"Oh no…" Jack said squeezing his eyes shut and scrunching up his face, internally cursing himself. Skyler stared at the three of them, eyes wide with shock and disbelief, and her mouth hanging open. Bunnymund's eyes darted around nervously, as did Sandy; trying to figure out what to do.
"What the…?" Skyler started, looking confused. Bunnymund leaned towards Jack, his eyes stayed on the girl in front of them, and whispered out of the corner of his mouth, "Hey mate; can she see us…?" Jack pursed his lips nervously and nodded, "E-e-e-y-u-p …" he said through his teeth, Sandy shrugged and his eyes motioned towards the girl in the bed. "Oh…Crikey, now what are we going to do…?" Bunny grumbled.
Skyler's flashlight slipped from her grip, but quickly regained her grip on it as she pointed it at her three visitors. The light landed on Bunny, "Wha…the… the Easter Bunny…?" Bunny chuckled nervously, she moved the light over to Sandy, "And you're…the Sandman?" Sandy smiled and gave a small nod, his golden eyes holding a warm happiness.
Finally the light landed on the winter spirit; Skyler jumped, "J-Jack…? W-what are you doing in my room? And why is the Easter Bunny and Sandman…?" she gasped and jumped out of bed, pacing back and forth.
"Okay, okay, okay…you hit your head really hard today…th-this is probably just some whacked up dream or-or s-some weird hallucination or something…" she laughs nervously, and turns to the three of them with a baffled expression, running a hand through her hair almost distressfully, "Oh, and you must be…" she motioned towards Jack and stopped in mid-sentence, with a look of realization slowly appearing on her face. She looked Jack over again, and knit her eyebrows in thought.
White hair…blue eyes…frost covered…wait…frost?
She lowered her hand from her head, staring at Jack with eyes as big as saucers.
"…Jack Frost…" she whispered. She gave a wheezed out laugh of disbelief. The three Guardians stared at her. Jack's eyes were as big as hers.
There was a long silence among the four of them.
"Okay, if this is a dream. I'm just going to go back into bed; and you're all going to be gone." Skyler said as she hopped back into bed and buried herself in the covers, "Good night." She turned off her flashlight and nestled under the covers.
"We're still here."
"Ugh! Dang it!" Skyler sat up, her thick black hair in a frazzled mess, and her face held an annoyed expression.
The three Guardians exchanged confused glances. "O-o-okay….?" Jack said looking at Sandy and Bunny confusedly. Bunny crossed his arms and sighed, "This is why I asked if she was the right one." He said, pinching the bridge of his muzzle. Jack rolled his eyes, "For the last time; she is the one we're looking for." He groaned irritably, "Then one, what??" Skyler asked, but the others ignored her inquiries. Bunny shot him an irritated glare, "Prove it then." He said, Jack smirked and raised an eyebrow, "Is that a challenge, cotton tail?" Bunnymund got in his face, narrowing his eyes, "Oh…you really don't want to mess with a rabbit, mate…" he warned. Jack smirked and walked over to the frazzled and confused girl.
He raised his staff and pointed it in her face and it began to glow ominously like it did before; he pulled it away, it stopped glowing, her pointed it in her face and it glowed again. He did this again and again until Skyler but in, "Will you stop that? I don't want a stick pointed in my face, thank you." She snapped, angrily shoving his staff away. Jack pulled it away protectively, and gave her a baffled glare. Bunnymund stared blankly at the two.
Jack rolled his eyes, "Do you even remember what North told you?" Bunny opened his mouth to answer but nothing came out. Jack sighed, that's when Sandy stepped in and started talking in pictographic sand, Jack looked blankly at him, Bunny nodded, "Oh…" was all he said. He sighed again and gave Jack an unsure look, "Do we have to do the thing?" Jack shrugged " It's the only way to get her there…"
"Hey!" Jack turned around towards the girl who was sitting up, an angry look on her face; she had just thrown a pillow at his head. The three Guardians' attention was now focused on the human girl.
"Will someone please tell me what the heck is going on, and why I have the Sandman, Jack Frost and the Easter Bunny in my room?!" she yelled. There was a knock on the door and they all tensed, "Sky, honey? Are you alright? I heard yelling; is someone in there?"
Crud. Aunt Cheryl…
"Um… no! Everything's fine! I just…uh…fell out of bed…!" she said, trying to think of an excuse. There was a short pause, "…Okay…but go back to sleep, and keep it down; the dog's getting agitated." "Um…Okay…sorry…" her foster mother left the door and went down stairs. They all relaxed. Skyler looked up at the three with an irritated scowl, "Alright, I don't know why you're here, but you guys need to leave." She said firmly, "I don't want Cheryl coming back in here and seeing me talking to a wall. She'll think I'm crazy! Heck,
I think I'm crazy right now! I'm probably talking to hallucinations!" she said gripping her head.
Sandy stepped up to Skyler with a worried look in his eyes and shook his head, and used his pictographic dust to talk to her. Jack and Bunny rolled their eyes, "Sandy, she can't understand your picture dust—"
"You need me to what?" Skyler asked Sandy, she sat on her legs, getting comfortable. Jack and Bunny looked at each other surprised. Sandy continued to talk to Skyler with his dust; the pictures showed an image of pitch, the moon, the Guardians' silhouettes, Jack's staff, and a bunch of other pictures Jack couldn't recognize and stared at the human girl completely baffled, as she watched Sandy intently, nodding occasionally.
"How can she understand what he's saying? I can't even understand him!" Jack whispered to Bunny. The Pooka shrugged, "Beats me, mate…"
Once Sandy was done talking, Skyler remained silent for a moment, and sighed, pinching the bridge of her nose, "I don't know…I just don't know what to believe…I mean really; the Boogeyman taking over the world? The Man in the Moon? This is stuff I was told about when I was…I don't know…five or something. I stopped believing in that stuff a long time ago…"
"If you stopped believing in us, how can you see us?" Jack asked, walking towards her with a firm look. Skyler thought for a moment.
"I don't know. You tell me." She said, looking at her hands, "You could be a hallucination from my concussion for all I know..." she felt a hand on her shoulder. She looked up and saw Jack looking down at her, with his hand placed firmly on her shoulder.
"If I were just a hallucination; would I be able to do this?" he asked, looking down at his hand. She looked at his hand in wonder, "Or when I saved you at the pond? Would I have been able to do that?" Skyler paused, and shook her head. Jack met her eye level, and their eyes met once again; brown against blue.
"And you told me yourself," she looked him dead in the eye, "you believed in me."
She remembered that. She said it out loud for everyone to hear…
…I believe in Jack Frost…!
She looked down at her hands; "Yeah…I did…didn't I?" she smiled and looked back up to the three Guardians.
"I guess I should give you guys a chance too." Bunny and Sandy lit up and smiled at her.
"So…you'll come with us?" Jack asked, raising an eyebrow expectantly. Skyler gave a quiet laugh and shrugged.
"Sure." They all laughed with triumph, but it was soon cut short, "But; I need a good excuse to leave. Because people will think I've gone missing or something--" Sandy raised a hand as if saying 'I'll handle it'. "And I need to pack…"
"Already done." Bunny held up a backpack, Skyler looked at him baffled, "Wh-what-how-what did-how did you…?"
"No time to talk now. Sandy knock 'er out." Sandy came up and punched his fist into his hand.
Skyler looked at him even more baffled than before, "What-wha…?" Bunny rolled his eyes, "No, the Dream sand, you Dumby! Crikey, I don't mean that knock out…second time…" Sandy nodded in realization, as Bunny scooped her out of bed, "Whoa-wait a min—!" "Sorry 'bout this, Sheila…" Sandy came up and threw a wad of dust in her face and she instantly went limp in Bunny's arms, and was snoring in seconds with a dumb grin on her face. Jack chuckled at her expression.
"Jack, get the sack, mate" "Is the sack really necessary? She's already asleep…" "Yes! It's cold out! Let's go!" "Fine…" they gently slipped the sleeping human in the sack, and Bunny picked her up again, Jack grabbed her stuff, and Sandy had just come back from 'making a good excuse' for Skyler to leave.
"Portal?" Jack asked holding up the snow globe, "Nope, we're going my way this time, mate." Bunnymund thumped his foot against the wooden floor where a tunnel entrance appeared, "After you." He said. Jack rolled his eyes and jumped into the hole, 'whoop-ing' as he fell through, followed by Sandy, who was silently laughing with glee. Clutching the sack tightly Bunny came next, "Hold tight, Sheila, it's gonna be a bumpy ride." And with that he jumped in the hole and slid through the grassy tunnels.
But he and the others were unaware of the threat that was soon to follow.
Jack was right, Bunnymund. You really should close your tunnels much sooner…