Dib had not been in this...alternative universe for very long but already he was coming to accept that things were better here for him than they had ever been back in his own universe. Which was precisely the problem! Zim had no doubt concocted this horrific evil plan where he dumped him in a world where he was actually accepted! Where he wasn't laughed at! Where he was surrounded by the very glorious paranormal creatures that he had been trying so very hard to prove existed, and that was absolutely fine. He could ask questions to his hearts content if the person was friendly enough. Best of all? None of these paranormal creatures had harmed him yet
, he knew better than to drop all of his guards and simply treat all the people he met with open arms of course.
He never wanted to go back home, and that was what was so horrifically evil about it!
Without him there to protect it, the whole world would surely fall prey to whatever wider scheme Zim was hatching behind the scenes. His family would be gone, his Skool would be gone, everyone he had grown up with, everyone in general! As much as he hated it at home, if Zim was still there trying to destroy the planet it was his duty to continue to try and go back. Nobody else would be wise to his antics until it was too late. His father, sure, was a smart guy - the smartest in fact - but he still didn't believe that Zim was an alien, despite all of the evidence! Gaz just didn't seem to care and the rest of the humans were too dense to even realise paranormal incidents were just that when they happened right in front of their noses!
After arriving here on the inter-dimensional train, Dib had spent a long time sat in the station with his computer, trying to figure out how to get back. He'd read energy signals until he couldn't stay awake any more but there just wasn't anything he could do to manipulate them into taking him back. In the end, he had given up and decided that he would have to consult with some other people on their own research into this. He couldn't be the only person wanting to go home after all.
Dib had spent a few days in Parse, where he had decided to set up shop, considering it was a technological hub and therefore the best place to be for all things scientific innovation. He had gotten himself a job as a detective, he had plenty of skills and while his role currently was getting coffee and filing - only helping out with cases when he forced his opinions and deductions onto the other detectives - he was enjoying it. He'd also decided, following his first meeting with a paranormal entity, that he would write a blog detailing his meetings with these creatures and promoting awareness. Positive awareness of the pleasant creatures, of course. No need to dissect and lock up when they were being so co-operative.
Now though, he was exploring the other regions. He probably shouldn't have come to this one in particular, but he was confident in the fact he could deal with anything that came his way. If he could emerge from a giant space battle where he flew a planet around unscathed, then he could definitely wander around this neighbourhood without getting seriously hurt. Dib had taken the train to the Barrows, because rumour had it they had quite an interesting Black Market. He had wanted to see if there were any interesting paranormal nick nacks that he could pick up, for research purposes. He had spent a good few hours wandering around, thoroughly entranced by some of the things on offer, before a familiar sight made his blood run cold.
No no no...why?!
He was having such a great time, yeah he had to go back but he could enjoy what little respite he had from his daily life of pain while he figured out how to do that. The sight of the one and only, Invader Zim, made Dib want to tear his hair out. Why did he have to ruin everything?
Then the thought struck him, Zim could not be plotting anything nefarious in his home universe if he was also stuck here. Surely the same rules would apply to him as applied to Dib? So, there then was no real reason to go back. He would need to instead protect this world from the destructive and maniacal tendancies of the alien invader! He must be up to something even now. Dib frowned and put down the relic that he had been eyeing previously, now was no time for shopping, he needed to make sure that Zim wasn't up to anything untoward. Putting his years of stealth training in spying on Zim to good use, Dib blended into the crowd for a moment, before starting to shadow the steps made by the alien, following a good few paces behind him, wherever he went.