Time Turned Fragile, Chapter One==>Dave: See through everything he says
Your name is DAVE STRIDER and this is how it begins.
High school party, senior year. You don't know why you're here and you don't know why you haven't left yet. John Egbert, huge dork. Majorly drunk with his hands all over you.
Your first thought is, okay, where's the alcohol. The second is, what's a dorky guy like this doing at a party.
The third is, shit, he's cute.
You've seen him around at school, of course, but never really talked. On different social ladder levels, y'know? You're a cool enough dude to be on the first rung of the pink-colored popular segment, and he's one of the guys at the bottom holding the ladder for everybody else. That one level higher than ant on the underside of a shoe, but below teachers. Right now you don't really care because he's sort of forcing the interaction on you. Now, you haven't had a bit to drink (you didn't know where it was, remember?) so you're not abou
Disappear Delirium, Chapter Two==> Decompose when it suits you.
TG: yo karkat
CG: STRIDER? OKAY WHERE THE HELL HAVE YOU BEEN.
CG: IT'S BEEN LIKE A WEEK SINCE YOU'VE BEEN ONLINE.
TG: my internet went out
You're lying. Of course you're lying. Why would you tell him the truth until you have to. You'll tell him when you start to feel like you'll pass out.
TG: so whats up over in karkatland
CG: BASICALLY NOTHING, AND WHAT'S UP IN THAT SHITHOLE STRIDERTOPIA?
TG: all sunshine and rainbows and who am i kidding im bored as fuck
All sunshine and rainbows and who are you kidding. More like rainy days and Loki's black rainbows for you. And who are you kidding, you're depressed as fuck.
TG: make me unbored, karkat vantas
TG: youre my only hope
CG: WHY DID YOU JUST BADLY REFERENCE "TITLE SCREEN CRAWLS IN YELLOW TEXT STATING THAT SHIT HAPPENED A LONG TIME AGO IN A FAR AWAY GALAXY, THEN THERE'S A LOT OF STUFF ON A SPACESHIP AND A PRINCESS GIVES A HOLOGRAPHIC IMAGE TO A PAIR OF ROBOTS THEN SAID ROBOT
Point of Extinction: Chapter Seven==> Always get burned
Your name is DAVE STRIDER and guess what? You're dead.
Her name is FRANCESCA PEIXES and she is the second chance you're taking.
You sought her out as soon as Solomon hit twenty. She had a much better reaction to your existence than he did. "OH MY GLUB A R-E-EL ACTUAL GHOST! THIS IS SOOOO -EXCITING!" Was exactly what she said when you first showed yourself to her. She's a funny girl. Easily excitable, loves fish. Adorable, and some might call her pretty. You've disproved your theory of automatically crushing on anyone who can see you, because while she's nice, it's not stupid creepy reverse necrophilia at first sight.
You have to admit, she's a lot more fun to be around than Sol had been. In fact, you wonder if whatever power is in charge mixed up you with one of the friendship criteria, because this fishy girl is the greatest friend that anyone could ask for. Most of the time. She has a hidden mean streak, b
Point of Extinction: Chapter Six==> Are you listening?
Your name is Dave Strider and your first attempt at the 13 you'll get with the three you've already wasted, was a major failure. More like 12 tries anyway, you think. Since you'll only have two years with the last of them. You spent a year after your crude rejection wandering about wherever the wind took you. No literally, you just became semi-tangible and floated anywhere. But now, you're back in the town, in the school, in the stairwell. Thinking maybe he'll see you and feel guilty. He does a few times. He makes no eye contact. Barely looks at you. You can't tell if he feels bad about the way he treated you, but chances are, he doesn't.
"Hell0, y0u." A girl speaks to you one day. You don't understand-it hasn't been Sol's seven years yet. Maybe his acquiring of disdain for you swapped it over to another at a similar age to him? You don't reply, just looking at her and trying to fig
Point of Extinction: Chapter Five==> Hope that he's still there when you return.
His name is SOLOMON CAPTOR. He is FIFTEEN YEARS OLD and he can SEE YOU.
He wears these ridiculously thick glasses, never matches his socks, matches his shoes with a similar consistency, and has two different colored eyes. Before you've even talked to him, you can tell he's a bit of an oddball. Note- A cute oddball. Sure, his hair is a bit odd, definitely not as fluffy as you'd like, but not every potential love interest can be a Karl. Potential love intererest... that brings up an interesting point. Do you automatically crush on everyone who can see you? Do you ONLY see them as potential love interests, or are there any that say, you could only feel for platonically and just be out of luck for that raffle?
It only gets better when you actually go ahead and meet him.
"HOLY THIT WHAT THE!" He sort of freaks out when you show up. Understandably so. Even if his phrasing is a bit too mod
Point of Extinction, Chapter Four==>See the ghost of your life pass you by.
Your name was Dave Strider, when you were alive. That name is still yours. There would be no need for names in heaven, or hell, or whatever afterlife, but you are in neither of those. Something tells you they both exist in some form or another, but those are not for you. Neither are you in purgatory, unless that is what this place is meant to be. A generic level one tutorial, where you're born and where you stay unless you advance or fail by the time you lose your single life. You are still on Earth, but you are freed from your hell on Earth, kicked out of your little piece of heaven. You got a one-up to retry that level one, only this time, you're in god mode. Unable to be harmed. Unfortunately too, unable to interact with most objects.
All of this means that you are a ghost, a restless spirit. Something tells you you're restless. You're filled with all sorts of weird knowled
Disappear Delirium, Chapter One==> Disappear any time you want to
Your name is DAVE STRIDER, and what the hell is wrong with you.
It was five minutes ago that he finished beating you up, four minutes ago you ran and locked yourself in your room. Three minutes ago you had an uncharacteristic breakdown. Two minutes ago you spent a whole minute trying to find something that was right where you left it all along. One minute ago that you did something you really shouldn't have.
But maybe it's a little further back to move.
It was three months ago that your brother died in some accident, you haven't a clue what exactly happened to him but you know that it wasn't what they told you. They said he was likely mugged, your brother doesn't get mugged. Didn't. But he was involved in some slightly less than legal things, so that's a loose estimate on what's happened. You were hit reasonably hard by it, you must admit. But that wasn't the worst part. The worst part was the f
Point of Extinction: Chapter Three==> There is nowhere you can hide from the lessons of the lies.
Today is one month since the day you found the bright spot in your life. Karl Vantas is that bright spot. The secret stolen kisses and the meaningful glances towards eachother across the classroom.
In truth, it feels more like you're cheating on him with Lana, in regards. You feel guilty with her, since Karl has been more than decent enough to stay, to the public, single through this duration. And you have her. He knows you're stuck with her, but still... you despise it. Every kiss she gives you, every moment in that goddamn devil incarnate's presence, is yet another slap in the face to add metaphor to the literal ones.
She's got progressively worse over this past month, too. Last week she broke your wrist. When Karl saw that he had a small freakout, and once being told you didn't have to visit her that day, made you stay the night at his house. Uncool a