“Party in one hour. -L”
Maefyl slid away his phone and resumed his video game. He was content with ignoring the invitation and spending the day right where he was. He assumed that Gabriel would be in his office all day poking at the screen of his tablet and would not want to join in on the festivities.
“Why are you not getting ready?” Sanguine giggled and poked at Maefyl’s neck with a cocktail sword before she fluttered in front of him.
“For what?” Maefyl laughed when he saw she had other plans. The usually naked pink skin was covered in her tiny costume, complete with frilled shirt, long grey frock and fancy buckled shoes. Covering one of her tiny red eyes was a tiny eye patch and she swished a cocktail sword at him as she excitedly showed off her outfit. “Settle down, Captain. I wasn’t going to go.”
“Gabriel is going.” Sanguine poked Maefyl in the nose with her pink plastic sword. “Dress up!”
“Then go with him.” Maefyl sighed. “I’m not in the mood.”
“Yes, you are.” Gory laughed as she landed on his head. “Gabriel wants you to meet him there.”
“He already left?” Maefyl threw the controller on the floor and rubbed at his face. He pulled his hair back into a ponytail as he stood and headed for the bathroom. “Nice of him to say goodbye.”
“Like my costume?” Gory posed on the faucet. Dressed in black from head to toe.
“Ninja?” Maefyl smirked. “You two realize how ridiculous this is, right?”
“It’s fun.” Sanguine poked at Gory and they battled across the counter while Maefyl fixed his eyeliner. “What are you going to be?”
“Vampire.” Maefyl winked at her.
“That is cheating.” Sanguine laughed. “You are going to make Lucifer mad.”
“He is always fucking mad.” Maefyl kicked the counter in front of him and grabbed the phone that jittered in his pocket to find a message from Asura.
“Are you coming?“
“This is so pointless.” Maefyl sent the reluctant ‘yes’ and laid his hand on the counter. “Let’s go.”
Once Sanguine and Gory found a perch on his shoulder he took them to the doors of Lucifer’s estate and braced himself for an evening of misery. Halloween hadn’t really been celebrated in Tsuriai for centuries, but when the doors opened you wouldn’t know it. The hall was filled with all of Lucifer’s favorites decked out in impressive costumes.
“Dad!” Asura ran over to him and hugged him tightly. Her hair was in pigtails and she carried a little stuffed dog in a basket. “Why didn’t you dress up?”
“Couldn’t be bothered.” Maefyl laughed as the rest of Golod wandered over. Bezer was the cowardly lion, Azazel the scarecrow, Blondie sat on Nikolai’s shoulder painted silver as the tin man. Even Nikolai had decided to play along and had chosen as modestly as possible as the frightening average wizard of oz. “Where is Gabriel?”
“He wandered off with Lucifer.” Bezer laughed.
“You suck.” Azazel teased as he hugged Asura. “You get to go sit in the corner with the other spoil sport.”
“So someone else has sense?” Maefyl lit a cigarette and laughed at the fargoyles that flew past in torn clothes chasing after Shana the nurse, begging playfully for her brains.
“Just Kage.” Azazel laughed and pulled Asura off to dance. Bezer similarly yanked Nikolai by his sleeve until he waved back at Maefyl and gave up.
“Careful, you are going to get stepped on.” Brig picked a plastic ball off the floor and clicked open it’s lid to let Demise out for a bit. She popped out laughing in her fuzzy brown suit. “I still think you should have dressed up like us.”
“Shana didn’t either and I’m a cute hamster.” Demise pouted. “Hi Maefyl.”
“Hey.” Maefyl couldn’t help but laugh at the fairy in a hamster ball. it didn’t help that she was being carried around by a zombie. He patted Brig’s head and walked past him. “I’ll be in the loser’s corner.”
“I thought you would enjoy this nonsense, half-breed.” Kage kicked out a chair for Maefyl, surprised he would have company for the evening. Nexus had darkened her hair and dressed as Cleopatra and was socializing with the seamstresses who had decided on matching rag doll costumes.
“Just not in the mood.” Maefyl sat and sent Sanguine and Gory off to play. “I can’t believe they got Raziel to play along.”
Raziel sat in a long lab coat, his hair frazzled and held back by goggles. he watched with no trace of emotion as Van and Galik danced a few feet away. Victor Frankenstein, quietly observing his monster and its bride.
“You two are trying to spoil my party.” Lucifer kicked over the table in front of Maefyl and Kage. He flipped out the tails of his green jacket and tipped the oversized top hat into his lap as he sat across Kage’s lap. “You have two seconds or I choose for you.”
“I…” Kage protested and Lucifer grabbed his throat and made the decision as he promised. Kage hissed at the embarrassing assault. “Damn it.”
“Too late.” Lucifer stood and wrapped his arm around Lilith; the mad hatter’s Alice for the evening. He had forced Kage to join their troupe as the White Rabbit, complete with fluffy bunny ears. As Maefyl laughed Lucifer glared at him. “Unless you would like to be the March Hare, I suggest you do something impressive.”
“Right.” Maefyl flicked his cigarette past them as he stood. He shortened his hair and shook the auburn from it as he gave up his comfortable attire for the more fitted clothes and dark bandages Lucifer preferred. He gave up his boots for the black canvas sneakers and forced his eyes entirely black. He smirked at Lucifer and hoped he found it as offensive as Maefyl meant it to be. “Too bad I’m not shorter.”
“I have a better smile.” Lucifer grinned and Lilith laughed beside him. He joined in her laughter as Gabriel winked from behind Maefyl. Lucifer decided to let Gabriel have his fun alone and turned ot look over the gathering. “Now where is my caterpillar?”
“Eidolon is over there, my Lord.” Lilith pointed and winked back at Maefyl before she continued. “I believe he is feeding the Chesire and the Queen of Hearts.”
“Unbelievable.” Maefyl shook his head. Even Eternity had joined in as the Door Mouse. “He can convince people to do anything.”
“You look disturbingly like him, half-breed.” Kage hissed as he followed after Lucifer.
“Hey.” Maefyl smiled when he felt Gabriel’s hands on his shoulders. “You left without me.”
“To surprise you.” Gabriel laid his hand over Maefyl’s eyes. “You aren’t allowed to be angry.”
“I’m not.” Maefyl sighed and pulled Gabriel’s hand away so he could turn and face him. He smiled and took Gabriel’s face in his hands. “This is going to be a little weird.”
Maefyl wrapped his arm around Gabriel; shaking his head at his borrowed trench coat and the long skirt Gabriel wore. He pushed his fingers back through the hair that would match his own and giggled at the sight of Gabriel’s perfect eyes framed in eyeliner before he pulled him close and bit into Gabriel’s neck.
Gabriel left the bloody mess on the collar as it only added to the authenticity of his mimicry, but he wiped the mess from Maefyl’s lips as he watched the others preparing their phones for pictures. As the music changed and applause erupted behind him Maefyl tensed in his arms.
“Damn it.” Maefyl sighed. “Who do I blame for this?”
“Me.” Gabriel smiled and kissed him before he spun Maefyl in his arms to face his friends and whispered at his ear. “Happy Halloween, Maefyl. And Happy Birthday.”