A Disney Duck Fanfic:
Instead of being purely based on one entity, this story takes background from Classic Donald Duck cartoons, Ducktales, and Darkwing Duck.
Stef With a F
Disney owns most of these characters. Dumbella's past as Bella Widgeon is mine, as are the characters of Melanie Widgeon, Cindy Ganderquack, Jeffery Ruddy, Ronnie and Lisa Mallard, and whomever else I mention in the future.
This story is sequel of sorts to the story Back to the Nest. You should be able to catch the bulk of the story without reading Back to the Nest, but it would give you more background on Bella Widgeon. Though, if you plan on reading Back to the Nest, this story reveals a major spoiler or two. Besides, I would love to know what you think.
To Jenn and Nana for their help with prescreening and editing this story.
This story is rated PG-13 for adult themes, but nothing really major.
"Thanks again for letting me use your computer. Tank won't get out of that chat room," Honker informed.
Gosalyn, who was browsing a magazine on her bed, nodded. "Welcome."
"I really felt for Annie today," Honker added.
"Oh?" Gosalyn answered.
"Yeah, she mistook a 0 for an O, and you know what that can do to a computer program."
"When she tried to run the program not only did she get pages after pages of errors, but Ms. Newton had to call the main campus!"
"Really?" Gosalyn commented.
"Yeah, you see, she caused a gigantic loop! She tied up the system. The Help Desk had to manually shut down her program!"
"Well, that sucks," Gosalyn stated nonchalantly.
Honker turned from his computer chair.
"Gos? What's wrong?" he asked.
"I feel like a caged animal."
Gosalyn closed her magazine and jumped off her bed. She has been locked up in her room all day, and it was now after seven in the evening.
"Let's break out." Gosalyn suggested.
"Gosalyn " Honker started.
"Honk come on, Dad won't find out, he's after a villain," she rationalized.
"Launchpad too? Morgana and the kids?" he asked.
"Who knows, Launchpad was with his girlfriend earlier, but knowing Dad, he probably phoned him on the cell Morgana has been out all day probably took the kids somewhere. And besides I really need to see what Huey is up to," she stated.
"Come on save your work, we will be back later " Gosalyn urged.
"Okay...okay " Honker agreed.
He moved his mouse to the file menu
When the screen went blank
"Hey!" Honker shouted. "No fair."
Gosalyn held back a laugh.
"How much did you lose?" she asked.
"Only a few paragraphs, I guess it could have been worse."
Gosalyn nodded, laughing.
"Well, it knew it was time to give yourself a break."
Honker took his disk out of the disk drive, and pocketed it.
"I'm surprised your father left you unsupervised."
"It wasn't by choice I tried to persuade him to bring me with him, but he decided leaving me alone was the lesser of two evils Let's go."
Huey hung up the phone.
"Damn it," he said under his breath.
No answer. He wasn't surprised--not really. Chances are Mr. Mallard was screening Gosalyn's calls. In a way, he was glad that her father didn't just answer the phone and give him a piece of his mind. But so many unanswered questions remained. And misconceptions had to be cleared up. He loved Gosalyn. He wanted to be with her in all the ways lovers are. Marriage? Well That was years and years away, but he had to admit the thought did come into his mind at times. And he admitted it scared him. He was not yet 17. He did not want to end up like his mother, who married young, with the false notion that her teenage romance with his father was the one that would last for eternity.
So, he understood, and respected, Gosalyn's choice to remain a virgin. She wanted the time to be perfect. Heck, he wanted their time to be perfect. And he would never force her into something she did not want to do Her father will have to learn that he had no intention of leaving her life.
Huey took a piece of paper and a pen and scribbled down a note. Donald was out with his cousin Gladstone and Daisy was on assignment at the news station.
His mother, Bella, and his sister Melanie were also out. Melanie mentioned that they were heading to the Duckburg Zoo with a friend of their mother. Melanie wasn't specific if the friend she mentioned was her "Aunt" Cindy or the mysterious boyfriend that she had been with for months. Or it could be someone else all together, not that Huey really cared.
He placed the note on the refrigerator, grabbed a Coo-Coo Cola and then left through the back door.
" Mr. McQuack!" Melanie shouted. "Look at the polar bears over there!"
Launchpad looked into the exhibit; two of the polar bear cubs were playing with a dead fish.
Launchpad laughed. "I told you to call me 'Launchpad' sweetie."
"I'm sorry," she said.
Launchpad shook his head.
"It's all right."
He looked at his watch.
"The zoo closes at 8pm. How about a movie? Or " Launchpad hesitated, looking at her mother Bella, "Or is it Melanie's bedtime?"
Six-year-old Melanie turned to face her mother with pleading eyes.
"Please Mommy? Can we go to a movie? Please? Please?" she begged.
"I don't see why not. But it's going to be something G or PG rated," Bella said.
"Of course," answered Launchpad. "It's about 7:30 now, we should head back to the parking lot."
Bella nodded, she grabbed Melanie's hand, and turned around. The Polar bear exhibit was toward the end of the zoo, so there was a good walk before them.
The trio walked back toward the entrance. Melanie stole another glance of the Camels they passed the first time around when and female voice startled her.
"Hey Launchpad!" the voice said. "Is that you? And who is that with you?"
"Hey!" Launchpad called back.
"Funny running into you!" he continued. "Hey Morgana, where's Drake?"
Morgana shook his head.
"You know " she answered, not wanting to reveal much in front of Bella and her young daughter.
"Oh!" Launchpad said quickly.
Launch nodded. He knew that he really has been slacking on his sidekick duties as of late.
"Oh, I'm sorry This is my friend Bella," Launchpad answered, "And her daughter Melanie. Bella, this is my friend Morgana, and her children Ronnie and Lisa."
"Nice to meet you," Bella said, shaking Morgana's hand, "Launchpad has talked of you and Drake often."
She crouched down to eye level with Ronnie, and with a soft voice said, "Hello Ronnie, you remember me? We met once at the Toy store Where I work."
Ronnie, who was nearly Five years-old, studied Bella's face, trying to determine if he remembered the white-feathered, light-browned haired, female duck before him.
"Well, it was only once. I'm Launchpad's friend, I hope maybe we can become friends one day," Bella continued. "I like Launchpad very much. And hello Lisa, nice to meet you."
Lisa looked at Bella with a curious look on her face.
"I'm turning four tomorrow," she answered.
"Happy Birthday!" Bella said.
"I turn five next month," Ronnie added quickly.
"Wow " Bella said smiling at Morgana. "That's almost like having twins."
Morgana laughed. "Is Melanie your first?"
"Oh gosh no, I have triplet teenaged boys," Bella answered. "Launchpad, Melanie and I were heading to the movies. Why not join us? If Launchpad doesn't mind "
"Triplets?! Wow! About the movies, are you sure you don't mind? Launchpad?" Morgana looked at Launchpad for his reply.
"Are you Launchpad's girlfriend?" Lisa asked.
"Yes, I am," Bella answered smiling at the child. "My daughter Melanie is about your age."
"Hi," Melanie said.
"Of course I don't mind, but we better go if we want to catch the 8pm movie," Launchpad answered.
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