Today sucked! It was probably the worst day of my life. My marching band director got arrested for something I am completely sure he did not do. I spent half of the school day crying. It has not been good.
But at least finishing this chapter helped take my mind off things. I hope you enjoy!
The ride back to South Park only took fifteen minutes, but to Lily it felt like hours. Damien wasn't saying anything to her, obviously because he was worried he might say the wrong thing and get her mad again. Lily wasn't sure what she could say if she was forced to talk. She wasn't even sure what tone she would say it in. Grateful? Uninterested? Or just act the same way she had the past week. It was driving her crazy and the ear-deafening silence was only reminding her more and more.
When she finally stopped the car, she realized she had driven to her own house. She wasn't even sure where Damien lived.
"Don't worry about it," Damien said, "I can walk from here."
She saw the front door open slightly, and Shawn peeked out. He ran over to the car.
"You're back!" He said, excited.
She smiled at him, "I am. Do you want me to get dinner started?"
He nodded and then looked at Damien, "Are you joining us?"
Both teenager looked shocked when he asked that.
"No I should get home," Damien said, as he got out of the car.
"Please!" Shawn begged and looked back at Lily as if asking her to let Damien stay.
Lily had no idea why Shawn really wanted Damien to come inside. He didn't even know the teenager. Well he did, but he didn't remember it. She knew if she said no, Shawn would pester her for the rest of the night. Having Damien there for a little while was better than having her brother annoy her.
She sighed, "If you want to it's fine."
Damien was surprised, but definitely didn't refuse. It's not like he had to be anywhere, and his apartment was completely empty.
The three walked inside the warm house and went into the living room. Shawn sat on the floor and grabbed his Star Wars toys.
"Do you want to play," he said, holding out the Darth Vader action figure towards Damien.
Damien hesitated, as did Lily.
"As long as it is okay with your sister," he said.
Both looked at her. She was only going to be in the room next to them making dinner, so she would be able to hear them very easily.
"I guess so," she said.
Shawn smiled and held the toy out farther. Damien returned the smile and accepted it. Lily glanced at them once more before going into the kitchen.
Shawn and Damien acted out Star Wars scene for about twenty minutes. While the teenager was descended from pure evil and was rarely nice to people he didn't know, he didn't hate little kids. There were no children in Hell. Any kids that did die hadn't committed enough sin to damn them. Besides, God wouldn't send innocent children to the fires of Hell. His own father wouldn't want to put kids through that. So Damien didn't see little kids too often. He never knew what to think of them. They were so trusting and pure. This kid was Lily's little brother. He knew he had to be nice, especially after what he had done to Shawn before. Shawn wasn't that bad of kid. The more the small boy smiled at him and accepted him, the worse Damien felt. He could see why Lily treasured him so much.
"Dinner's ready" Lily called from the kitchen.
Both boys stood up from the floor and joined Lily in the kitchen. She had the table set up. Three servings of spaghetti were there. They all sat down. Damien was about to start eating, but then he noticed Shawn place his hands together on the table. Lily was doing the same. He suddenly felt scared when he realized what they were doing.
"Thank you for the food," Shawn said happily.
Lily repeated the phrase, but more quietly. Damien tensed up when he saw Shawn look over to him.
"Aren't you going to say it?" The little boy asked innocently.
Damien completely froze. He wasn't exactly sure what he was supposed to do. He could almost see God mocking him right now, loving every minute of his discomfort.
Lily laughed, "It's okay, Shawn. He doesn't need to say it."
Shawn pouted, "Yes he does! Mommy and Daddy said we can never eat a meal without all of us saying grace. Until he says it, I won't eat!"
Lily looked at Damien and shrugged. Damien hesitated, but he wanted to make a good impression on both Lily and Shawn. The unholy demon slowly put his hands together, debating for a moment which finger went next to which. He looked back at the two to see if they would get him out of this, but they just stared. He took a deep breath.
"Thankyouforthefood," he said as quietly and quickly as he could.
His hands shot out of the praying position as if they had just been scald by burning water. He sighed in relief. Shawn smiled and started eating. Lily did her best to hold back a giggle.
"So," Lily said to Shawn, "How was school today?"
"Great!" the kid said, "I love first grade. The teacher tells me I'm really smart! We did addition today and I got them all right!"
"Wow," Lily said, smiling in adoration, "That's very impressive."
Shawn looked at Damien, "How have you been? I haven't seen you in ages."
"What do you mean 'ages'?" Lily asked ,"You just saw him earlier this week."
"Ya but we didn't talk very long," he said, "I meant after that time we met months ago."
Both Lily and Damien's eyes widened. They realized what he meant.
"What exactly do you remember?" Damien asked.
"I was in the park," Shawn said, "and you walked up to me. You seemed super nice. You gave me some candy that was really good. Then you were gone. A while later I woke up and mommy told me I had been sick, but I didn't feel anything. But I do know you were the last thing I remember."
Shawn looked at Lily, "When he came home with you I was happy. He seemed so nice last time that I wanted to see him again. I'm glad you guys are getting along now. You were so mad at him last time."
Lily shifted in her seat, "I haven't really stopped being mad at him."
Shawn frowned, "That's too bad. You would make a great couple."
Lily blushed and Damien laughed. He patted Shawn on the head.
"I like this kid," he said.
After dinner, Shawn was tired. School wore him out. He went up to his room to get ready for bed. Damien waited in the living room until he saw Lily coming down the stairs.
"I am so sorry, Lily," he said, "Shawn is such a great kid. I will never forgive myself for what happened to him."
Lily sighed, "I am grateful he doesn't remember it. I don't know if I can forgive you for what you did either, but Shawn seems to like you. I don't want to take that away from him."
Damien smiled, "Thanks."
She smiled back. The two stood there for a moment in complete silence.
"Should I go?" Damien asked.
She hesitated but nodded, "I guess. My parents should be home soon anyways."
He nodded and walked to the door. Lily followed him.
"Well good bye," he said, "I'll see you at school."
He left and she locked the door behind him. She hated herself for feeling any happiness at the thought that she would see him again soon.