"No, uh, no! Right now, OK? I need to talk to you. Right now."
"Uh, alright Lapis. I'm coming."
"Lapis, you look kind of nervous. What's the matter?"
"N-nothing is, Peridot. I just... just be quiet and listen, OK?"
"No problem, Lazuli. Hit me."
"Well... I've been here on Earth for a long time. I've been here with you for... a while. And... it's your fault I'm here, you know. Your fault that I can never go back Home. Your fault that I'm... stranded on this planet. Your fault that I'm wanted by the Diamonds, and it's your fault that... I've lost everything I was made for."
"No. Be quiet for once, Peridot, I need to talk. I... don't quite know how it happened. But, in all my time down here, despite this amazing world, this world I've barely seen... I've only wanted to stay in one place. Right here. In this barn, with the person who destroyed my life. But... I think I might be rebuilding it. Into something new. With you."
"Peridot, listen. I... I don't quite understand it. But, after all this... I just... you, you know? Somewhere, despite all the terrible things that've happened with us, to us, around us... somewhere between your voice and your mind and your personality and your eyes and your gem and your hair and your hands and your tastes and your soul... I've fallen for you."
"Just shut up and get over here, you piece of garbage. You're standing too far away."
"LAZULI! LAPIS LAZULI!!!! GET YOUR ASS DOWN HERE!"
"We need to talk."
"Um, OK. What about?"
"There's... something I've been meaning to tell you! About... us."
"I... Lazuli, you have to understand how hard this is... but... damn it, I know this sounds stupid and cheesy..."
"What is it, Peridot?"
"I... I love you, Lapis. Like nothing else in the world."
"I love you, dammit! I didn't even really realize it until a few days ago. You kept going out to meet with the other Crystal Gems, and you'd come back, and all the time I was just sitting there in the loft, watching some lame human TV show, and every few minutes I'd stretch out my arm and I'd expect you to be there, and you weren't. And so I'd turn over and get restless, and pause the show and go down and pace, and then eventually you'd show up! It'd only be for a few moments, but the moment I saw you flying in it'd be like the whole world had brightened up! Like there was more reason to exist!"
"So you're... you're saying that..."
"I'm saying that there's no point in being free to be who you are if you can't share it with someone! Every time you'd fly down I'd greet you, we'd talk for a minute, you'd fly off again, and I'd say, huh, what was I so aggrivated about? I'd go back to watching the show until I'd forget you weren't right there with me, and I'd turn over to try and say something, to crack a joke, to just... make contact with you. And you wouldn't be there. I repeated that four times. Four. And on the fourth time, I suddenly realized... what the hell was I doing? Every goddamn time you left, I just... I fell apart! It was so wrong without you, and I was only alone for... for an hour! Two at best! I... I couldn't imagine living without you for months! Years! I need you. I need you in my life or I don't have a life."
"No, Peridot, that's wrong, you can't-"
"I KNOW! What's the point of living on this beautiful Earth if I can't share it with you?!"
"Please. Please no. Please just... just let me be what I am. Please don't go."
"G-Good midnight!" He rubbed his eyes, with just as wide of a smile. He would've like some illumination in the room, but he was fine for the time being. He would've created his own light, but... Yeah, he didn't have enough control over his magic, as Emerald should know
"The rebels will soon attack Cloud Arena. 7 gems' physical forms will be destroyed, including two of the synthetic guards sent with me. As well as me. Immediately after my form is destroyed, the rebels will be captured. The rebellion will end here."
Four warriors charged at the two, from four sides. Zabetar looked at the skeletal figure, and nodded, before the latter seemingly jumped away, and, in a quick blur, hit all four simulatenously, causing them to poof.
"Thera had known every moment of her life. How it would happen, and when. But because of Chrono's impulsive gesture, she suddenly jumped the track of fate, and everything from that instant on was wrong, and new. She couldn't see, she couldn't move. She was... frozen."
And into the barrier room he went, scanning the area.
Meanwhile, Zabetar was walking through Snowdin, until he saw a figure in the distance, lying on the floor. He ran over quickly to check on them, and upon seeing that they were unconscious, heaved them up, running towards Waterffall to get Thera
And in almost another immediate second, Thera skidded to a halt in the throne room, with Zabetar behind, panting, sweating, and setting the human's body (which made it stunning that he was able to keep up lugging that kind of weight.) in Sonny's throne.
Yet... Bryson was now gone. Presumably, past where the barrier was.
Thera set him down. "You two wait here, I'm going to head on ahead!" Thera continued into the barrier room... Or the lack-of-barrier room, really. "... It's... Gone...?
Zabetar sat down, closing his eyes. "DON'T FEAR, SMALL HUMAN. SURELY THERA WILL SAVE YOUR SOUL."
Outside, was a tall, very tall, figure standing there. It was obviously Bryson, though very... Different. He was much broader now, and as well, he had, somehow, sprouted wings from his back. Luckily, skeletal instead of fleshy. And the same for... A tail, somehow. His head had changed from the rounded shape it was before, to now being a more caved-in-esque shape, along with a large, skull-like, metallic object floating above him.
Meanwhile, in the throne room, Zabetar was having a discussion with the dead human's body.
"HUMAN... I CAN'T HELP BUT NOTICE HOW YOU'VE BEEN SO... SILENT... I'VE, NEVER ACTUALLY SEEN SOMEONE WHO'S "FALLEN DOWN" BEFORE."
He sighed, looking back at them.
"I DON'T KNOW EXACTLY WHY MY BROTHER IS MISSING. OR... WHY SOMEONE TOOK YOUR SOUL... B-BUT, I DO KNOW SOME THINGS! YOU KNOW, UNDYNE IS THE BEST AT SAVING PEOPLE. AND MANY, MANY OTHER THINGS, AND I'M SURE THE KING WOULD LOVE TO MEET YOU! MY BROTHER, THOUGH... HE'D PROBABLY DO NOTHING MORE THAN FLOOD YOU WITH A TORRENT OF AWFUL PUNS."
He smiled, looking back at them. "AND... WELL, I DON'T KNOW THAT MUCH ABOUT YOU HUMAN... BUT YOU SEEM LIKE A GOOD FRIEND. AND RIGHT NOW, YOU'RE DOING VERY WELL AT STAYING PUT TOGETHER, EVEN WITHOUT YOUR SOUL!"
"You... I trusted you!" Terrane said this, as more balls of earth popped up into the air behind her. "I asked you to look after this child! I asked you to promise me you would protect them!" Suddenly, all of them flew, at the now standing figure of Bryson.
"AND YOU KILLED THEM!"
The attacks landed
They all did 0 damage.
"... i... tried to protect them. so, so many times... but, something went wrong. sorry, lady..."
Sonny gave a soul-destroying glare at Terrane, daring her to continute making any sound.
His face became soft once again as he turned to Zabetar.
"Zabetar, Zabe, Zee."
He put a hand on his shoulder.
"Y'see, young one, sometimes good people do bad things to help other good people. All in all, the intentions are good, and generally the outcome is good, but the thing is bad. But the goods out number the bads, so, the bad thing isn't really bad at all, just slightly less good than some would like."
He took a step towards Bryson. "WH-WHY DID YOU DO IT, BRYSON? I COULD UNDERSTAND THERA, OR SONNY, OR EVEN CHARACHROME, BUT... IT JUST SEEMS... OUT OF CHARACTER FOR YOU. YESTERDAY, YOU WERE TOO LAZY TO EVEN PICK UP YOUR SOCK... BUT, NOW... JUST..." He sighed. "JUST, WHY?"
". . ." Bryson didn't respond, nor even look up at Zabetar.
"Respect? I am supposed to show respect for someone who broke their promises made, killed an innocent child, and went so far as to disturb their bro-"
Before she could finish the last word, Thera stepped in.
"Look, both of you right now, we don't need to do this!" She was sending a glare to Terrane, yet it still seemed she meant it for both of the two. "Right now, we need to make sure that nobody knows about this! They were all putting your hopes into you, Sonny, we don't know how they'll react. We just... Need to work out what to do next, and calm down, instead of arguing back and forth without accomplishing anything!"
Meanwhile, Zabetar sat in the corner, watching these events fold out. He seemed... Tired. Very tired.
"A-Alright, well... Okay, while Chrono is working on that, we can say that Sonny absorbed the SOULs, broke the barrier, and then unabsorbed them, storing them in case they needed to be used! That way, monsters will still be able to go to the surface, and no one will have to put all of their hope into Bryson, despite the fact that he doesn't even want them!"
Terrane seemed... Actually impressed for a moment.
"Well, lookie there! Everybody hates you!" This was said in a rather cheery voice. "And if they don't, they're disappointed in you! Y'know, I didn't know you had it in you to show what you could really do so soon! But, hey, at least you look 'Killer' now!"
The voice held in a laugh.
Bryson scoffed, looking up. "i'm not gonna be reset'n, air conditioner."
Bryson thought for a moment, before flinching as he heard 2 notes of a music box play, those being the starting of "His Theme," before the third started looping into a constant sound, and a deep, disturbing laugh filled his... Skull.
He clutched his head with one hand, and his chest with the other.