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Conduit Tale: Ch19: Why There's Snow in Snowdin

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Best. Joke. Ever. Sans/Older female Frisk

#Undertale
#Scifiromance
#Scifiadventure
Fan-Fic

18 min read

Published: 25 Aug 2020

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Melanie
Melanie
Frisk has the addressal Chance in the front now. I know it looks awkward, but he is going by two names right now. Sometimes it will show Frisk, and sometimes it'll show Chance.
Chance/Frisk
Chance/Frisk
This is cool!
Chance patted the other side of the snowman. Sans left him outside the booth instead and brought an old friend to keep him company. Monster Kid. Of course, like everything else, Chance didn't remember him. But they didn't have a huge history, so Sans filled him in on it. Like he thought, Chance didn't even care about the being chased by spears part, just that he had a friend.
Monster Kid was patting the snowman on the other side with his feet.
Monster Kid
Monster Kid
What should we give him for a nose?
Chance/Frisk
Chance/Frisk
A nose? Do snowmen have noses?
He asked it as he wiped his nose on another old coat Sans gave him. Funny, he never had problems with his nose getting runny before.
Monster Kid
Monster Kid
Yeah, and faces, and scarves. Haven't you built a snowman before?
Had he ever built a snowman? Frisk had never even seen snow until he came to Snowdin. The white fluffy stuff. It was way better than the alternatives. Sharp grass and jungle cutting into his skin, or endless metal in the training facilities.
Chance/Frisk
Chance/Frisk
Nah, I haven't ever played in snow before.
Monster Kid
Monster Kid
Wow, so did you live in Hotlands?
No, of course he didn't. He couldn't just say that though.
Chance/Frisk
Chance/Frisk
Hey, he should smile. Can we give him a smiley face? How do we make faces? With a special snow pen?
Monster Kid
Monster Kid
Huh? No way, just bits of tree and stuff. You just use whatever to put on the face.
Chance/Frisk
Chance/Frisk
Barest of survival essentials to get it complete, got it!
Frisk almost fell flat on his face as he took off too quick in the snow. Monster Kid did land on his face.
Chance/Frisk
Chance/Frisk
Oops! I forgot about the prisoner part. Are you alright, MK?
Sans
Sans
Can't get too far there, Chance.
Sans warned him, keeping a lazy watch on him. Frisk hadn't been sure he'd even been awake.
Chance/Frisk
Chance/Frisk
Sorry.
Frisk returned back to the snowman and patted it down, but he noticed the odd thing Sans said. Why did he say Chance at the end of the statement? He must have missed something. A save of some sort of his mom's he betted. Did Sans have a new slang name for him? Before he could think anymore about it, his thoughts were interrupted.
Monster Kid
Monster Kid
That was cool! I like that! MK. Can you start calling me MK?
Chance/Frisk
Chance/Frisk
Oh. Sure.
He just kind of called him that by accident. Since no conduit had names, and numbers were annoying, they usually just called each other with their own alphabet slang. It was simple stuff that could be confused as actual words, so the guards never bugged them about it. There was OK. A. AM. PM, and Y. Those were his friends. Well, um, not Y. Not anymore . . .
Monster Kid
Monster Kid
Frisk and MK. We are cool.
MK said as he patted the snowman with his foot.
Monster Kid
Monster Kid
Hey Frisk, are you related to Monsters?
Chance/Frisk
Chance/Frisk
No. Why?
Monster Kid
Monster Kid
Uh, 'cause your hand?
'Hand?' Frisk looked at his hand and quickly jammed it into the snow. 'That was . . . what was that?' He drug his hand back up. Was that a trick of his brain? 'But, MK saw it. He saw it first, so it couldn't be a trick.' What was that? That didn't make any sense, and he didn't want to worry his mom. So, for now, he'd just forget it. Life was just a day at a time anyhow.
Although, it was kind of weird to see his mom suddenly show up next to Sans. Sans grabbed her ball with her only slightly confused as he led her away.
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Sans brushed his skull and then put his comb away, turning to Frisky.
Sans
Sans
I've got you set up to go back to your home. No more shackles. If you answer some questions.
Oh yeah, Frisky knew she was beaming. No more shackles, and with that Emergency assist she pulled last night, it was more than enough to make up for her failure for the mission. No punishment.
Frisky
Frisky
Ask away.
Sans
Sans
You've got bunch of other souls in FRISK. How come no one else picked up the slack?
Frisky
Frisky
Some did, but PERSEVERANCE and DETERMINATION are the group leaders. When it came to intense battles, a group leader was authorized to be there.
She shoved her hands behind her back.
Frisky
Frisky
I . . . did what I could to keep control, but he had more training. All I had was . . .
Sans
Sans
Okay, been wondering about that.
He leaned on his bony hand.
Sans
Sans
How do humans turn into re-resets?
'Oh. Oh no, not that one.' Frisky rubbed her hand.
Frisky
Frisky
Hey, I have a joke for you.
Sans
Sans
Cool. You can tell me after you tell me about re-resets.
Dangit. Sans hadn't thrown her one pun since they left the house. He really wanted to know it, and he wouldn't let up. 'Well, lead in with it, I guess. I promised I'd tell him anything he wanted. I have to. He'd know if I were holding something back anyhow, he'd eventually figure it out. Besides, I am authorized to tell him whatever he asks for.' She scratched the top of her head.
Frisky
Frisky
I tell jokes. I don't mind jokes. Even the worse ones I still like, but . . . I-I tell them the most when things get tense and Frisk is around. Potential re-resets are used as the conduits. It's the lack of an increased essence in any direction that makes them . . . uh, candidates for conduits.
She quickly slapped on a smile.
Sans
Sans
And that's what's waiting out there for the kid when he leaves the Underground? Are you serious?
Frisky
Frisky
No. I had failed the mission, but it was not logged. And although the mission cannot be completed, the emergency assistance with FRISK helped.
Frisky
Frisky
When we go back, we'll go back to a free world. To family. To a real life.
Sans
Sans
You're not just saying that?
Frisky
Frisky
I can't exactly lie to you. Do that judging thing if you have to.
Sans
Sans
Okay then. I believe you, and I guess, that about does it for me.
He looked straight at her.
Sans
Sans
Just one more thing, and I will let you go home.
Frisky
Frisky
What?
Sans yawned.
Sans
Sans
When you're leader, you can't always have control, but you can't escape either. Can you?
Frisky
Frisky
No.
Sans
Sans
Yeah. I thought so. That's why I keep seeing you behind the knife, screaming.
Frisky
Frisky
S'pose.
Sans
Sans
Murdered everyone right in front of yourself, hearing pleas of mercy.
This was not something she wanted to talk about. He already said he got the answer, why was he doing that?
Frisky
Frisky
S'pose.
Sans
Sans
But all the other souls, the ones not in charge?
He yawned like it was no big deal.
Sans
Sans
They could just go to sleep like your kid if they wanted? Right?
Frisky
Frisky
S'pose.
Sans
Sans
And during Judgment Hall, they all eventually left you behind the knife, screaming.
Frisky
Frisky
S'pose.
Sans
Sans
And you shoved your hand on the mercy button, over and over.
Frisky
Frisky
S . . .
'Okay, stop it, Sans.'
Sans
Sans
But nobody came, and when your soul got tired, you lost all control again.
Why? Why was he doing that? She stopped being scared of him. She was getting over being inside FRISK. What was he driving at?
Sans
Sans
Not that it was any use. By the time I cast that judgment, everything was all doomed. Pointless.
'No, no.' Stop that, keep calm.
Sans
Sans
Real pointless. Should have just destroyed that button 'cause you wouldn't leave it alone.
Sans
Sans
If I did, the other side of FRISK would have made the point clearer to you anyhow.
Frisky
Frisky
Just stop it! You think I don't know any of that?!
Jailer. Prisoner. Skeleton who could stab her a thousand different ways in seconds but she couldn't take it anymore.
Frisky
Frisky
I tried as hard as I could to spare anything I could, anything! I didn't even care if I could just take control long enough to save a froggit, after hearing all those cries of 'mercy' and 'stop' and even if I knew the monsters would be back safely, I just-I just!
She grabbed at her head.
Frisky
Frisky
I tried . . . the surface . . . if I made it, he'd just hit reset and come back harder . . . and the soul just can't keep going forever and ever and . . . then the deal with . . .
Frisky
Frisky
Then, she saw something drop on the ground next to her. She bent down to look at it.
Then, she saw something drop on the ground next to her. She bent down to look at it.
It was a mercy button. Not a real one, there was no encounter. Just, a piece of wood that said mercy on it. 'Mercy. From Sans.' She held it close to her heart as she felt him bend down next to her. 'The impossible . . . I never thought I could get it again . . . from . . .' he was right in front of her, his calm eye sockets on her. Just staring. And she realized . . . she was staring back.
Frisky
Frisky
Thank you!
She quickly looked away, feeling her heart pound.
That wasn't right. That wasn't right. She couldn't hear anything but her heart beating and her cheeks were so warm, she'd swear she was moving through the Hotlands! 'Okay, great, I got mercy, but w-what was that?' Ignore. Ignore. Ignore. Ignore.
That relief again. The same kind he felt from last night, but he felt something else inside of it. Something he felt from last night. The feeling was addicting, he didn't want to stop staring at her.
What was it. What was it. It wasn't EXP, but it was strong. It wasn't LOVE, but it was strong like it. But it wasn't evil. It was like the power of LOVE without being evil. Powerful, energetic.
She stopped looking at him but the feelings that richocheted off of her though, they were still just vibrating in his bones. Sans wanted to look at her longer, but she broke away with a really loud and strong thank you, and then refused to look at him anymore. She glanced a little over, but refused to turn enough.
Frisky
Frisky
Joke?
Weird. Weird. Weird. Good weird. Good vibes. His bones were still vibrating from the sensation of the relief. 'Make many signs. Lots of signs. Write it everywhere. Joke, why'd she say joke?' Then he remembered, she said she had a joke. How did he forget she had a joke? That would be the one thing he wouldn't forget.
Sans
Sans
Joke, yeah. What's the joke?
Frisky
Frisky
Why's there Snow in Snowdin?
Sans
Sans
Thought it'd be a knock-knock joke. Used to have someone to practice those with.
Frisky
Frisky
It's a reboot away.
Sans
Sans
A reboot is just going to start the whole circle again.
Frisky
Frisky
Yeah, but there's not much of a way to escape.
Sans
Sans
Okay, I give up. Why's there snow in Snowdin?
Frisky
Frisky
You got my device still?
Sans
Sans
Yep.
Yep.
Frisky
Frisky
Track 3. Song of Paradox. There's a little trigger on the side to make the screen bigger. Stare at the screen while you listen to it. Put that little white thing attached to it up to your . . . umm, well to your skull I guess. Make sure you hear it.
Sans did that, pressed play, and then stopped it after a few seconds.
Sans
Sans
That's torture. Aren't we done with torturing each other yet? I show mercy and you dunk on me.
Frisky
Frisky
Sorry, yeah, forgot. That's why MP's work so well as camouflage. Loaded up with the songs of our ancestors.
Frisky held out her hand and took it.
Frisky
Frisky
I'm ashamed to say I don't have real experience with how song secrets actually work, but I think as long as we don't cover up the white part, it should still work.
She pressed play.
Frisky
Frisky
Now just stare at the small screen.
Sans watched the screen for about two minutes while the song played. Once the song was over, he looked toward her.
Sans
Sans
Okay? Don't get the joke.
Frisky
Frisky
You will.
She looked up and pointed.
Frisky
Frisky
Why's there snow in Snowdin?
Sans looked up, and he almost dropped backwards from shock.
Sans
Sans
 . . . because . . . it's really snowing?
. . . because . . . it's really snowing?
Sky. There was SKY above them. Coming from the sky, were tiny pieces of snow, gently falling to the ground all around him.
Frisky
Frisky
Yep. A mountain with some random unstable entrance was always just a cover up. An illusion that worked on Monster's eyes because they were different. I was supposed to destroy the illusion for everyone. No one will come down for another mission in at least two hundred years after all these foul-ups.
Sans
Sans
Don't care.
He stood up and held out his hand.
Sans
Sans
Can barely feel the snow, so small. Look at it.
He turned around.
Sans
Sans
There's snowflaking out on this joke.
He pointed upward in the sky.
Sans
Sans
That thing hiding behind those clouds, that's the sun, right?
That thing hiding behind those clouds, that's the sun, right?
Frisky
Frisky
Yep. It's not as bright as you might remember when you did make it to the surface because it's really cloudy. It won't come out much over here since it's always snowing.
Sans
Sans
Doesn't need to.
Wow. Incredible. He turned all the way around again, staring upward. He grabbed at his neck again, remembering the pain he already got from the couch two nights in a row.
Sans
Sans
That joke was a real bright idea.
Even as he looked around, he could see the actual brightness of the sky and the snow fall and hit the ground.
Sans
Sans
Let me guess. Illusion cancels out once something touches the Underground itself.
Frisky
Frisky
Yes.
Sans
Sans
And that's why the ground always seemed a little brighter.
Frisky
Frisky
Yes.
Not even trapped. No Monster was even trapped. It was an amazing feeling, but at the same time, he felt like ripping into something. Everyone felt trapped in a mountain, believed they were trapped inside of a mountain! And it was just an illusion.
They were free. Absolutely free. The sun, the clouds, the moon, and the stars. Everything was free.
Frisky
Frisky
If you want to hear the sound of the wind, you'll have to listen to the song itself I think, but maybe you can?
Sans
Sans
No, I don't hear any wind. What'll it sound like?
Frisky
Frisky
Like rushing water through the air, sort of.
Human songs were awful to monsters, but he wanted the whole experience. He took the MP player and listened to the dreadful sounds coming from it. After it was over though, a new sound started to come from a distance, until it was there.
Sans
Sans
Wind.
Rushing water through the air, but not. It had a sort of whistling effect to it too. He stared back up again, rubbing his neck more so he could endure. He could look up all day at it.
Sans
Sans
Everyone needs to see this.
Frisky
Frisky
I don't have the supreme code it takes to do that. I'm just a PACIFIST soldier. I was supposed to give the word, and a huge beam was supposed to wipe out the whole illusion. If I had known how fast PERSEVERANCE could hit the reset button the first time, I wouldn't have taken so long to make communication back. I was up there. I just wanted to say goodbye first.
Yeah. She might not be able to do it, but Sans knew he could. If he couldn't figure out a simple illusion trick on it, then Alphys could help. He'd probably need her lab anyhow. No way was he keeping this secret. During his research, he'd already picked up on the strange waves from the output, but it wasn't until now he knew what it meant.
Sans
Sans
Are there secrets in every song?
Frisky
Frisky
No, just the defaults.The rest are just songs humans used to like in our history before it was banned. It's the only legal way to listen to the creativeness of our ancestors now. Balancers hate it as much as Monsters do. But, with the new upgrade though, the other songs were wiped out. There's nothing on there but some hide status songs, fake hit point registers, and battle songs.
Sans
Sans
Battle songs? The sounds already beat the drum too loud.
Frisky
Frisky
No, it's how humans fight. Since we don't have magic, we can use songs as an attack too. The beat dictates digital power waves that can come at us when we fight each other.
Frisky stood up with her mercy sign.
Frisky
Frisky
Human music increases our DETERMINATION, while it probably just fries a poor Monster's ear. Oh, but before I go, you should listen to the Sound of Healing.
Sans
Sans
Eeehhh . . . is it worth it?
Frisky
Frisky
It really is. I'd feel better if you played it before I left you.
Why not? It must be something good if she wanted him to hear it. After it was done, he looked back at her.
Sans
Sans
What did that do?
Frisky
Frisky
No more status effects due to timeline interruption. In other words, you now have everything that you have earned over all the hundreds of resets we've gone through. Even though you don't remember, something small inside the subconscious clings to it. You should have more than one EXP now.
Sans
Sans
FRISK is the only thing I had to take on down here.
Frisky
Frisky
I know, but, now you're safer. It's also got an illusion cast on it when you go into battle. No Monster can see how really powerful you are. Once you hit your previous EXP limit though, it will reveal the truth, unless you use another song on there.
Sans
Sans
I think I am done with songs. For now. I can check more later though. Might need it for any invaders.
Frisky
Frisky
Just reset.
Sans
Sans
Nope, never.
Frisky
Frisky
Eventually, you have to. There are invaders waiting. They each have their own source of power to reset, and there are conduits that are pretty much unstoppable too. You saw FRISK. It's just like that. Only another conduit can stop another one. Otherwise, they are invincible.
Sans
Sans
Nope. Everything is so bad down here, even a motion setback above a level three will glitch if used more than twice.
Sans held up her MP player.
Sans
Sans
I'm the only one who can reboot, and I never will.
Sans
Sans
Even if there was a shred of possibility . . . it'll never surface again.
Even if there was a shred of possibility . . . it'll never surface again.
Frisky
Frisky
You knew the results of a motion shift by levels?
Frisky pressed her hands to her hips.
Frisky
Frisky
Sans, what do you know about my device?
Sans
Sans
That it belongs to the Underground now.
He shrugged his shoulders as he shoved it into his coat pocket.
Sans
Sans
Thems the breaks.
Frisky
Frisky
Wait. You can't just-
Sans
Sans
Nope.
Frisky
Frisky
You don't know what-
Sans
Sans
Yeah, I do. And I did.
He turned around, making sure he could still see Chance playing.
Sans
Sans
Want a hot dog? My treat before I send you out of the Underground.
Frisky
Frisky
If you don't reboot, everything is stuck in place.
Sans
Sans
Yuh huh. Hot dog?
She stood up and finally looked toward him. He looked at her back, trying to find that look from before. It was gone though. She didn't have anything that said she feared him, but that other feeling that was there, it was buried deep.
Frisky took a deep breath. A real deep breath.
Frisky
Frisky
Fine, a hotdog. Sans? Due to what's around the Underground, there have been other things that happened. Sad things. But, if you see someone. If you ever run into a strange spirit named Chara. She was the imbalance. Just, um . . . tell her thank you for me? She would understand it.
Sans
Sans
Long gone. I saw a presence fade away right before I ran into Chance. She's resting in peace now.
Frisky
Frisky
Chance? You can't call him Chance, his name is Frisk for the mission.
Sans
Sans
I promised him if he saved the day and survived, I'd call him Chance. Not gonna break it just 'cause he can't remember it.
Frisky just inwardly sighed. There wasn't much she would be able to do to make Sans obey anything. She had to ignore it and remain focused.
Frisky
Frisky
Teleportation interruption took out most of FRISK. If what you saw seemed 'ghostly', it could have been others departing, not quite retrieving their body. Or, it could have been others, and the interruption shoved them farther away before they became corporeal.
Sans
Sans
It was short for an adult human.
Frisky
Frisky
It wasn't exactly an easy process. It couldn't have been Chara. She's tied down here. Somewhere.
Sans
Sans
Doesn't matter who's right or wrong. Just head on out of the Underground, and know this place is never going to reset. Ever. Ever, ever, ever, ever, ever.
He skipped. He actually skipped.
Frisky
Frisky
Dang it, Sans.
Sans
Sans
Don't worry, I'm not pulling your leg.
He raised her ball above his head.
Sans
Sans
Actually, I guess I am.
He dropped the ball next to his booth.
Sans
Sans
You want catsup on your dog?
But before she answered, Alphys walked up to them in the snow.
Melanie
Melanie
I hope you enjoyed the chapter. Why is there Snow in Snowdin? I had originally envisioned as the title of the work, and now you know why.:) Boy, Sans is feeling really good right now. The Frisks are going home. Such nice closure.
Melanie
Melanie
Yeah, right. I think Flowey's got a few things to say. 😏
Melanie
Melanie
Thanks very much for reading the story! Special thanks to <a href="https://www.freepik.com/vectors/people">People vector created by pikisuperstar - www.freepik.com</a>. for Frisky's picture. Thank you, pikisuperstar.






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