break?
Kimiko: Oh boy.
Master Monk Guan: *angered* ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND?! WHAT DID I SAY ABOU...
Omi: Master Monk Guan! Please save your chastising of Raimundo for later!
Kimiko: We have a newcomer who wants to become a monk. Isn't that right, Bell?
Bell: *confused* Newcomer?! When did I...Those BRATS!
Raimundo: You feeling okay?
Bell: Uh...yeah. New student, right here! What do I do first?
Master Monk Guan: First you are to follow me. We'll sort things out in the temple first. *turns to Omi, Kimiko and Rai* The rest of you, continue your training!
Bell: Can they come with me? These monks seem like experts and might be capable of telling me the rules more better. Especially Omi. He seems the most capable of them all. So can they come with us? Please?
Master Monk Guan: *sigh* I suppose so, since you're new here. But they go back to their chores right after.
Omi: YES! You need not worry young Bell, for I, Omi, shall teach you the way of the Xiaolin Monks with most proficiency!
Raimundo: There he goes again. I almost wish I was stuck doing laundry instead of Clay and Dojo.
Kimiko: Same here.
*meanwhile, at the PPG household (PPG room) 1:04PM*
Bunny: Say, this is a nice picture. I mean, look at Shad!
Buttercup: Yeah. I took 2 more pictures before this one. One when they were talking and the next was when they were floating around.
Bunny: So judging by what Bubbles is doing in that photo, she probably likes Shad as much as Shad likes her.
Buttercup: Duh! Bubbles didn't know it herself until Shad got taken away and got brainwashed or whatever.
Bunny: I'd like to meet these Darkstar guys and give them a piece of my mind! Just wait until Bell shows up. I walk up to her and demand that she gives Shad back. If not...
Buttercup and Bunny: POW! WHAM! Right in the kisser! *giggles*
Buttercup: Same here.
*Blossom and Bubbles are playing a video game. Super Smash Bros. Melee. Blossom just won...for the 10th time*
Blossom: Lost again? Are you even trying?
Bubbles: It's this character. I'm not good with him.
Blossom: You were never good with Mr. Game and...you're still worried about him, aren't you?
Bubbles: *flustered* SO!?
Blossom: Easy there. I'm just saying that we'll get him back. It's only a matter of time until the scanner is upgraded. Of course, then we need a teleporter since it's in another dimension. And we don't even know what's in store for us when we get there. If only we do know what it's like over there, where Shad is.
Bubbles: I just want to see him again. We have to convince him to come back to us first.
Blossom: Good point. Forcing him away from Bell will just make things worse. We just have to figure out exactly why Shad just sided with her all of a sudden. Then there's those Creampuffs. There's no way Shad made them intentionally...did he?
Bubbles: That girl...the one who looks like me the most. She looked angry. She said it was my fault that Shaddy is the way he is.
Blossom: Just because she said so doesn't mean it's true. We had to move. Shad was probably...lovesick. At least I thought so until that whole thing yesterday. Maybe it was because of his weak heart. Some people are probably born with those.
*hiding under the table, 2 familiar Bubbles look-a-likes watch on as Blossom and Bubbles continue their conversation*
Bean: Poor Bubbles.
Bop: Hey, don't feel sorry for her! She's our enemy!
Bean: Since when?
Bop: Since she made Shaddy sad!
Bean: You didn't even know Shaddy was sad until Berry said so.
Bean: So can we still 'play' with them?
Bop: Their daddy might be back soon so...*jumps out from under the table* BOOGA BOOGA BOOGA!!!
Blossom and Bubbles: AIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!
*Buttercup and Bunny come flying down the stairs*
Bunny: Whoa! Where's the fi...*sees Bean and Bop* YIKES!! Since when were there 2 more of you, Bubbles?!
Blossom: Those aren't...well technically they're...
Buttercup: Those are the Bubbles knockoffs I told you about!
Bunny: So you're the Creampuffs!
Bop: That's right, and we're here to play! Today, this house! Tomorrow, the world! TYAHAHAHAHAA!
Bean: What's tomorrow mean?
Blossom: Not if I can help it!
*Blossom thrusts a fist toward Bean, only to have her arm vaulted over, followed by a swift kick to the back of the head, sending her crashing into the table*
Bean: Nya nya! Miss me!
Bunny: Man, she's athletic.
Bop: Huh?! Who are you?
Bunny: Me? I'm Bunny.
Bop: Daddy Shaddy never said that there were 4 Powerpuffs! Now what?!
Bean: Just continue playing?
Bop: Exac...*punched in the face*
Buttercup: Bull's eye!
Bunny: Watch that temper.
Bubbles: Bunny they're...
Bunny: Don't worry. All we need is about 10 minutes to get rid of...
*before Bunny's sentence can be completed, Bean and Bop disappear in quick flashes of bergandy and amber. Then 2 more flashes of bergandy and amber occurs immediately after as Bunny and Buttercup are kicked ouside the living room and into the kitchen, crashing into the refrigerator as several juices are spilled on them*
Bubbles: Buttercup! Bunny!
Bunny: *winces in pain as she gets up, practically drenched with apple juice* Okay...we'll need more then 10 minutes. *nervous laugh*
*back above Master Monk Guan's temple 1:20PM*
Berry: *still carrying Shad* What's taking so long?
Ying Ying: *squawks*
Bell: Hey, I'm bored too. When is this signa...*pecked by Ying Ying* ow!
Shad: Leave Bell alone!
Ying Ying: *squawks wildly*
Shad: What's gotten into you?
Bell: Unless...that must be the signal!
Ying Ying: *nods, then soars down behind a building just next to the main temple. The vault no doubt*
Shad: I think he wants us to follow him.
Bell: Yeah, but we have to be careful. Those people down there might find it weird for us to by flying around for too long.
Shad: I can't fly.
Bell: Berry, try not to fly too fa...*hand is grabbed*
Berry: No problem mommy!
*suddenly, there was a quick flash of aquamarine. Next thing Bell and Shad knew, they were standing behind the temple vault!*
Bell: *gasp* How did...
Shad: Berry...you can teleport?!
Berry: What's teleport?
Bell: Wait...that flash! Why didn't you tell me you and your sisters can flashwarp!?
Bell: It's something I see in sci-fi movies and stuff. Basically you do a quick flash from your body, and during that flash everyone's frozen in time. But it's only for a second though. Either way, with that ability, you can do a lot of stuff in brief flashes of time with flashwarp.
Berry: But I can't use it all the time. Only once or twice a day.
Bell: That's okay. I'll ask daddy about it later. Let's just find a way inside the vault. Remember, we can't be seen.
Omi's voice: Come, dragon in training, as I give you a tour of the temple by the best of the Xiaolin Dragons...ME!
Raimundo's voice: Are you always like this when a newcomer shows up?
Kimiko's voice: We barely get newcomers.
Shad: Was that Omi and the others?
Berry: *peers from the corner of the temple vault and sees the Monks coming out of the main temple* 1...2...3...hey! Where's the fourth one?!
Bell: Must be on break, I think.
*one more person comes out of the temple. It's not the fourth Xiaolin Dragon, but rather, a very familiar looking girl. One who looks exactly like...*
Shad: BELL!? How are you there when YOU'RE HE...*bonked*
Berry: I HAVE 2 MOMMIES?! *bonked*
Bell: I said shut up!
Raimundo's voice: What was that?
Kimiko's voice: I didn't hear anything.
Omi's voice: Come to think of it, I, too, heard something. But it is nothing. Come Bell, let the tour begin!
Bell (the one in front of the main temple): Sure thing Omi! *follows Omi as the other Bell behind the temple vault looks on in shock*
Bell (the one with Shad and Berry): How did...who is...WHAT?!
*Ying Ying swoops down in front of Bell with a long scroll in his beak. He drops it in Bell's hands and squawks wildly*
Berry: What's he saying?
Shad: Wait...it's Roy!
Berry: You mean that tiny thing?
Shad: Yeah. Those things on his arms. Those must've been Shen Gong Wu! When he jumped down he said Mody Morpher! What if that turned him into you, Bell?
Bell: It did. *finally gets it* DUH! He must be the distraction while we sneak into the vault and take the Wu!
Berry: But the scroll.
*Bell opens up the scroll and sees a bunch of Chinese writing. At the center is a big blue circle that constantly flashes various objects within*
Shad: That must be it! The Ancient scroll of the Shen Gong Wu. With this, we'll know which Wu does what.
Bell: So let's get in and out already.
Berry: Allow me! *pulls Bell and Shad towards her*
Bell: Wait Berry you don't...
*too late. The same aquamarine flash from before occurs as Bell and Shad are now in a large, seemingly empty stone circular room. On the wall they see a large lever*
Bell and Shad: Berry!
Berry: *blushes* Sorry. I just wanted to help. *spots the lever* What does that do. *pushes it down*
Bell: Berry don't! We don't know what that...
*a rumbing sound shakes the room. Strangely though, no rocks are falling. Instead, a large cylindar pillar rises out of the center of the room, a spiral staircase sticking to the pillar along with several drawers. It stops in mere seconds as the kids stand in awe at what they see*
Bell: That's...the vault?
Shad: Doen't look like any vault I ever saw. *earpiece activates again*
Dr. X's voice: Yes, you've seen the vault. Now look at the the Shen Gong Wu and then check the scroll. I'll leave it to you to choose which ones you'll take.
Shad: Okay...I guess.
Bell: This'll take a while.
*meanwhile, in the temple kitchen*
*Omi, Kimiko Raimundo and Roy (disguised as Bell) stare at several tall piles of dirty dishes*
Omi: And these are dishes. Washing them in the morning and before sleep will be just the most simplest of the tasks ahead, but will be most arduous for a dragon in training such as yourself.
Bell (Roy): True, but maybe if I train under your guidance I'll do just fine!
Omi: But of course young Bell!
Kimiko: Is it just me, or is Bell acting a little...different from before she flew from us?
Raimundo: Tell me about it. She's practically kissing up to...
Omi: Hey! Are you accusing Bell of being a smoocher?
Kimiko: Smoocher?! I think you mean moocher.
Omi: That too, no wait! It's not that!
Bell (Roy): Yeah, not that at all!
Raimundo: *glumly* Great, an Omi fan. Next thing you know she'll turn butchering common idioms into an art form.
Bell (Roy): Those runts better be getting some good Wu. Or else!
*back at the vault*
Bell: *opens a drawer and takes out a small miniature armadillo figurine* What's this?
Shad: *looks at the scroll* It says here it's called the Tunnel Armadillo. It can get bigger and dig underground. A mode of transportation it says.
Berry: You can read those squiggly things?
Shad: No, but there are some parts in English.
Bell: This'll go in the maybe pile. *chucks away the Tunnel Armadillo and opens another drawer. It contains a minuature black dragon figurine* What's this supposed to be?
Shad: That's weird. It's a black dragon but the scroll doesn't have it listed.
Bell: *takes out the black dragon figurine and puts it into a sack* Let's just take it with us.
Berry: Which ones do we have so far?
Bell: *looks inside the sack* That black dragon, the Mind Reader Conch and the Emperor Scorpian.
Shad: That one controls all the Shen Gong Wu, right?
Bell: That's what the scroll says.
Berry: Can we get more?
Bell: I'm not sure. There's a lot of them to go through and none of these drawers are marked. *hears someone behind the door* Who's that?
Shad: Someone's coming!
*the kids grab the scroll and sack and scurry behind the pillar. The door opens and in comes a rather big Monk with the same attire as the other 3, only with a cowboy hat on. He stops in front of the pillar, looking quite confused*
Boy: Well I'll be rat in a basket full of tofu. How'd the vault get itself up?
Voice: Beats me. Guess someone forgot to close it.
*Shad and the others, still behind the pillar, see a shadow come up next to the boy's shadow. It appears ferocious, deadly, like a bloodthirsty dragon*
Berry: *whispers* Daddy!
Bell: They have dragons here too?
Shad: Must be a guard dragon.
*their guesses are proved void. Slithering next to the boy is indeed a dragon, just not scary looking. It's the size of a gecko and has green scales*
Dragon: Say Clay, did you hear? We got a newcomer.
Clay: Newcomer? Now? Dojo, why didn't you say so sooner?
Dojo: Hey, you know how chores are.
Clay: I guess I'm used to it by now. Where is he?
Dojo: He?! It's a girl! She's having a tour of the place right now. Heck, Omi is taking her here to the vault right now. Which reminds me...
Clay: Easy there partner, I didn't forget. *takes a crystal orb out of his pocket* Now which one does the Orb of Tornami go in again? *walks around the pillar*
Berry: *gasps, then whispers* He's gonna find us!
*Clay continues to go around the vault. He almost catches a a glimpse of Berry until...*
Omi: *barges in with "Bell" and the rest of the Monks* And this is the Shen Gong Wu vault. We keep various Wu in...*sees Clay* Clay! Where have you been when I have been showing Bell the temple grounds? That is most dishonorable!
Clay: Sorry Omi, I just finished the laundry. Did you leave the vault open?
Raimundo: We didn't even come in here until now.
Dojo: Sheesh, and I thought everyone had some sense to leave this thing closed!
Bell (Roy): Maybe...it opened by itself? Those morons!
Berry: *comes out of hiding holding a bronze conch: the Mind Reader Conch* Hey! We're not morons!
Kimiko: Berry! There you are.
Omi: Wait, you opened the vault?! How did you get in here?
Raimundo: And what're you doing with the Wu?
Bell (Roy): That twit!
Berry: Uh...*raises the Mind Reader Conch* this thing? I thought it was a regular old conch.
Clay: Something about all this don't seem right.
Shad: *jumps out of hiding* Wait, don't blame Berry! She just wandered here, it's my fault we unlocked the fault!
Berry: Yeah, it's Roy's fault! It's his idea!
Dojo: Roy? You mean...
All 4 Monks: Hannibal Roy Bean?!
Bell (Roy): Eep!
Shad: *points at the "Bell" beside the Monks* It's him! He turned into Bell so we can get in here.
Bell: *comes out of hiding as well* Shad what are you doing?!
Shad: This is our mission Bell! Berry just got caught in between. *to the Monks* She had nothing to do with this, honest!
Clay: So...*turns to the other Bell*
Bell (Roy): *true voice* Why must I be cheated so? *Moby Morpher appear on the wrists* Moby Morpher!!
*the bracers are bound together as a flash of yellow light illuminates the room. It diminishes, and Roy is back to his true form, only much larger*
Raimundo: I thought Bell was acting a little weird. WUDAI STAR WIND!!
*scene shifts to outside of the temple vault. What appears to be a large bean gets blown out through the wall and skidding across the ground by a powerful gust of wind, along with the bag full of Wu. The Monks, Berry, Bell and Shad run out of the vault and surround the villain*
Kimiko: You're not going anywhere Beanie!
Berry: Hey! Call him Roy! I have a sister named Bean.
Roy: HAHAHA! Time to take my share. Or as I like to say, 100/0! *reaches for the sack of Wu*
Bell: Not so fast!
Berry: Those are ours!
Raimundo: As if!
Clay: Hold on there partner!
Omi: *whips out a small shimmering blue stick from his robe* Shimo Staff! *extends into a long pole*
*the sack of Wu is grabbed by everyone! The Monks try to pull it back at one side while Berry, Shad, Bell and Roy are pulling from the opposite side. The tip of Omi's Shimo Staff touches the bag as well. While they all play a little game of tug of war with the sack, the Wu within begins to glow along with said sack*
Shad: What's happening to the sack?
Roy: Well well, isn't this a predicament?
Omi: We, the Xiaolin Dragons, challenge you Shad, you Berry, you Bell, and you Hannibal Roy Bean, to a Xiaolin Showdown! Or in this case: Showdown Tsunami!
Shad: A what!?
Bell: No fair! Daddy didn't say anything about this!!
Berry: What's a Xia..zha...how do you say it?
Roy: Just think of it as a game, child.
Raimundo: Shut up bean breath!
Dojo: Hold everything! Now let's sort this out first. What the heck happened before all this?
Bell: *sigh* Long story short, we joined Roy to get some of the Shen Gong Wu but Shad didn't trust him, so we're taking the Wu for ourselves.
Shad: He's only on our side because we'd be outnumbered. Now what's a Xiaolin Showdown?
Roy: Enough chatter! No better time to learn then now.
Omi: Fine! I wager the Orb of Tornami against...what do you have?
Berry: I still have the conch thing.
Shad: Uh...I don't have one.
Bell: Me neither.
Roy: What?! You worthless SONS OF BIT...*2 Wu falls on his head* OW!
*Roy looks up and sees Ying Ying fly high above him from the temple vault, obviously the one who dropped the Wu. Bell and Shad each took one Wu. Bell had a bright yellow dagger: Thorn of Thunderbolt. Shad got a blue waist sash: Third-Arm Sash*
Bell: Wow, what luck.
Berry: Yay! We can play now!
Omi: Yes. As I was saying, *to Shad* my Orb of Tornami against your Third-Arm Sash.!
Raimundo: *to Roy* My Sword of the Storm against your Moby Morpher!
Kimiko: *to Bell* My Star Hanabi against your Thorn of Thunderbolt!
Clay: *to Berry* My Fist of Tebigong against your Mind Reader Conch!
Dojo: *scribbling* Hey hey, slow down! Too many Wu here.
Bell: Can I see that? *snatches the rule book from Dojo and give it to Shad* Try reading it.
Shad: *scrolls through the paragraphs, awing at a few excerpts. He then gives it back to Dojo, his face beaming a bit* Haha. THOSE are Showdowns?! Then in that case...Raft Royal Rumble!
Shad: Raft Royal Rumble. We're on a huge raft that goes downstream. Also, I call a Shen Yi Bu Dare. There are 2 ways to win. The first team to fall off the raft loses and the last one(s) standing by the time the raft crossing the finishline wins.
Dojo: What in the...you read all the rules in 5 seconds?!
Shad: Not all of them. Just the ones that I can understand. I don't know what a Cosmic Clash Showdown is though.
Clay: That kid reads faster then a prodigy in a reading test.
Raimundo: So we fight on a raft? No prob!
Roy: This won't take long.
Omi: Let's go!
Everyone: XIAOLIN SHOWDOWN!!!
*the surrounding area warps to dramatic proportions. The temple crumbles apart along with the rest of the mountain. Out of nowhere, a huge rush of water comes flowing in midair as the rubble of the temple rearranges itself into a large raft big enough for a fight. The raft drops onto the river, which stretches up to a mile or two, ending in a waterfall blocked by a wide red ribbon, with Dojo at the riverbank keeping watch on the sack of Wu. Next thing Shad and everyone else knew, they were on the raft! Yet the raft doesn't seem to be moving despite being on a floating river flowing in midair, leading downstream to the waterfall in the distance*
Shad: WHA?! How did...WOW! SO...SO...
Berry: So this is a river. Does it always flow in midair?
Raimundo: Nah, special effects happen all the time during a Showdown. Ready?
Shad: I guess.
Clay: *looks at Berry, the gulps* Why did I have to be pitted against such a sweet girl?
Berry: *holding the Mind Reader Conch to her ear* Thanks Clay! But we're gonna win anyway!
Roy: Let's make this quick shall we?
Bell: Be glad you're even on our team!
Omi: Ahem. 3...2...1...
Everyone: *yelling* GONG-YI-TAN PAI!!
Shad: I thought it was Ready Steady Go.
End of Chapter 26a!