[font="'comic sans ms', cursive;"][color=#0000ff;]Quick note on this one, and the next few: these were written around specific times (Specifically, Christmas and my Brother's birthday) and I'm NOT going to wait until said times to post these again, or this comedy will never end. So heads up.[/color][/font]
[font="'comic sans ms', cursive;"][color=#0000ff;]And this is the last chapter before I head off on vacation! (Ironically, a route extremely similar to the first part of this trip, minus the mess in the woods.) I'll still be updating during the trip; it just might be a little longer between chapters.[/color][/font]
[font="'comic sans ms', cursive;"][color=#0000ff;]I realized while I was editing a chapter that I never said if the BIONICLE characters were life-sized or not. Obviously, the comedy as written as they were, but feel free to imagine it as if they were toy-sized. It makes certain parts of the comedy a LOT funnier.[/color][/font]
Road Trip 2!
Chapter 14: Feliz Navidad OR How many alliterations are in this chapter?
“Jalina!” Numi shouted from behind her, causing Jalina to spill the cup of cocoa next to her computer, the mug shattering to pieces on the floor. “When are you going to update Road Trip 2? You said you would start again at the start of December! It’s the 28th! Why Haven’t you updated?!”
“Numi,” Jalina sighed, absentmindedly reaching for the tissues she kept under the desk. “I’ve been busy working on that stupid English speech for the last two weeks of school, then I took a weeklong vacation with my family. I haven’t been near my computer, and I’ve been busy!” She continued, mopping up the cocoa that now covered the desk, but miraculously hadn’t reached the computer.
“Busy playing Legend of Zelda, sure.” Numi said, completely ignoring the sopping mess of papers on Jalina’s desk and picking up her DS. “That’s NO EXCUSE!” She screamed, tossing the DS onto Jalina’s bed, which also held a couple of books and a stuffed dog.
“...Alright, I’ll write the next chapter.” Jalina sighed, lobbing the soaked tissues over the printer and into her trash can. “But it won’t be what you expect, I can guarantee that.”
“And why’s that?” Numi asked, shoving a couple shirts off a chair and sitting down.
“Well, for one, you just ruined the sheet of paper I use to keep track of the cast.” Jalina said, holding up a cocoa-soaked paper.
“Jalina, do you have any idea where we’re going next?” Hahli asked, sitting down on the hotel room’s double bed. After a couple more hours of dogged travel, the weary travelers checked into a quiet hotel off the freeway. As soon as the group had dismounted, Skopio had collapsed, deeply asleep. Numi was sharing a room with Hahli and Jalina, while the others paired up into their own rooms.
“Honestly, I don’t have a clue.” Jalina said, setting her suitcase on the floor in the closet. “That wild traipse through the woods kinda threw things off. I’ll take a look at the map tomorrow, and try to call Kapurkar again.” She said, pulling her cell out of the small backpack she kept with her at all times. “Huh, I forgot to turn it back on. Oh well, I don’t think I could have missed anything important.”
“I, for one, am ready for bed.” Numi said, coming out of the bathroom with a toothbrush. “By the way, there’s a random toothbrush in here for some reason. I think the last occupant left it.
“Just throw it. I’ll talk to the hotel about their cleaning staff.” Jalina said, turning around. “Why were you in the bathroom, anyway?”
“Leaky faucet.” Numi said, stretching out on the other bed. “It was going to drive me nuts all night.” She reached behind her and plumped her pillow, then stared at the ceiling. “Man, it’s been a wild day.”
“Not as wild as that one time in Seattle. Remember, right around Christmas?” Hahli said, flipping through the hotel guide.
“Oh yeah!” Jalina said. “I had completely forgotten about that.”
“Your memory is as leaky as that faucet.” Numi laughed. “I remember it like it was yesterday...”
“Are we there yet?” Kongu asked as Fenrakk trundled up the freeway, hauling eight toa, six piraka, and a tired teenager up to Seattle, known to most of them as “the City of Coffee.”
“Look!” Kapurkar yelled, pointing at the building off the freeway. “There’s a STARBUCKS!”
“LATTES!” Everyone except Jalina shouted. All of the piraka proceeded to mime drinking, complete with slurping sounds. Which annoyed Kapurkar to no end.
“Do you guys have to do that EVERY TIME we pass a Starbucks?” Jalina asked from the driver’s seat, steering Fenrakk past a semi-truck.
“Pretty much, yeah.” Kapurkar grinned from behind her. “Hey, they like it!”
“It’s annoying.” Jalina protested. “Did you HAVE to teach it to them?” Kapurkar had been on the ‘Ducks of Seattle’ on a previous visit, where he had learned the annoying habit. Minus the slurping, of course.
“Yes,” Kapurkar honestly replied.
“Look, as long as this ragtag bunch of misfits behaves,” Jalina said, gesturing the the back of the spider “We’ll be okay. Although I don’t think the slurping thing is going to help matters.”
“Hey! I didn’t teach them that!”
“Yeah, but you taught them the first part.”
“Whatever. I’m sure nothing disastrous will happen while we’re there.”
“...You realize you probably just jinxed us.”
***“Ah, Seattle, the Emerald City.” Matoro said, gazing at the city skyline as the troupe stood on the deck of the ferry from Bremerton to Seattle. It night had fallen by the time they had reached the ferry station, and the skyline was alight with colorful lights, and the shores of the Sound were permeated with the twinkling Christmas lights of the houses along the river. The stiff breeze of the Sound flew into the faces of those on deck, causing them to squint against the occasional gust of wind.
“I don’t see any green palaces anywhere.” Reidak said, looking around.
“Not that Emerald City.” Matoro said over the wind.
“We should be there soon,” Jaller said. “Just as long as no one sinks the-”
“DON’T SAY IT!” The entire deck screamed.
The next day (Yes, I’m skipping over the night. Do you want to get to the plot or not?) The group drove into the city, eager to see the sights and sounds of Seattle. After piling off of Fenrakk, Nuparu pulled out a small ray gun and shrunk Fenrakk to a manageable size, small enough to fit into Matoro’s backpack. “Where to first?” Nuparu asked after stowing his ray gun.
“How about the Seattle Science Center and Space Needle?” Jalina asked, picking up an ad from a nearby kiosk. “It looks like a lot of fun. There’s also EMP and SFM across the way.” She said, walking to the edge of the street. “Let’s go!”
After the light changed, the group crossed the street and headed to Seattle Center, unaware of the large figure that watched them from a distance. The group was awed by the Christmas decorations that covered the area, and the winter festivities that were taking place in one of the buildings.
“Lunch was great!” Zaktan said later as the group left the pavilion. “Although it was a bit expensive. And there’s a STARBUCKS!”
“Will you cut that out!”
“Hey, Where’d Hahli go?” Jaller said, looking behind him.
“She probably had to go grab an extra drink or something.” Numi said. “You guys go ahead; I’ll wait for her here and we’ll catch up with you guys later.” She sat on the bench and pulled out a piece of paper that she began fiddling with.
“Alright, if that suits you.” Jalina said, turning to face the Space needle. “We’re heading up to the Space Needle. We’ll meet you up at the top, okay?”
“See you later.” Numi said, playing with the paper, which was already in the shape of a swan.
After leaving Numi to wait for Hahli, the others trudged up the hill to the Space Needle. “Have you heard of the Needle Wheedle?” Kapurkar asked as they neared the doors, next to a man dressed as Santa who was supposed to be greeting children. “Apparently some guy wrote a book about a Wheedle on a needle. It’s pretty interesting.”
“Shouldn’t Numi and Hahli have caught up with us by now?” Hewkii asked, looking around. “It only took us a few minutes to get up here, and the lines back in the Center weren’t that long. And It’s kind of hard to get lost on the way up here.”
“It is kind of strange.” Vezok said, looking back down the hill. “Let’s just go inside. That Santa guy is giving me the creeps.” He said. Hewkii noticed that the Santa was indeed staring at them with a weird look. With a shrug, Hewkii opened the doors and let the others in, closing it behind him.
“Wow. They certainly have a big gift shop. Do you think Jalina would like that Lego model over there? Kapurkar asked, pointing to a Lego model of the Space needle that was on display.
“Where is Jalina?” Matoro asked. “She was right behind...” His sentence was cut off as everyone looked toward the doors, right as they heard a loud yelp. “...Us.” He finished as the remaining group rushed for the doors again. When they got outside, Jalina was nowhere to be seen.
“Shanghaied in Seattle!” Thok said. Then he gasped “That would make an AWESOME movie title!”
The group looked around wildly. Hewkii noticed the creepy Santa from earlier hurrying down the hill, carrying a bulging bag that seemed to be...
“THERE!” Hewkii shouted, pointing down the hill. “That Santa guy kidnapped her!”
“You’re joking, right?” Vezok asked. “How do you even know if you’re right?
“Jalina’s missing, and there’s a creepy guy running away from the scene of the crime with a bulging bag. It doesn’t take a master’s degree!” Hewkii shouted, sprinting down the hill after the Santa. The others followed behind, jumping over benches and garbage cans, oblivious to the commotion and shouting that began behind them.
At the bottom of the hill, the secret Santa climbed into a sleigh parked along the road, with two other santas inside. The Santa tossed his bag into the back, where it fell onto two other bulging bags. One of the other santas started up the sleigh, minus reindeer, and drove off as if it were a car. By the time the group had reached the curb, the sleigh was gone.
“They must also have Hahli and Numi!” Kongu exclaimed.
“How come it’s always the girls that get captured?” Jaller asked.
“Because if they kidnapped the guys, there would only be about three characters left to continue the story?” Thok replied with a shrug. Their conversation went unnoticed by the other characters as they pondered how to continue the pursuit. Suddenly, Nuparu had and idea.
Nuparu pulled out his ray gun and zapped Fenrakk, who had emerged from the backpack to find out what all the ruckus was about. No sooner than when he reached full size, the group scrambled on and roared off after the sleigh. They careened through the streets, swerving to miss cars and trucks as they desperately tried to keep the sleigh in sight. Soon they found themselves flying down roller-coaster hill, one of the steepest streets in the city. It was also the one that seemed to be plagued with the most traffic lights.
“Green light, go!”
“WIll YOU STOP THAT!”
Eventually, they reached the bottom of the hill, and continued their chase, swinging wide around the corner. After being stopped by a couple more traffic lights, They zoomed down the street, until...
“Not ANOTHER red light!” Avak moaned.
“Look, it turned green! Let’s go!” Kapurkar shouted, pointing at the light, However, no sooner than they started moving, when...
DING DING DING!
“Railroad crossing!” Zaktan buzzed angrily. “Now we’ll NEVER catch up to them!”
The group could only sit and wait for the train to pass. They hoped that the santas had also been stopped by red lights, that they weren’t moving, that they could catch up to them and save their friends...
The train, a Sounder, came roaring past the crossing and was gone in a flash.
“That was a super short Seattle Sounder.” Kapurkar said. “It only consisted of two cars!”
In no time, the crossing guards raised, and the group continued their pursuit of the mysterious santas. However, the santas apparently knew Seattle better than the others, for they were soon lost.
“Great, we lost them!” Reidak grumbled as Fenrakk trundled up a street. “Now we’ll never find them.”
“Don’t worry.” Hewkii said, as they passed under the Freemont bridge. “I’m sure they’ll turn up eventually.” Hewkii, the one driving, didn’t notice the secret Santa's sleigh round the corner in front of him. By the time he did notice, it was too late. The two vehicles collided, spilling their passengers all over the road. Hewkii was the first one on his feet, and raced over and grabbed one of the santas.
“Why did you kidnap our friends?” Hewkii shouted into the dazed and bewildered Santa's face. “Tell us!” At the same time, Nuparu staggered over to one of the bags and pulled it open, revealing...
“Empty candy cane boxes?” Hakann asked, looking over Nuparu’s shoulder into the bag. “We pursued these guys over empty boxes?”
“Well, if the girls aren’t here, then where...?” Kapurkar started to ask, but was interrupted by his cell phone ringing. He pulled it out and answered it, putting it on speaker in the process. “Hello?”
“Kapurkar, where are you guys?” Jalina asked from the other end of the line.
“Jalina! Thank goodness you’re alright! Have they hurt you? Did they bind and gag you and...”
“Hold on, hold on!” Jalina said. “What are you talking about?”
“...Where are you?” Was all the confused Kapurkar could say.
“...I’m at the space needle with Hahli and Numi.” Jalina said, looking over at the two, both enjoying steaming cups of hot chocolate. “Where are YOU guys?”
“Apparently, it does take a master’s degree.” Thok sniggered.
“You honestly believed that the three of us had been kidnapped by Santa Claus?” Jalina asked incredulously as Fenrakk towed the group back to the hotel later that day. “How in the world did you get that Idea?”
“Well, you vanished, and we heard you scream.” Hewkii muttered. “When we got out there, the Santa was running away.”
“I slipped on some ice! You really need to quit watching so many movies.” Jalina said. “At least the poor guys didn’t mind too much. All of their candy cane boxes were empty, so there wasn’t any damage done.”
“But they were giving us weird looks!”
“Of COURSE they were giving you weird looks. Piraka and Toa aren’t exactly common in downtown seattle.”
“So all’s well that end’s well?” Kongu asked.
“I guess so. Who wants to go ride the Ducks?”
“I do!” Kapurkar said. “Oh look! There's a STARBUCKS!”
“I SAID STOP THAT!”
“That was one of the weirder things the guys have done.” Hahli laughed.
“Do you think anything like that could happen on this trip?” Numi asked.
“Nah.” Hahli said, plumping up a pillow. “we have much better plot lines that are actually thought out.”
“Who comes up with these plots, anyway?” Numi asked. Both of them looked over at Jalina, who was scribbling on a thick notepad.
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