"What WAS that?" Pepper screamed. "Why does it want you to leave?"
"Never mind," Pinkie said. Let's keep going."
"What did you do? Everyone else here seems to like you."
"Och has just always been difficult," Pinkie said, as if ending it there.
"But... that was really scary!" Pepper said.
Pinkie hadn't moved since Och had disappeared. "It wasn't that scary," she said, but she remained immobile.
Pepper shoved her a little. "Then why are you standing still?"
Pinkie shook her head. "I'm not standing still."
"Yes you are."
"No, I'm not." She paused, looked down at her feet, and sighed. "It appears you're right. I'm NOT moving."
"I told you so," Pepper said.
"Well, here, take my hand." She held out her hand. Pepper didn't quite know what to do. He had a strict policy of not touching girls, even if they were only murffles. But then again, he had already touched this one, so in an effort to keep up the good relations he seemed to have right now with her, he took her hand.
"Now pull me," Pinkie said, so Pepper did. He pulled as hard as he could, but she wouldn't move.
"It's not working," Pepper said.
"I see that. Maybe if I pick up my feet."
"That might help."
She remained motionless.
"Okay, now I'm getting nervous. I really can't move."
"You know, for someone who wanted you to get out, it wasn't very smart of them to freeze you in place," Pepper noted.
"It does seem rather illogical," Pinkie agreed.
Pepper paused. "Are we having a conversation without you being terribly angry at me?"
"I think we might be," Pinkie said.
"Well. Maybe we should just leave you here, then."
"No, no, I'd rather not be here when it gets dark, I'd much prefer to be at Vanessa's. She'll let us stay with her for the night." Pinkie did her best to move, she managed to get her arms up and out, but her feet were still stuck solid.
Pepper found himself instinctively reaching for his Lucky Thing, as he usually did when in a sticky situation. So to speak.
"What is that thing you wear around your neck?" Pinkie asked.
"This?" Pepper replied. "It's my Lucky Thing. It keeps me out of trouble."
"Does it work?"
"Most of the time." He tucked it safely under his shirt, where it usually stayed.
"Where did you get it?" Pinkie asked. She seemed truly interested.
Pepper was sorely tempted to say that he couldn't tell her, but he chose to be honest. "I found it in a sandbox."
"A sandbox? That's not terribly sweeping or momentous."
"It was a really big sandbox," he clarified.
He watched her struggle for a bit. "Is there any way I could go look for help?" he asked.
"You could, but I worry that you'll get lost on the way," she said.
"There aren't too many twists and turns out here to get lost in," he pointed out.
"That doesn't matter sometimes."
"Well, tell me where Vanessa lives and I'll go find her," Pepper said, doing his best to be helpful and not admit that he was somewhat terrified at the idea of going off on his own.
"I can't exactly do that," Pinkie said.
Pepper sighed heavily. "Not this again."
"Well, I can't! That's the thing, Vanessa moves a lot, she doesn't like to stay in one place for too long because then her fans will find her and she'll get mobbed. So you have to kind of already know what you're looking for, and-"
She didn't get to finish, because she was interrupted by a loud, whooshing noise. Och was back. The gaseous creature flew through Pinkie again, and she screamed.
"I TOLD YOU TO LEAVE!!" Och shouted.
"THEN DON'T FREEZE ME INTO PLACE, YOU BIG BULLY!" Pinkie shouted back.
"YOU DARE TO YELL AT ME??" The creature howled.
"YES. I DO. LEAVE ME ALONE, I'VE DONE NOTHING TO YOU."
Och hovered ominously in front of them. "Nothing? You've done NOTHING. You presumtuous little brat. I should snatch your soul away just for thinking that. If it weren't for the boy, I'd do just that."
Pepper raised his eyebrows. If it weren't for the boy?
"Listen, Och, do you really have nothing better to do than fly around picking on me?" Pinkie said boldly. "That's really sad."
Och hissed at her. "Listen, girl, you know what I could do to you. But I'm not like It. You better get rid of It, and then do us all a favor and stay away."
"I'm not afraid of you."
More hissing. "You don't know what fear is," Och said, and disappeared.
Pinkie fell forward. Pepper lunged after her to make sure she was okay.
"Well, I can move again," Pinkie said.
"Are you okay?" Pepper asked. He didn't bother trying to figure out what Och was talking about.
"Yes, I'm fine. I can move." She lifted her hand to her nose, it was bleeding. "I've got a bit of a nose bleed, it seems."
They sat for a moment, then Pinkie stood up, saying, "Well, we shouldn't waste any more time. It will be dark soon, and we don't want to have another run-in with It."
Pepper nodded, then stopped himself. "Wait a minute," he said. "ANOTHER run-in? I thought you said that never happened."
Pinkie paused. "No," she said, "When we saw the body that It had gotten before we got to Mr. Morggison's. That's what I meant."
Pepper regarded her skeptically. "Ah," he said, indicating that he was not completely convinced.
"Anyway. This way." She continued on.
Pepper followed after her. He was pretty sure he didn't want to encounter anything like Och again before they got to Vanessa's. He hoped the wispy creature would take Pinkie's advice and find something better to do.
Chapter 1: Pepper
Chapter 2: Pinkie
Chapter 3: Dune
Chapter 4: Mugget
Chapter 5: Deltiology
Chapter 6: Umbrella
Chapter 7: The
Chapter 8: Exsanguination
Chapter 9: Oubliette
Chapter 10: Ferret
Chapter 11: Defenestrate
Chapter 12: Pound
Chapter 13: Aerodynamics
Chapter 14: Callipygian
Chapter 15: Cosmonaut
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