If you need a disclaimer by chapter 17 you have some serious issues. As you should know by now, I am not Jhonen nor do I have his level of brilliance. But this seems to be a popular story of mine I decided to update this chapter. But enough of this A/N, on with the fic!
Tak decided she had enough with Professor Membrane and went back upstairs int the Rendell house to see Dib again. He had fallen asleep earlier after crying on her shoulder and Tak wanted him to rest before she had headed downstairs to try and help Professor Membrane. She knew that he was already physically exhausted from recovering from his pneumonia that he had caught while he was on the run. The situation with Gaz had just drained him emotionally immediately, thus making his recovery that much harder on him. Tak then walked quietly up to his room and opening the door quietly, went into his room and laid down beside him. Dib was still asleep but Tak didn't care he couldn't talk to her or even acknowledge her presence but the mere fact he was there made her feel so much better. Looking at his sleeping form, she sighed. He was the only being in the known universe that cared even a tiny bit about her. Out of Billions of galaxies with trillions of stars and quadrillions of planets and the only one sentient being that tore at her heart was laying right there, suffering from illness that she had helped to induce when she tried to make Irk care about her. “Maybe you humans were onto something with that star-crossed lover bullshit.” Tak said as she placed a kiss on his forehead, noticing that his fever was starting to fall a little bit. Dib let out a snore and Tak knew that he was deep asleep.
Tak left Dib's room heading to find someone else she could talk to, but she didn't know who she could do that with. All she knew was that she needed someone. She then headed down the hall and towards the kitchen. Anyone but him.... She thought as she looked into the kitchen where Frank was making a glass of lemonade while he was looking at his shotgun again.
“Where's Kathy?” Tak asked. She knew that Kathy might be more sympathetic towards her.
“Taking care of a pig. They have an infected boil behind some of their ears and Kathy went to lance them and remove the infection.” Frank explained.
“Let's get right to it then.” Tak said sitting down. “We hate each others guts and once this is all over, we will never darken each others doorsteps again. The only reason we are working is that we have the same goal in the end.”
“The only way I can see this being over is honestly when I am dead. Either it would be by the length of this standoff or your bug people killing me. You're probably going to be dead too Miss Ant Queen. You're a traitor to your people and I doubt that they will be merciful to you. I am sure the Irkens expected some resitance but not a girl like you resisting them.” Frank said taking a drink of his lemonade.
“Funny thing is Pig Smelly, Earth is the first planet Irk had to have someone is my position. Zim had sent some of his old Skool history textbooks to the Tallest. They kept them in storage and I was the only one to think to use it for proper ideas. All they did was read the chapter summaries.” Tak explained.
“I have a question,” Frank said. “If you were the only one who really studied Earth history, why were you seen to need the job in the first place?”
“One, the Tallest save me from floating around in the endless void of space in my escape pod.” Tak said, not mentioning why she was there in the first place. “They had some trouble out of a group called 'The Resisty' and wanted me to help crush human's spirit or make them love us. It was only after Red had a passing mention of Zim's old history books, I decided to study them. And believe me it was hard when the latest chapter was 'Here Comes Utah' when it became a state in 1896. Yet there was enough when I found a book about World War II. But anyway I decided to study my then enemy's past. Believe me, I did a lot you humans did to each other before. Yet I had a lot to think about. I was ordered to go after Dib and his father and I put the show on so the Tallest would leave me alone. I acted like I didn't care but I did. Let me just say, you humans know how to really shut down guilt with that alcohol stuff. Never would have been able to do it without that.” Tak laughed in a morbid sarcastic manner.
“Didn't know you bugs could get drunk.” Frank said.
“Well we can get 'buzzed' at least. But the point of my story, and why I revealed so much about my past to you, is that I want you to teach me and Dib the art of the shotgun. I think Professor Membrane is getting close to a way to break Irken paste suits But those suits can withstand my standard issue.” Tak said as she pulled out a laser gun and slid it across the table to Frank.
“Why do you trust me with this?” Frank asked looking at the advanced technology in front of him with confusion.
“Well other than the obvious fact you probably don't know how to use it here are my reasons: One, it is to earn your trust. If I give you my weapon, you can figure it out and do what you want with it and now I am unarmed so I can't pull a fast one on you. Two it is to make a tutoring pact. Basically if you teach me yours, I will teach you mine.” Tak explained. This was like so many deals she had to make when she was hunting down Zim that this was second nature to her. “They are laser guns and are all over the place when an Irken is killed. So they would be all over the place and they are simple to use. They have to be. Most soldiers in the Irken military are not that bright. If the human resistance gets a hold of them and uses them effectively, with the damage Professor Membrane's concoction will do in addition to your human weapons, it may make Irk want to leave. Or at least make this planet too costly for them to keep a hold of.” Tak explained.
“Sounds good to me.” Frank smiled.
“Good.” Tak said as she heard footsteps at the kitchen entrance.
“If Irk leaves, what'll happen to you?” Dib asked while still drowsy. “You won't go with them? You can't! And what ARE you planning with Frank?”
“He'll teach me and you shotgun skills if I teach you and him the laser guns all Irkens are issued.” Tak said simply. She was no good when it came to high stress and tension negotiations and all she could think of was the mission, no one else. “I'm going to fix what I helped to break.” Tak said with a note of shame. She then got up and kissed Dib on the cheek.
“But if we win?” Dib asked. All he really cared about was Tak and could leave Earth behind in his mind. Yet he still struggled with the idea of abandoning humanity after what all he tried to do. Even if Tak did help them run off the Tallest and the Irken Empire, she would still be marked as one of the evil invading Irkens. Sure Tak could wear her disguise around people and when she was alone with Dib, Tak could take it off, but then there was still a good chance that people would find out. Not to mention, he didn't want Tak to feel any more guilty than she already was. She was already guilt-ridden. Dib was going to find some way that she could let that fade.
“I'll cross that bridge when we get there.” Tak said as Dib's face fell. “But whatever it is, you'll be there with me.” She got up and hugged Dib and kissed him deeply on the lips. “YOU are the reason I am here. I care too much to see something happen to you.”
Frank looked on with an adoring smile at their love and then interrupted. “You mentioned a group called 'The Resisty' a bunch who are dong something similar at their home planets. Do you know how to get a hold of them? Maybe they can help.”
“I can try. At last I knew, they were led by Vortions. I have the coordinates of Vort and after the Irkens Invaded, Vortion ships are rare so I can find those easily.” Tak smiled.
“Let me be in charge of contacting them.” Dib said putting his hand on Tak's shoulder. “I have been sending messages to alien races since I was a young child. I know exactly what to do.” He then got up and headed to the basement. “You have an old radio? And can I use that old satellite dish in the yard?”
“Yes on both counts.” Frank nodded.
“Hey, Tak is my dad still there?” Dib asked.
“Yeah.” Tak nodded. “Are you feeling better?”
Dib coughed and looked at Tak. “I'm feeling well enough.” He coughed and looked up. “Besides, all I am doing now is crying over Gaz and lying about while you guys and Dad actually work towards fighting the Irkens. Intergalactic communications devices are nothing for me to make. I have to do something and if calling in reinforcements is what I need to do, I will do it.” Dib said.
Dib turned and headed to the basement of the house and looked at the old radios on the side of the wall. These radios where older than the ones he made other intergalactic communications devices from before but he knew a lot about radio equipment already. He pulled down an old shortwave radio, pulled out a screwdriver and opened the casing of the radio. All he really had to do was amplify the broadcast it and hook it up to the twenty-five year old satellite dish that Frank had in the backyard he said that Dib could use. What the real challenge was going to be was to find the pockets of The Resisty in the Universe. That was where Tak's equipment and knowledge was going to come into play and would help. Feeling another coughing fit coming on, Dib pulled up an oily rag and coughed into it, leaving slight blackish-brown marks all over his face.
“Son, what are you doing here?” Professor Membrane asked looking up from Skoodge's body. He was too absorbed in his work to notice Dib coming in.
“Dad!” Dib said looking his way.
“You feeling better now?” Professor Membrane asked.
“A little...” Dib said coughing into the oily rag again. “But I had to do something. I was going crazy in bed thinking of....” He was about to say 'what Gaz did' but he trailed off at the look on his father's face. Despite the goggles and high collared lab coat, Dib could read his father's expression like a book. Normally the coat he was famous for was pure white, clean and meticulous, with not a thread out of place. From the time he was little, Dib could never see his father as unclean. “...everything.” Dib then turned the radio so that he could broadcast the message he had wrote down for The Resisty. Satisfied his repairs could do the job, Dib began to compose the message he had written down. 'Dear Resisty, This broadcast is from Earth Rebels from the star Solus, a recently conquered planet that was forced into the Irken Empire. We are a small force but with great skill who need the Resisty's help. Rebels have killed Irken commanders by the names of Uto, Larkz, and Skoodge who was the conqueror of Blorch. Our medal is worthy of your assistance. Please reply. We will meet your leaders at the Rendell homestead on Earth. Coordinates are given.” Dib wrote down.
“What are you writing?” Professor Membrane asked looking over at Dib.
“Preparing a message for The Resisty.” Dib said simply. “That is why I was working on the radio. I will hook it up to Frank's satellite dish and send it out.
“You might want to encode that in binary as well.” Professor Membrane said as he saw Dib's note. “The Irkens send a lot of messages by that method. I saw that while I was captured.” He added at Dib's amazed expression.
“I plan on sending it like they did the message they did on the Voyager Satellite I will send it in multiple languages, binary and have Tak translate it into Irken as well. It might help. All I can do is try.” Dib smiled.
“Use SETI's programs too. Irk didn't bother blocking it because they knew it was only for looking for any life. Once it was found out, they didn't bother with it. Use it to scan for what the Irkens and other races are saying about this too. Know your allies son.” Professor Membrane said.
“How.. how did you know that Dad?” Dib asked. This was stuff he never thought his dad would care about.
“Oh the Irkens were very careless around me when I was captured They thought of it as daily business that the captives would find no use of.” Professor Membrane smiled. “Guess they were wrong.”
“We are arrogant people, yes.” Tak said.
“Tak!” Dib turned back in surprise. Last he knew Tak was with Frank planning their last stands or their futures. Tak's despondent talk hurt him, as all he could think of was freeing Earth from the Irkens and living happily ever after with Tak. Yet part of him knew she was right with the things that she was saying. It was highly unlikely that any of them would make it out of this alive. It was more about freeing humanity and not just their relationship. Dib and Tak had a nice ring to it and if they wanted to, they could just fly off into outer-space and leave. Yet Dib cared too much about the rest of humanity to leave and Tak cared too much about Dib to let his efforts to be a total waste when she had so much to offer to help the humans win against the Irkens. It was decided just with Tak and Dib looking at each other they would see the efforts they were making to the end, be it their own demise or the freedom they were seeing so desperately.
“So, how did it go with Frank?” Dib asked.
“Well we begin training tomorrow.” Tak smiled. “You guys will learn the shotgun and I will train you on Irken laser guns. I did manage to pick up Uto and Larkz's guns as well. Those bastards.” Tak said pulling out the laser guns and twirled them around on her fingers.
“Wow.” Dib said at her sci-fi gunslinger tricks. “You really are amazing.”
“You know it.” Tak smiled. She noticed the paper with the note Dib had written down to send to The Resisty. “What's this?” She asked.
“Oh, my script for my broadcast to The Resisty.” Dib said, “The radio is ready so now all I have to do attach it to Frank's satellite dish and send it out when you give me the coordinates to Vort.”
Tak smiled. Dib was brilliant and she knew he was unlike any other person or being she had ever known. “Want to broadcast that message now?”
“Sure.” Dib said.
“First let me do this.” Tak said as she took an old tape recorder and made a few adjustments and a laser flash over the tape. “Now we can record the messages and they will play over and over without one of us being there constantly. I will set the satellite dish so that it will go to Vortion hot spots. They run The Resisty and will be who we talk to. I will also keep my disguise on so that when they do show up, I won't scare them off. They have a sore spot where Irkens are concerned and they will not believe me that I am against them.” Tak smiled as she turned her disguise back on.
“Well, either Irken or human you still look pretty good.” Dib smiled playfully. “I never thought I would think you would look so good to me than you do now.”
“Oh you are so adorable Dib.” Tak said moving closer to Dib with a smirk on her face. “I love you Dib.”
“I love you too Tak.” Dib said kissing her. “Now let's broadcast this message.”
Dib and Tak headed up the pathway to the old satellite dish and they recorded their messages into the tape recorder they hooked up to the broadcasting radio. Dib had recorded the messages in English, Latin (as he had learned it since he was young due to Latin being a vital part of scientific language.) Binary and then Tak recorded the message in both Irken and Vortian. (She had learned many alien languages in her quest to find Zim and as Vortian was another major player in the universe's empires, she learned it.) Then as she finished up the Vortian part of the message, she attached a small yet motor to the satellite dish and programmed it to find Vortian ships and the planet Vort.
“Whoo, that was easier than I thought it would be.” Dib sighed as he laid back on a rock and Tak curled up beside him.
“Yes it was. But it was important we did it.” Tak said as she kissed Dib.
“Yeah.” Dib said as a bright white light flashed in front of them.
“I am LORD NAR, leader of THE RESISTY! Is this the Rendell Homestead we were asked to come to?” Lord Nar said as he looked around.
“Yes... yes it is....” Dib said amazed.
“Who are you?” Lord Nar asked.
“I am Dib Membrane and Kat Mann” Dib said pointing to Tak using her human disguise name. “We are leaders under Frank and Kathy Rendell who run the human resistance.”
“Take me to them.” Lord Nar said simply.
This is going to make things awkward with Frank....Tak thought as she and Dib led Lord Nar to the farmhouse.
So how was that? Good? Bad? Unexpected? Let me know in a review. I don't have much to say here but I doubt you were expecting Lord Nar. Anyway remember to read (well you just did) and to review. Ciao for now,