Disclaimer: I don’t own any of the characters portrayed in this story.
Notes: Another FFA story. AU because I can’t place it anywhere in the Buffy Verse besides somewhere between when Tara got there and before she died. Thanks to Windyfontaine for helping with Bowser’s description
Tara Maclay looked around in confusion; she didn’t recognize any of the scenery and she had no clue how she got there. Taking a couple of steps Tara narrowly avoided walking into a large gold hanging in the middle of the sky. Looking around it curiously Tara moved slowly to avoid hitting anything. She couldn’t shake the feeling that all of this was familiar.
She noticed something was off about her clothes around the time she tripped over the edge of the dress; a dress she hadn’t been wearing earlier. She may not know where she was but she was certain of that. Tara was in a pink and rather puffy dress. Picking at the shoulders and the elbow length gloves she wondered just how she missed it in the first place.
Suddenly something grabbed her from behind. Jumping Tara spun around and kicked out, only to get caught in the damn dress again. Landing on her butt she looked up at the creature standing in front of her.
“H-hello,” she stuttered.
The only way she could describe the creature standing before her was a small dragon carrying a spiked turtle shell around on his back. The creature looked down at her with mild interest. “Hello.”
“Who are you?” Tara asked all the while getting to her feet and backing away.
The creature rolled his eyes, “Bowser, I’m here to kidnap you.”
“Uh, w-why?” Tara looked around for a weapon of some sort.
“Because that’s how it goes. I kidnap whoever wears that dress and tiara.”
Tara stopped looking for a weapon and stood straight, “Huh?” Now she was really confused, the creature didn’t look particularly menacing.
Bowser looked up at her, “You really don’t know what is going on do you?” Tara shook her head and Bowser continued, “You’re Princess Peach. I kidnap you every couple of months and Mario saves you, that’s just how it goes.”
“I see,” Tara shook her head and tried to think of any spells that might get her out of here.
In the midst of her contemplation Bowser picked her up and started carrying her towards the castle in the distance; before she could demand to be put down the whole world started shaking. The ground cracked and Tara fell through a hole into seemingly never ending black.
Sitting up with a start Tara looked around her. She was sitting on the couch in the Summer’s living-room. Looking down at her clothes she saw only her jeans and t-shirt. Shaking her head Tara looked at the group before her.
“Guys could you play something else, please. I don’t know how much more I can take of this.”
Xander, Dawn and Spike looked at her with puppy dog eyes but Dawn moved toward the game console and shut off the game. The sounds from Super Mario Brothers faded into the dark.