NOT approved by Lunaescence, they took too long.
I really prefer present tense. Does it show?
Also, no one offered to help or accepted my add to assist with dialogue. So be it. At least Asgore is easier.
Asgore ran down the slope to help stop Papyrus. He wasn't sure if there was any realistic chance of the monster finding a human. But Toriel & Frisk needed their alone time. And besides, he had a very valid reason to prevent Papyrus from discovering some humans: First Impressions.
Fresh and dried foliage crackled underfoot when his jog led him into the forest. Whew! He was really out of shape! When was the last time he ran?
It was easy to see where everyone had ran off to. His tracking skills had faded away centuries ago, but he didn't need them for this. They left an obvious path of destruction in their wake. He may need to have a chat with them about this.
They were also loud. Since his form was partially based on an ungulate, his hearing was better than a humans.* So he could hear them bickering from a bit further away than you would've.
He heard Papyrus was defending his actions. Everyone else was trying to gently explain to him that he would scare off the humans.
"i don't think they can handle you, bro."
"HUMANS CAN HANDLE THE GREAT PAPYRUS!” The offended monster argued. He continued on, and explained how they could handle him. And that he knew what he was doing! He knew how to handle the humans back!*
Undyne challenged him. Her gruff demeanor affected her attempts to be gentle. She awkwardly tried to explain why it was such a bad idea.
Alphys agreed with Undyne. Asgore knew her well enough that he could sense her starting off with the right reasons; but she couldn't fully get her own thoughts out thanks to her stuttering. Papyrus’ truculent interruptions seemed to intimidate her, and prevented her from making a comprehensible explanation.
Asgore could finally see them in the distance. He slowed down as he approached.
"Papyrus!" He bellowed out.
The three monsters surrounding him jumped! They turned to look at Asgore. Were they so loud and focused on Papyrus that they hadn't heard Asgore's approach?
Papyrus was already facing Asgore's direction. So he just looked straight ahead.
"HELLO, KING ASGORE" the skeleton greeted friendlily. He then complained about how his fellow companions are trying to talk him out of meeting the humans(!); and could His Majesty please convince them otherwise? "…That I'm right?"*
Asgore disliked doing the responsible thing, sometimes. This wouldn’t be too bad, right?
"Unfortunately," Asgore began, "your friends are correct. Humans are timid of new things, and would be scared of your looks and..."
What was a nice word for his...?
"BUT I'VE MET A HUMAN ONCE! THEY WEREN'T SCARED OF ME AT ALL! IN FACT, THEY WERE RATHER IMPRESSED WITH ME AND WE ARE NOW FRIENDS!"
Asgore took in a deep breath.
"Frisk is brave and a child. Human children are different. They enjoy things they find strange and unique."
There was a pause as a thoughtful Papyrus assumed a contemplative pose.
Asgore let himself have the distraction while he had the chance. He's already thoroughly disappointed Papyrus once, and he's nervous that it might happen again so soon.
So Asgore looks at Papyrus' brother's face instead. He's looking up at Papyrus with a hopeful twinkle in his eye. What was his name again? Sands?...What a darkly poetic name for a skeleton...
Papyrus straightened his posture and looked at Asgore. The king thought that Papyrus might say that he would look only for children.
Instead, he conceded.
He said that humans needed to be gently welcomed with open arms. Which he will do. Another day. Preferably in the city and not in the creepy woods.
Sands looked at him, nearly ecstatic. Proud. Papyrus had matured. Asgore's seen that same look on Toriel's face many times before. When Asriel did something wise; when Chara did something unusually nice...His heart winced.
Asgore pauses. The pain of the memory within the memory brings him back to the present. The scene he had just been describing was only a brief one mentioned with humor. "The poor lad" Asgore had called Papyrus, instead of his name.
The kid’s parent is looking at him pitifully. He shouldn’t have mentioned it. Why did he mention that?
The wheels of the small cart stop. Asgore has to stop too, as it’s in front if him. The monster kid turns around and looks at Asgore. Though the child's mouth is filled with faux-leather, they start talking excitedly. The few phrases are rather muffled; but at the end Asgore thinks he hears the question "So what happens next?"
"Well..." and the wheels begin rolling again.
After Papyrus had made his sound decision, everyone relaxed. They tell him how pleased they are. He uses the situation to give both himself and his friends credit. Asgore blankly watched their conversation, unsure of what they said. But it did end with a group hug.
He chuckled at Alphys' startled look. She had been pulled in by Undyne and Papyrus. This was very good for her.
Asgore waited for them to let go. When they did, he cleared his throat to gain their attention.
Asgore told them that they've all had a long day. ...Even if it was technically morning out here right now. He knows that everyone is very excited by the prospect of the future. Would they like to come back to his castle and have some tea? He would like to discuss his plans for how the monsters escape the Underground and approach humanity. They look at each other and agree to, one by one.
“An’ naw wehre herrre!” the little monster exclaims.
“Yes. And now we’re here” Asgore concurs.
“Oh, come now Fluffybuns. We know there’s more to the story than that!” Gerson encourages.
Asgore could see that they had a long way to go before they reached the city. The monsters up front were nearing the forest. He decides that he wants to be there when they do. He still has a bit time, however.
“Very well.” And so Asgore resumes his storytelling.
They all headed westwards together. There was a silence, but it was short “…Do you notice something?” he asked them.
They quietly observed their surroundings. Undyne has the best tracking skills out of all of them, Asgore knew. And thus, she was the one who noticed all of the damage.
“We really made a mess of the place, haven’t we?” she looked between a large broken branch that was still half-way attached to its tree, some torn up dirt, and a pile of crumpled flowers.
The others caught on and looked where she looked.
“…whoops.” Sands said.
“Whoops, indeed.” Asgore agreed. “I would appreciate it if you more careful with the forest. It’s been a long time, but I still feel as if I were the Guardian of this forest.”
The silence welcomed them all once again.
“Isn’t this place lovely, though?” Asgore eventually said.
"Y-yes, it is very...uh, lovely..."
"Yeah...this is pretty amazing! I never thought it'd be this beautiful above ground..."
"IT'S VERY LOVELY! THIS DOESN'T EVEN COMPARE TO THE FORESTS AROUND SNOWDIN!"
"yeah. real trees are better. what a treet."
Asgore smiles, feeling validated. "You know, the trees up here look pretty young. I don't remember there being any trees at this elevation before we were barricaded underground."
Undyne turns her eye on Asgore, attention focused.
"I'm so glad the forest has managed to grow and prosper without my help."
There is a stunned silence. He waits for them patiently.
Papyrus gasps, but Sands beats him to the punch. "you took care of these woods?"
“HEY I WAS GOING TO SAY THAT!”
“sorry, bro. i was curious, that’s all."
“WELL…OKAY THEN. I UNDERSTAND!” Papyrus cheered up.
Asgore waits a couple seconds to ensure that they were done.
"Yes, I did. I used to plant seeds into the the ground and watched them grow. I guarded over the rare plants; sometimes humans had a habit of collecting them. I took care of them when they were ill, and destroyed them if the sickness spread. When the soil stopped giving nutrients, I would burn an area to replenish it I convinced some monsters skilled in water magic to help me take care of this forest during droughts. I’ve even chased off some humans before, after they had chopped down one too many trees.”
The others were still in shock. He was a forest guardian? Their king?
"WOWIE! YOU DID ALL OF THAT?"
They were entering the scrublands of the summit. He spotted Toriel’s and Frisk’s forms in the distance, running towards them.
"Why yes, I did all of that. What did you think I did before I became King of the Monsters?"
Asgore's sharp ears could not pick up on the others' internal shouting.
“Whaaat? You’re stopping there?!” The child had dropped the bit.
“I’m sorry. But I really want to be there when the start of the line enters the forest” Asgore explained. “But I’ll come back! I promise!”
“Well, what are you waiting for?” Gerson interjects. “Go! Go and make your spectacle! Hurry up and write new history!”
“Oh, er, yes. I’ll be going now!”
And so Asgore jogs to get to the start of the line that’s almost a mile away. Go Asgore, go! Work those legs! We’re all rooting for you!*
1. Well, except maybe a hearing aid. Haha, sorry! I couldn’t resist! Seriously though, I only said ungulate because this is supposed to be an ambiguous country. You’ll understand later, especially if that ambiguous country plan fails.
2. *Glares into your soul*
3. I couldn’t imagine the rest of the dialogue, but I could hear that clearly ringing through my head!...But I also didn’t want to delete “convince otherwise”. So this was the compromise.
4. I promised myself I would finish this tonight, and it’s 4 AM. This narrator can have a bit of fun, right? Well, feel free to agree or disagree.
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