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Keep in mind that Rise of the Guardians was hella dark for a children's movie. Just...yeah. Keep in mind for later. And also that the first arc was very loosely based on Tangled and that this is LOOSELY based on ROTG.
Sorry about the bit with North and Hiccup; I hate blatantly explaining stuff like that but alas. I don't know how to better make the whole immortality dealio clear cut. Stupid me.
Although I knew she would already be asleep, I walked into the room Sandy had informed me was Rapunzel's. Soft snores filled the room and the human shaped lump on the bed rose and fell with even breaths.
There was almost no light in the room; outside there was barely a sliver of moon left hanging in the sky. A shiver ran up my spine as I thought about how awful new moons are.
There's no need to wake her up, might as well talk to her tomorrow.
My foot was already out the door when I spun back around and sat down on the bed. Gently, I nudged her until she quietly murmured my name.
I took a deep breath and whispered, "I'm sorry."
"Sorry?" she asked, sitting up and rubbing her eye, "Sorry for what?"
"Oh...it's fine?" she shrugged and rested her head on my shoulder as if it were a pillow.
Her reply didn't make me feel much better. Sometimes I wished she didn't forgive people so easily, especially when they don't deserve it.
I just don't deserve her.
When I began to stand up, she let out a small sound that was a cross between a whine, an indignant "Hey!" and a "Nooo".
"What?" I asked.
She started to pull at my hoodie, "You need sleep. Bed. Now."
"Is there room?" I asked, eyeing the small bed.
"There's always room for you," was her soft response.
I kissed her nose and lifted the comforter so I could crawl under. The moment I was settled, she curled against me and fell right back asleep.
"Goodnight," I half-chuckled.
This room was one of the strangest I've been in. If I rolled to the left; it felt like I was in a homey, warm, wooden cabin with a fire crackling in the corner. If I rolled to the right; I could easily convince myself Jack had kidnapped me and brought me to an cave made purely of thick ice and snow. Almost all of the pole was like this: half cottage, half mountainside.
Jack was awake. The dark bags beneath his eyes made me frown and ask, "Did you sleep last night?"
His eyes immediately dropped to look away from me, and I knew the answer.
"You need to sleep," I sighed.
"Just yesterday you were yelling at me to wake up!" he protested.
"You need to sleep regularly so when you do fall asleep it doesn't take me yelling to get you up," I rephrased.
The scowl seemed to permanently line his face, so I poked my fingers at the corners of his mouth and attempted to stretch them into a smile.
He shook his head and grabbed my wrists to pull my hands away.
"Why are you sad?" I asked, pouting.
After hesitating, I whispered, "You can tell me. You can tell me anything. I'll still love you."
His eyes snapped to make contact with mine. A small smile tugged at his lips before he pressed them against my cheek. When he pulled away he murmured, "I'm not sad...okay? I promise."
"Then why do you have that look in your eyes?" I replied, wiping away a tear that had trickled down his cheek.
He parted his lips as if he were about to tell me, but then he flinched at a slight creaking sound outside our door. As the door opened he pulled me close and kissed me deeply.
"All right! No more kissy-kissy!" North said in his 'bellowing voice. "Jack! We have work to do!"
Jack ignored him.
"Jack!" he snapped.
"Okay! Just...give me a second."
North nodded and closed the door.
As quietly as I've ever heard him say anything, Jack whispered, "Okay...listen. I need to talk to you about something, and I know I'm going to chicken out so...I need you to make me tell you. Please. I just...you need to know."
My heart jumped with each word.
"You mean right now?" I asked dumbly
"No...later. Promise me you will."
He took a deep breath, "Okay...thank you." He kissed me one final time before standing up and leaving.
"Give it all you got, Frostbite," Aster said. If I didn't know better I'd say he was glaring at me.
"Is that a challenge?" I demanded.
He quirks up an eyebrow expectantly, "I don't got all day. Just prove that you won't die if a nightmare attacks you and you're free to go."
"All right," I took a deep breath, "Fine."
A musical note appeared above Sandy's head as he touched my throat gently.
"You want me to sing?" I asked.
He nodded with a smile, and a lily shaped flower appeared as well.
My blood ran cold, "H-how do you know about that?" I asked, reaching for my hair, "I didn't...who would've told you?"
A reassuring smile made me realize that he always knew...for a reason I didn't know. Yet.
"Okay...but what's the point?" I looked down at the singed elf sadly, "It won't heal him..."
"All right," I took a deep breath. "Flower gleam and glow...let your powers shine. Make the clock reverse...bring back what once was mine."
Sandy took my hands as I continued to sing and rested them gently on the elf. I stared in amazement as my fingertips started to glow a soft gold and light flowed into the small creature.
"Heal what has been hurt...change the fates design. Save what has been lost...bring back what once was mine. What once was mine..."
My hands stopped glowing and the elf jumped to its feet. It skipped away as of it had never been electrocuted in the first place.
"You gave me my powers back!" I beamed. "How...?"
He shook his head. I decided to pretend I knew what that small head movement meant.
"That's incredible," I examined my hands, "That means...that means I'm still immortal...right?"
Sandy bit his lip and a sun formed from the golden dream sand.
"What does that mean?" I asked in a whisper.
More images appeared, but I couldn't catch what they were because they disappeared and reappeared at a rate too rapid for me to comprehend.
I sighed to myself.
"Remarkable. You built this all yourself?" North asked.
Hiccup nodded with a proud smile, "They're still pretty shaky in bad weather, but I'm getting closer."
Gently, North touched the giant metal wing, "Perhaps you could add a few more gears here and make the motions smoother."
"You really think that'd help?" Hiccup asked, only mildly doubtful.
"I think yes," North nodded. With a snap of his fingers an elf hobbled forward holding a box of randomly sized and shaped gears.
As North and Hiccup worked together on the wings, a question found its way into Hiccup's mind. Maybe North knew the answer...
"How do you tell if someone's immortal?" he asked.
North replied with a chuckle, "By whether or not they've been alive for over two hundred years."
"No, seriously. Are there physical traits?"
"Not always. But then again Toothiana's wings are a dead giveaway, as well as this boy, Nightlight's, hair. He and Jack both have silvery white hair and that's one of the marks of being immortal."
"But what if Jack's hair turned brown again? Would that imply he was mortal?"
"No, it'd imply that he lost his connection to the Moon. But yes, if he were a regular immortal then he'd die if the connection wasn't restored."
Hiccup's eyes flashed, "Regular?"
"Well, every immortal is bonded to something. Whether it be you to the nightfury, or your princess to the wisps," North seemed to be trying to pull an explanation from thin air. "But with Jack and Rapunzel they're bonded twice. Jack to the Moon and Rapunzel to the Sun, and both to each other."
"What does that have to do with anything?"
"As long as they're still bonded then they're technically immortal in the sense they'll be reborn each time they die. So when Rapunzel dies she will come back."
Hiccup's eyes widened in alarm, "When?"
"Unless her connection to the Sun is restored she will die," North replied, gravely.
"Hypothetically what would happen if the bond with Jack was destroyed?"
"That'd be it. She'd be gone. Forever," North replied. "But the only way to break it would be for Jack to kill her. Or for her to kill Jack, which won't happen considering how they are."
"No...you're right. He'd sooner die himself than hurt her. So in the long run everything's okay, right?"
North nodded, "Can we focus on these wings now?"
Hiccup nodded and grabbed a wrench.
"H-h-how did you do that?" Aster asked. His green eyes were wide in fear as he stared at me.
"Dooooo what?" I asked nonchalantly, casually hiding my hands behind my back.
"You son of a-" he lunged forward and grabbed me by my collar, "You know exactly what you did!"
"I don't know!" I choked, grabbing at my collar in some attempt to not be strangled by my own hoodie.
"You have five seconds to tell me what exactly you did or else you don't have to...you won't...just tell me! Now!" He raised his fist threateningly.
Frantically I tried to remember how exactly I had shot a blast of nightmare sand mixed with ice at Aster. "It just...it just happened! I swear!"
"You little bastard! You're conspiring with Pitch aren't you?! We should never have trusted you!"
I stared in horror at the light gray mark on his shoulder from where I had hit him. The moment the nightmares made contact with Aster an image flashed in my mind; Toothiana at the bottom of a gorge with both her wings broken as she desperately tried to escape. Aster himself was merely a tiny bunny with no way of helping her.
Trying to not hyperventilate, I swung my staff up and smacked Aster in the skull. He dropped me and crumpled to the floor himself.
"Tooth!" I called.
I didn't smile as the two fairies fluttered in. Baby Tooth chirped sadly at me, but I ignored her.
"Aster!" Tooth gasped. "Jack! What did you...?"
"It was an accident," I shrugged sheepishly, "I think he's okay but could you maybe erase his memory of the past few minutes? So he doesn't kill me when he wakes up?"
After a long hesitation she nodded and touched his forehead gently. A shimmering yellow green light danced around his head for a few moments.
Tooth looked up at me sadly, "You can leave. Go find something productive to do."
I faked a smile and nodded. Mere moments later I was sprinting down a long hallway in search of Rapunzel. I had to tell her. I had to tell her NOW.
"Do you think...do you think you could restore my power? All of it?" I asked, hopefully.
After considering this, Sandy shook his head sadly. A sun appeared above his head, and I nodded.
Too bad there's no way for me to actually talk to the sun...
He was about to 'say' something when Jack burst in.
"I need to tell you something."
"Can't it wait?" I asked, but I could see the intensity in his eyes.
I stood and let him drag me into the corner of the library where he grabbed my upper arms. His expression was honestly starting to scare me. "What's going on?"
"It keeps happening...it happened again...I don't know how to make it stop...Rapunzel you have to help me make it stop!"
"Make what stop?" I asked, trying to wriggle free.
His grip only tightened, "The nightmares...the...daydreams...? They aren't mine! I don't understand why I'm seeing them!"
"What are you talking about?!" I demanded.
A funny, dazed expression crossed his face and he released me. Shaking his head slowly, he replied, "Nothing...I wasn't talking..."
I stared at him.
"Hey Rapunzel," he smiled, as if seeing me for the first time. He leaned down and kissed me, but that didn't distract me from what had just gone down.