One by one, the animals danced out of existence, the sounds of Seuss softly disappearing. Soon, it was the two of them. Just a boy and a Cat. They exchanged a look, a smile. Then, simultaneously, they took off their hats. One tall with red and white stripes, one a normal baseball cap. Passing the hats to each other, they stuck it on their heads, like a symbol of accomplishment. The cat like man gave him a wink, before disappearing along with the music that was still playing.
And in the darkness, with the boy, only one word was heard.
And just like that, it was over.
The colors started seeping in around the boy, returning to the lifeless grey that he only faintly remembered from before. A soft snow fell around him, and instantly, he felt colder. No longer was he in that bright warm world of Seuss. No, he was back in reality, which was giving him a cold slap in the face for even daring to leave. Hugging his arms around himself, he started to walk again, trying to remember the way to somewhere, anywhere!
As he walked, he could still hear the distant sounds of music playing in his head. As much as he hated to admit it, he had a feeling that he would miss that world of his imagination. Even if it did nearly kill him… multiple times.
He heard soft impish laughter in his mind, and smiled. That's one thing that wouldn't leave him. The Cat, still up there in his mind causing trouble, and stirring up Thinks. The very same Thinks that had gotten him into this situation in the first place. The boy still couldn't believe that he had done all that, and thought all those Thinks. It amazed him, truly it did.
As he walked by a brick building, he suddenly stopped, looking up at it. He remembered this! This was his old school! Looking up at the clock that was outside it, he saw that it had gotten out nearly 15 minutes ago. It wasn't completely deserted, but there were only a few teachers, and no one that he recognized. Not one person looked his way either. He sighed. He was alone, again. It was really just like when he first left this world.
As he turned to start walking home, he heard someone call out. "Hey, are you alright?" the boy turned his head to see a girl about his age running towards him. She stopped a few feet in front of him. "You must be freezing!"
The boy nodded, and the girl took his hand. "Come on now, let's get you out of this weather." She looked him over again and shook her head. "Why on earth are you wearing a tee shirt and shorts in January of all times?" Interrupting his nonexistent answer, she pushed forward. "Well, no worries. My mom's a nurse, she'll know what to do." The boy didn't know what to say, but really didn't have to say anything, as the girl pulled him along the way, up the steps. The boy tried to keep up while also taking the hat off (a rule that he remembered from school), and managed with some effort.
As they went through the twists and turns of the school's halls, the girl started talking again. "So, where ya from? I only moved here about a year ago, and I haven't seen you around."
A year? The boy stopped in his tracks. No, no. He couldn't have been gone for more than two hours! Where did this whole "year" thing come from?
And wasn't it December when he was last in reality?
"Hey…" the girl said uncertainly. "Are you alright? You don't look too well."
"A… a year?" the boy squeaked.
The girl nodded. "Yeah… a year." She shook her head. "The town was in the middle of some investigation. Some boy had randomly gone missing and no one could find him. Like 6 months ago, they closed the investigation. Everyone thinks he's dead, or abducted, or something."
The boy leaned against the wall, not trusting his legs to support him. "Dead?" he asked in a hushed tone of voice. "They think I'm dead?"
"That's what they assume." The girl said, not hearing the "I'm" in his sentence. "What was his name again?" there was a pause, and the boy willed his name not to escape the girls lips.
"Oh! It was JoJo!"
The boy's breath caught in his throat. They… they think I'm dead. Everyone! My teachers, my friends, my parents-
He looked to the girl, visibly paler than when he first came into the school. "Do you know where m… his parents are?"
The girl shook her head instinctively, but paused again. "I… I think they moved. They couldn't stand the town anymore."
The boy groaned, sliding down the wall, his legs having finally failed him. The girl moved to catch him, but she ended up coming down with him. There was silence between the two, as the boy tried to collect his thoughts, not even sure where to begin. The girl felt his forehead, and he flinched at her cold hands. Finally, he spoke.
"What's your name?" he asked softly.
"My name?" she repeated. "Well, I'm Allie. Allie Hugo."
The boy nodded. "Alright, Allie. Where's your mom?"
"The nurse's office." Allie said, looking slightly worried. "Why, what's wrong?"
"I need to get home." The boy said in a worried, borderline panicking tone. "I, I need to find my family. Th-they can't be gone!"
"You're family left without you?" Allie asked in a sad tone. The boy nodded, and she shook her head. "That's horrible."
"It's worse when you hear they did from somebody else." The boy muttered. Allie was about to ask what he meant by that, when he tried to stand. The girl quickly helped him up, and guided him to the nurse's office, where her mother was just getting her things together. Noticing the girl had returned, her mother started speaking. "Allie, I told you to wait in the car."
"Mom," Allie started, but the boy cut her off.
"Please, it's not her fault." He said. "It's mine. I need your help." The mother looked over to the boy, her eyes widening slightly. He continued talking. "I need to get home, and Allie said that you could help. Please." The boy pleaded, his voice catching. "I…" he didn't know what else to say.
Luckily, he didn't need to say anything else. The nurse nodded, understanding completely. "It's alright... I'll get you home."
What is this? Where are we? TOTO?
Hello people of the internet. It's Em, back with a new story. I don't have time to explain, but know that updates will come soon for ALL of my stories. I hope you like the idea of this, because I've been toying with it for a while. Tell me what you think, and wait for the updates for more information.
Peace, Love, and Seuss forever.
P.S. Yes, I promise this will be updated