Lights Out!

Weapon supplies were looking a little sparse lately, and during the downtime of inventing and rebuilding what Darkwing Dunce smashed to pieces, she took to simplistic forms of entertainment (no, it didn't involve setting things on fire, though that city bus thing had been funny that one time). Stargazing.

After she had parted ways with Madam Anna Matronic, the mallard had given up the space she had temporarily fled to after the canine caper had gone south and left her pooches homeless. An old observatory that was no longer in use and had long since been abandoned. Nova gladly stayed behind, it was quiet and secluded, and the closest thing she'd had to calling something home since she had woken up all those months ago.

Lately though, between the weather and the never sleeping city, she was annoyed. She couldn't even enjoy a crime-less activity. What had the world come to?!

Too noisy, too bustling, and too bright. All these shops burning away, these lights, these houses. And not one of those people ever ventured outside it seemed for a moment more than they had to! Just going from one place to another, one building to another, one light, one electronic, one distraction to another, and never once did they ever look up at the entertainment dancing away for them in the skies.

Well she sure as heck wasn't going to put up with it anymore.

And so she had strapped her jet pack on and flown to Beaker's Point to the old lighthouse. She didn't make a habit of extending olive branches, let alone to the more renowned lunatics of St. Canard, but specialized problems called for specialized solutions, and who else but Megavolt could she turn to in times of such crisis?

Instead of ascending the stairs, she merely rocketed up to the deck outside of the light room, slipping inside.

She'd probably regret this in the morning.

    • Megavolt
      Megavolt

      The resident of the lighthouse was busy at work, tinkering with some kind of contraption. It had some sort of control console with a broad base. A panel had been removed from this, and the top half of Megavolt was concealed as he worked on the interior wiring. Fat cables led from the console to a ray-gun kind of cannon contraption that was about four meters tall.

      The mere hint that there might be footsteps nearby caused a loud *KLONK* from inside the control console, and then Megavolt backed out on his hands and knees, rubbing his head under his helmet. He quickly jumped to his feet, however, flung his arm upwards with his fingers curled into a claw of drama and exclaimed, "Darkwing Duck! I knew you would try to meddle with my brilliant plan, but you're too late! All I have to do is flip this... switch... hey."

      Megavolt's brow furrowed and he rubbed his chin. There hadn't been any annoying smoke, or an irritating self-promotional announcement. Also, this intruder didn't have a dumb hat. Signs were pointing to the conclusion that this was not Darkwing Duck. He relaxed a little.

      "Well? What do you want?"

      • Red Nova
        Red Nova

        "Is Darkwing your only visitor, normally? I'll try to be a better one."

        She moved in a bit closer, glancing around at the various items strewn about the room, taking stock of how St. Canard's public enemy number...-what was it, two, three- lived. Kind of homey actually.

        "Why is it you assume I want something? Maybe I just want to extend a friendly how-do. Can't a person just be neighborly anymore?" Never mind that they were hardly neighbors, she was entirely across town, but a minor detail, really.

        "So what is that brilliant plan you mentioned?"

         

        • Megavolt
          Megavolt

          "Nah, he's just the worst one. Shows up, there's smoke everywhere, and he announces himself every single time." Megavolt picked up a wrench he had been using while working on his project. "If he had any common decency he'd never bother me at home. Uh, anyway, welcome to my place, I guess."

          Megavolt raised one hand to indicate the room, then let his arm drop limply to his side again. "My plan... is not finished, yet. I was trying to get a sort of doomsday-level static electricity ray going," he glanced over at the odd cannon while tapping the end of the wrench against his cheek. "It's not really coming together yet, though. Not that I woulda admitted that to him."

          • Red Nova
            Red Nova

            "Right, sure." She nodded. "Well. It sounds like it'll be devastating once you finish it. I love a good doomsday." These villains might have been total loons, but their level of inventing was still impressive, and yet Darkwing saw fit to just smash it all. Some people just didn't stop and appreciate anything.

            "You know what I was thinking before I stopped by though? How bright it is tonight. You ever notice how everything's lit up and it's not even Christmas? The electric bills must be crazy for this city."

            • Megavolt
              Megavolt

              Megavolt had turned away from his visitor to regard his unfinished doomsday device. When she made that observation about St. Canard's wanton waste of electricity, his shoulders hunched up and he emitted an angry little, "Ooooh."

              Both arms went up as he turned back, saying, "They waste so much of it! They egregiously pump it through lights and devices when they're not even in use, shortening their lifespans! It oughta be considered a criminal act!"

              Megavolt stormed to a window to shake his fist at the bright skyline. "But is it? No! And when I try to solve that problem by liberating those lights and putting that power to constructive use, they claim that I'm the one breaking the law!"

              • Red Nova
                Red Nova

                Nova grinned at the reaction. Bingo. She crossed her arms, leaning against the wall casually.

                "See, that's the problem with people today! They just don't care. It's all about them, and their needs, and whatever they have to do to live comfortably on the back of those poor abused electronics. And you're the only one that really gives a hoot about it, and they call you crazy." She shook her head, tsking. "A real shame. It makes me really want to do something about it. Just let them wake up to a world of darkness for once, you know?"

                She crossed the room towards him carefully, clasping her hands behind her back. "Say...maybe...well. This is just an off the wall sort of idea but...well, how would you like to do just that?"

                • Megavolt
                  Megavolt

                  Megavolt went from manic to thoughtful instantaneously. "What, black out the city? Well..." He tapped the wrench against the palm of his other hand. "It has been a while since I've done that. A few months, at least. And I could use that energy for my project."

                  Speaking of his project, he wandered back towards it. "It won't last, though. They're gettin' good at repairing and replacing busted infrastructure, heck, they should thank me for boosting the job market." He let out a little laugh. Leaning against the console, he looked over at Nova and asked, "So, I know what I'd get out of doing that, why are you so keen on it?"

                  • Red Nova
                    Red Nova

                    She squinted at him thoughtfully, "Well, I might not have the same camaraderie as you do with your electric pals, but..." She hesitated in her honesty for a moment before coming clean. It wasn't as if she had to really care about a reputation when it came to him anyway, right? Nova approached the window and lifted a finger up to it, pointing out.

                    "I can't see the sky like this. I'm tired of this city operating like a carnival. You want to save some bulbs and play hero, and hey, I'm real good at breaking stuff to the point of no return, it's the one thing I'm good at." A nasty grin crossed her muzzle. "Imagine how much damage we could do to this city, Megavolt. All well deserved."

                    • Megavolt
                      Megavolt

                      At first Megavolt looked suspicious, and then he looked faintly surprised. He had minimal interest in stargazing, but everyone had their own thing they were into. It helped that she was bringing up one of the things he was into.

                      His hand cupped his muzzle in a contemplative gesture. "So, you're proposing I drain the city's power and we'd destroy the municipal utility maintenance matrix, thereby delaying them from repairing the outage." Megavolt's eyes rolled upwards as a few sparks snapped between the blades on his helmet. "That'd cause a lot of chaos and keep everyone busy. It'd be pretty easy to secure the freedom of a lot of unfairly enslaved electronics without interruption. Hmmm."

                      "Yeah, okay. I'm in." Apparently, Megavolt did not have to think about it for too long, when it seemed like a win/win situation to him.

                      • Red Nova
                        Red Nova

                        "Wonderful." She grinned. "The only real problem is, you know who will be on us like a blue light special as soon as the power goes buh-bye. He's really the only interruption that really feels like an interruption. I have some deterrents to hold him off should he decide to end the fun prematurely, which as you know, he does." Nova rolled her eyes before pushing herself away from the window.  "So I'm ready whenever you are."

                        Of course, she didn't exactly care about how many of his electronics he saved, she was far more piqued at the promise of destruction. Always a good day when something was on fire.

                        • Megavolt
                          Megavolt

                          "Ugh! He's so annoying!" exclaimed Megavolt, at the mere mention of you-know-who. "Doesn't he have anything better to do?"

                          The electrokinetic mutant tossed his wrench into a nearby toolbox, or at least in that direction. It landed on the floor about a foot away from the target. "Okay. He tends to look here first if there's a blackout, even if I didn't do it. So we'll have to get goin' after I do this..." Megavolt gestured to a big throw switch on the wall, the type that looked like a nefarious square wishbone.

                          Grabbing the central handle of the switch, Megavolt slammed it downwards. The illumination in the lighthouse dimmed and flickered for a moment, then brightened once more. A pervasive humming filled the air, growing louder and louder, as Megavolt said, "I've built my own storage facility to contain excess enerHBLGHBLPLBLGHLBLBLLT!"

                          Electricity visibly surged up from the switch and through Megavolt, briefly lighting him up. He released the switch and continued to spark and glow with power for a moment, saying, "Ah, that's the stuff!"

                          The power drain was continuing, apparently, because the lit-up skyline was winking out, section by section, as the power grid got overloaded and drained. Everything went completely dark, then one overhead light bulb slowly regained its glow.

                          • Red Nova
                            Red Nova

                            She sniffed at the air- ah yes, the stench of fried villain. Quite the aroma. Horrifically painful looking sight to witness, but it must have felt pretty good to him! Nova winced up at the dim light that appeared, using the opportunity to better direct herself back towards the window again, and sure enough, the city was out like a---well, a light!

                            "HAH!" She grinned at the sight. "Oh, that is the prettiest thing I've seen in a while. The city that never sleeps, pah, guess they'll have to now, won't they? Or they can try." She couldn't wait to give them a more permanent black out. This was already going better than expected!

                            "Alright, let's hightail it outta here before I lose my good mood."

                             

                            • Megavolt
                              Megavolt

                              Literally re-energized, Megavolt rubbed his hands together, sparks crackling around them. When he moved away from the overhead light, it dimmed and went out again. "This'll be fun," he enthused, because getting to drain that much power and rescue a bunch of misused electronics and possibly detonate Darkwing Duck seemed like an all-win situation to him.

                              He ran out of the building, and every light along his path briefly flickered on and then dimmed out again. "Ooh. If we pass any banks on the way, I wouldn't mind stopping by for a minute. I can always use a few extra bucks. There are some components I can only get through online ordering, and they always overcharge you on shipping!"

                              • Red Nova
                                Red Nova

                                This was turning out to be quite the excursion evidently. She couldn't really pass up a good bank robbing opportunity, money was always useful.

                                "A regular highway robbery." Nova agreed, "Also, a suggestion, we should probably avoid St. Canard Fifth National. I've had the pleasure of frequenting it before and...uh." A certain swan came to mind, one that had been very unusual and had a penchant for dangerous situations. Probably not the best time to run into her.

                                "Just trust me on this. Literally any other bank will do." Unless the swan had equally enthusiastic relatives.

                                She'd never seen Megavolt in action before, only various snippets on the news once in a while, but he was one of Darkwing's most dangerous adversaries for good reason. This would be a lucrative alliance if she played things right.

                                But she was never very good at making alliances.

                                 

                                • Megavolt
                                  Megavolt

                                  "Huh, really?" Megavolt remarked, when Nova gave him that tip about the St. Canard Fifth National Bank. "I'll keep that in mind!" There were lots of other banks in the city, after all. They all contained money, and that was the only important thing.

                                  Since Nova had her own means for rapid transportation, Megavolt made his way to the nearest utility pole. Once he was up on the wires, they crackled under his feet and he zoomed along them as if he were skating on an interface of electricity, which was indeed the case. Apparently, it didn't matter that the power grids were down, he carried enough of his own charge to make it work. In fact, that charge briefly lit up the lights of every block he passed, with a brownout flicker.

                                  "Oh, yeah..." the electrokinetic rat snapped his fingers, which sparked. "Weren't you gonna blow some stuff up? What's your first target?"

                                  • Red Nova
                                    Red Nova

                                    She powered her jet pack on, rising up to zip after him. He made that look surprisingly easy, and kind of cool actually.

                                    "Y' mentioned maintenance before. You point me to a target, I'll blast it out of sight, no problem. I have a sweet little number I used on Gizmoduck a few weeks ago, that metal moron was terrific target practice. While we're looking for a nice bank to rob though, I have to say, Starducks cheated me out of a proper cup of coffee the other day. You'd think baristas would be used to preparing drinks under pressure, what difference does a detonator make?! You see one on the way, I'd like to file a formal complaint, if you catch my drift."

                                    • Megavolt
                                      Megavolt

                                      "Gizmoduck, huh? I'd like to get a better look at that suit of his. It has some really interesting circuitry, but I haven't had many chances to get close. Dorkwing gets really weird when that other guy is around and somehow manages to get extra annoying. Keeps me too busy to see if I can override that suit's functions!"

                                      Megavolt seemed happy to have a chance to discuss shared interests; even if he and Red Nova had different ideas about what ought to be done with Gizmoduck, they could at least agree that he was a good target.

                                      On the subject of other good targets, Megavolt pointed out one of the currently closed chain coffee shops. "Well, there are at least three besides that one on this block alone. They always get my name wrong when they write it on the cup. Megabolt? Megawatt? They know who I am!"

                                      • Red Nova
                                        Red Nova

                                        She just hoped said mechanical menace wasn't out patrolling tonight. He had a terrible habit of infringing on territory that wasn't his. He ought to stay in Duckburg where he belonged. One egotistical hero was bad enough for St. Canard, two was just pushing it.

                                        "Oh yeah, I guess he'd be pretty interesting to you in particular, huh? All those bells and whistles..." The idea of Megavolt being in control of Gizmoduck's functions, even if only temporarily was an intriguing idea. That suit could do a lot of damage to the city if utilized properly. Perhaps a thought worth tucking away for the future sometime.

                                        "They SHOULD know who you are by now! You're famous. Nobody would even know who Darkwing was if you weren't around. He'd probably be working a desk job somewhere. I wish he would, actually." Nova glanced down to her prosthetic, twisting the specialized barrel accessory into place before taking aim at one of the nearby Starducks.

                                        "Well they'll certainly get your name right from now on, won't they? That's good customer service." She flashed a grin and fired the explosive into the building, the storefront exploding out from the blast.

                                        • Megavolt
                                          Megavolt

                                          "Yeah, if I just had a minute to concentrate, I bet I could bring Gizmoduck's suit to life." Megavolt had a scheming tone to his voice, much quieter than his usual brays of anger or dismay. "I don't know if the duck inside is permanently attached to it or not. Might be fun to find out."

                                          Red Nova's compliment earned her a bashful hand-wave from Megavolt. "Aw, you're just sayin' that." Even if he was public enemy number three, he was still a dork. When Nova blew up the coffee chop, Megavolt watched with interest. "Hey, nice work! Controlled detonations are a lot trickier than people realize. They think they can throw a bomb at something and leave it at that. Or throw a lot of bombs at something." While he seemed to have someone in mind for that critique, Megavolt wasn't naming any names.

                                          • Red Nova
                                            Red Nova

                                            "Yeah." Her voice sounded slightly strained, "A lot of bombs at something. You'd be surprised how effective that is..." She shook her head and stared at the flames from the explosion for a moment before turning back towards the other villain.

                                            "Anyway, I like the idea of someone else controlling that can of expired idiocy. Such a waste to have a suit like that in the hands of someone who's such a poster boy. It's one misplaced moment away from becoming a weapon in the right hands." Who assembled that thing again anyway, some weird scientist from Duckburg? Who put ballistic missiles and pies together in the same place anyway?!