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Your heart begins to race.

You nearly knock over a hat stand in your rush to it. Why are you even worrying? It’s not like the store is going anywhere or that there’s anyone else in this store to nab it before you do. Nevertheless, you don’t slow down until you’ve come up it.

It’s even better up close. You reach out your hand and grab the cuff of the sleeve.

So soft. Cotton. Thick and warm. Beyond comfortable.

Just his size.

A blue hoodie.

It’s a wonderful shade of blue, not too dark, not too light. It just screams “Winter.” Dark blue thread runs in detail stitching from each of the two top corners of the pocket to the armpit and down the side seams, forming a semi-distorted rectangle, the top line probably following along the slant of the ribcage when worn. The same is done in symmetry on the back—minus the slant—the two lines meeting towards the center at the edge a little over an inch from each other. The shoelace-like tassels for the hood are thick and round, a slightly darker blue than the rest of the hoodie.

You reach up and take it from its hanging spot on the rack, gingerly folding it over your arm. You walk up to the vacant cashier’s counter towards the front of the store, ready to make your purchase.

You notice a small tabletop bell sitting beside the register. “Ring for Service” a post-it note beneath it reads.

So you do.

As you wait, you admire the trinkets in the glass case that doubles as the counter. Engraved in the metal of the case are delicate swirls. It’s not manufactured. The pattern repeats, but isn’t repeated exactly each time. You can tell that they were hand-done by a master craftsman.

“Hello there,” a deep, jolly voice greets you, making you jump.

You look up and see an abnormally large, middle-aged man standing at the register. He’s dressed in a suit and tie, odd for such a small shack. His skin is sun-kissed, his face jovial. His jet-black hair is short and unkempt, his square jaw dotted with scruff. He has piercing green eyes.

He holds out his hand, indicating the hoodie. His knuckles and joints are cracked, his fingernails short and chipped. The tips of his thick fingers look worn and calloused-over. The hands of an artist.

“Wanting to buy that?” he asks, smiling.

You nod and lay the hoodie on the counter.

“Last-minute Christmas present?” he comments as he rings it up, punching numbers into the old-fashioned register.

You find yourself nodding again. “I was surprised with an unexpected gift, and need a gift in return.”

He tells you your total. You hand him the payment.

“I’ll wrap it for you, free of charge. Christmas special,” he says as he puts a box on the counter, laying the folded hoodie gently into it.

“T-thank you,” you manage to say. “Isn’t it hard, working on the holiday?”

He shakes his head as he puts ribbon around the now-wrapped box. “Have nowhere to go. Besides,” he says as he hands you the finished gift, “This is what I love to do.”

You return his smile, thanking him again as you take up the present. You ask him for directions on how to get back to your own neighborhood, at which he chuckles a little.

“Walk straight and continue onward. You’ll know where you are soon enough,” he instructs. You pull open the door.

“Merry Christmas, sir,” you wish him from over your shoulder.

He lifts up a hand in goodbye. “Merry Christmas to you, as well.”

You leave the store, smiling at the magical experience. You begin to walk, following the man’s directions. You’re going to have to visit the store again soon. Maybe take Jack with you. There was a lot that you didn’t get to look at.

When you’re a bit down the road, you turn around, wanting to see the little shop again before it went out of sight.

But it’s not there anymore. There’s just snow-covered ground where it once stood.

Befuddled, you stare at the empty space for a little longer. You look at the package. It’s real enough. You turn back around.

You’re standing once again in your own street.

How…?

You see your own house, perched quietly on the top of its hill. You can just make out the flicker of firelight illuminating your living room.

You smile and walk towards it, forgetting about the transportation oddity.

Jack is going to love his present.

You walk into the room to see Jack pacing, biting on the joint of his index finger. He takes notice of you. He runs up to you, holding onto your shoulders and looking into your eyes, his own riddled with worry.

“Where did you go?” he asks urgently.

He glances at the gift. You can feel his grip loosen as he relaxes slightly. He lifts an inquisitive brown eyebrow.

You shrug.

“Oh, nowhere.”
Wow, Chapter 24 already. It's hard to believe I've written that much.
dundundundunnnnnn magic and stuffs. and we finally know how Jack got his hoodie! stay tuned!
Chapter 1: [link]
Chapter 23: [link]
Chapter 25: [link]
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:iconqueennevaofarendale:
QueenNevaofarendale Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
LITERALLY nowhere!!!!
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Linkluver1 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Student Artist
Reminds me of that witch lady in Brave. :)
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LegendofFullmetal Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish I had seen that movie D:
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jeffyarts Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
Santa thanks for the gift for Jack.
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EpicalKitteh Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Student Writer
You are insanely clever! I love how we give Jack his infamous hoodie! Also.... I really hope the snowflake necklace never melts..... 
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LegendofFullmetal Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
haha, thanks :)
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Zyra01 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
I knew it XD first the hoodie and now the store :3 I love those kind of mysterious store where they show up out of no where when you desperately are loolong for something and dissapears when the job is done XD Lolz
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LegendofFullmetal Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
hahahaha, yessss
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Zyra01 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
Ene (Smile) [V7] 
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HermioneFrost Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Did I just meet North?! :la:

Such a cute idea of giving Jack the hoodie as a Christmas present. I love it!
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:iconlegendoffullmetal:
LegendofFullmetal Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks :D
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WarriorsCatsLover333 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwww....
I love this....
you should...*sniff*....
get it published.....
fangirling...
commencing....
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:iconlegendoffullmetal:
LegendofFullmetal Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're the second...no, wait, third...person to tell me that
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HimawariNoIchzoku Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*throws hands up*
Was I right or was I right!?!?
*whispers*
I bet that was North....
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:iconlegendoffullmetal:
LegendofFullmetal Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
xD
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icerose05 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Student Writer
Oh my god, the blue hoodie! :D :D :D :D
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:iconlegendoffullmetal:
LegendofFullmetal Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup! :D
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CertifiedChocoholic Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
Ooh, nowhere? Ohohoho! Haha~! :D I, seriously, am loving it! :)

SINcerely,
CC
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:iconlegendoffullmetal:
LegendofFullmetal Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
x3
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:iconoriole-of-silver:
Oriole-of-Silver Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Student Photographer
I love that color blue!!!!!!!! (And, surprisingly, not because it's the color of Jack's hoodie, although that's an AWESOME bonus!)
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:iconlegendoffullmetal:
LegendofFullmetal Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love that color too :3
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TalkativeTiaD Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
i was WONDERING why he was in his old clothes!!!
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:iconlegendoffullmetal:
LegendofFullmetal Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yup :)
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Kyuubecky Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student
....was that....North? ....IN DISGUISE!! HAHA!!! .....wait...do we DIE!! Cuz if we do then Jack has reason to keep that hoodie on him at all times!! .....OH GOLLY!! WE'RE GONNA DIE!!!
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:iconlegendoffullmetal:
LegendofFullmetal Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
y'know, I still don't know who that was. xD
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:iconkyuubecky:
Kyuubecky Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student
...O.O spirit hobo.....he IS real.....
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:iconlegendoffullmetal:
LegendofFullmetal Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hahaha
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jehssica13wonderland Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Omg since the other chapter i was like "the present, please please be the hoodie" and then, ta-da! i always asked myself, after all this time, why did he only changed his clothes to a hoodie, but didn't changed of pants?? and now i finally understand why! x)
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LegendofFullmetal Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
haha, yeah XD
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Pikachu5091 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
So I got JF that hoodie? Woah.. Love how you tied it in!! I should've bought two.. Dang... And I thought the guy in the shop was North... Is he?
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:iconlegendoffullmetal:
LegendofFullmetal Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
to tell you the truth, I don't even know myself XD
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meekgeek Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awwe this is adorable! I love how you tied in the hoodie :3 I want to wear his hoodie now lol
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:iconlegendoffullmetal:
LegendofFullmetal Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
me too xD
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nekodama Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
love the hoodie~ i have like....more hoodies than pairs of jeans. literally. 8D
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:iconlegendoffullmetal:
LegendofFullmetal Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
same here! but I can't find a blue hoodie ANYWHERE and it kind of really annoys me.
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PrincessPixieDust Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OMYGOSH I KNEW IT! THATS WHY YOU DIDN"T HAVE THE HOODIE! And that was so the work of the guardians, the little shop, it was North right? Omg I cant stop reading!
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LegendofFullmetal Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe, but maybe not.
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Usagi-Elric Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Legend, the guy who is harrasing you, Cruel-Quillish, see the link in his sig? IT LEADS TO MY PROFILE. WTF I HAVE NEVER MET THEM BEFORE.
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:iconlegendoffullmetal:
LegendofFullmetal Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
well...they must like your art. x3
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:iconusagi-elric:
Usagi-Elric Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, im liking this person less and less, its stupid, it leads to EVERONE'S profile.
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:iconlegendoffullmetal:
LegendofFullmetal Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah, as we've discovered. :/
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Crystal-Clear-Blue Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
No, I clicked it, too. It leads to mine as well, it seems to be a 'trick' link, I can't really explain it clearly. But, whoever clicks it, goes to their own profile.

Me.deviantart.com (Here, I'll put down that link again for you to try.)
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:iconlegendoffullmetal:
LegendofFullmetal Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So they're just trolling with everyone.
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Crystal-Clear-Blue Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Pretty much.
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Firebrand250 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha, I nearly forgot that Jack didn't have his hoodie xD
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LegendofFullmetal Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
x3
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kliopadraberenice Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
OOOOOHHHH, so that was a story takes place before the RotG
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:iconlegendoffullmetal:
LegendofFullmetal Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yup
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SilverEyeShinobi Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Um....that was North's little random house wasn't it? XD Nice twist :3 I look forward to the next one! *watches*
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LegendofFullmetal Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
maybe, but maybe not. and i'm almost done with it actually~
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