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Terra Incognita

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'If you leave here, your adventure will really be over. Your friends will follow you out of the Underground.'

Frisk took a deep breath, staring at the light beyond the mouth of the cave.

“hey Frisk.”

“Hey Sans.”

“guess this is it then, huh? there's a whole world up there.”

“Yeah. There is.”

The sounds of footsteps could be heard echoing in the chamber where the Barrier had once held dominion. Frisk turned around to see Toriel and Asgore, Undyne and Alphys, and Papyrus behind Sans. Frisk smiled.

“Is everyone ready?”

A mix of nods and enthusiastic vocal responses (mostly from Undyne and Papyrus) was the reply, and Frisk turned back to towards the sunlight.

“Then I'm ready too. This adventure is over. Time to move on to the next.”

Frisk marched forward, holding their hand up to shield their eyes as the light became brighter....

 

“Oh my...” Toriel gasped.

“Isn't it beautiful, everyone?” The king's deep voice rumbled, but it was easy enough to hear the awe in his comment as well. Frisk looked away from the landscape to check on everyone; it looked like everyone was completely occupied drinking in the sights, sounds, and smells of the Surface.

“Wow... it's e-even better than on TV. WAY better! Better than I ever imagined!”

“Frisk, you LIVE with this?! The sunlight is so nice... and the air is so fresh! I really feel alive!”

“HEY SANS... WHAT'S THAT GIANT BALL?”

“we call that 'the sun', my friend.”

“THAT'S THE SUN?! WOWIE! I CAN'T BELIEVE I'M FINALLY MEETING THE SUN!!”

Frisk snickered, but didn't speak, not wanting to ruin the moment.

“I could stand here and watch this for hours.”

“Yes, it is beautiful, is it not? But we should really think about what comes next.”

“Oh, right.”

Frisk tried to suppress their laughter at the sound of awkward recognition in Asgore's voice. Actually, being out in the sun and the fresh air again, it seemed to be making them light headed. Everything seemed funny.

“Everyone... this is the beginning of a bright new future. An era of peace between humans and monsters. Frisk... I have something to ask of you.”

The light headed feeling vanished in an instant, and Frisk turned towards Asgore.

“Will you act as our ambassador to the humans?”

Frisk stopped breathing for a second, their mind racing furiously. There was a definite possibility that the first response most humans would have when seeing eight foot boss monsters would involve freaking out, and that went double for skeletons, no matter how cuddly they were or how goofy they acted or how awful their puns were. So they needed a human to act as a go between, that was obvious. But would other humans listen to a child?

Would any human listen to this child?

...actually, maybe they would.

In the last two or three days, a lot had changed. In fact, almost everything was different now. Old rules no longer applied in this new world, a world filled with monsters and magic and...

...and friends.

Frisk nodded. “I'll do it. I will be the ambassador. I will ambassadorize all of the things.”

“YES! FRISK WILL BE THE BEST AMBASSADOR! AND I, THE GREAT PAPYRUS, WILL BE THE BEST MASCOT! I'LL GO MAKE A GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION!”

Papyrus immediately sprinted down the mountain trail, and Frisk flinched. “Oh boy, here we go....”

Sans chuckled. “welp. somebody's got to keep him from getting into trouble. see you guys.”

Sans turned around and walked back into the cave, and Frisk let their breath out in a giggle.

“Man, do I have to do EVERYTHING?! Papyrus, wait!!!”

Undyne sprinted down the mountain after the skeleton, followed closely by a lizard in a lab coat.

“Hey, Undyne!! Wait up!!”

In a matter of moments, only the royalty and Frisk were left, and the human child mentally adjusted their expectations of what being ambassador would involve.

“Whoops.”

There was an awkward pause as the queen and the human pondered the depth of the king's understatement.

“Uh, should I do something?”

The queen made an exasperated noise in her throat, which the king somehow understood instantly.

“Well, gotta go!”

As the king descended the mountain path, Toriel turned to watch him, and Frisk felt hope rise in their chest as they did.

“It seems that everyone is quite eager to set off.”

“Yeah... well. There's a lot to do.”

Toriel looked at Frisk, and the child turned to look up at the boss monster in turn.

“Frisk... you came from this world, right...? So you must have a place to return to, do you not? What will you do now?”

'What do you have to go back to that is worth this?!'

'You're always sorry! You say you're sorry but this shit keeps happening!'

Toriel blinked as Frisk looked down at the ground and their breathing hitched. “...Frisk?”

'By the way... Frisk... take care of Mom and Dad for me, okay?'

Frisk gritted their teeth and forced their breathing back to normal. Looking up at Toriel again, they hoped that the stinging in their eyes hadn't turned into actual tears yet.

“I... I want to stay with you, please...”

“What?”

The look on the queen's face, and her response, stopped Frisk's heart for a moment, but she continued before the child could think to backpedal.

“Frisk... you really are a funny child. If you had said that earlier, none of this would have happened. It is a good thing that you took so long to change your mind. Hee hee hee.”

Frisk smiled and laughed along with the queen, even if it was a little hollow... and watery.

“Well... I suppose... if you really do not have any other place to go... I will do my best to take care of you, for as long as you need. All right?”

“...thank you. I... I promise I'll make you proud. I'll...” Frisk sniffed and smiled. “I'll make everyone proud.”

Toriel smiled and held out her paw, and Frisk grasped it.

“Now, come along. Everyone is waiting for us!”

The boss monster and the child walked down the mountain path

 

* QUITTING...

 

until Frisk stumbled.

“Are you alright, Frisk??”

“Uh. Yeah. Just got dizzy for a second. Also looking at every part of the world except the part right in front of me, that didn't help.”

Frisk shook their head, smiled, and raised their free hand to point at the buildings in the distance.

“Those tall buildings there? That's the downtown part of Ebott's Wake. The town I came from. And that other mountain over there, that's Lone Point. There's a town at the base of it too, also called Lone Point. And it's on the coast, so there's that. Some day soon, you guys all need to see the ocean. I know we have a lot to do first, but, you know. It should go on the list.”

“Very well. What else can you tell us about this place? Ebott's Wake, you called it? Is it named for the mountain, or was the mountain named for the town?”

“Well... let me think for a minute... okay, I remember now. A long time ago, there was this guy called 'Handy Manny' Kelly....”