And so begins the fated tape recording flashback! Normally this would be the tape where Chara tells Asriel of the buttercup incident and how it inspired their soul-gathering plan. Of course, in this AU things didn’t go that way, so there are two different things that could have happened, either:
1) Chara came up with a completely different plan to gather souls, or…
2) Chara still came up with the original plan, but for whatever reason it just couldn’t be executed and their current method of gathering the human souls is actually plan B
I’m personally leaning more towards the latter, mainly because it’d be really interesting to see just what event could possibly dissuade Chara from going through with the buttercup plan, since in the game they were extremely determined to see it through, and also because Chara was staring at a little yellow flower very thoughtfully in the sixth panel. Best I can think of is that either Toriel and Asgore somehow managed to catch wind of the plan and stopped their adopted child from martyring themself, or Asriel somehow managed to persuade Chara out of it.
I wonder how off the mark I am. I guess I’ll just have to wait for the next pages to find out.
As a final note, let me say just I love how freaking adorable young Asriel and Chara are. They look so innocent in this scene! How old are they in this flashback? 14 and 12 respectively?
Keep up being awesome, guys! All three of you.