All Things End: Part 2
Chapter 2: An Absence Of Normalcy
Just as he hah suspected would happen, the trip downstairs had sapped Courage of what little energy he had left. He may have managed to avoid an attack, but he still felt just as tired. Muriel and Eustace were in living room, watching TV as they always did. Muriel would be cooking dinner soon and after that she would do a bit of housework, then they'd go back to watching TV until it was finally time for bed.
Being faced with his own morality, Courage was beginning to notice the odd sort of peace his small family had. Sure, it was often broken up by monster attacks or Eustace's usual greedy antics, but it was still a wonderful and very quiet life. He had really taken it for granted all these years. He'd honestly thought, at least in the back of his head, that this would go on forever. He loved his simple life, with his simple family, on their simple farm. Bad things did happen, sure, but he was willing to put up with it at the cost of having a li
All Things End: Part 1
All Things End
Chapter One: Until The End Comes
Courage whined softy as he trudged up the creaky staircase onto the second floor of the house. An air of depression hung over him, which was fairly unusual for the tiny dog. His ears were drooped like a puppy who had just been scolded and he kept himself on all fours as he could not will himself to walk upright in his current state. He needed answers and he knew that there was only one person who could give him those answers.
He whined again. Ever since that visit to the veterinarian three days ago, Muriel had been acting strangely. She'd been avoiding him and wouldn't even talk to him whenever he tried to cheer her up. He'd been completely devastated when she wouldn't let him lay on her lap anymore and she always seemed like she were on the verge of crying now. Even Eustace seemed a bit off lately as the cranky old farmer wasn't calling him a stupid dog anymore.
He pushed the attic door open and went over to the desk whe
All Things End: Part 61
A/N: Yeah, I said there wasn't going to be any updates for awhile but now I'm updating a ton. I don't know what the hell I'm doing anymore. I've decided to focus on slightly small chapters for now so I don't get burnt out. This mini arc is becoming a lot bigger then I suspected so the forecast I made is once again moot. Just expect silliness to counteract all this depressing-ness soon enough.
Chapter 61: Bonds Within Hopelessness
"You're sure the claws aren't around?" Courage asked.
"They're around but they aren't within our current vicinity. I can't guarantee it will remain that way though so we should get moving."
Courage peaked out around the corner just to be safe. It was thankfully deserted. He stifled a sigh and moved forward. Computer hovered there for a moment and started to lose altitude.
"Uh...d-dog thing, where did you go?" He asked, his voice quivering. He began to float back and forth as though unsure of which way to go.
Courage blinked. "Um, I'm right here..."
All Things End: Part 60
Chapter 60: Meeting The Memory
Courage was floating down....down....down. He opened an eye warily and found only darkness around him. Vertigo gripped his senses and he had to close his eye again. If this was really a dream he felt surprisingly awake for it.
He hit the ground, or at least what he thought was ground, with a dull thunk. Whatever he was laying on felt weird and bone chillingly cold. He opened his eyes and found himself staring up into a microchip sky. He recognized this place, it was Computer's hard drive. He'd been forced to confront a virus that had taken Muriel here once. The floor beneath him was made out of a giant microchip, that explained why it felt so strange to lay on. He was in some kind of hallway and it seemed to stretch on forever. He didn't recognize this part of the hard drive but he wasn't sure what to do here either. If he was going to help Computer with his nightmares he'd have to find him first.
He stood up and began to walk. Something about this place
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."
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