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Lora appears in the library where Minny was reading before she was transported.

“Why is it always sparkles with her magic...!?”

“who’s there!?”

Lora looks towards the voice.

“Just a twelve year old witch wanting to get help for her skeleton friend. Names Lora.”

A skeleton walks out of the shadows.

“names Killer. care to tell me how you got here? and where’s harmony?”

Lora mutters under her breath, “He's hotter in real life.... “ before she replies to the other.

“Minny is the friend I was talking about. She somehow managed to get to my multiverse and become magically exhausted to the point where she needs help regaining her strength. I wasn't about to just send her home in that state. So here I am here in her place.”

Killer stares hard at Lora, looking slightly panicked.

“how much did she use?”

“No clue. Enough to have trouble walking that's for sure. She's in a safe location though. So I'm not worried about her being in any immediate danger.”

“aw sh- “ He begins speeding away, then stops and looks back at Lora. “come on.”

Lora shortcuts to Killers side.

“Lead the way.”

Killer jumps but quickly covers it up and starts walking again.

“so you’re a sans then?”

Lora walks next to Killer.

“I don't consider myself one. It'd feel too much like having a crush on myself then....”

“...i don’t even want to begin unpacking that…” he sees something up ahead, and starts running.

“boss!”

Lora lazily walks after him. “So that's Nightmare huh.....? He is also hot. I can't wait to meet my own version of him....”

What is it Killer?” He spots Lora. “and who is that?

“Sup. I'm Lora.”

Nightmare.

“boss we gotta go help minny- she ended up in lora’s multiverse and is really low on magic!”

Nightmare whips his head towards Killer.

“How bad?

“She nearly fell several times when she walked to my bed, which was just a few feet away at the time…”

Nightmare curses. “Killer, go get my brother.

Killer runs off.

“I would have helped her myself... but I'm inexperienced when it comes to healing magic... both the wizard and monster kind…I should probably work on that.....”

oh, we all suck with it too- she just needs to be near us for awhile... it’s not great how much magic she used though…

“It is sort of expected though. I imagine traveling through your own multiverse takes a quite a bit of magic.... and she managed to travel to a totally different multiverse altogether.”

You have as well, it seems.

“I wouldn't have been able to without Minny. It's her magic that's responsible for this.”

“Huh…

Killer running back with Dream in his arms.

“i found him!!”

“Aaaaaaahhhh!!”

“why are all skeletons so hot!!!?”

Fresh yells from other side of the lodge.

“Ya better not be sinnin’ brah!”

Lora calls out.

“DON'T WORRY NO UNFRESH THOUGHTS HERE!”

Killer puts down Dream. “let’s go!”

“What is happening??”

“You all might want to hold on to me. I'm not entirely sure the book will take us all back otherwise....” She takes out the book to Snowdin cabin.

Harmony is being an idiot again.” Nightmare grabs onto Lora. Killer grabs Nightmares hood.

Dream sighs.

“Of course she is…” he grabs Lora’s arm.

Lora activated the book causing them all to vanish into sparkles. They reappeared in Loras classically messy bedroom. “I'm back~”

Winky meows. Minny is asleep on the bed.

“Don’t worry Winky. I think we have some fish in the fridge... I'll go get it.” She shortcuts away.

Nightmare quickly scoops up Minny, Dream joining him.

“Brother I have to be by her too.”

Nightmare rolls eyelight.

yeah yeah-

Lora shortcuts back with a plate of salmon.

“I have food for you Winky!”

She sets the plate on the floor.  Both Dream and Nightmare sit on the floor with Minny sitting between them.

Winky purrs a thanks to Lora.

“You're welcome Winky.” Lora looks towards Nightmare and Dream. “You think I can join the cuddle pile?”

Dream nods and Nightmare shrugs indifferently.

Killer speaks up. “wait I wanna join too-”

“Yea!” Lora shifts into her leopard form and goes to snuggle Minny.

The awake skeletons startle at Lora changing forms before settling back down, and Killer snuggles into Nightmares side.

Lora purrs in delight.

Winky finishes eating and joins Lora in Minny's lap.

After some time passes Minny wakes up.

“ugh..." Looking at her surroundings she furrows her brows. "Night? Dream? When did you get here?”

“I'm here too!” Killer pipes up.

“Roww.”

“Wha-?" Minny looks at the cats in her lap. "Oh, hey Lora-" she yawns "wha’s goin’ on?”

Lora squirms out of Minny's lap and transforms when she gets far enough away. She turns back to the skeletons.

“I got you your skeletons. Then we came back and had a cuddle pile.”

“Darn…” Minny stretches. “wish I-" she yawns again" -I was awake for that.”

Don’t worry- we’ll make a big snuggle pile for you when we get home

“Yayyyy” happy Minny noises.

Lora snorts. “And you say I'm the adorable one~”

Dream speaks to Lora. “She gets like this when she’s tired…”

And directs his attention to Minny. “I think you might need more sleep, Minny.”

Minny shakes her head.

“You are the adorable one!” She yawns and slumps into Dreams side.

“I'm twelve. I'm meant to be adorable.”

Lora looks at the time.

“I'll go see about getting some dinner. I'm sure Harry won't mind cooking a small feast for everyone.”

“do you have chocolate?” Killer asks.

Dream tries to protest. “Oh no it’s fine! We can just leave-!”

“Yes to the chocolate, it's in my closet, help yourself but don't let my brother know I had it. And no to you just leaving. Minny needs more rest, and I want to make sure she has enough energy to safely make it home. Skeletons with her or not.”

Killer immediately scrambles to the closet. “thank you!!”

“‘m fineeee” Minny attempts to stand up.

Lora shortcuts away with the books to talk to Harry as Nightmare and Dream rush to catch Minny if she falls.

Nightmare finally just scoops her up into his tentacles.

Sit.

Harry could be heard through the floor.

“ARE YOU SURE YOU DIDN'T COMMIT NECROMANCY SISTER? THE AMOUNT OF SKELETONS YOU KNOW KEEP INCREASING…”

Dream snorts at hearing this.

“FINE. I'LL INCREASE THE AMOUNT OF SPAGHETTI FOR TONIGHT.”

Lora shortcuts back to her room.

“He said he didn't mind.”

“Coo’ beans.”

Nightmare nods in thanks.

“Thank you for having us.”

Killer's face is stuffed with chocolate and he couldn't respond.

“So what would you all like to know? We have a bit of time before Harry calls us to eat…”

“I don’t think I ever got your name?” Dream asks.

“Names Lora. Lora Potter. Nice to meet you.” She holds out hand with whoopie cushion charm silently casted.

Dream grabs hand. “Nice to meet you-” he was interrupted by a loud Pfffffffffffffffttttttttttttt..... courtesy of the charm.

“Ha! I love this charm~” Lora takes her hand back.

Dream stares deadpan at Lora.

“Every time I swear-" He walks to Nightmare, throwing his hands up in exasperation- then taking Minny from him.

“Mine now”

Minny protests weakly. “heyyy-”

Nightmare pouts at Dream before turning to Lora.

Don't worry, he’s just salty that every Sans he’s met so far has managed to do that.

“Still don't consider myself a Sans......” Lora grumpily mutters.

“Right, sorry.”

Killer had his mouth full of chocolate. “ow ‘i’ ‘ou eh oo uff?”

Lora looks at Killer in confusion. “Can anyone translate that for me...?”

Dream sighs, “He wants to know how you got to us?”

Lora pulls out the books.

“Minny's magic created these to be able to travel between our two multiverses.” She puts the books back in her inventory. “I'll give them to you after dinner. Don't worry.”

“Huh-”

-interesting.”

Dream and Nightmare awkwardly stare at each other.

Lora sighs.

“This is going nowhere... how about we play two truths and a lie to make things less awkward and more fun for everyone?”

Minny yawns once more, sleepily raising her hand- Dream pushing it back down. “Oh! Can I go first?”

“Sure.”

“Okay so I have grey eyelights, I like reading, and I’ve died three times.”

No need to make it so obvious-

“I'm saying it's the third option. To my knowledge you've only died once so far....”

Dream speaks up, skeptical of how Lora- and likely Nightmare- could get such an obvious answer wrong.

“Her eyelights are black and white…”

...You what-

“You are aware that this is two truths and one lie right Minny? Not one truth and two lies....” Lora questioned Minny.

“Yup.”

When was the third time.

“Technically... it was the first time…”

“I want to know when else you died at all.... I died before your fic was finished after all....”

The Ask Box makes itself known. “Don't worry Lora! I'll update you on Minny's fic!”

“Really? Thanks EclipseStoryWritter! I'm looking forward to it!”

“No problem!”

Minny smiles. “In that case, I’m not telling you~”

“That's fine. I don't want spoilers after all.... Now who wants to go next? If no one volunteers I'll go!”

“I’ll go after you then.”

“Ok! First, I've never broken a bone. I once drank BBQ sauce. And, I'm the older twin between Harry and I.”

Minny hums in thought. “Well, I know the last one is true... the second one, maybe?”

“I say the first one.”

“Dream is correct! I HAVE broken bones before!”

Minny hesitates, “...how was the bbq sauce?”

“Yes!” Dream gives a smol fist pump.

“It was second best to ketchup.”

“Nice. Your turn Nighty!”

Alright... uhhh... I hate apples, Horror has tried to eat my tentacles, and... I like killing people...?” Nightmare cringes at his own awkwardness.

“The last one.” Lora deadpanned.

“I already know the answer, so I’m not saying anything.”

“I would hope it’s the last one, brother.”

“Yeah... I kinda panicked…”

“I could hear it in your voice. The trick with lying though is to put a tiny bit of truth into your words. For instance my lie. Yes I've broken bones before. But who said they had to be my own~?”

Nightmare points to Lora. “You. I like you.

“Ooo! Whose bones did you break?”

Dream remains silent.

Lora cheerily replies. “Quirrell's. He was a treat to Harry.”

“Oh yeah. He deserved it.”

Harry shouted through the floorboards. “SISTER, TURN OFF YOUR PROTECTIVE BLOOD LUST! I CAN FEEL IT FROM HERE!”

“SORRY BRO!”

Minny giggles. “Go Dream!”

“Uhhh- how about Killer goes first?”

Everyone turns only to find Killer in a food coma.

“.... I think he had too much chocolate.... at least he didn't get into my chocolate frog stash I have under my bed though....”

“Yeaahhh... alright I'll go- I enjoy making people happy, I've killed someone, annnnnd... I fight better with my staff than my bow.”

“Second option. I don't think you have the guts to permanently kill someone.”

Nightmare smirks.

“Welllllll... it technically wasn't permanent …”

“I don't even WANT to consider it Dream. Even if it is the truth. It reminds me of something Swap Dream might do... so I WILL NOT even believe that you would kill anyone.”

“It wasn't on purpose!” Dream defends.

“That's better, but I'm still not going to consider it.”

“Alright I guess.”

Lora points to Killer.

“Should we do something about that...? I know a few spells that would wake him up.....”

“Oh wait, watch this” Minny shakily gets up, walks over to Killer, and gives him a forehead kiss.

Killer immediately opens his eyes.

He’s sleeping beauty.

“Aww~ true loves kiss DOES work every time~”

Killer and Minny start blushing and trying to deny what Lora said, but they were too flustered.

“FOODS READY!”

“Looks like it's time to go eat! Race you down the stairs~” Lora shortcuts away.

“saved by the bell!”

*Killer has fled.

Nightmare picks up Minny and starts walking down the stairs. “Do we tell her that you’ve literally done that to all of us?

Minny was still blushing. “Please don’t-”

Dream follows behind Nightmare.

Jevil flies from his hideout in the walls and down the stairs. “FOOD!”

“What the-!?”

Minny wraps one of Nightmares tentacles around her head. “Nope! I do not see.”

Hermione comes out of Harry's room and heads down the stairs, seeing the skeleton's reactions to the pixy. 

“I see you ran into Jevil then.”

“Oh man i forgot that was his name-” Minny starts laughing.

“I have no idea what you're laughing about.... that pixy can be a menace at times.....”

“Exactly.”

“You don't realize what he does all the time do you....? No secret that he hears stays that way from Lora.....it makes wrapping presents especially hard…” Hermione then heads towards dining room.

Minny turns to Nightmare, opening her mouth.

Absolutely not.”

“Dang it.”

At the dining room, Lora, Killer, Hermione and Jevil took their seats. Jevil sitting on Lora's shoulder happily chatting her ear off.

Lora was nodding along to what Jevil was saying about what Harry wanted for Giftmass when Minny, Dream, and Nightmare walk in.

Harry comes in carrying the food. “HELP YOURSELVES EVERYONE!”

Lora flicks her wand and has the food plate itself for everyone.

“MUST YOU DO THAT EVERY MEAL LORA? YOU DON'T NEED MAGIC TO DO EVERYTHING FOR YOU!”

“But it's less work this way....!”

“I DON'T CARE.”

Dream mumbles “They really do act like a Sans and Papyrus though....”

“They aren’t.”

“thank you for having us!”

yes, thank you

“Thanks!”

“Thank you very much!”

“YOU'RE QUITE WELCOME. IT'S ALWAYS NICE WHEN FRIENDS ARE OVER.....Even Though This Is The First Time We've Had Friends Over......”

“Oof- well maybe we can come over every now and then?”

We’ll see about that.

“You don't have to trouble yourselves. Harry and I aren't home much anyway nowadays due to school.... besides, you wouldn't know when we would be home in the first place because of the dimensional time difference.”

“hmm... I guess you’re right... maybe you could come to us? You don’t have to of course-”

“I wouldn't mind visiting. But I'd need a way to travel too and from our multiverses....”

Hedwig makes herself known from her perch. “Bark!”

“Really...?”

“Bark!”

“If you're sure.... She said that she would be happy to deliver letters between the two of us Minny.”

“well we do have two books- and thank you... Hedwig? That’s your name right?”

Hedwig nods.

“I'm pretty sure that you need both books. One book leads to your multiverse and the other takes you to mine…”

“It could work if the books could take objects alone, like the other book... right?”

“Theoretically.... But then again maybe when you go home you can take Hedwig with you. Then send her back with the book that leads to your dimension? That way you have the book that leads to mine while I have the book that leads to yours?”

“That could work!” Minny cheers.

Hermione speaks up. “Is no one going to question how an owl is going to travel the multiverses to deliver stuff despite everyone else having trouble traveling them in general?!”

We have books, apparently.

“nope.”

Minny shrugs.

“IF HEDWIG SAYS SHE CAN DO IT THEN I BELIEVE HER..... SHE CAN STEAL MY BACON NO MATTER WHAT I DO ANYWAY... I'M CERTAIN SHE CAN TRAVEL THE MULTIVERSE WITHOUT USING ANY BOOKS.”

“Hedwig is like the annoying dog in that respect. Don't question her abilities....”

Dream chuckles. “Alright then.”

“I should probably give up logic entirely when dealing with you two shouldn't I?” Hermione asks.

“That Would Be Wise.”

“Honestly probably.”

“Well! Now that that's settled... let's eat!” Lora happily starts eating after giving Jevil some garlic bread to eat.

Killer eats a few bites of spaghetti before going for the garlic bread.

Dream starts eating while Nightmare, who is still holding Minny, eats a few bites before trying to convince Minny to eat.

“I’m not hungry-” she protests.

Harry decides to play dirty and pouts with tears in his eyes.

“Is My Spaghetti That Repulsive To You....? And I tried So Hard To Make It Eatable For Skeletons…”

Minny sighs, knowing she can’t say no to that face- even if it was fake

"Alright- I’ll eat some-” She takes a few bites. “Hey this is really good!”

Harry smirks in satisfaction. “OF COURSE IT IS! I'VE BEEN COOKING SINCE I COULD WALK AFTER ALL!”

Lora nods in agreement. “True.”

Dream became concerned at that.

“I don’t think that’s very safe-”

“Take up your concerns about child safety with our relatives. They would disagree with you.”

“I honestly wouldn’t be that sad if they died-”

Wow, you actually made her sort of violent, they must be awful people.

“I HAVE TO AGREE WITH MINNY ON THIS ONE. BUT I DO WONDER IF DUDLEY WAS ABLE TO SURVIVE THEIR SPOILING.....”

“Poor Duddykins.... He might not ever grow up from a child mentality.....”

Minny whispers to Lora. “Canonly he gets too fat to be very functional... and he stays a jerk...”

Lora whispers back, “Really? That poor kid.... I wonder what he's like now though? Harry and I haven't seen the Dursleys in YEARS.....”

“Honestly? It wouldn’t surprise me if he’s still similar. The Dursley’s would mostly ignore Harry minus making him do housework- and I know they had enough money to hire someone to do it…But- your life is different from the books.”

“I envy canon Harry then.... I wish they ignored us more than they did.....”

“Yeah…”

Dream puts hands on both girls’ heads. “No sad.”

“Pfft-”

Minny starts to laugh.

Harry tosses Lora a ketchup bottle. “I AGREE WITH THE BRIGHT SKELETON. STOP THINKING OF THOSE TIMES SISTER! WE LEFT THEM AND GOT AN ACTUAL FAMILY FROM  GRAMS AND GRAMPS!”

Lora catches the bottle and laughs. “Ok bro! You're right, as always.”

“Okay okay-” Minny starts to shiver and make grabby hands at Dream, who picks her up.

“hey what time do ya think it is at our place right now?” Killer askes curious. 

“I'd say at least half an hour since I came to get you all. So around lunch time.”

“weird…”

Lora shrugs. “What can you do? This multiverse moves quicker than your own.”

“I blame the writing styles.” Minny states.

“That's quite possible.”

Through the Ask box one of the Authors speak up. “HEY! IT'S HARD TO WRITE EVERY LITTLE DETAIL ABOUT YOUR LIFE!”

“Shut up Eclipse. You shouldn't go breaking the fourth wall using the ask box.”

Minny starts laughing.

Nightmare and Dream show visible confusion.

Harry looks at Lora skeptically. “YOU AREN'T SICK AGAIN ARE YOU LORA? YOU ONLY SEEM TO HEAR THE VOICES WHEN YOU'RE SICK AFTER ALL....”

“Na bro. I'm 100% healthy. I just became permanently open to the ask box a few months ago is all.”

Harry was still skeptical. “IF YOU SAY SO SISTER.....”

“Don’t worry she’s fineeee…” Minny butts in.

“ IT'S MY JOB AS HER BROTHER TO WORRY... JUST LIKE SHE CONSTANTLY WORRIES ABOUT ME.”

Minny smiles. “Yup you two are adorable-”

Lora nods in agreement. “And I own it.”

“OF COURSE I AM! I'M THE AMAZING HARRY AFTER ALL!”

Minny gestures at the twins like: 'can you believe this?' before turning to Dream.

"Dream can I-"

"Absolutely not."

 

Soon everyone finished eating, and Hermione and Harry said their goodbyes to the skeletons and left to finish wrapping presents.

Jevil left to spy and figure out what said presents were.

And Hedwig found herself a new perch on Nightmares shoulder.

Lora looks sadly at Minny.

“Guess this is it huh...? You're finally going home.... man it feels like we've known each other for years instead of a mere day...!”

Minny smiles sadly. “It does!"

She squirms out of Dreams hold and walks up to Lora.

“Hug?” She opens her arms slightly.

“Hug.” Lora hugs Minny tightly.

Minny hugs back just as tightly- before pulling back. “we’ll figure out how to visit- okay?”

“Okay. Remember to send Hedwig back with the book leading to your Multiverse. Just in case…”

“Alright.”

Lora had an idea and gains a mischievous look in her eyes. “I don't think you'll miss me too much though Minny~”

Minny squints at Lora.

“...What do you mean?”

“Nothing~” Lora then cast a silent, delayed, glamor charm on Minny. The charm was timed to activate by the time Minny got home and would make her look like her human self for about an hour.

“ ...Alright then…”

“Bark!”

“Hush Hedwig we’re friendshipping-”

“Ha! Good one! Hedwig is right.... You should get going…”

Lora pulls out the books from her inventory.

“Here are your tickets home…”

“Alright... let’s keep in touch!” Minny gives a quick hug before heading back to her skellies. “We'll send Hedwig back as soon as possible!”

Lora waves goodbye. “Yeah! Till we meet again for now!”

“Bye!”

All of the skeletons + Hedwig vanish in a burst of sparkles.

“I wish I could have seen their reactions.... oh well! Hedwig will fill me in on the details later!” Lora then shortcuts to her bedroom.

 

With Minny....

Minny and co appear in the library with sparkles surrounding them.

What is with your magic and glitter?

Minny shrugs and makes an “I don’t know” sound. 

Dream grabs Hedwig from her perch on Nightmare- giving her the book they just used. “Give this to Loraaaaaaa-” He then turns to see a human looking Harmony. “who are you??!”

Minny jumps.

“What? Who is who??”

“You!!”

Hedwig takes the book and flies to a window.

“You is who?”

“No-!" Dream sighs. "You’re Harmony aren’t you…”

“I’m so confused?” Minny states.

Hedwig watches the Chaos from her new perch.

Look at your hand Minny.” Nightmare points out.

“Wha-?” She looks at her hand. “Why do I have skin-??”

Hedwig wished she could laugh, thinking ‘you should have known that Lora would prank you..... She IS a known prankster~’

Killer starts trying to play with Minny's pink hair.

“Why are you asking me??”

Do you have any idea what happened?

“No-” Minny then spots Hedwig.

“Waiiiiit- Lora I swear-!! This is what she meant isn’t it?”

Hedwig, knowing her job was done, takes off out the window and disappears into the clouds with a “Bark!”

Minny sputters. “Wait!! How long is this gonna last??”

She angrily stuffs her hands into her pockets only to feel a piece of paper. “Wha-?” She takes it out and unfolds it.

The note read:

“The spell is temporary! You should have expected me to prank you, you know~ 

Have fun being human for an hour~!

Love- Lora. ♡~”