Friendship Never Dies

12:00 AM (June 21, 2011)

Minnie swore all sorts of colorful words as Vincent cut in front of her in Mario Kart. She stepped on the pedal a little bit too hard, the gears beneath her foot groaning in protest. In a fit of fury she rammed her car into his and laughed when he yelled. Gumi was standing behind the two of them, cheering on the winner and insulting the loser. She didn't play games; she was the cheerleader.

"How does Bowser even fit in that thing? He's too fat!" Minnie bumped into Vincent again so she could advance forward.

"It's all muscle, Minnie. Something Luigi clearly doesn't have. So the next time you insult this big fellow, just remember that he could kick your ass."

Gumi giggled as they insulted each other without her help. Vincent and Minnie were very competitive people. If anyone tested either of them in a game such as Mario Kart…well, Gumi felt sorry for them. When Minnie and Vincent played against each other they liked to set bets to up the antics. Once, Minnie was forced to get the phone number of one of the day guards and give it to Gumi. Vincent didn't know what he had done until it was too late. That day guard happened to be Gumi's first lover. The men she visited weren't clients. She hated calling them that. It made her feel like a prostitute.

Now, after that incident, Minnie and Vincent agreed to just use the pizzeria's tickets as payment. This time the loser had to give up thirty of their tickets to the winner. Either way, the two of them still got prizes for one another at the Prize Counter.

"I wonder what thirty more tickets could get me," Vincent pressed. "Maybe I could get something from the puppet."

Minnie growled and gripped onto the wheel so hard her knuckles turned white. "Whatever is in that giant present is mine."

"Oh, so you're saying that the puppet is yours?"

"No, that's not what I meant."

"Sure sounded like it."

"Shut up!"

Gumi tensed at how loud they were. If they grew too obnoxious, one of the employees would come over to quiet them down. And if that happened her dad would know she was there….

She had to keep them quiet. "Could you guys keep it down?"

"Dammit," Minnie screamed when Vincent crossed the finish line before her. "How dare you!"

"Guys, please be quiet."

"You just suck at video games." Vincent propped his feet up on the wheel and smiled wickedly at his pouting friend.

The sound of heavy footsteps heading their way made Gumi tense. She moved closer to her two friends and tried to hide between the two of them. Minnie looked at her apologetically, Vincent mirroring her expression.

"Well, look what we have here. Two of our most valued customers." The friendly, deep voice made the two friends look up. Their eyes met with the bright blue eyes of Fredrick Fazbear, who smiled down at them.

"Hey Fredrick," Minnie cheered joyfully. "Sorry if we were being too loud."

Fredrick shook his head at her apology. "Don't you worry about that, sweet pea. You and Vincent are actually pretty mild compared to most of the little kiddies that come here every day."

"I can only imagine what you have to go through on a daily basis." Vincent shook his head in shame. Kids weren't as they used to be.

"You don't even know," Fredrick sighed. "These parents don't know how to control their kids."

As if to emphasize his point, a child ran past them as his parents followed solemnly. "If they don't want to control their children, then why do they come?"

"That will just have to remain a mystery until the day I get trashed. But let me tell you a little secret. The others and I actually find all of this quite amusing."

Minnie smiled sweetly and stood from the uncomfortable seat. She went to stand in front of the bear. Compared to her, Fredrick was a giant.

"You make me feel so small." Minnie frowned and looked up at him. Fredrick picked up her hand and kissed it softly, making her blush.

"You are small," he said with a wink.

"We have to go on stage again in two minutes, Fredrick." A girly voice called from behind them. "How are you Minnie? Vincent?"

Minnie shifted her eyes away from Fredrick, who was still holding her hand in his, and looked to who the voice came from. Chica waved at her and Vincent, looking over at Minnie as well with a knowing smile on her beak. This made Minnie blush like mad.

"Alright, Chica," Fredrick called. "Until I see you again, sweet pea."

With that, he tipped his hat at Minnie and Vincent before taking his leave. Gumi watched tensely between the two Mario Kart games.

"Well, that was weird." Vincent laughed when he caught the blush on Minnie's usually pale face.

"W-why don't we go see how my mom is doing?" Minnie held the hand Fredrick had kissed to her chest and looked down at the floor. Vincent stood and wrapped an arm around his friend.

"I'm going to go to the bathroom," Gumi announced before hurriedly leaving.

She just needed to get away from all of the loud noise and people for a couple of minutes. It was all starting to become too much for the teen. Seeing such a tender moment between Fredrick and Minnie made her heart ache with want. She wanted to be looked at like that by a guy. Fredrick looked at Minnie like she was the only girl in the world. Gumi has never been looked at like that. All she gets is hungry stares that make her skin crawl and bring forth nausea knowing what she was getting into. Minnie means well. She probably doesn't even know Fredrick likes her in any way other than the friend way.

"Hello there, pretty girl. Are you lost?" Gumi stopped walking and turned around to see who was speaking to her. Her heart stopped when she saw her previous lover standing all too close to her.

"What are you doing here, Josh?" She tried to hide the fear in her voice and put on the bravest face she could muster. He had beaten her their last encounter before she went to Minnie's. How did he know she would be at the pizzeria?

"You didn't think I would want to see you again? You're such a silly, stupid girl."

As he advanced forward, Gumi turned to run. But she was too slow….

"I love this pizza!" Minnie chewed contently on her bite of pizza while Vincent praised it.

Mrs. O'Lil smiled fondly at the two of them. "Their pizza is quite good isn't it? And you can't complain about the entertainment either."

Minnie looked to the stage and couldn't hide her embarrassment when Fredrick looked at her and winked. Vincent laughed and shook his head. "I see a beautiful relationship blooming."

"What are you talking about?! W-we're just friends." Mrs. O'Lil couldn't help but grin at her daughter's modesty. It was clear even to her that the animatronic bear cared for her daughter.

Gumi struggled and screamed through her captor's hand that was clamped on her mouth. He had taken her to the security office where he knew nobody would go unless they heard her scream. Her mind was fogged with fear and anticipation. Even though she knew he was going to be rough on her, she couldn't help but be excited. She loved it a little rough sometimes. Her eyes brimmed with tears. What's wrong with her?

"You've been a very bad girl. Did I give you permission to leave that hotel?" Josh's breath was warm and moist against her ear as he slurred drunkenly. Gumi whimpered through his hand and shook her head.

"That's right," he growled maliciously. "And do you know what happens to bad girls when they don't listen?"

Gumi cried out in pain when she landed on her bruised side. Josh quickly got on top of her and restrained her. "P-please…"

"There's nowhere for you to go, pretty girl. And no one is going to come and save you."

Minnie looked towards where the bathrooms were worriedly. "I'm going to go check on Gumi. She's been gone for a bit too long."

"Do you want me or Fredrick to come with you?" Vincent watched Minnie stand from the table they sat at. Fredrick was about to stand as well, but Minnie held up her hand and shook her head.

"I'll be fine," she sighed. "I just want to see if she's okay."

And with that she left for the bathrooms. The hallway was oddly eerie even with the lights shining down from the ceiling. Minnie felt a flutter in her stomach. Something was wrong. She just knew it.

As she advanced, something caught her attention. Among some scraps on the floor laid a gold chain bracelet. Minnie knew that jewelry very well. It was Gumi's. In an instant, the flutter in her stomach turned into a full stampede. Forgetting the bracelet, she ran down the hallway and to the bathrooms.

She's not going to be there. Keep going down until you hear her.

Minnie stopped mid-step at the sound of that voice in her head. She's heard that voice many times before when she was younger. She thought it would leave her alone as she got older, but it didn't seem like it now. Her legs seemed to move on their own down the long hallway to God knows where. She kept an ear out for any signs of Gumi. As she advanced down the hallway and past many party rooms full of families, Minnie began to lose hope.

You're almost there.

"I wish you would leave me alone for once." Minnie kept her voice down so no one would hear. She didn't want to look a complete psychopath.

You didn't leave me. So, I'm not going to leave you. It's just how these things work, Minnie. Now keep going towards the office. She's there.

Minnie's breath hitched when she heard an agonizing scream. "How can no one hear that?"

Everyone's too busy having fun. Remember where you are.

"I have to get to her," Minnie breathed as she began to sprint towards the scream.

Be careful.

"Whoever is there with her is going to drown in his blood…."

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