Chapter Twenty-six: Sparkys gambit
Sparky removed the pill from his pocket and looked at it unwillingly. Its the only way to win, He said to himself and as a lab rat, Im expendable.
Really Sparky, Dale said reassuringly, you dont have to take it. I might not be strong enough to hurt Jamba, but Ill bet if I ran around him really really fast, it would make a tornado that Dale trailed off when he caught a glimpse of the distant look in Sparkys eyes.
Sparky took a step forward, towards Jamba. Egger to die, are we? Asked Jamba.
Sparky forced himself to look into Jambas red, glowing, demonic eyes. You speak as if youve already won. Sparky said, still clutching the pill in his hands.
What are you going to do? Jamba laughed, Run around me and try to make a tornado?
Thats a scientific impossibility. Sparky said firmly, as if Jamba had really meant it. But as to whether Im going to speed up or not With that, Sparky popped the pill in his mouth and swallowed it. Well find out soon enough.
Dale! came Foxgloves voice.
Dale turned around to see Foxglove, pressed up against the barrier surrounding the fight. Foxy! Dale called as he ran (or practically teleported) over to Foxglove.
You were amazing! Foxglove complemented. Jamba couldnt touch you!
Yeah, Dale said, putting a hand behind his head But he couldnt even feel it when I hit him Dale trailed off. I just hope Sparky has better luck. Dale turned his attention to Sparky Well, Dale asked anything?
Nothing. Answered Sparky. At least, I dont feel any thing yet. Maybe if IAaH! Sparky yelled, grabbing his chest.
What is it Sparky?! Called Gadget. Whats wrong?!
Mm-my heart! Sparky yelled, sweat dripping from his face as he dropped onto his knees in pain. i-its coming apart!!!
Oh no! yelled Dale. That stuff must be poison to rats!
What wrong with him?! Chip shouted to Professor Nimnul, who was watching casually, as if nothing were wrong.
Just wait Professor Nimnul said, not taking his eyes off Sparky.
Wait?! Monty shouted. Hes dien!
Aaaargh! Sparky yelled, as he dropped from his knees onto his side, still griping his chest in pain.
Sparky! Dale cried as he ran over to try and assist him. All of Sparkys muscles were twitching. Whats wrong?
My entire body!!! Sparky shouted, It -it feels like its on fire!!!
What Should I d Whoa! Dale yelled, jumping back. Sparkys entire left arm had suddenly become slightly more massive.
Oh no! Chip shouted. now hes swelling.
What the Sparky thought, looking at his left arm, Whats goingAH! Suddenly Sparkys other arm became more massive. The Rangers watched as Sparkys entire body, with the exception of his head, followed the same pattern.
Wait! Gadget said in sudden realization, His muscles arent swelling, theyre developing!
What?! Chip, Monty, and Zipper both asked in unison.
Sparky slowly stood up, panting. Golly. Gadget thought out loud, eyeing Sparkys new physique. Sparky, once a scrawny lab rat, had now become a buff lab rat, complete with fully developed biceps, triceps everything. He hadnt exactly become Shakabaka (see: Gadget goes Hawaiian), but if the Rangers hadnt known any better, they would have thought him to be either a model, or a dedicated body builder.
My god. Sparky said, rubbing his new muscles. I feel INCREDIBLE!!! Everyone jumped, at Sparkys quick change in demeanor. This is great! Sparky continued. I fell like Like Superman! With this kind of strength, I might not even have to execute my original plan! Sparky thought to himself happily.
Was that supposed to happen? Chip asked, turning towards Professor Nimnul.
Oh yes, He answered casually. But usually, the rats died of pain. Their muscle mass unessesarily expands as well. Thats why I switched to monkeys. So like us.
Ive already won. Sparky said, overconfidently. Theres no point in even starting this fight.
Well well well, Jamba said slyly arent we cocky? You may have gotten bulkier, but youre still no match for me.
How do you figure that? Sparky asked, flexing a muscle and admiring it.
Because, Jamba said, grinning Not only am I stronger and able to fly, Im also already aware of your shall we say, electric personality.
What?! Shouted Dale. How could you know about that? You werent even there!
Lets just say, a little fox told me. Jamba said mockingly. Darien and I are on the same side, you do realize that?
Oh, yeah Dale said sheepishly.
So you know? Sparky asked, as if he had anticipated this.
Not only do I know about it, Responded Jamba, but Im protected against it.
What?! Everybody shouted, with the exception of Sparky.
Upon hearing of Dariens Shocking loss, Jamba explained, making a clever play on words, Master Winifred preformed a spell on the both of us, called, The Raigeki Spell. It made our skin completely shock-proof.
That could be a bit of a problem Commented Monty.
Not necessarily. Sparky said slyly, socking a fist into his right hand. I could always just beat him up.
Ha ha haaa! Jamba laughed, closing his eyes and throwing his head back in laughter. Your overconfidence is quite amusing. Jamba slowly settled back down. Ill prove it to you; here, He continued, extending his arms outward, leaving himself completely open, Ill give you a free shot.
Really? Sparky asked, raising a suspicious eyebrow.
Jamba grinned Really. If that is what it takes to prove how weak you really are.
Dont do it Sparky! Warned Gadget, Its a trick!
Then again Sparky thought uneasily if hes that confident Yes. My original plan is the only fool proof option. Sparky began to walk towards Jamba, completely ignoring Gadgets warning. He stopped right in front of Jamba, and moved his fist back, ready to punch.
Suddenly, Jamba began to grin. Fool. With that, Jamba smashed his knee right into Sparkys ribs, sending him flying backwards into the barrier.
Sparky! Everybody except Professor Nimnul shouted in horror as Sparky bounced off the barrier, rolled over once, and landed face down on the floor.
Jamba approached Sparky and positioned his foot over Sparkys head. Only a true fool would have fallen for that. Jamba said disdainfully. Youve disgraced yourself enough for today. Die. Jamba said heartlessly as he sent his clawed foot down upon Sparkys head, creating an enormous explosion of dust once again.
Sparky!!! Gadget cried.
Not ta worry luv. Monty said reassuringly. Im sure ol Dale got im
Jamba watched as the dust cleared, revealing noting but the pothole that he had just created. Why am I not surprised. Jamba said wryly, looking up, only to see Dale, kneeling next to Sparky on the far side of the area. Running away like a scarred little child.
Sparky, what were you thinking?! Dale asked quizzically. Even I wouldnt have fallen for that!
*cough Dale. Sparky wheezed, standing back up. Whatever happens, dont interfere.
What?! protested Dale. But if I hadnt just
Please, Sparky pleaded. Ive got a plan.
I dunno Dale said, trailing off.
Trust *cough me Sparky coughed, winking.
Well okay Dale agreed, trailing off. But Ive got a bad feeling about this.
Thank you. With that, Sparky slowly limped back over to Jamba, stopping right in front of him. Im going to *cough Smash you like an atom! Sparky wheezed, almost falling over as he did so.
Ha ha ha ha haaaaa! Jamba laughed, closing his eyes and throwing his head back in laughter once more. What is wrong with you?!
Im a masochist. Sparky said sarcastically.
Really? Jamba asked, as he began to flap his wings, raising hiself off the ground. Jamba continued to flap until he had reached the ceiling. In that case, youll love this. With that, Jamba went into a dive, smashing his head directly into Sparkys chest, knocking him into the barrier once again.
Arrgh. Sparky yelled in agony as his face met the floor.
Sparky, stop! Chip shouted from outside the barrier. You cant win this!
Had enough? Jamba asked as he landed gracefully in front of Sparky.
Sparky looked up and grinned forcefully. Heh, you wish. Sparky said so weakly, it was almost inaudible.
Jamba frowned. Maybe this will help you reconsider. Jamba bent down, grabbed Sparky by the neck, and lifted him off the floor, eye level with himself. What is wrong with you?! He asked, beginning to sound a bit annoyed. Dont you get it? You cant win!
On the contrary. Sparky wheezed. Ive already won.
Ha ha haaaa! You do keep me entertained Sparky! Jamba laughed. And what pray tell, do you intend to do?
Well, Sparky began weakly. First Im going to grow wings, and fly up to the ceiling.
Really? Jamba asked sarcastically.
Yes. Sparky answered seriously. Then Im going to sprinkle you with pixy dust, putting you to sleep.
I think youve had a bit too much pixy dust! Jamba laughed, struggling to keep hold of Sparky in his laughter.
Hes lost it. Professor Nimnul mumbled to himself as Jamba continued to laugh. Hes completely lost it.
Poor Sparky. Dale said in despair. Hes become a fruit err, vegetable.
Then, Sparky continued after I put you to sleep, I going to land over there. Sparky pointed to his right.
Why? Jamba asked, stifling his laughter.
So I can do the Macarena. Sparky replied as if it were the most obvious thin in the world.
That had done it. With that, Jamba closed his eyes and threw his head back in the loudest laughter anyone had ever heard. AH HA HA HA HA HA HA HAAAAAA!!!!! Jamba laughed uncontrollably. TH-THE MACAR- AHHA HA HA HA akk! Jambas laughter came to an abrupt halt as he felt something muscular and furry shoot into his mouth. Jamba opened his eyes and turned his focas downward, only to see Sparkys right arm lodged in his mouth.
Your skin is shock resistant on the outside. Sparky began, as Jambas eyes widened, in realization of what Sparky was planning to do. Is it shock resistant on the inside? Before Jamba even had a chance to react, Sparky reached back into Jambas throat and grabbed his uvula (dangly thing in the back of your throat).
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! Jamba screamed as his entire body erupted in a blast of white lightning.
Ah! The rangers all yelled in unison, shielding their eyes from the blinding light.
Of course! Thought Professor Nimnul. When Sparkys body size increased, his voltage increased along with it!
Feeling around for them momentarily, Gadget reached up over her head and lowered her goggles. As soon as her welding goggles had been lowered, she opened her eyes and looked into the light. Jamba appeared to be trying to let go of Sparky, but with electricity pulsing through his body, he found himself completely paralyzed, practically frozen in place.
Suddenly, Sparkys foot came forward, smashing into Jambas chest. The sparks imidatly ceased, as Jamba lost hold of Sparkys neck, and was sent hurling backwards into the barrier that he had created. Jamba hit the barrier with a painful *oof, sliding down the invisible wall onto his feet. He looked at Sparky angrily, who had now collapsed onto the glowing floor. Y-you Jamba said weakly, collapsing onto his knees. He looked down at the floor, a sad expression forming on his face. C-Chespi my love Im sorry Ive Ffff-failed Y-you With tears in his eyes, Jamba collapsed onto the floor, defeated. A soft crackling noise ensued, as he slowly reverted back to his original flying fox form.
There was a deafening silence. After hearing Jambas heartbreaking final words, no one was really sure exactly how to feel about the outcome of the battle. Gadget raised her goggles back to their usual place, as she and the other Rangers looked from Sparky to Jamba, trying to comprehend what had just taken place.
YES! Professor Nimnul shouted, snapping the Rangers out of their trance.
Immediately, everyone (including Professor Nimnul) ran over to Sparky. Dale and Foxglove were the first to arrive. Sparky! Dale called, shaking Sparky. Are you alright?! Speak to me! Speak to Hey, I didnt get shocked Oh no!
Please wake up! Begged Foxglove, shaking Sparkys shoulders.
Sparky! Gadget cried as she, Chip, Monty, Zipper, and Professor Nimnul made their way over to their fallen comrade. Oh no, no Gadget moaned.
Wow, Professor Nimnul said, impressed. He actually took himself out to defeat his opponent
He gave his own life to save us. Chip said as he removed his hat in respect.
Poor Sparky. Zipper buzzed sadly.
Suddenly, Sparkys eyes jerked open, causing everyone to jump back in surprise. Sparky sat up and looked at everyone surrounding him. Whats wrong, he asked, You all look as if youve just seen a ghost.
Sparky! Gadget cried happily. Youre all right!
Chip, Monty, Dale, and to a certain extent, Zipper, wasted no time in helping Sparky back onto his feet. That was quite a fight! Complemented Monty. Never seen anything like it me life!
But how are you still conscious? Inquired Professor Nimnul.
Yeah, added Dale you looked like you were about to die!
Oh that? Sparky asked innocently. I faked it.
You what?! Everyone shouted in unison, sounding almost angry and happy at the same time (except for Professor Nimnul, who just sounded surprised).
I faked it. Repeated Sparky, brushing some of the phosphorescent dust off of his lab coat. I had noticed that when Jamba laughed, he closed his eyes and opened his mouth, allowing for me to shock him from within, without being caught. Jamba may hit fast, but his attacks didnt really hurt all that much, which was good, because that way, I could just fake being hurt, instead of Sparky trailed off.
You were going to sacrifice yourself, werent you? Asked Gadget
Sparky paused before answering. Lab rats are expendable. He said, his voice now filled with shame.
But youre not. Corrected Gadget, putting a hand on his arm. You cant think so lowly of yourself; everyone matters, lab rat or no lab rat.
Sparky was just about to reply, when Chip stepped in. I just realized, he said, pointing the spot where Gadgets hand met Sparkys arm. Sparkys not shocking you.
Hey, youre right! Gadget said, taking her hand off Sparkys arm, I didnt get electrocuted.
Maybe he used it all up. Suggested Foxglove
Its possible. Replied Sparky.
I guess youll have to change your name to Arky Dale added, causing Foxglove (and only Foxglove) to giggle.
Hey look! Came Professor Nimnuls voice.
Sparky and the Rangers whirled around, to see Professor Nimnuls mech, its foot poised over Jambas small unconscious body.
Dont hurt him! Cried Foxglove
Completely ignoring Foxgloves pleas, Professor Nimnul brought the foot down onto Jamba with a loud BOOM!
Nooo! Foxglove cried in horror. You didnt have to kill him!
Dont worry Foxy, Came Dales voice he didnt.
Foxglove spun around to see Dale standing behind her, holding Jamba in his arms as if he were a sleeping baby. You saved him! She cried happily, hugging Dale and causing him to blush.
Youve gotta be kidding!!! Professor Nimnul thundered, banging his fists on the control panel in front of him. The squirrel I can understand, you know her. But that thing?! He pointed an accusing finger at Jamba.
Nobody deserves to die. Foxglove said firmly.
Besides, Added Gadget he was only trying to protect his family- or thought he was anyway.
And what if he wakes up and tries to protect his family again? Professor Nimnul asked, crossing his arms.
He wont wake up anytime soon. Sparky said, approaching Dale. Hes been electrocuted. Hell be out for a good day or two. Sparky looked upon Jambas sleeping body. Its hard to believe that this is the same bat. he thought, touching a wing.
You rodents, I swear. Professor Nimnul said disdainfully, shaking his head in disapproval.
In the center of the room, a glowing sapphire platform rose from the floor; the gateway to the next level and to their next opponent.
Monty walked over to the wall where he had so hastily laid Tammy, and with an upsidaisy. Slung her over his shoulder and carried her back over to the group.
Well? asked Professor Nimnul. Shall we? With that, Professor Nimnul hopped his mech onto the platform and disappeared.
Is it just me, or is he acting suspiciously enthusiastic? Commented Sparky.
He is. Responded Chip. He must really be anxious to take on his sister.
I guess so. Mumbled Dale.
The Rangers quickly lined up to step onto the platform. Monty, Tammy over one shoulder, Zipper standing on the other, stepped onto the platform, vanishing instantaneously.
Sparky followed; Gadget and Chip following him.
Now only Foxglove and Dale remained. Foxglove looked down at Jamba in Dales arms. He looks so helpless. She thought.
Do you want to get on at the same time again? asked Dale pointing to the platform.
Yes, Began Foxglove but first I need you to promise me something.
Sure. Responded Dale what?
Promise me that youll stay away from Winifred.
But Began Dale
Promise me. Foxglove said emotionally.
Okay. Agreed Dale.
With that, Jamba in his arms, Dale and Foxglove stepped onto the sapphire platform and, with a flash of blue light, vanished.
Winifred sat, eyes closed, observing the events that had just occurred. All is going as I have foreseen it. She thought Jamba has been defeated by the rat but for some reason, I cant seem to see the outcome the next battle how odd.
Master. Came Dariens voice.
Yes Darien? Winifred replied, opening her eyes.
What was the outcome?
Jamba was beaten by that electrostatic rat. responded Winifred.
Im not surprised. Darien said, smirking. Jamba mayve had strength, Ill give him that; but being a herbivore, he lacked the killer instinct necessary to fight.
Do you think you can win? asked Winifred. Those pills my brother invented are pretty potent.
Please. Darien laughed. Ive been hunting mice for years. Theres not one move a mouse can make that I cannot predict, and being the subspecies that I am Darien trailed off. Ill win.
Lets hope so. Winifred said slyly. Now go, theyll be waiting.
Yes master. Winifred watched as Darien slowly walked out of sight.
Winifred closed her eyes once more, watching, as the Rangers appeared one by
one. Its true, she thought Darien is an expert hunter
and strategist, but that fat mouse sounds like hes seen quite a few fights
in his time, and he is older; possibly more experienced
smile began to form across Winifreds face. This should prove to
be very entertaining.
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