Percy and Stephanie walked out of the movie theater.
Both were kids and very good friends. "Wow, that was a lousy movie," said Percy. "The snake's death looked like a prod with a wooden sword!"
"I liked it," said Stephanie as they turned around and toward an alley.
Just then, a villain in red robes walked up to them. "Hey, kids! Could you spare a dime?"
"We're not supposed to talk to strangers," Percy replied, "and no, we don't have any extra money."
The bandit wasn't buying it. "Oh, really? Well, how about 2 dollars and 50 cents?"
He knows! Percy gasped. "How did you know we had that?"
"I've been watching your every move. Every morning your mom gives you 2 and a half dollars, and I want it!"
Stephanie swallowed hard. "But that's our...lunch money!"
The bandit cackled as he released a knife on a spring. It stabbed their backpacks, and dollar bills and coins came pouring out. With 5 dollars in hard cash, the robber was about to leave when he saw Baby Intelligence and the only X-Babies still in the group--Baby Strength and Force Baby--blocking his path. He stepped back.
"It's not nice to rob children of their lunch money," Baby Intelligence said as he advanced on their new enemy.
The bandit took out a rocket-shaped explosive from his pocket. He threw it at Baby Intelligence, but Baby Intelligence ducked and Baby Strength caught it and tried to break it in two. Suddenly, it disappeared. Baby Strength was shocked. He didn't know Lindsay was right behind them at the edge of the alley.
Seizing his chance, Baby Strength picked up their opponent. He was about to carry him to the car when Force Baby finished the job, using the Force to guide him there.
The bandit fell into the backseat, shocking the policeman. "Huh?" he said, looking behind him. "It's the Lunch Money Bandit! We've been looking for him for months. Thanks, boys."
"Anytime," Baby Intelligence replied, though his thoughts were still directed at Lindsay.
The battle over, Baby Strength and Force Baby climbed inside. Baby Intelligence walked over to Lindsay, who had started to doze off. He waved his hand, and Lindsay fell asleep completely. Then he carried Lindsay to their car and dropped her on a cushion in the trunk before taking off for home.