Mosaic Adventures

Series Overview: After one day ending up in the Mushroom Kingdom, Mosaic befriends many different interesting beings, contends with many different foes, has many adventures, and experiences many of the things in between.

I: Fiendish Plan

Bowser, King of the Koopas, within the depths of his castle, was sitting on his throne in his throne room, which was lined with pillars on either side leading up to it, with Koopatrol guards wielding spears standing on either side of the throne throughout the walkway, wielding spears in their hands, and the path leading up to the throne being lined with a red carpet, plotting and scheming to come up with a evil plan that he believed would allow him to conquer the Mushroom Kingdom once and for all.

“Hmm, let’s see, i could kidnap Peach again; Then again, maybe not, that’s never worked out” Bowser thought to themself. “Or Maybe, i could steal one of those powerful star-based artifacts, such as the star rod or a grand star. Ehh, been there, done that, easier said than done anyway.” Bowser continued to think. “Wait a minute...I have an idea!” Bowser figured out. “What if...I were to attack the Mushroom Kingdom with airships like i did awhile back that one time, but this time, with a spin on it? Rather than me assigning each of my kids with a kingdom, invading the kings’ castles, stealing their wands, and transforming them into different creatures, I would instead have our entire armada attack the different lands at once! It’s brilliant!” Bowser continued with their thoughts. “Now let’s bring them over” Bowser thinks. “Bowser Jr.! Kamek! Larry, Morton, Wendy, Iggy, Roy, Lemmy, Ludwig! Get over here!” Bowser then roared. All of them quickly rush into Bowser’s throne room upon his call. “It’s time for us all to go somewhere” Bowser says.

“Wee! We’re going on vacation right?!” Bowser Jr. exclaimed excitedly.

“No, we’re not, now i’d like all of you to start preparing an armada, we’re attacking the Mushroom kingdom!” Bowser responded.

“Ah man……...That’s cool too!” Bowser Jr says.

“But umm, your wickedness, haven’t you tried that multiple times before-” Kamek says before Bowser interrupts.

“I know what i’m doing this time, rather than send one airship to each land, we’re going to attack each land one by one with our entire armada at once!

“But what if it ends up not working out for one reason or another?” Kamek questions, still not set on their plan.

Bowser responds “It’s simple what we’ll do, i’ll tell you as we’re preparing.”

II: Pilot

Meanwhile, rather far away from Bowser’s Castle, in the lush, green, plainlands known as “Mushroom Plains”. There is one peculiar, two story house located in the city, lives Mosaic, along with the rest of the Mosaic group. Inside on the two story, is Mosaic’s room, inside this room, with a window to right, is Mosaic’s bed, with a dark green frame, bed sheets, pillows, and a blue mushroom pattern blanket. On the side of the bed was a brown, double drawer desk, the top of which stood a clock in the shape of a starman, bright yellow with the time displaying in place of where the eyes would normally be located, with the time displaying as 8:29 AM. The room itself was an average size, it wasn’t that big, however, it wasn’t that small either, it was around 7 feet in height, 10 feet in width, and 10 feet in length, the walls of the room were painted blue, with a couple pictures here and there. And finally, there was Mosaic himself, whom at the moment was sleeping in their bed. Mosaic in appearance looked oddly similar to a certain popular figure of the Mushroom Kingdom, Mario. Like Mario, Mosaic generally wore overalls, an undershirt, shoes, a hat, and a pair of gloves and even had the same eye color as them, sapphire blue; but unlike Mario’s clothes, his hat and undershirt he wore was green, his overalls were a shade of gold, his shoes were red, and finally, his gloves had a rather odd shade, blue, unlike the usual white. At the moment however, he wasn’t wearing his regular outfit, he had his hat off on a wall hook, and instead was wearing pajamas that were long sleeved, and covered his whole body. The fabric was shaded green and had a blue star pattern across the whole thing, with a zipper running down the shirt portion. Suddenly, Mosaic’s alarm clock went off, Mosaic is woken up by the noise, and lets out a yawn, then looks at his alarm clock, the time being displayed now as 8:30, and shuts it off to stop the sound.

“That was today?” Mosaic said to himself, then getting out his bed and heads to the closet on his right near the bed and opens it to change into his clothes for the day, it never took long for him to get dressed as he wore the same outfit each day and had an entire closet full of them. As he’s in the closet changing clothes, he yells “Hoops! Get ready! Our picnic meeting is today!”.

Hoops was a member of the Mosaic group, he’s beared the appearance of an insect, except that he was rather large, around the size of a house pillow, he had a rounded body shape and five spots on his back lighter than the rest of his body, five legs on either side, each ending with a white, circular glove. His face was black with two large, oval shaped eyes with white scleras, each with two small, shiny blue pupils. A Hoopster. Though they normally were red, Hoops’ body was a dark shade green, as well this, Hoopsters were generally smaller, around the size of a basketball.

Hoops, annoyed by being awaken so suddenly says “Wha...really?”. “Well, is there any chance of us going to movie afterwards?” Hoops then asks.

“As weird as those things would go together, i feel we may be able to” Mosaic responded.

“In that case i’m bringing “these”. As he says it, he press his legs against the wall and climbs it as though Hoopsters are already capable of doing so, he was a special case, as he seems to be able to climb up just about any surface. Hoops was climbing the wall to reach a black glasses case. When he reaches it, he opens it, revealing their to be not glasses, but a pair glasses with one blue lenses and one red lenses, a pair of 3D glasses.

“Ah, i should wake up Berry and Rosy and tell them to get ready” Mosaic said, leaving their own room and walking down the hallway to the door to Berry and Rosy’s room. He then knocked on their door and said “Berry, Rosy! Could you guys wake up? We need to get ready for the picnic and be at the park by 9:00 AM”.

Rosy was a Porcopo, a small mammalian creature that’s appearance somewhat resembled that of a porcupine or hedgehog. Porcopos were usually purple or black, however in Rosy’s case, her fur was a dark shade of pink. And her eyes a dark shade of brown.

Berry on the other hand was a Yoshi, which were anthropomorphic dinosaurs that commonly had saddles on their backs and wore a pair of shoes. As well as this, Yoshis commonly came in many different different colors. Berry however was still a baby, therefore, he was much smaller and didn’t have a saddle yet. In terms of appearance he had purple skin, his belly was light blue, he commonly wore a pair of red shoes, and his eyes were same shade as Rosy’s, brown. Rosy jumped awake upon hearing the knocking.

“Oh yeah, the picnic was today, guess i just didn’t have my alarm set” Rosy said, then shaking Berry to wake them up, as the two of them shared a bed.

“Yoshi?” Berry said as they were woken up, due to their incapability of speaking any language other than their native one, being Yoshi.

“Great, your awake, now we need to be ready in the next ten minutes if we want to make it to the park on time” explained Rosy.

Berry responded in his language and then gets out of bed to get ready.

Rosy goes to the brown dresser on the other side of the room and climb onto the desk part with a large mirror and opens a drawer. In this drawer are several beauty things, such as lipstick, eyeshadow, lip gloss, blush, fur treatment gel, a brush, etc. she pulls out the brush, fur treatment gel, and eyeshadow. However, after looking at the eyeshadow, puts it away again immediately and says “hmm, maybe some day” and instead begins brushing her fur with the brush, while she was doing this, Berry put on his pair of shoes. Berry then remembers he has no hair or fur nor does he wear any other kind of clothing, so he’s already ready. Rosy finishes brushing and starts applying the fur gel and spreads it all over themself. Berry, waiting for them finish, looks their direction. Rosy tells him not to worry and that she’ll take just a sec. Which indeed they took, she then heads back over to the table near their be where she puts the only accessory she wears in her fur, a red bow, which she picks up and puts on.

“Alright, i’m finished getting ready, is there anything you needed to do Berry?” Rosy asks.

Berry gives a response, which Rosy, understanding him, responds.

“If your hungry, well, you would be knowing you and it’s the morning; i believe we’re having breakfast at our picnic, which gives us even more reason why we should hurry.”

Berry asks Rosy in their language if they’ll have Yoshi Berries.

Rosy responds “I’m not sure, we’re aren’t the ones bringing the food”, to which Berry acknowledges her. “Now i want to see if-” Rosy started when suddenly they heard loud pounding on the door.

This pounding was Hoops, whom yelled through the door “Rosy! You better not be holding us up”.

“Of course not, we were just finishing up in fact.” Rosy said in defense.

“Alright then...guess i’ll just wait with Mosaic downstairs” then heading downstairs, Rosy and Berry hearing their footsteps fade out as they head down them.

“So, are you sure your ready to go?” Rosy checked with Berry.

Berry responds he is in his language, then asking Rosy if she has nothing else to do to prepare makeup wise.

“I’ll check in the mirror one more time” Rosy says, heading to the mirror. Rosy takes a look at them self, vainly saying “I think that i look good, naturally.”.

Unamused, Berry groans under their breath, but says they’d agree and says now they want to go in his language, which Rosy agrees.

Meanwhile downstairs, Mosaic and Hoops were both sitting on the black couch in the living room, watching a game show on TV known as “Liability”. Hoops hears footsteps, and looks at the stairs, where he hears them coming from, surprised to see Rosy and Berry there.

“Berry and I are ready to leave, are you guys as well?” Rosy informs Hoops and Mosaic.

Mosaic looks away from the TV at Rosy responding “Ah, your already ready to go?”.

Rosy responds “Yeah...i just said that”.

Hoops, picking up the remote to turn off the TV says, “How surprising, because i totally expected you to be finished already” with sarcasm in his voice.

Rosy rolls her eyes, however ignoring him says “We need to get going to the park now, because we need to be there in…” stopping mid sentence to look at the blue, mushroom shaped clock in the room. “thirteen minutes!” Rosy exclaims, she then rushes over to the door and jumps up to the doorknob in an attempt to open it, but falls off it, however rolling into a ball before they hit the ground to make a recovery, rolling away from the door a bit. “I forgot that i don’t have opposable thumbs” Rosy said embarrassed.

Hoops then quickly runs to the door and reaches for the doorknob to open the door himself, telling Rosy “Exactly” before running out of the door down the concrete path in front their house to make their way to Mushroom Plains.

Ignoring Hoops’ attitude, Mosaic states “We should follow Hoops and catch up with him.”

Though a bit annoyed, Rosy agrees and starts heading out the door, with Mosaic and Berry following and Mosaic closing and locking the door behind them.

III: On The Path

Mosaic, Rosy and Berry followed Hoops down the path he went to the park they were heading, by name known as Vibrant Park. The scenery around the path was an interesting sight. The Mosaic Group lived in a suburban residential area, with sidewalks going down multiple different paths with many houses, coming in several different shapes, some had the shape of giant mushrooms, these were generally called “Mushroom Houses” while some had a more casual look, by Mosaic’s standards anyway. This wasn’t all there was scenery wise, in the sky, on the ground, and all around, there were floating bricks and yellow boxes with ? marks imprinted on them which had many different things in them quite often. And finally, going underground, there were pipes that came in many different colors, green, red, white, purple, you name it. These pipes were commonly referred to as “Warp Pipes”.

Mosaic, Rosy and Berry catch up with Hoops, and Mosaic asks Hoops to slow down so they can catch up.

Hoops however responds “It’s not my fault i’m faster than-” however Mosaic interrupts him mid sentence after checking his watch and realizes they have ten minutes to get there and are five blocks away.

Then saying “Actually Hoops it’s fine…”.

which Hoops responds, asking why.

Running while doing so, Mosaic responds “let’s just say whoever makes it to the park last has to stay behind to help with cleanup, running ahead as he starts on the making it the park part because they have 10 minutes to get there!”.

Hoops in response to this says “Oh that’s how we’re doing this? Well that isn’t going to be me!” Then running after Mosaic.

Rosy and Berry, realizing it’s probable neither of them will beat Mosaic nor Hoops in a footrace, look at each other and realize that whichever them make it last will be the one helping with cleanup. Both not wanting to do so, both start racing with one another as well.

The Mosaic group arrive at Vibrant park, and pass the entrance, which has a large sign in colorful letters reading the name “Vibrant Park” across the top of the entrance on the stone hedge around the entrances of the park, which they finally make it to in the order of Hoops, Mosaic, Rosy and Berry.

“Well, sorry Berry, but looks like your helping with cleanup.” Berry whines because of this, however calms down pretty quick.

“Alright, we’re here with five minutes to spare! Now let’s go find where they are” Mosaic states. And with that the Mosaic Group then begins to walk deeper into the park, many people were there that day, Toads, Yoshis, as well as the occasional Koopa Troopa.

As their walking, Hoops asks “So who is it that we were meeting with again? I kind of forgot”.

“Ah yeah, i remember” Mosaic responded, “it’s...actually i forgot too.” Mosaic then admitted. Mosaic then asked Rosy “Do you remember?”.

“I do” Rosy responded. Then stating “We’re meeting with Team S.M.B.X correct?”.

Mosaic and Hoops both in unison respond to Rosy "Oh Yeah!".

Hoops then tells Mosaic “Jinx! You owe me a Maple leaf”.

“Darn it” Mosaic responded.

Hoops however added that it’s good and that he was just messing around.

“Ehh, it’s okay, anyway back on topic” Mosaic said changing the subject. “If i remember correctly, Team S.M.B.X consists of that plumber in red and blue overalls, Mario, his brother Luigi, their girlfriend, Princess Peach, and his friend Toad, correct?” Mosaic asked.

“Uh, Mosaic, there was someone else too?” Hoops reminds Mosaic.

Mosaic immediately realizes he did, saying “Oh yeah, and that other friend of his, Link is their name”.

With Hoops saying “mhmm” to them ensuring their statement.

“Ah, and we’re meeting with them here, and we just need to find them” Mosaic says, then starting to look around along with Hoops, Rosy, and Berry but with no luck. “I can’t see them anywhere around here” said Mosaic.

“Me neither, it’s hard to see past all these people here” Rosy then added.

“Huh, i wonder if they sent us a letter saying they rescheduled or something, i don’t remember checking the mailbox this morning” Mosaic continued.

As Mosaic was talking, Hoops was still looking around, when finally, something in the distance caught his eye. It was Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad and Link, Team S.M.B.X, all sitting on a large red-white diamond patterned blanket with a large brown, unopened picnic basket. “It’s possible they did that” Rosy said to Mosaic. Just as they were finishing their sentence, Hoops dashes off in the direction of Team S.M.B.X, shouting to the others while doing so that he found them. Mosaic looks in the direction Hoops is running, then seeing what he is running towards. “

Ah, so they didn’t reschedule after all” Mosaic said. “Well, lets go over to them then” Mosaic says, going Hoops’ direction along with Rosy and Berry.

IV: Picnic Time

At the picnic blanket, Mario begins making conversation with the others, starting with “Where a is the Mosaic Group? We asked them to a meet us here at 9:00 a AM but i don’t a see them anywhere” in their Italian accent.

“They may just be running a few minutes behind, they’ll probably be here any minute now” Peach responded to Mario.

“I a hope Peach is right, otherwise imma get worried about them” said Luigi.

“Luigi, your being a bit quick to assume, they could have just misread the time on the invitation, i feel your being a bit quick to jump to conclusions” Link told Luigi.

“I guess you’re a right, but it still a makes me worried.” Luigi replied.

As Luigi said this, Toad was looking behind him, and saw someone running their direction, this someone of course being Hoops, which he was able to immediately tell by their green color and pair of 3D glasses. Toad then attempts to get the other’s attention and tell them, but Luigi and Link were too busy talking while Mario and Peach were too busy listening in on their conversation to hear

“But anyway, i feel your cowardliness is something you-” “GUYS!” Toad interrupts Link.

But before he could say what he was trying to inform them, Hoops came leaping over Luigi and right in the middle of the picnic blanket, his 3D glasses falling off as he fell, shocking Mario, Luigi, Peach and Link.

“umm, we can talk later.” Link tells Luigi.

“Oh umm...hey there Hoops, are the rest of the Mosaic Group coming?” Peach says, ignoring his surprising entrance.

“Hi Peach, and uh yeah, they should be coming now” Hoops responds.

Team S.M.B.X each look in the direction Hoops came from and indeed see Mosaic, Rosy and Berry coming their way.

“Hello guys, here we are, on time.” Mosaic said.

“Or a are you?” Mario responded, laughing a bit after saying it.

“Umm what?” Mosaic replies back.

Toad then checks their pocket watch, seeing that it reads exactly 9:00 AM sharp on it, then telling Mosaic not to worry and that he’s good.

“Ah, alright” Mosaic replied.

Berry then starts going on about something in Yoshi.

Hoops translates for the others, being able to understand Berry’s words like Rosy can.

“He asked what you guys brought to the picnic as he’s hungry and wants to eat” Hoops translated.

“Hey, don’t a worry, we, or more specifically, mainly Peach brought a good number of things.” said Luigi in response to Berry.

“Now Link, could you open the picnic a basket and put it in the middle?” Luigi asked them.

“Sure” Link responded, the picking the picnic basket up and moving it to the center so that everyone could reach it.

“Alright you guys, this is what i brought.” Peach started, to Berry’s excitement. “I brought pancakes topped with powdered sugar with maple syrup for drizzling, around seventeen to be exact. Nine blueberry muffins. 2 banana bunches and a honeydew melon” Peach began to list.

Berry is about to ask something in their language, but Rosy interrupts them knowing what their about to say and asks Peach “Did you bring any Yoshi Berries?”.

“Oh, i did infact, i brought red, green and pink ones.” Peach replied.

Berry expresses disappointment in their language, which Rosy translates to be because she didn’t get any blue ones it seems, Berry’s favorite.

“Oh, i’m sorry about that Berry” Peach told Berry.

“Hey Berry, it’s kind of hard to come by blue ones anyway so it makes sense and would be expected that she forgot them.” Mosaic said to Berry.

Peach then continues to list more things, saying “as well as those things, i also brought some Apple juice, orange juice, butter, yogurt, Peachy Peach juice, and multivitamins”.

“That sounds good, let’s eat!” Rosy said, Berry also wanting to as well as they state in their language.

After everyone made their choices in food and has eaten for awhile, as they continued eating, they began to chat.

“So Mosaic, how do you a feel about this new world you’ve been a living in and having a new way of life?” Mario asked Mosaic.

“It actually hasn’t been too bad, if much at all infact, i definitely find it more interesting than my home world”. Mosaic responded to him.

“You mean...Earth, as you call it right”? Peach asked.

“Yeah, that place” Mosaic replied to Peach.

“Wait, your from another world?” Hoops said to Mosaic, seemingly surprised.

“Of course, i even told you one time i am” Mosaic responded.

Pausing a bit before saying, Hoops says “I actually do recall you say that, guess i just forgot about that”.

Jumping into the conversation, Rosy says “Speaking of being from different worlds, isn’t Link from a different world too?”.

“Yes, indeed i’m from the land of Hyrule, but i ended up here one day because i was in Hyrule Field at some point and saw some strange vortex, and curious of where it would go, jumped into it, and it lead me here.” Link informed.

“Where you eventually found us, correct?” Toad asked Link.

“Well, it was more that you guys found me, but i guess you could say that too.” Link replied. Then continuing. Link starts to talk with the others about how he eventually became the 5th member of their group they formed around six years ago, Team S.M.B.X, amidst Link’s talking however, Mosaic was looking up at the sky, his attention seemingly on something else.
The thing that he sees is several giant aircrafts looming over the sky above them. airships to be exact. Despite their distance, Mosaic notices close details on it, one of which being the weapons on it, which there were loads of cannonball blasters and flame tanks and such on them.

V: Disruption

One of the airships then fire something right where Team S.M.B.X and The Mosaic Group are sitting. This object was black and metallic, had a short rope at the top protruding from a metallic ring, or a fuse, and a pair of yellow shoes. A bob-omb. Mosaic seeing tried to get everyone’s attention, but none of them heard him. Even when the mass of one of the airships blocked the sun out, still, nobody seemed to notice. As the bomb continued to fall, Mosaic once again yelled “Guys.”, this time a bit louder, to try to get their attention.

As everyone still continued to chatter, eventually Toad notices what’s off and says “Wait, why is it so dark?”.

Immediately after Toad says this, the bob-omb lands right in the middle of the picnic blanket, with the fuse on the bob-omb being very short, about to blow.

Mosaic then shouts “Guys! Look out!”. Everyone having have noticed the bomb at this point, quickly jumps away from it.

Everyone except for Berry whom was about to take their first taste of a yoshi berry the whole picnic, but was then grabbed by Hoops before he could to save him from the blast.

Berry then complains his in his language about not even being able to taste any yoshi berries.

Hoops, understanding them asks “Is it really that important right now considering someone just tried to bomb us?”.

“I think i just a found our culprit” Mario says, pointing towards the airships in the sky.

The airships then begins to fire more projectiles such as bob-ombs and cannonballs all over the park, to everyone’s terror. This sends many passersby running away frantically in many directions. The group then all take notice of something coming down from the airships; rope ladders. These ladders went far enough to reach the ground, and then notice many Goombas, Koopa Troopa, Hammer Bros, Fire Bros, Boomerang Bros, etc. coming down the rope ladders from the ships, whom then began to run after and attack the fleeing citizens.

“Maybe we should make like a banana like everyone else and split” Luigi says, then preparing to run, when Mario grabs him by the overall strap and stops him.

“Luigi, true a heroes never flee and a stand their ground, therefore, we are a not going to a back down and a fight!” Mario declares. Mario then asks everyone else “Now, do you guys think we should kick some troopa butt?”.

“YEAH!!” Peach, Toad, Link, Mosaic, Hoops and Rosy yell. Rosy, noticing Berry’s silence, nudges him to join them.

Despite the fact that Berry didn’t want to fight, being of more of the pacifist kind, he put on a face, then saying “Yeah, let’s do it!” in their language.

Mario then begins “Alright then, on the count of 5, 5...4..-” suddenly, a hammer goes flying his way, which with quick reaction time, he dodges, and looks to his right, seeing that a hammer bro hurled it at him. On the other side of the group approached a boomerang bro, with several goombas and koopa troopas, notably wearing shades and spiked bracelets, some with wings and some without at their aid, surrounding the 9 on the other side of them. “Or, they’ll a bring the a fight to us” Mario says, then continuing saying “Then in that case...Let’s a go!” then forming a flame in his hand, a fireball to be exact and then hurling it at the hammer bro.

The group then all prepare to fight with their respective form of combat, Luigi pulls out their hammer nervously, but rushes towards their enemies with it. Peach pulls out their frying pan that they commonly keep on hand to use it as a weapon., Toad prepares to use what seems to be martial arts, Link reaches into a holder on his right thigh and pulls out a sword, then pulling out a blue shield with decorative markings on it, a hylian shield. Mosaic focuses energy in his hand, which forms a light blue aura which then forms into a ball, and hurls it at a koopa troopa, which freezes them solid. Hoops gets a running start to prepare for a jump, and makes on large one clearing the gang of enemies surrounding them, then rushing towards a nearby ? block. Rosy curls their body into a ball and begins spinning rapidly, and rolls straight into the direction of a goomba with it. As the battle outbroke, many things happened at once.

Mario was surrounded by Koopa troops on both sides, putting his wits of dealing with them to the test as he fights them off.

Hoops makes their way to the ? block and bashes it, releasing from it a flower, this flower had red petals, creating an oval shape, and a green stem with two petals on the left and right. This was a fire flower. Hoops was about to jump atop the block to grab it, however, a goomba comes rushing quickly his way and jumps in the air and down on them, turning themself upside down while doing so, attempting to headbonk him. Hoops dodges the attack and then counters by throwing himself into the goomba, tackling them and sending them flying into a noteblock on the ground, knocking them out. Hoops then jumps atop the block, grabbing the fire flower. Hoops’ body underwent a change when he did this, his normally dark green body had now become a shade of fiery red. This was an effect of acquiring certain power ups, however as he was used to it didn’t acknowledge it and instead created a dark green flame ball in his hand.

“Guess this’ll have to do, but it’ll work” Hoops said to themself. He then notices a boomerang bro coming his way and hurl a boomerang at him, which he easily avoids thanks to his agility, then countering with a fireball, which misses, Hoops decides to take a different approach, running towards the boomerang bro.

Meanwhile, Peach and Link were working together to handle the incoming threats, with Peach handling the grounded foes while Link deals with the aerial ones. Peach bashes the incoming koopas and goombas with her pan, and at one point a koopa gets dangerously close. She then jumps up and stomps on the koopa with them being scared into their shell by the impact, in which Peach takes advantage of, picking up the Koopa Troopa and kicking the shell in other incoming foes’ directions.

Link on the other hand dealt with their aerial foes, firing beams from his sword at the incoming para koopas as well as goombas flying their way, knocking them out of the sky with his beam sword.

As Peach hits a koopa with a pan, she asks Link “Just how many of them are there?”.

"I’m unsure, but we have no choice but to keep fighting them off” Link responds as he blocks a fireball from a fire bro.

Meanwhile, Rosy is being pursued by a group of nine goombas, however after making some distance with them, she turns around, spins into a ball and bowls herself in their direction. The goombas stop cold from fear and all are knocked away various directions as if they were a bunch of bowling pins. Rosy then after rolling back out again, gets Berry’s attention and tells them they have an idea. She then whispers the idea to Berry, which he agrees with. They get into their positions, Berry stands behind Rosy, and then the latter as their about to roll into a ball yells “Now!” to Berry. Berry then starts kicking Rosy into the foes like a soccer ball, which proves to be rather effective.

Meanwhile, Luigi was surrounded on all sides by a hammer bro, a boomerang bro, and two fire bros. “Mario! Help!!!” Luigi then yells. Mario, having at this point dealt with the koopa troopa rushes to Luigi’s aid. Making a jump over the bros surrounding his brother and near their position. “Great Mario! Your a here! Now, what do you say we try using our “Cyclone Technique” as you call it?” Luigi then says to Mario.

“Great idea Luigi!” Mario replied. The Mario bros get into coordination to perform their cyclone technique, Luigi jumps on stop of Mario and pulls out his Ultra Hammer, and the two of them start spinning around like...well a cyclone into their enemies, ramming into each of them in quick succession, knocking away the enemies in varying directions. Afterwards, Mario and Luigi stop spinning and the latter gets off Mario and puts his hammer away.

“Alright, i think we’ve fend them off for now” Mario says, then looking in the direction of Peach, Toad, Link and the Mosaic Group to see how they were all doing, seeing they dealt with the enemies attacking them as well. They all then head into the Mario Bros’ direction.

VI: What's The Plan?

“Great job guys, we managed to fend them off, and i have a rather strong hunch who’s behind this attack.” said Mario.

“Ah, you mean...that guy right?” Mosaic asks Mario.

“Mhmm, Bowser” Mario replies.

“Umm, guys, the airships, their heading in “that” direction” Hoops informed everyone, pointing at a bunch of colorful hilltops. “Their heading toward those colorful hills, or, Colorful Hills.” Hoops continued, then adding “Whoever named those hills is a genius.” in a sarcastic tone.

“I suggest what we do is chase after the airships and infiltrate them, i feel if we’re fast enough, we could catch them at Fluffy Heights potentially as it’s really high up.” Link said giving his input.

“That sounds like a good idea” Peach said,

“Agreed” Toad added.

“But Link um-” Luigi is about to say before Mario interrupts then giving his opinion, which he says.

“I think Link’s idea could work out well if we coordinate right and do something like grab a hold of the airship’s anchors.”.

“Hmm, Mario may have an idea” Mosaic states, then asking “Didn’t you and Luigi do that when Bowser attacked the mushroom kingdom with airships several years ago?”.

“Indeed we a did, so it should be a able to a work this time.” Mario replies.

Mosaic then started “Well in that case-”.

“Mosaic, shouldn’t we chase after the airships before they get too far?” Rosy interrupts.

Mosaic, starting to reply says “Umm, well…”.

before Hoops then interrupts telling Rosy “Mosaic was talking, don’t be so disruptive.”

“Hoops, no need to be so...burnt up”. Berry laughs a bit after noticing Rosy’s pun.

“It’s fine as i was finished anyway” Mosaic stated.

“All a right, so that’s the a plan? Chase down Bowser’s air fleet, and put a stop to his latest a scheme?” Mario checks up with everyone.

Everyone, bar Luigi, nods, before he quickly nods himself.

“Then in that case, once again let’s a go!”. In the order of Mario, Hoops, Toad, Link, Peach, Mosaic, Rosy, Berry and Luigi, all the 9 of them start rushing down the path, heading to the Colorful Hills. Determined to put a stop to Bowser’s plans once more…

VII: Chase Down

As the group continued to traverse the path, Mosaic looked on the side of the road and noticed a peculiar object. This object had a narrow, but long cylinder shape in a dark gray shade pointing towards the sky, with a blue area grounded with a ? print on it. This was a cannon.

“Hmm, that could be an idea” Mosaic stated. This got the attention of the others and got them to stop running.

“The cannon?” Link asked Mosaic.

“Exactly, if you look at that cannon, and consider the fact that we can swivel it, along with the size of the cannon, which reaches a bit over six feet in length, we could aim it towards the Colorful Hills and save ourselves some time” Mosaic explained, responding to Link.

“In that case what are we waiting for?” Hoops said, then rushing over to the cannon and getting inside of it. Then swiveling the cannon to jumping inside it, then firing them self out of that cannon. “Woo!” they yelled as they went flying in the direction of colorful hills.

“Let's see where they land.” Peach said.

As Hoops flew through the air, he looked down to see where he'd land, seeing they were about to land in a lake near Colorful Hills. Seeing this, Hoops yelled “Cannonball!...Literally!”. Then making a splash as they submerged.

“Well, only one thing to do…” Link said.

“What is that?” Luigi questioned. “Well, follow their lead of course” Link replied.

Then proceeding to get into the cannon himself and then launching himself the direction Hoops did, yelling “Yeah!” As he did so.

“I agree” Toad said, getting into the cannon themself and launches in the direction of Link and Hoops, following their lead.

This is followed by the others in the order of Berry, Mario, Mosaic and Peach. Luigi looks inside the cannon and hesitantly gets in realizing there isn’t a point in resisting as he’s tried to back out of things twice, only failing both times. Just before the cannon launched, Luigi covered their eyes and after they began to fly through the sky they yelled, not in excitement, but terror.
At this point everyone had landed in the lake and as Hoops had.

Mario looks up, seeing Luigi is flying toward the lake about the fall in, then saying “and here comes Luigi” due to this. Luigi goes flying into the lake, landing right on top of Hoops.

After resurfacing, Hoops then proceeds to say “Of all the places, of all the times, why did it have to be here?”, In which Peach, Link and Mosaic just shrug.

“Guys, we have no time to waste, we got to chase the after the air fleet!” Toad said, swimmingly to shore while doing so.

“Right” Peach, Mario, Link, Rosy as well Berry in his language said in unison.

“Hey, could you get off of me?” Hoops asked Luigi.

Straight away, Luigi got off of him, telling him “okay”, then swimming to shore along with the others.

By the time Luigi and Hoops caught up to the others, they see that their at a bunch of hills separating them from Fluffy Heights.

“These hills are too tall for us to jump over, as well as that, i don’t see a way around the hills either.” Mosaic stated.

“You’d be right about that Mosaic, i don’t see a way around either.” Link added.

“With how i see there’s several solutions to this.” Mosaic stated. “We could find a way over it, or-” Mosaic said before being interrupted by Hoops.

“Or, i could burn these hills down.”

“Hoops! There’s no need for that.” Mosaic said firmly. “And our other option i was getting to is…”.

only for Hoops to interrupt again and ask “Is it climbing to the other side?

“That’s...actually correct" Mosaic replied.

“But where would we find a way to do one of the things you suggested?” Peach asked.

“By doing something like finding a question block containing a flying power of some kind such as a cape feather, propeller mushroom or such.” Mosaic replied. “And then whoever used the power up would use it to go to the other side to find them a springboard to throw back over” Mosaic then continued.

“But how do we know which block of the many out there we’d know where to find one?” Toad asked.

Mario then came in and started added to the conversation as well, saying that if they just bash several blocks, they could find one eventually.

Amidst the discussion, Luigi tries to sneak away from things once again. Once the cowardly plumber made enough distance, he ran yelling “See ya a guys! You a got this!”. However, due to not looking where he was going, he runs into a ? block, and out it comes conveniently enough...a Cape Feather, which floats down and touches Luigi.

With a poof, Luigi spouted a long yellow cape tied around his neck with it hanging behind him. Luigi groaned due to the impact of the block, not realizing what he just picked up.

Mario walks over to Luigi and looks down at him, then asking “Brother, do you a realize what you justa picked up?” Then exclaiming “You picked up a Cape a Feather!”.

“I did?” Luigi said as he got up, questioning Mario’s statement. He then looks behind him and sees the cape “Oh..i guess i a did.” Luigi then said.

“Now, can a you fly over and find us a springboard and throw it to us once you a find it?” Mario then asked Luigi. “But do i a have to?” Luigi asked.

Mario, along with the others, just nodded their heads.

A bit of time later, everyone’s gotten out of the way so Luigi could get a running start to get over the hill. Luigi of course is hesitant to fly off.

“Hey Luigi! Come on! The sooner you start, the sooner you’ll finish!” Rosy shouts to Luigi, trying to give him encouragement.

Luigi, going up the incline of the hill, turns around and goes back down so he could get a running start, then saying “Oh well, here goes”.
Luigi runs and up the incline and takes off, however runs smack into the hill. “

Agh, that’s gotta hurt.” Link said.

“Luigi? Are you okay?” Peach asked.

“Yes…” Luigi said, somewhat in pain, getting back up. Luigi then runs back down the incline again, saying he’ll a make it this time. Luigi takes another run up the incline, and as he about to take off yells “here we a gooooooo!!!”, this time making it over the hills.

“Yeah! Go Luigi!” Mosaic yells.

A bit later on, Luigi has a bit of trouble controlling his cape, but manages to do so correctly eventually. After doing so, he began to drift through the air with his cape around Fluffy Heights to look for a springboard.

A bit of time later, Luigi stops gliding and stops and lands atop a wooden platform, unable to find anything, Luigi then sits on a wooden block and says “Ah man, why can’t i a find a springboard a anywhere?” Then kicking a nearby note block with frustration, releasing the contents of it. This thing, funny enough, being a springboard. Luigi sees the springboard, and just sits speechless about what just happened. However, despite that he decides to just pick it up and fly back to where he came so that he could bring to the others.

Meanwhile, the rest of the group continued to await Luigi’s return.

“Any minute now” Mosaic stated, looking at his watch. Just as they said that, Luigi had returned.

“Hey a Guys! I have a springboard! I’m going to a throw it down to you!” Luigi stated.

After noticing Luigi, everyone gave a cheer with a “Hurray!”. Luigi then threw the springboard down to them, and they all jump on it to the other side one by one, each landing on a single wooden platform on the other side.

“We lost a little time due to needing a way across.” Mosaic stated. “However, if we hurry, we may be able to catch Bowser’s fleet before they get out of range” Mosaic continued.

“Right” Everyone responded in unison.

Team S.M.B.X and The Mosaic Group start traversing through Fluffy Heights, jumping platform to platform, collecting coins, bashing blocks, bouncing on note blocks, etc. After just a bit of time, the group runs by a house. The house was shaped oddly like a mushroom, the top was blue and spotted, the bottom was tan and had a wooden door entering into it, and the door had windows on either side.

Hoops, seeing the house, backs up, signaling for the others to stop so he could tell them something.

Once everyone stopped, Hoops started. “I think we should stop at this mushroom house and stock up on supplies.” Hoops then stated.

“You a sure Hoops? If we’re quick enough, we could catch the air fleet, and i feel a stopping here will justa slow us a down even a further.” Mario argued.

“Let me ask a question then Mario” Hoops stated.

“Are you really suggesting we should rush in with what is at best a mediocre arsenal? All we have power up wise is my fire power and Luigi’s cape, while the rest of you guys are powerup less.” Hoops continued. “While we don’t necessarily NEED power ups, they help us out quite a bit and give us an edge in battle...” Hoops finished.

“Hmm, you’ve got a a point Hoops. We shoulda stop at” Mario stated. With everyone then heading inside of the mushroom house.

VIII: It's All Chance

The group gets inside the house, and notice that the lights are off.

“The lights are out, we should find the light switch” Link stated.

Rosy after looking around a bit finds a light switch on a wall but sees that a key is needed for it. Toad meanwhile notices a detail in the room, a large red curtain on the wall and wonders what it’s for. And on the far left interior of the house, a desk with a noticeable entrance behind it entering into another room. He was unable to make out the room however due to the lights being out. Toad then proceeds to walk over to the desk.

“Hey! You! The toad living in here! Could you help us out?!” They proceeded to yell.

Toad then noticed a silver object sitting on the desk, a desk bell to be exact. After seeing this, he proceeds to then ring it over and over again. Peach takes notice of Toad’s actions and rushes over to the desk and stops him from hitting it.

“Toad, stop hitting the bell, once is enough.” Peach sternly told Toad. “It’s also rude since the toad might be asleep so we shouldn’t wake him up just in case.” Peach continued to tell Toad.

“Ehh, don’t bother” a voice said, yawning while doing so.

Peach and Toad, acknowledging the voice, look in the direction of it, seeing that it’s the toad living in the house, also noticing their wearing green clothes.

“Oh, i apologize for waking you up, i tried to get Toad to quiet down, but he was being too loud.” Peach explained to the Toad.

Realizing who their talking to, the toad shocked, says “Princess Peach? Your highness, what brings you here?”.

the Toad then looks behind her seeing the others. “Ah, i see you brought several others with you.” The toad then says. “

Yeah, and about your question…” Peach said before suddenly Mosaic came to the desk to explain.

“So basically, we were traversing through the Fluffy heights, and we needed to make a stop here because we realized our arsenal wouldn’t cut it against...umm, the threat we’re trying to get rid of them, so i was wondering if you’d umm...allow us to...”.

Rosy, noticing Mosaic, goes over to the Toad and simplifies Mosaic’s words. “We need supplies as we’re pursuing bowser’s air fleet.” Rosy said.

“Yeah...pretty much that.” Mosaic stated.

As they told him their situation, the toad had been walking over to the light switch holding a shiny, red key, which seemed to be for the lights, which is was, as he just inserted it into the slot and twisted it, turning on the lights.

“Him again huh?” The Toad said. “So, you wanted me to lend you some power ups for that?” The Toad then stated.

“Yeah, we just said that” Hoops replied.

“I’ll lend you some...” The toad said. “As soon as you play my mini game.” the toad then added shortly after.

“What!?” the group all said in unison in response to this.

Hoops then decides to give the Toad a piece of his mind. “Why the heck do we have to play a minigame when the entire kingdom as we know it could be in danger?!” Hoops said, chewing out the toad.

“I have to make money somehow, now, each of you need to pay admission to participate” the toad then explained.

“This guy gets more and more ridiculous by the mintue…” Hoops whispered to Mosaic.

“Alrighta then, how much is admission?” Mario asked the toad.

“Only five coins apiece” the Toad answered.

“I under a stand” Mario responded.

“Oh, umm...minus Peach, as she rules over the kingdom, her paying admission isn’t appropriate.” The toad then added.

“Alrighty then, we should add up what the total cost is.” Mario said. “Let’s a see, there’s nine of us, minus a peach, making eight, and each of us needa to pay 5 coins to participate. There a fore, the total is..” Mario calculates.

“Forty coins.” Mosaic says.

“Alrighta then, then it’s time to pay the mushroom.” Mario responded. Mario then empties four blue coins and twenty gold coins into the Toad’s hand, “we’re a ready” they then said.

“Alright then, turn your attention to the large red curtain” The toad informed, then pressing a button located on the way, which moves the curtains aside. “Behind the curtain is a 6 x 4 grid of cards, each of them with a question mark imprinted on them. “The rules are simple” The toad began to explain. “The other sides of each card on the board have one of three things imprinted, one being a power up, and the other two...Bowser and Bowser Jr. icon pictures.” The toad continued to explain.

“Interesting...” Mario commented.

“Each of the nine of you will take turns flipping over cards, if you match two of the same power up, you guys will receive a physical version of the real thing.” the Toad keep explaining. “However...if you guys match a Bowser or Bowser Jr. your game will end. The game continues until you either do that or find every power up on the board.” The toad continued informing.

“So your essentially saying we could walk out of here empty handed?” Link asked.

“Well yeah, if you don’t match anything.” the Toad stating, answering Link’s question.

Not commenting on his answering, Link then asks “What determines the order we go in?”.

“Oh yeah, that, it’s randomized.” The toad answered.

“Interesting.” Link responded.

“Now, could each of you write your name on a paper?” The toad asked. “ I need you to so that so i can randomize it. I should have done this before the game started, but i can do it now” the Toad then explained. Everyone each one by one signed their names. Afterwards the toad said “there we go”, then going over to a computer and typing something into it. A digtal screen within the house flashes on and displays a digital list. The list on the screen read out as follows:

  • 1) Toad
    2) Rosy
    3) Hoops
    4) Peach
    5) Link
    6) Berry
    7) Mario
    8) Luigi
    9) Mosaic

“This means that Toad is going first” The Toad states.

Toad walks up to the stand in the front of the card grid around a meter away in the center of it, where he finds a dart gun, which he presumes is for aiming at the cards. Toad aims for the fourth card in the first row, behind this was a bomb suit icon.

“Sweet!” Toad said, getting off the stand to let Rosy take turn next.

Rosy shot the third card in the third row, uncovering a blue shell icon. Next up was Hoops, who shot the sixth card on the third row, revealing another bomb suit icon, earning the group their first power up.

“Bingo!” Hoops said upon doing so.

Peach shoots next, hitting the card in the bottom left, revealing an Ice flower icon. Link goes next, and shoots the fourth card in the fourth row, getting a rather unfortunate result...a bowser icon.

Everyone, including Link, gave an “Ahhh!!” due to this.

“Oof, that’s your first bowser icon, you should be careful from here on out due to this.” the Toad said.

Next up was Berry, whom shoots the fifth card in the bottom right. Behind it was a boomerang suit icon. Mario went next, he aimed for the fifth card in the second row, and found a blue shell icon earning the group their second power up.

“I’m the winner!” Mario said after doing so.

Luigi went next, extremely nervous while trying to make their decision, afraid of hitting a bowser icon. He however eventually decided on the first card in the third row, closing his eyes as he shot. Behind this card...was a fire flower icon. Luigi opened his eyes backed up and looked at what he hit, and was revealed to see he didn’t hit a bowser nor bowser jr. icon. Finally, Mosaic takes turn turn, he aimed for the fifth card on the fourth row, behind it, finding a feather icon.

At this point, the cycle reset, Toad took his turn again, shooting the second card in the first row, revealing a fire flower icon, giving the group their third power up. Next up, was Rosy’s second turn. She choose carefully, wanting to be sure to make a wise decision and not hit a bowser icon. Eventually, she decided on the shooting the third card in the second row, with an unfortunate result...another bowser icon.

“NOOOO!!!!” the group all yelled, then groaning in disappointment.

“Ah man, sorry, but that ends your game right there.” The Toad informed them. The board of cards revealed all the uncovered cards, showing multiple different things, such as mushrooms, fire flowers, feathers, bowser jr icons, etc. “You guys made three matches, those being a bomb suit, blue shell and a fire flower, so i’ll get you guys those three power-ups in the backroom” The toad said, then heading to the back room to go get them.

Hoops walks over to Rosy, then saying “Nice job messing things up” in a sarcastic tone.

“Hey! I didn’t have a way of knowing that would be a bowser icon, so that’s not worth getting mad over something i couldn’t control.” Rosy responded defensively.

Hoops didn’t give much of a response to their justification, and just walked away.

The toad returned into the main room “I have your guys’ items, here you go”. Toad noticed however that he had four items instead of three, this four item being a star shaped object glowing many different colors. A rainbow star.

“Umm...we didn’t earn that rainbow star.” Toad stated.

“I’m aware of that, however, i understand you guys are on an important mission, that’s why i threw in the extra help.” The Toad responded.

“Thank you for a that” Mario said.

"No Problem" the toad replied.

“Now, does someone have a a bag we can a use for our items?” Mario questions.

“Hoops should have a bag that could work.” Mosaic states, “You do, correct Hoops?” Mosaic then asks.

“Indeed i do” Hoops responds, proceeding to then pull out an item sack and holding it out to the Toad so he could put them in, which they do so. “There we go” Hoops says.

IX: After It!

Link hears something in the distance, “I...hear something outside” Link then informs the group.

“Now that you mention it, i hear it too” Rosy adds.

“Me too, it almost sounds a like...propellers!” Luigi stated, shouting the last part.

“We should head outside to see what it is” Mosaic tells everyone, whom then proceeds to start going out the door.

As they left, Peach told the toad “One last time, thanks for your help”.

“Your welcome” The toad responded, then telling the princess “Stay safe!”.

Peach then starts heading outside, seeing that everyone is looking at something. “Umm what are you guys-” Peach started to say, however instead looks up and sees it themself.

It was a large, brown airship, with weapons to boot and everything, and it seemed to be flying in the direction of the rest of bowser’s fleet.

“It looks like one of Bowser’s airships!” Toad stated.

“But what is it doing so far from the other other ships?” Link proceeded to question.

Mosaic responded “It seems it fell behind.”.

“Guys, i have an idea...again” Hoops said. “Why don’t we hitch a ride on the airship by grabbing onto the dangling chain as it’s heading to bowser’s fleet, therefore by grabbing on we’ll be able to catch bowser air fleet?” Hoops then said giving out his idea.

“That’s a greata idea!” Mario exclaimed. “but how will we get up there?” Mario then questioned.

Mosaic looks around, and he sees something, this something was a note block. However, this one was different, it was yellow in shade as opposed to it’s normal white.

“We should use the yellow note block!” Mosaic then tells the group.

Everyone else, seeing what Mosaic is looking at, agrees with him and starts to run towards the block, except Luigi that is, whom hesistants to.

Then beginning to make an excuse says “I a can’t because i just remembered that-”.

Only to be interrupted by Mosaic whom says “It’s no time for your excuses, we need to jump on the note block quickly to catch the airship in time before it flies out of range, now, are you in?”

Luigi, hesitantly says that they are and heads with the rest of the group.

Mosaic then says “Alright then in that case…” Afterwards everyone quickly one at a time in the order of Toad, Hoops, Berry, Mario, Link, Peach, Rosy, Mosaic and Luigi bounce on the note block and are shot up super high. Mosaic, finishing his earlier sentence then yells “...Here. we. GO!!!!!!”

To Be Continued...

Chapter 1: Familiarity Part 1
Chapter 2: Familiarity Part 2
Chapter 3: Prickly Scales
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Chapter 2
I: Aboard The Enemy Ship

As had been planned, Toad managed to grab onto the ship’s anchor, followed by Hoops, Berry, Mario, Link, Peach, Rosy and Mosaic. Luigi reached out to grab the anchor as well, however, he missed it and began to fall back down. Before he got out of reach, Mosaic managed to catch them, mainly thanks to his cape giving him a slower fall.

“Woah...thanks a Mosaic” Luigi thanked him.

“Your welcome” Mosaic then responded.

Suddenly, a loud clank is created by something, in which Toad questions what the cause of it is.

“Mama mia!” Mario said, seeming to know what the cause of the clank was. “We have a too much weight on the chain! You guys up a there, get on the ship! Now!” Mario proceeded to inform with a panicked tone.

Hearing this, Toad, Hoops and Berry frantically climb up the chai and aboard the airship. Mario then starts climbing himself, then yelling for Link, Peach, Rosy, Mosaic and Luigi to all do the same, which they all do.

Once everyone was aboard the airship, a moment was taken to for them to catch their breath.

“That was a close one, if we held on mucha longer, we’d all be in deep spaghetti.” Luigi said with relief.

Hoops began to say “Now that we’re here, we should stay on this ship and hopely it-” before being shushed by Link.

“But why-” Hoops said.

“Because we need to be real quiet as we don’t want anyone to know we’re here” Link said, interrupting Hoops again.

“Okie dokie” said Luigi as they walked away, only to then trip and fall. Over their own cape no less, then giving an “oof” after doing so.

“Guys...i said don’t move!” Link once again said firmly but quietly.

As the group snuck around the ship, hiding behind crates as they did so, Toad accidentally pressed his foot onto something on the ship. This thing appeared to be a wooden pressure plate that was hidden on the ground and opened a hatch right above them where a bunch of cannonballs started to unload from it and fall down above them. Seeing the cannons, the group quickly jumped out of the way to dodge them. This however came at the expense of the metal spheres causing a large racket, to the groups’ discomposure, them covering their ears due to such. Just as it seemed as if things couldn’t get any louder than they now were, one last cannonball rolled out of one of the hatches and smashed Berry right over the head. Berry began to whine quietly after being hit by it.

“N...No, No, No, No, No..Berry...please...please don’t-” Rosy began to say, trying to get him to calm down, but to no avail;

Berry then began crying out very loudly, alerting everyone of their presence.

Due to such, the ships weapons active and begin to fire at the group.

“Oh this is just great, now everyone knows that we’re here.” Hoops said sarcastically.

Hoops, being too busy complaining about what Berry caused, hadn’t realized a cannonball was making it’s way over to him. By the time he noticed it, it was took late to react. The cannonball knocked Hoops into the wall, causing his 3-D glasses to fall off, but worse, for his body to flicker between red and dark green, indicating he had lost his fire power.

“Welp, there goes that” Hoops then stated, then crawling over to his 3-D glasses and picks them up in his hand. “Welp, i obviously don’t need to these at this point, so may as well put them away.” Hoops said, putting the glasses away.

Hoops didn’t exactly have much time to be complaining however, his and the others’ surroundings were as if they were right in the middle of a warzone. Cannonballs and bullet bills alike assaulted the group from all sides, and from small compartments in the ship were mole like creatures wearing goggles, Rocky Wrenches, whom hench their name, threw wrenches at the group.

After dodging the attacks for a bit of time, eventually Mosaic spoke up, saying “Alright, i’ve had enough of being target practices, let’s see if we can destroy these cannons and deal with these rocky wrenches.”.

Peach on the other hand had other plans, see saw that not too far from them at all, she saw an elevated door, that based on it’s design and position, seemed to lead to the ship’s interior.

“Guys! Follow my lead! We can duck for cover over there!” Peach informed the others, pointing at the door.

“That’s a good idea Peach” Rosy responded to Peach.

“Come a on Peach! We can take them” Mario argued.

“Mario, i don’t think so” Peach responded, running towards the direction of the door, signaling the others to follow their lead.

“Yeah, i honestly agree a with Peach brothera” Luigi stopped a moment to tell Mario, before continuing to follow Peach’s lead.

Mario decides that it’s probably best to just go with the others and follows them as well to the door, climbing up a short ladder while doing so.

Once everyone had gotten inside, away from all the chaos, they took a momet to catch their breath. Then afterwards observing the scenery of the ship, seeing that there’s wooden boarding on all sides, and seeing several metallic parts in some places, contracting in and out, and several small chutes with steam releasing from them. They figured that this must have been the engine room of the airship. As the group looked around, Hoops noticed several question blocks on the ground lined up in a horizontal row. Not saying a word, Hoops crawled over to them and bashes each with his fist, hoping he’d find something of use inside.

He bashes the first one, finding only coins. Then the next, also finding nothing but coins. He then bashed the third one hoping it’d contain a power up, however, it unfortunately didn’t. It however DID contain something else. A green object with two contracting flat pads connected by a flexible X in between the two. This was a springboard. “Huh, it’s no power up, but it’ll do” Hoops said, then putting it in his bag despite it not being one.

“Hey Hoops, you may want to look at this.” Mosaic quietly said to Hoops, whom was with the rest of the group looking at something in another room.

This puzzled Hoops, however he just said alright and scurried over to see what it was.

The room the others were looking at had a steering lever in the center with two handles, to the left of it was a 10 by 4 wooden grid of buttons on a panel that reached far enough to touch the wall on the left side of the room. And on the right of the desk was a digital screen, displaying what looked to be a map. And above the steering equipment were large square windows that reached across the entire room. Finally, on the ground left of the control deck, was a large wooden crate.

However, the scenery within the room was not the eye catching thing to the group, it was whom was piloting the airship. The creature beared an appearance resembling a turtle. Their legs were short and stubby, they had a red, spiked shell, a mouth cream in color, their belly was covered in scutes, and most notable of all, two large, bulky fists that like their feet were yellow in color.

Not only that, but next to them was another reptilian creature whom looked similar, but had several differences in their appearance, their legs and arms were instead pink, their shell lacked spikes and instead had a ladybug print, a ponytail which was held together by a green accessory, and held a white boomerang with a bow wrapped around it’s tip. The two creatures were a Boom Boom and a Pom Pom.

“Yeah, them” Mosaic informed Hoops. The group then stopped peaking and went back into the engine room to discuss.

“They seema to be the ones controlling the a airship” said Mario.

“What are we going to do?” Rosy asked.

Berry, wanting to find a peaceful solution that didn’t involve violence said in their language said a plan involving luring them away from the control board, that they could...only for Hoops to interrupt and explain why things wouldn’t work.

“Berry, it’s not that simple, these are Bowser’s minions, it’s hard to really take a nonviolent approach here.” Hoops explained to Berry.

Unwilling, Berry admitted them to be right, having a sad look on his face, but not going on for much longer about it.

“What i think we should do is give those two a whooping and ask questions later” Toad suggested.

“That could work” Mosaic stated. “And considering how much we outnumber them, we have the odds greatly in our favor.” He continued.

“In that case, we should suit up a bit before doing so” Link stated.

After thinking things over a while, the group realizes that the only one with a power up at the moment would be Luigi with his cape, which he had managed to hold onto despite the assault from the airship’s weapons. Hoops looks over their power ups, seeing the fire flower, blue shell, hammer suit, rainbow star, and the recently acquired springboard.

“I think what we should do is conserve our power ups and use only two of them for now.” Hoops informed the rest of the group.

“Hmm...But who’s gonna use a what?” Mario asked.

“I was just trying to think of that…” Hoops replied unamused, then starting to think a bit. Afterwards, he gives his decision. “I believe the what we should do is that i use the blue shell and that Toad uses the Fire Flower.” decided Hoops.

“Why is that?” Rosy questioned. “And why should you get another power up when you just had one?” Rosy asks.

“To be honest, i was sort of thinking the same thing.” Link added.

Defensively as held the blue shell in his hand and threw it the fire flower to Toad, Hoops explains himself, still being quiet. “I’m not taking the blue shell because i “want” it, i’m trying to be rational.” Hoops started to explain.

“How so?” Rosy asked.

“I was thinking over everyone’s, including my own natural abilities and realized that quite a number of us already have an effective form of combat we can use.” Hoops continued. “Mario, Luigi and Mosaic all have elemental kinetic abilities, Peach and Link both have weapons on hand already, Peach her frying pan, Link his sword and multiple other things. As well as this, me and Toad are the two quickest in the group, so it’d help for it to be the two of us to receive the power ups.” Hoops continued explaining.

“But what about me and Berry?” Rosy asked.

Hoops had realized he didn’t actually take Rosy into account, so he quickly thinks something up. “It’s because you have rolling abilities you can use already.” Hoops tells Rosy.

“What about Berry though?” Rosy asked.

“Regarding Berry, i didn’t want to put that responsibility on him and he’s unwilling to fight as it is.” Hoops answered.

“Fair enough...” Rosy responded.

“Anyway, we’ve talked enough, and infact should stop as someone could eventually end up hearing our chatter.” Hoops said.

Afterwards, Hoops absorbed the blue shell power and changed appearance. Most of his body was now encased in a koopa-shell like casing, which had sockets for each of his legs, as well as his face.

“Honestly, i think that Hoops made a reasonable explanation and that Toad should use the fire flower.” Mosaic said.

“I second Mosaic” Link stated in agreement.

“Ah alright” Toad said, then absorbing the fire flower, which caused his hat and clothes to become blue as opposed to red after doing so. Toad then creates a blue fireball in his hand, and says “Just call me, “The Flaming Fungus!”.

Playing along, Mario says “Alrighta then “Flaming Fungus”, let’s a go kick those turtles into their shells!”.

Afterwards, everyone, with Toad leading rush into the control room and said person jumps into the air and ambushes the Boom Boom with a fireball. After being shot with the fireball, the Boom turned around, angry, and sees Toad along with the rest of the group. Due to this, the Boom Boom signaled for Pom Pom to help them out, despite them making it clear they acknowledged the group's presence. With Boom Boom then swinging their arms in circles ready to fight. “Charge!” Toad then yelled out a of nowhere, the group then running towards the two like a mob. Pom Pom threw their boomerang desperately, hoping it’d do something, not that it did much as Link quickly slashed it away. The group beat the two down rather quickly, delivering blow after blow to them, not giving them much chance to fight back, eventually knocking them both out the windows of the control room and off the airship, shattering the glass from doing so.

II: Take Control

“Wow, that was surprisingly easy.” Hoops stated.

“To be fair, we did heavily outnumber them, plus, Boom Boom and Pom Pom aren’t Bowser’s strongest underlings.” Link said in response to Hoops.

“Now that we’ve defeated them, and rather quickly no less, what do we do with the ship?” Toad questioned.

Mosaic, having his attention on the control panel, noticed the digital map on the right, and noticed their was a beeping noise coming from it. This beeping being from a tracker which was keeping track of some large, red, blinking object on the map. Based on the objects’ shape, he presumed that this must have been the Flagship.

“Maybe we justa shoulda destroy this a airship” Mario suggested.

“let’s not rush to ideas so quick Mario” Mosaic responded. “Take a look at this” He then said giving the others a hand signal. After everyone took a look Luigi asked

“Am i a looking at what i thinka i a am?”. “It’s a map right?” Peach then asked.

“Exactly” Mosaic responded. “Now please turn your attention to the large flashing red icon in the distance on it.” Mosaic continued.

“Hey isn’t that…” Hoops started.

Mosaic figuring what his question is responded “I believe so, i think that’s Bowser’s flagship”.

“So...what exactly are you saying we should do?” Rosy asked.

“I believe what we should do is pilot this airship and follow Bowser’s flagship with it.” Mosaic answered.

“ great of an idea thata is, it can’t be done” Luigi started. Luigi continued, “There’s a bunch of things we’d to do to get it working like figuring out what fuels it and-”.

However he’s then cut off when Mosaic simply just grabs on the steering lever and tilts it, controlling the ship successfully. “Or i can just do something like that” Mosaic then responded.

Mosaic as he controlled the ship looked to his left and just noticed there being a furnace which acted as the ship’s fuel.

“Also Hoops, could you along with Toad and Link keep that thing running?” Mosaic then asked them to do, pointing at it.

“Alright then i suppose” Hoops said, with Toad and Link giving Mosaic an okay as well and picking up two of the shovels near it and shoveling coal into the furnace.

“Alright, so based on this map, the other ships are around seven miles north of us.” Mosaic stated. Suddenly, a rattling sound was heard from outside the ship.

“What was a that?” Mario questioned.

Peach seemed to have an idea of what it probably was and asked Mosaic a question. “Mosaic, do you see a “Disable Weapons” button on the control panel?” she asked.

After being asked, Mosaic examined the control panel and quickly finds the button as unlike the other buttons’ blue color, this one was orange, and had “Disable Weapons” printed on it, then pushing the button.

Everyone gives another listen to see if they hear anything. They don’t, which makes them realize the weapons are disabled now, to everyone’s relief.

“Alright, now where were we? Pursuing the air fleet and boarding the flagship correct?” Mosaic asked the group.

“Mhmm” Hoops responded.

“Then in that case, let’s go get them!” Mosaic says, and starts piloting the ship north to chase the fleet.

III: Invading The Invaders

Meanwhile, at Bowser’s flagship, said owner of flagship was sitting in the director's seat in the control room, which notably had a rather large interior, much larger than that of the normal airships, with Bowser Jr and Kamek nearby, with the rest of the Koopalings further away from the control panels.

“Bowser Jr., i’d like you to check how close we are to Grassland’s castle so that we can prepare to kidnap the king there.” Bowser ordered his son.

“Ai ya king dad!” Bowser Jr. responded. Bowser Jr checked the digital map covering an entire side of the wall in the room. “We’re a mere five miles away from the castle Dad.” Bowser Jr. told their dad.

“Perfect, shouldn’t be long now before we arrive there so we can attack the castle and imprison the king.” Bowser said.

“You wickedness, shouldn’t we do a roll call on all of the ships to make sure their all present and none have fallen behind?” Kamek asked Bowser.

“Ah, i almost forgot, good idea Kamek” Bowser said. Then grabbing the microphone on the center of the control panel and making a broadcast. “Attention all pilots! Avert your ears to the speaker for roll call!” Bowser announced. “Ship A-9!” Bowser called. “Present” the pilot responded. “Ship E-7!” Bowser continued. "Present” E-7’s pilot responded.

Bowser continued to call off more of the ships and eventually made it to the ship that, unbeknownst to them, had by hijacked by Team S.M.B.X and The Mosaic Group.

“Ship C-15!” Bowser called.

Back at the hijacked ship, Mario recognized bowser’s voice, and quietly told the others “It sounds like Bowser’s doing a roll a call, don’t talk into the speaker mic.”.

“Why n-” Hoops tried to say.

Mario interrupting him and explaining “Because we don’t a need him to know we are a here.”.

“Good point, i’ll be silent.” Hoops replied.

By now, Bowser had called their ship multiple times with no answer. Due to this, Bowser realizes that due to the lack thereof, this meant the ship was missing. “Either those incompetent fools aren’t at the deck or are sleeping on the job.” Bowser presumed.

“But uh, king dad, didn’t you have us wire the ships to go through the entirety of them?” Ludwig asked Bowser.

“Yeah, they did, glad i remembered” Bowser replied. “Another possibility is that...hmm...someone hijacked the ship” Bowser said. “Someone like…” Bowser continued.

“Someone like...the Marios? And their other meddling friends perhaps?” Roy asked.

“Yes, it could be, and know what? I bet it is them that took the ship.” Bowser stated, acknowledging Roy.

Meanwhile, Mosaic figured that Bowser wasn’t using the mic anymore. “He doesn’t seem to be talking anymore, one of you guys could just mute it.” Mosaic told the others. Toad began walking over to it to mute it when Mosaic said “actually...maybe not, Bowser or someone could slip up and reveal some useful information.”.

“Good point, maybe i shouldn’t” Toad replied.

“Hey Mosaic, look at the map.” said Hoops. Mosaic looked at the map upon their asking, seeing that their surrounded by airships. “This means that we’re right in the middle of the fleet at this point” Hoops said, continuing begin to say “And now we should-”.

However, in the middle of his talking, the voice on the speaker came back, this voice being Bowser’s. “First off, roll off…” Bowser announced.

“Whew, that’s a a relief” Luigi said.

“Second off, i’d like to talk to the people piloting Ship “C-15”” Bowser said.

“I spoke a too soon..” Luigi said in response.

Mosaic, now forming a paranoid look on his face, looks at the ship number, reading it as “C-15”. “Uh oh…” Mosaic said under his breath.

Bowser then continued. “I’ve noticed that whoever’s piloting this ship didn’t answer during roll call, and know what else? I believe there’s a clear reason why.” Bowser stated. “Maybe the pilots aren’t supposed to be in there to begin with.” Bowser continued to go on about . “MARIO! LUIGI! And whoever is with you! WE KNOW YOU'RE IN THERE! So why don’t you just show yourselves?” Bowser proceeded to roar into the mic.

Mosaic took another look at the map, tealizing that they were heading straight for Bowser’s flagship as it was right in front of them, with a large black flag imprinted with a red skull to boot.

“ you realize what we’re right in front of?” Mosaic asked the others. The others went over to the window to see what Mosaic was talking about.

“Hey…” Rosy said.

Berry added in their language “isn’t...”.

“That…” Hoops added next.

“Right…” Link added.

“There…” Luigi said next.

“Over there…” Peach said.

Then Toad followed “In…”.

Mario continued “The distance…”.

And finally all the eight of simultaneously said “Bowser’s flagship!?”.

“I believe so, and i have an idea.” Mosaic stated. “Hoops, take over on piloting for a bit so i can say something into the speaker.” Mosaic then asked Hoops, which Hoops accepted.

“Wait, your going to alert them of our presence?” Link asked Mosaic.

“I am, but just wait and see what i have in store for them.” Mosaic responded.

Mosaic then cleared his throat and started to talk through the speaker and said the following: “Hey...Bowser, i want you to know, we are here, and yep, we did hijack your airship, and i’m sure you and your minions want to rip us to shreds for that. Well, i have a question for would you like to meet us personally? As i speak, we’re boarding your flagship now, so… what do you say Bowser? Will you accept our offer?

Bowser then thinks about the situation a bit, and realizes what it is, after thinking it over, he gave Mosaic his answer. “With pleasure” Bowser decided.

“Well alright then, just come out when your ready to begin” Mosaic responded.

IV: Showdown

Mosaic then stops talking and realizes that they’ve landed on the flagship itself, and decides to take a look outside at the ship’s scenery. As he did so, he realizes the ship was loaded with weapons. Everywhere he looked he saw cannons, bill blasters, and flame canisters left and right. As well as this, he noticed that most of the material was made out of beared a darkish shade of gray as opposed to the normal brown shade that airships had. A bit further ahead, he noticed a short staircase which lead up to more of to more of the same, and at the end of it, saw a large door that opened from the bottom, and looked as if it was electric powered and metallic. Other details he noticed on the door were that the bottom was lined with gold rounded protrusions. On either side of a few feet away were gray crates, and along with this, on either side of the door were smaller doors, each of which were notably marked “Containment Room”. “What could be in there?” Mosaic thought to himself. Realizing however what would be smart to do considering the ship’s layout, he figured they should make necessary preparations.

“Hey guys, i think we should suit up a bit more.” Mosaic suggested.

Hoops looked in the bag again and realized a detail and mentions it to Mosaic. “Mosaic, we only have one power up left” Hoops informed Mosaic, that being the bomb suit.

The bomb suit had a pretty similar design to a hammer suit, the only difference however was that while the hammer suit had a black shade, the bomb suit on the other hand was dark green.

“Oh wow, your right” Mosaic repiled.

“Who’s going to use it th-” Hoops started to say.

“I will” someone said. This someone to be exact was Princess Peach, who takes the bomb suit from Hoops and touches it. And with a poof, seemingly from magic or some mysterious phenomenon, it fit on Peach perfectly.

“Oh...I was a going to take it.” Mario said, a bit disappointed.

“Mario, this isn’t really about who gets what, the overall goal is just to foil Bowser’s plan again, correct?” Peach asked Mario.

“Yeah, your a right” Mario replied. “And considering we’ve used about all of our a power ups, aside from the rainbow star, which we shoulda save, we shoulda be “Ready to rumble” Mario said, everyone then proceeding to get out of the airship through the recently broken window.

Once everyone ran to where they were around a couple meters away from the door to the control room, they simply waited. After a bit of time passed, the metallic door began to raise, revealing Bowser standing behind it, whom it of which marched outside and looked at them.

“All of you prepare to be destroyed” Bowser said.

Both Team S.M.B.X and The Mosaic Group, whom both had already prepared for battle were surprised by this.

“You and what army?” Toad asked.

“This one” Bowser said, then proceeding to yell “Bowser Jr.! Kamek! Larry, Morton, Wendy, Iggy, Roy, Lemmy and Ludwig! Get over here and help me clobber these meddlers!”.

The nine of them each showed up subsequently, each of them with a different weapon. Larry, Iggy, Ludwig and Kamek appeared to be holding magic wands. Morton and Roy both were holding cannons of some kind, Morton’s looking like a one-hand one that fired cannonballs, while Roy’s on the other hand was a bit bigger, and based on the skull imprinted on the cannon’s base, seemed to launch bullet bills. Wendy was wearing a pair of golden, presumably magic rings, and finally, Lemmy was not only rolling on a ball, but wielded a round, purple object with yellow star markings on them, and a fuse uptop...a bomb. Each of them also looked as ready Bowser was.

Luigi then noticed a bit of an alarming detail and whispers it to Mario.

“Oh no...we’re outnumbered 2 to 1, maybe we shoulda quit while we’re behind.” Luigi whispered.

“Oh uh uh uh, no we are a not, we are going to splita the job. Each of use will a take on one of them.” Mario responded and explained to Luigi.

“But umm, there’s a nine of us and ten of them as i a said, won’ta one of us need to take two of them on at a once?” Luigi responded.

“Yes, that’s a true, i’ll do it.” Mario responded. “Are you a sure brother? Who are you going to a deal with?” Luigi asked.

“I’ll a deal with Bowser and Bowser Jr., you’re taking on a Kamek.” Mario explains.

which Luigi responds “Me?”.

“Yes” Mario said, then proceeding to quietly whisper to each of the others who to deal with as well, telling them “Berry is a dealing with Lemmy, Peach will fighta Wendy, Toad willa contend with Iggy, Link willa fight Roy, Mosaic will go againsta Ludwig, Rosy, Larry and finally Hoops, you a handle Morton”.

“Are you losers done flapping your lips and ready to rumble!?” Roy yelled at the group.

“That’s a my line!” Mario said, then saying “but regardless, everyone, let’s a go! CHARGE!” After Mario’s statement, both sides begin to charge at one another, yelling as they did so.

Mario starts off the brawl with leaping above Bowser and holding his hammer overhead, which Bowser dodges then yelling “Bowser Jr.! Help me out!”

Then proceeding to blast a fireball towards Mario, which with quick precision deflect with a swing of their hammer. Bowser Jr. prepares a green shell and then throws it at Mario as he was looking the other way. However, Mario sees the shell coming and swiftly kicks it back at Bowser Jr. with ease, which sends him flying and bashing the back of his shell into a cannon, then getting back up and yelling

“Mario! Just you wait!” running his way again.

Meanwhile, Link and Hoops are working together to deal with Morton and Roy’s assault from their utilities while dodging and blocking their attacks, which they for a good while do so skillfully. Link finds an opening in the assault and fire three sword beams Roy’s direction. However, Roy manages to block two of the three shots with their cannon, but doesn’t see the third and gets hit. Hoops on the other hand stays true to his job and charges Morton’s way, spinning into his shell while doing so in an attempt to ram into Morton, which he does successfully with Morton letting a wail out in pain, then proceeding to try an give Hoops a taste of his own medicine by spinning into him inside his own shell. However, Hoops had gotten back out of his shell at this point and noticed his attempt and quickly dodged it, causing Morton to accidently ram into Roy, causing both to be hurt by the impact.

“Hey! Watch where your spinning!” Roy angrily yelled at Morton.

“Sorry, but that slippery beetle was too fast for me.” Morton replied.

“New strategy! Let’s barrage them!” Roy suggested, with Morton agreeing and the both of them preparing again to aim at the two.

As this occured, Berry fought with Lemmy, the latter of which chased the other on their ball trying to hurl star bombs as them, which Berry barely managed to dodge. Berry then noticed another bomb bouncing his way, and seeing own axis from Lemmy, a bit nervously, he jumped up and kicked it into Lemmy, making Lemmy wail from the blast and fall off his ball and try to spin into Berry. Berry however, too scared to move, ended up being hit by Lemmy and sent flying right into Rosy, who was in the midst of brawling with Larry and was knocked over amidst doing so. Larry tries to use this as an opportunity to hit them both with a blue colored blast, but as he’s about to fire, the two notice and gain enough composure to dodge it in time, with Rosy then quickly counterattacking by rolling herself into them. Upon making impact she bounced off of Larry whom wailed in pain. At this point, Lemmy showed up next to Larry.

“Hey! Help me out with these two!” Larry asked Lemmy.

Lemmy then pulled out a bomb and prepared to hurl it and the duo, and Larry preparing to blast them with the wand, and both Rosy and Berry making a battle stance against them as well.

Meanwhile, Luigi dueled Kamek high in the sky, mainly dodging their attacks due to being too scared to attack on the fly, however, deflecting several blasts that came his way with his cape. Luigi eventually decides he should stop acting on the defensive and instead zips towards Kamek in an attempt to hit him with a thunder infused punch, however he misses Kamek due to his clumsiness. Mosaic, Peach and Toad all on the other hand fought with Wendy, Iggy and Ludwig, whom the latter three were chasing the former via spinning in their shells to try to run them over. The three heroes spot a stack of crates and simultaneously all at once jump over the crates, causing the three Koopalings to crash before they could react to the crates. As the three recovered, Peach prepared a bomb and then hurled it at the three, knocking them down again and beating them down further just as they were recovering. Taking no time to rest, the three go after the Koopalings again and Toad kicks Iggy into Wendy, knocking them down yet again, beating them pretty badly.

As this happened, Kamek looked down at the battle that occured, and speculated that his wickedness and kids may need help, then signaling Bowser, whom along with Bowser Jr. was still fighting Mario, then yelling “Bowser! Tell Iggy to open the doors to the containment rooms and “Release the Beasts”.” to Bowser.

“Hmm...Good idea.” Bowser said. “Iggy! Use that remote control you have to open those doors.” Bowser then ordered him.

“Sure king dad” Iggy responded, then laughing hysterically afterwards, also pulling out the remote and pushing the button.

The doors rose, and behind this door were several creatures. These creatures were round, had large sets of razor sharp teeth, had bodies that seemed to be made of metal, their eyes were white with round with black pupils, and most interesting of all, had chains that attached to their body. These were chain chomps, and there was six to be exact. At the moment however, the chain chomps’ chains were attached to stands on the ground that could be elevated into the ground with the click of a button, which Iggy goes on the click, setting the chain chomps free to wreak havoc. Two of the chomps went after Berry and Rosy, whom were still trying to deal with Larry and Lemmy, two after Link and Hoops, still fighting Morton and Roy and two after Mosaic, Toad and Peach, whom of which were dealing with Iggy, Wendy and Ludwig rather well. Due to the presence of the chain chomps, everyone was forced to postpone their fighting and deal with the chain chomps first.

The chomps pursuing Berry and Rosy attempted to lunge at them, however the two managed to dodge their attack, which Berry then proceeds to try to counter by ground pounding one, however due to the creature’s metal body, didn’t do much to it. Rosy then sees their near the edge of the ship, and sees an iron bar lying on the ground, giving them an rather unorthodox idea of how to deal with them and picks up the iron bar. Rosy started to get the chain chomp’s attention by waving an iron bar in the air.

“How about i throw the iron bar and you fetch it?” Rosy said to the chain chomp. This combined with them waving the iron bar got the chain chomp’s attention, leading to them jumping around and barking excitingly. Rosy then threw the bar off the ship which the chain chomp chased right off the ship. “That was simple. Now where were we?” Rosy said, ready to deal with Larry and Lemmy once more.

Mosaic, Toad and Peach dealt with the chomps differently. Toad tried to throw a fireball at one, but to no avail, which gave the chomps a chance to charge at the three, which they however avoided with ease. Afterwards, one of the chomps tried to bite Mosaic again. Mosaic then notices their chain and gets an idea. They dodge their bite attempt and manage to go through with their plan of grabbing them. The chain chomp was embarrassed when it realized what Mosaic just did. Mosaic however just proceeded to spin it around and hurl it off of the ship. After doing so, Mosaic noticed that the cannons on the ship had started firing and realized they’d have to duck and cover from the bullet bills and cannonballs among everything else occuring. Among this, one of the chain chomps pursuing the three tried to go after them, however Peach noticed and threw a bomb at them, blasting it off the ship before it could do anything.

“Wait a minute...guys, i could just destroy the cannons with these bombs” Peach said to Toad and Mosaic, then starting with hurling bombs at a 4-way cannon, demolishing it, then preparing another for a bill blaster.

Link and Hoops tried to deal with the imminent threat of the chain chomps while also continuing to fight Roy and Morton as well. Morton fires a cannonball at the two, however Link and Hoops manage to trick him into instead shooting one of their own chain chomps, knocking the metallic creature unconscious.

The other chomp goes after the two of them, when a crazy idea enters Hoops’ head. This being to turn the chain chomp on Morton and Roy atleast for a short while. The first thing Hoops does and get atop the chain chomp and get it to chase after Morton and Roy. Morton ended up being lead right into an engine tank, which lets out a flame that burns him and causes him to run around crazily and fire their cannon in random directions, which leaves a stray cannonball lying on the ground. Afterwards, Hoops gets off the chomp, takes it by it’s chain and hurls it off the ship. Hoops then proceeded to use Morton’s situation to get them good. He tucks himself into his shell, and then spins themself into Morton’s direction, and connects with Morton’s position, which sent Morton flying and crashing into the side deck of the ship, knocking them out for a good while.

After retracting their legs out of their shell, Hoops states “That’s one down, nine to go!”.

As he was gloating, Roy pointed his blaster at Hoops and shot a bullet bill their way, which knocked Hoops over from the impact, with Hoops quickly recovering and getting ready to deal with them along with Link. As this occured, Luigi continued to battle Kamek. Luigi made another attempt at hitting him with a volt infused punch, and this time landed a direct hit on them. Kamek, mad about this, conjured up a magic spell, and blasted Luigi with it, the force of it sending Luigi plummeting towards the flagship. Luckily for them however, Luigi had happened to crash right into Larry and Lemmy, whom were battling Berry and Rosy, the impact knocking the two unconscious, Luigi’s cape staying intact to boot.

“Thanks for making our job easier.” Rosy thanked Luigi.

“Ehh, it was a nothing” Luigi responded as they recovered from the fall.

Mario continued to fight Bowser and Bowser Jr. dealing with the two of them not all too badly as he had done such multiple times in the past. Bowser at this point however had about had enough of this.

“That’s enough of our charade, it’s time to pull out the big guns” Bowser stated.

Bowser then proceeded to blast Mario with a fireball, this time hitting Mario and knocking him down, allowing him and Bowser Jr. to go through with their plan. Bowser pulled out a remote and pushed a button on it, opening a trapdoor within the ship and elevated to the flagship’s ground level two similar looking vehicles. They had a tall bowl shape, a propeller below in the center, a green rim at the top. And one the body of the vehicle was a face, the face was a large, orange lipped smile, and a pair of black eyes with dashes on either side of each eye. A rather goofy look no less, these said vehicles were clown cars, one being smaller than the other, of course being Bowser Jr’s. Bowser and Jr. both quickly made their way to the clown cars, jumped into them, and started them up and propelled them into the air.

Mario, having recovered and gotten back on his feet, sees what Bowser and Bowser Jr had done, his retort being that he puts his hands on his face and says “Oh NO!”.

Link and Hoops, having not realized the situation with Bowser and Bowser Jr., continued their brawl with Roy, avoiding bullet bills from their cannon and directing them away from themselves to avoid harm. Realizing they need to get rid of the cannon, Link makes a bluff.

“Aah! What is that!?” Link yells, pointing behind Roy.

“What the- What is?” Roy said, looking where Link pointed.

While they were looking the other way, Link then proceeded to pull out a bomb of his own, ignited it, and shoved it into the bill cannon.

“Hmm, guess it was nothing” Roy said, “Now to-” Roy continued as they attempted to fire their cannon, not realizing it’s jammed. Puzzled by this, Roy says “Hmm...why won’t this work…”. As he questioned this, he peaked into the cannon. Right when he did so however, the cannon blew up in his face, sending him flying into the air. Link used this as a chance to unleash his own barrage on Roy, shooting hit down with several beams from his sword, spinning Roy around as the shots hit him. Hoops then, to wrap things up, ran after the plummeting koopa, jumped into the air and tucked himself into his shell and spun into Roy, knocking him away and causing him to contuine to fall out of the sky and down to the land below.

“Goodbye! And don’t come back!” Hoops yelled to him as he continued falling. Link and Hoops gave one another a high give afterwards.

“Now, we should go help the others out.” Link said.

Only for the two to hear another explosion and the ship shake. The two look in the direction of the explosion and see Mario running from Bowser and Jr. in their clown cars. They then hear a shot from a magic blast to the other direction, and see that Luigi, Peach, Toad, Mosaic, Berry and Rosy were all fleeing Wendy, Iggy, Ludwig and Kamek and then seeing Toad dodge the blast fired their way. Both fleeing in panic, Mario and Mosaic ran into one another and fell over.

“Mario! We need your help!” Mosaic said to Mario in a panic.

“That’s what i shoulda be saying!” Mario replied, then pointing at his problem, being Bowser and Jr., The Koopalings, atleast those not taken down yet, and Kamek cornered the seven and were prepared to fire a barrage on them.

Before they could do so however, a bomb went flying into Bowser Jr’s clown car and exploded on it, knocking the airborne vehicle onto the ship, and the driver, being Bowser Jr. themself out of the driving seat of it. This was done so by Link’s quick thinking. Bowser Jr then attempted to start up the clown car again, but found himself unable due to it being too damaged, making him kick it out of annoyance.

“He he ha! But it doesn’t matter! I still have “these!” Bowser Jr said, then pulling out another green shell and throwing it towards Mario.

Mario reacted with precision by knocking the koopa shell away with his hammer, causing it to hit Iggy instead, bounce off of him, then hitting Wendy as well, knocking the both of them into a wall, knocking them both unconscious.

It was now that Bowser realized his numbers were tight, and orders for Bowser Jr., Ludwig and Kamek to attack the group. Bowser them self then tries to ram into the group with his own Clown Car, however fails to hit them and misses. As this occured, Kamek blasted the group with several blasts from his wand, also not landing a hit. Amidst the fighting continuing, Mosaic had something else on his mind. He looked in the sky at the armada, and realized something vital. At this point they could be getting dangerously close to the Castle of Grassland, when taking down Bowser is just a secondary goal, their main one is to stop his armada. He then on the edges of the flagship noticed a bunch of large cannons, which looked as if they were both pretty strong and fired a rather long range. This gave him an idea.

Ludwig charged in Mosaic’s direction in an attempt to pound on him, which the latter dodged before they could do so. And started to run for the control room, which had been left open all this time.

Noticing this, Bowser yells “Ludwig! Stop him while we deal with these other meddlers!”.

“Aiyah King Dad” Ludwig responded, then going after Mosaic.

Ludwig goes inside the control room, and scans the room looking for Mosaic, and is not able to find him anywhere. This is because of the fact that, at this point, Mosaic had already managed to find their way into the room with a control board that configured the settings of the flagship.

“Ah, here we are” Mosaic said.

On the board he found a large round blue button reading “Cannon Settings” which Mosaic pressed. This brings up a menu on the interface which shows how the cannons should work and what setting to put them on. Mosaic set every single one to “Auto” and to aim in the directions of the other airships. The system asks for confirmation, which Mosaic selects “Yes”. “This should be a cinch now” Mosaic stated.

V: Falling Apart

By now, Ludwig had realized where Mosaic was and made his way into the room, then saying, “There you are! Now to stop you!” Ludwig then once again tries to crush Mosaic.

Mosaic however with quick thinking intercepts with a punch infused with his Chillokinenis ability, knocking Ludwig against a wall and knocking him out. Mosaic then makes his way out of the flagship cannons control area and back into the control room, where he decides to look at the controls at the commander’s seat of the flagship. As he looked over all the things on it, he noticed a hidden compartment on it. He proceeded to open, curious of what it was. What he found underneath was something that he couldn’t believe he was actually seeing. It was a big, bright red, round button, which was lined with black stripes. However, that wasn’t the eyecatching detail, the most eyecatching detail was what the bright yellow letters imprinted on it spelled; “SELF-DESTRUCT BUTTON”.

Mosaic upon seeing this though to himself “Is he seriously that stupid? Ehh, best not to look a gift Yoshi in the mouth.” then proceeding to press it, it then activating a red flashing alarm and a digitized voice saying the self destruction sequence would active in ten minutes. After pressing the button, Mosaic went off to go tell the others, unaware that Ludwig had regained consciousness and realized the same thing.

Meanwhile, the others continued to fight Bowser, Jr. and Kamek. However at this point the only one they had left to deal with was Bowser as they had dealt with the other two, which they wasted no time in doing so. Peach hurled a bomb at his clown car, which damaged the vehicle. Bowser countered with ducking inside the clown car and dropping a large, gray ball onto the group, which the group avoided with ease thanks to it’s slow speed. Bowser then threw a pair of bob-ombs down at the group. One of which landed near Toad. Before Toad could flee from the bomb, it exploded in his face, causing him to lose his fire power. Toad is distraught at this fact, however Link gives him a bit of encouragement.

“Don’t worry Toad, we’ll beat him without that.” He proceeded to tell him.

Luigi, whom was close enough to the other bob-omb to put it to use, picked it up and hurled it at Bowser’s vehicle again, damaging the vehicle once more.

Bowser, Realizing his vehicle was heavily damaged, had the face on his clown car take on a more angry expression and start diving bombing and shaking the ground. The group fled from the rampant vehicle to avoid being crushed as they tried to find an opening, finding it hard to get one as Bowser had wised up and stopped throwing bob-ombs their way. As Mario ran and tried to think of what to do, he came across something on the ground. This object was a stray cannonball lying on the ground, presumably being the same one shot by Morton earlier. Mario grabbed the cannonball and tucked it under his arm.

As he contuined to keep his distance from the clown car, he yelled, “Hoops! Dig into the bag and throw me the springboard!”.

Seeing Mario’s plan, Hoops agreed and dug into the bag and found the springboard and looked closely for a good opportunity to throw it to him. At this point however, Mario had jumped into the air and was dangerously close to the clown car, having the feeling it was now or never, Hoops threw the springboard Mario’s way as they plummeted to solid ground, intercepting this and causing Mario to be propelled back up, to Bowser’s surprise. Mario then, as if he were dunking a basketball in a sports event, dunked the cannonball into the clown car, knocking the contraption onto the ship and it’s driver down and out.

“Did...Did I lose?” Bowser said, having quickly regained consciousness.

Team S.M.B.X, Hoops, Rosy and Berry all surrounded him.

“Yes, you did” Peach proceeded to say, following with “Now, we’ll accept your unconditional surrender.”

“Surrender? Hah!” Bowser said in a seemingly cocky tone. “You must be kidding. I still have the weapons on my flagship to barrage the Grassland Castle, and besides, i still have the rest of the fleet.” Bowser continued to brag, seeming to think he still had the upper hand.

Everyone then heard a loud bang, and looked in it’s direction, realizing it came from one of the other airships, which had just been struck with a giant gaping hole being made through it from...the flagship’s own cannons? Everyone then realized the other ships had began to suffer the same fate, all of them starting to plummet to ground below, crashing and burning.

At this point, Bowser Jr. Kamek and five of the Koopalings regained consciousness and looked for where Bowser could be, then realizing he was near the others.

“Or so you thought you had a fleet left” Hoops tauntly told Bowser. “So, what’ll it be?” Hoops then questioned.

Bowser tries to think of what answer to give, when suddenly Mosaic comes running back and jumps on Bowser Jr.’s head again to tell the others of his exploits.

“Guys! I rigged the cannons to shoot the airships, so that’s taken care of, however, we need to get off this flagship, because i’ve pressed it’s self destruct button and this place go blow at any minute!” Mosaic informed the others.

Kamek hears this, and questions Bowser’s intelligence and asks him “Your wickedness...a self destruct button? Really?”.

Bowser makes at attempt to justify this with an explanation. “I included it because i could have needed it in case of an emergency, but it’s okay that this one’s falling apart, we can just head back to base and build another fleet all over again.” Bowser said, then rushing for his Clown Car again, with six of the seven Koopalings as well as Bowser Jr all getting into the clown car and start making their getaway.

“Oh no you don’t!” Peach said, then hurling a bomb at the clown car one last time, the blast finally knocking the clown car out of the sky, sending Bowser and his childern plummeting down to the land below. Down below, Roy Koopa had landed, and was just starting to regain their consciousness, only to look up and see the clown car about to crash on them.

Kamek, realizing they’re heavily outnumbered says “Welp, the place is falling apart anyway, and i gotta split, tootles.” Then flying away on their broom.

“What do we do a now? The ship is a crumbling and we have no way to geta off of it.” Luigi says, sounding scared.

“That’s...actually a good a question” Mario says, then, along with everyone else, frantically looking for a way off. Mosaic as he looks around, takes a look at the mainland from the edge of the ship the control room was on, and sees in the distance a peculiar place; Grassland Castle. Mosaic then noticed another detail that due to all of the action, he hadn’t noticed until now. There was a staircase on the side that lead above the control room, and in this place was...a large cannon. Mosaic realized that this was perfect.

“We’ll escape the fleet the way we caught it! With a cannon!” Mosaic stated, then pointing the cannon.

“How do you know we’ll be fine?” Hoops asked Mosaic.

“So basically, because of where that cannon is pointing, we’ll be able to swivel it towards Grass Land, and then launch ourselves in that direction, and if we also land in the right velocity then-” Mosaic started to explain it detail, before Hoops interrupts.

“So in summary, we’ll land in a safe place?” Hoops asked.

“That’s correct” Mosaic says, then proceeding to say “Now everyone, get into cannon so we can aim towards Grassland Castle.”

Everyone, even Luigi, said “Okay.” And each of them one by one as they did earlier blast down towards the castle, hoping for the best.

VI: Closure

Down below, a Toad that stood guard in front of Grassland Castle was going about their business in a discussion with another Toad, then sees the group falling out of the sky, and quickly rushes into the castle to get something to break their fall, and comes back out in time with a blue trampoline. Everyone falling landed on it, that being, everyone other than Luigi, whom landed flat on his face a feet inches off. Mosaic looks around, realizing that their on the ground, and that their all okay.

“See, told you guys we’d be okay.” Mosaic stated.

The two toads then began to clap a round of applause for their heroes and explain how they saw the airships were coming and how they started exploding, also asking them if it was their doing.

“Guilty! Hope you didn’t mind.” Rosy replied to them.

“We didn’t, infact, for all your guys heroism and saving our fair land once again, we’d like to invite you all for dinner in our castle.” One of the toads said.

“Once again?” Mosaic asked.

“Yeah, several years ago, the Mario Brothers, Mario and Luigi once saved our land from Bowser, or one of his children, Larry Koopa, and this time, they saved their kingdom from even Bowser themself this time around.

“That’s very interesting, are we all invited to this party?” Mosaic then said. Though they realized they just said they were, the Toad ignores it and proceeds to say

“Yes you are, now, all of you come on in, our king is just dying to talk with you all of your exploits.”

As Team S.M.B.X and The Mosaic group entered the castle, Hoops said “Nice! A victory meal to go with our battle victory.”

“And so once again our heroes managed to triumph over the evil Bowser and his armada. This wouldn’t be the last of their adventures, far from in fact, their day today was just another day of familiarity in...the life of heroes.”

Next Time...Chapter 3: Prickly Scales
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Chapter 3
I: Preparing For Another Meeting

“Only yesterday, the Mosaic Group along with Team S.M.B.X had bested Bowser and the Koopa Troop once again, maintaining peace in the land. However, the two groups both had no time to rest. As today, they both had new business to attend to.”

Inside the Mosaic Group’s house, they were rather busy, Hoops had gotten ready already, not needing to do much to prepare and had put himself in a laid back position on the sofa, throwing a red rubber ball across the room at the wall over and over out of boredom, waiting on the others along with Berry,

“As usual, Rosy is taking their sweet time...” Hoops said out of annoyance.

Meanwhile in Berry and Rosy’s room, Rosy was trying to make a decision.

“Hmm...what look should i go with today?” Rosy contemplated as looked over their makeup options. “I could try that blush today.” They considered. “No, doesn’t appeal to be honest.” They then decided. “Or i could dye my fur black or red...” they thought of. “Not enough time.” Then then decided. “Hmm...i think i look good just the way i am so...let’s just use the same look we did yesterday!.” Rosy then decided, pulling out their fur treatment gel and applying it.

Mosaic got onto the phone in his room and dialed a number. The person on the other end of the line shortly picked up after a couple rings.

“Hello! What’s a up Mosaic?” The voice on the other end said.

“So Mario, how are things going with the cleanup of the airship parts at Grassland?” Mosaic asked.

“Oh, well…” Mario started. Only for another voice to chime in.

“It’s going pretty well from the looks of it!” the new speaker said, being Peach.

“Yeah, and we should be able to make it back home by tonight if we keep this up and finish it today.” A third voice on the phone added, being Toad’s.

“That’s great news!” Mosaic replied. Then asking something that came to mind. “Hey, actually i had a question.” Mosaic began. “Did you see Bowser and his minions anywhere in the wreckage?” He then asked.

“Actually...oddly enough, we a didn’t see them a anywhere, they seem to have slipped away.” Mario replied.

“Ah, i see.” Mosaic responded to this.

“Umm excuse, but, who are guys chatting with on there?” A fourth once then asked, being Link’s.

"We're a chatting with Mosaic." Mario replied.

“Ah, i see, could i talk with them for a second?” Link asked.

“Sure a thing Link!” Mario replied, handing him the phone.

“Hey Mosaic, i wanted to mention something to you.” Link started. “

Oh? What is it?” Mosaic asked.

“If you and the others find anything interesting during you meeting with them, think you’d want to show us?” Link asked him. “It sorta sucks that i can’t see what you and group are, as i would have found it interesting to, so could you?” Link then proceeded to say.

“Sure Link, i’ll try to remember.” Mosaic responded to this.

“That’s all i wanted to say, now i’m going to give Mario back the phone so he can finish up, alright? So bye!” Link said, then handing it back over to Mario.

“Okie dokie, so with that, we’re going to get back to what we’re a-” Mario started to say, only to be cut off by a fifth voice.

“Umm, are you a guys talking to Mosaic?” this person asked, being Luigi.

“Yeah, we a were, and we were just finishing up.” Mario said.

“Oh? Could i get a word a in?” Luigi asked.

“Of a course!” Mario said, giving Luigi the phone.

“Umm a Mosaic, I justa wanted to tell you, be sure that you, Hoops and the a others are careful okay?” Luigi said to Mosaic nervously.

“Luigi...we’ll be fine, we do this all the time” Mosaic responded.

“Ah...i a guess so” Luigi responded. “Umm, i’m going to hand this back to my brothera, okay?” They continued.

“Alright, cyaa” Mosaic responded.

Luigi handed the phone to Mario so that he could finish up for real this time around. “So witha all said and done, we’re going to geta back to our work so we can finish up this up today and we can all head home.” Mario then said, trying to finish up. “So with that, see you and the others a later Mosaic! Bye!” Mario finished.

“Okay Mario, see you later too!” Mosaic responded, then clicking the “End call” button on his phone.

“Now, with that taken care of, let’s see if the others are ready yet” Mosaic said, starting by knocking on the door to Rosy and Berry’s room. “Rosy? Are you finished getting ready yet?” Mosaic asked through the door.

“Pretty much, I was just putting the finishing touches and should be ready to go.” Rosy answered.

“Okay good, be ready soon, we’re meeting them really early.” Mosaic said.

“I will” Rosy replied.

Mosaic afterwards headed down stairs, then seeing both Hoops and Berry were on the sofa. “

Oh? You guys are both already ready?” Mosaic asked them.

“Yeah” Hoops responded.

“We’re just waiting on Rosy now…” Hoops said.

“I see” Mosaic replied. “Also Hoops.” Mosaic continued.

“Yes Mosaic?” Hoops responded.

“Where are you keeping that Rainbow Star until a point comes that we need it?” Mosaic then asked.

“Oh that, i’m just keeping it in a box in our room” Hoops informed.

“Okay good, that should work out then.” Mosaic said.

Berry then asked a question in his language.

“Oh? What is it Berry?” Mosaic asked.

Hoops then translated for Mosaic. “Oh, he asked where we getting ready to go again.” they answered.

“Oh yeah that, we’re heading to Desert Land today to meet with Glow and Beryl.” Mosaic answered.

Berry shuddered fearfully upon Mosaic’s answer.

“Berry? What’s the matter?” Mosaic asked.

“Umm, Mosaic, did you forget? Berry’s afraid of Glow.” Hoops reminded Mosaic.

“Oh, he is? Why is it again?” Mosaic asked Hoops, not remembering the reason why himself.

“Well, he’s a Cobrat, and Berry’s afraid of Cobrats.” Hoops explained.

“Wow, i had completely forgotten” Mosaic replied. “We can’t really let him stay home with all of us out though, he’s only seven years old,” Mosaic stated. “So Berry, sorry, but you’ll need to come along.” Mosaic told him.

Though he didn’t want to come, Berry said in their language “Alright i guess...”.

“At this point,” Mosaic started. “Rosy should be down here about any minute, as soon as they are, we can-”.

“we can leave?” someone else interrupted. This being Rosy, whom had already come downstairs, ready to go.

Mosaic looks at Rosy a bit, trying to think about what he was trying to say, then saying “Yes, we can get going now.”. “Come on Berry and Hoops, let’s go” Mosaic told Berry and Hoops, walking over to the door while doing so, in which Berry and Hoops got off the sofa afterwards.

Mosaic went through the front door with the rest of the group, making their way down the path, however, instead of taking the path to Vibrant Park like yesterday, they instead took the path leading the opposite direction.

“So...why are we taking this path again?” Hoops asked Mosaic.

“We’re going this way so we can take the warp pipe to Desert Land, Glow and Beryl’s place of residence.” Mosaic explained.

“Ah, i see.” Hoops responded. “So, why do you think that they wanted to meet with us today you think?” Hoops then asked.

“I don’t know” Rosy replied.

“Rosy, i wasn’t talking to you necessarily.” Hoops unamusingly responded.

“I was just sharing my opinion on your question” Rosy responded.

Hoops rolled their eyes a bit, saying “Whatever” after doing so.

“To be honest, it could a number of things, considering how they want us to meet them bright and early, it’s possible they just want to eat breakfast with us.” Mosaic said, sharing his speculation. “Or, they could also have discovered something interesting and want us to come take a look at it, that’s another possibility.” Mosaic continued.

“Either way, i personally hope that’s it’s something that i think is intriguing.” Hoops said.

“Me too.” Mosaic replied.

The group continued to make their way down the path, passing more buildings and continuing down the concrete path eventually coming across a green warp pipe, this very one leading to Desert Land. “Alright, here it is. To Desert Land we go!” Mosaic said, then jumping into the pipe, in which Hoops, Rosy and Berry one by one followed his lead.

II: Deserted Desert Land

Upon the four making to the other end of the pipe, the four of them wound up in Desert Land, a region in which it’s climate was practically the opposite of Mushroom Plains, or to say, it had similar traits to Mushroom Plains, such as being plentiful in ? blocks, bricks, note blocks and warp pipes all around, but a number of things were very different. Mushroom Plains had generally warm days, but Desert Land’s on the other hand were hot. Mushroom Plains was lush and green, plant life growing from the dirt and soil as far as the eye could see. Desert Land on the other hand was covered left and right with sand and a tan climate instead with the only plant life being a cactus here and there. While Mushroom Plains had spontaneous bodies of water in it’s landscape, Desert Land only had the occasional oasis. Overall, compared to Mushroom Plains, Desert Land wasn’t the most visually stunning place to be in, however, it was where they were meeting with their two friends at.

“Alright, now that we’re here, let’s go find them” Mosaic informed the group, in which they nodded.

After a bit of searching without finding the two anywhere, they end up near some walls made of sandstone, on them were markings imprinted in the shape of a flame, while they were there, eventually Hoops brought up a question.

“Mosaic, are you sure they told us to meet with them in desert land?” Hoops asked Mosaic.

“Well...i’m pretty sure anyway.” Mosaic responded.

“Oh? Well…did they tell you where to meet them here?” Hoops then asked next.

“Yeah, they told me “Meet with us at the sandstone structure with the markings on them.” Mosaic tarted to respond. “ that i think about it, they didn’t tell me what the markings looked like” Mosaic continued.

“They...didn’t?” Hoops asked.

“Not that i remember, no.” Mosaic replied.

“Oh no...this is not good, does that mean we’ll just be wandering in circles until we find them?” Hoops said.

“Umm Hoops…” Rosy started.

Ignoring Rosy’s statement, Hoops continued “We could be looking for them for hours, days, weeks even!”.

“Hoops…” Mosaic stated.

“We could then eventually start seeing mirages, and then we’ll all lie on the ground from exhaustion, and then eventually-” Hoops continued before being interrupted.

“Hoops, slow down…” Mosaic said.

“It’s alright, i was just fooling around, i’m pretty sure we’ll find them soon.” Hoops replied.

“Oh...i hadn’t realized.” Mosaic said in response.

“Well, let’s keep looking for them, we don’t want to keep them waiting.” Rosy said. “After all, you need to remember, maybe they just didn’t remember the-” Rosy started to say, before they ran into something prickly, or to be more accurate, someone, hurting her a bit. “Ow! Watch where your-” Rosy began to say, looking up, stopping when their realized whom and what they were looking at.

They had ran into a tall plant like creature resembling a cactus, their body was separated into four roundish segments, each one around a bit under two feet in height, all over these segments were short thorns protecting their body, and on the top segment was a face, which consisted of two round eyes and a small mouth below. The creature notably also had no limbs. A Pokey. However, this wasn’t just any generic pokey, though pokeys were normally green, this one in peculiar body was instead a shade of brown, and their eyes had a silver hue to them. This was Beryl. Beryl turned around once this happened and looked down.

“Oh! Hey Rosy! Thought you’d guys show up eventually.” Beryl said. “Oh...and also, sorry about that” Beryl said. As he said it, his body faded from his normal brown to a hot shade of pink for a moment.

“Hey Beryl, there’s no need to be embarrassed, it was an accident, i’m fine.” Rosy said.

“Ah, you’ve noticed, i can never hide my feelings from you guys, given that i seem to change color when i’m feeling a certain way.” Beryl informed as his body reverted back to his normal brown.

“Hey Beryl, what’ssssss going on?” a voice said. Everyone looked in the direction the voice came from.

The voice came from a creature. This creature had a serpent like appearance; Their body was limbless and scaled; their eyes large, white, and round; And they sat their body upright, bringing them to a bit higher than a human’s height. A Cobrat. This cobrat specifically however was a special case, the scales that ran down a cobrat’s body were commonly red, however this cobrat’s scales were instead teal in color. Along with this, their underside was green as opposed to the regular tan color. Their eyes were also a gleaming yellow as opposed to the normal black. And perhaps the most notably detail of all, they wore a red handkerchief around their neck. This was Glow.

“Oh great, the Mosssaic group’ssss here!” Glow continued.

“Yeah Glow, i was just talking with them because a little accident happened with me and Rosy, but everything fine.” Beryl answered Glow.

Berry, upon seeing Glow, let out a fearful whine and then rushed over to Mosaic for comfort and put his arms around his leg.

“It’s okay to stay near me if you feel you need to.” Mosaic quietly said to Berry, acknowledging his reaction. Mosaic then turned his attention to Glow and Beryl, mainly the former however to talk with them. “Hey Glow,” Mosaic started “So how’s has it been going?” Mosaic then said, stretching his hand out to give Glow a handshake despite his lack of.

“Not much really.” Glow said, as he used his tail in place of a hand to shake “hands” with them.

“Yeah, eventfulness for us has been rather...SLIM, am i right Glow?” Beryl said, cracking a pun, then laughing a bit at his own joke, becoming a shade of green for a bit while doing so.

Glow looking in his direction responds “Yeah, i guessssss you could sssssay that.”.

“Glow, if i may ask, could you give us a bit more accurate directions next time?” Mosaic asked.

“Huh? I told you to meet us here, “on the walls with the markings on it”, didn’t i?” Glow asked in response.

“Yeah you did, but i feel it would have helped to tell us what exactly the markings looked like.” Mosaic explained.

“Ah i ssssssee, my apologiesssss, i’ll remember to give you more details next time.” Glow replied.

A low growl then came from somewhere. Glow then realized it was coming from his stomach. “Oh...we sssshould eat breakfassssst actually.” Glow said, a bit embarrassed.

“You haven’t eaten yet either huh?” Hoops asked Glow.

“Nope” Glow responded. “And neither hasssss Beryl i believe, correct?” Glow asked them.

“I don’t remember doing so” Beryl replied.

“I feel that we should before we show you guys what we found.” Glow continued. “Come on, follow me.” Glow then finished. Once he finished, he starting slithering away with the upper half of his body arched upright, leading the way to the others, with them following.

III: A Little Grab N Dash

A bit of time later on, Glow made it to where he lead them, this place being the inside of a rather small pyramid. The interior was a little small, however, it was still a tad bit cozy.

“So we’re eating breakfast in this small place?” Hoops asked, not the most excited to hear their answer.

“Yessssss we are.” Glow answered Hoops’ question.

Despite not considering the pyramid the most desirable place, he graciously gave an “Okay…” to Glow.

The Mosaic group observed the room to figure out where to sit, quickly noticing a table surrounded with five chairs in the corner of the pyramid, in which they sat and waited for the food to be ready.

“So, what do you guys think their going to serve?” Mosaic asked the others, in an attempt to make conversation while they waited.

“Well...what do cobrats and pokeys eat?” Rosy asked.

“Don’t think that’s what we should be asking, considering their preparing stuff for us.” Hoops stated.

“True,” Mosaic replied.

“To be honest, i’m not all that sure then.” Rosy said.

“Me personally? I’m going to make a wild guess and say their going to serve fruit and eggs of some kind, probably you know, melons, bananas, yoshi eggs…”.

As soon as Hoops said the third thing, Berry began to put up a fuss. Hearing him however, Hoops quickly stopped him and justified his words.

“Hey, calm down Berry, i was just messing around, i’m pretty sure they wouldn’t actually serve that, especially with you here.” Hoops explained to Berry.

Berry understood, but asked if he could please not joke like that in his language, in which Hoops says he’ll see.

“Alright guys, here’s the food.” Beryl said, balancing it on his head. Realizing he didn’t have a simple way to put it down, Beryl made a statement. “Also, LOOK OUT BELOW!” Beryl yelled, then throwing the plate off his head and towards the table, as the plate fell, the Mosaic Group ducked to avoid it. After they had risen back up after it had passed, they saw the plate had landed safely, along with it’s contents. On the plate was many slices of fruit. There were slices of apples, oranges, bananas, honeydew, and watermelon on it.

“Yep, I was right.” Hoops boasted, seeing that his prediction on the food was correct.

“Half right actually.” Mosaic stated. “We’ll see if your completely right once-” Mosaic continued before being interrupted.

“And here’sssss the other food.” Glow said, sliding into the room, holding a platter in his mouth. He then loosened his grip on the platter and set it on the table alongside the fruit.

On this platter was food that based on how it looked seemed to be sunny side ups.

“I...hope my other prediction is wrong but...” Hoops began, seeing the look on Berry’s face. “Glow? What kind of eggs were those made from?” Hoops asked with nervousness in his voice.

“I made them from birdo eggssss.” Glow said, sounding sincere.

“Phew...that’s a relief, i thought for a sec those were...were...” Hoops started to say.

“Yosssshi Eggssss?” Glow asked. “I would never do that knowing you were bringing Berry along.” He then explained.

Hoops remained a bit silent, wondering what response he should give. “Eh alright then, let’s eat.” Hoops said, dropping the conversation.

After everyone had gotten some food and eaten a bit. they started chatting about random subjects.

“Glow, i realized something” Rosy started. “Because of how barren this desert is and due to that there isn’t much to eat around here, where do you and Beryl get most of your food?” Rosy asked.

“Oh, we usually go to this market around three miles north of here and buy stuff from a grocery store.” Glow replied, answering Rosy’s question.

“Three miles? Isn’t that kind of far without any kind of transportation?” Mosaic asked.

“Well, not necessarily.” Glow responded. “Beryl has a magic carpet he’ll usually uses to get around which gets us there in around ten minutes or less most of the time.” Glow continued.

“How often do you guys go?” Hoops then asked afterwards. “We ussssually go around once every week.” Glow answered.

After a bit more silence, Mosaic eventually asked Glow another question. “So, when are we going to see what you guys found?”.

“Yeah, and what exactly is it you want to show us?” Hoops added.

“Both of you guysssss ssssshould get an anssssswer after we have breakfasssssst.” Glow answered both of them.

“Alright then, i guess that’ll do” Mosaic and Hoops said simultaneously.

“Hah! That’s the second day in a row, you owe me a Golden Leaf now.” Hoops said. “

Oh no...wait a minute…you're joking again right?” Mosaic asked. “Of course.” Hoops responded.

As the group continued to eat, Berry had eaten all of his food, that is, except there was something on his plate he avoided, being his apple slices.

“Oh, Berry? Issss there sssssomething wrong with them that i’m not aware of?” Glow asked Berry. Berry was hesitant to give an answer, not just because of his fear of Glow, but that he didn’t want to be rude.

“Berry, If something’s wrong with it, you can tell me.” Rosy suggested to Berry.

Berry henceforth explained himself to Rosy in his language.

“Oh, so you don’t like apples all that much huh?” Rosy said, having understood him.

“Well, if that’s that case, i could take care of that for you if you wanted.” Rosy offered, starting to reach her paw towards his plate.

“Nah, Rosy, i think Berry should eat them, even if he doesn’t like them.” Beryl intervened.

“Oh…?” Rosy responded.

“Yeah, it’s because i heard apples are a good source of water.” Beryl started explaining. “And especially when your living in the desert it’s important that you stay your core!” Beryl then stated, taking a chance at a another pun. Not realizing the pun, everyone was silent for quite a bit of time. “Umm...get it?” Beryl said, starting to turn a bit purple again. After more time passed with no response, Beryl started to speak. “Well, guess i’ll explain it, basicall-”.

“Wait...wait wait wait, don’t tell me, i think i may get it.” Hoops said. “Is it because...apples have a core?” Hoops then asked.

“Exactly.” Beryl answered.

“Hmm, i suppose that was kinda clever.” Hoops said in response.

After everyone had finished their food, the six all made their way out of the pyramid, and Glow lead the group to their next destination.

“Phew...glad to be out of there.” Mosaic stated aloud. “Have plans of moving into a new place someday?” Mosaic asked Glow.

“Well, i ssssssorta plan to sssssomeday, it’ssss jusssst that it’sssss the bessssst i can afford assssss of now.” Glow answered.

“Well, i hope that day is soon, because i’m with Mosaic, it was a bit cramped in there, especially considering the lack of windows.” Hoops added to the conversation.

After a brief pause, Hoops then asked a question. “So...where are we going now?” Hoops asked.

“We’re on our way to the place we wanted to show you guys i believe?” Beryl stated.

“Yeah, that’sssssss what we’re doing now.” Glow said, affirming Beryl was correct.

After treading through the dusty landscape for a bit longer, Glow and Beryl eventually lead the Mosaic Group to a large door, reaching around Glow’s height. The door looked a bit more decorative than the average door however. This door was red in color, near the edges was a golden border that went across the door, forming a rectangle shape, and the door’s knob looked to be made of solid gold.

“Hey...isn’t that a door to...” Rosy stated.

“Sssssubcon.” Glow responded to Rosy, knowing what they were going to ask.

“So the thing that you want to show us is in Subcon?” Mosaic asked Glow.

“Correct.” Glow affirmed.

“Then what are we waiting for?” Hoops stated as he made his way over to the door to open it. “Lets GOoooooooh!!” Hoops yelled after opening it, as, though he hadn’t realized it until it was too late, the door lead to nothing on the other side, which caused him to start falling.

“Wow looks like he accidently...took a trip, huh?” Beryl said. “Guess i’ll need to follow.” they then said. However, as soon as they saw their height compared to the door, they’d need an accommodation to fit. “Hey Glow? Think you can help me out?” Beryl asked.

“Sssssure thing Beryl.” Glow answered, sliding next to Beryl so he could do so.

Which he did so by removing a couple of Beryl’s segments and dropping them down through the door, shrinking him down enough to make it through the door.

“Looks like you really...cut me down to size, am i right?” Beryl said, then dropping down the door, hoping to land on top his separate segments upon landing.

Afterwards, Rosy along with Berry made the jump down as well.

“Well alright, here goes!” Mosaic said, then jumping threw the door and fall down to the terrain below.

As Mosaic fell, Glow prepared to go next, he eventually darted himself through the door, plummeting down as well.

IV: Same Landscape, Different Land

One by one, each of the six fell, Hoops was first to land, having been the first to enter the door, and landed gracefully on his feet. Next up was Beryl, or atleast, half of them anyway, who landed right atop his two other segments like he hoped, after doing so, though he had become a yellow hue a bit, he momentarily changed to a light gray shade before finally going back to his regular brown shade, having been relieved to be okay. The next to fall were Berry followed by Rosy, whom bounced off Berry, breaking her falling a bit.

“Thanks Berry.” Rosy said.

Berry didn’t give much of a response, not realizing what she was thanking him for.

Mosaic fell next, and landed right on top of a cactus.

“Yeowch!” Mosaic yelled after doing so. “Talk about an unthankful landing!” Mosaic retorted.

“Hey Mosaic don’t worry about it, that cactus may have been a THORN in your side, but now it’s all good now.” Beryl said.

“Ehh…” Mosaic said, unassumed, but seeing Beryl’s trying to make the best of his scenario.

And finally, Glow fell from the sky, his slender body flailing about a bit as he did so. Everyone watched as he did, assuming he’d have a soft landing, however, he didn’t. Upon hitting the ground, the large serpent spun into a ball and ran into a vase, unraveling upon hitting their head against it, dazing them a bit.

“Ow...that wasssss a painful landing.” Glow stated, still feeling pain from the impact.

“Well...maybe if you were more careful that wouldn’t have happened, so maybe remember next time?” Beryl stated, sounding a bit discouraging while saying so.

Rosy mentioned however to Glow. “Hey, don’t worry about it, you're not along on having a disconvient landing, Mosaic didn’t land all too well either.” she explained.

“Yeah...i didn't…” Mosaic stated. “I ssssssssee.” Glow said, having now have gotten his body arched back up and made recover.

By now, the six had made it to subcon, the place in subcon however looked rather familiar. This place was a desert like where they just were, however, there was a number of clear differences, for one, there wasn’t a single brick, ? or note block nor warp pipe in sight. It seemed that in place of this the landscape was riddled with vases, both large and small all over the place. In the ground, on the hills, in the sky, just about everywhere. And as well as that, there seemed to be bones lying here and there too, however Other than that however, the other scenery looked quite familiar, there was water nowhere to be seen, their was cactus here and there, and the ground they stood was of course just sand and dust as far as the eye could see.

“Alright, now to ssssshow you guyssss what we found, thissssss way gang.” Glow informed, continuing to lead them.

As they made their way to it, Hoops started up another conversation. “To be honest, this is starting to feel kind of redundant, i feel you guys have keep us in suspense long enough, what did you guys find?” Hoops asked, bored of all the walking they’ve been doing.

“I suppose we should tell them.” Beryl suggested.

“Ssssure, fire away.” Glow told Beryl.

“So basically,” Beryl started. “We found some odd pyramid.” Beryl explained.

“A pyramid huh?” Mosaic replied. “What was so odd about about it?” He then asked.

“Well, what we mainly found odd about it is where we found it.” Beryl continued.

“Where did you find it?” Rosy asked, wanting to be a part of the conversation.

“Well…” Beryl began to say, only for Glow to say it first.

“We found it in a ravine with a sssssign next to it sssssaying “Caution! Large pit! No Trepassssssssing!” He explained. “And Yeah, the sign actually said those things.” Beryl mentioned.

“Wait, if it said to trespass, why’d you guys go down there?” Hoops questioned.

“Well, it wassssss kind of a funny ssssstory.” Glow began to explain.

“Hey Glow, maybe we show and don’t tell? I feel we’ve been keeping them waiting.” Beryl interrupted.

“Ah, your ssssssorta right, i guesssss we’ll just show the way there” Glow replied.

Eventually Glow and Beryl lead the four to the ravine they wanted to show them. They saw that the ravine looked like a sorta big drop, as it was around twelve feet depth at least.

“So, this is the ravine you guys found it in?” Mosaic asked.

“Indeed.” Glow answered.

“Well, if it’s such a long drop, how did you guys get down there?” Hoops then questioned.

“Oh, umm it’sssss becausssse umm...Beryl sorta accidently fell down there a bit earlier, and i had to go after him, and it was down there that we found the pyramid.” Glow explained.

“And how did you get back out?” Hoops asked next.

“Oh, we found a way out of there.” Beryl explained.

“Alright” Hoops answered. “Now, how did you get down there to help Beryl out?” Hoops then asked Glow.

“I sssssorta jusssssst...jumped down there to help him out.” Glow answered, a bit hesitant.

“That’s what i was afraid of…” Hoops answered.

“Hey, we’re both in one piece, what’sssss the isssssssue?” Glow asked confusingly.

“Now i’m not sure how we should go down the ravine without just taking a straight up leap of faith.” Hoops explained to be the problem.

“Hmm, that ssssorta issssss an issssssue.” Glow replied. “What could be a good sssssolution?” He then stated.

“Well, we could try finding something around here, like a long vine or a springboard that’d ensure us a safe landing.” Mosaic stated.

“Or...maybe i could fall again and break each of your guys falls?” Beryl inputted.

“Nah, let’s not do that, it’s fine.” Hoops told Beryl.

“Or we could get in the same way that Glow and Beryl got out?” Rosy then suggested.

After Rosy said this, everyone froze.

“...that’s…” Hoops started. “Actually a good idea…” Hoops finished, somewhat hesitant to do so.

“So, how did you two get out of the ravine after you found the pyramid?” Rosy then asked the two of them.

“Ah, we’ll show you where we found the way out, this way.” Beryl answered, tilting his head as he strafed to lead them towards it.

Beryl and Glow eventually lead the group to what was their escape ticket out of the ravine was. Showing that they found a vase that lead all the way down to the ravine, seeing that it was rather well hidden under some sand.

“So the two of you made it out the ravine through here huh?” Mosaic asked.

“Yeah, i had a pretty easssssy time ssssslipping through being a cobrat, as did Beryl as he just needed to detach his segments to fit, so we should easily be able to do the same again.” Glow answered and proceeded to then explain.

Soon enough, the six were making their way through the vase, which despite the outside’s look, was oddly roomy on the inside.

“Wow, the outside really isn’t what matters huh?” Mosaic commented.

“Indeed it’ssssss not” Glow mentioned.

The rest of the trip through the vase for the most part was rather quiet, not that anyone minded all that much. Before long, the six had each made it to the bottom and into the ravine itself, Hoops then looked up, seeing the view above.

“Welp, here we are, that wasn’t so bad.” Hoops mentioned.

“Now, to the pyramid!” Beryl declared the two once again continuing to lead.

Shortly after, the group all made their way up a hill where the pyramid was located, with Beryl making it to the top first, upon doing so however, he saw something that didn’t agree with him.

“Uh oh, guys...It looks like we have some company.” Beryl informed the group, asking them to come take a look.

Presuming it’d be important, the rest of the group came to take a look, and indeed what he saw didn’t look so good.

There was several different figures there, each of which had different appearances. Some of them were fairly short and wore robes in many different colors such as red, blue, etc. and the most characteristic feature of all, their masks, which were white in color and had holes in a shape that resembled a pair of eyes and a mouth, and along with it they also wore shoes coming in multiple colors such as brown or purple. Shy Guys.

There weren’t only shy guys there however, along with them, there were also several other creatures. Some looked very similar to Shy Guys, they had all the same features a shy guy did, the only difference being that their masks were dark grey as opposed to white, and the hole that normally resembled a mouth instead had an extended nozzle in place of it, these were snifts.

There were several others that had somewhat star shaped bodies, were generally black or purple in appearance, and had small teeth that stuck out of their mouths and were also rather short, these being ninjis.

There were also bird like creatures that, like shy guys wore masks with a beak part on them, as well as being around the size of shy guys along with that, these being tweeters.

And finally, there was one particular strange looking creature whom’s body structure resembled that of a yoshi’s, however, with many notable differences. On their face they had a funnel shaped mouth, they had a rounded white belly, with the rest of their body primarily being a single color, which in this case was red. Other visual features included the bow on their head, which generally varied in color, this one’s bow being orange, and unlike Yoshis, this creature’s spikes that ran across their tail as opposed to head as was the case with Yoshis. Unlike Yoshis, they also wore no shoes, revealing their feet, which had short, rounded claws per each toe, and on each of their fingers was a claw nail, and finally, though not too notable, they had small spots on their cheeks. This strange creature was known as a Birdo, whom seemed to be leading the others there, as they were holding a notepad seemingly with a list of sorts in one hand.

V: It's Not Always Simple

“Hmm...that could be a bit of a problem...” Mosaic stated. “And i presume they weren’t here already when you guys found this pyramid?” Mosaic then asked the two.

“Not that i’m aware of, no, they weren’t.” Beryl answered.

“As i thought; this could be a bit of a problem, what should we do?” Mosaic then asks the entire group.

“Maybe they won’t mind our pressssssscene there and they’ll let usssss inside.” Glow suggested.

Berry states in his language that it doesn’t hurt to at least try.

So as such, Glow slithers over and gets the Birdo’s attention. “Excusssssse me umm...umm...mam?” Glow asked the Birdo, unsure of their gender.

Looking up from their work, the Birdo responded, “Sir, also, what is it?”.

“Umm, do you think you could let usssss in the pyramid?” Glow asked as polite as he could.

“Name?” the Birdo then asked.

“Umm, Glow.” Glow replied.

“Glow who?” The Birdo asked, sounding a bit impatient.

“Glow, Glow the Cobrat?” Glow answered.

The Birdo then look down at their notepad, seemingly consulting a list of names.

After reading over the list again, the Birdo looked up and gave them an answer.

“Your not on the list, no name, no entry. If you wanted to be a part of the pyramid investigation team, you should have asked King Wart about it the beginning of this week.” The Birdo told Glow.

“King Wart? He means...the leader of the 8-bits doesn’t he?” Hoops thought to themself.

Glow seemed to realize who they were talking about too, and wanting to avoid getting into trouble, just acted casual about it. “Oh? I understand...i guess we’ll need to come back later.” Glow told the others, starting to turn around so they can leave.

As the group began to leave, Hoops ran in front of Glow and stopped him and began to explain something to him.

“Glow! Why are we turning around now?” Hoops asked.

Glow began to answer their question, “Well, they ssssssort of got here firssssssst, ssssssso we’ll need to wait for them to leave and i prefer to not get into trouble with-”.

“You realize who we’re talking about though, right? These guys...they work for Wart, so they must be up to no good am i right?” Hoops interrupted and explained.

“To be honest, Hoops is sort of right.” Beryl told Glow. “You and all of us shouldn’t be such doormats and let them walk all over us.” Beryl continued to explain. Glow wasn’t sure of the answer to give yet as Beryl then continued. “Plus, just because you don’t got backbone, doesn’t mean you can’t have...BACKBONE, am i right?” Beryl said, being punny as usually.

As Beryl and Hoops continued to explain why they shouldn’t just leave because the 8-bit members said so, eventually, said people started to overhear the conversation they were having, and began to walk over their direction, which Rosy noticed.

“Umm guys, their hearing us…” Rosy said. Her warning however fell on deaf ears as the group continued to discuss. At this point, the 8-bits were just a meter from the group, and listened in on their conversation.

“I guesssssss you two are right, we ssssssshouldn’t jusssssst let them control ussssss” Glow finally answered, starting to agree with Beryl and Hoops’ statements “let’ssssss not take denial of entrance ssssssitting down...and...go...give them...a piece of...our...mind?” Glow started to say, however slowing down when he turned around and realized the 8-bits were right next to them and could hear everything they were saying.

“So, you want to do things like that huh?” The Birdo said, unamused, throwing the notepad they were holding behind their shoulder where it lands on the ground.

Seeing the opportunity, Hoops decided to boast. “Yeah, you got a problem with that?” they boasted.

“A big problem” the Birdo responded. “Infact, why don’t we make a deal?” The Birdo continued. “How about you guys versus us? The winners are the ones who stay, and the losers leave.” The Birdo offered.

The group thought about this and decided to discuss it a sec.

“Should we go through with their offer?” Beryl asked the others.

“It’sssssss honesssssstly a real inconvenience for usssssss, however sssssssomething tellsssss me it’sssss the only way they’ll let usssss through, sssso we unfortunately don’t really have a choice here.” Glow explained.

“So what this basically means is…” Hoops started.

“We’re going through with it?” Mosaic finished and asked.

“Well, seems so” Rosy answered their questions.

“Alright then” Hoops said, the group then breaking from their discussion and turning back over to the 8-bits. “We’ve discussed and know what? We accept your offer.” Hoops informs them.

“Very well, we’ll begin on the count of five, so you better get your boxing gloves or whatever ready.” The Birdo said, then proceeding to count. “Five...four...three...two…” However, instead of the Birdo saying one and then go, they then fired an egg at Mosaic, which seeing it flying his way, quickly kicked away.

“Hey! That was four! You cheated!” Mosaic called out.

“And? What does that matter?” The Birdo responded. “8-bits! Charge!” The Birdo then commanded, which the Shy guys, Snifts, Ninjis, etc. responded by rushing towards the group.

“Let’s show these 8-bits what were made of!” Hoops said, signaling the others to be ready to fight them, in which they agreed with, leading to the battle’s outbreak.

Hoops started the brawl off by plucking a stray mushroom block off the ground and hurling it at a tweeter, knocking them out. Hoops looked upwards, and saw a Ninji sticking their foot out flying through the air in their direction. Seemingly in an attempt to jump kick Hoops. Seeing their idea, Hoops thought outside the box and let them come. Once the ninji was point blank of him, Hoops grabbed them by their ankle with one front hand and grabbing the ninji by their waist with his other front one, then elevating them above himself in both hands, then, with a bit of effort hurling the struggling creature at a shy guy running his way, knocking them both out. A stray bullet went flying Hoops’ way from a snift, barely missing, seeing the direction it came, from a snifit sporting a gray suit, Hoops ran their way.

Glow and Beryl meanwhile took on three shy guys and a snifit themselves. Glow inhaled, seemingly in preparation for a certain technique of his, then proceeding to exhale the air, except that instead of exhaling air, Glow had exhaled flaming breath, which he used to scorch two of the shy guys, neutralizing them. Beryl handled the remaining shy guy along with the snifit via rotating the segments of his body rapidly, which swiftly fired the thorns down as the shy guy and snifit. Not wanting to be hit, the shy guy and snifit fled, as they did so however, the snifit turned their head in Beryl’s direction and fired a bullet. Seeing the shot coming however Beryl moved aside to avoid being hit. “Let’ssss give them a tasssste of their own medicine.” Glow stated, breathing in again preparing, not to breath fire again, but to fire a projectile from his mouth, this projectile being a bullet of their own. This bullet however missed the snifit, in which Glow realizes means they’ll probably have to take things closer up. Asking Beryl to come with him, Glow pursues the shy guy and snifit for close range combat.

Meanwhile Berry and Rosy fought a group of 8-bits, namely a tweeter, a ninji and a shy guy together. Berry had plucked some red grass that he found buried and had gotten his hands on a veggie that could be used as a projectile, which he held in his hand a waited for the right time to use it. Rosy on the other hand had no need as they had their natural abilities such as rolling to use, which they used to ram into the tweeter as it was coming their way, knocking them back hard into a wall and hitting them unconscious. As Rosy landed, she yelled advice to Berry. “Berry! Use it!” she yelled. Realizing what they were talking about, Berry hurled the veggie at the shy guy, which after hitting them bounced off them and hit the ninji as well, taking down them both. Rosy and Berry then saw Hoops fighting a snifit and had the feeling they should help them out, so they ran their way.

Mosaic was engaged in a fistfight with the leader of the group, being the Red Birdo, they traded blow after blow with one another, however Mosaic was the one landing most of the hits while the Birdo wasn’t. The Birdo eventually suddenly backed up and then began to unleash a barrage of eggs as well as fireballs on Mosaic, most of which he dodged with ease, then countering by using his chillokinesis techniques and hurling numerous ice balls and firing numerous ice balls the Birdo’s way. To block this the Birdo fired further flame balls at the ice balls hoping to melt them only for them to get the opposite effect and for the fire balls to be solidified in ice and land on the ground. Mosaic used this as a chance to pluck the ice blocks off the ground and hurl them at Birdo, which they hurl 3 consecutive blocks at them, dazing them.

Mosaic then looked around at the other fighting going on, seeing that Hoops, Rosy and Berry had just defeated a snifit and didn’t have any baddies left that they were dealing with. He then saw what Glow and Beryl were doing and saw that Glow had grabbed a snifit with his tail. Which he saw he then switched his grip on them over to his mouth and spun them around and hurled them at a wall, knocking them out.

“Well, it looks like you guys are losing” Mosaic began to inform the Birdo. “What do you say? You want to let us through while you guys leave?” Mosaic then himself offered.

It didn’t take long for the Birdo to make a choice given their condition. “Know what...sure, you win…” The Birdo said. “8-bits! We’re off duty! Retreat!” The Birdo announced to the other 8-bits, then quickly running to the vase leading out of the ravine with the rest of the 8-bits quickly following their lead as well.

The six then regrouped in a circle in front of the pyramid once the 8-bits had left.

“See Glow? That wasn’t so bad.” Hoops apprised.

“Well, i guesssssss sssssssso.” Glow replied.

“I guess you could say they...chickened out?” Beryl said, trying to make another pun.

“But Birdos aren’t chickens…” Mosaic said.

“Ehh, but their still bird creatures of some kind.” Beryl said in an attempt to justify their pun.

“I guess so.” Mosaic just answered. “Now, with them gone, what are we waiting for? Let’s explore this place!” Mosaic then proclaimed.

which the others gave a “Right!” in agreement.

Afterwards, the group all at once made their way into the ancient secluding, eager to see what it had to offer.

VI: Puzzling, Isn't It?

The inside of the pyramid looked how a pyramid generally would. The walls were tanish brown and looked as if a bunch of building blocks were stacked atop one another, sort of like a brick wall’s bricks. There were along with this many pillars of the same color as the walls that lined the corridors of the pyramid, seeming to be something that keep the structure standing. The floor, though it had quite a bit of sand, there were also a few spots that instead had golden brown flooring made of stone or a similar material. And along with this there was inconceivable writing all over the walls, as if it was written in some ancient language of sorts.

“Hard to see with it so dark” Hoops stated.

The group however was in luck, as Glow could see well even in the dark. “No need to worry Hoopssssss, with my night vissssion, i’ll try to find a light ssssssource the resssssst of you guyssssss can ussssse.” Glow told Hoops.

“Yeah, that’ll help out alot.” Hoops replied.

Glow looked around for a short while and eventually found on the wall a wooden rod that had a flammable looking tip. “Hey, i think i found a torch.” Glow told the others.

“That’s great Glow! Could you point where it is?” Mosaic asked.

“Right here.” Glow answered, using his tail to pinpoint where it is. Mosaic picked up the torch but realized something about it.

“Wait, this torch isn’t lit.” Mosaic stated.

“Glow, think you can help us out?” Mosaic then asked.

“Oh ssssure thing Mosssssaic.” Glow answered, then breathing in and exhaling fire onto the torch, which lighted it successfully.

“Glow, you accidently hit me too.” Mosaic annoyingly said, coughing a bunch between words.

“Oh...ssssssorry about that.” Glow remorsefully said. Despite not responding, Mosaic acknowledged them and accepted their apology.

Not to much time later, as the group continued to explore the pyramid, they eventually passed by a panel on one of the walls, which Hoops noticed.

“Hey, what’s this?” Hoops said, thinking aloud.

“Oh, Hoops, what is it?” Mosaic asked, then turning back around along with the rest of the group to see what they were looking at.

“It seems to lead deeper into the pyramid from the looks of it.” Beryl said.

“What makessss you sssssso ssssssure?” Glow asked. “I don’t know, just a feeling.” Beryl replied.

“We should try to open it.” Rosy suggested. “That’s a good start.” Mosaic said in agreement.

The group then proceeded to try to open it, starting with pushing it aside, but to no avail.

“Maybe there’sssss a sssswitch or sssssomething we’re ssssssupposed to pressssssss.” Glow hypothesized. Because of Glow’s speculation, the group looked around the room a bit, but found nothing.

“I don’t see a switch anywhere in here.” Beryl said.

“Any other ideas?” Mosaic asked the others.

“Maybe we’re supposed to break down the door.” Hoops somewhat sarcastically suggested.

“Actually, let’sssss not okay?” Glow said, against Hoops’ idea.

“Once again, i’m just joking.” Hoops replied.

“Well i’m honestly stumped at this point.” Mosaic declared.

“Me too.” Hoops said.

Berry gave a me three in their language.

“Me fourth?” Beryl said, assuming Berry’s words.

“And know what? Me fifth.” Glow joined in.

Rosy then thought a bit, and says “Before i say me sixth, let me take another look at the panel.” Rosy says.

“Oh, go ahead Rosy.” Mosaic told them.

Rosy then went over to the panel and thought to themself. “It’s all i can think of at this point, but it won’t hurt to check if there’s one here.” Rosy looked over the panel again, and found just what they were looking for towards the bottom of the panel, a keyhole. “Hey guys, take a look at what i found!” Rosy shouted to the others. After hearing her, the others rushed over to see what they were talking about it.

“Well would you look at that, it’s a keyhole!” Mosaic stated.

“I guess you could say...Rosy found the KEY to the puzzle, am i right?” said Beryl.

“Good one Beryl.” Glow said, acknowledging Beryl’s pun.

“Back on topic, i believe that this implies that there’s a key hidden somewhere in this pyramid and we’ll need to use it to get the panel to slide aside so we can get through.” Mosaic then explained to the group.

“Thinking about it, wouldn’t it help out if we split up to look for it?” Hoops said, making a suggestion.

“That’s not a bad idea.” Mosaic replied in agreement. “I think the best thing to do here so that no one’s alone but we’re covering as much ground as possible is for us to split up into pairs.” Mosaic continued.

VII: Scavenger Hunt

“Beryl, you and Berry search together.” Mosaic assigned. “I’ll search the pyramid with Rosy.” Mosaic continued. “And Hoops, you look for the key with Glow.” Mosaic told Hoops. “Now, is everyone okay with this?” Mosaic then asked everyone.

“I’d say so.” Beryl said giving their input.

“This works pretty well” Hoops then answered.

Berry then replied yes in their language.

“You bet!” Rosy answered.

“I don’t ssssee why we wouldn’t be.” Glow inputted.

“Actually, i’ve thought of a reason why we wouldn’t.” Beryl said. “Mosaic, how are me and Berry supposed to see with it so dark? You’re the only one with a torch.” Beryl pointed out.

“I actually didn’t think of that.” Mosaic stated. “Glow, do you see anymore unlit torches?” Mosaic asked Glow.

“I’ll look and see if i find any.” Glow replied, then looking around a bit.

As he looked, Hoops made a sarcastic statement. “If we don’t find another torch, maybe we could have Glow light Beryl on fire so they can see.” Hoops said.

“Umm, how about no? You don’t want to see me maroon right now do you?” Beryl replied. “

I didn’t mean it…” Hoops nervously said.

“Ah, i found one!” Glow stated a bit muffled, coming back with an unlit torch in his mouth. “Now all i gotta do issssss light it and we’re good to go!” Glow proclaims. After lighting it, he hands it to Berry, telling him to be careful with it.

Berry nods and quick makes his way over to Beryl.

After everyone got into their respective pairs, Mosaic says “Alright everyone, now let’s go scavenger hunting! Yeah!” Then running through a corridor in the pyramid with Rosy only to trip and fall down a flight of stairs. “I’m okay…” Mosaic then stated.

“Well, Berry, the sooner we get this done, the sooner we can open the door. So let's get hunting!” Beryl says to Berry.

Berry then speaks a word in their language, though they don’t understand them, Beryl assumes he agreed and letting Berry stand on his head, goes down a different corridor from Mosaic and Rosy.

Hoops looked around for a different route to use from the two of them, and eventually noticed a chain dangling from the ceiling that seemed to lead down another path.

“So...Glow, how about we go up there?” Hoops suggests.

“Lookssss like a good place to look sssssso i’d say we should go for it.” Glow answered Hoops.

Which the two then proceed to then make their way to the chain and climb up it, Hoops with his multiple limbs, and Glow by circling his body around it to wind up it.

Meanwhile, after a bit of time had passed at this point, Berry was once again still standing on top of Beryl, holding the torch in the air to get a better view of the ruins and a lead on the key’s location, unable to find anything.

“Huh, i don’t see the key anywhere.” Beryl stated. “Any ideas?” they then asked Berry.

Berry just shook his head.

“Also Berry, be sure that your careful with that torch, we wouldn’t want me or you to get burned alright?”.

Which Berry understood and was sure to remember.

After examining the room a bit more, Beryl eventually took notice of a ledge high up that seemed to lead to another part of the pyramid.

“Hey Berry, think you could do me a favor?” Beryl asked, waiting for Berry to give a response. Once Berry acknowledged him, Beryl proceeded to ask him. “You think you go to that higher up ledge over there and see if you find the key up there?” they asked. “It’s too high for me to reach my self which is why i’d like you to do that if you can while i continue to look down here.” Beryl continued explaining.

Berry gave a response that Beryl interpreted as him agreeing.

Which after doing so thanked him for agreeing and moved jumping distance of the ledge so Berry could reach it.

In a different part of the pyramid, Mosaic and Rosy hunted for the key, looking in each nook and cranny to see if they can track it down. As they did so, Rosy eventually brought up something important to Mosaic.

“Mosaic, i realized something.” Rosy started.

“What is that Rosy?” Mosaic responded.

“The scenery of these ruins look very similar. And with how similar everything looks in here, couldn’t we easily get lost in here?” Rosy explained.

“We could now that i think about it…” Mosaic answered.

“Do you have something we could use as a trail marker? Rosy asked.

“Actually, it’s funny that you asked, because i actually do.” Mosaic replied, then digging into his pocket and pulling out a blue marker.

“You were just keeping that on your person?” Rosy asked, surprised to see that he had it with him.

“Yeah, i keep stuff to draw or write with on me alot.” Mosaic explained.

“Hey, that’s really handy.” Rosy replied.

“It is.” Mosaic responded. “Anyway, my idea is that we write a mark on the wall to and to make each one look different so that we know where we’ve been.” Mosaic then explained.

“Why do i feel like Beryl would have used that as a chance to make a pun if he was here right now?” Rosy said. “But yeah, that’s a good idea.” Rosy then said, getting back on topic.

“Alright, we’ll just draw an X here.” Mosaic said, then doing just as they said they would. “And there we go. Now, back to hunting!” Mosaic then said, then going down a corridor they presumed to not have explored yet.

At a corner of one of the corridors, Mosaic and Rosy took notice of the wall. It looked as if there was a large crack on it.

“Wow, look at that wall.” Mosaic started. “It could let over with ease if we had something with enough force.” Mosaic then said.

Rosy looked around and saw some red grass sticking out the ground, and under this...the top of something purple and round. “Hey, we could use those bombs to see what’s behind that wall.” Rosy said, pointing at the bombs.

“Then what are we waiting for? Let’s go!” Mosaic said, then beginning to go over to the bombs.

“Wait Mosaic, i’m not sure yet.” Rosy said, stopping Mosaic in his tracks.

“Oh you weren’t? What’s the reason?” Mosaic questioned.

“Well...i’m not sure if we should blow up because it could alarm the others.” Rosy explained.

“That is sort of true, maybe we should discuss this a bit more.” Mosaic realized.

As they discussed however, they hadn’t realized, but a mysterious figure in the darkness had been watching them from afar. They ran off after a bit for some unknown reason.

“So basically, i don’t believe blowing up the bombs will be a problem since we can just tell them later on what the explosion was if they ask.” Mosaic explained to Rosy.

“I suppose we can do that.” She responded.

“Alright, now let’s blast this barricade!” Mosaic stated, then, along with Rosy, preparing some bombs to hurl at the wall.

Meanwhile, Hoops and Glow searched for the key, with Glow leading the way thanks to his night vision.

As they continued to search, Hoops asked a question. “So Glow, i have a question, how does your vision look when your seeing in the dark?”.

“Oh, why do you assssssk?” Glow replied.

“Just wanted to check that it’s more reliable than using a torch.” Hoops explained.

Glow then started to explain. “Well bassssically, the way that i sssssee isssss-”, however as he was talking, mid sentence, they suddenly heard a loud explosion come from elsewhere in the pyramid.

“What was that?” Hoops stated.

“It sssssssounds like it wassssss an explosssssion.” Glow replied, then continuing. “But i don’t think we ssssshould worry about it sssssince it ssssssounded like it came from sssssomewhere-”.

“No! But we should. Considering how that explosion sounded, it could very well cause the pyramid to cave in and we’ll all be trapped in here! Or worse…” Hoops said loudly, to signify they were being serious.

“Wow, Hoopsssss, your right, i guessssss we ssssshould proceed with caution from here on out.” Glow responded.

After the two explored the pyramid for a while longer, they eventually came across a large golden brown double door on of the walls, with a torch on either side.

“Hey, it’s one of large doors.” Hoops said.

“Hey, i’ve ssssseen doorsssss like thissssss too, i feel like thisssss isssss a good ssssign that we’re get warmer on the key’ssssss location.” Glow added.

“To be honest, i agree, we should check this room out.” Hoops responded. Agreeing that it’s a good lead on the key’s location, the two entered through the doors of the room.

And right they were, across the room they indeed saw a shiny gold object, this object being the key they were looking for.

“Hey, there’s the key!” Hoops exclaimed.

Glow thought it was great that they found the key as well, however noticed a worrying detail. He noticed several masks on the wall, each of them looked the same. They were round, dual-golden colored and had a creepy smile of sorts on their face. These were phantos. Glow doesn’t mention it to Hoops as he presumed that he remembered as they went over to the key altar.

“Well, you’ve caused us enough trouble, but it ends now!” Hoops said to the key, about to snatch it negligently off the altar, when Glow stops him.

“Hoopssssss, we really sssshouldn’t jusssssst ssssnatch the key off.” Glow told him.

“Why not?” Hoops asked, a bit annoyed.

“We’ve been in pyramidsssssss like thissssss before, and you realize keyssss like thissss are alwayssss guarded by phantossss right?” Glow explained.

“I’m sorry but umm, what are phantos again?” Hoops asked.

“Bassssssically, throughout ssssubcon, unlike the musssshroom kingdom, keysssss are commonly guarded by phantossssss, and if we removed the key, they’ll go after ussssss.” Glow answered.

“So they're basically key guardians?” Hoops asked.

“I guesssss you could ssssay that.” Glow replied.

“Well, if they bother us, we can just beat up them.” Hoops said, snatching the key off the altar.

“Wait, Hoopssss! It’sssss not that sssssimple!” Glow said in an attempt to stop him, however, it being too late at this point, one of the phantos’ eyes glowed red and then removed themself from the wall and looked at Glow and Hoops. “Run!” Glow said, then rushing quickly out of the room along with Hoops, holding the key overhead.

“Umm, don’t you mean slide since don’t have any legs?” Hoops said as they ran.

“You know what i mean!” Glow responded as they continued.

Meanwhile, Mosaic and Rosy had gotten back out of the wall they just blew up.

“It’s funny that we found an ice flower back there isn’t?” Rosy stated.

“It is kinda funny.” Mosaic replied. “But it’ll really help us out if we run into any 8-bits in here.” Mosaic pointed out.

“Considering we still haven’t found the key yet, do you think we should retrace our steps so that we can regroup?” Rosy then asked.

“To be honest, i was thinking the same thing.” Mosaic replied.

Mosaic and Rosy after retracing their steps a bit, noticed Beryl and Berry. The latter just as they were looking get on the former’s head so that they could get down.

“So, did you find anything?” Beryl asked them.

Which Berry responded in their language to have not and only finding a dead end.

“Based on the look on your face, i’m guessing you didn’t?” Beryl then asked, in which Berry nodded. “Hey, that’s fine, maybe the others found it.” Beryl said to help Berry not feel so bad.

“Hey Beryl! Did you guys find the key?” Mosaic yelled and asked.

“Wow that’s what i going to ask you guys.” Beryl replied.

“Wait, so you guys didn’t either?” Mosaic asked.

“Unfortunately, no.” Beryl replied.

“Oof, that leaves Hoops and Glow then.” Mosaic responded.

“Yeah, it would be good to find the two of them as maybe they found the-” Rosy said, only to be interrupted.

Hoops and Glow suddenly come rushing into the room their in, out of breath.

“Or...they’ll find us?” Rosy said.

“Glow! Hoops! It’s surprising you two are here but, why are you hyperventilating?” Beryl asked. “Just because this place has no air vents doesn’t mean you need to...hyperventilate.” Beryl said, making another pun.

“Also Glow, did you and Hoops by any chance find a key?” Mosaic asked the two.

“Firssssst off, yesssss we found a key.” Glow answered Mosaic.

“Really? That’s great-” Mosaic began to say.

“Sssssecond off, i’m not hyperventilating, the reassssssson i’m panting sssssso hard issssss that when me and Hoopssssss got the key, a phanto ssssstarted chasssssing ussssss.” Glow continued explaining. “And we need to find where the key sssssslot wassssss quickly sssssso we can get rid of the Phanto!” Glow continues to inform.

“But how would we-” Rosy was about to question.

“I don’t have the time to explain, we need to flee them!” Glow interruptingly explains, then going the direction he believes the key hole was and signaling everyone follows his lead, which they do. After running a bit, Glow threw the key out his mouth. “Mossssssaic! Catch!” Glow shouts.

Mosaic manages to catch it successfully but then asks “Wait, why do i have it?”.

“Bassssically, the Phanto only chasssesssss whoever’ssssss holding the key, sssssssso by usssss passssssing it around like we are, it’ll help usssss to hold onto it.” Glow frantically explained.

“That’s actually a good idea.” Mosaic replied. “In that case, Berry! Catch the key!”.

He then stated, tossing the key over to the baby dino, whom caught it with his tongue and held it in his mouth after having held it for a bit, they then spat it out to Hoops, whom caught it with ease. The group continued to outwit the Phanto with this strategy until they eventually found their way to the keyhole and inserted the key inside, which caused the panel to slide right over and open the way to the room, which the group then proceeded to quickly rush inside. After doing so, the Phanto seemed to have mysteriously vanished.

Upon their realization that the Phanto was no longer chasing them, the group took a moment to catch their breath. “Phew, it’ssssss a good thing you guyssss followed my directionssssss and asssked quessssstions later, otherwisssssse that wouldn’t have turned out ssssso good.” Glow said.

“So, you’re going to explain to us why you hustled us without explanation and knew that the Phanto would disappear?” Hoops asked.

“Yeah, sssssso bassssically, i’ve heard rumorssss that for ssssome odd reassson, phantossssss ssssseem to disssssappear when you insert a key their guarding into a door.” Glow educated the group.

“Does anyone know where they go after they vanish?” Rosy asked.

“That’s something to wonder. and along with that, why do they vanish?” Mosaic then added.

“To be honessssst, no one’s really sssssure why either of thosssse thingsssssss happen, but it’sssss definitely sssssomething to wonder.” Glow answered, responding to both of them.

The Mosaic group found this interesting, but Beryl seemed to have his attention elsewhere.

“ might want to pipe down a bit.” Beryl said quietly.

“Wait a minute, why is-” Mosaic started to ask.

“Ssssh!” Beryl said. “If you want to know why, why don’t you guys come take a look?” Beryl suggested to the others.

The rest of the group comes to take a look at what Beryl is looking at, and see a mysterious figure in the darkness, that unbeknownst to them, was the same one spying on Mosaic and Rosy earlier, they saw that the figure was a tweeter. And they were talking to someone much bigger than them. This someone was limbless and scaly, like cobrats generally wore. Except that they had other notable features. They were blue scaled and had an underside shaded tan. Their more notably biology came from however from the fact that they had not one, not two, but three different heads. The group recognized the creature as Tryclyde.

“Sir, it seems like we’re not alone in this pyramid.” The tweeter began to explain to Tryclyde.

“Oh? Isssss that sssso?” Tryclyde replied.

“I was looking around earlier, and saw two individuals here, that i’m pretty certain aren’t supposed to be in here.” They continued.

As the group spied on this conversation, Berry seemed to display fearfulness and went cuddled next to Rosy for comfort.

“Your scared of them huh?” Rosy asked.

In which Berry responded in his language that he is.

“Well it’s okay, you have nothing to worry about, not with me here.” Rosy encouraged Berry. Rosy then noticed something about Hoops. She noticed he seemed to be shivering. “Hoops, you seem to be shivering for some reason.” Rosy mentioned.

“I’m not shivering! Your shivering!” Hoops said defensively.

“No need to hide it Hoops, your scared of Tryclyde as well, you and i both know that.” Rosy replied, knowing he’s trying to deny his true feelings.

“I hate it when Rosy’s right…” Hoops said to themself quietly. Sighing, Hoops then says “Y-You’re right, i am s-sorta scared of them.” Hoops admitted.

“Well, did you need a bit of comfort?” Rosy offered.

“Naw, i’ll get comfort from Mosaic thank you.” Hoops replied, shooting down their offer, then skittering over to Mosaic and climbing up to his shoulder for safety.

“Anyway, we should discuss what we’re going to do about them.” Mosaic says.

“Well, our main objective here isssss mainly to get them out of the way, so…” Glow started, before being interrupted by Beryl.

“Guys! We really need to stop being this loud, because…”.

“What wasssss that?” Tryclyde says, hearing the noise, then looking around suspiciously along with the tweeter.

At this point, the group had realized the noise they were making and had hidden behind a wall and tried to be as silent as they could.

“Ehh, it wassssss probably nothing.” Tryclyde said. “The ssssliding panel isssss locked, sssso whoever thosssse guyssss you ssssssaw in here were probably couldn’t get in.” Tryclyde then mentions.

Just as their about to go back about their business and forget about the noise, Berry couldn’t hold it in and let out a sneeze, alarming them.

“Ahaa! Ssssso there issssss sssssomeone here.” Tryclyde says. “Why don’t you guysssss come out and ssshow your sssselvessss? We know you’re there.” Tryclyde then continued.

Realizing there was no point in doing otherwise, the group came out of their hiding. “Wait a minute…” Tryclyde stated. “I know who you are, your the Mosssssaic Group.” Tryclyde continued, sounding mad. “And with you are a pokey, and…” Tryclyde continued, seeming to then pause mid sentence and give Glow a peculiar look.

They don’t pause for too long however as they then continue. “And a cobrat with you as well”.

“Hey, we have names you know, i’m Beryl and this is Glow.” Beryl said. “

Oh...hey, but umm, why are we introducing ourssssselvesssss?” Glow asked Beryl.

“Not actually too sure to be honest.” Beryl responded.

VIII: Brawl Beneath

“Well alright then, Beryl and...Glow.” Tryclyde continued. “We don’t need you two and the Mosssaic Group meddling in our affairsssss.” Tryclyde continued. “Now spy.” Tryclyde said to the tweeter.

“Yes sir?” The tweeter asked.

“Let’ssss have backup help usssss out with dissssposing of thessse meddlers.” Tryclyde tells them.

“Right…” The Tweeter replies.

“Back up?” Hoops states.

“And what would this backup be?” Mosaic then asks.

“Thisssss back up right here.” Tryclyde says, pointing to another part of the room, where they see a pair of cobrats; one red and one blue; and a pair of snifits also one red and one blue.

“So it looks like we are fighting…” Hoops says.

“Now, 8-bitsssss, attack!” Tryclyde orders, in which the 8-bits obey and run in the group’s direction.

With quick thinking, Mosaic quickly tells each of the group who to deal with. “Beryl and Berry! You guys deal with the snifits!” “Hoops! Rosy! You guys deal with the cobrats!” “I’ll deal with the tweeter, and Glow, you deal with Tryclyde.”

“Umm Mossssaic, think you can sssswitch that around?” Glow asks.

Mosaic is puzzled at Glow asking this, but doesn’t mind. “I guess we can do that.” Mosaic says.

“Thanksssss.” Glow responds.

Mosaic is also confused by this statement as well, but realizes there’s no time to think about it and needs to deal with Tryclyde, who shoots some fireballs his way but he quickly dodges and prepares to counter with a ice fused punch.

Hoops and Rosy, despite the former’s issues, worked together to outwit the cobrats. As they dodged the two cobrat’s attempts to lunge at them, Rosy took this as a chance to ram into the red one with their spin technique, knocking them down momentarily, but them quickly recovering.

Hoops on the other hand decided on trying to confuse the blue one with their speed by running rapid circles around them, giving them a hard time keeping up, allowing Hoops to tackle them, flooring them for a short bit. While they were lying on the ground, Hoops took this as a chance to lift them up from the center of their body, twirl them around and hurl them at the red one once again knocking them and the blue one down just as they got up. With difficulty, the blue one recovered and shot Hoops with a fireball, which hit and knocked him on the ground. The cobrat then prepared another fireball, intending to inflict further harm, however before their fireball could hit Hoops, Rosy intercepted the fireball by hurling an ice ball at it, which froze the fireball solid. This allowed Hoops to make a recovery, then tossing the ice block back at the cobrat, knocking them down once more.

Berry and Beryl on the other hand were having a bit of difficulty with the snifits, multiple times, they only barely avoided the bullets they fired at them, and didn’t have too many chances to fight back, in which Berry realized they needed to find something to use. Berry noticed after checking the room a bit that there were mushroom blocks present. After dodging a few more bullets, Berry lifted one of the mushroom blocks above their head with difficulty, due to them being one of the weakest in the group, and strenuously hurled it at the blue snifit, knocking them down.

Beryl on the other hand was trying to get into close range of the snifit so that they could headbutt them, but found that it was too risky. So instead, they spun their body rapidly and fired their thorns at the snifit, these thorns however flew all over the room, hitting not just the snifit, but the two cobrats and tweeter as well.

The tweeter had been contending with Glow, clearly having the short end of the stick in part mainly due to both Glow’s superior size as well as firepower, it seemed to be a rather one sided fight for the most part, especially with them having now been pinned by several of Beryl’s thorns.

“Sir, a little help?” The tweeter asked Tryclyde.

Tryclyde was busy fighting Mosaic, he earlier had dodged his ice infused punch, and their fight had generally been a fire versus ice confrontation, anytime Tryclyde tried to hit Mosaic with fireballs, Mosaic would block them with ice balls, causing them to either freeze or disintegrate simultaneously with the ice balls.

“I’m not helping you right now, we’re busssssy dealing with Mosssaic.” Tryclyde told them. “Asssssk for asssssssistance from one of the othersssss.” Tryclyde then proceeded to say afterwards.

The tweeter dodged a stream of fire from Glow and then looked upon the battle going on and realized; They were definitely losing here. The two cobrats had both been beaten down enough to the point that Hoops and Rosy were now helping out Beryl, Berry, and Mosaic with Tryclyde and the two snifits. And they then came to a realization at that point and told Tryclyde about it.

“Sir! We’re wasting our time dealing with these nuisances! We already got what we’re looking for!” The Tweeter shouts to Tryclyde.

“Hmm...thinking about it you make a good point.” Tryclyde responded to them. “Throw the magic potion with you at the wall.” Tryclyde then ordered.

After being told to do so, the tweeter pulled out a flask filled with an odd purple liquid, and hurled it at the wall, shattering the flask. Upon them doing this, a purple door, lined with a golden frame appeared. The Mosaic group along with Glow and Beryl stopped their fighting when they noticed this.

“8-bitsssss! Change of plansssss! Through the magic door!” Tryclyde said, then hustling over to the door, in which the cobrats, despite being beaten, the snifits, and tweeter followed.

“Their escaping! After them!” Hoops said, trying to chase after them with the rest of the group.

Before they could reach the door however, it was sealed shut and vanished.

“there they go...” Glow says.

“But hey we need to remember, with them gone, we can search this room now without a problem!” Beryl stated, turning a green shade before reverting brown again.

IX: Unboxing

The Mosaic group, Glow and Beryl began to examine the room to see if they could find anything that’s worthwhile within the room. After looking a while however, finding nothing.

“There’s nothing in here from what i’m seeing.” Mosaic states.

“Yeah, unfortunately it looks like we’re going to leave empty-handed.” Rosy adds.

Hoops then began to add his own feelings on it too. “Well this was a big waste of time, we come all this way, do all of this waiting for something interesting, and what do we end up with? Absolutely- Oow!” Hoops then said, booping his head against something. “What the heck did i just hit my head against?” Hoops says. The rest of the group makes their way over to where Hoops booped his head.

Mosaic realizes that the object that he hit his head on was shaped like a box, and along with that, had alot of dust all over it.

“This’s a chest.” Mosaic informs the group.

“A really dusssssty one too.” Glow adds.

“This thing looks as if it hasn’t been touched for years.” Beryl inputted, giving his opinion.

“I guess Tryclyde and the others missed it when they were looking around this room.” Mosaic hypothesizes.

“Well, i’m personally curious as to what could be inside, i say that we open it.” Hoops suggests.

“Are you sure about that Hoops?” Beryl asked, sounding a bit worried.

“What’s the problem with opening it?” Hoops questioned.

“W...Well it’s…” Beryl started, his body starting to become a shade of yellow. “I’ve heard myths about ancient treasures, one of those is that ancient treasure chests like this could have some evil spirit it in, and if it’s true...we’ll end up doing something like that!” Beryl explains.

Everyone is silent for a bit after hearing him say this, but eventually Glow speaks up.

“Beryl, that’sssss jussssst a myth though, i doubt there’ssss actually ssssssomething ssssealed insssside of here. I’m personally in favor of opening it.” he explains to Beryl.

“I...I suppose your right.” Beryl replied, starting to calm down a bit and revert to his normal brown color. “I suppose you guys can open it, being that it’s sorta hard for me to help out.” Beryl says.

“Alright, so me, Glow and Beryl say yes we open it, Mosaic, Berry, and Rosy. What do you guys say we do?” Hoops then continues.

Berry tells Hoops something in his language.

“Your not sure if we should because of Beryl’s superstition?” Hoops asked.

Which Berry responds is the reason.

“Berry, Glow just explained that that’s a myth, other than that, is there any reason you wouldn’t be in favor of opening it?” Hoops then asked.

Berry thought about it and then gave another answer in his language.

“Oh? So you would be otherwise?” Hoops replies.

“Well that makes four of us. What do you think we should do Mosaic and Rosy?” Hoops then asks.

“The only issue i really have is that the chest may be really dirty, but i guess i’ll let it slide...” Rosy says.

“Now that leaves Mosaic. What do you think?” Hoops asks them.

“Well, considering all you guys want to open it, i don’t see why not.” Mosaic answers Hoops.

“Well in that case-” Hoops stated, trying to push over the lid to open it, but finding he had a hard time. “Umm, could i get some help please?” Hoops asked.

“Sure thing Hoops” accepted Mosaic. “Berry, Rosy, Glow let's help him out.” Mosaic then told the others.

The five of them working together, they all strenuously pushed on it to get the lid off.

“Something kinda funny about you putting this much effort in, is that it gives you a chance to get your anger out” Beryl started to say.” a chance to...get things off your chest?” Beryl said, cracking another pun. “You get it-” Beryl started.

“Beryl sorry, but we’re...sorta get this moved, we don’t have time to hear it.” Rosy explained to Beryl.

“Oh, sorry about that.” Beryl said.

“Ugh, this isn’t working” Hoops mentions. “Every stop a sec.” Hoops tells the group. “Alright, on the count of three, all of us should give the chest lid a big shove, got it?” Hoops asked.

“Got it” the group replied.

“Alright, on the count of three. One...two...three...SHOVE!” Hoops yells, in which everyone shoves at the same time, finally removing the lid from the chest. “Woo! Great job everyone!” Hoops says to the group. “Now, to look and see what we found.” Hoops says.

Everyone gets in a circle around the chest and peers inside to see what they uncovered. Inside they had found...a round frame for something, the only thing inside this frame being a needle pointing south and several odd markings on it, that not much could be inducted from.

“Huh, so this is all that’s in here?” Mosaic said, holding the frame in his hand and looking at it.

“Apparently so…” Rosy says.

“It’s weird that this thing was sealed away like this.” Hoops stated.

X: Closure

Sometime later on, at this point the Mosaic Group, along with Glow and Beryl had made it out of the pyramid and had made their way back to Desert Land so that they could focus better.

“Ssssssso, isssss it a deal?” Glow asks Mosaic, as they had had a conversation about how to do things. “You guysss are going to sssssshow thissssss sssssstrange object you found to Team Sssssss.M.B.X to ssssssee what they have to ssssay about it while we ssssssspread the word on thissssss ancient pyramid that we found in the ravine?” Glow asked, wanting to check with him one last time.

“That’s the plan here.” Mosaic says.

“Well, it wasssss cool hanging out with you and your friendssss Mossssaic, i hope to sssssssssssee you sssssome othertime!” Glow then said, giving Mosaic and his friends a proper goodbye as he left with Beryl.

“Yeah, see ya another time Mosaic Group! Just be try to not...hang us out to dry if you know what i’m saying!” Beryl said, giving one last pun.

“Yeah, we’ll try not to do that. It was nice exploring with you guys too. See you another time.” Mosaic said. and as he, Hoops, Rosy and Berry made their way to the pipe back to Mushroom Plains, Hoops, Rosy, and even Berry each waved to them.

“And so with that, another quest came to the end for the Mosaic Group as they made their way back home to discuss with Team S.M.B.X what they found. What could this strange object mean? How will Team S.M.B.X feel about their discovery of this artifact? Where will their adventures lead them next? Find out next time on Mosaic Adventures!”

Next Time...Chapter 4: Mistakes Happen
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Chapter 4: Mistakes Happen
I: Artifact Speculation

“After arriving back home from their pyramid expedition, the Mosaic group had notified Team SMBX on what they found and asked them to meet as soon as they could, which they did so the next day, Team S.M.B.X gathered inside of the Mosaic Group’s house so that the bunch of them could have a discussion on the object they found.”

“ for starters, wherea did you guys finda this object?” Mario asked the Mosaic Group, pacing about the room with the object in his hand, gazing at it as he asked.

“We found it deep inside of a pyramid with Glow and Beryl, inside of some old, dusty chest.” Mosaic informed.

“Huh...that's interesting” Mario replied.

“So, was this all you guys found, or was there something else you had to show us?” Link asked.

“Oddly enough, nothing.” Rosy explained. “Trust me...we looked, but this is all that we found.” Rosy continued.

“Not to mention, it was just when we were about to leave empty handed too.” Hoops added.

“That’sa rather peculiar.” Mario commented.

Berry then added something in his language.

“What’s that Berry?” Hoops asked Berry.

Berry then repeats himself.

“Oh yeah, Berry remembered that while us, Beryl and Glow were there, in that room, we ran into some 8-bits...and Tryclyde.” Hoops translated for the others.

“You did?” Toad asked.

“Yep, and apparently they found something in there and took it before we got there, and escaped before we could figure out what it was.” Hoops explained.

“I wonder what they had found…” Peach commented.

“Well...whatever it was, I hope it a was nothing important.” Luigi added.

“Well, on a differenta note, I wanted to checka one morea time.” Mario began. “Do you guys have any idea on what this artifact is or where it’s from?” Mario asked the group.

“Well, we clearly didn’t, otherwise we wouldn’t have meet and talked about this.” Mosaic answered.

“Nope.” Toad answered.

“Not a clue.” Link inputted.

Luigi shook his head in response.

“Not really.” Peach responded.

“As I a expected, looks like it’ll be a good idea that we aska ‘him’.” Mario then tells the group.

“Him?” Link asked Mario.

“Yeaha, ‘him’.” Mario answered. “Bring some travel stuff along guys, we’re going on a trip.” Mario explained.

“Oh? Again?” Hoops said. “Where are we going?” he then asked.

Mario then walked over to the door and opened it.

“Follow my a lead to find out.” Mario said as he walked away.

The others shrugged at him suddenly doing this, but decided to not question it and instead to just follow his lead and see where he took them.

II: I'm a Professional!

A bit of time later, and the nine all ended up in a dark forest called The Stumping Woods. As far as could be seen the woods were plastered with trees, darkness and a grassy forest floor with several purple flowers and occasional ? and brick blocks here and there. Despite the forest not feeling like the safest environment, the group continued following Mario’s lead through the forest to see who the “Him” he was talking about was.

“So this person lives in this dank place?” Hoops asked.

“Mhmm.” Mario replied.

“I never liked this a forest, I hope we get therea quick.” Luigi retorted.

“Relax Luigi, we’ll be there soon.” Toad mentioned.

“Hopely this is worth the effort, considering we needed to take a warp pipe all the way at the colorful hills to get here.” Peach states.

“Being honest, I may come back here alone someday, this is actually my first time being here myself.” Link mentioned.

“Interesting, this is our first time coming to this forest too.” Mosaic stated.

“I’m sure you a guys have a lot of comments about this place, however, let’sa save those for later, we’re on a business trip right now.” Mario said.

Berry questioned what Mario meant by this, Hoops, understanding this responds.

“He basically means we have an objective we’re trying to fulfill.” Hoops replied.

Berry understands, and the group keeps moving.

Eventually the group made it to a large clearing, where they see a large building. The walls were dark gray, the roofing was dark blue, and the door brown, with pairs of windows on either side of what appears to be a laboratory of sorts.

“ this the building that the guy lives it?” Hoops asked.

“Well, it’s not that he livesa here. It is his secret laboratory after all. It’s more that he has to stay here for awhile while his other place is under renovations. Either way though, hopefully he’s in right now.” Mario explained.

Just before Mario knocked, Mosaic asked a question.

“Secret laboratory? Who’s in it exactly?” he asked.

“Oh a yeah, you, the rest of your group, and Link haven’t met him yet. His name is Prof. E Gadd.”

“Prof. E Gadd huh?” Mosaic commented. “Interesting name, wonder what he’s like.” he continued.

“Same...” Link replied.

“Well, whata you guys say we a find out?” Mario asked, then knocking on the door, and waiting for an answer.

“Oh! Hello there! Come on in, the doors’ open!” a voice inside said.

“Hey, that musta mean he’s in!” Mario said, then opening the door, signaling the others to follow with him.

When the group enters the lab, they see someone in the room, this someone looked rather short, wore a white lab coat, had a rounded, bald head minus the swirl of white hair sticking up, and had swirly glasses with a light blue tint on his eyes. This was the person Mario had been referring to, Prof. E Gadd to be exact.

“Mario! What brings you and your other friends here?” Prof. E Gadd questioned, then noticing Link and the Mosaic Group. “And hullabaloo! Who are these fellows with you?” E. Gadd then questioned.

“Oh, they’re umm…” Mario started to say. “Actually, how abouta you guys introduce yourselves?” Mario then asked.

“Sure thing, I'll start.” Link said, sticking out his hand to give him a handshake. “My name is Link. i’m the newest member of Team S.M.B.X,” Link states.

Rosy then goes next. “I’m Rosy! Nice to meet you E. Gadd!” Then shaking hands.

Berry introduces himself in his language, which Rosy translates for E. Gadd.

“Oh yeah, his name is Berry.” Rosy said.

Hoops then took this as a chance for his turn. “I’m Hoops! You can call me the quickest in the group!” Hoops boasted, then skittering around a bit to show off his agility.

Finally, Mosaic introduced himself. “And i’m Mosaic, I’m the leader of, as we call it, the Mosaic Group.” He said, then shaking hands with Prof. E. Gadd.

“I’m Prof. E. Gadd, an inventor who likes to study ghosts, heh.” E. Gadd introduced.
“Anyway, nice to meet all you youngsters.” Prof. E. Gadd then said.

“Youngsters?” Link said under his breath.

Berry said “G...Ghosts?” nervously in their language.

“What was it Berry?” E. Gadd questioned.

“Oh, it’s just that Berry heard you talking about ghosts when introducing yourself.” Rosy explained.

“Heh, so I guess Mario’s brother isn’t the only one scared of ghosts huh?” Prof. E. Gadd replied, in which Luigi reacted sorta nervously to him saying.

“Would seem so…” Hoops said. “But uh, how did you know that?” Hoops then asked.

“Me and Luigi, we go a while back, heh.” Prof E. Gadd responded.

“Oh you guys do?” Mosaic asked Luigi, looking his direction.
“Uh, related to this a mansion I won one time, but...i don’ta like to talk about it.” Luigi responded nervously.

“I believe he one time let us use his garage for one of our parties too.” Peach mentioned.

“Party in a garage?” Hoops asked in shock.

“Oh yeah, it was a lot bigger than your probably imaging.” Peach responded.

“Anyway, we’ve a chatted enough, I wanted to get to another subject.” Mario intervened. “So basically E. Gadd, we a wanted to show you this strange thing we a found, or more specifically, the a Mosaic Group found in some old pyramid.” Mario then explained, showing him the artifact and handing him it.

Prof. E. Gadd takes a look at the object and then gives an answer. “Hmm, I may be able to study this thing’s origin.”Prof. E. Gadd answered. “However, I'll need a few days to look into it, I'll notify you guys in a few days about any information I find on it.” He then explained.

“Honestly, I can live with that, take all the time you need professor.” Mosaic replied.

“Agreed.” Rosy then said.

“Eh...guess we can wait.” Hoops stated.

The others then gave their opinions as well, all saying that it can work in some form.

The group then all give E. Gadd their respective goodbyes as they made their way out of the laboratory and back the way they came to make their way home and enter the warp pipe they took to get there. When they got to the park, the Mosaic Group and Team S.M.B.X wanted to discuss a bit before they went their separate ways.

“You know, at this point i’d prefer to just call a day considering what we’ve done the last couple days.” Mosaic began.

“I agree.” Hoops said in response.

“That’s not a bad idea.” Peach replied.

“Knowa what? I can get behind the idea of that.” Mario inputted. “Presuming there are no attacks from Bowser or anothera one of those troublemakers out there.” Mario then continued.

“I like the sound of that...not worrying about anything for a bit.” Luigi said.

“Not much to say that hasn’t been said…” Link stated.

Rosy and Toad then gave agreement as well.

“Well with that, it’s time we went about our own business, bye you guys!” Mosaic said, waving as he left with the rest of the Mosaic Group.

“See you next time!” Mario responded, as he left along with Team S.M.B.X.

III: No Worries...Right?

“Mistakes happen, we all make them, regardless of what they are, most wind up a hindrance in one way or another. While some are only a minor hinderance, others have more unthankful outcomes. Today, we see someone make one of those exact kinds of mistakes.”

Faraway, in the deep, dark galaxy, a large ship of sorts existed. This ship had many different places on it, too numerous to truly count them. It was fueled up a special source of energy, star power. This place was known as the Comet Observatory.

This observatory was home to several different beings, most of them, rather numerous as well, being small star-like creatures that beared a raindrop shape and came in many different colors such as yellow, red, etc. These beings were known as Lumas.

The one who ruled over them came to the main deck. Her name was Rosalina.

“Mama! How are you today?” One of the Lumas asked.

“I’m doing fine.” Rosalina replied to them.

After then greeting the other Lumas, Rosalina then begins talking to herself about other matters.

“I’s the mushroom kingdom been?” Rosalina had begun to think to herself. “How has Mario and his special one been?” she continued. “Maybe I should check on them on this digital machine their friend had built for me recently.” Rosalina then thought. She then decided to head over to the machine she were referring to.

“Let’s see, we’ll check on what’s been happening the last couple days.” Rosalina said, then scrolling through several of the screens, then coming across a peculiar one, reading:

“The King of Koopas Strikes Again!

Just this morning, an air fleet, presumably piloted by the evil King Koopa, or Bowser, opened fire on Vibrant Park and attacked the civilians, then continued onward through Colorful Hills and Fluffy Heights, eventually making their way to Grassland. If it hadn’t been for the efforts of nine heroes, their names, Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, Link, Mosaic, Hoops, Rosy, and Berry, who knows what casthropic results would have taken place next?

- Reported, The Mushroom Kingdom Press”

“He’s still causing trouble even after all he’s already done?” Rosalina stated in distastefulness. “I think I know what an appropriate course of action here is.” Rosalina said, then making their way to the library room on the comet observatory and over to a desk with paper and pen, then picking up the pen so that they can write the letter to Bowser, which was written out as follows:

“Hello sir, there’s no need for me to say your name since you already know who you are, but I'll keep what I have to say short and simple. After the actions you committed the other day. I never want to see a person of...let’s just say your color, green, red and yellow ever again. Simply put, your actions have disgusted me beyond words, so it would do us both a favor if you never showed your face to me again.”

- Signed, Rosalina

After she had finished writing the letter, she had remembered something else as well.

“I wanted to send a letter to Mosaic as well, didn’t I?” Rosalina said to herself. “I should get to doing that as well.” She then thought.

After writing Mosaic’s letter, Rosalina got two envelopes to put the letters in, writing the addresses on both.

“Alright, now to just put on the area stamps and-” Rosalina began to say as she reached for them where she normally kept them, noticing they weren’t there. “Oh dear, it seems I left them somewhere else on the ship, I should go look for them.” Rosalina said to themself. Just as she was about to leave, a red Luma came flying into the room.

“Mama! What are you doing?” the Luma asked.

“Oh! Hey there Luma.” Rosalina said, patting the Luma in her arms. “I was just writing a couple of letters, but hadn’t realized that I forgot the stamp for the postage areas” Rosalina continued. “While i’m looking for those, do you think you can put the letters in the envelope for me?” Rosalina then asked.

“Sure mama!” The Luma replied.

“Thanks.” Rosalina responded, then letting go of the Luma to let them go about doing so.

The Luma went over to the table to go about putting the letters in the envelopes. And they had seen that each of the two letters were both next to an envelope right above them, which they presumed were the appropriate envelopes for the two letters, so they put the two letters in the respective ones.

“Greetings Luma. I’ve returned.” Rosalina said as she entered the room. “Unfortunately, I just ran out of stamps for delivering to dark land, and only have the ones for delivering to Mushroom Plains.” Rosalina explained. “So while I'll be able to send Mosaic his letter now, Bowser’s will need to wait until further notice, probably tomorrow.” Rosalina added.

Rosalina then stamped the one with Mosaic’s address it, not checking which letter was in it.

“Here Luma, now can you take this letter to one of those places they call office? So that this can be delivered?” Rosalina asked the Luma.

“I will mama!” The luma replied, flying off with the letter, in which Rosalina waved.

The Next Day...

IV: Heartbreak

At the Mosaic Group’s house, the Mosaic group had all been downstairs and Rosy and Berry were both about to leave out of the front door.

“See you two later! Have fun at the carnival!” Mosaic said, waving to the two of them.

“Bye!” Rosy said, with Berry waving.

As the two were about to leave Mosaic wanted to mention a couple more things so he got their attention again so he could tell them.

“Oh, what was it Mosaic?” Rosy asked.

“Also i’d like the two of you to stick together, mainly due to you guys’ age.” Mosaic explained to them. “If you run into any of Team S.M.B.X there, i’d say stay with them.” Mosaic continued, then opening the door for them.

“We’ll try to remember to do that.” Rosy replied. “Bye now!” She then said, as she left with Berry, for real this time around.

After the two had left and were out the door, Hoops began to talk with Mosaic.

“So the two of us are staying here while they head to the carnival, correct?” Hoops reasserted with Mosaic.

“Yeah, I figured this would work out since today isn’t the only day that the carnival is going to be up, so we probably can go on another day.” Mosaic explained.

“So we’re basically just going to kick back here today?” Hoops asked.

“That’s the plan. I, and I’m fairly certain, you have been pretty exhausted after what we’ve dealt with the last few days, so I feel that we’d need at least one to do that.” Mosaic answered. “So, what ideas did you have Hoops?” Mosaic then asked.

“Well one of the things I was thinking was that we could play something like Go Fish or Solo.” Hoops thought of.

“Don’t think I’d want to play that.” Mosaic replied.

“Hmm, maybe we could order pizza?” Hoops then suggested as well.

“Maybe we could.” Mosaic inputted. “Or we could also play video games.” Mosaic then put out as well.

“Hey...thinking about it...why not both pizza AND video games?” Hoops then suggested.

“Now your talking, let’s do that!” Mosaic agreed, then along with Hoops made his way over to the TV, but noticed the game console was nowhere to be found.

“Oh, I must have left it upstairs at some point.” Hoops mentioned. “I’ll go upstairs to find it.” Hoops then stated.

“While your doing that, I'll order the pizza.” Mosaic said.

After Hoops made their way up the stairs to their room, Mosaic went over to the phone and began to dial in a number, however, as he dialed it he heard a peculiar noise, which seemed to be the sound of the mailbox.

“Mail call!” The mail carrier shouted before leaving.
“Maybe before ordering the pizza, I should check the mail.” Mosaic thought to themself, putting down the phone and making their way out the door and to the mailbox, taking the letters out and heading back inside.

“Alright, now let’s see what’s arrived today.” Mosaic said to himself, then starting to look over the letters.

“Bills...Junk mail, more bills, more junk mail…” Mosaic said to himself as he skimmed through the letters, until he noticed a light blue envelope at the bottom of the pile. “Hey, it’s a letter addressed to this house…” Mosaic realized. “And based on the handwriting of the address, it’s from...Rosalina?” Mosaic continued, then proceeding to tear the envelope open, eager to see what’s inside. “’s a letter...what does it say?” Mosaic then continued.

Mosaic read over the letter to himself...and his eager expression transitioned to a heartbroken one as he read what it said…

Meanwhile, back at the comet observatory, Rosalina was now going to deliver her letter to Bowser, having had now gotten the appropriate stamp. “One last thing I need to check.” Rosalina said as she talked to herself. “Let’s look over that letter again to be sure I said everything I wanted to.” Rosalina continued, opening the envelope to look over the letter again.

However, when they took the letter out of the envelope and began looking over it, it seemed rather...positive and forgiving.

“Wait a second...why is this letter so...positive?” Rosalina began to wonder. Upon closer analyzing of the letter, she realized the reason for this. “Wait a minute...isn’t this the letter that I meant to send to Mosaic?” she realized.

“Mama! Is something wrong?” a red Luma came by and asked, being the same red Luma who put the letters in the envelopes for her the other day.

“Umm, Luma, do you remember how I asked you to put those letters in the envelopes for me yesterday?” Rosalina asked the Luma.

“Yeah Mama, I do…” The Luma replied, sounding a bit puzzled.

“Did you check what each of the envelopes said when I asked you to put the letters in before inserting them?” Rosalina asked them.

“Um, Mama, i’m sorry, but, I sorta put the letters into the envelopes in a hurry so I didn’t really get the chance to look at what they said...I’m sorry about that.” the Luma explained remorsefully.

Rosalina sighed, and then said “Try not to do it again, if I hadn’t checked this envelope, Bowser would have gotten Mosaic’s letter, and I don’t intend to send him it because…-” Rosalina began to explain, then cutting herself off mid-sentence because of the awful realization she came to. “Wait a minute...if Mosaic’s letter is in Bowser’s envelope, and you mixed up the letters, th...then that means…”

“Mama? What does it mean?” The Luma asked.

“It means that...Oh...Oh my...Mosaic probably...received Bowser’s letter instead…” Rosalina explained.

“Oh no! Is that bad?” the luma then asked.

“Very much so.” Rosalina answered. “Forget the hate letter for now, I need to get over to Mosaic as soon as I can with the right letter so I can explain what happened to him.” Rosalina realized.

“That’s terrible!” the Luma exclaimed. “Is there anything I can do to help?” The Luma then asked.

“There is, you can come with me along with another Luma to help me find Mosaic.” Rosalina explained to the Luma.

“Thanks mama! I’m on it.” The Luma replied, then flying to a different part of the comet observatory to find another Luma to assist themself and Rosalina.

V: Cheer Up

Back at the Mosaic Group’s house, Hoops was coming back down from the stairs.

“Hey Mosaic! I found the Wii U!” Hoops said aloud. “So now we can-” Hoops began to continue, before he noticed the saddened look on Mosaic’s face. “Hey Mosaic, what’s the matter?” Hoops asked him.

“Oh, nothing’s wrong Hoops…” Mosaic replied, still not sounding too good.

“Mosaic...i know you well, you look rather down, so i’m presuming there’s something your not telling me, which, assuming there is, there’s really no need to hide it.” Hoops explained.

Mosaic sighed, then started to explain the issue to him. “So basically, Rosalina sent me a letter just now and...well...just see it for yourself.” Mosaic explained, then handing the letter over to Hoops.

Hoops quietly reads over the letter to himself, and afterwards places it on the table next to the couch.

“So essentially, based on what this letter says, Rosalina broke up with you?” Hoops asked.

“That’s what I feel like it is based on what it says.” Mosaic explained.

“Well, i’m...sorry to hear that…” Hoops stated, feeling bad for Mosaic but also being unsure how to handle this specific thing.

“I didn’t think she was still that mad with me over that one time…” Mosaic said to himself.

“Huh? What thing are you talking about?” Hoops questioned, hearing Mosaic.

“So basically, around last week, me and Rosalina had a date of sorts on the comet observatory, you know, that large ship we visited one time that travels the cosmos according to them?” Mosaic began to explain, then asking Hoops the question.

“I do remember that place, but carry on?” Hoops replied.

“I had personally cooked dinner for the two of us, however when I came over with the tray of food, I made a horrible accident.” Mosaic continued.

“This accident being?” Hoops asked.

“Basically, I accidently tripped over something, and I ended up dropping it right on top of one of Rosalina’s lumas, and they were hurt really bad.” Mosaic explained.

“Oof, that doesn’t sound good.” Hoops responded.

“It wasn’t.” Mosaic stated.

“What happened after that?” Hoops then asked.

“She sorta seemed like she wanted me to leave in a hurry after I did that, and seemed to be pushing down her anger towards me.” Mosaic answered.

“I see…” Hoops replied.

“I can’t believe she’s still holding that against me considering that it was an accident.” Mosaic then remarked.

“That’s rather unfortunate, people hold grudges over petty stuff is the thing.” Hoops began to explain. “Like for example, remember that one time back when Mario didn’t really like me when me and you visited himself and Luigi’s house, and how I accidently broke a glass, which he got angry with me about, and due to me snapping back at him too wouldn’t let me into his house again for an entire month but eventually got over it?” Hoops then brought up.

“Y...You could be right…” Mosaic said, sounding even more saddened and starting to get teary eyed.

Hoops quickly noticed this, and climbed up into his lap in an attempt that he could comfort him.

Though Mosaic noticed Hoops’ concern, he didn’t make much note of it.

“Mosaic, I understand that breaking up, especially with someone who you loved is hard to deal with. But you need to remember, there’s plenty more cheep cheeps in the sea.” Hoops explained to Mosaic. “However, it’s alright that your feeling this way, I'll help you through it.” Hoops said to Mosaic, then clutching his arms around Mosaic’s torso, giving him a comforting hug.

Acknowledging that he’s right, Mosaic then puts his own arms around Hoops’ body.

“Hoops...i’m glad that your such a good friend to always be there for me and help me through hard things such as this...” Mosaic said.

“Of course I am Mosaic, what are friends for?” Hoops replied.

After the two good friends hugged for awhile longer, the two eventually released their grasp off of one another.

“Are you better now?” Hoops asked.

“A bit I guess…” Mosaic replied.

“That’s good, but I think you need a bit more cheering up.” Hoops stated. “How about some Mario Kart 8?” Hoops then asked.

“Eh, I don’t know if I’d want to stay home right now, I feel it’ll just remind me of the letter.” Mosaic explained.

“Hmm…then why don’t we head to the carnival like everyone else has?” Hoops then suggested. “Maybe they could help you out with how your feeling a bit more.” Hoops also added.

“That’s a good idea, we should do that.” Mosaic said. “Before we do that however, Hoops, do you want to bring your 3-D Glasses?” Mosaic then asked.

“Actually, I do, I heard that at a certain point of the carnival, their going to have a music presentation or concert of sorts there, and it’d be cool to see it in these things.” Hoops answered, then running back up the stairs to find them.

“But wait a minute...isn’t it already 3-D if it’s live action?” Mosaic thought to himself but decided not to question it too deeply.

Hoops then came back down the stairs, wearing his 3-D Glasses.

“Alright, I found them, now are you ready to go Mosaic?” Hoops asked.

“Of course, let's go.” Mosaic said, opening the door so that they could leave, and then closing it behind them once the two of them had gotten out.

Afterwards, the two take the same path they took to get to take the warp pipe to Desert Land yesterday, however at the fork in the road, they take the opposite direction as the one they took that day, to make their way up north to Sunbathed Plains, where the carnival was set up.

After traveling north for a bit, the two eventually made their way to the field, and saw a festive looking area surrounded by gates with an entrance in the front where the admission fee for carnival tickets was payed. This seemed to be the carnival, which it indeed was.

“Hey, we made it.” Hoops stated. “Now that we’re here, let’s starting by buying tickets at the entrance.” Hoops then said.

“That should be simple, especially considering there doesn’t seem to be a line right now.” Mosaic replied, then along with Hoops walking over to the booth at the entrance to check out tickets.

“Excuse me, we’d like to check out-” Mosaic began to say, however pausing when he saw who was running the ticket booth.

It was a Toad, this Toad’s clothes however were pink and had white spots, and on from outside of their hat two pink braids stuck out. He and Hoops recognized the person immediately.

“Toadette?” Mosaic asked.

“Mosaic?” the Toad, indeed being Toadette replied, then noticing Hoops with him as well. “And Hoops?” Toadette then said.

“Indeed it is Toadette, how have you been?” Hoops replied.

“It’s been nice, you two?” Toadette responded.

“I’ve been fine as well, Mosaic however…-” Hoops began to say.
“I’m not in the best mood, so i’m hoping going here will help help out a bit.” Mosaic, interrupting, explained.

“Oh, that’s a bummer, did you want to share why?” Toadette asked.

“I’d prefer to not right now to be honest.” Mosaic replied.

“I see.” Toadette responded.

“Anyway, I have a question.” Hoops said, changing the subject.

“What is it?” Toadette asked.

“Did you see Team S.M.B.X as well as Berry and Rosy purchase any tickets here earlier?” Hoops then asked.

“Well, I remember a purple baby yoshi and a pink porcopo coming here and purchasing a couple tickets if you were referring to them?” Toadette answered.

“I was.” Hoops replied. “And how about Team S.M.B.X?” Hoops asked next.

“I remember that they definitely did buy some tickets a bit earlier.” Toadette began to answer. “I even remember how Toad sounded when he ordered the tickets.” Toadette said, then clearing her throat to mimic them. ““We’d like five tickets please!”” Toadette quoted, mimicking Toad’s voice as well.

“Thank you for letting us know.” Mosaic responded. “Now we’d like to have two tickets ourselves please.” he then asked.

Toadette grabs two tickets for them and asks for admission. “That’ll be twenty coins a piece please.” Toadette requested, which Mosaic gave to her in exchange for the tickets. “Thank you, now have fun at the carnival!” Toadette said afterwards as Mosaic and Hoops entered the carnival, the two of whom waved at her as they went in.

VI: Festive Atmosphere

The two entered through the carnival gates and looked around, seeing that the atmosphere of the carnival seemed rather festive. All around, there were hundreds of people of different species. There were Yoshis, Toads, Koopas, and even a few goombas here and there. There were many colorful tents set up where people could go to play minigames for a shot at a prize, or purchase a yummy treat such as cotton candy with people lined up at most of them. There was a rollercoaster that seemed to go around nearly the entire area, a line for a game where the riders go on a minecart ride through a simulated cave, and a ginormous ferries wheel tall enough that it reached over the entire park. From the looks of things, there was many things to do at the carnival in general.

“Hey Mosaic, I realized something.” Hoops brought up.

“Oh, what is that Hoops?” Mosaic asked.

“It’s about the number of tickets that Team S.M.B.X bought according to Toadette that I find kinda odd.” Hoops answered.

“Huh? what about it?” Mosaic replied, somewhat puzzled.

“Well, it got me thinking about the other day when we played that minigame at the Toad’s house and I recall that Peach didn’t have to pay admission when we played it.” Hoops explained to Mosaic.

“Hmm? I don’t see where your going with this.” Mosaic responded.

“Think about it for a second…” Hoops told him.

Mosaic thought about it for a bit and thought of something. “Wait a moment, I think I see what your saying.” Mosaic then stated.

“Yeah, exactly.” Hoops answered. “Why would they buy five tickets if Peach didn’t need one?” Hoops speculated.

“That’s an interesting thing to wonder.” Mosaic replied. After a bit more thinking one of them realized an obvious answer. “It’s possible they have somebody else with them.” Mosaic then deducted.

“Huh...why didn’t I think of that, we’ll probably find out when we find them.” Hoops said. “Anyway, on a different note Mosaic, which ride do you want to go first?” Hoops transitioned to.

“To be honest, i’d rather find the others first before deciding that so that they could possibly help me out with how i’m feeling.” Mosaic answered.

“Ah, that’s probably a better idea.” Hoops replied.

The two looked around the park for awhile and eventually see a peculiar tent sent up in the distance for a game called “Target Blast”, where there is a medium sized line. However, even better, they saw that Team S.M.B.X, along with Rosy and Berry were waiting in the back of the line to play it.

“Hey, there they are!” Mosaic stated.

“Let’s go over to them!” Hoops then said, in which the two made their way over.

The two go to the back of the line along with the other seven and Mario turns around and notices them.

“Heya guys, look who’sa here!” Mario announced, getting the others’ attention and for them to turn around and see Mosaic and Hoops as well.

Along with them however, someone else with the group looked over as well. Mosaic and Hoops immediately recognized that this someone was a green Yoshi.

“I see that you brought Yoshi along with you guys.” Mosaic stated. “Well, Yoshi, how have you been lately?” Mosaic then asked, shaking hands with Yoshi.

“Yoshi!” Yoshi replied, speaking in their language.

“Yeah, how’ve you been Yoshi?” Hoops asked, reaching his hand out for a handshake too. As Yoshi reached however, Hoops pulled his hand away. “Sike! Just kidding, I’m not…” Hoops began to say. “Hey, I’m just kidding.” Hoops then said cutting himself off. “I’ll give you a real handshake now.” Hoops then said, sticking out his hand again, this time giving Yoshi a real one.

“Umm, why did you guys come? Rosy said that you two were staying home to relax.” Link questioned, puzzled of them being there.

“Well it’s because…” Hoops began to say. “Umm, you’re okay with me explaining it to them, right Mosaic?” Hoops then asked them.
“Sure thing Hoops.” Mosaic responded.

“Alright.” Hoops said. “So basically, Mosaic and I were going to play video games and order some pizza to go along with it.” Hoops began explaining. “And i’m guessing while I was looking for the Wii U, Mosaic had gotten the mail from outside. Correct?” Hoops explained, and then asked Mosaic.

“Yep.” Mosaic answered.

“And in the mail he had gotten a letter.” Hoops continued.

“A letter?!” Toad exclaimed.

“Whom was it from?” Peach asked.

“Patience, I was going to get to that.” Hoops responded.

“When I came down the stairs, Mosaic had already read it, and didn’t look like he was doing too well with it.” Hoops continued explaining. “Also, the letter was from Rosalina.” Hoops added.

“Rosalina!?” Mario exclaimed with shock.

“You a mean...that woman who we meet in space one time with all of little stars witha them?” Luigi asked.

“Yeah, that Rosalina.” Hoops continued. “Anyway, Mosaic showed me the letter, it was rather negative what was written on it, however I'll spare you the details unless Mosaic wanted to go into it later.”

“Alright then.” Link replied.

“So I helped him to get better, and we are.” Hoops finished.

“Huh, i’m sorry to hear that about Rosalina…” Link inputted. “Maybe some games at the carnival can cheer you up though.” he then said.

“Yeah, hopely it does help out, that is why we came here after all.” Hoops replied.

Meanwhile, Rosalina, via means of teleportation, had made their way to Mushroom Plains, and over to the neighborhood in which the Mosaic Group lived in, having knowledge of their place of residence, with his proper letter with her and two Lumas, one red and one yellow.

“Now that we’re here, hopely Mosaic will let me make it up to him.” Rosalina stated.

After looking around the neighborhood for awhile, Rosalina found their house via the house number and walked down the path up to the doorsteps and knocked.

“Hello? Mosaic? Are you in there? I wanted to talk.” Rosalina spoke through the door, however receiving no answer. “He’s not answering…” Rosalina thought to herself. “Maybe he doesn’t want to answer me?” Rosalina continued. “Luma, could you look into the windows and see if anyone’s in there?”

“Sure Mama!” The red Luma replied, then flying off around the house, looking to see if they saw anyone.

The Luma then flew back to Rosalina and explained to them. “Mama, I checked, and all of the lights appear to be turned off.” The Luma explained.

“So they are…” Rosalina said. “He must not be home.” Rosalina then said. “Let’s go look for him elsewhere.” Rosalina then said, leaving, with the Lumas following them.

Back at the carnival, the group had made their way to the front of the line for Target Blast, seeing that it was run by a Koopa, Mario walked up next to the booth and greeted the Koopa.

“Hello!” Mario said to the Koopa. “Coulda you explain to us how thisa game is a played?” Mario then asked.

“Sure thing.” the Koopa Troopa said. “The object of the game is to use this, of course, voluntary venus fire trap to smash as many targets as you can within the span of a minute.” The Koopa Troopa explained to them. “Red targets are worth one point, green ones are worth three and blue ones are worth five.”

“I a get it.” Mario replied, picking up the potted plant ready to take their turn before Peach intervened.

“Hey Mario, I realized that as Mosaic isn’t feeling too well, you wouldn’t mind letting him take his turn first correct?” Peach asked him.

“Oh...that’sa good idea Peach.” Mario replied. “Here you go Mosaic, you can a go first!” Mario told Mosaic, handing him the venus fly trap.

“Thank you Mario.” Mosaic replied, then raising the fire breathing plant and pointing towards the target area in anticipation of them coming into range.

Once the game started, many targets various in color began to slide into view from the sides of the gallery, in which Mosaic shot with consistency.

Once the game had ended, the Koopa Troopa added up Mosaic’s score.

“It seems that you earned a total of...ninety points!” The Koopa stated.

“Wow! Great job Mosaic!” Toad congratulated.

“That earns you a medium prize, which means you can feel free to pick anything from this shelf.” The Koopa troopa informed, pointing at the second to top shelf.

Mosaic looks over the prizes to decide which of the options he wants, seeing things such as plush fire flowers, stars and mushrooms, large lollipops, etc. eventually making a decision.

“Yeah um, I'll take the giant rainbow lollipop please.” Mosaic asked.

“Here you go!” The Koopa troopa said, handing it to Mosaic.

“Thank you.” Mosaic replied.

“Your welcome.” the koopa replied courteously.

Afterwards, each of the others took their turns in the order of Mario, Yoshi, Hoops, Peach, Berry, Rosy, Link, Luigi and Toad, each earning a different number of points and a different sized prize. Berry, Yoshi, Hoops, and Peach each earned over thirty points, earning them small prizes, which the four chose bubbles, a small lollipop, and small plush stars respectively. Luigi and Link both performed a bit better, both earning over eighty points, netting them each a medium prize, in which they got a large lollipop and lava lamp respectively. Toad and Rosy however were rather out of luck, due to earning less than thirty points each, they walked out of the game empty handed. Mario however had hit the jackpot, having had earned over one hundred points during the game, it netted him any prize from the top shelf, in which he choose a copy of the board game “Rainbow Road”. The group then left the tent and went over to the a different part of the carnival.

“Despite me not earning anything, playing that game was pretty fun.” Rosy stated. “But what to do now?” Rosy wondered.

“Whata else other than to have a gooda time?” Mario replied. “Race you guys to the a ferris wheel!” Mario said, then suddenly jumping on top of Yoshi. “Come on Yoshi! Let’s a go!” Mario said, then signaling Yoshi to start running towards it, nearly running others over several times from negligence.

“Mario! Watch where you’re going!” Peach shouted to Mario, in which he didn’t reply, but figuring he didn’t hear, just followed them to the ferris wheel along with the rest of the group.

After the group had ridden on the ferris wheel, they all went on to do multiple different activities while they were there such as ride on many fast paced rides, try good food and overall, have a good time.

VII: We Will Rock You!

Having had been at the carnival nearly all day, the sun was now starting to set. The group had just gotten off of the roller coaster and after doing so, Peach talked with Mosaic.

“So Mosaic, have you been having fun at the carnival today?” Peach asked Mosaic.

“Being honest here, no, I haven’t really.” Mosaic responded.

“Oh? Y...You haven’t?” Peach replied, sounding surprised.

“Yeah, for one, there was the ferris wheel, in which you guys didn’t listen to me when I said I didn’t want to ride it, considering you know how I am with heights.” Mosaic began to rant. “Second off, when we went in line for nearly an hour to get cotton candy, the machine broke as soon as we got to the front, wasting our time.” Mosaic continued. “Third, I felt like I nearly vomited when we rode on...what was it called? The gravitron?” Mosaic continued.

“You mean the spinning thing?” Rosy asked.

“Yeah, that thing.” Mosaic replied.

“And fourth, we just rode on the roller coaster, and I nearly had a heart attack from the speed that it was going and how high up we were.” Mosaic then said.

“I’m sorry to hear that Mosaic.” Peach responded, then continuing. “Well, maybe we can-”.

“May I have your attention please?” a voice suddenly ran out.

“Hey that sounds like it came from the loudspeaker.” Hoops stated.

“Yeah, and that voice sounded like...Toadette!” Toad added.

“Now that I have your attention, let’s start by saying, I’m sure you’ve all been having a good time at the carnival today, am I right?” Toadette said on the speaker.

“Well...not everyone…” Link responded to the speaker.

“But i’m sure a lot of y’all want to see something new right?” Toadette continues.

“Oh, whata is Toadette referring to?” Luigi questioned.

“Well, you’re all in for treat, because i’d like to announce that in ten minutes…” Toadette began to say, then stopping to build suspense. “We’ll be starting a concert with a live performance from our sponsor!” Toadette announced. “If you wish to attend it, head to the stage located in the center of carnival!” Toadette then informed.

Much of the crowd seemed excited to hear this, and began to make their way over to the stage where the sponsor would perform.

“Hey guys, I think we should watch the performance too!” Rosy tells the others.

“Soundsa good to me.” Mario inputted.

“Why not.” Hoops opinionated.

“Alright! Follow that crowd!” Rosy then said, pointing to the crowd and wanting the others to follow her lead.

Meanwhile, Rosalina with her Lumas had ended up making their way to Sunbathed Plains, still searching for Mosaic.

“Oh this is no good, we’ve been looking for Mosaic the entire day, and haven’t been able to find him anywhere.” Rosalina stated. “And i’m really tired now, I guess we have no choice but to-”

“Mama! Look at that!” one of the Lumas cried, turning her attention towards the carnival in the distance.

At the carnival, the group, along with the rest of the crowd that they followed waited near a stage set where the curtains were down for the concert to begin.

“Do you guys know who’s performing tonight?” Mosaic asked the others.

“Nope.” Toad replied.

“Not really.” Peach said.

“Not a clue.” Hoops inputted.

“Welp, guess we’ll just need to wait and find out then.” Mosaic then stated.

“Alright ladies and gentleshrooms, boys and girls! Beings of all species!” Toadette began to yell on the loudspeaker. “We are now beginning the concert with the live performance of our sponsor!” Toadette announced.

“Here it a comes...who’s it a going to be?” Mario said in anticipation.

“Give it up for...The Buzzies!” Toadette then finished. In which the crowd gave a loud cheer.

“The Buzzies? Who are they?” Mosaic questioned.

“Yeah, I haven’t really heard of them either.” Link inputted.

“Hey, I’ve actually heard of these guys.” Hoops mentioned. “I even know each of the stage names they go by, the lead singer I know is named Spinner, and his bandmates Wrecker, Scale and Smasher.” Hoops continued to give his knowledge on. “They’ve also made a lot of great songs such as I Have A Feeling, Resolution, and Fly Away.” Hoops continued to explain. “And all of those songs by them were actually pretty good, so I think that we can expect a good performance by them.” Hoops finished.

The curtains rose and the stage lights blared on. And onto the stage came “The Buzzies” as they were called, a band consisting fully of Buzzy Beetles. Buzzy Beetles in general were quadpred, stubby legged creatures who bore blue shells encasing the torso of their body, the exposed parts of which were tan or similar in color. Each member of the Buzzies however had something unique to their appearance. The drummer of the band, Wrecker, had a shell with a dark green shade, and they wore a wig in the shape of a mohawk. The guitarist, Smasher, has a shell that beared a purple color and they wore a droopy black wig. The keyboard player, Scale, had a blue color like most other Buzzy Beetles, and though they didn’t wear a wig, they wore a pair of star-shaped shades with a golden frame. And finally, the lead singer of the band, Spinner, had a shell that was as red as fire, and they wore a spiked wig on their head.

Spinner then grabs the microphone on the stage and prepares to say something.

“Tell me! People of the Mushroom Kingdom! How are you all doing tonight!?” Spinner shouted to the crowd, who cheered loudly in response. “Sounds like your doing great! Now, I have a question for you all, are you ready to hear the latest hit of our album!?” Spinner then asked the crowd, whom once again cheered. “Alright then! You want a show! We’ll give you one!” Spinner shouted, being meet with another cheer.
“I can’t hear you! Louder!” Spinner said, urging the audience to be louder, in which they were. “One more time! Louder!” Spinner yelled, the audience being louder than before.

After doing so, the smoke machine on the stage blew, and the band began to start playing their instruments.

“We like to call this song…One Misunderstanding.” Spinner told the audience as he prepared to sing it, then starting as the song began to play.

The audience speculated what the song was about as the performance continued, including Mosaic & Co. All of whom which eventually realized, they were singing about love, and a misunderstanding.

“It’s interesting that their singing about this specifically huh Hoops?” Mosaic mentioned.

“Indeed it is.” Hoops responded.

VIII: Resolution

As the concert continued, Rosalina had at this point checked into the carnival and was searching the carnival along with her Lumas for Mosaic.

“Mama, I don’t see him anywhere.” One of the Lumas said.

“I don’t see him either.” Rosalina replied.

After looking around a bit longer, they saw a large crowd gathered at the concert area.

“A large crowd...maybe he’s here.” Rosalina stated.

As the group continued to enjoy the live performance, a voice rang out.

“Excuse me, has anyone seen someone by the name of Mosaic around here?” Rosalina said aloud, however, though the audience hears them, it’s not enough that they hear her question. “Hey, do you mind having the performers stop for a moment so that I can speak?” Rosalina asked the audience, in which they understood, then yelling for the Buzzies to stop for a second. In which the Buzzies indeed do, to them and everyone else’s puzzling, and the audience’s silence.

“Huh? Is there a problem with the song?” Spinner asked the audience.

“I’d like to repeat my earlier question.” Rosalina said aloud. “Has anyone seen someone by the name of Mosaic around here?” Rosalina asked aloud.

“T...that voice...Rosalina?” Mosaic said to himself, recognizing her voice.

“I actually saw them around here!” Someone in the audience nearby said, pointing in the direction of Mosaic. A lot of the audience, being familiar with Mosaic as well, point him out too.

“I have something I need to tell them.” Rosalina added.

Upon this fact being revealed, the crowd made way for Rosalina so that she could make her way over to him.

“Rosalina? Why are you here and what did you want to tell me? Aren’t you still mad at me for what happened and send me a letter saying you never wanted to see me again?” Mosaic questioned Rosalina.

“About that letter Mosaic, I didn’t intend for you to get it and I accidently got the letters mixed up.” Rosalina explained.

“What? What do you mean?” Mosaic asked.

“Basically, I meant to send that letter to Bowser, but a mix up happened where I sent the letters in the wrong envelopes, or more specifically, one of my Lumas did.” Rosalina began to further explain. “The letter I meant for you to receive is in my hand, do you still care to read it?” Rosalina then asked, showing it to Mosaic.

Mosaic, though silent, agreed to opening it. As the audience watched this play out, Rosalina handed Mosaic the letter, in which he opened up and read aloud:

“Hello Mosaic, I just wanted to talk to you a bit about the other day, you don’t need to beat yourself up it, mistakes happen. I understand one of my Lumas got hurt, however, I understand as well that it was an accident, so I just wanted to let you know, you don’t need to worry about what happened that day, all is forgiven and I hope to see you again sometime.

Love, Rosalina”

“Wow...i’m glad to see that this was the case and it’s hard to believe this was all just a big misunderstanding.”

“Agreed.” the rest of the group said in unison.

Though acknowledging them, Rosalina wanted to ask someone else a question and turned towards the stage.

“Hey, Buzzies, aren’t you going to finish your song? Everyone’s waiting.” Rosalina told them.

“Oh yeah, of course we were mam.” Spinner, somewhat nervously said.

As the Buzzies resumsed, the crowd got back together, while Mosaic and Rosalina stood side to side to one another, holding hands as they enjoyed the rest of the performance.

“Once again, all things seemed to work out for everyone despite the mix-up. Even though mistakes happen, more often than not, they can be fixed. It is to be remembered however...some mistakes are a bigger hindrance than others…”

Next Time...Chapter 5: Shortage