"Chara? Chara, wake up! The future of our world depends on you!"
Everything began to turn white as she opened her eyes.
Who's...Who is Chara...?
When her eyes fully opened, she realized she was glancing up at broad daylight from the inside of a deep pit.
Velma fumbled around, searching for her glasses, and became aware of the soft bed of golden flowers she was lying supine on.
Well, it shouldn't be hard to find something like glasses in here.
After a moment of searching, she decided to expand her search radius away from the bed of flowers and into the soft, cool dirt.
"Psst! Over here!" A faint voice called out to her, coming from her left.
"Hello? Who's there?"
"I'm your new friend, and your glasses are over this way!"
Sucking in a sharp breath, she stumbled after the little voice.
"That's it, come on!"
"Where are you?" She asked as she approached the source of the voice.
"I'm right in front of you!"
Velma paused for a moment, then squinted hard.
There was a face on the flower in front of her.
Velma screamed, sharply jerking away.
The flower only laughed.
"Howdy there, silly! The name's Flowey. Flowey the flower!"
"An excellent name," she finally breathed.
"Why, thank you! From the looks of it, you must be new to the underground! Since no one's here to give you a proper introduction, I guess little old me will have to do!"
"What about my glasses?"
"We'll get them after your introduction," Flowey replied testily.
Velma remained silent.
"Anyhoo, let's get into it!"
The flower giggled as Velma noticed a red glow emitting from her chest. The glow shaped into a heart.
"This is your SOUL, a culmination of everything you are! Hopes, dreams, power... Great stuff! Right now, it looks like your soul is pretty weak. Don't worry, you can easily grow stronger by gaining LV!"
"What does LV stand for?" Velma asked, confused.
"Why, LOVE, of course!" Flowey giggled. "You want some, don't you?"
Velma suddenly inhaled sharply.
"I'm in a game. I'm in Eric's computer game!" She muttered quietly.
Flowey squinted at Velma.
"Do you know something... Friend?"
Velma swallowed hard.
"You know something, yes, you do. Then I suppose you know that in this world...?"
A circle of large white pellets circled her, generated by the flower.
"IT'S KILL OR BE KILLED." The flower's voice had dropped an octave and seemed to be amalgamated with another voice.
"Wait, what did I do?!"
The pellets began to close in on Velma.
Velma backed away from each pellet, only to go back in the previous direction to evade harm.
The circle of pellets only closed in.
Velma curled up as the glow in her chest pulsed with the thrumming of her heartbeat.
Great, I'm going to die here...
Velma squeezed her eyes shut.
Suddenly, the sizzle of fire whooshed past her and hit the flower, who screamed as he was blasted away.
"Oh, my goodness, put these on! That wretched creature was hiding them from you. What a cruel way- well, cruelER- way to torture you."
A large white paw held out Velma's glasses for her to take.
Velma shakily reached for them.
"Do not be afraid, little one. I mean you no harm."
With that, Velma quickly grabbed her glasses and perched them on her face.
The creature in front of her came into view.
She appeared to be a tall, anthropomorphic goat-like creature, with a long purple dress designed with an odd rune.
"Hello, young one." She smiled gently and patiently. "I am Toriel, guardian of the Ruins. I check around every day for fallen humans and rushed over when I heard you scream. It was shocking to see such an innocent youth being tormented like that."
Velma didn't speak.
"Here, small one. Follow me, and I will show you around the Ruins." Toriel held out a large paw for Velma to hold.
If this is the only way out...
Velma slowly reached for Toriel's hand.
Her grip was surprisingly gentle and Velma found herself immediately comforted by the softness of Toriel's fur. Toriel gently rubbed a thumb across the back of Velma's hand, soothing her further and causing the glow in her chest to fade.
Toriel released her hand as they approached two staircases leading up to an ancient doorway.
Velma looked up at the door, then down at the dry red leaves at her feet and across the room in sporadic patches.
She closed her eyes, inhaled, straightened, exhaled, then opened her eyes and took a determined step forward.
I'm going to get home.