in the couch in her house, looking at the evening news report. Ron was
sitting nervously at her side. He'd been walking on eggshells since
the previous day, and hadn't broached the subject of Grimm Probable
again for fear of setting her off.
was the scene at the Middleton Museum last night,' the voice of Dibble
spoke, while the screen showed footage of Adrena Lynn being escorted
to a waiting police wagon. Lynn's face was scowling, but there was a
flash in her eyes as she looked at the camera, and the ghost of her
old showboating ways surfaced for an instant as she waved. 'Criminal
daredevil Adrena Lynn was caught trying to steal an exhibit from the
museum, but fell into a trap prepared by Kim Possible. The famous teen
heroine was on the scene as well, and she had this to say.'
herself on the screen, addressing the camera and Dibble, who as usual,
was pushing a microphone under her nose as if her words were a liquid
that he was trying to soak up with a sponge. 'In the interest of honesty
and full disclosure, I should say that the exhibit she was trying to
steal was a fake that we set up to lure her in. The diamond bungee cord
was only a prop, so the actual items of value wouldn't be at risk. We
apologize to the city for the ruse, but we plan to sell the bungee prop
on Ebay if someone would like to own the bait that caught Adrena Lynn,
and we'll be donating the money directly to the museum.'
showed on the TV screen, sitting behind his desk with the news ticker
bar scrolling beneath him. 'There's an old saying that you can't argue
with success.' said Dibble, holding his papers in front of him. 'And
certainly we can't argue that having Adrena Lynn off the streets and
behind bars is good news for everyone. Will Kim Possible's auction to
raise funds for the museum be penance enough for the public to forgive
her for the deception? We spoke with several viewers, who had varying
thoughts on the subject.'
cut to a man being interviewed on the street, Dibble's microphone being
held under his chin. The screen showed text reading "Joe Johnson,
Local Merchant". 'I think she did the right thing. I mean you've
got to take the fight straight to the bad guys, you know? And sometimes
that means making them come to you instead of sitting around
waiting to be a victim.'
don't mind that Possible used the media to perpetrate a hoax?' Dibble
said, his voice off camera.
schmoax.' said Johnson, smiling. 'I mean, it's not like I was planning
to make a bee-line for the museum to see a diamond bungee cord.'
woman showed next on the screen, and the text read "Dora Mestek,
Museum goer" 'Well, I had been looking forward to seeing the
exhibit, and I was disappointed to learn it was a fake. But I'm sure
Ms. Possible did what she thought was needed to catch a dangerous criminal.'
don't mind her using the media in this way?' Dibble's voice said.
on Dibble.' said Mestek, as if she were speaking to a grandchild. 'You
expect us to believe the media doesn't do the same thing when it suits
this affect your opinion on any future statements that Kim Possible
makes through the media?' Dibble asked, not responding to Mestek's question.
hesitated a moment. 'Well, I'll think twice probably, but she's always
been such an honest girl. I'm sure she doesn't make a habit out of fibbing....'
cut to another scene, and both Kim and Ron flinched instinctively as
a tan-complexioned girl showed up, with immaculate hair and an insolent
smile. The text on the screen read "Bonnie Rockwaller, Middleton
High student". 'How do you feel about Kim Possible's ruse?'
Dibble's voice spoke.
Possible gets away with a lot at school.' Bonnie said. 'I mean, all
that 'teen hero crimefighter' stuff - it's obviously gone to her head.'
worth it to catch the criminal?' Dibble asked.
yanking the chain of everyone in the city?' said Bonnie. 'Well, they
say anything's possible for a Possible. I guess now we know that includes
in a breath. 'Oh yeah, and she never does anything like that.'
'So don't like being compared to Bonnie...' she said quietly,
and Ron quickly fell silent.
was shown back behind his studio desk, speaking to the camera. 'It should
be noted that the fake diamond bungee auction is already at several
thousand dollars, partly because of a generous bid by Russ Cueler. All
of the items which Adrena Lynn had stolen were recovered, including
the few items she had taken from Cueler in her previous heists. So while
some may not agree with the method, they seem to agree on the end result.
All of this has led us to do more investigations of Kim Possible, in
which we'll discuss other questionable outcomes of her previous cases.
Tune in tomorrow night for our next report, "Kim Possible -
is she really all that?"
Ron said, shaking his fist at the screen. Rufus was imitating Ron and
blowing a raspberry at Dibble's face, but the image disappeared as Kim
held up the remote and turned off the TV. Kim slumped back into the
couch, her arms tucked at her sides. Ron looked nervously at her and
glanced at Rufus, as if pleading mentally to the mole rat for some advice
about what to say. Rufus spread out his hands with a bewildered expression.
I know you're upset...' he said at last.
upset.' she said, breaking in. She sighed and was idly fiddling with
the remote. 'The truth is, part of me thinks I deserved it.'
simple at heart, Ron responded the simplest way he could. 'Come on!'
he said. 'That was all like totally bogus! And interviewing Bonnie?
What, does she have the city wired so she knows exactly where to go
to diss you at any given moment....?'
weirdness with the Centurion project and you'd think I would have learned
my lesson.' Kim said, as if she hadn't heard him.
changing gears from dismissal to sympathy. 'Kim you can't beat yourself
up over this. Taking down Adrena Lynn was a good thing, right?'
her arms around her knees, still staring at the blank TV screen. 'But
if you get to the right place by doing the wrong thing,
is it worth it?' she said. 'We haven't even found Grimm yet, and he's
already got me crossing lines.'
for a moment, but Kim didn't seem as upset as she had the other day,
and she herself brought up Grimm's name. 'If you don't want to be compared
to Bonnie, then don't compare yourself to Grimm.' Ron said. 'What we
did isn't any worse than what they've done.' said Ron.
it any better?' Kim said, her voice sounding hollow and depressed.
Ron didn't answer. After several quiet minutes, Kim's wrist Kimmunicator
beeped. 'What's the sitch, Wade?' she said after turning on the screen.
his head. 'Nothing.' he said. 'No thefts took place while Adrena Lynn
was at the museum and there hasn't been anything suspicious today either.
If Team Probable was using Lynn to cover any recent activity, then maybe
her getting caught scared them into lying low.'
thought they couldn't get any lower!' said Ron. Wade looked like he
was about to chuckle, but a glance at Kim's stoic face was enough to
Grimm, I'm sure about it.' Kim growled. 'And they won't give up on any
jobs they have lined up just because their stooge is in jail. They'll
be back. We just need to find out from where. The news report got that
much right - we have to find a way to take the fight to him.'
glancing from side to side on the Kimmunicator screen, checking the
monitors set up in his house. 'Jade's no slouch.' he said, sounding
almost grudging. 'When it comes to electronic data, she knows how to
cover their tracks. I've tried all my normal stuff and it's not getting
steadily at him. 'Try some abnormal stuff.' she said. 'Or invent
something new. Anything you can do to flush them out. I need this, Wade.
If anyone can do it, it's you.'
looking embarrassed but not displeased. 'I'm all over it.' he said,
and the screen blipped off.
knowing the answer before he even asked the question, but still unable
to stop himself. 'Is there... anything I can do?' he said.
him a faint smile. 'I don't think so.' she said. 'Right now it's a question
of whether or not we can deduce where they hit next.'
we find them?' Ron said. 'You know, our last dust-up with them didn't
go all that smooth...'
been thinking about that too.' said Kim. 'And we should try something
days later, the Mathter stood pacing in his hideout. He adjusted the
"M" shaped crown on his head and tugged at his belt. He looked
at his watch, then tapped his foot, looked to either side, and checked
his watch again. Suddenly the door to his inner chamber hissed open,
and two figures walked in. Grimm and Rhonda entered the lair and Grimm's
eyes fixed on the Mathter, giving him a nod.
ten minutes and 9.73 seconds late!' said the Mathter, pointing at his
watch. 'The delay is causing indefinite integrals and unpredictable
cocked an eyebrow. 'I have no idea what you just said, but I apologize
for the delay. If it's any consolation, it was necessary to make sure
no one could trace the theft back to you.' He took off his backpack
and opened the flap on top, taking out a glass sphere that contained
an intricate spider web of circuitry and several softly blinking lights
that ran through fiberoptic threads within the sphere.
face went from annoyed to adoring in a splintered second. He stumbled
forward as if hypnotized, his hands closing lovingly around the glass
orb. 'Ahhh....' he sighed, his eyes milking over. 'The AI Equational
Codex! With this hooked into the systems which run my lair, I'll
have the ultimate code-breaking computer! Hacking into Go City's secure
financial databases will be as easy as pi!'
cleared his throat, and the Mathter reluctantly tore his gaze from the
AI Equational Codex to look at him. 'Ah yes, your payment.' he said,
and he set the Codex into a tripod-like stand before fishing a briefcase
from behind his control desk. He handed it over to Grimm with some hesitation.
'I still think your fee on this job was a little close to absolute maximum....'
numbers.' said Grimm smoothly, taking the case and handing it to Rhonda.
'What are your chances of success without the Codex, and what were the
odds against you being able to steal it without getting caught? Don't
look at what you're spending, look at what you're saving.'
pursed his lips, but gave a grudging nod. 'You make a critical point.'
had finished checking the money and was looking around at the walls
of the lair, which were plastered with numbers and various mathematical
symbols. She looked at the Mathter, and had to bite her lip to keep
from chuckling. His costume really did look as if he'd made it by routing
through a drawer of old boxer shorts and T-shirts. 'Easy girl,'
she thought. 'You can diss him later at home....'
was looking back at the Codex, the expression of adoration returning
to his masked eyes. 'The odds of stealing this myself were rather low,
but you came through. I must admit, you two are a very competent duo.'
said Grimm, his smirk becoming more pronounced. 'You might say we're...'
said Rhonda, smiling and pointing at Grimm. 'I actually saw that
one coming for a change!' Grimm smiled and he and Rhonda tapped fists.
harrumphed. 'When you come up with a cool persona, everyone wants
to get in on the act...' he muttered.
as they made their way to the Ksikkihkíni, Grimm got another
beep on his communicator. 'Sitch me, Jade.' he said.
over I presume?' Jade asked, and on the screen she was fidgeting with
her rainbow-streaked hair.
just getting ready to leave.' said Grimm, nodding while Rhonda took
the helmets out from the trunk and Rueful slithered into her backpack.
got another hit on your site...' Jade started, but Grimm let out a sigh.
wait for a while, Jade?' he said. 'The work's been great lately, but
it's been constant. We've still got school and stuff to deal with and
we'll need some time off just to make sure all the irons in the fire
yeah.' said Jade. 'He says he's not in any particular rush, but he needs
some components taken.'
sounded suspicious at once. 'Usually our clients are on a strict self-imposed
timetable for world domination.' he said. 'Why's this one so mellow?
Who is he?'
her head. 'Beats me.' she answered. He's pulling our SOP of distorting
the audio and video so he can stay anonymous. But wait'll you see how
much he's offering....' Jade paused and some numbers scrolled across
the screen. Grimm's eyes brightened.
much?' he said. 'It sounds good. Suspiciously good.' He paused,
thinking deeply, and glancing over at Rhonda, who was already wearing
her helmet and sitting on the bike, waiting for him. 'Let him know we're
interested, but screen him and make sure it's not a trick. We'll use
the time to rest up and get ready.' Grimm looked keenly at Jade. 'And
along those lines,' he said, 'Did they figure it out?'
'Sho' 'nuff.' she said. 'Since the thing at the museum, Wade's been
going through every search string on probable and fatigable that he
herrings holding up?' he said, smiling faintly.
Jade answered. 'But now they know it's you, they're gonna go all out.
She was pretty mad about that thing with the Attitudinator...'
Grimm answered. 'But that could make things even easier when we meet