AND HAPPY HALLOWEEN
I WAS A ZOMBIE PIRATE YARRRRRRRR
And I wrote some lame Halloween ZackLight in like an hour. A RECORD FOR ME I THINK
Oh yes, did I tell you all? ZackLight's my new crack pairing. It's like a het Clack. BWHAHAHA
Here it is, if that's how you roll~
Lightning wasn’t a fan of making a big deal out of holidays. Sure, when she was a kid – before her parents died – she’d loved celebrating. Now as an adult, it seemed like every holiday was some excuse to get drunk and do idiotic things that she wanted absolutely no part of. To her, celebrating would be having some sort of special meal and that was that.
She should’ve known that Zack was completely the opposite.
“Aw, c’mon, Light. It’s not like you won’t know anyone. They’ll all be drunk, anyway.”
“My point exactly.”
“If someone gets too close and I’m not there, do what you do best and punch them in the face.”
“I should punch you in the face for even suggesting this.” Lightning rolled her eyes at Zack’s chuckle. “I don’t do parties. You should know that by now. If you want to go, I’ll just stay here and…hand out candy or something.”
“We’ll put the bowl out front.” When Lightning didn’t reply, Zack frowned and turned away from the mirror. She arched an eyebrow.
“What are you supposed to be?”
“A zombie, of course.” He gestured over his torn clothing, but the real costume was in his face makeup – it looked terrible, but in a good way, she supposed. He’d even make it look like his scar was still oozing blood. “C’mon. Halloween’s only once a year. Neither of us go to base ‘til the afternoon tomorrow, so we don’t have to rush around or anything.”
“Light.” Zack plopped on the bed beside her, cocking his head. “One night. C’mon. We can walk over there and see all the kids running around in their costumes and see what terrible stuff everyone at this party came up with. And I won’t drink if you don’t so you don’t have to lug my happy ass home.”
“…” Lightning let out a little sigh. “An hour and a half. Two, tops. The longer we’re there, the stupider everyone’s going to get.”
“That’s the spirit!” Zack paused, then laughed. “That’s the spirit. Get it?”
She shook her head, smiling just a bit at the corners of her mouth despite herself. Who was she to deny Zack something he wanted to do so badly? Besides, going out for a little while did beat sitting around and hearing the doorbell ring over and over.
“I guess I’m ready when you are.” She stood up, brushing invisible lint off of her clothes.
Zack frowned. “Oh no, no, no. You can’t go looking like a civilian.”
“No, I meant – ” he laughed to himself; when did Lightning not have work on the brain? “You need a costume. It’s Halloween and all!”
“…I’m fine like this, thanks.”
“If you show up like that, everyone’s gonna know I dragged you out tooth and nail.” Zack grinned. “C’mon, you’ve gotta have something you can throw together.” The doorbell rang. “I’ll get that. You get ready, okay? I’ll wait downstairs.”
“Zack – ” But of course, he’d already dashed out the door and down the stairs to greet the trick-or-treaters.
Lightning groaned and rested her forehead on her fingertips for a moment. How the hell was she supposed to pull a costume from nowhere in the next ten minutes? All she really had with her were her uniform and ordinary civilian clothes – she’d gotten rid of most of the stuff she never wore when she’d moved in with Zack a year ago.
Hmph. Lightning started rummaging around in her side of the closet despite the fact she knew nothing that would work was in there. She wasn’t the sort of person who could pull a costume out of nowhere; that was Zack’s department. Maybe he should’ve been dressing her up.
She was about to slam the door in frustration when something glittery caught her eye. Glitter? She didn’t even own anything like that, unless Zack had some sort of hobby she didn’t know about…
To her surprise, she found herself pulling out a long-forgotten dress – she remembered Serah convincing her to buy it years ago for a fair. Lightning couldn’t remember if she’d ever worn it or not, but it was convincing enough to be a costume.
Luckily, the dress was easy to slip into – she’d just get Zack to fix the zipper when she went downstairs. She held it together as she observed herself in the mirror. The dress was a deep, cerulean blue with glittering gold thread woven into the bodice. It had a v-neck – but luckily not too revealing of one – and long sleeves that fell nearly to her knees. The skirt fell gracefully around her legs, but it was roomy enough so that she wouldn’t have a hard time walking – she hoped, anyway.
She left on her usual pendant, but switched out the house shoes she’d been wearing for some old, comfortable boots. Sure, the dress probably called for heels, but nobody was going to be looking at her feet. Then she figured she may as well go all out and put on a bit of makeup – nothing too gaudy, though. Zack was wearing more than enough for the both of them.
When she figured she looked costume-y enough, Lightning headed out of the bedroom, stopping at the top of the stairs to gather the skirt in her hands she could walk without tripping over herself. Ugh, getting around in this thing was going to be fun.
“Happy Halloween!” Zack’s voice boomed in the house and she shook her head a little again. Sometimes she wondered how they were so compatible when really, it seemed as though they shouldn’t be.
After he’d closed the door, Zack turned and began to ask, “Hey Light, you almost re…”
Lightning had already started down the stairs, so she figured that was the reason he’d cut himself off. The closer she got, though, the more she realized that he was flat-out staring. The doorbell rang again, but he didn’t seem to hear it. In fact, it almost looked like he’d had the wind completely knocked out of him.
She looked away for a second when she’d reached the bottom of the stairs. His gaze had been so…not quite intense, but it was something that involuntarily made her heart speed up when she met his eyes again.
“The…” She cleared her throat, feeling weirdly flustered. “The zipper.”
“Huh?” Zack shook his head a little, like he was coming out of a trance. “Oh, uh. Right.”
Lightning shivered a little as he slowly did the zipper up, his fingers brushing the back of her neck lightly. They lingered there for quite some time.
“You look…” Zack slowly spun Lightning around so that she was facing him, looking her up and down slowly. “Wow.”
“Serah bought this for me a long time ago. I’m not sure how it ended up in the closet here.” Why was her heart beating so fast?
“Hey, I’m not complaining.” Zack smiled warmly, the sort that would nearly make her blush. He brushed her hair away from her neck, still staring. “You know, since I’m a zombie, I should be eating your brains.” He grinned at her indignant look, leaning in closer so their bodies were pressed together.
“You might overeat.”
“Don’t I know it.” A chuckle escaped him as he leaned down, lips near her ear and neck. “But now I think I’ll have to but those eating skills to better use.” She felt a little nip of teeth on her earlobe and let out a quiet breath, closing her eyes despite the fact that a part of her actually wanted to protest – this sounded a lot better than that stupid party, but hadn’t he wanted to go? – but the doorbell rang again before she could say anything.
Zack pulled away slowly, still looking kind of dazed. The bell chimed again and he turned, opening the door and getting out the bowl of candy for the eager kids at the door, grinning and talking like he hadn’t been busy making his girlfriend breathless seconds ago.
Lightning let out a shaky breath, gathering what sense she had left and walked over to Zack’s side as he wished the kids a Happy Halloween. “Shouldn’t we be getting to that party?”
He paused, glancing at the candy bowl, then at Lightning. A second later, he grinned and set the bowl outside, not taking his eyes off of her as he lock the door and shut off the porch light, wrapping his arms back around her.
“Hey, there’s always next year.”
I hope everyone had a good holiday~ TIME TO GORGE MYSELF ON MORE CANDYYYY