Volume 1: a Foolish Faerietale
[Preceding this episode was a two page letter Ally wrote about some waiter at a hotel she met called Frederic, who couldn't speak English and had to look up 'Tuna' in a dictionary.][-I didn't write it all about him.-][ Okay. She also invented a superhero called 'Cider Man' and drew me a Jammy Dodger (that's a biscuit). If this doesn't prove to the world that she is dappy, nothing ever will.]

Episode #23 "Planet of the Crepes" By Ally

The year: 20 NE (New Era)
The place: Planet Buffy (Formerly Earth)

Once, in a time known as the twenty-first century, Planet Earth was a semi-prosperous choking planet in the backwaters of the Milky Way. Unaware of its neighbour life forms, or indeed many of its own, it toiled out its miserable existence churning forth people, money and weapons of mass destruction.
Why? The average citizen didn't know. Hell, the governments thought they knew, but they didn't have a clue. Only a highly secretive organization knew the real reason for devoting so many billions of lives to drudgery and squalor. This organization had known the properties the universe could offer for years. They'd established mines and factories on many of their surrounding planets, and abducted people to work in them. They'd trained a whole generation of heartless, desensitized, cold blooded cynics, driven as easily as a pack of murderous sheep, and interested in nothing more than themselves. And at their front was a beautiful figurehead. The most stylish, charismatic, ruthless killer history had ever seen. They were nearly ready, but not quite.
Standing in their way were a group of individuals who, despite knowing nothing, had thwarted their efforts time and time again. From both sides of the grave they had struck. The ideal combination of brains, brawn, mortal and supernatural had made them impossible to get rid of. Until they'd been caught off guard. A moment of weakness had destroyed them all, and no one had seen hide nor hair of them for twenty years. Perhaps 'Those Meddling Kids' were gone for good. The Universe was free to become one giant oppressed empire, every creature its slave. [If I brought up how totally, TOTALLY exactly-the-same this whole scenario is to issue #8 of 'Sonic The Comic' (vintage: August 1993) I would only get glared at wouldn't I? I thought so...] Earth in particular was transformed from a green-blue living planet into a giant shopping mall, on Buffy's instructions. Thousands upon thousands of chain stores, franchises, hairdressers and expensive yet un-nourishing snacks rose up. Especially French pancakes. It was horrible, just horrible.
Yet still there is a glimmer of hope. Far away on the far side of the solar system five people are about to prove they aren't just a bunch of southern shandy-drinking faery pushovers. It took them twenty years, and two of them have no physical form, but life's a bitch.
They're on their way back to Earth, and they are mad. This is no time for a plan, this is a time for action.
* * * *
"What, no plans at all?" Flibbage complained.
"No," said Sprout for the fifth time as they rounded the moon.
"But I have loads! I'm good at plans!"
"Yeah, well, I don't care."
"Sprout's right." Said J wheeling in a trolley laden with weaponry. "We gotta go in there, sort Buffy out, liberate the planet save the universe and we're sorted."
"Sounds like we need a PROPER plan." muttered Flib.
"What do I do?" said both Yakky's in unison, despite the fact one of them could only be heard by Sprout.
"Nothing. Actually how finished is Yakky's new body? Very, or not much?"
"Nearly finished." Said YAK(ky) [On the presumption that the whole point of waiting 20 years in the first place was to allow their clone bodies to age appropriately, how can Yakky be nearly finished now?][well no it wasn't cause they were already the right age. The ship has moved twenty years in time, only five minutes passed within the ship, which you would have noticed if you'd been paying attention. Do try to keep up.]"Yakky, if your body is ready when we reach Earth, you can help Flibbage J and me."
"Stupid J, stealing my place as official bloke. If I wasn't dead I'd..." muttered Yakky.
"Oh shut up!" Sprout told him "Okay, Flib, J, get yourselves some weaponry, YAK(ky) set this thing to top speed."
"What are you doing!" Exclaimed Flibbage.
Sprout remained silent as Deepwater YAK hit Earth's atmosphere traveling at three times the speed of sound. [I believe the technical term for which is "Instant Flattenage" speed]
* * * *
Buffy HQ dominated the city of NeoBuffania. [Feh, she's no better at names than the Faeries] The building was big, shiny, silver and heavily guarded. Graffiti was punishable by death. When the spaceship screamed down through the skies and plummeted through the roof, it was surprising to say the least.
"Dear God my spaceship!" said YAK(ky) trying to punch Sprout "What have you done!?"
"Something they weren't expecting," answered our possibly insane heroine, extracting herself from the airbag. "J. Fetch Yakky's clone pod. Flib. Hand me a gun. A bigger gun. YAK(ky). Put out that fire. Now, MOVE MOVE MOVE!!!"
Flibbage passed her an M16 and the three of them vaulted into the building, J slightly encumbered with the clone pod, which was heavy. Flib and Sprout cut down swathe upon swathe of armed guards as they went. [M-16? Poor choice. She'd break it in a second and it'd take five minutes to fix the damn thing. Now an AK-47, you could probably run it over with a truck and still operate perfectly...][a kalashnikov maybe?]
"Look at the floor plan, J. Where's Buffy's office?" Sprout yelled as Flibbage did battle with some Ninjas who appeared as if from nowhere, as ninjas do.
"J do this. J do that. Carry the clone, J. Look at the map, J. I'm the one with all the gun skills-" J grumbled, putting down the pod and pulling out a printout Sprout had got by hacking into the mainframe. "It's down this corridor."
"Okay. Let's go!"
The three intrepid heroes machine gunned their way through another group of guards, kicked open the door and leapt into the dark office. Flib magically sealed it against more guards, and the room became deathly quiet as the sounds from outside melted away.
They stared at the back of a leather swivel chair. A cat purred.
"Well, well, well children, back again?" Buffy's voice mused from the shadows.
"You can't beat us, Buffy. We always come back." said Sprout darkly.
"Oh, but I have." Buffy swung round and smiled winningly at them.
"How, exactly? We've thwarted every crappy scheme you ever came up with, and trashed your crappy HQ"
"Well yes." Buffy answered, voice dripping with evil suavity, "But you've also missed the point entirely. You think I'm the one running the show? Think again children."
"What?"
Buffy stroked the cat and chuckled. "Oh I was at first. But my little plans weren't getting me anywhere. So I made some alliances in the right places. Made some new friends. In return for my own planet, I helped them dispose of three troublesome kids, and an idealistic low level employee, who had the wrong idea."
"What?" said J, nervously.
"Yes, that's right, J. The NGSPIB weren't about creating galactic harmony, no, they wanted to control it! HAHAHA!" [BUFFY SWERVE~! #4. Well technically it was an NGSPIB swerve, but she was the one who helped pull it off]
Everyone looked suitably shocked.
"NO!" said J pushing in front of the girls, "That's a lie!"
"I'm not. They wanted you dead, so they sent you off to collect Flibbage and Beansprout so they could dispose of you all at once."
"LIAR!!!" Yelled J and pulled the trigger of his machine gun. The leather of the chair was shredded in a rain of bullets and ribbons of blood flew through the air.
"J! NOOOOO!" screamed Flibbage trying to hold his arms. J dropped the gun as the glass of the clone pod burst open, and Yakky clawed his way out, launching himself at J.
"MY MOTHER! YOU KILLED MY MOTHER YOU BASTARD!!!" he shouted wildly. The look in his eyes was almost feral as he swung a punch at J. It hit J square in the face and he sailed backwards across the room.
"I didn't mean to, man! It was a reaction! She was an evil Bitch, she killed all of us!"
"She isn't coming back! That was my MOTHER!" He advanced on J, arms raised to hit him again. [Oh for fucks sake...they could just clone her if they really wanted to]
"Leave him Yakky!" Sprout yelled frantically, trying to pull him away. "She might not be dead!"
"Uh, she's dead." Said Flibbage from over by the chair.
Yakky pushed Sprout away and knelt down by the corpse on the chair, rubbing his eyes. "She could've changed. J. She wasn't always like this" he whispered.
Flibbage tactfully led J into a side room before he could answer. Sprout knelt down beside Yakky and put a comforting arm around his shoulders.
"It's not his fault Yakky, he doesn't understand..."
"You would say that, wouldn't you Sprout?" snapped Yakky suddenly.
"No, its true, the NGSPIB have messed up everything-"
"Stop making excuses for him Sprout!" Yakky yelled throwing off her arm as he stood up. "Just face the facts! You may have feelings for him, but he's a murderer!"
"What the HELL are you talking about!?"
"And let me guess, now you want me to help you defeat the NGSPIB? Well, hasn't it occurred to you if they're evil, he probably is too? [I see that logic is already starting to go out the window in Yakky's rantings] And besides, If I never see him again it will be too soon, and if you're going to stick up for him, SAME TO YOU BEANSPROUT!"
"Yakky-" Sprout pleaded, but he cut her short with a bitter laugh.
"I don't suppose it'll make much difference, I've just been a spare part to you ever since I died, haven't I? Just a useless presence only you could see." He turned and walked to the door. "It was nice while it lasted Beansprout, but I don't want to be your other sidekick anymore. I'll see myself out."
Sprout stood transfixed, speechless as he left. As the door closed she whispered, "Yakky, it was never J I had feelings for..."
But it was too late. He was gone.
[Translation: "ANGST ANGST ANGST JEALOUSY ANGST BITTERNESS ANGST." They could put that sort of thing in anime subtitles, if it wouldn't end up replacing the majority of the story...]
* * * *
"God, what have I done?" moaned J.
"Something unexpected?" suggested Flibbage.
"Oh God...poor Yakky..." J turned to Flibbage as he paced the room. "Everything I believe in is dead, Flib! Helping people, working for the good of mankind...they wanted to kill me for it!"
"Its enough to make a person plead insanity." answered the ever cheerful fairy. "Hey where are you going?"
J opened the door. "I can't do this anymore, Flib. If I didn't see the NGSPIB for what they were when I was working for them, what good can I possibly be to you? Besides, Yakky hates me!"
"Where will you go?"
"I don't know." J murmured, and walked away.
DUM DUM DUUUM!!!
And there it is. The very darkest moment of INUBUYAKASHA to which nothing else compares. We leave our intrepid heroines amongst the crumbling remains of Buffy HQ faced with the corpse of their Arch nemesis, but with bigger fish to fry. And how will they cope without the support of their gorgeous male sidekicks? Well they'll have to learn how to be PROPER feminists, that's how. Find out what becomes of those meddling kids next time on INUBUYAKASHA!

Episode#1 "The Tale Begins."
Episode#2 "Enter the Token Bloke."
Episode#3 "Stop Silicon Valley, I want to Get Off!."
Episode#4 "Faery Frolics and Fun with a Prophecy."
Episode#5 "The Loco Journeys."
Episode#6 "Cablim gets a Nasty Surprise."
Episode#7 "Beandiana Jones and the Temple of Choom."
Episode#8 "Oddball's Odd Behaviour."
Volume 2: Til Death do us Part
Episode#9 "Happy Birthday, Sweet Fifteen."
Episode#10 "The Sprout Sense."
Episode#11 "Four Funerals and another Funeral.
Episode#12 "Misty Water Colour Spirit Realm...."
Episode#13 "Interview with a Vampire Slayer."
Episode#14 "Ra-Ra-Rasputin!"
Volume 3: Space Opera
Episode#15 "Now the Thugs don't Work..."
Episode#16 "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes."
Episode#17 "Lardraptors!"
Episode#18 "Go Folk Yo' Mama!"
Episode#19 "The Platetrix."
Episode#20 "In Space no one can Hear you Order Pizza."
Episode#21 "Deepwater Yak."
Episode#22 "Yak trek."
Episode#23 "Planet of the crepes."
Episode#24 "Dude Where's my Comedy Plot Conventions?."
Volume 4: Unconventional
Episode#25 "A Clockwork Beansprout."
Episode#26 "The Long Awaited Explaination."
Episode#27 "Ten things I hate about 'funny' cartoon crossovers."
Episode#28 "The Plan."
Volume 5: Happy Endings
Episode#29 "We're off to See a Werewolf..."
Episode#30 "The Yak and the Beansprout."
Episode#31 "The fellowship of the Thing."
Episode#32 "The one Where the Cast of Friends do Nothing and the Cast of IBYKS do little more."
Episode#33 "Meet your Yak."
Episode#34 "The Laughing Yak."
Episode#35 "Lord of the Thing(s)."
Episode#36 "Extra Extra Special with Magic, Cheese and Tesco."
Episode#37 "Faeries and Werewolves and Yaks, oh My!."
Episode#38 "IBYKS The animated feature film."
Episode#39 "The return of the Parents of the Children."
Episode#40 "Events Concluding Those which Preceeded."
Episode#41 "The Chips of WRATH!."
Episode#42 "In which Cabbage has Angst."
Episode#43 "Heaven is a Shoeshop."
Episode#44 "The Importance of being Soulless."
Episode#45 "Vinyl fantasy."
Volume 6: Killing Time
Episode#46 "Where is My Happy Ending...?"
Episode#47 "The Books of Faerie."
Episode#48 "Back to the Future from the Past..."
Episode#49 "The Time and Space of the Old Dude with the 'tache."
Episode#50 "Sprout, Flib, Yakky & J's Excellent Adventure."
Episode#51 "The Nerds The Nerds!"
Episode#52 "The Land of Reality."
Episode#53 "Ordinary (boring) World."
Episode#54 "Smoke and Mirrors."
Episode#55 "Some things we hate about Clones."
Episode#56 "I've got no Idea what you did Last Summer..."
Episode#57 "The Shoe Towers."
Episode#58 "Pizza is a dish best Served Cold."
Episode#59 "Sprout's Masked Replica."
Episode#60 "Curiouser and Curiouser..."
Episode#61 "Not another Season Finale?."
Volume 7: Intertextuality
pisode#62 "Faerietale."
Episode#63 "When Narrative Functions Turn Bad..."
Episode#64 "Jack, the Beanstalk, The Beauty, The Beast, The Witch, The Wardrobe and Will."
Episode#65 "Its a Good Li(f)e."
Episode#66 "The one with Four Titles..."
Episode#67 "The B Team."
Episode#68 "Narnia Has Nothing on this..."
Episode#69 "Clash of the Heroines."
Episode#70 "To Infinity and Beyond."
Episode#71 "The Thingwraith."
Episode#72 "Ghostmom."
Episode#73 "And all that Black Widow Crap Jazz."
Episode#74 "I've got a theory..."
Episode#75 "Magical Girl- Pretty Scary."
Episode#76 "Wheels within Wheels within Wheels- ARGH!"
Episode#77 "J's Story."
Episode#78 "Irrevocably Broken."
Volume 8: Loose Ends
Episode#79 "Lots of things Begin With Dee."
Episode#80 "Adventures in Slumberland."
Episode#81 "The One with the Revelation."
Episode#82 "Artificial Life Sucks.com."
Episode#83 "Saving Beansprout's Brain."
Episode#84 "The Road is Folking Hard..."
Episode#85 "The One with Gender Issues."
Episode#86 "Disneyland."
Episode#87 "(DEMON)Llama Llama Llama..."
Episode#88 "Perspective."
Episode#89 "Me, Myself and Ai."
Episode#90 "Wedding Cake or Death."
Episode#91 "Real Life.or Pizza, With Extra Cheese."
Extras
Episode#92 "Prologue in Manga Form."
Episode#93 "Curtain Opens."
Episode#94 "Trailer for series six."
Episode#95 "A nepalese Werewolf in London."(Flashback story, prelude to series eight)
Episode#96 "Fantasy Life Sucks."
Episode#97 "Credits Roll."
Episode#98 "IBYKS Companion (Part 1)."
Episode#99 "IBYKS Companion (Part 2)."
Episode#100 "IBYKS Companion (Part 3)."