Last summer, I had decided it’s been a while since I visited my friend Veronica. The last time I saw her, she borrowed my copy of Drawn to Life, and I decided I’d like to play again. So I drove up to her house and she met me at the front door. She seemed very happy, and it was nice to see her this way, considering she’d been so upset lately. I was also very excited to start playing Drawn to Life again, and to collect the entire set of bonus items.
I started up my shiny red Nintendo Ds, and was greeted by the familiar tune of the opening. Instead of Jowee’s smiling face and the words “Draw”, he looked upset and his eyes seemed to be bleeding. Not hyper-realistic blood or anything, but rather jus the normal red on the color pallet. I realized that this was clearly Veronica’s art style, and that she was just making a dark joke of hers.
When I opened up my save file, I noticed it said “Veronica” and not “Gizelda”, the name of my hero, but it still had the picture of her. I started playing as normal. Veronica was approximately halfway through the game but, she had unlocked a lot of the bonus rounds. In the ocean world, the tropical game play was completely normal and cutesy as usual, but upon finishing each level, Mari’s sprite became black around the edges, as did Jowee’s and the Mayor’s. I had never seen this happen before.
I made up my mind that I had to go back to see Veronica that weekend. Her mom told me she’d been spending an awful lot of time in her room lately. I went into my friend’s room to see everything was very bright colored, and she was singing this awful cheery tune. I asked her why the sprites were turning black around the edges, but she just kept singing until I asked again. She snapped out of the small trance and gave a high pitched laugh. Apparently my backlight must be faulty, or so she told me. As soon as I closed the door, she continued to sing that annoying melody.
The second time I played the game, I fixed up Jowee in the opening screen. When I began playing the giant world, I put in the cheat code for invulnerability (holding down R and then hitting A X B B Y). However, instead of hearing the sound the DS usually makes when I put in the code, I heard Cindi’s “Wapo?” After returning back to the level, a text box appeared stating “You can’t do that.” I pressed the arrow, and upon hitting a baki, Gizelda’s arm disappeared. Usually when your character hits an enemy, just the paint falls off. I found a heart, and her arm returned. I go through the level eventually losing all of my paint but my hero kept going. A text box appeared saying “No we have to stop this!” and my hero dashed to the exit.
The next two levels were normal, but the only enemies were bakis, but the level before the mayor’s death. All of my drawings in the level were an almost ghoulish cute; they were pink and crudely drawn. Also, the crumbling platforms didn’t crumble. Still the level played normally. When it got to the cut scene of the mayor’s death, instead of its normal flash to black, something happened. Wilfre did indeed appear, but where it should have cut to black, I saw him take a knife and slice the mayor plain in half, entrails tumbling out of him. When the cut scene returned to normal, he was lying in a pool of blood. I cringed at the sight, but I didn’t have time to consider everything because I was getting a Skype call from Veronica.
I opened up the video and saw drawings. Drawings everywhere. Instead they were all on the walls, and they were all happy. Veronica greeted me with smiles and asked how my game was fairing. I told her it was, “rather interesting” because I didn’t want to scare her. She giggled and told me that was great. Quickly she turned around and continued drawing and humming. She asked if I wanted to come over, and join her, but I turned her down nervously. She laughed that laugh again and ended the call.
I soon went on to defeat Wilfre after the call. Instead of his normal taunts, he was saying “Please, it doesn’t have to end this way” and “You don’t understand” and the music sounded as if it was put through a washing machine. He seemed genuinely fearful for his life and every now and then I could see his uncorrupted sprite pop out from his corrupted self. When I defeated his scorpion, he asked me to help him. All the color drained from the scene, similarly like the next game in the series, “Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter”. I defeated him, but the game froze. Before I could worry about that, the phone began to ring.
It was Veronica’s mom. She told me something was very very wrong. Apparently she’d lost touch with reality entirely and was going to be sent to a psychiatric ward. However, she wanted to see me. Nervously, I walked over to Veronica’s house and went to her room. The entire wall was indeed covered in art, but this time is was dark and negative. And in blood. I looked at Veronica who was huddled in the corner. She was smiling and laughing but at the same time had the most painful look in her eyes. Her entire body was covered in gashed and scratches. She told me to come closer. I kneeled down, and she whispered “Play with her and you’ll be happy like me. Absolutely happy.” And then she blacked out before the paramedics got to her.
When I returned home, I noticed the game was still paused. I picked it up and it un-paused itself. It returned me back to the village where I was met by Mari and Jowee, and the corrupted Wilfre sprite. Cindi’s “Wapo” began to sound, louder and louder and faster. Suddenly the Wilfre sprite burst apart to reveal the small raposa girl, Cindi. In the backround I could hear some sort of music but I just couldn’t make it out. She flashed a smile with razor sharp fangs stained yellow and corrupted with shadow goo and cavities. Her eyes were a shiny black and sunken in to their sockets. She giggled and said
“I’m the Wapo monster now.”
Wilfre looked up at her as the music became clearer. My eyes widened when I realized what it was. It was that same off key, cheery tune that Veronica had been humming. The corrupted Wilfre sprite engulfed him as his body turned into dust and blew away. The black edges around Mari and Jowee swallowed them as well as they disappeared into the wind. I was left only facing Cindi.
The music now became ear splittingly loud and started to warp at random times. Cindi giggled and asked
“Why won’t you play with me?”
I was silent. I heard her laugh again. I felt small sharp pains erupt on my body, as if someone were poking me with a stick. The music took a change in sound that made it sound like a carnival pipe organ. I felt my head spinning as she just kept laughing.
“Stop. Stop.” I moaned
Cindi did stop and stared at me for about 10 seconds without blinking. Then she motioned for something to come over. Slowly, an unnervingly realistic looking sprite of Veronica came towards Cindi. It was in Veronica’s art style, however I knew for a fact that she NEVER drew herself in Drawn to life. The Veronica Hero looked tired and drained, but had a big red smile drawn across her face, reminiscent of Jeff the Killer. Cindi smiled at her and then turned back to me.
“I have Veronica as a playmate and now I’ll have you!”
I tried to turn off my DS, but the power button wasn’t working and the spring in the game drive was obsolete as well. Cindi’s slightly unnerving giggle turned into demonic laughter. She dragged my hero towards her. When she touched her, she looked exactly like me. Laughing again, Cindi took the knife that the mayor was killed with and began cutting away at my sprite. I looked at my arms and those markings were appearing on me simultaneously. I heard the music and everyone laughing. The picture on the DS began to distort, stretch and swirl. I felt my insides swirl with it. And then everything went black.
As I woke up, the DS was back to normal, and I felt fine. But I looked at the DS and credits were rolling. In the same art as the second game’s art were drawling that looked like the ones in Veronica’s room. I thought that was really neat, so I laughed. I felt happy! Really happy! Happier than I’d been in years! Now isn’t that wonderful?
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