Do you think that Papyrus/Napstablook is a good ship?
I haven’t really thought about it! Uh, let me see.
It could definitely be interesting. Like, Papyrus befriends Napstablook through Undyne because he takes her command to “cherish” her old neighbor very seriously. Napstablook is intimidated but touched by Papyrus’ overtures of friendship.
Imagine Papyrus trying to lay down after a meal and feel like garbage and he is just energetic and not enjoying sitting still. He talks a lot and then feels bad about disrespecting ghost traditions Napstablook feels bad about making Papyrus do something he doesn’t enjoy.
At some point Papyrus gets it into his head that Napstablook needs to be encouraged and he puts on his Jog Boy shirt and Napstablook pulls a thundersnail and gets over encouraged and breaks down and leaves. There are a lot of apologies, at first, as they both try to be friends but they have such different personalities that it’s difficult.
But they’re both such good people I see them continuing to try. Maybe Napstablook makes an album for Papyrus to show him that they care. Maybe Papyrus keeps coming over to try laying on the ground and feeling like garbage, until he gets the hang of it (or he just keeps talking, but he finds it a useful place to vent negative feelings that he normally keeps to himself). Napstablook tries out one of Papyrus’ puzzles, but instead of doing the puzzle they just…..float through it and they’re like “oh no…i did it wrong….” and they’re going to just leave in shame but Papyrus is super impressed with Napstablook’s speedy solution and Napstablook ends up actually feeling kind of good? Papyrus decides to make a puzzle that will challenge even Napstablook. He gets Undyne involved and there are music cues and Napstablook is so touched they can’t stop crying. They cry Papyrus a cool hat, sometimes.
Uh, I also think it’s interesting since Napstablook is nb and i headcanon Papyrus as nb (but he uses he pronouns), so they have that point of commonality. Papyrus also is very good at things like art and sculpture, and Napstablook has their music, so Papyrus could make album covers or hang around and sculpt him and Napstablook hanging out while he listens to their music.
Romantically, if Napstablook is inclined towards romance, I see them becoming flustered by Papyrus’ constant positive attention. Papyrus makes them dinner (which they can’t eat, but they appreciate the gesture) and compliments them. One time Mettaton is on TV and asks someone if they would smooch a ghost and Papyrus answers “YES” loudly at the screen and Napstablook fades into the sofa.
Mettaton eventually catches on and I’m sure acts as a cheerleader to convince Napstablook to go for it. Since this would take place after game, I figure that Napstablook would have gained a small amount of confidence from Mettaton’s return (he didn’t leave to get away from Napstablook or anything) and from being a celebrity and from Papyrus and Undyne’s encouragement etc etc
Once Napstablook actually poorly attempts flirting, Papyrus would catch on pretty quick. He’s not oblivious about that kind of thing. They’d probably go on some by the book dates. As they got more comfortable, Napstablook would compose some new background music to accompany them.
If Papyrus realizes he actually returns Napstablook’s “QUIET GHOST PASSION” I imagine they’d get right on the relationship track and have a nice house and skeleton ghost babies in a couple years.