Chapter 14: Thunder & Lightning

An hour after the doubles match concluded, the P.A. Announcer cried, "Ladies and gentlemen... This is the main event! This tournament has been sponsored by Mario Star and the Dubno Company. Now... It is time... For the singles championship match... For the Flower Cup!"

"We are now ready to introduce our players. First to enter the court is a young tennis prodigy from the Nakagawa Tennis Club! He has attended that club from an early age, and his development in tennis has gained broad attention. His net play is top-class and is high among the elite. Please welcome the Kid Lightning of the Court, Troy!"

Troy came out and waved. He had his typical smirk on his face. "I'm gonna win one for Bridget today!" He thought, "I'll come to that room with that trophy in my hand!"

"Next to appear on the court is Mario's younger brother! He has slowly gained popularity, despite being second-banana. His net play may not have come in the tournament this year, but keep an eye out for it! Please put your hands together for the Green Thunder himself... Luigi!"

A tall man with blue overalls, a green shirt and a matching green hat with the letter 'L' entered the court. He made many poses and made finger pistols to the crowd. "Bang, bang!" He cried

The P.A. Announcer cried, "Now for the umpire of this match, she is both a pleasant and capable young umpire. She takes great care in being considerate of those around her, and seems to shimmer in an aura of good will. In the holidays, she enjoys watching live tennis matches with her university friends. Please put your hands together for the young and lovely Natasha!"

A young woman with a pink polo shirt and a white visor walked over and climbed up to the umpire's chair. She introduced herself, saying "My name is Natasha and I will be your umpire today."

The P.A. Announcer said, "Just a reminder that the championship match is a 3-set and 2-game match. Whoever wins 2 out of the 3 sets first wins the match and the Flower Cup! Now, let the match begin!"

Natasha looked at both Troy and Luigi. She looked at Troy, and asked "Troy, are you ready?"

Troy cried, "Bring it on!"

Natasha looked at Luigi and asked "Luigi, are you ready?"

"Oh, yes!" Luigi cried, "Luigi is-a ready to go!"

Natasha took out a coin. "If the coin reads heads, Troy will serve to start the match. If the coin reads tails, Luigi will serve to start the match." She tossed up the coin. Once it dropped, she cried, "Heads."

She tossed a pair of tennis balls Troy. "Troy," Natasha said, "You may now begin service."

"Let's go!" Troy hollered as he bounced a tennis ball twice

Troy tossed it up and smacked it with his racket. The ball bounced inside the left service zone. Luigi hit the ball back towards Troy and then he rushed close to the net. Troy cried after he hit the ball back towards Luigi, "I can play that game too!"

He rushed close to the net and he and Luigi traded volleys. Troy ended up delivering a smash shot that sent the ball past Luigi. "Ha-ha!" Troy cried

"15-Love." Natasha called

Troy tossed a tennis ball up and smacked it with his racket. The ball bounced inside the right service zone. Luigi hit the ball back towards Troy and then he rushed close to the net. Troy hit the ball back towards Luigi, but he hit it so that it sailed over Luigi's head. "You're too predictable!" Troy boasted

"30-Love." Natasha called as she gave Troy two more tennis balls

Troy tossed one up and smacked it with his racket. The ball bounced inside the left service zone. Luigi hit the ball back towards Troy and then he rushed close to the net. Troy hit the ball back towards Luigi, but he hit it so that it sailed over Luigi's head once more. "Next!" Troy cried, in his usual cocky tone

"40-Love." Natasha called

Troy tossed a tennis ball up and smacked it with his racket. The ball bounced inside the right service zone. Luigi hit the ball back towards Troy and then he rushed close to the net. Troy hit the ball back towards Luigi. This time, it smacked Luigi in the nose!

"Game, Troy." Natasha called


"Change sides." Natasha politely said as both competitors switched sides. She then tossed a pair of tennis balls to Luigi.

Luigi tossed one up and smacked it with his racket. The ball bounced inside the left service zone. Troy hit it with a hard topspin stroke. The ball whizzed past a diving Luigi. "Love-15." Natasha called

Luigi tossed a tennis ball up and smashed it with his racket. The ball bounced inside the right service zone. Troy took a swing at the ball, but he missed! "Ha-ha! Nice!" Luigi cried as he ran in a semi-circle

"15-All." Natasha called as she gave Luigi two more tennis balls.

Luigi tossed one up and smacked it with his racket. The ball bounced inside the left service zone. Troy smacked it with a hard topspin stroke. The ball, once again, whizzed past a diving Luigi.

"15-30." Natasha called

Luigi tossed a tennis ball up and smashed it with his racket. The ball bounced inside the right service zone. Troy hit the ball back to Luigi this time. Luigi rushed to the net and hit the ball back to Troy, hoping it would sail over him. Instead, Troy saw the altitude of the ball and did an overhead smash. The ball sailed past Luigi. "It was nothing..." Troy bragged

"15-40." Natasha called as she gave Troy two more balls.

"Come on, Troy!" Emily cried from the stands

"You got this set in the bag!" Hugo cried,

Luigi tossed one up and smacked it with his racket. The ball bounced inside the left service zone. Troy smacked it with a hard topspin stroke. The ball, once again, whizzed past a diving Luigi.

"Next!" Troy cried as he crossed his arms behind his head

"Game & Set, Troy." Natasha called


Troy thought as he sat on the bench on his side, "I'm almost there! I will beat the crud of Luigi here in this next set!"

"Troy!" Someone cried from the stands,

Troy looked around to find who was calling him. He scanned the crowd from both his and Luigi's side. Then, he heard, "Hey, Troy!"

Troy finally found the person who called him... Rather, the two people who called him. "Kobe! Jason!" Troy cried, "What are you doing here?"

Kobe, with a cast on his arm, cried, "Sorry, Troy... We did our best..."

Jason, holding a pair of crutches, cried, "That Waluigi was too tough for both of us. I have no idea when he is coming, but he is coming here to sabotage the match!"

"Be ready, dude!" Kobe yelled,

"How do you know this?" Troy asked

"He told us!" Jason cried, "He was angry that he did not kill Bridget when he had the chance! He's a real cheater, that guy!"

"Don't worry." Troy said, in his usual cocky tone, "He won't be a threat to me now!"

"You better watch your back, dude!" Kobe cried, "I'm warning you!"

Troy blew a raspberry and said, "What can he do? He's long gone by now!"


After the ten minute break, Troy and Luigi stepped back on the court. Natasha climbed back up on the umpire's chair. When she sat down, Natasha tossed to Troy a pair of tennis balls.

Troy tossed it up and smacked it with his racket. The ball bounced inside the left service zone. Luigi hit the ball and it easily sailed out of Troy's reach. "Love-15." Natasha called

Troy tossed a tennis ball and smacked it with his racket. The ball bounced inside the right service zone. Luigi hit the ball back to Troy. Troy dove for the ball and managed get it. The ball sailed high in the air. Luigi rushed to where it is and delivered an overhead smash that sent the ball past Troy. "Love-30." Natasha called as she gave Troy two more tennis balls

Troy tossed it up and smacked it with his racket. The ball bounced inside the left service zone. Luigi hit the ball and it easily sailed out of Troy's reach.

"What is wrong with me?" Troy cried to himself

"Love-40." Natasha called

A group of Toads cried, "Go Luigi! Break this kid's serve!"

Troy tossed a tennis ball up and smacked it with his racket. The ball bounced inside the right service zone. Luigi hit the ball back towards Troy and then he rushed close to the net. Troy hit the ball back towards Luigi, but he hit it so that it sailed over Luigi's head once more. "It was nothing..." Troy cried, in his usual cocky tone

"15-40." Natasha called as she gave Troy two more tennis balls

Troy tossed a tennis ball and smacked it with his racket. The ball bounced inside the right service zone. Luigi hit the ball back to Troy. Troy hit it back towards Luigi. Luigi hit the ball, but he hit it so that it sailed over Troy's head. "Yahoo!" Luigi cried as he ran in a semi-circle

"Game, Luigi." Natasha called


"Change sides." Natasha politely said as both competitors switched sides. She then tossed a pair of tennis balls to Luigi.

Luigi tossed one up and smacked it with his racket. The ball bounced inside the left service zone. Troy hit it with a hard topspin stroke. Once again, Luigi's return woes continued as the ball whizzed past him. "Love-15." Natasha called

Luigi tossed a tennis ball up and smashed it with his racket. The ball bounced inside the right service zone. Troy hit the ball back to Luigi. Luigi volleyed the ball back to Troy. Troy hit the ball over Luigi's head. "Love-30." Natasha called as she gave Luigi two more tennis balls

Luigi tossed one up and smashed it with his racket. The ball bounced inside the left service zone. Troy hit the ball back to Luigi with a hard slice shot. Luigi smacked the ball back to Troy as he rushed to the net. Once again, Troy hit a hard topspin shot that sent the ball past Luigi. "Love-40." Natasha called

"Come on, Troy!" Emily cried,

"Luigi's serve is yours to break!" Toshi cried,

Luigi tossed a tennis ball up and smashed it with his racket. The ball bounced inside the right service zone. Troy hit the ball back to Luigi. Luigi hit the ball and it sailed in the air. "It's mine!" Troy yelled as he rushed to where the ball is heading

He attempted an overhead smash, but he missed as the ball sailed past him. "Rubbish!" Troy yelled

"15-40." Natasha called as she gave Luigi two more tennis balls

Luigi tossed one up and smashed it with his racket. The ball bounced inside the left service zone. Troy took a swing at the ball, but he missed! "30-40." Natasha called

Luigi tossed a tennis ball up and smashed it with his racket. The ball bounced inside the right service zone. Troy hit the ball with enough power to make Luigi miss it. "Finally..." Troy cried,

"Game, Troy." Natasha called


Troy was given two tennis balls. He tossed one up and smacked it with his racket. The ball bounced inside the left service zone. Luigi hit the ball back towards Troy and then he rushed close to the net. Troy hit the ball back towards Luigi, but he hit it so that it sailed over Luigi's head. "Hmph." Troy said, "Do you know any better?"

"15-Love." Natasha called

Troy tossed a tennis ball up and smacked it with his racket. The ball bounced inside the right service zone. Luigi hit the ball back towards Troy and then he rushed close to the net. Troy hit the ball back towards Luigi, but he hit it with so much power that it sailed over Luigi's head once more.

"30-Love." Natasha called as she gave Troy two more tennis balls

Troy tossed one up and smacked it with his racket. The ball bounced inside the left service zone. Luigi hit the ball back towards Troy and then he rushed close to the net. Troy hit the ball back towards Luigi, but he hit it so that it sailed past Luigi. "40-Love." Natasha called

Troy tossed a tennis ball up and smacked it with his racket. The ball bounced inside the right service zone. Luigi hit the ball back towards Troy and then he rushed close to the net. Troy hit the ball back towards Luigi, but he hit it with enough power that Luigi could not return it. "It was nothing..." Troy bragged

"Game, Troy." Natasha called


"Change sides." Natasha politely said as both competitors switched sides. She then tossed a pair of tennis balls to Luigi.

Luigi tossed one up and smacked it with his racket. The ball bounced inside the left service zone. Troy hit it with a hard topspin stroke. Once again, Luigi's return woes continued as the ball whizzed past him. "Love-15." Natasha called

Luigi tossed a tennis ball up and smashed it with his racket. The ball bounced inside the right service zone. Troy took a swing at the ball, but he missed! "Ha-ha! Nice!" Luigi cried as he ran in a semi-circle

"15-All." Natasha called as she gave Luigi two more tennis balls.

Luigi tossed one up and smacked it with his racket. The ball bounced inside the left service zone. Troy hit the ball back towards Luigi. Luigi hit the ball, but he angled it so it went past Troy. "30-15." Natasha called

Luigi tossed a tennis ball up and smashed it with his racket. The ball bounced inside the right service zone. Troy hit the ball back to Luigi this time. Luigi rushed to the net and hit the ball back to Troy, hoping it would sail over him. Instead, Troy saw the altitude of the ball and did an overhead smash. The ball sailed past Luigi, but... "That's Out." Natasha called the moment she saw the ball go out of bounds

"Why?" Troy cried

"40-15." Natasha called as she gave Luigi two more tennis balls

Luigi tossed one up and smacked it with his racket. The ball bounced inside the left service zone. Troy smacked it with a hard topspin stroke. The ball, once again, whizzed past a diving Luigi.

"40-30." Natasha called

Luigi tossed a tennis ball up and smashed it with his racket. The ball bounced inside the right service zone. Troy hit the ball back to Luigi this time. Luigi rushed to the net and hit the ball back to Troy. "I have it!" Troy thought,

Troy rushed close to the net did a quick volley to angle and send the ball past Luigi. "Deuce." Natasha called as she gave two more tennis balls to Luigi

Luigi tossed one up and smacked it with his racket. The ball bounced inside the left service zone. Troy smacked it with a hard topspin stroke. The ball, once again, whizzed past Luigi. "Advantage to Troy." Natasha called

The crowd clapped briefly and in a rhythm. Troy knew it means something. He looked at the crowd. He thought, "This point is mine... I'm gonna cream him and be one step closer to ruling the tennis world."

He then said to himself, "Championship Point."

Luigi tossed a tennis ball in the air and smacked it with his racket. The ball bounced inside the right service zone. Troy smacked the ball back to Luigi as both men rushed close to the net. Luigi hit the ball back to Troy. Troy hit the ball back towards Luigi, but he hit it so that it sailed over Luigi's head. The crowd erupted like a volcano.

"That is Game, Set & Match to Troy." Natasha called

"I'm the man!" Troy cried as he spun his racket and placed it on his shoulder

Luigi cried as he stood straight and fell flat on his back. He then did a seizure with his back on the floor.

"Well... Isn't there anyone better?" Troy taunted, "I am unstoppable!"


Shortly afterwards, a trophy was being presented on the court. It was a large gold bowl-shaped trophy with flower petals on the two stem-shaped handles.

Troy approached the podium to get the trophy. He stepped on the podium and right before he could pick it up, he heard, "Don't move!"

He looked around to see who spoke. He finally saw the familiar 'tall, skinny bloke' that he knew and hated. "Waluigi..." Troy seethed,

"You-a not lifting that trophy until you-a play me again!" Waluigi cried,

"Forget it, Waluigi!" Troy cried, "It's over! I won our match and beat you, fair and square. And I won the championship now. It's pointless to challenge me again."

Waluigi growled and then yelled, "I'm-a not-a leaving here until that-a trophy issssa mine!"

Just then, he felt a tap on his left shoulder. Waluigi turned around. He gasped at who he saw and then got punched in the face! He then felt a harsh heel kick to the back of his skull that sent him down on the ground!

Troy looked at Waluigi's attacker, at both shock and awe. His attacker had the familiar blonde hair with a red bow tie, and wore a blue long-sleeved shirt and a silver skirt and matching boots. "Bridget?" He exclaimed,

Bridget waved as she planted her right boot on Waluigi's head. Everyone in the crowd was just as shocked and awed by what they just saw Bridget do to Waluigi. "I did not know Bridget can fight..." Kobe said,

"I don't want to be messing with her now!" Jason agreed, "She's Troy's problem now..."

Bridget walked over to Troy. She said, "Troy, I heard everything you said. I'm glad you were open to how you were feeling about me. Truth is... I never really fell in love with anyone at Jocksford. I actually am in love too... With someone else."

"And... Who might that be?" Troy asked, unsure of what Bridget's response might be

"You, silly!" Bridget cried and hugged Troy. She then kissed him on the lips.

Troy grew extremely surprised by the reaction. But, he truly deserved a girlfriend of his own. He hugged Bridget as he shared her embrace. Their hearts were filled with passionate, loving emotions, and their minds had never clearer. And their souls had been imbued with renewed confidence.

Soon, both Troy and Bridget let go of each other. Troy picked up the giant bowl-shaped trophy. Bridget did her cheerleading tricks with her newfound boyfriend.

Troy made his mark in the Mushroom Kingdom. Not only that, he has represented the Love Tennis Club to a major degree. His elite-class play on the court paid off for him, and as a result, the young prodigy from the Nakagawa Tennis Club has not only won a trophy, but he won the heart of the captain of the Jocksford University cheerleading squad. He is one step closer to ruling the world of tennis. The Kid Lightning of the Court, Troy is the Flower Cup champion!


A/N: That ends the Flower Cup chapter of the Love Tennis Saga. The saga will wrap up with the Star Cup.