Bad to the bone

Chapter 2 – Welcoming Party

Disclaimer: I only own Jaz and the plot.

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"I'm rotten to the core."

"Let's blow this popsicle stand."

Jaz watched the buildings wiz past, her fingers drumming on her leg. Mal's finger absentmindedly traced the dragon printed on the front of the spell book on her lap. Evie kept her gaze trained ahead of her; the only sign of movement was the minute movement of her finger as she traced the pattern of the lace on her skirt. Jay and Carlos made their way through the supply of sweets just so they had something to do.

Mal nudged Evie and nodded her head in the direction of Jaz. In silent agreement the two switched seats so Mal was next to Jaz.

"So are you going to talk about what happened with your dad?" Mal asked quietly.

Jaz flicked her gaze to her brother to see if he heard. When she was sure he hadn't she turned back to Mal.

"What do you mean?" she hissed back, making sure the conversation wouldn't be overheard.

"The ice pack on his jaw. What did you do?"

Jaz scowled at the girl and leant forward to grab a blue wrapper. Looking directly at Mal, Jaz opened the sweet painstakingly slow and popped it into her mouth. She pointed to her mouth and shrugged before turning back to the window.

Mal sighed and watched as the car drove closer to the bridge. Realisation hit her like a truck and Mal let out a small gasp.

"It's a trap. We're gonna die." Mal shouted and the VKs huddled together, bracing for impact

Carlos curled into Jay's side as his arm wrapped around his shoulders. Jaz curled into Carlo's other side, the twins unconsciously shielding him from the impact about to come.

They all closed their eyes, waiting for the impact that never came.

Jaz pealed her eyes open and breathed out a sigh of relief. She carefully removed her arm from Carlos' shoulders and ruffled his hair.

"Guys we're okay. We made it." Mal opened her eyes and quickly removed herself from the tangle of limbs, a hint of a blush on her cheeks.

Evie brushed her skirt and moved to another seat, so the twins and Carlos could all sit comfortably. Jaz couldn't help but smirk knowingly as Jay made no move to remove his arm from around Carlos. As Jay and Carlos busied themselves with the collection of sweets again, Evie leant over to Jaz.

"I can cover up those bruises if you want." She offered quietly so Jay wouldn't overhear.

"No. No I'm not ashamed of them. If I cover them up he wins." Jaz said her jaw tense.

"Okay." Evie replied softly placing her hand on her knee.

Jaz shot her a wink and Evie turned to talk to Mal. Jay and Carlos leant back, their mouths full of sugary goods. Noticing the far-away look in Jaz's eyes, Carlos swallowed his mouthful and turned to look at her.

"Are you okay?" he asked softly, his fingers brushing a piece of hair from her face.

"I'm fine. Thanks." She pressed a quick kiss to the top of his head before ruffling his hair.

Jay's face fell into a scowl and he pulled his arm from around the smaller shoulders. Carlos' smile dropped and he placed his head on Jaz's shoulder. Jaz rested hers against his after shooting a glare at her twin. Mal rolled her eyes before turning back to Evie.

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"We're here." Evie said softly her eyes flickering over the twins and Carlos.

Mal squeezed her shoulder as she passed by to get out of the car and so did Jay. Evie brushed off her skirt and climbed out gracefully. Carlos sighed and went to climb out, only to stop when he noticed Jaz staring out of the window at the crowds of people waiting for them.

He leant over and grabbed her hand, drawing her attention to him.

"You ready?" he asked softly, searching her eyes.

"Yeah." Jaz squeezed his hand and he gently pulled her out of the car.

Jaz noticed the frown that pulled at her brother's lips as he saw their joined hands. Before she could say anything, someone stepped forwards and cleared his throat.

"I'm Ben-"he began to say.

"Prince Ben – soon to be king." The brunette next to him interrupted.

"Uh, Yes I am Prince Ben. And this is Audrey. Welcome to Auradon." Evie perked up and stepped forward.

"Prince Ben. I'm Evie, daughter of the Evil Queen." Evie dropped into a curtsey and held out her hand to Ben, "Which would make me a princess."

Audrey stepped forward again, "The Evil Queen has no royal status here so you're just…well you."

Evie's smile fell and she stepped back. Ben brushed his hands on his blazer and cleared his throat.

"Well um, yes. Today is a momentous occasion." He said stepping forward and holding out his hand to Carlos, who frowned at the hand and stepped closer to Jay.

Ben smiled weakly and moved on, "When two worlds come together." He held his hand out to Jay who gripped it tightly making the prince grimace slightly.

Ben shook his hand in an attempt to return feeling to the limb. Ben took a deep breath before stepping across the Jaz and holding out his hand.

"And two people can heal." Jaz scowled and crossed her arms leaning back on the car.

Ben brushed his hands over his blazer again, clearly unhappy with how introductions were going. With a small sigh, Ben moved over to the last person in the line and felt all of the air leave his lungs. He swallowed audibly and held out a hand.

"Or the day you show five people the bathroom." Mal cut in easily and took his hand shaking it quickly before dropping it.

"Too much?" Ben asked smiling.

"A little" Jaz frowned at the small almost nervous smile on Mal's face.

It wasn't like Mal to smile. But knowing Mal she probably had some sort of plan in her head.

A lady behind Ben cleared her throat delicately and Ben stepped back.

"Welcome to Auradon children, I am The Fairy Godmother. If you need anything dearies, do come and find me. The doors to wisdom are never closed, but the library closes at eleven and as you probably know I have a thing for curfews. So you must make sure you are in your dorms for twelve o'clock."

"As in the Fairy Godmother? As in Bibbity-Bobbity-Boo?" Mal asked stepping forwards.

"Bibbity-Bobbity-Boo that's the one." Fairy Godmother replied smiling softly.

"It must be fun waving around that sparkly wand. Having all of that power at your finger tips. And the wand." Jaz smirked finally understanding what Mal was doing.

"I prefer to think of knowledge as the power as many students here don't have magic." Mal fought to roll her eyes a she stepped back and crossed her arms over her chest.

"Well children, I hope you enjoy your time here at Auradon. Ben and Audrey will show you around. Now toodle-oo." Fairy Godmother turned on her heel and walked away.

"Uh well…follow us and we will give you a tour." Ben said straightening his blazer.

Audrey made a show of taking Ben's arm and throwing it around her shoulders. Ben took it in his stride and began talking about the castle and his parent's plans for the school.

Carlos stopped at the large bronze statue and stared at it. Someone clapped and the figure changed into the Beast. Carlos screamed and jumped onto the nearest person who happened to be Jay.

Jaz stepped in front of the pair and tried to calm the shivering boy. Ben clapped his hands and the statue returned to its original figure.

"My father wanted to show how people can change. I apologise for scaring you Carlos." Ben said stepping forward to be blocked by Jaz.

Carlos, now calm, climbed off Jay and placed his hand on Jaz's arm.

"You couldn't have known." Jaz scowled and Carlos whispered, "Jaz I'm fine now calm down."

Jaz sighed but crossed her arms over her chest. Ben rubbed his hands together and licked his lips.

"Why don't we carry on with the tour, Benny-boo?" Audrey said taking Ben's hand.

"Ah yes. Let's." the couple turned back to the castle.

Once they were sure the smallest member of the group was okay, the VKs followed the pair.

Inside the castle, Ben turned to the VKs and pointed to the staircases.

Pointing to the one on the left, "Up there are the dorms. Mal will be sharing with Evie and Jay will be sharing with Carlos," he pointed to the other one, "And up there are the extra-curricular rooms. We have music rooms and dance studios. We have a few clubrooms as well."

Jaz turned away from the group already bored of the conversation.

Someone in what looked to be a band uniform walked down the stairs and Ben called out to them.

"Doug! Everyone this is Doug. Doug these are the transfers from the isle."

Doug waved nervously and made his way over to the group.

"Doug has all of your timetables and will show you to your dorms. And if you need anything be sure-"

"To ask Doug." Audrey interrupted her hands gripping Ben's arm.

"Ah yes. Now dinner will be ready shortly and Doug will show you the way. I hope to see you all later." Ben nodded to Mal before letting Audrey drag him away as she shot glares at the VKs.

"Hi. I…I…I'm Doug." He stuttered and he gulped as Evie stepped closer to look at the papers in his hands.

"Hiya Doug. Who are your parents?" she asked softly, used to people being flustered around her.

"My uh dad is Dopey, of the seven dwarfs. You know Sneezy, Happy, Doc, Grumpy, Sleepy, Dopey and… and…" he trailed off trying to remember the last dwarf.

"Well it was nice meeting you Doug. Goodbye." Evie said as Mal walked away having read off the sheet Doug had and knew their room numbers.

Jaz turned back around and sighed when she saw that only Doug was still stood there, listing the dwarfs he could remember n his fingers.

"Sneezy, Happy, Doc, Dopey, Grumpy, Sleepy… Sneezy, Happy, Doc, Dopey, Grumpy, Sleepy-"

"Bashful." Jaz interrupted crossing her arms.

"Oh yeah, uh thanks" Doug shuffled on his feet.

Jaz sighed impatiently, "Do you know where my room is?"

"Um yes, I'll show you. Follow me."

"Lets get this over with." Jaz mumbled as she followed Doug.

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