Everlasting Snow: Life's DreamEverlasting Snow: Life's Dream in Romance More Like This
You don’t think you’ll ever get used to it.
But you have no problem with that. It keeps things feeling absolutely amazing. Utterly and completely…magical.
The feeling of flight.
The night is a dark purple, a velvety blanket enveloping your town in its cool embrace. Stars peek through the veil in vast numbers, innumerable by all accounts. They twinkle as they giggle at their brothers’ and sisters’ small jokes, illuminating the night and the depths of your soul.
But the biggest light is that of the full moon, its smiling face beaming down upon you and your companions.
The Man in the Moon—known by one of your friends as being “MiM”—sharing in your elation, in this most exquisite evening.
Smaller lights fly past beneath you, the flickering ones of the houses below, imitating the stars above. Trees wave at you as you pass by, wishing you safe travels. A couple of lakes shimmer with excitement at your soaring reflection. There is an unhea
Everlasting Snow: Chapter 57Everlasting Snow: Chapter 57 in Romance More Like This
Warning: This chapter contains spoilers regarding the Rise of the Guardians movie!
You brace yourself for impact.
But it doesn’t come.
You feel something catch you, slowing down the pace of your fall. You slowly open your eyes, daring to relax.
The wind whirls around your feet and shins, providing a cushion between you and the hard ground.
It slowly sets you down, your feet softly making contact with the earthen floor.
It leaves your feet and swirls up and around you in a single, long, invisible line, making you giggle as your clothes dance slightly from the wind. You’re reminded of a cat’s tail wrapping around its owner’s leg as it purrs, longing to be pet and loved.
It leaves the rest of your body and rubs against your cheek, feeling very much like a delicate hand resting on your face in a final farewell. Then, it departs.
Thank you, you call after it, still smi
Everlasting Snow: Chapter 56Everlasting Snow: Chapter 56 in Romance More Like This
Warning: This chapter contains MINOR spoilers regarding the Rise of the Guardians movie!
You have no idea what to do.
Another Nightmare manifests from the dark, joining its companion at the window.
You can’t let the Nightmares make it back to Pitch and tell him of the Guardians’ compromised statuses.
But you can’t call out to Jack or Sandy, not wanting to alert them, either.
Plus, calling out would confuse the living daylights out of Jack, doing who-knows-what-kind of damage to him.
So you just stand there, completely immobile, staring at the Nightmares’ dark forms hovering by the window. They begin to clop their hooves on the air.
They’re getting ready to leave.
Come on, turn around, you think, hoping that somehow the Guardian or winter spirit will hear your projected thoughts.
It seems to work.
Jack takes notice of the being closest to him and whirls around. The Nightmares nei
Everlasting Snow: Chapter 43Everlasting Snow: Chapter 43 in Romance More Like This
Your hand meets cold, satiny skin.
The two of you are frozen there for a few seconds, you with your hand still in midair, Pitch with his face turned to the side. Your expressions are the same—sheer shock. He never it saw it coming. You never thought you had it in you. It just kind of happened. As if out of instinct, from the depths of your brain, an out-of-the-blue reaction to a sudden wave of anger. You immediately regret it.
You just slapped Pitch Black clear across the face.
An extremely powerful, dark being who towers over you.
Knowing that you have to go with it, you stretch out the same hand, your tingling palm upwards and towards the staff.
“Give it here, Pitch,” you shakily command the Nightmare king.
He snaps out of it, rubbing where you hit him with his spare hand. “More of a fighter than the last I saw you, but I'll forgive that for now,” he mumbles under his breath as his cold eyes lock on yours. He then speaks directly to you. “I kind of
Everlasting Snow: Chapter 44Everlasting Snow: Chapter 44 in Romance More Like This
You finally figure out why he really gives you the creeps.
No, it isn’t because of his height. Nothing about his outer physical appearance, really.
Nor is it his immense power.
Or the memories of your childhood and the fears he rekindles.
No…it’s because, even though you know he’s standing right behind you, he gives off no presence, like most living things do.
It’s as if you’re standing with your back to a giant void.
It sends that sixth-sense chill down your spine.
And that scares you.
Nevertheless, you don’t try to fight or break away. You need to hear what he has to say, to listen closely to what needs to be done to help Jack.
“What do I have to do?” you ask, trying to steady your shaking voice.
“It’s quite simple, really,” he says. You can practically hear the smile on his face. He’s winning, and he knows it. “Give him to me, and I’ll fix him right up. You can’t ta
Everlasting Snow: Chapter 51Everlasting Snow: Chapter 51 in Romance More Like This
The steam from the hot chocolate warms your face as you stare down into its brown depths, the warmth from the piping hot beverage heating up the palms of your cupped hands as they hold it up.
The golden base of the goblet rests patiently on your knees, which you have folded up to your chest in a makeshift table as you sit on the right side of the large window’s expansive ledge, nothing but a thin sheet of glass separating you and the artic scenery beyond.
Jangle sits a bit in front of your feet, staring up at you, concerned.
He’s the one who brought you the hot chocolate, waddling around a corner a few moments after Tooth had left you alone to the devices of the otherwise vacant hallway, the jingle bell on the top of his head softly chiming with each step.
You only took the goblet out of politeness. You really have no appetite right now.
Still, you’re thankful for the company. And the hot chocolate has helped you a little, its steam bearing a calming effect on you, pr
Everlasting Snow: Chapter 61Everlasting Snow: Chapter 61 in Romance More Like This
Warning: This chapter contains minor spoilers regarding the Rise of the Guardians movie!
Dark, colors deeply muted, replaced by shadowy memories of their former vibrancy.
The silence bears into the depths of your soul.
The steam from your (your favorite hot drink) licks the underside of your chin, warming just that spot, the heat of the drink permeating through the ceramic mug and transferring into your cupped hands.
The rest of you is at the mercy of the bitingly cold air.
But this isn’t your typical weather, your Jack Frost kind of cold. This is a coldness brought on by the emptiness of the world, the kind that slinks in after the total extinguishing of all wonder, hope, and joy.
The snow has almost completely melted away, patches of whiteness piled up along fences here and there. Reminders that winter is coming to a close.
And of the absence of a certain spirit.
This is the environment that you are si
Everlasting Snow: Chapter 59Everlasting Snow: Chapter 59 in Romance More Like This
Warning: This chapter kinda sorta contains little spoilers regarding the Rise of the Guardians movie!
“I take it that you have taken notice of my little…collection,” Pitch purrs, waving his hand a little to indicate the endless mounds of golden boxes.
The lost baby teeth of all of the people of the world.
Rolling, gleaming hills of billions upon billions of memories.
You warily nod. Is he wanting you to do something regarding the teeth?
“Our dear Jack seems very interested in it,” he continues, looking over his shoulder at the closest heap. “And then there was that show last night…such power! I simply cannot leave him to continue assisting those weirdos that call themselves Guardians. He must join me, and he has given me a very useful piece of information that will let me do just that.
“Now, tell me, what does he want with the teeth? Don’t answer, it
Everlasting Snow: Chapter 60Everlasting Snow: Chapter 60 in Romance More Like This
Warning: This chapter contains spoilers regarding the Rise of the Guardians movie!
You slam into cold, hard metal, sharp decorative points on the boxes painfully digging into multiple parts of your flesh.
You aren’t given any time to recover whatsoever.
You quickly begin to slide down the pile, the slick boxes unable to stay in place with the extra weight and force of your impact.
You struggle to stay as close to the top as possible, not wanting to sink into the dark depths below. You grab onto the moving boxes as if they were rocks on a climbing wall, your feet constantly giving out from underneath you in your effort.
Thinking quickly, you scoop a few boxes aside, forming a makeshift ledge for you to perch on. With something of an empowering grunt, you leap up to the step that you have created for yourself, jamming the tops of your feet into the pile and standing securely on the boxes, the very things tha
Everlasting Snow: Chapter 58Everlasting Snow: Chapter 58 in Romance More Like This
Warning: This chapter contains extremely minor spoilers considering the Rise of the Guardians movie!
The world seems so much less colorful.
Nowhere do you hear the sounds of children’s laughter, the pitter patter of small feet against pavement gone away on holiday.
What few voices you do catch are sad and dejected.
Unable to stay in your prison of a house, drowning in sorrow, you had decided that you needed a walk.
Your hands shoved in your pockets, you rarely look up, your gaze focused down on the ground as you walk down the quiet street.
You soon come upon little Jamie’s home. He and his friends are lounging around in the front yard, passing away the Saturday morning.
Jamie is babbling away about how he saw the Guardians last night, excitedly relaying the details of each of them to his friends, who seem to be either ignoring or only halfheartedly listening to him. He seems to be especially caug