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Yes, that was a pun based around A’s name.
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Earth 442, 1658 hours, 31 May 2018, Villains' apartment, Apartment 606
Dr Hare: Do you have it?
Binary Bard: No, we’re about to head out to grab it, but… are you sure you want to do this? She won’t talk to most of us, we won’t be able to help you.
Dr Hare: I’m thinking about calling some people. They should be interesting enough that she’ll let them stay.
Binary Bard: Yeah, but…
Dr Hare: I’ll be fine.
Binary Bard: … You really do love her, don’t you?
Dr Hare: Who?
Binary Bard: E. You’re putting up with so much of this, all for her.
Dr Hare: *flushes* Yeah, I… She’d do the same for me, heck, she even has, to some degree.
Binary Bard: *smiles* Yeah, I guess. You need to tell her how you feel, you know.
Dr Hare: Well, now’s not really the otime…
Binary Bard: I know, but… soon. Just for your sake.
Dr Hare: … I’ll try.
Binary Bard: Good. Sometimes, I swear I’m only in AtV to give romantic advice…
Dr Hare: No, don’t worry. You’re a lot of people’s favorites.
Binary Bard: I know, I’m kidding. Probably. *Pauses* Are you sure you don’t want our help?
Dr Hare: … No. But honestly… I don’t think we can do this any other way.
Binary Bard: Alright. We’ll be back with it in a few hours. Good luck. *Walks off*
Dr Hare: Thanks.
I went into the living room and sat on the couch. It wouldn’t take long before they would get back. A skipped into the room, humming Disturbia.
A: Oh, hello Harvey darling!
Dr Hare: Please stop calling me that…
A: But it’s such a cute name! *Pinches his cheek* You’re too cute. *Snaps fingers* That reminds me! So… You and your little robot friend were talking very privately just now! So… *leans forward* What were you talking about.
Dr Hare: What… Nothing.
A: Don’t you lie to me Hare. *Leans closer* You are planning something, aren’t you.
Dr Hare: *leans back* Um… I’m not…
A: … Sure. Good luck. Just remember honey. *Eyes flash warningly* Don’t try anything. You’ll regret it. Moreover, Elyana here will regret it. A lot.
Dr Hare: …
A: … *Giggles* Honestly, you worry too much! *Slaps his cheek playfully* It’s all going to be fine! I’m staying here, you’ll make do. Maybe you’ll even get over E!
Dr Hare: I’m not-
A: I really don’t know why you care. If you really liked her, if you were even good enough, you’d say something!
Dr Hare: *winces visibly* I…
A: *notices and smirks* Mmm hmm. *Ruffles his hair patronizingly* Don’t you forget who’s in charge, Harvey darling! *Skips off, humming again*
I needed to do something. I honestly did. She was pushing so much… But… Was she right? Was even I in control? And… Was I really good enough for El? I wasn’t. I couldn’t even keep her safe. I really was a failure. But… I had to do something. I had to save her, good enough or no. I had to ask for the backup, as much as I hated bringing more people into it. E had given me a list of numbers from allies and friends. I sent a simple text to someone I had only recently met, but knew well enough.
"I'm pretty sure you read about A, right? Can you send over some help maybe? I could honestly use it."
I got a response almost immediately.
"I did. We'll be there shortly"
I sent a quick reply.
I sat on my little bed. I was so worried I couldn’t even think straight. I hoped they hurried.
*A portal opens up in front of Dr Hare, and Fizzson, Arleen, and Despair all come out*
Dr Hare: *waves gently*
Fizzson: You okay? You look beat.
Dr Hare: I’m fine. How are you guys?
Arleen: Worried for E. A hasn’t done anything to her yet, right?
Dr Hare: I… I don’t think so. She ripped one of her favorite shirts, broke an heirloom, the like, but… She’s doesn’t seem that worried about physical harm to anyone yet.
Arleen: Okay, good.
Fizzson: So… What’s the plan for this?
Dr Hare: Well… Mordred and Charlotte should be back with the Soul Stone any minute. I just… I needed to get away for a minute, otherwise I’d be in there.
Fizzson: Makes sense. Must be hard keeping an eye on A like this.
Dr Hare: I… Y-yeah… I’m… I’m struggling…
Arleen: I know how ya feel. A seems a lot like Smiley, only less sarcastic and more up-front.
Dr Hare: Y-yeah… *His hands are shaking* Anyways, I’m sorry I dragged you guys here, we just might need… Need backup.
Arleen: It’s fine. We all want E back, so we’re happy to be here if you need us. Right you guys?
Despair: We’re here for you, don’t worry.
Dr Hare: *smiles weakly* Thanks guys. I appreciate it.
Arleen, Despair & Fizzson: No problem.
Dr Hare: Ok… So… Here’s the plan…
Dr Hare: *walks into the living room* A?
A: *playing with a knife, looks up* Oh! Hi Harvey darling! *Sees the others* Who are they?
Arleen: Friends of Harvey. We’re… Visiting.
A: Friends, huh? Why are you visiting now of all times? *Puts on an overly dramatic pouty expression* Isn’t everyone too scared? That’s why everyone’s been avoiding me.
Arleen: Well, you are kinda scary… But we thought about it a bit, and we decided to give you a chance.
A: Oh did you know? See Harvey, I’m trustworthy.
Dr Hare: *winces* Please don’t… *Sighs* Never mind. We got you this. *Holds up a perfectly round stone*
A: Ooh! What is it?
Dr Hare: It’s a Soul Stone. It’s from a different universe, but we think it’ll work. Basically, if a spirit touches it, it becomes whole.
A: *eyes widen* No way… You’re kidding.
Dr Hare: *shakes his head* Can we make a new deal? You leave E alone, you get a new body.
A: No… Seriously?! *Looks at the others* Is he for real?!
Arleen: Yup! This way, E can have her own body back, and you can have any sort of body you could ever want. Everybody wins!
A: Hmm… It’s tempting… But how do I know you’re not all bluffing? What about you small cat girl? *Points at Despair* Can you confirm?
Despair: Well… I think I speak for everyone when I say we want our friend back… But not if it means being unfair to you, A. You deserve to be happy just as much as any of us.
A: … You’re right, I do. I do deserve that.
Dr Hare: *winces* Anyways… So are you in?
A: I don’t know… Hmm… Here, catch. *Carelessly throws the knife to Fizz*
Fizzson: *Catches the knife by the hilt* What should I do with this?
A: *waves carelessly* Not break it, I’m gonna need it. So, Harvey darling, you’re telling me the truth and nothing but the truth?
Dr Hare: Yes.
A: Hmm… *Puts her thumb on his forehead, Dr Hare’s eyes glow gold for a split second, then she pulls back, thinking* Interesting…
Arleen: What? What did ya see?
A: *smirks* Quite a few things. You really do want E back then, Harvey darling?
Dr Hare: *blushes and looks away* Please stop calling me that…
A: Very well, I accept!
She spread her arms theatrically and a dark whisp, A, floated out of E. E collapsed onto the coffee table, which shattered. A floated the stone and it opened, sucking her in with a howl. The stone landed on the ground, vibrating angerly. It was a fake, a simple vacuum. A was trapped. But I had other concerns.
Dr Hare: Oh my gosh, El! *Runs over and lifts her up* Oh gosh oh gosh oh gosh…
Arleen: Oof… That looked painful.
Despair: Oh dear, is she alright?
Dr Hare: She’s breathing… Just really scraped up… Oh gosh… *Hugs her close* She’s alright… She’s alive…
Arleen and Despair: Thank goodness.
Fizzson: *Picks up stone* This is going in a safe in a facility in a universe far far away.
Dr Hare: *still hugging E close* We’ve… We’ve got someone who can take care of it… There’s only so much you can do with an Eidolon… Especially one’s that’s gone rogue like that…
Fizzson: So long as this doesn’t happen again, that’s fine with me.
Dr Hare: No… Never again… Despair, can you do me a quick favor?
Despair: O-oh, yes. What is it?
Dr Hare: Down the hall, last door on the left, that’s sort of E’s room. There’s a jewelry box on the dresser, in the bottom drawer there’s a necklace in a dark red box. Can you grab it?
Despair: Okay… *Floats off, then quickly comes back with the box, then hands it to Hare*
Dr Hare: Thank you…
E: *blinks awake* What… What just…
Arleen: We all worked together to seal A away for good. You can control yourself again, now!
E: … Oh my gosh… A… Oh gosh… *Eyes well up with tears*
Dr Hare: Hey, it’s Ok now.
E: I… *Starts crying* Oh gosh… I… What have I done?
Fizzson: What do you mean? You didn’t do anything too serious while A was controlling you.
E: You… She was terrible! Terrible to everyone! Oh… Everyone’s going to hate me now, I just…
Dr Hare: *hugs her* Hey, hey, shh, it’s Ok, it’s not your fault.
E: I just… I should have been stronger! Now everything a mess and I just…
Despair: E, no one blames you for what you did. We all know that was A making you do those things, so please don’t beat yourself up about it.
E: *shaking* Oh gosh… I’m… Oh gosh, oh gosh…
Dr Hare: El, I think you need some rest.
E: Harvey… She was so horrible to you… I’m so sorry, I just… Oh Harvey… *Cries harder*
Dr Hare: El, that wasn’t you, please don’t beat yourself up.
E: *hugs him tightly* I know, I just… *Breaks down into illegible sobs*
Despair: *Floats over and hugs E, patting her lightly on the back* Shhh, it’s okay… This is all over now… You’re safe, and no one’s hurt… That’s all that matters… Everything’s going to be okay…
E: *nods, crying quietly*
Dr Hare: It’s Ok… You need some rest. Do you want me to take you to your room?
E: *nods again*
Dr Hare: Ok… I’ll be right back guys. *Picks up E, bridal style, and walks off*
Arleen: Y’know, Despair. You’ve really changed for the better since we started AAaF.
Despair: What do you mean…?
Arleen: Well, I think the Despair from back then would rather keep quiet and hide from A instead of taking a stand to help vanquish her.
Despair: O-oh… I didn’t even think about it, really. I just… Did it.
Fizzson: Well, it was very impressive, Despair. Great job.
Despair: *Blushes* Thanks…
Dr Hare: *walks back in and sits on the couch again* Back.
Arleen: So… That’s it, then? This is actually over?
Dr Hare: I… I guess… It looks like that’s over, at least…
Arleen: Yeah. I’m sure there are some other things you’d want to get over with… But this was the important thing.
Dr Hare: I just… Oh gosh… *Puts his head in his hands* I just…
Despair: Hey, it’s okay… The rough stuff is over for now. Even if something else does happen, we’ll be right there to help you through… No matter what.
Dr Hare: Yeah, I know, it’s just… Oh, this is all my fault… I should have been more careful…
Fizzson: I know how you feel… Honestly, I feel like I could’ve stopped this… If I had just been more vigilant… If I sent more people to actively protect E… But a friend helped me realize something…
Dr Hare: But… I was here the whole time and… I failed. I just… I’m a total failure.
Despair: Hare, listen to me. You can’t change what you did, but you can change how you let it affect you. After all, do you honestly think E would want you beating yourself up like this?
Dr Hare: Not really, no…
Fizzson & Despair: Exactly.
Dr Hare: I just… I want to be there for her, I want to help, but I just… Fail. I can’t even keep her safe.
Despair: It’s not your fault, Harvey! No one could’ve seen A coming, especially just because of that dart. You’ve invented tons of neat things, been there whenever E needed comfort, and worked hard to figure out these dimensional problems. You CAN’T call yourself a failure after messing up this ONE time! *Eyes flash from black with white pupils to white with black pupils and back.*
Dr Hare: … I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to… *Sighs* I…
Despair: It’s fine. Just don’t act like you’re a total failure because of this one mistake. Not only would E not want you to beat yourself up like that… It’s just not true.
Arleen: … Dang. Despair telling it like it is.
Fizzson: Yeah… It’s pretty admirable. Especially knowing how shy and nervous she normally is….
Dr Hare: It’s not just one time, that’s the problem… So many times I’ve… *Sighs* I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to make a big deal out of this. Sorry.
Despair: Hey, it’s okay… I care about you just as much as I care about E, so if you ever need to talk about your problems… I’ll be there. Promise.
Dr Hare: Yeah… Thank you Despair, I do appreciate it. I just… Never mind.
Despair: Don’t worry about it… (Smiles, bigger then usual.)
Arleen: Well, now that A’s dealt with, I guess we should get going.
Dr Hare: Yeah… Sorry to leave you guys off on a sour note.
Despair: Not at all… E’s safe, and that’s what’s important… If you want, I could give you my Earth number to reach me easier.
Arleen: Same… If ya need it.
Dr Hare: … *Half smiles* Yeah, I’d like that, actually.
(Arleen gets out a piece of paper. She and Despair jot something down and hand the paper to Hare. The paper reads: “Despair’s Earth: 245, Arleen’s Earth: 667”)
Dr Hare: *takes it back and nods* Alright. Thanks you guys.
Arleen: No problem. If you ever need me, just call. If I’m not answering from my Earth, I’m probably at AAaF.
Despair: Same… We’re here for you.
Dr Hare: *nods* Ok. I’ll do that if I need you. Thank you guys so much.
Arleen & Despair: No problem.
Fizzson: *opens portal back to AAaF* Come on, guys. Let’s head back.
Arleen: Okie dokie! See ya around, Harvey!
Despair: Yes… See you later….
Fizzson: Bye Hare. Here’s hoping nothing else crazy happens.
Dr Hare: Bye guys.
They stepped through the portal and I was alone.
Earth 442, 1958 hours, 31 May 2018, Villains' apartment, Apartment 606
It was a few hours before I was able to breathe normally. Mordred had put the stone in the back room and Charlotte had made sure everything in the house was secure. E hadn’t woken up yet. I needed to check on her, I was worried sick. But… Would she even want to see me? I hadn’t exactly done her many favors. I’d failed to keep her safe from A, from the dart… I loved her, I really did, but… Was I even good enough for her? Was A right? Just then, there was a crash from the bathroom and a muffled near-swear word. I walked over, my curiosity piqued. E apparently was awake. She was trying to wrap her forearms with bandages, but was struggling to do it one handed. She dropped it again and cursed.
Dr Hare: You Ok?
E: *jumps* Eep!
Dr Hare: Sorry, sorry!
E: No, no, you’re fine… Just… Didn’t expect that…
Dr Hare: Sorry. Are… Are you Ok?
E: F-fine… I… I didn’t want to bug you, you’ve dealt with enough.
Dr Hare: You… E, don’t be silly. Do you need help?
E: … *Looks down* Yeah, I do.
Dr Hare: Here…
I picked up the bandage and started wrapping up her arms. Her pulse was raised, I could tell that much easily. Her arms were cut pretty bad, but the bleeding had stopped and there was no glass in her arms. She wouldn’t be able to put any real pressure on them, that was for sure.
E: … Thank you.
Dr Hare: No problem.
E: … Harvey, are you Ok?
Dr Hare: Me?
E: Yeah, you. You look beat.
Dr Hare: I’m fine.
E: *raises an eyebrow* Harvey, after you’ve put up with me and my “I’m fine”s for 2 years, I’m surprised you’d think I’d be fooled. Sit down.
Dr Hare: I… alright… *sits down dejectedly*
E: … Can… can you talk about it?
Dr Hare: About A?
E: About how you feel right now.
Dr Hare: … I feel… tired, I guess.
E: *waves for him to keep going*
Dr Hare: Well… I guess I’m feeling kind of… kind of beaten, but…
E: Harvey… she was terrible to you.
Dr Hare: You shouldn’t-
E: I know, I shouldn’t dwell on what happened, it’ll just make things worse, but… it was awful. Harvey, you’re a great person, you don’t deserve to be treated like that, to have your self esteem chipped away like that.
Dr Hare: Deserve isn’t a thing…
E: Right now it is. Listen, I’ve been there, Ok? Maybe not this bad, but it’s terrible. You don’t deserve that.
Dr Hare: *looks away* Yeah, I guess…
E: … I just… Don’t beat yourself up over this, Ok?
Dr Hare: It’s… It’s kind of my fault though.
E: Harvey, no… how would it possibly be your fault?
Dr Hare: I… you don’t want to hear this…
E: No, I do.
Dr Hare: I… well… *sighs* Just… the whole thing. I should have been more careful, watched your back more. The dart, the tree, the laptop, A… you don’t need that in your life. I wanted to watch out for you, but… I failed. I failed so much, so many times… I just… *Chokes* I didn’t mean to…
E: Oh Harvey… *Takes his hand in both of hers* I… Harvey… You didn’t fail me.
Dr Hare: I… I really did. I’m a failure.
E: No. No, you’re not.
Dr Hare: But I-
E: But nothing! *Puts her hands on his shoulders* Harvey, that’s how she wants you to think! She wants you to hurt, to blame yourself, don’t let her succeed! She’s an arrogant little demon who was trying to hurt us, trying to hurt you! And she said the most horrible things… You’re a wonderful person Harvey, you’re the sweetest guy I’ve ever met! You’ve done so much and… *starts crying* I don’t want you to feel like you’re bad! You’re not! You’re amazing, I love you, and I don’t want you to… to… *sobs* Oh gosh…
Dr Hare: El… *hugs her tight*
E: I’m fine…
Dr Hare: No, you’re really not.
E: … I… I guess…
Dr Hare: … Thank you. I.. I really appreciate it.
E: D-do you believe me then?
Dr Hare: … yeah… I do…
E: *sniffs* G-good. Good. S-sorry, I d-didn’t mean to fall apart…
Dr Hare: It’s Ok. I… I understand.
E: … Thank goodness that’s over…
Dr Hare: Yeah…
E: *pulls away, embarrassed* I… Yeah . Sorry, sorry.
Dr Hare: It’s Ok…
E: I… I just…
Dr Hare: Yeah…
E: *bites her lip* I need… To… I need to tell you something.
Dr Hare: What?
E: … I’ll tell you later. Now’s not the time, but… I’m sorry. I’m so, so sorry this happened.
Dr Hare: It’s not your fault.
E: I don’t care. *Hugs him quickly and goes back to her room*
Dr Hare: … Oh.
… The end! I’m sorry this was posted so late, but, well… *Inhales* So after being sick, having 12 tornado warnings, and several anxiety attacks all today… Yeah. Fun. Anyways, I need to go, my phone is shutting off like now. So… G’night all!
Special thanks to Fizzson!