[are u still up]
[Yea, just got home. You ok?]
[Gimme five mins and Ill be there. Lab right?]
Alphys put her phone face-down on the work desk and wiped her eyes with the back of her trembling hand, skin cold and head throbbing. She forced out as slow a breath as she could manage, which was approximately as slow as a marathonist after a 5k run. Every part of her felt heavy, especially in her chest and in her limbs, as if they were all made of the same goopy material as the things living deep in the secret lab.
Which was where she was currently huddled, uncoincidentally. She knew things were difficult right now, as the Underground only needed collect only one more human soul before the barrier could be broken. Escape was within their grasp, a feasible goal and a foreseeable future, which under any other circumstances would have had Alphys motivated to continue her research through the many bumps in the road.
Unfortunately, though, Alphys ha