Author's Note: Yay, I'm finally working on this again. You excited? I actually started writing this chapter back in May. Heh... Sorry about that. I knew this chapter was in my notebook, but I never bothered to grab it once school ended. I know, I'm a terrible author.
Vladimir: YOU FUCKING DISGRACE! BACK IN YOUR CORNER!
Me: *Cowers and rushes to my mind corner, letting Vlad take over*
Vladimir: Perfect! Now, enjoy this long-awaited second chapter of Under The Stars! *Bows*
Disclaimer: We weren't even around yet when Mother/Earthbound/Super Smash Bros. was created.
Ness and I weren't able to put much distance between ourselves and the cliff before night fell. This worried me because we didn't have a tent, and there wasn't any shelter around. Just grass, plants, and the cliff behind us. Plus, what if there were still monsters around? Tabuu may have been defeated, but did that mean all the monsters he created were gone, too? I bit my lip, starting to worry about the situation. Not only that, but... I didn't really like the dark. I wasn't afraid of it, but I didn't have very good night vision.
Ness must have seen my distress, because the next thing he did was mumble "PK Flash" and bring a bright green light to life in his hand, holding it up as we walked. He looked over at me and smiled. "Don't worry, I'm sure we'll find a place to stay for the night. If we can't, we can just stay in a tree for the night. It might not be the most comfortable option, but at least we'll be above ground and safe. Okay?"
I smiled a little at him, grateful that he knew how I was feeling. "Okay. Thank you, Ness. I'm glad that you're here with me. I... I'd be so much more scared if I was all by myself."
Ness grinned and released my hand to pat my shoulder. "You're welcome. Happy I could help. Now!" He thrust his arm out in front of him, pointing a finger straight ahead. "Onward to shelter!"
I giggled at his behavior and nodded. "Okay!" We kept walking across the plain, the light from Ness's PK Flash illuminating our surroundings. Thankfully we didn't come across any monsters, making me think that they might have disappeared with Tabuu's death. I sincerely hoped that this was the case, as I was tired from all the fighting we'd done that day.
"Hey." Ness's voice broke the silence. "I think we should stop for the night. We're both exhausted, and we haven't found any place to stay. Our best bet right now is that tree over there." Ness pointed to large tree ahead and slightly to the right of us. It was very big, with thick branches that were low to the ground.
I bit my lip, unsure about staying the night in a tree, but it was the safest option we had. "A-alright." I said. "Let's go." We walked toward the tree, looking up at it as we got closer. It was much bigger up close, making me feel even smaller in turn. I looked to my left at Ness, seeing him give me an encouraging smile, and gave a hesitant one back. "Well, here's our bed for the night."
Ness gave the tree an appraising look, grinning and nodding up at it. "Looks nice and sturdy. It'll definitely hold us up." He walked forward to the nearest branch, letting his PK Flash go out and jumping to grab onto it. Making sure he had a good grip on it, Ness swung himself up and stood up on the branch, carefully walking to the trunk with his arms held out on either side of his body to keep his balance.
"Be careful!" I called out to him, watching as he grabbed another branch and started climbing further up the tree. "Ness? What are you doing?"
Ness looked back at me for a second and flashed me a grin, then kept climbing up. "Climbing a tree, what's it look like?"
I frowned a little at his response, moving closer to the tree and tilting my head back so I wouldn't lose sight of him. 'Like that isn't obvious.' "We're just supposed to find a good spot to sleep, right? Why are you going up so high?" I was worried that he might fall and hurt himself, and with all the branches this tree had, it'd be near impossible to PK Thunder himself back up. The fact that it was night time didn't make me feel any less uneasy.
Ness let out a laugh as he swung himself from branch to branch, inching his way across one before jumping up onto another. "I wanna get to the top and see the stars!" He exclaimed. "We won't be able to see them very well through the branches if we're close to the ground." Ness paused in his climbing and looked down at me. "Well? Are you coming up, Lucas?"
I bit my lip, looking uncertainly up at Ness. "Yes, but I don't think I want to go to the top of the tree. What if I fall?"
Ness gave me a thumbs up, looking so confident and opposite of me, standing on a branch high above the ground with a hand on his waist. "Don't worry about it! If you fall, I'll make sure to catch you, okay? Plus, I'll show you something cool if you come up. Deal?"
I looked down at my shoes for a minute, thinking. 'Would he really be able to catch me in time? Do I even trust him to do that?' Ness's smile flashed in my head, and I remembered the way he protected me from Porky when I was just a nameless stranger to him. I remembered how he sacrificed himself to save me from that horrible fat man's trophifying cannon, and I knew that I trusted him completely. It was in all these acts of kindness he'd done when he didn't know a thing about me, and it was in his eyes, shining with purity, that made me believe I could trust him. Without any further hesitation, I looked up at the capped boy above me and answered. "Deal."
Ness grinned. "Great! I'll wait right here for you." He said, casually leaning against the trunk of the tree.
I gave a small smile and reached above me to grab onto the same branch Ness had first used, copying his movements to swing myself up onto it. Instead of standing, I scooted myself across it until I reached the trunk. Then I slowly pulled myself up, making sure to not look down as I grabbed the next branch. I focused on safely moving from branch to branch, using the same branches Ness used. I was so focused that I didn't know I'd reached his current branch until I was at eye level with his shoes. I looked up at him, seeing him smile and offer me a hand. I smiled back and took it, his hand surprisingly warm for the chill the night air had, and let myself be pulled up. He didn't let go of my hand, even though I was now safely on the same branch with him.
"See, that wasn't so hard." Ness said. "You didn't even slip once! You're a natural!" His words made me blush, and I looked down with a shy smile. "Thank you. I used to play in the forest a lot when I was little with my friend and brother."
"Really?" Ness asked, reaching a hand up to grab another branch. "What was he like? Your brother, I mean."
I smiled sadly at the thought of my twin, following behind Ness as we moved higher up the tree. "Well, he was my twin, but we didn't look exactly alike. He had orange hair instead of blond, and green eyes instead of blue. He was always more outgoing and brave, where I was quiet and shy. My brother wasn't afraid of anything, and he'd never run away from anything." I sighed. "No matter how dangerous or stupid it was..."
Ness turned to look at me while climbing, hanging onto a branch with one hand. "What's your brother's name?"
"Claus," I said. "His name was Claus."
Ness nodded and climbed onto what seemed to be the highest branch in the whole tree. "You've been talking about him in past-tense. Did... Something happen to him?"
I bit my lip, not wanting to talk about something so personal. "I can't tell you that yet."
Ness smiled at me and moved over on the branch he sat on so I could climb up as well. "That's okay. Maybe some day you can. For now, come here. The stars look amazing."
I felt relieved that he understood, and grabbed onto his branch, pulling myself up next to him. I leaned back against the trunk of the tree and looked up, surprised at the view we had. Ness was right about the stars. The sky was completely clear, and the stars above us shone brightly. "There's so many of them." I said. "I haven't seen this many stars in a long time."
Ness crossed his arms behind his head, looking at the sky with a grin. "Neither have I. With this war we just won, and everything that happened before that, I haven't had the time to really look at them. I used to do this all the time with an old friend of mine."
"What was his name? I asked, curious about Ness's past. For some reason, I wanted to know as much about him as possible.
Ness looked at me with a smile, but he looked sad, like it was a subject that made him sad. "His name was Pokey, but everyone called him Porky."
I stopped breathing. My heart started to race at that name, feeling the color drain from my face as I remembered everything that man had done to me, my family, the world... I began hyperventilating, every horrible scene flashing in my head. Ness shifted next to me, placing a hand on my shoulder. "Lucas?" He called. "Are you alright?"
I jerked away from his touch, losing my balance and throwing my arms out to try and get it back, but it was too late, and I fell. My body hit against the branches of the tree, and the last thing I saw was Ness's shocked face looking down at me before I felt a sharp pain in my head, and my world went black.
Author's Note: Well, that was unexpected. Even I didn't see that ending coming. Sorry for taking so long with this... Like nine months... I've neglected this fic for so long. Sorry guys. Please review? If you're not too mad. Until we meet again, my lovelies.