A Whateley Academy Tale
Diamonds Are a Vamp's Best Friend
by Bek D. Corbin
7:41 AM Tuesday, April 10th, 2007
The service van pulled up along West 71st Street. It wasn’t easy; already there were three TV news vans parked outside their target, and the early morning pedestrians were giving those crews nasty looks. The Team Leader made sure that the company patches were securely glued-on, and that the paperwork looked right. “It doesn’t matter if it won’t stand up to a real examination,” he said, half to himself, “all it has to do is get us past the News vans and in the door. STRONGARM! Once we’re in, what do you do?”
"Take out the most obvious threats ASAP,” the big man grunted.
"JACK! What do you do?”
"I get you to the Security Panel. Once it’s open, I block the robot dogs’ hatches with the toolkits. Then I zoom around, find him,” he held up a picture of Emilio Hernandez, the Diaboliks’ security head and man-of-all-work. “I take him out quick. Then I find the cook and the nanny, and I bring ‘em to you.”
"GOONS! What do you do?”
"We take the guns out of the toolboxes and hold them on everyone,” the goon squad leader droned, more than a little peeved at having him and his team dismissed as ‘goons’. “When Jack brings you the old broads, we hold guns on them and keep anyone who tries to get ‘em away from doing that.”
"AND?” the Team Leader looked intently into the goon squad leader’s eyes.
"No funny stuff with the young chicks; they’re more dangerous than they look.”
"Very good. What is Priority A?”
"You go down into the basement and get that jewel that the Sunday papers were all full of.” They answered with the bored unison of men who’ve heard it before- over and over and over…
"Right! What’s Priority B?”
"Grab the Princess chick,” they answered in the same weary chorus. “There are two of them that look exactly the same, so grab both of ‘em. They both regenerate, so don’t worry about hurting them. Put them both in the special restraints, don’t take the tall chick or the short one with the really long hair.”
"Right! What’s Priority C?”
"Grab anything that looks valuable or really high tech, stash it in the toolboxes.”
"What’s the time frame we have to do all this in?”
"Five minutes,” they all droned. “Anyone who isn’t at the rally point at the end of the five minutes gets left behind.”
“By the way- does that include you?” Strongarm asked wryly.
“GET me there,” the leader hissed. Clutching his fist before him, he snarled, “NOW it all begins! TODAY begins my unstoppable march to GREATNESS! Today, I show the vaunted Dr. Diabolik and Gizmatic what a REAL villain can do! Today, all the world will know the name Doctor Insidious!”