"What do you mean there's going to be a ball?!"two winter spirits shrieked in disagreement at the four other guardians. The Guardian of Wonder winced slightly at the sheer volume of the winter spirits.
"You heard him, there's going to a ball, you have to attend, all spirits are attending,"Bunny said, amused at the winter spirits' reaction. Karshiva promptly glared at the Guardian of Hope, "Don't push it Kangaroo!"
Ugh, how many times does he have to say it?! But then again, Karshiva would stop if she was close to the line. And quite frankly, Bunny wasn't that infuriated. He smirked at her, "Whatever you say."
Karshiva nearly face-palmed. Oh sure, she didn't mind him, but she absolutely hated it when he was too amused at something that she didn't particularly like. So thank the moon no one could see her face, because if looks could kill, she was certain that the huge rabbit would have died about a thousand times.
"Wait….all spirits are attending?"Jack asked.
"Yes, it's required. Why do you ask Jack?"Tooth responded. Jack muttered something before leaving and going to his room.
"I'm not going,"Karshiva stated, turning on her heel and walking off. "But you have to! You're a guardian!" North protested.
"I'm not going and that's that!"she nearly yelled, stomping off outside and flying off. The other guardians shrugged but none of them noticed the winter spirit's smirk.
'Who said I was going as a guardian?'she thought as she flew off. This was going to be interesting….
"I am not wearing a tux!"Jack yelled, slamming the staff on the ground, his eye twitching. "You have to, besides, a lot of ladies are coming and you ought to look your best. Do that and I'll see if I can find your love interest,"North calmly replied.
Jack huffed as the golden words sunk in. Yes, he missed Cheryl that much. He sighed and nodded, pushing the other guardian out. He locked the door and slumped against it.
"Why am I even doing this?"he groaned. Sighing, he pushed himself off the door and walked to his closet, dropping his staff on the bed, and opening it. Tuxes of different colors and patterns entered his view. He sighed and started looking through them.
He was about to tear his hair off when he spotted one particular tuxedo. It was light blue with a snow pattern near the hem. There was a white undershirt along with it, needless to say, Jack thought it suited him tremendously.
He removed the hanger with it and placed it on the bed and glanced out of the window, the ball would be starting in an hour. He sighed and removed his hoodie and his pants, slipping on the matching pants that came with the tux.
The fabric was made of silk, soft and smooth under his fingers. He pulled on the under shirt, sliding his arms in the long white sleeves and buttoning up, but he left the top few buttons alone, showing a bit of his chest.
Then he pulled over the light blue coat, buttoning it and also leaving some of them unbuttoned. He looked at himself in the mirror and smiled slightly.
'This tux makes me look sexy,'he thought slyly, his hand under his chin.
"Someone's looking good,"the voice of a familiar winter spirit commented. Jack turned to see Karshiva sitting casually on the window sill.
Jack blushed. "How long have you been there?"
"I just came."
"Good,"Jack sighed. He would have been embarrassed to know that she saw him changing. "Why are you here anyway?"
"How would you imagine your love interest in a ball?"Karshiva answered with a question.
Jack was surprised. Karshiva had never asked anything about Cheryl, so this was new.
"Well….she'd probably be in a light blue winter ball gown with a snowflake pattern, her hair would be let down but with an hair accessory in the shape of a snowflake and around her neck would be a silver butterfly necklace,"Jack answered, picturing the female in his mind.
He didn't catch the smirk on Karshiva's face but turned to her. "Why aren't you going to the ball?"
"I'm not the type who likes these kind of things. I'd rather be in the snow having fun."
"I wish I could but…"
"You're a guardian."
"One of the reasons why I'd rather not be one."
"I have to agree with you there,"Jack commented, running a hair through his hair. Karshiva patted him on the back.
"Enjoy yourself ok?"Karshiva said before flying off, leaving a trail of snowflakes behind. The male winter spirit sighed and muttered to himself, "I hope I can."
The ball had started half an hour ago and Jack wasn't enjoying himself. Sure, he was good looking, so many of the females flirted with him and tried to get him to participate in small talk. But the only 2 people on his mind was Karshiva and of course, Cheryl.
North had said that all the spirits were invited, so to Jack that meant Cheryl was invited too. But, he didn't see any sign of her or Karshiva at all.
He sighed, politely excusing himself from a group of women and walked to the balcony. He stared yearningly at the distance, hoping to see the face that he oh so wanted to see right now. He stood there for a while, watching the snowflakes drift slowly down.
Suddenly, the band that was playing at the ball stopped, there was no chattering of the spirits, not a single sound. Silence.
He turned from the balcony and re-entered the ball room. Everyone was looking at a figure at the top of the grand staircase. Curious, Jack walked in front of the crowd and when he saw who was there at the top of the staircase, his jaw dropped down in utter shock.
The person at the top of the staircase was…..