Metal Mushroom Madness
The sun was shining, the birds were singing, random explosions could be heard echoing throughout the base along with various cursing and yelling. It was a pretty typical day at Diego Garcia, home/base for NEST and the Autobots and Decepticons.
Everyone was doing their own thing in the rec room, talking, playing games, plotting pranks (aka the Twins) when Ireth made a random comment.
"Hey sis, me thinks Megs would look pretty good with honey and feathers all over him."
"You wouldn't dare…" The warlord snapped.
"Where's Optimus?" Anna asked with a snicker. "He shouldn't miss out on that."
"I am right here little one." Optimus said, walking into the room with Ironhide.
Cue sunset appearing in the background.
Ireth cringed and cried out dramatically, "We should have never watched that fragging ninja anime, they're turning into them! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!" Ireth ran off.
"What in the world has gotten into her?" Megatron asked.
"I have no idea what the hell she is talking about." Anna said, laughing slightly.
Optimus lowered his hand for her. "Hop on."
"Okay big guy."
Megatron turned from watching his brother and mate to watching the dust cloud that is Ireth. "How in the heck is she running so fast?"
Anna shrugged, "Maybe she has new powers….or is just super hyper."
Optimus and Megatron frowned. "We should catch her and let Ratchet check her." Megatron said.
"LUCKY CANDY! IT MAKE YOU GO FAST! WEEEEE!"
(Back with the others)
"And how are we supposed to catch her?" Ratchet asked.
"Yeah, she's running faster than I can fly." Starscream added.
"What the frag was that?" Lennox asked, shaking his head. All the humans were, having been shaken by the loud noise.
"I think that was what you humans know as a sonic boom." Wheeljack answered.
"….doesn't that only happen when you break the sound barrier?" Sam asked.
"Yup." Ironhide replied
Anna suddenly froze, staring off into space. Her eyes started to glow a mix of blue and white.
"Okay seriously, Optimus how can you be with a crazy girl? That's just freaky." Sam asked in a snide tone.
"Sometimes I have to wonder too, Prime…" Ironhide added.
"I always wonder the same thing, maybe I should bring back Elita…" Ratchet said.
"Really? You could bring her back?" Optimus said, a happy gleam in his optics.
Anna looked shocked at his words. She flipped off of Optimus hand and ran off after Ireth, who was just passing by again.
"LUCKY CANDY!" Ireth yelled, grabbing her sister's hand and running faster. They went so fast that everything blurred around them, shifting before going really freaking, like 'Twilight Zone' freaky. Then it suddenly changed to something completely new. The quick change forced the two sisters to stop in their tracks.
Ireth groaned while Anna looked around. "That is the last time I try any candy that Skidz and Mudflap give me…"
"Where the hell are we now?" Anna asked.
Ireth stared around and then gasped. "Oh we're in the…"
"'The...'" Anna prompted.
"I think we're in the Mario world!" Ireth said with stars in her eyes.
"Oh great, here we go. Let's put the world's biggest Mario fanatic into the Mario world. This will end well." Anna said, shaking her head and sighing. "Okay, so which game are we in?"
Ireth stared around, staring closely at the scenery. "The newest one 'New Super Mario Bros.'…um we're in World 1."
"So what the heck are we supposed to do now? We somehow traveled who knows how many dimensions into a video game!" Anna said, waving her arms around. "How the heck did we do that anyway?"
(Back with the gang)
Optimus looked sad, he never thought in a million years that Anna would leave him. He made a sad keening sound, it nearly brought the others to tears. Sam and the others were feeling guilty for what they had said.
"Optimus…" Sam said as Optimus put his hand up.
"She left me…"
"Why would Anna leave? Wouldn't she be happy for Optimus that he gets to see Elita again?" Sideswipe asked.
"Who's Elita anyway? Old girlfriend?" Graham asked.
Ratchet shook his head, "No, more like a little sister. They were close as sparklings, but there was never any romance between them."
"Oh crap…would Anna know that? Cause with the way Optimus reacted to hearing that, we all thought that she was his girlfriend." Mikeala said.
"Oh Primus I'm stupid…" Optimus groaned. "I have always wanted those two to meet, I believe that they would get along well. That is why I was so excited, besides seeing the one I see as my little sister again."
"Don't worry, we'll get her back along with Ireth." Megatron said, placing a comforting servo on his brother's shoulder. He was also sad, he saw Ireth as his own sparkling and missed her almost as much as Optimus missed Anna.
"Let's get Elita and the others back, they can help with this." Ratchet said, walking off.
"Hey that reminds me, how exactly are you going to be able to do that?" Sunstreaker asked, though the medic ignored him. "Hey! Get back here Doc Bot!"
(Back with Anna and Ireth)
Anna punched Ireth in the arm as they watched little monsters walking around. "This is Optimus' fault…" Anna mumbled.
"Why is it his fault?" Ireth asked, eyes concerned.
"He doesn't want me anymore, he wants Elita and I don't care if I ever get back there."
Ireth gave her sister a look, she couldn't really describe it. "Don't say that Anna."
(Back with the others)
Optimus had been standing outside for awhile when Sam and Mikeala joined him.
"Optimus…I am to blame for her leaving, I was rude to her and I am sorry." Sam said, eyes sad.
"No Sam, if I had only told her about Elita before I would still have her with me and my brother would have his sparkling." Optimus replied as he tried to hide the misting of his optics from the two humans.
"No you aren't big guy. There was never a need to bring that up in the first place, it's just a big misunderstanding." Mikeala said patting Optimus' leg.
At that moment Ratchet walked out. "There you three are…it's time."
"You mean you already got them back?" Sam asked shocked. Optimus placed him and Mikeala on his shoulders and stood.
"Yes, all we need to do is activate them."
(With Anna and Ireth)
"We'll figure this out, like we always do." Ireth said, placing an arm around her little sister.
"Yeah…anyway, what do we do now?" Anna asked, drying her eyes.
Ireth grinned widely. "We find the Mario gang of course! W just need to figure out if we appeared during the game's storyline or after it ended."
"And how do we do this?"
"…beats me. I just wanna get their autographs! And maybe steal a couple power-ups…" Ireth cackled insanely.
"I can just tell this will not end well." Anna face-palmed.
The two saw Mario running by, which made Ireth grin and run after the red-capped plumber.
"Wait…!" Ireth yelled, giggling the whole time.
Anna started running after her sister, muttering 'She was the one who always was good at the game, and now she's gone nuts.'
(In the other world)
The others couldn't help but see the dejected and sad expression on Optimus' face.
"I drove her away from me, the only human who loved me." Optimus whispered as Ironhide and Ratchet both walked up to him.
"We're sorry about what we said to upset her…" They said in unison.
"It doesn't matter now I have lost her…."
(With Anna and Ireth)
"Wait Mario! I want your autograph! And your hat!" Ireth yelled, still chasing after Mario.
"Hold up Ireth!" Anna called after her sister.
(With the others)
Mikeala frowned and gestured for Optimus to pick her up. Curious he did so, only to be shocked with everyone else when the human slapped him as hard as she could.
"Now you listen here Optimus Prime cause I got two things to say to you. If you love her so much you will shape u pand go after her. Prove to her your feelings are true. I will not have you, the leader of the Autobots and one of the greatest Transformers ever to wallow in self-pity because of a misunderstanding! We are going to figure out where those two went and get them back home! Do I make myself clear?"
"Yes ma'am…" Optimus said, shocked. Though a new determination lit in his optics.
"Wow Mikeala, didn't know you had it in you." Sam joked, kissing his girlfriend when she was placed on the ground again.
"What was the second thing?" Ratchet asked
"You said you had two things to say to Optimus, what was the second?"
"Oh yeah. You guys are hard! I think I broke my hand." Mikeala stated, making everyone sweatdrop.
(With Anna and Ireth)
Anna had finally caught up to her sister and muttered loud enough for her to hear, "I really don't want to chase after a little Italian man Ireth…"
Ireth just giggled and continued to chase after the other, but she and Anna froze when Mario stopped dead and turned to face them.
"Oh slag." Anna muttered
Mario walked closer….
(Back in the other world)
The reunion with Elita and her team was a heartfelt one…right after they calmed them all down and prevented them from wasting Megatron and the Cons. They agreed to help find Anna and Ireth.
"So…you have no idea where they are?" Chromia asked.
"Not a clue, just that they're not in this dimension anymore." Wheeljack said.
"There are hundreds of different dimensions and realities." Ratchet started to explain. "Trying to find the one those two went to will be like trying to find a white grain of sand in the middle of a sandstorm in the Sahara. It'll be next to impossible-"
"Found them!" Sam said sitting in front of something.
Everyone just blinked, dumbfounded at the teen. "How in the name of Primus did you find them?" Ratchet asked, flabbergasted.
"I just started to play 'New Super Mario Brothers' while waiting for you guys to get a plan together." Sam points to the TV. On the screen is Anna and Ireth with Mario walking closer to them.
(with the girls)
Anna poked Mario, "Oh my god, he's real!" Anna said
Ireth frowned and lightly hit her sister, "Well of course he's real."
Mario poked Anna back, making Ireth snicker. "Hey I didn't poke you that hard."
"Can I have your autograph?" Ireth asked Mario.
"Sure, pretty girl." Mario said causing Ireth to giggle.
Anna fell to the floor laughing. "You are flirting with a cartoon." She said, laughing.
"You're dating an alien robot." Ireth dead-paned.
Anna suddenly started to cry. "No I'm not, remember? He doesn't want me he wants Elita." Anna said.
Mario looked at Anna, a thoughtful look on his face. "I'll seta you up with someone."
(With the others)
Optimus started growling, getting angry at Mario
(With the girls)
Ireth blinked, remembering something. "And he's not a cartoon character!" She blinked again. "Oh wait..yeah he is, he had several different shows. Plus a movie, several cameos, tons of games…"
Anna clamped her hand over her older sister's mouth, shutting her up. "I really don't need to hear them all Ireth."
Mario laughed, "Comma on then. Letsa get to the castle."
(In the other world)
Megatron groaned suddenly. "Primus that's right, that girl ahs to be the biggest Nintendo fan that ever lived. You wouldn't believe how many things she has that was created by that infernal human company."
"Look on the plus side Megs. Who better to get them through that world than a fanatic of the game? Plus they have the hero himself on their side." Epps said sagely.
"So….how are we supposed to get there?" Lennox asked.
(With the girls)
Anna looked around, but still kept crying without making any sound. She saw a funny looking creature behind some trees, it was a little brown mushroom-like critter, she couldn't remember what it was called.
"I have played every single one of these games, they are so freaking cool!" Ireth said, still grinning.
"For the record Ireth I always get him killed so I am not helping." Anna muttered, looking down at the ground.
Mario looked at her, "Whatsa matta with Anna?"
"I don't want to go back, I can't compete with a femme who is gorgeous. Look at me Ireth, there is nothing special about me, nothing. Why would he want a fragile little human when he could have a beautiful Cybertronian?"
Ireth's grin had faded during her sister's speech, placing a hand on her shoulder she said. "Then we will both stay here, forever."
In the other world, those watching the screen were all struck speechless. Optimus and Megatron both felt sick.
"You really mean it?" Anna asked, hopeful and teary eyed.
"Of course, you're my little sister. I'll always take your side, no matter what." Ireth grinned and pulled Anna into a quick hug. "But I'm making you a bet. I bet that when/if they find us, Optimus will take you back because of some reason that neither one of us can think of right now."
"And I bet that you're full of crap." Anna smirked at her sister. "Okay, so if you win…?"
Ireth grinned wider. "I get your Optimus plushie!"
Anna gasped dramatically. "Not Chibi Opti! Anything but him!"
Back in the other world, everyone sweat-dropped.
"Okay, but if I win you help me pull off the ultimate prank on all the Cons, no ifs-ands-or-buts."
"Deal." Ireth said. "Besides, living here is like one of my dreams…" Ireth got starry-eyed.
"Whatsa matta with her?" Mario asked, having no clue what the heck was going on with the sisters.
"Life-long dream fulfilled." Anna said simply.
(Back with the Bots)
"Okay, back to my question, how the heck are we supposed to get there?" Ratchet asked, annoyed that he was being ignored. Someone was gonna get his with a wrench soon….
"Better question, isn't this a game? How the heck is it moving without Sam using the controller?" Lennox asked.
Optimus suddenly blew his stack. "You will find a way to get me there I am not losing her to some cartoon little hoppy man with a fluffy thing growing on the bottom of his nose. You will make this happen, I am not losing her! Where is the Fallen, find him right now damn i!"
Everyone stared at him, shell-shocked.
"FIND HIM NOW! Or so help me someone is going to get ripped a new face!"
Megatron disappeared and came back with the Fallen almost instantaneously, he suddenly feared his brother's anger. "Here you go brother."
"You needed something?" The Fallen asked, wary of the other Prime's fury.
"Get me there…" Optimus ordered, pointing to the TV. He began to mutter "Damn human with that furry thing under his nose…"
The Fallen, Megatron and Optimus disappeared in a flash and reappeared in the game. Everyone crowded around to watch.
(With the girls)
"I think I heard something." Anna said
"YOU MOST CERTAINLY DID!" Optimus snarled
The three flipped around and saw Optimus, Anna and Ireth paled at seeing how mad he was. Megatron and the Fallen were standing behind him, one looking shocked the other one fearful.
Mario jumped in front of the girls and reached behind him. "I don't know watta you are, buta I'm not gonna waita to finda out." Mario said with a frown. He pulled out a Whistle and played a tune. The three vanished in a tornado that flew off.
"What the frag just happened?" Megatron asked.
"Maybe we should return. We know nothing of this world, we should get someone to help us." The Fallen suggested.
Optimus said nothing, still angry. The elder teleported them all back…
…and Optimus was promptly hit by several others. "You slagging idiot! You scared the slag out of them!" Ratchet said.
"I would have fun too if I saw you that mad Optimus, you were fuming." Elita said, shaking her head.
Optimus just blinked, embarrassed, ashamed and sad. "Um…..whoops?"
"Plus, you three know next to nothing about the Mario games." Mikeala added.
Optimus looked at Sam, "Sam please help me, please I can't lose Anna please help me." Optimus said his optics misting. "He took her away from me…."
"We he is the hero of the game. He thought you were going to attack them." Sam said.
"He thought I was a monster, perhaps I am. Maybe she does deserve someone better…." Optimus replied, walking away his spark breaking.
Ratchet saw Optimus placing his hand on his chest and realized what was happening to him. "No, he's having a spark attack. Samuel you and Mikeala must bring the girls back. Tell Anna Optimus is sick. Please hurry!" Ratchet ordered going over to his leader who had since collapsed on the ground.
(With Anna and Ireth)
"That's the whole story Peach." Ireth finished. Anna and her had taken turns explaining pretty much everything to the Mario gang.
"Wow, you two have been through a lot. Anyway, you're more than welcome to stay here." Peach said, smiling at the two.
Anna snickered when her sister got starry-eyed again. "You should just keep those on Ireth." She teased.
"Oh hush." Ireth muttered, blushing.
The happy atmosphere was broken by a Toad guard running into the room. "Princess! Oh and Mario and Luigi too! Thank goodness you're all here!"
"Whatsa wrong?" Luigi asked.
"It's that fiend Bowser! He stole the Star Heart!"
Ireth and Anna shared a look while all the Mushroom denizens gasped in horror. "Okay, this is a new one for me. What's a Star Heart?" Ireth asked
"The Star Heart is the strongest Power Star there is. It's what gives the Mushroom Kingdom its life. It's like the heart of the land." Peach explained.
"Without it, we will alla perish." Mario finished grimly. "Princess, me anda Luigi will go getta it."
"Yoshi!" Yoshi nodded determinedly. The girls had discovered that all the Yoshis could only say their name but they always managed to get their point across.
"Hey, we'll help too. Since we're gonna be staying here, might as well get used to adventures." Ireth said with a grin.
"And this has nothing to do with the fact that you've always wanted to go on an adventure with the Mario Bros?" Anna asked, eyebrow raised.
Before Ireth could make a come-back, Sam, Mikeala and the Fallen appeared from a portal.
Anna stared at them while Ireth asked "Sam! Mikeala and Falx? Okay why are you three here?"
Falx looked straight at the younger of the two. "It's Optimus, he's sick, he's had a spark attack. Depending on how bad the attack was if he survives it or not. He loves you Anna, he was not leaving you. Elita is like a sister to him you misunderstood." Falx answered.
"But Sam made that comment and then Ironhide and Ratchet….but no he can't die." Anna looked at Ireth. "If you want to stay here Ireth it's okay, but I can't leave him, I can't…"
Ireth just stared at her sister and smiled gently. "It's alright. Go see to your sparkmate. But I made a promise to help and I'll keep it. Besides." She flat out grinned. "How many chances will I get to fight with the Mario Brothers?" Ireth pulled her sister into a hug, then gently pushed her toward the other three. "Take care of Optimus, I'll be back as soon as I can."
"We know, we've been watching you guys on the TV." Mikeala said.
"It's how we found out where you went. I was playing the game and saw you two with Mario." Sam added.
Anna looked at Ireth. "Be careful okay?" She looked over at Mario and Luigi "Protect her please."
They nodded "She'sa in good hands." Mario said, giving a thumbs up.
The group disappeared as Falx transported them. Anna saw Optimus on the floor with Ratchet beside him, trying to stabilize him. She ran over to him. "Optimus…Please be okay…" Anna cried.
He onlined his optics. "A…Anna, you came back to…me?" Optimus asked weakly.
"Alright boys." She clapped her hands together. "How are we gonna do this?"
"There'sa no time to getta Power-ups by travelling througha the worlds, se we'sa going to head to Bowser's land right away." Mario said.
"With a Blue Yoshis or getting a blue Koopa shell, we'lla fly straight there." Luigi added.
"Sounds like a plan, when do we go?"
"In a bit, we have to get the shells and the Yoshis." Peach said. "But first, you need a little change of attire."
"Come again?" Ireth blinked confused.
"Well, you're going to fight with the Mario Bros…" Peach smirked, dragging the other girl to another room.
A short while later, Ireth's voice echoed throughout the castle. "OH WOW, I GET TO WEAR THIS? AWESOME!" She zoomed out of Peach's room, wearing a feminine version of the Mario Bros. clothes, though the overalls were rolled up to her knees, the shirt was short-sleeved and lilac, fingerless white gloves, and the letter on her hat was an 'I'. "This is freaking cool!"
Anna could hear Sam snickering about the game, but her only concern was for Optimus. "This is my fault, I left without thinking, please can you ever forgive me Optimus?" Anna asked as he smiled sadly.
"I will be okay, now that you're here." He said as she kissed him gently.
"Yes he will be fine, just let me check him over again and then you can drool all over him." Ratchet said.
Anna wandered over to the TV. "Why is she wearing those clothes, she looks like a female version of Mario and Luigi…without the mustache of course."
"Oh is that what is growing on his nose, interesting." Optimus said, coming over with Ratchet.
"She must be in her glory, she loves this game." Anna said as Megatron didn't look too happy.
"I should have gone, I could have blown up that insect's lair. I could do what I do best smash and destroy." Anna snorted in laughter, sitting on Optimus' shoulder. "Do I amuse you, am I a clown to you Anna?" Megatron snapped.
"Put a little red nose on then yes maybe." Anna replied as everyone continued to watch the TV once more.
"Okay, so I just sit on them? Like a horse?" Ireth asked, staring at her Yoshi. Her's was blue, while Mario's was yellow and Luigi got red.
The Bros just stared at her. "Whatsa horse?"
"Never mind…" Ireth muttered, shaking her head. Yoshi though, answered her question. Stretching uot his tongue, he grabbed her and flipped Ireth onto his back. "Now that was fun!" She laughed, slightly dizzy.
"I'm glad you think so." Peach said smiling. She handed the girl a small back-pack. "Here, Toad and I found all the Power-ups we could around the castle. Use them wisely." Ireth placed the pack in it's place.
"Thanka you Princess." Mario said, tipping his hat to her. "Comma on Luigi, Ireth. Letsa go kick Bowser's shell!'
The three Yoshis grabbed a blue Koopa shell with their tongues and they suddenly grew white wings. Jumping, they started to fly and were soon out of Peach's sight.
"THIS IS AWESOME!" Ireth yelled, making her Yoshi laugh through holding the shell.
(Back with Anna and co.)
Anna stared at her sister. "She's got to be over the moon by now, and Mario is a trip." Anna said, looking at Optimus when he groaned. He had laid down earlier. Anna walked over to him. "Are you okay Optimus?" She asked, biting her bottom lip.
He looked at her and lowered his hand, nodding. Anna climbed on and Optimus held her close to his face. Anna started to rub it which caused the Bot to start to purr.
(With Mario Bros and Ireth)
"So…how do we do this? Just blast through one of the windows?" Ireth asked on Mario's right.
"No, thata would be rude." Luigi answered on his brother's left.
"We'lla go through the front door." Mario added.
"So, instead of going through the top window straight into Bowser's throne room, we'll go in through the front door where he no doubt has guards, traps and who knows what else waiting for us?" Ireth summed it up.
"Pretty much yeah." Mario said with a shrug.
"This is going to be freaking fun!" Ireth grinned. They landed outside of Bowser's castle, the Yoshis flying away. "You know, it looks a lot smaller on the screen…" Ireth mused, staring up at the doors. Mario walked up to the front door, which opened slowly. They heard the standard World 8 music start to play. "Oh…this is going to be so much fun!"
"Bro, shouldn't we gear upa befor going inside?" Luigi asked, fixing his hat.
"You're righta Luigi. Ireth, how about a some Power-ups?" Mario turned to the girl.
"With pleasure." Ireth grinned. She threw Mario a Fire Flower. Luigi got a Propeller Mushroom and she got an Ice Flower.
"Letsa go getta the Star Heart." Mario said, running inside with Ireth and Luigi flanking him.
(With the others)
Everyone was having a blast cheering for Ireth, someone had even brought out snacks and drinks for the humans.
"Kick some aft youngling!" Megatron yelled.
Sam saw Mario and Luigi winking at Ireth and grinning, but Megatron didn't notice it. "Hey Megs, if two guys were interested in Ireth, what would you do?" Sam asked .
"What are you talking about?" Megatron demanded. "Who is interested in my youngling?" He glanced back at the screen
Anna heard all this with half an ear cause she was taking care of her Bot.
(Back with Ireth and Bros)
"You fighta pretty good Ireth." Mario commented, throwing a Koopa shell into a squad of Koopa Troopas.
"When you spend almost 2 decades playing these kinds of games, you pick up a few things." Ireth answered, jumping on multiple Goombas without hitting the ground. She tossed an ice ball at a lave ball that was about to his Luigi, freezing it solid for a split second, allowing him to land on it.
"Thanka you!" He called, spinning up in the air again.
No more was said as the three made their way through the lower levels of the castle. Ireth ran ahead of the Mario Bros, and ran, jumped, flipping and somersaulted to the other end of the large room besides the pipe, appearing effortless while she did it. Mario and Luigi were gapping at Ireth.
"Come on guys!" She called, waving at them.
The two shook out of their stupor and took off, copying her movements and landing beside Ireth. Luigi though had lost his Power-up.
As they caught their breath before going down the pipe, Ireth turned to the Bros. "So, how are you guys coming along with Peach and Daisy?"
Both of them blushed, "Wella…I planned on asking her to marry me after thisa…" Mario said with a cute blush.
"Me anda Daisy aren't therea yetta, buta I hope to aska someday." Luigi said.
Ireth smiled, happy for the both of them. "I want to come to the wedding, I've been waiting for you to ask her since Super Mario Sunshine."
Mario just looked at Ireth confused while they moved over to the pipe, "Whata are you talking about a?"
Ireth blinked, "Never mind, let's go."
(Back in the other world)
Optimus sat on the floor with Anna on his chest plates.
"You're in luck they are with the princesses already Megs." Sam said.
"WHAT? They don't find her cute?" Megatron replied, growling.
Sam shook his head and sighed, "Make up your mind, Megs."
"What were those things Ireth was jumping on?" Starscream asked.
"Goombas." Mikeala answered.
"Oh that was helpful." Starscream snapped.
"I call them monsters, Ireth knows all their names though. They are the bad guys if they hit you they zap your Power-up, if you don't have any Power-ups when they hit you they kill you." Anna said
Megatron didn't like that at all. "Why is she in the insolent thing anyway?" Anna tried to answer but he continued. "And you, running away from your mate. You need a swift aft kicking for scaring my brother like that." He growled.
Anna curled up on Optimus' chest plates. "Sorry baby…" Anna whispered.
Optimus gently stroked her back, "Shh, I forgive you." The two of them soon fell asleep together.
Sam heard Anna snoring loudly. "Okay seriously she is so damn loud someone make her stop please!"
"If you go near her I am sure Optimus will not like it." Ratchet said as Megatron watched the TV.
"Why is she doing this?" Megatron asked
"Because she is a fighter and wants to help people." Lennox answered.
"He's a little cartoon hoppy human with a hairy thing wiggling on his nose!" Megatron grumbled, which caused Sam to snicker. "Boy, what are you laughing at?" Megatron snapped.
"You, it's called a mustache." Sam said trying to be helpful
"I don't care what it's called! Slagging insect hopping around with that thing on his face." Megatron growled.
"Does she get a reward for doing this?" Barricade asked.
"Yeah, she gets to live." Epps laughed.
"WHAT?" Megatron yelled.
"Oh come on, I am just kidding what do you want me to do?" Epps muttered.
"RIP HIS FACE OFF!" Optimus yelled in his recharge.
"Oh sure, that's his answer to everything, rip his face off!" The Fallen snapped. "It's never let's leave his face alone for once, it's always let's go straight for the slagging face!" Falx began to wander around waving his servos all around and talking to himself, slightly scaring everyone else in the room. "'Of course Falx would you like to keep your face? It's quite a handsome face.' 'Why yes it is and I would like to keep it thank you very much Optimus Prime!'" The Fallen said randomly.
"OFF WITH HIS FACE!" Optimus yelled once more. Anna by now had woken up and was just laughing silently.
Sam snickered but stopped when he heard a tapping sound. Everyone turn to the TV to see Ireth tapping on it. "SHUT UP OVER THERE! Or I'll have Optimus rip you a new face!" She said
Optimus brought up his swords, still half-asleep. "OFF WITH HIS FACE!" Optimus said again.
(Back in the game)
Ireth, Mario and Luigi had finally made it to the bottom of the next level, which Ireth christened the 'Stupid-Lava-Slowly-Going-Down' room and were standing beside the pipe. Ireth heard the other yelling faintly. "SHUT UP OVER THERE! Or I'll have Optimus rip you a new face!" Ireth yelled, tapping on something invisible.
"Ireth…whata are you doing?" Mario asked.
"Breaking the fourth wall….or would this be fifth since they are watching us from another dimension?" Ireth trailed off uncertain.
"Alrighta." Luigi said, taking it in stride. He and Mario had seen weirder things in their lives.
"Letsa go!" Mario said, hopping into the pipe and going down. Luigi followed right behind him.
"Man, these things never get old!" Ireth yelled in glee, following them down to the next level.
(In Peach's Castle)
Peach just sat on her throne, waiting for a troop of guards to return. She had sent htem on a side-mission, suspicious about something. Just then, the head guard came running back in, startling her.
"Princess! I have troubling news." The guard started, panting.
"Calm down, breath and then report." She said softly.
"Yes Your Highness." The guard took a deep breath. "We did as you ordered and checked the altar. It is as you feared."
Peach sat back, a look of dawning horror on her face. "You mean?"
"Yes Princess…the Star Heart is still there."
(Back in the real world)
Sam stared at the screen after hearing the conversation between the guard and princess. "Oh snap, hey Megs now you may want to panic." Sam stuttered.
"Speak up boy, why do you always stammer when you address me?" Megatron demanded.
"I think that Ireth and the Mario Bros are heading for a trap." Sam said. No one noticed a certain blonde princess gazing at the screen.
"Why would you say such a thing boy?" Megatron asked, optics narrowed.
"Excuse me, Mr. Huge and Scary creature." The Princess said as she climbed out of the TV, causing Sam screamed like a little girl and making everyone else sweat-drop.
"I am MEGATRON!"
"Oh give it a rest brother." Optimus grumbled, finally awake. He and the others snickered at the put out look on the warlord's face.
After giving quick introductions for everyone, Peach nodded, "Sam is right, I believe they are heading straight into a trap."
"But why would one of your guards say that Bowser has the Star Heart, if he didn't steal it?" Anna asked
"What exactly is the Star Heart anyway? I know you explained a little bit, but could you clarify?" Graham asked.
Peach nodded, "In order, I don't know why the guard said that…unless it wasn't really one of my guards. And to your second question, I'll have to explain some things. Who knows what a Power Star is?"
"I do." Sam said. "A Power Star is a source of energy for you guys, along with it being a type of protection. There are also these things called Grand Stars."
"Exactly. Power Stars get their energy from a Grand Star. A Grand Star is the equivilant of hundreds of Power Stars combined into one, they get their energy from the Mushroom Kingdom denizens. Our hopes, dreams, emotions, give them power."
"Okay...and the Star Heart?" Mikeala asked. Everyone was on the edge of their seats listening to the princess.
"There is only one Star Heart in my Kingdom. It is the source of life. It's what make nature grow, the planet thrive, everything. Without it, it would be like this world without the sun. It's how I suspected that the Star Heart was still in its altar, because if it had been removed, the Kingdom would have started to wither and die, but it was as thriving as ever."
"Wow." Everyone breathed in awe.
"Yes. Now, the Star Heart also gets it's power from emotions, namely love and life from living beings."
"You mean you guys in the Mushroom Kingdom?" Epps asked.
Peach shook her head, "No, it has to come from those who love the Mushroom Kingdom and everything in it, but aren't from there."
Sam gasped, sitting up in shock, "You're talking about the fans. The gamers all around this world, who love the game. They are the ones to give it life, because if they hated the game, they wouldn't play it. Cutting off the source of energy for the Star Heart."
"Exactly. I believe that Bowser, instead of trying to take over my Kingdom, finally decided to destroy it. The Star Heart itself can't be destroyed, but it's source of Power can." Peach said. "And who, is one of the biggest fans of Mario? Who is one of the people who give it the most power?"
"Ireth." Anna gasped. "Bowser is after my sister."
"I'm afraid so. If Bowser were to get rid of Ireth, I'm afraid the backlash of so much energy disappearing at once would fracture the Star Heart, enabling Bowser to destroy it. With it gone, it's game over."
"But it would destroy Bowser and his land too!" Lennox said.
"Maybe Bowser doesn't care anymore. Or maybe he has a back-up plan for living, I don't know." Peach said, eyes sad
"We've got to warn Ireth!" Megatron said.
Everyone turned to the TV to try to warn the Mario co. but Bowser's symbol flashed for a moment, then faded. Everyone yelled, but nothing gets through. "Damn, Bowser cut us out!" Sam yelled.
"I can't teleport back in." Falx said, red eyes glowing.
No one noticed that Anna slipped away for a bit. She tried to contact Ireth through their sister bond.
::: Ireth, please hear me:::::
*She answered but it's so faint*
:::: Ireth, get out of there, its a trap the star is safe; Bowser wants you:::::
:::: What Anna, I can't hear you right:::::
:::: It's a trap, you have to leave:::::
*Anna heard sinister laughter, as the monitor in the control room flickered on and Bowser appeared*
"So you think you can warn her and save her? Not likely, looks like I can get two for the price of one. Your world will be next once I destroy her in fact you shall be my first victim..." The next thing Anna felt was blinding, agonizing pain as she screamed, black enveloping her vision and she collapsed.
"Ireth? Whatsa matta?" Mario asked. Ireth had frozen in place and stared off into space. He and Luigi had been trying to get her attention for a few minutes before she shook herself out of it.
"I don't know. Anna tried to contact me, but I couldn't hear what she was saying." Ireth said. The trio were standing outside the doors that would take them to Bowser.
"We can finda out when we getta back." Luigi said. "Letsa go!"
They ran down the hallway, dodging large fireballs with practiced ease. They stopped on a bridge, lava churning below them. The door slammed shut behind them while the Koopa King stared them down.
"Give us the Star Heart Bowser and we'lla leta you live." Mario said, glaring.
Bowser just started to laugh, sending chills down the humans' spines. "And what makes you think I have the Star Heart?"
Before any of them could answer, the same Toad guard from before stepped out from behind Bowser, a puff of smoke later and Kamek was standing there.
"Oh crud…" Ireth said. "We walked straight into a trap."
(With the others)
"That was Anna!" Optimus roared as he charged into the area where the scream came from. Optimus saw her laying on the ground and how she wasn't breathing. "Anna…?" Optimus whispered as he felt his spark break. "No!" He yelled as Megatron goes to his brother. "I've lost her, something happened to her."
The princess walked over and looked sad. "She is gone, I am sorry Bowser did this."
Optimus gripped his chest plates in pain. "NO, I will not accept that, she is not gone. There must be something that can be done right?" Optimus snarled before doing a 180 with his tone. "Please help her, please." He begged, though Falx and Megatron shook their heads sadly.
(With Ireth and Bros)
"Your sister is dead by the way, she was trying to warn you it was a trap. I couldn't allow that so I am afraid she had to go." He explained, laughing cruelly.
Ireth stared at the laughing Kind, calm, almost frigid. She reached into her pack and pulled out a Whistle the Princess had stashed. Gripping it tightly, she charged it with something. Ireth handed it and the pack to Luigi. "Use the Whistle and get the heck out of here. There's something in there that will help Anna." She said in a tone that was beyond icy.
"Yessa Ireth." Luigi said seriously. He quickly played the Whistle and vanished from sight.
Ireth walked up to stand beside Mario, both of their expressions cold fury. "You've donna lota horrible things Bowser, buta that takes the cake." Mario said.
"No mercy Koopa King. You won't be getting up from the lava this time." Ireth stated. As one, Mario and her charge.
(With the Bots)
Everyone was shocked when Luigi suddenly showed up climbing out of the TV.
"Hello, anyone homa?" Luigi asked as Sam and Mikeala run in.
"Luigi...?" Sam asked
"Yesa,wherea is the damsela in distressa?" Luigi asked.
Sam shows him and he walks up looking at Optimus who wasn't angry and grumpy looking now, he just looked broken without Anna.
He sees Anna laying on the ground and walks up taking some things out of the back pack.
"She willa be finea just you waita and seea."
"Why does he talk that way?" Starscream asked as he watched as whatever he did Anna opened her eyes.
"Thanks Luigi..." Anna said as Optimus grabbed her and his optics misted.
"Thank you Primus!" Optimus said.
"Mya name is Luigi nota Primusa."
"Primus is our God." Optimus said.
"Ohhhh okaya." Luigi replied.
"What did you do?" Lennox asked as they watched Optimus cuddle Anna.
"I gava her a 1-Up Mushroom. They giva you an extra lifa." Luigi replied.
"YOU FIRE AT ME ONE MORE TIME AND I'LL SHOVE A FIREBALL UP YOUR AFT!"
"And there's Ireth." Anna laughed.
"GET BACK HERE YOU OVER-GROWN TURTLE! I'M GOING TO RIP YOUR SHELL OFF AND FEED IT TO YOU!""
"Wow, I wonder what Bowser did to make her so pissed...besides killing you." Megatron wondered.
Sam began snickering, having watched the whole thing. "He burned her hat."
(With me and Mario)
Ireth knew that Luigi would bring Anna back so she wasn't too worried about that. She and Mario were currently dodging Bowser's attacks.
"YOU FIRE AT ME ONE MORE TIME AND I'LL SHOVE A FIREBALL UP YOUR AFT!"
"Like you could." Bowser taunted, launching another wave of attacks.
Ireth tossed Mario into the air to fire his own fireballs at Bowser while she fired iceballs to stop the attacks coming at her…though she wasn't quick enough with one. Feeling a burning sensation on her head, she pulled her hat off to see it was singed.
Feeling the killer intent in the room, both Mario and Bowser froze and stared at the girl. She had fire blazing out of her eyes.
"I'ma glad I'ma not you." Mario said, wisely getting out of the enraged girl's way.
Bowser broke though the wall behind him to try to get away.
"GET BACK HERE YOU OVER-GROWN TURTLE! I'M GOING TO RIP YOUR SHELL OFF AND FEED IT TO YOU!"
(Back with the others)
"GET HIM YOUNGLING!" Megatron yelled.
"Whatsa youngling?" Luigi asked.
"Another name for youth or child." Ironhide answered.
"RIP HIM A NEW FACE!" Optimus ordered. Everyone looked at the Prime. "What? I can't cheer?" Anna gave him a kiss, making him smile. "I am so glad you are back with me I was so scared I was going to lose you for good." Optimus said, leaning into her touch.
"And he never gets scared." Sideswipe replied.
Everyone turned back to the TV to check up on Ireth and Mario. They watched Ireth run after Bowser and tackle him to the ground and she unleashed all her fury on him.
"I'ma glad you're on my side," Mario commented as she beat the crap out of Bowser.
"You evil piece of fragging pit spawned, slagging, glitching, aft-head! You hurt my sister, now you're going to wish you were never hatched!"
Megatron and Ratchet along with Ironhide stare at each other.
"Such talk!" Ratchet mumbled.
"I didn't do it!" Megatron said.
"Don't look at me." Ironhide added.
Bumblebee just started whistling innocently beside Sam and Mikeala. "You're evil Bee." Sam quietly snickered.
All movement froze at a single, roared word coming from the TV, "ENOUGH!"
Sam scrambled away from the TV as Bowser made his way out of it, laughing. Everyone saw Ireth and Mario laying lifeless on the ground. Anna started to sob while Megatron snarled his spark breaking. "Do you honestly think I will not avenge my youngling's death? Megatron growled as Bowser gave a signal and his army started coming out of the TV.
"Oh slag this just keeps getting better and better." Barricade muttered.
Optimus' swords came out as he put Anna on his shoulder and said "Stay up there."
(With Ireth and Mario)
A finger twitches.
"Oha…my heada…" Mario groans. Slowly he sat up. "Bowser makesa bad villain ifa he doesn't checka if hisa enemies are actually deada."
"Got that right…I can't believe he sat on us!" Ireth groaned, sitting up. "Where the heck is he?"
"Gonna…maybe througha thata?" Mario pointed at something. A swirling portal was just sitting there, almost begging the duo to jump through.
"Yup, you may be onto something." Ireth snickered. "So..we got the element of surprise…anything to go with it?"
Mario smirked an almost 'Megatron-like' smirk and pulled two things out of his pocket. "Willa these do?"
Ireth got wide-eyed and grinned like a fool. "Perfect. I have always wanted to try this particular Power-up…"
(Back in the other world)
The bots are stepping on the villains from Mario world, and Megatron is slamming his peds down on them like a happy crazy person.
"You will all pay!" Megatron snarled.
"I am going to rip someone's face off." Optimus says
"No brother, he's mine!" Megatron snarls.
"No he's mine megs..."
As the two brothers are arguing, Falx absentmindedly swipes with his staff. "Why the face? Why is always the face? LEAVE MY FACE ALONE!"
Everyone got a 'WTF?' look
"Nothing!" Everyone chorused, before resuming fighting.
Sam though, paused in his jumping on Goombas when he heard something. "What is that? Sounds really familiar."
His allies paused in their attack, making the sound louder. Peach and Luigi started to grin while Bowser paled.
"What's up with you?" Megatron grumbled, wanting to get back to squishing something.
"You might want to get out of the way." Peach said, jumping and then floating to sit on Elita's shoulder. Luigi jumped and flipped to land on Ratchet's. "Getta ready for a good showa."
"What are you-"
But Optimus was cut off when two technicolored flashing beings jumped out of a portal and started to attack Bowser's army. Whenever they touched something, it vanished.
"Never underestimate Star Power!" Sam chuckled, realizing what had happened.
"THIS IS SO FREAKING AWESOME!"
"Ireth!" Megatron yelled, overjoyed.
Said human grinned and waved. "Never can keep heroes down for long, you should know that Optimus, you always come back." Ireth said, laughing.
"She is so right my bot." Anna whispered as Optimus grinned.
"Get a room please." Starscream muttered as he watched Ireth fight. "She still looks hot fighting, frag." He said as Megatron snarled at him. "What I can't look? You have to allow me to be able to interfa-"
Everyone had to jump out of the way of a hurtling Starscream who smashed straight through a wall, courtesy of an irate Megatron. You could almost see the tick in his forehead.
"Slagging glitch head…" Megatron growled.
"Right….well all the bad guys are done, except for Bowser." Anna finished lamely. Everyone surrounded the Koopa King.
Megatron reacted faster than Optimus had ever seen him before, he slammed his foot ped down several times on Bowser completely killing him.
"That was for hurting my youngling and this is for hurting my brother's mate you slagging glitch head." He wiped his foot on a large piece of metal and tossed it into the portal, finally firing a blast into it. On the TV, everyone could see Bowser's castle explode, leaving nothing but a few rocks when it was over.
"Wow…remind me to a) never piss off Megatron and b) Never threaten you which would piss off Megatron." Sam said to Ireth.
"Got that right." She said with a grin.
Anna looked at Megatron and then to her sister. She began talking using their bond.
:::: Sis, Megatron isn't thinking of you as a youngling anymore, did you see how he got with Starscream:::::
Ireth looked up at Megatron
:::I think that was just him being an over-protective father. I know Optimus would have done the same thing if Screamer did that with Sam or Mikeala::::
:::True, my bot does seem them as his own younglings.::: Anna blinked, confused. :::Would that make them my younglings too?:::
::No clue, but it's funny to think about:::
Ireth began to smirk, drawing everyone's attention. "Oh Anna! I win." She said simply.
"I win…the bet."
Anna's eyes widened and she gasped dramatically. "NO! THAT MEANS YOU GET CHIBI OPTI!"
Everyone, including the Mario gang, sweatdrops.
"Yup! Now he's mind to cuddle!" Ireth laughed evilly, taking the plush doll and hugging him.
"Wella that was….wierda." Mario said.
"You have no clue Mario." Anna said. She leaned over to whisper into Optimus' audios.
"Okay everything is wrapped up here, so Anna and I are leaving for a little alone time. Come on my little human femme." Optimus said as Anna waved to everyone. The Prime transformed around her and pulled away.
"thata was some weirda stuff." Mario commented. "Wherea they going?"
Everyone laughed then. "That is why I won the bet they are going to go-" Ireth started to say.
"INTERFACE!" Starscream exclaimed as he went over to Ireth and picked her up. "I like you, make him understand it's okay to like you Ireth!" Starscream said as Megatron growled, stomping over to them.
"Uh..Starscream you have your Trine." Ireth deadpanned.
Megatron lifted Ireth from Starscream's servo and then somehow, flicks him across the room. "Idiot, trying to corrupt my innocent little sparkling. "Megatron mutters, cuddling Ireth.
"Well it's been fun guys, but we have to get going." Peach said.
Ireth starts to anime cry. "Why? Cruel world, what have I done to deserve this?" Everyone sweatdrops at the girl's antics.
"Ireth, don't crya, you can coma visit us." Mario said, soothing Ireth.
"Really." Luigi smiles.
"Okay…can I have your autographs?" Ireth asked, starry eyed again. Laughing, the three gave her what she asked for, said their goodbyes, and jumped into the portal. It vanished after them and the TV went back to normal, playing the opening credits for the game.
Starscream began to grumble to himself, staring intently at Ireth.
"Well, you got your autographs huh?" Mikeala said smiling.
"Yup I did."
Starscream marched up toward Megatron who was now holding Ireth. "STARSCREAM!" Megatron grumbled.
"I want to know if she doesn't want me who is she going to pick out of all of us? Who does she like?" Starscream asked.
Ireth shrugged and cuddled Megatron. "No clue Screamer, I'm good at the moment cuddling with my father-mech." Ireth said.
"That's right Starscream she is my youngling and I will say who she goes out with….Or I could remove your…." His optics cast a glance downwards, getting his point across.
Starscream yells and took off with his Trine following.
Everyone just laughed.
Yup, just a typical day on Diego Garcia. Wonder what tomorrow will bring?