That Author Note 5:
Valisco's Thanks To The Reviewers Of Chapter 3: Pandamonium, Hopeful Hearted Girl, Diabolos, The-Rouge-Phoenix, & Gabriel.
Enjoy Chapter 4, sorry for the long wait.
Chapter 4: Searching
After the dinner was consumed by the travelers, the Mario brothers decided to go to bed early, particularly Luigi, because he was tired from the running.
Luigi rested himself near a tree, he rested his hands on his belly, preparing to go into slumber until the sun would return to the sky.
The older Mario brother on the other hand, was not tired yet to go to slumber. He sat near Hailey and stared into the campfire and Hailey did the same. Jirachi looked up at the sky, noticing the Millennium Comet glistening brightly along with the stars. It wondered how this journey would carry on and how it would end. Suddenly a question popped into its head, and pondered to why it didn't ask this question before.
It turned its head from the sky to Hailey. "Hailey do you mind if I ask you a question?"
The young girl was snapped from staring at the campfire. She turned to her pokemon companion. "Yes Jir?"
Jirachi gulped a bit, afraid of her reaction might be. "You. . .you won't get mad if I ask you this right?"
Hailey shook her head. "Doubt it, tell me."
"Uh. . .well, why are on this journey to look for your Dad? You have never met him? Why Isn't he with your mother?"
Hailey's eyes widened at the question, then smiled sadly. "Ah, I knew you would eventually begin to wonder."
"I've been wondering that too," said Mario as he was hearing the conversation between the young princess and the pokemon. "Why?"
Hailey sighed, ready to tell the two the reason. "Truth is I don't know why he isn't with my mother, and my mother refuses to tell me about him, for reasons unknown. I don't know anything about him. For years I have been trying to convince her to tell, but it has failed. So, tired for not finding out, I decided to go on this quest that I've been planning for years to find my father and then. . ." Hailey stopped at that remark.
"Then what?" inquired Mario. "Tell me."
Hailey chuckled. ". . .you might find this silly Mr. Mario, but once I find out who and where he is, I plan to make him come and reunite with my mother and find out the reasons for the separation, unless he's dead."
Mario raised his eyebrows. Jirachi gasped. "Hailey! That is not silly!"
Hailey looked at Jirachi dumbfounded. "It is Jir, listen to what I am saying. It sounds like the wishes of a child. The chances of my parents being together again is almost zero, since my mother didn't tell me anything about him in the first place, which lead me to believe that he must have done something really hurtful to her. It sounds so bad. So even if they were to reunite, I doubt they'll be together again, it's like - "
"It's like a child trying to stop a divorce," interjected Mario. "When two people no longer love each other, they split up and if they have children, they will try whatever in their power to bring them back together, to not let the family split apart. Unfortunately, it only ends in disaster."
Hailey nodded. "Yeah, that's about it, you nailed it there, Mr. Mario. You're pretty wise."
Mario sweat dropped and blushed at the compliment. "Thank you a so much! But Hailey, I can understand why you would want to do so such thing."
"How so?" questioned the girl.
"Well, you are only a kid, who yearns for a father since you never met yours, and wants him with your mother. You must have been in pain throughout all these years, the burden of missing one parent. You're desperate."
"Yes. You want him with you, because you never had experience with one. You also never experienced a happy family, so you are desperate, probably because the people around you that normally interact with you have something you don't. And that's a happy family, causing you to go into desperation."
Hailey also looked at the plumber dumbfounded. "What are you? Some sort of psychologist?"
Mario chuckled. "Plumbing is my best career Hailey. As well as being a hero, heh."
Hailey crossed her arms. "You should become one you know."
"Well I have other professions like a doctor. . ."
"There you go then."
"Hahaha okay. But Hailey, you're willing to take the risk? To find your father no matter what state he is in?"
"What do you mean?"
"I mean if he is dead, or has someone, or in the worse case of scenario for you, married with children."
Hailey flinched at the last state her father could be in. If that is true, then it is impossible for him and her mother to be together again.
She glared at the plumber. "You sound like you are trying to convince me to not do this, to go back home."
Mario flinched and waved his hands signaling of disapproval of Hailey's statement. "No! That's not what I meant!"
"I hope so," Hailey muttered. "I will not allow this journey to go to waste."
"No, of course not," Jirachi said. "Hailey, I know you can do it."
"That's right, Jir. I can. I'll make sure of it."
"But we only have six more days left."
"We'll save Peach before the week ends," Mario said with a glimpse of hope. "And Hailey, when the time comes to meet your father, I will be supporting you all the way."
Hailey gasped. "You will?"
"Why not? You said yourself that you will not allow this journey to be wasted. And who is accompanying you on this journey?"
"Ohhh I see what you mean."
The young girl smiled in gratitude. "Thank you, Mr. Mario."
"Aw cut the 'Mister' crap already, just call me Mario."
"My mother always taught me to respect people higher than one as Mister or Miss."
"Well, I give you permission to call me Mario, okay?"
"You are sure?"
"What's this? Do you not trust the Super Mario?"
Hailey shook her head in disbelief. "No!"
Mario chuckled, at Hailey's response. "Then, do so."
"And do me a favor," Mario stated as he arose and walked near the tree where Luigi was sleeping. He laid himself across from Luigi at the other side of the tree.
"Go to bed, tomorrow's a busy day." He pulled a bit of his cap down to shield his eyes, and proceeded to enter in his slumber.
"Gotcha," Hailey answered. "Let us go to bed, Jir."
Out her knapsack, Hailey pulled out her sleeping bag and a pillow. She went in the sleeping bag with Jirachi.
"Good night, Jir." Hailey said sweetly.
"Good night, Hailey."
. . .
She was in panic.
For the whole day she went without eating nor taking a break, non stop, Rosalina along with Polari, searched and searched all over for Hailey in Diamond City.
No luck and it was nightfall.
"I am so sorry Rosalina, but your daughter is not here," lamented the mother of Moraine. Rosalina stood outside of the household of one Hailey's closest friends, Moraine. She knocked on the door so swiftly just so she could see if Hailey was perhaps at the friend's house, but that wasn't the case.
Rosalina clenched her fists. "So. . .she isn't. . ."
"No. . .sadly," huffed Moraine as she just returned running around her neighborhood to find the missing princess. "Looked everywhere."
"I am so sorry that your daughter has gone missing," lamented once more by Moraine's mother. "I can't believe Hailey did something like this."
"This is just horrible!" Moraine cried. "Hailey! Damn it! Can't believe her! Never thought she ran away! Why? What was the reason? Ms. Rosalina, do you - ?"
Rosalina suddenly collapsed herself onto the ground, she cried in agony.
"Mother!" Polari yelled and flew down to her level.
"It's my. . .fault," Rosalina sobbed. ". . .it's all my fault! My baby! My little girl! Hailey!"
"Oh my luma. We need to inform the police this," Moraine's mother stated. "Moraine, do so."
"Yes Mom!" Moraine quickly went in the house to a phone and dialed.
"Everything's going to be alright," The mother took Rosalina inside the house. "Please calm down, Rosalina. We will find Hailey. Take a seat, I'll get you a glass of water. We are going to help you."
Rosalina obeyed, she took a seat in a big, comfortable, brown couch. She continued to sob, Polari did nothing but stare. "Mother. . ."
Finally, Moraine's mother returned with a glass of water, handing it to Rosalina, she sat right next to her.
"Do you have any idea to why your daughter ran away, Ms. Rosalina?"
Rosalina quivered at the thought. She already had one in mind, because her daughter left her a note with the reason, but she rather not say it.
"I. . .I-I do . . .but that is something I will not speak about," Rosalina answered hesitantly.
"But if you don't then how are we going to help you?" Moraine's mother asked.
"Why do you need to ask such question?" Rosalina said with a scowl. "That is none of your business! Only between me and my daughter! I just need you to help me look for her!" She cried once more, and took a sip of her water.
Moraine's mother hung her head in shame. "My apologizes. I just wish to help. Your daughter is such a kind girl, it never occurred to me that she would run away from you. I thought everything was doing well in her household."
Rosalina wiped her tears. "No, I apologize for lashing out like that. I just want her back. Hailey."
"No, I understand why you feel the way you are now. I too would feel horrible if any of my children went missing."
"Well I hate to break it to you but you better speak up Hailey's mom," Moraine answered as she came in the living room. "The police are coming over here and you gotta tell them everything, like some clues as to why Hailey left, even if it kills you to."
"Moraine!" scolded her mother. "How rude! Can't you see Ms. Rosalina is in pain?"
"Well sorry Mom, couldn't help it. It's - "
Rosalina stood up from the couch and ran out of the house. "Mother!" Polari called out flying after her.
"What!" Moraine and her mother went after her, but it was too late, Rosalina and Polari disappeared quite fast.
Oh my! WHY! Why did I NOT think of this before? Rosalina thought as she ran. She then stopped in her tracks and teleported herself back to Comet Observatory.
Polari teleported afterward, following Rosalina to the library. "Mother! What happened? Why did you run off like that? Tell me!"
There was no answer, the Cosmic Princess went near the one of the bookshelves. She pushed a bookshelf away to reveal a wall with a vault engraved on it. She dialed the numbers on the vault and opened it. Inside the vault was revealed to be a golden terrestrial globe of the Mushroom World. Rosalina gently pulled out the heavy item and placed it on a wooden table. She took a seat, and turned on the globe with a single button at the top of the globe. The globe illuminated and began to move.
"You remember this, do you not Polari?" inquired the Princess.
Polari nodded. "Ah yes! You created this globe in order to locate anything on the planet! Especially Hailey! When she used to run away a lot, you would always use this to find her."
"Correct. However, it's been years since she last disappeared, that I had to use this. Oh, this seems to be a little dusty, forgot to wipe it off." Rosalina wiped some dust off the globe and went to her bookshelf.
"I forgot, but how does it work again?" Polari asked as the luma flew around the globe. "Give me a quick refresher, so maybe I can help you find her."
The blonde princess nodded. She took out a book which happened to be a photo album. She placed the album near the globe and opened it. "Hmm. . .ah!"
Finding what she wanted, she took out the most recent picture of her daughter and placed it near the globe.
Suddenly a scanner popped out of the globe and scanned the picture. The scanner went back inside of one of the globe's compartments and began to rotate at a faster pace.
"What just happened?" Polari questioned.
"In order to find what you need, you just take a picture of the item you wish to look for. Or the item itself if you wish to find more of it," Rosalina explained. "The globe will pull out a scanner and scan the item. Once that is done, it starts to rotate fast, signaling that it is searching for the item, and when the item is found, you hear a beeping noise, and a red dot or more should appear in a place of which you are looking for. It can also trace back to other places it has been."
"Wow! Mother this is such a great invention! Magnificent!" Polari praised.
"Thank you Polari, we shall find Hailey in no time once the globe pin points her location. And when once we find her. ." Rosalina narrowed her eyes. ". . .she will face consequences."
The last sentence sounded like a threat, Polari could hear the angered tone in her voice when Rosalina said it. However, he understood why she felt that way, as any worried mother would be angry at her child for disappearing.
Polari then looked up at one of the bookshelf and its eyes widened. "Oh my. . ."
The old luma gulped and then turned to Rosalina, quivering. "M-Mother. . ."
"Yes Polari?" Rosalina asked looking up from looking at the globe.
"Uh . . .how should I say this. . ." Polari answered nervously. He then pointed to the top of the bookshelf with its small hand, nervously.
Rosalina looked up with disbelief. "No. . ."
She ran to the bookshelf, noticing what was wrong. "It's. . .not there! The black box! It's gone!"
"This is bad," Polari answered. "That box has something very important, right? Could it be that - "
"Hailey must have took it," Rosalina growled. "Now, she is more in trouble than before. That disobedient girl!"
She went back to the table. "Luckily, she will never find the key, as I hid it somewhere deep in the Mushroom World."
Polari laughed nervously. "Ah yes. . .about that. . ."
"Don't tell me you told her," Rosalina said, disappointed.
Polari sighed response. "Yes. . ."
Rosalina rose up from her seat again. "Polari!"
"I only told her that you hid it in the Mushroom World!" defended Polari. "I did not give her the exact location of the key!"
Rosalina sighed in relief. "G-good. . ."
Suddenly a beeping noise was heard. The princess and luma paid their attention to the globe, awaiting to see location of Hailey.
Unfortunately, on the globe it said: 'Not Found.'
"What!" Polari cried in disbelief.
Rosalina was shocked. How could the globe fail to find her daughter? It worked many times before. Then she read the letters at the bottom of 'Not Found':
'This globe is not up to date with its findings. Please Update so that the globe can give you the results you want.'
Rosalina groaned and banged her head on the table. "Oh right. . .forgot to update it."
She placed her head up. "Polari, this might take a while, alright? I need to update this."
"That is fine, Mother, please do what you need to find Hailey."
Rosalina smiled, glad to see her advisor understand. "Thank you Polari."
The airships stopped. Peach felt no more movement nor the sound of the motors of the ship. The ship had reached to the end of its voyage. In her cage she opened her eyes and the door opened by one of Bowser's sons, which had a multi colored Mohawk.
Another Koopaling with a pink polka dot giant ribbon and with pink lipstick approached the cage. "Well, well, it's Princess Peach."
"W-wendy and. . ." Peach stammered looking at the other Koopaling. "L-Lemmy. . ."
"Ordered by our dad to pick you up," Lemmy laughed evilly. "Hehe, he's really happy to see you again."
"Well I don't want to see him," Peach protested.
"Too bad, you're gonna," Wendy sneered. She and Lemmy took the cage by the bottom and went out of the room and went up to the deck. Where Bowser Jr awaited them.
He grinned deviously as he noticed his 'mother' along with the other two koopalings approach him. "Mama Peach."
"So, where's Dad?" Lemmy inquired as he and Wendy set the cage down.
"He's already inside the castle, you may want to pick up the cage again and bring Mama Peach in."
Lemmy and Wendy groaned in frustration as they did not want to take the cage in the castle. Grudgingly, they picked up the cage again and proceeded to leave the ship.
"You could help us you know," Wendy said to Bowser Jr, irritated.
"Pfff, no need, you guys are doing fine. You don't need any," sneered Bowser Jr. "Quit being slackers."
Wendy's eyes widened at his statement, and threw a fit. "Slackers? Why I - !"
"Relax Wendy," Lemmy said, trying to relax his only sister. "Umm. . .hey! Why not use your wand?"
"I don't have it with me," Wendy muttered, cursing herself for not having the magical item she needed the most. "It's inside the castle."
"Aww, I don't have mine either," answered Lemmy disappointingly.
"Just bring the cage in!" ordered Bowser Jr. "Jeez can't you guys do it without your wands!"
"Shut up baby brother," growled Wendy. "You'll pay for disrespecting the future Empress of world!"
"Future empress?" Bowser Jr said in amusement, knowing that it was an untrue statement and that Wendy will not inherit their beloved father's throne. "Hahaha! Biggest joke ever!"
Wendy was losing her temper, she literally wanted to strangle her brother, but recomposed herself. As she did wish to waster her lovely claws on him. "Lets go Lemmy."
Bowser Jr rolled his eyes at the convulsed scene, believing that the sole reason for such anger was laziness. "Slackers."
. . .
Peach was finally set down underground Bowser's castle, the dungeons. She was released out of the cage by Lemmy and was thrown against the wall of one.
"Stay there for the time being," Lemmy said. "We'll be back soon."
He and Wendy quickly ran out of the dungeon and closed the door before the princess could make a reflex. With a key, Wendy locked the door. Peach ran to the door in desperation, but couldn't open it. She placed her hands on the metal bars enclosed at the top of the steel door. "No!"
"Hehehe later," grinned Lemmy deviously. "Come on Wendy. Lets see what dad is up to."
"Yeah, lets," Wendy agreed. "Tata, Princess Peach." She waved and walked out with her brother, but interestingly, they heard no other sound coming from the princess, which to them was a bit strange. Normally, they would hear pleads of release and screams by Peach. But in this kidnapping, not a sound.
There was no need, well according to Peach herself, as she was really used to being captured all the time and brought here. She knew and had high hopes that the Mario Brothers would save her as they always did, and they have never failed to. She let out a subtle sigh and stooped her bottom to the floor and leaned her back against the door.
"So, Kamek, how is the search going?" Bowser asked eagerly to his faithful magical advisor. The two were inside one of the castle towers. Along with the rest of the Koopalings waiting to see the results.
The old Magickoopa stopped composing magic on his crystal ball with his wand and turned to the Koopa King. "Well my lord, haven't found the location of it, yet."
Bowser growled. "Keep searching then."
"Uhhh, may I interrupt," interjected Lemmy. "What are you guys looking for again?"
"Your stupidity amuses me younger brother," sneered a koopaling with large wild, blue hair. His curved mouth that held a buck tooth was composed in a frown. "Can't you listen and understand what Father already explained a while ago, once?"
"Shut it, Ludwig!" Lemmy yelled in response. "Wasn't paying attention! I just need a basic refresher."
Ludwig shook his head and let out a sigh. "Alright, I'll explain." He took his brother towards where Kamek was. Near Kamek were two items next to him. One was a crystal ball, the other was a telescope.
Ludwig placed his brother near the telescope. "Look into it," he ordered.
His brother placed one of his eyes on the lenses on the telescope, and looked through it. The telescope was pointing at the cloudy sky, yet there was an opening of clearness where stars can be seen and. . .a bright blue comet.
"I see a comet," commented Lemmy.
"Correct," Ludwig answered. "You see brother, the comet you see is called the Millennium Comet. It comes every thousand years and stays here for seven nights. Then it departs and continues it's journey."
Lemmy pushed his head away from the comet and looked at his older brother, wondering what a celestial object has to do with his father's plans.
"So, what's the comet for?" asked Bowser Jr, before Lemmy himself would ask the same question. "The importance, may I ask?"
"Whenever this comet comes, a creature comes out, the comet is the energy source for the creature's abilities. Whoever finds it must awaken it first, and once the person does, the creature can grant three wishes to whatever he or she desires," explained Ludwig.
"Wow! A wishmaker?" exclaimed Wendy at Ludwig's report. "I totally want one! I hope we find it! That way it could grant wishes for me!"
"YOU? Hah! It's for me!" Bowser Jr argued to his sister. "We're capturing it for me!"
"Nah, It's gonna be for me," said another koopaling with blue hair by the name of Larry. "Deal with it."
"Heck no! Me!" said a pink head with red sunglasses by the name of Roy. "It's mine!"
The koopalings, minus Ludwig, began to argue who will take hold of the wishmaker for their own purposes. Ludwig face palmed and sighed once more. While Kamek tried to settle down the young koopas. His efforts failed, as the arguments grew louder.
Until, a gigantic roar was heard, by no other than their father. The arguments collapsed after the roar, and the whole room was quiet.
Bowser shook his head. "My children, settle down. This wishmaker is for me to capture. I'm sorry."
"Awww really?" Larry whined. "Can't it be for all of us?"
His then noticed his father placing a smirk on his lips. "Larry, my son, it will be. You see, Kamek here is searching for the creature using his crystal ball. Once we capture it, we will take the magic out of the creature and place it in Kamek's wand. That way he can grant the wishes we all want. This plan is to benefit for all of us."
"So, you're going to use the magic for our own gain?" Bowser Jr asked. "Then what was the point of kidnapping Peach again?"
"Oh Jr, do you NOT see?" Ludwig answered, disappointed in his brother's ignorance. "He will be using the magic to create the glorious empire he always wanted along to rule with the Princess. As well our most deepest desires or wishes to be released into reality."
"Correct Ludwig," applauded Bowser at his son's impressive answer. "I'm sick of never getting what I want as well as for you guys with the methods I usually use. So why not try something new?"
"Aww Dad," Wendy said, feeling compassionate for her father's actions. "I can't believe you're doing this for us."
"As well as yourself," Roy added in. "I hope this plan doesn't fail."
"It will not, I will make sure of it," Bowser assured. "Trust me. With the help of Kamek and his amazing mystical abilities, we are sure to get the creature in our hands in no time."
"I hope we do, My Lord," Kamek agreed. "I promise you that I will not falter!"
"Glad to hear," Bowser said. He snickered deviously. "Glad to hear, Kamek, continue with the research and kids, all of you, go to bed. It's late."
"Aww but we don't wanna," complained Roy.
"Do it," Bowser demanded fiercely.
With those words, the koopalings left the room, to their respective bedrooms, for slumber. Leaving the Koopa King and his advisor in search for the legendary wishmaker.
More That Author Note: Aaaaannnnddd. . .that's all for this chapter. Please review as it has been a while, I would love to hear your thoughts, readers. I hope to see you again in the next one, take care.