Chapter Nine Cemetery and Other Plots

Draculaura left the hovercar with the two villains just behind her. Shego had her plasma active, and Drakken was holding a portable sun lamp.

"Where are we going?" she asked. They were in the hangar, making for a steel door set in the wall. A couple of red-clad henchmen waited on either side of it.

"Just keep moving," growled Shego.

The henches opened the door as they approached, and on the other side was Drakken's lab.

Shego stopped and addressed the henchmen. "Kim Possible will probably be here soon. Stop her at all costs."

One of the men gulped. "Y-yes ma'am."

"Oh, my ghoul!" said Draculaura, eyes wide as she took in the tables and chemical glassware, electronic gadgets and power generators haphazardly scattered around. She ran forward and looked, wide-eyed at a death ray waiting for use. She turned to her hosts. "This is amazing!"

Drakken looked pleased. "Thank you. I am a mad scientist, after all."

"Yes, I know. Your Lil Diablos did some damage in my home town, so everyone there knows too," she replied.

Drakken's already wide smile got wider. "And they'll know me even more when I take over the world!"

"Yeah, about that," said Shego, "How is she going to help you do it?"

"Ah yes, my brilliant plan!" he drew himself up. "Before engineering the incidents at your school, I..."

"Wait a second, please," said Draculaura, holding up a hand, "YOU were behind the attacks on me?"

"That's right. I grabbed random students and used my hypnosis gas on them," he answered.

"Well, it worked. The stake was scary. I wish you hadn't done that..." she said.

"Stake?" the blue-skinned man looked confused.

"Yeah, someone threw a wooden stake at me. Didn't you tell them to?"

"No, I never gave specific orders. I just said to harass you."

"But why?" she implored for understanding.

"To make you nervous, and fear us 'normies'," he air quoted. "You having the right mindset is important for my plan. And the gathering in the auditorium fit in nicely. I got EVERYONE in the school to chase you, and snatched you right under Kim Possible's nose!"

"Ya done good so far, Dr. D," said Shego, "But just what IS your 'brilliant plan'?"

"I'll show you." He pointed to one side of the vampire. "See that tube? Get in. Now."

"No, I won't," said Draculaura, crossing her arms and glaring at the villains.

Drakken looked confused. "But... you were in the auditorium. The gas got you too, why don't you obey?"

"You don't know much about vampires, do you?" the girl shook her head. "Yes, the gas got me too, but I'm undead. I take in air to talk, but I don't breathe. It didn't affect me."

"Kinda obvious, Dr. D," said Shego with a grin.

"Nng... fine! I have another way of controlling you." He turned on the sun lamp and aimed it at her feet.

Not wanting to be burned, she backed away and the light herded her inside. The door closed.

"This is your plan? That's your cloning machine!" said Shego.

"Yes, an army of vampires under my control will take over the world!" he went into a villainous laugh.

Shego opened her mouth to object, but closed it. She couldn't think of any reason why it wouldn't work. Finally she looked at her boss, who had started working on the control panel. "Not bad at all, Dr. D. This COULD work!"

"Of course, Shego! It's my plan after all," he gloated.

She rolled her eyes but didn't take the bait. "So how many are you going to make?"

"Just one, for now. I want to see how it does before making a lot of them. When she's formed she will be under my control," he said, and flipped a switch.

The second tube glowed, and as they all watched, a copy of Draculaura as it formed and filled in.

"Wow, I'm impressed!" said Draculaura, "Even Frankie's dad couldn't do better!"

Before he could ask who 'Frankie's dad' was, the steel door swung open with a bang. Unconscious henchmen could be seen outside.

"Hold it, Drakken!" said Kim. Ron, with Rufus in his pocket, were with her.

"KIM POSSIBLE!" Drakken exclaimed. His shoulders slumped and he looked at his sidekick. "I did it again, didn't I?"

"Yep," she nodded, "I never will understand why you act so surprised when she shows up."

"Agh... not important! You're too late, young lady, my plan is successful!" He hit another button, and the door to the clone's chamber opened. She stepped out, and went over to the original. They stared at each other through the barrier of glass.

"YOU!" shouted Drakken, catching the clone's attention. He pointed at Kim and Ron. "Get them!"

She took off running toward the heroes, and both took a defensive stance. But there was no need. The clone stopped just out of Kim's reach and looked back at her maker. "What am I supposed to get them? You didn't say."

Kim stood up, as did Ron. "Um..." They exchanged a look.

Shego cracked up. She laughed long and hard, and finally staggered over to a chair and sat down.

Drakken glared daggers at her, then turned attention to the clone. "What are you doing? You're a vampire! Tear them up! Kill them! Bite them! I want to see blood!"

"Blood?" the clone said, then keeled over in a dead faint. Kim moved forward and grabbed her before she hit the floor. The original did the same thing, but fortunately the floor was padded.

Shego laughed even harder, and Kim and Ron and Rufus were grinning as they laid the clone down gently.

"What's happening? I don't get it!" Drakken said, checking settings on the control panel.

"She's a vegetarian, Drakken," explained Kim, "She can't stand even the mention of blood."

Shego was now laughing so hard she slipped off the chair and lay on the floor, too weak to get up. "That- that's the funniest thing I've seen in months!"

"No, it's not!" yelled Drakken, "How am I supposed to take over the world with a bunch of vegetarian vampire clones?"

Shego's laughter got louder.

"You're not, dude," said Ron, with a grin. "That's kinda obvious, even to me."

The original vampire had recovered, and spoke up. "Besides, I don't have my vampire powers yet, and I don't know how to fight."

Drakken hit a switch, and the door of Draculaura's tube opened.

"Get out, you useless... monster," he growled, pointing at the door.

Draculaura went over to him and shook his hand. "Thank you, Dr. Drakken! This was a lot of fun!"

Shego, having recovered, snickered.

"FUN! It isn't fun! This was serious!" he protested. "Weren't you scared of us?"

"Pfft!" said the vampire, "I've seen scarier things in the girl's room toilets at Monster High!"

"SHEGO!" Drakken yelled, outrage plain on his face.

"Forget it, Doc, I'm still too weak from all that laughing! My sides hurt!" she answered.

"Nnnngggg... fine! Get out!" he pointed at the door again, furious.

Draculaura went over to the clone, who was still out. But before she could get a good look, it suddenly dissolved into a mass of green goo.

"Ewww! Gross!" said Ron, stepping away from the mess.

"Yeah, gross!" agreed Rufus.

"Gorchy," said Kim, making a face.

"What happened?" Draculaura asked Kim, but the mad scientist answered.

"I set a fifteen minute limit to its existence, in case it got out of control. Now go!"

"Later, Princess!" called Shego with a wave.

"Yes, later," the teen hero muttered, and the four of them left.

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Back at Middleton High, they met with Mr. Barkin.

"So he put students under hypnosis gas and told them to harass me. That's the only reason it happened," Draculaura said.

"I see. That puts it in a whole different light," said the big man. "I'm glad to know the students here are not responsible for that kind of behavior."

"Me too, sir," the tiny girl replied.

He picked up some papers from his desk. "I can give the three of you an excused absence for the rest of the day," he said, "Give you time to recover."

"No, thank you. I think it would be better if I just went back to class," Draculaura said after a moment's thought.

"Very good," Mr. Barkin nodded, "You're dismissed."

For the rest of the afternoon the vampire got apologies and expressions of relief she was okay. At cheerleading practice the atmosphere was much more relaxed.

Friday proved to be uneventful, other than Draculaura's new friends saying goodbye and those uncomfortable with her being there saying good riddance. The latter made her sad, but reinforced her determination to make this program work.

Saturday evening found Kim and Draculaura loading up the SL Roth for the trip to Salem. They had spent the day with the rest of the cheer squad, along with Ron and Rufus. At this point only Tara, Monique, Ron, and his naked mole rat were left.

"Well, girl, keep in touch! I really want to learn more about monster fashions," said Monique.

"Okay, I'll send you some pictures," agreed Draculaura. Then they exchanged a brief hug.

After that, Tara took the vampire aside for a moment.

"D-la, would you do me a favor?" the blond asked.

"Anything for you," she replied with a smile.

"Say hello to my cousin Torelei for me, please," Tara said.

Draculaura's eyes got wide. "She- she's your cousin? Wow, I never would have guessed, You're nothing alike!"

Tara smiled. "Yeah, I know. Will you do that for me?"

"Sure. I guess you want to keep it quiet?"

"Please. Kim knows, but it's not common knowledge yet," said Tara.

"Okay, I understand," said the vampire. They exchanged a final hug. "Thank you so much for protecting me."

"As Kim would say, no big," said the blond.

Kim went to the door. "Mom! Dad! Tweebs! We're leaving!"

Her parents and brothers came out to see them off. As Kim and Ron exchanged a hug and quick kiss, her brothers gagged and her parents pretended not to notice.

"Take care of Kim for us," Mrs. Possible told Draculaura.

"I will," the vampire nodded with a grin.

With a final wave at family and friends, Kim Possible and Draculaura drove off into the darkening night.

After a rough start, it seemed the exchange program was a success on the normie side. But how it would play out on the monster side had yet to be seen.

To be continued in Part 2: Cheerleader Exchange