Chapter 29—Angel's Deceit
The কুকুরছানা and parents gasped. Buster revealed himself from behind the trees, smiling devilishly at the puppies.
“Buster,” Tramp told him, growling. “Get away from us.”
Buster smirked. “You don’t scare me… আপনি হারিয়ে গেছে your touch when আপনি turned your back on everything and settled down with Miss Powderpuff.”
“Why are আপনি here?” Lady asked worriedly. “Can’t আপনি just leave us alone?”
“Oh no, Miss Powderpuff,” Buster explained with a smirk. “I need revenge. I don’t like to be sent to the pound. And not only was I sent to the pound, but দ্বারা kids who are traitors!”
“Sent to the pound?” Perdita asked.
“That’s right,” Buster stated viciously. “Those brats betrayed me, and then got me caught in the dogcatcher’s net.”
“Did আপনি really?” Peg asked Angel, amazed. “You know sweetie, that’s…”
“Who’re you?” Buster demanded.
“None of your business,” Peg curtly responded, glaring at Buster.
“I’ve seen আপনি somewhere before,” Buster muttered, thinking aloud. “I’ll figure আপনি out later. Anyways… those brats betrayed me! They’re just like you, Tramp! আপনি turned your back on me and quit my gang!”
“Hey, Buster, I didn’t ever যোগদান your gang,” Tramp told him exasperatedly. “Stop lying about it.”
“Who are আপনি to talk?” Buster snapped. “You lie to everyone all the time. Everyone knows that.”
“No he doesn’t,” Lady told Buster firmly. “I know him better than anyone else. He’s my husband. And he’s not a liar anymore.”
“Buster, আপনি knew I didn’t want to be chained down to a gang,” Tramp told him firmly. He was suddenly a lot আরো confident than when trying to talk to the puppies. “I had a life to live. I wanted freedom and to make my own choices.”
“Well আপনি made yours,” Buster glared at Tramp. “You abandoned me.”
“Hey, hey…Buster... I saved your life, and helped আপনি learn to live on the streets. I thought you'd learn to become another helpful streetdog like me. But I saw আপনি bully another dog in the dogcatcher's net. আপনি laughed at him, taunted, and teased him. Just because he wanted প্রণয় himself. And that’s when I saw what আপনি had become. You’ve come a long way since when আপনি were in his place. And আপনি wonder why I wouldn’t want to যোগদান with you.”
Scamp and অ্যাঞ্জেল listened intently to Tramp. “He didn’t tell us this,” অ্যাঞ্জেল whispered.
“So that’s why he didn’t join,” Scamp added.
“Oh yeah, taking pity on Pinky,” Buster laughed. “But he deserved it. He was just jealous, that’s all. And he wasn’t dog enough to be with us. He wouldn’t have passed the tests. And he would’ve ruined our image.”
Abruptly, Peg gasped. Tramp then growled to Buster, “I see আপনি haven’t changed. He was a great রাস্তা dog himself. He reminded me of you. আপনি both rose to become শীর্ষ রাস্তা dogs. But আপনি became obsessed with power and glory. And he didn’t. He was good and decent. He followed my paw prints. I’m proud of Spunky, no matter what আপনি might say to put him down, even now. So just leave him alone!”
Then অ্যাঞ্জেল gasped. “That’s…that’s…”
“Yeah, don’t আপনি dare insult my husband!” Peg shouted to Buster.
Everybody gasped at that moment.
Tramp then looked at Peg… “You mean… Spunky was your husband?” he asked in surprise.
Lady muttered, “I thought your husband’s name was Scruffs? I learned that at the pound.”
“Sometimes, the pound সারমেয় aren’t that great at names,” Peg told Lady.
Buster looked puzzled at Peg. Then, he grinned at her. “Oh, ho, ho!” Buster smiled in delight. “I remember আপনি now. You’re Peg, that low-life pound diva. Nothing like trying to বিভক্ত করা up Tramp and his powderpuff, is there?”
“Buster,” Peg spat at him. “I’m not there for that, আপনি lying filth. And I just told you. I’m already married.”
“Ha-ha-ha, what spunk,” Buster told Peg. “And don’t lie to me. I know that old Spunky is dead. Everyone knows he is. And you’re damaged goods. Nobody would ever want you. Except...”
And then, Buster got a devilish smirk. "You could become my girl."
“Never Buster," Peg told him flatly. "And my Spunky was wonderful, and I still প্রণয় him, even if he is dead,” Peg told Buster flatly.
“So,” Buster growled at Peg. “Why are you…”
Then, Buster looked at Peg and Angel, and just smiled. “Ha ha ha, I should’ve known… your suave, sassy natures, that puffy tail, that blonde fluffy coat, and those big blue eyes…ooh, those eyes give it away! I should’ve known আপনি were related.”
Peg nodded proudly, staring at Buster intently. “That’s right, Buster,” Peg told him viciously. “She’s my little angel.”
“It’s so obvious now,” Buster laughed to Angel. “You wound up with the lamest excuses for রাস্তা সারমেয় I could think of for parents. No wonder why আপনি weren’t cut out to be a junkyard dog.”
Angel was about to respond, but she held back. She began to form an idea. Scamp then shouted, "Don't আপনি dare insult Angel's parents!"
Lady then added, “All of us know better than to যোগদান up with you. Now, why don’t আপনি just stop being horrible to us?”
Buster growled. “Enough talk! I’m going to get my revenge! Scampster, Angelcakes, Patchy, you’re কুকুরছানা chow!”
The parents hurriedly swarmed over the কুকুরছানা as Buster circled in, trying to break through the ranks. Perdita, Pongo, Lady, Tramp, and Peg all growled at Buster fiercely as Buster circled them.
“Hey, I’m not after আপনি guys,” Buster snarled at the parents. “Hand those শিশুরা over, and no one will get hurt.”
“No one,” Lady told Buster in disbelief. “You just ব্যক্ত yourself that you’ll murder our puppies!”
“Aw, I was just joking, powderpuff,” Buster told Lady. “Come on… hand them over, অথবা I’ll get আপনি first.”
“We’re not moving,” Pongo told Buster firmly.
“They’re our children,” Perdita told him.
“I thought আপনি had ninety-eight others,” Buster told Perdita. “Just give me Patchy, and no one will be hurt.”
“Never,” Pongo told him.
“You better leave us alone,” Tramp warned Buster.
“Or we’ll fight you,” Peg told Buster.
The seven কুকুরছানা stood in the middle of all the parents, carefully huddled in between them. The parents continued to growl at Buster threateningly. Buster then announced, “Hey, if আপনি keep on resisting, I’ll just call your old friend Cruella.”
“How do আপনি know about Cruella?” Pongo asked.
Buster smiled. “I’ve been helping her out. Remember those barks that announced that those কুকুরছানা escaped? That was me. It was so beauty-ful. Those idiot কুকুরছানা fell for it! They thought it was Tramp!”
“Don’t insult our children!” Perdita told Buster.
“Yeah, stop it, Buster,” Lady added. “Just leave them alone. আপনি don’t need to be this hateful.”
Ignoring Lady, Buster declared, “So get going অথবা I’ll fight আপনি all! And I can beat all of আপনি meek, little housedogs and turn আপনি all into kibble. Don’t get any ideas.”
Scamp, Angel, and Patch watched their parents defending them. Then, অ্যাঞ্জেল whispered, “I guess… they really do প্রণয় us.”
“Yeah, I know,” Scamp added. “Even Tramp does.”
“I didn’t know he’d stand up for both Mom and Dad,” অ্যাঞ্জেল whispered, smiling.
Patch then whispered, “I think we’re hurting all our Moms and Dads… we’re letting them fight Buster for us.”
“What should we do, though?” Penny asked.
“We have to distract him from all of our moms and dads,” Scamp answered breathlessly.
“But how?” Danielle asked curiously.
Then, অ্যাঞ্জেল smiled. “We’ll lure him away ourselves,” she told them.
Penny gasped. “That’s so dangerous!”
“Scamp, Angel, and I can do it,” Patch told Penny. “He’s after us specifically because we walked out on him. And he wouldn’t dare fight the Tramp… I don’t think. So let’s lure him out.”
“Where should we meet you?” Puffball asked as the parents continued to growl threateningly at Buster, who was circling to find an opening to attack the kids.
“At the railroad, how about,” Scamp suggested.
“The railroad?” অ্যাঞ্জেল asked. “But why…”
“I have an idea,” Scamp smiled, smirking.
“Great,” Patch told them. Then, Patch hurried through the gap between Peg and Perdita. অ্যাঞ্জেল and Scamp followed, running out.
“Children, come back!” Perdita cried.
Buster stopped. He smirked devilishly, and then stated, “Beauty-ful.”
And he instantly followed Scamp, Angel, and Patch down the path.
“Oh no!” Lady gasped. “They’ve… run away again.”
“Sorry Pidge,” Tramp told her. “I…shouldn’t have done that stuff. They’ll never forgive me.”
“It’s not that,” Puffball explained to Lady and Tramp. “Scamp, Angel, and Patch want to save আপনি guys from Buster.”
The parents gasped.
“You mean… they really forgive us?” Lady asked excitedly.
Puffball nodded. “Except if they’re trying to trick us again.”
“I hope they’ll turn out all right,” Perdita moaned in worry.
“They think they’ll get দ্বারা just fine, and they’ll stop Buster,” Puffball explained. “They say they’ll meet আপনি at the railroad tracks.”
Tramp smirked. “You know, I think they might be able to pull this off. Remember we promised not to be overprotective. Let’s give them the chance to prove themselves. Follow me.”
“Let’s hide,” Pongo suggested. “We can protect them in case of emergency, and hide from Cruella.”
“Keep close, children,” Perdita told Penny and Lucky. “Cruella’s still after you.”
Meanwhile, down the railroad tracks, Scamp, Angel, and Patch stood. “So what’s your plan?” Patch asked.
“Remember how I got my paw stuck in the boards?” Scamp asked Angel.
Then, অ্যাঞ্জেল smiled. “Of course,” she smiled. “Patch… these boards are insecure. We’ve got to trick Buster into forgetting that.”
“Let’s try to weaken up the boards,” Scamp suggested, and he and Patch walked on many boards, pressing hard on each of them. Fortunately, some of them cracked.
“We’ll be able to get দ্বারা on these,” Patch told Scamp. “But probably not him… he’s too big!”
“Yeah, I know,” Scamp smiled. “It’s a big drop. Maybe we’ll lose him.” Then, Scamp and Patch walked up to Angel. “It looks perfect to us.”
“Let’s pretend to be scared of him,” Patch suggested.
“Yeah,” Scamp agreed. “What are আপনি doing, Angel?” he asked Angel, who was sitting down slyly.
“I’m preparing for my part,” অ্যাঞ্জেল smirked. “I’ve been thinking it over for a while… I’m going to have some fun with him.”
Scamp and Patch looked bewildered at Angel. But then, at last, Buster arrived. He smiled. “Aha! There আপনি guys are. And no parents to protect you!”
“Oh no! Run!” Scamp gasped. He and Patch hurried across the railroad tracks. A couple of pieces of wood cracked with the sound of their crossing.
“Haha, scaredy puppies,” Buster mocked. Then he saw Angel, who was just sitting there, pretending to ignore Buster. “Hey, Angelcakes. How come you’re not scared?”
Angel then smirked to Buster. “I was just… pretending to be with them,” she smiled. “But why would I want to be a meek, little housedog? I decided that I want to be your girl after all. I just didn’t understand how charming and attractive আপনি were.”
“Yeah, she expects to fool me,” Buster laughed. “Hey kid, hate to break it to ya, but it ain’t going to work.”
“What isn’t going to work?” অ্যাঞ্জেল smiled to Buster deviously. “I’ve been cooped up and trapped in that prissy little home. I’ve ran away from প্রথমপাতা to try and যোগদান up with you. I just haven’t had the chance. And I’m longing for the old days,” she smiled.
“Yeah!” Buster announced excitedly. He continued, “The old days!”
“I’ve talked to Ruby about it, too,” অ্যাঞ্জেল continued slyly. “She feels the same way. So does Francois, and Mooch, and all of your other old minions,” অ্যাঞ্জেল laughed. “You can rule us all again… and have all the power আপনি ever dreamed of.”
“Power… power!” Buster shouted excitedly. “Yes… junkyard সারমেয় will rule this town, and Buster would rule the junkyard dogs!”
“Yes,” অ্যাঞ্জেল told Buster craftily. “You’ll have loads of power. And… আপনি can make me your girl.”
“Hang on there,” Buster told অ্যাঞ্জেল suspiciously. “You need to pass a test. My test for আপনি is to kill your meek little housedog friend Scampster,” Buster announced devilishly.
“Oh, that will be easy,” অ্যাঞ্জেল purred.
Scamp and Patch, waiting at the other end of the railroad tracks, shivered nervously.
“She won’t do it, would she?” Patch asked, slightly nervous.
“Hey, it’s part of the act,” Scamp told Patch confidently. “Or… I hope.”
Angel then rushed down the track. With fury, she tackled Scamp, and pinned him to the ground.
“Angel, what are আপনি doing?” Scamp gasped. He knew he had to act surprised.
“Killing you, what else!” she laughed devilishly. “You’re dead meat, Scampster. আপনি betrayed the junkyard dogs. Now আপনি will have to suffer the consequences.”
“Let him go, Angel,” Patch told অ্যাঞ্জেল worriedly.
“Angel… Angel… but… what about Peg? অথবা Mom and Dad… and hey, what about us? Aren’t we friends? And I thought… you’re my girlfriend!” Scamp asked, sounding increasingly worried.
“I don’t care about any of those sniveling parents! অথবা you! Forget those fireflies and Tony’s… those days are over!” অ্যাঞ্জেল growled to Scamp and pressed hard onto him. “And don’t ask for pity. Scamp’s trouble is Scamp’s trouble, just like Angel’s trouble is Angel’s trouble!”
“Get off him!” Patch shouted to Angel, agitated.
“Beautyful,” Buster purred as he walked to the edge of the railroad track. “That’s it, Baby. Now let me finish the job.”
“Oh don’t,” অ্যাঞ্জেল cooed slyly. “I want do to the honors.”
“Hey, hate to break it to আপনি kid, but as I rule the junkyard dogs, I’m going to finish him off,” Buster told Angel.
“Oh, then, very well, Buster,” অ্যাঞ্জেল told him craftily as Buster began to run across the bridge.
But then, there was a crack. A railroad board fell out from under Buster.
“Ugh… what’s this!” Buster yelled as he fell down into the river, furious.
“Ha ha, fooled ya!” অ্যাঞ্জেল declared in delight. She took her paws off Scamp as Buster fell.
“Wahoo!” Scamp announced. “Bye Buster!”
“I’ll get আপনি for this!” Buster proclaimed in outrage. “You’ve not seen the last of me yet!”
“Slick move!” Scamp shouted as Buster floated down, screaming threats from a distance.
Then a rustling came from the bushes. Behind him, the five parents emerged.
“Patch, Scamp, Angel,” Lady cooed to them. “Why, আপনি were amazing!”
“Hey, thanks,” Scamp smiled to Lady.
“That’s my Angel,” Peg told her. “You made your daddy proud. আপনি put on a wonderful show.”
Scamp sighed, and looked at his parents. He smiled slightly as he told them, “Thanks for finding us.”
“Yeah,” Patch sighed. “I’m sorry for running off...”
“Oh, it’s all right,” Perdita told them forgivingly.
“Tramp,” অ্যাঞ্জেল whispered. “I… I’m happy to see that you’ve changed...”
Tramp smiled at Angel. “Thanks Angel… it means a lot to me that আপনি forgive me,” he told her.
“Of course I do!” অ্যাঞ্জেল told him brightly. “You… আপনি really care about my Mom after all. And I didn’t know আপনি stood up for my dad, either!”
“I didn’t know he was your dad,” Tramp stated proudly. “But… your father was one of the greatest রাস্তা সারমেয় I knew.”
“We’ll promise to treat আপনি better, all right?” Lady asked gently, embracing Scamp slightly. “We’ll try to understand you… and let আপনি be who আপনি really are.” Scamp nodded.
Lucky then asked, “Does anyone know where we are?”
“Hey, we’re not too far from the other bridge,” Tramp announced.
“Oh, yeah, that’s right,” Peg told the others. She looked inexplicably back for some reason.
“The other junkyard’s not very far back,” Tramp told Scamp and Angel.
“We’ve just got to get there to get your collars back,” Perdita told them.
The কুকুরছানা and parents were ready for the final journey.