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Walk A Mile In My Doos (Scooby-Doo fan fiction)

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  1. hobbyfan

    hobbyfan Well-Known Member

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    Preamble: It's taken me a while to get the creative juices flowing again after "The Quest For Truth". This time, we're going back in time to the mid-80s and a very strange case for Scooby and friends.

    The time: Spring 1986. "13 Ghosts" was cancelled around this time, and Scooby would not return until the "trilogy" of Superstars 10 TV-movies in 1987, which was a return to the 3-piece comedy team of Scooby, Shaggy, & Scrappy (1980-83).

    The concept: The Chest of Demons is now closed, as the modified Mystery, Inc. team had located all 13 demons. Shaggy, Scooby, Scrappy, & Daphne have returned to Coolsville. Flim Flam? Wait & see.

    Disclaimer: All characters, save for incidentals created for this story, are the property of Hanna-Barbera/Warner Bros..
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    Chapter 1:

    Rufus Lambert had heard a noise in the backyard of his home around 2:15 am in the morning. At first, he thought it was just the neighbor's dog or a raccoon rummaging through the garbage. But neither a dog nor a raccoon would trip his burglar alarm. Lambert donned a bathrobe & slippers and went to investigate.

    What Lambert found instead chilled him to the bone. It looked like a doberman, but stood on its hind legs, the way a human would. Lambert aimed a rifle at the strange hybrid, and fired one shot. DoberMan moved out of the way, then lunged at the homeowner, separating Lambert from his weapon. Only the sound of police sirens answering the alarm prevented DoberMan from taking human life on this night, and he fled.

    The next morning, Mystery Incorporated convened at the Coolsville Library. Fred Jones had just returned after spending the better part of 6 years in college, pursuing a degree in paranormal sciences. One more year, and he'd have his Masters degree. Shaggy & Daphne had filled him in on what he'd missed, and the only regret he had was not being there for it all. Velma Dinkley had also left for college, but only for four years because her parents couldn't afford to pay her tuition after she earned an associates degree in criminology. Unable to afford even a short stint in the police academy, Velma opened a book shop, which until today was the gang's regular meeting place. However, Pages of Mystery had recently been ravaged by a fire, forcing the gang to go back to using the library as a meeting site. It was Velma who briefed the others on the DoberMan case.

    Fred, naturally, decided on the usual course of action, and the pairings. Little did they know that DoberMan would be virtually on their doorstep before the night was out!

    Shaggy's parents were away on a business trip, and Scrappy was in Yucca Flats, visiting his uncle Yabba and deputy Dusty. Shaggy & Scooby had the run of the house to themselves, and on a Saturday night, that meant an all-night horror movie marathon. Around 3 am, Scooby heard someone trying to break into the house. Shaggy claimed he didn't hear anything, and thought his best pal was imagining things. When a glass window broke, though, Shaggy was convinced something was wrong, and so, the two finally decided to investigate.

    Within minutes, Shaggy & Scooby were face to face with DoberMan. Predictably, Shaggy wanted to run and hide, but, for once, Scooby decided to hold his ground. He was, after all, meant to be a watchdog in the first place when the Rogerses bought him as a pup. DoberMan went for the safe, but Scooby lunged after him. DoberMan swatted Scooby aside like he was nothing, then looted the safe, and left, as quickly as he came.

    Once he was sure DoberMan was gone, Shaggy came back downstairs, but then, he found Scooby----unconscious!

    An emergency call to the vet's led to Scooby being transported to the local animal hospital. Dr. Kurt Vanderman was puzzled as he met with Shaggy.

    "Based on your account, Mr. Rogers", he said, "I would think Scooby would be just fine, but he's not. I found some scratches where this 'DoberMan' struck him. I'm going to run some tests, but I'm afraid I already know the answer. I'm afraid Scooby's been poisoned."

    Shaggy fainted. Once revived, he returned home and met with the police about the break-in. His description of DoberMan matched those of the homeowners that the creature had previously victimized.
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    Scooby----poisoned? You bet. DoberMan may be a fake monster after all, but he's already proving to be a formidible foe. In chapter 2, we'll catch up with Scrappy, and find out what Flim Flam's been up to. Vincent Van Ghoul will play a prominent role, too, so come on back next week.
     
  2. Nickle98499

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    Excellent start to this fic hobbyfan! Now I know a little bit of what Scooby Doo might have been like if the show had aired in 1986, either on ABC or in syndication; and now I know why it should have continued... it would have been awesome!

    I like that Flim Flam and Vincent Van Ghoul might be involved, and the come back next week reminds me a little of the old movie serials from the 30s, 40s and 50s that used to play on the weekends, and some of the old time radio shows like I Love A Mystery and Yours Truly Johnny Dollar(in the later years) that would run on weeknights, or every day.

    Don't worry about taking a long time to get your creative juices going again, there's stories i've started that are only through one chapter on Fan Fiction.net, and I don't know when i'll finish them.

    I'm curious about one thing though: you wrote that the gang captured all 13 ghosts, but in the series depending on who you believe, only 11 or 12 ghosts were shown.

    Did you create other ghosts, or have a backstory for how the gang captured the remaining spirits and where they went to accomplish that task, or not? Just curious, as it might give me some tips on what to include in my 13 Ghosts of SD based stories.

    Again, great job here and looking forward to seeing what you come up with next.
     
  3. hobbyfan

    hobbyfan Well-Known Member

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    I'd like to think that there was a case that never made it to air where they completed the task of capturing all 13 ghosts, and, as such, I'll leave it to the imaginations of fans such as yourself, Nickle, to fill in those blanks. Since 13 Ghosts was cancelled after just the one season, it marked not only the end of Scooby's initial run at ABC after 10 seasons, but it was the first original Scooby series that failed to be picked up for renewal.

    Vincent Van Ghoul plays a prominent role in chapter 2, and you'll then understand why I chose the title of this tale.

    Good of you to pick up on my homage to the old cliffhanger serials and old time radio dramas, too, by the way.

    I should point out that after I finish this one, I've got a Space Ghost story inspired by his recent appearance on Batman: Brave & the Bold, which magicdog tipped me to a while back. I'm also going to play a little what if with certain of the Super Friends after that. Those chumps at Cartoon Network wouldn't know a good idea if it came up and bit 'em on their collective backsides.
     
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    Chapter 2:

    Scrappy-Doo, along with his uncle Yabba, flew in from Yucca Flats upon learning what happened to his uncle Scooby. Scooby's cousins, Scooby-Dum & Scooby-Dee, were in LA, where Dee had gotten Dum a part in her latest picture, and couldn't come in.

    Scooby was being checked by Dr. Vanderman and a pair of specialists who determined that the poison DoberMan had used on Scooby was a rare, uncommon toxin, the origins of which were unknown.

    "Unknown poison?", Scrappy asked. "Something tells me that there's some magic involved here."

    "Magic?", Fred inquired. "Don't be ridiculous."

    "You forget, Fred, you've been away at college. The things that we encountered were as real as could be", Daphne said. "Scrappy's right. There may be magic involved, and I know just who to call."

    It happened that paranormal mystic Vincent Van Ghoul was in New York for a science fiction convention. His former ward, Flim Flam, arrived in Coolsville the next day, but he wasn't the same youth that had been with Mystery, Inc. just a few months ago.

    "I've been on my own the last three months", he said, explaining that Van Ghoul no longer wanted to keep him around, and had arranged for Flim to return to the orphanage where Van Ghoul had found him some time before. Flim instead ran away. "A kid's gotta survive nowadays any way he can."

    Van Ghoul had taken away all of the potions he had previously entrusted to Flim, so he had no miracle cures for Scooby, who was now conscious, but still weak and unable to do anything of note. Flim, however, couldn't stay long enough to talk to Scooby as there was "someplace he needed to go" as soon as possible.

    Later that same night, DoberMan had struck again, this time raiding the home of Coolsville's mayor, Norbert Sawyer. Fred & Velma, representing Mystery, Inc., interviewed the mayor's personal home staff, but could get no clues.

    The next day, Vincent Van Ghoul arrived in Coolsville, having received a telegram from Shaggy regarding Scooby. Scrappy & Yabba remained with Scooby, rotating on watch with Shaggy. Van Ghoul used his own mystic powers to examine Scooby, and discovered that DoberMan had infected Scooby with his own particular curse.

    "We've caught it in time, and I can drain the toxin from Scooby's system", he said. "Otherwise, we'd have a reverse of the DoberMan. Scooby would be morphing from dog to man and back again, not the other way around."

    "So DoberMan's really a weredog?", Fred asked. "Not a guy in a costume?"

    "I'm afraid so.", Van Ghoul replied.

    Just before midnight, Van Ghoul performed an incantation that extracted the toxins from Scooby's body. Once he was sure there was no trace of the reverse weredog curse in Scooby, Van Ghoul completed his work.

    "Scooby requires plenty of rest. It's going to be a while before he's up and around at 100% again.", he said. "However, in order to find the DoberMan, whomever he is, he's going to be expecting Scooby to join him. In that instance, he's got a big surprise waiting for him."

    "Wh-what sort of s-s-s-surprise?", Shaggy stammered.

    "You'll see come tomorrow. DoberMan's been lying low more often of late, waiting for the full moon to come again before he's at full strength. By then, he would expect to have a partner, but it's not going to be the one he's expecting."

    "Oh?", Fred said, with a touch of venom in his voice. "And just how are you going to accomplish that? You just said it's going to be a while before Scooby's back in action."

    "Yes, but DoberMan doesn't need to know that, Fred Jones.", Van Ghoul replied. "You and your three partners are Scooby's closest human friends. One of you will sacrifice something to help avenge what happened to Scooby. It's a short-term condition, I promise, but one that in the long run will be a benefit to all of you."

    Two days later, Scrappy & Yabba were alone attending to Scooby at the Rogers house when Scrappy heard some noises downstairs in the living room.

    "Uncle Yabba, you stay here. I'll see what's going on downstairs.", he said.

    "Holler if you need me, nephew!", Yabba called as Scrappy raced out.

    "Wh-where's he going?", Scooby asked, his voice still weak.

    "He heard something he thought might be suspicious. His instincts are getting better all the time, brother.", Yabba replied. Abruptly, Scrappy returned to the doorway.

    "Come on out for a sec, uncles."

    Yabba led Scooby to the hall, where the Great Dane stood face to face with------himself?!

    "Yiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!", Scooby yelped before he fainted.

    "Quickly! Let's get him back to bed!", Shaggy said. "The shock will wear off after a while, but it'll be better if he is in bed when we explain everything!"

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    Ok, so now there are 2 Scooby-Doos, but one of the gang has morphed into a Scooby clone, thanks to Vincent Van Ghoul. Shaggy's taken point, but is it him? Or is it either Fred, Daphne, or Velma? Remember, Van Ghoul said a short-term sacrifice had to be made. And where exactly did Flim Flam need to go? A showdown with DoberMan looms in part 3, next time.
     
  5. Nickle98499

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    Good stuff here hobbyfan, as usual. By the way, if I were a betting man(which i'm not) Shaggy got to be a Scooby clone, considering he's been in every Scooby series and project and movie along with Scooby(including the early 80s shows and late 80s movies and Get A Clue).

    However(and I know this is a long shot), i'm hoping the clone is Fred or Velma. The reason why I hope it's either of them is they really never got hypontized much, or turned into anything; in short, nothing really weird happened to either of them in the past, so it would be different for them to be sure.

    I really hope it's not Daphne, as strange stuff has happened to her so many times over the years, it's kind of passe for her to be the Scooby clone. Frankly i'm leaning towards Fred, as he would be perfect to be the Scooby clone, because it would be something different for him to experience, and maybe he'll learn something from it(not that he really needs to).

    As for Fred and Velma meeting Van Ghoul, and experiencing real magic and stuff like that, I seriously hope those two get with the program. Remember, those two were with the gang in the Jeannie and Addams Family New Scooby Movies episodes, the Halloween episode of New Scooby Mysteries, and the one with the Ancient Astronauts as well.

    In short, Fred and Velma know there's real magic and monsters and supernatural beings out there, and maybe if they got to know some of them(who we've seen are nice for the most part) like Vincent Van Ghoul, maybe they would be more understanding of magic and the supernatural.

    But because they've got their heads in the clouds, and believe everything is a man in a mask or has a rational explanation, they are clueless as to the real world and most importantly the supernatural and real magic and sorcery.

    Daphne, Shaggy and Scooby already know about that stuff, and I think it's about time Fred and Velma know about that stuff as well.
     
  6. Nickle98499

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    I agree on them finishing up the 13 Ghosts series by capturing the rest of the ghosts; and that's very true, plus imagination is a very good thing :)

    Thanks; i've actually gotten into the old radio dramas and such. I like that idea, and I want to be the first to say good luck with that story, and hope it goes well for you.

    Don't get me started on Cartoon Network and Boomerang. I'm still waiting for Boomerang to air the 1982 and 1983 Scooby and Scrappy shows, which I haven't seen on TV in quite a while, at least since around 2002 or 2003 when they were on Cartoon Network.
     
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    That's why I'm taking a week between chapters to think things out. I've got my own ideas, and, not only that, but this case wraps next week, so I can move on to the other story projects I have. Also, I'm keeping this one exclusive to Mystery, Inc., and not adding any extra players. That will allow me to finish the story faster. Just wait & see, Nickle.
     
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    Chapter 3:

    The next morning, Scooby woke up, surrounded by his brother, Yabba, nephew Scrappy, and the rest of the Mystery, Inc. gang. He was still trying to piece together just how he'd suddenly been confronted by a clone the night before.

    "How ya feelin', pal?", Shaggy asked. "We didn't mean to startle you last night, but I guess it's a consequence associated with this case."

    "Consequence?", Scooby retorted, his voice suddenly stronger. "You nearly gave me heart failure!"

    "I guess I did", Shaggy replied, sheepishly, acknowledging that it was he, Scooby's best friend, who'd adopted the Great Dane's form for a time. "Maybe it's better if I explained everything."

    "This better be good!", Scooby snapped, folding his fore legs as if they were arms.

    "You see, Vincent Van Ghoul said one of us had to sacrifice something in order to catch DoberMan.", Shaggy began. He held up a life-like face mask of Scooby, which he'd worn the night before. "Remember this, Scoob? We each had one of these when we were kids, and we'd all dress up as you for Halloween."

    "Oh, brother! Worst night of my life!", Scooby muttered.

    "Aw, Scooby, it wasn't that bad.", Daphne added, picking up the story, and showing Scooby an old dog tag of his. "Remember this? It's your original dog tag from when you were a puppy."

    "Where did you get that?"

    "I gave it to Van Ghoul", Shaggy interjected. "Remember how my parents had it bronzed? Well, Van Ghoul turned one side into silver. When the moon reflects off the dog tag, and...."

    "I get it."

    "Each of us has handled the dog tag, so we've all got DNA on it", Velma added. "What we decided to do was each of us would take a turn posing as you in order to lure DoberMan into a trap."

    "But DoberMan laid low last night", Fred finished. "Once we realized the trail had gone cold, we came back here. You know the rest."

    "I can't see how Velma could pull it off, Fred!", Scrappy interjected. "She's not tall enough!"

    "Thanks for reminding me, Scrappy!", Velma replied icily. "That's why only three of us are taking turns."

    Later that same night, DoberMan finally struck, hitting the Coolsville Library. Mystery, Inc. answered the call on the police scanner. Fred & Shaggy checked out the occult books section on a hunch from Shaggy.

    "Why here?", Fred asked. "What would DoberMan want in this area?"

    "I think I know, and I think I know who DoberMan is!", Shaggy replied.

    A short time later, "Scooby" was out, alone, hoping to draw DoberMan's attention. The weredog surfaced again, this time at Madame Zora's Temple, a fortune teller's shop just a few blocks from the library. The shop was closed for the night, but DoberMan didn't care. He shattered the door, which triggered the burglar alarm. Finding the wires, DoberMan cut the alarm, hoping to buy time. Finding what he needed, he started back toward the door, only to find Shaggy waiting for him. DoberMan u-turned, and headed for the back exit, only to find Fred & Velma waiting. Shaggy entered, and turned the lights on, which startled the weredog.

    "It's over, DoberMan!", he said. "Or should I say, Flim Flam?"

    DoberMan froze. Abruptly, he shimmered and changed, reverting to his smaller, human form.

    "How did you know, Shaggy? I had everyone fooled."

    "No, you didn't, Flim. We should've suspected it from the start, especially after what Mr. Van Ghoul told us."

    "Scooby" entered, but the voice was that of Daphne, who removed her mask and reverted to her human form.

    "I began thinking something might have been wrong when you said you were out on your own, Flim.", Daphne continued. "So we asked Mr. Van Ghoul a few questions. Were we surprised when we discovered that the real reason he put you in our care was to keep you away from his castle and all the potions."

    "It's true!", Flim admitted, as he started to cry. "I thought you guys were my friends, and now you've turned on me, just like Vince did!"

    Abruptly, Flim found his composure and started to change again, but the real Scooby emerged from his hiding place, as he'd stowed away in the Mystery Machine, and tackled Flim, holding him down for Velma to administer the antidote that Van Ghoul had prepared. Human once more, Flim surrendered.

    Flim Flam admitted that he was tired of being treated like a child when he was forced to fend for himself long before Van Ghoul found him. He realized the gang saw him as a nuisance and were eager to get rid of him, which wasn't really the case at all. He stole the money, the mystic books, and everything, so he could be DoberMan permanently and not have to deal with such problems. With his powers gone, he's just a kid again.

    "I was going to recommend that you'd come back to Arizona with me.", Scrappy offered, "but I guess that ain't going to happen. You've been without parents for the longest time, and Vince Van Ghoul couldn't raise you on his own forever, which is why he asked me to help him start the process of locating a foster family for you. What you need, more than anything else in the world, is a family that will care for you and keep a roof over your head. Shaggy's & Daphne's folks couldn't afford the cost that comes with adoption, but the upside is that you'd get to live a normal life after all!'

    Flim Flam was treated like an adult after all, considering he was wearing an adult form after a sort as DoberMan when he committed his crimes.

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    The next day, Daphne had quietly replaced her Scooby mask back in its box in her private closet when Velma came by for their lunch date.

    "You know, Daph, I'm glad neither Fred nor I had to pose as Scooby after all," she said. "For one thing, I lost mine, and would've had to borrow yours."

    "So you're happy we wrapped up the case that fast?", Daphne teased as she donned her shoes. "I guess that's some consolation. Fred was going to be the last resort, even if I had to force him into it. You & Fred never got to know Flim that well like Shaggy, Scrappy, Scooby, & I did, so maybe it made the most sense."

    Meanwhile, Fred was fortunate, alright. Lucky not to have to embarrass himself, or so he tried to explain to Shaggy, who wasn't buying.

    "Look, Fred, I know you've seen your share of real ghosts & goblins, but after 6 years away, I guess it's back to square one, and with it comes some reluctance to try new things.", Shaggy said.

    "I guess you're right", Fred replied. "You had to be first in line, because you're Scooby's best buddy, but seeng Daphne change, well, that was disturbing."

    "You're lucky she's not here to hear that. She may take that as a challenge to do it again another time. She has the dog tag."

    "You know, Shag, let's not give her any ideas. Up for a round of hoops?"

    "You bet!"

    Scrappy & Yabba had left for Yucca Flats, with Scooby tagging along so he could have a vacation for himself. What happens there may be worth discussing another time.

    The end.
     
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    Interesting ending to a great story hobbyfan. I liked the conversation between Fred and shaggy about real ghosts and monsters as well.

    It sounds like after studying the paranormal in college that Fred is now more accepting of real supernatural occurrences then before.

    Velma it seems to me might be also willing to accept real supernatural and paranormal occurrences as well, and depending on the circumstances Fred and Velma might find friends among the realm of the supernatural.

    Anyway, good story and I look forward to seeing what you come up with next.
     
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    Well, to be fair, you deserve some of the credit, since it was your suggestion that set the wheels in motion for the conclusion. I wrapped up the case pretty quickly this time, because I didn't want to draw it out any further. The epilogue was something I wanted to do to establish that the gang does have interests outside of solving mysteries, something that could come into play down the road if/when I decide to do another Scooby fan fic. I'll start the next story right after the holidays.
     
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    Thank you; that's cool that you used one of my ideas in the story.

    Looking forward to see what you come up with as far as stories go.
     
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    I apologize for the thread bump, but I thought the whole "Scooby clone" thing was fun! It reminded me of the Scooby-Doo mask scenes from "Never Ape an Ape Man," along with my semi-lifelike costume of Scooby I wore last Halloween:
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    I also liked what happened with Flim-Flam AND Scrappy :p
     
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    The costume looks good, Wiley. Did you make that yourself?
     
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    The latex mask was custom-made from a Halloween prop maker. The body was made from a customized Rubie's Scooby-Doo Halloween costume. I might be getting a better mask commissioned earlier this year, hopefully like the one featured in the episode "Never Ape an Ape Man."
     
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    Impressive. Thanks for sharing.
     

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