Key Fifteen: Stacy:
I’m bored again. Lavi’s caught up with that baby. The police scanners don’t have anything interesting. My fellow demons didn’t interest me. Now what?
I lay on the ground on the abandoned factory. It’s so quiet here. Too quiet sometimes. I rolled over onto my stomach.
“I know you’re there!” I said. “Come out and show yourself, Harley!” Sure enough, there she was. She came out from behind the steel support beams. She looked different from the last time I saw her in Hell.
“How did you know it was me?” Harley asked.
“Your scent,” I said.
“Really?” she asked. She took a sniff of her body as she wrinkled her nose.
“What do you want?” I asked. Harley raised her eyebrow at me.
“What?” she asked.
“How bored are you?” I asked. “Ikebukuro lost all of its thrills for you?” She shook her head.
“Nah, I’m here to check on you,” Harley said. I narrowed my eyes.
“Did Boss-man request you to do so?” I asked.
“Yep,” she said, nodding. I rolled my eyes.
“Why am I not surprised?” I asked. “I’m fine, thank you. Anything else?” There was a moment of silence. I pulled myself to my knees.
“What’s wrong?” I asked.
“Wrong?” Harley asked.
“Yes, is there a problem?” I asked. “What was wrong with Ikebukuro?” My colleague threw back my head and groaned.
“It’s about to go up shit’s creek,” Harley said. I rolled my eyes.
“Everybody knows that,” I said.
“But do you know how bad?” she asked. I gave her a curious look.
“Oh?” I asked.
“The plague is coming,” Harley said. She had no emotion in her voice. This didn’t surprise me.
“Okay…” I said. “So… are you running away to here?” She shook her head.
“No,” she said.
“No?” I asked. “Then why are you here?” Harley shrugged.
“I felt like it,” she said. I rolled my eyes.
“Sure,” I said. I stood up. Harley looked me up and down.
“Going for the punk these days?” she asked. I looked around at my vessel.
“I just found her,” I said. “Was about to die anyway. So I just took it. Yours?” Harley looked down at her vessel.
“Gang leader about to die in a fight,” she said. “I just took over and won the fight.”
“You run a gang now?”
“Oh yes. It has its perks. You still chasing after that angel? What’s his name again? Levi? Levin?”
“Ah yes, him. How is he these days?”
“Fine. He’s having a baby.”
Harley gave me a strange look. “With you?”
“No!” I said, frowning. “Not with me! Hell no.” I cleared my throat.
“It’s with a human girl,” I said.
“I knew it!” Harley said. “Nowhere I could sense something going on around the city!” I tilted my head.
“So that’s why you’re really here,” I said. I put my hands on my hips.
“Hate to break it to you, but you’re here a month early,” I said.
“I know,” Harley said. I frowned again. Figures that she would. She is a demon too after all. I dropped my shoulders.
“Fine,” I said. “Come with me.”
“Sweet!” Harley said, clapping her hands together. I rolled my eyes. What the hell, man? Still, it could be worse. I don’t know. It just could. Don’t ask me how. Just go with it.
I haven’t seen Lavi in months. It’s easy to see why. He’s going to be a dad after all. He’s got to look after that baby after all. But still…
I’m just bored!
I threw back my head and groaned.
“Something wrong?” Harley asked. I shook my head.
“No,” I said. We stood in front of the baby mama’s house. Where is he going to go after this? I haven’t had the chance to ask. He definitely can’t stay here either. Maybe he could stay with me. Technically he’s fallen like me now. I will take good care of him. I doubt he will want to go back to that pointless war.
I had a drunken catlike smile on my face as I opened the door. My joy was destroyed when Bookman came to the door.
“Oh,” I said in a flat tone. He took a drag of his cigarette as he glared at me.
“Why are you here?” that old bat asked. I cleared my throat.
“I’m here to see Lavi,” I said. “Is he in right now?”
“No,” Bookman said. He tried to slam the door in my face. I caught the door in time.
“Come on, man!” I said.
“Go away!” that old bastard snapped. I clicked my tongue.
“Come on, I know he’s in there!” I said. “Just let me in!”
“No,” he said again. I turned to Harley for help. She just stood there shrugging and shaking her head. I growled at her.
Gee thanks, bitch.
“Leave right now!” Bookman snapped. I raised an eyebrow.
“Or what?” I asked. “Are you going to use another charm on me? That won’t work this time! I’m onto you!”
“Who is that behind you?” that old bastard asked. I turned my head. Harley stood behind me with a goofy grin on her face.
“She’s a colleague of mine,” I said.
“Oh great,” he muttered. “More demons. It’s worse than what I thought.”
“Huh? What are you talking about?” I asked.
“Go away!” he shouted one more time. Bookman shoved me out of the doorway and slammed the door in my face.
“Asshole!” I shouted as I folded my arms across my chest. I looked up at the house. I could see someone looking out the window at us. I couldn’t tell if it was Ami or Lavi. I tossed back my head and dropped my shoulders.
“Let’s go,” I said. “We’ll come back later.” Harley pouted as I walked by.
“What? Aren’t see going to see the girl?” she asked.
“Later!” I shouted as we disappeared out of view. That old man. Why does he have to be such an asshole?