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short story by oriflamme adapted for commaful. read the rest: https://archiveofourown.o...

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Karkat Vantas wakes up in the middle of the night to the dulcet skrees of the enormous albino crab looming over the side of his recooperacoon, clacking its meaty claws over its head.

"Oh my fucking fuck," he groans, resisting, with great effort, the urge to attempt to drown himself in sopor.

Not only is it physiologically impossible for a troll to drown in sopor, the attempt probably wouldn't even faze Crabdad.

"What do you want?" Maybe he'll get lucky and Crabdad will shut up if Karkat tosses him a slice of grubloaf. Just, please, don't start screeching about -

With a petulant skree, Crabdad flings an empty black plastic tray to the ground, the demand clear as it skitters from side to side on skinny legs.

You've got to be fucking kidding.

Stupid. Fatass.  Lusus.

Karkat is aware that lusii become redundant as a troll ages and becomes self-sufficient. Eventually, it reaches the point that the troll takes care of lusus rather than the other way around.

From that point on, it's only a matter of waiting until it's time for them to be assigned to a new grub, or eventually released for retirement.

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