Ralph didn't feel up to meeting with Vanellope after the 'talk' with Felix, which was why he had gone to his home at the dump site, that and to take his anger out on the bricks (poor bricks what did they do to deserve such punishment? Ah I'm breaking the 4th wall) once he was sure that he had gotten all the anger out he then slouched on the pile of bricks as he looked at the flat in the distance, giving him a sense of déjà vu all over again. He then threw his hands over his face and groaned as everything that had happened today and yesterday began replaying in his mind.
This was just great! When they had finally gotten the hang of not worrying if Virus Turbo
would come back, another decides to pop up out of nowhere and claim
that he is not the bad one; gosh this was so confusing that Ralph felt like he was being split apart.
"Hey Ralphy where are ya?" called a voice that Ralph knew all too well.Oh please great codes please don’t let her see me
Ralph thought as he tried to make himself as little as possible (how the heck can that happen?).
"There you are stink brain I've been looking for you, wait scratch that I got here as fast as I could after quitting time and I must say I have never seen you with that much anger before" came the squeaky voice they all knew as Vanellope Von Sweetz.
Ralph didn't bother responding, he was still trying to get his memory sorted out, which was how Vanellope noticed the distance look he was making, he never even noticed her glitching onto his chest then sat down.
"Hey Mr I'm talking to you" no reply "you okay Ralphy boy? You seem out of it" she started to sound more concerned as she got closer to Ralph's face, she had never seen him like this before, she hadn't noticed until now that he had in fact zoned out, but from what?
Ralph finally came round when he felt something poke his cheek, he almost growled when he realized that it was Vanellope, he had clearly forgotten about her "what do you want kid?" he sighed sadly.
"I was just asking if you were okay, you seem really out of it, and that is saying something" she raised an eyebrow, she had never seen Ralph this out of phase before, and for once she was worried. Did this have to do with that new game? She had been in her game practicing her driving with the others while it had been plugged in, however the day before the game came she had found an unlock able character called 'Chocolate Strawberry' and had allowed her to take her place in the Random Roster Race by giving her one of her own coins, and watched the race. She never saw the characters and she never knew that a game had come in.
"Kid" Ralph breathed before stopping then sighing "did you know that we had a new racing game
plugged in yesterday?"
Vanellope's eyes brightened at the word 'racing' "did you say racing? Why are you moping around here for let's check it out"
"I don't think that's a good idea when you hear this next part" he announced as he sat up, Vanellope sat on his knee to let Ralph know he had her complete attention "first off it's a Halloween racing game
, they are not like your sweet cavities game, and there's the fact that..." he paused since he didn't know how to say this next bit, but he knew that it was best to say it outright instead of delaying the inevitable "there is another Turbo
in that game but slightly different" he almost rushed in one breath.
It took a moment for Vanellope to understand what Ralph had just said, then she flipped her lid “WHAT?”
“SHH!” exclaimed Ralph as he jumped up, he didn't want Vanellope to wake up the Nicelanders “I know that it is a bit of a shock but...”
“HOW CAN I CALM DOWN AFTER SOMETHING LIKE THAT RALPH?!” she paused for a moment to try and calm down since she knew Ralph was right “how is that possible anyway?”
“I don’t know Vanellope, but we can’t accuse him without proof
” Ralph replied sadly “but I’m not joking, Hallow’s Eve is a racing game with a creepier looking Turbo, surprisingly he is acting nice, but I am not falling for that again” he was referring to the time where Turbo disguised as King Candy had manipulated Ralph and tricked him into destroying Vanellope’s car, saying that he was ‘protecting’ and ‘helping’ her, or more specifically guilt tripping him. Both still had nightmares of nearly loosing each other when she couldn't leave the game during the infestation of Cy-bugs "besides I don't think I could look at him without nasty flashbacks"
Vanellope had to suppress the shiver running through her spine "I don't think I'd be able to look at him either" she replied softly, she laid herself so that she was leaning against his head and nuzzled against him like a cat.
Ralph couldn't help but chuckle and smile as he felt her nuzzle against his neck, it was times like this that he was grateful to have a friend like her.
"So what you are basically saying is that this other Turbo got jealous, went loopy in the head and then tried taking over this 'Road Blasters' game?" the new Turbo asked when he had heard the whole story from Felix "what an ass"
"If you want to put it like that then yes" Felix was still not used to this kind of talking and he didn't think he ever would.
"Well that's just stupid, I may have just been plugged in and want some attention, but there is no way I would ever do something like that" Turbo cried out angrily "I didn't get into the Random Roster Race today but do I want to go Ballistic? No"
Felix just looked at his half empty glass, not even realizing that he had let out a breath of relief when Turbo said he would never go 'Turbo' (boy is this starting to get confusing), but there was some part of him that believed that the old Turbo was still alive.
"How come I haven't seen him then? Or is he destroyed?"
"He did come back from the 'dead'" Felix flinched at the thought "he was the King of Sugar Rush, called himself King Candy" he ignored the new Turbo snorting at the name "as he had messed up the code, after Vanelope glitched with him we saw who he really was, she escaped his clutches then he was eaten by a cy-bug"
"What's a Cy-bug?" Turbo interrupted.
"I think it would be best if you ask Tammy that, they came from her game so she would know more about it than I do, anyway the one weakness the bugs have is light, the old Turbo never knew this otherwise he would have overridden that code when he became part bug, Ralph activated a beacon, or created one in Sugar Rush from Mentos and a Diet Cola Mountain, the Mentos went in, beacon done, all the Cy-bugs went into it as well as bug Turbo, we checked everywhere after the game had reset and we all came up empty, the old Turbo was gone and we could finally rest"
"Wow, I wish I could have been there it sounds Turbo... I mean fantastic" he was going to say 'Turbotastic' but he was certain that the little fixer was still upset.
Felix, for some reason never heard the slip up, he was too busy going down memory lane.
"Did you know him well? Like hanging out with him?"
Felix still had the distance look as he spoke "Not really, we hung out every once in a while but we never got to know each other well, there were times though that I actually thought we were brothers, you know, because of our heights" he added sheepishly "and, you know I am not very good at standing up for myself, I don't know how he knew where I was but he would always be close by when I left my game to check if we had a new game or not, like he was a body guard"
Turbo who had been listening as he took a sip from his cup took that moment to look at Felix and noticed something he had never seen before "sounds to me like you still care about him"
The happy mood Felix had just deflated like a balloon, he began to stutter as he tried to speak, not even seeing Turbo looking at him with slight amusement "o-of course I cared about him, I care about all the games and characters that get plugged in, like this one, he was the only one who hung around more than anyone else" when they weren't partying anyway.
Turbo though thought differently "I may have just been plugged in, but I am not stupid, I see the way you look when you talk and think about him, admit it Felix you have had a crush on the that Turbo the moment you saw him" key word 'had'
"Can we not talk about this?" Felix was beginning to feel uneasy and scared.
ATTENTION! ARCADE ABOUT TO OPEN IN 1 HOUR!
Felix looked at his watch again "wow time flies"
He got out of his seat and tipped his hat to Turbo as if to say thank you "I'll see you later Turbo, good luck in the next race, I know you'll do well"
Turbo jumped out of his seat as well "hold on there pal, it takes an hour to get to the entrance so by the time you walk there the Arcade will have already open, you are going to have to get in my car again as it will get you there in half the time, which will give you 30 minutes to get everything checked and in order" he the began the walk to his car, he almost turned round to see if Felix was following him.
Felix jogged to catch up with Turbo, all thoughts about their last conversation gone "a-are you sure? I don't want to intrude"
"Would I have offered if I didn't want to?" Turbo snapped, Felix didn't reply "exactly, so just shut up and pick up the pace" he began to walk faster.
The drive back to the entrance was very tense with a deadly silence.
During his work while he put on his fake smile, Felix began to think about what Turbo had said, did he really used to have a crush on the old Turbo when he was around? It didn't seem right, he only looked up to older one as a brother, he admired him because he wasn't the kind of guy to back down from a challenge, sure he loved having the attention but he never would have flaunted it around like Road Blasters did. Okay maybe a little bit but no where near as bad as them.
And even if there was some part of him that liked Turbo that way, it would never work because one, the old Turbo was crazy and psycho, as well as dead and gone, never to be seen again and two, the new Turbo didn't like him at all and three, he liked girls not boys, but he had to agree that there not that many girl characters, sexist pigs (no offense intended to anyone).
As soon as quitting was called out Felix made a mad dash to his room in the Penthouse and slumped onto his bed as he tried to get his pixel brain sorted and working properly.
First he sorted out the memories of when he first met the old Turbo, he was shy but polite while Turbo had his cocky but polite personality.
Then Felix thought about all the time they had hung out together, especially when Tapper's was first plugged in, Turbo and himself went there and Turbo spent most of that time teasing Felix to the point where his Honey Glows may as well have just stayed on his cheeks, come to think of it they were worse than when he had first met Tammy, and the funny feeling he always got in his chest and stomach was the same as the Honey Glows, he had them more with Turbo than Tammy.Perhaps, I really do like Turbo
he thought, but here was the big question, did he have a crush on the new Turbo? And if he did, was it only to replace the old Turbo?