..."What am I going to do?" Abigail repeated. "I've already done it."
Dwindle looked absolutely flabbergasted. "Your plan was to point to a hill?"
"No!" Smiling, Abigail pulled the mysterious-looking thing -- some metallic device -- from her pocket and clicked a button.
Immediately, the scene started melting away. Soon, only Abigail, Dwindle, and Puffs were left. They stood in a giant metallic room covered in a lattice pattern comprised of laser light.
"This is the virtual reality room," Abigail announced. "I do believe I've convinced you just how real things can get in here?" She smiled almost menacingly.
"What?!?" the Uni inquired, half dazed and half furious. "None of that was real?"
"Well, the portal was just a flash of purple light from the Hex II Holograph Projector," she said as she held up the device. "Built by AAA himself. We were already in the room -- I just had it set to look like a regular room."
"Why did AAA build this thing?"
"To play games in," the Aisha said slowly. "To make the adventure come alive!" She pointed to the device's keypad. "He could enter a game ID, and then play the thing as though it was actually happening. Of course, I modified the device to make the room serve a more practical purpose..."
"A virtual reality chamber?"
"Now, go to Chadley's private room and grab several handfuls of his posters," Abigail commanded Dwindle. "Bring the Lutra, too. This is Phase One of the plan."
Dwindle returned with many, many posters. Puffs carried a few as well!
Standing in the otherwise normal-looking room was Garin.
The Uni gasped.
"I stole him from game 527 -- Attack of the Revenge." The Aisha grinned. "He'll be the thief. Of course, game sprites can't last long outside their games, so the slightest disturbance will cause him to vanish." She handed Dwindle a cannonball. "Hit him with this when he goes after Chadley and he'll be gone, thereby making you that Zafara's number one fan."
Abigail exited. "Stage Two, commence!" she cried as she ran down the hall.
Abigail and Chadley returned soon after. "My posters are being stolen?" the Zafara inquired. "Alas, something more important than my fans... me!" He looked at all his posters scattered on the ground.
"Yes," the Aisha started, a tad exasperated. "Here!"
The Usul antagonist in Abigail's plot turned around, his sword facing the Zafara. "Is Chadley going to sleep with the fishes?" Garin inquired.
He took a sword swipe at the egoistical Daily Dare host. Chadley jumped back and screamed.
Abigail stifled a giggle.
It was then that Dwindle emerged from behind a holographic chair. "Begone, thief!" she shouted as she threw a cannonball at the Usul.
Immediately, he disappeared.
"Oh, for Chadley's sake," Chadley started, "you've saved my life. I'm so sorry for calling you daft before, little girl."
"Er... Tawna," Dwindle started.
Chadley picked up a poster. "'To my absolute greatest fan, Tawna,'" he said as he signed the words. "Now, go, little girl." In a whisper, he added, "But don't tell the others you're my number one. They'd probably form a mob after you... or after me." He shivered.
Grinning, Dwindle walked away from the Games Room with three treasures -- one unsigned poster, one signed for Dwindle, and the final for Tawna -- and back toward her frenemy's house.
She rang Tawna's doorbell.
The Korbat answered. "Oh, hello Dwindle!" she greeted with a smile, though her suspicious eyes betrayed her otherwise congenial look. "Come in."
Dwindle entered. "May I use your bathroom?"
"Uh, sure. It's down the hall."
The Uni hurried. She knew where the bathroom was, but it wasn't her destination. Running into Tawna's room, she set the "To Dwindle" poster back down. She then ran back to the Korbat.
"Oh!" Tawna started upon her friend's return, "I have something to show you. I was going to do it at the meeting tonight, but I suppose I can give you a sneak peek." She walked away.
Dwindle grinned. This was it.
Instead, the Korbat returned with a Florta. "I got her yesterday! She reminded me of you, so I named her Dwindle." Then, setting the Petpet on the floor, she unrolled two posters. One was signed to Dwindle, and the other Tawna. "I have a signed Chadley poster for me, and another for my Petpet! I said I was Chadley's number one fan!"
The Uni just gaped. "Er..." she trailed, completely taken back. Forcing a smile, she continued. "That's... sweet. I'm going to go now. See you tonight!"
With that, Dwindle left for her home.
When she reached it, she entered her room. She then fumed some not nice things about her friend.
As Dwindle gradually calmed, she realized that it was almost time for the meeting. Smiling in a mix of defeat and rage, she hung up her "To my absolute greatest fan, Tawna" poster beside the unsigned one. "Tawna doesn't realize it -- with this mis-signed poster, no one but me will realize it -- but, at least for a little while, I was Chadley's number one fan."
She then left for the meeting, an odd sort of elation filling her.
She had done so much that Tawna never did, and never would.
She supposed Chadley's fame wouldn't last forever, but these memories would last as long as she was alive.
She arrived content.