Disclaimer: I do not own Animaniacs. Yakko, Wakko and Dot and all of the other characters belong to their own respective owners. I only created Tiger and Caress and some other original characters. I claim no rights to any of this. This was made purely for entertainment. No profit is made off of this.
Just An Experiment
Chapter Fifty-Six: Fixing A Mistake
Yakko groaned as he felt himself land. He had no idea where he was at.
‘Wakko and Dot?’ Yakko started to slowly get up.
“Do not interrupt! This was his choice! If you interrupt, both of you will go to jail for 50 years!”
‘Warner law?’ Yakko recognized those rough words.
“Don’t do anything stupid sibs! I just couldn’t . . . keep trying I guess. And uhhh, give my best to the new-”
Yakko knew exactly where he was at. ‘Oh no. No, I interrupted this?’ He thought back to the strange comments the others were saying. He had been too groggy and happy he was back in 2007 to care. Groggy, he was groggy? He looked around and quickly moved over to the darkest corner he could. Oh yeah, he knew where he was. 1994, right before Zenny remembered who he really had been. Yep, he was inside the suits’ vehicle where his past self was about to come.
Yakko watched as the doors opened. Fortunately, his past self had had his eyes closed. He just walked in and was shut in. He felt too miserable to open his eyes. Still, that wouldn’t save the present Yakko for long. ‘Oh crap! What if I see myself? What do I do?’ He looked down at his satchel. His past self had already been drained by the suits and the situation. ‘Ouch. Sorry myself.’
Yakko wacked his past self with the satchel filled with cookies. ‘Whoah. Talk about beating yourself up over a situation,’ he chuckled. He pulled a power cookie from his satchel and stared at it hesitantly. ‘Friend or foe, I really don’t have much choice. I know what’s outside those doors.’ He quickly ate the cookie then buckled his satchel back. It was up to him. He flung the doors open.
Actually, the doors almost fell off the hinges. That was a powerful cookie! Yakko saw strange expressions on Dot and Wakko’s face. He saw Zenny looking desperately at an Eternal. Then, he saw Aroma being pulled to Florgy. “O-oh-oh. What do we have here. Oh no, no. I don’t think so.” He gently hopped out and ran over to Aroma. “You’re not going anywhere.”
Aroma just looked strangely at Yakko. He seemed different somehow. Didn’t he just have the stuffing knocked out of him before?
Yakko pulled on the rope she was being dragged with. “Back off. I don’t have time to deal with this. Literally speaking here.”
“You back off! It’s already agreed!” Florgy yelled angrily. He didn’t know how Yakko got so powerful again, but he didn’t care. “Aroma is mine!”
“Because of some contract?” Yakko scoffed. “I’ve gone through way worse for her. You better renounce that contract or you’re gonna regret it.”
Wakko and Dot just stared with dropped jaws.
“Sir, we will not repeat-”
Yakko held his hand out to quiet the suit, but instead had actually somehow blasted him backward. “?!” He looked at his hand. With a wave of his hand, he just took down a suit. ‘Had a feeling they wouldn’t be a biggie.’ The other suits were all starting to gather around Yakko with great caution.
Aroma just stared at Yakko. “Yakko, what’s going on?”
He looked back at Aroma. ‘She’s still just as pretty.’ His mind wandered back to their romping fun kiss before The Tiger interrupted. She had wanted a decent kiss back then. Well, now wasn’t the time or place. With the way everything had been going though, who cared if it wasn’t the time or place anymore though? Who knew when he’d get another chance? Yakko pulled her close to him and gave her a deep kiss. It wasn’t the decent kiss she wanted, but it was something he needed at the moment.
“Get off of her! She’s-”
Yakko just tilted Aroma over while he kissed her and gave a small wave of his hand at Florgy. Florgy flew backwards several feet. Wakko and Dot just stared like zombies. Probably. He was too busy at the moment to pay attention, but he did overhear them.
“Whoah, hey.” Dot’s voice. “Wakko? Remind me never to make Yakko mad after today.”
“You can say that again,” Wakko’s voice agreed.
Yakko finally lifted Aroma back up. “Listen up. This won’t make sense now, but don’t ask me to clear this up for you later, I won’t understand.”
“What?” Aroma looked at him confused.
Yakko leaned closer to her ear. “Just remember, when you can’t find me in the lightning anymore, grab Enchantment and get out with Warner and Hope. Tell them I told you they had to!”
Aroma just looked at him strangely. “What?”
“Here.” Yakko handed her the Eternals Tiger gave him.
Aroma took one out of the bunch and held it close. “I don’t understand.”
Wakko and Dot quickly ran over dragging Zenny.
“Yakko, you had more?” Dot said angrily as she took all of the Eternals except the one Aroma kept close to her. She shoved them at Zenny. “Here! Now, remember!”
Aroma put the Eternal away someplace safe as she looked back at Yakko. She didn’t understand his meaning, but she would remember his words.
Yakko watched as realization started to hit Zenny finally. He knew what was next. ‘They’re going back to 2007.’ He kept his mouth shut though. He couldn’t let them know. He could only change so much. With everyone concentrating on Zenny, he quickly made his own escape.
To Tiger’s home…
Tiger was watching Rita and Runt sleeping in their old bed peacefully. Those two never missed a moment to catch some shuteye. He looked back behind him when he heard Yakko come back. “And?”
“I told her,” Yakko smiled. “She should be fine now.” Yakko looked over at the timestream. “Tiger, do you really not know what Warner was talking about? With making you little again?”
“I don’t know.” Tiger shrugged. “Even if there was, would anything be any different?”
“I don’t know. I always figured that’s what I had to do though.” Yakko gave him a hopeful smile. “Are you sure there’s no way to do that?”
“There’s nothing Yakko, alright?” Tiger groaned. “I don’t understand what Warner was talking about, and there’s no way to make me little again.”
Yakko kicked some of the loose rock on the planet. Now what? “So.” He rocked back and forth on his heels in boredom. “What exactly do you do here?”
“Mostly play,” Tiger said. “Instruments, tag, whatever I can.” He stood up and started to run. Yakko followed him at his own steady run. They ran over the ground, over hills, wherever their feet took them until Tiger stopped. “Here.” Tiger gestured to a mound of entertainment. “This is pretty much any material thing I’ve ever had. Help yourself.”
Yakko strolled over to the pile and looked around. Guitars, saxophones, at least a hundred paddleballs, comics, Animaniacs merchandise of every kind, movies, stereos, everything was there! “Big on Animaniacs, huh?” Yakko smiled proudly.
“Well, you guys were in it,” Tiger chuckled. “You guys tore it up back then!”
“Yeah, we did ‘tear it up’,” Yakko said. He strolled over to a grand white piano. “Hey, hey. Now that’s what I call taste. You play?”
“I play everything.” Tiger grinned. “Why?”
“What do you play?” Yakko sat down at the piano. He looked through the music that was on the piano in surprise. “Chopin? Beethoven?” He blinked. “Didn’t picture you for classical.”
“Whatever’s got the feels,” Tiger simply replied.
Yakko played a couple of notes to see how in tune the instrument was. “This is what you’ve been doing for the past three and a half centuries? How often did you get out to see anyone else?”
“Besides The Tiger?” Tiger sighed. “Not often.”
Yakko continued to play. The kid actually had a bit of a funny bone, it just wasn’t developed as much as it should have been. “Hey. Knock-knock.”
“Who’s there?” Tiger answered.
Now Tiger would play with him, but he couldn’t think of a good joke worthy for the moment. “Uhhh, shoot.”
“Shoot who?” Tiger asked.
“Shoot, I forgot an exact joke,” Yakko chuckled. He started playing an old Animaniacs song on the piano. He had only meant to play, but Tiger went ahead and started to sing.
“~I am the very model of a cartoon individual, my animations comical, unusual and whimsical. I’m quite adapt at funny gags, comedic theories I have read. From wicked puns and stupid jokes to anvils that drop on your head!~”
Yakko stopped playing in surprise. “Hey, you know that old song?”
“I know all your old songs,” Tiger said proudly. “I’ve been stuck here for centuries, what do you think I did all day?” He started to climb up a nearby tree and hung upside down. “Everything from your classics to two liners, I know it all. Go ahead, quiz me.”
Yakko didn’t need to quiz him, it was obvious Tiger knew a ton. “You’re a lot different than I originally pictured you Tiger.”
Tiger pulled a frame out of nowhere and put it in front of his face. “How’d you picture me? Like this?”
Yakko smiled. Yeah, he had a funny bone alright. “Hmm…”
Tiger recognized that look. “Don’t think so hard, you’ll bust a gasket. Then that’ll cost you seeing as there’s no repair men anywhere near here.” Yakko was still giving him a funny look. “What?”
“Nothing.” Still, Yakko couldn’t stop staring. ‘Maybe he really is mine?’
“What?” Tiger whined. “Now what?”
“Did The Tiger ever tell you that you weren’t mine?” Yakko had to ask.
Tiger frowned. “Back to that? Does it really matter?”
“I don’t know,” Yakko admitted. “I’m Aroma’s male though, so I’m still your dad either way.”
“Well, that’s great. If you flip a peanut butter and jelly sandwich over, then it’s still a peanut butter and jelly sandwich,” Tiger chuckled.
Yakko laughed too. “So, I bet you know all my songs then too?”
“Sure!” Tiger commented. “Know them all really well.”
“Oh yeah? Even my hardest song ever?” Yakko smiled. He started to play on the piano. “~United States, Canada, Mexico, Panama, Haiti, Jamaica, Peru;
Republic Dominican; Cuba, Caribbean; Greenland; El Salvador too.
Puerto Rico, Colombia, Venezuela, Honduras, Guyana and still
Guatemala, Bolivia then Argentina and Ecuador, Chile, Brazil!
Costa Rica, Belize, Nicaragua, Bermuda, Bahamas, Tobago, San Juan.
Paraguay, Uruguay, Suriname and French Guiana, Barbados and Guam.”
Tiger laughed and took over singing.
“~Norway and Sweden and Iceland and Finland and Germany (now in one
Switzerland, Austria, Czechia, Slovakia, Italy, Turkey and Greece!
Poland, Roumania, Scotland, Albania, Ireland, Russia, Oman
Bulgaria, Saudi Arabia, Hungary, Cyprus, Iraq and Iran.
There’re Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, both Yemens, Kuwait and
The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium and Portugal; France, England,
Denmark and Spain!~” Tiger grinned as he flipped out of the tree.
‘Hey, he’s pretty good!’ Yakko thought to himself. He jumped on top of the piano and went a capella.
“~India, Pakistan, Burma, Afghanistan, Thailand, Nepal and Bhutan.
Kampuchea; Malaysia; then Bangladesh, Asia; and China; Korea; Japan.
Mongolia, Laos and Tibet, Indonesia, the Philippine Islands, Taiwan.
Sri Lanka, New Guinea, Sumatra, New Zealand, then Borneo and Vietnam.~”
Tiger ran over and jumped on the piano himself. “~Tunisia, Morocco, Uganda, Angola, Zimbabwe, Djibouti, Botswana!
Mozambique, Zambia, Swaziland, Gambia, Guinea, Algeria, Ghana!~”
Yakko and him both laughed as they started to do the little dance Yakko did when he first did that song. Then, they both finished the song together in a perfect harmonious tune.
“~Burundi, Lesotho and Malawi, Togo, the Spanish Sahara is gone!
Niger, Nigeria, Chad and Liberia, Egypt, Benin and Gabon.
Tanzania, Somalia, Kenya and Mali, Sierra Leone and Algier.
Dahomey, Namibia, Senegal, Libya, Cameroon, Congo, Zaire.
Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar, Rwanda, Mahore and
Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Yugoslavia …
Monaco, Liechtenstein, Malta and Palestine,
Fiji, Australia, Sudan!~”
They both started laughing at the end.
“That was perfect! No one’s sung it that well besides me,” Yakko couldn’t help but laugh. “You’re good, Kid!”
“What do ya expect, momma was a natural singer.” Tiger said proudly.
Yakko didn’t know what to say to that. He just looked at Tiger up and down. He looked too much like him, sounded too much like him.
“Oh yeah, you ever watch her in her past? She was awesome. She really knew how to rock the joint. Day in and day out, day in and day out, day in and day out, that’s all she did for awhile until she got a steady job. Did she ever tell ya? You can watch her past self in the timestream, she was really awesome and keeping it real back then!” Tiger grinned at Yakko.
“Yeah sure, she was ‘keeping it real’,” Yakko said. He could clearly tell where Tiger had spent his time growing up besides just the rock they were on. “You keep saying no one remembers when you leave an area, right? Have you seen anyone else?”
Tiger smiled sadly. “She grew up real pretty, didn’t she? I’ve managed to talk to her a couple times, but she never remembers. I could give her an Eternal, but she doesn’t need to remember me. I put her through way too much. I put them all through way too much.”
“What exactly do you know?” Yakko asked. He had to watch his footsteps. He didn’t want to say anything Tiger wasn’t ready for.
“I know I kidnapped myself,” Tiger admitted. “No need to worry about that, Yakko. I know a lot. I’ve seen a ton. I’ve been to that future, it’s not pretty.” He leaned back on the piano and stared straight up into the sky. “It was hard to swallow at first, but I know it’s the way it is.”
“We’re changing things left and right.” Yakko leaned back on the piano and stared into the sky as well. “We’ll find a way to save the universe.”
“Yeah, sure.” Tiger didn’t sound too happy. “I know. The universe will be saved when I die.”
“No,” Yakko disagreed.
“Face it, I’m the one who’s supposed to bring about the end,” Tiger said. “I just don’t want to go quietly into the night.” He frowned. “I’ll go kicking and screaming and do my best to bring my other self down before it’s too late.”
“He’s not really you,” Yakko said, trying to cheer Tiger up. “He’s a waryes.”
“Yeah, but I’m the coward deep inside of him who doesn’t care. I know,” Tiger reminded him.
“There’s gotta be another way.” Yakko tried to smile confidently. “Okay?”
“What? Make me a little warner? That still don’t make sense Yakko.” Tiger groaned. “What good would it do?”
“I don’t know, but anything’s worth a try,” Yakko answered back. “There must be something to how the scientists made you change. You heard the same thing over and over.”
Tiger frowned. “I knew it. I knew something fishy happened that one time. You were in the cell with me, weren’t you?” he sat back up. “You stopped me, almost got whatever kid I was assigned to beat up killed, and then you just left. You did, didn’t you?”
“I couldn’t change the past. Not without changing the future,” Yakko reminded him. “There’s so much I want to do. I want to get Wakko and Dot back. I want to get Aroma and Zenny. I want to get the kids back. I want to go home to our water tower and just live happily ever after. Why is that so hard to get?”
Tiger didn’t say anything back. There was nothing he could say. Yakko and him were at a standstill. He couldn’t leave The Tiger frozen in time forever without making the universe rip apart. If he went back though, then that was it. It would be pretty much the final showdown.
Yakko was still thinking in different terms. He didn’t understand how to make Tiger little again. Warner sounded like it was a sure thing. What was he missing? “I feel like yuck again.” Yakko’s belly made a strange groan.
“Welcome to time travel,” Tiger said. “Destiny wants you somewhere again.”
“Well, can destiny give it a rest?” Yakko whined. “I’ve already done destiny a favor today.”
“If you ignore it, the feeling just gets worse,” Tiger reminded him. ‘”I know. I was really busy running with my life, but that little stunt back there with Florgy made me have to interrupt.” He groaned. “Letting Florgy have mom, that wasn’t having good repercussions on time, I can tell you that.” He stood up. “I had wondered at the time why the guy was flat on the ground when I arrived.”
Yakko looked over at Tiger. “You mean, you really had to stop him?”
“What? Did you think you could just change the past and run away without changing anything?” Tiger frowned. “That took some effort to undo. A ton of Eternals I really didn’t want to waste.” He shrugged his shoulders. “The paper and the events are gone, but Florgy knows in the back of his mind what happened.”
“Florgy,” Yakko groaned. “What a pain that guy was.” He yawned. “I wish I could rest first, but not the way my tummy’s going.”
“Once you get where you need to go, you’ll feel better.” Tiger reminded him. “I’ll see you later, just remember to come back.”
Yakko nodded and stood back up. He pulled both the pink and purple lightning balls out. He didn’t know which one was calling to him. “Ohhh…” He groaned. “This feels horrible!”
“Yeah, it ain’t nice,” Tiger commented. “If you do something bad to the timestream and stay near it, you’ve gotta expect it,” he smiled. “Why do you think The Tiger does his best to minimize his involvement with you guys? Well, when he stayed here with me. He was sick for about the whole first year. Still got real bad belly aches now and again. Heh, served him right!”
“It doesn’t make sense though. When I mess with the past, the rip just gets bigger,” Yakko protested. “Why would it want to hurt itself?”
“Are you positive it’s because your changing the past?” Tiger had to ask. “Are you absolutely sure it’s not ripping because you won’t fix the damage? Or maybe, it’s just time for everything to end?”
“I don’t know anymore,” Yakko whined weakly.
“Either way, it’s calling to you. It wants something,” Tiger replied. “All you can do is what you can do.”
“Good philosophy,” Yakko smiled. “Well, whatever. As long as this bellyache will just go away.” He groaned. “I’m really starting to hate time travel. From here to there and there to here! Eh!”
Tiger brought over a couple of Eternals. “Here, I don’t know where you’re going.” He handed them to Yakko. “Be careful. I don’t know which lightning is calling to you, so don’t associate with your past self or any of your friends. Understand?” Yakko nodded. “Take care Yakk. I’ll see ya when I see ya. Just don’t get lost, alright?” Tiger chuckled.
Yakko nodded again. He’d do his best to stay out of the way. Now, where was he going to go? He opened up both balls and closed his eyes . . .