acousticscenery: (jay)
acousticscenery ([personal profile] acousticscenery) wrote2010-07-18 01:57 am
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2PM: Pixelated

Title: Pixelated
Pairing: Jay, Taecyeon
Rating: G
Summary: Jay and Taec find themselves in the Mushroom Kingdom.
Author's Notes: Crack AU written for a video game themed-challenge on the fic meme.

Jay blinked, and blinked again. He could have sworn he was standing backstage with the rest of the guys, but he suddenly found himself standing under a bright blue sky. He looked around, and it was all green grass, green hedges, green - pipes? - just a lot of green.

"Whoa," Taecyeon said beside him. He whistled a little, a low sound that he sometimes made when he was impressed, but mostly meant he didn't know what to say.

Jay turned to ask him why everything had turned green, but he noticed Taecyeon looked a little green as well. Green overalls, green hat.

"What the fuck happened to your clothes, Taec?" Jay asked. "We go on in a few. Get it together."

"Go on where?" Taecyeon asked seriously. "Look around. We're not in Kansas anymore."

"We never were in Kansas, you freak," Jay scoffed. "Hey, are you okay? You're looking a little - pixelated."

Jay turned around, wondering if they'd wandered onto a variety show set by mistake. But he couldn't move in that direction. It looked like the scenery continued, but he hit an invisible boundary every time he tried to walk forward.

Taecyeon laughed. "You can't go that way. We're at the start of the level. We have to go forward."

"What do you mean, start of the level?" Jay asked. "This is not a video game, Taec."

"I think it is," Taecyeon said. He walked forward cautiously, and then jumped up to stand on top of a hedge. "Sweet. It's solid."

"How the hell did you jump that high?" Jay asked, hurrying after him. "That thing's as tall as you are."

"No idea, but be careful, there's a mushroom over here. He looks pissed," Taecyeon said.

Jay jumped and landed next to Taecyeon. He peered over the side, and there it was: a giant mushroom, looking very angry as it paced back and forth across the small space between hedges. "Do we have to kill it?"

"Hey, Taecyeon," Jay asked right after they'd ducked the bomb-on-a-chain and jumped over the pit-with-spikes. "Who do you think the princess is?"


"They're always after Princess Peach in these games, right?" Jay asked. He leaned over, hands on his thighs, trying to catch his breath. "You know, the idiot blond who's always getting captured right after Mario and Luigi rescue her?"

"Oh, right," Taecyeon said. He grinned slyly. "I know who it is."



Jay laughed so hard he almost fell over.

"They've taken her - I mean, him - to another castle," Junho repeated.

"What? But we just got here. I don't want to go through that again!" Jay yelled. "That might look like fun but my feet hurt, I'm thirsty, and I don't ever want to jump over anything twice as tall as I am again, alright?"

"If you hurry," Junho continued dully, "You might be able to catch them."

"Junho, I swear to God-"

"Look," Junho cut him off. "I'm just telling you what they told me, okay? This wasn't my idea. I didn't tell them to go running off to the next level just seconds before you got here. I didn't decide to just hang around at the end of the level, waiting for you guys to finally show up. I'm just the messenger."

"Hey," Taecyeon said. "Do you think the next level will have those quicksand squares? I was never very good at that."

Junho shrugged. "No idea."

"It's so dark down here," Jay said. They were underground, he thought, though they'd gone up and down so many flights of stairs he couldn't be sure anymore. There were no windows, just endless stone walls, and random gaps in the floor.

"Just go slowly," Taecyeon said. He hadn't said much for the past few minutes. He was too busy concentrating on the floor and trying to keep from hitting his head on the ceiling, which he'd managed to do a couple of times.

Jay stopped moving, noticing a wide gap in the floor. They hadn't had to jump this far yet. He could sort of make out the other side, but it was difficult to see that far in the gloom.

"Hey," Jay said, grabbing Taecyeon's arm as he started to walk past. "There's no floor there."

"Oh, yeah," Taecyeon said, looking down. "Thanks. I wonder what happens if we die here? Do we start the level over?"

"Or do we just die?" Jay asked. "Hey, look. Floaty-flying thing coming straight at us. I bet if we jump on that it'll carry us across."

"Floaty-flying thing?"

"Shut up and jump."

The weirdest thing - if there is a weirdest thing, because honestly Jay has never lived a day more bizarre than this one - the weirdest thing might be the pipes between levels. Jump in one to go down a level, and it's almost like falling, only not quite. The air is thick inside the tube, so Jay feels like he's barely moving until he reaches the end, but by then the drop is usually pretty small. Going up is really strange. He jumps and something grabs him and pushes him forward. He tries not to think about it too much, just closes his eyes and waits for the pop that means he's cleared it.

"That's the end," Jay said. "We just jump and try to grab the flag, right?"

"I think so. But it doesn't matter if we don't get it, we just don't get as many coins."

"Yeah, you know what? I'd be okay with that," Jay said. He stuck a hand in his pocket and pulled out a handful of gold coins. "If we collect any more my pants are going to fall off."

"I'll go first," Taecyeon said, and backed up to the edge of the hill they were standing on. He took off running, and jumped just before he ran off the edge of the cliff. Jay quickly followed, cursing as he slid down the flag pole. It wasn't rope burn, but it was close.

They walked into the castle. Jay blinked several times, letting his eyes adjust to the dark. Didn't any of these castles have windows?

"Junho?" he asked, when he could see again.

"Yeah, hi, Jay," Junho smiled.

"Oh Christ, Junho. Don't tell me. They've moved on to another castle," Jay guessed.

"What are you talking about?" Junho frowned. "Hey, get ready. We're on next." He patted Jay's arm and walked over to where Chansung was chatting up a girl from one of those new groups.

"Next?" Jay looked at Taecyeon, who was no longer wearing green.

"What?" Taecyeon asked, wide-eyed. He looked like he'd picked up the conversation halfway, or maybe Jay had.

"What do you mean, what? We just - I mean - but the green," Jay stopped, flustered. They were backstage, he realized.

"Time to go onstage. Come on," Taecyeon said, slipping an arm around Jay and leading him to the side of the stage where they'd make their entrance. He leaned in and added, "Knock 'em dead, Mario."

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