EEnE: Oogie's Revenge, chap. 22A few minutes later, all four boys found the energy to stand. They were walking back to Halloween Town when who should they find waiting for them but good old Santa Claus, having regained his red and white sleigh.More Like This
"Whew!" said the jolly old elf as Ed proceeded to pet the reindeer. "For a moment there, I thought I was too late. But I managed to deliver the presents in time!"
"Awesome!" said Eddy.
Jack, however, didn't seem happy from the good news. He stepped forward. "I'm so. . ." he began. Then he sighed. "Forgive me . . . for causing you trouble again."
Eddy and Double D groaned. How the heck could Jack still be feeling guilty?
"No, Jack," said Santa. "This time I owe you my gratitude. Thank you for saving my life!"
Jack's face lit up when he heard this. He gave a big grin as he and the Eds waved at the departing Santa.
"You see, Jack?" Eddy asked. "Everything worked out in the end. You gotta start thinking more positive, Pumpkin King!"
At this, Jack started laughing.
EEnE: Oogie's Revenge, chap. 21Eddy groaned. He was now lying face-first on the ground in some barren area away from Halloween Town and Christmas Town.More Like This
"Whose idea was it to jump off the sleigh while it was still in the air again?" Eddy asked as he slowly got up.
Ed and Double D lay on the ground next to him. Like Eddy, Double D was clutching his head while Ed was giggling like crazy, lying on his back.
"If I recall correctly . . . " said Double D, "Ed's."
"Am I smart or what?" asked Ed.
"NO!" Eddy and Double D said together.
"Well, it seems we've reached our destination, nevertheless," said Double D.
"Which is . . . ?" asked Eddy.
The three Stouthearted Eds stood up and looked around. It certainly wasn't Christmas Town, but it didn't feel like Halloween Town either. There was one thing abundant in the area: trash. All around the three boys was piles and piles of garbage, not just from Halloween or Christmas, but from the other holidays as well.
"It's the Holiday Junk Yard!" said Ed.
"That's actually a good explanat
EEnE: Oogie's Revenge, chap. 20Back in Halloween Town, the Mayor had found the entrance to Oogie's Lair. He was down with the Caged Kings. His two faces repeatedly rotated as he went from cage to cage, unlocking the doors. He seemed very pleased with himself when he finally got the fifth and final cage open.More Like This
"Jack!" the Mayor called out into the darkness. "I rescued all the Holiday Leaders!"
However, things didn't look so good on Jack and the Stouthearted Eds' side. They were just entering Christmas Town, and it was apparent that Oogie had barged through the area. Smoke filled the air, and all the elves in the area were busy putting everything back together in time for Christmas, which was now hours away. The team watched as the elves finished fixing the giant Christmas tree in the center of the town. But everything else was a wreck.
"Goodness gracious!" exclaimed Double D.
"Wow," said Eddy. "What a dump."
"We have to find Sandy!" exclaimed Jack.
"And Santa!" added Ed.
The team quickly made their way through tow
EEnE: Oogie's Revenge, chap. 19Jack and the Stouthearted Eds took a good look around the Hinterlands. The lack of the real Holiday Doors was apparent, as the whole forest seemed to be seeing in terms of black and white.More Like This
"Hmm . . . " said Jack.
"No wonder this place looked so bare when we were coming in!" said Eddy. "Everything's all dull and gray!"
"We'll have to replace the Holiday Doors immediately!" said Double D.
"Yes . . . " said Jack. "And maybe we'll find a clue as to how we can replace the rest of the Doors and still have Spiral Hill functioning . . . "
"So what do we do first?" asked Ed.
"Well, we might as well make do with what we have . . . " said Double D.
"Exactly!" said Jack. "We need to put the St. Patrick's Day and Independence Day Doors back first."
"Wouldn't it be faster if we each took a door?" asked Eddy. "That way, we can get to Christmas Town faster."
"If we can find the Christmas Door . . . " said Double D.
"I don't know . . . " said Jack. "It's awfully easy to get lost in these woods . . . "
EEnE: Oogie's Revenge, chap. 18Meanwhile, back in Halloween Town, a crowd had gathered. The Hanging Tree, the Witches, Behemoth, Corpse Kid, Clown, and even Dr. Finkelstein were in the town square, hanging around the fountain. Just then, they sensed that something was about to happen. They all gathered closer to the fountain and cautiously peeked over the edge.More Like This
Sure enough, something did happen. In a display similar to that on Halloween night, somebody began to rise from the fountain. And that somebody was none other than Jack Skellington! The hole he and the Stouthearted Eds had jumped into had led right to the Halloween Town fountain! Everyone standing around the fountain began to cheer and applause. However, Jack wasn't alone . . .
A few seconds after Jack appeared, all three Stouthearted Eds burst out of the fountain at once, gasping for air and spitting out the fountain water. A few of the citizens reached in to help them out.
"Could you warn a person?" Eddy asked Jack as he began to wring his cape.
EEnE: Oogie's Revenge, chap. 17Unable to do anything about Eddy, Jack pulled himself, along with Double D and Ed, up to a secure spot near the jut in the rocks. To his surprise, there was an opening that led to somewhere else. He cautiously went through the opening, Double D and Ed following.More Like This
Jack wasn't prepared to see what exactly was on the other side. But it certainly wasn't what he expected. It was a giant cavern, and streams of lava were gushing everywhere. And more importantly, the whole area was covered with Oogie's booby traps.
"What is this place?" Jack asked. However, he ended up talking to himself because Double D and Ed were too busy fussing over Eddy. Jack looked around. "Look's like there's nowhere to go but straight ahead . . . " He eyed the sword-slashing suicide kings and the swinging buzz saws. "This place is filled with Oogie's traps . . . " Finally, Jack looked at the smoldering magma flowing around him. "I don't think any of us would care to fall into that lava!"
"Sick. Sick. I think I'm gonna
EEnE: Oogie's Revenge, chap. 16Jack, Ed, Double D, and Eddy had just reached the roof of the Mayor's house. But they hadn't taken two steps onto the roof when they saw that three certain somebodies were waiting for them. Can you guess who they were?More Like This
"Well, well," said Jack, clutching his skull. "If it isn't the three little pranksters again."
"Figures . . . " grumbled Double D.
"At least Eddy can get his candy back now," said Ed.
Lock, Shock, and Barrel, who were on the other side of the roof in their walking bathtub, snickered.
"You're not still working for Oogie, are you?" asked Jack.
"Dude, do you really have to ask?" asked Eddy.
"We're not working," said Lock. "We're playing."
"And winning," added Shock.
"Another round, boys?" asked Barrel.
"As if you had a choice!" all three brats said together.
Jack stood his ground. He was not amused. "It's time you three learned all games must come to an end," he said.
"Especially this one!" added Double D.
Eddy looked at Jack. For some reason, Jack was covering his f
EEnE: Oogie's Revenge, chap. 15"I sure hope those monsters haven't done anything to the Mayor," Jack said as he and the Stouthearted Eds left the Vampire Brothers' mansion. "He's not the best at handling things by himself."More Like This
"My question is: If the Mayor can't handle anything by himself, why's he the Mayor?" asked Double D.
"Who invited you?" asked Eddy.
Jack led the boys to the Mayor's House, which was located deeper in the Residential Area.
"It's the Two-Faced Mayor Guy's head!" exclaimed Ed when he saw the house.
It was true. The Mayor's House was shaped to look just like his head. Including a tower that looked like his hat!
"And I thought you had problems . . . " Eddy said to Jack.
"So where do these keys go?" asked Double D.
"I'm guessing they fit into the picture on the ground here," said Jack.
The Eds looked below them. Carved into the ground was the Mayor's happy face.
"Oh, brother . . . " said Eddy.
"Well, this shouldn't be hard to figure out," said Double D.
Jack and the Eds each took a key and found a plac
EEnE: Oogie's Revenge, chap. 14"So, Jack . . . " Double D said as the team headed for the Vampire Brothers' house. "These Vampires . . . they don't . . . you know . . . "More Like This
"Boys, relax," said Jack. "They're not dangerous. They just like scaring people, just like everyone else in Halloween Town."
"Would it make any difference if I said I was allergic to Vampires?" asked Eddy.
"Eddy, you were around them last year, and I didn't see you have any allergic reactions," said Jack. "And besides, you're dressed up like one!"
"Well, I'm allergic to those Vampires, okay?" asked Eddy. "And my 'reaction' to them is blood, okay? I'm allergic to being wounded."
"Aw, come on, guys!" said Ed. "Vampires are cool!"
"Ed, you think chickens are cool," said Eddy.
"Here's their house," said Jack, pointing to the giant mansion in front of them. "I hope they're okay."
"Yeah . . . " said Eddy uncertainly.
The team entered the mansion.
"Hello?" Jack called out. "Anyone home?"
But there was no one there.
"Four empty coffins