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Eventually his feet led him to a room far from the others; he knocked softly and entered, “Sollux? You in here?”

“Where else would I be?”

Karkat laughed uneasily, “Yeah, true…” He sat down next to the other troll and hesitantly stated, “So I’m going to go out on a fucking limb and guess you’re pissed at me.”

“Wow, what made you think that?” Sollux had his back to Karkat.

“Listen, I’m sorry I didn’t tell you about Feferi, I thought she’d find you. I honestly believed that. Besides it’s not like we can control who we meet in these stupid things.”

A large sigh left Sollux and he slumped against Karkat, “I know, I know. I’m still pithed though. You could have at least said something.” After a while Sollux spoke up again, “So how’s John?”

“I don’t know, fine for the moment,” Karkat answered while grabbing a spare screwdriver and undoing a hatch. “He’s stable right now, but I don’t know when he’ll have another episode, it’s best to finish this as soon as possible.”

Sollux nodded, “I understand. You know,” he turned his attention to the wires Karkat was pulling out; “I’ve been pulling all nighterth thince you asked me to do thith for you.”

“I’m aware, thank you Sollux.” He offered his Moirail a weak smile he knew he couldn’t see. “I’m really thankful for your help; I doubt I could do this on my own.”

“That’s right; you’d fuck this up in five minutes flat,” he chuckled and focused on what his hands were doing. “KK what color is thith wire?”

“Blue.”

“And thith one?”

Karkat shifted easily into the role of being Sollux’s eyes. He answered quickly and helped as much as he could. It was always amazing working next to Sollux; the troll overcame most of the struggles that come with being blind quickly. It was remarkable how much he had progressed. Karkat joked, “So I guess you can’t smell colors huh?”

“No KK, that shit ith impossible, I don’t know how Terezi did it,” he grabbed a soldering iron and started fusing connections on a few wires. “KK thith is the right wires correct?”

“Y-Yeah, you’re fine,” Karkat watched as Sollux’s psionic powers flared up briefly and he made the connection. “You’re getting better at that,” Karkat commented.

“Yeah, I found if I use it in small bursts I can see for a lot longer than one continuous wave,” Sollux explained letting his psionics dwindle and his world go dark again. “It’s annoying, not being able to see. You don’t notice how much you miss theeing until you can’t.”

“I couldn’t imagine something like that Sollux, I’m sorry.”

He shrugged and grabbed a circuit board. All the tiny details became clear for about three seconds, enough time for Sollux to memorize what it was and start putting the correct wires in place. “It wathn’t your fault KK. Don’t beat yourself up over it. I deserved what happened. We both got what wath coming to us. “

“You’ve told me this, but it doesn’t mean I don’t feel at least partly responsible. If I was a better leader and maybe kept things under control…” He scratched his head and growled, “I don’t know. Fuck it. Everything happened so fast that day. It’s really remarkable actually, that so much went wrong so quickly.”

“Yeah it wath thomething else. I’m surprised we lived, actually.” He gave the circuit board to Karkat and pointed to where it needed to be attached. “But we did, tho that’th good.” Sollux rested a hand on Karkat’s shoulder. “You are a good leader KK; we still follow you, that should be proof enough.”

“Thanks,” Karkat pulled Sollux up and they admired their work. “When will it be done?”

“Give me two more days. Maybe tomorrow if you come down and help me again.”

“Thank you, again. This means a lot.”

Sollux gave Karkat a little push towards the door, “Don’t mention it, just make sure your Matesprit is ok. You’re the first pair we’ve ever seen.”

“I will. And Sollux?” The blind troll looked his way, “Please be careful in these dream bubbles. I know the reunions are great, but there’s something I just can’t shake about them. It’s bothering me.”

“Don’t worry KK, they’re only dreams,” he could tell that answers wasn’t good enough so he added, “I’ll watch myself. I’ll also report to you if anything odd happens.”

Karkat seemed satisfied with that answer and left Sollux alone. He didn’t let his mind wander too much as he made his way back to the bedroom. The hallways were growing cold again and Karkat briefly wondered if the heaters were failing or if something was seriously wrong. The hallways had always been cold during the evening cycles of the meteor, but it was getting dangerous. Individual rooms had better heating than others, especially rooms that were filled with electronics.

“Karkat!” He looked up and saw John standing by the door to their room. “Hey do you have a minute?”

“Of course,” Karkat pulled John into a hug, “I always have time for you.”

“Great,” he pulled Karkat into their bedroom and pushed him on the bed. John flopped down beside Karkat and looked into his eyes. “So…I think we should try to see my dad tonight. But I don’t know how to do it…”

Karkat gave John a quick smile and said softly, “Don’t worry about it, we’ll figure it out. I’m thinking we just have to make sure we’re connected when we go to sleep.”

“Can we…can we try now?”

He hesitated in answering, “It’s still a bit early, I don’t want to waste so much of my day sleeping.” John’s eyes fell and he mumbled something that Karkat thought sounded like “Ok, whatever…” “John…you have to understand that I have stuff I need to do, I’m a leader John, same with you.”

“I know…it’s just this is really important to me.” John sat up and moved to the edge of the bed, his back to Karkat. “I don’t want to miss this opportunity. I just want dad’s approval, for all of this. I want him to tell me that it’s ok and that I’m doing the right thing. I want him to see me and you and be happy with me.”

“You should know better than anyone else here that he loves you, and after all you’ve told me, he probably has hundreds of those ‘I’m proud of you’ notes ready to go.”

A small laugh escaped John’s mouth and smiled, “Y-yeah you’re right. I’m just…I don’t know Karkat, I guess I just don’t want to miss any chances of being with him.”

“John…” Feelings were in turmoil over what to do, part of Karkat wanted to drop everything and help his Matesprit, but the other part of him told him to hold off and wait until he checked in with the others. “Listen; just let me do one round ok? I just want to talk with everyone once. It’s almost the end of day so I can gather reports fairly quickly.”

Just as he was about to leave Karkat turned back to John, “Oh and put on a jacket or blanket or something. I don’t like how cold the halls have been getting. I’m going to have to check out the heaters with Sollux tomorrow.”

“Yeah sure…I’ll do that,” his voice didn’t really have the spirit it normally had, and Karkat noticed. “Come back soon,” he offered.

“Of course.”

The door shut behind him and John fell back on the bed, “Alone again, huh?” He rolled over and closed his eyes. It’s not like he couldn’t feel Karkat, but there was a difference between feeling the air that moved from his lungs, and actually being there beside him. “I could just go follow him, but I don’t want to feel like a lost puppy…” Instead he closed his eyes and allowed himself to take a quick nap.

“Dave! Have you seen Kanaya around?”

The human flinched ever so slightly before turning and replying smoothly, “No man, last I heard she was in her room with Rose.”

“Thanks,” Karkat grumbled and heading down the hall leading to the other troll rooms.

“Hey Vantas?”

“Yeah?”

“What do you need her for?” Groaning he quickly explained he was doing a progress check but once again before he could leave he was interrupted by Dave, “And why do you live so far from the other trolls?”

“That’s…really fucking personal and I’m not going to explain it to you. Not now at least, and probably not ever actually.”

Dave threw his hands up, “Hey man that’s just fine, a guy’s gotta have his personal space. Everyone has secrets.”

“More than you probably know,” He remarked quietly and tried to leave once more.

“Karkat! Hold up,” Dave swung his legs gracefully over the couch and approached him, “I know I’ve been an ass, I get it. And I know forgiveness isn’t easy to earn. But I just feel like…sometimes I see myself in you, and I wonder how things would have been if I wasn’t a complete asshole. I think we could have been bros or something.”

“Maybe in some alternate timeline we are, you never know.”

Dave laughed uneasily, “Yeah maybe. Anyways,” He rubbed the back of his head uneasily, “you go do your leader stuff, sorry I held you up.”

There was an awkward air of loneliness that hung in the room and Karkat was pretty sure he was going to regret the next things that came out of his mouth. “Strider, do you want to come with?”

The other froze and turned around slowly in disbelief. “You’re serious right now, aren’t you?” He asked, trying to hide his shock, “You’re not fucking with me?” Karkat nodded, “After all that shit, you’re going to actually invite me to go with you on your leader business shit?”

Karkat nodded again, “Listen asshole, the human peace offering symbol of an olive branch has to be extended somehow. I don’t have the silly tree, so a hand will have to do as a stand in.” Cool grey eyes watched hot crimson ones as he extended a hand, “I’m the knight of blood, it’s a protector class, like yours, only mine is about bonds, friendships…and right now…” he sighed, “Well our team is pretty fractured. I’ll man up and put my big boy pants on and make the first damn move. So, what do you say? Want to come with while I make my rounds?”

“S-Sure, yeah bro, no problem,” Dave shuffled into step beside Karkat. The awkward air never disappeared. “So…is John better?”

“Depends on what you mean by better. He stopped thinking he’s a raging monstrous animal, but he still hates himself, so yeah, he’s ok, but not at the same time.”

“I noticed that…the body issues I mean,” Dave didn’t know how much he could talk about John in front of his Matesprit so he treaded lightly. “He came and talked to me a few days ago…are you going to do anything about it?”

“What exactly can I do? If you have any suggestions I’d love to fucking hear them.”

“I…well shit Karkat I don’t know. All this technology garbage goes right over my head. Rose tried explaining the process to me once, but I lost her at the mention of DNA molecules.”

Sighing Karkat placed a cautious hand on Dave’s shoulder, the other human still flinched but didn’t move away, “I’m working on it, don’t worry. I’ll do anything I can to make John truly happy. You have my word.”

They approached Rose’s door and Dave knocked softly, “Hey Rose, you there?”

“Dave? Yeah I’m here, do you require my services? I told you that you’d finally need counseling after this adventure.”

“Ugh! No, Rose, I don’t need your creepy mind evaluation services. Jegus fuck Lalonde, Karkat just wants to talk to you.”

Karkat stepped forward, “And Kanaya if she’s in there by chance.”

The door opened and the smaller female walked out, “Yeah I’m here, Kanaya just left to the bathroom, she’ll return momentarily. So, is it your brain that needs picking?”  

He dismissed the idea with a wave and invited himself in. “No, I’m just doing some checkups on you two. I need to know your progress with the evacuation duties.”

Rose smiled smoothly; Dave caught the slight disappointment in her features at the loss of a potential patient. “Well that makes more sense, a leader doing his leader-y duties. How may I be of service?”

“I told you and Kanaya to prepare food stores and the various specialized equipment that we’d need for the move. What is the status of that?”

There was a slight moment of hesitation before Rose replied,” Well,” she tried to articulate smoothly, “you see there is a slight difference between you trolls think is a natural and healthy diet in emergencies and what we believe the same thing is, as humans. As it turns out the way you guys live would probably kill us. So…I mean no disrespect, but we can’t risk us dying while conforming to your diets. Kanaya and I are trying to sort everything out between the two groups as quickly as possible. However…” she paused again, “there is just only so much we can do.”  

This was something that Karkat hadn’t thought about, he had assumed the differences between the two species were mild enough to conserve on packing by eating many of the same foods. He thought for a second then came up with an idea, “You said that the differences between trolls and humans is the problem correct?” Rose nodded, “What if I assigned, I mean, asked John to help you out?”

“Oh,” Rose’s eyes widened a bit at the realization, “that would work splendidly. His knowledge of both species would speed things ahead much faster as I would not have to explain to him the differences in human biology like I do with Kanaya. Fantastic idea Karkat.”

“I have my moments,” he grumbled and moved the topic on, “What about the device management?”

“That…is a bit more complicated than diet plans,” Rose admitted. “Last time we ventured into the great unknown of the asteroid lab facilities we took nothing with us. This was a regrettable decision as their usefulness was immediately missed. But…”

“But?” Dave pressed, feeling left out of the conversation.

“But,” a smoother voice continued from the doorway, “most of these objects are far too large to captchalogue even with the most versatile sylladex combination.” Kanaya frowned slightly before adding, “Which is distressing news, it means that we are limited to what we can store in our sylladexes and what we can carry on our backs.”

Karkat cursed and stared down at the floor thinking hard. “Then the most reasonable answer is to use the sylladex system to carry our food stores and anything heavy, then our clothes or shelter gear will be carried by hand.”

“Yo hold up guys,” Dave burst back into the conversation. “Ok so like, remember when John was fucking with his deck?” The question was directed towards Rose, but Karkat nodded too, “Besides being as embarrassing as hell, he also brought up something of mild interest. So he did some pretty silly shit, but in that silliness he did show that combination of items is something that is not only useful, but easy to do as well.” Dave straightened up, “I purpose that we combine as many as our items together as we can, and well, please…can everyone get a deck that allows for easy access to their items? If I have to watch y’all struggle with your fucking ‘dexes I might blow my brains out with Jade’s gun.” He watched as everyone seemed to nod in unison.

“I’ll make sure everyone is using something helpful,” Karkat took out a small computer device and jotted down a few notes.

Dave said a bit curious, “Speaking of Jade…where is she? I haven’t seen her around in ages…”

“Oh fuck…now that you mention it, I haven’t seen her either…”

Rose shook her head as Kanaya confirmed that she hadn’t seen the girl either. “Well,” Dave said a bit hastily, “I’m going to go look for her, I’ll leave all the leader shit to you Vantas.”

Before Karkat could say anything to interject or encourage, Strider had already flash-stepped out of the room and was gone. And before Karkat could leave the room as well Rose asked him a question. “What was Dave doing with you anyways? I thought the two of you didn’t get along?”

“I was extending an offer of peace, I guess. Friendship is what you guys call it.” Karkat’s hand rested on the button to close the door, “I figure if the leader can’t even make peace then I have no business being a leader, right?” He didn’t wait for a confirmation, “I’ll send John down to help you guys as soon as possible. He’s going through something, so it’ll probably be tomorrow…Thanks for the update you two,” he added before leaving them to their thoughts.

---

“Jade!” Dave called down the darkened halls of the lab. “Jade!” He started routinely checking all closed doors. Some of them were shut more quickly than others, the sights behind were much too gruesome. “Fuck someone should really throw out the rotting meat from those failed ecto tanks. Holy shit.” He held his nose and moved down the hallway in a quickened pace. He didn’t really know how far away Harley had gotten, or if she had even left the main area. The girl had a habit of disappearing then reappearing when least expected. He retraced his memories and realized that she hadn’t come to the group meeting early that day. “Damn it Jade you better be ok…”

---

When Karkat opened the door to his room he found John lying face down on the bed. Quietly he moved towards his sleeping partner and sat down next to him. Gently he brushed some stray hairs from his face and nuzzled his neck. He could hear John’s quiet giggle and the other turned over and looked up at Karkat. “H-Hey Karkat,” he said with a yawn.

“Took a nap I see,” Karkat gave him a small smile and scooted so his back was against the wall.

John yawned again and replied, “Yeah, there wasn’t much else to do.” He noted the worry in Karkat’s emotions and was quick to add, “Don’t worry, I’m still being careful, I didn’t even go into a dream bubble Karkat. Trust me. Hahaha it was just your average troll dreams, you know, blood, gore, conquering unknown planets. The usual.”

Karkat relaxed slightly and motioned for John to sit up and join him. “I’m paranoid, what can I say? Just…ah fuck it, you’re fine. Just don’t use sleeping as a crutch is all I’m getting at.”

John rolled out of bed and stretched. “Hey Karkat how’d everything go with the planning preparations?”

“Fine, things are moving at an ok pace,” Karkat decided to keep the status of his missing sister secret for the time being. John didn’t need any added stress, especially from something that might not even be a cause for concern. The human girl could have easily overslept and missed the meeting or simply forgot. “Kanaya and Rose need your help though, so I said you would help out tomorrow.”

“Oh?” John said, his curiosity waking up. “What do they need help with?”

“Figuring out food plans for the move. Apparently human and troll emergency diets are vastly different and Rose expressed her interest in having someone who is well versed in both human and troll biology to help out.” Karkat watched John make a pouty face and let out a huff. “Shoosh. You’re the best fucking option we have here. I sure as hell don’t know anything about the goddamn pink monkeys. You were one for your whole life; it makes the most sense to send you so don’t grumble.”

“But Karkat,” John whined, “I thought it was going to be something cool…and besides what if I don’t know as much about troll stuff?”

Dismissing John’s complaining Karkat moved on, “Kanaya will be there to back you up, you’ll be fine. They just need an extra head in the planning is all.” Karkat stopped talking and watched John, “What are you doing?”

“Oh? I’m stretching! I dunno I feel really pent up lately. Like I need to move more or something.”

“It’s probably from sleeping so much dumbass. Come on,” he got up and grabbed John’s hand, “We’ll take a run or something.”

---

“Jade!” Dave called once more into the hall. “Goddamn it, Jade weren’t you raised by a dog? You should come when fucking called.”

“Rude!” Came a shout in reply. It sounded from a room around the corner; Dave eagerly pushed the door open. “You shouldn’t make fun of someone’s heritage Dave, it’s not nice. Want me to start squawking at you? Or how about I throw some ramen noodles at you when I think you need to be fed?”

“Wow Jade way to be appreciative that someone bothered to come all the way down here to find you,” he said ducking under some fallen cables. “What are you doing halfway to hell anyways?”

She turned around and removed a set of heavy goggles, “Unlike some people here, I’m actually trying to make life better instead of bickering and running around like chickens with their heads cut off.”

“I don’t follow…”

“Of course not,” she stood up and dusted herself off. “I’m fixing a lot of these machines down here. Did you know the heater core had been broken for days? Not to mention the idiotic problem you guys are having upstairs with the important gadgets being too large to transport. Did anyone think of, I don’t know making them smaller by chance?”

Dave rubbed his head, “Ah, no. I guess we didn’t think about that stuff.”

“The lab is organized in a way that each floor is identical to the floor above it, at least that is true from the four floors I had been on. So I can experiment with these machines without ruining the ones we’re using upstairs.” She smiled a bit to herself, “It’s really simple silly!” Pulling Dave further into the room she explained some more about the things she was fixing. She already made a modified version of their Alchemiter. “It’s a work in progress,” she explained, “there are still a few bugs, but it’s a start.”

“Jade this shit’s amazing; you should really go talk to that creepy computer troll…”

“Oh I have. Sollux has been really helpful, actually. He knows I’m down here; it’s hard for him to make it this far into the lab without help. So much of it looks the same, and with his blindness…well I don’t think anyone wants to risk a team member getting hurt.”

Dave picked up a few electronic devices, “How did you figure all this out? Harley this is awesome.” He pressed a button and the machine made a little beeping sound, “What does this one do?”

“I swear to god you’re as bad as John,” she snatched the device from Dave’s hand and turned it off. “That one scans for live wires, it’s not dangerous, but some of these others might.” She put it down and turned back to what she was working on when Dave burst in. “I know this stuff because I’m good at it. Programming, robotics, I’m pretty talented with anything electronic or motorized.”

“What’s this one?”

It was a large assortment of wires and components that resembled the guts of a computer. Nothing was shielded and all the inner workings were exposed. “This is a transporter. Or at least, it’s the guts of one. I’ve stripped it to try to figure it out, but it’s not going so good.” She held a hand up to the wires and dragged a finger down the parts, “It’s so complex,” she said slowly in awe. “I’ve never seen anything like it, not even in my own house.”

His element…well it wasn’t here, Dave realized standing up. “This kinda stuff goes way over my head Harley; sorry I don’t really catch on. If this was a mixer, or you needed a new track whipped up I could totally be your man. But this stuff, it just flies over my head.” He headed towards the door, “If you need any sword training let me know, I’m also your guy for that.” Dave disappeared down the hall. “Oh,” he said popping his head back in the door, “could you find it in your super mega busy day to check in for dinner or something? A lot of us thought you vanished from existence.”

She dismissed him with a wave, “Yeah Dave no problem, I’ll check in.” Jade laughed and smiled at Dave. “Thanks for checking on me though, it was sweet of you.”

---

“Feel…better?” Karkat asked when they finally reached the showers. They were both breathing hard after their run.

“Yeah, much actually,” John panted besides him.

“Good,” Karkat smiled, “I thought an hour would be too much for you, but it seems it was almost too fucking much for myself.”

Dave spotted John and Karkat when he rounded the corner, “Sup fearless leaders,” he greeted as he walked by. “I just caught up with Jade.”

“Is she ok?” Karkat asked?

“More than ok, she’s fucking brilliant. Next time she’s around ask her what she’s been up to. You’ll be amazed bro, totally amazed. She probably like solved all of our problems without even trying.”

“What? Strider no get back here!”

John held a hand out to stop Karkat, “Wait! What was up with my sister?”

“N-Nothing John, it was fine, everything’s fine.”

Dave smirked as he headed off laughing silently as John drilled Karkat for information.

“I told you it’s fine John, nothing happened.”

John growled low under his breath, “Next time let me know if something happens to my sister. I don’t like being kept in the dark about that kind of thing.”

“Yeah yeah,” Karkat replied, “Sorry John.” He ran a towel through his hair and threw it at his Matesprit. “I’ll tell you what; I’ll buy you dinner to make up for it.”

“Kaaarkaaaat, we don’t pay for dinner!” He elbowed him and pulled grabbed his hand, “But it’s a nice sentiment.”

Much later that night when everyone else was probably fast asleep John and Karkat sat facing each other. Hesitantly Karkat took John’s hand in his, “Do you want to try?”

John’s eager grin was more than enough of an answer, “Yeah of course I do!”

“Settle down moron, you can’t sleep if you’re a ball of energy.” John nodded and flopped down on his pillow, taking Karkat with him. “Shhhh,” he made the quiet relaxing sound that lulled John to sleep so many times before. Gently they pressed their heads together and John drifted off to sleep, Karkat right behind him.

Nothing went as planned. Everything fell apart around them. There was fire and inhuman screeching from all around, not to mention the rain of blood and smell of death.

John awoke screaming and Karkat gasped awake as well. “What the hell was that?”

“I don’t know Karkat, I don’t know!” Their hearts were both beating faster than they were comfortable with.

“Shit, I think it was me,” Karkat admitted. “I probably wasn’t focusing enough.” He fell back in bed and rubbed his eyes. “Sorry you had to see that, fucking hell.”

John fell back too, “I thought it would be waaaaay easier than that Karkat. I mean Dave has shared dreams with Davesprite all the time it seems. Plus a few times I’ve shared dreams with the others when I got knocked out in my old session.”

“I don’t know John, the dream bubbles I was in always had a center controller of the dream, maybe that’s where we went wrong?” There wasn’t enough time for an answer from John’s part, “Sorry you had to see that stuff…my dreams are rather…violent.”

“Oh, I…no it’s ok Karkat, I know you didn’t try to have an army of trolls burn down my house and then string you up and uh…yeah, not your fault.” He rested his head on Karkat’s shoulder. “Your troll dreams suck more than mine.”

“I’ve had more years to practice,” Karkat replied resting his head on John’s. “I don’t really want to sleep, how about we watch some shitty movie? We haven’t done that in a while.”

“Sure Karkat, I’ll even let you pick.”

“We’ll try again tomorrow,” Karkat offered.

John smiled and felt a little sick, “Uh, sure…or we could just forget the whole meet my dad thing…”

Karkat felt pang of regret and disappointment run through him, “No we can’t give up, this meant a lot to you. We’ll find your dad, and I’ll do all the customary human greetings and it’ll be fan-fucking-tastic. You just take the lead next time, I’ll follow.”

“Yeah, sure, we can try…” John trailed off when Karkat put in the movie. His eyes weren’t really watching the movie though, they were replying the vision of his house burning to the ground, and amongst the blood and smell of death, the even sicker smell of baked goods burning surrounded his memories.
Ok this chapter took a little longer than I had expected. I'm sorry for that. Writers block, school, and life got in the way with this one. Here's some things I'd like to note:
*This chapter was not supposed to end where it did, but it was about 22 pages and double the length of a normal Still the Same chapter I had to cut it short for risk of it becoming too long. ( It was 9,598 words long according to MS Word)
*I have the next five chapters planned out and chapter twelve is in the story boarding phase. Well..."story boarding" with words...it's an odd process and I make no sense.
*I noticed that in the past three chapters I had neglected to mention Jade. AT ALL. Which is horrible and I feel horrible about it, so I'm going to re-work the other chapters so that all background characters get equal amounts of screen time.
*This brings me to my next bullet: I'm going to be re-doing a lot of the older chapters of Still the Same, probably up to chapter seven or eight. The reasons being that the earlier chapters have huge plot holes and incredibly horrible OOC moments and I'm going to try to fix that up.
*FINAL BULLET POINT. I'M USING CAPS FOR THIS ONE. DO NOT. AND I REPEAT NOT ASK ME WHEN CHAPTER TWELVE IS GOING TO COME OUT. I SWEAR TO WHAT EVER DARK MONSTERS FLOAT IN THE ABYSS IF I SEE ONE MORE COMMENT ASKING WHEN SOMETHING IS GOING TO COME OUT I'LL FIND YOU AND PEE ON EVERYTHING YOU LOVE. wow that sounded like a tumblr comment, anyways I'm serious guys, nothing hurts more than when I post a fic or story and the majority of the comments are just asking when the next Still the Same will be out.

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Holy crap, I really, REALLY like this story! (This is one of the very few johnkar stories where John is/becomes a troll.) And their relationship wasn't rushed, [i don't really like the ones that are like: "omg hi how have you been" "good but I have to tell you that I love you" "I love you too" *sloppy makeouts*. The plot line here is a nice, steady pace. [I can't think of anything else to add (slight mind panic mode activated *boop*) so here's a few free trolls.] :iconeridanyesplz: :iconshadow-stealer: :iconkarkatsmileplz: <-- I'm not sure whether to laugh or be creeped out by that one.
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Tien13 Featured By Owner 15 hours ago
THANK YOU.
I didn't want John to just immediately love Karkat. Hell, I STILL think I went too fast, I still think the pacing could have been better. But this fic is over 100 pages so I figured they should kiss soonish. hahaha.
I feel like John had more going on with his life to be worried about kissing anything, Karkat or not.
I'm glad you liked the story! I want to update soon, like really soon.
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Amber1423 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
Wait a second. I just realized that this whole time, I had assumed you were a girl. I feel bad for assuming that, but it's what happened, and I just wanted to ask: Gender?
If you don't want to answer, that's completely ok.
It's just that I couldn't help but notice there aren't a lot of guys out there that would write something like this.
Same with drawing, I haven't really seen too many guys who love to draw either.
So I was just curious, because it'd be awesome to know there ARE some cool guys out there who make this stuff. Although if you're a girl, you're still pretty fricken cool, and I would totally bake you some chocolate chip pancakes if I'd met you personally.
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Tien13 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
I am a male!
Mwahahaha.

A lot of guys are authors, a lot of girls are authors, I think it's getting to be an even playing field. When I'm not writing about gay aliens making out, I'm doing my own personal novels. One of which is about zombies, the other is an urban fantasy about monster hunters. I just happen to ship and write a lot of slash...and fanfiction, which is fun, shit I always thought it was. It's also probably because I'm dating a guy, and I like to see representation, even if it's just in the fanfiction I write.

Also I fucking love chocolate chip pancakes. Goddamn I should go make some.
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johnegbertlover413 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  New member
when exactly did you post this one? and how long does it useually take to update? oh and how do you post stories? btw johnkat is my otp and this is the best fanfic i've evver read
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Tien13 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
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Details Submitted onAugust 5, 2013
2.) I don't know, I never know when I'm going to update. It takes me months to write, these chapters are between 25 and 30 pages long and I work full time 40 hour weeks where I have to get up at five in the morning and I have horses that need to be cared for for an extra 3 hours a day. It's really hard for me to find time.
3.) I write all my fics in MS Word, then I save as text files. I then upload them to DA under the literature category.
4.) JohnKat is my OTP too, it's the only ship that I've ever really, really, loved to a large extent. I'm glad you like my fanfic!
5.) *bonus* This isn't directed just at you, but a lot of people. This message is copy pasted from my artist comments which no one apparently reads.

*FINAL BULLET POINT. I'M USING CAPS FOR THIS ONE. DO NOT. AND I REPEAT NOT ASK ME WHEN CHAPTER TWELVE IS GOING TO COME OUT. I SWEAR TO WHAT EVER DARK MONSTERS FLOAT IN THE ABYSS IF I SEE ONE MORE COMMENT ASKING WHEN SOMETHING IS GOING TO COME OUT I'LL FIND YOU AND PEE ON EVERYTHING YOU LOVE.

It's very draining for me to see comment after comment just saying "when is the next update?" It makes a person really unmotivated to write.
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johnegbertlover413 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  New member
have you not updated?
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Tien13 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
No. I have not.
There is a preview for the next chapter in my gallery, I posted it on 4/13 as a gift to my watchers.
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johnegbertlover413 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  New member
oh 4/13 heh ..
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1Liakat27 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  New member
Haha omg
I stayed up all night reading this

I was also kinda wondering where Jade was, so thank you for bringing her back in~

This is an awesome story
Just like all ur stuff~
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