Your mom got back later than you thought, and she was weighed down by more than ten heavily stuffed shopping bags.
“How much did you spend, mom?” You asked, coming out of the kitchen with a cup of warm milk, the coco pack for it was in your room with your laptop
“All of your college money.” You gave her a shocked look and she started laughing. “Not that much, honey. And there all Christmas gifts for other people.” You nodded already bored. “So honey, before you disappear for the rest of the night, how was your day? Hang out with any new people?”
The blush from earlier started crawling across your face again. “Uh, my day was fine, and no I, uh, I didn’t meet any new people.” The lie came out easier than you thought it would, even when you stumbled across a few of the words.
“Okay, oh did you finish your homework for tomorrow?” You nodded but had to hide a smile.
There won’t be any school tomorrow, mom, cause I made a promise to Frost.
“See you later mom.” You ran back to your room and started giggling. You thought the day was wonderful. First off, you met a boy that was a fairytale, second, he let you fly with him, and third, he kissed you on the cheek.
You fell back on your bed, the warm milk sitting forgotten on your desk. You were to giddy to go to bed, so you just laid there with a smile on your face and the memories flowing through your head.
Something made a sound outside your bedroom window and you sat up quickly, almost falling off the bed. You walked to the large window and placed your hand on the cold glass. You watched as frost seemed to creep across your window and you knew immediately who it was.
You threw open the window and called out, “Jack!” But there was no reply. You sighed and went to close the window when something caught it: a hand with long grayish fingers extending around the edge of the window
“Hello, girl.” The voice was deep and unnerving to you, sending shivers up your spine.
You stepped back away from the window as a man stepped into your room. He was a tall, shadowy figure, but you could see his eyes glowing just fine.
“Who…who are you?” Your voice was no more than a quivering whisper. The man smiled and shadows seemed to slink from behind him, clinging to your walls.
“I am a shadow and a nightmare.” You watched the shadows creep towards you until one grabbed your leg and tugged you down. You hit the floor and stared up at the man that towered over you.
You could feel tears brimming over your eyes as more shadows climbed over your legs, some even started wrapping themselves around your arms, making it hard to move.
You were afraid, terrified of this man, a nightmare, yet nameless to you. “P-please g-g-go away…” It was spoken so quietly you didn’t even know you said it.
The man leaned down and grabbed your face within his long fingers. You could feel the tendrils of darkness tighten on your arms and leg and even around your stomach.
“No.” The one word was spoken, and the darkness cascaded around you, coating you in its thick coat like the ocean. You couldn’t breathe, and before you passed out, you saw pure disgusting laughter in the man’s golden eyes.
You bolted up off your bed so fast you did fall off this time. Scrambling to your desk, you flipped on the lamp. You were sweating and breathing hard. How that could have all been a dream you didn’t know, you didn’t even remember falling asleep.
You walked over to your window and realized it was locked but before you turned away, something flashed outside. Gold, maybe and glowing, but it was gone so fast your eyes didn’t have any time to make out whatever it was.
No more sleep for me tonight huh…
You walked over to your bedside table and checked your clock; it was only about six in the morning. You slept longer than you thought you had. You tried to shrug off the dream as you took a warm shower, but it was difficult to forget.
You touched your head to the wall your (h/l)(h/c) hair falling in soaking chunks around your face.
“That wasn’t real; it couldn’t have been, but…” You looked at your wrists, slightly red in color, but not like how your skin got red if the shower got to hot. It was red like someone had grabbed it with all their strength. Your legs even felt bruised.
You sighed and stepped out of the shower, the cold house air smacking you in the face when you opened the bathroom door. You could hear your mom shuffling around in her room, but you made it back to yours before she had time to catch you.
You dried off your body and pulled on your clothes one by one as quickly as you could, trying to stay warm. That’s when you noticed the sun coming up outside your window. It really was later than you thought.
You walked to the window with only one name on your mind. Jack Frost was taking over your thoughts and chasing away the dark dream you had. You were deep in thought when you saw frost creeping its way across your window.
You gasped, remnants of your dream creeping into your mind. But they were washed away when the frost started making a shape on your glass. It looked like Jack’s staff, and next to the staff was a picture of a tree. Underneath the tree was a picture of a snowflake and an ice skate.
“So… Jack Frost, in the forest, snow day, ice skating!” You smiled as you attempted to figure out the meaning of the pictures. Something told you that your suspicions were correct when the glass cleared and the entire town outside your window was coated in layer and layers of crisp white snow.
“Mom, mom!” You called, rushing out of your room. “It’s a snow day!” You were excited and almost fell down the stairs trying to get to the kitchen.
“I know sweetie, have a good day, I have to go to work, and I’ll be back later.” She hugged you and then walked out the door, locking it behind her. You watched her drive away and ran back up to your room, grabbed your jacket and scarf, then ran down the stairs and out the front door, locking it on your way out.
You practically ran through the forest to the lake from yesterday.
“So, was the message cool?” You turned and looked at Jack straight in the eyes.
“Most definitely.” He smiled and grabbed your hand quickly. You felt your legs leave the ground, and when they touched back down, the ground under you was slippery. Jack had brought you down onto the icy lake.
“Ice skating, remember?” you looked at him and tried to walk, but ended up slipping and having to use him for balance.
“Okay, but you’re going to have to show me how…” He smiled and took your hand bringing you closer to him; his hand seemed to find its way across your waist. You blushed but kept eye contact.
The next couple of hours were spent with you and Jack skating and slipping on the ice, until you noticed how hungry you were.
“Hungry?” Jack asked, pulling you closer to him.
“Yeah, I didn’t have breakfast really…” You replied.
“In too much of a hurry to see me, eh?” You blushed again and pulled yourself out of his grasp, slipping in the process.
“Hahaha, you are such a klutz.” Jack extended a hand to you, and helped you to your feet. “How about we get you home, we can come back out later if you feel up to it, kay?” You nodded and he pulled you closer to him, and your feel left the ground.
This time you didn’t look away as you flew with Jack, but something caught you attention: a dark shadow moving among the trees below. You started to shiver as the dream crept back into your mind.