p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: Verdana, Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px;"strongChapter Twenty-One/strong/p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: Verdana, Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px;"emThis is it/em./p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: Verdana, Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px;"Taking a deep breath as I straightened out my suit. It was stifling and itchy. Looking at the doorbell as if it would explode at a touch my fingers grazed the button leaving a light layer of frost. All I had to do was ring the bell, have dinner, meet and greet and have a good night. That shouldn't be a hard task for me, I mean seriously, I was emthe /emguardian of emfun/em. But this was meeting my daughter's future husband. What will I do if he doesn't like me, doesn't approve of my eternal young age? Never mind that, what if he doesn't even see me? I'm such a loser./p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: Verdana, Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px;"Pushing the button as a little tune sounded inside the two story brown planked house with a dark brown roof with maple tree on the side and red windows and doors. It was new, they bought this in hope for more kids. emMore kids/em. I don't know whether to be cool with that or steal her away to an isolated ice kingdom. And I do not mean North's and Tooth's ice kingdom./p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: Verdana, Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px;""Dad! You made it!" She hugged me, her warmth rubbing off onto my cool suit leaving a pleasant feeling behind. emDad/em. She called me emdad/em for the first time in years, probably since the day me and Bunny split. I don't care though because it left a big smile on my mouth and a surge of happiness in my chest./p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: Verdana, Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px;""I wouldn't miss it for the world." I kissed her cheek before pulling away and followed her towards the sitting room. It was just as nice inside as it was outside. Oak floor, ivory walls, orange couches with pillows in the colours of red, brown, orange and yellow while the coffee table and shelves were oak. A dozen of books and movies on the shelves, most I noticed were teen romance novels and One Tree Hill's complete seasons. I have to get those from her. Aside from those there was also rugs and lamps with a bunch of pictures and plants./p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: Verdana, Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px;""Stephen, love? My dad is here!" she called sitting on the love seat with me. It was when we sat down that I noticed she still held onto my hands tightly, reminding me of when she was younger and held tightly onto my hands when she was too scared to go to sleep alone./p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: Verdana, Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px;"So squeezing her hands in mind making her look to me, trying her hardest to hide the fear in her eyes. I smiled reassuringly and leaned in closer so our foreheads touched still looking into her eyes. The very eyes I stared into for countless years, eyes that were almost like my own when I was younger and had my own troubles. It made my heart clench in the nice way knowing she worries for me./p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: Verdana, Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px;""It's going to be okay, believe me."/p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: Verdana, Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px;"Her eyes held doubt for only a second before she clenched them shut and then opened them up to show me that she believed in me. Pulling away from each other as we listened to the heavy steps from the other side of the wall get closer and closer. With one last reassuring squeeze I let go. emYou got this./em/p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: Verdana, Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px;"A young man with brown hair tied in a ponytail walked in wearing a maroon button top under a dark grey knit pullover that had red patterns of leaves on it, black pants and shoes, he straightened out his ray ban glasses on his nose looking to the floor until he sat on the single couch next to Talia. He closed his eyes and took a deep breath, mutter something under his breath that made me smile softly./p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: Verdana, Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px;""emI believe. I believe. I believe in Jack Frost… I believe./em"/p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: Verdana, Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px;"Slowly and hesitantly he started to look up. I don't know whether his eyes were just in the right direction or he could actually see me. His green eyes widened as he looked to Talia and then me with a shocked expression. Okay, he emcan/em see me. My daughter's fiancé can see me. Wow./p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: Verdana, Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px;""Jack Frost… Oh! Jackson Overland Frost, it's a pleasure to meet you sir!" He said getting fluttered and held his hand out. This made me chuckle taking his big hand in mine./p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: Verdana, Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px;""Please, call me Jack." I said shaking hands with him, noticing the shiver he tried to hide. But never the less he made sure to give a firm and proper handshake with a big smile on his lips./p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: Verdana, Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px;""Jack… Talia has told me so much about you. Stories of before you becoming a guardian and of your job as a guardian. How are you going with believers?" He asked truly fascinated./p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: Verdana, Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px;""Great, I've gained only a little lower than a quarter of the world's kids belief. It's such a wonderful thing to feel believed in, I almost feel alive again." I smiled but stopped when I heard the doorbell ring./p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: Verdana, Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px;"Confused I looked to Talia seeing her avoid eye-contact with me when she got up to get the door while I continued to answer questions that Stephen would ask. Shaking off the odd feeling that crept on me I focused on the conversation at hand./p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: Verdana, Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px;"Well, until I heard the last voice on earth speak up./p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: Verdana, Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px;"emE. Aster Bunnymund./em/p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: Verdana, Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px;"Clenching my teeth together I sat stiffly as I closed my eyes in annoyance. I honestly should have saw this coming. How stupid could I have been? Urrrg… Okay, the dinner will only last for an hour or so, just toughen up till then for Talia. emYou got this Jack/em. Who was I kidding, it already started to lightly snow outside. Take a deep breath and smile like you want to promote in a toothpaste commercial./p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: Verdana, Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px;""Well, hello Jack Frost." He said coolly, wearing a light grey tux, but only the top. Goodness knows how he would get into a pair of slacks. Bastard knew I'd be here. It's either he came to have a chance to finally have a talk or to meet Talia's fiancé. I'm going with the ladder./p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: Verdana, Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px;""Bunnymund." I said curtly then tuned back to Stephen who sat there confused./p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: Verdana, Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px;"The dinner was delicious. Who knew Talia could cook. But I think she made just a little bit too much for just a dinner for four and a half. Helping her put some of them in containers and collect the dishes, I took a cookie that sat on the counter begging for me to eat. Okay the last part isn't true./p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: Verdana, Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px;""Jack…?" I continued to chew the delicious chocolaty goodness that melted in my mouth. "Dad, I'm sorry. Okay? I knew you wouldn't come if I told you Bunny was also coming to the dinner and he also said that."/p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: Verdana, Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px;""Why don't you just invite the whole family?" I rolled my eyes./p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: Verdana, Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px;""Then nobody would even show up and you know that." Sighing I put the towel down and looked to her with a frown./p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: Verdana, Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px;""Let's finish this up so I can go get drunk with Sandy and tease Pitch." I said leading the way where Stephen and Bunny had opened a bottle of wine in the sitting room./p