Disclaimer: I don't own the Toy Story movie or characters.
Give You The Stars
By Jennifer Collins
One Sunday afternoon, Andy sat alone in his room playing with all his toys. He grabbed the redheaded cowgirl doll that had surprisingly shown up in his room a few days ago and placed her atop his new stuffed horse. "Giddy up, horsey! Oh, it's just a quiet day for horseback riding until…. Oh, no! Evil space alien attack! Aaahhh!"
Andy dropped the cowgirl and horse and picked up the three little green alien men. They stomped over loudly to where the girl and horse were on the floor. "Don't you know who I am? I'm Bazooka Jane!" He shouted as he shook Jessie.
"Bazooka Jane, you are no match for us," Andy said in his best evil space alien voice. He tied Jessie to a toy rocket with an old jump rope.
A porcelain Little Bo Peep doll was being nudged by Andy's foot. "Somebody save my sister!"
Andy moved another figure that he was holding behind his back into view. "Have no fear, ma'am. Sheriff Woody is here!"
His three space aliens toddled in his hands in front of Jessie and the rocket. "You're too late!" He cackled as he zoomed the rocket as high above his head as his arm would reach.
"Step aside, cowboy. This looks like a job for Buzz Lightyear! Dum dum da dum! To infinity and beyond!" He raised his other hand with Buzz up to the rocket and undid the jump rope. Then he placed Jessie in Buzz's arms and raced them back to earth.
"Oh, Buzz! You're my hero!" Andy cried in a falsetto voice. He smushed their faces together and made loud smooching noises.
"Oh, thank you! Thank you for saving my sister!"
"Andy!" His mom's voice called to him from the bottom of the stairs.
"Coming, Mom," He yelled back. He set his toys down on the floor, his Buzz action figure landing on top of the cowgirl doll, before he ran down the stairs.
As soon as he was out of sight, the toys came to life and Buzz rolled off of Jessie, blushing profusely. Jessie opened her mouth to say something, but Woody clapped his hand over her mouth. "Sssh! He's coming back!"
"Finish your snack quickly, and don't eat too many cookies! We have to meet Grandma at the restaurant soon!" Andy's mom warned.
"I know, Mom!" Andy came bounding back into the room with a small plate of cookies and a large glass of milk. He resumed playing with his toys. This time a dinosaur was attacking a potato factory. After awhile, he heard the quiet sounds of his little sister, Molly fussing. He looked up, but the door to his room was closed. Shrugging his shoulders, he picked up Rex again and continued the attack.
The sounds didn't stop though. In fact, they sounded like they were coming from under his bed. Andy crawled across the floor and peeked under the bed. He found the two receivers to Molly's old baby monitor. He'd almost forgotten that he and his friend Bobby had used them as walkie talkies when they played together yesterday. He picked up one of the receivers. "I'm coming, Molly!" He spoke into the mouthpiece. He grabbed Buzz and Woody. "Come on, guys. Let's go cheer Molly up!"
Once inside Molly's room, he put on a little skit with Woody and Buzz and some other props he found laying around on her floor. Molly laughed and happily clapped her hands at the funny show.
Andy's Mom was leaning in the doorway, touched by the scene that was taking place before her. She tapped lightly on the door. "It's time to go now," she said gently.
"Aw. Mom. We were just getting started!" Andy whined.
"I'm sorry, but we're going to be late for Grandma's birthday dinner," she reminded them. She lifted Molly into her arms and motioned for Andy to follow her. "Come on. You can entertain Grandma and everybody at the restaurant," she promised.
Back in Andy's room, the toys had come alive again as soon as they'd heard the Davis family leave the house. Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head were tightening up their limbs that had come loose during Andy's dinosaur attack. "Was I scary that time?" Rex asked excitedly.
"Sure you were, dear," Mrs. Potato Head said as she lightly patted his head.
Over by the bed, some other toys were lining up to play jump rope. Bo Peep eagerly went to join them. Out of the corner of her eye, she saw Jessie huddled against the nightstand with her knees up to her chest. "You toys get started, I'll join in a minute," she said, making her way over to Jessie.
Jessie looked up when she saw Bo approaching.
"What's the matter, Jessie?" The slender doll asked.
Jessie shrugged her shoulders. "Just thinking about before."
Bo smiled. "It was nice pretending to be sisters, wasn't it, though?"
Jessie smiled back. "Of course it was."
"But that's not what's got you sulking in a corner all by yourself," she pointed out.
Jessie shook her head.
"It's the kiss, isn't it?" Bo knew she was right when Jessie's face flushed a deep red. "Well, I don't know, honey. I just don't see what's the problem in getting to kiss a handsome space ranger," she winked.
"Well…. it was sort of… my first kiss," Jessie admitted sheepishly.
In Molly's room, Buzz's jaw dropped open as he and Woody overheard the gal pals' conversation over the baby monitor. Buzz reached out a hand to turn it off, not wanting to invade their privacy by eavesdropping, but Woody knocked it out of the way with his arm, shaking his head. "Listen," he mouthed quietly.
"Oh, dear. You mean… you never? Even in all those years you spent with all those other toys back in your old owner's room?" Bo didn't want to mention Emily's name, knowing that it would probably just get her friend even more upset.
Jessie shrugged her shoulders. "There was just never anyone that caught my attention like that. Not like…" She broke off, blushing again.
"Not like a certain space toy we know," Bo nodded knowingly. "Well, look at it this way, honey. At least it was him and not Woody or somebody," she laughed, a little nervously.
Jessie wrinkled her nose. "Yuck. I guess that's true. But it's just… not how I always imagined my first kiss."
"Well, how did you?" Bo pressed.
"I don't know. I never really thought about it much. I was never one for all that mushy gushy romance stuff. But Emily used to dream about it all the time once she started junior high school. By that time, she'd never included me much in her life," Jessie said sadly. Bo Peep put an arm around her friend and waited for her to continue.
"I used to read her diary so I could still know about the important stuff, so I'd be ready when she needed me again." Jessie sniffled. "She used to dream about a starlight sky and a romantic setting, a handsome boy…. I always thought that all seemed kind of nice. Does that sound completely ridiculous?"
"Not at all," Bo Peep replied sincerely, recalling the first time she and Woody had kissed.
"But I never imagined that would happen for little ol' me," Jessie said, wrapping her arms around her knees again.
Across the hall, Buzz turned off the monitor. "It wouldn't be right for us to keep listening," he pointed out. He sighed. "I never wanted to do anything to upset her, ever."
"First of all, it's not your fault. You didn't do anything. Second of all, you need to talk to her, Buzz," Woody advised.
Buzz laughed. "We all know how well that always turns out."
"Buzz, she's just a regular person. A regular person who obviously likes you as much as you like her," Woody replied.
"I wouldn't exactly say that's obvious… "
"Oh come on! She adores you, trust me. Look, either way, you're going to have to talk to her."
"But your girlfriend is doing such a good job, much better than I can…."
"Okay, okay. I'll say something…"
In Andy's room, Jessie was still sitting curled up on the floor with Bo next to her. "You know, you can still have all that," Bo Peep said.
"I don't know.."
"Well you have to know that Buzz Lightyear would make you the center of his universe if you let him," she gently pressed on. "Maybe that play kiss doesn't have to count. Maybe you could have a do over," she suggested.
The two girls raised their heads as Buzz and Woody walked back into the room. They both stood up as the men approached them. Woody walked over to Bo and put his arm around her. Buzz stopped in front of Jessie. "Can we talk?" He asked, a little nervously. She nodded.
Bo Peep gently nudged Woody with her crook. "All right, Sheriff. Let's give these two some privacy," she said, pleased that they would get to have some privacy of their own.
"Uh, look, Jess… about before," Buzz started once they were out of earshot.
Jessie shuffled her feet nervously. "What about it?" She asked timidly.
Buzz cleared his throat. "I'm sorry. I hope it didn't make you uncomfortable."
Jessie managed a small smile, not wanting to make this harder for him than it already was. "It's not your fault, Space Boy. I'll bet stuff like that happens a lot." She laughed. "There aren't too many girly toys in here, are there? I guess it's lucky for you that I came along," she joked.
Buzz flashed a wide smile that reached his eyes. "It sure is," he said quietly, meeting Jessie's gaze.
Jessie nervously tugged on her braid. She was all too aware of the butterflies that flew about excitedly in her stomach when he looked at her like that. "Well, I guess I'd better go see what Bullseye's up to," she said.
Buzz lightly touched her arm. "So we're okay, then?"
Jessie smiled and playfully punched his arm. "Of course we are, Buzzy." She ran off to find Bullseye, but Buzz didn't feel the slightest bit discouraged as he watched her go. An idea was starting to form in his head, and he couldn't wait to carry it out.