He blinked listening to her pick apart the compound of snow, never thinking about it like that, even as old as he was.
“You know if this is your first time seeing snow.. there’s a lot you still have to do…”
He reached out his hand for her, “Come with me? i have quite a surprise for you.”
“What else is there?” Gemma asked. She really couldn’t imagine something more magical than holding something like that, even as it melted.
“Oh, I’ve got it!” She grinned, clapping her hands together. “We’re going to build snow castles and pour hot chocolate on each other, right?” She had always wanted to try out a snowball fight, no matter how savage and medieval it seemed.
Do you know what Christmas is?
What’s this all about?
“You really think so?” he smiled softly, “Yeah it’s pretty amazing.” his light colored eyes glanced down, smirking as she held the now melting snow in her hand. Not wanting her to get water all over herself, he placed his hand over her, the snowball re-freezing as he rested his palm over hers, despite the layer of ice between them.
“You’re not too cold?” It was normal for people to complain about the cold the first time.
Gemma laughed quietly to herself, watching the snow harden again in her hands. Glancing up at him, his hand resting on hers, she couldn’t help but blush slightly. Taking some of the snow, she threw it at his face. “I’ve never seen anything like it, really.”
“Two parts water, one part oxygen, just in another form. It’s incredible!” She laughed to herself before falling silent, shifting her gaze from the snow in their hands to him as she thought about his question. “No, not really. It feels nice, actually. My body temperature is much higher than most, so I don’t notice the temperature shifts that much.”
Jack’s cocky features slowly turned softer, more genuine.
“You know it’s not everyday I get to make people smile like that.. I mean.. kids get excited over snow days but..” he looked to her, tilting his head a bit, still taking in her expression, her reaction, “It’s really nothing like getting to watch someone see snow for the first time.”
He rubbed his hands together, making a light and loose snowball, plopping it in her hands “It’s nice to meet you Gemma”
“You can just… Do this? Like, whenever you want?” She asked, amazed as she held the snowball carefully, her mouth forming a little ‘o’, as she brought it up to eye level. Sticking her tongue out and licking it, her eyes widened. “It’s so cold!”
“It’s nice to meet you too, Jack.” Gemma smiled at him, taking her attention away from the snowball, and up to him. “This is amazing.” She said softly.
Jack had to choke back a suprised cough, “Okay.. yeah. Let’s get some things straight here..”
“I am not a fairy, and I’m not an old man.” he had to chuckle just softly, looking to her, a bit curious himself, “never experienced winter…” He smirked a bit devilishly as he opened his hand, revealing to her a small mound of snowflakes.
“It’s a good thing you met me then isn’t it?” he asked, a cocky smirk still plastered on his face as he looked to her, a gentle frost drifting down around them in small tiny flecks of snow.
Gemma’s eyes lit up as it snowed. As she looked up at the snow, the smile on her face widened into a grin. Holding out her hands, she caught a few of the flakes on her hands before putting one on her tongue.
“Oh, this is amazing! Actual snow!” She turned to look at Jack, her cheeks flushed. “I’m Gemma, by the way.” She introduced herself before looking back at the snow he had created in wonder.
The smirk on the boy’s face remained, holding back a small chuckle “I don’t suppose you’ve heard of Jack Frost before?”
“Well anyway, that’s me. Think of me as.. winter.” he summed up, seeing that she was having trouble understanding some things, and that was close enough for now. “And what about you.. you look pretty normal actually.. a bit off. It’s kind of cute.. I mean.. in a way.”
“Jack Frost…” Gemma frowned, searching her memory for anything on that name. “Is that your name then? Because I read a book on him once, except he was a rather old man.” She shrugged, a smile soon returning to her face. “And you’re not.”
“Winter? I’ve never experienced winter before. Snow, and cold, and all of that, right?” Her eyes lit up at the thought of all that, and all of the things that she had heard there was to do during the season. Snowball fights in huge castles where you poured something called hot chocolate on your enemies! “I suppose it only makes since, I am a bit off.”
Jack blinked quickly in surprise, “Hey now.. you shouldn’t just go pulling at people’s hair..”
“Not that I’m complaining.” He smirked looking to her through his now ruffled bangs, “But no. I’m not a fairy thank you.”
“Oh, I’m sorry, is that rude? I’m still trying to understand things like that!”
“Then what are you?” She asked, genuinely curious and doing her best to ignore the blush that had come across her cheeks when he smirked.