“What do you want, James?” asked Lilly, standing in the doorway. “I thought you hated me and never wanted to see me again.”
He looked down. “I’m sorry.”
“Being an idiot. I don’t hate you and I know you were doing what you thought was right.”
“Did Jerry tell you to say that?”
“No. Not really.”
“What do you want?” she asked, again.
“I want things to be the way they were.”
“I’ve moved on.”
“What does that mean?”
“Things can’t be the way they were, but have anymore people offered to fight with you?”
“What do you mean you’ve moved on? It’s been like five hours. And yes, everywhere I go people tell me they are here to fight.”
“I’m not in love with you. I doubt that I ever was. I think it was just the whole being dead together thing that I was feeling and do you have any idea when the fighting will begin?”
“You don’t love me? Why? Because I don’t know how to fight, or is it because of that Snake person. I saw the way he looked at you, you know. He’s crazy about you and I think the fighting will begin soon because the way things are going politically, and because of the unrest in the streets. That’s the beginning of everything.”
“I’ve known him all my life and yes, we love each other, but it has nothing to do with whether you can fight or not. I agree, the battle has begun. What are you going to do about it?”
“So, we’re just working together now? That’s it? I’m just supposed to stop caring about you? I have no idea what I’m supposed to do about ANYTHING in my life right now.”
“Do you want to hold Snowball?”
“NO, I don’t want to hold a hamster, thank you very much.”
“He’s really soft and sweet.”
“Lilly, you are driving me insane.”
“We should talk to Jerry.”
“Why? He never really has anything useful to say.”
“He told you how to heal yourself.”
“Right,” she said. “Well, here’s what I think. I think that when the aliens, or whatever they are, start to fight, it will be above the planet, at least at first. Remember the woman who said the ships were beautiful? Well, she didn’t mean boats. So, unless they’re cloaked, like on Start Trek, we should see them. I think when that happens your light will be so bright that it will call to those on our side, letting them know that it’s time to fight. I honestly don’t know what you will do after that, but you are the champion, so I suppose whatever will happen, will happen.”
“This whole thing is stupid.”
“I think so too, but it’s what we have.”
“I should have eaten the carrot again.”
“Don’t be silly,” she said. “How would that help?”
“How am I going to help now? All I am is a human lightbulb?”
She started laughing. “A lightbulb. That’s funny,” she snorted. “I think you’ll be more like a beacon, or a lighthouse.”
“Great,” he sighed.
“Have you found out how crazy my sister is yet?”
“She’s not crazy, Heather. Why are you so angry with her all the time?”
“She loves you and you’re always mean to her.”
“What did she ever do to you except be born and that wasn’t her fault. Go hate your mother and father for that.”
“Screw you James,” said Heather, stamping her foot.
“Maybe, if you turn into a nice person, we can talk about that.”
Heather gasped and stormed from the room.
Lilly just stared at him. “That,” she said, “was brilliant.”
“I’m not a total idiot,” he said. “She needs to get over herself.”
“James,” said Lilly. “I think you like my sister.”
“You have to be kidding,” he said, gagging a little. “She’s horrible.”
“There is something about her,” he admitted, looking at his feet.
They both started laughing.
“Fine,” he said, give me the hamster.”
Snowball sat on his palm and stared at him. “He’s very conflicted,” he said.
“The hamster said your conflicted.”
“The hamster is right,” said James.
“He doesn’t have to worry,” said Snowball. “The hero doesn’t have to make plans, the hero simply reacts to circumstances. All he has to do is be there.”
“Really?” said James. “That’s what Snowball said?”
“Okay. I feel better.” James kissed the hamster and handed him back to Lilly. “Then I guess I’ll do whatever it is that I’m supposed to do at the right time.”
“I guess you will,” agreed Lilly. “Do you want me to get Heather for you?”
“Oh, great goats, no. One battle at a time.”
“I read a book when I was a kid. It had goats in it, so I started saying that. I guess it just popped out,” he said smiling. “So, are we good?”
“We are,” she said. “I’ll be there with you no matter what.”
“Thanks and about Heather.”
“Oh, please. Take her will you. I’d be so happy if you did.”
“Absolutely. You have my blessing.”
He smiled. “She’s so terrible.”
“Do you think I’m insane?”
“Without a doubt,” said Lilly. “But love doesn’t care about that.”
“Do you think the people will know there’s a battle going on?”
“I think they know one is happening right now. They can see it and they’re already dying.”
“I mean will they be able to see the outsiders, or aliens?”
“I don’t know. I doubt it,” said Lilly.
“I don’t think so either. I mean how would that go down?”
“Look, all we can do is guess. We can ask Jerry. He’s our best source of information,” she said.
“He’s currently our only source.”
“Let’s go,” she said, getting to her feet. “You can say good by to my sister, if you like. I’ll meet you out in front.”
“Funny,” he said, frowning at her. “But, okay.”
Lilly tried to control her giggles and failed miserable.
“Oh, be quiet,” he snickered. “Worse things could happen and they probably will.”
“Worse things than Heather?” she chuckled. “I seriously doubt that.”
“I’ll meet you out in front”