ACME Ace Detective, Inventor
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Chapter 36The Splash Squad planned their next offensive against Make Out Point #5 at the Omsk Academic Drama Theatre and headed out to do battle. They found it was going to be quite the festive theatrical one as Shakespearean-themed Pop Bots descended upon them. They would blast quotations from many famous plays and attack with swords Spears, axes, and muskets. While the girls found the wardrobes quite romance inspiring; they were not hesitating to make them defeat them causing them to go into overly dramatic death throes. The Splash Squad got caught up in the moment and were speaking in ways that would make Shakespeare quite proud. Dmitri exclaimed, “Verily! We shall strike at thee foul machinations till we find thy wicked Love Trial; and drive a stake through its heart!”
Polly coming up to a double door spoke while switching to her Splash Cannon saying thusly, “While I am but a humble demoiselle your ilk vexes me to no end and so I say unto you; FEEL MINE RIGHTEOUS FURY!!!” Polly fired her cannon and blasted the Play Pops and the door open. Team Splash was changed into Shakespearean garb for the battle that was to come by Fashion Pop Bots from the backstage wardrobe. Dmitri and Nicolai were dressed in knight and archer clothing and armor; while Polly and Ann were put into beautiful medieval ballroom gowns. Inside they ran, yet unbeknownst to our heroes the Trial of Love was there and the stage lights shone down brightly upon it. It was revealed in all its glory to be the Love Inn, a mobile pink robot modeled after a hotel. Of course, this hotel was not very inviting or hospitable and began to fire weapons from the windows that opened.
Occasionally robot guests and staff would pop out of the windows and throw luggage and shoes at Team Splash. Ann yelled, “Forsooth! We be not cats! Quit throwing thine cobbled shoes!” Ann fired her custom paint AK48 at the windows and managed to destroy some of them as the Inn moved around on its two treads. Suddenly Polly was grabbed by a rope that shot out from the front door and was pulled inside. Polly then had to navigate the traps and enemies to get back out, and while that was happening on the upper balcony a Pop Bot dressed as Juliet emerged while a Romeo Pop Bot came up from the ground below. A sappy narrator Pop Bot started telling the tale of Romeo and Juliet while an audience of Pop Bots listened intently. When Team Splash was doing well however they would boo and hurl various things onto the stage trying to hit them.
Polly having blasted a Play Pop Bot to pieces was confronted by a Pop Bot swordsman with who she began sword fighting. The Love Inn opened lengthwise revealing the three inner levels Polly had to fight through to get to the fourth floor. There was a wall made of transparent material letting everyone look inside but also preventing Polly from escaping by simply jumping out onto the stage and it made it look like a nice side-scrolling adventure game. Forward she bravely advanced dodging one dastardly trap after another, mostly. After getting tied up to a vertical platform she had to think fast to free herself before it spun around and she was taken behind the wall while Sword Pop laughed maniacally. She managed to free herself and continue onward battling the dark sword-bot.
Dmitri managed to rush inside the Love Inn narrowly avoiding tomatoes tossed in his direction and began heroically battling through the evil devices. Polly was pushing the Sword Pop to the balcony when it gained the upper hand and sent her over the edge. Polly hung on for dear life as Dmitri began to fight the Pop Bot while Pop Juliet took out her noticeably large ax to punish Dmitri for interrupting her scene. Dmitri ducked causing the ax to cleave the Sword Pop in twain giving him time to run to Polly and pull her up. Pop Juliet would not be denied however as Pop Romeo scaled the wall of the Love Inn to join his beloved in combat. In to the Love Inn, they ran as the fourth floor changed to a ballroom. Gracefully they danced divinely while fighting against the two mechanical lovers and their fellow Play Pop Bot dancers.
Dmitri and Polly had suddenly found themselves in a deadly dance competition. They figured Sachi and Candy originally intended this set up for dancing with Double Trouble, but now it was being used to destroy them. Polly remarked, “This is ridiculous! We have to out dance those robots or the floor area we’re standing on will electrocute us!” Dmitri annoyed said, “I don’t think we could fight them if we wanted to the floor is booby-trapped, but if I must dance… I’m… glad… its… with… you.” Polly slightly blushing replied, “Is it that hard to say that to me? I must make you really nervous my good sir. So I guess this is the part where I take your hand and we’ll make it?” Dmitri answered, “Well I guess it is and together we will win my lady.”
Dmitri and Polly danced, fought, and eliminated their competition couple by couple until only they and Romeo and Juliet remained. At this point, the pretense of frivolity came to an end as the declared winners were Dmitri and Polly. Romeo Pop and Juliet Pop took out their weapons and charged the two back out onto the balcony where they hoped to fell their rivals. But alas they were defeated by Dmitri and Polly and sent over the edge crashing to the floor below. Holding hands they happily proclaimed throughout the land, “Real love need not be manufactured and emulated by the masses. When you say how you truly feel that is romance at its most powerful.”
The silent theater erupted in massive boos and hisses as multiple objects were thrown at the two. This unexpectedly damaged the Love Inn making it easier for Team Splash to finish it off in quite dramatic fashion. As the Love Inn sparked, belched smoke, and collapsed onto the stage floor, Team Splash bowed and curtsied to the crowd as they all exploded in their seats sending springs and gears safely raining down around them. They all exclaimed, “Truly we have triumphed and have victory! And now we shall go on our merry way!”
The KDS had officially dropped VCG popularity to 30% and people were throwing off their number ratings in large numbers. VCG propaganda forcefully showed a static image of Sachi and Candy while repeating slogans in an attempt to instill a sense of normalcy. But the people were not fooled, mostly and the VCG was going to make their final stand at the Giftedness Development Center. And why not after all who were more gifted than Sachi and Candy. Certainly not Polly, Ann, or blech Patty. As they took the Book of Love and readied for the coming assault Sachi started ranting on air. Sachi furiously yelled, “They are cheating! It’s not fair! They keep running up walls and ceilings and using those stupid gum bubble shields to protect themselves! If it wasn’t for those gummy paint powers, we would have won by now. Then Double Trouble would be taking us out on hot dates!”
Candy just as upset lamented, “The people of Omsk have failed us! It’s too bad and so sad! But worry not dear citizens the VCG has a final solution! We are going to send all the swans we caught at Bird’s Haven to Make Out Point #6 and arrange our beautiful party game ballet dance mix party! I even added a second party to the title to make a party sandwich whether you like it or not! HAHAHAHAHA!!! We’ll be sitting pretty in our throne chairs while a wonderful performance commences and then our Book of Love shall proclaim us the most loving girls ever!” The VCG made it clear this would be a live transmission on VILE TV they just may have forgot to ask permission first. The swans were held in cages spread throughout the Make Out Point to make the scenery more romantic. And if Splash Squad managed to make it to the ballet throne room, they would have their most powerful Trial of Love waiting; The Love Doll.
It was a gala event and all the cool crime kids were attending especially fellow VILE classmates. But this did not deter Splash Squad as their recon unit gathered the information for the final assault. Dmitri said to his forces, “Now is the time to end their reign of sugarcoated evil! We will have victory and I will finally raise the KDS flag over the remains of their tainted love!” The rebels inspired ran off to face the VCG and defeat them once and for all. As they did Galina told them the Owl would be watching over them and their wisdom and diligence would not be forgotten. What they found on getting to the school was an amalgamation of all the Pop Bot forces they had previously fought.
Polly scanning the schoolyard battlefield commented, “Are you kidding me? they’re leftover Pop Bots from places we’ve been already. Boring!” But suddenly the army-themed Pop Bots marched forward from their camp tent-sized camo-colored dome-shaped bases. Pop-shaped-sized tanks, planes, and other toy military vehicles stood in opposition to the Splash Squad and General Pop made it clear there would be no quarter in fact he repeated it saying, “Bzzt! I repeat Splash Squad throw down your art supplies and surrender immediately! This. Is. Your. Last. Chance!” The Splash Squad remembering all they had been through didn’t need to say anything.
As a light rain began to fall they yelled as they charged forward. The Splash Squad and Pop Bots clashed with all the fury each side had to give. While the battle was raging a messenger from Fleet Zeddelin delivered a letter from VILE Command. Sachi opened the letter and read aloud, “You two are in big trouble do you understand me? You are ordered to stop your silly games as of now…” Sachi stopped reading and passed the letter to Candy who tossed it in the trash can. Sachi said, “She wants to ruin everything like always but we're going to win now and she can't stop it.” Candy added, “Like yeah! Plus I already have my first dance with Trouble picked out the waltz! What do you think about that Mr. Swan?”
The swan being a bird didn’t think too much of it nor did any of his kind trapped in cages there. However, Splash Squad was taking time out to find and free all the caged swans that strangely enough the school's Owl mascot murals kept leading them to. It was almost as if the murals were speaking to them in the back of their minds. As one might expect the freed swans followed their liberators in a single file as they advanced through the rooms of the school. Ann observing the situation said, “It's nice the swans are helping us, but where did they get those cute army helmets from?” All questions like that would have to wait as the Army Pops' second line of defense was activated. General Pop yelled, “Brzzt! PBzzte to be annihilated, Splash fools!”
The Annihilator 300 was activated and began trying to annihilate the Splash Squad. It said, “Prepare to be annihilated. And you Air Pops over there. Get in de chopaaa!” The Air Pops did as ordered and began firing from near the ceiling. Dmitri brought them crashing down fast on top of the Annihilator who just before exploding said, “I’ll be back!” The swans were a bit indifferent to the situation as they saw the school pool and headed into the water. Polly yelled, “Protect the swans!” As the Sea Pops and their armada sailed forward.
Captain Pop declared aloud in typical sea jargon, “Bzzt! Avast ye Splash scalawags! You’re going to Davy Jones Jr.’s locker!” But try as they might the Sea Pops couldn’t stop the invasion forces from landing on the opposite end of the pool. Captain Pops last words as his ship slowly sank made everyone feel war is heck when he said, “Bzzt! I’ve lived an exciting nautical life it would seem. And there’s no better end than death by the sea.”
It was pure chaos in the Ballet room as now the party-goers were directly in the path of Splash Squad. VILE kids were trying to find escape paths as they feared arrest while other villainous children revealed they only came because of the free candy fled. As Splash Squad blasted through the doors to the final line of defense, they saw this area of the school had been turned into a game zone for the VCG party. General Pop and his forces made their last stand but the Pop Bots were of no use against the Splash Squad as he was defeated he yelled, “Bzzt! These guys are crazy! Deploy it now!” The last thing to face the Splash Squad was rebuilt Trials of Love. It went without saying that the Splash Squad had to fight rebuilt Trials of love one after the other in the last effort to stop them but unlike last time after they were all defeated they combined into a twisted mechanical monstrosity; The Love Conquers All
Dmitri yelled, “What is this abomination!? Even love can be used to hurt people and in the end, false love revealed becomes nothing more than a twisted version of its former self. Like my father always says; Evil will show its true form.” The Love Conquers All in a growling combination of voices replied, “Spare me the “Fury of the righteous” meat bag. Your hateful blasphemy ends here. My love shall sweep over the world and you will know true affection.” Dmitri replied, “You’re right. My hate cannot beat a man. But it can beat a monster!” Dmitri fired at the Love Conquers All shredding vital tubes and oil started spraying violently as it roared while wildly swinging its arms around trying to defeat the Splash Squad before it finally exploded.
Oily goo covered everything including the swans, while a worried group of medics treated them as best they could. Polly screamed, “Nooo!” Before charging forward into the Ballet throne room. There Team Splash saw Sachi and Candy laughing at the swans saying if they joined your side they deserved what happened. Polly gazing angrily at Sachi replied, “You heartless witch.” Sachi thinking only of their plans laughed and said, “Oh please you don’t even know those birds. Now be a good girl and get ready to bow to your Love Queens.” Ann screamed “Your horrible! We won’t let you get away with this!” Candy yelled, “And what are you going to do about it, history geek!? The best things are no more than a month old at best! Deal with it loser!”
Polly walked forward and stated, “Sachi Karin and Candace Corn In the name of ACME Crime-Net I order you to surrender now.” Sachi glared intently at Polly and coldly said, “How about our friends at court “entertain” you unworthy girl.” But much to the Vile City Girl's shock their friends who had stayed didn’t want to help after the swans were hurt. Sachi seeing no volunteers step forward replied, “Fine. We’ll just skip right to the Love Doll crushing you. But first, the Book of Love has ordaining to do.” Sachi and Candy confidently waited arms crossed and eyes closed to be named “Most loving girls ever”, but the Book of Love finished its calculations said, “As all the data has been gathered this book finds that Polly and Ann are the winners.”
The Book of Love floated over to Polly as an infuriated Sachi pushed a button releasing the Love Doll. She screamed, “WE are the most loving!!! That book is broken! Love Doll destroy them; especially Polly Tix!” The Love Doll stomped into the room ready to destroy the Splash Squad. It was a 20ft. Robot that looked like a traditional Baby Doll with blonde curls, blue eyes, and wore a cute pink dress and black shoes. She looked down at the Splash Squad and said, “Game over brats! You’re the grass and I’m the lawnmower!” As Love Doll walked toward them Polly impulsively threw the Book of Love at Love Doll’s face. The Book of Love exploded on impact causing a chain reaction that led to the Love Doll self-destructing.