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Chapter 7: Things are Coming Together…

Later that day, the Eds were back in the cafeteria, continuing to look over the plans for their Ice Hotel.

“This is it, boys,” said Eddy, that all-too-familiar glint in his eyes. “It’s almost done. Just a few more days of work, and our Ice Hotel will be open for business! Then we’ll finally be makin’ the big money!”

“Can I lick the bowl, Eddy?” asked Ed.

Eddy ignored Ed and turned to Double D. However, Eddy’s expression turned from excited to annoyed when he realized that his sock hat friend’s attention was elsewhere.

“Hey! Mr. Landscaper!” Eddy called to Double D. “Does the phrase “swimming in jawbreakers” mean anything to you?”

But Double D still wasn’t paying attention. Eddy and Ed finally turned in the direction of where Double D was looking. They soon realized that Double D had every right to stare.

Tak, the new girl, had just poured her entire lunch (spaghetti with sauce), along with her milk, onto Zim. This caused poor Zim to run out of the cafeteria, screaming. Also, if one looked hard enough, they could see that Zim’s green skin seemed to be…smoking?

“Is it just me, or is the new girl doing everything in her power to make Zim miserable?” asked Double D.

“Dude, who cares?” asked Eddy. “As long as it doesn’t cause any interference with our Ice Hotel, I’m not complaining.”

“But Eddy,” said Double D, “he apologized to you. Don’t you think you at least owe him a little respect?”

“Hey, respect can wait until we have enough customers in our rooms,” said Eddy.

Suddenly, Ed began giggling uncontrollably.

“Ed, are you sitting on a feather?” asked Double D.

“I got a tickly on my back, guys,” Ed said between giggles.

Eddy, who was sitting next to Ed, looked at Ed’s back. It appeared that Ed was right; a large bump was protruding out of the back of Ed’s jacket.

“What the…?” Eddy poked at the lump.

It shuddered. Then, a green face with large, lavender eyes poked out from the inside of Ed’s jacket.

“WHOA!” said Eddy and Double D.

“Hi, Zim!” said Ed.

“SHH!” Zim hissed. “If Tak asks, you didn’t see Zim!” He began to burrow himself back into Ed’s jacket. “And Ed-human?” he asked.

“Yes?” asked Ed.

“Zim is pleading with you to wash this article of clothing you call a ‘jacket’,” said Zim, his voice slightly muffled. “I do not even bear a human nose and I can barely stand the smell…”

Double D gave Ed a disapproving look. “Ed, what did I tell you about regular bathing?”

Ed pouted. “I don’t tell you how to iron your hats, Double D!” he shot back.

Double D was surprised by the fact that Ed’s comment actually made sense. “Well…” he said.

“Come on, come on!” Eddy interrupted. “We got a deadline to meet, remember?”

But once again, Ed and Double D’s attention was suddenly on a new subject. Eddy turned to what his friends were looking at. He suddenly realized that they had good reason to stare.

Standing right in front of their table was Tak.

“Hello, human Earth…boys,” she said in a slight British accent. “I seem to be having trouble locating my old…friend, Zim. You wouldn’t happen to know his whereabouts, would you?”

The Eds looked at each other.

“Nope,” said Eddy, not interested.

“Uh…not recently,” said Double D.

“Who?” asked Ed.

Tak, obviously not satisfied with the boys’ answers, sighed. She seemed to be trying not to lose her temper.

“Well, in that case…” she said, “If you do see him, tell him I would like to talk to him…in private.” She then turned to walk away. However…

“Uh…Tak?” Double D asked, appearing cautious.

Tak stopped. “Yes?” she asked, not facing the Eds.

“I couldn’t help but notice that you called Zim your ‘old friend.’” Double D paused, apparently trying to find the right words without starting a conflict. “But from what I’ve seen, you seem to be doing everything in your power to make him miserable. Did he do something to offend you in some way? Because if he did, we’ll have no problem with talking to him for you…”

“Hey!” Eddy objected. “I’ve got a problem with that, thank you!”

Suddenly, Tak whirled around to face the Eds again. She had an icy glare in her eyes.

“This does not concern you,” she spoke in a quiet, uneasy tone. “None of you. And if you value your existence, I suggest you not associate yourselves with Zim anymore.”

“Sheesh, that’s what I’ve been saying this whole time!” said Eddy. “What, they’ve gotta hear it from someone else to put it into practice?”

Tak just continued glaring. “Stop hanging around Zim,” she repeated. “The less you three know…the better.”

Then, she walked out of the cafeteria.

“Finally!” said Eddy. “Now…”

“Hey, Zim!” Ed said, meaning to turn his attention to the lump in the back of his jacket. “Tak wants to…” But he stopped when he realized that the lump was no longer there.

Zim was gone.

“Oh…” said Ed. “Never mind.”

“Well, now that that’s out of the way…” Eddy began, but he stopped when he saw Double D staring at the door that Tak had left out of. “What?”

“Oh, come on, Eddy!” said Double D, turning back to his friends. “You can’t truthfully say that that was normal!”

“I don’t know what normal is anymore,” said Ed.

“What do you expect, Double D?” asked Eddy. “She’s a girl.”

Double D gave his friend a disbelieving look. “Eddy, I hardly think the fact that Tak’s a girl has anything to do with that behavior. I honestly think Tak has some sort of personal vendetta against Zim!”

“Really?” asked Ed. “Because I was thinking she wanted revenge.”

Double D did a face palm. “That’s what ‘vendetta’ means, Ed,” he said, obviously exasperated.

“What?” asked Ed.

Eddy sighed. “Well, I can see how this conversation is going nowhere,” he said.

Double D sighed. “Very well,” he said. “I suppose it’s none of my business.”

“There we go!” said Eddy. “Now, here’s my plan to add the finishing touches…”

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Before the Eds knew it, school was over for the day (nothing eventful had happened since lunch), and of course, their destination was right to the Ice Hotel. Thankfully, they had nothing to worry about (of course, homework never seemed to be an issue, because Double D always had his done before school ended, and Eddy and Ed just wouldn’t do theirs).

Since the Ice Hotel was almost finished, Eddy was definitely excited, and was even working at the same pace as Ed and Double D. In fact, one would probably say he was the most focused of the three friends, which was obviously a first. This was mainly because once in a while, Ed would voice that he wanted to look for the green puppy again, while Double D seemed to be unable to get Tak’s confrontation out of his mind.

Despite these setbacks, all three Eds were genuinely surprised to find that they had actually finished the Ice Hotel/Battle Fort by the time the sun had begun to set over Peach Creek.

“Well, gentlemen,” said Double D, “I didn’t think it could be done, but I think this might have a chance!”

“Oh, man!” said Eddy. “I can see it now, boys. We’re gonna be huge, either with people paying to stay in our hotel, or feeling our wrath from inside our fortress. Either way, our success is gonna light up the sky!”

Just then, a sound that distinctly sounded like lightning crackling filled the area, and a brilliant flash of light filled the sky.

“Yeah, like that,” said Eddy.

“What was that?!” said Double D

“The aliens are back!” said Ed. “Make sure your brain is still in your head!”

“Yeah, remember when I warned you about that, Ed?” asked Eddy. Ed nodded. “Well, that was just spur-of-the-moment. You don’t have anything to worry about.”

“Even so, I suggest we investigate that light,” said Double D. “This might have something to do with Tak and Zim.”

“You’re still on that?” asked Eddy. “You heard them; it’s none of our business.”

“Well then, I’m making it my business,” said Double D. He then began to walk deeper into the woods, where he knew Zim’s eccentric house resided.

“Double D!” said Eddy. “Come on!” He then reluctantly began to run after his friend.

Ed just stood there for a moment, then…”Hey! Maybe the puppy will want to play!” He then followed Eddy and Double D.

However, as the Eds went deeper into the forest, they saw a sight they least expected to see (from the safety of behind some bushes, of course).

Zim had been forced down into the snow by (you guessed it) Tak; Gir (with his dog suit on) and MiniMoose were standing next to Zim. However, Zim looked different; one of his normally lavender eyes was now a brilliant red, and his hair was missing, two black antenna in their place! Tak, on the other hand, looked like her human self, but she was holding a high-tech looking laser, which was still sparking.

“I can’t believe this!” Zim growled, standing back up. “I came to this town so I could continue my mission in peace; so I didn’t have to deal with meddlers like you and…him! So why on Irk are you here?!”

“Because you’ve ruined my life not once, but twice!” said Tak. “It doesn’t matter where you go, Zim; until I exact my revenge on you, you can’t escape me! And need I remind you that the mission to conquer Earth should rightfully be mine?”

Double D’s eyes widened. “Conquer Earth?” he whispered.

“I bet it’s some kind of girl code,” said Eddy, although his voice seemed to be wavering a little.

“I can’t see!” Ed protested.

Meanwhile, Zim and Tak’s conversation continued.

“You’re just jealous that the Tallest gave the mission to me!” said Zim.

“Are you that oblivious?!” said Tak. “I already told you, Zim! The only reason the Tallest gave you this mission was because they wanted to get rid of you! They didn’t even know Earth existed until you found it!”

“Look…” Zim’s voice grew low again. “I’m not in the mood for any of your lies, and I don’t have a lot of time. I just want to complete my mission so I can be repented. And right now, you’re not helping.”

“Aw…Master’s mad,” said Gir. MiniMoose squeaked in agreement.

“THEY’RE NOT…” Tak started, but then she stopped. “Forget it,” she hissed. “If I can’t get you to listen to me, I’ll just get rid of you and complete my plan for Earth.” Then, without warning, she launched herself at Zim and his group, readying her weapon.

Surprisingly, Ed was the first one to spring into action. Seeing that harm could come to Gir, he jumped out of the bushes, a snowball in hand. “I’LL SAVE YOU, PUPPY!” he said. He then threw the snowball at Tak.

Tak whipped her head around, just as Eddy and Double D followed Ed out of the bushes. However, something else happened: Tak’s human appearance seemed to…flicker.

“Nice shot, Lumpy!” said Eddy.

Double D remained speechless.

“Hi, Peanut Head!” said Gir.

Zim finally noticed the three boys, and jumped back onto his feet. As he did, his other eye also changed from lavender to bright red (in short, his contact lens fell out).

“What are you doing here?!” he yelled at the Eds. “You’re not supposed to see this! This could jeopardize my whole mission!”

As this happened, Tak’s human form kept flickering, until it stopped to reveal a lot more: a purple uniform, sharp purple eyes, green skin, and long, curly antenna!

“Hey, aren’t you Master’s girlfriend?” Gir asked Tak.

Meanwhile, the three Eds were in shock. Double D was the first to react.

“Oh no…” he said. Then… “NOT AGAIN!”

He then ran back through the bushes, heading back to the closest sanctuary: the Ice Hotel.

“Hey, I should be first!” said Eddy, following Double D.

“DON’T TAKE OUR CHEESE!” Ed yelled, following Ed and Double D.

The Eds were so focused on getting away, they didn’t notice that they had left Zim, Gir, and MiniMoose alone with Tak…

---

Soon, the Eds found themselves in the shelter of the Ice Hotel. They were at the top, where they could see anyone trying to get in, and where they could easily attack from any angle.

“Okay,” said Eddy, “It looks like those alien freaks are trying to take over the Earth. Since we found them out, they’re most likely gonna try and make sure we don’t talk. But are we gonna give up without a fight?”

“Absolutely not!” said Double D.

But Ed was suddenly dispirited. “Does this mean I have to fight the puppy?” he asked.

“Well, yeah, if the puppy’s on Zim’s side,” said Eddy.

“Aw…” said Ed.

Suddenly, the Eds could just make out someone knocking on the Ice Hotel’s main door.

The three boys peeked over the side. Then they all frowned. Standing there were MiniMoose, Gir, and a thoroughly beat-up Zim.

“State your business, alien invader!” Eddy called down.

Zim looked up. “Ed-humans!” he called back. “It pains me to do this, but I’m afraid I need to ask for your help with something!”

“If you want us to surrender, you’ve got another thing coming!” Double D called down.

“Hi, puppy!” said Ed.

Gir waved back.

“It’s not like that!” said Zim. “Tak’s trying to take my mission from me…again! I need help with stopping her!”

“Yeah, right!” said Eddy. “Why should we help you?’

“I just suspected that you wouldn’t want those mechanisms you obsess about to fall into the wrong hands!” Zim called back.

“What are you talking about?” asked Double D.

“After you guys left, Tak gave me a thrashing, and while she was walking away, she mentioned something about a factory!” Zim explained. “And the only factory I know of around here is the factory that makes mechanisms that break jaws! But I’ll need to double-check it with my computer first!”

“You mean…the jawbreaker factory?” asked Double D.

“Uh oh!” said Ed.

“What do you think we should do, Eddy?” asked Double D. But when he looked over, his friend wasn’t there. “Eddy?”

Just then, Ed and Double D spotted Eddy again…at the Ice Hotel’s entrance addressing Zim.

“So, uh…which way is your house again?”
Chapter 7: Things are Coming Together...

In which plots are exposed, the Ice Hotel is finished, and the Earth must be saved...again.

Ed Edd n Eddy (c) Danny Antonucci
Invader Zim (c) Jhonen Vasquez
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Pokemusic Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconzimplz: I greatly dislike Tak...
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squeaken1 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008  Student General Artist
AWSOME! I CAN'T WAIT for the next chapter. 83 I am so excited, I don't think I can wait for the next chapter
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AMX-269 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008   Writer
I'm glad you like it. ^_^

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