Monster's laptop made a quiet beep as a message came through. He checked it, but it wasn't from anyone he recognized. The typing style wasn't familiar, either.
gallowsCalibrator [GC] has begun pestering naiveDunce [ND]
GC: H3Y 1 N33D TO 4SK 4 F4VOR OF YOU
ND: What do you need?
GC: MYS3LF 4ND SOM3 FR13NDS N33D 4 PL4C3 TO ST4Y FOR A WH1L3
GC: ONLY A F3W OF US W4NT TO ST4Y W1TH YOU
GC: 1S TH4T 4LR1GHT?
ND: Id like to help you sure.
ND: You and a few of your friends could stay with me and Robot for a while.
GC: OK4Y GR34T
gallowsCalibrator [GC] ceased pestering naiveDunce [ND]
A few seconds later, there was a knock at the door. Monster got up and answered the door to see five unfamiliar guests standing on the doorstep.
The first was a gray-skinned girl who had shoulder-length black hair, solid red eyes, and two cone-shaped horns on her head with candy corn coloration. She wore a black t-shirt with a teal Libra symbol sewn on it, black pants, red tennis shoes, and red shades. Her lips and fingernails were painted black.
The second was a boy with slightly-tanned skin, blond hair, and eyes hidden behind mirror shades. He wore a long-sleeved white shirt with red sleeves and a broken record sewn on the front, dark blue jeans, and red Converse shoes.
The third was a gray-skinned boy who had black hair that formed two spike-things on either side of his head, red and blue glasses hid his eyes, and two double-sets of horns that curved inward slightly. He wore a black shirt with a yellow Gemini symbol sewn on it, light gray jeans, and a white black-soled shoe and a black white-soled shoe. He held a gaming device in his hands and the music from his game could easily be heard blasting from the headphones he had on.
The fourth was a gray-skinned boy who was a good half-foot shorter than the red-eyed girl and was the shortest of the group. He had messy black hair, red eyes with yellowed sclera, and two small nubby horns. He wore a black turtleneck sweater with a gray Cancer symbol sewn on the front, dark gray jeans, and black tennis shoes.
Finally, the fifth was a boy who pale peach skin, dark brown hair, buckteeth blue eyes, and rectangular glasses. He wore a white t-shirt with a retarded green worm thing or whatever on it, brown shorts, white tennis shoes, and white ankle socks.
"Hello," said the red-eyed girl. "It's nice of you to give us shelter for tonight."
Monster smiled and stepped out of the way for the five to come in. He looked at the girl and asked, "So what do you think?"
"That was a stupid question," the blond said putting his ear buds in his ears and messing around with his iPod.
"YEAH, HOW NICE OF YOU!" the 'midget' yelled. "ARE YOU TRYING TO UPSET HER?! LUCKILY IT WON'T WORK, BUT IT WAS AWFUL OF YOU TO EVEN TRY! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU, SINGLING OUT THE BLIND GIRL OUT AND ASKING HER ABOUT WHAT SHE THINKS OF THIS PLACE?! MAYBE IT'S A GOOD THING SHE CAN'T SEE, THOUGH, CONSIDERING THIS PLACE WOULD PROBABLY MAKE HER EYES MELT OUT OF THEIR SOCKETS AND END UP AS PILES OF GOOP ON THE FLOOR! IT'S LIKE SOME SORT OF RETARDED LITTLE KID CAME IN HERE AND TURNED IT INTO A HOME THAT ONLY A CLUSTERFU-"
"Karkat, please." The girl pinched the bridge of her nose. "Shut up. My head hurts and your stupidity isn't helping it at all."
Robot rolled in, and Monster looked over to see an irritated expression plastered on his face. "What on earth is going on in here? And why do we have guests at this hour?!"
"They have nowhere to go," Monster explained. "I decided I'd let them stay here for a while."
The girl bounced up and down. "We could gag and bind Karkat and throw him in the closet."
After a couple hours of fighting, bickering, and chatting, it was decided that the five could stay. The girl's name turned out to be Terezi, the blond's was Dave, the Gemini's being Sollux, and the brunette kid's being John. Karkat was bound and gagged and tossed in a closet, John slept in the closet with him, Terezi and Dave slept together on a pile of blankets on the floor, and Sollux ended up passing out sometime after everyone else at the kitchen while messing around on his computer.