“Another Year, Another Step Farther From The Grave”
(an excerpt from an Undertale fanzine called Ten)
((that you can grab here!))
-2017-
marker, inkwash
A decade has passed since the Royal Children have been miraculously brought back from the dead. “Another Year” explores the gray morality of non-consensual necromancy, as well as the “So… Now What? ” feeling of being a survivor of childhood suicidality.

ALPHYS: I’m so honored you wanted to spend today with ME, Chara!! F-f-for real!
CHARA: ……………….Yeah?

ALPHYS: YEAH!! A-after all, it’s your one-and-only 10th REBIRTH DAY!!

ALPHYS: I-I mean, I’M excited, but I can’t even imagine how that must feel for YOU! 10 years and still in good physical health! A true second chance!
ALPHYS: What’s that like?

label pointing to out-of-reach glittery stars: EVERY NICE THING THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED

CHARA: HA, HA.
CHARA: That’s a big question.
CHARA: I don’t know where to start.

ALPHYS: Eh-heh, that’s fair!
ALPHYS: Maybe start by buckling y-your seat belt.
CHARA: …. We’re almost there.

CHARA: FOR FUCK’S SAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!

FRISK: Stop,
CHARA: Hey.
CHARA: So.
CHARA: How am I any different than I was 10 years ago?

ASRIEL: T-
ASRIEL: Taller. You’re taller.
CHARA: Nice cop-out.
ASRIEL: Uhm, taller and- More relaxed?
CHARA: That’s flattering, but I’m just BORED.

ASRIEL: Frisk says:
ASRIEL: “I didn’t even know you COULD be bored!
CHARA: Me either,
ASRIEL: “That’s awesome!”

CHARA: I-
CHARA: Is it, now?

ASRIEL: Yeah! Maybe it’s a sign that you’re ready to build a life around something other than misery!

CHARA: That sounds-

CHARA: eEX-HAUSTING,

ASRIEL: Heyy,
ASRIEL: You look like you could use some tea!
CHARA: Um.
CHARA: Thanks.

ASRIEL: Are you feeling weird about the 10-year thingy?

CHARA: Nope. Feels good. Feels organic.
ASRIEL: Oh, good!

ASRIEL: Because *I* Feel SUPER WEIRD,
ASRIEL: And I’d feel bad venting about it if you were a mess, too.

CHARA: OHHH, *YOU* FEEL WEIRD??
ASRIEL: Chara. Chara.
ASRIEL: I know better than to assume you’d ever willingly talk about anything ever, for any reason.
ASRIEL: I’m your BEST FRIEND.

CHARA: Well, I can see why you’d feel weird, because thIS IS WEIRD, ASRIEL. THIS IS SO WEIRD!
ASRIEL: LITERALLY WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO FEEL, CHARA!?

ASRIEL: My dad took me to Costco with him and asked me to list my 15 favorite things about being alive!?
ASRIEL: Can ANYONE do that in a Costco?!?!
CHARA: Toriel took me to Jo-Ann and straight up asked me when the last time I cut myself was.
ASRIEL: Oh, God, what department?
CHARA: Ceramics.
ASRIEL: FUCK,,,

ASRIEL & CHARA: Don’t they have anything better to do?

ASRIEL: If you were gonna off yourself, you’d at least let me in on it, right?
CHARA: Of course! What are friends for?!
ASRIEL: I dunno! I’m insecure!