There were some things that Alex was expecting in the moment when he walked in, however, one thing that he did not expected was to find a familiar face in there (which was now furry). More precisely, he didn’t expected to find Nora in there.
They looked at each other with wide eyes for a moment, before the raccoon girl spoke: “What are you doing here?”
“What are you doing here?” Alex questioned back, and soon after, someone else spoke.
“You two know each other?” It was Nick, and Alex looked back at him, for a moment, he had forgotten that there were other animals in there besides them.
“And who are you?” Nora asked.
“We ask the questions!” Chief Ursini said, and he turned to the polar bear who had Big in his hand. “What the hell happened here?” He demanded, and Koslov, who had already recovered, was looking back at the other polar bear, and he said:
“I would ask you the same thing.”
In his hands, Mr. Big had already recovered as well, and he looked around, seeing the broken doors and his henchmen scattered in the ground like broken toys. It was hard to believe that a single mammal had been able to do that…
“Don’t you play games with me!” Ursini said, “I’m not buying this crap!”
“What are you doing here, in first place?” Big asked, looking back at the polar bear, who shot him a glance.
“We were coming to ask you some questions regarding the events in Iceberg Club.” Judy said, aiming to break the tension that was clearly growing in between the two mammals. “We arrived and saw the door broken, and so we came to investigate, and that was when you… appeared out of nothing.”
Big looked at her, and right after, Nick asked: “How did you even do that?”
“Actually, I’m not sure myself…” Big said, and he said, “First that polar bear invaded my office and tried to attack us, and the next thing I know was that Nora was standing up to him.” He said, and the raccoon girl looked back at them. “She was able to bring him down, and suddenly we are here…”
Ursini and Bogo both shared a look, and the two smaller mammals looked at the raccoon. Did she really stood up to that polar bear, and could actually bring him down? All by herself?
“Hi…” Nora said, waving her good hand at them. Alex once more spoke:
“Nora, what are you doing in here?”
“It’s a long story…” She said, and someone asked again:
“So, it is to be assumed that you two know each other?” Nick asked.
“Yeah, Nora is one of my friends.” Alex said, “The ones I told you guys about.”
“So, is she a meta mammal too?” Bogo asked, and the answer came as a small voice from Alex’s hand.
“Indeed, she is.” This surprised Nora, who looked at Alex’s hand, for the first time noticing that he too, like Koslov, had a small mammal in his paw. She took a good look at him, and from a distance, she could notice something familiar in him…
However, she didn’t had much time to dwell on it, for in that moment a loud voice came: “There you are!” Everyone turned their heads to see the polar bear on top of the stairs, looking down at the ones in there. He didn’t needed effort to recognize the one-handed raccoon and the polar bear in suit.
He had just walked out of that office once he realized that they were not there anymore, and he was lucky to find them on his way out. He still wanted to get back at the little raccoon for what she did to him.
“ZPD! Hold it right there!” Bogo said, pointing his gun at Pollard, along with the others. However, the polar bear barely even minded him. Instead, he just snarled as his body once more turned into brass, and he jumped from the floor he was in, landing heavily in the ground bellow and cracking the wood floor beneath his feet.
“Hold it right there!” Bogo said again, but Pollard ignored him, and instead, he was looking at the raccoon girl.
“Now, where were we?” he asked in a metallic voice as he started to walk in her direction, in that moment, the officers started to open fire, but this had little effect on him, once the bullets ricocheted from his body and the darts broke as soon as they hit his skin. If anything, this only made him slow down for a bit, as some of the bullets hit his face, and made him turn his head around. It was a reflex that it was nearly impossible to get rid of, but still, they caused no damage to the polar bear, only managing to annoy him.
“Well, now is my turn.” Alex said to Jeff, in his hands, and he rushed to the polar bear in suit and placed Jeff in his hands. “Can you hold him please?” He asked, and left him in there as he rushed into action. Meanwhile, Koslov looked surprised at Jeff, as well as Mr. Big, and Jeff only looked back at the arctic shrew, and he said:
“Hey, golden butt!” Alex said, and this was enough for Pollard to look at him, and as he looked at that cougar, who looked back at him, before making his paws light up with spheres of lightning. He simply scoffed, and cracked his metallic knuckles, as he was ready to break the bones of that cat who was standing on his way.
As he gave a single step forward, Alex put his arm forward, and from his paw shot a lightning that hit the polar bear in the chest. The polar bear gave a single step backwards, as that lightning surprised him, but he was still standing. It seemed that the lightning had caused little to no damage to him.
However, it managed to burn a hole in his shirt. The bear looked at it, and let out an annoyed grunt as he turned his head back to the cougar. Alex then stretched his arm again and let out a new lightning, this one even more charged, and it hit the polar bear square in the chest, and he retreated another step.
However, he suffered nothing, and he only looked angrier than before.
“I don’t think it is working.” Nick said, and Alex turned to them.
“Go outside, I’ll take care of him!”
“Now!” Alex said, and this time, the others obeyed, and they were rushing outside. Pollard snarled, and he started to walk to them once more, but this time Alex thrust both of his paws forward, and the lightnings from them combined on the air and turned into a single lightning, and this one hit Pollard square in the chest.
The golden polar bear actually flinched this time, and he gave two steps back, as he seemed to be steeling himself to be able to handle the attack. The stream of lightning continued for around ten seconds, before Alex finally stopped, and he was looking at the bear in front of him.
Pollard was taking a few deep breaths, and the shirt he was wearing had a huge hole burnt through it, letting Alex see his golden chest. The bear, however, didn’t seemed to have suffered any significant damage, and after a few seconds, he opened his golden eyes and looked at Alex.
“Ouch…” He said, rather casually, as he looked at Alex, before started to walk on his direction.
“Okay, I want someone to tell me what is going on!” Ursini said, and he was directing his attention to both Koslov and, mainly, Big himself. “Now, how do you know that bear?”
“I don’t!” Big said, and Ursini looked back at him.
“Don’t come with this crap to me! The guy attacked one of your clubs! Attacked two of your employers! He came right at your house and broke in!” Ursini said, “And now he is trying to get at all of us! So start spilling the beans! What, he is a former employee? An associate who got mad at you?”
As he said that, the mammals all were taking cover behind the cruisers, as lights were coming out of the building.
“What is your connection with that bear?” Ursini demanded.
“I don’t know him!” Big said to him, now feed up of this. “I never saw him before today when he invaded my home, attacked my securities and tried to kill me and my right-hand mammal!” He said that, and Koslov agreed with him. Ursini seemed about to reply, when suddenly a sound attracted their attention.
Alex had just been threw out of the window, breaking it as he landed in the snow-covered front, this helped ease his fall a bit, allowing him not to get so much damage from it. However, he was sure that there were some bruises forming under his fur. He was able to get up a bit, when Pollard himself crossed the window, breaking a part of the brick wall on his way out, and landing heavily in the snow-covered yard. He looked pissed as he walked in direction to Alex, who was still trying to get up.
“Sweet cheese and crackers!” Judy said as she saw that, and the polar bear continued to walk in direction to Alex. She immediately went to action, and pointed her dart gun to him. “ZPD! Freeze!” She said, but Pollard ignored her.
She pulled the trigger, and the darts flew from her gun and broke in contact with the polar bear. He stopped for a moment and looked at her with his golden eyes. He snarled at her, and he seemed to be about to got to her direction, when another lightning hit him in the stomach.
He looked back at Alex, and he bared his fangs at him as he turned back at him. However, in that moment, Nora, who had been watching, jumped into action. She disappeared from where she was standing, and reappeared in another part. She picked up a small pebble from the ground, and threw it the hardest that she could at Pollard’s face.
The bear turned to look at her, and he snarled. “You!”
She immediately disappeared, and she reappeared in front of Alex, who looked surprised at her. “Alex!” She said, stretching her paw at him, and Alex took only one second to realize what she wanted, and when Pollard turned back at their direction, Alex saw himself instinctively reaching out for her hand, and when he was holding it, both of them disappeared.
They reappeared less than a second later, next to the others behind the cruisers.
The two meta mammals were in there, and Alex was panting lightly, while Nora seemed to be around the same. “We need to get out of here, now!” She said, and the others seemed to agree with her, as the polar bear let out a guttural roar as he looked at all sides, looking for his targets.
“We need to go, now!” She said, and Jeff, who was in Koslov’s hands with Big agreed:
“Indeed, I think now is time for a strategic get away.”
“Are you kidding!” Ursini said, “We cannot let him run away! We need to hold him here until the backup arrives!”
Chief Ursini had a point, and Jeff was forced to agree with him. Even if the current situation was unfavorable, they could not allow Pollard to simply escape and go on his own devises. They needed a new plan, and Jeff took only a few seconds to be able to come up with one.
“The Thaw is close to here, right?” Jeff asked to the mammals around him, and they looked at him. "It is close, right?”
“Around five blocks away, why?” Ursini asked, wondering why the mouse had brought that up suddenly in such a situation.
However, Jeff didn’t answered the polar bear, instead turning to Alex, and calling out. “Hey, Alex, how do you think about maybe running a bit?”
“Do you feel like you can run? Because I’m sure that a cougar is way faster than a polar bear.”
“So, do you want him to run while we stay here fighting the polar bear?” Bogo asked.
“No, I want him to chase Alex to The Thaw.” Jeff said, and as he spoke, “Nora, you should come too! You might be useful!” He said that, and Nora looked at him, and this time, she was able to get a better look at the mouse, and she recognized him.
“Wha- Jeff!?” She said, and Jeff immediately cut her off.
“We don’t have time, the three of us need to run!” He said, and Alex looked at him, and suddenly a roar caught their attention, as the polar bear looked around. He soon had his attention turned to the group that he could see (Alex and Nora were low and hidden by the cruisers). He snarled and started to walk in their direction.
“Now, guys!” Jeff said, and Alex finally understood, he got up and rushed there to pick Jeff back.
“Excuse me!” He said to Koslov, and Jeff said to the officers:
“Tell all unities to go to The Thaw! Nora, let’s go!”
The raccoon took a few moments to snap out of the shock of seeing her friend Jeff as a mouse, and she soon was running along with Alex.
“Hey! Golden butt!” Alex cried out and Pollard looked at them, “I bet you are so proud of being a big and strong polar bear, but you cannot win from a small little raccoon girl and a cougar!” Alex said, as he and Nora started to run. Pollard looked at them, and he snarled, he immediately ignored the cops and started to run after these two animals, aiming only to reach them and make them pay.
Meanwhile, the other animals were left in a stunned silence as they looked the golden polar bear run after the other meta mammals. The silence lasted for a few moments, before Nick said:
“Now what?” He looked at the others. “We do as Small said?”
There is a silence, and after a while, Judy said, “I think we should.” The others looked at her, “I mean, it seems that he has a plan, and they are putting themselves in danger, don't you agree?”
There was a moment of silence, and soon, Ursini was picking up the radio. “This is Ursini for Tundratown ZPD central! We need all of our available officers to head for The Thaw Club, the suspect named Pollard is heading that way. Be ready and bring out tear gas bombs and net launchers. And don’t take too long, we might have some mammals in danger!”
As he said that, all of the eyes were looking at the direction where the meta mammals had ran.
Alex ran as he was holding Jeff in one hand, and meanwhile, they passed by some mammals who were surprised by seeing them running like that.
“Clear the way!” Alex screamed as he was passing, and right close to him, Nora was passing as she ran the best her legs could carry her. However, she was not really fast, that was why, at some point, Alex picked her up and put her on his shoulder as he carried Jeff on his hand. “Everyone clear passage! Runaway cougar coming through!”
The mammals in the street were surprised for seeing a cougar running, and even more for seeing a golden and angry polar bear running right after him. They were quick to get out of the way as soon as they noticed Alex, and if they took too long, they got out of the way as soon as they saw the angry polar bear rushing after him.
Alex was running the best that he could, and that was much, considering that he was a cougar. Still, it was being hard to run from Pollard, who was surprisingly fast for a polar bear, considering the short legs that he had, he was still able to keep up with Alex, who was panting as he ran, his breath creating a small fog in front of his face as he continued to run.
Jeff had climbed up his arm and into his shoulder, and he was looking at the bear made of golden metal that was running after them. “He is faster than I thought…”
“Yeah, I noticed!” Alex said as he continued to run.
“Is that really you, Jeff?” Nora asked, and Jeff looked back at her.
“Yeah, I know you are in quite a shock, believe me, I was too in the first twenty minutes.”
“Sorry, we are still running from a mad bear who wants to maul us!” Alex said, and he continued to run. Pollard was running after him, and he seemed to be determined to catch him.
“Where I’m even running to?” Alex asked.
“The Thaw.” Jeff said, “It is a very famous club here in Tundratown.”
“Why are we going there?” Nora asked, and Jeff said:
“There is something that might be useful.” Jeff said, and he looked around. He tried to remember what he had seen in the internet about the Thaw, and he was able to remember the address. He remembered the street that he had seen in the map of the streets of Tundratown, and he soon saw a familiar name in one of the streets in a street corner, and he quickly pointed to Alex. “Turn in here!”
Alex obeyed, and was able to make a surprisingly swift turn as he skidded just a little in the snow and frost of the street corner as he started to run in another direction, and Pollard was still right behind him.
“Alex, had you always been that fast?” Nora asked
“I think it came with the fur and tail.” Alex said as he continued to run, trying to open distance from the angry polar bear chasing him.
After two more minutes, Alex made a turn into a corner, and he saw himself into something that was a much more open street. Many mammals were walking into the sidewalks, and there was a river with pieces of ice floating in it, as if it was a frozen river in winter, and Alex could see a bridge connecting the two different sides of the river.
“Now, go straight ahead! It should be somewhere in front!” Jeff said, nearly screaming at Alex, and the cougar could do nothing but run in the direction the mouse pointed. Of course, he would have continued to run anyway, once Pollard was still running after him and snarling loudly. A sound that was somewhere between the natural snarling sound of an angry bear to a metallic sound that resembled a sound that would come from a creature from science fiction movies.
Alex run past the mammals who were on his way, all of which stepped out of the way of the running cougar, and they would truly run out of the way once they saw the golden polar bear running after him. The ones who were not smart or fast enough to get out of the way would be trampled by the bear, being throw violently to the sides or even flipped over the running bear as if they were hit by a car.
Alex was feeling a bit tired from that running, but he was still trying to open distance. Alex had no idea of what “The Thaw” was, or why Jeff wanted them to go in there, but he hoped that they would get in there soon, for he knew that he could not keep running forever.
Luckily for him, it seemed that some god had heard him, for soon Jeffrey was saying:
“There it is!” The mouse was pointing to a place that was something really big. It was another building, and it was big and somewhat imposing. It seemed to be either covered or made from ice and snow, giving it a round appearance, and it had fancy windows in it, as one would expect from a very fancy place where others would go. In the upper part of the place, in a sign of what seemed to be neon letterings, the name “The Thaw” stood proudly.
“This is where we need to go! Put all the strength you have in your legs now, Alexander! Run like the wind!”
Alex was more than eager to comply. He put all the strength he still had in running, and he was surprised by how much it actually was, and he was able to dash forward in a very good speed, while Pollard was right behind him, and the polar bear was snarling as he ran, his breath creating a fog in the cold air as he did so. His short legs did not allow him to run with all of his speed, and the cougar was able to leave him behind as he sprint into running.
The polar bear nearly roared in anger, as his body projected forward, as if he was trying to lean on to propel his body forwards at a faster pace. However, if that was what he was actually doing, soon it became more than just that. The polar bear leaned forward until his body fell, and he soon was on all four legs, much like a feral bear. Now he was running like that right behind Alex, much like a polar bear from the human world, if these had a smooth surface for their skin that was colored just like gold.
“Come back here, you pests!” Pollard roared to them as he ran after them like a feral bear. “Come here so I can break your bones!”
The sight of that bear running around like a savage and who seemed to be made from metallic material was enough to make most of the mammals in the street to run away in fear, afraid of maybe ending as the target of that crazy and dangerous bear. Now that he was on all fours, what now seemed nearly too natural to him, Pollard discovered he could actually move around faster, with his arms, longer than his legs, helping project his body forward.
“Guys, he is coming closer!” Nora said.
“Them give us some advantage!” Jeff said to her. “Three Hundred feet forward! Right in front of the building! Quick!”
Nora understood what he meant, and she immediately put herself to work. She hugged Alex’s shoulder, and soon, they vanished in thin air.
Pollard blinked as he looked around, stopping as he panted, still high from the chase that he had been making. He looked all around, seeing scared animals running to all sides, most of them wanting to get far away from him. But he little minded them, for he was searching for a specific group of animals. He soon was able to see them, as his eyes sighted the cougar with the raccoon on his shoulder entering into a big building.
Pollard snarled at their direction in a metallic voice, teeth bared.
Alex was a bit disoriented when Nora teleported him right in front of the Thaw, and he needed a few seconds to recover his direction. Of course, as soon as he was able to figure out where and how, he was immediately entering the place that Jeff had indicated. Mostly because the mouse was really insisting for him to go through the doors at once.
The double door was big and fancy, and it was obviously made having big animals in mind. Once inside, Alex noticed that the place was indeed fancy. It was a big place with a lot of tables and also with a big space in the middle that surely was made for dancing, and there was also places in the second floor that surely had more tables. It looked like the place was some kind of restaurant, and it was obviously a nice one, for it had a lot of mammals in there, who were either eating or dancing, and all from various species of tundra animals.
Alex was still panting as he looked around, and he looked at all the animals in there, and at the place itself, and he could hear the music playing from the boxes in the background. “What is this place?” The cougar asked, and Jeff was the one who answered:
“The Thaw. Said by some to be the best and most popular restaurant and club in all of Tundratown. It has been ranked with a medium of four and a half stars by most of the tourism agencies and websites that I visited in the past days, and said by some as one of the best places in the whole Zootopia, having all kinds of luxuries inside, including…” Jeff was looking at the sides, as if he was looking for something. In that moment, someone came to their sides.
“Hey, pal, are you lost?”
Alex nearly jumped when he looked to the side and saw a reindeer and a polar bear coming to him. They both were bulky, and the way that they were dressed told Alex that they probably were security staff in there. The reindeer was holding a clipboard in his hooved hand, and he was looking at the cougar with two animals on his shoulders.
“What would be your names?” The reindeer asked, and the polar bear continued to look at them. Alex was pretty sure that he did not looked like the regular people they had coming in there. Alex could not see himself, but he was sure that a cougar was who was panting, disheveled, with his fur ruffled, and maybe even covered in some dirty from the street was not the kind of people that used to come to their establishment.
“Oh, it’s okay, we are not on the list.” Jeff said, before Alex or Nora could come up with an excuse. “We just came in here because there is a polar bear made of brass chasing us.”
The polar bear and reindeer shared a look, and the polar bear said: “Okay, I think you all should be leaving now.”
Before anyone could say or do something, the sound of the doors being broken made them all turn their heads to the double doors. These had been broken, and Pollard was in there, still in his brass form, and staring daggers at the cougar and friends.
“Now I got you!” The polar bear said, and soon, the security polar bear was reacting.
“Hey, you, freeze!” He spoke, as he said, but Pollard continued to advance. “Hey, hey! Stay back! Freeze! I said freeze! Fuck!” He pulled out a shock gun, and pointed at him. He pulled the trigger, and the shockers flew from the gun and landed on his chest. However, they merely made a metallic *clink* as the shockers fell to the ground.
Pollard looked at it, and back at the polar bear who had attacked him, and he snarled as he walked in his direction.
“Attention, everyone! We have a problem in the entrance hall!” The reindeer said in a radio as he saw his polar bear companion being subdued by another bear, with a skin (or fur, whatever) was made of gold. Pollard soon was throwing the polar bear away, and now he had his eyes turned to Alex and co.
However, as he was about to reach them, Nora looked up, at one of the places in the second floor, and soon they all vanished.
“Oh, come on!” Pollard screamed aloud, and soon, all of the animals in there already knew that he was in there, including the security staff, who were all going on his direction to try to do something about him. Meanwhile, Alex and the others were now on the second floor, and Alex looked from the sidewalk to the place down there, where Pollard was being surrounded by securities, however, the polar bear didn’t seem fazed by them.
“Well, I guess they can take care of him now, right?” Nora asked.
“I don’t think so.” Jeff said, “Pollard seemed to have had little trouble to take care of Mr. Big’s henchmen. I guess it is to be assumed that he will also be able to handle them.”
“And my lightning does not affect him.” Alex added, “I sent him three in the stomach and he still kicked my butt. What do we do?”
“We try to use a different approach.” Jeff said, and he added, “I know that the sites mentioned it a lot!”
“Mentioned what?” Alex asked.
Jeffrey stopped for a moment, and his ears twitched. He turned his head to a direction. “That!” Jeffrey pointed to a direction, and Nora looked over. She vanished from Alex’s shoulder and reappeared in another place, that was on the verge of the sidewalk in a place that Jeffrey had pointed.
Alex soon was following her, as she looked to what Jeffrey had seemingly pointed at. “They have a waterfall inside here?”
Alex looked, and he saw what she was talking about. It seemed that they had an internal waterfall in there, and it was plunging water into what seemed to be a pool made of stones. Alex could still spot some mammals in there, wearing swimming trunks and running from the place, scared by the commotion that was happening in there.
“That is what we came here for!” Jeff said, and Alex and Nora shared a look.
“We came here for a swimming pool?” Nora asked, looking at the animals who were getting out of the water.
“Actually it is a plunge pool.” Jeff said, “Specially made for the visitors, and the water is maintained at a temperature that is just above freezing.” Jeff said to his friends as he looked at the place. “And it seems to be deep in the area beneath the waterfall. That is really good.”
“Why is that good? What are going to do, Jeff?” Alex asked, confused, and Jeff turned to his feline friend and said, with a smile on his muzzle.
“We are going to use Pollard’s own powers against him.”
As they spoke, Pollard was having his way against the security staff that came after him. Each one of them attacked him with the weapons they had, which ranged from batons to shock guns and dart guns. Pollard, however, barely minded any of them, as his body made out of brass, solid and hard to damage, was able to shake off anything they made against him. The batons resonated on his body as they collided without making damage. The charges of the shock guns hit him but the electricity passed through his conductive body without causing him any discomfort. The darts broke in the moment they made contact with his skin without even scrapping it.
The security staff was unable to damage Pollard. However, the opposite, unfortunately, wasn’t true.
Pollard was able to fight back at any one of the security that came too close to him, by punching and backslapping them with his paws, and due to the hardness of the brass and the extra strength that this form gave him, he caused significant damage with each blow that he managed to hit. Each guard that he hit ended in the ground, and in some cases they got back up with a few teeth were loss and a few ribs were broken, and in some cases they just dropped and didn’t got back at all.
“I’m not in the mood for this!” Pollard said aloud, with the metallic voice, and the ones that were still standing, now scared, were keeping their distance from him. Some were still brave enough to come in his direction, but these were soon meet with the same fate of their buddies, and they ended unconscious in the ground, with blood leaking from their mouths.
Meanwhile, the ones who were in there as patrons watched the scene with fear, and many of them were dashing for the nearest exit as soon as they had a chance, wanting to open the biggest possible distance between themselves and that violent bear.
Luckily for them, Pollard was not too much interested in them, for he was looking around, trying to locate the mammals that he had been chasing. He had already figured out that the raccoon girl power was to teleport, and that meant that she had taken them somewhere else when he tried to get them. However, neither that would mean that he would give up chasing them.
However, he was unable to see them anywhere, and this made him angry.
However, he was distracted by his own anger when he heard someone’s voice through a megaphone.
“POLLARD! THIS IS THE TUNDRATOWN ZPD! THE BUILDING IS SURROUNDED! GET OUT WITH YOUR PAWS IN THE AIR!”
Pollard looked back, and he was quick to connect this with the guys he had been chasing.
The little shits! They lured him into a trap!
Roaring loudly in rage, Pollard saw the ones who still had not managed to leave the building, and he immediately jumped in them.
They cried out in fear, but some of them were unable to get away in time, and as a result, Pollard was able to grab a couple of snow leopards, and he was now holding them by the scruff of the back of their necks. The woman screamed as she squirmed on his grasp, while the male tried to fight back with his claws, only to break most of them in the moment he tried to claw at the polar bear’s face.
“You there!” The polar bear said to one of the other patrons. “Get your furry butt out there and tell the cops that I have hostages! If they try to get in I’ll skin them both alive!”
The patrons seemed to be ready to escape, and Pollard had to believe that they would do as he had asked, and he snarled at the two mammals that he had gotten on his hands, so to speak. They both were squirming, and they were screaming at him. This only worked to tick him off.
Above them, Alex had just gotten in the edge of the sidewalk, and he was looking down at the scene of the golden bear with two hostages.
“This is bad.” Alex said, and soon, Nora came next to him, with Jeff in her shoulder. Alex turned to them. “Jeff, are you sure this is going to work?”
The mouse on Nora’s shoulder remained two seconds in silence as he thought about it, before answering: “Around ninety-one point thirty-four percent.”
Alex looked at him, and back at the scene below. “Enough for me.” He spoke, and immediately, he climbed in the sidewalk and jumped down, surprising Nora.
Pollard was still trying to grip at the two mammals he had. “Okay, you two better stop, before I-” He was cut off by the lightnings that hit the ground near him, and soon, a cougar was floating down into the ground, with the electricity from his hands connecting him to the ground.
“You!” Pollard said, and Alex looked back at him, before saying.
“You were after me?” He asked him, with lightning in his paws. “Well, here I am. Will you try to use them as shield, or will you fight me like a man?”
Pollard snarled at him, pushing both animals he was holding to the sides, making them fall into the ground, while the polar bear outstretched his claws. He was ready to skin that cougar alive and take his pelt as a trophy to make a rug.
Upwards, Nora and Jeff were looking down at the scene, and Nora could not hold back a comment.
“Even becoming a cougar didn’t made Alex change, did it?”
“I don’t think anything ever will.” Jeff answered to her, and he was a bit thorn between worry and pride for his friend.
Suddenly, Pollard roared as he jumped in Alex direction, claws ready to rend and to kill his target.
Alex saw him coming, and pointed his paws at the ground, shooting a burst of lighting in the ground that propelled him upwards.
Pollard went right past the point where Alex once was, skidding in the ground and marking it with his feet and claws of metal. He turned around in time to see Alex landing in the ground, and turning to him, his hands outstretched and firing a wave of lightning on the golden bear.
Pollard instinctively covered his face with his arm as the lightnings swept over the area and over himself. The small strikes all around burnt holes on his clothing, but they seemed to have absolutely no effect on the bear. When it over, Pollard simply lowered his arm while he growled at the cougar.
“Okay then…” Alex said, and he continued to stare at the bear, who roared and charged at him.
Once more, Alex was able to dodge by using his electrokinesis to propel himself and to jump. However, this time, instead of jumping only straight up, he jumped to cover some distance. Pollard looked at him, and started to run after the cougar.
Around one minute, it was like that. Alex would ran or jump in order to gain some distance, and when he had a chance, he would shot a lightning at the polar bear to attack him. However, his attacks only succeeded into opening holes into the clothing that the polar bear wore and making him angrier.
“Will you stop running and fight me like a man!?” The polar bear roared in anger and frustration. All he wanted was to grab that cougar and break his bones!
Alex, however, was not willing to let that happen, and he actually was aiming to avoid Pollard getting him as much as he could, at least until he was able to put Jeff’s plan in action…
Outside of the club, the cars of the police of Tundratown were forming a circle around the Thaw. Mammals in police uniforms walked around the place, some of them seemed to be getting ready to enter the place, while others were more focused into keeping mammals and curious guys away from that place.
“What is going on?”
“It seems some of those mammals with super powers have broken into The Thaw!”
“The meta mammals?”
“Yeah, I heard the lightning cougar is one of them!”
“They are fighting now?”
“Man, I wish I was there to see it! I bet it is awesome!”
Among the officers in the place, were some familiar faces…
“I want everyone ready to enter on command!” Chief Ursini said to his subordinates. “I want everyone ready to fire the smoke bombs on command, and I want the net launchers ready! We can’t make mistakes with this guy!”
Near him, Bogo was watching the development of this, and close to him, were also the forms of Judy and Nick, relatively small when compared to the bigger species that formed most of the police force of Tundratown.
“Why did they wanted to come here?” Judy asked.
“Maybe because it has a delicious fish?” Nick offered, and Judy gave him a look that said that this was no time for jokes. Nick raised his hands defensively, and they both continued to look, as the officers around them were getting ready to fight.
“Sir, we have the teargas bombs ready!” A reindeer officer said to Ursini, who nodded at him.
“Good, get ready to fire them!”
Back inside, Pollard was furious at Alex, and was trying to reach him in any way that he could. Meanwhile, Alex continued to avoid his blows and to fire lightnings into him from a distance. It seemed that they could stay at this for a while, but Alex was starting to sweat at the effort.
After all, first the running like mad, and now trying to fight a guy who seemed that he never got tired? It was hard to keep up with this kind of thing.
As they fought, the sound of breaking glass reached them. Smoking objects had just broke through the windows, and they were liberating some smoke in the air.
One of them landed very close to Pollard, and the smoke soon was reaching for his face. The bear seemed fine in the first moments, but soon, he was chocking and gagging, and he immediately used his claw so swipe the smoke bomb away from himself.
Up in the sidewalks of the second floor, Nora and Jeff were still watching it, and Jeff pointed.
“You see!? You see that?” He was pointing at Pollard, who was still gagging even after the smoke bomb was away from himself.
“Yeah, I guess that smoke did a thing on him.”
“This means I was right! This is really good!”
“Yes!” Jeff said, looking at her with a smile. “For it means that my plan will most likely work!”
Pollard recovered from the gas of that bomb, and he now looked around as more bombs were breaking in through the windows. He snarled as he looked around, and he was now facing Alex once more.
Well, if he was going down, than he might as well take that cougar down with him!
Snarlng as he turned to the cougar, Pollard dashed at him, and once more, Alex was able to dodge by jumping with the help of his powers. However, this time he was not as fast as he would like, for Pollard was able to scrap Alex’s leg with his claws.
The cougar winced in pain as he raised in the air, and he soon was falling back on land, using his powers to break his fall. As he touched the ground, the sting on his legs was starting to become a burning pain, as a warm moist was spreading into him.
Looking down, Alex could see red tainting his cut pants, as he was starting to bleed.
“Dammit!” Alex said under his breath as the pain was moving up on his leg. The cut seemed to be somewhat harsh, and Alex imagined that it would be hard standing on that leg for a while.
However, he didn’t had much time to think about it, for the growling of the golden bear behind him forced him to look at him. The bear was now looking at him, standing on two legs, and Alex could see clearly all of the holes that he had burn on his clothing by shooting lightnings at him, and he had a sight of the golden metal that formed the body of the bear underneath it.
If anything, all of that made the polar bear seem even more intimidating. Even because he was unsheathing his claws, and was ready to go for Alex, the look in his eyes positively murderous.
However, Alex was not paying attention only to him, but also to the place where he was.
In their little “catch me” game, Alex made the bear run across the place, and now, with this last blow, they had come very close to the waterfall and the pool beneath it. Actually, Pollard was at less than five feet from the edge, and that was something that Alex had hoped for…
“Okay, time to try it.” Alex said to himself, and he conjured lightning on his paws, forming spherical orbs of energy.
“You still trying that?” Pollard said, “Why do you think it will work this time?”
Alex didn’t answered, and instead, he just took a deep breath and pointed both of his paws at the polar bear. The electricity in both of his paws projected forward as a single great lightning, which Hit Pollard square in the chest.
The golden bear stopped on his tracks as he could actually feel the electricity on his body. Still, it made no damage to him.
However, Alex was not aiming to cause him damage this time, but just to push him back in direction to the pool. For that, Alex counted with his electricity to do the job.
However, Pollard was proving to be harder than that. For he was able to stand his ground, he was actually able to give a few steps “forward” in direction to the cougar.
Seeing that, Alex focused more, and his eyes started to glow in a blue shade, much the same as his lightning, which grew in power and size as it continued to fire on the polar bear.
Small lightnings were jumping form several points into Pollard’s body as this happened, and the polar bear actually made faces that resembled pain.
“This ain’t good.” Jeff said as both he and Linda watched the scene unfold beneath them. “I was hoping a good enough charge could actually cause him to walk back and fall in the water… but it seems that he is a tough guy. Not only that, but brass is non-ferromagnetic, what means that Alex can’t use electromagnetism to push him back.”
Nora was sure that all meant something, but she was not paying attention to it, for she was looking at the scene below, and she was well aware that Alex was having troubles now.
The cougar let out a feral yell as he put all the strength that he still had into a lightning, and now, Pollard actually let out a scream as well as the electricity enveloped him. The flash resulting of this was so bright that forced both mammals to cover their eyes on the sidewalk above, and it could actually be seem from the outside, startling some of the mammals in there.
As the lightning subsided, Alex felt to his knees, panting, and feeling like he had ran several marathons in a row. He was panting as he tried to regain his breath, and he almost felt dizzy, as he looked up.
And he saw Pollard still standing.
The polar bear looked at him with hate in his dull, golden eyes, his upper clothing now had been almost completely carbonized, exposing a good deal of his golden chest, and a point on his chest that actually seemed a bit charred. It was the point where the lightning had made direct contact with his body, and it seemed like it managed to actually cause some damage to the bear.
“Okay…” He said, as he continued to look at the cougar, as he reached out, grabbed the charred remains of his clothing and tore them off, leaving his chest bare “That actually hurt!” The bear said, and the way that he spoke seemed to make it clear that he was pissed off beyond belief. He immediately started to walk in direction to Alex, and the cougar was far too tired to try and run from him.
Up in the sidewalk, Jeff turned to Nora.
“Now is your turn!”
He spoke in an urgent way, Nora only nodded at him, and she looked down, vanishing a second later.
Pollard was walking to the cougar, and he already unsheathed his claws. He found it curious that he had them when he first turned into a bear, and he decided that one day he would try to see what they could do to someone else when he was in brass form. Well, the day had came…
However, he didn’t had the chance to reach for the cougar, for he heard a sound right behind his back, and he turned his head to look at it. What he saw was the raccoon girl standing on his shoulder.
Nora had just teleported right into his shoulder, and was now using her only remaining hand to have as good a grip in it as she possibly could. It was a bit hard, considering how slippery that body was, but she was good with her hands, she had always been. She had a good grip in record time, and just as the bear was about to reach her-
“Why you little-”
Suddenly, Pollard and Nora both disappeared in the air in a blur, and they reappeared soon after…
Twenty feet above the ground, just above the pool of water.
Immediately, Pollard started to fall, and Nora soon vanished. She materialized again on the ground, landing on her feet, while Pollard pummeled right into the pool with a big splash.
The animals around all looked at this, as they saw the place where the bear had pummeled into the water, and this was just in the place where the waterfall fell into the pool. Jeff was looking with a particular smile on his face.
Underneath the water, Pollard sunk as he looked up, trying to make out what was happening, and it took him a few seconds. However, it was also the time that he took to reach the bottom of the plunging pool.
The bear looked around, as he was able to get back on his feet. This was bad.
When he was in brass form, he was stronger and more powerful, he was able to resist bullets and scratches, and he even became resilient to most forms of damage. However, even in this form, he still had to breathe, and in this form, he could not swim!
So that was the plan of those little shits!
Grunting under the water as he looked around, the bear saw that the “pool” was somehow like a depression, and he even tried to move around to climb it. However, the weight of his own body seemed to be enough to prevent him from moving around, as it would pull him back to the ground as he tried to climb.
Pollard grunted as he looked around, and he was already imagining the little fuckers up there, looking at the water and just waiting for him to drown. Oh, they were going to get what was coming to them!
Pollard grunted, as his body started to change again. This time, his body became less smooth, and the single smooth, golden skin that he once had, morphed back into the coat of white fur that covered his body. His body changed, becoming more fragile and lighter. Even his eyes changed back into the normal coloration that they had, becoming once more teal-blue in coloration, and they looked just as angry as when they were dull and golden.
As his body completely changed back to normal, he felt himself getting lighter in the water. His body at first was so heavy that it was stuck into the ground, but now, it floated easily in the water. Now, he didn’t even needed to climb, for he could just swim to the surface, and swimming as something that now seemed to come very naturally to him.
He was soon moving indirection to the surface, and he was soon breaking the surface, taking a huge breath of fresh air, before turning his eyes back to the mammals who had put him in there.
The raccoon girl was looking at him, and she seemed ready to fight. Behind her, the cougar looked like he was still recovering.
“You thought it would be easy to get rid of me?” Pollard said to them, as he started to swim in direction to the edge of that pool. “You thought I’d just sit in the bottom of the water and stay there? You little fuckers, I’m going to make rugs out of your pelts!”
The two mammals looked at him as he approached the edge, and he was already walking in it, his fur dripping wet. “You both are going to regret-”
He was saying as he placed a hand in the edge of the pool, but stopped when he felt something standing in it. He looked, and saw a mouse in there, smiling at him.
“Hi there! I’m Jeff!” The mouse said, before starting to run up his arm.
“What the- HEY!” Pollard said, as he tried to shake that rodent away from his arm, but was unsuccessful, and at some point, Jeffrey was able to reach a certain area of his arm. He got a hold of the fur on the arm of the bear with a single hand, while the other was close into a fist and slammed into a specific area of the arm.
Jeffrey had just punched right into a nervous termination, and the result was immediate. Pollard let out a pained gasp as his whole arm shook, having the feeling as if he had been hit with an electrical current in the whole arm, as it was shaking.
“Graaahhh! You little shit!” Pollard cried out, and he tried to shake his arm, but it was hard with little thing that the mouse had done. Still, he was able to shake Jeff enough for the mouse to let go.
However, Jeff had actually planned that.
Under normal conditions, it would be impossible for a small mouse to be able to beat a mammal as big and strong as a polar bear. After all, the difference in size and strength was so great that it was on the verge of being just plain ridiculous.
But, what if that mouse was able to know exactly the position of the most important and vulnerable nerves in the body of the polar bear? What if the mouse knew the exact amount of strength he had on his own paws? What of the mouse knew exactly how and where to hit the polar bear to be able to cause maximum effect only by punching with a tiny fist? What if the mouse was actually able to plan and calculate the angle and strength of the swing of the arm of the angry polar bear so he would land back into him in the exact position that he wanted?
Well, Jeff was one mouse who was capable of all of these things. That made him be the kind of mammal who could, in a situation like that, do the impossible.
As Jeff let go from the arm of the bear, he spun in the air, and was able to dive in direction to the neck of the bear, using his hands, until the very last gram of strength to hold himself in the fur of the polar bear.
Once he had a good grip and found himself secured to the bear, he climbed his neck to a specific point. Once he was in there, Jeff once more raised his fist, and this time, he was aiming at a very particular set of nerves in the side of the neck of the bear, and he slammed his fist in there with all of the strength that he could muster.
Pollard’s eyes widened as his mouth opened, and all that came out was a wheezing roar, as his body trembled. After a few moments, his eyes rolled back, his eyelids closed, and he fell forward.
He was on the edge of the pool, so while the lower half of his body remained in the water, the upper half of him landed heavily on the stone floor. He stayed in there, his body still twitching slightly, and he let out half groans in his state of consciousness.
The two mammals in there looked at the scene, and Jeff, who was standing in Pollard, walked into his head, and spoke to his two friends:
“And this is how a mouse brings down a polar bear!”