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Suzy sat down in the grass, and I followed suit, mostly because I felt awkward standing.
"My parents were killed by the Syndicate." Suzy said. Her voice squeaked as she spoke. "I was twelve. They weren't involved in the Organization, or at least I don't think they were. They were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. I was just starting my freshmen year of high school at the time..."
"When you were twelve?"
"In the United States?"
The two questions came simultaneously, the first from Ai.
"Yes," Suzy replied. "To Ai's question anyway. My parents were in Japan for a week visiting friends, and left me with my Aunt Mary, but that's another story. Anyway, after they were killed, the Syndicate heard rumors of a surviving daughter of the people who had been shot. They wouldn't have been interested, except for the fact that she was supposed to be very smart. They tracked me down, then they kidnapped me and brought me to Japan."
"What?!" I thought. "I never dreamed that they had that much influence!"
"Well, I ended up joining them. What else could I have done? To them, I was Merlot. They trained me to fight and shoot, and kill. I wasn't happy about this at first, but soon developed Stockholm Syndrome in a childish sense. They also made sure I learned to speak Japanese very quickly. They didn't send me to school though. I was there illegally after all."
"When did they shrink you?" I asked.
"I'm getting there." Suzy said, sounding slightly irritated. "I had completed several missions with them already. I was good at not getting caught, so they began to send me out frequently. After all, nobody would suspect a twelve-year-old, American girl. Until we had a disagreement about a task.
Ai's eyes widened, and I'm pretty sure I was wearing a similar expression.
"What was it?" Ai asked.
"I'd rather not talk about it now," Suzy said. "Anyway, the end result was that they used me as a lab rat for a new type of poison. They were called out of the room right after forcing me to swallow the poison on an emergency. I wasn't quite sure what was going on, but that didn't really matter. Before they came back to check the effects, I had shrunk."
"What are they doing?" asked Genta.
We were crowded by a window, watching Conan, Ai, and little Suzy. They had all sat down in the grass, and just seemed to be talking. The Portal Gun that Suzy had stolen was nowhere in sight.
"I wonder what could be so important." Mitsuhiko said. "They've just been sitting there talking for the last five minutes.'
"Well, whatever it is, I'm not sure we should get involved." Phineas said.
"But he's always running off without us." Genta said.
"Who cares?" Baljeet said, clearly trying to change the subject. "We have got portal guns!"
Suddenly, a portal was shot above Baljeet's head. I looked in that direction of the shot, to see Buford grinning evilly. He shot a portal at the floor where Baljeet was standing. Baljeet screamed as he fell through an endless loop.
"Let me out!"
Buford just laughed, and moved the top portal to a nearby wall, which sent Baljeet flying further into the course.
"Oops," he said "I guess it's time to go."
All this distracted us from what was going on outside, so we went further into the maze.
"How did you escape?" Anita asked.
"I hid. It didn't take me long to realize that I had shrunk, though I didn't understand that I looked like a three-year-old until later. I chose a spot that would have been too small for a thirteen year-old girl, in a place where they wouldn't bother checking. I snuck out while they were distracted by that emergency and my body's disappearance."
"After escaping the building, I tripped and saw a reflection of my face in a puddle. I almost didn't believe it, but it was exactly how I'd looked when I was three. I didn't know where to go, so I ran in a random direction until I found an orphanage. This gave me an idea. There was a library nearby. I went inside, somehow escaping the notice of the librarian and wrote a note explaining that my mother couldn't take care of me anymore. I went back to the orphanage and, doing my best to make it look like I had been crying, I knocked on the door."
"Wow, so you were adopted by the Johnson's then?" I asked.
"Yeah. Unfortunately, the transformation did nothing to stop my hormones, and I developed a crush as soon as I met my 'older brother' Jeremy. I've been trying to keep Candice away from him, but so far, it hasn't worked."
I hadn't wanted my secret to come out, but in a way, it was a relief to tell someone who understood at least a little.
"So what are you going to do now?" Ai asked.
"I'll stay with the Johnson's. Unless you know a way to change back?"
"Nothing permanent," Conan said, but we're working on it."
"Oh well," I sighed. "Its not like I have a place to go if you did."
It would really be best for me to stay here with the Johnson's. Then something occurred to me.
"I know who your are Ai, but what does Conan have to do with this?"
"Who me?" He said, acting surprised. "I'm just a little kid!"
"Oh, come on. You wouldn't have come out here if you were just a little kid."
Conan sighed and told me his story, right up to trying to catch a thief with the Junior Detective League and randomly being transported here.
"Just another one of the weird things that happens in Danville." I rolled my eyes. "These things that Phineas and Ferb build just disappear all the time."
My eyes widened. I had almost forgotten about the building Phineas and Ferb were playing in right now while I was listening to the "kid's" stories. I looked up just to see it swept into a beam, doubtless one of Doofenshmirtz's inventions. I heard the kid's reactions to the moving building, so I jumped to my feet and started to follow it. If Doofenshmirtz hurt the kids he was dead meat.
Suddenly, I realized that I had been running on two legs. I also realized that Conan had the same idea and was running after the building as well. I abruptly sat down, but I knew that he had seen me. At this point I didn't care.
I ran to a nearby transport tube that the OWCA had hidden around the yard and jumped inside. It would be faster anyway.
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