For the next two and a half years, Todd and Melissa were happy with their family. Their first litter of pups (Mike
and Michelle) made their lives brighter. However, Todd and Melissa always wanted to have more pups. Since Todd
started the network that would later become IBN in 2974, the family could only support one litter of pups at that time.
In fact, Melissa needed to get a nighttime job at a nearby gas station to help provide for the family. But help was
on the way from an unexpected source...
In September of 2977, a category 5 hurricane slammed into the southern portion of Mason Island near Dolphin City, Every
single television station in Dolphin City was severly damaged or destroyed, except for the one that Todd owned down there.
Why wasn't his TV station destroyed you're asking...well, about a year earlier, Todd had come upon a recent discovery made
by one of Vulpes' best minds that offered unimaginable damage protection at an affordable price. He had all the stations
he owned on Vulpes retrofitted with the experiemental barriers and they worked like a charm. Why is this important,
well the genius who came up with the idea was his own 2 1/2 year old son, whose intelligence level at that age was extremely
high. Now, you may be asking, how the hell could a 2 1/2 year old fox pup (even an extremely intelligent one) created
an experimental protection barrier that can resist violent weather conditions, earthquakes, and bomb blasts? Well, when
Mike turned 2, he had the intelligence level of a 20-year old human (usually by age 2, foxes have the intelligence level of
about a 10-year old human). Mike had always been into science, and his parents got him a chemistry set for his 2nd birthday.
One day, Mike found a vulpine quarter outside (all vulpine coins are made from steel, with a slight amount of anti-magnetic
powder). The next day, on a trip to the park, he found the remains of what appeared to be a squirrel. He immediately
thought back to the coin he found and thought what would happen if he mixed the steel from the coin with the bone from the
skeleton. When he got home, he turned the skeleton into powder and used a blowtorch to melt the coin. The result
was liquid steel combined with bone fragments. As the bone melted in the molten steel, it had created a new solid compound
that became hard instantly. After removing it from the melting pan, being the inquisitive young fox that he was, he
took his father's sledgehammer and hit the metallic object with it. The material that he had created was so strong that
the head of the sledgehammer cracked in multiple places and then crumbled onto the floor. His father, hearing metal
on metal, immediately ran to the garage and saw the crumbled up remains of the head of his steel sledgehammer. He quickly
asked his son how this happened. Mike told him that he combined the steel from a coin with bone fragments he found in
the park and hit the resulting substance with the hammer. Todd immediately thought that the compound his son had just
created must be strong if it were powerful enough to break a large steel sledgehammer. After that, the rest became history.
The new metallic material would eventually be called Indesturctium (as in indestructible). Anyway, back to the original
story, after the hurricane, the other major networks on Mason Island learned about what had happened and found out about the
Indestructium fitted building and immediately wanted to rebuild their buildings with the new compound. Being a smart
fox himself, Todd helped Mike patent his new creation and then offered to provide them with the compound for a fee. One
month after the hurricane had struck, Todd had thousands of orders for Indestructium building materials (hammers, nails, beams,
etc). This new discovery caused Todd's network to receive a serious infusion of cash (even after commissions to advanced
chemistry and medical science companies to produce materials and expertise to produce large quantities of Indestructium).
It also had an (indirect) part in the creation of Mike and Michelle's younger siblings, as you will read about below.
Now with the family in a much better financial situation (and I use that term mildly), Todd and Melissa were able to
afford having more pups, they immediately started working on a second litter. It wouldn't take long for that to happen,
although they didn't get a litter (they only got one pup)*. By the end of January 2978, Todd and Melissa's 3rd pup entered
the world (this time on Vulpes). Jennie's original name was Jennifer Allison Mason, however when she started pre-school
at age 3, her teacher called her "Jenny" and she stuck with that name ever since. But after she realized that her initials
spelled the word "JAM" (at age 6), she had the "y" ending to an "ie" ending (later on, some of her friends and first boyfriends
called her "Jamie", which was "JAM+ie"**). Although Mike welcomed his new baby sister into the world, his other sister
became jealous of her baby sister, and that began a sibling rivalry that would last until Mike and Michelle were in High School.
But you'll have to wait 'til Act 3 to find out more! ^w^
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