When the group arrived at the scrap yard, the first thing they saw was a large fence around it with signs warning outsiders to go away.
“Well I’m off” said Chowder, walking away
“Where’re you going?” asked Mcclane grabbing him by the scruff of Chowder’s shirt
“Well we’re not allowed in, so we’ve gotta go home” replied Chowder
“What!!!” said Mcclane
“Well” said Chowder “Mung always says to obey the signs and-“
“Shut up” said Mcclane “We’re gonna have to disobey a few signs if we wanna save the world”
“Oh yeah” said Chowder. Mcclane put him back on the ground.
The group walked around the fence. After a while, Mcclane (who was leading the group stopped them). Looking forwards, they could see a gate guarded by two of the crab creatures from earlier.
“That’s probably our best bet” said Nicole.
“If we can get past those things” said Mcclane
“No problem” said Carrie drifting forwards.
Before the group could stop her, she’d appeared in front of the creatures.
As soon as the creatures saw her, they put their claws up.
“Hi boys” said Carrie “I was wondering if you could help me”
The creatures cocked their heads to one side
“I’ve found something that I think you’ll like”
The creatures eased closer to Carrie. She then shot into one and vanished. As the second one stared in shock. It then had its head taken clean off by the one Carrie had possessed. Carrie then walked back to the group in the crab thing’s body
“Well” she said “What do you think?”
Mcclane and Chowder were both silent. Finally Chowder spoke
“It’s…. Ok, I suppose”
“Well let’s get going” said Darwin
“Wait” said Mcclane “The place is gonna be crawling with guards.”
“Well I’ll stay like this” said Carrie “Then they’ll think I’m one of them taking prisoners back”
“Good idea” said Nicole “Let’s go
Carrie then led the group through the gate into the scrap yard
The scrap yard was filled with the metal remains of old cars, gadgets or anything made of metal. As Carrie led them through, they could feel the stares on the other creatures (Which consisted of more crab creatures and the brain mutants from earlier) as well as other prisoners who were moving scrap. Noticing the stares, the Carrie/crab let out a series of noises. Most of the creatures stopped looking at that point, but a few continued to stare.
“How did you do that?” asked Chowder
“Whenever I possess something I can read its mind and learn what it knows” said Carrie “I told them I was escorting new prisoners”
“Why are they staring at us?” asked Darwin
“They probably haven’t had any new prisoners for a while” said Nicole
“How do you know?” asked Mcclane
“I don’t” replied Nicole
After walking through the hordes and hordes of scrap for a while, the group arrived at a huge metal factory with four chimneys.
Carrie walked up to the front door and rang the intercom. A series of similar crab noises followed. Carrie responded by telling the intercom in crab noises that she had prisoners for the factory.
The voice on the intercom told her it would inform the boss.
In his office, Lord Vader was sitting comfortable and going over the paper work for the day’s production. He’d just reached page 3 of the invoices when his desk radio turned on. A series of crab noises came through the radio. A translator installed in his helmet allowed him to understand that new prisoners had been brought in
“Excellent” he thought before telling the crab on the other end of the radio “Wait there. I shall attend to them myself”
He then set off from his office to the front entrance of the factory
“So what do we do when he gets here?” asked Mcclane. The group were waiting in the room just inside the front entrance. The room was made of steel and had various monitors and lights along the walls. It smelt oily and was very hot. On a small desk in front of the front door was an intercom with a microphone
“Simple” replied Crab Carrie “When the guy in charge gets here, I’ll find out what’s happened to our friends. Then we’ll sneak into the factory, rescue them and shut the place down”
“What could be simpler!” said Chowder.
The door at the end of the corridor then opened revealing a man dressed in black with a black cape and black helmet that completely covered his face. He was breathing heavily. Chowder wondered if he was a pack a day smoker. When the figure reached them, he inspected them.
“I see” he said “And you found them wandering the street”
The Carrie crab replied with “That’s right” in a series of crab noises.
“Wrong!” he yelled, causing the whole group to jump
“You’re no Garthim!”
With that, he fired a bolt of lightning from his hand which struck the garthim destroying it. A few seconds later, Carrie appeared in the wreckage. She shot at Vader only for him to hold his hand out, causing her to fling back.
“Now” said Vader “You’re going to come with me.”
He looked at Mcclane
“Especially you, outsider”
“Screw you!” yelled Mcclane (although he used a much stronger word then screw) who then whipped out his handgun and fired 3 shots into Vader’s chest.
Vader looked down at where the bullets struck. Unfazed he looked back up
“That was a very foolish move”
Vader then held out his hand
“This is what happens to people who oppose me”
As the group collectively grimaced and prepared for the inevitable, Carrie shot at Vader. He screamed as she hurled herself onto his mask
“Run!” she yelled
As the group ran past Vader who was struggling with Carrie, Darwin yelled “Come with us!”
“Go on without me!” said Carrie
Darwin screamed “No!” as Nicole dragged him away into the factory
Vader managed to knock Carrie away. He then ran over to the intercom and turned it on
“Attention all units. Intruders are loose in the factory. Find them and bring them to me!”
Chowder and the gang had taken cover in a small alcove in-between some machinery. Mcclane peaked out from the alcove to see a group of Garthim and Mutants heading towards them. He leaned away. The group watched as the minions walked past. The seconds felt like an eternity as the creatures looked around the room. Eventually they walked away without noticing the group who breathed a collective sigh of relief.
“So what’s the plan?” asked Nicole
“We go back and save Carrie” said Darwin who turned to leave
“No!” said Mcclane “You go back in there, you’ll be captured. Or worse-“
“So you’re saying we should just leave her!!!” said Darwin
“We got no choice” said Mcclane “We can’t face up to that guy until we know what we’re dealing with.”
“Neither can Carrie” said Darwin “If we leave her behind, we’re as bad as them”
“Well we can’t do a goddamn thing!” said Mcclane “If we’re gonna save this town, we gotta make a few sacrifices”
“Then I don’t wanna be a part of it” said Darwin with tears in his eyes “I’m goin’ home! If you wanna save this town, do it yourselves”
“Hey buddy-“ said Gumball, moving in to comfort his adopted brother “I’m sorry. But he’s right. If we wanna save our town, we’re gonna have to listen to him. He’s our best hope at the moment”
“And leave our friend to die?” said Darwin “Some hope”
“Can I say something” said Chowder. Everyone turned to look at him
“Go ahead” said Anais
“Well…” said Chowder, looking at the floor “I don’t know if this is the right thing to say but here goes. My master always says that sometimes we have to make choices. Sometimes they’re not always the best ones, but we just have to do what we can.”
Darwin looked at Chowder
“You really think so?”
“Well I’m not completely sure” said Chowder “But I know we’ve got to save the town.”
“I guess you’re right” said Darwin. He turned to Mcclane
“So what’s the plan?”
As the group made their way through the factory, they were all on high alert. With every mutant and Garthim in the factory looking for them, they had good reason to be
“So let’s go over it one more time” said Chowder
Mcclane sighed “Again! I’ve told you. We’re gonna find out where the rest of the town are being held. Then we’ll try and find out where the control room is and set them free”
“Ok” said Chowder “I think I got it”
“Hey” said Richard “What’s that sign say?”
The group could see a set of double doors at the end of the corridor. Above it was a sign. When they got closer, the group saw that it said “Factory floor”
“That sounds promising” said Nicole
When the group made it through the doors, the first thing they did was collectively gasp. They were on a metal walkway about two stories up, overlooking an enormous production area. All around the factory, cartoon characters were loading metal into huge metal machines which were making extremely loud clanking noises. The scrap was taken through the machines which were being operated by mutants and was being made into weapons of some sort. The whole room smelled of oil and machinery. To top it all off, it was like being in a sauna
“So that’s why they set up base in the scrap yard” said Anais. The group made their way along the walkway until they came to a set of stairs. They walked down the stairs, treading carefully so that they wouldn’t get spotted. When they reached the bottom, the group crept closer to one of the production lines and hid behind a pile of scrap metal where they could get a better look at what was going on.
“Hey!” yelled one of the townspeople to a Garthim that was flogging him with a whip “I’m movin!. The figure in question had a long spindly body and a disproportionately large head and was made from origami paper. He was loading metal into a machine, although obviously not quick enough as evidenced by the way the Garthim was whipping him
“Stop!” yelled a female voice.
A girl resembling a peanut with antlers ran up to the Garthim
“We’re working as hard as we can! How do you expect us to meet your demands?”
The Garthim said nothing. Instead it simply raised its whip. As the girl shut her eyes in anticipation, she thought she heard someone call out her name. Both she and the Garthim looked at where the voice came from, only to see nothing.
“Are you crazy!!!” said Mcclane “You’ll get us discovered”
Gumball moved Mcclane’s hand off his mouth and pulled himself up from the floor.
“But that’s her! That’s Penny!”
“Well there’s nothing we can do” said Nicole “We’ve got to keep moving”
“But how are we gonna get through without being spotted?” asked Anais “There’s guards everywhere”
While they were talking, Chowder looked to his right. Concerned, he then turned to the group and said “Guys?”
The rest of the group looked to their right and saw a mutant staring at them. Mcclane swore under his breath as it approached them
“I’ve got it!” said Richard who grabbed a sharp piece of metal from the pile
“No!” yelled Mcclane. But it was in vain. Richard hurled the metal spike at the mutant. It hit it’s head and carried on going before coming out the other side and stopping half way. The mutant then fell on the floor causing the bit of metal lodged in its head to hit the ground with a loud clang. Mcclane looked over the pile of scrap and saw that several Garthim and Mutants were approaching them.
“Run for it!” he said
Penny watched as a strange looking man ran out from behind the pile followed by a small purple creature. She then did a double take and couldn’t believe her eyes when Gumball and his family ran out, following the man.
“Gumball!” she yelled. Unfortunately he didn’t hear her. So without thinking she ran after him. (Due to budget cutbacks, there were no restraints on the prisoners on the factory floor. Plus it allowed them to move quicker. Additionally the guards stopped them from attempting to flee by intimidating them)
“Get outta my way!” yelled Mcclane as a mutant stepped in front of him. He punched it hard in the face knocking it sideways where it collided with a large piece of machinery. Mcclane carried on running with the rest of the group.
Chowder ran along the floor until another mutant appeared in front of him. Without thinking, he hurled himself onto the floor and slide right between its legs.
The mutant looked up just in time to see Nicole’s fist collide with its face which knocked it to the floor.
Just before they reached the door, a duo of Garthim stepped out in front of them. The group stopped as the Garthim began to approach them.
“We’re trapped!” said Darwin
“No! Really!” replied Mcclane.
They then heard a voice from behind them yell “Over here!” The group looked at where the voice came from to see Penny peeking out from a small door to their right. They ran towards the door and straight through into the room which appeared to be a small office with another door in front of them. As soon as they got in, Nicole slammed the door
“Quick!” she said “Barricade it!”
Mcclane and Richard quickly grabbed a filing cabinet and moved it in front of the door.
“So” said Mcclane, turning to Penny
“Gumball!” yelled Penny
“Penny!” yelled Gumball
As the two of them embraced, Penny was the first to speak
“I thought you were dead” she said
“Me too” said Gumball
Penny looked confused
“You thought you were dead?”
“No…” said Gumball “But it doesn’t matter. It’s just that I’ve always wanted to say-“
Mcclane coughed to get their attention.
“Sorry to break up your reunion, but we’re a little pressed for time. So whaddya no?
Penny sighed nervously
“Well everyone in the town’s been captured. As you probably saw we’re being forced to make weapons against our will”
“Yeah” said Mcclane “We’re here to help you. Our first plan is to free the rest of the townsfolk. If we get enough people helping us we might just be able to stop them”
“Then you should head downstairs” said Penny “We work in shifts. The guys not on shift are kept downstairs in cells.”
“Wait” said Chowder “Are your family down there to?”
“Yeah” said Penny “I offered to go up in my mom’s place”
“But why?” asked Chowder
“Because I thought it was the right thing to do” said Penny “I’m younger and in better shape then her”
“That’s so like you” said Gumball “Always caring for others”
Penny blushed and turned back to Chowder
“Who are you guys anyway?”
“My name’s Chowder and this is John Mcclane” replied Chowder “I’m the legendary hero who’s going to save the world and Mcclane is my loyal sidekick”
“Thank you for that” said a voice from behind the door. Said door then opened revealing a familiar figure in black along with several Garthim. A few seconds later another one ran up and joined the group
“Vader!” exclaimed the whole group
Once Vader had the group apprehended and had their weapons and equipment confiscated, he demanded that Chowder and Vader be sent to a place known as the torture chamber whilst the rest of the group be sent to the prisons. The torture chamber was exactly how Chowder imagined it. A blank grey room with every instrument of torture covering the walls and a few bloodstains for good measure.
As soon as Vader had brought them into the room, he had the two Garthim accompanying him, chain Mcclane and Chowder to the walls. Then he approached the two of them
“Now” said Vader putting his mask close to Chowder’s face “You can make this painless for yourself very easily. Where are the runes?”
“The what?” asked Chowder
“Do not play dumb with me” said Vader “My superiors are looking for the Runes that hold this world’s power. So it’s very much in your best interests to be honest with me.”
“Or whaddya gonna do?” asked Chowder mockingly
“What do ya think!” said Mcclane “Look around you!”
“Very observant” said Vader.
He then gestured to the Garthim. One of them walked over to the right wall and picked up a long metal pole with a prong at the end. The other grabbed a similar pole only this one had a small metal buzzsaw on the end.
“Good choices” said Vader. He gestured to the Garthim on the left
“This Garthim has an electric prod which is currently set to 5000 volts. Which is the lowest level.”
Mcclane and Chowder simultaneously gulped. Vader continued
“This Garthim on the other hand has a small buzzsaw which is capable of tearing through diamonds with little to no effort. Now are you sure you don’t want to tell me”
“I’m telling you we don’t know nothing!” yelled Mcclane. Sweat was running down his face and Chowder practically had tears in his eyes
“As you wish” said Vader “I don’t have time to waste, So I’ll leave you with the Garthim”
He walked towards the exit, stopping before he left the room
“By the way. When they talk or die, let me know”