"Great Halloween everyone!" exclaimed Jack. "Thanks to you Jack as always." said the Mayor. "Well, no problem at all." "Jack! Jack!" he turned to see the most beautiful woman running to him. He held out his arms and caught Sally by the waist. She laughed while he set her back on her feet. Then someone tapped his shoulder. "Excuse me." Jack looked over his shoulder to see a girl no older than 12 years old. "Yes ma'am?" Jack bent down to her level. "I'm starting Halloween Towns first ever newspaper." "That's splendid." "Can I ask you a few questions?" she asked. "Of course you can."
"Ok. Question one. What's your favorite holiday?" "Halloween." "Question two. What were you like before you died?" Jack hesitated, "I don't remember." "What do you mean 'you don't remember'?" Sally went to the little girls side. "Lets see," Sally began, "How 'bout the murder of Skulduggerys family." "Murder?" said the girl acting surprised. "I didn't mean to." Jack said quickly. "You left me Jack." Sally said falling to her knees, "I guess you are more important then me." "Sally... no... I..." "You leave me alone and terror is rising in Halloween Town." She collasped to the ground. "Sally!" Jack bent down at her side.
She looked up at him with cold dead eyes. "I could be dead and you wouldn't know it." she whispered. She went limp in his arms. "Sally!" He heard an evil laugh come from behind him. He turned around. There almost hidden in the shadows was a skeleton in a trench coat. He was holding his gun in his right hand. He blew off the white smoke coming from it. He didn't know how, but Jack was suddenly only a foot away from Skulduggery. "You know Jack," he began shining his revolver on the collar of his shirt, "I feel a whole lot better now." Jack lunged to where his throat would have been, but was cut short by a sharp pain in his chest.
"It was nice knowing you Jack." Skulduggery aimed his gun at the center of Jacks skull and pulled the trigger.
Jack sat straight up, gasping in shock then winced as he felt the pain in his chest again. He looked down at himself. Jack could see that his coat was left open a bit, emphasing the hole in his shirt. He unbottoned his shirt and assessed the damage. His sternum (the bone holding the ribs in the front) was snapped in two, but it seemed to be held together by some kind of tape. He couldn't help to laugh. Jack looked around, he was in his room. He let out a sigh of relief. Pull yourself together Jack, your dream wasn't real, your not dead... yet. (well technically)
He heard voices, women voices, coming from down the stairs. "What are you doing here?" Valkyrie. "Skulduggery told me to watch over you and he didn't seem particularly in a good mood." "I don't need a babysitter, Tanith." "I know. I know but I was told to look after you in case, well Jack came after you." "Skulduggery's way over protective." "Well that's the way he is." Jack made his way down the stairs and had his first look at the woman named Tanith.
"Jack your up." smiled Valkyrie, "How are you feeling?" "Stiff." he turned to the woman in the white tunic, "Thank you." "It's no problem at all but as you can see, me and Valkyrie aren't the best medics." "It's alright." Tanith smiled then waved her had around the room, "I like your interior decorator." "Thanks." Jack walked to the window and opened the curtains slowly. "This is why I never leave Halloween Town often."
Valkyrie and Tanith joined him at the window. The streets below were crawling with zombies and vampires, ones he had never seen before, and .... bugs. "Oh no..." Jack shook his head. "What?" Valkyrie asked, "What could be worse?" "Oogie Boogie..."
Skulduggery walked up the silent satircase to the top apartment room. What a long day it was. He put the key inside the door knob and opened it. The first thing he saw was a man in a big tan coat. Skulduggery closed the door softly. "Who are you?" he asked. "I'm on your side," said the man holding out his hand, "I'm the Oogie Boogie Man. And I need your help." Skulduggery crossed his arms, "And why would I help you?" Oogie laughed, "Because I have some information you might want to hear." "About what?" "Your family." Skulduggery hesitated for a moment, "What is it you need me to do?" Oogie smiled, "I want you to kill Rozario Vincente or better known as Jack Skellington."
the end is almost near
the showdown will soon begin