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« Reply #15 on: 29 January, 2008, 10:08:50 pm »

BM: Well.... I guess that means... what, exactly?

Mewtwo: <It means we wait a bit, and then bust in there. Hopefully, whatever they saw will be done, by then.>

(Twenty minutes later, just outside the cottage.)

Samus: Okay. Ganondorf, bust down the door.

(Ganondorf starts charging a Gerudo Punch, and...)

(click-click! Scree... There stands Link, naked as the day he was born, except for his cap.)

Link: Oh, hello. We weren't expecting anyone, at all... Say, you guys look familiar. Do I know you?

(Krystal comes down the stairs, wearing a short robe.)

Krystal: Link, sweetie, never answer the door when you're wearing nothing! That's... Oh... Um... Wow.

Samus: You have no idea.

Krystal: Um... Link, honey, go put on your clothes.

Link: Okay, mama. I love you.

Krystal: I... love you too, dear.

(Link goes upstairs.)

Geno: ...... Mama?

Krystal: (sigh) I suppose I should explain. Come on in. It's a little small, but it's cozy.

Samus: Bomberman, Geno, Mewtwo, if you want-

(Bomberman, Geno and Mewtwo turn as one, and head back to the ship, quickly. The rest go into the cottage.)

Ganondorf: Why am I still here?

Samus: Because you're needed to brink back Link. Gardevoir, you're here to keep my brain from leaking out of my head.

Gardevoir: <Of course.>

Ganondorf: You seem awfully calm, considering what we just witnessed.

Gardevoir: <Oh, don't worry. I'm going to have a break-down, probably shortly after we leave.>

(They all head into a kind of living room.)

Krystal: Okay, where should I begin?

Samus: From the beginning, of course. When we all left, Link was, well, Link, and nobody called you mama.

Krystal: (sigh) Alright. Here's the story.

Ganondorf: Hang on. Before you do, could you please, you know, put something on?

Krystal: Oh! I'm so sorry! I'll be right back.

(Krystal runs upstairs, and comes back down, clad in her leather suit. Link is right behind her, dressed in his tunic.)

Krystal: Link, sweetie, could you get mama some fresh water?

Link: But the stream is miles from here, and it's dark!

Krystal: Go, Link. Now.

Link: Hmph. Fine.

(Link stomps out the door.)

Krystal: (sigh) I'm so sorry about all this. I didn't intend for all this- (gestures around her) -to happen. Alright, this is how it went.

(Krystal explains Link's memory loss, Argos, the city they were supposed to go to, and how they ended up in the cottage.)

 Ganondorf: Oh, good lord up high. I'm sure my insanity would have been less painful than this.

Samus: Shush. Alright, Krystal. You explained the how. Now, give us the why.

Krystal: ..... I'M SO LONELY!

(Krystal starts sobbing.)

Gardevoir: ..... <Well.>

Samus: Well, indeed.

Krystal: Oh, (sob) I'm so sorry about doing that. (sniff) You see... I've been with so many companions, in my time.

Samus: Yes, we guessed that.

Krystal: The thing is, none of them... loved me. They were all just.... hopeless dreams. But, with Link... after we were done... he told me... (sob) he told me he (sob) loves me. It felt... it was wonderful, to be told that. I could see it in his eyes. He really does love me.

Samus: You took him away. You held him here, even though you knew that his mind is deteriorating... because he loves you?

Krystal: Samus, you... you don't know! I've never been loved! Everyone else, they just did their thing, and left. When Link told me that he loves me, it's like my life came out of the dark, into the light. Even now, every time he tells me he loves me, it's another reason to go on. I've found the meaning of life, in him.

Samus: No... No, I understand how you feel. I understand it, all too well.

(Silence.)

Ganondorf: (cough) Well, sure. But... mama?

Krystal: Oh, that... I don't know. It seemed right.

Gardevoir: <Well, we can deal with you, later. For now, we have to get Link back to normal.>

Krystal: Of course. It's best, for him to be... normal.

Gardevoir: <It goes a little deeper than that, I'm afraid. No matter. As soon as Link gets back, we can get this straightened out.>

(About ten minutes later, the door opens, and closes.)

Link: I'm back, mama! Can you please tell me why- ...... What's going on, here?

Ganondorf: Link, it's time for you to come back to us.

Link: What are you talking about? Hey, wait... I remember! You're a bad man! Mama, where's my sword?! I must defend you!

Krystal: No, Link, there's no need-
Ganondorf: No, let him! Of course. The Master Sword. It's so obvious. Where is the Master Sword?

Krystal: .... It's in a chest, in the upstairs hall.

(Ganondorf stumps up the stair, and comes down, carrying the entire chest.)

Ganondorf: Something tells me we should probably have some space, when this happens. Outside, Link. If you wish to fight, we will do it there.

Link: Very well.

(They all go outside. Ganondorf lays the chest on the ground, busts the lock off it, and opens it up. Right there, is Link's shield, and the Master Sword.)

Ganondorf: Pick up your weapon.

(Link straps the scabbard to his back. With his left hand, he picks up his shield, and the Master Sword with his right. Nothing happens.)

 Ganondorf: Switch hands. You must hold your sword with your left hand.

Link: Huh? I'm a righty.

Ganondorf: DO IT!

(Link quickly switches hands. Nothing happens.)

Gandondorf: Hmm.... Raise your sword, high, Link.

Link: This is getting ridiculous. Are we going to fight, or not?

Krystal: Link, please do as he says.

(Link looks very confused, but he raises the Master Sword aloft. At that moment, the Triforce of Courage on the back of Link's hand shines brightly. The blade of the Master Sword suddenly blazes forth with a tongue of blue fire. It shines brilliantly, for a moment, then goes out.)

Link: Wha? What the-.... Oh, god.

Ganondorf: Link? You in there?

Gardevoir: <I believe he is. It feels like his mind is back in one piece.>

Krystal: ..... Link, sweetie...

Link: (deep breath) Get away...


(Krystal steps close, about to place a hand on Link's shoulder.)

Krystal: Link, I'm s-
Link: I SAID GET AWAY!

(Link shoves Krystal away from him, making her fall to the ground, and turns his back. Tears start welling up in Krystal's eyes.)

Krystal: I'm... I'm so sorry.

Samus: .... Come on, Link. Snake has his ship not far from here. Erm, Krystal, you take your Arwing back to the mansion.

(Link walks briskly ahead, holding his sword and shield close. Krystal slowly walks toward her Arwing, gets in, and takes off. The rest of them head to, and get into Snake's plane.)

Snake: Link! Er, are you feeling alright?

Link: ...... Yeah. I'm fine.

(Snake raises an eyebrow, and leans in next to Ganondorf.)

Snake: What's with him?

Ganondorf: Ask Gardevoir to give you guys the story. Take us back to the mansion.

Snake: .... Oookay.

Geno: Samus, don't you have to retrieve your gunship?

Samus: No need. After you told us about Smithy, I instructed it to return to the mansion.

Link: Smithy? What are you guys talking about? Hang on... Geno, Game&Watch, I thought you were going on a vacation. And Snake and Bomberman were- What's going on, here?

Samus: Hmm. I suppose you should know, as well.

(And so, they explain The Deity, Mr. Game&Watch, Smithy and Dark Samus, and the Giga-Smash. It's the Giga-Smash that Link seems to be particularly interested in.)

Link: Giga-Smash, eh? And, it only responds to certain people? May I?

Samus: Of course.

(Samus pulls out the leather case, opens it up, and holds it out to Link. Link picks one up with his left hand... the coin instantly shines a brilliant gold, and the Triforce in his hand shines just as brightly.)

Link: Oh, man... I, I feel like I can take on anything! Nothing can strike me down!

Geno: Good for you, Link. Put it back.

(Link reluctantly replaces the coin, then resumes his somber brooding.)

BM: Uh.... huh. Jus-
Samus: SHH! +Gardevoir, can you hear me?+

Gardevoir: <Yes, Samus. Would you like me to tell them?>

Samus: +Please. And, be gentle. We don't want them completely losing it.+

 Yoshi: Yoshi?

Link: AH!

Geno: Oh, right. I forgot to tell you about Yoshi, didn't I?

Link: I'll kill it before it eats- eh?

Mewtwo: <Can't really do much when your muscles are locked, now can you? Settle down. He's harmless. Unless, of course, you're vulnerable to the women fawning over that little reptile.>

Samus: Jealous.

Mewtwo: <Nauseous, I think, is the word.>

(Geno tells Link about Yoshi. Then, in the silence after, Gardevoir starts privately telling everyone everything else.)

Link: ........ I see that! I see how you're looking at me! You, Gardevoir, you're telling them, aren't you? Well, that's fine! Go ahead! I'm the victim! I'm the one who had severe brain problems! She's the one who took advantage of me! It's all her *&^%ING FAULT!

(Silence.)

BM: Dude, she loved you. She loved you like no other. She took care of you, like a mother takes care of her child.

Link: What do you know? She took advantage of me.

BM: Yeah, and I'm sure you hated every minute of it.

(Link just goes back to his brooding. And they travel to the mansion... to The Deity.)

(It's getting on toward evening, in the Brawl Mansion. Vaati is in his room, meditating.)

Vaati: +Just who the hell was that? Hmm. Some kind of higher being, I think, but not really. Certainly a lot of power.+

Huh??: Hey, Vaati.

Vaati: Oh, you again. Go away.

Huh??: Wouldn't you at least like to see me? To know who I am?

Vaati: Uh-huh, sure. Then, when I meet you, you're going to blast me because I turned you down, and I know to much, now.

Huh??: Tuh. All you know is that I'm a disembodied voice.

Vaati: You're a disembodied voice with a lot of power, and you're in need of minions.

Huh??: ..... What makes you think that?

Vaati: Simple. You offered me power beyond what I have, now. The only way you could do that is if you were more powerful than I could comprehend. Although, I'm guessing it's a fairly generic god-of-all-things-on-this-planet kind of power. Unfortunately, you can't read minds. Otherwise, you would have already known that I know your power, because that's what I was just thinking about.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Elsewhere ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Mario: I gotta hand it to him. He's-a got you fairly licked.

TD: Shut up, Mario.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Back in Vaati's room ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~


Vaati: Mario? You're with Mario?

Huh??: Who said I'm with anybody?

Vaati: You just said "shut up, Mario." I couldn't hear what he was saying, but I imagine it isn't exactly to your liking. So, tell me, just how is Mario connected to you? Is he your master? Or, is it the other way around? Oh, wait, that's right. You're the powerful one. Then again, Mario does seem to do things a little too perfectly, I hear. Hey, Mario, just how powerful are you?

Huh??: Listen, I'm giving you one last chance. Come with me, be my comrade, and you will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.

Vaati: That's funny. The last time someone said that, they died. Still not caring. Go away.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Back with The Deity and Mario ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

TD: Dammit, Vaati! Don't you thirst for more? Do you not hunger for the strength to rule them all? The strength to bind them?

Mario: Face it. You lost him. He has-a beaten you, and he didn't even have to power up.

TD: Shut UP father!

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ In Vaati's room ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Vaati: Father? Now, that's just creepy. Oh, by the way, did you know that I can still hear you?

Huh??: SHUT UP!!

Vaati: Hey, you're the one who keeps talking to me.

(Silence.)

Vaati: I hate this place. So much.

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Later, at dinner ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

EXE: So, Fox, how come you guys left?

Fox: Slippy was injured pretty badly. It's looking like he'll make it, but we wanted to be there, for him.

Falco: Poor little amphibian. Of course, I don't care, that much. As long as he pulls through, I don't see any reason to get upset.

Fox: Sure, whatever. Say, where's Meta Knight? Don't tell me he's still locked in his room.

EXE: Alright. He isn't locked in his room.

Falco: Dammit. He's still in there, isn't he?

Sonic: Say what?

Bass: Long story short, something happened to Meta Knight, and now, he's trapped in his room.

Sonic: Well, someone already tried talking to him, right?

Marth: (Japanese.)

Bass: I'm not sure you count.

EXE: Since when could you understand Japanese?

Bass: Remember when we were connected, this morning? Then.

Fox: Connected? Oh, to exchange information, like through a LAN.

EXE: ....... Sure.

Marth: (More Japanese.)

Bass: It's because he doesn't know Japanese, dur.

Roy: (Even more Japanese.)

Bass: What? What're y- Ah.

EXE: Wow.

Sonic: Did I miss something?

Bass: You seriously don't want to know.

Sonic: Huh. Whatever. Say, you two are friends with him, right? Why don't you try to go talk some sense into him?

Fox: Well... That doesn't sound too bad.

Falco: Yeah. Not tonight, though. I already have something to do that can't be ignored.

Fox: Right. And I have clean all my weapons. It's the only way to make sure they're working right.

Sonic: Whatever works. (scarfs down yet another chili dog.)

EXE: Okay, seriously, I can understand eating those for breakfast and lunch, but why at dinner? What, do you run all the time?

Sonic: Nah. I just really like chili dogs. Duh.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ On the Snake plane ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Geno: So, you got this, right?

Snake: Of course. I know where to go, from here.

Geno: Good. You keep going. Keep my body safe.

(Geno flashes out of his body, and leaves.)

Samus: What the hell? What's he doing?

Snake: Not a clue.

(Silence.)

BM: So, you're still sulking?

(Link turns a very ugly glare on Bomberman.)

BM: That would be a big yes.

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ A little later, in Star Road ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Geno: <I have returned, my dear.>

Serenade: <I noticed that you don't have something to put me in.>

Geno: <Nonsense. I told you I would take care of it, and I will. Or, more accurately, it's already taken care of.>

Serenade: <Is that so? Then what, praytell, am I going to be living in?>

Geno: <Who. You're going to be staying in a person. Yoshi, to be exact.>

(Serenade stops. The shifting mother-of-pearl colors grind to a halt. Silence.)

Geno: <It's temporary. You're right, I bungled it. But, hey, can you blame me? It's not like I've been doing absolutely nothing, since I invited you to the mansion.>

Serenade: <Yes, well... I suppose. But, what about Yoshi? Wouldn't he be harmed by me taking over his body?>

Geno: <Not really. If anything, he'll benefit from your presence. Your non-violent, friendly, out-going type of personality can only help. Besides, it'll only be for a few days. As soon as we get back, I'll get to work on getting you a real body.>

Serenade: <Hm. I don't like this, much.>

Geno: <Yes. Neither do I, really. But, I kind of backed myself into a corner. Shall we go, then?>

Serenade: <I suppose. To the mansion, or to your friends?>

Geno: <The mansion, I think.>

(Geno and Serenade leave Star Road, slip into sub-space, and go to the mansion.)

Geno: <Well, here we are. Er, we should probably keep a low profile. I don't think the mortals would respond well to a couple of floating points of light.>

Serenade. <Say, this place is nice. I was expecting it to look something like a dungeon.>

Geno: <That's because the dungeons are hidden.>

Serenade: ....... <Oh, that's a joke.>

Geno: <Right. Well, it looks like most everyone's gone to bed, or whatever. Come on. We'll stay in my room until the others get back. It'll be a few hours, assuming they don't stop for the night. Come along.>

(Geno and Serenade float through the halls for a bit. However...)

Geno: <WAIT! Get back!>

Serenade: <What is it?>

Geno: <There's something else in the halls. I'm not sure what it is. Come on, we'll take another way.>

Serenade: <Shouldn't we investigate?>

Geno: .... <I don't think that would be a good idea. Whatever it is, it's very malevolent, and I don't feel like dealing with it, right now.

(Geno and Serenade float down a different hall... Out from the shadows, a clawed, reptilian foot sets down. A black, draconic eye glimmers in the darkness...)

(It's the dead of night, when Snake's ship finally touches down, outside the mansion. They all step out of the plane.)

Samus: OhHhHhHhHh. Man, its good to be back. I can really streetch.

(Samus stretches... Oh, boy, does she stretch.)

Snake: (cough) Right, well. We're all glad to be back. Now, Game&Watch, correct me if I'm wrong, but he can't hear psychic talk, can he? Not over long distances?

(Nod)

Snake: Excellent. That's all I needed to know.

Mewtwo: <Oh, lord. We're going to be busy, for a while, aren't we?>

Snake: +It's a necessary sacrifice, I'm afraid. Just think of it as doing your part to take down a competitor for the most evil position.+

Ganondorf: Which reminds me, I'm going to have a long talk with Vaati, tomorrow.

BM: Exactly. Tomorrow. Good night, all.

(Nearby, Krystal, in her Arwing, lands. Krystal gets out, and walks toward the group.)

Link: Well, I'm going inside, now. See you in the morning.

Krystal: Link, wait! Please!
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« Reply #16 on: 29 January, 2008, 10:09:34 pm »

Gardevoir: <Stop, Krystal. You need to give him time. If you keep pressing him, right now, he won't have an opportunity to think.>

Krystal: Didn't he have almost six hours to think?!

Gardevoir: <Krystal, please. Let him be, if only for another night.>

Samus: She's right. You can' t help yourself, at this moment.

(Krystal sobs once, and heads inside. The rest follow. Inside...)

Mewtwo: <Alright, I've opened a telepathic link between just us four. Just think what you want to say, and everyone else will hear it.>

Snake: +Excellent. So, what now?+

Ganondorf: +I think our first concern is finding out the others who can use the giga-smash. It's not like we can just pass them around.+

Samus: +Maybe... maybe we can.+

Ganondorf: +What, just pass them around? What the hell are you talking about?+

Samus: +I'm sorry, I'm a little too tired to think, right now. I'll take Yoshi, for now. I'll think of a way to break the news to everyone, tomorrow.+

Mewtwo: <Hm. Everything's happening tomorrow... why does that concept seem familiar?>

Samus: +Who knows, and who cares?+ Oh, look, it's my room. I'm going to bed.

(Samus opens her door, and shuts it loudly behind her.)

Snake: Hm. I guess she really needs her beauty sleep. +Well, I guess there's nothing else we can do, right now. I'll be heading off, then.+

(Snake turns down another corridor. Ganondorf and Mewtwo continue on their merry way.)

Ganondorf: Have I told you what I'm going to do to Vaati when I get my hands on him?

Mewtwo: <Just as long as you leave him intact for me. I'd like to have my own shot at that little punk.>

Ganondorf: First, I'm going to grab him by the head. Right on the forehead. Then, I'm going to squeeze his temples with my fingers until his eyes roll back, and then-
Mewtwo: <Oh, look! It's my room. Bye-bye.>

(Mewtwo quickly gets into his room, and slams the door. Ganondorf is all alone...)

Ganondorf: Huh... Well, might as well get going.

(Ganondorf walks the halls of the mansion, until...)

Ganondorf: CHRIST ON A STICK!!!

(There, in front of him, stands a creature that can only be described as an evil-looking dragon.)
(Note: For those of you who don't know what Ridley looks like, here is a fair representation of him.)
http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/13414238/?qo=19&q=ridley&qh=boost%3Apopular+age_sigma%3A24h+age_scale%3A5
(Other note: Whenever Ridley speaks English, it's really sort of a raspy, airy voice.)

Ridley: hhhhhWho are you?

Ganondorf: ...... Who are you to ask?

Ridley: hhhI am the ravenous one. Never is my hunger sated, nor is my thirst ever slaked....

Ganondorf: ....... And?

(Ridley let's out a loud screech.)

Ridley: Tremble at my name! RIDLEY!!

(Silence.)

Ganondorf: Okay, then.

(Ganondorf walks right by Ridley.)

Ganondorf: +Way too damn creepy. I wonder if he's one of those specialized bosses, or an actual new-comer... Well, I'll think about it, tomorrow. Hm, Mewtwo was right. That concept does seem overly familiar.+

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~The next day, at breakfast ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

DK: {Did you hear something, last night?}

Diddy: {Of course! You'd have to be deaf or dead, to not hear it.}

DK: {Do you have any idea what might have made that sound?}

Diddy: {It must have been something HUGE!}

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Across the room ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Peach: Goodness, that was something. I can't believe anything could make that sound.

Zelda: Indeed. It completely disrupted... my sleep.

Peach: Oh, right. I was asleep, too. Until that darn scream, or howl, or whatever.

Luigi: Why the hell do I continue sitting here?

Peach: Because our sweet, sweet voices are soothing to your hangover.

Luigi: Nope. Must be something else.

Zelda: It's a shame Mewtwo isn't here. He would set you straight.

Luigi: Why do you think I went drinking? I knew he'd be gone another day.

Mewtwo: <LUIGI!!>

Luigi: WAAAH!

(Luigi falls over on the ground, curled into a fetal position.)

Luigi: When... will the hurting... stop?

Zelda: Mewtwo! You're back early! Wait, is that Ganondorf? And Bomberman? Has everyone returned?

Mewtwo: <That's right. Oh, and, you might want to be prepared for a little... surprise, or two. By the way, do you know what made that awful noise, last night?>

Ganondorf: I know.

(Mewtwo whirls around to see Ganondorf, with a very serious look on his face.)

Mewtwo: <Oh, come on! We just got back! What now?>

Ganondorf: I'm not sure if it's serious, or not. Let's grab some grub, first.

(Ganondorf and Mewtwo head to the buffet line.)

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Across the room ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Snake: So, when are you planning on telling everyone?

Samus: About... (leans in close) about Yoshi?

(Nod)

Samus: I'm not sure. I might go to Mario, let him know. We can just have him say that he picked him up, or something.

Snake: Nah. That might lead to too many questions. I think we should tell at least some of the truth. Geno was called away to the Star Road, he got the news, and we went to Mario's world, to get Yoshi.

Samus: Mm. Hang on, a moment. +Mewtwo, can you hear me?+

 Mewtwo: <Yes, I can. Would you care to explain why you interrupted my eating?>

Samus: +I'm thinking and eating at the same time. I think you're capable of doing that. Do you by any chance know what screamed, last night?+

Mewtwo: <Hang on, Ganondorf was about to tell me. I'll open up the channel to him, as well.... Ganondorf, would you care to reveal just what the hell made that ruckus?>

Ganondorf: Fine, fine. If it'll- Oh, telepathy. +Anyway, the thing I met was a big black dragon looking thing. Very bony, though.+

Samus: +Wait, did it have a very long, whip-like tail?+

Ganondorf: +Now that you mention it, he did. Yeah, it's a guy. Anyway, he said his name is Ridley.+

(Samus suddenly stands up, knocking over her chair. Her eyes appear to have a blazing fire in them.)

Samus: RIDLEY!!

Mewtwo: <It seems you know him. A friend of your's?>

(Samus leaps over to Mewtwo, and grabs him by the tube behind his neck.)

Samus: WHERE IS HE!? YOU WILL TELL ME!

(Samus violently grabs one of Mewtwo's antennae.)

Samus: Tell me, or I break it off!

(Suddenly, Ganondorf delivers a lightning-quick jab into Samus' temple. She goes out like a light.)

Mewtwo: <That took a little long, don't you think?>

Ganondorf: Sorry. I had to swallow my bacon.

(Ganondorf looks around to see everyone looking at them. Most are whispering to each other.)

Ganondorf: (sigh) I suppose I would have to tell them... Everyone, listen up! I'm sure we all heard that loud screech, last night. Well, I'm telling you, I was right in front the creature that made that sound! It is a large dragon-like creature, black, with a whip of a tail, and talons like razors. It's name... is Ridley. And, it seems that our Samus has a history with him. Do not worry. She'll wake up in a few minutes. She'll have a headache, but other than that, she's fine. Oh, and I greatly advise against confronting Ridley. He doesn't seem to be the type to beat around the bush. He will hurt you, badly.

(Ganondorf shoves a giant wad of bacon into his mouth, picks up Samus, and walks out. Snake and Mewtwo follow.)

EXE: Well..... That was... Yeah.

(Just then, Krystal enters. She quietly takes a seat next to Sonic.)

(Silence.)

Sonic: Um... you're Krystal?

Krystal: Hm? Oh, you must be one of the new-comers.

Sonic: Rrright. Name's Sonic... Aren't you supposed to be... more energetic?

Fox: Forget that. Didn't you take Link to Argos for some brain thing? Did it work?

Krystal: Oh, um... yes. Yes, he's fine.

Falco: Speaking of, there he is, right now.

(Krystal perks up, and looks at Link, who just entered. Link comes near, sees Krystal, and very quickly turns his back. He heads right for the buffet line.)

(Silence.)

EXE: What the hell? Someone isn't telling the entire truth.

Bass: Someone isn't telling anything, at all.

Sonic: Hang on, you guys. Krystal... you did something to Link, didn't you?

(Nod.)

Sonic: He got mad, because of it?

(Tears start welling up.)

Sonic: And now, you're very deeply hurt by his anger. Is that it?

(Krystal looks into Sonic's eyes (eye?), and falls against his chest, weeping softly.)

Sonic: It's okay. I know, it hurts. Come on. Let's get you somewhere where you can let it all out.

(Sonic and Krystal walk out of the cafeteria. Every eye is following them. After they leave, Link starts looking sorry, himself.)

Fox: ...... Well.... That's new.

 Falco: I've known that crazy women for years. I don't think I've seen her cry. Not once.

EXE: Whatever happened, it hit her pretty hard. What went on between those two?

Bass: Should I... "question" Link?

EXE: I heard that. Don't do it. Something tells me this is something that should involve less people. Sonic should be able to handle it.

Marth: (Japanese)

EXE: Yeah. He's cool, like that. Really laid back, and all that.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Somewhere in the mansion ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Ridley: hhh-I will nh-not be restrained.

TD: Nice try, but this is the way it's going to be. You can't just go around, screaming willy-nilly. If my plan is to go off without a hitch, you have to control yourself. Besides, if you decide to be difficult, you can say good-bye to my end of the bargain.

Ridley: hhh-I will no-
TD: Yes, yes, yes, I get it. You're upset by the fact that I'm stronger than you, and I'm pretty much clipping your wings, so to speak. Deal with it. Deal, or I'll have to make you deal.

(Ridley pulls back one terrible clawed hand, and swipes at The Deity. However, the claw bounces harmlessly off of a shield of light.)

TD: (sigh) Must they always be so difficult? Why can't my allies have brains? Like you, Meta Knight.

MK: Tuh. I'm not your ally. I'm simply working with you until you fulfill your promise.

TD: Yes, yes. All in due time. As for you, Ridley...

(The Deity gives a huge upper-cup right to the chin. Ridley goes down.)

MK: Wow. You know, considering how thin his neck is, I'm surprised it didn't snap.

TD: Heh. If he were that easy to kill, do you think I would have brought him in? He'll be very useful, later... For that day.

(We join Krystal and Sonic in Krystal's room.)

Sonic: Alright, Krystal. It's okay. Just let it all out.

(Weepy weep, weep weep. Eventually, Krystal slows down, and looks Sonic in the eye.)

Krystal: Thank you. I... I feel better.

Sonic: That's it. Now, do you want to tell me what happened?

Krystal: (sniff) Well, it's a bit complicated. Do you mind... if I skip over a few parts?

Sonic: It's your story.

(Krystal tells Sonic an abridged version of what happened.)

Sonic: Hm. And Samus told you to give him time to settle down?

Krystal: That's right. She thinks that, eventually, he'll come to me, and apologize.

Sonic: Well, that's the problem. She's thinking from a woman's perspective. I'm seeing things from Link's side, as well. I caught a glimpse of him, right before we left. I think he's feeling sorry for hurting you.

(Krystal looks at Sonic with big, hopeful eyes.)

Sonic: Yeah, I know. Trust me, Krystal. It's like a wound. Don't give it time to fester. Go after him, now.

Krystal: (sniff) Thank you, Sonic. You're a real friend, you know? How could I... repay you?

Sonic: And, that's where you can stop. (sigh) Normally... maybe. However, I have someone, back home... and I just realized that I've been treating her horribly. Ignoring her at almost every turn. I was awful... But, not no more! You go to your man, and I must go to my woman.

Krystal: Yes, of course. But, what do I say?

Sonic: Tell him everything. Tell him how much you truly love him, and what it felt like, to be loved. After that... it's up to him.

Krystal: Thank you. Thank you, so much. I'll go do that, right now!

Sonic: Of course. But, first, you really do look awful. You go wash up. I have my own affairs to deal with.

(Krystal walks into an adjoining bathroom, and Sonic walks out. He's walking through the halls, until...)

Huh??: <You. Can you tell me where I can get something to eat?>

Sonic: Eh? I think the cafeteria's closed, but... who are you?

Lucario: <Ah, of course. I am Lucario. A Pokemon new-comer.>

Sonic: Another psychic?

Lucario: <Not really. I have had limited training from a mage. That allowed me some psychic abilities, but not as great as a true psychic Pokemon. For instance, my telepathy is only one-way. I'm really a steel/fighting type.>

Sonic: Oh... ‘K. Well, welcome. I'm pretty new here, myself.

Lucario: <Yes. You must be Sonic. Now, I believe you were about to tell me where I might get something to eat.>

Sonic: Well, there are vending machines at a few spots, around here. I'm not sure where one is, exactly, but if you keep wandering, you'll find one, eventually.

Lucario: <Excellent. Thank you.>

(And they go their separate ways.)

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ At the same time ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(Samus is with Snake in his plane. Samus is still coddling baby Yoshi.)

Samus: (sigh) I just don't know how to break it to them. The fact that he's here, among us, now... after what he did...

Snake: Hang on, dear. Technically, it wasn't THAT Yoshi that went berserk. This one is very innocent. It would be wrong of us to pin the actions of the old Yoshi on the new one.

Samus: Mm. You're right. I'm sorry, little Yoshi.

(Samus tickles Yoshi's belly. Yoshi makes with the adorable bit.)

Samus: Besides, how could anyone be mad at anything so cute?

Snake: Oh, gag. ..... Say, we could use that as an advantage.

Samus: How's that? Oh, I see... when we show Yoshi to everyone, hopefully, all the ladies will fawn over him so much, the rest won't have a problem!

Snake: It's so devilishly clever, it has to work.

Samus: It has to! Ooh, wait, no... Where? When?

(Silence.)

Samus: ..... I think... it's time for another conference, wouldn't you say?

Snake: You mean... just tell them you have an important announcement, gather everyone, and then bring him out?

Samus: That's pretty much how it works. I can get Mario to make the announcement for everyone to gather, and then I spring this little surprise on them.

Snake: Sounds like a plan. You go to Mario. I'll hold on to Yoshi.

(Samus exits the ship. Snake just sits there, holding Yoshi at arm's length. They stare at each other....)

Snake: ....... I will never blink.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Somewhere within the mansion ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

TD: It's an interesting development, wouldn't you say?

MK: It is, indeed, unusual. I can't wait until I hear their explanation.

Ridley: Mmmm. hhhWhat a tasty-looking mhhmorsel. I just rrremembered that it's been a while since I last... feasted on anything.

TD: Oh, for the love of little green apples. (gesture) There. There's some wild deer in the Endless Field. Eat to your heart's content.

(Ridley screeches once, and leaves.)

TD: Honestly, he'd better keep it together. I'm good, but I can't resurrect something that's been digested. And, frankly, I like those small Pokemon. I think I'll put them in cages. They'll be adorable... or else.

MK: Uh...huh. So, I assume you have no problem with Yoshi?

TD: Not at all. Quite the opposite... You know, I bet I could speed up his growth, and turn him berserk, just like- (snap of the fingers) -that.

MK: Hmph. Do as you wish. Just make sure-
TD: Yes, of course, Meta Knight. I promise you, I will bring back your wife. It's just... I want to make sure you hold up your end of the bargain.

MK: What's there to hold up? I stand by your side, and that's it.

TD: Well, I've been thinking about that. Our deal, I mean. You know, resurrecting your wife, from nothing more than memories, is not an easy job. I think it would only be fair if you did some - let's call them odd jobs - for me, in return.

MK: What kind of odd jobs?

TD: Oh, I don't know. We'll just have to wait, until I need you to do one. Fair enough?

MK: Hmph. Whatever. I'm going to get ready for this "meeting." Let's see if they can come up with a convincing story, on short notice.

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ At the same time ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Mario: I see... an announcement?

Samus: A very important one. Well, not THAT important, but I think everyone should be together, for it.

Mario: Hmm. Alright. But, only if-a you tell me, first.

Samus: .... Fine..... I'll be right back.

(Samus rushes to Snake's ship, where the two of them are still staring at each other, grabs Yoshi, and runs back to Mario's office.)

Samus: Okay... Did you know that, if someone wishes hard enough, that wish can reach Star Road?

Mario: Mmm?

Samus: Well, it turns out that one of our brawlers wished so hard... that Yoshi has been reincarnated.

(Samus pulls Yoshi out from behind her back. Mario jumps up, and comes over to Samus. A look of wonderment in his eyes.)

Mario: Yoshi! Is it... is it-a really him?

Samus: Well, it's not like he remembers his past life, but, yeah, it's him. In a couple years, I bet he's going to be Egg-rolling around, just like before. Watch what he does when you tickle him.

(Samus tickles Yoshi's belly, and Yoshi, again, makes with the adorable bit. Mario's eyes start clouding up.)

Mario: ..... Yoshi!

(Mario swipes Yoshi out of Samus' arms, and hugs him close.)

Yoshi: Yoshi? Mmm.... (hugs back)

Mario: (sniff) Okie-dokie. You take him... I'll call everyone together, after lunch, about one o'clock.

Samus: Thank you, Mario.

Mario: No... Thank you.

Samus: Oh, well, technically, you should be thanking Geno, for telling us about him in the first place, and Donkey Kong, for making the wish.

Mario: (sniff) Of course.

(Samus heads back to Snake's ship. In there, she finds Mewtwo and Ganondorf.)

Samus: Erm, any particular reason for why you're here?

Snake: +It's because of The Deity, of course. We thought it might be a good idea to start thinking about how we can locate the other Giga-Smash users.+

Mewtwo: <If I recall, you were about to have an idea, last night.>

Samus: +Right, right... Well, we all know that he's not truly omnipotent. Well, if we surprise everyone with the Giga-Smash coins... Tell them they're specialized Smash coins. Hand out all five, and, hopefully, we'll find the other two, before The Deity has a chance to react.+

Ganondorf: +It gets better, I think. I doubt that The Deity even thinks that anything could possibly take him down. Even if he got wind of these things, I bet it's going to take some time before he figures out that the's in trouble.+

Snake: +That's right! Then, after we find our other Giga-Smashers, we pretty much force him to make his move. We'll have him on the defensive.+

Samus: +Hang on, how does this put The Deity on the defensive? Technically, he can always stay in hiding, and continue pulling the strings, behind the scenes.+

Snake: +That's just it, don't you see? If The Deity wants to have his ultimate power, and all that, he MUST go through us.+

Mewtwo: <Hang on... Why don't you just attack him one at a time? Use the Giga-Smash, beat the holy hell out of him, and when one wears off, go right to the next. Between you two, and Link, we'll have plenty of time to find the other two Giga-Smashers.>

(Silence.)
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Ganondorf: +Is it just me, or is this a perfect plan? I don't see any way we can lose.+

Samus: +Indeed... Although, now that you said that, something will probably happen to ruin everything. Sorry, that's just how it works. Well, whatever. Come on, it's about time for lunch. Mario is going to have us gather in the conference room at one, by the way. That's when I'm going to bring out baby Yoshi.+

(Samus merciless coddles Yoshi.)

Ganondorf: ...... Mewtwo, could you give me a bit of mental agony? I need something less painful than watching this.

(It's a little before lunch, and Krystal is standing outside Link's room.)

Krystal: +Okay, girl. You can do this. You've faced the toughest of opponents, on more than one occasion. Surely, this won't be a deal. Right... here I go... right now...+

(Krystal takes a deep breath, and knocks.)

Link: Who'zit?

Krystal: ..... Link, I only want to talk. I know that I have wronged you, and I probably don't deserve your forgiveness, but I only want to tell you my side of the story.

...... (silence.)

Krystal: I see.... I guess.... that's it.

(Just as Krystal turns to leave, the door opens.)

Link: Sorry. I had to find a clean hat.

(After a very tense moment, Krystal enters Link's room.)

Krystal: Okay, Link. I'll just say what I want to say, and... after that, I accept however you feel about me.

Link: I don't want to hear about it.

Krystal: Link! Dammit, I only want to tell you-
Link: That you love me, and you apologize profusely for doing... what you did. Is that about right?

Krystal: I- er, that is... (ears droop) yes.

Link: (deep breath) You abducted me, even though you knew my memory was worsening. When I was so far gone, that I didn't remember anything more than a half-hour ago, you took me away from the life I knew, and turned me into someone completely different.

(Link stares right at Krystal. Her ears droop further, and she looks down at the floor.)

Link: You turned me into... well, I suppose you could say I was a pet. A child. Just some little thing to take pity on. You had the opportunity to do great good, by taking me to Argos, and I probably would have recovered, no harm done. Instead, you didn't. You wanted to fulfill your own desires.

Krystal: But, Link, I-
Link: No. I don't need to hear it. ... I eventually learned everything. I won't say from whom I learned it, but... I think I know all there needs to be known.

Krystal: Link... I'm so sorry.

Link: ... You loved me... You took care of me as if I were your own child, and you loved me as though I am the only other person in your life. Why? That's what I never found out... Why did you love me so much?

Krystal: It's because (sob) Because... you are the only other person! I could feel it. Every time you said you loved me, I just felt so... so right! I have never known true love, but your's was the truest love I have ever felt. That's why I loved you. I was returning what you felt for me.

(Much silence.)

Link: Of course... I... had forgotten about that part... I did love you, didn't I? Heh. It makes sense, all of a sudden. That's why I felt so awful when you left, weeping.

Krystal: So... you forgive me?

Link: More than that.

(Krystal and Link embrace... and kiss.)

Krystal: You realize this is one relationship that's just a little too creepy for the others to handle, right?

Link: Eh. Screw ‘em.

Krystal: Wait... What about your lovers in Hyrule?

Link: Again, screw ‘em. Now, since I called you mama.... it's time for you to call me "daddy."

Krystal: Eh? ... OH!

(It's another happy ending... Creepy, but happy.)

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ At the same time ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Fox: Did you feel that?

Falco: What's that?

Fox: A disturbance in the Force. As if a million voices just cried out "What the hell!?"

EXE: It's a glitch in the Matrix.

Fox: What's the Matrix?

EXE: What's the Force?

Sonic: What's with the people around here? You're all just too dang weird.

MK: Hmph. That's what they all say, at first.

Fox: Meta Knight! Holy crap, where were you?

MK: I apologize for my absence. You see... Do you remember, a long time ago, in Mute City, that I was over the death of my wife?

Falco: Hm. I see. We understand, right, guys?

Marth: (Japanese)

EXE: Well, it's just great to have you back. You sure you alright?

MK: For now. Of course... something else might happen, in the future. Just wanted to warn you.

Roy: (confused Japanese)

EXE: He means it's possible for him to break down, in the future.

Sonic: Um.... What?

MK: Ah, you must be Sonic. It isn't anything to be concerned about. I... I haven't properly mourned the death of my wife. All my sorrow was triggered, and I'm afraid I went fairly catatonic. I didn't come out of it until just this morning.

Sonic: Ah, right, sorry. Didn't know.

MK: Not at all. I'm over it, now. However... I fear my fighting skills may have been dulled, from my inaction.

Falco: To the training room!

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Later, at lunch ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Samus: +So, when are we going to spring our little trap?+

Gardevoir: <Perhaps it would be wise to wait for all the new-comers to get here. After all, it's possible that, even though we are only short by three, one of those three could be a Giga-Smasher.>

Ganondorf: +Gardevoir is right. It would be dangerous to try this when all of the brawlers aren't even here. I imagine we'll see our final new-comer within the next couple days, or so.+

Snake: +Not only that, but we have to have everyone together, all at once.+

Samus: +Exactly. It may seem like a plan that can't lose, but there's always that one thing that we don't take into consideration. It would be best for us to keep risks to an absolute minimum. It's like when Ganondorf said that there's no way we can lose. It's Murphy's Law.+

Mewtwo: <Who the hell is Murphy?>

Ganondorf: +Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. In short, it means that any small, insignificant detail we miss could turn into our greatest threat.+

Samus: +Pretty much. Except, in this case, Murphy's Law was triggered by Ganondorf being dumb.+

Ganondorf:+Watch your tongue. It would be a simple matter to get rid of... oh, wait, that's right. You don't have anything precious to you, don't you?+

Snake: +That's enough, the both of you.+

Mewtwo: <Agreed. So unless there are any other pressing matters, I will cut off the connection.>

(Without hesitating, Mewtwo cuts off the connection. A few minutes later, the PA clicks on.)

Mario: Hello! I would like everyone to gather in-a the conference room, at one o'clock, for a very important announcement.

(The PA clicks off. Instantly, everyone starts talking.)

 Luigi: Is he going to bring in another-a new-comer? I kind of hope he doesn't.

Wario: Heh. Well, I bet he does!

Luigi: What are you betting? You're already buying for the rest of-a the week.

Wario: Yeah, well... Double or nothing!

Peach: Wario, do you have a gambling problem?

Wario: Say what? Nah, I have it all figured out.

Zelda: She means you have an addiction.

Luigi: The ladies have a point. You're-a betting way too much for it to be healthy.

Wario: What are you all talking about? I don't have an addiction to gambling. It's a safe bet!

All: .........

Peach: Besides, aren't you a treasure-hunter? What happened to all the treasure?

Wario: ..... Well, I had to pay off a debt to... a friend.

Luigi: You had to pay off a loan-a shark, who gave you money, so you could ****.

Wario: Dammit, I'm not addicted! I'll prove it to you! I bet you all that I can go a whole day- no, a whole week without betting!

All: ........

Zelda: You just made a bet that you won't bet. Tell me, do you listen to yourself?

Wario: ..... Oh, god... I've lost... so much.

Luigi: It's-a okay. At-a least you admitted it. Now, we can help you.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Finally, 1:00 rolls around ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(Everyone, minus Ridley, for obvious reasons, has gathered in the conference room.)

Diddy: {Hey, DK, where's that big Ridley fellow?}

DK: {He's probably too busy being a "bad-ass" to be around any of us. Besides, I hear he's really scary. Like, make all the children cower, kind of scary.}

Diddy: {Whatever. You can take him, right, DK?}

DK: {I have no idea. Then again, if Vaati got beaten, who knows? Oh, shush. Mario's here.}

Mario: It's-a good to see you all here. Now... I would like to hand it over to Samus.

(General whispering. Samus gets up in front of them, and Snake heads out into the hall.)

Samus: Thank you, Mario. I've spent the better part of this morning, and last night, thinking of a way to break the news to you, and still have some of you... well, let's just say it took a lot of thought. So, I finally decided to say it like this.

(Pause. Deep breath.)

Samus: As I'm sure most of you know, a few of us were gone for a couple days. We had intended for longer, but... this came up. You see, Geno was called away from his vacation to Star Road, for an unusual wish. It turns out that, if someone wishes hard enough, that wish can travel very far. And, because that person wished so hard the wish simply HAD to be granted.

(Pause. Everyone looks vaguely confused.)

Samus: And, so, we had to cut our little trip short, because we had to travel to Mushroom Kingdom. Donkey Kong, it seems that your wish has come true. (deep breath) Snake?

 (Snake walks in, holding baby Yoshi, and hands him over to Samus. Everyone in the room exhibits general shock and outrage. However, there are a couple voices that ring out louder than the others.)

Peach/Zelda/Krystal: SO CUTE!

(Peach, Zelda and Krystal rush up to Samus, and start to mercilessly dote upon baby Yoshi. Everyone else just stare in absolute bafflement.)

Fox: What was that word, Falco?


Falco: Not in front of the children, Fox.

Snake: (cough) I think I should point out that this Yoshi is most certainly not the same Yoshi that... he's not the same Yoshi. This Yoshi is just a new-born, and he needs care from all of us, if he is to grow up right. Besides, it would be wrong of us to blame that (gestures at baby Yoshi, who is being tickled by Krystal's tail) for past crimes.

Samus: Hey, you stole my line!

Snake: What? It's a good line. So, what do you say? Shall we accept Yoshi? He can't be a brawler, now. But, in the future, he will fight alongside us, for sure.

(Silence... except for the sounds of the ladies completely losing it over Yoshi.)

Pit: (cough) Well, I don't know about the rest of you, but I certainly can't get mad. I mean, if I tried, those women would rip me limb from limb.

Peach: And don't you forget it!

(And so, baby Yoshi is accepted by the brawlers, and it was decided that he should live with Donkey and Diddy Kong.)

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Later, in the 2D world ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Geno: Well, it's good to see Yoshi being taken in by everyone.

G&W: Indeed. I've noticed that they are fairly easy-going, as a whole. I'm not sure why.

Geno: You know, I've noticed that, myself.

G&W: There's just one thing that puzzles me, though.

Geno: What's that?

G&W: Well... When you left us, after we retrieved Yoshi... Why?

Geno: Why did I leave you? ...... I made a promise that had to be kept. Don't worry. It's not like it's going to have a huge impact on you.

G&W: Hm. I suppose there's no chance of you telling me more, right?

Geno: Precisely. <Er, say, I never really found this out. Can The Deity hear us speaking normally, in the 2D realm?>

G&W: <You know, I'm not sure. I think we should keep up the psychic talk, just to be safe.>

Geno: <Hm. That would be for the best.> Well, if you'll excuse me, I have to keep my promise.

G&W: Right. Nice talkin' to ya. Oh, Geno?

Geno: Yeah?

G&W: If you ever try to pull a stunt like that, again, I will eviscerate you. I know you're body is just a doll, but I will make sure you feel pain.

(Geno just walks through the portal, back to the 3D world.)

Geno: <Serenade, can you hear me?>

Serenade: <Of course. What is it?>

Geno: <I have a body for you. A real body. Are you in my room?>

Serenade: <A body? For me? Really? I mean, yes. I am in your room, right now.>

Geno: <Excellent. I'll be there in a moment.>

(Geno heads off to his room.)

Geno: +Oh, man, she's going to love this thing I created for her. Either she'll love it, or she'll set me on fire.+

We join The Deity and Mario, somewhere in the mansion.)

TD: I admit, I think I believe Samus's story about Yoshi.

Mario: Hmph. Like it-a matters.

TD: Oh, father, why do you hate me, so?

Mario: Well, let's-a review: As soon as I leave, you will have total dominion over this planet. You're-a going to either destroy the brawlers, or turn them into slaves, for no reason at all. Not only that, but you beat me for-a the slightest thing.

TD: Oh, father, you know that last part's not true... Okay, yeah, it's true.

(The Deity knees Mario in the gut. Mario goes down. With his right hand, he instantly heals Mario. Mario slowly gets back to his feet.)

TD: .... You know, there's something that's been bothering me, for some time. Father... Why did you create me to look like this?

Mario: Like what?

TD: You know, like this? What were you thinking when you gave me this form?

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Mario: You really want to know? It's-a simple. I wasn't. I just chose your powers, and thought the image would just come naturally.

TD: I see... Well, I rather like this form. It fits my personality. Thank you.

(The Deity knees Mario in the gut, again.)

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ At the same time ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(Bowser is in his dungeon with Bowser Jr. and Peach. Bowser Jr. is showing off his latest masterpieces.)

Bowser Jr.: Well? What do you think of this one? I call it "Mario gets the crap kicked out of him!"

Bowser: HAW haw haw! Junior, this is great! But, who's this guy?

Junior: Dunno. I just saw him in a dream, and I thought it would be funny if he beat up Mario. Anyone beating up Mario is funny!

Peach: Sweetie, don't you think some of these are a little... violent?

Bowser: Nonsense! He's a chip off the old block! It's natural for a koopa to be aggressive. Honey, there's nothing to worry about.

Junior: Yeah, mama. Besides, he's strong. He can take a good beating.

Peach: Perhaps... you say you saw this awful thing in a dream?

Junior: Uh-huh. Ya wanna hear about it?

Peach: Sure.

Junior: Okay. So, I'm going through the halls of the mansion, and I find a door in the middle of the hall. I open it up, and I can see some weird tunnel of lights n' stuff. When I stepped through, I saw this guy, and he was talking about "the true brawl" or something like that. I thought he was a weirdo, but then, he said that he would be the ultimate victor, when Brawl starts. That's when I woke up.

(Silence.)

Junior: Weird, huh?

Peach: Mm. Bowser?

Bowser: Yeah... You, or me?

Peach: I'll do it.

Junior: Huh? What are you two talking about?

Peach: It's nothing, dear. Ooh, what's this one?

Junior: Oh, that's one that I made for Mario's farewell party. Do you like it?

Bowser: But... he looks all heroic!

Junior: I know. It hurt me to paint that.

Peach: Well, I for one think it's very nice. Now, if you'll excuse me, it's time for my yoga.

Bowser: Why? It's just stretching.

Peach: I know. But, it's stretching that you like.

Bowser: ..... Go to it, honey.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ A little later ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Samus: +I'm glad you came to us. But... how did you know?+

Peach: +Oh, please, dear. I'm not just some blonde, you know. Besides, how do you think I became princess? It wasn't because of blood, I can tell you that. I could tell that you all are involved in something heavy. Anyway, do you think it could mean something?+

Geno: +Hang on, a moment.+ <Game&Watch, do you actually know what The Deity looks like?>

G&W: <I'm surprised you didn't ask, earlier. But, I don't know what he looks like. Although, the way Peach described him, it does sort of fit, doesn't it? A faceless evil has, well, no face.>

Geno: <I see.> +He didn't know. I guess that, for now, this is the image we'll use.+

Samus: +Right. Now, from what Bowser Junior said, what conclusions can we draw? Certainly, there's something else, other than just taking over this world+

Peach: +Hang on, I'm not sure if I got the whole story.+

Ganondorf: +Don't worry. I'll fill her in.+

(Ganondorf tells Peach the short version of the situation.)

Peach: ..... +Balls.+

Mewtwo: <Balls, indeed. Well, now we know when he's going to make his move. This is actually very helpful for us. If the part about him striking on the day of Brawl is true... that gives us ten days, to do something.>

Snake: +Plenty of time. We can make our move pretty much any time we want. All we have to do is call everyone together, pretend it's one of our meetings, and then hand out the Giga-Smash coins. Simple enough, I think.+

Ganondorf: +Perhaps. However, I think it would be best to be cautious. Let's take some more time, with this. After all, we only get one shot at this.+

Samus: +True. Alright, everyone. I think that's enough, for now. Peach, thank you for bringing this to us. But, if I may ask, why did you?+

Peach: +You are, technically, the leader now, right? Anything that obviously prophetic had to be reported.+

(And so, they all went their separate ways. Ganondorf and Mewtwo are walking the halls, until...)

Vaati: Hey.

Ganondorf: Oh, joy, it's the Purple Pe-.
Mewtwo: <Go away, Vaati. Now is not the time.>

Ganondorf: Wrong. Now is a very good time. I assume you want me to whup your ass?

Vaati: Hardly. I have some information for you.

Mewtwo: <What kind of information, and why should we care?>

Vaati: +It's the kind that is normally kept secret.+

Ganondorf: What's with the silent treatment?

Mewtwo: <He isn't being silent. He's thinking his answer. He said it's the kind that we would like to keep secret.>

Ganondorf: Interesting. However, you're going to have to be a bit more specific, if we're going to be listening.

Vaati: I'll tell you what. Let's you and me fight. Have that battle that I'm sure you've been so looking forward to. And, to make it interesting, we'll each put something on the line. If I win, I get your tower. If you win, I'll tell you what I know.

Ganondorf: No deal.

Mewtwo: <Wait, Ganondorf. This might actually be something we want to know. Tell me, Vaati... does your information have something to do with... a very powerful being? Perhaps it involves a diabolical plan?>

Vaati: That sounds about right. So, will you fight me, Ganondorf?

Ganondorf: ..... Fine. I'll explain the rules, on the way.

(They head towards the training rooms.)

Vaati: Rules? Don't tell me your trying to wuss things up?

Ganondorf: Hardly. I just want to make sure you don't cheat. It's simple. No god-moding, no crowding, no move-spamming, and never, ever hit below the belt. If any of these rules are broken, Mewtwo will give you mental agony, and that goes for the both of us.

Vaati: Tuh. You know you just took all the fun out of it.

Ganondorf: Perhaps. Then again, I don't care.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ One very, very painful battle later ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Vaati: (Insert copious swearing here.)

Ganondorf: YYYEEEAEAEAAAAHHH!!! IN YOUR *&^%ING FACE, *&^%-WAD!!!

Mewtwo: <Vaati, you have lost, fair and square. Now, what did you have to tell us?>

Vaati: NO! I refuse! Dammit, he cheated, and I know it! He's not following his own rules!

Mewtwo: <Nice try, but I think you'll recall spamming your dark energy bolts, and I didn't give you mental agony. I was nice to you, and you still lost.>

 Vaati: (A little more swearing.) Fine! Alright, here's what I know. +This guy... he's gathering minions. I know this, because he tried to enlist me.+

Ganondorf: +What? He's.... Oh, lord, that's Murphy's Law, he's gathering OTHERS!+

(Ganondorf walks away a little, swearing.)

Mewtwo: <I see... Thank you, Vaati. This will help us, greatly. But, tell me, why did you come to us?>

Vaati: +I can feel it. You're involved in something big. I just figured my experience and whatever it is you're tangled up in are connecting.+

(Ganondorf returns.)

Ganondorf: +So, now what? This seems important. Should we tell Samus?+

Vaati: +Samus? Hm, of course. It figures that she would be in charge.+

Mewtwo: <I think we should go to Samus right away.... Vaati, will you join us?+

Vaati: +Not a chance. I only decided to tell you because... Well, that doesn't matter. I'm not going with you.+

Ganondorf: (cough) If you talk with Mario... he can get you your own tower. One that fits your desires.

(Vaati and Ganondorf just stare at each other for a bit, then Vaati poofs out of there.)

Ganondorf: Let's go.

Mewtwo: <Was that a moment of non-hatred? Were you just nice to him?>

Ganondorf: If you don't shut up and start moving, I'll show you how much non-hatred I have, and I'll be nice, while I'm pounding your head into the floor.

(We join Donkey and Diddy Kong, in Donkey's jungle-room, with baby Yoshi. It's about 4 o'clock, 9 days before Brawl.)

Diddy: {So, how long is it going to take him to mature?}

DK: {Dunno. But, I think he's going to be ready to fight again in just a couple years. Until then, we all have to take care of him.}

Diddy: {Yeah... Say, what did he do, that he had to be reborn?}

DK: {Uh? Erh, that doesn't really matter, does it? Clean slate, and all that?}

(Silence. Suddenly, Yoshi starts making a fuss.)

DK: {Ah, must be feeding time. I'll go get his juice.}

(DK lumbers out of the room, leaving Yoshi with Diddy.)

Diddy: {He just... left me, with you. I'd really like to know what it is you did, though. Too bad you can't talk, yet.}

Yoshi: ....... Goo!

Diddy: {Baby-talk. Just great.} (sigh) {You know, you're not going to grow up right with just juice. You're going to need something to make your muscles strong. How about this: When you get all your teeth, I'll give you a nice burger. I'm sure you'd love that.}

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ In the 2D realm ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Geno: Did you just feel something?

G&W: Ya damn right, I felt that.

Geno: I swear, the next time I hear anyone say "what else could go wrong," I'm going to slap them.
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 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ At the same time ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(Wario, Luigi and Peach are all together, in Luigi's room.)

Wario: So, how the hell am I supposed to stop gambling? I mean.... I WAS ABOUT TO WIN! You remember, right? That probability thing? I'm going to be right, and then, I'm going to win it BIG!

Peach: Is that so? Hm... Luigi, are you thinking what I'm thinking?

Luigi: I think so, princess, but how do we get-a the raccoon to stay put long enough?

Peach: What? No, no! I'm thinking... about making one last bet. What do you say, Wario? All or nothing. Walk away with all the riches you could have ever wanted, or... nothing.

Wario: Is that so? Hmm..... What's the bet?

Peach: It's simple. You make as many bets as you want, for the entire day, tomorrow, and if you win any one of them, I'll give you anything.

Wario: ...... Anything?

Peach: ....... Even that.

Wario: Wow.... Then again, I don't think I'd want that, after he had it.

Peach: WHAT!?

Luigi: Eh? Did I miss-a something?

Peach: (cough) No. N-No, Luigi. Not a thing.

Luigi: ..... Don't ever play me for a fool, princess. Hey, Wario, I'll bet that you know what's-a got her so worked up. If you know, I'm-a buying for a week!

Wario: DEAL! She's-

(Peach pulls her tennis racket from out of nowhere, and cracks Wario over the head, making his eyes glaze over. Wario stands up, and walks out like he's sleep-walking.)

Luigi: ..... I'm-a going to find out. Mark my words, princess. I will learn your secret.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ At the same time ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Mewtwo: <What the hell?>

Gardevoir: <I know. That emotion felt a little strange, didn't it?>

Mewtwo: <It was so many negative emotions, rolled into one. It's gone now, though. I can't tell where it came from.>

Gardevoir: <Well... Shall we continue? Where were we?>

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ It's mental training, sickos. Anyway, at the same time ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(Young Link, Link and Pit are all practicing their archery.)

Pit: So, your memory's back to normal?

Link: That's right. It turns out, I just needed a little divine intervention, in the end.

Y. Link: Divine intervention? What're you talking about?

Link: My Triforce, of course. It was probably for the best, though. I mean, I could have gone through all that medical stuff, but it probably wouldn't have worked nearly as well. And, there's that other thing...

(Link draws his bow, and aims at a moving target.)

Y. Link: What other thing? Wait, does this have anything to do with Miss Krystal?

(Link's eyes go very wide, and, with a yelp, let's go of the string. The arrow completely misses his target.)

Link: NOnonono! This has nothing to do with Krystal! I was talking about... my fever! Yeah, I had fever something awful, and that was cured in a snap.

Pit: Uh... huh. Whatever.

Link: Look, can we just drop it? I'm back, and that's all that matters, okay?

Pit: Sure, sure. Hey, Lil' Link, could you not use the fire? It's bad for the targets, you know?

Y. Link: Call me Lil' Link again, and I'll use you as a target.

Link: Heh! He's becoming just like me!

Pit: That isn't a good thing, you know.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ A little later, elsewhere ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(Kirby is wandering the halls, pondering Meta-Knight's recent episode, when suddenly...)

Huh??: KIRBY! I'VE GOT A BONE TO PICK WITH YOU!

(Kirby spins around, and faces...)

Kirby: PUYO! {DEDEDE!}

Dedede: That's right! I'm one of you! Now, I'm going to get you for all those times you got me!

Kirby: Puyo, puyo. Puyo puyo puyo.{Not now, tubby. I have bigger things to worry about.}

Dedede: Say WHAT!? Oh, that's it! You, me, right now!

(Dedede pulls out a giant hammer, and charges at Kirby. Kirby stands still.... then suddenly turns into a rock, at the last second. Dedede's hammer bounces off of rock-Kirby, and smacks him in the face. Dedede is knocked out. Kirby turns back to normal.)

Kirby: Puyo.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ At the same time ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(The Deity is having another meeting with Ridley and Meta-Knight.)

Ridley: hhI seriously hhope you have a good rhreason for taking me away from me hunting.

TD: Yes, yes, yes, I know. Because, you're little appetite is sooo important. Do you hear yourself talk? I oughta-
MK: Then why are we here?

TD: Uh-hwha? Oh, right. I can't shake this feeling that there's something very wrong. Like.... You know that feeling you get when you think there's a possibility of doom?

MK: Can't really say I've ever felt that.

TD: Whatever. Listen, I want you two to pay extra attention to what's going on. I really think there's something strange going on here. Ridley, that means you should be inside the mansion, more often. You never know what you might hear. Meta-Knight, be more involved. You're a little too reclusive, as it is.

MK: Whatever. When you are going to-
TD: Soon! Yeesh. You know, for someone so withdrawn, you're awfully impatient. When Brawl starts, I promise to deliver, but not a second before. Until then, you're just going to have to sit on your hands, got it?

MK: Hmph. I certainly hope you do, for your sake.

(Meta-Knight exits.)

Ridley: hyYou said you would give mhme what I want.

TD: Oh, not you, too! Get out of here!

(The Deity waves a hand, and Ridley is instantly teleported out of the room.)

TD: Good lord! Why can't they get it through their heads that I'm trustworthy? Well, maybe it has something to do with me being the bad-guy. Oh, well.

(The Deity's eyes glow for a moment, then he shuts them.)

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Elsewhere ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Luigi: Hmph. Why does-a the princess insist on treating me like a moron? It's-a because of Mario. It's-a always him that saves the day. It's-a always him that takes charge. Mario, Mario, Mario!
(Note: Cookie to anyone who knows where that last bit came from.)

Huh??: You seem pretty annoyed by him.

Luigi: WAH! Wh-wh-wh... Who's-a there?

Huh??: Don't worry, Luigi. I'm on your side. I totally understand what you're so mad about!

Luigi: You... you do?

Huh??: Of course. And... I can help you get out from Mario's shadow.

Luigi: ...... I'm-a listening.

(It is now morning, just after breakfast. 8 days until Brawl. Link and Krystal are sitting in the rec room, apart from Wario, who is furiously trying to beat Luigi at foos-ball, to win their own bet.)

Krystal: So.... Why did you want to talk? I thought everything was settled.

Link: Yeah, not really... I'm sorry, Krystal, but I can't love you.

(Krystal's head twitches. She swallows hard, and coughs.)

Krystal: You- you can't? Why's that?

Link: Well, I've been thinking hard, and I've come to a couple conclusions. I know I said screw'em about the others, and my other lovers on Hyrule, but-
Krystal: Of course. I understand.

Link: It's just that we're supposed to be comrades, not lovers. Keeping it professional, and all that.

Krystal: Yes, I know. It's fine. Was that all?

Link: Eh? Oh, the other conclusion. Well... I suppose you could say it would be best for me to, you know, keep all my ladies on one planet, and all that. Besides, I don't think I could bring myself to fight someone I...

(Link's voice trails off, and his face flushes a little.)

Krystal: Oh, dear. Are you embarrassed? Do you have a problem with... sex?

(Link's face flushes further.)

Link: No. Why would I? Not a problem at all..... But that's kinduv another reason. Can't you feel it? There's a lot of sex, around here. The last thing this mansion needs is another... odd pairing.

Krystal: Yeah, I suppose that makes sense.

Link: Great. So, ah... are we still friends?

(Krystal smiles, pats his cheek, and walks out of the room. Link stares at her as she leaves.)

Luigi: GAME!! You lose again!

Wario: DAMMIT! Best 11 out of 20?

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ In one of the training rooms ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(Lucario is practicing his mental sight with the children.) Note: For those of you who don't know what that means, in the movie, Lucario closes his eyes, and he can see his surroundings, along with any people/Pokemon. Kinda like Daredevil.


Lucario: <Come now, surely you can come at me faster than that?>

Poo: What gives? How come I can't hit you?

Lucario: <It is because you make your moves obvious. An experienced fighter, such as myself, could read your moves, and predict what you're going to do, probably before you even think about doing it.>

Pikachu: Pika, Pikachu! Chu pika.

Kirby: Pu-YO!

Lucario: <My Mind's Eye gives me an unfair advantage? Very well. When I open my eyes, I invite all of you to come at me at once.>

(When Lucario opens his eyes, every one of the children jumps at him from all sides. Lucario simply jumps straight up, and the children all collide with each other, in a very comical way. Pichu and Pikachu, both being very surprised by this, instantly discharge a huge amount of electricity. The result is that they're all slightly blackened, and smoking.)

Lucario: ....... <I will teach all of you. If you wish to protect your friends and family, when you grow up, you will need to do better.>

(One by one, the children stand up.)

Ness: You... teach us? Teach us what?

Lucario: <That... is the very first lesson.>

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Somewhere within the mansion ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

TD: Hmm. I didn't expect my chat with Luigi to turn out quite like that. This could alter my plans, a little.

MK: You talked with Luigi? Wow, you're really reaching, aren't you?

TD: Don't start, Meta-Knight. Everyone around here is just too damned content. I can't work with them, literally. You're a smart.... whatever you are. You know that the easiest way to get people to your side is to play on their emotions, and make promises. And before you start, as I've stated several times, I WILL deliver on the promise I made to you. However, I can't do it until the Day of Brawl.

MK: Make sure you do. But, while I'm at it, how did you get Ridley to your side?

TD: That overgrown lizard? His mind is weak. I actually tweaked his personality to be more subservient to evil overlords, such as myself. He's a pawn.

MK: Which makes me...?

TD: You're quite a bit more than a pawn, I assure you. You're going to be a very good ally- sorry, you don't like that word. You're going to be a valuable person to have... by my side.

MK: ..... I'll ignore the obvious significant pause there. What about Luigi?

TD: Him? I don't know yet. Like I said, it was an interesting conversation. When I said it might alter my plans, I meant it. Incidentally, I have a task for you. I suspect that Samus' group knows quite a bit more than they're letting on. I want you to gain their confidence, and find out what you can. Report back right after.

MK: Hmph. Give me a good reason why I should, first.

TD: It's simple: If you don't, I'll cause you more agony than my dear "father" has ever felt. This was a part of our agreement, remember? You standing by my side means the occasional task.

(Pause.)

MK: What if I don't feel like doing this?

TD: ..... Try me.

(For a very long moment, The Deity and Meta-Knight stare each other down. The tension suddenly becomes very thick.)

MK: Fine.

(Meta-Knight exits.)

TD: ....... He's such a good minion. I'll do him the favor of making his death painless.

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Later, at lunch ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(Peach, Zelda, Wario and Luigi are all sitting together. Wario's eyes keep twitching.)

Peach: How's it going? Did you win a bet, yet?

Wario: *grunt* *cough* *fidget* *twitch*

Luigi: We played 30 straight games. He lost all of ‘em. He's buying for a month.

(Wario's entire head twitches so hard, his neck cracks.)

Wario: You- You must be... getting tired! Hands getting weak! I'll get you- Yes, I'll get you. After this, we're going right back! I'll win, dammit. I'll win it all! The odds are on my side!!

(Wario suddenly notices that most of the people in the room is looking at him.)

Wario: WHAT!? I WILL WIN! YOU'LL SEE!

(Wario shoves the rest of his sandwich in his mouth, and quickly waddles out.)

(Silence.)

Zelda: You're not actually going back, are you?

Luigi: Of course not.

Peach: Are you going to go drinking with him?

Luigi: .... Nah. He would probably do something really-a stupid, like bet that he can drink 20 shots of-a tequila.

Peach: Ugh. It's like he's going through withdrawal. Would he really do that?

Luigi: That's why I'm-a not going. I know he can do it. He has to be taken to the hospital, after, but he can do it.

Zelda: Mercy. It almost hurts me to see him like this. What was the bet you made with him?

Peach: I would give him anything he could ask for, if he won a single bet.

Zelda: ...... Anything?

Luigi: Heh. Even that. That reminds me... Princess, he said he wouldn't, after what "he" did. Would you care to tell us what that means?

(Peach looks taken aback. It takes here a moment to recover.)

Peach: Luigi... How- How dare you inquire about something so private!

Zelda: What the-? Peach, what's going on?

Peach: It's nothing, Zelda. Never mind.

Luigi: There! You did it again! You look down on me, pretend I don't know anything. You think I'm some moron.

(Heads are starting to turn.)

Peach: Luigi! (Quiet hiss) Would you keep it down? If you're so worked up, we can go somewhere so nobody hears you whining!

(Zelda's eyes widen at Peach's harsh voice. Luigi's eyes widen, as well, then narrow to little slits.)

Luigi: ..... Whining, eh? You know... I think I'm-a going to go see what Wario knows... Make a bet with him, you know?

(Before Peach can say anything, Luigi gets up, and runs to the entryway. He pauses, turns around, and speaks loudly.)

Luigi: And when I know, so will EVERYONE else!

(Luigi runs out. A few stunned moments later, Peach follows, fast.)

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Across the room ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Samus: ...... I really thought this might be a normal day.

Snake: Not a chance. Name two consecutive days that have been normal.

Samus: *sigh* I suppose. +Mewtwo, can you hear me?+

Mewtwo: <You have 5 seconds to tell me something important, before I ignore you.>

Samus: +Don't you think this is something I should know about? Why don't you go do some snooping?+

Mewtwo: <Hmmm..... Nah. Snake is perfectly capable of doing that. So are you, for that matter. Mewtwo out.>

Samus: +Mewtwo? Mewtwo?+ ....... Dammit.

Snake: What's that?

Samus: ...... Sweetheart... Darling...

Snake: Maybe. What is it?

Samus: Could you go spy on Peach and Luigi, for me?

Snake: ...... Lemme finish my sammich.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Meanwhile, in the rec room ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(Peach runs in. Luigi, who is standing in front of Wario, whirls on her.)

Peach: Luigi, I-! ..... Did he tell you?

Luigi: ..... You lost, Princess. Wario won the bet. He knows. He-a told me.

(Silence. Peach looks down at the floor, her hair covering her face. Her crown slips, and clatters on the floor. Tears glisten in her eyes.)

Peach: Luigi, please.. You must understand-

Luigi: Don't. I understand.

(Peach slowly lifts her head. A single tear trickles down her face.)

Peach: You- You do?

Luigi: That's-a right. Perfectly. That's why I'm not-a going to tell everyone.

Peach: Luigi... Oh, bless-
Luigi: I'm-a just going to tell Mario.

(Peach gasps sharply, her eyes widening with fear. She lifts one gloved hand to cover her mouth, which is hanging open. Another tear runs down her face.)

Luigi: See you around... Princess.

(Luigi walks out, his footsteps echoing in the silent din within the room.)

Wario: Princess.... (A nasty grin spreads over his face) You're not going to try to get out of our deal, are you?

(Peach puts her face in her hands, sobbing softly. She slowly shakes her head. Wario coos.)

Wario: Good girl.


(Luigi is alone in his room. Despite his cold resoluteness, earlier, he is looking forlorn.)

TD: <Hey, Luigi, why so glum?>

Luigi: WHA-!? Oh... It's-a you. What do you want?

TD: <Oh, come now, we're working together, we have to look out for each other. Part of that involves me listening to your woes. Come on, Luigi, spill it. What's bothering you?>

Luigi: ..... I just-a learned something very disturbing, about Princess Peach. I said that I would tell Mario, but-

TD: <Mario? What's this about Mario? What are you telling him?>

Luigi: ..........

TD: <Oh, sorry, I interrupted. Go on.>

Luigi: ..... If I tell Mario, I can't imagine how badly it-a would hurt him. He's-a my brother! I can't tell him something that would-a hurt him.

TD: ..... <If I were you, I'd tell him. Remember how Peach treated you? Does she really deserve the sympathy she didn't give you?>

Luigi: It's-a not her. This is about Mario. He's seen a lot, but this... this could be really bad, for him.

TD: <Oh, please. How bad could it be? It's not as though she was sleeping with Bowser, is it?>

(Luigi looks up at nothing in particular, and raises an eyebrow.)

TD: ..... <Oh. Wow. Yeah, that's pretty bad. Er, do you know why?>

Luigi: Why what? Why she was doing... that... with Bowser? All this-a time, she really loved him. It's-a been an act, the whole time.

TD: <Huh. Hmm... Luigi, do you know what that means? It means she's played you AND Mario as the fool. Ooh, you should definitely tell Mario.>

Luigi: I just-a don't know... He's-a been through so much, as it is. Does he really need to know this?

TD: <Luigi, listen to me. Mario has put his heart and soul into all those years, saving princesses. Don't you think he DESERVES to know? He risked his life, what, six times, more, to save that one princess? This is definitely something that->

Luigi: .... What is it?

TD: <I just had a very disturbing thought. ....... Bowser Jr.>

Luigi: What? What about- Oh, no.... No, no, no, no, no... no. You think?

TD: <It's possible.... Luigi, Bowser Jr. tried to destroy Mario, too. If he really is Peach's son... Luigi, you HAVE to tell Mario.>

Luigi: ..... *sigh* Yeah, I suppose I should. Later, though. I need a nap.

TD: <That's fine. Glad to be of help.>

Luigi: One more thing, though.

TD: <What's that?>

Luigi: You said in exchange for you helping me, that I would have to do something for you. What is it?

TD: <Oh, that? Heh. Don't you worry about that. You've already helped me, quite a bit. I gotta go now. Good luck with Mario.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Somewhere within the mansion ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

TD: Yes... Good luck, and thanks for the help...

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Later, in Samus's room ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Samus: So, whadju find out?

Snake: Not a whole lot. It was pretty much over, by the time I got there. But what I did see was not pretty, at all.

Samus: This whole mansion is a breeding ground for wrongness. Was it really that bad?

Snake: I'm afraid so. I had to sit down, just to let the reality of the situation sink in.

Samus: Good lord. Well, you might as well not hold back. Lay it on me.

Snake: Don't say I didn't warn you. *deep breath* All I saw was Wario leading Peach out of the room, by the hand. Wario had a nasty grin on his face, and Peach was hanging her head, looking, for lack of a better word, submissive, even beaten. I don't think I've ever seen her look so defeated.

Samus: Submissive? This is bad. Very bad... Wait, what's that?

Snake: I was about to mention it.

(Snake pulls Peach's crown out of his belt, and holds it out to Samus, who takes it from him.)

Samus: Peach's crown... What the hell is going on?

Snake: I think I should start spying in Wario's room, and maybe Peach's.

Samus: Right. I'll keep an eye out for Peach, and if I can, I'll sit down with her and talk.

(Snake turns to go, but pauses, and turns back.)

Snake: Say... if it looks like, you know... if things get bad... should I intervene?

(Samus looks at Snake, then down at Peach's crown, then back at Snake.)

Samus: Please.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ At the same time ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(Geno is in his room, holding the completed doll-body for Serenade.)

Geno: So, what do you think?

Serenade: <Took you long enough. But... I like it. A little too much flesh, for my taste, but I like the hair. So... I just go into it, and that's it?>

Geno: It's a little more complicated, but that's the gist of it.

(Geno places the doll on the floor, and Serenade floats into it. There's a bright flash, and there stands the new Serenade.)

Serenade: ...... Neat. Weird... but neat. Thank you... love.

Geno: You're welcome. Although, it's a little weird that you're almost twice my size.

Serenade: Bah. No matter. Sooo..... Now what?

Geno: Hmm.... Good question. I suppose we could... Nah.

Serenade: What? Wait... that?

Geno: No, no. Not that. Forget it.

Serenade: Eh. I suppose that's not something we have to think about, right now. More importantly, how are you going to introduce me to everyone? It's not as though you could just bring me out, and that's it.

Geno: ...... You know what? I'll worry about that later. For now, let's just enjoy our physical selves.

Serenade: What? You don't mean... Geno!

Geno: What? No! I mean we should... you know... cuddle, or something.

Serenade: Oh.... Well, I just hope I don't get splinters.

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Meanwhile ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(Fox, Falco and Sonic have just finished training, and are walking back to the rec room.)

Sonic: Whew! You guys don't kid around, do you? I haven't had a workout like that since I fought Shadow on the Arc cannon.

Fox: What'd we tell you? It might seem like it's non-stop weirdness, but we certainly know how to fight.

Falco: It's a shame Marth, Megaman and Bass couldn't join us. I wonder what they're up to?

Fox: Probably something we don't really want to know about.

Falco: True. So, Sonic, what's the deal with Krystal? I haven't seen her since yesterday, when you talked to her.

Sonic: Ask her yourself. She's right over there.

(As they walk into the rec room, they can see Krystal in a round of pool against Roy.)

Fox: Krystal! Hey! Um... How are you?

Krystal: Relax, you guys. I'm fine. I was having a little problem, but it's been taken care of.

Falco: You sure? You were really scaring us, for a moment.

Krystal: I've mellowed out, some, but other than that, I'm the exact same as before.

Sonic: That's good to hear. Who's winning?

(A clack is heard, and they look over just in time to see Roy sink three balls at once.)

Roy: (Excited Japanese)

Krystal: This kid is good. Like, too good. And as far as I know, he's never played before.

Roy: (More Japanese)

Fox: You know, one of these days, we're going to learn some Japanese, and know what the hell they're talking about.

Falco: I thought we never, ever wanted to know what they're talking about.

Fox: That's true.

Sonic: Now what are you guys talking about?

Falco: *sigh* Forget about it, Sonic. It's too early for you to lose your innocence.

Fox: It would probably be better if you never, ever found out, really.

(Sonic shakes his head.)

Sonic: I swear, you people make less sense now, than when I first came in.

(Sonic, Falco and Fox leave. On the way out, they pass Blaziken.)

Krystal: Hey there. You're Blaziken, right? You're the one who defeated Vaati?

(Blaziken simply nods.)

Krystal: That's pretty slick. Name's Krystal. Hang on.

(Krystal lines up a shot, shoots, and misses.)

Krystal: Dammit! Anyway, you're a Pokemon, right? Are you like the others?

(Blaziken does a grunt/laugh, and shakes his head.)

Krystal: A Pokemon who takes things seriously? Good to know. It's nice to have someone more mature, around here.

(Krystal shoots, and sinks one ball.)

Krystal: I'm sure I was better at this. Whatever. *eyes Blaziken up and down* So... Are you reclusive on purpose, or are you just misunderstood? I've never seen you in the cafeteria, that's for sure.

(Blaziken pauses, then pinches his bicep.)

Krystal: Arm? Muscle? .... OH! Not enough red meat?

(Nod.)

Krystal: Huh. You're quite the carnivore, aren't you? You really should be seen more, though. I bet you're a nice guy, underneath all the fire and claws.

(Blaziken hesitates, then gives a thumbs-up.)

Krystal: Cool. *turns back to pool table, and sees Roy sink the 8 ball* Wha- DAMMIT! I thought you said this was your FIRST time!

(Blaziken exits. While walking through the halls, he has an inner monologue.)

Blaziken: +That was weird. Even most Pokemon shy away from me. I wonder if most of the people around here are like her. It would be kinda nice to have someone I can call a friend. Of course, it'll have to be someone who knows what the heck I'm saying. Then again, she didn't seem to have much of a problem understanding me. I wonder-+

(Blaziken suddenly stops, just before a corner. A moment later, he jumps high, and digs his claws into the wooden beams of the rafters. Beneath him, Meta-Knight passes. After Meta-Knight turns another corner, Blaziken drops down.)

Blaziken: ....... +Something doesn't seem right... at all.+

(Silently, Blaziken follows Meta-Knight.)

 (It's been only two hours since Snake spoke with Samus. They are once again in Samus's room.)

Samus: Well? How bad was it?

Snake: I'm a little surprised. I really thought it was going to be a lot worse.

Samus: Really? Huh. I guess we didn't give Wario enough credit. What happened?

Snake: ..... He made her wash his clothes... all of it... by hand.

Samus: So? That doesn't sound too bad.

Snake: Not really, until you remember how much of a slob Wario really is, and, um, his... Weren't you there when you saw his Super Smash?

Samus: His Supe- (eyes go wide) Oh.... Goodness.

Snake: Yeah.... So, now what?

Samus: I don't know... I think you should keep on eye on them, a little longer. I still wouldn't put it past Wario to try something lecherous.

Snake: Yeah, I thought that would be best. Still, though, there's something bothering me.

Samus: What's that?

Snake: Well... I saw her washing his clothes, and her mood hasn't changed at all from when Wario led her out of the room.

Samus: And? If I had to do that, I'd be feeling pretty down.

Snake: No, no... This goes beyond feeling down. She looked depressed, almost to the point to where she might become like Meta-Knight.

Samus: Hm, good point. (sits back in chair) Well... I wish I could be of more help. Unfortunately, I have quite a bit more to think about. There's... "that" issue, and then there's the thing about Mario's farewell celebration.

Snake: That thing is still going on?

Samus: I'll keep it up as long as I have to. If I suddenly stop the planning, just because I, err, know better, everyone will get suspicious. That's the exact sort of thing that would throw a wrench into the works.

(Silence.)

Snake: Okay, then. I'll go look in on Peach, once more, and then I gotta meet with Lu- (eyes widen) That green BASTARD!

Samus: What? What are you yelling about?

Snake: How could I have not seen it?! When he went running out of the cafeteria, earlier, he said he would know, and then everyone else would know. He must have... He must have learned Peach's secret from Wario, and that's what has Peach so depressed, because he's going to tell everyone!

Samus: Are you sure?

Snake: No, but I'm going to find out. Now.

(Snake storms out of the room.)
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~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Somewhere within the mansion ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

TD: Hmm..... You're smart. Very smart. But... I wonder how much you truly know?

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ In Doc's office ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Doc: Unh. All my cases are finally finished. I can-a get some rest.
(Pause)

Doc: +Why do I feel like I just-a completely destroyed all hope for relaxation?+

(The very next moment, the door bursts open, and there stands Pit, holding Zelda in her arms. She's bleeding badly.)

Pit: DOC! Please, help her!

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 4 hours later ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(Pit is sitting bed-side to Zelda. She has been hooked up to various machines, and there are multiple IV bags being fed into her arm.)

(Silence.)

........
..........
..........................

Huh??: <It's a pity, isn't it?>

(Pit just sniffs. It seems he hasn't realized there is no person in the room to go with the voice.)

Huh??: ..... <Do you know what happened? It looks awfully serious.>

(Pit sniffs again, and slowly shakes his head.)

Huh??: <I see. ...... You know... I think I might be able to help you find the person who committed such a horrible act.>

(Pit sniffs again... and slowly lifts his head.)

Pit: ....... Thank you.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Elsewhere, 4 hours and 20 minutes earlier ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Zelda: Oh, hello, Meta-Knight.

MK: Zelda, you enjoy ancient literature as well?

Zelda: Oh, yes. It's as Pit was telling me, earlier, it's because the ancients were so in tune with the land that they could see their deities, and that's what gave them their inspiration for such masterful tales.

MK: Really? I've never heard that reason, before.

Zelda: Well, he serves directly to a Goddess, after all. And, I know that since we Hyrulian's know of our roots so well, we have written our own masterpieces.

MK: Fascinating. On my home-world, all of our inspiration comes from real-life battles.

Zelda: Oh, my! It sounds needlessly violent.

MK: Not really. We always stop before anyone gets seriously hurt, and it's always done in the spirit of competition, and builds comradery.

Zelda: Oh. I suppose that's okay, then.

MK: Hmm.....

Zelda: Something wrong?

MK: ....... On my home-world, I was well renowned for my story-telling. It's been a very long while... Princess Zelda, may I ask a favor of you?

Zelda: Certainly. What is it?

MK: Would you indulge this old warrior story-teller, and let me tell you one of my personal tales?

Zelda: Oh. ... I'm not sure. I must meet Pit for...

(Zelda's face flushes a bit.)

MK: Ah. I see. (Sigh) Perhaps... another kind soul will listen to me.

(Meta-Knight turns to go.)

Zelda: Wait, Meta-Knight. Please don't go. I'd be honored to listen to your tale.

MK: I'm so pleased to hear that. Then... Come with me...

(A couple minutes later, Meta-Knight exits the library, walks on, and turns a corner. Blaziken drops from the rafters, and stands outside the door.)

Blaziken: +Strange. I was sure he was going to try something, but I didn't hear anything out of the ordinary. Still, it would be good for me to look. At the very least, it'll make me look... social.+

(As soon as Blaziken opens the door, he stops. His eyes widen, and his heart quickens.)

Blaziken: +What is this scent? Is it... no. DAMMIT!+

(Blaziken bounds through the halls, looking for Pit.)

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Somewhere within the mansion, 10 minutes after Pit takes Zelda to Doc's ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

TD: Hmm... a little messy.

MK: I didn't want to do it. It's only because I know which parts to hit to not kill her, that I accepted the task in the first place.

TD: I suppose. It is good for her to be alive. If anyone dies, it could mess up all my plans.

MK: You say you're going to contact Pit?

TD: Later. I want to give him time to settle down, and let his mind go into a fog. That'll make it easier to... "persuade" him... to my side.

MK: ........

TD: Eh? What's with you?


MK: .......... I was just wondering about.... How many more, must I deceive? How many of my friends must I hurt?

TD: Meta-Knight... Are you having second thoughts? If you are, that's fine. It just means I have to brainwash you, so that you don't remember me. Of course, it's entirely possible that my irritation with you for betraying me might make me "miss" your memory, if you know what I mean.

MK: ..... (sigh) Yeah. I get it. I'm going to take a nap, now.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ A little later ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(Luigi is standing outside Mario's office. His hand is on the knob, but that's it. Suddenly-)

Snake: LUIGI!

(Before he can react, Snake has lifted Luigi off the ground by his overalls, and is holding him close to his face.)

Snake: WHAT is your malFUNCTION!?

Luigi: Wha-wha-wha (shakes his head) What are you talking about?

Snake: You know damn well what I'm talking about. (Drops his voice to little more than a whisper) I just came from watching Wario and Peach, and the Princess doesn't look all too well. Would you care to explain why?

Luigi: ...... Put-a me down.

(Snake hesitates, then slowly lowers Luigi to the floor. He adjusts his overalls, and glares at Snake.)

Luigi: I think that-a you know... It doesn't matter who you are, you have to earn respect. The Princess hasn't been-a respecting me, so I decided I wouldn't give her any sympathy.

Snake: You mean you haven't seen how broken she is? She's almost as bad as Meta-Knight was, not too long ago.

Luigi: I DON'T CARE! This is something that Mario must know!

(Suddenly, the door swings open. Mario is on the other side.)

Mario: What must I know?

(Silence.)

Mario: You two are-a way too loud, you know that?

(More silence. Luigi looks at his shoes.)

Mario: *sigh* Come on in. You might as well tell me.

(Mario goes back into his office. A moment later, Luigi walks in, with Snake close behind, who shuts the door behind him. Mario seats himself behind his desk.)

Mario: ...... Well?

(Silence.)

Snake: Come on, greeney. You were so set on telling him. So, tell him.

(Luigi fidgets a bit, and finally comes to a decision. He balls up his hands at his sides, and scrunches his eyes closed.)

Luigi: Peach... PEACH AND BOWSER ARE HAVING AN AFFAIR AND SHE REALLY IS BOWSER JR.'S-a MOTHER!

(Silence. Mario sits back in his chair, and sighs.)

 Mario: Yes.... I know.

(Luigi's eyes fly open, and Snake's jaw drops. A few long moments later...)

Snake: REALLY?

Mario: That's-a right.

Luigi: And... and you didn't tell me? Why?

Mario: Luigi... do you really think you could have handled it?

Luigi: But... but you-
Mario: When I realized it, I was so shocked, my mind stopped working, and I went wandering off, and got lost. It's a good thing Yoshi found me when he did.

Luigi: ...Oh... And... AND YOU'RE OKAY WITH IT?

(Luigi's face suddenly turns red, and he has started shaking with anger.)

Luigi: IT'S-A ALL BEEN ONE BIG SECRET! And here I am, in the dark. I'll bet you had a good laugh at me! (suddenly whirls on Snake) And you! You knew, too, didn't you?

Snake: Well, come on, Luigi. I'm a being of stealth. Of course I knew.

Luigi: WHAT THE HELL!?

(Suddenly, Mario clubs Luigi on the back of the head with one gloved hand. Luigi is knocked out.)

Snake: ..... Umm...

Mario: This isn't the first time he's-a gone hysterical. *sigh* I was going to tell him, eventually. I see I was too late.

Snake: Mario... If you knew, all this time, why did you put up with the Princess, and her... Why did you keep saving her?

Mario: ..... Do you really want to know?

Snake: Of course! You've been through way too damn much to justify indulging Peach in her little games.

Mario: They aren't little-a games, Snake... It's-a love.
Snake: Love. Of course. That STILL doesn't excuse her!

Mario: Yes. Yes it does.

Snake: But... WHY!?

Mario: Because... I have never loved, like her.... And I'm not the sort of-a guy who gets in the way of love.

(Snake just stares at Mario.)

Snake: Well.... why didn't you just tell her that you know, and that you're okay with it?

(Mario looks away from Snake, and turns away.)

Mario: .... Because... (turns back, with a grin, and a glint in his eye) It's-a really fun to kick the crap out of Bowser!

(Snake blinks a few times... then bursts out laughing. A few moments later, Mario starts laughing as well. A minute later, they settle down.)

Snake: Oh, MAN! I never thought you had it in you, Mario. Well... Are you going to tell Peach you know, now?

Mario: You said she's-a really depressed, right?

Snake: That's right. And, erh, you might want to get to her, fast. She, um... she made a bet with Wario, and lost.

Mario: Oh. I think I see what you mean. *sigh* I suppose I should, if-a only to get her away from Wario. Oh! I almost forgot about-a Luigi.

Snake: Don't worry about him. I'll just take him down to a bar, then wake him up. I know him. A few jello shots is all it takes to calm him down.

(Snake slings Luigi over his shoulder, and turns to leave. He pauses, then turns back.)

Snake: Um, say, Mario... Did you know about Peach's... other secret?

Mario: Hm? Besides Bowser and Bowser Jr.? What is it?

Snake: ...... Nah. I don't think there's any need for you to know. You should go to Peach, now. I think she's in Wario's room.

Mario: ..... Okay, then.

(Mario and Snake exit Mario's office, and go off in separate directions. However, as Mario is heading towards Wario's room...)

Blaziken: BLAZIKEN!

(Mario whirls around to see Blaziken running towards him at top speed. For an instant Mario pulls back a fist, ready to retaliate. However, Blaziken skids to a halt, just before him.)

Blaziken: Blay- Blaziken!

Mario: ...... Lead the way.

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ A short while later, in Doc's office ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Doc: Here's-a what I got, from the prognosis. She was-a clearly stabbed, just below her right shoulder. The knife didn't-a go very deep, thankfully. However, it-a was only a small knife, and not enough to make her pass out from anything. I knew something was-a wrong, so I put her blood through a tox-screen, to check for... well, we'll know in a few minutes.

Mario: ...... What the hell is-a going on here!?

Pit: That's what I want to know! Why would anyone want to hurt Zelda, of all people?

Mario: I don't know, but I assure you, Pit, that we WILL find the fiend, and pass down judgement. Blaziken, thank you for getting me.

Pit: That's right. Blaziken, you're the one who told me about this. Did you see anything? Did you see who did it?

(For a moment, Blaziken hesitates. Then, he nods once.)

Pit: Great. You'll have to point him out for me, later.

Doc: A-hem! I just got the tox screen. It's as I feared, she's been poisoned. It isn't anything that will kill her. However, she's in a coma... I'm-a not sure when she'll wake up.

(Absolute silence. Pit sinks into his chair, next to Zelda's bed.)

Pit: If- If you don't mind... May I please be alone?

Mario: Of course. Come on, Doc. We'll discuss this in-a my office.

(Mario, Doc and Blaziken exit, leaving Pit. Pit sinks his face into his heads, and sobs quietly.)

(Luigi and Snake are at their favorite bar. Luigi has already done 8 jello shots, while Snake is on his fourth whisky.)

Luigi: He- He- He (jello shot) ..... He knew! For years! WHY!?

Snake: Why what?

Luigi: Why he went along with-a the Princess's charade!

Snake: .... I asked him.

Luigi: You did? What'd he say?

Snake: (sips whisky) .... Love.

Luigi: Love?

Snake: Mm-hm. (sips whisky)

(Luigi stare at nothing, and takes another shot.)

Bartender: Slow down, friend, I'm running out of those, fast. Besides, how're you paying for all this?

(Snake pulls the credit card given to him by Mario, back when he became a brawler, and hands it to the bartender.)

Snake: They'll take care of it. One of the few good things about this gig. Anyway, Mario says he's not the kind to get in the way of love. That's why he never got angry over it.

Luigi: ..... That's-a it?

Snake: Oh, there was something else. Mario told me - you're going to love this - that he really enjoys kicking Bowser's ass.

(Luigi takes another shot.)

Luigi: Something strong, fast.

Snake: Eh? I thought it was pretty funny. Especially that grin on his face. He really looked like he gets some kind of perverse thrill from it.

(Luigi takes the drink, and downs it all, fast.)

Snake: Damn. I guess you're taking it pretty hard.

(Luigi says nothing... He doesn't even move.)

Snake: ..... Are you still conscious?

Luigi: Maybe.

Snake: Good enough. So, how come you're so upset, anyway?

Luigi: *sigh* It-a seems like everyone I know has a low opinion of me. Either that, or they don't think about me, at all.

Snake: Hm. I think I can see how that would hurt. I guess I can understand how it would make you snap, after a while. (sips whisky) Make no mistake, though. I still think what you did to Peach is reprehensible.

Luigi: Yeah. I kinda feel bad about it, now. But, come on, if Mario didn't-a know, don't-a you think he deserves to? That's-a the Princess's son that impersonated Mario to ruin his reputation, and then attacked him.

Snake: Well, sure, that's all well and good, but.... She had to wash all of Wario's clothes... by hand.

Luigi: ..... That's all?

Snake: Whadduya mean, "that's all?"

Luigi: ..... He told me he was-a going to do something bad.

Snake: Well, yeah, I thought that counted as bad. I mean, she has to wash his underwear, and he isn't exactly known for his hygiene, you know?

Luigi: No, no, I think there's-a more. I know what you mean, but I coulda swore I-

(Luigi suddenly hiccups loudly, and his head falls - bulbous nose -first - into his jello-shot.)

Snake: ....... Looks like all that alcohol finally caught up with him. Damn. I guess I have to take him back, then go talk with Wario and Peach.

(Snake totals up all the drinks between the two of them, has the bartender charge it to his card, slings Luigi over his shoulder, and heads back to the mansion.)

Snake: Ugh. I can't believe I woke up feeling like this was going to be a good day. Foolish, foolish me.

(Snake suddenly stops, mid-stride, and massages his forehead with one hand.)

Snake: Hm. I guess those whiskeys are startin' to take effect. Oh well. I've always wanted to try dealing with a very awkward, sort of serious problem, while drunk.

(Snake continues on, until...)

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ A little later, in Wario's room ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Wario: That's it, Princess. Just like that. Ooh, you know just what to do, don't you? Yeah, that's right, you've had practice, haven't you?

Peach: Wario, please! It's disgusting enough, as it is! And, for your information, I've never washed feet, ever!

Wario: Sorry, sweetie, I didn't go suffer all those losses, just to go easy on you, now. In fact, just to make it that much worse...

Peach: .... What?

Wario: Relax, Princess. After this, you're free from your duties.

Peach: ..... Promise?

(Wario's grin grows so wide and wicked, it threatens to go off his face.)

Wario: I guarantee. Heh heh.

(Suddenly, a high-pitched whine cuts Wario short, before he could do anything else. A couple moments later, the door falls down. Snake steps on the door. In one hand, he holds a small circular saw, and in the other, a lighter. Snake lights up the cigarette in his mouth.)

Snake: Sorry. I'm sure Peach has done some bad stuff, but I gotta step in, now.

Wario: What the hell?! What the hell are-..... Are you drunk?

Snake: Only a little. But don't try anything, fatso. I can still punt your pudgy ass from here to Link's world.

Wario: You stay out of this! This woman and I had a bet, and she lost! Now, you get lost!

Snake: Aaaaaahhhhh....... Nah. Besides, if I know you half as well as I think I do, you're using her sad state to get more than what you bargained for.

(Peach's head, which had sunk low, snapped up. She looked at Snake with big, hopeful eyes.)

Wario: What the hell are you on about, now? I thought you said you're drunk!

Snake: True. But, then, I've always been really good at holding my liquor. Seriously, though, I know what the bet was, and the stakes. When Peach said that she would do anything you want, the official book on gambling terms states that it refers to a single action. She was done after she finished with your laundry.

(Snake steps over to Peach, and, holding her by her arm, and helps her up.)

Snake: Oh, and, we can't go drinking tonight. One, Luigi is probably going to be out for a while, and two, I don't really feel like drinking with you, ever again.

(Snake and Peach exit. Out of rage and frustration, Wario kicks the fallen door with his bare foot, then starts hopping about, holding said foot in pain.)

Peach: Um, thank you.

Snake: Hm.

Peach: And... about Luigi...

Snake: He's gonna be a little edgy, for a while. Don't worry about it.

Peach: I just-
Snake: He was right, though. About the respect thing, I mean. Be nicer to him. In fact, I'm going to have a talk with Mewtwo about messing with him when he's hung over.

Peach: ...... I sh-
Snake: He knows.

Peach: What? Who knows what?

(Snake stops, and looks Peach in the eye.)

Snake: ......... Come on. Something tells me we'll want to be somewhere a little less... open.

 (Snake takes Peach to his room. Inside, Snake lies on his bed, and presses his hands against his face.)

Snake: Mario... He knew, the whole time.

(Peach gasps, and covers her mouth with a hand. She sinks into a chair.)

Peach: Really?

Snake: Mm-hm. That's about the same reaction I had. Believe me, it's better than Luigi's hysterics.

Peach: ..... Goodness.... Do you know how long he knew? Or how he found out?

(Silence. Snake takes his hands away from his face, and sits at the edge of the bed.)

Snake: You know.... I never thought to ask. Oh, he knew about Bowser Jr., as well.

(Another gasp from Peach. She looks as if she's about to cry.)

Snake: Settle down, Peach, it isn't a big deal. Actually, no, yeah, it's a big deal, but that's not the point. I mean, you and Bowser? What the hell?

(Snake looks at Peach, and sees tears standing in her eyes.)

Snake: Ah, hell. Listen, if it's any consolation, when I said that I'm slightly drunk, I was lying. I'm quite gone, and I don't really know what I'm saying. Seriously, go talk with Mario, you'll feel better. As for me, I'm not good at being dramatic while drunk, so I'll just take a nap.

(Without another word, Snake lies back down, and drapes his arm across his eyes. A couple moments later, Peach exits his room.)
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~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ In Mario's office ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(It has now been approximately 45 minutes since Doc's diagnosis of Zelda. Blaziken had already identified Meta-Knight, and Doc left to research an antidote to the poison that put Zelda in the coma. Mario currently has his head on his desk.)

(Silence.)

Mario: +How? How am I going to tell everyone? I really should identify Meta-Knight. He might-a try to attack someone else. But if I do, right now, it'll be utter chaos. Gah, what'll I do?+

(A moment later, there's a knock at the door. Mario lifts his head, composes himself, and takes a deep breath.)

Mario: Enter.

(The door opens, and Peach timidly sticks her head in.)

Peach: Um, Mario, do you have a minute? Well, a few minutes, really.

Mario: Of course, Princess. Come in, please.

(Peach enters, closing the door behind her. She takes a seat in front of Mario's big desk, keeping her eyes down.)

 Mario: So, is this about-a what I think it's about?

(Peach just nods, slightly.)

Mario: ....... I can keep up the act if you can.

(Peach slowly looks up. Mario has a warm, friendly smile under his mustache.)

Peach: Wha-
Mario: Of course, nobody else can-a hear about this.

Peach: Of course.

Mario: Since, you know, it's-a still weird.

(Peach chews on her lip for a moment.)

Mario: What? It is, and-a you know it.

Peach: I... I know. Um, if you don't mind me asking... How long have you known?

Mario: Hmm.... I think it was about the fourth time that I suspected something, and I found out by the sixth time. That-a was my first adventure with Yoshi, remember?

Peach: Oh, yes, yes. So... how did you, er... What gave it away?

Mario: ...... Honestly?

Peach: ... Yes.
(Mario takes a deep breath. He leans back in his big, executive chair.)

Mario: You're smell.

Peach: My.... smell?

Mario: Yoshi was-a with me, and he smelled a koopa's scent on you. I thought he was just talking about him handling you, but he said, er, I think you get the idea.

Peach: Oh... I had no idea. I mean, I took a shower after-
Mario: THANK YOU! That'll-a be enough, Princess.

Peach: Oh, I apologize.

Mario: Quite alright.

Peach: But, there's one other thing.

Mario: Is it about your son? I suppose you want to know how I knew that, right?

Peach: Yes, please. I mean, was it obvious?

Mario: Yes... and no. The fact that Bowser Jr. was-a calling you "mama" in-a the first place raised my suspicions. I figured he wouldn't-a do that if that possibility hadn't crossed his mind. And, since the thought wouldn't-a cross his mind, at all, I figured Bowser had told him. And, since I already knew that you two had been... *cough* ... I just put two and two together.

Peach: Mm..... When you put it like that, it really does seem obvious, doesn't it?

Mario: I'm afraid it really is. Of course, when I actually realized it, my mind died, again.

Peach: So... now what?

Mario: Now? We go on as-a normal.

Peach: Just like that?

Mario: It-a doesn't seem that hard, to me. Besides, I've been doing it for a while, now. The only difference is that Bowser is the one who's-a in the dark. Now, if you'll please excuse me, I have some important-a matters to attend to.

Peach: Yes, of course. I understand.

(Peach gets up, and opens the door, but she pauses. She turns back to Mario.)

Peach: Um, Mario?

Mario: Hm? Yes?

Peach: ....... Thank you.

Mario: Of course.

(Peach exits, and heads straight for Samus's room. She knocks, and enters. Samus, upon seeing Peach, immediately puts down her book, and sits up.)

Samus: Peach! Er, are you alright?

Peach: Oh, yes. That thing with Wario is over. Although... I had to tell Mario.

Samus: About... that?

Peach: Yes, abou- How did you know?

(Samus pours out some chamomile for the two of them, gives a cup to Peach, and sits down.)

Samus: Well, it's not complicated. You know that Snake knew, right? Of course. Well, he gives a lot of his information to me. That's how I found out.

Peach: Hm...

Samus: Er, you're not mad, are you? I know, I kept it from you, which was wrong of me.

Peach: Oh, no, no. Don't worry about it. You didn't go around, gossiping, or anything, so it's okay.

Samus: Are you sure? This isn't a small something, you know?

Peach: Samus, you don't get to be princess of the Mushroom Kingdom by getting upset, all the time. It's fine, really. Anyway, it turns out that he knew the whole time. *sips chamomile* Mm. That's pretty good.

Samus: The best. Good for all situations. *sips chamomile* So, you're all better, now?

Peach: Mmm..... Yes. Yes, I think I'm going to be alright. Oh, I'm going to have to wash me hands, twice, though.

Samus: Why's that?

Peach: Wario... Wario made me...

Samus: Oh, dear. What did that disgusting little man do to you?

Peach: What? No, relax, it's not like that. He just made me... wash his feet.

Samus: Oh.... Well, that's still pretty bad.

Peach: You have no idea. Although...

Samus: What is it?

Peach: ... *sips chamomile* I think he might have been planning something far worse, if you know what I mean. Thank goodness Snake busted down the door, before it happened.

Samus: Mm, that's my Snake, for ya. *sips chamomile* Oh! I almost forgot.

(Samus gets up, goes to a cupboard, takes out Peach's crown, and hands it to her.)

Samus: I believe this is your's, Princess.

Peach: Oh, thank you! I hadn't even realized that I lost it!

(Samus sits back down, and Peach carefully aligns her crown on top of her head.)
Samus: So.... Was there something else you wanted to talk about?

Peach: Well... It's probably nothing.

Samus: Which means it's something. Out with it.

Peach: .... Have you ever gotten a feeling of vague doom?

Samus: Story of my life, sweetie. Tell.

Peach: I don't know. Right before I left Mario's office, it just hit me. And... it feels a lot like it did, that morning, so long ago, before we went to Mute City.

Samus: Oh, my. I had the same feeling! Yes, this is important. Do you remember anything else?

Peach: Umm.... Well, now that I think about it... It felt almost like, um... You know that feeling you get when you have to be somewhere in a half-hour, but you only have twenty minutes?

Samus: Yes. We're running out of time. Right, I'll start calling everyone together.

Peach: Oh, no, you can't!

Samus: What? Why not?

Peach: Um... Snake got drunk with Luigi, and he's sleeping it off, right now.

Samus: WHAT!? At this time of day!? What the HELL was he thinking?!

Peach: Settle down, Samus! He said that... I think he said that Luigi went into hysterics when he found out that Mario knew about me and Bowser. That's all!

Samus: Nope, don't care! I'm going to wake him, right now!

(Samus gets up, and storms out of her room, leaving Peach.)

Peach: ....... I should follow... If only to watch the fireworks.

(Peach goes after Samus.)

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Somewhere within the mansion ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

TD: Hm. It's such a marvelous little play, isn't it?

Ridley: hhI still dohn't know hwhy I'm hhere.

TD: Because I have instructions, for you. AH! NO! I know what you're going to say, and the answer is yes, dammit! I'm going to get you what you want, but you MUST be patient! I mean, really, is it so hard a concept to grasp? You're the general of the Space Pirates, for crying out loud. You must have some brains in there.

Ridley: ..... hhWhat is it hyou need me to do?

TD: There you go. Was that so hard? It's a simple job, really. I just need somebody to feel... threatened, if you know what I mean. Paranoid, scared out of their mind. I want you to stalk this person, make them afraid for their life, get it?

(Silence. Then, Ridley does something nobody has ever seen him do. He smiles. It isn't pretty, at all. It's the sort of smile that would make most people fear for their pathetic little lives. Even The Deity takes a step backwards.)

TD: My word! Either you like my plan, or you just think it's going to involve senseless violence.

Ridley: hhI understand. hhWho is my target?

TD: Ah, that's better. This is the person you will be intimidating.

(The Deity holds up one hand, palm up. A flickering, holographic image pops up over his palm. The person... is Luigi.)

(After the situation with Wario, Peach and Mario had been resolved, the rest of the day passed without event. It is now the next day, seven days until Brawl, a couple hours before lunch-time. Meta-Knight is wandering the halls, inner-monologue-ing.)

MK: +Get close to Samus? That bald, skinny, conniving, rotten-to-the-core, bastard of a creation doesn't have any sense of reality. How in the hell am I supposed to get into Samus's little gang? If I even suggest that I know something about him, I know they'll interrogate me, and I'm guessing Snake is proficient in that skill. Still, if I ever want to see my wife, again, I have to go along with-+

(Meta-Knight turns a corner, and stops, because Ridley is crouched low, and peeking around another corner.)

MK: +What the-?+ Ridley, what are you doing there?

(At the sound of Meta-Knight's voice, Ridley whirls around, smashing his tail into one of the walls, in the process.)

Ridley: Be qhhuiet! I am hwaiting for my preeey.

MK: Prey? If you're hunting down my friends, I'll-
(Ridley suddenly laughs, a raspy, halting laugh, that makes his head bob up and down on his thin neck.)

Ridley: fFriends? You claim to hhave friends?

(Ridley laughs again. Despite his mask, Meta-Knight manages to look annoyed.)

MK: I do. Do you have a problem with that?

Ridley: I didn't think you would hhave ffriends, after what you did to that tasty-looking little princess.

(Meta-Knight's irritation grows, but there are now a couple other emotions. Ridley's continued laughing is muted, to Meta-Knight.)

MK: Answer my question! If you are not hunting my-.... If you are not hunting, then what are you doing here?

Ridley: I hhave been instructed to stalk a sscertain individual. hhI can never pass up the chance to give someone a good sscare!

MK: Is that it? Fine.

(Without waiting for a response, Meta-Knight walks by Ridley, turns a corner, and disappears.)

Ridley: hHmm. I guess hhe's a bit touchy.

(Ridley crouches down, waiting for his prey to come by. Eventually....)

Luigi: I was strolling down the hall, one-a daaaay, in a very mer-ry waaaay.... When I was taken by-a-
(Ridley jumps out at Luigi, lands just short of him, and screeches, making sure to show all his teeth. Luigi screams once, and runs down the hall, pissing himself along the way. Ridley rubs his claws together, and does an evil giggle.)

Ridley: Oh, this is going to be ffun.

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ A little later, elsewhere ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(Link is watching Krystal play against Roy in pool. Roy has three, Krystal has zero.)

Krystal: DAMMIT!!

Roy: (Happy Japanese.)

(Four- no, five.)

Link: You weren't joking around, were you? He's quite the prodigy, alright.

Krystal: The worst part is that I know I'm good at this, but I just can't do it like I used to.

Link: Can I try? I mean, I have no idea how to really play this, but I'd like to give it a shot.

Krystal: Sure, fine, go ahead. You can't possibly do worse than me. Just remember to aim the solid white ball at any of the other solid-colored ones.

(Link looks hard at the table, walks around it a couple times.... chalks the stick... lines up, hits the cue-ball....)

Krystal: ...... *&^% me.

Link: You're lucky none of the children are in here. Was that good?

Roy: (Slightly annoyed Japanese.)

Krystal: (sigh) Yes, Link, that was very good. +Damn prodigies. Oh well. At least Roy has someone giving him a run for his money, now.+

(Just then, Blaziken walks in.)

Krystal: Hey, Blaziken. How's it going?

(Blaziken pauses for a moment, and stares at Krystal. Krystal raises an eyebrow, and glances at Link.)

Krystal: Why? Did I say something wrong?

(Blaziken shakes his head a little, then shakes his head no.)

Krystal: Okay, I can't understand anything you say, but I can still tell when something's bothering you. What is it?

(Blaziken looks strangely at Krystal, and spreads his hands as if to say, ‘You expect me to do this?')

Krystal: Right, of course, I just said I can't understand anything you say. Wellll (glances at Link and Roy, who are now thoroughly involved in their game) I have some time to kill. Why don't we sit down, and we'll try to figure out some way to communicate.

(Blaziken looks away, at nothing, for a long moment. He looks at Krystal, and nods once.)

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ At the same time ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(Ness and Poo are outside, in one of the mansion's many beautiful courtyards, catching up on old times.)

Ness: Poo? There's something I need to tell you.

Poo: You already told me about Mario and Samus, Ness.

Ness: Yeah, I know. This is something else. I have to warn you about something.

Poo: Huh? Warn me about what?

Ness: Well.... This place is really, really weird.

Poo: What do you mean? It can't be worse than when we traveled through time, as robots, can it?

Ness: It's way worse. It's like we're stuck in some big story, and it just keeps getting more and more depressing.

Poo: I think I understand. I've been getting premonitions, and I think something's about to happen. Something bad.

Ness: You haven't been wrong, so far. Do you know when it's going to happen?

Poo: Not sure. It could be today, it could be a week from now. We just have to be ready.

Ness: Of course, Poo. We'll be ready.

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Lunchtime, in the cafeteria ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Peach: Luigi... What happened to you?

Luigi: Can't blink, or it'll eat me.... Can't blink, or it'll eat me.... Can't blink, or it'll eat me....

Peach: I just wish Zelda was here, so we could figure this out. Where is she, anyway? Zelda just isn't the type to be late for anything.

Luigi: Can't blink, or it'll eat me.... Can't blink-

Peach: (sigh) I guess if you're muttering to yourself, that means I'm really just talking to myself. Oh, there's Pit!

(Peach gestures to Pit, who just entered. Pit sits down, near Peach.)

Peach: Pit, do you where Zelda is? I've never known her to just disappear.

Pit: Zelda is... She's not feeling too well. She told me... She thinks it's because she's been away from Hyrule, for too long.

Peach: Mm, I understand. I always have to go back to Mushroom Kingdom, just so I can- um- So I don't get sick.

Pit: Right, right....

Peach: ..... Is something wr-
Pit: What's the deal with Luigi? I thought he wasn't hungover, this morning.

Peach: Hm? He wasn't. I don't know what's wrong with him. I think he was scared by something, a couple hours ago. I can't imagine what would make him withdraw, like this. Even when Mewtwo scares him, it wears off in less than fifteen minutes.

Pit: I know. This doesn't seem like a joke, at all, though.

Peach: What do you mean?

Pit: You said he might have been scared a couple hours ago? Well, I heard a screech, about the same time. It sounded an awful lot like the screech from that Ridley character.

Peach: Really? Oh, my, this could be serious! I must speak with Mario about this.

(Peach gets up, and hurries out of the cafeteria..)

Luigi: ......Can't blink, or it'll eat me....

Pit: Tuh. Sorry, Luigi, but I can't spare any sympathy for you. I'm all out of that, right now.

(Luigi stops his ravings, and looks at Pit.)

Luigi: Don't-a let him help you.

Pit: What was that!?

Luigi: ..... Can't blink, or it'll eat me....

(After an intense moment, Pit leaves. However, what was said wasn't exactly private....)

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Nearby... ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Ganondorf: Did you get all that?

Mewtwo: <Of course. I used my power to bend air and sound before, remember?>

Ganondorf: I do, I just wanted to be sure you didn't miss anything important.

Mewtwo: <Hm. I might have tuned out a bit of it, after listening to Luigi repeat himself, over and over.>

Ganondorf: What was he saying?

Mewtwo: <Can't blink, it'll eat me.>

Ganondorf: .... That's it?

Mewtwo: <Didn't you hear the screech, earlier? It was Ridley, again.>

Ganondorf: I thought I heard something out of the ordinary. I suppose he was trying to scare Luigi.

Mewtwo: <That's what I was thinking, and Peach too, apparently. Actually, there was something odd about Pit.>

Ganondorf: There's something odd about everyone in this mansion.

Mewtwo: <Which is what makes this so odd. There was some sort of absence, within Pit. I can't describe it, very well, other than saying that there's something missing, and that is what's odd.>

Ganondorf: Did he say anything in particular, to catch your attention?

Mewtwo: <He did, actually. He said that he couldn't spare any sympathy for Luigi, because he's out of that.>

Ganondorf: Interesting...... So, you searched for any sympathetic feelings, after that?

Mewtwo: <Naturally.>

 Ganondorf: Anything?

Mewtwo: <No, and I mean that, in the most literal way possible.>

Ganondorf: Wait.... Did you just say that Pit-

(Suddenly, life returns to Luigi. He jumps on top of the table, and stares and points a finger right at Meta-Knight.)

Luigi: You're-a next! You're-a neeeext!!

(Just as suddenly as it started, it stops, again. Luigi collapses on top of the table, holding his head, and shivering a little.)

Luigi: Can't blink, or it'll eat me.... Can't blink, or it'll eat me....

(Long. Tense. Silence.)

..........

(Then, Mario walks in, followed by Peach. Mario takes one look at Luigi, and with a saddened look on his face, picks up his brother, and carries him out of the cafeteria, with Peach staying close beside them.)

..................

(Longer. Tenser. Silence. Samus and Snake are the first to get up, and leave. Slowly, without saying anything, the others start to clean up. Everyone stops and turns when they hear something drop. Young Link looks very red in the face, as he quickly retrieves the fork that fell and clattered loudly on the floor.)

(The silence is deafening.)

(It's late at night, but it seems like some people are still busy. For example...)

Snake: So, you had a bit of a break-down?

Samus: Yes. I don't know what happened, I think it's like everything just hit me at once. There's just- It feels like I haven't yet had an easy day, you know? For everyone else, they can rest easy, but I don't have that luxury. It's like I kept saying, it's just not fair.

(Snake holds Samus close, stroking her hair.)

Snake: I know, dear, I know. It's never fair to be asked to do everything, by yourself. But that's just it. You are not alone, remember? You have me, for one, and we both know that almost everyone else is on your side.

(Samus looks into Snake's eyes, for a long moment.)

Samus: Thank you.

Snake: Welcome. By the way, how come you didn't come to me earlier?

Samus: Oh, dear. I was hoping you wouldn't ask me that.

Snake: Why not?

Samus: Well- I just... It's complicated. It would take to long.

Snake: I got nothing but time.

Samus: (sigh) You're always there for me. I know that. But for how long?

Snake: You're being cryptic. Come on, what's the problem?

Samus: Well, I- Hey, you're being awfully blunt, you know. What's with that?

Snake: Samus, love, if you haven't noticed, a lot of the bad things that happen is because of someone not telling the truth, right away. I apologize if I sound insensitive, but I'm just trying to get to the heart of the problem, so we can fix it, sooner.

Samus: ..... Alright. I'm sorry for being suspicious. I didn't want to come to you, earlier, because I realized how I mostly just use you.

 Snake: Use me? How- Oh, wait, I don't think you need to explain, I get it. You think it's because you ask me to do all these missions, for you, and I don't exactly get much, in return. Is that about right?

Samus: It frustrates me, but yes, that's pretty much it. If I do all that, and then come to you crying and being all depressing- Snake, I was afraid you might...

Snake: Might, what? Love you less? Stop loving you, altogether?

Samus: ..... Uh-huh.

Snake: (sigh) Well, I suppose, since I said that thing about being honest, I should hold myself to that. I think you might be right, a little. I don't know if I would have loved you less, but I certainly would have been a little upset if you came to me just to cry.

(Samus starts to look incredulous, and starts to tear up.)

Snake: Truth be told, I was starting to tire of you always asking me to do these little missions.

(A little closer to tears...)

Snake: And all those nut-taps? That got old, before the first one. That has to stop.

(Closer....)

Snake: Don't even get me started on those little things you do, when you eat. It's not disgusting, just annoying.

(Nearly there....)

Snake: Which is why I'm glad we're having this talk.

Samus: ...... What?

Snake: This. What we're doing, here. This is a talk, which, when we get through it, will make our bond stronger.

(The tears start to fade.)

Samus: Really? I- had thought it was something else...

Snake: Did you think I was mad at you? How could I be mad?

(Tears fading more...)

Snake: After all, I'm a realistic kind of guy, and I know that we all have our emotional episodes.

(Tears are gone.)

Snake: The important thing to remember is that you never have to suffer alone. Okay?

Samus: (sniff) Thank you.

Snake: Welcome, again. Now, there's one last thing that I need to talk to you about.

Samus: What's that?

Snake: Remember how you would send me out on missions, and I wouldn't get anything in return? It's time to collect.

Samus: What do you mean?

Snake: Honk.
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~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Elsewhere.... ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(Pit and Link are sitting next to each other, bedside to Zelda.)

............ (Silence.)


Pit: Link.

Link: Hm?

Pit: ..... I love Zelda.

Link: Mm. So do I, Pit.

Pit: How much?

Link: ..... I'm not sure. We have a different kind of connection, than you have with her. We're just partners in an adventure, me protecting her, and her helping me protect her.

Pit: Is that so?

Link: Pretty much. But, you. You're connection with her is far deeper than anything I could have hoped to achieve. Hell, I haven't even...

Pit: Haven't even what?

Link: ...... Pit, I've never loved anyone.

Pit: What? What about, I don't know, Saria? That Ruto girl? Don't you love them?

Link: I- I don't think that's the kind of relationship I have. It's the same with them, as it is with Zelda. I'm the hero, and.... and nothing more.

Pit: You... want to love, but you don't think there's anyone you can love. Is that it?

Link: I don't know, man. I mean, yes. I mean-! Ah, dammit. I don't think there's anyone I can love, but I don't think...

Pit: Take your time.

(A long moment passes.)

Link: I'm not sure if I want to love.

Pit: You don't want to love? What does that mean?

Link: Hell, even I don't have a clue. I'm not good at psychology, at all.

Pit: Mm. Maybe you should just talk with someone. It might help you understand your emotions.

Link: Heh. Maybe I could go drinking with Snake and Lu- Well, Snake, at least.

Pit: Hey, yeah, I heard he did something weird, after I left. Care to fill me in?

Link: Luigi? Yeah, he certainly scared us all. He was sitting there, looking out of his mind, when he suddenly jumps on top of the table, points at Meta Knight, and yells that he's next.

Pit: Wow. I guess it was a little more than I thought.

Link: What's that?

Pit: Some of us think it's Ridley that scared him to pieces. I know I heard him screech around the time Peac told me Luigi was driven insane.

Link: Huh. Poor guy, he really does get more crap than he deserves.

Pit: That he does, Link. That he does.

Link: That's probably why Doc hasn't been in here, lately. I'll bet Mario has been pressuring him to work on Luigi.

Pit: Yeah, he might do that.

(They lapse into silence.)

 ..........

Huh??: Hey, Pit.

(Link's head snaps up, and he looks around intently.)

Link: Who's there?

Pit: Relax, Link. He's helping me.

Huh??: Pit's right, Link. Although, I have to talk to him about something. Do you think you could maybe leave the room for a moment?

Link: .... Sorry, but I draw the line at being ordered around by a random voice. I'm sure you can talk with Pit while I'm here.

Pit: Link, I apologize, but I think you should-
Huh??: No.

Pit: .... No?

Huh??: Perhaps it would be best if he stayed. Link, has Pit told you anything about me?

Link: No, he hasn't.

Huh??: Then, here's the short of it. You can think of me as a kind of... private investigator. Right now, I'm trying to find out what happened to Zelda, and more importantly, help her get better. In return, well, I like to keep the bill for the end.

Pit: He tells me that he's got a big lead. Oh! I just remembered. Mario says that he's found someone who knows who attacked Zelda.

Huh??: . . . . What?

Pit: Yeah, it's just a matter of bringing justice to the fiend. Isn't that great? Now, I know this is your job, but I figure if you get the identity of Zelda's attacker from Mario, you can find out what poison they used, and maybe get an antidote. What do you think?

Huh??: Mario..... Thank you, Pit. I'll... get right on that. Oh, and, Link?

Link: .... Yeah?

Huh??: If you want to help out your friend, when the time comes when I give Pit the bill, you can help him pay it. Just a suggestion.

Link: . . . Yeah. Sure, I'll think about it.

(Silence. Then, Link gets up.)

Link: Pit, I'm sorry, but I need a decent night's sleep. I'm going to my room, now, okay?

Pit: Sure thing.

(Link is just about to exit, when...)

Pit: Hey, Link?

Link: Yeah?

Pit: Do you-... Do you think I can trust this guy?

Link: You're mysterious voice friend? ...... Well, he's a very suspicious. Other than that, I don't know.

(Link steps out, closes the door, and heads to his room.)

Link: +My best friend is a moron. I need to talk with Samus, first thing in the morning.+

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Somewhere within the mansion ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

TD: If you tell him, I will beat you so hard, you're going to wish I was never created!

(Mario is laying on the floor, already bloodied and battered. Slowly, he gets up, and spits some blood out of his mouth.)

Mario: I'm-a past that. Right now, I only wish that you would-a die.

(Mewtwo and Gardevoir are together, in their room.)

Mewtwo: <So, you're saying that if I'm not looking at something, the mere possibility of an object being anywhere outside my field of vision means it is everywhere?>

Gardevoir: <That's right. The very simple truth is that reality is- Goodness!>

Mewtwo: <What is it? Did you feel something?>

Gardevoir: <I- I did. Oh my, I have heard about this. It's exactly the same as the others have described it.>

Mewtwo: <Gardevoir, tell me what's going on. Are you alright? Are you hurt?>

Gardevoir: <No, Mewtwo, I'm fine. It's just...>

Mewtwo: <Please, tell me what's going on!>

Gardevoir: <Mewtwo..... I'm pregnant.>


(Breakfast time in the mansion. As usual, almost everyone gathered, but there is the noticeable absence of Peach, Luigi, Zelda and Pit. Ganondorf is just sitting down at his usual table, across from Mewtwo.)

Ganondorf: Oh, goddess, this place is going, no, sprinting to hell.

(Ganondorf actually looks at Mewtwo, and sees that he looks kinduv like he'd just seen someone get hit by a train.)

Ganondorf: Whoa. Mewtwo, no offense, but you look pretty awful. What's wrong?

Mewtwo: .....

Ganondorf: If you don't tell me, I'll make you so mad, you'll shout it for everyone to hear. Again.

Mewtwo: .... <Gardevoir's pregnant.>

(Silence.)

Ganondorf: Damn. Just.... damn.

(Ganondorf and Mewtwo sit and eat in absolute silence. However, eventually...)

Link: +Mewtwo? Mewtwo, can you hear me?+

Mewtwo: <Wuh? Link, is that you?>

Link: +You can hear me? Good. Do you remember how The Deity is recruiting others?+

Mewtwo: <I do. Do you know one of them?>

Link: +I think so. It's just... I don't really want to believe it, you know?+

Mewtwo: <Hang on, I'll get Ganondorf, Snake and Samus in on this. It'll be better if you only have to say this once.> ...... <Can everyone hear me?>

Snake: +Mewtwo, next time you do that, could you give us a bit of warning?+

Samus: +Never mind that. What is it?+

Mewtwo: <Ask Link. He's the one with the information.>

 Samus: +Link? You have something?+

Link: +Er, uh, yeah. Yes, I have something you all need to hear. You remember how The Deity is gathering others to his side? I, um, found one of them.+

Ganondorf: +You seem to be uncertain. Is there a problem?+

Snake: +That doesn't matter, yet. Link, tell us who it is, and we'll go from there.+

Link: +Right. It's Pit.+

(There's a long pause between all of them.)

Snake: +Do you know how he did it? Pit certainly doesn't seem the type to align himself with... Did Vaati say anything about how The Deity contacted him?+

Mewtwo: <He didn't. Did you see him, Link?>

Link: +There was nothing to see. There was only a voice. As for how, Pit told me The Deity came to him as a kind of private detective, offering to find Zelda's attacker, and maybe an antidote for whatever put her into that coma.+

Samus: +Pit never asked about a price, or anything?+

Link: +The Deity said that liked to keep the bill for the end. And, well, I think if I were in Pit's state, I'd be willing to except any help from anyone, no matter the price.+

Samus: +Hm, I suppose we can't really blame Pit. He was pretty... depressed... Perhaps The Deity is targeting those who are in a deep depression.+

Ganondorf: +That might not be entirely accurate. I don't think Vaati is the sort of character to be depressed, and The Deity tried to recruit him. He might just be targeting anyone he feels can be persuaded to his side, maybe with promises of whatever they need.+

Samus: +Right, right, good thinking. Link, is there anything else?+

Link: +Yeah, there is. I know that The Deity is evil, but Pit isn't. If we ever have to confront The Deity, as well as whoever he's gathered... if we have to fight, at least let me handle Pit.+

Mewtwo: <You might not have that option, Link. Remember, you are a Giga-Smasher, and you'll have to be ready to fight The Deity.>

Link: +I know that, but-+
Samus: +We understand, Link. If everything goes as planned, we won't have to fight any of our friends.+

Link: +Thank you.+

Samus: +Before Mewtwo cuts off the connection, does anyone else have anything they need to say?+

Ganondorf: +Mewtwo says Gardevoir's pregnant.+

(Mewtwo's eyes flash purple, and the apple he was floating in front of him explodes. )

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ About two hours later ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(The children are sitting down in one of the training rooms, about to begin another lesson with Lucario.)

Ness: Hey, Link, how come Kirby isn't with us, today?

Y. Link: Dunno. But last night, he was lookin' kinda spaced-out. I wonder what's on his mind?

Popo: Do you think he knows something we don't?

Nana: Obviously. But why doesn't he tell us?

Poo: Who can say? I just wonder if he'll be okay. He knows we work better as a team.

Bowser Jr.: Who cares? If that pink blob doesn't want our help, then it's his fault if he gets hurt.

Ness: How come you're always so mean? You're not the best there is, you know.

Bowser Jr.: Aw, am I going a bit too far? If you try anything, I can get my dad to-
(A black paw lands on Bowser Jr.'s head. He looks up to see Lucario, right behind him.)

Lucario: <If you'll recall what I said two days ago, unnecessary violence only leads to unnecessary anguish.>

(Lucario walks around Bowser Jr. to the front of the group. All the children settled down, and look at Lucario.)

Bowser Jr. (under breath): I don't even know what that word means.

 Lucario: <So, who can tell me what the lesson was, yesterday? Ness?>

Ness: Not everyone who looks friendly is a friend.

Lucario: <Good. Pikachu, can you expand on that?>

Y. Link: Ah, Lucario, sir, Kirby isn't here to translate for us.

Lucario: ... <Indeed. Does anyone know where he is?>

Nana: Uh-uh. He only said that he wouldn't be here, cuz he says he has something important to look into.

Pikachu: Chu, pi, pikachu, chu.

Lucario: <No, he's not being selfish, at all. If there is something he thinks is more important that my lessons, it is his right to attend to that. So, I will translate, in his place. Pikachu, please expand on yesterday's lesson.>

Pikachu: Pika, pikachu pi, kachu pi. Chu pika, pikachu, pika, chu.

Lucario: <Very good. Pikachu said that even the kindest person, with the best intentions and an innocent face, can still have the heart of a villain. Now, before we begin today's lesson, there's something else I would like to say.>

(Lucario folds his paws behind him, and starts to pace back and forth, in front of the children.)

Lucario: <I would like to thank all of you for being strong, both physically, and mentally. There were times when the lessons I taught are not normally taught to young ones, such as yourselves. However, I know that all of you have gone through your own hardships, and you have endeavored. Survived. Some of you have faced more than most adults, even. This is why I know you can handle what I say. What I'm trying to say is, though I haven't known you for long, I am... proud... of all of you.>

(The children just look at each other, like they don't know how to handle this.)

Lucario: <So, now that I have that out of the way, I would like to begin the lesson...... What if a friend turns out to be a foe?>

(Silence. They glance at each other, wondering what to do.)

Lucario: <It isn't rhetorical, I'm asking what if a friend has, in fact, been an enemy to you, all along.>

(A moment passes.)

Y. Link: What do you mean?

Lucario: <Of course, the question is vague, I apologize. Perhaps an example is needed.>

(Lucario continues with his lesson on treachery from a friend. About an hour later, he's winding down.)

Lucario: <This brings us to the end of our lesson, for today. Now, you might be asking yourself why I just spent an hour instilling doubt of your friends, in all of you.>

(Lucario looks at the children before him with a particularly intense look.)

Lucario: <I am not a psychic type, like Mewtwo, but I can still get a sense of what will happen in the future. There will come a time, not too long from now, when something very treacherous will happen. I have only heard of what happened with Yoshi, in Mute City, but I think... this might be worse. I know you all trust each other, and you should, but there are certain characters, within this mansion, that are not as good and pure-hearted as you are.

(Again, the children look at each other, not sure how they should react.)

Lucario: <Our time is up. I would like everyone to be here, two days from now, at the same time.>

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ At the same time ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(Snake, Samus, Ganondorf, Mewtwo, Geno, Mr. Game&Watch and Meta-Knight have all gathered in Snake's ship.)

Geno: Why is Meta Knight here?

Mewtwo: <He says that he was contacted by The Deity, but he thinks the found out something that we don't yet know.>

Geno: Alright, fine. So, why are the rest of us here?

Samus: Geno, you know the rules. +Unless you want him to hear us, stop talking and start thinking. As for your question, you're here to translate for Game&Watch, who's going to help us make use of what information Meta Knight has. That's why Ganondorf is also here.+

MK: +Thank you, all of you. But, before I say anything, I was wondering if I could hear what you know of this being, so I know if I'm wasting your time or not. I believe you call him The Deity?+

Samus: +That's right, and that's a good point. You should know about The Deity, if he spoke to you.+

(So, they think all the things they know about The Deity.)

MK: +If what you say is true, then The Deity has a great amount of power. How can we hope to stand against him?+

Mewtwo: <Fortunately, we do have a means to fight him. We have been given five extremely power Super Smash coins. They will allow the users of these special coins to have strength like his, and most of his powers will not effect them, at all.>

MK: +This is good to hear. Do they have a name?+

Snake: +We're calling these the Giga-Smash coins.+

MK: Giga-Smash?

Samus: +Meta Knight, don't slip. The Deity can see what's going on, anywhere on this planet, and further.+

MK: +My apologies. Now that I know about The Deity, and how to defeat him, I can tell you what I learned. You see, he has already gathered a few minions. One of them is Ridley.+

Samus: +What? He got to Ridley? I always thought Ridley would stay alone, no matter what.+

MK: +I guess he changed his mind, then. When The Deity talked to me, he seemed to be interrupted by Ridley, because he suddenly started sounding annoyed, and was yelling at someone. It was right near the end that I heard him say Ridley's name.+

Snake: +Interesting. I wonder who else The Deity could have brought over to side, besides Pit?+

MK: +Ah, yes, it is a tragic thing that Pit would fall for his manipulations.+

G&W: <Geno.>

Geno: +Hold on, guys, Game&Watch wants to say something.+

G&W: <I'm wondering if Meta-Knight agreed to work with The Deity.>

Geno: <Got it.> +Game&Watch wanted to know if you accepted The Deity's help.+

MK: +I did not accept. I only told him to give me time to think about it.+

Samus: +That's good, you said the right thing. This will change our game-plan, a little. For now, everyone should go back to the mansion, to avoid having people wonder where we all disappeared to.+

(They all get up, and start filing out of Snake's ship. As Meta-Knight jumps off, he turns to Samus.)

MK: I apologize for not being more helpful.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Somewhere within the mansion ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

TD: That's quite alright, Meta-Knight, I got what I need. ...... Of course, this means I no longer need you.

(The Deity paces in his chamber a little.)

TD: Hmmm.... Giga-Smash.....

(It's lunchtime, in the mansion, still only six days before Brawl. Peach, Luigi, Pit and Zelda are still nowhere to be found. Fox enters, and takes his usual seat.)

Fox: Hey.

Falco: Hey.

Fox: Where's Meta-Knight?

EXE: Not here yet, I guess. He usually isn't the first one to get here, anyway.

Fox: No. I mean, I know that, I was wondering if anyone has seen him at all, since this morning?

(Silence.)

Fox: Nobody?

Sonic: Why do you ask? Do you think something might have happened to him?

Marth: (Japanese)

EXE: Ooh, yeah, that's right! Marth just mentioned Luigi's episode, yesterday.

Fox: Exactly. Luigi said that he's next, and we don't know what that means. I'm a little worried about him.

Krystal: Worried about who now?

(Krystal takes her seat next to Sonic.)

Sonic: None of us have seen Meta-Knight, and we're worried because what Luigi said, yesterday.

Krystal: Meta-Knight? I saw him. He was walking with Samus, apparently going somewhere.

Falco: Is that so?

Fox: Walking with Samus? Hmm...

Krystal: Something on your mind, Fox?

Fox: Maybe.... Do you think something might be going on?

Roy: (much Japanese)

(Silence.)

Sonic: Mega Man?

EXE: .... Roy, that can't be right, it doesn't make sense.

Fox: What did he say?

EXE: It's nothing. Forget it.

Marth: (Japanese)

EXE: I still think it's wrong, and I stand behind my statement.

Fox: Wrong or not, tell me what he said!

(Silence. A few confused looks go to Fox.)

Fox: Sorry, sorry. I didn't mean to raise my voice. Please tell me what Roy said.

EXE: .... Roy just thought that... maybe Samus is plotting something.

(A long moment passes between them. Sonic takes a big bite of his chili-dog.)

Sonic: You're right. That doesn't make sense, does it?

Fox: Mmm....

Krystal: Oh, come on, Fox. Are you actually considering it?

Fox: Hm? Uh, no. Well, yes, I thought about it, but not seriously.

Roy: (sheepish Japanese)

EXE: Yes, it does sound a little silly, when you really think about it.

MK: What's silly?

Krystal: Meta-Knight! You're later than usual.

MK: Training went a little longer than I thought.

(Meta-Knight hops into his chair, and notices a couple of them giving him odd looks.)

MK: What? Were some of you worried, or something?

Falco: Luigi did play the part of the soothsayer, yesterday. We were just worried that whatever he was raving about would come true.

MK: I appreciate your concern, but I think I can handle a measly little bit of doom.

Krystal: So, you're not worried?

MK: I have yet to see a reason why.

Marth: (questioning Japanese)

EXE: Bass? He was asked to go to Mario's office. I can't imagine what it could be for.

Fox: So, Meta-Knight, I heard you were with Sa-
(Suddenly, the PA speakers click on.)

Mario: Good day, everyone. I have something I would like everyone to please gather in the Endless Field, at one-thirty, today. Thank you.

(The PA clicks off. The room is a-buzz with excitement.)

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Across the room ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Ganondorf: Another new-comer?

Mewtwo: <Doubtful. While it has been a while since one has been added, I think Mario is going to stick with just setting the new-comers to wander in the halls, until they bump into someone.>

Ganondorf: True. What else is there, though?
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~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Across the room ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

DK: {Maybe some kind of original concept.}

Diddy: {Like what?}

DK: {No clue. That's why I said it might me some kind of original concept.}

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Across the room ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Wario: ........ +I wish I had someone to gossip with. This bites.+

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Just after lunch ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(Doc is in his office, right next to the infirmary. He's going through a few files, when Snake enters.)

Doc: Snake? What can I do for you?

Snake: It's about Luigi, Doc. None of us have heard anything about him, and I wanted to see if you would be willing to tell me anything.

Doc: It's a good thing you came here, now, Snake. Yes, I am ready to release my diagnosis. Have a seat.

(Snake sits down, while Doc pulls out a file from a metal file-cabinet.)

Doc: Here we are. Let's-a take a look, then. From reports I received from another brawler, it seems that at approximately ten minutes past-a ten, yesterday morning, Luigi suffered some-a severe psychological trauma, when Ridley surprised and scared him.

Snake: Surprised and scared? That's a hell of an understatement, Doc.

Doc: That's-a just medical jargon for getting scared *&^%-less.

(Snake coughs, hard. Doc continues as if he said nothing out of the ordinary.)

Doc: As a result of this-a trauma, Luigi is-a now experiencing a form of paranoid psychosis. It means he is-a now mildly afraid of his surroundings, presumably because of-a how Ridley jumped at him from out of nowhere, and he might have episodes of incoherent babbling, or outbursts of raving.

Snake: Doc, I don't know if you heard this one already, but he already had an outburst of raving.

Doc: He did? What did he say? It could give us a clue how we can best treat him.

Snake: I heard he spent most of the time repeatedly mumbling something, but shortly before Mario took him away, at lunch, he did something that doesn't quite sit well with me.

Doc: Interesting. Wait, let me get something to write this on.... Okay, go on.

Snake: It was pretty short, actually. All he did was jump on top of the table, point at Meta-Knight, and shouted that he was next. Then he collapsed into a fetal position, and starting mumbling something. I couldn't hear what it was, though.

Doc: He pointed at Meta-Knight? Very interesting, indeed. One moment... Okay. Thank you very much, Snake. This should help me to determine a proper treatment.

Snake: It was no problem, Doc. I'll start telling the others this.

Doc: Thank you. But, if you don't mind-a me asking, why does it not sit well with you?

Snake: Hm? Well, nothing specific, really. Maybe just because it seemed a little specific, to be just a regular psychotic episode, you know?

Doc: Mm, I see. That will help, as well.

Snake: Glad to be of help.

(Snake starts to get up, but hesitates, and sits back down.)

Snake: Ah, Doc? One last thing, about Luigi.

Doc: Hm? What is it?

Snake: You mentioned getting him the right treatment? Well, I think I might have it.

Doc: Do you? What is it?

Snake: Luigi always really liked jello-shots. And schnapps. Mentholmint, especially. He says it's good for his breath.

Doc: You... want to get Luigi drunk?

Snake: It's just a suggestion. Me, Luigi and Wario are all drinking buddies, and I think it might help him if he's in an environment he knows is safe, and always leads to good times.

Doc: You want to take Luigi to a bar, and get him drunk?

Snake: ..... Yes.

(Silence. Doc goes over a few notes in Luigi's file.)

Doc: ..... Not too much, got that? Don't-a destroy all his brain cells.

Snake: No more than usual, I promise.

Doc: Fine. Monitor him closely, though. Stay sober, if you have to.

Snake: No problem. Thanks again, Doc. I'm sure this will help him, plenty. Ah, where can I find greenie, anyway?

Doc: Hm? Oh, take this note to Mario, later, and he'll get Luigi for you.

(Doc scribbles a note, and hands it to Snake. He leaves Doc's office, and heads to Wario's room to tell him the plan.)

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Later, at 1:30 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(Everyone has gathered in the Endless Field. Strangely, there are several characters there not normally seen, such as King Dedede, Blaziken, Vaati, Ridley, and others. Mario is standing near the front of a stage, a red curtain hanging right behind him.)

 Mario: .... It looks like everyone is-a here. Today, I would like to officially announce something completely new, for Brawl. Some of you might-a remember in-a Melee, at the end of the Adventure gauntlet, you fought Giga-Bowser. Now, that has been taken a step further. I would like to introduce all of you... (steps to the side) ... to your own personal bosses!

(With that, the curtains quickly pull aside, revealing a whole host of strange characters. The sheer variety among them is stunning.)

Mario: Of course, this is only covers a few of you. Some of us have our personal bosses right here, among us! Bowser and I are bosses to each other, as are Ganondorf and Link. Research is still being done, to get the right boss, for the rest of you. I encourage you all to... hm?

(Many of the brawlers have suddenly become very, very tense, and it can be felt, in the air. Some of them are looking downright upset.)

Mario: .... (sight) Any complaints can be submitted to me, personally, in my office. One at a time.

(Mario leaves, and so do a couple other brawlers. However, most of them stay, and most of those are the ones with their personal bosses standing up on the stage.)

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ A little later ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Samus: How sound-proof is this room?

Mario: Shout to your heart's content.

Samus: Thank you. (deep breath) WHAT THE *&^% WERE YOU THINKING!!? You brought that- that THING- you brought it HERE!?

Mario: That's-a right.

Samus: ..... WHY!?

Mario: It.... seemed like a good idea at the time?

Samus: I- I just- You, and the... You *&^%-. . . . WHAT THE HELL!?

Mario: Are you about through?

Samus: Almost.

Mario: One more, and that's it. I can only guess how many others are out there, right now.

Samus: Oh, get comfy, Mario, because you're going to be there for a long, LONG time.

(Samus storms out, and slams the door. A second later, Geno walks in, and closes the door behind him.)

Geno: What the *&^% Mario? That's all I have to say. What the *&^%?

(Geno walks out.)

Mario: +It's-a gonna be a long day, isn't it?+

(After Mario has had several earfuls about the special bosses, Mario eventually made it known that they would also be living on the Smash Planet, but in a separate mansion, except for the ones who are also brawlers. Needless to say...)

Samus: This isn't good. I don't like this, at all.

Snake: Dare I ask why?

Samus: This offers opportunities for all sorts of suckiness.

Snake: Right, of course. How could I think it would be anything different.

Samus: .... Was that sarcasm?

Snake: Of course not. I would never think to belittle you in any way.

Samus: You'd better not. Anyway, what was it you wanted to talk to be about?

Snake: Ah, right, that. So, I told you how I asked Doc about Luigi, and he gave me his diagnosis.

Samus: Right, I already started circulating the news.

Snake: Thank you. Well, I kinda offered... a treatment... for Luigi.

Samus: .... What kind of treatment?

Snake: It's, um, the Dr. McGillicuddy's Treatment, for patients with psychosis brought on by.... trauma.

(Samus levels a penetrating gaze at Snake, with one eyebrow arched.)

Samus: Say, isn't Dr. McGillicuddy that guy that makes schnapps?

Snake: ..... Maybe?

Samus: You want to take Luigi DRINKING!?

Snake: Hold on, dear. I already checked it out with Doc, and he said it might be a good idea.

Samus: Snake, Luigi is severely messed up! He needs real treatment, not a shot of whiskey!

Snake: Jello-shot, actually. But, that's not the point. Think about it, for a minute. Luigi is going to be in an environment that he knows will never try to scare him, and that might be what he needs, above all! Besides, if nothing else, the liquor will probably reboot his brain, and isn't that what needs to be done with any psychosis patient?

Samus: NO! It's a stupid idea, and I'm not going to let you go through with it!

 (Samus resolutely turns her back on Snake. A second later, Samus feels a pair of arms slide around her slender waist, and a hot breath on her neck.)

Snake: Are you sure about that?

(Snake holds his stubbled face right at the nape of Samus's neck, and starts kissing his way up, slowly.)

Samus: I'm... positive. My mind- It's made up

(Snake nibbles on Samus's earlobe, then whispers into her ear in a low, seductive tone.)

Snake: I think you're going to let me go.

Samus: No, I'm not. I already told you-
Snake: You're going to let me go, because I know what you're greatest weakness is...

Samus: What- what weakness could you have possibly found?

Snake: This Zero Suit that you wear... It's a lot thinner than you would have others believe. I know how sensitive your body can be... especially when I touch you... like this.

(Without warning.... Snake starts to mercilessly tickle Samus! Samus yelps once, and tries desperately to pry Snake's fingers off her writhing body. Snake finds a sweet spot, right on her belly, and it makes Samus squeal.)

Samus: OH GOD STOP! Heeheeheehee- (short breath) STOP IT SNAKE! Ooh, hooohoohoo! (short breath) Stopstopstopstop STOP! OKAY! I GIVE! JUST STOP!!

(Snake immediately lets got of Samus, but keeps her from collapsing to the floor. Slowly, Samus calms down... gets a good breath, wipes away the tear... chuckles once more...)

Snake: Well? Can I take Luigi drinking? It's for his health, you realize.

Samus: ... Maybe.

(Snake holds up his fingers, like he was about to strike. Samus squeaks and shies away.)

Samus: FINE! Go, dammit, if it's really that important to you.

Snake: Thanks, babe. I love you.

Samus: (sigh) I love you to.

(Snake sweeps Samus into his arms, and kisses her deeply. They hold each other for what seem like an eternity, before they have to break for air.)

Samus: Mmm. I really love you, now.

Snake: Damn straight.

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ At the same time ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(Mewtwo and Ganondorf have just finished training, and are walking the halls.)

Ganondorf: There's one thing that still confuses me.

Mewtwo: <What's that?>

Ganondorf: ..... How does it happen?

Mewtwo: <No guessing. Get to the point.>

Ganondorf: I suppose. I ju- ... You know, you seem a little more irritable than usual. What's going on?

Mewtwo: <You mean besides the obvious?>

Ganondorf: You're stressed about being a father? Is that it?

Mewtwo: (sigh) <Somewhat. From what I understand, when a normal Pokemon has a child, they instinctually know how to rear the child, whether they're male or female. I don't believe I have those instincts.>

Ganondorf: So, what, you're worried that you won't be able to be the father-figure you feel you should be?

Mewtwo: <That's part of it. Of course there's more, but I can only lose sleep over one at a time.>

Ganondorf: Mm. I won't try to comfort you, by saying you'll be a great father. In the Gerudo clan, well, there aren't any fathers, at all. I'm the first male in decades, and I have yet to father any children.

Mewtwo: <You mean you're-?>

Ganondorf: NO! Er, no. I have a harem, of course, but none of them have bore me a child, yet.

Mewtwo: <Yet?>

Ganondorf: It's been a while since I was there. For all I know, one might have been born, by now.

Mewtwo: <Hm..... You had a question?>

Ganondorf: Yes, I did, and, since you want me to get right to the point, how will your child be born?

Mewtwo: <I'm afraid I still don't understand.>

Ganondorf: I can't make it any clearer than that.... unless... Mewtwo, do you know about the concept of childbirth?

Mewtwo: .... <I do not. I suppose it is one of those things this is supposed to be instinct.>

Ganondorf: Oh, good LORD, Mewtwo. Go talk with Gardevoir, again. Now.

Mewtwo: .... <Fine.>

(Mewtwo floats away. Ganondorf just watches him go, shakes his head, and continues on his way.)

Ganondorf: +Moron. How could anyone not-+ What th- Who are you?

Huh??: Hmm. You look like you know your way around here. Tell me, where might I find some good meat? A turkey leg, perhaps, or something a little larger.

Ganondorf: ... +Why am I always stuck with the weird ones+ I asked you your name. Tell me, and I'll tell you where you can get your food.

Simon: Of course, how rude of me. I am Simon Belmont, slayer of Dracula.

Ganondorf: ... Who's Dracula?

Simon: You do not know who Dracula is? Ah, of course, I understand. I am a brawler, from a different universe. I understand you already have some, like me.

Ganondorf: That might explain it. Now, as for where you can get your meat....

(Marth and Roy turn a corner, and stop when they see Ganondorf and Simon.)

Ganondorf: Excellent! Get over here, you two!

Marth: (confused Japanese)

Roy: (more confused Japanese)

Ganondorf: Whatever. This is Simon Belmont. Simon, don't bother talking with them, they don't speak our language. You two, take Simon to a place where he can get some meat. Alright? Good.

(Without waiting, Ganondorf hurries out of sight, leaving Marth, Roy and Simon in the middle of the hall... staring at each other.)

Roy: .... (curious Japanese)

Simon: You heard the man. I'm hungry, and need meat.

Marth: (innuendo Japanese)

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Later, at dinner ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Simon: This is amazing! What manner of food do you call this?

Fox: It's just pizza, settle down. You'll get used to this, trust me.

Simon: Perhaps, but this is nothing like what I'm used to, at all.

Falco: What do you normally eat?

Simon: Sometimes I can buy something at shops, but I find most of my food just laying around.

Krystal: Laying around? What environment do you do your adventuring in?

Simon: Mostly old castles, sometimes outside, on random mountainsides, sometimes in sewers, it varies. Why?

Krystal: And you eat that stuff?

Simon: Why wouldn't I?

(Krystal just makes a disgusted noise, and goes back to her pasta.)

Marth: (Japanese while eyeing Simon up and down.)

EXE: Dammit, no! Can't you keep it together for one consecutive day?!

Roy: (sheepish Japanese)

EXE: ..... That's it, I'm out of here.

(Mega Man leaves, but the rest go on, with Simon getting more and more excited, as he eats more.)

Simon: Ooh, what is-
Krystal: Simon!

Simon: Hmm?

Krystal: So, what is it you do, anyway?

Falco: Yes, on your world, what was it that made you a brawler?

Simon: Oh, I killed Dracula.

MK: Who's Dracula?

Simon: None of you know who Dracula is? Do you at least know what vampires are?

Marth: (questioning Japanese)

Fox: Is Dracula a vampire?

Simon: ... Maybe. Simon: Try the king of all the vampires.

Krystal: Cool. How'd you do it?

Simon: Why, with my trusty flame-whip, of course.

Falco: You... use a whip?

Simon: Yes. Is there something wrong with that?

Fox: It's... an unusual weapon, is all.

Krystal: So, you're a long-haired muscle-bound pretty-boy, you run around in leather, and you use a whip?

Roy (to Marth): (hopeful Japanese)

Fox/Falco: NO!

(It is about an hour before dinner. Mario and Doc are sitting in Mario's office, discussing Zelda and Luigi.)

Mario: So, how is-a my brother?

Doc: Ah, it's-a hard to say.

Mario: Hm? How so?

Doc: After hearing the case for it, I decided to put-a Luigi on a, er, somewhat radical treatment.

Mario: How radical is it? Could it hurt Luigi?

Doc (under breath): No more than-a usual, I imagine.

Mario: What was that?

Doc: Ah! Sorry, just, uh, trying to remember the details. This-a treatment shouldn't cause any-a harm to Luigi, but if it does, we'll take him off, immediately.

Mario: Well, I suppose if you think it'll-a help him.

Doc: Don't worry. If-a this works, we'll know.

Mario: That's-a good to hear. So, then, tell me about-a the treatment. How does it work, and why is it-a radical?

Doc: Mm, erm, (cough) I would tell you, but, well, I'm afraid I don't have my notes with me.

Mario: Isn't there anything you can tell me?

Doc: I do know for sure that he'll either be cured, or stay the same. At the very least, we have nothing to lose.

Mario: Hmm... Okie-dokie. Has he been started, yet?

Doc: Tonight, actually. Ah, I have enlisted Snake in this, since he has better resources than I do. He'll come by to get Luigi.

Mario: Excellent. Now, moving right along...

Doc: Of course, Zelda.

(Doc goes through a file, then stops....)

Doc: I have good news and bad news.

Mario: Mama-mia... Alright, let's-a hear it.

Doc: The good news is that I have isolated and identified the poison used to put Zelda into her coma. From that, I have found that an antidote exists.

Mario: That's-a good news, indeed. But this obviously means...

Doc: Exactly. The bad news is that, while I know what the antidote is, I don't-a know where to find it.

Mario: Of course. Can you make any guesses where it might be?

Doc: In this universe.

Mario: Oh, that's-a gonna help, a lot.

Doc: Don't worry, yet. You called me in here not long after I identified the antidote. After this, I will contact some of-a my colleagues, in-a different parts of the universe. Since my network reaches most of the corners, I think at least one person will have some idea where it can be found.

Mario: Good, good. Keep me posted, okay?

Doc: Of course.

(Doc gets up, gathers up his files, and heads for the door.)

Mario: Ah, before you go...

Doc: Hm?

Mario: Ah, no, it's-a nothing. Never mind.

(Doc looks at Mario for another second, shrugs, and heads out. As soon as the door closes, Mario thunks his head on his desk.)

 Mario: Damn it all. Zelda gets-a poisoned, my brother is insane, and now, I'm getting-a premonitions about something terrible. Of course, I don't have to guess about that last one...

(Mario lifts his head, and spins his chair, until he is facing The Deity.)

Mario: ... do I?

TD: Now, now, father, there's no reason to be cross with me.

(Mario raises one bushy eyebrow.)

TD: ... Fine. No reason to be cross with me, about anything new.

Mario: I think what you have-a done in the past is enough, really. I can hate you, plenty, for that.

TD: ... Hm. Funny.

Mario: Are you here just to annoy me?

TD: Oh, no. Well, annoying you is reason enough, father, but I am here for something. You see...

(The Deity grasps Mario's chair with his long, thin fingers, and brings his face close to Mario's.)

TD: ... there is one more thing for you to do, yet, and trust me when I tell you this: If you deny me, it will be the last thing you ever do.

(For the longest time, Mario stares into the cold, empty eyes of The Deity. Finally, an unseen message passes between Mario and his creation.)

TD: Very good... I'm pleased that you know your place. Now, all you need to do is-
(Mario turns his head when there is suddenly a knock at the door. When Mario turns back, The Deity is gone.)

TD: I'll speak with you, later, father.

(Mario pauses, and wipes the sweat that had broken out, on his forehead. He composes himself, and turns towards the door.)

Mario: Enter.

(The door opens up, and Donkey Kong walks in.)

Mario: Donkey Kong? I'm a little surprised to see you here.

DK: {Hello, Mario. I'm afraid this isn't a social visit.}

Mario: No, I suppose it isn't. Is there-a something troubling you?

DK: {It's Yoshi, Mario. For some reason, for the past few days, he's been acting... Well, he's been acting different, from what I think he's supposed to.}

Mario: Is that so? Do you think it's-a something that happens as they all grow? I know I don't know much about Yozards, when they're still-a growing up.

DK: {Perhaps, but this is still worrying me. He's still very tiny, but he seems unusually aggressive.}

Mario: Aggressive? You don't think Yoshi has-a been eating any meat?

DK: {Already thought of that. I checked and double-checked everything I feed him. One-hundred percent fruits and vegetables.}

Mario: Then, who else could be... I might have an idea what's-a going on.

DK: {You mean... Are you thinking that someone else is doing this, to Yoshi?}

Mario: Exactly.

DK: {But, that doesn't make sense, at all. The only other brawler besides me- Of course!}

Mario: Hm? You- think you know who is-a doing this?

DK: {It must be Diddy! He's the only other person, besides me, who is close to Yoshi.}

Mario: Oh, Diddy. Of course...

DK: {Mario? You sound like you thought it was someone else.}

Mario: No! No, I just- thought of... Luigi, for a second there.

DK: {Of course, I understand. I'm very sorry about him. How is your brother?}

Mario: Insane. But, Doc has a treatment he thinks might-a cure him.

DK: {That's good to hear. Well, it's getting close to dinner time. I'd better get back to our room, if I want to tell Diddy about Yoshi. Thank you, Mario.}

Mario: Not a problem, Donkey Kong, I'm-a glad I could-a help.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ At the same time ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Serenade: Aren't we early? There's no-one here, yet.

Geno: That's the point. Can you imagine walking in, and having every single brawler looking at you, simultaneously?

Serenade: Well, if you didn't give me this body, they wouldn't be staring. Honestly, why did you make me look like this?

Geno: Because this is what I think of, when I think of perfection.

Serenade: .... Fine, you're off the hook. This time.

Geno: +I'd better be off the hook. It took me an hour to memorize that line.+

Serenade: Geno?

Geno: Ah, sorry, just thinking about something. Anyway, you weren't here when Mewtwo introduced Gardevoir to all of us. Every single eye was on her, and she blushed a shade of red I had never seen anywhere, before. I don't want that, for you.

Serenade: So, instead of every eye, at once, we get spectators slowly?

Geno: .... Yes. Now, eat up, and let me do the talking.

Serenade: Good thinking. Oh, and thanks, for teaching me about, you know, all this stuff.

Geno: Hm? What stuff?

Serenade: I've never been in a real body, before. I wasn't used to the fine-muscle movements, and you were patient with me, and taught-
Geno: Your welcome. Heads up, here comes the first few.

(The children enter, in their usual cluster. They slow down, when they see Serenade, but continue to their table. Geno leans in close to Serenade.)

Geno: See? That wasn't so bad, was it?

Serenade: Are they still looking?

Geno: A couple of them.

Serenade: Which ones?

Geno: ... The one in the green tunic is Young Link, the one with the baseball cap is Ness, and the one in the blue parka, Popo.

Serenade: Mm. Just as I thought.

Geno: Just as you thought? What do you mean?

Serenade: It's nothing, just a hunch. Here come a couple more. Who are they?

Geno: The one with the toga is Pit, and the one with the green tunic is Link, the future Young Link, obviously.

(Link sees Serenade, elbows Pit, and jerks his head at her. They walk over, and take a seat across from them.)

Link: Hey, Geno... Who's your friend?

Geno: I'm so glad you asked, Link. This is my, er, friend, Serenade. She is from Star Road, like me. She's the one that told me about Yoshi.

Link: I see. So....

(Link makes some odd gestures. Serenade watches for a second, then giggles.)

Serenade: Geno, you do know what he's trying to say, right?

Geno: I do. I just don't feel like dignifying it with an answer.

(Link stops his gesturing, and blushes, a little. Pit pats his shoulder, they get up, and go to their table.)

Serenade: Okay, maybe I can handle this place, if more of your friends are as funny as he is.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Across the room ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Y. Link: Who is she?

Nana: Why don't you go ask?

Y. Link: Ah, no, that's fine.

Bowser Jr.: Why not? You don't want to know?

Y. Link: It's... not that. I just don't feel like... getting up, is all.

Pikachu: Pika, pikachu, pi, chu.

Nana: Kirby?

Kirby: (cough) Puyo, puyo puyo. Puyo.

Bowser Jr.: What's he saying?

Nana: What do you mean it doesn't translate?

Popo: It's alright, Nana, just let it go. If he says he doesn't understand, I believe him.

(All the boys, except Bowser Jr. and Pichu, glance at each other.)

Nana: Fine, whatever. I'll go ask.

(Nana hops off her seat, and goes over to Geno and Serenade. At the same time, Fox, Falco and Krystal, who had just entered, decide to do the same. Serenade leans in close beside Geno.)

Serenade: It seems that I'm getting popular.

Geno: New faces are always a big deal, around here. It's something that comes with living under one roof.

Falco: Who's this, Geno?

Nana: Yeah, the boys wanna know, for some reason.

Serenade: The boys? Why doesn't one of them ask?

Nana: Dunno. Young Link says he doesn't feel like standing up, though.

(Serenade glances at Young Link, and desperately tries to stifle the laughter.)

Geno: +Dammit.+ Her name is Serenade, and she's from Star Road, like I am.

Nana: Oh. How come she's laughing, but trying to hold it in?

(Serenade hides her face in Geno's cap, and waves hand at Nana.)

Serenade (muffled): It's nothing, dear. Run along, now.

Geno: +Maybe this was a bad idea.+

(Nana looks at Serenade with a weird look, but returns to the others. Fox and Falco, content with learning Serenade's name, go to their table. Krystal, however, sticks around a little longer.)

Krystal: You're from Star Road? What are you doing here, then?

Serenade: Well, I was the one who told Geno about Yoshi, you see. After I told him, I asked him if I could tag along, when he came back here.

Geno: And after I said no, she went from asking to nagging.

Serenade: It was whining, not nagging.

Krystal: So, what, you were bored?

Serenade: A little. Actually, I just needed a break from the job, you know? It's not all fun and games, in Star Road. I was authorized for a vacation, I saw my opportunity, so, here I am.

Krystal: Interesting. So.... does that mean that isn't your natural form?

Serenade: Yup. I figured it would be better to have a physical form, for this, so I had Geno create this doll for me.

Krystal: Really?

(Krystal raises an eyebrow, and looks at Geno with an odd look. Her tail starts twitching.)

Krystal: And how did you come up with this shape, Geno?

Geno: Well, I di-
Serenade: Geno says he just thought of perfection, and that's how he created this body.

Krystal: Is that so?

(Krystal's tail is twitching a little more. Pit walks by on his way to the buffet line, but stops behind Krystal, and sniffs the air.)

Pit: Is that ozone I smell?

(Pit shakes his head, and walks away.)

Geno: +Okay, this was definitely a bad idea.+ Krystal, shouldn't you be getting something to eat?

Krystal: Hm? Oh, I guess you're right.

(Krystal stands up. She has a smile across her muzzle, but her eyes have a strange glint in them.)

Krystal: It was so nice meeting you, Serenade.

Serenade: Likewise, I'm sure.

(Krystal turns, and walks away, but there seems to be a strut in her gait.)

Serenade: I like her. She's nice.

Geno: +No matter how this ends, I just know I'm going to get hurt.+

(While most of the rest of the mansion has already gone to sleep, there is one trio still out... drinking, of course.)

Snake: Don't get any ideas, fat-ass. The only reason you're here is because this is for Luigi's sake. I still don't like what you did to Peach.

Wario: Oh, come on, be reasonable, put yourself in my shoes. I've lost almost every single bet I've made, in the past six months. Suddenly, I hit the jackpot! Now, tell me, what would you have done, if it were you?

Snake: Nice try, but you and I are different people. I would have done different, if I was in the same situation.

Wario: Hmph. Well, whatever. Let's get this guy drunk, already.

(Snake takes a beer-bong, and stuffs the business end into Luigi's mouth. At the top, he pours in a generous amount of mentholmint schnapps. After a moment with no reaction, Luigi starts swallowing.)

Wario: Well, that's a good start. Try something a little harder.

Snake: Right.

(Snake pours in a generous amount of vodka. Luigi swallows, and tears up a little.)

Snake: Another small step, or should we go right to the top?

Wario: Let's just go for it.

Snake: Hey, barkeep, give us the strongest drink in the house.

(The bartender gives Snake a strange look, then pulls out several bottles, and starts mixing. A minute later, he hands Snake a tall glass of liquid.)

Snake: ..... Is that smoke?

Wario: Ooh, Industrial-Strength Rot-gut. If this doesn't do it, Luigi's gone.

(Snake hesitates, before slowly pouring the drink down the tube. Snake winces when he hears the sizzling. Again, Luigi swallows. This time, however, when it's done, he starts shaking....)

Snake: ..... Wario, what's in this stuff?

Wario: Ah, it's something we don't talk about, around here. Health codes, and all that.

Snake: Uh... huh. Is this normal?

Wario: It's within normal parameters. This is something that happens to everyone who drinks this stuff. We'll know if it had any real effect, any moment now.

(Almost as if on cue, Luigi reacts. He slaps both hands down on he bar, and starts whamming his head against it. He then hops off his stool, hooks his thumbs in his overalls, and struts about, reciting "Mary Had a Little Lamb".... and passes out.)

Snake: .... Is that it? Is that the reaction we were looking for?

Wario: That's it. Now, we just need to wake him up.

Snake: How do we do that?

(With a nasty grin, Wario gets out of his seat, approaches Luigi, and gives him a wet-willy. Luigi instantly wakes up, jumps up, and punches Wario in the face.)

Snake: Yep, he's cured.

Luigi: Don't-a EVER do that again! I will cu- What's-a going on, here?

Snake: It's a long story, greenie. Come on, we have some jello-shots lined up for you.

(Luigi's face brightens, when he hears this.)

Luigi: Why, I do believe you just said the magic words!
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~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Two hours later ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Luigi: That.... BASHTURD!

Snake: You said it, greenie. Wait... who's a bastard?

Luigi: Rihhley! That big, scaly... bastard... he thinks he can juss go roun', scarin' peepul?

Snake: Oh, yeah, him. Hang on, he's makin' another pass.

(Just then, Wario comes rolling by, rolls on.... and out of sight.)

(Luigi and Snake both do a shot.)

Luigi: Whuzzat, eight?

Snake: Nine.

Luigi: I dohn-a rememmer him ever doin' that. How many hash'ee had?

Snake: Everything, I think. Anyway, back to what I was saying......

Luigi: Wuh-were-you saying?

Snake: Huh? Oh, yeah. Greenie, I gotta tell ya..... You know I, you know, love you, right? In the totally hetero way, I mean.
Luigi: Yeahyeahyeah, whatever, get on with it!

Snake: Shut up! I'm the one telling the sto- Oh, here he comes, again!

(Wario comes by, and is cheered on by Snake and Luigi. Suddenly, Wario stops, uncurls...)

Snake: Dammit, Wario! I apoluhgizze, barkeep. But hey, he's still a valuable patron, right? Right? Ahhh, you get it.

(Luigi and Snake take a shot.)

Luigi: Ten.

Snake: So anyway, I only tell you this, because I trust you, and I consider you a friend.

Luigi: An' cuz I'm-a noh gonna rememmer this, tomorrah.

Snake: Yeah, sure. Seriously, listen to me. I have to say this to someone -
Luigi: Then say it!
Snake: Shut up! Okay, here goes. So, about me an' Samus-
Luigi: High-five.

(High-five.)

Snake: Yeah, huh? But, she's, like... I dunno. I'm sure- No, I know I love her. She's just... Yeah, I love her, but us, you know? I just think there might be a problem with us.

Luigi: Wah? You an' Samus, havin' prob'ems? Ah, man, you gotta be kiddin.
Snake: Nope. I think there's something wrong.
Luigi: Well, damn. ..... What is it?

Snake: Huh? Oh, right. She's just so... she been gettin' real emotional-like, lately. Iss juss not somethin' I'm usse to. She always used to be solid as a rock, and-
Wario: LADY PROBLEMS!?

Snake: ‘K, ow, never do that again. Your breath stinks, too. Barkeep, something minty for my round friend, here.

Wario: I can help, if you want.

Luigi: Get the hell of the bar, Wario. Iss prolly ‘bout to break, with you on it.

Wario: You're no fun.

(Wario attempts to make his way to a stool, misses, crashes on the floor, and starts snoring.)

Snake: Oop, he's down. Duhn't that mean we should go?

Luigi: One for the road?

Snake: ‘Course.

(Snake and Luigi take one more shot, and slowly get to a standing position. Carefully, so as not to fall, Snake picks up Wario. They start staggering to the door.)

Luigi: Wait, wait, wait, wait.... weren't you telling me about... Oh! You were having problems with Samus.

Snake: .... Nah.

Luigi: ....... You sure?

Snake: Well, not really, but something tellz me I shouln't make deci- deci- .... choices, when I'm drunk.

Luigi: I guess. ..... Thanks, for.... that thing.

Snake: Yeah. No problem.

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ The next morning, five days until Brawl ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(Samus is sitting in Snake's room. The blinds are closed, and the room is dark. Samus is sitting in a chair, and Snake is in his bed, with his pillow covering his face.)

Samus: Was it really necessary, to get Luigi drunk?

Snake: Was it really necessary, to wake me up at this hour?

Samus: Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.

Snake: Early to rise, and early to bed, makes anyone so boring, they might as well be dead.

(Samus barely stifles the giggle.)

Samus: Whatever, that's not the point.

Snake: (sigh) Samus, you just don't have the relationship with greenie, that I have. He's more than just a drinking buddy, I consider him to be a close friend. I know him, and I knew that getting him hopelessly hammered would bring him back.

Samus: Well.... Fine.

(Silence. Snake takes the pillow off his face, and squints at Samus.)

Snake: Fine?

(Samus raises both her eyebrows.)

Samus: Fine.

(Silence. Slowly, Snake gets to his feet, and clumps over to Samus. He claps his hands on her shoulders, and brings his face real close to her's. Snake levels his gaze with Samus.)

Snake: I'm sorry. I'm sorry for my being an ass, and I'm sorry for not saying I love you, enough.

Samus: You're still in trouble.

(Snake pulls away from Samus, and flings his arms out.)

Snake: For what!?

Samus: Well, if you don't know, then I won't tell you!

(Samus quickly stands up, and marches right out of Snake's room, slamming the door on the way out. Snake rubs his head.)

Snake: FINE! Don't be surprised with this *&^% happens again!

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ A little later, at breakfast ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Serenade: Why am I here, again?

Geno: Because you need to get used to everyone, here, and this is the best place to do that.

Serenade: No, I mean, what am I doing here, again?

Geno: ... Now I don't know what you mean.

Serenade: Well, everyone's just staring at me, and- (conspiratorial whisper) I don't think Krystal really likes me.

Geno: Really? What makes you say that? +DUUUHHH!!!+

Serenade: Well, I've never had to think about it, really, but the way she's been talking to me... it's like she can't stand my very existence.

Geno: Hmm. I see your point. I thought her speech seemed a little strained, now that you mention it.

Serenade: I'm starting to regret wanting to come here.

Geno: Well, I'm not. I... enjoy your company.

Serenade: Is that all?

Geno: Of course not, but you know what happens to me, when I start getting sentimental.

Serenade: Mm, I suppose so. There's no need to make a scene, right now.

(Just then, they notice Donkey Kong hulking towards them, carrying baby Yoshi.)

DK: {Your name is Serenade?}

Serenade: It is. You are Donkey Kong?

DK: {I am. I understand you come from Star Road, like Geno.}

Serenade: It's a little more complicated than that, but yes, that's correct.

DK: {Do you know who this is?}

Serenade: Oh, um... Yoshi?

DK: {Yes, it's Yoshi. I understand it was my wish, granted by one of you, that brought him back.}

Serenade: Also correct.

(Donkey Kong's voice starts quivering, just a little.)

DK: {Could you perhaps do a favor, for me? I would like you to give my thanks to whoever did that.}

Serenade: Well, I- . . . Yes. I will do that.

DK: {Thank you. Thank you, so much.}

(With that, Donkey Kong heads back to his table.)

Serenade: .... Okay, I take it back. I'm glad I came here.

(Just then, Geno and Serenade notice that most of the brawlers are looking at them.)

Serenade: ..... THIS AIN'T THEATER, YOU KNOW!

(Everyone quietly goes back to their own lives.)

Geno: I am so proud of you.

(It's about an hour before lunch. Krystal is in her room, reading the book, "Improve Your Pool Game in 10 Easy Steps".)

Krystal: +What the hell? None of this is helping! Agh, what I wouldn't give for a distraction.....+

(Silence.)

Krystal: I said, what I wouldn't give for a distraction!

(Knocking at the door.)

Krystal: A little longer than I thought. Who is it?

Link: It's Link, Krystal.

Krystal: You can come in, but I'm naked, right now.

(Link enters anyway.)

Link: Yeah, I kinda had a feeling you were lying.

Krystal: Would you have disappointed if you were wrong?

Link: Probably not.

(Krystal and Link embrace, and kiss for a moment.)

Krystal: I thought you said-

Link: Shh. That was a remnant from my memory loss. Seriously, though, I came here to talk with you about something.

Krystal: Right, of course you did. Have a seat.

Link: Thank you.

(Link sits down in a chair, and Krystal sits at the edge of her bed, cross-legged, tail swishing behind her.

Link: It's about Serenade-
Krystal: Geno's girlfriend? You know she's with Geno, right?

Link: . . . .

Krystal: .... What?

Link: If you would let me finish, I was about to say that it's about Serenade, and you.

Krystal: Serenade and I? I haven't done anything wrong.

(Link gives Krystal a flat stare. Eventually, Krystal's ears droop, her tail stops moving, and she looks at the floor.)

Krystal: Fine, I get it. I'm being...

Link: Unreasonable?

Krystal: ... Yes. I suppose that's as good a word as any.

Link: Would you care to explain, or should I guess?

Krystal: Come on, Link, you know I'm not good at this psychology stuff! How am I supposed to know exactly why I do everything I do?

Link: (sigh) You have a point. I apologize for pressuring you. But you have to do something about those feelings you're having, whatever they may be.

Krystal: Like what?

(Silence.)

Krystal: . . . . Link?

Link: Hm? Sorry, I was just thinking about something else. Look, if I were you, the next time you feel the urge to dislike Serenade, just concentrate on something else, and remember that she has done nothing to deserve your ire. I'm sure that, eventually, you'll find yourself not thinking like that, at all.

Krystal: Thank you, Link. I'll try.

Link: Always glad to help a friend.

(Link gets up to leave, but Krystal stands up as well, and steps close to Link.)

Krystal: But, before you go... do you think you could maybe do just one little thing, for me?

(Krystal's eyes start smoldering, and the tip of her tail is twitching, very quickly.)

Link: (gulp) What is it?

Krystal: . . . . Could you teach me to play pool, like you?

Link: +Damn.+

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Later, at lunchtime~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(Peach is sitting at her usual table, looking bored, picking at her food. Suddenly, Luigi plunks down a tray, and sits down across from her.)

Luigi: Hiya, princess!

Peach: LUIGI!!

(Peach jumps up, and hugs Luigi.... hard.)

Luigi (slightly strained): Princess-
Peach: It's such a relief to have you back!

Luigi (strained): Princess-
Peach: We were all so worried!

Luigi (very strained): Princess!!

Peach: Hmm?

Luigi (close to suffocation): air!

Peach: OH!

(Peach releases Luigi, who falls back in his chair, gasping.)

Peach: I'm so sorry, Luigi! I didn't know, you were just-
Luigi: Quite alright, princess. It's-a good to be back.

(Luigi looks around, and sees that everyone is looking at them. Peach goes absolutely red in the face, and quickly sits down. Luigi is just wearing his usual dopey grin. Everyone slowly goes back to their own lives.)

Peach: I really am happy to see you all better.

Luigi: Not entirely.

(Peach quickly shifts gears, and is worried again.)

Peach: What? Luigi, what's wrong? I-
Luigi: It's-a nothing new, princess. It's-a, er... side-effect, of-a my treatment.

Peach: I heard about it. Doc only said that it was very different. Can you tell me anything about it?

Luigi: Ah, let's just say it could only be done by Snake and Wario.

Peach: Snake and Wa- .... (whisper) You got drunk?

Luigi: Mm-hm! Snake's idea.

(Luigi sips his iced-tea, for a moment. Peach just smiles, and shakes her head, giggling a little.)

Luigi: Something funny?

Peach: I can't believe none of us thought of it, before! It's so obvious, it hurts! Let me guess, Industrial Strength Rot-Gut?

Luigi: That's-a the stuff! Hey, wait, how do you know about it?

Peach: Oh, that? It's nothing.

Luigi: .... Princess, do you remember why you lost that bet, with Wario, in the first place?

Peach: Oh, fine! Not here, though. I'll tell you tonight, I promise.

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Later, after lunch ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(It's about half-past one, and the children have once again gathered in a training room. Lucario stands before them.)

Lucario: ..... <Good, everyone is here. Today, we are going to- Uh, Ness, you have a question?>

Ness: Master Lucario, sir, we were thinking about it, and we wanted to know about that premonition you had.

Lucario: <Premonition? Which one?>

Ness: You said something treacherous would happen. Something worse than Yoshi.

Lucario: +Dammit. Why do they want to hear about this?+ <Yes, I must apologize, for that. It was little more than a vague feeling, and I should not have worried you all, by telling you. I assure you, it is nothing you need to know>

Bowser Jr.: Like heck! We're brawlers, too, and I think we need to hear things like this!

Pichu: Pichu, pi! Chu, pichu, pichu pi, chu, pichu!

(Lucario, Pikachu and Kirby all look at Pichu with very shocked looks.)

Pichu: .... Pichu?

Y. Link: Kirby, what'd he-
Lucario: <No! Ah, that doesn't need to be repeated. You are right, however. I have no right to tell you about something terrible, then ask you to forget about it.>

(Lucario crosses his paws behind his back, and slowly paces in front of the children.)

Lucario: ...... <Unfortunately, there is not much more that I can tell you, beyond what you already know. I was telling the truth, when I said it was vague. However.... I will start from the beginning. There were no faces, at all, except one. A face I have not seen, around here, since I began.>

Bowser Jr.: Was it a really dark, greyish face, with shiny all-blue eyes?

Lucario: <No, it wasn't, it- Why do you ask?>

Bowser Jr.: No reason. Go on.

Lucario: ..... <As I said, only one face, but I did hear a few different voices. Unfortunately, before then, I had not bothered to learn the individual voices of our fellow brawlers, so I am unable to identify these voices.>

Nana: We might know. Tell us what the voices sound like.

Lucario: <Alas, I cannot. Not long after my vision, I forgot what they sounded like. What I can tell you, however, is that there were five voices, and I believe one of them was female. No, wait.... I think one of the voices was also the female voice. Separate, but as one.>

(Lucario looks at the children, and notices their confusion.)

Lucario: <Yes, it is just as confusing for me, as well. I have been thoroughly confounded by this, and eventually decided to not think about that part. I suggest you do the same. ....... These voices... they spoke of betrayal... for the sake of a plan. One that will unfold, soon enough.>

(Lucario stops, crosses his arms over his chest, and closes his eyes in concentration.)

Lucario: <One of them... it was the one that also was the female voice... it spoke of heartache, and much emotional pain. Another one, some kind of beast, spoke of bloodshed, and pure, physical pain. The third spoke of both bloodshed and heartache, but I could almost swear there was regret in his voice. The fourth voice... it only spoke three words.>

(Lucario opens his eyes, and looks at the children with intensity in his eyes.)

Lucario: <It all ends.>

(It is approximately two hours before dinner time. Peach is sitting in Luigi's room. She seems remarkably jovial.)

Luigi: You seem awfully happy, princess. Did something happen, while I was out?

Peach: It's nothing, Luigi, I'm just glad to see you're alright.

Luigi: Yeah, I can see that, for maybe the first couple hours. How do you explain now?

Peach: (sigh) I don't know... maybe I feel like I've been given a second chance, or something.

Luigi: Hunh? Care to explain?

Peach: I realized, a little too late, that I really have been a-... I've been rude to you, for the past few days. You don't deserve to be treated like that. Then, when you were traumatized, like that, I felt awful, because I feared I might not be able to make it up to you.

Luigi: Aw, you don't have-a to do that, princess! You realized your faults, and you're-a trying to correct them, and that's all that-a matters.

(Peach closes her eyes for a few seconds, before standing up. She smooths the front of her dress, and steps close to Luigi. She bends down.... and gives Luigi a kiss on the cheek. Just like Mario, Luigi's face flushes, right around the mark left by her lips.)

Luigi: What was that for?

Peach: It was a promise. A promise to be kind to you, in the future.

(Peach takes her seat, again.)

Luigi: (cough) Erm, thank you, princess. But, I think you were about to tell me about...?

Peach: Yes, the Industrial Strength Rot-Gut.

(The smile fades from her face. Unconsciously, she smooths her gloves, and straightens her crown.)

Peach: Let me start by saying that... There was a time, before I became princess of the Mushroom Kingdom. In that time... You know how the princess of the Mushroom Kingdom is selected, right?

Luigi: Ehhh... I think it has something to do with a series of tests.

Peach: That's right. The first of them involves finding the right face, since the job is actually mostly diplomatic. To be honest, having a princess is mostly for show.

Luigi: Whah?! That can't-a be right, princess! You do plenty of important things, like... Well, there's-... What about-?

Peach: Luigi, it's alright. I know what my duty is, and I have accepted it. That's actually part of the reason why I chose to be part of Super Smash Brothers, to get away from all the boredom of what I do, as a princess.

Luigi: And to stop Bowser from- Oh, right, Bowser.

Peach: (sigh) I suppose that will have to be a topic for some other night, Luigi. For now, can we stick to the alcohol?

Luigi: Alcohol? Hang on, princess, are you saying-
Peach: I had a problem, once. A long time ago, but it's still a permanent part of my history.

Luigi: Princess.... You?

(Peach hesitates. After a long moment, she does something surprising. She takes off her crown, then her gloves, and carefully lays them on the floor, beside her.)

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Somewhere within the mansion ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

TD: I promise, too. Not that it matters.

MK: This is how you pass your time? Spying on the others?

TD: Boredom can make a person do strange things, Meta-Knight.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Back in Luigi's room ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Peach: Alright. (deep breath) When I was a young adult, in my later teenage years, I was decidedly un-princess-like. I hadn't given a thought to any part of my life, beyond partying. I would spend my time, going to the shady parts of Mushroom Kingdom, and I would get... I would get drunk. Very, very drunk. There were times when I...

(Peach suddenly goes quite red in the face. Luigi just sits, absolutely transfixed.)

Peach: ... when I would wake up, after a long, hard night of partying, next to... someone. Sometimes a man, sometimes a woman... sometimes not human.

(Luigi's eye starts twitching.)

Peach: There was even a time when I learned, intimately, the shape of a mushroom person's-

(Peach's face turns so red, it threatens to spontaneously combust.)

Peach: It wasn't until years later, when something happened, that made me finally dry up.

(The twitch in Luigi's eye slows.)

Peach: It was the Industrial Strength Rot-Gut, Luigi. I drank... I'm a lightweight, you see, and that stuff... I thought it was a normal amount, but I got so incredibly drunk, it was a wonder I didn't die, that night. Sometimes, when I look back, I wish I had. When I woke up, the next night- Yes, I had slept through the entire day. When I woke up, I was in a bed, in a territory I was unfamiliar with. What was worse, I was in bed... with a Yozard...

(The twitch speeds up.)

Peach: ... and a Goomba next to my mouth...

(Luigi's other eye starts twitching, alternating with his other eye.)

Peach: ... and a Dry Bones...

(Luigi's mustache seems to be curling.)

Peach: ... was still inside me.

Luigi: Excuse me, one moment.

(Luigi gets off his bed, where he had been sitting, heads into the attached bathroom, and shuts and locks the door. A moment later, retching sounds can be heard. It goes on for a minute, then silence, then a faucet, then sounds of gargling. A few moments later, Luigi opens the door, wiping his mouth. He sits on his bed, again.)

Peach: Better?

Luigi: Was that the worst part?

Peach: Yes.

Luigi: Please, go on.

Peach: After I pulled it out...

(Luigi swallows, hard.)

Peach: ... I took a look around me, and realized that what I was doing - the drinking, the partying, the- You get the idea. I realized it wasn't working. I eventually found my way back to Mushroom Kingdom, to find that they were about to start the selection process for the next princess. I cleaned myself up, as best as I could, and a week later, presented myself, along with all the other hopefuls. The rest, I suppose, is history.

 (Peach looks at Luigi, to signify she has finished her story. Luigi, however, only continues to stare at the floor.)

Peach: .... Luigi?

Luigi: . . . . . I... ask for-a why you know a certain type of-a liquor... and I hear all-a that...

Peach: Luigi, I felt that it wouldn't be good enough to tell you part of the story. It would leave too many unanswered questions. Questions that you would want answered, anyway.

Luigi: . . . Maybe.

Peach: (sigh) I told you, before I started, that I was going to tell the whole disgusting story, and I meant it.

(Luigi shakes his head once, takes a breath, and looks at Peach.)

Peach: So... what do you think?

Luigi: .... What do I think? What do I THINK!? I'm-a thinking WHAT THE HELL!!?

Peach: (sigh) I suppose I should have expected that. Luigi, I want to take some time.

(Peach reaches for her gloves and crown, and stands up.)

Peach: Take some time, and think. Whenever you're ready, come to my room, and tell me your opinion of me. I was straight with you, and I expect the same from you.

(Peach places her crown on her head, and slides her gloves back on her hands. She flexes her fingers a few times, to get them back in place, and leaves Luigi's room.)
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~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Somewhere within the mansion ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

MK: ..... Damn.

TD: Indeed. I mean, I knew it wasn't going to be pleasant, but that was... strangely erotic.

(Somehow, Meta-Knight manages to look incredibly weirded out by The Deity, who sees his reaction.)

TD: What? Oh, right, the sick, perverted thing. Hey, if you can think of anything hotter than that princess gettin' her freak on with completely non-human creatures, I invite you to tell me. Actually, maybe if it were Zelda, or Samus. OOH! How about that saucy Pokemon, Gardevoir?! Or all of them?

(Extremely. Awkward. Silence. Meta-Knight backs up... slowly...)

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Later, after dinner ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(Geno is in the 2D realm, with Mr. Game&Watch.)

G&W: So... I noticed you brought in a new friend, recently.

Geno: Serenade? She's great. Have I mentioned that she's the one who granted the wish for Yoshi to be reborn?

G&W: Is that so? Well, at least she has that going for her.

(Pause.)

Geno: What does that mean?

G&W: Settle down, Geno. I'm only saying that I don't know anything about Serenade, but if she's the one responsible for Yoshi, then she's alright, by my book.

Geno: Didn't I just tell you she's great?

(Somehow, Mr. Game&Watch manages to look like someone who has just raised an eyebrow.)

G&W: Do I detect hostility? Geno, I don't think you're thinking too clearly.

(For a moment, Geno looks like he is about to say something, but then relaxes.)

Geno: Yes, you're right. I suppose I was expecting negativity, and put myself in defensive mode. I almost lost my temper, and that wasn't something I should have done.

G&W: .... There seems to be a lot of that, lately.

Geno: What's that?

G&W: People looking like they're going to be unreasonably upset, then suddenly changing their mind, like they just skipped straight to the resolution of the argument.

Geno: You know, now that you mention it, you're right. I wonder why that is.

G&W: Bad writing.

Geno: Hm? Sorry, didn't quite catch that.

G&W: I said, it's bad tidings. You've been feeling it, too, I'm sure. Something bad is going to happen.

Geno: Well, of course, something bad is going to happen. We know that, for a fact.

G&W: Yes, but... ah, you're probably right.

Geno: Mm. So, you said you had a reason for bringing me in here. Care to tell me what it is?

G&W: Ah, yes, of course. It's um.... it's a little complicated, I think.

Geno: What is it? Something involving- something big?

G&W: No. No, it's nothing dire. It's just.... I'm... (mumble mumble mumble)

Geno: What's that? I don't speak mumble.

G&W: I'm.... lonely.

(Pause.)

Geno: .... Ah.

G&W: Yes. Ah, what am I saying? This makes no sense.

Geno: No, no, I think I understand. I can only imagine what it can feel like, to not feel any companionship.

G&W: Exactly. Fourty some-odd years of almost complete solitude, and suddenly, I find myself among others. It was a little daunting, I'll admit, but I grew to enjoy just being near others for, well, the first time, ever.

Geno: Mm. Then I come along, and you find someone you can actually communicate with, and suddenly, you find yourself hungry for anything social.

G&W: Pretty much. It's all still fairly new to me. I don't know how I should feel, or what I should do, about these... feelings.

Geno: I see. Well, ah, why don't we go into the 3D realm, and... you know, I just realized that I've never played air-hockey. Probably because I never had anyone to play against.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ A little later ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(Insert very, very angry beeping here.)

Geno: Interesting. I never knew I was any good at this.

G&W: <Oh, COME ON! This table is rigged, I know it!>

Geno: nnnnNope. Everything seems fine.

(A little more angry beeping.)

Geno: That's a new word. What does it mean?

G&W: Beep.

Geno: ...... For a guy who speaks in beeps, you have a filthy mouth.

(Luigi's eyelids wobble, as if they were about start twitching.)

Peach: For some reason, though, instead of being upset about it, I realized... I really loved him. I love Bowser. When I told him-

(Peach blushes again.)

Peach: You could say it was even better, than the first time.

(Twitch.)

Peach: I suppose that's where I should stop. Of course, there are certain complications that come from being princess of the Mushroom Kingdom, and loving the king of the Koopas. We talked it over, shortly after, and decided that it might be best for us to keep up the charade, for the sake of our two kingdoms.

Luigi: Yeah? What about Mario and me?

Peach: (sigh) I admit, I hadn't thought much about him, at first. We only considered our love, and our kingdoms. It wasn't until somewhat later, when I realized that we were doing some horrible things to you two, by faking the abductions. I really have to apologize about that, but I didn't know what else to do. Anyway, this was all about seven years ago. I recently talked with Mario, and he says he's perfectly okay with going along with Bowser's and my little act.

Luigi: Oh yeah... I think Snake said-a something about how Mario really enjoys beating up Bowser.

Peach: Hm. That would explain why Bowser always looks so messed up..... he really enjoys it?

Luigi: Snake says Mario had an evil grin, when he said it.

Peach: Yeah, that would definitely do it, then. So, Luigi.... have I satisfied your curiosity?

Luigi: ..... Yes. I believe that's all I need-a to know. Thank you for telling me, Peach.

Peach: Of course. To be honest, it really helps me to be able to tell my story. It sucks, carrying around secrets. I advise you don't do so, Luigi.

Luigi: I'll remember that, Peach.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Somewhere within the mansion ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

TD: That's it!? That was nothing! I can't work with any of that! ..... Just one little obscene sex scene, that's all. Maybe an ****, or something!

(The Deity looks around.)

TD: (sigh) It's just not the same, when there's nobody backing away from me.

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Elsewhere, later ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(It's getting close to lunchtime, in the mansion. Samus is in her room, reading, fuming. She becomes more agitated as she reads, before she finally throws her book down, and starts walking around her room, looking through her things.)

Samus: +Where is it? Where are they?+

(Suddenly, there's a knock at the door. However, Samus ignores it, and keeps searching.)

Snake: Samus, I know you're in there. Open up.

Samus: +Where the hell are they?+

Snake: We need to talk about what happened, this morning. I don't know why you're upset, but I do know that I don't want to lose you over something I at least don't know about. Open up, and let me in.

Samus: +I know they're in here, somewhere.+

Snake: Okay, if that's the way you want it. I'm picking the lock, and coming in.

Samus: Wait, Snake. I- I need just a little more time. If you come back after lunch, I promise, we'll talk then.

Snake: ...... Alright. Just because I love you, I'll wait, just a little bit longer.

(Snake walk away. Inside, Samus stands still, a confused expression on her face.)

Samus: ... +I could use his help, after all. I might as well go get something to eat.+

(Suddenly, Samus blinks a few times, and shakes her head. She looks around, and puts a hand against her forehead.)

Samus: I... must have stood up too fast. Oh, is that the time? I should get down to the cafeteria.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ A little later ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(Lunchtime. As usual, the sociable brawlers have gathered in the cafeteria.)

Ganondorf: Has it sunk in, yet?

Mewtwo: <Yes. I talked with Gardevoir, and she has explained the rest to me. I confess, it took me by surprise, and... disgusting me, just a little. However, it is natural, so I really have no choice but to accept it. I love her, and I must stay with her, no matter- ... no matter how much it sickens me.>

Ganondorf: And you washed all the egg out?

Mewtwo: <Again, eat me, oaf.>

Ganondorf: It's your fault, really. You're the one who keeps holding food with your psychic powers. I'm sure if you just used your, er, finger... things... you wouldn't have that problem.

Mewtwo: ..... <Nah. I like it better like this. Anyway... Ganondorf? Wait, this looks like... oh, dammit.>

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Somewhere... ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Ganondorf: What the-? You know, if I didn't know any better, I'd say I was in the Sacred Realm.

(Ganondorf hears a short thhp sound, and spins around to see Link.)

Link: Ganondorf!? Where the hell are we?

Ganondorf: Link. Then, if you are here, then that means... Okay, you may speak now.

Din: Are you not going to help ease the mind of my sister's avatar?

Ganondorf: Why should I? He's funny like this.

Link: Ganondorf, what the hell is going on? Who is talking to you?

Farore: Link, though you have never heard my voice before, I think you should be able to recognize it.

(For a moment, Link's eyes go wide, then seem to glaze over. He falls to his knees, among the seemingly infinite white-space, and can only try to blink back the tears.)

Link: Fa- Fa-... Farore?

Din: Interesting. You seem to have much more of an impact on your avatar than I on mine.

Farore: My presence has a different effect than your's, sister.

Ganondorf: That, and Link's a little wussy. Hang on.

(Ganondorf slaps Link on the back of his head, then hauls him to his feet.)

 Ganondorf: Pay attention, Link. The only reason they would have called us here is because something bad is going to happen. (turns to Din) Let me guess. It's Zelda, isn't it?

Link: Zelda? What's happening to her?

Farore: My sister's avatar is correct. Your Zelda is in grave danger, much as you were, not too long ago. However, she is not why we have called you here.

Link: Farore, please, just- You don't even have to tell me what's going on, just tell me how to save her.

Farore: Your Zelda is not-
Link: TELL ME!

(Ganondorf claps his hand over Link's mouth, and squeezes.)

Ganondorf: Even I am not dumb enough to interrupt one of the three Goddesses.

(Ganondorf gives Link a little shove, and lets go. Link only stares, bewildered, between Ganondorf and Farore.)

Ganondorf: Alright, Din, lay it on me. Why are we here, now?

Din: You know of the cataclysm which will occur, yes?

Ganondorf: I know that general bad stuff is going to happen. I don't know if I would call it a cataclysm, though.

Din: It is worse than you think. Pain and suffering is unavoidable. Death is unavoidable.

Ganondorf: Naturally. When do you get to the part with The Deity?

Din: .... He is no deity, I can tell you that.

Ganondorf: We know that, it's just what we call him.

Farore: You do not know his true name?

(Ganondorf and Link are taken aback. Part of it is because Farore spoke directly to Ganondorf. For a moment, Ganondorf is speechless.)

Din: Be grateful, Ganondorf. It is rare to get be spoken to by one Goddess, but to feel the full impact of the voice of my sister is truly another.

Link: .... Um, are you maybe going to tell us his true name?

Farore: Sister, they do not have long.

Din: Indeed. Harken unto me, and know what you must do. Ganondorf, your first priority will be to recover what you call the Giga-Smash coin.

Ganondorf: Are you going to clue me in to anything else? Like, why I would need to worry about them?

Din: I cannot. However, it has been deemed necessary, and when the time comes, you will feel my strength, and it will help you in your task.

Ganondorf: Understood.

Farore: Link, though you don't know it, your friend is going to play a larger role than you think.

Link: Pit? Will I have to... fight him?

Farore: It will come to pass, that you must do something that takes a different kind of courage. As it is with my sister, and her avatar, I will give you the courage needed, and you will know what you must do.

Link: I- ... Understood.

Din: We have spoken, and it is now in your hands. Know, however, that we have faith in you, and your victory.

Farore: Now, go.

(There is a flash from the two Goddesses, and Link and Ganondorf find themselves in the cafeteria, again. Ganondorf grabs Wario, who had given him a wet-willy, and throws him clear across the room. Ganondorf looks over to see Luigi, on the floor, holding himself. Link is apologizing profusely.)

Mewtwo: <Now, or a little later?>

Ganondorf: +Definitely should wait.+

(Ganondorf catches Link's eye, and an unspoken message passes between them. They then go back to eating, as if nothing had ever happened.)

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Later ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(Shortly after lunch, Link, Ganondorf, Geno, Mr. Game&Watch, Mewtwo and Gardevoir have all gathered in a large room in Ganondorf's tower. Link and Ganondorf had just finished telling everyone about their vision.)

Geno: +Interesting... Link, your task seems clear. Pit is going to be an obstacle, and you're the one who gets in his way. What interests me is Ganondorf's task. It seems that they know something that we don't. Ganondorf, do you think it could mean you are meant to protect the Giga-Smash coins?+

Ganondorf: +I had thought about it, but it doesn't quite fit. If I was meant to be the one to hold onto them, I probably would have been told, much earlier. No, it's definitely something different.+

(Mewtwo looks at Gardevoir, and notices the thoughtful look on her face.)

Mewtwo: <Something on your mind?>

(Gardevoir looks at Mewtwo, starts to speak, but then notices that the others have all turned their attention to her.)

Gardevoir: <It's... nothing, I'm sure.>

Mewtwo: <Dear, nothing is just nothing. Tell us.>

Gardevoir: .... <I was just wondering where Samus and Snake are.>

Geno: +Now that you mention it, something strange was going on, between those two.+

Link: +Hey, yeah, they were sitting at different tables, weren't they?+

Geno: +Samus sat with Serenade and I. She told us it was because she wanted to get to know the rest of the brawlers, but I don't buy it. Something must be going on, between them.+

Gardevoir: <Oh, perhaps that is it. Right now, the may not wish to be near each other.>

Geno: +My thoughts, precisely. Anyway, I told Samus she should be here, but she insisted that she had something more important to do. I asked Snake, and, well, his excuse was just lame. The same thing, more or less.

 Ganondorf: +Tuh. If they think their falling-out is more important than this, then so be it. Now, can anyone guess what it is I'm supposed to do?+

(Mental silence.)

Geno: +Clearly, this is something that will make itself obvious, in time.+

Mewtwo: <It seems that way. There is nothing we can do, at this moment. Moving right along, there's the matter of The Deity's true name.>

Geno: +Right. One moment.+ <Mr. Game&Watch, you know The Deity better than any of us. Do you know anything about this?>

G&W: .... <I have told you as much as I know.>

Geno: <I see.> +He says he-+
G&W: <However...>

Geno: +Hang on.+ <Game&Watch, what is it?>

G&W: .... <I do know it, but I cannot speak it. I cannot even think it, out loud.>

Geno: <Why not? What do you mean, out loud?>

G&W: <The name of The Deity gives him a certain amount of power. Thinking it allows him to see what you are thinking about, for a brief moment. Saying it allows him to see where you are, and hear what you're saying, no matter where you are. This may even extend into an entirely different plane of existence, like the 2D realm.>

Geno: .... Huh.

(Geno repeats this to everyone. Everyone takes a moment to let this sink in.)

Link: +It makes sense, I think. When I asked... when I asked the Goddesses if they would tell us his name, I was ignored. Perhaps they knew about The Deity could do that.+

Mewtwo: <They were probably thinking his name. How do we know he didn't respond to that?>

Ganondorf: +We don't know that. If they were able to freely think about it, I would guess it's only because they are true deities, whereas THE Deity is just a super-powered being, with god-like powers.+

(Mental silence.)

Mewtwo: <Is that everything?>

Link: +I think so. Ganondorf?+

(Ganondorf closes his eyes, and tilts his head back. A couple seconds later, he nods his head.)

Mewtwo: <So... where do we go from here?>

Geno: +I think that now, all we can do is prepare ourselves, using this new information. Essentially, we're waiting.+

Link: +Then we're done here?+

Geno: +Yes, I believe we are.+

Ganondorf: Good. Get the hell out of my tower.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ At the same time ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(Snake is standing outside Samus's room.)

Snake: Alright, Samus, I'm here. Open up.

(Silence.)

Snake: This is the exact same as before. Don't make me repeat myself.

(Samus's muffled voice comes through the door.)

Samus: What happened to common courtesy?

Snake: What? What are you- ...... Samus, may I please come in, to talk with you?

(A second later, the door opens. Snake steps in, to see that part of the room had been trashed.)

Snake: Woah. What happened here?

Samus: I'm glad you're here, Snake. I need your help.

Snake: Um, well, okay, but I really came here to talk about what happened, this morning.

Samus: Sure, sure. Give me a hand, will ya?

(Confused, and a little surprised, Snake starts searching through the nearest thing, Samus's dresser.)

Snake: So, obviously, you were upset about something. I know you didn't want to tell me, earlier, but I was hoping you could tell me, now. I can understand if you want to split up, about something, but I feel I have the right to know what this is about.

(Snake stops rummaging for a second, and glances at Samus.)

Snake: Samus? I need you to say something, here.

Samus: Hm? Well, uh, I would like to hear why you think I'm upset.

Snake: Uh... why?

Samus: Because I just want to know if you know, okay? Please?

(Snake thinks for a moment, then shrugs, and turns his attention back to the dresser.)

Snake: Well, you're not really giving me much to go on. My first guess is that it has something to do with the drinking. Am I getting warm?

Samus: Maybe. Why don't you explore that possibility?

Snake: Dear, I don't see-
Samus: Even if it isn't the reason I'm mad at you, don't you think you can benefit from finding fault in what you do?

Snake: I, uh- Huh. I never really thought about it like that, before. Alright. Um, are you going to stop me if I guess right?

Samus: Probably not. Look at this as an opportunity to really think about everything.

Snake: Mm, I see. Well, right away, there's the fact that it's drinking, period. I've heard about relationships being ruined, simply because the guy considers alcohol a form of relaxation. In my case, however, I use it as a way to be social with friends, in ways I'm not, normally. Besides our, er, adventures, with the others, I don't really talk to others. I mean, today, I told people I was apart from you, only because we thought it was a good idea to get to know the others.

Samus: That's good. Good excuse.

(Snake pulls open another drawer, and goes all bug-eyed at what he sees. With a quick glance at Samus, to make sure she isn't looking, Snake pulls out a pair of incredibly erotic panties, out of the whole pile.)

Samus: Snake?

(Surprised, Snake fumbles with the lingerie, and stuffs it back in the drawer.)

Snake: So, like I was saying, I'm not normally a sociable guy, but when I'm drinking, it's different. I talk mostly with Luigi, and we laugh at Wario, who is incredibly funny when he's drunk- One time, we got him to do the Mexican Hat Dance. He was so-

Samus: Snake.

Snake: Hm? Oh, right. Anyway, there have been times when I'll meet a stranger who is as drunk as I am. Normally, I wouldn't have even given him a first glance. When I'm drunk, though, this stranger is as much a friend as Luigi or Wario, if only for a few minutes.

(Snake pulls out a thong, and quickly wipes away the drool. With another quick glance at Samus, he stuffs the tiny bit of apparel into one of the myriad pockets that is part of his gear.)

Snake: Anyway, do you understand what I'm saying?

Samus: Yes, I do. Where the hell did I put that?

(Snake pulls out the first pair of lingerie, and quickly stuffs it next to the thong. He then stops, with a puzzled look on his face. He turns to look at Samus.)

Snake: Just what are you looking for, anyway?

(Samus hesitates for a moment, and looks at Snake. For an instant, it almost looks like Samus is confused, but she recovers.)

Samus: The, um... those coins. The. Coins.

Snake: The... OHH! You forgot where you put them?

Samus: Yes, that's it. I had... forgotten. I guess I panicked.

Snake: Well, you told me you put it in your walk-in closet, among the humongous clutter.

Samus: Oh, of course!

(Samus knocks the heel of her hand against her forehead. She walks over to the closet, and walks in.)

Snake: Samus?

Samus: I- I just want to see it, so I can be sure.

(Snake quietly pulls out another pair of panties. When he sees the zipper on the front of the otherwise simple item, he mouths the words "Oh my god!" Grinning and wiping away the drool, Snake stuffs it next to his other prizes. He then closes the drawer, and steps behind Samus.)

Samus: Are you sure?

Snake: Unless you moved it, and didn't tell me. Dear, you're acting strange. Are you feeling alright?

(But she doesn't respond. Samus walks in, critically eyeing the piles of stuff. She stops in front of one pile, with an old shirt on top of it. Samus gets down on her knees, and starts digging through it. She thrusts one hand amidst the pile, and stops, her eyes going wide. Slowly, she pulls out the simple leather-covered case, which contains the five precious Giga-Smash coins.)

Snake: .... Samus? Samus, you found it, now put it back, and talk to me.

(Still holding the case, Samus stands up, apparently enchanted by it. She blinks, and looks into Snake's eyes.)

Samus: That's right.... I found it.

(Samus's eyes suddenly flash a brilliant silvery-blue, making Snake close and cover his eyes. When the flash is gone, Snake opens his eyes... and sees that Samus has disappeared, with the case.)

Snake: ..... Samus? Samus?! SAAAMUUUSSSSS!!!

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 15 minutes later, in the 2D realm ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Ganondorf: Alright, Snake, you gathered us all here, what's going on?

(Snake looks out over the assembled crowd, everyone who knows about The Deity, and the Giga-Smash coins. Himself, Ganondorf, Mewtwo, Gardevoir, Geno, Mr. Game&Watch, Link, Bomberman, Serenade and Peach.)

Snake: Wait.... where's Meta-Knight? He should be here, as well.

Mewtwo: <I searched for him, but I couldn't find him, anywhere.>

Snake: Where did you look?

Mewtwo: <Everywhere. Every place where he could stand, on this entire planet.>

Snake: Dammit! He must have left, then. Does anyone know if he took his own ship?

(Silence.)

Snake: Fine. We'll be able to call him back, later. First, Game&Watch, how secure is this place?

G&W: Beep, beep.

Geno: He says this place is a different plane of existence. Getting here is more difficult that, say, trying to punch through the walls between universes.

Snake: Is there any way you can make this place even more secure?

G&W: ..... Beep.

Geno: He has sealed off this realm as best as he can, short of completely destroying the portal. Mr. Game&Watch is pretty much the only one who can reestablish the connection to the 3D world.

Peach: What? Snake, what's going on? Why are we here?

Snake: The Deity knows that we know of his existence.

(Collective gasp!)

Snake: Worse, he somehow found out about the Giga-Smash Emblems.

(Collective gasp again!.... except for Mewtwo.)

Mewtwo: <I know how he found out.>

Snake: How? Ooh, wait, I think I know.

Mewtwo: <Exactly. When we told Meta-Knight about the Giga-Smash Emblems, he accidentally repeated it, out loud.>

Ganondorf: Accidentally? I'm not so sure about that.

Link: Are you suggesting that Meta-Knight...?

Ganondorf: I am.

Snake: That... DAMMIT! Game&Watch, give me something to pound my fist on!

(In an instant, there's a small table next to Snake. Snake slams his fist on the table, making it shudder under the force.)

Snake: Much better. Meta-Knight didn't just get contacted by The Deity, he had already sided with him! I'll bet he left, because he knew what was going to happen!

Link: Hold on, Snake, we don't know that.

BM: No, it makes sense. You guys said that The Deity will target someone when they're in need of something, or at their weakest. Do you remember when he shut himself in his room, for more than a day?

Peach: Meta-Knight must have been so upset!

Ganondorf: No sympathy!

(Several of them jump, and look at Ganondorf with wide eyes.)

Ganondorf: It doesn't matter how Meta-Knight was feeling. All that matters is that he decided to work with The Deity, knowing full well that he was evil. He does not deserve any pity, or mercy.

Peach: How could he know that? From what Link said about Pit, Meta-Knight might have genuinely believed that The Deity was good.

Link: Not Meta-Knight, Peach. He's a seasoned warrior, and would know, just by looking at him, that's he's evil.

Snake: Fine, yes, we know that Meta-Knight joined The Deity of his own volition. That has been well determined.

BM: So, what now?

Snake: Now..... our original plan is gone. We've been put on the defensive, but there are still a few things we have against him. Besides those he's already persuaded to join him, we have the rest of the brawlers, to back us up. Also, we probably still know more about him than he thinks we do.

Geno: That's all well and good, but he still holds all the cards.

Ganondorf: Maybe not.... Time. We have that card.

BM: Say what now?

Ganondorf: The Deity has a schedule to keep. We don't. We can attack we we're ready, but he has to wait until Brawl.

Gardevoir: <Did we ever find out what happens, when Brawl begins?>

Mewtwo: <Hopefully, we won't have to find out.>

Snake: Good point, Mewtwo. Everyone, our mission is to finish this, once and for all, before the first day of Brawl. That gives us three days to think of a good plan, or at least prepare ourselves for one hell of a battle.

BM: Fantastic. What do we do?

(All eyes turn to Snake. Snake fidgets a little, cracks his knuckles, twitches his head.)

Snake: I'm.... give me a minute. Game&Watch, a chair, please.

(Mr. Game&Watch creates a chair, which Snake sits in. A couple seconds later, he makes chairs for everyone else. There they all sit, thinking.)

(Time passes.)
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« Reply #25 on: 29 January, 2008, 10:15:26 pm »

G&W: Beep.

Snake: Game&Watch?

Geno: That's right. Time travels slower, here, than in the 3D world, but they're still connected. According to Game&Watch, it's been... how long?

G&W: Beep.

Geno: One hour in here, two hours, out there.

(Another moment of silence.....)

Peach: What about the others?

Snake: What about them?

Peach: We can stay here for a while, thinking, but everyone is going to be wondering where we disappeared to, so suddenly. Eventually, we're going to have to go back.

Link: Right... do you think... we should tell them?

Snake: Tell them? About The Deity?

Link: I would think we have to. We can't really have some epic battle, under their noses. I think they deserve to know the story.

Peach: I agree. If nothing else, well, I'm sure they'll be able to help us retrieve the Giga-Smash Emblems.

Snake: (sigh) I don't like it, but you're right. It's probably for the best.

BM: Ah, that's all well and good, but there are some things to think about. When, where and how. That is, when do we tell everyone, where should we do it, and how do we break it to them? I think a few of them aren't going to take it as well as we did.

Peach: There's a little more to it than that, I'm afraid. There's also how much we should tell.

Mewtwo: <Why not tell them everything?>

Ganondorf: It would take too long. I think The Deity would suspect something, if we all gathered everyone, all of a sudden, and started talking about him. We're going to have to keep it as brief as possible, and only tell them what they need to know. If we stress the importance of time, and promise to give them the rest of the story, later, they should do as we say.

Snake: I see.... Very well. We should take a little more time, and think about that it. You heard Bomberman, When, where, and the two how's.

(They sit in silence.)

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Somewhere within the mansion ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(The Deity has only just now broken the lock, and takes out a Giga-Smash Emblem.)

TD: Magnificient... There's a tremendous amount of power, within this little coin. Enough to... Well, if they think it's going to be their savior, they're sorely mistaken, because I'm going to break all of them, right now.

(With that, The Deity holds the coin between thumbs and forefingers, and snaps-... snaps it-... tries to snap it.)

TD: Confounded thing! Break, damn you!

(He holds the coin different ways, strains in different ways, and eventually slams it against a table, and pounding on it. However, he pounds so hard, the table breaks in half... but the Giga-Smash Emblem remains.)

TD: Hmm... This good be a problem.

Ridley: hhWhy not try to use sssomething other than mhmusscle?

TD: Eh? Oh! I see what you mean. Alright.

(The Deity concentrates... the Giga-Smash Emblem rises from among the splintered pieces of the table, and hovers in front of him. With a series of twitches with his hands, the little coin twitches with him, but it does not even bend. Finally, The Deity raises his left hand - the hand of destruction - and bends all his will through it, at the coin.)

TD: If this doesn't do it... I will be so peeved.

(For a few seconds, nothing happens. A sweat breaks out across the cold, smooth forehead of The Deity. Then, the coin hovering in mid-air shudders... and slowly starts to bend... but does not break. Mentally exhausted, The Deity drops his left hand, defeated. The Giga-Smash Emblem immediately snaps back to shape, looking for all the world like new.)

TD: ...... (deep breath) F-!

(The expletive resounds through the room, singing Ridley's hide, and setting fire to the broken table.)

TD: Oh well. At least I have this lovely bargaining chip. Would you like to see her, Ridley?

(Without waiting, The Deity snaps his fingers. A wall behind them seems to fade away, and reveals a barred cell. Samus lays on the cold stone floor, unconscious.)

(It's dinnertime, in the mansion. Everyone has gathered, as usual, including those involved in the plans against The Deity. Everyone, that is, except Snake.)

Krystal: Does anyone know where he is?

(A general negative.)

Krystal: Of course. For that matter, where's Samus?

EXE: Do you think they're trying to patch things up?

Falco: I wouldn't be entirely surprised if they did. Around here, people don't stay mad, for too long.

Fox: Hmph.

Marth: (curious Japanese at Fox)

EXE: (Japanese at Marth)

Roy: (Japanese at EXE)

Krystal: What's going on?

Falco: I thought we agreed to never try to find out.

EXE: Sorry. Marth had a question, I was trying to make sure I had it clear, before I translated it.

Krystal: Well? What did he say?

EXE: Fox, Marth wanted to know why your mood always seems to darken, when we talk about Samus.

Fox: What? I don't do that.

(Sonic catches Krystal's eye, and winks.)

Sonic: I don't know why anyone would think badly of her. She's a nice person, and a great leader. I like her, personally.

Krystal: Uh, yeah, me too! I think she's doing a great job. Don't you think so, Fox?

Fox: You think she's doing a great job? You know how good a leader I am, Falco, Krystal. Do you think she's better than me?

(In the split-second when Fox is focused on Falco, Krystal winks at Falco.)

Falco: Well, er, Fox... I think you're a very good leader.

Krystal: It's just that Samus is doing so well, in Mario's place.

(Fox glances back and forth between the two, and quietly picks at his food. Even at first glance, it's obvious that he's sulking.)

EXE: {Do you think this could mean something?}

Roy: {Who can tell, around here?}

Marth: {One instant, there's something going on, and the next, it's resolved. Most conflicts don't last more than two or three days.}

Falco: Now what are you hiding from us?

EXE: This one you don't want to know about?

(Simon stuffs a large hunk of steak in his mouth, and speaks around it.)

Simon: Hey, how come you guys keep saying that we don't want to know what they're saying?

Fox/Falco: You don't wanna-
Krystal: No, you guys. We should tell them. It's not like we can shield them from it, forever.

EXE: Are you sure? It's not like there's any real need to, is there?

Sonic: I gotta agree with Simon. I'm feeling like you're leaving me out of some inside joke.

(EXE glances at Marth and Roy, then at Krystal, Fox and Falco. Finally, Krystal rolls her eyes.)

Krystal: Fine. On your own heads be it. But we wait until after dinner.

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Across the room ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(Geno, as usual, is sitting with Serenade. However, unusually, Mr. Game&Watch is also with them.)

Serenade: <Why is he with us?>

Geno: <Because he's my friend, and I feel like having him around.>

Serenade: <He can't even talk with you.>

Geno: <Of course I can. It's just a different kind of telepathy.>

G&W: <Is she uncomfortable with me, here?>

Geno: <A little. You're a new face, to her. She'll get used to you.>

G&W: <That's good to hear. I saw Link and Roy playing a game, with sticks and balls. Do you think we could do that?>

Geno: <I don't see why not.> Serenade.

Serenade: Hmm?

Geno: Game&Watch and I are playing pool, a little later. Just to let you know.

Serenade: What am I supposed to do?

Geno: Um, well... Why don't you try getting friendly with some of the other brawlers?

Serenade: Get friendly? What's that supposed to mean?

G&W: <Is that naivete, or is she getting testy?>

Geno: <I can't tell.> You know, get chummy. If you're going to be here, for a while, you should get to know the others. That's what Snake and Samus were doing earlier, remember?

Serenade: I thought they were have relationship issues. (eyes go wide) Geno, are you saying what I think you're saying?

G&W: <She's a real winner, isn't she?>

Geno: <Shut up!> Of course not! Serenade, do you honestly believe that I could ever stop loving you?

(Serenade's lips twitch. A smile slowly comes to her face, and she puts one arm around Geno, and holds him close.)

Serenade: No.... No, I suppose I don't.

G&W: <Nice one. That stopped her yapping... for now.>

Geno: <What's with you, Game&Watch?>

G&W: <I don't know much about women, but I do know that anyone who loves one is a sucker.>

Geno: <Shut up.>

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Across the room ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

DK: {Do you get the feeling that we're only here because someone is just wasting time?}

Diddy: ..... {Have you been eating special bananas, DK?}

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Across the room ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Luigi: How did you know alcohol would cure me, anyway?

Wario: Oh, we didn't really know, we just wanted to pour harmful chemicals down your throat, because it seemed like a good idea.

Peach: ..... Why are you here? I hate you. You're a horrid, round little slob of a man.

Wario (under breath): Your farts don't exactly smell like roses, you prissy-
Peach: What was that?

Wario: Nothing! I was thanking you for the compliment.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Across the room ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Ganondorf: +So, what are you going to do with Gardevoir?+

Mewtwo: <What do you mean?>

Ganondorf: +Well, there's something big coming up, and she's pregnant, so....+

Mewtwo: <Ah.> ...... <She's very strong, and her pregnancy has not affected that. I am not worried about her.>

Ganondorf: +That's all well and good, but what about the child? Gardevoir might not be hurt, but your child might be.+

Mewtwo: <That's... a good point. I must speak with her, about that.>

(Ganondorf sucks down some steaming hot soup.)

Mewtwo: ..... (cough) <Speaking of...>

Ganondorf: Hm?

Mewtwo: <I was thinking..... No, this probably isn't the time for it.>

Ganondorf: Again? Mewtwo, we both know how this ends. I say something, and you make something explode. As a matter of fact, I believe I already said this, before.

Mewtwo: <No, no, there will be none of that, this time. I'll tell you, just... a bit later.>

Ganondorf: When, later?

Mewtwo: <Well, um... Let's see what Snake comes up with.>

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ At the same time ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(Snake has just entered Mario's office.)

Mario: Snake, good to see you, again! I heard your-a treatment worked just-a fine, for-a Luigi. I'm-a so thankful that you helped my brother. Is-a there any way I can repay you?

Snake: Actually... +there is something.+

Mario: ..... Well? You sound like you had-a something.

Snake: +Nice try, Mario, but I know what's going on, and what you're capable of. I'm sure telepathy is just one ability, among many.+

Mario: ..... <What do you know, and what do you want to know?>

Snake: +That's better. Listen, I know about your creation. Rather, I should say that a few of us know. From what I've heard, speaking his true name means bad things. For now, we just call him The Deity.+

(Mario leans back in his chair, his face turning pale.)

Mario: <What do you know!?>

Snake: +Quite a bit, Mario. Can he hear our thoughts?+

Mario: <He- he can't. That's-a one of the things I built into him. Snake, what's-a going on? How do you know about him?>

Snake: +Mario, answer me this. Can The Deity hear anything in the 2D realm?+

Mario: <Dammit, Snake, tell me what I want to know!>

Snake: .... +Nice job, not shouting that. Alright, I'm going to give you the short, short version. I get the sense that we're a little pressed for time. For whatever reason, you created The Deity, and for whatever reason, he has a diabolical plan that culminates in some thing, the day Brawl begins. His powers are pretty much the same as your's, except for a few fail-safes, and a few other little differences. How close am I?+

Mario: .... <There are still a few things you don't-a know, but that's-a most of it. How long have you known?>

Snake: +Ohhhh.... about two-ish weeks. Why?+

Mario: <Why have you come to me, now?>

Snake: +Of course. Another short, short version, then.+

(Quickly, Snake tells Mario about the Giga-Smash Emblems, the original plan, and then the theft of the Emblems, and the abduction of Samus.)

Mario: ..... <Balls.>

Snake: +That's about the size of it. For all we know about The Deity, we still don't know everything. That's where you come in. First, tell me if he can hear or see anything in the 2D realm.+

Mario: <Are you talking about Mr. Game&Watch's 2D room?>

Snake: +That's right.+

Mario: ..... <Close it off, well enough, and no.>

Snake: +Good. Excellent. That's what I wanted to hear.+

Mario: <Are-a you going to tell me the rest?>

(Snake glances at a clock.)

Snake: +I was a little late, getting here. I don't think I have enough time. As soon as I can, I'm going to gather everyone who is united against The Deity in Game&Watch's room. I'll get you, and we'll keep talking.+

(Snake is sitting in Mario's office, but they're sitting in silence. Something is off.)

Snake: ........ Does something seem strange to you?

Mario: Now that you mention it, yes.

Snake: What do you think it is?

Mario: I'm-a not sure. Something just feels.... out of-a place.

(Samus enters from off-screen.)

Samus: Hey guys, what's up?

Snake: We were just thinking something seemed weird.

(Only then does Snake see Samus.)

Snake: You were-! I thought The Deity had kidnapped you!

Samus: Well, he did.

Snake: How did you escape?! Did you get hold of a Giga-Smash Emblem? What happened?

Samus: Ohhh, I see what's going on. You didn't get the memo, did you?

Snake: Huh? What memo?

Samus: This is a non-canonical chapter in the story. It's a chapter that isn't part of the story-line.

Mario: Hmm, that would explain why everything felt out of-a place.

Snake: So.... what are we supposed to do?

Samus: Not sure. Come on, we're going to gather in the cafeteria, to figure something out.

(Samus, Snake and Mario troop down to the cafeteria. In there, it is filled like never before, with all the brawlers currently on the roster.)

Vaati: This is absurd. The only reason I'm here is to witness the sheer idiocy that will inevitably occur.

Dedede: Yay! I have a line!

Kirby: Puyo.

Pikachu: You tell ‘em, Kirby!

Ness: Pikachu?! Since when could you talk?

Jigglypuff: This whole chapter is supposed to not make sense. See? There's Zelda, and she's supposed to still be in that coma.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Across the room ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Geno: Hey, Game&Watch, there's something I've been wondering.

G&W: What's that?

Geno: I know that you can speak normally, out loud, in the 2D realm. How come you didn't do that, when everyone was gathered in there?

G&W: I didn't really feel like letting people know that, about myself. Besides, if I did speak, my incredibly sexy man-voice would have made all the ladies jump on my watch, if you know what I mean.

Geno: ..... No, actually, I don't know what you mean.

G&W: Oh, you know the saying. Once you go bla-

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Across the room ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Blaziken: Wasn't I going to be a semi-major character? I thought that was the intention.

Zelda: Who knows? Everyone knows the author makes it up as he goes. Hell, he practically brags about it! I suppose that's why the plot is simpler than your average skank.

Blaziken: Hey, watch it! Do you want to invoke his wrath?

Zelda: Pff, what's he gonna do, kill me off? He would never do that, right?

(Silence.)

Zelda: Right?

(Crickets chirping.)

Zelda: What the-? Oooh, author, you're such an ass!

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Across the room ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Krystal: So, how long until someone else gets killed off?

Falco: What makes you think someone's going to die?

Krystal: Well, it's almost the end of the season, which means it's time for a swell in the angst. Remember when Yoshi died? The readers did not like that, much.

Baby Yoshi: Yeah, that did suck. A lot.

EXE: ....... Okay, talking aside, how could you possibly remember something from a past life?

Baby Yoshi: ........

(Baby Yoshi makes with the adorable bit, and all is forgotten. Forgotten, I say.)

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Across the room ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Ganondorf: Is it just me, or is this a lame attempt to appease the readers, for being away for a while?

Mewtwo: <That's probably not too far from the truth, but it would be wise to not anger the author. I hear he can be a huge ass.>

Ganondorf: I thought that was something else he was proud of. Hang on, how come you aren't talking out loud, like Game&Watch?

Mewtwo: <Meh. Why should I?>

Ganondorf: ..... Point. So, how come Gardevoir isn't here?

Mewtwo: <Well, normally, all Gardevoir are very, very slender. Too slender to properly birth a Poke-egg. So, when they get pregnant, their bodies go through certain... transformations. Both to help the birthing process, and to help rearing the child, when they are a baby.>

Ganondorf: Ah, I see. So, what does she look like, now?

Mewtwo: <Hang on, I'm going to try sending you a mental image in the form of a URL.>

http://gardevoir-sex.ytmnd.com/

Ganondorf: ...... Huh. So, her br-
Mewtwo: <Nursing.>

Ganondorf: Right, right, of course. And the other curves-
Mewtwo: <Birthing process.>

Ganondorf: Alright, I can understand that, I suppose. Ah, how long does she stay like that?

Mewtwo: <About nine months, depending on when the child is weaned.>

Ganonodrf: Has she started lac-
Mewtwo: <Yes, she has.>

Ganondorf: How do you know?

(Mewtwo just smiles.)

Ganondorf: ..... Nice. Do you think this is something that'll wear off, once we get back to the story?

Mewtwo: <I seriously hope not.>

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Across the room ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Serenade: So, what happened to you being massively jealous of all the attention I was getting?

Krystal: I decided there was no good reason for me to be jealous of you. It was just a remnant of my earlier, much freakier self.

Serenade: Uh-huh. And the real reason?

Krystal: The author got lazy, of course.

(Just then, The Deity heads toward them, holding a rum&coke, despite the fact that he has no mouth.)

TD: You know, with my powers, I can modify myself to fit your desires. I mean, I don't know if you wanted to do anything, I just thought I would throw that out there.

(The Deity holds the glass up to where his mouth would be, and somehow makes a sipping noise, and drinks his drink.)

Krystal: ...... You want this one?

Serenade: Do you?

Krystal: Yeah, I do.

TD: +Oh, yeah, gonna get lucky!+ I don't see why it can't be both of you lovely ladies.

Serenade: He has a point. On three?

Krystal: One... two... THREE!

(Serenade and Krystal simultaneously kick The Deity in the crotch. The Deity goes down.)

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Across the room ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Mario: Okie-dokie, this is all well and-a fun, but this needs to stop.

Snake: How can we do that?

Samus: Why not ask the author to get on with the story?

Snake: What, just like that?

Samus: Do you have a better idea?

Snake: ...... How do we summon him?

Samus: Umm..... Hey, author!

Shryver: You called?

(Samus, Snake and Mario look behind them, very surprised, and see Shryver standing at the entrance to the cafeteria. Every head turns to look upon the entity who decides their fates.)

Samus: ...... What's going on? Why haven't you written anything for three days, and what the hell is this that we're doing, right now? While I'm at it, don't you normally have something to let the reader know what new characters look like? How come you don't have one for yourself?

Shryver: Why should I give any kind of description? Surely, as long as I come up with good material, that's all that matters. There's no need for the readers to know anything about what I look like.

Mario: Fine, fine. What about the rest of it?

Shryver: Well, the short version is this. I wanted to take a break from the All My Brawlers, because I could feel my creativity slipping. I just couldn't half-ass it like I used to. I'm feeling better, now, and I think I'll be able to continue the story, tomorrow.

Snake: And what of this chapter? Why did you do this?

Shryver: This is something that a lot of writers do. They'll have a bunch of angst, drama and general suckiness, then suddenly, bust out something that significantly lightens the mood. Complete non-sensical goodness. I think it's a good idea.

Snake: What if the readers don't like it?

Shryver: Ah, see, that's the beauty of making it all up! You get to care later!

Wario: Hey! Are any of the rest of us going to get any lines?

Marth: Yeah, Roy and I haven't even done our Japanese innuendo bit, yet!

MK: And where the hell am I, in the story? Did I secretly stay, or leave?

Luigi: Nobody knows what happened between me and The Deity! You have to do something about that!

Link: What's going on with the special bosses?! Did you just introduce them and forget about them, like you always do?!

(A rabble is roused. Shryver looks at everyone for a few moments, then snaps his fingers. Even while their mouths still move, no sound comes out. It only takes a few seconds before they stop trying to say anything.)

Shryver: My story, my will, my way. Everyone get back in place, I'm going to be starting up the story again, tomorrow. Get going.

(Shryver snaps his fingers again, returning everyone's voices, but no-one says anything. A moment later, they start heading towards their designated places, for the next chapter. Mewtwo hangs back, though.)

Mewtwo: <Listen... Just between you and me... is Gardevoir going to go back to normal, at the start of the next chapter?>

(Shryver gazes at Mewtwo, for a moment. Suddenly, he smiles, and claps a hand on Mewtwo's shoulder.)

Shryver: <Enjoy.>

(Mewtwo's face lights up, and he heads out of the cafeteria, quickly. Shryver looks around the now-empty cafeteria. Suddenly, Shrver looks at you, gives a salute, and disappears.)

(Everyone has gathered in Mr. Game&Watch's 2D realm, but this time, Mario has taken a seat among them.)

Snake: Is everything set, Game&Watch?

(Game&Watch nods.)

Snake: Good. Alright, Mario, we don't have too much time. If we want to get a decent amount of sleep, tonight, we're going to have to be out of here in about two hours. First, we should- Wait, Mewtwo, where's Gardevoir?

Mewtwo: <She's undergone a transformation, as part of her pregnancy. We have agreed that we must keep her away from anything too strenuous, for the time being.>

(Without looking at Mewtwo, Ganondorf raises a hand at him. Without looking at Ganondorf, Mewtwo high-five's him.)

Snake: Very well. Mario, we have a few questions for you. Why did you create The Deity, in the first place?
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« Reply #26 on: 29 January, 2008, 10:16:02 pm »

Mario: I created-
Link: Woah, woah, woah!

Snake: Link? Is something wrong?

Link: Shouldn't we be thinking about finding and destroying The Deity? Do we have to know any of this, right now?

Peach: Link has a point, Snake. These are things that Mario can easily tell us, afterwards.

Snake: Mm, I see your point. Alright, then. Where should we start?

Ganondorf: I have one. How much did you tell Mario about the Giga-Smash Emblems?

Snake: Everything we know. Well, everything except who can use them.

Ganondorf: Good. Mario, can you hazard a guess as to how effective they'll be, against The Deity? What exactly are they going to do?

Mario: From what Snake has-a told me, the Giga-Smash coins will endow the user with strength and-a speed, equal to The Deity, but that's-a not all. Once the user absorbs the power of the Giga-Smash, they will become immune to almost all of his abilities, until he can-a only effectively use purely physical attacks, and a few special moves.

Ganondorf: ..... In short, he'll be exactly like just one of us?

Mario: That's-a right, or, at least, it's-a right in theory.

BM: Can you guess how long the effects of the Giga-Smash Emblem will last?

Mario: .... No, I cannot. It might be five minutes, maybe more, maybe less.

Snake: Can you tell us where The Deity is, right now?

Mario: He's..... inside the mansion.

Link: Inside?! What, is there some special room for him?

Mewtwo: <That cannot be the case. I have made sweeps of the whole mansion, and have not felt anything to suggest a presence like The Deity.>

Mario: Actually, Link almost had it-a right. There is a space, within this mansion, that is-a completely empty, and is-a surrounded completely by brick. It is-a very small, but only to those looking at it from the outside, like you, Mewtwo. However, anyone who has-a access to it, like myself, The Deity, and his minions, will find a very, very large room, easily the size of our Grand Hall. That is-a where The Deity resides.

(For a moment, they can only let this new information sink in.)

Snake: So, how can we get in?

Mario: ..... I think I can help you, there. I can adjust the entrance mechanism so that just anybody can get in. Hopefully, The Deity won't know there's a difference, and if he does, it-a won't be something he would do, himself. He'll make me change it, and then, when his back is turned, I adjust it, again. Trust me, you don't-a need to worry, when the time comes.

Snake: Excellent. Thank you, Mario. So, where is the entrance?

Mario: It is-a just opposite the door to the Endless Field. It looks like a plain brick wall, but that is just a trick. Just walk through it, and you'll find yourself in his domain.

Link: His domain. That's very encouraging, Mario.

Mario: Oh, no, I only call it his-a domain because it's-a where he operates out of. It's-a really not different from the rest of-a the mansion.

(There is a moment of silence. Mario looks among the others, waiting for another question.)

Peach: What about the question we had, earlier?

Snake: Which one was that?

Peach: The others. How much should we tell them, and all that.

Mario: Ah, if I may?

Snake: Of course, Mario.

Mario: I can call a meeting, and require for everyone to show up. That will ensure everyone is-a there, and whether or not Meta-Knight is-a here, or not.

Snake: That's right. Did anyone see Meta-Knight, at all?

(They all look at each other, expecting the others to respond.)

Snake: Yeah, I expected as much. Continue, Mario.

Mario: Right. I call-a the meeting, and get everyone together. There, we tell them that a super-powerful being is-a hiding within the mansion.

Link: Wait, hang on. What's to stop The Deity from using his powers on us, when we're all together?

Mario: He wouldn't. He knows I'm-a capable of protecting you all, if I need to.

BM: Wait... Mario, how strong are you? I'm hearing how you have close to true-deity status, but you're more or less The Deity's whipping-boy, but you have the strength to stand up to him. What gives, Mario? How come you can be so strong, yet so helpless against The Deity?

Snake: A good question, Bomberman, but one that will have to wait. For now, we-
Mario: No. There is-a no harm in answering that question, now.

Snake: Mario, are you sure? We're a little pressed for time, I think.

Mario: ..... Mr. Game&Watch, what time is it, outside?

G&W: Beep.

Mario: After nine. Snake, most of-a the brawlers are just turning in, so I don't-a think there will be a full-scale invasion, tonight.

(Snake stands up and pounds his fist on the same table he pounded, earlier.)

Snake: DAMMIT, MARIO, HE-

(Snake suddenly stops. Tears just start to leak from the corners of his eyes.)

Snake: He has Samus, Mario. That bastard has her.

(Snake sinks into his seat, again, hiding his eyes with one hand. Mario gently pats his shoulder.)

Mario: I know, Snake, I know.

(Mario stands up, and looks everyone in the eyes.)

Mario: I suggest everyone go to sleep, now, in-a your own rooms. Be assured that I will be watching over all of you. Get plenty of rest. This ends tomorrow.

(One by one, the get up, and head out of the 2D realm, Mario first. Snake is the last to stand up, and leave, leaving Mr. Game&Watch alone.)

G&W: ...... Okay, seriously, this whole waiting for tomorrow shtick is getting old.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Outside, in the 3D realm ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(Ganondorf and Mewtwo are walking the corridors, heading towards Mewtwo's room.)

Ganondorf: Soooo...... What's she like?

Mewtwo: <What are you talking about?>

Ganondorf: Gardevoir. You showed me a mental image of her, as she is, right now. What's it like?

Mewtwo: ..... <I'm not sure I should share this.>

Ganondorf: Nonsense. This is what friends do. You tell me about Gardevoir, I tell you about my massive harem.

Mewtwo: <Perhaps. Very well. Gardevoir is..... very soft. She used to have be firm, most likely a necessity, for battle, but now... It's unexpected, but not unpleasant.>

Ganondorf: And you say she's already... producing milk?

Mewtwo: <In the typical mammalian way, yes.>

Ganondorf: Interesting. I wonder what use that might have. How did you find out?

Mewtwo: ..... <During certain moments... she leaks, a little. I was curious, and asked her about it. When she explained it, I asked if I might try it. I must say, I can understand why new-borns enjoy it so much.>

Ganondorf: Mmmm.....

Mewtwo: <Ganondorf?>

Ganondorf: Sorry, I was thinking of something else.

(They stop outside Mewtwo's room.)

Mewtwo: (sigh) <She's right inside here.>

Ganondorf: Mm. High-five.

(High-five. Mewtwo heads inside.)

Ganondorf: How does that guy get so lucky?

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ The next morning, three days until Brawl ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(Mewtwo wakes up bright and early, as usual. He yawns and stretches, but stops when he feels the end of his tail poking something soft. With a grin, Mewtwo gently nudges the softness, then looks behind him. As usual, he is greeted with the ever-reassuring sight of Gardevoir, curled up on her side of the bed, still asleep. Slowly, Mewtwo levitates himself out of bed, so as not to disturb the covers. He softly pads over to the large bay window, and opens the curtains, blinking in the light of the rising sun.)

Mewtwo: .... <Marvelous.>

(He then turns away, and looks upon the sleeping form of his love.)

Mewtwo: ..... <Magnificent.>

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Later, at breakfast ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Ganondorf: Morning, moron.

Mewtwo: <Greetings, you knob.>

Ganondorf: Knob? That's new. I like that.

Mewtwo: ..... <What is it you call it. Deja vu?>

Ganondorf: Eh? Now that you mention it, I think we have done this joke before.

Mewtwo: <What do you mean, joke?>

Ganondorf: Er, nothing, slip of the tongue. So, are you ready?

Mewtwo: <I suppose. Hold back on the bacon, though, it slows you down.>

Ganondorf: I hadn't noticed.

Mewtwo: <I did. Do you want to end up like Simon?>

Ganondorf: Simon? That pretty-boy new-comer?

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Across the room ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(Everyone at the Fox table is sitting in silence, just watching Simon. He stops in the middle of shoveling flap-jacks in his mouth when he sees them.)

Simon: ..... Whut?

(A small piece of pancake flies out of his mouth as he talks.)

Krystal: ...... Do you normally eat that much?

Simon: Um, hang on. (chokes down his mouthful) What do you mean?

Krystal: Look at your plate. Do you think it's normal for a human to eat that much?

Simon: Uh, perhaps not, but I train hard, so it's fine.

(Simon spreads some butter on one pancake, rolls it up, and proceeds to shove it in his mouth.)

EXE: No, no, I don't think you train hard enough. Simon, you're eating more than you're burning off.

Simon: Thuh heck duz that mean?

(Simon uses a finger to push in the piece of pancake that is trying to get out.)

EXE: You know what? Nevermind. Go ahead.

(EXE exchanges a meaningful glance with Krystal.)

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Across the room ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

DK: {So, where is Samus, today?}

Snake: She fell ill, I'm afraid. Doc gave her some antibiotics, last night, and he says we'll know if it worked by the middle of today. Anyway, how is it with you guys? I hardly know anyone around here.

DK: {We're fine, thanks for asking.}

Snake: That's great. Hey, why don't you tell me a little bit about yourselves?

Diddy: {Gee, there isn't a whole lot to say, is there, Donkey? We're just a couple of apes that try to live.}

DK: {That about sums it up, I think. We'll occasionally do something about King K. Rool, but other than that, we do what comes naturally to us.}

Snake: K. Rool? Wait, is he your special boss?

Diddy: {Yup. A big, fat crocodile. He's actually kinda pathetic. I'm surprised he's being included.}

DK: {Remember, Diddy, when Brawl starts, the whole playing field is leveled. Why, I'll bet that you could take down that Ridley brute just as well as the rest of us.}

Diddy: {Really?! Hoo hoo hoo, I'm liking this even more, all of a sudden.}

(Snake forces a grin on his face, and drinks.)

DK: {Snake? Are you alright? You seem a little strained, for some reason.}

Snake: It's nothing. If you'll excuse me, I have to check on Samus.

DK: {Of course, Sna-}

(But Snake has already stood up, and left.)

Diddy: {Hey, he didn't even throw away his stuff!}

Dk: {Diddy.... Let it go.}

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ A little later, after breakfast ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(Ganondorf and Mewtwo are walking the corridors of the mansion, as usual.)

Ganondorf: I just remembered, yesterday morning, at breakfast. You started to say something, but stopped. You said you would tell me later. It's later.

Mewtwo: <Er, yes, so it is. Ganondorf..... If I may step out of character, for a moment... I consider you a friend. A good friend. There is something that I can only really trust you with.>

(Mewtwo and Ganondorf stop. Ganondorf feels something like a wave of thought, going through his mind, and he can tell that Mewtwo is sweeping the area to make sure they're alone.)

Mewtwo: <Gardevoir is strong, there's no denying that. However, I still fear for her... and my child. Ganondorf... If, for some reason, I am unable to- unable to take care of my child... I want you to be the godfather.>

(Ganondorf raises an eyebrow, but stays silent.)

Mewtwo: ...... <Ganondorf?>

Ganondorf: I'm... trying to think of how I should respond. This is wholly different from- I mean, it's not exactly- ...... Sure, Mewtwo, I will be your child's godfather.

(Eventually, the moment passes, and they continue on their way to their special reinforced training room, where they beat the holy hell out of each other.)

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Somewhere within the mansion ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

TD: What a touching moment. Did you hear that, Samus? Wasn't it so emotional, it just makes you want to hurl?

Samus: Bite me.

TD: Goodness, you're awfully snippy. Perhaps I should plug your mouth with something.

Ridley: hhI'm telling hyou, kill her now!

TD: Ridley, shut up, would you? I have her all locked up, and helpless. Therefore, I am obligated, as the evil person I am, to torture her in the most horrible way I dare, then kill her.

(Ridley, content with this, gets comfortable. That same awful, fanged grin has spread across his long beak-like mouth.)

TD: This brings me back to you, my dear. You see...

(The Deity holds up a hand. Samus rises off the floor of her cell, held by The Deity's mental grip.)

TD: ... there's something you probably ought to know about me.

(The Deity spreads his fingers.)

TD: I am a massive pervert...

(Samus's limbs suddenly shoot out, until she is being held spread-eagled, mid-air.)

TD: ... and when opportunity comes a-knockin'...

(Samus looks at The Deity with revulsion. She then looks a little lower, and the revulsion is joined by fear.)

TD: ... I answer.

(Bomberman, Geno and Mario are walking the halls. It's approximately an hour before lunch.)

BM: So, you're sure you can protect us?

Mario: Absolutely.

BM: Can't you do anything about Samus? For all we know, The Deity might be doing something bad to her.

Mario: Ah, I'm afraid not.

Geno: You know, I'm getting curious, as well. Mario, exactly why can't you and The Deity harm each other?

Mario: ..... (sigh) I suppose you both deserve some sort of answer. Very well, come-a to my office.

(The three head to Mario's office. Inside, Mario seats himself in his chair, and the other two take seats.)

Mario: Okie-dokie.... Where to begin?

BM: It's a simple question, I think.

Mario: ..... Then a simple answer, you shall get. When I created The Deity, it-a seems that, since his-a energy is-a the same as mine, most of our powers cancel out, when used against each other. That's-a how I plan to protect you, by lashing out with-a my own strength, and negating his.

BM: That was the simple answer? What's the complicated answer?

Mario: Too long for-a me to tell you. Next question.

Geno: Alright, then how does he beat you up?

Mario: (cough) Uh, he... He's-a just stronger than me, physically.

BM: .... That's kinda lame, isn't it?

Mario: You're telling me?

Geno: Then, can you at least tell us what's happening with Samus, right now?

Mario: Samus is- She will-a be fine, physically. No matter what, The Deity must heal all physical wounds. (under breath) I hope.

Geno: What was that?

Mario: Hm? Oh, I was just- uh- thinking about her emotional state. Samus is a tough woman, but I can't help but-a think of what he's-a doing to her.

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Somewhere within the mansion ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

TD: AaAaGgGgHhH!!! AH! Ah! Ah.... ahhhhhhh. . . . . .

Samus: ......

TD: Cigarette?

(With a thought, The Deity creates a cigarette, and lights the tip of his thumb. He holds the cigarette in front of Samus, who remains still.)

TD: What? Oh, give me some credit! I made Ridley leave, and I made this comfy bed for us. Isn't that worth something?

(Samus stares straight ahead, not moving. Tears stand in her eyes.)

TD: ..... Oh, I get it! Because I took away your precious virginity, you're all upset, is that it? Well then, allow me!

(Samus flinches when The Deity places a hand on Samus's bare skin, just below her navel. He presses down for a moment, making Samus gasp, then withdraws his hand.)

Samus: What did- ... What did you do?

TD: I thought that would be obvious. I healed you. Fresh as a daisy, you are. Well, actually, you would be, except...

(Samus flinches again when The Deity places his hand over her stomach.)

TD: ... You still have a part of me... in you. You know, it's a shame my powers have their limits, because if it were up to me...

(The Deity leans in real close, next to Samus's ear. Despite his lack of a mouth, when he speaks, Samus still feels breath.)

TD: ... in nine months, your humiliation would be complete.

(The Deity laughs a sinister laugh, and settles back.)

Samus: . . . . . You- you...

TD: Yes, me. .... Me, me, me...

Samus: .... It didn't work.

TD: What's that?

(Samus turns her head, and looks into The Deity's cold, empty eyes. The tears that were there a moment ago are gone.)

Samus: You haven't broken me. You can't break me. Would you like to know why?

(The Deity's eyes narrow. He somehow sneers.)

TD: Oh, please, do tell.

(Samus leans in real close to him, and speaks in a whisper.)

Samus: ... You are going to die, soon. I don't know when, but you will most certainly perish. So do what you want, whatever you want, with me, because you're going to die. Probably by my hands.

(The Deity glares at Samus, menacingly, but he is countered by the hard, unwavering determination of Samus. Finally, The Deity gets up, takes a couple steps away, and rounds on Samus.)

TD: Well then, I see that I'm going to have to try a little harder. You're about to learn, my dear, that I was being nice. You could have kept it that way, by being a good girl, and bowing to me, but NO, you had to go and defy me! Well guess what, Samus? You're about to experience something, far, far worse!

(Very suddenly, a multitude of thick tentacles sprout from his back, and grow to several feet in length.)

Samus: ..... That's it? Tentacles? Yawn.

(For an instant, The Deity looks shocked, then furious. Suddenly, he calms himself, and the tentacles retract.)

TD: You know what? You're right. This does seem a little boring. Perhaps... if I were to take a slightly different approach, you will become more amenable to my generosity.

(The Deity snaps his fingers. Ridley appears.)
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 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Later, at lunch ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(As per usual, Ganondorf and Mewtwo are stuffing their faces.)

Ganondorf: +So, do you wanna hazard a guess when this is going down?+

Mewtwo: .... <Why are you thinking, instead of talking?>

Ganondorf: +I don't want anyone eavesdropping.+

Mewtwo: <Ah. .... I don't know, to be honest. Apparently, he has some sort of plan, for the day of Brawl, so it's gotta be tomorrow, at the latest.>

Ganondorf: +True. Although, it has to be a time when people aren't tired, or hungry. The afternoon, I think, about half-way between lunch and dinner.+

Mewtwo: <Well, it had better happen soon. Snake holed himself up in his room.>

Ganondorf: +Tired of the delays, is he?+

Mewtwo: <Mm. More power to him, I suppose, just as long as he's there for the final big push.>

Ganondorf: +Careful there, you were starting to sound like a Gerudo, for a second.+

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Across the room ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Popo: How come Mr. Snake isn't here?

Nana: Because he has to tend to Ms. Samus, remember? She's sick.

Y. Link: Hmm...

Ness: Something on your mind?

Y. Link: Maybe... it's because he's my future self... I'm getting some weird vibes from him.

Jigglypuff: Jiggly, jigglypuff, puff.

Kirby: {What are you talking about, Jigglypuff?}

Jigglypuff: Jigglypuff!

Ness: Kirby?

Kirby: {Lucario's vision. I haven't heard anything about it.}

Poo: Nobody told you?

Kirby: {Nope.}

Nana: Sorry Kirby, we didn't mean to keep you out of the loop.

Kirby: {No problem. Can you guys tell me, now?}

(The children describe the vision Lucario shared with them.)

Kirby: ..... {I see.}....

Popo: ..... Kirby?

Kirby: {It's nothing. A little weird, that's all.}

Jigglypuff: Jigglypuff!

Kirby: {Hm? Oh, right. Jigglypuff is thinking that Link's strange feelings might be somehow connected to Lucario's vision.}

Poo: ..... How?

Y. Link: I could ask him, you know. I mean, he's me, so it's cool.

Ness: I think you should. Why not right now?

Y. Link: Uh, yeah, I'll go now.

(Young Link gets up, throws his stuff away, and goes over to Link, who is sitting with Pit.)

Link: Hey, there, me. What's up?

Y. Link: We need to talk.

(Link glances sidelong at Pit.)

Link: ‘Bout what?

Y. Link: You know something. I can tell. It's something weird, I can feel it, and I want to know what it is.

Link: ..... (sigh) Trust me, you'll find out. Soon.

(Young Link narrows his eyes a bit, and stares at Link.)

Link: Very soon. Before the end of tomorrow, I guarantee, you'll know.

(Young Link hesitates, then decides that he'd had enough, and goes back to his friends.)

Pit: What was that all about?

Link: (sigh) It's a temporal paradox thing. Even I don't understand it.

Pit: Say whuh?

Link: Exactly. Something to do with existing at the same time as my past self. If I manage to figure it out, I'll tell you about it.

Pit: Eh, alright.

Link: +Oh, Pit. What the hell is going to happen to you? What am I going to have to do to you?+

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Elsewhere, a little later ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

TD: Wow. I'm genuinely impressed that you managed to stay in one piece.

(Samus is laying on the stone floor, a floppy little rag-doll, barely alive. Bruised, battered, and in all-around bad shape, but still alive. She only stare ahead with clouded eyes. Whether her inability to move is because of the physical abuse, her own exhaustion, or emotional trauma, is not clear.)

TD: Now, do you realize the true beauty of your situation? I didn't do a thing to you! This, everything here, was caused by Ridley! Do you know what that means?

(The Deity crouches down, right next to Samus. She doesn't react at all, when he caresses one of her sorer, um... "areas." When he speaks, it is barely more than a whisper.)

TD: I don't have to heal you. I can leave you like this, for as long as I please. Even if I harm you, in this state...

(The Deity jabs her breast with one pointy claw, drawing only a few drops of blood.)

TD: I only have to heal these wounds I made.

(The Deity presses a finger-tip to the wound, which instantly seals up. The Deity then stands up straight, and walks away a bit, keeping his back to Samus.)

TD: Ridley, you're done.

(The Deity waves a hand, and Ridley disappears.)

TD: As for you... Well, I just want to find out if I broke you, yet.

(The Deity waves his right hand, and suddenly, Samus is completely healed.)

TD: Of course... you will still carry a bit of that shame with you... and I don't mean that figuratively. So, have you learned, yet? Will you bow to me?

(Samus blinks a few times, and very slowly, gets to a kneeling position. She looks down below her, and feels utterly revolted by what she sees.)

Samus: ... I...

TD: Yes?

Samus: .... I.... will destroy you... and then I will feel no more shame. I think I might even laugh about it, later.

(The Deity keeps his back turned. He only breathes deeply. There is a long moment of silence, before he speaks.)

TD: I see.... Then, you have forced me to take drastic measures. I'm almost sorry I have to do this to you.

Samus: Go ahead. Do what you will to me, I still will never submit.

(The Deity turns to Samus. Somehow, someway, he has managed to make his face look apologetic.)

TD: Oh, I'm sorry, Samus. This doesn't involve you. No, this is going to be... different. Be right back.

(The Deity vanishes.)

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Elsewhere ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Gardevoir: (sigh) +I do love Mewtwo, but if he even thinks about keeping me in this room much longer, I'm going to be very cross with him.+

(Gardevoir suddenly feels a powerful presence, and whirls around to become face to face with-)

Gardevoir: <YOU!>

TD: It's a shame I can't hear psychic speak. Can you speak normally? Ah, no matter. I'm sure I can make you scream.

(The Deity grabs Gardevoir, and they disappear. However, a note appears on the floor, where The Deity stood.)

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Somewhere within the mansion ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

TD: Hey, Samus, I got a playmate for you!

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ A little later ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Ganondorf: I'm just saying, it might be a good idea for you to brush up on fatherhood. Take a trip to your world, for the delivery, at least.

Mewtwo: <Hm, perhaps. Hold that thought, I want to look in on her, before we do training. Wait here.>

Ganondorf: Paranoid, much?

(Mewtwo enters his room. He looks around, confused by Gardevoir's absence, then sees the note, and picks it up.)

Greetings, Mewtwo

Since you're reading this note, you have no doubt noticed that your love is gone. I'm also assuming that you know I abducted Samus. You're smart, you can put two and two together. However, I feel I must inform you that, yes, I fully intend to perform some very, very lewd acts with Gardevoir, and Samus, and then make them be lewd, together. I wonder if I'm going to hurt your child, Mewtwo. Oh, if you're wondering, I'm not talking about beating Gardevoir, I'm talking about... "internal damages".

Signed,
Asmodeus

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Somewhere within the mansion ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

TD: Oh, he just thought my name! Ooh, he's pissed, too! I guess he really does love you, afterall

(Gardevoir can only cry. Cry, and pray for it to end.)

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Back to Mewtwo ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(As Mewtwo read the note, his eyes turned darker and darker, until they had become almost completely black. Electricity started arcing across his body. He lets the note fall from his hands. With a mighty mental roar, energy explodes outwards, shattering many of the objects in the room. He then vanishes.)

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Elsewhere ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Mario: +What the hell was that?!+

(Mewtwo suddenly appears in front of him. A fierce aura of dark fire burns around him, making the air crackle with power.)

Mewtwo: <GATHER EVERYONE TOGETHER! THIS ENDS NOW!!>

(In response to Mewtwo's anger, Mario has called every single brawler to the conference room, in a hurry. The only ones not there are Meta-Knight and Ridley... and Mewtwo.)

Snake: Do you know where he is?

Mario: Not a clue. That means Meta-Knight is either off-world, or under The Deity's protection. I can't-a sense someone if-a they're blanketed by his influence.

Snake: I was talking about Mewtwo.

Mario: Oh. He's-a waiting beside the entrance to The Deity's lair.

Snake: Still furious?

Mario: I don't think he could be any more furious.

Snake: I kinda hope that's the case. Power like that is going to come in very handy, in the final battle.

Fox: Hey, Mario! What are you guys talking about?

(Mario and Snake glance at each other.)

Snake: We never did figure out a good way to tell them, did we?

Mario: Nope. Well, good luck.

(Mario gives Snake a slap on the back, takes his seat, and looks at him expectantly.)

Snake: Mario, if we survive this, I'll-

Fox: What are we surviving?

(Snake stops talking to Mario, but gives him a "this-isn't-finished" look. He turns his attention to the gathered brawlers.)

Snake: ..... There is a being, within our home, which is a great threat to all of us. It is extremely powerful... For a long time now, it has stayed behind the scenes, but it seems that it has had plans, all along, that are now almost complete. It is extremely powerful, but I and a few others have found a means to bring it down to our level, in the form of suped-up Smash Emblems. However, this being has stolen them, and at the same time, has abducted Samus. That is the real reason why she hasn't been seen, recently.

(A few of them are looking skeptical, with Fox looking almost incredulous.)

Fox: Hold on. You're saying there's this... thing... and it's been living with us for how long?

Snake: We can't be sure. As near as we can tell, though, since before Melee.

Fox: Right, sure. And, we haven't seen this... does it even have a name?

Snake: For now, we are calling it The Deity.

Fox: That's comforting. How come we haven't noticed it? I would think that something so powerful would attract some attention.

Snake: Like I said, it's been working behind the scenes. It doesn't make itself known unless it wants to be known. It- Well, he, I suppose, has become sloppy, most likely because his plan is so close to completion. Samus disappeared right in front of me, along with the weapon we had been planning to use. Now, he has abducted Gardevoir. I think you can guess why Mewtwo isn't here, when all of you were called.

(Here, the other's look at each other, concerned. Even Fox doesn't dare challenge this one. Snake paces, slowly, back and forth.)

Snake: This brings us to now. We can no longer stall. We must make a stand, now, and fight him.

Falco: How? You said he took the special Super Smashes.

Snake: He did, and that makes them our first priority. We had a better plan, but I'm afraid that now, it has been reduced to charging in there, guns-a-blazin', as the saying goes.

Sonic: Do we know where he is?

Snake: Yes. Not too long before he abducted Gardevoir, she and Mewtwo were able to use their combined powers to track down the entrance to The Deity's lair, as well as the way to enter it, which will be handled by Mario.

(Snake pauses, thinking of anything else to say.)

Snake: I wish I could tell you more, but we knew from the beginning that this was going to have to be kept short. However, I think this is all that needs to be known. Now is the time when we take the fight to The Deity, and stop his plans. I know that a lot is being asked, but none of us are really strangers to risk, and I know that everyone here is ready for something as big as this, and- Oh, to hell with it. I'm not good at motivational speeches, so here's the short of it: we either fight The Deity, and destroy him, or we inevitably get annihilated. I'm going to fight it, and anyone else who doesn't like annihilation is welcome to follow. The entrance is across from the door to the Endless Field. I'll see you there.

(Snake walks out. Mario, Peach, Ganondorf, Bomberman, Link, Geno and Mr. Game&Watch all follow without hesitation. Slowly, just like a slow clap, the others get up, and follow.)

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Somewhere within the mansion ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Asmodeus: Well, their little meeting has just started. I suppose that means the final battle is going to start, soon enough. I should get ready.

(Asmodeus pulls Gardevoir off him, and tosses her carelessly to the side. She crumples on the floor, not moving. Samus immediately rushes to her side.)

Samus: Gardevoir! Gardevoir, please, give me some sign that you're in there!

Gardevoir: .....

Samus: Dammit, I know you're stronger than this! Come on!

Gardevoir: ... <I can feel him.>

Samus: Yes, I know you can. I felt him for a while after, too, but you don't have to suffer anymore.

Gardevoir: <No... I can feel Mewtwo.>

Samus: Mewtwo?

Asmodeus: He's right outside here, but he can't get in. Although, Mario has been brought into the mix, so I'm guessing he's going to help them get in, and I can't close off the entrance. I really wish this could have been held off another day, though.

Samus: What did you think would happen when you took Gardevoir? Did you think Mewtwo would let that go so easily?

Asmodeus: ..... Perhaps it was a mistake, at that.

Samus: Yuh think? Talk about twenty/twenty hindsight, numnuts!

Asmodeus: I'll let that one slide, but only because once I win, I'll make you regret having a mouth.

Samus: You're still holding out hopes for yourself? Face the facts! You're going to die, and that's the end of it!

Asmodeus: That's pretty big talk, coming from a woman who's still naked, and covered in my-
Samus: DON'T... Don't finish that sentence.

(Samus looks down at Gardevoir, and realizes that she's still in a pretty sorry state.)

Samus: And why the hell haven't you healed her yet?

Asmodeus: I thought that would be obvious. I haven't harmed her. Oh, she'll be sore, for a while, but that's negligible. I don't have to do a thing.

Samus: But you-
Asmodeus: Oh, come now, Samus! Did you think that she really is that innocent? I happen to know that Pokemon conception works just like all mammals. She has already mated with Mewtwo a few times. I know. I watched.

Samus: ..... How bored are you?!

Asmodeus: Bored enough to invent a new word to describe how bored I am. Wanna hear it?

Samus: I-
Asmodeus: It's called omnibored. If there ever was a word that could describe the infinite dullness I live in, it's that.

(Silence.)

Samus: What the hell is wrong with you?!

Asmodeus: I'm sure I have no idea what you're talking about.

Samus: One moment, you're an evil, manipulative bastard, the next, you're a massively perverted creep, and then, you act like a child!

Asmodeus: What, that? I thought it was obvious that I have serious issues. Besides, I'm a guy. I'll let you in on a little secret. All guys are schizophrenic. I'm fairly normal, when you think about it.

Samus: ..... Fine. I guess I can accept that. But for the love of GOD, would you please clean us up!?

Asmodeus: Hmm.... Fair enough.

(Asmodeus waves a hand, and suddenly, all three of them are clean.)

Samus: Did you get... the rest of it?

Asmodeus: Nope. See? You can see it, right there.

(Asmodeus points at Gardevoir, who has just pulled herself to a sitting position. Both Samus and Gardevoir look down, and recoil at the sight of the fluids running out of her.)

Samus: That's it, it's decided. I will-
Asmodeus: Kill me? Woman, you need to find something else to say. I mean, it's the only thing you can do, and even that doesn't really hold any merit. So, you kill me. What then? You go on with your lives, like all of this was just a bad dream, and killing me was the end of it?

(Asmodeus steps close to Samus. Whether from defiance, or some other reason, she doesn't move.)

Asmodeus: No matter how this turns out, you will always live with the regret that you could do no worse than killing me. I don't need to be psychic to see how I will die. It will be quick, and not that painful. On the other hand, you're going to carry the emotional scars for the rest of your lives. Oh, and let's not forget your... friends. What if they all burst in here, and see you like this? They're never going to be able to look at you the same. And Gardevoir! I can't help but wonder what Mewtwo will think, when he sees you there, with my seed spilling out of you.

(Despite having no mouth, Asmodeus' face looks like it has a malicious grin on it.)

Asmodeus: Do you both understand, now? Even if I die, I still win.

(For a very long moment, they say nothing. They just stare at each other. Finally, Asmodeus turns his back to them.)

Asmodeus: They are here. I will need the help of my underlings.

(Asmodeus waves a hand, and Ridley and Meta-Knight appear. Both of them look at Samus and Gardevoir, with different reactions.)

MK: What is this? What have you done to them?

Ridley: hhI can tell you. Well, I can shhow you, at leasst.

Asmodeus: We don't have time for that, the rest have converged on the outside, and will be through any moment now. I have given the two of you a fraction of my power, to help you hold the line. I will be back here, fending off the more powerful attacks with my will.

Ridley: hWhat of the morsels?

Asmodeus: Samus and Gardevoir? Good point.

(Asmodeus waves a hand. A portion of a wall fades away, revealing a cell. He waves his hand again, and Samus and Gardevoir are thrown into it, and the wall re-materializes.)

Asmodeus: Much better....

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Outside Asmodeus' lair ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Snake: Does everyone understand the plan?

(General affirmative)

Snake: Good. First wave, take positions.

(Ganondorf, Mewtwo, Snake, Link, Geno, Bomberman, and Mr. Game&Watch all line up. Bomberman pulls out a two large bombs, Mewtwo's dark aura burns fiercely, and Geno charges his Geno Beam. Mario stands in front of a seemingly blank section of the wall.)

Snake: I'm not sure what we'll find on the other side of this wall, but I can guarantee-
BM: that it's flammable!

Ganondorf: I think that sums it up nicely. Let's do this.

(Mario presses a hand against the wall, and a large arced double-door appears out of it. Mario and Snake each grab a handle. With a last look at everyone, they throw open the doors, and rush it. Immediately, they are bombarded by a barrage of fireballs from Ridley, which are deflected by Mewtwo's psychic barrier, but only barely. Meta-Knight rushes in underneath them, but is forced to jump back when Bomberman throws one of the bombs at him. Geno releases his Geno Beam full-force into Ridley's chest, pushing him away, his claws tearing up the floor as he goes. Ganondorf and Link rush in, but are both stopped by Meta-Knight's blades. For a moment, the battle looks equal, but suddenly, Meta-Knight dashes under Ganondorf's defenses, and slices through his leather armor, and nicks the skin underneath. Ganondorf falls back.)

Ganondorf: Watch out, you guys, they're somehow more powerful than before.

BM: You're telling me?

(Bomberman throws clusters of small bombs at Ridley, and finishes it with his signature over-size bomb, eventually obscuring Ridley in a cloud of dust. When it settles, Ridley seems unscathed. He only stands there, grinning that frightening grin of his.)

BM: Explode, dammit!

(Suddenly, Mr. Game&Watch runs towards Ridley, clicking, as he always does, stops short, and rings his bell. Ridley looks at him, bewildered, for a split second, then starts to chuckle, then starts to laugh. When he stops, he looks down to see that Bomberman and Mr. Game&Watch have stepped to the side. He looks a little further, and sees a strange blue cannon, pointed right at him.)

Geno: Boom.

(A massive bolt of orange energy fires out of the Geno-cannon, making the air crackle, and slams full-force into Ridley. The instant it does, it expands, looking like a face for a fraction of a second, before completely engulfing him. Geno calmly morphs back to his normal form.)

G&W: <How did you do that? It looked to be of Super-Smash caliber.>

Geno: <Serenade has joined my consciousness, for this battle. It isn't much, but as you can see, it's enough.>

Serenade: <Woo! I remember this! C'mon, let's keep going!>

Geno: <Game&Watch, this is why I love this woman.>

G&W: <I guess. Hang on, it looks like Ridley's getting up. Ganondorf was right, it looks like they really are getting help from The Deity.>

Serenade: <Oh, come on! It's just those two against all of us! Piece of cake!>

 (Within the massive cathedral-like lair of Asmodeus, the sounds of the fighting reverberate off the stone walls. The clang of swords resound, as Meta-Knight, fueled by Asmodeus' power, fends off Link, as well as Marth and Roy, who just got into the fray. Suddenly, Pit jumps in, wielding the dual blades of his Sacred Bow, and all four of them beat back Meta-Knight. For a moment, it looks as though Meta-Knight is beaten, when suddenly, a voice calls out.)

Asmodeus: Pit! Do you recognize my voice?

(Pit stops, mid-strike. Marth and Roy hesitate, wondering what is going on. Meta-Knight takes advantage of this moment, and strikes at Roy, stabbing his sword arm. Before anyone can react, Meta-Knight rips his sword out of Roy's arm in a slashing motion, and connects with Marth's non-sword arm, biting deeply. Roy drops the Sword of Seals, and steps back, holding his bleeding arm. Marth grunts in pain, but lifts his sword.)

Link: Dammit! Marth, get Roy back to Doc!

(Link barely has time to get this out, before being forced to concentrate on Meta-Knight, who has renewed his assault.)

Link: Ergh! Augh! Dammit! PIT!

(Pit only stares dumbly, straight ahead.)

Pit: Is it-? Are you-?

Asmodeus: Yes, Pit! I am the one who is trying to help you! I am Zelda's only hope for recovery, but the others mean to kill me!

(It takes a couple seconds for this to sink in.)

Asmodeus: If you want to see Zelda again, you must help me! Quickly, help Meta-Knight!

(Pit hesitates for only a second. Then, he rounds on Link, and starts to attack, alongside Meta-Knight. Link, who had barely been able to keep up with Meta-Knight, is now forced to hide behind his shield, and can only retreat from the relentless advance.)

Link: +Dammit dammit dammit DAMMIT!! I need help, NOW!+

(As if in answer to his silent cry for help, Link finds himself being flanked by Fox and Falco, who go between using physical attacks and their blasters. However, despite the efforts of all three of them, they're still not gaining any ground. Slowly, as if guided by an invisible hand, Fox and Falco begin to concentrate their fire on Meta-Knight, who is forced to dodge the blaster fire. Link and Pit eventually get separated from the others. However, Link's arms are getting tired and sore, from the duel, while Pit is fresh, and not even close to tired. Link hits Pit with his shield, and in that instant of vulnerability, he raises the Master Sword high, and brings it down, hard.... and is stopped by Pit's blades, which he has crossed over him. Both Pit and Link bring their swords down, and step close to each other, each struggling to get the upper hand.)

Link: Dammit Pit, why are you listening to him? He is the evil one!

Pit: Don't you care about Zelda?! Didn't you hear him? He's the only one who can save him!

Link: He's brainwashed you, Pit!! It's all lies, now stop this fighting! This is madness!

Pit: Madness?!

(Pit knees Link in the gut, and kicks him away, sending Link sprawling on the floor.)

Pit: THIS. IS-

(Before Pit can finish, Link chucks his boomerang at him, which Pit swats out of the air, with one of his swords. Pit advances, and raises his swords to finish it. Just as Pit starts to bring them down, he slows to a crawl, barely moving at all. Baffled by this, Link looks around, and sees that everyone else has slowed down.)

Farore: <Link...>

Link: +Whuh? Farore?+

Farore: <Link, it is time. You must confront your friend, and defeat him. If you do not, he will kill you. You are needed, to fight the abomination.>

Link: +But-+
Farore: <No, Link, this is the way it must be. I will now fill you with my influence. I wish you luck, Link.>

(Link looks down, and sees his Triforce glowing, and he can feel himself gaining back his strength. He looks back at Pit, and sees he is still in the middle of bringing down his blades. Link feels that things are starting to return to normal, and hastily brings up his shield, just in time to deflect the crushing blow. Link quickly rolls away, and stands up.)

Link: Pit. You are my best friend, and to that extent, I love you dearly. It is for that reason, that I do this, now.

(Link, Triforce shining brightly, charges at Pit. Link hurls his shield at Pit, who rolls to the side. When he gets to his feet, he sees that Link has already started swinging his sword, aiming right at the side of his head.)

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Across the room ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(Mewtwo and Ganondorf have broken through, and now confront Asmodeus. Mewtwo's aura burns more fiercely than ever, making the air around him crackle with power.)

Asmodeus: It took you guys long enough to challenge me. Mewtwo, I thought you would try to come at me, right away. Now, I'm sure you know what I've done to your precious Gardevoir. I'm sure you could sense the unique energy in me, that comes from what I've done to her. I'm sure you don't care, but I've been doing the exact same to Samus. Actually, you should be grateful to me, because I took it easy on your woman. Now, do you have anything to say to me?

Mewtwo: <Shut up and fight me. I don't have time for you, I must get to Gardevoir.>

Asmodeus: Oh, that's right, I can't hear psychic speak. No matter, I'll just assume you were just thanking me for my benevolence. Still, there must be something you can tell me.

(Silence. Ganondorf's eyes go wide, and he looks at Mewtwo like one would look at a friend who had gotten a sex-change. Ganondorf takes one large step away from Mewtwo.)

Ganondorf: Ooooookay.

Asmodeus: What? What did he say?

Ganondorf: You know what, why don't we just fight?

Asmodeus: ........ ‘K.

(With absolutely no warning, Mewtwo releases a massive amount of dark energy, in one concentrated blast. The force of it hurls Ganondorf off his feet, and sends him skidding across the smooth floor.)

Ganondorf: *&^%!! How long have you been waiting to do that?

Mewtwo: <Too long. But I'm not even close to done yet. ..... Neither is he, it seems.>

(The cloud of dust kicked up by the energy wave settles, revealing Asmodeus, still standing there. For a moment, it looks as though he was completely unharmed. However, it soon becomes apparent that parts of his skin were severely burned, and are now festering sores.)

Asmodeus: ..... Not bad. I didn't even have time to counter it with my will. Still, you have lost the advantage. Your next attack won't-
(Out of nowhere, Ganondorf jumps at Asmodeus, about to bring his fist - charged with his black magic - down with devastating force. No more than one foot from Asmodeus' head, though, Ganondorf is stopped when Asmodeus catches the burning fist in the palm of his hand, the flames still fizzling.)

Asmodeus: -surprise me.

(Without so much as a grunt, Asmodeus swings Ganondorf around, holding onto his fist, and hurls him towards Mewtwo. Mewtwo catches him with a mental hold, and sets him down.)

Mewtwo: <What happened to getting assistance from your goddess?>

Ganondorf: +I'm not sure. I guess we just haven't met the requirements, yet.+

Mewtwo: <Fine. Until then?>

Ganondorf: +We kick his scrawny ass.+

(Ganondorf and Mewtwo launch into a relentless frenzy, giving Asmodeus everything they have.)

Asmodeus: +Fascinating. I hadn't counted on Mewtwo having a level head. After all, that was the reason I taunted him with Gardevoir, so that he would be easier to beat. Of course, it doesn't exactly help that they're working very well, as a team. If I weren't so powerful, this might be a bad situation. However...+

(Asmodeus' form blurs for an instant, then vanishes. He reappears some distance away. Before Mewtwo or Ganondorf can close in on him, though, Asmodeus raises his right hand. Seemingly out of nowhere, and out of nothing, a small army of Wireframes rise out of the floor, forming a guard around Asmodeus.)

Mewtwo: <Wireframes..... I hate Wireframes.>

Ganondorf: +So do I.+

(Ganondorf charges the Wireframe closest to him, a male one, looking for a shoulder-tackle. The blow connects, but the Wireframe barely slides back. Ganondorf looks up at the blank face, with very wide eyes.)

Ganondorf: Cruel Wireframes!

Asmodeus: Who do you think created them? And who do you think controls them?

(Asmodeus snaps his fingers. Instantly, the fifty or so Wireframes turn to face Ganondorf. The big male he tried to take down grabs Ganondorf by the buckle of his cape, and throws him far away. They advance, marching with a steady, drone-like, intimidating pace. However, they stop when Mewtwo teleports in between them.)

Ganondorf: +Cruel Wireframes. I should have seen this coming. Some tactical master I am.+

Din: <Do not despair, my avatar.>

Ganondorf: +DIN! ..... What took you?+

Din: <Silence. Now is the moment. Take my power. Take it, and use it to defeat your enemies.>

Ganondorf: +I thought my purpose was to get the Giga-Smash coins!+

Din: <Think, Ganondorf. Do what you do best, and you will understand.>

Ganondorf: +Din, I still don't- Din? Damn.+

Mewtwo: <Ganondorf, what the hell are you waiting for?! I can't hold them off forever!>

(Ganondorf snaps out of his daze, and gets up off the floor, only to be knocked down again by a flying Wireframe, female. Ganondorf hits the floor, hard, but what really confuses him is what he sees when he lifts his head.)

Ganondorf: ..... +I really don't know what to think of this.+

Mewtwo: <GANONDORF!!>

Ganondorf: +Right, of course.+ Watch where you're hurling these things, dammit!

Ganondorf shoves the unmoving Wireframe off him, and gets to his feet. After a short survey of the remaining twenty-five or so Cruel Wireframes, he moves closer to Mewtwo.)

Mewtwo: <Well?! Aren't you going to fight? This is starting to take its toll on me.>

(Mewtwo glances at Ganondorf, and does a double-take. Ganondorf has a big grin on his face. Slowly, Mewtwo grins as well.)

Mewtwo: ..... <I know that look.>

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Meanwhile ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(Gardevoir and Samus are trapped in the cell. There is air, but no light is apparent. Samus is still naked. Gardevoir is sitting with her back against the wall, hugging her knees to her chest.)

Samus: ..... Gardevoir?

(Silence.)

Samus: It's horrible, isn't it?

(Gardevoir sniffs.)

Samus: I'm sorry, Gardevoir. I could have done something to prevent this. It was my own selfishness that got you here.

Gardevoir: ... <I don't understand.>

Samus: Well, at least you spoke. Er, you know what I mean. But... if I had just bowed to him.... that's all I had to do. Just that, and you would have been spared.

Gardevoir: <Samus, you cannot blame yourself for what that monster did to me.>

Samus: But it's true! It was my damned pride! Some leader I'm turning out to be. I can't even save one of my best friends from a fate worse than death.

Gardevoir: <No, I mean.... I don't think it would have made a difference.>

Samus: Whuh? What do you mean?

Gardevoir: <I mean, I think The Deity would have raped me, even if you had bowed to him. He... I think it has something to do with Mewtwo. He would have violated me, eventually, anyway.>

Samus: But... how can you be sure about that?

Gardevoir: <I'm not. But, I think it's better than thinking this is your fault.>

Samus: ..... Thank you, Gardevoir. (sigh) Still, I can't help but think that he's right, about one thing.

Gardevoir: <What is that?>

Samus: He must be destroyed. There is no other way. The Deity will be destroyed, and it will be quick. I can't give him the payback he deserves. I can't make him suffer for what he did to us... to all of us.

Gardevoir: <Yes.... Most unfortunate.>

(They sit for a long minute, in absolute silence. Samus zones out, eventually, but is slowly brought to reality by the growing sounds coming from across the lightless cell.)

Samus: .... Gardevoir?

(Samus listens hard, and realizes that there are a few different sounds. There is a kind of wet, fleshy sound, and what almost sounds like little gasps. Slowly, quietly, Samus crawls toward the sounds.)

Samus: .......... Gardevoir, what are you-?

(Samus stops when she feels Gardevoir's arm. She gropes Gardevoir's arm, steadily moving down, until... When Samus realizes, she pulls back her hand, with a sound of surprise.)

Samus: Gardevoir! Are you-!?
Gardevoir: <I am cleaning- ..... I must... remove his seed.>

Samus: But.... you're-

Gardevoir: <Yes. I hate this, but it must be done.>

Samus: Can't you... use your psychic powers for that?

Gardevoir: <It doesn't work like that. I cannot... use my psychic powers on myself, internally.>

(Silence... except for those sounds.)

Gardevoir: <Curses.>

Samus: What? Did he hurt you afterall?

Gardevoir: <No, I-..... I'm having trouble... getting the rest.>

(The air is filled with a thick, suffocating tension. There is an extremely long pause.)

Samus: Then.... I must help you.

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Meanwhile ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(Ganondorf has charged directly into the fray, and is fending off the Cruel Wireframes, which are constantly being replaced by Asmodeus. Mewtwo, however, has taken to hovering above the battle, just out of reach of the blank-faced soldiers.)

Asmodeus: +What is he doing up there? Not fighting at all... it doesn't make sense. What is their plan?!+

(Ganondorf does a huge 360 degree leg-sweep, and immediately starts charging up a Gerudo Punch, which he lets go into the first group to charge him, sending them all flying.)

Ganondorf: +They're getting weaker. Any idea what that means?+

Mewtwo: <They're not getting weaker. You yourself said that you have come into contact with your goddess. You're getting stronger.>

(Ganondorf jumps above the horde, and thrusts his feet downward, clearing out all the Wireframes beneath him.)

Ganondorf: +I suppose that's true. Any luck, yet?+

Mewtwo: <It's hard to tell, but- hang on.... 45 degrees clockwise, female, approximately 20 feet.>

Ganondorf: +Got it.+

(Ganondorf does another huge leg-sweep, and ends up 45 degrees clockwise from where he was. He then crouches, and launches into the Wizard's foot, gliding just above the floor, knocking out Wireframes along the way, and coming to a halt just before a female wireframe. Suddenly, Ganondorf feels a mighty pulse around him, but he isn't affected. Ganondorf looks around, and sees that everything has slowed down.)

Ganondorf: +Then... it's time.+

Din: +Now, Ganondorf.+

(Ganondorf focuses energy into his fist, far more than a normal Gerudo Punch. In the first split second, after the flow of time is returned to normal, Ganondorf propels himself upwards, connecting with the chin of the Wireframe, launching it high off the floor. Ganondorf jumps after it, and punches again, this time, full in the face. Also, this time, Ganondorf releases all the pent-up force, sending the Wireframe hurtling towards the floor. The impact cracks and craters the floor, as well as throwing all the nearby Wireframes far away.)

Ganondorf: +That should do it.+

(Strangely, all the Wireframes suddenly stop... and sink back into the floor. Mewtwo touches down next to Ganondorf, in front of the crater. Right in the middle... is Asmodeus!)

Mewtwo: <You have to admit, it was a brilliant plan.>

Ganondorf: In the middle of summoning an army of Wireframes, we didn't notice you switching your body with a Wireframe. You were among them, this whole time. Mewtwo just happened to see that you were the only one not mindlessly moving in to be whupped by me. We would tire ourselves out, and you wouldn't have to do a damn thing. Very clever.

(Asmodeus' charred body suddenly heals, and he sits up, then stands up.)

Asmodeus: And I would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for you meddling-
(Mewtwo conveniently chooses this exact moment to flick a pellet of energy at Asmodeus, silencing him.)

Ganondorf: I'll finish up here. You help the others. It looks like they're starting to fatigue.

Mewtwo: <You sure?>

(Ganondorf holds up his right hand. The Triforce of Power is resonating with the divine influence of Din.)

Mewtwo: <Right. Got it.>

 (Mewtwo floats away to join the others, who are still being held off by the super-powered Meta-Knight and Ridley. By now, everyone who was fighting them has switched out. Now, it is Snake and Simon Belmont fighting Ridley, Snake using his trusty 9mm pistol and knife, Simon with the spiked whip, and bottles of liquid that explode with green flames.)

Mewtwo: ..... <Maybe.>

(Mewtwo looks away, at Meta-Knight. He is fighting Mega Man, who is flanked by Sonic and Blaziken. Mega Man is blasting away, in between Blaziken and Sonic's fervent melee attacks.)

Mewtwo: ...... <They'll be fine.>

(Mewtwo lunges at Ridley, swiping at him with a charged paw, and takes him by surprise. In the moment of vulnerability, Simon lashes out with his whip, wraps it around Ridley's bony neck, and yanks hard. With a kind of squawk, Ridley is pulled close to Simon, who dashes an extra-large bottle of fire-water against Ridley's face, engulfing most of his head in emerald-green flames. Ridley screeches in pain, for the first time in the whole fight, a thing that causes all the other combatants to pause, and watch the spectacle.)

Asmodeus: Ridley! NO!

(Ridley wrenches away from Simon, jerking the whip out of his hands, and stumbles about, clawing at his face in an attempt to get the fire off. However, all this does is leave gashes in his reptilian skin... and the fire burns there, as well, redoubling the agonizing pain Ridley is in.)

Asmodeus: +I can't have him dying on me, now! I still need him!+

(Asmodeus steals a glance at Ganondorf, who, like the others, is looking at Ridley.)

Asmodeus: +Perfect. While Ganondorf is distracted, I can fix all this.+

(Something catches Ganondorf's attention, out of the corner of his eye. He turns his head, and realizes that Asmodeus has just extended his right hand. Before Ganondorf can realize what's happening, and react accordingly, Asmodeus closes his fist. Just like that, the blaze on Ridley's head goes out, and the self-inflicted gashes close up, leaving terrible scars.)

Ganondorf: That's it, I'm finishing this.

(Asmodeus doesn't even glance, when Ganondorf charges him, he just vanishes, leaving Ganondorf to stumble to a halt. Asmodeus' voice comes from behind him.)

Asmodeus: How can you hope to finish it? You can't even touch me.

Ganondorf: I assure you, I'm going to touch you, real hard.

(Awkward silence.)

Asmodeus: I don't swing-
(Asmodeus vanishes, and Ganondorf's punch hits nothing but air. Again, Asmodeus' voice comes from behind.)

Asmodeus: This is getting old, you know. Can we please hurry this up?

(Ganondorf grins. With impossible speed, Ganondorf appears right in front of Asmodeus. Ganondorf savors the look on his face for but an instant, before driving a straight, flat palm into his chest, forcing him back several feet. Asmodeus collects himself, and glares at Ganondorf.)

Asmodeus: Where did that come from?

Ganondorf: A wizard did it.

Asmodeus: Aren't you a wizard?

Ganondorf: Exactly.

(Without another word, Ganondorf surges forward, and uses the formidable momentum to land a thunderous kick to the side of Asmodeus, sending him flying into the side-wall, right on the section hiding where Samus and Gardevoir are held captive. The solid stone wall explodes with chips of rock, at the impact, and Asmodeus is left buried part-way in the wall.)

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ In the darkness of the cell ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Samus: Did you hear that?

Gardevoir: <How could I not?>

Samus: Something's going on. Do you think they got their hands on the Giga-Smash coins?

Gardevoir: <I don't think so, but there is a massive energy signature, and it feels familiar... I can't remember, though, where I sensed this before.>

Samus: Do you think they know we're in here?

Gardevoir: <I hope so. There is some sort of barrier around this cell, preventing any psychic contact, at all. If Mewtwo made a sweep of the room, then he would have noticed it.>

Samus: And from there, Ganondorf probably would have deduced that we are here..... But they would have broken us out by now, don't you think?

Gardevoir: <Perhaps they were held off by The De- ah!>

(Samus pulls her hand away from Gardevoir, very quickly.)

Samus: I'm sorry! Did I hurt you?

Gardevoir: <No! Ah, er, no, I am fine.>

Samus: Did I do something wrong?

Gardevoir: <You did nothing wrong, Samus. I think it is alright, now. It's all out.>

Samus: Are you sure? I don't even want to think about what might happen if they saw us filthy, like this.

(Suddenly, there is another dull thump, the cell walls shudder, and sounds of crumbling pebbles are very faintly heard.)

Samus: I think that's them! Oh, but we're still naked!

(Samus stares blankly into the utter darkness, at where she thinks Gardevoir is sitting.)

Samus: Gardevoir? Are you not concerned?

Gardevoir: ..... <Yes, this is a problem. Unfortunately, there is nothing that we can do, in our situation.>

Samus: Yeah, I suppose you're right. I hate it, but we just have to wait it out.

(Another thump, this time, much louder.)

Samus: Gardevoir.... is that... do you see it?

Gardevoir: <I.... yes! Light!>

Samus: They're about to break through! Gardevoir, can you get through, yet?

Gardevoir: ...... <I can!>

(Samus and Gardevoir scramble to their feet. Gardevoir accidentally bumps her face against Samus's chest, but Samus doesn't notice it.)

Samus: Can you contact someone, yet?

Gardevoir: <Wait.... Yes! It will be faint, but I can do it.>

Samus: Excellent! Can you call Mario?

Gardevoir: <Mario? Why him?>

Samus: (cough) Because he can send my Zero Suit in here, before the wall breaks completely.

(Yet another thump. Spider-web cracks start to become visible, with tiny points of light around them.)

Samus: Quickly, please!

Gardevoir: <Of course. ..... Mario, can you hear me?>

Mario: <Gardevoir? Is that you?>

Samus: Thank god!

Gardevoir: <Mario, Samus and I are being held in a cell within the wall of the room you are fighting in.>

Mario: <Are you two alright? Did The Deity hurt you?>

Gardevoir: <He... He healed us. We are fine.>

Mario: <Well, stay right there. I will-a contact Ganondorf, and have him break you out.>

Gardevoir: <Wait, Mario!>

Mario: <Hm? What is it?>

Gardevoir: <Umm.... Samus would like to ask something of you.>

Mario: <Anything. What is it?>

Samus: .... +While he was torturing me, my Zero Suit became severely damaged, and I don't think I can fight, as I am. In my room, there is a spare. Do you think you can send it directly into the cell?+

Mario: <Why there?>

Samus: +Because I have to change, and-+
Mario: <Of course, sorry I asked. I understand. Just a moment.>

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Outside the cell ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(Ganondorf is just lining up another shot, getting ready to send Asmodeus flying into the same massive crater in the side of the wall, as he has started to make a kind of game out of it.)

Mario: <Ganondorf, wait!>

(Not wanting to give Asmodeus a chance to rest, Ganondorf instead hops into the air, flips once, and drives his heel into the crook of the neck of Asmodeus, causing the shoulder to audibly pop loose, and him to crumple to the floor.)

Ganondorf: +What is it, Mario? I don't know how long I'm going to have the strength to pummel this guy. I don't know what you made him out of, but he just keeps coming back for more.+

(Asmodeus stands back up, and holds his dislocated arm to the side. Asmodeus whirls the arm, slightly, and with a sickening, crunching crack, pops the joint back into place. He twists the arm a bit, then continues glaring at Ganondorf.)

Asmodeus: I tire of this.

(Asmodeus attacks. Now, the fight isn't nearly so one-sided. Instead, Asmodeus and Ganondorf go back and forth, each gaining the upper hand for only a few seconds at a time, before the other does a counter, and attains the advantage.)

Ganondorf: +Say it quick!+

Mario: <Right. Stop-a throwing The Deity into that crater you made.>

Ganondorf: +No problem!+

(Ganondorf catches Asmodeus' fist in his hand, and grabs his other shoulder. Ganondorf rears back, and delivers an oppressive head-butt. Asmodeus is reeling from the concussive force of the blow.)

Ganondorf: +Any reason why?+

Mario: <Ah... Samus and Gardevoir are-a being held, there. If-a you shatter the wall, they might-a get hurt. I will have Mewtwo break down the wall.>

Ganondorf: +Fair enough, I suppose.+

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Inside the cell ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Samus: Oh my, that is MUCH better!

Gardevoir: <I am glad to hear that. Do I look all right?>

Samus: Well, it's a little hard to tell, but.... yes... I think you won't have any problems. Except.... well, hopefully, no-one will look.

Gardevoir: <What? What is wrong?>

(Gardevoir looks herself over. Then, realization slowly dawns on her face, and so does a furious blush.)

Gardevoir: <Is it noticeable?>

Samus: Well.... I know it's there. No, I don't think anyone will see it. Actually... can't you teleport? As soon as the barrier is all the way down, I mean?

Gardevoir: <Er, yes, I can, can't I?>

Samus: Good. As soon as you can, get out of here. I'll tell Mewtwo you escaped.

Gardevoir: <Yes.... Thank you, Samus.>

Samus: For what?

Gardevoir: <When he was... I was scared. More scared than I had ever been, in my life. He wasn't just inside my body, Samus.... he was in my mind!>

(Tears suddenly flood out of Gardevoir's eyes. Without hesitation, Samus draws Gardevoir close to her, giving her a shoulder to cry on. Gardevoir holds on to Samus like death was after her, the final wall of her emotional barrier breaking down.)

Gardevoir: <I- I blocked out the pain, became numb to it, but he was in my MIND! I had never felt so... so-...>

(For the first time, Gardevoir makes a sound. It starts out as a few loud sobs, but it doesn't take long before she voices her pain. It is a long, loud wail, filled with agony and sorrow the likes of which one could never think possible. In that moment, Samus feels her heart break, not just into pieces, but into bloody shards, that turn into tears of unparalleled sadness. Gardevoir sobs once, takes a deep breath, and wails again. This time, her knees give out, and they sink to the cold stone floor, sharing in each other's pain.)

Mewtwo: GARDEVOOOIIIRRR!!!

(With a terrible wrenching noise, the entire wall of the cell is ripped off, flooding the tiny chamber with light, but neither Gardevoir nor Samus notice. Gardevoir, mindless to everything except the need to make her pain known, cries out once more. This time, the sound echoes in the cavernous chamber of Asmodeus' lair, filling everyone's hearts with her sorrow. Everyone, except Asmodeus, of course. However, Meta-Knight seems to have been hit the worst, by Gardevoir's cries of despair.)

 MK: +Her sorrow, it is so... familiar. Yes, I had felt something much like this, when my wife...+ What have I done?

(Mega Man, Blaziken and Sonic turn their focus on Meta-Knight, but he takes no notice. Instead, he sprints toward Asmodeus, wielding his terrible blade, stopping just short of him. By now, Gardevoir's wails had died down, and are not just pitiful sobs.)

MK: YOU!

(Many of the heads turn towards Meta-Knight.)

Asmodeus: Meta-Knight? What are you doing? Get back to your post, and defend this place against those who would stand in my way!

MK: I will not!

Asmodeus: .... Go, now, Meta-Knight.

MK: I can't believe I didn't see it until now. You were controlling me! Well, no more! I will now take my rightful place, beside my comrades, and we will vanquish you!

Asmodeus: Fascinating. And, just what do you hope to do? You know you cannot hurt me.

MK: Perhaps not physically, but I know something you don't want them to know.

Asmodeus: And what could that be?

(Meta-Knight turns to Ganondorf.)

MK: He hid the Giga-Smash coins inside himself, in his stomach.

Ganondorf: What?!

Asmodeus: WHAT!?

MK: I will prove it, by removing them, now.

(With that, Meta-Knight leaps at Asmodeus, bringing his wicked blade to bare, ready to carve the precious coins out of his former master's body. However, Asmodeus casually grabs Meta-Knights sword with his right hand, effectively bringing him to a halt.)

Asmodeus: Pathetic.

(Asmodeus raises his left hand, point-blank, in front of Meta-Knight's face. Without even trying, he releases a huge bolt of pure destructive force full-on into Meta-Knight, sending him rocketing backwards, hitting the wall on the far side of the massive chamber. Kirby, who just switched with Blaziken, runs to his side. In this surreal moment, it is like they are alone, together.)

Kirby: {Meta-Knight! How badly are you hurt?!}

MK: K-k-... Kirby...

Kirby: {That's right, it's me, Kirby. I'm here, my friend.}

MK: .... {Kirby... I am dying.}

Kirby: {What? No... no! No, you'll be just fine, Meta-Knight! We'll get you to Doc's lab, and-}

MK: {No, Kirby, I can feel it.}

(Meta-Knight coughs hard, twice, and draws a shuddering breath.)

MK: {I'm afraid I b-betrayed... all of you. Do you-} (cough, hack) {Do you think... you can forgive me?}

(Tears are standing in Kirby's big, round eyes.)

Kirby: {Yes... I forgive you... We all forgive you.}

(Behind the heavy mask, Meta-Knight closes his eyes. For the first time in a long time, he smiles.)

MK: {Good.... thank you, Kirby. I am glad.}

(Meta-Knight coughs hard, and draws Kirby even closer to him.)

MK: {Kirby.... there is... something you must know... before I die. In the Halberd... the passcode is... Marova.... you will know what to do, from there...}

Kirby: {Th-thank you, Meta-Knight.}

(Meta-Knight opens his eyes, and gasps.)

MK: {I can see her.... my wife... my love. Goodbye, Kirby. I can rest, knowing that... my people... are. . . .)

(Before Meta-Knight can finish his sentence... his breath leaves his body.... leaving Kirby to hold his still form, and weep for his passing.)

Ganondorf: ....... What the-?

(Ganondorf looks around frantically.)

Ganondorf: He's gone! The Deity is gone!

Mario: Ridley too. They both escaped.
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« Reply #28 on: 29 January, 2008, 10:18:38 pm »

Ok people, you can post now. Man was that story long. Made me think Shryver had no life for a moment... lol.

But yeah that's all of it at a glance.
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« Reply #29 on: 30 January, 2008, 03:19:37 am »

It seems shorter than I can remember...
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