"You're supposed to be dead! Jeremy and Michael got rid of you!" "Did you really think I was gone!? I'm you! You CAN'T get rid of me! I thought you would know that..." "No! You aren't me, I'm good now! I have a family now! I'm not you!" "Is that so? You aren't still connected to Jeremy?" "Well I...I..." "Exactly. You can't deny that you're still a Squip, you just so happen to be defective." "What about you? If you really are me..." "I'm not defective because I didn't give up on my goal for pathetic human emotions like you." "...it's not pathetic..."
Well let's just say Eric has a lotta nightmares where he encounters his former self, who still does look like Keanu Reeves, and it drives him to tears because he's always scared he's gonna turn back into the 2.5 Squip he was before he reactivated. He doesn't tell anybody about the nightmares, but the thing is, when he has them, Jeremy has similar nightmares, so Jeremy kind of knows...
I am so proud of this but please protect my son
BMC(c)Iconis/Tracz, novel by Ned Vizzini art and au by me