Of Shadows and Hopes Nadia_Sempai Summary: Finally finding an escape from the world of Don't Starve, Wilson finds himself in a world unfamilliar from the one he knew before. He isn't alone, though, Frisk and the monsters he calls his family will be there. Somehow... Wilson P. Higgsbury knows this won't be as easy as keeping himself alive in his old prison. Currently undergoing a remasterization! A million thanks to SilentFox for their great help! You're the best editor! (ɔ◔‿◔)ɔ Notes:

Inspired by Throneless King by Raven Black Crow.

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Chara talking in Frisk's head: **"xxx"

Frisk talking to Chara: Italics

No one can hear their conversations.

"If the world is in the dark you must find the light, Mr. Higgsbury," the child said sadly. It would've been lost in the wind if not for the closeness of the two and the world stopping for just a couple of seconds before everything came back to life. He was alone again. W.P. Higgsbury always thought that children were wonders. When everything was against them there was no force that could break their resolve, or were they just stubborn? Some may even call it Determination…

Ebott Ville, Toriel's residence, 1 year 7 months after the release of monsters and magic back in the world.

"Dang," I murmur as I look around me.

I messed up and now there is nothing that can be done to make the world go back to how it once was. There is nothing left to do. It's hopeless. This is how Frisk Dreemurr is going to die and-

**"All this hassle for that stupid dog…"

Keys jingle in the lock and my heart starts to beat faster.

"My child?" There she was, in all her glory.

Toriel, my goat mama, gasps before looking straight at me.

"WHAT IN THE WORLD HAPPENED HERE?!" Toriel shouted after shutting the door after her. She turns this way and that, looking at the disaster I could have prevented with even a little foresight on my part.

Toriel is finally back from a PTA meeting at school. She told me to stay home and to stay safe and dry from the storm that had been pouring for about half an hour before she left.

I freeze for a second and was about to try to flirt my way into forgiveness, but Sans beats me to it.

"heya tori." The skeleton finally had the decency to wake up and witness my last moments. He waved lazily towards the fuming goat mama. She was not impressed.

"Sans the skeleton, you better tell me why in the world is the whole living room of my house a mess, when I specifically told you to take care of Frisk in my absence!" I don't know what's more terrifying, the way her paws were smoking with unlit fire magic, or THE FACE. That face any mother somehow knows to inspire fear and make any child see their short lives flash before their eyes.

There is no surface in the living room spared from the little mud paw print, the only things that are salvageable being the couch and pet rock. The culprit of such barbaric crimes against mom's morning cleaning sat by his master's feet without a care in the world, yawning at the consequences his acts brought to his human friend.

Bad dog, Toby!

**"I told you Frisk! you should have left that dog in the rain this time. Your stupid kindness will be your downfall one day!"

Oh come on Chara, you were having the time of your life when I was running around trying to get Toby to calm down.

**"Yeah it was hilarious, but you would think that if you can beat Undyne in a race for your life, you could beat a dog from getting you grounded for the rest of your life! But alas, I was wrong."

"well, i did take care of the kiddo. you said nothing about the house! heh heh...errr... tori?" Sans had started with a relaxed tone at first, but he became uncomfortable after noticing a fireball coming to life in the queen's furry paw.

"ok, ok, ok, tori. there is no need to HEAT up this conversation, heh." At that she created a second one in her other paw. Dang, usually she would have at least smiled at that.

Both child and skeleton turned to look at each other, and with a snap of Sans boney fingers all the mud lit up with blue magic and lifted up from all dirtied surfaces. When everything was spotless once again, he proceeded to make all the mud disappear with a flash of blue magic to god knows where.

**"Blue magic is so awesome! It's a shame humans can't use magic anymore."

Well, maybe if we just try hard enough we can achieve anything we set our minds into!

We can conquer magic with the power of our minds!

**"Hehe, you can always count on Frisk to get your daily dose of positivity."

"Okay... thank you very much Sans. Forgive me for losing my temper, but you should check on Frisk even if he is in no mortal danger! I would like to have a doghouse set up for Toby so this kind of incident does not happen ever again." Sans nods with a lazy sigh, slumping back into the couch defeatedly.

"And Frisk, my child?" at that, she glances at the boy who let the dog in. "Be more careful with the dog, please? I know you are very mature for a lot of things, but still, you need to take better decisions in the future. We don't want the spaghetti-apocalypse from last year happening again, do we?"

Ugh. That's a low blow. She didn't have to remind me about the time when Papyrus and I tried to make a big meal out of his favorite dish. It somehow exploded, and while nothing broke, we and the whole kitchen were covered from top to bottom with the darkish red concoction. It was not a fun time.

Keeping in mind this little culinary incident, I answered with a quick "Yes Ma'am." and a slight bow. Just like a certain demon butler in one of my favorite animes does.

As everyone finally starts to settle down and mom starts dinner in the kitchen, a tall skeleton parked his red convertible and came through the door with his usual exuberance.


"hey bro" Sans doesn't even move a finger or open his eyes.

"Hello, Papyrus" Toriel pokes her head out of the kitchen, before going back in.

"Hi!" I wave excitedly at Papyrus.

*happy bark*

I must admit, having Papyrus around makes everything 100 times better. Without him even knowing, he single-handedly dissolved the stern atmosphere the goat mama set and also solved Chara's boredom issue.

For today.




**"Cherish that skeleton!"

Sometimes I wonder if he knows you're here you know, because he always seems to know exactly what you want.

**"Nah it must just be a coincidence... I 've tried to talk with everyone down in the underground and nobody was aware of my presence. We've talked about this before, Frisk. I would rather exist like this than try to live a happy life without him. After all, this is what I deserve after what I did." I can feel the sadness from our bond.

Chara...I'm sorry. I didn't mean to bring it up again.

It has always been a sour subject to Chara not to be able to interact with other people.

**"Shut up, Frisk"

Even if she doesn't like to admit it.

Papyrus leaves the box in the kitchen to save it for dessert. Finally, he sits down on the couch along with Sans. Mud incident forgotten, Toby jumps up into Papyrus' lap without warning. Papyrus lets out a grumble, but settles down, and even starts petting Toby!

It looks like Papyrus has grown more attached to the dog. How cute!

We watched TV for an hour or something before Sans had enough of watching Cooking With the NOT Human Killer. It was Mettaton's new half an hour special!

Sans walked to the kitchen with a growing smile on his face. I could hear his slippers slide across the floor. He's so lazy he doesn't even pick up his feet to walk!

I've realized that I'm getting good at noticing the small changes on his face. It must be because I spend so much time with him.

While mom and dunkle Sans were flirting-yet-not-flirting in the kitchen with each other, Chara was making dying poses and disgusted faces to me and, of course, since I am the only one who can see them I have to try my best not to burst into inexplicable laughter.

The calm in the house was broken by Papyrus phone going off with a very obnoxious Mettaton/Napstablook tune.

"OH HELLO UNDYNE! IT IS NICE TO SPEAK TO YOU! HOW ARE YOU AND DOCTOR… " at being cut off from his rambling, I noted how his expression changed slightly. "NO, WE ARE NOT," Here he pauses again to listen to Undyne, "OK, I WILL DO IT RIGHT NOW!" It was so hard to tell, but Papyrus looked a tiny bit unnerved, and even possibly worried.

Chara stopped her shenanigans as well. She is very observant of our moods. Perhaps she is even more sensitive to them than me but I guess that's what happens when you have been a ghost for so long.

The chatter in the kitchen died off slowly at the sound of the channel changing. Sans came back to the living room to watch his brother changing stations on the Smart TV.

"bro?" Sans comes closer and watches in confusion as Papyrus continues to switch channels. Even I'm curious!

We all watched as Papyrus switched through the channels until Ebott News appeared. There was a blond, middle-aged woman with melting eye shadow giving a briefing of the news.

"-Police received reports of the sighting of a black cat-like "monster" of about 6 to 7 ft. long. Witnesses affirm the subject has been running from Main Lane through the Embassy of Humans and Monsters. They were intercepted by officer Undyne and the "Canine Squad" who are responsible for any monster or magic related reports in the police department of Ebott Ville. We are currently at the premises of Peace Memorial Central Park waiting for His Majesty, King Asgore himself, to make an appearance. It seems, as stated by the ex captain of the Royal Guard, that this is not a monster that came from the underground. They haven't been able to summon its soul to engage in a pacific confrontation." Rain pounded angrily over her yellow umbrella, almost muffling her voice. You could barely see past her with all the rain pouring down. She glanced this way and that, trying to get a glimpse of the strange monster.

Asgore has yet to make an appearance.

Rain pourded angrily over her yellow umbrella.

**"There is no such thing as 'pacific confrontation' if the name Undyne is in the same sentence..." Chara is snickering as she watches the screen with us.

Chara! Don't be mean! Of all the things she said, that's what you are focusing on?

**"What's the big deal? It's not as if the monster has done any damage! I'm sure he just got drunk and thinks he is in Grand Theft Auto and he has to run from the S.W.A.T. or something. What I am saying is, as long as nobody gets hurt it's not our business. Undyne is there so he won't get hurt by any humans."

Be serious! If they are calling Mr. Dad Guy even though Undyne is already there, they mean business.

Ever since the barrier broke and the monsters were freed, Papyrus has changed his goal from being a Royal Knight to being one of the Monster Kingdom's public figures ("hero" in his own words) for the Human-Monster relations alongside Mettaton and it has worked for the two of them so far. There should be no need to call the King in this kind of situation if he's not utterly necessary.

The news lady touches a little bud in her ear, before looking back at the camera. "Okay, okay, thanks Mark," She said after a brief pause, "King Asgore has finally arrived." The cameraman and reporter wait for the incoming van to stop and the goatman to get off.

"Your Majesty? What can you tell us about the situation?" Mr. Dad Guy, as Chara fondly likes to name him, appears with a full body yellow rain coat. It was big.

**"Who sells those that big?"

Chara, sshhhh!

"Howdy! Such a rainy day, right? Well, I was called here by my ex captain of the Royal Guard because she told me it's not possible to summon this monster's soul for a friendly confrontation. The normal means to stop them seem not to make any…" at that, he turns towards the forming crowd behind him, and stops short in his speech. His posture change didn't go unnoticed by Chara as she herself tensed up and, thanks to her connection to my soul I could sense this change, too.

Asgore steps out of camera range and appears next to Undyne. They exchange a few words, muted by the heavy rain.

The King summons a big red trident that I'm very familiar with.

"GASP!" Papyrus just HAD to vocalalize all of our responses. He was somewhat right, though. A year has gone by without any of us witnessing what was happening on the TV.

**"Why the heck is he doing that?!"

Asgore stood tall with his trident in his hands and his battle pose ready. Soul or no soul, he was going to attack. I think it's the first time any has seen him wield it in a long time.

In that very moment, the camera finally focused on the monster and everyone could see them. Their movements were erratic and disoriented as if made out of a dark thick smoke, their claws were long and sharp and...and…

A red vest on his torso, partially swallowed by his shadowy body...

Their eyes that unmistakable crimson red...

That hair...

It's unmistakably W shape.


**"Frisk, What's wrong?"


A loud hiss is heard from the TV but I could only focus on that hair. It's impossible not to recognize it, after all, it's his signature feature.

No! No no no stop!


Nothing matters now! Focus Frisk, FOCUS!. What do you need to do? What are my options?

An option panel opens.

* …A friend is in danger!


*Run *Ask for help

*Explain the situation


I'll have to thank Undyne later for being our PE teacher, even though it was just for a couple of months. I can run a marathon after chasing the annoying dog without breaking a sweat. For some reason mom is currently frozen on the spot watching the events unfold on the TV. Her face seems stuck in a shocked expression. As soon as she heard the door though, she snapped out of it and ran out after me.

"FRISK!" Toriel shouted at me but I wouldn't stop. Not while my friend is in danger.


There's no time to explain! Sorry goat mama.

I have to SAVE a friend!