G woke up, remembering the in-dream encounter. He shook his head and sighed, getting up. He walked outside to have a smoke, and enjoy the morning breeze. The air smelled fresh, more than usual. It was like he was appreciating the little things he didn’t notice when he was with Melinda. It was bittersweet. He wanted to have her, but he was able to love the atmosphere a bit more. He walked out toward the beach and sat on a chair, facing the water. He watched the tide move in and out. Little things. He was waiting for Gaster to show up again. He needed to tell him about the dream. Or was it really a dream? Could she really communicate? He wasn’t sure if he would ever know that answer. She said it consumed energy she couldn’t afford to lose, so would she even do it again? And when she woke up, would she remember? He sighed again, took the last drag of his smoke and flicked it. He stood up and paced on the beach. “Come on Gaster!” He growled. “I don’t have all day.”
Alphys came out and saw G on the beach. She walked up to him. “Hey G.”
G looked down at her. He never realized how petite she was. “Hey Alph.”
“How are you doing?” She asked.
“I’m alright I suppose,” G responded. Do you know what’s going on with the lab project?”
“Yes,” Alphys nodded. “We are going to build it underground, since it will need to be large. Undyne has already started to work out the plans for it. Asgore is helping. It seems like it will play out alright.”
“Oh,” G sighed. “Do you know how long it will take?”
“Well, the whole thing will take a while. Not sure how long. But our first goal is to build a few patient rooms for the time being. Fell Frisk found a medical supply store. I am going to buy the supplies we need there, then we can have fully functioning rooms. We also plan to put extra furniture than just the beds in there, so family members or friends can visit, or…stay…if they want to.” She looked up at G. “Because I know you want to be close to her. I would too. I’m so sorry for what you are going through.”
G smiled a little. “Thanks Alph. It means a lot that you guys are doing this. I’m sorry I was so cold yesterday. The shock of it all really got to me. I just want her back.”
Alphys looked down. “I know, but now we just have to be patient and find the problem so we can solve it for her, and everyone else here. We may need to extract all of the magic from her.”
G looked shocked. “All of it?”
Alphys nodded. “Yes. We don’t know exactly what’s causing the problem. For all we know, she may not be able to handle any of it, but the probable cause is that she just can’t handle all of it. So we can remove it all and then replace it with a few of the AU’s magic that she can handle.”
“Right.” Sans shrugged. “Well, good luck. Gaster told me to stay out of this one because my emotions cloud my judgment.”
“G-Gaster?” Alphys repeated.
“Yes. He is on the mainland. He will be coming here sometime today.” G replied.
Alphys was surprised, but looked happy. “Great! We need all hands on deck for this one. And feel free to help if you know something that we might not. I agree that going into things full of emotion can be difficult for everyone involved, but you do have some Gaster in you. You can help more than you think you can.”
G nodded in agreement. “Heh, yeah. About that, is it possible for her to communicate telepathically?”
Alphys thought a moment. “Well, yes. I mean, I think it could be possible.” She looked back at G. “Why? Has she?”
G shrugged again. “I’m not sure if she actually was or if it was a dream, but when I fell asleep last night, she came to me in a dream. She spoke to me. Told me she could hear what everyone was saying around her, but couldn’t respond. She said she wouldn’t be able to come to me like that on a regular basis, but she would when she could, or if she felt she was in danger.”
“She was trying to help us help her,” G heard from behind him. He turned around.
“Oh, hey, Gaster. Good, glad you heard that. It saves the trouble of explaining it more than once.” G smiled.
Gaster nodded. “She’s in tune with you. That’s good. It will be beneficial to all of us.”
“She can’t do it all the time,” G narrowed his eyes.
Gaster closed his eyes for a moment. “I know, Sans. But she knows to use it when she needs it.”
“What if it was a dream only?” G asked, his eyes filled with sadness.
“It doesn’t sound like it was just a dream, Sans. She knows what to do to help herself. That’s very good. She’s very persistent.” Gaster smiled. “Don’t worry now, Sans, she is in good hands.
G nodded. “Yes. I know she is. I never once thought she was in danger when it comes to you guys.”
Gaster looked at Alphys. “I have an idea of how to get the lab built quickly, or at least the rooms we need.”
Alphys looked at him, confused. “How?”
“Follow me,” Gaster instructed. They walked away to what would be the entrance of the lab. It wasn’t too far from Melinda’s house, so that was helpful.
G went back into their house and laid down. He heard noises coming from outside. He knew what was going on, so it didn’t alarm him. He stared at the ceiling, sighing. Tuning out the outside noises, he could hear the beeping of the machines in the room. The solemn reminder that Melinda wasn’t alright. She seemed fine in that dream. He thought back to it. He remembered the new color of her eyes. Green, like her soul color. And beautiful, as always. He smiled and closed his eyes. He knew she could make it out of this. He opened his eyes again and looked toward the front door. “I should ask them if they need help,” he thought. Taking his mind off of things and also helping them get the job done faster helped ease his mind about Melinda’s condition. He stood up and walked out the door and over to the entrance of the lab. Surprisingly, the entrance was done. They were working on stairs that would lead down to the lab.
“How are you doing this so fast?” G asked.
Gaster looked up. “Oh, have you decided to help us?”
G shrugged. “Sure. I have nothing else to do.”
Gaster gestured his hand just under the last stair, and more stairs appeared. They were glowing blue for a moment, then faded. He moved down and did it again.
“Ah, so that’s how you’re doing it.” G grinned. “Alright, allow me to help.” He walked past Gaster and Alphys and held up both of his hands. A whole area cleared out before him, surrounded in yellow glow.
“Impressive,” Gaster smiled. He continued with the stairs while G started making the lab.
After only a few hours, the lab was completely finished, and they were working on the surface entrance.
G sighed. “Wow, we got a lot done!”
Gaster smiled at him. “I was afraid you wouldn’t know what magic you possess, Sans. I’m proud of you.”
“Heh, thanks Dad,” G beamed. “Now, how will we get people down there if they can’t walk?”
Gaster looked down the steps. “Let’s make a ramp.”
Together, they used magic to clear the way and make a cement ramp.
G looked around. “Where’s Alph?”
“Doctor Alphys has gone to the mainland to find medical supplies.” Gaster explained. “She should be arriving soon.”
G nodded. “Alright.”
Right on cue, Gaster got a phone call. “Oh, there she is. You may want to stand back. She got beds and such as well.”
G stood back. Gaster answered his phone. As soon as Alphys said she was ready, he teleported her to them. A bunch of large boxes surrounded her.
“Eheheh…I-I may have gone a bit overboard?” She laughed nervously.
“No, no, it’s better to be prepared.” Gaster smiled. “Let us keep a bed up here to move Melinda down into the lab.”
Alphys nodded. She started moving the new supplies down the ramp.
G swiped his hand and the box was opened and removed. He sighed and looked down at it, eye glowing. “Let’s go get her,” he said. His mouth barely even moved.
Gaster agreed. “Alright. Ready?”
“I’ll never be ready,” G sighed.
They went in and got Melinda onto the hospital bed and rolled it down to the lab. They brought her into the first room, which was the one Alphys had left empty. Alphys was setting up the rest of the lab, leaving a portion sectioned off for them as scientists, and leaving the rest of it as a hospital. It wasn’t too large, as their community wasn’t too large. It was just the right size to make sure everyone would be alright if they needed help. G locked the wheels of the bed and looked at Melinda. Gaster watched him.
“I have never seen you with that look in your eye,” Gaster smiled. “You really love her, don’t you?”
G nodded and smiled, despite the tears filling his eyes. “Yeah…I do.”
Gaster put his hand on G’s shoulder. “Sans, we will help her. I assure you. She will be alright. And then…” he paused. G turned to face him. Gaster smiled. “you may ask her that question you want to.”
G sighed and threw his arms up. “How is everyone able to read me so easily?”
Gaster laughed. “Well, I don’t know about the others, but I know that look because I know my son…and well, I know myself. I know what emotions look like on that face. On your face.”
G sighed again. “Alright, you’ve got me then.” He touched Melinda’s forehead lightly. “I just hope this problem can be solved.”
Gaster nodded. “Now that we have the supplies, it will be solved. Now, you should head back up to the house. Let us do our jobs, and we will keep you posted. I promise.”
G looked down at Melinda, then back up at Gaster. “Alright.” He snapped his fingers and ended up in their bedroom. He laid down. “They’ve got this,” he said. “They’ve got it. She will be fine.”
He fell asleep and didn’t wake up until the following morning. He sat up. No dream.
“Ugh,” he groaned. “Why?” Then he thought about it. If she didn’t contact him in a dream, then that was good news. She said she would let him know if something was wrong. No contact – nothing wrong….right?
G looked down at his phone to see 3 missed calls from Gaster. He panicked. So much for no news is good news. He called Gaster back.
“Please come to the lab at once,” Gaster answered.
G ran out the door and down the stairs to the lab. Gaster met him at the bottom of the stairs. “Come quick,” he said. “She is asking to see you.”
“Asking?” G looked at him as they went to the room. “She’s awake?”
“Yes, but she’s been a bit unstable,” Gaster responded.
“How so?” G asked.
“I’ll explain that later.” Gaster said.
They walked into the room, and Melinda looked up at G. “S-Sansy.” She smiled.
G smiled back and sat next to the bed. “Hey! I’m so glad you’re back. How are you feeling?”
Melinda looked away. “I’m alright, but they say I’m not. What do they mean?”
“I don’t know,” G admitted. “But they are going to do everything they can to help you. And so will I.” He picked up her hand and kissed it. “I promise.”
G looked up as Gaster, who nodded toward the monitor. G looked at it and saw Melinda’s heart rate was low. He started to sweat. He opened his mouth to say something, but Gaster shook his head. “Don’t,” he said. “She needs you.”
“Right,” G agreed. He looked back at Melinda. “I’ve missed you.”
“I’ve missed you too, Sans, but I don’t think I’ll be out of here any time soon.” Melinda sighed. “There’s something wrong with me. I don’t think anyone knows what. I heard them talking before I woke up.”
“All of the magic you took in took its toll on you.” G said.
“No, no, not that,” Melinda shook her head. “They extracted the magic from me, but it weakened my soul.” She looked at him, and G realized her eye color really had changed. They were green, the color of her soul. “I think they will be able to help me, but it may take time, and they said I may need to go to sleep again.”
G felt tears in his eyes. “This is all my fault.”
“No, Sansy,” she grabbed his hand. “It’s not your fault. It’s no one’s fault. Now is not the time to place blame on anyone. I don’t blame anyone, and especially not you.”
G had started crying. “But –“
“Shhh,” Melinda smiled. “No buts. And no tears. I’m here, and I will continue to be here. I’m not going to leave. I’m not going to die. After all, we made a promise to each other.” She giggled a little.
Gaster smiled behind G. Melinda had told him about what G had said, that he wanted to marry her, and she wanted to marry him as well.
G laughed through his tears. “Heh, yeah. We did. And I still mean it. I want to spend my life with you.”
“And I with you,” Melinda smiled. “But, not like this. So when that time comes, I hope this can be forgotten.”
“Yes, yes, of course,” G nodded. “I will not dwell on this. I promise.”
Melinda looked at Gaster. “Doctor Gaster? May I sit up, please?”
Gaster nodded and raised the top part of the bed so she was in a sitting position. She took G’s hand, which he had let go of to wipe the tears from his eyes. “Come,” she said. “Sit with me.”
G stood up and gently sat on the bed, keeping most of his weight on one leg he had resting on the floor. Melinda giggled again. “No, G, you can actually sit here. You aren’t going to hurt me. I’m not fragile.”
G looked at Gaster, who nodded. He sat next to her and rested his feet up on the bed.
“That’s better,” Melinda smiled and cuddled up with him. “I wanted this. I missed this. I fell asleep before like this, and if I have to do it again, I want to do it again like this.”
G felt more tears fall from his eyes. “Alright, dollface.” He kept his voice strong for her so she wouldn’t know he was still crying.
“Doctor Gaster, if I have to go back to sleep, please do what you must,” Melinda was crying now too.
Gaster was hesitant. “I would like to wait for Doctor Alphys. She may have another idea I didn’t think of.”
G let go of his emotion for a moment to try to think of another way to strengthen Melinda’s soul.
“Gaster, are we able to use…” he stopped himself. Then he decided to continue, but differently. “The machine?”
Gaster thought a moment. “Possibly. But I would have to ask you to leave the room in order for me to do so.”
“Just a moment,” G said. His eye glowed and he checked Melinda’s health again. She was at half and her soul was cracked now. “We must do it soon.”
“Yes,” Gaster agreed. “I wanted to speak to you as well, but she requests that you are here, so I will have to say it here.”
Melinda smiled up at him. “I’m sure I’ve already heard it.”
Gaster looked at her, then back at G. “We took out all of the magic, but somehow, some of that magic had tethered to her soul. Some of it needs to be replaced.”
G was surprised. “Alright, well is it specific?”
Gaster shook his head. “No, it isn’t. I wanted to let her choose what powers she wanted, but I wanted to wait until you were here.”
“Why?” G asked, almost angrily.
“Well, there was some questionable magic in there. I don’t know even you got it, but she had the power of almost every single version of Sans in the multiverse.” Gaster explained. “Some of it, if reinstated, could be beneficial to all of us in case of a threat, but if we are going to pick and choose, we need to decide what will be the most beneficial. We may need you to do that.”
G sighed. “Alright. I’ll let her decide. Then we can go from there.”
Melinda looked down, then at G. “Classic, G, Lust and Fell.”
“Lust?!” G and Gaster both exclaimed.
“Sometimes…his magic would come in HANDy,” Melinda giggled.
G blushed bright yellow. Gaster laughed.
“Well alright,” Gaster said, still chuckling. “G, what do you think?”
“Classic, Fell and I are all very powerful, so that could be helpful. Lust…he’s just…lusty…” G looked away. “I think powers like Error’s could be helpful at times, but I’m not sure how that would go.”
“Strings,” Melinda chimed in. “Unfair advantage, but whatever works.”
G smiled. “Yeah.”
Gaster nodded in agreement. “Alright, then it is settled. Sans, you must come with me, or your magic could be nullified.”
G kissed Melinda on the forehead. “I’ll be back as soon as I can.”
Melinda wrapped her arms around him. “I can’t wait.”
G and Gaster left the room, and Gaster readied the machine. “I will turn off the lights when this is over,” he said. “The machine is very bright, and she will need to rest her eyes afterward.”
The machine loaded up, with the sound of increasing whirrs and small shots of light moved around them. G started to get worried. “Are you sure this is safe?”
“It’s better than the alternative, where she may not make it. Her soul is shattering. She needs something that will hold it together. This will do it.” Gaster said. “We have her monitored. She is safe.”
“Famous last words,” G mumbled. The machine was ready, and Gaster pressed a button. Just like that, there was a flash of light in the room. Gaster turned off the lights in the room, and the machine powered off.
“That’s it?” G growled.
“Yes. It’s a very simple process.” Gaster said.
“Do you think it worked? Will she be okay?” G looked into the room and saw that Melinda was asleep again.
“Yes, she is alright,” Gaster responded. “She has gone into a deep sleep while the magic is connecting to her soul again. Once she has slept it off, she should be her old self again.”
G sighed. “Should I stay with her, or leave her be?”
Gaster smiled. “You may be with her, but please don’t disturb her. Loud noises and disrupted sleep could cause her to wake up, making the magic transfer slow down, or stop completely. She should wake in about 15 minutes or so.”
G nodded. “Alright.” He walked into the room quietly and sat down on the chair by the bed. He put his phone on silent and sat back, just watching the monitor. She was stable. His eye glowed and he gently placed his hand on hers. Her health was going back up, and the cracks in her soul were fusing back together. ‘Good,’ he thought. He gently took his hand off of hers, and his eye stopped glowing. He rested his head in his hands and watched her breathing. She was so peaceful, lying like that. He smiled. He closed his eyes and started to drift off.
He hadn’t been asleep for 5 minutes when he felt a tug on his jacket. “Hey, sleepybones,” he heard.
He opened his eyes and looked at Melinda, who was smiling at him, her green eyes almost glowing. He gave her an excited smile. “Hey! Looks who’s up! How are you?”
“I feel great!” Melinda beamed. “So, I assume it worked?”
“I would say so,” G nodded. He grabbed her hand and checked her health. Maxed out, and her soul was completely whole. “Yes! It did!”
“Good. I want to go home,” Melinda laughed. “Where’s Doctor Gaster?”
“Right here,” they heard from the hallway. Gaster emerged. “I heard what you said. Sans, you checked her health?”
“Yes. She’s in perfect health.” G smiled.
“And her soul?”
“Great! Well, what do you think? Should she go home? Or stay here for one more night just to be sure?” Gaster grinned. G knew this was a test.
G sighed. “Don’t do this to me.” He looked down.
“Emotions,” Gaster repeated.
“I know!” G snapped. He stopped when he saw Gaster and Melinda were both shocked. “Sorry….”
Gaster smiled and looked at Melinda. “It would be best if you stayed here for one more night, but you can go home in the morning if nothing goes wrong.”
Melinda nodded and gave G a patient smile. “Alright. G, why don’t you go home and sleep? I’ll be fine.”
“Okay, dollface. I don’t want to, but I don’t want you to be disturbed in the night by my tossing and turning.” G agreed.
“Tossing and turning?” Melinda asked.
“Yes,” G said. “I haven’t been sleeping well.”
“Well, given the circumstances, I understand.” She grabbed his hand.
G looked at her hand on his, then back up at her, his golden eyes gleaming. He smiled and kissed her hand. “I’ll be back in the morning, okay?”
Melinda nodded. “Okay, love. But I’m alright. You don’t have to kiss just my hand.”
G laughed a little. He leaned in and kissed her sweetly. She raised her arm up and wrapped it around the back of his neck. She pulled him closer. G blushed. He broke the kiss. “Heh, we should stop.”
Melinda laughed. “Get your mind out of the gutter!” She slapped him playfully. “I just missed you.”
“I know,” he kissed her forehead and smiled. “Good night dollface. I’ll see you soon.”
“You bet.” Melinda smiled back at him.
G walked out and Gaster stopped him. “Did you notice her eye color change?”
“Do you know why?”
“It’s tied to her soul now. She is defined by that color, that trait.” G nodded. His eyes narrowed. “Why do you keep quizzing me on things like this? Do you not think I know what I’m doing?”
“I’m not quizzing you, G, just the Sans within you. When you speak to me, you are Sans. In fact, most of the time you are Sans with a tough shell. When you get angry, you become more like G.” Gaster smiled. “So far, you have passed these quizzes. So, perhaps you could work in the lab with Doctor Alphys and me. That is, if you want to.”
“Sure, why not?” G grinned. “I need a day job anyway.”
Gaster laughed. “Alright, well we wouldn’t need to be here all the time. We are a small community, after all.”
“Yeah, about that, are you staying with us at the house? Or do you have another place?” G looked around.
“Doctor Alphys converted one of the patient rooms to a stairway that leads to a loft above this lab, but still not above ground. I will stay there. I don’t want to intrude.” Gaster pointed up. “But I will be quite literally right next to you.” He laughed.
G laughed too. “Yeah. Thanks Gaster.”
Gaster tilted his head to the side.
“…..Dad.” G said.
Gaster smiled. “I know, it will take some getting used to.” He pulled G in for a hug, which surprised G, because Gaster wasn’t the affectionate type. G hugged him back, then looked at him. “W-what was that?”
G narrowed his eyes. “Yeah, I got that. I mean, what for?”
“Melinda wasn’t the only one who missed you, Sans.” Gaster smiled. “Now, go, sleep. You need it.”
“Yeah.” G yawned. “Give me a shout if you need anything.”
“Of course,” Gaster nodded.
G left the lab and went into the house. Collapsing on the bed, he fell asleep almost immediately.