Chapter 2: Experiment 628
Later that day, Lilo and Stitch were sitting in their room. Lilo was in deep thought.
‘Jumba’s acting weird,’ she thought. ‘Maybe he’s been abducted by mutant space mummies who sucked his brain out! But I remember he acted like this once before.’ She racked her brains for the memory. It came to her, like a banshee’s scream. Jumba was hiding an experiment! After all, he had hid his 625 experiments in a crate and had acted exactly the same way. Well almost. Kinda. Maybe not so much.
“Hey, Stitch, why don’t we go and check out what’s in his chest?”
“Yes, I know he said I wasn’t allowed to touch it. But he never said you can’t!”
Stitch crawled along the top of the hall. He saw Pleakly in the kitchen, (attempting to) cook chicken salad with cheese and strawberries. He also saw Jumba in there, insisting that “is better to cook with plasma-heated microwave than with primitive Earth technology.”
Stitch continued along the ceiling towards Jumba’s room. He surveyed the room from the chandelier. All he saw was a throw rug, a makeshift hammock, and Jumba’s computer. He jumped down from the chandelier, and landed on the throw rug. It wriggled, then fell though the floor, with Stitch on it!
Stitch arrived at the bolted doors. A voice sounded from the loudspeaker above the door.
“Bio-scan complete. Identification: Experiment 626. Weight: 274 kg. Strength (x times weight)=3000. Attempting to compensate.”
“Please enter the password on the keypad and press Enter.” Stitch saw a keypad to the left of the doors. “You will have 3 attempts. Please do not try to break in. The door’s molecular structure has been strengthened to 3001 times your body weight.”
Stitch thought this out. 626-274 equals 352. 352+3000 equals 3352. 3352x3 equals 10056. 10056-3001 equals 7055. He typed 7055 out on the keypad. “Please wait while password is being confirmed.”
Stitch had been waiting for two hours, and was beginning to get impatient, when the loudspeaker spoke.
“Password confirmed. Enter when ready.”
The doors opened with a whoosh. Stitch saw pipes, containers and beakers, and a heap of dust on one of the tables. Stitch tried magnifying zoom to 300 percent. The beakers contained some sort of carbonated drink – perhaps the equivalent of Coca Cola on Delta Quaam. The pipes contained some sort of antibodies – a cure for the common cold, perhaps. But the pile of dust looked somewhat suspicious – there was a small lump in the middle of the clump. Stitch increased to 500 percent zoom. Through one of the dust particles, he caught a bright bluish colour - an experiment pod!!! Stitch then saw a cup of water that Jumba had carelessly left lying around. Curiosity overwhelmed him. He dropped the pod into the cup of water. It started bubbling… frothing… the whole lab was filled with mist… and out of the mist came:
“Mega Kaphong 628!”