"The Argus Butterfly" has been, in a sense, a collaborative effort between Cartuneslover16 and I. Though, it's not quite a collaborative effort in the classic sense. The core idea and concept are, indisputably, the brainchildren of Cartunes: Within the story, Robot's biological mother is Nicole Watterson from the Amazing World of Gumball. Eventually, Cartunes intends to write her own version of how this strange scenario plays out and amasses to. So, "The Argus Butterfly" is actually one of two potential stories. Why I call the effort collaborative, though, is that Cartunes and I have brainstormed and, a few times, she's proofread sections of the story and given me advice on how to proceed. I hope to do the same for her when she writes her version.
Initially, I asked if I could write my own version since the core concept is so out there and intriguing, I wanted to see if I could reign it in and give it structure. There's a lot of potential and strange circumstances that could arise, such as: What happens when Robot discovers his origins? How would this kind of situation affect Nicole? And other, various possibilities.
I'll readily admit that this idea by itself could craft an engaging and dramatic tale by itself alone, just with how many different relationships, problems, and scenarios could arise. Not to mention, the potentially ridiculous and fun character dialogue and interactions. Robot's mad scientist tendencies could easily appeal to and bode with Gumball Watterson's devious, prankster side; he could have long, technical jargon discussions with Anais; Darwin could have a positive effect on Robot, while seeing Monster as an older brother/mentor figure. Those scenarios alone are each a story in and of themselves.
Yet, I love the idea of taking the absurdity just one step farther. I honestly want to push the envelope as far as I can, explore the full facets and possibilities I can with crafting the world that comes with a cartoon crossover, while still building a cohesive, intriguing story. Bringing Soul Eater full frontal stage and center in the crossover instead of keeping it restrained to a few cameos from Death the Kid (It's obvious that Soul Eater is my other obsession beyond Robot and Monster right now) presents an entirely separate dimension and plot that makes the story that much more confusing to sift through and write. Yet, I can't say I regret going in that particular direction. For now, I'll intimate that Princess Invisible's role within the story has a much bigger meaning and significance beyond just being Gizmo's fiancee. She's the character that cinches and really stoppers an otherwise crazy, quickly becoming recklessly chaotic crossover....