After everyone took turns sparring with each other, some going more than once, everyone decided to call it a day until dinner.Zipper had fallen asleep during it, EJ still holding her and watching Masky jog back to them."How is she?" Masky asked.
"She's alright.I stopped the bleeding in the gash I gave her.She's just resting up right now
.." EJ's voice cracked every now and then.Masky put a hand on his shoulder.EJ looked up at Masky.
"It's alright," Masky said softly."I know you tried.No need to worry brother." Masky smiled behind his mask.EJ smiled behind his mask as well, as they shared a handshake."I'll just take her off your hands-" Masky tried to take Zipper from EJ, but EJ cradled her closer, as if a child refusing to give his teddy bear to a stranger.
"I-I want to hold her longer!" EJ protested.Masky growled.
"Hand her over to me EJ.Now!" Masky snapped.
"Why do you want her so much to yourself!?" EJ shouted.
"She belongs to me! Now give her here, Jack!" Masky yelled back.
"Honestly, I am not an object." they both looked to see Zipper was wide awake, a rather irritated look on her face.
"Z-Zip!" EJ let Zipper stand onto her feet, stretching.She whinced when a pain shot through her whole body.
"You alright?" Masky asked, concern in his tone.
"I-I'm fine.." Zipper rubbed her stomach."Just a little pain.Nothing I can't stand.." Zipper stood up and limped a bit.Masky frowned behind his mask.
"I don't believe that one bit." Masky said.Zipper looked at him confused.In a flash, her upper body was placed over his shoulder.Zipper began beating on his back, blushing a bit.
"H-Hey! Put me down!" Zipper growled.Masky laughed.
"Not anytime soon, Zippy~!" Masky teased.
"Masky! What did I tell you about calling me that?" Zipper whined.Masky only laughed more.
"I know, you told me not to call you that! But it's so cute~!" Masky cooed.Zipper blushed at that comment and rolled her eyes.EJ watched and smiled.
"....They make a cute couple."
Masky carried Zipper to her bedroom, where he threw her on the bed."H-Hey!" Zipper gasped.Masky plopped down onto the bed as well, laying on his side with his elbow proping him up, cheek resting in the palm of his hand.
"Hm?" Masky hummed.Zipper smiled as she turned to lay on her stomach, arms crossed and chin resting on her arm.
"Oh, nothing." Zipper said.Masky chuckled.There was silence between them, staring in each other eyes for what seemed like a long time. "Can I ask you something?" Zipper asked after a long silence.
"Yes?" Masky asked.
"How come...you care about me so much? Out of everyone else? I mean.." she looked ahead."Slender Man..he...hates me.He's your boss, right?" Zipper asked.Masky sighed.
"I know.But he doesn't hate you.Otherwise, you wouldn't be here!" Masky said."Sure he's my boss and he superior, but it doesn't mean I'm not gonna stand up to him when someone I like is being hurt."
"Masky..." Zipper blushed.Now was a time she had regretted she had taken off her mask.Masky chuckled.
"Your so cute when you blush." now Zipper's face was red.
"H-Hey! I've never seen you blush, Mr. Wise guy!" Zipper began to poke Masky in the forehead..err...mask...whatever.Masky laughed.
"That's because I wear my mask all the time.I have to." Masky said.Zipper tilted her head to the side.
"What do you mean you have to? I take mine off a lot and I don't get in trouble-"
"You don't understand." Masky growled, sitting up to sit over the edge of the bed.Zipper did so as well, putting a hand on his shoulder.
"MASKY!" came a yell.Soon, BEN appeared in the doorway, arms crossed."Slender Man wants you.He says you have another mission." BEN said.Masky looked over at Zipper and then back at BEN.
"Alright.Tell him I'm coming." Masky said.BEN nodded and left.
"Masky..?" Zipper stood up to catch his arm.He stopped and looked back at her.
"Zipper.I have a mission.I have to go-"
"Please don't leave me!" Zipper hugged Masky from behind.Masky sighed, grabbing her arms and unwrapping them from himself.He turned around and leaned close to Zipper.
"I'm going to be back soon.Stay here and be safe.Respect Slender Man and don't get into any trouble or I'll have to punish you.You hear?" Masky questioned.Zipper gulped and nodded.Masky smiled and cupped her face in his hands.The mask's lips touched her forehead.Zipper could only blush as she gripped his jacket softly.Masky pulled away and looked at her for a moment.Then he turned around and ran out of the room.Zipper frowned and sat on her bed, looking down at her hands.
"Masky..." Zipper thought sadly.Suddenly, she heard noise at her door and saw Smile had came in.He walked over her feet, stopped, and sat, whimpering.Zipper smiled softly and patted Smile on the head."I'm alright boy." Zipper said."As long as Masky comes back alive, I'll be alright." Zipper looked out her window, sighing.