*Shad's house (living room)*
Professor Utonium: *comes in via the front door* Girls, good news. The house will be back in shape by next week so...*feels something's amiss. The living room, as well as the entire house, is completely empty. He sees a note on the table though and reads it*
[center]Hello Adric. If you're reading this, then we've most likely have left for the Global Defenders. That's right, it's time we finally saved Shad. I apologize for not notifying you sooner, but time is of the essence. We've made a truce with the Creampuff Girls and a few new allies to aid us in our mission, Bell included. The time has finally come to cease Brisbane's ambitions once and for all. Claire has stayed behind just in case anything comes up. Seeing as I've strictly told her not to leave the house she should explain a few other matters that have occurred. Also, there may not be any guarantee that we may come out alive. My deepest apologies for dragging your daughters into this, but they insisted on coming with me, for although Shad may not know it, they're still his friends. Funny, I feel like an uncle to them, heheh. Sorry if this seems like a will of sorts, but we WILL save Shad, and we WILL do our best to come out alive. Dimitri Staydamind.[/center]
Professor Utonium: Odd. Some of this sounds as if Dimitri's trying to sabotage the Global Defenders. *raises voice* Claire! *no answer* Claire! *still no answer. Searches the current floor, basement and upstairs. Strangely enough, Claire is nowhere to be found* Hmm, nothing to worry about. Perhaps she went outside? *sigh* Hope you girls don't overdo it. Especially you Buttercup.
*Global Defenders (computer laboratory)*
*scene fades in to the computer-operated section of the lab, with many on each side. Shad is still trapped in the center yet the only thing keeping the Creampuffs and Bubbles from getting close to him is a barrier made up of crackling purple electricity. It stretches wide from left to right so there's pretty much no way around it. Not to mention the exit's locked, barring the girls from getting out*
Bean: Um, how do we get Shaddy out?
Bop: *zaps eye-beams at the barrier, but to no avail* I'm out of ideas.
Berry: No we're not! We have to save daddy! We have to!
Bubbles: *goes to one of the PC consoles* Maybe these have something to do with it?
Bean: Uh, I don't know how to use them very good.
Bop: Who cares?! We can just get grandpa!
Bean: We have a grandpa?
Bop: Dimitri! Shaddy's daddy duh!
Bubbles: But we're trapped. These computers might have something that can turn off that barrier, I hope.
*Bubbles perches herself to one of the chairs and clicks away despite not knowing where she's clicking*
Bop: What's that say? *points to a file*
Bubbles: It says "Search Engine."
Bop: That? *points to another*
Bubbles: "Volt Barrier Schematics" Bop.
Bop: And what abou...
Bean: Leave her alone Bop!
Bop: Why?! I'm just asking what they say since I can't re...*gasps, then clasps her mouth shut mid-sentence*
Bubbles: *turns around* Can't what?
Bop: *blushes due to her embarrassment of her under sub-par reading skills* Re...I can't really take this any longer! That Volt thing! Does that help?
Bubbles: Yeah! This looks like something that can help us!
Berry: Just let us get daddy after you turn off that zappy shield.
Bubbles: Berry. We're saving Shaddy together and that's that. *clicks the file, the first words showing up being the names of the creators of the Volt Barrier*
[center]Volt Barrier Schematics Manual
Property of the Global Defenders
Version 5.0 (previously upgraded last year)
Cranston Thaddeus Utonium and Dimitri Staydamind[/center]
Bubbles: *gasps* What?!
Bean: Yeah, grandpa made this thing.
Bubbles: No. That other guy. He...he has the same last name as the professor!
Bean: Your daddy?
Bubbles: I heard the name Cranston before. He's the man I saw in Shad's picture. Guess I'm just surprised that he's related to...wait. I wonder...*her minds drifts back far into last year*
Shad: I don't remember. All I do know is that his name starts with a C and he and some other science guy (I think he's his brother or cousin or something) did stuff with something...dangerous, I think. He visited here sometimes but not anymore.
Blossom: Professor, do you know him?
Professor Utonium: It's been so long since I've last seen him. Shad, did you know him?
Shad: I think. He's the one who helped daddy set up all that security stuff. They're old friends but he never came back.
Professor Utonium: I see. When did he stop visiting you?
Shad: I'm not really sure, but I think it was some time after you made the Powerpuff Girls that he stopped coming.
Bubbles: His name does start with a C. And the professor was really surprised when Shaddy showed him the photo. Could that Cranston guy be the professor's...
Bop: *looking over Bubbles shoulder* Whatcha muttering about?!
Bubbles: EEK! Bop, don't do that! I'm looking for a way to turn off the barrier. *scrolls down for a few minutes until she reaches the desired section*
[center]Volt Barrier emergency shutdown procedure[/center]
Bubbles: So if I click on that...
*upon clicking on those words, several whirring sounds are heard. Several sections of the floor slide away, causing 4 pits to dot around the girls. Out of those pits however, are 4 large blocks almost twice the size of the girls. Each is at a corner and a different color: Black, red, light brown and violet*
Bop: Look! *points at the monitor* Some other words appeared.
Bop: Uh, you read it.
Bubbles: It says...
[center]What lies down the deepest pit of night, symbolized by sheer heathenism? Does it keep barred the raging fury of hellfire within? What else can safeguard the world from its own inhabitants? The tainted ones shall shatter via the lightning of Judgment.[/center]
Bean: He...heath...what's that word say?
Bop: *doesn't even bother trying to pronounce it for obvious reasons; flushed*
Bubbles: He-thee-an-ism. Weird word.
Berry: Those blocks. What do we do with them?
Bop: *flies to the red one and tries pushing, pulling and lifting it. Alas, it is no use* GAH! Stupid block!
Bean: They won't move? *presses her ear against the black one* I hear humming sounds.
Bubbles: Maybe computers can only move them!
Berry: I was going to say that.
Bean: Were you going to say something like that? *points to a monitor on the other side, which, unlike the others, is pitch black*
Bop: What's wrong with that one? *points to another PC, that monitor a bright red*
Berry: *spots the last irregular monitor, a dull purple* Even that one.
Bubbles: *her monitor turns light brown* They're the same colors as the blocks. *reads more of the help file* Yeah! It says here those are special emergency monitors that can turn off the barrier!
Bop: What do we do there?
Bubbles: Each of us has to take a computer and use the controls there. On the monitors there should be stuff that'll help you from there.
Bop: *gulp* That means we have to...to read?! Oh no!
Bubbles: What's wrong Bop? You look all red.
Bop: I'm really worried about Shaddy. Let's just save him already! *flies to the computer marked violet*
Bean: Bop you still can't read well? Just tell her! If Shaddy helped you then so can Bubbles.
Bubbles: I wonder how the others are doing.
*meanwhile, in the barracks*
*as you'd expect, it's a total frenzy. The soldiers constantly try to close in on the group, only to get either scorched or blown away by powerful gusts of wind courtesy of Kimiko and Raimundo. The mystery girl is holding her own (while trying to keep her mask on in the process) as Dojo just stays back and watches the fight as one would watch the movie, popcorn and all:P*
Kimiko: Wudai Mars FIRE!
Raimundo: Wudai Star WIND!
*more soldiers had to back away from the fire, but others stood their ground as clear blue walls appeared in front of them, blocking the attack*
Raimundo: Okay, that's new.
Soldier 1: Don't underestimate the Global Defenders!
Girl: Don't underestimate us either!
*the mystery girl raised her hand for a karate chop, only for another soldier to grab hold of it tightly from behind*
Soldier 2: This isn't a place for inferiors such as you.
Raimundo: That's really starting to get annoying you know that?!
Girl: TYAAAA!! *kicks the soldier restraining her in the stomach, but instead feels a rather hard substance that almost causes her foot to vibrate* What?
Soldier 2: Have we mentioned that we're prepared for ANY combat situation?
Kimiko: Barriers, armor, no wonder we're not making any dents on these guys!
Girl: I wouldn't count us out just yet. *her free hand is balled into a fist and glows with energy* KYAA! *punches the stomach again, only this time the armor underneath the military garb breaks*
Soldier 2: AUGH!
Girl: *breaks free* The barriers are caused by the buttons on their belts! Break those and...*sees that the 2 Monks are too busy holding off the other soldiers*
Dojo: Sheesh. How many of these soldiers are there? It's Jack Spicer and his Jackbots all over again I guess.
Boomer: *right next to Dojo* You said it. I don't see a Powerpuff anywhere in here.
Dojo: That's beca...*sees Boomer and the other 2 Rowdyruffs* WHOA! *backs away* Don't beat me! I'm just a spectator!
Butch: Pffft! Like we pick fights with weaklings. And those Monks or whatever aren't that tough!
Bricks: I wouldn't be so sure. They have that weird girl with the mask on their side.
Bricks: She was able to pierce that soldier's armor quite easily, and on the second try too.
Boomer: You think she has Chemical...*sees Raimundo break through one of the soldiers' barrier* Oooh! Did you see that? *takes some popcorn from Dojo*
Dojo: Hey! *pulls the bag of popcorn closer to him* Back off moocher!
Butch: Meh, if you're all gonna stay here and watch this snoozefest, I'm gone. *lifts up a tile and opens the hatch leading to the secret corridor to the entrance hall*
Bricks: Orders are to stay put!
Butch: Orders this! Orders that! We were *lightly closes in his thumb and index finger and opens them up by only an inch* THIS close to fighting the Powerpuffs! If it weren't for that stupid mission to get that Shad kid AGAIN we'd fight them and win! I need action! I want to get back at them for what happened last time!
Boomer: But if we stay here a little longer we'll get stronger.
Butch: I feel stronger now! If you want to come, then come. If you feel like watching a bunch of generic soldiers getting beat up by some mask-wearing chick and a pair of bathrobe-wearing...*loss for a better word* people, then be my guest! *drops down the hatch*
Bricks: Butch! *no answer; sees the Monks having the upper hand* Well, might as well help our troops.
Dojo: Wait! Are you going to let that kid push you around like that?! I thought you were the older one!
Boomer: We're both the same age.
Dojo: *to Bricks* And you're the leader, correct?
Bricks: Well I've been head of the...
Dojo: Yeah yeah, anyway, don't you think he should be following orders? What if you get in trouble for poor leadership skills?
Boomer: He's right! We can't get in trouble for what Butch did! We have to stick together!
Bricks: I suppose you're right. I'd get worried about him otherwise. *jumps down the hatch*
Boomer: Thank you Mr. Dragon sir. *follows Bricks*
Dojo: Whew. That's one thing we don't have to worry about. The rest will be easy picki...
Girl: Finally! I was starting to sweat!
Dojo: *sees that all the soldiers are dropped to the floor* That was fast.
Kimiko: *looks around* What about those 3 kids?
Dojo: You mean the Rowdyruffs? Good news! They won't be facing you because I convinced them into getting out of there through the hatch. Pretty smart of me huh?
Girl: W...what hatch?
Dojo: The one right ne...
Girl and Raimundo: IDIOT!
Kimiko: Don't tell me that's the same passageway the other soldiers took to stop Bunny and the others!
Dojo: Of course it's the sa...wai...whoops. Heheh. Well what can 3 little boys do?
Girl: They're superpowered. They have Chemical X within them much like the Powerpuffs. WHAT DO YOU THINK?!
Raimundo: Then quit chatting and let's help em...
Voice: Not so fast!
*the myriads of soldiers on the ground, thought to be unconscious, suddenly rise up and ready their weapons as if nothing happened*
Dojo: What the?!
Soldier 3: You really thought you'd finish us that easily?
Raimundo: *to Kimiko* Bring out the big guns.
Kimiko: You got it! *opens her sack and takes out metal sparrow-shaped arrows*
Soldier 1: FIRE!!
Kimiko: Oh there'll be fire all right! ARROW SPARROW!!
*myriads of bullets and lasers are shot from their guns. As soon as Kimiko throws her metal sparrows, they burst into flame and cancel out the incoming attack*
Girl: *gasps* Magic?
Soldier 2: That's not possible!
Raimundo: If you think that wasn't possible...*whips out a crystal blue sword* Blade of the Nebula! *the sword turns into what appears to be a small hurricane attached to a chain, like wind nun-chucks*
Girl: We're not through yet. Let's go!
*meanwhile, at the entrance hall*
*a similar scene is occurring, only the odds aren't in Bunny's nor Dexter's(he still has those big-ass gauntlets by the way) favor. Every soldier they take out, they're shot by a laser, had a flash grenade tossed at them or even Bunny playing the role of human shield for Dimitri as he tries to unlock the entrance to the supercomputer. Luckily, most of the soldiers went on standby just outside, so the crowd of soldiers isn't as big as the one the other group has to contend with in the barracks. The least Bunny and Dexter are able to do is buy Dimitri some time. But for how long?*
Bunny: *pant pant*
Dexter: Pace yourself Bunny.
Soldier 4: They're weakening. Now's our chance!
Bunny: Say, why did the other soldiers leave the base earlier?
Dimitri: *still tinkering with the locks* Just be glad there's less for you to take care off!
Dexter: Dimitri's right. We can ponder on that afterwards.
Bunny: Good. At least now I have another attack to try out.
Bunny: *forms a purple orb on her hand. It slowly expands as it gets brighter* Just wait a minute or so.
Soldier 5: Get her!
Bunny: Cover me!
*shots are fired as Dexter sidesteps in front of Bunny, using his gauntlets to project a yellow spherical barrier encasing himself and Bunny*
Bunny: Hope that thing lasts a minute.
Dexter: It only lasts as long as it can withstand. If the shots are too strong...
*his sentence is cut short when a silver dart sticks itself to the barrier, then implodes seconds later, sending Dexter and Bunny crashing into Dimitri*
Dimitri: DAMN! Lost concentration!
Bunny: *sees her purple energy ball still intact* Whew, not me though.
Dexter: Sorry about that. I should've known they'd had an anti-barrier dart in their weaponry.
Soldier 6: And there's more where that came from too!
Dexter: How much did we set you back?
Dimitri: About 20 minutes.
Dexter: *sarcasm* Nice.
Bunny: *her energy ball stops growing, now as big as her head* Done!
Dexter: I take it that's a new technique you've created?
Bunny: DING DING! And circle gets the square!
Soldier 4: Shoot her!
*Bunny drops the energy sphere like one would drop a ball. Before it even hits the ground however, she kicks it like one would kick a soccer ball. Instead of shooting towards the crowd of soldiers, it splits into tens of tiny orbs upon being kicked. They not only hit the soldiers, but also bounce off of them and into others as well, like tiny pinballs*
Bunny: BOOYA! I call it Ricochet Pinball Scatter!
Dexter: *shocked* Either you have a marvelous way with creating attacks or you were more bored in that cloth then I thought.
Bunny: If this is a way to annoy me so much that I leave and switch with Blossom, you're out of luck loverboy!
Blossom: For the last time, we're not...
*a blaring ZHWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA sound was heard as a pale green streak of light whizzed past the kids. There was a bit of a cry as Dexter and Bunny turn their attention to one of the few standing soldiers holding what appears to be a large silver shotgon. His body seizing up and finally collapses*
Bunny: Where'd that come from?!
*Dexter turns to Dimitri, facing the incompacitated soldier as he holds a silver pistol almost the same style as the one Bricks used much earlier in the day*
Dexter: *surprised* Since when did you have a...
Dimitri: Bit of a long story, but I didn't steal it if that's what you were thinking. You have to be more careful.
Bunny: Another second and that guy would've...*gulp* Attacking from behind. What's up with them?
Bricks' voice: Your guard was down, so it's only natural.
*a small part of the floor opens up. Before Dexter can take a look, the Rowdyruff Boys themselves rise up from the trap door. Bricks looks around and sees the soldiers still recovering from Bunny's attack*
Bricks: No way that Dorkster did all this on his own.
Dexter: I'm really starting to get sick of that...
Bunny: That would be me.
Boomer: Oh yeah, you.
Butch: Who the hell are you?
Bunny: *falls down and gets back up* BUNNY! The fourth Powerpuff Girl! B-U-N-N-Y Bunny!
Boomer: Oh! You're the one Brisbane was talking about over the PA. How did we forget?
Butch: Because she's not the one we're looking for!
Butch: Just cooperate with us nicely and tell us where the Powerpuffs are. We have a little score to settle with them and I'm sick of waiting!
Bricks: *sigh* Might as well get this over with. Dimitri's mission won't succeed if they're out of the way.
Dimitri: What?! You mean Brisbane didn't send you?!
Bricks: Don't get me wrong. We're not gonna help you. Point being, we can just take you out here and now. Either that or look for the girls on our own.
Bunny: You'll have to get through me first!
Dexter: Bunny! The soldiers are close to recoperating!
Bricks: Not a problem. *to the soldiers* Stand down guys. We got this.
Soldier 4: Oh, you're all gonna get it now. Heheh.
Boomer: This is gonna hurt. A lot!
Butch: I guess you'll make a good punching bag before those prissies get back here.
Bricks: You both stay out of this. When I said "stand down" I meant you guys as well.
Bricks: She won't be too difficult. *takes a fighting posture* Best if you save your energy. *to Bunny* Last chance. Either you tell us exactly what you're all up to or I'll have to beat it out of you.
Bunny: *sticks out tongue* Nya nya!
Bricks: Fine. Don't say I didn't warn ya.
End of Chapter 36!