I wanted to do this chapter to introduce another character, try a new expression for my Meika, outfit for her, and to get to the last parts of my house. I think it came out great.
Car and Track
The next day Tamira got up much earlier than the first time which was more around when she usually got up for her early morning run. The group were close now to being use to the new time zone. However, for her and the rest of Tag’s group, they were going to meet another person. They were all gathered again in the living room when the ringing of the doorbell was heard to meet this individual. “There he is,” Nicholas said and went to go answer the door. He returned with a male Doberman who was in his 30s and had yellow eyes. Hit outfit consisted of dark clothes and even had a bandana around his head. “Everyone, I’d like you to meet John, my mechanic,” the husky said.
Everyone shook his paw. “Nice to meet all you,” he replied, being very friendly. “I’m here today to help Nicholas fix up his ride so she’s ready to go when the season opens up.”
“I may be smart, but there’s things about cars I don’t have the time to learn about. That’s where this guy comes in handy. So I’ll take him downstairs to the garage where your cars are to check up on mine. But he wants to see yours if that’s alright.”
The others agreed and so they all went down there. “Very nice,” John said. He asked a couple of questions to each person and they were amazed that he could guess quite a bit about each one by having a look.
“Well, colored me impress,” Miles commented with a smile on his beak. “Where did you learn so much?”
“Thanks to me and my brother’s love of cars when he was eight and I was ten,” the new canine explained. “He wanted to open up a car customization shop in town and wanted me to join him. I wanted something else and when I met Nicholas when he first started, I knew I could help him out.”
“He really has been a big help,” the husky said. “I wouldn’t trust anyone else to help me fix my car. But I got to give his brother Danny credit to. He was one of those that helped me get my car to where it was today. When I first started it had a different name and look.”
“And now, it’s time to get to work on yours,” the Doberman finished. The two went to a door in here that they opened and went inside.
“Well, let’s leave them,” Miles said to the others. The group left as there wasn’t much else to do.
Nicholas reemerged soon and said John was now busy getting to work on his racer. The husky did show the group photos of the shop mentioned and said that one of the places he would take them was there as he felt it would be important. This was a day where another workout happened as well. John did join them for lunch, saying things were going well but would need several more days after this of hard work to fix his car up. And so that amount of time passed with the last one with John showing up early to finish before Mia, Cody, Jessica, and Kira came over. “Is this where we finally get to see your car?” Meika asked Nicholas. This time she was wearing a t-shirt with longer shorts than last time that went to her knees but in her favorite colors.
“Oh yeah,” he replied with a grin. “And let me say I’ve been wanting to show all of you her along with the two other areas of my house you haven’t seen yet.”
Soon Mia, Cody, Kira, and Jessica had arrived. The two chameleons began to talk with each other after she said hi to the others while the otters fist bumped Nicholas. “It’s great to be back here,” the panda said after smiling and waving to Sonny who blushed. “I saw John’s car is here. He’s here to fix your racer up?”
“Yeah, and he should be just about finished,” Nicholas answered. “Why don’t you guys go on ahead to there? I’ll be right back.”
The four friends of his did so and everyone was gathered and saw John emerge from the area they had seen him walk to. “Well she’s ready to go,” the Doberman stated. “Despite the scraps and how banged up she was, I managed to get her back in full working order.”
“And it’s time to show you guys her,” Nicholas said, emerging in here. Everyone saw that he had changed. He was caring a green colored helmet with black stripes that allowed his ears to pop out. It protected his head while leaving the face exposed. Black fingerless gloves were on his paws. His riding jacket matched the helmet with the stripes being on the arms with two each. It was opened to reveal the main upper suit was a darker shade of green than the jacket. The pants were black. He went over to a button on the wall by the door. “Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Lighting Blizzard!”
He hit it and from the doors and sleek looking race car rolled out thanks to a system. “Whoa….” Tag stated. The top was open like Meika’s car. The front bumper came up like some kind of arrow. The color was green with black stripes shaped like lightning bolts on the sides. Nicholas went over and hit the button on his glasses, changing them to shades and put on his helmet before leaning against the car.
“What you think?” he asked.
“That looks fast!” Meika said, smiling at the husky.
“She is. She’s not just that, but tough as well. The materials are meant to be light yet strong. And to finish it off, there’s drag resistant material sprayed onto the body. Her turning and acceleration are some of the best. But like I said, the Lighting Blizzard wasn’t originally like this or had the name. That only came during my first professional racing season after learning, loosing, and winning during my school career.”
“My brother and I along with some others really helped to make her shine on the track,” John added. “Jessica here to.”
“It wasn’t much,” she commented.
“And now it’s time to show you guys the next part,” Nicholas said. “Time to hit the track and test her out.”
“What track?” Sonny asked.
Nicholas hit another button on the wall where he had pressed the first one. The door at the end of the place opened up. The husky got in his racing car. “Follow me outside,” he said and drove the Lighting Blizzard slowly out.
The others followed and went through the open door from the basement space and saw there was a ramp that led up. They walked up it and emerged out in a space behind the house surrounding by walls. And to their surprise there was a small racing track. A simple loop and big enough for testing out the cars. “No way; this is awesome!” Meika exclaimed.
“Glad you think so!” said Nicholas who was just ahead of them. “I had this built so I could practice and get use to my car when the racing season wasn’t happening. Now let’s see how she handles.”
He drove the Lighting Blizzard out to the track on a path to where a starting line had been marked. The husky revered up the engine and the group heard the car roar to life. Then the guy gunned it and the Lighting Blizzard launched forward like a bullet. “Amazing…” Sonny whispered. John was smiling as he was watching to.
“Look at Nicholas go!” Meika exclaimed with her tail swishing with excitement.
They saw him make the turns at great speeds. The husky had a big grin on his face. The rush of the race, the feeling and thrill it brought, the wind blowing against his face and fur; it was a thing that he loved. Nicholas went around the track a number of times before pulling the Lightning Blizzard in. The guy got out and took his helmet off. “Great job out there!” the vixen said to him and she clapped a little while he put on a bow.
“How she handle?” John asked the husky.
“Like a dream,” Nicholas replied and they fist bumped. “You did a great job as always.”
“For any race, I consider it to be high stakes. And we can’t afford to lose due to poor car performance. The other racers is another story and the track to. But it never should be due to the vehicle you drive. I’m satisfied you are pleased.”
“Well I think we should get her back inside. As for you guys if you want to try out the track with your cars just ask,” the husky told Tag’s group. “There’s just a couple rules. Only two at a time at the most. And second no car powers. The reason for that is Cody over there tried his and almost destroyed the area.”
Everyone laughed and he rubbed the back of his head with a sheepish grin. “Yeah, I had no idea…” he said.
“I didn’t either,” Nicholas told him with a grin. “Let’s just be thankful nobody got hurt.”
“It was a scary thing for me to watch,” Kira commented and hugged her boyfriend.
Nicholas quickly had his car back in and the door to the track closed. “It’s nice you built that with your house,” Tamira said to him after he parked the Lighting Blizzard in her spot. “I can see the advantages of having it.”
“You’re right it does help,” he agreed. “But now I want to show you the last room here that helps to.”
He led everybody to the room with the huge glass window and led the way inside and turned on the lights. Tag’s group saw there were a couple of computers in here, some motor and robotic parts, and some assembly tables. There was even some kind of engine in the center of the room on wheels that looked sturdy and sleek looking. “What is this?” Meelo asked.
“This is thanks to Jessica,” Nicholas explained. “This is where we design new programs and engines for all the cars for me and my friends.” He went to the computers and turned them on along with the monitors.
“This is neat,” Meelo said.
The husky moved the mouse for one and brought up a design for an engine. Jessica joined him. “How this works is my other friends and I discuss things like how can we improve our car’s speed, acceleration, engine, power, anything that can help us win,” she said. John was here to, leaning against one of the walls and listening. “The design you see here was one I helped make for Mia. Her old one was great, but this is much better.”
“And I really could tell a difference,” the panda commented. “I mean the skill is one thing but I began to get in better places thanks to this new engine.”
“And not just the engines, but the powers our cars have,” Nicholas commented. “My first one was… decent at best. But thanks to Jessica and some others, it’s really become something I can be proud of.”
“Hmmm… you think maybe I can look at some of this?” Meelo asked Jessica. “It might help us with the upcoming races.”
“We can talk first before I say yes or no,” she said with a smile to him. “After all we may be friends off the track but on there, it’s a different story.
“Still, all of this is really is something,” Miles said.
“Well then, what can you tell me about that engine?” the male chameleon then asked, looking at it.
“That’s a little something me and Jessica have been working on,” Nicholas explained. “It’s not even a prototype engine as it’s not even ready for testing. We’re not even sure if it’ll go anywhere.”
“Does it even turn on?”
“I wouldn’t touch it if I were you. There’s a button there that will turn it on and that thing will roll back and forth. It’s very hard to catch.”
“If you say so.”
“Well, I need to get something to eat, who’s with me?” John asked after the computers were turned off.
Everyone began to file out with Kira going ahead. But Cody and Mia sent winks to each other. “Hey Tag,” the male otter said to him.
“Yeah?” the tiger asked.
“Wanna help me and Mia prank Nicholas?”
“Well I love to prank people, but I’m not sure if I should with my host.”
“Well we’ll take the heat,” she said. “And it’s payback for what he did to us which we’ll explain later. The button for the engine is easy to hit and find. Just a little push is all it takes and it’s got a light green circle around it. Nicholas told us this before.”
“You don’t have to,” the male otter commented. “But don’t you want to see how it works?”
They could see Tag’s curiosity getting the better of him. He went forward, acting like this was a bomb. Meika and Nicholas were just about to head out of the room when the husky turned his head and saw what Tag was about to do. “TAG, DON’T-!” Too late, the tiger hit the button and the thing came to life, whizzing around the room back and forth and almost knocking the tiger back on its wheels.
“SHIT!” Nicholas shouted and Meika saw this and was shocked. So was Tag while Cody and Mia got out of the way. His helmet that the husky was carrying dropped to the floor.
“It really did turn on!” Tag stated, hitting a wall. “Mia and Cody-“
“JUST GO!” Nicholas yelled. “I’LL TAKE CARE OF THIS!”
The other four left the room in a hurry. Meika was surprised at the husky’s reaction. They all made it up to the living room. “Surprising,” Tag said, catching his breath.
“But worth it,” Cody replied. He and Mia burst out laughing and the tiger actually joined in.
“Did you see his face?!” the panda asked between her laughter.
“What was that about?” Meika asked, frowning.
“Well payback for when he pranked me and Cody with fake loto tickets.”
“He gave us these tickets that were fake by the fact you could win no matter what,” the otter explained. “I was so caught up I didn’t realize. Then me and Mia realized what was going on.”
“He was basically full of shit that day,” she said. “Man, that felt good.”
“It didn’t seem necessary to that today,” the vixen commented with the same frown.
Just then Nicholas came in with a crash of the door. Everyone turned to see him with his fur ruffled up and his glasses a bit askew. His face was livid with anger. Meika was shocked as she hadn’t expected him to get mad at all since so far it had seem he never got angry or was capable of showing that emotion. “THAT WASN’T FUNNY CODY AND MIA!” he shouted at them, pointing his right finger at them since his left arm now carried his helmet. “WHAT THE FUCK DID YOU TELL TAG TO DO?!”
Meika’s paws went up to her mouth, almost covering that part as her eyes went wide with shock as she hadn’t expected Nicholas to get this angry to curse like that. Plus he was really scary right now. “We didn’t tell him anything,” the otter replied calmly while getting an evil grin like the panda. “We only suggested to him that the button would turn it on. We had no idea he would push it…”
“YOU KNEW THAT BUTTON WOULD TURN IT ON!” Nicholas yelled, his face starting to go red with anger. “YOU KNEW I TOLD PEOPLE TO KEEP THEIR HANDS AND PAWS OFF OF IT! YOU KNOW HOW HARD IT IS TO TURN OFF!”
“So how long did it go for?” Mia asked eagerly.
“IT WENT BACK AND FORTH TEN TIMES BEFORE I COULD CATCH IT AND TURN IT OFF!” Tag, Cody, and the panda all roared with laughter again.
“IT’S NOT FUNNY!” Nicholas shouted. “THIS KIND OF BEHAVOIR MAKES ME WONDER WHY SHIT HASN’T REALLY HAPPENED TO YOU TWO!”
“It was a joke, a harmless prank!” Cody insisted.
“Just some fun!” Mia added.
“THAT’S NOT THE PROBLEM HERE! YOU JUST WAIT UNTIL I TELL JESSICA AND JOHN-“
“Tell us what?” went a voice. Everyone looked to see the said Doberman and chameleon standing there with the others.
“Tell us what?” she asked. Nicholas hesitated. Meika could tell despite how angry he was, he had no intention of saying what.
“Nothing… just some problems with that engine… Cody and Mia… but I’ve said what I needed to…”
“Well if you’re done yelling like that, get some food,” Miles grumbled.
The other three left the living room to leave the husky and vixen alone. “I’m sorry,” she whispered.
“It’s fine, I’m going upstairs to change,” he replied simply and did so. Meika was worried but seeing him come downstairs and eat showed Nicholas had cooled down somewhat, leaving her relieved.
It was then decided after eating that John would head back to his home. The others wanted to stay awhile. During the workout Mia and Nicholas sparred and it was amazing to watch them. So much so that Sonny and Tag pulled her aside to talk to her. “You know…” the male bear began. “Seeing that I was wondering… if maybe you could teach me some things. You know, just in case I get into a fight…”
“I’m with him since Nicholas might hurt me,” Tag added. Plus there was Tamira. After seeing her fight, the tiger was a little scared of her and didn’t want to be defenseless just in case if they ever fought.
“Sure, I can help you two,” she agreed. “And you can practice on each other when I’m not around. But don’t slack off, okay?” The two promised and she began with them. The others noticed.
“What’s up with those two?” Meika asked.
“Who knows?” Nicholas replied. “Maybe I motivated them after seeing me.” The rest of the week and the next then passed. By this point, everyone in Tag’s group was used to living in Nicholas’s house. They even got to practice on his track while Tag and Sonny learned some moves for fighting from Mia who came over every day. Jessica joined her coming over as well to talk with Meelo. But now Nicholas knew the time had come to start showing Meika and the others around his home city. This was going to be even more fun.
Next month there won't be any story but character sheets with info on them and the cars. This will include my mechanic as well and once those are finished, the story will continue.