“Are we there yet?” asked Chowder
“For the millionth time in as many days: NO!” yelled Mcclane
The two of them had been on the road for a while and had had several inappropriate adventures on the way (including one particularly memorable incident involving an Orca Whale and several cans of Pringles) and tempers were high. Chowder’s was due to the fact they were low on food meaning he had to eat less than usual to conserve rations and Mcclane’s was due to Chowder’s constantly asking questions. Right now they were passing through some green fields and had arrived at the base of a hill which looked different to the scenery of Marzipan city. They looked like they’d come from the same world as Mcclane
“Well I’m tired” said Chowder flopping onto the grass. He then opened his backpack and took out a sandwich
“What are you doing?” asked Mcclane
“What does it look like?” replied Chowder “I’m eating”
Mcclane sighed “But you ate 45 minutes ago!”
“I know” replied Chowder, in between bites “But I’m hungry again, so I gotta eat”
Mcclane snatched the Sandwich out of Chowder’s hands and put it in his backpack
“Hey!” said Chowder running towards Mcclane “Get your own!”
Mcclane held his hand out and put it on Chowder’s forehead, stopping him. He then closed his eyes and sighed
“I’ve told you, we’ve got to conserve food. If we run out, we’ll end up starving to death”
“But I’m hungry!” said Chowder
Mcclane exploded “For crying out loud! You’re always hungry! You don’t think about anything except eating! You just have to accept that you can’t always have what you want! But you don’t. The only person you care about is yourself and-“
Mcclane noticed there were tears in Chowder’s eyes. He stopped ranting
“Hey” he said “I’m sorry. It’s just the stress of this journey is getting to me”
“Really?” asked Chowder
“Yeah” said Mcclane
He sat down on the grass and took out the marble. Mcclane then pressed the button and the image of the Critic and the Nerd appeared
“What is it this time?” asked the Critic
“Yeah” said the Nerd “We’re very busy”
“We just wanna know how much longer” replied Mcclane
“Again!” said the Critic and the Nerd in unison
“Well I’m sorry” said Mcclane “But we’re running low on supplies”
“Look” said the Critic “Just keep heading south and you’ll get there in time”
“That’s what you said last time!” said Chowder “And the time before that!”
“Whoa” said the Nerd “I think the signal’s fading”
“No wait!” said Mclane as the image of the two of them disappeared. He swore and threw the orb on the ground. Chowder ran over to it and picked it up. He then inspected it
“Oh good” said Chowder “It’s not damaged”. He then put it back in his backpack
“Well” said Chowder “Let’s go”
“Go?” said Mcclane
“Yeah” said Chowder walking away “To Elmore where we can find that pipe and then travel to the mushroom kingdom and then-“
“Forget it” said Mcclane who then started walking in the other direction
“Where ya going?” asked Chowder
“Home” replied Mcclane
“What!” said Chowder “What about saving the world?”
“Screw it” said Mcclane “I’m on this adventure against my will. We’ve been travelling forever. We ain’t gonna reach Elmore, so I’m quittin while I’m ahead”
“But we can’t!” said Chowder “We’ve got to do it. For our friends and family’s sake!”
“You can” said Mcclane “But I’m outta here”. He then began to walk away
“Fine!” said Chowder who walked off in the opposite direction
Walking away from Chowder, Mcclane felt good. He was right. The whole thing was a waste of time. Besides he needed to police New York City, he didn’t have time to worry about some stupid adventure
“But is it right?” he asked himself “Leaving the little guy to do the deed on his own” Then he shook his head. Who cared? Chowder was able to take care of himself. Then he heard Chowder’s familiar voice in his head. He tried to block it out. Only he then realised that Chowder was in fact calling for him. He turned round to see Chowder running down the hill towards him
“Quick!” said Chowder “You gotta see this”
Mcclane ran after Chowder who ran back up the hill. When they got to the top, Mcclane sighed with relief.
Sprawling below the hill in front of them was a massive city. It stretched for miles with buildings as far as the eyes could see.
“Come on” said Chowder “Let’s go”
The two of them set off down the hill towards the city of Elmore
When they got inside the town, they instantly realised something was wrong. The streets were completely empty and no sounds could be heard. Not even the typical sounds of traffic in the distance
“What the hell?” said Mcclane
“Hello!” yelled Chowder “If there’s anybody here, say something”
He got no answer.
“Come on” said Mcclane “Let’s see what we can find.”
They’d been travelling for about 5 minutes when they turned into another street near what they were estimating was the centre of town. The street was empty like every other one they’d encountered with occasional signs of conflict such as smashed windows or destroyed cars. This street also had a large school bus abandoned on its side.
“What do you think happened?” asked Chowder
“I don’t know” replied Mcclane “Maybe they’ve all been wiped out”
“No!” said Chowder “There must be somebody still alive around here. Maybe they’re all playing hide and seek”
“What!?” said Mcclane
“You know” said Chowder “Hide and seek where everyone except one guy hides and the other guy has to find them”
“I know what it is!” said Mcclane “Now shut up. We’ve got to find somebody who can help us”
“And some food” added Chowder. He then turned to his right and saw what he was looking for
“Hey look” said Chowder pointing.
Mcclane looked where Chowder was pointing and saw a small petrol station at the end of the street
“This is no time to be thinking about food!” said Mcclane “We’ve gotta find out what’s goin on!”
“Aw please” said Chowder “There might even be someone there”
Mcclane sighed “Oh all right then. If it’ll make you happy”
The two of them set off down the street.
When they entered the petrol station, Chowder was amazed by how big it was. The ones in Marzipan city usually had two or three shelves. This however had enough shelves to be a small supermarket. However most of the shelves were empty as was the cashier desk next to the doors
“Hello!” yelled Chowder. The hello echoed through the store, but he got no response.
“Come on” said Mcclane “Let’s make this quick”. The two of them then split up with Chowder going to the left and Mcclane going to the right.
Walking through the empty shop gave Chowder a sense of unease. There were no products on the shelves and nobody appeared to be in it. When he reached the end of one aisle without finding any food or drinks, he was ready to give up when he heard footsteps on the other side of his aisle. Chowder decided to find out who it was. Even if it was just Mcclane he could at least find out if he’d had any luck.
When Chowder walked round the aisle, the figure he saw was almost certainly not Mcclane. It was bluish in colour with several red vein-like patterns across its head and big black eyes. The top of its head resembled a brain while the body was segmented like a bug. Its feet and hands had two claws rather than fingers and it was clutching something in its right hand. It was walking with a limp, as though it had been wounded
“Hey!” yelled Chowder “Are you ok?”
The thing held up the object which Chowder saw was a metal oval with a small ball on the end. It also had a grip with a trigger.
“Gun!” yelled Chowder and ran to his left as a blast of light shot at where he’d been standing.
As he ran down the aisles, Chowder felt a terrible sense of déjà vu. Which meant that he wasn’t concentrating on where he was going and ran straight into a wall.
When he’d collected his bearings, he found that he’d ran into a corner. He turned round to find that the creature was standing over him and had blocked him in. It raised its gun. Before it could fire, a noise like a watermelon being stabbed sounded out. Then the creature fell over revealing a knife in the back of its head and Mcclane standing there
“Ya know, we’ve really gotta stop doing this” said Mcclane
“John!” yelled Chowder, running up to him and hugging his leg
“It’s ok” said Mcclane pushing him off “Just don’t do that”
“Where did you get the knife?” asked Chowder
“There’s a sale at the back” replied Mcclane “Now let’s get outta here”
As the two of them walked through the shop, the silence was deafening. Neither of them could comprehend what was going on. Chowder hoped the residents of Elmore were safe.
They’d just walked out of the petrol station and into the street when a voice yelled “Hey!”
They looked at where the voice came from and saw a small blue figure and a small orange figure walking up to them. As the figures got closer, Chowder and Mcclane were able to get a better look at them.
The blue figure looked like a small cat wearing a beige sweater and black trousers while the orange figured looked like a fish wearing trainers.
“Excuse me” said Chowder “Can you help us? We’re looking for a-“
“Shut up!” yelled the blue figure “Put your hands in the air!”
“You gotta be kidding” said Mcclane
“Just do it” said the blue cat
“Erm… dude?” said the fish “What are you doing?”
“Shhhh!” said the cat “They could be baddies”
“I don’t think they are” said the fish
The cat rolled his eyes
“Of course they are! Look at them!”
“Hey” said the Fish “Looks aren’t everything. They may look different, but that doesn’t mean they’re bad. Besides they might be able to help us”
The fish then turned to Chowder and Mcclane
“Sorry about my brother” said the Fish “He’s just a bit nervous. Although you can’t really blame him after what happened”
“So what happened?” asked Mcclane
“Well…” said the cat nervously “A few days ago, some bad guys came to our town. They said that the town was under new management. When we refused, they trashed the town and made us work for them”
“Those bastards!” said Mcclane
“What’s that mean?” said the fish
“I’ll tell you when you’re older” said the cat
“Well who are you guys anyway?” asked Chowder
“I’m Gumball” replied the cat “And this is my adoptive brother Darwin”
“Is there anyone else?” asked Mcclane. Gumball looked around to see if nobody was watching
“Well there’s our Mom, Dad and little sister Anais”
“Can you take us there?” asked Chowder
“Sure” said Darwin “Follow us”
As Gumball and Darwin set off through the streets of the Elmore with Mcclane and Chowder following, Mcclane had a thought
“Hey. What’re you guys doin out here anyway?”
“Looking for supplies” said Gumball
A few minutes later, the group had arrived at an intersection. Gumball peaked round a corner, then looked back at the team with a terrified look
“Quick!” he said “Hide”
“From what?” asked Chowder. Then the whole group heard a loud boom and felt the ground shake slightly. Without hesitation, Mcclane and Chowder followed Gumball and Darwin inside the remains of a pizza place and hid behind the counter. After a few seconds, a large metal pole slammed down outside the shop window. Mcclane got up from the counter and walked over to it. Chowder followed him
“No!” said Gumball.
When Mcclane and Chowder got to the window, they both gasped.
Towering over the shop was an enormous white three legged robot. Its 3 legs were stiff and mechanical and moved in perfect timing, allowing the machine to remain perfectly balanced. Looking at the front, they could just make out a metal tube poking out of the bottom of the front, which Mcclane guessed was some kind of weapon. The two of them ducked back behind the counter and waited.
A few minutes later, Gumball got up from behind the counter and looked out the door. The street was empty again, so he gestured to the other three who followed him out the door.
A while later, the group were still trekking through the town. They’d left the city area and were now in a residential neighbourhood.
“Are we there yet?” asked Chowder
“Nearly” said Gumball
“But I’m bored!” said Chowder “And hungry!”
“Don’t worry” said Darwin “We’ve got food at our place”
Chowder perked up at this
“Well come on John!” he said “We’ve gotta hurry”
A few minutes later, the group turned into another street.
“There we are” said Gumball pointing to a house. It was blue with a patio and white bannisters at the front.
Gumball and Darwin led them to the front of the house. However instead of going up the patio to the front door, they began to walk round to the left side.
“Where are ya goin?” asked Mcclane “The entrance’s right there”
“Yeah” said Gumball “But our family’s round here.”
Chowder and Mcclane followed them around the side of the house to a trap door. Gumball and Darwin looked around, then knocked on the door. Silence. Then a female voice asked “Who is it?”
“It’s Gumball and Darwin” replied Gumball “We’ve brought friends”. A few seconds later, the trapdoors opened revealing a female cat similar in appearance to Gumball.
“Where have you been!” she yelled. Gumball and Darwin looked at the floor
“Sorry mom” replied Gumball
“Yeah” said Darwin “We were just trying to find food”
“You still put yourselves in danger. And worried us!” said Nichole
“But we did it for you!” said Gumball “We’re low on food. We’ve got to find something!”
Nichole sighed “Well Ok… Just don’t let it happen again”
Mcclane coughed to get her attention. Nicole turned and saw them
“Are these the friends you were talking about?” she asked
“Yeah” said Darwin
Nichole eyed them suspiciously
“Well ok” she said “You can come in”
The basement of the house had only a faint bulb for light. Packets of food and bottles of water sat in the corner and sleeping bags were scattered all over the floor. In the corner was a large pink rabbit in a suit and tie sleeping. A smaller pink rabbit was sitting in the corner playing with a small purple doll. As soon as she saw Gumball and Darwin, her eyes widened
“Gumball, Darwin!” she yelled running up to them and hugging Gumball
“Hey Anais” said Gumball hugging her. As soon as Anais let go of Gumball, she looked at Mcclane and Chowder confused
“Who are these guys?” asked Anais
“They’re our new friends, Chowder and Mcclane” said Darwin
“Hi” said Chowder nervously approaching Anais
“What’s wrong with you?” asked Anais
“You look a lot like some girl I don’t like in my hometown” said Chowder
“Who’s the big guy?” asked Mcclane
“That’s my dad” replied Gumball “You can call him Richard”
“Hey Richard!” said Nicole, walking up to him “We’ve got visitors”. Richard opened his left eye slightly
“Ok” said Richard yawning “Wake me up when dinner’s on”. Nicole sighed and turned to Mcclane and Chowder
“Sorry about this” she said “He’s a really nice guy usually”
“I’ll bet” said Mcclane “But we’ve got more important matters to attend to. “We need to find something called a “Warp pipe? Ever heard of it?”
The whole family minus Richard who was asleep, looked at Mcclane with a blank look on his face. Finally Darwin spoke
“Erm…no we haven’t”
“Well is there anyone who does?” asked Mcclane
“I dunno” replied Gumball “We haven’t seen anybody since the bad dudes came”
“Well we’re gonna have to get goin’ then. There must be someone in this town who knows something”
As they turned to leave, Gumball spoke up
“Take me with you”
“No honey!” said Nicole. Mcclane and Chowder both turned to face him
“She’s right kid” said Mcclane “You’ll never survive out there”
“But you let Chowder come with you!” said Gumball
“Only because I’m the legendary hero” said Chowder
“But I can help” said Gumball, getting down on his knees
“Please! I’m begging you!”
“Why do you wanna come with us so bad?” asked Chowder.
“Well…” said Gumball. He hesitated and look at Chowder “It’s silly. But there’s this girl I love. Her name’s Penny and she’s probably the greatest girl in the world. I don’t know if she’s even alive. But I’ve gotta know”
“Ew!” said Chowder “Girls are annoying! They just chase you everywhere and never leave you alone”
“Not this one” said Gumball “She’s the greatest girl in the world”
Chowder huffed and folded his arms
“Well I don’t get girls”
“Trust me” said Gumball “When you meet the one…”
“Well it doesn’t matter!” yelled Mcclane “You can’t come and that’s final!”
“I agree” said Nicole, standing up from where she’d been sitting
“I can’t risk putting my own children in danger. If something happened to you…”
Nicole shut her eyes and clenched.
“But we have to go!” said a small voice
Everyone looked at where the voice came from and saw Anais standing there with her eyes wide open.
“I know we’re all scared. And that’s natural. But we’ve got to do something. Sooner or later we’ll run out of supplies. And that’s not worth thinking about”
Nicole opened her mouth to say something, but Anais continued
“Not only that, but our friends could be in danger. We can’t just stand there while they’re suffering.”
She stepped forward
“And that is why I want to come with you”
Chowder and Mcclane’s jaws were hanging wide open. Finally Chowder spoke
“Ok. You guys can help us.”
“I’ll come too” said Darwin “I’m smarter than I look”
“Ok” she said “I’ve not really got a choice”
She then walked up to Richard and shook him. Richard opened his eyes
“What is it?” he asked
“Come on” said Nicole “We’re going out”
“That’s great honey” said Richard “I’ll stay here and guard the house”
Nicole scowled at him
“Oh OK” he sighed.
After walking around town for an hour, the group still hadn’t found anyone. They were beginning to feel hopeless
“Maybe there’s no one left” said Mcclane
“Don’t say that!” said Darwin whirling round to look at him “We’ve got to try, no matter what!”
“You keep saying that” said Mcclane “It’s getting boring”
“So what should we do next?” asked Nicole
“Well we’ve got to keep looking” said Anais “Somebody else must’ve survived
While the group were arguing, Chowder’s mind wandered off. He thought about food. It must’ve been at least 2 hours since he’d eaten. Then he perked up. Inside a video shop across the street, he saw a dark shadow move in front of the front window.
“Hey guys!” he said “I saw something inside that shop over there!”
The whole group instantly stopped arguing and looked at him
“It’s our best shot so far” said Nicole “Let’s go”
When the group got inside the shop, the first thing they saw was a large dark shape in the corner. The shop itself had various electronic gadgets and computer games on its shelves.
“Hello?” said Mcclane.
The creature spun round, revealing itself to be a large black crab like creature with several legs and huge pincers. It began to lurch menacingly towards them. Mcclane drew his gun and fired a shot at it. But it had no effect.
“Run for it!” yelled Nicole
“The door’s jammed!” said Richard frantically pulling it.
As the group tried to open the door, escape seemed hopeless. Until a TV on the shelf turned on
“Hey” said the host of the show “Leave them alone!”
The creature stopped and looked at the TV. Confused, it began to walk towards the set which jumped off the shelf and smashed it hard on the head, destroying the TV and knocking the creature to the ground.
As the group eased closer to the destroyed TV, a female voice said “Hi Gumball”. Then a small white figure with an emo haircut and a bow on her head appeared floating in the air
“Ghost!” yelled Chowder who hid behind Mcclane
“Carrie!” said Gumball and Darwin
“You know this thing?” said Mcclane
“Hey!” said Carrie “I’m not a thing, I’m an emo ghost”
“How did you escape being captured?” asked Nicole
“Don’t be dumb” said Carrie “Nobody captures me”
“Is there anybody else?” said Mcclane
“Yeah” said Carrie “Those bad dudes have them prisoner at the junk yard”
“The junk yard?” said Darwin
“Yeah” said Carrie
“How do we get there?” asked Mcclane
Carrie looked surprised
“You’re not seriously thinking of going there are you?” she said “Nobody I know has come out of that place”
“Course we are” said Mcclane “If we’re gonna save the world, then we’ve got no choice”
“Then I’m coming with you” said Carrie “You look like you could use my help”
“Sure thing” said Chowder “We need all the help we can get. Now how do you get to the junkyard?”
“I know the way” said Nicole “Follow me!”