“It was a movie where the main character, the guy in the mask, really isn’t altogether human. He has no characteristics. He’s, uh, almost like a machine. He was just pure evil. That was what I intended to do. It’s evil out of nothing, evil from no background, which completely creeps me out as a human being, that evil could arrive at my doorstep without a purpose, without a past, without an origin. So that’s the idea behind it. It was put together to scare you. That’s all.” - John Carpenter
Welp, we could say that things were not going as expected by Michael today.
You see, Michael was a borrower, which meant that his life was based on surviving and living hidden in some human bean house. And, because of that, he could never take what he didn’t need - basically, everything that wasn’t rope, food, water, electricity, among other stuff - but, most of that, he could never be seen. If he was, he would have to leave and search for a new life in a new house with a new bean to live with.
Michael, most of the times, would just leave his hideout at night; that way the chances of being caught would decrease. Or if he felt confident enough, he’d leave during the day, when he was sure that the human he was living with wouldn’t be at home for a couple hours. And, guess what, today was one of those days when he felt confident enough to leave during the day.
Oh boy would he regret doing that.
Michael saw the human go to his bedroom with a tired look on his face. “He’s probably going to take a nap, maybe this would be a good time to go grab some food for later” was his first though.
Grabbing his hook and putting his bag on his back, he left his hiding place with a cautious look, making sure that the human wasn’t about to just enter in the kitchen and grab him and do things to him that just God knew what.
Trying to vanish those awful thoughts from his mind, he started climbing the counter top, with his target being a couple crumbs of bread that the human was eating earlier on that same day. For the human that wouldn’t be enough not even for a snack, but when you’re just four inches tall, that would be just perfect for a few three or four meals.
When he finally reached the counter top, he though of whether he should grab his hook back or not, but then he decided that he should just leave it there. That way it would take him less work when going back “home”, he though.
After grabbing what he needed, the crumbs of bread left by the human, he was going on his way back to his hideout when he noticed that something was missing. His hook had fell on the ground, which meant that there was no way of going back to the ground.
Michael was about to start hyperventilating when he just heard a jar being slammed right beside him. He froze.
Through the glass all he could see was the human, looking at him with the biggest brown eyes he ever saw. The human was holding his phone on the little borrower’s direction, which just made Michael more scared and more intimidated. He was going to just start screaming and pleading at the human to free him when the human just spoke.
“See? I knew I wasn’t crazy! I knew it was just not my mind playing with me! He’s really here and he just looks so tiny…” The human grinned, with a big smile on his face, just fascinated at what he had captured.
Michael just felt like he was about to pass out. He had just been seen by a human which was the only rule that he couldn’t break.
“You had one rule”, he though, “you just had one thing that you could never let happen and now look at you, you’re just here, trapped by a human who happens to be recording you and who is probably about to just show your entire species to the world”. Guilt started taking over Michael’s little mind and he just felt… useless.
“What? He even has a tiny little hook!” noticed the human as he grabbed his hook between his thumb and his pointing finger. “It’s so small, where did he get this from?!”
Every word echoed on Michael’s little ears which just made him feel worse and worse. He was about to just sit on the ground and hug his legs and wait for the worst when he just saw a hand coming to him and rudely grab his so precious bag.
“Oh my god, he also keeps a little bag?! This is insane!” Said the human as his grin just got bigger which made Michael feel smaller and smaller as he felt tears that he didn’t even notice he was holding falling from his face. “P-please… not my bag…” he pleaded at the human. This human could destroy everything he had, but no, not his bag. His bag that was his parents’ bag and it was practically the only thing that he kept from them and the feeling of the human just easily taking it from him just made him feel worse and he just felt more tears falling from his face.
The human just saw something that he wasn’t expecting from the little man: his lips just started moving, which meant he could talk. He didn’t really get what he was trying to say but he realized that he looked very scared and that his eyes were super wet from the tears that just kept falling from his face. “Oh my, you’re also able to talk?! You’re really amazing, little dude… w-wait, are you crying?” Then, Michael he just saw an expression that he though he could never get a change to see from a human towards him: concern.
After that, the human just started understanding what was really happening and what he had done; he felt like an asshole.
“I-I didn’t know you were able to talk, how could I even know you were going to just… just…” the human wanted to say “start crying and plead for your life” but he he didn’t feel that those words were able to come out from his mouth. He just though that everything he did after this encounter could never be forgiven.
“I’m really sorry for… for trapping you… hm… urgh…” the human wanted to apologize for everything that he had done for the little man but those tears falling from his face along with the quick breaths just made him freeze and don’t know what to do or what to say. “P-please stop crying little one… I didn’t w-want to harm you like this… I-I swear I would never hurt you on purpose! I just… I just saw you there a-and… I just had to get a closer look…”
Michael slowly started looking at the human’s face and realizing that he really looked like he was trying to make amends. The human just looked so clumsy over his words and he really didn’t know what to do or what to feel right now about the human… should he be mad at him for trapping him like he was some sort of rodent or should he accept the human’s apologies for sparing his life?
Michael was just about to ask him if he could give him his bag back and ask him to let him go when he just realized that he wasn’t really able to breath when he was under the jar. How could he have not noticed that earlier?!
The human was about to keep trying to convince the little man the he didn’t mean any harm to him - of course that was an almost impossible thing to do after what he had just done to him - when he just noticed that the little man stood up and just started to bang the jar’s glass walls. Was he trying to break the glass and run away?
“L-little one? What’s happening? What are you trying to tell me?! I really can’t hear you when you’re down that jar…” he told Michael as Michael was trying to tell him “I can’t breathe! Please let me out quickly!
“W-wait, you want to go out right? That’s what you want me to do? To free you?” the borrower just kept banging the walls of the jar and he realized that he was probably right, and so he just took the glass prison away from the little thing.
As Michael got free and was able to breathe again, he fell on the floor on his knees and just started hyperventilating.
When he started feeling better now that he could breathe, he looked at the human and asked if he could give his backpack back to him.
“Oh! S-sure! I am sorry for taking it in first place, I really wasn’t thinking… I didn’t hurt you when I grabbed your arm, did I?” Said the human as he gave Michael’s bag back to him and saw how glad and relieved he looked knowing that his bag was on his hands now.
Shyly, Michael looked back at the human, still scared of him but feeling that he should say something to him. “T-thank you for giving my bag… a-and, you know… for letting me out of that jar…” He wiped away one last tear that had fell.
Well, the human wasn’t really expecting to hear a “thank you” after everything that had happened before. “Y-you’re welcome little o- hm…” he just realized that he really didn’t know what was the little guy’s name and he just felt that calling him “little one” and “tiny one” would probably not be what he liked to be called by.
“M-Michael, that’s my name. I am Michael.” Michael wasn’t really sure if he should just tell the bean his name but he just realized that he didn’t have much to loose whether he told him or not.
“H-hello Michael!” the human said as he gave him a small smile, trying not to scare more the little thing, Michael, he remembered, than he already was. “M-my name is Jonathan. Hm… you can call me just John, if you’d like to.”
“It’s a pleasure to meet you, Michael!” said John as he lend a finger to Michael, trying to get a handshake from him.
“Hm… i-it’s a pleasure to meet you as well, John.” Michael and John then shook “hands”, as Michael started to answer the hundred of questions the human had about him.
Maybe this human wasn’t so bad after all, he though.
You’ve never really been the type that attracted very many people - guys especially. You were a bit of a loner, always by yourself just reading a good book, but you didn’t mind. No relationships meant no drama. Of course, you’d fallen in love in the past - as was obvious by the six tally marks on your left wrist - but you didn’t really like to think about them.
Everyone got these tallies whenever they’d ever met someone they would fall in love with; Some had zero, some had ten, some had even more. You had six faded tallies, meaning you’d fallen in love six times. When they faded, that meant that the person you fell in love with fell out of love or simply wasn’t in love with you. You absolutely hated seeing them on your skin. The only thing you felt they were good for was being a constant reminder that guys just didn’t have any interest in you.
….. It’s very difficult for me to draw for bare because of the various versions of it. I want to do an animatic of “You and I” but should I go with Michael Arden and John Platt or Payson Lewis and Jonah Hill?
(Okay, so I could’ve sworn the LA revival was 2012 but now I’m reading it again and it’s 2013? This feels like a Mandela Effect scenario.)
Or maybe I could just do Peter and Michael from bare: A Musical since there’s really only Jason Hite and Taylor Trensch as the actors. The only problem is that they don’t have a cast recording as far as I know so I can’t use the music for that… //sighs// I wish they did though. I love the song “Best Friend” that Peter and Dianne sing. It’s so adorable >w
Okay but can Michael returning but in a different form please be JDM! Cause he already said yes to Michael to save Mary when they were younger and also JDM really wants to back on the show so I doubt he would have said no. Plus, Michael possessing John’s older form would really fuck with Mary if she encountered him in that parallel universe, which she no doubt will seeing as she’s stuck there.