only Adrena Lynn staring at the floor, then running back and away from
him. He sped across the tennis court, wondering where Kim was and why
she hadn't cut off Adrena Lynn yet. As he crossed the court, he heard
a muffled thudding sound that was not his own footsteps and paused to
combo tennis court and pool!' he thought admiringly. 'Man the
rich sure know how to live! Believe me, I know...' but his heart
suddenly lurched with shock as he saw Kim's rippling form beneath him,
pounding on the glass. 'Oh crud!' he yelled out loud, and he
stopped, looking around wildly for some kind of control panel on the
walls or near the court that might control the Plexiglas panels. But
there was nothing to be seen. He looked down and saw Kim had raised
her Kimmunicator and was using the wrist laser to try and bore through,
but he could tell that Adrena Lynn would be long gone by the time it
burned a hole large enough for her to climb out.
he took out his own communicator and scrolled through the floor plans.
'Rufus!' he shouted, and Rufus dutifully shot out from his pants pocket
with a squeal. Ron pointed to what looked like a small shed at the opposite
end of the court. 'There's manual controls for the pool shield in there!'
Rufus saluted like a marine, then scampered off to the shed. There was
a padlock, but the door itself was an alligator folding style, which
was rickety enough for Rufus to squeeze underneath.
back and looking down at Kim. 'We're getting you out of there!' he yelled,
not sure if Kim could hear him through the thick shield. Obviously she
could, because at once he saw her shaking her head and yelling back.
she said, and Ron could hear her muffled voice faintly through the Plexiglas.
'Go after Lynn!' Ron hesitated, his desire to stay and make sure Kim
was all right fought with his resolve to obey her order. Kim must have
sensed it because she yelled again, even louder. 'Just go!!'
was racing back through the corridors. They were eerily quiet, with
only his footsteps and breathing breaking the silence. He knew it was
hopeless. Adrena simply had too big a head start on him now, and there
were numerous paths she might have taken. 'OK - legs are too short,
so it's time to use my head.' he thought. 'Lynn knew about Russ's
house and used it to trap Kim - but to pull it off she needed to move
fast.' and clear as a bell, he remembered Lynn putting her pack
down on the floor - her heavy, bulky pack - filled with stolen items
that she couldn't carry with her in the chase towards the pool. But
now that Kim was delayed, with no one but the sidekick to worry about...
'She's going back for the loot!' the thought hit him like an electric
jolt. He brought up the building schematics on his communicator again,
and with wonderful satisfaction, he saw another route back to the display
room that was just a little shorter....
Lynn dashed back into the display room and saw Russ Cueler working his
wrists, still trying to free himself from his bonds. He had managed
to pull off his gag, and gasped as he saw her enter the room.
straight to the backpack full of Russ's collectibles and hoisted it
onto her back. 'Well it's been real, Cueler.' she said, winking at him.
'Hope you collect more stuff someday so I can steal that too!'
Lynn started and whirled around seeing Ron barreling into the room.
'How did he get here so dang fast?' she thought briefly. Then
she did the only thing she could think of and put her arms around Russ's
neck in a loose sleeper hold. 'Back off!' she said. 'Or Cueler picks
up where you and I left off that first time!'
knew she was dealing with more than she could handle. Russ was a strong
athlete, and if he started putting up a struggle, there was no way she
could hold him hostage and fend Ron off at the same time. And Ron glanced
to the side, seeing something on the shelf to his right. And as he saw
Adrena Lynn shifting her stance, taking her eyes off him for a brief
moment, his hand flashed out.
me, Tom Brady...' he thought, then he gripped a signed football
in his hands and threw.
Lynn looked back up and saw a flash of brown spiraling towards her,
then squealed as the football hit her square on the nose. She stumbled
backwards, releasing Russ, and then felt the air knocked out of her
as Ron sent her crashing to the floor with a flying tackle. Russ toppled
off to the side.
as she fought to draw air into her lungs and glared angrily up at Ron,
who was holding her down with his gloved hands. 'You're like a bad penny!'
she gasped as soon as she could. 'Maybe I've been worried about the
you shouldn't have tried to drown my GF!' he said back.
snarled. 'Well don't let any of this go to your head!' and she
snapped her neck forward suddenly. It wasn't a particularly strong head-butt,
however it was enough to startle Ron and get him to lose his grip. Adrena
Lynn used the purchase to twist and roll, sliding out from beneath him.
Adrena Lynn looked up again as Kim charged into the room, still dripping
wet. Adrena unshouldered her pack and swung it around viciously, catching
Russ in the chest. Still bound by his wrists and ankles, Russ fell backwards
and crashed through the window of the display room.
and Ron shouted, diving and seizing Russ by either ankle. They arrested
his fall, their arms straining against the weight of his body as he
dangled three floors above the ground. The next window over broke and
they saw Adrena Lynn rappelling down the side of the mansion by a zip
line, then dropping off into the thick shrubbery that surrounded the
eaves of the bottom floor.
Russ pulled back so that his knees were hooked around the sill of the
window. 'Can you hold him, Ron? I'm going after her!' and without waiting
she tumbled out of the window, using her grapple line to lower herself.
She saw the dim shape of Adrena Lynn racing through a garden and into
the darkness towards the gates of the mansion.
no longer in danger of falling, but Ron found pulling him up by himself
was no mean feat. 'Why do the pros always have to be so heavy?'
he shouted, managing to get Russ's entire lower body dragged back through
across a neatly landscaped lawn and into some kind of botanical garden,
complete with stone fountains and a hedge maze. It was dark, and she
looked around for Adrena Lynn as she entered a flowerbed with soft,
mossy soil beneath her feet.
was a piercing white light and the thrumming roar of an engine. Kim
gasped and went into a duck and roll as a red bullet motorcycle jumped
in a smooth arc over the hedge maze, rushing down towards her. The cycle
missed, and Kim got steadily to her feet, ready for another pass. But
the lithe form of Adrena Lynn was waving as she gunned the cycle and
roared towards a greenhouse. She popped a spectacular wheelie and the
cycle surged upwards, using the slanted roof of the greenhouse as a
ramp and the motorcycle flew up and over the rear wall of the mansion,
disappearing on the other side.
the sound of shock absorbers buckling, then the sound of an engine gunning,
and finally the cycle horn sounding off a taunting two-note beep.
Kim gritted her teeth. The Sloth was parked at the front of the mansion,
and it would take her at least two minutes at a full run to find her
way back to it. By then Adrena Lynn would be long gone. She kicked the
ground in frustration, and started jogging back to the main entrance.....
on guard at the Go City Museum. He glanced outside the windows into
the night sky, seeing stars sparkling in the distance and he sighed.
The museum had asked for additional protection to guard their prized
exhibit, a gigantic emerald that was nearly as large around as a basketball.
at least one of the other Team Go members would have been there helping
him. 'I can't believe they were invited to another Heroes Cruise.'
he thought a bit resentfully. 'And that I wasn't invited! I mean
my shift was totally free this time! It's not like one of them couldn't
rotate out and stand guard here! Honestly, they've been on a cruise
already, when's my turn?' But he quickly shook his head and cleared
those thoughts from his mind. It was an honor to serve Go City as a
super-hero, and a duty from which he would not shrink. 'Unlike Mego...'
he thought, chuckling.
there was no denying that guard duty seemed pointless at the moment.
The night was quiet and the building's normal security systems seemed
more than capable of fending off any garden-variety thief.
at attention in front of the glass case containing the emerald, which
the museum staff had nicknamed the BFG (for 'big freakin' gem'). For
several silent hours he had remained that way after the museum had closed.
His heels were beginning to ache and he found himself glancing with
a certain degree of longing at a bench by the edge of the room.
he was succumbing to his desire to ease his aching feet, there was a
sudden thumping noise and the laser grid which surrounded the BFG powered
down. The surveillance cameras which had been whirring quietly back
and forth all night fell silent; the tiny red lights which indicated
they were active blinked out.
Hego forgot his aches and fatigue. He braced himself, backing closer
to the BFG, ready for anything. There was only one reason why the security
systems were shut down - a thief must be in the building. But Hego smiled.
Once the thief showed himself, they'd find that just turning off the
security wouldn't be nearly enough.
ready for several seconds until at last he saw two figures standing
half in shadow across the room. He was just about to launch into a zinger
he had thought up in advance for just such an occurrence. 'The museum
doesn't open until tomorrow evil-doers! But the Go City jail is open
24/7!' But as the light from the lamps cast across the lower bodies
of the two figures, he saw something that caused his prepared hero speech
to die on his tongue. He saw that the two persons were wearing brown
cargo pants with hip pouches at their sides. One figure seemed male,
and the other had the definite curves of a female.
his eyes, trying to see better through the dim light. 'Kim Possible?'
he said. 'Is that you? I thought you'd changed outfits....' But he fell
silent as the figures stepped forward. They were both wearing what looked
like ninja hoods, so he couldn't see their faces.
his mask, Grimm muttered to Rhonda in a low voice. 'All right GF - time
to field test. I know he's no Kim Possible, but....'
I'm sure I'll be really bored going up against a guy who can
break bricks with his fists.' Rhonda sounded nervous, but resolved.
'Let's do this thing!' Then she jumped forward, screeching and making
amateur kung-fu poses. Hego stared at her, looking wary and confused.
protector of Go City!' Rhonda yelled. 'Behold the face of your defeat!'
can't behold your face, you're wearing a mask...' said Hego dryly.
faltered for a second. 'Hey, shut up!' she said, recovering quickly.
'Prepare to fall before the all-powerful Ninjella!' Behind her,
Grimm sighed softly, putting his hand to his forehead.
eh?' said Hego, smiling and powering up his glow. 'Well you must be
new in town, otherwise you'd know better than to GO up against
Team Go!' He charged at the figures, and they both darted to the side.
The taller figure rolled, then flipped forward gracefully and landed
next to the case containing the BFG, reaching his hand towards it.
towards Grimm and started racing towards him. Rhonda saw Grimm neatly
dodge a strike from Hego's glowing hand. She knew Grimm could avoid
him, but if even one of his blows landed...
open a velcro patch on her upper left arm, revealing a curiously shaped
birthmark and then brought her hands together in front of her, chanting
chanted, the mark on her arm flared with a blue glow, which spread out
until it surrounded her like a misty flame....
cried out with a shout that echoed through the room like the roaring
of a bear, and Hego paused, staring back at her. He had been striking
at Grimm, who was neatly avoiding his strikes, but none of Grimm's return
blows had any effect against his glow.
- you forget about me?' Rhonda shouted at him. 'The all-powerful
Ninjella will not be ignored!'
'Sorry, but my code of honor won't allow me to hit a mere girl!'
stepped right in front of him, and had to admit that based on appearances
alone, she could understand his dismissive attitude. She, a willowy
girl, in front of a veritable titan who was a head and a half taller
and under normal conditions, many times her match in strength. But she
smiled beneath her mask. 'Then it's time to crack that code!' she said,
and she seized his wrist, whirling in place with a judo toss and sent
Hego flying across the room, crashing through the wall with a boom that
shook the entire building.
looked with satisfaction at the gaping hole in the wall while chunks
of marble skittered across the floor and clouds of dust spread from
the point of impact. 'Remind me never to cheese you off.' he said warmly.
was another blasting sound as Hego dashed back in through the hole he
had made, looking surprised but unharmed. 'Not bad, Ninjella.' he said,
cracking his knuckles. 'Maybe it is time I became an equal-opportunity
crime fighter!' and Grimm cartwheeled out of the way as Rhonda and Hego
had to admire Hego's strength. He wasn't sure what the limits of Hego's
glow were, but when he had his glow on, he seemed able to lift anything.
But he could also tell just by looking that Hego had come to rely too
heavily on his glow. His attacks were clumsy, and he seemed to have
no fighting style beyond simply trying to land a punch or a kick. Grimm
analyzed Hego's style like a scientist studying a germ under a microscope.
Hego was obviously accustomed to just one of his punches putting an
enemy down for the count and that he had no training or plan to deal
with anyone who could match him. 'Advantage - Probable.' he smirked.
credit, Rhonda was going toe-to-toe with him in a high powered game
of mercy, their hands locked as each tried to overpower the other. 'Come
on Rhonda,' Grimm thought. 'You're smarter than that....'
just that moment, Rhonda shifted her stance and rolled Hego over her
shoulders in another toss that sent him blasting through the opposite
wall. But he was coming back again a few seconds later. 'Taking too
long hot stuff.' Grimm called to her. 'Bring it on home!'