The Legend of Toontown

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Chapter 1

Adventure is Born

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	Evina Gearloose was feeling excited. It was a stronger eagerness for adventure than anything he had experienced for almost a year. The young red duck was standing in his dirty garage. He looked down at his clothes smeared with stains of car grease, and he was unsure whether he was ready to go yet.
	"Yeah, you should go pack your stuff." His father suggested. He was an old white chicken named Gyro Gearloose, a famous inventor of the past whose creations only sometimes worked, and more often they could lead to disaster. His eyes were still dark with the entity that was within him, and each day he felt a twinge of guilt over creating the cogs who had invaded his world for fifteen years. However, his life was starting to improve now that he was home and completely forgiven. Each day spent with his son lightened his disposition a little more.
	Evina turned to go back into his house, but then he suddenly remembered something. Zany, one of his best friends, had just walked away from here only a minute ago. "I'll be right back!" he exclaimed.
	Out into the sunshine he ran as he chased the light blue figure walking away on the sidewalk in the distance. He ran as fast as his feet could take him, even though his fitness wasn't all that good anymore. Soon he finally caught up and she turned around to look at him.
	"Oh, Evina, are you ok?" the other duck asked.
	He took a moment to catch his breath. "Yeah, I'm ok. No, I'm great actually. There is something I need to tell you." He took a few more deep breaths. "Gyro told me that there might be some trouble."
	"Trouble?" she asked worriedly.
	"Yeah, and I was thinking. Would you be up to having another adventure? We could use some extra help."
	The smile on her face slowly melted away, and Evina's excitement waned. "Um. Thanks for asking but... I'm not sure if I'm ready for it."
	Evina was fazed for a minute. He couldn't believe that she wouldn't want to come. "But didn't you just say that your life is boring now? How can you take this?"
	"It's because I'm getting accustomed to it, to being normal like everyone else. And unlike out fighting robots, it is safer here." Evina suddenly felt empty inside. He silently listened to her continue. "As much as I loved it all, I wouldn't be able to do that again. That was just... too much. I want to be with friends and family and move on with life. I'm sorry."
	Evina took some more breaths and paused awkwardly. He didn't previously think about how she would feel about this. "Well... that's ok."
	"We can still be friends, right?" she asked.
	"Sure..." he answered quietly. "I guess I'll see you in the future then." He turned and walked away sadly without waiting to see if she would say something else.
	Now his pace was slower. He wasn't in a rush to get into the spaceship and fly away because his thoughts kept him too occupied. Change seemed to be happening around him much more rapidly than he first supposed. Maybe he hadn't changed so much because of that thing inside of him, that part of the cog, the mysterious thing. His desire to keep fighting and exploring was reignited and he had to follow it. It was part of finding his true purpose, his usefulness to the safety of Toontown when he didn't feel like he fit so well inside it.
	By this time he was almost back at his own house. Gyro glanced at him slowly as he walked by.
	"I guess it didn't go so well, did it?" the older one asked.
	"Yep," Evina replied, "I think I'll go pack my stuff now." He opened the door and walked back into his home, then up the stairs and into his bedroom.
	He opened a trunk and picked out some of the clothes that he wanted to wear. He wanted to travel light and there wasn't much that he really needed anyway.
	After lifting the clothes up and placing them in a smaller suitcase he tried to get it closed. As he did this he thought about the last several months. Would he miss being here? Would he still care about this rickety old place filled with lost memories of some other life? Would he miss being alone? Probably not. Would he want to see the warm glow of the summer sunlight shine in through the window? This was something to think about. Where he was going there would be no sun. It would just be the dark emptiness of space. Also the sun on Earth was probably going to be foreign to him. He was going to be so far away without any of the comforting things that he had lived with his whole life.
	What about the danger? Gyro still hadn't told him about what they were going to do or even what the troubling situation was. Still, with all these worries in his head, it wasn't enough to prevent him from going. This adventure was another crucial step of his journey towards destiny.
	With courage he walked downstairs and out of his house for the last time in however long it would be. He tried to keep his mind from thinking about anything that would present hesitation of going on this adventure. For all he knew, his mind could invent an even stronger excuse, and he didn't want that to happen.
	"Are you all ready to go?" Gyro asked. He was leaning up against his spaceship casually.
	"Yes."
	"Are you sure?"
	"Totally. Let's not waste any more time here."
	Gyro opened the hatch and gestured for him to go in first.
	Evina climbed inside and took his seat in front of the console, next to the driver's seat. He spun it around to look at the rest of the ship as Gyro came inside, shut the hatch, and took his seat.
	The little helper was looking at some complicated tech stuff in the back. It turned around and kindly waved at Evina. Then it saw that Evina was using its seat and it looked disappointed.
	"Hey, I got here first." The duck teased.
	"Ok, enough with the chatter. It's time to get moving." Gyro announced. He started the engines while Evina turned his chair around to the correct position and put his seatbelt on.
	The ship rumbled and vibrated slightly, then rose off the ground. The thrill was beginning to return as Evina saw his neighborhood shrink away. Actually, he had never seen Duckburg from the sky before. As they went higher he could see the whole city. It was very large and beautiful, sitting at the edge of the sea glistening in the rising sun. It was old and impressive for toon work. Lately it was a place he had been learning to call home. Yet it was still strikingly toony in style, in contrast with Cogtropolis. Both of the cities had unique beauty in their own ways, and Evina, being part of both cultures, could understand and accept them.
	"I wouldn't feel too bad about Zany." Gyro assured his son. "There are plenty of others who I'm sure would love to come with us."
	"You're right," Evina replied as he noticed that the ship turned towards the mountains in the distance and Pete's Palace, "as long as this ship has enough room to live comfortably." He looked behind his shoulder to get another look at the interior. It was much larger than he remembered. "Did you... change something?"
	"I am always improving and adding to this ship." Gyro responded as they flew into the clouds. "Some of the modifications I've been working on for a long time now. This extra space could prove to be useful."
	Evina was always amazed at his father's work. There still remained a lot of toons that believed he was unable to invent anything useful. "How small did this ship use to be?"
	"Very small. It was more like a little flying saucer."
	He thought about this. Gyro must have been the world's greatest expert on metal and machinery. Then he began to wonder where the knowledge came from to make this stuff. Anyway, he didn't want to think about things too much. He wanted to look out through the clouds, over the beautiful world, and just relax. There wasn't anything he would allow to bother his mind and ruin his trip.
	The mountains approached rapidly. Evina looked below and saw Acorn Acres and the winding river. From this height, the mountains didn't look all that large. With ease they flew over the sparkling snowy peak to reveal the spacious other side. Down in the valley there stood Pete's Palace. Gyro descended and circled the city until he landed gently on the grass.
	Evina was excited to find more of his friends; he wanted to see the excitement on their faces when he told them about the new adventure. From his pocket he took out a card where he had scribbled each of their addresses. He took a breath of fresh air and then set off to find them.
	Lizzy wasn't at her home so Evina went to the library where he thought she would be. She was sitting with her face buried in a book, and politely told Evina that she wasn't interested in another adventure because she would prefer to continue a nice quiet life. This disappointed Evina more but he wasn't extremely surprised. Lizzy was never of the most adventurous type.
	Next he headed to a fort behind the palace. It was surrounded by a bunch of thorny bushes and Evina wasn't happy to be jabbed relentlessly in order to break through. Catman lived there in his so-called lair and he was elated to see Evina. But just like all the others, he also wasn't interested in going. He had rediscovered his life of helping others. Evina didn't exactly know what good he could do with an enormous ego and some cheap gadgets, but he told him that it would be alright. He could have stayed longer to talk and learn more but instead he decided to leave instead. Another one of his friends, Bebop, was a lot cause. So that left one more place that he needed to go to.
	He made his way to East Street and then began jogging until he found the right address. The twins lived in an apartment near the end of the street and so he ran inside to find their number.
	Knocking on the door a few times, he waited. There seemed to be some moving inside and soon enough a blue dog peered out at him. Evina believed it was Dynoboom.
	"Evina? Oh, it's nice to see you again!" He swung the door open and shook the duck's hand vigorously.
	"Yeah, do you mind if I come inside?" Evina requested. "I'm just feeling a little down." The dog let him come inside. He looked around the room and saw that it was rather messy. That wasn't entirely surprising. The other dog, who went by the funny name of Paddlewhip, was sitting on the sofa with his eyes glued on the TV screen, a bowl of cheesy puffs resting on his lap.
	"Don't mind him. I always told you he was the lazy one. You just don't want to bother him when he's in that trance." Dynoboom teased his brother, acting out the hypno goggle stare.
	Evina was a little too annoyed today to be able to enjoy the dog's humor. He sat down at the table, propped up his arms, put his face down, and sighed.
	"So... what's going on?" the host asked.
	"Well. Gyro came to talk to me today, and he said something like Toontown might be in trouble. We're preparing to go on another adventure right now but I can't seem to find anyone who wants to come with us. You're the last ones here at Pete's Palace." He paused for a moment, listening. But after hearing no response his lifted his face from his hands to look at the dog's face. The smile was gone, just as he had feared.
	"You know what I'm going to say, right?"
	"Oh no..." Evina sighed. He stood up and was about to leave when the dog protested.
	"Wait! I want to talk to you. Please just sit down and hear me out."
	Evina reluctantly dropped down on the seat to look at him. Dynoboom looked into the duck's gray eyes looking remorseful.
	"I really have to tell you the truth. All those times that we had together were a blast." The dog grinned briefly, thinking about the dynamite pun. "But I don't know of a toon who could take more than that." Evina listened, not looking very happy. "I think you'll have to accept the fact that after coming back to our old lives, we need to have some more stability. We need to stay. And that might not apply to you ever since you... changed." He broke eye contact. "But I really hope you find someone to have a great time with you."
	"Thanks." Evina answered quietly. The words were nice but offered him very little consolation.
	"Are you sure that there isn't anything else I can do for you?" the host inquired.
	"No, I think my time here is done."
	"Oh wait! I forgot something." The dog dashed away and then returned moments later with something in his hands.
	"What is it?"
	"It's a gift for you!" he exclaimed. Evina took the tiny glass vial. It looked like the ones that used to hold deadly dip, but this time it was full of something different. It was a thick, opaque, dark red liquid.
	"Um, alright, I appreciate it." The adventurer didn't know what else to say.
	"Only use it in case of an emergency, got it?" Dynoboom added. "Seriously... just use when you absolutely need to."
	"I'll remember." Evina smiled faintly. He waved and walked to the door to leave. That was the last rejection he would take from Pete's Palace.
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	Evina returned to the ship. Gyro was working inside, double-checking all the systems with the assistance from his little helper. The duck climbed into his seat and sat quietly.
	"Did you have any luck?" The inventor asked. Evina sat silently and unhappily. "Oh, I was afraid of that. Um, there's always Princesspinkcat and Goopy, right?"
	"What's the point?" Evina argued. He knew that Dynoboom was right. The kind pink cat was probably too shaken up from the last journey, and Goopy was more famous than ever before. He wouldn't be able to devote more of his life to another foolish adventure. Really there was nobody left except for his father, who wouldn't be a whole lot of help if they had to fight something.
	The old chicken climbed into the pilot's seat and looked over at his son solemnly. "Well, I'm sorry about everything. Let me know if there's anything I could do to help.
	Evina breathed to calm himself as the ship rose into the air again. He could think of something that would help, if his father would actually explain to him in detail what they were going to do. But he didn't want to bother someone else right now so he kept his feelings to himself. There was even a chance that this time alone could be better for their relationship. As he looked out the window he noticed that they seemed to be going back to Toontown.
	Gyro looked as though he knew what Evina was thinking. "I think we are ready enough that I can officially announce our departure to Flippy." He explained. "It won't take too long, and then we can start having some fun for a change."
	Evina knew he would see he friends again soon enough, so he decided not to fret. Ever since the change had happened, his emotions had been more intense. It was still going to take a lot of practice to completely take control of his mind.
	The bright colors of Toontown Central met his eyes and the ship landed hastily in the middle of the playground. Evina was worried that Gyro might be scolded again for ripping up the grass.
	"Just give me a few minutes." The chicken assured him as he hopped out. "In the meantime, you should take some time to rewind."
	Evina smiled again. He forgot about his memories. With his history he would never be alone. Toontown would always be a part of him. Using a special technique he had practiced, he leaned back into a comfortable position and closed his eyes. Time was rushing back, faster and faster, rewinding to repeat some pleasant times from the past.

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