Chapter 11: Toothiana
[Name] tumbled out of the portal, landing on her bottom with a chuckling Jack walking out after her. [Name] rubbed her head before looking up, her breath catching in her throat at the beauty of the place she was in.
It was a giant palace sticking out from the bottom of a mountainous range and it looked like small hummingbirds were flying around everywhere, placing teeth into capsules and grabbing quarters from machines.
"Th-this is beautiful!" [Name] gasped, awestruck at her surroundings.
Jack walked over to her and helped her to her feet, biting his lower lip like he was trying not to laugh. "We better go meet Toothiana up in her palace, hop on."
Jack turned around and bent down so that [Name] could get onto his back. [Name] wrapped her arms around Jacks neck as he took off from the ground, she noticed how a lot of the small hummingbirds, at closer inspection she realized they were fairies, were stopping to stare at her and Jack for a moment before continuing on with what they were doing.
Jack landed in a clearing, with Toothiana in the middle giving orders to groups of fairies, and let [Name] off of his back before shouting up a greeting to Toothiana.
Toothiana turned around and buzzed over to them, "Hello!" She cheerfully greeted them before landing on the ground and giving her wings a rest. A small fairy flew over to Jack and began to fly around his head, making small squeaking sounds.
Jack motioned his staff towards Toothiana, "This is Toothiana, we call her Tooth, as you know. She has little fairies that collect and store the teeth for her—" He paused to point up at the swarms of small hummingbird-like creatures, "—And uses them to remind you of your childhood memories."
[Name] stared at the small fairy that was squeaking louder and beginning to fly into Jack's face, causing him to laugh. "This is Baby Tooth, I rescued her from a nightmare and she became attached to me and stayed with me during the whole 'becoming a guardian' thing.
Baby Tooth flew over to [Name] and stared at her. [Name] smiled at the small fairy, this was her first real look at one, with beautiful plumage and small pink wings, they also had little hummingbird beaks as a nose along with a human mouth.
Tooth fluttered over to [Name] and inspected her; they were about the same height. Tooth brushed her hand along the side of her head plumage and turned back to Jack, "It's getting late, are you staying here for the night?"
Jack nodded, "We'll go see Bunnymund tomorrow."
Tooth turned to [Name] "You must be hungry; I wouldn't imagine North gave you anything to eat."
At that moment [Name]'s stomach rumbled, turning her face red in embarrassment at how loud it was. Tooth giggled and lifted into the air, coming back down with a plate that had pink leaf designs on it. [Name] gratefully took the plate, which had two pieces of bread with rich honey spread on them and a apple, and ate her food quickly.
"Thank you so much."
"It's fine." Tooth smiled, "The apple was to clean your teeth after you ate the bread, it's natures tooth brush!" She lifted into the air in front of [Name] and got closer to her face, "Let's make sure it worked!"
[Name] shrank back a bit as Tooth peeled open her mouth and stared inside, [Name] turned her gaze to Jack as Tooth inspected her mouth and Jack shrugged and motioned with his mouth "She's done it to me, too."
[Name] whipped her tongue around her lips a bit when Toothiana let go, Tooth was staring at her in excitement, "You keep really good care of your teeth, and they're almost as beautiful as Jack's!" Tooth did a little turn in the air before beginning to fly up the palace wall, "I'll take you to your room!"
[Name] climbed onto Jack's back as he lifted into the air after Tooth, landing in a bright room with white walls and little light pink flowers etched into the corners. Tooth fluffed up a pillow for [Name] and fluttered over, nodding her head in "Good night" as she flew out of the room and back to her chamber.
[Name] yawned as she pulled the blankets out and sat down, pulling them back over her. Jack floated over to the other side of the bed and laid down beside her, "This is great," [Name] murmured as her tired eyes began to shut, "Thank you for this, Jack."
Jack smiled as he watched her breathing slow down into a deep sleep, then laid back, staring at the ceiling.