"Susie, Kris... are you going to leave...?"
A lone figure wearing a pastel-green robe and hat, complete with a magenta scarf and a pair of green glasses, stood, sending the question to a pair of warriors, that had helped claim back the Dark World from a total tyrant. One warrior, a human male named Kris, had blue skin and hair and wore a suit of silver armor over a blue bodysuit with a short, torn pink and blue cape. The other, a reptilian female with yellow eyes, Susie, had plum hair, lavender pink skin and wore a long black vest with some purple trims, a sleeveless purple shirt, a pair of baggy plum pants, and black boots, complete with golden trims. On her arms, she had studded bracelets and around her waist, a belt with a large golden buckle in the shape of a heart.
The figure, Ralsei, walked forward until he was level with Susie and Kris' path. He turned to face the duo, his face obscured by shadows. "Umm... I..." he began, sliding his hat over his face as if to hide some sort of shame from his team mates. "I just wanted to say... I..."
Kris and Susie glanced at one another, unsure if they should prompt Ralsei to finish his sentence. When they looked back, his hat was completely off his head, but his face was hidden behind it. They could see however, a pair of white furry hands holding each side of said hat. "I... I really enjoyed meeting you two, and..." Ralsei continued, seemingly still shy about something. His voice was however, muffled slightly by his hat.
"Hey, can you STOP mumbling into your hat for a sec? Can barely hear ya, dude." Susie said, slight annoyance in her voice. Kris responded with a simple "Mmm-hmm." and a nod. Ralsei seemed to suddenly feel a twinge of guilt, as he suddenly blurted out the words "O-oh, I'm sorry!", before finally revealing his face. Susie, upon catching a glimpse of his face, seemed to have been taken aback by it, her eyes going wide and her body flared up, resulting in an odd pose, where she was standing with her right leg in front of her left, said leg bent whilst the her right leg was straight. This was made even more apparent by Susie's right arm going across her body, whilst her left arm was thrown backwards. Even Kris, who's hair had been over his eyes the whole time, had to lift his fringe up to get a good look at Ralsei. And even though he didn't react the same manner Susie did, there was still that element of surprise in his look.
Ralsei, to say the least, looked adorable to the two. He had white fur all over his face, complete with pink horns and some pink accents in his fur. There was also a pink flush on his cheeks, under the frames of his glasses, but by this point, that wasn't a shock to Kris and Susie. In fact, for Kris, just standing close to Ralsei would make him blush profusely.
"Um... Kris, Susie... I..." Ralsei began, his face visible and his voice clear, before he turned his head to face the human and reptile. Both Kris and Susie noticed inside his mouth was a pair of sharp canine teeth along the top row of his mouth. If Ralsei wanted to pull off a vampire goth look, with those teeth, he could probably pull it off with ease. He then closed his eyes before continuing to speak. "I hope I can see you again soon. Next time, I'll make you lots of yummy cakes, alright?"
Susie was speechless, still taken aback by how Ralsei looked without his hat. She quickly regained her composure, replying with a quick "Umm, yeah! Sure, dude..." followed by a quick nervous laugh. She then quickly turned to Kris, a blush of her own forming on her face. "Let's go, Kris." She muttered as she quickly walked towards the portal. Kris watched her walk off, before turning back to Ralsei. "Yeah, that'll be nice Ralsei." he said. Ralsei smiled back at him, still holding onto his hat. "See you around Kris." Ralsei said with a smile and a wave. Kris returned said gesture with a wave of his own, a smile and a "Yeah, see you soon." before walking after Susie.
The portal closed with Kris' soul and with that, a blinding white light consumed them both. Kris and Susie shielded their eyes from this assault on their sight and when the light faded, they were stuck in pitch blackness. "Wh... what happened?! I can't see anything!" Susie's voice spoken out, panicked from the blackness. What followed was a symphony of crashes, thumps, and voices from both Susie and Kris, along with other miscellaneous sounds. At one point, there was a sharp gasp from Susie, followed by a "Hey, watch it! That was my foot!" from her. After a few seconds, there was a click and light quickly filled the empty classroom Susie and Kris were standing in. Various toys and board games sprawled out on the floor, along with a cabinet that was open, spilling various paper works all over the floor too.
"H... huh...? The unused classroom...? How'd we get here?" Susie asked, confused. Kris matched the same amount of confusion she did. How DID they get in this classroom? They went through the closet at the beginning of the day. So how did it lead up to being here? Susie took a few steps forward, making sure she didn't step on another toy or game piece. After making observations about the room, she turned to Kris.
"Hey, Kris... what... what just happened? Like, that wasn't a dream or anything, was it?" Susie asked him. Kris, after a few seconds, shrugged and replied with a "I don't know. All that stuff in the Dark World felt way too real for it to be a dream." The two paused, standing for a few seconds, unsure of what to do next. "Anyway, as I was saying..." Susie began, even though she and Kris both knew she didn't say anything prior, Susie saying 'as I was saying...' was just to change the subject.
"Let's just tell Alphys we couldn't find any chalk." she finished.
"Agreed." Kris muttered back as Susie walked out of the classroom. Once the door closed, Kris turned around and noticed the clock on the wall behind him, reading 7:30pm. "Ah crap, mom is gonna kill me when I get home." Kris thought to himself. He very quickly ran out of the classroom, and met up with Susie, who was standing outside the dimly lit hallway, the sounds of crickets and birds outside being the only soundtrack to the moment before them.
"Man, the sun's already setting. Everyone else must've gone home by now." Susie said, taking in the atmosphere of the empty school halls. She then turned around to face Kris, the young boy looking up at Susie, meeting her eye sight. "Guess Alphys'll know better than to ask US next time, huh." she added, trying to make the lateness a joke. Kris smirked at this remark. The two then walked forward, down the hallway, stopping in front of the closet door to take one last look upon it. The same closet door that the two went through that morning. The same closet door that took them into the Dark World. The same closet door responsible for their little adventure. A few seconds of silence passed, as the two observed the wooden door, now more than likely back to normal after school hours.
Susie then turned to face Kris. "Well, guess we should go." she said to him. "See you later, I guess." The bully girl took a few steps down the hallway towards the exit. Kris stood back, watching his new friend, admiring how her frame looked in the sunlight, shining through the school's entrance. It almost looked... hypnotic, like if he watched it long enough, he'd forget where he was. He almost didn't notice when Susie stopped dead in her tracks. "Kris...?" she said, before turning around to face him. "Yes?" Kris asked back. Susie then walked back over to Kris, standing in front of him, towering over him. She then took out her arm and rested her hand on his shoulder, just like she did that morning, before she slammed him into a row of lockers behind him and threatened to bite his face off. But there was no roughness to her hand, just a gentle clasp that felt... surprisingly pleasant to the human boy.
"Let's go back there tomorrow, alright?" Susie suggested to Kris, a smile on her face and her eyes visible under her hair. Kris couldn't help but stare into her eyes as they looked down upon him. He never had the chance to look into them due to her hair being over them, but now that he could see into them, he saw... something in them. He didn't know how to describe it, but he saw something in there. In fact, there was another emotion at play. He had heard about before from his mother's novels that she'd accidentally leave around the house, but he hadn't experienced it in a long time. Is this... what love felt like?
"Kris!" she yelled, snapping him out of his stupor. "Oh! S-sorry Susie. I don't think that's a good idea. I think my mom's gonna ground me when I get home." Kris said, stumbling over his words a little. "Oh." Susie replied, releasing the grip on his shoulder. "Well, like I said this morning, you have a good mother. She cares about you. Appreciate it, dude." Susie said. Kris wasn't sure, but he was certain he heard a tinge of sadness in her voice when she mentioned his mother. Kris was about to ask if Susie was okay, but by the time he spoke up with a "Susie, are you-?", she was gone. Out the door more likely.
Kris sighed as he began to make his way to the front door. Through the glass, he can see out into the street. Despite the sun's glow in the sky, it seemed like it wouldn't be up for very long, considering the sky was darkening on one side. He was just about to reach for the door handle when a sudden ring emanated from his pocket. Startled, he quickly pulled out his phone and looked up the caller ID, to see one word:
Oh crap, here it comes. Kris felt nervousness course through his body. He didn't plan to be out this late! In fact, if the school day went like normal, he would've waited until his mother, known to everyone else as either Toriel or Ms. Dreemur, finished her work, then went home with her in her car, just like how he came with her to school. Kris sighed and braced himself mentally before accepting the call and placing the phone to his ear.
"K... Kris?!" Toriel's voice said on the other side of the phone, sounding concerned. After all, what parent wouldn't be? You more than likely would if your child suddenly went missing after a day's work of school! "Whatever have you been doing?! I sat in the car waiting for you after school for half an hour...!"
Kris spoke up. "Mom, I'm really sorry. I wasn't..." he explained, before Toriel, in a panic, interrupted him. "I called and called, but you never picked up. You had your poor mother worried sick!" A sigh escaped from Kris' mouth. He could understand Toriel's reaction, but even he felt this was a bit much. "Mom-." Kris began, before she interrupted him again. "Kris, I am afraid I am going to have to punish you..."
"MOM!" Kris snapped down the phone, resulting in Toriel going quiet. Kris paused, two fingers gently pinching the bridge of his nose. He sighed, trying to calm himself down, before continuing. "Look mom, I'm so sorry. I know I say that a lot whenever I get in trouble nowadays, but I mean it this time. I didn't mean to be out late. I wasn't trying to make you worried. I just... I met a new friend, they invited me to spend some time with them and we got caught up in a few things. I guess we just lost track of time, that's all."
There was a pause on the other side, before Toriel's voice was heard once again. "A friend? You were spending time with... a friend?" She said, more happy for her son. Kris smiled, happy he managed to calm her down, even if a little bit. "Yeah, she's a really nice person once you get to know her." he replied. Another pause.
"Kris..." Toriel said, followed by him giving a "Yeah?" in response. Toriel then continued. "I will make an exception this time. You can continue your adventures a little longer." Kris sighed in relief. "Thanks mo-." Kris began, before Toriel spoke up. "I'm not finished Kris. You can continue your adventures a little longer, but when you return home, you are going to have to go to bed early." She continued, the happiness in her tone replaced with a strong authority upon mentioning Kris needing to go to bed early. Kris sighed again. He really should've seen this coming. "Alright. I'm gonna give Mr. Holiday a visit in the hospital, then I'll be home in about half an hour." he said.
Toriel then replied with a simple "Okay sweetie. See you soon, honey." and hung up. Kris looked up and then made his way out of the door, back onto the street.
Well, that was nice, seeing Rudolph Holiday again. Kris couldn't help but smile at the classic 'Looks like Krismas came early!' joke Mr. Holiday would say to him upon the two meeting. He had heard it a thousand times by this point and while others would get sick and tired of hearing it and would ask Mr. Holiday to stop repeating it, Kris couldn't help but smile whenever he heard it. And of course, Rudolph had to bring up the time Kris got caught in the family's light display last Christmas. Of course, it was all in jest, but still, Kris was only trying to get some snow off the lights so he could prank Noelle! And he DID pay for the lights he managed to break by accident. He didn't know that there was ice up there.
The two spoke about the times him and Kris' father Asgore spent in college, during the parties and how Toriel once sent him flying across a room with a lime key pie to the face like some demented clown act, which by the way, Kris had enjoyed ever since he was a baby. Eventually though, the conversation changed to be about Noelle. About how she was so kind, so sweet, so smart and other things. Of course, Kris knew about all those things with her. The two had known each other since their early childhoods. In fact, Noelle was probably the first ever friend Kris had made during his youth. Sure, he had other friends, but they came and went whilst Noelle stayed by his side, no matter what happened in either of their lives. So when Rudolph asked Kris to keep an eye on his daughter for him, he knew he would take up the offer. Even if it meant he would get himself hurt to protect her, he knew deep down it would be worth it.
Kris had that promise he made playing in his head over and over again as he walked closer to his home. He was just about to turn the corner to go up to the driveway to his home, when he noticed a familiar head of long blonde hair tied in low bunches, covering a body wearing a red and green checkered sweater and a gray romper. "Huh? What's Noelle doing outside?" Kris thought to himself as he walked up to her. "Noelle?" he asked, causing her to jump a little and turn around in shock, calming down upon seeing it was Kris. "Oh, hi Kris!" she said cheerfully. She continued to smile as she spoke, a smile that Kris had gotten familiar with in all the years he had known her for.
"Did you need help with your homework again? I know you were having trouble last time, so, um... I actually got a few things ready for you, in case-." she suddenly stopped, her eyes going wide, as if she just remembered something important. "Ah, wait, sorry! I can't right now..." Noelle suddenly said. Kris cocked his head to the side, curiously. "Why? Is something wrong? Don't tell me that you've...!" he said, before trailing off, already knowing the answer to what she was about to tell him.
"I forgot my house key again and... sorry Kris, I'll help you later, if that's okay." she said. Kris rolled his eyes, although his hair was in the way, so Noelle didn't notice. "Don't worry about it Noelle. I don't have any homework at the moment. In fact, I just wanted to talk to you for a bit before I go back home. Mom's not really too happy with me. After school, she waited outside the school for about two hours or so, before going back home. But I got caught up in some stuff with Susie and-."
"Oh that's right! You were with Susie last I saw you. When you didn't come back to class, I was worried, but... everything turned out okay! I think?" Noelle replied. She paused briefly, before continuing. "Umm, Kris? Can I ask you something, if that's okay?" Kris sighed. "If it's about that pencil I let you borrow last week for school, keep it. I've got plenty at home."
Noelle replied with a confused "Hmmm?", before quickly shaking her head. "N-no! It's not about that. It's about... Susie. I'm kind of... curious what she's like, you know? I mean, who DOESN'T wonder about her? She never talks to anyone. So Kris, could you tell me about her? If that's okay...?" she explained, pressing her index fingers together and leaning forward slightly towards Kris at her question.
At first, Kris pondered why Noelle wanted to know so much about her. Him and Susie just spent a day together, how was he supposed to answer that? It didn't help that Kris noticed how lovey dovey Noelle would get at the thought of Susie. Kris always had a feeling Noelle was attracted to girls, even since the two began puberty. What was the word his mother used to describe girls that like other girls again? Oh yes, lesbian. Kris always had a feeling Noelle was a lesbian, or at the very least, bi-curious.
He noticed how she would hardly ever take interest in boys around her. There were some exceptions, but he wasn't sure if it was attraction or not on Noelle's part. He noticed how she would always stare longingly at other girls. She had especially been doing towards Susie. Thank goodness Susie hadn't noticed yet, she would've probably destroyed the fragile deer.
Not that Kris minded or cared. Toriel always taught him that some people are romantically attracted to people that are the same gender as them, and that they are no different than other people. Heck, if Noelle wanted to come out and say she was interested in girls, Kris wouldn't hold it against her. If anything, he'd love her even more for coming out of her shell like this. Ever since they were kids, Noelle was always the shy friend Kris had. He remembered that he would always have to encourage Noelle to introduce herself to other people.
And now, here she was, asking him about Susie? The same Susie he had developed a crush on? Kris wondered if he should even say anything or not. He didn't want to have to compete with his childhood friend, for Susie's heart. Sure, they played games with one another and got pretty competitive with each other when they were younger, but those were over video games and the like. Over love? It would be a matter of life and death for the two friends! Okay, maybe not life and death, but there would be HUGE consequences following it!
But Kris felt like Noelle should know a bit about Susie, before making any sort of move. After all, the two are childhood friends after all.
"Well, Susie's... she's quite rough around the edges and can be real mean spirited if she wants to be." Kris began. Noelle's smile began to drop into a frown, to which Kris took notice. "But once you get to know her, she's a really nice person." Noelle seemed surprised at this sudden revelation. "What...? She's... a nice person? Really?! L-like, really?! Honestly?! Truly?!" Noelle asked him, shock ever so present in her voice, the smile slowly growing back on her face. Kris smiled himself and nodded. He always found it adorable whenever Noelle would smile. If the two hadn't been friends and Noelle was into guys as much as she's into girls, he probably would fall for her himself just from her smile alone.
"I mean, that's just what I was hoping, but..." she continued, but once again trailed off. The smile melted off her face and quickly got replaced by a look of suspicion, almost as if she could sense Kris was making something up, despite him telling her the absolute truth. "W-wait, this isn't another trick, is it Kris? Like when you put ketchup on your arms and told me it was blood?"
Kris remembered back to those days. Yes, one of Kris' many things he'd do with Noelle was prank her. The old ketchup on the arms trick never got old with him. Every now and then, usually whenever Kris was in the kitchen, Kris would dump some ketchup all over his arms, then after a few seconds, let out a fake scream of pain and drop to the floor, causing Noelle to run over concerned for her friend's state. He would scream, he would cry and shout things like "I think I just cut myself!" and "Noelle, get an ambulance!" before standing back up laughing, showing her it was harmless ketchup. The aftermath would usually be a light punch to his chest and Noelle stomping off, shouting something like "That isn't funny Kris! You had me worried sick!" or something along those lines. He did this prank all the time when the two were about 8 or so, but when they reached about 13 or so, Noelle started to catch on to the prank, even managing to get Kris back using a pound of makeup on her hand and a blender full of fake blood.
Kris took a step forward, placing a hand on her shoulder, much like Susie did to him. Such an action caused Noelle to tense up a little as she leaned back slightly. Kris then proceeded to look her dead in the eyes, lifting his fringe up so he could see eye to eye with her, his eyes being a bright deep blue, a sharp contrast to the red eyes he had back in the Dark World, before speaking. "Noelle, you're my best friend. And I know I've done stupid pranks like that when we were young, but I would not lie about something you're interested in. I'm telling you right now, Susie is a really nice person once you get to know her."
"R-really? You're serious? You're totally serious?" Noelle said, Kris nodding again. "Gosh, then maybe I should try talking to her..." she added. Kris smiled, adding his own two cents in. "There we go. You know I enjoy it when you come out of your shell every now and then, Noelle." Kris said, Noelle blushing a little at the compliment. Noelle playfully fired back with "B-but if I die, you're paying for my funeral, Kris!"
Kris smirked. "C'mon Noelle, your interest in Susie is as subtle as whenever my dad hugs me!" he said playfully with a gentle poke to Noelle's side, earning a little "Eep!" from her. Kris pretended to be surprised at this reaction, complete with a "Oh! What's this? After all these years, you still react to me poking that spot?", not once dropping the playful demeanor. He knew too well that Noelle was ticklish, and whenever the opportunity presented itself, he would find a way to tickle Noelle. The result would usually be the two of them on the ground, her laughing hysterically as he ran his hands and fingers along her torso at an erratic pace, especially aiming around her arm pits, neck and stomach.
"Kris! That's not fair!" Noelle said, trying to hold back laughter. Such a reaction gave Kris an evil smirk, as he knew exactly what was about to go down. "Are you still ticklish after all these years, Noelle?" Kris asked. Noelle shook her head quickly, knowing what was coming. "N-N-No, I'm not! Those spots of me are just sensitive! That's all!" She said in a panic.
In a few short seconds, the hand on Noelle's shoulder quickly made its way into Noelle's arm pit and was playing with her delicate skin and fur through the fabric of her sweater, while the free hand was making rounds on Noelle's stomach, again through her sweater, all the while, Noelle trying to prevent Kris from getting to those parts of her body by moving suddenly. However, despite her efforts, every time she blocked off a ticklish portion of her body, Kris would make a break for the nearest one, starting the cycle all over again. Kris would do this all the time when they were kids and he enjoyed getting Noelle to laugh 'till she cried through his tickle torture. Even she was lucky, Noelle would get the chance to return fire with the tickles. It had been so many years since he last did it to her. Not something you'd expect two 17 year olds to do to each other, but every now and then, Kris would tickle torture Noelle for old time's sake.
Noelle tried desperately to hold back the urge to let out her laughter through Kris' relentless tickling. "C'mon Noelle, you know you can't hold it in forever!" Kris said playfully. Noelle's face scrunched into a smile, complete with a few small snorts out of her, before her mouth opened and strong, loud laughter escaped, echoing throughout the small area they were in. Kris got exactly what he wanted in that moment, but it wasn't enough. So, after a few seconds, he quickly spun Noelle around and held her with one arm going across her chest and clutching her other shoulder, while her free hand went open season on her sides, arm pits and neck.
Noelle's eyes streamed with tears as she hysterically laughed in response. "K-Kris! Please s-stop! I'm gonna wet myself!" Noelle cried out in between laughs. But Kris was still relentless with his tickle attacks. After a few minutes, the two found themselves on the ground, just like their child selves have done countless times before. The two managed to work up quite a sweat with their tickle games and it took them a good few minutes for them to catch their breath. After they had calmed down and stood back up, Kris looked at his phone and quickly took note of the time.
"Oh crap! Noelle, I gotta go!" he quickly said. Noelle, who was still shaken up over Kris' tickling, nodded and replied with "Yeah. I think Ms. Toriel is wondering where you are still."
"Yeah." Kris said. He then held his arms up, causing Noelle to back up slightly, fearing another tickle attack from him. "Hug?" Kris said, reassuring Noelle. Noelle calmed down, before opening up her own arms and walking into Kris', both locking their arms around the other's back. The two stood like that for a few seconds, taking in the sound of each other's breathing and the warmth the two gave each other, before breaking their hug and Kris running off down his driveway back to his home.
Kris quickly ran in through the front door and closed it behind him. He stood in front of it, his back resting against the door itself and his hands on his knees as struggled to catch his breath. He then looked up to see Toriel sitting in a small arm chair looking at him, a small light brown book in her hands. She must've been reading it when he burst through the door.
"Welcome home, honey! You look tired out, did you run all the way back home?" Toriel greeted Kris, especially taking note of how tired Kris was. Once he caught his breath, Kris answered his mother's question. "Nah, it wasn't that. Most of the running was from the end of the driveway to here. I was talking to Noelle for a little bit, and got into a little tickling with her. You know how ticklish she is." he explained, earning a little chuckle out of Toriel.
"Yes, I'm aware. You two were inseparable as children. All the games you'd play, the pranks you'd pull on her, even if I didn't like the mess you made with your little ketchup blood pranks." Toriel said. She placed the book she was holding on the chair's arm rest before continuing, still reminiscing about times long gone. "I still remember those times Mr. Holiday and... Asgore would get into trouble during their times in college. Did Mr. Holiday tell you about the time I hit him with a key lime pie? I didn't even think I threw it that hard. But I guess that's what happens when you're a part of the college's shot put team." she said, blissfully thinking back to her days in that college. Before he got engaged to Asgore, before they had Asriel and Kris and way before Asgore... well, Toriel didn't want to think that far ahead, so she quickly changed the subject. "Did you have fun with your friend today?"
Kris nodded. He wanted to explain about the Dark World and stuff, but he couldn't prove anything. If he told Toriel about the Dark World, he just knew that Toriel wouldn't believe a word of it. Who would, aside from him and Susie, those who ACTUALLY saw it? Toriel spoke up again, as she picked her book back up. "By the way, I just finished baking a pie. If you go to bed, it will be cool when you wake. But do not eat it all this time, all right?" She said.
"Nah, I won't." Kris reassured her, sighing again as he thought back to when he did eat a whole pie. He was only 5 when he did that. He didn't know about self control. He didn't know what he was doing until it was too late. He must've saw the pie sitting there, went over and picked at it, enjoying the taste so much that he didn't know when to stop. Thankfully, Asgore did tell Kris he would keep it hidden from Toriel. Too bad she found out later on, and that got Kris a good long time out in his room. "I was 5 the last time I did that, mom. I haven't done it since." He said, walking up to the arm chair Toriel sat in.
Toriel turned to get a good look at Kris, that book still in her hand. Just seeing his face under the fringe of his hair made her smile. "Kris, honey, you have grown up so much. Someday soon, you will be off to university too." Toriel said, a few tears brewing in her eyes as she spoke about university. It was difficult for Toriel to say goodbye to Asriel when he left for uni, so Kris could only imagine how much harder it will be for her to do the same to him. She paused briefly, taking the memories in before bringing another up. "Remember when you were little, you asked when your horns were going to grow in?"
Kris blushed. He really didn't need to be reminded of that day. He was 6 when he asked that question, another childhood memory that he would rather forget. "Mom, please. No." he said, his face flushed red with embarrassment. But whether Toriel knew about her son's embarrassment or not, she continued. "So we brought that headband with the little red horns on it. Oh, you wore it for months! Whatever happened to it?" She then went back to her book, reading where she last left off.
Kris shrugged in response. It was easier to say that he didn't know where it could be. But the truth was, he actually found it a few days prior and threw it in the trash. Thank goodness that the bins were going out the following morning. Who knows how Toriel would've reacted? Kris was about to walk off to his room, to bed, when he stopped briefly. "Mom, did Asriel tell you when he'll be coming back from uni?" he asked.
Toriel paused her reading and looked up, as if trying to remember. "No, I don't think he has. I do hope he comes back soon though. I know how much you miss him. Aside from Noelle, you and Asriel were just as inseparable. Remember that video game you and Asriel used to play? What was it called...? Super Smashing Fighters?" Kris smiled, as fond memories of playing that game with his brother came flooding into his head. "When he was very little, he LOVED the green lizard from that. We even had a birthday party for him themed around it. Your father painted all these eggs with spots as decoration." She continued, pointing at some nearby eggs on the windowsill.
Kris remembered that party, as if it was only yesterday. The big lizard cake, the amount of eggs Asgore had painted. And the HUGE amount of green that was present at that party! Kris even remembered that Asriel would often trick or treat on Halloween as this character, Tsyuka (pronounced sss-you-ka, although Toriel still found it hard to say the name, even with Asriel constantly correcting her), so much so that he ended up being recognized for his costume whenever he would go out with it on. But my word, did Asriel throw a fit when it came to telling Asriel he had to throw the costume away some day. Even when they explained to him that he was too big for the costume, Asriel still wanted to hold onto it. So, they had Kris throw the costume away in secret. To this day, Asriel hasn't asked about it, and doesn't even know where it is.
"Oh, your brother LOVED it... Until the next day, your father cooked them all for breakfast. Your brother just kept crying... I can't thank you enough for buying some more eggs and getting Asriel to paint them with you. But ever since, he's hated that book about eating green eggs." Toriel finished, laughing to herself at the book part. Kris chuckled a little too. "You know I couldn't let my brother be upset after his birthday, mom. He's just too precious for me to do so." he said. He then turned around to face the stairs. "Alright mom, I'm gonna head off to bed. Thanks for the pie too. I'll have some of that pie later on." he explained, leaning forward to plant a kiss on Toriel's cheek and walking off.
"Okay sweetie. Sleep well!" Toriel called after him. Once Kris got to the top of the stairs, he turned to his right and walked through the first door he saw. A familiar sight, Kris and Asriel's room. On the left side was Asriel's bed, the covers neat and tidy, beneath a shelf full of trophies and next to it was a nightstand, a clock, a book and a lamp standing proudly upon it. The wall was adorned with star stickers, a poster with a flower on it and a certificate Asriel had won many years ago. His computer sat upon a desk, far from the bed on the other side of the room. The right side however, could be considered the polar opposite. Only a single bed, Kris', was in that corner, the sheets opened up on one side, just as Kris left it that morning. Just like Asriel's side, there were some shelves above the bed and a nightstand beside it. Unlike Asriel's side, the only thing the nightstand had on it was a lamp, while the shelves were barren and empty, only dust and maybe a few cobwebs being the prize it was able to hold. On the other side of the room was a small red wagon, battered and dirty. Inside is an old birdcage. Kris did have a pet canary at one point, but the bird sadly passed away and Kris had held onto that birdcage ever since in memory of it. There was also a dark stain in the carpet at the end of Kris' bed. Kris didn't remember where that stain came from, but if he had to guess, it must've been from when he was sick one day. Yeah, he must've vomited down there and forgot to clean it up.
Ever since his brother left for uni, he had felt so lonely. Usually, he would just play video games with him until it was time for bed, but nowadays, he just lies on the floor, listening to his music, which, during the time Asriel was here, consisted of pop songs with major keys and scales, bouncy melodies and upbeat lyrics about happiness, love, family and the like, but now mostly consisted of piano ballads and pop songs with minor scales and keys, low melodies and rather melancholic lyrics about depression, heartbreak, loneliness and other things of that nature. Sure, he'd listen to those same happy upbeat pop songs, but not as often as he used to. In fact, as Kris walked to his bed, he couldn't help but get this feeling of overwhelming sadness come over him.
He almost didn't pay it any attention. He's felt this way so often, it has become almost normal for him. It felt like ever since Asgore and Toriel divorced and Asriel left for university, he's been feeling more down than usual. He's had mornings where he didn't want to get out of bed, even if he had school that day. Those times it would take Toriel a good few minutes to convince Kris to get up. He's had nights where he longed to go back to sleep, just to escape this feeling. At times, he's even found himself crying in his sleep for seemingly no reason, even waking up to his eyes watering and his pillow soaking wet with what he assumed were tears. Even so, he had no recollection of what he was crying about. In fact, maybe Susie would've done Kris a favor by biting his face off. He thought back to that morning. Susie holding him against the locker, talking about how quiet people pissed her off as she put it, before asking that familiar question:
"Kris, how would you feel... about losing your face?"
All the while, showing off her teeth half way through the question. Then, there was that tense moment, where Susie began to pull Kris towards her open mouth. Normally, Kris would panic and try to pull away. But that day, he was having an episode and when he saw Susie's mouth coming towards him, part of him felt like this was it. His one way ticket out of his misery. Just one chomp and it'll all be over. But right when Kris got his hopes up, Susie dropped him, saying it'd be a shame to make his mother bury her child. Kris could've said something snarky there, but at that moment, he felt too low emotionally to even speak. Sure, during his time in the Dark World, he said some things and spoke up at times, but for the most part, he was quiet. Whenever he was around others however, he always made sure to hide the episodes. Who knows how they'd react if they found out about this. Noelle brought a lot of sunshine to Kris, especially when he did those pranks and tickle tortures on her. He hated to imagine a time line where Noelle wasn't present in his life.
Kris made his way over to his bed, and stood there, looking at it. He had a think about Asriel, Toriel, Noelle, Susie, Ralsei, Lancer and all the other friends he made. He dropped to his knees as he felt his eyes water again. And what was worse for him, was that he didn't know why he was suddenly upset. He didn't really have a reason to be upset, but he couldn't help himself. All he could do was hide his face in his arms as he silently wept to himself. He cried for a few minutes, before lifting his face out of his arms, telling himself he was fine, but if someone else was in the room with him, they'd be able to tell Kris was trying to convince himself he's fine, even though he clearly isn't. Kris stood back up and sighed to himself. He just wanted the day to be over by this point.
So Kris just pulled the covers back, climbed into bed and then replaced the covers back over his body, not even bothering to get out of his clothes.