In the Jungle
Request: How about a descendants imagine where you’re the daughter of tarzan and jane and you’re walking around on the roof of the school pretending you’re up in the trees of the jungle at home because you’re homesick, when Jay sees you up there and gets curious about you because who the heck would be on the roof? - @anixara
Pairing: Jay x reader
A strong breeze blew against my (h/c) hair, stray strands falling across my rosy cheeks due to the bitter autumn air. This time of the year was one of my favourite seasons, the gorgeous amber leaves stray from their rightful places among the trees and to lay across the damp blades of grass.
Even in the jungle, there was never a tree left completely naked, deep emerald vines still hung from the branches, soft moss crawled its way along the thick tree trunks.
My father used to tell me stories when I was young about life outside of nature since my father was raised in the jungle, before I was born they relocated back to the jungle and away from society so that I could have the peaceful and fulfilling childhood that he missed out on.
Last year, my parents decided that it was time to take me back into the world of the Royals, starting by enrolling me in a prep school- Auradon Prep. Everything was so different compared to the peaceful existence in the wilderness; bustling crowds, blaring alarms to announce of somebody’s wrongdoings, continuous chatter which never seems to cease.
I never seemed to fit right into the school, learning is much better achieved when practicalised rather than reading out of textbooks and forward speaking.
My first day of school was definitely memorable, my father walked with me through the large overhead gates and towards the front gardens.
“Well hello, dears! You must be y/n! I’m Fairy Godmother, headmistress of Auradon Prep!” A kind looking lady with a warm smile introduced herself to my father and I, soft brown curls lapped across her shoulders and bounced past the collar of her light blue dress.
I replied with a shallow nod before glancing around the scene that we were standing in, vivid sun rays shone down against the ashen gray pathways and the jade green hedges outline the unkempt gold of the beastly statue placed among the center of the grounds.
My father snapped me out of my thoughts by nudging his arm against my own, I swiftly sent a smile over to Fairy Godmother so that I didn’t come across at overly rude
“Hi” My small voice rung out
She told me some of the set boundaries and rules that the school had in place, curfews, opening times of different parts of the school and dorm rules.
At this point, my father was edged to leave so that the headmistress and I could have a light chat and show me around the school,
“I love you, y/n, I know that this is a massive leap from the life you used to live but it’s for the best okay?” My father leaned down slightly so that he was now at my own height, his loving chestnut eyes looking into my own
“I know, I love you too” I mumbled, looking down at my hands and fiddling with a small silver ring that was on my middle finger
“I’ll see you soon, darling”
“Bye daddy” I smiled as I looked back up and gave him a slight hug before turning to go with Fairy Godmother.
Now, only a couple of months into the school year and I already wish that it is over, the bustle of school kids, the chatter of young princesses as they fawn over different boys.
“Come on y/n, it’s almost time for class” My best- and only friend, Lonnie. Since being raised in the jungle, I don’t really have much experience with social interaction and try to keep away from it at most costs but being a teenager in a boarding school, it’s quite difficult.
“Yeah, Math, it literally makes me want to run back to the jungle” I groaned, even the thought of our math class is horrifying
“Miss Hull doesn’t hate you that much” Lonnie joked with a slight chuckle to her voice
“And I’m the queen of Auradon”
And that is how I got to where I am at this point in time, the heavy bitter air sent chills down my body and the soles of my shoes became damp from climbing up the drainage pipes.
There was a crunch of gravel beneath me, not the kind of continuous noise you’d get from a rolling car, but the defined short crunch of a footstep- someone was following me.
My breath hitched in my throat as I quickened my pace and carefully stepped along tile to tile, looking across the next rooftop. A small incline was needed to continue my trip across the tiles but there was nothing else I can grab onto,
“Hello?!” A male’s voice rang out from under the overhang that I was standing on
I instinctively jumped up the incline and carried on my way, not eager to establish any sort of social interaction but just as I ascended up the unstable roof, my foot caught underneath a loose tile and up rose it as I began to fall down. My body smacked against the incline and fell down the slanted tiles towards a considerable drop down the pathed ground
“Woah!” The same voice exclaimed as my grip against the drains loosened and I could feel two firm hands grip around my waist, gently lifting me, placing my feet securely on the pavement.
Now I have no choice but to interact with whoever saved me, I even need to explain why I was up on the roof instead of in lessons where every other student and teacher should be right now.
“Are you okay?”
Glancing upwards, peering through my now clumped and sodden hair I saw the boy who saved me- Jay?
“What are you doing here?” I questioned him, now that he is no longer a villain, he is one of the school’s most valued students; he never skips lessons.
“Better question is what were you doing up on the roof?” He responded with a light chuckle to his voice, I swiftly stood up straight as I pushed my hair away from my face
“I needed to get away, this whole fitting in, making friends thing is not for me” I stated, pulling my musky green coat further around my body to try and keep out the icy wind.
“Trust me, I know what it’s like, it takes some time for everything to become natural around here”
“I don’t want it to become natural!” I snapped over at him, I know it wasn’t his fault nor was it anything to do with him but I just needed someone to take it out on… But now I sound like a bit of a jerk
“I’m sorry, it’s just, everything is so different and I’ve been thrown in at the deep end” I murmured my apology to the boy in hope that he didn’t take it too harshly
“It’s okay, I was once like you as well you know” He smiled back at me, gently raising one arm and placing it on my shoulder for comfort
“How did you do it? I mean, how did you go from a stranger to all things good and easy but soon be loyally accustomed to it?”
He moved his palm from its place across my shoulder and ran it down his somehow dry, dark hair- Did I say something wrong? Now he hates me, well-done y/n! You’ve messed up your only chance of making someone else like you
“Well, I guess, it’s easier when people have your back. When I first joined the school it wasn’t only me; I had Mal, Evie, and Carlos who were all going through the same thoughts that I had” He finally spoke, not taking it as a chance to vow his goodbye and leave me to sorrow with pity. But his answer still wasn’t much help for me.
“The only friend I have is Lonnie and I am pretty sure that she is off being an actual royal student whilst I got into an argument with our math teacher and ran out of class” My voice was laced with sadness as I began to turn around in an attempt to escape back up the drainage pipes and onto the courtyard rooftop but before I could make it two steps to our left, Jay’s hand reached out to hold onto my shoulder
“You know that isn’t true” He explained causing me to look back at him
“What do you mean?”
“Everyone here is so friendly, just have a go at socializing, I’m sure you have more in common with loads of people here” He smiled over at me, letting go of my shoulder and instead gently placing his palm against my cheek, the warmth of the contact flood through my body, my already rosy cheeks illuminated with a deep red blush.
My frosty cold fingertips laced onto his own causing a light frown to emit across his perfect features- I never knew why all the girls were so obsessed with this boy, but now I know. Not only is he one of the kindest, sweetest guys I have ever known but his every movement radiates perfection, from the cute smile to how his face crumples up in confusion- I think I’ve fallen for him…
“Let’s get you inside, not only are you absolutely freezing but people are going to be wondering where you got to” He spoke softly, sliding an arm around my waist and guiding me towards the large castle doors
“I’ll give it a try” Maybe a new school isn’t the worst thing