During NaNoWri, I told myself that I was going to work exclusively on Broken Ideals to get as far ahead as I possibly could. And that went well for a while... until overwhelming inspiration struck and then suddenly this was the result of an intense, single-sitting writing session. The story that got posted is a bit different than what I ended up writing in NaNo, notably with how the story is twice as long as it was back in November and the direction changed, but NaNo was the catalyst.
Admittedly I never really thought I'd write something for Undertale. I always felt that one day I'd go write something for outside of the Pokemon fandom, but I never would have imagined it would be Undertale of all things. Now, make no mistake; I do like Undertale. I like it a lot actually and consider it to be one of the more enjoyable experiences I've had in gaming in a long while. But, I never thought it struck me much for writing material because I was satisfied with all of the answers I obtained through multiple runs of the game. I saved everybody and I killed everybody. I made everyone happy with my heart filled with love and compassion. I shattered everybody's hopes and dreams right before their eyes with my heart dyed the deepest black. I learned every secret there was to offer, whether it was through creating headcanons, reading what people found after data mining, or dying far too many times by the most notorious boss in the game. I thought I was done with Undertale, save for looking at amusing artworks and comics regarding it. And yet, in the middle of NaNo when I was at work, I suddenly felt as though I needed to write an Undertale story. And amusingly enough, I wanted to write from the perspective of the very character that killed me over and over again for a whole week straight to the epicness of Megalovania, driving me borderline insane. And I did just that.
I think, when I ponder in it, I wrote this story for a couple of reasons. For one, I wanted to prove that I still could write stories like this because I haven't published a story in this format for a long while. Not since Chapters 34-36 of Broken Ideals and that was late 2013/early 2014. But those weren't really stories so much as they were chapters and it's not quite the same. Another reason was because I wanted to see if I could write characters that were not of my own creation, but rather, of somebody else's. Now admittedly I've written other author's fanfic characters for them, but it wasn't the same as writing out a video game character because I could literally go to the author and ask them if they felt I was doing everything right. I can't do that with Undertale. Toby, the creator, isn't going to answer my emails/phone calls, therefore I'm on my own with hundreds of other people in the fandom that all have their interpretations of the character. I had a bit of help from some people within the fandom, but really, I was on my own for the most part. I had interpret the character myself.
Now, I won't spoil anything about the story, but the ending was left like that on purpose. It was left open because I wanted readers to be able to decide how they wanted the story to end at that point. But also, it was left open to give anybody a chance to write a sequel. I gave a lot of room to work with, so if any of you do feel like you want to write a sequel for it, then by all means do so.
Or maybe I'll write a sequel. Maybe after Broken Ideals is over hopefully sometime next year, I'll write the sequel for RESET myself. I guess we'll see. But until then, hope you enjoy.
Just don't read the story if you haven't played the game. You'll be lost, and I pretty much spoil everything about the game in the story. So play the game first if you want to read this! I promise the game is very much worth it.
Now I need to go work on BI again. And actually play Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon. I haven't touched the thing since I started RESET and I really need to change that. And maybe I'll even give you guys my impressions of it whenever I finish it.
Guess we'll see.