18 Years Prologue Warning, this story includes spoilers from Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask. I advise not reading it until you have beaten the game. Enjoy.
I could feel my heart pounding in my chest; the thoughts in my brain suddenly coming at a slower rate; the image of my dear friend, as he started to become smaller amidst all of the darkness. “Randall!” Hershel yelled, as I just dropped from sight, with the mask in chaos in hand. This was it. I solved the Norwell wall; I spent days with Henry trying to figure out the mask and the secrets it held; and now the treasure Hershel and I were about to discover together, was cut short due to a nasty trap.
I could feel the memories of my life flashing by; the day I was born in the Ascot estate; the adventures I’d had with Henry, Alphonse and Angela when we were little. Back when I first asked Angela to be my girlfriend; the day I met Hershel; the times when Hershel, Angela and I would study in my room as I to
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To say this was a silent evening would depend on who you asked. In the small, sleepy hometown of our protagonists, the sun had retired beyond the clouds and was slowly drifting below the ground, cascading the sky in oranges and gold. Leaves had started to drop from their respective homes in the trees, ever blowing in the gusty winds that seemed to never stop.
At the outskirts of the town was a small diner, where the occasional weary soul found himself a place to get a good meal before continuing once more in their everyday lives. The place was barely busy at the moment, with a young waitress behind the counter texting on her phone, and a group of noisy young adults sitting at one of the booths. Empty plates and cups were scattered upon their table after having dinner.
“I’m telling you guys, we have to check it out!” The only woman of the three placed her hands on their table, determination glinting in her blue eyes. Her short, blue hair swayed with he
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The trip was nothing short of uneasy and tense. Lewis didn’t say a word the entire ride back to their hometown, shutting down every single conversation Arthur tried starting with just a look of his intense eyes. Mystery laid in the seat between Arthur and Lewis, eyeing the two every so often to make sure nothing would happen. Arthur never relaxed the whole trip though, constantly glancing over to check on Lewis, who took to looking out the window.
To think that this once used to be his best friend. The guy who could always cheer him up or get him through even the scariest of situations with just a smile and some confident words. Now here he sat, a hollow shell of what he once was. Now that Arthur had initiated his plan, he was starting to have second thoughts. What would people say when they saw him crossing the street, or shooting pillars of fire into the air if he just got upset? That might cause some mass hysteria.
Pulling up to Arthur’s driveway around
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“Arthur! ….Come on Arthur, I know you can hear me!”
Slowly, but surely, Arthur found himself coming back into reality, opening his eyes ever so slowly. Light streaked in without warning, causing him to raise his arms up in a weak attempt to block out the light. “Ugh… what happened?”
He knew he wasn’t in his garage anymore, no, this was way too comfortable to be concrete. Images came into view, showing Vivi sitting at the foot of his bed. Mystery had his front legs propped up near the bed, staring at Arthur, as Del was on the other side of the room, glancing out of the window. There was also another guy in his room, decked out in green as he was sitting on his computer chair. “Guys…?"
“Art’!” Vivi was the first to react, grabbing his vest before pulling him in for a tight hug. He could feel her tears smash onto his cheek. “You had us worried there for a second!”
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“10! 35! 27!”
“Do you even know how to play football?” Arthur let up on his crouch a bit, questioning Vivi’s knowledge of the sport. She held the ball in front of Lewis, who was waiting for Vivi to snap it to him.
Across the two were Arthur, Del and Jett, who formed the other team. While Jett seemed pretty pumped to play this game, Del barely squatted, her dull yet distrusting eyes falling on Lewis. Mystery had his paws spread out, ready to sprint next to Vivi.
Having to return to work the next day, the group decided to regroup on this Friday night with a light game of football to kick-start the weekend. So they all drove down to the park, finding a big enough field to play their game.
Vivi shrugged, lightly shaking the ball. “Hey, who is the quarterback here? I get to make up the numbers!”
“Alright alright.” Arthur rolled his eyes, lightly shaking his head. “Pretty sure that’s not quarterback.
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“Can you hand me the wrench?”
“Can’t you reach it?”
Arthur looked up from his work, which was at the time repairing the van. Del sat on a pile of boxes near him, wearing her hood up to show off its pointy cat ears. Her headphones rested around her neck, as she stared at Arthur with a blank expression.
Arthur still didn’t believe Del liked him in the way Vivi was so taunting him about that night, fact he kind of wondered if she liked anything. Still, having someone else around to talk to besides Vivi and, ok he couldn’t talk to Lewis at all in retrospect. So he invited Del back to his place to hang out on this Sunday, since the Diner was closed today and Lewis was currently over at Vivi’s doing his ‘therapy session’.
“I just figured I could give you a job.” Arthur shrugged, noticing his oily hands before grabbing a dirty cloth next to him in attempt to get some of the oil off.
Del shrugged, looking
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“Del? It’s Arthur.” Arthur leaned up against the van, viewing the sun starting to rise from the horizon. Since Arthur couldn’t drive with a flat all the way to the nearest town and because it wasn’t good for the van in general, they had to stop almost 3 hours away from their hometown to change it.
Vivi sat on a log near the road, still shaken over the events that had occurred, while Mystery sat next to her in comfort. Lewis was scrounging through the back; trying to find a spare tire that Arthur kept somewhere in his pile of junk.
“Arthur! Are you alright? Where are you?!” Del sounded so scared over the phone, yet pissed at the same time.
He held the phone away from his ear due to the volume of Del’s voice before bringing it back. He quickly shot a look at his big white T-shirt and orange sweat pants, aka, his pajamas. “Uh, you know. Sudden road trip and all.”
“I heard about what happened.”
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“What did you do that for?!” Vivi was absolutely enraged with Arthur, who was at the moment driving them back to their hometown. He was too fazed and troubled to continue with the road-trip, plus he had a lot of thinking to do now.
“Oh, I’m so sorry for saving you back there!” Arthur really wasn’t in the mood for Vivi to get angry at him. He just saved her life, and all she can do was yell at him? “Next time when a ghost tries to kill you, I’ll remember that you wanted it!”
“That’s not it!” Vivi punched Arthur’s arm, not in the playful way either. The actual hitting, painful one. “And he wasn’t going to harm us! I could tell.”
“You could tell?” Arthur looked over to Vivi. “Did you forget that he was chasing us for our blood?! Trust me when I say that yes, he was trying to KILL ME.”
Vivi glanced over to Mystery, who just nodded his head with Arthur. He
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Lewis never thought he’d find himself next to Vivi again after all these years. She sat next to him under the old oak tree on the hill in there town’s park, deserted of anyone else at the moment. A medium sized pond lay in the middle of the grassy field, where Arthur and Mystery were throwing a Frisbee to one another, making sure to stay far away from the murky water.
Just being able to watch the sun set with Vivi made Lewis’ cold and rigid heart feel warm and beating again. Vivi had her knees pulled up to her, her small notebook out with her trusty mechanical pencil in her left hand. “Alright, let’s start with the basics. How do you feel?”
“Alive.” Lewis breathed, starring down at his sweet but feisty little cupcake. He too had his knees pulled up to his chest, as he rested his hands on his knees, trying to keep his huge arms in check from not accidentally smacking his love.
“That’s great, Dominic!” Viv
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“What?!” Arthur demanded, almost spitting his soda out and coughing on the few drops that went down the wrong pipe.
Vivi glanced over to him to make sure he wasn’t going to choke to death from her search in her library, eye-lids half closed. “Aw come on, Art’! Don’t tell me you seriously thought the Mystery Skulls were dead for good!”
“Well, from happened last time… yes!” He almost couldn’t believe what Vivi was proposing, shaking his head in denial. He sat on the couch in Vivi’s living room this Saturday afternoon, watching her scan her giant book shelf for anything on ghosts, which were very many books. Lewis sat on the other side of the couch, sitting in a proper pose while his jacket was neatly folded between them, showing off his purple vest and undershirt once more. Mystery sat on a different seat completely, happy to be home but unnerved by Vivi’s idea as well.
Arthur turned to Lewis,
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“Road trip! Road trip!” Vivi pumped her arms up into the air, crazy happy for the weekend. Arthur was driving the van at the moment, unable to help but laugh at Vivi’s apparent enthusiasm for this trip, as Mystery couldn’t help but wag his tail in that same excitement.
Throughout the week Vivi had been texting him on places to go and things to see, until they finally settled on a town known for their paranormal activity 6 hours away. Frankly Arthur wasn’t thrilled at all to be driving towards a ghost tourist trap, but if it made Vivi happy, well, he could take a punch for her. So the two got off of work early that Friday, packed there things and loaded it into the van before they finally set off for their hotel.
They were about 3 hours away from their destination at this point in there drive, with the waning moon hanging low from above. Stars dotted the black sky, leaving for one pretty scene, while hundreds of dead trees lined the sides o
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Arthur awoke to voices beyond his bedroom door. Mystery was already up when Arthur sat up, scratching at the door in anticipation and concern. He rubbed the sleep out of his eyes, groaning. “Probably Lewis reciting his poetry again. He really needs to work on it.”
He slipped out of his bed, dragging his feet on the ground to open his door. The second he did, Mystery darted out, really waking Arthur up. “What’s up, Mystery?”
He bounded after his buddy, turning a corner to his living room only to give himself a shock. “Vivi?!”
She sat on one of Arthur’s couches, looking as though she had been crying her eyes out. She was dressed up in her short blue dress for some occasion, but now she looked winded and freaked out. Lewis stood behind the couch, purple flames floating around his skull. His demeanor was the exact same as it was that day when Arthur got fairly acquainted with his garage wall. Mystery bounded over to where Vi
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“You sure you want to do this?”
Arthur looked in the direction of Vivi, having parked there van on the side of the road where the house in question was for their gig. Dead leaves brushed past the group, signifying the season change from fall to winter, while the sun setting in the distance made for bright oranges and yellows to color the sky. They had gotten past the front gate, now they stood staring at the creepy, yet actually there mansion of the old couple, a little aways from the town they had stopped in.
Lewis stood in between the two, still learning to adjust with the sunglasses over his eyes. He couldn’t believe this, after all this time, they were a group again. Vivi didn’t look as enthusiastic, but she was trying to pull herself together. “Arthur, you know we can’t just skip out now. They’re expecting us and we came all this way.”
“Yeah, I know.” Arthur admitted, taking the time to scratch his back.
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It wasn’t a big secret that Arthur hated Lewis’ mansion. Not so much hated as it was like living out a nightmare, from the constant fright he’d receive from the dwellers of the unholy illusion of a building, to the horrible reminder that this wouldn’t be here if Arthur had been able to control himself. Not to mention the inhabitants adored his squeaks and whines whenever he got upset, so his night was rather filled with jump-scares, horrible reflections and even his room upside down when he awoke!
So in short it wasn’t hard to believe that Arthur would rather spend his time outside of the place than inside.
“So do you know where Lewis’ room is?” Vivi asked innocently from behind Arthur’s bedroom door. Arthur leaned up against the wall near the front, with Mystery sitting next to him in contemplation. “Kind of? I don’t know how to get there without falling down a chasm, and I really don’t feel like
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Slowly but surely, Lewis felt himself starting to come to in the midst of his coffin. He opened his eyes, staring at the black lid of his light-devoid sleeping quarters. Man, what a dream. He’d have to tell Amethyst about it and-
Memories soon flooded into his skull, remembering the fight Vivi and him had, almost killing Arthur, leaving for the caves, destroying Jett, the fight… He frowned in his mind, feeling very sorrowful at the moment for Amethyst. What did she mean by her words? Was she really…? Lewis shook his skull, having to sort that out later.
Right now he had to get some answers. Namely, how long he had been out. With that in mind Lewis put his hands on his coffin lid, pushing it open as light streaked in.
He hesitated for a second before sliding the lid back, floating a few steps out and into a new room. It looked like a cheap motel room, with luggage, clothing and tools strewn aside everywhere. A closed window was next to his propped up
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Vivi sat in the patient lounge of the town’s emergency center. Her right hand had been bandaged from the burns she had received, but not badly enough to cause permanent damage. Lewis sat next to her, his eyes closed as if he were asleep, though it was only to keep his ghostly eyes a secret in his human form.
Mystery sat next to him, alert as ever with concern lining his face. The only way they could convince the emergency center to let him in was by making them believe he was the seeing-eye dog for Lewis. Luckily they weren’t hard to fool, allowing both Lewis and Mystery a way in without suspicion.
They waited on Arthur who was rushed in when they had arrived, but by now it was almost clocking in at an hour later.
Silence was all the two had between each other. Lewis couldn’t bring himself to talk to Vivi, while Vivi didn’t know how to approach this new matter at hand. She remembered Lewis being in her life before, but there were still many haz
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'What a day' Shy Girl thought to herself, watching the glistening sky. Not a cloud, darn. She let out a breath as she felt the warmth of the sun on her body and mask, then relaxed. "It's days like this that things can't go wrong." "Shy Girl!!" She huffed, "Too late." Shy Girl got up as she saw her comrade run over the small hill she was perched on, he seemed in a hurry. Half way up though he tripped over a twig, hurdling himself into a tumble as she sadly got hit. Both smacked into the tree that was perched a couple feet away, it shook for a bit before it stopped, leaves falling upon them. Shy Girl groaned, noticing her hat was off as she frantically searched for it. Her comrade got up shortly after and she was soon holding his neck hole, "What the hell was that for?! You made me lose my hat, the one my brother gave me! For your sake I better find it, but why are you here?" He straightened his mask as she let go of him, going behind the tree to see if it was there. "Your
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Vivi listened in on the ever ticking clock in the library, having found some down time before her ‘date’ with Lewis and Arthur finishing the barrier. When she presented him the sample she had acquired, she nearly thought he’d fall out of his seat in shock and horror. He didn’t, which while she was happy with, she could have used a bit of slap-stick humor at the moment to cheer her up.
“What am I doing?” Vivi murmured allowed, staring at the words on the page she was reading but not caring to process it. It was an old play she had found wedged between some thick mythological books on one of the top shelves. It was worn and torn when she had brought it down to the ground, the only book really to show signs of wear, unlike the other ones that were prestige and ever young.
‘Roses and Blood’ was the title of the play, set in 1934 in Colorado. The play as a whole was rather dull to read, but by then Vivi was too lazy to get up
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“THAT’S Jett?!” Arthur restated, the gang just paralyzed with fear in there dismal hiding spot. Arthur dared not move the van in fear that the once Jett would notice them and come after them.
Del was in the back with one of her cigarettes out, desperately trying to light it to calm down her nerves. Mystery was now silent, cowering in fear with his paws over his head. Vivi gestured a hand to Arthur, being the calmest out of the 4 of them at the moment. “It has to be! Who else could it be?”
Vivi placed a hand on her chin. “The kitsune must have possessed Jett, which explains the fox ears and tail. Which also means that in order for the two to fuse together, Jett must have…” Vivi caught her voice, truly understanding the situation. Oh god, Jett… Her voice became soft, trying to hide a few tears that were shed for her now deceased boyfriend. “Well, you know…”
“Well great! Just what I needed this
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A soft hand to hold. A warm aura to feel. Arms gentle enough to embrace.
Vivi thought of all of these things as her and Lewis were out on one of their nightly strolls again, ever floating through the sky like it was there domain. She felt her face get hot and warm from all of the blushing she was doing at the moment, but she didn’t care. Here she was with someone who made her feel loved, comforted, alive.
They soared over a vast landscape, filled with fluffy trees and a snaking river that followed their flight. The sun started to rise in the distance, painting the sky in vibrant pinks, oranges and blues. The perfect place to be with the perfect someone.
Lewis soon took Vivi vertical, the two planting their feet on a lone wispy cloud in the sky. His eyes were loving, caring and only for her. “Did you enjoy that flight?”
He placed a hand on her cheek, to which she placed her hand on. “Oh Lewis, it was wonderful. I can’t believe that this
Understanding - Chapter 1Knowledge was the only thing she was good at. Being able to solve simple math equations that others would find difficulty upon, clicking the pieces of real-life puzzles together, and just merely being able to know the history of each and every monster they came across for her was just a breeze. It wouldn't take a genius to know why everyone in the group always turned to her when they encountered a problem. She'd be the one to solve it, of course. And what made her wits truly remarkable was that she was able to solve everything that came into her way.Understanding - Chapter 11 year ago in Drama More Like This
But why couldn't she solve this?
Vivi felt like banging her head repeatedly on the table as she continued to stare at her notes, which was mainly consisted of rushed scribbles and multiple doodles. She took a bite out of her doughnut, eyes transfixed on the paper as she continued to gather everything she had written down. She remembered grabbing her notebook the moment they had left that mansion a week ago and had written everything she re
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“The shy guys kidnapped Princess Peach? My word!”
The castle was a mess, the place was covered in frosting, furniture destroyed, glass everywhere, and the ceiling and back wall were completely gone, as the chandelier laid crumbled in a heap outside. The Staff was on full duty, trying to get the place clean and repair the room, as Toadsworth looked like he was about to have a heart attack. Mario and Luigi looked a bit ashamed, as they had gotten off most of the frosting.
“That ruffian of a koopa! Stealing the princess again, and at her coronation! He has gone too far this time!” Toadsworth huffed, striking his cane upon the ground.
“I don’t think it was Bowser this time,” Mario said, looking around. “He seemed as confused as we were in all this alarm.”
“But the shy guys work under King Bowser, why would steal the princess for themselves?” Toadsworth inquired. “That’s absurd!”
Understanding - Chapter 3Arthur felt himself shiver as another chill ran up his spine. He rolled the window beside him up, immediately blocking the cold, night air from entering the van. Vivi casually flipped a page in her book, appearing to be immune to the temperature change. Arthur felt himself envy her wisdom on bringing a scarf everywhere she went. Maybe he should start doing that...Understanding - Chapter 31 year ago in Drama More Like This
"Arthur, are we there yet?" She suddenly asked as she glanced up from her book, adjusting her glasses. "We should be there by now."
"Almost," Arthur replied, ignoring the goose bumps that came onto his arm. He felt another chill run up his back, and he felt his shoulders rise at the feeling. He grit his teeth before glancing back at him for a split second before bringing his attention back on the road.
What the hell was making him so cold!?
Mystery stretched as he yawned, appearing to have woken up from his nap that he took for about 86% of the ride. Vivi started to pet the dog, immediately getting him to nuzzle up beside her
Understanding - Chapter 2Mystery narrowed his eyes as he growled at the ghost. The dog lowered his head and rose the lower portion of his body upwards, looking as if he were a tiger about to attack its prey. Lewis just merely stared at the dog, completely unaffected.Understanding - Chapter 21 year ago in Drama More Like This
Mystery wasn't used to feeling the urge to attack Lewis. After all, he was one of his previous owners. He still would be if it weren't for the incident, even. But, for some reason, the deathly atmosphere Lewis gave off gave the dog a feeling that would arise within his stomach. A rather warm feeling that would spread to his chest and to the rest of his body.
A feeling he did not like.
"Oh, calm down, Mystery. I'm not trying to hurt YOU."
The dog tilted its head in confusion, eyes fixated on the figure before him. He didn't give out any vibrations in order to make any words. How...?
"It's called telepathy." The ghost replied, as if he read his mind. "Just an advantage you have when you're, you know, dead."
Mystery shook the con
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Nothing was the same.
For once Arthur wasn’t in the mood to try and cheer Vivi up, even though he knew she was hurting just as bad as he was in the seat next to him. Mystery laid in between them as they drove back home, some pieces of gauze wrapped around his legs to try and stop the bleeding from the cuts he had received earlier. Vivi just kept her eyes out the window, glancing back in her lap every so often to look at Lewis’ dead heart.
How did it come to this? Arthur never thought this would have been the end result for his kindness and durability to put up with Lewis. He didn’t even know Lewis could erase his memories just like that, as if he was innocently pressing the delete button on the computer. It left Arthur shaken up; contemplating every time Lewis had the chance to wipe his memories clean of everything.
Not a word was said to anyone in that silent 3 hour drive, everyone just reflecting upon what had happened earlier that night and what w