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RULE NUMBER ONE: Don’t Misbehave, or it’s the Pool for You. That was the first thing every newcomer to the apartment learned. Every toy, be it a Bionicle, a Hero Factory set, or even one of those horrifying Star Wars constraction figures were under the same rules: step out of line once, and it was the pool for you. It was how the Turaga had managed to maintain order in a world of strife among Lego brands, especially since the reboot of Bionicle. Keeping peace was no easy task when, at any point in time, you could have five Tahus, four Jallers, and three Nujus running around the apartment. So simple, yet harsh, rules were implemented. Break them, and you would end up in the rarely used community pool outside. Repeatedly break them, and you would find yourself there for a longer period of time. For most sets, a short stay was enough to convince them of the values of rule keeping. A select few, however, were not ones to be convinced easily. They were the hardened criminal types, the toys you did not want to mess with. These violent, unredeemable miscreants had been confined to not just the pool, but the deep end of the pool, forever. Here, they would be kept from causing trouble for the other Bionicles. Forgotten, and locked away; no one would remember them… These forgotten plastic souls...these Prisoners of the Pool...this is their story… Chapter 1: What’s in a Name? June 15, 2015, 3:12 PM The Shallow End of the Pool Cereal Thieves Anonymous Meeting Hydraxon: Thank you all for coming. As you know, this is part of a mandatory two week training program designed to help our delinquent citizens be reformed into better members of society. I will be your counselor; Hydraxon. Tahu: Do I need to be here again? Hydraxon: ...sorry, who were you again? Tahu: ...Tahu. I’m Tahu. Most famous Toa? Maybe you’ve heard of me? Hydraxon: Oh, yes, I know full well who you are...it’s just, um...there’s three different Tahus at this meeting, and… Tahu: I’ve got a propellor on my arm. Which one do YOU think I am? Hydraxon: Oh. Propellor. Of course, that means you’re the Tahu nobody likes. Tahu Mistika: Hey! Tahu Nuva: ...I like him just fine. Hydraxon: Right, yes. You guys like each other just fine...but it’s the new guy that’s causing problems, isn’t it? You all keep picking on him. Tahu Mata: Yeah. Guy shows up out of the blue one day and thinks he can be a Tahu too. Well, we’ve got news for him. Being a Tahu means meeting strict requirements. There’s a certain prestige to being a Tahu, and you have to earn it. Hydraxon: ...but...him? (gestures to Tahu Stars) Tahu Mata: ...ok, most of the time you have to earn it. Tahu Nuva: I think the bigger problem is that not only did he come in claiming to be a Tahu, but he’s come in saying that he’s THE Tahu. The new, official Tahu, now that we’re all rebooted and forgotten about. He thinks he’s the new important Fire Toa. Hydraxon: That must be difficult for you. Tahu Mistika: It is! Imagine if a new Hydraxon came in and told you he was the new Hydraxon, and he was taking over your job. How would you feel? Hydraxon: ...all things considered, if it means I don’t have to put up with you lunatics anymore, pretty grateful. Tahu Mistika: Hey!...again. Tahu Mata: Maybe being called Hydraxon doesn’t carry much weight, but being named Tahu actually means something. We’re the face of a franchise, or, at least, we used to be. Hydraxon: Look, I can recognize that you’re upset about all this. But you have to try to work things out peacefully, or else...you’ll just keep fighting and getting tossed into the pool. And you don’t want that, your friends don’t want that, I certainly don’t want that… Tahu Mata: Then what do YOU suggest we do, huh? Hydraxon: Maybe it’s time to swallow your pride and recognize that other, non-G1 Bionicles can be called Tahu too. Tahu Mata: Pfft. If you think we’re backing down to some kind of low life, G2 sympathizer, then you can forget it. Hydraxon: *Sigh* Tahu Mistika: We gotta protect our rights! Hydraxon: Look. Obsess over your name all you want. I really don’t care. Just stop stealing reboot Tahu’s cereal. It’s all we’ve got left for now, and there haven’t been any opportunities recently for the flying Gukko Squad to head out for the supermarket without being spotted by humans. Tahu Stars: Pfft, whatevah man. You’ve got no power ovah us. Hydraxon: … Tahu Nuva: ... Tahu Mata: … Tahu Stars: ...what? Did I hurt’cha feelings? Got no comeback, tough guy? Hydraxon: No, just...I’m not used to being threatened by midgets. Tahu Stars: HEY- Hydraxon: Well, this has been informative as always. Your sentence will be up in three more days, and you can leave the pool then. Tahu Stars: Oh, yeah? And who’s gonna stop us from leaving now? Hydraxon: ...try to leave now, and you’ll get stomped into mulch. Tahu Mata: Oh, is dat right, tough guy? Well, it’s not about the amount of plastic in the fight, but about the amount of fight in the plastic, y’know. Hydraxon: There won’t be a fight if I’m forced to call you know who for backup. Tahu Mata: ...you don’t mean… Tahu Mistika: You can’t possibly mean... Tahu Nuva: ...him? Hydraxon: That’s right. Tahu Mata: …*gulp* Tahu Stars: Whatsa matter wit’ you all? Y’all got scared witless by this half baked threat? Tahu Mata: ...stars...back down. There doesn’t need to be any fighting. Tahu Stars: Not you too...man, am I the only one wit’ any guts around here! Come on, Hydraxalicious! Fight me! Hydraxon: Oh, I’m just your counselor. I won’t be doing any fighting. Tahu Stars: ...aw, too chicken to fight me? Hydraxon: ...something like that. He, on the other hand… (gestures behind Tahu) Tahu Stars: ...he? Who ya pointin’ at… ???: … Tahu Stars: ...watcha want, tough guy? I’m gonna- *WHACK!* June 15, 2015, 3:18 PM The Deep End of the Pool Spying on the Events Currently Transpiring Takadox: ...is that the fresh meat? Ehlek: Yeah. Got tossed in this morning. Stealing cereal, I think. Takadox: ...huh. One of ‘em’s getting smacked around by Omen. Ehlek: Pfft. Probably tried to run for it. Takadox: Well, that’s one decision he’ll regret. C’mon, let’s go tell Pridak. Ehlek: ...ugh. Why don’t you go tell Pridak? Takadox: Because I don’t want you roughing up the new guys without me. Ehlek: I won’t do anything while you’re gone. Takadox: ...you are the one that somehow managed to download 10 GB of Shia LeBouf gifs onto my hard drive when I left my computer alone for five minutes. I don’t trust you with anything. Ehlek: ...oh, yeah. That’s fair enough. Right then, to Pridak it is. Takadox: I still don’t know how you managed to get all that in there… Ehlek: I “just did” it. Takadox: ...and I still don’t know why we’re friends. ....to be continued? -MT