I sat there, hearing nothing but the scratch of my quill and my own breathing. Being the infamous Bowser wasn't as it seemed. I happened to live in a parallel universe, and some psychic of Peach's was linked with a human. The psychic would speak to the human, and the human turned our lives into a video game. To be honest, the earth Bowser had it a lot better than I did.

In my world, I am actually an exiled member of the princess's council. Due to the laws set by the first king of mushroom kingdom, council members cannot be fired, only replaced every 300 years due to our long lifespan. So they decided to exile me and put that stupid toad Toadsworth in my place as the ruler's secretary.

I may not seem like it, but I am quite old, and it was starting to show. My sleek red hair was starting to obtain some silver streaks. My eyesight has just about reached its end. I was stuck wearing some half moon spectacles, like that one man with the wand in a book from earth. I was currently signing my name on a decree that Peach was passing. Honestly, that woman. One moment she's screaming she hates me, and the next she's batting her eyes saying I'm amazing.

I heard a faint nock on my door. I sighed inwardly. My moment of peace was gone. "Come in, Melanie." The door opened to reveal a cute pink boo who wore cat eye glasses and had a clipboard under her arm. Out of all of my council members, I liked Melanie the best. She was a very kind soul, though quite mature, despite her young age. To be honest, she seemed to be the only council member who truly cared for my welfare.

"Sorry to bother you, sir," she said. I always liked that about her. She called me sir or Bowser, never those unprofessional titles that the other minions use, such as your evil or wickedness. "I have a message from Peach. She says that she is having a birthday party, and that you are invited." I raised my eyebrows at this. So, Peach was actually inviting me to something? Usually I had to gatecrash, literally.

"Do you know her motive for doing so?"

"No sir," she replied. "I am working on it though. Our spies are currently trying to figure it out at this moment."

"Thank you, Melanie," I said. "You are dismissed." She bowed, which is very odd to see a boo to do, and left, closing the door behind her. Another interesting thing about her. Most of the boos would just fly through the door, but she always opens and closes it.

Putting down the quill, I stood up and walked over to a large basin of water I keep in my office. I usually tell people that due to my ability to breath fire, I need to keep a lot of water nearby. But really, I got it from a cheep-cheep mage so I could see peach whenever I wanted.

I dipped my claw into the clear liquid. It rippled, seeming to change color, and calmed down to a picture of Peach, Mario, Luigi, Daisy, and Toadsworth drinking tea. They sat there in silence for a moment, then Toadsworth slammed his cup down on the table. "Princess, why are you pursuing this impossible idea; you will most likely get captured!"

"I believe that our land has suffered from this issue long enough," Peach said calmly. "We have discussed this many times, and this time I am not taking no for an answer. We have been fighting for too long. I remember the time of peace long ago when I was a child. Why is it not like that now? I say we need to fix it."

"Why are you taking a sudden interest into this, anyway?" Toadsworth argued. "For over fifty years, you never have decided to take action. What changed?"

"One of my sources has been gathering information, and they have learned a great deal about Bowser. I think we should give him a bit of leash. We might be surprised on how well he uses it."

"Or we will be horrified at the damage he does!" Toadsworth exclaimed. "Who cares about trying to fix whatever happened to that koopa?"

Daisy put her cup down, an angry look on her face. "I agree with Peach, Toadsworth. We should try to fix this. And may I remind you that he is the true secretary to Peach? I would never think that someone like you would find such a lust for power."

Toadsworth sat back down, looking as though he had just been slapped. I chuckled at Daisy's boldness. That tomboy really knows how to make it hurt. It looked like Peach was thinking along the same lines, but wasn't as amused. "Now Daisy, that was uncalled for." Daisy looked down, her face glowing red. Peach looked at her, and then to the Bros. "What do you two have to say on the subject?"

Luigi started tapping on the table. Very few people know, but Luigi happened to be ADHD. That was the reason for his extremely high jumping in early earth video games. "Well, I do think that it is a good idea, but I'm not completely convinced that it will work. Bowser on one hand could be a delightful guest and be quite thankful for us giving him a chance. On the other hand, he could destroy the castle and ruin your birthday party. I don't know what information your source has given you, but from what information I have about the man, the latter would be the logical outcome." I nodded. An understandable deduction.

Mario stroked his mustache. "Well, I don't really think that it will work, but we should try it after making the necessary precautions. Luigi has been working on some inventions with old E. Gadd and I think this would be a good time to test them. We will set them up around the castle and will only use them if he tries to do anything funny. Deal?"

"Deal," Peach said. "Only if we agree we show no hostility towards him. It would be hypocritical to invite him and then make him feel unwelcomed. Got it, Toadsworth?" Toadsworth crossed his arms, making him look like a toddler in the middle of a tantrum, and nodded silently. I touched the water once again, and it went back to normal.

"You might as well come out, Melanie," I said.

"That's not fair! How did you know I was here?" She cried, appearing before me.

"Never mind that. Clear my schedule for tomorrow. I am attending the party."