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  1. Chapter 16: New Beginnings Back in Cullertown, the group was once again hanging around in the Hewitt Backyard. Wally was not among them and they were all forced to wait around for him since he said he needed to take care of something before sending Ollie, Dean, and Rook back home. He had been up in his room for nearly an hour now that the four had fallen asleep while waiting for him. Finally, Wally emerged from his house and entered the backyard while wearing his goggles over his eyes and carrying his backpack. Nina was the first to wake up. “Wally, there you are.” After they all awoke, Ollie confronted him. “Alright, Hewitt, you kept us waiting long enough.” He impatiently said. “Can you tell us what’s going on?” Lifting the goggles from his eyes, Wally explained, “Well, I figured that since we’re a team now, it’s important for each of us to be able to travel to each other dimensions, so…” Wally opened his backpack and dug around inside until he pulled out something that left the others speechless. “Are those…” asked Dean. Wally held out three interdimensional portal watches, which now had straps attached to them just like the one he owned. Ollie, Dean, and Rook each take a watch. Even Ollie couldn’t believe it. “No way!” “Maisha toso charoumenos!” Rook happily shouted as he jumped into the pool. “This is amazing, Wally.” Nina said, “Where did you get those?” Wally answered, “Those robots we fought had them. I figured with a few alterations I could put them to better use. Speaking of which…” He took the power charge crystal from his backpack and placed it on the ground. Wally took a hammer out of his backpack and smashed the crystal into four pieces. He gave Ollie, Dean, and Rook each a piece of the crystal. “Interdimensional watches must come with interdimensional chargers.” Wally stated. “Good thinking, Wally.” Nina congratulated. “You can say that again.” Dean sheepishly admitted, “Honestly, I don’t think we would have gotten this far without Wally. It was his plan we were following after all.” “Yes, it was.” Rook said as he held his new hydration collar and scooped it with water before locking it around his neck. He got out of the pool and added, “It was Wally as well who made this device to help me be on the surface.” The three boys look at each other and turned to Wally as they came to the same decision. “You know” Dean said. “I think Wally is the best person to be leader of this team.” “I hate to admit it, but I guess you’re right.” Ollie playfully punched Wally in the arm. “Congratulations, leader.” Wally smiled humbly, not expecting the others to choose him as their leader. “Gee, thanks, guys. I don’t know what to say.” “How about what the name of your team is gonna be?” Nina suggested. They fell silent as they tried to think of a name for themselves, having not had the time to really think of anything. “I haven’t really thought of that.” Wally admitted. Suddenly, Rook leapt up and shouted, “Interloopers!” Wally, Ollie, and Dean reacted in confusion over what Rook had said, believing it to be another of his Atlantean phrases. “Inter-what?” Ollie asked. “He called us “interloopers” before.” Rook explained, reminding them of what the First Trooper had referred to them as last night. “That should be our name. We truly are interloopers.” Wally frowned at Rook’s naivety and obvious mispronunciation of the word “interloper”. He attempted to correct him, “Uhh, Rook? That’s not how you pronounce interlope-” “I like it.” Dean said with a shrug. Ollie thought it over. “We’re interdimensional heroes called the Interloopers. I guess it could work.” Wally smiled as he too felt the name starting to grow on him. “Interloopers it is, then.” “Great.” An enthusiastic Nina said, “Now that you guys got your leader and your name, I will make sure you guys do your job to protect our dimensions, as your new manager.” “We’ll also need someone to help keep our interdimensional traveling confidential.” Wally suggested. “Leave that to your manager as well.” Wally stepped forward and announced, “Then I suppose this means that the Interloopers are now united.” Nina and the Interloopers, who now wore their watches, stack their hands together to celebrate the start of their new lives. In the office of Agent Feller, he was sitting at his desk, typing on a laptop until a knock was heard at the door. “Enter.” Agent Feller called. The door opened, and Agent Muldoon came inside. As he approached the desk, Agent Muldoon stated, “Sir, we have reports from the retrieval squad that the Troopers who were brought back from the mission are missing their interdimensional portal watches.” Agent Feller barely reacted to the news and responded, “I was afraid of this.” He tossed a folder across the desk towards Agent Muldoon. “Here. These are your new orders.” Agent Muldoon took the folder and opened it. He saw that inside the folder were photos that each contained an image of the four Interloopers that was taken by the Trooper during their battle. He was confused since there were no instructions on what he was supposed to do with the photos of boys he had never seen before. Agent Feller explained to him, “Those are residents from each of the dimensions you discovered suspicious activity from. I want you to find out as much about them as possible.” “But sir, these look like children.” Agent Muldoon pointed out. “Children who have stolen our technology and pose a much bigger threat than any of us realize. We need to uncover as much information as we can about them if we are to apprehend them and retrieve the watches. Do I make myself clear?” Closing the file, Agent Muldoon straightened his posture and answered, “Yes, sir. I’ll do my best, sir.” As he sat back in his chair, a confident Agent Feller stated, “Things always end in our favor. The favor of the Society.” The End
  2. Chapter 15: New Resolve After losing the battle to the Troopers that took Nina with them, leaving Wally and the others with the threat of coming to Sparkle Sity and surrendering themselves, Wally sat there with his head hung in defeat while Ollie and D. Evil regained consciousness. D. Evil turned to see Rook lying on the ground, asphyxiating. Thinking quickly, D. Evil surrounded Rook in dark energy and levitated him into the air, dropping him into the pool. Ollie approached the pool, hoping Rook hadn’t been on dry land for too long. Suddenly, there was a splash, nearly wetting Ollie. Rook emerged, looking better than ever as he relaxed on top of the water. Wally rushed over to them, asking, “Are you guys okay?” “Yeah, I think so.” Ollie responded. “But those robots got away.” “And they took Nina with them.” D. Evil mentioned. “All because they want Wally’s portal watch.” With a heavy sigh, Wally shamefully admitted, “This is all my fault.” D. Evil removed his mask, revealing his equally ashamed face. “This is all our faults. We were so wrapped up in who would lead this team that we forgot how to act like a team.” Wally, Ollie, and Rook looked away in remorse as they realized it was their petty fighting that caused Nina to get kidnapped. Despite this, Wally still couldn’t help but feel solely responsible since he was the one who brought them all together in the first place. As he stared at the interdimensional portal watch, it became clear what decision Wally had to make in order to fix everything. Wally noticed the sun starting to rise. He picked up the power surge crystal and held it up towards the sun, letting the sunlight shine through the crystal and illuminate onto the watch. The watch’s battery charged all the way, and the screen turned on. Ollie, D. Evil, and Rook were amazed that the rock really was able to charge the watch’s battery. Wally sadly informed them, “Look, I’ll make portals to your dimensions right now and I’ll turn myself in to save Nina. There’s no reason why you guys need to be dragged into this.” He was about to turn on the watch until Rook grabbed his arm and stopped him. Wally looked up in surprise to see Rook out of the pool, staring at him in determination. “Do not give up so easily, Wally.” Rook encouraged. “Nina is my friend as well, and I want to help save her.” He gasped and became breathless, but remained positive as he spoke with a rasp, “Even if I do not survive.” Before he completely suffocated, Rook rushed back to the pool and dove into the water. Wally stared in surprise, having not realized Rook cared so much about him and Nina. He was even more surprised when D. Evil and Ollie came to his sides. “We all wanna help save her.” D. Evil told Wally, placing a comforting hand on his shoulder. Ollie asked Wally, “Didn’t you say before that you had a plan to help us win?” Feeling touched by their words of encouragement and willingness to help him rescue Nina, Wally smiled and nodded. He then noticed Rook soaking the hand towel in the pool and wrapping it around his neck, even though it would not keep him hydrated for very long. Wally’s eyes locked onto Dale’s stacked plastic rings that sat on the patio and he brightened with an idea. “You guys sit tight for a bit.” Wally enthusiastically said. “I’ll be right back.” He ran off towards his house and undid the stack of rings, grabbing the biggest ring at the bottom before going inside. Ollie, D. Evil, and Rook stayed in the backyard, wondering what it was that Wally could be doing at a time like this. “I thought what we said was very inspiring.” Ollie pointed out. In the dimension containing Sparkle Sity, the sun had just rose over the city where mythical creatures flew through the morning sky. In the park were squirrels, rabbits, and pixies, along with the two Troopers that held Nina hostage. Struggling to get out of the Trooper’s grasp, Nina yelled, “You’re gonna be in so much trouble when Wally gets here!” Watching from the First Trooper’s eye, which broadcasted onto Professor Sanders’s computer, the professor asked, “Are you sure this is going to work, sir?” “It has to.” Agent Feller stoically replied. “Children can be easily persuaded with the right motivation.” It seemed that Agent Feller was correct when they looked at the screen to see a portal appear in the park. Knowing who would be emerging from the portal, Agent Feller put on the headset, preparing to speak through the First Trooper. From out of the portal in the park came Wally, Ollie, D. Evil, and Rook. All of whom had sheer determination on their faces as they stood against the Troopers. “I am pleased you all decided to come.” The First Trooper spoke to them, “Now, I trust you will hand over your watch and come with us to our dimension. I assure you that your friend will not be harmed afterwards.” “Don’t do it, Wally!” Nina called out to him until the Trooper covered her mouth, muffling her voice. The First Trooper held its right hand out, anticipating the group to come over and Wally to hand over the interdimensional portal watch. Wally looked at the watch on his wrist as if contemplating what to do. He looked over to Ollie, D. Evil, and Rook. The three gave him assuring smiles. “Ready when you are.” D. Evil said to Wally with a wink. Feeling encouraged and knowing his friends were right behind him, Wally smirked and hid the watch behind his back. He shouted, “Ollie and Rook, to the right. D. Evil and I will take the left.” Ollie, D. Evil, and Rook nodded with a confident smile. Wally shouted, “Now let’s unite to save Nina!” The four split into action, which was all viewed by Agent Feller and Professor Sanders from their monitor. The former narrowed his eyes in anger and shouted, “Apprehend them! Do whatever it takes!” Rook stopped for a moment and touched the plastic collar he was now wearing around his neck, which covered his gills. Wally had made it for him in order to help Rook breathe on dry land so he could accompany them, and Rook was relieved to see it was working. Rook confronted the Second Trooper and shouted, “You are to be bested by Rook!” he held his arms out while his tattoos glowed, but realized that he was not controlling any water- because there was no water to control. “Aww, shakaht!” he shouted in dismay. The Trooper charged at the defenseless Rook. But just like last time, Ollie quickly moved in between them, deflecting the punch by holding out his wand; only this time with the intent of defending Rook rather than trying to show him up. As he held the Trooper’s attack back, Ollie said to the Atlantean, “Rook, right over there! There’s a small pond with water you can use!” Rook turned his head to see an area of bushes and tall grass, which he believed was what Ollie was referring to. Focusing intently, he held his right hand out towards the area and the tattoos on his hand and wrist glowed as a long stream of water lifted into the air. Smiling in satisfaction, Rook swung his arms and moved the water around the Second Trooper, constricting its arms to its side. Ollie twirled backwards and pointed his wand at the Second Trooper, shouting, “SPARKLE GLITTER BLAST!” A blast of glittery magic hit the Second Trooper and it fell on its back. Rook and Ollie cautiously approached it and saw the glow from its single eye fade as it powered down. Happy that they managed to defeat the Trooper on their own, Ollie high-fived Rook while cheering, “Awesome!” “Efcharisto, Ollie.” Rook cheered as well. Even though he has no idea what Rook was saying, Ollie kindly responded, “No. Efcharisto you, Rook.” From the other dimension, Professor Sanders informed Agent Feller, “Sir, I’ve lost contact with Trooper 2.” Realizing what this meant, Agent Feller shook with fury and demanded, “Keep control over the remaining one. Let me handle the rest.” Wally and D. Evil were taking on the remaining Trooper. D. Evil hovered in the air, and flew towards the First Trooper, holding his right fist out. But anticipating this move, the First Trooper held Nina up like a shield, causing D. Evil to stop mid-flight. The First Trooper swung its other fist towards D. Evil, who had no time react. Wally swung his whip around D. Evil’s ankle and yanked him backwards to save him from the Trooper’s punch, unlike last time when he did so out of spite. “That’s dirty!” Nina yelled to her captor for using her against her friends. Wally stepped forward and confronted the First Trooper. From his safe position, Agent Feller spoke to him through the Trooper, “You’re making a big mistake, young man. You’re tampering with forces beyond your knowledge.” Wally boldly responded, “Thankfully, I love to learn.” He swung his whip into the air and called out, “D. Evil!” Flying through the air, D. Evil caught the end of the whip and swung Wally, who held onto the other end of his whip. Wally held his legs out and kicked the First Trooper to the ground, causing it release Nina. The two kids tumbled through the air. But before they could hit the ground, they were surrounded with dark energy thanks to D. Evil and were levitated safely to the ground. Once they were safe, a frantic Wally held Nina’s shoulders and asked, “Are you okay, Nina?” Shrugging her shoulders, Nina calmly answered, “Yeah, Wally, I’m fine. Those jerks don’t scare me.” The First Trooper was standing back up as it spoke again, “You’re all making a big mistake.” Whatever else it was going to say was cut off by D. Evil’s energy blast, shattering its single eye. Ollie and Rook approached the others just as D. Evil proceeded to finish First Trooper off by lifting it into the air with his demon strength. “Some assembly required.” D. Evil taunted before smashing the Trooper to the ground in pieces. “Wally. D. Evil.” Rook said with joy, “You have bested your opponent.” D. Evil proudly responded, “Looks like you and Ollie didn’t do such bad job yourselves.” Wally held his chin and said, “But I can’t help but wonder where those things came from.” “Who cares?” Nina shouted in excitement, “You guys did it! You saved me and you beat the bad guys! You really are the perfect team!” She wrapped her arms around the four and pulled them in for a hug. Despite the mysterious circumstances surrounding their victory, they started to feel proud of themselves, realizing that after working together, they managed to save the day. Wally’s eyes glanced down at the pieces of the First Trooper that lied at his feet. Among the debris was the Trooper’s arm with an interdimensional portal watch attached to its wrist, not even scratched thanks to its indestructible exterior. Wally snuck away from the group and pulled the watch off the arm, realizing that it was just like the other two he already had. He glanced over at the remains of the Second Trooper, and spotted another portal watch on its left wrist. Realizing that he had three extra watches in his possession, Wally smirked as he began to form an idea in his head. In the other dimension, Professor Sanders solemnly announced, “I’ve lost contact with both Troopers now.” Agent Feller removed the headset and threw it on the ground in a calm fit of rage. “I’m going to send orders to retrieve them. But before I do, show me the Trooper’s surveillance footage again.” “What for, sir?” Professor Sanders asked. “That’s an order.”
  3. Chapter 14: The Fallout With two Troopers in his backyard and remembering how violent they could be, Wally knew he would be in so much trouble if his parents woke up and saw this. If they found out his new team were from other dimensions and that he was being attacked by robots from other dimensions, who knew what they would do. “Excuse me?” Wally sheepishly said as he cautiously approached the Troopers. “My parents are trying to sleep, so can you maybe come back in the morning?” What Wally didn’t know was that the First Trooper’s mechanical eye was broadcasting an image of Wally all the way to a monitor that was being operated by Professor Sanders. Agent Feller was standing behind her, wearing a headset. The First Trooper spoke to Wally in Agent Feller’s voice, “So you are the one in possession of interdimensional portal technology and have been illegally dimension hopping.” “Whoa, it talks now.” Nina said in surprise. The First Trooper continued, “You will hand over the watch, and then you and the rest of these interlopers will come with us.” Hearing this, Wally’s eyes widened in shock. Not only were the strange intimidating robots invading his dimension, but they wanted to take the watch he discovered and take him somewhere. While the thought of seeing another new dimension did intrigue him, he did not feel comfortable accompanying a violent robot. Wally moved his left arm containing the watch behind his back and responded, “No way. I can’t give you my watch.” Ollie, Dean, Rook, and Nina come to Wally’s side to confront the Troopers. Dean said to the Trooper, “And I don’t see any reason why any of us should go with you.” Rook yelled out to the Trooper, “You are not acting very nice!” “So pfft to you!” Ollie shouted while blowing a raspberry. Seeing that the kids were not going to come quietly, Agent Feller gave the signal to Professor Sanders. She typed on her computer and gave the orders for the Troopers to attack and apprehend the group. Once they received the signal, the two Troopers lifted their arms out and slowly advanced towards the group. The four boys reacted in surprise as they realized the Troopers were not going to leave them be. Staying calm as she hid behind Wally, Nina whispered to him, “Something tells me they’re bad guys and it’s time for your first battle as a team. Think you can handle it?” Wally took off his backpack and reached inside until he pulled out his trusty whip. After releasing the whip, Wally responded, “There’s two of those things and four of us, so I think if we...” Before he could announce the plan he already formulated in his head, Ollie interrupted, “Whoa, whoa, hold on there, nerd. You’re not the leader of this team.” But Dean joined in on their arguing, “Neither are you because I should be.” Even Rook argued, “I believe I make a good leader.” “Excuse me!” Wally yelled over them, “But I’ve already formulated a plan for victory.” With the group distracted, the two Troopers advanced towards them, but Wally, Ollie, and Dean were too busy arguing with each other to notice. “What, are you gonna take notes and study it?” Ollie mocked Wally. Like Wally, Dean also didn’t appreciate Ollie’s mockery and decided to dish out some of his own, “Are you gonna twirl around like a fairy princess and wave your wand?” This pushed the wrong kinds of buttons for Ollie and he was ready to pounce on Dean. “Oh, that does it!” Ollie snarled. “Guys! Watch out!” Nina called out to them. Since Wally, Dean, and Ollie were arguing, they were too distracted to notice that the First Trooper was right next to them and was about to strike them with its fist. However, it was suddenly pushed away from them by a large stream of water. They saw Rook standing by the pool with his hand held out while the glow of his tattoos dimmed down. “Do not worry!” Rook enthusiastically shouted as he jumped up and down. “As leader, I shall protect my friends!” He ran towards the Troopers, eager to prove himself as a born leader. But Ollie quickly realized his intent. “Oh, no, you don’t!” Ollie angrily yelled at Rook, “I’m the leader!” Ollie removed his brooch and it magically changed into his wand. Afterwards, he ran towards the Troopers in order to prove that he was the better choice for leader. Dean approached the First Trooper, smiling in confidence as he held up his right hand. “Watch how a real leader does it.” He said as he snapped his fingers and transformed into D. Evil. Watching the whole scene in fury, Wally narrowed his eyes in dismay. Nina didn’t even approve of how everyone was behaving. She turned to Wally, hoping he could convince everyone to work together. “Wally, are you seriously gonna-” But Wally was not even listening to her and only believed she was concerned that he won’t get the position of leader. He responded, “No way, Nina. I’m not gonna let them show me up.” “That’s not what I...” But rather than listen to her concerns, Wally ran off into battle. Nina groaned in annoyance. In the lab, Agent Feller covered his microphone and stated, “We are experiencing some resistance. Prepare apprehension by force.” Professor Sanders responded, “Yes, sir.” She typed the orders on the computer, and they are transmitted to the Troopers. The Second Trooper split apart from the first one to apprehend the some of the boys. Rook confronted the approaching Trooper by levitating a stream of water that he shaped into an eel. He faced his adversary with eager determination. “You are about to face...” Rook started to say until he became breathless and realized that the towel around his neck was no longer wet enough to help him breathe. He was forced to use the water he was controlling to form a sphere of water around his head, giving him relief that he could breathe again. Since Rook had no way to defend himself, the Second Trooper approached him and was prepared to strike Rook from behind. Ollie quickly moved in between them, deflecting the punch by holding out his wand. As he held the Second Trooper back, Ollie said, “Step aside, Rook. A real leader doesn’t need Magical Girl magic to win a fight.” With a yell, Ollie jumped forward and started hitting the Trooper with his wand since he refused to use magic, knowing that the others would see him twirl around while waving his wand, and they would never take him seriously as a leader. But despite this preferred method, using the wand like a blunt object proved ineffective, and the Second Trooper nonchalantly smacked Ollie away. Ollie flew across the yard until he crashed into Rook and they both fell to the ground. While Ollie ended up unconscious, this proved far worse for Rook because he lost his water sphere and was lying on the ground, gasping for breath. The Second Trooper approached the two fallen boys and when it tried to grab them, Nina quickly moved between them with her arms spread apart. “No!” she yelled out defiantly. While she didn’t have any weapons or special abilities like Wally and his team, she was prepared to defend her new friends. Meanwhile, the First Trooper was attempting to grab Wally with its giant fists, but the boy dodged and rolled out of the way. D. Evil hovered in the air as he fired an energy blast at the Trooper, doing minimal damage. It suddenly grabbed D. Evil by the ankle and swung him across the yard. Seeing this, Wally smirked in pleasure, believing that it proved he was the efficient leader who could now finish off the robot himself. Wally deflected the Trooper’s punch by swinging his whip at it, causing the Trooper to recoil. “You are wasting your time, son.” The First Trooper spoke to Wally. “Surrender yourselves and I assure you that by tomorrow, all this will be nothing but a dream.” Wally paused for a second, wondering what the robot could possibly be talking about. But he quickly dismissed it as nonsense and scowled. “I’ve already dreamt enough about a discovery like this. I’m not gonna let you or anything else take it away from me.” He swung his whip at the First Trooper and it wrapped around its ankle. Wally proceeded to yank on the whip in order to cause the Trooper to fall on its back. But this proved to be a struggle due to the Trooper’s large size and Wally couldn’t even get it to budge no matter how hard he pulled. The Trooper just stood there in place, watching him struggle, as if it were toying with him. However, this did provide a distraction so that D. Evil could fly down and punch the Trooper in the face, sending it flying across the ground. But this unintentionally caused Wally to be yanked forward with it thanks to his whip still being attached to the First Trooper’s leg. As they watched from the monitor, Agent Feller and Agent Sanders reacted in shock from their Trooper being taken down. In all their experience dealing with people who threatened to expose interdimensional travel, they have never met this much resistance. After getting over the shock, Agent Feller spotted the image from camera connected to the Second Trooper and quickly formed an idea. He regained his stoic demeanor and stated, “Do as I say.” D. Evil hovered above the fallen Trooper with a smirk of confidence, knowing he had just proven why he was the best choice to be made leader of the team. As he sat on the ground, Wally glared at D. Evil, angered by what he did, believing it to be some form of sabotage for a chance to take the spot as leader. But D. Evil did not notice and powered his hands with dark energy. “Time to blow your tin can into the next dimension.” He taunted. When he was about to fire the finishing blow to the First Trooper, Wally’s whip wrapped around his ankle and he was yanked towards the ground, slamming his face into the grass. He looked back to see Wally with his arms crossed as he uncaringly said, “Whoops, sorry.” Appalled by what Wally had just done, D. Evil confronted him. “Wally, what the heck?!” Getting in each other’s faces, Wally argued, “If you get to hinder my ability to lead, why shouldn’t I hinder yours?” “Oh, I’ll give you a lead.” Dean threatened with his fist held up. “A five minute one.” Before their fight can escalate, a scream was heard. They turned and reacted in shock when they saw the Second Trooper holding Nina while she struggled to get loose. “Let go of me!” screamed Nina. “Nina!” Wally cried out. He and D. Evil were about to charge in and save her, but the First Trooper smacked both of them away. Wally landed against a tree, opening his eyes to see the Trooper that was restraining Nina standing next to the First Trooper. “I’m afraid if you’re not going to surrender, I will have to give you some incentive.” The First Trooper stated, “Once you’re ready, come to Sparkle Sity. I’ll be waiting there with your friend.” A portal appeared, and the Troopers walked through it. Nina was carried into the portal as she screamed, “Wally!” When the portal disappeared, Wally stood up and collapsed to his knees over losing his best friend. “Nina…” he muttered in despair, “…no.”
  4. Hey, a while ago, they released a new patch for the game, which fixed some of the problems I had stated on my previous post. The new patch reduces the price for Mr. Krabs's golden spatulas, bringing it back down to the original game's price scaling of 500 per spatula. Also, the movie theater now shows concept art for the game. Since my last post, I had played horde mode and can now give an opinion of it. While it was pretty cool fighting Robo-Squidward and playing as Gary and Squidward, it was also pretty underwhelming and I feeling there could've been more to it, like a storyline, dialogue, or some kind of reward at the end. So, I'd rather just stick to playing the single player mode.
  5. Chapter 13: A Sleepover Soon, the sun went down, and Nina walked with Wally and his new team through the neighborhood while the streetlights brightened the way. They were still pretty impressed with themselves after having beaten a robot that came out of an interdimensional portal. “…and the way Rook trapped it with his magic water, and then D. Evil came down and pounded the heck out of it!” Nina shouted while punching and kicking the air, “HI-YA!” “There’ll be a lot more “hi-yas” in the future.” Dean said. Looking confused, Rook asked, “What is a “Hiya”?” Nina turned to Wally and said, “That watch was the greatest discovery you ever made. You brought back actual interdimensional heroes instead of weird rocks and clay pots this time.” A dejected Wally responded, “I thought you liked all the rare undiscovered items I find.” Nina crossed her arms and bluntly stated, “I don’t like watching you cut them up and examine what’s inside them.” Unfortunately, the rest of the group heard them, “Hey, you said there’d be no cutting involved!” Ollie yelled at Wally. Rook screamed in panic. “Are we truly to be cut up?” Dean simply shrugged. “I knew this was gonna happen to me someday.” But Wally assured everyone, “Guys! I told you, I’m not planning on cutting anyone up. But I can’t deny that meeting you guys and learning about your dimensions has been an enriching experience, and I can’t wait to learn more.” Nina chimed in, “Which is all the more reason for you to form the perfect hero team.” “It is a dream come true.” Rook said with a dreamy smile. “A dream that I did not know I had.” But Dean stated, “You know, this has been fun and all, but don’t you think it’s time we all went back home?” “Aww, do we have to?” Ollie complained. As if he were Ollie’s age, Rook hysterically complained, “I too wish to stay longer rather than return home!” But Dean remained positive and assured them, “Come on, guys. We all have to return home eventually. Besides, now that we’re a team, we can come back tomorrow thanks to Wally’s watch. Right, Wally?” “Right you are, Dean.” Wally said with a wink. He looked at his watch and tapped the screen, but it did not turn on. “That’s odd. The battery must be dead.” “Wow,” Dean said in dull surprise. “A watch that can create portals to other dimensions and it runs on batteries?” Ollie frowned in annoyance and asked, “Do interdimensional watches come with interdimensional chargers?” “Not that I know of.” Wally answered, but smiled when he remembered how he charged the watch last time. “But I do have a way to charge the watch. Follow me to my house.” Upon reaching the Hewitt Residence, Wally rushed upstairs to his room while Nina brought everyone to the backyard to wait for Wally. He set his backpack on the bed and dug around inside. “It’s gotta be in here somewhere.” Wally said as he searched his backpack until he finally pulled out the Power Charge Crystal. “Got it. Now I just need a way to use it without the sun.” Wally wasn’t sure what to do since the sun wouldn’t come out for hours and he couldn’t make the sun come out when he wanted. He thought for a moment until he came up with an idea. He ran over to a shelf and grabbed a flashlight. He returned to his backpack to put the crystal and flashlight inside. However, Wally froze when he noticed something inside his backpack. He reached inside and pulled out the strapless interdimensional portal watch he found on the robot. He compared it to the one he wore on his wrist, which looked identical. “This looks exactly like the portal watch.” Wally said before he tapped the watch’s screen and activated the holo-map. He gasped when he noticed that it was the exact same map he had on his watch. Wally became excited as he concluded, “That’s because it IS a portal watch.” He turned off the map and became confused. “But who would imbed a portal watch into a robot?” As he pondered the possibilities, his eyes widen in worry as he realized that the robot couldn’t have had the watch for no reason. “Could it be the one who created that robot?” he wondered. “But why?” Wally began to wonder if the watch and the robot that attacked him earlier could truly be connected, and he began to dread what would happen if anyone who knew he had a watch to different dimensions could send another robot to attack him and his friends. Before he could ponder about this any further, he heard his mother calling him, “WALLY!” Wally panicked and ran over to his work desk. He opened a drawer and shoved the extra watch inside, deciding to keep it a secret in order to prevent anyone else coming after them. “Until I know for sure what’s going on here, no one can know about this.” Wally decided. Wally ran downstairs and passed through the living room where he found Dale playing on the floor with his toys. When he noticed his older brother coming, Dale held out his hands and tried to get Wally to come over and play with him. “Wally!” Dale babbled. “Sorry, Dale, can’t hang out right now.” Wally gently explained. “Got some big kid stuff to do.” Wally noticed the backdoor open, so he assumed that everyone was already outside. He entered the backyard, but the moment he did, he heard, “Wally, there you are.” Wally winced and noticed Paula standing there, having been waiting for him. “Where have you been all day?” Paula then noticed the rest of the group standing around on the lawn, and didn’t recognize any of them, save for Nina. “And who are they?” Paula asked. “Hi, Mrs. Hewitt.” Nina cheerfully greeted. Wally became awkward as he tried to think of a way to explain his new interdimensional friends without giving away that they were from other dimensions. “Oh, well, you see, Mom, these are my new friends. I’ve been hanging with them all day.” “Did I hear correctly?” said Eric Hewitt, a man with thinning brown hair and brown eyes, as he entered the backyard and stood next to his wife. “Did our son actually bring home more than one friend? No offense, Nina.” He asked his son, “Tell me, where did you find these guys, Wally?” Before Wally can think of an explanation, Ollie approached them and began explaining, “You’re not gonna believe it, but Wally here…” he is interrupted when Wally shoved him to the ground. “…We met at the park earlier today.” Wally quickly explained. “We’re part of an archeology club. You were right, Mom. I just needed to go out and make some friends, and I did.” Nina, Dean, and Ollie gave odd stares at Wally’s explanation to hide the fact that he picked them up from different dimensions. While Wally’s parents were bemused that their son actually found three other people who shared his strange love of archeology, they smiled. Paula hugged her son in joy. “Oh, sweetie, I’m so happy for you.” Eric added, “They sure don’t look like archeologists, but what do I know about that stuff?” As they walk back into the house, Paula said, “You have fun with your friends, Wally. If they wanna stay the night, they’re more than welcome to.” Wally waved to them and said, “Thanks, Mom.” Dean chuckled in amusement. “Real smooth, Wally. You couldn’t just tell them the truth?” Wally explained, “I’ve just been thinking recently, and maybe we should keep our interdimensional traveling a secret. You never know who else out there might want this.” Thinking he had to explain to them about his thoughts on the robot and its possible connection to the watch, Nina spoke, “If you mean more scary-looking robots that come out of portal thingies, I say good point.” Wally was glad that they all understood his concerns and agreed to keep it a secret, though his relief was short-lived when Ollie punched him in the arm as revenge for pushing him earlier. “You could’ve at least said we were part of something cool.” Ollie complained. “Archeology is cool.” Wally argued. Ollie crossed his arms and replied, “Yeah, if you live in a dimension where magic doesn’t exist.” Wally gave his own sarcastic retort, “You’re right. I suppose it’s not as cool as being a Magical Girl.” “Huh?” Ollie gawked at the smirking Wally. Scratching his head, Rook curiously asked, “What is “ar-key-aww-logy”?” However, Dean chose to intervene, “Uh, guys? Maybe we should focus on what really matters, like Wally using his watch to get us home.” “Right.” An uninterested Ollie said. “What’s this “brilliant” way to get your watch working, Hewitt?” Wally brightened up and replied, “Glad you asked.” He opened his backpack and pulled out the Power Surge Crystal, but to everyone else, it looked like a rock. Rook was the only one fascinated by it. “It is so pretty.” “It is a rock.” an unimpressed Ollie stated. Nina was just as unimpressed as Ollie. “The same rock you said was worthless when you found it?” “I thought it was.” Wally explained with a proud smile. “Until I discovered that this power crystal is a solar power crystal.” Frowning in dismay, Dean pointed out, “So, it only works when there’s sunlight?” he points upward. “Meaning the sun has to be out.” Feeling the sun’s absence was to blame, Rook shook his fist and angrily grumbled, “Katapa ton shilo.” Even though Dean was correct in pointing out that solar power only works in the sun, Wally had already thought of everything. “Fear not!” he pulled the flashlight from his backpack. “I have already taken preparations for this.” He set the watch on the ground and held the crystal over it. He held the flashlight in his other hand and shined the light through the crystal, letting the crystal illuminate over the watch. A few seconds passed, and the watch only seemed to gain a one percent charge. Things became awkward as Ollie, Dean, Rook, and Nina shifted their glances from the watch onto Wally. “Does it usually take this long?” an annoyed Dean asked. “Maybe you need a better flashlight.” Nina suggested. Ollie walked away in a huff. “I knew you’d blow it.” Wally became defensive and argued, “Guys, I swear this thing can charge the watch.” Rook put a hand on Wally’s shoulder and tried to give him some sympathy. “I believe you, Wally.” Dean sits on the ground and leaned against a tree. “Well, looks like we’re not going home, at least until morning.” Wally began to feel bad for letting them down and preventing them from going back to their dimensions and to their families. “I’m sorry, guys.” He turned away and realized that he technically could send them all home since he had an extra watch that was fully charged and had a map with all their dimensions on it, but was reluctant to tell them about it at the risk of putting them all in danger. “Maybe I should use the extra watch.” Wally whispered to himself. Before he could confess to everyone, Nina popped up behind and pulled him and Ollie together. “Come on, guys. It’s not so bad.” She cheerfully said. “This means we can have a sleepover.” “Sleep…over?” Rook questioned since he had never heard the term before. Thankfully, Nina came over to explain everything to him. “Oh, you’re gonna love it, Rook. There’s smores and everything.” “Smores?” Rook asked before he smiled in excitement. “I love smores!” he paused and asked, “What is smores?” Dean shrugged and stood up. “I guess staying the night in another dimension could be cool. I mean, it’s not like we can all go home if that watch won’t be charged till morning. “Not to mention this is the perfect time to discuss our new team.” Nina suggested. Ollie carelessly shrugged and agreed, “Whatever keeps me from having to go back home and do Magical Girl stuff.” “Sleepover smore!” Rook cheered, but coughed and gasped when he realized the hand towel around his neck was dry and he could no longer breathe. “Need more water.” He said in a raspy voice. He removed the towel from his neck and jumped into the pool, splashing everyone, much to their annoyance. “I’ll get my dad’s fire pit.” Wally announced. Meanwhile, in the mysterious dimension, Agent Feller entered a room which contained the robot that had been destroyed by Wally and his new comrades. Inside the room was a woman in a lab coat with glasses and dark hair tied in a beehive. “Professor Sanders, what happened here?” Agent Feller demanded to know. Professor Sanders answered, “It was brought back like this from Dimension J-183. Its portal technology has been extracted as well.” Subtle panic appeared over Agent Feller’s face. “How is this possible?” he asked, “Who could’ve possibly been able to overpower a Trooper?” “It might interest you to know that the Trooper did capture some very interesting images during its final moments.” She said before going over to a laptop that was connected to the Trooper’s single eye. Agent Feller came over to the laptop and viewed the screen, which flipped through still images of Ollie pointing his wand, Rook being lifted by a vortex of water, and D. Evil diving down towards the screen. Raising an eyebrow in confusion, Agent Feller asked, “Who are those boys?” He was baffled by the fact that a group of children could have possibly defeated one of their robots specifically designed to remove any anomalies presented in one of the dimensions. The screen shifted to a still image of Wally hanging from a tree branch by his whip. Suddenly, Agent Feller’s eyes widened behind his shades and he immediately said, “Zoom in on that image.” Professor Sanders used her laptop to zoom in on the image of Wally. This helped them notice that on Wally’s left wrist was the interdimensional portal watch. “The watch!” Agent Feller exclaimed, “That boy has the missing watch!” “Could it be possible that he also has the Trooper’s watch?” the professor wondered. Realizing that the signals coming from the other dimensions were the result of Wally traveling from one dimension to another, and that he had brought beings from other dimensions to his own. It became clear that immediate action had to be taken. Agent Feller turned to Professor Sanders, “Prepare two more Troopers for interdimensional transport. And set up your camera and microphone.” Narrowing his eyes behind his shades, he darkly added, “I need to speak with them myself.” A few hours later, Wally had brought the fire pit that he used to light a campfire for everyone to sit around. Wally, Ollie, Dean, and Nina roasted marshmallows while Rook gorged on them straight out of the bag. They also decided to tell Nina about themselves since she wasn’t around to see their dimensions. “…and that’s how I discovered my demon powers.” Dean finished explaining. “Wow.” Nina said, amazed by the story. “But how is it that you were born a half-demon? Did your parents perform some sort of ancient demon ritual to give you powers like your dad?” Dean knew that wasn’t true, but since the real story was most likely not age appropriate, Dean just agreed, “Y-Yeah. That’s totally how it happened.” With a dull frown, Ollie lamented, “I wouldn’t mind having parents like that. Just because I inherited a rare magical gene from my mom, it means I have to go out and be a Magical Girl just like she did as a kid. Well, I have better things to do than fight monsters with a dumb girly wand.” “Oh, yeah?” Wally slyly asked. “Like what?” “Umm…” Ollie hesitated before he answered, “Like finishing up all my video games and skateboarding.” Wally didn’t completely buy Ollie’s excuse, but chose not to press for more detail. Nina was just impressed by how interesting their lives were while living in a different dimension. “You guys are so amazing.” She then turned to the only one who hadn’t told his story yet. “What about you, Rook? What’s your dimension like?” “That’s right.” Dean said with interest. “We never got the chance to see it.” On cue, Wally took out his pen and notepad. “Give as much detail as you can.” Ollie dully frowned and remarked, “And here’s the return of the dorkeologist.” While trying to eat a chocolate bar with the wrapper still on, Rook stopped once he noticed everyone staring at him and quickly composed himself before answering Nina’s question. “It is under the ocean, which has many things I enjoy. Such as…” before he could continue, he felt the towel around his neck dry up again and he could not breathe once again, to the point where he coughed out the word, “Water!” Rook quickly removed the dry hand towel and jumped into the pool, splashing everyone and dousing the fire. Dean was especially annoyed by this as he tossed away a smoggy smore. “I guess that’s a sign we should turn in.” An equally annoyed Ollie agreed, “You read my mind, Dean.” But Nina wasn’t ready for all of them to go to sleep just yet. “Hey, what’s the rush? Don’t forget, since you guys are a team now, you still need a team name.” she started to try and think of a name. “But what?” Hearing this, Rook splashed out of the pool and wrapped the newly wet towel around his neck. He raised his hand and shouted, “Ooh, ooh. How about “Oi Kaloi Kioles”?” There was a beat of silence since no one understood the meaning behind Rook’s Atlantean name for them. Rook then clarified, “It is Atlantean for “The Good Friends”.” With an amused smile, Dean suggested, “Err, maybe something that’s a little easier to pronounce.” His face lit up when he came up with a name idea, “Oh, how about “The Avenging Squad”?” But Ollie shook his head in disagreement. “Nah, let’s go with “The League of Awesomeness”.” Wally then spoke up, “You know, maybe we should hold off the team name for now and decide who should be team leader.” Everyone seemed to agree with this suggestion. Wally gained a smug smile as he motioned to himself and declared, “Of course, since I was the one who brought us all together and I have the watch that allows us to travel to each other’s dimensions, I’m sure that responsibility should fall on...” Before he could finish insinuating himself as the ideal choice for team leader, Ollie quickly realized what he was doing and sprung up in his face. “No way! Why should you get to be leader? I’m the one who can do real magic!” Wally retorted, “Magic you don’t even wanna do!” Despite how true this was, Ollie continued to argue with Wally, “What are you gonna do? Bore everyone with facts about dinosaurs?” “That’s a paleontologist, you ignoramus! I’m an archeologist!” Before their fight could escalate any further, Dean moved between the two and pushed Wally and Ollie away from each other. “Guys, guys, knock it off.” He demanded. Once Wally and Ollie ceased their quarreling, Dean informed them, “You’re forgetting that I’m the only one here with any experience fighting crime.” He turned almost as smug as Wally previously was and pointed to himself. “So, if anyone should be leader, it should be me.” Ollie could not believe that even Dean was throwing his hat into the ring to be leader of their new team. Wally was in disbelief as well since even though Dean had actual experience at being a superhero, what did he know about being a leader? “Are you kidding?” Ollie furiously asked. Wally grumbled, “Yeah, right.” Listening to their argument, Rook interjected, “I think I can be a good leader. After all, I am the eldest and have the most wisdom.” But his humble statement went unheeded as the three broke out into an argument. Dean stated the obviousness of him being a superhero with actual superpowers, Wally claimed that he was the perfect candidate with him having already been on tons of adventures, and Ollie refused to listen to either of them because he believed that he could do a better job at being leader. As the three continued to argue over each other, Rook narrowed his eyes in anger from being ignored by the others and them not even considering that he had the potential to be leader of their new team. Rather than try and stop them, he decided to join in the arguing. Rook shouted over them in Atlantean that he could be a skilled and fun leader while leading them to victory, Wally reminded everyone that he was the one who brought them here with his watch and therefore deserved to be leader, Ollie claimed that he would be good at being leader since he fought monsters all the time, and Dean continued to insist that he had experience unlike the rest of them and they weren’t even real superheroes. Watching the whole argument was Nina, who gritted her teeth in dread since they were fighting over the team that she suggested and couldn’t help but feel responsible. “What have I done?” she muttered. Their arguing was stopped when two portals appeared in the backyard and a Troopers emerged from each one. The group gasped in shock and immediately noticed that they looked just like the robot they fought earlier. “It’s that robot again.” Ollie pointed out. Narrowing his eyes, Dean added, “And it looks like it brought a friend.”
  6. Chapter 12: The Unexplained Visitor Racing against the clock before Rook completely lost his ability to breathe; Wally came up with a plan to use the water in the fish tanks for Rook to use his powers to form a water helmet around his head until they can get him into a large source of water. Ollie held the door, and D. Evil quietly used his powers to telekinetically cause a few items behind the counter to fall off the shelf, distracting the clerk to pick them up. Once it was clear, Wally gave Rook a nod, which Rook returned before holding out his hands while his tattoos glowed. The water in the fish tanks began to lift in the air with all the fish safely swimming inside, none the wiser. The water flew out of the shop and formed a sphere around Rook’s head, allowing him to breathe as well as have the company of the fish inside. With their plan successful, the four proceeded to walk all the way to the park. They honestly weren’t sure how long Rook could hold that orb of water around his head, but Rook did not seem to be showing any signs of exhaustion and was smiling and laughing at all the fish swimming around his face. When they finally made it, the park was completely empty due to how late it in the evening it was. The three led Rook through the park until they approached the lake. “We made it.” Wally announced. Rook tranquilly smiled as he stepped into the lake and sank to the bottom. Wally, Ollie, and D. Evil peered over the edge, but were unable to see anything in the water. Rook surfaced from inside the lake while levitating a small sphere of water in his hand, which contained a fish from the pet store that he released back into the lake. Wally tossed the hand towel into the lake, which Rook grabbed and wrapped around his neck. With a freshly wet towel covering his gills, Rook stepped out of the lake. “How’re you feeling now, Rook?” D. Evil asked. Squealing in excitement, Rook jumped up and down in excitement. “Thank you! Thank you! Wally, Ollie, D. Evil, thank you for all that you have done!” he shouted with joy before wrapping his arms around Wally, Ollie, and D. Evil, pulling the three in a tight hug. “Kioles.” The three were discomforted by Rook hugging them, but also confused by what he had said in Atlantean. “What does that mean?” Ollie asked Rook. “Friends.” Rook answered, still hugging them. Wally, Ollie, and D. Evil were momentarily stunned that Rook had now thought of them as his friends. But they soon smiled at each other, realizing that after having spent the whole day together and helping each other out, they did consider themselves friends now. However, this tender moment was disrupted by a loud cry of, “WALLY HEWITT!!!” The four reacted in surprise and looked straight ahead to see Nina, furious with her hands on her hips. “Nina!” Wally cried in surprise as he broke away from the group. Nina marched over to Wally. “Where the heck have you been?” she demanded to know. “I can explain, Nina.” Wally insisted until Nina shoved his notepad into his chest, causing him to realize that Nina had looked through it and now knew everything he had done today. “Explain what?” Nina furiously asked, “That you got your watch working, made friends with interdimensional freaks, and you didn’t tell me about it?” Ollie casually pointed at Dean and Rook. “These guys aren’t freaks that much.” D. Evil and Rook did not appreciate the comment, especially since she was referring to him in the same manner. Wally was caught in the moment, glancing back and forth between his best friend and new friends. With a defeated sigh, Wally said, “Nina, I’d like you to meet Ollie, D. Evil, and Rook.” Nina looked at the strange group with both interest and suspicion. Ollie looked bored, but gave her a small wave. “Sup.” Looking shy behind his mask, D. Evil awkwardly waved while greeting, “Hi.” Rook had a large smile on his face, and he gave the most enthusiastic wave as he greeted Nina, “Chairet!” Seeing the group that Wally had brought back with him on his adventure, Nina’s anger disappeared and was replaced with a look of excitement as she shrieked in delight. “What are you planning to do with them, Wally?” she asked, “Observe them? Cut them open and examine their insides?” Ollie, D. Evil, and Rook reacted with shock and horror upon hearing this. Since meeting him, Wally had been persistent on observing everything they did so he could learn about their dimensions, but was he really so obsessed with learning that he would be willing to dissect them like frogs? “No, no.” Wally insisted that he wasn’t planning to harm or keep them like lab rats. But he realized that he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do with his new friends after getting the information he wanted. “I...actually, I haven’t really...” Before he could think of anything to say, a large portal identical to the one Wally’s watch can create, appeared straight ahead of them. From out of the portal came a large robot with a single glowing red eye. The five kids stared in shock, wondering where this robot may have come from. Once the robot set its target on Wally’s interdimensional portal watch, its single eye glowed brightly and it moved towards the group at fast speed. “Look out!” D. Evil shouted as he quickly shrouded everyone with dark energy and threw them in different directions while levitating himself into the air, causing the robot’s attack to miss everyone. Wally and Ollie sat up from the ground, and the latter asked, “Wally, what is that thing?” “I don’t know.” Wally answered. “I thought Cullertown was supposed to be boring.” “It usually is!” While the two argued, the robot turned around and spotted the watch around Wally’s wrist. Once its target was in sight, it proceeded to advance towards Wally and Ollie. Seeing her best friend in danger as the robot closed in on Wally and Ollie, Nina stood up and reached out to him. “Wally!” she cried. But Wally did not appear worried at all. Instead, he calmly reached into his backpack and pulled out his whip, which he wrapped around a high tree branch. He quickly pulled Ollie close and swung them both through the air, going over the robot’s head. As he came back down, Wally stuck his legs out and kicked the robot in the head, pushing it forward. As they hung from the branch, Ollie removed his brooch and it magically transformed into his wand. Ollie dropped out of Wally’s grasp and twirled through the air. Upon landing, he posed while pointing his wand at the robot. “SPARKLE GLITTER BLAST!” Ollie shouted, firing a blast of sparkling magic from his wand, knocking it forward on the ground. Seeing the progress being made, Wally smirked with an idea. He shouted, “Rook! Grab it!” Having been hiding below the lake, Rook surfaced his head from underwater upon hearing Wally’s orders. He narrowed his eyes, and a large vortex of water lifted Rook out of the lake. Rook motioned his arms and lifted a stream of water from the lake, which took the form of a giant hand. Motioning his own right hand, the giant water hand moved at fast speed and grabbed the Trooper in its fist, trapping it. “D. Evil!” Wally called out, “Help bring it down!” Hovering above the trapped robot, D. Evil powered dark energy in his fist, stating, “Time to knock this rust bucket back to the dimension it came from!” He dived downward and slammed his fist on the robot, creating a large dust cloud. Wally, Ollie, Nina, and Rook approached as the dust disappeared. Wally held out his whip, Ollie pointed his wand, Rook levitated a small stream of water above his head, and D. Evil floated above the damaged robot. Its blinking eye finally powered off. A look of relief appeared on Wally’s face. “Phew, that was close.” “That was AWESOME!” Nina shouted in excitement, “You guys were, like, the perfect team! You were totally in synch with each other!” As he recalled what just happened, even Ollie had to admit he and the others worked well together, “Huh...I guess we were.” Smiling widely, Rook said, “This was the most fun part of the day.” Wally thought it over as well and recalled that he had fought alongside Ollie and D. Evil in each of their dimensions. But it wasn’t until this recent battle that he realized how well they all worked together. “Hmmm...I have to admit, I have enjoyed fighting alongside you guys.” D. Evil landed in front of the robot and removed its head like a hatch. D. Evil’s eyes widened at what he saw. “Well, this is unexpected.” Wally, Ollie, Nina, and Rook approached from behind and peered inside the robot, seeing that it was full of blinking lights, electrical dials and buttons, but no one piloting it. “Isn’t there supposed to be someone inside this thing?” Nina asked, wondering why no one was inside the robot controlling it. Wally assumed, “Perhaps it was being remotely operated.” “But remotely operated by who?” D. Evil asked. “It came out of a portal just like Rook.” Ollie said, “It could be someone from another dimension.” Rook gasped in shock and asked, “There are more dimensions?” Wally activated the watch and turned on the holo-map in order to verify if there were dimensions other than the four they each come from. But to his dismay, he didn’t find any other marks on the map. “The only dimensions I see are the four we each come from.” “Could that mean the robot came from one of our dimensions?” D. Evil wondered. Ollie smiled at the thought of this. “Cool. I hope it was mine.” But Rook started to panic, believing that if there was one robot, then there could be more coming. “They came here and they attempted to attack us.” He paced back and forth. “What are we to do?” While the four speculated and panicked over what just happened, Nina calmly walked into the middle of the group and announced, “Boys, boys, boys. I think there’s only one simple explanation to all this.” When it seemed like she wasn’t going to follow up with anything, a mildly annoyed Wally asked, “And that explanation would be?” “I was pausing for dramatic effect.” Nina hissed at him. She regained her composure and continued her speech, “It would seem that something out there is threatening all of our dimensions. Obviously, fate has brought the four of you together for me to form a team comprised of one member from each dimension and assign you all to protect them from whatever evil is lurking about. With the way you guys handled that evil robot just now, I say it’s clear that you are the perfect team to keep all of our dimensions safe. So, are you in?” Wally shook his head, amused by her wild assumption. “Nina, I highly doubt that-” But he is cut off when Rook squealed with joy. “You mean we get to spend more time together...as friends?” he jumped up and down, raising his hand up while shouting, “I want to join!” Even D. Evil seemed taken with the idea. “I did wanna be a superhero and help as many people as I can with my powers, so being part of a superhero team could be good for my rep. Count me in.” Ollie grinned, liking the idea as well. “If I get to see more of these cool other dimensions and get to hang out with guys and not do lame Magical Girl stuff, I’m in too.” Everyone turned to the only one who hasn’t given his answer: Wally. “Well, Wally?” Nina eagerly asked, “What’d ya say?” As they awaited his response, Wally thought it over to himself. When he started exploring the dimensions, he never imagined meeting anyone there that he would form a team with. But he realized that if he were on a team with people from other dimensions, he could learn things no other archeologist would ever learn and he would be the first to discover them, so he knew this would be one opportunity he could never pass up. Finally, he gave his answer, “I suppose this could benefit my research on interdimensional travel, so I say yes.” With the votes unanimous, Nina, Ollie, Rook, and D. Evil cheered and started to leave the park, ready to do whatever needed to be done to start forming their new team. Wally, however, lagged behind and looked back at the robot they just destroyed. He rushed towards it and his eyes widened when he noticed an interdimensional portal watch just like his own embedded on its left wrist. Wally kneeled towards the robot and grabbed hold of the watch, pulling it out of its body. He noticed that the watch didn’t have a strap like his own. Making sure no one was watching him, Wally took off his backpack and discreetly stuck the second watch inside. He quickly put the backpack on and rushed off to join the others, not saying a word about what he just discovered.
  7. Chapter 11: Fish Out of Water In a dark room lit only by the dozens of computer monitors being used by people dressed in suits while sitting at desks, one desk was occupied by a man with neatly combed dark brown hair and his eyes covered by dark sunglasses. He was approached by an older man with a bald head, who was also wearing sunglasses and a black suit. The older man, Agent Feller, asked the younger man, “Agent Muldoon. Any new developments regarding your recent discovery?” Agent Muldoon answered, “So far, sir, I have detected some unusual readings coming from Dimension J-183. Similar to the ones I detected in 110 and 152.” “Can you identify it?” “It appears to be interdimensional technology, sir.” Agent Feller’s reacted in shock. “Impossible. We’re the only ones in possession of such technology.” Agent Muldoon turned away from the computer and faced Agent Feller, nervously suggesting, “Perhaps it could be our technology, sir.” Agent Feller could not believe that there would be someone outside their group that would have their technology to travel to other dimensions. He demanded to know the answer, “Explain.” “Could it be possible that our technology may have been leaked to one of those dimensions? There’s a strong indication that a civilian may have discovered it and is dimension hopping as we speak.” “But how could they have activated our technology?” Agent Muldoon explained, “If you recall, there was a report a year ago that one of our interdimensional portal watches had gone missing. Could it be possible that these readings are coming from that watch?” Pondering this information, Agent Feller started to recall hearing the report that one of their portal watches had gone missing. As hard as their field agents tried to locate the watch, they were unsuccessful. Their tracking equipment was even unable to locate it, which they presumed was because the watch’s battery was dead. But if it was working once again, that would mean someone had reactivated it and discovered the existence of other dimensions. Finally, Agent Feller gave his orders, “Send a Trooper to Dimension J-183. Find that watch and the person in possession of it.” With a nod, Agent Muldoon responded, “Yes, sir.” When Agent Feller leaves, Agent Muldoon turned back to his computer and typed up the orders. Meanwhile in Cullertown, Rook was still wandering around by himself, marveling the sights of the surface world. His tour led him into Demo Arcade and he walked through the automatic doors. He marveled at all the children playing arcade games, trading tickets for prizes, and eating food from the concession stand. Rook approached a boy from behind, who failed to notice Rook due to being too immersed in his game. Rook was just as fascinated with the video game, having never seen such a device. Rook was nearly mesmerized by the colorful and flashy images on screen. “It is so pretty in here.” Rook said with a smile growing on his face. But had to cover his ears to drown out the noise of the arcade, “And so loud.” He smiled once again when something else caught his eye. “Ooh, what is that?” He ran across the room to find a virtual reality console and he sat in the chair. “Is this a throne?” he asked, believing that this dimension had a prince just like him. His theories were seemingly proven when he noticed a VR helmet that was connected to the console. “What a strange crown.” He said right before putting it on to see how it felt. Rook was baffled that a crown would cover the entire top half of his head, especially since he could not see anything. However, the visor in the helmet showed a virtual simulation of a haunted house. Thinking he had been transported to another world, Rook was almost tempted to explore it until an image of a horror movie character suddenly appeared and slashed at him with a chainsaw. Seeing this was enough to make Rook jump from his seat and scream, “AAAAHH!!! FRIKTOS!!!” He tried to run, but the VR helmet connected to the game caused him to fall halfway to the floor. But he still waved his arms and legs around while shouting, “Voithea! Voithea!” When it seemed like Rook would never escape from that nightmare dimension, the helmet was suddenly pulled off his head. Rook opened his eyes to see that he was back in the arcade, lying on the floor of the console, in front of a boy who was holding the VR helmet while glaring a Rook for hogging the game. “If you’re not gonna play, then move!” the boy demanded so he could have his turn on the game. Grinning sheepishly, Rook stood up and said, “Sygnomi. That is to say, sorry.” The boy ignored Rook’s apology and sat in the seat. He inserted his token card into the machine and put on the helmet to start the game. Rook watched the whole thing, bemused as to why someone would want to experience something so scary like he did moments ago. However, Rook’s shaken nerves were gone once he spotted something nearby. “Ooh, what is that?” Rook excitedly asked before running in another direction. Entering the arcade through the automatic front doors were Wally and Ollie, who had been wandering around town, looking for Rook. “I hope we can find Rook in here.” Wally said as he glanced around. Suddenly, a girl shouted from across the arcade, “My pizza!” Ollie spoke in a deadpanned voice, “He’s here.” Wally and Ollie rushed over to the snack area where Rook was stuffing someone else’s pizza into his mouth. Rook started to feel out of breath and noticed the towel around his neck starting to feel dry. He spotted a glass of water on the table and grabbed it to pour water on the towel until it felt damp again, allowing him to breathe again. Now that he was rehydrated, Rook proceeded to help himself to someone else’s pizza slice. When Rook turned around, he noticed Wally and Ollie approach him. He cheerfully waved and greeted them, “Chairet Wally and Ollie.” “We’ve been looking for you everywhere.” Wally told Rook. Before he could convince Rook to come back with them, a loud voice called out, “Goggles!” Wally flinched when he was approached by the arcade’s manager. A large middle-aged woman with a nametag reading “Beth”, who was displeased by Rook disrupting the other guests. She proceeded to angrily confront Wally. “Goggles, is Blondie here with you?” Wally responded, “Umm, yeah. I guess you can say that.” “Well, get him outta here.” Beth demanded, “He’s disrupting business.” Smiling confidently, Wally assured her, “Don’t worry, Beth. I’m already all over it.” He then felt Ollie tap his shoulder. “Umm, Wally?” Wally turned around and saw Rook nowhere in sight. Becoming frustrated, Wally shouted, “For crying out loud!” Rook had already left the arcade and he ran down the street until he spotted another place that interested him: Buttercream’s Ice-Cream. “Ooh, what is that?” Rook asked before he ran up to the building. At a table outside, a couple was enjoying their ice-cream sundaes, staring into each other’s eyes until Rook popped up from underneath their table just to marvel their sundaes. He had never seen something that looked so beautiful; he just had to know what it was. “Ooh, what is that?” he asked about the dessert, but rather than wait for an answer, he pointed to something else that interested him, “Ooh, what is that?” He approached a condiment stand filled with utensils, napkins, and sugar packets. The thing that interested him the most were the small packets. He grabbed one and shook it, wondering what was inside. When he fiddled with the packet between his fingers, he accidentally tore it open, spilling sugar on the counter. Rook curiously picked up some sugar and dabbed it onto his tongue. His expression turned to stun over of how sweet it tasted. In excitement, Rook tore open another sugar packet and dumped all the contents into his mouth. High in the sky, D. Evil was flying through the air, trying to locate Rook. He looked down and smiled when he finally spotted Rook at the ice-cream parlor. Rook was still in front of the condiment stand, eating sugar packet after sugar packet. D. Evil landed behind Rook and noticed what he was doing. “You know, eating those might make you a bit jittery.” D. Evil warned. Rook spun around with a huge grin and his eye twitching. As soon as he saw the masked teenager with horns, Rook screamed hysterically while tossing the sugar packets in the air. “Who is jittery? I am not jittery.” A hyperactive Rook said while trembling, “What is jittery? Who are you? I do not know you!” Realizing that Rook had not yet seen him in his demon outfit, D. Evil attempted to calm him down, so he could explain himself. “Rook, it’s okay!” But Rook still panicked while speaking in a fast-paced voice, “How do you know my name? Are you a monster? Do you wish to eat me?” “Rook, it’s m-” D. Evil was about to reveal his true identity, but stopped when he realized that yelling it out would only alert everyone else to his secret identity. He decided to whisper so only Rook could hear him, “Rook, it’s me: Dean.” However, Rook still trembled from the sugar high and shouted at D. Evil, “You are lying! You look nothing like Dean! Dean is kind! Dean is not you!” Rook raised his arms up and his tattoos glowed. D. Evil was not aware of what was going on until he glanced around and noticed the customers’ ice-cream levitating in the air thanks to Rook’s hydrokinesis. All D. Evil could do was react in dismay, “You’ve gotta be kidding me.” Rook threw his arms forward and D. Evil was pelted with all different flavors of ice-cream, knocking him off his feet. Fidgeting nervously, Rook’s twitchy eyes spotted something else of interest. Jumping with excitement, Rook rapidly shouted, “Ooh! What is that? What is that? What is that?” He ran away at fast speed. After ditching the ice-cream parlor, the sun started to set while Rook walked down the sidewalk and admired the beautiful color of the sky. He passed by a store window and stopped when something inside caught his eye. Rook smiled upon seeing small tanks containing fish displayed in the window of the pet store. This did not surprise him since through his studies on surface life; he learned that when fish were in tanks, they were either being kept as pets or as food. This practice was not much different from how sea life was treated in Atlantis, with the exception of himself since he voluntarily chose not to eat seafood due to loving fish and other sea life too much to wanna feast upon them. However, seeing the fish kept in a small tank began to dour his mood and he leaned forward on the glass, almost in a depressed state. “I know how you all feel.” He said to the fish, “I too was in a glass box.” He heard the sounds of heavy breathing and turned to see Wally and Ollie running up to him, both out of breath. “There...you…are.” Ollie said, completely exhausted. Seeing the two, Rook smiled and cheerfully greeted, “Oh, chairet, Wally and Ollie.” But Wally was in such a bad mood from having to chase him around all afternoon. ““Chairet”?” he snapped at Rook, “Is that all you have to say?” D. Evil landed behind Rook, equally annoyed with his arms crossed. “I’d like to know the Atlantean word for “annoying”.” When Rook turned around to saw D. Evil, he screamed in fright due to still having no idea who the masked boy with horns was. “Watch out!” Rook yelled as he ran behind Wally and Ollie, cringing in fear. “He claims to be Dean!” With an annoyed frown, Ollie pointed out, “Rook, that IS Dean.” Wally calmly explained to Rook, “We haven’t told you yet. Dean is a superhero called “D. Evil”. He has superpowers because he’s half-demon.” Though annoyed by it all, D. Evil decided to confirm his identity by lifting up his mask and showing Rook his familiar face. Once Rook sees that the demon he had ran away from out of fear really was Dean, he laughed sheepishly. “Oh. Why did you not just say so?” Putting his mask back down, D. Evil spoke in a serious tone, “Alright, Rook. Fun is fun, but it’s time to stop.” Finally realizing the hard time he had given Wally, Ollie, and D. Evil, Rook began to feel remorse. “I am sorry for all the trouble I caused you. You see, I have never been anywhere but my home. So, I wished to see and learn as much as I can about this new world. I suppose I became a little too excited.” Ollie chuckled and glanced at Wally. “Gee, who does that sound like?” Upon hearing this, Wally blushed with embarrassment as he realized that Rook’s excitement about being in another dimension was no different than his own excitement while he was exploring the other two dimensions. Except Rook had not seen anything above the ocean, so how could he not take advantage of the opportunity to see what life was like on the surface? Their anger at the Atlantean started to disappear. D. Evil held Rook’s shoulder and he gently assured him, “We understand how you feel, Rook, and we’d be happy to show you our dimensions. But maybe you can try not to wander off?” Rook’s forehead started to sweat, but he managed to pull off a joyful smile at D. Evil’s offer. “That would be…” he started to gasp for breath, and he spoke with a rasp, “…wonderful.” The three became concerned when they noticed Rook looking dehydrated again. “Rook, are you okay?” Wally asked. Rook felt the towel around his neck and noticed that it is now barely damp, meaning his gills are not getting enough water. He struggled to speak clearly to the others, “I do not...feel...water...anymore.” “He needs water pronto.” D. Evil stated. “Wally, is there a large source nearby?” Wally quickly thought it over and answered, “There’s a lake in the park I showed you guys earlier, but it’s still two blocks away.” Ollie wondered, “How is Rook gonna survive going from here to there?” While D. Evil and Ollie panicked over Rook slowly losing his ability to breathe, Wally was already thinking of a plan. He stared at Rook, and then stared at the fish in the pet store. As he glanced back and forth between the two, an idea formed in his head. “Rook, I think I have an idea that’ll help you.” Wally proudly stated.
  8. Nah, I've switched over to the werewolf side since then.
  9. Decided to bring this back because I'm pretty bored and lonely, so please someone ask me some questions and I will answer.
  10. Well, this certainly does not bode well for the second attempt at a live-action Avatar series. https://www.ign.com/articles/avatar-the-last-airbender-creators-no-longer-involved-in-netflix-live-action-series
  11. The idea of Patrick having a talk show does sound funny. At least it's only 13 episodes.
  12. Chapter 10: Hiding Out With his mother, Paula, having returned home from the grocery store, Wally knew he had to hide his new interdimensional friends, especially the one who needed water in order to survive. Thankfully, Wally knew just what they could do. He had Ollie and Dean drag Rook into his house, and with stealth and precision, they were able to sneak past Paula and head upstairs into the bathroom. They placed Rook in the shower, and Wally plugged the drain before turning on the water. The shower filled up like an aquarium fish tank, allowing Rook to float inside. Rook pressed his face against the glass door in order to observe his surroundings. “This is quite strange.” A loofa floated by him and he curiously examined it. He then spotted a bar of soap sitting on a small shelf and he curiously picked it up and stuck it in his mouth, only to spit it out in disgust due to how awful it tasted. He spotted Wally on the other side of the glass, watching him. To Wally, it felt like he was watching a human-sized fish swim around in a tank. “Sorry, Rook,” a remorseful Wally said, hoping Rook could hear him from inside the tank. “This is just a temporary solution until I can get you back home.” He took a moment to write down some notes in his notepad. Sitting on the toilet seat, Ollie jokingly asked, “Do you have to, Hewitt? He makes a great pet.” “Not funny, Ollie.” An unamused Dean said while leaning against the sink. He looked towards Wally and stated, “Sending him back is probably the right choice, Wally. He can’t even survive here.” “Excuse me!” Rook’s voice called out from inside the shower. He looked displeased as he stared at them from the other side of the glass. “You are talking about what you want to do with me, but you are not asking me what I want to do with me.” Wally, Ollie, and Dean shared a glance, realizing that Rook obviously did not want to go home just yet. They secretly wanted him to stay as well, but knew that there was no possible way he could stay without having to keep him inside a tank the whole time. “We’re sorry, Rook.” Dean sincerely apologized, “We’re just doing what we think is best for you. We did bring you here by total accident.” “Wally did it.” Ollie bluntly stated while pointing at Wally, who was not amused. Rook, however, was unconvinced. Frowning in dismay, he showed them the glowing tattoo on the back of his right hand. This caused the water inside the shower to move slightly. Before they knew it, water from inside the shower dropped onto Wally and Dean, drenching them. Ollie couldn’t help but snort and laugh in amusement. “I like this guy already.” Suddenly, there was a knock at the door and Paula called from outside, “Wally, are you in there?” Panic swept over Wally’s face and he rushed to the door. He slightly opened it to see his mother standing there. “Hey, Mom.” He nervously greeted. “What’s going on in there?” Paula asked until she noticed his clothes and hair were damp. “Why are you all wet?” “I’m just…” Wally struggled to come up with an excuse to prevent her from finding out what he’d been up to, until he managed to come up with a convincing lie, “…brushing my teeth.” Thankfully, Paula believed the lie and informed him, “Your friend, Nina, is here to see you.” Wally’s eyes widened in panic as soon as he remembered his best friend, Nina, who he hasn’t seen since yesterday and hadn’t even told her that he got the watch working or that it was capable of creating portals to other dimensions. He wasn’t even sure how he was going to explain the interdimensional beings he brought back with him. Not wanting to arouse suspicion, Wally told his mother, “I’ll be right there.” After Paula left, Wally quickly dried his hair with a hand towel and decided to go downstairs and see Nina. Before he does, Ollie took a moment to tease Wally, “Ooooh! Who’s Nina?” Wally gritted his teeth in annoyance and responded, “Just keep an eye on Rook till I get back.” He shut the bathroom door behind him and ran downstairs. He opened the front door to find Nina standing there. “There you are, Wally.” an exasperated Nina said. “Where have you been all day?” “Oh, uh…” Wally nervously answered, “I was just on one of my expeditions. Kinda short notice.” Even though she found it strange that Wally would go out on an adventure without asking her to come along for help, Nina decided not to question him about it and chose to tell him her reason for coming over. “Anyway, I think I know a way you can break open that watch. There’s a monster truck rally coming to town next week and-” Before she can finish, Wally shouted, “NO! I mean...that won’t be necessary. I’m kinda over the watch now.” A confused Nina pointed to his wrist. “Then why are you wearing it?” Wally looked at his left wrist to notice that he was still wearing the interdimensional portal watch, which he had been doing since he got it working. But then, a splash was heard from upstairs, which Wally assumed was coming from the bathroom where he was hiding the interdimensional visitors. “What’s that noise?” Nina curiously asked, “It sounds like it’s coming from the bathroom.” Thinking quickly, Wally came up with the excuse, “Oh, that’s just my mom potty training Dale.” Nina knew that could not have been true given how she has met Wally’s baby brother. “But he’s one.” She pointed out. With a nervous grin, Wally responded, “He’s very advanced. Runs in the family. Sorry, gotta go.” He quickly slammed the door in her face and rushed upstairs. Still standing on the porch, Nina was perplexed with the way Wally was acting. She was prepared to go confront him about it, but looked down and noticed that Wally had dropped his notepad, which he always used to catalogue an adventure. She picked it up and curiously read its contents. When Wally reached the bathroom door, he stopped just before opening it to see water leaking out from underneath. Wondering what was going on in the bathroom, he slowly opened the door, only to be met with a small wave of water. When he went inside, he saw the shower door open, water all over the floor, and Ollie, Dean, and Rook lying on the wet floor. Wally was appalled by the mess they made. “Guys, what are you doing?” Wally asked in dismay, “My mom’s gonna kill me!” Sitting up, Ollie spits out some water and angrily pointed to Rook. “Ask him.” Rook paid no attention to the trouble he had caused and was shakily trying to stand up without falling over. Once he gained his balance, he picked up a wet hand towel from the floor. “I am sorry, Wally.” Rook said. “I wish to try out my land legs.” He started to have trouble breathing again. He looked at the dripping wet hand towel he was holding. Getting an idea, he wrapped the soaking wet towel around his neck so that it was covering his gills. When he inhaled, he happily realized that he could now breathe without being submerged in water. Before he could continue celebrating, something of interest caught his eye. “Ooh, what is that?” Rook giddily asked before rushing over to the bathroom sink. He turned the knobs until water came out of the faucet. He pumped some liquid soap out of a dispenser, which also fascinated him to no end. Rook spotted the nearby toilet and rushed over to it in excitement, lifting the lid to see nothing but water in the bowl. “Kovero, this place has everything.” Rook said as he poked the toilet paper like a curious child. While Rook still explored human toiletries, Wally, Ollie, and Dean still believed this place was not safe for someone like Rook. “Uh, Wally?” Dean quietly said. “Don’t you think it’s time Rook went home?” “You’re probably right.” Wally agreed before holding up his watch. However, Rook had overheard them and spun around in alarm while yanking a long string of toilet paper over his body. “Ohas!” he cried out in dread, “You cannot do that yet! I am having too much fun!” “Just do it, Wally.” Ollie urged while ignoring Rook’s pleas, “Turn on the portal.” Before Wally had a chance to turn on his watch, a panicked Rook lifted both his hand up, which made water from both the sink and the toilet levitate in the air. Realizing what Rook was intending to do, all three boys could only look on in dread. “Tell me he’s not.” Dean said. From out in the hallway, a SPLASH was heard. The bathroom door swung open and Rook ran out, rushing down the stairs and escaping out of the house. Ollie emerged from the bathroom, enraged at being soaked with both sink and toilet water. Ollie shook his fists and shouted, “I take back what I said about liking that guy!” Wally and Dean emerged from the bathroom, just as angry, but much calmer than Ollie. “We have to go after him.” Wally insisted, “He’s in a foreign world. He may not last long.” But Dean mentioned, “You two lasted pretty well in Overville.” Ollie smirked and gestured to Wally. “But you should’ve seen how lost this guy was in Sparkle Sity.” “Can we focus here please?!” an annoyed Wally shouted. He quickly calmed down and instructed, “Ollie and I can search for Rook from the ground. Dean, you should search from the sky. Can you do it?” “Leave it to me.” A confident Dean answered. He snapped his fingers and transforms himself into his alter-ego, D. Evil. He shrugged and asked, “I mean, how much trouble can a fish kid get into?” Rook had left Wally’s neighborhood and wandered all the way into town. He went into an alley and saw a garbage can full of trash. He slowly moved towards it like a curious puppy and peered inside, staring at its contents with fascination. “This is what holds garbage?” Rook asked. “Why does Father always say it ends up in the ocean?” Before Rook could see what kind of garbage people on dry land throw away, a Meow was heard. Rook turned around and was startled to see a cat in front of him. He fell back against the trashcan and knocked it down, spilling the contents. Rook had never seen a cat before. “One of the creatures that inhabits dry land.” Rook said until his eyes sparkled in admiration. “It has so much hair!” Rook reached out to pet the cat. Feeling threatened, the cat hissed viciously at him. Not expecting this reaction, Rook screamed in alarm and bolted up, running out of the alley and far away from the terrifying land creature. After leaving the alley, Rook stopped and marveled at the town’s buildings, trees, and people who go about their business. He had lived under the ocean his whole life and the only knowledge he had of the surface world were historical records, which he enjoyed looking through in his spare time. Seeing it with his own eyes felt almost like a dream to Rook. “How have I not seen this before?” Rook asked himself, enraptured by the sights. Suddenly, two skateboarders rode right past Rook, nearly knocking him over. Rather than being annoyed, he just watched with interest as they rode off. Then something else caught Rook’s eye. “Ooh, what is that?” he excitedly asked before running off. He stopped in the middle of the street and examined a manhole. Bending down to get a closer look, he saw no visible way of opening the cover. “A secret passageway. I thought only the palace had these.” He put an ear close to the surface and heard the sound of sewer water. “I do hear water underneath.” Since Rook was sitting in the middle of the street and not paying attention to anything around him, he failed to notice an oncoming car. He heard a car horn and turned his head to see a car coming directly towards him. Rook screamed and raised his arms up while his tattoos glowed. The manhole and a large stream of sewer water shot up between Rook and the car. The car swerved and caused the other cars behind it to collide. Rook backed up, seeing the damage he caused and felt remorse for what he had done. However, his guilt was short-lived when something else caught his eye. “Ooh, what is that?” Rook excitedly asked before running off in a random direction.
  13. I was never really into Ren and Stimpy, but I get why some people love it. I do find the story behind it very intriguing and am looking forward to seeing that documentary behind it.
  14. Chapter 9: The Interdimensional Visitor In Cullertown, Wally had brought Ollie and Dean to his house and led them to his backyard after informing them of the new dimension he discovered. He had used his watch to create a portal that would lead them to the new dimension. But rather than going in it right away, he decided to make it a grand occasion by giving Ollie and Dean a motivational speech. “Prepare yourselves, gentlemen.” Wally spoke while standing next to the portal, “We’re about to discover another dimension completely alien to us.” Excited at what they might possibly find in this unknown dimension, Ollie couldn’t help but guess, “So, it’s full of aliens?” Wally became stumped since he too was wondering what they might find and became incapable of answering Ollie’s question. “No...Possibly...I don’t know.” However, it was because they didn’t know what they would find that Dean became cautious. “But is it safe to just walk right in there?” Wally showed no signs of fear or worry. “Of course, Dean.” He calmly and confidently assured, “I’ve been taking notes and every dimension has been safe up to this point.” Right when Wally started to take a step towards the portal, a tall figure flew out of it and slid across the grass until he came to a stop at Ollie and Dean’s feet. The two backed away as they screamed in shock. The portal disappeared as Wally also screamed in shock by what had just emerged from it. It was the blonde teenager, Rokalburahm, from the underwater dimension. Wally, Ollie, and Dean stared in bewilderment as the stranger opened his eyes and pushed himself to his knees, observing his surroundings. Unsure of where he was, he became scared and confused. “Ti synavi?” he muttered. “Po eimai?” “Wally,” Dean cautiously called out. “What’s going on?” But Wally was just as confused as the other two were. “I don’t know.” When he noticed that he was not alone, Rokalburahm looked at Dean and Ollie with fear in his voice, “Poios eisai?!” However, neither of the boys understood his strange language. “Huh?” Ollie wondered. “What’s he saying?” “I….I don’t know.” Wally replied, intrigued that this interdimensional native had his own foreign language. Before the stranger could speak anymore, he suddenly choked and clutched his neck. “Hey, what’s happening to him?” Ollie asked in concern. Rokalburahm fell on his side, gasping as he continued clutching his neck. This only made the three boys worry more; wondering what could be going on with the strange boy. “Guys, I think something’s wrong.” Dean alerted them. While the boy continued to lie on the ground, struggling to breathe, Wally surveyed his body to figure out what the problem was until he set his sights on the boy’s neck to see a pair of gills. Wally’s eyes widened in horror as he realized the boy in front of them was dying of asphyxiation. “Oh no!” Wally yelled out. “He can’t breathe!” Wanting to help him, Ollie panicked and asked, “What can we do?” Signaling the others to follow him, Wally instructed, “Bring him this way! And quickly!” Dean and Ollie grabbed the boy’s arms and held him over their shoulders while they dragged him towards Wally. The boy’s breathing slowed as he started slipping out of consciousness. Wally led them to his family’s swimming pool, and he stepped to the side when Dean and Ollie dragged the boy towards the pool and tossed him into the water without a second thought. They watched the unconscious boy sink to the bottom of the pool. Rokalburahm soon opened his eyes and realized he was able to breathe again. Wally, Ollie, and Dean anxiously stood near the edge of the pool, fearing that they had only succeeded in drowning the boy. However, their fears were quelled when the boy splashed out of the water and did a backflip through the air. The three couldn’t believe what they saw as the boy dove back into the water. Soon afterwards, he emerged from the water and swam over to the boys who saved his life. “Efcharisto!” he happily spoke to them in his native tongue. “Sas efcharisto poly pou me sosate!” Not understanding what he was saying, the three just stared at him. Ollie whispered to Wally and Dean, “Any idea what he just said?” Wally responded, “I don’t recognize it as any kind of foreign language I’ve heard.” “It’s not Spanish.” Dean pointed out. “Maybe it’s some kind of elf language.” Ollie assumed. Seeing that the three were not acknowledging him, and the fact that they were above water without any sort of dilemma, Rokalburahm began to realize what kind of world he stumbled into. “Perimenete ena lepto.” he excitedly asked the three, “Eiste katoikoi tis epifaneias, sosta?” Discouraged that he and the others were unable to communicate with the newcomer, Wally spoke to him in a stilted voice, “Sor-ry. But we can’t un-der-stand you.” Despite the language barrier, Rokalburahm wanted to communicate with them as well. “Eleo. Perimene. Geia.” however, he soon realized that he was perfectly capable to doing so. “Hello. Nice to meet you.” Wally, Ollie, and Dean gasped in shock at hearing the boy suddenly speaking English. “You can talk?” Wally asked. Rokalburahm chuckled and responded, “Yes, I can talk. I have studied your language.” “But where did you come from?” Ollie reminded him, “He fell out of your portal, duh. He probably came from another dimension.” Rokalburahm held his chin as he tried to recall what had happened before ending up in Cullertown. “All I remember is I was in Atlantis, and I saw this strange light.” He explained. “I fall inside, and I am here, and there is no water for me to breathe.” “Atlantis?” Wally repeated in surprise. “The city beneath the ocean?” He had read about the legendary city on the internet and in books, but had never thought it actually existed somewhere in the universe. However, Ollie and Dean couldn’t help but feel angry at Wally for nearly leading them into a dimension completely submerged in water, where they would’ve drowned the minute they entered. “Safe huh?” Dean bitterly asked Wally, reminding him of how he had previously assured him that the dimension they were going into was safe for them to enter. Ollie also wasted no time in chewing out Wally. “If we had listened to you, we would’ve ended up like that guy.” “Rokalburahm.” The boy in the pool suddenly spoke. But the three did not catch what he had said, so Wally asked, “What was that?” The boy cheerfully repeated, “Rokalburahm.” Ollie became annoyed with the language barrier and reminded him, “Dude, we don’t speak Atlantis.” Despite this, he retained his cheerful demeanor and told them, “That is my name: Rokalburahm.” Even with the misunderstanding cleared up, the three still looked confused. Ollie tried to pronounce his name, “Row...kawlll boo-ram?” “I think it’s pronounced Roo-kal-burawwm.” Wally assumed. As he sat there, an unimpressed Dean crossed his arms and bluntly stated, “Yeah, I’m just gonna call you “Rook”.” Hearing the nickname, Rokalburahm’s eyes brightened in wonder. ““Rook”?” he repeated to himself before smiling with joy. “I love that! No one has ever called me anything like that before. “Rook”!” Overjoyed at his new name, he fell backwards into the water and resurfaced while repeating, “Rook, Rook, Rook, Rook!” Wally, Ollie, and Dean smiled at his positive reaction. “Rook it is, then.” Wally said. “Anyway,” Dean said to Rook. “I’m Dean.” “Ollie.” Ollie introduced himself as well. “My name’s Wally.” Wally introduced before taking off his backpack and digging around inside until he pulled out his notepad and pen. With his excitement growing, he asked Rook, “If you don’t mind, can I ask you a couple questions about your dimension?” Rolling his eyes at Wally’s behavior, Ollie dully stated, “Here we go.” But Wally’s excitement continued to grow as he asked, “Like how long has it been underwater? What’s the architecture like? What’s a normal Sunday for you?” However, Rook ignored Wally’s questions and asked, “Forget my home. I wish to know your home.” His excitement grew and grew as his fists trembled with excitement. On top of his hands and wrists were blue tattoo symbols that began to glow. Suddenly, a large stream of water emerged from underneath Rook and lifted him out of the pool, dropping him onto the lawn. Wally, Ollie, and Dean stared in astonishment by what they saw. Rook struggled to balance on his own two feet since he only ever used them for swimming. From behind, Ollie took a step towards him and asked, “Whoa! How’d you do that?” Once he gained his balance, Rook casually turned to them and repeated, “Do that?” Having been to two other dimensions that contained magic and demons, Wally began to assume that whatever Rook just did had to be an ability that was a normal occurrence in the dimension he came from. “Is that some kind of ability native to your dimension?” Wally asked Rook. “Yes.” Rook answered with a smile. “I have learned since…” he gasped for breath and his voice became raspy, “O, Poseidonas.” Wally, Ollie, and Dean became concerned when they saw Rook fall to his knees, clutching his neck as he started to asphyxiate like last time. “Rook, are you okay?” Dean called out to him. Unable to respond, Rook’s tattoos glowed and he stretched out his right arm. A stream of water emerged from the pool behind Wally, Ollie, and Dean. They quickly moved out of the way as the water flew through the air and wrapped itself around Rook’s head, forming a sphere of water that Rook magically holds, allowing him to breathe. The three were baffled by Rook. The fact that he could control water and that he couldn’t survive outside of it. Wally was so intrigued by it that he took a picture of Rook with his phone and wrote down some notes on his notepad. While using his powers to hold the sphere of water around his head, Rook glanced down and realized what he was standing on. “Is that grass?” he asked in excitement. Having never seen real life grass before, he just had to bend down and touch it with his own hands. However, in doing so, he lost concentration in holding his water helmet and it splashed around him onto the grass he was touching. Rook realized his mistake too late when he started gasping for breath. Ollie rolled his eyes, now annoyed that Rook kept suffocating every time he was on dry land. But Dean remained sympathetic for him and quietly suggested to Wally, “Maybe you should send him back to his own dimension.” Even though Wally wished to talk with Rook some more and learn about his dimension, Wally knew that sending him back was the best thing if Rook was to survive. “Good idea.” He responded. Wally tapped on his interdimensional watch and activated the holo-map. Before he can select Rook’s dimension on the map, a voice called out, “Wally? Are you home?” Wally recognized the voice as his mom. He panicked and hid the watch behind his back. “Oh no! We can’t do this out here!” “But what about Rook?” Ollie asked, pointing to Rook, who was still asphyxiating on the ground. “I know what we can do for the time being.” Wally said. “Follow me.”
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