Part 30: Chapter Twenty Three: Gourmet ChefMusic: 09 Fly Pudding
With the signet in our hands its time to challenge the impostor face to face.
: Why do you side with that filthy imitation? Surely you are not so naïve as to think that he is the genuine article?
: Shut up, ya cheap carbon copy! Youre the imitation here, and you know it!
: Petape, I am ashamed! Such unladylike conduct does not befit you!
: You, too! Can it!
: Your ring will prove to everybody that you are the real prince, Tapeta! Go on and show it to them!
: Ah, oui! Behold!
: How do you explain -this-, huh? That ring proves that hes the real Tapeta, and youre just a big phony!
: Huh? There are two Rebel Singers now?
: You mean Royal Signets, right?
: I guess we should have expected something like this.
: N-no way! There cant be two Royal Signets! Yours must be a fake! Just like you!
: But perhaps you will relinquish your delusions once this impostor has been put to death for his treason!
: Tapeta needs your help! Have this fraud sent to the dungeons at once!
: Oh ohhhhh! Petape! I thought I was hearing things! Hows your mother doing? Is she still preparing tonights banquet?
: Is the king well? He seems distant, somehow.
: He doesnt seem to have followed the previous conversation, either.
: This is no time to be thinking about your overgrown belly! Your sons throne is on the line and all you can say is
: Aha! Everyone knows my real brothers Fly Pudding is the best in the world! Theres no way any impostor could copy that!
: Ahahaha so, you are asking me to prove my royal lineage in a chefs duel?
: You cant be serious.
: Very well! I accept.
: You know as well as I do that no one can beat you in the kitchen!
: Oui, Oui, but of course And if I lose there will be no hard feelings, yes?
: Should you lose, I will take great pleasure in having you and all your little accomplices executed!
: Oh no you do-
: Ha! Bring it on, you slimy toad! Us Ace Chefs are gonna make the best damn Fly Pudding the world has ever seen! Right, Tapeta?
: Of course. It will be magnifique!
: Dammit, Lin
: Enough prattle.
: Welcome to the ring. Youve got some balls challenging the prince to a duel. Hes the best chef in the whole kingdom, and damn proud of it!
: Heres the battle plan, Tapeta!
: Just one taste and the king will have no choice but to recognise you!
: But of course, but of course!
: I think I will start with my Cockroach Salad with Wild Onions Then there will be my famous Worm Caramel
: Well, since our lives are on the line I suppose well have to.
: But master, where are we going to find the ingredients?
: Well just have to wait, its the fake prince!
: Cockroach, Worm and the rare Greenbottle mmm, I am salivating at the merest thought of it! I shall prepare those dishes with the exact same ingredients!
: My brother wont lose to you! Next to him, you couldnt even boil water!
: The noise from your mouth tires me
: And once I triumph over this foolish impostor, I will see to it that he and his troublemaking friends
: If my brother doesnt win the chefs duel, hell have every single one of you killed! I say unto you, in the words of my ancestors: Allez Cuisine!
: Words cannot express how ridiculous this is. The fate of this kingdom hangs on the outcome of a cooking contest? This is insane. Youre all insane. And I suppose Im insane as well for letting things come to this -and- going along with it.
: It certainly is an odd way of settling the matter. And our lives are at stake, too this is all just so surreal.
: Non, non! Do not worry, friends! All you have to do is procure a Greenbottle for me, and the rich flavour and texture will do the rest, oui?
: Just so!
: Rumour has it that one such fly escaped into the depths beneath the castle long, long ago
Now we finally regain control of the party. Our next objective is to gather the ingredients Tapeta needs to complete his feast a worm, a cockroach, and a legendary fly. None of these can be found in the kitchen area, so well have to hunt for an entrance into the depths of the castle.
: Okay, lets start by asking around a bit.
: Its also said this place has one other trump card should all else fail
: Praise him, ye sinners, and be clean
: Ugh. That song gives me the shivers every time I think of it, but the prince has us sing it every hour, on the hour.
: A windmill system, huh? I dont think weve seen that yet
: Even offered to make me the castle preacher, he did. But Id rather tend to the farm than tend to the flock
: Im sorry, I dont know anything about that.
: Is that so
: Okay, no luck here.
: Hey, the fake prince is down in the kitchen, right? Why dont we sneak into his room and look around. We might find something that can prove hes a fraud without going through this ridiculous cooking contest.
: Sounds good to me.
: Huh. Pretty swanky place. I wouldnt mind livin here.
: That painting of the prince looks very suspicious.
: Theres a switch of some kind next to it, too.
: Well, we wont get anywhere by standing here and staring at it.
: The plot thickens.