father was setting her suitcase down next to her. 'Don't worry sweetheart.'
he said. 'You'll meet all kinds of new friends.'
parents were kissing her good-bye and moving to get back into the van.
'But... where's Grimm?' she said softly as the mini-van motor started.
And with a crunch of gravel and dirt, her parents were driving away,
leaving her standing forlorn and miserable at the entrance to the camp.
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awoke with a cold sweat on her forehead.
Friday morning and Rhonda stood in her nightdress, getting ready to
go. Grimm had slave-driven her to get her school work done in advance
for one day so they could go early on the mission.
watched curiously as Rhonda jammed a ridiculous assortment of things
into her pack. He twitched an eye in confusion, for Rhonda usually traveled
light when on assignment, but her pack swelled as she kept stuffing
repellant, squirrel repellant, rabbit repellant, badger repellent, raccoon
repellant...' she chanted mechanically as she cycled through several
spray cans, arranging them in her pack. 'Cougar repellant, monkey repellant,
cocked his head and squeaked softly.
you can't be too careful.' Rhonda said. 'Shark repellant - oh you know
I'm bringin' the shark repellant - weasel repellant....'
Rhonda said, removing the weasel repellent. She stood looking at her
pack, scratching her head. 'Yeesh, why don't they just make nature
repellant and make it easy?' Rueful shrugged.
look the other way, cuz it's time for the mission clothes to go on!'
She went to the closet and opened the door. She stared in confusion,
for her usual mission clothes were gone, and something else was in front
of her, swaying slightly on a hanger.
Later, she stepped out of the front door to her house, wearing a purple
shirt with darker purple pants, new gloves, and a new hip pouch strapped
to her leg. 'Stylin!' she thought, though the dramatic effect
was ruined as she tried hoisting her clanking backpack, staggering under
it's weight as she got ready to close the door behind her.
she called through the door. 'Me! Grimm! Mission! Back later!'
called back. 'Be careful out there dear! Remember you have to watch
your brother Indy next week!'
don't remind me!' she thought as she closed the door behind her.
'Why did they wait until just before I graduate to adopt a baby?'
stared at Rhonda as she stumbled, panting, up his driveway later. She
listed from side to side beneath the weight of her pack, wiping her
brow. 'M.. made it, GP!' she said hoarsely. He was wearing an identical
outfit to hers, and he looked anxious to get started.
anything in there besides repellant?' he said, frowning slightly.
She laid her pack down with a metallic thud. 'Of course there is!' she
said. She loosened the tie at the top and Rueful popped out, looking
around curiously. 'See?'
shook his head. 'I said pack some DEET, not a chem lab.' he said. 'You
were supposed to pack changes of clothes, food and water in case we
need it. You're lucky I went ahead and packed for you.' He gestured
to another, smaller pack that sat beside his on the driveway.
food.' said Rhonda. 'I've heard of that stuff...' Grimm sniffed,
half laughing, half impatient. 'Why bring extra clothes and food anyway?'
she said. 'I thought we were getting in and out as fast as we can....'
so.' he said. 'With luck, this'll be one of our shortest assignments
ever. But just in case we have to spend a lot of time out there, I want
plenty of supplies on hand.'
in Grimm's pouch sounded a familiar musical Dot-dot-dah-deep.
He took it out and activated it with practiced ease. 'Sitch me, Jade.'
he said eagerly.
double-checking with Rhonda's greymatter.' said Jade, her tinny voice
falling slightly flat in the still morning air. 'I went through the
camp archives on their nature hike trails and deduced a ballpark area
where Rhonda might have been ditched. Outside of that, it's all guesswork.
Did you think of any more landmarks?' she said, craning her neck as
if trying to see Rhonda past Grimm's shoulders.
said, it looked the same as any other big pine forest.' she said. 'It
was big, piney and foresty. All I remember about the hollow besides
the statue was that there was a big cliff outside the clearing. You
could see a long way off, and there was a lake in the distance, and
help there.' said Jade, shaking her head. 'Kamp Kwitcherbeliakin has
a number of small mountains around it, and lots of lakes with waterfalls
too. There are six nature hike trails, and each of them has at least
two sets of landmarks nearby that could be what she was describing.'
shrugged. 'Well, when you want to find something, there's nothing like
looking. We'll cycle through all of them if we have to.'
groaned softly. Sometimes Grimm liked doing things the hard way a little
and I are gonna get started, unless there's anything else.' he said.
there is.' Jade said, and once again her face looked apprehensive.
raised a knowing eyebrow. 'It's about Possible, isn't it?'
in one.' said Jade, nodding. 'I've had some people keeping tabs on her.
They've got new mission clothes. If you're drinking anything, I advise
you to put it down.' And she blipped up a graphic, showing Kim Possible
fighting Shego. Kim was wearing a purple shirt and pants, just like
theirs, except her sleeves were short.
shook his head, looking annoyed. 'I don't believe this!' he said.
'I had the Fashionistas design these stupid outfits so we wouldn't
look like them anymore!'
you still want to keep the new ones on order?' said Jade.
shook his head. 'Heck, no.' he said. 'Once this mission is over, we're
switching back to the old ones.'
her head. 'Sorry there, G-man. They've been discontinued by Club Banana.'
sighed. 'Great.' he said, his voice sounding anything but pleased. 'Well,
they were too functional to just give up on. Do you still have the patterns
said Jade, nodding.
a good tailor. Give them the specs and have them make some more. We'll
let Possible and her crew run around looking like Barney instead of
faintly. 'I told you to let me pick out the new duds.' she said.
looked at her. 'She was fighting Shego.' he said. 'Does that mean Drakken
is back in business?'
be. They haven't called us yet though...'
sniffed. 'They should have. Keep it real, Jade. We'll contact
you once we're at the camp.'
and the communicator blipped off. Grimm hoisted his pack to one shoulder
and was fishing a small remote control out of the pouch on its front.
dragged her repellant pack next to him and pulled the other pack up
on her own shoulder. 'So, if the world's villains are chillin, who's
gonna be our ride?' she said, adjusting the straps on her shoulders.
said Grimm, a satisfied smile on his face. 'We're seniors now - and
we've finally got our own ride.' He hit the remote control button
and the garage door opened, the darkened pit inside growing brighter
as the door raised higher with a mechanical hum.
Rhonda breathed, seeing what was in the garage. She was looking at what
seemed like a cross between a motorcycle and the DeLorean from Back
To The Future. It was a deep, dark purple, almost black, with silver
trim and black leather seats. 'Where the heck did this come from?'