Wishes

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Settling

Nate

What was I going to tell my mom?

What was I supposed to say, ‘Mom, I received a lamp from Betty White and I discovered a genie was living there. I have three wishes, but I don’t know what to do- so in the meantime, can she stay here?’.

I would instantly get sent to a mental institution for that.

I turned to Clarissa.

“Do you have any ideas on how to get my mom to let you stay?”

“Uh...“, she muttered. She looked like she was thinking then beamed.

“I got it!” she said excitedly.

“Follow my lead.”

She walked into the kitchen to my parents. Was Dad home early? That hasn’t happened in months.

“Hey Honey, who’s your little friend?” Mom asked as she smiled at Clarissa.

Clarissa all the sudden started sobbing, startling all of us. My mom instantly rushed to her aid and tried to comfort her. I looked with wide eyes in surprise and confusion.

“Sweetie, what’s wrong?“Mom said concerned.

“M-my parents are gone. They left a letter telling me they left. I d-don’t know where to go anymore!” Clarissa cried.

Mom continued to soothe her while I gawked at the scene.

“Sweetie, how about you stay here until you get things sorted? I’m sure no one will mind you staying here, right Ralph?” she turned to Dad.

Dad cleared his throat and nodded.

“I don’t w-want to intrude” Clarissa sniffled.

“Oh don’t be silly. It’s perfectly alright. There’s a guest room down the hall. Nate, would you show her the guest room please?”

I nodded and put my hand on the small of her back. I felt warmth go through me, but I brushed it off. Probably a shock. I led her to the guest room.

Once we got to the room, I turned to her impressed.

“Now that was amazing.”

She giggled, wiping her eyes.

“Thank you, Master Nate.”

“Um, it’s just Nate. No need to call me master.”

She frowned at that but nodded. Seeing that the room was getting darker, I moved to turn on the lights. As I flipped the switch, Clarissa squealed in fear. I jumped and my heart started beating faster at her cry. Why did she-

She looked at the lamp in terror.

“H-How did you do that?” Clarissa squeaked.

Oh.

I raised my hands in surrender as I held back a laugh at her horrified expression.

“Don’t worry, it’s just the lights. We don’t really use torches and candles anymore.” I explained.

She touched the lamp in awe and curiosity. I couldn’t help but admit it was an adorable sight.

After examining the lamp, she continued to explore the room and tsked.

“I think there’s enough room for the both us-”

“Both of us? I have my own room...”

“What? No! I meant Louis and me.” Clarissa corrected.

“Who’s Louis?” I asked. I felt a churn in my stomach at this Louis guy, but I ignored it.

“We can meet him now if you want. He’s my best friend. Can I have my lamp please?”

I nodded and went to go fetch it. Once I do I return it to Clarissa. She politely thanks me and closed her eyes. Once again, the lamp vibrated and smoke came out.

What does this dude Louis look like? Probably some scrawny teenager. I snickered at the thought.

When the smoke cleared, I got my answer. And let me tell you, Louis was not scrawny at all.

A huge green lizard was in the middle of the room. I think the part that freaked me out the most was that it has wings.

You heard me.

Wings.

“Nate, meet Louis, my dragon” Clarissa said happily.

Louis bowed his head. Clarissa put her hands on her hips in disapproval.

“Don’t be rude! Use your manners please!”

Louis snorted but obeyed.

“It’s nice to meet you, Sir” a deep voice came out of the lizard’s mouth.

This day keeps getting crazier and crazier.

“I’m sorry, did you just talk?!” I gawked.

“No, I danced the night away.” Louis snorted at me.

I raised an eyebrow at his snarkiness.

“Sorry, Louis doesn’t really talk much. Only when he’s comfortable” Clarissa explained, patting the lizard affectionately. Louis purred and I snorted at that.

Dragons purr?

Louis glared at me. I had a feeling we’re going to be best friends.

____

Ugh, Mondays. My day of personal hell.

I turned off my alarm and buried myself back into my blankets. There’s no way I’m getting out now.

I smelled smoke, but I ignored it. Dad probably burned something on the stove. It started to get stronger and I opened my eyes and realized my bed was on fire.

With a shout, I jump out of bed and run to Clarissa’s room.

“Fire!” I shout!

Clarissa jolts in her bed and looks at the smoke. She gets out of bed and runs to the source.

When she gets to my room, Clarissa spots the fire and puts her hand out. The flames moved and swirled into the air, creating a sphere. The sphere moved into her palm, not harming her. She closed her palm slowly, and the fire flickered out.

Holy crap. She needed to teach me that.

“Louis!” she shouted. She turned as we both spotted Louis next to my closet door. “You come here this instant!”

I saw the big lizard slowly make his way in front of Rissa. She looked at him sternly.

“Was this you, young man? Wait, I know it was you. Sometimes you take your jokes too far. Now please apologize to Nate.” she demanded.

I heard Louis start to grumble something.

“Sorry, what was that?” I said teasingly with a smirk.

Louis growled.

“I’m sorry you little-“, he started to growl but Clarissa cut him off.

“Don’t mind him. So, Nate, what are you doing today?” she asked.

“I have to go to school. You are joining as well, Clarissa. My mom will be suspicious if you didn’t go.”

“I get to go to school? They let women go now?” she said wide-eyed.

“Um yeah,” I said awkwardly.

She beamed at me. I told her to get ready because we were going to run late.

I met her down in the kitchen. She wore jeans and a simple green hoodie. Her hair was down in waves and wore no makeup. It was refreshing to see. Then again, she probably doesn’t know how makeup works.

All weekend, I have been trying to give her some clues on society. I tried to give her slang and everyday objects. After the lamp incident, I knew we needed to some work. It would be strange to see an eighteen-year-old girl be excited about a locker. She now had a good knowledge of everyday objects, but there are some things she doesn’t entirely understand.

That’s just going to make school even more interesting.

“Good morning children!” my mum cheered.

We greeted her with warm smiles and finished our piece of fruit for breakfast. I chuckled at the memory of Clarissa using utensils. That was too funny. She looked like a toddler using a fork for the first time.

“Why does it smell like smoke?” Dad frowned.

Quick...come up with a lie.

“Oh, that? I accidentally burnt waffles today and we decided to eat fruit instead” I said smoothly. My parents looked suspicious but nodded. There was no way I was going to say that a fire-breathing dragon wanted to mess with me this morning.

“Alright, you guys are going to be late. Go to school. Have a good first day Clarissa!”

“Thank you,” Clarissa said sweetly as we put our things together.

“This satchel is so strange. What do you call these?” Clarissa asked curiously.

“A backpack,” I said amused.

Sometimes she’s too funny.

I led her to my car. Clarissa looked at it curiously and silently asked me what it was. I explained quickly and led her to the passenger’s spot. I got into the driver’s seat and I sped away, laughing at Clarissa's scream.

This is definitely going to be interesting.

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