As one dark, wet corridor faded into a dim procession of others like it, and one heart-pounding battle was followed by half a dozen more, the electric stab of fear slowly faded to a tense, resigned dread.
At least the monster child could be in Frisk’s presence and speak with them for more than a few sentences without attacking. A meager comfort, but a comfort nonetheless.
There was almost always a friendly voice available on the other end of the phone. A faint light in the darkness, a small handhold on a cliff. As long as they had that much to hold onto, they could stay determined.
Part of them tugged away from the echo flower, afraid to hear another prayer for the freedom that only their death could grant, but curiosity pulled them relentlessly forward, until they were close enough to draw a whisper from the bloom.
An icy rock plunged into their gut, and Frisk spun with a gasp as the harsh, rhythmic clank rang behind them. Adrenaline screamed through them, and the knowledge that they’d come back to life was powerless against the fear that fogged their mind.