Plumbing Hero Unnecessary

“You know, I thinking that maybe I should deal with this Trowser myself, for once.”

My heart jumped at the words uttered by Princess Plum. Deal with Trowser herself? That defied every tradition of the Fungus Kingdom. For hundreds of years, rulers have delegated the task of saving the kingdom to the first plumber to walk through the door. Red Mushroom Man’s friend, Marion the plumber, would arrive with Pink Mushroom Girl any minute now.

This was bad.

“Princess, are you sure that’s a good idea?” I asked, standing at her side. “This Trowser guy sounds dangerous. What would the people of your kingdom do if anything were to happen to you?”

Princess Plum simply shrugged. “I’m sure you’ll figure it out. You mushroom people are a resourceful bunch.” She nodded to herself. “Yes, I’ve made my mind up. I’m sick of needing to book drain repair close to Melbourne just to lure a plumber here to save the day. I can do it myself. Green Mushroom Man, please escort me to the armoury.”

I grumbled to myself, following the princess as she paced toward the side exit of the throne room. What was I supposed to tell Red Mushroom Man? Sorry, no adventure for Marion. Princess has decided to do it herself this time. Too bad. That wasn’t going to cut it. We were the Mushroom Rangers; nothing was impossible for us. There had to be some way to convince the princess.

“Princess, there’s something I haven’t told you,” I said, desperate to get her attention. “See, the thing is, we already found an expert at dealing with blocked drains. Melbourne plumber, as usual. It would be most rude to send him home. He is so eager to stop Trowser for us! He said that after the horrific things he’s seen while conducting drain camera inspections, nothing scares him anymore.”

The princess pursed her lips, considering my claim. For a moment, I thought she would ignore my plea. It wouldn’t matter that we had a drain professional ready to go on this insane quest. But then she sighed, flooding me with a sense of relief. 

“I suppose you’re right,” she said. The princess then smirked. “So, I’d better get ready to go with him.”

Oh no.

– Green Mushroom Man