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Paper Mario: TTotS - Chapter 5, Part IVPoisoned FactoryPaper Mario: TTotS - Chapter 5, Part IV by *SlargTheGnome
Mario obviously didn't know his way around the factory at all, but his latest teammate certainly did. Without her, he might never have found out that they had only explored the front half so far. There was actually an outside "courtyard" that led over to the back half of the building, and that was where they were headed now.
"At least we'll get to go back outside for a little while… though I don't suppose it smells much better out there," he sighed, swinging his arms as he went. "So you think Bulbin's over there somewhere?"
"Yes, over there is where all the poison comes from. That's where he usually works," Maizee replied, walking right at his side. "But we don't have much time, Mario. Now that he knows you're coming for him, I'm afraid he's going to abandon all his precautions and do something desperate…" She trailed off, looking uneasy.
"Don't worry. We'll stop him before he does anything," Mario promised her, trying to be assuring
Paper Mario: TTotS - Chapter 5, Part IIIPoisoned FactoryPaper Mario: TTotS - Chapter 5, Part III by *SlargTheGnome
Mario hurtled down the stairs as fast as he possibly could, his heart nearly bursting out of his chest and his mind reeling with what he had just witnessed. He was panicking. He was only vaguely aware of his partners following after him, their chaotic footsteps echoing clang-clang-clang-clang-clang as they pounded down the metal steps.
He didn't even know what he was doing. All he knew was that he had to get there now –
Finally he reached the ground floor, rounded the sharp corner so quickly he nearly fell over, and literally kicked open the door that was standing in his way.
He and his partners crowded into the room, drew to a stop and stared in fear.
The room was dimly lit, with only a few industrial red and yellow lights providing illumination. Like one of the previous rooms they had been in, it was also flooding. Most of the floor was covered in several inches of murky water, and only the thin metal walkway they were standi
Paper Mario: TTotS - Chapter 5, Part IITrickleback RiverPaper Mario: TTotS - Chapter 5, Part II by *SlargTheGnome
Mario's team had left Viney Valley behind, praying it wouldn't fall to pieces while they were gone, and had raced up the river as fast as they could. As they followed it, it bent to the southeast and time began moving forward once again.
Finally they arrived at the source of the river, approaching the large waterfall that Bulbin had mentioned. It was tall enough that they couldn't see what was waiting for them at the top, and it sprayed mist in their faces as they stared up at it.
"Well… here we are," Mario shouted over the roar of the falls. "Now what do we do?"
"We gotta put the Leaf Stone somewhere," Hanner reminded him, looking around for a place that seemed appropriate. "Oh, look here, Mario!"
She pointed over at a large boulder that had a square indentation carved into it. It looked just big enough to fit the blue stone.
"All right… here goes nothing," said Mario, walking up to it and placing the Leaf Stone inside.
For a momen
Paper Mario: TTotS - Chapter 5, Part IChapter 5:Paper Mario: TTotS - Chapter 5, Part I by *SlargTheGnome
The Plant and the Factory
Mario had completely lost track of how long they'd been walking through that tunnel, but finally a distant light appeared at the end. The group hurriedly raced toward it, stepping out of the darkness and back into the outside world.
He sort of wished they hadn't.
They had just come walking out of a large hill on the riverbank, and flowing by right in front of them was the Trickleback River itself – but it was clear that something was wrong with it. It was flowing much more slowly than it should have been, so bogged down was it with poisonous sludge. Its murky greenish-brown color reflected that as well.
"Ugh…" Dulia recoiled at the sight of it. "I had no idea it was this bad…"
"How are we gonna fix this?" Stubba asked worriedly.
Mario honestly didn't know. He hadn't been feeling confident before, but seeing the river like this was making him feel even less sure
My advisor seems to think if I can tweak my data analytic plan for my thesis I should able to get it signed off by the deadline, which is December... (to put things in perspective, the actual deadline was May. December is the deadline-deadline.)
Well this is the first time I've felt even slightly good about my thesis, so yay