They sat in the sand, their fingers intertwined with one another. The saltwater hit their ankles, bringing the smell of the ocean with it.
Foam held onto the wet sand, covering seashells underneath it. The orange and purple sky hung over their heads. The sun was setting over the horizon, and the stars twinkled in the distance.
Alphys rested her head in the crook of Undyne's shoulder. "I-It's beautiful..."
"Yeah," agreed Undyne, wistfully. She wrapped an arm around Alphys. "I'm glad you're here with me, babe."
Alphys chuckled, blushing. "M-Me, too."
They watched the blue waves slap against the rocky cliffs. The silhouettes of seagulls flew across the sky. The sand was warm beneath their hands.
"U-Undyne?" asked Alphys, quietly.
Undyne looked down at her lover, smiling. "Yeah?"
Alphys, her eyes shiny, kept her gaze on the water. "Do you...d-do you ever feel like this will all end soon?"
Undyne's eye went wide. She held Alphys closer to her. "Wh-What are you talking about, babe?"
"S-Sometimes...I feel like e-everything we've ever been through w-will just be erased." She sniffled, wiping away her incoming tears.
"I-I don't know why, but I've been feeling l-like that a lot lately."
"Hey, hey," whispered Undyne. She brought Alphys closer to her, caressing her cheek. "Don't think things like that. It's not gonna happen. Everything we've made together will stay."
Tears pooled out of Alphys' eyes. "I-I'm sorry."
"Don't be sorry," said Undyne. She looked at her girlfriend, worried. "Nothing's gonna disappear, I promise." She pressed her fingers into the sand. "All of this is real. It's not...
it's not a dream, Al." She looked at the sky. "I get where you're coming from...
all of the hard work leading up to us leaving the Underground could just disappear in an instant, but that's not gonna happen."
Alphys nodded her head, tears dripping off of her chin. "I d-don't know, I guess I-I just got anxious."
"It's okay," comforted Undyne as Alphys rested her head on her chest. She placed a kiss on her forehead. "I'll protect you from anything that tries to hurt you, okay?"
Alphys giggled. "O-Okay."
Wake up, Undyne. It's only a dream.
Undyne laughed and ran her fingers up and down Alphys' shoulder. "You're one of the best, damn things that have ever happened to me, you know that?"
"S-Stop, you're making me blush," grinned Alphys.
Come back to reality, Undyne.
Undyne laughed and gave Alphys another kiss, this time on the cheek. "I'm serious, Al."
Alphys looked deep into Undyne's yellow eye, smiling. "Y-You're the b-best thing that's ever happened to me, too."
Undyne chuckled, embracing Alphys' warmth. They sat there, gazing out into the ocean.
"I-I...I love you."
"I love yo-"
Ring! Ring! Ring!