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Alright, so in case anyone has forgotten, Jim and Dolphy found a map to a legendary ship known as the Calypso, which is filled with gold and jewels and is just waiting for a group of brave adventurers to go find it. Now, against Dolphy's better judgement, they're taking it to the school's headmaster. Let's hope he's not as strict as Dolphy say's he is.
Treasure Planet (c) Disney/Robert Lewis Stevenson
OC's (except Blazer & Captain Leander) (c) Dolphy
Story and previous mentioned OC's (c) ME
As Dolphy had suspected, the Academy's headmaster, Captain Leander, was still working in his office when they had arrived. He was a felid, like Captain Amelia of the Legacy, but more resembled a lion than anything else. A thick golden mane framed his cat-like face, and bright amber eyes shown with dignity and authority. It was almost unnerving for Jim to be watched by those eyes, feeling like a mouse being stared down by a predator, but he tried his best to hide it.
"Let me see if I understand what you are trying to tell me," Leander spoke in a low, thundering voice. "The two of you are admitting to leaving school grounds without the consent of your teachers, exploring a potentially dangerous cave by yourselves, and smuggling an object of unknown origin onto the campus."
"Yes, sir," Jim answered reluctantly, fully aware of just how bad the situation sounded. He looked over at Dolphy, who was sitting beside him and giving him a look that clearly asked: Still think this was a good idea?
"I suppose I don't have to tell you two just how serious your offenses are. Had you done these things without being aware that they were against school regulations, there would not have been any problem. However, you obviously had full knowledge that what you were doing was wrong and went through with it anyway."
"With all due respect, sir," Dolphy spoke up, "I was the one who suggested leaving campus and found the cave in the first place. I believe that the fault lies more on me than on Mr. Hawkins."
Jim stared at her, at a complete loss for words. What was she doing? She was the one who hadn't wanted to get in trouble in the first place. Why was she taking the blame for what they'd both done? He was as much at fault as she was.
"But I was the one who suggested exploring the cave in the first place, and it was my idea to take the map. If anyone deserves to get in trouble, it's me."
"Enough!" Both students fell silent immediately. "Now, seeing as this is the first offense for both of you, I'll let you off with a warning this time. However, if I find that the either of you continue to break regulation, you will be punished accordingly. Do I make myself clear?"
"Yes sir," they answered in unison.
"As for this so-called map that you found," Leander continued, picking up the orb from its place on his desk, "it shall be kept locked up until I find reason to do otherwise with it. Now, I recommend that the two of you return to your rooms."
Dolphy looked about ready to object, but Jim spoke up in time to stop her. "Yes sir, thank you." With that, he dragged Dolphy out of the room before she did something they would both regret.
As soon as they were out of hearing range, Dolphy practically erupted. "I can't believe this! We found the map to the Calypso and he's not even gonna try to find it!"
"Calm down, Dolphy. At least we didn't get in trouble."
"But it didn't make any difference. It's like we never even found the thing. And you didn't even try to do anything about it!"
"Because I didn't want us to get in trouble right after we got off scot free. Honestly, I'm not too happy about it either." He laid a hand on her shoulder and looked into her eyes. "Look, maybe if we talk to him tomorrow, we can convince him to launch an expedition to find the Calypso. But right now, I think we should just go to our dorms and get some sleep."
"Fine," she murmured. "But I'm still ticked off about it."
"That's fine, as long as you don't do anything stupid," Jim retorted with a grin as the two started towards the dorms. "By the way," he began, looking over at her, "why'd you try to take the blame back there?"
Dolphy glanced up at him and smiled. "That's what friends do, right? They help each other out."
The boy grinned at her answer, and they continued on their way to their rooms.
Little did the two humans suspect that someone had heard their entire conversation from the point where they'd left Leander's office. Someone who had been particularly interested in the mention of 'treasure.'
Jim groaned as a small noise pulled him from his slumber. He opened an eye to see Morph sitting in front of his face on the pillow, chirring quietly. The shape-shifter's face wasn't happy and playful as usual, though. In fact, he almost looked… worried.
"Morphy?" Jim sat out, rubbing the sleep from his eyes. He glanced over at the clock next to his bed. It was almost three in the morning. "What is it, buddy? What's wrong?"
Morph responded with a few chirps, the darted under the door and out into the hallway. It occurred to Jim that the creature wanted him to follow, so he slipped out of bed and headed for the door. He was just about to turn the knob when he heard a groan behind him, then spun around to see his roommate sit up in bed, yawning tiredly.
"Is this gonna be a regular thing now?" He inquired groggily. "You sneaking in and out of the room and waking me up in the middle of the night?"
"Morph's trying to show me something." Jim wasn't quite sure why, but he whispered his response. Morph was usually such a joker; it was rare for him to take anything even remotely seriously. Whatever it was he had to see, it must be big.
"Well, wait for me," Rakitan answered, slipping out of his bed. "I can't go back to sleep with you out doing something potentially exciting."
Jim smirked, then silently left the dorm with Rakitan following behind. Morph was waiting just outside, but zipped off just as soon as his master caught sight of him. The two teenagers quietly made their way down the hall, trying their best not to make the slightest noise. Everyone else in the Academy was asleep by now, and the last thing either boy wanted was to wake someone up. Glancing over his shoulder at the doors behind him in case one should start to open, Jim crept around a bend in the hall…
And knocked right into another person.
Jim jumped back, his slamming heart threatening to break through his ribcage. Suddenly, he recognized who was in front of him.
"Dolphy? What are you doing up?"
"I could ask you guys the same thing," the brunette girl whispered back, clutching her chest directly over her own heart.
"Morph woke Jim up, Jim woke me up, and now we're both following a pink blob," Rakitan answered, sounding a bit annoyed. "Why are you here?"
"Two of my roommates snuck out of our dorm, and I wanted to find out what they're up to. But I lost track of them and ended up running into you two. Literally."
The three teenagers jumped as Morph chirped from the other end of the hall, no sooner having recaptured their attention than he zipped around a corner, beckoning them to follow. Jim turned to his companions, placed a finger to his lips, then rose to his feet and started after their protoplasmic guide. The human girl and the Kimanakan boy shared a quick glance and got up from the ground as well, trailing after their friend. The trio continued through the halls until they reached the small shape-shifter had come to a stop in front of a slightly opened door.
"That's Leander's office," Dolphy stated. "Why would Morph want us to come here?"
Jim didn't offer an answer as he crept towards the door, peering into the large room. But instead of their intimidating headmaster, it was occupied by a number of students, all different races, who were whispering to each other in hushed tones. "What are these guys doing here?" The brunette scanned the faces, pausing when he came to one that he recognized. "Wait… isn't that Lenaro?"
He felt Dolphy slide up next to him as she gazed through the door, curious. "Yeah, you're right," she murmured, keeping her voice low so they wouldn't be detected. "And those are my roommates."
"What's going on in there?" Rakitan edged towards his friends, unable to see into the room. Jim ignored him as his gaze stayed locked on the blonde student, who appeared to be fiddling with part of the desk. He heard a click, then the sound of wood sliding against wood, and watched as Lenaro pulled something out of the door he'd picked open.
"Oh my God…" He breathed as he recognized the object in the bully's hand. "They're stealing the map." He slowly backed away from the opening, praying that no one behind the door could hear them. "Come on," he whispered to his companions. "We need to get out of here and get help."
"Leaving so soon?" Jim bolted around, only to have a clawed hand snatch his collar and slam him into the wall. He groaned, opening his eyes to see Blazer smirking maliciously at him. Behind the panther, Dolphy and Rakitan had also been caught, struggling to get away from their assailants. Blazer chuckled lowly, completely unfazed by the glare being shot at him from grey-blue eyes.
"The party's just beginning."
OHMYGOSH! Cliffhanger! Hehehe, I'm evil.
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