The eighth human was trying to show everyone something. They jumped up and down on the spot.
"Whatcha' got there, pardner?" Clover asked them.
"... jumping?" Faye asked, observing them.
"Jump over the attacks!" Cody snapped his fingers.
Melody gasped. "This will be just like dancing!"
"But dancing sucks," Brayden groaned.
"Does not!" Melody scoffed. "You haven't even tried it!"
"I HAVE! IT SUCKS!" Brayden yelled back.
It looked like he and Melody were about to get into an argument. Papyrus interrupted them.
"HMM... I WONDER WHAT I SHOULD WEAR..." he said, totally not thinking out loud.
The bones approached the kids. The eighth human and Melody jumped like they were born for it. Faye was okay at it. She wasn't much of a jumper. Percy willingly hid behind Clover, whereas Cody seemed to have no choice.
"THIS IS STUPID!" Brayden complained.
He jumped whenever a bone approached him, but his timing was all over the place. So he got hit every second bone. He was already down to ten HP.
His body was aching. He was beginning to loose focus.
Papyrus dabs some Bone Cologne behind his ear.
"WHAT!?" Papyrus asked. "I'M NOT THINKING ABOUT THAT DATE THING!"
The eighth human and Melody continued dancing over the bones. Faye was getting better. Percy was getting worse. Clover was trying to shoot the bones. Brayden was doing even worse than Percy.
"How dare you!!" he yelled at Papyrus, shaking his fist.
The yelling sucked so much energy out of him. He was down to 2 HP.
He wanted to throw up. He thought he was going to die. There was a bone sitting in his hair. He looked like a caveman. His dad would be so annoyed.
"You're really good," Melody told the eighth human, grinning. "You should join my dance group! We could dance together sometime." They waved it off.
"WELL... T-THAT'S JUST GREAT!" Brayden raged.
His voice sounded funny. He fell on the floor, clutching his side. He was so dizzy. He glared at that crazy kid. His head felt light.
Get up Brayden, a voice spat in his head. Are you really so weak?
"Wow," Faye admired the eighth human. "You're really good."
Brayden wanted to punch something. But he couldn't because he had fallen down and he couldn't get back up.
"Um, hi, Brayden." Cody walked over to him.
"What do you want..." Brayden grumbled, glaring at the ground.
Cody kneeled down to Brayden's height.
"The stick kid gave this to me," he said, holding out a donut. It was one of those donuts from the RUINS. "I'm not sure why. They told me not to eat it. I hope they don't mind if you have it."
He smiled and put it in Brayden's hands. Brayden didn't say anything for a bit.
"It's okay!" Cody told him. "The stick kid kid will understand. I want you to heal... and k-keep going! I think you're doing great, Brayden! Just don't give up, okay?"
"I don't need this!" Brayden spat. "I'm a man! I'm gonna get and fight!"
He tried to stand up, but fell flat on his face.
"Brayden," Cody glowered at him. "Eat it, or die."
Brayden decided to eat the donut. His HP went up to 14. He suddenly didn't feel so weak and dizzy.
"Thanks, man," he grinned at Cody.
Cody went back to smiling. He turned away, headed back to his sister.
Papyrus dabs marina sauce behind his ear.
"YEAH! DON'T MAKE ME USE MY SPECIAL ATTACK!" Papyrus yelled.
The eighth human slipped over to Brayden.
"You're not gonna hug me again, are you?" he asked, glaring at them. They shook their head. There was a look of determination in their eyes... even though they were closed. They grabbed his arm.
"What the heck are you doing?!" Brayden spat.
The kid bent their knees and gestured him to copy them. Brayden did, even though he felt kind of weird. A bone approached them. The eighth human was focused on it.
"Focus, huh? I got it!" Brayden told them.
He focused on the bone. It was getting closer. Then, when it was about to hit them, the eighth human tugged his arm. With them pulling and him jumping, they jumped over the first bone. They refused to let him go until they had jumped over all the bones. And stayed still during others. They seemed to know where every bone was coming from. They were good. Really good.
"Stop touching me!" Brayden shooed them away after a while.
"Brayden, they helped you," Melody told him. "Give them some thanks."
Brayden groaned. "Thanks."
The eighth human gave him a questioning thumbs up. "Yeah, I can do the rest myself!"
They shrugged and went back over to Melody to dance or whatever. Maybe Brayden was jealous of them after all. They were great at everything and knew everything. Why he couldn't be like that? His dad wouldn't hate him so much. No one else would have to, either.
The bone attacks started again. Brayden jumped over them, doing what the eighth human showed him. It worked, much to his annoyance. They looked over from their dancing and gave him a thumbs up. He glared at them. They didn't flinch.
"PAPYRUS: HEAD OF THE ROYAL GUARD!" Papyrus yelled.
Papyrus dabs MTT-Brand Cute Juice behind his ear.
The eighth human flirted with him a bit more. More bone attacks.
"PAPYRUS: UNPARALLELED SPAGHETTORE!" Papyrus declared.
"Something I haven't heard of," Percy freaked out, fumbling with his notes. "Define 'spaghettore'."
"I think it has to do with spaghetti," Cody answered.
"I see." Percy replied, taking notes. "Very interesting."
"This is crazy," Clover commented, glaring at a bone caught in her gun barrel. "Guns don't work on bones."
The attacks started up again. They were getting progressively harder. The eighth human was keeping an eye on everyone, occasionally coming over to assist them. They were really getting on Brayden's nerves.
"I WILL HAVE MANY ADMIRERS, BUT..." Papyrus frowned. "WILL ANYONE LIKE ME AS SINCERELY AS YOU?" He stared at the eighth human. "OR YOUR FRIENDS?"
"Probably not." Melody answered.
"And who said we were friends?" Clover asked. "I don't really like this whole attackin' thing, pardner."
"Forgive and forget?" Cody shrugged.
"That's not hypothetically possible," Percy retorted, eyeing Cody. "You haven't known Papyrus that long."
"WHO CARES!?" Brayden interrupted. "WE'RE FIGHTING RIGHT NOW!"
"Oh... I was going to say I liked the snowman skeleton Papyrus made..." Faye commented. She was nearby Brayden now. "Hi, Brayden... I hope you don't mind me being here."
"No worries at all!" Brayden grinned. "We're besties, right? We can be around each other!!"
"I don't know..." Faye replied, looking anxious.
"Well, you can stay here." Brayden said, grinning at her. "Nice to see you NOT, like... um... what's the word, sucking up to the stick loser all the time."
Faye looked a little upset. She turned away.
"Oh come on!" Brayden groaned. "They're not THAT great!"
"I think they're really nice." Faye sighed. "They taught me mercy..."
She must've been thinking about what happened with Toriel. Her voice sounded clogged up. She wasn't looking at Brayden.
"I think I might go and see how Cody is going." She turned away.
"HEY! DON'T GO!" Brayden yelled.
Why did he say that stupid thing about the stick kid? Stupid eighth human. He was about to say something else, but the attacks were starting again. He jumped over some more bones.
Faye was hanging around Cody and Clover. They looked like they were having fun, jumping over bones.
Brayden kept jumping over bones by himself, staying still for other ones and so on. He yelled at every bone that approached him. Melody was helping Percy leap over bones. He freaked out every time he dropped one of his notes. The eighth human was still helping everyone out. Brayden gave them the fist-in-palm motion every time they came near him. They steered clear.
Papyrus, meanwhile, was going on about how great he was and other nonsense. And his 'special attack'. Everyone was excited about the special attack. Or nervous. Or neither, if you were the eighth human.
"RELEASE YOUR STUPID SPECIAL ATTACK!" Brayden yelled at Papyrus.
"YOU ASKED FOR IT, SMALL ORANGE HUMAN!" Papyrus yelled back. Brayden gritted his teeth. "BEHOLD... MY SPECIAL ATTACK!"
A small, furry white dog was chewing a large bone. That's all there was.
"Oh no!" Cody said, genuinely concerned for Papyrus.
"What a cute doggy." Faye admired.
"Seriously?" Clover asked, cocking her head.
"WHAT THE HECK! THAT'S MY SPECIAL ATTACK!" Papyrus yelled. "HEY! YOU STUPID DOG! DO YOU HEAR ME!? STOP MUNCHING ON THAT BONE!" The dog slipped away, taking the bone. "HEY! WHAT ARE YOU DOING! COME BACK HERE WITH MY SPECIAL ATTACK!" Papyrus paused. "OH WELL. I'LL JUST USE A REALLY COOL REGULAR ATTACK!"
"Regular?" Melody frowned. "I was looking forward to a special attack!"
She looked like she'd been having fun with the eighth human.
Papyrus sighed. "HERE'S AN ABSOLUTELY NORMAL ATTACK."
It was a lot harder than the previous 'regular attacks'. Brayden found it really difficult. Especially the part with the larger bones. He ended up getting hit a lot. He got down to 2 HP again. There was a part with a ginormous bone. And, for once, he almost let fear control him. His eyesight was dizzy. His body felt limp. He felt weak inside, like a failure. The bone was about to hit him...
... until the eighth human heroically threw themself in front of him, taking the blow. Brayden wanted to beat them up even more. Why did he like this child in the first place? They fell on the floor, their HP down to 15. They were okay, only slightly injured. They smiled at him of all things they could do.
"WELL..." Papyrus panted. "IT'S CLEAR... YOU CAN'T... DEFEAT ME! YEAH! I CAN SEE YOU ALL SHAKING IN YOUR BOOTS! THEREFORE I, THE GREAT PAPYRUS, ELECT TO GRANT YOU ALL PITY! I WILL SPARE YOU, HUMANS! NOW'S YOUR CHANCE TO ACCEPT MY MERCY!"
"Oh, it's over?" Melody asked with disappointment. "I was having fun."
"Mercy!" Cody said cheerfully. Faye clapped.
"Let's get this done, y'all." Clover said, grinning.
Papyrus is sparing you.
The eighth human looked pleased. The children spared Papyrus. The battle concluded.
"NYOO HOO HOO..." Papyrus wept, looking away. He was at the end of an icy patch, nearby the flowing water. "I CAN'T EVEN STOP HUMANS AS WEAK AS YOU ALL..."
"YOU CALLIN' ME WEAK?!" Brayden yelled.
Though, in a way, he felt it was true. He would've died if his friends hadn't helped him. He wanted to beat everything and everyone up. But at the same time... it all felt pointless.
"You've got that look on your face," Melody observed him. "Something's wrong."
Brayden didn't respond.
"UNDYNE'S GOING TO BE DISAPPOINTED IN ME," Papyrus monologued. "I'LL NEVER JOIN THE ROYAL GUARD... AND... MY FRIEND QUANTITY WILL REMAIN STAGNANT!"
"No! We'll be your friends!" Cody protested.
"Yeah." Faye agreed, smiling.
"A new friend?" Clover asked. She shrugged. "Why not?"
"I'll take it." Melody agreed.
Brayden huffed. "Whatever."
"YOU ALL WANT TO BE MY FRIEND...?" Papyrus asked. "I... I GUESS I CAN MAKE AN ALLOWANCE FOR YOU ALL! WOWIE! THE RED HUMAN AND I HAVEN'T EVEN HAD OUR FIRST DATE... AND NOW WE ALL HIT THE FRIENDZONE!"
Papyrus then explained how to reach the barrier. The kids learnt about ASGORE and how he wanted human SOULS to open the barrier.
"Hey, Papyrus, may I ask you something?" Melody asked.
"SURE, BLUE BALLERINA HUMAN!" Papyrus responded.
"My name is Melody, please call me that," Melody replied, making a face. "Anyway, do you know somewhere we can stay for the night? The inn doesn't have a room for us seven."
"AH!" Papyrus cheered. "WELL, AS MY FRIENDS... YOU CAN STAY AT MY HOUSE! IT'LL BE LIKE... A BIG SLEEPOVER!"
"A sleepover?" Melody asked. "I suppose that could work."
"Yeah!" Cody agreed. "That's a great idea, Papyrus!"
"I like it." Faye said, nodding.
"Me too, as long as I don't have to sleep with her again." Clover agreed, eyeing Melody. Melody rolled her eyes.
"SLEEPOVER!" Brayden yelled, punching the air. The stick kid nodded. Percy shrugged.
"THEN IT'S SETTLED!" Papyrus declared. "WE'LL HAVE A SLEEPOVER AT MY HOUSE!"
He paraded off into the sky. Percy then got into an argument with Melody and Clover about how Papyrus just paraded into the sky.
The eighth human was staring at Brayden. They looked... kind of guilty. Sad? Concerned? Pained? Something like that. Brayden tried to ignore their face, but it looked like they'd been through Hell and back. They shook it off and went over to Melody to discuss ballet or something. They really were a weird kid.