Lessons in Cooking & Trust
You slowly wake up somewhere new, you were wrapped up nice and warm in a fuzzy blanket with new cloths on. It took your brain a few seconds to remember what had transpired not long ago, you remember falling into the ruins, Asgore saved you from a creature named Temmie, you convinced Asgore to let you go, you met Papyrus and Sans, they took you to their home....that happened over a month ago but to you it felt like it happened five seconds ago.
They gave you a home with them, they were still trying to make a room for you but for the time being the couch in their living room was your bed. It wasn't so bad, it was soft, it jangled a bit, you could make a fort out of it and camp out, above all it was big enough to share with your new brothers.
This was the fifth time you woke up early, despite your age you could tell time...well even if you couldn't tell time you could read a digital clock.
You randomly woke up early sometimes but then again...you were use to waking up this early, your mom would come home around this time, she'd be all wobbly and tripping over herself. Often smelling very weird, whatever it was it smelled bad to you...sometimes you could hear her shouting things and something breaking.
Often or not she'd get into a fight with dad, you sat there waiting for that familiar noise...but instead all you got was silence...well..ok there was some noise but that was Papyrus snoring...or was that Sans? You couldn't tell who was snoring but then again the sound was rather soothing, you were about to drift back to sleep when you heard a soft click. You turn your head and could just faintly make out Papyrus's tall silhouette, you watch him drag his feet over to the stairs.
You closed your eyes and pretended to be asleep, your keen ears made out his footsteps going to the kitchen, opening and closing the cupboards and fridge, he started moving again this time you heard a soft clink...you jump feeling cold bone fingers glide through your hair.
"I know yer awake kiddo, gotcha some milk." You open your eyes, on the table before you was your favorite cup full of milk. Sitting up you reached and sipped the nice cool, refreshing beverage.
"Why you up so early, have a bad dream?" Papyrus sat next to you, you shook your head and told him you simply woke up, he chuckles softly. "Yeah I do that from time to time, wake up, can't fall asleep....good to see I'm not alone in that department."
He stretches and lays across the couch, you feel his feet on your hip, he pushes you a little. You giggle and play with his toes, you felt kinda bad about lying but then again you didn't wanna talk about the real reason why you were up so early. You watch Papyrus pour a bunch of honey into his mug of milk, you gingerly sipped your milk while he gulped his down. When you both finished your cups...you let out a soft yawn. You felt Papyrus wrap his hands around you and pull you over to him, gently cuddling into the crook of his arm...the feeling of security, warmth and a tummy full of milk you fell right back to sleep.
You woke up again to Sans shouting, somehow Papyrus had moved without waking you up. You went to the bathroom to get cleaned up for the day, as you were brushing your teeth you heard Sans shouting something...something that apparently made him excited.
"Human guess what!?" You jump when he bursted into the bathroom. "We're taking you to get cooking lessons with Muffet!"
You tilted your head, Muffet you met a few times but more often then not would be talking to Papyrus. But she'd stop to talk to you when it looked like you were feeling left out, she was really sweet. The times you went to her cafe she always seemed more then happy to serve you any pastry you wanted, you were hesitant in asking....when ever you asked for something like that you were always answered with a harsh "NO" from your parents.
"Papy talked to her and thought it'd be a awesome way to spend some time, since today is my and Pap's day off!" Thats right, today was one of there rare days off from sentry duties and royal guard duties.
Swiftly Sans scooped you up and carried you upstairs to change, once there he pulled out a little t-shirt in your favorite color, he then pulled out a pair of overalls. He got you dressed rather quickly, you wondered if he liked cooking more then his royal guard duties. As quickly as he carried you upstairs to get dressed he carried you downstairs.
"Sans careful, last time you moved the kiddo up and down like that it made'em sick...you had to wash your battle body twice that time." Sans stopped and gently sat you down.
"Don't worry brother that was cause the human had just ate thats why they got sick, but now-"
The brothers heard your stomach, it let out a loud growl. You touch your tummy and giggle, replying that your tummy is saying its time to eat breakfast.
"Heh good idea but we'll have to make it a light one, Muffet wants to do a full course thing. Lots of food and cooking together, lets see what can eat to tie us over." Papyrus dug through the cupboards and the fridge before finding a bag of half eaten Chips.
"This outta do, ok kiddo open wide." Papyrus feeds you a few chips, they were salty but good.
"Papyrus the human needs a proper breakfast! Chips are not going to sustain them!" Sans scolded Papyrus.
"Calm down bro this is just to tie them over." Once you finished the bag of chips you dawn your (f/c) jacket and head for Muffet's cafe.
The sign read "closed" you hesitated going in because of that but you watch Papyrus walk in like it was no big deal, you follow with Sans right behind you. Inside the cafe you could smell all kinds of warm spices and sweets, everything was colored in light shades of purple, violet, white and hints of black. It reminded you of those pretty houses you saw back on the surface the houses that looked like castles, you imagined the insides looked like this.
"Welcome you three, glad you could make it!" There was Muffet standing behind the counter, you noticed her outfit was different.
Instead of wearing her usual white button down shirt and vest she wore a white shirt with frills on the front and a long black skirt, her usual pig tails were now just one pony tail. She looked like a elegant school teacher, instantly she came right up to you.
"Hello darling are you ready to start our cooking lessons?" She gave a soft little titter of laughter, you nod excitedly.
"Alright but first we need to get our supplies ready and...those cloths simply won't do." You watch Muffet tug on your overall straps.
"Muffet we talked about this..." Papyrus groans.
Before you could ask what she was talking about, you were whisked into the back room. You already saw some cloths laying out on a table, it was a chef's jacket, white with red buttons. There was even a matching puffy chef's hat, you got excited. You loved dressing up, without hesitating you quickly put on the jacket....but....it was more of a challenge to put on. You got stuck trying to fit your head into a sleeve, all the while Muffet was trying her hardest to contain her laughter. After a few minutes you ask for help, Muffet made quick work of the buttons.
Taking one of her six hands you two walk into the kitchen where Sans and Papyrus had already put on their aprons and were getting all the necessary utensils out. Mixing bowls, measuring spoons'n cups, rolling pins and knives, you shiver at the sight of the knives....they kinda scared you. Muffet lifts you on to a nearby chair, after washing your hands she places a mixing bowl in front of you full of water.
"We'll be making some veggie-stir fry, fried rice, omelette rolls, potato grain croquettes, grilled snail soup and for dessert, Spider donuts and home made cream filled cornets!"
Hearing the list of food made you excited, filling you with determination! You wanted to make all those yummy sounding foods, not just for your tummy but for Sans, Papyrus and Muffet. You never had ANY of those foods before..well anything "fried" you never got to eat, your parents told you it was bad for you and always gave you stuff that was steamed or boiled....always tasting...well it didn't taste like anything.
"First lets have you wash the vegetables, Papyrus you get the water boiling and Sans crack some of the eggs into that bowl there. Now since there's four of us...I'd say two eggs each...crack eight eggs and mix a bit of milk with them." You look up at Muffet, you ask her why she asked Sans to add milk to the eggs.
"Adding milk to the eggs makes them fluffier when you cook them, normally I'd use cream but we're saving that for when we make our cornets." Muffet stood behind you, helping you wash the veggies by guiding your hands.
Sans really got into cracking the eggs...a little too into it cause he almost smashed his own hand on the counter. Muffet scolded him a bit but everyone went right back to work. You finished washing all the vegetables, Muffet then gave you a new job; mixing the eggs and milk.
"Ok you take the whisk in your hand like this and you move it around like this, when it changes color then you know its mixed throughly." Muffet holds your hand that has the whisk, together you mixed the egg and milk concoction.
You peeked over a moment to see Sans and Papyrus chopping veggies..well Papyrus was chopping the veggies, Sans was putting what was chopped into a bowl with some sort of seasoning; Muffet took notice.
"Don't add too much, remember a teaspoon of pepper and a table spoon of minced garlic goes into the veggies. The ginger goes into the pan with the oil and onions before the rest." Muffet leaves your side for a moment to help Sans.
You turn to look at them, if didn't know any better you'd say she their mommy. The way she always looked after them, even those times you came here with Papyrus you always took note of how Muffet always seemed to fuss over Papyrus's appearance and how she'd try and wipe his face if it got to messy. It made you smile...but also...you felt kind of sad too...
You didn't know why but...seeing Muffet act like that made you wish "she" was your mommy, you loved your real mom of course but she was always too busy and more often then not she wasn't home. Dad would sometimes play with you but for five minutes or even shorter then that before he had to pick up the phone. They weren't bad people you knew that, they cared about you but sometimes....sometimes you thought....you thought....
"Honey are you ok?" You broke from your daydream when Muffet came back, you turn and nod.
"Sorry about leaving you there, Ohhh look at this you got the eggs mixed so perfectly!" Muffet takes the bowl away and sets it to the side, you smile.
Through the whole afternoon you, Muffet, Sans and Papyrus chop, peel, mix and cook your dinner. You had such fun kneading the dough for the spider donuts, making the filling for the cornets though was the best part; Muffet let you be the special taste tester for the different creams!
Once dinner was done and you were letting the dough rise for the upcoming desserts it was time to eat, you went to the back to change out of your dirty chef outfit and into your normal cloths...on the way back...you overheard everyone talking.
"What are you talking about?" You heard Muffet first.
"The kid...I'm kinda worried about'm, they don't ask for much around the house despite how old they are. Don't get me wrong I know not all little kids are the same but...you gotta admit its odd the kiddo doesn't. Like last week we were passing by the shops and of course you know they got all those sweets and stuff...I expected the kid start begging me to buy some but instead...they just stared at the candy not saying a word about them." You peeked around the corner, Papyrus was chewing on a tooth pick.
"Now that you mention it...the human does have trouble communicating with me as well. Like a day ago when we were making puzzles, I was fixing one and didn't realize how late it was...the human was just sitting there doing nothing. I thought I told them they could play but...maybe I didn't?" Sans was mixing something in a bowl, Muffet was wiping her hands on a towel.
"Not just that but its weird how the kid hasn't once talked about their parents." Papyrus flicks the toothpick into a waste basket.
"Actually Pap I asked the human about their parents but...I got a strange reaction." Muffet looked over at Sans.
"What do you mean by strange reaction?" Muffet sat the towel down.
"Well I asked the human once about their parents and...they got quiet. I asked if they were nice...well they nodded but at the same time they weren't looking at me, they were looking at their hands."
Muffet drummed some of her fingers on the counter, Sans continued his story, Papyrus chimed in with a few of his own including very early this morning how you two were up. She seemed to be thinking, she let out a soft huff and spoke up.
"Perhaps our little muffin isn't fond of their parents." You listen intently at this.
"What do you mean?" Sans sounded skeptical.
"From what you told me it doesn't sound like our little human doesn't like their parents, perhaps the parents are not pleasant. Don't get me wrong, looking at the human I can tell they are not being abused but I can tell neglect when I see it. The human's parents probably work hard to give the human all the basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter an such...but lack in the most crucial things young children like the human needs." You hear Papyrus chime in again.
"Such as...well companion ship, from the way they attached to us so quickly shows that they didn't give them any attention. They probably scolded them too much for small things like accidentally spilling some milk or dropping a pencil. They also limit other things that deprive children from experiences such as making new friends, trying new foods, and what you said about the sweets perhaps the human's parents forbade sweets like that for silly reasons. True you can't give children sweets all the time but its ok every once in a while especially if you share it with them."
You kept listening...everything Muffet said...was almost on the nose, at least in your mind. Your parents were like that, they cared about you but...at the same time you questioned it. You remember how you dropped a fork on the floor and how your father yelled at you for being clumsy, but in your defense it was your mom who dropped it not you.
"The human probably doesn't trust themselves enough and is scared of doing something wrong in our eyes or presence, lest they incur a scolding from any of us. But thats not to say we can't work to change that!" Muffet's voice grew chipper, you listen closely at this.
"We just need to be patient, our little muffin will open up little by little just like how flowers do when their growing. An just like flowers if we give them love, attention and very gentle discipline we'll see them blossom into something beautiful!" Muffet clapped all six of her hands together.
You felt your heart swell...for the longest time..deep down you always thought you were being a burden on them....instead it was the exact opposite. They cared about you so much, so much in fact they took you into their home and were giving you what your parent's couldn't.
They gave you a lot of attention, they let you do things your parents never let you do, you got to eat things that were forbidden. Above all....every night Sans and Papyrus tucked you in and read you a story...heck Papyrus even made you a glass of milk to help you get back to sleep this morning.
You weren't a burden...you were a flower....a beautiful flower.
Taking a deep breath you slowly backed up, then with all your energy you run out. You didn't want them knowing you were eavesdropping on them, instantly Muffet scooped you up into her arms.
"There you are muffin! Now that we're done making the dessert we'll let them rise, it'll take a while for that. So in the mean time we'll all sit down and eat some dinner, sound good to everyone?" Asked Muffet, you cheer with delight.
"I got no objections." Said Papyrus.
"Lets eat!" Shouted Sans.
After washing your hands you sat down between Papyrus and Sans, your plated was made for you. But just before you dug into your food...you stop and turn to Papyrus..you gently tug on his hoodie.
"Whats up kiddo?" You look away...then you ask if you could sit on his lap and eat off his plate with him, he stares at you...before lifting you up and placing you on his lap.
"Sure kid, muffet gave me too much anyway." Papyrus chuckled, Muffet cooed in delight and Sans whined.
"Awe but human why don't you sit on my lap?" Sans whines but Muffet gently consoles him.
"Perhaps next time, now lets eat before the food gets cold. We'll have plenty of leftovers for the next day." Said Muffet eating some of her croquette.
You eat some fried rice...you look around the table...the happy sight of your new family and friends..
It fills you with love...and determination.