Chapter One

Jack flew on the back of the wind, speeding across oceans and continents in an exhilarating blur of motion. Normally, he would take his time while flying, enjoy freezing over a couple of ponds, but today he had somewhere special to be. The love of his 300 year life, Toothiana, the Tooth Fairy herself, was waiting for him. His heart beat faster in anticipation of seeing her beautiful face once again, feeling her delicate jewel-like feathers against him as he pulled her into his embrace. He grinned and pulled up into a loopty-loop with a loud "Whoohoo!" How in the world did he ever manage to be so lucky?

Jack Frost and Tooth had been seeing each other for close to a year now, ever since an embarrassing incident that had turned Jack into a baby. Tooth herself had acted as his mother, and in doing so had showed him a part of herself that he had never known existed. Now the two of them were as happy a couple as had ever lived. But tonight everything would change, Jack reflected as he reached down into his pants pocket to feel the box that was carried inside.

Skimming the surface of the ocean below him with his staff, Jack left a trail of ice behind him as he sped over it before pulling up to avoid a row of buildings as he reached the shore. And then he spotted his destination in the distance: Tooth Palace, home of the Tooth Fairy. Within minutes he was at the palace border, and he slowed down to a reasonable speed to avoid running into a pack of little fairies on their way out. Gliding easily around the many hanging buildings, he finally alighted upon the front porch of his sweetheart's home.

"Hey, Tooth!" he called playfully, running through her front door. He looked around the first floor of her giant house, but didn't find her. Surfing down the stair banister to the floor below, he searched every room again without finding her. "Where is she?" he wondered aloud. She was expecting him, so she wouldn't have left. Jack felt a gentle tug on the hood of his blue jacket, and turned around. There was Baby Tooth, Toothiana's second in command, trying to get his attention.

"Hey, what is it, BT?" Jack asked, using his special nickname for the little fairy. Baby Tooth motioned for him to follow her and flew away. Rising into the air again, Jack chased after her, back up the stairs, and onto the front porch again. Baby Tooth hovered over the edge, pointing downwards, towards the bottom of Tooth Palace, hundreds of feet below. "Is Tooth down there?" he asked. Baby Tooth nodded. "Thanks, BT!" he said, and dove over the edge, plummeting headfirst towards the stony floor far below him. When he was only twenty feet above the ground, he flipped himself over and slowed his decent so that he landed gently on his feet. Sure enough, just as Baby Tooth had promised, there was Toothiana, sitting with her legs crossed and hands folded about twenty feet away. Her back was to him, so she did not appear to know he had joined her. Jack silently crept up behind her.

"Hello, my little snowball!" he greeted her loudly, jolting her out of whatever she had been doing before.

"Jack!" Tooth scolded him, rising up into the air and spinning around to face him. "Why did you do that?"

"You looked way too peaceful," Jack answered. "I thought I'd liven things up a little."

"Darn it, Jack!" she reprimanded him, almost shouting. "Don't you know what meditation is? I was trying to figure something out!"

There was something in Tooth's tone that made Jack's cheerful attitude drop. "Figure what out?" he asked. "Is something wrong?"

"I've had a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach all morning," Tooth explained. "I decided to meditate a little and see if I could figure out what it was."

"Any luck?"

"I may have, if you hadn't interrupted me," Tooth grumped, fluttering past him and landing ten feet away. "I don't know what it is, but it makes me feel uneasy."

Jack came up behind her and wrapped his arms around her middle in a hug. "Whatever it is, you don't have to worry about it," he assured her. "Not tonight. Tonight we are going to have the time of our lives!"

Tooth smiled as Jack infectious cheer seeped into her, and leaned her head back to give her sweetheart a peck on the lips, "What did you have in mind?" she asked.

"Well, first of all I thought we might just go seeā€¦ some fireworks!" Jack announced. Tooth gasped at this, just as Jack had known she would. His fairy loved fireworks.

"And then?" she urged him.

"Sorry, I can't tell you!" Jack teased her. "It's a surprise!"

Tooth chuckled, "Well, you know I love surprises."

"Good!" Jack said. "The sun is about to go down, so we'd better hurry if we want to make it on time."

"I'll race you there!" Tooth challenged him, taking off into the sunset lit sky, a blur of blue and green.

Jack smiled to himself as he watched his lover fly away. Tonight was going to change everything. With that thought putting a new spring in his step, Jack launched himself from the ground and sped off after Tooth.

In the distance, just far enough to be able to see Tooth Palace without alerting the guards, stood a figure cloaked in black. His pale white skin reflected the sun's rays almost blindingly, and his long, raven hair fluttered in the breeze behind him. Over his back was slung a large sword, and his red eyes gleamed with the eagerness to use it. As he saw Tooth and Jack fly away, his lips parted into a sadistic smile, revealing several rows of narrow, pointed teeth.

"Tonight is the night, Sister," he whispered. "Tonight, everything changes."