Zim and Tak had stopped arguing when they finally noticed what was happening. Dying squished and wet was not in their future plans. As the water level went up because of the walls coming closer, the tree that they were standing on floated, bringing them closer to the ceiling of the tank, where there was another pipe.
It wouldn't be easy to get to it because the water level stopped going up but the walls kept coming closer. Some of the water was being drained from the tank and the irken's floating device was going down along with the water, away from the pipe above, which was their only possible escape.
"This is our only chance to survive, help me get up there and I'll help you up," Tak pointed at the pipe above, that looked like it was getting further away by the second. She didn't expect Zim to accept this deal; she figured he would ask that one question so she was already expecting it and it came.
"How do I know you'll help get up there?" Zim gave her a suspicious look. She could run off inside the pipe and leave him to a very painful death, squished and wet.
"I rather kill you slowly and painfully myself," Tak answered calmly.
"I guess that's a truthful reason," Zim threw Tak up to the pipe and waited for her to extend her hand to him. "Tak what are you waiting for?" He looked at Tak, 'she tricked me!' There was nothing he could do, he lost. The evil grin on Tak's face was the last thing Zim saw before closing his eyes and waiting for the inevitable to happen. The last thing heard was the screams of pain of an irken invader called Zim.
"Stop being a baby!" Tak yelled annoyed. Zim opened his eyes and realized he was not being squished.
"But you pulled me up by the antennae!" Zim complained holding his antennae.
"I had to pull you up somehow!" The choice has been made. "You just stood there like an idiot and didn't give me your hand!" This is what she chouse. "Be glad I pulled you up!" No turning back now. "Or else you would have been painfully squished by those wet walls!" Yes, this was the choice she made; she chose to save him so she could finish him off herself.
Zim looked away, his antennae really hurt, but she had a point he did stood there like an idiot and didn't even bother trying to give her his hand. He gave up, he thought she would let him die, he gave up and Invaders never give up, he had to remember that.
"Are you coming?" Tak started to walk deeper into the large dark pipe.
"Of course I'm coming!" He ran after her until they were walking side by side. "When I catch the one who did this..." Zim started but Tak interrupted.
"You mean when we catch the one who did this, I'm in for revenge too," Tak looking straight ahead into the darkness, trying to see something, anything.
"I get to torture first!" Zim announced and grinned thinking about what kind of tortures the owner of this ship will have to suffer for all that was done.
"No, I will torture first! I saved you remember? You owe me one," Tak grinned but soon she stopped when she saw Zim grinning back.
"I saved you first," He spoke as if it was the most obvious thing in the universe.
"When was that?" Tak was starting to get annoyed again.
"When you where in my room, tied up and unconscious, I could have blasted you with a laser gun or even worse, melt you with that acid liquid earthlings call water!" Zim reminded.
He had a point, true that he had left her tied up, but she would do worse if for whatever unknown reason she found him unconscious tied up in her room. "Fine then, we're even!" She walked away and disappeared into the darkness ahead.
Zim stood there for a few seconds before he followed. There was really no other direction to head in except back the way they came and he didn't want to go there. He walked slowly, even if he knew Tak was getting further ahead. Maybe it was best this way. They were even so they should go their separate ways.
"Ah!" Tak's voice echoed inside the pipe. There was something out there, Zim ran deeper into the darkness.
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Dib couldn't believe what he saw. The person standing in front of his aimed a high tech looking gun at him. "Walk," the person pointed at a near by door.
"Why are you doing this?" Dib received no answer. He had no choice but to walk or get killed, this person was not acting normal. Brainwashed maybe?
Dib arrived at the control room after walking inside many pipes which eventually turned to corridors. "So you're the one who's been causing trouble," someone dressed in black spoke. "Take him to the back of the ship and lock him up!"
Dib could not see who the one dressed in black was; his face was completely covered by his cloak. The one with the gun led Dib to the back of the ship and made him go inside a small cage then locked it and left. As soon as this person was gone, Dib began to plan his escape, but things were more complicated now. The one who had brought him there at gun point was Gaz.
Gaz had been trying to concentrate in winning the last level of her new Game Slave 3 video game, Final Piggy VII, but the noise coming from outside wouldn't let her. She had gone outside to yell at Dib and got caught in the water. She tried to find her way out, but the robots in the ship found her first.
Dib thought for a moment. Gaz was wearing a strange looking tiara; that was probably what the enemy was using to control her mind. He had to get rid of it.
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Zim followed the sound of Tak's voice until he came out of the pipes and into the long dark corridors of the ship. They were dark but less dark than the pipes, so he could see a little bit better now. Tak was being carried away by a large robot. The robot seemed to ignore Zim so the red eyed irken invader followed it all the way to the control room where Gaz stood in a corner.
The one dressed in black looked at Zim from the shadows. "Invader Zim, why are you here? I thought it was an even trade?"
"What trade?" Zim was confused.
"This is something you do not need to know, I will give you Tak and Dib and you will be gone." The one dressed in black came into the light and Zim could see that he was an irken.
"Who are you? What are you doing to the planet's water? Are you trying to steal my mission?" Zim looked like he was ready to jump on this irken pull off his antennae or some similar torture.
The irken who was almost as tall as the Tallest spoke, "I am not trying to take your planet. I have another planet I wish to conquer and I wish to borrow your planet's water."
"Why didn't you say so? I don't think the Tallest will need the water for anything when I take over Earth and besides, I don't like it anyway." Zim's tone of voice suddenly changed from confused to trying to sound brave and strong. "Hear me now, fellow irken! I the great Invader Zim, will let you have this planet's water and will take Tak and the Dib human in return!"
"Zim!" Tak tried to break free, but the robot holding her was too strong.
"Quiet, you are now my prisoner!" Zim laughing victoriously.
"Zim I'll get you for this! I should have let you get squished by the wet walls of doom!" Tak yelled.
"They shall be taken to your base and as a bonus I will give you the human girl also." More robots came. One of them removed Gaz's strange looking tiara and put her in a cage. Tak was also put in a cage and Dib, Gaz and Tak were taken to a small ship that Zim would use to return to his base. While they were in the tank, the ship had gone into space, but Earth was still near by.
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While they were on their way back to Earth, Dib managed to pick the lock to his cage and immediately jumped on Zim. As irken and human fought, Gaz and Tak also managed to escape their cages initiating a battle royal.
With all this fighting, they weren't paying attention to where they threw each other and they accidentally activated light speed sending, the small ship deep into deep space. The ship was hit by an asteroid, which made the engine go crazy. The ship spun around out of control, going in and out of light speed randomly.
The ship finally stopped from lack of fuel. The four life forms inside it landed on top of each other with Dib at the bottom, then Gaz, then Tak and Zim on top. Zim looked up, he could see a planet near by from the ship's window. "Irk," Zim recognizing his home planet, but the real surprise came when he saw that same ship from before attacking Irk with the water it collected from Earth.
"Irk is in danger!" Zim jumped off the life form mountain and pressed his face against the glass, staring in horror at his home planet being attacked by a traitor of his own race.
Soon the others followed. "This is all your fault, Zim! You were the one who gave him the water!" Tak accused.
"The Earth is in danger if we don't get that water back!" Dib exclaimed in alarm.
"Idiots," Gaz muttered.
"Irk is in danger and Earth is in danger, but Irk is more important!" Zim glared at Dib.
"No it's not, Earth is more important!" Dib retorted and they started arguing about their respective home planet's importance.
"Quiet!" Gaz and Tak yelled at the same time.
"We need to save one so we can save the other," Gaz pointed out.
The irken army attacked the water ship and they could see that saving Irk would not be easy. The ship's advanced battle system and weapons quickly defeated the irken army ships. All of this pushed their ship closer to Irk and Irk's gravity began to pull it until it crashed. Luckily, the four passengers were unharmed.
An older irken approached the ship. "Did someone survive? Oh good you're still alive."
"This is Irk!" Dib couldn't believe that he was actually in the alien planet.
"That crazy boy with the big head is a human isn't it? A specimen from a planet called Earth, correct?" Before anyone could answer, the older irken started looking at Dib's head with a magnifying glass. "It's big enough as it is," he threw the magnifying glass away. "May I take this specimen to my laboratory to study it?"
"I am not a specimen! You are a specimen!" Dib was silenced by Gaz stepping on his foot.
"We need to go back to Earth," Gaz voiced.
"So there is intelligent life on Earth!" The older irken with orange eyes was apparently a scientist. "Tell me young lady; is this specimen your pet?"
"He's my brother unfortunately, but he's not important. We need to return to Earth and get the water back where it belongs," Gaz explained.
"You're lucky, you crashed into the dry side of Irk, this side has not been attacked yet, but it will. That ship is unstoppable, I should know, I designed it myself and hid the plans in my old SIR unit when I was a young invader. But the ship was never to be built unless Irk was taken over by the enemy, so it could be used to recover it; otherwise it was too dangerous to risk it being used against Irk. Fortunately I also made program that can deactivate the ship's defenses and it's all in my SIR," the irken scientist revealed.
"Where is your SIR?" Tak inquired.
"I could ask you the same thing young invader, but I won't because I already know the answer. "Mimi!" Tak's SIR, Mimi ran to them and jumped on Tak's arms in her cat form. "This one came all the way to Irk from who knows where. She was badly damaged but she managed to tell me she was your SIR. I made a few modifications while repairing her, hope you don't mind."
"She's nicer now I guess, but what about planet Irk?" Tak asked.
"We'll have to find my SIR unit. The Tallest threw my SIR away and gave me a new one supposedly as a gift for a job well done, maybe you've heard of me Invader Ore. I couldn't refuse a gift from the Tallest, but the new SIR was nothing like the old one. I ended up turning it into a fan to cool off during hot days, but I never found my old SIR again. By the way, my name is Ore," the orange eyed irken scientist explained.
"I know who you are!" Zim recalled.
"Your data is in our basic education records," Tak recognized him as well. "Invader Ore, an invader with a perfect record of conquering all the planets he was assigned to. Invader Ore retired after a long successful career as an invader, which gave the Irken Empire the needed funds to prepare the first Operation Impending Doom. By the time it was all set up, Ore had retired from being an invader to become a scientist on Irk and aid the irken army by designing weapons for coming OID."
"That's exactly who I am, now lets go to my ship, the water will be here soon and if we are to save Irk we'll have to figure out where my SIR is," Ore led everyone to his ship and they all followed except Zim.
Zim had walked away from the group over to a near by snack machine and was trying to get a snack, which had gotten stuck in the machine after he paid for it. They almost left without him if not for the fact that Tak noticed he was gone and told Ore to wait. "Curse you snack machine!" Zim yelled as Tak dragged him away.
Ore tried to track down his old SIR one more time. He had done this several times ever since he lost it, but the SIR was deactivated so it didn't work. After a few years he gave up, he didn't expect for this to work now, but there was nothing else he could think of doing to begin the search. To his surprise, the ship's radar showed a signal. The SIR had been activated again.
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During the entire trip, Zim complained that he was hungry and that the mean snack machine had stolen the snack, which he already paid for. Tak told him to shut up several times and finally opted for pulling his antennae when ever he complained, which made Zim remain quiet.
The three irkens and two humans, arrived at their destination, the planet where they hoped to find Ore's old SIR unit and hopefully the program that could stop the water ship. They landed on a very dry planet Earth. They followed the signal to Zim's base where they found Gir.
Apparently Gir was actually Ore's old SIR unit, which the traitor irken used to extract the plans for the water ship, then misplaced as Gir managed to unwittingly escape, but the plans had been obtained at the time so Gir wasn't pursued. "Ore! Ore! Ore!" Gir ran around in circles saying his name over and over.
"Listen my little friend, you must deactivate my super secret water battle ship," Ore requested.
"Yes, sir! Ship deactivated!" Gir's eyes glowed red and far way near planet Irk, the water ship shut down and was then easily defeated by the irken army, just like that, Irk is saved.
The mysterious irken who had tried to take over Irk was arrested and sentenced to a life of forced labor on planet Foodcourtia. The irkens then began to think of a way to get rid of the dangerous wet substance that had been used to attack their planet. They ended up building a giant sponge, which they used to dump the water in the space rock called Earth.
While all of this was happening, Zim, Tak, Dib, Gaz and Ore were at Zim's base, thinking of a way to bring the water back to Earth because the humans needed it and the irkens certainly didn't want it. They came up with several ideas, but before they could decide what to do, the water was returned to Earth by the giant sponge.
Ore decided to return to Irk and let Zim keep Gir, despite Zim offering to return the robot to his original owner. Gaz dragged Dib back home. Gir and Mimi chased each other in the yard like a cat and a dog, except the cat was chasing the dog. Zim and Tak had a glaring contest until they knocked each other out.
Disclaimer, I don't own Invader Zim.