Halloween was always a very fun holiday for Viola. Though, the downside was, she was never allowed to go trick-or-treating when she lived with her mother. Their neighborhood was just too dangerous with addition to a terrifying spike in abductions on this holiday.
This year, hopefully, that would change! Living with her aunt, uncle and older cousin, Vera, was great for many reasons -- one of those reasons being: their gated community. Robberies were extremely rare and kidnappings were almost non-existent so Viola couldn't think of a reason she wouldn't be able to go out on this spooky night.
Unfortunately, however, there was something holding her back. She still needed an escort and her aunt and uncle weren't going to be home tonight. So, therefore, Vera was asked to take Viola out. Viola was very excited -- especially to be going out with her super awesome big cousin!
As she sat in her room talking to her stuffed bunny, Patches, Vera had barged with a really weird outfit on. Viola assumed Vera was just getting ready to trick-or-treat. "Hey, Viola," Vera started, "I uh... sort of want to go out with my friends tonight? I know my mom told you that I'd take you out trick-or-treating but do you think you could just... like... stay in here for the rest of the night?" she was posed to exit the room once she received a reply.
Viola, looking up to Vera as much as she did, disregarded her disappointment in not being able to partake in trick-or-treating festivities once again this year. "¡Of course, mi prima!" she believed that being a convenience to Vera was just as fulfilling as being her best friend. "I hope you have fun with your friends."
Vera, overtaken with how easy this exchange turned out to be, hugged Viola with a squeal. "You are the best, you little weirdo!" Viola cherished this rare moment of affection from her older cousin. "Also, uh," Vera ceased the embrace. "You won't tell my parents that I went out, right?"
"Well, I wouldn't lie to mi tía y tío." Viola tilted her head in response. "I would tell them the trut--"
"Nuh uh!" Vera roared. "You're supposed to cover me!"
"How do I do that?"
"Just tell them that you went out trick-or-treating with me tonight and uh..." Vera tried to find a way to sweeten the deal. "I dunno, I'll give you some hair tips or something tomorrow."
Viola grabbed her Rapunzel-like braided-ponytail and gasped with delight. "Ahhh! That would be fantastic!"
"So you'll keep your mouth shut then, twerp?" Vera rested both of her hands on her hips with a hint of teenage sass.
Viola made a mouth-zipping gesture and threw away some fictional keys... which didn't make any sense but whatever.
"Good! Thanks, Viola! I'll be back like... tomorrow morning or something or whatever!" Vera rushed out of the room; slamming the door so hard that the house shook.
Left to her own devices now, Viola decided to rummage through her closet of weird bootleg toys and took her arguably disturbing 'Obama10 the Hedgehog' doll. She tossed that and her bunny doll, Patches, around the room just to laugh at the way they rag-dolled all over the place.
Such is the boring existence of Viola.
That boring existence, however, was shattered when she heard that all-too-familiar knock on her window. "YES!" she nearly slipped on the wood-paneling as she knew exactly who it was: Her secret girlfriend, Ree. "Reeree! Reeree!" she opened the window and bounced up and down in excitement.
"Hi, Vivi~" Ree, as she normally did, clumsily toppled into the room. This time, however, she had a brown paper bag with her which sounded like it had some glass in it. Luckily the glass did not break. "Ree... wanted to... tell you," with her 3rd-person-speak she started, "that... Ree thinks you... shouldn't go out tonight!" she was panting as if she had sprinted all of the way here.
"Well, either way, I'm not going out tonight because my older cousin won't take me."
"Why won't the purple-haired girl take you?" suddenly Ree sounded offended even if this worked for her previous statement.
"She wanted to go out with her friends." Viola looked a little sad but quickly put on a smile for her girlfriend. "But it's okay because now I'm with you!"
"Did Vivi want Ree to make her take you out?"
"No seas payaso. You don't need to do that, Reeree." she put a hand on her aggravated doggie's shoulder. "Either way, you didn't want me to go out, right?"
"Oh! Oh yes." Ree cleared her throat. "It is good Vivi is not going out then! Ree thinks it's dangerous out there. Ree knows!" she goofily stretched her eyelids up and made a scary face. "Monsters! Many of them! All with masks come out tonight!"
"You mean trick-or-treaters, Reeree?"
"No!" Ree stomped her foot down. "Ree means real monsters! Like, AAH! Crazy flying ships and people with monster faces come out tonight! UFOs! The aliens don't know who to get so they just go crazy and wander around!"
Viola giggled at Ree's silliness even if it was sincere. She didn't take it seriously but, rather, took it as Ree trying to cheer her up because she wasn't able to go out tonight anyways.
"It's okay, Ree, we ca--"
"Soooo--" Ree interrupted and opened the paper bag to reveal two bottles. "--Reeree and Vivi can stay in here and do fun adult things and not be captured by aliens or demons with masks!"
"I thought the other things we did were fun adult things." Viola's ears twitched a bit. "¡Eres tonto! You don't even have the long, pokey purple thing that we play with!"
"Wha?" Ree took a while to process what exactly Viola meant by that. "Oh! Nono, those are other fun adult things. These are other-OTHER fun adult things!" Ree proceeded to violently open one of the bottles with a rusty bottle opener; sending the cork flying across the room and gone forever in an unknown corner.
"What is that stuff anyways, Reeree?" Viola felt a little intimidated when she caught a whiff of whatever was inside of the bottle.
"Pumpkin beer!" Ree proudly announced. "This is how adults celebrate holidays a lot of the time. Or just all of the time anyways. I normally see adults drinking stuff like this but it's not very safe when you do it out in public because then you can fall and hit your head."
"Why would you... uh... fall?" Viola was getting a little frightened.
"Oooh, beer makes the people all wobbly and stuff!" Ree imitated the drunken walking of bargoers she witnesses on the streets a lot. "But it's okay as long as you do it in your own house because then, if you fall, you can fall on your bed!"
"I don't want to fall, though!" Viola shivered a little and backed away from the bottles. "Plus, the ground is really dirty and germy. I'd get sick and die!"
"Ree doesn't think you would." she smiled. "Ree won't let you touch the ground. We can sit on the bed -- and don't worry -- it's super fun! I've been drunk before."
"What does that mean?"
"It means Ree drank a lot of beer and got all wobbly!" she once again imitated the drunkards. "It feels super funny but Ree thinks it'd be way more fun if Ree did it with Vivi~"
"Hmmm." Viola crossed her arms and stared at her bunny doll, Patches, who was on his side -- staring back at her. It must have been egging her on because she then turned and said: "Okay, we can drink then." Ree, at this moment, attempted to close in for a hug but Viola playfully pushed her back. "Nuh uh!" she huffed. "You know the rules."
Looking down at herself, Ree could see that she was covered in dirt and bruises. She let out a sad sigh as her tail drooped. It was a rather recent rule as Viola's doctors cautioned her about how her immune system was a little weak at the moment. She was advised to bathe extensively and avoid dirty things as much as possible. Ree, unfortunately, was normally a very dirty thing. "Ree will go to the hose in the backyard, then..."
"No, not tonight!" Viola said. "Nobody is home tonight so you can take a bath in the bathroom!"
Ree's tail immediately began to wag; ramming against the bed beside her. Viola's tail did the same. Though, they were both excited for different reasons. Viola was excited because she always got a delightfully funny feeling whenever she saw Ree naked. Ree was happy because bathing indoors was warm and comfortable.
Knowing that no one was home, Ree decided to just throw off her clothes right then and there; her shirt and underwear plopping on the bed. She would always borrow some of Viola's underwear after a bath -- but never changed the shirt, ironically.
Viola would always silently stare at Ree when she was nude. Ree never understood why. "So!" Ree started. "Do we get to celebrate Halloween like adults after Ree's bath?"
"Of course!" Viola took Ree by the hand and led her to the bathroom. "You know, funny thing about that..."
"I've never been out trick-or-treating before." Viola shook her head. "The closest I ever came to trick-or-treating was when one of my mom's boyfriends almost took me -- but then we heard loud banging noises and we didn't go out."
"It's dangerous!" Ree called back her past statement. "Ree meets many many aliens and demons! Don't want to be abducted and experimented on by weird sun aliens!"
"Well, it's not that!" they entered the bathroom and Viola went to twist the knob and let water flow into the bathtub as Ree stood awkwardly with her hands to her side... still nude. "It's just uh..." Viola, even through this little confession she was making, was still very distracted by the naked Ree standing across the room from her. She sheepishly focused her attention on the water so she could finish her sentence with a clear mind. "...it's just that I've never properly went out trick-or-treating, which is a kid's thing, right?"
"Ree thinks yes."
"And it's funny how I'm growing up so fast that I'm already doing adult celebrations and stuff!"
"Ree thinks you look 20."
"¡Cállate la boca! You make me blush!" Viola shyly squeaked. "What I'm trying to say is, uh... thank you, I think?"
"Ree thinks that's a long and weird way to say 'thank you'." Ree still stood awkwardly in the middle of the bathroom; her body language non-existent when speaking.
"You think so?" Viola dropped her hands to her thighs and thought for a second. "Uhhh. Thank you, Ree."
"Ree says you are welcome." she gave a goofy, tongue-out smile.
Finally, the water was at a good enough level and -- after a bit of waiting -- the temperature was fine for Ree to enter. Just as Viola expected, the water immediately changed color in response to Ree's collective dirt and grime. She simply HAD to put on gloves whenever handling Ree.
"You need to clean yourself up more, mi dirty perro~"
"Ree is sorry, Vivi." Ree's legs twitched in delight as Viola scrubbed the back of her ears with a loofah. "Ree forgets!"
"It's okay," Viola giggled as Ree's leg movements displaced the tub water. "Though it feels like you're my pet a lot of the time."
"...Ree still thinks you should get a Frisbee."
"Does my little doggie want a treeeaaaat?" Viola teased.
"Ree is still older than Vivi."
"But you are less mature than me."
"Ree doesn't know what you are talking about."
"Ahhh, mi amor. I'm cleaning you in a tub because you are too lazy to clean yourself."
"This is true. Ree thinks you should continue to do this." she resumed kicking her legs around in delight as Viola scrubbed her down all over.
Their little bath session lasted about 20 minutes with Viola painstakingly removing every bit of caked-up dirt stuck in Ree's fur. Though, sadly enough, she wasn't able to remove the bruises and cuts just from scrubbing super hard.
The moment Viola stood up and was about to declare that bath time was over -- Ree jumped up, proudly standing in the bathtub, and proclaimed: "BEER TIME!"
Viola squealed as the dirty water sprayed all over her. She ended up switching to full Spanish to express her distaste in Ree's childish actions. Ree, of course, had no idea what she was saying... she just knew that Viola wasn't very happy.
"...Ree is sorry." her tail drooped again. "...Ree was just excited."
"...Eres tonto." Viola huffed in reply after washing her face in the sink. She walked over to the sad wet dog, puckered her lips, and gave Ree a kiss which was met with a quick dog lick in response. They always had a hard time kissing properly. "Now I have to change my shirt." she whined.