Author's Notes: Wow, didja'll know that I'm 'bout up to 300 reviews? I'm SO close!! This chappie outta do it for sure. Oh, and if you haven't figured it out by now, this is the last chapter of Unlikely Hero. Okay, now, before you all kill me, know this: THERE WILL BE A SEQUEL!! AND… A SEQUEL TO THAT TOO! It's a trilogy, so get used to it! MERRY EARLY CHRISTMAS!
For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.
Epilogue: The Assassin
It was dark in the Massive's docking bay. Nothing stirred, at least not after Zim had left. All was calm, and not a sole was aware that Zim and Gaz had left only moments prior. Well… at least nobody important.
"GIR!" Skoodge fiercely whispered. "I thought I told you to be quiet!"
"Oooooo-yeaaaaaaaah…" the robot mused.
Skoodge rolled his eyes in frustration and Mini-Moose gave GIR a soft nudge to get him moving again.
Skoodge surveyed the scene. There were multiple ships in sight, but he couldn't locate his Voot Cruiser. All the Massive had on board were the newest and most up to date ships on the market. Giving up, Skoodge covered his eyes with one hand and pointed his index finger out directly in front of him. "Eenie, meenie, minie, mo." He opened his eyes to look at which ship he was pointing at. "Hey, Mini-Moose, you wouldn't 've ever flown one of those before, by chance?"
"Squeak," came the regretful reply.
"Oh, that's okay…"
"I'S CAN! PICK ME!!"
"GIR! Pl-ease be quiet already!"
"I can fly it! Pick me! I crash things real good!"
"Fine. You can fly the ship."
"WOO!" GIR cheered, throwing his arms up in the air. He then proceeded to open the ship's door while Skoodge and Mini-Moose exchanged worried looks. Upon boarding the vehicle, it suddenly roared to life, causing Skoodge to scream like a little girl. Before Mini-Moose was able to input some words of reason, GIR yanked back on the throttle, launching the ship through the side of the Massive and into deep space.
Sirens all over the Massive began going off and warnings appeared on every screen. The Tallests stopped where they hovered in the halls.
Red gave a frustrated sigh.
"Are we under attack?!" Purple panicked.
"No, it's probably just Zim," Red informed and watched as one of the drones rushed up to him.
"My Tallests! One of our own ships just had an unauthorized take off and exited through a hole it made in one of the docking bay's outer walls. We've already taken attendance and the only ones not accounted for are the human prisoner, Zim, Skoodge, and their robots."
"So what? None of them are important. If they want to go get killed in space, then let 'em," Red reasoned with a shrug, and became annoyed when he realized that the drone was listening to his com. link instead of him.
"Sorry, sir, but I just received word that Skoodge had received the last line of the poem and was on his way to seeing you."
Red's eyes bulged. "Gah, that short idiot! He left with the poem in hand?! Please tell me you have the poem saved."
"No, sir, we deleted it as soon as it was saved to the disk we gave to Skoodge."
"Did any of the decoders happen to read the message?"
"No, sir, you told us specifically that no one was to read the message except you."
"Hey, what 'bout me?" Purple pouted.
Red groaned, "You drones have got to stop listening to me."
"I don't listen to you," Purple pointed out.
"Contact every Invader. Start tracking the ship. Get me a location ASAP. Treat this like a hostage situation. This is priority number one, peoples," Red ordered.
"Yeah," Purple chimed. "Let's get a move on it! – Hey, Red, did you really not want me to read the poem?"
Red was silent.
Dib groaned at his pitiful progress. "At this rate, Gaz's baby'll be twenty by the time I reach the ship."
'Provided she lives that long,' his subconscious reminded him.
Something out of the corner of his eye managed to catch his attention. He looked out of the window and noticed what appeared to be a shooting star.
"WOOO YEAH! LOOKIT ME GO! I'M DOIN' IT!" GIR squealed gleefully as he rocketed through space. Mini-Moose and Skoodge were plastered helplessly to their seats from the sheer velocity that they were traveling at. Skoodge continued to squeal, but GIR seemed oblivious to the Irken's horror.
"SQUEAK!" Mini-Moose finally shouted over all the chaos. GIR slammed on the brakes, bringing the ship to a dead stop, and thrusting his two passengers into the windshield.
When Skoodge finally managed to pull his face off of the glass, he stated, "That's right, Mini-Moose, we do need to figure out which way Zim went before we go any further." The chubby Irken then started looking for a switch to activate the tracking device. "Ugh, can't seem to find one."
"Squ-e-eak," Mini-Moose taunted as he pressed a button, turning on a scanner.
"Show off," Skoodge grumbled.
The scanner picked up on three ships in the immediate area, the largest of which, they quickly decided, was the Massive. So, only two options remained. "Well," Skoodge said, pointing to the screen. "That ship's not Zim's, because it's flying towards the Massive, so it must be that one up there."
"Woo! Let's go!" GIR cheered, reaching for the throttle.
"WAIT!" Skoodge yelled. GIR paused just long enough for his passenger's to fasten their safety harnesses. His smile returned as he once again reached for the throttle. "WA-IT!" Skoodge yelled again, causing GIR to pout.
"Let's see," Skoodge continued, studying the scanner. "So, if we're facing east… it would appear that Zim went… I see…"
While Skoodge mumbled to himself, GIR entertained himself by fiddling with the controls.
Skoodge leaned back in his chair. "Alright, GIR, straight ahead!"
GIR smiled stupidly, saluted, and yanked back on the throttle sending them off, full speed… in reverse.
"My Tallests, it's been a while."
"Indeed, it's good to see you're still in one piece," said Red.
"You're HOT!" Purple yelled. Red frowned and pushed his co-lord away from the transmission screen.
"Don't listen to him – Anyways, do you understand the mission?"
"Of course. Locate the missing ship. Kill everyone and retrieve the disk, but don't look at it. Did I miss anything?"
"Nope, I think you have it down… I think I should warn you, however… We don't know the nature of this situation. Skoodge may have been captured by a spy from another race. If every Empire found out about the nature of this message, it could lead to Galactic War Ten! So discreetness is a top priority… Oh, and Zim among those missing. It's quite possible that he captured Skoodge himself, after he learned the nature of the message," Red explained.
"No, I understand my mission."
"Good, cut transmission!"
The screen went blank.
"So, Zim's defectiveness's finally gotten him into trouble. Rather fitting. This is the perfect opportunity to wring his scrawny little neck for thrusting me into space for eight years, and not to mention… RUINING MY LIFE!"
Tak glared down at the scanner, only to have Skoodge's ship's location appear on screen. "Reverse, huh? That little trick won't deceive me, Zim. I'm coming for you. MIMI, lock onto these coordinates!"
MIMI saluted and turned on the ship's auto-pilot.
Gaz stared into the eyes of her reflection on the window. It was hard to see anything else but her eyes considering how close she was. She'd been staring for roughly ten minutes now, and she scarcely blinked.
'What happens now?' she asked herself. She wanted to call Dib, but after going through Hyper Space, she'd lost her signal. She couldn't even let him know that she was alive. 'Once he sees there's no signal, he'll think I'm dead… He'll turn around and go home, and I'll be stuck here with… IT!'
Zim no longer had a name in her eyes. He was just that creature that had betrayed her so thoroughly that there weren't any swears strong enough to call him. She'd just have to invent a few.
She then watched him as he set up a new base. They were only staying the night on this pitiful excuse for a floating rock. Zim had decided to stop because he felt like she needed the rest. 'Oh, yeah, like he suddenly cares.'
She pulled her forehead away from the glass and exited the ship. Outside, Zim stood back and admired his work, even though the new base looked just like his old one on Earth. As she approached him, one of his antennas twitched and he turned to face her.
Their eyes met.
Both stared at each other. Zim trying desperately to figure out what Gaz was feeling, seeing as she'd barely said a word to him since he rescued her, and Gaz held his gaze because there were so many vivid memories attached to it.
"I think I… I love you…"
"I love you too, Gaz."
"Gaz?" Zim called softly, as he saw that her eyes were welling up with tears.
Gaz allowed herself to shed one tear, mourning the loss of the man she had loved.
She then promptly beat the living snot out of Zim.
Author's Notes: Yes, readers, THE END, as in THE END OF THE STORY. Yes, I know, it sucks. But don't fret. I'll return. Keep a lookout for any fics with the word 'Unlikely' in the title and written by me. That would be the sequel! Now, for my final round of thank yous…
Invader Johnny: Yes, I have read your chapter, and I DO like it, so there. Indeed we will have to converse, but I have to wait until my dad comes back. TTYL! (Response to other review below)
Sammi-chan71914: Yes, your torment pleases me so! But here's a longer chapter to hopefully satisfy your needs.
Invader Insane: Oooo! Hope and wonder... AND CHECK OUT THE COOL SPARKLES! (Clings)
Endsville: Yeah, go figure, stupid Irkens. I still love 'em!... ? Um, no. No yogurt for Zim. He will have to find another way to rule the Universe. See ya in the next story!
tricksterchild: Horray for goodness. I'm glad Zim saved her too, but you have to wonder what his true intentions are... (Shifty ninja eyes)
Anime master Inu: Not so much a loser, but at least he finally got what he deserved. See ya in the sequel!
Da Mongoose: Yeah, Zim's good, for now... I think. I don't even know for sure to tell ya the truth. You'll just have to bear with me. Enjoy!
BarrelsNo.1Fan: Aren't you glad that Zim finally got what he so rightfully deserved. YAY, GAZ! Ooo, writer idol am I? Special! .!!
xo Just Another Suicide xo: Yay, for Zim not killing Gaz. Yay even more for Gaz beating the snot out of Zim! There WILL be a sequel, and even a sequel after that! WOOT!
Shiruba Anrui: I know what ya mean. Zim is so dead sexy at times. No, I think Gaz would just kill him, so you're safe. Thanks for your continual praise. May we meet again in the sequel!
tincan: Ooo, new person... I like your name. Thankies for reading my story, you caught up just in time. Please read the sequel!
Ing Rimescale: Yes, the message is indeed very important. Like the ring in that one hobbit story! The only thing coming from Zim's amazing genius is a good punch in the eye. LYL.
Death Nymphetamine: No problem, you can keep the LURV. It's kinda like love for people who you've never met in person. LURB is when you love someone, just not like that. I'm glad you liked the story, keep an eye out for the sequel!
Gothic Nny 777: Once again, you're one step ahead of me. Of course! It's the irony of it! STUPID DIB-HUMAN! (Points at Dib and laughs)
Abby: Yes, you will just have to wait and see, but don't get your hopes up. MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Zantor7: (Big eyes) B-but I love da bunny. I WANNA WII!-Man that sounded wrong... Kinda like 'I hafta pee'. Oh, well. Thanks for reading!
Broken-hearted-fool: Cool name. I like it. Well, since you want Zim to die, this chapter must have pleased you so. Gaz is one of my main characters, so don't worry about anything worse happening to her.
desdemona: Yet another cool name. Glad you like my writing style, sorry for depressing you, and yes, Zim IS bad!
rikagirls: Yeah, sucks to be Zim. I'm glad that you enjoyed the chappie.
Invader Ash: Yes, she finally gave into her anger, so wipe that smirk off of your face and give me a review! LURV!
Risa-Chan: (Picks self up from superflyingtacklepounce) Thankies! Don't worry, da baby is safe... FOR NOW! (Laughs evily)
fallenguardian: Sweet name. Don't worry, I always continue! Keep an eye out for the sequel! I promise you won't be disappointed.
geminidragon76: Wow, you make my story sound so much deeper than I meant for it to be... Cool. Thankies for all of your encouragement. You make me feel so loved. Keep an eye out for the sequel.
AGodofIrony: Sorry to hear of your business. I have finals. vv; Yeah, the Earth doesn't get it's big cool scene, we had to make a few budget cuts. Sorry 'bout that.
Jewel: Thankies for the plushies. Of course you liked the chapter... I WROTE IT! (Points at you and laughs) Thanks for continuing to review, even though it's not in your contract to do so.
XRayaX: Sure, thanks for the hug. (Looks happy) Yeah, cookies don't taste as good after they've gone through cyber space, so I think you made the right choice. Thankies much!
SnowLion no Miko: It's my pleasure, and your's too. You can count on it being good. It'll be so good, you'll say "Man, that was just... so good" Yeah! (Leans back and nods.)
BlackRose777: Thanks for your support, I've been wondering where you went. I'm still gald that you came back, though. Enjoy the update, and read the sequel!
Nobody 08: Woot! Who's so awsome? I'M so awsome! Who's yo' daddy? I yo' daddy! Who's yo' mama? I yo' mama! WHAT! (Smiles and looks content)
Invader Sideos: Man, my fic attracts all the Invaders. Well, it's about TIME somebody put me in a C2! It only took half as long for ATO to get into one! Well, thankies for the confetti. (Plays with it) And I'm super glad that I won. Be sure to check out the sequel when I put it out, 'kay?
Angel-del-los-muertos: Wow, thanks for your encouragement. I'm done now, but don't let that stop you from reading the sequel.