LNH: Another LNH Title? Really? #12: "Bush Whacked"

Jeanne Morningstar mrfantastic7 at gmail.com
Wed Feb 9 07:35:34 PST 2022

HHS #50 is still slowly but surely moving along, so here's a short scene 
to tide people over:

Another LNH Title? Really? #12:
"Bush Whacked"
by Jeanne Morningstar



Nina turned over the weapon in her hand, examining its leaves and 
branches. "What is this? A... bush?"

"Yeah!" said Cheesecake Eater Lad. "A ninja bush! One of Ultimate 
Ninja--the original one's most powerful secret techniques. I was one of 
the only students he ever taught it to."

"I see..." said Nina. "I'd heard about the Ninja Bush, but I'd always 
thought it was a joke..."

"It is a joke," said Cheesecake-Eater Lad, "and it's also one of the 
Ninja's deadliest weapons. That's how the LNH works."

"Is this a Monty Python thing?"

"It's a The Tick thing! You know, when there was that Frank Miller 
parody and there were ninjas hiding in the bushes."

"The Tick?" said Nina. "I *think* I remember watching that as a kid, but 
I don't remember that bit..."

"It was the comic."

"There was a comic? Never mind." She ran her fingers across the branches 
of the bush and frowned. "Why are we still doing this bit? Will the 
readers get where that's from?"

"I mean, ah, let's be honest" said Cheesecake-Eater Lad. "It's not like 
there's reading the LNH right now who's been reading it for less than 
twenty years."

"I guess," said Nina.

She steadied the bush in her hands and stepped into the Peril Room. 
There was the holographic replica of her adoptive uncle and mentor, the 
original Ultimate Ninja.

"Hi there, Uncle Grumpy," she whispered. Ultimate Ninja, being a 
hologram, didn't say anything.

They drew their bushes and lunged at each other. Within a few seconds, 
Nina lay on the floor, dead. The program switched off.

"Ow. Ow. Ow," she said as Cheesecake Eater Lad helped her up. "Well now 
I get it..."

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