A/N: trying to get the story back into the right mood. i know it's short, but i'm not having that much time~. bear with me ... :]. please review, i need it! thank you for reading!

Somewhere in the suburbs of the town, a child opened the door. It was greeted by five voices.

"Trick or Treat!"

Fred ruffled through his own hair, still pale from the fast pull-back Gregory did with the car. They were now standing in a little side street, engine turned off, and were rather clueless about what to do next.

"That was crazy!" Greg whispered.

"Where do all of those even COME from?" Fred whispered.

"Why are you whispering?" Jack said.

"Uhm, to raise the tension?"

"Sure, as if we'd need THAT, Greg." Fred hissed. Greg simply overheard the last sentence and continued with a frown on his face.

"Aaanyway! Why would someone call the army to a town as small as Greenville?"

"Well, there is a demon doing major damage to it."

"I'm not!"

"We know that! But they don't!"

"Major? That's it! The mayor!" Fred's face lit up with sudden realization.

"The mayor?"

"The election is next week! And what would be better for positive publicity than catching the Christmas Monster?"

"My gosh, you're right!"

They heard the back door open and quickly turned around.

"Jack! Where do you think you're going?!"

Jack sat back to face his new made companions.

"I'm going to see your mayor." He stated calmly.

"Just like that? Are you insane?!" Fred barked.

"Are you sure you haven't lost your brain somewhere on the way?" Gregory gave him one of this looks you immediately wanted to throw bricks at. Jack sighed and simply smiled at this.

"Yes, and yes. I'm grateful for everything you two have done for me and I really appreciate it, but I don't want to drag you into this any further. Besides, the plan we had really wasn't our best."

"But we can make a new one!" Gregory whined.

"How do you even want to get to the mayor? Do you even know where he is?" Fred threw his hands up desperately.

"Oh, yes, I forgot about that. Where is he?"

"Most likely in his office at the town-hall, but this is not the point – Jack, would you please wait?!" Fred grabbed the leaving Pumpkin King's Jacket and tried to pull back, only to find himself dragged out of the car and only inches away from Jack's face. Stunned by the strength and fast movement of the skeleton he just looked into his narrowed eye sockets while Gregory jumped out with a bewildered expression written on his face. When Jack began to speak, his voice was barely more than a whisper and a serious tone rang in it.

"Listen closely, I've already put Halloween Town in danger, I'm not going to do that to any more of my friends. I'm the Pumpkin King for a reason, so please, trust me with this and let me go. Alright?"

Jack sat Fred back down to the ground again carefully and turned around to leave, when Gregory called him back. Jack turned around, his face questioning.

"Be careful." Fred told him.

"Thanks for the great time, dude." Gregory said with a wink.

A huge grin spread upon Jack's face. "See you later!" he said and vanished in the shadows.

Fred sighed. "There he goes …"

Somewhere in the suburbs of the town, a child opened the door. It was greeted by six voices.

"Trick or Treat!"

Ragdoll Sally became more and more nervous by the minute. The masses of soldiers had really put her on edge. How should her beloved Jack get through this in one piece? She wanted to help, to be on his side oh so much, but she knew she wouldn't be able to get through to him all by herself. She could ask the wolfman to accompany her, but she knew that Jack wouldn't want that either. He wouldn't want them to put themselves in danger to help him. But wasn't he doing just the same? How was she supposed to sit still while he was risking his very being to save them all? How could she just stand here and watch without knowing that her biggest love was save? And all this only because he wanted to bring joy to the people on Christmas. Christmas? That was the idea! She took a last glance at the waterscape and ran off, her hair flying in the wind.

Somewhere in the suburbs of the town, a child opened the door. It was greeted by seven voices.

"Trick or Treat!"

A/N: reviews, anyone?^^ Thank you for reading~.