“Everyone seems happy again,” said Toledo. “now that they are fighting.”
Lucky smiled and winced, as the cut on his lip split open again. “Fighting’s good for the guys. You can see how much more energy they’re putting into the neighborhoods. They feel like themselves again.”
“How did things come to this? People not being happy unless they are fighting, facing danger, killing each other, spitting in death’s eye. It seems so….”
“Something like that.”
“This isn’t the peaceable kingdom, T. Life is a war zone. We’re built for it, that’s what rage is for, to get you through life.”
“Not for everyone,” she said. “Some people live normal lives. The go to work, have kids, then die.”
“Is that the kind of life you want?”
“Right. I like all the new powers you’re getting, by the way.”
“Thanks. Being able to disappear is kind of cool. I can follow you anywhere.”
“Not exactly what I hand in mind?”
“Nick said that Pixi had kittens with a Fairy cat. Four of them and they all look like her.”
“We could get another cat.”
“If that’s what you want,” he said.
“Not fair to the tiger and besides, we’re gone all the time.”
Lucky nodded. “I heard from Thx. He said they’re all happy and the rest of the demons can’t understand why.”
Toledo started laughing.
“He said it’s the perfect torture because it’s driving them crazy.”
“One of the Brownies said that Dave is happy that things are working out. He’s notified the other Bridge Trolls to stand down, until further notice,” said Toledo. “School breakfasts and lunches are a smashing success. The kids can’t wait to get to the lunchrooms. The streets are clean, the shops are refreshed, people are smiling and the bookstore is always crowded. The street art is incredible.”
“Let’s not forget the medics. Twenty-four hours a day.”
“They’re doing a great job,” said Toledo. “I’m happy that my Lilith crippled the government, now it’s just more of a street war. Seems only fair.”
“Think you’ll ever see your father again?”
“I doubt it. I have no idea where she put him,” grinned Toledo. Maybe that pocket dimension she picked out for us.”
“Maybe,” agreed Lucky. “Your mother’s gallery showing was great. I didn’t realize she was that into vamps.”
“Neither did I. I thought she was still painting flowers and fairies. Vince bought two of her paintings.”
“Are they thinking about moving here?”
“No, they want to live in the regular world,” sighed T. “She said they’re used to it and don’t feel like changing their style.”
Lucky pulled her into his arms. “This worked out pretty well. We have a beautiful and relatively safe place to live and yet there’s enough fighting to keep everyone happy.”
“You realize that’s crazy, don’t you?”
“I do,” he said. “But it’s our kind of crazy.”
“How many people are dead?”
Lucky shrugged. “A few, here and there.”
“If I kiss you will it hurt?” she asked, looking at his lip..
“Oh, good,” she snickered, pulling her to him.
“You’re so bad,” he muttered.
“Thank you. Want a cookie?”
The city neighborhoods continued to thrive. The people who lived there were happy. The gangs became a kind of government that worked for everyone and kept things fair and equal. No one person was in charge, although Lucky and Toledo were thought to be leaders of some kind. School became a place of wonder and joy. Kids of all ages went there to learn whatever they wanted to learn. They were all students and teachers, helping each other be the best they could be, answering questions that needed to be answered.
Nick taught several classes on Fairy and took the younger kids on field trips, to see what fairy was like. They came back enchanted and delighted. Thx stopped by now and then. He had a partner, her name was Bzr. She was lovely and Thx acted shy when she was around. Charlie, taught film, photography and television. He gave cameras to the kids in his classes and told them to take pictures. He matted, framed and hung their photographs in an empty shop, turning it into a beautiful gallery.
Wildlife was welcome and everyone found out how well humans and animals could get along, once they stopped threatening each other. Foxes could be seen sunning themselves on the sidewalks, Hawks and various other birds built nests on rooftops and in trees, the usual suspects were seen here and there, often being petted, or being given treats.
Few outsiders got past the perimeter of the neighborhoods but when they did, it didn’t usually end well for them. The government couldn’t find them, not on foot, or by satellite. Lilith was enjoying herself. She didn’t like governments, not one bit, so she kept them off balance, out of step, and completely confused. That meant that she didn’t have to do very much but she still had fun. She kept an eye on her daughter and her daughter’s chosen one. She slipped new powers to her, every once in awhile, and would continue to do so, until she was up to full speed.
Life was good, which just proved to everyone that they really could…have it all.