Note: Um, hi! I found this story not long ago – I started it around the release of Luigi's Mansion, but I stopped writing not long after I started. So I decided to revive it. I did some editing, etc… the first five chapters are very short, but they get longer and more detailed after that. I hope you enjoy! R and R… rest and read!

p.s. I have no idea what the title stands for. I used to… but I'm guessing it has something to do with stars. Oh yea, I don't own ANY of these characters, yadda yadda yadda. And since I'm new with this, sorry if the format, etc, is confusing.

Ad Astra Per Aspera

Chapter 1

The Letter

"Morning, bro."

"Morning, Luigi."

Mario sat down at the kitchen table while Luigi passed a dish of fluffy pancakes over. The both of them were already dressed. Mario began piling strawberry-covered pancakes on his plate when the two brothers heard a knock at the door, which Luigi answered. A small turtle with wingers was hovering above the wooden porch. He was recognized as Mario's former partner, Parakarry.

"Good day to you, letter from the Princess," Parakarry said as he fished a small envelop from his bag and handed it to Luigi.

"Another letter duly delivered, a postman's work is never done."

Luigi thanked him, and the sky koopa flew off. Luigi sat down at the table, opened the creamy, white, envelop and took out the small pink letter printed neatly with calligraphy writing. He always wondered how the Princess could write such beautiful letters. Mario lost interest in his breakfast; he was eager to know what the letter said. Luigi cleared his throat and read aloud:

Dear Mario and Luigi, it started.

I just arrived yesterday and the Chancellor and my Grandma are pleased what I'm visiting. As you know, the annual Mushroom Festival has recently started, and I was wondering if you would like to attend. Please come to the castle as soon as possible. I'll be waiting.

Sincerely,

Princess Peach Toadstool

"What do you say, brother? Should we go?" asked Luigi, already knowing the answer.

"Oh, of course!" said Mario through a mouthful of pancakes and maple syrup. Luigi chuckled. Mario hurried through his breakfast and set the dishes beside the sink before heading to the bathroom to wash while his younger brother automatically took up the task of cleaning the kitchen. When Mario returned, Luigi knew he would take awhile and said, "Mario, you go on ahead, ok? I'll meet you at the castle later."

Mario nodded and walked through the front door. They lived in a small, yet cozy, house. It only had a few rooms, but they were comfortable. In front of him was the Warp Pipe he installed years ago, it was the easiest way to reach the Mushroom Kingdom, but the sky was blue and sunny. It was perfect for a morning stroll instead, and, knowing Peach, she was probably still getting ready.

The plumber adjusted his cap and set off toward the Kingdom.