Rapunzel hummed a soft tune as she went around the house dusting, checking on her sleeping baby every now and then. Her face seemed to be full of light, the joyous smile never faltering. Today was their first year anniversary! Being with Jack, and now little JJ, made her the happiest she had ever been. A sound at the front made her heart jump, he was back!

"Jack!" She rushed to the front, and paused.

"Weren't expecting me, were you, sweetheart?"


"Oh, come now, what happened to Mother?"

"Because you are not my real mother! Now I'm going to have to ask you to leave or . . ."

"Or what? Hit me with your frying pan? You really haven't changed much, have you? Besides, I don't think you would want to do that, if you want to keep your baby." Rapunzel gasped as Gothel turned her around. There, in the hall, stood Pitch Black, holding the surprisingly still sleeping JJ.


"You are coming with us, or the Boogieman here will take your child faster than a snowflake can melt. Am I clear, Rapunzel?"

Rapunzel sighed, tears starting to form in her eyes, "Yes."

"Yes what?"

"Y-yes . . . mother."

"Ah, that's more like it. Let's go." Pitch's shadows wrapped around the four, and they disappeared without a trace.