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[fic] A Fighting Video Game

Title: A Fighting Video Game
Genre: Action/Humor
Pairing: US/UK
Word Count: 2,001
Rating/Warnings: G
Summary: Alfred forces Arthur into playing some Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Notes: For the usxuk Summer Camp challenge (Day 11 prompt - Gaming)

"This is?"

"A game called Super Smash Bros. Brawl."

"What the hell does that even mean?"

"It's a fighting game with popular characters from the Mario, Zelda, and Starfox series. And some from other series too," Alfred explained from behind the TV where he was hooking up the wires. Once he was done, he walked back into Arthur's view, who was on the couch looking at the case for the game with a really skeptical look.

"I hate those stupid fighting games you play with the blood and violence," Arthur pointed out as Alfred switched on the TV and the game console.

"This doesn't have blood and the violence is really… comical," Alfred explained, plopping down on the couch and handing him a controller.

"How is violence comical?"

"It's hard to explain until you experience it yourself!" Alfred said aimed his remote at the screen and clicked the correct icon.

"Why is your controller different than mine?" Arthur questioned.

"You have a GameCube controller. The game is easier to play with one of those. I'll be using the same one too, but I needed the WiiMote to get past the first screen."

Arthur nodded in understanding as the music started playing for the introduction. For some of the distasteful video game music he had heard in Alfred's other video games, this one was quite good. In fact, it was quite epic in its composition style, but he wasn't going to tell Alfred that.

"Okay, explanation of how to play," Alfred said as he clicked them quickly past screens until they reached character select. "The A button is for physical attacks, the B button is for special attacks. If you move the control stick sharply in any direction and press A or B, then you'll get different attacks."

"Does it differ for each character?"

"Yeah, so you'll have to try a few before you find one you like. X or a quick motion upwards on your control stick is jump. Most characters can only jump twice before you have to do an Up B move to further propel yourself up."

"Why would I need to do that?" Arthur asked. "I'm just trying to beat you up, right?"

"You don't die in this game by losing health. You die by falling or getting blasted off the course. The more damage you accumulate, the further you fly off and have less of a chance of saving yourself."

"This game just got a lot more complicated that simply mashing buttons," Arthur said with a groan and Alfred laughed loudly.

"And Z is a grab and R is shield. But you can't hold the shield too long because it will break and you will be stunned. And you can roll dodge when you hold shield and jerk your control stick in either direction…"

"Okay! Okay! Can we just play and get this over with already?"

"Impatient, aren't you?" Alfred teased and Arthur kicked him in the shin. "I thought you liked rules and such."

"Right now I just want to find a way to crush you."

"I thought you disapproved of violence," Alfred continued, but held up his hands in defense when England looked like he was about to slap him. "Anyway, just choose a character by moving your cursor over him."

"Which ones are good?"

"It depends on how you play. Do you want a slow but powerful character or a speedy, weaker character? Since we're just starting out, I'll pick a safe course and match your character style…And I leave items off since they get in the way..."

Arthur pondered as he slowly went over them and studied their appearance. It was hard to tell who was capable of doing what since he had never heard of any of the characters.

"How about this one?" Arthur asked when he saw a very large, turtle-like creature with lots of sharp assets. "He looks powerful!"

"That's Bowser. I like using him, but he's one of the slowest for sure."

"I pick him."

"Then I'll pick Donkey Kong to keep up with you. And then I'll pick Final Destination as a course so you don't have to deal with any obstacles and we'll fight. We have three lives each."

"I can't wait to waste you."

"Did I forget to mention this is one of my best games?" Alfred mentioned innocently and Arthur's jaw dropped to the floor. It wasn't long before Alfred was able to kill him three times without contest, including a humiliating win where he carried him off the stage and killed himself as well.

"I don't like Bowser! I'm changing characters!" Arthur announced, searching for something much smaller. "This yellow electric rat thing? How about this?"

"You've never heard of Pikachu?!"


"Like… from the Pokemon series that went crazy big?"

"Uh… no?"

"… Why am I dating you?"

"I'm going with him. Who are you going to be?"

"The Pokemon trainer. I can just use Squirtle," Alfred said as he picked the same course for them. "He's really fast too. Just be careful of Pikachu's Up B, you have to move your control stick up and then in the direction of the stage if you want to save yourself."

Arthur discovered some moves that he enjoyed using and was able to land a few more hits on Alfred than the first time. He felt like that he maybe had a chance, but quickly found out that he really had no chance when he was first killed by a turtle, then by a mini-dinosaur thing with a plant growing out of its back, and lastly by a dragon-like creature with wings that breathed fire like Bowser.

"How the heck did you have three different characters?!"

"It's the Pokemon trainer. Those were Pokemon."

"Whatever! Character select again!"

As they cycled through the characters, Arthur found that he was getting the hang of it fairly quickly. He started figuring out strategies he could use and started to pick up on how Alfred played with certain characters. He also observed that Alfred rarely liked to dodge or shield, counting on his speed at executing moves to bring him victory.

He also had to point out the weird absurdities he discovered with some of the characters, causing Alfred to laugh each time he had to gripe. His biggest target was Kirby since a body so little should not be able to inhale things as large as it does nor should he be able to copy peoples' abilities that easily. He had to question where Link stored his projectiles, which Alfred simply explained that gamers accept that having a lot of items without any physical effect on the character is something completely normal. Time and space is often ignored when it comes to that type of thing.

As he built his confidence, managing to take a few of Alfred's lives here and there, he asked to try all of the courses. Alfred, excited that Arthur was actually getting into the game, was enthusiastic about explaining which games the courses and the characters were from. Arthur smiled because he was able to do something that Alfred enjoyed doing and he listened with interest as Alfred rambled quickly while destroying his current character, Zelda. He didn't like her anyway, so he didn't mind.

Star Fox characters, Arthur was not really good with (it was something having to do with how quickly they dropped). He liked the Kirby characters, especially Meta Knight, but they were too easily knocked off course. He knew immediately that big characters were out of the question because Alfred was fairly quick with all of the characters. The Mario characters were alright, but their short reach wasn't working for Arthur. Mr. Game and Watch was too annoying, Samus was too floaty, Pit was too cheap to use, R.O.B. was weird, and Olimar was simply hard to work with.

However, he did find that he had a certain affinity for the characters with swords. The reach with their weapons was nice and they were all quite powerful. Most had projectile weapons as well and, on average, they were decently agile. Link and Marth were his two strongest characters so he spent a bit of time contemplating who he was going to choose for the last battle, trying not to let on the fact that he was confident in his skill of beating Alfred just once. Surprise was a legit strategy.

"So, one more match and then some dinner?" Alfred asked and Arthur smiled softly. "Or are you too bummed out for having lost for matches for the last two hours?"

"I think one more will be just right," Arthur said, heaving a fake sigh. "Let's play with our best characters."

"You really want your butt kicked, don't you?" Alfred goaded as he moved his cursor to Ike. "Watch out because the hero is here to save the day."

"Ike's a hero, huh?"

"Yes. He fights for his friends."

"Well, I'm going to be Marth to stay in the same series."

"Oh my god."

"What is it, Alfred?"

"You… actually payed attention to my explanations?!" Alfred said in complete disbelief. "Even as you were trying to concentrate on which button was A and which was B?!"

"Moron! I figured that out a while ago," Arthur said, hitting start to move onto the next screen. "And yes, I did listen. It's actually quite interesting. Now pick a course."

"Hyrule Castle. It's fitting for your last defeat. Your character is weak compared to mine."

Arthur laughed wickedly as he pulled out all of the strategies and moves he had been setting up in his head. He knew how Alfred's timing worked and had a good guess at what moves he wanted to use when.

"What?! Where did this come from?!"

"Take this!" Arthur yelled as he slashed at Alfred's character mercilessly. "This is for the time you broke my favorite clock!" He did enough damage on Ike to blast him off of the course, smirking when his character smacked into the screen.

Alfred was at a loss for words as Arthur dodged most of his attacks and kept landing hits on him. Arthur could tell he was getting frustrated at the fact that some the hits he did manage to land were returned back to him by Marth's counter move. After a few more minutes of hard battle, lots of yelling and cursing, Arthur managed to knock him off the course a final time with a cry of "And that's for declaring your independence from me!" and fell back against the couch feeling amazingly victorious.

"…Whoa…" Alfred said, still in shock from what had happened. "You learn fast."

"I do, but I don't think I could beat you again. A skilled gamer like you would be able to come up with a way to better me instantly," Arthur said with a content sigh. "But thank you for the praise. I did work hard for those last two hours of pain and misery. I don't know how many times I fell because I couldn't find the 'y' button..."

"A win is a win. Congrats Arthur," Alfred said kissing him on the cheek. "I love it when you surprise me."

"… I like that game. Can we play it again sometime?" Arthur asked shyly and Alfred indulged him in another loving kiss.

"Of course my love. It makes me happy knowing that I can make you loosen up and have fun once in a while. But I do have one question…"

"What is it?" Arthur asked curiously, shifting in his seat a little bit.

"Since that last kill was for me declaring my independence… What do I get for returning back to you?"

"You'll see tonight," Arthur said with a wink, getting up from the couch and going over to the other to grab his coat with Alfred quickly running up behind him and enveloping him in a large hug, nuzzling his neck softly as he whispered 'I love you' in his ear.


( 3 Admirers — Katsu no wa Hyotei )
Jul. 12th, 2011 06:50 am (UTC)
Oh!! That was adorable :-)

And yay for winning, Arthur! LOL
Jul. 12th, 2011 06:38 pm (UTC)
Whew. I'm glad you liked it. The ending could have been so much better, but for some odd reason, my brother wanted to sleep early and I had to rush to finish it ><

Go him! At least he won something considering that he lost 2 hours worth of matches. And in another time, strip poker, and naked!Twister. XD
Jul. 12th, 2011 10:02 pm (UTC)
Go, Arthur! :D

That was a lovely read!
( 3 Admirers — Katsu no wa Hyotei )

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