"Yoto," Avalon sighed as she leaned against the wall next to the door to her surrogate sibling's room. "Remind me again why yew want to go to this silly party in the first place?"

"It's HALLOWEEN!" Yoto's voice called. Avalon heard sounds of frantic zipping and ruffling as Yoto spoke. "I don't care if the party's being thrown by Eddie 'There's-A-Twelve-Pinometer-Stick-Up-My-Butt' Lizard, EVERYONE is going to be there and it's going to be fun!" Yoto's ear-to-ear, excited grin was practically audible. "Besides, I didn't expect Eddie to invite me! I haven't been to a party in a kajillion years and neither have you!"

Avalon sighed. "Yoto, I'll 'ave yew know I've been to many social gatherings in the city to discuss gardening and racing-"

"Those are boring and they don't count!" Yoto's voice was strained as he struggled with the zipper in back of his costume. "You're coming with me to this Halloween party and you're going to have fun, whether you like it or not!" With that, Yoto threw open his door dramatically, narrowly missing smacking Avalon in the face.

Yoto was clad in several shades of blue, a darkly patterned hood and mask covering his head and a cape streaming behind him. He smirked at Avalon and hooked his fingers in his belt. "Whaddaya think, Avvie?"

"PFFT!" Avalon covered her mouth to stifle her snickers. "Sherbatman? Really, Yoto?"

"Shut up, you, it's AWESOME!" Yoto planted his hands on his hips. "I wanted to look heroic. Just in case, you know…" his heroic pose faltered and a doofy smile slipped through. "…Storkos shows up."

"Ah, I should 'ave known!" Avalon laughed and patted Yoto on the shoulder. "Don't worry. I'm sure she'll be impressed if she sees you."

"H-heh, we should get going!" Yoto turned bright red under his cowl and began treading towards the door. "I don't want to get stuck having to walk over with Uncle Loudmouth and Brother Boring."


Yoto groaned and turned his head toward the opposite end of the hallway, where Bart and Yen were standing with rather irritated expressions.

"Quite a rude thing to say about your flesh and blood," Bart, always a fan of irony, was decked out in a bright red suit and fluffy white beard that reached all the way down to his stomach. "We're so upset, we might just walk extra slowly to the party tonight!" Bart feigned sorrow, burying his face in his hands. Yen, wearing a black T-shirt that said 'THIS IS MY COSTUME' on it, just shook his head at his brother.

"I didn't mean it, I love you both, you are my wonderful family, now can we go?" Yoto said flatly, running to the end of the hall and tugging his twin's hand. "Come on."

"Uncle Bart, let's just go or he won't shut up," Yen swatted Yoto's hand away.

"I can vouch for that," Avalon murmured as she headed for the front door.

"Fine, fine!" Bart threw his hands in the air like he just didn't care.

"YAY!" Yoto darted for the door, his brother and uncle ambling behind him.