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Who doesn't love a good Metroid-styled game? I'm a certainly fan for this type of videogame, especially the one I just received called Dust: An Elysian Tail. This version was a gift from a friend who said it was "A very special version" and that it's far more suited for me then him. I took it off his hands and decided to spend Friday night playing it. I wiggled my monkey tail around excitedly as the game booted up. I unbuttoned my lab-coat as I prepared to take a break from all of today's lab monkey madness and play an awesome PC game. As soon as I booted up the game I was greeted by a start-up screen.

The sound-effects that showed up when I scrolled down the menu belonged to Final Fantasy, once of my favorite games as a child. I was entranced by this experience, but I was found that the experience was about to pull me in even further. Once the game started I was introduced to the hero named Dust and his annoying sidekick named Fidget. Fidget was designed as a reference to Navi from Ocarina Of Time, but she ended up being even more annoying. She's a nimbat, a creature that kind of looks like a cross between cat, a squirrel, and a bat. She would constantly yammer on, even during important story bits. Her annoying dog was driving me nuts, but there was little I could do. I couldn't shut off the sound, it would mute all the other great voice-acting in the game.

I put up with it for as long as I could, until I reached the reptilian merchant. Fidget's constant yammer got on my nerves so much that I began to shout at the screen. "Shut up, you stupid flying rodent!" Suddenly, the character turned towards the screen. "What was that?" I should've been frightened by this, but I've dealt with more bizarre circumstances then videogame characters coming to life. "I said that you're an annoying stupid little flying rat!" The nimbat did not look amused, in fact she looked downright furious. "Well, that's just mean! I bet if you were a nimbat, then you wouldn't be such a jerk!" Oh great, I just kicked the body-swap hornets nest. I didn't have time to become a stupid squirrel-bat, I was too busy enjoying my Friday. "Look, I'm sorry, I didn't mean it! You're a beautiful little nimbat!" Fidget tilted her head up at me and stuck her tongue out. "It's too late for that, let's see how you enjoy being a nimbat!"

The screen began to glow a luminescent green color, as bits of data emerged from my computer. These floating pieces of data circled around me and began to attach to my body. The data began to push against my body, crushing me and shrinking me in the process. I shrunk even more, becoming smaller and smaller with each passing second. Weird appendages sprouted from my back, and I grew even more fur then I already had. This new fur was far more fluffy then it previously had been. I screamed as the data continued to change my body, my voice becoming far more softer and higher in the process. Once the data disappeared, my tiny new body flopped down onto the keyboard. I looked at myself, and I was not happy at all with what I had become. I looked at my fluffy little body, and glimpsed at my skinny arms and legs. At the end of each was a small and very useless paw. I had a fluffy orange tail attached to my butt, and I had a couple of orange bat wings attached to my back.

I looked into my screen and found an adorable creature with shiny green eyes staring back at me. White fur coated my stomach, and orange fur covered my body. I had tiny little perky ears and a cute little muzzle. I suddenly heard my own voice laughing at me from inside my computer screen, I turned to find an animated version of myself staring back at me and laughing. "Enjoying yourself, you fidgety wreck?" Asked the monkey duplicate, who was formerly known as Fidget. "You jerk!" I shouted in a feminine high-pitched tone of voice. "Oh, I'm a jerk? You should know your manners by now, maybe a couple weeks as a tiny little nimbat will teach you a lesson! Toodles!" The screen flickered, as the computer shut off. I had no time to utter a retort as my computer went silent. I crawled over the massive keys on my keyboard, making sure not to scratch anything with my tiny sharp black claws. I pressed my little paw into the power button, but the machine failed to turn on. I pressed it over and over again, but nothing happened! I began to angrily snort hot air through my tiny little nose holes. As I did so, I felt as though I was being watched. I thought nothing of it and ignored the feeling, trying to focus on the matter at hand.

I looked around at my now massive room and was angry and disappointed at the fact that another Friday was ruined by a random body-swap! I was too tiny to do anything, I couldn't play games, I couldn't put any DVDs into the machine due to my small size, and I couldn't even type stories! My size and stature had been diminished to the point where I couldn't even properly enjoy my Friday! That's when I remembered something, there was a way I could still enjoy my Friday! There was a special drive-in showing of Guyver: Dark Hero tonight! The drive-in had been closed for ages, ever since the staff got turned into houseflies in a freak teleportation accident! Tonight was the grand opening, this time they wouldn't have any teleporters to muck up the works! Too bad I was stuck in this dumb Nimbat body and unable to do anything! That's when I took notice of the two large bat-wings attached to my back. I thought I could give these tiny orange bat-wings a try and fly around!

I began flapping them and giggled as I ascended into the air. Even though I had no idea how to fly, the body I inherited was somehow doing it on it's own. It's as if the new body knew what I wanted and acted accordingly. I flapped through the house, until I passed by a mirror. I flew backwards so fast that my fur became ruffled in the process. I looked at my reflection and stared at the cute little creature I had become. My face was adorable, and featured a tiny little wet nose. My ears were big and fluffy, and my tail was soft and cuddly, all things that I didn't need to be reminded of at this moment! However, the thing I hadn't noticed before soon struck me like a sack of bricks. I noticed a pair of long eyelashes, and I suddenly remembered that Fidget was female! This normally wouldn't bother me too much, but considering I'd be going outside into a city filled with animals that can't resist mating, well... I wasn't exactly filled with hope for the future.

Still, I wasn't about to let that stop me and I fluttered towards an open window. I sailed through the crack and the window and ventured outside, where the night-air welcomed me by brushing against my comfortable fur. I looked around and made sure no was around, after a while I fluttered off into the night. I sailed through the night-sky and towards the drive-in, making extremely good time in the process! As I fluttered about, my nose was assaulted by the most wondrous of smells! It smelt like honey, heck maybe some left a peanut-butter and honey sandwich out! I flapped over to the smell, but was immediately assaulted by a group of bees! Normally bee wouldn't be much of a problem for me, but considering I was only about seven inches tall, they soon became problematic. The bees stung my skin, and I soon began to panic! They attacked me with their stingers, causing me to panic and drop out of the sky. I wiggled my paws around haplessly as I toppled through the air. I was sure I was finished, and I closed my eyes preparing for the end. However, my tiny body luckily landed in some soft netting. I opened my eyes and found I was in some sort of net!

"What the heck is this thing?" Asked a familiar voice, as a massive have reached towards me. The massive hand  grabbed be the scruff of my neck, ticking me slightly in the process. I was picked up by this large hand and held up to the person's face. I was surprised to find myself staring straight into the face of Phil, the part-time eagle and part-time human! "Geez, what are you?" Asked the curious human. "Phil, it's me! It's Sirge, or Jam as I prefer to be called now!" Phil rolled his eyes as he took his index finger and poked it directly into my nose. "Listen here, Sirge, I have no time for your shenanigans tonight! I have to be prepared to start this new beekeeper job proper in the morning! Despite my allergies..." I chuckled, Phil and his allergies have a tendency to not get along! He released his grasp on me and went back to preparing for his morning work. I remembered that Fidget possessed magical powers, I decided to use my powers to give Phil's allergy a little boost. While his back was turned I shot a bolt of magic energy at him that he took notice of. The bolt hit him without him ever knowing, but he'll surely know when he goes to tend to the bees in the morning! I giggled slightly, causing him to turn to me and frown. I happily wiggled my nose and gave my cute look, causing him to immediately get back to work.

After that little bit of chaos, I once again took to the sky and to my inevitable destination. Friday had been terrible to me so far, but there had been a few good advantages that have come out of it. For instance, I get to fly to my destination and I don't have to pay for a ticket once I arrive! I soared through the sky until I spotted the drive-in far off in the distance. I fluttered through the night air, my wings caressing the waves of air as the wind blew my tail all around. I reached the drive-in and found that it was packed! This was one of the biggest drive-ins and Canada, and every part of the parking lot was filled! There must've been over 150 cars at this theatre, I couldn't believe that 150 people were interested in the same things that I was! I fluttered over to a nearby fence-post and lowered myself onto the top of it. My fuzzy rump settled against the post as I looked over at the massive screen. Due to my decreased size the screen seemed massive, it looked more like the great-wall of China then a fifty inch screen. I stared up at it and smiled, as I thought of the nostalgic bliss I first had when I experienced this film on VHS.

Here I was thinking my night was over because of something as dumb as not being able to play videogames, this was far more beneficial then some dumb game could ever be. I sat on the post and flapped my wings around merrily, until I heard someone approach me. I turned and found myself staring straight into the face of a black cat! I was so afraid that the cat was going to eat me, until it opened it's mouth and began to speak, "You were off in a bit of a hurry, master!" Oh great, it was Ziggy! My magical wish-granting and chaos-causing cat had somehow followed me all the way here. "How the heck did you get here, Ziggy? And how did you know it was me?" The cat scoffed and leapt up onto the post next to me. "Because, I saw you disappear into your computer and a tiny little creature pop out in your place! What was I supposed to think? And also, I came here in a vehicle filled with your friends." My ears perked at just the mention of my friends being here, "Are you serious?! They're actually here, cool! Now I don't have to sit on this uncomfortable post!" Ziggy nodded in response, "Good thing too, they're about to crack open the marshmallows!" I smiled and follow Ziggy to the vehicle. Today was a very special day for me, I had learned that big things come in small packages, I had cast a spell on Phil that would ruin his first day on the job, and Ziggy was no longer a jerk! It had been a long trek here, but I definitely earned my spot in this drive-in of 150 cars!
Hey everybody, it's been a long trip but I'm just about to hit 150 watchers! Let's celebrate with a trip to the movies! 

Starrring...

:iconsirgethestar: as the hapless monkey turned nimbat

:iconpheagler-adler: as the beekeeper cameo that's meant to segway into a future story I'm going to write for him

and featuring an original soundtrack by :iconthenashnetwork:!

I'd like to thank everyone who supported me by watching my content. I'd like to thank many people including, :iconkimbawest:, :iconraiinbowraven:, :icontirusr:, :iconsimba55:, and many others! Hope you guys enjoy this, my entry for Nash's awesome contest is coming up! :)
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:iconeagleknight226:
Eagleknight226 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2017
I can already tell that you like Dust: an Elysian tale and...I can't blame you! It's a great example of what indie games are all about and how finely crafted they can be, in terms of story AND gameplay
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Monkey-Scientist Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, Dust was great. Had some problems (the characters in cut-scenes looked ugly) but other than that it was great.
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Eagleknight226 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2017
True, the cutscenes looked very strange and out of place and while cute, Fidget can be very annoying. But the story is surprisingly original for an amnesia plot and the gameplay is fun.
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Monkey-Scientist Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, story was definitely intriguing.
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Eagleknight226 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2017
Yup, the part about the 2 souls reminded me of the story of Spencer Damon from Digimon Data Squad so it was cool to hear that plot thread again
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Billybobjoeman Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, Fidget did always have a knack for breaking the fourth wall.
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Monkey-Scientist Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
She sure does! :D
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Billybobjoeman Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Here are some of Fidget's best lines that destroy this fragile wall


"Use the no clip cheat!" (demo-exclusive dialogue)
"Have you seen the screen? He just goes wvsohswchoowchowvch"
"Mash the buttons! DO SOMETHING!!!"
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:iconmonkey-scientist:
Monkey-Scientist Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Fidget does some funny things. :)
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:iconbillybobjoeman:
Billybobjoeman Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep. But so does Dust.
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:iconmonkey-scientist:
Monkey-Scientist Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
That's true. It was a fun game, I must admit.
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:iconbillybobjoeman:
Billybobjoeman Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed. Fuckin' furry central though.
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:iconmonkey-scientist:
Monkey-Scientist Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Something wrong with furries? I'm pretty sure Dean Dodrill is one. :D
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Kimbawest Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014

That story was adorable! ^^

 

For some strange reason Fidget reminded me of a cross between the fox bat character in Rescue Rangers and Kowl from She-Ra.

 

I liked how you took a perceived negative and turned it into a positive. I would've liked to see you explore Fidget's magical powers more to see what she could  really do. It might have also been fun to see you starting to adopt some of her traits such as talking incessantly to the point she drives her friends just as nuts as you were at the beginning of the story. Another funny thing could be you being so happy with your new form that you do not want to swap back when it comes time. I'm guessing the Fidget body has the magic to do that and not your own. You might realize this but Fidget in your body might not and find out her little prank backfired. Lots of possibilities for a sequel or even a series.

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Monkey-Scientist Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks, Kim! It's been a long time since I've heard from you. I'd like to make a sequel to this, maybe keeping Fidget trapped in my own body and living as he in the real-world. Or maybe I misuse magic and I end up switching places, so I'm trapped in the Dust game in Fidget's body and she's trapped in the real world in my body. And I always like finding positives when it comes to body-swaps. :)
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Kimbawest Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014

It certainly has potential for a sequel. Fidget in your body in the real world might prove frustrating to deal with, especially when you are used to doing magic. And then trying to act cute around people but not getting the usual reactions because you're just not that cute cuddly female fluff ball anymore.

 

You as a nimbat can find that there is a price to pay when you misuse the powers of magic. I do not know the specifics of the game, but I do know that if you do not follow the script of a P.C. based game ( i.e. go into cheat mode) that the game world can do some pretty strange things, including crashing. Crashing inside a game you are in? Would you cease to exist? If you still exist who and what will you end up as? Interesting possibilities, your own personal Tron. :love:

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Monkey-Scientist Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Geez, a lot of interesting ideas to consider with this one. Thanks for helping me brainstorm, Kim. I may end up doing a sequel because these ideas are really interesting. :)
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ScottFraser Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Student Filmographer
I actually like Fidget alot in the game, it gives the story some balance to the seriousness.

I'd like to be a nimbat, they are so fuzzy and cute.
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:iconmonkey-scientist:
Monkey-Scientist Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, Fidget is adorable. Have you ever done a nimbat TF? Yeah, I imagine being Fidget would be awesome. :)
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ScottFraser Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Student Filmographer
I haven't considered a Nimbat TF, might as well!
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Monkey-Scientist Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, I'm not trying to force you or anything, but that would be cool to see! Little nimbat Scott, I like the sound of that! XD
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Monkey-Scientist Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, I'm not trying to force you or anything, but that would be cool to see! Little nimbat Scott, I like the sound of that! XD
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ScottFraser Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Student Filmographer
Challenge accepted
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:iconmonkey-scientist:
Monkey-Scientist Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Yay! That's going to be fun to see! :3 BTW, I don't really hate Fidget that was just an element of the story. I think she's adorkable! XD
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ScottFraser Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Student Filmographer
Ah alright!
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Monkey-Scientist Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Cool! So, I've actually just start playing Dust I'm about ten percent in. I'm loving it so far, especially the aerial moves! :)
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Monkey-Scientist Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Yay, that's going to be fun to see! :3
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TheNashNetwork Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Original Soundtrack? 

But you had to name him after the worst damn comic strip ever?!

(Referencing this: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y76h74…  )
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Monkey-Scientist Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, forgot about that! XD
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:iconthenashnetwork:
TheNashNetwork Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
About what? And what do you mean soundtrack?
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:iconmonkey-scientist:
Monkey-Scientist Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I meant that I forgot about that show. Also, the soundtrack thing was joke (You're singing skills are still awesome nonetheless! :P)
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TheNashNetwork Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That show is the best! And thanks! X3
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:iconmonkey-scientist:
Monkey-Scientist Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
No prob! Hey, do you do song requests? Think you sing my favorite videogame song, All Hail Shadow? :3
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:iconmonkey-scientist:
Monkey-Scientist Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
No prob! Hey, do you do song requests? Think you sing my favorite videogame song, All Hail Shadow? :3
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:iconthenashnetwork:
TheNashNetwork Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Like, to sing it or completely remake it?
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:iconmonkey-scientist:
Monkey-Scientist Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Whatevs, I'd just like to hear someone else sing it! You don't have to do it, just thinking out loud! XD
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Joltink Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice and evil of you to use your new powers like that XD
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Pheagle-Adler Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
definitely evil :P
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:iconmonkey-scientist:
Monkey-Scientist Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I think you've mistaken the word "evil" for "adorable!" Besides, you're going to make an awesome bee! You'll be pollinating and flying around, and not giving people maps to magical hot-springs! XD
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Pheagle-Adler Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
I may still find a map in one of those flowers, I'll stick it up your nose :P
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:iconmonkey-scientist:
Monkey-Scientist Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Probably won't fit considering how tinyI am! XD
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Monkey-Scientist Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You better beeeeelieve it! XD
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:iconmonkey-scientist:
Monkey-Scientist Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You better beeeeelieve it! XD
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