Sally was sat at her desk reading the paper like she did most mornings to check for any unnoticed crimes for them to tackle when Vixen entered the command room she had a serious look on her face much more than normal Sally noticed this when she looked up, she knew something must be bothering her to be this serious.
“Sally I’ve just gotten off the phone with the college they suspect something is up with the new cheerleader coach Daphne Colby, they don’t want her to know of our involvement or she’ll refrain from doing anything that would confirm their suspicion” Vixen said as she stopped in front of Sally’s desk.
“So what exactly are you getting at here Vixen?” Sally asked as she folded her paper and set it down.
“Undercover work, I’m new to Freedom so I haven’t become as well known as anyone who has been here longer then me or Valborg has but Daphne is an out of towner she has zero knowledge on us but if she suspects police involvement then goodbye nailing her” Vixen continued on.
“So you want to go undercover with cheerleaders?” Sally asked as she rubbed her chin a little.
“Yes, I’m not from Bayview so I can easily just claim to be a transfer student from another town, I can text you information and pass it off as a boyfriend or my mother” Vixen said almost certain she had a plan in motion.
“Well if we got the call from the community college then I can only assume they fear Daphne and her methods, this reminds me of the swimming coach I encountered on my third case in Bayview Annabelle Harvey. She made frogs out of the swimming team she was coaching, took the zone three months to fix them up and even then it was poorly done” Sally said.
“So I’ll get myself a uniform and head out today, they have a meeting practice this afternoon that I can go to and begin recon there” Vixen turned around and hurried out the door to make her way to college and become a cheerleader.
Vixen arrived at the college and met up with the principle, after a brief discussion she was handed her uniform and lead out to the group with the backstory all discussed beforehand, Vixen walked up to the group with Daphne who looked over and raised an eyebrow.
“Mrs Colby this is Veronica Keane she transferred here from Salt Creek a few days ago she has had past experience in cheerleading so she’ll be a valuable asset to our group” the principle said with a smile.
“If you are sure about her sir then fine by me OK Ms Keane go join the others” Daphne said as she turned back to the other girls nearby.
“Veronica huh? Well you look like you’ll fit in well with us” one of the girls said as she ran a hand through her blonde hair.
“Yeah I just hope to have fun and make friends, I was quite the cheerleader back home” Vixen said when Daphne arrived with some snacks.
“OK ladies here is an oat cookie, you need to keep your energy up then we’ll begin practice” she said as she passed out the cookies.
Vixen took one and inspected it while everyone else ate theirs, she didn’t want to draw attention to herself so she ate the cookie and prayed it wasn’t transformative, when nothing happened upon consuming it she gave an inward sigh of relief before she began to practice with the others.
Vixen did rather well using her past experience to her advantage which won over each of the girls present and Coach Colby, once the practice had come to an end everyone praised her before they all departed for the day with another planned meet up the next day.
Vixen with training finished and she hurried home, she needed to shower and grab some dinner as the training finished late, upon getting home she threw off her cheerleaders outfit and jumped into the shower to wash up, she let out a content sigh and washed herself up before getting out to grab some food.
She ate her dinner and decided to watch some TV as she did she felt a strange tickling in the back of her mind, like an itch she couldn’t scratch but in her brain, she tried to ignore it while watching TV when a text came through on her phone. Vixen picked up her phone and checked the sender when she saw Sally’s name she read the text before responding “no nothing yet.”
Vixen remained watching TV for another few hours before she shut it off and went off to bed, she was given leave time from Sally to work undercover so she didn’t have to worry about work but she did need to get to college that morning.
The following morning Vixen got out of bed and threw on some old clothes before she grabbed the cheerleading outfit and hurried out the door, she hated the morning rush of college as she never had time to make breakfast so she decided to stop by the bakery nearby and grab a cookie or something to tide her over till lunch.
When she got to college she noticed the other girls from the squad they were together in their uniform, Vixen thought it was odd since they never mentioned anything going on before training, she kept her uniform off and watched from a distance.
She set her bag by a bench and sat down next to a red headed girl that wore glasses “is there some kind of rally or something?” she asked the girl.
“Not that I know of, since that coach Colby has taken over the cheerleaders have all been doing these routines every day at this time, lately the routines have gotten weird like the cheerleaders want to humiliate themselves or something” the girl said.
“Really?” Vixen asked perplexed at what was just said.
“Yeah she hands out cookies to people too, oat cookies really tasty so there is that benefit of these awful rallies” the girl said.
Vixen watched as the others all got into position “not much of a turn out really” she said.
“There never is, it varies each time and the groups of people are different but we do have the occasional repeating face, take me for example, I’ve attended the last six, people often forget that the rally occurs because there isn’t any announcement beforehand” the girl said.
“I do see a couple of familiar faces around thought not many I guess the main crew forgot this time” she continued to say.
Before they could continue their conversation the cheerleaders began their little rally “one, two, three, four join us braying on the floor” they all chanted out “five, six, seven, eight being donkeys is our fate” they all continued.
Vixen blinked as the chant repeated over and over as various college kids mostly the frequent attendees had dropped to the floor all of them braying as the cheerleaders let forth their own chorus of brays, Vixen felt the familiar itch in her mind as she let forth a small bray of her own.
“What the HAWWWWW is going on?” she said as she noticed the red head on her hands and knees chomping on the grass while a long ropy tail swished about from her skirt, she noticed her ears had begun to stretch coating in a red fur that matched the colour of her hair.
Vixen picked up her phone and punched in Sally’s number, she held the phone to her ear and watched as the red heads shoes ripped apart to her forming hooves, she noticed the cheerleaders all on their hands and knees their chanting now just a load of brays while Daphne stood nearby with a huge grin.
“Mum I need to be picked up, something weird is going on with some of the students and it’s freaking me out” Vixen said she didn’t want to blow her cover so used the ruse of her calling her mother but instead called Sally.
“I’m on my way I’ll throw on a disguise and get down there fast” Sally said before hanging up.
Vixen watched as several men stepped out of the shadows brandishing ropes which were wrapped around the necks of all the donkey boys and donkey girls that littered the area including the cheerleaders.
None of the victims fought back they just seemed docile and cooperative it was then that Daphne threw a few canisters of gas amongst the stunned unchanged students they all dropped to the floor asleep while Vixen held her breath, she kept herself hidden from view behind a wall as one of the men had noticed her when grabbing the red head.
“Take them down to the empty café on Birch Street we’ll get them prepped for sale, Silver Fox will be rich with all these jacks and jennies for sale” Daphne said with a laugh before she walked off with the remaining sleeping students.
Vixen slumped against the wall, she was powerless to stop what had just happened, she didn’t know what caused it, it looked like magic but she was grasping at straws, she then noticed a car she didn’t recognise pull up and a woman with short blonde hair step out and walk over, when she got closer she noticed is was Sally and she ran and hugged her.
“Donkeys they all turned into donkey hybrids, the witnesses are all sleeping, I heard Daphne say Silver Fox and that they have the students on Birch Street an old café” Vixen said as she tried to speak really fast.
Sally hugged Vixen “shush now it’s OK mum is here” she said trying to keep the whole charade going.
“I don’t know how it happened” Vixen said.
Sally didn’t say anything and lead Vixen to the car and drove her off back to HQ the revelation that Silver Fox had a hand in the incident was big news to them, they had managed to put down several attempts in the past month but this seemed almost pre planned and methodical than just something haphazardly thrown together.
They arrived back at the HQ and Sally escorted Vixen into the command room, upon entering both Zara and Ursula perked up upon seeing them.
“I thought Vixen was undercover?” Ursula asked.
“Shit just got big, this is a Silver Fox attack and we have kidnapped students down on Birch Street, I need several agents to launch an attack on the old café down there, the principle was right in keeping our involvement secret” Sally said.
Zara stood up “I can rally up a few others from the canteen and get down there in the hour” she said.
Sally gave her the all clear and Zara and Ursula both took off out the command room “tomorrow I’ll have a word with Daphne Colby and ask her to drop you from the cheerleader squad, but you’ll need to stick in college to keep an eye on her, we need to know more on how she did what she did, I’ll remain nearby as back up” Sally said.
Vixen nodded and was let home for the rest of the day, the principle allowed her the day off to recover and prepare to bust Daphne all she could think about was why Sally would refrain from action, she could just have Valborg interrogate her for answers, this continued to cycle through her mind constantly right up to her passing out on the couch.
The following morning Vixen arrived at college with Sally not far behind during the journey to college Sally informed Vixen that her information was spot on and they managed to save all the kidnapped students from Silver Fox’s grasp.
Vixen and Sally both walked up to Daphne who looked a little pissed at something which they both knew the reason for so Sally sparked up the conversation.
“Excuse me Mrs Colby I wish to have my daughter drop out of cheerleading” she said.
Daphne looked at them for a moment “such a shame she had a good future ahead of her as a cheerleader, she would be the lead in the new group after the others ditched college, I guess you have made the choice and I can’t argue with that.”
“Thanks for understanding Mrs Colby” Sally said.
Daphne pulled out a large Tupperware box from her duffel bag she had with her, it was full of cookies “I made these for the squad but now I have nobody to eat them”.
Sally took the box and opened it, the smell of the oat cookies was strong and very inviting, she took one out and bit into it, she let out a moan from the taste, Vixen watched Sally eat more of the cookies and got concerned as she noticed Daphne’s expression change slightly.
“Come now Veronica why don’t you join your mother in eating my cookies? You’ll love them” she said, Vixen took one out and bit into it afraid she chomped it down and grabbed another and ate it but stopped eating when she realized what she was doing, she had planned to spit out the first cookie but got caught up in the taste.
Daphne pulled out a recorder and hit the play button which caused Vixen to go cold inside at what she heard “one, two, three, four join us braying on the floor, five, six, seven, eight being donkeys is our fate” the minute that chant played Sally dropped the tub and slipped to her knees.
Vixen panicked and grabbed her phone she punched in a number to call up Zara whom had been stationed nearby as another precaution, the minute she picked up Vixen began screaming before a few brays kicked in.
Zara took that as the signal and both her and Ursula bolted from the car towards Vixen and Sally who was spasming on the floor her trousers bulged as the tail began to strain the fabric and shot out through the newly torn hole.
“HAWWWWWW” Sally said as her ears stretched and the wig she had been wearing fell off onto the floor revealing who she was, the brown fur coated her face as it twisted into an asinine form her teeth merging to form bigger blockier teeth.
“Oh look I managed to get Sally van Hoof I find your form and last name very fitting” Daphne said with a laugh before Zara tackled her to the ground.
“Shut the fuck up you Silver Fox bitch” Zara said as a loud rip made her look at the shoes Sally had been wearing which had ripped open because of her changing feet, Vixen stared in shock as her own skirt lifted up, she hadn’t eaten as many cookies but it was enough to trigger a physical change.
Daphne laughed “you know I knew Freedom would get their filthy hooves involved I was briefed all about you when I joined Silver Fox, I checked out the website which had been updated with Vixen Kennedy as a new recruit.”
“Shut up” Ursula said as she handcuffed Daphne.
“I strung you along love you are so gullible, but having Sally pose as your mother, that was clever, I just thought I was getting rid of your actual mother but I was wrong yet I did a good deed for Silver Fox” Daphne said as Zara picked her up.
“Vixen get Sally back to the HQ and mix a tablet into some oats that’ll change her back” Zara said to Vixen before she escorted Daphne off.
“THE FOX SHALL RISE” Daphne yelled back to Vixen.
Vixen helped Sally to her feet and escorted her back to the car, she had to now drive them back to HQ, she was glad that Valborg was used to interrogations, her intimidating stance and attitude to criminals made her perfect for the job and Valborg loved it.
Once in the car Vixen slowly turned the car around and began the slow journey back, not having a license to drive made her paranoid about being arrested, she took a few deep breaths and adjusted her tail “fuck all this shit” she grumbled frustrated with how everything had gone.
They arrived at the HQ and she escorted Sally back inside, it took them a little time and they finally got to the canteen where she asked for a bowl of plain dry oats, she was handed a bowl and she then slipped a pill inside the food and placed it down, Vixen used one of her own pills, she knew stock wasn’t going to replenish for a while as focus was being made to empty out the zone.
She set the bowl down and Sally brayed before chowing down on the oats Vixen watched as the pill slowly began to take effect and Sally’s ears began to recede and revert back to their human form, the tail shrunk down and pulled up back into her body while the fur pulled into her skin and Sally’s face twisted back into a human form.
Vixen noticed that Sally’s feet had begun to change back leaving her bare foot, Sally wiggled her toes a little as she blinked the cold canteen floor registering in her brain.
“What the hell happened?” she asked.
“You ate the cookies I believe now that they caused it all, I was barely affected yesterday with other students but after eating more cookies I noticed the effects were stronger, Daphne will squeal on the entire thing soon enough” Vixen said as her own tail swayed behind her.
“I did have to use one of my pills to reverse your changes” Vixen said as she pulled the pot from her skirt pocket.
Sally nodded “well you haven’t used any yet so unless you want to keep that tail you might want to take one” she said.
Vixen nodded and opened the pot and downed a pill, her tail began to whither and pull back into her body the need to bray had also diminished as the pills worked their charm “I swear those magical creatures sure do a good job lending their magic to change us back” Vixen said.
Sally nodded “I’ll go and check on Valborg and her interrogation I feel we might have some important information” Sally stood up and walked bare foot out of the canteen giving off the odd comment about the floor being so cold.
As Sally walked down the passage she passed Ursula and Xavier “any luck?” she asked.
Xavier nodded and ran a hand through his hair “unlike past members we have brought here she didn’t crack so quickly but we have some good information to work with well we are hoping it is all legit stuff.”
“She told us that Silver Fox had big plans the fox shall rise was also mentioned again, so we think that something huge is going to happen sometime soon but we don’t know what yet, she also told us about a meeting between the higher ups of Silver Fox north of Grayson Memorial Park in about a month’s time” Ursula said.
“Can we trust this info? I mean unlike Ingrid and Eugene who we interviewed a while back Daphne seems more like the type to throw us off the scent, I don’t know her position inside the group but it can’t be high up since she has done her own thing like all the others before her” Sally said.
“True we haven’t seen anyone that claims to be one of the elites of the group, they must still be trimming the fat, Daphne had a good method but she wasn’t the brightest of the bunch, if she knew about us and Vixen then why would she hang around knowing we’d be looking into things AND we raided the café too” Sally said.
“I suspect this was a deliberate capture, Silver Fox wanted her in our custody so she can spread the word of this big event that will go down any time” Xavier said.
“They might be talking about the new machine that Dr Redman has been working on the last few years, she is planning to transfer it to the more secure lab on the north end of town, if anything big is going to happen it’ll be with that machine, we should step up security on it” Sally said as she rubbed her chin.
“Good idea we should decide on who will be tasked with guarding it, Xavier should lead the group tasked with it, while some of us remain here and keep tabs on all the normal transformation crimes, I bet something will happen with our absence” Ursula said.
Sally nodded “right I’ll draw up a plan in the next few weeks and call a meeting on the day we guard it before we deploy” she said.
Both Ursula and Xavier nodded before they walked off down the passage while Sally walked to the interrogation room to speak with Zara and Valborg.
“I think it is time to add her to the prison nearby, she’ll enjoy being with her fellow Silver Fox members we already have inside, just be careful of her though, there is no telling what she’ll try to do, I still have an oat craving after that stunt she pulled” Sally said.
“Leave it to us Sally” Zara said as she and Valborg both stepped into the room and grabbed Daphne before escorting her to the prison while Sally walked back to the command room, she had a lot of paperwork to fill out and a damn transformation form to fill out because of her own changes.
“This is going to be a long afternoon” she mumbled to herself as she sat down to begin the work while the others all chatted amongst themselves.