Gretchen flexed her muscles proudly. One thing with Gretchen, is she was very vein of her saurian made strength. Lindsay, who was in the corner, sighed. "Gretch, why do you have to do that everyday? I mean, why don't you just you use a puck launcher like the rest of us cosome ducks?" Gretchen grinned. "Ya gotta admit, I am the strongest one here." She said proudly. Grin rolled his eyes. "You must evolve past boasting Gretchen...." He murmered. Gretchen frowned and brushed a hand through her hair. "hey bud, its the only thing I got to boast about." She snorted and picked up a 250 ib weght with one arm.Zelda trotted in, followed by Chance. "Gretch, are you STILL showing off?" Zelda chuckled. Gretchen snorted. "Look guys, its just somthin' to do ya know?" She snapped. Gretchen also had a terrible temper when people got on her nerves. Wildwing walked in and saw Gretchen doing excercize. "C'mon Gretchen....We gotta go scan the city." Wildwing said. Zelda and Lindsay perked up. "Can we come?" Lindsay asked eagerly. Wildwing shrugged and nodded. At the Raptor..... Dragaunus snorted. This day was going bad for him. not one idea had popped into his head about destroying the ducks. He regretted the day he made the strength ray... Gretchen could lift up Seige Wraith the Chameleon AND him....he couldn't do a thing about it either...Even if he gave her ducktinite she would still be strong...he thought long and hard. She had one weakness....Wildwing. But what could he do? Wildwing tapped his foot impatiently. Dive was ten minutes late. He stood outside of Weiner World, waiting for Dive so they both could ride back to the Pond on the Duckcycle they had taken. Wildwing scanned through the shops again. He couldn't see Dive anywhere. What was taking him so long? Probably having a water gun fight with Thrash and Mook again, he thought, rolling his eyes. Suddenly, he turned around as he heard a loud crash in the alley. He gasped as he looked. Thsi was much more than he alone could handle. He quickly activated his com. "Guys, it's Wing! Get over to the mall as quick as you can, I'm gonna need some help with this..." he was about to say more, but his com signal was cut off, suddenly fading into static.
The Migrator roared up to the entrance of the mall, where a few cop cars were scattered about, casting red and blue lights on the concrete. The Ducks walked in and began to search. Suddenly, Dive ran to them. "Dive, what happened?" Duke asked. "Over here!" he yelled, waving. The rest of the team followed him to an alley next to Weiner World. Sealed off with police tape, the alley walls were charred a thick black. An old green dumpster was still smoking, shot full of holes. Gretchen gasped. The team was about to go in and investigate, when no one other than Kegghorn slid into their way. "No can do Ducks, this is a police zone! We'll do the investigating around here." he said sternly. "Hey, that's our leader who might have been captured." argued Mallory. "Or worse." muttered Gretchen, worried sick already. The team ignored Klegghorn and slipped underneath the yellow police tape, entering the dark alley. They started a careful search. Looking underneath a garbage bag, Duke spotted something. "Hey guys, take a look at this." Duke called. The team grouped around him. A small device lay on the alley floor. Tanya picked it up and looked at it carefully. "It looks like some kind of... message recorder.." Suddenly, a light shot from it. Alarmed, Tanya dropped the device and scrambled to join the team as they stepped back warily. "Very good duck." a sinersterly familiar voice praised. A holographic image of Dragaunus came up from the tiny device, towering over the Ducks. "What have you done with my boyfriend?" Gretchen demanded. "Temper temper little duck." he smiled He reached out of view, and dragged Wildwing's body back with him. The team collectively gasped. "Now, Wildwing may not be as badly as he may seem. He may be alive, he may not be." Zelda growled. "But anyway." Dragaunus continued. "That's for me to know and you to find out!" Suddenly, the transmission ended by the device exploding. "Great." Duke said. "Now what?" Gretchen stragled Duke. Duke turned blue. Gretchen didn't notice. "WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO?! DUKE! ARGH!" Gretchen shreiked. Duke tapped her on the shoulder. "Gretchers....AIR" He choked out. Zelda pried her hands off. "Settle down Gretch...we'l find him." Zelda patted her shoulder gently. Gretchen clenched her fists. Laura gulped. Lindsay grabbed Zelda and ran into the migrater, Duke and Grin took cover. Nosedive yelped and jumped in Mallory's arms who ran. Tanya jumped behind a trash can. Gretchen punched a hole through the wall. Zelda yelped. "I'LL FIND HIM!" She snarled, Zelda rushed out of the migrater. "N-Now gretchen, remember what you did LAST time..." She warned. Gretchen didn't hear. Her Anger was quickly growing. Which was really dangerous for someone of her strength. And Zelda knew it. "I'll get that lil' Lizard if it THE LAST THING HE DOES!" Gretchen shreiked. Zelda sighed as she ran off. "We gotta catch her!" Duke cried. They all loaded into the Migrater, and sped off down the road. At the Raptor.... Dragaunus grinned. With Wildwing as bait, and Gretchen luiring the rest of the ducks straight to him, it would be a perfect plan to get rid of them all! And if he knew Gretchen and her famous over reacting..... "DRAGAUNUS, IF YOU HURT GRETCHEN OR THE OTHERS..." Wildwing threatened from the corner who was chained up. Dragaunus grinned. "Oh she will fall into the chameleons claws..." Dragaunes Gestured to The chameleon who was disguised as Wildwing. While Zelda and the others fall right into my OTHER little trap....." he waved towards the hunter drones. "And I'll personally take care of you..." Wildwing growled and struggled. Gretchen tore through Anaheim as fast as she could go. Wildwing's com signal was still blazing strong on her AutoTracker, it would be easy to find him. And when she did, Gretchen would take Dragaunus and hit him so hard he'd be eating through the tip of his tail! Her rage grew and grew as she ran. Finally, she skidded to a stop in front of a huge tower in the business district of the city. "Got you now..." she snarled. Gretchen walked through the Raptor's cloaking field, and strait up to the door. She put her hands in the cracks and wrenched the bay doors off their hinges, walking in through the gaping space. "Okay you lousy scaled WORM! Come out and fight me!" Gretchen yelled. She tore off through the corridors, searching for Wildwing.
The Migrator screeched to a halt in front of the Raptor, adn the team piled out quickly. "Come on Ducks!" Mallory yelled as they ran into the ship. "If we dont' hurry we'll have two Ducks to save instead of one!"
Finally, Gretchen jerked to a halt again. Wildwing was close. She was so mad she didn't even bother to check to AutoTracker anymore. She stormed through the hall, ready to smack the living daylights out of anything that moved. Suddenly, she froze. She heard something. "Gretchen...." it moaned softly. It was Wildwing. Gretchen spun around to see him lying face down in the corner of a cell directly across from her. "Hang on Wing... I'll have you out of there in no time.." she said. She wrenched the bars apart and stepped into the cell. She quickly kneeled down beside Wing. She supported him on her arm and lifted him up quickly. She had to get outta here or Wing might get hurt even more. As she started to walk, he groaned loudly and gripped his side. "What is it?" she asked, alarmed. "Nothing." he replied in a normal voice. Gretchen was startled as he was suddenly enveloped in a green light, changing his form. The Chameleon whipped out his laser and grinned at her. "In fact, I feel just peachy!" Gretchen yelled loudly and kicked at the laser, knocking it into a wall and destroying it. She turned tailfeather and started to run, when something came over her, tripping her up and sending her tumbling to the floor. A net. Gretchen tore at it and yelled in frustration. Chameleon just stood over her and smiled. The last thing Gretchen would see for a while, would be Chameleon raising his foot back to kick her in the side. Zelda sniffed at the doorway which was still gaping open. "Yup. The more brawns then brains was here." She sighed. Nosedive knelt beside her. "Hmm, but what can we do?" He asked cocing his head. Zelda scratched her chin. "More strategy then Gretchen used." She shrugged. She was very disappointed that Gretchen could do this.....why would she do this? Gretchen had to learn to control her temper. "C'mon..." Mallory said heading cautiously in. The others slowly followed. Wildwing angry cry echoed off the walls. "He's here. I know that yell anywhere." Nosedive rolled his eyes. "Yea but what about Gretchen?" Duke asked. Mallory shrugged. Meanwhile... In the cell Gretchen looked around franticly. She ran to the bars and then gasped and stepped back. "Argh!" She snarled. Ducktinite bars. She started cussing. She hated being confined by saurians. She shuddered and sat down in the far corner. She hugged her legs. It was going to be a loooooong night. Wildwing snarled. "Let me go Dragaunus!" Dragaunus laughed. "Just like that? I think not Wildwing." He snorted. "I'll take care of you AFTER I deal with your friends" Tanya looked around her carefully, trying to pry out any signs of Gretchen or the Saurians. But there seemed to be none. Both Gretchen's and Wildwing's com signals had been shut down. Nosedive leaned against a wall and yawned. "Man, it's getting way to boring around here." he grinned. Suddenly, he was shoved forwards, his back charred and smoking. About 10 hunter drones came charghing out of a corridor at them. "Dive, I swear I'm gonna duct tape your bill shut when we get back!" Duke yelled, loudly, as he drew his sword.
Chameleon tapped his foot on the floor happily. From inside the cell next to him, Gretchen looked up and seethed. That Ducktonite was really starting to annoy her... "Don't worry my little pretty." Chameleon said, turning around and grinning at her. "Your teammates'll soon be here to keep ya company." Gretchen growled. "And Wing?" she asked hopefully. Chameleon snorted. "He's getting 'special treatment' at the moment. Dont' you worry. Wraith's an excellent taxidermist. By the time we're done, he'll look so lifelike...." Gretchen yelled and kicked out at the bars. But they held fast, not even scaring the Chameleon. Gretchen cringed from the Ducktonite and stumbled back. She was furious at that scrawny little lizard! How she'd love to get out of there and wring his little neck! But the Ducktonite was beginning to make her feel nauseous. She kneeled down on the floor, hoping her teammates would come soon. Mallory shot 3 more puck at a hunter Drone, finally destroying it. Zelda leapt to the side, dodging a ray. Duke snarled. "This is getting complicated!" He groaned. Grin rubbed his charred shoulder which had recently been hit. "We gotta get outta here..." He wheezed. Zelda looked at him. "Tanya, we need to take care of some of these guys...." She whined. Tanya nodded. The hoisted Grin up. "I suggest we split up." Malloy said. "Duke and I will go find wildwing, Zelda and nosedive can find Gretchen, Tanya, stay here with Grin" they all nodded in agreement meanwhile..... Wildwing snarled. He struggled to get free, only to have Dragaunus backhand him. Wildwing groaned and turned to the side. Dragaunus grinned. "Your Girlfriend will soon perish because of the ducktinite bars. And your other friends are heading right towrds them... Duke plunged his saber through the last Drone. Mallory grinned at him. "C'mon Duke." ANd the two rushed off to find Wildwing. Nosedive and Zelda were already on their way tpo the cells, not knowing ducktinite was ready for Nosedive. And The Chameleon ready for Zelda. Dragaunus would want to deal with her. Gretchen sighed as she kneeled on the floor. She hated this stupid place. She wanted out now. But those bars! Every time she tried to stand up she felt sick and dizzy. As if those bars were slowly draining her energy. Suddenly, her head shot up as she heard a noise. "Gretch! Where are ya?!" it was Nosedive! And he was coming closer! At first Gretchen was overjoyed, but then realized that this is what the Chameleon wanted the Ducks to do. She was about to yell out that this was all a trap, but it was already too late! Chameleon swivled around and began firing his laser down the hall. Nosedive and Zelda kept charging. Nosedive pulled out his launcher and began firing back, but something was wrong...
Duke peeked silently around the corner. Empty. Good, no guards to deal with. He looked behind him and waved Mallory on. He was bothered by the quiet. Where were all the henchmen? Where were the drones? Of cousre now wasn't a great time to be fighting them, but it made Duke wonder if he and Mal were walking into a trap. So they had to be careful. "If I remember right, the prisoner hold should be down and to the left." Mallory whispered behind him. Duke nodded. Finally, they took the left and peeked down the long hall, walled with cells. Something was moving inside one of them. Duke was careful. It could easially be The Chameleon. He crept forwards as silently as a cat, leaving Mallory at the door to set up her puck cannon just in case. He drew his saber as he neared the cell. Peeking inside, he saw Wildwing tied up in a corner. He was trying desperatly to say something, but was gagged tight. Duke looked at the hands. No liver spots! "Hang on Wing, I'll have you outta there in a jiff." Duke assured. He raised hsi sword, preparing to slice at the bars. Suddenly, something hit him hard in the back, jamming him into the bars and to the floor. He groaned as he slowly tried to get up. Something kicked him hard in the stomach. Duke flew and rolled to a stop in the hall farther down, but as he looked up, he didn't see anything! "What the..." he started. But as he spoke, he realized with a sickening feeling just what it was, as a green shadow erupted in front of him. "Suprise." grinned Dragaunus. Gretchen sighed as she kneeled on the floor. She hated this stupid place. She wanted out now. But those bars! Every time she tried to stand up she felt sick and dizzy. As if those bars were slowly draining her energy. Suddenly, her head shot up as she heard a noise. "Gretch! Where are ya?!" it was Nosedive! And he was coming closer! At first Gretchen was overjoyed, but then realized that this is what the Chameleon wanted the Ducks to do. She was about to yell out that this was all a trap, but it was already too late! Chameleon swivled around and began firing his laser down the hall. Nosedive and Zelda kept charging. Nosedive pulled out his launcher and began firing back, but something was wrong...
Duke peeked silently around the corner. Empty. Good, no guards to deal with. He looked behind him and waved Mallory on. He was bothered by the quiet. Where were all the henchmen? Where were the drones? Of cousre now wasn't a great time to be fighting them, but it made Duke wonder if he and Mal were walking into a trap. So they had to be careful. "If I remember right, the prisoner hold should be down and to the left." Mallory whispered behind him. Duke nodded. Finally, they took the left and peeked down the long hall, walled with cells. Something was moving inside one of them. Duke was careful. It could easially be The Chameleon. He crept forwards as silently as a cat, leaving Mallory at the door to set up her puck cannon just in case. He drew his saber as he neared the cell. Peeking inside, he saw Wildwing tied up in a corner. He was trying desperatly to say something, but was gagged tight. Duke looked at the hands. No liver spots! "Hang on Wing, I'll have you outta there in a jiff." Duke assured. He raised hsi sword, preparing to slice at the bars. Suddenly, something hit him hard in the back, jamming him into the bars and to the floor. He groaned as he slowly tried to get up. Something kicked him hard in the stomach. Duke flew and rolled to a stop in the hall farther down, but as he looked up, he didn't see anything! "What the..." he started. But as he spoke, he realized with a sickening feeling just what it was, as a green shadow erupted in front of him. "Suprise." grinned Dragaunus. Wildwing moaned softly. mallory tried to kick Dragaunus, it did catch him by suprise. Meanwhile.... Gretchen cried out "Nosedive, forget about me, save yourself!" "Wildwing will kill me if I do that Gretch!" Nosedive said weakly, the ducktinite was getting to him. Zelda charged at the chameleon. the chameleon dodged easily. Zelda growled. Nosedive was now on one knee, gasping for breath. Zelda gulped. the chameleon Aimed the ray at her. Zelda flew up into the air and grabbed the ray. Gretchen closed her eyes. She was feeling more weak. Zelda rammed the ray into the wall, destroying it. The Chameleon growled and charged at Nosedive. "Zelda..." Gretchen moaned creeping closer to the bars. Zelda rushed to her side. Gretchen reached in her puck pack which was hiddon on her belt and grabbed a few pucks. "Use these if needed....Get Wildwing...hurry.." And Gretchen went limp. Zelda whined loudly and took the pucks. The chameleon had Nosedive cornered. Zelda examined the pucks, they all looked the same! One had a red button in the middle of it... She pressed it and threw it at the chameleon. Purple smoke came out of it. the chameleon dropped to the floor asleep. Unfortunatly, Nosedive did too. Zelda sighed. What now? Mallory was flung against the wall. This was tough! Dragaunus growled at her and swiped again. Mallory raised her gun and ducked, trying to fire but missing. Behind her, Duke got up slowly and picked up his sword. He slashed at the bars twice, making them fall away, creating a large square in the bars. He stepped lightly inside and ungagged Wildwing. Wildwing stood up slowly, leanign on the wall for support as Duke untied him. "Thanks." he coughed. "No prob. Now come on, we've got some business to take care of." Duke said quickly. The two went to exit the cell, when Mallory was thrown up against the bars next to them. The two climbed out and stood over her as Dragaunus came charging for them. Wildwing activated his shield and swiped at him. Dragaunus dodged the weary duck easially and punched him hard on the shoulder, sending Wildwing sprawling across the room. Duke swatted at Dragaunus's back, but hit it with the blunt of the blade. Dragaunus spun around and snarled. He lunged at Duke, but Mallory kicked him hard in the leg. He tripped and fell to the ground with a loud roar. Duke hoisted Wildwing up. "Come on, let's get outta here!" he yelled, running out. The three quickly headed for the exit of the cell corridor, with Dragaunus running close behind them. Duke reached over as he ran out of the hall, and pressed a button on the wall, closing the door right in Dragaunus's face! He roared angrily as the three stood outside, catching their breath. "Everyone okay?" Wildwing panted. "For the most part. But come on, we've gotta cut our losses and get outta here!" Mallory said. The three started running back to the main hall.
Zelda snrted with effort as she secured the last few knots. There. The Chemeleon's hands and feet were securely tied up. Zelda snarled as she sat up, pain running up her back. She had to get Gretchen and Nosedive away from the Ducktonite, but she couldn't drag them far enough by herself. She could run and get help, but the rest of the team wouldn't be able to handle the Ducktonite either. Suddenly, Zelda had an idea. She grinned and pried Chameleon's hand about until she could get to his com. She activated it, but made sure to turn off the viewing screen. "Chameleon, is than you?" It was Dragaunus, and sounding quite mad. Zelda started coughing violently. "Boss, I'm having a little trouble here!" she started, trying to sound as 'Chameleon-like' as possible. Dragaunsu snarled in fury. "You dimwit! I'll send Seige to help you, you no good little...." Zelda didn't want to hear the rest. She shut the com off and grinned. Quickly, she lay down on the floor And spread her wings about in a haphazard position. She hoped this would work....
Seige stormed into the room to find Zelda and Nosedive lying on the floor, with Gretchen in a broken-open cell. He snorted as he saw his colleauge lying tied up on the floor. "Figures." Seige snuffed. He grabbed the three captives and their captor, and began to drag them away. Zelda waited, waited, waited. She had to let him get far enough away. Finally, he dragged her out of the room, and proceeded down the hall, muttering something or other. Finally, she decided that this was far enough. Having the back of her neck held in Seige's vice grip, Zelda twisted about and dug her hind claws into his arm. Seige yelled out in suprise and pain, and let go relfexively. Zelda leapt away and wheeled about, jumping onto Seige's back. Seige growled. "You little scaled RAT!" he yelled. "When I get my hands on you I'll tear you limb from limb!" he threatened, swiping at her with his tail. Zelda ducked, and Seige ended up hitting himself on the head! Zelda jumped away, giggling. "That's IF you catch me, butterfingers." she teased. Zelda jumped up and ran down the hall, leading Seige on a chase, and away from Gretchen and Nosedive, who still lay on the floor. Zelda ran down the hall, Seige fumbling after her. She need to lose this loser! Seige had her cornered. She gulped. She looked around for escape and finding none she felt Seiges smelly feet slosing in on her. Suddenly, Seige fell to the ground, Zelda looked up to see Gretchen, leaning onto Nosedive for support, with her hand held where seige used to be. "G-Gretchen! Nosedive! Your ok!" Zelda squeled happily. Gretchen nodded. Nosedive looked worridly at her, knowing she was very sorry for her careless actions. Zelda sighed. "C'mon Gretch...." she said tortting behind Gretchen. "Wildwing will wanna see you." Gretchen laid her head on Nosedives shoulder and walked out. Wildwing leaned against the migrater. he smiled when he saw his baby brother, his girlfriend and Zelda walk out of the raptor. He smiled and they headed back to the pond. Later that day..... Gretchen was hanging her head. "Gretchen, its ok, you just...uh, have a temper problem..." Nosedive assured. "I got everyone in trouble... I am sorry..." Getchen sighed. Zelda patted her shoulder. 'You learned your lesson.." She assured. Gretchen sighed. "I just cant control my temper..." She moaned. Wildwing kissed her gently. "You'll learn, and we'll all teach you. It happens to all of us..." He assured her. Gretchen smiled and hugged Zelda and wildwing close. "You guys are real pals!" She laughed.