Been a while since I wrote fanfic. Or rather since I finished anything. I technically have something in the works but its too 'spicy' for CV so I couldn't post it here anyway. So this is a Mario-verse fanfic inspired by the Bowsette meme (Don't google that unless you have safe search on) most of which is fan service-y to varying degrees and I wanted to do something... different. Hard to explain without spoiling. So here the first part of the first chapter. The full thing is well over 2,000 words and people here don't care for long fics, hence I'm breaking it up. Bur if you're really curious you can read the full chapter here
The Crown of Destiny [1-1]
---Mushroom Kingdom, Peach’s Castle---
Sandwiched between the ground floor of Castle Toadstool and the dungeon, there lied the strange laboratory of one Professor E. Gadd, a gifted but inscrutable man of science. He was generally seen as the most practical among his colleagues, not as dynamic in personality as Dr Mad Sciencestein, or as bold as Dr Crygor in pushing the limits of science and discovery. Professor Gadd had devoted his study to understanding life, and unlife. He had spent years studying dry bones, but his true passion was researching bookind.
No one could quite remember when he had taken up residence or who had given him permission to move in. Peach assumed it was one of her advisors, who in turn assumed residency had been granted by each other or the princess herself. It wasn’t a mystery why he had set up shop within the castle however. There was a small contingent of boo living (or unliving) in the castle, which were worth studying by themselves, but what actually interested Professor Gadd was the portal to Big Boo’s Haunt, known more formally as Big Boo’s Mansion (Not to be confused with Boo Mansion) a mansion theorized to exist in the Paranormal Dimension, origin place of bookind and King Boo’s personal kingdom.
Naturally a boologist like Professor Gad was fascinated by such a place. His occasional research assistant Luigi was less thrilled at the prospect of meeting more boos, hence the good professor was tinkering around on some new ghost grabbing gadgets, to aid in a future expedition and to hopefully put Luigi’s concerns to rest. However, Professor Gadd was working with very unstable elements, trying to merge magic and science, two things that sometimes go together and sometimes not. And sometimes they don’t go together but more explosively.
A low rumble made the dungeon denizens look up fearfully, dust drifted down from the ceiling. Professor Gadd lifted his thick goggles and scratched at his remaining tuft of white hair, trying to figure out what had gone wrong, examining the larger pieces of the former electronic device. “Zioo, wkdw zdv dq xqiasifwig uivxow.” He said more to himself than to his laboratory assistant, R.O.B. The short boxy robot didn’t speak, yet it still managed to express itself in how it reacted to comments or events. His contemplation was interrupted as a small portion of the wall crumbled away, revealing a space behind it. “Zkdw gr zh kdyh khuh?”
‘Zrrrrrrr zrrr zzzzzzrrr.” R.O.B. buzzed sarcastically as it rolled on treads to the new wall hole, shifting larger rubble away and beginning to clean up dust and smaller pieces of debris. It was clear that the wall had been hastily patched up, and probably wouldn’t have stayed up another year anyway, making this a very fortunate accident. Or at least an interesting accident. Surprisingly the false wall hadn’t been a merely lazy repair job. There was an object squirrelled in the hole, a dusty crown adorned with a pink mushroom. Gadd had never seen such a power-up item before. “Zzzrr zzrrrrrr!” R.O.B. buzzed in annoyance, bumping into Gadd’s leg to get him out of the way.
“Idvfmqdwmqk.” Gadd mused, turning the power-up in his hands as he absently stepped away from the moody robot, the explosion already forgotten in his mind as he focused completely on the new mystery at hand. Several hours of tweaking, testing and poking later and Gadd thought he had an idea what the crown did, though he still had no idea why it existed. Or whom had hidden it away originally. Or even why. But he thought it might solve Peach’s issues with being kidnapped, if it worked the way he thought it did.
Scans revealed it was a trans-formative magic item, not unlike a super leaf. A couple notes of interest, the crown was made to alter the wearer to a specific gene matrix. Another note being the crown was older than it looked. Possibly as old as the castle itself. Which just begged the question-- why was a priceless family heirloom was hidden away to be forgotten? Or was it meant to be retrieved at some future date but circumstances wouldn’t allow its retrieval?