Romeo and Juliet
The two demons left after they whispered something in the corner. Luckily, she had the apartment for herself for the rest of the day and she could finally take a shower without being scared that someone would enter and wreak havoc. Zoe was ready to get in the bathtub and relax for a while when the bell rang. She ignored it once, twice, but that person was very stubborn. She had no choice but to grab the towel and get out.
“What?” She almost growled at the intruder.
On the other side was Mark who had a wide smile spread on his face, making her powerless in front of her neighbor.
“Is there something urgent that I need to know?” Zoe continued in a softer tone as she opened the door wider for the guy to enter.
Mark looked around her place unconsciously. He noticed a few differences from last time; there was a pillow on the couch and the living looked messier than before; the atmosphere overall was different and a bit tense.
“I, Luke and a few friends want to go camping this week,” Mark started, his eyes still wandering her living room.
She was in nothing but a robe and she was craving for that warm bath. Zoe’s mind was anywhere but a camping trip.
“And?” Her tone wasn’t optimistic for what he wanted to ask her.
“Well you see, we are all guys. Luke asked a friend to come and she said she will if she won’t be the only girl. So I’m asking you since we are neighbors and everything.” She blinked slowly and registered what he told her. When she finally realized what he was saying, her eyes widened.
“You’re asking me to go camping with other people around my age?” She asked slowly, trying to assure herself that she heard right. Mark nodded. “People who want to have fun and are around my age?”
He nodded again, hoping for the best. She didn’t seem to be very keen on going out with anyone and had never seen anyone visit her since he moved next door.
However, the smile that appeared on her face was the sign that told Mark he did an amazing thing. She nodded vigorously and asked for one favor, “Can I bring a friend?”
Anything just to get her to come.
The trip was going to be that weekend, in Scotland. They were going to sleep outside and experience the real life, as Mark said. From what she found out, their friends weren’t from university but she didn’t ask more because it wasn’t her business; as long as she was going to have fun with normal people, everything was perfect.
After she took her bath, she went out to buy groceries. On the way back, she didn’t even glance at the wall; she was far too excited to care about that. Her thoughts were all about the trip; nothing else. She wanted to give that extraordinary piece of news to Ezekiel, since he was going to participate too.
Unfortunately, Ezekiel didn’t come over in the next few days. She couldn’t say she felt lonely because Mark dropped a few times to tell her more about their plans. She didn’t even notice the absent demons and ghosts but the dark fairies returned. They were messing around, like always but it didn’t interrupt her happiness.
“That guy that’s been coming around lately,” One dark fairy started. She was in her fairy form and was standing lazily on Zoe's desk.
“What about him?”
Zoe was a bit preoccupied by work; she had to correct her latest chapter and send it to Alec before the trip. She had to place the dialogue and it was harder than it sounded because she had to be careful and keep in line.
“Is he your boyfriend?”
That definitely surprised Zoe, making her cross the line and have to redo that part. She took a few deep breaths before she started again.That subject was very touchy ever since high school and it wasn’t only Terrance’s fault.
“No. He is my neighbor.”
The fairy tilted her head to the side and raised an eyebrow.
“He looks like a dinosaur.” Her comment amused Zoe very much.
She couldn’t deny that. His face was long and had huge eyes. His fashion style was a mix of stylish and hip-hop, which was weird but he was able to pull it off; but looks weren’t what mattered because Mark was a kind person and she was thankful to him. He did something that no one had done in a while; include her in his plans, even if it was just a coincidence.
“You’re enjoying his company too much.” The fairy continued.
“I do, yes. I like talking to him. It makes me feel normal.”
The fairy frowned and walked in front of her. While Zoe was working on her laptop, the little girl was standing between her hands, looking up with bright eyes.
“But you’re not normal, Zoe. What if something happens in this trip? You know how demons are,”
Zoe sighed and decided to postpone her work for a few hours. She rubbed her eyes and walked in the kitchen, the fairy following her.
“Is that why you left when Eneizar and the others appeared?”
The fairy frowned. She seemed worried.
“Look, Zoe. You-“
The doorbell rang and she ignored the fairy completely.
It was night and she wasn’t expecting anyone. Well, maybe she was expecting Ezekiel since he hasn’t given a sign in a few days. Maybe he got scared after he got possessed; twice. Well, the risk of the job.
“Hey. Am I interrupting your work? I just wanted to tell you that our friends will come and get us tomorrow morning at 6 sharp. So, tell your friend and pack.”
Mark was like a gust of fresh air. He was a normal guy with normal friends and normal interests. She shook her head and let him in, his fluffy, now messy pink hair being like a colorful break from beige and white.
“Oh, alright. thanks for telling me. I will inform my friend, as well.” She thanked him with a soft smile on her face.
Mark didn’t know just how much that trip meant for Zoe so he brushed her gratefulness as something trivial.
“So, how is it going?”
The only thing they have been talking about for the last week was the trip. He really wanted to know more about her. She didn’t seem to do anything but work.
“Well, I have to finish a new chapter and it’s been hard. I need a dialogue that won’t sound emotionless.” She responded tiredly.
Mark’s big eyes were staring at her with a mix of nervousness and happiness. He was glowing with positivism.
“Would you like to help me with it?” She asked him, trying to indulge for a few more hours into his blinding attitude.
That was definitely what he was waiting for; the magic words.
Since Mark knew how to draw, it made everything easier. She finished contouring in no time and the dialogue was the only part left.
They ended up on the ground, in the living room with a lot of papers around them and incomplete spaces in the script.
“He’s the hero so I don’t know how to make it believable. I mean, he wouldn’t just say good bye and leave. But at the same time, I don’t want it to be cheesy.” She whined, biting on the pen in concentration.
“Hasta la vista, baby.” Mark started in an Arnold Schwarzenegger poor imitation.
They stared at each other blankly before they started to laugh loudly. That was not going to be in the script but the way he said it made it really funny.
“There must be something. Tell me the plot of this chapter, again.” He said after he calmed down.
“Well, Gregorian is a fallen angel and he became very close to his companions from God's World. He has to leave because Heaven needs him but he has to die in order to get there. He can’t commit suicide because he won’t go up there. He needs to be killed and the girl he fell in love with does that. She shots him.” Zoe explained, throwing a quick glance at Mark before her eye was caught by something completely different.
The two fairies behind him were enacting a love scene, making fun of the matter at hand. Mark couldn’t hear them but Zoe could.
“Romeo Mark, thank you for appearing before me; a humble and weak human.”
The female fairy was on the backrest while the male fairy was on the armchair.
“Juliet Zoe, I would do anything for you. I promise I will save you from the wrath of demons with my scarily bright and wide smile!”
She raised an eyebrow and leaned more to the side to watch the two. Juliet Zoe rubbed her hands together and got on her feet.
“Will you catch me if I fall?”
“I will catch you with my dinosaur strength and my awesome dancing moves!”
Zoe snorted when the male fairy did a back walking dance. That grabbed Mark’s attention and she had to cover the two fairies, telling him it was nothing and trying to concentrate on the script.
“Now, jump Juliet Zoe!” The female fairy did jump but he didn’t catch her. She glared at him and punched him in the arm. Actually, she punched him so hard that he fell off the armchair. “No! I’m drowning!” Zoe glanced at the two fairies and chuckled.
“No! Jack! Come back! There’s room for two on this armchair! Even if you didn’t catch me, I still can’t live without that bright and wide smile of yours and your dinosaur face!”
Zoe bit the inside of her cheek and continued to watch them.
“The water! The water is freezing!” He gasped heavily. It did sound like he was chocking.
“What water?” Zoe mumbled as she stretched and leaned back.
“Good bye, cruel world! Good bye and see you in the afterlife!”
“See you in the afterlife…” She repeated his words, her mind swirling with ramifications of that simple and juicy sentence.
Somehow, Mark ended up helping Zoe a lot. The fairies were still playing around but they weren’t interfering with smartass comebacks or tricks. Obviously, they weren’t Mehrdir or Eneizar.
“Finished!” Mark exclaimed before he threw his hands in the air in victory which caused a bad cracking noise. He groaned when he felt pain in his lower back. “Finally we can do something else.” Her head snapped to him when he said that. His eyes widened and he started to ramble, suddenly feeling very embarrassed. “Not that helping you finish the chapter wasn’t nice, because it was, but it was also tiring,” He decided to shut up since nothing he was saying was going to save his ass.
But Zoe was too content to care. She moved everything in her room and turned back to Mark a few minutes later.
“But really, where did that come from? The names and the adventures are very detailed.”
She shrugged and jumped on the couch. Zoe didn’t have time to respond because the fairies sat in between the two and interrupted her.
“She actually lives a contradictory life.” The female fairy nodded as her Romeo friend was talking.
“She has a lot on her plate. You better check the ground before you try something, human.”
They were surprisingly talkative after they just returned from who knows where. Zoe really missed the companionship but she didn’t miss their traits; dark fairies were always making fun of someone or some kind of disaster in the back.
“My parents were strict and I usually had to play by myself. I had imaginary friends for a while and I was scared to make real friends. I was scared that they would disappoint me. In some way or another, I did go through those adventures in Fallen but they weren’t supernatural; they were inside my mind.” She got to explain before the fairies would interfere again.
Mark watched her shift on her seat uncomfortably which only mean that wasn’t a good subject.
“Well, now you have good friends. You have me and Luke and you will meet the others too. I assure you, Zoe. That won’t happen again. I don’t disappoint my friends.”
His encouragement made her even more scared than she was. It was still too soon to tell him the truth but she did appreciate his sincerity.
“Woa, woa. Romeo, don’t try the smooth talk. You have to wait in line.”
Zoe raised an eyebrow at the tone the male fairy used, though Mark couldn’t hear him. What was that supposed to mean? The fairies glanced at each other and nodded, coming to an agreement..
“She has three more aspirants for that title.” The female fairy started, making Zoe frown in confusion “The lover title, remember? Someone to take care of you and understand your needs and blah, blah, blah,”
Mark was curious what Zoe was thinking about when he saw how quick her expression changed. She had moments when she was spacing out completely and it happened twice while they were working.
He couldn’t hear the Romeo fairy when he shared his opinion on the lover matter, “You don’t have to worry. Demons always win against humans.” That conversation went into a weird direction. “I bet on Eneizar. He has the charms. Or maybe Mehrdir. You do miss him.”
The female fairy was having different thoughts, “I bet on a human. She can take him to Hell with her.”
Zoe glared and slapped her hand against the back of the couch, squishing the fairies under her palm.
“Are you alright? Maybe I should go. You must be tired.”
Zoe turned quickly to Mark who was getting ready to leave. She did it again and became more interested in the supernatural than what was there, visible to everyone and everything and more real than a demon or a fairy.
“It’s fine.” She added quickly, blushing when she realized how weird it was. He chuckled and ruffled her hair, like she was a puppy; which she was in his opinion, a lonely puppy.
“It’s ok. Tomorrow we have a big day. We should go rest.” He smiled softly and left.
Mark was only going next door. It wasn’t far but for Zoe, the distance seemed huge. She was sure Mark wasn’t going to disappoint her as a friend instead, she was more scared that she was going to be the one to disappoint him.