Chapter 8: A Place in Need of a Hero</i>
After a few hours of flying, they finally reach Cartoon City, a pretty high-tech city with all sorts of current day items. Wow! Thats all one town? Danny asked.
One town, a million troubles, Mr. Blik said. The one and only Cartoon City. The Big Olive itself. If you can make it here you can make it anywhere. They landed in a square and Cartoon was indeed a bustling, busy city.
Stick with us, kid, Waffle warned.
The city is a mighty dangerous place, Gordon said just as a car zoomed past them, nearly running them over.
Watch where youre going, numbskulls! Homer Simpson yelled.
HEY, IM WALKIN HERE! Mr. Blik yelled right back. See what we mean? Im telling ya! Whackos!
Hey, Mac, said a cloaked person named Eddy. He whipped open his cloak at them and Gordon thought
Whoa, whoa, whoa! he exclaimed, looking away, but Eddy was merely hawking counterfeit merchandise.
Ya wanna buy a watch? he asked.
Wow, looks good, Danny said impressed, but pulled away by Mr. Blik.
Hes not interested, alright?
Ah man, they looked so shiny, Danny whined.
Theyre fake kid, Mr. Blik said as he bonked Waffle on the head. I should know. I cheat at everything possible.
Soon, a man in his pajamas and carrying a towel around named Arthur Dent came by, preaching something rather unpleasant about the world ending. Yes, yes. Thank you for the info! Yes, well go ponder that for a while! Gordon told him. Come on, just stare at the sidewalk. Dont make eye-contact
Mr. Blik, Waffle and Gordon led Danny throughout the city. The people here are nuts! Thats because they live in a city of turmoil. Trust me, kid. Youre gonna be just what the doctor ordered, Mr. Blik told Danny. Soon they came across a group of traumatized and on-edge civilians.
It was tragic, moaned a bald monk named Omi. We lost everything in the fire!
except old Rufus here, said a bag of bugs named Oogie Boogie, holding up a singed naked mole rat.
Hi, Rufus waved to you, the readers.
Now were the fires before or after the earthquake? asked a teenager named Kevin (From Ed, Edd n Eddy</i>)
They were after the earthquake, I remember! said another teenager named Jack Spicer, who was trembling like the earthquake was still happening.
But before the floods! Omi added.
Dont even get me started on the crime rate! one boy wizard exclaimed. He was a tall and lanky figure who wore an open tattered purple trench coat which he wore over a turquoise turtleneck sweater. He also wore a dark-grey, dirty, patched wizard hat and a red and purple scarf that concealed his face in shadows, except for his pitch-red eyes. He had giant metal claws that could transform into any gadget or tool and metal cleat-like legs, which made him a cyborg. But what was most disturbing about him was that he had a long, worm-like tail. He was called Wormtail96 (due to obvious reasons), a mad scientist/wizard with the I.Q. of 296.
Cartoon City has certainly gone downhill in a hurry, Jack sighed.
Tell me about it, Wormtail96 agreed. Seems like every time I turn around, there some new monster wreakin havoc!
All we need now is a plague of Heartless, Oogie Boogie moaned.
Suddenly, a Shadow Heartless walked by and said, Yo. It wasnt exactly a dangerous Heartless, but it was enough to freak the people out of their skin, bag in Oogies case.
AAAAAAAAGH! they all screamed.
Thats it! Im joining the navy! Wormtail96 snapped.
Scuse me, came a voice. The civilians turned around to see a Danny. It seems to me that what you folks need is
The civilians looked at Danny with dry, unimpressed faces. For a moment, no one spoke. Then finally, Kevin asked, Yeah? And who are you?
Dojo nudged his master forward encouragingly, along with Waffle. Im Danny, he began, and uh
I happen to be
The people just laughed. Is that so? Have you ever saved the town before? Wormtail96 challenged.
Uh-huh. Have ya ever reversed a natural disaster? Kevin asked.
Uh, no. Not exactly, but
Aw, listen to this
hes just another superhero created from accident with no experience! Kevin scoffed and added sarcastically, This we need!
The civilians were then about to leave, but Mr. Blik, Gordon and Waffle were not about to let all their hard work go to waste. Dont you pea-brains get it?! This kid is the genuine article! Mr. Blik yelled.
Yeah, hes A-Class one of a kind, Gordon added.
Hes so great, he makes Superman seem like a joke! Waffle finished. Now whos Superman?
Hey, Oogie asked with a raised eyebrow
or whatever he has, arent those the three cats who trained the Tick?
Mr. Bliks buttons were pushed. Watch it, pal! he warned through clenched teeth.
Hey, youre right
Kevin agreed. Hey, uh, nice job on that brain! Ya missed a spot! he laughed mockingly.
I GOT YOUR BRAIN! RIGHT HERE! Mr. Blik screamed. He had lost his temper and was now on top of the teenager, who had taunted him, punching and scratching him like his life depended on it.
Blik! BLIK! Danny groaned, pulling him off of Kevin, along with Gordon and Waffle helping. Take it easy!
What are you, crazy?! Kevin exclaimed as he got onto his feet with a black eye and a hole in his pants revealing white boxers with red polka dots.
We need a PROFESSIONAL hero, NOT an amateur! Omi stated to Danny, then starting to walk off again with the other civilians.
But wait! Stop! Danny called in vain after the people, who were walking away. He sighed and leaned his back into the shadow of a wall and sank down into a sitting position. How am I supposed to prove myself a hero if nobody will give me a chance?
Youll get your chance, Waffle assured him.
You just need some kind of catastrophe
or disaster, Mr. Blik added.
Well it better be soon, Dashi might smite me if Danny doesnt prove himself! Dojo groaned.
Just then, a girl began pushing her way through the people in the city. Please! Help! Please! she begged. Theres been a terrible accident!
June? Danny muttered, recognizing her.
Speaking of disasters! Mr. Blik muttered under his breath, but Danny heard that comment and glared warningly at him with glowing green eyes.
Wonder Boy! June breathed heavily, Danny, thank goodness!
What happened? Danny asked.
After catching her breath, June explained, Outside of town
two little kids
they were playing in the gorge. There was this rockslide! A terrible rockslide! Theyre trapped!
? Trapped? Danny whispered. Blik! Gordon! Waffle! This is great!
Youre really choked up about this, arent you? June asked sarcastically.
Come on! Danny said excitedly. He lifted June onto Dojo.
No! June babbled. Y-you dont understand, I have this
They took off.
terrible fear of HEIGHTS!
Oh, you better hang on then! Dojo smiled deviously. June screamed and held onto Danny tightly. Dojo was just glad to find a way to torture the girl.
Were right behind ya, Danny! Mr. Blik called as he and his brothers chased after Danny, June and Dojo, but they were so out of shape they could barely run. Whoa! Im way behind you, Dan, Mr. Blik panted. Man! I got a fur wedgie!
Dojo landed in a nearby gorge and June was totally airsick. Ugh
You okay? Danny asked as he climbed off Dojo.
Ill be fine. Just get me down before I ruin the upholstery, she groaned as she placed her hand over her mouth, looking ready to blow chunks. And Dojo happily obliged as he bucked her off his back and into Dannys arms.
HELP! came a childs voice. I cant breathe! Danny looked into the gorge and saw a huge boulder, under which the two kids June spoke of appeared to be trapped.
Get us out! the other coughed. Hurry!
Were suffocating! the first one choked. Danny snapped into action and flew over to save the kids.
SOMEBODY CALL IX-I-I!
Easy, guys, youll be alright, Danny assured them.
We cant last much longer! cried one of the kids.
Get us out before we get crushed!
Danny took a deep breath as he put his hands under the boulder and, with much strain; he lifted it above his head. The two little kids, who turned out to be Anti-Cosmo and Meowth in human disguises that Anti-Cosmo magiced up for them, quickly crawled out of the crevice theyd been trapped in.
How you kids doin? Danny asked.
Were okay now! Meowth said.
Jeepers, Mister! Anti-Cosmo admired, youre really strong!
Danny grunted, since he was still trying to hold up the boulder.
Try to be a little more careful now, okay kids?
We sure will! they said, scampering off. Danny threw the boulder aside and the crowd of civilians that were nearby lightly clapped.
The two minions climbed up to a small indent in the mountain, where their boss, Father, was waiting on a stone seat, eating a bowl full of delectable mixture of assorted candies. Stirring performance, kids, he said, eating a butterscotch. I was really moved.
MISTER? Meowth mocked to Anti-Cosmo as Anti-Cosmo turned them back to normal.
I was going for INNOCENCE! Anti-Cosmo said theatrically.
And hey, two thumbs WAY, WAY up for our leading lady. What a dish. What a doll, Father snickered, holding two thumbs up, that both were sparking with flames.
Get out of there you big lug, while you still can, June muttered, staring down at the gorge where Danny still stood.
Finally, Mr. Blik, Gordon and Waffle caught up with Danny and Dojo, panting as if their lives defended on it
which it kinda did. Blik! Danny said, excitedly. I did great! They even applauded
sort-of. Suddenly, they heard a growl.
I hate to burst your bubble, kid, Mr. Blik said as the two of them stared into an inky, black cave at a pair of glowing yellow eyes, But that aint applause
A huge, black claw rose and pulled the rest of the body; it was attached to, out of the cave.
what do you call that thing? Danny asked nervously as the creature was Dragon Maleficent!
TWO WORDS: Mr. Blik screamed, AM-SCRAY! He, Gordon and Waffle ran for cover in a classic cartoon manner.
Lets get ready to RUMBLE! Fathers voice echoed from up in the mountain.
The Dragon advanced towards Danny, who just backed up, because he couldnt think of anything better to do. Thats it. Dance around! Avoid it! Gordon coached from the sidelines. Danny dodged and feigned.
Watch the teeth! Watch the teeth! Waffle shouted. The Dragon snapped and teased Danny with its long neck, its body could stand still while its head did all the work!
Slide with your feet to your left! Danny went the wrong way. MMGH! Your other left! Mr. Blik moaned.
The Dragon flipped Danny over backwards and his sword went flying out of his hands and into the stone behind him. He stood up, holding an imaginary sword until he realized that it was behind him. The Dragon had sunk its teeth into their stone arena and dragged them out with no effort it seemed, simply to show off its incredible strength. Danny threw a huge slab of rock at it, which it caught in its mouth and shattered in a single chomp and it chuckled evilly.
Danny quickly retreated to his sword, but before he reached it, the Dragon lunged at him. Thinking fast, Danny grabbed its jaws and twisted its neck, subduing it for a few seconds. Just as he got his sword again, the Dragon used its tongue like a finger, wound it around Dannys ankle and flipped him up high into the air.
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH! Danny screamed.
Danny came back down and the Dragon happily gulped him down. The crowd gasped and the Catscratch brothers groaned. The Dragon belched happily as June clutched her throat in disgust. Ungh!
The Dragon chuckled to itself again and the crowd screamed as it lunged toward it. But then, it stopped. Something was happening inside its throat. It peered down and out sliced Danny! The Dragon, now in two pieces; head and body, collapsed and the crowd of citizens gave a pretty decent applauding this time around.
AWRIGHT! AWRIGHT! YOURE BAD! OK! Mr. Blik cheered.
a disoriented Danny said. That
that wasnt so hard
he collapsed in a pool of slime.
Kid, kid, kid! Mr. Blik checked him out. How many ears do you see?
Danny, who was seeing triple, answered, Six
Ah, close enough. Come on, lets get you cleaned up, Mr. Blik said as he and his brothers helped Danny up.
Up on the mountain, Meowth was hyperventilating and Anti-Cosmo was shaking. The Dragon was dead? Guys, guys, relax! Father smiled. Its only half-time!
Danny was walking away with Mr. Blik, Gordon and Waffle, when they heard a sound. That doesnt sound good, Waffle declared. They looked up and saw that the headless dragon was standing up! Its long and severed neck was healing and suddenly it sprouted THREE MORE HEADS! A three headed Maleficent Dragon!
DEFINITELY NOT GOOD! Mr. Blik confirmed, handing Danny his sword again as the hero trainer took cover.
Danny whistled for Dojo, who immediately flew in to help as it started to rain. Danny got on Dojos back and flew around and around avoiding any green fire blasts from the three Dragon heads; he began slicing and ecto-blasting off one head after another. Of course, after one head was blasted off, three more took its place. Danny kept slicing and blasting and the heads just kept multiplying and multiplying until there were a hundred heads!
WILL YOU FORGET THE HEAD-SLICING THING?! the three brothers screamed.
Danny kicked Dojo in the side, ordering him to fly higher, Ya! They were doing fine, getting the heads to smash into one another, until a blow from one of the heads whipped Danny and Dojo apart. Danny fell into the forest of necks and slid down one like a slide. GUYS! I DONT THINK WE COVERED THIS ONE IN BASIC TRAINING! AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH! He was about to slide into a mouth, but another head chomped down in an attempt to get him while he was still on the neck. It missed and the impact tossed Danny out of the tangle of necks and onto the side of a cliff. Before he could even grab on, the Dragons claw pinned him to the wall of the cliff. There was nothing he could do now
My favorite part of the game, Father observed and smiled. Sudden death
or was there? Danny charged all of the ecto-energy left inside of him and struck the mountain with his fist creating a huge fissure. The mountain began to fall apart and in seconds it buried the Dragon Maleficent
and Danny along with it. All that remained was a black claw clenched into a fist.
Mr. Blik whispered sadly, There goes another one. Just like Tick.
Game. Set. Match, Father smiled fiendishly as replaced his pipe with a cigar and lit it with his thumb. Suddenly, the fist of the monster began to move. People thought it was still alive, until they saw that Danny had been inside it the whole time and had just now pried his way out. He was pretty disoriented and his suit was torn-up
but hes breathing! The crowd first paused, and then they went wild! Danny smiled and stepped out of the claw, waving at the spectators. The civilians lifted him upon their shoulders and carried him around.
Blik, Danny panted. You gotta admit
was pretty heroic!
YA DID IT, KID! YOU DID IT YOU WON BY A LANDSLIDE! LITERALLY! Mr. Blik cheered as Gordon and Waffle danced around in a circle holding hands. Father however, was infuriated. He grew red with anger and his cigar just burned up and squeezed his minions heads with his fists.
Well, June smiled, pretty impressed. What do you know? And she applauded, too.