Clarisse's New Teacher
Clarisse is in her house, preparing lunch. Clarisse is almost 17, has long, straight brown hair, and a gentle face. She wears a skirt, short-sleeved shirt, and suede shoes, all tan-colored. The kitchen is pretty much spotless, and in it there is an oven, a cupboard for dishes, a small fridge, a shelf for spices, and a small bookshelf with a few books. Going over to the bookshelf, Clarisse pulls out a dark pink book that reads Zess T.'s Recipes – Add Some Spice to Your Cooking on the cover. She flips through it and stops on a page that says "Healthy Salad" at the top. As she's gathering ingredients to make it, however, someone knocks at the door.
"Who could that be?" she wonders aloud, exiting the kitchen and heading toward the door.
Answering it, she sees an old man with a straight beard wearing a gray robe with white diamond designs on it. "Clarisse, I presume?" he says.
"Yes, and you are?" Clarisse asks.
"My name is Chalan. I received a vision that I am to train you in the art of magic."
"Really?" Clarisse asks, shocked.
"Truly. May I come in?"
"Oh! Sorry. Of course you may."
The two go back inside the house. Chalan looks around. The room is a fairly sized room with a bed, dining table, pots of flowers here and there, a lamp, and a dresser. There's also a pleasant and welcoming feeling that seems to come from the house.
"I was just about to make something to eat. What would you like?" Clarisse asks, entering the kitchen, the only other room.
"I'll just have some tea. Thanks," Chalan replies, sitting down at the table.
"You sure?" Clarisse asks, poking her head out of the kitchen.
Chalan nods, and Clarisse returns to the kitchen. After a while passes, she reenters the room, carrying a tray with a bowl of Healthy Salad and a cup Zess Tea. "Here you are," she says, placing the tray on the table and handing Chalan the tea.
Chalan sips it and says, "Delicious. You're a very good cook."
"Oh, I just followed the recipe in my Zess T. Cookbook," Clarisse responds, taking a bite of her salad.
"The book doesn't make the food for you. Somebody else could have easily messed up the recipe. I believe Zess T. couldn't have done a better job herself."
"Oh, you're over exaggerating!" Clarisse laughs, blushing, "Thanks though."
"I have to ask. What is someone like you doing in a town like this?" Chalan asks. Clarisse lives in Rogueport, a very dismal and unsanitary town with shady characters.
"Well, after my grandma died a few months ago, I knew I had to have some way to support myself, so I moved here and take on requests at the Trouble Center to earn money for food and such."
"What about your parents?"
Clarisse puts down her fork and remains quiet for a few seconds. "My parents were detectives and were killed by a Magikoopa they were investigating...I was only 3. That's when I went to live with my grandma."
"Wow, it must have been hard."
Clarisse tilts her head back as memories flood back. "I had come to hate all Magikoopas because of my parents' death, but my grandma told me that I couldn't judge all Magikoopas just because of what one did and that hating others never solved anything. She was the one who first taught me white magic."
"I see. What about your grandpa?"
Clarisse goes back to eating and replies, "I never knew him. He left the family because of some dispute before I was even born."
"I see. Did they ever tell you what the dispute was about?"
Clarisse shakes her head. "No. That's all they told me."
Chalan finishes off his tea and stands up. "Well, what do you say we get started on your training?"
"Alright," Clarisse replies, quickly finishing off her salad.
She leads him out into her backyard. Chalan marvels at what he sees, coming out into a beautiful landscape. Fresh and healthy grass covers the earth. There is a pleasing wooden fence surrounding the area, a garden of lovely flowers next to the eastern fence, and a couple of trees growing near the farthest side of the yard. Even a few butterflies hover in the area, a sanctuary from the rest of the disgusting, dangerous town.
"Amazing. Did you do all of this?" Chalan asks, looking around in wonder.
"Yeah," Clarisse answers, walking over to the flowers to water them, "I used to help my grandma with her garden before she died. In fact, some of these flowers were hers. It seemed a shame that they'd all go to waste, so I brought some with me."
"It sounds like you really miss her."
Clarisse puts down the watering can and walks back over to Chalan. "I do, but I know that she's happy where she is."
After a few second, Chalan replies, "You're a very strong girl. I hope you know that."
"Now," Chalan continues, "let's begin."
Deep in the Forest of Illusion, Kit is chasing after Greenoomba. Kit is a Duplighost wearing a green sheet with a black star stitched on the torso, and yellow ponytail-like fluff on her head. Greenoomba looks like a normal Tanoomba but green.
"Get back here, you jerk!" Kit yells.
"You'll never catch me!" Greenoomba shouts back.
"We'll see about that," Kit retorts, speeding up.
"You forget. This is the Forest of Illusion. I can hide very easily in here." Greenoomba jumps up into the trees.
Kit stops and yells, "Where'd you go? Come out, you coward!"
Suddenly, blue fireballs rain down from the trees at her. Kit gasps and tries to dodge them, but there are too many; being slammed by all of them, she falls to the ground, unconscious. After a few seconds, Greenoomba jumps down from the trees and walks over to Kit, looking at her curiously. "But, I didn't do that," he says, "so, who did?"
"That would be me." A Boo with red eyes wearing a black-exterior and red-interior cape appears.
"Barbootos!" Greenoomba exclaims in surprise.
"That's right, and now that I've helped you with your enemy, you're going to help me with mine."
"You mean Boobart? You lost last time. What makes you think you'll win this time?" Greenoomba asks, eyeing Barbootos skeptically.
Barbootos eyes Kit with an evil grin. "Because this time we have bait." He then teleports them to Boo Mansion.
* * *
In the study of Boo Mansion, Boobart is studying the spells in the BOO-k, a powerful book of spells that he had acquired, but that's another story. Boobart is an intelligent blue Boo with glasses. Suddenly, Frank, one of Boobart's best friends, pops up through the floor and shouts "BOO!"
"Hi, Frank," Boobart says, unfazed.
"Drat! I didn't scare you?" Frank asks. Frank is a gold ghost who wears a flat, yellow hat with a dead, shriveled flower on it. He's a comedian, but not a very good one, and he's rather thick and child-like.
"After the 100th time, I've kind of gotten used to you popping up out of nowhere," Boobart replies, not even looking up from the BOO-k.
"Do you wanna hear a new joke I made up?" Frank asks.
"Sure," Boobart replies, still reading.
"Okay, a Koopa and a Dry Bones are talking, and the Koopa says, 'Man, you got to eat something.' The Dry Bones asks, 'Why's that?' And the Koopa replies, ''Cause you're nothing but bones!' Frank starts laughing hysterically for a few seconds and then asks Boobart, "So, what do you think?"
"Uuuhhh, keep working on it," Boobart says, looking up from the BOO-k for a second and then begins reading again.
Frank looks down, saddened. Floating down through the floor, he mumbles, "Well, I thought it was funny."
Once Frank's gone, Boobart sighs and shakes his head at Frank's remark.
* * *Barbootos and Greenoomba teleport near the mansion with a still unconscious Kit. Barbootos hands Greenoomba a note. "Give this to Frank and tell him to deliver it to Boobart."
"Why don't I just give it to Boobart?" Greenoomba asks, taking the note.
"Because the moment he reads that note, he'll come after us, and my plan isn't set up yet. Now go!"
"Sheesh, he's as bossy as ever," Greenoomba says as he walks toward the mansion. He sees Frank standing in front of the door. "Hey, Frank."
Frank turns and sees Greenoomba. "Hey, Greenoomba! I haven't seen you in a while. Wanna hear a joke?"
"Maybe later," Greenoomba answers, rolling his eyes. He then hands Frank the note. "Give this to Boobart."
"Okay," Frank says, taking it, "Are you sure you don't wanna hear a joke?"
Greenoomba rolls his eyes again and replies, "Positive," as he walks away.
He gets back to Barbootos. "Did you deliver it to Frank?"
"Yeah, so now what?"
"You'll see," Barbootos says, teleporting them elsewhere.
* * *Boobart finally closes the BOO-k. "Time for a break," he says. Looking around, he continues, "Maybe I should go find Frank. I haven't seen him since he told me that bad joke. I didn't mean to hurt his feelings or anything." Boobart floats down through the floors until he finds Frank on the ground floor, trying to make up a joke. "Hey, Frank," Boobart greets, going over to him.
"Huh? Oh, hi, Boobart!" Frank greets cheerfully, as usual.
"Oh, hang on," Frank interrupts. He opens his mouth, digs his hand around inside, and pulls out a piece of paper. "Here you go."
"Thanks," Boobart says disgusted, taking the paper by the corner, "and what is it?"
"A note from Greenoomba," Frank answers casually.
"What?" Boobart exclaims, quickly forgetting his disgust and opening the note as swiftly as possible.
We have your friend Kit. If you want her back, meet us on top of Thwomp Volcano within 24 hours. There, you will give me the BOO-k in exchange for her. If you don't show up within that time, or show any resistance, we will kill Kit. Hurry. The clock is ticking.
Boobart shivers as he reads who the note is from. "Barbootos?" Boobart exclaims, "We barely beat him the first time! Well, he did warn that he'd be back…"
Boobart rereads the note. "Kit is in trouble...but we can't just hand the BOO-k over to Barbootos." Boobart sighs. "What should we do?" After a few seconds of thought, Boobart exclaims, "I've got it! The note says that I have to come. It doesn't say anything about you, Frank, so they won't be expecting you to be there. While I'm distracting them, you come up from behind, invisible, and get Kit. Then, I'll quickly teleport us back here to safety."
"Sounds good," Frank says, although he doesn't really seem to be paying attention.
"Alright, we'd better hurry," Boobart says, opening the BOO-k. He casts the teleportation spell and teleports them to Thwomp Volcano.
* * *Barbootos and Greenoomba appear on top of the volcano. "Now what?" Greenoomba asks.
"Alright, here's the plan," Barbootos begins.
Kit wakes up, tied up by a rope. "Where am I?" Kit asks, looking around. She then sees Barbootos. "You! What are you doing here, and where is here?"
"We're on top of Thwomp Volcano, and you are the bait that will lure Boobart here so that I may obtain what should have been mine to begin with," Barbootos answers.
"Not if I can help it," Kit replies, "You seem to have forgotten that I can transform. I'll just transform into something small enough to get out of these ropes and escape."
Kit transforms into a bird and is about to fly out of the ropes when they tighten around her. Kit transforms back, the ropes widening with her, and gasps in surprise. "What the?"
"Remember me, Kit?" the ropes ask.
"I know that voice. Greenoomba!" Kit exclaims.
"I knew you would use your transformation powers to try and escape," Barbootos explains, "so I had Greenoomba be the rope so that he could adjust to whatever shape you transformed into. Now, I think it would be best if you took a nap." Barbootos's eyes glow red, and he lifts his hand toward Kit.
Kit begins to feel disoriented. The world around her blurs, and her eyelids get heavy. She then falls into a deep sleep.
* * *Boobart and Frank arrive at the bottom of the mountain "We're here. Barbootos and Kit are at the top. Now, you remember the plan. Right, Frank?"
"Yep...um, what do I have to do again?"
Boobart sighs. "Come on. I'll tell you again on the way up."
* * *"Remember, concentrate. Imagine yourself standing beside the tree," Chalan instructs as he continues to train Clarisse on the spell they're working on.
Clarisse nods, her eyes closed. After a few seconds pass, Clarisse disappears and reappears beside one of the trees in the yard. She opens her eyes and exclaims in delight, "I did it!"
"Good job. However, you just teleported in the same vicinity. The truly hard part is teleporting to an entirely different location. Also, don't forget that you either must have been where you're about to teleport or have seen an image of it and have a good sense of where it is. Otherwise, you'll either fail to teleport or you'll teleport to a random location."
"Alright," Clarisse says as she nods.
"Let's take a break," Chalan decides, sitting down in the grass. Clarisse follows suit. "You're learning very quickly. You're a natural."
Clarisse smiles. "Thanks."
"While we rest, tell me what spells you know," Chalan says.
"I know how to heal myself and others, shrink myself and my allies, cast a barrier to protect myself and others, and create illusions of my friends and me; I can also use levitation to fly and can allow my friends to fly for a short time. I can cloak any sound or smell we make, and now I've learned how to teleport, or at least short distances."
"I see," Chalan replies, "Well then, I know the perfect spell to teach you to combine with one of the spells you mentioned. Ready to start training again?"
"Of course," Clarisse replies, standing up as Chalan gets up.
* * *Once they're almost at the top, Boobart and Frank stop. "Okay, Frank," Boobart tells him, "phase through to the inside, and, while I distract Barbootos, sneak up from inside the volcano and grab Kit. Got it?"
"Yep," Frank responds, phasing into the volcano.
"I sure hope so," Boobart comments.
Boobart heads to the top and sees Barbootos with an evil grin on his face and Kit, who's tied up and unconscious. "Ah, you've arrived," Barbootos says, "Now, hand over the BOO-k."
"Hand over Kit first. Then, I'll hand over the BOO-k," Boobart counters.
"Do you take me for a fool!?" Barbootos retorts, "You'll just teleport out of here with your friend and the BOO-k. Now, hand it over, or your friend goes into the volcano!"
"Fine," Boobart answers, going over to Barbootos. Where is Frank? Boobart thinks. Just then, Frank appears, grabs Kit, and quickly floats out of Barbootos's reach over the volcano. "Ha! We've fooled you and now we're out of here!" Boobart says, opening the BOO-k.
* * *
"Concentrate. Pretend that you are being completely ignored. Block out all distractions from the world. They aren't paying attention to you. No one even knows you exist."
Clarisse nods, closing her eyes to concentrate. A few seconds pass, and Clarisse disappears. "I did it!" Clarisse exclaims with glee.
"Alright, now try combining it with the other spell," Chalan instructs.
After a few seconds have passed, Chalan says, "Alright, once you've cast the spell, try rustling the grass." The grass moves, but it makes no sound. "Excellent, now try speaking. If I can't hear you, I'll nod and you can undo the spells." There is silence for a few more seconds. Chalan nods, and Clarisse reappears. "Well, I think that's enough for a while."
"Alright, would you like to stay for supper?"
Chalan smiles and says, "Sure."
The two go back inside. Chalan sits down at the table while Clarisse goes into the kitchen and prepares to cook. Just then, Chalan receives a vision. He sees a volcano and dark clouds in the sky, stretching over the land. The vision then magnifies on an evil-looking Boo, who is laughing manically as he holds a book up in the air. The vision ends. Chalan stands up and says, "We need to leave."
"Huh? Why? What's going on?" Clarisse asks, hurrying back into the room.
"I received a vision that the world is in danger. We have to leave immediately," Chalan replies. He then teleports them to the volcano he saw in his vision: Thwomp Volcano.
* * *
Just as Boobart is about to teleport them out of there, the rope binding Kit transforms into a Cobrat and bites Frank, who then drops Kit. The Cobrat transforms into a Pidgit, with Kit lying on the flying carpet, still unconscious. "You took me too lightly, you fool!" Barbootos mocks, "Did you actually think I didn't see this coming? I knew you would think of some pathetic plan to save your friend, so I had Greenoomba transform into the rope that binds her to stop you."
Boobart groans in frustration.
"Now, hand over the BOO-k!"
"Never!" Boobart shouts, "Frank! Get Kit!"
Frank dives to snatch Kit away from the transformed Greenoomba. Greenoomba tries to get out of the way in time, but in doing so, accidentally drops Kit, who tumbles toward the open mouth of the volcano.
"Kit!" exclaims Boobart.
Just then, Clarisse and Chalan appear on top of the volcano. Clarisse sees Kit falling toward the volcano. She gasps and quickly casts a levitation spell. She then flies over, catches Kit, and sets her on the ground.
Kit!" Boobart exclaims, rushing over to her as Frank does the same.
"And who are you?" Barbootos asks, annoyed at the interference.
"I am Chalan, and that is Clarisse," Chalan answers, stepping forward, "And you would be?"
"I am Barbootos," he replies, wrapping himself in his cape, "Now, this affair is none of your business, so don't interfere or you'll be destroyed."
"Actually, this affair is our business, for your actions are going to affect this whole planet, involving everyone who lives on it. Thus, I'm afraid we cannot allow you to lay your hands on that book," Chalan responds, pointing toward the BOO-k he saw in Boobart's possession.
"Fine, then you can parish with the rest of them!" Barbootos exclaims, firing a giant fire spell at Chalan.
"Master!" Clarisse cries.
Chalan calmly raises his hand and casts a glowing barrier which easily takes the spell's might.
"Your pathetic spells will have no effect on me," Chalan informs Barbootos, barrier still raised.
"Really?" Barbootos asks suspiciously, glancing at the others behind him. He then quickly turns around and fires a large lightning spell at them.
Chalan quickly casts a barrier around them as well, blocking the spell. "Hmph, fine, I have other ways to battle," Barbootos says. He then disappears.
"He's become transparent. Be careful," Boobart warns.
They all look around for any trace Barbootos. Just then, Greenoomba appears from out of the volcanic crater and transforms into a Cobrat, wrapping himself around Chalan. "Thank you, Greenoomba," Barbootos says, as he appears next to them. Barbootos places a hand on Chalan, who begins feeling weaker by the second.
"What?" Chalan begins.
"I'm draining your energy. Soon you won't have enough power to protect yourself, nor your friends."
"Master!" Clarisse cries.
Boobart opens the BOO-k and quickly casts a fire spell at Barbootos, who counters with his own fire spell. Barbootos's fire spell easily overcomes and envelops Boobart's and begins heading towards the group. Boobart then quickly casts a barrier to block the spell. However, the spell is too powerful and breaks through. Clarisse, Boobart, Frank, and the unconscious Kit are blasted backwards from the force. Clarisse looks at Chalan who groans as the last of his energy begins to be drained away.
"No, I...I won't let you do this!" she shouts. Suddenly, sand begins whipping up around Clarisse. She floats up into the air, semi-conscious, as a giant sandstorm begins brewing around her. As the sandstorm begins to batter Barbootos, he stops draining Chalan's energy to brace himself against the storm.
"What is this?" Barbootos asks.
Chalan opens his eyes and sees Clarisse and the sandstorm. "It can't be," he says, amazed, "Could this be the Sandstorm spell? But that's..."
Barbootos becomes aggravated and shouts, "Alright, enough of this foolishness."
He prepares to fires a spell at Clarisse. However, Chalan, who manages to pull one of his hands free while Greenoomba is distracted by Clarisse's spell, places his hand on Barbootos and says, "Now, there'll be none of that. How about admiring my apprentice's spell up close and personal?"
"Wha-!?" Barbootos exclaims in surprise as he is teleported deep into the sandstorm. Barbootos tries to teleport, but is knocked out in mere seconds from the power of the sandstorm before he can. Greenoomba begins trembling and says, "Eeehhh, I'm out of here!" He then lets go of Chalan and slithers away. As the sandstorm spell begins to end, the storm dies down, and Clarisse floats back down to the ground, barely conscious and drained from using such a powerful spell.
"Wha-What happened?" Clarisse asks.
"You don't remember?" Boobart asks, as he and Frank go over to her.
"You were awesome!" Frank exclaims in delight, "The way you made that sandstorm appear out of nowhere, and you beat Barbootos good, and then Greenoomba ran away like a chicken."
"Wait! Barbootos!" Boobart exclaims, remembering that he had been knocked out from Clarisse's spell. However, when he looks toward where Barbootos had fallen, Barbootos is nowhere to be scene. "What? Ugh! He must have gotten away!"
"Hey, Kit! Wake up! You missed all the fun!" Frank shouts, trying to wake her up.
However, Kit remains motionless. "Kit?" Boobart asks, worried, turning his attention to her.
"It appears she's under a spell," Chalan informs them, "Clarisse, break the spell."
"Right," Clarisse replies, getting up and kneeling down next to Kit. Clarisse places her hands over Kit, and a bright light luminates from them. As the light disappears, Clarisse stands up and Kit awakens.
Kit quickly sits up and shouts, "Barbootos!" She then looks around and sees Boobart. "Boobart! It's a trap! You have to-"
"It's alright, Kit," Boobart says, trying to calm Kit, "We beat him, with the help of these two."
"You did?" Kit asks, amazed. She then stands up, bows to Clarisse and Chalan, and says, "Thank you for aiding my friends in rescuing me."
"Oh, it was no trouble. We were happy to help," Clarisse replies with a smile.
"Next time, try not to get captured though," Chalan advises, a little rude.
Kit nods. "Thanks for the help. Maybe we'll see you again sometime."
Boobart says, "Until then, see ya." Boobart then teleports him, Frank, and Kit back to Boo Mansion.
"Alright, Clarisse, teleport us back to your house," Chalan instructs.
Edited by Prince Peace, 07 February 2010 - 11:54 PM.