Can we all please take a moment to appreciate how awesome “The Watcher” by stickylips is?? I’ve read this fic in one go and it was so inspiring and sad and beautiful at the same time… I still have no idea how to deal with this. That whole worldbuilding that happened here is just so stunning.
Also: I finally, FINALLY found a fic with the right amount of angst, tragic shit, supernatural stuff, smut and fluff all in one! Agh! This made my world whole and cured my depressions. ♥
SOOOO yeah, this is a thing. HOPE YOU LOT LIKE IT!!
This au is based on the premise of Henry leaving the studio on bad terms with Joey, Henry having been drafted into the army and forced to leave the studio. In this universe, Bendy, rather than being absent on the faithfull day of Joey Drew and Henry’s final conversation, is eavesdropping by Joey’s office door.
Joey, in a rage, refusing to accept that Henry has no choice in the matter, makes an ultimatum - if Henry leaves, he can never come back.
Bendy, overhearing this, and having a deep affection for and loyalty to Henry, decides to help in a way only he can - With mischief.
Bendy comes up with a plan to guarantee that Henry will be welcomed back after the war - by stowing away in Henry’s things.
If the studio and Joey want their greatest work and brightest star back, they have to accept Henry back too - and if Henry isnt welcome, then neither is Bendy.
Bendy, wanting to prevent them from strong arming him back to work, or forcing him to return to the studio, stays hidden in Henry’s gear until he’s beyond their reach, behind enemy lines.
And so the plan goes off without a hitch, and Bendy the dancing demon goes awol, until one snowy day in the depths of a war zone.
Shortly after Henry’s time in boot camp is over, and his deployment onto the battlefield as a member of a tank crew begins, Bendy reveals himself with his signature flair, leaping out of the pocket of a duffel bag in a shower of confetti.
Henry, in a state of shock, with no way of sending Bendy back home where he’ll be safe, accepts Bendy into his new life, and does all he can to teach Bendy how to survive the war.
Bendy, meanwhile, much less concerned with petty things like possibly being shot, is delighted and fascinated by the tank, and its crew. The crew in turn all quickly come to accept and love the little demon, as their comrade and ‘mascot’.
The war is long, harsh, and beyond anything Bendy or Henry have experienced in the sheltered life of the studio. Bendy, most of all, is a changed toon, in his appearance, mannerisms, and mindset. Long after the beginning of his plot, fueled by love for his friend, when the war is done, and his crew, Henry included, are no more, Bendy returns home - and starts anew in the bustling Metropolis of Toon Town.