What a Beautiful Wedding Ch. 6: The Wings of the Antarctic Empire
Summary: Tommy is desperate to convince Phil and Techno they’re in some kind of trap and he’d like to be taken seriously just once.
Chapters: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Tommy found himself at the foot of the long, tall black stone staircase. Philza was looking down at him.
When he set his foot on the first step, Techno drew his sword and stepped in front of Phil. “I don’t think so.”
“Phil!” Tommy yelled up. “Yer both in some kinda illusion. Wake up.”
About five guards appeared from almost nowhere and aimed their arrows at him, Tommy recognized the pink of Niki’s hair among them. Techno took two steps down from the altar.
“Take ‘em ta the holdin’ room,” Phil ordered, spreading his wings and he held the baby close to him as he flew off.
“Let’s go,” Techno ordered as he walked down the steps, Tommy found himself at the dangerous end of Techno’s sword. “Come on.”
Tommy held his hands up and turned, which resulted in Techno pushing Tommy forward.
“Don’t fuckin’ shove me!” Tommy shouted, but Techno and Niki lead them to the palace.
Tommy sat down in some uncomfortable chair as Techno and Niki stared at him. Ghostbur looked at Niki nervously.
“H-Hey,” Ghostbur smiled at Niki.
“Stay back,” Niki told him, bow and arrow pointed down, but not notched or ready to fire yet.
“The two of you are waiting until the old man gets back,” Techno told him.
“Techno, come on, man, you have ta know this is Dream’s doin’,” Tommy groaned.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about, but if you’re not careful you will get yourself shot,” Techno warned.
The heavy doors of the room were pushed open and Phil walked in. The lack of snow or distance gave Tommy a good look at the man. Little things about Philza were different. His eye color for one. The Phil that Tommy had always known had blue eyes but now he had more of blue-green color. He was maybe an inch or two taller. Not any taller than the other people in the room but it was noticeable enough to Tommy. His blond hair had a slightly dustier tint to it.
Phil paused when he looked at Tommy. “Stand down.”
Niki took her arrow away from her bow, “If you’re sure.”
“Yeah, wouldn’t be the first time we’ve had a visitor like this,” Phil told them. “You two are from the future aren’tcha?”
“Uh, yeah?” Tommy said. “We’re in an illusion. It’s Dream, he’s done somethin’.”
Philza just started staring at Ghostbur as a look of realization dawned on him. “I . . . Wilbur?”
“My name is Ghostbur,” Ghostbur corrected nervously, ducking behind Tommy a bit.
Niki seemed to recoil and Techno began slowly coming back to himself, clutching his head as he began grunting in pain and his knees crashed to the ground.
“Techno!” Phil rushed over.
“They’re too loud,” Techno grunted.
Tommy began stomping over, “What’s that green bastard doin’ ta yeh?”
Phil used a wing to knock Tommy away before Techno was able to stab Tommy with a sword, his eyes a blood red and a frenzied look in his eyes.
“Tech, Tech, follow my voice, yeh don’t need ta fight here,” Phil told Techno as the warrior thrashed his head back and forth.
Niki inched closer and passed Phil a vial, he placed it under Techno’s nose and he began calming down.
“Thanks,” Phil said and inched closer. “Techno, yeh need me ta clear the room?”
“No, I,” Techno paused, swallowing. “I’ve got it.”
“What did that fucker do ta you?” Tommy demanded. “It’s bad enough he’s got us trapped in here.”
“Dream’s not powerful enough for that,” Techno had a slight chuckle to his voice as he stood up.
“We still need ta get out,” Tommy reminded him. “Tubbo an’ Ranboo are still trapped.”
Philza sighed, rather dramatically before he held his hand up and magic covered his hand before there was what felt like an earthquake and then a crash of some kind. Tommy, Shroud, and Ghostbur’s outfits changed into something that matched Phil and Techno’s. Tommy realized he was wearing a circlet, perched on his head and when he went to take it off to look at it he saw that it was studded with green and blue stones, and etched with perfect craftsmanship.
Tommy immediately rushed to the nearest window and saw at the foot of the palace, right outside the ground, an inn. And Tubbo stumbled out of it, looking around wildly. He was in an outfit that almost matched Tommy’s, but without the circlet and he was wearing thick gloves.
Ranboo followed after him, he was wearing a long purple cloak. But behind him, Michael was peeking his head out from behind Ranboo’s cloak.
Tommy immediately raced out of the palace, shoulding past guards and palace servants as he tried to get to Tubbo.
“Tubbo!” Tommy raced over but Tubbo glared at him, his false eye’s iris glowed with its radioactive symbol right before he punched Tommy in the gut.
“The fuck!” Tommy shouted angrily.
“I was safe!” Tubbo shouted in a fury. “Me an’ Ranboo an’ Michael were safe. What the fuck is wrong with you?”
“I didn’t do anythin’,” Tommy shouted back in anger.
“T-Tubbo,” Ranboo warned, and tried to hide Michael in his cloak.
Tubbo stopped and looked past Tommy to see, to his horror, that Techno was watching them as Michael peeked his head around Ranboo’s cape, holding his larger hand in his much smaller one.
Techno’s eyes narrowed and Tubbo moved, scooping Michael up and glaring at Techno.
“Stay back!” Tubbo ordered Techno with an angry snarl. “Get away!”
Techno looked between the three of them, Michael just staring at Techno with huge, wide dark eyes, the gears clearly starting to turn in his head.
The warrior took a step forward and Ranboo took a step forward. “Techno! Techno! Wait please, don’t hurt them.”
“Are you with them?” Techno demanded.
“I, uh,” Ranboo clearly had a look of panic on his face. “Yeah, but look I just want you to know—”
“I don’t care what you spend your time with but did it have to be with the government?” Techno spat at Ranboo.
“He’s my husband, of course I spend time with him,” Ranboo told him.
“Ehhh!” Techno sputtered. “When did you get married?!”
“Almost a year ago?” Ranboo asked.
“A year? Why am I just learning now?” Techno told him. “I’m like your mentor, I should have been the first person you told.”
“You don’t like Tubbo,” Ranboo reminded.
“Because he and Quackity tried to kill me with axes, why would I like the guy?” Techno snapped.
“Well, yeah, that makes sense,” Ranboo admitted.
“Take the kid, we’ll go inside to Phil,” Techno jabbed his thumb at the palace. “And don’t worry, not killin’ the kid. He’s Ranboo’s too after all, right?”
“Yeah,” Ranboo answered.
“Good,” Techno told him but Tubbo still glared at Techno suspiciously. He followed at the back of the group, always braced to dump Michael into Tommy’s arms and pull out the first weapon he could get his hands on.
He only marginally calmed down when he saw Phil and Techno started complaining to Phil about Ranboo, and then balked when he found out Philza was already aware of the boy.
The little meet-up was interrupted when Jack Manifold raced in, in uniform after getting pulled in from the bubble Tubbo and Ranboo had been trapped in.
“Emperor! Enemy soldiers were spotted at the gate!” Jack yelled, the trio of teens and Niki stared at Phil in surprise.
“Where from?” Phil called out.
“From the Errin Empire,” Jack reported. “They were dressed like they were in the royal guard. We were able to apprehend them.”
“Shit,” Phil spat. “I want three guards in front ‘a the nursery. Ranboo, take Michael an’ go with them. Niki, make sure no one gets in.”
“O-Okay,” Ranboo stammered nervously, grabbing Michael, and standing in front of Tommy expectantly. It took Tommy a bit to realize he was quietly asking Tommy to take Shroud. Tommy nodded and passed him over, Shroud became very upset to leave Tommy’s arms.
“On it!” Niki pushed Ranboo after the soldiers the instant he had both young boys in his arms.
“Tommy, Tubbo, behind me,” Philza ordered.
“Hold up, why are you the Emperor, yer an anarchist?” Tubbo asked.
“We’ll talk about it later,” Techno interrupted as Puffy, Jack, and a couple soldiers dragged Chase and Jackie in.
“That’s new,” Techno hummed.
“We spotted an enemy force, we think it’s Lord Phantom,” Puffy announced.
Jackie turned to look out the window, seeing a wall of darkness in the sky, coming for them. “Storm’s comin’ in,” Jackie commented.
“That’s the Entity,” Phil corrected.
“What? Dark?” Chase perked up, starting to try and twist himself out of the rope tying his wrists behind his back.
Puffy kicked him down, so that he was face-down on the ground and placed a foot on his wrists. “Not so fast, buddy.”
“Puffy, let him up,” Phil ordered, “cut ‘em both from their bonds.”
“You sure?” Puffy asked, taking her foot off.
“Yes,” Phil ruffled out his wings. “Battle stations! Average, can you talk Ent down?”
“I think so?” Chase said, rubbing at his wrists as he wisely kept his distance from Phil. “I just need ta reach him, I didn’t forget so I imagine he’s still good too.”
The storm reached them and Phil started to hear the screams.
“How’d they sneak up that quickly?!” Jack yelled.
“Because none ‘a this is real,” Phil told him.
The door was thrown open and Phantom was standing there in royal purple. “Phil, Techno, long time no see. It’s just like old times.”
“So yer awake, then,” Phil sighed.
“Where’s Dark?” Chase demanded.
Phantom motioned with his head back, “Dealing with the town.”
“Then move outta the fookin’ way,” Chase snarled.
“Aww, he’s having fun out there,” Phantom smiled.
“Here I’d hoped he wouldn’t work with yeh again, yeh always have been a shite friend,” Phil glared at him.
“Ehh, we were both standing on the cliff, and he wanted to blow off some steam,” Phantom shrugged. “You know empaths, they get a little needy when they’re emotional so I just let him go off.”
“Fook off,” Chase spat at him. “Jackie!”
Jackie grabbed Chase and they blitzed past Phantom, who rolled his eyes.
“Don’t blame me when he starts getting snippy,” Phantom scoffed, bracing as he smiled at Phil and Techno. “Let’s tango, boys.”
As Phantom braced for a fight, Chase raced out into the storm.
“Dark!” Chase screamed over the whirlwind of snow. Chase was racing towards the darkest part of the storm. “Dark!”
The darkness seemed to evaporate and Dark had some soldier by the throat, when he looked at Chase he paused. “Chase?”
“There yeh are,” Chase felt relief, walking over, a rumbling passing through the bubble as it began weakening from outside attacks. “We’re goin’ home. Yer okay. I’m takin’ yeh home an’ yeh can relax.”
Dark blinked in disorientation, he felt drained. Phantom must have snagged some of his aura when he wasn’t looking, or the anomaly was taking more from him than he realized. “Yeah, I think that’s for the best.”
Chase was almost within arms reach and Dark realized his body needed a nap because it was getting harder to focus on things.
“Hey, yeh look tired,” Chase smiled as Jackie noticed something shooting towards them, but because of the coloration of the smoke he thought it a part of Dark’s aura.
At least until it hit Chase.
Something stabbed Chase right through the heart and the marksman knew he should be dead. But he felt something in his very soul snap. Dark flinched, his eyes widening in horror.
Chase knew should be dead, the human heart was a fragile organ, but as he was tossed to the side, he felt weak and was losing blood but his heart was too stubborn to stop beating and blood was still coming from somewhere. As his soul cracked in two before snapping back together, good as new.
“Hey, Dames,” Marc spat as he grabbed Dark and pulled him closer. “Let’s try this again.”
“How dare you? What did you do?” Dark spat at Marc as he looked at Chase in horror. He was only slightly calmed when he saw Chase starting to try and pick himself up, glaring murderously at Marc. But the Actor burst into smoke and ripped a portal open, dragging Dark with him.
When the portal snapped closed, it destroyed the bubble with it. Barely a second’s warning as it shattered and violently dropped all its inhabitants onto the floor.
The bubble the Actor disappeared into snagged the Sanders bubble and seemed to violently tear it in half as it pulled it inside.
Phil screamed in agony as his bad wing returned and reminded the avian demon that he’d been grounded for years now.
“Phil!” Techno rushed over to him in concern.
Chase looked around, becoming furious when he couldn’t see Dark. “Fooker! That fooker! I’m gonna kill him.”
“Average stop movin’!” Jackie yelled and raced over. “Henrik! Chase needs attention, now!”
“Let me go!” Chase snapped at Jackie who was looking at him like Chase had flesh hanging off his bones. “I’m fine.”
“Yeh were stabbed in the fookin’ heart! Stop movin’!” Jackie yelled and that made people stare at Chase and Henrik who was at a brisk walk was now suddenly racing over as fast as he could. Marvin followed suit.
“Average! Lay down now!” Henrik yelled, forcing the marksman to a halt.
While the chaos of trying to get medical care and everyone just tried to figure out what was going on, Techno took a look around as Phil seemed to regain his strength and stood up.
“You okay?” Techno looked around as Ranboo was starting to get frantic.
“Where’s Tubbo?” Ranboo asked, an acute sense of panic growing within him. He scooped Michael and Shroud into his arms.
“He was right next ta me, did that fucker grab him?” Tommy yelled as he looked around, his eyes locking onto Quackity who was just staring at Ranboo. Or more importantly, at Michael and Shroud, who were both crying. The screams only made Tommy even more agitated.
“What do you mean he’s just gone!” Ranboo yeled.
“Okay, give ‘em here,” Philza swept in and just scooped the two toddlers into his arms, his aura soothing them and they stopped crying.
Techno took out his axe and walked closer to the remaining bubble that hadn’t been consumed by the Actor’s. His other hand summoned something that looked like a fishing pole with a small hand-sized grappling hook on the end of it and reeled it back before aiming it at the bubble and dragging it closer to him.
“Hey, let’s think about this,” Quackity urged.
But Techno slammed his axe into the bubble the instant he could and it cracked before shattering. Antfrost, George, Skeppy, and Bad all dropped to the ground but Dream rolled into a kneeling position and looked around. He almost stabbed Techno but the warrior easily used his weapons to deflect the blow.
“Hey man, chill out for five seconds, okay?” Techno chuckled.
Dream got up and looked around. He helped pull George up to his feet.
“Thanks, Techno,” Dream told him.
“That clear the books?” Techno smiled.
“Fuck no,” Dream chuckled. “You did that on your own, I didn’t ask you to do anything.”
“Ehh, it was worth a shot,” Techno shrugged, a smile still on his face.
Skeppy looked up from where he’d been laying on the ground next to Bad and when he looked up at Ponk he surged up.
“Give it,” Skeppy took the tome from Ponk, and checked it over. His eyes began to glow blue as parts of his skin began to crystallize. Magic fluttered around him. “Thank you, Ponk.”
“I was doing my best,” Ponk told him, emphatically throwing their arms up. “Took you long enough.”
“I was a bit busy,” Skeppy shot back.
Chase, once Henrik deemed him impossibly still alive and despite the blood he wasn’t dying, he looked up at the final bubble. Illinois gave Eric a kiss before he walked over to Chase.
“Actor’s up there?” Illinois glared at it.
“Yeah,” Chase said. “Fooker’s a demon so snappin’ his neck’s so isn’t a crime.”
“Not a punishable one, and he’d only come back to life in a week,” Illinois agreed.
“Hey, the two of you are not going alone,” Silver said, in the middle of orchestrating ways to get people home. Dream ordering most of the Server group back home. Silver and Jackie quickly agreed to go with Chase and Illinois.
Philza was staring at Shroud before smiling at him. “I’ll take these two back home.”
“Deal,” Ranboo said without thinking, racing over to Chase. “Is Bomble okay in there?”
“We don’t know, but we’ll get him back home, the Sides seem to be in there as well,” Silver told him.
“No, I’m coming with,” Ranboo insisted. “I can open up a portal right into the bubble.”
“Count me in too,” Tommy rushed over.
“Absolutely not,” Silver told him.
“Let me rephrase that,” Tommy told Silver in his usual loud volume. “I am goin’ in there. With or without yer fuckin’ permission.”
Silver sighed in frustration. “You two don’t take chances, and if you see Bomble, you two need to bail immediately.”
“Deal,” Ranboo spoke over Tommy and his eyes turned purple as he opened up a portal right over the group and took them right into the bubble.
2. kind of
3. Take them to the holding room
7. aren’t you
9. What’s that green bastard doing to you?
17. out of
20. We’re going home. You’re okay. I’m taking you home and you can relax.
21. Fucker! That fucker! I’m going to kill him.