His snickers growing into demented laughter, the drone's voice seemed to bounce off the walls of the cell Zim was in. "Oh, well Earth is going to be no more than a field of asteroids as soon as the clearance comes in." he sneered in an all too amused manner as he towered over the terror-stricken Zim.
"WHAT?! B-But the Tallest said...It's supposed to be a ZOO!"
"Heh...Not anymore, it's not."
"You-!" Zim attacked the drone in his rage, knocking him out cold and then attempting to leave the room. "Locked!" he growled, blasting at the door, searching the interior for any sort of air vents, attacking the walls, and attempting just about anything else he could think of to escape. But after an hour or so of failed attempts, he finally sank back down to the floor and curled up in a fetal position, his conflicting emotions bringing tears to his eyes. "Dib is going to die...and it's all my fault." he broke down right there in the cell, uncertain as to what he was going to do now.
Meanwhile, back on Earth, Dib sat within Zim's lab, his own knees to his chest and face hidden away in his arms. "This is all my fault...He's in this situation because of me, and there's nothing I can do to fix it..." he shook his head, pulling his knees in even closer. "I-I didn't even get to say goodbye to him..." his voice came out low and shaky inside the quiet lab.
"Well, if it's any help, the Massive is closing in on Earth... And all of Zim's gear IS still here...So you could either fly out to save him or turn it in and get famous. I don't care which just so long as I get inter-webs out of it."
Eyes growing wide, Dib couldn't help but lift his head at that bit of information. "D-Do you really think I can do that? W-Wait a minute...I-I thought they had already decided what they were going to be doing with Earth and were going to leave it alone from now on. So why are they heading here?" he asked as he tried to come up with a suitable explanation.
"I dunno. They probably lied about it. They only fly the Massive to a planet when they're going to destroy it, after all."
"D-Destroy it?! B-But they can't do that! We had a deal that if anything, it was going to be a zoo!"
"The Tallest make deals all the time. They never keep them. Take Zim, for example. He would have been killed no matter what he did. They HATE him. That's probably why they are blowing up this planet too..."
"Th-Then Zim gave up his position as an invader for nothing?...A-And it's all my fault! B-But I can't just let them kill him! I...C-Can you program Zim's ship to take me to the Massive?! I have to get up there somehow and save him, then I have to stop them from blowing up my planet!"
"Eh...Sure. Why not? It'll be about an hour though."
Pacing back and forth after about an hour of waiting, Dib finally began to grow impatient with how long it was taking Zim's computer to program a route to the Massive into Zim's ship. "Can't you go any faster?! He might already be dead by now!" he exclaimed, pacing back and forth even more at the very thought.
"I'm almost done! Sheesh! Besides, they won't kill him until he's seen you die." the computer said as a ding went off. "There. Now, I'm done." it informed him.
Eyes growing wide in a bit of fear at the computer's words, Dib stopped his pacing for a moment. "I-I'll need a disguise too once I get on board. Is there anything you can do to make me look more like an Irken so they won't recognize me?" he asked, the weight of the situation just then seeming to set in on him.
"Sure. Why not?" the computer said before producing a screen with several different designs for holo-Irken disguises.
Observing the options closely, it didn't take Dib long to decide on one with dark, bluish eyes. "How about this one? It should work well enough to keep me hidden until I've found where they're keeping Zim." he said, nodding to himself in assurance.
"Whatever." the computer said before slamming a pod over Dib and applying the hologram.
"AH!" Dib screamed from inside the pod, stumbling out of it once it was complete. "Th-That was painful..."he rubbed his head before shaking it off and thanking the computer. Running back upstairs to collect a few things into a bag, he then intended for Gir to show him where Zim's ship was stored.
Gir looked up from watching TV when he entered the room. "Hi Mar- AHHHH! INTRUDER!" he jumped up from his spot and went into SIR mode, several weapons coming out of his head and pointing right at Dib.
Freezing in his spot, Dib held up his hands defensively to Gir. "Whoa! Wait a minute, Gir! I-It's me. Dib. I-I'm wearing a disguise." he dropped his voice down low so as not to alarm the robot.
Eyes dying down from red to turquoise again, Gir quickly returned to his old self, smiling stupidly at the other. "Okie dokie then!" he exclaimed before giving Dib a good look up and down. "You look like Mastah!" he gasped, pointing at the other's disguise.
"I-I do?" Dib asked, looking down at himself the best he could, turning this way and that.
"Uh-huh!" Gir quickly ran off to grab a mirror so Dib could see.
Looking into the mirror once Gir had returned, Dib brought a hand up to feel his face. "Whoa...I really do look like him..." he said before turning back to Gir. "Gir, I need you to get me something." he said in a serious voice now.
Smiling happily at him, Gir merely nodded his head in agreement. "OK! What you want?! OH! You want a biscuit?!" he asked, quickly getting off track.
"Umm...No...What I need are some water balloons if you have them. Do you think you can find and fill up some balloons with water for me? This is really important, Gir. If you can't, you may never see your master again."
"Oh yeah! I got lots of those!" Gir said, opening his head to pull out a huge handful of empty balloons.
"I need you to fill them with water, Gir, while I'm looking for something to carry them in that won't look too suspicious."
"Okie dokie!" Gir quickly zoomed off to have them filled as Dib took to looking for something he could keep them hidden in.
"You know, you could just carry them in that holographic PAK you have on your back. It's a solid projection, so they shouldn't fall out."
"R-Really?" Dib reached back to touch it. "A-Alright. I guess I'll do that then." he said, pulling his hand away from it to look up at the ceiling.
It was then that Gir came running back into the room. "I GOT EM!" he squealed happily before tripping on his feet, causing a few of the balloons to fly up into the air before crashing back down on Dib, getting him wet. "Oopsy..."Gir smiled back at Dib innocently.
Standing there for a few moments with an annoyed look on his face, Dib tried to shake the excess water off of himself before sighing. "Alright, Gir. Give me the rest before you drop them too and get me all wet again." he said, taking the water balloons from Gir and placing them into the small compartment that the holographic disguise offered him in the PAK. "I guess these will have to do for now. I just hope I don't run out of them." he said, more to himself.
"Ummm...Not that I care, but you may want to bring another weapon just in case." the computer said before bringing out two metallic arms to offer Dib some kind of Irken stun gun. "It only holds about 50 or so shots before it needs an hour to recharge, so I would be careful about using it if I were you." it warned him before dropping it into Dib's hands.
Nodding, Dib took the gun from the computer. "Th-Thanks. I'll keep that in mind." he said before storing his PAK with the rest of the balloons and turning to follow Gir up to the attic where Zim's ship was.
Meanwhile, back on the Massive, the unconscious drone was finally starting to regain consciousness. "Ugh..."he rubbed his head, looking about the cell.
To his surprise, Zim was nowhere to be found, said Irken having taken refuge hiding up on the ceiling to the cell.
"WH-WHERE DID ZIM GO?!" he freaked out, looking around for any signs of an escape. "Oh no! He couldn't have gotten out!" he got up back onto his feet and ran over to the cell door. Typing in the code and unlocking the cell door, he then opened it and looked outside, checking to see if Zim was anywhere around. "Oh, Irk! The Tallest is going to kill me!" he began to panic just as he felt another blow to the back of the head, knocking him unconscious again and allowing Zim the opportunity to escape.
Little did he know that back down on Earth, Dib was preparing to come and break him out. Slipping out of the cell he had been kept in, Zim climbed onto the ceiling to keep out of view. He had to find the escape pods or something else useful if he was going to get off his leaders' ship safely.