As Jessie stood in the hallway outside of Andy's room, somebody clasped their hands over her eyes. Grinning, she pulled away and turned. "Buzz!"
Smiling, Buzz kissed her cheek. "C'mon! I've got something to show you!"
The two toys walked hand in hand to the stairs. As they descended the steps twisted into a spiral until the entire staircase was like a corkscrew. Jessie had no choice but to walk behind Buzz now. Still, she giggled. "What are you going to show me?"
"I can't tell! It'll ruin the surprise!" At the bottom of the steps was a stone wall with a tiny door. Well, tiny for a human anyway. It was just Jessie's size.
Buzz pushed the door open. Inside was a long black hallway leading to nothing but a single door on the opposite end. Jessie peeked over Buzz's shoulder. This door was open and warm yellow light was spilling out.
The Space Ranger turned and took her hand. "Close your eyes!"
"Close them!" Playing along, Jessie shut her lids tight and let Buzz guide her. Before too long they stopped. "Ok…now!"
Excitedly, Jessie opened her eyes. She was in a plain room with light blue walls and a royal blue carpet. There was nothing around…except a single cardboard box. It lay on its side, peanuts spilling out onto the floor.
Jessie frowned and turned. "Buzz, I don't understand…" She gasped.
Buzz was gone. Instead the Prospector was there, just smiling. "You!" Jessie cried. "Get away from me!"
"Jessie, Jessie, Jessie…" Said the Prospector as if he were disappointed but not sounding like it at all. "You had a chance at immortality, but you gave it all up!"
Jessie turned and looked at the box. It was larger now, much larger. And growling.
Behind her, Stinky Pete said, "You always knew this day would come Jessie! And not even your precious widdle spaceman can save you now!"
The box flaps beat back and forth as it roared. Two chains of Styrofoam peanuts flew out. They each wrapped around Jessie's wrists and began to drag her forward.
"NO!" She screamed, trying to fight back. "NO! NO! NO! LEAVE ME ALONE! I DON'T WANNA GO BACK!" She could hear the Prospector laughing as the box pulled her into its mouth.
"I don't wanna go back!" Jessie murmured. "I don't…" She woke with a start. With a gasp, she looked around, trying to remember where she was.
The toy box. Andy had placed her in the toy box. Right now she was next to the Robot. A thin crack of light shone through the top where the lid closed. Jessie sniffled. Lying back down, she pulled up her legs, wrapped herself up in a fetal position, and buried her face. She didn't want anyone to hear her cry.