Rui absentmindedly threw and caught something blue as Rex and Marcy carefully examined the crate of fruit some kids had brought in. The blue article Rui just so happened to be throwing up and down was some of the fruit previously residing in the crate.
“I think it’s a pear.” The girl said, pausing in her methodical exercise.
Rex frowned at her. “It’s blue.”
“I think it’s a pear.” Rui repeated in a manner that suggested she wasn’t budging in her judgement.
“Are you sure it’s just not an overgrown blueberry?” Marcy suggested.
“Nah.” Rui shook her head with a rather blasé look. “It has that weird pear lump, see? It’s a pear.”
Rex took something orange and apple-like from the crate and leaned backwards until he came to a sitting position upon the ground. A fall breeze blew through the trees around them, bringing with it the warning of colder weather that was soon to come. Sounds of cooking came from the lodge besides them.
“How come the fruit’s even like this, anyway? I expected all the nature, but how come the food decided to mutate?” Rex inquired.
Rui shrugged. Marcy continued to examine the crate, even going as far to sniff some of it out of curiosity.
“Maybe it had something to do with the Change?” Rui offered. “We still don’t know what full effect it had on the land, after all.”
Marcy muttered, “The presence of otherworldly creatures drove the entire world completely batshit.”
“How’s it going?” A voice called from the lodge, Steve emerging from the garage door. Amraphel wandered after him. Her face immediately grew into a grin when she saw the fruit crate.
“We were wondering how funny it would be if we made Will eat this stuff.” Rui announced loudly.
“Do you think the food’s toxic or something?” Steve frowned.
“Nah, I just think it would be hilarious, is all.” Rui shrugged.
Marcy added, “It’d be like a new age Green Eggs and Ham.” She offered some of the fruit to Amraphel, who sat besides her. “Check out these weird bananas.”
“Oh, God.” Steve blanched. “I think they’re all pretty weird.”
“Think they’re safe to eat?” Rex asked.
“I-” Steve made the second person to sniff the fruit since it was brought back, “Maybe? Wow, I don’t know.”
Out of curiosity, Amraphel broke one of the strange bananas in half, rather than peeling it. Almost instantly, something green oozed out of it. Though the girl didn’t drop the fruit, her casual gaze turned into one of horror, a shiver visibly traveling up her spine.
Marcy slid back from with a disgusted look. “Ooooh, gosh.”
Rex was frozen, looking at the banana like it had insulted his mother. Steve said nothing while Rui poked it.
The banana continued to ooze strange liquid.
“...Let’s get fruit from some other universe.” Steve said after awhile.
A few hours later, a shout of horror rang through the base as Will took a bite of a suspicious pear by mistake. This delighted Rui and Marcy to no end, because they didn’t even have to force feed it to the boy. He screwed up all on his own.
It was Will’s insistence, in the end, to go get more ‘normal fruit’ right that bloody instance.
fun fact, the overall title for the story universe these kids are from is ‘Foolproof.’
I just didn’t add it to the titles of these one shots b/c it was messing with the minimalist feel of everything. That’s seriously my only reason.
ALSO this plotline continues in part 16, b/c i could only squeeze out half of that and i want MOVE ON for a little bit.