"Yea, it is, kind of sad though." Ella murmured, she had almost untangled the strings. About 7/8ths complete.
"Yeah, I suppose it is." Jaq fell back into silence for a moment. Then, he started to hum along, hesitantly.
Ella finished as soon ad he started to hum then started to gather all the strings to tie them in a large bow on his back. She smiled at her work. "All done!" She said softly, yet cheerfully.
Jaq slowly reached a hand back, feeling for the strings. He shrugged his shoulders a few times, testing it out. He turned around and tried to beam in her direction, but he ended up smiling at a tree off to one side.
"Thank you so much, Ella."
Ella couldn't help but giggle as he spoke to the tree. She, upon impulse, wrapped her arms around him pulling him into a hug from behind.
Jaq gasped a little as she hugged him. He ha never been hugged before, by anyone. He didn't know what to do at first, so he just sat there, completely limp. But then, he slowly started to twist in Ella's arms, carefully turning around to face her.
At first Ella feared that she had done something she shouldn't have, then when he started to hug her back she knew she made the right choice. "You ready for that walk now?" She asked. Hopefully he could walk better with his strings fixed.
Jaq nodded eagerly. His smile was wide, so wide it hurt, but he ignored it. He felt his heart flutter happily. Ella was the nicest person he had ever met. She wanted to be close to him, to be his friend. She had held his hand, and kissed his hand even, and she had patiently tied up his strings. And she had given him a hug. That made him the happiest.
Ella pulled away to take his hand into his, "still want to go on that walk?" She asked, knowing the answer. He looked so happy, had she done that? Had she made him happy? Doubtful.
"Yes, yes I do." Jaq said happily. He squeezed her hand lightly. "Thank you, so much. Thank you. I-It makes me happy." He felt his face go warm. "You make me happy..."
"You make me happy too." Ella whispered, and he did, knowing that she made him happy brought her more joy than almost anything. Well, almost being if someone was to dance with her. Though that was to never happen. She noticed his blushing cheeks, 'does he like me?' She asked herself thoughtfully.
"C-can we walk now?" Jaq asked quietly, keeping his hand wrapped around hers in a tight, but gentle grip.
Ella smiled a tiny bit more, "yes." She said softly then started to walk. He was the sweetest toy she had ever met. And he seemed to like her even if he couldn't see her. 'Its cus he can't see your fat!' A voice in her head shouted, Ella used the hand not holding his to trace over her chest bones she could feel all to well.
Jaq still moved slowly, shuffling carefully to keep from tripping on his own feet, or rocks, or sticks. But he was faster, no longer worrying about his strings dragging an tangling as he moved. It made him feel so light, so free. He laughed a little, and then was shocked at the sound. He had never really laughed before, and it was strange.
Ella almost jumped when she heard him laugh, he was happy. The sadness seemed to be completely gone, if only for now. She smiled as she gave his hand a tiny squeeze, not saying a word.
"Thank you, Ella." Jaq said quietly. His footsteps were more confident now. His strings didn't drag him down, and he had a new friend carefully guiding him down the path. A friend who felt, and sounded and smelled now. It made him genuinely happy.
"I didn't do anything." Ella whispered as they walked down the path. She felt truly happy, she didn't feel as trapped, normals she only felt free when dancing, now she felt free just walking. Just walking holding his hand she felt just as free as ever. This frightened her slightly that another toy could make her this happy, at the same time it calmed her, knowing that he seemed to care for her.
"You made me happy. I haven't been happy in a long time." Jaq said. He moved closer to her, holding her hand tighter. He smiled and smiled, more than he ever had in his life.
"All I did was let you be happy, you made yourself happy." Ella whispered, "you can make yourself happy whenever you want. I promise, whenever you feel sad from now on try it." She stood close to him so that their arms would brush each other every so often.