Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Villains, Speeches and Socks

I finished my fanfic for Nancy Drew: Trail of the Twister. It's up on Fanficion.net now! The story contains minor spoilers for the game.

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"You make sure to give him the old one-two for me, ND!" P.G. Krolmeister said enthusiastically.

"Will do," Nancy promised.  "Now if you'll excuse me, Mr. Krolmeister, I have a saboteur to confront."

She hung up her phone and mentally prepared herself.  It was time to bring this mystery to a close.

So far, she had confronted all of the suspects about their misdeeds, to no avail.  She had talked with Chase about the oil, Frosty about the "missing" video footage, Debbie about her plan to get Scott fired, and she even cornered Scott about his secret meetings with Brooke.  Nobody confessed to being the culprit.

And that left only one more suspect: Pa.

Nancy stepped into Ma and Pa's General Store and marched over to the front desk.

"Well, howdy, Nancy!" Pa said.  "How's my favorite customer?"

"All right, Pa, the jig is up," Nancy said, jumping into Sassy Detective Accusation Mode.  "I know it's you."

"Who—what now?" the kindly old man asked.  "What're you talkin' about, Nancy?  I haven't done anything 'cept mind my store."

"You're the one behind the sabotage at Canute College," Nancy said.  "You've had a grudge against Scott ever since he failed to report that one tornado on time...the tornado that killed Ma."

Pa's face turned cold.  "So you found out, didja?" he said.  "Found out about the twister that killed my wife?"

"Scott has a copy of the obituary in his room," Nancy said.  "He still feels terrible about what happened—"

"It's all his fault!" Pa cried.  "If it wasn't for him, Ma would still be alive!  He killed her, and he deserves to pay for it!"

Pa slammed his fist onto the counter in front of him, baring his teeth in anger.  Nancy took a step backwards, ready to run out of the door in case this encounter turned deadly.

Pa grinned and stood back up.  "So how was that?" he asked.

"How was...what?" Nancy asked.

"Why, my acting, of course!  Looks like I fooled you again...Nancy Drew," Pa said, only he didn't sound like Pa any more.

Pa removed his glasses, and pulled off his wig.  "Remember me, Nancy?" the man asked.

"Brian Powers!" Nancy said.  "The man who kidnapped Bess on Dread Island!"

"My name is Dwayne, you idiot!" Dwayne shouted.  "Dwayne Powers!  Sheesh, for a super genius detective, you sure are bad with names!"

"Dwayne Powers, right," Nancy said.  She knew exactly who Dwayne was; she just liked to make him upset because it was fun.  "I thought you were busy searching for Cibola."

"Oh, I'm going to find the Lost City of Gold someday," Dwayne said.  "But I decided to take a break from villainy for a while to meet up with some of my out-of-state relatives.  I haven't seen them in a while, you know?"

"Um, right," Nancy said, not sure why Dwayne was talking about his family.

"Imagine my surprise when I learned one of my cousins knows you.  In fact, thanks to your meddling, he was sent to prison!  Naturally, as soon as I spoke with him, I knew we'd have to team up together and defeat you, once and for all!"

Nancy rolled her eyes and snuck a peek at her watch.  The police said they would be there in five minutes.  Surely, she could get Dwayne to babble about unimportant things until then.

A second man appeared behind the counter and put his hand on Dwayne's shoulder.  "Remember me, Nancy?" he said, in a voice which sounded identical to Dwayne's.

Why do criminals always want me to remember them? Nancy wondered.  She looked intently at this newcomer.  Fluffy brown hair...a flannel shirt that had gone out of style decades ago...

"You're that guy I met in Washington," Nancy deduced.  "The one who put a harness on the lost orca whale!  Andy Jason!"

"Exactly!" Andy said.  "I was one day away from finishing my last smuggling job, and you had to ruin it!"

Andy was about two seconds away from a long rant—apparently, giving dramatic speeches ran in the family—but a memory about Andy tickled the inside of Nancy's brain, and she gave voice to her thought.

"Wait...weren't you the one I defeated with a beach ball?" Nancy asked.

Andy's face fell.  "A...beach ball?"

"Yeah!" Nancy said.  "I remember now!  I threw a beach ball in the water, and the orca threw it back because it plays catch!  That was so cute!"

Dwayne looked confused.  "You were defeated by a beach ball?" he asked.

"It was an air tank," Andy said.  "You know, the kind scuba divers use?"

"I'm pretty sure it was a beach ball," Nancy said.  She distinctly remembered playing beach ball catch with the orca.

"I did not get defeated by a plastic toy!" Andy yelled.

"If you say so," Nancy said.  "It was still the most hilarious escape ever.  Bess and George made me act it out, like, ten times."

Andy growled furiously.  "That's it, Nancy!  I'm going to destroy you!"

The counter was still in between Nancy and the two villains, so she felt relatively safe.  Still, she decided it would be best to stop Andy before he did something dangerous.  She grabbed a Krolmeister Salad Cannon off of a nearby shelf, and threw in the first soft thing she could find: four pairs of blue socks.

Andy furiously jiggled at the door which led to the side of the counter.  "Why—won't—it—open?!" he cried.

"You have to hold the lock up while pushing," Dwayne explained.

"Hey, Andy!" Nancy cried.

Andy looked up from the stuck door and turned his face towards Nancy.  "What?" he asked.

"Say good night," Nancy grinned, pointing the Krolmeister Salad Cannon right at his face.  She pressed the ON button, and the eight blue socks went flying at Andy's face.

"Nuts," Andy said, spinning in a circle and falling down.

Dwayne was silent for a moment before he could find his voice.  "You defeated my cousin with socks?" he asked, amazed.

"And a salad maker," Nancy said, smugly.  She would have to thank P.G. Krolmeister for that particular invention when this was all over.

"Not bad," Dwayne said.  "But I must admit, the man had no talent! I'm the star of this evil operation!  You're still in big trouble, Nancy!"

"If you say so," Nancy said.  By now, she was so used to confronting criminals that it didn't even phase her anymore.  So far, she had been led on six high-speed chases, captured seven culprits in clever traps, and escaped from a locked area twelve times.  Dwayne didn't stand a chance.

Dwayne leaped on top of the counter and struck a dramatic pose.  "Next time, if there is a next time, watch upon whose toes you step, Nancy Drew!"

Dwayne then surprised Nancy by turning around and running straight for the Employees Only door.

"Hey!" Nancy cried.  It looked like this encounter would be a chase after all.  "You can't get away that easily!"

She ran into the Employees Only room after Dwayne.  It was a tiny area, not much bigger than four feet by four feet wide.  The only thing inside it was a large pipe running from ceiling to the floor.  Before Nancy had time to wonder where Dwayne had escaped to, the door shut itself behind her, trapping her inside.

"A trap!" she said.  "I should have known."

When she had been in similar situations before, the culprit had tried to drown her.  This time, however, Pa Pennies started raining down from the ceiling.  In a matter of minutes, the room would be full of Pa Pennies, and she wouldn't be able to move.

"There must be a way out of here!" Nancy said.   The door was locked—naturally—and she didn't have her lock-breaking hairpin with her at the moment.  She turned her attention to the only other thing in the room: the pipe.

On the pipe were six knobs, each with the numbers 1 through 10 written on them.  Above the knobs were a series of clues.

The first number is the same as the fourth number.
The third number and the second number put together is twice as much as the fourth number.
The sixth number is...

"I don't have time for more logic puzzles," Nancy grumbled.  "Oh well.  At least it's not mice catching again.  Let's try...1 1 1 1 1 1."

She spun the knobs to that formation, and amazingly, it worked.

"Thank you, Junior Mode!" Nancy said to herself.

As soon as the knobs spun into place, the back wall of the room opened, giving her access to the next room.  This room contained the exit to the general store, as well as an old man who was tied up in the corner.

"Pa!" Nancy cried.




Dear Ned,

Well, it looks like Dwayne Powers got away again, but at least we managed to catch Andy.  I don't think he's going to be bothering me again for a while, though.  The last I heard, he developed a huge fear of socks and refuses to be anywhere near someone who's wearing them.  He's now living on a hippie ranch, where he can't harm anyone ever again.

When I rescued Pa, he said that Dwayne and Andy knocked him out shortly after I started work on the mystery.  Apparently, their plan was to give me a case that I couldn't solve, which would ruin my reputation as a super sleuth.  Too bad for them their plan didn't work out so well.

In any case, I can't wait to get home soon and act out my defeat of Andy for you.  It's hilarious, trust me.

Love,
Nancy

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

You're a wonderful story-teller, Michael! You should do this more often whenever you get the chance! I laughed a lot while reading "Villains, Speeches and Socks", especially when Andy gets defeated by socks! I never saw that coming...:DD

~Jennifer

Anonymous said...

This is hilarious!
You should really do this more often.
"But I must admit, the man had no talent!" lol! I liked it the most.

Anonymous said...

omg! Michael this is the best fanfiction yet. Love this one. I love how in the beginning Nancy acts so innocent, then she totally knocks Andy Jason out with a sock cannon. It's like,
"Andy, say hello to my little friend!"
-shoots socks crazily-
I also love when Nancy goes, "Thank you, junior mode!" Awesome job, once again, Michael!
-Sofia

Anonymous said...

This was great! I love how you made Andy and Dwayne cousins. :D I already review on fanfic, but felt the need to do so here. Hehehe! Awesome job!

-DRA43

Anonymous said...

that was awesome!!!! Do it again!!!!!!!! But next time can you add Lisa frome #4?

-Elizabeth

Anonymous said...

hi. that was awesome!!! You should do that again for the next ND case :).

-Elizabeth

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Oh...my...can't... BREATH!

That was hilarious! I loved Andy in there, and "The man has NO talent!" Oh gosh!

Though, o be perfectly honest, I prefer this ending to the real one. I think it's much more Nancy Drew-esqe

Kira said...

I loved how you brought the culprit from Washington into your fan fic. That was one of my favorite games because I actually live in the Pacific Northwest. Anyway, great fan fic, and while I'm not the type of person to laugh out loud when reading funny things, I cracked a few smiles, especially at the Pa Pennies part and the "That man has NO talent!" part. And the "Thank you, Junior Mode!" was a nice touch, too. I think you need to write more fan fics for us.

Anonymous said...

The "Thank you junior mode" part was funny

Anonymous said...

I liked the part when Dwayne says "You defeated my cousin with socks?" and when Nancy says "Say good night" and knocks Andy out with socks! :D That was so funny! U should defiantly do another one for the other ND games!

Emma said...

I. Love. You. This is HILARIOUS, especially the "Nuts!" And the "I must confess, the man has NO talent!

Katharine said...

HILARIOUS!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Michael this is the best!!! Salad launcher and socks... a hippie ranch! ... "Thank you, Junior Mode!"

This was super hilarious, and it was totally Nancy Drew. Like, you could pretend you were actually playing the game as you read it! You should definitely do more... :DDDDD (that's a super happy face, just so you know.)

Anonymous said...

SO FUNNY!!! lol!!! u should really do this more often!

Anonymous said...

Incredible job, Michael! :)

madi said...

can you make more? this was hilarious!!!!!! i think it would be awesome if you could put the culprit from secret of the scarlet hand in one! i loved the ending letter!!

celoptra said...

where did "Andy" come from? I worked up all the characters from all the games but I don't see a single Andy is he an OC (other character?)and I don't think Nancy would be fooled again by Dywane

celoptra said...

where did "Andy" come from? I worked up all the characters from all the games but I don't see a single Andy is he an OC (other character?)and I don't think Nancy would be fooled again by Dywane

celoptra said...

never mind he's from Decption Island now (I had to make a list of the villains). But Andy's not from Washington (not in the game-that)are you sure you not getting Taylor Sinclair confused with Andy Jackson?

celoptra said...

Too bad you and I can't write a story (fanfic) which almost all villains (with the expection of the young Jane P-becuase she young ((any divoree kid would want her really mommy back)), the fake Jane W ((she wouldn't be alive in the "Modern" world, and Fiona ((she was insane-so its not her fault)).) get together and try to get revenge on Nancy (oh how about Nancy has OC cousin who looks almost excatly like her)?

sorry for too many posts

2NancyDrew said...

this is so funny you should do this for a living!!!
thoes are books (beside other ND books)i would bye!
you rock!

Shannon Sizemore said...

Michael you do so well I love it(:

Breanna(; said...

Michael that story was soooo funny!!! I can't wait until the next one.