A Hat in Time Fanfiction: A Hat and a Tie in Time - 10. Chapter 10
Chapter 10: Emotion
“Uhhh…huh?” I didn’t wake up in my bed. Why wasn’t I in my-oh yeah, movie night. Turns out those two film birds work fast and had both films already made and on the air, edited and all. Both were basically just the camera following us around the whole time, but I’ve gotta give props to the Conductor, he made me look like an absolutely terrible being. Kudos.
I pushed the covers up and yawned. It seemed like Captain was already up and somewhere, I was surprised she didn’t wake me up in the proce-wait a second. My hair was neon green, my shirt neon purple, my bottoms neon pink, my tie neon red and blue. I was in my Crazy Neon colours, one of the ones I’d got yesterday.
“Captain!” I cried.
“Morning, Tie!” She greeted me, walking out of the kitchen with a stack of pancakes.
“Care to explain?” I gestured to myself.
“Very progressive of you.” She nodded supportingly. I grumbled as I switched back to my normal colours.
“Mornin’ movie star.” CC greeted me as she walked out of the kitchen.
“CC, why did you give her pancakes? She’s not allowed sugar in the mornings.” I sighed.
“Well, I thought you both deserved it after the big premiere last night.” The feline cooed.
“Your stack has strawberry syrup~” Hat cooed.
‘Darn, one of my weaknesses.’ I admitted in my head. “Just this once.” I stated firmly.
“Captain orders says we have pancakes for breakfast every day!” Hat declared.
“Overruled.” I stated.
“Me and Roombi, who had to clean up after your last sugar rush.” I stated, as the Roomba agreed with me.
“Betrayal! Mutiny! Some third thing!” Hat cried, as the fell to the ground, and stuck her tongue out for good measure.
I shook my head as I made my way into the kitchen and sat down to enjoy my pancakes-
“There you are!”
‘Deep breaths…’ I calmed myself before turning to look at the jar. “How did you get in here?”
“CC carried me in here for some breakfast.” He said.
“You’re eyeballs in a bottle, how and why do you need to eat.”
“Sheer willpower.” Was his answer.
I paused at the stupidity of that, before shoving a whole pancake in my face hole.
“Don’t ignore me!” The object cried indignantly. “I demand information!”
“Eating.” I stated between mouthfuls.
“Who are you aliens? What is your purpose? Why come here?” He fired off.
“Buncha brats, finding our Time Pieces and a rest until your idiotic subordinate opened the window, happy?” Now that I thought about it…I sincerely hoped I’d killed the one that did that. That or he drowned.
“You are no ordinary creatures.” Boss gurgled. “You’re speed, agility, stamina and endurance is otherworldly.”
“Cute use of words there.” I grumbled. “And I would say that a talking cat that can cook, director birds, and a talking jar are more interesting.”
“Hmm…you are most different from the girl.” He stated. “Why are you not the captain.”
“None of your business.” I muttered, downing the last of the pancakes and bringing the plate over to the sink to wash.
“You two aliens could not be more unalike.” Boss continued talking as I washed up. “Yet you are together on this ship…what is your purpose?”
“We’re just travellers.” I really wished he’d stop talking. “We were going home before you stopped us.”
“Feh! Going home…there is no such thing.” He scoffed. “Just somewhere you settle. No ‘home’ is truly safe.”
“You’re just saying that because you’re last place was terrible and you were hated on that island.” I stated.
“How did you know that!?” He cried.
I gave him the most sugar-eating grin I could muster. “Secret.” And walked out of the conversation.
“Were they delicious?” Hat asked.
“Naturally. But I could’ve done without the running interview.” I stated.
“Sorry, I just felt a bit bad leaving him in there what with the state he’s in.” CC admitted.
“No problem, I guess. Just make sure he goes back in the Machine Room.” ‘Out of sight, out of mind.’
“C’mon! Let’s go get the next Time Piece!” Hat bounded up and down giddily, obviously from the pancakes.
“Works for me.” I shrugged as we headed into the Machine Room. “I thought we finished filming though?”
“We could always check.” Hat said as she looked through the telescope. “Oooh! It looks like the train’s running again! Let’s go check it out!”
“Sure. What’s the worst that could happen?”
“PECK! PECK! PECK! PECK! PECK!”
Oh, how wrong I could be.
Me and Hat were now running through the train at high speeds as there was a timer ticking down before the train EXPLODED.
“What is wrong with that bird!?” I screamed as I flew across the cars with my Bat Bow, as Hat swung over using her grappling hook.
“The terror is making my blood pump!” Hat declared excitedly.
This was how it almost always was with our…situations. Hat was energised by the thrill and danger, or completely unfazed by it, whilst I acted like a rational species. I swear, it was like she had zero fear of potential harm coming to her…which was worrying.
“And…done!” Hat declared as she pressed the giant red button, causing the timer to stop.
“Ohhhh…” I breathed out in relief.
“And cut! Great shot, ya little goldmines!” Conductor cheered as he approached us. “That look of terror in your eyes was really convincing there, lad.”
“…You’re welcome.” I spat. “What is this for again?”
“Dirrrrrectors cut!” He declared. “Everybody’s gonna wanna buy an ‘unseen’ version where the train nearly explodes! I’ll make big bucks from that! DJ Grooves is gonna lose on every front! Which reminds me…the winner is going to be announced soon, and I bet my beak I’ve one-upped that peckneck Grooves with my masterpiece!”
“Good for you.” I couldn’t be bothered with this guy.
“Here’s yer payment.” He said as he handed a Time Piece to Hat. “Come down to the awards ceremony later. When I win, I’ll give ya another one as thanks.”
“Seriously?” I gasped. “No ridiculous shootings? No fighting? Just come and take it?”
“Of course!” He laughed. “Might as well, seeing as how you two want them so bad.”
“Works for me.” I agreed, before me and Hat teleported back.
“You really think Conductor’s gonna win?” Hat asked as we went back into the main room.
“Who cares, so long as we get a Time Piece out of it.” I responded as she chucked the hourglass into the vault.
“You think we should dress up fancy for the occasion?”
“Nah, we won’t be staying long.”
“But we can steal as much free food as possible, right?”
“If you want to, I’ll turn a blind eye to it.”
“Orrrrr you could help me instead.”
“Blind eye. Take it or leave it.”
Non-one sided banter between us like this was quite rare. Hat’s mouth more often then not dwarfed mine and most of the time I didn’t want to challenge mouths to running, since I knew hers could go all the way back to our home world if given the right topic. Still, there were moments.
“Okay…” She sighed. “I’m gonna go get ready, then!” She then shot off into her room.
“Ah, so that’s it.” I groaned. The voice of the jar was right behind me.
“What now?” I turned to it. It was by the slide.
“Just observing. It’s, practically the only thing I can do now.” He stated.
‘That and annoying me, evidently.’ “Fine, I’ll bite. What is your oh-so-great revelation?”
“The reason why you two travel together.” He said.
“Go on.” This should be good.
“Even though you two juxtapose each other so viciously, deep down there are still some things that you agree on.” He droned on. “Deep down beneath that hardened exterior is a fun-loving child befitting of your species, similar to her, and whilst you try to hide it, your true nature is attracted to each other, and you let your true joyful nature out under the pretence of being influenced by her. You two are exactly alike, you just try to be the ‘better person’.”
There was a pause for a moment as I processed that.
“Wow. Lot of big words for a tiny bottle.” I praised as I walked over to him. Seeing as he was a jar, he couldn’t get away, leaving me free to pick him up by the moustache.
“Not the moustache! Anything but the moustache!” He yelped.
“You listen to me, gunk.” I hissed. “Me and the Captain, we’re not the same. You think FAR too highly of me. What I am is not some kind of façade that drops whenever I so much as crack a smile. I’m a miserable, cynical thing that’s the Vice-Captain of this ship. I’m not joyful by nature like she is…like they are. So don’t act like you understand who I am or the reason I’m here, especially after you attacked us.”
“Then…why ARE you here?” He questioned.
“Kindness.” I stated, before I dropped him and kicked him, sending him rolling and screaming across the floor.
“I’m ready!” Hat bounded out of the room.
“But you don’t look any different.” I noticed.
“It’s in the little things.” She said as she waved her hands, as if to appear mysterious.
“Ah, all makes sense now.” I nodded knowingly to humour her. “Shall we go, then?”
“Let’s!” She agreed as we headed into the Machine Room, and jumped down to Dead Bird Studios, where the sun was beginning to set.
“Where do you suppose the awards are being held?” Hat questioned.
“Hmmm, hard to say…but I’m going to take a guess and say there.” I pointed towards the big, flashy show happening behind us.
“Possibly. We’d better check it out though.” She nodded as we walked over, and as soon as we could see it clearly-
“Well, it’s obvious who won.” I stated, seeing the Conductor on the stage, yucking up all the cheers with the award sitting next to him.
“Ah! Lassie! Laddie! There ye are!” He gestured to us. “Look! I won! Well, of course I did, but I still won! Ohhh, I wish I could see the look on DJ Grooves’ face right now!”
“Very humble.” I spoke under the applause.
“Here, for helping me reach this point, take this tiny, insignificant little reward from me.” He then handed Hat a Time Piece. “Perhaps you can sell it on eBird or something.”
“Thanks!” Hat said.
‘Yeah, not like this isn’t important or anything…also, eBird apparently exists.’ I complained in my head. “Let’s go, Captain.”
“Awww, but we just got here! And-…wait a second…” She scanned the area with a critical eye. “There are no snacks here! What a letdown! Let’s go, Tie!”
“If you say so.” I agreed with relief as we teleported back to the ship.
“Boo. What a bust.” She pouted.
“Well, at least it’s all over now.” I said as we went back to the vault. “Each of them had two Time Pieces each, so technically we should have all of them from Deadbird Studios now. And we have enough to power up the Telescope in your bedroom…as well as the cannon.”
She gasped with stars in her eyes. “We can use the cannon again?”
“Unfortuantely.” I admitted.
“Yyyyes.” She fist-pumped. “Let’s go see where we can launch from my bedroom!”
‘Be brave, stomach.’ I thought.
We were about to head there, when we suddenly heard a familiar ringing, and we both turned to see the same phone from the Owl Express next to the Machine Room, ringing.
“Was that phone always there?” Hat asked.
“No.” I stated. We both went over and answered it, and we heard a familiar voice:
“The awards ceremony was rigged.” The voice from the Owl Express spoke. “The Conductor still has one of the Time Pieces.”
“What!?” Hat gasped.
“I know the power it holds.” The voice went on. “You must get it back from him. Go into Dead Bird Studios’ basement to find him. Good luck, darlings.” The line then went dead.
“That peckneck!” I cursed. “He kept one of the Time Pieces and used it to-!…Wait…’darlings’?”
“Tie! We’ve got to go get that last Time Piece!” Hat cried.
“Right!” When the Captain was serious, it meant it was go time.
We landed back in front of Dead Bird Studios and headed in. It was dark now, and all the lights were off, it seemed to be completely abandoned…except for Badge Seller.
“Good evening.” They greeted us.
“Why are you here?” I asked.
“I am where I am needed they replied.
“We’re going into enemy territory and need supplies!” Hat declared. “Can I have that other Pin?”
“Of course.” They handed it over to her, allowing her to equip both the Hookshot Badge and the Fast Hatter Badge.
“Looks like I’m the one saving up this time.” I admitted. “But I’ll get enough for both that second Pin and a new Badge next time.”
“Very well.” They responded. “Good luck to both of you.”
We repeated the process from when we first arrived at Deadbird Studios; climbing through the vents and journeying through the sets, only this time we found an elevator past the wild west set which led down into the basement.
“I can’t believe that guy!” Hat huffed as we descended, tapping her foot. “What is it with people double-crossing us on this planet?”
“I thought it would be kinda obvious. His personality seems to be the type.” I admitted. “Still, I didn’t think he had anymore Time Pieces after that big show at the awards. Guess he IS an actor.”
“Well, we’re gonna get it back!” She declared valiantly.
The basement was completely filled with junk and crates, as well as more of those crows from the train which we had to avoid, but on the plus side plenty of Pons and Yarn to pick up. And of course, Hat had to keep her finger raised in ‘gun’ position throughout most of it.
“You don’t need to keep doing that you know.” I told her as we got in the next elevator.
“Makes me feel like a spy.” She whispered as we descended. “Besides, technically we’re intruding.”
“Eh, hasn’t stopped us before.” I shrugged.
“…I’m glad you’re with me, Tie.” She said.
“Still on about that?” I spoke. “You can do all of this on your own, y’know.”
“Oh yeah, definitely.” It almost shocked me how blatantly she agreed. “But it’s still good that you’re here too.”
“What do I bring to the table, exactly?” I questioned. “You’ve got the same skills as me, plus the adorably punchable face.”
“I’d make the best punching bag!” She gloated as she squished her cheeks together. “But seriously, isn’t it just good to have somebody by your side, when going on an adventure?”
“If you say so.” I said, as we stopped. That confirmed it; she was the charisma, the skill, the smugness…and I was player two. Either that or the one who takes the brunt of the consequences. That was my role. It always had been ever since I became Vice-Captain. But in a sense…it’s still comforting.
We continued to travel through the basement, until we came into a particular room, which was completely filled with golden trophies, all the same, stacked on top of each other!
“Is this where he lives!?” I cried. “How does he sleep!?”
“This is a lot of awards.” Hat admitted. “If he’s got all of these, why is he so obsessed over just one?”
“Whaddya mean?” I asked.
“Remember? The Conductor kept going on about that one award. Award…42!” She remembered.
“In all honesty, I didn’t care.” I admitted. “But the reason for that is because he’s petty and bitter, nothing more.”
“I don’t get that at all.” She huffed. And it was true, she didn’t really understand emotions like that at all. And that wasn’t her fault.
“That’s just how a lot of beings are, Captain.” I told her. “What’s important is you’re not like that. And the fact that if he doesn’t give us what’s rightfully ours, we’re obliged to beat the snot out of him.”
“Thanks, Tie!” That perked her up. “C’mon, let’s find the key and go down!”
So we grabbed the key for the last elevator and descended one last time, arriving at what appeared to be the very bottom. There was light up ahead, as boxes were piled up all around us.
“Woah…we must be close…!” Hat said. “But first, let’s see if there’s anymore yarn around here.” She then darted off.
“Hello again.” I perked up at the familiar voice, and I turned around to see a familiar butterly made of yarn sticking out from inbetween the boxes.
“Oh, it’s you!…Knit.” I remembered.
“Hello again, Tie.” The butterfly spoke. “What are you doing all the way down here?”
“Important alien business.” I stated, keeping an eye on Hat, who was clambering over the boxes.
“Sounds cool!” Knit said. “I’ve been catching up on everything on this planet. I saw that you starred in a movie! That’s so cool!”
“Oh! Thanks.” What did she mean by ‘catching up’?
“I must admit, you’re quite far down.” She said. “Close to my room in fact!”
“You’re room?” I echoed. ‘Who has a room this far down in a planet?’
“Yeah! I wish I could show you, but I don’t think you’d fit through the cracks.” Knit admitted. “Still, it’s been really fun seeing everything! But still…”
“Still what?” I pressed.
“Tiiiiie!” I flinched as Hat called me. “C’mon! This way!”
“Now coming!” I called to her, and when I looked back, Knit was gone. ‘Great…I’m gonna have to keep her in mind from now on.’
I joined Hat and looked at her. “You ready?”
“That’s what I should be saying!” She complained, as we walked into the next room.
We appeared to have stepped out onto another set, this one more like a stage play, with a small crowd of birds surrounding us, as on the stage was a wild west style background with the words ‘CONDUCTOR’ plastered above it, and the bird himself standing there.
“Lassie! Laddie! Seems you found my little secret.” The bird squawked.
“Give us back the Time Piece, Conductor!” Hat yelled.
“I thought so. I gave you FOUR and you want let me have ONE? You greedy little pecknecks!” He screeched.
“They don’t belong to you in the first place!” I shouted. “Just hand it over!”
“Well, if you want this ‘Time Piece’ soooo badly, you’re gonna have to pry it from my cold, dead hands!” He shrieked.
“And that’s our cue.” I nodded as me and Hat got ready for battle.
“Then take this! Hyaaaah!” Of all things, he divebombed us…which we avoided easily and both hit him as he landed. “Yeowch! You little-! Take this!” Suddenly, stage lights dropped from the ceiling…which we easily dodged and hit him again. “Gah! Grrr…then how about this!?” This time he jumped on a crystal ball as it crashed into the ground…which we dodged and hit him again.
“He’s not very good at this, is he?” Hat asked.
“No. At least the Mafia Boss was a bit bulkier.” I admitted.
“Oh, you’ve gone and done it now!” The Conductor growled, not even looking that hurt. “Time for something a bit…sharper.”
He then pulled out a knife from his sleeve. “Bit of a heads up, lass and lad! This one isn’t made of rubber!” Suddenly, everything went dark!
“The lights!” Hat gasped.
“Hey, he’s not serious, is he?” I asked, when suddenly, I heard a whistling sound, and I jumped out of the way as a shining knife flew past me. “Oh space he’s serious!”
Here’s the thing; we’re a pretty tanky species. We can survive hard hits, high falls, burning, electrocution, magical blasts you name it, we’re tough little buggers. But slashing and stabbing was a different story. We’ve got a tough bod, but if we get stabbed through the heart, we’re dead. End of.
“Those are real knives!” I warned her, as I then saw the flash of stabbing approaching us from the dark. “Now what?”
“That’s simple!” Hat said, prompting her to switch to her Brewing Hat, whilst I switched to the Spark Scarf. “Ranged attacks!”
Yeah, we zapped him and blew him up from a safe distance. We were not taking our chances with knives. Disco balls and pictures of disco balls that somehow weigh the exact same? Sure. Cars charging at us? Perfectly fine with that. Knives? Nope.
After hitting him a couple more times, the room went dark again, and we were expecting another knife attack. What we were not expecting was a penguin playing a piano, and the Conductor appearing in a spotlight sitting at a table with two chairs opposite him.
“Let’s talk for a second Lassie, Laddie. Have a seat.” He offered.
Hat made to move, but I gripped her shoulder. “It’s obviously a trap.”
“He seems genuine.” She said innocently.
“He’s an actor.” I argued. Right now, I did not like this guy at all, so I certainly didn’t like this.
“Then let’s go together.” She seized my hand. “We’ll protect each other.”
“Captain!” I hissed, trying and failing to resist her pulling me along.
“It’s okay.” She turned to me with that smile of hers. “I know I’m safe with you.”
I flinched, then sighed. I couldn’t fight back as we sat down.
“Ever since you pair showed up, these Time Pieces have been falling from the sky.” Conductor spoke. “And these things have an incredible power, they can turn back time! Using this power, I can right the wrong that was done to me! The loss of Award 42! I can get it back! And all I need is one little Time Piece to do that! Can’t you just spare one?”
‘The pettiest excuse I expected.’ I groaned in my head.
“I’m sorry…but you can’t.” Hat denied. “Time is a very delicate force. You can’t use it recklessly for anything selfish, even something as small as that. Using the power of time travel in and of itself is a crime…and in the end, it’s always a mistake.” Sentences like that made me wonder if she knew more then she let on…if so, she didn’t tell me.
“…Pah.” He scoffed. “You’re a greedy little pair aren’t ya?”
“I think we’re done here.” I stated firmly as we both got off of our chairs.
“Indeed we are.” Conductor agreed. “Let’s get back to it then. But first…” Suddenly, the lights went out again, and when they came back on, Hat had a huge wire attached to her!
“Captain!” I cried.
“I took the bomb from our little shoot today, and put it on you!” The Conductor said.
“That’s playing dirty!” Hat complained.
“Take it off right now!” I angrily shouted at him.
“Not a chance, Laddie!” He screamed.
“It’s okay, Tie. We’ll just beat him before the bomb goes off!” Hat said.
“But…!” How could she be so calm like this!? There was a BOMB on her!
“Hyah!” He interrupted our conversation as he began throwing sawblades at us! Another sharp thing to watch out for. We were pushed back, and had to resort purely to our ranged attacks to damage him, whilst he kept attacking us with the cars and disco balls whlst staying on stage!
“Darlings! Over here!” We turned to a familiar voice in the crowd.
“DJ Grooves!” Hat cried.
“Hold on! I’m going to diffuse the bomb! Just hang on!” He cried.
“Diffuse it!? How are-” I had to stop to dodge another set of sawblades.
“Just trust him, Tie!” Hat called.
‘Hey, if it’ll save you.’ I thought.
We hit the Conductor a few more times until Grooves…produced a giant pair of scissors. “Over here, darling!” Hat walked over and got the wire snipped, causing the bomb to just…fall off.
“Are you pecking kidding me?” I sighed.
“Thanks, Dj Grooves!” She waved.
“Knock him dead, darlings!” He called.
“Now DJ Grooves too!?” Conductor snarled. “That’s it!” Suddenly, more ceiling lights and disco balls fell from the ceiling.
“How many of those does he have!?” Hat cried.
“Dodge!” I just yelled as we both leapt out of the way, only in opposite directions as they came crashing down. Then the lights went out again, only now I couldn’t see Hat.
‘Where-?’ I panicked slightly. I couldn’t see Hat or the Conductor. “Captain?”
“Over here!” I heard her voice and followed it, eventually managed to see her in the dark.
But I also saw a glint of silver flash beside her.
“Right!” I yelled, knowing it was her right and not mine.
Thanks to her quick reflexes, she spun around just in the nick of time.
To have the knife fly by her face, as drops of blood fell around, and she collapsed.
I froze. My eyes widened in horror. I stumbled over my own footing and fell. I pushed myself up to see her lying, facing away from me.
“…C-Captain?” I breathed, as I stumbled to my feet. “Captain…? Hat? HAT!?” I sprinted over to her and fell to my knees at her back.
‘Nonononononononononononono.’ I panicked in my head. I was hyperventilating, shaking all over. “Hat…?”
I grabbed her and froze. I didn’t want to see. ‘Please…please be okay…!’ I pulled tightly and flipped her onto her back.
The knife had cut her face. But just her cheek. It appeared she’d passed out from the shock.
“Ohhhhoh…” I let out a sigh of relief and a choked sob. “You’re okay…it’s okay…you’re okay…you’re okay…”
The lights came back on. I was facing away from the stage, as the Conductor stood on it.
“Well well well…seems the lass couldn’t take a little real steel.” He said. “I’ll admit laddie, you’ve knocked me around a fair wee bit. But this is where it ends.”
It was impossible for our species to get angry.
Hat gets annoyed, or pouty, or frustrated, but actually angry? Never. Nobody ever flies into a blind rage, nobody ever screams, shouts, or harms through red vison. Anger itself for our species is seen as a blemish on a positive community. An ugly rarity. Something…disgustingly harmful, in countless ways. There was never any reason to be angry…so nobody ever did.
Except for me.
So when I got angry…I got ANGRY.
“…How…DARE you…?” I whispered, my voice dripping with rage. I looked back at him with all the hatred I could muster. “How…absolutely DARE YOU!?”
“What’s that look for?” He questioned. “Mad I hurt your dame?”
‘He cut her. He made her pass out. He mocked her. Unforgivable. He needed to PAY.’
The arms of the Spark Scarf crackled with electricity, rising up as lightning shot off from them, burning the floor and zapping the lighting overhead.
“You HURT HER!” I roared, the yell causing lighting to zap forth and explode the lights overhead.
“Woah! Now what’s this passion all of a sudden?” DJ Grooves spoke from the sidelines.
‘He won’t get away with this. I won’t let him get away with this. He will NOT get away with this!’
“I’ll NEVER forgive you for this!” I shouted, as I began walking towards him, the Spark Scarf shooting out lightning that destroyed everything around me.
“What the heck came over ya all of a sudden?” Conductor questioned. “Think acting all tough and mad will scare me? Because it WON’T!” He threw a knife at me.
It stabbed me in the shoulder. I didn’t care.
“SHE HELPED YOU WITH A SMILE ON HER FACE AND YOU THREW KNIVES AT HER WHEN SHE CAME TO CLAIM WHAT WAS RIGHTFULLY HERS!” I exploded. “YOU SPAT ON HER KINDNESS, INSULTED HER, AND TRIED TO KILL HER! YOU HURT MY CAPTAIN!”
“Hey…c-calm down, laddie.” He took a step back. That was the trigger.
“AAAAAAAH!” I raised my yo-yo up as lightning crackled around it, and I brought it down on the stage like force hammer, the impact completely destroying the set and shooting off lightning bolts everywhere, before I returned the yo-yo to my hand, and stomped over, pulling apart debris until I found him cowering in the rubble.
“E-Easy…” He choked, before I grabbed him by the collar and held it up, glaring into his eyes.
I took a shaky breath before speaking. “If you EVER…so much as TOUCH her AGAIN. I will KILL you. UNDERSTAND!?”
“Yesyesyes!” He squawked. “I promise, I PROMISE. H-Here, you can have your Time Piece back too! Just please don’t hurt me!”
He dropped the Time Piece, and I stepped away from him. “Get out.” He took that as his cue to run away, and I was left there, the knife falling out of my shoulder.
“My word, darling.” DJ Grooves broke the silence. “You are something FIERCE I tell you. Chilling, I say.”
I picked up the Time Piece, looking at it dejectedly. I’d completely lost it. I thought I was over this…I thought I was better then this now…I thought…
“I’m such an idiot…” I sobbed.
“Are you okay, darling?” Dj Grooves called.
I shook my head. “I’m sorry…”
I walked over and put the Time Piece down on Hat’s chest. “Come on, Captain.” I gently picked her up, before teleporting us both back to the Machine Room.
“So you return!” Boss mmediately commented. “What-…what happened to-“
“Be quiet…” I practically ignored him as I carried her to the main room.
“Are you two back?” CC came out to greet us. “I heard from Boss you two-” She gasped. “Wha-?”
“CC.” I tried to stop my voice from shaking, failing miserably. “Can you put the Time Piece in the vault?”
“She’s okay, but…please?” I begged through a choke.
“…Okay.” She took it as I made my way to her bedroom, and put her down on her bed as I fished through her drawer.
‘I’m pathetic. I’m utterly pathetic.’ I thought as I fished out a heart Pon she had hoarded and popped it over her, causing the, really, tiny and ultimately harmless, cut to heal. I didn’t heal myself.
‘You’re a selfish pain who just keeps making trouble for the two of us…’ She almost looked peaceful now. ‘But when it seems like I might lose you…it just crushes me, how much you mean to me…and how scared I am to lose you…’ I began crying. ‘And everything falls apart in my head…and all that’s left is the person I care about most…and how much it hurts when I think about you leaving me…! Isn’t that completely pathetic, Captain?’
I broke down into sobs. I was so scared I’d lost her. And then I got so angry…and now I was completely sad. What was wrong with me? After all this time, why was I still wrong!?
I sniffled. I needed to help her, however I could. And, I couldn’t help it…but I began singing a song that had stuck with me.
“You are my s-sun…shine…” I sobbed, as I began tucking her into bed. “My o-only sun…shine…”
“You ma-make me happy…” I took her hat off and put it on the side. “When skies are…grey…”
“You’ll never know, dear…how much I love you…” I pulled up a pillow and sat by her bedside to keep her company.
“P-Plea…Please don’t take…my su-sunshine…away…”
Crazy Neon: A bright and bold colour scheme that lights up your night…just not your life.
Happy New Year, everybody.
This was the chapter I’ve been wanting to write for a while, and I think you can tell why. It’s definitely a mood shift from everything else in this story so far, but rest assured, this is as extreme as it’s gonna get. Sorry if I scared you. But yes, I cried whilst writing this…I am equally as pathetic.
On another note, it’s a new year! 2020! And I wanted to start it off with this. A full-on emotional curveball chapter. But also, I wanna see what else I wanna write this year, and what yo would like to read. So, if you like, check out ‘The Unwritten Stories Christmas” and see if there are any ideas you might wanna read.
Thank you to Konan720, Happiness studios, and Tbone8454 for reviewing! Tie and Hat wish you a Happy New Year!
Hope you all enjoyed/were horrified/cried at this chapter!