Chapter 10: The Portal

No matter how long it passed after his hyperdrive-retrieval adventure with Fiddleford McGucket, Stanford Pines would always feel grateful for the fact his special gloves could protect his metallic bones from his magnetic gun. Eventually, they were at his lab and a few minutes away from opening the portal. "Stanford, I haven't felt like that ever since the first interview Stan and I gave after becoming rich." Fiddleford commented.

"My brother might have understood how to convince people to give your invention a chance but what we're doing here is something only scientists like us can completely understand, Fiddleford." Ford replied. "I'm glad Stanley isn't here to ruin everything like he did with my perpetual-motion machine."

"Perpetual-motion machine?" Fiddleford asked in confusion.

Meanwhile, a read 1965 El Diablo convertible had just arrived at Northwest Manor. "Northwest, open that door!" Its occupant demanded. "You have several questions to answer."

"Sir, Dr. Pines is back." The butler, mistaking the occupant for Ford, announced to his master.

"You idiot!" Auldman Northwest berated his butler once realizing who the newcomer really was. "This is not Dr. Stanford Pines but his wealthier and therefore more important twin brother Stanley Pines."

"Yeah!" Stan replied. "And I want him back. Now that we're talking about this, I also want my business partner and my father back! Where are they?"

"What do you care?" Northwest dismissively asked. "Of course, Fiddleford McGucket is useful to you since you need his inventions to increase your wealth but your father and your brother are those who cast you aside."

Stan punched Northwest's face. "Where? Are? They?"

"I'm suing you for this!" Northwest threatened.

"And I'm rich enough to hire lawyers capable of stalling the lawsuit until we're both dead." Stan replied. "Now tell me where they are or I'll give you more stuff to sue over."

Fearful for his face, Northwest brought Filbrick and his lawyer back. "Good." Stan commented. "Now where are Stanford and Fiddleford?"

"They're at Stanford's lab to finish a portal, knucklehead!" Filbrick desperately answered. "We must stop them before Bill arrives!"

"Who's Bill?" Stan asked in confusion.

"Stanley, you don't want to know." Filbrick's face looked as stoic as usual but, as someone raised by him, Stanley could tell he was worried and not only because he actually called him "Stanley" instead of "knucklehead".

Meanwhile, at the lab, Ford and Fiddleford had finished assembling the portal and fueled it with enough nuclear waste (courtesy of Northwest Mud Flaps). "Ready, Fiddleford?" Ford asked.

"Yes, Stanford." Fiddleford answered and then turned the portal on. He and Ford then sent a crash test dummy with a rope to be sucked by the portal. Five minutes later, they pulled it back and were satisfied with the fact the dummy seemed unharmed.

"Now, what exactly do you expect to find at the other side, Stanford?" Fiddleford asked while thinking of the scary creatures he already met without the portal bringing more.

"NOT WHAT BUT WHO, GLASSES!" The Fords heard someone replying from the portal.

"Who said that?" Fiddleford asked and then saw a triangle-shaped creature floating from the portal.

"I AM BILL CIPHER, FUTURE RULER OF…" Bill answered until he was interrupted by Stan and Filbrick suddenly entering. "NOOOOOOOO! Don't open the…" Filbrick said and then noticed the triangle. "Too late." He sadly commented. "Stanford, you dumb genius. Do you even know what you did?"

"Yes, father!" Ford happily answered. "I've unlocked the key to all the secrets of the universe!"

"FIRST THINGS FIRST, FORDSY." Bill Cipher declared.

"Yes, my muse." Ford agreed and revealed his "hands", horrifying Stan and Fiddleford. "I need new hands."

"AND WHAT DO YOU EXPECT ME TO DO ABOUT IT NOW THAT I NO LONGER NEED YOU, FORDSY?" Bill maliciously asked, revealing his true colors. "I JUST WANT TO TAKE OVER THIS DIMENSION BECAUSE MINE IS TOO FLAT."

"You're dumber than the knucklehead." Filbrick commented.

"I bet you didn't even need the portal to make something of yourself with whatever nerd stuff you did here, brother." Stan added.

"True that." Fiddleford agreed. "I've only been here for a few days and I dare say what I saw was enough to make him rich and famous."

"ENOUGH TALK!" Bill demanded. "NOW THAT I'M IN THIS DIMENSION, I CAN RESHAPE IT IN ANY WAY I WANT AND I'LL START BY MAKING BRICKY HERE PAY FOR GETTING IN MY WAY."

"Bricky?" Stan asked with a giggle.

"Shut up, knucklehead." Filbrick ordered.

"BRICKY HERE COULD HAVE JUST PLAYED ALONG AND LURED THE KNUCKLEHEAD'S GENIUS PAL AND HE'D HAVE A PLACE AT STANCO ENTERPRISES AND ALL MILLIONS THAT CAME ALONG BUT HE THOUGHT HE DIDN'T NEED MY HELP TO BECOME RICH!" Bill stated. "NOW I'M GOING TO…" He added until he felt the portal sucking him back. "AHHHHHHH! WHAT'S GOING ON?"

"Stanford might be a dumb genius but I'm not!" Fiddleford triumphantly smirked while operating the portal's controls. "I know how to take precautions."

"Tell me about it." Stan mumbled to no one in particular. He appreciated how it saved him and his profits from angry mobs but he couldn't help but feel annoyed. He sometimes wondered if growing up with a nerdy twin helped him to develop a tolerance for boring subjects.

"WAIT, FIDDLEFORD!" Bill desperately pleaded. "I'LL DO ANYTHING! I'LL GIVE HIM A WHOLE PLANET! A WHOLE GALAXY! I'LL EVEN GET RID OF THE KNUCKLEHEAD AND HIS FAMILY SO YOU CAN KEEP THE WHOLE BUSINESS FOR HIMSELF. IT'S NOT LIKE YOU STILL NEED HIM!"

"No deal, you monster!" Fiddleford refused, proving once again he's smarter than Ford.

"WAIT, I CAN RESTORE YOUR FRIEND'S HANDS!" Bill pleaded while he sent a beam that restored Ford's hands. "DEAL?" Unfortunately, for Bill, Fiddleford remained silent until the portal finished sucking him.

"Is it over?" Filbrick hopefully asked.

"Not yet, Mr. Pines." Fiddleford answered. "Stanford and I must disassemble the portal."

Having finally learned Bill Cipher's true character, Ford helped with the portal disassembling.

"So, who invited you into this mess?" Filbrick asked Stan.

"Mom called after Fiddleford left Palo Alto, Dad." Stan explained. "She grew worried after all that time without you calling."

"And to think I came because I didn't want her calling you." Filbrick commented.

"Dad, we have a lot to talk about." Stan solemnly said.

"We have time while the nerds tear that stupid portal aside." Filbrick bluntly commented.

End chapter. There'll be an epilogue next.