Hypothetical Handplates scenario in which Sans realizes he can teach himself Common.
(Ugh, tumblr is making them blurry for some reason so I guess full-view if you want the not-blurry version??)
Convoluted explanation incoming. Handplates is an Undertale fancomic by @zarla-s and if you like Papyrus and Sans, go read it, is good stuff. So I guess this is an AU fancomic of an AU fancomic? I dunno, the idea wouldn’t leave my brain until I did something with it. So. Zarla did a Christmas doodle where Gaster gave the boys a box of ginger cookies that had the word COOKIES on the side in big letters, and because my job gives me way too much time to think about random stuff, I realized something.
In Handplates, Gaster taught the bros to read and write Wingdings but deliberately did not teach them monster Common (ie: English) so they can’t read his nametag or anything. Thing is, Wingdings is a 1:1 substitution cipher for English. Every Wingdings symbol exactly equals an English letter; it’s not a different language, just a different set of pictures. As somebody who has taught herself a fair number of substitution ciphers, there are a few things you look for when you’re trying to translate a code and you don’t have a key in front of you. Most notably, single-letter words (in English they will usually be A or I) or double letters next to each other. Like the OO in “COOKIES”.
Sans is smart. Gaster has fed them junk food before and odds are good Sans knows how to spell “COOKIES”. The word is on the box in huge letters and Gaster just said it out loud, so it is fresh in Sans’ mind. That double-O is a huge tip-off. He would put it together that the word on the front of the box matches what’s inside. Once you figure out a few of the letters, it becomes steadily easier to decode the rest.
I feel like Gaster exposes the boys to enough Common (the nametag, food wrappers, computer monitors, the books Sans sits on) that Sans could pick it up with a proper starting point. Papyrus probably not, because he had a hard enough time with Wingdings, but Sans is eager for any opportunity to undermine Gaster and I’m sure he’d jump at the chance. In this comic he elects not to tell Papyrus, though. He doesn’t know Gaster has cameras in the cell (or even what a camera is) but he’s figured out that Gaster can spy on them somehow, and the last time Gaster caught them learning something he didn’t like, Papyrus got the ever-loving hell beat out of him. So Sans keeps quiet about it for now. And thus starts the long-standing tradition of keeping important secrets from his brother.
On the technical side, it took me a freakin’ week to sketch and outline this whole thing. Coloring and shading only took me like a day. In the meantime Zarla actually kinda addressed the cookie comic, but this was almost done by then so oh well. I’m finding my poses and proportions turn out a LOT better when I’m doodling skeletons, like what, drawing basic anatomy will make you better at anatomy, you don’t say?? A lot of this was a self-challenge to see if I could imitate Zarla’s art style, and I referenced previous Handplates comics a lot for the backgrounds and Sans’ face. Full disclosure: Gaster’s pose up there is basically copied from Zarla’s original comic because I was rushing through to get on to the actual meat of the story. He’s just here for setup. I had fun trying to figure out how to do his Lost Soul head though. Also, I hate Papyrus’ face from the front. Also also, it was tricky trying to convey “mentally translating an unknown alphabet into a known one” when pretty much everyone who sees this comic is already familiar with the “unknown” one and not the “known” one, but I think I pulled it off.
TL;DR- I imitated somebody else’s style to do an AU of an AU; I am not Zarla; Zarla is the creator of Handplates and also Gaster’s pose in the first panel; I like ciphers too much and also I gave the cookies icing because that is the only kind of ginger cookie I know.
Summary: you were invited to a pool party, and brought Peter and Ned along, since you three are inseparable. There, you see Mike, a senior, who happens to be in drama club with you. As the afternoon goes by, he starts flirting with you. However, Peter, who’s had a crush on you since he first met you, will try his best to distract you from flirting back at Mike.
Warnings: none that I can recall
“Man, I’m more really glad you get to hang along with the popular kids” Ned said.
“I wouldn’t call them precisely popular but…” You added as you walked inside a pretty nice and big house.
“Well, theatre kids do have cool houses” Ned said.
“Thanks for inviting us, Y/N” Peter interrupted Ned.
“Sure” you answered. “Mike’s the only rich kid from theatre. He’s also really cool and nice”
Mike was a senior guy, who’s parents owned a big house with a pool in the backyard. He was the sort of kid who was incredibly handsome and cool. Every boy wanted to be Mike, and every girl wanted to be with Mike. Except, you weren’t really interested in him.
Although, you weren’t expecting that, from all people at the part, Mike would want to talk to you. The pool was pretty wide, and several people were there, including Ned and Peter. While Ned was having fun chatting with some more of their friends, Peter stared at you and Mike from afar, resting his elbows on the edge of the pool.
Peter knew you didn’t had a crush on him, but, the sight of him trying to win you over made him feel threatened. Mike was smart, good looking, athletic. Not that Peter wasn’t any of those things, however, Mike was popular. Peter wasn’t.
When Peter noticed Mike held your hand, as you two stood in front of each other, a wave of jealousy took over him. You didn’t mind Mike holding your hand. In fact, you started noticing his flirting after he held your hand, and it didn’t bother you. You began thinking that maybe by the end of the night, you’d probably end up making out with him. It wasn’t a big deal, it was a party, people did very stupid things at parties.
Peter got out of the pool, his thoughts clouded by jealousy. He walked towards you and Mike. You two were talking, next to the table with the drinks and snacks. Peter smiled, trying to hide his jealousy.
“Hey guys!” He said politely. “Do you mind if I steal Y/N” from you for a sec?“ He said looking at Mike, who shrugged.
"No, go ahead” Mike said.
“Y/N, where’s your phone?” Peter asked suspiciously.
“In my purse, over there” you said pointing at a small couch.
“Lovely” Peter said, as he carried you in his arms.
Your instant reaction was to clung to him for your life, starting to get nervous.
“Peter, what are you doing?” You said, as he ignored you completely, and began walking to the pool. “Peter!” You shouted playfully when you realised what Peter was going to do. “Peter no!” You laughed, as he got closer and closer to the pool.
“Peter yes!” He said and jumped inside the pool with you in his arms.
The water splashed, and Peter still held you in his arms, as the two of you swam to the surface.
“I hate you” you laughed as you took of your hair from your face
“No you don’t, you love me” Peter giggled.
“Yeah Peter. I love you, but I can hate you too, you know?” You chuckled, as you splashed water to his face, as he kept laughing.
You hadn’t even changed to your swimming suit, but your clothes were already wet, so you decided to ignore the fact that you’d have to wait to dry a little bit before calling your mom to pick you up.
You began swimming with Peter. At first, Peter taking the role of the protective friend, saying he wanted to avoid Mike hurting your feelings. Of course you didn’t believe him, and thought maybe he was jealous. But why? You shook that thought off your head and doc used on play and swim with Peter.
By sunset, you were piggy riding Peter’s back, as you were talking along with the rest of the decathlon team, discussing nerdy topics of your interests, still in the pool. After a few minutes, Peter walked away from their group of friends and began swimming with you in his back.
“C'mon, it’s my turn now to piggy ride” he said letting you go and swimming behind you, before wrapping his arms around your waist and his arms around your shoulders.
As you swam, with Peter on your back, you two began discussing what happened in Sokovia and the agreement that came up after wards. Peter had been contacted by Stark pretty recently, and was going to leave to Berlin. He still didn’t know why, but he was sure it had something to do with what happened in Sokovia
Eventually, Peter began massaging your shoulders, as he was still hanging from you back. It tickled, but at the same time it felt nice.
“This is good” you whispered as Peter got off your back.
“Yeah?” He asked, as you nodded in response.
At this point, it was starting to get dark, and some people began leaving the pool, however, some of your friends were still there. You and Peter were now in the opposite side of the pool. You were floating with your eyes closed, as Peter kept massaging your neck and shoulders silently.
Peter’s hand ran softly along your arm, and stopped on your hand. His gentle touch gave you chills, and everything felt more intense, since your eyes were closed. The next thing that happened, caught you by surprise. You felt Peter’s lips press against yours. It took you a few seconds before you realised what was happening, and kissed him back.
After a few seconds of awkwardly trying to figure out what was going on, you eventually synced. His arms held you by the back, and squeezed you in a tight hug, as you kept making out. Your hands were playing with his hair, as you wrapped your legs around his torso.
“Dude, check that out” Michelle whispered to Ned, as Ned turned around and saw you two making out slowly, yet passionately.
“Whoa…” Ned sighed. “It was a matter of time” he whispered.
“I always thought they looked cute together” Michelle added. “Let’s get out of here before this gets more awkward” she chuckled.
“I’m with you” Ned said.
You broke the kiss, and leaned your forehead against his, as you two panted.
“Peter, that was…” You whispered.
“Unexpected?” He added, blushing.
“I was going to say great, but it was also unexpected” you chuckled awkwardly, thinking that you’d made out with your best friend.
“I-I-I don’t know what happened there…” Peter whispered, looking at you in the eye. “I saw Mike flirting with you, and felt…” He stopped, and looked down for a second. “Really jealous…”
“I really like you Y/N” he whispered, holding your face in his warm hands, before he leaned forwards, kissing you again.
I hope you like it!! And, if you can, leave feedback, also requests are open. I’m a bit busy, but I’ll try to post more imagines soon!! ^-^