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The sleigh skids to a stop on the lake’s surface, the skis leaving long white marks on the ice.

Above you, the tired stars begin to fade as the first light of day breaks over the horizon, giving themselves over to sleep until the night returns to reign once again.

North scoops the limp Jack back up into his arms, and the three of you wordlessly disembark from the sleigh.

You follow North off the lake, trying hard not to fall on the slippery surface. You breathe a small sigh of relief as you step onto the snowy bank, then continue after North, forced to jog a little to keep up with his long strides.

He stops in front of a tall tree with a thick, sturdy trunk, its leaves and branches dusted with white snow. It’s quite a few yards from the lake’s edge, but its view goes uninterrupted by other foliage. He crouches down and sets Jack in front of it, sitting him down so his back is propped up against the trunk.

He really does look like he just nodded off, his head bowed, arms crossed over his stomach, his staff hanging loosely in his hand and lying across his body, resting along with its owner.

North straightens up and nods in approval at his work.

“I had best be off, then,” he says as he turns to you. He smiles wide. “Just came up with new idea for toy. A train…thzat flies!”

You break your gaze from Jack and return the Guardian’s smile. “I’m not on the Naughty list, am I?”

He laughs heartily, his voice echoing throughout the clearing. He claps his left hand on your shoulder, the one attached to the arm with the “Nice” design tattooed across its front. “Would you like me to drop off at your house?”

You shake your head. “I’d like to walk, if that’s all right. Don’t worry,” you add, responding to his now-raised eyebrow and quick glance over at Jack, “I won’t do anything.”

As much as it hurts, I won’t risk reversing everything that just happened, you think as you look over at Jack’s sleeping form. I won’t put him into that kind of jeopardy again.

North lifts his hand from your shoulder, his face expressing his confidence in you. You follow him back to the edge of the lake, at which he lifts you up and off of the ground into a hug so tight that you are struggling for air.

With a final jovial laugh as he sets you down, he hops back into the sleigh and waves goodbye, a gesture that you return.

A whip of the reigns later, he and the sleigh are flying high in the sky. A portal opens up before the reindeer, elongating into a funnel-like form as the first one enters it. A flash of stunning light later, he’s gone.

You slowly lower your hand, still looking up at the spot where North vanished.

You then turn around and face Jack.

A small smile makes its way onto your face.

You run into the woods, in the direction of your house. But you aren’t leaving just yet.

You stand behind a tree, its thick trunk hiding you from sight, the low branches of others further camouflaging you. You have a clear view of Jack, but he won’t be able to see you where you’re at.

This is the real reason why you turned down North’s offer. Sure, you still want to walk, so you can enjoy the scenery and have time to yourself, to let things sink in and such. The truth be told, though, you just want to make sure he’s okay. Then you’ll leave.

Just as your legs begin to grow tired, you see Jack start to stir.

He slowly lifts his eyelids, blinking away the sleepiness. After a big yawn and a stretch, he stands up. He puts his free left hand on the small of his back and bends over backwards a little, cracking his backbone to rid his body of slumber. He rolls his head around a bit, then sighs, satisfied as he looks around at his surroundings.

As far as you can see, he finds absolutely nothing wrong with where he’s woken up. It fits right into his tampered-with memories.

But wait…he’s holding his arms out in front of him, looking at them curiously.

You squint a little in hopes of getting a clearer view of his expressions.

What is he doing…?

He appears to be utterly confused. He rubs the right cuff of his hoodie between two fingers of his left hand, brow furrowed.

You begin to understand what’s going on.

He doesn’t remember how he got the hoodie.

You begin to panic. This could put everything—put him—in danger if he somehow manages to trigger a lost memory of you. You’re pretty confident in Tooth’s abilities and that this isn’t possible, that he just has a hole in his memory that will now forever bother him, but it makes your heart race nevertheless.

As much as you want him to, he just can’t remember you. He can’t turn into that awful kind of entity…

You see him let go of the cuff, his fingers now lightly touching his cheek. It’s red.

He’s blushing.

His fingers then trail down to his lips, which are curled into a soft smile.

“What…?” you just barely see him mouth.

He doesn’t understand why he’s smiling or blushing.

His hand drops back down to his side as he shakes his head vigorously, symbolically shaking off the out-of-nowhere feelings. The blush gone, he shrugs and looks up into the morning sky, smiling wide at the world of opportunities.

You relax. He’s doing great, full of life and that customary mischievousness. He won’t remember you. Tooth did a great job with his memory.

You see him bend his knees a little. Then, with a gust of wind and flurry of snow, he leaps into the air, flying off at an incredible speed, leaving behind nothing but a few disturbed snowflakes that are now drifting back down to the earth.

Goodbye, Jack, you call out to him in your mind as he leaves your field of vision, smiling slightly as tears begin to roll down your cheeks.

You’re going to make a great Guardian.

You turn your back to the lake.

And start the long, lonely walk home.
Second chapter in a day. WOO!
So, since I finally have an idea myself, I can give you guys an idea on how long this is going to run. It is not going to hit past 60 chapters, I can tell you that. There are at LEAST 3 chapters more, though. So we're nearing the end, but not quite there yet. I still have a few things planned for y'all. ;)
NO SPOILERS. :heart:

Chapter 1: [link]
Chapter 51: [link]
Chapter 53: [link]
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QueenNevaofarendale Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  New member Hobbyist General Artist
YES!!!!! YUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ITS NOT THE END!!!
Pitch: YET
 ME: FUCK OFF ALLREADY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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AGuardianOfDreams Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015
T-T Goodbye... Jack...
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LegendofFullmetal Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
D:
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jeffyarts Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
his hood is our feels.
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LegendofFullmetal Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yus
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jeffyarts Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
yay.
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uvray12 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Drinking coffee. Why? To read more of this awesome story, of course! Keep your skills up!
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LegendofFullmetal Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
hahah, i will try x3
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amberflicker Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What do you mean, more chapters?! *Cries* It's oveeeeer!
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LegendofFullmetal Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
NOT SO FAST x3
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HermioneFrost Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Almost forgot about the hoodie, haha.

3 AM. That's a reading record for me. Go accomplishments! (says though summer homework still isn't done :meow: ) I know there's 12 more left plus an epilogue, but I think I have to stop for tonight/this morning. Wonderful story, Legend! I'm sure I'll have it finished tomorrow!
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LegendofFullmetal Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sure you will! Have fun with that homework haha
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Bloodhoundgal101 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
WHY 3 MORE CHAPS?!?! I'LL MISS IT!! I WANT MORE!!
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LegendofFullmetal Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, luckily i went all the way to 64 and an epilogue... xD
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Bloodhoundgal101 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
BUT WHY # MORE CHAPS?!!!
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Bloodhoundgal101 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
HI. I just became a member and I've been reading this since 2012.
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Bloodhoundgal101 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Hi. I just became a member I love your Series. I've been reading this since 2012! It's sooo inspiring.
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LegendofFullmetal Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, thank you soooo much!!!
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Bloodhoundgal101 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Don't mention it. I drew your story in my notebook. BUTTT,, I don't wanna post cuz i'm shy.
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LegendofFullmetal Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww you should, id love to see it!!
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weeya1 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
WILL I EVER SEE JACK AGAIN?!?!?!

*cry sob*

new rivers coming out of my eyes
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LegendofFullmetal Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh man XD
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weeya1 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
I call it, Vera XD

(Firefly joke.
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5British1Kitty5 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
Geez how many chapters has it been sense I started crying because I cant storp...
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LegendofFullmetal Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh man xD
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Kyuubecky Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student
:crying: Ill miss my romantic icicle!!
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QueenNevaofarendale Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  New member Hobbyist General Artist
LOL
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LegendofFullmetal Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awwwwww
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GertrudeFin Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm... I'm curious to see what more you can do with this. It seems concluded here. Well, sorta... *clicks fave and then goes to read more*
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LegendofFullmetal Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
x3
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GertrudeFin Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa there's totally more you can do!!! You're so creative!!! *has read all the published chapters now*
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LegendofFullmetal Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yup :D
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GertrudeFin Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Woo! :dance:
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Soulwolfpup33 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
I haven't seen the movie yet soooo..... Why is he so popular? Not trying to be mean or anything... Just... You know...
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LegendofFullmetal Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd have to say that you'd have to see the movie. :/
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Soulwolfpup33 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
I see...
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Sara3603 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
You're making me cry. I never cry
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LegendofFullmetal Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
uhm...yay? x3
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SapphieTaffy Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Alrighty--
Wait, nope.
Still crying.
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LegendofFullmetal Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awwwwww
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Oriole-of-Silver Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Student Photographer
I AM DYING!!!!!!!!!!! :iconcryingforever:
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D:
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Pikachu5091 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
Farewell... Jack Frost... *cries* Q _ Q

Oh! I realized, this can tie with the movie....
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LegendofFullmetal Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
exactly. :D
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ShiroIri Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
And now this can tie in with the movie. :D
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LegendofFullmetal Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yup :)
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ShiroIri Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait? Will it? I was guessing! :)
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LegendofFullmetal Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh noes. xD
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ShiroIri Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
YES! :glomp: You are awesome on so many levels right now!
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LegendofFullmetal Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
shhhhh. hahahah xD
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