Friday woke up from her short slumber. She tried to get some sleep. but it was no use. She climbed out of bed and walked to her window. After opening the window with a quiet creak, Friday gazed sadly at the Graveyards, the Hinterlands, and the Abandoned Treehouse. It was a dark night, like most nights in Halloween Town, and the moon was so bright, casting an eerie glow all around.
"So mysterious...so spooky...isn't it beautiful?" said Friday in a dreamy voice.
What could possible be there that is so dangerous and unspeakable, that her parents won't let her go by herself?
Friday sighed. "Mama and Daddy are so confusing. They tell me all kinds of things about the places beyond the Town Square gates. One moment they tell me that it's nothing to worry about but still enforce me to go with a friend; the next moment they tell me that something is or was hiding in the Abandoned Treehouse and should be avoided; and then they say that all kids are forced to come with friends.
"But I see kids of all ages come and go into those places by themselves, even though they still avoid the Abandoned Treehouse."
Friday sighed sadly and gazed at the moon. She suddenly felt her kittens, Visi and Bones by her legs. She scooped them up and stroked their fur.
She said, to really no one mostly herself, "Hmm, something doesn't add up. Maybe I should go the Graveyard by myself. I hate to make Mama and Daddy mad, but it would be just this once. It can't really hurt, right? Besides, I am the Pumpkin Princess. If I find anything dangerous, I'll just scare it away."
With her skull filled with boundless optimism, Friday turned to go get her bag, when there was a bright flash of light in the night sky.
"What was that?! Some sort of firework?"
Friday suddenly saw something falling from the sky. She squinted her eye sockets, trying to see what is was. It looked like some sort of person. It continued to fall, then disappear into a sea of graves.
"It landed in the Graveyard! I got to go see who or what it is."
Friday dashed out the door and descended down the stairs, although carefully. She didn't want her parents to know that she was going to the Graveyard by herself.
"I just got to find out what fell out of the sky. I don't care if Mama and Daddy find out that I'm missing. I got to explore."
About the time Friday reached over to the Town Gates, Sally couldn't sleep either. She felt horrible for making her little girl upset. Sally cried herself when she heard Friday's Lament. It felt like deja vu; the song sounded so similar to Jack's Lament. After Friday sang, she decided to give Friday some alone time; so she could think as well.
Sally was torn on what to do. Should she tell Friday or not? Should she come up with more excuses? Would telling Friday put her in more danger of him
? Would Friday understand? Sally didn't know. All she knew was that Friday will continue to ask and ask and if she doesn't get her answers, she will get angry.
After little sleep, she decided to go check on Friday and if she was wake, explain the best she could of what was going on. Sally opened the door carefully.
"Friday, sweetie, or you awake? If you are I want to-" She gasped loudly when she saw Friday's bed empty.
"Friday?-Oh no, where is she?!"
Frantically, Sally searched Friday's room. She looked under her bed, in her closet, and behind the curtains. Sally even saw that the windows were wide open. She looked down, but didn't see Friday at the bottom.
Sally ran to each room, desperately looking for Friday.
"FRIDAY? FRIDAY?! FRIDAY, WHERE ARE YOU?" Sally called and called for her daughter, but still couldn't find her.
Jack heard Sally's screams and came rushing to her side.
"Sally, what's wrong? What's going on?"
Sally was already starting to cry. "Jack, she's gone
! I've went to go check on her and her bed was empty. We have
to find her, Jack!"
Jack hugged his wife and said, "Don't worry Sally, we'll find her! In fact, I think I have an idea of where she could be. Follow me!"
When they reached the door, Jack whistled for Zero. When he came his master ordered, "Zero, Friday is missing! We need your glowing nose to sniff her out!
Zero barked loudly as if saying, "Yes, sir!"
He lead the way, sniffing the air, when suddenly his nose glowed bright and Zero barked and glided away.
"Zero picked up Friday's scent. Come on!"
By the time Friday's parents went searching for her, she was already at the other side, in the Graveyard, searching for the thing that fell from the sky.
"Wow, the Graveyard is more bigger than I thought. It'll take me hours to find it!" Friday complained.
She had the urge to give up, so she turned around to go back home. That was when she noticed a black shoe from behind a grave. She peaked behind and gasped in surprise. The "thing" that fell from the sky was a little girl. She looked around Friday's age, she had pale skin, shiny black hair in two long braids, and the little girl was wearing a buttoned-up black dress with a white collar and black tights and shoes. Friday stepped closer to examine her. She appeared to have sprain her left ankle and their was a nasty bump on her head.
Friday's skeletal hand reached out to touch her when she heard a shout, "Friday! There you are, thank goodness!"
Friday turned around to see her parents, Jack and Sally, and their dog Zero, running towards her. Sally immediately gave her a hug.
"Oh, sweetie, I'm so glad that you're safe."
"Of course I'm safe. Why wouldn't I be?"
"Young lady, what is the meaning of you running away from home? Do you have any idea how worried-sick we were?" Jack asked her sternly with arms crossed.
Friday bowed her head in shame. "I'm sorry, but I went out because I saw something fall out of the sky and land in the Graveyard. I only wanted to see what it was and I found a little girl. Look!"
Then Jack and Sally noticed the girl that Friday found. It was their turn to gasp in surprise.
"Oh my! The poor thing! Is she alive, Jack?" Sally asked as they both bent to get a closer look.
Jack listened for a heartbeat and said, "Yes, her heart is beating, but she appears to be unconscious. We'll take her to Dr. Finklestein right away."
Jack scooped up the little girl in his arms and they walked to Dr. Finklestein's house. Sally knocked on the door. The doctor himself answered looking very annoyed.
"What is it that is so important? Can't you see-" he stopped when he noticed the girl in Jack's arms. "Take her to the lab, quickly! I'll run some tests and do my best to bring her back to conscious. Jack, I'll need your assistance. There's no time to waste."
The three disappeared into Dr. Finklestein's lab room. Sally and Friday waited downstairs. Friday was hoping that the girl she found would be okay.
"Mama, will she be okay?"
"I hope so sweetie. Why don't you try to get some sleep. You have school tomorrow."
"Okay, but I don't want to leave here."
Friday didn't think she would sleep, but eventually, she slept on her mother's lap.
(Who is that girl that Friday found? Could it be Wednesday? Stay tuned to find out!