Sans woke up and came out to the living room. He saw Papyrus and Melinda talking, but they suddenly stopped when he walked in.
“Heh, talkin’ about me, huh?” He asked, with a grin.
Melinda started to blush again. “Yeah…” she giggled.
Papyrus smiled. “Shall I leave you two alone?”
Sans shook his head. “Nah, bro, it’s fine. I’m going to take a shower. I was wondering if maybe today we could go further inland, rather than staying near the shore?” He looked at Melinda. “I have a hunch.”
Melinda looked at Papyrus, then back and Sans and shrugged. “Sure. I don’t see why not.”
Sans nodded. “Alright. Then I’ll be back in a few minutes.” He walked away.
Papyrus looked at Melinda. “What do you think he means?”
Melinda shrugged again. “I’m not sure, but I think he might be thinking of new places to find new people. That could be helpful to us anyway.”
Papyrus nodded. “Yes, but Sans and I do not know who to find. Our memories are still very hazy.”
Melinda smiled. “And this is why you have me to help you”
After Sans was done, they all headed for the mainland. Instead of docking the boat, they found a little “garage” meant for people to park their boats for longer periods of time. They got out and paid a fee for two hours parked.
“Two hours should be fine,” Sans said.
They all worked their way through the city in the mainland, and instead of staying near the beach, they worked their way into the downtown area.
“So, this is what I’m thinking,” Sans started. “When I first got here, I was lost and confused, but I had money, which was weird. That’s how I got the boat. Papyrus said he also had money, which he used to get new clothes. If we all got here with money, then, maybe there is someone downtown here, eating lunch, shopping, or even staying in a hotel.” He pointed to the hotel in front of them.
Melinda looked confused for a moment. “Wait a second. I understand looking around in bars, coffee shops, stores and restaurants, but hotels? I think that’s borderline stalking, isn’t it?”
Sans laughed. “I’m not saying we have to go into the rooms, I’m just saying maybe sit in the lobby for a bit. Act like we are waiting for someone. Or grab some lunch and eat it on the bench outside. Something that won’t attract attention, but will allow us to see others and how they are acting.
Melinda sighed. “But, wouldn’t they be used to surface life by now? Not walking around in confusion? I mean, it’s been a week or so now!”
Sans shook his head. “I doubt it. You have to remember we don’t know anything about our previous lives. That would be a hard thing to shake off.”
Melinda thought for a moment. “Well, I’ve also noticed that you guys have a similar appearance to your monster selves. Well, besides you, Sans. You are a bit slimmer. But Papyrus, you’re taller, which is noticeable to me. Maybe the others would look similar to the way they do in the game.”
Just as she said that, Papyrus noticed someone. A man, with longer hair, wearing black and…hot pink? He seemed to just be walking around, looking a little confused, but confident at the same time. How was that even possible? Papyrus tugged on Melinda’s shirt a little and pointed. “We may not have to look too hard.”
Melinda looked over and saw him. “Oh yes, I know exactly who this is. She turned to the brothers and said in a mock seducing tone “Darling~”
Papyrus’s eyes widened. That sounded so familiar. Sans shrugged, he didn’t know what Melinda was talking about.
Melinda walked over to the man. “Hey there,” she smiled.
The man looked at her and smiled. “Hello darling. How are you?”
Melinda held back a laugh. “I’m good. Hey, you’re Mettaton, right?”
The man took a step back. “H-how did you know that?”
“You’re the only one I know who would look that fabulous in black and bright pink,” Melinda giggled. “Let me guess, you have no memory of who you were past about a week ago, right?”
Mettaton was very confused now. “Y-yeah. But I don’t know how you know that either.”
“It’s been happening to a lot of people,” Melinda explained. She pointed to Sans and Papyrus, who had stayed where they were before. “They had the same issue. I’m trying to help everyone who is dealing with this remember who they are. Want to come back with us? We can help explain.”
Mettaton looked around. “Well, I suppose, since I have nowhere else to go, why not?” He smiled a little. Melinda could tell he was nervous.
They walked back over to Sans and Papyrus. “Would you guys like to keep looking, or is one enough for today?”
Sans shrugged. “I was hoping to find as many as we could.”
Mettaton lifted his hand. “I think I can help. I found a couple and their son, and they said they had the same issues I did. Their names were….umm….” He frowned. “I can’t remember.
Melinda thought a moment. “Toriel, Asgore and Asriel?”
“YES!” Mettaton exclaimed. They are staying in this hotel. Told me I could stop by any time I wanted.
Sans grinned. “Told ya.”
Melinda playfully slapped his arm. “Hush.”
They went to the room where the family was staying. Mettaton knocked on the door. Melinda felt nervous for some reason. She wasn’t sure how this was going to play out. The island they were all going to be staying on was hers, but this was the royal family. In the game, they had split, and Asriel had died, but apparently, upon becoming human and living on the surface, that had never happened. She wasn’t sure why, but that was different than the game. She was glad though. The Dreemurrs would have their happy ending, even if it was in human form.
The door opened, and a woman with light blonde hair was standing there. Melinda’s eyes widened. She was wearing a purple tee shirt, white pants and had a necklace with the same design that was a common theme in the game. The Delta Rune. Behind her, a man with darker blonde hair and a beard came up. He was wearing a Hawaiian shirt, turquoise and white, and blue jeans. ‘He certainly doesn’t look like a king,’ Melinda thought. In the room a boy with the same color hair as the woman sat on one of the beds, playing. He had a green and yellow striped shirt and brown pants. Melinda also noticed another child. A child wearing a light blue and hot pink striped shirt and matching blue pants. The child had brown hair and was playing with the blonde child on the bed. They were playing with action figures. Her eyes grew wide. Frisk. Frisk was here, with the Dreemurrs?
Mettaton greeted the woman, and Melinda flashed her a quick smile, then looked at Sans, who was visibly shaken by the sight of Frisk. His left eye started flashing from normal cyan to yellow and back again, the same as it did the night before. As Mettaton began talking with the family, Papyrus joining in the conversation, Melinda decided now was a good time to pull Sans away to talk to him. She took his hand and smiled at him, then started to walk away from the door. “Please, excuse us, Mettaton,” she said.
Mettaton nodded and got back to talking to Toriel. Melinda pulled Sans off into another hallway.
“Are you alright?” She asked Sans.
“T-that…..child….she’s the one from my nightmares. Sans’ eye flashed more rapidly. “She’s the one….that kills me.”
“Sans. Stop,” Melinda put her hand on his chest. His heart was racing. “Frisk is normally good. And she certainly seems good here. Don’t worry. You have nothing to fear.” She looked at his eye again. It was still flashing. “Did you know your eye does that?” She asked.
“Huh?” Sans blinked, and the flashing stopped. His eye was back to the normal cyan color. “Does what?”
“It flashes. It does that in the game too, but I didn’t expect it to happen here…with you being human. This might mean that you have magic.” Melinda looked down, then back at Sans. “Are you calmer now?”
“Yes,” he replied. “Thank you.”
“Of course!” She kissed him softly. “Anything for you”
Sans smiled and followed Melinda back to the room, where Mettaton was explaining how the family should come with them. Papyrus explained the island, and said that if we found more people, we would build a community for everyone. Everyone would have a home now, and they wouldn’t be far from what they had come to know. Melinda was happy that she didn’t even have to say a word. Mettaton and Papyrus had this covered.
Toriel looked at Melinda. “You know who we are, and what happened to us?”
Melinda nodded. “Yes. I will explain later. For now, I’m sure you don’t want to pay for another night, right?” She laughed nervously.
Toriel smiled. “It certainly would be nice to know what happened, and be with people we know, right Gorey?” She turned to the man.
Asgore nodded. “Yes, definitely. Asriel, Frisk, get your things. We are going somewhere nicer.”
Asriel looked up. “Where?”
Melinda smiled at him. “Paradise!”
The Dreemurrs got their things together and everyone headed back to the beach.
Frisk looked at the ice cream stand on the beach. “Mom! Dad! Can we get ice cream before we leave?”
Toriel looked at Sans, who nodded. “Yes, my child. Let’s go.”
“I’ll go dock the boat here for when we are ready,” Sans said, still leery of Frisk.
Melinda looked at him. “Want company? Or do you think you want to be alone?”
Sans smiled. “I’ll be fine. You can come sit with me when I dock the boat. I have to clean it up a little anyway since we will have so many people on it. It can’t hold that many people.”
Melinda laughed. “Thankfully I think this will be the only large load we have. There are only two other people were have to look for. At least for now.”
Sans looked at her. “Everything is coming together so nicely now.”
Melinda nodded. “Yes, definitely better than I expected.” She looked over at Papyrus, Mettaton and the Dreemurrs. They seemed so happy. She was reluctant to tell them their story from the game. The whole story tied back to Asriel and his death.
Sans kissed Melinda’s cheek. “I’ll be back in a minute.” He walked away.
Melinda smiled at him, then looked back at the group. Asriel looked over at her and met her gaze. She said something to his parents, then got up and walked over to Melinda.
“You look worried,” he said to her. “But you don’t need to be.”
“Huh?” Melinda asked, confused.
Asriel looked back at his parents, then again at Melinda. “I already know. I have been pretending I don’t remember anything, but I do…and I don’t know how I’m back. I don’t know how any of this happened, but I remember the underground. I remember dying. I remember how I died, and I remember how I was a goat-like monster, then suddenly, a flower, when I died. I also know what human souls did to me when I was a monster.” He had been fidgeting in the sand, but now he looked back up at Melinda, who was speechless. “I will help you explain if you want me to. But first, I just want to thank you. I thought I was the one who was going to have to find everyone and tell them. But that’s hard for a child to do while his parents are watching.” He laughed a little. “After all, stranger-danger.”
Melinda laughed too. “Yeah. Well…wow…haha. It will be nice to have someone to confirm what I’m saying. I won’t ask you to explain anything. I may just look at you if people don’t believe me.”
Asriel shook his head. “But I want to help you! I want to explain. It’s been a week of keeping my mouth shut, and I’m not good at that.”
Melinda smiled. “Alright, you can help me, if you want. I just didn’t want you to feel pressured.” She looked back at the table. “But you should go finish your ice cream before we head back to the island.”
Asriel nodded. “Okay!” He ran off to be with his family again.
Melinda heard the motor of the boat approaching. She smiled and walked to the edge of the water. Sans docked the boat, but sat in it. Melinda jumped in and sat with him.
“Feeling a little better about Frisk?” She asked.
Sans sighed, looking down. “I shouldn’t feel so….uneasy about a child, right? But, I just….can’t help it. I literally witness my own death in a nightmares, and then I see the one who does it to me, and I can’t shake that.
Melinda nodded and kissed his cheek. “I get it, Sansy. I know it must be hard for you to see those visions, then see it in real life, but just try to take a step back for a moment. Remember, those things happened in a fictional world….or….possibly an alternate universe. At this point, I have no idea. But anyway, the child that is with the Dreemurrs isn’t the child that hurt you. Just, breathe. It may take some time, but you’ll see. In the other ending, Frisk is also the one that helps monsters get to the surface. I have a feeling that’s how this Frisk is.” She looked over at the table. Everyone was getting up, and Frisk was looking at them. She smiled at Melinda and Sans. Melinda smiled back. “See?” She turned to Sans.
Sans closed his eyes for a moment. “Yeah, I see. Thank you.” He opened his eyes and smiled at Melinda.
Everyone got into the boat, and they headed back to the island.