Note by Silver Wolf: Tough Spider will be gone for a couple of weeks due to a sudden event. We will miss you TS!! 😦
Here’s episode 11! Sorry about the wait.
We left Steamworks Island and had the blimp take us to Early Poptropica. I hadn’t been to Early Poptropica in ages. I think the last time I went was when we took our history field trip in 4th grade. That was awhile ago now, but I do remember stopping at the Soda Pop Shop for cherry sodas afterwards. They were delicious. I hope they still are.
We arrived after a few minutes. Silver Wolf tried to tell me something as we climbed down the blimp, but I already knew that they had delicious cherry sodas, so I rushed past her. I walked through the door and was immediately shoved backwards onto the sidewalk. About twenty balloons flew out and raced up towards the sky. I had forgotten that it was September, the month where random buildings are filled with tons of balloons for no apparent reason.
I got up and carefully walked into the Soda Pop Shop, avoiding the balloons, and sat down in front of a waiter and next to Fearless Fox. Slippery Icicle ordered five cherry sodas. I almost asked her to put in a second order for me, but I decided against it.
“So,” Fearless Fox said, “I take it that you guys haven’t found Tough Spider or Tough Icicle yet?”
I shook my head. Fearless Fox looked down at the ground and clenched his fist.
“Tough Spider… he was the one who stabbed me… right?” said Fearless Fox, looking up.
I was about to explain to him that it was actually a robotic clone, when our waiter appeared out of nowhere.
“Cheat Dude!” Spotted Dragon said.
Cheat Dude looked at Spotted Dragon, confused. “Do I know you?” he asked.
“Yeah!” Spotted Dragon said. “Remember in 4th grade when we were really good friends? We came to the Soda Pop Shop after that field trip to the historic part of town and you said that you wanted to work here someday. Remember that?”
“Oh!” Cheat Dude said, “Yeah, I remember that! That is, I remember coming here. I don’t remember learning anything. You must be Spotted Dragon! Anyway, here are your drinks!”
He put the sodas down in front of me. I had a huge urge to drink all five of them right then and there, but I decided against it.
“I’ll pay,” said Fearless Fox. He shuffled around in his pockets for a few minutes before looking up, shocked.
“Tough Spider must’ve took my money!” he said as he looked up at Cheat Dude. “Can we have them for free?”
“No can do!” Cheat Dude shouted as he pushed Fearless Fox out of the shop.
“You trying to pick a fight?” Fearless Fox demanded. They started shouting at each other, and it probably would have gotten worse if I hadn’t put a stop to it; Cheat Dude had already thrown a bottle at Fearless Fox’s face.
“LOOK, I’LL PAY!” I shouted as I jumped up on the table, walked over, and stuffed 45 Credits into Cheat Dude’s hands. The two stopped fighting; both were visibly injured. Fearless Fox sat down and started slurping up his cherry soda. Suddenly he clenched his stomach.
“I’m going outside,” he said as he walked slowly to the door of the shop and stepped outside.
Then a few minutes passed. Cheat Dude grudgingly cleaned up Fearless Fox’s drink while everyone else started chatting again. I sat silently for a few minutes, thinking about Fearless Fox. After a few minutes, I decided to go outside and join him.
I stepped outside. He wasn’t there. “Feeeeaaarrleesss Foooxx!” I called.
“I’m on the roof,” Fearless Fox replied slowly.
I climbed up onto the roof. Fearless Fox was laying on his back, staring at the sky. He looked a little pale. He must not have been feeling well after getting hit in the face with a glass bottle.
“Hey,” I said. “You feeling all right?”
“Yeah…” he said weakly. He groaned.
“Tough Spider-” I said, trying to tell him that Tough Spider never did anything and that it was only a clone, but Fearless Fox interrupted me.
“-is a horrible traitor,” he finished.
“That wasn’t Tough Spider,” I said.
He sat up and looked at me for a good few seconds.
Finally he asked me, “Are you crazy?”
I explained to him what happened. It took a while; his memory was kind of foggy.
“I still don’t believe you,” he said. “A traitor is a traitor.”
“Why would I lie to you about something like that?” I demanded. I was starting to get angry.
“I dunno. Maybe you’re a traitor, too,” he said angrily as he jumped up. “Are you looking for a fight?”
“You’re being completely irrational! You’ve gone completely crazy!”
“Maybe I know some stuff you don’t!”
“OR MAYBE YOU’RE AN IMPOSTER!!” I screamed. I knew that wasn’t true, but I couldn’t think of anything else to say.
“You don’t know how many times I’ve been betrayed,” he said, pulling out his nunchucks.
I was about to take my sword out and fight when he gasped and dropped his weapon. His face turned completely pale. I was about to ask him what was wrong when he slowly started to point behind me.
“Turn around,” he said very quietly.
I did. What an amazing view! You could see for miles! You could see the ships coming in the historic part of town, you could see the tourists eating away on the Rooftop Restaurant (which isn’t very good), you could see the vendor selling balloons that for some reason change your skin color, you could see-
That was when I noticed a group of four people, two boys and two girls, about our age, looking at the buildings downtown. “They look so familiar,” I thought. “Where do I know them from?”
It hit me harder than a cement truck running into a wall at a million miles an hour.
It was Fearless Owl, Incredible Carrot, Tough Spider, and Tough Icicle.
“C-come on,” I said after a few minutes. “We’d better go tell the others.”
He silently nodded and climbed down the building with me.
What I didn’t tell Fearless Fox was that I had a plan. A plan that would prove to him that the thing that killed him was not the real Tough Spider.
I dashed into the Soda Pop Shop, barging through the barricade of balloons. I grabbed my cherry soda and whispered my plan to Silver Wolf.
“Why do you want me to do that?” she asked.
“No time to explain! Just do as I say! Please!” I replied.
She looked at me with a strange look on her face, but I ignored it.
“Everyone!” I shouted, “If you’re part of my group, follow me!”
I raced out the door, clenching my cherry soda. I looked behind me; Silver Wolf was clenching hers, too. That was good. Step one completed.
I ran downtown. Everyone else was struggling to keep up with me.
I stopped right behind Fearless Owl and company. She turned around.
“Well, hello there!” she said. Her expression changed immediately as soon as she saw Fearless Fox.
“What?! How?! Tough Spider, you were ordered to dispose of him!
“I did,” it said flatly.
“Shut up, traitor!” shouted Fearless Fox, enraged.
“Oh ho ho! You’re calling us traitors?” Tough Icicle said.
“Yes, I am, you traitor!” he shouted right back as he threw his nunchucks at him. “Let’s end this!”
“NOW!” I screamed at the top of my lungs.
I threw myself on top of Tough Spider, knocking Fearless Fox back as Silver Wolf did the same with Tough Icicle. I ripped off the mask and poured all of the cherry soda into the mechanical part. He started flopping around wildly. Silver Wolf did the same to Tough Icicle.
“SEE?!” I screamed at both Fearless Fox and Fearless Owl. “THEY’RE BOTH CLEARLY ROBOTS!”
“Hmph,” said Fearless Fox. “If that’s true, then where is the real Tough Spider?”
“THAT IS THE REAL TOUGH SPIDER!” Fearless Owl shrieked. She punched him in the face and broke his nunchucks. A huge, purple bruise appeared on his face.
“AS IF THAT’S GOING TO WORK ON ME!” shouted Fearless Fox as he leaped up and punched Fearless Owl in the face. She was thrown across the road.
Both of them were breathing heavily. Fearless Owl got back up onto her feet.
“I’d love to play longer,” Fearless Owl said with an evil smirk, “but I can’t.” She snapped her fingers, and they disappeared.