The table was neatly set, the food was finished, and it was almost time for the love of his life to come home from training with Undyne, leader of the Royal Guard. He needed his partner to stay out of the house for the day so that he could prepare the big surprise, and Undyne was just the one to help with that. Just to be sure that everything was in their proper places and everything looked the way he wanted, the tall, slender skeleton walked around the dining room table once more. EVERYTHING HAS TO BE PERFECT, he told himself enthusiastically. MY MAISIE DESERVES NOTHING BUT THE BEST!
He adjusted a fork or two after doing a close inspection of whether or not the dining utensils were at 90˚ angles. Even the slightest inaccurate angle disturbed him at this point. Afterwards, he stepped away and observed the display once again before letting out his signature laugh.
“NYEH HEH HEH! I, THE GREAT PAPYRUS, HAVE PREPARED THE PERFECT ANNIVERSARY DINNER! THE BEST THING IS, SANS IS AT GRILLBY’S FOR THE EVENING, SO MAISIE AND I HAVE THE NIGHT TO OURSELVES. THERE IS SURELY NOTHING THAT COULD POSSIBLY RUIN IT! ... WAIT,”
Papyrus took a moment or two to think about anything he could have forgotten or haven’t prepared. Soon, the thought came to him. The bag of bones then gasped and headed up the stairs to his room. “I FORGOT THE RING! … AND MY SUIT!!”
He pulled the white dress shirt and suit out of his closet and buttoned up the shirt once he put it on, right before hearing his phone ring. While pulling on the pants, he checked the caller ID and answered the phone.
“Is everything ready, Papyrus?” The fish woman kept her voice low so that the girl behind her wouldn’t hear. Right now, she was busy generating and launching knives at the training dummy outside of her house that sort of looked like a fish's head. Through the phone he could hear her cheer once a knife pierced the dummy’s “chest.”
“ALMOST!” The skeleton nearly shouted his reply.
“Well, hurry up! I’m not sure how long I can keep her here before she gets suspicious.”
He questioned, “CAN YOU JUST KEEP HER THERE FOR ANOTHER HALF HOUR?”
Undyne thought for a minute before letting out a sigh. “I’ll try, Papyrus.”
“GREAT. THANK YOU, UNDYNE!”
With that, Papyrus hung up and continued to pull up his pants and adjusted the belt to fit on his bony waist. Once that task was completed, he put on his dress shoes, adorned his black suit jacket and adjusted the cuffs on the sleeves of his white dress shirt before taking a small box from on his bedside table and putting it in one of the interior pockets of the jacket. The box contained the ring he planned to give her. All he needed to do now was to adjust the cuffs on his sleeves, tie his tie, and neatly fold the handkerchief and place it in the front pocket. He adjusted the tie first, seeing how that would take the longest since he'd have to adjust it so it doesn't choke him, even though he technically doesn't have lungs since he's a skeleton.
After Papyrus did whatever else he needed to do to get himself ready for his date, he strolled out of his room, closed the door behind him, turned off the lights in the house (including the kitchen one), grabbed his phone from his back pocket and called Undyne again while waiting at the top of the stairs.
"Is everything ready now?"
"YEP," He smiled triumphantly, knowing he was ready to give his lover a night she would never forget. "EVERYTHING IS ALL IN ORDER!"
"Good, I'll send her your way." Undyne ended the call and walked over to the pale-skinned cat-girl who had completely murdered the training dummy.
Maisie panted heavily, kind of out of breath from dodging spears and using her magic all day. Sweat dripped down the side of her forehead as she took the water bottle from beside her left foot twisted the cap off and downed the rest of liquid that was left in the bottle.
Once she caught her breath, Maisie looked up at the fish woman, stood up and stretched her back before dropping her arms to her sides.
“Well, I think you’ve had enough training today. You don’t want to overwork yourself too much."
“Thanks for letting me train with you today Undyne! I had a blast!”
“Don’t mention it.”
“See ya!” With that, the girl grabbed her bag and trotted to the River Person’s boat. Her white cat ears faced forward and slightly tilted to the side, signaling her relaxed mood.
“Tra la la. Care for a ride?” The river person spoke in a calm voice, seeming as if they didn’t want to do anything to disrupt her calm state of mind. Maisie nodded her head in reply, causing the cloaked figure to ask another question.
“Where will we go today?”
“Then we’re off…”
The young girl stepped onto the boat and took a seat as the boat slowly rose up and took off running across the water.
During the boat ride, the river person spoke to fill the silence. “Tra la la. Somewhere, it's Tuesday. So be careful.” They have always said such nonsensical things. Most of which she had tried to find a meaning for, but couldn’t.
The rest of the trip was filled with the sound of quiet water until the two arrived in Snowdin Town, the “coolest” place in the Underground. Snow crunched beneath her feet as she stepped off of the boat, bid farewell to the river person, and ventured home, not expecting anything to be there when she came home.
A/N: I don't really know how to sort of be like Undyne, so if she did/said anything that would seem sort of out of character for her to you, please let me know.
Maisie opened the door to see nothing but darkness until the lights were turned on. She covered her mouth and gasped in shock, clearly at a loss for words while studying the dinner table. While she was distracted, a pair of arms gently wrapped around her small form from behind, which caused her to blush deeply.
“WELCOME HOME, MY SWEET!”
“What’s all this?”
“OH, YOU KNOW, JUST A LITTLE SOMETHING TO SHOW MY SPECIAL GIRL HOW MUCH I LOVE HER! ESPECIALLY SINCE TODAY IS OUR ANNIVERSARY~!”
The girl let out a small giggle before speaking in a guilty voice. “I didn’t get you a present.”
“IT DOESN’T MATTER! JUST HAVING YOU HERE BY MY SIDE IS THE BEST PRESENT I COULD EVER ASK FOR!”
<s>A/N: Oh look it's a cliché</s>
Papyrus chuckled softly and guided her to her chair. Maisie took her seat and smiled at the tall skeleton while watching him bring the food to the table and sit down in the chair across from hers.
The menu consisted of grilled salmon with a side of Caesar salad with salty Parmesan curls. She was the first to get her plate, her skeletal boyfriend following afterwards.
The cat-girl grabbed her fork, sliced a piece of the salmon off, and brought it to her mouth before humming in delight at the taste before repeating the process.
“WHAT DO YOU THINK, DEAR? IS IT TOO PINK?”
She shook her head in reply and continued to enjoy her meal. The skeleton monster chuckled triumphantly and watched her finish off her small feast before beginning to eat his.
After the two lovers finished eating, Papyrus picked up their plates and silverware, put them in the sink, and sauntered back into the living room.
“CAN I TELL YOU SOMETHING?”
“Well, of course! You can tell me anything.”
“I DIDN’T REALLY EXPECT TO MEET ANYONE LIKE YOU. IT WAS A NICE THOUGHT, BUT IT DIDN’T HAPPEN. WELL, UNTIL YOU CAME ALONG. I DREAMED OF FINDING THE ONE, AND LOOKING BACK AT ALL OF THE MEMORIES WE’VE MADE SO FAR, I’VE DECIDED EXACTLY WHO AND WHAT I WANT,”
The skeleton paused before getting down onto one knee and pulling out a small box from his pocket. Again, Maisie covered her mouth in surprise and wiped away the tears that were forming in the corners of her eyes.
“I DON’T THINK…NO. I KNOW THAT I DON’T WANT TO SPEND THE REST OF MY LIFE WITH ANYONE, UNLESS THAT PERSON WAS YOU, SO,”
A light orange blush appeared on his bony cheeks while one of his hands opened the box slowly as he continued to speak, trying to block out any negative thoughts.
“WILL YOU…MAKE ME, THE GREAT PAPYRUS, THE HAPPIEST MONSTER IN THE UNDERGROUND…,” He paused once more to take in a deep breath, bracing for the moment when he’d say those two words that would take it all home.
Papyrus tilted his head upwards, gazed into Maisie’s blue eyes and gulped before pushing the now opened box towards her. Inside the box was the ring. Her ring.