:Chapter Twenty Eight:
(*several days later*)
Light drops of rain dripped down from the clouded sky as the subtle footfalls clipped across the concrete. Roxanne sighed as she slightly tugged at her fitted red jacket. I should have brought my umbrella. She pouted as the precipitation became a little heavier. My make-up better not run...
She hadn't been around this area of the city before... By herself, anyway, and needless to say, that even in the day-time this more 'shady' region of the city was giving her the creeps. Hal had managed to pry that she'd be making a visit here (thank goodness he hadn't discovered why), and even the ginger cameraman himself had been a worried about her going here alone. Like usual, he's tried to invite himself to the trip, but Roxanne had somehow managed to convince him that this was a more or less private affair.
Well, it's not like I was lying or anything. She tried to clear out her conscience a little. It's not like I'm going to tell the whole world that I'm going to see Megamind...
"Gah." She walked on faster "I got to get out of this rain."
It just sounds so wrong. Should I just go back? Do I still remember where the place is?
She slowed down, almost pausing. Her cerulean eyes flicked over to the ground, where water was already collecting up to be a small puddle. "No." She finally said "Come on, Roxie. You need to do this. You need to find out what's going on with him."
She shivered a little; the clouds were turning the sky an uneasy gray, which was very unusual for a summer in Metro City. At least I brought a jacket.
Over the past few days, she had been in a heated mental debate about the events of her last kidnapping. She had made it home, just to get a call from her boss on something about Wayne getting hurt. She had tried to get in touch, but he had been admitted to a private family hospital.
This had made her worry. But apparently he wasn't too hurt. He had been released out a day or so later, but was refusing to come out in public. If only I could get a chance to talk to him...
She regarded Wayne as one of her close friends, and she guessed the feeling was mutual. However, ever since high school (where they had both met) everyone seemed to think of them as a couple. Yes, it was true that he used to try to hang out with her every chance he could get, and yes, it had been him who had asked her out to prom. But still, he hadn't mentioned anything about their relationship, even when the whole of Metro City matched them up.
She could tell everyone otherwise; however, the so-called 'relationship' brought her good publicity, and that was fine and dandy with her. She did worry for him, and she had been shocked when he got hurt the other day. She didn't want to find out what had happened to tell everyone else, she wanted to know so that she could help him. So that she herself knew what was going on with one of her friends, because frankly, it scared her. What would the city do without their beloved MetroMan? What if couldn't work because he got sick... Or worse? The police department kind of stepped up whilst he was out of action for a day or two, but their efforts were still pathetic.
"Don't worry about it." She yet again spoke out to try and calm her mind "Wayne will be fine. Besides, that's not why you came here. You came over to talk to Megamind."
This is the place, she approached the warehouse, I remember the graffiti. But just about how do I get in again? There has to be a door of some sort.
Almost as if on cue, a blinding beam of blue which seemed to emanate from the wall flashed about ten feet from her. She heard the electronic barks of a Brainbot followed by thudding footsteps of Minion. The chase was quickly ended as Minion caught the floating robot canine and tugged him down
"Please stop that!" He commanded the Brainbot as it wriggled and tried to bite his suit "You know that doesn't work. Now come on. This is the third time today you've gone out of the lair without permission. You know you're not allowed out, and your components aren't fully waterproof like on the presentation Brainbots. And to think I was going to ask Sir if he could give you some. Shame on you!"
The barking subsided as Minion let go of it. "Come on, let's go back inside, and this time, don't go out again- Miss. Ritchie? Is that you?"
"Erm... Yeah." Roxanne awkwardly clutched at the belt of her jacket. Damn. I hoped to get in unseen.
"What are you doing out here, in the rain? Aren't you cold? Oh, you're going to catch something. Come inside quickly. We'll get you dried off and-"
"I want to talk to Megamind." She muttered.
"Oh." The Pisces looked around with a sheepish look on his face "Well, I'm not sure if he's doing anything at the moment. I'm sure something can be... Arranged. Just follow me through this... 'Wall'."
Stepping inside the dark corridor, Minion helped Roxanne out of her jacket. "I'll take this over to the coat racks to dry. Just go sit over there" He said, pointing at a leather couch "Would you like anything to drink?"
"Thanks," Roxanne smiled back "I'm quite thirsty. Could you get me a glass of water?"
"Sure thing, Miss. Ritchie."
Roxanne liked the polite fish. Although it was his job to knock her out and drag her to the lair to be bait for one of his master's schemes, he always tried to be nice, civil and respectful when he did so. And even though she seldom mentioned it, she did appreciate his efforts.
It would be great if they could change that horrid potato sack, though.
She stepped into the room cautiously, almost as if she was vary that this was somehow a trap. However, it seemed to be more like a small lounge. As well as the dark couches, there were various bookshelves. The reporter took a small snoop at the villain's collection of books, expecting something out of the ordinary.
However, she was surprised to find nothing too strange. There were a couple of shelves completely for science related novels. However, there was a surprising amount of fiction, especially classics.
Roxanne almost flinched as her eyes wandered towards the curious blue alien who was standing at the door, fidgeting apprehensively. He seemed to be missing his usual attire, made up of capes, spikes and whatnot; and was instead wearing a simple black polo shirt and casual dark jeans.
"Minion told me you said you wanted to... See me."
His eyebrow rose slightly as he crossed his arms. "You do realise that you've potentially brought yourself into danger by entering my lair, right?"
"Of course. Nevertheless, Megamind, I have been plagued by a number of questions in my head regarding our previous meeting."
The eyebrow rose heavenward "Is that so? Well, I must admit that I too would be asking questions on how the villain finally managed to defeat the heeer-oh. Well, unfortunately, Miss. Ritchie, a genius never reveals his secrets-"
"I'm not here to ask you about what happened with Wayne." Roxanne replied coolly "I'm here to find out what you're doing with the young Connie Scott."
Roxanne felt pleased with herself as she saw the villain's amazingly green eyes widen and his jaw hang loose. "W-what!" A squeak finally managed to force out of his throat.
"You heard me, Mr. Evil Villain." She did her best with an evil smile "I want to know exactly what you're planning to do with MetroMan's sister."
Another pause as he attempted to keep his cool "H-how did you find out? You were under the effects of the spray. You should have been unconscious. I remember watching you wake up..."
Damn! It was Roxanne's turn to awkwardly pause. I don't know how to reply to that. I can't tell him the truth...
However, being a genius, Megamind had already worked it out "Y...You've grown used to the spray!" He cried out, shocked. "Miss. Ritchie! You were pretending to be asleep, weren't you! How did I never see it before?"
"I can't believe this! How in the world did I not notice? I can't believe I was so ignorant!"
The villain rambled to himself, and the Brunette sighed. Come on, get the info from him. It's probably now or never.
"Ugh. Fine. Yes, I don't sleep for as long as I used to. So what? I came here to ask you a question which you still haven't answered."
Roxanne quickly regretted saying this, as it seemed to make the alien rather angry "So, you think you can just barge into my lair like this and demand to know personal information like this! Miss. Ritchie, I am afraid that you are most mistaken-"
"Megamind. You'd better tell me what's going on. If something bad is going to happen or someone completely innocent gets hurt, I'm afraid I'll no longer have respect for you."
"Ohoho! Tell me, Temptress. What do you think I am doing that could put anyone into trouble?"
Roxanne bit her lip. She actually had no idea. The only thing she had to work with was a name, however, the villain's shocked reaction had given her somewhat of a t She finally decided to go with "I... I think you're taking advantage of her. You'd better stop this, otherwise, I will tell Wayne."
"Oh, Miss. Nosey Reporter. You have no proof, do you? What are you going to do? Waltz up to your darling hero and tell him that his nemesis supposedly is hanging out with some child? Hah, he'd take you to a madhouse. Now look here, Miss. Ritchie. I'm not going to say anything, because this simply isn't your business. What I do outside of my evil schemes and whatnot is personal to me. Now, that we have all that out of the way, I'm going to call Minion to escort you away from the lair, and we are going to pretend this talk never happened."
The fish anxiously stood at the door "Yes, Sir?"
"You've been standing outside there for the whole conversation, haven't you?"
"Well, I did go and get Miss. Ritchie her glass of water, but when I came over to give it to her, you two seemed to be in a discussion and-"
"Never mind that, Minion. Please make sure that Miss. Ritchie leaves the lair."
Minion took a look at the high window "But, Sir. It's raining. And she doesn't have anything but a very light coat. She'll get soaked. Should I give her a lift in the invisible car?"
"That won't be necessary." Roxanne replied to the fish, her eyes furiously scolding the villain.
"Would you like an umbrella, at least? I'd hate for you to get sick because of a visit..."
"Fine." Roxanne sighed, getting up "But one last thing. Megamind?"
The villain looked up "Yes?"
"This isn't over."
A/N: Hey y'all! Another update! Wheee!
Erm, yes. Things are getting rather tense now. Roxanne, being the brave little trooper she is, has decided to confront Megs who turns out to not be the pushover he seemed to be. Hungry for the truth, Roxanne promises that this isn't the end of this.
And yeah, that's rather true.
I'm sorry that this chapter isn't very long, however the next few will be of more length, and we'll get to see Wayne back (AND FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM. YAY! :D), alongside with Connie.
See ya next time!