'Madness' Files 16: The World that Never Was (3)“Hmm, where to investigate next…” Machelix looked over the map of the known worlds. Several toothpick flags pierced a handful of them, each marked with the name of the Nobody investigating that particular world. An additional one decorated with his own name he held in his open palm. A finger from his other hand traced a trail through the maze of strings towards (hopefully) an exit. “Lylat System… Titan Tearaways… to Game Central Station…”
The opening doors behind him interrupted his concentration. “Ah, Shakespeare, returned so soon?” Noticing the journal in the Scribe’s hands he added, “Or are you simply playing librarian for a bit?”
‘I am simply doing what Master Fexyregof asked of me,’ replied the Lesser Nobody. Neither head nor gaze swiveled from his objective: the stairs.
Machelix smirked as the minion entered the stairwell.
'Madness' Files 15: Isle o' Hags (1)Navigating a spot to drop anchor proved an initial challenge for Scarnfix. Despite the Isle o’ Hags being, well, an island, hills and mountains surrounded the majority of the landscape. Only the icy waters surging from one half of an offshore islet could serve as any hospitable harbor.
“Arright, now where ‘de Jolly Roger do I find ‘dis Cheato book ‘ting?” He leaped from the upper deck of his ship to the lower and ran to the prow. Two icy beaches lay before him, a wall of rock separating the two and another partially hiding the one on his right. Smoke rose from behind this second wall: someone to interrogate.
The Privateer summoned one of his cutlasses and threw it like a boomerang. The sword flashed at its farthest distance and returned as his personal scouting craft. Gripping the pegs of the flywheel and stepping onto the smaller boat, he shouted, “All ashore ‘dat be goin’ ashore!
'Madness' Files 14: La Ratatouille (1)“Pour me ano’der drink, love. Me glass be empty.”
“Madame, uh, this is the fourth refill you’ve had already.”
Rynexethak looked up from her seat into the nervous red-headed waiter’s eyes in a condescending glance. “And not e’ery girl chums ‘de waters after a glass or two. I ain’t stutterin’, so bring me ano’der round!”
“Err, right away, ma’am.” A bit of a work-up the waiter needed to pick up momentum on his skates to continue on his working route.
The figure beside Rynexethak at the table lowered his menu and rolled his colorless eyes beneath a fish-shaped maroon metal helm. ‘Ye don’t ‘ave to be so ‘ard on ‘de boy,’ he “said” to the Double Dealing Wench.
A laugh that would tighten the pants of any man without their guard up sounded from between Rynexethak’s painted red lips. “Oh, come
'Madness' Files 13: Afterlife High (1)Sunlight shone down over the sparsely crowded streets, the same street Fexyregof watched when looking up from his journal. Often this occurrence was not, given the way his pen furiously crossed across the page. “He could have sent me to the Pagemaster’s Library to locate the missing book,” read his emotionally devoid, pristinely sculpted letters. “My moniker is the Disgruntled Scholar, for the love of Emily; I should have been given a mission that poses less of an insult to my heritage. Capture a scythe indeed… I’m beginning to believe he only thinks of me as an undead.”
Releasing a hard sigh, the Entourage’s number four closed his journal and entrusted it to his Lesser standing next to him. “Shakespeare, see to it that my tome returns to my dresser, please. I doubt that your services will be necessary in the near future.”
‘As you wish, my liege.’
'Madness' Files 12: Future Enforcement (1)“This is great!” exclaimed Sluxio. Even though Machelix hadn’t sent him on a mission for quite some time, he really outdid himself by sending his number five to the Time Squad station orbiting the world of Future Enforcement. So much technology for him to study, especially the mechanics of how a space base of this complex, slapstick design could remain hovering around the world.
Only one matter complicated his experience.
“I said freeze!” shouted the scruffy space cop chasing him. His pistol fired off yet another laser blast that soiled another of the space craft’s walls instead of hitting Sluxio.
The robot chasing the officer had other problems on his mind than the “intruder”. “Tuddrussel, be more careful with those things! You could shoot a hole in the ship!”
“No way, Larry! No one sneaks aboard my ship without facing some good old-fashioned justice! It’s go
'Madness' Files 11: Hyrule (1)Retrieve the fire flower from Hyrule… “Why did Machelix give me this mission? This task should have been given to Vredarigox,” Kespix groaned. He stood in the great expanse of Hyrule field beneath a reddening sun, looking out towards Hyrule Castle in the distance. His stern brown eyes shifted to the parchment paper in his hand, inscribed on one side with letters he didn’t recognize and the legible translation on the other. A local news article: the fire flower in question had been discovered in the woods to the south, but the Princess Zelda expressed an interest and desire for the flower. Her “bounty” on it might have led someone to collect the flower and give it to her already.
Two options lay before the Bitter Battler: either go into the woods and look for the flower that might not be there, or seek Zelda and see if she had acquired it already. Neither option guaranteed his finding the flower i
'Madness' Files 10: Death City (2)Two in critical condition, one of them being her brother… Vredarigox poured as much energy into her Heal Pulse as she could. Any ease she could give them, any ease at all to their suffering, she would give them.
Lagaldex had yet to start bleeding but still felt tightness in his chest; Vredarigox’s Synchronize ability allowed her to feel it as well. Mifune’s bleeding had slowed, but so had his coughing. Any minute it could be over, even with her treatment. The Damsel needed help, but she couldn’t abandon her patients, either.
All of a sudden, Lagaldex’s distortion stabilized. His sister gave him a thorough look-over but could feel the strain intensify within him. The Silent Psychic doubled over before his entire body began to glow with a bright green light.
What was happening? Even as a Pokémon he had been at full evolution. Cipher had made sure of that before the twins had escaped. And eve
'Madness' Files 9: Justice Jurisdiction (2)Only the two guards out front would have blocked Sphenxet’s entry, it seemed. The museum doors remained unlocked, and no new surprises had been added to the initial corridor. He used a few discarded pieces of lumber (perhaps knocked loose from the blazing assault) to bar the doors before entering Penguin’s “trophy room” exhibits.
The fake dinosaur looking over this second floor banister still leaked smoke from its malfunctioning metal jaws, its light bulb eyes still looking lopsidedly at the front door. Sphenxet had already been told on the last mission that this was no Jabberwocky; but still the savagely sharp teeth, reptilian skin, and massive size unnerved him.
Passing to the left of the dinosaur, the Soldier descended the staircase to the first floor display cases. The two at the base of the stairs he regarded first: in one were two corpses sitting atop two wrecked bumper cars. Both the cars and bodies were painted like cl