*Go here to read the partial origins of this story*
Humming a tune to myself, la-dee-dah-dee-dah, as I close up shop. I exit out the back, cutting through the alley. My friends are waiting at the concert. There’s a message on my phone from the girl with the hazel eyes: I’m waiting for you.
Something tosses in the alley, glass tinkling, between the trash bins, and I drop the phone.
A groan, deep like an animal. Then a girl rolls out, skin marked with bruises, blonde hair tangled and charred. Naked except for the trash stuck to her.
Who are you? she rumbles, yellow-eyed, and my skin seizes with prickles.
I won’t hurt you. I fling up my hands. I’m Quinn.
She snorts, blinks with reptilian ease.
Where am I?
——, I say. Heart of the city. Need me to call a cab?
Her voice stops me picking up the phone.
I think I did something terrible. She palms her forehead.
Her eyes sweep my suit, my shiny shoes, slicked-back hair. She frowns. There’s a question she doesn’t ask. I could ask her the same thing.
Fumbling, I unhook my jacket, slide it down my arms, offer it to her.
Here. You’ll get in trouble walking around like that.
She realizes her nakedness and laughs throatily. Smoke puffs into the air. She snatches the jacket.
My phone pings from the brick at my feet. She eyes it sideways, stare unnerving. I make a decision.
You did something bad? I say.
Her lips smoosh together, and she gazes at the dumpsters, the fire escapes, back to me. Rolls her shoulders.
Do you regret it?
She doesn’t answer.
I can make it go away, if you want, I say. Hazel Eyes might not wait for me.
The girl smoothes the jacket sleeves, just long enough to brush her thighs. She laughs, a more human sound this time.
I’ll take my chances on regret, she says. Why don’t you call that cab?
First I dig in my pocket and pass her the bills in my wallet.
Get some clothes, I say.
She smiles, her eyes mellowing to blue. Thanks, she says.
Once the cab leaves, my phone pings again.
I start to type a response, pause. The alley sprawls empty behind me.
Can’t remember. See you soon.
A/N: Happy April Fools! I hope you enjoyed our mash-ups. We were inspired by last month’s Craft Discussion: World Building.