All Things End: Part 106
Chapter 106: Arisen
“Wait up! Where are we even supposed to start looking for your body?” Courage huffed. He was lagging quite a bit behind his two friends and they were both running at full speed to get back to where they had last seen the missing machine. He couldn't hope to keep up with them when even walking at a brisk pace was leaving him winded.
“It couldn't have gotten too far from where we left it.” Computer replied, glancing over his shoulder and finally noticing that his friend wasn't keeping up. He slowed to a stop and Nina, seeing what he was doing, did the same.
“What's the hold up?” She asked.
“Pick him up.” He spoke, pointing over at the exhausted dog. “He can't keep running around like this or else his illness is going to start acting up again.”
“I-I...” He huffed out, placing a paw onto the wall to keep himself from falling over. “I'll be alright.”
“No, you won't.” Computer
All Things End: Part 33
Chapter 33: Explanations
As awareness slowly crept back into Courage, the first thing that struck his mind was how cold he felt. He was shivering and could hear the steady drum of raindrops from somewhere overhead. The only problem was, he wasn't getting wet. Where could he be then? He'd been out in the open when he passed out.
Slowly opening his eyes, he cringed at how doing something even as simple as that was tiring. It felt like the muscles in his face were cramped. How could that even be possible? He let out a groan as he tried to turn his head. It felt like his neck had been encased in stone. He ached all over and his muscles were so stiff that he felt like he had turned into a statue while he slept. The throbbing of his own heartbeat could be heard in his ears.
His mind was still a foggy haze. He couldn't put his thoughts together no matter how hard he tried. The ceiling above him was gnarled and blue, according to his blurry vision. No, that blue must have been coming fr
All Things End: Part 32
Chapter 32: A Growing Divide
Computer pushed himself up out of the mud with about as much dignity as he could muster. He had to stand there for a moment, half dazed and ready to topple back over again. His eyes were unfocused and he was absolutely caked in the mud he had landed in. Either he was still trembling out of fear or from the cold, but it was impossible to tell now.
“Computer?” Courage asked, reaching a paw out to him. The machine flinched and he withdrew the paw immediately. “Are you alright?” He asked again.
Computer slowly turned his head towards him. He stared at the dog in a haze. Struggling for a moment, he reached over and leaned up against the tree trunk that he had almost been killed upon not five minutes go. Finally, he looked up again, his determiner becoming furious.
“Don't look at me like that” He snapped. His voice was strained from both all the yelling he had been doing and from the fact that he was trying to keep it in
All Things End: Part 31
Chapter 31: Computer's Fear
Courage cried out as a tree branch struck him in the face. He had thought that maybe the creature behind him had finally decided to stop toying with him and was now going to attack, but no, he was still being chased with no end in sight.
“I can't...I can't go on.” He gasped out. His breath was completely gone. If that monster wanted to eat him, well, he'd done his best to try and get away. Slowing to a stop, he placed a paw onto what he assumed was a tree trunk.
“Come on...w-where's the...l-lightning...” He choked out. He couldn't get his bearings like this in complete darkness, nor could he figure out where his pursuer was.
As if by his bidding, another lightning bolt lit up the sky. He had expected to come face to face with the creature again, instead he was surprised to find that he was completely alone. Where had it gone? It had been right there behind him the whole time!
As soon as he could catch his breath, he began walki
All Things End: Part 30
Chapter 30: A Forest Of Fears
“Courage? Where are you?”
The voice was unmistakable. It was Muriel!
Courage darted off deeper and deeper into the forest, following the sound of his beloved owner's voice. He couldn't believe it! She had actually come all this way in the middle of a storm just to find him! Word of his escape must have gotten to her not long after it had happened. He didn't care about that anymore though, he just wanted to jump into her arms and go home! She could take him back to the vet later if she liked, he just didn't care anymore. He wanted to be with her for a little while longer. He wanted to be warm, happy, and dry. He hated this forest, he hated Computer, and he just wanted to go home. He wanted to have everything go back to normal.
“Muriel!” He called out, panting as he ran. He didn't care if he aggravated his condition. He just wanted to get to Muriel. Nothing else mattered.
“Courage?” Was the response. Her voice echoed throu
All Things End: Part 29
Chapter 29: And Into The Fire
Courage was finding himself getting more and more paranoid as the storm rolled on. There were in Nowhere Forest, after all. It was sheer dumb luck that a werewolf or something even more horrible hadn't sniffed them out yet. Surely this rain wasn't keeping the monsters at bay? They probably lived for weather like this.
He kept peering out between the roots, intent on making sure that nothing would sneak up on them. Every flash of lightning seemed to cement a new imaginary monster in his mind. Tree branches turned into claws, the howling wind became a ghost moaning from someplace unseen, and every shadow was a creature slowly stalking closer and closer to them. Whatever chance he had of coming up with an apology for Computer now was lost in his ever growing sense of terror. He couldn't calm down enough to think about anything except their lurking doom. What good would an apology do if they were both eaten first? Computer would have to wait for now, especiall
All Things End: Part 105
Chapter 105: Musings Of A Sleepy Dog
Courage peered into yet another room and stepped inside. The moonlight shining in through the window was the only thing that allowed him to see where he was going. He found boxes, odds and ends, a few old pictures too dusty to be hung on any wall, but nothing else.
“Nobody in here either.” He murmured to himself. “Would an intruder really hide from us this long? They could have murdered us ten times over by now if they really wanted to. If 'He' really were here, would he sit around and wait this long for us to find him?”
Yawning, he turned and glance out the doorway into the room across the hall. Computer was there, his blue glow lighting up the dark room and much of the hallway with it. He was trying to open a small box, looking particularly cautious as he did so.
Courage shook his head with a smile. Did he really think he'd find 'Him' in there? He watched as Computer pulled out an old wristwatch from within the box an
All Things End: Part 104
Chapter 104: The Mystery Deepens
“Oh no...” Courage whimpered yet again. Man, he really had to stop doing that!
“Go after him!” Nina exclaimed. “You gotta try to talk some sense into him!” She glanced down the staircase and then back over at him. “I'll go talk to my dad and see what he said to him. That'll at least put one thing straight!”
“A-alright.”Courage replied rather nervously. “But, I don't know if he'll listen to me now. Y-you don't think I came off as a little too harsh on him?”
“It's too late to take it back now! Hurry! He's getting farther away!” Nina shot back.
He nodded weakly and took off after the machine. He was getting very tired at this point though. His condition wouldn't allow him to move much faster and if he strained himself any harder...
“Compute, wait!” He called out, unable to keep up his pace. He just couldn't run anymore. His chest felt like it were turning into s
All Things End: Part 28
Chapter 28: Out Of The Frying Pan
Courage fumbled his way through the forest. He kept tripping over outstretched roots and just about anything else that could find a way to catch his feet. He was starting to think that maybe the forest was intentionally trying to trip him up. If it weren't for the constant bolts of lightning lighting up his surroundings, he could have easily walked right into the jaws of a monster and would have never even known it.
The wind was picking up now, and while it hadn't started raining yet, he could smell the wetness in the air. If he didn't find Computer soon, they'd both be stuck out in the middle of this massive storm. Thunder kept shaking the ground, almost to the point of where it would knock him off his feet as he walked. He was getting more and more furious with Computer as every moment went by. How hard could it be to find a glowing dog in the middle of the night? Unless he really was in the belly of some creature, the machine's glow should have been