Chapter 16

Chapter 16

Chapter Sixteen

Bitter Tension

After a shower, G and Melinda headed to the hotel on the far island. Undyne, Papyrus and Asgore were already there, setting up. No one else had come yet.

“I wonder how many people will be here to celebrate,” Undyne thought aloud.

Melinda fidgeted. “Hopefully a lot of them.”

“Ah, looks like little-miss-nervous has calmed down a bit?” Undyne laughed.

Melinda gave a half smile and nodded, still fidgeting.

“Hey, calm down, punk. I’m just joking.” Undyne smiled.

G changed the subject. “You guys need any help?”

Asgore shook his head. “No thanks. I think we’ve got this covered.”

G nodded and sat down. “Well, this should be fun,” he smiled and gestured for Melinda to sit across from him. She did. She had her back to the door, while G had a clear shot of the entrance. He did that for a reason. He wanted to make sure he saw the guests before Melinda could, so she wouldn’t be so nervous.

The first person in was Underfell Papyrus. G stood up to greet him. “Welcome,” he said warmly.

Fell Papyrus looked at him, angrily, but G knew that’s just how he always looked. “Hello,” he replied. He marched right over to Asgore. “Sir, I have a question.”

Asgore put his hand up. “Please,” he smiled. “Call me Asgore.”

Fell Papyrus nodded. “Asgore, I would like your permission to be in the guard as well. In my AU I was an excellent guardsman. I was um, a bit rude, but I would be different here. We from my AU have calmed down quite a bit since our arrival.”

Asgore looked at Undyne, then G, then back to Fell Papyrus. “Well, I have no problem with it, as long as you have armor. However, the best person to ask is Undyne. She is the captain.” He winked at Undyne, who stood proudly beside him. Fell Papyrus smiled at her and bowed his head.

“I do have armor, sir – erm, Asgore.” He said to Asgore, then turned to Undyne. “Would you accept me?” He was…smiling? Shocking.

“I will have to see how you fight, but sure.” Undyne smiled. “We could always use more people. Maybe your brother could too.”

Fell Papyrus sneered, and Melinda started laughing. Fell Papyrus looked at her, then back at Undyne. “My brother? No way. You may have G in the guard, but he is a rare version of Sans. My brother is lazy. Horribly lazy. I don’t even know how he’s going to help Frisk with the baby.”

“BABY?” Undyne shrieked. “There’s going to be a baby here?”

“You didn’t know?” Fell Papyrus looked confused.

“No!” Undyne was star eyed. “I call babysitting duty!”

“Doubtful,” Fell Papyrus shook his head. “I have a feeling Frisk won’t let that child out of her sight.”

“Speaking of Frisk,” G mumbled under his breath, then nodded toward the door. Melinda looked and saw Echotale Frisk standing there, arms folded in front of her. She gestured to G to have him come to her. He walked toward her, and she scowled at him. Melinda watched, but still engaged in the conversation with Fell Papyrus to act like she wasn’t paying attention.

“I came here looking for you,” Frisk said.

G just looked at her. “Well, ya found me.”

“Yes I did, but not in the way I had hoped.” She growled at him.

“Oh, and in what way were you looking?” G narrowed his eyes.

Frisk rolled her eyes. “Did you forget your time in the underground?”

“Actually, since you asked, yes. We all did.” G scoffed.

“But you are getting your memories back. I saw you. You recognized me.” Frisk stared him down. “But then…I saw you with her.” She gestured to Melinda. “What, is she better because she is in the guard with you?”

“Actually,” G’s eyes started to glow. “She is my fiancé, and we have been together for quite a while now. This has nothing to do with the guard. She is also the person who lived on this island, took all of us in and helped us build a community here. She deserves your respect.”

“Quit mocking me, G!” Frisk snapped at him.

“Hm, well if you prefer not being mocked, then maybe you shouldn’t do anything worth mocking.” G growled.

Melinda came over, smiling. “Heya!” She waved. “I’m Melinda. I don’t think we’ve met?” She extended her hand.

Frisk looked at her, disgusted. “I know who you are.”

“Oh, good! But I don’t know you,” Melinda kept smiling.

“You’re mocking me, too.” Frisk frowned.

“No, I’m not. Why would you think that?” Melinda stopped smiling and looked worried. “Are you alright?”

“NO I am not alright!” Frisk snapped. “You may run this place, but that doesn’t give you rights to be with him.” She gestured to G. “I don’t know if he told you, but we loved each other in our AU, and apparently he has forgotten that. Thankfully, I didn’t. I’m just reminding him.”

“Uhh, do I get a say in any of this?” G stepped between them and looked at Frisk. “Listen, I don’t know what you think happened in our AU before. All I remember is helping you get to the core to bring the world back to its original state. I remember us being good friends. You had an attraction, I didn’t. And I’m pretty sure I made that clear.”

Frisk put her hands up. “G! You kissed my hand! I set you free as the world changed back! I spilled my secrets to you! You tried to make me feel better when I was down! Do you not remember any of this?”

“I do, yes,” G looked down. “But, that’s what friends do. I was helping you. That’s not love, that’s friendship.”

“Maybe it was ‘friendship’ to you, but to me, it was more than that!” Frisk got in his face.

Melinda’s eyes were glowing green now. “Back. Up. Now.” She said calmly, but sternly.

Frisk looked at her. “And what will you do if I don’t? Fight me?”

Melinda laughed sarcastically. “Well, isn’t that what the guard is for?”

“Ugh!” Frisk threw her hands up again. “You’re just as bad as him.”

“So, you mean to tell me that because you had an attraction, that I was automatically yours?” G scoffed at Frisk. “Please. That’s not how it works.”

Frisk had a shade over her eyes now, the same shade that G had when Chara slashed Melinda. “Melinda, you can’t fight me. Kindness would never win over determination.”

“Want to put that theory to the test?” Melinda grinned. Her eyes were now glowing yellow.

Frisk stepped back. “Huh? How did you do that?”

“She has magic from several versions of me as well. I wouldn’t suggest pissing her off.” G smiled. “Now, if you are here to celebrate with us, great. If you are just going to cause more trouble, please get out of the way, and make room for the people worth celebrating with.”

Frisk’s eyes darted from Melinda to G, then to the door leading out of the hotel. More people were starting to come in. “Fine,” she grumbled. She came in and sat down, scowling like a toddler throwing a tantrum.

Melinda rolled her eyes and blinked the yellow glow away.

“Nice one,” G grinned at her.

Melinda smiled back. “Thanks.”

People started piling in for the ceremony. People were dancing and having fun. Melinda and G danced together, kissing occasionally, while Echo Frisk glared at them. She was getting more and more angry, seeing him happy with her.

“You know…” she heard from the doorway. “I know a way to get her out of the way.”

“Huh?” Frisk looked up. It was Chara. “What are you talking about?”

Chara rolled her eyes and sat across from Frisk. “I know, how to, get rid, of Melinda.” She smiled in a creepy way.

“Get rid of her? You mean kill her?” Frisk crossed her arms.

“Ugh, no. I know you are too nice to kill people. I mean just….remove her from here…and make it look like we all perished. There would be no reason for her to return.” Chara giggled.

Frisk leaned in. “What do we need to do?”

“Fight them,” Chara looked at her. “I’ll help. Get the guard out of the way. Then use a magic spell to get Melinda the hell off of this island.”

“If I fought the guard and won, that would imply I still wouldn’t have Sans,” Frisk scowled. “How is that winning?”

Chara rolled her eyes again. “We make it appear that they are dead, but they are knocked out, hanging by a thread. They will be helped by Alphys and Gaster, and when they are better, they come back up, and well…Melinda’s gone.”

“Alright, but how would we do that spell?” Frisk glanced around nervously.

“I’m not stupid, Frisk. I know who you are. I know you are a descendant of wizards, and you have their power. You act like you don’t, or that you don’t have that much power. I beg to differ. I know the truth about you.” She stood up. “But, if you want to keep playing dumb and staring at the couple so in love and happy, well, at least I can say I made the offer.” She started to walk away.

“Wait!” Frisk stood up too. “Melinda keeps glancing at me. Let’s take this outside and talk about it more privately.”

Chara grinned. “That’s what I like to hear.”

Melinda watched them walk out the door, but didn’t follow or say anything to G. She smiled up at him as a slow song came on. He pulled her closer. His eyes were calm and narrow. His guard wasn’t up. Hers was. She smiled, but he could tell something was bothering her.

“Heya dollface, what’s up?” He asked.

Looking around, Melinda rested her head on G’s shoulder but said quietly in his ear. “Echo Frisk and Chara are up to something.”

G looked around as well, and nodded as Melinda put her head back up. “I don’t see them,” he said, shrugging.

“They went outside.”

“Oh. Yeah, that’s a problem.” G looked alarmed now.

Melinda shook her head and pulled G toward her, cupping his face in her hand. “Don’t. Right now is supposed to be happy. Let’s tackle this later.”

G smiled at her and kissed her softly. She kissed him back, and they danced and kissed for a few minutes.

Undyne smiled at Alphys. “Look at those two. If there was a poster couple for “in love” and “happiness”, it would be them.”

Alphys nodded. “I know. They are adorable.”

The music lowered a little, and Asgore got up in front of everyone. “Please, enjoy the refreshments we have here! And one last time, please, applaud our new guard. They have worked so hard to get where they are, and we couldn’t be more proud, right guys?”

Everyone cheered.

“Come on up, all of you. Let’s enjoy this moment again before everyone has to go.” He gestured for them to come up.

G, Melinda, Papyrus and Undyne came up. Undyne gestured to Fell Papyrus to come up as well. He had that perma-frown, but managed to looks excited when Undyne gestured to him. He came up and stood beside her.

There was more cheering. Undyne spoke up. “While it may not be completely official yet, we have yet another member, right here. A cousin, if you will, of Papyrus. Papyrus from an alternate universe known as Underfell. We welcome him with open arms!” People stood and cheered, and Fell Papyrus…blushed?

“Congratulations again to all of you,” Asgore smiled.

“Thank you sir,” Melinda smiled back. G nudged her. “I know!” She whispered through laughter.

After another hour or so, they all left. Melinda, G, Papyrus and Mettaton all made their way back to their house, while everyone else went into theirs.

“I’m so tired,” Mettaton laughed. “Funny, coming from me, someone who loves to put on a show, right?”

“Yes, definitely strange, coming from you,” Melinda laughed with him.

He grabbed her into a hug. “You have no idea how proud of you we all are! It was sort of expected that monsters-turned-humans would be in some sort of guard, due to magic attacks, but you? It was completely unexpected, and I love it! Everyone loves a great plot twist, darling.”

Melinda hugged him back and smiled. “Heh, thanks. I didn’t expect this either, but I’m happy, and honored to be a part of it.” She looked at him. “And congratulations on your engagement to Pap.”

Papyrus blushed. “Y-you guys know about that?”

G smiled. “I was awake when the proposal was made. Of course I shared the news with Melinda.”

Mettaton let Melinda go. “Well, thank you. I’m so happy you two approve! It means a lot.”

Papyrus nodded. “Yes, it does. Thank you.”

They all said their goodnights. Melinda and G got into bed, both with their eyes heavy and ready to sleep.

Yet, Melinda was tossing and turning. She couldn’t seem to sleep.

“I know why you aren’t sleeping,” G said.

“Oh! You scared me. I thought you were asleep.” Melinda looked at him.

He shook his head. “No. I can’t sleep either. I assume it’s for the same reason. Echo Frisk and Chara.”

“Y-yeah. I can’t help but think that our time is limited.” Melinda said.

G caught a glimpse of something in the shadows outside the window. “I’ll be right back.” He started to get up.

Melinda stopped him. “Where are you going? Is everything alright?”

“Not sure. There’s someone out there.” G narrowed his eyes.

“T-then maybe it’s best if you stay in. I don’t want you getting hurt.” Melinda looked at him.

G shook his head. “If someone is up to something, I want to stop it as soon as possible.” He pulled her close to him and kissed her, but this time felt different. He was kissing her like he would never see her again.

“Sans….” Melinda stopped, tears in her eyes.

“I have to,” G stood up. “I love you. Remember that. And please, stay here, and don’t tell the others.”

“But, they could help you. WE could help you.” Melinda protested.

“Please,” G sighed.