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 Nine: Reunion and Separation

Earth . . . 2007

“Yakko?” Wakko waved his hand in front of his brother. “Hello? Can we go get Iri now? What’s the plan?”

“…”

“Yakko?” Wakko asked carefully. “We need to hurry. What if someone figures it out?”

“…”

“Hey,” Wakko frowned. “Yakko? I’m serious, I need to get Iridescent.”

“We can’t,” Yakko finally confessed. “Wakko. There’s a lot of stuff you need to know. I don’t know how to explain any of it that well either. Tiger would know. Where is he?”

“You got Tiger back?” Wakko smiled. “That’s good. How is my little nephew?”

“Not so little,” Yakko confessed. “He was the Waryes who brought me in the cage.”

“What?” Wakko was shocked. “That guy was as old as you though. He couldn’t be Tiger.”

“Time is a tricky thing,” Yakko simply replied. ” . . . ”

“What?” Wakko whined. “What is it? I know you, Yakko, you aren’t acting like yourself at all. I can sense something’s wrong. What are you hiding?”

“I . . . ” Yakko couldn’t get the words out. Just how was he supposed to tell him? Did he have to?

“Yakko.” Wakko said in a level manner. “I want to go get Centric. Now. Let me see your ball thing, I’ll take the risk.”

“No.” Yakko shook his head.

“Yes,” Wakko said defiantly. “Give me your ball.”

“No.” Yakko said firmer.

“Give. Me. Your. Ball.” Wakko said through gritted teeth.

Yakko looked surprised. Wakko never got that bold with him. After getting over the surprise, he wore a frown on his face. “Forget it, Wakko!”

“Give me that ball!” Wakko started to reach for it.

“No, you can’t go back for her!” Yakko struggled to keep it out of his reach.

“You’re going back through time, I can tell,” Wakko yelled as he got a hold of the ball and tried to pull it away. “I’m going back for her!”

“You can’t, Wakko!” Yakko struggled to hold on. Wakko was getting really rough. “She’s gone, accept it!”

“She’s not gone, I’ll take any risk!” Wakko growled as he tried his hardest to take Yakko’s ball.

“You can’t! You’ll tear the universe apart!” Yakko finally yelled at him.

Wakko stopped pulling. “What do you mean?”

Yakko sighed. “Wakko. Sib. If you take her out, we’ll never have found Dot.”

“Huh?” Wakko looked very confused. “Explain.”

Yakko laughed nervously. Very nervously. “Well, you know how Dot was locked up for so long as an experiment and had kids? And well, I found out I was a dad? And how we all kinda thought you were out in the clear?” Wakko didn’t like where this was going. “You’re supposed to have kids,” Yakko finally admitted. “Three.”

“With my Iri? In the past?” Wakko started to count on his fingers. “But, then that would make them-and I! And?”

Yakko watched as his brother started to hyperventilate. “It’s okay, they’re fine, Wakko. Now, they’re all safe and little again.”

“How?” Wakko whined. “What? Did they do that thing Ms. Faye did?”

Oh, Yakko should have seen that coming. “Yeah. When they went from waryes to warner, they became little again. Like no time had passed.”

“And why do I have to leave them and Centric there?” Wakko yelled. “You’re not telling me everything. Why? Why is leaving them all there so important? How is it supposed to mess up finding Dot?”

“Because!” Yakko yelled back. “Because. Pinky and The Brain knew your kid.”

“Yeah?” Wakko frowned. “And?”

“Do you remember what they talked about before? On Dr. Faye’s ship?” Yakko asked gently.

“…”

“About being pets?” Yakko added slowly.

“…”

Yakko saw something flash in Wakko’s eyes. “Wakko?”

“I messed up the past,” Wakko insisted. “I-I messed it up! Th-that was not planned! Not planned! It couldn’t be! It could never be that way!” He grabbed onto his head. “It’s not what I’m thinking! It’s not, it’s not!”

Yakko didn’t say anything else. He had a feeling Wakko knew.

“Dr. Faye w-w-was mine?” Tears started to form in his eyes. “M-m-m-mmmine?”

Yakko tried to stay strong for his brother. “Yeah, Wakko. Journey was yours.”

It was several minutes before Wakko began to speak. “And my son?”

Yakko was a bit surprised again. Wakko was already calling the unborn kid his son? Maybe he was more prepared than he had thought. “You know, Journey is fine now.”

“My son,” Wakko growled. “Yakko. Did he survive?”

“Yeah,” Yakko admitted.

“Did he grow up like her? Like an experiment?” Wakko asked softly.

Yakko nodded his head slowly. “He’s okay though. Him and Journey, they are both okay now.”

“Have you met him?” Wakko had to ask.

“Well, yeah. S-sorta.” Yakko confessed. “Can we focus back on Journey? You know, it turns out she was giving Tiger good cookies to help. She wasn’t hurting him.”

“Yakko.” Wakko looked at his brother seriously. “When did you meet him?”

” . . . when you did.” Yakko finally confessed.

“When I did? I’ve met him?” Wakko tried to think back. He hadn’t had much exposure in his time to older experiments.

“Yeah, you met him.” Yakko watched as he saw Wakko trying to remember when he could have met him. “Caress met him too.”

“Your daughter?” Wakko asked.

“Yeah, but we though she was our niece at the time.” Yakko sealed it right there. It wouldn’t take long to figure out.

“…”

“…”

“…?!”

Yakko watched as Wakko started to run off. He shouldn’t have been surprised, he just figured it out. His son had been one of the Burbank Studio Slaughterers. He tried to stay strong for his little brother. He would have to be when Wakko finally came back.

“And you knew how long?!”

Yakko turned around and saw a very angry Wakko staring at him. “Wakko? Are you okay?”

“You had that ball, right?!” Wakko pointed to Yakko’s pocket where he had stashed the ball out of the way. “Why didn’t you go back before? Before I had kids! Why? Why don’t you correct everything and just go rescue Dot yourself?!”

“Because the universe is getting torn apart,” Yakko tried to explain to his hotheaded brother. “Every time I go back, I change something. Big or little, everything tears apart bit by bit.” He pointed to the sky. “Do you see that? That big purple-pink space? With the freaking planet image up in there?”

“Rips?” Wakko looked at the sky. “That’s what’s causing that?”

“Yeah! And if I don’t stop it, then the lightning will come!” Yakko pulled out his ball and showed it to Wakko. “Any time can travel into any time. Beings and planets will be erased one by one. Wakko, I wanted to get you,” Yakko whined. “I did! You’re my brother, I wanted to rescue you from this, but the universe is at stake. It still is!”

Wakko closed his eyes and took a few minutes to regain his composure. He’d been through a lot. Nearly a year worth of time. Of promises he couldn’t keep. Of being with Centric. He looked over at Yakko seriously. “Tell me what you can.”

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Tiger’s planet…

Tiger looked around the place one last time. He took a deep breath. He had to be strong.

“Tiger,” Runt whined. “There’s gotta be another way.”

“You are going to go to Yakko.” Tiger gave Rita a letter to keep in her mouth. “Give this to him. Okay?”

“Tiger,” Rita said sadly. “Don’t.”

Tiger laughed strangely. “Rita Bo Bita, two geniuses can’t even figure another way out. I either do this, or I just go down in flames taking the whole universe with me. I won’t go out that way.”

“Tiger! Oh Tiger!” Runt whined and howled.

“Easy, boy.” Tiger petted Runt’s head. “There’s always a chance. Don’t give up on me, okay?” Rita didn’t even look at him when he said that. He was just trying to make Runt feel better. “Come on R and R, you’ll be just fine,” Tiger insisted. “Let’s just enjoy the last of our time together, okay?” Tiger smiled as he threw a bone for Runt. “Go get it!”

Runt went and retrieved his bone. Still, it wasn’t a fun fetch game. He knew this would probably be their last game of fetch.

Tiger rolled a ball of yarn over to Rita and smiled at her. “Here ya go, Missy Kitty.”

Rita wasn’t in the mood for yarn but she knew it was what Tiger wanted. She started to paw at the yarn.

Tiger looked up at the timestream. His time was growing closer. As soon as Yakko had Dot, Zenny, and his mom, he’d do it. He’d free The Tiger.

“Rita? Sing a song?” Runt insisted. “Please?”

Rita looked over at her long time canine friend. Songs always put Runt at ease, but she didn’t want to sing. “I think Tiger should sing.”

Tiger looked over at Rita. “I don’t know.”

“Even if you look like a waryes, you still act like a warner,” Rita insisted. “I know your instincts are screaming at you, Tiger.”

Tiger looked at the ground. She was right. His instincts were screaming to sing something. Sing something to them all. To his whole family, but he had wanted to spend the last few minutes with Rita and Runt.

“Don’t go to the land beyond the ancients with regrets,” Rita told him, having traveled around enough to know the warners own ideas of death. “It’s one of the few rules the warners have.”

“I’m not a warner,” Tiger said sadly. “I don’t know where I’ll go. Nothing’s certain anyhow.”

“It’s about faith,” Rita said softly. “Believe in something before you go.”

Tiger sighed and pulled out one guitar. He stared up at the timestream.

His Aunt Dot was blowing kisses in the mirror at herself.

His Uncle Zenny was busy eating.

His sister Caress was refusing to play still.

Yakko and Wakko were having a heated conversation about what was going on.

And his mom? Safe and sound in some recent but dull time along with his newly discovered sister Enchantment.

He picked up the guitar and gently started to play. Yeah, it felt right. He hadn’t even said a proper goodbye to Yakko. He couldn’t say goodbye to any of them personally, they were all out of his reach.

“~I can take the rain on the roof of this empty house
That don’t bother me
I can take a few tears now and then and just let them out
I’m not afraid to cry every once in a while
Even though going on with you gone still upsets me
There are days every now and again I pretend I’m ok
But that’s not what gets me!

What hurts the most!
Was being soooo close!
And having so much to say
And watching you walk away
And never knowing
What could have been
And not seeing that loving you
Is what I was tryin’ to do

It’s hard to deal with the pain of losing you everywhere I go
But I’m doin’ it
It’s hard to force that smile when I see our old friends and I’m alone
Still Harder
Getting up, getting dressed, livin’ with this regret
But I know if I could do it over!
I would trade give away all the words that I saved in my heart
That I left unspoken!

What hurts the most!
Is being so close!
And having so much to say
And watching you walk away
And never knowing
What could have been
And not seeing that loving you
Is what I was trying to do

What hurts the most!
Is being SOOOOO close!
And having so much to say
And watching you walk away!
And never knowing
What could have been!
And not seeing that loving you
Is what I was trying to do

Not seeing that loving you
That’s what I was trying to do…”

Rita and Runt didn’t say a word as they just watched Tiger do nothing after he ended his song. No movement whatsoever.

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Earth…1943

Yakko and Wakko both tried to smile as they knocked on an apartment door. They needed to stay happy and getting Dot back was the closest thing they’d probably get to a happily ever after.

“…?!” Dot grinned from ear to ear as she saw her brothers on her front step. “Yakko?! Wakko?!”

Yakko was prepared as he felt his baby sister launch herself right at him. “Easy there. It’s okay.”

“Yakko? Where’s Aroma?” Zenny grinned as he came out and saw the duo.

“She’s safe,” Yakko said. “We’re heading after her next.”

“And the kids?” Dot asked excitedly. “Did you find them?”

“Well, they’re fine. Kind of. I think,” Yakko replied confusingly. “One thing at a time, they are fine and we are fine.”

“Yeah we are!” Dot hugged her big brother tightly again. “What about that dreadful The Tiger guy?”

“We’ll talk about that later.” She was so happy and well adjusted as a warner should be. “Let’s go pick up Aroma.”

Dot noticed Wakko’s nerves. “What’s wrong, Wakko?” She had to ask. “Are you okay? Where did you go to?”

“Later,” Yakko said firmly to her. “We’re picking up Aroma and then we’ll head someplace safe.”

“Okay,” Zenny agreed as he came out and stood beside Dot. “But how?”

Yakko held up his lightning ball. Hopefully, everything would be okay. If not, then he’d probably feel it when he went back to the timestream, just like Pinky had said. Then, he could figure out what to do. Most likely, it would be okay though. And maybe with all the warners together they themselves could figure out something to do about The Tiger.

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Who cares where….who cares when…

Aroma grinned as she saw Yakko and the others. “Yakko!”

Yakko ran up to her and swung her around. “Hey, Aroma! How’d you get away?”

“Oh. I remembered something you said at some point. It just made perfect sense finally,” Aroma smiled. “Warner and Hope didn’t like the sound of it and they went to find safety somewhere else as well.” She looked over at Wakko who was looking fidgety. “Does he know?”

Yakko knew considering Aroma was being watched on Warner’s planet he probably discussed everything with her. “Yeah, he does. I explained everything I could.”

“Know what?” Dot asked innocently. She smiled at Wakko.

Wakko didn’t bother even looking at her. He just looked at Aroma. “Where? Where is she?”

Aroma strolled over just a little ways and picked up Enchantment. She carried him over to Wakko. “Do you want to hold her?”

Wakko nodded his head. “My Iridescent tried to teach me.” He gently touched Enchantment’s hand and delicately stroked her fingers.

Aroma helped Wakko learn how to hold her while Dot and Zenny looked curiously at Yakko.

“He’s her dad,” Yakko informed them. “We’ll talk about it later, I promise.”

“Dad?! You better!” Dot yelled at him. “Big brother, why didn’t you say anything?”

“Later,” Yakko said firmly. He strolled over to Wakko.

Wakko was grinning from ear to ear and gently bouncing her. “Look, she’s smiling.”

Everyone came closer to look at the baby.

“She’s got my nose,” Wakko said sadly, “but she’s got Iri’s eyes.”

Yakko patted him gently on the back. “When it’s all said and done, it’ll be safe enough to get her and your other kids. For now, at least you’ve got one? Right?”

Wakko nodded his head and continued to bounce her. “What should I name her? Hmmm . . .”

Yakko just sighed. Even Wakko wanted to change the code names. ‘Why didn’t I ever do that.’

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Tiger’s planet…

‘Free and clear.’ Tiger saw the happy reunion . He saw his Uncle Wakko’s smile, his Aunt Dottie being so happy, and his mother. His mother absolutely relieved everyone was fine. ‘They deserve that. They deserve each other.’ Tiger didn’t speak a word as he laid his guitar down on the ground. There it would lay unplayed by him ever again. He didn’t move, only watched the happy timestream. Only watched the timestream his family was in, all reunited and happy.

Tiger pulled out an old paddleball and stared at it for a time. Then, he placed it on top of the guitar, never to be played with by him again.

Rita and Runt had no words they could speak. Their goodbyes were bittersweet but had been said. Through his song, through the fetch, through the yarn, and through the letter. The letter Rita held bitterly between her teeth for Yakko.

Tiger petted Rita one more time and petted Runt one more time. He smiled at his pets and laughed as he sang. “~Like Abbott and Costello, Like Sonny and Cher, like Martin and Lewis,they’re a perfect pair! Like Laurel and Hardy, like Fontanne and Lunt. They’re perfectly mismatched, they are my Rita and Runt!~” He laughed once before he took off. He wouldn’t have a sad goodbye. He wasn’t good with goodbyes.

And Rita and Runt knew that.

Rita looked down at the letter she was holding. She was supposed to make sure Yakko saw his letter. After that, their obligation to their owner would be over.

They would be strays again.

That was the least of their problems.

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Earth…2007

Dot took a deep breath as she looked around. She had missed Earth so much.

Yakko smiled and took a look around. Their real time. All together, the tower in front of them. Everything seemed almost perfect. If only half the sky wasn’t gone from that rip.

“Hmm. I think there’s plenty of room,” Dot said as she looked at the tower. “We might have to take out the rollercoaster. Or maybe not, maybe there will be plenty of room without it.” She grinned at Yakko. “So let’s go get them. You’ve got a way too, right?”

“Don’t get too excited,” Wakko said gloomily as he looked down at his baby. “Things aren’t as great as they look right now.” He looked over at Yakko briefly.

Dot frowned. “What do you mean?” She looked over at Yakko. “What does he mean?”

Yakko sighed. He looked around himself. Tiger had agreed to meet them at Burbank at his proper time, right by the tower. He should have been there by now. “It’s a long story.”

“Well, good! I like long stories.” Zenny pulled a chair out of nowhere and sat down.

“…” Yakko looked around again. Where was he? “Well, until our ride comes I guess I can tell you what I know.”

Just like Wakko and Pinky and The Brain, it had taken some time to absorb the story.

“…” Dot made a small squeal of helplessness. “You mean, it really is ending?”

“And there’s no way to stop it?” Zenny frowned. “That’s horrible. There’s gotta be something. Even Pinky and The Brain didn’t know?”

Yakko nodded his head. “If there was a way out, Waryes would have seen it and gotten rid of it.”

Everyone fell silent as Yakko kept looking anxiously around. He smiled as he finally spotted a good sign. “You two, over here!”

Rita and Runt started to head toward Yakko.

“We’ve got some news,” Rita said as she handed over the letter to Yakko. “It isn’t good.”

Yakko didn’t like the sound of that at all. “What do you mean?”

“Tiger’s gone!” Runt started to whine.

“Gone? You don’t mean he went to The Tiger?!” Yakko whined. “He can’t beat him!”

“He knows.” Rita glanced at the letter she just handed Yakko. “You should probably read that.”

“Tiger? My Tiger is off to fight still?” Aroma started to get emotional.

Yakko opened the letter and started to read the note inside.

Dear Yakko,

Hey there. I guess if you’re reading this, I’m probably about to bite the dust. Sorry. I’ve got some last requests though.

Take care of my sisters. Make sure Caress talks. Downright yaks, she became too shy in my time. Watch how you hold the littlest warner and Enchantment. By the way, give my little brother a name. You can’t keep calling him baby or kid forever.

Take care of my mom. She cares for you a lot more than she lets on at times. But man, you’ve gotta be smoother! I’ve seen you more times than I can count in Burbank chasing women! She doesn’t want chased, she just wants held. She only wants to play with you and be held.

Lastly, take care of my pets. You’ll probably never understand how much they mean to me, but they kept me going. If I had been stuck with The Tiger without them, I’d be a lot less cheery than I am now. They are part of my family, and when I’m gone, I don’t want my R and R to be strays again.

That’s about it I guess. Oh yeah, one more thing . . .

Quit trying to be a dad. Don’t read out of textbooks and just recite stuff. It’s annoying, anyone can do it and that’s not what a dad is. Just talk to and love Caress and the others. That’s all. Everything will fall into place so just don’t push. Although, if you just start letting them call you daddy it might not be such a bad thing.

Well, I guess this is goodbye. You were a good friend ’til the end, Yakko. I wish you hadn’t pushed the dad thing so much though. Really. I was never going to believe you because I heard you confess it with my own ears when I was younger.

Still, it’s okay. I forgive you for ignoring me when I was younger. I forgive you for trying your hardest to convince me of some lie to make me feel better. You were never a bad guy, just clueless.

Tell mom I love her. Tell Uncle Wakko and Auntie Dottie I love them. And of course Uncle Zenny too. And all my brothers and sisters. Make sure their life is filled with zaniness.

And just to let you know. Even though you weren’t my real father, I still cared for you like a dad. I just didn’t want to give into your lie so I rejected the name, Yakko Jr. Truly though, I appreciate the name, and I’m gonna use it ’til the end!

Go have fun. Be Zany. Go live that great old life you used to have!

Keep your Zaniness,

Yakko, Jr.

Yakko let the note flutter to the ground. The breeze made it twirl a couple times before it finally found a home on the cement that was at his feet.

Yakko Junior was gone.

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