To catch a Bumby. Belongs to Lilacatz of DevinatART
Summary: Alice gets a Christmas gift from Dr. Bumby.
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Smiling children in red and green smiled as they picked up their presents, shaking them, guessing, laughing, ripping the paper into shreds. Their eyes lit up at their new toys as they showed them to one another, sharing. A few of them ran around the room, looking at the tree, eating the still-warm food, cooing at the colorful lights …
Alice blinked. A few children in gray and brown walked about the room aimlessly. A single stocking hung from the fireplace, having been relieved of the few pieces of candy it contained hours ago. Nothing in the room signified the arrival of Christmas, making the place even more eerie. Alice sat by herself on an old wooden chair in the corner, trying her best not to think about anything. The wooden floor creaked, and she turned around slowly.
“Alice.” Dr. Bumby looked down at her. His expression, as always, was carefully composed. He put his hand on her shoulder, as if to comfort her. But his grip was too tight, too protective … “Come girl, I have something to show you.”
Alice followed him into his office, where he sat down behind his desk and pulled out a gray box, holing it out to her. Her eyes narrowed suspiciously. Is Dr. Bumby giving her a present? Her pale fingers ripped open the paper to reveal a box, inside which contained …
“It looks just like you, doesn’t it? The face, the hair, even the figure.” Alice stared at it. Black hair, nose, eyes, dress, apron … it could’ve been made for her. The doll – no, puppet – hung limply by the connected strings. Holding it by the X, Alice dangled the expressionless thing in midair. Her own expression was just as blank.
“What do you say, Alice?”
“Thank you, Dr. Bumby.”
As Alice closed the door behind her, carrying her present gingerly, a smile slid onto Bumby’s face.
I’ve given you my puppet. It’s only fair that you be mine.
“Frightened of your shadow?”
Amazing, if more than a little disturbing fan art.