(AN: so I'm gonna start inserting my Oz Kids "OC" into this, his name's Stem, and he's supposed to be Jack's "adopted brother that was like born a month before him and they legit found this kid up in some fairy world in the clouds" with anger issues (he's also pretty damn protective of Jack) and I thought it'd make the story more "interesting"??? Idk)
"Jack!" I heard Tin Boy call to me. I walked over to one of the windows of my house and stuck my head outside. "Tin Boy?" I said. I saw him running towards my house. He stopped once he got to the window I was at. "Hey!" He panted.
"Why are you here?" I asked.
"I just wanted to come by and visit, I just wanted to spend some time with you before the others find us."
"Okay...so...what do you wanna do?" I asked, taking off my nightcap. I was still in my pajamas and hadn't even gotten the chance to change into my normal clothes yet. "How about you get dressed first?" He said to me.
"Good idea." I left the window. Before I even made it to my room, I was stopped by Dad. "Hey, son, who were you talking to?" He asked me.
"Tin Boy. He wanted to spend some time with me before everyone else gets here. Can I go out and play with him?"
"I suppose so, but be back by five this evening, we need to water those pumpkins."
"You're right, Dad." I left him, and went to my room. I quickly got myself dressed, and exited my bedroom and went outside. I had no door, so it was pretty easy to get out of my pumpkin house. Yeah, my house is literally a pumpkin with holes carved in it, it's pretty big.
I started to walk with Tin Boy down the road. "Where are the others?" I asked.
"Does that mean Scarecrow's asleep? I don't think he can sleep."
"Pfft! Why would he be asleep? He's probably reading or something."
"I suppose you're right."
We walked along in silence for a couple of minutes, until I broke the silence. "Ya know, I've been thinking about that time we had to go to New York and get Toto back."
"Yeah, that was a disaster."
"That was when we found Rick, though. So at least something good came out of that. We brought a homeless man back to Oz with us."
"Which seemed pretty nice of us to do."
"We met up with those two kids, remember Billy and Freddy?"
Tin Boy nodded, "Of course I remember them, why would I forget about them?"
"They were chasing after Toto, and we had to go on the Statue of Liberty or whatever that thing is called, and get Toto."
"Remember when Scarecrow fell off?"
"That was pretty funny, but at least he didn't get hurt."
Tin Boy chuckled a little, "Hey, what about the time Mombi came back?"
"Oh jeez, don't even say that. That was horrible! I was one of her captives, and that was not a good experience at all."
"What'd she do?"
"Nothing, really. But, she was terrible. She tied our legs and arms together, and left us there. It was so dusty in that cell! I nearly choked!"
"That must've sucked."
After I said that, him and I heard barking off in the distance. "What's that?" He asked. We finally saw a small black dog running towards us. He jumped on me and I fell to the ground, it was Toto. He started licking my face quickly, barking happily. "Hey, it's Toto!" Tin Boy said, "Where'd he come from?"
Just then I heard Tin Boy groan unhappily. "What's wrong?" I asked.
"Everyone else is coming." He replied, I could hear a hint of disappointment in his voice. What was wrong with the others? Did he not want them to be there?
Toto got off of me, and I got up. The others finally came over to us. "There you guys are! We've been trying to find you two." said Frank. I saw Tin Boy cross his arms, "Why?" he asked.
"We're going on an adventure!" Neddie cheered.
"An adventure? To where?" I felt excitement surging through my body, I loved going on adventures, that was my favorite thing to do.
"We're going on a camping trip tomorrow!" said Neddie.
"Tomorrow? You guys are acting like it's gonna be today." I felt a little disappointed that the camping trip was going to be tomorrow. Would Dad let me go?
"We just wanted to tell you two about it. Rick's gonna be taking us there. We'll set up tents, make a campfire, take pictures, and do all that other stuff." Boris grinned.
"Sounds great." I sighed, I wondered if Stem would've been willing to go. He'd go anywhere with me. He stayed home yesterday, though. He had to help Dad with the pumpkins. I wondered why Stem wasn't here, where was he anyways? Last time I saw him was when he was in bed with me, just staring up at the ceiling. Maybe something was bugging him?
Whatever, that doesn't matter. We spent the entire day talking to each other, and we even had a fight with Otto, who was trying to take Toto away from us. Andrea used her magic wand and made Otto disappear, she said that she sent him back to the Underground Tunnels, but I don't know if she actually did or not, you can never tell if she's telling the truth or if she isn't.
The next day...
I quickly got out of bed, "Jack? What's up?" I heard Stem ask.
"Don't you remember? I told you about the camping trip last night." I said while taking off my pajamas and nightcap. "Oh, yeah. Is that today?" He said.
"Yeah, it's today."
He got out of bed, and got himself dressed. We went to the bathroom and brushed our teeth, then we went to go find Dad. "Hey, Dad. Can we go on a camping trip with the others?" I asked him.
"A camping trip? Who's taking you kids?" He asked.
"Uh...I guess you could go. When are you coming back?"
"I think Dot said that we were coming back in two weeks."
"Two weeks...that seems like an awfully long time. I suppose it's alright, I'll be taking care of the pumpkins myself."
"You can do it, Dad. You've been taking care of pumpkins before I was even born." I chuckled.
"Jack! Stem!" We suddenly heard the others say in unison. We saw them at the door, with big smiles on their faces. Rick was there, but he didn't really have a huge smile on his face. He would usually never smile, I don't know why.
"Are you guys ready to go?" Dot asked.
Stem and I looked up at Dad, and he nodded. "Yeah!" I said to them, and Stem and I headed outside, and followed after our friends. I couldn't wait for the camping trip, it was probably going to be so much fun! I've went on a camping trip with Andrea and Rick before, and it was so cool!