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As Ahab charged blindly past a strike from her schoolmate and more or less at her, she floated a few yards to the right and with an effort of will reached out to the popcorn machine once more and flung it at the mad captain.

 

"I know of your ship because you're the main character from a one-hundred and sixty year old novel.  Fun fact, in the novel on this world it doesn't end well for you or the Pequod.  But," she said interposing the machine between her and Ahab once more, "I'm open to discussion on nineteenth century literature required in American English classes if you'll clam the hell down."

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Ahab shielded himself, blocking the flying popcorn machine, but he stopped in his tracks, simply staring in the direction that he thought Gauss was. He was sort of right, too, only staring a few feet to the left of her. "I am in a book?" He seemed utterly shocked by the relevation, not entirely unlike one might expect. His tone was softer, though not by much. "... It has already ended badly, girl. But someone has to stop that whale, before it destroys everything." Raising his right hand above, he slammed it hard into the ground beneath, which quickly gave way, letting him drop into darkness of the cellar below. 

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Pan frowned at the escape. Not really what he would have prefered to happen, but at least Ahab was away from this place. He flashed one of his wide grins to Selena, flying around the room past her. "Try to keep up!" There was a bit of a challenge to his voice as he continued, flying straight into the hole that Ahab had created. To be honest, Pan wasn't even aware that this place had a basement, but well, it seemed that he had something more to learn. And he would really like to ask Selena about those others books. Honestly, if he wasn't as unique as he had thought, and other people from his world were immortalized in books in this world as well... well, Pan wasn't quite sure what it meant, but it had to mean something.

 

As he descended, he found the basement lit. A large open space, filled with various props from a number of promotions through the years. Ahead, he could hear the noise of Ahab smashing through walls in his bid to escape. He could catch up, of course, but he waited for Selena to follow. "Anything else exciting about Ahab in his book, then?"

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Giving chase towards the mad captain, her schoolmate close behind, she called out, "Well, I mean his ship was smashed, all of his crew minus Ishmael dead, and Ahab himself gets caught in the line of his harpoon and drowns when the whale dives.  Now, I have a question for you.  What.  Did.  You.  Do?  Aside from how pissed he was to see you here, the details might be something we can use to get him to stop breaking things."

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Pan shook his head sadly, before flying after Selena. "Something like that happened to this Ahab, but he did not die. He came back, determined to kill the Whale, and now look at him. Completely consumed, thinks of nothing else." He paused, while he dodged around a column. "But to be fair, that Whale is quite dangerous, and I have seen the destruction it can cause." 

 

He frowned a bit at Selena's question. He had kind of hoped that she hadn't caught on to that bit, but maybe he should come clean? "Ah, nothing, nothing. I was completely innocent!" No, not quite, of course. There was a crash from in front of them, and the light from the street lamps poured in. Whatever he had done, Ahab had managed to smash up to the street from the basement. Pan gave another pause, before finishing his reply. "I might have stolen a rather powerful artifact that Ahab wanted, to make sure that he did not end up using it for anything too bad? And then dropped it into the ocean while taunting him, before flying off? Leaving him stranded on a deserted island? Honestly, it is nothing major! He is clearly overreacting!"

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Ahab continued running through basement, smashing through anything in his path, while Gauss and Forever Boy followed. Finally, he reached a wall, but rather than wait, he moved up, smashing straight through it and up into the street. For a moment, he simply stopped. All the lights, all the people. "What is this cursed place?" he let out, as he stared out, before he inhaled and smelled something, a grim smile appearing on his lips. "The sea!" He started running, heading towards the nearest water as fast as he could. Still, it would not take much for either Gauss or Forever Boy to catch up.

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"No, none of that," Gauss snarled as Ahab burst into the road.  The obsessed captain had taken hardly more than a few running steps before suddenly he found his various metallic bits and pieces unwilling to carry him forward.  Her eye glowing brighter than it usually did, flaring each time he flexed and attempted to struggle against the pull of her powers.  Turning him around to face her, she floated forward, "Listen cabin boy, now would be a good time to lay down your harpoon and surrender.  Or, I find out how much like Frankenstein's monster you really are."

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Brutal, but effective. Pan was not quite sure if he approved of the way that Selena was, for a lack of better words, manhandling Ahab around, lifting him off the ground in her attempt to catch him. No, the captain was certainly dangerous, and quite possibly not all there, but he was not evil. Still, restraining him seemed like the best choice, did it not?

 

While Ahab struggled and Gauss held him, Pan had other questions on his mind, anyway. He flew close to Ahab, but not quite close enough to be reached. "How did you get here? First me, then Sky-Pirates, and now you? What else from our world has come to the Earth?" He wasn't quite sure what Frankenstein's monster were. He would have to ask Selena about that.

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Ahab snarled and struggled. He stared straight at Gauss, madness in his eyes. "Let me go, ya wench or I swear I will rip your arms from your sockets!" He snapped to the Forever Boy, the madness mixing with pure hate. "I know nothing of this world, Forever Boy! This world is madness! But I know that the Whale is out there!" Spit was flying from his mouth, as he struggled. Then his lips twisted into a wide grin. "And I shall find it!" With an almost supernatural show of force, he pulled free, somehow breaking through Gauss' hold on him. He landed heavily on the ground, then set off, leaping further towards the water, higher and faster than one would have expected given his frame.

 

It seemed the chase was on again.

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It did not take long before Gauss had caught back up to Ahab, dodging no small number of vehicles along the way as she and Forever Boy chased the captain.  Once again her eye flared with violet energy as she raised her hands and reasserted her mastery of magnetism to take hold of his prosthetic limbs.  "I said, THAT'S ENOUGH!"

 

With Ahab firmly in her mental grasp she began rising up into the air, "We're going to have a nice, calm, nonviolent talk.  Or, I'm going to throw you halfway to San Juan, your choice.  Now, the whale, instead of screaming that it's here it how about telling us about it.  What makes it so special besides being white?"

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Ahab stared, wide-eyed as he was held in Gauss' grasp. "White? You believe that is all there is to the whale? Its color!?" He was almost frothing at the mouth at the thought. They were by the water now. As Gauss and Forever Boy questioned Ahab, they failed to notice something in the water. A shadow, moving forward with intent. 

 

"The whale's the Great Destroyer! Its killed men and women! Children! Whole cities! Only I can stop it! Only I can kill the beast!" 

 

Almost as if on cue, the shadow emerged from out of the water. It was monstrous. A whale-like creature, stark white, and yet not quite a whale. Its mouth was opened as it crashed onto the land, swallowing the group of three whole, before they had a chance to react.

 

Everything was dark as the group was tossed and turned inside the beast, before it retreated back into the water, leaving only shocked people behind.

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All was dark inside the whale, when Pan woke up, groggily shaking his head. There were noises around him, everything seemed to be moving around. The whale was probably on the move. Why was it even here? It belonged on Neverworld, like Ahab... and him. He frowned as he stood up and raised his hand. Glowing Pixie Dust gathered around his hand, taking form into a glowing short sword that cast at least some illumination on the area around him.

 

Unsurprisingly, the area around him was rather organic. Fleshy pink walls, but not quite what you'd expect the inside of an actual living creature to look like. Not that it was too surprising, given its home. All in all, a fleshy room, with some water next to him. Then he couldn't see further in the dim light.

 

And there, lying next to him! Selena! Quickly kneeling besides her, he shook her. "Wake up. I think we are inside the whale." Ahab was nowhere to be seen.

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