Author's notes: First, I'd like to apologize for the rather lengthy delay. Every time I started trying to write this chapter, I got hung up, or had computer problems. Seriously, I've lost like five drafts. I'm just going to skip the battle. Action scenes are one of my biggest weaknesses anyway, and every time I tried to write it I got thrown off track. One last thing to point out, all of Rainicorn's dialogue came from imtranslator dot net, which let me translate to Korean and back to English on three different translators at once. So, if it's not coming out of one thing right, maybe just use that site and do three at once, and try to figure out which one is the most likely intended translation. Or just make inferences based on context.
Jake the dog awoke on amidst a field of fallen warriors. He stood weakly, looking at the monsters and soldiers who lay motionless on the ground. Slowly, he felt himself beginning to panic. "Finn!" he whined nervously, looking about. There was no response. He began sniffing and found his way to his brother's corpse. "FINN! No! Who did this to you!?"
A familiar voice sounded behind him. "I warned you Jake. I told you you would hurt everyone."
"D-dad?!" Jake spun, looking his father in the eyes. "But...But you said I'd hurt everyone who is EVIL!"
"Don't be a dummy, boy! That was a hallucination! This is an honest to gob haunting! Get your visions straight! You killed the monsters, then you turned on the goblins! You killed Bubblegum. You killed Flame Princess. You killed Finn." He began to lift a long round body from the ground.
"You killed the rainicorn you love, Jake!"
"Jake, snap out of it! Come on!" Finn frowned, tugging at his brother's ears. "How long does this take?" He asked Bubblegum.
"Well, normally the antivenin would purge the scarepion venom immediately, but he was so big when the stings sucked him into a nightmare, it's gonna take a little while for the antivenin to circulate." Finn nodded, frowning, as goblins surrounded Jake's trembling form, pushing his flesh inward, trying to make him smaller.
"Can I help? Please? Or can I do anything at all?" They heard Flame Princess's voice from a pipe running nearby. The pipes all congregated in a single furnace nearby, melted shut by her powers as she channeled flames through the pipes, spraying fire out into groups of enemy monsters when the goblins had been pushed back out of the areas.
"You just focus on keeping calm. I know being shut in a tight place can be stressful, but we're tearing the furnace apart as fast as we safely can." Gummy told her.
"I'll see you soon..." Finn called toward the pipe. "Well...we're sure he's gonna be ok, right?" he asked, giving his brother a pat on the face.
"Oh, of course, even without the antivenin, the fear venom would only be a problem for about a week, and it only causes permanent damage in people from lumpy space." Bubblegum smiled, stroking Jake's face. "He's such a good boy, helping beat up Xergiok's mean old army..."
Almost a half hour later, the furnace was dismantled, and a physically and mentally exhausted Flame Princess climbed up the side of Jake's body, kneeling her hero. She hugged him gently, yawning a bit. He turned toward her and hugged her tightly. He'd wanted to be there for both her and Jake, but had listened to her insistence that she'd be fine, even though she'd just spent four hours waiting for goblins to hack her out of the furnace they'd built for her, and her legs and back were very stiff as a result.
"How are you doing?" he asked her, frowning.
"Sleepy... little sore..." She mumbled, then pulled gently out of the hug. She began stroking Jake's head, trying to soothe him. As the goblins finally finished compressing him to his natural size, they had climbed down, and were both hugging him. His trembling had stopped. Now, he was simply snoring.
"What should we do now?" Finn asked Bubblegum, holding the hand of a very sleepy Edana.
"Well, he needs his rest. You should probably take him home, so he can wake up safe and comfortable in his bed." She gave the dog a pat on the head, and called over a pair of banana guards, giving them a stretcher to place Jake upon. They lifted the dog onto the stretcher, and ran to Finn and Jake's home, yelling their siren sounds as they went. Finn turned to the exhausted Flame Princess. He wasn't sure how he was going to get her home, with the amount of power she'd expended, and the amount of energy he'd spent fighting.
Bubblegum smiled, staring at the two of them. "Why are you two just standing there?"
"Well, I..." Finn frowned.
"We're really tired..." Edana explained. "I think I'm almost out of stored up energy..." She squinted at her ring. "I'm not really sure how to tell...I..." She paused, letting out a massive yawn. "...What was I saying?"
"You thought your ring was empty...and...we're tired." Finn reminded her.
"Right...very sleepy..." She rested her eyes, leaning against him. Finn put his arm around her, blushing a little.
"Don't suppose we could get a lift?" He asked Bubblegum.
"Sure!" She called to her giant swan, the majestic beast landing next to them. She took her place at the head, as Finn climbed on, helping Edana up after himself. She held onto him from behind as he held his backpack on his lap. As they flew, he called Lady, to let her know of Jake's condition. He quickly passed the phone to Peebles when he realized he couldn't understand what she was saying.
"She'll be there when you guys arrive." She said, hanging up, and giving back the phone. She dropped them off and returned to her kingdom. Finn climbed up the ladder, then back down to help the stiff and sore Edana up the ladder. Jake was ensconced in Lady's cuddling form, and he had tears in his eyes.
"Jake! You're up!" Finn and Edana rushed to his side, Lady making room for them to give him a big hug. He pulled them both in tight, whimpering a bit.
"Good boy!" Edana told him, pushing away her exhaustion for the moment.
"...Finn...it was so horrible...I saw some really whacked out stuff, man...I...I killed everybody..."
"Naw, man. It was just a nightmare. You charged into the scarepions head first, and they were climbing all over your huge fighting self. None of it was real."
"I know, I know...I just...it felt so real, y'know? I'm real shook up..." All three of his assembled friends frowned, petting him soothingly. Jake sighed and looked up into Lady's eyes.
"...I...Lady, I love you so much..." He hugged her tightly. "Finn, I love you bro!" An extra arm grew out of him to hug his brother. "And Flame Princess, we haven't known each other very long and I'm trying to give you guys privacy so I don't know you as well as I probably could but glob it, I love you too!" Another arm appeared, embracing her. He buried his face in the Rainicorn's shoulder, sobbing softly as memories of his nightmare played over in his head.
Finn contemplated asking what exactly he'd seen when he was unconscious, but felt that bringing it up might only make things worse. On the other hand, whether he mentioned it or not, Jake was still suffering from it. If they knew exactly what bothered him, they might be able to help him through it better. After a few moments of deliberation, he'd made his decision.
"So what happened in the nightmares?" Lady and Edana paused, shocked that he'd been so forward. Jake turned to face him, quivering a bit.
"I...I went totally bazonkers, man...I mean, I blacked out, and then I woke up in the nightmare and found out that the nightmare me went flippin' nuts... I killed everyone...I killed all the goblins...I killed Flame Princess...I killed you...I killed Lady, and she wasn't even there! And dad was there, telling me that he warned me I'd hurt everyone...and...man...it...I didn't even KNOW that was my greatest fear anymore..." Jake finished speaking and curled up, hugging his knees to his chest.
"Jake, I cannot believe that you would ever go bazonkers enough to hurt any of us intentionally." Edana told him confidently.
"Yeah, maybe...it just...They really hit me where it hurts. And I don't ever want to hurt any of you, ever!"
"하지만 제이크, 당신은 알고 당신은 가끔 나를 다치게 하는 때 그것을 좋아하지!" Lady responded, frowning a little.
"...We're not talkin' 'bout that!" Jake shouted, eyes wide and blushing furiously.
"그래서 부끄럼, 사랑 하지 마십시오. 알다시피, 그들은 결국 나를 이해할 수 없다." She told him, nuzzling his cheek.
"Still weird talkin' about it in front of 'em!" His eyes darted between his lover and the two youths he lived with. She giggled playfully.
"걱정 마세요. 이해합니다. 난 당신이 악몽에서 당신을 혼란 했다."
"...Oh. Oh yeah! Thanks, Lady! I feel a lot better." He kissed her on the nose.
"Wait, really? What did she say?" Finn asked, confused.
"It...Um...Ancient Rainicorn Wisdom!" Jake blurted out, as Lady struggled to keep from bursting out in laughter. Once she regained her composure, she spoke.
"그가 나에 초점을 맞추 었습니다. 두려움이 약화되어 있습니다. 그는 똑똑하지만, 그는 매우 복잡하지 않습니다. 내가 그를 좋아하는 많은 이유 중 하나입니다."
"...Can you just tell us what she says? I mean, maybe I missed something because I'm new here, and I didn't want to sound dumb, but...why aren't you just translating for us?" Flame Princess asked Jake, with a raised eyebrow.
"Oh, well, she said that she made me focus on something else, so I'm not as scared anymore. And that, even though I'm smart, I'm not very complicated. And that's part of why she loves me." He smiled and hugged her tightly. "And I love you too, Lady."
"...What else did she say?" Finn asked, curiosity piqued. He got his response before he even finished his sentence, however.
"YOU'RE TOO YOUNG FOR THAT." Lady burst out laughing at her boyfriend, as Edana and Finn exchanged an uncomfortable glance.
"We...should probably be getting to bed..." Edana told Finn, who nodded quickly in agreement.
"That sounds like a good idea." He helped her up the ladder, and went into the bathroom to change into his pajamas. When he emerged, he found her in her own set of pajamas, a silk shirt and pants, laying in bed, staring at the ceiling. Finn frowned at the serious expression on her face as he moved around her bed to his own.
"Is something bugging you, Edana? I mean, if you don't feel like it's something worth talking about, that's ok, but you look kind of...worried." He laid on his side, looking at her. Her frown shifted to a full blown scowl for a moment, and then back, as she contemplated the impending discussion.
"...Jake has some pretty big fears..." She finally told him. "It's got me thinking about some of my own..."
"...Yeah, me too...but I guess I'm lucky about that." He sighed as she turned towards him, a curious glint in her eyes. "...I'm afraid of the ocean."
"Well, who wouldn't be?" She asked, eyes wide, before remembering some biological differences of their people. "Oh right...You can swim in it. And...it doesn't hurt you. Or, wait, does it hurt you?"
"Nah. I don't really get it, but I deal with it. Well, as well as I can deal with it. I mean, I've got some other worries, like the Lich...I don't know if you know this, but we almost lost Bubblegum because of him...But for some reason, a bunch of salty water scares me more than he does."
"I can't really understand what it would be like to NOT be afraid of the ocean..." She said, looking back up at the ceiling, finding faces in the patterns on the wood.
"You don't have to tell me, but I'm kinda curious now...what are YOU afraid of?" Finn asked, before she had time to ponder the reason she kept making out faces.
"...I don't know if I can tell you...I mean, I have a few things I'm scared of...like, REALLY scared of...But I don't know if you'll really get it. I know you'd try, but...I feel like it's...different, y'know?"
"Nuh uh. But that's ok. Like I said, you don't have to tell me." He adjusted himself, nestling into his bed of animal furs, and sighing contentedly. "If you ever change your mind..." He paused, letting out a yawn. "Just let me know, ok?" She nodded, then rolled onto her side as he drifted off to sleep.
If she told him that part of her still worried that she was evil, wouldn't he just laugh? He was always convinced she was a good person, and there had been no changing his mind, even when she had attacked the goblins. He would just tell her that it was bunk, or that she was worrying about nothing. If she brought it to his attention, she would need him to be willing to listen, or maybe to just discuss it with her, but how could they talk about something that he didn't consider to even be an issue? And now, she found that she feared talking about her fears. As exhausted as she was, these worries kept her from sleeping soundly. As she finally drifted off to a fragile and fitful sleep, she resolved to talk to someone else about her problems in the morning.
The princess awoke several times throughout the night, and finally once in the morning. The moment that she saw the sun was up, she crept down the ladder. Jake and Lady had fallen asleep in a cuddly heap on the floor.
"Jake?" Edana whispered, gently patting him. "Jake, I want to talk to you." Still receiving no response, she began to shake him gently.
"Wha buh what?" Jake mumbled as he was stirred from his dreams.
"Jake, can we talk, please?" She stared pleadingly into his eyes, her face distorted with worry.
"...Yeah, ok." He gently climbed out of his cuddle pile with Lady, kissing her on the nose as the two of them went outside. "So, what's on your mind?"
"I just...I have some things I'd like to talk about that I don't feel comfortable discussing with Finn. And...one of those things is why I feel so uncomfortable about it." She explained to him that she felt that, if she discussed her fears with Finn, he might not take them seriously.
"Well, what are you scared of?" Jake asked, confused.
"...You had come to terms with the idea that you would not, in fact, hurt everyone. Yet the fear still haunted you. Likewise, I...still believe I might be evil, deep down inside."
"Heck, even Finn got a little nuts and did some evil stuff before. A whole city of bad people corrupted him."
"Really?...I guess...anybody can go bad..." For some reason, this knowledge actually made her feel better. She didn't know if it was because she felt her fears were validated, but she certainly felt more relaxed.
Meanwhile, Finn and Lady watched from a window, each having woken up without their beloved nearby.
"What do you think they're talking about?"
"왜 나 한테 물어? 당신은 내 대답을 이해하지 않습니다." She replied. He paused, and looked up at her.
"...I'm not sure why I asked...I can't understand you anyway."
"내가 말했듯이." She sighed.
"...Was that what you said when I asked what you thought they were talking about? That I wouldn't understand you?" She nodded. "Oh. Sorry."
"괜찮아요." She smiled, patting him on the head.