*Megasville Elementary (cafeteria) 3:28PM*
*most of the students have already left for their homes. The only ones left are the PPG, Dexter, Otto, Suzie, Tootie, Dimitri, and Claire. Dimitri, who had bandages around his palm, was speaking with Bubbles, who has bandages around her burned ankle*
Dimitri: What do you mean he just vanished?!
Bubbles: That's what I saw. I was about to get him back, there was this really bright flash and now he's...gone.
Claire: *to Suzie and Tootie* Okay, just start from the beginning.
Tootie: Well I got to school early and went to the printing room...
Suzie: Not that! We were just asking Shad a few questions. He couldn't answer any of them so...well, he got rea...
Claire: What kind of questions?
Tootie: Well there's one thing I've been wondering. Why is snowy hair's...
Claire: Snowy hair? Shad has a nickname already?
Tootie: Yeah. Why is his hair white and your hair black?
Claire: Sorry, but that's a little something for me to know, and for you to have a near-impossible chance of finding out. Besides, you wouldn't believe Shad even if I told you.
Dimitri: *to Blossom* So Bell is her name. She's the one that took Shad away from us.
Dimitri: And you say her garb is similar to what you girls used to wear?
Buttercup: We still wear the old dress. Just not as much since this school requires a uniform. And it's an elementary school! Sheesh!
Dimitri: Okay, I got some info on the news. Just where did she come from?
Buttercup: Never mind that. What I want to know is how *to Blossom* YOU knew her name!
Dexter: Yes, just how did you know her?
Blossom: Oh no. Come to think of it, I went off to that forest after Otto showed me...
*shaking as she thinks back to the time when Otto took her back through time and saw Deedee's death, among other things* If I do tell them, how will Dexter feel? He doesn't know. I know! Maybe I should make up something...at least for now.
I was ambushed. Two months ago.
Dexter: When Mandark captured you?! He sent Bell?
Claire: Wait, you were captured?!
Dimitri: And this Bell was involved?
Blossom: Yeah. I got outnumbered and Mandark took me to his lair. I never saw Bell again...until almost half an hour ago.
Buttercup: So she came back to finish you off or something?
Dexter: Blossom, why didn't you tell us?
Otto: *gulp* Uh...never mind about that. When Bell took over the school she said something about her being part of something called the Darkstar Council.
Dimitri: Darkstar Council?!
Dimitri: Nothing! Just a slip-up. Anyway, we can only assume that this Darkstar Council is up to no good. But why did Bell take Shad?
Suzie: Oh yeah, speaking of Shad, you should've seen him!
Tootie: He tried to save Bubbles, but got knocked out, then he got up and had Bell on the ropes! Man, I wish I had a picture of that!
Dexter: He was using powers...powers which I believe you said he didn't have.
Dimitri: That's because...
Bubbles: That's because it wasn't Shaddy!
Otto: How? The entire school saw him!
Bubbles: It's a little bit hard to explain, but when he got up...I had this weird feeling. That wasn't Shaddy.
Buttercup: Yeah, I got that feeling too. That scared feeling that just comes out of nowhere. It's that look-a-like!
Dexter: Yes, that we haven't got to. Who is this doppleganger? I don't recall seeing 2 Shads.
Blossom: That's because the other Shad isn't visible. Not on the outside at least.
*scene blacks out. Cue REALLY long explanation on the past visionbursts that span out the first part of this fic. Scene then brightens up and shows them once again*
Dexter: WHAT?! Shad has a...a...
Otto: Split persona? No. So this "other half" is more of a guardian of sorts.
Otto: You said every time you tried to enter Shad's dream, you all got intercepted into his mind...a twisting maze that changes every time you enter. And you try to find this big locked door that you assume leads to Shad's dream. But his "other half" tries to stop you, claiming that has his old memories. Memories that Shad himself somehow forgot.
Blossom: Yeah. I wanted some answers but he wouldn't let us through. The first time we all got inside we were in this...demolished hallway. There were soilders looking for something. Then there was this loud screech and the next thing we knew, those soliders were dead!
Bubbles: *shaking* It...it was the scariest thing EVER!
Buttercup: Even I was spooked by whatever that shadow was! And on top of that, Shad didn't remember ANY of it! HOW!?
Tootie: Wait...YOU?! Buttercup?! Scared?! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!
Blossom: So we each went inside his mind on our own for one reason or another. Somehow Bubbles doesn't remember.
Bubbles: I remember a tiny bit. I was in the same place but it wasn't wrecked or anything.
Buttercup: And when I went in, I was in this destroyed lab and some huge broken tube! Just being there almost drove me nuts!
Claire: Uh...are you sure these weren't just nightmares? *laughs nervously*
Buttercup: Come to think of it, we were all in one place: Global Defenders or something.
Dexter: Global Defenders?
Dimitri: Y-y-yeah. Nice chatting with you all but me and Claire really must get going. Come dear, we're leaving.
*Dimitri gets up and walks to the side exit. However, before he can even reach for the handle, he hears the wind blow. In that instant, he sees Blossom (with Dexter in tow) blocking the door*
Dexter: Leaving so soon Mr. Staydamind?
Dimitri: I take it that's a rhetorical question. Now stand asi...
Blossom: I guess I was right the whole time...you DID lie to Shad! You and Claire!
Dexter: That fight earlier proved your claims null and void. You worked with the Global Defenders!
Dimitri: That's not...
Blossom: And it's probably best to assume that Claire DOES have powers!
Suzie: Mrs. Staydamind, is this true?
Tootie: What are they talking about?
Otto: *turns to Dimitri* And you're the reason why Shad can't remember anything all those years ago!
Claire: *mouth quivering*
Buttercup: Not to mention that accident a year ago gave Shad those powers! It also turned his hair white and his eyes silver, but that's not important...I think.
Tootie: So THAT explains the snowy hair!
Claire: *spouts out spontaneously* The accident didn't give him his powers!
Blossom and Dexter: *double take* What was that?!
Dimitri: THAT'S IT!! *dashes toward Claire, pulls her towards the door as both adults exit the school* Just so you know, you kids are half-right! Shad might've forgotten, but I assure you neither me nor Claire was responsible! I don't know how he forgot, but this much I can tell you: He's better off NOT REMEMBERING!! I'll do everything I can to get Shad backe alive and well...agian! Furthermore, I know nothing of this "other half" you all speak of. So just stay out of this, go on with your lives, and never speak of those so-called visionbursts! *slams the door shut*
Otto: Well that sheer burst of anger proved something. We were on a roll there.
Bubbles: But Shaddy wasn't using those powers. The other Shad did.
Dexter: But if Dimitri wasn't responsible for the split persona, then where did Shad's "other half" come from?
Blossom: Good point there. But that doesn't explain why Shad's better off not remembering.
Buttercup: Maybe it's because those visionbursts into his old memories are too scary. Or something, 'cause that's the only guess I have.
Dexter: Global Defenders. I need to get on home now.
Dexter: That and a little...research. See you tomorrow. *exits the school*
Otto: Yeah, I oughta head out too. *follows Dexter*
Bubbles: Now what? *lands on her burned ankle* AIE!
Buttercup: Easy there! *helps Bubbles up* You don't just stand on a hurt leg like that.
Bubbles: *floats an inch off the ground* How's this?
Buttercup: Meh, okay. Heading out leader girl?
Blossom: Yeah. No use staying here any longer. But that accident...if that didn't give Shad those powers...what did?
*the PPG get their backpacks on and fly out of the school, on their way back home. Suzie and Tootie just stand there*
Tootie: You're the smart one. You had any idea what they were talking about?
Suzie: Well I got the part about Bell being an evil Powerpuff, something called the Darkstar Council and Shad having white hair because of Chemical X.
Tootie: Do you have any idea what this means?
Suzie: No idea whatsoever.
Tootie: This'll be the SCOOP OF THE CENTERY!!
Suzie: *falls down ala every anime* Do you ever stop?! We don't even understand what the conversation was!
Tootie: That's the beauty of journalism! Any info we didn't get, we get to make up!
Suzie: Last I checked journalists are honest.
Tootie: Exactly! We'll just put the made-up stuff in, label it as tentative, and when we finally get all the right details we'll put those in!
Suzie: Yeah, just when the heck is that?
Tootie: Good things come to those who wait! To your house!
Suzie: *sigh* Yeah. Always my house.
End of Chapter 11! Added after 5 minutes:
And just as a heads up, I may be going to my grandma's house. If so, then there won't be any updates until New Year's Eve...or a little later then that. So you can use this time to put up comments and speculations on what the future holds.
Or stuff might happen and the trip will be either delayed or cancelled. If it's not, then ciao! If so, then [insert obscene rant here]. Added after 6 hours 21 minutes:
Okay, change of plans: I'll be going tomorrow morning! Which means one more update before I ship off to Queens!
*Black Eden (Dr. X's room) 5:10PM*
*Shad sleeps soundly in Dr. X's large bed. He dreams a pleasant dream*
*Shad's dream consists of the PPG room. Buttercup was playing her GBA:SP on her bed while Blossom and Shad color in their coloring books*
Blossom: Shad, look! A kitty!
Shad: Wow, that's a lot of colors.
Blossom: Of course. It's a multi-striped kitty.
Blossom: Yes Shad?
Shad: Does Bubbles like me?
Blossom: Well she likes you as a friend.
Shad: I know. I want to know if she likes me as more then a friend. *blushes* You know. The same way I like her.
Buttercup: Go ask her yourself! It's not like she'll leave you or anything.
Shad: Oh yeah, I forget that sometimes. Heheh. You girls won't leave me since we're friends and all...right?
*Bubbles walks in the PPG room*
Blossom: Bubbles, excellent timing! Shad has something to ask you.
Shad: *gulp* Do you...like me like me? *blushes*
Bubbles: Oh...I wish I can answer that, but I can't. We're moving to Megasville.
Blossom: As in never coming back.
*everything around Shad starts to fade away, including the girls*
Buttercup: Been nice knowing ya. *vanishes*
Blossom: Have a nice life. *follows suit*
Bubbles: *giggles* Bye bye Shaddy. *waves good-bye as she vanishes into nothingness, along with the rest of the room, leaving behind total pitch-black darkness*
Shad: No! NOOOOOOOO!! Come back! COME BACK!! *tries to run after them, but trips and ends up crying on the floor* I...thought we were friends.
Dimitri: *appears out of nowhere behind Shad* They're not your friends anymore.
Claire: *follows suit* You're a big boy now Shad. It's time you stopped crying and become a big boy. Make new friends.
Shad: *sniffs, then gets himself up* Why? They'll just leave me! Just like the Powerpuffs! Just like BUBBLES!!
Dimitri: That's what you think. Your mom and I started out as friends.
Shad: Yeah, I...NOOOO!! Why should I believe you?!
Claire: Shad! Don't talk back at your father that way!
Shad: I have powers! YOU LIED TO ME!! *starts crying again*
Dimitri: What are you talking about? You know very well your mother and I don't lie to you.
Shad: Well how do you explain this! *sticks out his finger, which glows a shining silver*
Claire: *gasps* Shad we had no idea.
Dimitri: Actually, we di...
Shad: Shut up! SHUT UP!! The Powerpuffs are liars! You, my parents, who I never thought were lie, are liars! You're all liars! I don't need any friends! They'll just leave me! EVERYONE'S A LIAR!! EVERYONE'S BAD!! I DON'T NEED ANYONE!! *amidst Shad's tantrum, a black fog seeps out from the black ground and surrounds the boy, forming his dark aura*
Claire: Shad, sweetie calm down.
Dimitri: Are you even listening to yourself? You do need us!
Shad: GO AWAY!! LEAVE ME ALONE!! I DON'T WANT YOU NEAR ME EVER AGAIN!! GO AWAY!! *hyperventilates as the dark aura flares up more violently*
Claire: Shad stop this!
Dimitri: If you don't stop right away you'll...
Shad: GOOOO AWAY!! GO AWAY! GO AWAY!! I DON'T EVER WANT TO SEE YOU AGAIN!! ANY MOMMY AND DADDY THAT LIES TO ME IS NO MOMMY AND DADDY TO ME EVER!!! *just then, his muscles seize up as he collapses* Huh? Wh-what happened? I can't move! *looks up, only to see that Dimitri and Claire are gone* Where is everyone? *vision starts to get foggy and slowly starts to get clouded with darkness* What's happening? What's wrong with my eyes? *Shad is now being dragged away by...his very own shadow* Wh...what's happening?! WHY CAN'T I MOVE?! HEEEELP! HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELP! MOMMY! *legs sink in* DADDY! *sinks up to his neck, his head left as many tears of fear roll down from his face reminiscent of a waterfall* BUUUUUBBLLLLLLLLEEEEEEEESSSSS!!!!
*Shad's head sinks down into his own shadow, leaving nothing behind in the darkness*
Shad: *wakes up, tears rolling down his cheeks and cold sweat beading on the sides of his head* AHHHH!! *shivers* Why did I have a...a nightmare like that? *curls up and cries* Why did I get so...so angry? I was screaming at...at first and then...what happened?! So scary!
*Shad moves his hand around the bed, checking any damp spots just in case. Fortunately, everything's dry so Shad takes out his Bubbles plushie from his pocket*
Shad: *"talks" to said plushie* I'm not supposed to have any nightmares with you. Is it because...I'm not friends with Bubbles anymore?
Robot's/kaijin's voice: WHAT?! You brought a HUMAN into out lair?!
*the loud voice causes Shad to jump up a bit, which leads to him slipping off the bed*
Shad: OOf! Owie! *gets up* What was that?
Another robot/kaijin voice: What is that fool thinking?
Girl's voice: Hey, I'm a human and you don't try killing me off Kuwagus.
Robot/kaijin voice: You're a special case Samantha.
Shad: Where's that coming from?
*curiousity getting the best of him again, Shad puts on his sneakers and tip-toes out of Dr. X's room. He finds himself in a lab (illuminated by bright white light-bulbs) with counters covered with various test tubes and beakers. Also, Shad sees a complex chart of some kind paired with a diagram*
Shad: What's that? Oh well, never mind.
*Shad keeps moving on until he reaches the lab exit and opens the huge door just a creak for peeking through. The second he peeks out to the rest of Black Eden, he sees what appears to be 5 huge robo-kaijins and one girl. In one place or another, they each have a strange marking on them*
Commander Destruction: Nevertheless, we need to obey Dr. X's orders. Surely he has a reason for keeping him here.
Count Montray III: That's the problem. We DON'T know why!
Nool: Dr. X said he has a few records that'll change our minds on all this...or so he claims.
Master Kuwagus: Or we can salvage the answer immediately. Perhaps the human knows.
Count Montray III: I'll go check for myself.
*Shad sees Montray flap his wings as he soars toward the lab...where Shad is. He comes closer and closer until...none other then Bell lands from the sky in front of him, Gir on top of her head*
Bell: Stop right there!
Count Montray III: Bell! What brings you near the lab?
Bell: Daddy says to make sure none of you go near the lab.
Commander Destruction: No need young one. I gave Dr. X my word on behalf of all of us that we wouldn't enter.
Nool: And yet we were always granted access inside the lab. Why does he make a restriction now? I suspect it has something to do with that human.
Bell: Never mind why! Daddy doesn't trust your word so I'm looking after Sha...I mean, the lab. So go! Move along and...uh...do whatever you Cluster robots do.
Lord Silkoid: Alright then, sheesh. *flies off*
Master Kuwagus: I take it an answer is too much to ask.
*Kuwagus follows suit as the other kaijins go off as well. Now the only ones left are Bell and Gir*
Bell: It's okay. You can come out now Shad.
Shad: *steps out of the lab, the scene zooming out to reveal the lab as a huge dark dome* What were those things?
Bell: Those are the agents of the Darkstar Council. They come from Cluster Prime, wherever that is.
Gir: It's a DOOM DOOM world!
Shad: *sad look on his face* I guess.
Bell: They look scary at first but once they get past the you being a human thing, you'll get used to them.
Shad: It's not that. It's a dream...nightmare I had.
Bell: What happened?
Shad: A friend...she was my best friend. But I liked her more then a friend. But she left me. Left me and it's all mommy's and daddy's fault! That's why I have this hurt in my heart that won't go away!
Bell: What? You said a friend left you? And it was YOUR daddy's fault? That...that almost sounds like...
Shad: Huh?! Did I just say that? Weird. I don't think it's their fault, but I think they lied to me.
Shad: I don't want to talk about it. Except I feel even more hurt now that I know that they weren't telling the truth.
Gir: Ouchie ka boo boo!
Bell: Ouchie is right Girly. Shad...that hurt. How long was it there?
Shad: One year. And still going.
Bell: Oh...it's just...there's something I should probably tell you. Maybe it's because you're the only one who can understand.
Bell: Not here. In my room.
Shad: Is it about a friend?
Bell: *getting all dreary-eyed* Yeah...a friend.
*Bell sticks out her finger and puts it through a tiny hole right next to the door, there's a humming sound, followed by a section of the wall sliding down, revealing an eye scanner. Bell opens her left eye wide as the scanner...well, scans it*
Security system: Fingerprint confirmed. Retina code confirmed. Identity: Bell. You may enter. *door opens*
Shad: *gasps* THAT'S...THAT'S...
Bell: It's what?!
Shad: That's the same voice that does the security for my house! The eye scan and everything! How did...
Bell: Oh well, let's get inside.
*Bell steps in the lab-dome. But as soon as Shad takes a step forward, the upper wall just above the entrance slides open, revealing a 15mm gattling gun!*
Security system: Intruder! Leave the premises or me terminated in 3...2...
Bell: *runs back* And guest! GUEST!
Security system: Identity confirmed: 1 guest. You may enter. *gattling gun retracts back in the wall*
Bell: Close one. Now let's...Shad?
Bell: You didn't wet yourself again, did you?
Shad: *blushes* No!
Bell: Good. Come on, it's safe now. *pulls Shad inside*
Shad: I don't get it. Why does the dome have the same security thing as my house?
End of chapter 12!
For info on Kainsword's kaijins: PPGD or this gallery.
Hope I got them right.