Dearest friends, I write this from the eyes of the Lime’s closest friend. I was his sidekick in battle, and his underling in the real world. I write this words with the sadness that fills all of our hearts, the brokenness that sits within each of us. Let me tell you about the day the Lime and I met.
My father left when I was young, leaving my mother to struggle the support me. She always worked nights and slept during the day. I never saw her much. I understood this fact and I was also okay with this. We always had Sunday breakfast together, despite the business of her working weekends. But one Sunday morning, she did not arrive. I had cooked all sorts of her favorite dishes. I cooked things like Human Omelet, Kitty Kat Krepes, and her possible favorite, Hot Dog Frog Legs. As the food cooled, my hopes of seeing her weakened. After three hours of waiting and pushing around my fair share of human omelet, I decided something was wrong. Possibly my mom couldn’t be running this late, her manager couldn’t have held her three hours past leaving time. I decided to go to the Guppy Gummy City Police. If they couldn’t find my mother, then nobody could. Or at least I thought.
After weeks of their looking, nothing had turned up. The only clue they had was there was a rock thrown into the window of the factory where she worked. It was an odd stone, one I had never seen before. I glowed with a bright yellow fluorescent, it was the size of a grape, yet it broke through a glass window. It was very light and would float in air if you threw it correctly. In the next weeks, I distanced myself from everything, and everyone. I didn’t attend most of my classes and I avoided talking to anyone in them. The only class I did enjoy was Fruity Fantasy. I really enjoyed this class because I could imagine all sorts of variations to my mothers return. This is where I met our beloved hero, and this is where he saved his first life.
After writing a story in Fruity Fantasy about a young banana with no parents. This banana wanted nothing more than to peel this life away. This banana was actually me, and I had thoughts about unpeeling myself and leaving myself to dry. But my classmate, Lime Sprite, approached me that same day with rumors of a fallen space stone in the forest behind our school. He asked me if I wanted to go investigate during recess. Being the deprived, and close to death, banana I was, I decided it would be best to go out with a big bang.
At recess that day, Lime swiftly convinced the strictest teacher in the school to allow us to leave. The way Lime spoke and the emotion in his voice was a beautiful thing. I had never felt so warm before. Mr. Lemon allowed us to leave and we quickly snuck into the back of the schoolyard and into the woods. After ten minutes of following Lime, who walked like he had a purpose, like he knew where he was going. He took me to a clearing where a huge stone sank into a crater created from what seemed like it was created from an explosion. This stone radiated a bright yellow fluorescent light, much like the one that was found at my mothers work place. My heart sank, there was more of this wretched rock.
“H-how. W-w-what is this? How d-did you know?” The words stumbled from my mouth, I could not believe what he was showing me. A whole source of the same rock, a rock which was controlled by the fruit that stole my mother from me.
“I know this must be hard,” Lime quickly soothed me with his words. “This is the rock of Lemonisty, the enemy of all things good. Lemonisty is my arch nemesis, and I, I am Super Lime, sent here by the Gods to protect and serve. You are to be my sidekick, and together we shall destroy the owner of this rock, and in turn, reclaim your mother from the filthy hands of Lemonisty.”
What was he talking about? He claimed to be some huge superhero? And I was to be his sidekick? This guy was missing a few seeds, he had to be. There was no way that I, a simple high school student with no parents, could possibly be any sort of hero, or even a sidekick of a hero. This Lime guy was crazy, he was no superhero. I had been his classmate for so long and I had never seen him use any sort of superpower.
“Well, if you’re some sort of superhero,” I began to say, in an angry fit, “then you should be able to pick this rock up, or at least prove it to me somehow.
“This rock here, the Lemsity rock, it’s my biggest weakness. My powers blank out when I am around it.” He calmly said while turning away. “Lemonsity came here to this planet thirty years ago, and that is when I was created. As he ages, my body does not change. The universe gives me the upper hand of youth over such a wise foe. I sprang from the head of Lemonisty while he rode this wretched rock through the atmosphere of your planet. We come from the planet of Citrusic. Citrusic is ruled by evil people like Lemonisty, but each of them have an alter ego, one which springs from their head when they become too powerful. I am the alter ego of Lemonisty, I am the good of the universe to outweigh his evil. When he entered this planet, his powers grew exponentially, and I was called forth.”
This all seemed so unreal. How could I believe such an unreal story? A lime claimed he sprung from the head of a lemon while that lemon rode the rock through the atmosphere? How crazy. My thoughts were running crazy, and which would soon betray me.
“Ahh, I hear.” Whispered Lime as he walked past me. “You still don’t believe me. Well then meet me after school, you’ll believe me then.” At this point he disappeared into the wooded area and I called out after him, “Where should I meet you?” There was no answer. But as I walked from the woods, I put my hands into my pockets and there sat a sheet of paper which read, “You’ll know.” It was written in a deep green color, and it glowed off the paper.
For the rest of the day at school, I couldn’t think straight. I don’t even remember what happened for the next 3 hours. But towards the end of my school day, I figured I should stop by my favorite restaurant on the way home, since I hadn’t eaten all day.
As I walked into ChacoTaco, the hostess eyed me, looked at my usual table, and nodded. I smiled and walked to my normal seat and plopped down. A waitress brought me a Human Tear Tea, and then left to put my order in, which she knew of course. As I was sitting there, I pulled out the note and placed it on the table. The letters were still glowing, “You’ll know.” Then next thing I know, the booth drops below the floor and flips me onto the ground. I immediately stood up since there was water on the ground. That water made me believe that I had been dropped into the sewer. How gross.
After looking around for an exit, and finding there was none, I decided I would just follow the path to the end, seeing as I felt stuck. So I walked and encountered many mice along the way. Finally I reached a big opening in the sewer. It was a library. And in the middle of this library sat a huge elegant chair. And in that chair sat our hero, The Super Lime.
“I have been waiting for you.” He said quietly, calmness dancing with every word. “I was wondering how long it would take you.”
“I didn’t mean to find you, it just happened. If it was my choice, I would never see you again!” I was so angry. All I wanted was to enjoy a nice meal.
“Ah, but it’s fate that draw us together. Without you, I am not strong enough to beat Lemonisty, and without me, you are not strong enough to find your mother. I promise you she is not dead, she is alive and very well. Only she is under the captivity of the wretched villain.” I couldn’t believe how soothing his voice was. It was amazing, he could just talk and talk and it was so beautiful.
“Okay,” I began quietly, “if you are some super hero, tell me what your powers are.”
“Fair enough, I believe I owe you that.” All my anger was gone. His smooth and beautiful words just made me so calm. “For starters, you feel calm right now, my voice makes you feel safe. This is my first super power. I can use this to allow myself entrance to Lemonisty’s layer without having to fight any of his guards. I would hate to have to kill them, I don’t believe in that. Secondly, I am able to soak up information. This is one of my prime powers, without it, I would be nothing. I use this power to investigate Lemonisty, to find his hideout, and to find his weakness are. That’s what all these books are, the history of our planet, the rock, and Lemonisty. I will defeat him, but I cannot with you. Your emotions are something I do not have, but greatly desire. As I have told you, Lemonisty stole your mother from you, and you ought to believe me. Your emotions will be your greatest weapon.”
“Is that all you have for superpowers, you must be lame.” I was trying to avoid the part about my mother, and about joining him in his quest to fight this Lemonisty character.
“Oh of course that isn’t it. But along the way, you will see the true extent of my powers, and the true power of my will. I have located Lemonisty’s newest hideout, it’s in a mountainside cave about an hour from here. What do you say, we leave in an hour?” The way the word we slithered its way out of his mouth made it sound like we had known each other for years, like we have been fighting side by side for ages. I didn’t like it.
“Woah now buddy, what do you mean we? I’m not apart of you, I don’t even believe in your crime fighting nonsense. Why would I go with you?” The words flew from my mouth in an angry fit. I couldn’t believe his nerve, nor could I believe that he expected me to go with him. His had to be crazy. But these were crazy days.
“I’ve already told you, Banana Man, you are destined to come with me. I cannot defeat Lemonisty without you, you are my missing piece.” He said this with a small amount of anger tickling his words. I could tell he really did need me, if this war wasn’t a spoof.
“Look, how about this. I sit tonight out, since I’m still in total shock and need to cope with this curveball you just threw at me. But tomorrow at school we’ll talk more about this.” I lied my way out of this. I knew I wouldn’t be talking to this odd lime ever again.
“Your thoughts betray you, my friend. I hear your lies, you will avoid me? Ah, I see. Go home tonight, you will find your way tonight. But for now, leave, I must prepare.” I hated that ‘I would find my way ****.’ I immediately hid my thoughts of how I wasn’t going out tonight. I would stay right at home.
“Fine, I’ll gladly leave. Just show me the way out.” I sternly demanded. I still hadn’t found any sort of exit.
“Sure thing.” He abruptly closed his eyes and before I knew it, a gust of wind picked me up and dropped me into my favorite chair in my house, it used to be my mothers favorite chair. It reminded me of her. God, I really missed her. Maybe if this lime character was telling the truth, maybe I could find her, and save her. Man, that would be nice. Maybe if I went tonight... just maybe.
I had given into my temptation. I had to go. I knew I had to. Maybe I could see my mother. Man, that would be nice. But where was I going? All I knew was it was a mountainside cave. How could I possibly find it within the next hour. Man, this was a problem. I decided since he was superhero and could probably fly, Lime would be there before me anyway, but I wanted to hurry anyway. I decided to trust my instincts, since last time I ‘found my way’ it was a complete accident. I had been camping on a mountain with a few friends before and it had taken us about two hours to get there, because we got lost, of course. So I decided it must be the same mountain. I took the city bus, seeing as my mothers car got swallowed by the sums of paperwork needed to be filled out for the Guppy Gummy PD evidence lot.
I arrived at the mountain a little bit later than what I had expected. And of course, I could feel a pull towards the trail I hiked with my friends many years ago. I started up that trail, and about two miles up, there was a fork in the road, a heavily traveled one, and a less traveled one. I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
I quickly arrived at an opening where Lime sat, almost like he was waiting for me. The moment he saw me, he jumped up and smiled. “I knew you would come, I just knew it.” He exclaimed. I could hear the relief in his voice. “Come on now, we have work to do.”
We walked through the open hole on the side of the mountain and into the cave. It was a skinny path, much like the one into Lime’s library. We walked for about 10 minutes until we walked into an open room with 4 paths. “Tell me what you feel,” Lime whispered.
“W-what I feel? What do you mean? What does that matter? I feel angered that I came on this silly adventure, you must be crazy to ask what I feel.” I seethed.
“No, slow down, what do you feel? Not your emotions, but what you feel? I know you, Banana, I know you feel things. Hard, you ended up here by a feeling. So slow your thoughts, slow your heart, you have a great power of feeling, a power you will soon learn to control, but for now, tell me what you feel.” His voice got me again. It was beautiful. But what does he mean ‘slow your heart.’ He made me so mad. But I took his advice, I took a deep breath, then another.
“The left, it is one of those. I can feel a pull to them.” Call me crazy, but I really could. I didn’t know what it was. But the same way my mind told me to come to this mountain, to follow the same path, I just knew I was right. The only problem was that there were two paths to the left and I couldn’t decide between the two.
“Great job, we’ll take the one farthest left first. Lemonisty often makes his lair a maze, just be prepared.” I could hear the pride in his voice, the emotions were always so evident, and soothing. I knew I was right, I had to be.
We followed the farthest path to the left for five minutes. Soon we could see an opened. Lime started to slow down and he told me to wait where I was. This made me really nervous, what would happen that I shouldn’t go with him? He continued on a couple yards on his own until he was standing in the opening. Then I heard a voice yell, “Hey! Isn’t that him? C’mon guys, let’s get him!” Lime very casually took a step forward and disappeared. Just like that, he disappeared into mid air, he was nowhere to be seen. The criminals were bewildered, just as I was. I took the moment to taken in what I saw, the group of ten standing about in awe. They were all Coconuts, and I could tell the rumors about their kind was true, they weren’t that smart. They were big, tough, and intimidating. They looked around, poking at the air with mallets the size of tree branches. How could anyone hold something that big? All of a sudden, from a flash of light, Lime appeared in the middle of the circle they had formed. And before the coconuts or myself could process it, Lime shot juices that knocked back the enemies and stuck the to the walls. He swiftly ran over to me, grabbed me by the peel and told me to hurry up. We ran back to the center and took the left trail of the middle two. We ran for fifteen minutes and came to a dead end. My heart dropped because I felt I had let Lime down, as if I had led him the wrong way. But he smiled his cunning smile and paces back and forth for two minutes.
“Ahhh, Lemonisty, you’re tricky one. I hear your power in these rocks, there is no more hiding from me. My alliance is complete and surely we will defeat you. But first,” Lime whispered to himself, so quietly I almost couldn’t hear him. As he said this, he walked up to the wall and motioned me to follow. I stood next to him so close to the wall I could smell the dirt. Lime stood there for a second, then instructed me to breathe. As I breathed in, I inhaled some dirt and began to choke. As I did so, I rock forward and smashed my head into the rock wall. Wow did that hurt, and it left a Hard of a bruise, seeing as I am a fragile banana. The moment my head made contact with the rock, the shattered and fell to pieces.
“Nicely done,” Lime chuckled, “now come on, we have work to do.” I looked up to the most heartbreaking scene. My mother was being pulled four different ways with these electric, pulsing chains. There was a blue force field surrounding her. She cried. My heart swelled to the size of a grape, and I had to force it down my throat. My mother was alive. She lived. I couldn’t believe it. Meanwhile, right beside it, sat Lemonisty. He was a lemon, one that looked old with age. Black spots were forming all over his body, and his peel was no longer bright. The shine in his eyes had been diminished into that of a month old apple.
Lemonisty snickered and spoke to Lime, “Ahh, I see you, too, have discovered your own power. I was wondering how long it would take for you to realize.” Lime had grown ten times his normal size. It was incredible what he could do in battle.
“And I see you, Lemonisty, have still gone on wreaking havoc on the innocent,” Lime’s eyes shot to where my mother and I stood. His eyes were filled with hatred, and what seemed like betrayal. I guess Lime was a superhero, passionate to save everyone, and I must be his sidekick, even though I often became more trouble than I was worth.
The tension was building between the two beings. Lemonisty was twice the size of Lime, and yet Lime stood his ground like a true hero. Lemonisty began the ruthless battle, he sprung into the air and landed behind Lime, knocking him into the air. He then wiped out his tongue and like a lizard, shot it at Lime while he was in mid air. With Lime now in his control, the fire in Lemonisty’s eyes dwindled and he relaxed a bit. He relaxed a bit too early, for Lime had juiced out what seemed to be an acidic liquid. It sizzled on Lemonisty’s tongue and dripped down his throat. Lime had escaped his grasp and quickly cloaked himself with invisibility. After a few minutes of Lemonisty burning, Lime appeared on the ceiling and dropped down onto his head. This knocked Lemonisty onto the ground, and Lime jumped into the air in the other direction. Quickly, although he was still in pain, Lemonisty got to his feet and tip toed around the middle of the room. “You are mistaken, Lime. I have taken nothing of which hasn’t already belonged to me.” Chimed Lemonisty, almost mocking Lime.
“Oh really? I have read every second of your life, I know everything about you, Lemonisty. And I can assure you, this woman does not belong to you. You ought to let her go.” Lime’s voice was booming, his chest puffed up.
“Ah but that is something I cannot do. This woman is the source of my power, and with her in my possession, you will never be able to stop me.” Having said this, Lemonisty bound over to where I was standing, mesmerized by what I had witnessed. Lemonisty simply stepped through the electrical barrier which separated me from my mother. He then grabbed my mother and simply, disappeared, right into thin air.
I rushed over to Lime, almost more worried about him than my mother. “That was awesome, man! You will totally kick his ***! How did you do all that?” I belted through excitement.
“I have-never done any of that before. It must have been the power I have gained from you being by my side,” he stammered this with a bit of surprise. Then he stood and said, “Nevertheless, I will not celebrate until the battle is over, I wonder what he meant. I wonder how I do not already knew. What have I missed? Anyway, come, let us return.” Then, taking me by the hand, he teleported us back to his lair. “You must stay here from now on. Lemonisty has seen you, you will no longer be safe.” After saying this, a couch appeared, all made up for me to sleep in.
After many year of battles like this, there was back and forth victories, and many days of solitude and rest. The fights never became jaded, and the action never failed to amaze me. We studied Lemonisty, looking for the missing piece, but never finding anything. Until one day we found the newest hide out of Lemonisty. In order to get to it, we had to go below the ocean and into an underwater city Lemonisty had built. It was an amazing place. As I sat by, watching as Lime was taking a beating, wishing I could do something, Lemonisty had one final hit that ended the battle. He then turned to me, and spoke in an echoing voice, “I know you two have been searching, but you have been looking into the wrong place. You have searching books, and documents, still nothing had shown up from these searches, you have hit a dead end.
“You must look into your heart, Banana. You must sift through your memories as a child. Banana, I am your father, and your mother, my wife. You two are my possessions, which is what makes you such a powerful ally to Lime. He is a part of me, and I of you. I am your father.” The word father echoed through the air, through my empty head, and through my empty heart. My father. Lemonisty was my father. As the word echoed for the last time, Lime struggled to stand. He told me he had heard everything and that we would find him, and defeat him. This was four months ago.
Two days ago we invaded another of Lemonisty’s hideouts. Only this would be the last one we invaded. We all know how it ends, for the world has never felt like a colder, more empty place. Everything was normal, the fighting, the powers, the attacks, the taunting. It was an amazing fight. But when Lime had seemed to be defeated, Lemonisty jumped through the barrier and grabbed my mother and ripped a portal into the air. Immediately after he jumped through, Lime rose to his feet and dove in after him. Now the portal remained open and I didn’t know what to do. I stood awestruck because this was something I had never seen. I did not stand still for long though, for quickly my mother was thrown back through the portal. I immediately went to her aid and kissed her on the cheek. She pushed me away and whispered, “I’m fine, but Lime-he needs you. Go, child, save what you can.”
After hesitating for a second, I left my mother and jumped through the portal. I was immediately dropped onto the floor of a demonic room. In this room was sat a huge amount of Lemonisty’s yellow glowing rock. Over in the left corner laid Lime. He was ten time the size of usual. I quickly ran to him and got down on my knees.
“Banana, I have done it. I have swallowed Lemonisty, there is only one thing left to do.” His voice was deep and strong. “Please, you must grab that rock and shove it down my throat. I will explode, killing myself and Lemonisty, and freeing this world from his presence.”
“I-uh. Lime. I can’t do that. I cannot kill you, not even to kill Lem-” I stuttered.
“Stop, this is destiny, you must do so,” he was using that voice again. “Quickly, there isn’t much time!” His voice grew weaker with every word. I was bewildered. But I knew Lime was right, and there was no reason to disobey him, or to argue with him. Slowly, I rose and shuffled toward the rock. “Hurry, Banana.” Lime was furious, and weak. I sped up my pace. I picked up the rock and slowly placed it in front of Lime. “Quickly, make me eat it, do not allow me to spi-” Before he finished, I forced the stone down his throat. He coughed a few times, but he managed to keep it down. Slowly he shrank in size, and slowly he began to die. “Go, Banana, you must not see what is to happen, you must leave or perish along with us. Go and protect your mother, oh how you’ve missed her.” Lime grew weaker with every word. Tears fell from my eyes and I got up the leave. “Thank you.” muttered Lime as I was sucked through the portal.
I collapsed into my mothers arms, and I cried.
And now I write to you, followers of Lime. As the closest fruit that ever stood next to Lime. I tell you all, the end is near. But before I bid you farewell, remember the words of our love, of our hero, and stay strong to your values, to your desire for the Lime. “I will not celebrate until the battle is over.”