Chapter Nineteen: DAMN!

Belle cried, running into the house.

“What?!” Peter poked his head out
of the bathroom.
“Demon tried to poison the water but
instead he's triggered a flood! Get everything together and we need
to get out of here! THOMAS! BETTY! FLOOD!” Belle ran over next
“Oh no! Quick, get the essentials
and let's get to the hotel. The guys there will let me in and we can
stay there until the dam gets fixed.” Bill grabbed a bag and
started emptying all the cupboards.
“I'll get our stuff organised.” Joe
grabbed the bag. “Bill, get to the hotel and let them know what's
going on. They're going to be full!”
“Beauty!” Peter called. Belle
appeared. “Get your Giggles get up back on and start telling
people what's going on.”
“Yes Dad!” Belle put her helmet
back on and flew off. Peter meanwhile shot upstairs to grab anything
they could use as Joe fought to get Meow into her cat carrier (not
even the threat of an imminent drenching would convince her to get
into that detested thing!).
Meanwhile, the Knights were having no
luck convincing people to leave their homes and head for higher
ground. Most of the people in the outer east suburbs would be okay,
but anyone living on the west side would be in huge trouble.
“Why doesn't anyone want to listen to
us?!” Sir Dark groaned as he got another filthy look from a
passerby he was trying to warn.
“I've had a little bit of luck, but
not much. Everyone seems content to just bury their heads in the
sand!” Lady Luck replied as the rain continued to fall.
“Explains a lot about this city.”
Sir Dark looked to the sky.
“We have to keep trying.” Lady Luck
pulled him along.
“Sir, please, you have to get out of
here, the dam is about to burst!” Sir Lionheart was trying to talk
an old man into leaving his home.
“But this has been my home for sixty
years son! I can't just abandon it!” The old man cried.
“You'll die if you don't!” Sir
Lionheart groaned.
“Says you!”
Giggles flew overhead, shouting as loud
as she could.
Sir Hyper and Lady Silent had tried to
talk the police into helping, but had nearly gotten arrested for
their trouble. They looked up at the sky and saw Giggles trying to
raise the alarm.
“Don't bother Giggles. The police
are against us. They think we're trying to cause trouble.” Sir
Hyper said dejectedly.
“How stupid are these people?!”
Giggles facepalmed.
Chuckles ran over with Sir Dark and
Lady Luck.
“I've gotten a few people to move,
but I doubt many will go until the water starts flowing.” He said.
“Your Dad is having a lot more luck though Giggles.”
“Well, he IS a public figure.”
Giggles pointed out. “People will listen to him.”
“We're public figures too!” Sir
Hyper pouted.
“Yeah, but we're vigilantes.
Technically what we're doing is illegal.” Sir Dark patted his
Giggles flew up to the top of one of
the tallest buildings in the city. She could see everything,
including the hotel room where Bill and Joe arguing while Betty was
trying to keep Izzy and Lizzy calm and Meow was grooming Woof.
She could also see the dam in the
distance…or what was left of it.
BURST!” Someone ran screaming through the city.
Cue mass panic.
“Well, that's just a blow to my ego.”
Sir Lionheart deadpanned.
“Come on, we need to find the
others!” Lady Courage grabbed his arm and they ran towards the
Thousands of people were running into
the four tall buildings of Pleasantvilles CBD. The Knights of the
Last Order were rushing around like mad to try and catch the
stragglers and anyone else who was having trouble.
“We gotta get outta here Jo!”
Jessie jumped out of the Crummydore, which was refusing to start.
Water was starting to rise around them.
“I've got stuff in the back, we can't
leave without it!” Johannas roared back angrily.
“Mate, we gotta go before we all
drown!” One of his friends begged him.
CAR!” Johannas fumed. “C'mon you useless hunk of junk MOVE!”
“Jo please!” Jessie begged.
Overhead, Giggles was flying around
looking for any other stragglers. Sure enough, she noticed her aunt
and her friends who were in big trouble.
“Here! Grab on to me before the
water gets too high!” Giggles commanded.
“The Backpack?” Jessie looked at
Giggles quizzically, but wisely said no more. Struggling, Giggles
managed to get Jessie and her two friends out of harms way.
Johannas on the other hand…
“I'm not leaving my stuff here!”
He swatted Giggles away.
“You'll drown if you don't!”
Giggles tried to pull him out of the car. He swung wildly at her.
“Oh for the love of…” Giggles
groaned as he stumbled back into the car. Pulling out the Lucky
Seven Gun, she shot at his foot, barely grazing him.
“You shot me! YOU SHOT ME AND NOW
I'M GOING TO DIE!” Johannas screamed, frozen with terror as
Giggles lifted him up and flew away, just as a large wave came and
pushed the car away.
“You complete and utter pansy.”
Giggles shook her head.
A small group of people had gotten
trapped on the roof of a small building near the hotel, and the water
was still rising. Sir Lionheart and Sir Dark were trying to think of
a plan to save them.
“Someone could swim out with a ladder
or something for them to climb on.” Sir Lionheart suggested.
Sir Hyper was hiding back towards the
wall where the water couldn't get him. He squeaked at Sir Lionhearts
“Are you insane?! You'll drown!”
He cried.
“I'll tie a rope on whomever goes.”
Sir Dark assured him.
Lady Silent gave her brother a hug, and
went to fetch a ladder. Sir Dark tied a rope firmly around Sir
Lionhearts waist, and then tied the other end to himself. Lady
Silent then handed one end of the ladder to Sir Lionheart, who eased
himself into the uneasy waters.
Sir Hyper couldn't watch. He covered
his eyes as Sir Lionheart swam out, holding on to the ladder for dear
“It's Sir Lionheart! We're saved!”
Someone cried as the Knight made his way with the ladder, which
barely made the distance between the two buildings. Lady Silent had
her arms stretched out.
“Okay guys, you need to climb the
ladder to where Sir Dark and Lady Silent are. They'll get you
upstairs where you can have something to eat and dry off.” Sir
Lionheart explained, thankful that at least the Beglys and Masters
had been sensible enough to bring plenty of food.
“Are you sure it's safe?” Someone
else asked.
“It's your only chance, the water is
rising too high and this building will be underwater soon!” Sir
Lionheart replied.
Slowly, the small crowd of about twenty
started to make their way up the ladder. The water was starting to
lap at Sir Lionhearts feet.
“Come on, it's okay, we've got you.”
Sir Dark tried to be reassuring as he helped the poor people off the
Finally, the last person was safe, just
as the water was up to Sir Lionhearts waist.
Quickly Sir Dark began to pull him back
in, with Lady Silent helping with the ladder. Without warning, the
ladder lurched in the water, sending both Sir Dark and Lady Silent
into the murky depths!
“NO!” Sir Hyper cried as he
watched his twin sister disappear before his eyes.
Blind adrenaline took over. He ran
after her and dived into the water. Grabbing blindly, he took firm
hold of his sister and struggled to the edge of the window.
Lady Silent still had a hold of the
ladder, which Sir Dark also gripped tightly. Rain pounded down on
the four Knights, who were pretty much doomed.
“Hey you guys are there any more…OH
SNAP!” Lady Courage walked into the room, seeing Sir Hyper holding
onto the ledge for dear life. She quickly hauled the twins in,
followed by Sir Dark. Then the four pulled in Sir Lionheart, who was
blue in the face and barely conscious.
“Well done Sir Hyper!” Sir Dark
thumped the young boy on the back. “I knew you could conquer your
fear if you tried!”
“What an act! Maybe you should hold
the Courage mantle!” Lady Courage hugged the boy.
Sir Hyper, for probably the first and
only time in his life, was speechless. Then he started crying
“Poor kid.” Sir Dark ruffled his
hair as Lady Silent hugged him tightly.
“Stop…STRUGGLING!” Giggles tried
to keep Johannas under control. Her uncle was seriously trying her
“You brat! Let me go!” Johannas
tried to get away.
“Why did I save you again?” Giggles
wondered out aloud. The hotel was in sight, and there was no way she
was going back out after this.
The rain had stopped, and the sun was
finally peeking out from behind the clouds. The water had stopped
rushing thankfully, and most of the citizens of Pleasantville had
survived. The whole city was underwater, and it would take weeks to
clean it up.
“Look, we're almost there, will you
please cooperate?!” Giggles was losing her patience.
Johannas growled and swore quite loudly
and obscenely at her. She looked down and saw a small speedboat
weaving between the few exposed rooftops.
Called a familiar voice. Giggles grinned beneath her helmet. Trust
her Dad to go out looking for her!
“No problems!” Giggles swooped
down and dropped Johannas next to his two brothers-in-law. She
wasn't staying around for the fireworks though!
She soared through the air, enjoying
the peace and the thrill of flying. She could feel the weight of her
body being held up by the Backpack, defying gravity, as if two strong
hands were lifting her up and flying her around.
It felt great. She made her way back
to the hotel, when the Backpack gave out again.
“Oh no, hold on! I'm almost there!”
She cried as gravity took its toll. She was certain she was going
to meet a watery doom, when she felt someone grab her wrist.
“Showing off really isn't getting you
anywhere is it?” She heard a familiar smug voice above her.
“Thanks Chuckles.” Giggles looked
up at her best friend. He hoisted her up and took off his mask while
she took off her helmet.
“Dad really should have embezzled
that money when he had the chance. Look at this mess.” Belle
sighed, looking out over the ruined city.
“Maybe it's better this way. The
Council might actually learn something.” Charlie pointed out.
“I hope so.” Belle said. “I
don't see how this can get any worse.”
Famous last words Belle. Famous last

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