All Things End: Part 59
Chapter 59: Finding A Fix
Courage found Computer in the lobby, at his usual spot, sipping at a cup of coffee. He joined him at the table. The machine seemed to cringe at his presence.
"I told you already, I'm fine! Go back to bed!" He spoke, clutching his cup desperately.
"Playing out your dreams in real life isn't normal. You can't keep acting like nothing's wrong."
"Nothing IS wrong! I am perfectly fine!" He replied. He was keeping his head down and refused to make eye contact.
"Dodging the problem isn't going to make it any better. I know you haven't been taking the forest thing very well and there's no point pretending it hasn't affected you."
"I'm fine, go back to bed." He repeated, this time through clenched teeth.
"That's not happening. I'm going to stay here until you stop acting like nothing's wrong."
He slammed the cup down on the table. "I...am...FINE!"
"You can't be! It's one thing to have nightmares but it's a whole different thing to start acting them out in real life!"
All Things End: Part 58
Chapter 58: Nightmares
A sharp cry from Computer left both Nina and Courage shooting up out of their beds. He was writhing around in his blankets, mutter out soft pleads.
"What's...eh...?" Nina slurred out still half asleep.
Courage raced across the room and pulled the blankets off his friend.
"Compute?" He asked.
The machine let out another cry at being exposed. He attempted grab the blankets away from Courage but he was so disoriented he could hardly do anything except fumble around blindly.
"Stay away!" He yelled, panic stricken. "Just stay away!"
"Computer, calm down!" Courage yelled.
His friend jumped to his feet and gave him such a powerful shove that he was sent careening into Nina's leg.
"Keep away from me!" He yelled. Nina took a step forward and he almost crashed through the wall behind him. "Just stay away! How on earth did you break through? My defenses were perfect! You're just a bunch of viruses for all I care! You won't take this system without a fight!"
All Things End: Part 57
A/N: There will be little to no updates for awhile, sorry guys.
Chapter 57: Hunkering Down For The Night
The rest of the day was fairly normal for Courage, at least as normal as it could be for a dog with a computer as a friend. He spent a lot of the time talking with Nina about his various adventures and she really did want to hear everything. She was never satisfied unless he gave her every minute detail and she usually asked so many questions herself that it felt like he was spending half the time answering her. Computer himself often added his own snippy comments. It annoyed Courage to no end but Nina seemed to find his jabs very funny. (Who uses a computer to call the police? Honestly!)
Dinner was once again spent badgering Computer into trying to eat something. Aside from that issue they were also trying to keep him from attempting to cook again. He claimed he was ready to try again but Courage didn't dare trust him and, despite his protests, Nina insisted on helping him which le
All Things End: Part 56
Chapter 56: The Newest Plan
"You can't keep going without eating!" Nina pressed. "Robot dog or not, you gotta eat something!"
Computer hadn't touched his sandwich. He was gazing down at the thing in disgust.
"You still haven't eaten anything in all this time?" Courage asked.
"I don't want to." He said with a sigh. "I can go without."
"No you can't!" They both said at the same time.
He cringed and looked down at the sandwich again. "I really, really don't want to."
"It's just one sandwich." Courage replied. "Eat it and you won't have to eat anything else for awhile."
The machine muttered something under his breath that he did not catch. He suspected it was something sarcastic given the look on his face.
The glowing dog gave a defeated sigh and picked the sandwich up with a distasteful look. He inspected the thing as though it were contaminated and shuttered. He plopped it back down on the plate and crossed his arms.
"Alright, fine." Nina spoke. "No more coffee until you eat something."
WithINsanity: Part 1A/N: This is highly experimental so I have no idea if this will actually be good or not. Happy Halloween either way.
Part One: the Dog and the Doctor
"COURAGE! HELP ME!"
"Muriel!" The tiny dog screamed as he shot up from his slumber.
He jumped off the bed, his eyes scanning the room for danger. Everything was quiet as far as he could tell. There was no sign of an intruder or even Muriel in distress.
He turned around. Neither of his owners were in the bed. How could that be? He had heard Muriel scream right in his ear. She couldn't have been attacked downstairs, could she? Her screams would have sounded so much quieter...
There was no sign of a struggle, in fact the bed looked as if nobody had been sleeping in it at all. Had Muriel made the bed while he was asleep? That didn't seem very likely. He usually woke up at the smallest sounds and Muriel making the bed would have certainly woken him up.
He made his way over to the door. The entire house
All Things End: Part 55
Chapter 55: Love (Is Not) In The Air
Courage found himself unable to stop crying. He was both happy, sad, and even a bit angry with Computer. The entire morning had already been completely traumatic for him and Computer's sudden desire to leave had wreaked him completely.
He had thought that he had left and he had looked everywhere for him. He'd all but given up before he suddenly reappeared like he hadn't been gone at all. Being told to go home had crushed him. He couldn't believe that Computer had actually been planning on leaving him to his fate. He was so glad that it wasn't the truth.
As much as he hated to admit it, he was surprised that Computer liked it here. He was glad that he wasn't staying but he almost felt betrayed that he would rather be here instead. In the end he would have to accept what Computer wanted. If he wanted to go back after all this was over, he'd have to let him go. If this was what really made him happy than who was he to try and stop him
All Things End: Part 54
Chapter 54: The Confrontation
Computer spent the next several hours getting the old computer back up and running. He used that time to teach Nina how to use it properly. It felt like he was doing a service for his brethren by making sure there was one less tech illiterate person in the world. He wished he had more time to teach her because she seemed to soak up everything with ease. It was a shame the twit wasn't into this sort of thing, he could learn a lot himself.
Nina's dad soon got up and she introduced him to the aged ferret. He was pretty nice despite his..er, 'interesting' internet habits. He was perfectly welcoming and didn't seem opposed to the idea of having a dog around.
Not a lot happened for the rest of the morning. Noon quickly rolled around and Computer found himself surprised at how fast time was going by. He knew he was stalling his eventual meet up with Courage but he didn't mind it. He was certainly giving the twit some time to get his priorities straight and hopefu
All Things End: Part 53
Chapter 53: Guilt
"Bigfoot is just a big overgrown baby you know. He likes to dance, believe it or not."
"Wait? You know?" She asked. She nearly jumped to her feet again.
They were sitting at the table now, just having finished cleaning up. Nina was eating leftovers, he had decided he'd rather not eat at all. His stomach was pleading with him for food but he didn't want to make a fool of himself in front of his new owner. The last time he ate it had ended badly and he had a feeling it would end badly here too if he tried. He took to sipping at his coffee and it seemed to quell the worst of his stomach pain.
"I haven't seen him myself but my friend did. He always seems to attract the weirdest things. He usually tells me about them or else I'm the one who has to help him find a way to overcome them" He took a sip of his coffee. To think, he was never going to help Courage again...
Nina's eyes had all but lit up. "That's so cool! You've got to tell me everything!" She was practically in h
All Things End: Part 52
A/N: So yeah, we're breaking away from the bromance for a little while just to see how much adorkable we can shove into a couple of chapters.
Chapter 52: Breakfast
It was the feeling that he should not be here that often got him down nowadays. It was almost a deep sense of guilt. He should have died and yet he did not. There had been plenty of times where he could have let himself die and yet he had still fought. What right did he have to keep living in such a sorry state? It was shameful, he was shameful. He was no good, he was not fit to even be called a computer anymore.
He was only living on borrowed time of course. Two years, maybe three. That was about all the time he had left. His system was degrading rapidly and while he could fix it there would eventually come a time where no amount of fixing could stop the destabilization of his broken system. Trying to fix a cracking dam with bubble gum would not work forever.
He could calculate the exact amount of time he had left, but he d