Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
Odyssey of Dreams
Chapter 7: Dark Shadows in Shallow Waters
“Hey it's me again, Waddle Dee, I hope we can help Adeleine, I hate the thought of someone loosing family members to the Dark Matter. I just hope I can be of some help when the time comes again. I've been saying things like, if I had done this or that, I could have saved him, but I don't know... I could see something was troubling Tiff after our fight with Mecha Kirby and she got hurt real bad during the fight with Ado. She cheered up though after she got a hold of some Mermaid Magic, so that makes me glad! I wonder if the gang found the Water Palace yet...”
Kirby and his friends stood in awe as they were confronted with the ruins of the Water Palace. Kirby approached the iron crafted double doors and noticed that they were slightly opened. “The Mermaid Queen wasn’t lying, someone else is here!” Tiff said with worry.
Adeleine suddenly turned to Ribbon, “Hey Ribbon, when you switched Tiff with Waddle Dee how did he know what was going on?”
Ribbon giggled, “Oh, don’t worry about that. It’s like I said back at the Inn, I’ve been transferring every piece of valuable information to Waddle Dee via telepathy! So Waddle Dee knows what we’ve been doing since you took his place!”
Adeleine seemed relieved, “And here I was worried over nothing!”
“I also transferred the Storm Pike to him as well and he was very grateful for it!” Ribbon said with a smile. “I mean really grateful, he won’t shut up about it…”
Kirby and his friends proceeded cautiously into the Water Palace, the door moaning as it opened. Inside, the Water Palace was shaped cylindrically and had a large circular pool in the center. In the center of the pool stood a large pole with a stone made water slide. Around the pool were staircases that led up to the second floor. The water slide seemed to be able to connect with river-like trenches that were carved into the floors on both stories. At the end of those trenches, water wheels stood next to large doors on the first floor that had no way of opening them. Along with the entrance another large door stood sealed shut directly across from them. On the second floor, three doors stood right above the entrance and to the west and east respectively, but none over the large sealed door. However, there was another water wheel on the second floor above the large sealed door.
Tiff interjected with some information, “It looks like we want to get the water flowing to move through this place...”
“This palace seems to be built to honor the power of water, so I guess we should have expected something like this,” Ribbon stated. Tiff noticed a rather peculiar device standing before the pool. It had a large dial like a compass and it looked like it could be moved. Tiff turned the switch to the west. Suddenly, the water slide began turning to the west and matched itself up with the trench in the floor.
“Alright, this is my expertise, I’m great with puzzles!” Adeleine said cheerfully. “We need to let water flow from the higher floor down this slide and into those water wheels. Those water wheels are built so that water can pass through the small holes in their paddles so when they stop turning after opening a door the water will continue to flow through that part of the palace.”
“Y’know, I had a thought,” Tiff began. “Where does the water go? We’re under ground.”
Adeleine turned to Tiff, “We seen pipes that are running throughout the island, but they seem fairly new. This Water Palace is much older. Mayor Dudley said that he was aware that the Water Palace was down here, but I mistook that for simple lore. I’m guessing the Water Palace was rediscovered while the plumbers placed the pipes down here. To answer your question Tiff, the Water Palace isn’t part of the newer plumbing system, so it must have its own system. If the water still works here, then that implies that the palace can still draw in water from the ocean outside to fuel itself or recycle its own water.”
“I’m impressed Adeleine, you’re very perceptive!” Tiff complimented. “I would have never noticed something like that.”
Adeleine scratched the back of her head with embarrassment, “Well, it’s kind of a habit when you’re always painting and studying structures!”
Tiff absorbed the surroundings once more and sighed, “I guess we better get started.”
Kirby and his friends climbed the stairs to the second floor and entered the east room. Inside the room, a long hallway and a trench led water out of the room. Kirby followed the hallway while fighting off resistance. The resistance consisted of the same creatures they fought since they came here; the only difference was they were now controlled by Dark Matter. At the end of the hall stood a large fish head statue with a huge gaping mouth sticking from the wall, just above the trench. A small red switch stood on the floor next to the statue. Kirby pressed the switch and water began gushing out of the statues mouth and flowed down the trench.
“Hey look, its working!” Tiff said happily. Kirby left the room with his friends behind him. When they arrived at the foyer they noticed the water was flowing down the slide and into the water wheel below and opened the western door as opposed to the door directly beneath them. The water wheel opened the door and then stopped, but it still allowed water to pass through the small holes and slits in the paddle.
Kirby and his friends entered the now accessible room and found it to be not just a maze, but a peculiar one at that. The maze was small and held heavier resistance, but Kirby and his party quickly realized that there were three rooms and one was on a very high ledge. “Kirby, I don’t think you could even fly to that door,” Tiff deduced.
Kirby grew a little miffed and decided to try anyway. As he took flight, however, he ran out of breath before he reached the top and floated gently back down. “Let’s just try the other doors first,” Adeleine suggested. Kirby and his friends entered one of the other doors and found it to be a small square room with a small red treasure chest in the corner. Kirby opened it and it was a very old antique jeweled cutlass.
After storing it safely away, Kirby and his friends left to check the other room that was available to them. Inside this room was an antique elevator, complete with pulleys and cables. Kirby and his party rode the elevator up to the second floor and found nothing but a large red switch in the center of the room. Kirby pushed the switch and the sound of rushing water came from down below them. “Oh, I get it,” Adeleine realized. “We need to swim to that door to reach it!” Kirby and his party equipped their swim gear and went back down to the maze.
The entire maze was completely flooded and Kirby and his party were now met with resistance in the form of fishbone monsters. Kirby and his party defended themselves against the skeletal piranha and tons of other underwater foes that made them selves known. Quickly, Kirby and his team exited the room and swam up to the door that they could not reach before.
Inside the very large rectangular room an over sized Glunk sat directly in the middle. The anemone-like creature took notice of the intruders and made a large noise. The noise summoned a school of Blippers and Squishies. The mindless fish seemed to be a lot more of a threat underwater as did the squid-like Squishies. Under water, Kirby could not do much to defend himself so as a result he used his stored Water ability and transformed.
Now, Kirby could defend himself, even underwater Kirby’s water gun attacks seemed effective. Tiff’s whirlpools and Adeleine’s ice attacks were also quite effective. Water Kirby rammed the Glunk while Tiff used her whirlpools to slam the nearby enemies into Glunk and Adeleine used her ice attacks to form blocks of ice and drop them into Tiff’s whirlpool. Finally, the Glunk seemed to take all it could and it shriveled up and turned into sea foam. In the foam, rested a large jeweled key and Kirby quickly snatched it up.
After a small underwater dance of victory, Kirby and his friends left the room and went back to drain the maze room of the water. Once the water was drained Kirby headed back to the palace’s main room. After arriving, Kirby and his party headed back to the eastern room on the second floor to switch off the water. Once that was done, Kirby returned to the Water Palace foyer.
Kirby and his friends realized that the east and west wings of the Water Palace mirrored each other. Kirby and his friends easily repeated their steps as before to open the opposite wing. When Kirby entered the eastern room on the first floor he and his friends quickly noticed that it began to incline. At the end of the incline was a square pit of water. Kirby and his friends jumped into the water pit and found themselves in a similar room as the western room; however, as it was already flooded, Kirby and his friends were able to bypass the maze by swimming over it. Kirby swam to the door on the high ledge just like before.
Kirby and his friends froze instantly the moment they entered this new room. The entire room was filled with Gordos. There were so many of them that it was hard to maneuver around them safely. Ribbon spoke to the party telepathically, “Be careful you guys, I sense a dark presence in the middle of this room!”
Suddenly, amidst the Gordo, a large red octopus known as Flotzo emerged. Flotzo spotted the intruders with his beady little eyes. Flotzo suddenly began its assault by flooding the room with some ink which completely dropped visibility. Flotzo began spitting rocks between the breaks of Gordo. Kirby tried his best to hit them back, but when he did the Gordos simply moved back into place and blocked the rock. “Bad shot,” Kirby thought to himself. Kirby’s attention was called back immediately by a sharp pain in his side. He realized he had run into a Gordo and he quickly lunged in the opposite direction. However, as tried to get away from that Gordo he unknowingly ran into another and then another. The Gordo trap was ended by a large stone that smashed Kirby into the wall above his friends.
Tiff seemed stumped, “Gordo can’t be damaged by anything and this ink makes everything even worse. There must be a way.”
Adeleine however, had an ace up her sleeve, “This is getting us nowhere, I’m ending this right now!” she thought. Kirby got up from his position and noticed that Adeleine had reverted to her human form. Kirby quickly realized what Adeleine was about to do. Adeleine took her paint brush from her bag and waved the paint brush around and with a sudden flash a burst of multicolored waves of paint covered the entire room. After the attack ended Adeleine seemed to float in the water in an exhausted state. She nearly floated into a Gordo, but Kirby made sure that did not happen. When Kirby looked around he noticed that both the ink and Flotzo were gone. Kirby handed Adeleine over to Tiff and retrieved a key that lay in the huge paint smudge that stood where Flotzo was. Adeleine regained her senses and began to chuckle slightly. Tiff looked around and noticed she was laughing because the Gordos, albeit undamaged, were now painted a myriad of colors.
Kirby came back with the key and as soon as he did the water began to drain from the room because Flotzo was sitting on a switch that caused the room to flood. Since Flotzo was destroyed the switch was released and the water flow halted. Kirby tried to open the door to leave the room, but it would not open. After a few minutes passed the room was completely drained of water and the Gordos did not seem affected by this change even slightly. Adeleine took her swim gear off and took a deep breath, “Wheew, I was hoping not use that attack so soon, it uses so much energy. I was hoping to save it for later.”
After a good laugh, Kirby notice the door opened again. This time they had to go through the maze as it was too high to fly over. Kirby and his team entered another door on the way out and noticed it had an elevator inside. Curious they rode it to the upper floor where there was a switch just like before. However, there was a small sign that read, “Out of Order.”
Tiff seemed taken by this, “Well, it looks this maze room floods and drains on its own from time to time.”
“It also means that the room with the Flotzo is sealed off from the maze down stairs. Meaning the two rooms flood separately…,” Adeleine added.
Kirby and his party left and found another room in the maze. Upon entering the room Kirby noticed three chests lined up side by side only a little ways apart from each other. Kirby opened the one on the left and inside was a rare Ammon fossil. He seemed happy about his find as he stored it away. Kirby then tried to open the next chest but seemed saddened because it turned out to be empty. As Kirby approached the final chest it opened by itself as soon as he touched it. Inside was a pair of eyes and a voice, “Hey there, I’m a Pandora!” it announced. The party was spooked by its sudden appearance. “Hey, no need to fear me, but if you can answer my three questions then you can have the treasure in this box, how about it?”
“Uh, okay then,” Tiff agreed reluctantly.
“Alright, first question!” Pandora chimed. “Who was it that chased you on your way to Refuge Point?”
“Mecha Kirby!” Kirby said cheerfully.
“That’s correct!” Pandora said. “Second question; what is the name of the mayor of Vegetable Village?”
“Mayor Silverleaf,” Tiff answered.
“Correct!” he said. “Third Question; what is the name of the Mermaid Queen?”
“Undyne,” Adeleine stated.
“Correct!” he said cheerfully. “Congratulations, here’s your prize!” Pandora said as he tossed a Trillo fossil out at Kirby. Kirby happily took the fossil and stored it away. With a puff of smoke the strange spirit vanished into thin air, leaving the chest wide open.
“Strange, I wonder how he knew all those things,” Tiff pondered.
Pandora’s voice could be heard again, “Now that’s a question even I don’t have the answer to!”
After shaking off the strange event, Kirby and his friends made it out of the maze and back to the foyer. Kirby and his team turned the dial and switched the water slide again. Both east and west sides poured water into the pool below, now disconnected from the slide. The water slide faced the big door and the team climbed upstairs and entered the door that stood over the entrance. The door left outside the palace onto a balcony that overlooked the dark cavern. On each side of the door, staircases, parallel to each other lead to a higher floor inside the palace. Venturing to the third floor, instead of finding a hallway like the first two water ways, they found a spiral staircase with a railing that led water into the trench below it. Kirby’s party climbed the spiral staircase into the attic room and they found a fish statue over what looked like a tub for water. Kirby pressed the switch and the tub began to fill with water. When the water got high enough it began trickling down the railing and into the trench below. Parallel to the bath tub was another contraption; however, a gear seemed to be missing from its socket. “Oh great, how are we gonna move this thing?!” Tiff said irritated.
“Not to worry!” Adeleine beamed. Adeleine took out a piece of paper and sketched a gear of exactly the right size. Once she painted it, it popped from the piece of paper and she placed the gear in the slot. After that was done, Kirby mashed the switch and the floor opened up and a secondary water slide dropped down and connected with the second floor and matched itself with the trench that lead to the lone water wheel with no door next to it. Suddenly, Kirby and his friends heard a rumble. Kirby and his team headed back to the first floor and entered the large door. Inside was a large hallway that led to another door. This door opened in the same manner as the other ones, only with the water from the first door being carried by a bridge overhead.
The room on the other side of the door had a large bronze machine nestled in a corner to their left. Across the entire room lay five trenches that were carved into an elevated floor. Powerful streams of water rushed through the canals, making them impossible to swim in. Adeleine examined the machine, “Hey, I think we can stop the water if we turn on this contraption.”
Upon further inspection Tiff noticed something, “Rats, it looks like we need a key to turn it on.”
Kirby spit up the red key he received from Flotzo and put it into a keyhole on the machine and then pressed a big green button. The machine gurgled and churned as it started up. The water quickly calmed down as large stone doors sealed the canals, thus preventing any more water from getting in. The water that was currently in the canals drained in a heart beat. Kirby and his friends jumped up to the raised floor and began to cross when they noticed something about the canals. The canal floors were lined with spikes from right to left with the exception of the third one, which had a clear square platform with a red chest sitting on it. Kirby hopped his way over to the box and opened it with a smile. The chest contained a very large pearl, the largest Kirby or any of his friends had ever laid eyes on and it was almost as big as Kirby was. Kirby stored the giant pearl away and he and his friends proceeded to the other side, where another door awaited them. Just as they were crossing the last canal, the machine made an unsettling noise and it blew up. The stone doors rose and the water began to flood the canals again.
As Kirby’s party entered the room they noticed it was the largest in the palace and looked like an elegant school pool with some floating platforms in crystal clear water. On the eastern and western sides of the room lay two doors and at the northern end of the room lay another pump. Kirby and his friends approached the pump and pressed the on switch and the machine sputtered and clanked about. Kirby flipped the switch to the left, however, the machine made a terrible noise as if something was stuck. The same noise was made when Kirby switched it to the right as well.
Tiff turned to Kirby and Adeleine, “The pump’s probably clogged, I’ll bet the two rooms in here will take us to the plumbing, let’s check it out.”
Kirby and Adeleine nodded and entered the western door first. Inside was what one would call a plumber’s nightmare. A large bronze tank sat at the back of the room amidst the pipes. Kirby and his party approached it and found that the valve was missing. Kirby tapped the side of the tank and it made a deep echo signifying that it was indeed empty.
Suddenly, Kirby heard a strange noise come from behind the water tank. When he peeked around the tank he caught the glimpse of a large blue slime creature. The creature hopped out from behind the tank and surprised Tiff and Adeleine.
“Whoa, what is that?!” Tiff asked astonished.
Adeleine noticed an object in the blob’s body, “It’s a Blue Zebon and it looks like it swallowed the valve.”
“What’s a Blue Zebon?” Tiff asked curiously.
“It’s like a Green Zebon only it isn’t stationary and it doesn’t have a very happy face. If we try to get that valve it’ll just spit us back out again,” Adeleine explained.
Kirby transformed into Throw Kirby with the suppressed ability from Rolling Turtle and rushed the Zebon. However, no matter how Kirby tried he was always spat back out by the Zebon. Even Tiff’s attacks proved useless against the gooey body.
“Alright, your turn Adeleine…” Tiff said with a sigh. “I think my water attacks are only making it larger.”
“Blue Zebon’s absorb water based attacks, lemme try this instead!” Adeleine explained as she transformed in to the Ice Dragon. “I’ll just freeze the thing that should work!” she said as she took a deep breath. Adeleine exhaled her freezing cold breath and the Zebon was frozen solid. Kirby used his Throw ability and gave it a hard toss. It landed on the floor and shattered into countless fragments. The valve emerged from the frozen remains and Kirby quickly grabbed the valve as the pieces melted and began reforming. The Zebon reformed and simply began wandering the room again.
“Uh, how come it’s not attacking us?” Tiff asked confused.
Adeleine explained, “Zebon’s are harmless Tiff, they are more docile than a butterfly.”
“Oh, um, well anyway, Kirby why don’t you put that valve back on so we can get moving,” Tiff suggested nervously. Kirby tried to fit the valve back into place, but he and the party soon realized that it did not fit.
Adeleine had a thought, “How much would you bet if this valve actually belongs to the room across from this one. This entire palace is mirrored; I’ll just bet that this valve belongs to a tank in the other room.”
Kirby and his friends backtracked and entered the opposing room. Adeleine was correct on her assumption that the rooms were mirrored. This room looked exactly like the one before it. Kirby went up to the tank and placed the valve where it belonged and he began twisting it. Kirby turned the valve until it could no longer be moved.
“Hmm, if the valve for this room was in the other room then where is that second valve?” Tiff pondered. Kirby and his party searched the room, while occasionally fighting off creatures that tried to jump out from behind the pipes. It became clear to them that the second valve was not in this room. Kirby and his friends left the room in deep thought. While Adeleine and Tiff thought to themselves, Kirby approached the pump machine from before. He turned the switched to the right and the water in the pool behind him began to drain. The pool only drained halfway, revealing the shallow end of the pool.
“Good thinking Kirby!” Adeleine praised.
Tiff noticed the object in the pool, “Hey it’s the missing valve!”
Kirby dropped down into the shallow end of the pool and picked up the valve and he and his friends went back to the first room. Kirby placed the valve and began turning it until it could turn no more. Kirby’s party left the room and turned on the pump allowing the rest of the pool to drain.
At the bottom of the pool at the northern wall lay a hidden door that opened as soon as the pool finished draining. Kirby and his friends entered the small tunnel and it quickly led to a small flight of stairs. Kirby and his gang emerged from a hole in the floor. This room was by far the most elegant; the Dream Fountain sat at the back of the room overlooking another pool with floating platforms. Atop the Dream Fountain the object of their desire, the Sapphire Pearl sat shining in all its glory. Kirby and his friends began hopping along the floating platforms happily. As they approached the fountain, water began flowing from the fountain. The water began flooding the room and it did so until there was no more solid ground to stand on other than the floating platforms.
Suddenly, tendrils emerged from the waters of the Dream Fountain. The tendrils were made from a similar blue gel-like substance that Water Kirby’s body was made from. A large translucent amoeba-like creature emerged at the epicenter of the tendrils and a single eye opened and stared at Kirby. Its formless body took the shape of a Squishy Squid. It began to speak, “Welcome visitors, I Amoebeo am the Dream Stone Guardian of the Sapphire Pearl. If you wish to claim the stone’s power for your own then you must challenge and defeat me!”
“Very well then, we challenge you for the Sapphire Pearl!” Tiff shouted bravely.
“If I’m ever to find and rescue my brother then I need the Dream Stones!” Adeleine shouted strongly.
Ribbon interjected, “Guys, it looks like it isn’t possessed by Dark Matter yet, if we hurry and defeat it we can get out of here before the Dark Matter attempts to possess it!”
Amoebeo began its assault by trying to throw Kirby and his allies into the water by flipping them off the floating platforms. Then Amoebeo took a dive and it was completely unnoticeable underwater. Kirby jumped from his platform as Amoebeo flipped it upon revealing itself. Adeleine shouted to Kirby, “Aim for its eye Kirby that’s its weak spot!” Kirby inhaled another nearby platform with his Throw ability and tossed the platform at Amoebeo’s eye. The platform knocked the eye from its watery body and the body dispersed as it began skipping on the water frantically. Tiff thrust her trident at Amoebeo and Adeleine blasted it with a breath of ice cold air. This caused Amoebeo to take another dive into the water. This time instead of just flipping Kirby’s platform, Amoebeo flipped multiple platforms causing both Adeleine and Tiff to jump to safer platforms. Kirby took the opportunity to sneak behind Amoebeo and just before Amoebeo could counter Kirby, he inhaled Amoebeo and caught it in a powerful throw. Kirby threw Amoebeo against the hard stone wall of the palace dealing it a very painful blow. Tiff and Adeleine got in a few more attacks before Amoebeo took another dive. This time Amoebeo changed its form and became a large puffer fish called Stickle. It swam quickly around the room smashing into the platforms. Kirby and his friends barely managed to dodge and were thrown off several times only to be thrown into the air by Amoebeo and juggled on his spikes.
Down but not out, Kirby’s party regrouped as Amoebeo came around for another go at them. Kirby waited for just the right moment to inhale a nearby platform and smack Amoebeo hard with it. Like last time, Amoebeo’s form was broken and it was quickly assaulted by the team. Amoebeo took another dive and rose from the water once more, but this time it took the form of a large oyster called Clammy. Amoebeo began its next wave of attacks with powerful water jets. Every time it opened its ‘shell’ giant bubbles filled the room. Kirby’s party quickly discovered that touching the bubbles bounced them in strange directions. This made it hard to move from platform to platform with jumps and flight. Kirby’s party began to feel the fatigue from the battle but no matter what attack they tried, the oyster form was invulnerable, save for a few moments when it opened to reveal the vulnerable eye. However, the timing for this was excruciating. Tiff thought desperately, “Darn it, there must be a better way, he’ll get the better of us at this rate!” she thought as she breathed heavily. Adeleine jumped in for an opening and was finally able to reach the creature with an ice breath. The ice breath connected revealing a weakness, “Hey look, Amoebeo can freeze in this state! I’ll bet if we hit it while it’s frozen we can cull Amoebeo out!” she deduced. Kirby and his friend’s rearranged their strategy. Adeleine fought hard to reach far enough to hit with her ice breath. Finally, Amoebeo froze over and Kirby and Tiff attacked respectively with trident jabs and thrown objects. Amoebeo shattered and it was now quite frantic, but before it could do anything more a Dark Matter Scout emerged from the water.
Ribbon gasped, “No, the Dark Matter was just waiting for us to weaken Amoebeo!” As Amoebeo fell under the Dark Matter’s power the water began boiling and turn into a purplish mucky toxic stew. Amoebeo also adapted to the toxicity and turned a darkish purple color with a much distorted and reddened eye. Its body morphed into a giant hermit crab-like shape that resembled a Coner.
“Don’t fall in Kirby!” Amoebeo taunted with a cackle. Amoebeo dived into the toxic stew and instead of flipping platforms as it usually would it simply begin to destroy the ones Kirby and his friends stood on with its giant pincers.
As Amoebeo quickly erased the ground that Kirby’s party stood on Kirby realized something, “Kirby bring back platforms!” he thought as he used the Emerald Amber to grow large flowers to take the place of lost platforms.
“Great job Kirby that makes it much easier!” Tiff said as she landed on a flower.
“Don’t get comfy guys I think that made it mad!” Adeleine warned.
“It’s fast and resilient in this state!” Ribbon claimed in worry. “What do we do?” she thought desperately. Then an idea came to her, “That’s it, Waddle Dee! With his new Storm Pike he can use electricity!” she deduced as she contacted Waddle Dee.
“Gotcha, switch me in!” Waddle Dee agreed. Ribbon chanted her spell and exchanged Tiff for Waddle Dee. He quickly equipped his new weapon and he gained a large copper shield covering his whole backside that had a Waddle Dee face engraved on it. It seemed too heavy for him to use effectively so it stayed where it was. He also wore green colored armored boots and a copper crest that crowned his forehead. Lastly his body surged with electricity as he took a strong pose, “Get ready for some shock and awe!” he announced. Dark Amoebeo leaped from behind Waddle Dee who did not seem to feel the need to move. Dark Amoebeo brought down its claw and hit the shield but it proved completely ineffective. “Yeah, that’s right you’ll never break the Waddlekin Storm Shield! I’m not big enough to use it properly just yet, but it will still protect my backside!” he explained strongly as he turned with a counterstrike. His Storm Pike struck Dark Amoebeo with a powerful lightning bolt that caused its body to dissipate.
“Nice Waddle Dee!” Adeleine cheered as did Kirby.
“I’m glad I remembered Waddle Dee’s new weapon!” said Ribbon with relief. Kirby’s party attacked strongly forcing Dark Amoebeo under again.
Dark Amoebeo grew angrier as it took the form of a very gooey Glunk. It then began to float around the toxic pool aimlessly as it spewed toxic gunk everywhere and around Kirby’s party. Suddenly, Amoebeo jumped from the water and opened its top mouth to reveal multiple rows of ‘teeth’ within the ‘leaves’. The party moved in a hurry and Waddle Dee was able to build up static electricity as he walked and stored it in his spear.
“Jump guys, here it comes!” Ribbon shrieked. Kirby’s party jumped in all directions but Amoebeo seemed to only be interested in Kirby. Kirby flew high only to be followed by Amoebeo by means of a humongous leap. Thankfully, the electricity stored by Waddle Dee allowed him to fire a ball of plasma from his Storm Pike that was humongous. It destroyed Amoebeo’s form with great force.
“Kirby, catch this!” Adeleine shouted as she tossed Kirby an ice block. Kirby inhaled the ice block with his Throw power and landed on a flower platform. With another strong throw Kirby hit Amoebeo hard. Kirby took flight while Waddle Dee and Adeleine attacked Amoebeo’s frantic core.
Amoebeo let out a distorted cry as it escaped from its attackers. Suddenly, as Dark Amoebeo dived into the depths the toxic pool began to boil throwing toxic vapors in the air.
Waddle Dee coughed and hacked, “What… do we do… the poison is sapping my strength!”
“Ungh, my throat’s…, getting sore and so…, is my chest!” Adeleine stated. Ribbon covered her mouth with her sleeves.
Suddenly, Waddle Dee’s platform was pierced by a water jet as Amoebeo emerged, but he was able to leap to Adeleine’s platform to safety. While Dark Amoebeo was distracted by Waddle Dee and Adeleine, Kirby took the opportunity to draw in Amoebeo with another inhale. Kirby tossed Amoebeo into the other side of the room away from his friends. Kirby was the only one close enough to continue attacking so he was able to land a few jabs and a few powerful kicks. Amoebeo dove into the water below again. Adeleine and Tiff drank a Pep Drink to get some of their energy back that was being sapped from the poison and it soothed the back of their throats. Waddle Dee tossed Kirby one and as he finished drinking it, Amoebeo pierced Kirby’s platform causing him to fly over to his stranded friends. However, just as Kirby landed the platform’s center was pierced and Kirby and his friends jumped into midair with no area to land on as the flower platforms from the Emerald Amber rotted away. Just like before, Kirby attempted to make more flower platforms with the Dream Stone, but this time the Dream Stone was silent. Desperate and in mid air, Kirby stared down Amoebeo and gave it one more inhale. The poisonous air burned the back of Kirby’s throat as he grabbed onto the badly damaged Amoebeo.
As she fell, Adeleine saw Kirby as he grappled Amoebeo, but with no solid ground Kirby would be unable to throw him. “I have to give Kirby some help!” Adeleine thought as she blasted the water beneath Kirby with an ice breath causing a platform of ice to form. Kirby landed on the platform and began his ability’s strongest move, the Tornado Throw. Kirby spun Amoebeo around and gave it a super hard throw towards the ceiling. Amoebeo made a large hole in the ceiling as it was destroyed and water began to flood the room from the outside.
Ribbon turned to Kirby, “Kirby, I’ll get the Sapphire Pearl, you help Waddle Dee and Adeleine!”
Ribbon flew up to the Dream Stone and gathered it up while Kirby retrieved his barely conscious friends. Kirby used up the last of his strength to fly to the edge of the fountain. “Kirby this place is gonna collapse hang on I’ll get us out of here!” Ribbon said as she began chanting a spell. The spell covered Kirby and his friends in a bubble and as the room flooded, Ribbon guided the bubble through the hole in the ceiling. As she maneuvered the bubble around, boulders and other sharp rocks as they quickly began to pick up speed. Kirby and his friends emerged in an underground cavern. Above them was a lone pipe that led to a small cavern. Ribbon noticed the water began to rise again and it eventually rose to the point where it pushed them into the small cavern.
*Ripple City Square*
Mayor Dudley wandered around the city square, “I wonder if those kids found what they were looking for?”
As Dudley finished his sentence he and several others began feeling the ground shake beneath them. Then suddenly, the fountain in the square blew apart as a geyser erupted from beneath it. The geyser threw Kirby and his friends to the surface and they landed safely in the square. The geyser died down and a Ribbon canceled her spell.
Mayor Dudley came running up to them, “Dudes that was awesome! Since you’re back I take it you found what you needed?”
Waddle Dee wiped himself off and put away his Storm Pike, “Yeah, we did actually, but just barely.”
“How did we get back here?” Adeleine asked bewildered.
Mayor Dudley explained, “Remember, I told you the Water Palace was built here, so it makes sense that you would be blown back up here through a geyser.”
Everyone had a good hearty laugh as they knew another step in their quest was now over. Suddenly, Waddle Dee heard a familiar voice approached them, “Ahoy there lads and lasses!” Fargus shouted as he and Jack came running up to them.
“Fargus and Jack, what are you two doing back here?” Adeleine asked puzzled.
Fargus seemed to fuddle his words, “Uh, well you see, we got tired of wait-, err I mean, we came back to town to stock up on supplies when you just erupted from the ground! So, is there any word on the treasure?”
Waddle Dee nodded in a disappointed manner, “Nope, all we found was this key. The captain’s notes said he hid it in the Orange Ocean.”
“Well, that’s a little disappointing but it’s still a step in the right direction!” Fargus said cheerfully. “Thanks for your help friends, take this for your help, may we once again cross paths!” he said as he handed over a rather generous sum of gold coins. With that, Fargus began getting lost in his own daydreams about the treasure.
Jack came up to Waddle Dee, “Did you find my family’s flag by any chance?”
He handed the flag over to Jack whose eyes lit up with vigor, “Thanks, I don’t know how I can repay you for this, but please take this,” he said as he also handed over a large sum of money, “I’m guessing we’ll be heading towards Orange Ocean now, so if you’re ever in the neighborhood feel free to pay us a visit!”
“Uh, we’ll be sure to look you up…,” Adeleine said nervously. With their minds set, Fargus and Jack departed.
Waddle Dee sighed, “What strange people those guys are.”
Adeleine followed, “Strange yes, but bad? I don’t think so. I don’t think the Dark Matter would waste time on possessing those two.”
“Yeah, they’d probably only be used as slaves…,” Waddle Dee noted.
Then suddenly, Kirby was hit on the head by an object from the sky. Waddle Dee walked up to the object and noticed that it was a strange clam. Amoebeo’s voice echoed in their minds, “This clam is my friend, may it take care of you as you take care of it…”
“Wow, Wickett also dropped something like this,” Waddle Dee chimed. “We’ll take good care of it Amoebeo!” he finished as he placed Amoebeo’s Clam safely away. “I’ll give this to Tiff!” he said cheerfully.
As Kirby and his party took deep breaths, they ventured back to the photographers house and he was astonished beyond words, “Have mercy, you are a master photographer! “I’ll tell you what, you can go ahead and keep that camera and I’ll give you this for all those pictures!” he said as he handed over a picture of a jellyfish and money. Adeleine was inspired by the jellyfish in the picture, so she took out her sketchbook and sketched the jellyfish. Then she painted her face and transformed into her drawing. The geek was astounded, “That’s an awesome trick, the jellyfish in the picture is called ‘Master Green’ although he isn’t green at all!” he paused for a second and Adeleine reverted back to her human form. “Can I ask one more favor? Could I get my picture with you guys?” he asked nervously. Kirby and his friends agreed and got their picture taken with the geek, “Thanks a lot, here’s your copy! See ya around!” he said as he waved his farewell.
Kirby and his friends then paid a visit to the museum to give the artifacts to the curator. Kirby approached the curator and handed him the Jeweled Cutlass. “My, this cutlass used to belong to a very famous pirate. Thank you child, please take this in return,” he said as he handed over a large amount of money. Kirby also donated the Ammon Fossil and the Trillo Fossil, “What a rare find for you, these are fossils of extinct creatures. Here child, as a token of my gratitude,” he continued as he handed Kirby money for each. Finally, Kirby handed over the Colossal Pearl, “Gracious, this was a treasure that was held in the Water Palace as a royal heirloom. I don’t know how you came across these wonderful things, but please take this,” he said handing over a powerful looking arm mounting Drill and Pick Ax. “That Mining Set is a tool for Waddlekin Miners and they still use it to this day by the Waddlekin who inhabit Cloudy Park.”
Kirby and his friends now decided that it was time to leave the island and begin search for their third Dream Stone. This made Kirby recall his battle with Amoebeo and why the Emerald Amber did not grant his wish a second time. Ribbon noticed Kirby’s worry, “Is their something you want to say Kirby?” she asked.
“Dream Stone not work twice!” he said as he handed it to Ribbon.
Ribbon took the Dream Stone and examined it, “Oh I see, you mean you couldn’t make more flower platforms again during the fight with Amoebeo?”
Suddenly, Wickett’s voice came from thin air, “Dream Stones must be given time to recharge after a wish is granted…”
“Imagine that, how long does it take to recharge?” Adeleine asked.
“Dream Stones don’t loose power when a wish is made but they lock out any wishes for a limit of time that depends on the wish made,” Wickett explained. “This was a defense to prevent the spamming of wishes.”
“Hey Kirby, we know the Emerald Amber can restore things and manipulate plants, but what does the Sapphire Pearl do?” Waddle Dee asked eagerly.
Just as he finished, Amoebeo’s voice echoed, “Thank you for releasing me from the Dark Matter, as thanks and for earning the Dream Stone I shall reveal to you what the Sapphire Pearl’s function is,” Amoebeo said gratefully. “The Sapphire Pearl has the power of purification. Toxins, venom, poisons can be removed from people’s bodies and from the environment they inhabit. It can also grant wishes that relate to water.”
“Hey Kirby, the Dark Matter used Ado and Adeleine’s power to polluted this country, let’s use the Sapphire Pearl to wash away the pollution!” Waddle Dee suggested cheerfully.
Kirby agreed happily and made the wish on the Sapphire Pearl. As Kirby made his wish, something else happened. The Emerald Amber also resonated as if a wish was made on it. In a bright wave of raw power, the pollution made through the twin’s paint magic was completely removed without a trace.
Ribbon noticed the change with the Emerald, “Why did this Dream Stone act with the other?”
Amoebeo interjected, “You had a large target for your wish, so an extra Dream Stone had to be present for it to work.”
Wickett took over, “The more complex the dream, the more Dream Stones needed to grant it. It isn’t a power issue, each Dream Stone has near infinite energy, it’s a fail safe to make sure a single entity could not gain too much power with only one Dream Stone. This is why all must be collected for much larger dreams.”
“I get it, let’s say we we’re the bad guys,” Adeleine began. “If we wanted to use the Sapphire Pearl to ‘flood’ this place instead of clean it, we would have needed another Dream Stone maybe more.”
“What a nifty fail safe,” Waddle Dee added. “Oh, and let me guess, now these two Dream Stones are going to take a while to recharge now aren’t they?”
“That’s what it looks like…,” Ribbon deduced.
As Kirby and his friends enjoyed their lesson on the power of the Dream Stones, they noticed the Dark Matter completely darken the skies above and the people began to panic and hide. Then suddenly, the sailors from the harbor came running as if trying to escape from something horrifying. One of the sailors could be heard, “Everybody run, there’s a killer fish on the loose!”
Kirby’s party, especially Kirby and Waddle Dee felt a familiar feeling of dread as they decided to take a look for themselves.
*Ripple City Harbor*
Kirby and his friends rushed to the beach and witnessed a colossal and hideous angler fish jump out of the ocean. The fish had enormous fangs and dark brown scales with long electrical whiskers like a catfish with a long eel-like body.
Tiff was astounded, “It’s just like what happened in Big Forest!”
“What do you mean?” Adeleine and Ribbon asked simultaneously.
“When we claimed the first Dream Stone a huge nightmare appeared that we couldn’t even hurt. The Dark Matter claimed they created them, but we aren’t sure why they would send such powerful creatures ‘after’ we claimed the Dream Stones,” Waddle Dee explained.
The Mermaid Queen, Undyne approached them, “Please don’t worry about this island, if you’re going to restore this place and this entire planet than you need to collect all the Dream Stones. It’s best if you head to the Sand Canyon continent to the south of here. I’m sure there’s a Dream Stone there.”
Ribbon checked the Dream Stones like she did the first time, “Hey there’s a city in a desert!” she said happily.
“Hey, she’s right the next Dream Stone’s in the desert!” Adeleine said cheerfully.
“Come on Kirby, it’s time we moved on,” Tiff urged. Kirby nodded and Tiff summoned the Warp Star once more and Kirby and his friends hopped on.
“Don’t worry, I’ll hold off the Dark Matter as long as I can!” the Mermaid Queen assured. Within moments Kirby and his friends were out of sight, heading for the third Dream Stone.
*End of Chapter*