"That is one strange kid," Melody breathed. She adjusted her bun. "But my goodness, I'm relieved. I didn't want them to die, even though it's really their fault we're down here."
"I like them," Faye spoke up. She really did. "I think they're nice."
"And they've got a head-start!" Brayden exclaimed. He took off, yelling a battle cry for some reason.
"It's all okay now, I think, Clover," Cody said, hugging his sister who still looked a little unsure. "Don't be sad! They're okay! And I'm sure they're not mad at all." Faye eyed them for a bit. She wondered what it was like to have a sibling. The only other only child was Percy, but he currently lived with Melody, so he wasn't really lonely.
Faye lived by herself with her aunt. She liked living with her aunt, even though she could be very busy. She mostly played by herself in the garden, building homes for the ants and finding sticks for the birds to make nests. If not, she explored her aunt's cute little house, building pillow forts and having tea parties with her soft toys. And occasionally going on the internet like all the cool kids. It was fun on her own, but it was better with friends. Or her parents, who weren't getting any better. She missed her parents.
Faye found the crew in another large, spacious room. There were pillars and coloured switches all around. The correct switch unblocked the path to the next room. The eighth human was solving the puzzle. Faye followed them. She followed people quite often. Her parents, her aunt, Brayden, her other friends, a sparrow bouncing along the side path, a stray cat, and now, the eighth human. They already knew what switches to press.
"That was amazing," she told them. "You're amazing. You... you never give up." The kid shrugged and continued solving the puzzle. Everyone was sort of watching them.
"That kid really is somethin' special." Clover observed.
"GO STICK KID!" Brayden cheered them on. "SOLVE THOSE PUZZLES!"
While doing the puzzle, a monster named Loox appeared. Clover wasn't taking any chances and became super over-protective with her bro (even more than before, somehow). Loox didn't want to be picked on, so Faye didn't pick on them. Melody stopped Brayden from trying. Percy took notes. The regular.
The eighth human completed the rest of the puzzle because of their skill. Loox showed up a few times, but there was no real trouble. Not after the whole thing with the eighth human nearly dying. Faye thought they were really cool. Maybe they brought everyone down Mt. Ebott for a reason. They were that cool she wouldn't have been surprised.
The kids reached a room with a path going right and a path going north. The north path had red leaves. The kids went right, where a Froggit told them it saw Toriel with some groceries. There was a doorway that led to a view. The kids checked out the view for a moment, overseeing a purple city. A nice-looking, purple city. Faye wasn't a city girl, but she thought cities were pretty cool.
"I used to live in the city," Melody sighed. "Good times. It wasn't purple, though. I don't think cities are usually purple."
"Never liked cities," Clover commented. "Too many buildings."
"Most cities these days have a higher population density than rural areas," Percy commented, adjusting his glasses. "Surprisingly, not long ago it was vice-versa."
"Can we go now?" Brayden asked irritably.
Faye admired the city a little longer. It was a nice city. She'd never seen a purple city before, so it was pretty cool. The eighth kid was emotionlessly standing there. It looked like nothing had ever happened to them. They were really cool like that.
"Yeah, this is kinda boring." Clover agreed, adjusting her cowboy hat.
Faye wondered if she'd be super-protective with the eighth human now. She probably still felt bad about shooting them. Clover didn't like hurting people for no reason.
The kids left the view. Faye walked near the eighth human again. She definitely trusted them. They'd saved her life, they listened to her, and overall, they were pretty cool. And they wanted to be friends too, which was great!
She kept following them as the kids walked up the red leaves, finding a dead tree on more red leaves. Faye felt sad. She didn't like dead trees very much. She felt better when Toriel walked over. Faye really liked Toriel. She was like a new mom.
"Hey Ms. Toriel!" Brayden greeted. Melody looked unhappy about it, as if it wasn't up to her greeting standards.
"Oh dear, that took longer than expected," Toriel sighed. She walked over to the kids. "How did you get here, my children? Are any of you hurt?"
Faye checked herself out. She had bandages so she was okay. Cody seemed fine (he always had food stored around, so healing was no problem for him). Brayden was a bit hurt, probably from all the running. So was Melody, who was dusting off her tutu. Faye thought Melody's dancing skills were pretty sweet. And she knew a lot about music, too. Percy was okay (he was taking notes as usual). The eighth human was perfectly fine. They were actually a great dodger - the only time they had been hurt was when they saved the monsters.
"There, there, I will heal you," Toriel assured them. "I should not have left you all alone for so long. It was irresponsible to try to surprise you like this."
"Surprise?" Brayden asked. He cheered. "I LOVE SURPRISES!" Faye didn't, on the other hand. Surprises could be a little scary.
"Hee hee," Toriel chuckled. "Well, I suppose I cannot hide it any longer. Come, small ones!" She walked over to a purple brick house surrounded by red leaves. There were two small windows and a door. It was a cute house.
"I sure hope she doesn't turn us all into pie." Clover grunted, eyeing the house. She turned to the genderless kid, who was shaking their head. "How d'ya know, pardner?"
"They're very smart," Faye said quietly in their defence. "They know lots of things."
"Oh come on, even Percy's not that smart." Melody retorted. Percy frowned and focused on his books.
"Maybe they're special," Cody replied, smiling at the eighth human. "They saved some monsters! They're amazing!"
The eighth human looked away, cheeks flushed.
"Why did you save 'em, though?" Clover asked the eighth human. "Pardner I nearly... killed you. It was really brave but... why? What's the deal 'ere?" They didn't answer. They faced the house and began walking towards it. "Are you gonna answer my question?"
"Don't worry about it sis, I'm sure they will!" Cody said, patting his sister's shoulder. She sighed.
"SURPRISES!" Brayden yelled, racing towards the house.
Melody looked really done with everything. Faye felt unsure. She really hoped Toriel wouldn't turn them into pie, because that would stink. Regardless, she followed everyone else, admiring the RUINS.
"They really are a strange kid - honestly I'm not sure if we can trust them," Melody commented, humming a tune to herself. She danced through the leaves. "You look scared, Faye."
"Well, aren't we all scared?" Melody walked over to her and linked arms. "I'm not Brayden, but I'm something that will help you I should hope. Let's go in and see what's next."
This was one of those times where Melody was really nice to Faye. Faye was glad to have her. The two went in together, hopes high.