He will pay for this, Jack thought to himself as he flew towards the lair. He was not going to lose her…he loved her, and he knew she felt the same about him.
"There it is!" Jack readied his staff and landed in front of the hole of Pitch's Lair.
"I'm coming, Rapu…" He was cut off by an all-too familiar sound.
"Flower, gleam and glow, let your powers shine…"
"Oh no," Jack froze. Pitch had hurt Rapunzel, he thought as anger swelled up inside. Without thinking, he jumped down the whole, and desperately started searching for Rapunzel. He heard her voice weaken, making it harder to follow. Jack knew something was wrong. As the song progressed, one is supposed to feel stronger, but it sounded like Rapunzel was in pain, and not getting any better. Then he heard a terrible cry from her.
Jack's heart stopped. If only he could find her, he would save her and swear to himself to never leave her alone again. It was foolish of him to leave her alone, even though it had been almost 200 years since Pitch was defeated by himself, Rapunzel, Hiccup, and Merida. Peace had finally subsided all over the world. The children were safe, and he enjoyed the times shared with his family. Yes, they were a family…his thoughts were interrupted.
"Looking for something?"
Jack whirled around to find Pitch rising from the ground a few feet away from him. With his hands behind his back, he stared at Jack with his dark features and bright yellow eyes. He towered over the young spirit.
"Where is she?!" Jack yelled as his staff made a crackling sound from the ice forming around his tense fingers.
Pitch just shook his head. "And here I thought you came to see me. Well, no matter, you can see your precious Punzie."
Pitch snapped his fingers, and Jack heard another terrifying cry. His heart broke as Rapunzel was carried out of the shadows. There she was…wrists bound in chains behind her back, with her hair glowing behind her, dragging on the floor. She was sitting on a nightmare's back as it jerked its head, snorting black sand out. Pitch nodded towards the nightmare, and it jumped, throwing Rapunzel onto the ground next to Pitch. She let out a moan as she sat up, staring at Jack with her big green eyes.
Jack started to run to her, but Pitch stepped between them. "Now, now…I only said you could see her." Before Jack knew what was going on, Pitch, shoved him back hard against the wall with a wave of his black sand. Jack coughed as the breath was knocked out of him and quickly tried to gain focus.
"Jack!" Rapunzel cried as she struggled against her binds.
"Ah, ah, ah," Pitch scolded, as he grabbed Rapunzel's arm, pulling her close to his side. Jack had recovered, and jumped towards Pitch and Rapunzel.
"Let her go, Pitch!"
"Why should I?" Pitch asked as he shook Rapunzel by the arm. "After all, you're so careless, what do you have to offer her?" Pitch slowly reached up to the top of Rapunzel's hair and caressed her cheek all the way down to the front of her neck with his cold, bony fingers. Rapunzel held her breath as a shiver took her over. Her eyes widened.
"Stop it!" Jack was disgusted. "Please!" He begged, trying to figure out a way to free Rapunzel without Pitch hurting her.
"Why do you care?" Pitch asked, resting his hand on Rapunzel's shoulder. "Surely she knows you don't have any feelings for her. You're just a stupid boy who makes a mess of everything!"
Rapunzel fought to break free from Pitch's grasp. "No! That's not true, Jack, I…" She was cut off by Pitch's hand, ceasing her to speak any more.
"Did I say you could speak?!" Pitch sneered as he lifted Rapunzel off the ground. "Ugh! You're all so immature! Interruptions…no patience…NO RESPECT!"
Jack had enough of this. He had to do something. But what? Before he could think, Pitch had a knife to Rapunzel's throat.
"It's such a shame I have to do this to this breath-taking flower." Pitch tilted his head as hungry eyes lured over Rapunzel. "My nightmares are stronger than ever before thanks to your precious gift."
"What did you do?" Jack asked, confusion all over his face.
"Why, her hair. I couldn't have healed all of my nightmares without her help. You should thank her, for she did it so I wouldn't kill you."
Rapunzel teared up. "Jack, I didn't want anything to happen to you...I…I didn't know what to do. I'm so sorry."
"It's not your fault, I should've been more careful," Jack's heart was breaking. He did this to her. He was the reason Pitch had her. How could he have been so stupid?
"Aw, how sweet? Too bad you will never see her again," Pitch drew the knife across her neck, tracing where he wanted to end it all.
"NO! PLEASE! I'll do anything!" Jack did not want to lose her. She was everything to him.
"Anything?" Pitch raised an eyebrow. "Why do you care about her so much?"
Jack took a big, deep breath, looking away for a second. He looked back at Rapunzel's eyes…those mesmerizing green eyes, filled with fear.
"Because…because I…" Jack stuttered.
"SPIT IT OUT!" Pitch demanded. "I don't have all day."
"I LOVE HER!" Jack could not fight the tears welling up in his eyes.
Pitch smirked an evil grin. He looked down at Rapunzel and back at Jack. What a pretty little nightmare this could be.
"Alright, Jack, I'll make a deal with you."