Here we go again.
Your standard legal disclaimer thing: I don't own Kim Possible. I will remove this story off the net if they give me shit. Blah blah blah, yada yada yada. You all know the drill by now.
Small Surprises, Big Consequences
Chapter 1: Small Surprise
Anne Possible was in the middle of vacuuming her home when the sound of heavy banging at the door broke her concentration. She was so surprised by the sudden noise that she forgot to walk over and answer the door. During these few seconds the doorbell rang several times. Anne turned and looked across the room as the door shook with every collision. She had no idea who could be so unbelievably rude, but she intended to find out, if only to stop the noise. Said noise was attracting the three other present members of the Possible household.
"Hold on, I'm coming!" she shouted at the door and the noise was quickly replaced by blessed silence. Kim and the Tweebs, having heard the loud noise from their rooms, came over to see who might be causing such a commotion. The twin siblings were curious as to what caller would come to their home in such a manner. Kim on the other hand only approached because she had a bad feeling about it and her intuitions were rarely if ever wrong.
With caution, Anne opened the door and looked out. At first she saw nothing but the empty street.
"Little lower," said a young voice in strained frustration. Anne looked down and was surprised at the sight before her. Kim remained by the stairs, but Jim and Tim pushed past one another to see who stood in front of their mother.
A little girl probably no older then the Tweebs stood with her arms crossed and a scowl carved into her face before Anne, looking up at the neurosurgeon with obvious annoyance. Her hair was jet-black and cut just above her shoulders, and her piercing eyes were an emerald green. Her skin was deathly white and had a pasty, smudged quality to it, and a bit of dirt stained her left cheek. She wore a dark gray hooded sweatshirt at least two sizes too large and black shorts with scuffed sneakers. Almost all of her clothes were matted down with dirt and grime. The young girl would have been the spitting image of the stereotypical movie orphan were it not for her contemptuous sneer.
Dr. Possible quickly found her bearings and spoke, "Um, can I help you, dear? Are you a friend of Jim and Tim?" she asked. It was a fair question considering their similar ages. The twins rarely had friends over despite being fairly popular at their school, and they usually used their time at home to find out new ways to blow things up or send them into orbit (preferably both).
"Uh... No, mom," said Tim.
"We don't know her," added Jim. Although silently they both agreed that they wouldn't mind getting to know the girl. As far as the Tweebs were concerned the mysterious girl was very cute even if she was glaring at the two of them through Dr. Possible's legs.
"Tch, as if. I'm looking for Kim Possible. She here, or do I gotta go track her preppy ass down?" Her tone had an air of rude entitlement more appropriate for a member of the royal family than the poor Victorian chimney sweep she resembled.
Dr. Possible was a woman of incredible patience, but she didn't enjoy being talked down to by someone less than a third of her age and half her size. Anne was about to open her mouth to scold the girl, but she was cut off when Kim pushed the Tweebs aside and stepped up next to her mother. She had heard the girl say her name from the stairs and figured that maybe she was there to request her help for a mission. After all, it was wholly plausible that the kid just didn't know how to use her site.
Kim put on her best babysitting smile. "Hi, sweetie. I'm Kim. Did you need something from me?" The little dark-haired girl turned her attention from the doctor to the cheerleader. Kim was surprised to find the girl moving her eyes up and down her body. It was as though the pale child was sizing Kim up.
The little girl furrowed her brow. "You're Kim Possible? I dunno, I guess I expected someone… taller. Oh, and I'm not anyone's 'sweetie,' so you can stop talking to me like I'm retarded."
Kim frowned at the response. She wasn't used to offering her assistance to people with such a rude attitude. If this girl wanted her help she was certainly going about it the wrong way. She'd heard the way this kid spoke to her mother and the twins, and she was frankly getting sick of it.
"Listen here, kiddo-" She was cut off when the girl held up a finger and turned towards the Doctor again.
"A little privacy, please?" she said, offended. Dr, Possible sighed and turned to get back into the house. If the girl had come to her daughter, then it really was no business of hers. Besides, that alleged "little girl" had seemed pretty insufferable to Anne.
When Anne left the doorway, Kim stepped outside and closed the door behind her. She was used to occasionally keeping certain missions somewhat hush-hush, and she figured that this might very well be that sort of situation.
"Okay, we're in private. What can I help you with?"
The girl looked around cautiously with an expression revealing that she had some issues with Kim's definition of "private". After confirming that there were no onlookers she looked Kim in the eye. Something about the young girl nagged at Kim like an annoying itch. She felt like she met her before, several times in fact, but she couldn't place her. It was amazingly irritating.
"Okay, so I read that, uh, past mission dossier thingy you put on that site of yours, and, uhh…" She said cautiously. Kim was at a loss. If the girl knew about her site, then why not contact her through it? It wasn't like it was hard to use or anything. The dark-haired girl continued.
"So, like, that blue guy's thief lady, calls herself Shego? You know her, right?" Kim was taken aback. What was a young girl asking about Shego for? Yes, Kim did indeed know the pale-green woman, but they weren't exactly pals. She didn't have the woman's phone number or anything.
The girl huffed and stamped her foot. "Well? Do you or don't you? Chop-chop, lady!"
"Okay, let's back up a bit here. You haven't even told me your name yet. That sounds like a better place to start things off." Kim said, trying very hard to sound patient.
The girl furrowed her brow in annoyance. After what felt like a minute she spoke.
"...Agni, you can call me Agni." She virtually spat the words at Kim.
"Agni what?" Kim asked. She got the feeling that she was being given an alias.
"Agni None-of-your-damn-business, that's what!" The emerald-eyed girl snapped.
"Hey listen, I don't like being jerked around by people asking for my help, so cool it!" Kim snapped. The girl was working her last nerve, and the feeling of familiarity she gave off made the hairs on the back of her neck stand on end. The green-eyed child grit her teeth and looked away.
"Sorry," she said barely above a whisper. To Kim it seemed like the girl apologizing took all the willpower she had in her. The cheerleader decided to cut the girl a break.
"Apology accepted. Now what were you saying about Shego?" Kim didn't want to admit it but she was very curious about Agni. There was just something so familiar about the girl…
"So you do know her. Good. That makes things easier. Listen, I need you to take me to her."
For a moment Kim thought she had heard the girl wrong. However after looking at the resolute determination all over the girl's face, she understood that was not the case.
"What? Take you to Shego? Are you crazy? Do they, like, have an asylum for little girls around here that I don't know about?" Kim said in mocking disbelief. If the girl had gone to her site, she would know that Shego was a wanted criminal. The pale-green thief had warrants out for her arrest in almost every country in the world, not to mention the fact that she was extremely dangerous. Agni merely raised an eyebrow at the reaction.
"I certainly am not crazy!" she snapped. "Listen, I just want to find her. I'll pay you if that's what you want."
Kim shook her head. She never asked for money and wasn't about to start with some clearly confused little girl. "I don't need your money." Then something occurred to the teenager that should have come to mind much sooner. "Hey, where are your parents?"
"My grandparents are back home in Go City." Agni stated curtly. If Kim were drinking she would have reflexively done a spit-take after hearing that. Go City was three states over, and the girl in front of her couldn't have been more then twelve. "You who with the what now? You traveled all the way here by yourself?" she stated, shocked.
"Um… Duh." she said as if it were obvious. "There's no way Gram or Gramp would ever let me come here so I had to take some initiative. It was no big deal."
"No big deal!? I have to get you back home! Like yesterday!" Kim yelped. The girl could have gotten herself killed just trying to get to Middleton. Kim would never admit it, but she was pretty impressed. At hearing the redhead's shocked outburst, the girl shook her head vehemently.
"No, what you have to do is get me to Shego. So how 'bout it?"
Kim ground her teeth in frustration. How could one little girl cause her such grief in such a short period of time? It was looking to be such a good morning too. This constant verbal abuse was getting absurdly aggravating, so she decided to just get to the heart of the matter rather than indulge Agni's sarcasm any further.
"Why do you want to meet Shego so badly? She's on the most wanted lists of at least eleven countries, she shoots flaming green death bolts out of her hands, and she's mean to me and calls me names! What part of that is even remotely appealing?"
The girl crossed her arms and scoffed. "I'm a huge fan. I thought you could introduce me to my idol." The girl said laying on the sarcasm as thick as molasses.
Kim sighed. She reached down and grabbed Agni's hand, and pulled her within the house. Her first (and as far as she was concerned, only) order of business was to get Agni back to her grandparents as soon as possible. First she would get her something to eat and then they would be off. While Kim was loath to call in a favor for something so minor, she was left with little choice.
"So," said a cautiously optimistic Agni, "you gonna take me to Shego then?"
"The only place I'm going to take you is back to your grandparents." Kim said hotly. She was tired of playing games and she wanted to get this over with as soon as possible. The girl was just unpleasant to be around. At hearing Kim's response, Agni began to tug herself away from Kim's hand. However, said hand was wrapped very securely around Agni's wrist, so the only visible effect of her maneuvers was to make Kim frown slightly.
"I shoulda... just done this... myself! Let go... of my hand... you dumb... idiot! Nnagh!" she said, bracing her legs for another tug. Kim was by now thoroughly unsurprised that the girl swore. It seemed to fit with her overall attitude. What did surprise her was how strongly she was pulling to get free. A normal little girl wouldn't be that strong, and if Kim didn't have such a good grip on her she would have broken free by now.
"Calm down. When was the last time you ate?" She couldn't imagine it was anytime soon; at the sound of the word "ate" the girl's stomach responded almost immediately with a strained rumble. She tried to cover it up by snapping at Kim.
"Shut up! I can take care of myself, thanks!"
"I'm sure. You expect to find a woman like Shego when you can't even remember to feed yourself. Uh-huh." Kim heard the girl mumble something under her breath. "What was that?"
"I said: I thought I'd need all my money to bribe you into helping me, so I couldn't waste it on food." She reached into her sweater pocket and pulled out a surprisingly thick wad of bills. " I have five hundred dollars here and it's all yours if you can get me to Shego."
Kim did a double-take at the sight. "What's a little girl like you doing with so much cash?"
"Hey! I'm not little, and I'm spoiled rotten by my grandparents, that's what."
"Spoiled is right…" Kim said under her breath.
She would never accept money from an adult, let alone a child. However, as she prepared a tuna sandwich for Agni, she couldn't help but wonder what would make the girl go to such lengths to meet a woman like Shego. She asked that very question, as she handed the girl the sandwich. Rather then answer, the pale young girl threw her an annoyed glare and nearly shoved the entire sandwich down her throat, barely able to hold in the small sigh of happiness from finally eating a real meal after three days of travel. She'd had nothing but granola bars to keep her strength up, and those ran out the night before.
Kim sat down across from her and watched as the girl ate, wondering all the while who she was and why she seemed so familiar. Agni sensed this and looked up at Kim with annoyance before swallowing her current mouthful.
"Stop staring at me. It's creepy."
The teen sighed, silently deciding to take the girl home after she finished her sandwich. As she thought of this, the Kimmunicator's familiar ringtone filled the kitchen. Kim quickly answered it and tried to ignore Agni as she looked over her shoulder at the strange device.
"Hey Wade, What's the sitch?"
"Hey Kim, listen..." He paused when he saw the small face looking over Kim's shoulder.
"Who is that?"
Kim looked behind her and sighed. "Hold on Wade." She turned away from the Kimmunicator and looked Agni in the eye. "I want you to stay right here and finish your sandwich. I'll get back to you in a minute."
Agni sighed and crossed her arms. "Yeah, whatever…"
Kim went up to her room and closed her door behind her for some privacy. The last thing she wanted was that girl getting any bad ideas. She turned her attention back to Wade.
"Sorry about that, Wade."
"Who was that?"
"It's a long story. So, the sitch?"
"Oh yeah, sorry, I guess I spaced for a bit. Anyway, seems our favorite blue inventor has decided to enclose all of Las Vegas in an ice dome. Sounds like he's run out of ideas, huh?"
"Drakken, really? What are the odds of that…" Well, now the redhead knew where Shego was. Not that she had any intention of bringing Agni anywhere but home in Go City.
"Oh, sorry, Wade. Guess we're all spacing a little today. So just the standard 'fight Shego, stop Drakken' bit, then?"
"I haven't heard otherwise. Your ride should be there any minute." He turned towards another screen and began typing a new set of commands, "I'll just call Ron and-"
Kim's eyes widened suddenly. "NO!"
Wade looked up, unprepared for the strange urgency in her words. "Kim, what is it? Something wrong?"
Kim bit her inner cheek and collected her thoughts, "No, no, I just… I just would really rather... Look, I can handle this, Wade."
Wade looked at Kim through the screen and frowned. "You sure, Kim? That's not like you."
Kim looked away, her thoughts on a subject that she found very sore and fresh. It's still way too soon, and way too awkward. She looked back up at Wade and gave a forced smile. "So not the drama, Wade. Ron needs a break every so often."
Wade raised an eyebrow. "As opposed to the constant break that is his non-world-saving life?"
Kim frowned. "Uh, well... Look, just trust me on this, Wade."
The boy genius scrutinized her through the screen for a moment before he sighed and shrugged. Kim could sense his disapproval. "Whatever you say, Kim." He cut the connection.
Kim sat back on her bed quietly; her guilty conscience formed a cold lump deep in her gut. She sat like that for a minute sifting through her tumultuous emotions, then stood up to go get her mission gear.
"We leaving now?"
At hearing the sudden voice, Kim let out a shriek and fell off of her bed. She quickly turned with her fists at the ready only to see Agni casually sitting across from her on the far side of the bed.
"Agni! How did you get in here?" The redhead exclaimed. She had been facing the door the entire time, so she knew that the girl hadn't entered through there.
"Through the window, stupid," the preteen stated as though it were obvious.
"This is the third floor!" Kim hollered. Agni just shrugged dismissively.
To have heard any of Kim's conversation with Wade, the girl had to have ran around the house, climbed up to Kim's window from a wall with no suitable handholds and gotten through the closed window, all within a minute and a half. On top of that, she did it without making any sounds that would have alerted Kim.
'Who is this girl?'
"Shego works for that Drakken dude, right? The guy you're going after? Well what great timing! Let's go!" Agni grinned, maybe for the first time since Kim met her. The expression made the younger girl look very cute. Despite this, Kim just looked at her levelly. She had some bad news for the girl.
-Two hours later-
Kim hoped that the bratty little preteen wasn't giving her mother too hard of a time. When she told Agni that she was leaving her in the care of her parents until she got back, the girl had thrown a fit hard enough to shake the house. Kim had actually considered tying her to the bed to insure the young girl didn't follow her. She was currently in the passenger compartment of a military transport chopper waiting to take the plunge towards the icy dome rapidly becoming visible in the distance.
Kim couldn't help but feel that the ride was unbearably dull without Ron sitting at her side, filling the silence with whatever inanity popped into his head. However, thinking about the blond now also filled Kim with anxiety, and left everything muddled and confused.
'It's only been a week and a half since the breakup. I'm sure everything will be back to normal soon… at least I hope.' She shook her head to clear her thoughts.
'I can keep dwelling on my relationship problems after I get back from this mission.' Kim thought with more than a little bitterness.
'For now, I'll just deal with what I'm good at.' She pulled out her Kimmunicator and began to review the information Wade sent over.
Apparently Drakken was demanding a ransom of fifty billion dollars from the state of Nevada in exchange for his release of the city. She got so frustrated sometimes with the blue scientist. He certainly had above-average talent in his field, but the man was just an utter lackbrain in every other capacity, common sense most of all. His greatest achievement, it seemed, was keeping Shego on his payroll.
Thinking about the green thief just brought Kim's thoughts back to Agni. The girl was a mystery, that was for sure, and not one easily solved considering how tight-lipped she was being. There was more to this girl wanting to meet Shego than she was seeing. Maybe she would ask Shego during their inevitable fight. Maybe the green thief would even have answers to her questions.
Looking down, Kim noted that the ice dome was now right underneath the chopper. She prepared herself for the freefall, checking her parachute.
"We're supposed to land on that snowglobe thing, right?" said a voice from behind.
Kim shrieked and whipped around, almost falling from the helicopter in the process. Agni was sitting behind her wearing a parachute that barely fit her and staring calmly while waiting for an answer.
"Holy...! Agni, what are you doing here?" Kim shouted. This was getting ridiculous. Kim simply refused to believe that the young girl had been hiding behind her the entire time. Agni just looked up at her with an expression that said the reason was pretty obvious. Kim grit her teeth.
"Listen, there is no way I'm taking you on this mission with me! You're just a little girl with an obvious death wish! This is dangerous work, and you could get hurt!" Kim shouted without pause. She needed to take a deep breath after she got all that out. In response, Agni merely crossed her arms.
"You finished? Good. Now listen, I'm going down their one way or another. Either you take me with you or I go it on my own." Kim realized that she really wasn't given much of a choice. If she left the girl up on the chopper there was a very good chance that she would escape on her own and get herself killed. If she went with Kim then at least the redhead could keep an eye on her. Kim slapped her forehead and groaned.
"Fine," she said after taking a deep sigh of defeat, "but listen up, I don't want you leaving my side for anything! You understand?" Agni's eyes lit up and she nodded vehemently.
'It's strange, the girl acts so mature most of the time, but she seems so young when she's happy, almost like a normal girl. Well, as long as you ignore her skin tone.'
After quickly hashing out what they were going to do, both girls jumped from the chopper. Kim made sure Agni kept a firm grip around her waist as they fell towards the massive ice structure. It surprised the redhead that the girl took to such dangerous business so calmly. Agni had a strange look of determination on her face that surprised Kim quite a bit. After a moment of waiting and preparation the redhead released the parachute. Moments later the two landed safely on the surface of the dome. Using a cutting laser built into Kim's lipstick, the unlikely duo made their way inside.
A large metal sphere floated high above the city underneath the ice-wall. It was smooth and shiny chrome with a circumference of nearly three hundred feet. If Wade's description was accurate, that was the machine Drakken was using to freeze over the state. It had been stolen from a top secret military research facility not ten hours earlier by none other than Shego herself, and Drakken had wasted no time using it since she remembered to retrieve its user manual (she remembered her mistakes after the weather machine incident).
Using her grappling hook, Kim swung Agni and herself over to the sphere and made their way up to its barely visible entrance hatch. Using her cutting laser Kim made a hole big enough for the two to fit through.
The entire time the hero thoroughly warned the young girl to keep close to her no matter what, to which Agni's usual rejoinder was: "I'm not deaf, y'know!"
The moment Kim entered the facility three of Drakken's hired thugs were upon her. Of course, since they were Drakken's hired thugs, they afforded her little difficulty. All three hit the ground in just under a minute after they'd charged her. Kim wondered if any had alerted the rest of the ship to their presence. She hoped not, not because of her own safety but because keeping an eye on Agni was proving to be a chore. The girl seemed like she was always trying to run ahead.
Unexpectedly Kim heard a whistle from behind. She turned around to find Agni was looking down at the beaten bodies with admiration, and then nudged one with her shoe.
"Hmm... this really is your thing, huh? You're better than I thought you'd be."
"Really?" Kim asked in surprise. It was the first compliment the young girl had given her. In fact it was the first positive thing that the young girl had said all day.
"Yeah, I figured you'd really suck. I mean, I keep sneaking up on you and I'm only twelve."
Kim's mood soured, "You're a little brat, you know that?"
Agni shrugged, "Runs in my family."
"Some family," Kim hissed under her breath as they made their way through several more rooms and a few more guards. By Kim's calculations they should reach the control center very soon. The cheerleader rounded the corner, making sure that Agni stayed well behind her before a very familiar green and black sight filled her vision.
Shego stood in front of the cheerleader with both hands ignited. The older woman's eyes were half lidded in a look of extreme boredom. She smirked when she saw Kim and pushed herself off the wall where she was leaning.
"Ahh, Pumpkin. There's finally something for me to do in this oversized ball bearing. I'm glad you were so prompt. I was starting to get worried." She took a crouched fighting stance to compensate for the narrow corridor they stood in.
"Alright, Kimmie. Let's do thi-" Her words died off as Agni stepped out from behind Kim and looked up at the pale-green thief. The woman's stance dropped all at once, and she just stood and stared at the girl in open shock, completely forgetting about Kim.
Kim wasn't sure how to react. Something unseen appeared to be passing between the two. She'd never seen the pale thief look so surprised. Then they started talking, and Kim's world was turned on its head.
"Agni…" Shego said, in a mix of both shock and denial.
Agni looked up at the dark-haired woman and smiled. "Hi, Mom."
Chapter 1: End
Author's Notes: As you've guessed Ron will have a stronger presence this time around, but subtly. Also to clarify the timeline for this story, it takes place a week and a half before senior year begins. So between seasons three and four to be clear. That is all.
Thanks again Fford.