Series 5 Issue #8 - On The Very Same Day .....

It's a fine day. The sun is shining, the grass is green. Wily is in jail, Bizarro is behind a dumpster. All seems well, except....

Snakeman: It seems we need money to survive.

The 'Maniacs: Hh.

Snakeman: Aren't you guys ..... sorta famous?

Hardman: Ah ...... nah, man. We learned that the hard way. *

(*see Series 4 #13)

Snakeman: Well, okay. Okay. But ...... how did you guys survive before? I mean ...... you really had to have paid money at SOME point!

Needlegal: Actually, that makes for an interesting story!

Geminiman: The old Warehouse was abandoned and we (or rather "they" since I wasn't here then) squatted. And then Hardman got a big cash reward from the Mayor.*

(*Series 1 Solo 2)

Snakeman: Yes, I know that already.

Geminiman: Well, in addition that all that, Jacob* was not only a great wrestler, but an excellent financial strategist!

(* Jacob was the 'Maniac's first Snakeman)

Snakeman: Jacob? Really?

Geminiman: Yes.

Snakeman: I woulda never figured.

Geminiman: Well he was. And, by moving our old base the Technodrome all the time (it has huge tank treads you know) we were able to avoid our taxes.

Shadowman: Plus we paid in counterfeit money allot too. Don't forget that.

Geminiman: Yes.

Snakeman: But ........ if that's the case, how'd you lose it all!?


Needlegal: Reckless and frivolous spending.

Shadowman: Gambling debts and tax evasion fees.

Geminiman: Bail money.

Topman: Power usage. Reprogramming Gamma. Avoiding THE MAN!!!!


Snakeman: *sigh* So how are we supposed to live without money?

Magnetman: We live BANDIT STYLE! No rules to hold us down! Living as we please! Taking what we want and -

Sparkman: Oh no! That's IMMORAL! I won't do it!

Magnetman: Aw, Hell! Then what do YOU wanna do?

Sparkman: Wait.

Magnetman: Wait?

Sparkman: Yes! If we wait surely the money will come to US!

Snakeman: That's not -

Shadowman: That's a GREAT PLAN! I'm all for it!

Snakeman: But ..... the bills will not pay themselves!

Shadowman: Oh, tut tut. Never you mind about those pesky bills. I will handle that!

*Gauntlet disappears!*

Snakeman: ........ Somehow I don't think he will.

Hardman: So, whadya guys think? I'm stumped!

Topman: Don't worry! I have a plan...

(A few hours later.....)

Topman: LEMONAID! Get yer ice cool lemonade!

Sparkman: Sure to cure what ails ya!

Snakeman: This is a stupid idea. I feel ridiculous.

Sparkman: Quiet. You'll scare off the customers.

Snakeman: Customers? WHAT COSTOMERS!?

Sparkman: With that sort of attitude, no one will come to our stand.

Snakeman: Now, see here....

(Snakeman gets up and begins pacing.)

Snakeman: We're at a little wooden stand in some suburb. We may as well stay at home!

Geminiman: I dunno, Raj. I tried this once before. It gave me a bit of spending money.

Snakeman: Yeah, I tried it too. When I was TEN! People buy these things from little kids, not robot masters! And, don't call me "Raj"!

Xelloss: Oh .... do lighten up, Raj!

Snakeman: AHH!! Xelloss! Where did you come from?

Xelloss: I was paying 'ol Gauntlet a visit. But he was in a bad mood and was quite rude to me so I left to see what you were up to.

Sparkman: Gauntlet was mean to you? But that's not like him!

Geminiman: Uhhhhh....

Topman: Hmmmmmm....

Snakeman: *scratches head*

Needlegal: You really don't know him very well, do you?

Xelloss: Oh, nevermind that. He just needs a nap. So, what is it you're up to? Running a lemonade stand?

Topman: That's right! Would you like a sip, Xel?

Xelloss: Why, I don't mind if I do!

(Xelloss pays one dollar and takes a cup of freshly squeezed lemonade He takes a sip as Topman watches anxiously.)

Topman: Well? How is it?

Xelloss: Oh, I'm afraid this really doesn't cut it for me.

Topman: AW!

Sparkman: But we tried so hard!

Xelloss: Don't worry, I can help you! All this needs is a little sugar! After all, it's the sugar people love, not the lemons! Everyone knows that!

(Xelloss adds sugar as Topman looks on anxiously.)

Xelloss: No ..... now I think I added too much. Well, I'll just add some water and some lemonade mix here...

Needlegal: Xelloss! This is ALL-NATURAL lemonade!

Xelloss: Oh, don't worry! No one will know!

(Xelloss sips the lemonade after adding the artificial lemonade)

Xelloss: No, no, no ..... this will simply not do at all. Give me a minute here.

Geminiman: Xelloss ..... what are you doing.

Xelloss: Oh, come now, Mr. Gemini. Don't you trust me?

Geminiman: No, actually.

Xelloss: Oh? And after all we've been through? I'm hurt!


(*Series 3 #24)

Xelloss: But that really wasn't MY fault! I was just following lord Beastmaster's orders.

Geminiman: Even so -

Xelloss: WELL, the lemonade is all done! I think you'll find it quite superior to your initial batch.

(The 'Maniacs taste the lemonade)

Magnetman: There's something strange about this batch of lemonade...

Hardman: HE SPIKED IT! Alright!

Needlegal: He spiked the lemonade! Xelloss!

(The team looks around, but Xel has already disappeared.)

Lan: Excuse me?


Magnetman: Yes?

Lan: Can I have some lemonade for me and my friends?

Needlegal: Sorry, kid, but -

(Snakeman claps Needle's mouth shut with his hand.)

Snakeman: You got any parents near here, kid?

Lan: What? Why?

Snakeman: You know pay for you of course!

Lan: Um ..... no. It's just me, Dex, Yai, and Mayl. But we all have plenty of money.

Snakeman: FABULOUS! Well, then, we have plenty of lemonade! tie needle up, guys! We're still good!

(And so, a few hours later, the 'Maniacs return to their base...)

Geminiman: Well, the lemonade plan worked out well I think.

Needlegal: You should all feel ashamed of yourselves.

Snakeman: And where have you been all day?

Shadowman: I have a plan to make more money.

Sparkman: Is it true you were mean to poor Xelloss?

Xelloss: He was very mean.

Shadowman: You'll live.

Snakeman: Well, I guess things turned out all right...

Magnetman: I guess...

Xelloss: Wait! Don't quit now!

Needlegal: Why not?

Xelloss: Because, after all that you actually lost money! Don't you wanna make some instead?

Snakeman: Wait .... lost money? How do you figure? After those "alterations" you shamelessly made to our lemonade -

Xelloss: But remember, it was you who sold the lemonade -

Snakeman: We made quite a few bucks! How could we have lost money?

Xelloss: Well, I'm no mathematician, but add the cost of lemons with the cost of Lemon flavoring, with the cost of sugar with the cost of vodka and you'll have to agree -


Xelloss: Damn, me?? I don't think any of that was my fault.

Magnetman: It was very much your fault!

Xelloss: *ahem* well, there's no use to dwell on it. At any rate, I have a suggestion ....... that is if you aren't adverse to doing real work!

(The following day ......)

Snakeman: Hello, and welcome to Mc. Donalds. May I take your order?

Hardman: This ain't so bad.

(Magnetman walks by with a mop in hand)

Magnetman: Speak for yourself.

Needlegal: I dunno. I really like this cooking!

(Needle flips a paddie into the air with the greatest of ease!)

Xelloss: Hello, there.

Snakeman: What do you want, Xelloss?

Xelloss: Oh, where's that customer service Mc. Donalds is famous for?

Snakeman: What do you want, Xelloss?

Xelloss: A medium coke and some fries!

Snakeman: Will that be all?

Xelloss: Oh, yes, that will be quite enough, But I'd like it without spit.

Snakeman: Well, "sir" .... you can have your coke or you can choose not to drink spit. You can't have both.

Xelloss: Hmmm. I think I'll go to Harvey's.

Snakeman: You do that.

Xelloss: Oh, by the way ....... there seems to be an angry mob here to see you. Later!

(Xelloss disappears!)

Snakeman: Wh-what?

A mom: You're the people! You're those horrible people that gave alcohol to all those children!

Sparkman: Uh-oh.

Geminiman: Ummmmm no. That was the X -

A mom: DON'T LIE!

A dad: I say We kill them all!

Snakeman: Now hold on here! That wasn't us! Everyone knows we have all SORTS of doppelgangers running around! It's one of THEM!

A mom: GET THEM!

(The 'Maniacs run out of Mc Donalds with the angry mob chasing after them!)

Needlegal: I told you that was a bad idea!

Snakeman: Shut up! We need to run!

Hardman: Awww ...I liked Mc Donalds.

(The 'Maniacs round a corner and meet up with angry parents at every turn! Finally, desperate, the 'Maniacs resort to their final strategy...)

Magnetman: Guys, I think it;s time for ...... Strategy C.

Sparkman: No! Not ..... strategy C.

Needlegal: I'm afraid Magnet is correct. Let's just do it and get it over with,

(Promptly the MM3 team falls to their knees before the crowd.)

Magnetman: We're sorry!

Snakeman: We'll never do it again!

Geminiman: I was that other MM3 team's fault! Honest! It wasn't US!

A mom: We don't believe you!

Another mom: Wait! LOOK!

(The crowd watches as several odd copies of the MM3 team run by towards the ark.)


A mom: Oh. I guess it was a different team.

The 'Maniacs: *blink*

A dad: Hm. Well........ uh ...... sorry.


The 'Maniacs: *blink*

(The crowd disperses.)

The 'Maniacs: *blink*

(And so, the Mechanical Maniacs return home ......)

Waveman: I can't get it off!

Torchman: Of all the immature..

Shadowman: Ah, glad to see you made it out in one piece!

Bitman: YOU! Pirates - ATTACK!

Shadowman: Sorry to tell you this, but those pirates weren't made to last. They fell to pieces the moment they tried to do anything too extreme - like attack me!

Blademan: Ahhh, but it's still SIX against ONE! You can't hope to beat all of us!

Behind them: *AHEM*

(The PC team turn around to see the Mechanical Maniacs in formation behind them.)


Oilman: Do you think we can take them? I think we can take them!

Torchman: Yeah!

Blademan: ...... uh ......


(The PC team retreats!)

Oilman: What!?

Torchman: COWARDS! Get back here! *turns to the 'Maniacs* You haven't seen the last of us!

(The PC team run out of sight.)

Snakeman: Do we wanna know?

Shadowman: No.

Geminiman: What's with all the broken pieces of us lying around?

Shadowman: You don't wanna know.

Topman: Anything we DO wanna know?

Shadowman: Yes. I made a few thousand dollars!

Snakeman: WHAT!? YOU!? Mr. No-work? Mr. counterfeit money machine?

Shadowman: That can still work. I still think the counterfeit money thing could work.

Needlegal: Do you wanna know what we were up to?


Shadowman: No.

Needlegal: But it was really exciting!

Shadowman: I know. But while I was hiding up in the rafters I got some itching powder on me. Now I gotta take a shower to get it all off. Later.

Snakeman: Well, I guess things turned out all right...

Magnetman: I guess...

Needlegal: And we learned something today too...

Magnetman: When?

Needlegal: We learned that Shadowman really isn't all that smart. And sometimes the best laid plans of mice and men fail miserably.

Sparkman: Wait ...... Shadowman earned money ...... but we, the responsible and honest bots earned nothing at all.

Snakeman: Don't remind me.

Topman: So until we're caught by dozens of angry dark warriors, we are ..... The Mechanical Maniacs!

The End


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