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"Hey there everyone, and welcome to minisode two of W.T.F.!" Shad called out cheerfully as she stepped onto the stage. Snapping her fingers, she watched as the show's equipment began moving into position. Taking a seat in one of the chairs that sat by the table, Shad kicked her feet up as the ring finished coming up out of the floor. "Now that everything's here, let's bring out our guest announcer for this match. Everyone please give a warm welcome to Lupin!" Clapping her hands, she waited for the master thief to join her on stage.
Several minutes passed and still there was no sign of him. Shaking her head, Shad was just about to get up and drag him out on stage by his ear when a paper airplane hit her in the head. Raising an eyebrow, she picked up the paper and unfolded it, and then promptly rolled her eyes. "Excuse me, the amazingly talented thief Lupin." She said, sarcasm dripping from her words like water.
"Thank you for that fabulous introduction!" Lupin said, stepping out on stage and straightening his tie. "And for the chance to host this rather unique show you've created." Taking the empty seat on Shad's right, he smiled and waved at the camera.
Rolling her eyes yet again, Shad decided they'd wasted enough time and started the show. "Well now that the intros are over, it's time to bring out our fighters for this match. Vash and Tucker, come on out!"
The blonde haired gunfighter stumbled out on stage, rubbing his head with a wince. "Damn she hits hard. And I didn't even do anything this time; it really was Wolfwood's fault. But does she hit him, nooo. I'm the one she tries to give brain damage to." He whined, ignoring the two people at the table as he climbed into the ring.
"Ah, I see you've been having woman troubles my friend." Lupin said as he stood up and walked over to the ring. Leaning against a ring post, he smiled. "I have a feisty one myself, so to speak. She's not exactly violent to me, but she causes problems in her own way."
Before Shad could hear Vash's response, Tucker came waltzing out on stage with a coffee in his hand. Turning from the two by the ring that were discussing their issues with the opposite sex, Shad raised an eyebrow. "Did I interrupt your coffee break?" She asked annoyed.
"Nah, I just picked this up on the way in. The corner coffee stand had this really hot barista so I bought a drink and chatted her up." Tucker replied with a wave of his hand. "Personally, I hate the stuff." Setting the cup down on the table, he headed over towards the ring and found himself immediately drawn into the conversation.
Narrowing her eyes at the cup that had been left on her table, Shad was half tempted to kick it off, but then she'd have to clean it up later since the janitorial crew she usually hired was on strike and no one wanted to temp for her show. Shaking her head, she turned to face the ring and rubbed her forehead to try and disperse the migraine that was beginning to form. "Great, it's the tweedles." She muttered under her breath. "Lucky me." With a sigh, she cleared her throat…loudly. "Yo, tweedle dee, tweedle dum and tweedle dipshit, you mind putting your little conversation on hold so we can get this match started?" When the three men turned to look at her, Shad raised an eyebrow questioningly. "Well?"
"My apologies." Lupin said, rubbing the back of his head sheepishly. "I guess we did get a little carried away."
"You think?" Shad snorted.
"I think she's getting a little annoyed." Vash whispered, though it was almost too loud to be called a whisper. "We should do what she says before she decides to get really angry…we wouldn't like her when she's angry."
"Compare me to the Hulk again and I guarantee you'll live to regret it." Shad growled as Lupin made his way back over to the table.
With an 'eep', Vash ducked behind Tucker in fear. "Sorry." He squeaked out.
Shad smirked. "That's better." She said, leaning back in her chair. "Ok MakubeX, go ahead and put up the match stips so we can get this fight started." Eyeing the large screen as it dropped down from the ceiling, she watched as it came to life.
Seconds later it stopped and Lupin quickly read through it. Blinking, he turned to Shad questioningly. "Um, is that even an actual match or did the computer glitch up or something?" He asked.
"Are you implying that my computer genius doesn't know what he's doing, or that you don't like my ingenious ideas?" Shad questioned back curiously, her eyes narrowing slightly.
Gulping, Lupin pulled at his collar nervously before clearing his throat. "…uh, never mind, forget I ever said anything." He blurted out quickly. Releasing the breath he was holding when Shad shrugged and turned back to face the stage, Lupin took a deep breath and decided to start the match before he got himself into anymore trouble. "Ok, this is going to be a bungee jumping fist fight." He told the fighters that were standing inside the ring. "You'll jump from the rafters; a bungee rope attached to your feet and a safety line attached to your waist just in case, and while you're free-falling you'll try to knockout your opponent. Weapons are not allowed and the fighter left conscious wins." Finished with his speech, Lupin sat down in his chair.
Shad pulled a remote off her table, hit a button, and suddenly a ladder dropped down from the ceiling. "Well, up you go." She said, making a shooing motion with her hand as the fighters in the ring stood there looking at her.
"You've got to be kidding me." Tucker said with a shake of his head. "There's no way I'm going to jump from up there, fight or no fight." Crossing his arms, he turned his back on the two outside the ring.
Vash, however, simply shrugged and began to climb. "I've got no problem with this match, it actually sounds kinda fun." He said, climbing the rungs quickly.
As Vash reached the top and began to attach the equipment, Shad turned to look at Tucker. "You've got exactly ten seconds to get up there, or I'll call up a mutual friend of ours and have her help you to the top. By any means necessary." She said, her tone leaving no room for argument.
"If you're referring to Tex, I know she's out of the system right now." Tucker said, attempting to call the crazy lady's bluff. "There's no way you could possibly get her…here?" Gulping as Shad pulled out her phone and began to dial; Tucker began to rethink his position. "On second thought, I think maybe I will join Vash up there." He added quickly, before scaling the ladder in record time.
Lupin blinked and eyed Shad curiously. "What was that all about?" He asked.
"Nothing really." Shad replied with a shrug. "I just figured he'd need some incentive so I made sure to have Tex on standby in case I needed her to launch him to the rafters."
Lupin cocked his head to the side. "You mean escort him to the top?"
"No, I meant exactly what I said." Shad said with smirk.
Eyes widening, Lupin quickly turned towards the fighters to avoid having to see the evil look on her face. "Are you two ready to get started?" He asked, voice slightly shaky. Seeing the two fighters give thumbs up, he nodded his head. "Alright, let's go. Ready, fight!"
As soon as the words left his mouth, Shad pressed another button on her remote and sat back to watch the show.
Suddenly, Vash and Tucker were propelled off the rafters, falling head first towards the ring. "Aaaaaaah!" Vash screamed in a high pitched voice. "I'm going to die!" Flailing his arms around, he accidentally hit Tucker upside the head with his hand.
With a growl, Tucker ignored the fact that he was likely falling to his death to focus his attention on the one who'd hit him…only to be hit again as the blonde haired gunfighter's arms continued to wave around wildly. "That's it, now you're going to get it." He bit out angrily, dodging a fist that got too close to his face. Pulling back his arm, he was just about to let a punch fly when he reached the end of the rope. With a sharp jerk, Tucker was shot back up into the air.
Vash continued to scream as he was bounced back towards the ceiling, but was cut short as an arm imbedded itself into his stomach. Wincing, he took several gasping breaths before narrowing his eyes. "That was uncalled for." He said with a grimace.
"And it looks like things are about to get interesting!" Lupin announced from his spot on the floor. "The first blows have been delivered and both fighters appear to be readying another attack. Who will win? Will there be blood? Who knows, you'll just have to wait and see like everyone else."
"You know, you're pretty good at this." Shad said, watching as the fighters began to drop back towards the ring again. "I never would've pegged you for the announcer type."
Eyes never leaving the fighters, Lupin shrugged. "It's a hobby of mine." He said dismissively, and then continued with his job. "Oh, and it looks like Tucker just took a nasty blow to the head. That had to have hurt!"
Tuning him out, Shad checked her watch and grinned. "Perfect, it's time." She said happily. Picking up the remote, she stood up and called out. "Get ready you two, I'm about to drop in the prize from last match." And before anyone could say a word, she pressed the button.
Vash and Tucker paused in their fighting and blinked. "Huh?" Vash said in confusion, seconds before a small fuzzy object collided with his head. His eyes widened, before rolling up into the back of his head and closing.
"Holy hell!" Tucker screamed. "You let loose a psycho squirrel and it killed him! Get me down from here before it gets me too!" Twisting and turning, he attempted to kick his legs free of the rope. "Get me down!"
Shad rolled her eyes at the armored man's overdramatic performance. "Would you get a grip." She said in annoyance. "There's no squirrel, it was just a furby that Ryu won last time. I had it dropped down from the rafters, that's all. Now stop being such a baby."
Unfortunately, Tucker was too far gone to hear a word she said and he continued to flail around screaming. "Help! I'm too young to die! I haven't even gotten a date with that hot barista chick yet!"
Rubbing her forehead in annoyance, Shad shook her head as she picked up her remote once more. Hitting the button, she watched as the two fighters were dropped onto the ring with a thud. "There, happy now." Tossing the remote onto the table, she sat back and waved her hand at her co-host for the evening. "Go ahead and call the match." She said with a small yawn.
Lupin shrugged before turning back to face the ring. "Well since Vash was technically knocked out, Tucker is the winner!" He called out.
Now that he was on solid ground, Tucker had calmed down immensely, so when Lupin announced him as the winner he jumped up and thrust his fist into the air. "Awesome, I won!" He said excitedly. "Now I get to use the prize machine!"
"…the what?" Lupin asked curiously, turning to look at Shad.
Shad rubbed her forehead and shook her head. "I'm going to pretend I didn't hear that and just bring my baby out now." She said, snapping her fingers once more and watching as the prize machine was lit up on the corner of the stage. "Go ahead and see what you've won." She told Tucker with a wave of her hand.
"This is so cool, maybe I'll get the belt and then the Blue's will have won the Championship twice." Tucker thought out loud as he walked over to the large machine and pulled the lever. He waited somewhat impatiently as the machine grabbed an item and dropped it into the slot. Reaching a hand in, Tucker grabbed his prize and pulled it out. "Well, it's not the belt, but a grenade is just as good. I wonder who I'll get to blow up in my next fight."
Standing up, Shad walked over and snatched the grenade out of Tucker's hand, then turned to walk back to her chair. "Actually, this is going to be used in the next match. Didn't you read the new list of rules I sent out to all the fighters?"
"…um…no." Tucker said, rubbing the back of his head sheepishly.
Shad rolled her eyes. "I really should've expected that." She muttered with a shake of her head. "Well, you're done now so you can leave if you want." When Tucker continued to stand there, she reiterated her statement. "Let me rephrase that. You're done; get the hell off my stage." She finished with narrowed eyes.
Tucker gulped and then ran off the stage quickly.
"You know, you're kinda mean." Lupin stated as he stood up and stretched. "But that's what makes your show so much fun to watch." Smiling, he gave Shad a friendly salute. "Since we're done here, I'll take my leave. Thank you for having me."
Watching as the thief walked off the stage, Shad turned to face the camera. "Well there you have it folks, the second minisode of W.T.F. I hope you enjoyed yourselves. Next time ought to be even more fun, so make sure you check it out." She said, tossing the grenade into the air and catching it with a grin. "Later." With a wave, the camera faded to black.
Behind the Scenes
Shad sat in her office, feet on the desk and a code red in her hand. Taking a gulp, she mindlessly flipped through the stack of papers in-front of her. "I should probably put a call in to Tex since Tucker's going to be fighting tonight." She mumbled to herself, unburying her phone that she'd tossed down earlier. Picking it up, she hit a few buttons and waited for the freelancer to pick up.
Three rings later, Shad heard gunshots in the background and a voice shouting over the line. "Hey Tex, I know you're busy so I'll make this quick." Shad said. "I have Tucker set to fight tonight and I was just wondering if you'd be available if I needed you to…coerce him." There was silence for a few moments before Shad smiled at the answer she received. "Thanks, I doubt I'll need you to come, but just in case I wanted to make sure you could." Closing her phone, she tossed it back onto the desk and took another drink of her pop. "Now that that's over with, I think I'll take a short nap. The show doesn't start for another hour anyway." Closing her eyes, she set her drink on the corner of the desk and got comfortable.
Ryu Hayabusa (Controlled by Kharma…and Shad)—1—
Vash—Beaten by Tucker.
Tucker—1—Beat Vash. Won a grenade.
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Season 2 – Aisha
Since the tokens are no longer being used, from now on the fighter's standing list will show all fighters who have fought so far this season and how many matches they've won. I've also added a section for previous champions so you'll always know who won each season. If you'd like to see a running list of all the fighters who have been on the show then click on the Fighters Standings link on my web page.
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