Could you give us a lil bit of insight on how things went down when Stretch decided to grab BB from reader's house? It seems like Red was a lil tad bit out of place in that car, if that makes sense?
*Sure thing! Stretch’s mindset for that actually was to have Papyrus act as the nice one and Red be the intimidating one. I wrote up a little extra about what was going on after Stretch ended the call with the Reader.
Chapter 5: BonusStretch gets back-up
Stretch hung up the phone, his body tense. He kept reading over Blueberry’s text over and over, which pointed out that something was amiss at your house. He was just as surprised as his brother to discover that you had a boyfriend; after all, you hadn’t mentioned him and hadn’t even kept your phone on you. No one had pushed you as to why you were at your Grandpa’s lodge in the first place–even though they had each let their imaginations run wild–and you had never volunteered the information.
And that, coupled with the fact that Blueberry could hear you arguing with your boyfriend in another room, set off so many red flags.
Stretch took a shortcut from the woods (where he’d been checking his brother’s puzzles for any sign of him) back to the lodge. His text alert went off, and he briefly glanced down to make sure you had sent him the address. It was too far away for him to take a shortcut directly there, and while he was fully capable of just driving himself over to retrieve his brother.. he wanted a fresh set of eyes on the situation. He didn’t know the human that you were dating–he assumed your boyfriend was human at least because you initially seemed like your experience with monsters was sorely lacking–and from his experience, there were plenty of humans that hated his kind. If this human was already aggressive and pissed off, then he needed some back-up. He needed someone non-threatening to show that they were just your friends, and while his brother may be the picture of non-threatening, he had over-stepped by hiding in your trunk and undoubtedly made things worse for you.
It was only the fact that you had seemed so calm on the phone that Stretch wasn’t freaking out about his brother’s safety, but he still texted Blueberry back, asking if he was in danger. He received a response quickly that claimed, no, he was fine, but Blue was concerned about you.
That only increased Stretch’s tension.
“heya paps. you up for a road-trip?”
Papyrus had been in the kitchen, looking through cabinets and checking the pantry for any sign of Blueberry. Immediately, he gasped and whirled around. “A ROAD TRIP?! STRETCH, WE DO NOT HAVE TIME FOR SUCH DALLIANCES WHEN YOUR BROTHER IS MISSING!”
“actually, i know where he is. i was hopin’ you’d drive me there.”
“YOU DO?” Papyrus’s expression morphed from surprise to glee. “YOU DON’T EVEN HAVE TO ASK! OF COURSE THE GREAT PAPYRUS WOULD BE HAPPY TO DRIVE YOU!” He was always up for driving down the open road; he often took joy rides on pretty days just to enjoy the wind whipping through his scarf. "WHERE IS BLUEBERRY?“
"he’s with y/n.”
Papyrus’s eyelights manifested to boggle in opposite directions. "HE’S WHAT??“
"yeah, turns out he hid in her trunk.”
“THAT SNEAKY LITTLE CAD! BECOMING A STOWAWAY IN ORDER TO SPEND MORE TIME WITH Y/N! THAT’S.. THAT’S.. GENIUS!” Papyrus snapped his fingers, lightly frowning. "WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF THAT??“
Stretch couldn’t help but chuckle, shaking his head. "my bro’s always been clever.” Even when it could cause trouble, he thought, but just shrugged it off. "the sooner we leave, the better. i’ve got her address.“
That made things click for Papyrus, and his excitement returned. "WE’RE GOING TO Y/N’S HOUSE? THIS IS THE BEST KIND OF ROAD TRIP! I NEVER EXPECTED US TO BE REUNITED SO SOON!” He grinned, turning from the kitchen. "I’LL GO FETCH MY KEYS SO WE CAN BE OFF! OH, AND I’LL LET SANS KNOW WHERE WE’RE GOING, TOO!“
"heh, thanks pap.”
While Papyrus bounded off, Stretch stepped outside and lit up a cigarette on his way to Papyrus’s convertible. He leaned against the side of it, taking in a long drag to calm his nerves.
“goin’ on an adventure without me?”
A low voice casually came from the backseat of the car, and Stretch choked on the inhaled smoke. He ended up hacking, hitting his sternum, while smoke creeped out his nasal cavity. His head whipped around to glare at Red, who was lounging across the backseat with his arms propped behind his head and one leg crossed over the other at the knee.
“stars, red! don’t sneak up on me like that!”
Red smirked. "did i scare you out of your skin?“
Stretch’s lazy grin slowly returned. "obviously.” He took another drag before dropping the cigarette butt to grind it out beneath his sneaker. "were you listening in?“
The smaller skeleton shrugged. "overheard that you’re goin’ to y/n’s house. figured i can’t pass up that opportunity.”
Stretch stuffed his hands into his hoodie pocket, eyeing Red for a moment. It was probably best not to have too many skeletons show up at your door, and Red would be liable to just piss off your boyfriend. If humans were rude, he wasn’t particularly good at minding his mouth.
There was a tightness in Red’s smirk that betrayed his relaxed demeanor. Stretch inherently excelled at picking up subtle clues in body language, and he could tell that Red was on-edge. So, Stretch decided to probe a little. "yeah, who’d wanna pass that up? …say, did you know she has a boyfriend?“
The smirk faded around the edges as Red’s jaw clenched. He closed his eyesockets, shrugging lightly. "yeah, i might’ve heard that.”
Well, that was news to Stretch. "she told you about him?“
“then how did you know?”
Red didn’t answer right away, but he slowly opened his eyes to meet Stretch’s searching gaze. "i just do, ok?“ Well, he wasn’t going to get a straight answer from Red, so Stretch sighed and was about to tell him to get out of the car and keep an eye on Edge while they were gone.. but then Red admitted, "i REALLY don’t like the guy.”
Welp, that was good enough for Stretch. Red seemed to know something, and from the loathing in his tone (that seemed to be more than just jealousy to him), the boyfriend was likely bad news. Stretch could handle that, sure, but Red had a knack for it.
Or maybe Stretch just wanted to use the car ride to try to pump Red for more information.
Either way, he accepted the fact that Red wanted to join them, and Stretch hopped over the passenger-side door to take a seat. Papyrus came excitedly bounding from the house, and when he saw Red in the backseat, he didn’t think anything of it. "DID YOU WANT TO JOIN US AT Y/N’S HOUSE, TOO?“
"yep, sounded like a real party was goin’ on there, and ya'know how i love a good party.” Red grinned.
“THERE’S A PARTY, TOO?? I’M SO JEALOUS OF BLUE RIGHT NOW! WE’VE GOT TO HURRY BEFORE WE MISS IT!” Papyrus cranked the car and began pulling onto the road with more recklessness than anyone else that owned a nice sports car like that would ever utilize. "ALTHOUGH, THAT’S NOT ACTUALLY POSSIBLE BECAUSE PARTIES DON’T START UNTIL THE GREAT PAPYRUS MAKES HIS ENTRANCE! NYEH HEH HEH!“
Stretch chuckled, leaning back in his seat and checking his phone again to verify the address. He was still a little tense, but having the two of them with him made him feel much better about the situation.
With Papyrus and Red, he had a Good Cop and a Bad Cop to handle the situation.
And he could be the Judge.