A Recipe for Fast Food Wars!

 


BlueBelle stands next to her BMW in front of Cheesy Cluckin' Chicken's corporate headquarters... preparing to lead the way... as soon as security finishes loading the armored truck... OptiMiss driving... AmeriCat riding in the back with the cargo... Cheesy Cluckin' Chicken's secret recipe being transferred to new offices... Belle nods as Cat gives her a thumbs up and closes the doors... she hops into the Bellemobile and leads the truck out...

The convoy not exactly subtle... but then there are thousands of Cheesy Cluckin' Chicken trucks on the road... and there's no way the opposition could know that the secret recipe is being moved... unless there's a spy in the higher echelons of the corporation... not impossible...

BlueBelle looks back and smiles as a pink convertible trails the convoy... surely this show of strength would scare off even the most determined corporate thief... Belle proceeding from the old bouncer's theory that it is always better to deter the trouble with presence if possible... rather than to have to actually deal with it...

A rumble shaking the entire roadway... then another... like the stomping of a gigantic monster... getting closer and closer... as you hear Chicky gulp through the intercom... your eyes widening... two massive humanoid robots stomping towards the truck... one in the shape of a gigantic clown in yellow with red stripes... the other sporting a metal beard and crown...

BlueBelle blinks as she looks up... "What the..." Chicky's voice replying "Looks like Japanese mecha of some sort... we need the Power Dolls from Japan..." Belle yanking the wheel to the left... the car going up on two wheels... "Time for a detour... we'll outrun them!"

The giant effigies of the corporate behemoths turning to follow... putting a little extra speed into their step... metal feet clattering and crunching the road surface, chewing up the concrete as they race after you... the clown letting out a mechanical laugh... "Get them, King... show that chicken-frying fool he can't compete with we burger barons..."

BlueBelle looks back and confirms as she hears Chicky's voice saying they're gaining... "Well try diverting them Chicky... take your next right..." Belle sighing as the King and the Clown continue after the truck Opti is driving... "Sara... did you enhance that truck some? Now might be the time..." The truck lifting off like a shuttle-craft and flying forward as the giant Clown reaches out...

The huge clown slamming metal fists together... attempting to create a shockwave to send the truck flying... even as the King robot does the same... a double shockwave slamming towards the flying truck...

BlueBelle gasps as the shuttle truck is sent tumbling... crashing through two familiar fast food chain stores at roadside... the huge robots seemingly unconcerned about destroying their own franchises... Bellemobile screeches to a stop and the flaming-haired heroine in the blue bodysuit and black accessories hits the ground running... brightsword in her hand...

Optimiss looking shaky as she tumbles out of the driver's seat... no sound from AmeriCat... hopefully only unconscious... but seemingly making no attempt to escape the truck as the King lumbers over... and lifts one massive foot to try and stamp the recipe into oblivion... and Carly with it...

BlueBelle yelling at OptiMiss as she runs forward... "Sara... commandeer that crane in the construction project in the next block... Belle leaping atop the truck as the massive metal foot descends... in what appears to be a last great act of defiance... until a beam of blue light carves the foot in two like it was butter... huge chunks falling to either side of her...

OptiMiss snaps out of her daze... running as fast as her legs will carry her... even as the King robot stands for a moment on one leg... before toppling sideways... unable to keep its balance... the robot smashing as it crashes into the ground... a man crawling out of the wreckage... dressed as the corporate mascot himself... even as the giant clownbot aims a palm at you... a nozzle poking from it...

BlueBelle carves open a hole in the side of the smashed truck... AmeriCat crawling out... gasping... clutching a canister to her chest... "Get that canister into Chicky's car! Now!" Belle spinning to face the finger... raising her brightsword heroically... as the crane in the next block swings a huge magnet plate at the finger...

A blast of orange sauce slamming into you with the force of a water cannon... knocking you off your feet and sending you flying... an instant before the magnet plate clangs against the robot's wrist... Optimiss swinging the crane back... pulling the sauce cannon off target...

BlueBelle groans and rolls to hands and knees... covered with the horrid goo... the sort that clings to the frames of so many Americans... leading to an epidemic of obesity... it nearly makes her retch... holding her breath in horror as a second blast is aimed at Carly... exhaling as the girl in red white and blue... bounces out of the way into a twisting flip that lands her in Chicky's speeding car...

The King getting to his feet... "Don't let them get away, Ronald... that healthy chicken recipe could ruin us if it catches on..." The clown robot yanking on its arm... wrenching the crane apart... OptiMiss barely saving herself as the robot lumbers off after Chicky...

BlueBelle frowns... "Come on Sara... we'll follow in my car... I think we're overmatched here... fast food mecha... who knew..." setting off in hot pursuit... watching Chicky put the pink convertible through it's paces... leaping the river where there is no bridge... Belle veering off to find one... as the tiny King and huge Clown wade across...

The river slowing the clown... and nearly sweeping away the King... being just the human pilot... the bedraggled executive losing his crown and his robes... having to drag himself to safety... perhaps if he'd eaten less burgers he might be more able to swim...

BlueBelle turns back to pick up the bedraggled executive... OptiMiss cuffing him and forcing him into the trunk... before they head off to catch up to Chicky... as she makes her way toward the new corporate headquarters and theme park on the outskirts of the city...

The clown keeping right on her tail... the truck following close behind... as Ronald fires another blast of his special sauce... making a slick of orange goop in front of the speeding pink car...

BlueBelle gasps as she watches the pink car go into a spin... a complete 540 degrees... tires spinning... sauce flying... before continuing in reverse... leaving orange tracks on the asphalt... as it heads through the gates of the theme park… toward a giant chicken...

The robot charging towards the gates... kicking through them with one blow of a metal foot... even as Chicky skids to a halt behind the gigantic chicken... the massive metal display towering fully twice as high as the Ronald robot...

BlueBelle nodding as AmeriCat rushes the canister into the corporate building beyond... with its blast-proof windows... armored doors and impenetrable vault... raising a brow as Chicky climbs the chicken and slides inside... the thing coming to life... slender mechanical leg snapping out into the midsection of the Ronald Robot... Sara laughing... "I worked with the Cluckin' people on their own mecha..."

The giant chicken stepping forward... pecking at the robot with its diamond-tipped beak... quickly shredding the metal... reducing it to scrap... the pilot forced to eject or be pecked to pieces... attempting to run for the exits... big shoes flapping on the ground... the painted smile on his face hiding a look of terror...

BlueBelle waits for him at the exit... twisting an arm behind his back... walking him into the corporate building... as Sara brings in the other... turning the criminals over to their rival's custody... and accepting a large check in return... "You are most welcome... don't hesitate to call on the Danger Dolls again..."

(September 2008)