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All Things End: Part 22
Chapter 22: Courage's Courage
“I've got a feeling our new friend isn't just going to let us waltz out of here.” Computer said. “We need to find a way to stop him from catching us again because we obviously couldn't overpower him before.”
Courage tapped his foot as he tried to think of something. “Hey, why don't we free those other dogs! They could help us!”
Computer groaned. “No, no, no! Save the heroics for when I'm not stuck with you! What makes you think they'd help you if they were in your position? Every dog for themselves and all that other nonsense!”
“We can't just leave them here to be picked off one by one! If we help them they'll help us in return!"
Computer sighed. “I see that your heart is set, as usual. I suppose I can't argue. They could be useful in getting rid of that janitor.”
“Good!” Courage reaffirmed. “I've got an idea, so listen.”
“I can't believe I'm finally seeing the
All Things End: Part 21
Chapter 21: The Not So Great Escape
Nearly an hour passed as both Courage and Computer tried to come up with a plan for their escape. Courage was sitting on the floor, trying to warm himself up, while Computer was pacing back and forth with a paw on his chin.
“I may have an idea.” He spoke. “But it's not very good one, and-” He grinned. “You're not going to like it.”
Courage cringed at those words. “W-what? What do I need to do?”
“We're going to wait for them to come and take you. When that stupid janitor comes around to pick you up we'll rush him and knock him out. While he's down for the count we'll make our escape. Easy enough!”
Courage shook his head. Computer was right to think that he wouldn't like the idea. “We can't do that! What if it doesn't work? What if he manages to stop both of us? What then? He'll take me into that room and....”
“This is our best and only chance.” Computer interrupted.
All Things End: Part 20
Chapter 20: A Glowing Light
The day quietly wore on as Courage sat huddled in his kennel. It had only gotten darker once the sun moved from his side of the building to the other. He had tried a few things to escape over the last few hours, but nothing worked. He had even pretended to be in pain, hoping that someone would open his kennel to take a look at him. He would have tried to make a run for it but nobody even bothered to come by and see what was wrong with him, much less open the door.
In every ten to twenty minutes that steel door would open and another dog would be sent away. There was almost always a lot of screaming and struggling. Few dogs faced their end with dignity. That old, cranky janitor would also bring in new dogs to fill the kennels of the old ones. They looked just as panicked and terrified as Courage knew he himself did. These were the sick, old, insane, dangerous, and unwanted animals. Shunned by their human partners and unwanted by others. To be put here
All Things End: Part 96
A/N: Holy crap did this chapter give me so much trouble. I almost had it done originally but decided I didn't like the first version, so I scraped it. The second version I wasn't liking much either but then to make matters worse my laptop crashed and I didn't have the damn thing saved. So here's the third version. I still feel like this chapter could be ten times better but blah, I never want to look at it again. It's a lot shorter then I wanted it to be too.
Chapter 96: Guide You Home
He was somewhere...
'It is time. Awaken.'
Awareness slowly returned to Computer. He tried to turn his screen on but it quickly became apparent that he didn't have one to turn on. He tried to open his eyes, as if he were in a flesh creature body, but he didn't have any eyes either. Everything was completely black and he had nothing with which to connect to, no machinery, no limbs, nothing. He was a single consciousness suspended within a void of none
All Things End: Part 95
Chapter 95: Fighting Oblivion
A twinge of cold, vicious panic ran through Courage. This was all just so sudden. He couldn't believe it. It was almost as bad as when he had first learned about his own deadly illness.
“Y-you're going to die?” He stuttered, barely even able to bring himself to speak. “But you were fine just a day ago! Y-you can't just...”
“I'm really sorry, Courage.” Computer sighed. “I had no idea it would get this bad over such a short amount of time. Having to exist within an organic body seemed to have worn my system out much faster than normal, plus we were always getting delayed every step of the way.”
“There's got to be something you can do!” Courage cried out. “We can't just give up like this!”
“It's too late to do anything now, I'm afraid. I might have had a chance to survive maybe a day or two ago but now I'm long past the point of no return. Bah, I'm such a fool! I was in this
All Things End: Part 94
Chapter 94: Frailty
Nina shoved a thermometer into Computer's mouth, much to his displeasure. He was currently a dull blue color which was the best he had looked ever since they had raced to get him back to the hotel. Grayness kept seeping into his glow as he slipped in and out of consciousness. He was looking even more haggard now and seemed ready to fall over at any given moment.
"Nothing." She said, scratching her head in confusion. "He's not running a fever at all."
"What the heck's wrong with him then?" Courage asked.
"Will you two stop talking like I'm not even here?" He snapped weakly. Even when he was slipping out of consciousness at random intervals he still wasn't being any less...well, like himself. "It's bad enough that I've got to deal with all this dizziness and head pain without you idiots making it worse!"
"Now's not the time to get angry over little things, Compute!" Courage scolded him. "We don't know what to do to help you!"
"If you want to help you can start by tell
All Things End: Part 93
Chapter 93: Another Lie Made
"So how are we going to go about this?" Computer asked. All three of them were heading back to the hospital and all three of them still had no idea how to get Muriel away from Courage without upsetting her again.
"Do you think we should lie?" Nina asked. "I don't think she'd believe it if I told her that you guys were going to a mountain."
"We'll just have to convince her of something." Computer sighed.
"Well, I've already had to trick her once." Courage said to the both of them. "I guess it won't hurt to do it to her again. I really wish we..."
"ACK!" Computer yelped. He had stumbled forward and landed face first onto the pavement. The cup of coffee he was still carrying burst open and spilled everywhere.
"I know you're sick and everything." Nina said, grabbing his arm and helping him back up. "But you've been awfully clumsy lately. Remember when you somehow managed to knock that whole shelf of flowers over?"
"It was that stupid human body." He grumbled as
All Things End: Part 92
Chapter 92: The Dearest Of Friendships
Computer awoke to someone shaking his shoulder. He figured it was probably some idiot who didn't want him lying around in the park and he grimaced. As if his day wasn't off to a bad start already!
"Hey! Wake up, Compute!"
His eyes shot open.
"C-Courage?" He asked in disbelief.
The pup was standing there with one of his paws behind his back. He smiling happily at him, which befuddled the poor machine more than anything.
"Here," He said, revealing that he had a cup of coffee behind his back. "It's an, er, apology for ditching you back there."
"I...uh..." Computer stammered out, still completely disbelieving what he was seeing. He took the coffee and stood up, his mouth slightly agape. He had expected Courage to be angry with him not...not this.
The dog almost knocked him right back down again when he tackled him into a hug. "You know, last night was pretty boring without you around. I'm glad you're back! I was worried you would take what I said the
All Things End: Part 91
Chapter 91: Autophobia
Computer made his way back to the park, Shirley's words still lingering on his mind. This fate business just made his head hurt and it wasn't like he could do anything about it anyway. He'd managed to make it through most of his knowable life without dropping dead despite his own damn system trying to collapse out from under him. Why couldn't he make it just a little bit longer? Yes, there was no reason to worry. He'd get Courage up that mountain before anything bad could happen. If the grim reaper wanted to take his or Courage's soul, well, he'd just have to give him one heck of a fight for it.
He grimaced as a bright red car shot past him. Music was blaring from inside, making the ground shake underneath it. Why was anyone up at this hour, much less playing music loud enough to wake up half of Nowhere? He didn't get much time to dwell on it though as the car quickly turned a corner and the music slowly faded away. Two more cars passed him as he walked but they
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