She had every reason to avoid talking about it.
Ever since the game had been plugged in, the other kids had made their best efforts to make it seem as though she was invisible on the nineteenth of September. At first, she hadn’t been all the deterred by their behavior. Even if they did hate her, surely they could put that aside and celebrate Vanellope’s birthday with her. Years upon years of the others treating it as though it wasn’t important and finally confirming that much only succeeded in destroying Vanellope’s own thoughts on its worth.
So, as the years built up, Vanellope started believing it. She went out of her way to hide out and didn’t bother to do anything when the nineteenth rolled around. This year was to be no different… Even with Thunder in her life.
Vanellope had gone to the painstaking effort of avoiding anything and everything to do with the date of her supposed birth. In all the time they had lived together, it had only ever been mentioned in passing to Gobstopper and been left to be forgotten. Really, she never would have expected Thunder to do anything for her at all. Sure he was her brother and that was what family did, but even though they had been living together as family for quite some time she still wouldn’t have expected it. So, she’d gone about her day as normal… Even if she didn’t maintain her usual spunk.
Okay, Vanellope. You can do this… You just have to make it until tomorrow. Then you can avoid thinking about it for a whole ‘nother year. Just don’t talk about it. Don’t even think about it…
The thoughts were easy. The avoidance, on the other hand, was something else all together. Vanellope couldn’t go around the house avoiding Thunder for an entire day. Sooner or later they were bound to run into one another.
Thunder simply laughed as he playfully trudged forward and stepped aside to allow her and the others through the portal first, before stepping through himself and closing the portal behind him.
The park was busy with the many sounds of laughter, chatter, screaming, and cheering coupled together with the scent of many decadent treats that filled the air as they took in the sights, smells, and nostalgia of the place..
It was good to be back.
Thunder pulled out a map from his backpack and crouched down close to her,
"So, little one…where shall we go to first?..er…little one?"
She didn’t answer him..
She seemed to be in her own little world, basking in the happiness and nostalgia that their surroundings seemed to bring her.
Thunder smirked as he spoke again,
"Little one?….Liiiiiiittle one…Little one,” he said, snapping his finger’s to bring her back to reality,
"hehe, thought I lost you for a second…
…h’where shall we head to first, princess?”
The sights, the sounds, the smells… It all was so wonderful to Vanellope. Everything about the place brought back memories of the time she and Thunder had been there before. How long had it even been? Would she run into the brother and sister she had met before? Probably not; the chances of that happening were rather slim…
Thunder successfully snapped her out of her thoughts, and she had to laugh a little when she realized how she had been reminiscing. She tucked her helmet under her arm and considered their options. Obviously there was the option of the teacup ride, which would have been great fun, but she had different plans. Vanellope’s eyes lit up when she remembered one ride in particular that they’d been on before.
"Big Thunder Mountain," Vanellope answered. "Let’s go on that rid first!"