"Yoshi visits the Zoo"
By Valiente Rook
One day Yoshi decided to visit the Zoo. He did not want to go alone, so he asked Mario if he would come with him.
"I’d love to go but the thing is I can’t go today as I am planning to rescue the Princess again. Try Luigi," Mario suggested.
So Yoshi went to Luigi and asked him if he would go to the zoo with him.
"I’m terribly sorry Yoshi, but I have to go out and climb down some pipes today, you know how it is for us Mario brothers, its pipes, pipes, pipes!"
"Not for Mario it’s not", said Yoshi, "he’s going to save the princess".
"What? No, he is not! The princess is working in Akihabara as a maid. It looks like he lied to you, Yoshi." Replied Luigi.
"Lied? He lied to me? Why would he do that?" Asked Yoshi, feeling a little sad and let-down by someone he thought was his good friend.
"Maybe because he wanted time to himself? Or didn’t want to play with you? Sometimes people need time to themselves, it’s important."
"Oh, I see." But these words still didn’t make Yoshi feel any better. Why would Mario lie to me? He thought.
"Why didn’t he just tell me the truth? I would have understood." Said Yoshi.
"Perhaps he didn’t want to let you down? Some people find it hard to say no to people and so to save the other person’s feelings they make themselves to be busy." Replied Luigi, adding "Don’t let it get to you Yoshi; I’m sure Mario had his reasons. Anyways I need to go and clean pipes, see you soon!"
Yoshi was now all by himself. His two friends were busy and he had no-one to play with. This made Yoshi feel really lonely. There’s no-one I can rely on, he thought. I guess I have to visit the zoo by myself.
So Yoshi set off to the zoo by himself. On his way to the zoo Yoshi saw Ken and Ryu, the heads of the notorious and dangerous Street Fighter gang, surround a hapless and intimidated Sonic and Tails, who were cowering. Yoshi thought to himself, not my problem. For Sonic and Tails went to Sega Academy, a rival school to the school Yoshi attended, Nintendo Technical High.
So Yoshi decided to take another route to the zoo. As Yoshi turned his back on Sonic, he heard the most chilling sound, which everyone in Game City dreaded:
Quickly turning around, Yoshi glimpsed a bright blue light hitting Sonic, sending him into the air. With a thud Sonic landed on the ground, motionless.
"Sonic, sonic?! SONIC?! NOOOOOOO", screamed Tails as Ken and Ryu howled in laughter.
"Pathetic blue hedgehog! Did you really think you could stand up to the might of Ryu?" Bellowed Ken Masters, "now, little two-tailed fox, what shall we do with you?"
This was bullying at its most violent and physical, thought Yoshi. Trembling with anger and guilt at his own cowardice and nonchalant attitude to other people’s problems, Yoshi mustered up all the strength in him and yelled,
"Hey! Hey! The two twits in the bathrobes! You two losers, who think cruelty to animals is OK, well guess what it’s not!"
"Oh my, I see a little dino who thinks he can take us on." Said Ken, "how about we let him join the rest of his extinct buddies, hmmm?”
Time to make a run for it, thought Yoshi and with all his might he ran with Ryu and Ken hot on his tail. Without thinking where he was going, Yoshi just ran and ran and ran, dodging, jumping, and ducking countless energy blasts fired by the evil duo. It was no use thought Yoshi, his legs were starting to fail him and he became more and more out of breath, he was about to hit his limit. This is it, he thought, I can’t keep on running, I have to make a stand and with this newfound determination, Yoshi stopped and turned to face his pursuers.
"My, my! What’s the matter dino? What is with that glare? Do you honestly think you can beat us in a fight? Come now, put down your little fists, its futile!" Taunted Ken, as he and Ryu approached Yoshi.
"I may not have the strength to take you two down but I will not let you intimidate me! I’ll never submit to those who pick on the weak! Come at me with everything you have! I’m not scared!"
"Such brave words coming from such a small thing. If we don’t make an example of this thing, I think a whole host of little woodland creatures are going to crawl out of crevices from the city over and challenge our authority." Said Ken, to which Ryu nodded.
Ryu took a step towards Yoshi and slowly bought his hands to his chest, and connected the base of his palms together, like a crocodile with its mouth wide open ready to devour its prey. As he did so, large sparks started to form around his hands and Yoshi knew what was coming. In a bright flash and a shout of “hadoken!” a straight wave of intense blue heat shot from Ryu’s hands towards Yoshi.
This is how my life ends, thought Yoshi, closing his eyes to the approaching energy blast, not how I envisaged my life to end. Ahhh and I just wanted to go to the zoo today, not the afterlife. Mario, Luigi, Princess, I’m sorry.
The ground started to grumble and shake as the blast edged ever closer to Yoshi. Come on just be over with, thought Yoshi, as it seemed like a life-time since the hadoken was fired. Seconds ticked away and the rumbling and shaking of the ground stopped.
Hmmm, that voice sounds familiar, thought Yoshi. Am I dead? Can’t be because…Yoshi slowly opened his eyes and to his amazement he saw Luigi, standing on top of a pipe that had sprouted out of the ground, right in between where Yoshi and Ryu were.
"Luigi!" Said Yoshi in delight, "I’m so glad that you’re here!", as tears started to form from the corners of his eyes. "I thought, I thought…" Yoshi couldn’t finish what he was going to say.
"Blocked by a pipe with an idiot I-talian plumber in green, standing on top of it. Now that’s one way to block the hadoken!" Roared Ken with laughter, "Ryu, Ryu, you know, immigrants are finding more and more ingenious ways to enter the country."
"Luigi, what, what are you doing here?" Asked a teary-eyed Yoshi.
"I got lost and somehow ended up blowing up a wrong section of the pipes. Mario is going to kill me…Now what’s going on here?"
"Excuse me, Mr. Plumber? You’re kinda in the way of our little dino hunt." Smiled Ken at Luigi.
"I see, so that is what is going on. It’s ok now Yoshi, I’ll hold them off. Mario is on his way."
"Did you hear that? Did-you-he-ar-that-Ryu? The plumber is going to fight! The plumber thinks he is a street fighter!" Ken laughed loudly; even the silent Ryu cracked a weak smile to this and with his hand motioned to Luigi to "bring it".
Luigi climbed down from the pipe and from his tool belt took out a mushroom and ate it. Suddenly Luigi started to grow taller, until he towered over Ryu and Ken.
"Oi, oi Ryu! I think we need to get us some of what he is eating! I don’t think the kind of mushroom I have can do that!"
"The bigger they are, the harder they fall, Ken."
"Ryu…What a clichéd line. Like the talking, leave the giant-killing to me."
”-.- Be my guest.” Replied Ryu.
"Mr. Plumber!" Shouted Ken, "how’s the view from up there? Do you know you now look like a giant beanstalk? Now I’m not much of a climber, so I’ll just have to chop you down!"
Luigi raised his gigantic fist and swung it down at Ken.
"Oh, trying to swat me like a fly, are we? Well in which case take this!"
As Luigi swung his fist down, Ken jumped swiftly and landed on Luigi’s fist. With the speed of a bullet, Ken ran up Luigi’s arm and before Luigi could even react, Ken launched himself into a spinning jump with all his power in his right fist. As he did so, Ken’s fist became surrounded by flames. With an almighty roar of “shoryuken!”, Ken connected Luigi’s chin with a blazing uppercut that knocked Luigi backwards and straight onto the ground. The ground shook, Luigi was knocked out cold.
"L-L-Luigi?" Yoshi was in shock, because of me Luigi is hurt, he thought. His heart started to constrict in pain.
"I guess I lied. I did have to climb the beanstalk." Grinned Ken, "now dino, who is going to save you now?"
Just as Ken finished those words, a little plump man in red jumped out of the pipe and landed gracefully.
"Do my eyes deceive me?!" Said Ken in amazement, "look! look! It’s a young Santa!"
"No, it’s me, Mario!" Said the little, moustached, plump man in a red jumpsuit.
"Well of course, I should have guessed!" Said Ken, "after a plumber in green, it stands to reason that a plumber in red would show up! Just like traffic lights. After we defeat you, is there going to be a medium sized plumber in amber, I wonder?"
"Defeat me, Mario? No, no, no. You see, I’ve bought a couple of people who are dying to meet you."
"Really? We’re desperate to meet them!" Shouted Ken in excitement, to which Ryu nodded.
"You two can come out now!" Shouted Mario down the pipe. One after the other, two men in masks, one clad in a blue and black ninja outfit, the other in a yellow and black ninja outfit, ascended from the pipe.
"Look who we have here." said Ken. "Sub-Zero and Scorpion from the Mortal Combat clan. You two combatants think you’re match for us fighters? This is our territory!"
"I evoke the law of the fighting genre and ask that we have a one on one duel to pick the winner. If we win, you let us all go, if you win, then you can do with us as you please." Said Mario. "So I suggest you pick your fighter."
"Tsk, there’s no way around it. Damn fighting laws. OK, we’ll do this as we normally do. Ryu you go."
Ryu sighed and mumbled “coward” under his breath.
"Hey! I heard that!" Exclaimed Ken, "I’m not a coward, I’m just tired. Fighting that giant was tough!"
"We pick Scorpion as our combatant." Said Mario, pointing at the man wearing the yellow and black ninja suit.
"So, you two ready? Then fight!" Shouted Mario.
At the word “fight”, both Scorpion and Ryu launched into a flurry of fists and kicks, with both able to dodge and land an attack here and there on the other. It was a fierce and intense battle that lasted over an hour, in the end both Ryu and Scorpion could hardly stand.
"Finish him!" Shouted Sub-Zero.
This spurred Scorpion on and with the last of his power he shouted “Get over here!” launching a rope with a spear tip, straight at Ryu’s chest. However, before it could impale the weakened Ryu, Ken was able to manage to grab hold of the rope.
"Ok, that’s enough. We admit defeat." Said Ken, as he threw the rope onto the ground. "You guys have won. We won’t pick on the dino, but Mortal Kombat clan, this isn’t the end of it. This is just the beginning of the war." With these as his parting words, Ken wrapped his arm around Ryu’s waist to help steady him and they walked away into the distance.
"Thank you Scorpion for your help. Here is a senzu bean I got from Goku. It should bring you to full health." Mario said as he handed Scorpion a senzu bean, "Yoshi, here you go give this one to my brother."
Yoshi did as he was told and fed the unconscious, but now returned to normal size Luigi a senzu bean. Luigi stirred and with a jolt stood straight up.
"Luigi!" Shouted Yoshi in happiness. "Thank goodness! I’m sorry because of me you got into this mess and I’m sorry Scorpion, you were also dragged into it and Mario, I’m really sorry! All of you, please forgive me!"
"It’s ok, Yoshi. What are friends for? Scorpion and Sub-Zero were all too happy to help, especially since they have a grudge against the Street Fighter gang. I should be the one to say sorry to you Yoshi. I shouldn’t have lied to you. I didn’t want to go to the zoo, I wanted to have a lazy day but I couldn’t say that to you so I ended up lying. Will you forgive me?"
”Of course!” Smiled Yoshi, “I forgive you! And you should have told me that you wanted the day to yourself, I would not have minded!”
”Listen Yoshi, there is still time. Let us all go to the zoo together; the princess is already waiting for us at the zoo!” Said Mario.
”Really?! I’m so happy! Ok, let’s go!”
With that, Mario, Luigi and Yoshi bade goodbye to Sub-Zero and Scorpion and went on their way to the Zoo.