The epic story last had Larry Koopa looking at the TV monitor in a different part of Rio de Janeiro International Airport (otherwise known as Galeão International Airport) than where Team Koopa was in Parts 1 and 2. I guess all of our activities were suspicious to the humans. You should read all three of those parts (in chronological order), because it's a great read and easier than me explaining all of the zany stuff that's happened in the story so far.
Anyway, Larry seemed excitable but unnecessarily vague. Fortunately, his weird behaviour functioned as a decent cliffhanger for KoopaTV article publishing purposes. Let's continue with the story for Team Koopa's escape from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, after our Olympics training!
Larry squealed. “I said them! It's that red-hatted plumber and his furry blue friend! Up there! On the monitor with the CNN!”
“Yoshi is green! And has scales!” Bowser Jr. said.
“I bet half of CNN's viewership comes from airports like this one.” Ludwig snarked.
“Nah, look, it's Sonic the Hedgehog and Mario!” Roy Koopa proclaimed, finally looking at the TV monitor.
|Are they... at a resort, slacking off?|
“This is what passes for good TV nowadays?” Bowser muttered.
“Did CNN ever find that plane?” Ludwig giggled. The other Koopas didn't seem to know what he was referencing. They must not watch human television, though Ludwig barely does either.
“Hey, someone figure out where they are! I would, BUT MY SMARTPHONE BROKE. WAAAAAAH.” Bowser Jr. cried, trying to sound commanding but failing to do so.
Ludwig kept watching the CNN report over Bowser Jr.'s screaming.
|This is the kind of garbage put on the mainstream media, instead of the important news that the socialist Brazilian president is being impeached.|
“At least the media's irrelevance to the public is, for once, relevant to us...” Ludwig softly remarked. “So they're at some sort of hotel resort that has a golf course. Or maybe they're just holding golf clubs for the hell of it, given the fact that there are out-of-place beach balls, too.”
“I got it!” Wendy O. Koopa exclaimed. “I saw a poster of this place while looking around! They're in the Novotel Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont hotel!”
“The wuzzat?” Bowser asked, blinking. He appeared to be more surprised by Wendy's competence than the fact that his foes were at that particular place.
“It's just... on the other side of Rio de Janeiro.” Wendy explained. “It's a resort hotel. Four stars!”
“The... other side? Wh-What do you mean...?” Ludwig nervously quivered.
Larry Koopa got out a map of Brazil, and Wendy pointed out what she meant.
|Oh no... Not over here! (Compare this map to the one from Part 1.)|
“NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!” Ludwig screamed. “IT'S RIGHT NEXT TO THE DAMN NATIONAL LIBRARY OF BRAZIL! SCREW THE PLUMBER I'M STAYING HERE!”
“It also happens that it's next to the Santos Dumont Airport, the second major airport in Rio de Janeiro. After the one we're in now.” Wendy said.
Ludwig was very visibly (and audibly) pissed off.
|He was STEAMED.|
“Why the hell did I spend the whole Saturday getting over here to this dumb airport with you guys, from the library that is right next to an airport AND the plumber?! Whose stupid idea was it to be in this airport to begin with?!!?”
“We got a good deal on the tickets.” Bowser sheepishly said.
Ludwig was going to scream again, but internally realised that he would probably have done the same thing as his father if he was in that situation. Instead, Ludwig pouted and firmly planted himself on a surprisingly cushy airport chair.
The Koopas decided that Wendy, Bowser Jr., Roy, Larry, and Ludwig would take a shuttle out of Rio de Janeiro International Airport and to the Santos Dumont area. Once there, Ludwig and Larry would split off from Bowser Jr., Wendy, and Roy, and go to the Santos Dumont Airport and attempt to negotiate an alternative way out of Rio de Janeiro and Brazil as a whole. Meanwhile, Wendy, Roy, and Bowser Jr. would raid the Novotel and do... something, to Mario and Sonic. First, they would have to figure out if the so-called “heroes” were still there. It was entirely possible that the CNN report wasn't current and was reporting a previous story. None of the Koopas could actually hear what was being said, and the closed captioning was in Portuguese.
Larry walked to Ludwig and his chair. “C'mon bro, we gotta go to Santos Dumont Airport!”
“Weren't you listening?”
Larry tried pulling Ludwig from the chair, but Ludwig stuck his own shell-spikes into the back of the chair.
“King Daaaaaad! Ludwig is being lame!” Larry whined.
Bowser stomped up to Ludwig and Larry. “Get off. Now.” Bowser grunted.
Ludwig yawned. “What the hell, King Dad? It's late night on Wednesday. Can't we sleep first? Do the shuttles even go this late?”
Bowser roared in Ludwig's face. “When I say go, you GO!” He ripped Ludwig's spikes off of the chair and tossed Ludwig into the hall part of the airport where Roy, Wendy, and Bowser Jr. were. Larry quickly ran towards his siblings. “Respect your King!”
“Hahaha! Ludwig get wrecked by dad!” Bowser Jr. pointed and laughed at the miserable Koopaling.
Ludwig didn't know if his consistent, perpetual headache was because of the Zika virus, or if it was because he was around annoying people all the time.
The Koopalings (and Bowser Jr.) went to try to find the shuttle establishment. They found an air-conditioned bus service ran by some outfit named REAL, but it was closed for the night. Ludwig wasn't disappointed, because he expected this would happen. The kids went back to their father back inside the airport, but when they found him, he was already asleep.
It was now Thursday, a bit before noon. The Koopas had breakfast and repeated their plans. Bowser would stay in the current airport because he was still expecting contact from Kamek. Ludwig wondered why he had to be tasked to go to Santos Dumont Airport to negotiate a flight out of Brazil to somewhere out of that country if they were already expecting Kamek to show up and bust them out. Apparently, going to KoopaTV headquarters in Sierra Leone was no longer part of the evacuation plan, and they wanted to get to somewhere safe in the Southeastern United States and then warp to Koopa Kingdom.
“He's obviously taking his sweet time.” King Bowser explained. He appeared to be cracking his knuckles as he said that.
The parties would communicate via burner phones that they sold at the airport. Bowser Jr. was upset that they weren't smartphones.
“It's not meant to be a replacement, dimwit.” Roy said.
The five kids waved their father bye, and went back to the REAL shuttle service. Was it pronounced like the Brazilian currency? Like the English word? Or was it supposed to be Arr-Ee-Ayh-El, or just the letters? Did it stand for something?
Regardless, they managed to get on and pay the guy in charge of the bus. He thankfully knew English, probably because he dealt with a lot of English-speaking tourists. Wendy pointed on the map that they wished to get to Santos Dumont Airport, and off they went. Ludwig hid his rash-ridden face from the driver. He figured that it'd be better to keep it a secret from the local Brazilians that he had Zika.
Ludwig snoozed through the whole shuttle, which isn't as bad as it sounds because going by bus is a substantially shorter amount of time than walking there. It was Thursday afternoon when the Koopas arrived, and they departed the bus and split up.
Larry and Ludwig got to the arrivals/departures board at Santos Dumont Airport, and were quite puzzled by what they saw there. They did not expect THAT!
What were Larry and Ludwig puzzled at? Well, you could look up information about the airport and figure it out, or you could just wait for Part 5 to come. Wait... patiently! Don't let searchable details spoil the story, you punk.
Part 5 is right here! Read it before clicking the hyperlink right below this line.
Part 6 is here. It's the final part. Don't spoil by the story by not clicking and reading Part 5 first, though.
Ludwig barely watches human television, so he shouldn't have been snarking about the other Koopas not doing so in his narrator role.