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Baker Baker - Chapter 1

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baker baker
baking a cake
make me a day, make me whole again
and i wonder, what's in a day?
what's in your cake this time?


My eyes would have widened in disbelief had I not seen this coming from a mile away. Sollux and his new girl were holding hands as his lips moved, the words mutilated by his speech impediment as he told me what I'd been expecting him to tell me for the past month. The usual "it's not you, it's me" bullshit that no one ever believes.

"Are you done talking?" I said, interrupting in a voice so emotionless it almost scared me.

"Karkat, I'm - "

"Because if you are, I need to go pack my shit."

His eyes, those two-colored eyes that had first attracted me all those months ago, averted from mine, but not before I saw the guilt deep within them.

And it almost surprised me how little I cared.

Almost.

)O(

I glared at the lit sign through the clouds of breath that exited my nostrils. Perfect, I thought as I read the lettering. A place to get warm and maybe get something to eat. The words "Buns and Brews" showed blue against the bright yellow of the coffee shop's sign. I lugged the single suitcase with all my things stuffed inside it behind me as I reached for the handle and hoped it wasn't -

It was locked.

I left my hand where it was on the door handle, sighing deeply, and rested my head dismally against the glass, which was slightly warmed with the heating inside. This was bullshit. My now-ex boyfriend had kicked me out without a job, without anywhere to go except this tiny shop, and it was closed; my thin jacket barely kept out the bitter cold of mid-December, and my stomach rubbed up against my pancreas painfully. It was going to be a long night, and I didn't even want to think about the next day.

I saw something move through my half-closed eyes. Looking up, I glared half-heartedly through the glass at the guy inside.
He was around my age, with buck teeth, raven hair, and thick, square glasses.

He grinned broadly and gestured for me to move away from the door; when I complied, he held the door open instead of brushing past me on his way home from work.

"Sorry!" he said apologetically. "I shouldn't have closed up so early, but it was a slow day, and - well, just come in!" His tenor voice voice had the tone of naivety embedded in it that I wished I still had.

I rolled my luggage over the metal strip where the door had been and stepped into the small shop. The smell of roasted coffee beans, chocolate, and fresh-baked biscotti hit my nose so temptingly I nearly dropped the suitcase. A row of Torani syrup bottles stood on the counter by the register, burlap sacks that had once contained coffee beans from places like Hawaii hung from the ceiling, and chalkboards displaying the shop's specialty drinks and their prices hung on the walls. I'd never been in this shop; merely glanced in the windows when I passed it by. Now I wondered in the back of my mind what else I'd been missing.

The cashier that had let me in all but skipped past me on his way back behind the counter to go back to what he was doing before I'd shown up. Dragging my suitcase around to slide it beneath one of the wooden tables, I took my wallet from my back pocket to double-check its contents. Five bucks. Well, it would get me a coffee and some hard-baked confectionery. Not enough, but it'd have to do until I could go job hunting.

Just then, my stomach grumbled audibly, and the cashier guy looked up from the dough he was kneading. He giggled. "Hungry, eh?"

"Yeah," I said, slightly embarrassed that I'd made such a loud noise, and walked to the counter. He pulled his hands free of the dough and washed them off, turning back to me.

"What can I get you?" he asked, that childish smile back in place.

"Can I get a sixteen-ounce Rocky Road and one of those chocolate biscotti?"

"Oh, come on, you're hungrier than that. What else do you want?" His eyes became sly behind those thick glasses.

"I only have five dollars."

"And it's near closing time. I don't want all the food I made today to go to waste."

"Er..." I faltered. I couldn't come up with a legitimate argument, mainly because I was too hungry to pass up free food. "Okay. Just some kind of sandwich or something."

He giggled again. "That'll work. And what name should I put on your order?"

"I'm the only one here."

"Doesn't mean I can't get your name." His expression was sly again. Maybe even flirty. I was too tired to care at the moment.

How does he do that? I though, again rendered without an excuse. "I'm Karkat."

"Great!" He wrote my order down on a scrap piece of receipt paper. I'll have that out in a bit. Thanks, Karkat!"

"...Thanks," I said, a little too late as he disappeared into the back room.

When he brought out a tray a few minutes later, I was sitting down at the table, glaring out the window. It was snowing outside. Fucking fantastic.

"Hey, Karkat! I have your order," he said, setting it down in front of me. Besides the things I'd actually ordered, the sandwich having turned out to be grilled cheese, there was an extra biscotti and a good-sized bowl of steaming tomato soup. I looked up at him suspiciously.

"What? I'm not charging you extra. You just sou - er, seemed really hungry." His ever-present grin widened.

Did he really have to be so nice?

"My name's John, by the way."

Why?

"Well, eat up. I gotta get back to work."

Why did it always turn out this way?

Why did anyone ever think I was worth the trouble?

Well, never mind. They always found out in the end that I was never worth it.

I was glad this John guy had his back turned, as two drops fell into the bowl of red liquid through my clouded eyes.
© 2011 - 2020 aeris7dragon
Anyone here know of the song Baker Baker by Tori Amos? It's on the album Under the Pink? Yes? No? Well, it's what I based this shitthing off of.

YES I AM A JOHNKAT SHIPPER. SHADDAP.

I'm not used to writing fanfiction with copious amounts of fluff and not very much action, so let me know how I'm doing, okay? XD

Chapter 1 of however many chapters I'm doing. Maybe one for each verse of the song, unless I get sick of it. Whatever.

(Oh, and I haven't yet figured out if this is a Humanstuck thingy. What do you guys think, should I make it Humanstuck, or everyone be their own species? I can't exactly draw a picture for the preview until I know what I'm doing with that.)

Also, Buns and Brews is an actual coffee shop about a block from my apartment. So far my favorite specialty drink from there (besides the italian sodas >w<) is Rocky Road, which is a coffee with chocolate, hazelnut, and marshmallows. Sounds good, doesn't it? Omnomnomnom. (now i want three bucks to go get some goddamned Rocky Road, but they're closed and I'm broker than Karkat.... T^T)

John and Karkat are (c) Andrew Hussie
Baker Baker is (c) Tori Amos
This piece of fanfiction (and also the )O( thing I did, it's the Triple Moon Goddess, get it? XD) is (c) me
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:) That was beast!!!!
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I love this already!
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OwO yay! I'm so happy now.... XD
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Aw Karkat. You are worth the time! I love Cancers. <3
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Me too, my mom is one. The way I described Karkat to her, she didn't think he sounded like her at all, but I've read a lot more since that and they're SO SIMILAR!!!! >w< Like, with the rants and sailor mouths and stuff. XD
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Ehehe. :D
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I wanna cry!!
Doesn't help that I was listening to My Immortal at the same time!! :iconcryingplz:
As a fellow Cancerian, I had something like this happen to me as well.
So, yeah, it hurts a bunch.
But this is brilliant!!
John's attitude was spot on and same with Karkat's. I like that it's not in "Homestuck" format of second person.
Very nice that it's from Kar's view and except for, like the two errors in spelling and punctuation, I think it's brilliant. :D
And the details, right down to the Torani bottles!! Incredible.
And Humanstuck is the reverse of the trolls and the humans, though you could make Kar a human and leave John that way too. :D It'd be spectacular!! It's almost inspiring for ME to do some more Johnkat!! <3 <3

I almost cracked though, I read the last sentence on the last verse of My Immortal when Kar cried. ;A;
/dead.
I think this is wonderful and very impressionable-on-people, especially those that can relate to it, like I can.
:iconsuperheroglompplz: PLEASE CONTINUE IT!!
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(I love that song ;A;)

I'm so glad you like it! And I like for people to point out my spelling and punctuation mistakes, I call myself a grammar nazi but nobody's perfect, haha. XD

Also, I closely based the coffee shop off of the coffee shop a block from my house (just got a Rocky Road there *drools*) so the details came easily. XD

And the second-person format confuses me when I write it... ;A;
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not just me? I lose all focus when I try to write second person that doesn't morph into first. I'm like, ummmmmmmmm.... wait, what?! /dies.

lol, I have a coffee shop near my house that I base tons of stuff off of too.
and one in the metro are near my city.
god, that place. /drool.
Coffee and Chocolate, Knoxville, TN. Look it up, omg. ;w;
So much goodness there.

I love, love, LOVE it!! Please continue it!! I'll do some fanart if I can get a scanner, plz!!
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OMFG really? I didn't think this would be good enough for da fanartz.... Now I'm DEFINITELY continuing. I'm off to work in about ten minutes, and I'll work on the next chapter while I'm there. (Should be easy; all I do is surveys. XD) Thanks so much!!! >W<
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omg, just finished chapter 2. dying.
I so love love love love LOVE it!!
;w; so bootyful.
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OwO

Unfortunately, I didn't have time at work to finish the chapter, so I'm gonna have to post it later.... T^T
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*nods* I shall wait with the most impatient patience I have!! :iconepicclapplz:
Because I luuuuuuuuuuurrrrrrrv eet. -w-
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>w< I had no idea my little drabble was gonna get so much lurving! Thanks so much! :iconrainbowheartplz:
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Ohhh I like this so much already!! Karkat, why you gotta be so hard on yourself, sounds like somebody needs a hug~
Also, Humanstuck would be fine, but I almost prefer the dual species on the same planet, if only for the fact that there are so many other plot thingies to play with, what with horns, and xenophobes, and stuff like that XD But you should write whatever you feel most comfortable with, it will sound better that way!
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>w< thanks so much for such a long comment! :iconrainbowheartplz: I feels loved...

I think I've pretty much decided on the humanstuck thing, but the horns are awesome when it comes to the fluff, you're right. XD
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You are very welcome =)
Thats cool too, I just can't wait to see what you write next!!
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mooOORE <33

also, humanstuck would probably be good!
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I'll probably do another chapter at work today, as well as a preview picture. (My lit tag is a little derpy. >n<). ^^ thanks so much!
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u v u you're welcome!! <3 cant wait!
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Wow I really liked this!!! I think you are doing good for it to be with "copious amounts of fluff" as you put it. XD
Well lets see with the way it is written I wouldn't have guessed Karkat is a troll bc John didn't seemed shocked... though that doesn't mean that in this world he isn't used to trolls... hummm ummmm I guess it would be interesting for them to all be humans... (is that what you meant by humanstuck????) though keeping their species normal would be awesome.... and I am of no help. hahaha yeah...
and that Rocky Road sounds delicious!!!
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Methinks Ari will go with the humanstuck thing, though with the trolls and humans thing I was thinking that trolls and humans are both different species on the same planet or something of that sort...

And yes the Rocky Road is awesome <3 It's one of the few things I got with my last paycheck that was for me and not for everyone else. XD (Of course I also got Dusty a coffee and Onee-sama a white hot chocolate...)
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Yesh... It shall be awesome with whatever you do!!! I look forward to reading more of it.
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>w< yay!
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