Instead, the lights came flickering on, and Freddy vanished with no visible explanation, like the pretty assistant in a magic show.
Neither twin moved though, fearing they were still in danger.
"Where is he...?"
"I don't know..."
Dipper picked up the phone and looked at the time. "When does this place open, exactly?"
He handed her the phone.
"It's open. That must be why Freddy left. The power must be set on an automatic thingy," Mabel mused. "The lights come on, and the animatronics return to their places to start the day."
Mabel stood, brushed herself off, and lifted Dipper off the ground. They put their arms around each others' shoulders and began to make their way out.
Once in the front, they saw the lock on the front door had been opened. They shoved the door open and shuffled out into the parking lot. They saw police officers everywhere, talking to people.
They saw them talking to a blonde. It wasn't hard to figure out whose mother that was... More thoughts of the deceased filled their brains.
Another one was much closer, talking to the twins' parents. They could hear the dreaded conversation as they inched nearer.
"-sorry. Sadly, this happens often, ma'am. The manager here is supposed to check for people before closing, but he does a poor job of that."
"Obviously," Mr. Pines growled. Mrs. Pines wrapped her arms around him, scared for her children's lives, and he embraced her.
"Look... The thing is, this place has a... bad reputation for losing children. Most don't make it out alive. There are even some adults who wander in and never return. And those who do come out seem to have gone crazy, talking about... evil animatronics."
"So what are you getting at?"
"Your kids may not even be found, and if they are, the odds are low they'll be alive."
Mrs. Pines buried her face in her husband's shoulder and wept. It was quite inaudible, but she was mumbling, "Those are my babies. My babies."
Mabel tried to quicken her pace to get to them, but Dipper soon spoke up against it. "Slow down. I can't go... that fast."
"They need to know we're okay. They haven't seen us yet. They need to-"
"Mabel, I... can't go that fast. We'll... We'll get there s... soon. Just..." Dipper hit the ground with a thud. He landed on top of his sister, causing her to collapse as well.
Mrs. Pines heard the noises and looked up. "Mabel! Dipper!" She broke away from Mr. Pines, and ran towards them. Mr. Pines and the police officer followed.
Mabel was shaking the blacked out Dipper lightly and saying, "Wake up, Dipper. Wake up. You... You have to get up and get off me. Dipper, you're hurting me. Wake up. Dipper, wake uuup."
He didn’t even budge.