It wasn’t long before they found Fred, Jonny, and Bandit, they practically ran into each other.
“Hey! What’s all the rush about?” exclaimed Jessie as they paused to take a breath.
“I-I th-think we lost them!” gasped Jonny.
“Let’s duck in here, just to be on the safe side,” stated Fred as he led them into an adjacent room. He closed the door once everyone was in.
“So, care to explain what’s going on?” asked Jessie once the door closed.
“That creep and his robots were chasing us!”
“We haven’t been able to find any clues!” moaned Fred.
“Well we did,” reported Hadji.
“And we might have another suspect on our hands, Frank Peter Parker, claiming to be an arachnologist,” stated Daphne.
“Good work! Hadji, Velma, what did you find?”
Velma took the piece of paper out of the pocket to show them, “This, it’s definitely secret code, we just need time to figure it out.”
“But how does that help us solve this mystery?” asked Jonny, glancing at the assortment of lines and circles.
“Easy, it means that a spy is behind all of this,” stated Velma as she put the paper back in her pocket.
“And since you suspect that Frank really isn’t an arachnologist, then maybe he’s the spy!” exclaimed Jessie.
“It’s possible, he was pretending to be an expert in spiders, and we are dealing with a half spider and his spider robots,” pondered Fred.
“I still think Dr. Zin has something to do with it, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Professor Carlson is in on it too.”
“Wow, Jonny, you’re certainly suspecting everybody,” sighed Hadji.
“Yeah, whatever happened to ‘innocent until proven guilty’?” asked Jessie.
“Our family is involved, and I’m not going to take any chances,” growled Jonny.
“So what we need now is a plan.” Everyone glanced at Fred.
“What kind of a plan?” asked Jonny.
“The ‘trap a monster’ plan, and I think I know how to do it. Jonny, Jessie, I’m going to need to you to lure them here. Think you can do it?”
“If it will help us find Dad and Race faster, you can count me in.”
“Great, Shaggy and Scooby would be glad to have a break,” stated Fred before quickly explaining his plan.
Shaggy and Scooby were very glad to have a break, so glad that they whistled as they searched the grounds.
“Like, man, it’s been a long time since we haven’t had anything scary chasing us.”
“Re’ve ralways reen rhased,” pointed out Scooby.
“Sh, I’d like to just bask in this moment, Scooby, not having to worry about any creepy ole thing. Zoinks!” He jumped back as a little spider walked out from its hiding place.
Scooby snickered, “Rit’s rust ra rittle role rider.”
“‘It’s just a little ole spider’ he says, those things are still creepy.” Scooby just continued snickering.
“Ruh? Rat’s rat?” Scooby pointed down at a mound on the lower level of the grounds. He saw a ladder close by and began climbing down.
“Like, be careful, Scoob.” Scooby got to the bottom alright, then Shaggy descended the ladder. “Well, it doesn’t look like ole spider legs and his robots are out prowling, so either they’re busy chasing the others, or they’ve been caught by one of Fred’s traps. Either way, it looks good for us to check out, come on.” They tiptoed closer to the little mound and found the door, the key hanging from a little nook just to the left of it. “OK, be ready to run if something scary is inside.” Scooby nodded, and Shaggy unlocked it, finally turning the knob after taking a deep breath. They peered inside, glancing around for anything out of the ordinary before tiptoeing inside. They bumped into something, and the lights went on.
“Shaggy, Scooby, what are you two doing here?”
“Does it matter Doctor? We’re finally free!”
“Dr. Quest! Race! Like, man am I glad to see you!”
“Reah, real rad!”
“And we you! But really, what are you two doing here?’
“Uh, like, we volunteered to check the grounds. We, like, thought we’d get a day off since those spider robots might go after Jonny and Jessie, so . . .”
“What? Are Jonny, Jessie, and Hadji here?”
“Yeah, with Fred, Daphne, and Velma . . .”
“They’re here?” Dr. Quest asked incredulously.
“That was a bad idea. We have to find them and warn them. Who knows what that creep will do if he gets his hands on them. Come on!” Race led the way out of the little prison, armed with a flashlight and a sledgehammer, with Shaggy, Scooby, and the Doctor not far behind. They raced down a narrow hall leading back into the fort, a cry reached their ears that made them halt abruptly.
“That was Jessie! Come on, we’re getting close!” They continued on, no other sound reaching their ears except for a slamming door.
“Jonny, Jessie, Hadji!” called out Dr. Quest.
“Dad!” came the response a few minutes before Dr. Quest nearly fell over from his son’s tackle. “Race, you’re both alright! Thanks Shaggy and Scooby!” Jonny quickly hugged his father again as Jessie ran into her father’s arms.
“Dad! You’re alright!”
“So are you! We heard your cry, what happened?”
“Sorry to have worried you, Mr. Bannon, but it was a ruse to get that spider creep and his minions into my trap,” explained Fred as he, Daphne, Velma, and Hadji moved closer to the reunion. Dr. Quest smiled and beckoned Hadji closer, which he willingly obliged and hugged both men.
“So, we get out and you kids already have the guy all tied up, with a bow and all?” Race asked incredulously.
Fred chuckled, “Basically. Do you want to find out who’s behind all of this?”
“Of course,” replied Dr. Quest. Fred led the way back to a closed door.
“Mr. Bannon, could you help me with him?”
“Sure Fred, as long as you start calling me Race.”
Fred grinned, “It’s a deal.” He opened the door and, with Race and Jonny’s help, pulled out a rather cranky spider king. “Dr. Quest, if you’ll do the honors.”
“With pleasure, let’s see which of our hunches are correct.” He pulled off the mask to reveal the disgruntled look of a rather familiar face.
“That’s not me,” came a voice from behind them. The gang turned and their mouths just about dropped. There stood the spitting image of Professor Carlson, flanked by Frank Parker, the guard, and a sandy-blond man about the same age as Frank.
Fred glanced back at the crook, “Then, who is this?” He noticed a line around the neck, and reached in to pull off a second mask. A scowling, green-eyed, totally different face peered up at them, his light brown hair messed up by the mask.
“That’s Denis Andrews, JJ and I have been tracking him for months. He’s one of the world’s best spies, working only to the highest bidder, which happens to be North Korea,” explained Frank.
“As we figured, a spy was behind it all,” stated Velma.
“Huh, how’d you know?” asked JJ.
She pulled out a piece of paper, “This code, only a spy would really need a secret code to relay important messages.”
“Not to mention the new spy gear Dr. Quest was working on,” continued Daphne.
“And this pretty high-tech gear, the robots and his disguises,” finished Fred.
“Wow, you guys are pretty good. and kinda cute,” JJ winked at Jessie and Daphne.
“And I would have gotten away with if it hadn’t been for you snooping kids,” growled Denis as Frank handcuffed him.
“No, you would have gotten away with it if you hadn’t kidnapped Dr. Quest and Mr. Bannon,” retorted JJ.
“So that means you’re a spy too?” asked Jonny. Frank and JJ laughed.
“Not really, more FBI than anything, but you can say we’re part-time spies,” grinned JJ.
“And we’ve got to thank you for helping us catch this crook.” added Frank.
“Well, bro, let’s go bring our pal to the boss, he’ll be thrilled that the good Doctor and his family are safe and sound and that this guy is safely behind bars.”
“Jinkies! I think I’ve got it! Hadji, this is Morse code, just arranged differently!”
Hadji glanced over her shoulder, “Why, you are right! Good job, Velma!”
“Oh, what does it say?” asked Frank.
Velma read out loud, “They must not know who you are, place the blame on Professor Carlson. Stop. Hyung-jun Rhee.”
“Why that’s the head agent of North Korea! That’s a great find! We’ll need that too.”
“Right, and now we can translate anything they send! Thanks again, you guys.”
“We’ll be seeing you pretty girls later!” shouted JJ as they walked off. Fred and Jonny shot him a few glares before they disappeared into the night.
“Can we like, go now?”
“Of course Shaggy, we can go. We’ll sleep well tonight, and breakfast is on me!”
“Woohoo!! Then what are we waiting for? Let’s go!”
“Reah!! Rooby-Rooby-Roo!!” Bandit echoed with a howl, making everyone laugh.