Part 2 and the aftermath of Jacob tearing down someone’s poor barn. He got out of that in better shape than any of the little Lilliputians would, but he still got a few burns here and there. Lucky he has some little helpers.
“I can’t believe you ripped down the Millers’ barn!” Chase couldn’t even pretend to scold Jacob in the midst of checking over his giant hands for burns. The giant was seated in the patch of land Chase had offered him, both hands held out for Chase and Minnie to see. “Just walked right up to it and…” Chase mimicked ripping the wall of the barn away, exaggerating every movement.
The small scene of destruction was the talk of the town. Chase would have liked to hear more of the gossip, but there were more important things to take care of.
Jacob sighed overhead, ever patient. “Well, I didn’t exactly have time to just reach in the doors and grab everything out one by one,” he pointed out. “I had to.”
“Oh, no, I’m not saying that,” Chase said, while beckoning his sister over. She brought the bucket of ice water and a rag to clean out the dirt and soot before they could give Jacob any burn ointment.
“Just that, you know. You got to use your powers for good and it was awesome. That’s all.” Chase grinned up at the unconvinced giant and was pleased to earn an eyeroll in return.
Minnie scoffed in lieu of Jacob doing so. “Jacob doesn’t have superpowers, Chase. He’s just giant.”
“Hey, he’s strong enough to toss you into the bay from here!” Chase protested.
“Hey, now,” Jacob chimed in. He rolled his shoulders, but tried not to move his hands too much. He was a big guy; leaning over like he was had to put a crick in his back. “That’s not the kind of image I want. I’m just the friendly neighborhood firefighter.”
“Don’t worry, no one’s actually saying anything like that,” Minnie said dismissively, cutting off Chase’s own reassurance. “Chase is just being a horrible brother by being mean to his baby sister.”
Chase put his hand over his heart. “I would never actually advocate anyone throwing my sister into the bay,” he protested. He hopped gracelessly up onto Jacob’s palm so he could slap some ointment over a huge burn and continued, “I was just saying being a giant kind of is a superpower.”
Jacob curled one fingertip up so he could nudge at Chase’s side. “Not always a useful one, though,” he mused. “What I really need is your ability to talk myself out of anything. Mr. Miller might never let me in his fields again after that.”
Chase flailed an arm as he tried and failed not to fall over on Jacob’s hand. Then, he scrambled back to the ground before he could tumble even more. “Nah,” he waved off the concern. “Once he’s over the shock, he’ll see you really were trying to help.”
“You even saved a bunch of his stuff,” Minnie chimed in, moving on to the next burn. To Jacob, the injuries were tiny, but to both of them they were huge. They were going to fix up what they could. “That counts for something.”
Chase grinned and found another spot to add more burn cream. “Your public image is gonna be great, I promise. I know how to spin this one, and soon everyone will want to have a guardian giant wandering their fields.”
Jacob groaned, to Chase’s smug satisfaction couldn’t come up with a counterargument.