Chapter 1: Fallen
It was a beautiful day outside, perfect weather, the sun was high in the sky and there was a calming summer breeze blowing. Yup, perfect day to play chase with your friends, which was exactly what, Maddie Christie and Kaelynn Morimoto, were doing.
Maddie and Kaelynn were closer than ever, but even though they were so close, they had almost nothing in common. Maddie was older, a bit more mature, and sometimes took caution too much, but even though she was like this, she did like playing with her friends. While Kaelynn was a bit younger, and more free spirited, which is what made those two fit together like a puzzle.
The two girls were playing chase at the foot of Mt. Ebott, they saw a bit of a small cave, they both knew the legend about the great mountain, whoever climbs the mountain are said to never return. Even though the legend may be true, they didn’t believe the part where monsters lived under it, which is why they weren’t scared to play chase there.
“Hey Kaelynn, come check this out!” Maddie called out. She was standing right by the cave in the mountain, then Kaelynn came over.
“Woah, do you think this is the cave the legend talks about?” she asked when she ran over.
“Yeah, hold on,” Maddie responded picking up a rock. She then threw the rock into the cave and listened to see when it would hit the ground. After about a minute or so, she heard a loud thump.
“We should probably play chase a bit further away, we wouldn’t want to fall down, it seems like a long enough drop to hurt us pretty bad,” Maddie said.
“Ya, and if we survive, we wouldn’t want any monsters coming after us, oooooooooooooooooh,” Kaelynn said weirdly.
“Aww c’mon Kaelynn, everyone knows that story about monsters is just a myth,” Maddie said walking away.
“You’re right, I know, I was just messing with you,” Kaelynn said following her.
Then the two girls played the rest of the day. They then came up with an idea to play blind chase, which is where both people have a blindfold or they close their eyes and they play chase. So Kaelynn was the one being chased, and she ran towards the cave but didn’t know, so she then tripped and fell in, but she was able to hang onto a vine. She howled and screamed for her best friend to come and save her. Immediately Maddie came rushing over to save her. She grabbed the vine and tried with all her strength to pull her friend up, then the vine started to snap.
“Ah, Maddie grab my arms!”Kaelynn shouted
“I can’t you’re too far away, I can’t reach you,” Maddie responded.
Maddie then pulled harder on the vine, but wasn’t strong enough and she too started to slide off herself, and before they knew it, they were plummeting into the underground.
Chapter 2: The Underground
It was dark, there was a small glimpse of light shining through the hole and down onto the two girls. They had landed on what appeared to be a bed of buttercups, which was the one thing that had broken their fall.
They both woke up, only a little bit soar.
“Well this is great, I told you blind chase was a bad idea,” Maddie yelled as she stood up and brushed the dirt off of her pants
“Hey, I’m not the only one to blame here, you wanted to do it just as much as I did, and you should’ve grabbed my arms, not the vine,” Kaelynn shot back at her standing up as well.
“Ok, fine, how about we both say sorry since we’re both to blame here, and stop fighting, so we can find a way out of here together, it doesn’t look like we can get back the way we came down,” Maddie said.
“Alright, I’m sorry,” Kaelynn said.
“Me too,” Maddie responded.
Then they hugged, and started walking. There was a small pathway leading to a purple doorway, so they went over there and went through. They didn’t see anything but a patch of grass, it was a good thing they were holding hands, they wouldn’t want to lose each other in dark rooms like the one they were in. They cautiously walked towards the patch of grass, then suddenly a golden flower with a face, came out and began to speak.
“Howdy, I’m Flowey, Flowey the flower, hmmm two humans, that’s strange, there’s never been more than one human that’s fallen down here at the same time, anyways that doesn’t change anything, because you’re still new to the underground aren’tcha?” Flowey asked.
They both nodded slowly, because they were really scared, seeing as how apparently, the legend about monsters was true.
“Well someone oughta teach you how things work down here, I guess little old me will have to do, you ready, here we go!” he said, then suddenly, two hearts appeared in front of their chests, both were a deep pink.
“Huh, well that’s interesting,” Flowey said.
“W-w-what is?” Kaelynn asked shakily.
“Your souls, they’re pink, I’ve never seen a pink soul before, at least not in person but I do know what it means. First, how do you two know each other?” he asked.
“W-w-we’re best friends, and we have been for a very long time,” Maddie responded.
“Well that makes sense, you see girls, each living creature has a soul, it’s the very culmination of a being. Each soul has a different trait, the ones that are known are, kindness which is green, integrity which is blue, patience which is turquoise, justice which is yellow, bravery which is orange, perseverance which is purple, and determination which is red, but yours are pink, the souls of friendship, but that’s besides the point. Your souls start off weak, but can grow strong if you gain a lot of LV, what does LV stand for why LOVE of course,” Flowey said with a smile on his face.
The girls didn’t know why but for some reason the talking flower made them less scared and made them want to believe what he had to say, so they listened.
“You want some LOVE don’t you, don’t worry, I’ll share some LOVE with you. Down here LOVE is shared through little white ‘friendliness pellets’, move around, catch as many as you can,” Flowey said winking as these little white seed things came out from behind him.
Then as the ‘friendliness pellets’ came towards them, they did as the flower told them and went for them, then once they hit the girls right in their souls, an agonizing pain shot through them, they had both collapsed on the ground, feeling the worst pain they’d ever felt in their lives. They looked up towards Flowey and his face had changed to a big creepy grin, staring at the girls.
“You IDIOTS, in this world, it’s KILL or be KILLED, why would anyone pass up an opportunity like this?” he said. Then the seed things that hurt them before circled around them.
“DIE!!!!” Flowey shouted as the seeds neared toward them, and he started to laugh and cackle at their downfall.
The girls hung onto each other tightly, feeling so scared and betrayed. Then, as the seeds came closer, they suddenly had disappeared. The girls were a bit confused when they disappeared and they were suddenly feeling much better, than a fireball came hurdling towards Flowey and he was knocked up against the far wall. The room then lit up and two figures appeared, one tall goat lady in a purple dress with some ancient symbol in white stitching on it and another human with a pink and blue sweater, and short brown hair.
“Oh my, there goes Flowey trying to hurt another child who has fallen down here,” the goat lady said.
“Mmmm,” the other human said tugging on the goat lady’s dress and pointing at the girls.
“Yes, what is it my child?” the goat lady said, then she looked over at the girls, “(gasp) oh my, two children, that’s different, uhh hello girls, I am Toriel, caretaker of the ruins and this is my child Frisk, we came here because we heard a thump, so we came to look, but it seemed like nothing happened, there was just a rock, then we left, we were close to the entrance when we heard your screams of pain and we came as soon as we could,” she said.
“Are you ok?” Frisk asked walking over.
“Yeah, we’re fine, thanks to you,” Maddie responded.
Then Frisk and Toriel grabbed them by the hand and helped them up.
“That’s good, well follow us, we’ll show you around the Ruins,” Toriel said.
The girls followed Frisk and Toriel through another purple door, then the next thing they knew they were in a completely different room. It was all purple everywhere, and they saw a little gold star, that allowed them to ‘save’. After that, they walked into the next room and there were plates on the floor and a switch on the wall.
“Welcome to the ruins, there are a lot of puzzles and traps here but do not be afraid, we’ll help you get through the ruins safely until we get back to my home,” Toriel said as she stepped on 4 of the plates, and flipped the switch.
As the girls kept following Frisk and Toriel they began to grow a bit suspicious after what had happened with Flowey. After a while they grew a bit more comfortable, but right when they were feeling safe, they got pulled into a fight, it was a good thing Toriel had taught them what to do in a fight. The monster that had encountered them was a frog looking thing, then Frisk called out to them, “that’s a Froggit, they don’t mean harm, just compliment them and then spare them, you’ll be alright,” they said. So the girls did what they said and even got a little hug from the Froggit after they forgave him for attacking them.
“Good job children, I’m very proud of you,” Toriel said smiling.
After a lot of walking, puzzles, and encounters they finally got to Toriel’s house.
“Well we’re here I’ll show you where you’ll be staying, follow me,” Frisk said.
Frisk showed the girls to a small room with two beds, a toy bin, a wardrobe, and a bin full of shoes.
“This is a nice room, thank you,” Kaelynn said.
“You’re welcome, mom and I will be in the family room, come and ask for anything if you need something,” Frisk said leaving.
The girls looked around the room, then after looking at everything, the girls were starting to get really tired so they decided to go to sleep. They slept for a couple of hours, then when they woke up they saw 2 slices of pie, one was cinnamon and the other was butterscotch. It was a good thing they each had a backpack, they put the slices in their bags and headed out of the room to ask Toriel when they could go home.
Chapter 3: A Mother’s Love
The girls walked into the family room and saw Toriel sitting on a big arm chair, reading a book about snails.
“Hello Miss. Toriel?” Kaelynn asked.
“Oh, hello children, did you have a good rest?” Toriel asked, putting her book down.
“It was fine, thank you for the pies, we didn’t eat them yet since we’re not really that hungry,” Maddie responded.
“That’s alright, oh I’m sorry, did you need something?” she asked.
“Ummm, well uhh, we just wanted to know umm, if we could uhhhh, know what your book was about?” Maddie lied. I mean how could they ask how to go home after Toriel and Frisk had been so nice to them.
“Oh, well this book is called 72 uses for snails, would you like to hear an interesting snail fact?” Toriel asked.
“Ooh yes please,” Kaelynn said joyfully. She really liked learning about nature.
“Ok did you know, the largest snail recorded was 12 inches long?” she asked.
“Cool, umm if you don’t mind me asking, where’s Frisk?” Maddie asked.
“Oh they were very tired after they had some of the pie, so they went to sleep. We probably should stay quiet,we wouldn’t want to wake them up,” Toriel answered.
“Oh, ok well we’re going to go look around if that’s ok,”
“Oh, yes that’s, fine bother me if you need something else,” Toriel said getting back to her book.
Then the girls explored around the house, it was pretty small, other than their room and the family room, there were two other bedrooms, one must be Frisk’s and the other Toriel’s. They cracked the door open a bit, and saw Frisk sleeping soundly, then they left, they didn’t want to disturb them. So then they looked around in Toriel’s room. There was a small room in between the bedrooms and the family room with a staircase leading to the basement, they didn’t decide to go down there, then they looked in the kitchen. After they were done looking around they were finally gonna ask Toriel if they could go home.
“Hello again Miss. Toriel,” Kaelynn said.
“Hello again girls, did you need something?” she asked.
“Umm yes, listen we really appreciate everything you’ve done for us thus far, but how can we go home?” Maddie asked shyly.
“Oh umm, excuse me, I need to do something,” Toriel said putting her glasses and her book down and leaving.
“Miss. Toriel wait!” They called out to her.
They followed her down the stairs, and chased after her to see why she didn’t answer their question.
“You wish to know how to return home do you not. Ahead of us is the exit out of the ruins, I am going to destroy it, go upstairs children,” Toriel said, then she kept walking and the girls kept following. “Almost every child who falls down here meets the same fate, they come, they leave, they die, you naive children, go upstairs,” she continued on, and they still followed. “If you leave here, he, Asgore, will kill you, I was barely able to save Frisk’s life, now let me save you, this is your final warning,” she said.
The three of them had reached a purple door, that must’ve been the exit, Toriel turned back with a stern face, but with sadness in her eyes.
“You wanna leave here so badly, fine then prove yourselves to me, prove that you are strong enough to survive,” she yelled.
Toriel then pulled the girls into a fight, they were more scared than before, and they didn’t want to fight Toriel.
“Please Toriel we don’t have to fight!” they shouted, and she didn’t respond, but instead balls of flames came hurdling at them, then all of a sudden right before the flames hit them, the fight was interrupted.
“Mom, stop!” Frisk called out.
“Frisk, go upstairs they need to prove they are strong against you know who,” Toriel said.
“No, we know who’s out there, if they’re just like me, then I know they can make friends with whoever’s out there so please, I’ll even check up on them,” Frisk said.
Toriel took a moment to let her child’s words sink in, then spoke, “(sigh) you’re right Frisk, I’m sorry girls, I was wrong, thank you for keeping us company, and letting us get to know you, call me whenever you’d like to come over or if you need Frisk to come and help you on your journey,” Toriel said.
With a final hug from Frisk and Toriel they said they’re goodbyes and bid them farewell.
“Bye Toriel, bye Frisk, thanks for everything,” they called out as they walked through the door.
All of a sudden everything got really really cold, and they were standing in a foot of snow.
“Brrrr, it’s super cold, we should probably keep our sweatshirts on and our hoods up,” Maddie said.
Maddie and Kaelynn wore similar sweatshirts, except Maddie’s was deep green at the top and it got brighter until it was a bright yellow at the bottom, and then Kaelynn’s was the exact same except it was purple at the top and turned blue going down.
They walked through the snow, feeling really nervous once again, for who they were going to meet and if they were just as nice as Toriel and Frisk.
All of a sudden a shadowy figure jumped out from the forest and attacked Maddie, and wrestled her down to the ground, he was a skeleton, wearing a blue hoodie, and one of his eye sockets was glowing a deep light blue, and he had some sort of dog skull thing behind him looking like it was just about to blast her to pieces.
“I’m not letting you hurt anymore monsters you little demon!” he said in a deep voice.
Chapter 4: You Look Familiar
“AAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! No please noooo what did I do, please don’t kill me,” Maddie screamed in utter fear.
“Hey get off my friend!” Kaelynn shouted. She then ran over and tackled the skeleton so he would get off of her friend.
“Ack! Frisk run I can’t let Chara possess you,” then he pushed Kaelynn off his chest and went for Maddie again. She quickly stood up and started running, but was immediately stopped when she saw her soul in front of her but it had turned blue and she came flying towards the skeleton. Once she was face to face with him, it only took a second for Kaelynn to, once again, jump in to stop him, but by then it was a little too late, a bone came hurdling towards Maddie and it hit her shoulder, so hard that it started to bleed. Kaelynn managed to pin him down so he could see that they were obviously not who he thought they were.
“Hold on skeleton, first off I’m not Frisk, and my friend never killed anyone, she’s innocent, and who is this Chara you’re talking about?” Kaelynn asked.
It was by then, the skeleton had finally realized what he did, and his eyes turned into normal eye sockets with white pupils, he looked super sorry for what he did, then Kaelynn released him, and he stood up.
“Oh my gosh, I’m so sorry, I thought you were someone else, someone who was a killer and it wasn’t just to us monsters it was to Frisk. I’m guessing you met them and Toriel in the ruins, you just looked like them so much, that’s Chara, uhm matching sweatshirts,” he said.
Maddie then came over limping and holding onto her bleeding shoulder, she had almost fainted, but Kaelynn caught her.
“Uhh, again I’m really sorry, uhh, well this is awkward let me start over, hey, I’m Sans the skeleton, uhh who are you?” he asked nervously.
“I’m Kaelynn, and this is my best friend Maddie,” Kaelynn responded.
That’s when Maddie stood up and then fell face first into the snow, still bleeding.
“MADDIE!!!” Kaelynn shouted, then Sans bent down and picked her up.
“Look, let’s head back to my place, there’s a small town called Snowdin, that’s where me and my brother Papyrus live, he can heal her if we don’t run into him on our way there, but don’t worry if we do he’s very kind,” Sans said.
“Umm ok, oh sorry for tackling you, this is all still pretty new to us,” Kaelynn said as they started walking.
“Eh there’s no need for you to apologize, it was my fault,” he said.
As they started walking, they walked past a station and a dog with a black mask, orange boots, torn shorts, and a pink jersey, smoking what appeared to be, dog treats?
“(Gasp) Sans, what are you doing here, and with, two humans?” the dog asked.
“Doggo, these humans mean no harm, and I accidentally attacked this one, so I’m taking them to Papyrus, Undyne’s not around is she?” he asked hesitantly.
“No, but Papyrus just passed through here, he was actually looking for you,” Doggo said.
“Great, thanks Doggo,” Sans said, then Kaelynn bowed as a thank you, and they continued.
After a bit Kaelynn finally said, “umm, mind me asking, but who’s Undyne?”
“Oh, nobody, you don’t have to worry about her,” Sans said.
“Ok,” Kaelynn said surely, but she knew she couldn’t trust him after what happened.
After more walking and a few puzzles, they ran into another skeleton, he was tall, had red boots, a white battle shirt, and a red scarf.
“Hey bro, we’ve been looking for you,” Sans said.
“SANS, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN, AND, ARE THOSE HUMANS?” the new skeleton, who seemed to be Papyrus, said.
“Yes, but something happened to this one, and we need you to heal her, can you please?” Sans said. Kaelynn got pretty upset that Sans didn’t mention it was his fault.
But Papyrus did agree, and they went back to their house. It was in a place called Snowdin, it seemed like a nice town.
Maddie woke up to Kaelynn, Sans, and Papyrus looking down at her. She quickly sat up once she saw Sans, and she scooted over to the other side of the couch shaking in fear, “please don’t hurt me,” she said covering her face.
“Whoa, hold on there Mads, he’s not gonna hurt you. There was a bit of a misunderstandment, but he apologized and we walked all the way to his house and his brother healed your shoulder,” Kaelynn said walking over to her.
“Oh, uh, sorry it’s just this is something I’ve never experienced before and I was scared,” she responded.
“Heh, I know and again I’m really sorry about you know what, anyways, Maddie was it, the name’s Sans, how are you feeling?” he asked.
“Umm I’m fine and who’s that?” Maddie asked in response, pointing to Papyrus,
“That’s my brother, Papyrus, he’s the one who healed you when you got here,” Sans said.
“Oh, thank you Papyrus,” Maddie smiled.
“YOU’RE VERY WELCOME HUMAN!” Papyrus said, then he turned and headed into what appeared to be the kitchen.
“Alright Sans, tell me right now why you lied to Papyrus about what happened in the forest,” Kaelynn said angrily.
“Shhh! listen my brother can’t ever know ok, at least not until he’s gotten to know you ok?” Sans whispered.
Papyrus soon returned with a cup of tea.
“HERE YOU ARE HUMAN, A CUP OF GOLDEN FLOWER TEA, THE KING’S FAVORITE!” Papyrus said giving Maddie the cup, “IT’LL MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER.”
“Thank you Papyrus,” Maddie said taking the cup.
“Hey bro, can I talk to you?” Sans asked.
“OF COURSE BROTHER!” Papyrus said as they walked into the kitchen.
“So bro, are you going to try and capture them?” Sans asked.
“I DON’T KNOW BROTHER, YOU KNOW THE WHOLE ROYAL GUARD THING HASN’T BEEN GOING TOO WELL, AND BESIDES THEY SEEM REALLY NICE, AND I CAN EVEN HELP THEM GET PAST UHM WELL YOU KNOW,” Papyrus said.
“Great, I mean hey you’re still holding up, and even if the guard thing doesn’t work out that’s ok, you still got lots of friends and your cooking has been getting better, and as far as I’m concerned, they’ve been through alot,” Sans said.
“So what do you think, can we trust them?” Maddie asked.
“ I don’t know, I mean, I kind of like Sans, he’s sweet and Papyrus seems sweet too, and he looks pretty cool,” Kaelynn said.
“Whoa wait, back up did you just say you like Sans? the skeleton that nearly got me killed!?” Maddie questioned.
“No, not like that, I just mean he seems like a cool guy, so yeah I think we can trust them,” Kaelynn said.
Then the two skeletons re-entered the room.
“SO UH HUMANS, I NEVER CAUGHT YOUR NAMES, WHAT ARE THEY?” Papyrus asked.
“Oh well, my name’s Madelyn, but all my friends call me Maddie,” she hinted for Papyrus to call her that, since it seemed like she wanted to be friends with him.
“Yeah, and I’m Kaelynn,” she said.
“OH, WELL, DO YOU HAVE CELL PHONES?” Papyrus asked, then the girls pulled out their phones, and handed them to Papyrus. He then inserted his number into them. “THERE YOU GO, YOU TWO ARE GOING TO RUN INTO A COUPLE OF THINGS, SO IF YOU EVER NEED ANY HELP, JUST GIVE ME A CALL AND SANS WILL BE THERE TOO,” Papyrus said giving them their phones back.
“Thanks Papyrus,” Kaelynn said.
“Is it ok if we look around, since I wasn’t awake to see your town?” Maddie asked.
“Sure, I can come with, and show you around,” Sans offered.
“Oh, um ok,” Maddie said nervously.
Sans made a face that kind of screamed regret.
Then they left.
“OH, UHM MADELYN, YOU LEFT YOUR JACKET HERE!” Papyrus called out, he then ran over to them and handed her the jacket.
“Papyrus you can call me Maddie,” she said taking the jacket.
“BUT YOU SAID ONLY YOUR FRIENDS CALL YOU THAT,” Papyrus said.
“Yeah, my friends can, and, well, I want to be friends with you Papyrus, it’s the least I could do for the one who healed me, and you’re very kind,” she said with a gentle smile.
“(Gasp) REALLY?!? OH THANK YOU!!!!!” he squealed. He then picked her up and started spinning her around, when he put her down she couldn’t even breath she was laughing so hard, and she was so happy she made him so happy.
“You’re welcome Papyrus, I promise we’ll come to visit,” she replied.
“OK, I’LL BE AT HOME BEING A COOL FRIEND!!!!” Papyrus shouted running home and waving.
“Hahahahahahah,” they all laughed.
“Anyways, Sans, now that we’re alone, can you explain to me why you straight up attacked me out of nowhere!?” Maddie said a bit angrily.
“Ya, I figured that would be the first topic that would hit conversation. Listen kid, there were two humans that fell down here, that was Frisk, and another named Chara, the first fallen human, I don’t know their entire story, but it would be best to ask Toriel or even Asgore,” Sans said as they were walking around Snowdin.
“So Sans told me that Chara was an evil ghost that possessed Frisk, and made them kill all of the monsters in the underground multiple times because they had this power to RESET,” Kaelynn said.
“RESET, what’s that?” Maddie asked.
“Well it’s basically a way to turn back time and erase data back to your last save point, have you guys seen these star things around the underground?” Sans asked.
The girls did remember that there were these little star things that allowed them to ‘save’ that must’ve been what he was talking about. They both nodded.
“Ya, so anyways, Maddie your sweatshirt looks almost exactly like Chara’s, with the green and the yellow, they had the same colors,” Sans said.
“Wait, Sans, if resets erase data, wouldn’t that mean like erasing monsters memories of before the reset happened?” Maddie asked.
“Yup, so you’re probably wondering how I know all this, well first, I’m different from any other monster, I remember these resets, I suffer reliving all those memories, and every human can do it, sometimes they have the choice, and sometimes it happens uncontrollably, like uhm well I don’t want to worry you guys but, when the humans die,” Sans mentioned.
“Wait, what, death?!” Kaelynn shouted nervously, “are we gonna die?!”
“Woah, hold on, calm down, I’m sure it won’t happen, listen, before Frisk came here, I talked to Toriel on the other side of that door in the forest, and she told me to promise to protect any human that came through there, and I think I did pretty well,” he said, and at the end they notice he made a bit of a face looking like he was nervous, and then there was a bit of an awkward silence.
“Well I…. uh we promise not to reset for your sake, and we will never break that promise, especially Maddie she’s really serious about promises, right Mads?” Kaelynn told him.
“Yup! I also don’t take to lightly to broken promises,” she said. “So, uhm, is there anything else we need to know?” Maddie asked.
“Uhh, no just that if you go that way you’ll hit Waterfall soon, good luck,” he said pointing a certain direction.
“Wait, you’re not coming with us?” Kaelynn asked a bit scared.
“Nah, I think you girls will be ok, but just in case, I’ll be up ahead,” he said, then he walked away waving, and then all of a sudden he disappeared into the wind. The girls were really confused but they did look around. There was shop, an inn, a libraby, and a restaraunt. Then they headed for Waterfall, and they were filled with friendship.
Chapter 5: Feeling Homesick
The girls walked the way that Sans told them to, and when they were finally back on grass and didn’t see any snow, they knew they were in Waterfall. They kept walking, until they saw another monster leaning against a wall next to what appears to be a blue flower.
“Um, excuse me, may I ask, what type of flower is this?” Maddie asked, because she was curious of course.
“This here is an echo flower, it repeats the last thing it heard over and over again,” he responded to her looking down, since he was tall.
“Oh thank you, they’re very pretty,” Maddie said, then she listened and heard her voice,*oh thank you, they’re very pretty* it repeated.
“Woah, that thing is far out, you know the two people who’d love this thing?” Kaelynn asked.
“Natalie and Erica?” Maddie responded.
“Ya, you know I kind of miss them, and I miss home,” Kaelynn sighed, that’s when Kaelynn felt a familiar hand touch her shoulder, it was Frisk!
“Frisk!” They both yelled excitedly.
That’s when they noticed Sans was next to them, listening to the whole conversation, sitting at his sentry post.
“Hey kid, haven’t seen you in a while, how have you been?” Sans asked walking over to Frisk.
“Good, how’s Papyrus?” they asked.
“Fine,” he responded back.
“Oh, I see you met Maddie and Kaelynn, have they gone to Grillby’s yet?” they asked.
“No not yet, I was just about to offer, and Frisk if you want you can come along, you know for ol’ times sake, right? What do you guys say?” Sans asked. The girls looked at Frisk, and they had this cheeky smile like they knew what was going to happen if they said yes, so they said agreed.
“Alright then this way,” he hesitated, then he said, “I know a shortcut.” So the girls followed Frisk and Sans, and before they knew it they were in Grillby’s, and they were really dizzy.
“Uhhh woah, how’d we get here?” Maddie asked.
“Sans, can teleport, don’t tell anyone,” Frisk whispered, and Sans nodded.
The girls zipped their lips, and promised not to tell. They sat down at the bar after everyone said hi to Sans and Frisk when they walked over.
When they took a seat, they heard the sound of a whoopie cushion and they couldn’t stop laughing. They all ordered, Sans and Frisk got a burger and the girls got some fries.
“Do one of you girls want ketchup for your fries?” Sans asked.
“No thanks,” they responded. Maddie was the one who said sure, so Sans gave her the ketchup, and before she squeezed it onto her fries the cap on the bottle fell off and the ketchup went everywhere.
All of them were laughing except Maddie. She just stared at her food, then Kaelynn turned to her and asked if she wanted her fries, but instead Maddie just laughed too and said, “that’s ok, a lot of ketchup never hurt anyone,” and then she picked up a fry that was drenched in ketchup.
When they finished their food, Grillby came out and took their empty trays and left.
“So Kaelynn, I heard you talking about two other girls, what were their names?” Sans asked.
“Oh their names are, Natalie and Erica, and they’re also our best friends,” Kaelynn answered.
“Ya, and I heard you say you were homesick?” Sans said.
“Well ya, but I guess this place is nice too, it would just be nice to get back to my family, and back to home, this place is nice and all but it’s just too different,” she said.
Then they noticed how silent Maddie was being and Kaelynn knew why.
“Well umm Sans I just have one question, um, do you have any parents?” Maddie asked.
“Well, uh my mom passed away shortly after Papyrus was born and my dad disappeared in an accident,” he responded with a sad tone in his voice.
“Oh well, Kaelynn, Frisk can you guys leave? I just want to talk with Sans alone,” Maddie asked.
“Sure, we’ll just be outside,” Kaelynn said.
“Why did you ask them to go outside?” Sans asked, then he noticed Maddie started to cry silently. “Woah, kid are you alright?!” he asked.
“Yeah, it’s just I don’t have any parents either, we’re actually pretty similar, I only have a brother, he’s really sweet, his name is Chaley, he would’ve liked you,” Maddie said.
“Oh, is that so, well then I really shouldn’t have almost killed you back there,” he said winking.
“Heheh, ya well I’m glad I have a new friend I could talk to about this, thanks Sans,” Maddie said getting off her stool.
“Any time kiddo, now you know you’re not alone,” he said walking over to her. “Well, I think we’re all good here,” he said.
“Wait, don’t you have to pay?” Maddie asked pointing to the bar.
“Nah, hey Grillby, mind putting it on my tab?” Sans called out to the waiter. He gave Sans a thumbs up, and they walked out of the diner.
When they got outside they saw Frisk and Kaelynn playing with three dogs. One was really small, white and fluffy. The second was standing on its hind legs, had armor, a sword and shield and its neck was stretching pretty high. The last one was VERY big with HUGE armour and a spear with a dog’s face.
“What’s going on here?” Maddie asked running over.
“Well, these three came by, and wanted attention, so I just started petting them, then when I started petting that one his neck started to grow longer and longer,” Kaelynn said petting the small puppy in her lap.
“Yup, that’s Lesser Dog, you pet him and his neck will grow so long that it’ll start coming down to greet you, that’s when you know you have a problem,” Frisk explained laughing.
“Aww, they’re so cute,” Maddie said going on her tippy toes, to pet the taller one, “who’s this?” she asked.
“That’s Greater Dog,” Frisk responded.
“Oh, well it’s very nice to meet you Greater Dog,” Maddie said in cute voice.
“Well, I best be getting back to Toriel,” Frisk said.
“Aww, but you just got here,” Kaelynn said making a frowny face.
“I know, but I’ll be back soon, I promise,” they responded. “Bye, Sans,” they said leaving.
“Bye,” they all said.
“Well, I best get back to work, see you gals later,” Sans said, then he walked in the opposite way towards Waterfall, at first they were confused and then they remembered his special talent.
Then they turned and headed for Waterfall to continue on their journey.
Chapter 6 Part 1: Knock Knock Promises
Sans was walking towards the big door in the forest to go talk to Toriel.
“Knock, Knock,” he said banging on the door.
“Who is there,” Toriel responded.
“I’ve a,” he responded.
“I’ve a who?” she asked.
“I’ve a got a sore hand from knocking,” he answered, and Toriel burst out laughing.
“Ok, great start, ok, ok, knock knock,” she said.
“Who’s there?” he said.
“Justin,” she responded.
“Justin who?” he asked back.
“Just in the mood to open the door,” and then the door opened and standing right there was Toriel, “and say hello,” she finished.
“Tori!” Sans said excitedly “so good to see you face to face again.”
“Yes well I just thought I’d say hello seeing as how I don’t have much to do, Frisk is fast asleep, and I assume the girls are with Papyrus?” she responded. Then Sans realized he made a horrible mistake by sending them to Waterfall, right into Undyne’s deadly hands.
“Uhhhhhhhhhh,” was his only response.
“SANS!!!” Toriel yelled, “you let them wander all on their own?!” she said with a bit of sadness in her voice.
“Hold on Tori, I’ll check up on them every so often to make sure they don’t get into any trouble.”
“Do you promise?” she asked.
“Tori, you know how I am with promises, but I guess I’ll make another exception for you,” he said.
“Good,” she said angrily.
Then they just sat there telling each other jokes until Toriel said she had to go check up on Frisk, so they said goodbye, and without hesitation Sans teleported to Waterfall and by the time he found the girls, it was already too late. They both died in the arms of Undyne, and before he knew it he was back at his sentry post where the girls were with the echo flower. They turned and looked at him with tears in their eyes.
Chapter 6 Part 2: Knock Knock Promises
When the girls reached a small room with a patch of really tall grass, they went to go hide there. Then they heard the faint voice of Papyrus, they were hoping he wouldn’t tell whoever he was talking to, about them, because if it was Undyne, they were in trouble. They heard some things about Undyne, and man do they not want to encounter her.
“UHH, HELLO UNDYNE!” Papyrus said.
Then the girls got really tense.
“Hey Pap, any updates on any humans?” Undyne said, taking off her helmet.
“WELL, YES? BUT I DECIDED NOT TO TRY AND CAPTURE THEM,” Papyrus said a bit nervously.
“WHAT?!” she screamed. “Pap, why didn’t you try to capture them, wait— them? What do you mean by them?” she said suspiciously.
“OH I GUESS I DID NOT INFORM YOU, THERE ARE TWO HUMANS. THEY’RE BESTIES, AND THEY’RE VERY KIND. MAYBE UNDYNE, YOU COULD TRY TO BEFRIEND THEM, ‘CAUSE YOU KNOW UNDYNE, YOU DON’T HAVE TO FIGHT THEM,” he responded nervously.
“Pap, we need human souls to break the barrier,” Undyne said, rubbing her forehead.
“I KNOW, I JUST— (sigh) I’LL HELP YOU IN ANYWAY I CAN,” he said leaving.
Then when the girls thought Undyne was gone they took one step forward and instantly they could hear Undyne’s huge feet stomping and they saw out of the corners of their eyes that she was about to fire a spear at them. Then when she realized there was no one there she left.
The girls then got out of the grass, and a little orange monster came out, he looked like a dinosaur, but he didn’t have any arms.
“Yo, did you see that Undyne looked right at us!” he said excitedly. Needless to say this monster was really cute. “My name is Monster Kid,” he said. Somehow I guess the girls were waiting for a handshake, but seeing as how he didn’t have any arms they kind of felt bad.
“Hello there Monster Kid, I’m Kaelynn and this is my best friend Maddie, it’s very nice to meet you,” she said, then she gave him a little pat on the head.
“It’s nice to meet you too, so your human’s, right?” he said, “that’s cool but bad, we wouldn’t want Undyne catching you, even though it would be cool to watch her fight,” he said.
“Oh well maybe you could show us where to go,” Maddie said.
“Ya just keep going that way, I’ll see you up ahead,” he said then he started running and fell right on his face.
“Oh my gosh, are you alright?” Maddie asked.
He then got up and gave them a little nod. The girls then kept walking, and then they reached a bridge and before they knew it spears came hurdling at them, and they ran and held on for dear life. One short moment later, they were face to face with Undyne, and without knowing two spears stabbed them in the back, and they had died, at the same time.
They felt their bodies being teleported to another area, and before they knew it they were back at their last save point. They knew that must’ve been a reset, and they had broken their promise to Sans and their eyes started over flowing with tears as they turned their heads to look at Sans.
Chapter 6 Part 3: Knock Knock Promises
Before anyone could say anything, Sans stepped out of his station, and walked towards them. They were so scared that he was going to kill them for breaking their promise. They collapsed to the floor crying, and hugging each other, saying sorry over and over.
Sans was a bit surprised to see them shaking and crying as if he was going to blast them to pieces.
“Hey, why are you saying sorry I’m not mad at you,” he said. He then put his hand on their shoulders.
The girls stopped shaking and looked at him. “You aren’t?But we broke our promise, we made a reset,” Maddie said still crying.
“Yes, you did make a reset, but you didn’t break our promise, number 1 that was my fault I tried to save you but I was too late, I’m sorry. Number 2 that was one of the resets that occur uncontrollably, I won’t get mad at you for those. Now you’ll know if you get the choice to reset, then if you reset on that choice, that’ll get me mad,” he said.
“Oh, we’re still sorry,” Kaelynn said as he helped them up.
“Alright, now you’re starting to sound like Frisk, seriously even Paps said they apologize too much,” he said laughing a bit.
“Heh, yeah well, everyone makes mistakes am I right?” Maddie said. Both Kaelynn and Sans nodded their heads obnoxiously like they were bobble heads.
“Well we best be on our way, we’ll be more careful when Undyne comes around,” Maddie said, and they ran off.
Sans waved, and sighed. He sat at his station, and thought for a bit. ‘What, if they do reset, and kill out of curiosity. That’s what scares me the most, should I have Frisk tell them what happens in case they get any ideas? Ah this is all stuff I shouldn’t be worrying about, I believe they’ll make the right choice. I just need a nap.’
Right when Sans fell asleep, Frisk and Monster Kid came up and started putting googly eyes on Sans, then he woke up.
“Huh, I can’t see anything,” he said looking around clulessly. Then Frisk took a pic. and took the eyes off and showed him the picture.
“Heheheheh, you got me good kiddo, great job, hey I actually have a job for the both of you,” he said.
“Sure!” they both responded.
“Can, you guys keep an eye on the girls or at least go join them, Undyne’s giving them trouble like usual,” he said.
“Oh, says they guy who slept at his sentry station while Undyne was trying to make me into a human cabob, I screamed in your face, and you didn’t wake up,” Frisk said angrily.
“Alright, how many times have you brought that up in conversation, and how many times can I say I’m sorry,” he said giving them a little hug.
“I know, I’m just messing with you,” they responded.
“Ya, we’ll go, and we’ll keep you updated,” Mk responded, as they left.
“Heh, thanks, it means a lot,” Sans said watching them leave.
“Follow me, I know a tiny cut through here, this’ll lead us to a small patch of grass, they shouldn’t be too far from there,” Monster Kid said. Then they walked through a small cut in the wall, it lead to a small room.
There was a small garbage can, some paper and crayons scattered, and two blankets with a pillow made of literal cotton.
“Yo, MK, what is this place?” Frisk asked.
Chapter 7: Forgettable
“This is my home,” he responded.
“Where are your parents, you always say don’t tell my parents I’m here, so where are they?” Frisk asked.
“They’re up there,” as he looked up a single tear began to shed on his face as he looked up.
“Oh, MK I’m so sorry, do you know how it happened,” Frisk asked putting their hand on his armless shoulder.
“My brother and I were just born, during the war, our parents had fallen, but we were taken to an adoption center in the underground, when we got too big we-” he was cut off by Frisk.
“WAIT YOU HAVE A BROTHER?!?!” Frisk shouted.
“Ya, I never told you this story?” He said a bit confused.
“No, what was his name?” Frisk asked.
“Goner kid, he looked just like me but blue, well at least he used to look like that, now he looks different,” he said.
“So wait, is he still alive because out of all the monsters I met, I don’t remember meeting this goner kid,” Frisk said.
“That’s expected, he doesn’t really live here,” he responded.
“Look we have time I wanna hear about your brother, what does he look like now, where did he go, is he dead?” Frisk asked many questions. Then, Monster Kid finally answered.
“Now he looks exactly the same, but he’s grey with white eyes, no pupils, I also know the story of W.D. Gaster,” Frisk recognized that name, but let him continue. “Goner, was an apprentice of Gaster, but when the malfunction happened with the core, he and almost all of his apprentices, disappeared, but I know for a fact they aren’t gone, because I always meet goner in that mirror over there. Sans knows about this too, he and I are gonna find a way to get both Goner and Gaster back,” after he explained everything they pressed on, and made it right in time to find the girls.
Chapter 8: The Echo Home
“Maddie, Kaelynn!” Frisk and Monster Kid yelled out.
“Oh hey guys, we’re glad you’re here we got past Undyne the first time,” Maddie responded.
“Ya about that um,” Frisk was cut off when I bright light in the form of a circle went under the four of them, “RUN!!!” They yelled.
“Where do we go!?!” Kaelynn yelled.
“This way, I’ve done this one hundred times,” Frisk yelled and they led MK and the girls to a big board, then they grabbed their hand and pulled them to a little strip of the side, after they met a dead end they heard Undyne’s huge feet once again, then it stopped and all they heard was the faint sound of the rushing water. They were hesitant to turn around, and yet they did, and there she was. The girls noticed a bunch of spears surrounded Monster Kid and Frisk, then they were pulled towards her and she saved them from her slicing the board and the girls fell.
“KAELYNN, MADDIE!!!!” the two of them yelled out as they looked down.
The girls landed hard on the soaking wet ground, but once again a bed of buttercups had broken their fall. Shortly they awoke, surprised that they were still alive.
“Ah, where are we?” Kaelynn asked getting up.
“I don’t know but we should keep going,” Maddie responded.
They walked through the water, their bear legs wet and cold, but to be real that was the least of their worries. Trash piled up everywhere, so they figured garbage flowed from, what the monsters called the surface, down to here. They checked out the garbage, there were some brands they recognized. They stood on one of the boards and saw another save point, then they got a strange tingling feeling, they weren’t alone. So they kept walking, they saw a cooler, they were really hungry, and they only had some food in their backpacks. They looked inside and there was a couple of space bars sitting inside. They sat there eating their astronaut food, and thinking about their adventure through Waterfall. They remembered seeing this blue bunny selling something called Nice Cream, Kaelynn remembered seeing him in Snowdin when they were heading to Sans’ house. She didn’t get a chance then, but because he was in Waterfall at the same time they were, they got some with the money they got from battling monsters, but obviously spared them since they knew killing was wrong, since they knew Flowey was wrong. They also thought back to this telescope that brought them to another room that had many signs that explained the monsters’ history. There was also a room full of Echo flowers whispering things over and over, the room was beautiful, with water that was glowing the most beautiful blue they’ve ever seen. Another thing that happened was Papyrus called them a few times to check up on them, sometimes he’d ask what they were wearing, they figured it was because of Undyne. They saw many things on their way, but their favorite thing was, they got to this room that had a lonely statue that was getting rained on, they didn’t know what to do until they got to another room with a trash can full of umbrellas, so they decided to to put an umbrella on the statue. A second later a beautiful tune began to play and they loved it. They also had remembered back to a room with a piano, Kaelynn was really good at it, so she played that tune on the piano and suddenly the wall opened up. So they checked it out and all of a sudden the small white puppy they saw in Snowdin, came and took an artifact that was sitting there and left them dog residue. It was disgusting but they figured it would be proven useful. Around the beginning of their adventure of Waterfall was interesting as well but that was before they reset. They came into a room with bridge seeds that bloomed when four were aligned. They found a secret room with a bench and an echo flower, under the bench there was a supposedly abandoned quiche.
They then brought themselves back to reality.
“Hey I think we should keep going,” Kaelynn said standing up.
“Ya, lets go,” Maddie responded.
They kept walking and they ran into a dummy it looked very much like the one that they saw back in the ruins. They got the option to fight it or not and they decided not to. Then they kept walking and all of a sudden the dummy came to life and popped right in front of them.
“Dummies, are you too afraid to fight me?!?” he yelled.
“No we aren’t we just don’t believe in violence Mr. dummy,” Maddie said shakily.
“Futile!!!” he yelled louder, then the girls were pulled into a fight, with the Mad Dummy.
“Please Mr. Mad Dummy, can’t we talk about this?!” Kaelynn asked desperately.
“NEVER, dummies don’t talk!” he yelled.
They did end up fighting him, but they found this trick, apparently they can get him hit by his own attacks. Afterwards he refused to fight them once something came raining down, and they had recognized the tears that came down on the Mad Dummy.
“Oh…………. it’s you guys again, how’s it going?” he asked.
“NAPSTABLOOK!!!” they both yelled. Napstablook was a ghost who had low self esteem but they helped him back in the ruins, they loved him so much, he was really nice.
“Oh Napstablook, we missed you, what have you been up to?” Maddie asked.
“Oh well……… my cousin was just here…… you just missed him,” he responded.
“Cool! I’m sure we’ll meet him, so do you live around here?” Kaelynn asked.
Napstablook showed them to a huge room that went about 5 different ways, he led them to the middle way to the north, and there was a bluehouse on the left and a red one on the left, both in the shape of a ghost. They went inside the blue one which appeared to be Napstablooks.
“This is a nice house, so what do you do?” Maddie asked, she had noticed a couple of music discs on the floor.
“Well………. I make mix tapes,” he responded. “You uh……….. wanna hear something? don’t have to if you don’t want to, I get if you don’t like listening to music,” he said getting headphones. He wasn’t wrong, at least Kaelynn didn’t like listening to music on regular basis, but Maddie? that was one of her favorite things, so being as polite as she possibly could Kaelynn refused. Though it’s not that she didn’t want to, it was just music was not her favorite thing. Napstablook gave a little smile and handed Maddie the headphones, she quickly put them on to hear what her new ghost friend had to offer.
She listened close as NB turned the music on. The tune was a tune unlike anything she had ever listened to on the surface, and she loved it, it made this oo kind of noise in an interesting tune.
“I love it!” she replied as she hummed along to the tune and bobbing her head and then without knowing it she started to dance a little. Kaelynn and Napstablook started to giggle a bit at their friend’s silly dance moves.
“You really like it?” NB asked filled with joy. Maddie stopped her obnoxious dancing and nodded her head so fast it was like her head was a cheetah. “That’s great, I just need to add lyrics to it but I’m not all that great at writing lyrics.
That comment reminded Kaelynn of something, then she shouted, “YOU NEED SOMEONE TO WRITE LYRICS!!!!” the tone in her voice was so cheerful it made Maddie take off her headphones and listen to what her friend had to say. “Oh sorry didn’t mean to yell, what I meant to say is that Mads over here is a whiz at writing lyrics. Seriously you should see the lyrics for this one song that we did with our other best friend, Natalie I know she’d love you, and oh Mads you know someone who would just fall in love with him?” Kaelynn asked.
They both thought for a second and then yelled at the same time, “SARAH!!!” Sarah was another great friend of theirs, she was great at drawing, reading and making comics, and she also loved music.
“Well back to the whole lyrics thing, Maddie what do you say, wanna write lyrics for Napstablooks song?” Kaelynn asked eagerly.
“I don’t know, I’m not that great,” Maddie responded.
“No way you’re amazing,” Kaelynn answered back. Then she pulled out her phone and opened a page and showed it to Napstablook, and had him listen to the song with it. As he listened to the song they came up with, he looked at Maddie.
“This is amazing, would you mind writing lyrics with me?” he asked politely. Maddie thought about what a great opportunity this was then quickly she agreed and it didn’t take her long before she had lyrics down, and then she began to sing them along with the tune.
“Hello people my names Napstablook I make mix tapes can I show you come to waterfall for a surprise don’t close your eyes and don’t be shy welcome to my pathetic house where I make mixtapes and start rave I know these tunes will kind of cause a fuss do to them being so spookulous,” she finished and both of the people watching loved it so much that they fell on the floor.
“Wow Maddie, that was the best I can’t wait to show it to my cousin!” Napstablook responded. He offered to show them his snail farm, but seeing as how the girls needed to go they politely refused, and he understood and they agreed to come back. They then said goodbye and kept going on.
As they went on they came into a room full of echo flowers they stopped and decided to listen to what they were saying and heard them repeating over and over again things about wanting to go home, Kaelynn and Maddie had always been writers, these echo flowers inspired them to write a story once they got home, and they thought to name it The Echo Home.
Chapter ???: Nice Temmiet You
(THIS IS NOT A REAL CHAPTER! BUT IF TO WANT TO CONSIDER IT ONE… GO ON AHEAD)
Maddie and Kaelynn were walking, they found a dark path and went through it.
“What is this?” Kaelynn asked.
“I don’t know…” maddie responded.
“hOi!” A cat said.
“Um…” Kaelynn said.
“ I’m TEm Don’T forGeT tO sAy hOi to mY friEnD tEm!” Tem yelled.
“hOi I’m TEm Don’T forGeT tO sAy hOi to mY friEnD tEm!” Tem yelled.”
“hOi I’m TEm Don’T forGeT tO sAy hOi to mY friEnD tEm!” Tem yelled.
“hOi I’m TEm Don’T forGeT tO sAy hOi to mY friEnD!” Tem yelled.
“Hi I’m Bob.” Bob said.
“Um…” Maddie said.
As a tem went crazy jumping off the walls the two girls went into a room. As another tem was there, the girls had a weirded out expression on their face. The tem was vibrating quickly, seeming to want to sell things. The tem had tem flakes and other junk.
“Kaelynn what do we do?” Maddie asked.
“I don’t know,” Kaelynn responded.
“Hoi, WeLcOmE tO Da Tem ShoP,” the temmie said excitedly.
The girls were more than confused, they were more confused then all the times their friend Natalie said something random whenever they hung out with her.
“Uh hi Tem, thanks for welcoming us, can we do anything here?” Maddie asked.
“Ya Ya, YoU CaN SeLl StUfFs aNd BuY StUffS So TeM Go To CoolEg!! Hoi!!!” the Tem responded.
The girls looked at what they had, they had all the dog residue, they could sell that and they also found some gloves and a ribbon and Kaelynn found this old box of crayons that she didn’t need and Maddie had a whole sketch book she didn’t need. They saw how much it was to send the Tem to college (if that’s what it was) they almost had enough and they saved enough food so if they sold all this old stuff they could get money and send this temmie off to college.
“WoaH, SketCHes Es cOOl, HooMan goOd ArtiSt, and CraiAYoNs!” Tem was so happy to see all the stuff they had to offer, before they knew it they had enough money to send the tem off.
“Here you go Tem, you can now go to college now,” Kaelynn said giving the money to the salestem.
“(GASP) ALL DEEZ MUNS FOR TEM TO GO TO COOLEG?!?” the girls nodded, “THANK YOU HOOMANS, TEM WILL MAKE HOOMANS PROUD!!!” then the tem’s face stayed in one place as the body left, the girl’s didn’t know where it went, then it came back and had a graduation cap on and returned to its face.
“Ok thanks Tem,” the girls said leaving.
“BOI!!!” the tem said.
The girls laughed so hard, they couldn’t breath, they looked around and talked to the rest of the tems in the village, and only then did they notice the funny music playing in the background, then they started to sing along.
“Bop-doo bop-doo -bop-doo bop-doo, doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo,” they sang.
They saw a tem looking at a hard boiled egg.
“Tem watch eg, eg will hatch, tem proud parent!” it said proudly, and the girls just laughed, then they saw another just standing there.
“Achoo, Tem is alergic to tem,” then little spots appeared on it’s face, “HOIVES!!!” iT screamed.
The girls searched everything and then got the feeling of beeing watched as they turned they saw a temmie staring through the crack of a wall, then they went to save their progress, they were filled with friendship and
Chapter 9: MORE SPEARS!!!!!
The girls turned back left because they saw a small, quaint little entrance in the middle of a wall. They entered and saw an old turtle wearing a scavenger hat and holding a magnifying glass and one of his eyes was shut, he looked old, even older than Kaelynn’s crazy neighbor, Mr. Tucker. Maddie met him one of the first days they hung out which was a long time ago, both of the girls are 14 and they started hanging out when they were like 5, so they always thought he lived back with the dinosaurs. Mr. Tucker was grumpy, old, mean, and smelled weirdly of corn and cookie dough. They didn’t know why he was so grumpy all of the time, but it was because of him, the girls mostly hung out at Maddie’s because unlike Kaelynn, Maddie had nice neighbors.
Looking at this old turtle, they came up with the weirdest thought, ‘what if Mr. Tucker died and ended up as a turtle here in the underground.’
Then they figured that’s the weirdest thing, then again they ran into weirder things while in the underground.
They slowly approached him then he spoke, he had an old shaky voice, it was smooth though and sounded nice. “Well howdy there, what can I do for you two lovely ladies this wonderful time around,” he looked down and once he noticed the weird twist that almost every monster should’ve noticed by now. He looked a bit surprised but it didn’t phase him too much, he quickly went back to the nice little smile he had before.
“Hello there sir, how are you doing today?” Maddie asked politely.
“Well, I’m doing just dandy, thank you for asking. Oh I’m such a shell cake, I didn’t properly introduce myself to you girls, I’m Gerson. I’ve been fighting alongside the king since the beginning of time,” he responded, no doubt, this turtle was nothing like Mr. Tucker.
“Well hello there Gerson, I’m Kaelynn and this is my best friend Maddie,” Kaelynn told him.
“Well it’s very nice to meet you Kaelynn and you too Maddie,” he responded, “would you like to buy anything while you’re here?” he asked.
They girls looked at what he had,but there wasn’t a lot to buy, just two food items, Sea Tea, and Crabapples.
“Umm, can we have four Crabapples and two Sea Tea please?” Maddie asked politely.
“Sure, here you are,” he said handing them the stuff.
They thanked him, payed, took the stuff, put them in their bags, and headed out. As they left they began to walk back down the hallway with the waterfalls and the echo flowers. The echo flowers whispered things over and over, no doubt they were beautiful but sometimes they were a bit eerie sounding.
Once they went through the rest of the rooms they reached a room with a very long bridge.
“Guys!” they heard from behind. It was Frisk and MK.
Frisk started running to them yelling stuff like, “don’t listen to Undyne,” and stuff like that. Then before they reached the girls, they tripped on a board and and fell off the bridge. That’s when Undyne caught up with them.
“Frisk!!!!” they all (except for Undyne) screamed. The girls were about to ask MK for help but since he didn’t have arms that would be kind of hard.
“Don’t worry Frisk, we got you,” Maddie said as Kaelynn and her pulled them up.
“Ugh, thanks guys, that would have been ugly,” Frisk said as they finally got on top of the bridge again. “Now run!” they whispered.
Without question they did as they were told and ran. They heard a small conversation behind them. They heard things like, “oh I’m so happy you’re safe,” or “what were you thinking trying to help the enemy?”
The girls had finally reached another safe point. They were by a lot of rocks, after they saved, they noticed the terrifying heroine before them.
“Oh you humans are so predictable, it’s always either save the innocent for the good of your reputation, or kill them just because you think it’s fun,” Undyne yelled taking off her helmet.
That’s when the girls got pulled into a fight. They also had gotten green shields and their souls had turned green.
“No holding back!!!” She screamed. Then spears started flying everywhere. The girls tried to dodge them as best as they could, but Maddie got hit. They tried sparing Undyne, but nothing worked.
Finally their souls turned back to pink, they wanted to try and see if they could spare her again, but instead the ‘flee’ option was there. That was the only thing they hadn’t tried, other than fighting. They decided, if they can’t fight, talk, or spare Undyne, then they should run from her.
It worked, they ran and managed to escape her, for a few seconds. As they repeated the process they noticed that each time Undyne stopped them she began to grow hotter and hotter, as did they.
After what seemed like fifty stops they reached another sentry station. They finally ran into another room where they thought they got away from her. They took the minute to admire the room they were in, there wasn’t anything except a water cooler. They also remembered the giant sign they saw before they got there. It read, ‘Welcome To Hotland’ that probably explains why they were burning.
After two minutes Undyne appeared behind them and collapsed, burning in the heat of her metal armor.
The girls exchanged a look and walked over to the water cooler and both got a cup of freezing cold water.
“So what are you going to do, mock me?”she asked in a scratchy voice. The girls gave her a patient smile. Even though she didn’t deserve it they dumped both of the cups of water on her. After a little bit she stood up and looked them dead in the eye then they thought they saw a small smile on her face, then she ran back to Waterfall.
They walked forward with a satisfying feeling. After they had decided to take off their sweaters, they found another save point and saw an overwhelming lab looming over them. Yet they were still filled with friendship.
Chapter 10: hot.. Hot.. HOT!!!
The girls were a bit overwhelmed at the sight of the lab. They hesitated before they went inside. They slowly approached the door and before they knocked, it immediately opened up as if it knew they were coming. The door scared Maddie so much she screamed and shot up into the air and landed in Kaelynn’s arms.
“Really?” Kaelynn said, giving her cradling friend a look.
“Hehehe, sorry,” Maddie responded embarrassed.
“Ok you big baby let’s go,” Kaelynn said with her friend still in her arms.
The girls entered the lab. When they noticed how dark it was, Kaelynn released her friend. Once Maddie was back on her feet she grabbed Kaelynn’s hand. They passed a giant glowing screen. Being the only source of light the girls looked at it and saw, one girl with a yellow and green sweater tied around her waist and blue tank top with brown flowing hair on the right. Then another girl with a blue and purple sweater tied around her waist and a teal tank top on, along with dark dark brown flowing hair and glasses. It was them!
“U-u-u-u-u-uh, Mads what are we doing on the big screen,” Kaelynn said nervously as her twin copied her as a reflection.
Waiting for a response Kaelynn stared at her friend who was just blankly glaring at the screen. “Uhh, Mads?” Kaelynn said giving her friend a little shake.
“Aaaaah, no don’t look at me, I’m hideous!!!” she screamed pulling her sweater over her head, covering her face.
“Oh Mads, hey it’s ok, you’re not ugly,” Kaelynn reassured her. Then before Maddie could respond, another sliding door slid open on the far wall on the left. Then something emerged through the darkness, something that appeared to be slumped over, then the lights flickered on.
It was….. A DINOSAUR!?!?!?!? She was short, yellow, and was wearing glasses and a lab coat. She turned and had a bit of a sad look on her face then she turned and saw the girls. She had gone into complete shock and started to stutter.
“O-o-oh my g-g-gosh, I-I hadn’t -p-planned on s-s-seeing you s-so soon,” she rambled on and on about how she’d gone wrong with everything she’d done about their visit to the underground.
Seeing her in such distress, Kaelynn slowly walked over to her and put a reassuring hand on the dinosaurs shoulder.
“Shhh, it’s ok, you didn’t do anything wrong, look it’s ok,” Kaelynn said in a calming voice, she then gave her a small hug, and heard small quiet sobbs. Maddie slowly removed her sweater and remembered that Kaelynn was a lot better at doing that kind of thing when people were upset or self doubting, like she was.
Then a small memory started to resonate inside Maddie’s mind. The boy she liked, and what she remembered was the day he gave her a flower made of origami. They had been friends for 5 years and she loved him with all her heart but knew he would never like her back, he even told her so, that he wasn’t crushing on anyone and most likely never will. A small tear began to fall it’s way down her rosy cheek, just thinking about how much she missed home.
Then her horrible thoughts were interrupted by loud thumping sound coming from outside the lab. “O-oh no, he’s here,” The dinosaur said nervously.
“Who’s he-AAAAhhhhh!!!!” the girls screamed as something busted a hole in the wall.
“OOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHH YYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!” a deep handsome voice said as the debret started to settle. “Alphys, darling you didn’t tell me we were having guests,” the voice said.
The dust started to settle as well and the figure was a lot easier to make out. It was a robot. He was box shaped that had red and yellow colored pads on the front. He rolled on one wheel and held a microphone in his right hand.
Kaelynn stared in awe, then he approached her and started speaking in his deep manly voice. “Yes darling, and what is your name?” he asked, holding out the microphone to her.
She was taken back at the forwardness of this character. She started to shake, and said politely into the mic. “uh, Kaelynn.”
“Ah, yes, yes, Kaelynn, what a beautiful name, means Rose, does it not?” he asked wheeling backwards a bit.
She gave a quick nodd. Kaelynn then looked over at her friend who was still by the monitor. She slowly walked over to her and pulled down her hoodie and looked her in the eye with a soft comforting smile. Then, Kaelynn gave her a hug, and introduced her to the robot.
“Oh, the drama, I apologize for interrupting these humans’ sad moment. Dont worry child, the amazing, popular, and dashingly handsome Mettaton, shall cheer you up with a quiz show!” he said. As he talked, he held his hand over what should be his forehead. Then out of the blue, a disco ball came out of nowhere, music began to play and lasers shot all over the walls. That’s when the girls began to giggle a bit. They also figured that his name was Mettaton, that sounds about right.
“Oh yes! Welcome friends to Mettaton’s quiz show, but first, I must get your name young human, say it nice and loud to the viewers watching out there,” he said giving the mic. to Maddie.
“Oh uh, my name is Madelyn sir, but most of the people and or monsters that meet me call me by the name of Maddie, so you may call me that,” she answered him, she began to feel a lot better and that’s when her extroverted side came out to play, and she got really giddy.
They went through a series of questions, ones that Kaelynn knew the answer to, some Maddie knew the answer to, and some that were so ridiculous that Alphys had to jump in and help them.
The whole quizz was nothing but random questions, and if they got it wrong they’d die, but luckily they got them all right. They hadn’t thought about what would happen if they did die and they weren’t about to find out.
“Well, astoundingly, you got all of them correct, I’m glad to meet you two, and our next encounter will be even grander!!! Well I best be going, toodles!” Mettaton said as his wheel turned into a booster and flew off.
The girls were frozen for two seconds before they burst out laughing.
“A-ah, sorry about him, I’m glad you both are o-ok,” Alphys said adjusting her glasses.
“Don’t be sorry, it was a lot of fun” Maddie reassured.
“A-ah thanks, well you two should get going, oh wait! I should give you my phone number,” Alphys said. The girls shrugged and gave her their phones. She looked at them and had a shocked look on her face.
“What’s wrong?” Kaelynn asked.
“Nothing, it’s just your phones are very advanced, if you uhh weren’t um, anyways could you, i-if you f-find the t-time to show me the works of y-your phones, i-if you don’t mind,” she stuttered.
“Oh no not at all. You know once we get you out of here we will definitely show you,” Maddie said.
After they got her number they exited the lab and got blasted with heat again. For some reason they heard this type of music in the background that was never noticed before, it’s sounded very technical. They went through Hotland getting texts and calls from Alphys every now and then, and fighting and of course sparing monsters that encountered them. They also had a couple of puzzles… of course.
“Wow, this place is big,” Kaelynn said wiping sweat from her forehead.
“No kidding, do we still have the nice cream?” Maddie asked. The next thing they knew, Kaelynn pulled out two blue popsicles that surprisingly didn’t melt yet. Probably do to how cold it was in Waterfall. They decided to sit down on the hot ground and ate the nice cream, they then suddenly felt a lot stronger do to their health restoring after the damage they took from the encounters.
Not long after, they ran into Mettaton again. Sadly for Maddie they did a cooking show, and she hated cooking. It was a lot more than a cooking show though. There was a part where Alphys secretly added jetpacks to their phones, but how they didn’t even see her do it. They went through another life or death situation, but survived.
After that, they went through more of Hotland. They ran into many different monsters, all with incredibly interesting names and beautiful designs that inspired the girls because they were both artists. Some of the names were like, Vulkin, Pyrope, and Tsundere Plane. After sparing, the monsters were very kind to them and of course, like everyone else, were surprised at the arrival of two humans.
There was also an encounter where the girl’s were on Mettaton’s news report. They had to go all around a multi pathed room that led to different bombs that they had to diffuse. Luckily, Maddie was smart enough to know how to defuse all of the bombs in just enough time to defuse the final bomb.
As the girl’s pressed on, they remembered their encounter with the royal guard. That fight was……….interesting. They jumped into the elevator and pressed the button that would take them to the newest floor, once they entered they got into………ANOTHER PURPLE ROOM!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?
“Oh boy,” Maddie said, exasperated.
Chapter ???2:Nub Feeet
Once upon a time, Kaelynn and Maddie were walking through the underground when they kept tripping on themselves…. Then they noticed they have NUB FEET?!?! Their feet weren’t really there… they started screaming and then passed out of amazingness. Then they woke up grabbed a popsicle and the passed out again then got more popsicle but missed and grabbed a head of cabbage. They grabbed the wrong thing so tried to put it back and missed. They passed out AGAIN and had a dream about shooting flowey but missed.
Chapter 11: An Eight Legged Dance
No doubt about it, the girls were numb to the sighting of more purple after the ruins being completely purple up until Toriel’s home. As they walked in, they saw a small sale going on. They saw the saleswoman, was a spider….wait A SPIDER?!?!?
The girls were terrified of spiders, but they didn’t want to be rude so they cautiously walked over to see what to buy.
“Ahuhuhu, hello there dearies,” the spider spoke. “How about buying a spider donut or a spider croissant?” she asked calmly.
The girls looked at the advertisement sign. ‘ Welcome to the Spider Bake Sale. Made by spiders, for spiders, of spiders. Only 9999G.’
They looked at each other questionably, then at the spider lady.
“Well, what about it? It’s for a very good cause ahuhuhuhu,” she said creepily.
“Uh, it’s a little expensive, w-w-we don’t h-have that much. W-we would love to, though if we h-had the money, s-s-sorry,” Maddie responded.
Then they slowly crept out of that room. They saw another guy on the other side, he looked scared.
“Uhm excuse me?” Kaelynn asked the man. He was holding a spider doughnut. “Are you ok? You looked frightened,” she continued.
“Y-you see that lady over there, selling these,” he said showing them the delight in his hand.
“Ya,” Maddie said shivering.
“Well, I was just passing by and she offered them. Once I found out what they were I tried to refuse. Then as I was passing, she wouldn’t stop looking at me and licking her lips,” he said a bit shakily. “Now I’m out of cash,” he said shaking.
The girls grew stiff, they wanted to see if spider was doing the same to them, but they were too scared to move an inch. Then after a minute or so, they shuffled out of the room terrified. That had to be the scariest monster they had ever encountered.
“I-I hope we don’t run into her again she really freaks me out,” Kaelynn said.
“Me too, she seemed nice up until the point we found out that guy was so scared,” Maddie replied.
They decided to put their fears aside and press on. There was one thing they wanted to do more than anything else and that was to set the minsters free. When they were back in Waterfall, they learned some of the monster’s history. So basically, the humans on the surface waged war on the monsters because of fear. Sadly, the monsters lost, and that’s why they’re trapped down here. It also said they were in need of seven human souls to break the barrier that kept trapped down here. They remembered Undyne screaming something like them having six human souls. What was confusing was if Frisk was a human, why didn’t the monsters kill them, and taken their soul to break the barrier. They figured it was because of their power to reset, but if the girls now have the power, does Frisk have that power now? And if they don’t why won’t the monsters just kill them if they want to be free, why protect the child that could be their last hope. It wasn’t because the girls didn’t like Frisk, they loved them, they were so kind to them, it was just that it didn’t make sense. They also figured that since Frisk was so kind other than when Chara possessed them, that that’s the reason why the monsters are protecting them, they love Frisk. Monsters were so kind, they definitely don’t deserve to be trapped down here.
“Kaelynn, you know how we said we’d save the monsters down here?” Maddie asked, as the stopped to take a break.
“Ya, what about it?” Kaelynn responded.
“Well, the monsters need seven souls to break the barrier, and they have six now so they need one more,” Maddie said. “And if they have two more down here, then should one of sacrifice? That’s the only way we can really set them free,” she continued.
“I know, look we don’t have to decide that now, ok? I’m trying not to think about it too much, ok?” Kaelynn responded.
“Ok, sorry,” Maddie responded back.
They continued on. They found some steam pads that they needed to get to the other side. Luckily, they went on these before so they knew how they worked.
The had to go to two rooms, one to the north and the other to the south. They both had puzzles that were a bit difficult, but doable. Once they finished the puzzles, another door opened up. They went through and found another purple room, and another save spot. The area smelled strangely of cobwebs…..oh no, and they were filled with friendship and…..fear.
They cautiously walked in and they found cobwebs and spiders covering the entire area. They shakily kept walking.
“Did you hear what they said?” A familiar voice said.
“What did w-who say?” Maddie asked stuttering.
“They said that two humans in colorful sweatshirts were going to walk through,” the voice said.
The girls stiffened a bit and started to sweat but kept walking.
“I heard that they hate spiders,” she said.
Walking much slower.
“I heard they like to stomp on them,” she continued.
“Oh n-no, that can’t be,”Kaelynn started.
“I heard the love to tear the legs off,” the voice continued.
The girls ran into spiderwebs that they couldn’t walk around. They could keep walking but they were slowed down. Then they stopped, they were trapped. Then, there she was. It was the lady from the food stand.
“I heard, that they are very stingy with their money.”
“WHAT?!?!?!” They screamed, then they were pulled into a fight.
The girls tried to spare the spider, but failed. Her name was Muffet, (the girls got the joke) and she was terrifying.
“Oh don’t look so blue dearies, purple suites you so much better,” she said. She held tea pots in two out of six of her hands. She poured a strange purple liquid into the battle area, and it started to flood. The girls held their breath and when the liquid disappeared, their souls were purple, and they could only move between three spider web lines.
“Maddie, what do we do!?” Kaelynn asked panicking.
“We dodge!!!” Maddie screamed.
The girls lost count of how many times they died during that fight. They couldn’t be as fast as Frisk might’ve been when fighting Muffet for the first time. They might’ve lost count, but they remembered the attacks fairly well. They were all so interesting. There were spider donuts, spider croissants, and real live spiders attacking them. Though, they had to agree that Muffet’s pet was easily the scariest thing that killed them. It was a giant muffet with very sharp jagged teeth that could eat you whole. I guess that’s revenge for all of the other pastries out there. The girls started to lose hope on getting past Muffet. They really wished Frisk was there to help, but they weren’t. They were on their own for this one.
*Meanwhile at Grillby’s*
It was the 89th reset that happened to Sans and Frisk since they got to Grillby’s.
“What is that 89, 90?” Sans asked. They both knew that they had to get to where ever they were but they died so fast that they couldn’t get there before they died.
“I’m really worried about them, MK said they got past Undyne, and they couldn’t have gotten to Mettaton yet, so who else could be so desperate to kill them now?” Frisk asked themselves.
“There they go again, this is not good, I knew I should’ve followed them, but Paps would get suspicious,” Sans said.
“Oh no,” Frisk said quietly. “I know who they’re fighting,” they said turning to Sans.
“Who?” he asked.
“Who else, I don’t think they saw the bake sale in the ruins,” Frisk said.
“MUFFET!!!” They both shouted.
“Sans we have to teleport outside of where they’ll be fighting her, can you teleport that far?” Frisk asked fastly.
“Let’s go,” he responded. “Grillby, we have t-” he started.
‘go ,’ Grillby signed.
“Right, thanks,” Sans responded.
They teleported to Hotland, right in front of where the girls were. Frisk tried to save, luckily that power was still there. This way if the girls died they wouldn’t go back to Grillby’s.
“They can’t keep this up, here I know what to do,” Frisk said. Then they whipped out their phone and tried to call them.
Someone was trying to call Maddie. “Hello?” she answered.
“She sounds so tired,” Frisk whispered to Sans. They then put Maddie on speaker. “Maddie, Kaelynn, listen to me carefully, it’s Frisk, tell me what food do you have in your backpacks?” they asked.
“Why is that important, we’re never getting out of here,” Kaelynn said.
“Kaelynn, listen to me I know you’re tired and it seems like you’re trapped, trust me I know exactly how you feel,” Sans started. Then he noticed he probably shouldn’t have said that. “Uh anyways, trust me you’ll get out of there ok? Just listen to Frisk you’ll be ok,” Sans said.
Kaelynn hearing Sans’ voice filled her with hope again. She didn’t know why, but just knowing he believed in her made her feel better.
“Ya, ok did you guys go to that spider bake sale in the ruins?” Frisk asked.
“Yeah, we bought a donut there, oooooooh, ok I get it now, thank you Frisk,” Kaelynn said. She hung up and looked through her bag, and she noticed Maddie was about to pass out. She dug through and after a minute or so she found the donut.
“Look Muffet we did buy something from the sale in the ruins,” Kaelynn said showing her the treat.
“Oh I see how it is, you two are thieves!” she screamed. Then as she was just about to attack a smaller spider came through carrying a telegram. “Oh, I see, you saw them in the ruins you say,” Muffet said to the smaller spider. “Oh well then, I’m sorry ladies, I was not aware of this, I grant you mercy,” Muffet said ending the fight.
“Thank you Muffet, here we can’t afford any of your food but I’ll give you 100G for your cause,” Kaelynn said giving her the money.
“Thank you dearie, I’ll lower the price just for you and your friend, come back anytime you’d like,” she responded. Then they walked out of the room and found Sans and Frisk outside, waiting.
“Hey guys!” Kaelynn said, running to them. Maddie however, just walked over. She was so tired, so once she was next to Kaelynn, she passed out. “Wh-Maddie!?” Kaelynn said catching her.
“Man, she really needs stop passing out when I’m around,” Sans said. Kaelynn remembered the last time that Maddie passed out in the underground. That was Sans’ fault though.
“Yeah, except this time she didm’t get stabbed in the shoulder by a phsyco killer and then got chased by complete stranger,” Kaelynn huffed, giving Sans a death stare.
“Wait, Maddie got attacked? By whom?”Frisk asked. “I can’t remember anyone who was that ruthless that lived in Snowdin since,” Frisk shuttered, remembering back to their genocide runs. Then that’s when they realzied who attacked her friend. Then they also gave Sans a death stare. “Sans, what did you do?” Frisk asked agrily.
“Uh, I-I uh-uh uh, well you know who it is with me getting jumpy when humans come around right?” Sans lied nervousely.
“SANS!!! You promised my mother to protect any humans that came down here, and you straight up attacked and almost murdered one, outside the Ruins none the less,” Frisk said with a slight edge to their voice.
Sans sighed, knowing he couldn’t lie to Frisk, they were great pals after all. He explained what happened in the Snowdin forest when the girls came.
“Oh, well if you’re curious, I havent’ heard anything from Chara since the last reset, which was a……(sigh) a genocide route,” Frisk said sheepishly. The genocide runs were a bit of a touchy subject when it came to Frisk and Sans. It really made the line of their friendship thin.
“Hey kid, don’t blame yourself for that, you were being posessed after all,” Sans said, forgivingly.
“Um, guys? As much as I’d love to get some answers, Maddie really needs to get somewhere to rest or she’s gonna collapse,” Kaelynn said, struggling to keep her friend up.
“Right, uh Sans, can you teleport us to the Ruins, Maddie can stay there until she’s ready to continue,” Frisk said helping Kaelynn.
Then without any hesitation they were in front of the door of the Ruins. Frisk did a peculear knock, it was probably how they can tell Toriel that it’s them.
“Hello my child-(gasp) what happened?” Toriel asked.
“Nothing too serious mom, she just collapsed do to the heat of Hotland,” Frisk answered. Then after what seemed like forever, they finally got Maddie in a bed where she can rest. Then while that was going Kaelynn, Toriel, Frisk, and Sans were in the living room, talking and eating pie, and Kaelynn, Frisk and Sans were contemplating on whether or not they should tell Toriel what happened once the girls exited the Ruins. Then they decided not to, because it might ruin Sans and Toriel’s friendship, and Kaelynn just couldn’t do that to Sans, not after all he’s done for her. He was a great friend. Yet somehow, she felt something more towards him, she just couldn’t figure out what.
Chapter 12: Unanswered Questions Answered
Maddie woke up slowly. Her head was soar, and she was dizzy. She brushed her hair out of her face and noticed the bandages around her forehead. “Ugh, my head is spinning. Uh, this is Toriel’s house, how did I get here?” Maddie said. “Wait, where’s Kaelynn?” Maddie said looking around. She heard a knock at the door.
“Maddie, it’s Frisk, are you awake?” the asked.
“Oh, yes, come in,” Maddie said calling.
“Hey, you have been out for a while, how are you feeling?” they asked. They gave Maddie some tea, it was the same type that Papyrus had given her, golden flower tea.
“Thank you, I’m ok, just a little dizzy,” Maddie said sipping her tea. “How did I get here?” she asked.
“Sans, Frisk, and I dragged you here, kind of last time, honstly it’s kind of funny how you’re the one that’s always passing out and I’m the introvert,” Kaelynn said laughing.
“Oh, uh ya, sorry,” Maddie responded.
“Don’t be, but guess what, we got passed Muffet and she gave us a discount on her sales, so once we get back to Hotland we can finally continue on our journey, but while you were sleeping, Papyrus called and said that when we’re all rested we should go to Undyn’s for some reason, so once you’re ready we’ll go there first, Sans said he’d take us there,” Kaelynn said.
“U-undyne’s?” Maddie questioned nervousely.
“Don’t worry, I asked Frisk about it and they said we’d be safe because Papyrus will be there and if we get into trouble that we should just call them, Toriel, Sans, or Papyrus,” Kaekynn said reassuringly.
“Well if you say so, I guess I’m ready,” Maddie said getting up. She then stumbled.
“Woah, are you sure ok, we should probably stay here a while,” Kaelynn said catching her.
“No, I think I just got up too fast, I’ll be fine, you trust me don’t you?” Maddie asked and Kaelynn nodded, but she was still worried for her friend.
They walked into living room where they saw Toriel, Frisk, and Sans waiting for them.
“We’re ready to get going, if that’s alright,” Kaelynn said.
“Yeah, how are you doing Maddie, you had a pretty nast injury on your head when we brough you here,” Sans said.
“Oh like you’d care,” Maddie snapped. Then she started towards the stairs.
“Where’d that come from, I don’t remember Maddie being that angry, like ever,” Frisk said walking by Sans.
“Oh don’t worry, she’s not mad, sometimes she gets like that, she gets frustrated or hurt, and when someone who has caused something bad to happen to her tries to sound caring, she snaps like that, she just needs sometime to herself, we can still be by her but we best not to try and talk to her,” Kaelynn said.
“That is understandable, I’m sorry to say that Sans, what you did was foolish, so I don’t want you by her until she is completely healed, physically and mentally,” Toriel said sternly.
“What?! Hold on, Toriel you don’t get it, I don’t think anything will do that, I mean sure her injury could heal easily but not her mental state, she just needs time, so how about he take that river person to Undyn’s and she should be better by then, that way Sans can still come to see us, is that alright?” Kaelynn begged.
“Fine, I think that’s a well put compromise ,” Toriel responded.
“Don’t worry, we’ll call you when we’re ready ok?” Kaelynn said motioning for the stairs. Sans gave her a nodd, and she felt something flutter a bit, and she tried to ignore it.
she walked down the steps and found Maddie sitting quietly on the last step.
“Mads, are you ok?”Kaelynn asked walking down the steps.
“I guess, I’m just tired and frustrated and well homesick,” Maddie responded quietly. “Yet at the same time, I don’t want to leave, I want to save these poor monsters and I need to figure out how to do it and I won’t give up until I do,” she said sternly.
“Look I know how you feel, but for now I think we should just press on and learn all that we can about freeing everyone, ok?” Kaelynn reassured.
Maddie nodded, then they left the ruins. They forgot how cold it was compared to the comfort of Toriel’s home, the sogginess of Waterfall, or the scorching heat of Hotland. They headed to Snowdin as fast as they could and Maddie got the chance to finally look at Snowdin forest and it was breathtaking despite the freezing cold. When they finally reached Snowdin, they went to the shop, bought some items and then went to the inn to rest. After they rested, the took a shortcut through an area where a wolf man was throwing ice into the river. The girls asked what he was doing and he just pointed in the way the ice was going. They shrugged it off and kept going north. They reached the river person they had met in Hotland, right where they they’d be.
“Um, excuse me, may we get a ride please?”Kaelynn asked.
“Tra la la, care for a ride I see,” the river person said in a literal sing song voice.
“Yes please,” Maddie answered.
“Where are we headed? Waterfall or Hotland?” they asked.
“Waterfall please,” Kaelynn responded.
“Tra la la, beware the man who speaks in hands, the man from the other world,” they said.
“What is that supposed to mean?” Maddie asked nervously. Before the river person could respond they were in Waterfall. Then the river person zoomed away. They shrugged and went up the path.
They weirdly knew exactly where to go to get Undyne’s place. When they found the fish shaped house, they saw Papyrus standing in front of the door.
“NYEH,HELLO HUMANS, READY TO HANG OUT WITH UNDYNE?!” He asked as enthusiastic as he is.
“Sort of, we’re kind of nervous, I mean she did try to kill us,” Kaelynn said a bit shakily.
“AAAH DON’T WORRY, FRISK DID THE SAME THING AND THEY BECAME GRRRREAT FRIENDS!” He said rolling his “Rs.”
“Hey I can do the to,” Maddie said, rolling her “Rs” too, but was really just trying stall.
“VERY GREAT!!!!! ALRIGHT LET’S START!!!!!!” He yelled as he banged on the door.
The teeth looking doors opened up like an actual mouth and in the doorway was Undyne. She was wearing a black tank top with jeans and red boots, something that looked a lot less threatening than how she was before and during the time of their deaths.
“Papyrus, so good to see you again, you ready for a super special one on one private training?” she asked completely calm. The girls knew they were intervening on something so they tied to leave and then all of a sudden Papyrus moved out of the way and they heard the faint words of, “Oh, it’s you two,” and they slowly turned to see the sternest look they have ever even seen, Even meaner than Mr. Tucker.
Steve spawned right next to a mountain. Immediately he mined 2 trees and started up the mountain in search of coal. He found 3 blocks of coal and started mining them. He looked up to see that it was becoming night. Then he started digging a hidey-hole. Forgetting he was on an over-hang, he fell through the ground. He lost 5 HP and discovered 2 zombies heading towards him. As fast as he could, he dug into the ground. But then he fell into a cave and found himself facing 4 cave spiders. He ran as fast as he could in the other direction but unfortunately he did not know that spiders are faster than users so he thought he had lost them. But when he turned around he found that they were still chasing him and that they had found a giant spider friend.
Steve kept on running but in the dim light he didn’t see a cliff. He fell off the cliff and into a pool of water and the skeletons that were in the water turned to look at him with their bows drawn. Steve dived down into the water and swam under the legs of the skeletons to get out. He climbed ashore and made it out of there with only one arrow hitting him! He walked a long way and began to see light. He hurried to the light hoping that it was daylight but it turned out to be lava. As he looked at the lava an arrow whizzed past his head. He turned to see a skeleton shooting at him. He tried to run away but the skeleton shot an arrow at his chest and the arrow pushed him into the lava. Then he died and the last thought to go through his head was I am an unfortunate user.
“If it wasn’t for Carlos, I would’ve been early for school today,” I thought. Hi, my name’s Chantelle and I’m 12. I’m a gamer, a Minecrafter to be exact. I have a friend named Carlos and he may be quite annoying but he’s always there when I need him. You might be wondering, what did Carlos do that made me late for school today? Well, he asked me to wait for him because he was “feeding his kittens”, and I knew he was lying because he’s allergic to one!
I know Carlos too much to know that he DEFINITELY 100% was texting with his girlfriend, Samantha. So, yeah, basically this is my life. We go to Harfield Prep School and I’m in the Writing Club. Sometimes… I wish life would get more exciting, you know?
Looks like my wish might just get granted…
I peeked through the glass door. Everyone was seated and Mr. Wilson was already discussing tomorrow’s project. “Dang it, I’ll be lucky if I get away with this,” I thought nervously. I opened the class door, and I felt everyone’s eyes on me instantly. “Chantelle Anderson, you are late,” Mr. Wilson said. “Lucky for you, I don’t have time to deal with you right now,” “Wow…” I mumbled as I sat down at my table. He was… different today. He didn’t even notice when Mark, the class clown, threw a paper ball at him! All I knew was that I couldn’t wait ’til after school to finally get back home and play Minecraft.
As the bell rang indicating that school was over, I grabbed my bag and rushed out if class, eager to continue my mining expedition. I saw Carlos sitting on a bench, Samantha next to him. I chuckled slightly, then I called out to him. He didn’t seem to notice. So I walked home by myself. Then I felt someone beside me. It was Monica, a friend of mine. “Lemme guess, you’re off on another Minecraft adventure?” She asked me. “Yeah,” I answered her. “I found this really cool cave system and I found lots of ores in it!” Then I realized she was just staring at me blankly. No, she wasn’t much of a gamer. She was more of a… jock. She plays all kinds of sports and sometimes I play floorball with her.
“Well, here I am,” I said. “See ya next week!” Monica waved goodbye. I opened the door to my house, only to be greeted by a jumpscare from Freddy Fazbear. “Ahh!!” I screamed. I looked around frantically, wondering who could’ve did it. Then I laid my eyes on Chris, my little brother. He was laughing hysterically. “HOW COULD YOU?! YOU KNOW I HATE FREDDY!” I shouted, throwing a cushion at him. In the end though, we collapsed out of laughter and ended up having a pillow fight.
I went upstairs and entered my room. It was full of blue, orange and white, my favorite colors. I put my bag down and turned my computer on. I logged into Minecraft, clicked on my Survival world, and started playing. 5 minutes later, my head started feeling dizzy. I thought it was just a usual symptom which means my body’s sleepy, so I got out of my seat and walked over to my bed. Once I stood up, the world around me was spinning around, and the distinctive fragrance of my fuzzy dark blue carpeting was the last thing I remembered before blacking out.
I felt grass underneath me as I woke up. I saw blocks everywhere, like Minecraft. “Wait…” I thought. This looks way too much like it. Then I felt pain course through my body. I turned around to see a skeleton seeking shelter underneath a tree. Apparently, it had been the one to shoot an arrow at me. I pulled the arrow out, which made the pain worse. Out of rage, I ran to the skeleton and before it got a chance to fire another arrow, I shoved the arrow into its skull, leaving the bony mob dead. It dropped a bow and 2 arrows.
At least I have a weapon now. I started walking, not knowing where. A million questions were blowing in my head like TNT, though. What happened? How did I get here? Why am I all of a sudden inside Minecraft? Who did this?
Then I saw Carlos in his blocky, Minecraft skin. This just confused me even more. He saw me and called out to me. “Chantelle?” He wore the same look of confusion as well. “How? What? Where? Why?” He bombarded me. “Whoa, whoa, hold your horses. Okay, what happened to you?” I asked him. “Well, I was playing Minecraft, then I felt dizzy, then I woke up with grass underneath me,” “That’s exactly what happened to me!” I didn’t like this one bit. Something was wrong.
“Well, we’re just sitting ducks here, so why don’t we gather resources?” I suggested. He said okay, and we got to gathering materials. I had the job of gathering wood, and Carlos had the job of hunting. It wasn’t so bad, I guess. Though we really needed to find a way out of here.
I have no idea how much time has passed, but we were sheltering in our little house. It wasn’t much, but it was enough. I heard the thunder go off again. Night had fallen, and the moans of zombies were loud and clear to keep us awake all night. Then we heard a knocking at the door. “Be careful,” I warned Carlos. Sometimes he was too trusting, and I’ve been playing Minecraft for long enough to know that not everything can be trusted. He opened the door, a wooden sword in his hand that I crafted for him a while ago. A figure clad in a yellow cloak framed the doorway. “Can I come in?” came a female voice. “Okay, but try any funny business and you’re dealing with me,” I said cautiously. She took her hood off, revealing platinum hair and violet eyes. “By the way, my name’s Peony. Don’t worry, I’m just seeking shelter for the night, I’ll leave tomorrow the second the Sun goes up,” she said. Great, now I feel guilty. With nothing else to do and the zombie sounds fading, I decided to sleep in my cerulean bed.
I couldn’t believe our luck. Peony was one of the citizens of Drecalor, a city not far from here. She said that it was full of markets and there’s always people looking to trade. With the amount of resources we have on our hands, we should have enough to trade with them. So off we went to Drecalor.
I was not expecting what I was looking at. The tall skyscrapers, the crowded streets, the bright lights, everything was so… modern. But there was one thing disturbing me. People kept staring at me, and when I was out of their sight, I heard them whisper things like, “Do you know her?” and “Who’s the new girl?” Was it what I was wearing? I wore a white jacket over a blue crop top, blue shorts, and blue boots. Was my hair messy? I touched my blue hair and straightened the white ribbon, then brushed some of the hair so that it didn’t cover my blue eyes. Nope, everything seems fine to me. So why were they staring at me like that?
I decided not to bother about that, since we were approaching a nice looking house. “Home sweet home,” Peony said. “You live here?” Carlos asked her. “Yeah, come in,” Peony entered the house, and we followed her in. “Liam!” She shouted. Then a guy with green hair entered the room. “Peony! You’re back!” Liam said, embracing her. “How was the trip?” “Not bad,” she answered. “If it wasn’t for these two, I never would’ve made it back here.”
“Really? Thanks guys! Y’all are the best!” he high-fived both me and Carlos, to my surprise. Both Peony and Liam look like the shy, quiet type, but once they start talking they can get loud and confident. “So, these guys said that they’re gonna stay here for a couple of days. They need to trade their resources for other valuables,” Peony explained to him. “Well, you came to the right place!” he said. I just hoped he was right.
After we introduced ourselves and ate dinner (which Carlos and I discovered to our delight, was cake), we went to bed in the guest room. “What a day,” I thought. This place looked like it had a lot to offer, and even though finding our way home was still on our priority list, I have a feeling we’ll enjoy our time here.
Instead of waking up to my usual alarm clock, I woke up to the sound of bleating sheep. I opened my eyes, only to find the face of a sheep staring back at me. “Ahh!” Out of shock, I fell of my bed and landed with a thud. The sheep ran out of the room. “Oh yeah,” I thought bitterly. “Still in Minecraft,” Truth to be told, I was kind of missing home. Mom’s cooking, Chris’ pranks, Monica’s sports games, YouTube…
“Rise and shine, Sleeping Beauty!” I glanced at the doorway. Peony had been the one shouting.
Carlos wasn’t in the room anymore. “C’mon! There’s an assembly at the City Park,” “Yeah, I’ll be right over,” I said, and with that she left. I sighed and walked out of the room.
“I, Andrew, mayor of Drecalor and also one of this server’s operators, have passed a new law where this server is now on Hardcore Mode, meaning that players who die can never come back,” I was shocked. We were in a worse condition than ever! We were stuck on this server, with no idea how to get out and what happens if we die. Now, the mayor if Drecalor put this server on Hardcore Mode! This is bad, really bad. If one of us dies, then what’ll happen? I’m not sure I want to find out.
Then, I heard Carlos shout, “But why? Why put this server on Hardcore Mode?” “That is a brilliant question,” Andrew said. “The older players have come to me and said that it has been too easy, so I suggested that I put this server on Hardcore Mode, and they agreed with me,” “What about the newer players? They deserve to have their opinions heard too!” Peony shouted. The crowd of players murmured their agreement. “I am sure that we older players know what is best for this server,” Andrew answered. Most of the crowd cheered, while the others booed. I assumed that most of the people here in Drecalor are older players.
This wasn’t right. It’s… it’s not fair! Rage began to boil in me, and I felt myself reaching for my stone sword in my inventory. Then I felt a hand on my shoulder. It was Liam. “Chantelle, don’t. It’s not worth it,” It calmed me a bit. Then I thought better of it. I shrugged his hand off and threw my stone sword at Andrew.
Everything happened as if in slow motion. The stone sword entered Andrew’s head, and he fell to the ground, dead. The crowd gasped. They all looked at who threw the sword: me.
The guards who saw the tragedy gave a savage cry and rushed at me. Weaponless, I ran as fast as my legs could go out of the city. I didn’t stop running. I didn’t stop until I reached a clearing. Only then did I stop to catch my breath.
“CHANTELLE? WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?!” I heard Carlos’s voice. I couldn’t answer him. I didn’t even know how and why I did it. “You… you just… you just killed THE MAYOR OF DRECALOR!” Liam screamed. “He had it coming,” I replied shortly. “Guys, we can focus on this and that later. Right now, we need shelter,” Peony said, observing the surroundings. It was sundown, and mobs were starting to spawn. “I agree,” Carlos said, and with that we gathered enough resources and built a little house just big enough for the 4 of us. I couldn’t sleep. I was thinking about what I just did. I killed one of the server’s most powerful people. After some tossing and turning, I eventually fell asleep.
Chapter 1 – The Dawn of a New Age
“Crap! Savannah, no!” My brother Carson yelled, causing me to whoop in victory.
“Take that!” I responded playfully, setting down my Uno cards. Yeah, I know I had a perfectly good smartphone sitting in my pocket, but this was more fun.
My dad leaned over the edge of the driver’s seat and called to us, somewhat annoyed. “Can you quiet down please? I’m trying to concentrate.”
“Sorry Dad!” I responded. “But I still kicked your butt, bro!” I laughed as he groaned.
“C’mon, don’t rub it in,” Carson whined playfully. I just laughed again. I felt the car roll back as my dad stopped at a light.
“Oh, for crying out loud, we moved like, two feet!” My mom said, exasperated.
“Well, that’s the city for ya,” I told her. “Why did we take a car to DC again?” I said, half to myself. “And why the heck didn’t we take the subway?”
Suddenly, the world erupted into ear-piercing sound and blinding light. I got thrown back violently, my vision dotted with black splotches. My head slammed against something that felt akin to a metal pole. When I finally got my bearings, all I could see was the flaming and twisted remains of the car. There was a dull ringing in my ears, blocking out all other noise. Even though it was practically impossible to function due to the immense amount of pain my body was in, I tried to get out my dad’s name, then my mom’s, then my brother’s. All that came out was a choked gasp. Off to my right, I saw the motionless bodies of my family members. My dad’s body was still on fire. I didn’t even realize that I let out a sob before my body shut down, and everything turned black.
“No!” I shot straight up in the hospital bed, a cold sweat coating my body. It took me a moment to remember where I was. I was in the hospital, in the same room I had been in for a whole week now. I sighed, slumping down. Memories of that fateful afternoon played over and over in my head like a bad Vine on repeat. I sniffled and forced the tears to stay in as I checked the clock on the wall. It was five in the morning. Knowing that I definitely wouldn’t be able to fall back asleep after that, I gave up and reached for the TV remote. I needed something to get my mind off that night.
After three hours of mindlessly frying my brain with crappy reality TV, which isn’t even that realistic to be honest, my nurse Kathy walked in with a wheelchair. “Hello Savannah!” She said in a cheery tone, a little bit too cheery for my taste, considering the reason why I was here in the first place.
“Hey Kathy.” I greeted less jovially.
“You’re getting released today!” She informed me.
“Wait, that’s today?”
“Oh, um, okay.” I was a little reluctant to leave the hospital. I hadn’t gone back to my mansion since that day, and I wasn’t exactly looking forward to the torrent of memories that I was no doubt going to be flooded with.
They still hadn’t told me who was going to be my guardian until I turned eighteen. I was probably going to find out when I got there. I sighed. I seriously needed to get back to my life. I hadn’t even looked at a social media site since that day, though multiple news stations had done stories on the “Cooper Family Tragedy” as they called it. Sometimes I hated being rich…
That reminded me, I probably needed to make a statement on my Twitter or something explaining why I had basically disappeared off the face of the earth. The hospital security thankfully kept the press away from my room at my request, but I knew I couldn’t hide from the world forever. I might as well do it on my terms. I resolved that I would make a YouTube video or something as soon as I got home. Setting a date took away a bit of the apprehension as Kathy helped me into the wheelchair. I was still a bit shaky on my feet and didn’t want to risk accidentally falling over and making my already crappy condition worse.
Kathy wheeled me down the hallway and into an elevator bound for the main floor. She took me outside to where a Cooper Company (My dad’s company, AKA “the thing that got us rich”) van was waiting. I thanked her after she helped me into the passenger seat and stored the folded wheelchair in the back. I turned to the driver. “Hello, my name is Dave,” he said.
“I’m Savannah, but you probably already knew that.” I said with a small smile.
“Indeed. I apologize that no one has come to visit you. Most of us were tied up with… you know.” I nodded knowingly. He didn’t have to say anything.
A tear dripped down my right cheek before I could stop it, sliding over a long scar underneath my eye. I was told that it was shrapnel that caused it, but it honestly looked like someone took a sword and sliced it. I was a bit mad that the scar was permanent, but that was what makeup was for. And it made me look like a freaking tribal warrior anyway, so I had that going for me, which was nice. Yep, memes. That’s a thing now. Deal with it.
“Hey!” A voice called from the backseat. I turned around in my chair to see two similar-looking blondes.
“Oh, this is Daniel and Evangelia, they’re interns at Cooper Company,” Dave informed me.
“Just call me Lia,” she said.
“And call me Danny. We’re twins,” he said.
I nodded. “Nice to meet you,” I said politely.
“Likewise,” Danny answered.
After a pause, Lia asked, “Soooooooooo… what’s your favorite color?” She smiled a goofy smile. I liked Lia. She was at least trying to act like I was her equal instead of her superior, though I was inevitably going to take over the company she worked for when I turned eighteen.
We soon arrived at the hotel Dave arranged for me to stay at until I was well enough to travel back to my mansion in New York. Wow, they certainly spared no expense when they were arranging this, I thought, staring at the five-star hotel towering above me. I no doubt had the most expensive suite on the top floor. I sighed as I exited the van, Lia at my side in case I stumbled. We checked in and rode the elevator to the top floor. My intuition proved to be spot-on at we walked down the hallway to the biggest room in the hotel.
“Daniel and I are going to be in the room right across the hall, Evangelia will be staying with you,” Dave told me. I nodded in agreement as she opened the door. She and I entered the suite, which definitely lived up to its name. It was one of the nicest hotel rooms I had been in, and considering that I had been in a heck of a lot of hotel rooms, that’s saying something.
Someone had already dropped off our luggage in our rooms. Someone (probably Lia) from Cooper Company had been nice enough to pack me at least a week’s worth of clothing from my mansion. I didn’t even bother to unpack, and headed straight for what I assumed was my bedroom. I laid down on the extremely fancy king sized bed, and didn’t get up for the next three hours.
Two days later, I was still lazing around the hotel room. I didn’t even bother leaving, I just had room service bring me all of my food. I could tell that Lia was a bit worried for me, but she said nothing. I snickered. I had been even more selectively social before the… accident.
Right as I was about to start another episode of Hawaii Five-0, Danny burst into the room, yelling, “Lia! Savannah!” I peeled myself from the couch I had been attempting to become one with, and sat up.
“What’s going on?” I asked, getting slightly concerned at the worrying tone in his voice.
“There’s a bunch of guys with guns downstairs in the lobby! They’re saying that if, and I quote, ‘Savannah Cooper doesn’t give herself up, a lot of innocent people are gonna suffer.’”
My blood turned to ice, before melting into a burning rage towards whoever dared to do this. I stood immediately and marched towards the door, pushing past Danny without a word.
“Hey- where are you going?” Lia called.
“Where do you think?” I was in “no bullcrap” mode. I refused to be the reason why the people down there might die.
“Oh heck no, I’m coming with you,” Lia said with determination.
“No complaining. If you’re going, then I’m coming too.”
“Lia, I couldn’t ask you to do that.”
“You’re not asking me anything, I wanna. Someone has to keep you out of trouble, heh.”
I gave a weak smile. “Okay, fine, but stay behind me, I’ve taken martial arts.”
She nodded. “You coming Danny?” Lia called to her twin brother as I started down the hallway.
“Yeah.” All three of us headed towards the elevator. I pressed the main floor button and waited. “So… what’s the plan?” Danny asked. Crap. I hadn’t really thought that far ahead.
“Uh… I dunno.”
“Okay. Savannah, you take the ones on the right. Danny, the left, I got the middle.” We both looked to Lia. “Or not. Okay.”
“This isn’t a videogame E, let’s try talking first.”
Lia crossed her arms and mumbled, “Stupid democracy…”
I rolled my eyes dismissively. To my surprise, Lia pulled a kubotan from her pocket. Yes, I know what those are. I have a couple back at the mansion, along with a tactical pen that I kept on my at all times. Sadly however, it had disappeared when I got to the hospital a week ago. I was still pretty pissed about that.
Before I had any time to think up some kind of plan (which, in hindsight, was probably an idiotic idea), the elevator doors slid open. I instantly caught sight of the half-dozen or so men that were holding tactical-looking rifles to innocent bystanders’ heads. They were all clothed in what looked like modified red and black SWAT gear, complete with helmets and everything. At least half of them swiveled their firearms towards us, prompting us to automatically raise our hands above our heads. Well frick. Gosh dang it Savannah, what did you think was going to happen? That they were going to put down their weapons at the mere sight of you and be like, “Oh well yeah I guess we surrender because you say so sorry girl”? I resisted the urge to shake my head at myself.
“Savannah! How nice of you to join us!” I heard someone call to me. The man (whom I assumed was the leader) approached me, a pistol in his hand. He cocked back the hammer and held the muzzle to a young intern’s head. She whimpered, and I could visibly see her shaking. I clenched my fists in an effort not to sprint over there and crescent kick that Kimber right out of his hand, right after back fisting him in his stupid masked face. “Now, I’m assuming that I don’t need to explain to you how this is gonna go down. Come with me, or the girl dies.” I bit back a harsh response. I didn’t want to make a bad situation worse. My mind whirled. As far as I could tell however, there was only one course of action I could take. I had to go with the man. I knew it was probably a stupid decision, but I couldn’t just let the girl die. There was no way that I was going to let her death, or anyone’s death for that matter, be on my head.
“Hey hey hey, I’ll go with you, okay? Let her go. Along with everyone else.” I could almost see the man raise an eyebrow. “Or else I’m not gonna come.” Wow, good negotiation skills there Sav. Just wonderful.
“Head to the truck.” The men obeyed their leader without a word, shouldering their guns and leaving immediately. If there was any doubt that this man was their leader, that thought had been squashed. I breathed a sigh of relief that I hoped wasn’t visible. That thirty second encounter had been more stressful than I’d like to admit. The man raised his Kimber to point at me though; that did nothing to help my ever-growing anxiety about the situation. “Now come on dear, don’t want to keep the others waiting,” he said with a sneer. I returned it as I slowly walked towards the man.
“Savannah, what are you doing?!” Danny whispered to me harshly.
I ignored him. The man led me out of the hotel and to a very conspicuous-looking black and red van that was sitting outside of the hotel. He shoved me into the back with five other men, before slamming the door shut. I heard the passenger door open and close. Soon after, the van started driving. One of the men slapped handcuffs onto my wrists before I could react. I narrowed my eyes at him, though on the inside I was panicking. I desperately hoped they didn’t try to make a move on me or something. Curse my dirty mind (Excuse me, sexy imagination)!
I kind of just sat on the floor of the van until it rolled to a stop. “What’s going on?” I asked. One of the men raised the butt of his rifle above my head.
“Say goodnight,” he said.
“Oh, don’t you freaking da-” He struck my head, and I was out like a light.
I awoke with a killer headache. I groaned and slowly opened my eyes. Harsh lights shone into my face, prompting me to squint. When my eyes finally adjusted, I discovered that I was in some sort of abandoned warehouse. Panic started to rise in my chest. I looked down and discovered that I was laying on a table, with my arms and legs in some sort of metal restraints, keeping me straight on the table. What would happen if I got an itch? Gosh dang it Sav, now was not the time! I had been freaking kidnapped! I needed to find a way out of here, before I was used in some sort of experiment or something.
Before I could think of anything however, the leader walked in via a door I hadn’t notice before. “Good, you’re up,” he said in a way that seemed somehow menacing. That got me worried about how long I had been out for.
“What do you want with me?” I asked immediately, trying my best not to sound scared. I couldn’t really tell if I had succeeded or not.
“Oh, you naïve girl, you haven’t figured it out by now? I want your Lumen energy.”
“My… what? Huh?”
“Don’t play dumb with me, child. I know you’re part Luminarian. I was planning on using your father for my plans, but it turns out that my ‘underlings’ placed the bomb in the wrong place. I quite like that word, underlings…”
“Woah woah woah, back up. You planted a bomb on my car?!” I was flabbergasted. It hadn’t been a mechanical failure like I was led to believe. This man, whoever he was, had purposely tried to kill my entire family. The only thing that made me even more angry at the situation was that he succeeded. “You… you bastard!” I screamed, tugging at the restraints with incredible force. Rage had encompassed my entire being. I actually wanted to kill this man, and that scared me. I had never felt anger like this before.
“Woah, language,” the man said with a cocky smile. I growled at him – yes, growled – and jerked in the restraints one last time.
“Shut your stupid mouth,” I retorted. “You don’t get to say anything to me, you murderer.” I spat out the word like it was poison. He just chuckled, which infuriated me even more.
“Well well, that’s quite a mouth you’ve got there young lady. You might want to watch your tone.” He slid up his visor, which allowed me to see his face. “You’re talking to the face of Owen Incorporations, after all.”
“Adam Owen?!” Adam Owen owned one of the biggest technology companies, just slightly behind Cooper Company. They had always been rivals, but it was just friendly competition up until now. He had actually murdered his competitor. “Owen, what the frick?! Why…?”
“Why would I kill poor old Robert Cooper? Oh, you really have no idea, do you?”
“What? Does it have to do with the ‘Luminarian’ thing you mentioned earlier?” I asked.
“Yes, actually.” He strolled closer. I had an overwhelming urge to punch him in his idiotic face. “You see, your father wasn’t as human as he claimed or pretended to be. He came from the planet Lumina, and in turn produced lumen energy. When your mother had you, you inherited that same power. Although, I don’t know how powerful it is in you… That’s why I wanted your father, you see.” He sighed. “Well, I guess I’ll just have to make do with a half-Luminarian instead.” The words finally sunk in. I was half alien. I was half. Alien. I could almost feel the brain cells exploding at the statement.
Owen laughed. It was actually full-blown laughter, not evil or menacing in the slightest. “Oh, oh ho ho, I knew you were going to be entertaining, but you expression!” He almost doubled over. “That is absolutely priceless!” His genuine amusement at my predicament fueled my ever-growing rage, but at the moment it was squashed by my desire to learn more about what he was telling me. If my dad was an alien, how did he meet my mom? How did he get to Earth? Had Carson been half Luminarian too? How did Owen know about all this? There were just too many questions and not enough answers. And how did I know Owen was telling the truth anyways? He might just be telling me lies to mess with my brain and make it easier to manipulate me. I took a deep breath. Whether he was telling the truth or not, it did nothing to help my immediate predicament. I still needed to figure a way out of… wherever this was.
Suddenly, yellow-greenish light erupted from my eyes and seemed to flow out of every pore I had. It felt like my very soul was trying to escape my body. I cried out, confused. After at least five seconds of this, it slowly faded. I breathed heavily. “What the…?”
“Ah, you’re starting to overload. I was wondering when this was going to happen.” Owen walked over to a nearby table and picked up a scary looking gun thing with lots of unnecessary spikes. He flipped a couple switches on it, causing it to whirr and whine. I got a distinct feeling of dread as he brought it over to me. “Do you know what this is?”
“Um… a Gaster Blaster?”
Owen ignored the comment and replied, “This is a Lumen Energy Extractor. LEE for short.”
I snorted. “Heh, LEE. Stupid name.” Again, Owen ignored me. It was starting to get annoying, he wasn’t reacting to any of my jokes!
“You won’t be laughing for long.” I rolled my eyes, but I knew I shouldn’t take him lightly. He had killed my entire family, after all. Owen pressed a button on the side of the device. It started whirring even louder now. I resisted the urge to wince away from the device. It wasn’t like I could go far anyway.
“So what happens when I overload, might I ask, since you seem to know so much about me?” I asked. I was genuinely curious.
“You blow up. But anyway, you aren’t in danger.”
“Oh? And why’s that?”
“Because I’m going to suck all of that Lumen energy out of you right now.”
The machine finally turned on, the spikes swirling. I suddenly felt that awful feeling again, like my very being wanted to escape this puny flesh prison of mine. I screamed. It felt like all my energy was getting ripped from my body, slowly and (extremely) painfully. My vision started to get spotty, though I couldn’t really tell through all the Lumen energy that was warping around everywhere. I felt like I was going to pass out anytime now. Suddenly, all the windows in the building broke open, and men and women in blue and white uniforms and armor streamed into the room. Leading them all, was Lia and Danny. Lia shot a beam of… something, at Owen via a small laser pistol thing, and he collapsed to the floor. Danny instantly ran over to me and pulled out something akin to a miniature laser cutter, getting to work on relieving me of my chains.
“Are we interrupting something?” Lia asked rhetorically. “Remind me to thank Carmen for the Lumen energy tracker, bro,” she said offhandedly, turning to her brother. I couldn’t help but notice that even though Lia and Danny were only in their early twenties, they seemed to be commanding soldiers that were sometimes twice their age.
Why am I always falling unconscious? was my last thought, before doing just that.
CHAPTER 1 – OUT OF THE GAME
“Shawny, disconnect me.” Gameknight’s skin burned and froze at the same time, and suddenly he was back in his basement. Tommy sat up in his swivel chair, looking to Shawn. He gave his friend a thumb’s up. “Thanks man.”
“No prob.” An alarm suddenly cut through the silence, prompting Shawn to pull his phone from his pocket. “I gotta go, but I’ll see ya tomorrow Tommy!”
“Okay, bye!” he said as the boy sprinted up the stairs. He heard the door open and slam shut a level above him. Tommy sighed, leaning back in his comfortable chair. Traveling into and out of Minecraft always took a lot out of him. He glanced at his watch, noticing that it was close to dinnertime. As if on cue, his mom yelled down the stairs,
“Thomas! Dinner!” He climbed out of his chair, stretching his sore muscles and popping a few joints. He then walked up the stairs, though his mind was still back in Minecraft.
A yellow and white portal slowly swirled to life, the digitalizer’s ray feeding it. A tall shape was the first to step out, long black arms forcing their way into the physical world. The enderman’s purple eyes blazed as she took in the new world before her, shapes that shouldn’t be possible somehow existing in front of her. She slowly reached out to touch the curved edge of the desk lamp, marveling at its impossibility. At least a dozen other mobs came through the portal behind her; three zombies, two skeletons, four spiders, and a creeper. The enderman turned to the group, expecting more to come spilling out of the portal any second now. Instead, it spluttered and fizzed out of existence, the ray that was feeding it running out of juice. The mobs looked on in bewilderment. “Where are the others?” One of the zombies growled.
“The Gateway of Light does not have enough energy to let the rest of our brethren through.” A skeleton replied in its grainy voice.
“We must search for another power source.” The enderman screeched. “Come, let us explore this new land.” The monsters surrounding her all made noises of agreement, before following her up the stairs and out the door, staring at every new thing.
Tommy sighed as he stepped out of his family’s car, taking in the sight before him. The museum they were visiting had always been boring, even more so now that he had been through so much within Minecraft. His sister Jenny however was bouncing on the balls of her feet, excited as always. Their mother had decided that they needed to get out of the house for a while, hence their visit. The group of three quickly walked across the parking lot and into the building, Jenny insisting on going to the famous paintings first. As they were walking there, they passed through an exhibit on medieval weapons. Tommy stared at a replica sword as he passed by, mentally comparing it to the diamond blade he possessed on Crafter’s server. He shook off the thought as the passed the display case. Well, at least until an arrow slammed into the glass and shattered it, drawing screams from the pedestrians around. Tommy whipped around to see a skeleton with a bow in hand standing next to a collection of other mobs. “No… no no no! How?! I thought that- what?! But the Source isn’t- if they’re here then that means…” The enderman in the group turned to look at the stuttering Tommy.
“The Source? How do you know of the…” A look of recognition passed over her dark face. “Ah… the User-that-is-not-a-user. So this is what you look like in the physical world. I would have expected someone… taller.” Tommy’s mom turned to him.
“User-that-is-not-a-user? Tommy, what’s going on? How do these… things know you?” He looked to his mother.
“Look, I’ll explain everything later. You’ve gotta get outta here. They’re probably after me.”
“What?! Why would they-”
“Mom, things happened to me over the last couple months that I never told you about. Just stay back.” Tommy grabbed the sword from the remains of the display case, holding it out in front of him like he was used to. Theories ran through his mind on how the mobs had gotten to his world. He had been in Minecraft just last night; that wasn’t nearly enough time for all the servers to be overrun. No, this had to have happened some other way. Before he could give it too much thought, the enderman screeched,
“Seeing you here is quite the surprise, Gameknight999. We just came for a power source for the Gateway of Light, but it appears that our search had yielded an unexpected result.”
“How did you get here?! Who send you?!” The enderman chuckled.
“All in good time, Gameknight. Now, I suppose my master would want you dead, correct?” Tommy said nothing, all the muscles in his body tight with anticipation. He slowly walked in front of his family and towards the enderman.
“Tommy! What are you doing?!” His mom hissed. He ignored her. Suddenly, he heard a shotgun cock.
“Get down kid!” The police officer yelled. Tommy hadn’t even realized that the cops had showed up. The man took aim at the enderman.
“No, don’t!” He shouted, but it was too late. The gun fired, and the dark creature flashed red. She slowly turned to the officer who shot her, her eyes blazing. Then she started cackling, the shrieking sound bouncing off the walls and making Tommy’s blood turn to ice.
“Oh, you foolish humans. You have no idea what you’ve just started.” Suddenly, her jaw detached from her black skull, and she let loose a screech so loud that it would put a pterodactyl to shame. Tommy almost dropped the sword and covered his ears, but he forced himself to stay strong. The enderman suddenly teleported, reappearing right behind the lone police officer. She picked him up by the collar of his shirt, shocking him into dropping the shotgun. She screamed, “Let it be known across all worlds that I, Neeva, have paved the way for the monsters to invade this land, and NOTHING SHALL STOP US!” She suddenly dropped the man and threw a flurry of punches, rendering him unconscious in seconds.
“Stop!” Tommy yelled, but Neeva ignored him. The officer didn’t even stand a chance. The man collapsed to the ground, motionless. From where he was standing, it looked like the man wasn’t breathing. The other mobs cheered, fueling Tommy’s newfound anger. “Neeva, your fight is with me, not them!” She turned, and Tommy was quick to look down so he wouldn’t provoke her.
“Oh, but that’s where you’re wrong, User-that-is-not-a-user. My fight, OUR fight, is with your whole race. We have been confined to our digital existences for far too long. It is time for us to rule this world!” The monsters cheered again.
“No! You’ll never win! Not while I can help it.” Tommy retorted, taking a step forward. Neeva laughed again.
“You? You’re just a child.”
“Wrong. I’m the User-that-is-not-a-user. Now come on Neeva, let’s dance!” The enderman sighed.
“Alright, if that is what you wish. Brothers and Sisters, CHARGE!” All the mobs surged forward. Tommy- no, Gameknight wasted no time in doing the same. He fell upon the first zombies with a fury, tearing away their HP with little difficulty. Soon, all three of the green creatures were piles of rotten flesh and XP on the floor. Gameknight reached the creeper, striking it with his sword and stopping its detonation process. He cut at it again and again until it disappeared with a pop. He suddenly cried out as he felt a spider claw rake across his back. He spun, and with just four hits, reduced the large arachnid to nothing more than a spool of string. Ducking under a flying arrow, he made quick work of the two skeletons. He jumped over a furry black arm and cut down the spider it belonged to, before spinning and taking out two of the remaining arachnids at once. He whirled from one to the other, cleaving health from both almost simultaneously. Soon, it was just Gameknight and Neeva left standing. He panted slightly, shifting his grip on the sword. Neeva clapped slowly. “Bravo, Gameknight999, bravo. You truly are a formidable foe.”
“Yeah, it’s the reason I’m still alive. No thanks to you and your kind. I already took down Erebus and Feyd; do you really want me to add “Neeva” to the list?”
“I’m not planning on it, no.” Gameknight thought for a moment. Was it really worth it, provoking Neeva? Yes, he needed her gone. She didn’t belong in the physical world. So he took a chance, and raised his head to look her straight in the eyes. “Ooooooohhhhh, feeling confident now, are we?” Gameknight said nothing. “Well, who am I to disappoint?” Neeva suddenly disappeared in a flash of purple particles. Gameknight spun around and swung his sword, expecting the move. Neeva teleported straight into his moving blade, flashing red. She threw her black fists at him, moving too fast for the bystanders to see. Gameknight however, seemed to know each of Neeva’s attacks move for move, as if he anticipated them. It came from the multitude of battles he had fought in Minecraft, all that previous knowledge and experience resurfacing once more. Gameknight was like a whirlwind of destruction, cutting deep into the offending enderman. It wasn’t long until Neeva fell to her knees, HP hanging by a thread. Gameknight stood over her, his sword held at her throat.
“You’ll never win. I’ll always be here to stop you.” She looked up at him, equal amounts of terror and rage in her blazing eyes.
“Oh, this is far from over, User-that-is-not-a-user. My master will make it out of the Gateway of Light, and when he does, you’ll wish you died in that first battle with Erebus. And with that, she vanished, her purple teleportation particles transporting her elsewhere. Gameknight cursed under his breath, using a testificate swear word he heard Crafter mumble once. He looked up, and saw at least three dozen museum-goers staring at him with wide eyes, all wondering how a twelve year old boy could defeat so many monsters on his own. His mom stepped forward.
“Thomas James Feynman, you have a lot of explaining to do.”
CHAPTER 2 – EXPLANATIONS
Tommy sat in the police station, one hand sitting in his lap awkwardly. Jenny and his mom sat next to him. Mrs. Feynman hadn’t let go of her son’s hand since they left the museum. His dad had been phoned, and he was on his way. “So, Tommy…” One of the policemen started. “You seem to know what’s going on.”
“Yep.” Tommy could almost hear the crickets chirping.
“Uh… Mind explaining?”
“I…” Tommy paused. “You wouldn’t believe me if I told you.”
“Try me.” He sighed, looking to Jenny for support. Other than her and his dad, he was the only one who could explain all of this. Somehow. She nodded and gave a reassuring smile. Tommy turned back to the policeman.
“Well… So my dad’s an inventor, right? He made this thing called the ‘digitizer.’ It scans objects in the physical world and copies them into the digital world. A couple months ago, I was messing around and playing this computer game called Minecraft. I accidentally turned the digitizer on, and… It sucked me into the game. I discovered that the NPCs, non-playable characters, were actually alive. They have feelings, hopes and dreams, ambitions, just like we do. But I also discovered that the monsters in the game were alive too. They were dead set on killing every NPC on the server. We stopped them from destroying Minecraft, but that was only the beginning. Long story short, a hundred in-game years ago, a virus infected the game and got trapped inside. His arrival is what turned the NPCs and monsters sentient. He’s been trying to get out ever since. He almost destroyed the whole of Minecraft. Thankfully he’s gone now, but… Now I’m worried that this new master of Neeva’s might be trying to pick up where the virus left off. We need to track her down, before she brings more mobs into the physical world.” Absolute silence. “Aaaaaaaaaand you don’t believe me.” The police officer leaned forward.
“No offense, but your story seems a bit far-fetched.”
“Holy–did you not see the group of monsters who just trashed the museum?! How could a fictional story cause that?! Tommy stood. “Okay fine, I can take care of this on my own.”
“Woah woah woah, just hold on a second. How are you gonna take down something like… Whatever that other monster was?”
“Neeva’s an enderman. I know how they work, I’ve killed a lot of them.”
“What?! Tommy, how could…” His mom exclaimed.
“I’ve killed thousands of times, Mom!” He exclaimed, turning to her. “It was either me and my friends, or them. I chose ‘us’ without a second thought. They would have destroyed millions of lives, digital and physical. I had to. It’s not like I want to. If I could, I would never kill another thing again. But the monsters of Minecraft aren’t gonna stop. As long as there’s a leader for them to rally behind, they’re always gonna try and kill the NPCs and I.”
“Why do they want you do badly?”
“I defeated the virus, Herobrine. He promised them that if they destroyed the me and NPCs, they would take the digitizer and invade the physical world. I couldn’t just stand by and watch that happen, mom! All of you would have done the exact same thing were you in my position.” Tommy turned to the others. “Thousands of people are counting on me every single moment I’m in Minecraft. I wasn’t about to just abandon them. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got an enderman to catch.” Tommy started walking, and Jenny was about to follow, but one of the police officers in the room grabbed his arm.
“Hold on there, we need to ask a couple more questions.” Tommy wrenched himself free.
“Did you not hear what I just said?! We’re literally going to have an invasion on our hands if we don’t find Neeva now.”
“Listen to him!” Jenny added, standing.
“Wait, Jenny, you knew about this too?” Mrs. Feynman asked.
“I’ve been inside Minecraft too. My best friend’s an NPC, and she and a lot of other innocent people are gonna die if you don’t listen to my brother!”
“Great, is there anyone else whose been in the game that I don’t know about?” His mom asked sarcastically.
“Um, Dad has…” Jenny said quietly. Mrs. Feynman just threw her arms up with a look of disbelief on her face.
“Oh, for the love of… Why you?!”
“Because I’m the User-that-is-not-a-user, Mom. There’s even a prophecy about me apparently.”
“The slenderman called you that.” She noticed.
“It’s enderman, Mom. And yeah, I’m… kinda famous in Minecraft. I’ve saved it… How many times has it been?”
“Four maybe?” Jenny answered for him. “I dunno, it kinda just blends together after a while.” Tommy chuckled.
“Tommy!” A familiar voice called. Tommy looked to the door and saw his father standing there.
“Dad!” Jenny ran forward and hugged him.
“I heard what happened, are you guys okay?” He asked, clearly concerned.
“We’re fine, but Dad, Neeva escaped. We need to find her, now.”
Suddenly, painfully familiar purple particles filled the room. A dark shape popped into existence, put her hand on Tommy’s mom, then disappeared. “Mom!” He yelled. But it was too late. She was gone.
Music Of The Wind
Hello, my name is Marianna Khelsey. I am 17 years old, and I go to the college of Natary University in Texas.
I love music, music is my everything. I’ve been listening to music my entire life, and I love all types of music. Country, Hip Hop, Rock, Metal, Jazz, and many more, but my favorite in particular is anything on a music box. I’m also a writer, what do I write? I write music of course.
I’m in a small group with six other people. my best and closest friends. They are, Karen Marlona, Haden Sary, Natasha Hemfire, Evylynn Barim, Sionatta Verilyn, and Carson Mist.
We’re all actually in our own acoustic band (and it’s a pretty good one too, don’t mean to brag) called ‘The Sound Of Sparks’. We all sing, I play piano, Karen and Evylynn play guitar, Carson plays drums, Sionatta plays the violin, Haden plays xylophone, and Natasha plays the harp.
We’ve been doing this since elementary school, and man have we gotten good over the years.
We all met in third grade and started the band two years later, we’ve all been best friends ever since. We all went to the same schools all of our lives, and by some miracle, all ended up in the same college together. Wow what a stroke of luck.
Life was going great until that one awful day.
Chapter 1: Butterflies In My Stomach
“I still think we should add in your solo Natasha,” Carson said. “It just makes sense, it sounds better, you sound better than most of us here, uh, no offense,” he added.
“Carson, I can see why you’d say that, but remember it’s not up to me, that decision is up to Mari,” Nathasha responded calmly.
“Why does Mari have to make all the decisions?” Evylynn asked grumpily.
“Because, she’s the boss,” Haden said.
“No, we’re all equals, she’s just the one that instructs us where to go and when we’re playing,” Natasha said.
“Yeah, she’s the boss,” Haden repeated.
“Wait a second, where is Mari?” Carson asked dumbly.
“She, Karen, and Sionatta, are meeting with the mayor to talk plans about the wedding we’re playing at in two weeks,” Evylynn said, as she was tuning her guitar.
We were on our way to the mayor’s office, and I had this slight feeling that something just wasn’t right about this visit.
“Do you guys think it’s weird that the mayor asked to see us about the performance two weeks before the actual thing?” I asked.
“Mmm, a little, but I mean, I don’t think it’s that big of a deal,” Sionatta said.
“Yet it is, I just feel as though something’s wrong,” I mumbled.
When we got to the town hall, we went inside and up to the mayor’s office. I hesitantly opened the door and then I saw the mayor….. pacing back and forth?
We walked in and called out to him, “Mayor Stoneheart?” It was easy to tell we snapped him out of concentration. He snapped his head at us with a worried look on his face. Now here’s a little something about the mayor, his name may be Stoneheart, but he is the most generous, warmest, positive person I could think of. He rarely ever gets worried about anything.
“Girls!” he said shakily. See I knew something was up. “Uhh please have a seat” he said a bit more calmly. “Ladies, I must be frank with you, I didn’t actually call you here to talk about the upcoming wedding,” he paused for a bit. I couldn’t stand the suspense, my stomach started to knot up. “Look do you girls know the business agency of the F.C.E.A.?”
I shot up out of my seat, immediately knowing what was going on. After I shot up I almost yelled the name, “The Federal Community Eradication Association!?”
Then I noticed Sionatta and Karen copied me right after, and Sionatta said sternly, ”the business that wipes out cities for money?!”
Then I was surprised Karen did it too (since she’s the quiet one) and she yelled, “and all that money goes to that shady business man, Charleston Black!”
The mayor was shot a bit back in his chair. Then we exchanged glances knowing that what we did was disrespectful, so we sat back down and apologized. The mayor sat back forward clearing his throat and putting his hands cupped on his desk, and said “Yes, and you are forgiven. So I did want to let you know that our city will be wiped out, so I was wondering, if you and your band could perform at our ‘farewell’ party.”
I was completely taken back at this, so I said, “With all do respect sir, but we can’t let this happen, no, I won’t let this happen.”
“I’m sorry, but there’s nothing else we can do,” he said.
So we un-happily agreed to perform. On our way back I thought, ‘who knew our butterfly song would be our last, because for all I know, once this happens, I’ll never see my friends ever again.’
Chapter 2: The Great Idea
We got back to the school, and we went up to the top (and the biggest) dorm, which was ours and I opened the door and stood in the doorway. Karen and Sionatta said they were going to the band room next door to practice.
I stood there with a broken heart and I looked at my soon to be former best friends. After a small moment I ran off to my room and started to cry. I couldn’t help myself, it hurt so bad to know my whole life will be over.
I heard a knock at my door, it was Haden, he asked if I was okay, I didn’t know how to respond. Haden was always a sweet, loyal, and caring guy, I didn’t want him to worry. I began to think about my little crush I had on him. I then looked in the mirror, and noticed how I started blushing, and right on cue, Sionatta and Karen entered, and asked the same thing, but to everyone else. That’s when I was immediately reminded of why I was crying and started again and I screamed and wailed and I was practically dying inside.
“Should we go in there?”Natasha asked.
“Nah, let her cry in there like the baby she is,” Evylyyn said.
“EVYLYNN!!!” everyone shouted.
“What, does nobody else think she’s a huge pain when she gets like this, you guys don’t know how to be real about things,” she said.
“Ugh, Evylynn, what do you have against her, she’s the one that helps you the most, and all you do is treat her like dirt,” Sionatta said furiously.
“She’s got a point, and you know it,” Haden shot.
“What did she even do to deserve all of this, she’s the sweetest thing, sure, she may get a little emotional, but she only gets like that for important reasons and to show that she cares, she’s got a good heart,” Carson said.
“Yeah, and this time, it’s more important than ever,” Karen said.
“Alright then, what is it?” Natasha asked.
“It’s um…. It’s uh….umm, Charleston Black is coming to Natary,” Karen said solemnly, with a sad look and her head hung low.
“WAIT WHAT!!!?” everyone screamed.
“Hold on guys, before we panic we wanted to know if you guys have any ideas on how to save the city, like you know, raise money,” Sionatta asked.
“How about a bake sale?” Evylynn said sarcastically.
“C’mon be serious this is a big deal here,” Karen said.
“Rummage sale?” Haden asked.
“That’s not a bad idea, but what would we sell?” Siontta asked in response.
“Good point, good point,” he responded.
They all hummed as they thought for ideas. “I’VE GOT IT!” Natasha screamed. “Oh sorry, I just got a little too excited,” she said clearing her throat embarrassed. “Anyways, what if we threw a concert, with all new music and souvenirs, then we could use that money to drive him out of Natary, maybe even enough to stop him from doing this whole ‘wiping out cities’ deal for good,” she said excitedly.
Everyone exchanged glances and then Haden said, “I think that’s just what we need,”
“Yeah but uh, heh, how are we supposed to do that, we don’t even have or make souvenirs, and nobody in this room even writes songs,” Evylynn pointed out.
“You’re right Evylynn we don’t have or make souvenirs, but need I remind you, we have two friends on the farm who could make some, and as for new songs need I remind you that Mari-” Sionatta was cut off by Evylynn madly chanting.
“Mari, Mari, Mari, why does Mari have to be the center of everything, I’m sure she’s not the only one here who’s written songs in this band, right?” she said angrily
Once again, everyone exchanged nervous glances, then Carson said, “well, none of us have ever written a song except Mari, but you know Evylynn, I’m sure I’m not the only person here that’s sick of your bad attitude, so if you wanna turn yourself around, I’d suggest it’s about time you go in there and apologize.”
She sat there taken back in shock, as if she was remembering something that she wanted long forgotten. Then she yelled, “FINE, FINE, but only to make you shut up!”
Chapter 3: Apples and Apologies
I layed on my bed with dried tears, and red eyes, with my head on a soaked pillow. I was giving myself a flashback of my entire life. I thought about my older brother, Dakota and how we got along so well, until one day he ran away from home and how my father passed away due to cancer. I was only four when my mother abandoned me because she couldn’t take care of me, and she didn’t like me very much. I thought about my couple of months in the orphanage, and how miserable I was, and how I always wrote notes….no….wishes, wishes of dying, wishes of friends, and wishes of finding a family who loves me. Yet still, to this day I still have those wishes in a brown music box on my desk.
That music box means the world to me, because that box was given to me by Dakota on his eighteenth birthday. Can you believe it? It was his birthday and he gave it to me, well I guess you now know why I love music boxes so much.
Sometimes I look at it and wonder if he’s alive somewhere out there, looking for me.
I walked over to my desk where the box was sitting and I wrote another wish, ‘I wish my brother Dakota was alive and looking for me’ I wrote down. I turned the little spicket on the side and opened the box, I then sang along with the song that was playing, “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are grey.”
I couldn’t help it, tears came back. I continued where I left off in my flashback. I thought about the the only family that adopted me, you may not believe me when I say this but it was Evylynn’s. I thought about how Evylynn and I were so close but I never really considered her a sister because what we had was never like what I had with Dakota. To this day I still wonder what I ever did to make her hate me so much, because it was her idea we keep our story a secret from all of the others, and make it seem like we’re just friends.
I was cut from my thoughts when the music box stopped, so I turned the spicket so the song would keep going and I kept singing. I closed my eyes and zoned out, until a knock came at my door and then it was busted open, I screamed and fell out of my chair, it was….Evylynn? She barged in with an annoyed look on her face, but then she turned to see I was on the floor and the music box was still playing, then I noticed her face looked worried or rather sad. Which was a look I hadn’t seen in a long time. Then she asked quietly, “you are my sunshine?” I stood up right away and slammed the box shut, knowing she wouldn’t be impressed.
“EVYLYNN!!! Uh what are you doing here?” I was so scared for some reason.
“I uh, need to talk to you Marianna,” she said firmly.
“Uh yeah, sure, t-t-t-t-take a seat,” I stuttered, while taking a seat at my desk again. “What do you need?” I asked.
“I wanted to talk to you about, umm, well, everything, me, you, us, everything, and to start, I just wanted to say, (sigh) I’m sorry.” I was taken back at those two words,‘I’m sorry,’ I didn’t know how to respond, she’d always despised me, at least, ever since we started high school, and yet I never EVER knew why. I opened my mouth to respond, but she continued.
“I’m sorry I’ve been such a jerk and stopped acting like a good sister, and I know you don’t consider me a sister, but I do and, and,” she went crazy and started crying. Shocked, I quickly grabbed a tissue and handed it to her. She thanked me and I sat back down.
“Hey Evy, I know I don’t consider you a sister, at least not a real one, but do you know why?” I asked, she said no as I expected, so I told her my entire life story and I was surprised when I saw her look down in regret for being so rude. “Look Evy I forgive you for everything, I mean it’s basically my fault for you hating me right, I mean I’ve always been the controlling one right?”
I was expecting a yes, but she just sat there, head hung low, so I walked over and sat on my bed beside her and rubbed her on the back. That’s when something crazy happened, she looked up at me in sorrow, and then she clung onto me and started crying again, and whispering, “I’m sorry, you’re the best big sister anyone could ever ask for.”
I then hugged her back saying, “It’s okay.”
We sat there for a little while, then I pulled back and asked if I could show her something. She said sure, so I grabbed her hand and sat her down at my desk and put the music box in front of her and said turn the spicket and open the box, then look and read what’s inside. She opened it and looked inside and then read all of my wishes, and was wowed at what they said.
“This is my latest one,” I said when I picked up the one I wrote about Dakota looking for me. “Look Evy, let’s stop this and be good friends again, ok?” I said putting my hand on her shoulder. She nodded and then got super excited about something, so I asked her why and she told me all about this concert idea she and the others came up with, and then I immediately jumped up and got just as excited. So we ran out and I screamed, “get ready guys we have a concert to perform!” and we all celebrated.
The next morning, we all woke up with a smile on our faces and we started to plan things out after Evylynn and Karen made everyone breakfast.
“Alright well first, we’re going to need the mayor’s permission,” I said.
“Right, but we have time and we don’t need everyone to ask him,” Evylynn said.
“Correct, and we need to visit Mabel and Caroline on their farm for souvenirs, just in case the mayor agrees. So how about, half of us could see the mayor, while the rest head to the stables,” Haden suggested.
“Then it’s settled, how about, Natasha, Carson, Haden, and I go to the farm, and then Sionatta, Evylynn, and Karen can go talk to the mayor,” I said.
“Alright guys, here we go!” Natasha yelled. We all got our things and headed out.
Chapter 4: Saddles and Souvenirs
As we drove over to ‘Sierra Saddles,’ farm to Mabel Lennie and her best friend (who works on the farm and considers her as a sister) Caroline Pencott, I noticed everyone was being very quiet until Carson asked, “Mari, what did you do to Evylynn?” I was really confused as to what he meant.
“What do you mean?” I asked him back.
“I mean, yesterday she was being a big jerk like usual, so we told her to apologize, you guys were in there for a while, then the next morning she acts like the sun of the earth, so how, how did you do it?”
I thought about all of the tears that were shed last night, and how I was so unsure on if I should tell them or if Evylynn still wanted me to keep it a secret, so I just said I’d tell him later, and he said that was fine.
We arrived at the farm and saw two horses racing around the fields, and Mabel and Caroline were resting up against some hay bales with straws of wheat in their mouths, cheering on their horses, Conrad (which was Mabel’s) and Kenai (which was Caroline’s).
We walked up to them, and greeted them.
“Sparks!” they both said excitingly.
“Heya, it’s been awhile, where y’all been?” Mabel asked.
“Well you know practicing, performing, all that kind of busy junk, along with bad news,” I said gesturing side to side.
“Wait, what do ya mean bad news?” Caroline asked.
“Charleston Black is coming to Natary, and we need your help,” Natasha said quickly.
The two took back in shock, and then looked at each other and nodded, “whaddya need?” they both asked at the same time, these two have always been in sync.
“Well we’re holding a concert, hopefully to raise money to stop him and we need you guys to make us some of your famous souvenirs,” Haden said.
“Well that’s a mighty tall order to ask,” Mabel pointed out.
“Yeah, and we haven’t made souvenirs in a while,” Caroline said.
“Please guys, we need the money to save Natary, you don’t even have to make a ton, just enough to sell to a small crowd,” I begged.
“Well, have ya talked to the mayor yet?” Mabel asked.
“That’s what Evylynn, Karen, and Sionatta are doing right now,” Carson said.
“Look here partners, we’d be more than happy to, but only if you get a yes from the mayor, and one of you fellers have to help for a few days,” Caroline said taking the wheat from her mouth and pointing at us.
“Of course, we’ll tell you as soon as we get the answer, and I’m sure Sionatta or Evylynn could help out, no problem,” I responded.
“Well then that settles it, one of you fellers wanna take ol’ Bucky out for a little test ride?” Mabel asked.
“Ooh, I could!” Natasha said excitedly.
So she did and we stayed there until the others told us they were on their way home. I was so excited for this, if it was going to happen.
Chapter 5: Decisions and Due Dates
The three went to the mayor’s office and when the guards stopped them, Karen noticed the mayor was drinking tea outside today, and when he noticed them, he came over and told the guards that they could pass. The girls were grateful for that, since it was critical.
“Ladies, how may I help you?”
“Well, first, may we ask, when is Charleston coming here?” Sionatta asked in response.
“Oh well, exactly, two and a half weeks, why do you ask Ms. Verilyn?” he asked.
“Well, we need your permission on something,” Karen said politely.
“Yeah? And what is that exactly?” he asked, leaning forward on his desk
“We wanted to throw a concert to raise money to drive him out of town, and maybe even enough to stop him for good,” Evylynn said firmly.
“Well, you know, I’m not so sure, because, WELL IT’S THE GREATEST IDEA I’VE EVER HEARD!!!” he shouted with a big grin on his face.
“Really?” Sionatta said.
“Yes, of course, I’d love to hear anything to save Natary, you have my stamp of approval, please call or email me if you need any of my help, ok?” he said, shaking their hands.
“Of course, thank you so much,” Evylynn said,
“Bye ladies.” He soluted
“Bye mayor Stoneheart,” they all said as they waved goodbye.
“Well that couldn’t have gone more perfectly,” Karen said.
“I can’t wait to tell the others,” Evylynn said.
“Yeah but just remember, we only have two and a half weeks and we’ll have a lot to do,” Sionatta pointed out.
“Well, I’m sure we’ll do our best,” Evylynn said, as they headed back to the school.
Chapter 6: You Are My Sunshine
“Hahahah, ok, do you remember when Johnny was tending to the cows, and that earthquake happened and then the hay roll got loose so it started rolling down the hill and it was chasing him. So he stopped running and he tried to stop it, then it rolled over him,” Natasha reminded Mabel.
We were all telling funny stories that had happened on the farm, until I got a text from Evylynn telling me that they were on their way back.
“Oh sorry gals, but we have to go, we’ll text you as soon as we get the answer,” I said as we started to leave.
“Aww, alrighty then we’ll see you guys later,” Caroline said.
“Bye!” we all said as we headed back to my car.
“Well that went well, now we just gotta get the answer from the others and I guess we’re all set,” Carson said.
“Yup!” Natasha squealed.
Once we got back to the university, we walked in and saw the girls sitting on the couch with big cheesy grins on their faces.
“Well, what’s the answer?” Haden asked.
“Well, I mean, he you know…. SAID YES!!!” Evylynn shouted.
We all jumped up and down, yelling and celebrating.
“Ok, ok, ok guys hold on, Charleston is coming in two and a half weeks, so we need to get to work,” Soinatta said.
“Right, right, uh, Natasha text Mabel and tell her it’s a yes,” I said
“Oh yeah, how’d that go?” Karen asked.
“Oh, they said they’d do it but they need to get some help in making them, so Evylynn or Sionatta could one of you two take care of that?” I asked.
“Yeah, I could,” Sionatta responded.
“Oh, Evylynn I need to talk to you,” I said.
“Oh ok,” she responded. We walked into my room.
“So, what is it?” she asked.
“Well, I was thinking we should tell them you know, about the thing, but it’s up to you, so is that ok?” I asked.
“Yeah, that’s fine go ahead,” she said turning to leave.
“Wait!” I said, stopping her in her tracks. “Umm, I was wondering if you wanted to help me write songs too,” I said.
She looked back at me with a shocked look on her face, and then it immediately melted into a big grin. She immediately jumped up and hugged me screaming yes over and over.
“Woah ok, then better start writing.” I said, hugging her back.
“Ok, yeah, I’ll go do that,” she responded, calming down.
“Oh wait, one more thing, I want to tell them now, but like together, is that ok?” I asked.
“Alright,” she responded.
So we walked out and called everyone into the living room and told them the whole story. When we were done I saw that Natasha had tears in her eyes, and the whole room went silent, until…. “Well that sure explains a lot,” Carson said, breaking the silence.
“Yeah, but then again, I expected way worse,” Haden responded.
“Well now you know,” I said.
“Well, that’s it everyone, back to work,” Evylynn said.
“Yeah!” everyone shouted. I headed back to my room to start writing the songs, so I lit my candle, grabbed my materials and turned on my music box, and got started.
The whole dorm was silent, because everyone was either resting, or working, until there was a knock at the dorm room door. Sionatta (being the only one in the living room) ran to the door and opened it up. In the doorway, stood a tall man with black hair and blue eyes, saying his name was Dakota and he was looking for his sister.
Chapter 7: Oh My Melody, Where Have You Been?
It was 9:30 when I started to feel really tired and a bit dizzy and so I started to drift off and then I woke up right away and looked down at my work, apparently I had wrote three songs within the three hours I’ve been working. I put my music box back on again to keep me awake and like always, I sang along, “you are my sunshine,” I continued to only hear a male voice chime and I looked straight towards the doorway to find a man standing there, I hesitated and thought ‘who is this stranger’ then it hit me, because I’d recognize that face anywhere, “Dakota?” I asked whispering.
“Well I think I’m Dakota,hold on let me check, uh, ahah, here’s my confirmation Dakota granola bar,” he said pulling a Dakota bar out of his pocket.
I slowly stood up from my desk and then looked down to see a song I wrote that was just right for this moment, and then I whispered, “oh my melody where have you been all this time?” I hesitated to say anymore, this is the first time something like this has ever happened to me, had another one of my wishes really come true?” I was mixed with emotions of overwhelming joy, and indescribable, fueling anger.
“I….I….I thought you were dead,” I said choking on my words.
“Not dead, just gone, and searching,” he said with a sad look on his face. I noticed how a tear started to fall down my face.
He started to walk towards me and I just got the urge to back away since I was so terrified, and once I was against the window he came up to me, and put his hands on my shoulders, and straight away, he pulled me into a hug,
“Oh my little sunshine of a sister, I’m so sorry, I promise, I’ll never ever leave you again,” he said crying.
I pulled away from him and whispered, “you should’ve thought that before you almost made me bite the dust,” I stood there crying even more than before, “I was miserable after you left, you literally have no idea of the kind of pain I went through without you there,” I said a bit louder.
“Mari, I know what I did was wrong but please help me fix my mistakes, trust me I know I hurt you, and that was the stupidest thing I’ve ever done, please I’ll do anything,” he begged.
I began to think about how he always knew a lot about lights and engineering and also thought about how much help he could offer for the concert, and that no matter what, I still love him more than anything, so I forgave him and told him my entire plan, and he agreed to help. Now this show is really gonna be something.
Chapter 8: The Wishes That We Make
I let Dakota sleep in my bed since it was too late to keep writing. We didn’t want to tell everyone that night because I’m sure none of us want any more surprises for today.
Evylynn was sitting at her desk looking at her songs. She then groaned and started hitting her head on the table. “This *bang* will *bang* never *bang* work *another bang* ugh, I’m so frustrated!” She took her shoe and threw it at the door right when Sionatta walked in, so it nailed her right in the head.
“OW!!!” Sionatta screamed after the shoe hit her face. “Evylynn what the heck, I’m not going to rob you!” she yelled.
“Oh, oh my gosh I’m so sorry Sionatta I didn’t mean it, I’m just super stressed,” Evylynn said looking down at her songs.
“Are you ok?” Sionatta asked.
“What, uh, yeah I’m fine, sorry again,” Evylynn responded.
“It’s ok, uh hey some guy just showed up. He said his name was Dakota and he was looking for Mari, do you know who he is?” she asked, pointing behind her.
Evylynn started to think about what Mari had told her about her brother, and her wishes of him, Evylynn then ran past Sionatta and said, “I need to see something,” she ran up to Mari’s room.
Then Sionatta stopped her and said, “wait, she could be sleeping, it’s been a long day for her,”
Evylynn looked at Sionatta and sighed, “you’re right, look I’m tired, I’m going to bed, goodnight,” she said walking back to her room.
The next day, I woke up and I got up off of the floor and rubbed my back because I was sore from sleeping on the floor. I walked out of my room and into the kitchen and got myself some cereal, and then I noticed Evylynn had gotten up as well.
“Hi Evy,” I greeted, she waved.
She then asked something strange, “uhh hey, is your brother here?”
I froze in my place and almost dropped my bowl, “uhh,” I swallowed hard and choked on my words, “well umm….uh yes?” I was so scared of what her reaction was going to be, but she just stood there staring at me and right on cue Dakota entered the room, stretched, and yawned. Well at this point I couldn’t be more at lost for words and explanation that I felt like I was a ship in a storm being pulled into a tide and out to sea, I was….stuck.
“Mari, who’s this?” Dakota asked.
“I’m Evylynn, Mari’s adopted little sister, (by a few days) I’ve heard a lot about you Mr. Kehlsey, it’s so nice to finally meet you,” she said walking over to him with a stretched out hand for him to shake.
“You took care of my sister?” he said in a low voice.
“Umm yeah,” she responded nervously.
He then grabbed her hand and pulled her into a hug and said, “thank you for taking care of her,” my jaw dropped at the scene and that’s when I dropped my bowl, the glass breaking snapped me out of my shocked expression and I looked down to see all the pieces of glass, milk, and cereal scattered all over the floor and, and right away I cleaned it up.
“You alright sis?” he asked.
I started to look at everything around me and I knew exactly what to do next, I woke everyone up after I cleaned up everything. Once everyone was in the room, I introduced everyone to Dakota, and then I said in a quiet voice with a small smile creeping up my cheeks, “you know, all my life I’ve been wishing for, friends, family, my brother, and looking at all of you right now, I realized, fate itself is a wish that we make.”
Chapter 9: Lights ,Camera, Parks, and Tickets
“Alright guys listen, Dakota is a master at light engineering and he’s agreed to put on quite a light show at the concert,” I said, clapping loudly.
“Yup, I mean c’mon Natary’s my home too, I definitely wanna help, and besides it’ll give me a chance to see you guys perform,” Dakota said.
“You could see us perform right now dude,” Haden said.
“Really?” he questioned in response.
“Yeah, is that alright Mari?” Natasha squealed excitedly.
“Uh sure, that’s fine,” I responded.
That day all we did was play for Dakota, after about five songs we took a break and Evylynn pulled me over and asked, “Hey, ok so first, how many songs do we need for the concert?”
“Umm about twelve if that isn’t too much,” I responded.
“Yeah that’s fine I already got four, what about you?” she asked shrugging off the amount.
“I got three,” I said thinking back to my songs I wrote last night.
“Alright, cool, second, can we play a couple of my songs for practice please?” she begged.
“Yeah, sure that’s fine,” I said.
She jumped up immediately, yelling thank you. So we played two of her songs and two of mine and after, we took another break, a knock at the door. “Come in!” Sionatta shouted.
We were surprised to see who entered our band room, it was Mayor Stoneheart, Caroline, and Mabel.
“Hey y’all,” Caroline greeted.
“Hi, umm, ok I can understand why you two are here, but with all do respect sir, but why are you here?” I asked politely.
“Well, I wanted to speak with Mrs. Marlona about her email,” he said, gesturing his hand towards Karen. I immediately looked over to see she had a face that had totally lit up, she then yelled and ran over to the mayor. I watched them walk out and then the two farm girls walked over to us.
“Do y’all know what that was all about?” Mabel asked.
“No, but, uh didn’t you say you needed one of us for the souvenirs?” Sionatta asked.
“Yeah, do you guys know who’s gonna help?” Mabel asked.
“Yeah, I am,” Sionatta said.
“Well then c’mon, we gotta get started and there’s a lot to do,” Mabel responded.
Right when they were about to leave, Karen and the mayor entered again, and they both looked very happy.
“Ok, what’s going on?” Carson asked.
“You guys know the ‘Falling Stars’ park, right, you know the one where popular bands play shows?” Karen asked bouncing up and down.
“Yeah?” Evylynn responded a bit questionable.
“Well, the owners of the park, Mary and Jacob Starr, are letting you ladies play since they’re so familiar with your band,” the mayor said.
We all stood there, taken back at this amazing news, two seconds later, we all celebrated yet again, then I stopped everyone at a sudden thought, “Uhh guys, how are we gonna sell the tickets?” I asked.
“Hmm I could hang posters and uh oh Lilly can go around selling them and could sell them at the show,” Haden said.
“Great idea,” I said. Alright, we’ve got our plan.
Chapter 10: Hope From Horses
It’s been a few days and we only got twelve tickets sold, maybe this won’t turn out as well as we hoped.
“(Sigh) I don’t understand,we’re trying to save the city and only twelve people want to help, what are we missing?” I asked out loud.
“Hmm,” Mabel thought, then took a big deep breath and had a big smile on her face, “I’ve got it, Caroline and I could do a horse race before your guy’s show to promote you, don’t mean to brag but we are legends, we could totally get you guys an audience,” Mabel suggested happily.
This actually wasn’t too bad of a plan. I looked around to see that it looked like everyone else was on board, “let’s do it,” I said.
“Alrighty then, and girls, I can help you set up,” Haden said.
“Cool thanks, we’re gonna head out, Haden you wanna come?” Caroline said pointing to the door.
“Yeah, just lemme go get my stuff,” he responded.
As I watched them leave I let out a sigh with a smile on my face, and I started to blush again. Then I noticed everyone started to look at me with cheesy grind on their faces.
“What?” I asked.
“You like him,” Natasha said childishly.
“What, no, no I don’t,” I said sheepishly.
“Your face is so red right now, so you do, you love Haden,” Sionatta said putting her arm around me.
I started to pull my hood up and I almost screamed.
“Ooh, ooh, you should confess at the concert,” Karen said, excitedly.
“No, no, nody, no, no, no,” I said standing up throwing my hood back.
“Aww c’mon, he might really like you too,” Evylynn said fluttering her eyes.
I opened my mouth to protest, but then I realized I shouldn’t deny myself anymore with this whole crush thing, “Fine, fine, you got me, I kinda, sorta, like Haden, ok,” I said blushing a bit more.
“I knew it,” Natasha said.
“Confess, confess, confess, confess, confess,” they all started to chant.
“Shut up, ok, I’ll do it just not now, ok?” I yelled.
They all still had the same cheesy looks.
“Ok, well, I’m gonna go practice,” I said, grabbing my music, and exiting the room. When I got to the band room, I sat down at my piano and started, to play note after note, thinking about what I had gotten myself into. “Ugh, it’s hopeless, there’s no way Haden will like me back, there’s just no way,” I said sadly.
“This way,” Caroline said pointing to another barn once the three got out of the car.
“Hmm, this isn’t your guy’s farm,” Haden pointed out.
“You’re right, it’s not, it’s Johnny’s, he’s gonna help us out, he always does,” Mabel said.
They walked into the barn and saw a young man with, ripped jeans, cowboy boots, a blue plaid shirt, and a brown cowboy hat, tending to his pigs.
“Heya Johnny,” Mabel greeted.
“Well howdy there sis, hello Caroline, and heya Haden, is there something you guys need?” he asked tipping his hat forward.
“Actually, yes, we’re going to do a horse race to boost their band’s sales since those aren’t going too well,” Caroline responded.
“Yeah, and seeing how you’ve always helped us in the past, would you be willing to help us now?” Mabel asked, clapping her hands.
“Well sure sugar, anything for my big sis, and her friends,” he responded, he then started to drink his water, ”Where’s it at?” he asked still drinking.
“The Falling Stars park, downtown,” Haden responded.
Johnny spit out his water and started to choke, “*Cough* It’s *cough* where *cough cough*,” she said coughing.
“The Falling Stars park,” Haden repeated.
“That’s amazing, I’ve been trying to get these two in that parks for years,” he so said with a lot of hope in his eyes.
“Great, c’mon we gotta get started,” Mabel said gesturing towards the car.
They drove over to the girl’s farm and picked up their winning horses, and while Johnny and Haden were still in the car, those two had quite the conversation.
“So uh, Haden, umm, are you seeing anyone?” Johnny asked.
“What, no,” Haden responded quickly.
“Aww c’mon, those girls you hang out with are pretty cute,” he smirked.
“Ok, what does that have to do with anything?” Haden shot back.
“Huh, y’know, I’m surprised you hadn’t noticed that one of them has got a thing for you,” he responded.
“Wait really, uh who is it?” Haden asked desperately blushing.
“Oh c’mon, it’s so obvious,” Johnny said rolling his eyes.
“What, who is it?” he yelled.
“Mari man, Mari’s had a crush on you since the eighth grade,” he said banging his head on the wheel laughing.
Haden started blushing, and then two seconds later, the girls came over on their horses.
“Ready to go?” Mabel questioned while stopping next to the car.
“What, oh yeah, let’s get going,” Johnny said wiping the tear from his eye.
They got to the park and surprisingly, Lilly had gotten there before them.
“Hi Lilly,” Johnny said softly, Johnny has had a crush on Lilly since they first met, he loved everything about her, how she was so open about everything, how she can be so optimistic and how she always loves to make people laugh. How her pretty, coco brown hair was always pulled back into a droopy ponytail, and how her crystal blue eyes matched the pure white lily she always had in her hair, but the most importantly was how kind she was to everyone.
“Hi guys, Mari texted me saying you guys were going to be here, so I just came to see if you guys need any help if that’s ok,” Lilly said.
“M-Mari?!” Haden said blushing.
“Yeah,” Johnny said, nudging him in the side.
“Are you ok?” Lilly asked.
“Yup!” Haden responded quickly.
“Ok, well it’s alright Lilly, we’ll need all the fast help we can get,” Caroline said smiling.
“Well, hey my cousin works with Mary and Jacob in this park, I know this place from corner to corner, I’ll show you where, Haden, you guys will be playing, and Mabel and Caroline, I’ll show you girls the track and stables, where you can keep Kenai and Conrad here to practice,” Lilly said gesturing inside the park.
Lilly showed the four, birch wood stables, and the gravel track to the left of the crystal stage, then Mabel and Caroline dropped off their horses.
Haden took some pictures and sent them to Mari. Even though Haden was taking pictures and following everyone around, he started to think how he was always extra nice to her for some reason, and he didn’t realize until just now, how she always blushed whenever he did something nice for her, like one time, Haden was walking home from school on a rainy day and he saw Mari had forgotten her coat and she was waiting for Evylynn to pick her up, so she was sitting by herself on the wet, cold, sidewalk, so he walked over to her and gave Mari his jacket and then offered to her walk her home, knowing Evylynn would probably never pick her up, so then she gladly accepted.
When the tour was over, Haden said he could walk back to the university. When he walked in, he saw only Sionatta, Karen, and Evylynn sitting on the couch watching t.v.
“Uh hey gals,” he said.
“Oh hey how’d it go?” Evylynn asked turning off the t.v.
“It uh went fine, and uh where is everyone?” He asked.
“Oh, well Dakota went back home, and Natasha and Carson are on a date, and then, Mari’s in the band room, she’s actually been in there all day, why don’t you go check on her,” Sionatta said with a smirk on her face.
“Yeah sure, I’ll go do that,” he responded, turning to leave.
He walked over to the band room and heard a beautiful melody from inside, so he then walked in and there, sitting at her piano, singing a solo of hers, was Mari.
“You get me out of my seat, it’s like I’ve been in bed for a week, I’ve been slipping and sliding all over the place and nobody cares, I’m such a disgrace, you get me out of my mood, it’s something that only you can do, cause I feel like I’m home when I’m in your arms, and that’s why I need you to cheer me up, come and dance with me, and you take my hand, oh cheer me up, oh oh, even if we’re the only ones dancing.”
“Hey,” Haden said, Mari snapped her head towards him.
“Uh h-h-h-how long have you been standing there?” She asked stuttering.
“The whole time you were playing that song, it sounds nice,” he said putting his hands in his pockets.
“Oh that song, that one’s not good I was just thinking that one could be my solo,” she said blushing.
“Well I think it sounds great,” he said smiling.
That night, everything and everyone was quiet, and Mari was scared.
Chapter 11: Concert Crazy
Well, two and a half weeks past and I was going crazy, ‘what if this doesn’t work’ I thought.
We were on our way to the park, and when we got there, Lilly was standing at the entrance looking super excited about something.
“Hi Lilly, what’s going on, you seem more bouncy than usual,” I asked.
“Oh Mari, this is the best day of my life, Johnny Lennie asked me out,” she responded happily.
“That’s great Lilly,” Natasha said.
We walked in and it looked like everyone was there all set up.
“And guess what?” Lilly squealed, “we sold 140 tickets this week, 96 last week, and 55 today.”
We all got excited now, everyone went to go set up, but I stayed behind, then Evylynn came up to me and put her hand on my shoulder, “Hey, everything will turn out and I bet you anything he’ll say yes,” she said softly.
I was still nervous as ever though, because I definitely don’t want to say good bye.
After about four hours of setting up we all decided to get some lunch, so we went to a little sandwich shop called ‘Molly’s’ which was just down the street from the park so, we went in, ate, and discussed plans for just about everything.
“So we’ll start out with these three songs and then we’ll take a short intermission, then after mine, Sionatta’s, and Haden’s solo, Natasha and Carson will do their duet, then Mari and I will do our duet, then Mari’s solo will finish off the concert,” Evylynn announced.
“Sounds good, and the horse race will go for about two hours,” Mabel responded.
“And I’ll announce concert plans shortly after, but long enough for people to go to the bathroom, get food, and souvenirs,” Dakota said.
“Okay then, it’s settled, and Lilly and Johnny will be selling tickets and handing out schedule pamphlets then we’ll announce the amount at the end,” I said smiling.
When we finished eating and planning, we payed and left to go back to work.
It was finally time to start the show, it was 4:30 when I saw Mabel and Caroline getting ready for their show, and people started to show up after about twenty minutes, then the show started.
I was backstage, getting my makeup ready while I was waiting for Natasha to give me my outfit. I had just finished brushing my fluffy dark brown hair, then I looked in the mirror and noticed how my make up almost makes my dark ocean blue eyes sparkle in the light, and they almost looked like stars. I then saw Natasha walking up to me in a sparkly scarlet red dress and black heels with her blondish brown hair pulled back in a ponytail, and her heart locket drooped and swung back and forth on her chest.
“Hey I got your outfit,” she said, showing me a sparkling blue dress and blue heels with black tights, “I wanted to make sure the color matched your beautiful eyes,” she said.
“Aww thank you,” I said taking the clothes and hugging her.
“Oh wait, here,” she said handing me the golden flower that was in her hair.
“A buttercup? Those are my favorite, thanks again,” I said.
“You’re welcome, I’m gonna go help the others, I’ll see you on stage,” she said turning to leave.
It took me a while, but I finally managed to get fully dressed, I once again, looked in the mirror and then put the flower in my hair, I then faintly noticed that standing in the background, was Haden.
“You, umm, look very pretty tonight,” he said sincerely.
I turned around and I noticed how he paused after I turned, “umm thank you, you uh look nice too,” I said, Haden was wearing a black tux just like Carson’s, and his tie matched his green eyes.
“Huh, oh thanks,” he responded.
Someone was recording the race so I was watching while I was waiting. I kept thinking about my solo, and I started to shake a bit ‘I can’t believe this is going to happen’ I thought.
Haden was looking in the mirror, trying to fix his tie, until, suddenly Carson entered wearing a tux with a yellow tie, and his long brown hair was pulled back in a ponytail.
“Woah, Carson, nice get up you got there,” Haden said smiling.
“Shut up, dude,” Carson scoffed.
“Aww, c’mon Natasha is going to love it,” Haden said nudging him in the shoulder.
“Oh really, then what about Mari?” he smirked.
“What, uh well I don’t know about that,” Haden said nervously.
“You know she wrote her solo for you, right?” Carson said smiling a bit bigger now.
Haden just stood there thinking. Then Sionatta came in saying they were going on in five minutes.
“It’s time,” I sighed.
Chapter 12: It’s All Okay
I peeked out from the curtains and I saw a full audience, and I even saw people standing and sitting on top of their trucks. I then saw a black limo pull up, and the wretched, Charleston Black, stepped out, and then I had noticed the Mayor had walked over to him, and I saw them shake hands and sat down.
“It’s time,” I said sadly.
“Don’t be sad Mari, it’ll work,” Natasha said putting her hand on my shoulder.
“Yeah,” I responded.
I heard Dakota making the announcements, “ladies and gentleman, welcome to the ‘Sound Of Sparks To Natary’ concert, my name is Dakota Kehlsey, and to start off this concert, here’s the whole band playing a song called, ‘Butterfly Love’,”
We went on stage, played the song, then I announced the rest of the songs, then we played those.
After the three songs, I went up to the mic. again, “alrighty, how was that Natary?” I asked, they all cheered. “Alright, alright, so we’re going to have a shorty intermission so you can do what you need to do and we’ll be right back with more songs, and uh please if you haven’t already, please go buy a souvenir, and keep the money going,” I said.
I then exited the stage with everyone else, then for about ten minutes, I talked with everyone to see how they were all feeling and surprisingly, they were just as nervous as I was.
The concert felt like it was taking forever, I listened to all the solos going on and I played Natasha and Carson’s duet backstage, and they sure did a great job, and I faintly heard them singing.
“Just close your eyes, the sun is going down, you’ll be alright, no one can hurt you now, come morning light, you and I’ll be safe and sound.”
It was definitely a beautiful piece that I did like playing.
We went on for our last few songs (including mine and Evylynn’s duet) that we had to do, then came my solo.
Man, I can’t describe how scared I am, I looked out upon the crowd, and I saw Charleston looking down at his watch, most certainly not impressed.
I then heard Dakota whisper from across the stage, “Mari, come on, you’re up.”
I walked over and sat down at my piano and saw an old purple vase with a beautiful design carved into it, and the carvings were filled in with a dark blue paint, I thought it was so pretty that it had to have something inside, so I decided to put my buttercup inside.
Dakota then pulled back the curtains, and I looked upon the crowd, and they all cheered.
I looked at my buttercup sitting on my shiny white, piano, I then looked up at the star filled sky, and for some strange reason I saw all on our names in a constellation form, I looked back down at my music, smiled, a tear streamed down my face.
I sighed, “This song is dedicated to a very special guy, that I love with all my heart,” I whispered into the mic. I started to play my solo on the piano, note, after note, and I started to sing, “there is no upper hand I’m giving you mine, it doesn’t have to end up wasting your time, there’s things that I could say, but hear it my way, I want to let you know that it’s all okay.” There was a small instrumental moment and I noticed Haden was standing in the audience, smiling at me, so I smiled back at him, and then I continued, “I like your smile, but even introductions need to last a while, sometimes I don’t know if I’m right or wrong, and in the end it seems like everything is worse when you’re gone, there is no upper hand I’m giving you mine, it doesn’t have to end up wasting your time, there’s things that I could say but hear it my way I want to let you know, that it’s all okay, so there you are mistakenly mistaken for a deeper scar, a hole in your heart and the same for me, is everything you touch keeping you down or setting you free,” I noticed something a little bit silly, but when I started to do the chorus again, the crowd followed while Dakota was doing some crazy light effects, “there is no upper hand,I’m giving you mine, it doesn’t have to end up wasting your time, there’s things that I could say, but hear it my way, I want to let you know, that it’s all okay, shelter my eyes from the sun, and wait for the birds to fly by, trying to reach everyone and know what you’re feeling inside, deep in my head now it’s like a dream goodbye, there is no upper hand,I’m giving you mine, it doesn’t have to end up wasting your time, there’s things that I could say, but hear it my way, I want to let you know, that it’s all okay, your broken wings could’ve been the reason that you’re down, you know I hate seeing you with a sad frown, there’s things that you could say but hear it my way, I won’t let you down, cause it’s all okay, I won’t let you down, cause, I, love, you,” I finished the song and got a standing ovation, I stood up and bowed as the curtains closed. I ran behind stage and I saw all my friends (except Haden) running over to me, and they all hugged me, saying it was great, I then pulled back slowly when I saw Haden nearing me, my whole body tensed up again.
“Uh that song you sang was great,” he said.
“Oh thanks, umm guys, could you leave us alone please?” I asked.
“Yeah, we’ll go,” Evylynn smirked while everyone left, I gave her a look that said to just stop, I then turned back to Haden.
“Uh, Haden, you know how at the beginning, I said that sarong was for the The persona that I loved?” I asked.
“Yeah,” Haden responded.
“Well, uh, um, uh,” I choked on my words, I was so scared, then I took a deep breath in and let it out, “well, you’re the person that I love,” I said confidently.
I was expecting him to slap me, but instead he just smiled at me sincerely, then he put his hand on my shoulder, “I love you too Mari,” he said.
“Really, y-you mean it?” I said a bit shakily.
“Yup!” he responded happily.
I was so overly excited and overjoyed, I was once again lost for words, then Haden leaned in to kiss me, so I did the same, but we were interrupted by Carson saying, “hey guys let’s go, we got to get on stage for them to announce the amount.”
We looked at each other and started laughing a bit, then we followed the others on stage. Dakota pulled back the curtains, and there we were, we bowed and then I walked up to the mic. and then Lilly came up to me holding a clipboard, she then handed me the clipboard.
“People of Natary, thank you so much for showing up to this event to help save this beloved city,” I said, then they all cheered, “alright, alright, so what I got here, is the amount of money we got and we’re going to see if we got enough, ok sor for selling tickets we reached, 1,526 dollars, for the horse race, we got 1,736 dollars, and for souvenirs and concessions, we got 1,901 dollars, which totals up to 5,163 dollars, which is 3,163 dollars more than our goal to save this city!” I announced happily.
There were people in the crowd going crazy and then Charleston stood up angrily and yelled, “NO!” he stomped up to the stage and came up to me, “there’s no way, you must be lying, I’m going to get my 2,000 dollars from tearing soon this rock of a city because you don’t have it,” he yelled.
I held the clipboard up to him, and then I called out to Lilly, “Lilly, bring the cash,” she then came out holding 2,000 dollars, then she gave it to me. I shoved it towards him, and I said angrily, “now get out, and I never want to hear anything about you taking out cities ever again.” I noticed he started to shake when he saw we had all been giving him death stares, even people in the crowd were getting ready for him to flee, and so he did he took his money and ran.
That night was probably the best night of life. We’re now super popular, and Haden and I are finally together, life couldn’t get any better than this.
*15 years later*
It’s fifteen years later and Haden and I are married and have a daughter and her name is Melody, and we still live in the one city we had saved.
My family definitely has grown since I was a little girl, like now I’m an aunt, Evylynn married a man named Jackson Barlim, and they have a daughter name Kiera and she is a wonderful niece, and Melody is always super her only cousin. Things sure have changed since that concert, and we’ve all kind of become a walking tour. We’re still playing and we’re all still friends, but a lot of us have moved on to bigger things, for example, Mabel and Caroline have become the biggest horse back racers in the country, and Lilly and Johnny got married a few months after me and they decided to open up their own park, (since a park is where they first met and got together) which is is quite popular and a lot of bands play there too, Sionatta and Karen moved on to being famous artists, a lot of their work ended up in popular museums all over the world, and as for Natasha and Carson, they and their two oldest twins Katie and Mario, work in their own business, which is an adoption center/vet and that’s going we for them.
All of us have grown so much since our years in college, and I’m excited. For the future and what it’ll throw at us.
I’m Gonna Start typing my gameknight999 books, i’ll make one series called The Next Generation with Death Shadow, Secrets In The Woods and The Blue Crystal the series is in normal modded minecraft made by Fletcher873, the element mod and a animations mod with a virus. The Physical world is set from another series, with elements and stuff like that and Fletcher is the only one in that world that wants to be a normal boy.
I’ll Read Out the Blurb:
Gameknight999 has finished a battle with Entity303 and has switched off all the mods he turned on, thinking peace is finally settled. He finds a user named Fletcher873, and while they head back to the village, a purple glow attacks the village and Gameknight and Fletcher Have to take it on.
Secrets in the woods:
After Defeating the evil virus Fletcher Tells Gameknight about the woodland mansion in the roofed forest guarded by monster’s, along journey to the cartographer leaves Gameknight and Fletcher in a dangerous adventure.
The Blue Crystal:
Gameknight tested his mods every night, his latest one is kept running overnight while he’s entering minecraft to see Fletcher again, while a new monster king is born, a strange crystal is found. Gameknight has to fight the monster king and find out what the crystal’s purpose.