"No!" Valerie yelled again after the confused lemmings. "Don't kill Sailor Moo! Kill Sailor 24601!"
"Don't listen to her!" Niki cried out. "Kill Sailor Moo! It'll be much more fun!" The lemmings didn't seem to hear. They continued viciously attacking Sailor Moo, much to Psychy's horror and 24601's joy.
"ENOUGH!" Valerie yelled finally. The lemmings vanished. But it was too little,
The two senshi ran to Julie's side. A relieved, but worried, Mallory joined them. Bob, meanwhile, had regained consciousness and painfully tried to get up. When that didn't work, she sat on the ground cursing. Mallory grinned.
"Is she . . . is she . . ." Valerie leaned in to get a better look at the badly beaten Julie. She felt for a pulse. "Oh no!" Valerie cried out when she felt no signs of life. "She's . . . she's . . ."
"Dead!" Niki finished off happily. "She's dead! Mwhahahahaha!" She turned to Valerie. "Wow. Thanks for killing her. It saved me a lot of trouble. I appreciate it."
Valerie was still in shock. "I killed her? But . . . it was an accident."
"If you ever need me to do anything for you, just ask," Niki continued. "I'll be happy to return a favor."
Mallory hit Niki over the head. Niki winced. "What was that for?"
"You idiot!" Mallory yelled at her. "What are you saying? Sailor Moo's our leader! We were supposed to protect her! Not attack her with lemmings!"
"Hey! It wasn't my fault!" Niki pointed to Valerie. "They were her lemmings!"
"But . . . it was an accident," Valerie said again.
Mallory wasn't satisfied. "Krystina was right! Something turned us against one another!" Mallory looked down at Sailor Moo's body. "I guess I realized it too late . . ."
"Realized what?" Niki was still clueless.
"Don't you get it yet?"
"No . . ."
Mallory sighed. "Something evil screwed with our minds, okay? It made us want to hurt each other! Valerie, you wanted to hurt Niki, and I wanted to hurt Bob, and--"
"But, everyone wants to hurt Bob," Valerie pointed out.
"That's true, but . . . I didn't just want to hurt her, I wanted to kill her."
Valerie shrugged. "Still sounds like a reasonable solution to me."
Mallory shook her head, trying to figure out some way to explain it to them. I just suddenly had this feeling when I looked a Julie that something was wrong. I didn't want her to get hurt, and I really didn't want to kill Bob either. She paused. Okay, maybe just a little.
"Mallory's right." The senshi turned to see Krystina standing a few yards away. "You need to snap out of this! You're under a spell! Look into your hearts, and see the truth."
Valerie looked thoughtful. "I suppose I don't really hate Niki. I mean, it's not her fault she's weirder than I am."
Niki nodded. "Even though something inside my head keeps telling me that I need to kill Sailor Moo . . . I suppose I don't really want to." She frowned. "I think. I could be wrong."
A bloody Bob hobbled forward. "And even though I so feel like kicking Mallory's a$$ right now, I guess I don't really have any strong feelings of hate about Valerie."
Krystina smiled. "Good! You have broken the spell! You have regained your . . ." She made a little coughing sound. "Normal thinking. You realize once again that you are a team."
Bob's eyes widened. "But . . . what about Sailor Moo? She's our leader!"
"Maybe it's not too late to save her!" Technically, I'm the temporary leader, so if worse comes to worse, I can take over, Mallory said to herself.
Both Valerie and Niki jumped up. "We know what to do!" They ran off.
"Oh, dear . . ." Krystina mumbled. "I wonder what it is exactly they're gonna try."
A few moments later, Valerie and Niki returned to where Sailor Moo's body lay. Valerie carried a large stick, and Niki had somehow gotten a hold of those electro thingies that they use to revive people at hospitals.
"What do you think they're about to do?"
"I don't want to know."
Niki's eyes shone as she raised the electro things above her head. She rubbed them together. "Don't worry," she reassured Mallory. "I saw this on ER once." She grinned psychotically. "Clear!"
Mallory watched in horror as Niki was about to use the electro things. Meanwhile, Valerie was . . . beating Julie over the head with the stick.
"What the HELL do you think YOU'RE DOING?" Mallory screamed at the top of her lungs. Niki and Valerie paused.
"We're trying to save Julie's life," they replied.
"Well you obviously don't know what you're doing!"
"Yes I do!" Niki cried out defensively. "I saw it on ER once, remember?"
"And I . . . saw this on a movie once."
Mallory looked at Valerie. "Oh? And what movie was that exactly?"
"The one . . . where the guy . . . beat the dying person over the head with a stick," she responded.
Mallory rolled her eyes. "I can't believe this!"
"Hey you guys?" They turned to see what Bob wanted. "Look!"
Much to the senshi's surprise and delight, Julie, presumed dead, stirred.
"She's alive! So, I didn't kill her!"
"We did it!" Niki and Valerie attempted to give each other high fives, only Niki still had the electro thingies in her hand. Valerie flew backwards from the shock and landed on the ground where she spastically twitched for a few moments and then she lay still. Niki decided to attempt to revive Valerie by . . . beating her over the head with a stick.
They never learn, do they?
"They're morons," Bob said.
"That's exactly what I was thinking," Mallory agreed.
The senshi helped the somewhat conscious Julie to her feet. They dragged her over to a nearby tree where she could rest in the shade. A few moments later when Julie was once again able to think comprehensible thoughts, the others attempted to explain what had happened.
After the story had been relayed to Julie, she stared doubtfully at the sophomores. "So, what you're saying is that . . . I died from being mauled by lemmings, and then Valerie and Niki saved me?"
"Yes," they replied.
Julie shook her head. " Oh, come on, let's be a bit more realistic! I, a great, junior,not only died, but was revived at the hands of ex-freshmen? I don't think so."
"But . . ."
Julie looked at Valerie. "Do you even know how to take a pulse?"
"Um . . . maybe?"
"I didn't think so." Julie smiled. "So you see? I didn't die. I was just in a temporary unconscious state, but I'm all better now." She narrowed her eyes. "But, the B*tch that messed with our heads and attempted to turn us against each other? "She's going down."
"Damn! Damn! Damn!" Mrs. Evilb*tchfromhell was less than pleased. What happened? My plan was flawless! They should all be dead right now! Why aren't they dead yet? It's not fair.
"Back so soon?"
Oh no, not her again! B*tch #1 turned to see B*tch #2 standing behind her, grinning wickedly. "What do you want now?"
"I thought you said you wouldn't fail again."
"I didn't fail."
"Did you destroy the Sailor Senshi?"
"Um . . . not quite."
"Then you failed."
"But," B*tch # 1 protested. "'Failed' is such a harsh word."
B*tch #2 rolled her eyes. "Oh, please." She smiled again. "You know, I had a rather interesting talk today with a certain Caroline St. Ramen."
B*tch #1's eyes widened. "Oh. Did you?"
"And according to our great leader, one more screw up from you, and you're history."
B*tch #1 breathed a sigh of relief. "Oh, good. So I still have another chance."
B*tch #2 shook her head. "No. You see, that conversation took place yesterday. Your failure to kill the Sailor Senshi just then WAS your last chance."
"But that means . . ." B*tch #1 began slowly backing away.
B*tch #1 broke into a run, but it was too late. "Where do you think you're going?" B*tch #2 raised her arms above her head. "FROMAGEY TRANSFORMATION!"
A bolt of lightening shot from B*tch #2's hands and hit B*tch #1 squarely in the back. Madame Deatrich gasped in horror as she fell to the ground. She could feel herself shrinking as her body slowly turned to mush.
"NO!" She screamed. And then all was silent.
B*tch #2 wiped her hands off on her shirt and she looked down. Where the evil Madame Deatrich had been, only a piece of creamy cheese remained. She shook her head in pity. "72% buttermilk fat? You should be ashamed."
As she turned to go, the heel of her shoe slammed down into the cheese, smashing it into the ground. "What a waste of perfectly good Bourcin."
"YOU HAVE SUCCESSFULLY . . . DISPOSED OF OUR LITTLE PROBLEM, I PRESUME."
"Yes, your great and merciful highness," B*tch #2 replied. "B*tch #1 is no more."
"As the leader of the remaining four B*tches of the B*tches 5, I, Mrs. MicChan, will defeat the Sailor Senshi for you, oh wise and gifted ruler."
"I SHOULD NOT HAVE ALLOWED B*TCH #1 TO FAIL AS MUCH AS SHE DID. WITH YOU, I WILL NOT BE SO LENIENT."
B*tch #2 bowed. "I understand."
As B*tch #2 left through the immense archway, she did not see the pair of glowing eyes that followed her movements. Nor did she see the fiendish grin that accompanied the narrowed eyes.
B*tch #3 chuckled silently to herself. "Poor, poor, B*tch #2 will have a horrible accident," she prophesied. "Very, very soon."
It was lunch time at Country Club High and the senshi had gathered out by the picnic tables where they always hung out. Mallory was careful to remain as far away from the ditch and the tree that still had coke cans hanging from it as she possibly could. Niki was emptying out her many bags of animal crackers, searching for her favorite shape.
"Damn. No walruses." Niki hit the table with her fist in frustration. She winced in pain. "Ow. My hand. My hand."
Valerie made a face as she bit into the piece of cheese she had brought for lunch. "This doesn't taste very good." She snapped her fingers. "I know what to do!"
Mallory watched, her expression a mixture of shock and horror, as Valerie pulled out a large needle and viciously began poking the cheese with it. "What are you doing?"
Valerie looked up. "Um . . . I'm injecting my cheese with penicillin."
Valerie shrugged. "I don't know. It seemed like the right thing to do."
Vanessa patted her on the shoulder. "Don't worry," she reassured Valerie. "I do weird and pointless things like that all the time."
Valerie looked at Vanessa and grinned. "I'm happy to hear that." Valerie turned back to her cheese, but it was gone. "Hey! Who moved my cheese?"
Niki pointed at Bob. "It was her! That b*tch!"
"Yeah, I did take your cheese!" Bob yelled. "And now, I'm gonna eat it!" Triumphantly, Bob shoved the piece of penicillin-injected cheese into her mouth. She swallowed it in one gulp. Suddenly, her face turned bright purple.
"Hey, what's happening to Bob?" Mallory asked.
The others turned to see Bob, her hands clasped to her throat. She tried to speak, but her throat had swelled up and all that came out was a pitiful squeak.
"It looks as if she's trying to commit suicide through strangulation," Valerie analyzed wisely.
"I think she's choking!" Vanessa cried out. "Quick, someone save her!"
"No!" Niki yelled. "Don't save her!"
Mallory leaped up and ran to Bob's side. "It's alright! I know the hind lick maneuver!"
"Um . . . I think you mean--"
"You know what I meant." Mallory grabbed Bob around the waist. She lifted the choking blonde into the air. Mallory, groaning under the strain of Bob's weight, lost her balance and the two fell.
When Bob hit the ground, the piece of cheese dislodged itself from her throat. Finally able to breath, Bob sighed with relief. Then she narrowed her eyes. "Valerie!" She yelled.
"Were you trying to kill me?"
"Of course not!" Though the thought did cross my mind . . . "All I did was inject my cheese with penicillin," she replied.
"I'm allergic to penicillin."
"Wow!" Niki grinned. "Hey, Valerie, that was the second time you nearly killed one of us! You're on a roll!"
"But . . ." Valerie protested. "It was an accident."
Niki shook her head. "Yeah right. Don't take it offensively, or anything. I mean, come on. I don't blame you for wanting to kill her. I mean, hey, I would have gladly done the deed."
Niki wasn't listening. "Mallory, what I want to know is how you managed to lift Bob up. She must have been so heavy! I mean, that was amazing!"
Mallory grinned. "Yeah well, you know. It wasn't easy. But, I have been working out lately. I want to make sure I'm the best temporary leader I can be!"
Julie sighed happily. She had dosed off in her rather dull math class at Nakodish and the next thing she knew, she was in the Land of Coke and Peanuts. On the other side of the river of coke stood the Prince. At last . . . I once again dream of my big, hairy, Itallian guy.
"Hey, Princey," she called out to the Prince Who Likes Coke and Peanuts. "Why don't you cross that there river and come over here to where my goats are frolicking." She winked. "Then we can do some frolicking of our own, if you know what I mean."
The Prince sighed. "As much as I would love to, there are more pressing issues at hand." Julie frowned. "You are aware of the coming evil."
"Yeah," Julie replied. "One of the many versions of yourself told me. I'm having a hard time remembering which one though . . . You know, all this reincarnation stuff is really confusing."
"I'm sorry about that."
"Well, why don't you show me you're really sorry by crossing that there river and . . ." she attempted to wiggle her eyebrows seductively. "You know . . ."
The Prince looked at her for a moment. "I'm sorry my princess, but is something wrong with your face? Your eyebrow twitching is most disturbing."
Julie rolled her eyes. "I was trying to be . . . never mind."
"Since you know about the new evil and the attempts at raising up the Sleeping Messiah, I assume you are also aware of the fact that one of the B*tches 5 has been eliminated."
"Whoa . . . say what?"
"It seems that there is . . . discontent among the ranks of the B*tches. They have turned on one another, each plotting the other's destruction."
Julie grinned. "Wow! So, I don't have to do anything, do I? I can just sit around and wait for the B*tches to finish each other off. That's great news!"
"Actually, I find it rather disturbing . . . You see--"
"Let's just forget about all the bad stuff and focus on the good stuff," Julie instructed.
"And what would that be?"
"Why, me of course."
The Prince nodded. "That's true. Well, since this is your dream, I suppose that we can do what you want to do."
Julie beamed. "Excellent! Come on, Princey. We're gonna go frolicking."
Meanwhile, back in Loserville, after school, all the other senshi had gathered in Niki's room . . . only no one knew why.
"Why are we here again?" Bob asked. "I'm bored."
"Shut up!" Mallory commanded.
"I don't want to."
"As your temporary leader, I demand that you shut up now!" Mallory yelled.
Bob stared at Mallory, her mouth hanging open. She was too shocked to respond.
Mallory smiled. "Wow. That was exhilarating. I'll have to try it again some time."
Valerie popped her head out from the other side of the bedroom doorway. "Hey guys, I'm back."
Bob, who still hadn't forgiven Valerie for the attempted murder by poisoned cheese thing earlier that day, sniffed. "I wish you would stay away." She glared. "Murderer," she added under her breath. Valerie rolled her eyes.
"Any luck?" Vanessa asked.
"Nope. I can't find Niki anywhere." Valerie sighed and jumped up on the bed. "It's almost like she's disappeared. Vanished without a trace."
"Oh, and just for the record," Valerie added. "Niki's brothers? They scare me. A lot. Up till now, the only thing I was afraid of was the Easter Bunny. As it turns out, I fear them much more. Compared to Niki's brothers, the Easter Bunny is like, just a harmless little rabbit."
Vanessa grinned. "I like rabbits."
"Guys, guess what!" They all turned to see Niki who had suddenly appeared out of nowhere. "I found it!"
Niki jumped up and down excitedly. "The most wonderful thing in the entire world!" With a flourish, she held up a Nintendo game. "Banjo Kazooie!"
Niki stared at Vanessa. "How can you not know what Banjo Kazooie is?"
"Um . . . I don't know.
"Banjo Kazooie is simply the most addictingly awesome Nintendo game ever. It's my one true joy in life. Through this game, I was first introduced to the Walrus, my obsession."
"The who?" The others stared. "Hey, I'm sorry! I've just been here for like a week. I haven't figured everything out yet!"
"I thought you said that you can see things in fire. Doesn't that make you, like, psychic?"
Vanessa shrugged. "I try to see things in fire. Only, it doesn't work anymore."
"What do you mean?"
"Ever since I became a senshi and I first heard about the Sleeping Messiah, I've been trying to see the future so that I can help you guys stop the B*tches 5. Lately, all I can ever see is the past. If I'm lucky. Sometimes I can't see anything." She sighed. "Malcolm used to be able to help me, but now that he's a cat, well . . ."
"Gee. I'm sorry," Mallory said.
"There's a chance my power will return when the talismans are joined, but I have no idea where to start looking for them."
"Hey, what's up with the talisman things anyway? The Prince never really--"
"Okay, enough chitchat," Niki interrupted. Her eyes lit up. "I know! Let's all play Banjo Kazooie instead!"
Valerie rolled her eyes. "Whatever you say, Niki."
Niki grinned enthusiastically. "Isn't this great fun?"
Mallory and Vanessa exchanged looks. "Yeah. Fun."
Valerie felt her eyelids droop and she shook her head, struggling to stay awake. "Yeah. Thrilling." She closed her eyes. "I think I'm just gonna take a little nap."
Bob folded her arms. "I'm bored. You've been playing for hours. Let's do something else."
"Not until I get to the part. We're almost there." She jumped up and down excitedly, nearly yanking the controller out of the Nintendo. "In the meantime, we can talk about how very cool this game is. Don't you just love how Banjo can turn into things and Kazooie can shoot eggs out of his butt?"
Mallory and Vanessa once again exchanged looks. "Yeah. Um . . . cool."
"Oh my gosh!"
"What is it?"
"We're here!" Niki leaped up into the air. The controller flew from her hands, flying across the room where it just happened to hit Bob. Hard. Choosing to ignore the blonde's threatening curse words, Niki instead pointed to the TV. "Look!"
The others stared at the screen. All was silent.
"Wait, I'm confused. What exactly are we looking at?"
"It's the winter wonderland place thingie."
"So? What's the big deal?"
Niki slapped her forehead. "It's where the walrus lives. Duh." She rubbed her head where a bruise had already begun forming. "Ow. That hurt."
Mallory rolled her eyes. "When one slaps his and/or her's own forehead, often times it begins to hurt. That's why you're not supposed to slap your own forehead. Duh." She slapped her forehead. "Okay . . . that was a bit hypocritical of me."
"Besides," Valerie added. "It's a lot more fun to slap someone else." She hit Bob. "See? That was fun. Plus, it wasn't painful."
Bob glared. "It was for me." She lowered her voice. "Murderer."
"There he is!" Niki yelled. She pointed to the tiny walrus on the screen. Niki began running towards the TV. "Mr. Walrus, I'm coming!"
"Niki!" Mallory cried out. "I don't think that's a good idea!"
"Remember what happened last time you ran into the TV? As I recall, there were broken bones involved," Valerie reminded her.
Niki obviously wasn't listening. "MR. WALRUS!" She leaped for the screen. Instead of running into it like she should have, Niki ran through it. Much to the shock and surprise of the others, Niki disappeared before their very eyes.
"Oh my . . ."
"Where'd she go?! Where'd she go?!" Valerie cried out hysterically. "Maybe she's hiding!" Reaching down, she frantically began to throw the various things lying on the floor. "Niki, where are you?!"
A toe shoe flew through the air, hitting Bob in the face. She groaned in pain. "Why does everyone keep throwing things at me?" Determined to have her revenge, she picked up a CD. "Take that!"
Before Bob could throw it, Mallory yanked the CD from her hands. "You can't throw this one! RENT is a sacred CD! It must not be defiled!"
"Fine." Bob grabbed another one.
"No! Wait! That's Cabaret!"
Vanessa, who had meanwhile been studying the TV, turned to the others. "Guys? I think the TV swallowed her."
"Oh no!" Valerie yelled melodramatically. "The TV ate Niki!"
"I didn't mean it literally. You see, there must have been some sort of space warp around the television. When Niki ran into it, she was sucked into another dimension."
Mallory was confused. "But why was it there? There was no space warp the last time Niki tried to jump into the TV."
"It might have to do with the presence of the coming evil. Due to the actions of the B*tches 5, there's been a lot of paranormal activity going on around here lately."
Valerie looked at Vanessa in awe. "Ohhh . . . paranormal. You used a big word."
"If Niki's in another dimension . . . how will she make it home?"
Vanessa shrugged. "She won't. Not without help at least."
"So, what do we need to do to help her?"
"There's only one thing you can do. You have to go in after her!"
"So, are you sure you know what you're doing?" Mallory asked worriedly. "I mean, you have done this before, right?"
Vanessa made a face. "No. But, I am completely confident in my abilities. I think."
"What are the risks? What's the worse that could happen?"
"Um . . . well . . . you could either land somewhere where there's no return portal and be lost in another dimension forever, or the force of the space transportation could . . . cause your body to explode."
"Oh is that all?" Valerie said sarcastically. "So, there's no real risk involved."
"I don't know if this is such a good idea."
"Don't worry," Vanessa reassured Mallory. "I'm just about 99% sure nothing really bad will happen."
"Here. Use her as a guinea pig." Valerie shoved Bob forward. "That way, if she explodes, then we'll know that we shouldn't do it."
"But, if I explode, I'll be dead!" Bob protested.
Valerie nodded. "Probably. But that's a risk I'm willing to take." She turned to Vanessa. "What do we need to do?"
"Everyone willing to face the risks needs to sit in a circle in front of the TV and hold hands." Grumbling about how they all didn't want to die, Mallory, Bob, and Valerie sat down.
"Hold hands," Vanessa instructed.
"I don't want to hold her hand!" Bob complained. "I just know she'll try to kill me!"
"Hey, I'm not to thrilled about holding your hand either," Valerie shot back. "So, shove it."
"I'm gonna be your median," Vanessa explained. "In other words, I'll act as your connection to this world. When you are in the other dimension, I'll be able to communicate with you, and I'll attempt to lead you to where Niki is. It is of the utmost importance that we stay in contact at all times. If at any time we lose touch of each other, there's a chance you'll never be able to make it back to this world."
"Oh great. So, even if we make it to Niki, there's still a chance that we'll never make it back."
Vanessa handed Mallory one of Niki's toe shoes. "Here. Take this. As long as you hold it, we won't break connection." She held up the matching shoe. "See? I'll have this one."
Valerie raised her hand. "Just one question. How did you ever learn how to do this?"
"You see,' Vanessa began. "There are other outer senshi besides myself. One is the as ancient as the world itself. Her duty is to guard the gate of time through which one can transport to any place and time in the history of the earth they desire."
"She is not allowed to leave the gate nor is she allowed to transport herself through time. She must remain forever alone. No one has ever seen her, not even me."
"Wait. I'm confused. If you've never seen her, then how could she have told you how to transport through other dimensions?"
"In a dream once, I heard her voice."
"I hope this isn't the same voice that told you that you were a bird," Valerie said.
"No, that was a different voice. In my dream, the senshi revealed to me that when the B*tches had invaded our world, they somehow managed to rip a hole in space over the Nakodish school. The evil power that seeped out of the hole spread throughout the world, leaving thousands of tiny rips in space. This is but one of them."
"Wow, this is starting to sound like an episode of Star Trek." Mallory made a face. "Not that I watch that show or anything . . ."
"She told me that I must find Sailor Moo, the only one powerful enough to close the portals. If they aren't closed soon, then they will grow larger and the entire world will be sucked into another dimension."
"Dum dum dum." The others looked at Valerie. She shrugged. "Sorry. I just thought this was an appropriate time to add ominous sound effects. I'll be quiet now."
Vanessa continued. "I was given instructions on what must be done to close the portals and how to control them so that I might pass that information onto Sailor Moo. However, seeing as how she is not here, I'll have to do it myself."
"You could tell me. After all, I am the temporary leader."
"It's far too risky. I don't want to put you in any more danger than I must."
"You can put Bob in danger," Valerie offered, an evil grin on her face. Bob glared.
"As tempting as that is . . ." Vanessa shook her head. Uh oh . . . I'm beginning to think that getting rid of Bob would be a good thing. I must not give into my vicious urges! "Let us begin.A few minutes later after spinning around in the air (somehow all managing to hit their heads on Niki's ceiling fan), and then transforming, they were ready.
Mallory, Bob, and Valerie squeezed their hands and closed their eyes as Vanessa began to chant. Slowly, they each began to glow their respective senshi color. The chanting grew louder as a thick cloud of mist swarmed around the senshi. It swarmed faster and faster, blocking Vanessa's view of the other three. They seemed to fade away before her eyes.
"Now!" Sailor Ecco screamed.
"SAILOR SUSHI DIMENSION WARP!" In a blinding flash of light, the three vanished.
"Good luck," Vanessa whispered.
"La la la," Niki sang as she skipped joyfully along in the strange and brightly colored world. Around the weather-beaten path, wild flowers of every shade and enormous trees grew, reaching for the deep blue sky. In the far distance, Niki could make out the outline of a giant mountain.
It was there that she would find the Walrus.
"At last, my dreams come true!" Niki sighed happily. "Not only will I meet the Walrus, but I'll never have to see my family ever again! Life is good."
When she first landed in the mysterious world half an hour before, Niki had been slightly confused. She hadn't really expected to go through the TV. She kinda figured that she would just hit her head really, really hard.
Within a few moments though, she realized that her leap of faith had been worth it. Somehow, she had magically transported into the Banjo Kazooie game. That's when she began the long trek to the mountain where the Walrus lived.
As Niki got closer and closer to her final destination, bits and pieces of her dreams started coming back to her.
"I remember that the Walrus once told me not to forget something, which I did, of course," Niki commented to herself. "I also recall discussing world domination and continuously being reminded that I'm not Jesus. I don't know why, though . . ."
Shrugging off the nagging feeling that she was neglecting to remember something very important, Niki continued skipping along. "Over the hills and through the woods to the Walrus's house I go," Niki sang loudly. And badly.
"AHHHHH!" The three senshi screamed as one. It felt to them like they were falling at hundreds of miles per hour through endless space. Which, ironically, they were.
"Make it stop!" Bob begged hysterically. "I swear I'll be nice for a change!"
Somehow even as they fell, Valerie and Mallory managed to exchange looks of bewilderment. "Really?"
Bob shook her head. "No, probably not. It's against my nature."
As they continued to fall, their speed increased. Faster and faster. At some point, this seemingly endless space is gonna end, and we're gonna be in big trouble, Valerie prophesied. She closed her eyes tightly, preparing for the worst.
And suddenly, the falling stopped.
Reluctantly, Valerie opened her eyes. "Are we dead yet?"
"No," Mallory replied. "It seems that our incredibly short sailor skirts have managed to catch in the blow of air, greatly decreasing our speed. We should be going slow enough now to only greatly injure ourselves, rather than die."
"Oh goody." Since they were still falling, but at a slower speed, Valerie decided to take in the scenery. Hmm . . . dark empty space. Dark empty space. White rabbit with stop watch. Dark empty . . . She rubbed her eyes, confused. I think the altitude's getting to me.
From her lair deep within the mountain, the witch watched the lone senshi as she traveled nearer and nearer. Through the many mirrors hung throughout her chamber, the witch could see what was happening in the magical world. Her evil minions also kept watch for her.
They were the ones who had informed her of the intruder in her land.
"So, she thinks that she can just invade my world, does she?" The witch muttered out loud. "We'll see about that! I'll challenge her to a game of Parcheesi, that's what I'll do! And when she loses, she'll be trapped here forever! Mwhahahaha!" the witch cackled.
She continued her high-pitched evil laugh as she moved towards a dusty corner where she kept her various evil board games of doom. Before she reached the other side of her chamber, movement in the corner of her eye caught her attention. She turned to the large spying mirror that hung over the fireplace mantle.
Within the mirror she could make out three forms as they fell through space, getting nearer to landing in her dimension each second. The witch cursed. "Oh, so I see that there are others who wish to gain my wrath by invading my world!"
Angrily, she flounced to her black witches pot. "I'll simply devise a spell that will keep them from aiding their walrus-obsessed comrade!" She pointed a crooked finger to the mirror that held Niki's image. "I'll get you, my little senshi! And your little friends too!"
"We've been walking for hours," Bob complained as the three continued their journey to find Niki in the mysterious world. "I wanna go home!"
"Stop whining. We've only been walking for fifteen minutes." Mallory turned to Valerie. "Are you sure we're gonna find Niki in the mountain?"
"If I recall the game correctly, that's where the Walrus lives. We need to be careful though. There are giant apes who guard the entrances to the different dimensions within the mountain. Damn dirty apes," she cursed.
"Great," Bob replied sarcastically. "This is getting better every minute."
A faint ringing sound made Mallory pause. "Wait a second guys," she called out. "I think Vanessa's trying to contact us." She put the toe shoe to her ear. "Hello?"
"Mallory?" Vanessa said, her voice loud enough for the others to hear.
"Wow, your voice sounds so clear. These shoes have great reception."
"I'm glad. Anyway, I wanted to let you know that Julie's here at Niki's house."
"Julie?" Mallory could hear her yelling in the background. "She sounds . . . happy."
"She's a little ticked at you guys for not including her in the rescue mission. Anyway, that's okay because she thinks she can use her transportation device to transport to wherever in the dimension you guys are."
"Now, why didn't we think of that?" Valerie mused.
"I have some bad news though," Vanessa added. "There have been some disturbances in the stability of the dimensions. Something is mixing them up, trying to create confusion within space. I'm not sure how this is going to affect you, so watch your step. Good luck."
"Bye," Mallory said. With a light click, the connection was broken.
"Now what was all this talk about confusion in space?" Bob asked. She gestured to their surroundings. "Trees. Flowers. Blue sky. Everything looks fine to--" Before she could finish, the world started shaking. With a mighty, the earth split into two.
Bob felt the ground beneath her feet vanished as she fell, screaming, into a dark crevice with only jagged rocks to meet her, a hundred feet below.
To Be Continued . . .