Chapter 1: We're Going to Disneyland!
Somewhere in a laboratory
Humming noises buzzed through the air in an otherwise quiet lab. Computer monitors flashed through the dark atmosphere, creating the sense of a scene from a science-fiction film. A mad scientist was at work creating a giant humanoid dragon android, whom he spent countless hours for who-knows how long.
The scientist tweaked the controls of the android on the main computer until the machine's eyes flashed a menacing red and it began to growl.
"I LIIIIVVEEE!" screamed the android.
"Yes!" cried the scientist. "It's alive! For the past 2 years, I've been researching mythical beasts, and trying to create my own. And now I have one at my very command!"
The scientist removed all the wires from the now-complete dragon android and proceeded with an evil plan.
"Android, I will call you Shendu, known as the Demon Sorcerer of Fire, and I will use you to take over the world! But before we get to the world part, I want you to destroy a certain popular theme park. That place disturbs me to no end. Will you do it?"
"YES MASTER!" hissed Shendu.
At Uncle's Rare Finds
It was a typical spring morning in San Francisco. The sky was grey in some areas with traces of sunlight streaming through the gaps. One of the biggest sections of the city was China Town, where a certain antique shop lay. The shop was run by an old man somewhere in his 60's who was known to everyone only as Uncle. And Uncle had a lot of company with him.
"You're not gonna beat me!" yelled Jade Chan, Uncle's mischievous middle-school aged grand niece. Jade had shoulder-length black hair that parted in the middle into curved bangs on both sides. And she usually wore boyish-looking hooded sweatshirts and thigh jeans.
"Oh yeah? Let's see about that!" Chow yelled back. Chow was a short Chinese man who usually wore a black leather jacket, black jeans, black shoes, and orange sunglasses that covered his eyes.
"Score! I just knocked you off the edge! One point for the Finn-ster!" cried Finn. Finn usually wore a white disco suit and a gold medallion around his neck, which made him look as if he time traveled from the 70's.
"Aww...", whined Ratso. Ratso was the largest of the four. He usually wore a black business suit with a red tie and had a bandage on the bridge of his nose. Despite being the biggest, Ratso acted like a child.
"AIIYAAAH!" cried Uncle as he stormed out of the backroom of the shop. "Uncle cannot concentrate with loud noise!"
"C'mon Uncle", said Jade "We're just playing Super Smash Bros. Brawl. And why do you need to concentrate for? It's not like a demon appeared."
"Uncle was meditating!" yelled Uncle. "Un-natural noises is blocking my train of thought! One more thing! Shop needs sweeping! One more thing! Make Uncle tea! One more thing! Un-"
"Ok, ok, we get it Unc," said Finn, putting his fingers in his ears.
"Yeah, calm down, old timer," said Chow.
"Never interrupt Uncle!" yelled Uncle.
Jade and the Enforcers were busy sweeping the shop when Jackie and Tohru entered. They had gone to the grocery store to buy next week's food supply as well as chi spell ingredients.
"Jackie! Tohru!" shouted Jade when she saw her uncle and her large sumo-friend. She ran over to them and hugged them.
"Jade!" said Jackie, hugging his niece back.
"Jaackiee!" yelled Uncle. "Did you buy mung beans?"
"Uh..." said Jackie. "Tohru, did we buy-ow!" Jackie got smacked on the forehead by Uncle's signature two-fingered strike.
"You want Uncle to starve? No? Then buy mung beans!" yelled Uncle.
"Master, the mung beans we bought are here," said Tohru, showing Uncle a package of dried mung beans. Tohru was Uncle's apprentice in chi spells, but he had graduated and now a full-fledged Chi Wizard.
"Good," said Uncle, as he walked to the kitchen to make mung bean sandwiches.
"Anyway," said Jackie, while rubbing his forehead, "tomorrow's your birthday and Captain Black called me and asked you where'd you like to go to celebrate it?"
"Oh yeah!" exclaimed Jade. "We should all go somewhere big! Like Disneyland!"
"Disneyland? Ok, I'll called Captain Black and let him know you want to go there," said Jackie. He then took his cell phone out of his pocket, dialed Black's number, and went into the backroom.
"Can Finn, Ratso, and Chow come too?" asked Jade. Jackie nodded. "Cool!" said Jade.
"Alright!" said Finn. "Happiest place on Earth, here we come!"
"Oooh!" said Ratso. "I want to ride in the new 'Cars Land' ride!" said Ratso.
"Sounds sweet!" said Chow. "And speaking of sweet, I'm gonna call Li and ask her if she want's to come." He took out his cellphone and dialed Li's number. Li was Chow's girlfriend whom he met when he went to eat at a doughnut shop 2 years back. She had brown-yellow hair, often wore T-shirts with monkeys on them, and practiced Buddhism.
Chow hung up his phone.
"So, what'd she say?" asked Jade.
"She said 'Of course I'll come'", smiled Chow.
Jackie finished calling Captain Black and returned to the main part of the shop.
"Captain Black agreed to fly us to Disneyland", said Jackie. "The flight will be at 8:30 am tomorrow, so I suggest you start packing."
"This is gonna be the best party ever!" cheered Jade while pumping her fists in the air.
"I wonder if we'll see Mickey Mouse?" asked Ratso.
"Of course we would," said Jade. "He's the mascot."
"Well, I'm going back to the apartment," said Finn. He checked his watch and saw that it was 6 pm. "I need to start packing. See ya." And with that, Finn left the shop.
"I need to see Li in person and talk about the trip. Hui Tou Jian!," said Chow. He left the shop too.
"I guess I'll leave too," said Ratso. Ratso left without giving a good explanation.
When the three Enforcers left, Jade plopped on the couch and got ready to go sleep.
"I so cannot wait!" said Jade to herself, her heart pounding with excitement.
Unbeknownst to Jade and everyone else, what was supposed to be a birthday party and a vacation, would soon turn into another wacky adventure.
End of Chapter 1. Next chapter, the team goes to Disneyland! And who is this mad scientist who created robo-Shendu? Stay tuned! In case you were wondering what Chow said when he left the shop, it means "See you!" in Mandarin.
Special thanks to James-Li for giving me permission to use Li for my project!