It was a typical night in New Manhattan. But at that moment a not so typical robbery was taking place. No one knew of it though for the robber was intelligent enough to make the steal fast and silent. A tall figure crept through the halls of the Scientific Innovations Museum and walked into the "Originators Room". The figure then slowly walked to the glass case at the far end of the room and stood in front of the display with the first ever molecule stabilizer. The figure carefully lifted the glass case and took the stabilizer. Before anyone could notice the thief ran into the night.
Some time later another figure was running through the night, but not because he committed a crime. The person running was Torbin Zixx, and he was running because not one but three enemies were chasing him. The mercenary was minding his own business until his less than pleased former clients decided to jump him and attack. As he made it to what seemed like the sixth or seventh roof top he was on Zixx took a moment to stop and catch his breath. But suddenly he heard a shout from behind and turned just in time to see a fist come at him. He managed to leap away but was then smacked in the chest, slamming into a wall. Zixx groaned painfully from the hit and looked up through blurred eyes to see Boss Zukko, Big Red and Jammerhead. Big Red raised his large claw to crush Torbin but the mercenary managed to trip him over and leaped over the trio to keep a far distance between him and them. However Zixx soon found himself backed into a wall and his enemies began approaching him menacingly.
"No escape this time, Zixx." Zukko stated and readied his blaster.
"I'm gonna make you squirm for cheating me." Big Red added and snapped his claws.
"And I'll dance on your grave afterwards." Jammerhead stated with a mad cackle.
Zixx felt a cold sweat drop down his face but still kept himself calm. He slowly reached for one of his dual blasters but just as he was about to draw a light purple shockwave that seemed to come out of no where and knocked the criminals of their feet. The mercenary looked at the trio groaning in a painful pile then looked to the rooftop towards the right and saw not only where the shockwave came fro but who made it. Standing at the edge was a smirking Donatello. The smart turtle leaped from the second roof and came to stand at Zixx's side.
"Need any help?" Donnie asked with a smile. Zixx blinked in surprise is at first it then he smirked.
"You couldn't have offered at a better time. I'll handle Big Red, you take care of Jammerhead and then we'll both deal with Zukko. Watch yourself." Zixx said and with a nod from Donnie the two charged at their three enemies, who had gotten up and were also ready to fight.
While Big Red had a larger frame and sharp pinching claws, Zixx was faster and able to out maneuver the the Thermadorian mobster. Soon he manged to aim his blaster straight at his chest and shot the paralyzing bullet which knocked him out. Donnie was having a difficult time in subduing the slick Street Phantom leader but after a hard smack from his cyber Bo staff he took out Jammerhead. That finally left Zukko to deal with, and the Triceraton boss wasted no time in attacking first. He charged his hard skull at Zixx for a full on tackle but Zixx managed to block the hit and hold him off with his blasters braced against the horned head. While the two mortal enemies struggled to push the other Donnie rushed to a nearby flag pole and grabbed the rope tied around it and wrapped one end discretely around Zukko's tail. Donnie then went back to the pull and pressed the automatic puller and soon the rope was pulled hard and raised Zukko high up to the top. Luckily a hit on the head from Zixx's blasters managed to knock him out before the Zukko could cut the rope and escape. With all of their enemies dealt with Donnie and Zixx walked towards each other to speak to one another.
"Are you alright? I hope I didn't come to late and you ended up hurt." Donnie said in a worried tone.
"Relax, Lilac. Just a little hit is all. I'm perfectly fine." Zixx assured with a smile.
"That's good. I would have hate to have seen that handsome face ruined." Donnie said with a flirtatious smile. The mercenary returned the smile and pulled Donnie into a loving embrace.
"Well as you can see my handsome face is perfectly fine. But just to be safe, how about you give my lips some TLC and make sure they work?" Zixx asked with a suggestive look.
"I'd be happy to help." Donnie whispered softly and closed his eyes before he lent in to kiss the man he loved. There was a sweet, romantic silence in the air until spoke again and ruined the quiet. But he talked in a voice not his own.
"Yo Donnie! Hey, Egghead, wake up!" Shouted Zixx in Raph's voice and suddenly the entire scene became a white blur.
Donnie snorted a bit in his sleep and awoke with a start. He looked around himself to see that once again he had fallen asleep in his lab. Upon reading the time of the clock, which was three forty seven PM, Donnie realized he'd been asleep for more than six hours. The smart turtle groaned and yawned tiredly but was then startled again by the booming voice of his brother over the intercom.
"Don, wake up bro! Serling twisted the wires in his shoulders again while we were sparring and he needs your help." Raph stated over the intercom.
"Well it wouldn't have happened if you weren't being such a brute in our fighting practice." Serling's voice rang out in the background.
"I ain't no brute, you're just a sissy wimp!" Raph stated. Donnie rolled his eyes humorously and stood up then grabbed his tool kit before going to the spar room and help Serling.
Once Donnie got to the spar room he immediately went to work in repairing Serling's twisted shoulder wires. And being the expert mediator that he was the smart turtle was able to keep the peace between his brother and the robotic butler as well before they ended up hurting themselves even more. Soon the wires were repaired and Donnie reattached the arms.
"There you go, Serling. That should fix you." Donnie said with a smile. Serling moved his shoulder around a bit and was very happy to see that they weren't hurting like before.
"That's wonderful, Master Donatello. Thank you so much for assisting me. I'm sorry for the inconvenience. I'd ask Master Cody or Miss Starlee but they had left with your father and two other brothers to attend one of those anime conventions in California. So that leaves us civilized folk stuck here with this barbarian." Serling said with a glare to Raph and gestured to him.
"Bite me, ya overgrown toaster! I can be civilized plenty. Just not with people I don't like. Namely you!" Raph stated and gave a less than polite gesture of his own to Serling before storming off.
"Now hold it one moment, you cretin! I won't take such an offense standing up!" Serling stated and followed after Raph. Donnie could only chuckle at the sight.
"I don't know why we pay for cable when we have those two." Donnie said to himself and then noticed the newspaper out the corner of his eye. The smart turtle picked up the paper and read the front page headline, then gasped at what it read.
First ever made molecule stabilizer worth twenty million credits stolen from Scientific Innovations Museum last night! Peace Keepers roaming the city for suspects and checking local black markets. Torbin Zixx now considered prime suspect.
Donnie gasped in shock at seeing this. Torbin Zixx was back in the city? He hadn't heard anything about the mercenary after that business with the experimental matter transmitter. And since that day Donnie has been having dreams like the one he just had twenty minutes ago about Zixx. Not to mention that was one of the more 'soft core' dreams. But of course the smart turtle wouldn't dare reveal that to his family. Especially Raph considering his hot head brother would hunt Zixx down to snap his neck. Getting his mind back to the subject of the theft, Donnie thought it over for a while before smirking. Maybe he'll pay the museum a late night visit.
At fifteen minutes past nine PM, the museum where the molecule stabilizer was stolen had long since closed. But that didn't impede a late night visitor from arriving to make an entrance via the roof. The stealthy figure knelt down to one of the skylight windows and mildly touched a lock that appeared to have been eaten through with acid. The figure then opened the window and landed gently on the ground. The figure walked down to the end of the room towards the display case that once housed the molecule stabilizer. As the figure stepped into the light it revealed the inquisitive face of Torbin Zixx. While the man inspected the case he didn't notice someone approach him from behind.
"Coming back to admire your work?" Asked the voice. Zixx turned around to see his favorite turtle Donnie standing there with a cute stern expression. The mercenary grinned and gave a bow.
"Lilac, you look positively ravishing this evening." Zixx said charmingly.
"Save the sweet talk for your lawyer, Zixx. I've caught you." Donnie stated and pointed his staff at the mercenary accusingly.
"Oh? And what did you catch me at?" Zixx asked with a smug smirk.
"The scene of your crime from stealing the molecule stabilizer. And you're so cocky that you return to observe your handiwork." Donnie stated. Zixx seemed to actually consider this as he nodded in mild understanding.
"An interesting theory, but I'm afraid it's incorrect. I'm actually here to find out who really committed the robbery. I would never steal something like the first molecule stabilizer. It's a scientific treasure. It belongs here where the whole world can admire it." Zixx stated as he gestured to the empty display case.
"Yeah right. We're not playing poker, Torbin, so quit being a card." Donnie said with crossed arms and the same stern expression. Zixx rolled his eyes and gestured towards the bottom stand where the empty case stood.
"Look there." Zixx said. Donnie looked where the mercenary was pointed and was surprised to see the alarm wired burnt through. He walked over towards it and lightly touched the damaged wire.
"Looks like some kind of acid was used to chew through the alarm wire, just like the lock on the skylight. So?" Donnie asked as he looked towards the mercenary.
"So that's not my style, Lilac. Too old fashioned and cliche like. No finesse or real effort." Zixx said and took out an automatic glass cutter from his cloak. He attached the circular suction cup to the center of the display case and pressed the red button on it and the blade cut a circle around the suction cup. After the blade finished it's work the mercenary pulled off the suction cup which now had the cut glass onto the sticky bottom. "See?" Zixx asked with a cocky grin as he showed Donnie his work who seemed to realize now that perhaps Zixx wasn't the offender.
"Alright then. If you're truly innocent come with me to meet the Peace Keepers and tell them your story." Donnie said. The mercenary looked at him in shock at first but then he laughed and tossed the cut glass before putting away his gadget.
"That's also not my style, Lilac. I don't do that whole 'turn yourself in for the greater good' thing like in the movies. But do I fit well into the role of 'dashing rogue who the morally good protagonist falls in love with'. So how about we run off into the night? I'll even let you see under my mask if you let me see under yours." Zixx said and approached Donnie then moved his hand to tenderly stroke the side of the turtle's face, lightly grabbing hold of his mask. The smart turtle blushed hotly and seemed to start falling under Torbin's sway but then snapped out of it and leaped back and took on a fighting stance.
"The only place we'll be running off to in the night is New Manhattan Prison." Donnie stated adamantly. Zixx held a disappointed expression at Donnie's choice but then he smirked as he cracked out a whip.
"Don't overstep your boundaries, Lilac. You may be very special to me but not even I hold back against those I love. Besides, cute turtles like you are just geckos in shells to a person like me." Zixx said and the two began to charge in and fight until Raph came down from the skylight and stood between them.
"Raph!" Donnie exclaimed in shock.
"I saw the theft in the paper and came to check it out. Didn't think I'd have company." Raph said with a glare to the mercenary who took the chance to run off.
"After him!" Donnie exclaimed and the brothers went into a hot pursuit.
The mercenary leaped from the tall crates to the second level of the museum before finally reaching the open skylight window. As Zixx ran out onto the roof Raph and Donnie weren't far behind. When they got onto the roof, however, they didn't see Torbin anywhere. Raph stepped looked around the area cautiously to find Zixx.
"Come on out, Zixx! There ain't no point in hidin' from me so just come out and take yer lumps!" Raph called out.
"Oh, I'll gladly take my lumps." Called back the voice of Zixx by Donnie's left and he turned just in time to receive a surprising kiss on his lips. Donnie blushed hotly while Raph's mouth dropped and he angrily stuttered over his words. When the mercenary pulled back from Donnie he looked at Raph with a smirk. "Sugar lumps, that is." Zixx said with a wink.
"MY FIST WILL GIVE YA SUGAR, YOU BASTARD!" Raph shouted and charged at Zixx with a balled fist but Zixx quickly tossed a net and it wrapped around the hot head tightly and made him fall. As Donnie tended to his brother Zixx flipped towards the edge of the roof then blew a kiss to Donnie.
"Adieu mon Lilas. We'll talk again soon." Zixx said and leaped off the edge of the building then flew off in his cruiser.
"Damn it, he got away! Thanks for the help back there Donnie!" Raph stated angrily to his brother.
"Hey, you'd be caught off guard too if a guy suddenly kissed you out of no where." Donnie said as he worked to untie the net.
"No I wouldn't! And you know why? Because I'd knock the chump on his ass before he could even touch me! What is it with you and that guy? Don't tell me you still got a crush on him?" Raph asked.
"Well, I still find him attractive and all yes. But that's not important right now. Look Zixx didn't steal the molecule stabilizer." Donnie said and finally managed to untie Raph.
"How do ya know that?" Raph asked curiously.
"I just.....know. I guess you could call it intuition." Donnie said.
"Oh boy, now he's got intuition all of a sudden. Look Don, only Zixx could've stolen that stabilizer and he came back to the scene of the crime. The next time he shows his face I'm nailing his ass to the wall with or without you." Raph said and walked off.
"Come on Raph, we don't even have proof that...." Donnie started but Raph turned to stop him.
"Just get yer head together next time." Raph stated with a sharp look and turned away then leaped towards the roof beyond. The smart turtle gave a huff and crossed his arms in annoyance.
"Dork." The smart turtle said to himself and followed after Raph to head home.
The next day Donnie had gone with Serling to run some errands and get materials with which to clean the penthouse. After their shopping and tidying up of the place Donnie had left to his room for a rest. But as soon as he closed the door behind him the smart turtle noticed something that didn't belong. A small dark red box with a purple ribbon tying it together. Donnie cautiously walked over towards it and checked the box for a card and found one. It was a plain square of white paper with a message written on it in gold calligraphy.
"To my beautiful Lilac. I hope you like the present. Meet me at the Coralstone Pier tonight at seven by yourself. Don't forget to bring those lips", read the card.
Donnie gasped in shock and looked around the room to see if anyone was watching. Then he opened his window to see if anyone outside but again no one was there. Finally the smart turtle turned back to the box and after unwrapping the ribbons he opened the box and gasped at what was inside. On a platinum chain hung a twenty four karat amethyst pendant. Donnie tenderly pulled out the pendant and stared at it in awe. Despite himself Donnie held the jewelry close to his chest and sighed dreamily.
At the time of six forty five Torbin Zixx was leaning casually against a crate and whistled a nameless tune as he waited for Donnie at the Coralstone Pier. His friend happened to own the pier so he wouldn't have to worry about being sold out by any passers by. Zixx heard the sound of footsteps behind him and even without looking he knew his Lilac had arrived and smirked.
"I knew you'd show up sooner. You seemed like the super punctual type." Zixx said knowingly and turned to Donnie with a charming smile. Though he loved knowing those pearly whites were directed at him Donnie steeled himself not to swoon and got down to business.
"I won't even ask how you knew where I lived since you've broken into O'Neil Teach before, but how did you know where my room was?" Donnie asked.
"Thief's intuition, Lilac. It was my special sense that led me there. Plus I've seen you go in there." Zixx said.
"So what, you're stalking me?" Donnie asked with a glare.
"Stalking is such a strong word. I prefer the term 'studying a subject'. You of all people should understand how that is given your obvious intelligence." Zixx said with a smile. Donnie's glare softened but he remained on his toes.
"Why did you call me here?" Donnie asked. For once Zixx took on a serious face and approached Donnie halfway.
"Because I'm innocent. I really didn't steal the molecule stabilizer nor did I help do it. I can't go to the Peace Keepers for help and you're the only one I can turn to. You're smart, strong and fast. And I don't just say that to anyone. You're the only one who's ever figured out a Torbin Zixx scheme so I know you're special. I'd really appreciate your help....Donnie." Zixx said took the purple masked turtle's hand tenderly and gave a pleading, puppy dog look. Donnie gave a sympathetic expression and after a minute of thought he nodded.
"Alright, Torbin, I'll help you. But only under one condition." Donnie said.
"Anything you want." Zixx said with a smile.
"If I find out at any point that you've been lying to me you'll give up and turn yourself in." Donnie said. Zixx smiled even more at this and nodded.
"It's a deal, Cher. I look forward to working with you." Zixx said and kissed Donnie's hand then gave a wink. The turtle blushed and snatched his hand away and turned from Zixx to cool himself down.
"W-well we can't just stand here! L-let's get going!" Donnie stated and ran ahead. Zixx chuckled at Donnie's shyness and hastily followed.
Meanwhile back at O'Neil Tech, Raph was talking to Leo about the events of the previous night.
"So Zixx is back in town, huh? I wish I could come and help Raph but I need to stay to make sure that Mikey, Cody and Starlee don't jump on the walls from excitement and that Master Splinter doesn't get into a rant about any inaccuracies of Japanese culture." Leo said to the holographic form of his brother.
"Yeah, I know. I understand and all but I just wish I had someone else to help. Donnie's still obviously head over heels for Zixx and I don't think he'll get off cloud nine long enough to find that molecule thing." Raph said.
"Well even though Donnie likes Zixx I'm sure he'll get his head in the game. Besides, you said that Donnie told you Zixx didn't do it. He wouldn't have said so if he wasn't sure." Leo pointed out.
"Yeah I know, but I'm sure that Zixx has something ta do with this. And I won't rule him out just yet." Raph stated.
"Just watch yourself around him. You know how Zixx is with mind games. See you later, Raph." Leo said and ended the transmission. He then laid down on the bed of the hotel room and stared at the ceiling, praying that Donnie knew what he was doing.
At this time Donnie and Zixx were on a rooftop over looking a nearby bar to get leads on who stole the molecule stabilizer.
"The Jagged Hook? This is the sleaziest bar in New Manhattan." Donnie said as he looked to Zixx.
"I know. This is the exact place where we can get the information we need about who stole the molecule stabilizer. But of course if you're scared feel free to stand close to me, Lilac. I'll protect you." Zixx said and leaned in to Donnie. The turtle puffed his cheeks in offense and tried to make himself look bigger and tougher.
"I'm not scared! And I don't need protection either! Let's get going." Donnie said and slid down the ladder and was soon joined by Torbin.
Inside the bar the air was thick with the smell of cheap cigars and even cheaper booze. The men, human and alien alike, were all playing poker while the women were either tending to the patrons or hanging on the arm of their chosen beau for that night. No one really looked up when Zixx opened the door and walked in because it was common place to see the mercenary in the Jagged Hook. However as soon as Donnie walked in the turtle caught the eyes of everyone. Men were enamored while women were envious.
"Whoa-ho, what do we have here? I didn't know angels could walk into bars." A patron said as Donnie walked past.
"Hey there, cutie." Another patron greeted in a lustful way. Donnie felt uneasy as the men whistled and made catcalls to him while the women gave him looks that promised death. It wasn't until he bumped into someone did Donnie look forward and saw a big burly man stand before him with a hungry stare.
"Hey turtle, how about you let me get a peek inside that shell?" The man asked as he reached out to Donnie but his hand was intercepted when another grabbed his wrist. Donnie looked to see that his savior was Zixx, and he looked rather infuriated.
"You want to get in a shell, creep? Bury yourself in oysters." Zixx stated.
"Grr, lay off Zixx! This turtle ain't got your name on 'em. I can do what I want, and I aim ta do him." The guy said as he tried to struggle out of Zixx's grip but instead was lifted up from his feet and tossed into an empty table after the mercenary flipped him over. Smirking at his accomplishment of dealing with the creep Zixx turned to the crowd of drunk losers who dared to hit on his Lilac.
"So, anyone else want to try and get fresh with my turtle?" Zixx asked and gave an expression that said not to trifle with him. As everyone backed off Zixx's eyes turned to a middle aged brunette man in a white lab coat who started to get up and walk away but Zixx stopped him. "Hold it, buster. You sit down." Zixx ordered. The man gulped and wiped the growing sweat from his face.
"I-I-I got nothin' ta say to you, Zixx." The man said and started to walk off until Donnie flipped in front of him and grabbed a chair and forced the man to sit down before pushing him back to the table.
"Didn't your mother ever teach you that it's rude to run off when people want to talk to you?" Donnie asked teasingly.
"Wha-wha-what do you want?" The man asked as he looked back and forth between Zixx and Donnie. Zixx took out a small plastic bag with acid chewed metallic dust in it.
"This is residue form the molecule stabilizer job. It was used to eat through the alarm wire and skylight lock." Zixx explained and let the man examine the contents before putting it back in his pocket.
"Dat's nice. But why tell me?" The man asked.
"They don't call you Maven just because you look the part. You know everything about science from basic physics to military grade advance cyber robotics. We want you to tell us where this acid came from." Zixx said and took out the lock that was eaten through with acid. Maven looked at the lock for a moment and hummed in thought.
"Let's see here...Basic corrosive compound. Looks like you're after a local manufacturer. Four people make this kind of acid, but now it's only three. The fourth one went out of business last I heard." Maven answered.
"We want a list of those places, even the one out of business. Right now." Zixx said and set down an electronic notepad. Maven quickly typed in the names places that developed the acid and handed it to Zixx. Soon after the two left from out of the bar and went to the outskirts of the pier area.
"If you hand me the notepad I can cross reference it and scan for anyone who specializes in that acid." Donnie said and switched on the built in computer in his gear.
"Sure. You see now why I chose you to help? Your brothers never would have thought to do something like that. You're really on top of things, Lilac." Zixx said with a smile at which Donnie couldn't help but return.
"Thanks. And I have to be honest when I say I agree with you. Leo would've probably thought of the idea later while Mikey would grow confused about it. And dear old Raph would just bash in people's heads until they gave him an answer." Donnie said with a chuckle as he uploaded the list into his computer and began cross referencing for a match.
"Sounds like you're the glue that holds your brothers together." Zixx said.
"Yes. I guess you could say I am." Donnie said.
"But I wonder....how does your glue taste?" Zixx asked.
"What do you mean by....?" But Donnie's question was cut short when a pair of warm lips sealed themselves around his.
Donnie was so stunned that he didn't even know whether he should push Zixx or lean in, so he just stood there. Zixx of course wanted Donnie to react to his touch. So he probed his tongue a bit deeper into the unsuspecting mouth and even pulled Donnie into a tender embrace. Soon the smart turtle started to react and in just the way Zixx hoped, he wrapped his arms around the strong torso and moaned as he deepened the kiss. The mercenary relished this and put even more effort into the lip lock. But then they were interrupted by the sound of a ring from Donnie's computer when a match for the cross reference was found. Reluctantly the two pulled away and Donnie looked at the match that was found.
"What do ya have, Lilac?" Zixx asked, breathing particularly hard from the long kiss.
"It seems that the acid was developed by the Brampton Chemicals Lab. That's the lab that was shut down. So either someone took a bottle of the acid before the place shut down...." Donnie trailed off.
"Or someone gave the place an unplanned grand re-opening. And it's probably the latter. Let's get going, Lilac." Zixx said and the twosome left the pier.
However both were unaware that Raph was watching them from the shadows the entire time.
"What are you doing, Donnie?" Raph asked himself quietly.
Zixx and Donnie drove to the closed down science lab in the former's cruiser. It was a long trip since the lab was built near the outskirts of the city. But the drive would be worth it to finally recover the stolen molecule stabilizer. Torbin parked his cruiser by the gate surrounding the loft where the lab was and the twosome stealthily made it to the front door. Zixx then took out his automatic glass cutter and attached it to the glass window of the door.
"You know, I'm starting to wonder something. Who in the world would possibly want the molecule stabilizer?" Donnie asked.
"Maybe for the profit. That thing is worth a lot of money to antique collectors." Zixx said as he pulled off the glass cutter and pushed his arm into the hole then twisted the door knob open from the inside.
"Yeah, but I can't help feeling like there's something more to this." Donnie said as he and Zixx walked inside.
As the pair walked deeper into the building they could easily see the dust and spiderwebs that had collected over time. Several boxes were also around, either stacked up or fallen down with junk parts spilling out. Then suddenly as Zixx took his next step he heard a squishing sound at his foot.
"Huh?" The mercenary asked in surprised and stepped back to see what he stepped on.
"What is that?" Donnie asked and switched on the flashlight in his arm guard to see what Zixx stepped into. It looked like some form of purple goop, but it didn't appear to be clay or mold.
"I'm not sure. But somehow it looks familiar." Zixx said and took out a small scalpel and scrapped up a bit of the goop then took out his DNA scanner. He rubbed the sample onto the glass dish then pressed a button and the dish turned on the opposite side and the scanner processed the sample. Soon the process was complete and it projected a read out of the results. Donnie leaned closer and read the results.
"Hmm, it says that the cells consist of asexual reproduction organisms and it doesn't hold any gender chromosomes either." Donnie explained.
"Asexual reproduction organisms and no gender chromosomes? That's the sort of thing you'd expect from a shape-shifter." Zixx said.
"And you'd be correct, Torbin Zixx." Stated a low voice that didn't belong to either man.
Just then steel bars rose up and blocked the windows and the door. Zixx and Donnie quickly leaped into action with their weapons and a bright light was shined onto them. It was difficult to see clearly but they could make out five tall figures stepping forward. And once their eyes adjusted to the light the pair could see four human men with thuggish clothes, but the fifth one was different. He wore a black suit and half of his face looked just like an enemy Donnie had thought was long since dead.
"Sh'Okanabo?!" The smart turtle asked in thought. Sh'Okanabo laughed maniacally and bared his human and sharp canine mixed teeth.
"It's been such a long time, Donatello. Though I regret that our reunion will be short lived." Sh'Okanabo stated and took out a blaster and shot it at Donnie and Zixx, unleashing two led lined nets. The traps wrapped painfully tight around the targets and the weight caused them to fall down.
"I think we found out who stole the molecule stabilizer." Zixx said.
Shortly after their capture Sh'Okanabo had his henchmen take Donnie and Zixx into another room with him. As they walked across the gangplank Zixx looked over and saw two large open tanks of acid. There was no doubt in his mind that this was the acid used to steal the stabilizer. Sh'Okanabo then stopped walking and turned to face his trapped enemies.
"I must be quite honest, I expected you both here fifteen minutes earlier. But it doesn't matter now that I have you. That way I don't have to stress myself with killing just one of you and capturing the other to do the same later." Sh'Okanabo said.
"And here I thought shape-shifters were good at multitasking. But you always did prove that truth is stranger than fiction, Sh'Okanabo. So why did you steal the molecule stabilizer anyway?" Donnie asked. The villain chuckled and reached into his suit then pulled out the old invention.
"As you recall your brother literally left me in pieces from our last encounter. So much so that I was unable to properly reconstruct myself. However the prominent part of my body, my 'heart' if you will, was able to slink away and recover. Over time I began to grow stronger but still couldn't grow back to my original state. So I searched for an affluent host that I could attach to and use both his body and bank book in order to fund the theft for the first ever made molecule stabilizer." Sh'Okanabo explained.
"But why go through the trouble of stealing that old thing and being cooped up here when other science labs have newer versions that your host could buy?" Zixx asked and while he spoke he pulled out a heat laser from his back pocket and slowly began to burn through the net.
"Doing so would cause too much attention. And even if I stayed in the shadows and had someone else buy and deliver a new stabilizer to me, my identity would still be at risk of being seen. So I settled for taking this old molecule stabilizer and with the proper upgrades it'll be able to reconstruct my cells so that I can rebuild myself into a stronger, more powerful version." The Dread Lord explained and gave an eerie laugh.
"Very smart. So what happens now? You'll hang Zixx and I over those tanks of acid and wait for the fumes to eat through the nets so we fall in?" Donnie asked.
"Oh no. If there's one thing I learned from my encounters with you two it's that you're very resourceful. So I'm just going to have my men shoot you then toss your bullet ridden corpses into the acid. There's still plenty left over to get rid of any evidence." Sh'Okanabo said with an evil grin and signaled for his henchmen to ready their guns.
"My, aren't you the smart bad guy? You even got it right about Donnie and I being resourceful. But there's one thing you didn't count on, Shook." Zixx said with a grin of his own.
"Is that so? And what did I not count on, Zixx?" Sh'Okanabo asked. Rather than reply Zixx trip kicked two henchmen then punched the other pair and quickly used the laser to burn through Donnie's restraints.
"You didn't count on me being prepared for a simple pair of nets." Zixx said with a grin. Sh'Okanabo glared at the mercenary and ran off while the henchmen got up and attacked.
Zixx was taking on the first pair of henchmen while Donnie fought the other pair. One guy grabbed Donnie from behind so that the other could punch him but Donnie managed to duck low and the man holding him ended up punched which caused him to let go. This gave the turtle the chance to kick the man in front of him and Donnie tried to whack the thug behind with his staff but he dodged the attack and grabbed the staff. Both got into a pushing war and unfortunately Donnie got on the losing end when the henchman managed to push him back over the railing into the falling distance of one of the acid tanks. It seemed like the smart turtle was sure to meet Death until someone kicked off the man leaning over him. Donnie straightened up to see his savior and was shocked to see it was Raphael.
"You okay bro?" Raph asked.
"Yeah thanks to you, but how did you find us?" Donnie asked.
"Hey, you're not the only smart one on this team. I used my natural sense of deduction." Raph said.
"You beat the answers out of the guy we talked to at the bar, didn't you?" Donnie asked with an amused look.
"Damn straight I did. By the way, where did Zixx go?" Raph asked as he looked around.
"He must have gone after Sh'Okanabo. Come on!" Donnie ordered and the brothers ran to find their semi ally before it was too late.
Sh'Okanabo ran down the gangplank to try and stopped to take a breather. However he didn't get an air in when he heard the click of boots. The Dread Lord turned around and saw Torbin standing there.
"I think you have something that belongs to me." Zixx said.
"Get back, thief!" Sh'Okanabo exclaimed and shot at Torbin with his blaster but was shocked to see the bullets go through. "Hologram." Sh'Okanabo grumbled.
"You're so right." Said a voice from above and Sh'Okanabo looked up in time to see Zixx's boot kick him in the face. The villain fell down and the molecule stabilizer went flying through the air and almost came to a crash until Sh'Okanabo caught it. "Nice catch. Like I said, you have something that belongs to me." Zixx said and took away the Dread Lord's blaster then took out his own, pressing the tip to the head side with Sh'Okanabo's face as a warning.
The villain grumbled and gave Zixx the device. As Zixx stood up to secure the stabilizer in his arsenal belt Sh'Okanabo silently reached for a large wrench. With the tool in his grasp Sh'Okanabo raised it to strike Torbin but the mercenary was fast and blocked the hit then punched the hybrid across the human part of his face. The hit was so hard that Sh'Okanabo leaned too far against the railing a fell back.
"Ah!" Sh'Okanabo exclaimed as he fell towards an acid tank but luckily his leg was caught in a chain and it stopped his deathly descent. Torbin smirked at the sight and when he heard approaching footsteps he turned to see Donnie.
"Zixx! Are you okay? Where's Sh'Okanabo?" Donnie asked.
"He's caught up and hanging around in this chain. I got the molecule stabilizer too." Zixx said and held up the device.
"That's wonderful. Now we can return it to the museum." Donnie said with a smile.
"Sorry, Lilac. I'd love to do that but I have more financially indulgent plans for this little pretty." Zixx said.
"What? But you said you wanted to prove your innocence for the theft." Donnie argued.
"I did, and now that I have I'm off. Besides this guy needs your attention more than me." Zixx said and blasted through the chain with his gun before running off.
"No! Help!" Sh'Okanabo shouted and just as he was about to hit the acid Donnie rushed in ad grabbed the chain. He struggled to pull the hybrid up but his weight was too much and the chain was slipping. Just as it was going through his fingers another pair of green hands came in and pulled the chain up.
"Raph!" Donnie exclaimed in surprise.
"You go take care of Zixx. I got this creep." The hot tempered turtle said with a smile to his brother. Donnie smiled back gratefully and went after Zixx.
Torbin had already made it to the roof top and ran across the ledge to reach the second building. Once he made it the mercenary took out his whip and lassoed it around a pipe line on the other building then swung across. By the time he was safely across Donnie came out and saw Zixx standing there with a smug look on his face.
"Better luck next time, Lilac." Zixx said.
But Donnie was determined to catch the thief and took out his staff then backed up a few feet. Once he braced himself Donnie ran swiftly and pole vaulted across the distance between the two roofs. Zixx was so surprised that he didn't even block the hit from Donnie's staff. However this caused the molecule stabilizer to hurdle into the sky again but thankfully Donnie managed to catch it. After tucking the device into his belt the turtle strolled over to Torbin with a glare.
"You were going to keep the molecule stabilizer the whole time, weren't you?" Donnie asked but he knew the answer.
"Of course I was! You didn't think I'd just give up a twenty million credit payout, did you?" Zixx asked sharply. At seeing Donnie's hurt expression the mercenary felt a heavy guilt and sighed. "Look, I'm sorry for lying to you Donnie. I admit that I was conning you again, but I meant every word I told you about your skills. You did impress before and I was really in awe tonight. I especially meant it when I said we could just run off into the night." Zixx said with a sincere look. However Donnie was not buying it.
"We're not playing poker, Torbin." Donnie said and turned away but Zixx grabbed his arm and turned him back to face him.
"No, I mean it. It'd be just you and me having the time of our lives. Every day will be an adventure and our lives will be filled with riches. And most importantly, there'd be no need for wearing masks around each other." Zixx said with an expression serious in every way as he stroked the side of Donnie's mask and rested his hand on the strap. Donnie smiled at the tenderness and laid his hand over Zixx's and the pair gazed into each other's eyes with smiles on their faces. But then Donnie gave a sad frown and pushed the mercenary away.
"We had a deal, Torbin. You lied to me and now you have to give yourself up." Donnie said. Before Zixx could speak someone else did.
"Couldn't agree more, chap." Said a British accent and the two turned to see Officer Biggles climbing up a latter. "Very good show, turtle. This apprehension could make up for all the damage you and your brothers caused. Torbin Zixx, you're under arrest." Biggles stated as he walked over with his handcuffs. Torbin glared at the robot for a moment before he gave a smirk and shrugged.
"Seems like I am. Fine, take me in officer." Zixx said and held out his wrists. "You should have said yes, Lilac." Zixx said to Donnie.
"If I did, I'd be snake with a shell instead." Donnie said with a grin and walked ahead to the exit while Biggles led a frowning Zixx towards the exit as well.
When they made it out of the building one paddy wagon arrived and took away Sh'Okanabo and his goons. Biggles and his partner meanwhile packed Zixx into the back of their squad car. As the black and white drove off Donnie watched on sadly. Raph came to his brother's side and, seeing that he was saddened by seeing the man he loved get taken away, tried to cheer him up.
"I knew that you had that creep wrapped around your finger the whole time. Great work, Don." Raph said and patted his brother on the shoulder.
"You're a lousy liar. But thanks for trying Raph." Donnie said with a small smile.
When he looked back to the Peace Keeper cruiser, however, he saw it it swerve and eventually stop. Soon both doors opened and Officer Biggles and his partner were tossed out then Zixx ran out of the cruiser and into an alley. Raph and Donnie quickly rushed to help both men and checked them for injuries.
"Are you guys okay?" Raph asked.
"Ugh, we're fine. Zixx got out of his cuffs then jumped us. Took our communicators and billy-clubs too." Biggles explained. At the sound of a loud engine roaring overhead everyone looked up to see Zixx's cruiser fly by and then it stopped mid-air and the mercenary poked his head out of the window to talk.
"I said I'd let them take me, Lilac. But I never said how far. We should do this again some time and maybe have dinner too. Adieu Cher." Torbin said and blew a kiss then flew off.
"Grr, I'll rip that bastard's lips right off his face!" Raph growled and started after the mercenary until Donnie stopped him.
"Forget about it. There'll be another time. We got the molecule stabilizer back and that's all that matters. Let's go home." Donnie said. While Raph was reluctant about it he agreed all the same.
That night as Donnie laid to rest he wore the pendant Zixx gave to him and held it close in a tender grip. His newest dream of the man was that world with just the two of them that Torbin described as they lived life in the adventurous fast lane. And it was the best dream he ever had.