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Chapter 4: Manfredi’s Nanny Goat
Dec 7, 2015
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No Plagiarism!GHdJbalD1FklT0NoyD1Vposted on PENANA

Chapter 4: Manfredi’s Nanny Goatcopyright protection61PENANA7uimAfws63

Manfredi and Rico sit on the ground and wait. “‘Fredi...Wait ‘uch longer?” Rico groans. copyright protection61PENANADNKQwV0Sz2

“We have to wait until we’re rescued...Or try finding our own way back.” He shrugs and glances around. “Want to risk it? We maybe could try another flare later and they might see that one.”copyright protection61PENANAyUorUbQtPS

Rico nods. “An’ing bu’ stay.”copyright protection61PENANApXmHjXWQp3

“Alright, then we’ll venture through the forest, but we risk getting lost worse and dying stranded out here.” copyright protection61PENANAU2QETnATfa

“Nah.”copyright protection61PENANAWO5kgZw6tl

Manfredi smiles and gets up. “Who knows, maybe we’ll stumble upon a hidden away village filled with hundreds of hot babes.”copyright protection61PENANAYSilzCivtI

“Kaboom?” Rico asks.copyright protection61PENANAznKq2ENDx3

“Yes, yes, hundreds of hot babes who like explosions.” He nods some, looking a little irked. “Now come on, we don’t...Well, I guess we do have all day, but I have no intention of spending all day wandering this mess.”copyright protection61PENANAOuRTO8Slem

Rico nods some and gets up as well. “Where ‘e go den?”copyright protection61PENANAHde0yNCRj6

“Eeeeeehh….” Manfredi glances around from the thicket and points back the way they had slid from. “Let’s see if we can find the way back to where the others had been….”copyright protection61PENANAzTtkjwY69v

At this moment, Rico coughs up Johnson’s compass. “‘Elp?” He asks, handing the dripping, saliva-covered compass to Manfredi.copyright protection61PENANA9X01QO9Jao

Manfredi glances over at it. “Ehm...Yeah, probably...Jonny-boy said south, right?” He glances around and rubs the compass on his muddy underbelly.copyright protection61PENANA6RCkRb8u2s

“‘Even ee ‘gees.” Rico nods.copyright protection61PENANAABl4VEBTLK

“Seventy degrees south...So we need to go...What, thirty degrees north? I don’t have a protractor to tell thirty degrees north.” He sighs and rubs his face. “So we will just head north-ish and see where we end up.”copyright protection61PENANApVIpXze7jo

“O’ay.” His friend nods and watches him.copyright protection61PENANAwpg8K7kSCm

Manfredi turns the compass on and watches it for a moment before pointing back the way they had come. “That’s north-ish according to this piece of cod compass.”copyright protection61PENANAkdYGhTlSN6

Rico nods and picks Manfredi up and puts him on his shoulders.copyright protection61PENANADd2mCZVR6f

“Hey, woah woah, Rico, nowhere in my last statement did I say for you to pick me up.” He says with an awkward and mildly embarrassed look.copyright protection61PENANAgCEwLpE5hg

“It fas’er.” Rico shrugs and keeps him there. “Li’le buddy, li’le le’s.”copyright protection61PENANAsCtqjLkEE7

“I do not have little legs! I have normal legs!” Manfredi snorts.copyright protection61PENANALilNEYNAPT

“Li’le legs.” The larger penguin chuckles.copyright protection61PENANAP6wuCiThnb

Manfredi harumphs and holds on to Rico’s head, clearly unamused. “Whatever, just waddle that way, Rico.” He nods and waddles happily along that way while Manfredi keeps watch for predators or any sign of the others.copyright protection61PENANAyPN2g7NALs

Meanwhile, Skipper, Johnson, and Kowalski are waiting still for Manfredi and Rico’s return. Kowalski and Johnson are up in the closest tree, looking for samples to bring back to analyze. Skipper sits boredly at the tree’s base and waits.copyright protection61PENANAIxK3lp18ZR

“What the deuce is taking them so long…” He groans and leans his head on the tree. “We’re going to be late to that meeting with Harry.”copyright protection61PENANA1OXyjAQcRe

“Harvey!” Kowalski shouts down to him.copyright protection61PENANAnp4brkjfU4

“Yeah, yeah, Harry Harvey, same difference.” He sighs. “Can’t we just get this whole scientific enchilada over with so we can go back? Blaaagh.”copyright protection61PENANAIDCtHXSI5R

Johnson slides down the tree and looks at Skipper. “I conclude that we should assume Manfredi led them off course after something shiny or a woman and we need to go search for them.”copyright protection61PENANAA7GxGZ8wcZ

“He was ordered not to associate himself with any females on this mission!” Skipper exclaims.copyright protection61PENANAKApOLR9574

Kowalski slides out of the tree as well and bumps into Johnson. “This is Manfredi we are discussing, sir...He does have a tendency to disregard orders and make up his own version…”copyright protection61PENANAaPHMioJa7P

Skipper sighs and rubs his temples. “Don’t remind me, I want to give him the benefit of the doubt...But yes, Johnson, we should start looking for them now.” He gets up and dusts himself off.copyright protection61PENANA2HWJfCIn9V

Johnson nods. “We should start going the way that we sent them and see if we can find any tracks.”copyright protection61PENANAnUvMJhESmL

“That’d be easier if we could use Rico…” Kowalski sighs.copyright protection61PENANAWwAEjT324a

“Well we can’t since he’s one of the missing, so there is no sense daydreaming, Kowalski.” The leader rolls his eyes. “Now let’s move out.” He gets onto his belly and starts sliding through the underbrush.copyright protection61PENANAS6SOQ7rzuB

Kowalski mutters something incomprehensible and he and Johnson then follow Skipper. After a little, Skipper stops sliding and holds his flipper out for the others to stop as well. copyright protection61PENANAuRvZEehi6D

“You smell that?”copyright protection61PENANA33aEHtxKwC

“Smell what, Skipper?” Kowalski asks and looks around.copyright protection61PENANAVoJNdzUF8o

Johnson sniffs the air and nods. “It’s flare smoke, I think.”copyright protection61PENANAgDgLDU0Uc6

Skipper nods and looks around. “Which means they are probably in danger.”copyright protection61PENANAygaIURcsCI

“In danger or not, they are safer than we are since Rico has all of our weapons, sir.” Johnson sighs. “Which is why I still push that we should have individual carry packs with weapons like, you know, average penguin agents.”copyright protection61PENANA4x7NkkneZv

“We don’t do average here, Johnson.” The leader scoffs. “We do all honors and I am not having my men just be average who the deuce wants to be average?! Our whole goal in life is to be awesome, Johnson, awesome, do you hear me?!” He exclaims, standing on tiptoes to try to seem taller than Johnson. However, since Johnson is practically Kowalski’s height, it doesn’t exactly work.copyright protection61PENANADg8T2LN2GZ

“Loud and clear, sir.” The scientist sighs, pushing his glasses up his beak again.copyright protection61PENANA9egjXaaaCM

“Good, now fanout and search.” He orders. His teammates nod and spread out in the area and search, moving ever farther south as Rico and Manfredi go north-ish with Johnson’s iffy compass. copyright protection61PENANATHk0uElSSl

JONNY!” comes an exclaim from the surrounding trees moments before Johnson gets plowed over by Rico and Manfredi. He lays there on the ground with his glasses knocked off onto the ground with a look of pure irritation. Rico and Manfredi give him nearly identical sheepish looks and scramble off of him.copyright protection61PENANAnwBwpDicGY

“I found them!” Johnson calls with a small irked mutter under his breath, “The hooligans.” He sits up and and gets his glasses, holding them up towards the light with his eyes squinted to see how filthy they have become.copyright protection61PENANAcPds8aDjlg

Rico watches him and then gives the glasses a long, wet lick. “Be’er?”copyright protection61PENANA6eXqes4zkX

Johnson has a grim and slightly disgusted look, but nods and wipes his glasses on his chest feathers. “Thanks…” He sighs and puts them back on his beak. Rico then helps pull him up and the scientist dusts himself off. “Where the hadron collider where you guys?” copyright protection61PENANAVItweSax5Q

“Meow-meow.” The weapons specialist nods solemnly. copyright protection61PENANAviFJLNUp7f

Johnson blinks and looks at him before just shaking his head and looking at Manfredi. “What?”copyright protection61PENANAFdtCDI5Hip

Manfredi sighs and rolls his eyes. “We had a run in with a big angry cat, lost the trail. Nothing major.”copyright protection61PENANAFd79Jm2UT7

“You two could have been eaten alive while we waited at the start of the forest and you’re calling this nothing major?” Johnson looks at him. “You have to be kidding me, even I know you’re not that stupid.” copyright protection61PENANAKpqq8ce2Bl

Manfredi rolls his eyes again and then tosses him the compass. “Have your stupid paperweight.”copyright protection61PENANAhgyLTbtYTL

“Thank you.” Johnson says curtly and stashes it back away in his feathers. “Now, the others are probably too far away to have heard me so we will go back to the meeting spot and wait for them there.”copyright protection61PENANAozYwIISKCM

“Who are you? Our nanny-goat?” The cryptographer snorts. “Maaaaaah! Back to the meeeeeeeting spot! Maaaaaaaaaah! You’re in major trou-ou-ou-ble! Maaaaaaah! No di-i-i-inner for you!” He mocks, holding up his flippers as points on his head like goat horns and hopping around. “Maaaaah! Maaaah!”copyright protection61PENANASnbjNkv1m7

Johnson gives him an even, school-teacher-like look over his glasses. “So mature...No wonder the ladies are beating down the HQ doors all of the time...Oh wait, I forgot, that’s the sound of all those you’ve ticked off, my bad.” He then abruptly turns and waddles back the way he had come.copyright protection61PENANAmEoVph6Tg0

“Yeah, yeah, nerd.” Manfredi makes a face behind his back and follows him, changing it quickly to an innocent smile when Johnson glances back over his shoulder to check to make sure that they are indeed following.copyright protection61PENANAEEzCahl32X

Rico just quietly follows along without much input on his friends’ conversation. He only sighs a little and trails behind them--pausing a moment to snap at a butterfly, but then continuing again with a chuckle. He had to admit, he was having a blast.copyright protection61PENANAPUl1d8lJaI

It is not long until the four penguins make it to the meeting spot where Skipper and Kowalski are waiting impatiently. Skipper looks over at them as he hears movement and then crosses his flippers with a stern look. “What happened?”copyright protection61PENANAQxnesMwzFN

Manfredi rubs the back of his neck. “Got chased down by a giant cat, sir...But we can say it did look like the right direction.” He smiles a little nervously.copyright protection61PENANAAkr9XCriGt

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Skipper just sighs and closes his eyes and is quiet for a moment. “Be more careful.” He then says after a little while and walks over to a log and sits down with the map alone. Manfredi silently watches him and sighs as well before turning away and sitting down next to Rico.copyright protection61PENANAgwoBxBJTkU

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