“Phineas, come on!”
“I’m not used to this game!”
Phineas’s little orange Forest Friend hopped around the TV screen. It hopped over the edge of a cliff.
“PHINEAS IS GONE.” Said the TV.
“I can’t help it!” Phineas said. “I keep thinking I’m Perry’s Forest Friend!”
“Mine’s blue, not orange!” Perry said.
“I get confused!”
“There it is, the spaceship!” Ferb said. He made his purple Forest Friend walk near the ship.
Phineas’s Forest Friend respawned. It picked up a bomb.
“AAAHH!” Perry ran away from Phineas’s Forest Friend. Ferb did as well.
The bomb began to pulse red.
“What’s going on? Why are you guys running? What is my character holding?”
The bomb exploded. “PHINEAS IS GONE.”
Perry and Ferb burst into laughter.
“And then you!”
“It was pulsing! Haha!”
Phineas started laughing too. “I’m not very good at this game.”
“I say she went looking for this little trinket.” Malice said, gesturing toward an empty velvet box in a store window.
“What little trinket?” Tesla demanded. “You’re pointing at air.”
Malice frowned and directed his gaze at Finicky, a dapple-gray cat.
“She’s new.” Finicky explained. “She proved herself by fighting the police away from Phoneline.”
“I’m Tesla.” Tesla said. “And I have no idea why you are referring to something as ‘this’ when it is no longer in the shop window.”
Malice eyed her. “You’re not from around here, are you?”
“What’s past is past.”
“Our leader would agree with you, if she were here. However, she is not. Because, I assume, she is making her getaway with the rarest plastic bunny in Danville.”
“Plastic bunny?” Tesla looked from Malice to Finicky.
“The holy grail for every animal gang in Danville.” Malice said. “The bunny was created by Rex, former leader of the gang the Silencers. When the Silencers broke up, the bunny was sold to this store. The gang that had the bunny was considered the most powerful. And our lovely leader, Prince Curran, is most likely not here because she is trying to give the Royal Guard the upper hand! Any other questions, Tesla?”
“She’s not here because she’s with JD.”
A platypus shoved through the crowd of Royal Guard members and stared at Tesla for a moment. “You’re new?”
“Great.” The platypus turned to Malice. “She’s with her uncle. She’s just not back yet. Some other gang must have the bunny. We have to figure out who.”
“I knew she was with her uncle, Crusher.” Malice said. “I called his house a couple days ago to see when she was coming back. He hadn’t seen her. The next night, the bunny was gone.”
Crusher’s pupils became vertical slits. Tesla took a step back. Being a skunk, she didn’t know much about platypuses. But she knew platypus eyes didn’t usually do that.
Malice, however, didn’t seem fazed. “I’m not accusing Prince of anything. I’m just ASSUMING. And anyways, if she did steal the bunny, it wouldn’t be something we would be angry about.”
“I’m not angry with YOU.” Crusher said. “I’m just mad at HER. She promised I’d always know where she was…”
A police siren sounded. All of the animals froze.
“We can’t be seen here.” Malice said. “Everyone take a different route back to the hideout. Make sure you aren’t followed.”
“This is magical.” Phineas said. He took another bite out of his chocolate bar. “Milk chocolate with marshmallows.”
“How can a chocolate bar be magical?” Perry asked.
“I never end up eating all the candy in my stocking.” Ferb said. “It just sits in the fridge.”
“Not this candy bar.” Phineas said. “This candy bar is magic.”
Perry took a bite. “There is no going back. Give it to me!”
Phineas held the candy bar in the air. “It’s mine!”
“Guys!” Ferb said. “Don’t forget. We’re not hoarding candy. We’re playing all of the video games we got today. This one’s called ‘Racing Transmogrified’.”
“Cool legumes.” Perry took a controller.
“CHOOSE YOUR CHARACTER.” The television said.
“I’m the ocelot.” Perry said. “He has a cool spotted car.”
“I’m a duck.” Phineas said.
“I’m a cow.” Said Ferb.
The race began.
“It says I’m going in reverse, but I don’t remember turning around.” Phineas said.
“I see you, Phineas. You’re stuck in a wall.” Perry said.
“He’s floating in the air above me.” Ferb said.
“But we’re nowhere near each other!” Perry said. “Op, now I’m a plane. Why am I a plane?”
“It’s racing transmogrified.” Ferb said.
“I think I’m glitching.” Phineas said.
“Now I am a train.” Perry said, chewing on the marshmallow candy bar.
“Hey, you took that out of my hand!” Phineas said.
Perry handed it back to him. “Phineas, are you still on the first lap?”
“I’m in the water.”
“There’s not any water on this track.” Ferb said.
“PHINEAS WINS!” Said the game.
“What?” Perry threw his controller in the air.
“He wasn’t even anywhere near the finish line!” Ferb said.
Perry’s phone rang.
“But it’s Christmas.” Phineas said.
“Sorry, I have to take this. Could be important. Do a victory dance or something while you wait.” Perry took out his phone. “Hello?”
“You Sneakers’s father?” Asked a deep, silky voice.
“Who is this?”
“JD. You’re the father of Sneakers, right?”
“Jason Dexter Curran.”
“Are you… related to Prince, then?”
“Woah, sorry. Shoulda mentioned that. Prince’s uncle. You Sneakers’s father?”
“Yes. How are they doing?”
“The kid’s fine. I was wonderin’ if you knew where Prince was at.”
“Prince? She’s over there, right?”
“Well… not recently. Left sayin’ she was goin’ to get coffee and I haven’t seen her for a couple days. I was guessin’ she either left on… business or went back to see you. But I must admit, I found it kinda funny that she’d leave the kid. I think somethin’ fishy’s up now. Didn’t wanna worry ya, sorry.”
“So you haven’t seen her? How’s Sneakers? Is she okay?”
“Cute as a bug in a rug. Does she get her good looks from you?”
“I believe it’s on her mother’s side. Cutonium.”
“Ah. Shoulda known. My brother fell in a vat of the stuff a long time back.”
“So she didn’t give any hint of where she might be going?”
“Awful weird stuff goin’ down lately.” JD said. “Can’t say I feel good about her bein’ gone this long, but I’ll try not to worry too much.”
“I’ll see if I can get hold of her.”
“Not sure what good that will do, but anything’s appreciated.”
“Bye.” Perry said.
“Who was that?” Phineas asked.
“JD. Prince’s uncle.”
“I knew someone named DD.” Ferb said.
“He says Prince went missing.”
“No, Ferb. JD.”
“Maybe she went to play Racing Transmogrified. Another round, Ferb?” Phineas asked.
Ferb started the game.
“NEW WEAPON ACQUIRED!” The announcer said. “BLOWFISH!”
“Buh-lowfish!” Ferb repeated in the same way the announcer had spoken.
“BEGIN GAME!” The announcer said.
Perry picked up his controller, trying to weave his car into the front of the racers. Suddenly his car became a spaceship.
They were flying around in space.
A blowfish tumbled past, looking completely oblivious.
“Look out for the blowfish in space.” Phineas said.
“Space buh-lowfish!” Said Ferb.
“I think buh-lowfish just became the new Wurny the Purr.” Perry said.
Ferb knocked Phineas off of the edge of an asteroid using a blowfish.