When I came around, I was enclosed in blackness. Distantly I could hear Queen Floofy Floofer's cries from above. The light seemed so far away above me. I didn't recall being knocked out but I must have hit my head at some point on the way down. I was thankful when I realised it wasn't a sinkhole I'd fallen into, just a deep hole in the ground caused by the dirt shifting and movement of the earth under the force of the rain. The soil above had become too soft and caved in. Luckily I was indestructible, otherwise I probably would have been killed by that fall. I know Queen Floofy Floofer would have been had she been walking alone beside me and fallen down. Of course, I would have blocked her fall, but I was unsure if I would have been able to prevent her severe injury with the distance of that drop. I had a big scratch down my arm and I could see a gash on my right thigh. I must have grazed the sides on the way down. I shuddered deeply at the thought of Queen Floofy Floofer ending up down here and was thankful it was me that had fallen and not her. If I lost her... When I rubbed at the back of my head I felt the bandage had gone. It must have come loose during my fall. I looked around for it but couldn't find it in the dark, even with my infrared vision. Great. Now not only was I bald but I was all bashed up too. Queen Floofy Floofer was still too young to understand that such a fall only hurt me a little and wouldn't kill me. From above I could hear her wailing down into the hole in absolute despair, ("Please don't leave me Captain Chonkers!") and I felt awful for her. She'd endured enough as it was and now this on top of it. I had to get back up there. A human would have heard nothing, but my ears were much better than a humans. I'd fallen from a much bigger height back when I rescued her from Mr. Pupper's ship and had been unscathed, just knocked out. I knew I'd have to get back up to her quick before her grief overwhelmed her. Thicc Corgi had designed me to take a hit. I was fine. I plunged my claws into the soft earth and started to climb. I kept sliding back down, over and over, even with the use of my extra arms. Boy was it infuriating. Eventually though I managed to get high enough to call out to her that I was okay. I could see a few others suddenly looking down into the hole, trying to see me in the darkness, and bit my lip. I hoped they hadn't heard me. They had thrown down some ropes into the hole in some attempt to try and help, but they weren't in reach for me considering how deep the hole was. I guess that was all they could do at that point. Queen Floofy Floofer had gone quiet but was trying to see me as well. It took me nearly an hour to get to the top due to the earth caving in around me constantly. I had managed to reach the ropes though. When I finally was able to cling onto them, I felt them pulling me up instantly. Once out of the hole, I stuck my arm up and I was frantically grabbed and pulled out by multiple rescuers. They were shocked when they first saw me. They hadn't been able to in the darkness. Queen Floofy Floofer was first to pull me into a tight hug when I was safely back on land as I expected, burying her head into my shoulder and sobbing frantically, but looking around I noticed just how much of a crowd had formed. Mrs. Doggo, Shiba Chonkers, Thicc Corgi and Sir Chonky were all among them and the emergency services were there too. They'd cornered off the area and police had put up a barricade. I realised why there was such a commotion when I looked at the hole. It took up the entire middle of the road. From the looks of it, they'd been expecting a person was down in the hole, not me. The majority of them didn't know how to react when they saw me, but they still tried to help. Above all they were shocked from how I'd got back up. I could hear them talking amongst themselves about how such a feat had been possible. I knew it would remain unanswered. An average dog would have been killed. I was able to climb out because I was designed to be a superior species. They couldn't know that. "Uh... should I call the vet? Get her out here to look at this... um... dog?" one of them asked around sounding absolutely confused while they were at it. "I think-" somebody else started to say, but was cut off. "Do not be going near him!" I heard Thicc Corgi's voice boom over the crowd. People didn't try to stop him from going through the barricade, the police even backing away from his stature. My father pushed through the humans and picked me up into his arms. I was exhausted after that climb and sunk down with my eyes closed, but that caused Queen Floofy Floofer to freak out even more. "Oh no! Captain Chonkers, are you okay? Captain Chonkers!" I heard her wail. " Captain Chonkers will be fine, little girl. He is tired. I need to be attending to him though, move aside," I heard Thicc Corgi say. "MOVE IT," he roared shortly afterwards. I could hear the humans freak out and move as Thicc Corgi carried me away from there. While he carried me, I could feel him pick up my arms and legs and feel them in his fingers in a particular manner. He flexed them back and forth a few times. "As expected, no broken bones," he muttered to himself. He pushed me to his chest and I felt him rub a finger over the back of my head. "No obvious damage to skull. Minor abrasions. Oh boy am I being glad I used those iron and titanium compounds in your skeletal structure when I created you." I realised he was just rambling at that point and yawned. Thicc Corgi knew I could take a hit... but I also knew his paranoia was high due to my death so his overreaction didn't surprise me. He was aware I wasn't invincible and he didn't want to take any chances. The fall wasn't enough to seriously harm me though. When I opened my eyes I was up in the ship, sitting back on that metal table again. Thicc Corgi started attending to my arm and thigh. I flinched when it stung a little as he dabbed the cut on my arm with a swab and antiseptic before checking my vitals. Queen Floofy Floofer was beside me, watching closely. The cut went the entire length of my arm. Queen Floofy Floofer had never seen my blood before, so naturally she was fascinated. She had never been squeamish. Thankfully she had calmed down before once Thicc Corgi had reassured her that the only damage I received was the minor cuts and abrasions, so she was acting a little more rational around me than she had been before. I couldn't blame how she reacted though, much like Thicc Corgi. Both of them were dealing with a lot. Human's had red blood. Mine was pink. She stared in fascination before finally looking at me and putting her hand on my head. " Captain Chonkers, how are you feeling?" I smiled a her. " Queen Floofy Floofer, no worry about me. Captain Chonkers indestructible." "That you are," Thicc Corgi stated. "But not so much as Thicc Corgi originally thought." I tilted my head, but I saw him looking across to the fusion chamber and had an idea of what was on his mind. I just felt the back of my head and sighed. My bald head honestly bothered me more than the fall. I kept my arm across the back of my head so Queen Floofy Floofer couldn't see when I sat up, but she pried my arm away and looked regardless of my protests. "Wow." "Naga bootifa." I moaned. I was embarassed. "It will grow back." "Yeah, in like... forever." Queen Floofy Floofer just giggled slightly and drew me into another tight hug. I squeaked as she hit my arm by accident, and she instantly pulled back, kissing my nose in apology. Thicc Corgi came over with a drink for me. It tasted horrible. "Blech." "Will help with mild concussion. Drink." " Captain Chonkers had a concussion?" Queen Floofy Floofer asked, her worry returning. I gripped her hand. "Was being knocked out for mild period." Thicc Corgi knew this from simply looking at me. I hadn't told him about it and I knew there was no indication of an injury on my head. He knew me back to front. I guess my slow reactions were the only indicator. He had shone a light into my eyes before and it had only registered to me a few seconds after to close my eyes even with my photosensitive vision. Still though, it had never been clear to him. I had always admired Thicc Corgi's ability to just know and pick up on things. He went over and booted up the screen for the microchip in my head. He inspected this and Queen Floofy Floofer looked up at it intrigued, but didn't say anything, instead looking back at me. "Once you fell down, a lot of people rushed over. The hole got REAL big. It was scary! I told them you were down there and then all the police and rescue people came pretty much at once." I looked at her. " Queen Floofy Floofer okay?" "I was terrified, Captain Chonkers. I thought that..." " Queen Floofy Floofer, Captain Chonkers fine. Little fall only hurt little bit." She looked perplexed. "Little...?" I gripped her hand tightly. "Very glad, was not you. Was me." She went distant at that. "That... probably would have killed me. You... you saved my life again today, Captain Chonkers." "Always protect you," I told her. Thicc Corgi looked over at us. "Never let you get hurt." "You really are the best, Captain Chonkers," Queen Floofy Floofer responded to that, pushing her cheek up against mine. "I love you so much." "Boochita naskatacacha," I responded. "I think they thought you were a person, though," she continued. "I didn't exactly make it clear to them you weren't. I was too shocked." "Naga matter. I'm okay. I'm fluffy." "I know, I know," she smiled. Thicc Corgi walked back over to us with some bandages. He put a fresh one on the back of my head, and then wrapped the others around my arm and thigh. "Won't take long to heal," he said. The door opened the moment he said that and we looked up to see Mrs. Doggo, Shiba Chonkers and Sir Chonky enter. "Little Monster!" Sir Chonky cried, rushing over to my side. "Thicc Corgi, what happened to him?" Shiba Chonkers looked like he was about to make some kind of remark, most likely about mummies again, but Mrs. Doggo spoke over him. " Captain Chonkers! Thank goodness you're okay!" " Captain Chonkers had mild concussion and abrasions. Cut on arm and thigh, but other than that he is fine. Won't take long to recover, maybe few days." Thicc Corgi explained to them, looking at my statistics on his monitor. Mrs. Doggo stroked my head in a similar fashion to how Queen Floofy Floofer had been before. Sir Chonky went over to Thicc Corgi's side and I could hear the two of them talking quietly to each other in Tantalog. They did that sometimes, considering they were best friends. Mrs. Doggo and Queen Floofy Floofer stayed by my side while Shiba Chonkers got curious and looked about Thicc Corgi's makeshift lab. He'd rarely been in the ship. I yawned. "What ended up happening to the groceries?" Mrs. Doggo asked Queen Floofy Floofer. "Um... good question," Queen Floofy Floofer responded. Mrs. Doggo just sighed. "No matter. We can always buy more... even if that was all I had left for the week," she sighed. " Captain Chonkers's safety comes first and foremost though. Maybe I can talk to Mr Kuakini." The two sisters looked at me intently. I looked between them. Queen Floofy Floofer was the same as she always had been, of course. A little worn down and tired from all the recent events over the past month or so, but she was the same old Queen Floofy Floofer regardless. But for a little while now I'd sensed something different about Mrs. Doggo. She was still the same Mrs. Doggo, but her mood swings had been getting a little bit worse than usual. I knew she was stressed with work and keeping us fed and a roof over our heads, but this was different. It wasn't her usual 'work' stress. I had done my best to help her out with the dinner and such and keep her in a good mood but this had lingered on my mind for a while. There was a small change to her physiology. She smelled different and her scent had changed. She'd been spending a lot more time with Shiba Chonkers. He lived with us now, but there were more than a few occasions now that she'd stayed at his place and left Queen Floofy Floofer in Thicc Corgi and Sir Chonky's care when she didn't have work. They'd become more frequent as of late. I was pretty sure I knew what was going on with her. But I didn't want to say anything in front of the others. "I need to be getting something from house," Thicc Corgi spoke up at that moment. He left the ship, Sir Chonky and Queen Floofy Floofer following him. Normally Queen Floofy Floofer wouldn't have left my side, but because Mrs. Doggo was with me she felt reassured. Shiba Chonkers was still distracted by the equipment in Thicc Corgi's lab. I stared at Mrs. Doggo and she stared back at me. "How are you feeling?" she asked me. "I understand if you don't wish to help with dinner tonight." Helping her around the house had become somewhat of a normal routine for me now. I helped her with the dinner pretty much every night so it was natural she would say this to me. " Captain Chonkers can help," I told her. "I'm not badly hurt." She smiled at me. "You had Queen Floofy Floofer really scared there. All of us, actually. Thicc Corgi was freaking out." "I know he worry," I responded. "But only small fall. Captain Chonkers able to take care of himself!" I flashed her a grin. She looked at me before looking distant again. She'd been doing this quite a bit lately. At first I thought it was the stress, but I also knew it was something to do with the small change to her body. I reached out and put a paw against her arm once Shiba Chonkers had gone into another area of the ship. It was just us two for the time being. She looked at me. "Naanee..." I said to her quietly. " Captain Chonkers know..." She stared at me at that. "I had a feeling you'd be the first to pick up on it." I gave a nod. She gripped my paw on her arm. "Promise me you'll keep this to yourself, okay?" "Ih. Captain Chonkers no tell. Chi Chabada." "Thank you." I just gave her another nod. Mrs. Doggo would tell the family when she was ready. For the time being, I would just continue to support her. I wondered how the others would take the news that she was pregnant.</p><hr size=1 noshade><p>The emergency services completely shut down the road leading to our home. Shortly after that incident, I went down to watch what was going on. The hole was too big for them to try to figure out what to do just yet. Queen Floofy Floofer wasn't with me. She was back up in the house. Some of the police there recognised me. "Ey, bruddah, it's that dog." I jerked back slightly. "Come here boy!" one of them called to me. I frowned. Though when I didn't move they came up to me. I began to worry slightly. "Where did it come from?" "Wasn't it with a little girl, then that huge man took it away?" "Oh. Yeah. Why is it back? Think we should call the pound?" I flinched. They took this as me being scared. "Relax! We ain't gonna hurt ya!" As one of them reached for my arm I growled instinctively. He backed off instantly. "Whoa. Check out those teeth, man." They stood around me. "I think we should just leave it alone, Kahale." "You bet you will be leaving him alone," I heard Thicc Corgi's voice behind me. The police turned around and looked scared. "Of course sir..." the human named Kahale said, and they retreated. Thicc Corgi picked me up. "Wondered where you had gone off to, Captain Chonkers," he said, placing me on top of his head and I clung on. We watched the crew as they worked. They avoided me now that Thicc Corgi was there, but continued to throw us the occasional glance every so often. "Reepa de'hylas saklia," I said to my father quietly. "Yes... I can tell. No matter. They can do nothing to us. If they tried anything on you I won't be having it," he sneered. "Don't care if they get hurt in the process." Thicc Corgi loathed the police. Ever since the UGF police force had broken in during my creation and interrupted my molecules charging, Thicc Corgi despised them, no matter what sort they were. Even though these were human police, he considered them as no different in general. "What about o'hana?" I reminded him and he sighed. " Captain Chonkers, you will always come first in Thicc Corgi's life." Thicc Corgi didn't seem as worried as I did about their suspicion. We'd dealt with much worse police on those missions. The police here were lax, their guns and tasers were just toys to us and Thicc Corgi was the sort that could easily take a few humans out in one go. He was huge. I lay on my stomach across his head and let my arms hang loose down by the sides. He reached up and scratched my head. Even though I was bulletproof and much stronger than my father, I felt much safer when he was around. Thicc Corgi watched the police for a while. I yawned. Eventually he turned and headed back up to the house when there was another bang of thunder.</p><hr size=1 noshade><p>" Captain Chonkers!" Mrs. Doggo called me later that evening. "Here Naanee!" I responded. I was sitting in the kitchen fixing up my mask for my hula with Queen Floofy Floofer. Mrs. Doggo came to the doorway. " Queen Floofy Floofer's in the bath. I think you should have one too." I looked at myself. She had a point. I had dried mud and dirt in my fur from falling down the hole. It didn't bother me so much, but I knew it would annoy Mrs. Doggo if I got it over the house. "Okeytaka," I piped. She started to walk out, but leaned back and looked at me. "Uh... will those bandages be okay in the water? Queen Floofy Floofer's put in the bubblebath." "Doongalahab," I told her. "Uh... what?" I still sometimes forgot that Mrs. Doggo still didn't understand my native language as fluently as Queen Floofy Floofer did. "Waterproof." "Oh," She nodded. "Go on then." I jumped from the kitchen table and headed for the bathroom. I didn't see Queen Floofy Floofer when I shut the door behind me, but then when her head poked out from a mountain of white foam I giggled. " Captain Chonkers!" she said happily. I climbed into the bath with her. Queen Floofy Floofer was mostly covered by the foam. Mrs. Doggo didn't have an issue with us bathing together as Queen Floofy Floofer was only a little girl. We were close enough that she felt comfortable to let me in there with her. After I climbed in, Queen Floofy Floofer started to scrub my arms and legs. "Extras," she said to me a few moments later, and I released my extra arms from inside my body. She scrubbed those quietly. " Captain Chonkers?" I turned to look at her. "What was down there?" I knew she was referring to the hole. "Icky," I told her. "Dark, muddy. Scary." She looked a little scared. "I can't imagine... I'm just so glad you're okay," she hugged me from behind in the water. " Captain Chonkers glad yuuga didn't fall. Captain Chonkers, glad Queen Floofy Floofer safe." She flicked my ear. "You have a knack for saving me, mister." I giggled and picked up some foam, placing it on top of her head. " Queen Floofy Floofer my queen," I told her, standing up and giving her a royal bow. I was met with a faceful of water and I sputtered. She laughed as I splashed her back. Mrs. Doggo roared out to us when we got too rowdy. Queen Floofy Floofer settled down and looked at me with her hair plastered over her face. I giggled again. "Swamp monster," I pointed out. She picked up the foam and smeared it over my face, before handing me the mirror from the sink. Only my eyes showed through. "Alien!" she laughed. No denying that. I laughed and shook my head to rid myself of the foam. She closed her eyes as some of the water sprayed over her. She went quiet after a moment. "Alien..." she said softly. I tilted my head. "Gaba?" She looked at me. "Sometimes I forget you are an alien," she told me. "I get so used to you as Captain Chonkers. Then I remember... you have four arms." I nodded. "But... you're not so scary. How can you be with those BIG floppy ears," she tugged on my left ear. "And a cute little tail..." she teased me, and I swatted her away. "Agabba, agabba!" "No!" she responded, pulling me into her arms and scruffing up the fur on top of my head, pushing it across my eyes. I struggled to pull away from her, laughing. "Alright, that's enough you two," Mrs. Doggo voiced. She'd been watching us from the doorway. "Out." Queen Floofy Floofer groaned. She loved bathtime. "Now Queen Floofy Floofer. Captain Chonkers," Mrs. Doggo said, before closing the door and leaving. Queen Floofy Floofer scruffed my head one last time and I playfully pushed her back as I climbed out. I pulled out my green towel and wrapped it around myself, before pulling out hers, handing it to her as I helped her out of the bath. She wrapped it around herself before I pulled her hair up into a turban and then offered her her orange bathrobe. She grabbed my other towel and started to rub it over my head, careful not to dislodge the new bandage Thicc Corgi had put over the back of my head. She did the same with my other bandages. Once I was partly dried down she started to brush my fur. I sat down as she did so and purred. Queen Floofy Floofer's smile was huge. She started to blow dry my fur down shortly after with Mrs. Doggo's hair dryer and I noticed the smile never left her face. I was happy to see that. Maybe the bath had really cheered her up. After I was dry, she turned off the hairdryer and brushed me again before running her hand through my fur. "SO FLUFFY!" she squealed at me and I grinned. I stood up and looked at myself in the mirror. Queen Floofy Floofer giggled as she changed into her pyjamas behind me. I started flexing my muscles in such a manner that my abs showed. "Okay, that's enough out of you. Show off," she said, shoving me away from the mirror. I smiled. As she was about to push me out so that she could dry her hair, I paused. "Leelo?" "Yes?" " Captain Chonkers glad you are smiling." She stared at me for a moment before pulling me into a hug and then closing the door. I smiled myself as I headed out to the kitchen. Her smile was so beautiful. It always lifted my spirits. Which was why I told her that I only wanted to see her smile. I was looking forward to our performance. Even if I was all bruised up and bald... I wouldn't care. Because all that mattered to me was to see her smiling.