WARNING: Contains (one 0f) THE CLIMAX(es) of Season Seven!
LAST TIME, on DCA...
..wait, which "last time" are we talking about?
Uh.. last time, on Episode 73, Shadow got his third chaos drive. Then he, Shade, Dark n' Red got sent to another place.
Mecha Knuckles, Mephiles, and the Tails Doll ALSO got sent somewhere.
Both were tasked with acquiring a chaos drive.
Then, on Halloween, they both did their tasks and got their chaos drives. EXCEPT.. Mephiles DID get a drive.. but he's missing now.
So now The Veteran's Committee are trying to figure out where Mephy is.
Let's find out what happens.
[cut to a dark void]
[Levity Nite has gathered the characters]
Shadow: So we don't know where Mephiles is?
Nite: Not a clue.
TD: You're searching, though?
Shade: WAIT. You guys keep sending us to different times, so you must have, like.. time-travel abilities, right?
Shade: So why don't we just go back and grab Meph before he was snatched?
Nite: Various reasons, the biggest being that our powers are a little.. limited recently.
Shadow: Oh yeah. You mentioned something about some sort of.. fugitive on the loose? That can bend the scripts?
Nite: Yes... the fugitive is preventing us from doing a number of things.
[Eggman runs in]
Egg: We've found him!
[the scene abruptly switches to a dark screen]
?: Same as it always was, isn't it? The mind just keeps sending you back again.
It's interesting how you can find comfort in any familiar situation... even a familiar nightmare.
Wake up. It's time for the REAL nightmare to begin.
DARK CHAO ADVENTURES
Season Seven (The End?)
Episode Seventy-Four: In Accompanying Dark Halls
[cut to a padded cell]
[Mephiles gets up and looks around]
Mp: ....uh-oh. Where the hell am I? This ain't... wait, no, where WAS I? ..like.. a house.. and.. the car.. but.. wait, what's this?
[Mephiles pulls out a chaos drive of his pocket or whatever >.>]
Mp: Oh. Oh yeah. I.. right! Yeah, the Veterans and.. yeah. I remember now.
[he looks around again]
Mp: Though I don't remember going here. WAIT. What if.. I'm crazy? And all my memories are just fabrications of my loony psyche?
get out already
Mp: ..whoa. I.. I think I'll try getting out.
[Mephiles pushes at the door to his cell; it opens]
Mp: What kind of place has cell doors openable from the inside?
[he finds himself in a cell hallway; the lights are flickering and dark]
Mp: ...oh, of course. A horror game taking place in a haunted hospital.
Chapter 1: Rebirth of the Demon
[he begins walking down the hallway]
Mp: You know, I've played a lot of horror games. They're not scary. Not even FEAR was scary. Condemned was, though. Kinda.
[a woman in a black dress runs past him quickly]
Mp: AH oh. That girl. Wasn't she in FEAR, actually? Er, no, she was in that house! That house I was in last night. ..WAS it last night?
[he walks toward a large gate; the gate slams shut; a red light turns on]
PA: SECURITY ALERT. AREA UNDER LOCKDOWN. Please remain calm, and await further assistance. :D
Mp: The smiley was a nice touch. Guess I'll wait here, then.
Mp: ..oh, right. Horror game. Assistance ain't coming. Guess I'll go down this hallway to the left, then!
[he goes down the dark hallway to the left]
Mp: Pfft, no, I'm not. Like I said, I've played a LOT of horror games. For instance, this light that I'm walking towards? It'll go out soon.
Mp: Ha, I accounted for that. In that case, option 2: around this here corner, is a monster, ghost, or just plain scary sight.
[he walks around the corner to find just a door, and a window to the right]
[in the window, he can see the switch for the lockdown]
Mp: Right. Uh... option 3, then. Once I pull that switch, ****'s gonna go down. For real.
[he enters the door and pulls the switch; he also finds and grabs a flashlight]
PA: SECURITY ALERT DISACTIVATED. LOCKDOWN REMOVED.
Mp: HOly oh, a radio. Just a radio.
Radio: Hello? Can you hear me? Yes, I'm talking to YOU, boi!
[the voice sounds old and German]
Radio: Look, if you want to get out of here, then do exactly as I say.
Mp: Wait, who is this?
Radio: I know you have a lot of questions, but for now it is absolutely vital that you get here as quickly as you can.
Mp: Pfft, sure, sure. The typical "radio voice helper." Right, where do I go?
Radio: First, we're gonna have to get you armed. Head to the cafeteria, then to the kitchen.
Mp: The KITCHEN?
Radio: Yes. You'll find a surprise waiting for you there. You'll need it.
[the woman flashes outside the window for a second]
Mp: ..right. Cafeteria. Kitchen.
[he goes back to the door and opens it]
[he catches a glimpse of someone peeking around the corner at him, then retreating]
[around the corner, there is no one]
[he heads back through the halls, then into the gate]
PA: ATTENTION. PATIENT LEAVING CELL BLOCK WITHOUT SECURITY ESCORT. That's a baaaaaaad boy down there. ;D
Mp: Sheesh, DJay. You and your--
Mp: Ow. What the? Who's there? Hello?
[no one is there]
[he enters the cafeteria and finds it pitch-black, so he turns on his flashlight]
Mp: Kay. Cafeteria. Where is the kitchen?
[he finds a door to the left and enters it, then enters a small room with its lights on]
[a dead chef is on the ground, axe protruding from its body]
Mp: Huh. Guess that's the surprise that I'll need.
[he rips it from the corpse]
Mp: Sorry, pally-o. Need this.
[he heads for the door and finds it closed]
Mp: What? I don't recall closing i--
Mp: **** WHO'S THERE!?
[the chef has gotten up and is now whacking him]
Mp: DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE!
[he chops the zombie to bits with his new weapon]
Mp: ....**** THIS ****ING ****. -.-
[he exits the kitchen and heads for the cafeteria doors, only to see them slam shut]
Mp: Eep. ..wait, there are TWO sets of doors.
[he heads for the other set, and they suddenly open for him]
[he slowly exits and heads back; the gate going back slams shut]
Mp: So much slamming! ..oh hey, a wooden barricade. EAT AXE
[CHOP CHOP CHOP]
[he is now in a large room with a set of double doors, locked, and a radio on a table]
Radio: I see you found my axe. No idea how it found its way out here, but you should consider it a blessing.
Mp: I do.
Radio: You have no idea how much you're going to need it.
Mp: This is a horror game, so I can guess.
Radio: Things have gotten pretty ugly in here. I wish we could continue this pleasant conversation, but you'd better keep moving.
Mp: I think I know what you mean.
Radio: I'm unlocking the doors for you.
[the double doors open]
Mp: ..huh. Cool.
[he enters the doors, and then enters a maintenance shaft, THEN enters a vent]
Mp: Freaking vents. They suck. And just watch, some sort of scary thing is going to pop out at m--
Mp: ..or the vent will collapse under my weight, leaving me locked in a small security checkpoint.
[in the checkpoint is a door leading to the actual security room; he enters it]
[inside is a switch]
[after pulling it, the lights go out, and five figures appear outside the room for a second before vanishing]
Mp: o__o ...ohey, the pathway forward is open now.
[he continues going forward]
[he is now in a room with two elevators and ANOTHER security room]
[the elevators do not work, so he enters the room]
Mp: Hm. What's in here? OH
[there is an emergency pistol on display]
Mp: I am SO stealing this.
[after stealing it, the lights go out entirely except for some back-up ones]
[also, a television switches on]
Mp: Ooh, TV.
[on the TV is an old scientist with a large mustache and bald head]
Sci: Are you picking this up?
Mp: Uh.. yeah.
Sci: Good. Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Doctor Wily, and I am the greatest scientific genius in the world!
Mp: Eggman's smarter.
Wily: No, he is not! Anyway, like you, I am stuck in this.. this... HELLHOLE.
Mp: It's one hell of a hellhole, at that.
Wily: Yes, well... there have been some.. shall we say... COMPLICATIONS, and as a result, we're cut off.
Mp: ...not even gonna question that.
Wily: It is just you and I here. All alone. ...in a manner of speaking, anyway.
Mp: I know what you mean.
Wily: The good news is that I've heard they're sending c--
Wily: OH VUNDERFIDDLE, I'm losing you! Look, I'll explain everything when you get to me. I'll open the elevators for you. Just keep adva--
[the TVs switch off]
[he sees a woman out of the corner of his eye]
[she gets closer, then disappears]
[then she walks by, stops, and stares at him]
Mp: ffffffffuuuuuu--oh right, I have a pistol now! I'm not scared of you anymore!
[he runs out of the room and shoots at thin air]
Mp: WHAT? Who? Huh? .....*whimpers*
[he quietly gets on the elevator and presses the button]
Chapter 2: Composure
[the elevator fires up and moves upwards]
Mp: An elevator. In a horror game. I have a bad feeling ab--
[it abruptly stops, and the lights go out]
Mp: ..out this.
[he hears creaking, and various noises]
[the elevator falls two feet]
[then he hears a bit more creaking, followed by silence]
Mp: WHO'S THERE?
Mp: Ahhh, who's there?!
[the lights turn on and the elevator resumes operation]
Mp: .....****ing game. Scared me over noth--
[the elevator shoots straight up]
[it suddenly stops once it reaches the top floor]
Mp: *pant pant* ****ING ****.
[the door opens; he sees someone's leg as they run out of sight]
[he steps off the elevator, which then drops all the way down the shaft]
[he moves on--CARTS FLING AT HIM]
[SHELVES FALL AT HIM]
Mp: ........aaaaaaaaaah. >.<
[he opens a door and finds himself in a proper hospital hallway]
[a sign reads "Radiology <---"]
[a door slams shut behind him]
[another door is bashed open by a zombie]
Mp: EFFIN' 'ELL DIE DIE DIE
[he kills it with his pistol]
[he moves on]
PA: HERE AT NEVER LOSE HOPE HOSPITAL, WE TAKE GREAT CARE TO ENSURE THE TRANQUILITY AND COMFORT OF OUR PATIENTS.
Mp: Sure you do.
PA: YOU CAN FIND VENDING MACHINES AND TELEVISION SETS IN THE WAITING ROOMS. PLEASE ENJOY THEM WHILE YOU WAIT.
[in the waiting room, he finds vending machines, television sets, and lots of dead people]
[..plus ZOMBIE RAAAWR]
[Mephy kills the zombie dead, and moves on]
[he enters a dark maintenance hallway, and turns his flashlight on]
Mp: Freaking dark in here.
[his flashlight flickers]
Mp: FFFFFF DON'T DO THAT DON'T DO THAT DON'T DO THAT
[he hurries through the hallway and finds another hospital hallway; a TV turns on, revealing Doctor Wily]
Wily: I guess you heard the hospital's announcer. Don't mind it; it's automatic, and it got messed up a long time ago.
Mp: Yeah, I can tell.
Wily: I hate that thing. It wakes me up at night. Problem is, it's all automated and I can't seem to shut it down.
[the TV switches off; Mephy moves on]
PA: YOU ARE NOW ENTERING THE RADIOLOGY DEPARTMENT. ALL CELLPHONES AND ELECTRONIC DEVICES MUST BE TURNED OFF. THANK YOU. :D
Mp: I don't have any cellphones. Or electronic devices.
Mp: Who.. ha, no, it's not going to be anyone. Or it'll be a zombie. Or that girl.
Mp: Yeah. This is getting way too predictable, man.
Shadow: Is it really? That is disappointing. I had heard great things about this mod.
[behind Mephiles is Shadow, the chao]
Mp: Oh.. it's you, squirt. Did the higher-ups find me already?
Shadow: Why, yes. They have.. sent me. To fetch you. Do you have the drive?
Mp: Uh, lemme check my inventory. .....
Shadow: What now?
Mp: How do I check my inventory?
Mp: My inventory. What button is it?
Shadow: What do you mean, "button?" We are not in a game.
Mp: Then.. well, I guess I don't have it, then. The drive.
Shadow: You.. don't? ****! How can this season come to a close if I DON'T GET MY DRIVES?!
Mp: Hey, I'm sorry, dude!
Shadow: *deep breath* ..no. I am sorry for getting mad. Hm. Alright. You do not have the drive, so.. where can we find one?
Mp: We can figure out where to get one as soon as we get out of this damn hospital.
Shadow: Bah. We are already out.
Mp: No, we're not--
[they are standing outside of Never Lose Hope hospital]
Mp: ..what the hell? How did you do that?
Shadow: I did nothing. Right, where can we find one?
Mp: Wait, that Wily guy, in the hospital...
Shadow: In the basement storage, is he?
Mp: Um... maybe. I'm not sure.
[they're in the basement storage]
Mp: But.. but.. I.. guess we can ask him, ourselves? Seriously, how does that keep happening?
Shadow: I have two excusPLANATIONS. It may be the Veteran's Committee helping us out, or just DJay getting bored.
Mp: Well! ..okay! Let's go check out the Wilymeister.
[they enter a door; Doctor Wily, the thin, mustachioed foe of Megaman, is watching some monitors]
Wily: GREAT GOLLY HOW DID YOU GET HERE SO FAST YOU WEIRDY
Mp: It involves a great, big ball of wibbly-wobbly.. timey-wimey.. stuff. You wouldn't get it.
Wily: But... the core! It is not ready!
Mp: Yeah, yeah, endgame stuff, whatever. SAY, I just happened to be in the neighborhood, and I was wondering..
Shadow: WE were wondering.
Mp: Yeah, yeah, shut up. WE were wondering.. do ya happen to have any spare chaos drives? Particularly, green ones?
Wily: What in the name of all that's good and white is an effing
Mp: Nah, he doesn't have any. Can we go now?
[they are now outside the hospital]
Mp: Thanks, whoever it is that's doing that.
Shadow: You're...... surprisingly good at getting answers.
Mp: Trick of the trade, m'friend.
Shadow: Right. Well. Where should we look next?
Mp: I have an idea. An inkling of an idea.
Chapter 3: Deviating from Standard Procedures
[cut to the Wild, Wild West]
[it's a large wasteland with cacti, hot sun, and.. yes, THAT Wild West]
[Mephiles is walking along in a cowboy hat, pistol at his side]
[Shadow is with him]
Shadow: Where did you get that cowboy equipment?
Mp: Always come prepared. That's the Mephiles way.
Shadow: ..right, well. Where would a chaos drive be here?
Mp: Uh.. that's a good question.
Shadow: You don't know?
Mp: I kinda just wanted to check out Red Dead Redemption. *nervous chuckle*
Shadow: It's Grand Theft Auto on horses, now really, think of a REAL idea.
Mp: Hm. Okay. I think I've got it.
Chapter 4: Let There Be Rock Band, Perhaps
[cut to a fiery wasteland, with.. lava n' whatnot]
[Mephiles and Shadow step forward, and are greeted by a giant robot monster demon thing]
Shadow: What game is THIS?
Mp: Guitar Hero 6.
Shadow: Right, and who's THAT?
Mp: ..uh.. some demon dude. The final boss.
Shadow: Right. How do we beat him? Blood Rain on Expert, or something like that?
Mp: First of all, it's "Raining Blood." Second of all, wrong game. Third, we gotta do three Megadeth songs.
Shadow: And.. there will be a chaos drive after this, right?
Mp: Eh, maybe.
[the demon robot thing suddenly dies]
Mp: Wait, what?
[they are now in a netherless.. void.. place thing]
Mp: What now?
Shadow: Let's talk, shall we, Mephiles?
Mp: Uh.. sure, what's up?
Shadow: You have no idea where any chaos drives are, do you?
Mp: No, man. I'm thinking, though! I mean.. a lot o' ****'s happened lately, with some scary things and.. busy things.
Shadow: I know you've been busy. I know. These past few serials have been.. the most hectic for myself.
Mp: I bet they have.
Shadow: Yes. And they're only going to get busier.
[Levity Nite appears]
Shadow: Ah, Levity! Do you have news?
Nite: Uh, yeah, uh.. we can't find the Darks.
Mp: Other than Shadow, of course....
Nite: What? ...oh, right. Um... yeah. Other.. than Shadow.
Shadow: Well, what do you MEAN you can't find them?
Nite: I mean.. they aren't.. detectable anymore.
Shadow: This is most troubling. Levity, I suggest you take Mephiles back to his friends.
Nite: Good idea. C'mon, demon man.
Mp: Well, okay...
[Levity takes Mephiles to the Poker Gang]
Chapter 5: Filler Fillet Fills Family of Four
[cut to the other.. room? of the void; Mecha Knuckles, the Tails Doll, and now Mephiles are idling around]
[Mephiles fills the other two in on what's happened to him]
MK: So.. you couldn't find a chaos drive?
Mp: Not one!
TD: And you.. didn't find one in the house?
Mp: No! I didn't.
MK: But Eggman told us you did!
Mp: Looks like he was mistaken.
[cut to the original.. room; Levity Nite is talking to someone]
Nite: They don't know.
Nite: ..the script quality is declining.
?: No, it is not. It only appears that way as this is intended to be but a filler episode.
Nite: Why one sudden filler episode? This season is supposed to be a collection of epic serials.
?: Halloween.. took its toll on our writer. He wants to progress the story just a tad before the next serial.
Nite: Hm. I suppose this could also be a good example of the "Rule of Five."
?: "Rule of Five," Levity?
Nite: Yeah, it's something Echo thought up before... yeah. The fifth anything in DCA tends to suck.
?: ...like the fifth act of Halloween, and the attainment of the fifth chaos drive in this and the previous season...
Nite: Yeah. Though I guess Season Five is a bit of an exception.
?: But still. We are not here to perform wild mass guessing. We are here to--
Nite: Yeah, yeah, "to continue evolution.. by stopping DCA." How would that work, again?
?: DJay must stop working on this show. The only way to stop him would be to convince him that ending it is the best option.
Nite: Ah, so we're Ten Speed, and he's The Writing Writer.
?: ..hm. This gives me an idea.
Nite: ..before we actually go forth with your idea, HOW will stopping DCA be good?
?: If DJay isn't focusing on it, he will have the opportunity to focus on BETTER things. He needs to stop this escapism.
[as Levity ponders this, the scene abruptly switches to a flat in Windsor, UK]
Chapter 6: Juncture One
[a cloaked figure walks in through the door]
[I have a name, you know. As do you.]
Nite: I'm not here for a cheesy self-insert conversation with you, DJay. You're a better writer than that.
Nite: I know you're only working on DCA these days to get away from it all, as well as to experiment with writing tactics.
Nite: I also know you're starting to get exactly what we, The Veteran's Committee, are trying to do.
[I'm only just now figuring it out, yeah.]
Nite: I bet you feel rather important now, despite no one having read all your episodes.
[I realize now that my subconscious really cares about me, if that's what you mean.]
Nite: Yes, yes, you have various problems, we get that. So you may think you 'need' DCA.
[Considering the situation I'm in, yes.]
Nite: Well, I'm here to play Ten Speed and tell you YOU DON'T NEED DCA. It's doing more harm than good.
[Pfft, name ONE way in which it's doing harm.]
Nite: You could be writing REAL stories, experimenting with TRUE fiction. You're stuck in a rut because you stick with chao.
Nite: Stop typing. Now.
[If I stop typing, you'll stop talking, and I might just get back into my little 'rut.']
Nite: We're trying to help you towards the point where you won't even need us.
[Judging from the source material of this plot twist, you're probably going to tell me of the End Complete, or a substitute.]
Nite: The Unwritten End? Right. You've been putting it off for a while. You were on the right track with episode 55.
[I don't want to end this show. Not yet. There are still too many opportunities left unchecked. Games left unadapted.]
Nite: Do you really want to keep adapting games into script format? You know how boring that is for you.
Nite: Remember DCAHall3? An original story, merely BASED on other things? Remember how much fun you had writing it?
[All that creative freedom...]
Nite: You could have been even more free.. if you weren't limited to CHAO. You could even have shown it to your friends.
[Dammit, you've made your point, Levity. Let's get to the transition, shall we?]
Nite: Don't revert, DJay. We were making progress.
[We're STILL making progress. As in the source material, The Writing Writer must write the Unwritten End.]
Nite: ..believer, you'll leave them in leaving them all.
[No, but I don't buy it.]
Nite: Like anything, you do. As anyone, you are!
[Levity, if I must, then I must!]
Nite: I say you kill him off.
[Well, you say a lot. How's that work? You're a text file.]
Nite: It works 'cause I'm Levity Nite, of your own consciousness. I'm the sum of all the cloaked figures in your imagination.
[cut... to the Space/Time Rip beyond the planet of pure dooky]
[Shade, Dark, Red, and Shadow awaken]
Red: ..this isn't the void.
Dark: Are we dead? Did he died?
Dalek: OF COURSE YOU ARE NOT DEAD.
[the chao get up and look at.. THE DALEKS, whoo]
Dalek1: WE WERE ABLE TO RETRIEVE YOU FROM THE CUSTODY OF THE VETERAN'S COMMITTEE.
Shadow: Well.. thank you. Can y--
Dalek3: YOU ARE WELCOME. ^-^
Shadow: ...can you help us get more?
Dalek2: OF COURSE. THAT IS IN OUR BEST INTERESTS.
Dalek1: HOW MANY DO YOU CURRENTLY HAVE?
Shadow: Uh.. four. Mephiles was said to have one, but we.. don't know where he is.
Dalek1: THAT DOES NOT MATTER. WE WILL HELP YOU FIND YOUR SIXTH.
Dalek2: MEPHILES HAS YOUR FIFTH, SUPPOSEDLY. WE WILL FIND HIM LATER.
Dalek1: IN THE MEANTIME, WE WILL--
Dalek3: I LOVE SPACEHOG.
Dalek1: ...WE WILL HELP YOU GET YOUR SIXTH.
Shadow: Okay. Do you have any leads so far?
Dalek1: AS A MATTER OF FACT, WE DO. IT IS--
Dalek3: OOH! OOH! LET ME! ALLOW ME! PLEASE, I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO DO THIS!
Dalek1: ..............GO AHEAD.
Dalek3: YOUR SIXTH CHAOS DRIVE, RIGHT? IT IS IN NEW YORK CITY!
Shade: The Big Apple? We're going there again?
Dalek2: WE DO HAVE ONE SMALL SNAG, HOWEVER.
Red: As always.. what is it?
Dalek2: DUE TO THE FUGITIVE MENTIONED BY THE VETERAN'S COMMITTEE, WE ARE UNABLE TO SEND YOU DIRECTLY TO NEW YORK.
Dalek1: YES. WE ARE NOT EVEN ABLE TO SEND YOU TO THE RIGHT TIME.
Shadow: Great... well, I think we're about ready for another adventure. Are we?
Shade: Always, kid.
Dark: Bring it on.
Red: Eh, Halloween was stressful, but that was, like.. three months ago. I'm raring for a fight.
Shadow: Alright. We're ready.
Dark: ..isn't this where