Mario and Luigi check properly. They are sure they must be mistaken, as they just saw Princess Peach go outside.
Luigi: Bro, are you thinking what I’m thinking?
Mario: What’re you thinking?
Luigi: We’re being toyed with. It’s obvious.
Mario: But who could toy with the Mario Brothers? No one is that brave.
Luigi: Some daring man definitely has it in for us… Hey!
Mario picks up a shoe.
Luigi: It’s Princess Peach’s right shoe!
Mario: We bought a ton of items… for this? What’re we supposed to do with all of those seemingly Rotten Eggs we bought?
Luigi: I dunno… We can’t just give them to Yoshi, I mean COME ON! What’s the point of wasting all of them? We’ll just keep them… just in case, y’know?
Mario: That part of the adventure… was quick.
Luigi: I agree, it seems not so long ago that we just took the boat to get here.
BACK AT BOWSER’S CASTLE, the smoke from the busted down wall fades away, revealing two Magikoopas.
Bowser: So, finally, you’ve arrived. Where were you the entire time?
Kammy: Lord Bowser, Kamek disliked me so much he pulled me down whenever I was going up.
Kamek: And Kammy wouldn’t allow me up either!
Bowser gets angry.
Bowser: IT’S BECAUSE OF THIS FOOLISHNESS THAT MY PLANS NEVER WORK OUT!!!
Kammy: Lord Bowser, control yourself! Think of your blood pressure!
was so great that his blood pressure spiked and he fainted.
Roy: Nice job, you two. You guys really made Dad angry now!
Lemmy: Yeah! We’re younger than you guys, but we’re more mature!
Kamek: We’ll see who is mature and immature, shan’t we?
Wendy: You speak big old talks, but deep inside you’re a playful child.
Kammy: Please, everyone! Can’t you see that Lord Bowser is in trouble? And here we are, arguing ourselves crazy!
Roy: The hag has a point.
Kammy: I am ho hag! You stupid Koopa!
Roy quickly jumps up and punches Kammy off of her broom.
Roy: Don’t try it, for your own good.
Kammy: That will… leave a mark.
Kamek and Roy give each other high-fives.
Wendy: Now that we’re finished, can we ask Dad how to make him feel better?
Larry: Wendy, there’s only one way to pacify Dad. Morton, take it away.
Morton: And that is defeating Mario.
Lemmy: But it’s impossible to beat Mario!
Wendy: Yeah, so let’s just stay here… and give Dad company.
All six Koopalings agree. Suddenly the door opens. The Clown Copter Jr. comes out with Bowser Jr. riding it.
Roy: Quit it, Bowser Jr!
Larry: You stupid prince!
Iggy: I hate you!
Lemmy: We all hate you!
Morton: We do all the work, you do nothing!
Kamek: Please, everyone, remain calm.
Lemmy: Lemme at him!
They all run up to Bowser Jr.
Bowser Jr: Stay away, rejects! Dad loves me best!
Roy: Shut up.
Lemmy uses his ball as a stool and grabs the Clown Copter. Wendy uses a pipe to reach up to Bowser Jr. and slams him against the wall.
Morton: Let me talk to him, after you guys are finished.
After about 3 minutes, Wendy and Roy back off of the broken Clown Copter.
Wendy and Roy: Done.
Morton walks up to Bowser Jr, who was been beaten up. His shell is cracked, and several spikes on the back of his shell have been cut off.
Morton: I gotta tell you somethin’. You’ve been hiding in your room since that incident when you got destroyed heavily by Mario. Us? We’ve been working our tails off trying to defeat Mario!
Bowser Jr: What’s your point? I’m going now, you guys aren’t doing anything! And you guys all hate me. I don’t understand.
Morton: Dad likes you better than us. We all hate that. We’re the ones constantly being beaten by Mario and Luigi. And Dad made YOU prince! If anyone, Larry, Lemmy, or Iggy should be prince, they’re most powerful!
Bowser Jr: I’m almost as powerful as Daddy!
Morton: Yet you’re too young. Prince Koopa should be someone other than you. But Dad picked you. We all hate that he lavishes attention on you.
Bowser Jr: I’m leaving, going after Mario, defeating him, and coming back. Then you’ll see my power!
Bowser Jr. grabs some Koopa Tea from the kitchen, goes to the storehouse, and uses the Clown Copter.
Bowser Jr: Morton, since I’m prince, I’m putting you in charge while Dad is still fainted!
Morton: You done well, kid.
Bowser Jr. leaves.
Roy: What’s up with that? He put you in charge?
Morton: Let’s just say I have my ways of getting people to favor me.
Roy signals the others and together they all attack Morton.
MARIO AND LUIGI return to the Mushroom Kingdom, and talk to Professor E. Gadd.
Luigi: We went to Yoshi’s Island, but we didn’t save the princess. We fought a kidnapper, and while we were fighting she went outside, and got herself kidnapped. We got her other shoe, though.
Professor E. Gadd looks up.
Professor E. Gadd: Incoming!
AT GILLIAM CASTLE, Fawletta and King Gilliam were conversing.
Fawletta: …complete, sir.
King Gilliam: Very well.
AT BOO MANSION, the Boos are ready for something big.
Let me refresh you. Red and Pink 2 were fighting, and Pink 2 was losing. Then Blue and White came and Red acknowledged that this would hurt.
Red: I’m NOT losing to you, but at the same time I cannot win with such odds… Look out for Red Boo Thief!
All 3 lunge at Red, but Red vanishes.
BACK AT THE MUSHROOM KINGDOM, the Clown Copter has just fallen.
Mario coughs up some smoke from the collision.
Mario: How can you tell it’s Bowser?
Luigi: Mario, ever since that Yoshi kidnapper battle, I’m feeling so READY! Let me at Bowser!
Bowser Jr. jumps out high and lands on a Toad.
Bowser Jr: It’s PRINCE Bowser to you, foolish Luigi!
Luigi: I’m no fool. You’re the irritating one here.
Bowser Jr: Am not!
Luigi: You see, it’s THAT that makes me think so!
Mario: Luigi, let’s-a go! Stop with all of the talking!
Mario stomps hard on Bowser Jr. Bowser Jr. squirms.
Bowser Jr: You know, Mario, you’re really lucky that Roy and Wendy attacked me, or I would’ve GIVEN IT TO YOU! You best believe I would’ve!
Luigi: Yeah, whatever, run back to the castle!
Bowser Jr. runs back to the castle, like Luigi said.
Mario and Luigi shake off some dust from their overalls.
Luigi: That’s no way to act to people who did the Koopas a favor!
Professor E. Gadd comes from all of the debris.
Professor E. Gadd: I must say, that was rather unexpected… I thought he had some sense not to just rush up to you two.
Luigi: Yeah. Shows you can’t trust a Koopa.
Professor E. Gadd: What do you mean?
Luigi: We protected them from the Gilliam soldiers. And they attack us!
Professor E. Gadd: Oh, this is news to me. I had no clue that you guys freed them.
Mario: Why, what can we do now, anyway? We didn’t get the princess. But she was right there on Yoshi’s Island!
Professor E. Gadd: Listen. I’ve been thinking… forget about the princess for now. Focus on getting the Toad Gem. And begin… by asking Bowser if he knows anything. We both haven’t seen hide nor tail of it. He’s your only chance.
Luigi: I guess he’s right... and Bowser does have that favor. Why not use it when we need it?
Mario: And Professor, I already know the way to his castle. I’ve been there like a million times already!
Professor E. Gadd: Then ask Bowser if he has any clues to the Gem.
Mario and Luigi go to Mushroom’s Goods.
Luigi: I have a question. What was the matter with all of the Rotten Eggs? They were perfect ones!
Clerk T: I’m afraid there was a mismatch in the shipping. And my identification skills… Anyway, would you like to buy something? We’ve recently got REAL Rotten Eggs as well as POW Blocks. Each Rotten Egg is 20 and POW Block is 20. We’re having a sale, see. Each item we have is only 20 coins!
Luigi: You know, that’s also a fraud in disguise.
Clerk T: Ignore the lad. What would you like?
Mario: Let me check my inventory.
Super Mushrooms- 1
Fire Flowers- 2
Lightning Bolt- 1
Fresh Eggs- 2
Luigi: Mario, how’d we lose that other egg?
BACK AT YOSHI’S ISLAND
Yoshi: Yoshi knows. Papa Mario and Mama Luigi don’t. Yoshi BAD! Yoshi steal yummy egg. But Yoshi hungry! And Yoshi hungry NOW! Papa Mario! Mama Luigi!
MUSHROOM’S GOODS SHOP
Mario: We’ll buy 3 Super Mushrooms, 3 POW Blocks, and 3 Lightning Bolts.
Clerk T: That’s… 180 coins.
Clerk T: Please, don’t be so grumpy.
Mario: I have 200 coins. Here are 180 coins. Thank you.
Clerk T: I suppose I’ll be seeing you lot again, right?
Luigi: What lot? We’re only two!
Mario: Shut your yap. You ARE grumpy!
Fawletta: Master, you are allowing?
King Gilliam turns around. He is a purple-white Mushroom. He has a golden superb crown, perfectly combed hair, and a cape to top it all. He holds a magical stick, and is powerful.
King Gilliam: Lord Gilliam of Mushroom City… and allow such foolish ones to trespass in areas they don’t understand… I must create some more diversions, shall I?
Fawletta: You are superb.
King Gilliam: Fawletta, please, take care of Pr—
AT BOO MANSION, things have seemed to mellow out. There is peace once again. Pink 2, Blue, and White are getting used to this arrangement. Red is somewhere wandering in the woods, looking for sources of strength. Everything is perfect… or not.
There is something wrong. What is it? It’s Pink 1 and Black. They’ve returned from their voyage away. Pink 2 looks disgusted.
Pink 2: What do you two traitors wish for?
Black: I’m no traitor! I FOUGHT Mario, hello!
Pink 2: But you deserted me at the moment of truth. Red’s deserted us for his own devilish purposes. If you were with me at that moment, Red would have been taken care of long ago. But now, we wait for his attack.
Black: Look, Mario’s hammer SCARED me! What’s a Boo to do about that?
Pink 2 doesn’t speak. No one expects him to say what he says next.
Pink 2: My own brother, own brother, who I have supported in everything! He deserted me when I needed him. Why, pray tell, would he leave me?
Black: I’m… real sorry, Pink 2!
Pink 2: Black… since you indeed tried to defeat Mario, I suppose I should allow you to come with us… but my brother has deserted me when I needed him! For that, he shall come back… never!
Pink 1: Come on, Bro! I’ll go and attack Mario right now! Seriously!
Pink 2: You think Mario is our enemy now? We have bigger problems than him. He’s no threat compared to Red! Red WILL destroy our gang. And you want to make Mario come to our mansion?
Pink 1: Come on, Bro, forgive me!
Pink 2: I have said it before, and I will say it again. I will forgive you… never!
Pink 1: You really mean it this time!
Pink 2: Yes. Now, Black, come here, and Pink, I don’t want to see your face again. Seriously, I don’t.
Pink 1: (Now, I have to do something to please my brother. And I have just the thing…)
MARIO AND LUIGI have already been down Koopa Path a countless amount of times, but this time they knew it is for a favor, not for the princess. Still, they feel the same anxiety that they did when they went down to battle Bowser for the princess.
Luigi: Bro, it’s such a long path, isn’t it?
Mario: Hey, look! There’s the road that leads to Bowser Path.
Luigi: Let’s take it!
Mario and Luigi go down Bowser Path.
BOWSER IS back to normal now. All he wants to know is where Bowser Jr. is.
Kamek: I think Morton let him go, and Roy and Wendy beat him up. All of the Koopalings dislike him.
Bowser: But Bowser Jr. can do the work of all seven! He’s been real tired since that whole running away from Mario and Luigi thing! I don’t blame him! The Koopalings are just mad that they’re not going to be king, that’s all.
Kammy: If I remember correctly, Kamek, you did nothing to stop them!
Kamek: Well… I was thinking of the king at the moment, not the kids.
Bowser: Why’d you think of me? I’d be all right!
Kammy begins to smile.
Kamek: Hey! Wait up! Look at the monitor!
There is a red warning screen.
To Be Continued...
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