A/N: So this got up way before I expected it to! Everything went so smoothly after a point (which is a little obvious) while writing it. So please enjoy!
I fell to my knees.
"No..." I breathed. "He can't be gone."
The boy looked down at me, his eyes filled with pity and muttered, "I'm sorry."
I shook my head. He shouldn't be sorry. Although, if it wasn't for him, I'd still have Jonesy. I know it wasn't entirely his fault, but he did have some of the blame. He attacked Jonesy. That made him weaker so he couldn't fight for himself.
"Let's go," I said, standing up.
"Are you sure?" he asked. "We can stay for a while if you need more time."
I shook my head and wiped tear off my cheek, "We'll have a better chance of surviving if we keep moving, right?"
He nodded and started to lead me through the nightmarish world that the Slenderman sent us to. We walked without talking and the silence was slowly driving me insane. My mind kept going back to Jonesy and I knew it would only lessen my chances of surviving. I can't get overly emotional about this. There would be time to mourn him later.
"...So," I said eventually. "Do you have a name?"
"Just call me Masky," he replied, glancing back at me. His eyes and tone seemed somewhat threatening at the mention of a name. Still, I was curious.
"Masky?" I asked, laughing. "Is that your real name?"
"Yes," was all he said.
I wanted to ask about it again, but he was my only hope to get out. If he got mad and decided to abandon me, I'd be dead within hours.
Slowly, my mind went to Jonesy. I became so focused on thinking about where he might be that I jumped a little when I heard someone humming.
"Sorry," Masky said when he realized that he scared me.
"No. I-it's fine," I replied. "It might actually calm me down."
He nodded and started humming again. The melody sounded familiar, but I couldn't quite remember the words.
"What's that song?" I asked.
Masky thought for a moment, then grew a bit nervous.
"I-I don't think it has a name," he replied.
"I like it," I said with a small smile.
He forced a smile back at me then quickly turned away. The melody stayed in my head and I began to hum it myself. Once I finished, the humming continued. A little girl skipped out to the street in front of us, her blonde hair in pigtails. She started spinning around with a teddy bear as she hummed the song. Masky glared at the girl and grabbed my hand.
"Just ignore her," he said. "Ignore all children you see while you're in here. We can't help them and they'll end up killing us if we get too close." We hurried past her, our eyes focused forward. I heard her sniffle and start to cry.
"Y-you don't w-want t-to play w-with me..." she said softly.
Suddenly, she started screaming, tears flowing down her cheeks as she dropped her brown teddy bear.
"Run!" Masky yelled as he tugged on my hand.
With one quick glance back at the girl, I saw more children emerge from the houses. They all walked towards the crying girl and started singing.
Slender Slender Slenderman!
Oh so nice, but not so tan!
We can play all day
Throw our cares away!
We have lots of fun
Under the hot sun!
Masky wove his way through crowds of children, pulling me along behind him. Some reached out for us and tried to grab our clothes. Masky even hit one who tried to bite him.
But the fun must end sometime,
And we must end this rhyme.
And when it is all over
We can play Red Rover!
Red Rover Red Rover
Send Alice over!
A small boy clung to my arm and I had to punch him to get him off. He yelped and fell back onto a few other kids.
After what seemed like an eternity, the kids started to grow further apart, allowing Masky and I to sprint around the corner and down the street. By the time we reached the end of the street, I couldn't hear the children anymore.
"They're done," Masky said, panting. "We just have to keep moving."
Ahead of us, I could see the gray world changing back to color. There seemed to be a barrier separating the two worlds. I stopped to look at it for a moment, but Masky kept walking. He turned around and gestured for me to follow. Reluctantly, I obeyed. Before I could examine it better, he jumped through, causing the colors to ripple.
"Come on!" he shouted, his voice muffled a bit by the wall.
I reached up to touch it lightly. The colors rippled around my hand like water in a pond.
"Don't do it, Alice," said a familiar voice behind me. "He's tricking you."
I turned around to confirm who I thought it was and smiled, tears falling uncontrollably.
"Jonesy..." I whispered and jumped into his arms.
"Alice, no!" Masky shouted, but I didn't care.
Jonesy stroked my hair and whispered my name. Being in his arms again made me feel safe and comfortable. I didn't want to pull away, but Masky wouldn't stop yelling.
"It's not him!" he screamed. "Jonesy's gone, Alice!"
No! He's right here with me.
"I know a way out," Jonesy whispered. "You'll be killed if you follow him."
I glanced back to see Masky trying to get back through the barrier. Something was preventing him from getting through. After three tries, he gave up and looked at me through the barrier with his hand up against it.
"Alice... Please," he begged. "Can't you see he's just messing with your mind?"
Jonesy spun me around to face him.
"Alice, darlin', you have to trust me..." he said, his voice soft. "I found a way out. We can be back at home in no time."
"Don't go with him, Alice!" Masky yelled.
I studied Jonesy's face, looking for any signs that might point out that he's not really Jonesy. His light brown eyes stared at me with the same worry and love that they've had since this whole thing started.
"Either way you choose, you cannot win," a smooth voice said, its words echoing between the two worlds. "I will take your life, Alice Porter."
Jonesy's grip on my shoulders tightened at the sound of the voice. Masky desperately urged me to come over.
"Alice, please! Let's go!" Jonesy said anxiously.
"Just give me a moment!" I shouted. "I need time to think!"
He nodded and let go of me. I paced in a small circle, thinking. Jonesy's my boyfriend and I loved him, but there was no way to be sure it was truly him. Masky knows what Slenderman does and how to get around all of his traps. But he could also put me in the middle of them without me even knowing it. I took a deep breath.
"Okay. I'm ready," I said before walking towards him.
A/N: Not bad, huh? Anyway! I'd like to get all of you involved in this! So please say whether she should go with Jonesy or Masky! This can be over a private message or in the reviews! I do have both written out to a point so the next chapter can be up sooner. Majority wins, but if someone REALLY wanted her to go with one when the other won, I might send them what would have happened. The cut-off is whenever I get around to uploading the next chapter.