"Haha, Chica! I beat you again!"
"No, you didn't! It was a tie!"
"Come on, Chica. We both know I was going to win in the first place."
The withered animatronic laughed before passing a wire over to his friend across from him. The chicken smiled in triumph as she added it to the pile beside her; looking back at the tic-tac-toe game they had drawn on the storage wall.
Freddy blinked as he glanced at the two; realizing how noisy they were getting. Foxy was currently napping in the corner like usual. Unlike the bear, the noise didn't seem to bother him at all.
"Alright, so that's...6 for me and 2 for you," Chica said as she counted the wires. Bonnie blinked his red eyes.
"I'm pretty sure you only have 5, Chica."
"I count six here," The chicken said as he recounted. Bonnie tilted his head.
"Let me see."
The animatronic nodded before passing her wires over to him; only to have the bunny snatch it from her hand and add it to the pile.
"B-Bonnie!" Chica exclaimed; leaning over so she could get them back. "That isn't fair!"
The two laughed as the both wrestled for the wires. Freddy narrowed his eyes as he exclaimed, "Guys, be quiet! Foxy's trying to sleep!"
"Oh, really?" Bonnie asked as he got off of Chica. "He doesn't seem to mind."
Freddy sighed. "Yes, but-"
The animatronics were suddenly interrupted by the sound of the door creaking open from across the room. Bonnie and Chica dropped the wires as they all turned towards it, only to see BB peeking in. Half of the room was illuminated by the light reflecting out from the restaurant outside.
Freddy blinked for a few moments before asking, "BB?"
A childish giggle came in reply before the animatronic stepped into the room. A balloon was held in his hand, one that had three different colors with multiple white stars painted over them. Chica eyed it with interest while the others cringed at the sudden bright colors.
"What's with th' balloon?" Foxy asked; rubbing the sleep out of his eye.
"It's the fourth of July," BB said.
"Fourth of July?" Freddy repeated. "Wha-"
He was suddenly interrupted by BB taking his broken hand and motioning to outside the door. The child looked up at the bear before saying, "Come."
Freddy paused before he looked over at his withered friends. Chica gave him an excited smile while Bonnie looked back at BB, trying to figure out what was going on. Foxy merely looked back at him.
The bear hesitated for a few moments before giving them a nod, signaling for his friends to follow him outside. He let BB led him outside into the restaurant and out of storage; BB continued to lead the 4 down the hallways until they reached the Dining room.
The animatronics blinked.
Across from them, the toys sat in circle. All of their eyes were currently focused on the Marionette, who was currently sitting on a large box as he discussed something. BB let go of Freddy's hand and walked over to them.
"I brought them, Mari!"
The room silenced down as they all looked over at withered animatronics, who awkwardly stood across from them. The Marionette smiled as he clasped his hand.
"Ah, thank you, BB! Would you guys mind sitting over here to join us?"
Before any of them could protest, Chica happily skipped over to the circle and sat between Toy Bonnie and Toy Freddy. The rest of the withered animatronics exchanged a glance before sighing and joining in on the circle as well.
"So, what is this?" Bonnie asked as he sat down. "Are you going to convert us to a cult, or something?"
The Marionette laughed. "Of course not! I wouldn't expect you to know what's going on, anyway. I highly doubt you kept track of the date since Christmas, have you?"
The animatronics blinked, realizing that they could have done that. The Puppet merely adjusted his position on the box before clasping his hands together.
"Today is July 4th. Around the country we are in, it is known as Independence Day."
"Country?" Foxy asked. "The 'ell are ye' blabbin' 'bout?"
"Our home is in another home, Foxy," The Puppet smiled. "Our restaurant is currently located in the state of Michigan. Yours was in a different one, but not of another country."
"How...do you know all this?" Freddy's eyes widened. The Marionette smiled.
"That's beside the topic. My point is; since we were all made and assembled in this country, we are considered as American. Well, despite us not being humans..."
"But that doesn't mean we can't have fun!" Toy Chia exclaimed, leaning back on the carpet. The Puppet chuckled.
"Anyway, we were just discussing the history behind this holiday, and I asked BB to bring you over here so we can invite you to join us on our activities tonight."
"What are you guys doing?" Bonnie asked; a bit uneasy.
"We are going to watch what humans call 'fireworks'. It turns out that a show is happening near us and the building has quite a view of the sky, so we should be able to watch it."
"When does it start?" Chica asked. The Puppet looked at her.
"In about an hour. But I've brought a few things that can entertain us before then."
"Let me guess," Toy Freddy eyed the box underneath him. "It's in there?"
"Of course not. Why would you think that?"
Toy Bonnie gave him a look. "Well, you don't usually sit on boxes..."
"It's called sarcasm, Bonnie," The Marionette commented as he took the top off the box. "Humans tend to use it a lot."
BB let out a snicker, only to have Toy Bonnie glare at him. The Marionette rummaged through the box for a bit before getting something out. Once he turned around, everyone eyed what was in his hand: a miniature version of the flag made out of fabric that was glued on a stick.
"What's that?" Toy Chica asked as she leaned forward. The Marionette chuckled.
"Each country has a flag. Ours looks like this. Many Americans buy these today so they can reflect on the flag that represents their independence."
"Ooh," Withered Chica commented as she scooted closer to the Marionette. "Can I hold it?"
"Sure, Chica," He smiled as he gave it to her. "I've plenty for all of us."
"I want one! I want one!" BB exclaimed. Foxy, who happened to be sitting right next to him, gave the kid an aggravated look.
The circle ended up passing flags around until everyone had at least one to hold. Of course, BB and Chica asked for two; which were clutched in both of their hands. Foxy was left to hold BB's balloon as the child continued to run around the room; watching it flap from the wind.
"Uh, yeah," Bonnie waved his effortlessly. "Do you have anything besides this?"
"Of course I do," The Marionette said before grabbing something else. What he had clutched in his hand was of a box labeled "Sparklers".
"The 'eck are those?" Foxy asked; tilting his head as he read the label. The Marionette smiled.
"Americans love using these. With a small amount of fire, they sparkle up until the stick is gone. It's pretty simple, but beautiful, too."
"Sounds neat," Toy Freddy commented. "Can I have one?"
"We aren't going to use these indoors," The Puppet said as he put them aside. "It's much safer to use them outdoors."
"Then why th' 'ell did ye' get 'em out!?" Foxy twitched.
"Calm down. You asked what else I have, and I showed it to you. As for right now, I'm going to explain how you use these."
With that, he then grabbed a sparkler out of the box and picked up some matches. Freddy's eyes widened.
"Where in Fazbear's name did you get those!?"
"None of your concern," The Marionette replied as he lit one. "Anyway, you simply add some fire to the top, and bam! It sparkles."
Once he lit the top using a match, sparks flew from the end of the stick. All the animatronics leaned forward; watching it in amazement. The Puppet waved it to the side, only to see their eyes following it.
"What do you do with it?" Toy Bonnie asked as he scooted forward. The Marionette tilted his head to the side.
"You wave it around, make circles in the air with it...There isn't much to do beside that. Of course, you keep it away from yourself and others for the sake of safety."
He waved it in a few circles.
"-But it's fascinating to watch, huh?"
All of the animatronics nodded their heads; each of them in a trance of watching the sparkler. BB continued to run in the background with his hands full of flags. The Puppet ignored this as he handed the sparkler over to Toy Freddy to hold.
"Say, Chica, would you mind going into Kid's Cove and checking up on Mangle?"
Toy Chica glanced at her withered counterpart. She turned over to the puppet before asking, "Which one?"
"Both of you," He replied. "Mangle told me that she had a plan for you girls tonight."
Both of the Chicas exchanged excited looks before getting up and heading over to Kid's Cove. Toy Freddy continued to make shapes with the sparkler as the rest of them watched. The Puppet then took it back, causing the animatronic to groan in disappointment.
"Don't worry. I'll pass this around," He said as he waved it in the air, laying his head down on the box behind him. "Let me have my fun with it."
"While yer' doin' that, I'd like to ask ye' where that balloon freak got this," Foxy said as he held the balloon up; getting the others to look at it as well. "I've never seen th' lad carry any o' these before."
"Balloons are made for made for many occasions," The Puppet replied as he glanced at him. "The fourth of July just happens to be one of them."
"Are there any more balloons?" Toy Bonnie asked. The Puppet nodded before sitting up and passing the sparkler over to Freddy.
"Yes. I picked some up from the store just in case anyone else wanted it. I also knew BB would eventually want to go back to carrying balloons."
"Wait, what 'store'?" Freddy asked as he glanced up from the sparkler. "We don't have a store here besides the Prize Corner."
The puppet only smiled. The room remained silent for a few moment as Freddy's eyes widened in realization.
"Ah, give him a break," Toy Bonnie snapped. "He got all of this for us. Be grateful."
"But we can't-"
"Freddy," Foxy gave him a look. The bear sighed as he went back to playing with the sparkler. He made a few eights as well as making a smiley face. The Puppet clapped.
"Good job, Freddy! That was a very nice smiley."
Freddy glanced over at him, but didn't say anything as he want back to it. One he was done, he then passed it over to Toy Bonnie; who immediately went to waving it in the air. This continued until the rest of the circle got a chance to play with it, and, by then, it was already burnt out.
"Aw," BB whined as he let go of the flags. "I didn't get to play with it!"
"Ye' were too busy playin' with them flags," Foxy said as he tossed the stick aside. "Should have gotten yer' chance while ye' still had it."
"Besides," The Puppet said as he gave the fox a glare. "I have many more we can use once we watch the fireworks."
"Speaking of fireworks," Toy Freddy said as he looked at him. "Shouldn't they be starting about now?"
The Puppet glanced at a nearby clock and nodded. "Why, yes. It is. Would one of you mind heading over to Kid's Cove and getting the girls for me?"
"I'll go do it," Freddy said as he lifted himself up from the floor and made his way to Kid's Cove. The puppet grabbed the pack of sparklers before making his way to the stage the toys performed on. He grabbed the side of the sign held above the stage and started to climb it.
"Where are ye' goin'?" Foxy asked as he watched the Puppet reach the ceiling. The Marionette smiled.
"I've a passageway through the vents that lead to the roof. We're going to be crawling through there."
"Passageway?" The fox asked. "I've never been in one o' those."
"It's really easy!" BB exclaimed beside him. "You hunch back and crawl using your elbows! It's really fun!"
"Of course it is," The pirate rolled his eyes. The Marionette ignored their voices as he made an opening in the ceiling; moving a tile aside as he crawled into the vent. Once made sure the passage was clear, he then poked his head down below.
"Are the girls here yet?"
Toy Freddy glanced in the direction of Kid's Cove. He said, "They're coming now."
The rest of them looked, only to see Freddy leading the three females towards the stage. Toy Chica had red, white, and blue paint around her chest that represented the flag. Chica had a mini version of it on her face as Mangle's toes were painted with the colors.
"Looks like they had fun," The Puppet commented. Foxy only shook his head as they all arrived at the stage.
"Alright, I am going to lift each of you up individually. Follow the vents until you reach an end where there is an opening above you. Go through that and wait for me on the roof."
Everyone nodded. The Marionette then started by picking BB up and lifting into the vents. He continued with the rest of the animatronics until they were all in. Once they were, the Puppet then followed behind them onto the roof.
"Freddy! Look at all the stars!"
"This is really beautiful..."
"Look! I see people!"
"The hell is a star?"
The animatronics continued to comment on everything they saw as they all spread out on the roof. Chica was observing the restaurants down on the street below while everyone else stared at the night sky.
"I never thought outside would look this beautiful," Freddy commented in awe. Foxy tsked.
"'Tis a lot better when 'ye see th' ocean..."
"Mari! Mari!" BB whined as he started jumping on the roof. "I let go of my balloon!"
"I'll give you another one, BB. Sit down."
The animatronic complied as he sat back down; watching the balloon hover away in the sky with a sad expression. The Puppet sighed before giving Toy Bonnie a balloon to pass down to him.
"When are they going to start?" Toy Chica asked as she look at the Puppet; situating herself in her seat. He smiled.
"You'll see, Chica."
"Wow, everyone else is sitting and waiting for them, too," Toy Bonnie said as he looked down at the people below. Chica glanced over to the hills, only to see several families sitting down as they waited for the show to start. She looked over at her friend that sat beside her.
"Yeah?" He asked as he turned to her.
"Are we...a family?"
"Family?" He repeated.
The bear looked up at the stars in thought. After a few moments, he nodded. "Well, yes. Technically, we are."
"Wait, we're family?" Toy Bonnie asked as he looked at the Marionette. The Puppet nodded.
"Of course. And, much like the other families here, we're together. Families always spend time with each other on the holidays."
"Is that why you invited us on Christmas?" Chica asked as she looked at him; her purple eyes sparkling in excitement. The Puppet nodded.
"Exactly right, Chica."
The withered bots exchanged smiles. The toys passed over a few sparklers to them as well as a couple of flags. Once everyone had a material to hold onto, they all watched the sky in anticipation.
And, as the minutes passed, the fireworks began to boom.