All Things End: Part 1All Things End: Part 12 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
All Things End
Chapter One: Until The End Comes
Courage whined softy as he trudged up the creaky staircase onto the second floor of the house. An air of depression hung over him, which was fairly unusual for the tiny dog. His ears were drooped like a puppy who had just been scolded and he kept himself on all fours as he could not will himself to walk upright in his current state. He needed answers and he knew that there was only one person who could give him those answers.
He whined again. Ever since that visit to the veterinarian three days ago, Muriel had been acting strangely. She'd been avoiding him and wouldn't even talk to him whenever he tried to cheer her up. He'd been completely devastated when she wouldn't let him lay on her lap anymore and she always seemed like she were on the verge of crying now. Even Eustace seemed a bit off lately as the cranky old farmer wasn't calling him a stupid dog anymore.
He pushed the attic door open and went over to the desk whe
All Things End: Part 37All Things End: Part 372 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
A/N: This was a short story I was originally going to post on it's own but I decided to post it as a chapter here instead. This is a prequel story showing when Courage and Computer first met.
Chapter 37: Intermission: The New Computer
Courage had only a pup when they'd gotten a new computer. It had only been several months after Muriel adopted him, he'd only just stopped wearing diapers a few weeks before. They had just finish grocery shopping when it had happened.
He'd been trundling alongside Muriel when a man came rushing up to them. The man had been carrying a giant box in his hands and he had looked extremely desperate to get rid of it. Eustace's arms had been filled with groceries at the time so the man dumped the box off into Muriel's arms.
"Take it!" He yelled, his voice trembling.
"Oh? What's this?" Muriel asked him.
Eustace very nearly dropped his groceries at the thought of being given something free. "Who cares!" He spoke. "Free stuff!"
All Things End: Part 43All Things End: Part 432 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter 43: That Awkward Conversation
Courage awoke to a pounding headache. He had a vague memory of being shaken awake and forced to choke down several pills without any water. He'd been so out of it at the time that he could hardly even remember it happening. He now found himself staring up at the dull, brown ceiling. His head was still spinning but he could at least keep his eyes open without feeling like the world was about to fall out from under him now. He slowly sat up, trying not to aggravate his dizziness any worse than it already was.
Computer was standing close to the window next to the bed. His chin was resting on the windowsill and to say that he looked terrible would have been an understatement. Despite his blue glow, one could easily see the dark shadows forming under his eyes. He was staring halfheartedly out the window, which was too dirty to really see anything out of anyway, and he was clearly trying to force himself to stay awake.
A pill bottle was laying on the flo
All Things End: Part 2All Things End: Part 22 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter 2: An Absence Of Normalcy
Just as he hah suspected would happen, the trip downstairs had sapped Courage of what little energy he had left. He may have managed to avoid an attack, but he still felt just as tired. Muriel and Eustace were in living room, watching TV as they always did. Muriel would be cooking dinner soon and after that she would do a bit of housework, then they'd go back to watching TV until it was finally time for bed.
Being faced with his own morality, Courage was beginning to notice the odd sort of peace his small family had. Sure, it was often broken up by monster attacks or Eustace's usual greedy antics, but it was still a wonderful and very quiet life. He had really taken it for granted all these years. He'd honestly thought, at least in the back of his head, that this would go on forever. He loved his simple life, with his simple family, on their simple farm. Bad things did happen, sure, but he was willing to put up with it at the cost of having a li
All Things End: Part 38All Things End: Part 382 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter 38: Helplessness
"As soon as he got in, I lost control over everything. His programs locked me out of my own system, I couldn't even talk unless he allowed me to. Everything was pried wide open for him to see. There wasn't a single part of myself that I could keep from him. It was...unpleasant to say the least."
The machine sighed gently. "He could not gain control over my mind however. That was the one thing he thankfully could not touch. He still of course had the ability to modify my programming and alter my behavior, but regardless I still had my own mind and my own thoughts. It was the one thing he could not destroy, the one thing he could not truly control. No matter how many programs he put into place that was the one part of me he could not warp beyond recognition." He halted for a moment.
"Unfortunately he nearly succeeded in that regardless. He very nearly drove me insane over the time I was 'experimented' on by him. My mind being untouchable was a double edge sword,