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2013 Note: Had some reviewers who didn't believe I could do this. I did.
Truce or Dare
The hot, arid wind of the Beserkistan summer howled through the opening the hovercraft had punched in the roof, depositing sand and grit on the two women fighting in the cavernous concrete room.
Another kick from Shego sent Kim back into the wall, again. "What's the matter, Pumpkin," the green woman taunted, "out late partying with Doofus?"
Kim rose without answering and charged, only to be knocked down by a punch. The redhead gingerly felt her lip. It didn't appear to be bleeding too badly.
Shego stood a few feet away, making no effort to kick Kim while the cheerleader was down, and staying far enough away that Kim couldn't attack. "All right, Princess. I don't mind beating you bloody in a fair fight, but this isn't one. I don't tear the wings off flies. What in the hell is wrong with you? I swear; Mama Lipsky could clean your clock today."
Kim tried to rise, and Shego leapt over and shoved the cheerleader, hard. "Stay down!" Shego ordered, then walked eight meters away. "Look, I'm sitting down. Where is your head? It's sure as hell not in this fight - and you get up again I may end up handing it to you by accident."
Kim remained silent.
"Okay, I'll guess… Let's see… Did Princess just find out she's pregnant?" the green woman sneered.
Kim remained silent.
"Didn't get in to the college of your choice?"
Kim remained silent.
"Help me here, Pumpkin. Is it bigger than a breadbox?"
Kim started crying. Shego felt confused. She didn't mind taunting her foe, but didn't know how to respond to tears. "What's wrong?"
Maybe it was the change in Shego's tone of voice. Perhaps Kim simply needed to let out what she was feeling. "Dad… in hospital… He…" she couldn't continue.
"Your dad's in the hospital? What happened? Is he going to be all right?"
"Accident… Research Center… Don't know."
There was a moment of stunned silence, and then Shego grew angry. "What in the hell are you doing here if your father's in the hospital?" she shouted.
"Had to stop Drakken. I-"
"Stop Drakken? You had to stop Drakken? Put your brain in gear, Princess. Dr. D hasn't had a good idea in years. Look at this place! If the Soviets had anything of value here they took it with them when they left. The Beserkistani stripped this place of everything that wasn't fastened down and… Hell, they even stripped out the stuff that was fastened down and sold it for scrap. It's a Goddamn empty warehouse! Get your ass in the hovercraft!"
"I said, get your ass in the hovercraft. I'm taking you home."
"Now!" Shego screamed. "You can get in by yourself or, swear to God, I'll knock you out and tie you up for the trip. Get in."
Kim picked herself off the floor and headed for the craft. "Why are you doing this?"
"Because you need to be home and were too stupid to stay there. I told you, I don't mind beating you up in a fair fight but… Besides, your dad was decent to me - except for that circus folk thing… What was that all about?"
"I don't know. I really don't want to talk about it now. I… You're taking me back to Middleton?"
"It's okay if you don't want to talk about it now. It's a long flight to Middleton. We've got a truce, but it only lasts until I get you home - then we're the same enemies we've always been."
"Stays here. My truce is with you. No fighting 'til I get you home. I'm not letting the two of you gang up on me if this is some kind of trap."
"No trap, I… Thanks. Let me tell Ron I'm leaving. He can call Wade for a ride."
"Fine, I'd better warn Drakken too."
The hovercraft flew through the now empty doorways large enough to drive Soviet-made trucks through. They found the two men tentatively fighting in what might have been a lab in the past - given the amount of broken glass among the debris on the floor.
"Shego, get me out of here," the blue man called. "This might have been a wasted trip."
"Well, duh," the green woman snapped back. "I told you that before we left the US. I'll be back for you as soon as I can. I'm taking Princess home to her mommy."
"What?" Drakken sputtered.
"Yeah, what he said," Ron seconded.
"Uh-huh?" Rufus added.
"I said I'm taking Princess home to her mommy."
"I think I'm fine, Ron," Kim yelled to her boyfriend. "She says we've got a truce until she gets me home."
"She was beating me. She stopped. Call Wade. Ask him to set up a ride back to Middleton for you."
Shego engaged the acceleration control and the hovercraft sped up so quickly the unprepared redhead was thrown back into her seat as the craft left the men and naked mole rat behind.
"But, Kim," Ron called, "I lost…" He realized the craft was too far away for Kim to hear him.
Drakken stared in disbelief as his hovercraft and assistant disappeared from view. "Oh, snap!" he muttered.