Chapter 2: Chrissie's First Mission
A.N. Sorry this chapter took so long to get here. I was busy with other stuff.
A few days later, Chrissie was relaxing in her new room at Danger Rangers HQ when Burble came in.
"Hey, Chrissie." He said. "Can you come down to the launch room? We have something set up for you."
"Okay." said Chrissie.
With that, Burble and Chrissie went down to the launch room, where Chrissie saw a structure that looked like a house.
"What's this?" she asked.
"It's an obstacle course." said Kitty. "I know we said you're part of the team now in the previous chapter, but we just wanted to make sure you're physically able."
"Alright." said Chrissie. "What do I have to do?"
Burt then pressed a button. Smoke started coming through the house. Chrissie immediately picked up.
"So, this is kind of like my firefighter training." Chrissie said.
"Yup." said Sully. "You have to go in there and fetch a dummy acting as a person trapped in a burning building."
"Piece of cake." Chrissie said in a confident tone. "I've done this before."
"Alright." he said. "Your time starts now!"
With that, Burt pressed the "Start" button on a stopwatch Chrissie went inside and wasted no time fetching the dummy and bringing it back. When she came back out, Burt hit the "Stop" button. As it turned out, it had only taken Chrissie half a minute to "rescue" the dummy.
"Perfect." said Burt.
"Great." said Chrissie. "So, what happens now?"
"Now, we just wait for a mission." said Sully.
"In the meantime, there's something I'm curious about." said Kitty.
"And what is that?" Chrissie asked.
"What made you want to become a firefighter in the first place?" Kitty asked.
"I'll tell you." said Chrissie.
Chrissie then cleared her throat and began her story.
"When I was eight, me and my older brother James were home alone. Our dad was working late and our mom was out with some of her friends from our church." Chrissie said. "Just after I think 6:30 PM after we had our dinner, I was relaxing in my room when I saw what looked like smoke. At first I thought it was just steam coming from the bathroom and assumed it was James taking a shower. But then, I heard the smoke alarm go off, and that's when I knew the house was on fire."
"Oh, wow." said Squeeky. "What happened next?"
"Well, as soon as I heard that, I ran to get James, who was finishing a homework assignment, and we high-tailed out of that house." said Chrissie. "Once we were outside, we went to a neighbor's house and called the fire department. Luckily for us, there happened to be a fire truck not too far away, so it didn't take too long for the firefighters to get to our house and put the fire out before it could spread."
"Oh, my." said Burble. "What caused the fire?"
"Well, later we learned that the cause of the fire was on old electric blanket that was accidentally left on after it was last used and caught fire." said Chrissie. "Fortunately for us, nothing else caught fire except the blanket."
"Well, that's good." said Sully.
"Yeah." said Chrissie. "Needless to say, we knew for sure that Jesus was on our side that night."
"Yup." said Burble. "So, I take it you're a Christian?"
"Yes, I am." said Chrissie.
"That's cool." said Kitty. "Me and the other Rangers are Christians, too."
"That's nice." said Chrissie.
Just then, SAVO came on.
"Danger Alert! Danger Alert!" SAVO said.
"What's up, SAVO?" asked Sully.
"There's been a massive auto accident on the outskirts of Houston, Texas." said SAVO. "The local fire and ambulatory departments are in need of assistance."
"We're on our way." said Sully. "Well, Chrissie, it's showtime."
With that, the Rangers boarded the Hovercraft and took off. They soon touched down, where they saw just how bad the accident was. There was an overturned minivan, a jackknifed gas tanker truck, and a small sedan that had rammed into a guardrail. The Rangers soon met up with the fire chief.
"So, what've we got here?" asked Sully.
"A minivan that was driving erratically collided with a sedan." said the chief. "There was someone trapped inside the sedan. We're not sure what that someone looks like because the windows are 30% tinted, making them hard to see from a distance, but we know for sure that person is alive, as he seemed to be honking "Help" in Morse code."
"How do you know it's a male?" Kitty asked.
"Well, upon closer inspection, we were able to determine the trapped indivudual is a male Dalmatian in his early-to-mid twenties."
"That's my brother!" she said. "Is he okay?!"
"Yes, he is." said a voice.
A male Dalmatian wearing an Ohio State Buckeyes jacket and faded jeans walked up. He also had a bandage on his head.
"James!" Chrissie said.
Chrissie hugged her brother, who returned the gesture.
"Are you okay, James?" Chrissie asked.
"Yeah, I'm fine." said James. "Just a small cut on my forehead from a piece of broken glass."
Chrissie wasted no time introducing her brother to the Rangers. Just then, they saw a stream of gasoline coming from the truck and heading towards the sedan. It was obvious that that meant.
"Chief!" Chrissie cried.
The chief noticed it too, and spoke into his bullhorn.
"EVERYONE CLEAR OUT!" the chief barked "THERE'S A GAS LEAK!"
Everyone did. Just as evereyone cleared the area, they watched as the area was rocked by a loud explosion, and the sedan went up in flames. Chrissie and the rangers quickly to douse the blaze. In no time, it was out. Then, they helped the firefighters get the driver of the minivan, a male wolf wearing a Houston Texans t-shirt and khaki shorts, out of it as a police car arrived. The moment they got the driver out, they made a very unpleasant discovery. There, on the floorboard, was a beer can with some of its contents spilled.
"Oh, great..." said Sully to himself. "A drunk driver. How lovely."
Kitty, on the other hand, as outraged, and she started screaming at the driver of the minivan.
"YOU IDIOT!" she howled. "YOU COULD'VE KILLED SOMEONE TODAY!"
Sully was shocked at Kitty's outburst.
"Whoa, whoa, whoa!" Sully said as he took his feline teammate aside. "Kitty, we talked about overreacting."
"I'm sorry, Sully." she said.
"Hey, it's okay." Sully replied. "I understand."
Then, he turned to the driver.
"But she is right." he said. "Drinking and driving is a very dangerous combination.
The driver said nothing. The police officer then took the man away. Once that was taken care of and the mess cleared away, the Rangers set off back to Mount Rushmore. When they arrived, while Fallbot enjoyed another oil bath, the others enjoyed a delicious meal of baked chicken sandwiches with potato wedges watched a movie in the debriefing room.
"Say, Kitty, I noticed you getting angry at the driver of the minivan after discovering he was DWI." said Chrissie. "Why is that?"
Well, at that question, Kitty just set her plate down, covered her face with her hands, and started to sob quietly.
"Uh-oh." Chrissie said. "Did I say something wrong?"
Sully took Chrissie aside while Burble comforted Kitty.
"You see, Chrissie, when Kitty was eight, her dad was killed in a car accident that was caused by a distracted driver." explained Sully. "So, these kinda things or sort of personal to her."
Chrissie was apalled.
"Oh my." she said. "I'm so sorry!"
"It's okay." Sully said. "You didn't know."
Sully and Chrissie then went to join the other Rangers, and Kitty had calmed down at this point. Squeeky then held up his glass of water.
"A toast!" he said. "To Chrissie on joining the Danger Rangers!"
"Here, here!" the other Rangers chorused.
With that, they all clinked their glasses and continued the movie after finishing their meal and cleaning up. Afterwards, they decided to turn in for the night, and as she dreamed away, Chrissie couldn't help but feel very pleased with herself. The next day, the Rangers, while having breakfast, learned that the driver who caused the accident had been formally charged with driving while intoxicated and, since it was discover his BAC level was 0.16%, which was twice the legal limit, was fined $4,000 and sentenced to a year's worth of imprisonment.
"It's great to know that driver got what he deserves." said Burble.
"Yeah." said Sully.
Just then, SAVO came on about another emergency. This time, it was a wildfire in Wyoming that had some birdwatchers trapped in the middle.
"Well, gang, looks like we're off again." said Sully.
With that, the Rangers headed for the Hovercraft on yet another rescue, with Chrissie, their new member, by their side.