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Chrono Trigger - by Dr. Seuss
« on: March 11, 2010, 07:10:03 pm »
I’m taking a hiatus from “The Real World – Chrono Trigger” for some time, and it’s not for the obvious reasons. It suffers from lack of reader love. *sniff, sniff*

Instead, I had a creative explosion in my right hemisphere one evening, and it was based off a simple, yet potentially comical, premise question:

What if Chrono Trigger wasn’t written by Masato Kato?  Instead, what if it was written by…


This guy?

Here is the first chapter of the epic known as “Chrono Trigger – by Dr. Seuss.”



Chapter One: Crono Hits A Girl

Fireworks burst in the middle of the day,
The people of Truce were all happy and gay.
Truce Square was jammed packed.  There was joy in the air.
It was the first day of the Millennial Fair.

Meanwhile, a teen boy, asnooze in his room,
Was all but aware that he slept in ‘til noon.
 “Good Morning, Crono!” mother said with a shout,
She let sunlight in, but it made Crono pout.
At last, he relented and got out of bed,
He was tempted to nap, but ran downstairs instead.

His mother gave greetings, and said, “By the way,
Your inventor friend stopped by earlier today.
She invited you to test out her newest invention.”
Even though Crono had no such intention,
He got his allowance, and was bid a good day,
Crono dashed out the door, and went on his way.

The Fair was a knockin’ with distractions galore.
Crono was curious as to what was in store.
The contests, the foot race, the tents, and the wares;
So many choices and very few cares.
Crono headed north with a skip and a jam,
And it wasn’t long before he could BAM!!!

Crono collided with a girl his age,
And the impact sent them flying ‘cross the stage.
The recovery was quick, but the memory held strong.
The girl then said, “My pendant! It’s gone!
Please help me find it.  It cannot be far.
Come on out, pendant, wherever you are.”
Crono pitched in, and it wasn’t too long,
Before he found the pendant right next to the lawn.

“Thank you, kind sir.  I am a bit lost.
Can I tag along?  I won’t be of cost.”
Crono obliged, and she jumped for joy.
“You are a true gentleman, and not just some boy!
My name is Marle.  What shall I call you?”
Crono gave his full name.  “Just Crono will do.”
“Now, lead on!” Marle said as to let Crono pass.
Crono was lucky to have picked up this lass.
They headed on back; Lucca’s gizmo could wait.
Crono thought to himself, “This day is too great.”

To be continued… (I hope)



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« Last Edit: March 17, 2010, 04:59:12 pm by GenesisOne »

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Re: Chrono Trigger - by Dr. Seuss
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2010, 07:25:33 pm »
Good stuff, Gensis! I can't wait for...

I do not eat green eggs and ham.
I do not like them, Janus-I-am.


...well, okay, I'm sure you'll come up with something better!

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Re: Chrono Trigger - by Dr. Seuss
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2010, 07:29:15 pm »
Quote from: GenesisEins
(I hope)

Seconded.

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Re: Chrono Trigger - by Dr. Seuss
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2010, 12:57:43 pm »
MORE.

This is great! You've really got the rhyming down. :)

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Re: Chrono Trigger - by Dr. Seuss
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2010, 07:07:55 pm »
This is absolutely wonderful, man!

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Re: Chrono Trigger - by Dr. Seuss
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2010, 07:14:52 pm »

Well, the vox populi has spoken, and it shall be answered.

Here is the second chapter of the epic installment.  This time, things get weird.



Chapter Two: If I Ran the Super Dimensional Transfer Pod

For Crono and Marle, the day was a blast,
reminiscing of innocent childhoods past.
They fought rounds with Gato. They danced on their feet.
Bekkler’s Tent of Horrors made their heart skip a beat.
It wasn’t too long before Leene’s Bell rang three.
The fair-goers moved to the North Square to see
Lucca’s newest invention.  “What in Truce could it be?”
Marle asked.  Crono said, “Come.  Let’s go see.”
Crono and Marle headed up there as well,
But Marle’s sweet tooth was beginning to swell.
She stopped Crono short so she could buy candy.
Crono stood there and thought, “Well, this is just dandy!”
Soon enough, Marle’s purchase was completed.
And just before Crono’s patience had depleted.

Taban, Lucca’s father, paraded about,
Showing off the invention with a very loud shout.
“It’s the Super Dimensional Transfer Pod!”
His words, however, couldn’t make them applaud.
Crono and Marle arrived to a skeptical bunch,
But when Lucca saw Crono, it gave her a hunch.
“I’ll have Crono test it.  Then they will see
how safe and ingenious my invention will be.”
She pulled Crono out and told him her plight.
She begged and she pleaded, and Crono said, “All right!”
He stepped in the left pod, and Lucca engaged
The machine with her father in a passionate rage.
The Pods roared to life.  Blue sparks were created.
Crono spun around and disintegrated
Into thin air.  The sparks whizzed by so fast,
It was as if a rocket was flying past.
The sparks reassembled and Crono reappeared.
Lucca, Taban, Marle, and the whole crowd cheered.
“It really DOES work!” Taban said with relief.
Lucca just stood there and thought, “Good grief.”

Marle was excited, so she said on the fly,
“That looks so much fun!  I’ll give it a try!
Stay right there, Crono.  I’ll be back soon!”
She hopped in the left pod, awaiting her boon.
Taban asked, “Are you sure? If you cannot handle—”
“No way!” Marle shouted. “Let’s light this candle!”
With that, Lucca and Taban got things on track
The machine roared to life, giving Marle no slack.
Suddenly, Marle’s pendant twinkled so bright.
Marle looked down and thought, “This isn’t right.”
She screamed as she saw sparks jump from the pods
Creating a spectacle defying all odds.
She vanished in a manner unlike Crono before.
The machine died down.  What was in store?

Just then, a portal materialized
Between the two pods.  Everyone realized
That Marle was lying there passed out inside.
“Perhaps she’s asleep, or perhaps she has died!”
Crono thought as he raced up to save
Marle from what he thought was her grave.
Too late!  The portal shrunk and vanished.  All gone.
Taban closed the square off and yelled, “What went wrong?”
“Both the pods were working,” Lucca said as she puzzled,
“But I bet the pendant was what made them confuzzled.
They reacted to it and they went berserk.
Could it be some extra-dimensional work?”

A frustrated Crono saw with the eye
Marle’s pendant still there.  He said, “Maybe I
Could go save here.  Let’s try it again.”
Taban said, “Well, aren’t you a true gentleman?”
“No guarantees,” Lucca said as both she
and Taban worked simultaneously
to restart the pods.  They both got lucky.
The pods roared and rumbled while a plucky
Young Crono held tight to his chest
The pendant that once clung to Marle’s breast.
The pendant grew bright, to everyone’s surprise.
And Crono disappeared right before their eyes.
The machine shut down, and a portal emerged.
Crono was inside as it pulsed and surged.
“We’ll handle things back here,” Lucca yelled.
“What’s on the other side? I cannot tell!”
With that, the portal disappeared from the air.
Crono was unsure if he was prepared.
“Where did Marle go?  I hope she’s okay.”
Crono thought in mid-flight. “This isn’t my day...”

To be continued… (I hope)



:D

« Last Edit: March 15, 2010, 06:56:23 pm by GenesisOne »

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Re: Chrono Trigger - by Dr. Seuss
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2010, 10:57:55 pm »
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The day was well spent between Crono and Marle.
It was far better than driving a Harley.
NNNNNOOOOOO~! I refuse to believe it...!  :lol:

Otherwise, you're proving a natural successor to Dr. Seuss here.


I'm curious about the past tense of the verb "butt in," strangely enough. Should it be "butted in?" That does slip off the tongue less readily, but it's the only past-tense reference I could find when I became curious. Perhaps it's one of those interchangeable instances.

Also, I can't remember Dr. Seuss poems all that clearly now, but did he ever really employ mid-sentence rhymes, or was that simply a matter of convenience (and sanity preservation)? Perhaps both?

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Re: Chrono Trigger - by Dr. Seuss
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2010, 03:39:31 am »

There.  Fixed the "butt in" verb.

The mid-sentence rhymes are actually in conjunction with the verb count on each line.  Kind of like the pentameter in Shakespeare's sonnets.  In this case, I'm attempting to emulate Mr. Seuss's rhyming scheme.

I believe it's called an anapestic tetrameter.  The "x"s represent unstressed verbs, while the slashes represent stressed verbs.

x    x    /    x    x    /    x    x    /    x    x    /

Let me tell you; it's no Sunday picnic to find words to fit this rhyming scheme.

More to come!  :D

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Re: Chrono Trigger - by Dr. Seuss
« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2010, 06:44:12 am »
To a critical moment in time, the rogue King went,
making haste in pressing engagements, no moment left unspent.
In a time of antiquity, in the waters below,
the bustling activity of the Ocean Palace would show.
This King had diabolical intentions, no doubt,
as Earthbound laborers were in the way, he dismissed them with clout.
And it was the machine before him that he planned to stop,
grasping the sword thrust in it, it slid out with a pop!
A group of adventures led by a boy with spikey red hair,
vowed to recover it, before all went into despair.
The fair Princess of magic offered to them a gentle hand,
but then a crushing blow from her fatherly King left her difficult to stand.

Into a temporal abyss she fell,
so chaotic it was, it might've been hell.
Then she landed with soft thunk in some soft grass,
sitting up she thought through what the heck did she just pass?
Soon she had found a civilization of strange magic creatures,
their leader so fat, so big, and had such ugly features.
"Ozzie's the name!" the abomination belched out,
the lost Princess squeaked in fright, the crowd gathering about.

Though first impressions were a bit of a shock,
the fair Princess realized she now travelled with a new flock.
Quickly she rose in power, the Mystics surprised,
Ozzie, Flea, and Slash kept her well scrutinized.
Then the day had risen when she held aloft a grim weapon,
"I am your leader!" she shouted. "Now war begins to beckon!"

Clumsy and foolish Ozzie had been,
the new leader demoted him for such a sin.
"No longer will I have the name Schala!" she stated,
"... but the title Fiendlady Zora!" her irritation now sated.

From fair and gentle Princess, to cold and cunning sorceress
the Middle Ages's altered history was a burden, to anyone's witness.
Glenn's Vanguard was for sure not enough,
to combat this kind Princess now turned rough.
Poor Glenn had nary a clue,
of this changed history, and knew not what to do.

The legendary Masamune now in times unknown,
had worried Glenn to the very bone.

-- Chrono Echoes: The Fiendlady saga
« Last Edit: March 14, 2010, 06:45:55 am by Princess Schala Zeal »

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Re: Chrono Trigger - by Dr. Seuss
« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2010, 02:21:42 pm »
yer, I'm having trouble linking Marle to Harley as well. I've always pronounced it as Marle, like Harle on Chrono Cross, which is short for Harlequin and does not rhyme with Harley. But other than that, great work man.

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Re: Chrono Trigger - by Dr. Seuss
« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2010, 05:16:05 pm »

Well, I always pronounced it as "Mar-lee" instead  of "Marl".  But since it's a source of dispute...

I fixed it.  The next chapter will be out soon.


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Re: Chrono Trigger - by Dr. Seuss
« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2010, 06:44:26 pm »
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Between Crono and Marle, the day was a blast,
reminiscing of innocent childhoods past.
I was going to say, "aww, you didn't have to do that" at first, but this is actually quite nice. Great job with the flexibility!

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Re: Chrono Trigger - by Dr. Seuss
« Reply #12 on: March 14, 2010, 08:52:46 pm »
Everyone seems oblivious to what I contributed.

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Re: Chrono Trigger - by Dr. Seuss
« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2010, 12:12:41 am »
Everyone seems oblivious to what I contributed.

Don't worry. I know the feeling. :x

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Re: Chrono Trigger - by Dr. Seuss
« Reply #14 on: March 15, 2010, 01:27:19 pm »

It's not that your work is oblivious, PSZ, nor am I ungrateful for your contributions.

I just don't want you to have the impression that this thread is meant to house multiple works.  I have a hard enough time finding the right way to rhyme out the plot.

You can re-allocate your work to a new thread if you'd like.  If not, you've done no harm by having it here.

I will say, though, your syllable count needs adjustment in each verse.