The battle has been over for quite a while now-I kept my promise to Karkat, I actually won. In fact, I struck the final blow that was the ultimate defeat of Lord English. After he fell and hit the ground, his skull cracked open and we were all teleported by a blinding light. Earth and Alternia are forever lost, but we now live on a planet that is like a perfect merge of the two. We call it Aerthnia, which is a fitting name, if you think about it. Here, we live together in peace and harmony, humans and trolls. Everyone came back to life-all of Karkat's troll friends, their lusi, my bro, John's dad, Rose's mom-they're all alive and well. Funny thing, though-Karkat's lusus came back, but not Karkat. We're all glad to be alive and that it's all over, don't get me wrong-but we all have a hole in our hearts, especially me. That hole is Karkat-and only he can fill it. I'm leaving my house that I share with bro to see how Crab Dad's doing. I think he's taking the absence of Karkat about as hard as I am, if not worse-Karkat was the equivalent of his kid, after all. I make my way over to a perfect replica of Karkat's hive before the game happened. There I find Crab Dad just sitting on the front law outside, staring down at the ground sadly, plucking at the grass apathetically with his claws. I make my way over to him and sit down beside him, not saying anything.
That's how we spend our time together, Crab Dad and I-nothing being said, just offering the other our company. The Lusi can understand English, seeing as the trolls spoke it, and sometimes, I will talk to him about Karkat. Tell him old memories I have of Karkat and I-like the one time I was bored, back when we were just friends, and I randomly invited myself into his room. I caught him sobbing while watching some really cheesy rom-com, and when I made a comment, he immediately paused it, glared at me, and shouted at me, same treatment he always gave everybody. But see, time passed, and I noticed he treated me different, at times. He'd have things like existential crises-asking why we were here, what we were doing, whether or not ours was a doomed time-line. Those were the times he'd be the most vulnerable, you see-and I got to see that side of him-me alone. He trusted me, and that meant a lot to me-I'd never really had anyone trust me fully like that. Sure, I was friends with John, Jade, and Rose, but none of them ever really just told me their problems, let me see their breakdowns, the way Karkat did.
And that's the main thing that made me fall for him-and drop my own guards-let Karkat see the true Dave Strider. I was scared to death of doing it at first-but he didn't reject me as I'd feared, and we'd spend a lot of our time together, talking about our problems, our flaws, getting each other through our breakdowns. I do believe this saying applies and is true-if you see someone at their worst, and you allow someone else to see you at your worst, but neither of you end up rejecting the other, that's true love. It never really occurred to me until one time when he was going on about how he was a mutant-which I never gave any shits about. Karkat was Karkat to me, and in my opinion, his red blood color made him the most human of all the trolls. I think he even acted human, from my point of view. But anyways, during that whole time he was rambling about how he was a mutant and how horrible it was, that he should've been killed a long time ago, about how much he hated himself-I found myself wanting to wrap my arms around him and make those bad thoughts and feelings go away and just let him know that he was loved, that I got it-I'm a freak, too, with my red eyes. But I restrained myself, somehow, not wanting to mess up the only good thing I had in my life. I had many times where I had urges like that-to comfort Karkat, to love him, to kiss him, to hold him.
But every time I thought of doing it, a voice in my head always nagged me, said it's too soon, Dave, it's too soon. There was one time I threw caution to the wind and just held him because he was crying from how much he hated himself, and Karkat acted strange after that. It was a week after that he shut himself up in his room and never came out, and I blamed myself. I thought I had screwed it all up. Finally, I got the courage to see what was up with him, he showed me his red eyes, and I finally decided it's time, and that's when I told him I loved him. I remember how happy he looked when he smiled at my confession, and how perfect that first kiss was. We spent that entire night just cuddling and talking about what we loved about the other-it was definitely one of the best nights of my life, for sure. I recalled how happy he was that night, how I could hear his smile in his voice, feel it in his closeness.
The next morning, I made him a pair of sunglasses just like mine with the Alchemiter, and we turned heads wherever we went. Rose even dubbed us the “dudes in shades.” Those were some really great times. So why....why did it have to end? Why did Karkat have to die in that battle? Why is he the only one who didn't come back with the rest of us? Why don't I have him to hold, to kiss, to love anymore? Why is there this huge hole in my heart that will never close because it's missing Karkat to fill it? Hours pass as I sit here by Crab Dad, reminiscing on my good times with Karkat. Finally, it starts getting dark, and I decide to head home, even though bro couldn't care less about when I come home. Here, there's no such thing as money, school, work-any of those things. It's simple, so, so simple. We live off the land and live as we please without causing any disharmony or strife for the others. The trolls even got a very nice surprise-they actually all became human, just like us. I guess the game figured it'd be easier for all humans to live together. So they don't need anything fancy to reproduce now-they work just like us now. At times, I wonder what Karkat would look like as a human-most likely much the same-my beloved Karkat. I'm making my way home when I hear a rustling in the woods.
I'm admittedly creeped out, because things like wolves live here. I look around, but I just don't see anything. Shrugging and passing it off as nothing but rabbits or something like that, I continue walking home. Then, that's when I hear it. Dave. A voice on the wind, calling my name. Dave, where are you? Wait a minute, it can't be. Dave, I'm lost. Please come find me. I let out a breath of disbelief-that is unmistakably Karkat's voice. I turn around and head down a different path in the forest I've never been down before, and there he is, sitting in the grass. He's human, of course, but I can tell who it is right away. It's Karkat. My Karkat. He looks up at me, and a thousand different emotions flash in his eyes and facial expression. It's mere seconds before he runs towards me and hugs me tightly, sobbing.
“Karkat, I gotcha. I'm so fucking glad to see you. How long have you been back? God, I missed you so bad. Well, so did everyone else, but I missed you the most of all. Karkat, I am so, so, happy right now.”
“I came back to life a few minutes ago, and I've been looking for you, Dave. I was so lonely. I'm sorry I took so long-I have no idea why I did. I am so happy to be back, here, with you. Is everyone else here, too? Or is it just those who were alive when the game ended?”
“Nope. They're all here. All your friends, and your dad, too. The Lusi are all back. And my bro's back and-no one is dead anymore. It's like the game never happened-except for the fact that you're all human now, and we live on this planet. Oh my God, Karkat, I missed you so, so, so, so much.”
“That's fantastic. I'm so happy. So happy I'm alive, with you and everyone else. Dave, I love you so much.”
“I know. Remember our scene before you...you know? I know how much you love me. And I love you just as much, if not more.”
After that, we lapse into silence, just holding each other, crying happy tears. He may have pale white skin, short brunette hair, freckles, and red eyes, but he's my Karkat. He remembers me, he loves me, and he only comes up to my chest-yep, this is my Karkat. After we're done hugging, I lean down for something I've been aching for-a kiss from my beloved. And he complies, kissing me back just the way that I remember. It's so perfect and so full of love and God, I am so, so, so happy right now.
“Well, I can't hog you all to myself, even though I'd love to. Wanna go see the others now?”
“Yeah, let's go. We've kept them waiting long enough.”
And so, hand in hand, smiles on our faces, and our hearts full of happiness and love, we make our way back to everyone else. We all have a happy reunion full of hugs and tons of love, and all is right once again.