“Okay,” I agreed and got up to head down with him.
What we saw when we got down there made Zeke snicker and I had to cover my mouth to stop from laughing.
“What?” She pouted, cradling the bowl of the forbidden treat to her chest.
“We were coming down to eat ice cream so I didn’t offend you,” he gave her the widest shit-eating grin.
“Ah well, I wanted a treat, so here. Make your bowls and come decorate your ice cream with whatever you like," her bright grin made me smile.
“Are we going to do anything while we eat?” I asked and Zeke shrugged.
“Well we can just chat,” Lori offered and I gave a small nod.
“Okay sure,” I agreed and finally got around to filling a bowl and then adding a few sweets on top. Heading to the living room, we all took seats around the coffee table. Sitting back on the couch while Loria and Zeke drew the bean bag chairs in front of the couch.
“So, I’m sorry we didn’t go to the store today, are you excited tomorrow?” Loria asked curiously.
“Yeah, I am,” I gave a small smile. “A bit overwhelmed too.”
“Well, we’ll be there for you,” She assured me and I gave a small smile.
“I appreciate that.”
“Anything that you heard about that you want to see?” Zeke actually inquired and I blinked.
“No idea honestly. Whatever you think I should see.”
“Sounds good, though have you ever seen a movie before?” Loria asked and I shook my head.
“No, I wasn’t one that traveled to Earth. So I don’t know nearly anything.”
Zeke and Loria looked at each other. “We need to have a movie night,” they agreed simultaneously.
“But what movie?” Loria asked as she tried to think of something as I looked between both of them.
“Something easy?” I tentatively offered as the human blinked and looked over at me.
“Oh, so something light-hearted!” she agreed and smiled. “Okay!”
A small sound escaped me as I bit into the gummy bear and chocolate. The cold made the gummy bear hard and it was a nice contrast from the milky treat. Zeke peeked back and raised a brow at my noise. "You okay?" He asked, a snicker hiding in his voice.
"Yeah, just haven't had ice cream before and this is really good," I explained with an embarrassed smile.
"Uh huh, just watch your sounds," he chided in warning, a small smirk on his lips but I didn't get it.
"What do you mean? Why should I watch my sounds?" I asked naively as Loria coughed, choking on ice cream and laughter. "Are you okay? Why are you laughing?" I sputtered out flustered as Zeke patted her back as he tried to stop his snickering as well.
"What's going on?!" I squeaked, voice high, trying to figure it out but neither was going to answer me it seems like.
“Just forget about it,” Loria replied and smiled at him. “It’s nothing to worry about.”
Letting out a small sound, I pouted and started to eat as Loria started listing off different family-friendly fantasy adventure movies. Listening to her talk, I didn't say a word, completely transfixed by how animated she was getting.
“Maybe we should put one on?” Zeke teased and she stuck her tongue out at him.
“It’s late,” I pointed out and they looked at the time.
"You’re right," Loria replied with a sigh and took our finished bowls to the kitchen sink.
"What other movies do you guys like to watch?" I asked curiously, crossing my legs on the couch and Zeke turned to look at me, sinking more into the bean bag chair and I faintly wonder if he'd ever been able to get out of it.
"I like documentaries," he admitted with a small hum. "And action ones."
"I like romance and comedies. If you mix the two, then you've basically won me over," Loria called from the kitchen.
“Maybe we can start a movie night so we can show Lark all the different kinds?” Zeke called out to Loria.
“Yeah! That sounds a lot of fun,” Loria called back and I perked up.
“Yeah, we can have dinner, movie, and spend time together,” Zeke explained and I blushed softly.
“That does sound really nice,” I had to agree.
"But now it's time to get some sleep," Loria replied and Zeke rolled out of the bean bag chair that was trying to engulf him before standing and dusting himself off with a grunt.
"Alright, good night Loria, good night Ezekiel," I bid and gave a nod to each before going upstairs and curled into the blanket.
Unlike last night, there was no ringing or angel calling me. There weren't any memories coming to pester me, but I did end up waking up around 3 in the morning for no reason I could recall.
Groaning as I laid in bed for a long while, I finally drew myself up and out of the bed before moving downstairs. I opened the fridge and just stared for a minute.
"Already going for the midnight snacks?" A teasing voice greeted from behind the fridge door and I jumped.
"What? Oh, yeah, I apparently couldn't sleep," I stammered out and looked over at Zeke with a faint smile.
"Sure, sure," he rolled his eyes, though the smirk didn’t leave his face. “So, are you going to eat anything or just stare at the fridge.”
“Ah, well, I wasn’t sure if I wanted anything so I might just get a drink,” I replied and grabbed a bottled juice of some sort.
“Any reason you couldn’t sleep?” if I didn’t know better, I might have thought that he was concerned for me.
“Nothing I can think of. There weren’t any memories and no angel calling me.”
“So typical human insomnia,” he settled on, going to lean against the kitchen peninsula.
“I guess. Though, I have to ask, why are you so…" the words escaped me for the moment as I started to sip my drink, leaning against the opposite counter.
"Sexy? Sarcastic? Fun? Relaxing?" He started listing off in my silence.
A snicker escaped as I tried not to choke on my drink before looking at him with mirth. "Arrogant."
He laughed softly, tilting his head to look at me. "Confidence."
The moonlight filtering through the window behind me cast him in an ethereal glow, his ruby eyes shimmering in the light, and a weird flutter erupted in my chest. Swallowing thickly, I jerked my gaze away from his piercing one. A heat flaring up in my cheeks that I desperately he couldn’t see.
Allowing silence to fall between us, my eyes flicked up a few times at Ezekiel who was contently leaning there, allowing the silence to stretch but there was a bit that wanted me to know more about the demon. "Say, Ezekiel, what is your favorite aspect of Earth?" I finally inquired, fully facing him as he tilted his face before glancing out the window behind me. His eyes took on a distant look before he gave his answer.
"Probably the stars," his voice so soft I barely picked it up.
Straightening, he gestured for me to follow him, heading outside. He sat on the stairs, lounging back and I took the spot next to him. The flickering lights, the crescent moon, the wispy clouds floating between our gazes. It was soothing, and beautiful, time slipping away as we stared up at it.
'The stars are beautiful tonight,' the small feminine voice whispered softly. 'Tell me their names -?'
'You're going to be a great astronomer someday –' a loud, proud masculine voice boomed.
'NO! DON'T! YOU STILL HAVE TO TEACH ME THE REST OF THE STARS -!' the smaller voice wailed.
Air was taken in sharply, cutting the back of my throat as I jerked upright. Chest heaving as I tried to breathe normally. Tears falling heavily as I curled in on myself.
"Lark?" Concern laced his tone as he placed a gentle hand on my back, rubbing soothing circles.
"More memories," I breathed shakily, rubbing at my face, trying to get the wetness to go away. "I…I think I just remembered my...death," I panted heavily as I remember a coldness encompassing me.
It was Zekes’ turn to inhaling sharply, though he moved to wrap his arms around me, tugging me into a protective hug. "Lark, I'm so sorry," he whispered softly, his thumb rubbing at my arm as he cradled me.
"I use to love the stars…I was...teaching someone else about them," I whispered into his shoulder. "I- I think I had a sister and she was so proud of me."
He didn’t comment on it, but there was a small tightening of his arms. “Maybe one day you could teach me about them?”
A tiny chuckle and smile formed on my face as I rested my forehead against him, letting the tension melt from me. “I would like that very much.”
"Would you like to head inside?" He asked after my breathing fully evened out.
"Yeah,” I slowly pulled away as he let go and I stepped back to give him enough room to stand.
“Hey Zeke,” I asked softly and the demon paused, looking back at me.
“What’s up?” He asked, cocking his head to the side that I was starting to find extremely endearing.
“Thank you. For everything,” I offered up a small smile and he returned it with a cocky one of his own.
“You’re welcome, Lark. We’re all friends here, and we’ll always be there for you.”
“I- I’m sorry. I’ve always been told that demons are well, assholes. And that we should trust them. But you’re nothing like that, so I’m sorry for judging you for what you are.”
Zeke paused, thinking something over.
“I’m not ready to share my life with you, but just know that you’re right. I’m not like the others and that’s why I’m here. But I can’t blame you for what you thought. It’s just how the world works,” he gave a shrug and I shook my head.
“It’s not fair to you Zeke-”
“But you’re unlearning. You’re giving me a chance. That’s all that really matters.”
“I- yeah,” I chuckled and took a breath. “Well, good night Zeke. Sleep well.”
“You too Lark.”