Amber leaned across the table dealing out cards. If she was going to be a captive, she might as well get something out of it... Siege looked at his cards with a blank face. Chameleon tried to peer over his shoulder, but all he recieved for his trouble was a slap in the face.
"Mind your own cards, Punk!" Amber looked at her cards carefully placing one down. Siege dropped them down. Chameleon shook his head, "Nada". Amber smiled, dropping her cards.
"Full house." Siege cursed to himself, picking up the cards. Amber stuck her hand out of the cage, "C'mon, fork over the hat." Chameleon handed her a hat hanging nearby. Amber put it on, "Sweet!" It was just large enough to hide most of her face...and hair.
"You look like a guy!"
"I do not!" Amber snapped, "Shut up and deal again."
In the Migrator, the ducks were all talking to Mara.
"You guys have accomplished so much here!"
Duke shrugged, "What do you expect with all the time we've had?"
Mara looked at him, "Time? It's only been a week."
Grin looked at her oddly, "A week? It's been a year since we got here."
"That's impossible..." said Mara, "We were only traveling through space for a week."
Tanya smiled at her, "THAT explains it. Dimensional gateways distort time. Even though it feels like you were only traveling a week, it was really a year."
"A year...I've got a lot of catching up to do." Wild Wing turned his head, "We're almost there. What does this pilot of yours look like, Miss?"
"Very short...I'd say five feet. Brown hair, tan feathers, amber colored eyes."
Wing nodded, "Shouldn't be THAT hard to find...You know, we never did find out your name, Miss." Mara blushed a little, "I'm sorry, I guess I forgot. Mara Jade." Duke pulled out his saber quickly. Wing looked over at him, "Are you alright?"
Duke nodded slowly, putting it away. "Sorry, it's a reflex." Mara looked at him.
"You're a thief, aren't you?"
"Yes Mistress." Duke murmured, going pale. Shaking her head, Mara looked at the ground, "You don't have to call me that. The Saurian invasion put me into early retirement."
"You're a thief too?" Mal asked with suprise. Mara just nodded. Smiling, Wing turned to Mara, "Well, your past doesn't matter to us. Let me introduce everybody. This is Mallory McMallard, Tanya Vanderflock, Check Hardwing but we all call him Grin, I'm Wild Wing Flashblade, that's my baby brother Nose Dive, and this is Duke L'Orange." Mara unconciously dropped a hand to her saber, "Did you say Duke L'Orange?" she whispered. Duke nodded, "I'm retired too." he murmured. Mara put her saber away, "This day is just getting weirder and weirder."
"I take it you know each other?" Nose Dive asked.
"Guys," Duke said with a small smile, "I'd like you to meet my worst enemy, Mistress Mara Jade the Lady Smuggler." Wild Wing looked at him, "You're not planning on causing any trouble, are you?"
"Of course not, I mean, this is the first time we've ever actually met." Mara looked over at him, "And I think I've just discovered that all of those horrible rumors I've heard about him aren't all they're cracked up to be."
Duke smiled at her, "Friends?" Mara shook his hand, "Sure. I won't kill you unless you kill me." Everyone laughed, "Well that's comforting." Wild Wing stopped the Migrator a block from the building disguised as the Raptor.
"Come on guys. From here on we walk." They all hopped out of the Migrator. Wing looked over at Mara, "Maybe you should stay here, Miss, things could get pretty rough in there." Mara narrowed her eyes, "Who the hell do you think you're talking to?! I'm not little Bo Peep, you know. They took my pilot and I wanna shot at them. I'll be damned if I let you guys go and have all the fun with out me!"
Mal laughed, "Damn straight! I like you already!"
Mara smiled, "One last thing, Wild Wing."
"Yes Miss?" Wing said politely. "Mara. My name is Mara."
Wild Wing laughed, "Got it. Let's go."
"Half hour left." Siege said, looking at a clock. "We'd better start getting ready for the ducks."
"Ducks?" Amber asked, "What ducks?" They opened the cage and tied her up. By now Amber had also acquired a heavy, brown leather jacket from the Saurians in their game of poker. "The ones that are coming to rescue you, Girlie." Siege explained, picking her up. He dumped her on a conveyor belt. Amber lifted her head to see several rows of sharp knives ready to dice her into pieces.
"Oh how original!" Amber yelled, "Like I haven't seen THIS a thousand times!" Chameleon looked over at Siege.
"She's got a point. Why don't we throw her in the pit of venomous snakes?"
Amber shrieked, "AHHH!! Nevermind! This is fine! This is good! Original is so overrated, y'know." Siege nodded, "I don't feel like moving her again." Amber gave out a sigh of relief, resting her head back down on the conveyor belt. "Well, it could be worse...I think..."
"Well Wing?" asked Mallory, "How do we get in?" Wild Wing looked around, "They'll be expecting us through the front. You guys aren't gonna like this..."
Duke rolled his eyes, "Aww, you're just saying that to make us feel better."
Wild Wing pointed up, "We'll have to go through the vent shaft."
Mallory glared at him, "Gee Wild Wing, I don't not like it...I HATE IT!!"
Wing towered over her, "Got a better idea?"
Mal shook her head, "No, but if I did it would involve you and painful instruments of death!" Everyone laughed as Mal pried the cover off the vent. "We'd better shut off our comms. They may be able to detect them with their hi-tech thingamabobbers."
"Good thinking, Baby Bro." Everyone shut their comms off. Mara looked over at Grin, "Can you really fit in there?" Grin shook his head, "No, I shall stay out here and give you spiritual aid." Wild Wing nudged Tanya, "You stay too, Tanya. Try and override their security system."
"Check." Tanya said brightly. Wild Wing lifted himself up into the vent, poking his head out to face Grin and Tanya, "And guys, no hanky panky while we're gone." Tanya glared at him, "You'll pay for that one later, oh fearless leader." Wing shrugged, "What can I say? It's my job."
One by one, the ducks lifted themselves into the vent while Grin tore a panel off of the building, exposing some wiring. "Stand back now Babe, we don't want your face getting burned off." Tanya said, looking at the wiring. Grin nodded tranquilly, "Good point."
Wild Wing and the others made their way through the vent carefully, being as quiet as possible. Soon, they heard voices down below them.
"Where are they?" Wraith demanded.
Siege shrugged, "No sign of them anywhere."
"Lord Dragaunus will not be pleased." Wraith said gloomily. "Their time's up." Siege growled, "I'm gonna start up the conveyor belt." He pulled a lever.
"AHHH!! Come on guys, can't we be reasonable?! I'll give you back the jacket! AHHH! YOU GUYS ARE ASSHOLES!!!" Amber began to squirm. She tried to roll off of the belt, but it had sides to it, making it impossible for her to get out. The Mighty Ducks all jumped out and began firing on the Saurians. Mara and Mallory ran over to Amber and began to untie her. "So THERE you are!" Amber said angrily, "Off on a holiday I suppose?" Mara din't answer her. Helping her off of the belt, Mara took out her saber, "C'mon, we'd better find cover." Amber snatched her hand away from Mara's.
"I already told you, I know what I'm doing." she snapped, running off. Across the room, Mara saw Wraith tackle Duke. Kicking him in the face, Duke rolled so he had a good shot at his head. He punched him once in the face before Wraith tripped him. Wraith took out a gun and shot at him, but Duke deflected each one with his saber. Wraith grabbed him, throwing him into the wall. Duke dropped his saber and fell to the ground, getting another one of his dizzy spells. Seeing him helpless, Wraith aimed his gun at Duke's head and fired, but Mara pulled Duke out of the way just in time.
"I owe you." he said quickly. Mara smiled, "Forget it. C'mon, let's go." Mara helped him over to where all the other ducks were firing from.
"Is he alright?" Wing asked Mara, looking at Duke.
"I think so." Wild Wing shook his head, "No more fighting for you, not in the condition you're in." Duke shook his head, still quite dizzy, and didn't reply. Mara noticed Amber on the other side of the room.
"Amber take cover!" Mara called to her.
"Why should I?!" Amber snapped back, "I'm just fine!" Mara sighed, beginning to become frustrated.
"Might as well give up, ducks." Siege called out, "Within ten seconds fifty robots will be heading in this direction to turn you into duck pate."
"Oh yeah?" Wild Wing challenged him, "I don't see any robots."
Chameleon ran over to Siege, "Uh, Siege? Slight problem. Someone's overrode the system...the robots are all down."
"What?!" Siege yelled, "How?!"
Wild Wing smiled, "Oops." Wraith glared at them, "Why are you just standing there?! Keep firing, we've got them cornered."
"Forget it Lizard Breath! You're dead!" Nose Dive yelled happily.
"Oh really?" a voice called out of nowhere. Dragaunus materialized before them.
"Ugh," Mallory moaned, "Cover your eyes before you get turned to stone!" she yelled to the others. Dragaunus gave her a toothy grin, "Clever." Amber walked out in front of him, "Hey there Ugly, wanna piece of me?"
Mara went pale, "She can't be serious..." Dragaunus grabbed Amber by the throat and lifted her off of the ground, "One so small should pick their fights more carefully." he said with a particularily evil laugh. Wild Wing put a hand on Dive's shoulder, who was getting out a gun.
"Don't. You might hit the pilot." Dive nodded solemnly. Wild Wing then held Mara back from running out. Amber kicked him, gasping for air. In response, Dragaunus threw her into the wall. Amber got up slowly and walked right back to him.
"Please," Mara murmured, "don't..." Amber paid no attention to her. "C'mon, you wanna fight?"
"You just don't know when to quit, do you?" Dragaunus growled, lifting her into the air once more. Mallory drew her gun. "Put it away or I'll squash this one like a bug!" Dragaunus snapped. Mallory reluctantly put away her gun. Getting the perfect shot, Duke used his grappling hook to trip Dragaunus. Amber fell to the ground, unconcious.
Shooting broke out again as Wild Wing picked Amber up off the ground. The ducks all ran out. "Lie him down flat." Tanya instructed Wild Wing, who was now setting her down in the Migrator.
"Well? How is he?" Wing asked, starting up the Migrator. Tanya took Amber's pulse and checked her head for injuries. "Slight concussion, that's all. He'll be fine in a few hours." Mara sat quietly in the corner, looking out the window while she tugged unhappily on a lock of her hair.
"Mara, did you hear that?" Tanya called to her gently.
"Hmm? Oh, I'm sorry. Yes, I heard you."
"He's a short little guy, isn't he?" Nose Dive said with a smile. Mara turned to look at him, "GUY?!"
Wing nodded, "I'm suprised he was tall enough to pass a pilot's examination."
"HE?!" Mara repeated in amazement. Wild Wing turned to Tanya quietly, "I think you may have to check Mara out too when we get back." Mara laughed, overhearing Wild Wing's comment, "No, I'm perfectly sane, thank you, but I think you should take a closer look at your patient!" Mara walked over and pulled off Amber's hat, revealing that she was a girl.
Nose Dive blushed, "Oopsies."
"I'm so sorry!" Wild Wing stammered, "With the hat on I guess she looked like a boy!"
Mara smiled, "That's perfectly alright. I don't blame you, but it's a good thing she didn't hear it."
Mallory nodded, "Yeah, I guess being kidnapped by Saurians doesn't put her in a good mood, does it?" Frowning slightly, Mara sat beside Amber, "No, she's usually in a bad mood...even when she's not being kidnapped."
"Gosh, I'm sorry." Mara looked over at Mallory and smiled at her sweetly, "You didn't know. She wasn't always like this...she used to be so sweet. I dunno what happened." Mara murmured, stroking Amber's hair gently.
"She's a friend of yours?" Grin asked. "She's my half sister." Nose Dive looked at her in suprise, "Your sister?! How many relatives have you got?!" Mara smiled at him.
"Nose Dive...you mean Wild Wing didn't tell you about your real mother?" Nose Dive fell off his chair.
"Don't slouch, Son." Mara said calmly. Everyone laughed.
"Mara," Nose Dive said with a grin, "you and me are gonna get along juuust fine!" When they got back to the pond, Wild Wing put Amber in the medlab.
"I should stay here and keep an eye on her." Wild Wing sair thoughtfully.
"Ooh, got a little crush there, Big Bro?" Dive said, elbowing him lighty in the ribs. Wing glared at him and blushed a little, "No, but she's gonna want to know where she is when she wakes up." he muttered quickly.
"Maybe I should stay too..." Mara said, looking down at Amber.
"Wild Wing can do that." Mallory said, putting a hand on her shoulder, "We wanna take you shopping!" Shrugging, Mara walked over to them, "Well, if you want to..."
"Of course we do!" Nose Dive said enthusiastically.
"As soon as we take care of Duke." Tanya said, leading him to a chair. "Time for his medication, and it looks like he needs it!"
"How can you tell?" asked Grin. Duke sat down.
"Easy," Tanya said with a smile, "He's not objecting!" The ducks all laughed. Tanya quickly gave him a shot. "There. That wasn't so bad, was it?"
"I'll answer that when I can feel my arm again." Duke mumbled.
"Come on, Mara. Let's go shopping."
"I wanna come too." Duke said eagerly, standing up. Tanya shook her head, "You need rest. Stay here."
Duke glared at her, "I'm just fine, uh..."
Tanya sighed, "Tanya, my name is Tanya. Remember?" Duke nodded, "Just slipped, that's all."
"Wild Wing, tell Duke to stay here." Wing looked over at him, "oh, I dunno. Walking might do him some good." Duke stuck his toungue out at Tanya.
"Oh fine! Come on, you big baby."
Grin smiled, "Hey, Duke's just trying to make sure that us guys aren't out numbered."
"That's right..." Mal said happily, "With you and the other one here the numbers are exactly even!" Tanya and Mallory slapped each other five. "YES!!" The six ducks walked out together, leaving Wild Wing alone with Amber. Looking down at her, Wild Wing pushed back her hair and felt her forehead. Besides a slight temperature, she was fine. Wild Wing reached to the side of the bed and pulled a warm, damp cloth out of a nearby basin of water. After wringing it out, he placed it gingerly on her head. Wing watched her sleep with intrest, looking over her face. She was thin, small, and quite beautiful. Wild Wing quickly stood up and paced around the room. The last thing he needed was another crush...
"This way!" Dive called out. He grabbed Mara by the wrist and pulled her into Captain Comics. The others followed behind, pausing at the doorway.
"What's wrong?" Mara asked them.
"Everytime we walk in here Thrash sprays us with some weird kind of goo." Duke explained.
"Different color each time." Mallory added, poking her head into the doorway. "Coast's clear, let's go." As soon as they walked in Thrash jumped out with his squirt gun and sprayed them all with pale white goo.
"White?!" Tanya exclaimed, "Thrash, you're losing your touch. You already DID white."
Thrash shook his head, "No way Taunny, this is glow in the dark!" Tanya rolled her eyes, wiping off her beak.
"Oh, well in THAT case..." Mara giggled, "That's a good look for you guys."
"You think so?" Duke said, approaching her threateningly. Mara backed up against the wall.
"Uh oh, I think he's gonna kill me." Duke looked hurt, "Me? Kill YOU?! Never!" Duke grabbed Mara and hugged her, getting white slime all over her. Mara yelled, but she was cut off by everyone else's laughter.
"Very funny!" She yelled, "You just wait, L'Orange, you'll pay for that!"
"I'm sure I will." Duke said sarcastically. Grin motioned for them all to come outside.
"Look, it's the ice cream truck."
"The ice WHAT truck?" Mara asked with confusion.
"Ice cream. Don't you know about ice cream? It existed back on Puckworld too."
"For you guys maybe, but not for us." Duke explained, "Thieves can't exactly afford those kind of luxuries. I didn't know what it was when I came here either." Mara smiled at him, "That makes me feel somewhat better...thanks."
"Here, we'll get you some. You'll like it." Dive said happily.
"You're just using that as an excuse to get yourself some!" said Mal.
Nose Dive nodded, walking to the truck, "Yeah, so?"
Wild Wing sat back down, looking at Amber. "What were you thinking, walking up to Dragaunus like that?" Amber gave no reply (Editors' note: yeah, like she would while she was asleep?!). "I wish I knew your name." Wing said regretfully. Amber opened her eyes.
Eight on a hockey team? Oh well, nothing's perfect...
"AHHHHHHHHH!" Wild Wing fell backwards, shocked by the girl's scream. When he got back up, she was holding a gun up to him.
"Canard, you bastard! You scared the hell outta me! Why don't you take that stupid mask off, you asshole?" She said angrily. Wild Wing took the mask off, "I'm not Canard." He said quietly, looking into her eyes. Amber went pale, "Oh my God...who the hell are you then?" she demanded.
"My name's Wild Wing. I'm the leader of the Mighty Ducks."
"Sounds pretty stupid."
"Uh, could you put away that gun?" He asked gently. Amber glared at him.
"So you can kill me? Fat chance."
"I'm not going to kill you, I want to help you, that's all."
"I've heard that before," Amber said bitterly, "so step away from the bed." Wing did as he was told. As Amber tried to sit up she became very dizzy. Some how, she managed to hold onto her gun. "What did you do to me?!" She snapped.
"You got a nasty bump on the head from Dragaunus."
"So you work for the lizards, huh?" Amber got up and shoved him into the Ready Room.
"No, we fight the Saurians."
"Bullshit." Amber sat down. "Sit where I can see you." she demanded. Wing sat down on the floor in front of her calmly.
"This really isn't nessicary, I don't want to hurt you." Amber paid no attention to him. "I can prove it." Wild Wing continued.
"Shut up." Amber muttered, looking around.
"I'm serious." Wing persisted.
Amber glared at him, "I SAID shut up!!" She yelled, pointing the gun at his head. Wild Wing sighed, shifting his position so that Amber could see he'd had a gun on him this entire time. Instead of convincing her that he was a friend, Wild Wing only suceeded in angering her. She snatched the gun from him.
"I should kill you right now." She hissed.
Wild Wing simply looked down into his comm, "Guys, she's up." he said calmly. Amber was stunned as she heard Mara's voice reply, "Really?! Is she okay?"
"Yeah, she's just fine." Wild Wing said with a smile.
"Great! We'll be right there."
"I knew it." Amber said angrily, "You ARE a Saurian! That was Chameleon!"
Wing laughed, "That was your sister Mara."
"She's not my sister!" Amber snapped defiantly, "She's my half sister."
Wild Wing sighed, "Whatever."
"How do I know it's really her?" Amber demanded.
Wild Wing shrugged, "How should I know? I wish you'd lighten up a little."
"LIGHTEN UP?!" Amber sputtered, "You don't have any right to talk to me like that!" Wild Wing rolled his eyes as Amber yelled frantically. "That's it! I'm gonna fuckin' blast your brains out right now!" Amber held the gun out at him.
"Go on, shoot." Wild Wing said calmly. Amber put the gun down, "Damn you!" she yelled. The rest of the Mighty Ducks walked into the Ready Room. Mara looked at Amber eagerly.
"There you are! Are you alright?" Mara stepped closer to touch her, but Amber pulled away, "Yeah, no thanks to you. That guy nearly killed me! And where the hall have you been all this time?!" Mara backed up, allowing Amber to walk past her.
"Well, Wraith threatened to kill you unless I found the Mighty Ducks- that's who these people are- and so we all came back and got you, but you were knocked unconcious by Dragaunus. Then we brought you back here, and they offered to show me around Anaheim...I figured it wouldn't matter since Wild Wing had offered to look after you, and we weren't gone that long-"
"So you left me with this psycho while YOU went shopping?!" Amber exclaimed angrily, pointing to Wild Wing, "I can't believe you!"
"I'm sorry Amber, I suppose I should've known better." Mara said quietly. Amber nodded, glaring at the other ducks.
"She's the life of the party, isn't she?" Tanya said to Mara sarcastically.
Mara smiled at her, "She certainly is."
"Funny." Amber snapped. She looked at each duck carefully, pausing as she reached Nose Dive. Amber looked at him and began to stutter, her knees shaking. Mara walked over to her, "Amber? What is it." Nose Dive stepped forward to help, but Amber screamed, "Keep him away from me!" Dive quickly backed up. Tanya walked over to her and helped her to the couch along with Mara.
"What happened?" Tanya asked.
"I dunno...Amber, what is it?" Amber stuttered incoherently.
"That's my brother Nose Dive." Wild Wing explained calmly. Amber seemed to relax when Wing told her his name.
"Then he's not..."
"Amber, who did you think he was?" Mara asked.
"It doesn't matter." Amber said quickly. Mara began to sit down beside her, but she backed away as Amber glared at her heatedly.
"I don't need your help, so just stay away from me." she snapped.
Mara nodded, "I'm sorry." Amber rolled her eyes and looked back at the rest of the team.
"Mighty Ducks, huh?" Amber said coldly, "So you fight the Saurians?" Wild Wing nodded. "Well you're doing a pretty shitty job, aren't you?" The ducks all glared at her. She ignored them all, looking around the room. Noticing that Duke was swaying on his feet, Tanya walked over to him.
"Here, you'd better sit down. That medication's not working as well as I thought."
Duke looked confused, "But I haven't taken it yet, have I?"
Tanya sighed, "Yes you did, remember?" Duke shook his head. "In the med lab right before we went shopping. You don't remember?" Duke shook his head again.
"Nope." Tanya sighed, "I told you we shouldn't have brought him along, Wild Wing." Amber stared at him.
Duke nodded, "That's me." Amber's eyes lit up. Without a word she ran over and hugged him. The others all watched in amazement.
"It is! It's really you! I missed you so much..." Duke laughed.
"Hey, watch it. You're ruining my image as a jerk!"
Duke shook his head slightly, "I-I can't remember..." Amber stared at him, turning pale.
"You remember ME, don't you?" Duke looked at her weakly. "You don't." Amber said softly. She stepped away from him, her eyes filling up with tears.
"Duke's been suffering from a concussion, he's having a lot of trouble with his memory." Grin explained quickly.
"I see." Amber said coldly, "Will someone show me to my room?" Wild Wing volunteered for the job.
"She looks so familiar..." Duke said quietly, watching them walk out.
Mallory sighed, "It's not your fault, Duke. Here, come on, let's get you to your room. Mara, you can come too. You're right next to him." Mara nodded, walking over to them.
"I'm so sorry about her," Mara said gently, "She's not usually like this, really. I dunno what happened."
Tanya smiled at her, "Not at all Mara. Bumps on the head like that are bound to cause mood swings. She'll be fine in the morning. Good night guys." They all said their good nights and parted. Mallory and Mara walked into Duke's room with him.
"Thank you Florence Nightingale," he said sarcastically, "But I'm not an invalid! I THINK I can manage without you."
Mal laughed, "You're just sore because that little girl's upset."
Duke shrugged, "Well, it's bugging me! I just can't place her."
Mara nodded, "I'm sure it'll all be a lot clearer in the morning. Good night, Duke, it was nice meeting you."
Duke smiled up at her, "Good night, Mara." Mal and Mara walked out.
"This is your room." Mallory said, pointing to the door next to Duke's. "There's a cot and linens all set up for you.
Mara smiled, "Thanks Mal, but I don't suppose you've got a hammock?"
Mallory nodded, puzzled, "Yeah, we do. Why?"
Mara shrugged, "I've never slept on a bed before."
"Really? Well, we'll get you one later...come with me! Tanya and I have got a thousand things to ask you...I can't tell you how nice it is to have an even number of girls now. We usually feel completely outnumbered by those barbarians!" Mal led Mara off down the hallway.
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