The story began in Parts 1-3! -mg
After Ezequiel's declaration, Avel and I stared at him. I'm not sure what Avel was thinking, but I was thinking "&*$@#". I don't know if there are actually any curse words with five unspeakable letters, but if there are, I was thinking them all.
I broke the silence with: "Come again?"
"Those buggers don't come off, man," said Ezequiel.
"I'm not sure I believe you," I said. I didn't. I didn't want to, that is.
Avel was still silent, taking it all in.
Ezequiel sighed and ran a thick hand through his thinning hair. "I don't know, man. Did you try cutting it off–"
"It broke my scissors."
"–with a saw?" Ezequiel finished as he glared at me.
I hadn't realized he wasn't done with his question. I glared back, sullenly crossing my arms over my chest and giving him my best impression of a bouncer.
The alien squeaked, and we all jumped.
"What if it gets hungry?" Ezequiel asked. We all looked at the alien.
"That would be bad," I said. "Like, really bad."
Avel poked the alien, then prodded his red and purple-y skin where it met the tentacles. The purple was spreading. I mean, I could literally see it moving, like clouds across the sky on a windy day.
"Have you eaten anything today?" Ezequiel asked suddenly.
"Ezequiel! How can you think about food right now? There is an alien poisoning your friend!" I threw both of my hands out, gesturing to Avel.
"Yeah, so? I'm hungry. You hungry?" he said to Avel. Avel nodded. They left me standing along in the bathroom, open-mouthed and making all sorts of surprised sounds: "Ah...uh...huh...oh."
After I recovered, I found Avel and Ezequiel eating triple stack roast beef sandwiches in the kitchen. Ezequiel's woman of the week was there, wearing booty shorts and a tank top so small it was probably, in reality, a bikini top. These things are often confused in some people's lives. Not mine, mind you.
"It's a garage sale," Ezequiel was saying.
As he spoke, a small group of teenagers walked through the kitchen, all with fumbling grips on a ginormous flat screen TV. We waited for them to go through before speaking.
"Why...er, why are you having a garage sale?" I asked. "Nothing going?"
Ezequiel shrugged and then grinned. "I've gone straight." His smile went even wider as the chick in the bikini top slid into his arms, gazed into his heartless eyes and smiled like a kid grabbing cookies out of the cookie jar.
"Ha!" I said. It came out as half of a snort. Very ladylike, I know. "No, really. Why are you selling all your stuff? And who are they paying?" I turned slowly, my arms open to the clothes, furniture and knickknacks on display.
"I've got a man in the garage," said Ezequiel.
I rolled my eyes. "Don't we all." I didn't mean anything by it; I just couldn't think of anything more clever to say.
Avel was still quiet, carefully finishing his sandwich and being busy looking super thoughtful.
"Avel? You OK?"
Avel nodded and took the last bite.
"Do you need anything else?"
Avel shook his head and swallowed.
Ezequiel and I didn't know what to do. Usually Avel was the one with the right words or plan for a situation, so we were in completely new territory. I didn't like it. We waited for twenty minutes – TWENTY goshdang minutes of customer after customer walking through with stuff.
And then finally, finally! Avel cleared his throat. "I'll be right back," he said. And he just got up and left the room.
"Where's he going?" I asked, appalled.
"Dunno." Ezequiel turned in his chair and watched Avel for a second. "Out back, I think."
"Should we go with him?"
"Nah, I think he's good."
I took a few steps in the direction Avel had taken, but Ezequiel grabbed my wrist – he had surprisingly soft hands. "Let him alone, Meliora."
So I had to actually sit there and wait with him and the other chick, which was awful, let me tell you. Too many sickeningly adorable things happened in the next few minutes. I'm not going to tell you a single one of them, because just thinking about that terrible time makes me want to throw up in my own mouth.
Finally he came back in, looking a little more refreshed.
"Well?" I asked.
"It's gone," Avel said.
Ezequiel and I exchanged looks, which was a rather uncomfortable bonding moment for me.
"What?" Ezequiel said.
Avel shrugged and began to make himself another sandwich. "I just asked it to go away. It was very compliant once I explained the situation."
I grabbed the bottom of his shirt and lifted it up. His skin was only faintly purple, and it was definitely minus one medium-sized shaved alien. I dropped his shirt and looked at the cuts on my arm. They were almost healed, and the purple was fading there, too.
"Weird," I said. "Do you feel OK?"
"Sure," Avel said.
"So, where's the green bugger now?" Ezequiel asked.
"It crept into the bushes by the trampoline."
A moment later, we heard a woman scream from the backyard. Avel winced.
Ezequiel groaned. "&*$@#."
I closed my eyes, then opened them quickly and grinned. "Time to go!"