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Rhyme and Reason is a Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers Fan Fic written by Michael Demcio. Completed after two years of writing in late 1995 and released on the Usenet in 1996, it was the first Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers Fan Fic that was meant to be one. Its sole predecessor, Miami Munks by David Walker, was sent to Disney as a potential season 4 episode but eventually denied.Shortly before his birthday, Chip compares the Rescue Rangers' casework with that of his literal idol Sureluck Jones. He comes to the conclusion that the Rangers haven't had a really "big" and challenging case. So his biggest birthday wish is a case that lets him show what he is really capable of.Later on, he receives a letter supposedly from his old mentor, the police dog Plato saying he wants to meet him. When they meet, Plato states he has never sent any letter to Chip. The Rangers' leader returns to the Headquarters and finds his four companions kidnapped and a somewhat morbid mobile mounted in the main room. He seeks the room for clues and discovers two notes written by a certain Ivana M. Killjoy. One is his first hint, written in rhymes, and the other one are the rules of the game of which he is a player and she is the master from then on: His friends are held captive somewhere in the city. He has time until the sun sets at 7:00 pm when they'll be killed. And he is explicitly denied the help of any other critters or of the Rangers' contraptions—which are out of reach for him anyway since Ivana has taken all of Gadget's inventions into the hangar and sealed it afterwards.Chip then embarks on a quest to several places all over San Francisco. Every location not only gives him another rhymed hint to decipher but also has been turned into a death trap of sorts which is triggered when Chip is present.In the meantime, the other four Rangers find themselves held captive in an office building scheduled to be demolished. A lot of care has been taken to prevent them from leaving the floor, much less escaping the house. They are not informed about Chip's well-being or whereabouts. And each of them has to face their own individual tailor-made challenges.Over the years, Rhyme and Reason won a whole of eight fandom awards: four of the one-off 1999 Plato Awards and four times the Golden Acorn Award for Best All-Time Fanfic, three of these in a tie with the graphic novel Of Mice And Mayhem.Rhyme and Reason can be found at the Rescue Ranger Database.
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