Posted 17 May 2008 - 02:25 PM
"You shut your mouth when you're talking to me!" yelled a girl's voice.
"Do as I say, fool!"
It would appear that Arkcher and Mushroom_king were arguing, but this was actually just their daily conversations. No worries.
Arkcher sulked off after being yelled at by Mushroom_king (MK). MK seemed proud of herself. Arkcher turned back around and yelled,
"IF THIS STORY WAS AT ALL REALISTIC, I WOULD'VE PWNED YOU!!!"
"That doesn't even make sense."
"IT MAKES PERFECT SENSE!!!"
"No, it actually doesn't."
Arkcher turned back around and walked away from MK. MK, feeling satisfied, decided to visit Dawn and Vanilla Star Hamster at Planet Horatio.
MK walked, swiftly like she usually did, over to the small faculty, and upon entering, Dawn and Vanilla Star Hamster waved to her from a booth. They had expected her.
"MK!" they both said, and Dawn got up and glomped MK, nearly knocking her to the floor, which nearly smothered her sanity, Paper Mario Master. (PMM)
"Watch it!" said PMM. He stood for a moment before throwing his Nintendo DS to the ground. "YOU MESSED ME UP!! YOU MUST DIE!!"
The other people in the building turned around to see what had happened, and to watch the upcoming Brawl (lol) that was to unfold.
PMM was an avid video game player in the same way that MK was an avid music lover. He had the ability to take on the costumes of game characters; usually, he was Jeff, so he had Jeff's weapons as part of the costume. No one knew what PMM really looked like.
He took out a Pop Gun and aimed it at Dawn. Dawn was a school friend of MK's, and a vampire.
PMM and Dawn lunged at each other and started beating the heck out of each other, classic bar-fight style.
"I'LL BE THE ONE, TO TAKE YOU DOWN!!" yelled PMM.
"Hey, stop looking up my dress!" said Dawn.
"Hey, you two, stop it!"
The two stopped beating the snot out of each other long enough to see that the hamster, Horatio, and the Cheeseboy, Cheesemaster, were standing next to them.
"Great, now the anthropomorphic sponge is gonna preach to me!" whined PMM. He picked up his DS, which somehow didn't break, and left. MK had to go, too, since he was her sanity and all.
Cheesy picked up Dawn and stood her up. "I thought you didn't like fighting?"
"I don't...I didn't mean to..." Dawn was afraid of getting into trouble, due to some issues she had before she moved to Invision.
"Eh, it's nothing. You'd better find MK though."
Dawn said nothing. Instead, she stared at Cheesemaster for a minute, cocked her head, and then said: "I love your hair."
"I know. It's just MADE of awesome, isn't it?" he said, feeling very proud of himself. He posed, and Dawn shook her head.
"You're strange." she said, giggling like a giddy schoolgirl. "But, I'd better find MK. We had plans." She nudged Vanilla Star Hamster and started to leave.
[that's it for now.]
Posted 24 May 2008 - 08:44 PM
After Vanilla and Cheesemaster left Planet Horatio, they looked around for MK. She wasn't in proximity of her restaurant. Cheesemaster seemed worried, but VSH seemed occupied on other, far more important things.
"Cheesy, I just loooove your katana. where did you get it? can I have one? do you ever use it? could you beat me? would you hit a girl with it?"
"I'll answer every single one of your questions later," he said, with a hint of reluctance in his voice. "For now, let's find MK."
"What, do you think she's hurt or something?" said Vanilla Star hamster.
"Well, no, it's just that Hamsterdam is an awful big city and she's not so used to it."
"I guess not a whole lot of people live on Mt. Jazzeh, huh..."
In reality, MK was alright. She and Arkcher were at their vacation home in Hamsterdam playing Brawl. When gamers pack for trips, they pack the games first and then their clothes.
All of a sudden, MK's character, Kirby, opened an Assist Trophy, and out popped Jeff, her favorite game character. She paused.
FFFFFFFFFFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1" she yelled, and then proceeded to molest the television.
"No." sighed Arkcher, "Just no."
[that part was not fictional.]
Night began to fall and Cheesemaster and Vanilla Star Hamster were still trying to find MK.
"Hey cheesemaster, if we got stuck in the mountains, would I be forced to eat you?"
"Er...I'd...prefer you didn't..."
"Say, have you tried calling MK or something...? you know, on a phone...?"
Posted 17 June 2008 - 02:03 PM
Vanilla Star Hamster grumbled to herself. "Come on," she said. "Don't you have any idea where else she might be?!"
"Well," he said, "There is one other place."
"Why do you need to find her, anyhow?" said Vanilla. She swooned and said, "Do you liiiiike her?"
Cheesemaster gripped his Katana (awesome). "No," he said, with a supreme sense of seriousness in his voice. "What kind of a question was that?!"
"Oh well, you have Chees-"
A moment later, Vanilla Star Hamster found Cheesemaster's Katana just inches away from her neck.
"Say that again, I dare you."
"I-I didn't say anything..."
"Smart hamster...Let's get going."
Vanilla shrugged. Apparently, Cheesemaster wasn't fond of...
Out of nowhere, a girl who looked the same age as Cheesemaster ran up and glomped him. The girl was also made of Cheese, and was wearing a ruffly, almost Victorian style of dress. It was Cheese Woman, Cheesemaster's self-proclaimed girlfriend.
"Did I hear you say my name, Cheesie?" she said, almost bursting with excitement.
"No," he said, annoyed.
"Don't lie to me, sweetie, I know you called me!!"
"Please, I'm trying to find someone...please get off of me..."
Vanilla Star Hamster simply stood off to the side, trying very hard not to burst out laughing at the scene.
Cheese Woman reluctantly got off of him and let him stand up. "Oh, fine..." she said, upset, and Cheesemaster and Vanilla left the scene.
The duo found themselves at The Red Market, Mushroom_king's shop. They sold a lot of Plushies and furniture, it seemed.
It was pretty obvious that the store was owned by MK, as it reflected her eccentric personality; the store was staffed almost entirely by robots, plus one Invisionist...
"HEY!!" yelled a voice. It wasn't MK's, but was familiar.
A CatGirl with White fur jumped in out of nowhere. She had silvery faerie's wings, as well as a style equally eccentric to Mushroom_king's; she was wearing a t-shirt, jeans, and a monocle and red suspenders. Strapped to her back was an enormous sword, or rather, a Claymore...It was none other than Kat Dacatis.
"WHAT ARE YOU SUSPICIOUS TYPES DOING HERE?!" yelled Kat.
"...Looking for MK..." mustered Cheesemaster. He was tired.
"Oh," said Kat. Kat was pretty crazy, but she was also quite intelligent. She was known for her advice as well as being strange.
"Do you know where she is?" asked Vanilla. "Cheesemaster needs to find her and won't tell me why!"
"Hmmmm," thought Kat. "I saw her leave, and I remember she was heading to the Hamster Mall. Maybe you oughta check there!"
"Thanks, Kat." said Cheesemaster, and started to head off, when Kat shouted, "HEY, I WANNA COME TOO!!!!"
Cheesemaster waved at her. "Sure, you can come with us..." he said. He was a good kid, and some of the Invisionists described him as "Not having a bad side".
Meanwhile, at the Hamster Mall....
Mushroom_king was sitting at a table in the Mall's food court, along with Arkcher, and some other characters: There was a Squirrel, who was writing something; There was a hamster in a pilot's cap; and a man who seemed to be in deep thought.
Mushroom_king glanced over at the Squirrel and asked: "What are you writing?"
The Squirrel's name was Skwerlhugger Will. he was similar to Kat in the way he was silly at times, but also very serious. The difference was that Skwerlhugger Will often talked about changing the world and politics while Kat gave smart advice.
Will looked up. "It's a letter," he said. "I'm writing a letter to the government of the planet Skizzenbuch."
"Oh," said Mushroom_king. "Isn't that where C.C. Edna is from?"
C.C. Edna was a young, homeless boy who came from Skizzenbuch, a planet where all the citizens are drawings.
"yea," said Will. "Their laws state that they can't do anything if a drawing has a problem, but the artist of that drawing made no way to fix it. Like Edna's problem-he's homeless, but his artist made no background story on how Edna got this way, or if he gets put into a Homeless shelter, nothing. So, when Edna lived on Skizzenbuch, the government said they couldn't help him, so I'm writing to them about it."
Mushroom_king took all the information in. "You know a lot about places you've never been..."
The man sitting across from her who had been silent started to speak up. His name was Lexxscrapham, a philosopher who lived on Mt. Lexx. He was visiting the town because he owned The Hamster Mall as well as The Village Market.
"It really is a strange law if you think about it, and no government could get away with it elsewhere," he said.
While Lexx explained things, Arkcher listened, leaving the Hamster in the Pilot's Cap, Horatio, the only one who noticed Cheesemaster, Kat, and Vanilla Star hamster Walk in.
"Sorry to interrupt your conversation, but," explained Horatio, "some friends of ours are here."
Posted 18 June 2008 - 06:58 PM
"Hey, guys! What's up..." said Vanilla, cheerfully. "Kinda late, huh? My time of night!"
"I guess." said Mushroom_king. She sounded tired.
All of a sudden, Lexx and Will spoke up. "I wish I could talk with you three now, but we gotta close up this place. You guys are cool, so you can stay a little longer. But when we leave, you guys have to as well."
"A'ight!" said Mushroom_king.
Cheesemaster sat down next to MK. "Me and Vanilla have been looking all over for you...you should have told us where you were going."
Mushroom_king shrugged. "Sorry...I didn't really plan to come here, I just tagged along with the group...why were you looking for me, anyway?"
"We had plans, remember? I was gonna come by your place and you, me, and Arkcher would play Brawl or something...right? Well, there's tomorrow."
"I guess..." said MK. She was tired.
Arkcher stood behind MK and suddenly said, "Me and MK have to get home..."
Vanilla swooned again. "Awwww...you're gonna walk her home...how sweet..."
Arkcher put his hand over his face and was silent. He never liked people saying things like that to him...
"Well, she's like...my friend...plus we live together..."
"Oh yeah, I forgot!" said Vanilla, jumping around, her usual perky self.
"F-Forgot...what?..." He said.
Please, don't mention that one incident...
"You know, silly...You guys are married."
A look of shock and embarrassment flooded both Mushroom_king and Arkcher's faces, and Arkcher slowly backed away from her.
"I...I didn't even..."
Suddenly, Arkcher seemed to explode.
"SHUT UP, YOU STUPID HAMSTER!!! I'M TIRED OF HEARING PEOPLE TELL ME **** LIKE THAT EVERY DAY!! I DON'T EVEN LIKE HER IN THAT WAY!!!"
Vanilla was shocked-no one had ever yelled at her like that, especially not a boy. She started biting her nails, and suddenly burst out crying.
Arkcher still seemed angry, but moreso upset then angry.
Vanilla tried to wipe her eyes, and started blubbering an apology. "I...I'm sorry, A-Arkcher, I didn't m-mean too..I-I-I-was k-kidding...please forgive me!" and she continued sobbing.
Arkcher sighed. "It's okay. I...I forgive you. I do appreciate you being nice to me."
"Thank youuuuuuuuu!!!" she said, her tears suddenly vanishing. She hugged Arkcher. He seemed slightly shocked...
Horatio merely examined the scene. He was a good friend of every Invisonist, and nearly all of them loved him. He knew them extremely well...
There was Arkcher, an elf, who came from Canada on earth, and the youngest son of the inventor, Aloysius Ahrroww. Despite being of similar age to the others, he had the same mechanical mindset his father did, and was often stuck fixing broken things, often making new ones. He was easily recognized by his suit and his unique hairstyle, which he was very proud of.
There was Mushroom_king, a young girl from the land of Dreams, and Arkcher's friend. She was easily eccentric and often said things that people took the wrong way, but a lot of people liked her. She and Arkcher had gotten stuck in an arranged marriage around three years earlier.
There was Cheesemaster, another good friend of Arkcher and Mushroom_king. He was bizarre in the way that he was made of cheese, but he was a good kid-although he was a bit stubborn at times. He was easily known for his sweet ninja skillz, and his bouncy, curly hair.
And there was Vanilla Star Hamster....a childhood friend of Mushroom_king. She was a bit perky and slightly perverted, and people either loved her or hated her. She seemed to also know a lot of magic.
They were just four of the many, many characters of the diverse cast of Invision, a set of characters brought together through some unknown force.
This is where the story begins!
"MK....you...do realize you've been listening to the same exact song for the past week, right? Right?"
It was about two days after they had come back home-Arkcher and MK were back home in the Mansion on Mt. Jazzeh. The two were just beginning to wake up when Mushroom_king had already started playing her Super Nintendo...
"MK, you're only further ruining that thing by just standing there and listening to the song..."
"It never ruined Kirby 64 or Super Smash Brothers, did it?" she muttered.
The song in question was Beware The Forest's Mushrooms, from Mario RPG. Mushroom_king was more of a Mother fan herself-it was Cheesemaster who liked SMRPG. And the two were constantly fighting over which was better.
"EarthBound is better because it has JEFF!!!" MK would say.
"But Mario RPG has GENO!!!"
"At least Nintendo acknowledges that EarthBound exists...wait, no they don't. My bad."
"Come on," said Arkcher, who was already sitting at the vanity brushing his beautiful yellow hair, (he hadn't even gelled it yet-a first) which reached his hips. He hadn't changed into a new set of clothes yet, so his shirt was still wrinkled from sleeping in it and his necktie was more neck then tie. (That didn't even make sense) "I'm sure Shedra is waiting for us...as is everyone else."
"Everyone else" referred to the Mordreds, a large (VERY large) family of magicians who worked for Arkcher and MK. Shedra, who by no means was the oldest or tallest, was considered their leader of sorts. He did most of the household work. The Mordreds, despite being much older then Arkcher and MK (most of them, anyhow) were very short people. Many of their friends found this awkward. But the Mordreds aren't even relevant in this story, so let's move on.
Once Arkcher had FINALLY finished his hair (he was rather vain and proud of it), he went from the bedroom to the wardrobe room, where he changed into some clean clothes, as did MK.
After that, Mushroom_king glanced into her friend's closet. (not a nice thing to do) "Huh, all your suits look the same..."
Arkcher frowned. "They do not!" he stammered. "Each one is slightly different."
"Whatever you say. To me, they all look the same."
Looking at the pair, it was difficult to fathom they were friends-Arkcher, with his sharp sense of dress, and Mushroom_king with her shirt and pants combo, with a crazy color of Suspenders and an old-fashioned hat of some kind. Today she had a newsboy hat, her favorite kind.
"Well, there you two finally are..." scowled Shedra, who seemed a bit angry at their tardiness. "Here! Here's your freakin' Breakfast..." He wanted to seem serious, but you could hear him giggling. Shedra was hardly ever serious.
A small chat started over Breakfast:
"What are you two gonna do today, anyhow? You just got back from the main island*, so do you just plan to stay here...?"
The person asking this was one of Shedra's sisters, Courtney. She was a sweet girl, and she slightly fancied Arkcher-and he knew it, too.
"Probably..." he said, not really paying attention to her. He honestly didn't like her that much.
Courtney sensed he didn't feel like talking to her-she usually stopped when she sensed that, but felt like talking to him more.
"Then, what do you plan to do here?"
"I don't know," he said, sounding slightly frustrated, "Probably just play video games or something, or sleep..."
"Sounds fun," said MK sarcastically.
Arkcher stretched before muttering something.
MK stopped and looked at him. She was smirking. "What did you say?"
"Wha-nothing." he said quickly.
"What did you say?"
Arkcher sighed, and repeated what he said, but slightly louder: "Gee, it sure is boring around here..."
"You go on the internet to much..." said Shedra.
"IS THE GREATEST IN KORIDAI!!!"
After the Breakfast ordeal, Arkcher went to go do some studying in the Study. After all, that's why the Study exists! To study! Am I right?
The study was a nice room-there was a fireplace and a rocking chair, and a desk, and plenty of books. He felt like some alone time-after all, he had almost always been surrounded by people...the smart thing to do here would be to lock the door, but here, he doesn't for the sake of the plot.
Posted 19 June 2008 - 11:59 AM
It's gotta be here somewhere... he thought. After looking some more, he found it. He read the book's title and author aloud:
"Daily mechanisms, their many uses, and how to build them with things around your house-by Dr. Aloysius Ahrroww.
Aloysius was a famous inventor. He was known for his many improvements on daily household things, and for finding new uses for them. He was also Arkcher's father. That part is important.
Arkcher sighed. His hand was trembling as he sat into the comfortable chair behind the desk, flipped open the cover, and began reading. His spine shook when he read the first sentence:
"I dedicate this book to my wife, Lara, and my four children; especially my newborn son, Arkcher Ahrroww..."
He didn't particularly want to read this; he was reading it because of an internal urge. He tried to pretend someone else wrote it, but the writing style was entirely reminiscent of how his father spoke, making it impossible to pretend someone else had written the book. His father's voice was the one reading the book to him, rather then Arkcher's voice reading the book. He found himself so lost in it that he didn't notice Mushroom_king and her sanity standing over him.
"Hey, what are you reading?" she said.
Arkcher looked up, and upon seeing her, freaked out a bit and shut the book as quickly as he could. It was too late, though-she had seen it.
A moment later, Paper Mario Master was on the desk, video game in one hand, and book in other. He played the game while reading the book's title. (that takes some skill)
"Various mechanisms...huh...yeah...yeah...by Aloysi...AHRROWW! Oh, this guy is related to you! No wonder you're reading it!"
"Yeah, Aloys...Aloysius...He's my...he's my dad."
"Oh. That explains things."
MK glanced the book over. "Huh...so, why were you reading this"
Arkcher folded his arms and looked at the floor. He was refusing to answer.
Paper Mario Master grabbed Arkcher's tie. "COUGH IT UP, OR ELSE I'LL BREAK YOUR PSYCHE-LOCKS MYSELF!!!"
"A-alright!" said Arkcher. "I...I read the book because...I miss my dad."
"Oh..." said Mushroom_king. "Why didn't you tell us before now?"
"Because...I felt like the odd one out here. You guys don't seem as though you miss any friends or family. I miss my dad, I miss one of my sisters, I miss my friends..."
"Are you serious?!" said Paper Mario Master. "Even if that was true, we'd still support you!!!"
Everyone glared at PMM.
"Er...maybe not me...but anyone else!"
"Do you really think we don't miss our friends and family?" said MK. "Dawn and Vanilla Star Hamser make me miss my past more, but I learn to forget it and have fun here."
Arkcher sighed again. "I just wish I could see my dad just one more time...he didn't even visit me at my wedding."
"Maybe he didn't approve of your mom making you get married." thought MK.
"<i>I'd</i> like to see your dad," wondered Paper Mario Master. "Your mom looked nothing like you."
For once, PMM was right-Lara Ahrroww, Arkcher's mother, was shorter and fatter, and had brown hair, while Arkcher was tall, thin, and had silky yellow hair, and from what arkcher said, his siblings were all the same, except his brother Derringer, who was Brunette but was taller than his sisters. He's not important to this story though.
MK picked up and examined the book once more. "Your dad was an inventor, right? Hmmm...seems like this book is about how he edited or fixed common household machines. Cool."
"That was his third book, I think," thought Arkcher. "He wrote it sometime after I was born."
"Ah...so the book is about 17 years old then. It's kinda old."
"He revised it once. I think we have that version, as well, somewhere."
Arkcher sighed. "If it was possible, I'd love for him to visit me...but he doesn't even like cars, let alone a spaceship."
Suddenly, the conversation was stopped by a sound that they didn't hear much-the ringing doorbell. The doorwoman, Inez Mordred, usually got the door, but Arkcher and MK decided this couldn't be a coincidence, and decided to answer the door themselves for once.
"You do it, Arkcher!" said MK.
"MK, you know how small a chance it is that it's my dad, right? It's probably just a friend."
Posted 19 June 2008 - 05:34 PM
Arkcher sighed, and with trembling hands, opened the door.
It'll be a friend, it'll be a friend, it'll be...
Before he knew it, standing in front of him was....
...a large, white wolf with wings. Most would be afraid, but Arkcher was friends with this wolf-her name was Mega Wolf.
Arkcher breathed a sigh of relief. "Ah...it's just you, Mega Wolf."
"Of course..." she said, shaking off the snow before stepping inside. "Who did you think I was?"
Oh, no one, just my father who I haven't seen in 9 or 10 years or so...
"Well, Ammy!" said Paper Mario Master. His normal green suit had been exchanged for a green jumpsuit and a mushroom hat. He bounced over to Mega Wolf and got on her back, like a steed. Mega Wolf shook him off and he was back in his normal clothes.
Mega Wolf laughed sarcastically. "Cut that out, it's annoying."
Running down the stairs were two small boys, one in a red sweater, and in a blue sweater. They both had bowl cuts. It was Sean and Julian, two adopted twin boys. Mushroom_king had adopted them. They stopped in front of Mega Wolf. They both seemed a bit wary, but they had learned to befriend the wolf. They both petted her.
"Hello Mega Wolf!" said Sean, who was petting her. Julian hugged her.
"Hi Sean and Julian," she said.
Mushroom_king walked over to Mega Wolf. "So Mega Wolf, why are you here, anyhow?"
Mega Wolf turned away from the twins and faced MK. "You wanna move to the sitting Room? I need to sit down..."
After moving to the flowery Sitting Room, and fixing themselves some sammiches, Mega wolf began to explain.
"Well, for one, everyone is fine everywhere else," she said. Mega Wolf, with her wings, could fly rather swiftly anywhere else, but her home was Mt. Jazzeh.
"Now, moving onto the reason I came here..."
Arkcher and Mushroom_king perked their ears.
"There's...there's a spaceship-not a huge one, so it can't be a threat-is coming here. I don't know where it might land..."
Arkcher looked warily at MK. <i>No way that can be my dad...</i> thought Arkcher.
He doesn't like cars, let alone a spaceship...
"Well, I doubt it would affect you much, Arkcher-it might just be a false alarm, perhaps just a traveler. Don't worry about it."
Mega Wolf said goodbye to them and left the Mansion, leaving MK tired and Arkcher both paranoid and worried.
"Well, we might as go to bed, Arkcher." she said, and put her hand on his shoulder. "And you don't need to worry about anything..."
Arkcher sighed heavily as he took off his coat and tie and washed his hair of gel, the thought of the spaceship containing his father plagued his mind, and later, his dreams.
"Ark...cher..." said a familiar voice...
His father was just a foot away from him, but when Arkcher reached out to hug him, but he disappeared suddenly, and suddenly, he felt weak...
a book appeared-it was the one he found in the Study, and it came down upon Arkcher, and...
"ARKCHER FREAKIN' AHRROWW!!!!" yelled a voice. It was Paper Mario Master, tugging at his collar.
"Dad...dad...please..." said Arkcher, still dreaming.
"WAKE THE HECK UP, WOMAN!!"
Arkcher opened his eyes all the way. Both PMM and Mushroom_king were fully dressed.
"We've been waiting for you, you lazy bum who stays up to late!!!! BREAKFAST IS GETTING COLD!!!!"
Mushroom_king sighed at her sanity's rude attitude. She sat on the bed in front of him. "Were you dreaming about your father?"
Arkcher coughed and looked off to the side. "Yea..."
"Well, you should wake up. You need some Breakfast..."
"Mmmhmmm." said Arkcher, slowly stretching and then rising out of bed.
Later on, during Breakfast, the doorbell rang, as it had yesterday.
By now, Arkcher had half-way abandoned the idea of his father ever visiting him ever again.
He sighed and said, "It's probably just Mega Wolf or Horatio coming to tell me who came in that ship last night...but I'll go get the door anyhow."
He walked away, towards the Foyer. He reached for the doorknob, his hand sweating and trembling, and his body shaking.
He opened the door, and standing in the doorway was a tall, thin man with broad shoulders and long, silky yellow hair, which was styled almost exactly the same as Arkcher's.
Both of them were completely speechless. After a minute or so of not talking, Arkcher grabbed his chest, whimpered, and fell to the ground.
[I myself was shaking by the time I finished writing this! Maybe too much momentum...]
Posted 19 June 2008 - 06:30 PM
"Paper mario Master..." she said. "Could you go check on Arkcher? You're done eating and it'll give you something to do."
"But...But...I got Giygas on the rope..."
Mushroom_king raised an eyebrow. "How are you playing MOTHER 1+2? You know Japanese?"
"Of Course I do. I wouldn't be THE Game Master if I didn't."
"I thought that was Captain N..." she murmured.
PMM walked down to the foyer. He dramatically gasped upon seeing Arkcher, and then he glanced at the look-alike in the doorway.
"You..." said PMM, "You killed him!! YOU'RE A CONVICTED FELON AREN'T YOU?!"
"Calm down, my excited, short friend..." said the strange man.
"I'M NOT SHORT!!!"
He laughed nervously, and glanced at Arkcher.
A moment later, Arkcher was standing up and the two were faced with each other. Paper Mario Master examined both of them.
After more silence, the look-alike grabbed Arkcher's shoulders.
"You're...You're...You're Arkcher, my son...I...haven't seen you in at least ten years!...". He glanced at Arkcher again and the two hugged each other.
"Sorry to interrupt your heartfelt reunion..." said Paper Mario Master, "But we were like, having Breakfast and stuff. Oh, and isn't your name Aloysius...?"
He nodded. "Yes...the inventor."
"Oh right," said PMM. "Well, uh, let me get the other important people, and we can get you a...wait, why the #### are you here in the first place?"
Aloysius laughed. It was a happy laugh. "To visit my son, of course. I wanted to stay a bit and explore, though, once I learned of his...er, residence."
A few minutes later, after PMM had gathered Mushroom_king and Shedra, they pointed Arkcher to the Guest's Room. He put his bags on the floor next to the pillowy bed and greeted MK.
"So...you are the girl who is married to my son?..."
MK nodded. Her eyes seemed glued to Aloysius.
"Arkcher...your dad...he's...kind of hot."
"MK, THIS...IS MY FATHER WE ARE TALKING ABOUT!..."
"But I can't help he's so attractive."
Arkcher posed and flipped his lengthy hair. "Of course he's attractive, he's RELATED to me!!"
"Ah, you're as vain as you always were..."
Aloysius had a faraway look in his eyes, and he was smiling.
"Well, we can talk more later, my dear girl..."
MK looked a bit shocked and embarrassed. "I want to talk to Arkcher."
"I understand," said MK, a tad reluctantly. "I'll leave you alone."
After the other two had left, Aloysius threw himself onto his bed. Arkcher simply stood at the door, arms crossed, not saying a word.
After an awkward silence, Aloysius sighed and said, "I know it seems strange having me come over and stay with you completely unannounced..."
Aloysius walked over to Arkcher and hugged him. Arkcher couldn't help but grin, and he felt truly warm inside.
All of a sudden, Aloysius began to tickle him (o_O), saying "We have so much to talk about!"
"D-dad!" stammered Arkcher. He thought he was too old for that, but he still giggled.
"Ah," breathed Aloysius. "Let's go sit down and we can talk."
The two of them went to the Sitting Room and Arkcher described to his father of the many things that had happened to him since they had last seen each other ten years earlier-the things that Arkcher experienced at School, and of course while on Invision.
Aloysius thought it over. "You're living every kid's dream."
"It's not as dreamy as it sounds," he said. "It is fun..."
Aloysius ruffled Arkcher's hair, but he backed away.
"RAAAAAR! THAT'S MAH HAIR!"
Aloysius laughed at him. "Ah, you haven't changed a whole lot personality-wise..."
Aloysius looked him over. The young man sitting next to him now was a very different person then the small boy he knew ten years ago, yet he felt very much the same, and Aloysius felt it was his duty to see his son and know how he was.
Aloysius sighed again, and said a bit dreamily, "I'm so glad you're a healthy boy..."
Posted 22 June 2008 - 08:37 AM
Arkcher, who had still not gotten over the shock of his father suddenly coming all the way from a different part of the universe just to visit him, tried to convince himself he was dreaming. Unfortunately, it was nigh impossible.
Later that same day, Mushroom_king was...well, she was basically flirting with Aloysius, but Aloysius was the kind of man who never got angry at people, and he was always nice and forgiving to people, so he didn't really care that she was flirting with him. This trait passed on to only one of his children, and unfortunately, it wasn't Arkcher.
Mushroom_king was examining Aloysius later on, at dinner. "Ha...Arkcher, you really are his spitting image..."
Arkcher looked, and sounded, tired. He'd had a long day. But what she said was true. The biggest difference was their way of dress, their attitude, and...hair length...
Paper Mario Master looked at Aloysius. Everyone in the Mansion seemed excited and curious to see this strange new person. "I...really, really do not want to imagine having to wash that much hair..." he said, with a look of disgust on his face. "When was the last time you got a haircut, Aloysius-san?"
Aloysius thought for a while. Eventually, PMM gave up and mustered, "Ok, I see, I already know the answer. The last time you cut your hair was never ago. I can see it in your eyes. They're, uh, really expressive..."
Arkcher suddenly perked up and said, "Hey, dad, do you think...maybe..starting tomorrow...you wanna visit everyone else here?"
Aloysius clapped and exclaimed, "Ah, that'd be wonderful..."
"Alright! Tomorrow, we'll go to Hamsterdam and meet everyone there, and then decide where we want to go next."
Aloysius seemed a bit clueless. MK sighed. "Arkcher, thanks for explaining the topography of Invision to your own dad..."
"Hamsterdam is the biggest city," she explained. "There's more, but we'll learn later. Kay-o?"
Aloysius laughed. "Kay-O? haha...alright, Mrs. saturn!"
Mushroom_king gasped. "You...you like...EarthBound..."
Arkcher changed the subject just in time to keep MK from having a seizure.
"D-dad," said Arkcher, a bit flustered, "Actually, do you wanna stay here another day or two to...um...get settled in...?"
"That'd be wonderful as well...but I'd love to see your friends first."
"I'm not so tired from traveling..."
"Yes. I'll get myself ready tomorrow and we can meet all your friends!"
Aloysius seemed very happy to do so. It was as though Aloysius didn't seem to care he had just traveled across the Universe just to visit one person..
The next morning, Arkcher decided they would leave sometime before Lunchtime, so they could get to Hamsterdam in time to eat at Planet Horatio.
At Breakfast, Aloysius had the joy of meeting Sean and Julian.
"Who are you?!" asked Sean.
Aloysius bent down to talk to them. He smiled at both of them.
"I'm Aloysius, and I am Arkcher's dad."
"Ohhhhh," said Julian, as if knowingly.
"That means..." said Sean,
"That if your my daddy's daddy..."
Aloysius frowned for the first time as the two boys hugged him. "I'm not that old..."
Aloysius sighed happily and hugged them. "So, who are you two?"
"I'm Sean!" said the boy in the Blue sweater.
"And I am Julian!" said the one in the Red sweater.
"And you are twin brothers?" asked Aloysius.
"Yea!!!" they said excitedly.
Aloysius turned to Arkcher. "You have children...?"
Arkcher gasped and responded quickly, "A-adopted! MK adopted them..."
Aloysius laughed. He ruffled the two boy's hair.
MK stepped over and got on her knees, next to Aloysius.
"Their full names are Sean Lennon Ahrroww and Julian Lennon Ahrroww!"
Aloysius laughed. MK wondered if he got the meaning of the names. He might of...
Later, they decided to leave. The ones going were MK, Arkcher, Their Sanities, Aloysius, Sean, Julian, and Shedra. Shedra considered himself the caretaker of Mushroom_king and Arkcher.
As they waited for a plane, (I couldn't think of anything...) Arkcher explained to Aloysius about the Mountain.
"This is Mt. Jazzeh. We live here. There's also a tribe of Eskimoes, and some of our friends live here. You can meet them anytime, though."
Aloysius seemed to easily take the information in. He was an intelligent man, after all.
After arriving in Hamsterdam, they had arrived in time for lunch, so they went to Planet Horatio.
"This is my restaurant!" said Mushroom_king, and she went inside, and over to the bar. Glowurm was working that day, and Kat was about to get her favorite drink, the Jig. Kat's favorite dance move was the Jig, so MK named a drink after it.
Several people glared at Aloysius, but no one payed any mind. Aloysius and Arkcher sat at the bar, and Glowurm looked at them.
Glowurm was a Glowing Worm from a planet where everything glowed in the dark. He was a pirate, and several of his worm legs (or...arms...) were replaced with hooks and peg legs. He also had an eye patch.
"Hello, glowing pirate!" exclaimed Aloysius.
Glow's eyes became big. "Who the heck are you?!"
Aloysius laughed, but Arkcher spoke.
"This is my dad..."
"HOLY ICELAND!!!" shouted Glow.
(That's my phrase...<.<)
The entire establishment went silent with some whispers here and there.
Arkcher looked steamed. "Ugh..."
"I'm sorry, dude." said Glowurm.
A second later, Aloysius was surrounded by the other Invisionists who were there for lunch, and they all were examining him.
There was Kat, but as well as her there was also SleepoverFanatic, Lexx (who seemed to still be visiting Hamsterdam) and Krisluvsdogs, who was visiting from Adstar. There were some more, but they aren't as important to the story.
Aloysius felt slightly awkward being examined in such closed quarters by two young women and an adult male, but he suck with it. He decided to examine them. He examined things a lot, huh?
SleepoverFanatic...she was a young woman who was wearing Watermelon Pajamas, and the other girl, KrisLuvsDogs, was a dog-girl with a green dress and a large bow in her hair. She was pretty, but seemed quieter then the others. He also examined Lexx, but you already know about him.
Kat walked up to Aloysius and looked him up and down with her large cat eyes. Aloysius was taken aback by her appearance, but decided not to question why she was wearing an ascot and a gold suit of armor and had a claymore and...
Suddenly, she exploded.
"YOUR SUSPENDERS AREN'T RAINBOW!! YOU AUTOMATICALLY FAIL!!!"
Aloysius ruffled his own hair and giggled nervously. He still had a feeling that most of Arkcher's friends weren't very deadly, even this girl, though that would change a bit later.
Kat smiled at him, though. She drank her Jig and started Jigging all of a sudden.
"Dad, don't ask."
SleepoverFanatic sat down and started to talk to him. "So..um..you're really Arkcher's dad?"
"And the famous inventor?"
KrisLuvsDogs (Kris for short) walked over. Her hands were behind her back, and she seemed very shy. She started to speak-her voice was quiet and had a slight hint of a Country accent to her voice, but it made her seem sweet, not like a Southerner.
She held her hand to her face and said, "You seem like a nice person. And you're slightly.."
"SEXY?!" said MK.
Kat burst out laughing, Arkcher and Aloysius blushed, and Kris giggled like a schoolgirl.
"Well, dad, do you want to eat something?"
Aloysius quickly nodded. "I do!"
Arkcher laughed. "Oh Boy! I'm so Hungry, I could eat an Octorock!!"
Arkcher, MK, and the other Invisionists were used to Planet Horatio, so they already knew what they were getting, but Aloysius looked over the various foodstuffs available.
"They have...interesting names..."
Kat, who was also a waitress and bartender, asked Aloysius if he wanted a drink.
"Er...you have any kind of Tea?"
"Coming up!" said Kat. A few minutes later, Aloysius had a green tea. It matched the minor British accent he had.
Later, after Lunch, the group said bye to Kat, Glow, Kris, and SleepoverFanatic and decided to explore some more.
Posted 30 June 2008 - 08:57 AM
Aloysius started with being introduced to the two anthropomorphic girls.
Arkcher pointed to Kat, who was wearing a gold suit of armor, a monocle, and an ascot. Those are awesome.
"Dad, this is Kat Dacatis, but we just call her Kat."
"I like soup."
"Pleased to meet you," he said. "Um...why are you wearing a suit of armor and a monocle...? Were you at a convention?"
"Well, were you playing a game?"
"Middle Ages re-enactment?"
"Um...Role-Playing Game?" he asked. He sounded a bit happier.
"Um, that's part of the reason, but I kinda just wore it because I felt like it."
"Oh. Um...then why the dressy accessories...?"
"BECAUSE ASCOTS AND MONOCLES ARE WONDERFUL!"
Kat drank another Jig.
She banged her head on the table and shouted, "MY FAVORITE COLOR IS RED!!!!"
"That...is just wonderful..."
Kris was still smiling throughout the whole thing. Aloysius was the only one who was shocked (and quite frankly slightly amused) at Kat.
"Hi, I'm KrislovesDogs but people call me Kris! I'm Kat's friend."
Kris was wearing a Green Sweater and Dress, both were a dark Kelly Green, and she had a big, pale ribbon in her even paler hair. She was carrying a tiny notebook which had a pen inside of it.
"What's in the book?" he asked.
"Stories," she said, "and poems."
"All the Poets live on Adstar," said MK, butting in. "That's a group of man-made star shaped islands off to the west. It's kinda awesome. Kris is here to publish some of her stories."
Aloysius was silent, absorbing all the information he was getting. He glanced at Kat, who was drunk, apparently.
"Um, how old is this girl?"
"She's about 16 or 17. I forgot." said Kris.
"Um...don't you have to be 21 to drink?"
"Well yeah, I think so."
"Well, um...why does the sign say 'Drinking Age 12'?"
MK jumped up. "Uummmmmmm, Someone switched the numbers! Yeah, that's it, heh..."
"ELECTRIC ROCKS TASTE LIKE GOLD!!!" said Kat, putting an arm around Aloysius.
"AH'M SORRY MAHN! YOUR MAH BESHT FRIEND..."
Arkcher and Mushroom_king grabbed Kat by the collar (do suits of armor have those?) and decided to take her home, leaving Aloysius alone with Kris. And Aloysius could NOT resist any pretty women.
"So...uh," he said slightly flirtatiously, "Could I see some of your poems...?"
Kris looked slightly surprised. "W-well...I haven't published these yet. It wouldn't be fair if you read them first, Aloysius."
"I see," he said, sighing. "Where can I read your published stories?"
"You can...you can find them here in Hamsterdam. There's a Stories Forum. You can read people's writing there. There is also a Music forum and Art forum.
Aloysius smiled at the prospect of both. "I love the fine arts. And everything is made by residents of the planet?"
"yes," said Kris.
The two were silent for a bit.
"Aloysius! You're too close!!!"
"I'm sorry," he said (and he sounded like he meant it-not common with grown people flirting with the youngins)
"Dad!" said a voice-Arkcher's of course.
Aloysius turned. "Yes?"
"Where do you wanna go next?"
"Well, I wanted to see some of the stories and Art and Songs that you and your friends have made!"
Arkcher was silent and said, "Well, that sounds good. Let's go!"
Kris decided to tag along, since she had to publish her stories anyway. (what happened to Kat?!)
Once the group got to the Story Forum, Aloysius read through some of Kris's poems and stories and complimented them.
He read some of the other's poems. "Who is Topazia? Who is My Own Mind?"
"Dad, it's XMyOwnMindX, not My Own Mind."
Aloysius looked confused, but went along with it anyway.
"They're two other poets. You can meet them later."
"I'd love to!" he said. "But not now. I have other stories to read."
Aloysius started reading a novel that was by an unknown author called Invision.
"I can't help but think I've experienced everything in this book!"
"Me too!" said Arkcher.
Kris and MK agreed.
"Weird, huh?" said Arkcher.
"IT SURE IS!!!" said The Author.
After reading as many stories as he could (Including the infamous Three Word Stories!), he walked over to the Music forum.
"People mostly talk about music instead of making any," said Arkcher. "Mushroom_king has made some songs, and there's a few here and there by other people." That part was boring so I won't go into detail on that.
Finally, the group stopped by the Art forum, where people posted drawings. Most of the pictures were old, but there was one gallery Aloysius liked. This gallery belonged to someone named Cheetaspot.
"I don't know the artist but she is just great!" Said Aloysius. "I'd buy one of these paintings, but I didn't bring any money with me."
"It's ok!" said Arkcher. "We can come back and you can buy one..."
Aloysius continued to stare at the pictures. "Where does this person live?"
"In the Mushroom Jungle, which is nearby here."
"I must meet her! I must tell her how talented she is. But, I want to see the rest of this town as well..."
"I say town first," said MK. "There's a lot of cool stuff."
Paper Mario Master drooled. "Like...Hamster Chic...
Arkcher looked disgusted. "Ewwww! You Furry!!"
"I'M NOT A FURRY!" cried PMM.
Arkcher went into Facepalm mode and shook his head. "Denial..."
"What are you talking about, kids?" asked Aloysius.
"My Sanity is a Furry!"
"I AM NOT!"
Aloysius looked confused. "I know what a Furry is," (GASP! an adult with a sensible job knew what they were talking about!) "But how is he one?"
"We'll even show you!!!" said MK, frustrated.
Everyone left the Art Forum and headed off towards a section of the city that was obviously busy because of the light. They walked until they were in front of a large, sleek building, with sliding glass doors and a big, pink, light-up sign that said "Hamster Chic" in cursive.
"Hamster...Chic? Fashion for Hamsters?"
"Not just hamsters, but for everyone on Invision," said PMM.
"Are we allowed inside?"
"Of course, just say we're friends of the models."
MK and Aloysius walked in, but Kris and Arkcher stayed out.
Kris looked horrified and Arkcher was in a firm pose, not moving.
"W-what's with you?"
"I-I'm not exposing myself to this kind of stuff!"
PMM groaned. "You make it sound like they're Playboy or something..."
"They're close enough, have you seen Miss B-?"
"Shut up, We're both going in."
Arkcher glanced off in a different direction as MK and Aloysius walked inside.
Arkcher looked at Kris, who smiled at him. The two weren't that close of friends, but Kris was nice, so Arkcher decided to take her along, somewhere, he didn't know where, really. Arkcher tried to not think of what his father was getting himself into.
Meanwhile, in the Hamster Chic building, MK was going to introduce Aloysius to some of Hamster Chic's employees, starting with the Models.
"There's a lot of models, but these two are most famous," she explained. "The first one is Miss Kitty Girl and the other is Miss Bunny. Miss Kitty Girl is from Texas, and Miss Bunny is from Japan, and they're best friends."
"I'm amusing they, like the two girls I saw at Planet Horatio today, are also Anthros?"
"....sure, why not. Do you want to meet them?"
Aloysius thought before answering.
[actually, the only one who really counts as Anthropomorphic is Kat, since Kris, Miss Bunny, and Miss Kitty Girl are mostly human with animal ears/tails, while Kat is basically a Cat on two legs. so confusing. maybe I should change it...]
[and yea Dog Lover, you'll debut somewhere.]
Posted 02 July 2008 - 07:55 PM
Mushroom_king shrugged. She wasn't really FRIENDS with either model, just on friendly terms. "Well, which one first?"
"I guess I'll meet the Cat one first...Miss Kitty Girl?"
"Yeah, that's her name."
MK knocked on Miss Kitty Girl's door. Opening the door was a tall, brown-skinned girl with enormous brown cat ears and a cat's tail. She was wearing a hot pink tank top, a pair of tight jeans, and a cowboy hat, and she had shiny, curly hair that went to her chin and large, captivating eyes. She was quite pretty, but Aloysius didn't seem to care for her.
"Who is it?" called a distant voice.
"It's MK! And some other guy..."
MK giggled. "Is Miss Bunny in your room tonight?"
"She sure is!" said Miss Kitty Girl. She had a slight Texan accent. "Come on in."
She grabbed Aloysius by the arm and dragged him in. He seemed interested but you could tell he was a bit shocked.
"Sooo....who are you?" she asked Aloysius.
"I'm Aloysius Ahrroww. I'm Arkcher's father, and an inventor."
"Ohhhh!!! I know youuuu!" she said. She stood up, her hands on her hips, and then leaned and told him, "I know who you are!! I've seen you before!"
Aloysius smiled. "Yes, I guess you have."
Miss Kitty Girl plopped down on a pink pillow, while MK and Aloysius sat down on pillows of either purple or white. She sighed, and Aloysius looked around the room. It was a bright, almost blinding shade of Pink, with spotlights and mirrors everywhere, and makeup and clothes on tables. Of course, this was to be expected from a model, but the room seemed a bit messy. The TV was blaring, and the Cat girl kept switching between music videos, fashion channels, and Idol shows. The radio, too, was on, blaring so much pop music both Aloysius and Mushroom_king could barely stand it.
The only things breaking the Pink color was the occasional Texan thing-and Aloysius suddenly wondered why Texans were so obsessed with Texas-shaped things.
After some silence, Aloysius asked, "Who was the woman's voice I heard earlier?"
"That? That was Miss Bunny. She's also a model. And my best friend!"
"I see...what is she doing?"
"I don't know!" said Miss Kitty Girl, getting a bit flustered and sounding impatient. "Probably bathin' or makin' tea-"
"Yeah! I don't know how she likes the stuff!"
"I....I like tea."
"Oh! Really?! Well she'll probably share some with you!!"
"Are you talking about me?" Came a soft, shy voice.
Aloysius turned to where it was coming from, and before him was a tall, curvy young Asian woman with Rabbit's ears, one of which had a flowery ribbon tied on it. She was wearing what appeared to be some kind of lingerie, a kind of corset, or bootyshorts, with laces in the front and embellished with flowers. Aside from her revealing number, she had an untied Kimono serving as a robe that was blue and gold. And, she had curly, purple hair and a lovely face.
"I-I..." stuttered Aloysius, who seemed more surprised at her choice of clothing then he did at her beauty. He said nothing, simply swallowing his words and smiling at her.
Miss Bunny took off her robe and picked up a tray of enough tea for three people-apparently, she knew Miss Kitty Girl didn't like tea, and knew there were two guests."
Miss Bunny set the tray down on the floor and sat on a green cushion across from Aloysius, next to Miss Kitty Girl.
"H-Hi! said Aloysius, smiling. Miss Bunny smiled back at him. "Hi," she said.
Aloysius and MK helped themselves to Miss Bunny's tea, while she told them various stories about her and her modeling partner. It seemed strange since they were both opposite personalities, but that was the way most things were, it seemed. Paper Mario Master wasn't playing video games the entire trip-rather, he was staring at the two models.
After Mushroom_king and Arkcher left Hamster Chic, they needed to seek out Kris and Arkcher. It was getting late, and nighttime in a big city is never safe, even here. Sanity stealers from Outside The Wall could be anywhere!
As the two walked, PMM wouldn't shut up.
"You know, this isn't such a good idea, walkin' around the city this late. We might as well go to the whatever we were staying at, I'll bet Kris and Arkcher are there. I kind of don't want to get sanitynapped, if you know what I mean, unless the sanitynapper was a hot babe or somethin'...HOLY-!!!"
Two bright lights suddenly shined into their faces-in front of them was a purple Cadillac, and in it was a monkey with a beret and striped shirt, and in it's hand was a sock.
"Isn't this kind of thing normal for you, though?"
"USUALLY!!! I'VE NEVER SEEN THAT CAR, THAT MONKEY, OR THAT SOCK IN MY WHOLE LIFE!!!" screamed Paper Mario Master.
"That could be call for concern..." muttered Aloysius, who seemed to be keeping his cool.
All of a sudden, The Monkey got out of the car and walked toward them. It looked innocent enough, but what if it was...
"YOU'RE A SANITY-STEALER, AREN'T YOU?!" yelped MK.
"A...what?" said The Monkey. It sounded like a female.
"You don't know what a Sanity is?!" said PMM. He huffed. "TYPICAL! YOU'RE JUST PRETENDING! I AM A SANITY AND YOU ARE GOING TO KIDNAP MEEEEE!"
"No, I'm not! And from what I knew about sanities, you're not what I imagined one to be..."
PMM calmed down a bit. "I'm...not?"
"No!" said the monkey.
PMM and MK whispered to each other.
"Hey, I think we need to take you to Horatio..."
"Who?!" said the Monkey.
"We can use your car!" said PMM happily.
The Monkey looked a bit frightened, but obliged.
Posted 08 July 2008 - 10:45 AM
Mushroom_king and Aloysius decided to take the car that the monkey was driving, since it'd make the trip quicker.
"Don't sit on that sock!" said the monkey.
"Why? It's just a sock."
Suddenly, an unfamiliar voice came out of nowhere.
"...you're real mean, pal."
"Yes, I'm talkin' to you! I ain't JUST a sock! I'm SOCKY-SOCK! Get it right!"
Aloysius looked like he would faint any minute. This was probably too much for him.
"Sockysock, huh?" said MK. "That's cool."
"and I'm TheBreakfastMonkey! I'll eat your soul!"
Aloysius gasped. MK heaved. "Only I can eat souls around here!"
"And, the car's name is Cadillac."
"Oh, so it's alive too?!" asked Aloysius, slightly surprised.
"Uh...you're surprised, I guess...well, yeah. And it's name is Cadillac, because it's a Cadillac."
Later on, the group went to the Town Hall, which was where Horatio the Hamster was. He was cleaning his plane and was about to turn in for the night, but he wasn't exactly able to, because a knock came from the door.
"Well, blast, who could that be...ah, it's Arkcher."
"Hey, Horatio. I need to use something real quick."
"Well, what is it?" said Horatio, grinning. He almost never got mad. Almost.
"I need to search for my dad and MK, and see where they are!"
"Ok, then! I'm going to sleep soon, so be quiet! Nighty-night!"
Just then, yet another knock came on the door. In walked MK and Aloysius, along with TheBreakfastMonkey and Socky Sock.
"MK!! Dad!!" said Arkcher, abandoning the search function and running over to them. Horatio turned around and walked over.
After giving them both hugs, he and Horatio examined TheBreakfastMonkey and Socky Sock. "Who are these two?
"We're not sure, but their names are TheBreakfastMonkey and Socky Sock. There's also a living car named Cadillac out there.
Horatio perked up his ears. "This seems important. Could you bring in Cadillac?"
After doing so, Horatio began to question the trio, all while typing away information into his Laptop.
"TheBreakfastMonkey...species, Monkey...Planet of Origin, Civolv, gender, female...Socky Sock, species, Sock...planet of Origin, LR, gender, male...Cadillac, species, Car, planet of Origin, Earth, gender unknown. Alright, I've got that typed in. You have no idea where you are, and have no sanities, correct?"
"Correct," said TheBreakfastMonkey, who was nervously tugging at her beret. She seemed scared.
"Well...do you know how you got here?"
She suddenly looked a lot less nervous, and she smiled. "We crashed here in a rocket," she said.
Arkcher suddenly spoke. "A...rocket?"
"Yeah," said Socky Sock. "A Rocket. We crashed here about a day or two ago."
"That's...the same day you landed!" Arkcher said, looking at his father. "That wasn't you in the rocket!!"
"How did you get here?!"
"Listen, son, I'll explain everything later, though I'm afraid I don't have much to say."
"What do you mean?!"
"Calm down, Arkcher." said Horatio. "We all need to be calm. These three...well..."
Socky Sock spoke up. "We don't really plan on leaving anytime soon."
Horatio gasped. "That....well...I'm afraid..."
"We can't stay?!" said TheBreakfastMonkey, who sounded as though she would cry.
"No, no, nothing like that! You can stay, it's just...you'll need sanities, and I don't have the power to issue those out. Only Stewart does, and-and-"
"What about him?"
"He's gone. He isn't coming back."
Arkcher and MK exchanged surprised glances, as neither of them had heard Horatio say anything like that before. He was forever the optimist, you know.
Horatio thought for a moment. "I'll see what I can do...All of you, you can leave now."
Arkcher nodded, and decided to give the new trio a place to stay.
"Dad, you have some things to explain to me."
Arkcher and Aloysius were talking after the other four had gone to sleep.
"Arkcher...I...I want to tell you, but I don't think you will believe me."
"Well...I...I have no idea how I got here."
"WHAT?!" yelled Arkcher, furious.
"A-Arkcher!! Don't yell like that."
"DAD!! HOW CAN YOU TELL ME YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW HOW YOU GOT HERE?!"
"I just told you! What kind of a question is that?!"
"Arkcher. Son...I...I...I honestly don't know. Please believe me..."
Arkcher thought for only a few seconds, but he thought very hard. "I believe you..."
"Thank...Thank you." said Aloysius, who was very grateful.
Arkcher stretched and then got up. "I'm tired. Let's go to sleep."
Arkcher woke up the next morning earlier then the others, so he decided to take a walk around Hamsterdam.
It was a lovely morning-the sun was just beginning to rise, casting a soft, warm glow all over the enormous city, which was oddly quiet, even for a morning. Hardly anyone was outside except fro Arkcher, so he got to enjoy time alone-which he frequently was alone. A soft breeze swept away his hair, and he stopped, simply taking a breath, the last fresh breath of air in the big city before the noise and lights would start.
Being alone is frequently a very good time to think, especially if you are in a quiet environment. Arkcher took advantage of this as he walked through Hamsterdam, which was slowly but surely waking up. However, the noisy, obnoxious people were not yet out-rather, the people who were kind and quiet were out and about, simply nodding as they passed Arkcher on their way to wherever. Back to the subject of thinking, Arkcher began to analyze the various things that had happened to him-his father had returned, and he had thought his father came in a rocket, but it turned out his father had no idea how he got here, rather, the rocket contained three odd characters whom seemed as though they would easily fit with the rest of Invision.
Arkcher eventually stumbled upon the local park in Hamsterdam, where he was quite surprised to see both Aloysius and Mushroom_king, and both of them seemed to be doing some kind of odd, yoga-ish routine.
Arkcher remembered Aloysius doing that every morning when he was young...seeing MK with Aloysius was what surprised him, and he assumed she was possibly flirting with him. Upon closer examination, however, he saw that she was being completely silent-a first.
After about half an hour of watching the two, he saw them both sit down on a park bench. MK acted tired; Aloysius seemed normal. Arkcher decided to go talk to them.
"MK! Dad! What are you two doing here?"
Aloysius looked at Arkcher and smiled. "You do remember that I always got up to do my meditations in the morning! And your friend decided to join me today."
Arkcher responded, "Huh...I got up and went for a walk a while ago, before you two got up."
"Yea, we saw...say, you guys wanna go to Planet Horatio for some breakfast and see Kat and the others?"
Aloysius, who may or may not have been too thrilled about the prospect of seeing Kat again, agreed.
On the way there, Arkcher wondered where TheBreakfastMonkey was.
"She was still sleeping," said MK, "when me and Aloysius left."
Upon reaching Planet Horatio, the trio found...chaos.
Kat and Glowurm were jumping around, yelling phrases that they couldn't make out, due to the crowd of people who were there talking and shouting. MK, using her powers that she had due to being the owner, went up to Kat and Glowurm to see what was the problem.
Kat (who was decked out in a red polo, black pants, and monocle, as well as the fact that she was wearing a Viking hat that had a Cavalier hat perfectly balanced on one horn), who seemed a bit more collected then Glowurm, explained the situation since Glow was too upset.
"Someone stole our pancake mix! And the Waffles! And Syrup! And Toast!"
"NOT THE TOAST!!!!" yelled Arkcher.
Glowurm, who was angry, shouted, "THEY STOLE MAH WAFFLES!!"
"Calm the frick down, we'll find it! Besides, there's really only one person on Invision who could have stolen so many things so well....and she doesn't live here..." said MK.
"Who are you talking about?" said Aloysius, frustrated. He hated crime and illegal things, and this made him mad...but he had little time to complain, because a woman in sunglasses, a beige Outback hat, trench coat, and pants grabbed all three of them.
"NO!!! NOT INTO THE PIT!!! IT BUUUUURRRRNS!" yelled Arkcher.
"Shut up!" said the strange woman. "You're not being arrested, we want to show you something."
Later on, the woman had dragged them back to the hotel where they were staying, and in the room was-the stolen things!
"W-What!!!" stammered Aloysius, angered. "Who put those here?! We didn't steal them!!!"
"We know you didn't," said the woman. She had an air of seriousness, and her voice matched. She pointed to a corner and shouted, "SHE did!!"
Looking in the direction they were pointing was...TheBreakfastMonkey!
"TheBreakfastMonkey!!!" said Aloysius, clearly upset. It was the first time MK had seen him like this. "Y-You stole these?! Why?!"
The Tiny Monkey was afraid of Aloysius and was sweating up an ocean. "I-I wanted some breakfast...I AM the BREAKFAST monkey, after all!!!"
Aloysius closed his eyes and thought for a moment, and then he sighed.
"I'll forgive you...for now. Just don't steal anymore, ok? And be sure to return those things to-"
"I'll be taking care of that," said the woman, who had picked up the lot and was now about to lug it back to Planet Horatio. She turned around and Looked at Aloysius. "My name is The Spy, just so you know. I do more detective work then I do spy work."
Aloysius smiled at her, and he grabbed some of the things she was holding. "I'll help you carry these back," he decided.
The Spy glared at him a bit. Her angry aura seemed to vanish for a few seconds-she had just met him, she didn't even know his name, and he was helping her? Just who WAS this strange gentleman who she had never seen before?
After The Spy and Aloysius left, Paper Mario Master smirked at Arkcher. "I think your dad's fallen for yet another woman!"
Arkcher scowled at her. "N-No! He's just being nice!"
Upon reaching Planet Horatio, Aloysius noticed that The Spy, who had also been carrying the stolen breakfast foods, was very tired. She didn't seem to like lifting heavy objects very much.
Aloysius, unable to simply leave a tired woman, asked her, "Excuse me, ma'am, but do you want me to buy you some breakfast? You seem awfully tired."
The Spy looked up over the lenses of her sunglasses. Who was this man, and who did he think he was? he barely knew her, and he was asking to buy her some food...well, it was free food, and she WAS tired, so she agreed.
After buying the two of them some tea and waffles (I could go for some right now...), Aloysius decided to strike up a conversation with her.
"So...they call you The Spy, but you don't really do much spy work?"
"I do some, but only for detective work...I guess I'm named that because I'm slightly anonymous."
"I have a similar situation. I'm known as the inventor Aloysius Ahrroww, but I consider myself more of an expert in medicine then I do an expert with mechanics, though I am splendid with machines as well."
The Spy looked at the floor for a moment, then looked at him again and smiled. "I'm pretty good at both spying on people and solving mysteries."
Aloysius giggled nervously, thinking of how Arkcher and MK might be waiting for him.
His smile faded as he thought more, and then he suddenly got up and started to leave.
"I'm sorry, but...my son is waiting for me. I'd love to stay and chat some more, so we could meet some other time, perhaps?"
The Spy frowned. "I guess," she said, with a tone of disappointment in her voice. "See you."
"What's taking that freak so long?!" said Paper Mario Master, who was about near flying off the handle. MK and Arkcher glanced at each other, then at the door as Aloysius suddenly walked in.
"Sorry to keep you two waiting!" he said. He didn't seem flustered at all, which was odd.
In a split second, PMM had grabbed Aloysius's shirt collar and was screaming at him about what took him so long, why he took so long, etc. etc. etc...
Aloysius grabbed PMM and set him on the ground.
MK quickly changed the subject. "Don't we need to take those three back to Horatio so they can be given sanities?" she asked.
"Er...well, no..." said Arkcher, "But I guess we should. I mean, they aren't going anywhere anytime soon."
After taking Cadillac, SockySock, and TheBreakfastMonkey (who was let off with a warning) back to Horatio, it seemed that...
"AHHH! i completely forgot about the sanities and...and.."
"H-H-H-HORATIOOOOOOOOOO!" screamed PMM, who was being impatient. "THIS IS IMPORTANT, AND WE NEED TO GET THIS ISSUE RESOLVED NOW!!!"
Horatio looked up and smiled. "I have an idea, though!" he said, and he reached into a box. He pulled out what appeared to be a jellyfish...it was a sanity. All sanities look like Jellyfish, until they go into their true forms, where they become animals, humans, or anything else.
"I found this last night," he explained. "Her name is Shebacrisp. It's one of the sanities Stewart left behind in case of emergencies-such as this one."
"Are there more?" asked Aloysius.
Horatio went and grabbed a small cardboard box. "Yes," he said, "Enough for the three of them. But I have an idea. Hand me SockySock."
TheBreakfastMonkey, a bit reluctantly, handed over SockySock to Horatio. Horatio took one of the sanities from the box and shoved it into SockySock.
"What are you doing?!" shouted TheBreakfastMonkey and Cadillac in unison.
"I'm turning SockySock into a sanity" explained Horatio. "Your sanity, specifically."
"What about me?" asked Cadillac, who seemed to finally able to speak.
"You will take Shebacrisp...Hold on."
"What are you going to do?"
Horatio said nothing for a few seconds, but then he held Shebacrisp out and let her float to Cadillac.
"I made it so Shebacrisp's true form was a racer!" he said excitedly. "I thought it would fit you."
Cadillac said nothing, but seemed happy.
Horatio grinned and said, "i think that's good! If you want, you three can stay here until you find a place to stay."
TheBreakfastMonkey jumped excitedly and hugged Horatio. "Thank youuuuuuu!" she said, and the other three decided to leave Horatio's house.
"Well, where should we go now?" asked Arkcher.
Before anyone else could answer, Paper Mario Master raised his hand and said, "Ooh, pick me! Let's go to the Port of Cheese!! I'm sure your dad will LOVE all the bizarre mutations-" he scowled, and continued sarcastically, "Pff, wait, not mutations, SOR-RY..." and he began to ramble to himself about who knows what.
Aloysius, who seemed on the verge of bursting out into laughter at PMM, nodded and agreed to the notion. "It sounds...like an interesting place," he said.
The group walked through Hamsterdam one last time before embarking, saying bye to everyone Aloysius had met, and then they caught the boat to Swissconsin, which was where the Port of Cheese was.
Later on, as the boat sailed on the vast ocean, Aloysius looked out and examined the sea and the constellations. The ocean, a vast blue mirror that he saw no end too, reflected the pictures that one saw in the twinkling white spots in the vast nothingness of space, something that had piqued Aloysius's interest since he was young. But...it was late, and he was so tired that he might doze off and fall off the edge of the boat, or perhaps he would faint at the incredible beauty he was looking at, or even faint at the thought that his mere desire to see Arkcher again had brought him here, to this paradise that had bizarre but kind civilians, beautiful landscapes...and, Aloysius thought, some of the prettiest women in the universe. But that was just his opinion (Plus he hadn't seen anything yet in that field).
Once the sun rose, the group found themselves already docked at the Port of Cheese. It hadn't changed since MK and Arkcher had last come there; Aloysius, however, was excited at the prospect of a new place to explore and new people to meet.
As the trio walked off, Aloysius looked at the cloudless blue sky, the matching blue ocean, and the various species of birds flying through the air, and he couldn't help but feel glad he was here and alive. He spun in a circle, his arms outstretched, and laughed happily.
"This place is wonderful!" he exclaimed. "Though it seems like the type of place where pirates..."
"What the hey are you talking about, fool?" said MK. "Pirates don't land in the Port of Cheese for one good reason. Guess."
Aloysius thought for a moment. "There's...none on Invision?"
Arkcher put his hand to his face while MK explained. "No, there are pirates on Invision, but there's a reason they don't come here. Hey, why don't we show you?!"
Aloysius nodded. "That'd be good, since I don't really follow what you're saying."
MK rolled her eyes and grabbed Aloysius's arm.
After running through the cobbled streets of awesomeness for about a minute, Aloysius found himself knocking on the door of a building that was just about a mile away from the dock. The door opened, but no one answered; the trio went in anyway.
After walking through the hallway, Aloysius began to notice the eerie quiet. "Why is it so quiet?!" he said loudly.
"SHHHHH!!" whispered a boy. "I'm...I'm hiding!!!"
Aloysius whispered back, "Who are you and who are you hiding from?"
"Come on in heeeeere!" said the voice, in a faux-demonic way.
Aloysius opened up the door, and found himself in a room with the curtains on two sets of windows shut. There was a fireplace, but it wasn't lit, and next to it was a TV with several game consoles of differing brands and ages hooked up to it. There were several couches and chairs as well, but what stood out was...katanas, and lots of them. Katanas, Shirikins, and other various Eastern weaponry adorned the walls and tables. But who was in the room?!
"Oh, hey, it's just you guys...looks like Arkcher cloned himself. Hi!"
Out from under a table came a medium-height teenage boy with long, curly, and extremely awesome hair. He was wearing glasses, as well as boring, generic blue jeans and....a blue sweater. Which was also awesome. The thing that stuck out, however, was that his skin was...almost cheese-like....wait, it's just freaking Cheesemaster. You already know about him from those first couple chapters. Why didn't I describe him before now?!
Aloysius sighed. "Oh....well, this certainly...was not what I expected."
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Cheesemaster grinned at Aloysius, who seemed both surprised and happy. After all, Cheesemaster didn't seem very threatening, aside from the katana that was attached...I guess to a belt, or something. I have no idea how that sort of thing works.
Aloysius sat down in one of the armchairs and asked, "Who are you hiding from, anyway?"
"her!" he whispered. "You know. Actually, you probably don't..."
"A...girl? Are you hiding from a girl?"
"I guess. I'm pretty sure she's a girl."
MK glared at Cheesemaster and asked, "How old are you again?"
Arkcher laughed to himself while Cheesemaster smirked.
"I'm hiding from Cheese Woman."
Paper Mario Master scoffed. "Ha! That crazy girl who wears way too much clothing for this kind of weather? Then again, you're the one who wears a blue sweater, and you're f-"
Cheesemaster glared at him. It was actually kind of menacing. "Don't You DARE!"
Paper Mario Master murmured something to himself and went back to playing his DS. He sure is mean, isn't he?
All of a sudden, the group heard a knock at the door and a muffled "Cheeeesiiieeee!!!! Cheesie, sweetie, where are you?"
Cheesemaster, who, using his awesome ninja skillz hid himself, shushed the others. "Cover for me, please?" he said, desperately.
"Is she your girlfriend?!" asked Aloysius.
"NO! I'll kill you later for asking me that!!!"
"Dang it," mumbled Aloysius.
All of a sudden, the door to the room busted open. At the door was Cheese Woman-as always, in her Victorian dress with a jumbo ribbon in her short, plain hair.
"Cheesie?" she said. She looked around, and then her eyes fell on Aloysius. She pretended to examine him and then smiled and tackled him, sending the two of them straight to the floor. Aloysius didn't even have a few seconds to react.
Cheese Woman heaved in a spazzed manner and began to caress Aloysius's face. "Oh...you're simply..." she couldn't even contain herself. "SQUEEEE! You're so A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E!!!"
Arkcher, who was about to slug her for glomping his father, grabbed her and pulled her off of him.
"W-what?!" she said, looking at Arkcher, whom she was also slightly infatuated with (but not to the point of cuddly murder). "What is it?"
Paper Mario Master bounced up and down and shouted, "You 'bout near killed his father with your evil, vicious cuddly stranglehold!!"
"Now that's a way to die," said MK.
"his father?!" said Cheese Woman. "Oh! Arkcher, your father is so...SEXY!!"
Aloysius was confused as well as shocked at the girl's behavior, but he remained silent.
Cheese Woman (who was clearly off in her own romantic fantasy world) clasped her hands and said dreamily, "It's just not every day a handsome stranger comes passing through here!" She sighed, and then frowned. "But, despite this, I haven't found my Cheesie-sweetie. Have any of you seen him?"
"N-No!" said Arkcher, quickly.
Cheese Woman giggled and put her arms around him. "Oh, Arkky...I know you're lying...Cheesie-kun doesn't want to admit he loves me, does he?"
Paper Mario Master glared at her and said, "Hmph, I'm sure Cheesemaster is just DYING to tell you how he feels about you...though I doubt you'd be very happy to hear it..."
"What was that, Paper-san?"
"Nothing," he heaved.
Cheese Woman giggled; Arkcher looked distressed. "Arkky, tell me, really, where is my Cheesie-pie? I know you've seen him!"
Arkcher wriggled his way out of her grasp. "I haven't seen him, seriously."
Cheese Woman sighed. "I guess you're telling the truth. You wouldn't lie to me, right?"
Arkcher rolled his eyes. "Sure, Cheese Woman..."
Cheese Woman gave Aloysius another tackle-hug before leaving.
Once the coast was clear, Cheesemaster lifted his disguise (NINJA SKILLZ!) and sighed heavily. "I don't know what I'm going to do with her..."
Aloysius put his hand on Cheesemaster's back and said, "Well, it's just water under the bridge...at least, for now it is."
Cheesemaster smiled at him. "I guess you're right, Aloysius. Say, who wants to play some Brawl? I'll pwn you guys!"
"You keep telling yourself that!" said MK.
"Wait!" said Arkcher. "We're missing someone!"
Cheesemaster and MK looked at him, thought for a minute, and then shouted, "Oh, yeah, her!"
"She's really awesome at the game, too!" said Cheesemaster.
"I won't be the only girl in the group anymore!" said MK.
"Why can't I play?!" said PMM.
"But wait!" said Arkcher. "She doesn't live here at the port, does she?"
Cheesemaster nodded. "Yeah, but she's visiting for a few days!"
"Who are you even talking about?" muttered Aloysius.
The others turned to him and said, "the Game Master, Hoops Ahshirt!"
"Oh," said Aloysius. "But who is that?"
-ATTENTION, ALL FANS OF TALES OF INVISION!-
Greetings, this is 4kids entertainment, and we are pleased to give you a very special announcement: we have bought the rights to dub Tales of Invision. We hope this pleases you as much as it pleases us, and we hope you enjoy the newly dubbed Tales of Invision.
And remember-4KIDS IS GOD.
I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS!! 4kids has bought the rights to dub my novel. WHAT?! ONLY I SHOULD DUB MY NOVEL! HOW THE heck DID THIS HAPPEN!!!
...wait...I didn't say heck...Anyway, on with the show. Is that a rap intro I hear...?
"We're going to go find the Game Master, Hoops!" shouted Mushroom_queen.
"hey, wait a second! That isn't my name!! My name is Mushroom QUEEN! Aw, forget it. You guys all know my name, right?" she said.
"We sure d-hey, where the heck did my katana go?!" said Cheesemaster. He felt around his hips-he felt it there, but it was gone. "DANG EDITS! Wait, i could have swore I said a swear word...oh, never mind..."
"Can't we just go find your friend?" asked Aloysius.
"Whoa, Aloysius-man! What happened to your voice? You sound less British, and...more like an American trying to British."
"Whoa dude, don't take it seriously, I'm not insulting you. Just your voice actor...wait, why do we have those?"
"STOP BREAKING THE FOURTH WALL AND LET'S GET MOVING!!" shouted Cheesemaster (who was voiced by Jason Griffith)
The group walked through the town, searching for Hoops, and they eventually found her in a video games shop. Like he had with most of the Invisionists, Aloysius was shocked at her appearance-everything screamed VIDEO GAMES!! She had a power glove on one hand and had all sorts of video game cosplay items. But for some reason...
"What are you pointing at?" asked Aloysius.
Hoops looked confused. She looked at her hand and suddenly spazzed out.
Paper Mario Master freaked out. "Hey, she's supposed to have a light gun! Now it's...an invisible gun! Or maybe it's just nothing. I dunno."
Hoops looked sad for a minute but then smiled.
Aloysius smiled back at the girl. "Are you Hoops?"
Hoops raised her arm and said, "I'M HOOPS AND I'M THE GAME MASTER!!!"
"OH MY GOSH HOOPS YOUR VOICE IS EAR #### COFFEE!!!"
"Huh?!" said Hoops. "Oh my Gosh you're right I SOUND HORRIBLE!! I MISS MY OLD VOICE!!!"
"I never knew your old voice!" said Aloysius.
"We can't play Brawl with our voices like this!" said Arkcher, who's voice was far too deep, "It'll become so annoying after a while we won't be able to stand it! And why does Paper Mario Master sound like a 10-year old? Isn't he a grown man?!"
"YES, I AM!!!" said PMM. "I'm just concentrated awesome, that's all!"
"Our world is ruined!"
Meanwhile, back in the Port of Cheese, chaos was brewing because of all the strange things going on.
"Your voice sounds awful!"
"Where the heck did my [some weapon] go?!"
"What happened to my accent of awesomeness?!"
"I know what happened!" exclaimed Paper Mario Master.
The others perked up.
"I think we've been re-dubbed!"
"whoever re-dubbed us did a pretty silly job," muttered Cheesemaster.
"What can we do?!" asked Aloysius.
"Nothing, sadly," said PMM. "But, seeing how silly this dub is, all we can do is sit back and hope the ratings are awful so we can get back to the awesome dub."
(Just so you know, there was a part in that chapter that i ended up removing entirely...I feel kinda bad...)
After regaining the dubbing rights, peace returned to Invision. All was good, and the group played Brawl and later went to bed.
The group woke up in the morning, and MK explained that she needed to go see Dawn, her friend from the earlier chapters.
"Why do you need to go see her?" asked Aloysius.
"I just do, OK?" said MK. "That's all."
"Sounds odd, but let's go anyway. Does she live around here?"
"She does, but not in town," she explained. "Her family is really strange. They all live in this big, scary place outside of town."
Aloysius turned to Arkcher. "Her family is...strange? How?"
Arkcher shrugged and looked at the ceiling. "Honestly, I have no idea. I've never met anyone else in her family. Dawn herself is pretty eclectic, but kinda weird at the same time."
Aloysius looked worried. "Any idea why?"
Arkcher decided it was best not to worry his father. "No," he lied, "I'm not sure. Maybe she just seems strange to me."
Cheesemaster invited himself to come along with the group for their little adventure. Besides, he needed to nag on Paper Mario Master.
The group said Good-Bye to Hoops and set off for Dawn's house.
The area around the Port of Cheese was an inviting, but lonely place. Swissconsin bordered the ocean, so there was a beach, but despite the good weather no one seemed to be there. The rest of the area was filled with hills and rocks, and a gentle, warm breeze always blew in from the sea. Aloysius breathed it in and felt calm and collected for the first time in days. The ocean itself was beautiful, and Aloysius was enthralled by it-seeing as he didn't see a sight like this very often at home.
Eventually, they stumbled upon a large, scary-looking mansion. Dawn's family clearly had money to spare.
Aloysius gasped and asked, "Is this where your friend lives?!"
"Yeah," said MK. "Don't be so scared. You'll be fine."
"What makes you think I'm scared?" laughed Aloysius. MK looked at him-he really wasn't scared. He wasn't even shaking-he had a warm smile and his eyes were bright, and his hair fluttered in the breeze. "Honestly, this house seems out of place," he said, and began to walk up to the door.
MK butted in front of him and rung the doorbell. A few seconds later, a girl in a knee-length, Black dress, Black sailor's cap, and knee-high gray boots and brown hair was at the door. It was Dawn.
She smiled and waved to them and opened the door. It didn't creak, lulling Aloysius even deeper into a sense of security. The house was well-kept. Nothing wrong here.
"Hi, MK, Arkcher, Cheesie! And who are you?"
She looked at Aloysius, confused.
He snapped back to reality and laughed nervously. "I'm Aloysius Ahrroww, and..."
"Ohhh, so you're Arkcher's dad? Of course! You look just like him!" And she laughed. She looked very dark, but she was a happy girl.
"Come on in! I'm glad you came, MK!"
The two of them talked back and forth to each other while as the group stood in the foyer. It was enormous-a lot bigger then the one at Arkcher's Mansion. The room was gray and seemed sad and old. A staircase was in the middle of the room, splitting off into two parts. There were a few doors on the ground floor, as well, and a large chandelier on the ceiling. Despite being gray, the room was tidy-no cobwebs or dust in sight.
"Alright, you guys, I'll lead you to my dining room, 'kay? You can chat with the rest of my family while me and MK do business." she glanced at MK, who was looked uneasy. "By the way, Arkcher...could you give this to my little sister, Sterling?" she handed him a stuffed bunny. He held it in his hand and looked at it. It looked demented-it had a crazy smile and crazy eyes, but more alarming was the amount of stitches. They were everywhere on the toy-the neck, the chest, the back, the arms-they were everywhere. Sterling must play with the toy quite a bit for it to be so worn-out.
"Dawn!" asked Arkcher, "i don't think I've met your sister."
Dawn gasped and blushed. "Of course! How strange and forgetful of me. She's just knee-high, curly hair, and a gray dress with faded pink ribbons. Big eyes, faraway look in 'em? You'll know her when you see her."
Arkcher nodded. "I see."
The group was led to the dining room, where there was a table, just enough for 8 people-6 for the family members, and 2 for guests...or lack thereof. MK was really the only guest they ever had.
"Alright!" said Dawn as she sat everyone down. "My Step-Father should be down here soon for Tea Time! Me and MK are leaving now. Take care, and Arkcher, don't forget about Sterling!" and the two were gone.
Aloysius seemed a bit dumbfounded-Dawn was an excited, hyper girl who never seemed to stop doing things.
"Tea Time?" he asked. "That's good timing for me, then."
The conversation was stopped short by footsteps. The group turned and saw a man who looked as though he had stepped out of 19th-century England onto Planet Invision-He wore a black coat that went to just below his hips, and under the coat he wore a vest, which was a dull beige color, as well as a black cape, pants, shoes, and a top hat.
He looked surprised, then disgusted, and then he smirked. He said, with blunt sarcasm, "Oh, it's some of Dawn's friends. What a pleasure to have you here."
Aloysius, who for some reason was not put off by his appearance nor his tone, smiled at him. "Yes, these are Dawn's friends. Who are you?"
The strange man scowled and said, "You haven't heard of me? I'm the famous prosecutor, J.R.! Do you know what that stands for?"
"James Rolfe! James Rolfe!" whispered Paper Mario Master.
J.R. ignored him. "It stands for Jakob Rabitt. As I said, I'm the famous prosecutor. I've only had one loss on my entire record. He smirked at them again and adjusted his hat. "Who are you, my dear man?"
Aloysius smiled. "I'm Aloysius Ahrroww, the famous Inventor. Looks like we have something in common!"
Jakob scowled again. "Don't try that with me. I don't make friends that easily.'
"What a d*****," whispered Paper Mario master.
Aloysius gasped silently. There was only one other person who had ever spoken so coldly to him-and he had been married to that person for 20 years.
Aloysius seemed a bit sad. He only wanted to enjoy tea time with another person. He shook it off and smiled. He wouldn't let it get to him.
"Arkcher, don't you need to return that bunny to Sterling?" said Cheesemaster, finally saying something.
"Oh yeah!" he said, "I almost forgot. I'll go look for her."
Arkcher walked slowly up and down the enormous halls of the Rabitt manor, looking for a little girl named Sterling. he was dumbfounded at how huge this house really was-the hallways had high ceilings, and portraits of the Rabitt family lined the halls. From what he heard, only six lived here. But there were portraits from their entire family history.
Suddenly, he encountered one of a little girl with curls in her hair, a gray dress, and faded pink ribbons...Sterling? Unfortunately, there was no name underneath the painting-or any painting, for that matter. Arkcher looked at the picture. She was a cute girl, but she was scary...almost doll-like...and she had enormous, spooky eyes. He continued his search for her.
Back in the dining room, Aloysius and Cheesemaster, being the only ones left, sparked up a conversation.
"Do you know anything about this family?" asked Aloysius.
Cheesemaster answered him, "I know a few things. There's two men who are brothers, Jakob and James Rabbitt, and there's Julia, who is Jakob's wife, plus Dawn and Sterling, who are Julia's little sisters. There's also Richard Rabitt, who is Julia and Jakob's son. I've only met Dawn, though."
"Do you...have any idea why Jakob was dressed like that?"
Cheesemaster shrugged. "All six come from this planet, called Cullough, which is known as the Horror-story planet. Maybe there's a horror story taking place in the 19th century? I know there's lots of Horror Manga like that."
"So, does Jakob believe it's still the 19th century?"
"I don't know. I'd assume so-or maybe he knows, but doesn't want to believe it."
"He doesn't seem like a very kind man," mustered Aloysius, "He was so rude to me."
"You should see how he treats me and MK and Hoops," said Cheesemaster, laughing sarcastically. "If he got a good look at you, he would like you."
"Oh?" said Aloysius, surprised. "Is that so?"
"Yeah. He's got these weird morals and everything. He refuses to believe that MK is a woman because she's outspoken and doesn't wear a dress."
Aloysius couldn't help but laugh. "That's a bit sad, but rather funny, too!"
"What's so funny?" said a soft voice.
The two turned to see a man, but he wasn't Jakob-he had softer eyes, and a different outfit. He wore a dark-green coat that went to his knees, and underneath was a brown vest. He was also wearing beige shoes and a tucked-in ascot, and had wispy, blond hair, which was in a loose ponytail, which was on his shoulders.
"Hi Cheesemaster," he said. "Who's your friend here?"
"This is Aloysius Ahrroww, and he's Arkcher's dad. He's famous for inventing things. Aloysius, this is James Rabitt, Jakob's brother."
"They're polar opposites for Brothers," muttered Aloysius.
"I see. You met Jakob first. Put off by him, were you?"
"Don't worry about him!" said James, excited. "Here, I'll get you some tea. You like tea, don't you?"
Aloysius smiled and nodded. This man was treating him so kindly, when his brother had treated Aloysius so coldly earlier. It was a distinct change.
When James got back, he set down a tray that had three cups of tea for all of them.
"Well, like it was explained, I'm James Rabitt, the famous Attorney. I've only had one loss."
"Sterling! Sterling! Where are you? I have something to give you!"
Arkcher shouted as he walked up and down the gray, stone hallways of Rabitt manor. His voice echoed, and he sighed. He would never find her at this rate.
"I don't want to barge into any rooms," he thought to himself, "because that would be rude. I'll have to.."
"Is someone looking for me?" said a quiet voice.
"Eh?" Arkcher turned around. Behind him was...a small, doll-like girl with a gray dress, curls, and faded pink ribbons...just like in the picture...Sterling!
"Is someone looking for me?" she repeated.
Arkcher got down on his knees so he could look at the small girl. She was just as scary-looking as she was in the painting-her skin was pale, her eyes were emotionless-she was a pretty girl, as young as she was, but she was almost doll-like, and she was frightening.
"Um...I..I was." stuttered Arkcher. "I was looking for you. I need to give something to you."
Sterling said nothing.
Arkcher, who was only getting more frightened by the small girl, paused for a few minutes.
"Your sister, Dawn, wanted me to give this to you," he said, his voice shaking.
He reached into his coat pocket and pulled out the mutilated rabbit, and held it in his hand out to Sterling. She looked at it, and reached for it, and upon touching it, she grabbed it-but didn't take it from his hand. Rather, her fist, clenched around the rabbit, stayed in his hand. Her grip on the toy continued to get tighter, when she suddenly began to cry.
Arkcher lost his balance and fell, so he was now sitting on the cold floors of the mansion. The rabbit sat abandoned at Sterling's feet, and she was bawling her eyes out.
"Sterling!!" said Arkcher, "Please, what is it? What's wrong?!"
She said nothing, she continued crying.
"Sterling, I can't help you if you don't tell me what's wrong!!"
Sterling wiped a few tears away but kept crying.
"STERLING!!!" said Arkcher, angered. Sterling wiped her eyes and sniffed a little. She looked at him, and then at her rabbit, which she grabbed. She sniffed again and grabbed his arm.
Arkcher, who was surprised, got dragged away by the small child, and evntually found himself in a room-he assumed it was Sterling's room. The room was big, had a large, ruffly, gray bed, and many stuffed animals-all of which were rabbits, and all of them were cut up. Big rabbits, tiny rabbits, Fluffy rabbits, brown rabbits, Jack Rabbits, all kinds of Rabbits-Then again, it was her last name.
Sterling dragged Arkcher onto the carpet, and they both sat down. Sterling put the toy bunny she was carrying on the floor, and took something out of her pocket...Arkcher thought it was a piece of rope. She unfurled it and it was...
a miniature noose
Arkcher watched in horror as Sterling took the noose and tied it around the bunny's neck, and then put it on the floor. She crawled over to a ruffly black toy chest and pulled out "toys", and I use the word very loosely, because these were not conventional playthings.
Arkcher, who was stunned, watched as she pulled out some wind-ups and a ball. Normal toys, for now at least.
Sterling took a small set of Metal, wind-up animals-there were two rabbits, of course, but there was also a cat, a dog, and a panda.
Sterling then pulled out of the box a ball of knots that turned out to be several tangled marionettes. She sighed, and threw them in the box. She reached back in, and took out...a tiny guillotine.
Arkcher gasped again, causing Sterling to pause for a moment, but then she crawled back over and put the contraption down next to the bunny.
Sterling looked at Arkcher with her enormous, gray eyes, and asked-"Do you want to play with me?"
Arkcher said nothing-he was unable too, for he was so frozen in a state of absolute terror, that he knew nothing to say. He didn't need words to say-this child in front of him was a horror movie, a demonic child, and it was sitting right before him.
He screamed as loud as he could and took off from the room.
"...Well, Aloysius, as I said, I'm an Attorney. I've had only one loss!"
Back in the dining room, Aloysius and Cheesemaster had struck a conversation over some tea with Jakob's brother, James Rabitt, the attorney.
"Your brother is a prosecutor and he said he had only one loss, too!" said Cheesemaster. "I'll bet you two met in Court once."
"How did you know?" said James, smiling.
Cheesemaster seemed flattered. "Oh, I just guess..."
Suddenly, the door opened, and a blood-curdling scream was let out, followed by heavy breaths, and the door slammed shut-it was Arkcher. He was pale, weak, and scared.
Aloysius got up and began to run toward him. "Arkcher!! Are you alright? You're...so pale...what happened?"
Arkcher was delirious.
"That....that girl...that little girl..."
"I see you met Sterling," said James nonchalantly.
Aloysius turned and looked at him. "Sterling? Dawn's sister?"
"Indeed," said James. "It's best to stay on her good side, though...Arkcher, what did you do to Sterling?"
Arkcher took a deep breath. "I...she...asked me to play with her. She...was going to chop off the head of...her little toy rabbit. I didn't want to play with her, though."
James turned his head quickly and said sharply, "What?! No, no, no!!! You must go back and apologize to her IMMEDIATELY!!!"
"W-what?! You're kidding, right?! No way I'm going back to her!!"
James looked straight into his eyes. "You must!"
Arkcher shook his head. "No!"
James scowled and said, "Why aren't you..."
Cheesemaster got up. "I'll go talk to her!"
James looked at him.
"You must bring this stubborn git along with you," he said, grabbing Arkcher's tie and flinging him towards Cheesemaster.
"N-No," said Cheesemaster, "I'll go by myself! I'll play with Sterling."
James closed his eyes. "Fine, as long as someone abides by her requests."
"Aren't you spoiling her by abiding to everything she says?"
"Not everything," said James, "Just this. She's very emotional."
Cheesemaster nodded and headed off after being told where Sterling's room was.
Cheesemaster walked up and down the long, wide, stone hallways. It was a bleak place, only improved by the paintings of the Rabbitt family members-and those were bleak, as well.
Dawn is the only one who seems to be very colorful and eccentric, he thought, James is nice but still bleak. Dawn seems to be the only one who realizes what century this is.
"Ah, here's her room," he said, and he knocked. Cheesmaster knew you should never walk uninvited into a girl's room.
The door opened slowly. "Have you come to play with me?" asked a voice. It was eerie, and he assumed it was Sterling's.
"Yes, I've come to play with you," said Cheesemaster. The door opened a slight bit and he glanced in, and then entered the room.
He noticed a small, gray-looking girl on the floor-Sterling, he assumed.
"Sterling?" he said quietly, shutting the door. "Are you okay?"
"No," she said, "That mean boy with the long hair was scared of me."
Arkcher, he thought. He ran off.
"I see," said Cheesemaster. "He's my friend. He was just a little shocked, I guess."
"Why was he scared?" said Sterling. "He's a big boy. Why is he scared of a little girl like me?"
Cheesemaster sat down in front of her. In between the two of them was her bunny, with the noose tied around it's neck, the wind-ups, and the guillotine.
"I don't know why my friend was scared, Sterling. But, I didn't come to talk about that, I came to play with you."
Sterling looked up. She looked him up and down, down and up, and up and down again.
"Who are you?"
Cheesemaster smiled at her. "My name is Cheesemaster. I'm Dawn's friend. I hope you'll be my friend, too."
Sterling smiled. "Oh...so you're Cheese Woman's Special One..."
"Oh, Cheesie, why are you yelling? Isn't it true?"
Cheesemaster looked upset. "Sterling, that isn't true, and it hurts my feelings! You can't be my friend if you hurt my feelings!"
Sterling pouted, "You can't hide your feelings forever!"
"Sterling, what did I say to you?"
Sterling looked ashamed. "I'm sorry Mr. Cheesemaster. Will you still be my friend?"
Cheesemaster looked at her, puzzled. He smiled. "Of course I'll still be your friend. It's not that big a deal."
"Good!" said Sterling happily.
"What are you doing with your toys?" asked Cheesemaster. He and Sterling were laying on their stomachs now, and she arranged them and pointed out things as she explained.
"Well, my stuffed bunny is going to get executed today," she said, putting the rabbit under the guillotine, "But his wife is mad." she took a wind-up rabbit and put it by the guillotine. "But she can't do anything, so poor Mr. Bunny gets executed anyway..." and with that, the blade came down, and the toy's head came off. "Oh, he broke again. I'll need to sew him."
Cheesemaster was clearly disturbed by this, but played along anyway. "Do..do...you like this game?"
"A little. It's fun watching Mr. Bunny's head come off, but I think it hurts Mr. Bunny. Plus I always have to fix him after."
She started to put the toys away when Cheesemaster grabbed the Rabbit and his head.
"You know, Sterling, I can sew. I can fix Mr. Bunny right now if you want me too."
She gasped. "Oh, Mr. Cheesemaster, you will? You really are my friend!"
He nodded. "I need a sewing kit, though."
"I have one!" said Sterling. She got up and walked over to her closet, and came out with a box. She opened it, and inside were threads, needles, and other things to fix the doll.
As the doll got sewed, Cheesemaster decided to talk with the disturbed child.
"You like bunnies, don't you?" he said.
"Yea. I guess you see all those bunnies."
"That was my first guess."
The two were silent. Sterling began to talk.
"Why was that boy's hair so long? Only girls have hair like that."
Cheesemaster laughed. "That's not nice, Sterling!" He grinned. "James has medium-ish hair. Don't you like him?"
"He's nice. He's nice to me and plays with me sometimes. I don't like Jakob though. He's mean to my big sister Julia."
"Julia...isn't she his wife?"
"Yes. Jakob is Sissy's husband, my step-dad, and he's Richard's daddy."
"Richard? Who is that?"
"He's my brother, I think. I wish he would play with me because he's just a little younger than me. But he won't. He won't play with girls!"
"That's not nice either."
"I know! I just want to be his friend! I think he's scared of me, though! I know he's scared of my sister Dawn."
"Speaking of Dawn...what is she doing? MK invited us over because she had business with Dawn, but I have no idea what they're doing."
(There's one or two more chapters I need to post. I'll post them later.)
Posted 29 July 2008 - 09:57 PM
It's beginning to make me mad that on dA, my EarthBound stuff has more views then my original work (Invision, Legend of Giza, my songs, etc.)
But whatever, on with the story.]
"Sterling, do you have any idea what Dawn and Mushroom_king might be doing?" Cheesemaster asked.
Sterling though for a moment. "Perhaps you should go check, Mr. Cheesemaster...though I think...you might be a bit surprised."
Cheesemaster stopped sewing the rabbit and became angry. "Sterling, are you hiding something from me? Is it important? MK and Dawn are my friends, I need to know what's going on!"
"Dawn told me not to tell anyone!!!" shouted Sterling, "And you're not a good person, trying to get me to break that promise!"
Cheesemaster said nothing, when all of a sudden the lights began to flicker in the room, and the walls began to distort.
"You're not very nice, are you! You're mean, trying to get Dawn's secret!"
Suddenly, a crack of lightning was heard from outside, and whatever was going on stopped. Sterling yelped, and latched onto Cheesemaster.
"We need to go check on my sister! Now!"
"Now, please! Her room is upstairs. I'll show you."
"Are you going to keep yourself latched onto me like this?"
Cheesemaster pried her off his body and held her, but before leaving, he showed her the finished bunny.
"Here, I finished your rabbit. You should stop chopping his head off, though-maybe someone like AlienFreak could make you a toy where the head goes back on easily."
He handed the doll to Sterling, and then picked her up. The two of them left Sterling's room to go check on Dawn and MK.
"It sounds like a storm is brewing up..."
Back in the dining room, The Ahrrowws and the Rabbitts were having tea when the thunder sounded out of the blue, startling them. That, and Jakob had joined them.
Suddenly, Jakob stood up and scooted his chair in. "Something is not right here. I can feel it."
James stood up and looked at him. "What...do you mean? It's just a storm."
"I....we need to find everyone else. Something is not right here."
"We can start by looking for Julia and Richard. We have no idea where they are. Dawn and MK are in Dawn's room, and if I'm right...Cheesemaster and Sterling just left Sterling's room." said Jakob.
"Let's go, then," said Aloysius. "What are you sensing, anyhow? And how are you sensing it?"
Jakob looked at Aloysius and smirked. "They say that I...have the senses of a Hare. Or should I say...a rabbit..."
"Here! This is Dawn's room." said Sterling.
Cheesemaster knocked, but Sterling scolded him. "This isn't a time for politeness, you need to go in there!"
Cheesemaster agreed reluctantly and slammed open the door. Inside, there was Dawn, sitting on a bed, and MK next to her...it sounds normal, but he gasped once he saw that there was red around Dawn's mouth, and MK looked weak.
"DAWN!!!" screamed Cheesemaster, livid, as he set down Sterling. "H...How?! How could you be doing this?!"
Dawn wiped her mouth with her sleeve and began to cry. "I asked for her permission..."
"I...I knew you were a vampire, Dawn, but you told me, Arkcher and everyone that you were feeding off of wild animals...but you were feeding off of your own friend?! How could you?!"
"Stop yelling at my sister!" shouted Sterling, when the same spooky things began to happen: the lights flickered, the walls became distorted...
"Sterling, no! You can't do this!"
"You're so mean, yelling at Dawn like that! She can't help it!"
"You don't seem to understand!" screamed Cheesemaster, who was still extremely angry. "She can't do this to her friend!"
Dawn wiped her eyes with her sleeves, and stopped crying. She got off the bed and put her head on Cheesemaster's shoulders. "I think I overdid it this time..."
Cheesemaster gasped. Sterling's anger continued to manipulate the area around them. "What do you mean?"
"I think...I think I took too much from her...I hope she's ok..."
Cheesemaster pushed her away and grabbed her shoulders. "What do you mean?! If you took too much from her, then we'll need to take her somewhere!! Don't you guys have a doctor or somebody here at your mansion?!"
The commotion around the room stopped, and the door flung open-Aloysius, Arkcher, Jakob, and James had found them. They all breathed sighs of relief, but after being told what had happened, they were all delirious with fear and anger again.
"We'll need to take her to Alice. That's our nurse. She'll fix her up!" explained James, and Aloysius picked up MK. Arkcher looked at her, frightened. "I...hope she's fine..."
The rain continued to pound on the roof of the mansion as the group ran as quickly as possible to this 'Alice' who lived with them, and they still had no idea where Julia and Richard were.
"Alice's room is on the 3rd floor," said Jakob, who was the fastest. "I'm sure she's in there getting ready for bed..."
Upon reaching the third floor, everyone but Jakob was out of breath. He scowled at them and sneered, "This is what I expect from you lower people, you're so..."
Cheesemaster lunged towards him. "NO ONE TALKS TO ME LIKE THAT!!!"
"I just did, and I think you deserved to know it!"
"Oooh, now you..." Cheesemaster raised his fist in angst, but was stopped by James.
"Stop, we have more important things to worry about. Jakob, you need to cut that out. You're not better then anyone else."
Jakob frowned. "You don't talk to me like that!!"
"I just did, and I think you deserved to know it. Now, Come along, here's Alice's room."
James opened the door and looked inside. His face slowly faded from a look of hope to one of horror, and the color drained from his face. The other looked and had the same reaction: for there was no Alice in the room, at least not a whole one; rather, there were just a few chopped-up bits of Alice, strewn in piles of blood on the floor of an otherwise very nice room.
"Alice..." sobbed Dawn.
"MK..." Arkcher murmured hopelessly.
Jakob cleared his throat and muttered, "There...There has been...there has been a murder. In my house." He gritted his teeth, and sat down at the desk in the room. he put his hand to his face and repeated it to himself again, was silent for a moment, and then slammed his fist down on the table.
"HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN?!"
The others were silent. Everyone was upset and shocked.
Arkcher's knees suddenly gave out. He fell to the floor and began sobbing.
"M..K...MK...please...MK!!! Please, please, be okay...Please live! MK!!!"
Aloysius kneeled down and, placing his head on his son's shoulders, put his arms around him and whispered, "It will all be alright. Everything will be alright..."
Suddenly, the sobfest was interrupted by Paper Mario Master-he seemed to be fine, but a little weak. "Hey...guys? Uh...lemme get this straight...MK was short on blood, it's all Dawn's fault, it's storming like #### out there, there's a murderer in the house, and we have no idea where Julia and Richard are...right? I...I feel kinda weak, guys. Oh, man, the paaaain..."
"Wait," said Cheesemaster, "Why are you so worn out? Dawn was drinking MK's blood, not yours."
"Yea, well...I kinda...ugh...I noticed how...how weak MK was...oh, no....and I gave...somma my blood to...ACK!...I gave somma my blood to her. I had no medical tools, so I ended up using...this knife I stole from the kitchen." He showed everyone an enormous wound on his palm.
"She...she's just sleeping now. She'll be ok...you...you idiots need to concentrate on not getting killed, kkay..you know, by whoever chopped up...Alice...oh, man, this is more serious then the internet!"
Aloysius and Arkcher (who had stopped crying) went over to PMM. "You need to rest, dude." said Arkcher.
"Alright," he said-and he did.
Jakob got up. "We need to focus. The murderer will be targeting Julia or Richard next. I cannot let that happen."
"Then let's go!" said Cheesemaster. "But we need to do something about MK...I'd think that Dawn and Sterling could take her and look after her, but we can't have them all alone, plus we need a female in this plotline so no one accuses us of sexism."
"Well, Sterling could help us fight with her powers of flickery lights and whacked out physics, but Dawn is a vampire, so she could use her vampirey-ness on the murderer. But then again, she just fed off of MK, so I don't think she needs to...plus, Sterling is a little young." said Arkcher.
"Don't worry," said Dawn, "Me and Sterling will take care of MK. We're tough girls, aren't we Sterling?"
Sterling said nothing.
"Alright then," said Aloysius. "We'll go track down the person who chopped up this poor woman, and make sure none of us meet that same fate.
By the way...Dawn, Sterling, James, you all seem quite calm about this. James, you were quite shocked at the scene, and Jakob, you broke down, but you still seem relatively calm. Why?"
James looked at Aloysius with mysterious eyes and a shady smile. "Let's say we're used to it," he said.
Aloysius was frightened by this, but said nothing.
A short while later...
"The question is-who could have been the murderer here? The only person on Invision capable of killing someone is that low-class Assassin from the forest in the West, but this is nothing like her. She prefers poisoning and strangling to chopping, and she has her signature...that blue star. And that wasn't there. Plus I don't think anyone wants to kill Alice."
An assassin...here on Invision...thought Aloysius. I hope Arkcher is OK...
Arkcher, who had decided to go and stay with MK, had left the group, leaving Cheesemaster with Aloysius, James, and Jakob. The four of them decided to stick together and look for Julia and Richard, all while avoiding the crazy killer who could be anywhere...
The rain outside continued to pound on the roof like bullets, while the lightning continued to get louder, striking at random, and the eerie silence of the mansion was even more terrifying.
Jakob suddenly broke the silence. "Cheese-Boy, if we get caught by that murderer, I think you're going to be the first to go."
Cheesemaster scowled. "And why is that?"
"What do you mean?! Don't act stupider then you are. You're made of cheese. He'd eat you before even thinking of killing us three."
"How dare you!" shrieked Cheesemaster, lunging at Jakob, and both of them tumbled to the ground. "No one EVER talks to me like that!! EVER!!!
Jakob pushed Cheesemaster off of him and slapped him. "No one ever tries to threaten me like that...ever!" he said mockingly. "You're simply too crazy, eh? Lunging at me like that...you're like a wild animal. You tried to kill me. You're almost as bad as Dawn..."
James glared at him. "Don't you ever talk about Dawn like that."
Jakob glared back at him. "Who's to stop me? The girl needs to know her place."
"Jakob," interrupted Aloysius, "Why are you treating your own family like this? You're trying to act refined, but your behavior proves otherwise."
Jakob glared at him, and second later, Aloysius was on the ground, caused from Jakob giving him a sudden beating with his walking stick.
Cheesemaster went up to Jakob and grabbed his collar, and said with gritted teeth, "If Arkcher was here you'd be down and knocked out in a second!!"
"Please," said Jakob sarcastically, "That boy, if you can call him that, is a weakling. He spends all his possible time fiddling with machinery. It's no wonder he got stuck with that girl, if you can call her that."
Cheesemaster suddenly clutched Jakob's throat and began to choke him. James ran over and pried him off, and grabbed Jakob's collar with one hand.
"Do you see what I mean?! He just tried to choke me. He's out of control."
James began to scold him. "Jakob, I've told you this for years upon years and I'll remind you again: you're a weak man who teases others to make up for your weaknesses. You're vain and rude, and you're horrible to everyone around you." He thrust his brother to the ground and glared at him. "If you're so much better then him, then why don't you try doing the things he does? Personally, I think that he's more of a man then you for being a good person to everyone, including people he dislikes. If you're going to act like this, you can go off by yourself!"
Aloysius and Cheesemaster were speechless. Jakob was furious for being scolded by his own brother.
"Well then, maybe I shall! I'll go on my own."
"Then have fun being targeted by an ax murderer."
Jakob froze in his steps, but refused to look back. He was already ashamed of himself, and felt like he had revealed his weaknesses to the world. He didn't need to feel like that...
Cheesemaster, Aloysius, and James had walked through the mansion for what seemed like years, until they began to hear a woman's voice coming from one of the rooms.
"That's Julia's voice," said James.
The group walked into the room, and in there was an attractive woman-whom Aloysius and Cheesemaster presumed to be Julia. She had a bored, faraway look in her eyes, shoulder-length, stringy hair, and a tight-fitting dress with a large ribbon near the bottom of it. She was pretty, but she seemed as though she was bored of everything. In extreme contrast to her was a young boy, who was assumed to be Richard, prancing and laughing. He had short, wispy blond hair like James, black shorts, a short-sleeve white dress shirt, black suspenders, and black tennis shoes. He seemed like a happy child.
"Julia, Richard...something bad has happened."
Richard looked at James and his smile faded to a look of worry.
James sat down. He explained what had happened, the murderer, everything. Julia seemed uncaring, but Richard began to cry.
"I...I'm scared! Mommy...I'm scared..."
He hugged Julia's legs. She still seemed uncaring.
"Mommy...! Why aren't you answering me...!"
James glared at her. "Speak to him, Julia, he's your son."
Her eyes suddenly went very wide. She looked around the room. "Oh, I apologize...was I off in my own world again? I'm sorry..." she picked up Richard and began to comfort him. It was as if she was a totally different person.
How curious... thought Aloysius.
Suddenly, with a crack of thunder, the lights went out.
"Oh...no. Someone, we'll need some candles. Richard...could you get them..."
"I-I'm scared, mommy..."
"Don't worry, we're right here. Nothing is going to get you."
"A-alright." Richard stepped down from Julia's lap into the pitch darkness and walked over to where he knew the candles were...but bumped into someone.
Richard let out a deathly scream-he knew that no one was standing by the candle box.
It's that murder guy! thought Richard, terrified. He was near-collapsing when the lights turned on...and no one was there.
Richard was breathing heavily and fell to the floor. His wispy blond hair fell into his eyes as he simply sat there, relieved but scared.
"What's wrong, sweetie?" asked Julia. "What happened?"
Richard said nothing; rather, he looked at his arm. On his upper right arm was a long, thin gash.
"AHHHHH!!!" he screamed, and fell backwards, causing the wound to be shown to the others. Everyone gasped.
"Richard!! What happened?!" shouted James, as he dove over to the boy and grabbed him.
"I..I was going to grab some candles. I felt someone in front of me and I was sure no one was over here though. I don't know if it was a ghost or the killer guy, but now I'm hurt!" and he began to cry.
James gritted his teeth. "This is the worst possible time this could happen..."
Aloysius took a step forward and said, "I...let me see. I might be able to do something."
"What do you mean? You're an inventor, not a doctor."
"I always found medicine far more fascinating then machines;" said Aloysius. He crouched down and examined Richard's wound.
"I see," he said. "It's clearly been caused by a long, sharp object. But from what I can tell, it was not on purpose."
"I didn't feel anything when it was dark though," sobbed Richard.
Aloysius paused and thought long and hard. "I don't know what to conclude. I can tell that this was an accidental knife wound, but you felt no pain until now? Are you 100% sure?"
Aloysius paused, and then continued to examine the wound.
"Is it very serious?" asked Julia.
"No," said Aloysius. "This hardly penetrates his skin. See, only a minimal amount of blood has flowed out, and it's already stopped. He'll be fine, but we still need to put a bandage on it. Could one of you brave souls go and retrieve a bandage from that poor nurse's room?"
No one said a word; Aloysius stood up. "Fine, then I will go."
"I'll be fine."
"Ar-Are you sure?"
"I'm sure. Don't worry. I'll only be a second."
Jakob Rabbitt sat motionless in one of the sitting rooms of his mansion. He was scared, alone, and ashamed of himself.
There had been a murderer in his mansion, and then the power had gone out; what was to happen next? Would he be the next victim? Why would anyone kill Alice, anyway? He didn't know.
He turned he head sharply as he heard soft footsteps out in the hall. His body froze into a state of fear, but he had to go check.
He began to get out of his seat when he heard heavier footsteps. These were louder, and clearly came from the room he was in. He stood up, and his entire body began to shake. The footsteps stopped, and the footsteps in the hallway continued.
He walked towards the door when a flash of long, blood-red hair caught his sight from the corner of his eye. He refused to look.
He slowly walked out of the room, his heart pounding. He heard a single step from behind him, but continued to walk, his heartbeat getting heavier and louder.
With every couple steps he took, he would hear one single step behind him. No more, just one.
He was about to leave the room when he swung around as quickly as he could, his walkingstick in hand, ready to strike. He saw someone, for a split-second, with red hair...a ghost? There were man of those in the house. But he already knew all the ghosts in his house; none of them were particularly violent, and he didn't really think that a new one would up and live in his mansion.
Jakob took a step back and ran out of the room. He backed away from the door and bumped into someone. He gasped, turned around, and was about to strike with his cane, but it was only Aloysius, who was surprised.
Jakob put his cane down and muttered a muffled "Hmph," and looked at the floor. "Watch where you're walking."
Aloysius smiled at him. "I believe I ought to be the one saying that to you. In fact, I could mention the fact that you were about to have a heart attack as you came out of that door. But I'm not that rude of a man, so I won't. I hope you don't mind."
Jakob glared at him. What he said was true: Jakob was scared out of his mind. But he was nowhere near about to admit it.
"What are you even doing?" asked Jakob.
"If you don't mind, I'm getting bandages for Richard. He somehow got a large, but nonfatal cut on his arm during the blackout, and since no one else would, I took the liberty of going to the late Nurse's room to get some bandages."
Jakob pushed Aloysius out of the way. "Hmph! What are you trying to make yourself out to be? You take care of your son, and I'll take care of mine!"
"Just who do you think you are?" asked Aloysius, who was upset.
Jakob turned around and glared at him once again. "Who do you think YOU are?!"
"I was only trying to help him, you know! Why must you be so rude to me?!"
Jakob walked up to him and smacked him.
Aloysius, shocked, rubbed his face and said, "Why are you getting so worked up over such a trivial matter?!"
"I said!" roared Jakob, "You'll take care of your son, and I'll take care of mine. " and with that, he smacked Aloysius again.
"If you care so much about your son, then why didn't you stay with us to go see him?!" said Aloysius, who was beginning to lose his cool. "I doubt you care this much about him! I hear you're abusive towards your wife!"
Jakob grabbed his shirt collar. "WHO TOLD YOU THAT?"
Aloysius wrestled his way out of Jakob's grip. "I won't tell you, because I think you would kill her!" and he was dead serious saying that, as well.
"No," said Aloysius quietly. "And I fear greatly for my own life, as well, right now. I can see it in your eyes. You want to kill me, don't you? You seem kind of murderous."
"Are you implying that I killed Alice?!"
Aloysius took a step back. "I'm not lying!"
Jakob smacked him again, with enough forced to send him to the floor.
Aloysius sat up and said, "Though I may not be implying that you killed her, I am implying that you are violent enough to have killed her. Look what you are doing to me right now. You're beating me because I want to help your son. You're a violent and rage-filled man, and I'm not afraid of telling it straight to your face."
"You've got a lot of nerve!" growled Jakob. "Telling me off like that!"
"I am simply stating a simple truth. Now, weren't you going to go help your son?"
Jakob gritted his teeth. He was losing this fight.
Aloysius, however, had no smirk or expression of pride on his face; he had nothing more than a straight face and forgiving eyes. Aloysius folded his arms and stared off into space, and frowned.
A moment of silence fell between the two, with Aloysius staring off into space, and Jakob, scowling, had anger and rage building up inside of him.
Suddenly, Jakob roared and struck Aloysius with his cane as hard as he possibly could, knocking him unconscious.
"That will teach you," said Jakob. He smirked and walked off.
[By the way, I appreciate you guys telling me how much you like the story, for real. Thanks.]
Posted 30 July 2008 - 11:55 PM
"Where is Aloysius?! He'd be back by now!"
"I...hope that murderer didn't get him," said James, worried.
Julia, who was holding Richard, had that far-away look in her eyes again. She had said nothing for the past hour.
Cheesemaster opened the door. "I'm going to check on him," he said, "And tell him to hurry up."
Cheesemaster walked up and down the dull, gray corridors of the mansion, until he found Aloysius, still unconscious. He gasped and picked up his body, feeling for a pulse, and breathed a sigh of relief when he found one.
"A...Aloysius...wake up! What happened?!"
Aloysius slowly opened his eyes. He looked around, and then rubbed his head.
"I...I ran into Jakob, and we had a battle of words. He ended up striking me and I believe I must of blacked out..."
Cheesemaster was furious. "WHAT?!"
"Please don't yell like that."
Cheesemaster gritted his teeth. "How dare he hit you like that! I'll find him and give him a piece of my mind!!"
"Now, my boy, being violent will not solve anything."
Cheesemaster said nothing. He put Aloysius back on the ground and helped him stand up.
"I don't care," he said finally. "No one should do that to you. But why did he do it?"
"He was angry that I was trying to help his son, and he got even angrier when I told him I had heard he abused his wife. He slapped me twice, and then he struck me, and that's the last thing I remember before you woke me up."
"I'm going to find him, and I will show him what I think of him!"
Aloysius stuttered. "Y-You musn't do that. You shouldn't answer to him by being violent towards him."
"If he's a real man he wouldn't have hit you like that, he wouldn't have hit you at all! He would have sorted this out in a civilized manner, but he didn't, and I won't stand for that."
"You're incredibly stubborn, you know that?"
"I've made up my mind."
Aloysius sighed. "I guess I won't change it."
Jakob had been giggling like a madman ever since he had left Aloysius.
But truly, he was ashamed of himself for doing it. By hitting him he had proved himself just as out of control and violent as the people he himself insulted. But no matter. He had to find Dawn and Sterling.
One of those two girls are the ones who told him how I treat Julia, he thought.
"HEY!!!" yelled a voice. Jakob turned around-it was Cheesemaster, and Aloysius behind him. Jakob gritted his teeth.
"What do you want, Cheese Boy?"
"How dare you treat Aloysius in such a manner as you did! Since Arkcher isn't here to do it, I'll have to give you a piece of my mind!"
Jakob smirked and clutched his walking stick. "Alright then, Cheese-Boy. Whatever you say."
Cheesemaster whipped out his katana. "I'm warning you, I'm good!"
Jakob took his walking stick, and pushed way part of it, revealing a short sword that didn't look all too tough. "Bring it on, then."
Aloysius stumbled forward and stopped them. "Now then, is this any way to solve your problems?"
"To me, it is," said Jakob.
"Not to me, but I have to do this!" said Cheesemaster, and with that, he swung the katana at Jakob, causing him to jump back.
"Hmph! That's what I would expect from you! What a cheap shot!"
"You should have prepared yourself then!"
Jakob swung his sword at Cheesemaster, who dodged it quickly, and he countered by flinging his own weapon at Jakob.
"Let's get serious, now," said Jakob, and the two swords clashed with each other with a loud clang. The two of them were neck-to-neck now, and weren't ready to show any mercy to each other just yet.
Cheesemaster pushed Jakob to the ground with pure force, and the sword toppled out of Jakob's hands.
Cheesemaster stood over him, proud of himself. He had won.
Jakob looked up at him, and he was once again furious. No one looked down on him, ever!
Suddenly, Cheesemaster crouched down and grabbed Jakob's arms, helping him up, and went over, grabbed his sword, and handed it to him.
"You may have lost, but I still have resp..."
Jakob roared again and swung his blade in a fit of madness and anger, nearly slicing Cheesemaster's head off.
"I think you need anger management classes," said a female's voice from behind him. He fell to the ground, and on his back was...MK!
Behind her was Arkcher, who didn't really know what was going on.
He pushed her off and brushed his clothes, and he turned and looked at her.
"What is going on here?!" shouted Arkcher.
Cheesemaster explained the situation, and concluded it with "Jakob hit Aloysius with his cane and knocked him unconscious..."
"WHAT??" screamed Arkcher, and a split-second later he had Jakob on the floor, and he was furiously trying to slap him, choke him, and punch him.
"WHAT??" he repeated, "WHY?"
Jakob said nothing.
"ANSWER ME!!" roared Arkcher, who was livid.
"I told you Arkcher would near-kill you if he found out," mumbled Cheesemaster.
Jakob pushed Arkcher off of him.
Aloysius stepped forward. "Did this whole thing really start out of me wanting to help your son?!"
Jakob pointed at him. "You...Your son just tried to kill me."
Aloysius lost his cool then and there. "And you tried to do the same to me!!"
He folded his arms and closed his eyes, and flipped his hair. "Ah, I lost my cool there for a moment. I apologize."
There was an awkward silence after that.
Posted 13 August 2008 - 10:59 PM
Suddenly, the group stopped what they were doing when an unusually loud crack of thunder was heard. The rain fell even harder now.
Jakob adjusted his hat and breathed a heavy sigh, but said nothing.
Aloysius spoke up, breaking the long silence. "We can't just stand around fighting if we're going to face tomorrow with our lives."
"Julia and Richard are, once again, all alone. Both of them are completely helpless. And there's a killer in the house. What are we going to do?!" said James, who sounded as though he was losing it.
"I don't think there's anything we can do," said Cheesemaster. "The doors in this generic room are locked."
"Are you kidding me?!" shouted MK.
"The doors in this mansion are never, ever locked. This is that killer's doing. He's going after Julia and Richard!!" cried Jakob, who, like his brother, was losing control.
"Calm down!!" shouted Cheesemaster. "Can't we just bash down the doors?!"
"Of course not!!" shouted Jakob, while at the same time, James shouted "Of course!"
"I'd go with what James said. He's not mean." said Paper mario Master.
Cheesemaster ignored him and thought for a moment. "Somehow, I feel that everyone is going to be fine."
"WHAT?!" screamed Jakob. "Are you insane?! We're all going to die with that kind of attitude!!"
Cheesemaster smirked. "You're going to get yourself killed with your attitude. You've come close to death multiple times today."
Jakob said nothing, but he was clearly angry. He had been outsmarted, once again.
Cheesemaster flipped his hair. "I say we're going to be alright. The killer has no intention to kill any of us."
Jakob was about to say something, but then he stopped. "So you think your intuition is correct?"
"Smart-aleck...My family has better intuition then you'll ever have!!"
James hit Jakob in the back of the head. "Shut up."
Jakob swiftly turned around. "Not even my brother can talk to me like that!!!"
James smirked. Jakob was speechless.
"If we are indeed to make it through this predicament..." said James, looking at the rest of the group, "Then our guests will be forced to stay the night with us. And seeing as the doors are locked, we'll have to sleep in here."
Jakob glared at him. "While there's no doubt that those imbeciles will have no problem sleeping on a couch or floor, I myself will NOT do anything of the sort."
James slapped him. "Deal with it."
Jakob rubbed his face. "FINE!" he shouted.
A crack of thunder sounded at that moment, and another blackout ensued.
Unknown footsteps were heard, and Jakob whispered, "Those are the steps I heard in the sitting room earlier!!" and he shouted, "Who are you?!"
The steps stopped. A smooth, but vicious voice came from the darkness. "Who I am isn't important right now. The real question is...Have you learned your lesson, Jakob Rabbitt?"
"How do you know my name?!"
"Let's say you know me under a different name..."
"You all do. You all know me...under a different name..."
"Who are you?!" repeated Jakob.
"I said, that isn't important. I asked: have you learned your lesson, Jakob Rabbitt?"
"If I said yes, will you leave us with our lives?!"
"I promise I will not kill any of you. It is impossible for me to try. I hope this was a life lesson for you."
And with that, the strange voice left, and the lights came back on.
"Holy snap!" said Paper mario Master. "That was weird!"
Jakob stared off into space. "I...it must have been me that made that person come here and scare us all. I didn't even ask if he killed Alice...it's no matter now. I guess you can all leave now. I need to sort my thoughts."
"Looks like the doors are unlocked," said Aloysius, trying one of them. "Come on. Let's go."
"I'm sorry for causing so much trouble!" said Dawn, crying.
Aloysius patted her head. "It isn't your fault, my dear girl. I hope to see you again."
Three days after the Rabbitt Manor incident, Arkcher, Aloysius, MK, Arkcher, and Cheesemaster were back in Hamsterdam at Planet Horatio, telling Kat, Glowurm, and Horatio about their adventure.
"I'll bet you were shocked! SHOCKED!" shouted Kat.
"Heck yes we were!" said PMM.
"It sounded dangerous...and awesome!" said Kat. "Next time, bring me!"
"Ok, then!" said Arkcher.
Kat has joined your party!
She has a claymore! She can also jig!
In battle, she can use her claymore, or use Jell-O to imprison enemies!!
"NO!!" said Glowurm. "Now I have to do everything here! Why do we have only two employees, anyway?"
"Where are we going to go next?" asked Kat when the group left Planet Horatio.
"Well," said MK, "We could go to the desert, the Mushroom Islands, Taynio and Mt. Lexx, The forest, or Outside the Wall. We could also go to Leguan and Adstar. But this is Aloysius's world tour. He decides where we have to go."
"A desert sounds very interesting," said Aloysius, "But I'd like to visit the painter in the jungle as well."
The group eventually decided to go visit the desert to the North, The Ahshirt Desert. That was where Hoops lived, and she had the honor of the local species naming the desert after her.
As soon as the group landed, they all nearly fainted at the heat, even though it was expected.
"My God, it's dreadful out here," muttered Aloysius, rolling up the sleeves of his shirt. "We'll need to find some water and shade!"
Cheesemaster removed his sweater, revealing a white dress shirt underneath. "I have some. I came prepared! HA!!!"
Arkcher unbuttoned his blazer and swung it over his shoulder. "Let's go find some of our friends."
After a rather long and grueling walk, the group stumbled upon a large city in the middle of the desert. This city, which apparently doesn't have a name, was inhabited almost solely by Scarlies, Catgirls who specialize in Fire and Sand magic. Hoops was a Scarlie, too, so the residents named their previously unnamed desert after her.
Anyway, Arkcher pointed to a building at the edge of town, farther away from the others, and was much bigger than the other houses.
"That's Hoop's house. She'll take care of us."
"Oh, Hi!" said a voice. It was a Scarlie who lived in the town; she was dressed in a beige blouse, red best, and black skirt. (Most Scarlies are female)
"What are you guys doing here?" she said.
Aloysius stepped forward. "We're here on a vacation. We were going to see Hoops."
"Are you?!" said the Scarlie. "Oh, well, I guess you already know where to go? Then I'll let you be on your way!"
"You're so nice, Miss. Thank you!"
"And you're cute!" she said.
Aloysius blushed and looked surprised. He still wasn't used to these women being all over him.
"My name is Nova! I'll see you later, sweetie!!"
"O-Oh, um...OK!" stammered Aloysius, and he nervously made his way to Hoop's house.
The others giggled behind their hands and followed him.
"Hi, guys! Did you follow me all the way here?" asked Hoops. "That's awesome! I've been looking for tough foes to Game against!"
Cheesemaster laughed nervously and said, "Oh, uh, we didn't come here to play video games with you, you see, we're here to see..."
As the conversation went on, Aloysius looked out the window, completely lost in his thoughts. It appeared he was staring off into space, but in reality, he was staring at someone. Outside the window, just a few feet away from Hoop's house, was a young woman with lengthy, yellow hair, and a dress that was unfitting for the weather, and the outfit was decorated with a giant sun on the front with a floor-length skirt underneath that had a flame/out space pattern. In her golden hair was a tiara. She had caught Aloysius's eye and he was unable to take his eyes off of her.
The conversation in the background continued: "Well, you didn't need to ASK if you could stay here with me. I'm your friend! Of course you can!"
"Oh, good. Well, could we get some drinks? We're thirsty..."
Aloysius payed no mind to them, his entire brain focused on this strange woman outside.
"And...hey, Aloysius, what are you looking at?"
Aloysius snapped to reality and looked at Arkcher, who was standing over him.
"What are you looking at?" he repeated.
"O-Oh...nothing...there's a woman outside who caught my eye."
Arkcher looked out for himself. "Oh, That's Solrai! She's a Sun elf, like you. That could be why."
"She's very pretty..." whispered Aloysius.
"Nothing. I didn't say anything..."
"A'right! The rest of us are rested! Do you want to go explore the town or something?"
"That sounds wonderful...." Said Aloysius dreamily. He sighed heavily.
After leaving Hoop's house, The group once again had to decide what to do next.
Kat raised her arm and put her hand in a fist. "I want to...I don't know what I want to do!"
"Well, we could go explore some temples or something out in the desert. That might be cool." said MK.
"That sounds kinda cool..." said Arkcher, who seemed tired already from the heat.
Aloysius continued to be lost in his own mind, and Cheesemaster was silent, occasionally glancing at Aloysius, suspicious. Finally, Cheesemaster stretched his arms and said, "Old ruins sounds like fun! Let's go!"
Aloysius folded his arms and looked at the sky, and sighed. He was choking up at the thought of the strange woman he had seen. He shook his head and shoved her off to the side. It was time to have fun with his son and his friends.
After getting help from the town's tourist department and reaching one of the desert's many ancient Scarlie temples, the group started to explore.
"The ruins are cooler then the desert outside," said Arkcher. "It's a good break!"
Despite his enthusiasm, the group was silent for several hours into their adventure. The temple was eerily quiet, aside from the occasional rodent or insect scampering around. The entire place was eerily peaceful and silent.
The entire group gasped loudly and the silence was interrupted when they heard a woman's scream from down a hallway.
"What was that?!" gasped Cheesemaster.
"Someone is in trouble!" said Kat, taking out her claymore. The group looked around the room they were in to see where the scream had come from. The room wasn't all that big, and there were three doorways, as well as some staircases.
A slightly quieter scream erupted from one of the doorways, and Aloysius rushed in without any thought.
"DAD!! Be careful!!" shouted Arkcher, and he rushed in as well, with MK, Kat, and Cheesemaster following.
The next room of the temple was a rather boring room. The group found themselves on a raised platform, with a stone floor below. Large, crumbling statues of Scarlies adorned the walls along with paintings.
"It came from here! I'm sure of it!" said Aloysius. He looked up and saw that the ceiling was either non-existent or extremely high.
He jumped down to the lower area and continued to look up, when suddenly, another piercing scream came from above, and a few minutes later, Aloysius found a woman in his arms...the same woman he had been watching earlier!
She was breathing heavily and looked scared. Aloysius looked at her, and stroked her hair out of her eyes. "Are...are you...alright?"
She sighed heavily and looked at him with tired eyes. "I...I'm fine. I may have a bruise or two here or there, though."
"If I hadn't caught you, you'd have more then a few bruises. But what are you doing here?"
"I live here!" she said, tired. "I was in my room when a tile gave out and I fell!"
She looked over at the others on the upper platform. "Oh, it's you all...what brings you here?"
Arkcher jumped down to the lower platform. "We were exploring. Are you okay?"
"I...oh, no! I may have broke something..."
A sad look fell on Aloysius's face. "Oh...I'm so sorry!"
"It's not your fault. You don't need to be sorry."
"What did you break?!" asked Aloysius. He sounded concerned.
"I think I may have broke part of my leg. Could someone get a doctor from the town?"
"We'll go!" said Kat. "Aloysius, you stay here!"
Aloysius swallowed and nodded. "I will. I'll take care of her."
He sat her down on the floor and sat next to her. He looked at her dreamily, and said, "So...my name is Aloysius. Aloysius Ahrroww. You're Solrai, aren't you?"
"yes...I'm assuming the kids told you?"
There was a long silence between them, with Aloysius staring at her, and she stared off into space. Suddenly, as if things couldn't get worse, a large crack was heard, and the temple began to shake. Aloysius wrapped his arms around Solrai and grabbed her, and stood up. Several rocks fell in front of him, and he moved away just as a large rock fell down, and medium-and small-sized rocks kept falling. A large boulder fell in front of the room's entrance, trapping Solrai and Aloysius, and the two of them became extremely frightened.
"We're trapped, Aloysius!" she said, and she began to cry. "We're trapped here!!"
She put her head on his shoulder and began to sob, and he wrapped his arms around her. "It's OK. We'll be fine."
Solrai gasped suddenly and lifted her head up and looked at him. "What am I doing?! I barely know you and I am already using your shoulder to cry on..."
"It's fine. It is. I don't mind." he said quickly. "Hmm?" he said, quietly.
I feel so strange... thought Aloysius, My heart is beating so fast, and I feel so good inside...
"Aloysius, you seem very troubled." said Solrai, looking at him.
"I'm fine. I really am. But since the others will be delayed, we need to put a cast on you."
Solrai gasped and put her hand to her chest. "You want to put a cast on my leg??"
Aloysius looked at her...she WAS wearing a dress. "I didn't say I would. I said we need to. It wouldn't be proper for me to do it myself."
"Well, what do you have to wrap it up with?"
Aloysius thought for a moment, and looked around. Then he spotted something.
"It looks like there's fabric on these statues," he said. "It's probably not very sanitary, however..."
"I'll use it, anyhow," said Solrai.
Aloysius sighed a heavy sigh. "But wouldn't it be disrespectful to remove them from the statues?"
"Don't worry about it," said Solrai.
Aloysius seemed unsure, but he had the uncontrollable urge to protect her, so he obliged. He removed the fabrics from the statues and handed them to Solrai.
"Um..." she said, and she looked at the ground. "I have no idea how to wrap a cast! Do you?"
Aloysius smiled and giggled nervously. "I do, in fact. I have several degrees in medicine and doctoring."
He showed an example using her arm, and then told her to do it herself.
She blushed and said, "Oh, Aloysius...I don't think I could remember..."
"Are you asking me to do it for you?!"
Solrai looked at the ground and said nothing.
"I..take that...as a yes?!"
Solrai swung her head around. "Y-Yes," she said.
Aloysius gasped and blushed. "S-Solrai, I told you, it wouldn't be proper for me to do that! But I shall do it anyway...I...I have this sense of duty that I must protect you."
"Aloysius, if you don't want to do it, then I won't force you too."
Aloysius put his hand on her shoulder. "Do whatever you want. I don't care as long as you're OK, my dear girl."
A surprised look fell on Aloysius as soon as he realized what he had just said.
Solrai said nothing, she simply nodded.
A short while later, after wrapping her leg in the stolen fabric, the two wondered what time it was, for they both felt extremely tired.
Aloysius stretched his arms and said, "It's probably best that we both go to sleep."
Solrai giggled nervously. "I'm stuck for the night in a dark temple with a man I barely know, and I have a broken leg! I couldn't be in a worse situation."
"You could be," said Aloysius. "You could be stuck in a dark temple, with a broken leg, with a man who would actually be inclined to hurt you." He sighed heavily and said, "I would never hurt you, Solrai. Good night."
Cheesemaster, MK, Kat, Arkcher, and the village doctor were at the entrance to the room where Aloysius and Solrai were trapped, and were distraught upon finding that they couldn't open the door.
"Argh!!" muttered Kat, who despite her efforts was unable to cut the door open with her claymore. "This is bad!!"
Arkcher leaned against the wall with a desperate look on his face. "Dad...I hope you're OK..."
The doctor, a female scarlie by the name of Pepper, suddenly interrupted. "As far as I know, there's only one other entrance into that room. It'll take a walk around this entire temple to get there, though. There's all kinds of puzzles you gotta solve to open the secret door."
"Then let's get moving!" said MK. "I'm pretty good at most puzzles."
"This way, then." said Pepper. She lead the group down some stairs into a basement area.
She opened up a door and the room they walked into had several staircases with symbols on the sides, and several switches.
"I assume that switches match certain staircases, and we press the switches and those stairs move?"
"That's right," said Pepper.
"Sounds simple enough," said MK.
"For now it is. Later on things get more confusing."
"What do you mean, Pepper?"
"What's that supposed to mean?"
Pepper said nothing.
"Speak, throwaway generic character!!" said Paper Mario Master. "What's the point of these stairs anyway?! How is it gonna help us get to Aloysius and Solrai??"
Pepper sighed. "You are really impatient!" she huffed. "Well, if you want, we could use some magic or something on the door and see if it knocks down."
"That sounds like a plan!" said MK.
The group backtracked to the door and examined it.
"The door is made of stone, and stone is weak against Wood..." muttered Arkcher, studying it.
"MK, don't you know some Wood magic or something?"
"Just one, but it's Wood/Earth dual-type. I'm much more skilled with Sound. Well, stand back."
MK concentrated for a moment. She shut her eyes and raised her arm in the air, the air around her started to brim with power, and her hair fluttered around.
She spun around, stood for a moment, opened her eyes, and struck the ground as she yelled.
"CALL....OF...THE EARTHBOUND!" as her hand reached the ground, a wave shot out in the form of a quake with a few plants and bones, and swiftly moved towards the door. Plants as well as strange monsters enveloped the door, causing little cracks in it. The door was smashed to pieces, but the aforementioned rock was still in the way.
"OH MY GOD A GIANT ROCK!!" said Kat.
"So that rock was blocking the path! We can't even see over it!!"
"This is horrible!" said Pepper.
Mk shook her head. "Ooh. That's a powerful spell. I don't think I can use it again to crack that boulder."
"Don't worry about it," said Cheesemaster. "I'm sure your mind isn't used to using magic that isn't in your element."
"Thanks, Cheesie. You're really nice."
They grinned at each other and then looked at the stone.
"I use Fire and Sand like most other Scarlies," said Pepper. "Solrai is capable of Magic, but she only knows Support Magic, so she can't break this rock, and I don't think Aloysius uses Magic, does he?"
"Not that I know." said Arkcher.
"What about you two?" she asked, looking at Kat and Cheesemaster.
Cheesemaster shook his head. "No, I can't use any magic. I wish I could, though. It looks like fun to use."
"Nope," said Kat.
"And before you ask me, Nope, I spent all my brainpower on inventions." said Arkcher.
"Ooh, ooh! Pick me!" said Paper Mario Master eagerly. "I know Technology magic!"
"Do you want to try?" asked Pepper.
"Sure," said PMM. "My magic comes from Video games!"
PMM closed his eyes and outctretched his arms. It was the first time anyone had seen him in a dramatic pose. His bowl haircut fluttered around for a moment as he leaned his head back, concentrating. Then he snapped forward, put one leg in front of another (you'd think he was trying to do a dance or something ), clasped his hands, and outstretched them, then opened one into a palm.
"Dot Stream!! I call upon you!" and with that, a series of black dots came out of nowhere, whooshed past him, and hit the boulder, causing sparks.
The damage was minimal, so Pepper stepped in and shouted, "CRITICAL SANDSTORM!!"
The rest of the group ducked as a sandstorm brewed in the tiny room.
The boulder had chipped a bit, enough to look into the room, and it might be possible to move it.
Pepper was about to mention how they could move the rock now, but they heard some whispers coming from the other room.
"Aloysius, did you hear someone yelling from the other room? Do you think it's them?"
"Perhaps...oh, it seems some of the boulder has chipped away. Maybe we can see in there?"
"It's Aloysius and Solrai!" said MK.
"DAD!!" yelled Arkcher. He leaned down and looked over the boulder.
"Dad!! Are you and Solrai alright??"
Aloysius leaned down and looked at Arkcher. "We're fine in here. Do you think you can push this rock out of the way yet?"
"Perhaps. Let's try it."
Arkcher stepped back and Aloysius started pushing the rock forward. It moved a little bit, but not much.
He stopped for a breather, and then started pushing the stone again. It moved a little bit out of the way, and the process repeated until the entire group was reunited.
Aloysius was tired and sweaty.
"Aloysius...are you OK?" said Solrai, who was still in the other room with her broken leg.
"Solrai!!" said Pepper. She rushed in and started to treat Solrai's leg right away.
"Dad, I'm glad to see you're fine!!"
"You too, son."
The two hugged, and Kat screamed, "GROUP HUUUUG!!!" and she joined in. Cheesemaster and MK followed. PMM refused to join.
Aloysius then backed away. "I must go see Solrai."
"I...don't know. I need to see her, I need to be there to see that she's alright."
"Are you upset?"
"No, no. You're just acting strange. That's all."
"Oh." said Aloysius, upset.
"Go, I don't mind. You go see Solrai."
"Thank you, son. I'm glad you understand."
Arkcher grinned as Aloysius ran off and went to see Solrai.
"Looks like our adventure didn't go as planned," said Kat disappointed. "I wanted to hear if the legendary Loituma was here."
The group was silent.
"You guys never heard of the Legendary Loituma?"
"What's a Loituma?"
"Well, in any case..." said Arkcher, "I...need to talk to my dad."
"Why?" said Cheesemaster. "Are you mad because he's spending so much time with Solrai all of a sudden?"
"Of course not!"
"You liar," said Kat. "You're kind of jealous."
"No, No. It's not that."
PMM piped up. "Am I the only smart one here?"
MK picked him up and put him on her shoulder. "What do you mean?"
"I mean, am I the only one who realizes that Aloysius is in lo-"
"I'm back!" said Aloysius, who was carrying Solrai. "It turns out her injury wasn't all that severe. I'm relieved at that news...I was so worried..."
"Oh, that's wonderful! We were worried, too. If that's true, then why are you carrying her?"
"Well, dad, are you gonna come back to the town with us?"
"Not yet. I'm going to escort Solrai back up to her room," said Aloysius. He let her down and helped her stand up.
"You're totally not implying anything. Bye, dad! Hurry up, okay?"
"I will." said Aloysius, and as soon as the others left, he looked at Solrai.
"Could you show me the way to your room?"
Solrai nodded and began walking slowly, with Aloysius walking right next to her.
After walking up about 3 flights of stairs, Solrai clasped her hands and looked at Aloysius. "Why did you decided to come with me up to my room?"
Aloysius smiled. "I wanted to make sure you were alright, and make sure none of the floor would fall away beneath you again."
"I see," she said quietly. She looked at the ground and continued to walk, slightly faster this time.
After a while, the pair found themselves very high up in the temple, and Solrai opened up a tall, skinny door. "This is my room," she said. Aloysius walked inside; there was a circular rug with a sun pattern on it, a large bed, a vanity, and a dresser, all in perfect contrast with the walls of the temple. There was one small window over on the Eastern side of the room, with some tiny curtains on it.
Solrai walked over and opened the window, allowing a cool breeze in. She was silent for a moment, before swiftly turning around, and she quickly said, "You-You can stay a little longer if you like."
Aloysius smiled softly and nodded. "If you want me to."
He walked over and sat in a small chair that was next to her bed, while Solrai sat in front of her vanity, looking at herself in the mirror. They were silent for a moment, before Solrai looked at him and said, "I must repay you for being so kind to me."
Aloysius giggled and said, "There's no need for that. My time with you is payment enough."
Solrai gasped a slight bit and asked, "Well, what is that supposed to mean?"
Aloysius looked out the window. "You're a very attractive woman."
With that, she walked over and smacked him. "Is that the only reason you were willing to help me?!"
"Of course not!"
Solrai backed away from him and yelled, "I knew I couldn't ever trust a man ever again!!"
Aloysius, upset, grabbed her shoulders.
"Stay away from me!!"
"Solrai, listen to me!"
Aloysius gazed into her eyes. "You musn't get so worked up about this. I didn't know who you were when caught you. I would have caught you even if you weren't so attractive."
Solrai sniffled and began to cry. "I'm so sorry for lashing out at you! You should be the one getting mad at me..."
"I'll never do that!"
"...Because I'm being so awfully rude to you, and you were so kind to me, and you're willing to spend some time with me, and..."
Her crying fit was interrupted by a stronger, but still soft wind coming through the window. As it blew onto her face, she shut her eyes, and opened them, and then looked up to see Aloysius, still grabbing her shoulders, looking down into her eyes. They were both very silent as Aloysius backed away from her and slowly put his hands behind his back.
He looked away from her and tried to say something, but he couldn't seem to find any words to say to her.
He suddenly smiled and looked at her. "I'm sorry."
Solrai wiped her eyes and sniffled a little bit. "No, I'm sorry. I flew off the handle at you. I should be thanking you. Not only did you save my life, but you complimented me, something I rarely get."
"I couldn't imagine why. You're very beautiful."
"I don't believe that. There are much prettier women on Invision: The models at Hamster Chic, Commander Nightshade, Cheese Woman, Julia Rabbitt, they are all so much prettier then me." She looked at the floor. "You are the first man who has ever complimented me like that."
Aloysius smiled and laughed to himself. "You seem very shy and self-loathing. Why?"
Solrai clasped her hands and walked over to him. "I...don't know."
Aloysius took a single step closer to her. "I could help you. We could spend some more time together. I could be like your counselor."
Solrai looked up into his eyes. They were a lovely sky-blue color just like her own.
Solrai sighed and looked away from him. "You're doing so much for me. There's no way I could repay you."
"You don't need to repay me for anything."
"Yes, but I feel the need to."
"You musn't worry about it. As long as I can spend time with you and see you happy, I'll be alright."
"T-Thank you. You care so much about me, don't you?"
"Indeed, I do."
The two shared a silent moment, and then Aloysius said, "I'm sure my son is waiting for me. I'll see you later, I hope."
Aloysius turned around and looked at her. She ran over to him and hugged him.
"Thank you, for all you've done for me."
Aloysius simply stood there, feeling her breathe, completely lost in a fantasy, until he snapped back to reality.
"You're welcome, Solrai. I will see you again, I promise."
And with that, he left.
After he did, Solrai looked at the floor and put her hand over her heart. "My heart is thumping so hard...Why is that?"
Aloysius's face turned a deep red. He grinned and looked at the ground. "I...I felt like it. I after all, I helped her out while we were trapped, plus....Uh.."
"You don't have a real reason, do you?" asked PMM.
Aloysius said nothing.
"Can't we just get going?" asked Solrai. Aloysius looked at her and smiled.
PMM whispered to himself, "I was right, as always!"
"Dad! What took you so long?" shouted Arkcher as his dad came into Hoop's house.
"Oh, nothing. I ended up staying a little longer with Solrai."
Aloysius blushed and scratched his head. "I-I think she's very beautiful. I enjoyed her company, and I plan to see her again tomorrow."
"Huh?!" said Arkcher, surprised. "Why?"
"She has such awful self-esteem, that I thought visiting her often would help her think higher of herself."
"Of course!" said Cheesemaster. "You're always thinking of other people! I admire that!"
"You do a good job of it yourself, my boy."
"This...these...texts...are...words...stories..." said Kat.
"Are you sure, Aloysius?" said MK. "I mean, we have a lot of Invision to see as of yet."
"I know. But I...I..."
He paused for a moment.
"I feel the urge to help her. I feel it's my duty to help her out with this."
"That's very sweet of you..." said Kat. It was the first time Aloysius had seen her say something serious the entire time he had known her.
"Indeed," said MK, "That's very sweet of you."
"It's nothing. I'm simply doing her a favor." said Aloysius. He smiled at them, but inside he was very nervous and confused; Solrai made him feel very happy and excited, something that he had not felt in years, and the sense he got, the sense of duty, was something very new to him. He planned to figure out why he was feeling this way once he saw Solrai again.
"Solrai! Solrai, it's me, Aloysius. I came to see you again!"
Aloysius was knocking on the door of Solrai's room a the top of the Scarlie temple the very next day. He was finally greeted by her; she was smiling, but her eyes were full of sadness. "I've been waiting for you. Thank you for coming."
"I kept my promise," said Aloysius, grinning.
Aloysius walked into the room and noticed that she had set out a small table in the center of the room, which had a sun pattern like the carpet did. There were two chairs on opposite sides of the table, and on top of the table were a few books and a sun-themed tea set."
"Are we having tea today?" said Aloysius, delighted. "You did think of everything."
Solrai looked at the ground and smiled. "I wasn't sure if you would like it. But you seem to be very glad. I'm happy I made it for today."
Aloysius giggled softly and sat down in one of the chairs. Solrai sat down in a chair across from him and looked down. She seemed very shy.
"Is something wrong?" asked Aloysius, leaning forward slightly.
Solrai snapped her head up. "I...I'm very nervous."
"There's no need to be."
"I...I've never been treated this well by any man before...truly, so many have told me I'm pretty, but it was merely a way of getting my trust, and they never meant it...you see, I've been used so many times before, I ended up never trusting a man again...I hardly trusted Stewart when he came to take me here. It's why I live here in the Desert; it's mostly women here. I feel much more comfortable around them..."
There was a long silence, and then Solrai looked at him, her eyes full of sorrow. "I'm so sorry, telling you all that. It's very embarrassing, I-
Aloysius shushed her, leaned over, and put his hand on her shoulder. "It's perfectly fine. You musn't be so hard on yourself."
"But I...I must be boring you with my boring stories...I have nothing interesting to tell you."
"You aren't! You aren't."
Solrai's hair completely obstructed her face as she looked at the ground in shame. She started to cry a little bit. "I'm so sorry!"
"Please, Solrai, don't apologize to me. It makes me feel more upset then I need to be."
He got up and walked over to her, and he wrapped his arms around her. "Solrai...please don't worry about how I feel. All that matters to me, is how you feel."
Solrai looked at him. "You're so sweet, Aloysius...you care so much about me...no one has ever cared so much for me like you do."
"No one? No one at all?" he said. "Funny, I find you to be a very interesting woman. I'd feel that people would flock for you."
"Your sole con is that you're shy and self-loathing. I...i believe more people would like you if you made a few personality adjustments."
Solrai sniffled. "I'm sorry, Aloysius...I'm just so shy, and..."
She paused, and then said,
"Aloysius..you're so close to me."
"We're sharing a seat now."
Aloysius looked and saw she was right; he had pushed her slightly over and was now next to her in the same seat."
Aloysius was shocked and slightly embarrassed at this, but Solrai went on.
"You have your arms around me and you're rocking me back and forth!"
Aloysius yelped and jumped out of the seat. He was breathing heavily, and he sighed.
He snapped his head up and looked at her. "Y-yes?"
"You seem...to be attracted to me."
"What are you talking about?!"
Aloysius clasped his hands and looked at the ground.
"I must admit, seeing you for the first time, I couldn't take my eyes off of you."
"I...I felt so good in a way I hadn't felt in years."
"Truly, though, I don't think it meant much."
"Aloysius, could it be that you...possibly..."
"...That you possible...Have a crush on me?"
Aloysius was taken aback by her question. He had no idea how to respond to it; his internal mind and heart was yelling both YES and NO at him, and he had no idea what to say to it.
Just as he was about to answer "Yes", a face appeared-it was the face of Lara, Lara Ahrroww...His wife. A woman whom, no matter how horribly she had treated him and Arkcher, he cared deeply for. Solrai, however...
"Are you trying to tell me Yes?"
"I wouldn't mind either way."
"I-I-I-I've only known you for hardly even three days, Solrai! You're already asking me this?"
"Aloysius...please, just answer me."
His mind continued to switch between yes and no. Whenever he flashed to YES, Lara's image seared into his mind, but when his brain flashed to NO, He knew it wasn't the truth.
"What is it?"
He sighed and looked at the ground. "Yes. The answer is yes."
(Again, there was a part I ended up removing entirely at that part due to the suggestive nature of it. It makes me think that I may not be able to put in Serafina is So Cute at all as a character; at least, not in the version I post here on HD.)
Aloysius's heart was about jump out of his chest, awaiting Solrai's response to his answer. She had been silent for at a few minutes, looking at the ground, when she suddenly looked up at him.
"What was that? I don't think I heard you."
Aloysius breathed a sigh of relief. "Nothing. Nothing important, at least," he lied, and he smiled nervously at her.
"Alright. Just...please forget I ever asked you that question. I'm sure it wasn't at all needed in our conversation."
Aloysius nodded. "I agree. It's not important."
He was now mixed between being happy and being sad; he was happy she had not heard him, but also upset about it-but, he thought, there would be another chance to tell her, once he was more comfortable about it, and once he was sure of everything. Right now he was too mixed to make up his mind.
Solrai gasped and said quickly, "Oh, Aloysius, look! You should be going to see your son now. I'm sure he's waiting for you."
Aloysius breathed another sigh of relief that he was finally getting out of this awkward situation. "Ah, I see. Well, I hate to leave you, but I must. I'll see you again tomorrow?"
Solrai nodded and clasped her hands. "Yes. I hope so, at least."
"Well...I'll be seeing you, then!" He said, and he smiled happily at her, and shut the door.
Solrai looked at the floor and sighed dreamily. She looked out the window and said, "I lied, Aloysius. I did indeed hear you answer my question." She sighed again and whispered something to herself.
"DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD. Where were you?!"
"You said you'd only be gone for half an hour..."
"Does counseling really take that long?!"
Aloysius sighed heavily. "I'm sorry I took so long."
"Did something happen?"
Aloysius said nothing for a moment. He wasn't sure if he should tell the kids about what had happened between him and Solrai-he decided against it.
"We didn't pay very good attention to the time, that's all. I'll be meeting her againt tomorrow, as well."
Paper mario Master suddenly spoke up. "What the Heck, man? You're taking up all our screen time! Or...page time. Anyway..."
Aloysius leaned down to talk to PMM. "What is it?"
PMM said nothing. He had his suspicions, but he needed to confirm them first.
"It's nothin'." said PMM. Aloysius was surprised by his sudden non-sarcasm. Aloysius realized that he was not telling everything he knew. But he ignored it for now. That was a bad mistake.
The next day, Aloysius was, once again, at Solrai's house. What did you expect?
Solrai waved at him and greeted him. "It's wonderful to see you again!"
"It's wonderful to see you again, as well, Solrai."
Aloysius saw she had the table set up again. There wasn't anything on it, though.
"Well, Solrai, what do you want to do today? Anything you want to talk to me about today?"
"What do you mean?"
"I volunteered to counsel you. You can talk to me about anything that might be troubling you."
"I see. I remember now. Well, let's sit down."
Solrai sat down in a seat across from Aloysius, like they had the day before.
"What do you want to talk about today, Solrai?"
"Well, is there anything you would like explained?"
"You told me a day or two ago that you could never trust a man ever again. Did something happen to you?"
Solrai thought for a moment before answering him. "It's nothing specific, really. I think I said something about it yesterday, or the day before. I've simply been used so many times before that I ended up spending all my time with women."
"But you seem to be a loner. I doubt anyone comes here very often."
"That's true. It's usually just people exploring...and even they don't come very often."
"Then I guess it's refreshing for me to be coming here every day."
"Indeed, it is." She paused for a moment.
"You know, normally I wouldn't let anyone come visit me every day. For some reason...I trust you."
Aloysius smiled softly. "That's good."
Solrai sighed and said, a bit sadly, "I've simply lost my ability to trust people nowadays. You're the first person I've been able to fully trust in some time. I...I've simply never been treated this well by anyone ever before."
Aloysius smiled. "That's odd-I've been treating everyone I meet like this for my entire life."
"Oh, that's very sweet of you...always being nice to people. You're a good man, Aloysius; you truly are." She was quiet as she placed her hand on top of Aloysius's and smiled at him.
"T-Thank you," he stuttered. He began to sweat and looked around swiftly.
"It's...I-It's kind of hot in here..."
The two of them looked into each other's eyes and were silent for a very long time.
"I knew it!" whispered Paper Mario Master. He was just outside the window, spying on both of them. If you're wondering how he got all the way up there, I'm as confused as you.
Aloysius choked for a moment and stammered, "Did you hear something?"
He was sweating even harder now. It was clear he was nervous.
Solrai took her hands off of Aloysius's (causing him to stop sweating) and looked around.
"I don't think I did..."
"J-Just me, then."
PMM murmured to himself, "I've never seen Aloysius act this way before...
"Well, Aloysius, It's been half an hour. You ought to be leaving."
"Y-yes. I...I should."
"Why are you so nervous?" she asked.
Aloysius began to sweat again and tugged at his collar. "I..."
"This isn't because of how I touched your hands, is it?"
"N-No. Certainly not."
"You're acting very suspicious. Well, I'll see you tomorrow."
"As will I..." said Aloysius. Just as he was about to leave, he looked at her once more and said,
"Thank...Thanks for trusting me."
As the door closed, PMM somehow found himself back on the ground. "Suspicions confirmed!" and he ran back to Hoop's house.
"Hi, dad. Nice to see you back here on time today."
"Hi, Arkcher. How was your day so far?"
"Pretty good. The weather wasn't that hot so we took a walk around town."
PMM had already arrived there at the house and was looking at Aloysius suspiciously.
Hoops then spoke up. "After that, we came home and cooled off with some video games!"
Aloysius looked around and noticed Serafina was not there. What a shame. He's an interesting character.
"Dad, is there a reason why you're sweating so hard? It's really not that hot out today."
Cheesemaster looked at him, and examined him. "You're shaky, too. And you're blushing. What happened between you and Solrai?"
"I get it now!" said PMM. "You're in love with Solrai!!"
Posted 23 August 2008 - 11:11 PM
"I was spying on you today!"
"You were like...sitting at this table with her, and holding hands, and you were all nervous and stuff."
"W-Why were you spying on me?!"
"I was bored, curious, and boredly curious. So I decided to take a peek."
Kat butted in and said, "Aloysius, how long is this dumb counseling-type thing gonna go on for?! This place is getting boring. The lack of Jell-O is saddening me more and more."
"You need to tell Solrai that you can't do this forever, and that you need to leave soon." said MK.
"I can't do that! She needs me more then ever now. The way I acted today probably upset her." he sighed and looked off into space. "She must hate me now."
Everyone was silent, and then gathered to comfort him. "We'll help you out. We'll come with you tomorrow!"
"O-OK," said Aloysius, anxious.
As promised, the group followed Aloysius to Solrai's room in the temple the next day.
Aloysius knocked on the door and called out her name. She didn't answer. He called her name once again and knocked.
"Sooooolraaaaai. Open the door sometime before I'm too old to play video games!" said PMM.
"Maybe she went out somewhere?" suggested Kat.
"No," said Aloysius, "She's not a very social person. She prefers to stay inside. What she does all day, I have no idea."
PMM heaved and pushed down the door. Solrai was standing there, staring at the floor, her expression a mix of sadness, fear, and anger.
"Solrai...?" said Aloysius quietly. He smiled and clasped his hands. She breathed in a soft way, but just heavy enough you could hear it. She walked over to Aloysius and said nothing.
Cheesemaster thought for a moment, and whispered to his companions, "We should give them their alone time."
"BUT-" said PMM, but he was interrupted.
Aloysius heard the door click behind him. There was a very long silence between them, with Solrai looking at the floor, and Aloysius looking at her.
The anger and fear in her expression melted away, the sadness taking over her mood. Her soft, blond hair, the exact same shade of yellow as Aloysius's own, fell over her melancholic eyes-eyes that were the same sky-blue shade as Aloysius's.
He walked over, put one hand on her shoulder, and used the other to brush the hair out of her eyes. She gasped lightly, and looked up at him. She stared at him for a few moments and then plunged her head onto his chest, clutching his shirt, and he put his arms around her.
The two stood there, simply feeling each other breathe, for many minutes. Solrai loosened her grip on his shirt and instead clutched his arms. She made a small whimpering sound, but still said nothing.
Aloysius thought for a long time as he felt her breathe, and then said her name, softly.
She didn't move her head, but her eyes looked up at him. She responded in an almost-whisper voice. "Yes?"
Aloysius thought again.
She asked him again, slightly louder, but still very quiet: "What is it?"
"Yes?" she repeated.
"Aloysius, we don't have all day!" said an angry voice from the other side of the door. Aloysius ignored it.
"What is it, Aloysius?" she asked him once again. She showed no signs of getting impatient.
"I love you."
She gasped, and pulled his body closer to her own.
She said nothing as Aloysius let go of her body and pulled himself away from her.
Solrai's eyes went from upset to sorrowful. "Yes?"
"I....need to get going. I have a lot of this planet to see." his eyes began to water and he sniffled, but he refused to cry.
"I...promise that I'll come back here when I'm done seeing everything."
"I'll be so lonely without you, Aloysius."
"Eh?" he asked. It sounded more like "Ah?"
She looked into his eyes and caressed his face.
"I love you, too."
Aloysius gasped, but smiled at her. He nodded.
"Aloysius!!" said a not-so-angry-but-still-impatient voice from the door.
"I must go," he said quickly.
She grabbed his arm as he was about to leave.
He turned and looked at her.
She caressed his face again and closed her eyes, but then withdrew her arm.
"I...wish you good luck on your adventures."
"Promise you will come back for me."
He opened the door, and left to face a bunch of impatient teenagers and one short person.
Solrai sat down in her chair, and looked out the window. She then looked at the wall.
She gasped and her mind suddenly showed the picture of a short, chubby brunette woman...Arkcher's mother, who she had seen at Arkcher's wedding a few years earlier.
If she was Arkcher's mother, and Aloysius was Arkcher's father...
Solrai felt very sick all of a sudden.
And now for something completely different!
"What the heck were you doing in there?" asked the group in unison.
"Oh, you won't tell us. I see how it is." said MK.
Cheesemaster was the only one who wasn't totally pissed. "Well, uh, let's go. Where do you think you want to go next, Aloysius?"
"I heard there's a floating town here. I'd like to visit that."
"That'd be Taynio. It's named after one of our Invisionists!"
"But isn't also the Hamster word for 'Change'?" said Nerd Arkcher.
"Yea. Coincidentally, a few Invisionist names were also Hamster words. Maybe that had to do with Stewart choosing them."
"I still have no idea who this Stewart person is."
"We don't know much about him, either."
Aloysius was surprised.
"All we really know is that he arrived in our rooms uninvited and kidnapped us and took us here, to this place, which compared to Earth doesn't suck." said PMM.
Kat continued. "After taking us here, he stayed for a little while and then left. He hasn't been heard from since."
"Are you doing anything to find him?"
"HamsterWeb, the nerdy one of the three leader hamster-types, is currently doing all he can to find him," explained Kat.
"I see." said Aloysius. "I'm not sure why, but I feel that finding him is an utmost responsibility."
The group was silent as they boarded the plane heading to Taynio.
[HAY DOG LOVER. You debut next chapter. Do you remember all your lines?]
Posted 06 September 2008 - 12:57 PM
He didn't understand why he was so attracted to her; they had very little in common, aside from looks and species. She was a shy, antisocial woman who got angry very easily. Aloysius, on the other hand, was outgoing and rarely got upset. The thought of Lara popped into his head, and he tried to shake her image away-it was impossible. The ring on his finger he had worn for years felt like a handcuff, keeping him from a possible relationship with Solrai. Most wouldn't be hasty about throwing away the ring, given the way Lara treated Aloysius; she was abusive and nasty to him, and had been even worse to Arkcher. She disliked him enough that she sent him to boarding school so she wouldn't deal with him anymore. Despite that, Aloysius felt that he still loved her a little bit, just a little bit, and he felt that the feeling would never leave him.
All of a sudden, his mind was shook awake by the sight of a large, rainbow-colored, almost flower-shaped cloud. It was the most beautiful thing he had seen in a long time; he gasped in wonder at it, and his mind became perplexed with it. What kind of people or creatures live here? Why is it floating? among other questions.
"It's prettyful, isn't it?!" said Kat, who was sitting next to him. He was sandwiched in between her and MK; Kat had stolen several pillows from the other passengers and had encased herself into her passenger seat. MK, on the other hand, was quietly listening to the in-flight radio, occasionally complaining about how it was getting boring and repetitive. By the way, if you're wondering how Aloysius saw out the window from the middle seat, I'm just as confused as you are.
A voice rang over the speakers: "We're almost there! Be sure to place your trays into the...I'm sure you all know. We'll be landing soon."
The group walked out of the plane and into the Taynio Airport, a place teeming with Invisionists. The others probably knew them; Aloysius knew none of them. He felt very awkward as he got many curious glances; this was a planet where you knew everyone. And no one knew Aloysius. It wasn't common for a tourist to find Invision, as it is in such a tucked-away cranny of the Galaxy that few ever find it. A shame, really.
"What's this?!" said Aloysius. The others looked around. "There's a dog here. I don't believe they're allowed in airports are they?"
The others said nothing.
Aloysius got on his knees and started scratching the dog's head. She was a Labrador Retriever with a purple collar; Aloysius examined the name tag.
"Dog Lover...yeah..." he flipped it over to the other side. He looked behind him at Arkcher. "Is there a reason why Elton John's face is carved onto the back of this tag?"
"Because I LOOOOOVE him!!" said the dog. Aloysius gasped and the teenagers giggled at him.
"Oops, did I scare you?" she asked, concerned.
"Uh, no! Just surprised. I should be used to the talking things by now..."
"I'm Dog Lover! Welcome to Taynio!"
"Hi, Dog Lover," said the others, one after another.
"Hi, everyone!" she said back. "Come on, let's go out onto the actual place! This airport isn't very interesting at all."
Once out into the actual city...place..of Tanyio, Aloysius was delighted to see how the ground was rainbow, but normal, green grass grew here and there as well. A normal thing paired with an odd thing-quite good.
He looked ahead and saw what must be the city of Taynio; it looked like a town one would find in a different time period, as there were no large buildings. It appeared there were no social classes in this town, as every house was a medium size house.
"This seems like a peaceful town, where everyone is equal to each other."
"That is indeed what it is!" said Cheesemaster. "Even though Taynio is considered the king of the island, he lives in the same small house like everyone else does. There's only one building bigger then all the other ones-that's the Church that he built."
Aloysius looked and saw there was indeed a building that was only slightly bigger then all the other ones.
"It's not much bigger then the other houses," said Aloysius.
"Taynio doesn't really believe in a big, fancy church here. He just wanted a smaller one."
"You don't sound all that excited."
"What are you talking about? Of course I'm excited."
"No, you're not."
"Fine, then. I believe you for now."
---THE REST OF THIS CHAPTER DOES NOT EXIST---
Posted 08 October 2008 - 05:59 PM
The group woke up from a daze and found themselves on the edge of a large forest, which had an enormous, gray mountain behind it.
"Whoa, what happened?" muttered PMM. "I feel like my head was just hit with a Writer's Block!"
"Whatever it was, we're now stranded," said Aloysius, Behind them was the ocean. Some islands stood faintly in the distance, but they had no way of traversing the water.
Cheesemaster pointed to the forest. "Maybe we could ask for some help. I know a nice lady named Kep who lives in the woods. She's sure to help us out."
"And then I'll be able to go meet that wonderful artist who lives in the jungle!" said Aloysius.
The group walked bravely into the woods, looking for Kep.
"She ought to be around here somewhere," said Cheesemaster, looking around.
"We'd better hurry up. It's getting dark." said Mushroom_king, who was walking next to Arkcher. "The forest is really scary at night."
"You have nothing to worry about," said Aloysius. "Your friends will protect you, won't they?"
He looked at the others.
"My DS battery died!" said PMM.
"Exiting the forest is super simple, all you do is follow these path turns..." sang Cheesemaster.
"My hair is a mess..." whined Arkcher.
"Aunt Ruthie, Aunt Ruthie! There's a floppy disk taped to my forehead!" said Kat.
"Um, maybe not..." murmured Aloysius sighing miserably. His son sure had some strange friends.
He didn't really mind, though; back at the boarding school he had attended, Arkcher had only two real friends, and they were both outcast by the rest of their peers. He recalled what rare conversations he had with his son, about how the other boys were put off by his intelligence. It seemed Arkcher still had strange, outcast friends.
"Hey, Aloysius! Wake up!!" said PMM, slapping Aloysius out of thought.
Aloysius re-focused his attention and gasped when he saw an incredibly beautiful woman standing right in front of him. She was tall and thin, with long, brown hair that had twigs woven into it. She wore a brown dress that had leaves and geometric shapes on it, as well as a slit showing one of her legs. Her outfit had a plunging neckline, and adorning her chest was a tattoo. Aloysius recognized the symbol as being the symbol for the Wood Element.
She had a soft expression and kind eyes. Truly, she was incredible.
"A-are you Kep?!" he stuttered, completely dumbfounded. He was extremely glad Solrai was not with him, for she would be beating him senseless by now.
She nodded and said, "Yes, I am. You seem awful tense." Her voice was music to his ears-soft, not too deep, not too high, and calming.
"Oh, I-It's nothing. I was just thinking about..."
"The children here already explained everything to me."
"FOR THE LAST TIME, LADY!!" screamed PMM, "I'M NOT A LITTLE KID AND I'M NOT SHORT! I'M CONCENTRATED AWESOMENESS!!!"
Kep went on, ignoring him. "You're Arkcher's father, the great inventor. It's an honor to meet you."
Aloysius nodded and stood up straight. "It's an honor to meet you, too."
"You need a way to traverse across the ocean, do you? You want to go to the Mushroom Islands and meet Cheetaspot, and then return to Mount Jazzeh. Is that correct?"
"That is correct."
Kep sighed. "I want to help you, but I'm not able to. I can, however, lead you through the woods to Outside the Wall. I'm sure one of the people there can help you."
PMM gasped, and Gamechamp, Liquid Ninja, and Setsuna (Arkcher, Cheesemaster, and Kat's sanities, respectively) all popped out, and the four shouted "WHAAAAAAAAAAAT?!?!"
"There's really no other way for you to find any way to get to the mainland."
"W-what's wrong? Is something wrong?!"
PMM clutched his shirt collar and screamed, "Outside The Wall is home to the Phoenixonian Army! They're evil geniuses! They plan to rule the world! And worst of all, they steal Sanities! Like me!"
"Here on Invision, stealing one's sanity is likened to stealing one's soul." explained Kep.
Cheesemaster spoke up. "Kep! Kep! I have an idea!"
"Hm? What is it?"
"I think we could somehow take some sanities and exchange them with the Phoenxian army for transportation AND for Sanity Insurance!"
"But how are we going to do that? Besides, You'd only need to trade for transportation. I have some sanity protection gear you can have."
"Why didn't you say so, BabeHoney?!" said PMM.
"I have it because people frequently come here wishing to visit the Phoenixonian army. Well, it's usually Hamsterkig coming by here, because the leader of the Phoenixonian army works for the king.
"Why would an evil genius work for the King?"
"I wish I knew," said Kep.
Images of the Phoenixonian army started to generate in Aloysius's mind. Were they Bird-People? Could they manipulate fire? Or perhaps, can they manipulate the power of birds? Why were they the Phoenixonian army?
"Well, we ought to rest before heading out to the Mountain," said Cheesemaster. "It really isn't that hard of a climb, but we should still rest because it's dangerous."
And they did.
The next morning, Kep had prepared the group a Vegetarian breakfast of...salad. Well, it's plenty abundant in the woods.
The sun streaked through gaps in the trees as the group groggily woke and ate their breakfast (which they didn't exactly enjoy). Kep helped the sanities with their Sanity Protection Gear and led them through the enormous forest, until they found themselves on a gray hill. It was the beginning of Outside the Wall.
"I'll see you all soon. Take care." said Kep.
Aloysius stared at her as she left, and when she decided she was far enough away, he stuttered, "She's very lovely, isn't she?"
The climb up Outside the Wall, as Cheesemaster had said, was not difficult; it wasn't a steep mountain. However, there was an air of eerieness that unnerved each of them, even PMM. Then again, he was nervous about being kidnapped.
After walking for several hours, the group happened upon several houses. There was one extremely large one, Three medium-sized ones, and many small ones.
"The big one is the base of operations. The three medium ones are the homes for the three leaders. The small ones are for the army's soldiers." explained MK. She knew a lot about Invision's topography, it seemed.
"I'll handle this, OK?" said Kat, being serious for once. "I'm pretty good friends with Grim."
"Who is Grim?"
"The Grim Hamster Lord. The second-in-command of the army."
Kat knocked on the door. "It's me, Kat!"
The door creaked open. A narrow eye appeared. A deep, sinister, and slightly sarcastic voice (that had a slightly thick British accent) said, "Don?"
"Yea, it's me. Kat."
"Ok, Boss. Who's with you?"
"The one with the suit, the one married to the one with the suit, the father of the one with the suit, and the one made of Cheese."
"Oh, I see now. Come on in!"
The door opened wider now, and Kat walked in. Aloysius looked nervously at the others, and followed her. The last three went in last.
They all followed Kat down a large hallway. There were no paintings, which struck Aloysius as odd. One would think that a Army headquarters would have paintings of past generals and other important figures.
There was no time to ponder this matter, however, as the group now found themselves in a large, cozy study area. There were many bookshelves filled with thick, leather bound books, some of which were in languages. An unusually large number of them were in Russian. There was an enormous fireplace with several large weapons on top. Front and center on the fireplace mantel was a large gun labeled "Sanity Stealer 5.9" that seemed very treasured and important. There was a red rug and may armchairs, and for some odd reason, there were gigantic perches, as if for a large bird. There were two of those. In the middle of the perches and armchairs was a glass-top coffee table that was enormous and covered with several books on politics, as well as newspapers.
"Go ahead and sit down," said Kat. "The hosts will be here any minute."
The other teens did so without hesitating, and Aloysius sat down, shakily. H wasn't sure what to expect. Did the Phoenixonian leaders have pet Phoenixes, and that was why they had giant perches? A normal human would tell himself, "No, of course not. Phoenixes do not exist." but Aloysius was an elf, and therefore was in no place to be saying that a creature did not exist.
A rush of wind was heard down the hall and Aloysius turned. Just settling on the perches were two large birds, one red and one a light blue. Sitting in the sole leather Chair was a penguin.
"What is going on here?!" shouted Aloysius. One did not normally see a Penguin sitting in an armchair, except in Children's books, but here was one sitting in front of him right now.
The penguin spoke. It was clearly a woman, and she had a very thick British accent. "Who might you be?"
"I-I'm Aloysius Ahrroww. I'm an inventor. Who are you?!"
She lifted her wings up and shut her eyes. She looked rather graceful. "I am Sheena, leader of the Phoenixonian army!"
"Yes. And who are they?" He pointed to the bird.
The blue one spoke. Aloysius recognized his voice as the one Kat spoke with. "The Grim Hamster Lord. I'm Sheena's left-wing man."
The red one spoke. Unlike Sheena and Grim, he had a Russian accent. Aloysius decided that that was the reason there were so many Russian books in the house. "I am Redwing The Phoenix. Apprentice of The Grim Hamster Lord."
"And you three lead the Phoenixonian army?"
"Yes. Back on Earth, we aspired to rule the world. We still want to rule the world, and plan to do it via stealing sanities!"
Grim experimented this by raising his wings and throwing an energy beam at MK. No effect.
"You put on those Sanity Protection Devices again, have you?"
"YOU'LL NEVER HAVE ME!!!!" screamed PMM.
The Grim Hamster Lord heaved and put his wings down. "I guess I have no chance of taking your sanities."
"Why are you here, anyhow?" asked Redwing.
"Well," explained Kat, "Aloysius wants to go to The Mushroom Isles to go see Cheetaspot, and then he, Arkcher, and MK need to go home. As do me and Cheesie. So we were wondering if you could lend us a plane?"
Grim and Redwing looked at Sheena. She thought for a moment.
"We will let you borrow one of our planes for the low, low price of one Sanity."
The group looked at each other. It had not crossed their minds that she would want a Sanity as payment.
"Don't tell me you don't have any, now. You have four with you right now."
"We can't give those to you! We need 'em!" said Cheesemaster.
"Hold on," interrupted PMM. "I have something better."
Sheena glared at the sanity. "And what is that?"
"Back in Hamsterdam, at the Town Hall, there's a vast storage unit of spare sanities!"
Redwing's eyes went wide open. Grim was suspicious.
"How do we know you aren't trying to fool us?"
"I saw the room with my own eyes!"
Grim raised an eyebrow. "Eh? How?"
"A rocket fell down a few days ago and three space travelers came out. Horatio had to get them sanities, and he got them from the spare sanity room!"
Arkcher and MK were trying hard not to laugh. The Spare Sanity room did not exist; there was only a box of spare sanities at Town Hall.
"Alright, them." said Sheena. "It's a deal. Now, how do we get into this room?"
"I'll explain it to you."
As he made an elaborate story about a fictional Spare Sanity Room, Grim and Redwing showed the rest of the group the way to the Airplanes.
"Here is the plane you will borrow. I will be back within the next 24 hours to retrieve it."
"Oh my God!!" exclaimed Aloysius when he saw the plane. It was a mint-condition 1940's airplane. "This...this is INCREDIBLE!!!"
"You like it, I see."
Aloysius nodded. "I really get to ride in this?!"
Aloysius gasped. "How is it in such good condition?!"
"The Phoenixonians are a very sophisticated army. We take good care of all equipment and vehicles. We're just cool like that."
Aloysius had a look of joy on his face, but said nothing.
"Go on, climb in. I'll go retrieve your friend."
"Don't try anything sneaky, Grim!!" scolded MK. "Don't try and kidnap him! He'll annoy you to no end!"
"You tell me as if I didn't already know!!"
"So, uh...who the heck is gonna pilot this dang thing?"
The group looked around after piling into the plane. None of them had any real flight knowledge.
"I played Pilotwings!" exclaimed PMM. "And Microsoft Flight Simulator!"
"Oh please, those won't help!"
"Are you sure? Let me try, let me try!"
The group reluctantly agreed to let him pilot the plane.
"Don't wreck it, now," said Aloysius. "This thing is beautiful. And that Phoenix will throw a fit if you wreck it. I'm sure he's extremely proud of the army."
"Oh, he and Sheena, they both are. They both take real good care of everything, as Grim already said." explained Cheesemaster.
"You really do know a lot about this planet's residents, don't you?" said Aloysius.
"That I do. I spent a lot of time researching when I first came here."
The group was suddenly lurched off to the side.
"Watch it!!" shouted Arkcher. "I'm way too awesome to die!!"
"Sorry! I almost hit something!" said PMM sarcastically. He as enjoying himself.
"There might be some slight turbulence up ahead!" he laughed, and he purposely swung the craft left and right.
He looked out the window. "There's the Mushroom Isles!"
"But there's nowhere to land except Hamsterdam."
"Then let's do it!!"
PMM lurched downward and prepared to land.
After landing, the group tumbled out of the plane, dazed.
"Ugh..." muttered Kat. "I think I need to upchuck."
Aloysius grabbed his head and laughed. "Ah, the plane is still in fine condition."
"Look, we're gonna need someone like Horatio to take us back home. He's an excellent pilot."
After a great deal of walking, the group stumbled upon the edge of the Mushroom jungle. Taynio floated above them, and the city was far off in the distance.
"Well, let's go!" said MK. "I used to live here so I know where Cheetaspot is."
MK and PMM lead the group into the thick, humid jungle. Arkcher took off his blazer and rolled up his sleeves, while Cheesemaster removed his sweater, and Kat took off her Trench Coat.
As they walked, Arkcher playfully shoved MK and said, "Do you remember how we first met out here?"
MK giggled as she remembered it. It was five years ago, when they had first come to Invision. MK had only lived there for about 3 months.
"I'm going to fall!" MK said, frightened. She had climbed a large tree in the Mushroom Jungle and, like they do in most stories, a branch beneath her had broken. She had caught hold of the tree's wide trunk, but she was now slipping.
She lost her grip and tumbled down, landing on something warm. She opened her eyes to see...a person! A person was beneath her. She gasped and quickly sat up. The strange person lifted his head, shook his hair, and looked up at her. MK gasped again, and realizing she had fallen on someone who was not of the same gender, she quickly got up. The stranger followed suite.
He was wearing a white dress shirt with the sleeves rolled up, a black tie, gray slacks, and he had a black blazer in his hand. He took a compact mirror out of his breast pocket and examined himself.
"Oh, NO!" he shouted.
"What's wrong?!" said MK.
"My hair! It's RUINED!!"
MK raised an eyebrow. "Your...hair?" She looked and noticed he had beautiful, blond hair that was longer then any girl's hair she had ever seen. She thought he must be an elf, and her suspicions were confirmed when she saw his ears. But no matter. He was clearly upset.
"Mah hair! MAH HAAAAAAIIIIIRRRR!"
"I-I'm sorry! I-I know!"
"There's a big waterfall by my house. You can wash your hair there."
He smiled at her. "That's awesome."
The two then exchanged names and went off towards aforementioned waterfall."
"I still don't understand why I had to wash my hair in the waterfall."
"For fanservice, of course." said Cheesemaster.
Arkcher scowled at him and was about to say something, but was interrupted by MK announcing, "We're here! Cheetaspot's studio."
[did I portray Kat's personality realistically?]
Posted 12 October 2008 - 09:01 AM
He knocked on the door, and was surprised when he heard several shouts from inside.
"...no, please, don't do that! It's very fragile..."
"But I have to have this for my news story!..."
"No, please, stop it!..."
"It appears we've come at a bad time," murmured Aloysius.
Suddenly, the door flew open. A young man with a black sweater and a video camera in hand tumbled to the ground. A large Cheetah stood in the doorway.
"I told you, please be more careful around my art!" and with that the door shut.
Aloysius got on his knees over the person on the ground. "Say, are you alright? What happened?"
The stranger opened his eyes and groaned. He looked at Aloysius for a moment, and within moments he was on his feet with his camera rolling.
"Oh, Boy, it's someone I've never met before! That doesn't happen very often here! Tell us your name!"
Aloysius was shocked, but he managed to get his name out.
"You mean, the famous inventor?!"
He took his camera down from his face and stared in awe at Aloysius. He then glomped him.
"Aaaaaahhhh! This is soooooo much better then filming Cheetaspot's techniques! It's a universal Celebrity! I've only gotten to film celebrities who are know on a few planets, but you, my friend, are known EVERYWHERE!!!!"
"I'm flattered," said Aloysius, "But who are you?!"
"I didn't tell you my name?! That's awful! I usually say it first. I'm usually not this excited."
He posed with his video camera. "My name is..."
After his time on Invision, Aloysius expected something unusual for the name.
Aloysius fell on the ground. He did NOT expect that.
"But everyone just calls me "Wannabe Film Maker". I like that name better. It's very unusual!"
That's more like it, thought Aloysius.
"So, uh, WannabeFilmMaker...you like videotaping people?"
"I sure do. I'm enrolled in an online art school. I wanted to videotape some of Cheetaspot's techniques because I really like her stuff!"
"I came out here to see it. But I appear to have come at a bad time."
"Oh, meeting her is hard. She's always busy. Plus she's probably angry or something at me."
He turned and saw the rest of the group, who were angry at their lack of page time.
"Oh, hi guys. Sorry, I didn't notice you. But anyhow!" He picked his camera back up and posed with it over his eye. "I want to interview you, Aloysius Apollo Ahrroww!"
Aloysius nervously tugged at his collar. "Well, uh, you see, I'm-I'm very lenient on interviews. I'm always afraid I'll say something I'll regret. Um, is that thing rolling?!"
"It sure is!"
"Eh?!" he said, surprised.
"Alright, cut it out!" said PMM, wearing a pair of shades. "That's enough!" He lurched into the camera and stopped the filming.
"Awwww." said Wannabe Film Maker, disappointed.
"Well, um...it looks like I won't be meeting Cheetaspot yet. But I have met you, and you're an interesting young man."
WBFM blushed. "Am I now?! I never thought of myself as interesting. I have, however, filmed and interviewed several VERY interesting people here on Invision. They get posted on The Network!"
"A cooler version of television." said MK.
"Invisionists make stuff, it gets posted there. But it's not like normal TV. You can choose what you watch, so it's more like the internet." explained Kat. "Plus, the most awesome shows from all over the Universe air on it. Even the ones that got cancelled years ago!"
"...And my stuff that I tape shows up there sometimes!" said WannabeFilmeMaker.
Aloysius sighed. "Well...I guess I can just head home."
"Leaving already?" said WBFM. "Oh....I guess I'll see you later, then. I hope you're ready next time!"
After dropping Kat and Cheesemaster off at their respective homes, the other four headed back to Mount Jazzeh.
"I didn't meet everyone on Invision, did I?"
"Certainly not," said PMM. "Just a couple of 'em."
"Well, hopefully, someday, I will know them all."
And with that, their plane landed back on Mount Jazzeh, and the foursome headed for home.
-END OF STORY ONE-
[Wannabefilmmaker's debut. I probably got his personality wrong.
Anyway, this is the end of the first story. I'll be starting Character Stories next. First up is Kat's story, and then Cheesemaster's Story.]
Posted 12 October 2008 - 11:39 AM
Where Kat's headquarters (her house) had once stood was now an Asian Cuisine place called Fried Dragon Palace.
"Well, I might as well go in and see what happened."
She walked through the sliding doors and into the establishment. Standing at the counter was...Kat!
"Kat! What happ-"
"Shhhh. Come on in heeeeere."
Kat grabbed MK's wrist and dragged her to the KatCave, a hidden underground chamber where Kat usually pretended to be a superhero with her sanity, Setsuna.
She also held her secret meetings there.
"What's going on? Why is this an Asian food place now?"
"I'll explain later. During the meeting."
"Alright, I believe you." said MK.
Kat and MK finally arrived at the meeting area. As they walked through the doors, A Fedora appeared over Kat's head. Sitting at the table was Hoops, Top_Banana, The Grim Hamster Lord, Toto, Arkcher, Glowurm, and Mega Wolf. They all had Fedoras on. Kat sat down and so did MK.
"Boss!" said Grim. "We gotta start gettin' protection money for Da Kat Mafia!"
Kat adjusted her Fedora, put her hands together in a formal fashion, and cleared her throat.
"Welcome, everyone, to the 4Tst meeting of da Kat Mafia!" "Now, I sent you all a 30-Gig attachment about why this place is a Chinese Food Place now."
"Thirty Gigs?!" said MK and Arkcher in unison. "No wonder our computer exploded into a firey ball visible from Space!!"
"As the attachment said, The Spy found us out and she's on to us now! So I disguised us and now we have to serve Chinese food as well as do Mafia stuff."
The group groaned.
"Will we get payed?!" asked Toto impatiently.
All of a sudden, the door opened. The group gasped, but then sighed in relief when they saw it was just the Australian Fox, Vixen. She wore a plaid skirt and black blouse, and had a large ribbon in her brown hair.
"Oh, it's just you. What do you want?"
"Uh, well, I just wanted to join your Mafia. I heard that I get free candy."
"Oh, yes! Yea, you do get Free Candy. Let's just show you this kick-awesome intro video we made."
"Uh, Kat..." said Toto.
"Oh, yeah. We sold da intro video for protection money. And for Fedoras."
After initiating Vixen into the mafia, Kat looked at her and said, "Where's the Five Dollars?"
"Five Dollars? For what?"
"I thought it was free!"
"No, it's not. Didn't you read the useless legal crap that no one reads?"
Suddenly, the conversation ended when a Fedora materialized over Vixen's head.
"Uh, anyway. On to business. MK, did your Fedora ever show up?"
"Sure did, Boss."
"I thought it might. I had a little talk with the elves that work in the fedora department. Isn't that right, Arkcher?"
Arkcher nodded and whimpered.
"Anyway! Back to business. Our Last Pancake Lunch was so successful, we raised enough money to pay for our next Pancake Lunch!
"BREAKFAAAAAAST!" said Arkcher.
"And now, Grim, please tell us Da Mafia News."
Grim cleared his throat.
"Da Mafia News;
Da Triads have been encroachin' on our territroy. Da boss has organised a hit 'n run on da triad leader. I and anudder member will drive a Range Rover on top of a multi-storey car park and shoot da leader with a poison dart supplied by our contact in Venezuala. Dey will be expecting da South American conclave drug squad dropping off a batch of class A, but we will drive up and shoot da leader, before legging it. In addition we will be getting a bonus if we take him out and start a gang war between da Conclave thugs and da Triads. Apparently its good buissness for da armaments trade he does. Any volunteers?"
"Assemble the Australian Mammals, Vixen!" said Kat.
Vixen pulled out a big crate. "I got a big crate of Mammals right here! I brought it in case you might need it!"
"Remember, we need to be secretive! The Spy is on to us, as I explained!"
There was several mumblings among members about this matter, until Kat spoke up.
"Now, in order to raise more funds so we ca extend the Pancake lunch into a Pancake and Waffles lunch, I'm making a contest: Whoever can design me the siffyest Fedora, WINS!!"
"Uh...How will that raise funds?"
"I dunno. Buying from art stores. Stealing. Stuff like that."
"Speaking of which, Boss..." said Glow, "I think we should get Da Teen Silver Eye Fox into our Mafia. She's a real good thief and assassin. So she'd be awesome in it, too!"
"Alright! Who wants to go seek out Da Teen Silver Eye Fox ad get her to join da Kat Mafia?"
"Me!" said a voice. The group turned to see a White Hamster with large, green eyes, a White Trench Coat adorned with hearts, and white antennae. It was Hamster Lover.
"Hamster Lover! I thought you were only available for a limited time! Plus, I still have to get you your award!"
All of a sudden, a beam of Heavenly Light appeared and an Award descended down upon Hamster Lover.
"Oooh, Special Effects."
Arkcher interrupted the effects. "Hey, Boss! Since I'm in Da Mafia, can I go to the Women's Lingerie Department and tell the world I'm in Da Mafia?"
"You could do that, but as I've said at least 3 times already, The Spy is onto us!"
"Alright. I'll say it in an Arnold Swartzenegger voice when I do it.
"You should do it in a Darth Vader voice," suggested Glowurm.
Suddenly, a feral Kangaroo broke out of Vixen's Box of Mammals.
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