Oh my God. When was the last time I updated? Sorry, guys!
Jake listened as Rose explained everything about the attack and how she's playing both sides in favor of Mickey.
"I found out that the Huntsman is working with the other villains to literally bring down the House of Mouse, and kill everyone inside." Rose was saying. "I couldn't let that happen...so I told Mickey about it. We've been working together ever since."
Jake was shocked. "Why didn't you just tell me?"
"We needed to keep this as covert as possible." Rose explained. "I couldn't tell anyone."
"I could've helped, though!"
"I know." Rose sighed. "But now that you know, maybe you can help."
"Absolutely!" Jake smiled.
Rose smiled back. "I'll let you know when I need it."
Jake nodded and sobered up. "Rose...when are you going to leave the Huntsclan?"
Rose closed her eyes and bowed. She had been thinking about it. "I can't just leave. It's lifetime service or death. If I leave, they will just find me."
"We can protect you." Jake touched her face gently. "We can fake your death and change your name and appearance."
Rose gently pulled Jake's hand away. "They would still find me. We'd have to kill the Huntsman."
"That can be arranged." Jake smirked. They both chuckled. "You know...it would be nice to, you know, go out..."
Rose sighed heavily. "Jake, I told you: it's too risky."
"How is going on a date risky?"
"We can't take any chances of the Huntsman finding out about us." Rose shook her head firmly. "I'm sorry."
Jake shook his head and sighed. "I just don't understand why we can't be like other couples and walk hand-in-hand down the halls at school or down the streets, or having a make-out session in Central Park."
"They might use you against me or me against you." Rose explained.
"I'm not gonna let that happen." Jake said stubbornly. "You act like we're a gay couple in a homophobic city!"
Rose was taken aback. "Well, then I guess it's a good thing I'm not in a homosexual relationship either! That would've been bad, but at least if I was in one with either Leah or Michelle, they'd be more understanding!"
Before Jake could say anything, Rose stormed out of the closet they were in and slammed the door. Trying to keep herself together, she ran to the bathroom.
Jake grabbed his hair and groaned in frustration. 'How stupid am I?'
At Jake's table with his friends and Kim and Ron, the kids were chatting and laughing about the recent cartoon that just showed.
"...I'm just saying Donald was overreacting." Leah pointed out. "I mean, just because his lower half was missing?"
"I'm guessing he was dishonorably discharged after that incident." Kim nodded.
Goofy came up to their table with a pad and pencil. "Hiya! Ah-yuck! I'm Goofy, and I'll be your waiter. What can I get for ya?"
"Um...I know this isn't exactly a Mexican restaurant, but do you have the Naco?" Ron asked. Kim groaned and slapped her forehead.
"What's a Naco?" Ben asked.
"A taco and nachos combined." Ron explained.
"Hey, that sounds good. I'll try that!" Ben said to Goofy.
"Me too!" Spud spoke up. "Hey, let's get one for Jake. I know he'd like it."
"Okey-dokey. That's four Nacos." Goofy wrote it down. "Anything else?"
"I'll try the Great Wall of Chowder." Said Leah.
"I'll just have a Hammburger and Mr. Potato Head fries." Michelle said. "Oh, we have another friend with us, and I think she would like the Mrs. Pottstickers."
"I'll try out Tia's Famous Gumbo." Trixie said.
"I'll have the baby hunchback ribs." Kim nodded.
"You got it." Goofy collected the menus and headed off.
"Where is our fearless leader, anyway?" Michelle asked. "And Rose?"
Jake trudged to the table and sat down. "I suck monkey butt."
"Why? What happened?" Asked Trixie with concern.
Jake groaned and put his chin on the table. "I messed up with Rose and now she hates me."
"Uh-oh. You told her she looked fat, didn't you?" Ron asked. Kim glared at her boyfriend and nudged him.
"Worse. I pushed her to quit the Huntsclan and I complained about us not acting like a real couple." Jake explained. "I said we acted like a gay couple in a homophobic city."
Jakes' friends groaned in disbelief. "Jake!" Michelle shook her head.
Leah stood up. "I'll talk to her."
"Leah, wait. I think we should bring in some new meat." Michelle spoke up. She turned to Kim. "Kim, you're probably the only person here who knows what she's going through. Well, sort of. Would you mind talking to her?"
"Of course not." Kim smiled. She stood up, took off her black leather jacket and put it on the back of the chair, and walked off rolling the sleeves of her thick navy blue v-neck sweater.
'I can't do this.'
Rose sat in a stall dabbing at her eyes and blowing her nose. She usually stood so strong when it came to being a mole for the dragons. 'Maybe Lao Shi was right. Maybe breaking it off with Jake would be for the best.' She wanted more than anything to be with Jake, but it was just too risky. He just doesn't understand. Rose exited the stall and headed towards the sink. Her eyes were puffy from crying and her cheeks were smudged with mascara. She sighed and dropped her head.
The door opened. Rose looked up to see Kim Possible walking towards her with a look of concern on her face. "Hey. Are you okay?" She asked folding her arms.
Rose sniffed. "I'm fine. Just..."
Kim rolled down a paper towel, folded it up and handed it to Rose. "Come on. What's the sitch? You can tell me."
Rose took the paper towel and dabbed at her eyes. She cleared her throat and swallowed. "Have you ever had problems with your relationship with Ron?"
"Well, yeah, but, what relationship doesn't?" Kim shrugged.
"Has he ever been used as leverage against you?" Asked Rose.
"Not yet. No." Kim shook her head. "With Wade's help, we do everything we can to keep our relationship private from our enemies."
"By checking for any criminal activity where our dates are." Kim replied. "Plus, we try not to show too much PDA."
Rose chuckled weakly. "It seems like all Jake wants is to show PDA."
"It doesn't sound like he cares about you." Kim pointed out.
"He does." Rose insisted. "But sometimes...he gets a bit carried away. I want to be with him, but it's a major risk. What if the Huntsclan uses me as leverage against him? What if they use him against me? I really don't want to take that chance. If it ends badly, it could start a war with the Huntsclan."
"And he doesn't understand that." Kim guessed.
"No. Our friends are a bit more understanding and they are trying to make Jake see that." Rose sighed. "I almost wish the Huntsman would find out about us, take me hostage, and use me to get to Jake just so he would see the problem." Kim was about to respond when Rose's cell phone beeped. Rose held up one finger to Kim and answered. "Yes? …. I understand. When are you attacking? …. Soon, huh? I'll be ready." She hung up and rubbed her forehead.
"You know...you don't have to do this alone." Kim said. "Let me help you."
"Kim, if something goes wrong...if Jake or I get captured..."
"You don't have to get captured. We can string them along." Kim insisted. Rose looked away, hesitant. "Rose, you don't have a choice right now. You gotta work with me on this! Now, what are they planning?" Rose still didn't respond. "Come on. What are they planning?"
Rose gave in. She turned to Kim and told her everything. "We can't tell anyone about this. It will create a panic."
"All right. I'll call Wade to see if he can spot any of the villains." Kim pulled out her communicator. "Can you give me your cell phone number so he can try to locate where your calls are coming from?"
"Okay." Rose took a deep breath. "It's 818-555-7217"
"All right." Kim smiled at Rose. "Hey, it's gonna be okay." She gave Rose a comforting shoulder squeeze.
Mickey sat at a table near the front with his elbow on the table and his chin in his hand. So far, nothing's happened. He heaved a sigh of anticipation. Minnie stormed towards him looking angry.
"Mickey Mouse!" Minnie growled. "I just heard a disturbing rumor. You aren't doing anything about this attack?"
Mickey hung his head and closed his eyes in defeat. How did she find out? He looked at Minnie. "They'll kill you if I do. I was doing it for you."
"This is the last thing I would've wanted!" Minnie argued. "Mickey, I am willing to give my life if it means everyone's safety. You should know that!"
Mickey swallowed and took Minnie's hand in his. "I don't want to lose you."
"You won't lose me." Minnie said gently. "Even if something does happen to me."
Mickey sighed inwardly. She was right, but still... "Okay. I'll start planning."
Minnie smiled and kissed Mickey. "There, now. Everything will be all right." She walked off.
Mickey rubbed his face in his hands. When he looked up, he saw Kim Possible and Jake Long walking up to him.
"Mickey, can we talk to you for a minute?" Kin asked.
Mickey smiled and gestured to the empty seats. "Of course."
"Rose told us about the attack." Jake admitted. "We want to help."
Mickey stared at the two wide-eyed. "Who else knows about it?"
"Just the people at our table." Kim replied. "But don't worry- we won't tell anyone. We don't want to create a panic."
"Oh...okay. What'd you have in mind?" Asked Mickey.
Kim pulled out her communicator and turned it on. She showed Mickey a satellite photo of Main Street. "I had Wade pull off data from Rose's cell phone. The calls are coming from this building." She tapped a building a few blocks east of the House of Mouse.
"We can organize a ragtag team and go all Braveheart on those villains!" Jake exclaimed, pumping a fist.
"They would wonder how we found out." Mickey pointed out. He stroked his chin in thought. "Okay...why don't we organize a team to strategize a counterattack? We'll select a few people here to be prepared."
"That sounds like a good idea." Kim nodded.
Daisy stood at the mezzinine and looked towards Mickey talking to a couple of guests. Things have gotten intense here at the House. Goofy might not be able to propose.
...She had to do something.