The great rise of Maxwell Walker, from the heights of the Mushroom Kingdom to the bowels of space. This unit of The New Captain N contains the following volumes:
Albert Einstein once theorized the possibility of many a universe parallel to our own. Ever since then, the world has become fascinated with the idea of bending space, puncturing it, and stepping into the hole... what awaits on the other side? Shigeru Miyamoto once spoke of an imaginary world where the inside of a box could be the stairway into a building, or where a sign on the road could grow eyes and wink, and other things that can only happen in fantasy worlds...
...or can they?
It all started on August 12, 1989, 2:14 PM, in front of a high school in southern California. There was an old station wagon parked outside, with a modestly dressed woman at the wheel. She looked at her watch obsessively, as if the world depended on school dismissing on time. Then, finally, the bell rang, but the woman was not finished staring yet... now her eyes looked straight at the entrance to the school, watching students pour out... intelligent looking girls, cheerleader girls, sluts, tarts, women that were clearly beneath her son... she hoped he didn't talk much to any of them... ...maybe they were having sex in a locker? That's what really goes on in those places...
...but no, not quite, as her son soon appeared from behind the doors, talking to someone. She almost didn't recognize him in his new Letterman jacket, bearing the "N" of Northridge High, and the school colors, red and white. ...But who was that trashy girl he was talking to??
The girl was actually his study partner, a nice enough person who had taken great interest in the boy, and happened to be rather pretty. She seemed rather happy...
"Kevin, what kind of car did you say your dad has?"
Kevin looked at her and smiled "Well, he programs computers in silicon valley, so he made enough to get a really hot set of wheels. He should be waiting for us just outside..."
Then, Kevin looked her in the eyes.
"say, Karen, do you like videogames?"
Karen seemed a bit confused. "Videogames?"
"Yeah" kevin nodded. "You know, Super Mario?"
Karen nodded "Oh! I've played that at my uncle's... beat it before my two older brothers!" she said with a laugh. "why do you ask?"
"Well, I have an NES over at my house, and I was wondering if you wanted to play it with me..." he said.
"Hmm, I dunno... back in Middle School it was fun, but... I dunno..."
"Oh, come on Karen!! I could show you how to get into the Minus World!"
"Kevin, I'm not really that interested..." she said, a bit uncomfortable.
Kevin looked down and didn't say anything more until they were at the parking lot. His heart sank as he saw not his father and a shiny red Ferrari, but rather his mother, in a 1976 Station Wagon.
"Kevin! I'm over here!", she called out.
Karen was dissapointed. "Works up at the plant, huh?"
Kevin was confused. "No!! That's my mother!! She wasn't supposed to pick me up!! Oh man... Karen I swear he has a Ferrari, I just have to bring you out here when..."
"Kevin hurry up and get in!!"
Karen looked at Kevin and rolled her eyes. "Real smooth, game boy. I'll see you next week... ". Karen walked away, leaving Kevin where he stood. Kevin sadly got into the back seat of the station wagon (his mom insisted) and they drove away.
"Who was that girl? Was that Karen? That tart!"
"Mom, Karen's not a tart! She's my study partner. You know that!"
"By study partner, you mean whore!"
Kevin was getting thoroughly annoyed. His mother was an overprotective know-it-all, who learned everything from television, and worked at a local mall outlet as an assistant manager. His father was a programmer-in-chief for Apple. Due to the generous salary he made, he opted to purchase something a little fancier than a ford... and a lot more foreign. Unfortunately for Kevin, he wasn't in the right place at the right time, today.
Kevin got along great with his father, who understood him much better than his wife. Kevin's parents got into a major argument many years ago, over whether or not Kevin should be kept in a plastic bubble. It was arguments like this that eventually led to their divorce. About a year after the divorce, He got Kevin a very special present: a Nintendo Entertainment System, one of the first on the market, complete with Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt, two controllers, and a zapper. After that, Kevin really took off with Nintendo, memorized almost everything there was to know about the games, and was referred to by friends as "The game master", but his mother was less than excited. Convinced that Nintendo games would melt his brain, she forced Kevin to keep his system (and television) hidden: Kevin would only play it when he knew his mother was gone.
The car pulled up in front of an old pawn shop downtown, and Kevin picked up a rather nice looking television off the floor of the car...
"Mom, I still don't see why we have to sell the TV... we're doing fine..."
Kevin's mom pointed at a small crack on the corner of the screen. "See that?? TV rays will seep out of that crack, and turn you into a communist! We need to get rid of it, Kevin."
Kevin wasn't sure how a TV worked, but he was certain that "Communist Rays" had nothing to do with it. "Mom, you can't believe everything you hear on TV..."
"Why not? You probably believe everything in those Nintendo Man games..."
"Uh, Ma, I know Mushrooms don't make you grow..."
"my god are you doing mushrooms?"
"Mom!! No!!!" Kevin sighed. "Look... I'll take this in, see what I can get for it... maybe a new TV? would you like that?"
His mom smiled faintly in agreement.
"Okay. But look, after this, you need to loosen up alright? We can't just keep getting new TV's every time you think one is Satan."
She stared at him worriedly, then smiled. "Alright Kevin. M-maybe you're right about the TV... Just... go in, trade it off, and I promise this'll be it."
Kevin looked in his mother's eyes and smiled. "Thanks mom."
Kevin walked into the small pawn shop, adorned with neon paint on the windows, advertising "WE BUY AND SELL GOLD, JEWELRY, APPLIANCES, GUNS, AMMO, SEX MAGAZINES!!" He could just imagine the horror running through his mom's face right now as he entered the dimly lit building. The clerk was a kindly old man, who actually knew Kevin, no thanks to his mother's tirades. "Back again, Kevin? Mom upset over my last TV huh?"
Kevin smiled. "Yeah... yeah... look, it's just a little crack too!!!"
The storeowner inspected the crack. "Yeah... I'm sure it works just fine, too... I'd plug it in to see, but it looks like you're in a hurry..." He took Kevin into a room in back, where several televisions lined the walls. Some were as early as the 1960's, some were state of the art, some were black and white, some advertised 500,000 colors at once. Kevin began to wonder how shiny new TV's ended up in a pawn shop...
"Mom promised she wouldn't throw out the next one cause of anything stupid, so maybe if I just get another one of the same kind of TV, would that be cool?", Kevin asked.
The storeowner looked at him with a gleam in his eyes. "Nah... I got something for you..."
He took Kevin in the far back, where an amazingly high-tech Television stood on a shelf. The screen was about two feet tall, but the box itself was suprisingly light. "It's the SeeClear XR-34. Fresh out of the factory. For your old TV, it's free."
Kevin looked at the amazing box in sheer awe. "Oh, no way, I can't take this..."
the storeowner smiled. "I insist. To my best customer."
Kevin smiled and looked out at the car. "Hmm... well if she isn't gonna throw it out, yeah, I suppose I could... thanks!
The storeowner waved to Kevin as he left. "Say hello to your mom for me!", he said while he walked back in the store, a somewhat more morbid expression on his face.
"What's done is done", he said, knowing his enemies were closing in. "Come and get me: you'll never stop the boy."
...no. Just... no. I mean, what the hell!? As far as Max was concerned, this made absolutely no sense. Oh, sure, you can take the "TV made a magic portal into Nintendo Land" route, but people who believe that usually eat the square pizza at school. With their face. Get where I'm going with this? IT'S A GAME. IT'S NOT REAL. How could this possibly be real?
Well, It is. All of it. And Max just had only one idea how. This was surely a parallel universe that just happens to resemble perfectly a world where all his videogames come to life and coexist... ...but seriously, how the crap?? There has to be a more realistic explanation...
Max was no fool. He knew that folks like Mario weren't just born one day and decided to be famous. They were characters and ideas conceived by a Japanese kid named Shigeru Miyamoto who liked to explore his village a lot, then grew up and joined Nintendo. He'd established that this wasn't an elaborate joke at his expense, as from what he'd seen so far, that would take way too much time and effort. He wasn't hallucinating either...
...well, Max eventually decided to just forget about all the oddity surrounding this, and just enjoy this world for what it was. I'd suggest you all do the same, too. Shrug your shoulders. There's a perfectly logical explaination here, we just don't know what that is yet.
"So, you knew Kevin?", asked Max of Mario, as a royal tailor prepared for them some elaborate formal costumes.
"Oh, yeah, yeah... good kid, a lot like you, except... he seemed a lot less experienced with da rest of da world, ya know? I mean, he knew some of it... anyways, after he left, we thought things were gonna get betta... we tried to convince ourselves we were a good place again... It just went downhill without him, though..."
Max was a little confused. "Wait, you mean... he's not here?"
Mario shook his head. "Nah, went back ta Earth about five yeas ago... probably went to see his Ma... I'll bet she's happy ta have him back!"
Max looked down at his feet, and decided not to talk about Kevin anymore. Instead, he took a trip around Toad Town, where people seemed just a little less fascinated by the second coming of their messiah, so to speak. Max enjoyed the quiet for a little bit, and went to take in the beauty of the flower-dotted fields and hills nearby.
"Ouch!!", he heard someone say. It sounded like they fell.
Max looked around on the other side of the wall and saw a girl lying in the grass, not a mushroom girl mind you, just an ordinary one. If she had been hurt, it was hard to tell, because she had on a huge green sweatshirt. She looked like she could almost live out of that thing (In the cutest way possible.)
Max offered her a hand. "Are you okay?"
The girl got up by herself with amazing ease, and answered rather coldly "I'm fine."
"Oookay", Max said, then decided to introduce himself. "I'm Max Walker." When she didn't respond, he added "Captain N? you know?"
When he said this, she turned around, and angrily charged at Max, knocking him flat on his ass. Standing over him, she looked right down into his eyes with a stare that could have made his eyes jump out of his skull and run scrambling for safety. "You, sir, are NOT Captain N. Stop trying to BE Captain N, you will NOT replace him." and with that, she walked away, disappearing behind the hill.
"Geez, what was her problem?"
Mario soon stood over Max. "Hey, why ya lyin on da ground like a pizza pie gone bad? You're ruinin your tux, kid! Besides, plane's here, we gotta get you ta Hyrule!"
Max miraculously sprang up when Mario said Hyrule. "Right, well, let's get going!"
Mario took Max to an air strip where they met a young man in a flight suit and helmet before boarding.
"uuuuhhh, welcome to the Songbird! This is Princess Zelda's special jet! I guess I should get you going! Right, well, uhhhhh... you all packed?"
Max, having brought nothing, just smiled and nodded, then got on board. This pilot was definitely kinda goofy, but maybe he was pretty smart deep down inside. After all, the princess of Hyrule trusted him with her jet.
"Oh, hey, uh, you wanna... know... sit up with me? I mean it's cool n all...", the pilot asked. Max shrugged and got up there with them. Roughly ten minutes after the plane took off, so did their bond.
"Dude, no way!! I've had octorock and it tastes horrible!!! I don't care how hungry a guy is, he's not gonna eat one of those things."
"So, are you from Hyrule?", Max asked.
"Well, technically I was born in a little place just West of it, but yeah... I guess0 I've been livin there since I was a kid. Crazy place, Hyrule... it's the archaeology capitol of this whole planet Gaia, and therefore the site of a lot of war with the space pirates... ...and Ridley..."
"What about Ganon?" Max asked.
"Ganon?" The pilot looked at him confused for a moment, then back at what he was doing. "Ganon's dead. I walked into Hyrule, and a few weeks later I killed him."
Max stared at the pilot for a few moments. "Wait... take your helmet off..."
"uuhhhh, okay..." The pilot obliged, and took his helmet off. Underneath was a young man with very messy and scrambled brown hair. Some of it fell of the sides of his face and in front of his pointed ears. Some of it stood straight out in front like a bomb went off in it.
Link looked at Max. "What? I took it off!"
Max started laughing. "Nothing, it's okay..."
The New Captain N
Chapter 5: The Test and the Turtle
It was dusk when the Songbird landed. Max was already more than a bit surprised by what he'd learned about Hyrule. He could actually understand Hyrule's unusual level of technology, after all they communicated often with places like Mushroom Kingdom and Animal Crossing, but learning that Link was a pilot... that kinda threw him off.
"So what exactly are we doing in Hyrule, Link?" he asked.
Link turned around to look at him and Mario. "That's a good question... what ARE you guys doing here?? Was there a party or something and I didn't get invited!? Why does this always happen to me?!"
Mario started laughing and finally stopped Link. "Cause dis kid ain't Captain N yet. Where's ya girlfriend at?"
Link looked up. "Zelda? she's probably waiting just outside the airstrip."
North Palace was a hell of a lot bigger than it looked in Zelda 2. The airstrip in the back of the palace was suspended off the side of a cliff, and overlooked a forest below. Inside were two women. One had dark hair like Link and had on some small glasses and a red suitcoat with Hyrule's royal crest. The other had on a blue suitcoat far too small for her and a skirt that showed a lot of leg. Both of them were waving to the small group.
"Ah, see, there she is!!"
Max was a little confused by Link's statement. "Uh... which one?"
Link pointed first to Princess Zelda in the red suit. "Hello, Link.", she responded.
"hey!!! point to me!!! come on, Linky!!", screamed the other. Link pointed over to her, and she giggled happily, and introduced herself as Princess Zelda.
"...huh?", said Max (yeah he's confused too, don't worry.) "You're both Princess Zelda?"
"Well, yes", responded the one in red. "Link defeated Ganon and saved me when we were kids."
"Aha, and Link woke me up from a deep sleep later on!", the other Princess Zelda said.
Max stared at Zelda. Then at Zelda. Then back at Zelda. Then at Zelda again. "Gee, I think I need to memorize your names", he said jokingly. "But I think I get it. Zelda 1 and Zelda 2's princesses aren't the same. Now, Link which one is your girlfriend?"
Link pointed to the cute one in blue with the lighter hair, then proceeded to jump up and down with her like an idiot while holding hands. "Cute, huh?" The other Zelda queried. "Anyways Max, we brought you to Hyrule because we're having a major problem at one of our chief sites... Parapa Palace."
"Parapa Palace?", responded Max. "The desert Northeast of here?"
Zelda nodded. "Of course we've had problems with bandits and pirates before at our sites, but recently things have gotten seriously out of hand. It's getting to where Link and Zelda are our last trump card, and even they can't fend them all off now!"
Max stopped for a minute. "uh... you mean the other Zelda right?"
Zelda smiled. "Yes, the other Zelda. And believe me, she's not a ditz or anything, she just... really likes Link. They've really been overworked lately, and Mario has his own work he needs to get back to... I'd really like to give Link and Zelda a breather, but I just don't feel comfortable doing something like that..."
Max stopped her. "...I think I understand what you mean. Don't worry about it! If this involves space pirates I'm sure Samus Aran will show up too, right?"
Zelda thought for a moment. "Well, I do suppose. And she COULD be a lot of help to you. In any case, tomorrow we'll head out for Parapa Desert. In the meantime, why don't you get some sleep?"
Max once again had the luxury of a big royal bed all to himself. He could hardly sleep, just thinking about all the adventure he would have in this new world, so he got up to look around. That's when he heard a noise outside his window: Someone was breaking in!!
"Wh-who's there?? I've got a... well I don't really have anything but I... huh?" Max was a bit suprised to find that the intruder was the weird girl from before in the sweater. "what do you want?"
"What are you trying to prove?", said the girl in the sweater. "Douchebags like you have no respect for what comes before you, it's just "whoo adventure this" and "whoo videogames that". I swear people around here just don't get it..."
Max got up slowly. "Uhm... what do you mean?"
Sweater girl looked him coldly, ordering him to sit back down. "Go home, Max. Go home before you get killed."
"But I can't.", Max explained. "It's impossible now..."
The girl looked him in the eyes once more. "Then stay out of my way." and with that, she jumped out the window and disappeared.
The next day, Link, Zelda (the other Zelda!), and Max were heading out to Parapa desert. The issue of this angry woman was really getting on Max nerves, so he finally asked Link about her.
"Her? Yeah, she's been seen around places... doesn't talk much though, you know? I think she's just shy... anyway, most of us just call her Turtle cause she hides in that big sweater like it's a shell. She doesn't seem like a bad person or anything, just weird."
"hmm", said Max as they rolled through the desert. "I wonder if that will change..."
Meanwhile, a colossal satellite orbiting the planet got a terrifying signal.
"Sir, we just got a message from the Galactic Federation", Lieutenant Lenny said. "Ridley himself is paying a visit to Hyrule."
"WHAT!? NOW???" Needless to say, General Mushmellow was a bit shocked. "Why?? doesn't he have puppies and kittens to cook in a microwave or something?"
"Well sir, if it's any consolation, Samus Aran is also on the planet, not far from the ruins that his pirates have been attacking so much. Should I call her and tell her now?"
"...yes. But nobody else. Samus doesn't freak out about these things, and she knows when to keep a secret. contact her right away."
So far, things were pretty quiet at the Parapa site. Dry and hot, yes, but not particularly dangerous. Max though had again wandered off to a remote section of the ruins to gather his thoughts about his first assignment, when he heard a voice...
"You know it's dangerous to go alone, right?" It was the girl in the sweater, yet again.
Max sighed. "You again? What do you want from me this time?"
Suprisingly, she didn't stare angrily at him (or even scornfully). She actually was kinda smiling. "Come over and sit with me for a minute, would ya?"
Max shrugged, and went over to join her. "There you go! come on, it's okay I don't bite, dude... There you go."
"You're suddenly very nice to me... ?" Max mentioned.
The girl thought for a moment. "Yeah, well, I was thinking and you know... I was kind of a hypocrite... talking about all the gullible people around here, when I was making assumptions about you... you aren't really an idiot, are you?"
Max laughed a little and looked in her eyes. "No, of course not. And I'm gonna finish this assignment, whatever it throws at me."
The girl in the sweater smiled back. "Then I think I owe you a big apology for the things I said, and for knocking you down. You really aren't that bad."
Max smiled. "Neither are you!"
Within minutes, they were talking like old friends, and put their somewhat rough past behind them. Max really liked being around the girl in the sweater, and it looked like she shared the feeling. Then, her phone rang.
"Ugh, just a minute... yeah? ...wait... slow down... okay... ...right now? Alright... no, I can do it... I'm in Parapa right now, anyways. I'll be ready in a few minutes... okay bye." She sighed and turned to Max. "I'm sorry, Max... I have to go."
Max called out to her as she left. "Will I ever see you again?"
The girl in the big sweater turned around and smiled. "Definetely. And very soon."
In the fields that night, there was joy and celebration. The messiah of Galaxy-X had reappeared, blasted Ridley, and happiness would soon return to the world for sure. Unfortunately, as Max would soon find out, you didn't necessarily need bad guys to have a bad time.
"C'mon!", said Max to an unsuited Samus Aran. She was once again in her large green sweater, burying her face in the collar somewhat.
"I..it's cool... I mean can't I do it later?"
Max looked Samus in the eyes. "Samus, I was a lot like you once, believe me... but this is the golden opportunity to make memories. To laugh, to love, to cry... all of it... and if you don't do it now, then when everyone grows up and moves on, you'll get left behind and wish you'd participated."
Samus was a bit surprised at Max's sage words. "I don't want that to happen..."
Max took her hand and tugged on it. "Then come on!! The Zeldas are throwing this big party for everyone, and you're gonna miss right out on it!"
Samus finally buckled and followed Max, but stayed closely to him, as they walked to the center of the field. Our heroes were no longer at the Parapa site, but rather somewhere in the fields North of Saria Town. Stars were out, there was singing and dancing, and best of all, fresh air and free alchohol.
"Hey, there's our man!", said Mario as he reunited with Max. "You, my friend deserve all da beer you can drink! After all, can't let Link have all da fun!", he said as Link suddenly ran across the field, stark naked and wearing his hat over his privates.
"The fairies!!! The fairies are revolting!!! Get out of my head, Spryte!!" Everyone watched the spectacle until Link dissappeared behind the tall grass. Then they went back to mingling.
Mario looked back at Max. "..okay maybe not... but what about you, Turtle? Maybe it'll help?"
Samus shook her head. "Thanks Mario, but I don't think..." It was around this point that Max informed Mario that she was Samus all along.
"Samus, eh?", said Mario as he looked her over, then nudged Max. "Yeah. Get her nice and drunk, man."
"I am not getting drunk! You guys got me out of the suit, but I'm not comfortable going any further just yet!!" she said, a little distressed.
===========One hour later====================
"And then, the hatchling... I swear to god I'm not making this up... the Metroid actually GAVE ME POWER!! It was like... hurting, but backwards..."
Max and Mario laughed at the spectacle of a tipsy Samus Aran. Then, she got a little crazy.
"...what happened next? Why do I always try to forget... why do I... oh yeah.... now I remember..."
Max backed up a little. "Uh-oh... I know this..." Mario was too curious to back away though.
"the bitch. the BITCH FUCKING KILLED IT!!! IT SHOT AT IT OVER AND OVER LIKE IT DIDN'T MATTER!! LIKE IT WAS A FUCKING SQUIRREL OR SOMETHING!!! AND THEN.. and then..."
Mario suddenly got very scared. "Mama Mia..."
Samus made a motion with her right arm, as if it was her cannon. "But I had the BITCH'S RAINBOW BEAM!! AND I TURNED IT ON HER AND I WAS ALL LIKE TAKE THIS BITCH!!! POOOOOOOWWW ZZOOOOOOMMM!!!!" Samus was flinging several expletives even I won't repeat at this point. Then, she gently sat down after telling her story. "And that's why Zebes doesn't exist anymore. Wanna hear more??"
Max wasn't a very heavy drinker, but when he did drink, he managed to keep it down... Samus however quickly became the life of the party, and it looked like she was ready to leave... "Samus... If you tell them all your adventures tonight, what will you tell them later?"
Samus smiled. "I'll tell them... about how I'll tell them..."
Max smiled and took her hand gently. "Why don't you sleep on it?"
Mario butted in. "Aw come on, man! aren't you gonna stay for the drinking contest?" Max shook his head, but Samus seemed interested.
==============yet another hour later============
Mario was cheering the two combatants, while everyone else had pretty much passed out in the fields. "How ya doin, challenger?"
Samus hiccuped but responded. "More."
Max was very tipsy, but he could at least see straight ahead. "Heh... I love you..."
Samus laughed. "I know... I'm hot... hehehe... why don't you make a move or something?"
Mario was encouraging, but not obnoxious. "eh, let's not for now and pretend we did, eh?"
Samus looked over at Mario. "you're a bunch of babies..." she raised her glass one more time, then finally collapsed. Max was the winner.
Mario sighed. "Thank god, somebody won... we can go... c'mon, Max. You can stay at da castle again with us!"
Max nodded. "I... can I bring gorgeous?"
Mario giggled. "Sure... looks like we'll need to carry her though..."
Max nodded. "I'll take her ship to the castle, you carry her in..."
Mario stopped Max. "ahhh, I think I should drive..."
Max couldn't remember a whole lot of what happened that night... at some point during the trip home, Samus woke up and started flirting with Max... everything else was a blank...
======================the next morning=======================
Max woke up in a luxurious bed the next morning, feeling suprisingly well, like he got a full night's sleep. No hangover, no headache. Still, something seemed very wrong, even as the cheerful mushroom kingdom sunlight cascaded through the window and on his face. "woooo... what happened last night..." Then, he realized he was completely naked. "Did I do this??"
Max was very confused about the whole situation, then finally glanced over at the other side of the queen-sized bed. A mess of golden blond hair came out from under the covers. Max was afraid to pull the sheet down, but he did, and came to find the scary truth. Underneath was Samus, sleeping peacefully, and completely naked. Her body was drop-dead gorgeous, but Max wasn't thinking about that. Just how much trouble he was in...
"it's okay... it's okay... nobody needs to know what happened..." He said to himself... "maybe she'll remember even less..."
"Good mooooorrrnning!!!", said Mario as he came in with breakfast. "I made so-Mama Mia! You guys have fun last night?"
Max's expression just sank. "I'm gonna die, and Samus is gonna kill me."
Oooh, Once upon a time, There was this man, who reached into his pocket, and pulled out a-
THE NEW CAPTAIN IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNN!!!!!!
-Day late holiday special approaching-
Chapter 12: Would the real Super Mario please jump up? Part 1
It was a sunny quiet afternoon in Applejack. Max was enjoying the day and greeting his neighbors on that fine Halloween day. Oh, it was moments like this that made him always long to live in videogame worlds like the Mushroom Kingdom. then, he felt a tap on his shoulder. Max turned around, and nearly jumped out of his skin: Standing right there was a space pirate!!
The pirate stood there for a few moments staring at him, and then it finally spoke. "Are you gonna get dressed or what?" It had Samus's voice.
Max, embarrassed, went inside to change. Samus followed behind and called out to him from outside his room. "We have to go in five minutes!! Look I know you like it here but come on, man!"
Max stepped out, wearing a big thick moustache, red shirt, overalls, and carrying a red cap in his hand. "Wait... are you going too?"
Samus smiled and shrugged. "Yeah... I think I can handle it... just don't run off on me or anything... Mario scares me sometimes."
Max could agree. Mario certainly meant well, but his view on things (and his advice) wasn't always... well... useful. "Oh, by the way... I think Doug will be there too..."
Samus stopped dead in her tracks. "...Douglas?"
Max could tell she wasn't happy. "yep. So, is he like a rival of yours?"
Samus shook her head. "No, Captain Falcon is just a delusional hunter who thinks we were meant for each other... I'd get a restraining order on him, but Federation tends to run for cover when they see me..." She said this as they loaded onto Hunter-II. "Well, ready to go back to North Palace?"
Hunter-II hurtled through the sky for about an hour until it finally began a landing cycle for North Palace's airstrip. "...hope I can find a place to park..."
Max looked out the window and saw many familiar vehicles. The Falcon Flyer, Koopa's Klown Kar, Auto's truck, even the Epoch. Then, there was a pickup truck parked next to the Klown Kar. "Excitetruck?"
Thankfully, Samus managed to find a parking spot, though it was much further away than she would have liked. "No matter," Samus said. "I think this Halloween party'll be good for both of us. You'll get to meet a lot of interesting people, including the old brotherhood."
Max turned to ask. "What's that?"
Samus smiled, as if reminiscing. "Ah, the old brotherhood... before Kevin showed up, a brotherhood banded together to help protect this world, consisting of a vampire killer, an angel, and a robot. After Kevin joined that team, I kinda sorta fell in as an unofficial member..."
Max nodded, figuring the first member might be part of the Belmont clan, but had no idea who the other two might be. At the current rate, he couldn't even recognize anyone entering the castle because they were all in costume. So, he just went with the flow and kept walking, along with the space pirate next to him. A creepy but definetely Link-looking butler greeted them at the door.
It took Max a while to notice that Samus was holding onto his right arm. "she's shy", he figured, and they went to look for a table. Then Samus saw someone she knew, dressed as He-man. "Oh! Max! Go introduce yourself to He-man over there and get him to come sit with us!"
Max pointed to the man. "Him?"
Samus was smiling giddily. "Yes!! yes!!"
The Mustacheod Max walked up to the barbarian and introduced himself as Max. When the man heard this, he smiled enthusiastically and shook his hand.
"Ah, mine friend! How good it is to finally meet you!", he said in a thick East European accent. "Does you like mine costume? I would have tried a Ninja turtle but..."
Max blinked his eyes. "Wait a minute, you're Simon Belmont!"
Simon laughed heartily and bowed. "Yes, I am. And I see you haven't come alone?"
Max pulled Simon over to the table with Samus, who was still jittery with excitement. Samus took off her pirate headpiece. "Hey, Simon. Remember me?"
Simon had to think a little bit, and even put on his reading glasses for just a second, but soon figured it out. "Ah! Lady Samus! I see you've finally found a boyfriend that doesn't stalk you... are you supposed to be the queen from Alien?"
Samus shook her head. "No, random pirate. I like your costume, by the way. It's way more 80's than Mario here."
Meanwhile, Bowser was at the ballroom bar and ordering his first drink. "Uh-oh, when Bowser gets drunk, he gets mean... Simon, Max, why don't you go look for Pit, and Megaman?"
Max thought for a moment while walking. "Hmm, Megaman's here..."
Mario, Luigi, and Peach were a little late to the party. "No parking spots! And whose fault is dat, Mario??"
Mario snapped at Luigi. "Hey, shut up! How was I supposed ta know to take da left warp pipe at Albuquerque Land?" Besides, we didn't even bring a car, so shut up."
Luigi got annoyed. "You always do dis!! I always tell ya "Mario I know how to get there let me go with ya" and you're always like "I don't need any help!""
Peach quietly tried to interrupt. "Mario... Luigi..."
"Well maybe if I didn't have ta constantly look afta my little brother and he could take care a himself..."
"I CAN take care a myself!"
"Just let me do things by myself!"
Everyone looked up and at Princess Peach. "Mario, you made us late. Luigi, if it bothers you that much, go on an adventure of your own, or heck just do something at the castle with me if you're bored. Got it?"
The frightened plumbers quietly put their hands to their sides and continued walking forward. "Yes, your highness..."
Peach suddenly returned to her sunny chipper attitude when she saw Max. "Oh look there's you, Mario!"
Peach, bizarrely enough was wearing a Zero Suit costume, while Mario and Luigi were dressed as Laurel and Hardy. "Heh, I dress as Samus, and you dress as Mario. Small world, eh? so what's this thing with you guys?"
Simon blinked. "That's Samus!"
Peach gasped. "Oh! Samus I'm so sorry, I didn't recognize you under the... ...well anyways, like my costume?"
Samus put her hand to her chin in deep thought. "Weeeeell, the cups are a little flat, but-hey I'm just kidding!" And she gave Peach a big hug.
"wow", said Mario. "That's kinda hot..."
"yeah," said Max. "At least she's socializing with people she knows. And Captain Falcon is nowhere to be-WHAP!!!"
Before Max could finish his sentence, something clobbered him hard on the skull and knocked him out. When he woke up, Megaman and Pit were on the dance floor, doing some sort of techno.
"Max, Max, you alright? Guess Bowser and the hammer bros. got a little too tipsy..."
Max shook his head and looked around. Peach had left a few hours ago, and Bowser was surprisingly sober. "Mama Mia... Someone's taken Peach!"
Simon shook his head. "No, Peach went..."
Max jumped to his feet. "We gotta save the princess Luigi! Come on!!"
Mario watched this spectacle. "Come on, Luigi, we betta tell da princess what happened..."
Luigi ignored him and took Max's hand. "You go on ahead... I'm gonna go with "Mario!""
Mario shook his head. "But Luigi, what about... ...ahhh alright fine. Go on a pointless adventure to Bowser's castle, see what I care..." and with that, Max and Luigi ran off to the warp pipe. As soon as they were gone, Mario stared sternly at Bowser. "Alright Bowser, you started this, now ya gotta help us finish it!"
"You gotta be kidding...", said Bowser, who really didn't want to be bossed around. Thankfully, Mario knew how to speak his language.
"How long has it been since ya done somethin REAL sinister? Or heck, just had me come up to the castle and save Peach? I get bored too these days... don't tell me you don't wanna play along with all this head trauma!"
Bowser thought about Mario's proposition. "Alright, I'll do it! What do you need from me?"
"We're gonna let this play out until Max and Luigi reach your castle. Then we can hold Max there until he comes back to his senses..."
Bowser looked at Mario with little faith. "This won't work without Peach in a cage or something."
Mario smiled. "Not a problem. If I explain da situation to her, I'm sure she'll play along too. Remember, we don't want him freaking out or nothin. We'll just let him think he's me for a little while until he reaches ya castle."
Bowser nodded. "sounds good to me. I'll go get ready now..." and he hopped into his clown car with the hammer brothers, flying to a pipe in the clouds.
Mario sighed. "Max, Luigi... I hope you can take good care of each other..."
Sometimes... when I feel hot... I think of-
THE NEW CAPTAIN N!!!
Chapter 13 (creepy!): Would the real Super Mario please stand up? concluded
"What do you mean he's missing?"
Mario tried to explain to Peach as best as he could. "Well he's not totally unattended. Luigi is looking afta him. Last time I heard from him, they were on their way ta Starlight Heights..."
Peach thought to herself. "The sixth of the eight main provinces..." The mainland of the Mushroom Kingdom consisted of a small continent with five provinces (better known to Max as the original Super Mario Bros' Worlds 2-4 to 7-1) and two islands. (One relatively flat island, Worlds 1-1 to 2-1. The other was a large hilly island on which Bowser once took over Toadstool Fortress. Worlds 7-4 to 8-4. some "worlds" were at sea.) Max and Luigi, therefore were somewhere around world 6.
"Anyways, Bowser is gonna try ta meet up with em at Toadstool Fortress, but they're coming for you, so he kinda needs ya there." Mario explained.
Peach's face lit up. "Really? Yeah! I hardly ever see that big turtle anymore anyways, and it gets so boring around here... when is he coming?"
Then, Bowser burst through the double doors of Peach Castle. "RIGHT NOW!! So, is everyone ready?"
Mario did his best butler impersonation. "Ya captive awaits".
Peach ran off towards Bowser and his clown car. "Wish us luck, Mario!"
Jazzy music was practically running through Max's head as he leaped from grassy mushroom platform to platform. The stars were still out, and clouds hung below the stalks... Luigi was close behind, and enjoying every minute of it.
"Look! There's the castle! Maybe Peach is inside..."
Luigi nodded and followed him. He knew for sure that she wasn't (was she ever?), but was enjoying the adventure too much to care. Of course, they entered the Capitol castle of Starlight Heights, but it no longer held lava, firebars, or even any old maze spells. In fact, it looked kinda nice.
"Hmm... is this some sort of trick?", Max asked of Luigi.
Luigi thought for a moment. "Well, we did already do all dis rememba? This is all free and peaceful. If ya want Bowsa, we just gotta keep goin to Toadstool Fortress!"
Max nodded. "well dis aint as fun!"
Luigi mumbled. "oh man he's talkin like us now.."
On the way to the unfortunate fortress, Max and Luigi entered some new worlds, including Halloween world, which had a token spooky theme to it, and everyone (and enemies) dressed in costumes. After defeating Kount Koopa, The plumbers were able to pass, and reach the somewhat more inviting Christmas World, where it was always snowy but heartwarming. Before leaving, Luigi picked up a super mushroom. When he ate the fungus, his whole body flashed different colors, and when the smoke settled, he had grown to Max's size and looked much stronger. "Alright! let's get goin ta the fortress!"
In the seventh province, Max and Luigi faced jumping cheep-cheeps, a sea full of bloopers, and a few hammer brothers. Thankfully, they found some fire flowers. When they picked these rare flowers, Their overalls and hats turned to a badass white, and they now had the upper hand against their foes.
"Hey, Luigi, eva notice how da fireballs work in da wata?"
"Luigi scratched his head. "Yeh, dat is kinda weird..."
They eventually forgot the oddity as the finally approached Toadstool Fortress. Inside, this world 8-4 did not resemble it's more peaceful counterparts. Indeed, the lava and firebars were back in full force. Somehow, in Max's mind, he still knew exactly what route to take to reach Bowser.
Luigi's enthusiasm was starting to diminish as he realized the adventure would soon be over, and he'd have to go back to staying behind because apparently Mario was never in danger like he was. So much bullshit out of that tiny man's mouth... Luigi got tired of it sometimes. He knew Mario just worried about him, but why wouldn't he just... argh...
Max approached the bridge, and found Bowser with peach in a cage, sure enough. "So, Bowser, we meet again, for the last time for the first time... wait... dammit..."
"Uh... We meet again... again.... no hold on...
"When last I saw you I was but a learner... now I am... fuck..."
Bowser lost his patience. "Just fight me already so I can dunk your head in the lava!", he said with a menacing smile!
"Hope yer ready, cause I'm gonna clean your pipes!!"
Bowser stood there looking at Maxio, a bit dumbfounded... actually everyone was staring at him. Then Peach started snickering, followed by Luigi. Pretty soon, everyone was laughing at that stupid line.
Maxio just couldn't figure it out. "What?? It was a perfectly good one-liner!!"
That's when Bowser took the opportunity to clobber him on the head with his big mitts. Once again, Maxio went out cold.
"Hey, he's coming to!! Yo, Max, you okay? You cured or what?"
Max held his head in pain, trying to remember what happened. "uh... why are we in world 8-4? why is Peach in a cage? Bowser, is this some sort of joke?"
Luigi's eyes, for the moment, lit up. "Max!! You're okay!!!"
Max looked at Luigi, confused. "Yeah, yeah, I'm fine... seriously, what's going on?"
Peach looked at Bowser. "Well, I guess you can let me out now." Bowser just stood there looking at Peach, with a wicked smile on his face.
Bowser shook his head. "Like Mario said, it's been too damn long since I done this!! You want out? Pray they can beat me."
"Aww man, how am I supposed to beat him?? If only Samus was around... ...oh god, where is she???" Max suddenly felt very incompetant when he no longer thought he was Mario, and had no idea what to think of the King of Koopas who once gave him inspirational advice.
"Aw, too bad... Max doesn't wanna fight... guess it's all up to second fiddle now, eh?" Bowser sneered.
Luigi's expression suddenly changed, and he coldly, quietly approached Bowser. "Never call me that." And with that, he jumped over Bowser's attack, grabbed his tail, and swung him out of the fortress. Luigi then and there proved he was a badass.
"Hey!!! Oh god not you!! Ow! I'm not a platfooooooooooooooooorrrrrmmKERBOOP!", Someone had bounced off the flying Bowser and entered the room. The real Mario!
"Sorry I'm late, I heard that Bowser was getting carried away, but I guess Max here took care of it all by himself! Good work, kid!"
Max smiled and shook his head. "oh no, don't thank me. Luigi is the one that essentially kicked his ass. I would appreciate being told what just happened though...", he said as he took off his already peeling fake mustache.
"Eh, long story", Mario said. "What matters is it worked!"
"Nothin. Let's just go home, eh? Samus's been worrying about you..."
Max sighed. "okay..."
Max sighed as he approached his house. With no recollection of his experience as Mario, most of the night as far as he was concerned was a total bust. When he heard Samus's voice though, he smiled to find her with her arms open, awaiting embrace.
"Hey... you had a long night, Max", she said as she held him tight. "Don't worry though, I had Simon to hang with..."
"Samus... what happened?" Max had to ask.
"You don't remember? Well, I'll tell you inside..."
OPERATION STATUS: COMPLETED
SUBJECT: PIRATE PRIME RANK 1 "RIDLEY"
Life force: 100%. awaiting conscious activation.
"Sir... can you hear me?"
"ow... god... I can still feel it...", the dragon said, his eyes half open, and his arms weakly rubbing his chest and belly.
"Yes, I'm afraid that area is going to burn for a little while until you have properly healed...", the laboratory pirate explained to his captain. "In the meantime, I suggest you rest, and-"
"I DON'T NEED REST!!!" Screamed Ridley as he jumped off the table and spread his wings, knocking the lab pirate to his feet. "I JUST NEED THAT LITTLE TURD'S HEAD ON A PLATE!! HEAR ME, AS LONG AS MY CHEST BURNS, SO DOES MY HEART... IT BURNS FOR REVENGE!"
The lab pirate got up and tried to calm him down. "But sir, you can't! At your current rate, you can't even fly for more than a few seconds!"
Ridley grabbed him up and brought him to his face. "Then you better find someone to go for me, or I'll send YOU out there!!"
The sniveling pirate nodded. "Yes, right away!! I'll start making some calls!"
Ridley looked down at his status and sighed.
Grab your guitar, Wilma!! It's THE NEW CAPTAIN N
Chapter 15: What's with that big dish on Doctor Wily's castle? Doesn't he know about digital cable?
"How about this one?"
"You already showed me that one."
"how about this?"
"We can steal the Triforce and bring him back..."
"No we won't cause I said so."
Ridley was not making this very easy for the poor lab pirate, but at least he had calmed down enough to do some goon shopping. Bowser was too incompetant, Kraid hated his guts, Ganon would just kick his ass, Dr. Wily could make some damn good robots, but he wasn't smart at much else.
"Don't we have anything that like... finds people and just kills them at the press of a button?"
"Those are called mercenaries, sir."
"No, no... I mean like... you just see someone, and then you make them die. And nobody knows how to protect themselves, or who will be next. I want something like that."
"Well sir, the Skedar claim to have been ambushed by weapons like that, but..."
"Holy shit, Skedar? Damn... to bad nobody knows how to find any... ...eh, don't worry about it... how bout anything involving space and time? Those are always fun to screw with..."
"You sure? I thought I remember a decade or two ago about something coming out of the ground near Trann..."
"A mere anomaly. Totally unpredictable."
Ridley sighed. "Hey... what if Doctor Wily can make something like that? Yeah, he's screwed with time before, maybe he can make something..." Luckily, Doctor Wily was one of the few villains out there who didn't despise Ridley.
"Sir, I really don't think-"
"That'll be all, Curly."
Max didn't want to piss Samus off anymore than she probably was, but he was a little confused by the destination. "Uh, do you mind if I ask you a question?"
Samus didn't respond.
"Um, okay... it's about Doctor Light... I thought they lived somewhere in Japan?"
Samus quietly answered. "Yes."
"So, wait, you know where that is!? As in Earth!?"
Samus quietly repeated. "Yes. As in your homeworld."
Max was more than a little surprised. Here, Mega Man had been living in his world all this time, and yet he never heard anything about Doctor Wily's attacks or Mega Man's victories... "...and what are they doing here?"
Samus shrugged. "They moved." She obviously didn't want to speak much, but she wasn't angry. She just had to lock herself up in her own mind for a little bit, hence also putting the suit on. It was her rock, her place to hide when she couldn't deal with the world, or didn't want to. Max sensed this, and gently put his hand on her jetpack. "Don't touch me, please." Max apologized and took his hand off.
"Samus? Um... do you think... I could go back to Earth sometime? someday?"
Samus did not respond as they approached Light's secluded laboratory. After recieving permission to dock, she entered the hangar through the ceiling door.
Samus opened the door and stepped out. "Not in my ship, you won't. Now let's get to the test." Samus met Doctor Light outside and greeted him.
"This is Max Walker, the replacement for Kevin. ...are the robots ready?"
Doctor Light nodded to the masked hunter and motioned the two of them into a big lounge, with a TV, couches, tables, a few games, and so on. Inhabiting the room were the initial eight robot masters: Cut Man, Guts Man, Ice Man, Fire Man, Bomb Man, Elec Man, Roll, and Mega Man.
"Ah! Hey!", Cut Man responded. "We've been waiting for you!"
Light smiled. "Walka, Cut man and de othas ah going to engage in some wight battle with you and Samus. The weapons aw toned down a bit, Cut man won't cut yo awm off o nothing, but you'w have to keep fwom kiwwing yosewf. You undastand wight? don't faww in da wava"
Samus looked straight at Doctor Light. "Oh, uh, I wasn't planning on joining him or anything..."
Light shook his head. "I undastand why not, but on de otha hand, if we had a twaining accident and Max was killed, it would come back on da wobots, wike a dog you gotta put to sweep. They awn't easy to webuild!"
"What about Max? Don't you care about his life?"
"Of couwse! So join him!"
"I... alright..." Samus admitted defeat and sat down next to Elecman and Gutsman.
"Eh, Don't worry", Gutsman told her. "We won't hurt him. It's against our prime directives to hurt people. Besides, after what happened with Doctor Wily that first time, the thought of it scares me."
"That's right... you were all reprogrammed to kill and destroy..."
Max piped up. "Actually, not Rock and Roll."
Samus looked at him confused. "What? Not Rock and Roll? God I hate lyrics..."
Max and some of the robots burst into laughter. "No... No... Rock and his sister! They weren't effected. Just the other six. Mega Man busted them all up and sent the bodies back to Doctor Light."
"It wasn't funny," Samus sneered, and she morphed into a ball. Max held her to make her feel better, but she layed a bomb, so Max dropped her and ran from it. it discharged in the air, hitting nothing.
"Is evvybody weddy?", the good doctor called. "Then wets get to wowk!"
"Sir, can't we just ask him to make a time travel robot?"
Ridley sighed. "No. He'll just ask why he should, and then he'll probably make it a cheap-ass robot to spite us. That's how Wily rolls: predictably. Now, you remember your part, right?"
The lab pirate, who we'll now call Curly, sighed. "yes, sir..." And he ran off ahead.
Ridley knocked on the large metal door of Wily's castle and waited for a response. All he got was a "Go away." Ridley tried again. "Look Wily, I'm not going away till you come out here!"
"Wrong answer", Wily sneered back, and out of the hangar high above, Wily's mechanical dragon flew and headed straight for Ridley.
"My god, is that his idea of a robot dragon!? How does that thing even fly with those gimpy wings??" Ridley of course was no stranger to having robotic parts in his past. "got an awful lot of dead weight though in that belly of his... ...hehehe..."
Ridley grew a wicked smile on his face and screamed at the metal monstrosity. "Hey! Down here!! You know, with a face like that, you could do children's television! "Love Puffs" sounds like a great name!"
Enraged, the dragon charged towards Ridley, who continued to insult the lesser (in awesomeness only) dragon. At the last minute, Ridley peeled out of the way, and the dragon crashed straight through the door.
"Thanks, Puff. I owe you one." Ridley said as he walked across it's face getting in.
"What in the hell did you do to my door!!?"
"Hey don't blame me that your cheap-ass robots don't work right."
Dr. Wily gasped as he realized what Ridley was talking about. "My dragon!! It's ruined!! Do you have any idea how much this will cost in spare parts? That was one of my advanced security units!!"
Ridley shrugged. "Not advanced enough I guess... now let's talk business."
"Fine", Doctor Wily said under his breath. "What do you want?"
"Doctor, I understand you have some experience in... ...time travel."
Wily started laughing. "Yeah, but let me tell ya you aren't missing much."
Ridley raised an eyebrow. "Is that so?" He peered his head down the hall as he saw two robots talking to each other, and a third figure just barely run off to whence he came.
"Hey, Centaur Man!"
"Oh, hey Flash Man..."
"You can stop time, right?"
"Yeah, so can you... why do you ask?"
Flash Man's face lit up. "I was just thinking... what if we did it AT THE SAME TIME??"
Centaur Man looked intrigued. "Hmm... let's find out!!"
Doctor Wily's eyes widened, and his mustache drooped. "..what..."
Wily ran as fast as he could down the hall. "No, you idiots!! Stop!!! If you do it at the same time, you could..."
"1... 2... "
Wily shielded his eyes at Flash man's bright flash of light. When he opened his eyes, Flash man and Centaur Man were nowhere to be found.
"This is just as I feared... A complete time-stop repel!! Likely, one robot has been propelled into the past, while the other robot has been propelled into the future!! Now what'll I do??"
Ridley smiled. "Guess you'll have to make me that time traveling robot so we can go find them!"
Wily knew, somewhere deep down, that Ridley and Curly set this up to happen. "I hate you..."
"That's okay", said Ridley. "Most people do."
WE ARE THE ROBOTS!!
THE NEW (CAPTAIN N)
chapter 19: maybe he isn't such a dumb doctor after all
After Mother Brain died, Ridley totally took over, shoving several other villains aside and essentially putting them out of work, usually assaulting the few who got in his way. For Doctor Wily, recent events may have looked like defeat, but for once in a long time, he was very excited.
"Hmmmheehehehehe... it seems we have an advantage..."
Flash Man peered up from his magazine. "what's that?"
Doctor Wily smiled. "Lucca and her friends can only come here and back. We on the other hand have a robot capable of taking us many places..."
Flash Man smiled. "aahhh... ...but where is where?"
Doctor Wily nodded. "True. It seems Eon Man cannot pinpoint items in the past very well... I still have no idea why this is. I know you left before we got there, but still... why couldn't it pin down Max?? or Kevin??"
Flash Man pondered. "Maybe they weren't there."
"Yeah, but... they HAD to be! Where else would they be?"
That's when Flash Man remembered something he heard Lucca talking about. "Do you think it could find Lavos?"
"You know, Lavos..."
"Flash Man, don't be dumb. Lavos is a myth... ...however... ...yes!! Oh my god, yes!! That's brilliant!! aaaahahahaha!!! I know just the man to help us with the job!!!"
Eon Man looked off to the side. "oh boy... where are we going today?"
Doctor Wily's maniacal laugh filled the castle. "Eon Man, try searching for a man... a man by the name... ...of Magus...
Back home in Applejack, Max and Samus were raking up leaves outside the house. as Max made huge piles, Samus essentially lifted them whole and put them in lawn bags.
"Feeling better?" Max asked her.
Samus nodded. "mmhm. I'm just thinking about Ridley again... it's been a few months since you blew him open like that... I hope it takes a good long time before we see him again..." Max jumped into a pile of leaves and sat in it like a chair.
"Hey, we know his weakness! A good shot to the chest."
Samus smiled and jumped on top of him when his guard was down. "Gotcha!!!"
"h-hey!!! no fair you're stronger!!"
Samus and Max rolled a few times, but ultimately, Samus was over him. "heh, y'know at this point I have no quarrel whatsoever with totally murdering him. Any way possible. His life should end. Does that make me homicidal?"
Max smiled. "well, let me think about it..." after rolling his eyes in thought, he suddenly rolled his whole body. Samus squealed in surprise, and soon Max was on top. Samus was giggling too much to do anything about it. "Yes, you are homicidal. But I like that!" And, they remained laying in the leaves for a few moments, just soaking up the autumn season.
November 8th. 12,000,002 years before the union of Gaia.
"Okay Eon Man... ...point us to our target, and you'd better PRAY you find him this time."
Nervously, Eon Man put his hand to his chin and pondered. "Well... erm... I think... I think I can find... ...oh! OH!!! Oh god!!!! Yes!! I have found a match!"
Wily's eyes lit up. "Are you serious?? He's here?"
Eon Man nodded. "Target acquired. please follow me."
Doctor Wily and Eon Man ventured to a seaside cliff overlooking the sea (which was below a cliff!) and many many small islands. The cold was unbearable, but yet, the man sitting on the cliff edge cared not. He looked like he could freeze to death and just not care. Unaware of the man's temperament, Wily sat down next to him to gaze at the view. The man said nothing.
"sigh... so, how do you do it?"
The Man remained silent for many moments, his eyes closed. Then, finally, he asked, "do what?"
"just sit like that in the cold!"
The man sighed. "The skin burns from cold, but the body on the inside is very warm. I just mentally retreat into myself. You should try it."
Dr. Wily shrugged and tried thinking himself warm, but it just wasn't working. "eh, guess us lower life forms can't pull that one off... you sure are gifted, Magus."
Magus raised an eyebrow to the man, surprised at his response. "Oh well you don't have to suck up to me. Anyways, you know who I am, so what do you want and why should I care..."
Wily did his research prior to the venture, and did it well. "I believe we can reach a mutual agreement. You see, I am a designer of malicious machines bent on world domination, bombarded by heroes and an ever-annoying dragon who has backed other villains into a corner. You, my friend, brought the world to it's knees as a horrible wizard in the middle ages until a frog and some annoying kids imprisoned you in this god-forsaken time period of cold weather."
Magus was laughing at the feeble old man on the inside. "My god, are you what people fear when I'm not around? Cute..."
Dr. Wily was simultaneously insulted and impressed. "Save it for the dragon. He'll love to hear that..." Wily snickered.
"Alright old man, what do you want, and what do I get out of it in return?"
Dr. Wily smiled. "I will leave this time period with you, and go somewhere... warmer. how about 1002 AD? Maybe set you free on the world? Kill those kids that gave you so much trouble?"
Magus gave Wily a stern look. "..and what do you want in return?"
Dr. Wily smiled again. "once they're out of the way, destroy their time travel device. I'll come for you after three days. I think you'll find it beneficial to stick with me: I can venture wherever I please in time, unlike those petty fools."
Magus snorted, containing his laughter. "Wherever? Yeah, sure. I can do that..."
1002 years after Gaian Union.
"Hello! Welcome to the Truce Inn! How can I help you?"
Magus mustered forth his greatest fake smile to her manufactured one. "Hi!! Can I like, get a room for me and my professor? We're here like, studying marine life!"
The desklady of course did not know who he was. Nobody did, even in the middle ages. It was great. "Sure. that'll be 500g. I like your hair by the way!"
"Thank you!! ^.^ pah... dumb blond... okay old guy, go upstairs and just hide in our room. I'll take care of the rest."
Wily liked it. "Sounds like a plan to me!!"
Magus casually walked down the steps of the inn, and began trekking towards Lucca's house, as that was the usual hangout point. "This'll be an interesting reunion..."
(sometimes I put scissors on my head and pretend I'm Cutman...)
THE NEW CAPTAIN N
chapter 20: A NEW CHARACTER HAS APPEARED
It was getting dark when Magus approached the house. Someone was definitely home because the lights were on. When he saw a silhouette of spiky hair, he knew the kids were there. "Excellent", he thought to himself.
Magus casually walked up to the door and knocked.
"huh? someone's at the door..." Lucca said... "I'm coming I'm coming!!" Lucca opened the door and saw some leather armor staring her back. She gasped, and slowly looked up at the cold pale face and long, elegant blue hair, already knowing who it was.
"Hey, Nerd.", He spoke, in a tone not as cold as his expression. "your friends here too?"
Lucca didn't know whether to smile, or... what. "um... yeah... come in."
Crono, for once in awhile, couldn't bring himself to say anything when the familiar wizard walked inside. Marle however immediately jumped up with the biggest grin on her face. "MAAAGUUUSSS!!!!!" She squealed, and ran to hug him.
"Don't ever touch me, Princess. You know I dislike being touched."
Marle smiled and looked up at him (he was rather tall.). "So, what are you doing here?? And how did you get to our time period?"
Magus found a chair and parked himself in it. "That's kinda why I'm here. Not that it matters to me, but it seems somebody wants you dead, and he has a robot that traverses the ages. So, I took the dumb geezer's offer."
Lucca snorted. "What else is new? Someone's been giving Porre steroids, and now we gotta watch our backs. It hasn't exactly been easy around here either... I'm actually spending most of my time by myself these days! I can't remember the last time that happened..."
"Yeah I don't need your sob story, I'm just warning you cause it'd be a shame to lose fine warriors like that..."
Marle shook her head. "Oh come on Magus, I know you also missed us!! I missed you!!!"
Magus laughed to himself. "What's to miss about loud and annoying? I was enjoying myself over twelve thousand years in the past! (sorta...)"
Crono finally spoke up. "Okay... okay... I'm gonna-"
"CRONO NOT NOW"
"Guys! guys! Just let me say something. Thanks... Magus, you're a human, just like us. You're bound to the same preferences, errors, desires, and emotions. Yes. You are. You were born with them. You can't destroy them, just lock em up. Let them out!! Take this chip off your shoulder! My god, what does Schala say about your attitude!!??"
Magus slowly got more and more pissed at Crono, but he held his temper. "Gee, Crono, I don't know. When I FIND her, I'll ask her and let you know."
Crono's expression changed, and Lucca looked worried. "...find her? ...you still haven't found her?"
Magus raised his voice. "NO!!! I haven't, ALRIGHT?? She's not in the mountains, she's not in town... fuck I even looked in the GODDAMN OCEAN, in the palace WRECKAGE, and she wasn't there. I DON'T KNOW WHERE SHE IS. Why does everyone care so much that I find her anyway???"
Marle sadly answered... "D-don't you?? She's your sister..."
"Ugggnnh... yeah..." Magus groaned, defeated by Marle's point. "But I still can't find her. And I don't need anyone's help."
Crono stood up. "Magus, I-"
Magus angrily shot up and left. "Hmph! I'm leaving! If you REALLY wanna help me so bad, make it look like the Epoch took a spill." And with that, he stormed out.
Lucca sighed. "...it was good to see you again, too..."
"Hey, Old-timer, wake up."
Dr. Wily snorted and opened his eyes as he got out of bed. "huhwha? Is it over?"
"yeah, everything's taken care of. Let's go."
Doctor Wily looked outside at the peaceful night sky. "I'd have thought you'd do more... ...damage..."
Magus scoffed. "We're time travelers, remember? We try to avoid that sort of thing. Get dressed and let's meet up in Leene Square... I'm gonna stay here for a moment."
Doctor Wily shrugged. "okay... you're the man."
"ugh, what a stupid saying...", Magus groaned as he stared out at the sea from the window. "And what a foolish old man... he's practically giving me all the tools I need. Heh, if I didn't have to pretend the twerps were dead, maybe I could have invited them to come with us... ...no, what am I saying?? They'd just nag about Schala, the one person I want to forget."
Magus continued to gaze out upon the infinite sea and the mysteries it may hold.
"then again, if that Metallic sumo turd he carries around can really do like he says... ...maybe I'm looking in the wrong period..."
...a sudden smirk crossed Magus's face.
THE NEW CAPTAIN N (classic style)
Chapter 21: The awesome Megaman stage-chapter
By Rustedsoda (how does that even work? it's a liquid...)
(I totally bet this chapter will start with "Max")
Max couldn't sleep. No matter how hard he tried, questions left him uncomfortable, confused...
Samus came into the room, leaving the light turned off. She was in just an undershirt and panties. "Hey... ...you alright?" Max actually blushed a little, having never seen her like that.
Max just sighed and lay in bed. "Uh... can I ask you something?"
Samus sat down on the edge of his bed. Max suddenly felt kind of nervous.
"uh... have you played Metroid? Super Metroid, maybe?"
Samus shook her head. "Nah, kinda boring to me... ...just didn't feel the same.. any of em... why?"
Max looked confused. "I thought it was fiction. The games."
Samus again shook her head. "At first, when Nintendo started putting them out, they made like it was. Then word of mouth got here, and we were pretty pissed. Well, Nintendo told the truth pretty fast. But surely you would have known they were based on true stories, this happened a long time ago..."
"No, I'm quite sure... ...ah whatever... weird..."
Samus tussled Max's hair. "Well if you're okay I'm gonna go back to bed. Goodnight, Max..."
Max wanted to say something, to keep her there with him... ...but they'd already gone over this. She's only here cause she's his roommate, his boss, his friend. Nothing more. Max closed his eyes and tried not to think about such strange things as videogames and love.
Meanwhile, at Doctor Light's lab, a young man with ruffled brown hair lay asleep on a bed, wearing a T-shirt and denim shorts...
-standby interrupted. Power save mode disabled.
LIGHTBOT v1.0 ready model 1
(c)LIGHTBOT ind. 2001
Rock opened his eyes. Without a word or any hesitation, he got up out of bed and left his room. He headed down the hallway to the very end, and entered the room there. Quietly, he stepped on a platform and pressed a key. A metal ring moved up and down around his body, until his blue metal armor had been fully attached. Then, he went out to the doghouse next to the little lab, and woke up Rush. "Shhhhhhh, no barking", he told the dog, and it nodded, seeming to understand exactly why. Together, they marched into the woods. Minutes later, Mega Man flew out, far from the ears of light sleepers, on the back of Rush Jet.
Again, he said nothing as they flew through the night sky, watching trains go by beneath him... He eventually flew down to the "Museum of Natural History". Finding a blasted hole in the ceiling, He now knew exactly what he mysteriously sensed at the lab...
======E O N M A N ======
- READY -
Megaman dropped onto the floor below, his metal boots making a distinct "da-dink!" sound. Surveying the scene before him, nothing in the museum was damaged, but something wasn't right... he ran forward, making hardly a noise. He reached a ladder headed downward, jumped at it, and grabbed in midair before finally climbing down it.
"The age of Dinosaurs." Yep. Eon Man was here. several of the robot dinosaurs turned to attack Mega Man. Defeating the smaller ones only took about three or four buster shots, but the T-Rex required him to shoot in the head in a specific spot a few times, until the core blasted out and the machine just collapsed. Mega Man collected the core, charging his not-quite well rested cell system. He found another service ladder and jumped to it. It took him to the next floor: Egyptian.
Before getting off the ladder, he was already attacked by robot mummy men and a giant mechanical scorpion. The Scorpion somehow gained the ability to fire energy blasts from it's stinger, but Megaman shot it in the eyes and continued on. The next floor was Medieval. There was large statues of knights (and robot knights on unicycles for some reason.) A replica of the Master Sword grew eyes and began trying to stab Megaman from above, but with careful sliding he managed to evade the blade, turn around, and blast it in it's weak point: The hilt.
Megaman trekked across another rooftop to an area labeled "The World of Tomorrow", though the Museum was so old, this was almost commonplace stuff. other than a few Mets, Megaman had no trouble reaching a metal gate.
one short hallway...
...and there, right before him, was Eon Man.
"Well!" Eon Man began. "Shouldn't you be in bed, little robot?"
"Same to you", Mega Man replied. "You must be what was causing all the distortions before. Wily, I take it?"
"Yes, yes it is... don't mind me, I'm just educating myself. Oh, but I'll be glad to send you to oblivion!"
Eon Man started shooting at Mega Man. Mega Man jumped the shot and opened some charged shots on Eon Man. Eon Man started running toward Mega Man, jumping at him when close enough. Mega Man slid underneath him and to the other end of the room to put space between them. He charged another buster shot, and nailed Eon Man in the face. One more shot would rip that head off the body...
...Just then, Eon Man raised his arms to the sky. Suddenly, Mega Man was back at the front of the room and Eon Man was undamaged, shooting at Megaman. "What in the hell?? This must be his power!! I have to find a way to destroy him before he can reset time!"
Try as Megaman might, he was losing more and more energy, as Eon Man's kept replenishing. Just then, a familiar whistle could be heard, and a red and gray robot beamed into the room.
"Who the hell are you??", Eon Man screamed.
"Rock, you can't defeat him in time with the M. Buster by yourself. Let's both take him!!", Proto Man said.
"N-Now wait a minute!!! Two against one isn't fair!!!"
"Don't talk to us about fair..."
Eon Man wasn't much match for Proto Man and his younger brother combined. That head became blasted off, and his weapons core was removed.
"Take the core with you, Rock. I think Max and Samus will need you and your new weapon, very soon." and with that, he teleported away, like a mysterious shadow.
Megaman absorbed the core into his buster arm. His colors changed from blue and light blue to Black and yellow, and he teleported out.
G E T E Q U I P P E D
W I T H
T. T R A V E L
The New Captain N
Chapter 23: Magus Tortured
Magus never sharpened his scythe. Never needed to. It fed on blood, some say literally. He simply killed small animals with it and then returned to Doctor Wily, to end his life as well. He would take Doctor Wily's device, and venture through time as he saw fit.
"Alright Magus I'm all done!!", Wily spoke with delight.
"Where is it?"
Doctor Wily handed him what looked like some sort of rifle. Then Doctor Wily grabbed one too.
"The time machine? Doctor?"
Wily smiled. "we're holding it!"
Doctor Wily explained. "Since we are without a robot to utilize this, we have to seperate the workload onto two people. Simply put, no man can do this by himself with one machine."
"But... If I put these parts together I could... did you think of that?"
Doctor Wily blinked for a moment. "hmm... wait yeah you could... ...but then I wouldn't get to go with you..."
Magus walked up to Doctor Wily and took his hand. "I've had enough. Just give it to me, you're obviously too stupid to use it yourself."
Wily was not too surprised. "Ah, but you forget, only I know how to operate the navigator! How would you find anything?"
"Damn... you're right..."
Wily gained a devious smile. "There's something you want... isn't there? Something you seek..."
Magus looked at him, knowing the navigator could probably find it. He chose to remain quiet, staring into Wily's eyes.
"You know... I'm sure I could help you find it, with this machine... Just tell me what it is, and this will find it. Would you like that? Are you glad I'm still here?"
"I should kill you now," Magus uttered.
"Need I remind you again that only I know how to operate it?"
Magus said nothing, but his temper was boiling.
"So close to you... come on, don't you want to make good use of it? Tell me: what are you looking for?"
Magus finally answered. "Nothing. There is nothing I want. Now, as I said before, I shall destroy you!!"
He raised his scythe into the air over a very scared Doctor Wily.
"y-you wouldn't!" He would. "You couldn't!!" He most certainly could. "You shouldn't!!" He s-well okay ya got me there...
Magus snapped the scythe forward, towards Magus's skull, but before it could strike, a loud "TOOOONG" noise was heard. "What!!?? How did this seal appear..."
Doctor Wily laughed maniacally as his saucer emerged from the ground. "As you can see, I always have a backup plan!! Ta-ta, Magus!! Good luck getting home!" Magus was left holding one of the rifles. Doctor Wily the other. Magus was now stranded in 2008, but at least Wily couldn't escape through time.
"God damn... ...I hate it when they run..."
Another well appeared, this time depositing Max, Megaman, and Marle into a dark, cold place. "Well, we'll be fine here as long as we don't get eaten by anything... Who knows what kind of early creatures we'll run into here!"
"Oh don't worry! Most of the dinos hate ice and snow, and it's kinda cold here anyways!! hehehe!
Max nodded. "That's... that's great... now let's get going... it's freezing here..."
When they reached the village, Marle put her hand to her chest and drew a circle in the air. The tribesman nodded, and invited her inside the cavern. The Iokans no longer lived in huts, it was simply too cold for that. They now took up residence inside a large cave system in the mountains to the East. With fire burning, it became warmer and warmer in the cave.
Finally, they saw someone covered in a lot of bear fur, talking to someone in Iokan tongue. They seemed to agree, because they quickly got up and hugged. Then one of them approached the Iokan leading our heroes. She conversed with him, and he definetely said "Marle" in his sentence. As soon as he said this, she peered over his shoulder, saw Marle and got a big smile on her face.
"Marle!!" Ayla smiled, as they both embraced with glee. Then, Ayla cleared her throat and spoke slowly. "W.. what... are... yoooouuu... d... d-d... do.. here? What are you do here?"
Max was impressed, it sounded like she was practicing from memory. Marle held Ayla's cloaked body tight. "We found a way to get back and we're seeing everyone again!! BRRrrrrr, it's gotten cold and dark out there! Is it always like this?"
Ayla nodded. "When Lavos hits Earth, lots of ashes blocking out their sky. Sun is to shine, but ash still blackens the airs. ...I've sorry.. Been trying to learn gooder your language, but without you, hard to know if I do right. But come! Me is done hunting, want gather by fire, take rags off. Meet your new friends?"
Ayla began removing her long coat as Max started. "I'm Max Walker, a friend of L-... Lu... lu..." Ayla had removed her coat, standing in dress similar to what she wore in the game. Max grew a lump in his pants and adjusted himself so it wouldn't show. "...hello!"
"Max are you being a perv???? I swear, Crono does the same thing!!! So does Glenn!! I don't know about Magus or Robo... I'll have to ask Lucca if Robo ever gets like that... what do you think Ayla?? Why do guys always get like that around us!!! I know they can help it!" No, stupid sheltered cheerleader girl, they can't.
Ayla gave Marle a look that said "I can't believe you're dumb enough to think that" , then looked over at the two guys. "aahh, I thinks your are expecting too much. It's a reflect." She meant reflex, which still wasn't accurate, but got the point across. Marle couldn't believe what she was hearing. "I am happy body. Aren't you?" Mega Man seemed indifferent, bored even. Max couldn't believe he was listening to this conversation, and his pants lump slowly swelled. "whyyyy...."
The cycloptic man of the last chapter could not remember much after leaving the bar... He ventured into the woods, and quickly everything became pitch black around him... except for a light. A distant light. He rushed towards it as fast as he could, but stumbled into an invisible hole in the darkness, falling forever...
His fall turned into more of a mid-air float as everything around him began to light up. He found himself face to face with his lord and master, a colossal porcupine-like parasite, its shell adorned in spikes and huge crystals. Atop, the master's power source and concubine lay, guarded heavily, with tubes attached to her all over.
"L-Lavos!! Great lord and master!! My you look... you look spikey today!!"
The young lady on top opened her eyes and looked at the curly-haired cyclops with scorn. "I am not Lavos!!"
The man covered his ears in agony. "Yes!! I'm sorry! It's Dream Devourer, I understand!!"
"Did you find them..."
"What? N-no, I didn't actually see them... but I heard they are going to be king and queen..."
"You fool, they can destroy me... they can interfere with our race's cycle!! They can't be allowed to live! You were a failure in Zeal Kingdom's day, just as you are a failure now!"
"Yes, yes I'm sorry... I am a failure!"
A smiled curled on the girl's lips. "They'd never see you coming..."
An image of a bright orange gem appeared before the cycloptic man.
The parasite's huge eye opened, and again spoke through the girl. "This is the Frozen Flame, a fragment of my body, separated in prehistoric times. With it's power, you can crush my enemies, and the Guardia continent. Find an appropriate group of people, and lead a Coup De Grace with the gem's influence." With that, the image disappeared.
"Wait... how do I find this Frozen Flame?"
"When you wake up, you will know exactly where it is..."
"when I wa-"
Suddenly, he was in the woods again. The sun was just beginning to rise.
He got up, and quietly headed to a cliffside to stare out at the ocean, thinking about the new coordinates in his head.
"I don't know how I'm gonna get to it yet, but I will... I will find you... I will fulfill both my master's wishes, and my own in the process!! I will become the new king!!"
And he screamed to the heavens...
Long live Dalton! Supreme!!
The New Captain N
Chapter 24: Ouulgghh no more Chrono Trigger...
A mysterious spacecraft landed silently in the woods near Leene Square, or at least what was left of it. There wasn't much here anymore, and Nadia Bell had fallen from its arch.
A hooded figure entered the town square and reveled in disgust. graffiti littered the once white stone of this place, floortiles were uplifted, scorch marks were everywhere... he'd heard that the Zenan mainland was pretty screwed up these days, but this was just overkill. He looked at the nearby mountain, which once held Guardia castle... "hmm... why would Dalton want to destroy what could have been his..." He dwelled not on this, though, and continued to the far end of the square.
There was nothing here in the back but ruins and some withered trees just beyond. The figure revealed a device, and waved it back and forth through the air. When this device started making a high pitched squelching sound, the figure smiled. "good... it's still here." And then he left.
...suddenly, a loud roar ripped through the air as his jet-like starfighter took a nosedive right directly at the spot he picked up the signal, it's speed ever increasing. When it hit the square, there was a loud, thunderous noise, but no blast. There was nothing.
2302nd year of the cosmos
"Gone??? what do you mean gone??"
Chief Doan tried to explain as best as he could. "Not long after your age, there was an incident called a "time crash". somewhere in the future from now, this whole area would be transported back to the prehistoric age, creating a confusing series of events even I can't comprehend for sure... point is, Robo was going to try to prevent it... he no longer has a moving form, but if you wish to speak to him, there's a terminal over there. "
Lucca thanked Doan and proceeded to the terminal. Megaman seemed rather happy with the surroundings.
"Robo? ...are you there? It's me... Lucca."
-SYNTAX ERROR. PROMETHEUS IS CURRENTLY IN HIBERNATION MODE. PLEASE USE MANUAL COMMAND TO WAKE UP.-
Megaman smiled. "Let me handle this Lucca"
Megaman began talking to the terminal in a strange language. Eventually, they started chatting and even laughing about things in this odd language. Then finally, Megaman turned to Lucca. "Okay! come on over!"
Lucca nervously played with her hair. "Robo? Is that you?"
"Yes!! Lucca, you have not changed at all in over a thousand years!! hahahaha... but I'm kidding of course. You must have found some way to walk through time again!"
Lucca and Megaman enjoyed their conversation with the Prometheus program. He explained some of why he was doing this, why he converted himself from a robot to a program, and what he hoped it would mean for the future. "at this point, I don't think I can stop the time crash, nor is it advisable, but I can at least study its effects and learn more about why our civilization appeared near the el nido triangle some 1000 years ago... "
Lucca looked sad. "so you can't come with us?"
"No, I'm afraid not. My place is here now, with the Arris Dome staff. Lucca, you should be proud! If not for you, I wouldn't be here doing this in the first place! Though if I may ask, why do you want to reassemble the old team? Reunion?"
Lucca thought hard... "...maybe... I don't know... we'll find out."
And for another half hour, their conversation continued...
"And where in God's name ARE THEY???"
"I don't know... they were last seen with Megaman, and..."
Ridley tore the poor pirate in half with his bare hands. "Get me another pirate!"
Another of the strange crustaceans entered the room and proceeded to explain why he couldn't find Max or Samus. Ridley tore him in half as well, and tossed the pieces into a large pile of broken pirates. "Ugh, this is getting me nowhere..."
One more pirate entered the room, unannounced.
Ridley scoffed. "Hey, did I tell you to enter?"
The pirate said nothing.
Ridley was getting irritated. "Why won't you talk?? that does it, stupid fucking peons..."
Ridley tried to rip the pirate in half, but found that this one was a little more difficult. "What... is your deal.." He proceeded in tearing off the outer layers only. "What in the hell did you eat? dammit..."
Suddenly, the pirate grabbed Ridley's hand and tossed him into the wall. "WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA>CRASH!!<"
Ridley picked himself up to find the pirate approaching him again. "How did you... what in the... ...you're not a pirate... who are you..."
The pirate tore off it's remaining flesh to reveal leather armor, boots, an amulet at the leg, and some dark blue clothing. He fiddled with his back, and a blood red cape dropped to full length on his back. Then, he took off the pirate head, and very long, silky light blue hair cascaded down his back, framing the stone cold complexion of the skin on his face. "I am the reaper. You are a pissant."
Ridley wasn't amused. "What is this, a bounty? For the love of god, get out of my ship."
Magus took Ridley's hand and smiled. "cmere..."
Once again, he tossed Ridley, this time landing the dragon on his back. He proceeded to jump on top of Ridley and pin his head down with his scythe.
"You are mine now, do you understand? YOU BELONG TO ME!!"
Ridley was only getting angrier and angrier. "Get off me!!!"
Magus reached over to Ridley's wing. "You like this wing? you like to fly?" Then cast a dark magic that made the wing perk and bubble like soda pop, then collapse into a puddle on the floor. "Oopsie daisy! How bout the other one? Oops, there goes that one too... ...hey, let's see what happens when I use it on your face..."
Ridley squirmed violently. "okay okay!! geez laweez, WHAT ARE YOU?"
Magus let go of Ridley. "are you going to take me seriously now?"
Ridley nodded. "Yes, please!! Just get off of me!"
Magus laughed at the now pathetic foe. "They told me you were the worst there was around here... You're nothing!! So reliant on materials too...
I think I'll make you my bitch. You can call me Fiendlord. If you call me anything other than Fiendlord, I will cut your fingers off. If you call me Magus, I will start taking limbs off. If you call me Janus, I will cut all your limbs off, along with most of your skin, and throw you in a tub full of rock salt. Do you understand me?"
Magus smiled. "Good. carry on then." And with that, he disappeared.
"Damn... What was his problem?"
Band: 403 Forbidena. Song: The Northern Lights. Good song. Goooood song...
The New Captain N
Chapter 25: BANG HEAD HERE.
The get-together was over, and everyone returned to their own time periods. At first it seemed like this was the one and only reunion, but Lucca would soon learn otherwise. Lucca was hard at work investigating something in the back hatch of the Epoch. "It looks like some sort of dreamstone core... but it's badly burnt out..."
Megaman looked up. "Wait a minute... let me see that core... ...Lucca, I think we can replace this with the one I got from Time Man. Your ship looks like it could run this indefinetely, and would make a much more fitting home than my Mega Buster."
Lucca nodded, with a growing smile. "Looks like I'll be taking you home, Max... Max?"
Max was looking out over a hill, then he asked. "where's Magus?"
"Uhm... hmm... I dunno. We actually saw him here a few weeks ago, but then he got upset and wandered off. Weird, too... ah well... ...hey, you know what?? He STILL hasn't found Schala!! Can you believe it?? Well, now that we have free access through time again, maybe we can help out!!"
Max nodded, still looking out at the horizon.
"Or get yourselves killed..."
--End of all Time, no time flows here.--
"Ah, is that a Temporal space-time fighter, Vic Viper?? Friend, you certainly had quite a trip here didn't you?"
The old man by the lamp post was admiring the craft, but could tell the traveler was in a hurry. This traveller had ruffled black hair, a control belt, Zapper, and a power glove. On his back was a well-crafted sword. The man looked to be in his early 20's, and definetely had seen a lot of action.
"I need to reach the place that is beyond time itself... beyond Time's Eclipse. Can you help me go past this period? To the Tesseract?"
Gaspar, the old man and guru of time itself, widened his eyes. "And why would you want to go there, young man? All that you'll find there is pain... death... sorrow..."
"You and I both know something else is there... something that doesn't belong. I intend to extract it."
Gaspar laughed at the spectacle. "Yes, but how? The only reason the youths from before could hope to defeat Lavos alone was because they had the planet itself backing them up! You have a spacecraft and a few... what are these things?"
The man held up a few items. "This is a Zapper, with a hyper beam core. On my waist is a control belt, capable of stopping time and enhancing my speed. The power glove provides me with incredible unseen human strength. Please... I am extremely confident I can do this."
Gasper noted the gray zapper and even a white shirt with "know your roots" on it. "sigh... I can't stop you. It's in the bucket over there..."
"Thank you. You won't regret this!" And the figure opened a gate inside of the bucket and jumped in.
Gasper sighed, in fear. "I hope not, Max..."
"are you sure you don't want any help?"
"YES!!! LEAVE ME THE FUCK ALONE!!!!"
Heat man nodded. "very well! If there's anything you need, just let me know." and with that, he left.
Magus stared at the console with all its buttons and switches. Who was he kidding? He didn't know how to operate anything like this! He could barely figure out how to work the Epoch's flight controls. The room around him was like a cold metal grave for him. No lights were on save for the console, and most of the room was bathed in two colors, blue and black. The cold, sterile room provided him with no comfort in this difficult time. "I've gotta.. I've gotta find her... I just... oh fuck it all..."
Magus turned the screen off, completely bathing himself in blackness. He sat on the floor, cold, and wrapped his cape around him, resting his head in his seat. "All I wanted was to find her... to hold her in my arms and then be at peace with the world because of it. ...is this some sort of punishment?? Some sort of curse for what I've done? So what if I'm not the best human being? I care about her!!! Doesn't that mean anything??? Why does she have to suffer because of what I've done... why... can't I..."
Magus got in the chair and curled up. His voice was breaking. "W... what kind of joke is this... I-I don't even know if she's... alive or.... duh.. duh... ...CRONO WAS DEAD. PEOPLE WHO ARE DEAD NORMALLY DON'T COME BACK, BUT HE DID!!!! I EVEN HELPED THEM GET HIM BACK!! I HONESTLY CARED ENOUGH TO HELP THEM GET HIM BACK, BUT I CAN'T HAVE MY OWN SISTER???? GIVE ME BACK MY GODDAMNED SISTER!
Magus picked up the chair and threw it at the screen in blind rage. Then, he lifted the table behind him and turned it over, destroying priceless equipment. He didn't care though. All it did was laugh at him and tease him, because he didn't know how to use it. If only he did, he could find her and help her... but instead, it mocks and teases him. A few robots heard the commotion and came to investigate, but they would not return from that room intact. When Magus's wrath was over, he screamed loudly to the heavens, in deep emotional pain. When Magus cried, even his own generals were afraid to go near him: That took a lot of effort, and Magus was usually in an extremely bad mood if that was the case. And that was a bad mood in Magus's terms. For Magus, a super-good day back then was a day he only killed 20 peons. an extremely bad mood was something... something else. His face flush with tears, Magus buried his head in his arms and sobbed gently... ...it was truer than he knew. He really couldn't go on like this... he needed her help.
Some voices came from outside.
"...and Flash Man is a bad guy??"
"Well like you said Lucca, they just get programmed that way... so... I wonder where Doctor Wily is??"
Lucca stood, crossing her arms. "I don't know, but I do see someone else of interest.... MAGUS!!"
Magus came walking down the hall with his palm facing lucca and his head down. "I know I know shut up. The old guy ditched me and now I'm stuck here..."
Max's eyes were locked on the dark wizard... his step, his hair behind him, the way his other hand remained behind his back. so sinister... the way his cape swayed in his wake... and Schala's amulet hanging from his leg... And his face.... oh god, his face... The very majesty of this individual... Max had found the hero of his teen years. "mm.... Magus??"
Magus looked over at him. "Huh? mmmuh, muuuuhh muu-if you got something to say just say it stop looking like a retard and just say it. Yeah, I'm Magus, your worst nightmare blah blah blah give me money and cigarettes."
Max got a big smile and knelt in front of the wizard. "YES!!!! Oh my god, from the moment I got here I was hoping I would somehow meet you but I didn't think.... Oh my god oh my god... Magus... I am a huge fan of your work... your personality, your impression on people... ...your past..."
Magus interrupted him. "WHO ARE YOU."
Lucca intervened. "This is Max... He's like the resident "knows everything about history and everything" person... It's hard to explain..."
Magus shrugged. "Well get him out of the way, he's creeping me out!"
Max was all giddy inside. "Oh my god oh my god oh my god you could totally kick Ridley's ass!!! maybe even Ganon's, if he was alive..."
"What kinda stupid name is Ganon? sounds like a cleaning product. Anyways, I already took care of the pussy Ridley. He was in a fetal position when I left him..."
"Yeah, I got stranded here so I got bored and checked him out. Pathetic. Hey Lucca, I'm assuming you have time travel if you're here... I, uh... dammit... that is to say... ...oh dammit look I'm sorry about before alright?"
Lucca smiled and started laughing. "Yeah Magus.. it's fine. Where do ya wanna go?"
Magus looked up. "Well, really I guess I should try looking for Schala. It's obvious she's not in 12,000 BC, so..."
"Um... Magus?" Max was raising his hand.
Magus looked over as he spoke with Lucca. "If i can just-WHAT, kid? What??"
Max gulped and started to speak.
"I know where she is."
Merry Christmas, Mutha_____as!!
The New Captain N: Ch. 26: Ok... Last Chrono Trigger one.
Epoch lifted from the air with Magus and Max inside. Magus was suprisingly neither angry nor really even that upset... ...just sad. Max decided to take a chance.
"Hey, uh... I'm sorry about Schala. Kid IS a close second, though... she practically IS Schala... do you wanna just call it a day and go with her?"
Magus took awhile to respond. He just hit some switches on the machine and let the cockpit ascend into the frame. Then, he quietly prepared the time gyro for 1002 AD. "No," he finally responded. "Let's just go take care of what you need to take care of. I don't care anymore... ...I'll just settle down with Lucca and the others."
Max could tell he was hurt, and maybe a little irrational. "What about Kid? Don't you ever want to see her again?"
Magus did not answer that question. He returned to Epoch to 1002 AD, and parked near Crono's house. "Listen... ...thanks for trying. ...don't tell them what I... how I reacted to.. just tell them about Kid herself, okay? I don't them to..."
Max nodded. "I know what you mean."
"Hey," Magus added. "You know, that Samus girl has something for you. I've seen it in her eyes. She might not admit it because she thinks if Ridley finds out, he'll try to kill you, but it sounds like he's already been doing that. Besides, I'll talk to Crono and the girls, we can keep him in line. Consider it a thank-you."
In the Darkness beyond time...
Max was exhausted, and Lavos was badly damaged. Somewhere in the back of his mind, Max knew he couldn't complete the job like this. So instead, he tried to reason between Lavos and Schala.
"You're sweating!" Schala told Max. "Had me worried for a moment... guess you should have brought her brother!"
Max smiled and took a seat in front of Lavos. "huh? what are you doing?" it asked.
Max looked up where Schala was and smiled. Schala looked back sternly.
"Let's take a break! Lavos, can I talk to Schala?"
Schala looked back and coldly responded. "Schala is not here. I have taken over!"
Max shook his head. "No, I really wanna talk to Schala for a minute. Can I do that?"
Schala laughed. "You can talk to her in Hell!"
Max shrugged. "Alright. Guess I'll have to pound you then. I've already done a pretty good job. Do you really think I can't finish it?"
Lavos did not respond. However, for a moment, the glowing light surrounding Schala dissapeared, and she opened her eyes. "Max... ...your name is Max, yes?"
Max smiled. "Yes! I've come to save you!!"
Schala closed her eyes and shook her head. "No. You must turn back! There is no force that can save me. No force that can seperate us."
Max pulled a strange object from his back pocket. "It all started with a mystical red rock, they say. From it, dreams were cultivated." He said as he pulled another, similar object from his pocket and gestured in reference to them. "In turn, Love...", he said while emphasizing one stone, "...and hate...", emphasizing the other, "...were born." Then, he clasped his hands together, and when he opened his palms, there was a Chrono Cross.
Schala's eyes grew wide, as did the giant eye of Lavos. "That... That's... !!! How did you get that???"
Max smiled. "No force strong enough, huh? The very dreams of this planet are pretty strong!" He held the cross and his zapper high in the air, loading a power beam core into the zapper, and firing it upon the Cross. It emitted a unique musical tone and flashed yellow, resonating deep within both Lavos and Schala.
"No, stop!! You don't understand!! You mustn't do this!!" Schala screamed.
Lavos was getting angry, and attempted to pin him to the ground with a needle. However, the tone was interfering with the creature's aim, and Max continued, this time loading a Type-I Plasma core into the zapper and once again striking the Cross. This time, it turned red and a different tone was heard.
"Stop that!!! You fool!!! Without Lavos, the world will-AHHH!!!" Schala was losing consciousness, and Lavos was pulling out all his reserves to stop the music.
Max loaded a healing core into his Zapper, designed for spot wound grafting, and fired it upon the Cross, this time it turned green and emitted another unique tone.
"Hahahaha, Is this really what you want, human?" She spoke. "let her free, and you will only delay her true desires!!!!"
Max loaded the ice core into his Zapper and took another shot. It flashed blue, and another tone was heard. "I don't believe you."
"So much pent up rage in her... in all good and patient people, there is a dark tempest... She LET herself assimilate with me so that you would no longer feel such sadness and pain.... ... The kind that her brother feels without her... ...but he could never join her, as long as he conspires against me."
"Yeah?? You sure about that?", he said, noticing Schala's own reaction to the music. It was making her cry. He loaded a small packet of Dark beam ammunition and fired it upon the cross. It turned black and eminated a deep tone this time, which shook the Dream Devourer like a quake.
"Hahahaha!!! You want her??? Go ahead!! Fire the last note in the sequence!! After all, you're only ensuring your own destruction!!"
Max, sure enough, loaded a packet of light beam ammunition and fired it at the Cross. It turned white, and a high note rang LOUDLY from it. Lavos was screaming, and the resonance was cracking Schala's crystal...
...then, it shattered, and Schala fell to Max's side.
"Schala!! Are you okay?? Run back to the end of time, get out of here!!"
Schala looked upset. "What have you done?? Don't you understand what this means??"
"Too late now, tell me later! Now go!!"
Schala nodded, and left. Lavos's eye suddenly grew an "oh shit" expression and the creature squealed highly.
Schala responded to this and turned around. "No. I do not." Then, she continued running, until she found a gate. Max looked proud.
"Well Lavos, I guess it's down to just you and me!!"
Lavos made an irritated groan, and blasted Max back to the end of time with a beam from its eye. Lavos had not been defeated, however both Max and Schala were safe at the end of time... for now...
"Well now!", Gaspar, the old man, said with enthusiasm. "You young people continue to amaze me. Princess, am I to assume you would like to find your brother?"
"No..." Schala responded.
"wait, what??" Max said. "why?"
"our sorrow is but one case. Meeting him would only make us happy. With Lavos, I had an opportunity!! An opportunity to end pain for all!! An... an... ...with Lavos... ...what's wrong with me... I sound like mother... " and with that, she started crying again. Gaspar took his hat off and scratched his head, then put a hand on her back.
"My dear, this world has been a terrible place, yes... but by no means does that constitute total existential suicide... ...any egg has the potential of bearing life... ...all it takes is enough effort... and hope."
Schala looked up at the old man, suddenly realizing that he was an old friend of her and her brother's. "Gaspar... what?"
Gaspar continued. "You have seen all and everything up until your freedom. Did you not watch Janus, every day of his life? Did you not somewhere deep down want to reach out to him?"
Schala nodded. "Yes... I watched him grow into a man... a dreamer... a noble-"
Gaspar nodded. "He is tainted of soul, sure, but his wish was to destroy Lavos and find you. Did he ever give up on that? No!! Even today, he dreams of reaching towards happiness!! And as LONG as he has you in his heart, he knows, THAT DAY WILL SURELY COME TO PASS!"
Schala looked down, but not in grief... it was something else... there was a glint in her eye... a revival...
Gaspar spoke once more. "A woman in the middle ages, trying to turn a desert into a great forest... a planet striving for a better future... a robot, thrusting his metal arm into the skies and shouting "I AM MORE THAN A MACHINE!!! I AM A CREATURE!!! I AM ALIVE!!" You've seen all those things come to pass!!! Do you truly believe the world is so hopeless??"
Max chimed in. "Don't forget about what happened to Crono. Remember when you watched him get killed? Remember when Marle and your brother brought him back?? This world is an amazing place... you just have to believe in it... in this planet's dream."
Schala got up and dried her eyes. Then walked towards the port of the End of Time, and saw the Vic Viper, patiently awaiting it's owner to return. "Is this your ship?"
Max nodded. "It is."
Schala turned around, this time with a bit of a smile. "I-it's almost Christmas, there... ...please, take me to Janus..."
Samus perked up and saw Max. "Max?? You're back!!!" She looked very happy to see him. Magus did not like watching reunions like this... they happened to everyone but him.
"Oh, take it outside would you? We weren't gone THAT long..."
"Where were you??? I was left here all alone... all you had to do was drop off Mega Man and..."
Magus stopped her. "Actually, that was my fault... I guess I got carried away trying to find someone close to me... listen, Samus, I know you're apprehensive about loving someone... anyone..."
"I'm not apprehensive!!!"
"Yes, you are. Believe me I'm practically in the same boat as you as far as people go. But we're gonna keep Ridley in line. We'll make sure he doesn't hurt you guys, okay?"
Samus looked confused. "Sir... what did you do to Ridley?"
Magus shrugged. "You'll find out. Now get out of my sight..."
Max interjected. "Hey, before we do... there's something I wanna ask you..."
"Me and Samus were thinking of staying just a little longer here in 1002 AD... spending Christmas at Lucca's house... do you want to come with us?"
Magus shook his head. "I'll make this period my home, but by no means am I celebrating that holiday. People only pretend to like each other long enough for the holiday to end, then they go right back to their old ways. I hate it."
Max shrugged. "Alright then. Seeya around, I guess."
Magus nodded. "right."
"Ugh... dad, why do you always insist on putting up the decorations on Christmas eve??" Lucca grunted, trying to hang some tinsel.
"W-well, I.. so nobody asks why we have it up early!", Taban said. It was from her father that she got most of her genius, but their minds liked to clash often.
"Dad, I don't think they'd care much. I could have been out christmas shopping right now if we'd just done this sooner."
"Why do you insist on christmas shopping on Christmas eve??"
Lucca rolled her eyes. "nothing... let's start on the Tree..."
"Crooooooooooooooooooooooooooooono, come on!! Nobody cares about how pretty the swords look!! I want a pony doll!!"
"But Marle I'm dropping hints about what I like don't you care about what I like I mean what if you got me something stupid again like hairgel I mean I've got plenty and plenty and plenty of hairgel to last me many years almost as much hairgel as I have cat food thank god I don't have a million cats MAX WHY ARE YOU LAUGHING"
Max was chuckling... ...He remembered a certain minigame where as you kept playing it, a cat would be added to the household. "Nothing. Nothing."
Crono found some action figures of Cyrus fighting Magus. "Hey, you think we should get something for Magus he's sorta like scrooge you know we should try to do something nice but I don't know what he likes and he'll probably just throw it in my face I wish I knew what didn't piss him off I'm sure this isn't it"
Samus shook her head. "He sounds kinda pompous if you ask me. Why bother?"
Max shrugged. "He did offer to do something pretty nice for us. And I think everyone deserves something for Christmas.", noticing some sweaters on sale. "Hmm... Magus in a sweater... ...nah there's no way..."
From atop the mountain on the Medina Peninsula, Magus could see the not-so faroff Truce continent, and Melchior's cabin at the base of the Mountain. Melchior was one of three elders who used to live in Zeal, with Magus, The others being an inventor named Belthasar and our friend, the old man from the end of time, Gaspar. An experience with Lavos scattered all four of them in different periods, officially beginning Magus's seperation from his sister.
"Fuck Christmas... I've seen plenty of it go by. Even when I still had the faith to be a decent person, I never got the one thing I wanted. No, I didn't turn like this because I didn't get what I wanted for Christmas... it was just one of many tiny factors... now I've turned my back on the holiday. Let the idiots fool themselves, what do I care..." The sound of someone approaching broke Magus's concentration.
"A penny for your thoughts, Janus?"
Magus turned around. Melchior was on one of his hikes. "Oh, it's you. What do you want?"
Melchior laughed. "Still thinking about her, are we? I know what you mean. I miss her too..."
"How could you possibly understand what I'm going through?"
Melchior smiled and stood next to Magus, looking out at Zeal. "Before you were born... heck, before I became the Guru of Life... before I even got interested in weapon forging, I met a girl... oh I must have been about your age, I suppose... We were very happy together, and she supported me in my endeavors... and she was just so pretty..."
Magus said nothing.
Melchior sighed and continued. "We were in the woods near the mountain the palace rested on... making love... again picture us as a young people not old and flabby"
"I'm trying to, believe me."
"...anyways, just as we were about to... well..."
"oh god don't say it..."
Melchior's expression turned grim. "We rolled into the lake."
Magus laughed. "Now there's something I wasn't expecting!"
Melchior wasn't laughing, but Magus was, still. "Oh come on Melchior you gotta admit..."
Melchior continued. "I tried to pull her out, but the current was too strong. It took her down the little river... and..."
Magus's laughter slowly died down... "...the waterfall?"
Melchior nodded. "It swept her down the falls, miles and miles down to the freezing ocean below the floating island.... I..." Melchior couldn't continue.
"That's... when you started contemplating life, isn't it..."
Melchior nodded. "I still think of her to this day..."
"Well Schala isn't dead."
"Oh, are you so sure? I admire your hope, but..."
Magus nodded. "I'm certain of it now. She's looking for me, but in all the wrong places... ...I want her to come here."
Melchior smiled. "Then perhaps we should wish upon a star. It might come true."
"What a load of bullshit", said Magus. "I'm not a kid anymore Melchior. Besides, it's the middle of the afternoon. What stars?"
"How about that big one right there?"
"That's the sun, not a star."
"Oooh, Magus if only you knew..."
Magus and Melchior stayed up on the summit for a good long time, thinking about the past, present and future. Melchior did eventually get Magus to make a wish, though Magus doubted on it very much. Night had fallen when he left the mountain, and he flew to Truce, angry at himself for letting Melchior treat him like a child, though Melchior really had no such intention in mind.
"Wish upon a star he says... I can't believe I just did that! Surely he doesn't actually expect it to work!"
...then, he noticed the lights on at Lucca's house. "Hmm, that's right the Ashtears are hosting their Christmas party..."
Magus looked back towards the mountain he came from, then back at Lucca's house. "I wonder if they got something for me? Probably not, but... what the hell I'm bored..."
"Magus!! I thought you weren't interested in this stuff!"
Magus shrugged. "yeah well there isn't much to do but listen to Melchior go on about old girlfriends and how lonely he gets. So, I'll humor you." Magus pulled a cigarette from his pocket, and lit it with a small fire spell. Lucca wouldn't mind. If her dad built so many fire-proof outfits for her, the whole house probably got the same treatment.
"Well, we're just about to open up gifts if you wanna stick around..."
Magus shrugged. Why not? They were inviting him.
Crono opened a large box from Marle, only to find hair gel inside. "Extra spikey". Marle opened one from Crono with, sure enough, a skimpy outfit.
"Ooooh cyuuuute!! Are you sure it'll fit me? It looks kinda cold, anyways..."
Crono laughed. "Oh you don't have to wear it now but maybe in the summer when we go swimming you can wear cause it'll be warm and stuff."
Samus handed Max a present too, which he opened up. Located inside was wave beam core for his zapper. "I figure it's about time", she said with a smile. Then she opened Max's gift. It was a new outfit: a spaghetti-string tank top, with Samus's screw attack "S" emblem on it. "For the summer?" she said with a confused look. "Maybe... thanks. :)"
"Oh, Magus, I have one for you too..." Lucca said. She handed him a small box. He opened it up and found a black rock hanging from a string.
"This is... the gem that invoked our triple tech! Omega Flare... Lucca I can't accept this."
"Take it", Lucca told him, reassuringly. "It seems more at home with you."
Space fidgeted and wobbled in the sky, and suddenly the Vic Viper appeared once again. It landed in the woods near the castle, out of sight, and two figures stepped out.
"I can't follow you to the house, Schala. You'll have to go the rest of the way alone. I also must return to my proper point in time."
Schala nodded. "I understand... Max... thank you. For doing this. You truly are an amazing person... I won't forget you."
"Don't worry. I'll be at the house, just younger. Don't tell me or anyone else there what happened to you... or about me. Otherwise, none of this may happen."
"Of course. Good luck, Game Master."
A few hours had passed, and the Christmas party had died down to a mere track of "Silent night" in the background. Magus was slumped back in a chair, somewhat upset. "Well, you stupid old man, it looks like I was right. Childish beliefs like that don't get you anywhere." Magus stood up and got out of the chair.
"I had a wonderful time.", he said. But he certainly didn't look it. Just looked pissed as usual. He went to grab his cape off the coat rack.
"M-Magus, wait... ...what's wrong?" Marle asked.
"You know what it is. I'm gonna go back to Melchior's cabin and try to enjoy the evening for once. Merry Christmas. Merry fucking Christmas..."
Magus went to the walk in closet in back to pick up his scythe, when there was a knock on the door.
"That's funny," Marle said. "I wonder who it could be at this hour?"
She opened the door, and saw someone she would never ever expect to see again in her life.
"...is Janus here?"
Marle's eyes grew wide and excited, and unable to take her eyes off of who was here, right now... she screamed for Magus. "MAGUS!!! Get out here!!!"
Irritated, Magus poked his head out the doorway. "GOD, Why do you have to scream all the time?? It's like I'm not..." ...then he saw who was in the doorway.
Magus ducked back into the other room, took his glove off, and bit at his fist, his heart racing fast. The expression on his face was completely unlike him... he looked shocked, terrified, and completely lost on what was going on. "W... What?? But how... how did..." ...he couldn't understand it. Was it true?? Was that stupid geezer telling the truth?? How on Earth was she here??? Right now, Right here, of all places??? and Looking for him??? ON CHRISTMAS EVE???? "This is a dream. This is a dream, it has to be..." Magus reassured himself. He slowly peeked out the doorway again, but she was still there. "No... it's a nightmare. She can't be real... And as soon as I go out there, I'll wake up. I'm sure of it..."
Magus stayed inside the closet, too terrified to know what to make of the situation...
"He's not coming out, is he? He must be overwhelmed with joy!!" Marle assumed.
Schala shook her head. "No... I'll go in there..."
Magus hid out of sight, still trying to analyze was what happening, but still freaking out. The door opened, and a gentle voice called again. "Janus? It's okay..."
Magus kept his eyes shut. "You're not real. There's no way..."
Schala found him, and sat down next to him. "I'd explain, but there's a paradox involved. Trust me, Janus. This is for real." She reached out to stroke her brother's long blue hair, before he shoved it away.
"Cut it out!!", he said, agitated. "...how could you go like that... disappear. You can't just magically show up out of the blue one day! It's preposterous..."
Schala sighed, and tried to explain. "I heard you met Kid..."
"Then you know... I was a prisoner to Lavos... ...I saw everything." her voice was breaking.
"How many times, Janus? In Ozzie's care, how many nights did you call out my name, hoping I'd come sweep in through the window and take you away?"
Magus looked at her. "You... saw that too?"
Schala nodded. "Every single time. Every single time, I heard you.... in so much pain... and it frustrated me so, because there was nothing I could do about it! I wanted to... to come, and..." Schala's words became inaudible as she started gasping for air amidst sobs.
Magus felt like an idiot. He put an arm around her back.
"Ane-ue... I'm sorry... I just... ...I can't believe you're really here..."
Schala leaned her head into his chest, unable to stop crying. It looked like Magus was headed that way too, pretty soon. So he bowed his head next to hers, and whispered gently into his sister's ear.
"I-it's gonna be alright though, Ane-ue... We-we have each other again... I-I can even go get Alfador! It's gonna be alright... It's... it's... oh god..."
Nobody out in the living room could hear the conversation, or knew the exact events in that closet. They wouldn't know about how Magus broke, and spent that half hour huddled up with his sister, trying to let out all the tears he kept bottled up inside his emotionless walls for the past twenty years... ...but somehow, they knew exactly what must have been going on: For once, a Christmas miracle really did come true for Magus. And he'd never be the same again.
"Merry Christmas, Ane-ue..."
"Merry Christmas, Janus"
*walks into a dimly lit room.
Huh... forgot about this place...
*finds a button that says "Revive The New Captain N"
Okay... I think I can do that... *Flips the switch
THE NEW CAPTAIN N!!
*several shots of the characters over the last several episodes, set to the Intro music from Megaman X5.
Chapter 27: Rain nor Snow nor Sleet nor Anthrax
Hunter-II flashed past, whizzing like a comet through the night sky. The untrained eye would assume it was in a hurry, but the occupants had time on their side. Hunter-II was just really fast. It made a final approach for Altim Tower and docked. From out of a hatch on top, appeared Samus Aran, followed by Max.
"Hey, sup holmes?" Max shot to one of the guards. The guard said nothing.
Samus spoke up. "um... we were... called here about... something?"
The guard was about to speak, when one more occupant exited the craft.
"Ah!! Lord Rock! Please, enter! We are glad you could all return to Altim Tower."
Megaman put on a wide cheshire smile as he stared at Max, obviously being obnoxious. "What would you humans do without us robots?"
Lana stood and approached the already approaching party. "Max, Samus!! I hope your training is going well? And... Rock?"
Megaman waved. "Long time no see."
Lana grew a large smile and hugged him tight. "Rock, it is you!! So you've joined Samus's little party? Oh, Max you're very lucky. This is an amazing robot!"
Samus nodded. "He gained the ability to time travel. With this... we could possibly piece together Hyrule's history, maybe even discover the current resting place of the Master Sword..."
Lana shook her head. "Time Travel is a very dangerous ability. I must ask you not to for the time being... in any case, the reason I asked you here involves something I recieved a few days ago..."
Lana retrieved a small envelope from a cabinet in back and showed it to the party. It was a white envelope, thickened by some content inside of it, and sealed up appropriately. There was a "To" address written, but the sender was completely anonymous. "Did any of you send me this?" All three shook their heads.
"Why do you ask? You think it's dangerous?"
Lana nodded. "There's no return address, and no way of really telling what's inside. It could be a bomb, or some sort of disease..."
Samus held out a hand. "My visor has an X-ray device. maybe I can see it."
"Good luck", Lana said as she handed the envelope to the armored Samus. She held a finger to her helmet and stared intently at the envelope for several seconds, Then handed it back to Lana.
"It's no good... something is preventing me from seeing through the envelope."
"Yeah, we had the same problem here... ...what do you think? Should I open it and find out what it is?"
"Noo!!!" Max almost freaked. "It could kill us all!"
"He's got a point, Lana", Samus supported. "We've already got plenty of enemies..."
Rock raised a hand. "If it's a pathogen, you can put me in a sealed room and let me open it. Not like it'll do anything to me."
"unless it's a bomb", Lana corrected him. "You don't know how much your armor can take."
"Let me do it then." Samus volunteered. "This suit may be one of the hardest known materials in the universe, and can definetely take a blast. And I'm sure it can stand up to bioterrorism."
Max held her hand. "You don't know that for sure, Samus. If you do this, you could die!"
Samus looked back. "Don't I risk that every day?"
"Yeah, but if you don't open it..."
Lana stopped them both. "Look, maybe we're all freaking out over nothing. For all we know, it could be some shy person's love letter. I'm not about to say just open it up though, for the reasons stated. I think it would be best to try and find out who wrote this, and if we can't figure it out on our own, then we'll go ahead with Samus's plan. Is that good?"
Max seemed worried. If they didn't find someone in the next 24 hours, Samus could be blown up, or worse. And all because HE, not He, Samus, and Rock, didn't find the author in time. Of course he was being a little irrational, but he was in love.
"Alright... well, where do we start?"
Rock started laughing. "Hehehe... You think Wily did it? hehe... "Mail Man" ... ahahaha!!!"
"Rock, this is serious!"
"Think about it! He delivers your mail, then he kills you! Or maybe he gives you envelope bombs! Seriously though, shouldn't we try Albert's fortress? Maybe he did make some stupid postal-themed robot."
"Ridley seems more likely", Samus muttered.
"Well, who else would want to hurt Lana?"
"Immediately, I don't know anyone THAT pissed with her... so what if it's friendly? That could be anyone... but who would be afraid to... hmm... I wonder if... Kraid?"
"That fat blob dinosaur thing?"
"He has been pretty quiet, but likes to communicate impersonally. It's possible he just figured he could send a letter, and Lana would figure out the rest. We should go see him."
They returned to the Hunter-II, and Samus began entering some coordinates. Soon, the craft lifted off the dock and back into the air.
"This would make sense if it is Kraid... he likes to communicate through letters", Samus explained. "Really, he's not that bad a guy. If you ask me, Ridley just made him his bitch. And he's not fat, Rock: He's inflatable. Like a frog."
Hunter-II touched down about half an hour later at a small tropical island, where an alligator in a nice suit approached it. "Welcome to Isle du Hippo. Do you have an invitation?"
Samus explained how she needed to see Kraid. "Oh, I'm sorry madame, but if you do not have an invitation, there is nothing I can do for-"
At this point she did her best Steve Irwin impersonation and grabbed him by the neck. "Listen bub, we've come for Kraid, not some lizard lackey's lip. Now is he here, or is he not?"
The gator apologized profusely. "Y-yes... I will tell him... Samus is it? Yes, Samus is here... you wait, yes?" And he walked into a small booth. After awhile, he returned. "Master Kraid wishes to invite you as his friends, but he will only see Samus. Perhaps I can interest you gentlemen to come and dine with us tonight? Master Kraid has also desired that Samus's guests be well treated, and introduced to the owner of the Island, Master Hippo. Please, have a seat at the bar." And he took Samus down a path.
Samus was led to a luxurious pool full of bubbling pink liquid, and Kraid was swimming in it, seeming to enjoy it. He was currently about the same height as the bounty hunter, exceeding her by only a few inches.
"E-excuse me sir... This is Samus Aran, the person you..."
Kraid turned to look, his eyes half open. "leave us..."
"ehehe, As you wish, Master Kraid." And he walked off to return to the bar.
"Aran... here... This is not Brinstar..." he said this, with a laugh.
Samus smiled back. "No, I guess not... you seem to be doing pretty well for yourself. You know, you're kinda considered a hero nowadays. you're the one that really killed Mother Brain, giving us those plans..."
Kraid smiled and shook his head. "No, I only placed a small piece on the board. My efforts are exaggerated. I'm spoiled here... look at this stuff I swim in! Oh, I could never want to leave here again... Nothing but sunlight and stars above... no big rooms to lock me away in... When I walked out on Ridley's operation, it inspired King Hippo to do the same. Now, he owns this whole island, and playing the role of honorary resident? It's me!" He said this while staring at his belly, rubbing at it... "Here, I have all the space I could ever ask for... free to stretch my skin, feel the sun and the water hit all those pockets that would never see the light of day..."
Samus giggled. "And write love letters to Lana!"
Kraid opened his eyes again. "Lana? They aren't love letters... It just started from me thanking her for her kindness after I defected... Then well it just started going back and forth after Kevin dissapeared... now she's like a close friend." Kraid lay back in his small lake of a pool, a testament to his full height.
"Say, wanna join me in here? Better than you just standing there awkwardly..."
"I'm telling you, Nobody is gonna enjoy an eggplant smoothie!"
"But King Hippo!! What else am I supposed to make with my magic!!"
"Try a V8 or something! Can't you make fruit?"
"No... only vegetables..."
Max watched King Hippo and Eggplant wizard go back and forth, debating whether or not tomatoes were a fruit or vegetable, before finally correcting them.
"Hate to break it, but tomatoes ARE a fruit. Eggplant, if you can make Tomatoes, I'm sure you can produce other fruits, too."
"See!?? That's what Kevin said, too! Now the new guy is saying the same thing."
Megaman held his head. "I can't believe you guys are still debating this. King Hippo, I'm sorry... I mean if only you were the wizard of the two..."
Hippo shrugged. "Eh I don't care too much... I've got an island, a big house, tons of beautiful girls, and one BIG-ASS bodyguard. No need to complain over the little things... ...speaking of which, is Samus still talkin to Kraid? She should come over to this bar too... I hear she gets crazy when she's drunk..."
Samus was down to a black bikini, laughing hysterically, partially from a ticklish reaction to the water, and partially from being... well... already very drunk.
"Kraid has a grrrlfriiiend! Grrrrlfriiieend!"
"Ah! Dammit Samus, she's not my girlfriend! She's just... a friend."
"Who is a girl... C'mon Kraid you're not exactly hideous... in fact... you're kinda cute..." And she put an arm across his stomach. "Teddy."
Kraid blushed at her odd behavior. "I... I'm not a teddy! Like I said, I'm good friends with Lana, nothing more..."
Samus hopped on top of Kraid, legs hanging over his sides. Kraid gulped loudly. "Samus, what are you doing?? Oh god if someone's watching this..."
"Want me off? Ya gotta answer some questions..." and she started hugging him like, well, a teddy. Kraid sank under her weight, and grew a little to make up the difference.
"(gasp) w..... what??"
"A few days ago, Lana got one of your letters, but you didn't put your name on it... now she thinks there might be a bomb or something... silly Kraid, what would you do if I wasn't here to suggest these things..."
"T-That's impossible! I always put a return address on my envelopes! I can hardly get them off this island otherwise!"
Samus wasn't buying it, and started gently rubbing his belly like he was some sort of adorable pet dragon. "Pleeeeeaaaase Kraid? You can tell me..."
"Tell you what?? Whatever you're trying to do isn't gonna work... I already told you I never send letters without a return address, and this interrogation method of yours is freaking me out!"
Samus sighed, and curled up on Kraid like a big pool toy. "So you didn't send it?"
Kraid insisted. "No! I didn't!"
"Awww... I'm sorry... I guess wishful thinking was all, teddy..." Samus sat on Kraid with arms around his sides...
"Hey... do you remember life back on Zebes?"
"Yes, of course... I was a gardener in the Brinstar sector... well... before the pirates took over anyway... why do you ask?"
Samus sighed. "I guess I'm just remembering those days... when I saw you for the first time and said those same words... Teddy"
Kraid smiled back. "You were very cute when you were little. I'm sorry I... changed on you. With the suit and all, I really didn't even recognize you... But I assure you, if I'd known, we could avoid this whole mess with the missiles and the holes and me turning into a flat sheet every time..."
"It's okay Kraid. To me you're back in your element here."
Kraid nodded. "Indeed I am..."
Hey kids... gather around, here is today's exciting (maybe) conclusion to this children's type cartoon!!
The New Captain N
Ch 28: ...nor Monsoon nor Tornado nor Earthquake...
"So? What did he say?"
Samus shook her head. "Kraid didn't write it. He's adamant about return addresses, for THIS very reason, he says."
Megaman smiled. "You guys wanna try Hyrule?"
Zelda seemed a bit surprised. "No, I don't often write to Lana through friendly chit-chat. Very business oriented. We do have a few postmen who travel around Hyrule... some of which I know come from Palatena's jurisdiction and thusly can fly... But we didn't send anything..."
"Oh! Oh! I know!!! Maybe Wily made "Mail Man!!!" ahahaha!!!" Link started laughing.
"...what? Why doesn't anyone laugh?"
"maybe we should go check Wily out...", Samus suggested.
Dr. Wily's fortress hadn't changed a bit since they were last here. There was still a dragon-shaped hole in the door, and random monitors and controls trashed and thrown about. If not for the clueless Robot masters, this place would be vacant.
"Hey, Quickman, hold up!!" Megaman called out.
"Huh? Mega Man, what are you doing here?"
Rock got to the point. "Has wily made any postal themed robots, or written any letters that you know of?"
Quick Man shook his head. "He hasn't even been here since that Magus guy tried to attack him... I strongly doubt he has either the resources to build one away from here, or the common sense to resort to postal terrorism. For a genius, he's pretty stupid."
"right..." Megaman grinned. "Well, looks like a tornado came through here so I'll let you guys get back to work..."
Megaman sighed. "Guess there is no Mail Man. Should we just go back to the tower?"
Max was not comfortable with the idea, but any other likely suspects were a little hard to find. It was looking more like a bad letter, but someone had to go check it out.
He was uneasy on the trip back to Altim Tower, but Samus reassured him she'd be fine. There was a detonation room in the tower that could be used to open the letter without damaging the tower itself, and her suit was pretty strong.
"Are you sure you'll be okay?"
"Trust me. I'm not gonna let a letter be my end."
Samus entered the blast room and called out. "If something goes wrong... Max... ...well, you just take care of yourself."
Max felt a knot in his stomach, like he was letting her die. The blast door closed slowly, as Samus waved to her friends, possibly for the last time...
...and then it shut.
"Come on", Lana said. "Let's go wait somewhere more comfortable."
Seconds felt like five seconds. minutes felt like hours. Max almost complained about the wait, but knew they hadn't been waiting that long...
Meanwhile, an armored Samus sat, alone with the letter in the small dark chamber. "Well then, let's see what's in you, shall we?" With no hesitation, she picked up the envelope and ripped open the top. There was no catalyst hidden inside. Nothing even remotely harmful. She scanned the contents, and aside from a hazard alert about sniffing the ink for a long time, nothing dangerous.
"hmm? It is a message."
She unfolded the paper inside and began reading.
As she read, a smile began growing on her face...
Samus ran excitedly back up the hallway to the main floor, where she eventually found Max, Rock, and Lana talking.
"Samus!!" Max smiled. "Did you open it?"
Samus grinned widely and nodded her head. "uh-huh... Lana... Lana Lana Lana... read it! It's good!"
Lana took the letter from a giddy samus. "Alright alright... let's see..."
How are things?? I'm sorry I couldn't attach a return address to this, but I'm still trying to remain hidden, and anything by me could be worth a lot of money to some.
I understand you're a Queen now! I'm very proud of you, and I think you're doing a fine job. Even if choices sometimes seem difficult, that's the way of things, especially in power. Believe me, I know.
So, what's this about a new Game Master? And Training??? Since when did they ever need that? Just let the kid go and do his own thing, if you ask me... at least take him off the probationary period. I'm sure he'll do a fine job for the whole galaxy... speaking of which, if I could, I'd disband that beaurucratic Federation, but alas that's not my kind of say anymore... if it ever was...
Hello, Samus! I know you must have read this first, what with the scare I probably gave you all. Anyway, I'm gonna clear your name here and now. As some of you may remember, Samus ended up with a valuable little device after waking up from a strange sleep. It took some doing, but I can now tell you that she is certainly innocent... ...except for tampering with the Mail. But of course, what can I expect, Security measures.. that's fine, and I enjoy talking to you too, space hunter. However, I must ask that anyone else reading please stop, now... This next part is between me and Lana...
Lana's eyes grew wide at this point.
Everyone looked up from the letter. "What!?"
Lana looked at everyone in the room. "Stay, please. I would actually enjoy the company for the last part... this might be him saying goodbye."
Max nodded and held her hand. She unfolded the last part of the letter and started reading...
Lana... my dearest...
I suppose you might consider this to be the intimate part of the letter where we remain close and misty eyed. Unfortunately, that is not the case. I must ask you instead to keep these coordinates to yourself.
This is where I am being held. For the time being, I am more comfortable to watch these events unfold than to join you, but if you must see me... ...just be careful. And don't bring Samus... you know how she is about me.
I love you,
-You know who-
Lana looked up at Samus. "What's this about?"
Samus shrugged. "Dunno. Should we try to rescue him anyways?"
Lana nodded. "Sorry father... but I need you by my side now more than ever..."
"...when I first came to Videoland, I didn't know WHAT to expect!!!!! But now that I'm here, I... ...well I know what to expect... a little. Okay, not really."
"What can I say? This is confusing!"
THE NEW CAPTAIN N!
CHAPTER!: 29!: The Return of Mother Brain
"What!? What do you mean I can't come?"
Samus sighed and tried to explain. "You've never been in outer space before. Weightlessness can really get you down, or upchuck your lunch..."
Max shook his head and explained back. "So? You had to start going into space at some point in your life, didn't you? I'm gonna have to do it too."
"That was different... that was..."
Samus sighed. "alright, fine. But don't make a mess of my ship. And the first sign of you feeling down, we're leaving. I don't think Lana would like us coming back empty handed like that, so you either better stay here or have an iron constitution."
Max smiled. "Does that mean I can come?"
Space... ...the final frontier... so quiet, when Patrick Stewart and Bill Shatner aren't blabbing on about it... ...and things will remain just as silent, for anybody floating around out there, but for those of you at home, we'll add whooshy rocket ship sounds for dramatic effect. And Samus Aran's theme from Super Metroid.
As the void whizzed past the Hunter-II, a steady beep noise resonated within the hull.
Samus activated a button, and the scenery outside started randomly flashing and jumping around as if changing the channel on a TV, or hitting fast forward on a DVD. "This is the weaver drive. A special warp system that skips entire parts of a path by weaving through space and time like a needle through fabric. It shouldn't be long before we reach these coordinates..."
"2 lightyears! Max, is your zapper charged?"
Max sat in a corner of the Hunter-II, huddled up, and wearing some bulky gray armor, similar to a federation model. "Huh? Yeah... it's on green."
"Max?" and she turned around to look at him. "You alright?"
"huh? yeah, I'm fine... just adapting a little, that's all..."
Samus shrugged. "Well, okay, because we'll be coming up on the target soon... time to turn off the weaver drive... I wanna get a good look at this place..." and so she did. things started moving at a steady pace again. "Max, get up here and put your helmet on, we're gonna get out soon."
A small object came into view... Samus enhanced the image, to get a better look. "Hm... that's odd... it looks like a big rock..."
"You mean he's in an asteroid?"
"looks like it. Let's get a little closer see what we can find..."
Samus approached closer still to the large asteroid. It appeared to have mechanical adaptations on it, but so far she couldn't recognize it. "soil is... Zebesian... I wonder if... let's prepare to dock."
Samus brought up a docking command, but it failed. "Hunter-II, I need you to dock, please." again, no response. "Hunter-II! Please dock!" Hunter-II did nothing but inch forward.
"Uh, I think it is docking."
Samus shook her head. "No, it isn't... Hunter-II, give me helm control." on cue, flight controls emerged from the panel. Samus pulled the stick away from the asteroid, but nothing happened. "...you gotta be kidding me... This asteroid..."
"What? What is it?"
Samus stood there for several minutes, saying nothing. "Put your helmet on, now. They're pulling us in."
For several awkward moments, they watched as the station grew closer and closer, until finally, a stone door opened on the hull, and they were pulled inside. "sure enough, someone must be here."
The monitor on the ship glared brightly as a strange face appeared, sporting mascara and big red lips, speaking in a cold, computer-like voice,similar to the computer in Samus's suit. "Welcome to Pegasus, Samus Aran. Estimated continued life span: 3 cycles. You will find it extremely difficult to leave this asteroid. Please enjoy your stay." and with that, the screen shut down.
Samus glared at the blank screen, trembling. "She's shut everything off on Hunter-II..."
Max stared at her. "Who? What was that ugly thing??"
Samus turned to face him. "That was Aurora Unit # AU-57-666... ...codename... ...Mother Brain."
"She's bullshitting us", Max said. "If there's anyone up here, they've been here for awhile... this place looks like it's been lost for ages!"
Samus looked at the floor of the ship. "Maybe... maybe she is bluffing... but we won't find many resources on this ship... ...this is... Pegasus. Surely, this is Pegasus. Or what's left of it."
The hatch on top of Hunter-II opened, and several pirates swooped into it.
"Please, Samus. We do not wish to harm you OR your friends. You are a beautiful weapon, after all." Mother Brain's voice could be heard from outside.
"How were all these pirates maintained!?"
"Nothing to worry about. I am quite well stocked on resources. In fact, if you cooperate, I will gladly share some air with you in this old rocky fortress."
Samus nodded to Max, who gave his gun to the crustaceans. Then, they quietly exited the craft and walked casually (but at gunpoint) to a Tourian-like zone.
"Everything about this place so far", Samus remarked. "...looks like Zebes..."
"Never been", Max told her. "But I've heard lovely things about it."
The pirates took their captives into a long, dark hallway, the end of which got very dark. This was when the mute pirates stopped moving. Max and Samus did the same.
"That's better, isn't it?" Mother Brain asked. "Samus... my Samus. You've finally come back to me after all these years..."
Samus glared at Mother Brain. "This is not my home."
Mother Brain seemed shocked. "...so you still feel that way about me. Please understand that I only had everyone's best interests in mind when I took control of the space pirates... What was it Gray Voice told you? "It's okay, Samus.. they're with us, now.""
Samus hadn't heard that Chozo's name in several years. "He attacked you. He buried you deep underground. I don't think you shared his vision. You're just a jealous Aurora Unit that can't understand why the sentient mind will always conquer machines!!"
"Samus, don't be ridiculous..."
"I AM NOT A MACHINE, BRAIN! YOU DID NOT CREATE ME!"
Samus loaded and fired several missiles into the darkness, but heard nor saw nothing of them. Mother Brain continued talking as if nothing happened.
"Until you can realize your true place, at my side, then you must wait here. Forever if need be." And with that, the floor under Samus gave way (!!) and she fell.
"Take the other and put him in the vegetation area. He will wander it forever, like a lost child, until he is needed."
Stripped of his belt and zapper, Max was escorted to an elevator.
"I'm not getting on that elevator!" Max protested. In response, one of the pirates shot a globby geletanous substance at him, immobilizing him. The pirates rolled him onto the elevator, and down he went.
As the elevator lights ascended around him, one by one, He could only think of how this could be the end... how he never should have come with Samus... ...but, if he hadn't, would she die here alone? Thoughts like this flooded his mind, and he closed his eyes, soon passing out.
Samus may have been Mother Brain's "Precious weapon", but that didn't mean anything more than that She wouldn't have Samus stripped of her suit. The Pirates literally threw her into the cell before activating the magnetic seal on it. Instinctively, she searched for holes in the walls, floor, and ceiling, but found none.
"There's gotta be a way out of here", she thought, as she rolled up and layed a few bombs. None of them revealed much, though. Giving up for the moment, she sighed, and looked around the cell. It was a big box, stained red with rust and lack of care. A chain was attached to the floor, for bindings, and a red light fixture hung from the ceiling, further bathing the room, and Samus, in hard red light.
"I hope Max is doing better than I am..."
Max lay on the grass of a Green Brinstar-ish area, unconscious, his gelatin wrapping having long melted away. He could move, if he'd wake up, but he'd also be much more edible to the kihunter that was hopping up to him. It would have made a meal of his face after spitting acid at it, had a sharpened log not hit it in the face, and apparently poisoned it, causing it to run away and scream in blind pain.
From behind the thick dark canopy of the night jungle appeared a hooded figure. It placed a hand on Max's head, and responding to what it found, dragged his limp body into the dark canopy. When Max woke up, he found himself in a small cavern, lit by beautiful bio luminescent mushrooms and a small fire. There were holes in many places around the cave, yes, but as far as what a man could fit through, this was about it.
"What... how did I get in here? Am I in the jungle, still?"
"Yes", said a gruff sounding figure in a hood. He was watching over something cooking on a fire. "Sorry to... disappoint, but you haven't gone back up, and from the look of things, you're stuck with me and the rest of the planet."
Max sighed. "Great. Well, at least I won't be lonely down here... ...any chance you're a cute girl just pretending to sound like a grizzled man?"
The figured looked up. "What? hahahahaha... yeah, for a minute when I saw them dump you out here like that, I was hoping the same thing... ...no, afraid I gotta disappoint you again, son. Care for some sidehopper legs? They're actually pretty good, kinda like chicken..."
Max sat down and smiled. "So I take it we're the only people down here. What's your name?"
The figure took his hood off. He was a gritty looking man, but not particularly old, just... out in the wilderness for a long time. Max knew lots of college kids who had grown wolfman looking facial hair, so this was no big surprise. "Name, eh? You can call me Crab, I guess. Wanna know how I ended up here? The short story is, my travel plans got interrupted. What about you?"
Max bit into the sidehopper leg, nearly breaking his teeth when he realized he needed to bite the underside. "aahhh, we got a letter from someone, said they were at some coordinates around here... this is what we found though. When we tried to turn around, we were too late..."
Crab looked a little surprised. "You came here with someone? Where are they at?"
Max smiled. "That's the beauty of it, my friend. Samus Aran is here!"
Max nodded. "Samus Aran!! Mother Brain locked her up somewhere, but not to worry! She didn't even take her weapons... Even now, I'm sure she's rolling out of a duct or something in her morph ball form and gonna find us!!"
Meanwhile, Samus was still in the rusty box. The red light was starting to give her a headache, and she curled up on a bench, shoving her face into her knees, trying to see only darkness. The Metal of her suit was cold and uncomfortable on her face, and with the helmet on, too much light entered her vision. Frustrated, she started crying...
"Max... ...I need you..."
(Hey guys, Rusty here! I can't come up with something funny to say every time, so this time I'm just gonna impart some wisdom on you.
The New Captain N is only loosely based on the TV show/comic, as you can probably figure. However, one of the core elements of this fanfic series has to do with the events of one particular episode, "Metroid sweet Metroid", in which the N team believes they have defeated Mother Brain (but this is really a cheap ploy to catch Kevin off guard.) Well, in between Captain N and New Captain N is kind of an elongated version of that episode, with this and the recent chapters leading up to that long-awaited (for these folks) conclusion. )
The New Captain N
Ch 30 - Once a Game Master...
Max looked outside at the green, thorny jungle, clearly based off of the one that made up most of Brinstar in Super Metroid. He had no weapons, and he suddenly felt as if he knew nothing of the dangerous flora and fauna out there. To make things worse, there was no sunlight in this jungle. Only the mushrooms and the electric lighting in the corridors...
"Are you gonna head out?", Crab asked him.
Max turned around, already sensing what Crab had in mind. "Crab, I know I'm young... maybe it sounds stupid to you, but seriously, we have gotta at least try to get out of here!"
Crab shrugged. "I don't think it sounds stupid."
"I'm sure someone like you could do it. I should know, I've tried before and succeeded."
"...then, why are you still in here?"
Crab looked at him oddly for a minute. "This station isn't designed for maneuverability. Besides, fuel supply is nonexistant. I could run all over this place, but it wouldn't get me home. I assume you have a ship, though?"
"Yeah sure, Samus's Hunter-II"
"Good. We should search for things we can use to make an escape. You don't know what has happened to Samus..."
It started with a falling branch. Then, Crab cracking open a large insect egg, and handing it to Max.
"put this on your hands."
Max did so, and Crab started ripping out a thorny vine from the wall, and tossed it to Max. The thorns felt only a bit prickly, despite their size and razor-sharp edges. Nodding in approval, they began hunting Cacatacs, bloated flower creatures that shoot thorns. after killing several, they tied the thorns to the branches with the vine, until they had formed some clubs. This would have to do for now.
Max and Crab turned a corner of the sad dark tunnels, and saw the glowing yellow eyes of a space pirate. It hadn't noticed them, but it's sleek black skin and dusty looking pincers shined a definite shape against some soft cobalt light around the corner. It was at the other end of a tunnel, its image blinking in and out of existence. Darkness, then image, then darkness again. The light was therefore probably coming from behind a large fan, or some other sort of air conditioning unit.
"This is the only way out", Crab whispered. "We're gonna have to take him on if we wanna leave. Just stay very quiet, and don't step in the puddles." Max agreed, and inched forward, right behind Crab. They nearly collided when Crab stopped moving.
"quiet!! he's moving!!"
The space pirate walked over to the other side of his room and sat down. He was directly facing them now, but thankfully didn't seem to notice them. Max and Crab waited for what seemed like an eternity for the pirate to change position again, but it kept staring right down the tunnel, as if expecting something to come out of it.
"What do you think? Impatience isn't very virtuous, yknow?"
Max nodded. "Maybe if we throw a rock or something, it'll distract him?"
"Good idea", Crab said, and picked up a small chunk of concrete. Holding this, he quietly inched closer to the end of the tunnel, but still bathed in darkness. When he could go no further, he threw a rock into the room so that it hit the far end and would make the pirate think it came from there... ...only it didn't. The Pirate didn't respond at all to it.
"What the hell? Wait here..."
Crab stuck his hand out of the tunnel, waving it around, ready to jerk it back as soon as the pirate did so much as twitch. But the pirate did nothing. Just sat there, dead to the world.
Crab walked out of the tunnel, into clear view, approaching the still-clueless pirate. Max was about to follow, but Crab snapped at him to stay right where he was while he poked the pirate on the head. Again, no reaction. Crab poked a little harder, and the pirate actually fell over this time, limp as a rag doll. Finally, its eyes stopped glowing.
"Max, get out here."
"What's the matter with it? Why isn't it attacking?"
Crab inspected the pirate, placing his palm on the spine. Then, taking it off, he turned to Max.
"Because it's dead. This pirate was old and sick. You can tell by the spots on the vertebra."
Max was admittedly confused. "This is very strange... Still, makes things easy for us. Let's try and disarm this guy."
meanwhile, in a distant corner of space...
An angry dragon could be seen cruising slowly through outer space. He did not need any special apparatus to do this, only to hold his breath. Dissatisfied, he floated back to his craft, where he was met by a small platoon of pirates.
"No vapor trail. No nothing... are you sure the scans turned up no traces of them?"
An engineer pirate looked up from his console. "Unfortunately, too much time has passed since their departure for the computers to find such a trail. Yours is the only way now... ...if we'd have started sooner..."
Ridley shrugged, and returned to his chair. "...forget about it, That's my fault. I've spent too much time coming up with stupid plots when I should have just gone straight for them and killed them... ...why does he hang out with Samus so much anyways? I get it, she's like his teacher... heck, maybe even... ...hmm... ? Maybe... ah well... when I find them, I can ask..."
"What is it, Lord Ridley?"
Ridley put his hand to his chin. "Well, I'm wondering if she's in lo..."
Ridley zoned out.
"...sir? Sir, are you okay? Who is responsible for this? There was supposed to be no side effects in the regeneration process!"
Ridley shook his head. "I-I'm fine... ...prepare a new group of coordinates."
"We're going to Pegasus."
5 WEEKS LATER, Duke Ontlet, GANON, stole one of the
Triforces with FACE. Zelda? Had one of the Triforce with
OCTOROC!! She divided it into "599 US Dollars!" Before
she was captured.
If you don't hear from me in a month, send
-All of Treasures-
Toasters Pachinko machine!
YOUR FACE Tykogi Tower!
Some Dodongos! a Football!
A stone, Luigi. Magic Balloon!
Smoke Wendy's pennies
THE MAP. THIS MAGIC COMPASS
IF YOU NEED INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW
TO USE THE ITEMS, PLEASE CHECK THE ENCLOOOOOSED
INSTRUCTION BOOK FOR DETAILS.
----------------The New Captain N---------------
(where there's smoke, they pinch back.)
Chapter 31: ...always a Game Master
A large insect rolled out of its shell, looking for food. It couldn't move very fast, but the size of the creature made up for this. It found an odd piece of meat sitting on a rusty red ledge of rock. The moment this bug crawled to it, a strange noise was heard.
A yellow bolt ripped through the creature and it exploded into goo. Not but a few feet away was Max with a pirate blaster. He was on his own now: Crab had gone to the lava zone to find and collect their stolen equipments. Max was in the canyon of swampy red soil, making his way back to the top. All that stood between him and Samus now was a few temples, a few caverns.
Three pirates turned the corner, chasing him, but not firing. "Hmmm..." Max thought, but nonetheless aimed the pincers at the pirates. SPAAAZZIIIGGG!! SPPAAZZZIIIIIGGG!!! SPAAAZZZIIIGGG!!! They did not fire back, they merely exploded on contact, as if completely incompetant.
"heh", Max smirked, as he entered the tunnel that would take him to Tourian. In his way was a huge slug. It roared and hissed at him from its hive, and blocked the path to the elevator.
"What I wouldn't give for a Salt Beam..." Max sighed, and ran back out into the canyon. Skree and Shriekbats chased him off of his platform and he lost is footing. "Oh shit... AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!"
In desperation, Max grabbed one of the sharp bladed creatures and was carried to safety. "That's right, I still have that goo on my hands!! It protects them!" Remembering back to the egg that Crab had cracked open. The shriekbat carried Max all the way to a distant door, which he shot open. Inside, he found a single power bomb located in a glass case. "Yeah... this'll do..." Max smiled. He ran back out, leaping from platform to platform, sometimes having to step on skree just to get to ledges, as if they were koopa paratroopas. In the end, he made it back to the top through courage and determination.
The slug did not seem happy to see him, and began charging at him. "Bad move, fatty", Max said, and he threw down the power bomb, smashing the glass all over the place, and exposing the bomb to the air. The slug ran right over it, cutting himself up severely on the glass. Then, a faint hum could be heard underneath. "uh-oh..." Max said, as he ran out of the room. The blue of the door flashed a bright color, flooding the whole upper canyon in bright blue light for split second, accompanied by a deafening roar. Max went back in, and already fungus colonies were thriving on the creature's innards. This cave would soon turn into a mushroom area. "Heh... Now... to Tourian."
Crab was crawling through hot rocks and ash, bearing a strange orange armor over his face and body. It was a Varia, the only way he could really bear such temperatures. Even with it on, his eyes were stinging, and he could hardly see in the hot but dark innards. "Gotta press on... this may be it." The foes down here hardly responded to his pirate blaster, and it had grown all but useless. Still, he managed to sneak his way to a long corridor, where he met with a grotesque sight: A slimy red... alligator like thing, he'd never seen before.
"You've stumbled upon my pet, Crocomire." a voice rang out, belonging to Mother Brain. "Like Kraid, Crocomire's skin is on par with anti-optical shields, making it nearly impenetrable to your weapons, especially those pathetic pirate blasters you stole..." Crab looked at his blaster, thinking. "If I know one thing about huge creatures like this, it's that they can be still be shot in the mouth..." He aimed at the creature's mouth just as it opened to spew god knows what at him. The creature lurched back from the blast, and Crab started taking crack shots at it before finally charging at the beast as hard as he could.
"UUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHRRRRRRRRRRRRRHHHHGGG!!!!!!" he grunted, working as hard as he could to push the creature onto the weak bridge. "Just a... little further!!!" Crocomire was teetering on one foot. It opened its mouth one more time, and Crab fired the last of his ammunition at the beast. It toppled into the boiling waving Hot lava below. "hehe.. let's see what that does to... ...holy shit!!"
Crab looked on in amazement as the beast screamed out in great pain, skin becoming as liquid... transparent... It started to bubble and splat and turn to steam as blood red flesh ran down its skeleton... which was soon all that was left of it... sinking into the orange foaming mass. "That... was... nasty." To make matters worse, it filled the room with a horrid smell, amplified by the great heat.
Crab quickly and desperately left for the next room, and was amazed to find... A belt and a gray Zapper. Max's equipment. "alright, this should ensure I can get out of here and to Tourian myself... but where's..." He walked around to the other side of the sterile, hi-tech room, and found... ...another belt and zapper, only this zapper was of the orange variety.
"There you are..." Crab whispered.
Samus thrashed about in the cell, only wasting her energy. Her arms and legs were sore, and she could hardly stand after all the pounding she did. "I'll be stuck in here forever," she thought to herself in despair...
"Samus!? You in there?"
Samus's head shot up. "Max!!! Max, oh god I'm glad to hear your voice... I can't get out!!!"
"Hang on!! I think I know what to do..." Max spotted a blue panel above the lock gate. He fired with the pirate blaster, and the gate opened like a charm.
Samus excitedly ran out of the chamber and embraced Max. "You came back!! You made it through!! I'm so sorry I ever doubted you..." tears were running down her face. "When I realized I couldn't get out, I.. well... ...you're pretty damn cool, Max. You know that?"
Max immediately blushed from the embrace. Despite the fact that Samus was still in her armor, the hug was something warm. "I have good news, too. I found someone besides the king here."
Max started. "Guy's name is crab, says he's an old friend of you and Lana. Saved my life, so I can believe him for the moment."
Samus shook her head. "Never heard of him. What does he look like?"
"eeehh, sorta like a homeless Michael J. Fox in a high school jacket, why?"
Samus paused for a moment, wondering how to answer that, and piecing together his description. "...n-nothing, nevermind. What about the King?"
"No sign of him. Should we wait for Crab?"
Mother Brain's voice came in through the system. "Attention all pirates. Report to the main hangar immediately. Your King is here."
"King? That can only mean Ridley..."
Max sounded surprised. "What!? Here!? Why?? How?"
Samus shook her head. "Got no idea. Maybe he makes regular visits..."
Crab scaled the great red canyon, finding already death and destruction where he traveled. "Yup, Max has been here alright." He opened the door at the top, and waded through a tunnel almost choking with fungus, the same one that once held a huge slug. "Definetely", and he continued toward the elevator.
When a Reo jumped in his path, He pulled out the orange Zapper, loaded with a bright turquoise shell with a "D" marked into it. He shot the Reo, and the entire creature flashed white, it's innards became it's outsides, and then it collapsed on itself, and zapped out of existance, all in a few odd electronic beeps and boops.
"Nice... still got the power. Let's see how the brain likes it."
The Dragon walked down Mother Brain's chamber, till the floor ended and the chasm began. "Administrator, I have returned."
Mother Brain did not answer.
"I know I was called here for some reason, but why? Why did you ask me here? How did you survive out here, with only the supplements for a few pirates, no Zebetite, and no fuel?"
Mother Brain again did not answer.
"DAMMIT BRAIN ANSWER ME!! DON'T PULL THAT OFFLINE CRAP WITH ME!! WHY WON'T YOU RESPOND??"
Ridley spun around to find Max standing in front of him, with Samus close behind. "I think I know."
"...oh, it's you. What are you guys doing here?"
"about the same thing, except we got called by our king."
Ridley looked confused. "Wait, King Charles is here!? Holy shit, are you serious?"
Samus tilted her head. "you... didn't know?"
"Know!? I had no idea the Brain was holding back that much!! The only person I know of that got imprisoned here was... ...nobody. nobody at all. Now... you were saying about Mother Brain, kid?"
Max nodded and walked forward. "Right. Watch your step in the darkness, but I think I know exactly why Mother Brain isn't responding. Ever heard stories about mummies and Pyramids, Ridley?"
"Yeah, what's that gotta do with anything?"
Max smiled. "I think that's exactly what happened here." He said, while feeling around for a power switch. On the far back of the dark chamber, he finally found one. With all his might, he pulled the huge switch, which sparked and popped, but eventually illuminated the dark crevasse, and revealed the Mother Brain to all. "hah!! I knew it!" Max said to himself.
"eeeww" Ridley said.
"oh my god, how horrible..." Samus remarked.
There, sitting in an almost empty glass container, was a giant brain, or, what was left of it. the cerebrum was flat, deflated and turned gangrene. There was a frightening hollow mask of flesh on the front, with a horrifying sad look upon it, as if to express agony. This was all that remained of Mother Brain.
"Mother Brain is dead. Has been all this time. All these voices? pirates? They're all recordings, remnants. This whole station is slowly dying along with her."
"then," Samus added, "Let's find Charles and your friend. Then we're leaving for good."
Samus and Max turned from Ridley and headed towards the door, but hardly made it when a large shadow appeared behind them. Suddenly, Samus fell to the ground.
"oh-hoho! Remember these little toys, Samus? Your suit seems to hate them a lot..."
Max faced Ridley. "Let her go, Ridley! What are you doing??"
"What? We have a casual conversation and suddenly you think we're buddies!? Fuck that! You put a hole in me, kid!! Now it's time to PUT A HOLE THROUGH YOU!!"
Ridley lunged at Max, grabbing him by the leg, and flying into the air. Max's head got beaten against pipes and tanks and all manner of unmentionable rusting metal. He could hardly concentrate through the hard jerking enough to grab his blaster and shoot. But Ridley then tossed him into the darkness, where only Ridley's yellow eyes shone.
"Think that scares me?" Max said, clutching his bloodied head. He fired a shot at Ridley, but it did nothing.
"hahahahaha!! Like I'd let my own Pirates mutiny that easy? Face it kid: you're fucked."
Max was tossed further into the darkness, with Ridley closing in.. .he could try to punch the dragon, but that wouldn't do much. That tail would behead him or take his hands off, and he didn't have any more of that goo to go around.
...thankfully he didn't have to worry about it, as a Bright flash filled the room and many tons of metal equipment fell on Ridley, incapacitating him and ending the fight.
"Thanks Samus, I..."
Max looked to see who shot. It wasn't Samus.
"Max!! get out here!!!
Max ran back out to see Crab and Samus talking. He was still a bit bloody, but smiling. "S-sorry.. I... I had to show him who's boss... hehehe"
Crab laughed. "right. Well, he won't be getting up any time soon, and I don't think we need to worry about the pirates. Interesting devices these things are, though... completely Jams the chozo suit and renders the wearer immobile. Well, gone now" he said, as he ripped it off Samus and shot it into nothing with his "D" beam.
"Samus... meet Crab", Max said, still in a bit of a daze.
Samus got up to finally see the face of her rescuer. "Thanks... so you haven't seen..." Samus's words trailed off when she saw what the man had on, and looked into his eyes.
"...Samus? What? Does he smell?"
"N-no... ...yes, but..."
"Oh my god.. you're... Max, you idiot!!! Don't you have any idea who you've just rescued!!"
Max looked confused. "Someone who isn't the king?"
Samus started laughing. "No, you idiot!! The King isn't here! He didn't write that letter! This man did!!"
Max looked at Crab, now a bit irritated with all this. "Okay, seriously, dude who are you??"
"Me?" Crab said smugly. "I'm just your predecessor. Kevin Keene."
Final Chapter: Epilogue
"Hey!!! cmon!!" shouted a little kid.
"What? what's going on?" asked his friend.
"Don't you see it!! Altim tower is descending!! Something important must be going on!!"
The child looked up into the sky and sure enough the tower was growing closer and closer. people were flocking to the target landing site in droves to get in.
"Hey, do you think we'll be able to get in too? I wonder what's going on?"
"Yeah!!! Let's go see what's going on!"
The crowd was massive. Everyone was anxious waiting for the ceremony to start, but also because they were quite literally in the presence of Queen Lana... not to mention most of them had not seen the palace's insides for several years.
"Hey lady, do you know what's going on in there??" the boy asked.
Samus turned around and smiled at the two kids. "Looks like a big celebration! I think Captain N did something really brave... but I don't get what's taking them so long to set up... I'll be right back..."
Samus made her way through the crowd and into the tower. It took her awhile but eventually she found Max, dressed in a very regal attire, with Link helping him with his cape.
"There you are!! What's the deal?? Everyone's waiting!"
Max looked up. "huh? Sorry... Link's been helping me get this damn thing on..."
"Oh hi, Samus!! Hey, do you have a bobby pin? The pin on this thing is broken..."
Samus sighed. "This isn't a pin Link." she proceeded to fix Max's cape to his shoulders. "It's a clip."
"Right... what did I say?"
Samus looked into Max's eyes. "You okay?"
"Yeah, I just... ...wow, that's a lot of people... where's Kevin?"
"Hey!!!" Kevin came running down the hall. He looked a lot different now that he'd shaved, changed clothes, and cut his hair. Still a much older man than Max, but also looked a lot younger than before.
"Sorry I took so long... I just found out Electric razors weren't meant for big beards... ....oh hey you look snazzy!"
Max looked down at the outfit. He liked it, but it was kinda hot... and in this climate that only gets worse... "yeeeaaahhh... like a sauna."
"Lana's ready to start. Go out into the lobby when you're ready."
Link nodded. "I'd better get going too."
Max smiled and looked into Samus's eyes. "Wish me luck" and he walked briskly towards the foyer.
The day was most glorious. The Sun was shining brightly late in the morning, and pouring into the windows of Altim tower's great hall. Gaia's major figureheads were all seated in the front, followed by the recognized heroes and guardians of the realms, such as characters like Link, and Samus, and Mega Man, and so on. Accompanying these people were their family and loved ones, then the wealthy private citizens and the representatives of the many nations of the planet. After them, the soldiers and guards. There was much hubub going on amongst them, some talking about old stories, some going on about what they were going to do/drink after the ceremony, and some on their phones with no other care in the world.
...Then the music started. Everyone hung up and shut up.
out of both ends of the altar, seven elite guards each appeared and took their appropriate positions. Following this were Lana's chief advisors, then secretaries, then the ministers of the minor departments. Then, to much applause and a little surprise by just a few, Kevin Keene.
...Then Queen Lana Amadius XI. She couldn't stop smiling.
"This court gathers for a very special occasion this fine Sunday morning. Some of you I know personally, some of you I only see on occasion, and some of you I have not seen in a long time. I am proud to have a reason to bring us all together once more, and I'd like to personally thank you all for coming..."
"Wow, she's grown so much since I last saw her..." Kevin thought.
"As many of you know, three days ago, Captain N responded to a message from some mysterious coordinates. These coordinates turned out to be the remains of the abandoned Space Pirate base "Pegasus", the final resting place of the Mother Brain. It was here that he, along with the assistance of intergalactic bounty hunter Samus Aran..."
"she makes it sound so big and bold..." Samus thought.
"...located and rescued his marooned predecessor, the original Captain N, Kevin Keene..." The crowd applauded once more, and Kevin started laughing: he was too nervous. "He and Samus have gone above and beyond the call of duty in performing this task, and I personally thank them from the bottom of my heart for... ...reuniting us..." A tear could faintly be seen shimmering in Lana's eye.
"Lana...," Kevin thought to himself, realizing that he may soon have the burden of a government role thrust upon himself.
"This court calls Maxwell Patrick Walker and Samus Virginia Aran to the altar. Everyone rise!"
All in attendance stood up and faced the isle as the large doors opened. Max and Samus came through, slowly towards the altar. All about them, they could hear people whispering murmuring things, mostly talking about some of the stuff Max or Samus had done, or about Samus's behavioral changes thanks to Max, or how much they should be together... Samus surprisingly didn't try to block these noises out. She simply approached in deep thought, dressed in a dark blue suit and skirt. She was smiling through it all.
When they approached the altar, Kevin casually shook Max's hand and thanked him again in the background, silent to the crowd. As Max approached Lana, Kevin did the same for Samus. Max stood face to face with the queen. He lost his focus and laughed for a second, and Lana did too. When she regained her composture, she smiled and looked into his eyes.
"I... no, we are all indebted to you. Although Kevin has expressed that he would like to remain at my side, he will be invaluable to everyone in his judgement as my new supreme officer of the military..." applause once more to this, and then Lana continued.
"I would like to waiver your probationary training and graduate you to a full Game Master with honors. However, your true reward comes in the faces and opinions of everyone in this room, and everyone outside of it as well... ...so, the decision is up to you, Maxwell Walker. Do you accept this promotion?"
Max nodded. "I do, under a single condition."
"Anything you desire. You're the star today."
"I would like to remain by Samus's side, if that is alright with her."
Lana turned to face the bounty hunter. "I will not discuss salary in this room, especially on this occasion, however if you so choose to remain with Max, I assure you, your services will see one."
Samus laughed on the inside, knowing she'd be making far less than she did catching crooks and blasting the scum of the galaxy.
"Of course. I would love to." she said, with an excitable smile. She joined at Max's side, and bid curtsy to Lana. Then, Lana took both of their hands and had them face the audience. One last, long, and loud applause saw the conclusion of the ceremony, Max and Samus walking now casually out of the building with much applause and laughter, as if they had just gotten married.
Kevin smiled and looked up high at the stained glass, where a likeness of King Charles was brightly illuminated, as if to say he was alive and here today.
"She's done you well today, sire." Kevin kept staring at the glass, his expression changing... as if it were speaking to him.
"Yes sire... I understand... she won't let you down, and neither will I." his smiling returning. the room was slowly emptying, and Kevin went to join the exit.
Somewhere out there, in the galaxy, a very angry dragon was slamming his fists against a wall, plotting his revenge. It was now clear that no matter what Samus's feelings were for Max, he'd kill him anyways.
....but Max would be ready!
The outside of the palace had long since erupted into cheer for its young hero, and the day was winding to a close, following the dinner and the reception...
"Oh, wow!!" Samus said, as she looked out on the stars from the bridge. "I don't think I've ever had that much fun in one night..."
Max nodded and laughed. "It feels good, doesn't it? Listen Samus, after today, I got to thinking about a few things... ...I'm really glad you decided to stick around."
Samus giggled and pulled off her sweater, throwing it into the water. "Me too... and I don't need this stupid thing any longer. Good riddance."
They leaned in close to each other as the sun set on the planet...
"Max... do you know why I agreed to stay?"
"I have an idea..."
"What do you feel when you close your eyes?" she asked him
"I dunno..." and he closed them to find out. "Well... I feel the warm summer night's air... the wind, and..."
He never finished that sentence, as Samus grabbed his face and kissed him passionately. his eyes shot open in surprise, but it was too late: The scene was already frozen in memory...
The New Captain N
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...TO BE CONTINUED.