padparadscha imagines Mario's internal monologue as written by Frank Miller:
It’s been a thousand lifetimes since I started this level.Context is WHORESWHORESWHORESWHORESWHORES 1UP 1UP 1UP
Lava’s bubbling at my feet, almost lapping at my shoes. He loves his hell. I lost my fireballs somewhere. Don’t remember what happened. Don’t even remember why I do this. It seemed so clear at the beginning.
I do it for her. She’s all I’ve got—her and Luigi.
Hang on, Princess.
He’s waiting for me on the bridge, grinning—no other expression on the bastard’s reptile face. The fangs hold flames, and then I’m engulfed. My mushroom vanishes. I can’t touch him.
Then I see the axe.
He’s powering up another flame. Come on, old man—just one more leap. Just one—