The Darker Times - Happy Feet

Break Down

While Erik and the class were going to Elephant Land, Mumble and Gloria went back to their (new) resting place.

“I hope Erik's alright with this.” Mumble said to himself, although it didn't get unnoticed.

“I think he's going to be alright Mumble. Besides, he's with Miss Viola, even Christina is part of the school since she's now assistant.” Gloria reassured.

“How would you know that?” Mumble asked, being slightly louder.

“I checked, so nothing will happen along the trip, okay?”

“I feel like something bad is going to happen soon.” Mumble said worriedly.

“Mumble, you shouldn't worry. Everything's going to be alright.”

“But, I just don't feel right.” Mumble objected.

“Then go with Erik if you're worrying.” Gloria advised.

“I think he's spent enough time with his father.” Mumble objected again.

“You just said that- never mind.”

“If I go to see Erik, then Erik will see me as more caring than you, which in turn would make you the worse penguin.” Mumble explained. Gloria took this the wrong way and was offended by his comment.

“Me being the worse penguin, I think it's you who's worse right no- Oh my, I'm sorry Mu-” Gloria said, only just realising what she said.

“No! You're right.”

“No I'm no-”

“Yes, you are. Maybe this isn't working out.” Mumble suggested.

“Okay, what isn't working out?”

“This.” Mumble said, pointing to both him and Gloria.

“Are you saying, that we shouldn't be together?” Gloria asked, holding back tears.

“Well, I don't know. Let me find a song that matches the situation.”

2am; where do I begin,
Crying off my face again.
The silent sound of loneliness
Wants to follow me to bed.


I'm a ghost of a boy that I want to be most.
I'm the shell of a boy that I used to know well.


Dancing slowly in an empty room,
Can the lonely take the place of you?
I sing myself a quiet lullaby.
Let you go and let the lonely in
To take my heart again.


Too afraid to go inside
For the pain of one more loveless night.
But the loneliness will stay with me
And hold me 'til I fall asleep.


I'm a ghost of a boy that I want to be most.
I'm the shell of a boy that I used to know well.


Dancing slowly in an empty room,
Can the lonely take the place of you?
I sing myself a quiet lullaby.
Let you go and let the lonely in
To take my heart again.


Broken pieces of
A barely breathing story
Where there once was love
Now there's only me and the lonely.


Dancing slowly in an empty room
Can the lonely take the place of you?
I sing myself a quiet lullaby
Let you go and let the lonely in
To take my heart again.”

“You know, that doesn't help Mumble.”

“Yeah, I thought it didn't fit, how about this one?”

I can hold my breath
I can bite my tongue
I can stay awake for days
If that's what you want
Be your number one



I can fake a smile
I can force a laugh
I can dance and play the part
If that's what you ask
Give you all I am



I can do it
I can do it
I can do it



But I'm only penguin
And I bleed when I fall down
I'm only penguin
And I crash and I break down
Your words in my head, knives in my heart
You build me up and then I fall apart
'Cause I'm only penguin



I can turn it on
Be a good machine
I can hold the weight of worlds
If that's what you need
Be your everything



I can do it
I can do it
I'll get through it



But I'm only penguin
And I bleed when I fall down
I'm only penguin
And I crash and I break down
Your words in my head, knives in my heart
You build me up and then I fall apart
'Cause I'm only penguin



I'm only penguin
I'm only penguin
Just a little penguin



I can take so much
'Til I've had enough



'Cause I'm only penguin
And I bleed when I fall down
I'm only penguin
And I crash and I break down
Your words in my head, knives in my heart
You build me up and then I fall apart
'Cause I'm only penguin”

“Okay, that kinda makes sense, bu-”

“Got it, here goes nothing.”

I remember years ago
Someone told me I should take
Caution when it comes to love
I did


And you were strong and I was not
My illusion, my mistake
I was careless, I forgot
I did


And now when all is done
There is nothing to say
You have gone and so effortlessly
You have won
You can go ahead tell them


Tell them all I know now
Shout it from the roof tops
Write it on the sky line
All we had is gone now
Tell them I was happy
And my heart is broken
All my scars are open
Tell them what I hoped would be
Impossible, impossible
Impossible, impossible


Falling out of love is hard
Falling for betrayal is worse
Broken trust and broken hearts
I know, I know...


Thinking all you need is there
Building faith on love and words
Empty promises will wear
I know, I know...


And now when all is done
There is nothing to say


And if you're done with embarrassing me
On your own you can go ahead tell them


Tell them all I know now
Shout it from the roof tops
Write it on the sky line
All we had is gone now
Tell them I was happy
And my heart is broken
All my scars are open
Tell them what I hoped would be
Impossible, impossible
Impossible, impossible


I remember years ago
Someone told me I should take
Caution when it comes to love
I did


Tell them all I know now
Shout it from the roof tops
Write it on the sky line
All we had is gone now


Tell them I was happy
And my heart is broken
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, hoped would be
Impossible, impossible
Impossible, impossible
Impossible, impossible
Impossible, impossible”

“I guess, this is goodbye then.”

“Maybe, I guess only time will tell.” Mumble said, before walking out of Emperor Land to find Erik.


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