Chapter 11: Secret Meeting
Officer Aly sat and drank her coffee quietly while reading the paper, then her pager went off. She took it out and looked at it. With the odd words written, she knew exactly what that meant. It made a giant smile grow on her face. A forgotten toon language, now is used by the toons living underground to send secret messages to each other about meetings and stuff. This one read - Tasecre gameetin eatonigh, gabrin eath kapin kaduc. Translation: Secret meeting tonight, bring the pink duck.
After this awful day of cogness, Sparkle was looking forward to bed. She was about to climb in but a firm and threatening grip on her shoulder scared her. She turned around to see a scary, yet kind face. Officer Aly!
"Come on kid. We have somewhere we need to be tonight. It's fine, they said you can leave the property.
About 15 minutes later they arrived at the secret meeting location. It was one of the old Toon HQ's. It was in pretty good condition but there was yellow tape around it saying do not enter. They entered anyway.
Inside, sitting in a circle were shadows of toons. When getting closer Sparkle was able to make them out. She noticed toons she knew such as a couple agents from TIBG. There were also some Loony Lab scientists and Lil Ol' Man. It seems the guy wasn't easily persuaded to the cogs' side. He can be stubborn sometimes. Salmon was also sitting here so Sparkle assumed that maybe she was wrong about this being some sort of cog resistance. She was sure she felt that Aly was on her side. Huh well she'll find out what it's about here soon.
"Hey everyone!" A shout in a familiar rough yet sweet voice shouted out.
Future Speckles had just walked in behind her and Aly. A pink cat walked with her.
"Hey! You made it out alive! That is so great." Future Speckles said looking down at Sparkle.
Salmon stood up. "Please everyone, come in and sit down. I want to get straight to the point of this meeting. Hopefully this will be the last one we will ever have."
The toons at down in a circle together. Salmon did the bored emotion while waiting.
"Alright, it seems a few toons are missing but it won't matter after we send her back." Salmon said pointing at Sparkle.
'Y'all gonna start without lil ol' me?" A tall yellow rabbit said standing in the back doorway.
Everyone turned to look at her and was shocked.
"Um we were waiting on Sea Salt and Danny but I guess it would be nice to have you here too Salty." Salmon said confused.
"That's the reaction I get? I've been missing for years and when I finally show up this is what I get? Geez! I was expecting some better reactions!" Salty said.
"Um excuse me Miss Salty," Speckles started. "But um, where have you been these past years?"
Salty smiled. "So glad you asked that Speckles. I am getting old so I decided to sit this one out and see how all of you do on your own. I wanted to know if we can really rely on today's toons to take care of Toontown. By the looks of things, well I decided it was time that you got a little help from me. Although I'm kinda late because once you send Speckles to the past all of this will go away. I at least wanted you to know what I was up to before everything changes."
All eyes were on the small pink duck.
"Me?" Sparkle said confused.
"There's no hiding it. They know." Speckles said looking down at her younger self.
"Yep we do, but our past selves don't." Salty said.
Speckles closed her eyes to keep from the tears coming out. "Maybe if I had done something sooner without worrying about revealing myself then everything wouldn't be like this."
There was a long silence then sirens went off. The cogs knew about their meeting.