Jack bust in, surprising you and Bunnymund enough so he hopped off the bed, wielding his boomerang. Jack was covered in cupids that were trying to pull him out of your room, but not really doing anything.
“[Name], listen to me! What you saw-”
“Get out Jack! I don’t want to see you!” you shouted, interrupting him. You wrapped your wings around you, almost making a cocoon around yourself.
“Please [Name], just listen to me!” he said walking towards you. To your relief, Bunnymund stepped in his path.
“I really think you should leave mate. She doesn’t want to see you right now. And maybe never again.” he said and Jack glared at him.
“This is none of your business, Kangaroo.” he seethed. This just angered Bunnymund more. You had to put a stop to this. You pushed down the sobs and tears and marched over to Jack.
“Jackson Overland Frost. You will not insult my friend. You will leave this place, and you will never speak to me again. I will not be a joke to you anymore!” you told him angrily, voice getting louder as you spoke.
“Leave!” You shouted. He fell silent, and after a moment turned around and left. A few moments after the door closed, you broke down. You fell to your knees and sobbed into your hands. Bunnymund kneeled beside you and wrapped his arms around you. You cried into his shoulder and hugged him back.
You ended up crying yourself to sleep in Bunnymunds arms. He picked you up and tucked you in.
“Don’t worry [Name], everything’ll be alright.” he said and gave your forehead a kiss. He then tapped the floor and returned to Norths. Once he got there, he hunted Jack down.
“What the bloody hell were you thinking? I know you would always tease [Name], but this has gone too far.” he said once he had found him.
“I wasn’t teasing her! I love her! Tooth forced herself on me!” Jack defended.
“And you didn’t push her away!” Bunny stated. Jack didn’t respond right away. North entered the room.
“What is all the shouting about?” he asked, looking at the two.
“This one, this, this, cold hearted being, hurt [Name].” Bunny told North, pointing at Jack. North was confused.
“What? Jack, what is he talking about?” North asked. “I thought you were going to try. What happened?” Jack was silent for a moment.
“[Name] was watching when Tooth kissed me earlier. I was shocked when it happened so I didn’t push her away. Before I knew it, [Name] was racing away from me. I tried to talk to her, but she wouldn’t listen to me. Kangaroo here didn’t help much either.” he said, then turned to Bunnymund. “I never meant to hurt her. I love her.”
“Liar!” Bunnymund said. North looked at him.
“Did you not see how worried Jack was when [Name] was hurt? Did you not see him by her side for every moment while she was asleep? I think this is just misunderstanding.” North said. Bunny couldn’t fight with his logic, so he stayed silent. North turned to Jack.
“Give her time to cool down, Jack. She is hurting on inside right now. Emotions cloud her judgment. After a while, you talk to her, tell her what happened.” he said wisely, placing a hand on Jack’s shoulder.
“And what if she doesn’t listen?” Jack asked.
“She will, it may seem difficult, but she will listen.” North assured, patting Jack on the shoulder. Jack nodded and looked down. North gave a sad smile before walking away.
“If you ever hurt her again, I will make bloody sure you never see her again.” Bunnymund said before leaving through a hole he made, leaving a flower in the floorboards. Jack sighed and flew back to Burgess.
Why had things gone so wrong?
Over the next couple days, you tried to get every thought about Jack Frost out of your head. It hurt your heart too much to think about him, so you found ways to keep yourself busy.
You helped with making arrows, putting you ahead of the weekly deadline. At some point, you switched to making extra bows. You reasoned that Pitch might attack again and this way you wouldn’t have to spend so much time repairing them. When you got tired of that, you cleaned. Every room in the entire place shined by the time you were done with them.
You had lost some strength while you were wounded, so you got out and worked on your flight. You’d fly around the mountain you lived on and timed yourself. You put all the pain into your flying and after a while, you were back to your original strength.
Flying back to your office, you landed and took some deep breaths to calm your racing heart. ‘I feel so much better!’ you thought to yourself. You walked by your desk and noticed a piece of paper on it. Curious, you picked it up.
I know you probably never want to see me again, but please, meet with me one more time. If you still don’t want to see me after this, then I won’t bother you again, even if I want to. (Easter Kangaroo won’t let me.)
So I beg of you, please, just let me see you one more time. Tonight at Burgess. I’ll wait for you.
Forever and always yours,
You read the note a couple more times, then decided that you would go. If you had any doubt, you would leave.
You had flown to Burgess, you ended up bringing the note Jack had written you. You arrived just as the stars were coming out, the moon was full. You thought about Manny. Was this really the right thing to do? As if the moon heard your thoughts, it glowed with approval.
You looked for Jack, but couldn’t find him. Taking a little break, you closed your eyes and took some deep breaths.
*Then you heard it. I deep, melodic voice singing.
On my own
Pretending she's beside me
I walk with her till morning
You tried to follow the voice as it sang, but it echoed around the buildings too much to get a decent pinpoint. How were you going to find the owner? It seemed just about impossible. Or was it?
I feel her arms around me
And when I lose my way I close my eyes
And she has found me
You got an idea. You’d probably be able to get a good sound from the air.
Spreading your wings, you flew up and hovered, trying to catch the voice in the wind.
In the rain the pavement shines like silver
All the lights are misty in the river
In the darkness, the trees are full of starlight
And all I see is her and me forever and forever
The voice carried on the wind from the park area. You landed and walked through it, the voice getting louder and louder as you continued. You now recognized the song as the lullaby you would sing to your cupids. Except there had been some changes to the words.
And I know it's only in my mind
That I'm talking to myself and not to her
And although I know that she is blind
Still I say, there's a way for us
You stopped at the very center of the park, marked by the frozen over pond. You were confused now.
It sounded like you were right on top of the person that was singing. You looked around, but couldn’t spot anyone. Then it hit you.
Maybe you weren’t on top of the person, maybe the person was on top of you. You looked up, and cloaked in the moon’s light, was Jack Frost. His eyes were closed as he sang the melody, completely oblivious to you.
I love her
But when the night is over
She is gone
You had closed your eyes to listen to him. And before you knew it, you were singing along with him.
The river's just a river
The world around me changes
The trees are bare and everywhere
The streets are full of strangers
Jack and you had opened your eyes and locked them together. Still singing, Jack floated down to stand in front of you.
I love her
But every day I'm learning
He grabbed your hands and held them together in his.
All my life
I've only been pretending
Her world would go on turning
A world that's full of happiness
That I have never known
You harmonized perfectly on that last note, looking deep into his icicle blue eyes, you saw how much love he held for you, and how much he was sorry for what he had done.
I love her
I love her
I love her
But only on my own
Your faces got closer and closer as you said the final lines of the lullaby. When you harmonized the last note, you could feel his cold breath on your lips. You were about to kiss, but you pulled away, turning your back to him.
“Explain.” was all you said. Jack sighed sadly, but told you everything.