PART XVII: THE FINAL BATTLE

"Father, look! Soon the world will be ours!" Mulan the Mighty Huntress turned to Dr. Vannecut, a huge smile on her face.

The evil doctor's grin matched hers. "Yes--at long last." His eyes and smile softened. "I'm so proud of you. You've achieved so much. I always knew you'd be something."

"Thank you, Father," she murmured happily.

"Mulan!" a commanding voice shouted.

Her eyes widened. "No..."

There was a flash of light and a familiar figure appeared.

"Dr. Mordrid," Vannecut said through gritted teeth.

"That's right," the sorcerer replied evenly. He raised his arms and a streak of magic streamed towards Vannecut. The evil doctor let out an ear-piercing shriek and abruptly vanished.

"What did you...why...how..." Mulan babbled in shock.

"I only sent him where he belongs," Mordrid interrupted her. "Somewhere where he won't cause any more problems."

"How dare you?" she hissed furiously.

Dr. Mordrid's eyes hardened. "Abandon this suicide mission of yours! You know you'll never succeed!"

"Ha ha!" she cackled. "I already have! You'll never stop me! You can't stop my creation! Behold!" Mulan whirled to face the large bay windows in her super-secret control room. "MY Machine!"

Lightening flashed around the enormous metal monstrosity as it slowly moved higher and higher into the sky.

"You see now, Doctor? This is the end! You've failed! Your precious little world and all of its puny inhabitants will bow to ME!"

"Not quite," Mordrid shot back.

To his finger sprang a spark of magic, which he set adrift into the air. It floated, wisp-like, towards the control panel, and began to expand into a shimmering bubble. Mulan realized what it was too late and leapt at it with a shriek.

At that moment, the bubble popped.

"That's right, Mulan," Mordrid said softly. "The girl you long ago imprisoned. The girl you CHANGED. Your sister."

A form began to move under the sticky, gelatinous bubble skin and, after a moment, raised its head.

Mulan's mouth formed a silent 'O' and she backed away until she came against the wall. There she stood, shaking her head and mouthing 'no, no, no' in disbelief and shock.

After watching her for several seconds, Mordrid strode to the control panel and pushed a large, red button labeled 'abort' in big, white, capital letters. Then, almost tenderly, he approached the recently-freed figure and knelt down in front of her. "Whatever she did to you...it's over."

"Obviously," the figure returned in a tone that replied that this was...well, obvious. She (because it IS a she--then again, you probably realized that) swiveled her cat-like ears to face him and raised her blue, catty eyes to his face. "Hey, Anton, how's it goin'? Remember that little fling we had my sophomore year in college?"

The sorcerer cleared his throat and blushed furiously. "Yes...well, um...that's...that's in the past now...so...we should just...forget about it."

"Yeah, you're right. I DO like older men, but I think I was pushing it a bit there. So what's going on here, anyway? Y'know, I've kinda been living in my own little bubble for the past couple years."

She grinned and he rolled his eyes at her rather lame joke. Then, startling them both, a radio crackled, "Uh...Houston? We have a problem?"

The cat (again, that's what she is, but you probably realized that, too) got to her feet and shrugged off the fact that the only thing covering her feminine assets was sticky, slimy bubble skin. "Hey, Anton, how'd you know where I was?"

"Your father. He unwittingly showed me how to free you."

"Ah." She located a little radio and pressed a button. "This is Houston. We read you. What seems to be the problem out there, ol' chap? Over."

There was a pause. "Who're you?" When there was no answer, he said, "Hey! You there?"

"Oh, sorry. You have to say 'over'. Otherwise, how do I know you're done speaking? Over."

"Um...okay...you're kind of weird."

"Thank you."

"Sure. Hey, think you can get us down? We're stuck up in this giant flesh-eating machine thing..."

"Alright, if I could just get your name...?"

"Megavolt."

"And how many people are with you, Megavolt?"

"This sounds like a 911 call."

"Just answer the question."

"Um...I don't know...thirteen."

The cat nodded. "Okay, roger that. I'll send a convoy over on the double. Over an' out." She looked down at herself and discovered several garments of clothing on her. "Where'd these come from? And really, black spandex?"

Mordrid mumbled something and waved his hand.

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PART XVIII: THE PARTY

Megavolt, Bushroot, the Liquidator, Ling, Crutchy, Boots, Vitani, Darkwing Duck, Spooky, Pixie, Dixie, Miriam, and the good Mulan appeared. Then Mordrid waved his hand again, and Negaduck, Quackerjack, Francisco, Hotep, Huy, and--

"SNIPES!!" Crutchy and Boots chorused. They ran (or in Crutchy's case, levitated) to hug their friend.

The cat leaned against the console, feeling quite out of place, until she looked over. "You must be Megavolt," she guessed, studying his outfit.

"Yeah." He scrutinized her. "You're that girl I talked to."

"Yep." She stuck her hand out and shook a piece of bubble skin off it. "Name's Cinder."

"So you still haven't found your brother?" Darkwing asked Vitani.

The lioness cub sighed. "I'm beginning to think I never will."

"I feel like I've known you all my life," Mulan (the good one) confided a little shyly to Ling.

"Me too," he sighed dreamily.

"I never thanked you for opening my cell," Miriam told Francisco a bit hesitantly.

He gazed into her kind brown eyes. "Oh, it...it wasn't a problem. Anyone would've done it."

"I should have said something sooner about...when you pushed me into the river--"

"I'm REALLY sorry about that," Vitani interrupted Boots.

"I loved it," he finished.

"WEE FWEE!" Flit and Meeko shouted, entering the room.

"Y'know, boss, I really got the feeling you loved me back there," Quackerjack said, grinning inanely.

"Oh, shutup," Negaduck snapped. "But I...uh...I DID have something to say. Quackerjack, I'm sorry I blew off your stupid puppet's head."

"What was that?" Quackerjack held a hand up to his ear.

"Don't push it," Negaduck snarled.

"Hey," Dixie said to her sister. "That Crutchy's kind of cute. And I think he likes me."

Pixie rolled her eyes. "If you say so."

"So..." Hotep began a little threateningly to Huy, "...you and Mulan had a little...RELATIONSHIP?"

"No!" Huy exclaimed defensively. "I was no the slightest bit attracted to her!"

"Yeah, right. That's what you said last time."

"LAST TIME?! What are you talking about? There WAS no last time!"

"You get through that okay, buddy?" the Liquidator asked Bushroot. He suddenly felt protective of his green friend.

Bushroot looked surprised. "Actually, yeah, I did!"

But Spooky just sighed. There was no one for him to talk to. His beautiful, equine wife, Buttercup, had become a homicidal maniac, and now he was alone in the world. Alone. All alone.

Suddenly, he felt a tap on his shoulder. Dr. Anton Mordrid was standing there, holding a microphone. Spooky's eyes shined with a child-like happiness as he took the microphone. He knew exactly what to do. "Um, testing, one-two-three. Can everyone hear me?" There was silence in the room as forty-six eyes focused on him. "Okay, guys, I'm gonna sing a song. Ahem. If I NEVER kne-ew yo-o-o-u-u, if I n-e-ever felt thi-i-is l-o-o-ove; I would ha-ave no inkling of--"

Mordrid grabbed the microphone away. "Sorry about that, everyone. I didn't expect him to do that. Well, whether or not you were aware of this, this place is actually my Castle of Light. I'll be holding a party to celebrate Mulan the Mighty Huntress's defeat--"

"YES!! Millenium party!" Boots yelled.

"Kickass!" Crutchy agreed. "Can I make the guest list?"

"--and you may all invite whomever you want."

"Hey! Everyone!" Boots yelled over everybody's excited, cacophonous chatter. Does anyone know where a really weird looking alien lives?"

"Which one?" Quackerjack asked.

"He has blue eyes and black hair," Vitani clarified.

"I know him."

A circle cleared around the speaker.

Negaduck eyed everyone suspiciously, then continued, "His name's Weyoun. I've got his card. I was going to have him genetically engineer something for me."

"What?" Megavolt asked, fascinated.

"None of your business, knob!" the duck shouted.

"Sorry."

Vitani bounded up to Negaduck and drew herself up to her impressive full height of approximately two feet. "Give me the card!"

"You know, young lady, you need to learn some manners," he said disapprovingly.

A sour look settled on her face, but the thought of her brother made up her mind. "May I please have the card, sir?"

A rousing cheer went up as Negaduck handed the newly-polite young lady Weyoun's business card. Then Vitani ran to a pay phone.

"Make sure you invite that rascally alien!" Mr. Banana Brain's corpse called.

Meanwhile, in a corner of the room, Ling and Mulan sat holding hands and giggling. Don't ask how, but they were in love. "Mulan," Ling began nervously, "I have something to ask you."

"Yes, Ling?" she prompted.

He took a deep breath. "Will you marry me? I know we haven't known each other very long, but--"

"Ling," she interrupted him. "Yes."

"Yes?"

"Yes."

"Yes!"

They kissed happily.

"Ew, gwoss!" Meeko yelled.

"You guys is icky!" Flit agreed.

Mulan and Ling laughed and kissed again.

Vitani hung up the phone at that moment. "He can come! And he's bringing Nuka!"

Boots hugged her. "Yay!"

"Hey, Crutchy," Dixie greeted suavely, walking up to him (and Boots and Vitani, who were standing nearby).

"Dixie!" Crutchy yelped. Then, he smiled nervously. He really didn't know what to say. She was so pretty. "Um...hi..."

She gave him a dazzling smile. "Listen, if you don't already have plans, do you wanna go to Dr. Mordrid's party with me?"

"Well...I...uh...that is..."

"Say yes," Boots whispered to him.

"Yes," Crutchy answered automatically.

"Great!" She gave him a kiss on the cheek, and he fainted. "Oops."

I bet you think that's the end. Well, it's not! And y'know what? I don't want to hear any complaints about this story being long, boring, and stupid. Because I KNOW that it's all of those things. However, there are still some loose ends. Don't believe me?

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EPILOGUE

Suffice to say that it was a happy ending. Crutchy and Dixie went to the party on a double date with Vitani and Boots. Ling and Mulan eventually got married. Francisco and Miriam started dating and got engaged. Pixie and Snipes went out for awhile, but then they broke up and decided to be "just friends". Haidera and Nuka married and had a whole mess of scrawny little cubs. And as was subtly alluded to, Megavolt and Cinder got married. I think. I mean, they haven't e-mailed for awhile, so...

Hotep and Huy didn't remain angry with each other. They're good friends. Although Huy began to see someone awhile ago, so I guess we all now know he IS heterosexual. Meeko and Flit...? Ah, who am I kidding, you don't even WANT to know. Negaduck, Quackerjack, Bushroot, the Liquidator, and Megavolt still functioned as the Fearsome Five, and sometimes Cinder joined them. They continued to bother Darkwing with their rather destructive crimes.

Spooky married a nice mule from Queens.

Weyoun was forced to activate his self-termination implant by his next clone, because, let's face it, he was insane.

Herbert West was insane too, and he vanished. The circumstances that surrounded his disappearance were very mysterious.

Yao escaped from the Thing That Used To Be Dr. Julian Subatoi Bashir by beating it over the head with a burning stick.

Dr. Anton Mordrid, Master of the Unknown, was never seen again after the big bash he threw. Some say that his party coordinator, Franck Eggelhoffer, drove him over the edge. Others whisper that he became a monk in Azerbaijan. But the few who really knew him tell the others: no. Mordrid devoted the remainder of his life to watching over Mulan the Mighty Huntress. For surely, were she to escape...

We would all be hurled into the sun as our world suffered its ultimate demise.

THE END!

Bigger, better, more comprehensive disclaimer: Okay. I know that I've already got a disclaimer, but it's really vague, and I'd like to credit people. So. Starting from the beginning:

Boots, Crutchy, Swifty, Jack, Mush, Ling, and Yao all belong to Disney. The first five in that list are from the 1992 film Newsies, which I absolutely cannot STAND, but that's neither here nor there. Ling and Yao are from 1998's Mulan, which I love. Dr. Mordrid is owned by...Full Moon? Well, he's owned by whoever thought him up.

Mulan the Mighty Huntress was an idea thought up by me when I noticed Frannie's Mulan action figure laying in a pile of dust bunnies, which was originally what she was supposed to hunt. However, the character Mulan is owned by Disney. Nuka and Vitani are ALSO owned by Disney, and they are from The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (also a stupid movie, when you come right down to it).

Rajah is copyrighted by Disney. Although he's not a magic focusing lens in Aladdin, which is what he's from.

Snipes, Race, and Blink also belong to Disney. Dr. Julian Subatoi Bashir and Nog are owned by Paramount and are from "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine", which was a wonderful show! And now it's gone! Argh!

Herbert West originally was created by H.P. Lovecraft, but the one I'm using is basically from the 1985 movie Re-Animator. It's a great movie. The scene in the beginning of part 5 is from Castle Freak, and I'm not really sure who I should credit for that.

Weyoun is also from Deep Space Nine, and he is, therefore, also owned by Paramount.

Meeko and Flit are from Pocahontas, and I realize that they DON'T talk in the movie, but that's a REALLY long story, and I'm not going to go into it. Oh, it's been brought to my attention that their VOICES belong to the two of us (I'm Flit, Frannie is Meeko). Megavolt, Quackerjack, and Mr. Banana Brain are all from "Darkwing Duck", which is owned by Disney. Tee hee. Those three are the best, dudes.

Darkwing Duck is owned by Disney as well.

Spooky, Buttercup, and Ista are all owned by Frannie and me. Ista is a character from some Newsies fanfiction I wrote...ugh, that's embarrassing...though I stole the name from some Anne McCaffery novels. Just the name. Not the character. Spooky is our cat's name. The whole thing behind that is that we talk to her (yeah, our cat's a she, not a he) and then one of us uses this deep, macho voice to make Spooky "answer". It's quite pathetic, really. Buttercup is completely out of my own mind.

Haidera is my own character, who I created specifically for the purpose of writing Simba's Pride fanfiction. She is MINE.

Part 11 ("The House") is mostly a rip-off of The House on Haunted Hill. If you've seen this movie, then you know what I'm talking about. In fact, that was the best part of the movie, so...yeah. Francisco is owned by the same people who own Dr. Mordrid.

Hm, gosh. There's a lot in part 12. Well, first of all, the "good Mulan" is obviously owned by Disney. So are Bushroot and the Liquidator. They're from Darkwing Duck. At some point in the chapter, Boots starts repeating everything Vitani says, only in the form of a question. This is from an episode of "NewsRadio". God, I love that show. At another point in this chapter, Darkwing yells, "newsie experience". This is an inside joke, but I really need to let the world know how I feel about this. Y'see, fans of Newsies have a strange compulsion to let people know when they see mundane, everyday things that HAPPEN to appear in Newsies. It's bizarre, I know. For instance: suspenders. If they're red, woo boy. If you happen to be a Newsies fan, then I'm not apologizing for this. I just want you to know that it's really, REALLY sad. You can flame me if you want, though. I like getting mail. Oh, and e-mail Aurora. I wrote this disclaimer.

Alrighty then. The bullet that sounds like the Taco Bell chihuahua was thought up by me one day when I was very bored in school. Probably in history. I tended to get a little nutty in there. But the Taco Bell chihuahua isn't owned by me, and I didn't mean any offense by the bullet having a foreign accent. Like I said, I was bored and insane. And probably freezing my ass off. Pixie and Dixie belong to us.

Negaduck is from Darkwing Duck, so he belongs to Disney, and that completes the Fearsome Five! Yeah, they're all here. Fun, fun, fun. The lyrics "daring duck of mystery" are from the Darkwing Duck theme song. Also owned by Disney.

Hotep, Huy, and Miriam are owned by Dreamworks SKG and are from The Prince of Egypt. Granted, we altered the characters to the point of not being able to even recognize them, but...yeah. The lyrics to "When You Believe" and "Deliver Us" were written by Stephen Schwartz.

And I'm tired of scrolling up and down to find stuff. So this is what's left over. Cinder is owned by me myself--me being Aurora if you haven't figured out by now--and she happens to be a character that I still think is rather cool. Franck Eggelhoffer (who's mentioned) is from Father of the Bride and consequently is owned by whoever made that. The lyrics to "If I Never Knew You" are copyright Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. Dr. Vannecut (and I don't know how to spell his name) is from The House on Haunted Hill, and is owned by whoever made that. The Machine is owned by me. It was a pretty good idea, don't you think? No, probably not. The whole thing with "The Switch" is from an episode of "Darkwing Duck". Just Us Justice Ducks, actually.

Alright, I've gone on and on and on now, but I'm done. If you actually finished reading this, congrats. Really. I admire you.

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