Prologue - Reader is ten years old
The feeling of falling was exhilarating. The wind rushing past you and ruffling your hair was one of the best feelings in the world. Why were you falling again? Oh right, you're here to save Chara. In your little village, Chara was your only friend. It broke your heart when you heard what those evil kids did to them. You never understood why everyone hated Chara, they were so nice and kind. Their smile brightened up your day… but now you didn't know if you would ever see it again.
The ground was getting closer and closer, and you estimated you had about a minute until you landed. You spread your arms and legs out, arching your back and head upwards. You knew this wouldn't be the best way to land, but what do you have to lose? ‘I gotta save Chara’, ‘I gotta live so I can see Chara again’, ‘We’ll be happy just gotta live through this and save Chara’. these thoughts went through your head and repeated themselves, almost like a broken record. You screwed your eyes shut tight as the ground approached, but never felt it. You opened your eyes, and saw the ground just inches beneath you. You were suspended mid air.
‘Wha-oomph” You landed, knocking some of the wind out of you. ‘Okay, that was weird..’ you think as you get up, brushing some of the dirt off of you. You look around the room, trying to find a hint to where Chara is. Seeing an exit to your right, you make your way over to it, trying not to trample the golden flowers. Exiting the cave-like room, you find yourself in another room, similar to the last. It's dark, and you can make out much. The only light source is a small beam of light shining on a small patch of grass. Not sensing any danger, you continue. Your trek was boring, passing through long rooms and reading signs. You were starting to get discouraged when suddenly, you were stopped by a….frog?
“Uhm, Hello!” You greeted nervously. “W-what are you?”
“Ribbit.” I am Froggit.
You jumped back, How did you translate that? You stared at the ‘Froggit’ in confusion. “H-how did you do that?”
“Ribbit” I am Froggit. I am speaking in your soul.
“My what? Soul?” You were perplexed to say in the least. “So, like telepathy? But to my soul? How does that work?” You riddled off question after question.
“Ribbit Ribbit, Meow” I do not know what that is, Human. Are you new to the Underground?
“Is that what this place is called?” You asked, noticing how Froggit did not answer your last question.
“Ribbit.” Indeed. “Ribbit, Ribbit” Right now, we are in the Ruins.
“So who all lives here?” You liked this Froggit, he was nice and answered all of your questions….mostly.
“Ribbit Ribbit.” In the Ruins? The Royal Family. In the Underground? Monsters. Don’t worry, we are friendly! Froggit made a face, trying to smile at you. You smiled back, feeling safe with your little frog friend.
“Thank you so much, but you wouldn't have seen another human around here, have you? They're a little shorter than me, brown hair to their chin, rosy cheeks?” You bounced on the balls of your feet, eager to find Chara.
“Riiiiibbit” Hmmm, I think I saw who you’re looking for.
“Ribbit Ribbit Ribbit, Meow, Ribbit” A few days ago, they fell and the queen, Toriel took them to her home. Do not fret, they are safe. Queen Toriel and King Asgore are very welcoming and friendly.
You let out a sigh of relief. You didn't know what you would do if Chara got hurt. Froggit pointed you in the right direction. You thanked him again and waved goodbye. You passed many monsters on the way, you even met a cute little ghost name Napstablook! He told you that the reason you didn't die when you fell was because the queen had put a magic rune around the flower bed, protecting all who fell down into the Underground, which made sense. From what you have heard, the Royal Family is very nice to humans, so you really didn't have anything to fear. As you approached what you expected to be your destination, your nerves began to arise. How would you approach them? ‘Hello Mr. and Mrs. Monster I’m here to bring my friend back from your happy little world yes and how do I leave?’. Who were you kidding? You swallowed hard, deciding to wing it, and kept walking. You reached the door, and you were about to knock before you heard laugher. Chara’s laughter. You put your ear to the door and listened.
“Mom!! Can you read us another story?!” It was the voice of a kid, but not Chara’s. You guessed it was the prince,
“Calm down, sweetie. Of course mommy will, what book this time?” This voice was motherlike. The Queen.
“Can you read the one about Fuzzy Bunny?” A very deep voice, riddled with laughter and joy. Must be Asgore.
“Yeah!! Fuzzy Bunny Starts a Business!!” The prince cheered.
“What about you Chara, would you like me to read that book?” Toriel asked. Your heart was racing. Cara is safe…
“Yes please…” Chara said meekly, clearly nervous.
You couldn't take it anymore, and slowly cracked open the door to peek through. The family didn't notice. You saw two goat-like creatures sitting in recliners by a burning fireplace. One had a golden beard and was wearing a pink hawaiian shirt with blue pineapple print. He had huge horns, but his caring expression reminded you of a giant teddy bear. The other was much more feminine, wearing a purple dress with a beautiful design centered on the chest. Her horns were smaller, and she adorned a loving expression as she opened a book. A smaller goat creature sat at his mother's feet. He looked identical to his mother, tiny horns and eyes full of hope. He was wearing a green sweater with two yellow stripes. Next to him was Chara, looking happier than you have ever seen them. They sat relaxed, joking around with the prince, poking him in the side. The children were hushed as Toriel cleared her throat to start reading, but she was interrupted.
“Mom, before we start, can I say something?” The prince said, a small nervous blush adorning his face. Toriel nodded, and everyone's attention was on the little goat prince.
He stood up. “I-I just wanted to say how happy I am that Chara is now apart of our family. I know it's different from what you're used to, but I'm going to be by your side, we all are.” The prince ended his little speech with a smile, and Chara stood up. They had small tears in their eyes.
“Oh Asriel… I’m glad too.” Chara hugged Asriel, who quickly hugged back. Toriel and Asgore joined the hug, and you could feel your heart break.
“Thank you… all of you..: Chara said, as the hug was released. “I don't know what I did to deserve you all, but I love all of you… You gave me the family I always wanted.” Okay, ouch.
“Oh honey, we love you too.” Toriel said, touched.
“I love you, Mom, Dad, Asriel.” Chara wiped away their tears, and at that point, Asriel started bawling, tackling Chara in a hug.
You couldn't take it anymore. You slowly shut the door, not knowing what to do. Chara was so happy, you couldn't bring them back. There was no way they’d be happier with you. You sighed, trying to block out the sounds of laughter and family and love that echoed from the house. You started walking, you needed to figure out how to get back, or at least away from here. You sighed, stuffing your hands into your pockets, kicking a pile of leaves. Keeping your eyes down, you didn't see Napstablook ahead, and bumped right into him. (How you didn't go right through him, you didn't know).
“oh….i’m sorry...i...didn't see you..” Napstablook tried to apologize, but quickly noticed your downcast expression. “hey….what's wrong? you….look sad...and that's coming from….me...haha..” Your ghost friend tried to cheer you up.
“I’m sorry Napsta, it's just I no longer have a reason to be here, and I don't know the way out…” You felt bad for burdening Napstablook, but you didn't know what to do.
“oh..don't worry…..i can help you…...get out of the ruins…. i understand if you don't want me though…..haha..”
You nodded at the shy ghost. “I just don't wanna get noticed, but I greatly appreciate the help Napsta. Lead the way” You tried to smile.
Napstablook looked down for a second. “um….the only way out of the ruins….is through the royal families house..” Your eyes widened. “but don't worry….. we can go at night….toriel knows that i visit….and she lets me come and go as i please….” You let out a breath, relieved.
“Thank you Napsta, it means so much to me. You're the best.” You gave him a smile, and he gave you a small one in return.
“no….problem...haha” A small blush made its way to his cheeks.
You and Napstablook spent hours sitting around. He told you stories of his cousin, who is a famous robot now. He told you of his snail farm, and how slow it is. You listened, nodding and asking questions in the right places. You encouraged him to tell you more, and even told him stories about the surface. He told you about the war, and how Asgore and the Royal scientist were working on a way to break the barrier. You both shared stories and jokes, and even layed there for just a little while doing nothing. Before you knew it, it was time to go. Napstablook was the first to get up.
“ok….we can go now...follow me...please..” You followed him, trying to be as quiet as you could.
You entered the household, tip-toeing across the room. You thought that you could go wake Chara and you guys could leave, but you decided against it. Just leaving without saying goodbye left a horrible feeling in your heart, so when you saw a pad of paper and a pen on a side table next to the chair Toriel was sitting in, you didn't hesitate to grab it. Napstablook looked at you weirdly, but you didn't notice. You furiously scribbled down words, telling Chara goodbye, saying how you loved them, and how you hoped they were happy with their new family. There were so many words and emotions you wanted to express, but you had limited time. A light from a room down the hall flickered on. Your heart stopped.
“Napstablook? Is that you?” Toriel spoke from her room. Napstablook looked like he would faint.
“uh….yeah….it's m-me….” Napstablook was looking at you, wildly gesturing towards the staircase leading downwards.
“Oh, okay honey, are you leaving already?” Toriel asked, you could hear her gentle steps into the hall. You panicked, and hid behind the chair, concealing yourself from her view.
You looked to Napstablook, telling him to act normal. “yeah….i’m supposed to see Mettaton soon… i...can't wait..”
“Oh! Thats wonderful sweetie! I know how much you miss that wonderful cousin of yours.Well, goodnight Napstablook, say ‘Hi’ to mettaton for me.” She went back to her room and shut the door.
You finished your letter, ripping it off and putting everything on the side table. The letter was folded in half, and Chara’s name was written in big letters. There, you got to say goodbye. You could move on now. You got up and ran towards the stairs, Napstablook trailing behind you.
The walk wasn't long, you reached a giant set of doors in a matter of minutes. You looked to Napstablook, checking his expression for anything. He nodded at you, and you pushed open the doors. The cold air hit you like a train. You shivered violently as Napstablook floated in front of you.
“welcome to snowdin….i actually have a house here…...you can have it if you want..i never use it...haha” Napstablook lead you away from the door, you were surrounded by nothing but forest and snow. “you look really cold….the house is just up here…..just...hold on…”
You two walked for what seemed like years. Napstablook was happily humming a small tune has he floated ahead of you. You needed to think of a plan, because from what you've heard, there's no way to get back to the surface. Not like you had a reason to anyway. Chara was the closest thing you had to a family, and now they have the family they've always wanted. Napstablook did say you could have his house, so maybe you can just live here? You already had more friends here than you had in your village, so why would you leave them? You sighed, and your breath came out in a small cloud. Napstablook hear your sigh and turned to you, still continuing on the path.
“oh dear….the town is just up ahead….there's a shop where you can buy some….clothes.. there's also a bar and an inn...i think there's a library too… heh” Napstablook smiled a small smile. “i think you'll like it here…..it's small...and quiet…” You let out a little laugh at his nervousness.
“I can’t thank you enough, Napsta…” You trailed off, “I mean, you helped me leave the ruins, and now you're giving me a house...its just..Thank you so so much.” You looked up and gave him a big smile. Napstablook blushed a little, wide eyed. He laughed a little and mumbled that it was no problem.
The trip was long, but you could finally see the town up ahead. You let out a sigh of relief as you continued walking, making it to the town in just minutes. All the shops were closed, considering the time. You and Napstablook passed the bar, Grillbys, and turned right. You saw a small house that looked empty. You stopped at the door. Napstablook turned to you.
“uh….hold on a second..” You nodded and he floated right through the door. You heard something crashing and clanging, and then a few moments later, a small click. The door opened to Napstablook, looking a little disheveled by his expression.
“welcome home….haha…” He moved aside and let you in. You looked around, noticing yourself starting to warm up. The house was nice, it needed to be cleaned a little, but not much. To your right was the living room. A couch was against the wall, with a dusty tarp over it. There was also an empty bookcase, what looked like a stand for a tv, and a reclining chair scattered around the room. This was your new home, this is where you'd spend the rest of your life. You smiled a little. It's not going to be so bad.
You bid Napstablook farewell and thanked him again. It turns out that his house was pretty much everything you need, a bed, a bathroom, running water, heat, and basic house stuff. You'd need to go grocery shopping tomorrow though, and you'll need new clothes too. You mentally made of list of the stuff you were going to get, and laid down to bed. You had a new start, and you'd make sure you did it right