He was excited. This place was freezing but he didn't really care a whole lot. He was ready to beat up some monsters. The path went in a few directions, but Brayden didn't care. He wanted to go forward. Keep moving. The eighth human was nearby him. They stopped at a random point in the snow, then turned to a box nearby a sign.
"Slow down, pardner." Clover stormed over to Brayden. "There's a box over here."
"Good," Percy said. He brought out a thick pile of paper. "I can store my notes in there."
The eighth human was putting the spider donuts in there. Soon, the box was full of notes and spider donuts. Brayden wondered how in the heck Percy had so many notes.
Percy nodded. "Those are the notes that won't come of use to us. Such as notes about people at school."
"You take notes 'bout people at school?" Clover asked, giving him a look.
"Umm..." Percy went red.
"Did you write anything cool about me, Perce?" Brayden asked, grinning.
"Well..." Percy looked away.
"AWESOME!" Brayden continued running ahead.
He hoped his friends were behind him. As usual, it was only Clover, Melody and the eighth human. The others were checking out a fishing line.
Brayden looked annoyed. "Can they hurry the HECK UP?!"
Brayden punched a tree out of boredom. All the snow covered him so he looked like a snowman. Clover started laughing, while Melody face-palmed.
"HEY! SHUT UP!" Brayden yelled. His pink leather gloves were covered in snow, though his favourite colour was definitely orange.
Melody helped him out of the snow and started brushing some of it out of his messy, brown hair. He shooed her away.
"What happened?" Cody asked, as he, Percy and Faye walked over. "Are you okay, Brayden?"
"Yeah, I'm fine." Brayden replied, giving him a thumbs up. He frowned. "Though you guys take WAY TOO LONG! WHAT WERE YOU EVEN DOING?!"
"We found a funny fishing rod." Faye answered quietly.
Brayden hoped she wouldn't try and stay somewhere again. His policy was simple: friends were friends and enemies were enemies. Betrayal didn't mean anything to him. He knew he would never betray anyone - and he wasn't going to let anyone stay behind - they were a group, after all. And Faye was his best friend. He - somehow - knew she wasn't that weak. She took all those hits from Toriel and didn't flinch. That was pretty cool.
"We should really move on, y'all." Clover spoke up, pointing ahead.
Brayden raced ahead, following the path. Melody grabbed his arm as they approached Sans and Papyrus standing on the path, chatting to each other.
"SO, AS I WAS SAYING ABOUT UNDYNE..." Papyrus began. He noticed all the kids. He looked at Sans, then back at the kids, then at Sans, then at the kids, then at Sans... "SANS! OH MY GOD, ARE THOSE... HUMANS?!"
Cody and Faye were smiling at the skeletons. Clover was scowling, Percy behind her. Melody was observing. Brayden crossed his arms, the eighth human beside him.
"uhhhhh..." Sans retorted. He made a face. "actually, i think those are rocks."
There were seven rocks behind the kids.
"When did they get here?" Clover asked, folding her arms.
"Wow, magically-appearing rocks..." Faye commented, grinning.
"They appear to be rocks made of ice." Percy said, taking notes.
"OH." Papyrus commented, looking disappointed.
"hey, what are those in front of the rocks?" Sans asked.
"OH MY GOD!" Papyrus exclaimed. He looked away and whispered, "(ARE... ARE THOSE HUMANS)?"
"(yes)." Sans responded.
"OH MY GOD!" Papyrus yelled. He smirked. "SANS! I FINALLY DID IT! UNDYNE WILL... I'M GONNA... I'LL BE SO... POPULAR! POPULAR! POPULAR!"
Brayden sighed. He'd really had enough of all this talking nonsense.
"Can we just fight now?!" he whined, making even more punching motions.
"Toriel told us not to fight, Brayden," Melody sighed, folding her arms. She gave him that look. "And they're not even done talking." She glared at Clover. "Not you too, Clover."
Brayden remembered Toriel. He liked Toriel. She was nice and she made really good pie. He was kinda sad when they had to fight her, but he didn't want to stay in the RUINS forever. He had to go home.
Sans and Papyrus gazed at each other. Then the taller skeleton loudly continued, "'AHEM'! HUMANS! YOU SHALL NOT PASS THIS AREA! I, THE GREAT PAPYRUS, WILL STOP YOU! I WILL THEN CAPTURE YOU ALL!" He looked a little anxious. "SOMEHOW." He cleared his non-existent throat. "YOU WILL BE DELIVERED TO THE CAPITAL! THEN... THEN...!"
"What?" Brayden asked.
"I'M NOT SURE WHAT'S NEXT," Papyrus shrugged. "IN ANY CASE! CONTINUE... ONLY IF YOU DARE! NYEH HEH HEH HEH HEH HEH!" He raced off.
"well, that went well," Sans commented. He winked. "don't sweat it, kids. i'll keep an eye socket out for you all."
He headed right. Faye giggled at the pun.
"Let's keep goin', y'all." Clover spoke up, standing in front of her brother. He scowled, stepping away.
"LET'S GO!" Brayden yelled, charging ahead.
The trees spaced out, leaving the chilly, blue path. Brayden had seen snow before. He'd liked messing around in it. A sentry station was ahead. He ran into a monster - Snowdrake. Snowdrake appeared to be some kind of hybrid of an owl and a snowflake. They had a rotating beak, owl-like eyes and little wings. They were made of ice.
Everyone else came over and joined in. The eighth human CHECKED Snowdrake. Percy took notes. Then the monster began attacking the kids. The eighth human was great at dodging. Brayden went all over the place, like he always did. He got hit once.
"Ice puns are 'snow' problem!" Snowdrake said, cracking a bad joke.
Some of the kids began laughing, including the eighth human. Even Brayden laughed a little. Snowdrake looked pleased. Then they were able to give them that dank mercy, so the children did. They continued.
Brayden raced over to the next area, ignoring the sign by the path. A wooden sentry station with a dog symbol was ahead. Snow was on the roof. The eighth human was staying nearby Brayden.
"It says no moving." Percy read the sign, adjusting his glasses.
Faye didn't move, since she was pretty good at that. Melody paused, though she hummed a tune to herself. Clover made sure nothing attacked them. Brayden moved because he hated standing still. The regulars followed him. Brayden was stopped by a dog sentry inside the sentry station.
"Did something move?" the dog asked.
He had shifty eyes, a pink tank, black-and-white fur, and appeared to be smoking dog treats. He had a long sword.
He was a head or two taller than the kids. "Was it my imagination? I can only see moving things. If something WAS moving... for example, a human... I'll make sure it NEVER moves again!"
Combat started. Doggo blocks the way!
"You don't scare me!" Brayden snapped at the dog.
The eighth human CHECKED the dog. The dog's name was Doggo and he was easily excited by movement.
"Don't move an inch!" Doggo shouted.
Brayden moved around anyway. Until the eighth human gave him a very very tight hug from behind, stopping him from moving. And almost breathing. But he wasn't hurt by Doggo's sword.
"The sword is my SOUL colour." Faye commented quietly.
"Hey!" Brayden shoved the eighth human off. They landed on the snow. "What the heck were you doing!? I don't want you to hug me!"
"They were protecting you, pardner, give 'em credit." Clover pointed out, giving him a stare.
Melody nodded in agreement. Brayden gave them a look. He didn't really like being told what to do.
The eighth human stood up, looking a little upset. They brushed snow off their sleeve. Faye reached out for them; they smiled at each other.
At first, Brayden thought it was pretty cute Faye and the eighth human were becoming friends. They, after all, had saved her life. He himself would've done that if they hadn't got there first. He would've been a lot more protective of Faye if they hadn't got there first. Now that he was thinking about it, Brayden was... kind of jealous of them. His best friend was starting to follow them around more than him. They were cool, but...
Doggo can't seem to find anything.
The eighth human reached over and gave him a pat. Faye pet him as well, probably because she thought it was fun. Doggo started freaking out.
Doggo has been pet.
"WHAT!" he exclaimed. "I'VE BEEN PET!" He made some pretty weird faces. "PET? PAT? POT?"
He swung his blue sword at the kids again, still making that face. Brayden didn't really want the eighth human to hug him again so he didn't move - even though it drove him bonkers.
"What a cute dog." Faye commented.
Cody had to agree. Melody and Percy were sort of staring at each other. The eighth human spared Doggo. Brayden was happy that battle was over. Doggo was in his sentry station.
"S-s-something pet me..." he remarked, still looking shifty. "Something that isn't moving... I'm gonna need some dog treats for this..."
He disappeared behind his sentry station.
"FINALLY!" Brayden shouted, racing off.
He passed some burnt dog treats and arrived at the next area. There was a patch of ice with a sign in the middle. Sans was there, standing nearby the trees. The kids seemed interested in talking to him - well, aside from the eighth human and Brayden who wanted to get a move on. Sans talked about some blue attack. Brayden didn't really listen. He was ready to kick butt.
He jumped on the ice, the eighth human following him. It was really slippery.
"WHOO!" Brayden yelled, sliding around. The eighth human had their eye on a path to the right. Brayden slid over to them. "Whatcha lookin' at?"
They pointed at the path.
"There's a town over there?" Brayden grinned. "Awesome!" He gazed at the snow. "Hey, we should have a snowball fight!"
"Did ya say snowball fight, pardner?" Clover asked, looking at him. She had a competitive glint in her yellow eyes.
"And we should build a snowman!" Faye added.
"Let's do it!" Cody agreed.
Percy hid behind a tree.
"YEAHHH!" Brayden cheered, almost falling over. "WE'LL GO IN TEAMS AND SNOWBALL FIGHT TO THE DEATH!"
"Not to the death." Melody said, folding her arms. "I don't want to get my tutu covered in snow."
"Aw c'mon, it'll be fun!" Brayden yelled encouragingly.
He made a snowball in his palm and chucked it at Melody. She shrieked in repulse. Brayden laughed really hard. Melody growled and threw a snowball back. It hit him on the face. And so the competition began...