Chapter 1: Not in the Job Description
Author's Note Part 1: Well guys, here I am with a second FNAF story. Although, this one's pretty different from my other one. Mainly because of the fact that in regards to "canon" I'm sticking pretty close to the "timeline", as well as the events that occur throughout the games. So, as opposed to my other one, where I basically combined every game (Except 4 and SL) into one big story, with this one, I'll be basing it off the "timeline" that MatPat made on Game Theory, which doesn't include the "dream theory".
Because of this, I'm going to be taking a good deal of the past events, and applying them to the story as I progress through this. However, there will be a few changes of my own made to this story. Not many, since I want to see what I can do with the existing timeline, but I've made these changes for a few reasons. Hell, you'll probably see most, if not all, the changes I've made to the story within this first chapter, since I can count them out on one hand.
Anyways, that's about all I have to say for now. I'm still going through what I can actually do as I get further into the story, so most of this story is probably going to be made up as I go along. There are a few scenes that I already have planned out, but those are few and far between. So, with all this being said, I hope you all enjoy this first chapter!
(Edit: Changed Chica's lower legs. Haven't watched FNAF very much lately, so I forgot she had chicken legs from the knees down.)
3rd Person POV:
Freddy Fazbear's Pizza. The name alone was known to hundreds of people, though not everyone knew of the pizzeria chain for the same reason. For most, it was just another family restaurant to go to for a kid's birthday party, or get a quick slice of pizza for the feeling of nostalgia. However, for some, the name was a reminder of its troubled past, and the multiple incidents that occurred in some of the locations.
However despite this, the pizzeria chain was re-opening for a third time, this time learning from past mistakes, and building off them instead of attempting to go a completely different route and brushing the previous tries under the rug. That wasn't to say that there weren't a few completely new changes made to the restaurant, but after the past attempts ended in failure, the re-opening process was starting with a single location, which would be going through a trial period before more locations were opened so that no money was "wasted".
With that being said, the Restaurant was set to open its doors for the first time the Tuesday after the repairs were finished. And with said repairs ending Sunday, the company was quick to get an ad into the paper offering the position of Night Guard for a week long shift. With the pizzeria chain's past, the company wasn't expecting much, and were shocked when they got a phone call Monday afternoon asking if the position was still open.
Mr. Fazbear, as he was called by the employees, was quick to accept the offer, and just like that the location had its Night Guard. Some of the employees were fearful for the Night Guard, since there was still the possibility that the glitch from many years back was still present in the animatronics on stage, despite their slight upgrades. However, one way or another, everyone that was a part of the staff knew that they would find out Tuesday morning.
One way, or another…
At 11:30 PM, three and a half hours after the doors had been locked at the end of the day, a key was turned into the lock in the doors, and they were pushed inwards to let a different person in. It was a male that appeared to be around 19 years old, with Caucasian skin, silver-blue eyes, and black hair. Marcus, the new Night Guard, made sure to close and lock the doors behind him, before turning around and facing the new area he'd found himself in. A small area between a set of doors leading outside, and a second set that led into the pizzeria. One of the reasons he was half an hour early for his shift was because he'd been told a few years back that it showed initiative if he showed up at least ten minutes early to work.
The reason he was thirty minutes early was because of the second reason he showed up now. He figured it wouldn't be a bad idea to get a look at the areas he'd be guarding before he started. Sure, he'd been told that he would have an office to work in, but only seeing the areas through cameras wasn't the best idea to him. Especially considering he'd played enough video games to know there were always blind spots, and if you timed it right, you could get by them completely.
With that in mind, he headed through the second set of double doors, which acted as a buffer between the outside world, and the inside of the pizzeria. At the moment, neither the heat, nor the AC was turned on in that area, so there was no real change in temperature for him. After walking through the second set of double doors, he made his way past a booth that was set up, which after taking a quick glance, he realized was used for the "entrance fee" these kinds of places had, and to hand out "bracelets" to people entering so that they could leave the restaurant to grab something, and then come back in, and not have to worry about paying a second time.
After walking past the booth, he found himself standing in a hallway-like space between the two main areas of the pizzeria. To his left looked to be a sizable arcade-like area of sorts, with a collection of different arcade machines, a ball pit, and other games made to distract the kids when their parents needed a break from the children. To his right was the main party area, with multiple tables and chairs set up, all of which were already decorated. There were also a few smaller tables, likely for smaller families that stopped in, and people who came in alone for a quick bite to eat.
Marcus made a quick round in the gaming area, noticing how the bathrooms for the place were set up at the far end of the arcade, away from the main doors, before he left the gaming area, and crossed the middle area into the main dining area. Once he did, he saw that the stage for the Animatronics was set up on the same wall as the main entrance, but was set "into" the wall so that it wasn't immediately seen when you entered the building. As he stood there, Marcus took a look at said Animatronics.
Looking at them, he was able to match them with the pictures he'd seen when looking up the establishment online after getting the job. However, it seemed that after around twenty years, they'd been due for an upgrade.
The first was Bonnie the Bunny, the tallest of the three on stage, when you count his ears, covered in purple fur, and with a red bow tie on his neck. As opposed to the previous version, he'd been slimmed down considerably, so it didn't look like he filled himself up with the pizza the restaurant sold. However, he still had a bit of bulk, likely to make sure he still appeared "masculine" to get across the fact that he was supposed to be male. At the same time, despite the loss of a good deal of his "outer shell" all of his mechanical components were still covered. And held in his hands was his iconic red guitar, although at the moment, his head was slightly bowed, as if he was resting.
The second was Chica the Chicken, the smallest of the three, but still taller than most grown men. Much like Bonnie, she'd been slimmed down from her previous version. However, at the same time, she was made to be much more feminine, making it so that unlike in the past, there would be no confusing her gender based on her appearance. She quite clearly had breasts, as well as slightly more pronounced hips. She was completely covered in yellow fur-like material, instead of feathers, although it seemed that the current owner decided to stick with the previous version's chicken-like lower legs, which were slimmer than the previous version's. A bib rested on her chest, most likely concealing any cleavage she had. Held on a tray in her right hand was her iconic cupcake, and much like Bonnie, her head was currently bowed.
Finally, the most iconic Animatronic, and the one the place was named after, stood in the middle of the previous two. Freddy Fazbear was easily the tallest there, when you took away Bonnie's ears, and the black top hat he had made him seem that much taller. Much like the previous two, he was made a bit slimmer from his previous version, but just like Bonnie, he was still made to appear "masculine". With a black bow tie on his neck, and his iconic microphone held in his hand, Freddy stood on the stage with his head bowed like the other two, waiting for the next day when he'd be activated to perform for the crowds once again, for the first time in around 20 years.
Marcus gave a small smile at the sight of them, nodding at the sight in front of him before he turned and started to walk around the building a bit more. His next stop was to open the door to the Parts and Services room, and poke his head in to have a quick look. He was quick to exit and close the door behind him, all the empty Animatronic heads stacked on shelves not painting a very nice picture for him. Leaving that room behind he stopped in front of an area that was closed off to the public.
From what he could tell, there was a stage of some sort set up for kids to gather around, but the purple curtains were currently drawn, and there was a sign in front of them that read "Sorry! Out of Order". Raising an eyebrow at it, Marcus shrugged before continuing his tour of the building. It probably wasn't the best idea to go poking his head in there, since he had no idea what was on the other side, and he didn't want to accidentally trigger something and make things worse than they already were. Although he did wonder why that place appeared to be left in disrepair when everything else got an upgrade, or something completely new was added…
Looking around, he noticed that there was a set of double doors nearby, and a quick glance inside told him they led to the kitchen. Nodding to himself, Marcus left that area, and walked through a door marked "Employee's Only". This led into a long hallway, slightly decorated with drawn pictures, that Marcus walked down, stopping to look through a door to his right that appeared to be a utility closet of some kind. Afterwards, he walked to the end of the hallway, and found that to his left was a doorway leading into the office that he'd probably be working in.
Stepping inside, he noticed a second doorway on the other side, and poked his head through it to look down the second hallway that led to the office. Seeing nothing else on that side but some decorated walls, much like the other side, he decided to sit in the chair that was set up in the office, and take a look around his new work area. From the looks of things, it was pretty bare. A picture of the three on stage from the first location, since they had their original appearance, along with a few more drawings that he assumed came from kids in the restaurant. There was a desk set up in front of him, which had a fan set up on it, as well as a monitor.
Turning his chair, since it was a swivel chair, around in a circle, he saw that the rest of the office was bare, except for a couple buttons beside each doorframe. One marked Light, and the other marked Door. Pressing each button, he found that the Light button turned on a light outside the doorway for a few seconds, while pressing the Door button brought down a door from the ceiling to the ground with what seemed like the force of a few hundred pounds.
Raising an eyebrow, he wonders why that would be necessary, before shrugging it off as he raised the door, and pulled back the sleeve on his shirt, and looked at the watch he had on. Looking at the time, he saw that it was five minutes to midnight, meaning there was no reason for him to leave the office. So, with that in mind, he decided to look around it a bit more to see what he'd been given to do his job.
Looking at the left side of his desk, he saw that there were a couple drawers under it. Grabbing the handle of the first one, he pulled it out to find two items inside. The first was a flashlight, that he could clip onto his belt, which he immediately did after grabbing it. The second was a tablet, which after turning it on, he found out was actually connected to all of the cameras inside the building. He took the time left before his shift to look through all the camera's, frowning slightly when he noticed that there were indeed quite a few blind spots, just like he thought there'd be.
However, his thoughts were interrupted when the time on the tablet changed to midnight, and the ceiling lights in the room he'd been looking into shutting off. Frowning, he switched through the others quickly in order to check them, only to find the lights had been shut off in all the rooms. Luckily, after a few seconds, each camera activated their "night vision" mode, and he was able to see the rooms no problem. Nodding to himself, he shut down the tablet and looked up, only to see that the monitor on the screen had activated, and was now showing him something.
From the looks of things, it was showing a percentage, along with a bar of some kind underneath it. He raised an eyebrow at that as he tried to figure out what the monitor was showing him. He didn't have to think long, because after a few seconds, he heard a phone ringing inside the office. Marcus was surprised by this, but looking in the direction it was coming from, he found what looked like an older phone set up on the desk near the fan, with a light blinking on the device. However, the light that was blinking told Marcus that this was a recording, so he pressed the button beside the blinking light, "answering" the call, and starting his first night.
"Hello? Hello, hello? Uhhh, I wanted to record a message for you, to help you get settled in on your first night. Um, I actually worked in that office before you. I'm… Finishing up my last week now as a matter of fact so… I know it can be a bit overwhelming, but I'm here to tell you, there's nothing to worry about, uhh, you'll do fine. So, let's just focus on getting you through your first week. Okay?"
As he listens to the message, Marcus looks through a few feeds on the tablet, before putting it back down as he listens to the recording. Guess this was made during the last time this place was opened, since I'm the first one for this one… He thinks to himself, before he listens as the guy starts talking again.
"Uh, let's se. First, there's an introductory greeting from the company, that I'm supposed to read. Eeh, it's kind of a legal thing, you know. Um, "Welcome to Freddy Fazbear's Pizza: A magical place for kids and grown-ups alike, where fantasy and fun come to life. Fazbear entertainment is not responsible for damage of property or person. Upon discovering that damage or death has occurred, a missing person's report will be filled within ninety days or as soon as property and premise have been thoroughly cleaned and bleached and the carpets have been replaced. Blah, blah, blah."
When this statement was made, Marcus stopped thinking about the tablet and cameras altogether, and instead stared in shock and horror at the phone on the desk. …What…? Was all he could think as his brain started to shut down from the shock of what he was hearing. Death… Bleached carpets… What… WHAT?! As his brain started to reboot, the message continued, the guy on the other end probably unaware of his internal crisis.
"Now, that might sound bad, I know. But, there's really nothing to worry about. Uhh, the Animatronic characters here do get a bit quirky at night, but do I blame them? No! If I were forced to sing… Those same stupid songs for twenty years and I never got a bath? I'd probably be a bit irritable at night too. So remember, these characters hold a special place in the heart of children, and we need to show them a little respect. Right? Okay. So just be aware, the characters do tend to wander a bit. Uhh, they're left with some kind of "free-roaming mode" at night. Uhhh… Something about their servos locking up if they get turned off for too long. Uhh… They used to wander during the day too, but then there was the "Bite of '87". Yeah… I-It's amazing that the human body can live without the frontal lobe, ya know?"
As all of this was being said, Marcus had finally regained enough consciousness to pick up the tablet, and start looking through all the cameras as fast as he could. At the moment, the three Animatronics were still up on the stage, but he could see that unlike earlier, their heads were now raised, and they were looking out into the main area. A bit of sweat appeared on Marcus' forehead as he looked through the camera at them, slowly putting it down as he shut it off to listen to the Phone Guy continue talking, even as he freaked out inside.
"Now concerning your safety, the only real risk to you as the night watchmen here, if any, is the fact that these characters… Uhh, if they happen to see you after hours probably won't recognize you as a person. They'll-they'll most likely see you as a metal endo-skeleton without its costume on. Now, since that's against the rules at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, they'll probably try to… Forcefully stuff you inside a Freddy Fazbear suit."
When this was said, Marcus' eyes widened in shock, before they widened in horror as the Phone Guy continued.
"Umm, now that wouldn't be so bad if the suits themselves weren't filled with crossbeams, wires, and Animatronic devices, especially around the facial area. So you can imagine how having your head forced inside one of those could cause a bit of discomfort… And death. Uhh… The only parts of you that would likely see the light of day again would be your eyeballs and teeth that would pop out the front of the mask… Heh… Yeah, they don't tell you these things when you sign up…"
At that sentence, Marcus couldn't agree more, as he quickly looked through the camera feeds again, noting how all of this definitely wasn't in the job description in the paper that he'd seen. As he continues to look through the feeds, he's relieved to see the Animatronics still on stage, but at the same time, a smaller part of his worries about just why they haven't moved.
"But hey! First day should be a breeze, I'll chat with you tomorrow, uhh, check those cameras, and remember to close the doors only if absolutely necessary. Gotta conserve power. Alright, goodnight."
When those last few sentences were said, Marcus froze, before looking at the monitor, finding that it still showed 100%, but from what the Phone Guy just said, using anything electrical in the building would drain the power, with each device draining power at a different rate. Which was probably shown due to the fact that the bar underneath the percentage had a second green bar filled, likely because he had the tablet activated. His eyes widened at this realization, and he quickly looked through a few of the cameras over the course of a few seconds to check on the animatronics, and then immediately shutting off the tablet in order to save more power.
"I didn't sign up for this… I didn't sign up for this!" Marcus whispered to himself, eyes darting from the tablet , to the doorways in worry. After a few seconds, Marcus picked up the tablet again, looking through the different feeds, and thankful that the Animatronics still hadn't moved yet. Looking at the monitor, he saw the percentage hadn't changed, so he figured using the cameras must hardly use up any power. Which he was thankful for, since it meant he'd have no problem looking through them throughout the night.
This is going to be a long, long night… Marcus thinks to himself, sweating slightly as he continues to look through the camera feeds at the different parts of the restaurant. One thing was for sure, if he made it through the night, he was going to be having a talk with his new boss in the morning…
Author's Note Part 2: Well guys, here's the prologue for the story. Not much, I know. But I figured I'd go about describing the changes I've made to the pizzeria, the Animatronics (most of them) as well as describing the power situation a bit. In fact, I'll explain them a bit more here in the AN.
For the pizzeria… Well, it's taking place in the modern day, so I figured that with a 20-ish year difference between when the game probably takes place (MatPat finding out the likely timeframe FNAF1 took place using payment values), and the current times, there would be a good deal of changes made to the restaurant for safety, as well as giving the kids and adults more to do than just sit and watch the band. So, the addition of the games area, as well as a few minor changes to the layout of the different areas.
As for the animatronics, again, 20-ish year difference. The Animatronics are sure to get "upgrades" over that time, same as the restaurant. (Especially nowadays with how gender, race, etc seem to be such big deals in certain areas of the globe…) So, less bulky animatronics, with Chica being made so that people are able to tell that she's a girl without needing to be told. (Of course the restaurant would probably get complaints either way. Either "She doesn't even look like a woman!" or "Objectifying the female chicken! How dare you!" …And there would probably be others as well… Honestly with how that issue is nowadays, no one is going to get anything "right".)
In regards to the power, that comes into play due to the difference between the game, and real life. In the game, you go through a single night in around… 8-ish minutes. So, everything uses up a different amount of power to make things tense. However, in real life, people would have to use the camera system almost the entire time for many different reasons, while the lights and doors would be used hardly at all. So, the cameras use up hardly any power to allow this, while the doors would take up a good chunk of power, with the lights using up just a bit more than the cameras considering the need to constantly check the blind spots outside the doors.
Anyways, that's about it for this prologue. I got to show you guys most of the changes I made in this, but there are still a few that are on the way. You'll just have to wait to see what they are… That being said, thanks for taking the time out of your day to read this, and I hope to see you all in the next chapter!