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A/N: Hey everyone, here's another adventure in the lives of Prince Jack, Wee!Bunny, and Hyde. XD I blame Pooka-Curse's livestreams for these, but I enjoy them so its okay. ^^ Also, I'll be posting a new chapter with Jamie soon, so just hold on a bit longer. Oh, and before I forget, I've been getting messages about a few chapters missing. Yes, I deleted them on accident. So, once I get around to fixing them they'll be back up. Thanks for your concern! Now, enjoy this piece and I'll catch you guys later.
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"W-what?" Jack arched an eyebrow at the Guardians, his mouth twitching in an awkward half-smile. Did they realize what was just said? No…maybe the pain medication was just messing with his head. Yeah, that had to be it. They were his friends, his family, they would never…
"I'm sorry Jack, but it's for the best, at least for now." Tooth said gently, fluttering inches above the ground with Aster's sleeping form cradled in her dainty arms. Jack's face fell, his sorrowful crystal eyes remaining solely on Aster's dozing features. The young Pooka was curled, just slightly, around a bright plush carrot, his small stomach and arms wrapped in pristine white bandages, healing hidden wounds. Wounds caused by his hand.
The prince swallowed thickly, feeling bile crawl up his drying throat. He reached up, pulling instinctively on the cloak around his neck, trying to loosen its choking hold as well as pull it tighter around his scrawny body. After everything they've been through, after all they've done…how could they even suggest such a thing?
"N-no…" he shook his head slowly, panicked eyes shifting to the floor. Jack couldn't look at them, any of them. This was too much. How could they? "No…no, no no! This isn't happening…you won't…you can't…"
North stepped forward, reaching a hand out to reassure the boy but was rejected as Jack stepped back. He frowned deeply, obviously just as hurt by the decision, but to Jack his empathy meant nothing. "We understand how you is feeling, it is lot to take in, which is why we feel it best for young Aster to stay here, with us, for time being. It will give you time to heal and gain closure, this is only for your benefit."
"M-my…" Jack paused, a trembling smile forming on his paled face as a bandaged hand grasped at his head and a low laugh escaping cracked lips, "for my benefit?!"
Wind lashed out angrily from around the boy's form, North instinctively taking an unsure step back. When he raised his head, Jack's eyes was frosted with controlled anger and built up frustration; they had crossed a line.
"You have no right to decide what is good or bad for me, what I can handle or not! You people…you left me alone for three hundred years, you made me believe I finally had a home! And now look, just because of something someone else did to me…you see me as a bad guy!? As unstable?! You shun away from me like I'm some sort of…thing! And your way to remedy this fallout is by taking away the last thing that actually matters to me!?" He wrapped his arms around his bandaged chest, swallowing thickly as anger boiled inside of him. Oh, how his chest hurt. The throbbing of the sealing wound and the breaking of his emotional psyche was nearly too much to bare. Yet sadly, it was all too familiar.
"So…" Jack continued in a cracking voice, fighting back the overwhelming heat of tears that build behind his narrowed eyes. The others thankfully had the decency to look shameful, guilty, regretful, and they should. "…after all these years, you will still see me for only the cover and not the content, just as you did on Easter 2012, huh?"
"Jack, you know that isn't true!" Tooth squeaked covering Aster's ears in hopes he wouldn't awaken during this endeavor. Sandy floated up on one of his golden clouds, nodding frantically to Tooth's proclamation and attempting to convey his own feelings through sand images. It wouldn't cut it, however. Jack shook his head, leaning heavily on his staff as he gave a weak chuckle and covered his eyes, hot tears trickling down his cheeks.
"I guess Bunny took all hope of new beginnings with him, it would seem." He whispered heartbrokenly.
Silence befell the Globe room as sorrow thickened the air. So much had happened in so little time, but it could only get worse. The resounding tap of heels clicking against the ground rang through the room, drawing the attention of the four Guardians to the G platform before the Globe control panel and there stood the ever elegant Mother Nature.
She was thin and beautiful as most would expect, drowned in surprisingly form fitting robes of green and gold. Long bell sleeves draped over her thin hands and long, curly black hair bounced down her lithe back. There was a smile of greeting upon her plump lips and with a nod of her head, she bowed to the viewers.
"I hope I am not intruding too rudely, North. However, I have come to collect." Tooth's eyes quickly shot to the big man, wide in confusion and panicked horror. Sandy looked equally afraid and followed North's gaze to Jack, whom looked ready to faint.
"What do you mean, collect?" North asked cautiously. Mother raised her head, a sorrowful look upon her goddess like face.
"Due to Winter Prince Jack Frost's recent display, I have come to temporarily strip him of his seasonal powers." Enter explosive chaotic panic, stage right.
If Jack looked like he was about to faint second ago, now he looked like death frozen over, twice. To make matters worse, the bundle within Tooth's arms immediately shot up and large green eyes widened in terror.
"W-what?! No! Ya can't take his powers!" Aster pleaded struggling against Tooth's tightened hold.
"Aster…" Jack breathed and looked towards Mother, gnawing his teeth.
"I am sorry, Jackson, but it is punishment for the damage you caused. So much land has been sunken by snow due to the darkness taking over your heart, so many lives have been lost…" as she spoke, Mother raised her glowing hand and Jack's eyes widened, watching as a light green light spiraled around his body. Pain shot through his chest as a bright blue ball of light wiggled from his throat, causing him to fall over coughing.
"Jack!" Aster cried and kicked himself free of Tooth's grasp, rushing to his caretaker's side. Jack curled up and coughed as he gripped his throat, grimacing painfully.
"Mother, you can not…" North was cut off by the woman's hand and a sharp glance. The small blue ball levitated above her open palm and she pulled out a small box, placing the ball within it and sealing it shut.
"You are not being picked from a crowd, Jackson, I assure you. This is standard protocol for all seasonal spirits of the realm; it is to keep a balance. Manny assigned such a task to me solely for such occasions; it is to give you time to heal and to think about what has been done." Jack grit his teeth tightly, slamming his bandaged fist into the ground. This wasn't fair, it so wasn't fair. How could she do this? How could they do this? Why did this have to happen?
"This ain't fair!" Jack was startled by Aster's sudden proclamation, raising his head to see the small Pooka standing in front of him as one would when protecting a love one. Warmth welled in Jack's broken heart, slightly alleviating the empty pain.
"Jack ain't no bad guy! He's good and helpful and ain't ever done anythin' wrong. This wasn't his fault, it was Jokul's, and yall know that. So why punish Jack? Why make him suffer? He's innocent!" Aster stood tall, well as tall as he could, and stared the four mythical beings down. North sighed heavily and stepped towards the young rabbit.
"It is not for him being bad, we know he is good. We love and trust him much more than it would seem, but this all," North motioned to the few lost lights and to Aster himself, "Was done by Jack's hand."
"But he couldn't do anythin' 'bout it!" Aster tried, but North held up a hand to stop him.
"This isn't supposed to be a punishment sweetie; it's to help Jack gain closure for the action. It's for the best." Tooth reassured as she flew over. "Now, come along, its time to say goodbye to Jack."
"Y-you're taking me away from him?!" Aster backed away from the woman's hands, pressing himself into Jack's side as the boy sat up.
"It is for best," North repeated and stepped forward, but Jack pulled Aster close to him.
"You've taken my powers; that's enough of a punishment! You don't need to take Aster to." Jack glared darkly at them, only receiving frowns in return.
"Now Jack, do not be difficult." North warned. "I will use force if must."
"Jack…" Aster whimpered, gripping onto the teen's loose shirt. Jack growled low in his raw throat at the large man and whacked his hand away with his staff as he tried to grab for Aster.
"Yeowch!" North jumped back, blowing on his reddened hand as Jack scrambled down the hall with Aster tucked tightly under his arms. "After him!"
Tooth, Sandy, and Mother Nature took off down the hall after the stumbling spirit, gaining quite quickly. Aster held tight to Jack's shoulder, whimpering fearfully as tears welled in his eyes. Why was this happening? It wasn't Jack's fault, he was good. He was innocent. So why was this happening? Someone needed to help them. Anyone.
Suddenly Jack cried out, his knee caving under him and sending them towards the floor. He quickly turned on his side, taking most of the impact with the floor and groaning as it sent agonizing pain through all his wounds.
"Jack!" Aster exclaimed worriedly, rubbing his paws against the teen's scrunched face. His green eyes looked up and widened as the others were getting closer, it was over. The young Pooka wrapped his small arms tight around Jack's neck, bowing his head. He didn't want to leave Jack. He didn't want this to be happening. Someone help, please, help!
Aster gasped as a deep growl resounded above him and his head shot up, coming face to face with a very angry Hyde. The large rabbit toward above Jack and him, his bared teeth keeping the other spirits away.
"Don't ever say your friends don't have you back, mate. Ya ain't alone."