"Finished!" Phineas declared. He shoved the blueprints in his pocket and grinned. "And might I say, these are the best hoverboats I have ever seen."
These are the only hoverboats I've seen, Dipper thought, looking at the colourful final creations in awe. He had never thought it possible that a group of kids, not even in their teens, could create such a thing. "You guys really do stuff like this every day?"
"Well, almost every day," Phineas corrected as he and Ferb climbed into their green and red hoverboat. "Sometimes we like to take it easy and just relax. Now let's get to racing. Dipper, you can come with us. We put an extra seat in the back for you."
"Cool, thanks." Dipper smiled and sat behind the two brothers. I'm actually sitting in a hoverboat. If only Wendy could see me now.
"Alright, nerd. Let's kick some butts!" Buford tossed Baljeet into the dark blue hoverboat and cracked his knuckles. "We're gonna dominate."
"In your dreams!" Isabella scoffed.
"Girl power for the win!" Mabel cheered and sat beside Isabella (who had quickly claimed the wheel) and pumped her fist in the air. "You're going down, Dipper!"
Dipper snorted. "We'll see about that."
"Alright, guys. On my mark, press the red button and grab the wheel," Phineas instructed. Ferb wrapped two hands tightly around the steering wheel and Phineas' hand hovered over the button. "One...two...three...go!"
Three hands slammed upon the red button and the hoverboats roared to life. Dipper grabbed on to his hat as they flew across the crystal blue water, spray flying in their faces. Phineas laughed as the wind whipped through his red hair. "Woo-hoo!"
Dipper watched as the trees passed by in a blur. "Wow," he whispered.
"Hey, Dipper! You want to man the water balloon canon?" Phineas asked, twisting around so he could see the elder boy better.
"Uh, I guess so. How do I do it?" Dipper asked.
Phineas pressed the purple button on the console and Dipper jumped as a purple mini-canon popped out behind him. "Easy! Just grab the handle, aim, and press the buttons on the top of the handles to shoot." The redhead glanced to the right. "Buford and Baljeet gaining!"
Dipper swung the canon around and pressed the button. The water balloons shot out and bombarded the approaching duo. Baljeet yelped as he got hit in the face. Water dripped down his chin as he spluttered. "Wait a minute! What do we get?"
"Start pushing buttons," Buford growled. "We got some pummelling to do."
As the males battled for the position of first place, Isabella hung back, driving the hoverboat at a leisurely pace. "Mabel, can we have a chat?"
"Of course, silly!" Mabel laughed. "You don't have to ask to have a conversation. You just do it!"
"Right...of course." Isabella cleared her throat, wondering how to approach this. She didn't want to seem harsh, as the girl was new, and certainly couldn't know of her crush on Phineas. "I've noticed you've been flirting with my friends-"
"Oh good!" Mabel let out a sigh of relief. "I was worried I was doing it wrong. I didn't get much of a reaction, you know?"
Isabella could not help but smile-just a little. "They're great guys, but they're all slow when it comes to romance."
"I guess I'll just have to step it up a notch," Mabel mused. "Surely one of them is perfect for the position of Mabel's Boyfriend."
Isabella blinked. "Wait-so...you're, like, interviewing my friends to see which one gets to be your boyfriend?"
"Kind of." Mabel grinned. "I'm trying to strike up a spark, you know? Get the love flowing!"
"Uh...sure. Listen, I don't have a problem with you hitting on-"
"I'm flirting with them, not hitting on them," Mabel corrected.
This girl is unique all right, Isabella thought with slight amusement. Deciding to be blunt, Isabella said, "I like Phineas."
"Well, of course you do! You wouldn't be best friends if you didn't like him," Mabel laughed.
"No, I like like him," Isabella clarified.
Mabel paused for a moment. "Oh! I'm sorry! I-"
"Don't apologize," Isabella said quickly, relieved. "You didn't know. And I don't want to sound like I'm possessive or anything like that, but-"
"He's your man! I totally get it." Mabel punched Isabella playfully in the shoulder. "Why didn't you tell me?! That's girl-talk material!"
"I didn't really think of it until I saw you flirting with Phineas," Isabella admitted. "And, actually, Phineas doesn't know I like him."
"What?" Mabel exclaimed.
Isabella shrugged. "Like I said, all my friends are completely oblivious when it comes to romance. They wouldn't know if a girl was flirting with them, even if it was made extremely obvious."
"Well, I think Love Doctor Mabel can help with your situation."
"That's sweet!" Isabella said. "But I kind of want Phineas to figure it out on his own, without help." If he ever does, that is.
"Sure thing." Mabel beamed. "Hey, maybe we'll both get to have our epic summer romances!"
Isabella smiled softly. "Maybe. Now come on, let's kick some boy butt!" With cheers of excitement, the girls sped up to catch up to the males.
Perry navigated his jet-ski across the clear waters, his dark eyes scanning the distant shore ahead. Doofenshmirtz's location was highlighted by a red dot on the map on his watch. As usual, he would have to do a bit of trekking to get to the mad doctor, as he normally had to do when Doofenshmirtz set up base in exotic locations.
A soft humming caught his attention and he glanced behind his shoulder. His eyes grew wide upon spotting three rapidly approaching hoverboats. He pressed a secret button on his water vehicle and the jet-ski folded neatly up, sinking below the surface. Perry followed it and grabbed hold of his conveniently-folded up mode of transportation, waiting until the boats passed.
His lips twitched into a smile as the garbled shouts of Phineas and his friends passed overhead. Hoverboats, eh? Pretty tame compared to what they normally do.
Perry popped back above the surface, his wet fedora sagging over his eyes. He pressed the button once more and the jet-ski unfolded. Pretty clever, but sometimes I think Carl has way too much time on his hands.
The platypus made it to the caves. He decided to keep the jet-ski hidden behind a cluster of rocks and followed the directions on his watch. It took a good bit of walking but finally he emerged into a wide open part of the cave, with an opening in the ceiling that allowed a stream of light to filter in.
"Ah, Perry the Platypus-wait, Perry the Platypus?" Heinz Doofenshmirtz snapped his head away from his latest –Inator and stared in genuine surprise. "I mean, I should have expected this, and I kind of was, but do you know how many caves are along the lakes of Gravity Falls? A lot! And I just got here, like, three days ago! It should have taken you a lot longer to find me-" He paused. "...Francis put another tracking device on me, didn't he?"
Perry just shrugged with a smirk.
"Oh sure, laugh now. But you won't be laughing in, like, the next five minutes!" Doofenshmirtz whipped the strange book out from behind his back. "Capturos capitiva!"
To Perry's utter shock, glowing blue ropes wound up from the ground and wrapped tightly around him. Heinz grinned in delight. "That is just so cool!"
Perry stared in disbelief.
"Oh! Yeah, I guess an explanation is in order. It all fits in with my evil plan, so it's pretty important that you understand." Doofenshmirtz held out the book. "This is-I, I don't really know, actually. It doesn't have a title so I'm just calling it One. Anyway, I got One in a second-hand book shop at the other end of the Tri-State Area.
"It was a real hassle to get there, let me tell. I missed the first bus, then I had to wait in the rain, and then-sorry, I digress. A-hem. This book is completely hand written, and the introductory page said that Gravity Falls, Oregon was surrounded by magical energy unnoticed by the inhabitants."
Perry gave his nemesis a dubious look.
"I didn't believe it at first either. But I started reading through the different spells (apparently, some guy recorded them after each one was used on him-poor guy. Some of these are nasty) and decided, what the heck, I'm not really doing anything. So I came down here and gave it a shot." Doofenshmirtz grinned widely. "And look at you! This place is really surrounded by magic! I don't know how, but I guess it's just one of those things you can't really explain."
Perry glanced at the –Inator. It was a large, cylindrical container that contained pulsing blue light. Doofenshmirtz patted the glass. "Pretty neat, huh? This is the Magic-Contain-Inator! I managed to find a way to collect some of the magic in these caves. After flipping through One I discovered that magic is absorbed into specific rocks in these caves. So I crushed them up in this baby and voila! Enough magic to bring back to the Tri-State Area and use a spell to take it over."
The mad doctor paused and scratched his head. "I-I don't know if the magic will actually survive outside of Gravity Falls. I'm not really used to working with magic. It's all new to me. But hey, anything's worth a try, right?"
With a great use of force Perry tore himself from the magical bonds. It seemed every movie he had watched with the kids on the subject was correct-magic is only as powerful as the one who wields it.
Good thing he was facing Doofenshmirtz.
Figuring out the easy part, Perry charged at the -Inator (Heinz seemed to have difficulty letting go of the suffix) and the thing shattered upon contact. The magic drifted back into the atmosphere and Perry whirled around to face Doofenshmirtz.
His nemesis yelped and dodged the flying kick. He frantically flipped through One, trying to find a spell to assist him. "Give me something good! Give me something good!" He barely managed to avoid a punch to the stomach. "Uh-this one looks good! Releasacus thy daemon of inferna! Oh, wait, that doesn't-"
A great rumbling shook the earth. Perry could feel the magic fluctuate around them. He grabbed Doofenshmirtz's arm and dragged him out of the cave as rocks started falling down upon them. Hearts pounding they made it to the edge of the water just as the cave-in reached its climax. Doofenshmirtz clutched the book to his chest, eyes wide. The dust faded away and the air seemed still.
"That...didn't sound as good as I first thought," Heinz said hoarsely. Perry shot him a glare.
He had no idea what just happened.
And that's what frightened him the most.