Xirci went out of the bunker to check up on the ammo reserves. As she had finished, reinforcements of weed and cacti soldiers reported for duty from the northern border. One of which was a camo cactus that had a superpower of range and intelligence making her the ultimate sniper. She is a battle hardened veteran. This camo cactus fought in the first and second Garden war, and was stationed in the south in the third. Her name was cameo. "Well, spin me sideways! We got some shinin' new reinforcements for the homestead!" Xirci said. Cameo looks about the bunker, and finds a sniper's nest. "Get some camouflage on that nest" She said "So that way I can use it to my advantage. Xirci paused a moment. "Well, sure. Lemme just-" "You are not doing anything, Xirci! " Officer Deidra said coming down from her zen time staring outwards. "If you want camouflage so badly, get it yourself. You do not boss my men around, and I don't care how many battles you come from. These are my family, and you will respect being a guest to my family! Am I clear?" Xirci was awed seeing her commander tell off a veteran like Cameo. Is she nuts!? Cameo Grunted, and picked up some green leaves and moss, and carried to the bunker herself. "Spoiled brat." Deidra thought to herself.
As Deidra walked to the planning room with Xirci, she established all hands to meet the building for briefing. Soon enough, every plant went and reformed zombie went to the briefing.
"Fighters of tyranny" Deidra rallied "We were planted here by remarkable hands. and we will not move for evil or imperial force! We hold the weight of protecting Ipos from attack, and ensuring us all a safer tomorrow. My job as commander will be to keep all of you alive. Chances are, I will fail my duties. My collection of tags grow for each troop I loose for this responsibility, but their sacrifice is what brought us here. We have word that a huge wave of Z-Tech forces are inbound to the west border of Ipos, and we must stand in ready for an assault. We have units divided into seven parts. You know who you are, and your stations. Whether on the machine, the flax cannon, or the tower defense, strike Z-Tech down, and keep each other safe! Any questions?"
A hand raised "HEY! HEY! I FOUND A STICK!!!!" Fleshington said proudly. Everybody stared blankly at him as he awkwardly put his hand down. "ALRIGHT, get moving!" Deidra said. The troops breaked, and manned their posts. Some of anti- air, some on the machine guns, and some of the tower defense. "Ahh..." Marvin sighed tossing aside the mop. "Cleaned at last!" Flesington took the stick, and tossed it in the room Marvin finished cleaning. Marvin saw it, and ducked. The stick than hit a post holding a bunch of paints and thinners on a shelf, causing it to stress to hold up the shelf. Marvin then proudly went to Xirci, who was busy readying the wall's defense of spikeweeds. "Commander, I'm finished!" Marvin exclaimed proudly. Xirci went to check and as she did, the shelf gave in on itself, and paint spilled EVERYWHERE. Xirci went in, and three seconds went out. "I'm not playin' hooky with ya, son! I said clean the darn bunker, not PAINT IT." Marvin looked in shock at the messier bunker. Xirci looked at Marvin, and handed him a paint scraper, and mop. "Get in there, picture boy, and actually clean it!" Marvin went back in, grumbling to himself.
At last the Ipos bunker was primed, and ready to go. the flag was raised, Nests were covered with thickets and brushes, the walls unscalable, the potato mines filled the ground, anti- vehicle barricades filled the murky waters and muds. All weeds armored up with launchers, pea rifles, and other weapons they could. Deidra manned her sun slinger, Xirci Chy releases her Vegemite brigade to attack and protect. Fleshington readied his Golden Gatling, and Marvin Cussed while he cleaned the bunker of paint. THEY ARE READY. The marshy air filled their nostrils, chills came from the winds, and the trees all rustled more and more. Suddenly, jet engines soared above them all! the jets came from the Undead Zepplin, leading the way for the Storm of Steel! Airships flied past the bunker in the hundreds. The air raid siren sounded. "GO! FIRE ALL FLAX CANNONS!" Deidra commanded. the anti- air guns all targeted any ship they could, firing forty rounds non stop before cooldown. The ships all seemed to not even get a scratch. Just then, A lookout spotted the ground infantry! Z-Tech troopers all charged at the Ipos border, exploding Potato mines, getting bombarded by bamboo shoots, and bursted by corn mortars. Z-Tech Ares tanks sired at the wall attempting to break it. The Wedds all opened fire screaming for the death of Z-Tech! "INOMING INFANTRY! ON MY SIGHTS!" Deidra shouted, pinning many zombies as they came. S.H.R.IMP mechs came on the field to laser the opposistion. Beams surged through the tops of walls, and the guards stationed there bailed for their lives. Fleshington threw smoke bombs blinding the Mechs, forcing them to move into position for mortar attack. Recon weeds pointed out the locations, and the cob cannons responded with textbook fire. Eradicating the mechs! The enemy pushed hard, though, and passed the first defense.
Z-Tech infantry moved up more and more. Some were mined, some shot, even some under-towed by tanglekelp. "CHARGE! CLIMB THAT WALL! The Z-Tech commanders all shouted. Foot soldiers fired grappling hooks, and began scaling the wall, enduring the attacks of the spike weeds growing on the walls. Fire whizzed back and forth, and the weeds returned to their posts, and opened fire on the climbing zombies. Cameo sniped as much as she could. She liked to aim at the visors of tank drivers,a dn vanquish them sending their machines out of control. Deidra looked on as her troops were holding, but the Storm of Steel was passing on their merry way. "Wait... this battle is a DIVERSION." She said to herself. "GET ME A RADIO, NOW!" A recon weed came at her command, and handed her the radio crouching behind sandbags to avoid fire and planticide bombs. "Ipos front to Nyan. Ipos front to Nyan! Do you copy? over!" No response, nothing but static, so she tried again. "Ipos front to Nyan. Ipos front to Nyan! Please respond! over!" nothing came through. "BLAST!" She shouted in anger and throwing the radio phone. "Rotties are jamming us from those battleships! We're on our own!" The Storm of steel then unleashed bombs all over the base. Everyone scrambled for safety, except Marvin who was still cleaning the bunker. With the base incapacitated and the Plant Republic flag symbolically dropped from the post, the Zombies broke the wall, and readied to storm it!
As they all fought on, the last ship from the storm of steel flew out of range from the Plant Republic. Ipos was a carnage fest. But things escalated when everyone saw a familiar bubbling sound to the east swamps. The water formed a dragon like shadow and out came a familiar face! THE ROBOTRONIC SWAMPIGATOR! It roared, and everyone looked it! "Look!" An engineer from Z-Tech said eyeballing the beast "We has reinforcement!" Deidra looked on while she took the tag of a brave cactus that perished via plantide to the head. "It was an honor serving you, troops. I wouldn't want to go any other way." "S-Sir!?" Fleshington said beginning to well up.
"No need to frown, comrade."
"we've done our best, and we're all going together. "
The Swampigator pushed past The Z-Tech forces and it charged at officer Deidra. She stood blankly, and when the beastly robot roared, she closed her eyes tightly, awaiting the inevitable. Silence and disbelief fell all around. However, Cameo looked at the robot confidently.
Deidra opened her eyes to tapping glass on the robot's visor. A human hand was seen from the dart tinted visor, and pointed to the symbol beneath the cockpit. Officer Deidra looked, ans saw it was a PLANT REPUBLIC symbol! She smiled and loaded her pistol. as zombies went in to round up the plants, the Swampigator suddenly Swallowed them all whole, and flattened a Z-Tech Tank! The Zombies all looked scared and shocked!
The Swampigator charged at the Zs, and the plant Republic returned fire! Lasers, bombs, and attacks from the Swampigator all were directed at Z-Tech forces. More and more Zombies perished, and eventually with the combined power of Plants and the Zombot of the south. the Zs fell into a retreat! Flashington hugged Xirci! "WE WON! WE DID IT!" Cheer came from the plants as the damaged flag was recovered from the roof of the fort in a successful counterattack with a Gargantuan amount of help. The Swampigator let out a victorious roar, and the visor's tint faded away and revealed the driver. "Hello, Loves!" Everyone went bug eyed! Deidra was dumbfounded. "M-MADAME BOLIVIA!?" The visor opened and the gator held out his tail helping her out of the cockpit. "Such a kindly puppy this one is, isn't he? " "but how?" Xirci said. as they looked on. the sniper's nest opened. "She had a little help!" Cameo said coming down. "Cameo!? You a part of this?" Fleshington befuddled. "Yyup! I am in Nyan's special forces, after all!" Bolivia hugged Cameo "OOH! Such a good job, agent of my Schnauzer! Now, let me tell you all about it!" She sang as she plucked out the cactus spines from the hug.
"You see, Cameo and I were sent here on a top secret order: Operation, Florida Smile. Yes, I am the leader of the southern rebels and an opera singer, but I will do anything to help my Schnauzer! Nyan, as you know, took the remains of the Swapigator, but in private with me, we fixed it, and reprogrammed it to see the Plant Republic and other Z-Tech rebels worldwide as an ally! It acted like a complete puppy dog to me, and Nyan eventually let me keep him! (I haven't thought of a name)"
"So when Nyan and Bolivia finished reviving the Swampigator, He order to see me and discussed the plans to release the beast to help win the inevitable battle. By the looks, we finished the gator just in time!"
"But how did you signal the gator?" Deidra wondered.
"Simple." Cameo said handing back the Flag the was over the fort. "Huh!?" Xirci said looking at the flag in disbelief." Cameo smirked, and remembered the scenario...
"If you want camouflage so badly, get it yourself. You do not boss my men around, and I don't care how many battles you come from. These are my family, and you will respect being a guest to my family! Am I clear?" Xirci was awed seeing her commander tell off a veteran like Cameo. Is she nuts!? Cameo Grunted, and picked up some green leaves and moss, and carried to the bunker herself. "Spoiled brat." Deidra thought to herself. Cameo then dropped off the foliage, and grabbed the flag's rope. She then brought it to the sniper's nest, and covered it with leaves to look like a branch.
"So when the flag dropped..." Xirci said "That signaled Bolivia to make the rush." "Bingo, Flower." Cameo said. "Oh, isn't life grand?" Bolivia said happily. Now, how's about we get some muffins? I have them freshly made! The troops that fought including Xirci, Deidra, and Fleshington all followed for a home-cooked meal, and great hospitality. They also would share the news that the Storm of Steel is passing the Atlantic ocean to an unknown target.
Meanwhile, Marvin got the last of the paint out of the bunker, and he finally caught his breath. He took the mop up, and he looked at the damaged and dirty fortress. "GASP! Where is everyone!? " He looked around, and slyly pulled out a sock puppet that looked like Xirci and began playing with it in a broken Texas drawl:
"OOhHHh, Howdy, you little dOggIEs! Get those gUUUns all shiny so that way I can take all that THARR credit! Rope up all y'all hEehaws so we can get a chance to fight, AND KEEP MARVIN CLEANING MY BUNKER WHEN I CAN EASILY CLEAN IT TOO!" He anthropomorphized, practically shaking the puppet. All the weeds that came to replace the tired ones looked at marvin and an awkward silence filled the air.
"I'M NOT CLEANING THIS!!!"