Papyrus woke up in the morning to his phone buzzing. He checked who had texted him. The text was from Mettaton, of course, and it said: "Morning, Sunshine! <3" Papyrus chuckled and texted back: "Same going to you!~" with a kissy heart emoji. They would see each other later in the day, at the park.
It was late November, so the weather was cold and it was snowy and icy outside. Of course, that wouldn't stop them from seeing each other.
Papyrus quickly changed from his orange, bone-patterned pajamas to jeans and a white t-shirt. Of course, still keeping the scarf on. He headed downstairs to find Sans, Frisk and Toriel already there. "Ah. There you are, Papyrus! *cough*" Toriel said weakly. Papyrus looked concerned. "Ms. Toriel, are you feeling okay?" He said. Toriel smiled.
"Of course. Just feeling a little under the weather today. Probably coming down with a cold." Papyrus nodded. He walked over to the cupboard to grab a bowl and a spoon, and sat down at the table with everybody else, eating some Temmie Flakes.
Mettaton's body beeped - he had reached 100% power. He got up quickly, excited for later. He would be meeting Papyrus at the park, and he couldn't wait! Mettaton quickly changed into pink sweat pants and a pink sweater and headed downstairs.
At the table, Mettaton found Shyren sitting alone. "Where's Napstablook?" Mettaton asked. "They're not feeling very well..." Shyren sang. "I got up this morning and... They refused to come downstairs with me..." She said sadly. Mettaton put a hand on Shyren's head. "I'll tell you what. Usually, when Blooky feels sick, I'd give him some hot chocolate! You could do that!" He suggested. Shyren's face lit up.
Mettaton sat down at the kitchen table with some waffles, pondering what he and Papyrus would do later.
Papyrus got to the park before Mettaton. It was still very icy outside, and also very cold. He wondered if Mettaton could make it in this weather.
After a little while, Mettaton did show up. Excited to see Papyrus, he started running towards him. However, as he was running, he slipped on some ice that he was unaware of, falling backwards.
Papyrus ran up and caught Mettaton before he could fall any further. The sight of Papyrus hovering right over Mettaton caused Mettaton to blush a bright pink. "Are you alright??" Papyrus asked.
"I-I'm okay... Thank you for catching me..." Mettaton said, stunned. Papyrus helped Mettaton get to standing position. It was still -5 degrees outside, so they headed to the nearest café.
Once they got to the café, it was so much warmer inside. Mettaton got a coffee and Papyrus got a hot chocolate, along with 6 chocolate-chip cookies to share between them. They sat in the café for a while, talking.
Eventually the topic changed to why Papyrus "saved" Mettaton when he slipped on the ice. "Mettaton, I've said it once and I'll say it again. We're here for each other. Anytime, Anywhere. Because we love each other." Mettaton and Papyrus both blushed, Papyrus a little less saying that it was his own answer.
"P.. Papyrus?" Mettaton asked silently. "What is it?" Papyrus asked in return. Mettaton looked to the side. "Can you.. Keep a secret for me, darling? One that I've never once told anyone, ever?" Papyrus put his hand on Mettaton's. "Of course. You can tell me anything, and I'll keep it to myself. I promise." He said sincerely, putting his hand to his chest. Mettaton sighed.
"When I was just a star that was starting out.. I wasn't even that popular yet.. I was... I.. I was harmed horribly... I don't know who it was... But they hurt me. You see, When I was starting out in my new EX body, I didn't have half of my face showing my endoskeleton. It was normal. But then, when this monster.. Or monsters... harmed me... They literally tore me apart. Played with me like I was some toy. The only big thing besides them ripping this side of my face off that I can remember... They beat me with a baseball bat. They kept hitting my head with it... And... That's why I'm LV 5..... I killed them... I didn't tell Alphys about my injuries.. I hid them myself... Or the fact that I had killed someone... or many..." Mettaton explained. He seemed desperate for someone who would understand.
The whole time Mettaton talked, Papyrus listened. And he understood. And he never flinched. He never stopped looking into Mettaton's eyes. Mettaton started to tear up. Papyrus stood up and took their drinks. "Let's go outside, where you can cry all you want." Mettaton nodded.
When they go outside and sat at a nearby bench, Mettaton let it out. He clutched Papyrus' scarf. "I'm nervous that others will find out.. I've tried to let go of this for years, and it's never worked..." Papyrus patted Mettaton gently. Mettaton buried his head in Papyrus' chest. "What do I do...?" Mettaton asked. Papyrus lifted Mettaton's head up to look at him. He leaned his forehead against Mettaton's.
"You stay next to me."