The once lively Ever After High was now empty. Silent. Why bother using the false bodies that had filled the halls and town if no one was there to experience them? The damned illusion was broken. There was no point. Even the teachers had been moved away for safekeeping, given to Mary in order to keep them away from the rebels. He was alone now. A lonely, sad little man in an empty schoolhouse.
Why? Why? He could ask himself that question over and over again, but he would never get an answer. The universe had always used him a chew toy...and now, the Multiverse was doing the same. What had he done for such misfortune? No matter how he tried to improve his life, he was always struck down. It was unfair! Every attempt at happiness...would it be the same this time, too? Would it all come crashing down, just as it did back in--
He was pulled out of his thoughts by the only person left in this building...though was she even a person if she was one of those damned AI like Blackwood's brat? Turning from his window, he looked at Mary, leaning on the door frame. That cruel smirk, that sociopathic glint in her eyes...was this truly the only person he had left? "Any luck on the firewall?"
"Well...I found where it was, at least. Little bitch has her play place locked up all nice. I've been trying to break in, but no luck." That smirk grew a little wider. "Until now."
His eyes widened. "You mean...we can enter?"
"Gettin' ahead of me there, boss. We're still locked out." Mary shook her head. "But I was able to leave a few...gifts for our little friends."
"Mmhm. Just a few trinkets for the teachers." She chuckled, tapping her head with her index finger. "To get some things to click."
"What are you..." Then it clicked. "You...you wouldn't! If they recovered their memories, I...I'd be ruined!!"
"Oh, relax..." Mary strolled up to the desk casually, taking a seat at one of the chairs and resting her legs on the table. "Only half of the faculty is in danger."
He gulped. "A-And those two are...?"
She grinned. "The two you aren't worried about."
His head lowered, a sigh of relief escaping his chest. "Are they...?"
"Not even there. I have them somewhere safe." Another chuckle. She rested her hands behind her head. "Let them play the hero. Let them fight and remember and give themselves hope. Because at the end of the day?"
"We've already won."
Hey! Hey guys, can you hear me?
Sakura looked up to the sky, as Monika's voice echoed out over them. "Monika? But I thought you were keeping this area secure and couldn't communicate."
I was doing that, yes. But it looks like Mary took off for a while. I have a little bit of time...and some good news!
"Wonderful!" Perfuma said, trying to talk over the squeaking. "Do you mind being quick with the news, please?"
Oh! Yeah. Go on and follow Haru into that teleporter. It's correct, And you guys with Aurelio, go into that door to your left.
"What door?" Yang asked. "There's no-oh." Just like that, a door appeared on the wall to their left.
Please hurry! I'll explain when you guys get there, okay?
And with that (and no real other options)...everyone moved on to the left.
As Haru used the teleporter, she would find herself in a dining room. Although...this one seemed nothing like the ones she had been in before. This was large, and opulent, with gold banisters and large beautiful Christmas trees.
"Haru!" Perfuma followed shortly, along with those from the pink door. "Wow...what is this place?"
From behind them, someone whistled. Turning, they found the group from the white door. "Man...this place is beautiful."
It is, huh? I reconstructed it from a Nutcracker simulation running in this facility we're in.
Monika spoke again, her voice seeming to be all around you like before. I'm...not sure what happened, but each group was given some foreign object from the outside. I've scanned them, and they're not harmful to us-in fact, they might even be able to help us!
"Help us how?" Draq asked.
The thing is, I don't know. But what I do know is that whatever introduced those made holes in the code that I could use to link you all together. Now the Godiva and Aurelio files are combined! But, uh...with that means...
"At last...the Merry Men show their face." From high above in the balcony stood Aurelio and Godiva. No longer a mouse, Godiva stood dressed in a regal violet dress, while Aurelio wore the white soldier uniform from earlier. He sneered at the group. "Invade the King's palace on Christmas Eve? Have you no shame?"
"It's over," Sakura said. "We're going to free you from the hold Grimm has on you!"
"The King will be protected at all costs," Godiva replied. "Rats like you will be exterminated before you can even touch him."
"We can take you guys on, easy!" Draq cracked his knuckles. "Eight against two is real good odds!"
"Guess again." From either side came two mini armies: to the left, an army of oversized mice led by Ms. Shahrazad, and to the right an army of soldiers led by Mr. Dallas. "Your story ends here!"
Okay everyone...I'll see what I can do to help out, but...think you guys can handle this?
as Elphaba Thropp [Wicked]
as Morgan [Fire Emblem: Awakening]
as Rin Tohsaka [Fate/Stay Night]
as Haru Okumura [Persona 5]
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as Vega [Street Fighter]
as Adeleine [Kirby]