"you're so quiet today, honey... was it something I did?"
I always pictured a version of Mario that he's delusional, where all the adventures takes place only on his head (maybe he does too much mushroom?). In this particular scene I tried to show a moment where he's almost conscient and start to notice that princess is just a broom, but still not fully understand what's happening, so he thinks she's just quiet for a reason, and the sad part is that he blames himself.
Hooray for my 200th submission! :D