Captain Chonkers Chapter Fifteen


Upon re-entry to the Earth's atmosphere, the tension between my family grew. I watched them quietly. Mrs. Doggo looked extremely worried. I knew we had home insurance, but there were things in our home that she had not been able to pack that were irreplaceable. She dreaded losing the home the most because most of the financial burden would be on her. She was not only responsible for  Queen Floofy Floofer, but for us now as well. Shiba Chonkers was similar. He did have a small part time job at the local surf store and his own home to worry about. But since he lived with us now, most of his stuff was with us on the ship. He seemed a little less worried, but that was just Shiba Chonkers. He was pretty much laid back and cool about everything. He didn't let things get to him and just took life for what it was. He was gripping Mrs. Doggo's hand.  Queen Floofy Floofer was gripping my paw in one hand and had her other hand pressed against the glass as we flew down through the clouds. I could feel her grip getting significantly tighter the further down we progressed. Sir Chonky looked anxious, holding his hands together. He refused to look out of the window. Thicc Corgi held no expression, as per usual. He was stoic. He was focusing on bringing us back home safely. Finally we saw land. The view was amazing from this height and angle, but they weren't worried about that right now. As we approached Kauai, the storm damage became evident. A few homes had tiles blown from the roof. There was debris and fallen trees and a few overturned cars. Some areas were flooded. I heard Mrs. Doggo gasp at this.  Queen Floofy Floofer let out a soft sigh as we flew over the Kaiaulu School where she had her hula lessons. The building was fine. I saw her smile and smiled too, knowing that we'd be able to still perform. Downed powerlines saturated the streets. I knew those areas would be unsafe for anybody to venture near. We finally flew over to our home. Mrs. Doggo screamed, startling Queen Floofy Floofer. But then Queen Floofy Floofer looked and screamed too. Our home was in one piece. A few tiles had blown off and there was plenty of debris about the place, but it seemed okay. They'd been screaming in relief I realised. Mrs. Doggo cheered and held Queen Floofy Floofer close. Both of them were overjoyed. I smiled happily. We were okay. Thicc Corgi landed the ship and my family rushed out of there. Thicc Corgi scooped me up and Sir Chonky ran behind us as we headed down the stairs. Us three aliens stood back and watched as the three other members of our family went inside and inspected. Everything was fine and still in place. Thicc Corgi assessed the roof from where we stood. "Hmm. Will get up there and repair those tiles today. I have a new roofing system idea in mind to prevent same thing happening in future under strong winds and rain." Mrs. Doggo gave a sigh. She looked at Thicc Corgi and took his hand into hers. "Thank you Thicc Corgi. For everything." After she said this, Thicc Corgi smiled. Mrs. Doggo turned and headed back up to the ship with Shiba Chonkers by her side to bring back in the belongings. As Thicc Corgi placed me down and scruffed my head, I realised something as he walked away. That was the first time I'd seen my father truly smile in a long time.</p><hr size=1 noshade><p>An hour or so later, everything was back inside the house. Thicc Corgi was hammering away up on the roof, installing the new roofing system he'd thought up. Shiba Chonkers had gone back to his own home to check everything was okay there. Sir Chonky was fussing over some delivery he was expecting considering the storm delayed it and Mrs. Doggo was locked in the bathroom. I could hear her throwing up but trying to be as quiet about it as she could. I knew this was morning sickness.  Queen Floofy Floofer had noticed her feeling ill, but she'd figured it had just been because of being on the ship and she was suffering from motion sickness. "Poor Mrs. Doggo," she said. I stared at her. "I don't feel sick." I just nodded. Queen Floofy Floofer kicked her legs on the couch and stared at me. "Wanna go out and look around?" "Okeytaka," I told her. Queen Floofy Floofer called to Mrs. Doggo through the bathroom door what we were doing and she instantly opened it. " Queen Floofy Floofer! I don't think that's such a good idea. There is debris everywhere out there." "Aw! But I'll be careful and besides, Captain Chonkers will be with me!" she grinned. Mrs. Doggo looked pale. I knew from her body reactions she was going to get sick again. "Fine! But <strong>BE</strong> careful Queen Floofy Floofer! I mean it!" She quickly shut the door, leaving a very surprised Queen Floofy Floofer. Normally Mrs. Doggo was much stricter, but she was busy dealing with her morning sickness. "Well. That was easy. Come on Captain Chonkers!" "Ih, okeytaka!" Queen Floofy Floofer chucked me my raincoat and dressed me for outside before she pulled on her own gear as we headed out of the door. Thicc Corgi called down to us. " Captain Chonkers! Little girl! Where are you going?" "To look at the damage!" Queen Floofy Floofer called back. "We'll be careful Thicc Corgi!" Thicc Corgi looked at me from where he was. "Better be! Especially you Captain Chonkers, no more falling down holes and giving me heart attack!" I nodded. Queen Floofy Floofer gripped my paw and we headed down the drive way.</p><hr size=1 noshade><p>The town was a mess. Fallen trees and branches were everywhere and people were starting to clean up. Some areas had been flooded by the heavy rain and we could see shop owners shifting about sandbags and using brooms to sweep out water. Queen Floofy Floofer looked about this sadly. Mr Kuakini addressed her as we passed his store. "Aloha Queen Floofy Floofer. How did your home go?" "It's fine," she responded, looking past him through the door. "Is your store okay?" "Aye, not really. The entire floor will need to be replaced. It was old wood and with the water damage mold will grow." "Hmm. Mrs. Doggo said something similar about where she works." "Yes!" the older human responded. "A lot of these buildings are old."  Queen Floofy Floofer nodded. I stared up at the man. I could tell he was a little stressed. "Oh... your pet is here again today?" he addressed me finally paying attention to the fact I was there. "Yeah. Me and Captain Chonkers are looking around the town," she told him. He nodded, but I could see him eyeing my raincoat. Queen Floofy Floofer had also dressed me in pants and some of her old sneakers, as well as put a beanie on my head and scarf around my neck to keep me warm. "Your dog likes to dress up?" he asked curiously. He gave me a strange look. I just narrowed my eyes slightly and avoided eye contact. People never left me alone when Queen Floofy Floofer dressed me up. My ears perked slightly when I thought I heard a small buzz at that moment. I looked up but couldn't see anything. "Yeah, he's cold too! I gotta look out for him." Mr Kuakini just nodded. I knew he thought it was weird, but Queen Floofy Floofer just started to pull me away from there after saying goodbye to him. She paused suddenly though and I crashed into her. "Oh! Mrs. Doggo wanted me to ask you about the groceries we lost when Captain Chonkers fell down the hole and if we can have them replaced for free." The man looked a little irritated. I knew why. He had to deal with his insurance company (assuming he had one) and deal with replacing the floor and that would take him time. Some of his stock was destroyed as well. He was stressed and not in the mood. I nudged Queen Floofy Floofer. "Naga fudo beechutack," I told her quietly. She looked confused. He gave an obnoxious sigh. " Queen Floofy Floofer, I will deal with that when the time comes for it. Can you not see the damage to this place?" he snapped, gesturing around us. I expected a rude response from him, but Queen Floofy Floofer hadn't. Her face fell. "Oh... I'm sorry. I didn't-" she started, but he cut her off. "How old are you Queen Floofy Floofer?" he asked sarcastically as he continued sweeping the water out of the doorway. Now he'd crossed the line. Queen Floofy Floofer had apologised. I began to snarl noticing Queen Floofy Floofer's expression fall into one of sadness and she turned away slightly. I could tell she was starting to tear up. The man stopped what he was doing and backed off slightly upon hearing my snarl. I stepped towards him, giving him a good view of my teeth. He was scared of me. Good. Nobody treated my best friend this way. She was only a child. She didn't fully understand the stresses of adulthood. Using her age against her in this situation was irrelevant and absolutely stupid and illogical. She was almost nine. Of course she wasn't going to understand. I growled louder but then noticed a few other people had caught onto what was happening and started to approach us. I didn't particularly care at this point what he thought of me or even if he banned me from entering the store. I just gave him a furious glare before I gently pushed  Queen Floofy Floofer forward, putting my arm around her and walking away. He watched us in disbelief. I sat Queen Floofy Floofer down in the park around the corner. People were too busy in the streets to worry about what we were doing. "Baka choota dak queesta!" I spat angrily. "Mucho malas... Leelo okay?" She didn't look at me. I put my paws on her knees and looked up into her face. She looked at me sadly before looking away. "Everybody just seems to hate me," she said softly. "Don't they." My eyes widened in horror. "NAGA!" I cried, holding her tightly. " Captain Chonkers naga hate you. I love you!" "People treat me different." "They treat me different too, Queen Floofy Floofer." She looked at me solemnly at that. "Stupid old human!" I spat. "Totally uncalled for. Meega tell Mrs. Doggo about this." "No Captain Chonkers..." she responded. "It's okay." I stared at her at that. This was just like with Mertle and Aleka. She always tried to pass things off as if they didn't matter and never tried to fend for herself. I knew she hated getting involved in conflicts and arguments, but it was to the point now that she literally let people walk all over her. I hated it. I wanted her to be strong and stand up for herself. So I took up her hand. This made her look at me curiously. "Naga Queen Floofy Floofer. We are going back. You are going to tell him isa wrong. Naga right. Okeytaka?" She looked scared. "You are doing it, Queen Floofy Floofer. I am tired of seeing you hurt. All of time. I stick up for you, ih? Now I teach you! Be strong. Like Captain Chonkers. Not afraid." "But... I don't want to get involved because it will risk your identity if you do too much to make it obvious you're smart!" "I don't care about that right now!" I couldn't help but snap. She looked a little scared and reeled back. "I only care about you! Do you not get that?" She looked a little shocked from hearing me speak to her so clearly. Normally I spoke in broken sentences. But my English was a lot better than what it used to be and some sentences were easier for me than others. This was one such case. She was quiet for a moment or so. "Come on!" "Okay Captain Chonkers." "Ih, kutamitay. Goobaja." I marched Queen Floofy Floofer back to the store. Mr Kuakini was talking to some of the people that had noticed us before. Upon seeing me he flinched and stood back. The others just looked at us. I looked at Queen Floofy Floofer and pushed her gently. She looked scared, but then she looked angry and drew in a breath. "I don't appreciate how you spoke to me before, Mr Kuakini!" she said. "I think you should apologise!" The man stared at her. He sighed. "Yes, you are correct. I am sorry Queen Floofy Floofer. Please understand, this is a very stressful situation for me. You and your family are loyal customers. I would not want a misunderstanding between us to stop you from visiting my store." I held my head up. Much better. I was proud of  Queen Floofy Floofer. The man looked at me. "Though, I do not think I will be allowing your pet into the store now, I am sorry." I glared at him. Fine by me, I didn't care. Queen Floofy Floofer was my priority. Queen Floofy Floofer cared though. "If you won't allow Captain Chonkers, then I won't go there either." "He's dangerous. You heard him before! He will frighten the customers!" I was mad hearing that but I remained calm. I wanted to see how Queen Floofy Floofer would handle this herself. "He's not dangerous!" she retorted. "You were mean to me! He's very protective!" Queen Floofy Floofer and the human stared at each other, neither giving an inch. Finally he sighed. "Fine, Queen Floofy Floofer. But if he scares the customers like that when I reopen he is out." I loved how he instantly assumed that I would scare future customers. I would have rolled my eyes if I could have, but instead I just shook my head. He noticed. Queen Floofy Floofer nodded. She looked at him before turning and leaving. Once out of sight I ran at her and pushed her down to the ground in a big hug. "Hegata juu neeba! Hasihk, hasihk!" I laughed happily. "Kali ashol eech Queen Floofy Floofer!" She smiled. "I suppose I did well, huh?" I licked her on the cheek. "Eww!" she protested, but laughed. "Are you proud of me?" "Ih, preecha!" I told her. "Very good!" She smiled. Now I just hoped she'd use this new-found confidence towards Mertle and the other girls too. I would never tell her that she should, but I would just let her work at her own pace when standing up for herself. I wanted her to be a strong girl, because I knew deep down she was. I couldn't care less if it took me being banned from places and the like. I knew it would upset Queen Floofy Floofer but if that's what it took for her to start defending herself against those sorts of people then I would continue to push for it. Of course, I would always be there to defend her but there were going to be times when I wasn't by her side. She relied on me heavily and I'd become a little bit of a crutch to her. She couldn't do anything without me. Of course, I needed her too. But I just wanted her to be strong above all. We decided to walk through the park. Queen Floofy Floofer paused a little to look at something on the ground before we exited out onto the street while I continued ahead. "Let's go this way Captain Chonkers," she called, pointing to another area. There was a fence at the back. I think she wanted to explore. It was a high density area. "Barumba," I warned her, following her closely. I went ahead of her, just in case. It was a good thing I did. She was distracted by some debris on the ground. I walked ahead of her to look, not noticing a downed power-line in front of me as it was covered by the bushes and ended up stepping on it. There was a loud crack as the transformer above caught fire and I felt what had to be at least 11,000 volts of electricity surge through my body. I barely heard  Queen Floofy Floofer's scream over the noise. I could see her watching in horror as I was electrocuted, but she didn't realise that such a thing didn't really hurt me. It just stung a bit. Thankfully Queen Floofy Floofer was a fair distance back from me at that point. But most of all I was glad it wasn't her that stepped on it because my life would have been destroyed in an instant. I reeled back. "AMA CHOOTA FUUGA NALA QUEESTA!" I swore. I felt my fur all standing up. Queen Floofy Floofer was frozen in complete shock. She looked mortified. My clothes had been fried so I had tatters of material hanging from me. Damn it! The shock didn't hurt me. I was completely indestructible. Well, almost. I noticed Queen Floofy Floofer begin to move towards me and I screamed at her. "NO MOVE!" she jumped and her eyes were wide. "Extremely dangerous, Queen Floofy Floofer may be electrocuted! Stay there Queen Floofy Floofer! No move at all!" "S- Captain Chonkers?!" she stuttered. "I'm so scared!" she gasped. She began to cry. "Please just no move..." I said calmly. She looked at me intently. She was shaking hard. "Feeto lackchas. Do not move them without keeping them together," I instructed her. "Stay right there. In safe distance! Remember what Captain Chonkers said? Be strong! Be strong for Captain Chonkers! I will get help. Come back, I promise! Love you!" People had noticed and heard what had happened. I couldn't tell if they'd heard me talking or not. One of the humans was forcing them back and to not move, clearly understanding more about downed power-lines than anybody else there. I raced up the street but noticed Thicc Corgi running down with a device. I recognised it almost instantly - it was a neutraliser. He had special boots on. "I saw commotion from roof! Had B.U.G following entire time!" he panted. That explained the buzz I'd heard. I looked at him and frantically tugged on his lab coat. "Papa! Pleechi-ba! Help Queen Floofy Floofer!" "I know Captain Chonkers I will!" he said. He forced the humans out of the way, running into the area near Queen Floofy Floofer before he slammed the neutraliser into the concrete as hard as he could. Queen Floofy Floofer was watching intently from where she was. She was frozen stiff. A few seconds later I saw the power-lines above glow green and then there was a loud bang and spark as the power was completely cut. The static left my fur as the current was cleared. Thicc Corgi monitored the reading on the neutraliser. "No current. Area is completely clear of any danger." He stood up. "COMPLETE IDIOTS!" he roared at the crowd shaking his fist "NOT ENSURING ALL ELECTRICITY OFF AFTER STORM! HOW WAS THIS NOT NOTICED! CHILD COULD HAVE BEEN KILLED!" The humans were terrified. I ran for Queen Floofy Floofer instantly and pulled her into my arms, only worried about her. She was in shock. Thicc Corgi took her into his arms a few moments later and removed the neutraliser. People were watching in disbelief. "What was that thing?" one of them asked, but we ignored them. "How... how did that dog not die? How did..." "Was that thing talking?" "Never mind that," Thicc Corgi snapped, holding  Queen Floofy Floofer close to him. We pushed through the humans. The police were arriving as well as more emergency services. I noticed Mr Kuakini there, looking almost heartbroken when he realised that it was Queen Floofy Floofer in Thicc Corgi's arms. "GET BACK!" I heard the police roar to the crowd. Thicc Corgi pushed me forward. "Come Captain Chonkers. We need to leave. Now." "Is she okay?" I heard Mr Kuakini cry out behind us. I paused and turned to face him, glaring slightly. He stared at me. I nodded at him and his eyes widened slightly before I ran off to follow Thicc Corgi. I knew he would be suspicious of me now. I didn't care. As I followed my father I suddenly felt a strange sensation take hold and make me dizzy. It also made my vision blur for a moment or so, making me pause and hold my head and I felt a tiny pop in the back of my neck. Thicc Corgi turned back to make sure I was following him. " Captain Chonkers!" I quickly ran after him.</p><hr size=1 noshade><p>"Little girl is fine larger girl. Just in state of shock," Thicc Corgi consoled a frantic Mrs. Doggo back up in the ship. "She was unharmed. Captain Chonkers took full electrocution." Mrs. Doggo stared at me in disbelief. "But... how on earth is he okay? That would have killed a person instantly!" I just grinned at her. Thicc Corgi smiled. "Well, I created him, remember?" Mrs. Doggo just shook her head in amazement. "Thank goodness Queen Floofy Floofer is okay." "We had another close call today," Thicc Corgi agreed. " Captain Chonkers I am not letting you out of my sight again, boy oh boy." He rubbed at his head. "First stupid hole, now this. Captain Chonkers you are walking magnet for disaster lately." I sighed. "Soka." "Hardly your fault, my little one. Just try to avoid this." Thicc Corgi looked back to Queen Floofy Floofer. She was sleeping. "Come..." he said quietly and gestured us out of the sleeping quarters. Queen Floofy Floofer was in the bed I'd been in shortly before. Mrs. Doggo sat down with her head in her hands. "What was that thing you used?" "Neutraliser," Thicc Corgi said to her. "Very basic technology. Is designed to both reduce and remove up to 800,000 volts of electricity. I was provided at least ten of them back working for GDI. We used them while working with heavy and complex machinery." Mrs. Doggo looked at him as though he'd grown another head. "That's basic?" "Yes. Why?" She shook her head at that. "What you call basic is what we call 'advanced beyond our time'." Thicc Corgi laughed. "As it would be." "You saved Queen Floofy Floofer's life today. Both you and Captain Chonkers," she smiled. "I honestly don't know where I'd be without you guys." I jumped up onto her lap and hugged her and Thicc Corgi just smiled. "Is nothing, really. No problem at all. Happy to assist." Mrs. Doggo let out a sigh and stroked my back. I had been about to close my eyes when I heard that same creepy sounding laugh I'd heard back in the engine room. My ears flipped up and I pulled back. "Something wrong Captain Chonkers?" Thicc Corgi asked me. Mrs. Doggo also looked at me questioningly. "Keep hearing weird laugh," I said. "In ship. Heard it before too." "What?" he asked, frowning. He quickly turned to his computer and typed into it. The screen showed up as green. "Are you sure? Computer indicates nothing in ship other than us?" "Ih, meega sure." He shrugged. "Maybe just tired, ey?" In response to that I yawned. Maybe I was just tired. First I'd thought Thicc Corgi was moving in the cockpit, then I'd heard that laugh in the engine room and now the same laugh here again in the lab. Or maybe I was just loosing it and that electrocution had made things worse. "Ah well..." Thicc Corgi said. "Larger girl can head back to house once I scan  Captain Chonkers. I'll remain and keep eye on Queen Floofy Floofer." Mrs. Doggo gave a nod. Thicc Corgi picked me up and brought me into another area of his lab, placing me in the scanner. It started to spin. He turned to his laptop and started typing onto it. Shortly after data printed out and he read it. The scan took about two minutes. "Alright Captain Chonkers. You are being in the clear. Chip working fine and no internal damage to organic circuits, so cannot explain this 'laugh' you are being hearing, though data indicates mild fatigue so I am concluding is most likely that. Most of the surge was conducted cleanly through metallic concentrations in your bones while the rest of the electricity was absorbed into snootonium deposits," he looked proud of himself. "Aren't you glad I made you so amazing?" I just shook my head at his gloating but I smiled. He released me from the scanner and hugged me before setting me back down and I went out to Mrs. Doggo. Thicc Corgi informed her I was in the clear from the other room and she smiled. "That's great!" she said. "Come on Captain Chonkers. You can help me with the dinner." "Ih!" I followed Mrs. Doggo out of the ship and back up to the house. Thicc Corgi had the generator running from the ship into the home so we had electricity, which was good. As Mrs. Doggo and I walked down the stairwell to the back garden, I looked up at her. "How baby?" She gazed down at me. "Not sure. I just feel very tired and sick lately. Shiba Chonkers..." she smiled. "Shiba Chonkers proposed to me today." "Gaba?!" I asked in disbelief. I laughed happily. "Zoochas Asaiklos!" She smiled and reached down and hugged me. "Thanks Captain Chonkers. It was a shock to me too." "So... Mrs. Doggo wedding?" I asked her. "Not sure yet. Maybe soon, at least when things get back to somewhat normal. Queen Floofy Floofer's dance recital is soon too." "Okeytaka!" I responded. " Captain Chonkers very happy for Naanee!" "I'm happy too Captain Chonkers," she responded. "I plan to tell the others later. But for now... it's just between us, okay?" "Okeytaka!" I chirped as we headed inside. Mrs. Doggo and Shiba Chonkers had known each other for a long time. I wondered if the proposal was because she'd fallen pregnant. But regardless, I was happy for her. It would be exciting. I'd never been to a wedding before. I'd seen them around the island and on TV, but actually being at one would be a new experience. As Mrs. Doggo and I were making the dinner, there was a knock on the door. My ears perked and I looked up. Mrs. Doggo put down her dishcloth and went to answer the door. I followed slightly and peeked around the corner. I had an apron on. It was that human – Mr Kuakini. "I saw Queen Floofy Floofer down there!" he said. "A large man carried her away, with your dog. I figured you might know something about this? Is she okay?" "She is fine Mr Kuakini," Mrs. Doggo said to him. "She is asleep in the sh- I mean. She is asleep in her bedroom." "May I see her?" he asked. Mrs. Doggo hesitated. "Uh... now isn't a good time. Maybe later. Why is that?" she asked. He sighed. At that I made my presence known. He stared at me. " Queen Floofy Floofer came by my store earlier today. She asked me about getting some free groceries as you lost the other ones and wanted to know when I could give them to you. I... got a little angry and snapped at her. She was upset about it." "What?" Mrs. Doggo asked, looking alarmed. "Why?!" "Because I am stressed. My store was flooded. The entire floor needs replacing and I have had to close the store down. Some of my stock has perished in the flooding. I have no business for a while." I watched him closely as he said this. "Your dog there was angry with me when I did this. She came back shortly after and told me that I was mean. I know what I did was wrong. But your dog is unusual. He seems quite intelligent." Mrs. Doggo paled. "Uh... he's a special breed." "I can see that," he gestured to me. "However I came here to see  Queen Floofy Floofer. I have felt terrible. Even worse knowing that she was in so much danger today. If she had of been harmed or even killed, it would have destroyed me. She's a sweet little girl. I really enjoy seeing her in my store." Mrs. Doggo nodded. "Well, I will tell her to see you when she wakes up, okay?" He nodded. "Please do." He looked at me. I stared back at him. "I know there is something different about you," he said. "I do not know how you survived that shock. It's a miracle. But even after what happened today, when you reassured me she was okay..." he trailed off slightly. "I thank you for that. I do not know what you are, or what that other large man did to cut the power, but I do not choose to question it. I am just relieved Queen Floofy Floofer is okay." I was surprised to hear that. I sniffed slightly. I could always tell when a human was lying, but he wasn't. Mr Kuakini turned and left and Mrs. Doggo closed the door behind him. "Well, that was interesting. How did he know that about you? What did you do?" I sighed. "When mean to Queen Floofy Floofer, it made me mad. I growled. Scare him," I explained. " Captain Chonkers tell Queen Floofy Floofer to go back. Defend herself. Captain Chonkers wanted her to be strong. Be t... ta-" I paused and tried to remember the word. "Tu...?" "Uh... tough?" Mrs. Doggo asked me. "Ih! Tough. We go back and Queen Floofy Floofer tell him. He was suspicious of me. But when doocat ziz-ziz aka ceeis, he saw Queen Floofy Floofer and ask me if okay. Captain Chonkers ontacha." Mrs. Doggo nodded slowly. I could tell she didn't really understand what I was telling her but she seemed to catch on. "Oh. Okay. Well... I don't think he is the sort of person that would tell anybody else. I used to work for him and he was lovely. If he was stressed, he probably didn't mean to snap at Queen Floofy Floofer like that. Sometimes Queen Floofy Floofer gets pushy, or speaks up without thinking." "Naga," I shook my head. "She just young. Not understand implications." "Well, yes. That too," Mrs. Doggo responded, chopping the vegetables again once we headed back into the kitchen. She stared at me and I looked at her. "Ih?" "How old are you Captain Chonkers?" "Two." She dropped her knife. "What?!" I smiled and nodded. "Meega two." "I see..." she said slowly, picking back up the knife. "I wouldn't have thought so. Aliens age?" "Ih." "Even from as far away as you come from? In space?" I tilted my head slightly at that, but gave her a smile. "Not... that far." "How are you so intelligent?" she asked me. "I know you're smart, but instances like just then. You mentioned about Queen Floofy Floofer not understanding the implications." I tapped my head. " Captain Chonkers mind mature. Super-computer." She nodded. "That makes sense. You really don't act two," she sighed. "I hope Queen Floofy Floofer is okay." "She fine," I responded. " Captain Chonkers fine too..." At least, I hoped I was. I thought back to that weird sensation I'd felt before and it worried me a little. I just continued to help cook the dinner. I didn't want to think about it or my past. It made me feel anxious. Instead I thought of my best friend and our plan to scare Mertle. It made me smile. I hoped Queen Floofy Floofer would wake up soon.

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