“So what’s Melodia like anyway?” Mario asked the Doctor as the TARDIS tumbled through the time vortex
“Is it anything like Marzipan city?” Chowder added hopefully
“Well I’ve never actually been there” replied the Doctor “But according to my research it’s one of the oldest places in your universe.”
“What are the people there like?” Luna looked at the Doctor concerned
“From what I’ve heard, most of if not all of them are a little odd. You might even call them Looneys.”
The Doctor paused to press a few more buttons on the TARDIS console
“It used to be one of, if not the most influential worlds of Chowder’s universe, but very little has been heard from it in a while. Still it can’t be all bad”
At that point, he was interrupted by the sounds of the TARDIS landing.
“Right then” The Doctor grinned at the rest of the group “We’ll learn more by getting outside”
With that, the group stepped out of the TARDIS and into the world of Melodia. The moment they stepped out, they froze
“Woah” said Strong Bad “If this was the most influential world in the universe, then it’s really gone down the crapper”
The world they’d stepped out into was a vast barren cartoon desert that was largely featureless with occasional rocks dotting the landscape. The only sound that could be heard was the sound of the wind rustling across the scenery. Dream looked at the Doctor
“Are you sure we’re in the right place? I imagined something a little more grand”
The Doctor scanned about with his sonic screwdriver
“No we’re definitely in Melodia”
Luna offered a suggestion of her own
“Are you sure that the sources, you got your research from were valid? It might have been an incorrect source”
The Doctor shook his head
“Those were official records. Mind you they hadn’t been updated for a while. Maybe something’s happened here that we’ve missed”
Luigi then had a terrible thought
“What if….some horrible disaster’s hit the planet and wiped out all life.”
Serena was mortified “That’s terrible! Then we’ll have to find the rune all on our own!”
“Well you’ll be pleased to know that isn’t the case” The Doctor grinned at her “According to my readings, there’s civilisation a few miles to the south of here. If we set off now, we can reach it before nightfall”
Serena began to despair “Do we have to walk? Why don’t we just take the TARDIS”
“I’d rather we didn’t” The Doctor replied “If these locals are hostile, then the last thing we want is to draw attention to ourselves”
“Besides” Luna took the opportunity to scold Serena “The exercise will do you good”
Setting off across the desert, the group were mostly silent and deep in thought. The first thing they were wondering was what the civilisation the Doctor had found would be like and if the locals were hostile. But that wasn’t the only thing. The mention of a traitor in their midst was keeping them on edge. None of them had any idea who it could be, but each one was developing their own theories.
After travelling in the direction the Doctor had specified for about half an hour, Serena was still whining
“Are we there yet?” she asked for what must have been the 15th time
“No!” Luna was gradually losing her patience. The weather did nothing to help as it was boiling hot. Not as bad as Arrakis had been, but still hot enough to fry a steak to ashes on a block of ice.
As the group continued walking whilst trying to ignore Serena’s whining, Dream spoke
“Do not be alarmed. But I feel we’re being watched”
At that, the group stopped and looked around
“I don’t see anything” said Mario “You sure you ain’t mistaken? This heat could be playing with ya senses”
Dream shook his head
“No. There’s definitely somebody nearby”
As the group continued to look around, Luigi shivered
“I don’t like this. I just know that something bad’s gonna happen and-“
A voice then called out “Ahoy there!” causing Luigi to jump and hide behind his brother.
The group looked around, but could see no sight of anyone. Then it called out again
“Up here on the rocks!”
At this point, the group saw that it was coming atop a small rock formation to their right. Looking up they saw a figure standing atop it
“Well don’t just stand there!” The Doctor grinned “Come on down! The desert’s fine!”
When the figure had climbed down from the rocks the group were able to get their first good look at him. He appeared to be a grey humanoid 2d cartoon rabbit about the size of an average sized person. Walking towards them, he asked “What’s up doc?” Chowder was confused
“Hey doctor? Do you know this guy? Cos he sounds like he knows you”
The Doctor shook his head
“No. I’ve never seen him before in my life”
He turned to the rabbit
“Who are you and how do you know my name?”
The figure held up his hands in protest
“Woah, sorry doc. I just call people dat. Didn’t mean no harm”
The group looked at him sceptically.
“Hey! Don’t look at me with those big eyes. I ain’t gonna hurt ya”
“Then would you kindly explain yourself” Dream said “We’re in a bit of a hurry”
“Sure thing doc” The Rabbit smiled at them “Names Bunny, Bugs bunny or Bugs to my acquaintances. I was just on my way back ter the settlement after looking for gold”
The Doctor instantly looked interested. Before he could ask what he wanted to ask, Strong Bad spoke up
“Did you say gold?”
“Yeah” Bugs nodded “It’s how I make a living. It ain’t the easiest of jobs, but its better then nothing”
“Well it’s great to meet you!” Chowder stepped forward and offered his hand. Bugs shook it
“And it’s a pleasure to meet you too buster. So tell me, what’re you and ya friends doing out in this neck of da woods anyway?”
Chowder then explained to Bugs how they’d ended up in the desert. Bugs merely nodded although Chowder couldn’t tell if he believed the story or not. When he finished, Bugs smiled
“Well doc, ya’ve really done the whole thing ain’t ya?”
“Don’t think that it’s been fun” Luna said “We’ve been through hell and high-water. Now would you please explain what you were doing up on that rock?”
“Well like I said, I was just on me way back to the settlement when I heard voices. Thinkin’ that I’d ran into bandits, I decided to hide until they’d passed by. So I’m kinda happy it turned out ter be you guys. I mean you don’t look like bandits or nothin’”
At that point. The Doctor cut in
“What is this settlement that you speak of?”
“It’s my home” Bugs replied “Me and the others live there. It’s not too bad, once ya get used to the heat”
As they walked across the desert, the group had a few questions to ask Bugs. Dream got the ball rolling
“So tell me, is it true that this world used to be one of the most powerful of its kind?”
Bugs nodded “Well doc, ya could sorta say that”
“Then what happened?” Luna asked
“I dunno” Bugs replied “First the rains became less frequent. Then the temperatures shot up. The whole thing lead to food shortages and society pretty much collapsed.”
“Which brings me to another question” The Doctor looked at Bugs “What exactly is the settlement”
Bugs looked at him “Well Doc, it’s exactly what it says on the tin. A humble abode for survivors. Before now, we lived on the move, constantly at risk of being killed by bandits or starving to death. Well some guy calling himself the leader set up the settlement for people who got nowhere else to go.
The Doctor raised a sceptical eyebrow “The leader?”
“Yeah” Bugs nodded “We all work together under his leadership, helping everybody out. It ain’t glamorous or nothin’ but it’s all we got”
“So who is this Leader guy anyway?” Strong Bad was the next to speak “He sounds like he’s got it made”
“He’s only one of several” Bugs replied “He says that there are other colonies out there. Some of our supplies go out to them and in return we get stuff from them”
“And how do you know he’s honest?” The Doctor asked “I’ve heard of people like this before”
“We ain’t got no choice in the matter” Bugs replied “The settlement is all we got. So we just gotta put our head down and focus. Speaking of which, there it is”
In the distance, the group could see a small town of some sort. Walls surrounded the buildings, so they couldn’t see what it was like inside. So they simply followed Bugs up to the entrance. Upon arriving, a voice called out “Who goes there?”
“It’s me doc!” Bugs yelled back “Bugs Bunny!”
After a few seconds, the voice replied “There’s some suspicious people with you! Explain yourselves!”
“Don’t worry!” Chowder said to the voice “We’re just here looking for treasure. We aren’t going to rob you or anything like that. Honest”
“Well ya still can’t come in!” the voice said “If we went around letting in every single person who showed up, we’d be wiped out for sure!”
“Well that’s really welcoming” The Doctor spoke up “Aren’t you all about helping others who are down on their luck?”
“Well yeah, but-“
“Then surely you can spare us some time” Luna chimed in “We’ll probably only be here for a matter of days. You won’t even know we were here”
Silence. Then the voice said “Ok. You can come in. But don’t try anything funny!”
With that the doors swung open. Chowder and friends followed Bugs inside.
The buildings of the settlement appeared to have been cobbled together from multiple materials such as wood and iron. 2D cartoon characters were running all over the place and the air was filled with the sounds of activity.
Bugs lead them through the streets to a stand where a humanoid black duck was sitting looking extremely bored. When he saw Bugs, his expression didn’t change. It was only when he noticed Chowder and co that he perked up slightly.
“Oh it’s you” he said with a slight lisp “Made some new friends have ya?”
“Hey Daff” Bugs replied to the Duck “I guess I better introduce you guys. Guys, meet Daffy, the resident gold buyer. Daffy, meet Chowder, legendary hero”
“You a legendary hero? Oh brother, that’s the best joke I’ve heard all day!”
Daffy then chuckled while Chowder looked disappointed. At this point, the Doctor stepped forward
“No really. Would you believe we’ve done battle with alien gods from beyond the realm of human understanding and giant desert worms?”
Daffy just laughed even harder
“Now I know you’re just pulling my leg!”
“But it’s true!” Chowder jumped up onto the stand and looked Daffy directly in the eye.
“We’re trying to save the entire universe from destruction! I know I don’t look like much, but it’s the truth. Honest”
Daffy’s laughter subsided “Ok buster. I’ll accept that”
Something in Daffy’s voice suggested to the group that he still didn’t entirely believe them. He turned his attention to Bugs
“Got any gold for me?”
“Sure thing Daff” Bugs replied.
He then opened the sack revealing several small nuggets of gold. Daffy’s eyes widened. He took the nuggets out of the bag and inspected them one by one. After taking them away, he spoke again
“The best I can give ya is a week’s worth of rations”
“Really Doc?” Bugs replied “After all that trouble I went through ta get em?”
“Hey I got my own problems” Daffy looked annoyed “I barely got enough food to eat, myself!”
Just when it looked like an argument was going to flare up, the pair were interrupted by the sound of a bell ringing.
“What’s happenin?” Strong Bad asked
“Looks like the leader’s going to speak” said Bugs “Follow me, I’ll take you there”
“Now this I gotta see” Mario said
The group followed Bugs through the streets again until they came to a large white building in the middle of a plaza. On top of the building was a bell tower where the ringing was coming from. The plaza itself was filled with all manner of cartoon characters, all of whom were looking up at a balcony that overlooked the plaza. As the group got into a spot where they could see the balcony, the bell stopped ringing and a door on the wall of the balcony opened. Then a figure stepped out.
He appeared to be a balding human man with thick black eyebrows and was wearing robes that reminded the Doctor of an oriental nobleman. His appearance was strange, in that he didn’t look like a cartoon character, nor did he look like he’d come from the Doctor’s world.
“My friends!” he spoke in a voice that sounded both grand and foreign “I bring tragic news! Earlier today another settlement was devastated in an attack by bandits. The people there are starving and in need of aid! We must do everything we can to help them. After all everyone in this land deserves the same right to a decent state of living.”
At that, Daffy groaned
“Great” he said quietly to the group “Times are tight enough already. Now we gotta help out some other unlucky chumps.”
“That’s not very nice” Chowder “Those people didn’t choose to be attacked. How would you like it if you needed supplies and they refused to help?”
“Actually I think he’s right” The Doctor butted in to the conversation. Chowder was shocked
“How can you say something like that?”
The Doctor turned to Bugs and Daffy “Have you ever been to one of these other colonies?”
Bugs shook his head “Nah doc. We ain’t got time to travel to any of the others”
The Doctor smiled “Then how do you know they exist?”
“Well...” Bugs hesitated for a second “I just assume dat the leader ain’t a liar. He’s gotta be at least half decent if he’s willing to set up a place like this”
After the leader’s speech had finished, the cartoons dispersed, leaving only Chowder, his friends and Bugs and Daffy in the plaze. Dream was the first to speak
“I would really like to speak to this “Leader” fellow. I have a feeling he knows far more than he’s telling”
“Yeah” Strong Bad said “Any guy who looks as weird as that has gotta be hiding something”
Bugs and Daffy looked apprehensive. Noticing this, Mario asked “What’s the matter”
“Well the leader don’t normally allow others into his headquarters” Bugs said
“Yeah” Daffy added “He says that we can’t come in for security reasons”
The Doctor smiled “All the more reason to try and visit him”
The group walked around the leaders building until they came to a large set of grand double doors. Pulling them revealed that they were locked and so the group decided to try an intercom that was built into the wall next to the doors. Pressing the button gave them no response
“Maybe he’s gone down the shops?” Serena suggested. As Chowder went to press the button again, a voice came from the intercom
“Hello? Is there somebody out there?”
“Yes” The Doctor replied “We’re travellers and we wish to speak with you”
“I’m sorry” The voice sounded mildly annoyed “I do not have time for this. I’m very busy”
“Oh it’ll only take a second” Luna said. All of them got the impression that the voice just didn’t want to speak with them personally.
Inside the Leader’s office, he stared at the strange figures on the screen. He’d installed a secret camera at the front door, just to make sure that he knew who exactly he was speaking to. Right now he was puzzled. The group that had gathered at his door didn’t resemble the type of character you’d normally encounter in this part of the universe. He decided to play it safe.
“I’m sorry, but you cannot enter! I have a lot to deal with and I must get it finished as soon as possible. Goodbye!”
With that, the intercom went silent leaving only the sounds of the group standing in silence.
“Ya know” Mario broke the silence “If I didn’t know any better, I’d say he didn’t want to talk to us”
“Quite” The Doctor nodded “Tell me, does he ever allow anyone into the palace?”
Bugs shook his head “Only his closest minions. Even then, from what I heard, they ain’t allowed to just walk round.”
“Yeah” said Daffy “They just go where he tells em”
“For a benevolent leader, he sure doesn’t like having people in his home” Dream looked up at the leader’s building “In fact, why is it that he gets an opulent mansion while the rest of you live in shacks? Doesn’t seem fair to me”
Bugs and Daffy went silent.
“It’s just one of those things” Bugs said “We got nowhere else ter go, so we ain’t complaining either way”
“What I’d like to know is what we’re going to do now” Luna added “If only there was some way of searching the entire world quickly”
“Now that ya mentioned it, there is one place that could help ya” Daffy said “Slyvester and Tweety’s map services”
“I know em’” Bugs added “I use em when I have ter explore unknown territory”
“Well why didn’t you say something?” Luna asked annoyed
“You never asked” Bugs got up “Come on, I’ll show ya the way”
Walking through the streets of the settlement, the group realised just how rundown it was. Most of the buildings appeared to have no windows and were made of random materials that had probably been salvaged. Chowder wondered what would happen when the temperatures dropped. The rest of the group had similar thoughts. None of this seemed fair and yet the cartoons were willing to simply go along with it. The Doctor theorised that they must have been extremely desperate to the point where this existence was preferable to the alternative.
Eventually the group came to an old wooden shack. Above the door was a sign that read “S and T mapmaking. The best place for miles! “Looking up at the place, Chowder asked Bugs and Daffy “Do you think they’ll be able to help us?”
“I dunno” said Bugs “I spose if ya know what ya looking for, they might have something”
“Yeah” Daffy added “They’re usually pretty thorough when it comes to geography.”
With that, the group walked up to the door, pushed it open and walked inside.
Inside the Leader’s headquarters, he was busy working away at some files when a beeping noise sounded through the rooms. Looking up, he saw that it was coming from a chandelier which was flashing in time to the beeps. The Leader knew exactly what this meant. Getting up from his desk, he walked through the corridors of his villa until he came to a living room which was filled with antique furniture. In the centre of the room was an old coffee table. Walking over to a painting, the leader pressed a button on the frame causing the painting to slide up into the wall, revealing a control panel built into the wall behind it. He pressed a few buttons.
First wooden panels dropped down over the windows to hide what was going on in the room from passer-by’s. Then the various furniture spun round and flipped over to be replace by high tech communication equipment. Finally the easternmost wall of the room slide up to reveal a large screen behind it. The leader walked over to the coffee table which had spun round to reveal a control panel built into the floor underneath it. Pressing a few buttons caused a familiar face to appear on the screen.
“Lord Death” The leader smiled “It’s been a long time since I have seen your face”
Judge Death looked down at the leader
“Agent Hood. I have newsss”
“Do go ahead master” The Hood replied “I’ve missed hearing your voice”
“SSShut up” Death snarled “If you had done your job properly, the plan would be coming along niccccely by now”
The Hood remained emotionless “I know. But fooling these silly cartoons and taking advantage of them is so easy.”
“Neverthelessssss” said Death “I have interessssting newsssss. Our greatessssst enemy hasssss arrived in the world of Melodia.”
“Really?” The Hood replied
“Yesssss” Death smiled that familiar toothy smile he always did when good news was on the way “I have a picture of him for identification purposessssss”
At that, the image on the screen changed to show a small purple cartoon character that looked very familiar to the Hood
“You know him?” Death asked hopefully
“I do. Him and his friends came to the palace earlier. Unfortunately I sent them away. If I had known they were important…”
“Never mind that now” Death interrupted the Hood, desperate to get back to his own work “Your missssssion is ssssssimple. Find them and the rune”
As Death went to press the button to sign off, the Hood spoke once more
“Just one last question. What if they don’t know anything?”
“Then do the ssssssame as what you’d do if they did. Wipe them from the faccccce of the earth.”
The interior of the maps shop was full of dust. A musky smell pervaded the entire room and filled the group’s nostils. Sitting at the end of the room was a black and white humanoid cat studying over some papers. At the end of the desk, a small yellow bird was perched in a cage. Bugs and Daffy walked over to the cat. As soon as they approached he looked up
“Oh, itth you again” The Cat said with a very prominent lisp “Going out on another expedition?”
Bugs shook his head “Nah. Me friends here are looking for something”
The cat then looked at Chowder and co. He moved his head up and down as though he was scanning them, then turned back to Bugs and Daffy
“Thrange looking friendth, ya got”
“Oh ya get used to it” Bugs turned to the group “Guys, this is Sylvester. Sylvester, this is Chowder”
Chowder walked forwards and shook Sylvester’s paw
“Tho what can we do for ya?”
“We’re looking for a legendary treasure” The Doctor said “Mind if we take a look at your maps?”
Sylvester nodded “You can, but you’ll probably be dithapointed. We haven’t got no treasure mapth”
“Oh don’t worry about that” Luna said “We’ve had unexpected results in the past”
Sylvester stared wistfully at her
“Well if you want, we can alwayth go back to my plathe and check em out a bit more”
Luna instantly realised what Sylvester was up to
“Sorry” she laughed “I already have a boyfriend.”
Disappointed, Sylvester lead them into the back of the shop
“Here’th where we keep em” he said, opening a door. Upon entering the group saw that the room was filled with maps stacked across shelves. Every shelf had a label above it showing the coordinates of
“Wow” Mario was impressed “You make these yourself”
“Don’t be thilly buther!” Sylvester laughed “I managed the bookth. Tweety’th the one who mapth it all out”
“Who the crap’s Tweety?” Strong Bad asked
“The yellow bird in the cage out there” Sylvester explained “He flieth around making noteth of the ground and I turn it into mapth. Well happy hunting!”
Sylvester then left the room, leaving the group with the maps.
“Well let’s get started!” Chowder walked up to one of the shelves which was marked “Lat: 51.1091401 Long: -0.18722750”. As soon as he looked at the map, Chowder was baffled by what it depicted. The map was a coffee colour and was covered in all sorts of strange symbols. Any one of them could be the location of the rune. The rest of the group were equally as disappointed. They were going to have to search through every single map until they’d found something that looked like it could be hiding the Rune. Even then, no guarantee existed that it would be the one.
An hour later, the group were still pouring over every single map. At his estimates, the Doctor guessed they’d covered less than half and yet still hadn’t found anything. Then the door opened revealing Sylvester carrying a plate of fish
“I thought you’d want thomthing to eat”
Chowder perked up
As he stepped forward, the Doctor stopped him
“Thanks, but we can’t accept. You need the food far more than we do”
“Don’t be thilly!” Sylvester laughed “We all gotta help each other here”
As he set the plates down, Dream asked “Have you ever seen anything unusual around here?”
“Nah. I never leave the thettlement” Sylvester replied “But Tweety might know thomething.”
“Can you ask him for us?” Luigi asked “We still gotta go through these maps”
“Thure thing” Sylvester nodded and left the room. As the group continued to search through the maps, they could here Sylvester talking in the main room. After a while, he re-entered the room
“He thais he hasn’t seen anything that lookth like a legendary treathure”
The whole group groaned. It looked like they’d be back to the old drawing board again.
As they began to search, Luna noticed a gap in the numbers of the shelves. Curious, she inquired to Sylvester as to what this meant
“Oh that?” he replied “That’th the danger zone”
The whole group turned to look at him at this remark
“What’s the Danger zone?” Strong Bad asked
“It’th the plathe where none of uth go” Sylvester looked around uneasily “Nobody who’th gone there hath ever come back”
Serena shuddered “Well good thing we don’t have to go there, right guys?” The rest of the group ignored her
“Do go on” The Doctor said
“That’th all there ith to it” Sylvester replied “None of uth wanna go there and thee if it’th true or not”
The Doctor grinned “Well then, we’d better go and find out”
Bugs, Daffy and Sylvester were all stunned
“You ain’t serious aint’cha?” Bugs asked “Whatever treasure ya looking for, It can’t be that valuable”
“Trust us” said Chowder “It’s way more valuable then you think”
“Then count me out!” Daffy stood with his hands folded “I ain’t risking my life for some dumb treasure-“
He was interrupted by a voice shouting from outside “Open up! We’ve got you surrounded!”
Rushing to the front of the shop, the group could see through the windows, a gang of characters standing outside. At the front was a short man with a red beard. As the group stepped in, he looked up, saw them and promptly entered the shop, Serena leaned over to Bugs
“Who’s this guy?” she whispered
“Sam” Bugs replied in hushed tones “He’s the head of law enforcement around these parts”.
Bugs then stepped forward.
“What’s up doc? Are we in trouble”
“Move over rabbit!” Sam pointed his gun directly at Bugs who didn’t even flinch “Those no good varmints are here to raid our settlement and destroy everythin’ we love. Ahm’a takin’ em in on the orders of the leader himself!”
“Now hold on one second” Luna (Like the rest of the group) was understandably confused. “We haven’t done anything wrong.!”
“Yeah!” Strong Bad leaped forward “We’re just visiting a map store and-!”
He was interrupted by Sam firing his gun at his feet. Strong Bad leaped in the air and hid behind the others. Bugs walked up to Sam and put his gun down.
“Now listen doc. Me friends here ain’t bad people. They just gotta find some treasure, dat’s all”
Sam began to speak. As he opened his mouth however, Bugs grabbed him and violently kissed him which sent him staggering back.
“Run for it!” Bugs yelled
The group raced into the map room as the officers stormed into the shop. Sylvester and Tweety weren’t as lucky and were quickly grabbed and apprehended. Sam walked over to the door where Chowder and co had entered and pulled it. However the door didn’t budge.
Inside the map room, the Doctor had used the Sonic Screwdriver to jam the lock preventing anyone from entering. Daffy was the first to spot the flaw in this
“Great move genius. Now how do we get out?”
“Dat’s how!” Bugs pointed up. Following the direction of where he was pointing, the group saw a small window up on the wall. It was covered in dust and muck. In fact it was so dirty, that Chowder wondered if it had ever been cleaned. Before the group could ponder this further, the door slammed with such force that it looked like it was going to come out of its frame.
“Open the door or we’ll break it down!” Sam’s voice yelled from the other side
Without wasting time, the group grabbed a small chest of drawers that had been perched in the corner and began to move it towards the window. All the while, Sam continued to try and break the door down. The Doctor climbed up and began working at the window. All the while, the door continued to crash and splinter
“Hurry up!” Serena was close to tears
“I’m trying!” The Doctor was just as agitated “It’s stuck-!”
Just then, the window swung open. The Doctor pulled himself through and plummeted out of sight. Chowder leaped up and followed him out, followed by the Marios
“Outta the way!” Daffy yelled, pushing past the rest “Duck coming through!”
As he disappeared through the window, Dream and bugs jumped up and pulled themselves through followed by Strong Bad and the Cheat. Finally it was Serena’s turn to jump.
As Serene peaked out the window to jump, she hesitated. On the ground directly below was a large pile of waste. The stench was so bad, she felt like throwing up.
“Come on Serena!” Luna was extremely anxious. Any second now, Sam and the rest of his platoon would break through the door at which point there would be no escape.
Serena stared at the waste pile. At this point she was caught between a rock and a hard place. She could either stay in the room and be arrested or drop down and get herself mucky. For most people, this wouldn’t be a major decision, but Serena was the type to hate muck.
Fortunately Luna accidentally made the decision for her. When the door slammed much harder than it had before, Luna jumped in fright, thinking that Sam had broken through the door, and landed on Serena, accidentally digging her claws into Serena’s behind. With a scream, she shot through the window and the two of them ended up in the garbage. Serena jumped up and screamed
“Oh man that’s so gross! I think I got some in my mouth-“
She was then interrupted by Dream grabbing her arm and running with the others into the evening.
The activity in the settlement had largely calmed down for the evening. Despite this, the group still didn’t relax. They still had Sam on their tail and had until he broke down the door and realised they’d escaped. As they approached the gates of the settlement, Bugs yelled “Hey guys! Let us out wouldja?”
The voice of the gate guard called back “Why. Ain’t it a bit late for gold searching?”
“Yeah” said Bugs “But er….”
Thinking quickly, Bugs came up with the best excuse he could manage
“I’ve just found a really good place. But it’s in a dangerous spot, so I’m heading there at night where there’ll be less bad guys”
Silence rang out for agonising seconds. Finally the guard’s voice sounded out again
“Well ok. Just this once.”
“Oh you’re a real sport!” Bugs and the others watched in anticipation as the gates slowly opened. No sooner were they wide enough to squeeze through, the group charged through the gap and quickly vanished into the horizon. The guards who’d been watching just shook their head. Bugs had always been the reckless type.