Friday had come and everything was ready on the set. Danny told his friends that he would be able to get them an audition with L.B. Mammoth! The gang was excited, thrilled even. None of them realized that trouble was coming their way.
They were in their sailor outfits getting ready.
Danny called all of his friends over, those talking excitedly about their performance. "All right, everybody. Mr. Mammoth will be here any minute. Get into position. Remember, do it just like you did in the alley, only make it big and loud this time!" He knelt down beside T.W., still talking to all. "Don't be nervous."
"Ner-Nervous? Why... why would I be ner-nervous?" he stuttered as he rubbed a rabbit's foot, jumping a bit.
"Give me that!" the rabbit jumped away, pouting.
Tillie smiled as she hummed while putting makeup on Frances who was excited. Things were going to be all right.
Meredith came rushing through the door with a look of worry on her face. She had to tell Danny about what Darla was planning.
"Have you girls seen Danny?" she asked Tillie and Frances.
"Nope, haven't seen him." Frances shrugged, looking in a direction towards a certain goat.
"He's been all over the place. Meredith, is something wrong?" Tillie frowned, looking at the girl tabby.
"I have to warn him about something," Meredith answered.
"What would you need to warn him about? There isn't any time."
Meredith ignored the hippo's comment as she looked around wildly for Danny. Her face showing relief when she spotted his talking to Sawyer. She quickly ran up to him. "Danny!"
"Come on Sawyer, your life isn't back at that office, it's here. Dance with me." he was pleading to her as he was being tugged away by Pudge.
"It's 3 o' clock Danny!"
Sawyer was dragged away by Tillie as the happy hippo got her ready.
As Sawyer left to get dresses. Danny saw Meredith and grinned, "This is going to be great! I can't wait to hear you sing!" He told her as he headed over to the ark with the others.
Meredith was slightly confused as followed him. She wasn't a part of the movie, she couldn't sing in it. She worked on the sets and behind the scenes. Brushing it aside, Meredith tried to talk to the other tabby. "But Danny, you have to know. There's going to be lightning and thunder and..."
"That's perfect! Big and loud, just like she wanted!" Danny got even happier, more excited and kissed Meredith on the cheek without much thought. "You're a genius, Meredith!"
Meredith blushes from the sudden peck on the check, almost getting distracted and stumbling before shaking her head and catching back up with Danny. The tabby girl was honestly getting fed up of this. Finally catching him, she forced Danny to look at her. "Danny, listen to me! It's going to be a disaster!"
Danny gave her a confused look before shrugged her off. "It's going to be anything but a disaster! You gotta trust me!" He ran off to go after Pudge as he fixed the final arrangements.
Meredith just stood there dumbstruck. "But..."
"Come on Meredith! You have to get the special effects ready!" Tillie squealed as she grabbed Meredith's arms and pulled her away.
"Tillie, if you're willing to listen, just prepare for the worst," The girl cat whispered to the hippo.
Tillie blinked, not understanding, but nodded, seeming to understand. She trusted Meredith as one of her best friends, but she didn't know what to say except a simple nod.
Meredith hurried to the control booth, hoping whatever Darla had planed she could stop it from there. As she got there, she noticed Pudge at the control panel.
"Pudge? What are you doing here? Behind the scenes is my job. You hurry and get into costume. You're the one that actually has a part in this movie. I'll try to manage things from up here. Hurry along and be careful!" Meredith warned him.
Pudge nodded as headed to the ark, putting on his own costume. Meredith watched him go with worry consuming her.
"I can't believe I am doing this!" groaned Sawyer, who was now wearing the same pink sailor's dress she wore before as she was now in the ark.
"Fortune says 'Rough waters ahead'," said T.W. concerned as he looked at his fortune.
"Start the rain, Pudge. When L.B. shows up, we'll all come out singing and dancing!" Danny said as he closed the big door of the ark, locking everyone inside. Unfortunately too caught up in the moment to notice Meredith wasn't there. Pudge inside the ark and grinning from his spot as everyone got ready.
From the control booth, Meredith had a bird's eye view of the studio. Her gaze traveling the area as she kept an eye out for Darla and her humongous butler. You would think such a man would be easy to spot. Darla also wore pink no matter what. But her eyes didn't catch a sign of pink.
She was so busy searching, she was unaware that the two figures she was looking for were sneaking up behind her ready to pounce. She became aware when he heard a long piece of rope snapping causing her to whip around. Her eyes wide with fear.
Outside, the press was ready for L.B. Mammoth, all prepared for the interview.
The director Flanigan addressed the crowd. "Ladies and Gentlemen of the press, I bring you the founder of Mammoth Pictures, Mr. L.B. Mammoth!" He moved off the stage as he cheered, "Boom chacla boom chacalca boom!"
"Gee Whiz Mr. Mammoth! What's the secret to your success?" called out a male reporter.
L.B. held up his hands to silence the crowd. "Simple. It's Dimple." He blew out a puff of smoke in Darla's image from his cigar.
"Dainty, delightful, Darla Dimple!" sang Flanigan in praise, dressed in a costume similar to what Darla wore in the movie as he threw heart shaped confetti.
The crowd Clapping before L.B. raised his hand again and the crowd became silent once more. "Ah... the recipe for a Darla Dimple movie. Begin with one part adorable character in jeopardy."
Ironic enough, one character was in jeopardy. Back in the room she was in, Meredith was tied up, unable to do anything. She glared at her captives, the ones who were smirking evilly. Darla wore a black hooded cape with heart shaped sunglasses and pink gloves and scarf.
"I knew you were up to no good, you little demon! Wait till everyone hears about this!" Meredith hissed at the little devil.
Darla chuckled as she answered her. "Oh, really? Tell me dearie, who is ever going to listen to you? I am the star and I have tons of connections. It will be my word against yours. I'll see to it you never work in this town ever again! You are nothing but a mangy little alley cat that works behind the scenes. Did you really think YOU can SING!? Don't make me laugh. Your friends only listen to you sing because they feel sorry for you. You sound like nails on a chalk board. My ears are only spared because I could barely hear you. Such a tiny noise will never make a sound. They won't listen now and they never will. No one ever listens to you, not even your little furry friends down there."
Meredith's eyes flashed in pain, remembering how Danny brushed her off and wouldn't listen to her. "You're wrong!" She denied before Darla forced a gag into her mouth.
"Sorry kitty, but into each life a little rain must fall," sneered Darla evilly. Turning to her bodyguard, she added, "Max! Man the valve!"
"Yes, Miss Dimple!" boomed the huge butler as he went to the valve and turned it, getting the water ready as it creaked open.
From the water system above, the rain began to gently fall.
"...add two parts perky determination..." added Mr. Mammoth, unaware of what was going on in the studio. Flangian now dressed as a solider, marching in place.
"More water Max! More water!" urged Darla as Max turned the valve even more, the shower head bursting as the water pressure became too much, the water rushing forward towards the boat.
'She's going to flood the studio!' Meredith thought as she struggled to get out, using her claws to try and cut the ropes.
"Sprinkle in an air of innocence." explained L.B. with a smile as Flangian placed a halo over his head.
"Wind Max! We must have wind!"
Max turned on the giant fans everywhere sending a lot of wind into the set.
By this time, the whole place is flooded causing the ark to fall off its support beams, off the stage, and floats all over the place. Everyone inside the ark tumble around, wondering what in blazes is going on.
"Stir in..." L.B. spoke, Flangian dressed as a chef.
"More water!" Darla demanded.
The servant ripped off the valve's head putting in a bunch of water everywhere.
"Add a pinch of..."
"Thunder!" Darla grinned with the light flashing her eyes, showing a demonic kind of side.
Max smashed the steam pipes, exploding them. Meredith freaking out as many of the gauges on the control panel broke and went haywire.
"...and an itsy-bitsy dash of..." Mr. Mammoth said.
"LIGHTNING!" laughed Darla more evilly. This was it! The big moment! Max smashed anything electrical so lightning would hit the set. The girl decided to take her leave along with her servant knowing that soon it will all be over...for the animals anyway. The gang inside the ark continued screaming tumbling around. Danny quickly got to the deck to see what is going on. As he grabbed the wheel, he saw to his shock that the whole set was filling with water. There was an actual storm inside the place!
"Mix it all together and what do you get?!" exclaimed L.B. excitedly.
Meredith's struggling hasted as the water rose up to the control panel, the water rising above her head as she became consumed by the raising water.
Suddenly the studio, after L.B. pressed the button to open the door, was unable to hold back hold back the water, letting it burst forth, flooding everything.
L.B. and Flangian gasping in fear of the massive tidal wave coming straight at them.
Soon the ark was going all over the studio lot on a wave of water. Danny tried his best to steer, but he doesn't know anything about sailing. Everyone was screaming, bracing for impact as the ark crashed and floated everywhere.
"Throw the anchor! Somebody throw the anchor!" Danny yelled.
Tillie quickly grabbed the anchor nearby and threw it. However it ended up catching two 'fishes': Mr. Mammoth by his waist coat, and Flangian who was standing on his shoulders. The anchor dragging them to the surface. Spitting out the water, they screamed for help.
Tillie's eyes widened. "It's L.B.! We're on!"
"Oh ho ho ho HO!" She grabbed Frances and T.W. and ended up smacking them together as she sang, "Pack up your troubles in an old kit bag and smile, smile, smile!"
"Your life isn't back there in that office he says. Dance with me he says." Sawyer scowled as she glared at Danny, bickering. "You know what your problem is?! You're pushy, self centered, pig-headed... no offense Herb."
"None taken." snorted the pig as he passed by.
"Plus, your driving stinks!" snapped Sawyer.
"Oh, well maybe you can do better!" yelled Danny leaving the wheel.
"Oh no, no, no! You take it!" snapped Sawyer as she pushed the wheel back toward the male cat whose in turn pushed it toward her.
"No, no." Sawyer repeated as she pushed the wheel back towards the tabby.
"You think you know so much-" Danny said as they steered the ship around the different studios, still arguing though the words were drowned out. "-It's all yours!" He insisted.
"I don't want it." Sawyer told him.
Cranston sputtered. "Well it doesn't get any worse then this." He didn't see a pole jutting out as the other animals ducked. His horns hitting them as he flew off the boat and landed on top of Flangian. "I was wrong. It's worse."
Still singing, Tillie was knocked of the boat by the waves and lands on top of them. The hippo quickly introducing everyone to each other as she had done for Danny just a day or two ago. Only to scream as the boat went through the costume department and each ended up with different outfits. Mr. Mammoth was a Hawaiian, Flangain a cave man, Cranston a Native American, and Tillie like an aristocrat with a powdered wig and masquerade mask.
Somehow the boat made a compete circle as they ended up passing the Darla Studio.
The anchor was cut as the four still attached went flying through the air, passing the ones on the boat.
"Oh this has gone far enough! Just give me the..." Sawyer huffed as she tried to take the wheel away from Danny.
"Oh no, no, no, no. You didn't want it before. Give it to me!" Danny told her as they fought over the wheel again.
"Excuse me, I don't mean to interrupt or anything, but we're about to-" began Woolie as he looked ahead in horror from the crow's-nest.
"Will you just stay out of this!" They both yelled.
They crashed through a large building. The ones on the anchor crash through it as well. People said, 'Good day, Mr. Mammoth' while they continue their business while L.B. and Flangan flew by with Cranston and Tillie with them.
Then the ark went out the other side and fell into the water, falling. The ones who were on the anchor flew through the air until it got caught the mast, wrapping around it. Cranston and Tillie falling off as Mr. Mammoth and Flangan were tied up. Soon it sank down with the ark.
The gang evacuated the sinking ark and swims with Danny grabbing a life preserver getting Sawyer in it. As they floated around, they now saw a ticked off Mr. Mammoth sinking with an angry Flangan.
"You animals will never..." bubbled L.B. as he went down.
"Never nibble kibble in this town again!" finished Flangan as they both went down. Danny opened his mouth to explain, but the words didn't leave his lips, he honestly didn't know what to say. It was a disaster.
"I think they liked it!" said Tillie to her nervous friends.
Both Sawyer and Danny looked down into the water, the pointless argument all washed up. Sawyer was already preparing herself for the worst. Danny was upset their chance to impress Mr. Mammoth was ruined. He didn't understand what happened. While he was always optimistic, he knew this was not looking good for them.
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