ACT I: Impending Disaster
Chapter 1: Diddy's Lament
It was a bright and sunny day on DK Island. Diddy Kong ran through the jungle toward the ocean, chasing a blur of pink that was laughing somewhere up ahead.
"Where are you?" he called.
"What's the matter?" came Dixie's voice from out of the trees. "Can't keep up?"
It had been several months since K. Rool had attempted to destroy the island. Since then, there had been a few Kremling raids on DK Island. Almost always using the cover of darkness to rise from the ocean, the Kremlings tried to carry out mixed objectives. Some raids had been launched to try and steal Donkey Kong's banana hoard yet again. Other raids were aimed at kidnapping certain members of the Kong family.
However, the Kong clan had always been ready for them, and had trounced them time and time again. In the past month, there had not been even a single Kremling sighting, and the Kongs began to hope that they had finally given up.
However, DK decided to move his banana hoard from the cave under his tree-house in case the reptilian buccaneers showed up again. The bananas were now hidden in a cave under a cliff next to the ocean, and were checked on by the Kongs each day. In fact, it was where Diddy and Dixie were headed.
Diddy was glad to be out and about, doing something productive. Even after all the adventures that he had been on, and all the danger that he had faced, everyone still viewed DK as the big hero, and Diddy as his lowly sidekick.
It's not fair, he thought. Dixie and I rescued DK from Crocodile Isle, and yet we're not recognised as heroes.
Well, actually, there had been one who had recognised Diddy's feats, and even acknowledged him as a hero.
"I'm not afraid to admit it, Diddy m'boy," Cranky had said, after he and Dixie had returned from Crocodile Isle, victorious. "Even I'm wrong occasionally. You're as big a hero as they come. You must take after DK and I. Well done!"
The young monkey stared at the old ape in shock. Had he actually given him a compliment? "Uh, th-thanks," he managed to stammer out.
Cranky grunted and shuffled away, and Diddy never felt more proud of himself.
However, things had gone rapidly downhill from there. Everyone still saw DK as their "go-to guy", as Funky would put it, and never bothered to ask Diddy for help, even when he offered. The little monkey was feeling down, but he thought that he could at least go and see Cranky to be cheered up. But the old ape was as harsh and mean as he had ever been, and refused to acknowledge their previous encounter, during which he had called Diddy a true hero.
The end result of it all left him feeling rather depressed. He often went to bed early, and he tried to sleep as late as he could during the days, sleep being his only escape from the harshness of reality.
Dixie had noticed Diddy's increasingly anti-social behavior, and steadily became more worried about him. But as hard as she tried, she could not get a positive response from him. She felt frustrated, and the couple had been arguing quite a lot lately.
"Ah, great, it's a nice day for a little swim," came Dixie's voice, breaking Diddy out of his thoughts.
The two monkeys had arrived at the coastal cave and nimbly climbed down the cliff and into the water.
"You know, you would think that DK would want to hide his primary food source a bit closer to his house," she said sarcastically.
"You know how he is," Diddy replied. "He thinks that hiding the bananas here is a master-mind move. 'The Kremlings will never think to look here!'" he exclaimed in a mock-DK voice.
"Neither will anyone else," his girlfriend retorted. With that, she swam into the cave.
The pair made their way through the ocean cave to the chamber where the banana hoard was hidden.
"There they are," Diddy said with triumph as they entered a torch-lit chamber with a beautiful sight: a huge pile of bananas, all the way up to the ceiling.
Dixie grabbed a banana, sat down, and started peeling it. "Well, it's been two months, and the bananas are safe. Maybe now we can convince DK to stop being such a worry-wart about – "
She was interrupted by a great rumbling, and the entire cavern began to shake. They ran out of the chamber to witness a lava geyser erupting nearby. Several others followed, and soon, the entire cavern was covered in lava. The temperature skyrocketed.
Dixie tried not to tremble in fear as she instantly recalled the haunting memory of her involuntary journey through an active volcano. In a previous adventure, she and Diddy travelled to the foreboding Crocodile Isle to rescue DK when he had been kidnapped by K. Rool. The journey through the Crocodile Cauldron at the foot of the island nearly claimed Diddy's life and hers.
And now, she was confronted with the exact same situation. Her body froze in fear.
"Dixie! Come on! We have to move, now!"
Diddy's voice broke Dixie out of her reverie. She looked to see Diddy motioning her back toward the exit. He grabbed her hand, and together, they ran forward through the thick smoke that was beginning to fill the cavern. They had to be sure to stay clear of ground that started crumbling, as it was a sign that a lava geyser was about to erupt from beneath the surface.
"What the heck is going on?" Dixie screamed.
"I don't know, but we have to keep moving if we want to get out of here," Diddy yelled back.
They came back to a lake of water that they had passed on their way through the cave.
"Don't touch it," Diddy said as they ran around the lake. "The water will be boiling hot from all the geothermal activity now."
As they followed the water, the smoke and ash from the lava of the subterranean volcano began to clear, and the monkeys presently came back to the cave that they had entered the tunnel network from. Dixie fell back against a rock and breathed a sigh of relief.
"Thank god we got out of there," she panted.
"Dix, keep it down," Diddy whispered. He was peering over the rock toward the entrance of the cavern anxiously.
"What is it? What do you see?"
He looked back at her with a solemn expression on his face. "We've got a big problem."
Her heart pounding, Dixie surveyed the situation unfolding in front of her. In their absence, a ship had sailed into the ocean cavern and was now docked on the far bank. A skull and crossbones insignia emblazoned the main sail. The ship belonged to a crew of Kremling pirates.
The original story that I began to write was radically different from this, but I have decided to alter it. However, the main concept will still be present.
I understand that it has been a long time since I updated this, and I apologise for that.
I would like to thank Black Mage Jr-KHwarrior and Princesspaula487 for their support of the original story.
And I would like to extend a special thank you to Captain Spock, for his excellent story (Diddy's Kong Quest) detailing the events of DKC2. I strongly encourage you to check it out.
His work has inspired me to continue this.