The first thing Faye felt when she landed was some kind of flower. And Brayden's entire body.
"Hey!" Brayden yelled, pushing her off. "What the heck, Faye?!"
"Sorry..." Faye mumbled, laying on the flowers.
Nice golden flowers in a large clump. They were in the middle of some kind of cave. It was dark, but light was coming from above. Faye's friends were there, too - including that weird eighth human.
"Where are we?" Clover asked, stating the obvious.
"I don't know," Melody snorted.
Melody honestly scared Faye a bit, but she liked hanging around Melody. She was actually quite a nice person when you got to know her. Honourable and trustworthy, too.
"Where do you think, Captain Obvious?" she scoffed.
"We appear to be in some underground cave." Percy replied.
Faye thought highly of Percy. They understood each other quite well, since they both knew what it was like to be an outcast. Though in the end, Faye knew Melody was a better friend for him.
Percy observed the golden flowers. "Ranunculus, more commonly known as the buttercup. They're known to grow around the area of Ebott. And, in fact, this particular type of buttercup only grows here in Ebott."
"Uh... how are we gonna get out?" Cody asked, looking nervous.
Faye liked Cody. He was really kind to everyone he met, even bullies. And he had an awesome fry-pan and made the best enchiladas that even Faye's aunt couldn't top.
"You," Clover eyed the eighth human. "You led us here." She gave them a death stare. They crawled backwards. "What were you thinkin'?"
"Who cares why, how are we gonna get out of this dump?!" Brayden asked. He punched the wall and hurt his hand. "Ow!"
Melody rolled her eyes. "Well obviously punching the wall isn't going to help anyone. There must be some way."
"Theoretically, climbing would not work since we require rope," Percy said, taking down notes. Brayden was trying to climb up anyway. Faye stayed away from everyone. She hung around the eighth human. "And also, the dirt in the wall is not strong enough to carry the weight of any of us."
Brayden fell off and landed on Melody. She didn't look very happy about that.
"Do you listen to anyone?" she asked.
"I'm tryna get out, Mel!" Brayden retorted, glaring at her.
A few minutes later, everyone aside from Cody, Faye and the eighth human were arguing. Cody was hanging around his sister, trying to stop the pointless arguing. But to no avail. Faye, meanwhile, watched the eighth human leave the cave. They were going along some path. She readjusted her red ribbon, held out her toy knife and followed them.
"Uh... hi," she greeted quietly, smiling at them. They were walking on a grey path. At the end was a grey gate with a weird symbol on it. The other kids were yelling and arguing in the background. "I didn't say it before, but... thanks for saving me. It was really nice of you."
The kid nodded. They faced the grey gate. "Um... I kinda like that you don't talk. I mean, I'm usually the quiet one... but, um, now I'm not alone!"
She gave the child a small smile. "You don't have to if you don't want to... but do you want to be friends?"
The child looked thoughtful for a moment. They smiled and nodded.
"Great...!" Faye replied. She took a small breath. "Oh, um, if you didn't know, my name is Faye. I guess... I guess you don't have a name. That's okay."
Faye hadn't made any new friends (apart from the other five kids, but that wasn't really her doing) for a long time. She hadn't really tried since she moved to Ebott to live at her aunt's house. She almost felt proud of herself. She made a new friend on her own.
"Um..." Faye looked at the gate. "Do you, um... think we should wait for the others?"
The eighth human shrugged. Even though their eyes were closed and their mouth was a straight line, Faye could see some emotion in them. They wanted to go in. Faye was clever like that. She noticed a lot more things than people realized she did.
"Well, if you really want to go in..." Faye would've waited by herself outside the gate, but that felt a little daunting. And besides, she wanted to hang with her new friend before they ran off with everyone else. Like her other friends did.
"Where are y'all goin'?" Clover rushed over, everyone else behind her (aside from Brayden who was way ahead as usual).
Faye liked Clover. She could be pretty scary when she wanted to be but she was also really nice. She was almost like Faye's sister as well as Cody's. And Faye liked her accent.
"We were, um..." Faye thought about what to say. "Um... going through this gate thingy."
"AWESOME!" Brayden yelled, running in.
Brayden was the friend Faye was least similar to, yet he was her best friend, ironically. They balanced each other out in quite a way.
"Opposites attract, darling," Faye's aunt had told her. Faye's aunt was smart. She knew a lot about people. "Sometimes in science, sometimes with people." Faye knew she was right. Faye mostly admired Brayden's incredible bravery (and even envied it).
He just ran into danger like he did it for breakfast. And then there was her, who was scared from watching Blues Clues. And a lot of other things.
The eighth human followed Brayden. So did Melody, yelling at him to keep out of trouble. Faye stayed behind, watching everyone go in. Percy was taking more notes. Cody still looked nervous. Clover walked over to Faye.
"You alright there, Faye?" she asked, patting Faye's blonde curls.
"I'm... fine," Faye replied. She was scared and she was not good at being brave. "Thanks, Clover."
She and Clover went through the gate. And what they saw was not what they were expecting.
"Howdy!" a living flower - yeah, a living flower - was having a good old time on a patch of grass.
He was a yellow buttercup with six petals and a big grin. To Faye, he sounded suspiciously like Spongebob.
"WHAT THE HECK IS THAT FLOWER ALIVE?!" Brayden asked, staring at the flower. He grinned. "I WANNA FIGHT IT!"
"This is not possible," Percy mumbled, writing things down. "Flowers cannot be alive. This is not possible."
"What is this place...?" Clover asked.
She eyed the eighth human who was emotionlessly staring at the flower. They didn't seem to care at all. Faye looked at their face. Something told her they'd seen something like this before.
"I... I'm so confused!" Cody exclaimed, looking confused.
"I am too." Melody agreed, also looking confused. Faye was also confused but she didn't say so because she didn't want to start up annoying repetition that would make this fanfiction rather unbearable (if you do not think it already is).
"That's right, I'm a living flower!" the flower said, still looking cheerful and etc.
All the kids went around him. He cleared his throat. "Howdy! I'm FLOWEY, FLOWEY the flower! Hmm... You're all new to the underground, aren'tcha?"
He wasn't really looking at the eighth human while saying this, Faye noticed. They didn't care.
"Golly, y'all must be so confused!" he giggled.
"Yes, very." Melody commented dryly.
"How are you alive?" Percy asked, kneeling down and observing Flowey. "What sort of power allows a being like yourself to live like one of us?"
"Uh..." Flowey looked away. "I just am, kiddo!" He made a face. "Anyway! Someone ought to teach you how things work around here! I guess little old me will have to do!" He made a bigger smile. "Ready?"
Nope, Faye thought.
Flowey beamed. "Here we go!"
The kids were pulled into a strange, black simulation. A bunch of coloured hearts were in a white box.
Flowey was above that white box, still grinning. "See those hearts? Those are your SOULs, the very culmination of your beings!"
"HECK YEEAAH LOOK AT MINE!" Brayden yelled, moving his orange heart around and bumping into everyone else.
"Brayden, don't go in my SOUL space!" Melody snorted, moving her dark blue SOUL away from his.
"Incredible." Percy took even more notes about his purple SOUL.
"Wow, mine is green!" Cody exclaimed, petting his green SOUL.
"Green is not a creative colour, Cody." Melody pointed out. Cody looked sad.
"Yellow, like the sun." Clover observed her yellow SOUL.
"The sun is actually a flaming ball of gas, which is orange." Percy pointed out.
Brayden fist-pumped the air and Clover sighed. Faye wasn't saying anything. She was observing her light blue SOUL. She let it move from palm to palm. It glowed brightly. It was pretty. Faye liked it a lot. She looked at the eighth human. They had a red SOUL.
"Red," Faye said, looking at their SOUL. She thought about something creepy. "Like my ribbon. What a nice colour."
The kids kept messing around with their SOULs. Only Faye and the eighth human stopped. Faye was patiently waiting for Flowey to continue and the eighth human looked bored. Flowey looked bored too and rather impatient.
"Hey, kids," he spoke up, but no one was listening. "Kids," He sounded angry. Still no attention. "HEY, CUT IT OUT!"
Everyone stopped messing around and looked at him. He had a terrifying expression on. He quickly removed it.
"Now, I'll go on," he continued. "Your SOULs start off weak, but can grow strong if you all gain a lot of LV. What's LV? Why, LOVE, of course! You want some LOVE, don't you? Don't worry, I'll share some with you!"
"I love LOVE!" Cody said cheerfully. "Mom always said to bake with love!"
The eighth human, however, was shaking their head. "She didn't?"
The eighth human shook their head at Flowey.
"Oh," Faye sort of got what they were saying. She whispered, "I think they're saying we shouldn't trust Flowey."
"But he wants to give us love!" Cody retorted, making a sad face. The kids gathered in a little huddle.
"Would you honestly trust a talking flower?" Melody asked, raising her brow. Cody looked super sad.
"Never mind, bro." Clover said, patting his shoulder. She gave Melody a death-stare. "Well, to me, this flower seems kind of mean. I think the kid may be right."
"Talking flowers, SOULS, LOVE..." Percy muttered, taking down more notes and muttering weird things.
"YEAH! I'll beat up that flower!" Brayden agreed, making a punching motion with his fists.
"Alright, then, y'all," Clover nodded at her friends. "Let's not listen to him."
"Are you kids done talkin' yet?" Flowey asked. "'Cause I've got some LOVE for you!"
Pellets appeared around him. The eighth human shook their head at the pellets.
"Down here, LOVE is shared through... little white 'friendliness pellets'," Flowey explained. "Are you ready?"
Still no, Faye thought.
"Move around!" Flowey chirped. "Get as many as you can!"
The kids moved out of the way. Except for Faye, who was too slow. She suddenly got very hurt, and her 'HP' - a measure of her health - was down to 1.
"Oh... oops." she commented, feeling stupid.
She blushed and looked away. Pain was pounding throughout her little body. Everyone was staring at her, which didn't really help her self-esteem.
You're so stupid, Faye. You're so STUPID.
"You IDIOTS," Flowey growled, suddenly looking spookier than every episode of Blues Clues put together. "In this world, it's kill or BE killed. It seems your idiot cyan friend here-" Faye felt even worse, "-Ran straight into the pellets. But don't worry! You'll all get to die the same way!" Pellets surrounded everyone's SOULs. Everyone started protesting and shouting.
"YOU SUCK!" Brayden yelled at the flower.
"I don't understand, I don't understand..." Percy muttered, trying to take notes.
"You're horrible." Melody told Flowey, glaring at him.
Cody was searching for cookies or something to heal his friends. Clover was giving Flowey her infamous death-stare. She had her gun out. The eighth human was emotionlessly standing there. Faye was trying not to cry. She felt awful. Suddenly, the pellets disappeared. A fireball popped out of the blue and hit Flowey in the side. He sky-rocketed away like a jetpack. Someone showed up.
"What a miserable creature, torturing such... oh my, so many poor children!" the someone gasped.
She was a goat lady wearing a purple dress with that symbol from the gate, Faye noticed. Her dress had white sleeves. Her fur was white. She had two small horns on the sides of her head. Her red eyes glowed passively. Cody looked freaked out. Faye was pretty freaked out too (and still feeling awful). Percy hid behind a protective Clover. The eighth human looked even more emotionless.
"Are you a goat or something?" Brayden asked, crinkling his nose.
"Brayden, you can't just ask people if they're goats." Melody grumbled.
"Why not?" Brayden asked, staring at Melody. She rolled her eyes and faced the goat lady.
"Sorry about him," she said courteously. "Thanks for saving us. Who are you?"
"I am TORIEL," the goat lady answered. "Caretaker of the RUINS." She smiled in a mom-like way that made Faye sad. "You must all be so afraid. It has been such a long time since a human fell down, let alone seven. Well, fear not, my children. You will be safe staying nearby me. Now come! I shall guide you through the RUINS."
"Hold on a minute there, Ms Toriel," Clover spoke up, lightly clenching her pistol. "How do we know we can trust you?"
"Yeah," Brayden agreed. "I mean, like, you could bake us all into pie or something."
"What?" Toriel asked, looking shocked. "How awful! I would never do such a thing!"
The eighth human was nodding. Faye trusted them. They seemed to know a lot about who and who wasn't trustworthy.
"No, my children, I assure you nothing like that will fall upon you in my presence," Toriel assured.
The kiddies gathered in a little circle and started talking.
"She seems nice, guys," Cody spoke up, grinning. "I think we can trust her."
The eighth human nodded again.
"Yeah, she's nice." Faye said, playing with a piece of her blonde hair. She's almost like Mom before she...
"According to my calculations and estimations, there is a chance she could trick us," Percy commented, looking up from his notes. "However, there's also a chance she is on our side. Roughly fifty-five to sixty percent." He stared at Toriel. "But what kind of creature is she? An anthropomorphic goat? I've never seen a thing such as this... she could be - as ridiculous as this sounds - a monster."
"MONSTERS ARE REAL!" Brayden yelled. "Awesome!"
Cody made a small yelp like a little puppy.
"How in any way is that awesome?!" Melody asked, shivering. "Monsters are said to be dangerous!"
"I'm not scared of monsters," Brayden retorted, grinning. "I bet I could beat them all up!"
"Monsters..." Faye murmured.
She stopped listening to the conversation. So monsters were real. Faye had only heard of monsters from movies and such. She didn't know how to fight them. She had a toy knife made of plastic, bandages and a red ribbon and that was it. She wouldn't be strong enough to fight anyone. She didn't really want to fight anyone anyway. Fighting sucked. It was like she was a whole lot of help to everyone anyway...