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Your name is Karkat Vantas and, while you still very much despise yourself, your self-loathing is no longer the most important thing on your mind.

You are currently working on a game, by which you mean you’re about to finish it.

It was ludicrously easy, since Eridan had already provided you with the code. All you really have to do is copy and compile it. That’s probably a good thing, because you have no idea what any of this means, despite repeated attempts at changing that.

Nevertheless you keep at it, even with all those constant interruptions. Mostly by highbloods. So many highbloods. You still have no idea why you haven’t blocked half of them yet.

Probably because they’d fucking kill you if you did, you guess.

Karkat: Be Interrupted

It’s her again. Twice in one goddamn night. It must be your wriggling day or something.

-- gloweringColorist [GC] began trolling codingGenius [CG] --

GC: K$rkL#s
GC: k$Rkl#S
GC: h3Y K4rKL3s

CG: LOOK WHO DECIDED 2 TALK 2 ME AGAIN.
CG: APPARENTLY ONE THOU2AND WORD CONVER2ATION I2N’T ENOUGH KARKAT FOR HER.

GC: !S 1t M#?
CG: YE2 IT’2 YOU.
GC: >:]
CG: WHAT I2 IT?
GC: wh$T 1s WH4t?
CG: WHAT DO YOU WANT?
GC: ! W4nT $ loT Of tH!ngS
CG: ALRIGHT FINE.
CG: WHY ARE YOU TALKING 2 ME?

GC: B3c$Us3
GC: ! L1k# T4lK!ng TO yoU

CG: THANK2, I GUE22.
CG: I’D LIKE 2 POINT OUT THAT THAT 2TILL EXPLAIN2 AB2OLUTELY NOTHING.

GC: ! h3$Rd 4BOut SOm3TH1nG
GC: Som#Th1NG yoU $r3 DO1nG
GC: $nd ! ThoUGht !T w4S FunNY
GC: b3C$us#
GC: You N#v3R Do 4NYth!Ng
GC: >:]

CG: I’M GOING 2 IGNORE THE COMMENT ON MY ALLEGED LAZINE22 FOR THE PURPO2E OF MOVING THI2 HOLLOW 2HELL OF A CONVER2ATION ALONG.
CG: WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?

GC: yOU m1SS3d TH3 p#Rf3CT opPOrtUN1tY
GC: To uS# th# WorD SloTH
GC: >:[

CG: FOCU2, TEREZI.
CG: I’M 2ERIOU2LY THI2 CLO2E 2 LEAVING.
CG: THI2 CLO2E.

GC: w4!T
GC: pl#$s3 DOnt GO
GC: 1 w!Ll fOCus
GC: ! $m nOW foCUs1NG

CG: HURRY THE FUCK UP AND GET 2 THE POINT ALREADY.
GC: ok$Y
GC: 1 h#$rd YOu 4R# m4K!ng $ G4m#
GC: $nd ! WouLD l1K# to PL4y

CG: 2URE.
GC: >:o
GC: R#4lLY?

CG: YEAH.
CG: I WA2 GOING 2 A2K YOU ANYWAY.

GC: th$Nk yOU
CG: YOU’RE WELCOME.
GC: 1 pROm1S# to H$v3 $ Lot OF fuN
GC: $lsO
GC: ! h4V# 4 qU#st!On

CG: THI2 I2 GOING 2 BE A WHOLE NEW, RIDICULOUS LEVEL OF RETARDED, I2N’T IT?
GC: wH$t k!Nd oF G4m# !s 1T?
CG: OKAY, THAT’2 A LOT LE22 IDIOTIC THAN I WA2 EXPECTING.
GC: >:]
CG: IT’2 AL2O PRETTY MUCH A 2ECRET AT THI2 POINT.
GC: >:[
CG: LET’2 NOT PRETEND YOU’VE NEVER KEPT ANY 2ECRET2 WHAT2OEVER FROM ME.
CG: YOU’LL JU2T HAVE 2 WAIT AND 2EE.
CG: OR HEAR.
CG: OR 2MELL.
CG: WHATEVER.

GC: Ok4Y
GC: ! w1LL b3 P$t1#Nt
GC: wH#n c$N 1 3XP3cT
GC: YouR M4sT#rp!#c3?

CG: I´M ALMO2T DONE, ACTUALLY.
CG: I´M WORKING ON THE FINI2HING TOUCHE2 RIGHT NOW.

GC: OK4y
GC: ! Gu3SS 1 w!Ll l#$v3 YOu 4LOn3
GC: GOod LUck K$rk$T

CG: THANK2.
GC: >:]

-- gloweringColorist [GC] ceased trolling codingGenius [CG] --

Karkat: Continue

Huh.

That was a lot less hassle than you were expecting out of that.

Kind of weird. That could stand to happen more often, really.

Anyway, you guess it’s about damn time you finished this game, even though you really don’t feel like it. There are way too many things you don’t understand about what you’re doing, and it’s about damn time you started looking for answers.

You know exactly where to start.

Karkat: Question

-- codingGenius [CG] began trolling causalAnomaly [CA] --

CG: ERIDAN?
CG: ARE YOU 2TILL ALIVE?
CG: LIKE, I2 YOU NOT BEING DEAD 2TILL A THING?
CG: TELL ME EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED WA2N’T A GODDAMN DELU2ION.
CG: BECAU2E I’D BE THE LAUGHING 2TOCK OF THE WHOLE EMPIRE.
CG: I’D AL2O PROBABLY BE DEAD.
CG: TELL ME I’M NOT TALKING TO GHO2T2 HERE, PLEA2E.

CA: y0ure n0t talkin t0 gh0sts
CG: JU2T ONE, RIGHT?
CA: im n0t a gh0st
CG: I WA2 MAKING A JOKE.
CA: s0rry
CA: wwhat d0 y0u wwant

CG: I HAVE A QUE2TION.
CA: i kn0ww
CG: BY WHICH I MEAN THAT WHAT I WANT I2 AN AN2WER.
CA: 0k
CG: WHAT THE FUCK AM I DOING HERE?
CG: I DON’T UNDER2TAND ANY OF THI2 CODE.
CG: I’M PRETTY 2URE IT COMPILE2, A2 FAR A2 I CAN TELL.
CG: I JU2T HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THE HELL ANY OF IT DOE2.
CG: WHERE THE FUCK ARE THE CREATOR’2 COMMENT2?

CA: y0u d0nt havve t0 understand it
CA: y0u just havve t0 c0de it

CG: ERIDAN, I WANT 2 KNOW WHAT THI2 GODDAMN GAME DOE2.
CG: I’M NOT FINI2HING IT UNTIL I KNOW WHAT THE HELL I’M WORKING ON.

CA: i d0nt think y0ull like the answwer
CG: I’M PRETTY 2URE I CAN 2TILL MAKE UP MY OWN MIND ON WHAT I LIKE IN AN AN2WER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
CA: 0k
CA: i kn0ww y0u wwill n0t like the answwer

CG: THI2 MIGHT 2TRIKE YOU A2 COMPLETELY INCOMPREHEN2IBLE, BUT THAT’2 EXACTLY WHY I’M A2KING.
CG: NOW 2PILL IT.

CA: it wwill destr0y the ww0rld
CG: …
CG: WOW.
CG: OKAY, YEAH.
CG: I DON’T LIKE THAT AN2WER.
CG: IN FACT, THAT I2 PRETTY MUCH THE MO2T HORRENDOU2 AN2WER YOU COULD’VE GIVEN.
CG: A2IDE FROM, YOU KNOW, THE DE2TRUCTION OF ALL REALITY IT2ELF.
CG: THAT CAN’T PO22IBLY BE ALL IT DOE2.

CA: it wwill als0 savve all th0se wwh0 play
CG: 2O...
CG: THAT PRETTY MUCH MEAN2 I’M CAU2ING THE APOCALYP2E.
CG: WHILE AL2O GETTING 2 DECIDE WHO 2URVIVE2 IT?
CG: I’M 2ORRY BUT I’M PRETTY 2URE LEAVING THAT RE2PON2IBILITY IN MY HAND2 I2 ONE OF THE WOR2T MI2TAKE2 MADE IN THE HI2TORY OF TROLLKIND.
CG: IT’2 RIGHT UP THERE WITH THE HEMO2PECTRUM AND EVERYTHING I’VE EVER DONE.

CA: n0
CA: it has already been decided wwh0 wwill play

CG: GREAT.
CG: THAT 2OLVE2 ALL OF MY PROBLEM2 WITH THAT 2CENARIO.
CG: JU2T ONE MINOR I22UE.
CG: DO I GET 2 KNOW WHO THE2E LUCKY CHO2EN FEW ARE?

CA: im sure y0ull be able t0 figure it 0ut
CA: there wwill be twwelvve 0f us
CA: y0u wwill ch00se a feww 0f us y0urself
CA: like me and ter and kan
CA: and wwe wwill ch00se sevveral 0thers and s0 0n

CG: WHAT THE FUCK MAKE2 YOU THINK I FEEL LIKE 2AVING THE LIVE2 OF THO2E 2?
CA: i d0nt think
CA: i kn0ww

CG: IF THE TWELVE YOU MEAN ARE THE WELVE I THINK YOU MEAN,
CA: they are
CG: THEN WHAT EXACTLY I2 MY MOTIVATION HERE?
CG: WHY THE FUCK WOULD I PLAY ALONG WITH THI2 BULL2HIT 2CHEME?

CA: its a chance t0 change
CG: CHANGE WHAT?
CA: evverythin
CA: th0ugh maybe the m0st imp0rtant thin f0r y0u is that this is a chance at redempti0n

CG: YOU HAVE GOT 2 BE FUCKING KIDDING ME.
CG: DO YOU KNOW WHAT THE AB2OLUTE WOR2T PART ABOUT THAT CLICHE I2?
CG: THE FACT THAT IT APPARENTLY WORK2.

CA: i kn0ww
CG: 2TOP 2AYING THAT.
CG: THAT HA2 2 BE THE MO2T ANNOYINGLY 2MUG 2TATEMENT OUR LANGUAGE HA2 EVER PUKED OUT.
CG: AND IF THERE EVER WA2 AN ATTITUDE THAT DOE2N’T 2UIT YOU, IT WOULD BE 2MUG.
CG: YOU COULD 2TAND 2 BE EITHER LE22 IMPO22IBLY OMNI2CIENT OR LE22 INFURIATINGLY VAGUE.
CG: PREFERABLY BOTH.

CA: im s0rry f0r makin y0u mad
CG: NO YOU’RE NOT.
CG: YOU’RE JU2T 2AYING THAT 2 2HUT ME UP.

CA: i wwant t0 be s0rry
CA: i wwant t0 say y0ure wwr0ng
CA: but i cant
CA: i did wwhat i came here f0r
CA: bye kar

CG: ERIDAN, WAIT.

-- causalAnomaly [CA] ceased trolling codingGenius [CG] --

CG: I’M 2ORRY.

Karkat: Apologise

That’s not going to work, he’s gone already.

God damnit. Why did you have to fuck everything up again? Great going Karkat, just go ahead and shit on the guy that reached out to you.

Something which he really didn’t have to do, mind you. You’re pretty sure he could’ve chosen any schmuck to do this for him, but he still asked you to do it.

Although they probably wouldn’t have been as fast as you.

Or maybe this is all predestined bullshit, like he’s making it out to be, and you have no idea what the hell that means for you in the grand scheme of things.

Probably still that you’re a shitty friend.

Karkat: Finish

Oh well, you’re wasting time with all this depressing self-reflection.

You’re going to finish this game, and you’re going to distribute it, and you’re going to destroy the world.

This is easily going to be the best night of your life.

Gamzee: Pause

You need to take a breath. A long one.

You haven’t stopped moving ever since you left Serket’s hive, without any real purpose of destination.

This isn’t helping. You’re angry as all hell, you’re just not sure at what.

That’s bullshit, a part of you says, you know exactly what, or who, you’re angry at. You just can’t let yourself realise that.

You need something else. You need to talk to the one who put you up to this.

Gamzee: Contact Subordinate

-- technicallyColorblind [TC] began trolling adventureArchaeologist [AA] --

TC: aradia.
AA: h3y gamz33
AA: whats up?

TC: we need to talk
AA: okay
AA: what do w3 n33d to talk about?

TC: i would like to talk about feferi.
TC: AND HOW YOU MOTHERFUCKIN LIED TO ME.

AA: what?
TC: YOU MOTHERFUCKIN TOLD ME I COULD GET ALL UP TO SAVING HER YOU BITCH.
TC: AND INSTEAD I FIND THE MOTHERFUCKIN SPIDERTROLL CRAWLING IN HER MOTHERFUCKIN THINK PAN AND I ALMOST BEAT HER TO MOTHERFUCKIN DEATH.

AA: oh no...
TC: WHAT THE MOTHERFUCK WERE YOU THINKING?
TC: DID YOU GET YOUR MOTHERFUCKIN THOUGHT UP ON WHAT WAS GOING TO END UP OCCURING WHEN I MOTHERFUCKIN FOUND OUT?
TC: WHAT DID THAT MOTHERFUCKIN SEA MONSTER OFFER YOU?

AA: what?
AA: 3quius n3v3r off3r3d m3 anything!
AA: i hav3 n3v3r 3v3n talk3d to him!

TC: I CAN’T MOTHERFUCKIN BELIEVE I EVER PUT MY MOTHERFUCKIN TRUST IN YOU.
AA: :((
AA: gamz33 your3 not making any s3ns3
AA: pl33s3 t3ll m3 what happ3n3d
AA: what did you do to f3f3ri?

TC: THAT MOTHERFUCKIN BITCH OF A LEIJON HAD HER WHEN I MOTHERFUCKIN GOT THERE.
AA: thats awful
AA: but
AA: and pl33s3 dont y3ll at m3
AA: why w3r3 you th3r3?

TC: WHAT THE MOTHERFUCK ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?
TC: I WAS THERE TO MOTHERFUCKIN SAVE HER YOU MOTHERFUCKIN BITCH.
TC: LIKE YOU MOTHERFUCKIN TOLD ME TO.
TC: GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE GODDAMN GROUND.

AA: oh...
AA: oh no
AA: :((
AA: im so sorry gamz33
AA: thats not what i m3ant at all

TC: THEN WHAT THE MOTHERFUCK WAS IT THAT YOU WERE MEANING?
AA: i told you that tonight would bring opportunit33s for all of us
AA: you w3r3nt suppos3d to sav3 h3r y3t
AA: you would hav3 th3 opportunity lat3r
AA: im so sorry
AA: i should hav3 b33n mor3 cl33r

TC: MOTHERFUCK.
TC: it looks like i done made a pretty big motherfuckin mistake.

AA: is f3f3ri okay?
TC: i don’t think she motherfuckin is, sis.
TC: i wasn’t very motherfuckin kind to her.

AA: :((
AA: pl33s3 t3ll m3 sh3s aliv3 at l33st

TC: yeah.
TC: i managed to all up and stop myself from going that motherfuckin far.
TC: that’s about all the motherfuckin good i ended up getting done over there.

AA: ar3 you alright?
TC: i’m going to motherfuckin kill them, sis.
TC: leijon and serket and all them motherfuckers.
TC: i’m going to bash their atrocious motherfuckin skulls in.
TC: and i don’t give a shit what color their motherfuckin blood is.
TC: THEY’LL MOTHERFUCKIN BLEED TO DEATH LIKE EVERYONE ELSE.

AA: pl33s3 dont do anything rash
AA: 3v3rything will start soon 3nough

TC: so you’ve finally finished that great motherfuckin plan of yours?
AA: w3ll iv3 had a littl3 h3lp
AA: but im not allow3d to talk about that

TC: who’s disallowing you to do anything?
AA: a myst3rious fri3nd of min3 who ask3d m3 not to t3ll anyon3 anything about that myst3rious fri3nd
AA: dont worry
AA: this fri3nd is not an 3n3my of yours

TC: he’s on our side?
AA: w3ll
AA: im not sur3 if sid3s ar3 applicabl3 in this cas3
AA: but this would n3v3r hav3 work3d without him
AA: so trust m3 to trust him okay?

TC: fine.
TC: i’m sorry i yelled at you.

AA: its okay
AA: i und3rstand how you f33l
AA: nobody wants f3f3ri saf3 mor3 than i do

TC: we’ll get her out of ther ugly motherfuckin claws soon enough.
TC: what do i have to do?

AA: go back to your hiv3
AA: youll g3t 3v3rything you n33d onc3 your3 th3r3

TC: pretty sure that waterbreathing loudmouth still has that place locked up tight.
AA: ill h3lp you tim3 your arrival
AA: youll b3 abl3 to b33t som3 s3ns3 into th3 guards
AA: and youll 3v3n g3t to s33 your lusus again!

TC: if he’s still alive.
TC: and he had motherfuckin better be in an alive state of being.
TC: OR ELSE I WILL DESECRATE THEIR MOTHERFUCKIN CORPSES IN THE HOLIEST OF MOTHERFUCKIN WAYS.

AA: hav3 you talk3d to tavros y3t?
AA: im sorry if this sounds rud3 but i think you could us3 your moirail right about now

TC: that probably ain’t such a bad motherfuckin idea.
TC: my head hurts like all kinds of hell.
TC: don’t worry about me though, sis, i won’t be making any more of a motherfuckin mess of things.

AA: im r33lly glad to h33r that
AA: just
AA: tak3 it 33sy okay?
AA: i dont want to los3 anoth3r fri3nd

TC: yeah.
TC: thanks aradia.

AA: your3 w3lcom3
AA: i hop3 youll f33l b3tt3r soon

TC: what the motherfuck have you been up to, by the way?
AA: oh
AA: uh
AA: i had to cl33r my h3ad a littl3 bit so i took a walk
AA: r33lly it was nothing sp3cial

TC: that’s motherfuckin chill, sis.
TC: sorry to go all up and wreck that state of motherfuckin mind with my tantrum.
TC: i’ll leave you to whatever the motherfuck it is that you do in that motherfucking lush forest of yours.

AA: thank you!
AA: i hop3 you f33l b3tt3r soon!

-- technicallyColorblind [TC] ceased trolling adventureArchaeologist [AA] --

Gamzee: Relax

That sounds like a brilliant motherfuckin idea. You need some time to motherfuckin chill.

You’re still feeling that urge to beat the holiest of motherfuckin shits out of everything around you, but you think you can control yourself for a little while.

There will be plenty of time to unleash yourself later.