"It's coming! Dan! Come quick! He's hatching!"
*Teressa & Dan watch as their first egg hatches*
Teressa: *picks up hatchling & cradles it* "Oh, Dan! It's a boy! What should we name it?"
Dan: "Um, how about Skipper? It means leader."
Teressa: "Yes! That's it! Baby Skipper."
Teressa: "Yes, darling! Mama. And Dada." *gestures toward Dan*
5 Years Later...
Skipper: *runs up to Teressa & Dan* "Hi mom! Hi dad!"
Dan: "Hi son! How was school?"
Skipper: "Oh, it was a lot of fun. Is it okay if I go to Jake's to play?"
Dan: "It's alright with me. Teressa?"
Teressa: "Just be nyumbani kwa dinner, Skipper. And remember your manners."
Skipper: "I will! See ya later!"
Teressa/Dan: "OK! upendo you!"
Skipper: "Love wewe too!" *runs out of home*
Skipper: *runs up to Jake who is outside* "Hey, Jake! What's up?"
Jake: "Eh, not much. Mom's making chajio, chakula cha jioni so I've really nothing to do. What brings wewe here?"
Skipper: "What a coincidence! I came here to play with you! That is if wewe want to?"
Jake: "You bet! wewe want to continue our snowball fight competition?"
Skipper: "Game on my friend!"
*Jake & Skipper take their positions & begin throwing snowballs at each other*
Skipper: "Gotcha! A point for me!"
Jake: "Laugh it up now, my friend! You're going down!"
Skipper: "That's what wewe think! Victory will be mine!"
Jake: "Keep dreaming!"
Skipper: "A dream that's comin' true!"
*scene fades away with them throwing snowballs at each other*
8 Years After Birth...
Teressa: "Skipper! Come here darling!"
Skipper: *enters room* "What's up, Ma?"
Teressa: "Come here...There's something I want to give you..."
Skipper: *approaches Teressa & takes the kiti, kiti cha inayofuata to her* "What?"
Teressa: "I want wewe to take this locket. It's been in my family for generations. It's to remind wewe that no matter where wewe are, I'll always be with you." *hands him locket*
Skipper: "Oh, Ma, wewe don't have t--"
Teressa: "Hush, hush, now. Take it. I want wewe to have it. I upendo wewe so much son."
Skipper: "I upendo wewe too Ma."
*Teressa & Skipper hug*
Dan: *enters room & joins the embrace* "I upendo wewe too son."
Skipper: "Love ya, Dad."
12 Years After Birth...
Skipper: "Come on Ma & Pa! Hurry! The migration's gonna leave without us!"
Teressa/Dan: *come out of home* "Coming dear!"
*Skipper/Teressa/Dan begin to walk in direction of migration*
2 Months Into The Same Migration...
Skipper: *hears rustling beneath their feet* "Ma! Pa! What was that?"
Teressa: "What was what dear?"
Skipper: *hears it again* "That!"
Dan: "Wait...I've heard that sound befo--" *looks at Teressa alarmingly* "Oh no..."
Dan: "Nobody...move...a muscle. That is the sound of a leopard seal swimming under the ice beneath our feet..."
Skipper: "Leopard seal? Didn't wewe say they were dangerous?"
Teressa: "Yes...Now hush son...It could hear us!"
Teressa/Dan/Skipper: *wait silently & motionless*
*leopard muhuri bursts out from under the ice & the trio begins to belly slide out of there*
Dan: *goes up inayofuata to Skipper* "Skipper! Whatever happens...Whatever wewe hear...Keep going! Don't look back! Just keep going!"
Skipper: "But Da--"
Dan: "Just do it!" *sees a hole in the snow & pushes him into it...causing Skipper to pass out*
The inayofuata Morning...
Skipper: *wakes with a headache* "Ooooooh...my head...
Skipper: *leaps out of hole & begins searching* "MOM! DAD! WHERE ARE YOU?!"
Skipper: *sees a twinkling in the snow & approaches it* "My mom's locket..."
No matter where wewe are, I'll always be with you...
*Skipper remembered those words...He'd never forget them. He began walking. And walking. And walking.*
Skipper: *passes a large iceburg, gets angry & begins to ngumi, punch & kick it fiercely*
*he stops abruptly & begins crying*
*anger filled his body. And from that point forward, he punched & kicked iceburgs with all of his strength every day, to release the anger bottled up inside him, making him the strongest penguin, auk in Antarctica*
Angela: "John! Could wewe come here for a second?"
John: "Yes dear?"
Angela: "Could wewe look after Kowalski for a while? I need to go get his lunch."
John: "Sure, not doing much right now anyway."
*Kowalski was now 4 years old*
John: "What's up, scamp?"
Kowalski: "Hi, Dad. I'm just drawing pictures in the snow. Look! This one is of us & Mom! And this one is of me & Steve!"
John: "Steve & I."
Kowalski: "No, look, wewe can clearly see it's me..."
John: "No, that's not what I mean. The correct grammar is Steve & I. Not me & Steve."
Kowalski: *Kowalski looked back at the picture he drew of himself & his best friend* "Can I go see Steve after lunch?"
John: "Sure, son. If it's alright with your mother."
2 Years Later...
Kowalski: *approaches John on a cold night* "Dad? Can I ask a question?"
John: "Sure, son. What is it?"
Kowalski: "What are all those little white dots in the sky?"
John: "Those are stars. Why?"
Kowalski: "I'm just curious. What about the floating colored lights?"
John: "Now, I don't really know what those are. They're just lights. I don't know what causes them."
Kowalski: "But I want to know more! My curiosity is killing me!"
John: "Now, just calm down. wewe make all A's in school. Isn't that enough smartness in just one penguin?"
Kowalski: "I guess." There's got to be a way for me to get answers...
11 Years After Birth...
Kowalski: "Hey, Ma!"
Angela: "Yes, son?"
Kowalski: "I was walking nyumbani from school today, & I saw these really big creatures not too far off the reserve, what are they?"
Angela: "Why don't wewe describe them for me."
Kowalski: "Well, the were much bigger than us, they were really poofy, an--"
Angela: "--HUMANS! Now, Kowalski, wewe must promise me wewe will never go near them au let them see you!"
Angela: "It was humans who killed my parents! They are not to be trusted."
Kowalski: "But, I thought maybe I could get them to answer my que--"
Angela: "--No buts! Do wewe hear me Kowalski?!"
Kowalski: "Yes, Ma. I hear you."
The inayofuata Day...
Kowalski: *sneaks off reserve, very quietly passed the humans, to where they have all their papers, steals 3 maps, & sneaks off back to the reserve*
Kowalski: "Yes, this should give me all my answers!" *looks at all the papers* "Hey, these are the stars! But why are some of them colored?"
*Kowalski asks teacher why there are colored stars, she states that they aren't stars, they're planets*
Kowalski: *that night he finds a stash for all the papers he will retrieve & compares the map of the stars to the stars above & sees the resemblance*
3 Months Later...
Kowalski: *about to go off reserve but Steve sees him*
Steve: "Kowalski!? What are wewe doing!?"
Kowalski: *turns around* "Steve! I was just, uh--"
Steve: "--It looks like wewe were about to leave the reserve! What do wewe think your doing! wewe know that's against the rules not to mention dangerous!"
Kowalski: "You don't understand! I have so many maswali & those humans are answering them! All I do is look at their charts & listen to their conversations! Don't wewe se--"
Steve: "--Your spying on the humans! Do wewe realize the danger your putting yourself in?!"
Kowalski: "Please, Steve! wewe can't tell anyone! I need to know! The solitude of not knowing the wonders of the world is eating me alive!"
Steve: "OK, first, don't use big words around me. wewe know I don't know what the heck you're saying. Second, what if something happens to you? What am I supposed to do then? What about your parents? What are they supposed to do?"
Kowalski: "I've been doing this for 3 months now & I know how to sneak around them!"
Steve: "3 MONTHS! YOU'VE BEEN DOING THIS FOR 3 MONTHS AND wewe NEVER TOLD ME!?"
Kowalski: "Yes! But I knew wewe would react this way! Please! wewe can't tell anyone!"
Steve: "Don't worry. I won't tell anyone. I guess I'll just leave wewe now. And Kowalski, if you're seen, don't come crying to me." *stomps off*
Kowalski: "Steve, don't do this to me Steve! Come on, come back!" *sigh* *continues his research*
12 Years After Birth
*Kowalski is sitting at the side of his nyumbani thinking*
Steve: *walks up to him* "Hey."
Kowalski: "Hey. What brings wewe here?"
Steve: "Look, man the last year's been torture without you. We're buds. I came to make wewe a deal. If wewe & I can pretend that never happened, I'll support wewe in your...um...what did wewe call it?"
Kowalski: "Um, research. wewe really mean it? We can be Marafiki again?"
Steve: "Yeah. Did wewe make your round today?"
Kowalski: "No. Wanna come with?"
Steve: "Sure. But I ain't gonna go off the reserve. I'll just watch wewe while your learning & give wewe a heads up if I spot any trouble. K?"
Kowalski: "Sure. Thanks."
Steve: "No prob. Let's go."
Off The Reserve...
Kowalski: *listening to the humans talking while hiding under their vehicle*
Human 1: "OK, so the Sun is letting off high levels of solar energy, the solar wind levels are high, so we should see many lights soon."
Kowalski: *whispering * "So the colored lights come from a "solar wind" from the "Sun". Huh." *sneeze* "Oh no..."
Human 2: "Did wewe hear that? It sounded like it came from under the truck..."
Kowalski: "I gotta get outta here..." *darts out from under truck & makes a break for the reserve*
Human 1: "There!" *Human 1 & 2 chase after the penguin*
Kowalski: "STEVE! GO!"
Steve: *belly slides away*
Kowalski: *hits a rock & flips out of control, landing in the snow*
Human 2: "Oh my goodness! We should help it."
Human 1: "Do wewe think it's alone?"
Human 2: "Maybe. Do wewe think we should take it back to New York with us? The Central Park Zoo doesn't have any penguins. We could make a few bucks."
Human 1: "Hey, you're right! C'mon. Let's go. I'm freezin' my butt off here."
Human 2: "Tell me about it." *puts penguin, auk in a large baridi full of snow* "Let's get outta here."
Back At Kowalski's Home...
Steve: "Mr. & Mrs. Kowalski's parents! Help!"
*Angela & John come out of the home*
Angela: "What is it? Where's Kowalski?"
Steve: "He was captured kwa humans! He's been learning things from them for over a mwaka now! I wanted to tell wewe but he made me promise not to! I'm so sorry!"
John: "Oh my God! Hurry, maybe we can catch them!"
*Angela, John, & Steve searched far off the reserve, but Kowalski was nowhere to be found*
2 Days Before Migration...
*a 15 mwaka old Rico was waddling along when he heard something...*
Rico: "Whoa! What was that?!" *curious, he followed where the sound came from*
Rico: *kept going & stopped suddenly when he saw lights exploding in the sky* "Whoa...Cool..." *he just kept watching when he saw large creatures sending these exploding lights into the sky* "Hey, my mom told me about these beings, they're humans!" *he went back to his nyumbani as fast as he could go*
Rico: "Mom! Dad! You'll never believe what I just saw! These exploding lights were in the sky! And humans were creating them!"
Lithia: "Rico! I told wewe never to go near humans!"
Rico: "But Ma! I didn't go near them!"
Lithia: "Well, don't start thinking about it now. They could very well kill wewe without remorse. wewe don't go anywhere near them. Understood?"
Rico: *sigh* "Yeah. Understood"
Migration siku Is Tomorrow...
Lithia: "Rico! Are wewe ready to start the migration tomorrow?"
Rico: "Yeah, Ma! Ready!" I have to go see the fireworks one last time...
The inayofuata Morning...
Rico: *wanting to see the lights one last time, he went to watch* "Hey, what's that?" *he could hear a light yelping coming from the back of the truck the humans had, so he sneaked over to the truck & carefully whispered* "Hey!? Is somebody up there?"
Voice: "Yes! Can wewe help me!? Please!"
Rico: "Um, hold on!" *he noticed the hole on the bottom of the lock on the cooler, so he went over & saw something that could easily fit into it* "Here! This might help!"
Rico: *unlocked the baridi & helped the penguin, auk out* "Let's go!"
Voice: "Look out!"
Human 2: "HEY! Yo, Bradley! This penguin, auk somehow tried to free that penguin, auk we caught earlier!" *he alisema as he grabbed up the penguin* "2 penguins for the Zoo! We are definitely gettin' some green for this!"
Rico: "NO! Let go of me!"
Voice: "It's no use! If they want wewe they'll have you!"
Rico: *coughs up the head of a hammer into Human 2's face*
Human 2: "AAAAH! How did he do that?!" *drops Rico & him & Voice belly slide away*
In The Middle Of Nowhere...
Rico: "Hey, are wewe OK? I'm Rico."
Voice: "Yeah, I'm fine. Kowalski." *extends flipper*
Rico: "What does that mean?"
Kowalski: "Oh, that's how I've seen hu--I mean other creatures greet each other. wewe grab my flipper & we songesha our flippers up & down."
Rico/Kowalski: *shake flippers*
Kowalski: "Thanks for saving me back there. I never would've gotten out of that cooler."
Rico: "Hey, no problem...Uh, where are we?"
Kowalski: *looks around* "I don't know. We're way off the reser--Wait? What were wewe doing this far off the reserve?"
Rico: "I heard this loud boom. I had to know what it was."
Kowalski: "Oh, those are fireworks. They're very complicated mixtures of different explosives. kwa the way, how exactly did wewe get that hammer-head down your throat without choking? How did wewe even cough it up?"
Rico: "Oh, it's sort of runs in my family. I don't know how we do it."
Kowalski: "It makes your voice sort of rough."
Rico: "Yeah, I get this gift on my Dad's side. His voice went out kwa the time he was 23. He sort of talks in grunts & squeals now. He says I'll eventually get that way."
Kowalski: "Well, I suppose we'd better start walking. Our rookery should be migrating to the feeding grounds."
Rico: "Which way is that?"
Kowalski: "I don't know. I was hoping you'd know."
Rico: "Nope. I guess we'd better just take our chances then."
Kowalski: "No, we'll leave tonight. I've spent a little over a mwaka studying the stars & I'll know which way to go once they come out."
Rico: "Um, whatever wewe say...So when did wewe get captured?"
Kowalski: "About an saa ago. Those humans are just horrible...My mom was right..."
Rico: "Yeah. Mine too. They're probably worried sick about us right now."
Kowalski: "Yeah. We should probably get a few hours of sleep if we're to start walking tonight."
Rico: "Yeah. Night! Or...Afternoon...As it were."
Kowalski: "See wewe tonight..."
*enter Susan to a sick Caleb bearing samaki soup, an egg is seen rapped in blankets inayofuata to Caleb*
Susan: "Here eat this. wewe need to keep your strength up."
Caleb: "Susan, we both know I'm dying. I can feel it. My mother had the same symptoms. She was gone within 3 days."
Susan: "No. wewe can't leave me. We have to raise our baby...It must have a father!"
Caleb: "I know wewe will take good care of our son au daughter. Why don't wewe get your brother to help you?"
Susan: "He's gone all the time. I barely get to see him."
Caleb: "Susan, he can help wewe during migration. That's about the only time you'll need big help. kwa then he will have no choice but to jiunge in on the migration. wewe will do just *breath* fine. I've been sick for 2 1/2 days. My time is coming. wewe must be strong...for our baby."
Susan: *begins crying* "OK...I upendo you..."
Caleb: "I upendo you, too." *drifts slowly to sleep*
Susan: "Caleb! No! Come back to me! No! wewe can't leave me!" *begins weeping harder*
Susan: *looks up*
Susan: *sees egg hatching* "Oh, Caleb...You just missed it..." *goes over and cradles her newborn boy* "I'll name wewe Private. It was your grandfather's name..."
The inayofuata Morning...
Susan: *running up to her brother* "Nigel! It happened...He hatched!"
Nigel: "Oh, Susan! How wonderful! Uh, where's Caleb?"
Susan: "...Uh...Nigel...There's something I need wewe to do..."
Nigel: "What is it, sister?"
Susan: "Caleb. He's...gone. It happened last night. While wewe were away...I need wewe to help me along the migration. wewe have to help me raise my son."
Nigel: *takes Private from Susan* "Oh, Susan, I don't know if I can."
Susan: "Please. I have no one else..."
Nigel: "OK, my dear. I will try. So what's the chap's name?"
Susan: "Private. After Caleb's father."
Nigel: "Private. A lovely name."
5 Years Later...
*Susan & Nigel alone in the nyumbani while Private plays outside with his friend*
Susan: "Nigel, this is getting to me. wewe go away for a long time, sometimes even for days. You've got to tell me where wewe go..."
Nigel: "Susan, wewe know where I go. To the far side of the reserve, feeding the children."
Susan: "No wewe don't. I went there yesterday to say hi & wewe weren't there. What's going on Nigel?"
Nigel: *sigh* "I guess you'll find out sooner au later. I'm a secret agent. I go all over the reserve to help those in need."
Susan: "Secret agent? Why have wewe never told me?"
Nigel: "I didn't want to worry wewe au put wewe au Private in any danger. wewe have to promise me wewe won't tell anyone. Especially Private."
Susan: *sigh* "OK. Fine. But be careful out there. wewe know I need you."
Nigel: "Don't worry. I will."
11 Years After Birth...The Migration
*Susan & Nigel waddling along in that year's migration/Private waddling with his friends*
Nigel: *whispers to Susan* "Hey, do wewe hear that?"
Susan/Nigel: *belly slide toward the sound*
*2 penguins are seen trying to escape a leopard seal*
Nigel: "I'm going to help them! Stay here!"
*Nigel goes to save the penguins*
*Susan follows disobediently*
*Nigel attempts to save the penguins but only manages to save the female, however she is badly injured*
Nigel: *goes to the female penguin* "Ma'am! Are wewe OK? I'm so sorry I didn't get here sooner..."
Penguin: "It's OK. I know I'm not going to make it so I need wewe to promise me one thing."
Nigel: "I'll try."
Penguin: "If wewe meet a young penguin, auk named Skipper, tell him I alisema I upendo him..."
Nigel: "OK. I'll do just that."
Penguin: "Thank you. Thank *breath* you..." *drifts to sleep*
Nigel: "Oh my gosh. I'm so sorry, miss. Susan, it's OK now wewe can come here..."
Nigel: *rises to his feet & looks around* "Susan?"
Nigel: "Oh no. No, no, no. This can't be happening...SUSAN!!!!" *echos her name*
Nigel: "I can't believe this." *buries the female penguin, auk & walks slowly back to the rookery of migrating penguins*
Back At The Migration...
Lithia: "Hey! You! Have wewe seen my son? I've been looking for him ever since the migration started."
Nigel: "I'm sorry, no."
Lithia: "Oh, man. Hey! Have wewe seen my son?"
*walks to another penguin*
Nigel: *goes to Private* "Listen, Private. There's something I need to tell you."
Private: "What is it Uncle Nigel? Where's momma?"
Nigel: "There was an accident, your mom is...gone. I'm sorry."
Private: "Gone? Where'd she go?"
Nigel: "Um, she's...in a better place."
Private: "No, wewe don't mean..."
Nigel: *nods head slowly*
Private: *begins crying* "NO! This can't be happening!"
Nigel: *hugs him as he weeps* "I know, my boy. I'm crushed too."
*Private & Nigel begin walking alongside the migration slowly & silently, & gently weeping*
Skipper: *waddling along a long way behind the rest of the migrating penguins (however they can be seen on the horizon)*
Why did this have to happen? It's all my fault. If I hadn't passed out there may have been some hope for them. Why'd they have to go & save my life. It should've been me. Why, oh, why wasn't it me...
*frustrated & angry he sits down in the snow...just thinking...& starts weeping again*
(????): "What's the matter, cupcake?"
Skipper: *looks up at the penguin, auk standing over him* "Who are you?"
(????): "My name is Buck Rockgut. What seems to be the problem?"
Skipper: "My parents were just killed kwa a leopard seal...& it's all my fault."
Buck: "Your fault? Why is it your fault? Did wewe ask the muhuri to attack your parents?"
Skipper: "No, but--"
Buck: "No buts! wewe did not cause that attack. Leopard seals are just dangerous carnivores. wewe are not to blame for that."
Skipper: *sigh* "I suppose your right. Why are wewe here?"
Buck: "I just saw ya here. Thought I'd see what the dealeo was. Name?"
Skipper: "Skipper, Mr. Rockgut."
Buck: "That's Buck to wewe soldier. No need for formalities here."
Skipper: "OK...Buck. What am I supposed to do now?"
Buck: "We should get going."
Skipper: "Back to the migration?"
Buck: "Negative. I'm gonna onyesha wewe something. Something that might keep your mind off your problems."
Skipper: *follows Buck*
Buck: *leads him into a cave*
Skipper: "What are we doing here? Why don't wewe want to migrate?"
Buck: "Listen Candy corn! Do wewe want to keep your mind off your parents au not?"
Skipper: *nods head slowly*
Buck: "OK then. Listen up. I am what wewe call a secret agent. Do wewe know what that is?"
Skipper: "Well, yeah. I've heard rumors that penguins in our rookery have been chosen to be agents to help protect the flock. Only no one knows who they are. You're one of them?"
Buck: "Yep. And now I'm gonna teach wewe how to be one."
Skipper: "Me? A secret agent? How am I supposed to do that?"
Buck: "I saw how wewe handled a few of them ice burgs when wewe were throwing your little mantrums. Like this morning. wewe tore the crap out of it. There were icicles everywhere after wewe finished. We could use someone like you."
Skipper: "But I'm only 12 years old! That's against the rules!"
Buck: "Who says I'm one to follow the rules?"
Buck: "Stop 'stuttering & spit it out ya small potato!"
Skipper: "...Um...Fine. What do I have to do?"
2 Years Later...
*Buck & Skipper outside practicing*
Skipper: "HIYAH! HA! HO!" *kicking & punching an iceburg, he jumps, turns, & kicks the iceburg with all his strength, causing many icicles to break off & fly out*
Buck: "Now that's what I'm talkin' about. These past 2 years have been good to you."
Buck: "Now that your training is complete, do whatever wewe want. But wewe step out a line even an inch...I'll take wewe down. wewe hear me?!"
Skipper: "Affirmative, sir."
Buck: "The flock will be back in T minus 2 months. That is if wewe want to jiunge them again."
Buck: *salutes & leaves him*
Kowalski: *awakens & sees darkness, then waddling over to Rico* "Rico, wake up!"
Rico: "Wha?" *slowly awakens*
Kowalski: "It's night. But we have a problem. There are too many clouds. I can't see any stars."
Rico: "What are we gonna do?"
Kowalski: "I dunno. I can't wait here for the stars to come out...I'm just too hungry."
Rico: "Yeah. Same here. So what do we do then?"
Kowalski: "I suggest we begin walking. Maybe we can find some food."
*Kowalski & Rico waddle till they find a small opening in the ice*
Kowalski: "Here! Maybe we can find some fish. But stay close to the surface where there's some light."
Rico: "OK! Let's see what we can find!"
*both dive into the small pool & tafuta for fish*
3 dakika Later...
Kowalski: *comes out of water with his flippers full of small fish*
Rico: *same as Kowalski*
Kowalski: "All I could find are these small fish. Did wewe have any better luck?"
Rico: "Nope. Small fish. That's it."
Kowalski: "Here, put it in a pile. Then I'll half it."
*the samaki is halved*
*Kowalski & Rico finish eating*
Rico: "That wasn't really enough. I'm still hungry."
Kowalski: "I know. I am too. I guess we have no choice but to keep going."
*Kowalski & Rico begin waddling again*
4 Hours Later...
Kowalski: "We have...to t...try..."
Rico: "My feet are...killing me..."
Kowalski: "Mine too..." *falls face forward*
Rico: *comes inayofuata to him* "We should rest..."
Kowalski: "We should, but, *pant* we have to try to find the flock..."
Rico: "We can try to do that tomorrow...*pant* when it's daylight...*pant*
Kowalski: *passes out*
Rico: "Kowalski? Kowal...Kow...Ko..." *passes out*
The Feeding Grounds...
Private: *sits isolated from the group, looking at the water, thinking*
I can't believe this happened. I Lost my Dad before I even knew him...Now my Mom is gone too. All I have left is Uncle Nigel. And he's gone most of the time. I wonder what happened to her--WAIT! I don't even want to know. Why? Why did wewe have to go. Why couldn't wewe have stayed. I wish wewe were here. Oh, how I wish wewe were here....
Steve: "Hey, Private. wewe feel like playing?"
Private: "Sorry guys. I'm just not in the mood right now. Maybe later."
Jake: "Hey, sorry about your mom, dude. She was cool."
Private: "Thanks." *friends leave*
Nigel: "Hello, old chap. How are wewe holding up?"
Private: "I'm still pretty shooken up. I just can't believe she's gone."
Nigel: "I know, I know. I am too. We just have to stay strong. That's what she would've wanted..."
Private: "I know. Uncle Nigel, what was my dad like?"
Nigel: "Ah. A good young fellow he was. He took good care of your mother. He was honest, kind. wewe would've liked him."
Private: "What did he like doing?"
Nigel: "He liked talking, walking. But as long as he was with your mother, he was happy."
Private: "What am I supposed to do now?"
Nigel: "...Private...There's something I should've told you...a long time ago. Follow me. We can't talk here."
Private: *follows Nigel*
Nigel: *leads him out of earshot from the flock* "Listen Private, when I'm away, I'm not...exactly...feeding the children like I alisema I was..."
Private: "You lied? Then what do wewe do?"
Nigel: "Well...I sort of...I kind of...I..."
Private: "What do wewe do!?"
Nigel: "Sssssshhhh! Look, what I'm trying to say is...Private, I'm a secret agent."
Private: "You're a what!?"
Nigel: *places his flipper over his beak* "Will wewe lower your voice!? I'm a secret agent, Private."
Private: *whispering* "Why didn't wewe tell me? wewe know wewe can trust me!"
Nigel: "I know I can boy. It's just that I didn't want to put your life at risk."
Private: "And wewe tell me this now because...?"
Nigel: "I think it's time I teach wewe how to defend yourself."
Private: "Defend myself? From what?"
Nigel: *not wanting to tell him about what happened to his mother, he says* "Just in case, my boy. Just in case..."
Private: "Just in case of what? Does this have something to do with what happened to my mother?"
Nigel: "No, dear boy. wewe just...never know when something might happen. Are wewe in?"
Private: "...When do we start?"
2 Years Later...
Private: Uncle Nigel's has left the flock. He's taken his position as a secret agent worldwide. He alisema something about wanting to catch some kind of squirrel. He's taught me so much the past 2 years. Defense, strategy. I now know everything he knows & it's my job to protect the flock. So what if I'm 13. I'm gonna have to do what a penguin's got to do...
Skipper: *practicing his regular morning self defense techniques*
(????): "I see you've learned a lot in the past 2 years..."
Skipper: *stops abruptly & looks around while in battle position* "Who was that?! Where are you?!"
(????): "Do not look so frightened. I mean wewe no harm..."
Skipper: *looks frantically around but sees no one* "Where are you?! onyesha yourself! I'm not afraid of you!"
(????): "Ah, Skipper. wewe have so much anger. Just because your parents were taken from wewe it doesn't mean wewe should take it out on everyone else..."
Skipper: "WHERE ARE YOU!?"
(????): *taps Skipper's shoulder from behind him*
Skipper: *swings his fist around with all his strength*
(????): *blocks his fist*
Skipper: *looks up into his face...brings his leg around & kicks*
*Skipper & ???? begin fighting*
(????): *pins Skipper down*
Skipper: "Who are you?"
(????): "I am General Shin Gin. I have been watching wewe for the past 2 years. I see you've been through a lot..."
Skipper: "Yeah, I really--Wait...You've been spying on me?!"
General: "No, more...observing. There is no need to fear me. I only come to help."
Skipper: "Help? Help me what?"
General: "You need guidance. wewe have been going down a dark path ever since your parents death. And an even darker path since wewe started taking Rockgut's advice. And he didn't even see it. He didn't see what he was turning wewe into..."
Skipper: "What do wewe mean? Oh, & kwa the way...can wewe get off me now?"
General: *lifts off of Skipper* "You have darkness in your heart. No one is to blame for the death of your parents. Not you. Not them. Not even the seal. It's in the seal's nature to kill. wewe may not like that Mother Nature has made them like that...but there is nothing wewe can do about it."
Skipper: "OK...Um...What exactly are wewe trying to tell me?"
General: "I am not leaving till the darkness in your moyo does."
Skipper: "Really? How long is that gonna take?" *he says with an annoyed tone to his voice*
General: "Let's start with your strategy. wewe fight with too much anger. Too much hate. If wewe want to fight for a good purpose, we must first deal with getting rid of that."
Skipper: *sigh* "I guess there's nothing I'm gonna say to make wewe leave then?"
Skipper: *sighs again* "Fine. How am I supposed to rid of the anger & hate then?"
General: "One word. Meditation."
One mwezi Later...
General: "You have progressed much from last month. I say that wewe are free to go do what wewe are destined to do."
Skipper: "How do I know what I'm destined to do?"
General: "I sense wewe will find out soon. Just remember that on the road your moyo leads you...always take your brain with you. Our hearts can lead us the wrong way sometimes. Your conscience must go with wewe to tell wewe so."
Skipper: "OK. Thanks General."
General: "Farewell, Skipper. Remember everything wewe have been taught."
Skipper: "Roger that."
*Kowalski & Rico woke up in the middle of the inayofuata day*
Kowalski: *stomach rumbles* "Ugh. I'm soooo hungry..."
Rico: "Me too. C'mon. We should get moving."
*Kowalski & Rico begin waddling*
2 Hours Later...
Kowalski: *begins slowing down* "Hey...Rico..."
Kowalski: "I know this place..."
Rico: *looks around* "Hey, me too."
Kowalski: "Is this...No...It couldn't be..."
Kowalski: "I think this is our home...I think we made it back to where we live while it's not feeding season..."
Rico: "Hey, ya know...You're right..."
Kowalski: "That means...Rico! Are wewe thinking what I'm thinking!?"
Kowalski: "Let's go!"
*Kowalski & Rico go to the pond where they knew would be tons of fish*
Rico: "Here!" *points to pond*
Kowalski/Rico: *dive in and fill their tummies for the first time for 3 days*
*jump back out*
Kowalski: "Finally. A decent meal."
Rico: "You know it. So what do we do now? We know we're headed in the right direction...Should we keep moving toward the feeding grounds?"
Kowalski: "We should but, I know that path. We won't see chakula until we get to the grounds. Plus it's a 2 week trip. There's no way we can hold enough samaki to last that long. Unless wewe have a sack in that wonder tummy of yours?"
Rico: "Sorry. I don't have much. Nothing much I need to carry."
Kowalski: "Then what do we do? The flock doesn't come back for 2 years, when there hatchlings are grown enough to survive the journey."
Rico: "So...We wait 2 years?"
Kowalski: "I'm afraid we've no choice. I'm sorry Rico."
Rico: "Not your fault. This is gonna be a long 2 years..."
2 Years Later...
Kowalski: "Hey! Rico! Wake up! I think I heard something!"
Rico: "What's goin' on?"
Kowalski: "I heard some rustling in the snow!"
Rico: *stands up & looks around*
*a penguin, auk is seen belly-sliding toward them*
Kowalski: "What do we do!? Who is that?"
Rico: "I dunno..."
*penguin comes up to them*
Penguin: "Who are wewe 2 & what are wewe doing on these grounds during feeding season?"
Kowalski: "That's a long story. Who are you?"
Penguin: "I asked wewe first..."
Kowalski: "I'm Kowalski."
Penguin: "I'm the Skipper. State your business."
Kowalski: "Um...I beg your pardon?"
Skipper: "I mean, what are wewe doing here."
Kowalski: "Like I said...It's a long story."
Skipper: "I ain't goin' nowhere."
*Kowalski & Rico tell Skipper how they got there*
Skipper: "So wewe 2 have been waiting here this entire time?"
Kowalski: "OK, your turn. Why are wewe here all kwa yourself?"
Skipper: "Um, my parents...they were in an accident. I wandered from the group...Never looked back."
Kowalski: "Oh. I'm sorry I asked. That must have been painful for you."
Skipper: "Um...Moving on. With all do respect...Why exactly do wewe talk like that?"
Kowalski: "It sort of runs in his family...Show him Rico..."
Rico: *hacks up shoe*
Skipper: O.O "Um...Interesting. Hey, I'm waiting for the flock, too. I'm not sure if I want to rejoin, but I'm thinking about it. I'll wait with you."
Kowalski: "Do wewe know how long it will be now?"
Skipper: "T minus 1 month. They start migrating in 2 weeks."
Rico: "Whattdowedoow?" (Translation: "What do we do now?")
Kowalski: "I guess all there is to do is wait."
Skipper: "I'm not just gonna sit around."
Kowalski: "What do wewe suggest we do?"
Skipper: "Um...I could teach ya'll some self defense. wewe in?"
Kowalski: "Uh, sure. I guess. One swali though, where exactly did wewe learn self defense...Only the secret agents know that. You're too young to be a secret agent."
Skipper: "Let's just leave it at I'll have my secret life & wewe have yours. Deal?"
Kowalski: "Um...I guess. Rico...You in?"
T Minus 3 Days Till Flock Return...
Kowalski: "...What if they didn't miss me. What if they don't upendo me anymore?"
Skipper: "Oh, c'mon. wewe know that ain't true. They're your parents."
Kowalski: "But I wronged them so. What if they never forgive me? I just don't know if I can take that kind of rejection."
Skipper: "It'll all work out...Trust me."
Rico: "Mypaentsontmismeithe." (Translation: "My parents won't miss me either.")
Skipper: "Will wewe 2 stop talking like that!? I'm sure they miss wewe both."
Skipper: "If anyone should be nervous it's me. I don't have anybody else. I'm sure no one even remembers me. wewe 2 have somebody."
Kowalski: "You're right. But...Couldn't we just...When they get here, can't we just hide, & just see how they're doing without us?"
Rico: "Hey! Gooiea!" (Translation: "Hey! Good idea!)
Skipper: "Fine. I know where we can go."
Private: *walking along with the migration, in the back, where he'd be unnoticed, where no one would pay attention to him* I've had slow a slow week. There hasn't been much trouble since the migration started. I guess that just makes my job easier. I--OW! What was that?" *feels a prick on the back of his neck...then reaches back & pulls a small dart from the back of his neck*
Private: "What th--whoa..." *his vision becomes blurred, the world tips back & forth & begins spinning...feeling dizzy, sleepy...he falls forward... unconscious*
1 saa Later...
Private: "Oooooh...Where am I?" *looks around to find himself in some underground lair*
(????): "Good morning, sleeping beauty."
Private: "Wh-who was that? Where are you?! onyesha yourself!"
(????): "There is no need for fear, Private. I've been watching you...very closely..."
Private: "Who are wewe & why have wewe tied me to this chair?! How do wewe know my name?! I demand answers!"
(????): "Oh, Private. It is wewe who will be taking orders from me."
Private: "What are wewe talking about?"
(????): "I know about your mother Private. I know what happened to her..."
Private: "I...I don't want to know...I don't even want to know how wewe know..."
(????): "She was attacked kwa a leopard seal, Private. A large, carnivorous. leo--"
Private: "SHUT UP! I DON'T WANT TO HEAR ANYTHING wewe HAVE TO SAY!!!" *wiggles & tries to free himself from the chair*
(????): "If only your Uncle could have saved her...But he was too busy saving someone else..."
Private: "Wha--What do wewe mean...Someone else..."
(????): "He was saving someone else's mother...A young fellow named Skipper...It was his mother he was saving..."
Private: "Why are wewe telling me this? And why won't wewe onyesha yourself?"
(????): "I only want to help wewe Private...Don't wewe want to get vengeance for your mother? If Skipper's mother wasn't there, Nigel would've saved Susan...Not Teressa..."
(????): "C'mon...Join me Private! If wewe do what I say, wewe can have vengeance on your mother, & I can have satisfaction of knowing that the world has been set straight again..."
Private: "What do wewe have against this Skipper fellow? What has he ever done to you?"
(????): "Oh, it's not what he's done to me, Private. It's what I'm going to make him do for me...He has somewhat of a...talent...that I could use..."
Private: "Then why don't wewe get him yourself?"
(????): "Private? Don't wewe want to avenge your mother's death? That's all I want to do for you..."
Private: *thinks a minute* "...What do I have to do."
(????): *releases Private* "Just follow me."
Private: *stands & turns around* "Who are you? What's your name?"
(????): "I am known as...Dr. Blowhole."
The Flock's Return
*hiding in an old abandoned home, the trio of penguins watch the penguins coming into the living grounds*
Kowalski: "Hey! There's my parents! And...They're..."
Skipper: *looks* "Oh. I'm sorry, amigo."
*they see Kowalski's parents holding another hatchling*
Rico: "Hey! Therine!" (Translation: "Hey! There's mine!") *starts to go to them, but stops when Lithia & Jordan start laughing*
Kowalski: "I'm sorry, Rico. I know how wewe feel."
Skipper: "Hey! Don't look so upset! There's gotta be another explanation for this...I'm sure they still mis--"
Kowalski: "--No, Skipper. Let's just go. I can't kubeba to watch."
Rico: "Meoo." (Translation: "Me too.")
*Kowalski & Rico begin to sadly walk away, & Skipper follows*
Kowalski's Parents At This Moment...
Angela: *holding baby penguin* "Oh, John. I wish Kowalski was here."
John: "I do too. C'mon. We should give the baby back to it's momma..."
Angela: *sigh* "I suppose your right..." *she remembered when she alisema she wanted her baby back when they got back to the living grounds...*
Rico's Parents At This Moment
Lithia: "...OK! Bye!" *she had just finished talking to her friends, & now was alone with Jordan* "Jordan, do wewe think Rico will ever return?"
Jordan: *looks at her with tears in his eyes*
Lithia: "Oh, Jordan! Noo! No, no no..." *breaks down crying*
To Be Continued...