I ended up going along with Mrs. Doggo the next morning anyway. She did try to stop me when she saw me dart out after her and approach the door of her buggy, but I raised a paw in protest and climbed in beside her. " Captain Chonkers, what are you doing?" she asked me, reaching over to open the door for me to get back out but I refused and pulled on the seatbelt. "Naga." " Captain Chonkers, please. I really need this job and I can't have you risking yourself in front of my boss. Moses and Mr Kuakini knowing you're an alien is one thing. I'm not sure if I could trust Mr Wong or not." I looked directly at her. "Naanee, naga tay leeba migas. Kuakini not know about me being alien. Only Moses." "Uh... come again?" "You naga... le... la... lee-" "...Lift?" she asked me. I nodded. "Naga lift equipment with baby." She sighed. "Sti-" "NAGA!" She looked a little startled at hearing me yell, but I crossed my arms at her. "Not letting you get hurt!" She looked towards her lap but then smiled and reached over and put a hand on my cheek. I put my paw over her hand. "I know you're worried about me Captain Chonkers but I promise you, I can take care of myself. I would never do anything that would harm both me and the baby. You're very caring and sweet." "Ih. But I go, just to be sure," I responded to that. "Okay. But if my boss starts to even pick up on something unusual about you, I'm bringing you home. Got it?" "Feecha." She nodded. I pulled shut the door and she reversed down the driveway. As we drove through town a lot of people seemed to be out and about. Mrs. Doggo noticed this too. "Is something going on?" "Naga nota," I responded, looking to the left of me and out the window. "Meecha just busy day?" "Only if there is a market on or something. This is unusual." However we found out soon enough why there was so many people. Mrs. Doggo was forced to pull over the car as too many people were blocking where we needed to go. She called her boss on her mobile phone and explained to him what was happening. We climbed out of the car and walked up to the crowd. " Captain Chonkers," Mrs. Doggo crouched down beside me. "You're small. You can walk through there and see." "Okeytaka." I darted through the legs of the crowd, pushing a few people aside to get to the front. They were looking at something but the police had it cornered off. Being the smallest I easily scampered forward to see what they were looking at only to have my heart stop in my chest. It was a burnt out police cruiser. MY cruiser. The red one I'd stolen years back when I'd escaped to earth. What the heck was it doing here? I racked my brain for an answer but then remembered the storm. It must have dislodged somehow and washed up from the flooding and somebody saw it and brought it here. I thought that it had disintegrated in the woodlands where I'd crashed. It must have just burnt itself out and became buried under the dirt. To be honest, I'd totally forgotten about it. I should have double checked because I did remember that area had been very close to a main road. The humans were enthralled by it, trying to figure out what it was. The ship was mostly burnt out and rusted in some areas but most of the Tantalog letters could still be made out. Some parts were missing and I was a little surprised it was still in tact for being so badly damaged. This was bad. I pushed back through the mass of legs to get to Mrs. Doggo. She was still trying to see. "Naanee! Naanee!" I cried to her and she ran over to me, picking me up. "What is it? What's wrong?" "Quick, need phone! Call Thicc Corgi!" "What? Why?" she responded, looking alarmed. I pointed. "Ship... they looking at ship." She looked confused. "Ship? What do you mean? I thought we were the only ones with a ship?" I shook my head. "Naga. Police cruiser. Captain Chonkers crashed to earth in." She actually dropped me at that. "WHAT?!" Before I could say another word, she pushed past the crowd and disappeared. I followed her through the tunnels of legs. I couldn't describe the look on her face when she saw the police cruiser. She went forward to get a better look but was pushed back when they started covering up my old ship with a tarp. Mrs. Doggo looked around for me and I waved my arms at her. She hurried over and picked me up and the crowds started dispersing a little. "Here... you call Thicc Corgi," she handed me her mobile. "I'm going to use that payphone over there to call Cobra about this." "What about work?" She sighed. "That can wait." I gave a nod, taking her phone and calling home. Queen Floofy Floofer was the one to answer the phone. She sounded delighted to hear me but I wasn't making a social call. I made sure I was out of earshot. " Queen Floofy Floofer, Captain Chonkers need to speak to Thicc Corgi, isa very important." "Why? What's wrong?" I heard her respond. She sounded worried. "Everything okay?" "Yeah, Queen Floofy Floofer. I'll explain later. Pleechi-ba get papa." "Right. Hang on Captain Chonkers!" I heard her put down the phone and run off. Shortly after, Thicc Corgi spoke into the phone. " Captain Chonkers?" I wasted no time. "Thicc Corgi, camacha ugas cha ship daba da rubas. Intaka pujo aka choota na accata tay ah-chooga moopa. Isa o-itumi spubata." He dropped the phone but was quick to pick it up. "I'll be right there. Where are you?" "Kodanchika tay uh... isa near dryclean place," I told him, looking at my surroundings. He hung up the phone. I went over to Mrs. Doggo. I could hear her talking to Cobra. "Alright, Cobra is on his way. Did you speak to Thicc Corgi?" I nodded. "I'm sure Cobra will be able to sort this out. That ship was yours?" I nodded again. Mrs. Doggo looked intrigued but I could tell she was also worried. "I need to get to work. Are you still coming?" "Ih. Wait here first, then come." "Okay. I hope this gets sorted." I did too. Word was quick to spread around here. Mrs. Doggo pet me gently before hurrying off to her job as most of the crowds had stopped blocking the road. I kept a close eye on the cruiser while a few people stood around it talking. Eventually Thicc Corgi arrived, almost at the same time as Cobra. Cobra stepped out and held up his badge. "I want everybody out of this area right now!" he grunted, Thicc Corgi also helping him to make the crowds disperse. After nearly all of the people had cleared off, I ran over to Thicc Corgi, who was looking around for me. I leapt at him and he caught me in his arms, going over to look under the tarp. "O-oh boy." Cobra stepped forth with a few other members of the CIA. "This is the ship you stole and crashed here in?" he asked me and I nodded. "What are you going to be doing with it?" Thicc Corgi asked. "I'm not entirely sure. One things for sure, we need to deal with this matter accordingly. My fellow agents will deal with the public. I want you two to help me move this into that truck over there." We turned and looked to see an unmarked black truck reversing towards us. Thicc Corgi moved aside and put me down but pretty much instantly requested my help. " Captain Chonkers can lift and put into truck quickly." "Alright. Go on then," Cobra responded, pulling down his sunglasses slightly to look at me. "Ih." I picked up the ship easily and carried it over to the truck, surprising all of the agents watching. Once it was closed up, Cobra addressed us again. "Carry on as per usual. If we cannot figure out what to do with the cruiser, perhaps you may be able to store it in your ship." Thicc Corgi looked intrigued by that. "Perhaps so. What about prying public?" "They will be dealt with. Much easier task than convincing an alien race that mosquitoes are endangered, I can assure you that." Thicc Corgi and I just stared as Cobra left with the agents and the truck drove away. I could see a few other agents talking to members of the public. It seemed as though they were being convinced it was a ride from the annual carnival that took place here each here. "Interesting," Thicc Corgi said to me. He reached for my paw and held it as we walked away from there. "Had always wondered what happened to that cruiser. What were you doing before this happened?" "Going to Naanee job." He nodded. "I hope Bubbles-man is able to create good cover. If not, could be making things very bad." "I think we be okay," I responded. "Here long time, no activity." I pointed to the agents across the street. "Tell them, carnival ride." "Yes, is true Captain Chonkers but we still need to be very careful. Are they believing it?" "Ih." He laughed. "Such a gullible species." A few people stared at us as we walked up the footpath. Thicc Corgi easily parted them aside. "You never did tell me much about escape story." I grinned. "Tell another time. Go to Nannee now." He stopped and picked me up. "Want a lift?" "Ih!" Thicc Corgi put me on top of his head and turned around to head in the direction of the beach. He just chuckled at the faces people were giving us as we passed them. Thankfully it wasn't too far from where we were to get to Mrs. Doggo's job. When we finally approached she was sweeping the porch of the hut. She put aside the broom and rushed over to us, looking frantic. " Captain Chonkers! Thicc Corgi! What happened? Is everything okay?" Thicc Corgi pulled me from his head and handed me to Mrs. Doggo, who put me over her shoulder. I felt like a baby and grunted in annoyance but they ignored me. "Bubbles-man dealt with accordingly. If cannot store ship will be giving to us to store in federation ship." "No other authorities or media, was there?" I felt my blood turn to ice for brief second at that. I shuddered. Thicc Corgi waved a hand. "No, no. Dealt with very quickly. Even so, I'd do anything in my power to protect Captain Chonkers. Very unlikely if people were to know about us, much would happen anyways." Mrs. Doggo gave a nod. "Phew. I'm glad. Anyway..." she looked behind her towards the entrance of the hut. "My boss is out the back. I need to keep working." "Okeydokey," responded Thicc Corgi. " Captain Chonkers remaining here with you?" "Ih," I said over her shoulder to a tree, as that was what I was staring at. "Very well. Will head back home. Got things to do." I felt my father pick up my ear and run it through his fingers before he left. Mrs. Doggo held me as she was and peered around to the back of the hut. Her boss was talking to what I guessed was a customer. He came over to us and noticed me in her arms. "Mrs. Doggo, what is that?" "Mr Wong, this is my dog, Captain Chonkers. Uh... I hope you don't mind him being here with us today. Nobody is home right now to look after him." He paused for a moment, giving a small sigh. "Okay. As long as he doesn't get in the way, we have a lot to do!" "Oh, he won't Mr Wong." Mrs. Doggo pulled me back and stared at me before putting me down. I just followed her around and watched her as she worked, trying not to do anything in front of her boss that would make it obvious I wasn't a 'dog' (as much as I despised it). He did stare at me more than a few times and it made me feel uncomfortable. "So, what species is he? I do not recall ever seeing a blue dog before," her boss asked her as a customer walked away and he went back to pulling boxes inside. I could tell Mrs. Doggo froze up. We looked at each other. "Uh... he's an... um..." I couldn't say anything so I just looked at her boss. He looked confused. "...blue-furred... ectoplasmic detection dog!" I almost snorted. She'd clearly got this from Queen Floofy Floofer. Mr Wong just gave her a bizarre look. "Uh... okay. Never heard of that breed Mrs. Doggo." "He's extremely rare." "Ah..." Mr Wong responded to her, shrugging and just continuing what he was doing. I sat against the wall cross-legged, watching them as they worked. It was too uncomfortable sitting like a dog for me for long periods of time. Mr Wong had noticed but thankfully didn't seem too worried about me and more intent on setting back up the hut. Eventually though they got to the heavier equipment and started contemplating on what to do. I knew both of them were incapable of lifting it. Mrs. Doggo kept throwing me glances. "Hm... perhaps I can get a few more people to come help us. I'll go out and look around the imitation Muscle Beach." As he left, Mrs. Doggo pulled me outside. "Okay Captain Chonkers, you're going to have to do this quick." "How Naanee explain?" "Um... I'll just tell him I found some people while he was gone. I know where he's headed and its a small distance away on the other side of the beach, so there is enough time. Leave it to me, you just bring everything in, okay?" "Okay," I told her as she gave me a pat on the head. She watched me as I moved back in the shake machine before restoring some furniture and a long wooden bench that made up the front counter. Once all the heavy stuff was back in place she offered me a drink. I wasn't thirsty but I had it anyway. "Dougabba." "It's incredible how you can do that." I grinned at her. "Could lift whole hut with Naanee and furniture inside, still light for Captain Chonkers." "How... how can you lift so much weight being so tiny?" I shrugged. "Strong bones and muscles." Mr Wong came back in a few moments later. "Okay Mrs. Doggo, I found-" he was cut off when he noticed everything back in place and looked shocked. "How on earth?!" "It's okay Mr Wong. I found a few customers to help while you were gone. They came pretty much instantly." He looked confused. "Oh.. well... okay then." Two men were behind him, but they turned and left when they realised they weren't needed. I could tell Mr Wong was having a hard time believing her but he didn't question it. I just sat back down again and watched them as they worked. The hours passed by and I started to get bored. Mrs. Doggo noticed. " Captain Chonkers? You can go and play on the beach if you like," she addressed me when she noticed I was fidgeting while her boss had his back turned. "I'll be here for another hour, then we can head home." Mr Wong was in there so I just ran out of the door without acknowledging her. He seemed surprised and I could hear him asking how I understood her so well, but she just responded that I'd been trained up to do so. Bleh. I walked down along the beach. A few of the humans looked at me but I was used to being stared at by the residents and tourists. I stood out quite a bit, being blue. I sat down on the sand underneath a palm tree and stared out at the ocean. This wasn't the same without Queen Floofy Floofer being here. Normally we chased each other and ran through the water, or played football with a ball of seaweed. We couldn't afford very much. As I thought about that, an idea occurred to me. Looking in the direction of the hut to make sure Mrs. Doggo wasn't looking out to me, I turned and ran back into town.</p><hr size=1 noshade><p>Mr Kuakini was standing out the front of his store, watching three workers going back and forth from a truck. They had delivered new floorboards and were starting to install them. I peered at him from around a wall two stores down. I was in the same park I'd been electrocuted in. All of the debris was gone and I noticed the power-line and pole had been restored. He couldn't see me. I watched him like this for a while in contemplation. At least fifteen minutes or so but then to my shock he looked up and directly at me. I ducked back around the corner. Damn it. Perhaps he had noticed me after all. I underestimated humans too much sometimes. I was about to run when he came around the corner with his arms behind his back. I backed away from the wall and stared up at him. "It is you again!" he spoke. "I noticed you watching me from over there." I remained quiet. He bent down to my level. I didn't know what to do. "I know you are very smart, I wonder why you watch me like this. Is there something you want?" I stared back at him. I'd come here because I wanted to ask him about working for him but as the situation had settled in I'd realised what I was doing. I was willing to expose my secret to a stranger to help Mrs. Doggo out. Mrs. Doggo had told me that Thicc Corgi and Queen Floofy Floofer would not approve of this and I knew she was correct. I barely approved of what I was doing myself but I knew that Mrs. Doggo was really struggling and stressed. Being alone with her the other night had made that evident to me. She had enjoyed the movie the best she could although I could tell it had been on her mind the whole time. She was back at work and that seemed to be going okay but I also knew that Shiba Chonkers was on the verge of loosing his job. If he did lose it I knew she was going to be even more stressed, especially with her baby. I had to do something! Mr Kuakini had stood up and turned to head back as I contemplated. This was my only chance. I couldn't get his attention in front of the workers and I did doubt there would be another moment where he would be alone without people around. "Wait!" I clenched my fists. I just hoped this risk was worth it. He paused in shock and slowly turned to face me, looking around. He was beside himself. "Did... did..." he started, eyes wide. "Yes, I can talk." His jaw dropped open. "Incredible... what are you?" I shook my head. "No worry about that. I need to ask you something." "Okay..." he said in hesitation. I could tell he was shook up, but he continued. "Go on." "I need work. Job." "A... a job? You?!" I nodded. "Naanee... having baby. Shiba Chonkers about to lose job. She is stressed," I spoke slowly to try and be as clear as I could. "I want to help out. Perhaps, give Captain Chonkers job?" "But..." he was distracted when he heard the workers calling out for him. "How? How can you work?" "By working?" He put his hand to his head. "Look, come back later, okay? I can talk about this with you then, in the store. I need to deal with this." "Okay. I come back later." He watched me as I turned and ran back to the beach. I sincerely hoped he wasn't going to tell anybody that I could talk, otherwise I'd be in trouble.</p><hr size=1 noshade><p>Mrs. Doggo was finishing up by the time I arrived back. She picked me up. "Mr Wong has left. Things went well today. Perhaps things might be looking up a bit for me finally." I nodded slowly, now even more worried about my situation with Mr Kuakini. Mrs. Doggo carried me over to the buggy, putting me inside and climbing in beside me. As we headed back home she seemed cheerful but she did pick up on the fact that something was bothering me. "You okay? You seem kinda distant. Is it about your ship?" I looked at her, flipping up my ears. "Huh? Oh, naga... just nervous about dance," I somewhat lied. "Oh. Today is the last class, right?" "Ih." "You'll be right Captain Chonkers! I bet you two will win!" I nodded. It would be nice if we did and I could imagine how happy it would make Queen Floofy Floofer. "Want something for lunch on the way home?" "Okeytaka." Mrs. Doggo drove to the local take away store and got us some hot chips while I waited in the buggy. I sat and thought about Mr Kuakini wondering if he would agree to let me work for him for a while. At least until I had enough to help Mrs. Doggo out. I watched people go into the shop as well as come back out. A few of them were talking about my ship from earlier that day but I could hear another person pipe up about the carnival, reassuring me that Cobra's agents had done their job. It made me wonder what was going to happen to it. I had a feeling that Thicc Corgi would probably try to restore it. He loved restoring things. It would be pretty cool if he did. I wanted to see Queen Floofy Floofer's face light up from being in it. The hovercraft was nothing compared to the cruiser. Mrs. Doggo climbed back into the car beside me and handed me over a vanilla shake and small bucket of chips with chicken salt. "Mmm... takka!" I said to her as I popped some into my mouth. She smiled and ate hers. " Captain Chonkers?" she addressed me a few moments later. I looked at her while chewing. "Ih?" She sighed and hesitated but then spoke to me. "I plan on telling the family tomorrow night about the baby. But I'm nervous about it. Since Shiba Chonkers doesn't know, I'm not sure how he's going to react with his job situation. I need your support." I smiled at her. "Naanee, Shiba Chonkers will be happy about baby. Job not matter to him for that." "Not matter?" she repeated. "Ih. Meega mean like... not matter at that time. Very happy news to him. He love you." "I know. I just don't want to stress him out. I'm already stressed as it is. If he was stressed too, it could be bad for both of us. Also for my child. I need to be in good health." " Captain Chonkers help out, like promised," I told her. "Thicc Corgi, Sir Chonky help out too. And Queen Floofy Floofer." She sighed, but then laughed slightly. "Not sure how I'd feel about Sir Chonky helping out. The Walking Noodle would probably try to put a wig and lipstick on my baby." I giggled. "Why call him Walking Noodle?" I asked her. "Because he looks like one. Or a tripod. You know, those things you put cameras on?" she said to me, noticing my confusion. "Do you not like Sir Chonky?" I asked her. "Of course I like him. He can be annoying but he's still o'hana. That time we chased after you when you tried to leave he wanted to drive. It always has to be about him sometimes." "Just how he is," I told her. "He care about Thicc Corgi. They best friends." "I know," she responded, putting her hand on my head. "What... Naanee think about me?" I asked her as she did that. She looked surprised. "Well... I think you're very loyal, especially to Queen Floofy Floofer. I think you care deeply for your family and I think you're very caring and selfless. I know that Thicc Corgi originally designed you to destroy things, but I can't imagine it now. You're pure, Captain Chonkers. You really proved that to me recently." I put a paw to my chest. I knew he'd designed me to do far worse than that. "Naanee?" I asked her quietly. "Yes?" "I... uh. If... if I did... something bad... very bad, but isa beyond my control, would... would Naanee still love me? See Captain Chonkers the same?" She looked alarmed. "Bad? Like what? Break things?" I clenched my paw. "Naga... worse. Hurt people, but not mean to!" I squeaked and squeezed my eyes closed before peeking at her. "Would yuuga still love me?" She stared at me for the longest time at that. "Well... you scratched Queen Floofy Floofer when you glitched but we all know you didn't mean it. You didn't mean any of the things you did because you weren't yourself at the time and your reaction of taking the ship to go find an isolated planet to live on told us more than we needed to know about how badly it affected you. Is that what you're referring to?" I knew that Mrs. Doggo thought by 'hurting' people I only meant scratching them. I'd actually meant far worse but I just nodded slowly. I couldn't tell her anything more but I did want to see how she reacted to that notion. She just reached over and held my paw tightly, running her fingers along my claws. " Captain Chonkers... are you scared of your glitch coming back?" she asked me quietly and I nodded sadly. "Come here..." She picked me up out of the seat and set me in her lap, putting her arms around me in a hug. I turned around and put my head against her chest. " Captain Chonkers scared... something happening to him, but don't know..." I told her quietly. "Oh sweetie," she responded and I looked up at her. She'd never called me that before. She tilted my head up towards her. "If something happens, I'm sure that Thicc Corgi would be right on top of it to fix it. You know how he has been lately. Very overprotective and worried. Doing all those tests." "Ih..." I nodded. She was right, Thicc Corgi was already on top of things. "But... Captain Chonkers scared. Naga want to hurt Queen Floofy Floofer, or o'hana. Naga want Queen Floofy Floofer to turn on meega. If did, Captain Chonkers could not handle it." " Captain Chonkers, Queen Floofy Floofer isn't ever going to turn on you. I can promise you that." "How know?" She pushed my head to her chest. "Because I know my sister. After you died, she was devastated. Worse than what I'd seen her when I had to tell her the news about our parents not coming home. Even though you came back, that night when you were with Thicc Corgi, Queen Floofy Floofer broke in my arms. She told me everything about how she'd been towards you and that she hated herself for it. For not listening to you and understanding that you were dealing with something bad yourself. Something that was killing you. She hated herself and kept beating herself up over it terribly and I know she still does." "I've had to stop her hitting herself a few times as her way of 'punishing' herself. Your death, on top of already having to deal with our parents death, has mentally affected her. She's very young but she's mostly had to fend for herself since their death. Both of us have. So that is why she's a little bit more mature in some aspects but not in others. I've had to teach her things, like going out and shopping and doing the washing and cooking. Most thing kids rely on parents for. Kids should be outside playing and enjoying their youth, not dealing with adult responsibilities, so I try to do as much as I can. But, that being said Captain Chonkers, it's also why she's so afraid of angering that fish in the ocean. The one she brings a sandwich. Because our parents died on a rainy night, she believes that her fish controls the weather and wants to keep it happy to prevent herself from losing anybody else. When you died, she believed it was her fault because she forgot to feed him from being so wrapped up in her dance." I cringed at hearing that. It made me feel awful. "She couldn't live without you, Captain Chonkers. You mean too much to her. You haven't seen it, but a few times you've left the room I've noticed her begin to cry as you leave. She's very attached, yes, but it's just because she loves you so much. You filled that void our parents left and you mean the world to her, Captain Chonkers. If you hadn't of come back, I don't know what might have happened to my little sister, already being broken enough as it was." I closed my eyes trying to hold back tears. Mrs. Doggo continued. "So even if you did something, she will always forgive you for it. She would never hold it against you, no matter how bad it may be. Like when you broke her lamp. How long was she upset for?" "Not long." "There you go." I sighed. When I opened my eyes, Mrs. Doggo noticed I was slightly upset and wiped my eyes with the sleeve of her jacket. "It's okay..." I wondered if Mrs. Doggo would still say the same things about me if she knew my real past. That I'd been a murderer. With all of this strange stuff happening to me lately, I did have a feeling something was going to happen. It was just a matter of time until it did. It scared the wits out of me and I clutched at Mrs. Doggo's shirt. She seemed to sense this was getting to me and just held me supportively for a little while, gazing out of the window at people passing by. "Did you like the chips?" she asked me shortly after, breaking the silence. I nodded. I felt her tweak my tail gently before she kissed my head and put me back in the passengers seat. "We better head back," she told me, putting on some music. "Oh and Captain Chonkers?" I looked at her, but my ears remained down. "Ih?" It would be hard for Queen Floofy Floofer to stay mad at you," she told me and I tilted my head in response. "You're very cute." I gave her a smile. "Dougabba." She nodded before starting up the engine of the buggy to drive us home.</p><hr size=1 noshade><p>Shortly after, I was ready to go to our final hula class before the dance. Queen Floofy Floofer was already in her costume, hyped and ready to go. I had put mine on too. Mrs. Doggo took another picture of us and Queen Floofy Floofer pulled me close to her. "This is it Captain Chonkers!" she told me. "The last practice before our big dance tomorrow night." "Ih!" "Are you ready?" "Yep!" I grinned at her. She took my paw and we raced down to the buggy. Queen Floofy Floofer didn't want to be late today. She bounced about in the back seat and I climbed in beside her. " Queen Floofy Floofer happy?" I asked her. "Yeah!" she responded. "Thicc Corgi told me about the ship you crashed here in! I can't wait to see it! Oh, and while you were out today with Mrs. Doggo, Thicc Corgi also helped me with my costume a bit. The werewolf one. I fed Pudge and then when I got home we worked on it!" I felt my heart sink a little. "Oh... what he do?" "Made it look a bit more realistic for me! Not the mask though. He didn't want to go near that for some reason." I let out a small sigh of relief, but it still didn't make me feel any better. I couldn't tell Queen Floofy Floofer not to wear the mask though because she would want to know why. "How more realistic?" "He put claws in the gloves for me. Kinda like yours. He did something to the tail so it's bouncy and doesn't flop down. He also made a proper head cover for me so that my ears look more like werewolf ears from the side. You'll see what I mean when I show you later on. It looks amazing, like I'm a REAL wolf! RAWR!" She clawed at the air and tried to growl. I just looked towards my lap. " Captain Chonkers?" Queen Floofy Floofer asked me at that, instantly sensing something was wrong and she stopped playing. "What is it? Do you not want to see?" "I want to see scary Queen Floofy Floofer," I told her, smiling at her. "Okay..." she responded slowly. "I just thought you'd be more excited about it, that's all." "I am," I told her, though I actually wasn't, I was terrified. "Right," she smiled at me. Mrs. Doggo climbed into the car at that moment and drove us to the school. As she reversed down the driveway I looked out the window, as did Queen Floofy Floofer. They'd started trying to fill up the hole in the road. It was going to take them a long time. Once Mrs. Doggo had pulled up at the Kaiaulu halau, she turned back to look at us. "I'll pick you both up here at five thirty sharp." "Okay Mrs. Doggo. Come on Captain Chonkers!" I said goodbye to Mrs. Doggo and climbed out with Queen Floofy Floofer. We walked into the school. The other girls hadn't arrived yet and we were early. "Aloha Queen Floofy Floofer, Captain Chonkers," Moses greeted us. It made me happy he was addressing me as a student now and saw me as an equal sentient being. For years I'd been ignored and it was a little worse when he was hesitant to let me back into the class. "Ready for final rehearsal today?" "Yep! We've been working real hard kumu!" "Fantastic, Queen Floofy Floofer. I'm sure you two are going to be amazing," he continued. "Now Queen Floofy Floofer... Mertle will be back in class today. I told her she needed to change her dance if she didn't want to be disqualified and I gave her a second chance. But I just want you to carry on as you have been and not worry about her, okay?" Queen Floofy Floofer sighed. "Okay kumu." Moses looked at me. " Captain Chonkers, I have also instructed Mertle's mother to tell her to leave both you and Queen Floofy Floofer alone. I know how defensive you can get but please try not to let her bother you today, even if she is taunting your friend. This is the final rehearsal before tomorrow and I want it to run smoothly so everybody can dance before we finish up." I sighed. "I'll try." "Good." he smiled at us. I turned to face Queen Floofy Floofer as Moses walked over to prepare the lesson. " Queen Floofy Floofer... just remember what I told you. Mertle isa juli soweetsa eeka achi-baba's. Isa ika ma coota et toobaga." Queen Floofy Floofer smiled at that. "I know." "Naga let get to you. I'm here, okey...?" "...dokey!" she finished. "Okay Captain Chonkers." We hugged. Moses watched us as we did so, smiling. Queen Floofy Floofer and I sat down together by the stage and we started playing a few of her favourite hand games with each other. Moses expression changed dramatically when he saw my extra arms and he watched me in disbelief. He looked amazed. Eventually he walked over to us. Queen Floofy Floofer looked up but didn't stop what she was doing. "Oh, hi kumu." " Captain Chonkers has four arms?" he asked. "Yeah!" Queen Floofy Floofer said happily. "Isn't it cool? He can hide them in his body. It's hard to keep up with him sometimes." I looked at Moses. He tapped his finger to his chin as he watched us. "Incredible." " Captain Chonkers looks cool in his alien form!" Queen Floofy Floofer smiled. "Show him, Captain Chonkers!" I did as she asked, releasing my antennae and back spines. Moses was flawed. I grinned at him before pulling my extra features back in. I didn't want the door to open and other people to see me. "How does he hide them?" Moses asked. Queen Floofy Floofer shrugged. "I don't remember how, but it's cool. Thicc Corgi created him that way." "I agree, Queen Floofy Floofer," Moses responded, heading back over to his desk. The other girls, including Mertle, eventually arrived. Queen Floofy Floofer and I continued and ignored them as they giggled at us and came forth to sit down behind us. Mertle looked agitated, but she had on a costume very different from the one she was going to be dancing in before. I wondered what her dance was about now since her ego had been knocked down a peg. Queen Floofy Floofer sat close to me. We stopped playing our game and watched Moses as he started the lesson. The girls mostly left us alone but I did hear them whispering nasty things about Queen Floofy Floofer to each other. I turned around and gave them daggers each time they did. Mertle stuck out her tongue at me. I just ignored it and turned around, feeling something hit my back. On reflex I stood up and growled. Moses looked agitated. " Captain Chonkers..." Mertle smirked at that, but then her face dropped slightly when Moses looked at her. "Mertle, you are this close to being disqualified. If you throw one more paper ball, or do anything else to Queen Floofy Floofer or Captain Chonkers, then you are out. Final warning." Mertle just crossed her arms. "Hmph." I was glad Queen Floofy Floofer didn't turn around. She was not letting them get to her, just as I'd told her. Mertle did think it was odd how Moses was addressing me as well though. I heard her whisper to Elena about it. Moses made the lesson shorter today so that we had more time for the final rehearsal. The three other girls went first and then Moses called us up. Queen Floofy Floofer and I climbed onto the stage. "Ignore Mertle..." I whispered to her and she nodded, heading over to get into position as I went behind the curtain. She drew in a breath and began her lines. I waited for my cue but ended up hearing that creepy laugh again. This time much louder than before. It made me hesitate before I growled and extended my claws, sensing something there. A few moments later something black lunged at me from the darkness of the stage behind me and I roared out swiping at the air. The room spun for a few moments and I felt myself fall against a prop, knocking it down. I blacked out for a moment or so. When I came around, Moses and Queen Floofy Floofer were standing over me, Queen Floofy Floofer looking frantic. The other girls had also come forth to see but Moses kept them back. " Captain Chonkers! What happened?! Are you okay?" I pushed myself up and rubbed my head. "Felt dizzy..." I told her quietly. "Where thing go?" Moses looked confused, as did Queen Floofy Floofer. He walked back over to me once the other girls were gone. They must have gone to sit back in their seats. "What... thing?" "Black thing. Captain Chonkers turn around agatoo. Ah-chooga moopa meega. " Moses looked at Queen Floofy Floofer. "Huh?" "He says it happened when he turned around," she told him. "Something went to attack him." "What do you mean, Captain Chonkers? There is nothing else here," Moses said to me. Queen Floofy Floofer held my paw in concern. I rubbed my head. "Meecha da inga tu smishta... abata iki." "Do you want a drink?" Moses asked me. "You don't have to dance if you're not feeling well." "No, I okay. I'll have a drink..." Queen Floofy Floofer helped me up and I wobbled slightly. Moses noticed this and picked me up, carrying me out and sitting me down on the side of the stage. He brought me a drink. Aleka, Yuki and Elena actually looked worried. Mertle had a strange expression on her face. "It's alright keiki, Captain Chonkers isn't feeling too good. I'm going to get him some water, then you can do your dance Mertle so we can continue." I knew they were watching me. Queen Floofy Floofer rubbed my back in concern as I drank some water once Moses handed a glass to me. She put her head near mine so the others didn't hear us. "Soka Queen Floofy Floofer..." I said to her sadly. "I ruin dance... I so sorry..." "No!" she said to me, sounding just as sad. "No, don't be sorry! You're far more important to me, Captain Chonkers. I would rather you be okay than do our dance." "I do dance... just need to sit for little while." "Take as long as you need..." she kissed my cheek, sitting down beside me. Mertle laughed slightly but the other three girls still looked concerned. Moses instructed Mertle to perform. I turned around and watched from my position on the stage. Queen Floofy Floofer went over to sit with the other girls but kept glancing across to me. Her dance this time wasn't about a real-estate promotion, but something else involving a story of a girl being tormented by two evil trolls and how her princess powers overcame them. I just stared at her deadpan when she faced me. I knew that was a masked dance about me and Queen Floofy Floofer. For a moment or so I thought she was going to try and push me off the stage from the look she gave me but she didn't. I kinda wanted her to because then she'd be disqualified. Once she finished, everybody clapped. I didn't. I just watched her with my head still in my paw. Queen Floofy Floofer clapped very slightly but Mertle just sneered at me. She went to speak but Moses cleared his throat. She left the stage and I rubbed my head again, feeling dizzy once more. " Captain Chonkers, are you up to dancing?" Moses addressed me at that and I looked up. Everybody was watching me. I couldn't talk so I just stood up and headed back into position for our dance. Queen Floofy Floofer smiled and got up quickly, also getting into position. I tried my best to dance with her. I couldn't let her down. When I tripped over she was understanding and helped me up. We managed to complete our dance and Moses and the girls clapped with the exception of Mertle. "We can see Thicc Corgi as soon as we get home," Queen Floofy Floofer told me. "I'm sure he can find out what's going on." I knew it was unlikely, considering he'd told me that the fail-safe was operational and the encryption was working. He'd checked me thoroughly. I just wasn't feeling well. That had to be it. I'd slept out in the woods after all, maybe I'd just picked up a slight cold. I waved my paw at Queen Floofy Floofer as we sat back down. "Just not feeling well. Sure it will pass." "I think you should tell him anyway... please, Captain Chonkers. I'm worried about you. If you don't I will." "Okay..." I told her and she hugged me. The last part of the final rehearsal took place with us all dancing together. Our dance was fully fleshed out. Queen Floofy Floofer and I danced in the middle with the four girls surrounding us. I tripped again (not because I was unwell, but because I was clumsy) and fell down against Elena, who was alarmed. She stared at me in disbelief as I pulled myself away from her but I'd felt her put her hand on my leg briefly and wondered why she did so. When she did it again I realised she was just feeling my fur curiously. I wasn't in the mood to be angry about it. I was just glad the girls were showing a little bit more respect for me after knowing I wasn't feeling good. It was unusual considering before they'd been scared of me but I had a small feeling Moses might have had a talk to them at some point after Mertle's bullying got out of hand. "He's so fluffy" I heard Elena whisper to Yuki beside her. Queen Floofy Floofer smiled at that but Mertle looked at her friend as if she'd grown another head. I just smirked. "Girls, continue please," Moses said to us. We continued. I forced myself to pay attention and not trip up again. I managed to do so successfully and we finally bowed as the dance ended before sitting back down. "Well done keiki!" Moses addressed us all once we finished up the final rehearsal. "You've all worked exceptionally hard and I know you'll all be wonderful tomorrow night when we perform. We have a fair few guests attending tomorrow, as well as my friends from out of state who are flying over for a few days. The raffle idea was a big hit, Queen Floofy Floofer." I smiled as Queen Floofy Floofer beamed. I remembered what Mertle had said about her donating old bandages. Stupid mean brat. "I want you all to arrive an hour early tomorrow to help finalise setting up. As guests arrive, they will be issued raffle tickets upon entry. After the last dance, I will be announcing the winner of the raffle as well as the winner of the dance competition and then after that will be food and beverages before the night will close with a small dance party." Queen Floofy Floofer grinned at me at that. It would be the perfect time for us to scare Mertle. "I'm sure it will be a wonderful evening for us to all celebrate the spirit of aloha," Moses smiled at us. "I'll see you all here tomorrow at six on the dot. I insist you come in your final costumes but if you need to change here you may do so. Mahalo class, aloha nui loa. " Moses dismissed the class. Queen Floofy Floofer took my paw and we headed outside to meet Mrs. Doggo. It had been an interesting lesson.</p><hr size=1 noshade><p>I didn't see Thicc Corgi straight away when we got back home. Instead, while Queen Floofy Floofer was busy helping Mrs. Doggo with some housework, I seized the opportunity to sneak out and ran into town to Kuakini's shop. He wasn't outside this time and it seemed quiet, so I walked up to the door and peered inside. There was a closed sign on the door and I wondered if he'd gone home. Sighing, I turned to leave when I heard the bell on the door chime and turned back. It had opened slightly. " Captain Chonkers, right?" I stared at him. He opened the door further and gestured. I quickly went inside and he shut the door behind us. He led me to the back of the store which was a loading area where we were out of view of the main road windows. I was surprised by this but I also knew he was being considerate. It would look very strange for somebody passing by to look in and see him talking to me so intently. "Tell me. I wasn't imagining things before, right? You can talk and you've come here to ask me about work?" I looked up at him and nodded. He looked at me in disbelief again and sat down on a stool that was in there. "Well then... why is it you want to work here?" "Help out Naanee," I said and he looked shocked for a moment or so at hearing my voice again. He didn't interrupt me though. "She dealing with a lot. Shiba Chonkers might lose job. Very stressed, so I want to help." "Shiba Chonkers Kawena? The local surf boy?" "Ih." He breathed in deeply in a sigh before letting it out slowly. "Well, uh... being what you are, what exactly can you do here? I would not think that you would work in front of the customers. They'd be asking about you." "No," I shook my head. "I do work not around humans. Morning, night. Do what help you." He looked confused. I tried again. "I work what you need help with." He nodded. "Well, mostly stock work, such as restocking the shelves and unpacking the boxes out back. Are you capable of that? Some of the stuff is heavy. You're very small." I laughed. "So?" He gave me a strange look. "Alright then. Demonstrate to me that you can lift the boxes and I'll have a think about it." "No problem." I knew what he was expecting. He was expecting me to struggle. I went over to a pile of boxes filled with stock and went to pick one up pretending to have difficulty. I grunted. He looked at me. "Can you lift it? If not, then I'm afraid I cannot have you doing work for me on account of you injuring yourself." "No," I told him, feigning sadness. "I cannot." He pointed to a smaller box. "Even that one?" I went over and did the same thing. "Well then, I'm afraid it's a no Captain Chonkers. I don't want to have to explain anything to your family when they are stressed as it is if you were to hurt yourself." He was about to usher me out, but I raised a paw and pointed to a huge stack of boxes beside a forklift. They were all taped together and there were at least six of them. They were towering over me and also went over Mr Kuakini's head. "What about it?" "Let me try that one." He looked at me strangely. "Very funny. Come on, I need to close up." I just went over to the boxes and crouched to pick them up, pretending to struggle. " Captain Chonkers, please do not waste my time like this. I nee-" He cut himself off pretty quickly when I lifted the entire stack of boxes above my head with one hand. His jaw dropped open again as I put them down before going over and lifting up the forklift in the same manner. He fell to the floor. "You... you can..." I grinned at him. "No worry about Captain Chonkers being hurt. I am indestructible." A look of realisation seemed to hit him. "So that explains why you were electrocuted and not hurt! I almost forgot about that! But... how? How are you able to do these things? They are superhuman! Not possible!" "To humans, maybe," I responded. "To Captain Chonkers, very easy." "But how?!" I sighed. "I... cannot say." He stood up at that and approached me. I backed off slightly, a little apprehensive. He just crouched down in front of me though. "You're not a dog, are you." I stared at him. He stared back at me. I shook my head. "What are you, Captain Chonkers?" I sighed. I'd already shown him this much. I couldn't back down now. "I am an alien." He shouted at that and pulled backwards from me, bashing into the table behind him. I darted forth and caught a glass that fell off. "WHAT?!" "Alien!" I repeated. "From space." "No... no, that's not possible." "Really?" I responded. I showed him my extra features and he shouted again. Eventually though he calmed down. He reached out shakily and touched my head. "You're an alien... so then there are aliens on earth?!" I nodded. "Shh. Is big secret." He rubbed at his head. "Wow... okay. Well... then, yes in that case, you can do some jobs for me. Bear in mind I cannot afford to pay you very much at the moment as I am struggling myself, but the extra help while repairs are underway is much appreciated. I hope that will help your family out at least. Plus there are some things I cannot move myself so this is a bit of a godsend." I smiled. "Ih! Dougabba!" He looked at me oddly. "Means thank you." "Oh. You're welcome," he responded. He was about to usher me out but turned to face me again. "Does your family know about this?" "No," I shook my head. "Only Naanee. She not know I am doing this now though." "I guess I'd better not say anything then," Mr Kuakini said to me. "No, please don't." He nodded. "Alright. I want you here next Monday morning at five thirty. You can help me for a few hours and then go home before your family gets up. I normally start very early. Can you manage that?" "Okeydokey." He nodded. "How is Queen Floofy Floofer, by the way? Is she better?" "Yes. She is okay." "I hope she understands I am very stressed and didn't mean to yell at her. You scared me. Anyway, I'll let you go home now." I gave him a thumbs up before leaving. He waved to me as I darted back home. I was elated. Finally my stupid dog appearance wasn't hindering me and I was able to help my family out a bit. I had a feeling Mr Kuakini was like Moses. He wasn't going to exploit my secret. I was glad about that but I knew that I still had to be wary though.</p><hr size=1 noshade><p>I managed to slip back inside quietly but Sir Chonky was on the computer and looked up at me. I froze. "Hello Little Monster. Where did you run off to?" Rats. I put my paw to my forehead. "Others know?" "No. Only Thicc Corgi. Queen Floofy Floofer and Mrs. Doggo are out the back gardening before it rains again." I let out a sigh of relief. "Okay, no tell them." He shrugged at me, but didn't seem to care enough. I went up to Thicc Corgi and he ushered me into his bedroom. " Captain Chonkers! You're home! Little girl told me briefly you had strange incident at hula school." I nodded. "Got dizzy. Saw something. It tried to attack me." He frowned. "Strange. Still, let's do another scan. Climb in." I climbed into the scanner and once again it spun around. This time though, I did feel sick. I had to scramble out halfway through the scan and rush to the bathroom. Thicc Corgi was right behind me as I heaved my guts into the toilet. He rubbed my back. "My poor little creation..." he said to me, handing me a tissue. "Right! I am getting to bottom of this!" He picked me up and carried me back up to his room. Instead of putting me back in the scanner, he used his other method, which was placing me in his dome scanner. The scan took longer but was far more thorough. The results printed out and he made a noise of frustration. "Eeesh. Once again, results returning as normal Captain Chonkers. Nothing out of ordinary! I truly cannot explain why! Is my machinery going kaput?" I put a paw on his knee. "Naga. I think I just pick up bug from sleeping in woods." "I hope so, Captain Chonkers..." he responded. "Perhaps that is case, as results not showing anything negative. But even so, I'd be warned at the very least. No... there is something missing. There has to be!" I gave a nod. "Well... meecha wait and see if goes away. Captain Chonkers feel okay now." I felt terrible for my father. He looked so stressed and unsure and he wasn't himself. He looked at me. "Keep me updated, Captain Chonkers. Please. I will continue trying to solve this." "I will." He sighed. "Oh... I fixed up little girls costume today. She requested it. Wanted to look more like that earth creature but rest assured I did not tamper with mask, on account of what you told me. Be careful though." I nodded. "Ih, she told me." "I see. Anyway, I need to look further into this. If I need you again I will call for you Captain Chonkers." "Ih." I hugged my creator before I left the bedroom and headed back downstairs. Sir Chonky was still on the computer. I just sighed and sat on the couch, wondering what was going to come of things. I sincerely hoped nothing would happen tomorrow night at the dance competition. I'd ruined Queen Floofy Floofer's dance once, she didn't need me ruining it again. Mrs. Doggo had reassured me that Queen Floofy Floofer would never turn on me but I had a feeling it would be otherwise if she knew the real side of me, or ever saw it. I was capable of killing her through my original programming. I was capable of killing everybody on the island. I hated myself for it. I hated myself for even having those thoughts, but they would always be a part of me. The encryption was strongly in place but I wished I could switch of being aware of what I truly was. Sir Chonky seemed to notice my inner turmoil and battle with my thoughts on the couch and looked over to me. "Are you okay Little Monster?" I clutched my head and looked up at him. " Captain Chonkers okay..." I told him softly. "...I'm okay." Deep inside I knew I wasn't.