forget our cautionary measures?' Jade said. 'It'd be tragically funny
after the win if they suckered us with a bug or something while you're
Grimm answered. 'My pack was lead-lined as normal, and it's in the shield
case right now until we get it analyzed and screened. We scanned for
tracking devices before we came home, the jammers in my room are on,
cool....' said Rhonda dreamily.
that matter, how'd it go with Wade? You're sure he won't be able to
trace you?' Grimm said.
'Not a snowball's chance.' she said brightly. 'I even gave him a couple
of souvenirs to make sure he doesn't forget the experience anytime soon....'
was still staring into Rhonda's eyes, and she was staring back at him
looking totally moonstruck. 'Then we gear up for the future.' he said.
'Possible's lot isn't gonna roll over after this drubbing. They'll still
be after us full bore and we'll need to stay sharp.'
sharp....' said Rhonda softly.
her eyes. 'Will you two stop that? Yeesh, people in love are
such a royal pain in the patookus...'
patookus....' Rhonda said, sounding dazed.
her head. 'If one of you isn't over here with that case in the next
few minutes, I'm gonna buzz your parents. Or your sisters....
Rueful, help me out here!'
the mention of his name, Rueful sprang out of Rhonda's backpack, hopping
onto the nearby table. He turned and stared at Rhonda and Grimm with
his mouth hanging comically open, his paws raised to his stubby ears
in a posture of mock astonishment.
fine.' said Grimm. 'Jade, start coordinating with the client about the
drop-off. Rhonda and I will bring the item to your place so you can
check it over. See you in a few.'
the communicator was off, Grimm pulled Rhonda down onto the beanbag
chair in the middle of the floor and they sat together side by side.
Rhonda was surprised. 'I thought you said...' she started, but Grimm
put one arm around her shoulders.
we'd see her in a few. That gives us a few minutes to just.... enjoy
the moment.' he said.
in his arms, feeling his hand close softly around her own hand. She
smiled bashfully. Grimm's mood was what she could only describe as frisky.
She knew he'd never try anything untoward because they'd both agreed
on several 'ground rules' when they started shipping. She also knew
the mood would wear off soon and it would be back to the training yard.
Still, it was a nice change of pace to see him so mellow.
should fight Kim Possible more often...' she thought.
the door to her house, made straight for the couch and sat down without
saying anything. Ron followed her in somewhat nervously, closing the
door behind him as quietly as he could. Rufus was poking his head out
of Ron's pants pocket, his whiskers twitching.
feeling, KP?' he said, and instantly wished he hadn't. Kim sent him
a withering glance and Ron tried desperately to look nonchalant. He
sat down next to her, wondering if he should hold her hand or something.
He decided not to try just yet, given that both her hands were clenched
into knotted balls that were creaking with tension.
a flying motorcycle and...... powers, huh?' he tried again. 'Guess
they've been busy. That fight was....'
disaster.' Kim finished, breaking in. 'It was bad enough when
they were just mercenary jerks. Now they're mercenary jerks with mojo.'
said they had powers when he called you, right?' Ron ventured.
and her frown became more thoughtful. 'I thought they'd tricked Hego
somehow.' Kim said. 'Grimm likes stacking the deck in his favor before
a fight, and it makes it seem like he's tougher than he actually is.
I thought that was what happened in Go City.'
made off with the Oscillasha.... The oscarmeyer.... the... the thingy,'
said Ron. 'But we were trying to stop the theft and catch Grimm
on tape. We might have blown the first thing, but how about the second...?'
sure.' said Kim. 'We lost contact with Wade during the fight. I've been
trying to raise him, but....' And at that instant, her Kimmunicator
sounded its familiar beeping tones. Kim raised her wrist at once. Wade's
face appeared on the Kimmunicator screen. He was eating a lemon square
and looking uncharacteristically grumpy. 'Wade?' she said. 'Where have
you been? I checked the cameras before we left Yoyodyne and they were
Wade muttered, taking another bite out of the lemon square.
'Well they must have recorded Grimm and Rhonda entering the lab.
So we can at least place them at the scene....'
we can't.' said Wade. 'All the data from the cameras was deleted or
corrupted so badly that analyzing it would be pointless.'
her hand over her eyes for a moment before answering. 'Wade, we needed
that footage to get Team Probable on the wanted list! What happened?'
want to talk about it.' Wade said, looking uncomfortably off to the
want to talk about it!' Wade snapped.
beat her last time!' Kim said. 'How could she out-hack you?'
out-hack me.' Wade said defensively. 'She.... out-flanked me.'
'I blocked every attempt she made to deactivate the cameras.' he said.
'But she used it as a dodge to take control of the Wade-bot. She...
tied me up and used my own computer to turn off the cameras. I only
just got loose.'
Ron said clutching his head. 'Getting tied up by a girl - normally I'd
be happy for you...'
me about it.' said Wade, and he was shaking his head, covering his eyes
with his hand.
super genius genes don't come in so handy...' Kim muttered.
don't talk to me about super genius genes!' Wade said, looking
angry. 'I'm not the only one who didn't come through! Why haven't you
guys got Grimm and Rhonda in handcuffs?'
stung. 'Rhonda had powers, I couldn't stop her!'
got powers too - I thought you could do anything!'
was squeaking and shaking his head. 'Guys!' Ron said, his voice rising
above theirs. 'Team Probable isn't here - why are we still fighting?'
and Wade fell quiet. The silence hung in the air for several uncomfortable
seconds. 'Sorry Wade.' she said. 'OK - we start again. The goal hasn't
changed. We need to find out where Team Probable will hit next and come
up with ways to stop them. We just need to adjust for whatever Rhonda's
using for her blonde bombshell act.' She looked at Wade. 'Did Jade leave
your systems intact?'
still looking sulky, and his voice was flat when he answered. 'Yeah.
She only had time to delay me long enough for Grimm and Rhonda to get
you can find out about Rhonda, the better. She had some kind of mark
on her arm, and she was chanting something before she went all super-saiyan.'
it.' Wade said, nodding.
and thank you.' Kim said, though it was missing her usual chirpyness.
The Kimmunicator screen went blank.
quietly, looking at Kim, who was staring at her Kimmunicator, her face
looking thoughtful. 'Ron,' Kim said, and her voice sounded impassive.
'If Wade can't find out how to nullify Rhonda's powers, then we need
to come up with something to match them. I think.... it's time
we tried to find a way to use your Mystical Monkey Power.'
slightly where he sat. 'I need to know more about it.' she went on.
'What exactly can it do? What are you capable of doing when you
use it? Rhonda seemed to have super-strength, and she was able to take
a lot more punishment, not to mention that weird energy blast. When
you've used Monkey Power, I saw you using Tai Shing Pek Kwar with more
skill than anything I've ever seen before.'
his lip. 'KP... there's no need to start a Mystical Monkey quest.' he
said. 'I mean, you always knew if I wanted training I'd ask....'
a hand on his. 'And I know that sometimes it takes a nudge get you started.
You haven't asked for training. But do you agree with what's going on
now, you need it?'
away, but nodded. 'You don't have to...' he said, his voice hesitant.
hard at him. 'Ron you've had Mystical Monkey Power for a long time,'
she said, 'And I don't think I've ever appreciated what it meant, especially
after that thing with the Transducer. I should have helped you to understand
it right away. We.... I let it rest for too long. But that's
something we can both change. Tomorrow, we'll train together.'
at his house, Ron was washing his face and getting ready for bed. He
found himself looking in the mirror, his reflection staring back at
him with the same expression he'd had on his face when impersonating
'The Kid' and playing poker.
a great sigh as his mind went over everything that had happened that
night, including what Grimm had said. He knew Grimm was a head-gamer;
he knew that he couldn't be trusted. But he had predicted the outcome
of the fight and Kim's reaction so perfectly that he couldn't help wondering.
is gonna be so tweaked about getting beat by Rhonda that she'll finally
try and teach you how to use your Monkey Powers...'
down on his bed in his pajamas without getting under the covers, staring
at the ceiling. Rufus was scampering around him, moving towards his
own pillow. Three whole years since he'd gotten Mystical Monkey Power.
And hardly any indication from Kim that she had ever considered it as
more than a novelty. Now suddenly when it looked like Team Probable
had a leg up on them because of a super-strong Rhonda, Kim wanted him
to develop it.
when she does, you ask yourself - is she training you because she wants
you to be her equal? Or is she just using you to get what she wants?'
clenching his hands. 'Kim is not like Grimm.' he thought.
'She's not a user!' He was also nervous about training side by side
with Kim. More often than not, when on missions, she did all the real
fighting. When he tried pitching in, he invariably did little more than
get in her way, and it was only on rare occasions that he actually beat
somebody. How would things go when training alongside her, or actually
sparring with her?
down in bed, her eyes flicking across her Pandaroo which was laid carefully
on one of the side pillows.
I'd get a better fight out of your wittle Pandawoo!'
intended to go right to sleep and try to forget the night's events,
to hopefully get a fresh start with any frustration burned out over
the course of the night. But seeing Pandaroo made Rhonda's words pop
into her head. And before she could stop it, her mind made the leap
from what Rhonda had said about Pandaroo to the other things she had
jealous? Because we did more for Ron by making him evil than you ever
did for him when he was good?'
after a meeting with Team Probable, she came away picking over Grimm's
head games. Now she was obsessing over Rhonda. She thought of all the
times Ron had stepped up. The Fearless Ferret sitch, his battle with
Eric, not to mention Monkey Fist. And she couldn't help thinking about
the things she might have done to continue with and build on the potential
he had shown.
learned that Yamanouchi was a ninja school, had she encouraged Ron to
continue martial arts studies after the exchange program? When she learned
that Ron was infused with Mystical Monkey Power, had she even looked
it up to see what it was?
of training, she had to admit there was little they had done together.
Kim had her own training, and her cheerleader skills which she honed
every day. Ron had his running away skills, and 'the Ron Factor'. And
they'd had an ongoing understanding which bordered on expectation,
that when they went out on missions it would all somehow come together.
And it usually did. They didn't win every time, like the sitch in Big
6 when Adrena Lynn had escaped. But somehow, in the end, they came out
it pom-pon - Ron was faster, stronger and smarter when he was on our
side! Maybe he only steps up depending on the quality of the company
clarity, she saw Ron dressed as Zorpox, wielding the Lotus Blade, with
an array of dangerous inventions and an army of robots which he'd built
in less than a day. She saw him laughing maniacally in Go Tower as he
single-handedly took on an army of Wegos, and he had flattened them
Boy. If Ron had a super-hero alter ego, that would probably be it.
He had so much potential. And she'd been content to let it idle. Partly
because she didn't want to push Ron if he didn't want to develop himself,
and partly.... Her nails dug into her palms as she clenched her hands
while lying on the soft mattress. She didn't like where her thoughts
were leading her. But the memory of Ron being lauded by the MIDX news
crew while essentially dissing her came clearly.
want him to be good - but not better than me...'
how selfish it sounded. And she hated herself for even thinking it.
She hated how she'd nearly jelled when Ron had gotten the good
press that was normally lavished on her. She'd gotten props from the
media so often that she had come to ignore it most of the time, like
white noise that she'd heard so much it just didn't register anymore.
But those brief times when it had been gone, she had most definitely
felt it - especially when it was focused on someone else.
about Grimm and Rhonda, no doubt celebrating wherever they were. She
felt a surge of determination. If Team Probable was trying to play her
by taunting her about not training Ron, then she would prove they were
wrong. She would help train Ron. And if he stepped up and got more media
attention, she would not jell. Ron deserved any time in the spotlight
comforted as she drifted off to sleep, sure as she had ever felt in
a long time that she was doing the right thing - for Ron and herself.
had taken them a few days before Wade had gathered enough information
to track down Team Probable. They were stealing more equipment, and
they learned it was to help Professor Dementor launch another one of
Kim's urging, Ron faced off with Rhonda. The two of them clashed, normally
at first, but as the battle continued, Rhonda pulled open the patch
on her left arm. She chanted softly, then with a great shout like the
roar of a wild animal, she charged.
Ron was ready. A strange feeling of inner peace, combined with the savage
fury of a pack of wild monkeys, came over him, just as it had at Yamanouchi.
And though he could not see it clearly himself, a blue glow surrounded
him. Loose items on the floor around him raised up and he ran to meet
struck with tremendous energy. The walls nearby collapsed and crumbled.
Rhonda lashed out with her spirit strike, but Ron easily avoided it,
practically dancing through the sickles of white light that she sent
speeding towards him. Then he was crouching in front of Rhonda, his
arms raised in front of him. Rhonda seemed confused, as Ron was not
near enough to hit her, but there was a shuddering sound that rose to
a high pitch. Ron thrust his hands out and Rhonda flew backwards as
if thrown by invisible hands.
had been some distance behind them, battling with Kim, but he looked
in surprise as Rhonda tumbled through the air, colliding with him and
sending them both sprawling across the floor.
lay unconscious. Grimm was struggling to his elbows, but stunned by
the impact. His left arm and left leg were twitching and it was clear
that only will power was keeping him awake.
isn't over!' he hissed through gritted teeth. 'This can't be over...!'
so over Grimm.' said Kim, smiling down at them. 'Deal with it!'
looks like I underestimated you....' said Grimm, his voice fading to
a hoarse whisper.
that right!' said Ron proudly. 'Who's got the mad monkey moves? Booooo-yah!'
you....' said Grimm, and his eyes, already going out of focus, flicked
towards Kim. 'I mean Kim. 'Who knew you could play your own sidekick
so well? What did you do to get him motivated? Threaten to dump him
if he didn't come through? I gotta hand it to you Possible... You're
stone cold....' And then he fell limp next to Rhonda.
Kim stood smiling with satisfaction as Team Probable was chained up
and carted away in a police wagon. 'Well that's that....' Ron said,
dusting his hands. 'Nothing left now but to hit Bueno Nacho and celebrate!'
that?' said Kim, a curious gleam in her eyes. 'Are you whack, Ron? This
is just the beginning!'
go soft on me now.' she said. 'If your monkey power can take down Team
Probable, just imagine what it can do to Drakken and Shego!'
right now?' said Ron. 'But... the Nacos are calling....'
Nacos!' Kim said, and her voice was rising. 'We have a chance now to
shut down every villain in the world!' She put both her hands on his
shoulders, and he could feel her nails digging in, even through the
Kim?' Ron said. 'Personal space...'
The Seniors... Killigan... The Bebes... With your Mystical Monkey Power,
none of them would stand a chance against us!' Kim said. Her eyes were
wide, and her mouth was curling into a smile that showed almost all
of her pearly white teeth.
was trying to back away, but Kim's grip felt like iron, and her face
continued to twist, her grin becoming wider and wider. 'Kim!' he shouted.
Kim's face began melting, dissolving into a mass of green sludge. And
even as her head continued to bubble and cave in on itself, she was
sat up in bed, cold beads of sweat running down his forehead. He reached
in panic for the phone and had his thumb on the speed dial for Kim's
number. But then a memory flashed through his mind about another time
when he'd called Kim up in the late hours.
kissed.' said Kim's voice, sounding melodic and dreamy, even over the
said Ron, his voice taking on the same shy, but pleased sound. 'Did
you have the same dream?'
- that part really happened, Ron.'
it won't happen again if you keep calling me in the middle of the night!'
and Kim's voice sounded reasonably annoyed before there was a click
and a dial tone.
slumped back into his bed, his head sinking into the pillow. 'Man -
love is complicated....' he said.
his thumb away from the speed dial, his lower lip clenched between his
teeth. He wanted assurance, somehow, that Kim wasn't pushing this just
because she wanted to get even with Grimm. Even factoring in that Team
Probable really did need to be shut down for the greater good, it seemed
somehow more selfish if there was the added aspect of revenge.
And selfish just wasn't something Kim did.
the phone down on his nightstand. His first instinct was to call her,
to ask her. But as much as he had wanted to prove how 'cool' he was
for Kim when he'd joined the football team, he also wanted to prove
that he wouldn't freak out over little things. 'But this is a BIG
thing!' he thought. 'If we wind up doing this for revenge, what
will Yoda think?' But no matter how many different versions of the
question he ran through his mind, they all sounded either smothering
KP, are you just doing this to get Grimm?'
'Hey KP, you're not just using me are you?'
'Hey KP, would you tell me what your real motivations are?'
'Hey KP, Grimm said you were doing this for yourself, not for me. That
'Hey KP, you're not just playing me are you?'
'Hey KP, how does Bueno Nacho after school sound?'
one caused his mouth to water, but didn't do anything to calm the doubts
in his head. He wanted to ask her about it, but every direct approach
just didn't sound right. And indirect questions weren't really his thing.
a few minutes of thought, he started feeling angry with himself. 'Don't
let them pull their old tricks.' Kim had said this to him before
the battle. Yet here he was, going all angstey over Grimm's head-gaming.
He thought about all the times Kim had saved him, and wondered how he
could ever doubt her. 'Who am I gonna believe? My bon-diggety GF,
or the jerk who turned me into Zorpox?'
the memory of what he'd overheard while Kim was talking to Wade on the
Kimmunicator came back to him as well. She hadn't been making fun
of him really, any more than the good-natured jibes he and his own
friends used in polite company. And she had been coming off from that
frustrating defeat by Adrena Lynn. Except that she had said them when
she thought he wasn't there...
back to sleep, his mind still swirling with questions that he didn't
have the ability to answer, and that he was too afraid to ask the people
he trusted most.
felt a swell of pride as she saw Rhonda tumble through the air, thrown
back by Ron's Mystical Monkey Power. She collided with Grimm and they
both went sprawling across the floor.
lay unconscious. Grimm was struggling to his elbows, but clearly stunned
by the impact. His left arm and left leg were twitching and it was clear
that only will power was keeping him awake.
isn't over!' he hissed through gritted teeth. 'This can't be over...!'
with it dude, it is so over!' Ron said, staring down at him.
scowled, but his eyes slid out of focus and he collapsed to the floor
next to Rhonda. The MIDX news crew seemed to appear out of thin air,
the white blaze from the video camera's light shining in their eyes.
And Dibble's microphone was in front of Ron's face.
Stoppable - how does it feel to be the hero who stopped this team of
was looking at his hands, an elated smile on his face. 'Rockin!' he
said. 'It's like sitting in front of a plate full of Nacos with a healthy
looked confused for a moment, but pressed on. 'Does this mean that you
and Kim Possible will be going after other villains?'
stepped forward to speak, but Ron was already answering. 'You bet!'
he said loudly. 'Villains of the world - consider yourselves on notice!'
Ron said, leaning into the camera. 'Ron Stoppable doesn't do 'buffoon'
went by. Ron's skill and confidence grew more and more with each successful
mission. More and more villains were put away, with Ron taking point
in more and more missions. It was like Ron had become a superstar, his
powers and success making him a media darling, with herself standing
more often in the background. And then after one mission, she heard
one reporter at a news conference make a jubilant exclamation.
Stoppable is unstoppable!'
with a wheezing gasp. All was quiet. She was still in her room in bed
and everything was dark. A glance at her alarm clock showed it was nearly
2am. She fumbled on her nightstand, using the nearby glow of the clock
display to guide her until she found her cell phone. She lit up the
buttons with a tap of her finger and was just about to hit Ron's speed
dial when she stopped herself.
she thought. This was exactly what she had promised herself she wouldn't
do. 'I'm not freaking.... I'm not jelling!' Even if Ron's Mystical
Monkey Power did make him more powerful, she reasoned that Ron simply
wasn't the type to let it go to his head. At least not for long.
she had learned in dealing with Team Probable was that nothing was as
it seemed. She tried to think as they might. For all she knew, Grimm
wanted her to be jealous of Ron, so she would keep letting Ron's
powers lie dormant, so Team Probable would always have the upper hand.
And maybe taunting her about not training Ron was their way using reverse
psychology to ensure she didn't train him.
her head with her hands, trying to concentrate. 'Easy girl.'
she thought. 'You're over-thinking this....' Surely Team Probable
wasn't that smart. Surely Grimm wasn't such a head gamer that
every little thing he said was some kind of trick designed to lure her
and Ron into some kind of trap. She knew Ron. She trusted Ron.
And come what may, she wouldn't them distract her from helping him.
back in bed and turned her head slightly. She could dimly make out Pandaroo,
a black silhouette against the paler blue darkness of the windows. 'Pandaroo...'
she said softly. 'Love is complicated....'
It was after school the next day when Ron walked into one of the private
practice rooms in the Middleton Martial Arts dojo. Every step came reluctantly
and he was uncomfortably aware of every detail, from the smell of plastic
and sweat to the firmness of the mat beneath his bare feet. The mat
had just a little give to it, but not enough to make walking difficult.
Practice dummies lined the walls, and one padded wall had a number of
targets painted on it. All the colors on everything seemed sharp, almost
harsh, under the buzzing fluorescent lights in the ceiling.
the dojo that Kim used when practicing her kung-fu. She didn't go there
very often. Her natural aptitudes and her constant training at cheerleader
practice had made coming to the dojo largely unnecessary, as the master
of the dojo, Nuck Chorris, had laughingly told her. He seemed in agreement
with the mathematical conclusions of Ron's father, that her skill was
already at such a high level that there wasn't much they could teach
had a standing invite to use the dojo whenever she wanted, in exchange
for Chorris being allowed to hang posters in the window that read "Kim
Possible's dojo of choice". And Kim Possible was the dominant
feature of the dojo at the moment, at least in Ron's eyes, though he
avoided looking straight at her. She was dressed in her gi, with
her black belt tied perfectly around her slim waist, her hair pulled
into a pony-tail as she always did when she was anticipating any action.
looking expectantly at him, and he felt a sensation of awkweirdness
at the thought of why they were both there. It had been different when
they fought at Bueno Nacho. Then, Ron had been under the control of
Professor Dementor, a puppet moved by his manipulation of the battle-suit.
But this was different. Now Kim wanted him to fight her willingly,
with the intent of trying to unlock Ron's Mystical Monkey Power, a power
that Ron still wasn't sure he could control.
he said, smiling faintly, trying to keep a casual air. But Kim was all
business. She smiled at him, curling her fingers in a gesture of beckoning
as she went into a ready stance.
start with the basics.' she said. 'Try and hit me. And don't
scurried over to the sidelines of the room. 'Hmm-hmm! Fight!'
he squeaked, brining one arm down.
he knees trembling as he took up his position, standing opposite to
Kim and raising his own arms, looking much less enthusiastic. He looked
her over, trying to determine what kind of attack might work best against
the way she was holding herself at the moment.
she said softly.
a chill. The chirpy tone was back in her voice, but now there was an
edge to it. He reflected that he much preferred fighting by her side
than facing off with her. He tried a couple of quick strikes, first
one one hand, then the other. But Kim dodged them with little effort,
then did a quick spin and toss that sent him sliding face down across
up, returning to a ready position. 'That kinda hurt....' he said, though
he wasn't sure if he was speaking fully about the physical sensation.
much as Shego would.' she said. 'Try again!'
into his monkey crouch and did his battle cry while Kim stood waiting
for him. Then before he was half-way through, she seized the collar
of his gi and rolled, pulling him down and sending him flying with a
swift kick of her legs. Ron's battle-cry turned into a shrill wailing
that ended with a loud grunt as he slammed into the mat like a sack
Monkey, not enough Power.' she said, staring at him, her
arms raised and ready. Ron slowly stood up and returned to face her
he was more cautious, and managed to avoid Kim's counters to his own
strikes. They continued for some time, with Kim blocking his attacks
and Ron barely managing to keep pace with her. He didn't get thrown
again, and after one series of mutual attacks and counters, he found
himself with a wide open opportunity for a right cross. His fist rushed
turned so he could see her eyes, her beautiful green eyes, her lips,
her face... His fist slowed in mid-flight. And suddenly her head was
no longer there. He felt a sharp pain in his ribs as Kim's foot connected
and he flew backwards, landing with a painful thud on his rear end.
glaring at him as he got up. 'I practically gave you that one.'
she said. 'What happened?'
ready again, but he couldn't look her in the eye. 'I... I can't hit
you...' he said. 'I like you too much.'
sweet, Ron.' she said. 'But tonight, those rules are off. If you really
like me, then you'll do your best to kick my butt!'
again, but again failed to connect. 'If it helps, pretend I'm a super-villain.'
Kim said. 'For tonight call me... Terriatrix the Tormentress!' she said,
making a very impressive evil grin. 'You should know that I've actually
set a plan in motion to destroy Bueno Nacho - unless you can stop me!'
look of panic crossed Ron's face. 'Heh heh... you're kidding, right
KP?' he said, though his voice didn't sound amused at all.
serious face!' she said, narrowing her eyes.
Bueno Nacho is our place!' he said. 'We need it for... eating
and sitting down and stuff!'
tonight.' Kim said, grinning. 'Terriatrix will not be denied!'
at her much more aggressively, but no more skillfully. She blocked him
with ease. 'You're not taking away the Naco!' he said.
I won't destroy Bueno Nacho.' she said. 'Maybe I'll just replace everything
she deliberately gave him a wide opening, and again he hesitated, giving
her the opportunity to counter him and send him sprawling with another
toss. She put a little more energy into the throw than she intended,
her frustration building.
is wrong with you?' Kim said as Ron slowly got to his feet. 'I
saw you when you were fighting in Go Tower. It was amazing - how come
you can't do it now?'
chewing his lower lip. 'I've got... monkey issues...' he said.
to be patient. 'Get over them!' she said. 'You've done it before!'
unable to look her in the eye. 'Kim... I'm scared of the Mystical
Monkey Power.' he said.
the only times I've ever been able to use it... I mean really
use it... was when I was evil!' He seemed to be voicing a doubt he'd
long kept secret, but which Kim's pressure had finally wrung out of
him. 'What if it is evil? What if using it makes me evil?'
said you used it to save the Yamanouchi school when Monkey Fist was
after the Lotus Blade.' said Kim. 'And Sensei doesn't think you're evil.'
time when Team Probable made me Zorpox again - and not long after that
in Go Tower!' Ron said, looking at his hands and seeming absolutely
tormented. 'I used it so easily then, to... hurt people. I don't
want to hurt people, I don't like being evil...!'
to me Ron,' said Kim, looking him dead in the eyes. 'You're not
evil! You can do this! To stop Team Probable, it may be our best option
- our only option.'
if I do tap into it somehow, I don't know if I can control it!' he said
helplessly. 'I'm not even sure how powerful it is! What if I hurt someone...
what if I hurt you?'
it!' said Kim, getting more frustrated. 'And in case you hadn't noticed,
you haven't laid a finger on me yet.'
ashamed and embarrassed. 'I don't want to take that risk...' he said,
looking at the floor. 'Your dad, and deep space probes aside, if something
happened, and I was responsible, I'd never be able to live with myself.
And I can't afford a separate apartment...'
saying you don't have faith in Sensei?' Kim snapped. 'That you don't
have faith in me?'