Bowser wasn't kidding. The once straight and paved golden path that lead from the Wario estate to Peach’s castle was completely torn up. The team would never find their way to the castle if they tried to follow it. Instead, Gooba aimed the team towards the forest next to the estate.
“Our first star location is in the forest. It’s Tree Star Woods, I do believe,” Hermione stated.
Madame’s sidekick, Pinky, who for whatever reason was not at the anniversary party, lived in the forest. Madame was sure that Gooba would be able to pick her up along the way to Tree Star Woods. Knowing Pinky, she had probably gotten distracted on her way to the party by a seemingly good-looking pine tree in need of decorating.
A few minutes into the forest, Jack asked, “What’s that pink thing?”
Madame turned her head. Sure enough, it was Pinky, and just as expected, she was decorating a pine tree with pieces of pink plaid fabric that just so happened to match the pink plaid outfit that she was currently wearing.
“Pinky!” Madame shouted. Regardless of Madame’s annoyance, with Pinky as her weakness, she still found her to be exceedingly cute.
Pinky looked up and saw Gooba with the team of people on her back. “I love you, Wumbo!” she yelled the second she saw Madame – that was her and Madame’s secret greeting to each other. “I’m sorry I am late for the party. This tree lacked pink.” she said clumsily.
“Never mind that,” Madame said, “We’ve got a crisis on our hands. Wario has been kidnapped by Peach and Bowser has destroyed the path to Mushroom Kingdom, so we have to take the star path. We are on our way to Tree Star Woods right now.”
“WHAT?!” Pinky shrieked.
“Look, I’ll explain everything on the way,” Madame promised. “Just hop on.”
As the team werrrked their way through their adventure, they fought and triumphed tremendously against enemies located throughout the forest that was Tree Star Woods. Behind Tree Star Woods’ largest elm tree was the Forest Star. The team then spoke with the Forest Star, Elmer, who was schmoozed by a talking “forest cat” who wore a pair of leather boots. The cat promised Elmer a pair of gold star boots if he let the team through, and because Elmer was so impressed with the cat’s articulation and manner, he agreed to let the team shoot on a star to Waterfall Star Stream. Although, something told Madame that Puss in Boots possessed no such thing to reimburse Elmer with, but she would deal with that later.
From there, the team landed amongst a waterfall full of spikey fish ready for attack. However, Snow Miser used his freeze abilities to harden the waterfall, and so, the team slid down the waterfall to the frozen version of what used to be a raging river. The team then made their way behind the waterfall’s frozen base where a cave, which was home to the Water Star, Fishy, stood. Fishy was stubborn and angry that the team had frozen his beautiful waterfall and insisted on conducting a duel. However, Fishy was no match for Hermione’s magical dueling skills, and so the team went forward, traveling through a powerful water current that lead to a murky pond right smack in the middle of Spooky Star Valley.
Jack’s talent for dealing with spooky things was superb, and so the he lead the team through a particularly scary haunted house in the center of Spooky Star Valley – all except for Gooba who was far too spooked to go near the house. Instead, she perched on a pile of leaves that resembled a throne right next to the house’s front gate in attempts to look beautiful. Meanwhile, in the house, Jack scared away even the most frightening ghosts, and soon, the team was in the house’s basement, face to face with the Spooky Star, Goth. Goth was quick and kept disappearing around the basement, reappearing in areas he had not last been in. Lucky for Madame, a star has substance, so she used her Rainbow Road Ribbon and whipped him. As he glowed in the dark unable to hide, Madame said the word “fierce” and shined as bright as 64,000 rhinestones. Afraid of the light, Goth swallowed his pride and let the team continue onward towards the sky. There was a super spring located in a pile of leaves outside, but unfortunately, Gooba, who had yet to swallow her pride, was blocking it. Sesshomaru then grabbed the team up, Gooba included, and flew towards Starry Star Summit, their next destination, following the spring’s path.
The ultra-sparkly star road that was Starry Star Summit was swarming with poisonous fireflies. But, as soon as the fireflies caught site of the honorable Rosalina and her Luma, they lost their ferocity and bowed on the ground, honoring her presence. As the team floated through the glittering path, with the help of Rosalina’s wand, they came to the end of the road where the Starry Star, Sequin, resided. Rosalina expressed how thankful she and the rest of the team would be if Sequin showed them the way to their next destination. Sequin was most pleased with Rosalina and quickly offered her and the team a star to ride down to Hot Star Haven on.
As the team stepped into the sweltering heated volcano of Hot Star Haven, Snow Miser helped cool the heat as best as he possibly could, and Hermione used her magic to put out some of the fiery flames that stung the air. Making their way through the lava, the team reached the top of the volcano where the Hot Star, Match, danced. Because his feet were hot with power, he agreed to let the team pass if they were capable of beating him in a dance off. MadameWario and Snow Miser quickly accepted the challenge, dancing their hearts out using Madame’s Fierce Dance and wiping Match right off his feet. Soon, the team was on their way towards their final destination, Dark Star Dome, with the help of a molten lava rock to ride atop an erupting volcano.
Dark Star Dome was trickiest of all and the hardest to describe. All that could be said about it was that it was absolutely pitch black. MadameWario used her Pimp Transformation to light the darkness, and when she accidentally bumped into something big, green, shining, and sticking up out of the ground, she saw a the Black Star, Midnight, perched atop it. The site of this made Gooba very jealous. Midnight was guarding nothing other than the pipe that lead to Mushroom Kingdom. He mocked Madame at first, teasing her for bumping into him. He was cruel with jokes and had the wit of ten men. Pinky stepped in front of Madame and snapped commands at Midnight, surprising him a bit. But the biggest surprise of all was when Gooba got so jealous of Midnight’s superb perch that she jumped on top of the pipe, knocking Midnight into the darkness, and perching atop the makeshift pipe throne to be admired. Without hesitation, the pipe sucked her in, and Sesshomaru, being the extremely fast demon that he was, grabbed the team up in his arms just as he had done before and shot down the pipe, the entire team in his grasp and Midnight still lost in darkness.
Sesshomaru burst through a pipe in the cellar of Peach’s castle – MadameWario, Gooba, Pinky, Hermione, Puss in Boots, Snow Miser, Jack, Rosalina, and Luma all gripped tightly in his arms. In the corner of the cellar was the jail cell that held Wario captive. Guarding it was Mario and Luigi, scowling at the team in disgust, but also showing glimpses of extreme nervousness. The team then confronted the two brothers, MadameWario running straight to the bars of the cell and reaching in for Wario.
“Huh?!” Wario said from his cell. “Madame?” he said in a loud, hopeful voice.
“Wario! My beloved Wario!” Madame yelped as tears came to her eyes. “I have come to rescue you. How dare that Peach and these brothers take you into their custody!”
“Not so fast!” Mario cried. “You’re no match for us!”
Mario then ate a leaf, instantly transforming him into tanooki Mario, as Luigi ate a fireflower, instantly gaining the power to throw fireballs.
“Shall I slaughter you two with my sword or my claws?” Sesshomaru asked most unconcerned with the situation.
“Ahh!” the brothers cried out in unison, quivering with fear.
(Thank you so much for reading! Let me know what you think, and stay tuned for the final chapter in MadameWario RPG! -MW)