“Let me see your teeth!”
And before I could even react, Tooth was in my face, with her delicate fingers in my mouth, as she always had when she examined teeth.
“What for?” I meant to ask, but it just came out as unintelligible sounds.
“There they are,” Tooth said and she relaxed considerably.
“What?” I asked and widened my eyes slightly at her calmed tone, stature and features.
“All of them,” she nearly whispered and gently brushed her finger across every single of my teeth. “All of your sweet teeth.”
“Hng?” I ask and quirked an eyebrow. She’d sounded so different when she said that last bit: tender, but not in her usual motherly way.
“I wonder if they themselves are sweet,” Tooth continued and giggled like a schoolgirl. Wait, what?!
“Uh, okay,” I muttered and slowly moved away. “I’ve gotta go, actually. My friends are waiting for me. See ya later.”
And with that I turned around perhaps a bit too quickly and walked away at a steadily speedy pace.
Weird, I thought slightly nervous as I continued walking.
“I got my list, And I’m checking it twice. So tell me girl, Are you naughty or nice?” I sang quietly to myself as I slightly danced around the empty house. “Tonight’s the night, I ain’t rollin’ the dice. Are you naughty or nice? Naughty or nice?”
I heard a loud laugh behind me and immediately spun around, turning off the music on instinct. There stood North, smiling like he always did.
“What’re you doing here?” I asked surprised. “Aren’t you busy?”
“Well, da,” he replied and let out a single, short chuckle. “But not busy enough to not visit a friend.”
“Well, then I’m honored to be that friend,” I said and bowed slightly.
“Not needed,” North said and waved his hand dismissively. “But about that song.”
“What about it?” I asked curiously and stood back straight.
“What’s your answer?” he asked and a certain glint appeared in his eyes. “Naughty… or nice?”
“Whichever one gets me the best Christmas presents,” I nearly chirped and smiled innocently, only to distract myself from the innuendo concealed within that song.
North laughed heartily again.
“Then I’ll be sure to make this year’s present extra special,” he said with a wink before he walked over to the chimney with another laugh.
“Hm, odd,” I said and sighed once I knew he was gone.
-Time-Space Skip 2-
I was making ready to go to bed, fluffing up my pillow as usual, when something pulled at my PJ-pant leg. I looked down and there stood Sandy continuing to hold onto the fabric even if he had my full attention.
“Hey there Sandy,” I said and smiled tiredly. “How’s it going?”
He flashed me a thumbs up along with a happy smile and I smiled in return. He then pointed to me, asking the same question.
“Me? I’ve been good,” I answered and sat down on my bed quietly. “I’ve been busy today, so I’m kinda tired, though I guess that’s why you’re here.”
He nodded shortly, but then shook his head straight after. I quirked an eyebrow and felt the grip on my pants tighten a bit.
The next thing I noticed was a golden bouquet of flowers being held towards me. I smiled at the bouquet and gently took it.
“Thanks Sandy,” I whispered as I kept looking at the flowers. “Red roses always were overrated.”
Where’d that come from? I questioned myself internally, but I dropped it when I saw Sandy smile.
“Well,” I said with a yawn and put the flowers aside. “I better get to bed. I hope I dream something nice.”
I looked over at Sandy and he smiled back at me, flashing another thumbs up.
“Goodnight, Sandy,” I said and closed my eyes.
-Time-Space Continuum-broken Skip-
“What’s this for anyway?” I questioned as I landed straight on my bum. “It’s not like anything’s coming to get me.”
“You never know,” Bunny replied and did another kick. “Come on, get back up.”
“Alright, alright,” I said and with much difficulty stood up again.
“Now, concentrate,” Bunny instructed as I took up my stance. “The distribution of your weight has got to be perfect if this is going to work. Not that it isn’t already.”
“Huh?” I questioned a bit surprised at what I’d thought I’d heard.
“Nothin’,” Bunny quickly recovered from the slightly embarrassed look he had before. “Now get ready again.”
“O..kay,” I said a bit hesitantly but obeyed nonetheless.
“Now, kick!” As he nearly shouted I did the best sidekick of that entire day, at least it felt the best.
“Aw, yeah!” I cheered excitedly fist-pumping the air in pure joy.
“Nice,” Bunny said and I turned to look at him with a great smile. He looked away a bit nervously at that moment and began to fiddle with his paws.
His eyes darted to look at me for short seconds every once in a while and my expression slowly fell to a neutral one.
“You know,” Bunny began and I cocked my head slightly. “I’ve got somethin’ for ya.”
“Really?” I asked surprised that he’d have anything for me, after forcing me through another round of training.
“Yea. I just saw it an’… it made me think of you, though I don’t really get why,” he quickly muttered out the last part, almost as if to defend himself. “Here.”
He reached out a paw and in it was (a/an) (f/c) egg decorated with a tasteful floral pattern. I breathed in and a smile spread on my face as I gently took the egg from him.
“It’s so,” I stopped for a second trying to find the word. “Me.”
“Thought so,” Bunny mumbled but I could see the slight smile he wore.
“Thank you, Bunny,” I said and seemingly surprised him with a hug.
-Second-to-last Time-Space Skip-
“Don’t flatter yourself,” I deadpanned and crossed my arms.
Pitch looked over at me with a sour expression, his lack of eyebrows still unnerving me.
“What’d you say?” he spoke quickly and I backed down just a bit.
“I said, “don’t flatter yourself”,” I repeated myself, though a bit less confident. Only a bit.
“Oh, really, now?” Pitch questioned and I heard something creeping along the floor even if it was just faint.
“Uh-huh,” I answered trying quite hard not to stutter.
“Oh my,” Pitch said, obviously in fake surprise and looked at the floor. “What’s this?”
Don’t look down, don’t look down, don’t look down, I kept chanting in my head, but being the naturally curios person I am I of course had to look down.
I instantly regretted it.
Because there, almost at my feet, was a large hairy spider, and it was slowly moving closer to me. I screamed like I had never screamed before, closing my eyes like it would help me.
“Now that’s what is “pitch perfect”,” Pitch chuckled over my screaming, which made me wonder how I could hear it.
-Dun-dun-duuuuuuun Time-Space Skip-
“Why me?” I groaned as I fell onto my bed. It had finally gotten to me what had been going on.
“Why’s everyone and their momma coming on to me?!” I nearly yelled and looked out my window, having the moonlight shine right into my eyes. “You gotta know, if you’re even there.”
“Wanna see the dark side of the moon?” an unfamiliar voice asked me suggestively and my jaw dropped.
“Oh, for fu-! Ungh!” I screamed loudly. “NO!”
I leapt up from my bed and shut the curtains rather violently.
“I’ve seen plenty of it these past days,” I said in a sigh and felt my eyebrow twitch. I slowly slid down the wall and landed on the floor with a thump.
“No,” I whispered and shook my head. “Just no.”
That night I fell asleep in that position. Damn, did my neck hurt the next morning.
-HAHA! Gotcha! Time-Space Skip- (Longest)
“Wathca doin’ out here?”
I turned my head at the question and spotted Jack leaning casually on his staff.
“Chillin’, what else?” I replied with a crooked smile, to which Jack replied with one of his own.
“I guess that makes sense,” he said and dumped down beside me on the porch.
As expected from Jack’s presence it quietly began to snow, with small, light snowflakes falling slowly to the ground. I gently reached out a hand and caught one of the bigger ones.
“Snowflakes always fall so nicely,” I whispered as I watched the little crystal melt in my hand.
“Then I must be a really heavy snowflake,” Jack said and I looked over to see him watching the snowfall.
“How d’you figure?” I asked and leaned back while supporting my weight on my arms.
“Because I fell hard,” he said with a charming smile. “For you.”
I sighed and hung my head slightly. “You too, huh?”
Jack merely chuckled and I looked up at him seriously.
“But I’ve got more,” he said and gently poked my nose. I smiled gently at his persistence and seemingly uncrushed enthusiasm.
“Go on, then” I said and nudged his finger slightly with my nose.
“Baby, I’d nip your nose any day,” Jack said and winked at me, the charmer.
I chuckled quietly and he smiled happily.
“My heart may be cold, but it always beats warmly for you.”
I couldn’t help it as I began to giggle like a silly little girl. He was being too cheesy, but so cute and charming at the same time.
“Snowflakes never fall in the wrong place, so fall for me?”
I couldn’t help but blush ever so slightly at the absolutely adorable face he had as he said that last one and I covered my mouth with my hand.
“Convinced?” Jack asked cheekily and I chuckled one last time.
“Hmm,” I hummed and rubbed my chin. “Maybe.”
“That’s a “yes”, in other words,” Jack said and a full-fledged grin spread on his face.
“Whatever you say, snowman” I said in a playfully dismissive tone.
“Snow angel,” Jack retorted and I raised my eyebrows.
“Cut the cheese, Jackie,” I said and stood up.
“With pleasure,” Jack replied nearly instantly and flew up from his seat.
And before I had time to react, air wasn’t the thing cooling off my lips.
“Every cold day needs a warm fire,” Jack whispered when he pulled away again.
“I said cut the cheese,” I replied with a smile.