As the Garthim with the weapons drew closer, Chowder and Mcclane were both terrified out of their wits.
“For god’s sake, we don’t know anything!” said Mcclane
“He’s right!” said Chowder sobbing “Please don’t kill us!”
The Garthim ignored them. The one with the prod looked at both of them as though it was deciding who to torture first. After taking what felt like a millennium, it finally pointed its prod at Chowder. He gulped and closed his eyes
A few seconds later, nothing had happened.
“Well come on!” said Chowder with his eyes shut “Get it over with!”
“Errr…. Chowder?” said Mcclane “Open your eyes”
Chowder did so and saw that the head of the garthim with the rod was now lying on the floor. The Garthim with the circular saw was standing over it
“Remember me?” it said in a familiar female voice
“Carrie!” said Chowder and Mcclane in unison
“Yep” said the Carrie Garthim
“How did you get here?” asked Mcclane
“It’s really simple” said Carrie “I managed to give Darth the slip. Nobody catches a ghost. Then I hid by possessing another Garthim and tried to find you guys. When I heard Vader heading towards you I simply met up with him and followed him to you guys. Luckily he was so caught up in arresting you, he didn’t notice there was anything wrong with me”
“Can you get us down?” asked Chowder
After Carrie had let them down, they began to plan their next course of action
“The first thing we need to do is get our equipment back” said Mcclane “Without it, we’re practically defenceless”
“Right” said Carrie “It was taken to a storage area not far from here. Follow me”
When they approached the corridor, led by the crab Carrie, the trio instantly noticed a mutant on guard outside the room. Carrie turned to the group
“I’ll handle this” she whispered before walking up to the mutant. As it turned to look at her, she grabbed its arm with her claw and twisted it, causing the mutant to drop its gun. Mcclane leaped onto the floor, grabbed it and fired at the mutant. When the gun’s blast it the mutant, it exploded leaving behind a black stain on the floor. Carrie then opened the door and the three of them walked in
The storage room was filled to the brim with shelves which had trays on them.
“Oh great!” said Mcclane “How we gonna find em now?”
“They’re labelled” said Carrie pointing at one of the trays. It had a label which said “Masami Rainbows”
“Well” said Chowder “Better start looking”
The group searched every inch of the storage room. Which was easier said than done due to the sheer amount of trays. The thought this many residents had been taken hostage worried Chowder. If they could capture this many people that easily, then they were obviously very powerful.
After a while, the group were close to giving up when Chowder spotted one high up that said “Legendary Hero and Sidekick”
“Hey!” he yelled to get Mcclane and Carrie’s attention “That one looks like it”
Mcclane and Carrie walked over to where Chowder was standing
“Right” said Mcclane “How to get it?”
“I could climb on your shoulders” said Chowder
“Or we could just use this” said Carrie, bringing over some steps
Mcclane climbed up and opened the tray. Inside was his gun and the crystal they used to communicate with the critic and the nerd. He took the gun and closed the tray
“What about the crystal?” asked Chowder
“What about it?” replied Mcclane, getting off the steps
“Aren’t we gonna take it?”
“Why bother” said Mcclane “Those guys were as useful as an ashtray on a motorcycle”
“But it’s because of them we’re on this quest in the first place” said Chowder
“All the more reason not to take it” said Mcclane
“Aw come on” said Chowder with big black eyes “I’m sure they’re good people. Besides, maybe they can help us”
Mcclane sighed and climbed up the steps again. He then opened the tray, grabbed the crystal and tossed it to Chowder who caught it. Chowder then inspected it
“Good” he said “They haven’t damaged it”.
The group then heard the sound of a door opening. A mutant then appeared in the doorway. As soon as it saw them, it raised its gun and fired
Mcclane dived out of the way of the shot which instead hit Carrie. The Garthim shell, she was possessing exploded, leaving a few charred remains. Carrie then appeared floating above it.
“Aw nuts” she said.
As the mutant took aim a second time, Mcclane fired his gun into its leg, knocking it down. The trio then ran past out of the storage area and into the factory.
After running through the factory for a while, they found a small alcove deep within the bowels of the factory.
“So what’s the plan?” asked Carrie
“Well my vote goes to setting the townsfolk free” said Chowder “Then we could all gang up on the guys and kick em outta town”
“Sounds good” said Mcclane “There’s just one problem”
Chowder raised an eyebrow “What?”
“Well” said Mcclane “If they couldn’t fight them off once, what’s to say they can do it again?”
Chowder sighed “That’s a good point”. He then perked up “But we’ve gotta try.”
Mcclane huffed “Why have we gotta try? Our mission is saving the world. Every second we spend is just giving the bad guys more time”
“But we can’t leave them!” said Chowder
“Can I say something?” said Carrie. Mcclane and Chowder both looked at her
“Go ahead” said Mcclane
“Well” said Carrie, looking nervous “We can help you. We don’t want these guys to succeed either.”
“Well what can you do?” asked Mcclane with a hint of frustration in his voice “Besides possessing people
“Not much” said Carrie sighing “But all of us have our own strengths and weaknesses. But more than anything we’d just like to go back to our old lives”
“Oh fine then” said Mcclane reluctantly “We’ll help”
Chowder jumped for joy “Yay!”
“So where are they?” asked Mcclane
Carrie shrugged “I don’t know?”
“Well that’s brilliant” said Mcclane thumping the wall with his fist “Now we gotta search this whole damn factory crawling with people who want us dead!”
“We could ask the Critic for help” said Chowder
“What!” exclaimed Mcclane. He looked at Chowder apprehensively “Those guys?”
“Why not?” Chowder smiling “They’re all seeing”
“Well…Ok” said Mcclane “Fire it up”
As soon as Chowder pushed the button, the familiar image of the Critic and the Nerd appeared. When the Critic saw them, his face lit up
“Oh hey guys” he said “Haven’t spoken to you in a while”
“Whaddya want?” said the Nerd folding his arms
“Well we could use some help” said Chowder. He then explained the whole situation to them.
“So will you help us?” asked Mcclane
“Get lost!” said the Nerd “We can’t spoon feed you the whole adventure. You gotta do some things by yourself!”
“Aw come on!” said Mcclane “You’re supposed to be all knowing!”
“Wait just a second” said the Critic, putting his hand over the Nerd’s mouth “We might just be able to help you. Now what is it you want?”
“We need to know where the town people are being held” said Chowder
“We can do that” said the Critic. Then he hesitated
“Well do it” said Mcclane
“Well I can’t” said the Critic. He then pointed to the Nerd “But he can”. The Critic then removed his hand from the Nerd’s mouth. The Nerd was about to rant and rave when he noticed the looks on Chowder and Carrie’s faces.
“Oh all right” he sighed, before taking out a small device with some buttons located on it. He pressed some of the buttons and the device beeped
“Ok” he said “Follow my directions”
Traveling through the factory was not easy. The place was crawling with Garthim and Mutants, all of whom were trying to capture Chowder and Mcclane or worse. To make matters more frustrating, the Nerd’s guidance system wasn’t exactly up to scratch
“Just go right here!” said the Critic as they arrived at an intersection
“No!” said the Nerd “We go left. That’s what it says!”
“We’ve passed the IT department three times!” said the Critic “I’m telling you we’re lost!”
“Shut up!” said the Nerd “If you wanna drive, go ahead!”
“You gotta be kidding me!” said Mcclane “You’re supposed to be the all-powerful gods and you get us lost!”
The Critic and the Nerd stopped arguing and looked at him
“We’re not lost!” said the Critic looking nervous
“Uh…yeah” said the Nerd “We’re just exploring alternative directions!”
Carrie spoke up
“Well every second you spend exploring alternative directions, my friends are in danger!”
“Hey guys” said Chowder “There’s a sign over there that says “Prison block”.
The whole group looked down the corridor. Sure enough, said sign was on the wall with an arrow pointing to the left
“Oh yeah” said the Critic
“Why didn’t you tell us?” Mcclane asked Chowder, slightly annoyed
“You didn’t ask” said Chowder
When they got to the prison block, Mcclane opened the door and peaked around it. Jail cells lined the walls of the block which consisted of one long corridor and was lit by very dim lightbulbs. A pair of Garthim were stationed in the centre of the room. One appeared to be asleep while the other was marching up the corridor. Just before it turned, Mcclane closed the door.
“What did you see?” asked Carrie.
Mcclane told them what he saw
“Ok” said Chowder “Apart from the two Gar thingys we’re ok”
“Yeah” said Mcclane “The question is, How we gonna get rid of em?”
Carrie coughed to get the group’s attention
“Oh yeah” said Mcclane
“Are you sure you’ll be ok?” asked Chowder
“I’ll be fine” said Carrie “Like I said, I can’t be caught”
She then disappeared through the door.
The sleeping Garthim stirred slightly as Carrie got close to it causing her to hesitate. Looking up, she saw that the other Garthim was about to turn round, so she shot into the sleeping Garthim. It stirred and got up
The second Garthim turned round and was surprised to see that the other one was awake. It was one of the laziest officers on the prison team. It then proceeded to make mocking remarks in crab, many of which are too explicit to repeat here. In fact it go so into its mocking that it didn’t notice the other Garthim approaching it until it was in striking range. It had just enough time to start asking what it was doing when the other Garthim took its head off with one sweep of it’s claw.
When Chowder and the others entered, Mcclane inspected the body of the Garthim that Carrie had killed. He soon found what he was looking for.
“Right” said Mcclane, jangling a set of keys “Let’s open em up”
Inside the cell, the residents of Elmore were as scared as is to be expected when you’ve been kept in a dark cramped cell for hours on end with only a few benches to sit on. They then heard the sound of the door unlocking and instantly felt dread. That sound usually meant that the current workers had finished their shift and that an unlucky few (Usually the most fit and healthy) were going to be sent out on another gruelling shift. So they weren’t surprised to see the silhouette of a Garthim standing in the door way. When their eyes adjusted to the light, they were however, surprised to see the silhouette of a man and a small creature next to him. The trio stepped into the cell.
“John!” yelled a familiar voice. Anais ran up to them followed by Nicole, Gumball and Darwin
“Where’s your dad?” asked Chowder
“He got sent up to the production floor” said Nicole “We’re being kept down here as insurance”
“How did you escape anyway?” asked Gumball
“Thanks to me” said Carrie-Garthim
“Carrie!” said Darwin, running up to her and hugging her. Anais turned to the rest of the Elmore residents
“Everyone!” she said “These guys are gonna save us”
A series of mutters sounded up from the residents. Finally a small girl with orange hair, a pair of horns and white skin spoke
“Oh yeah? And how you gonna do that?”
“Well…” said Chowder looking unsure “We hadn’t exactly thought of that yet”
The orange haired girl scoffed “I knew it!”
“Hey!” said Mcclane “We’re working on it”
“I have an idea” said Carrie “While I was looking for you guys, I overheard two Garthim mention a control room. Maybe we could do something with that”
“Yeah” said Anais “I’m pretty good with computers. Maybe we could overload the factory systems and blow the place to smithereens”
“What about us?” said the orange hair girl “We’d be blown up too”
“Well they’d probably give us some time to escape” said Anais “They usually do”
“Then it’s settled” said Mcclane “We’ll go with Anais and find that control room”
“What do you want us to do?” said the orange haired girl
“Well there is one thing” said Mcclane “We’d like you to lead a mob and distract them while we find the room”
“What!” exclaimed the orange haired girl “Look at us! Why do you think we’re here? Because none of us can fight!”
The rest of the Elmore residents began muttering amongst themselves. Some supported it while others opposed it
“You’ve gotta!” said Mcclane “You got no choice!”
The inhabitants of Elmore began to yell angrily at Mcclane claiming things such as it couldn’t be done and that they’d rather take their chances in the cell
“He’s right though” said Nicole. The inhabitants stopped talking and looked at her
“It’s our only chance. If we stay here, we’ll never be free. We’ll just continue to live like slaves. Which is probably because we. So what’s it gonna be? Freedom or oppression?”
The whole group roared in affirmation.
“So that’s the plan” said Mcclane “Me, Chowder and Anais’ll go to the control room while the rest of you go up to the factory floor. You’ll start a fight and keep them occupied while we overload the computer”
“Sounds simple enough” said the Orange haired girl.
“By the way” she said stepping forward “My name’s Jamie”
“Well then” said Chowder “Good luck”.
As soon as he finished speaking, the whole team heard the sound of footsteps in the corridor outside.
“Get ready” said Mcclane. A few seconds later, a Garthim appeared in the door way. Before it had time to think, the Elmore residents were on top of it, tearing it apart. Mcclane and Chowder were shocked by the ferocity of the resident’s attacks.Very shortly after, the Garthim had been reduced to scraps on the floor.
“Right” said Carrie “Follow me to the storage room.”
On the factory floor, Richard was extremely depressed. Not only was he missing his family (As well as TV) but he’d never worked before. The resulting sensation was making him feel really weird. He then snapped out of his trance when he heard a familiar voice behind him. Looking round, he saw Nicole standing behind him.
“Honey!” he yelled breaking down and hugging her
“It was horrible” said Richard in between sobs “They made me work!”
“It’s ok honey” replied Nicole. She then looked up to see a Garthim approaching her
“Now!” she yelled
The back wall of the assembly floor exploded open to reveal every single resident of Elmore armed with the weapons they’d had confiscated. The Garthim responded by blowing a whistle. Hundreds of mutants and Garthim then rushed up to defend it
“Charge!” yelled Nicole
As the Elmore residents and Vader’s minions charged towards one another, Mr Fitzgerald heard a voice yell “Dad!”
He then saw Penny, his wife and other daughter running towards him. The whole family embraced in a group hug. Before they could exchange pleasantries, Mr Fitzgerald punched out a mutant running towards him
“We can catch up later” said his wife “Right now, we gotta fight!”
Meanwhile Garthim-Carrie was leading Chowder, Mcclane, Anais, Gumball and Darwin through the factory. They’d noticed a distinct lack of Garthim and Mutants
“Where is everybody?” asked Chowder.
As if to answer his question, Vader’s voice came over the intercome
“All personnel to progress to factory floor immediately.”
“That must be because of mom and the others” said Gumball. He turned to Garthim- Carrie
“Are we nearly there?”
“We should be there soon” said Carrie
Gumball looked around nervously
“I just hope we don’t run into Tina” said Gumball
The whole group stopped
“Who’s that?” asked Mcclane
“One of our friends” replied Darwin “She was really strong. In fact when the guys took over, they captured her and put some weird helmet on her. Now she does whatever they say”
“Oh well” said Chowder “At least she’s not here”
As if on cue, a loud footstep sounded out through the factory, followed by another which was louder. The group tried to run, but found themselves frozen with fear
“You had to open your big mouth” said Mcclane to Chowder
As the footsteps drew closer, the whole group were trembling and shaking. Then a large green shape appeared round the corner of the corridor in front of them.
Chowder felt his legs turn to jelly. The creature was an enormous T-Rex. Its skin was covered in green scales and its hands had long sharp claws on the end. Its teeth glistened like extremely sharp pearls. On its head was a metal dome covered in flashing lights. Instantly it spotted the group and let out a loud roar. Chowder thought his eardrums were going to burst
“Tina!” yelled Gumball and Darwin simultaneously
As Tina began to lumber towards them, the group found themselves running.
“Follow me!” said Carrie “It’s just up ahead”
Back on the factory floor, Nicole and Richard were helping the others fight off Vader’s minions. Richard was using a long metal pipe he’d found amongst the scrap while Nicole was angrily tearing them apart with her claws. Richard had seen Nicole angry before, but even he was shocked by how fierce her fighting was. As he watched her, he saw a Mutant sneak up behind her and take aim. Nicole didn’t notice.
“Honey!” yelled Richard. He leaped at her and pushed her aside, then slammed his pipe over the mutants head which burst like a rotten watermelon.
“Thanks Richard” said Nicole as Richard helped her up
Meanwhile, Chowder and co were still fleeing from Tina while following Carrie through the factory.
“There it is!” yelled Carrie, pointing to a door with a sign above it that said “Control room”
The group charged through the door with Tina in hot pursuit.
No sooner had they made it inside, when Tina’s head crashed through the door, knocking it off its hinges. The group backed up in horror when Tina’s head stopped. The group realised her body was bigger than the doorway. They collectively sighed with relief. But their relief was short lived when the wall around the doorway began to splinter. To make things worse, a pair of Mutants were on duty in the room and had drawn their guns. One fired at Chowder, who dived out of the way. The blast hit Tina instead causing her to roar in pain. Carrie then knocked the head off the mutant with one swipe of her claw. Mcclane meanwhile shot the other one in the head.
Anais ran over to the computer and began to type.
“How long’s it gonna take?” asked Mcclane
“I don’t know” said Anais frantically hitting the keys
“Well hurry dammit!” said Mcclane.
“Err… guys?” said Darwin. The team turned round. The wall that was keeping Tina looked like it would break at any minute. Chowder grabbed a fire extinguisher and threw it at her. Tina caught it in her mouth and shook it about. Then her teeth crushed it, causing foam to leak everywhere.
“I dunno why I thought that would work” said Chowder
Down on the factory floor the Fitzgerald’s were working together with Mr Fitzgerald and his wife fighting them while Penny was protecting her sister.
“Get away from my family!” Mr Fitzgerald yelled as a mutant approached. He smashed it in the face causing it to fall on the ground. His wife did the same to a nearby Garthim.
Penny and her sister were hiding next to a pile of scrap metal. Penny was comforting her sister when a shadow fell on them. They both looked up to see a Garthim looming over them. Penny glanced over her shoulder and saw that her mum and dad were both busy fighting off. Without thinking she grabbed a sharp piece of scrap from the pile. Then she leaped in the air (She’d had plenty of practise as a cheerleader). When she was directly over the Garthim she thrust the spike downwards directly into the Garthims head splitting it open.
As the Garthim corpse slumped over, Penny looked round to see her sister cheering. She smiled to herself before running over and hugging her sister
Chowder’s group were still trying to stop Tina from entering the control room. Mcclane grabbed a chair and shoved it at Tina. She grabbed it in her mouth and chomped it down in one. Mcclane turned to Anais
“Are you nearly done?”
“I’m getting there!” said Anais
Chowder was standing to the right of Tina. As he watched the door frame splinter, he had an idea. It wasn’t terribly clever or sensible by any means, but on the other hand, Tina probably thought he looked pretty tasty.
As Mcclane, Gumball and Darwin watched, Chowder hurled himself at the side of Tina’s head. Instantly she began to shake her head about due to how itchy Chowder was.
Chowder gripped her head with all his might and began to climb towards the helmet that was controlling her. As he got close to the helmet, she shook much harder than before and he lost grip with one hand. To his surprise, he found that he’d still managed to hold on with his other hand. Chowder grabbed back on with his other hand and pulled himself up onto Tina’s head.
The helmet was much smaller then he’d imagined. It was also remarkable clean to the point where he could see his reflection in it. But there was no time to stop and make silly faces. Reaching into his back pack, he grabbed the heaviest thing in there. Chowder slammed the Crystal onto the helmet. It splintered and shattered. The impact knocked him off.
Tina stopped roaring and looked around. Then her memories came flooding back. In anger she pulled herself out of the doorframe and turned round. Rushing towards her was a group of Garthim and Mutants coming to see what all the noise was about. Tina roared in anger and charged towards them.
Mcclane, Gumball and Darwin rushed over to Chowder who was lying dazed on the floor
“Are you ok little guy?” asked Mcclane.
Chowder didn’t reply. Instead he looked at the crystal. It was as good as new
“Wow” thought Chowder “This thing really is tough”
“That was brilliant!” said Darwin
“Yeah!” said Gumball “You rock!”
At that point, the Computer Anais was working on beeped. Red lights started to flash and sirens started to wail.
“Warning” said a computerised female voice “Cooling system turned off. Factory will self-destruct in 5 minutes”
“Run!” yelled Mcclane
Carrie jumped out of the Garthim and followed the group as they fled into the factory.
Back in his office Vader was understandably none too pleased about the whole affair. Not only had he lost several good mutants and Garthim, but his factory was about to be destroyed. Making things worse, all the prisoners had escaped so he’d lost a good source of cheap labour. To top it all off, he was the one who had to tell Loki. With a sigh, he took out an emergency teleporter, he carried for making quick escapes back to Loki’s ship. Vader then pressed it. A blue light appeared round him and he vanished into thin air.
As they fled through the building, the computer sounded out again
“Warning. Three minutes to detonation”
Immediately after it finished speaking, the group ran through a set of double doors and found themselves on the factory floor. No people were there, Elmore inhabitant or otherwise
“They must’ve gone on ahead” said Darwin
The group hoped that was the case and carried on running. Pretty soon they came to the stairs at the other end and hastened up them.
“Warning. One minute until detonation” said the computers voice, echoing through the room
“We’re not gonna make it!” said Darwin
“Yes we are!” said Mcclane “Look. There’s the lobby!”
The group charged through the lobby and out of the factory. They were immediately greeted by the other residents of Elmore.
“Get down!” yelled Mcclane “It’s gonna blow!”
Everyone dived for cover behind whatever they could find. A few seconds later, the factory exploded in a massive fireball. The Elmore residents cheered. Finally they could go back to their normal lives.
“We did it!” said Chowder