Death, my old friend.
I heaved myself up the nine stair stoop to the doors of my apartment building and tripped my way over to the mail boxes to check my mail, before I lugged myself up four flights of stairs and down the hall to my apartment. I sighed when I saw the figure sitting in front of my door.
"Is it real this time? Because I don't have the energy for another close call." The figure lifted his hooded head at the sound of my voice, his piercing green eyes meeting mine.
"No, I've got an appointment in the building, in an hour. Thought I'd drop by and see how you are." He said pushing himself to his feet without any effort. I was incredibly jealous, I wasn't sure I could lift my arm enough to unlock the door.
"Who this time?" I closed the space between us as I walked closer to the door. He grabbed the keys out of my hand and unlocked it, pushing it open for me.
"Mrs. Harris in 2D, how about some tea?" He shrugged off the hooded cloak and hung it on the coat rack, then made his way to the kitchen to start some water boiling.
"Green please." I called from my bedroom where I was changing out of my uniform from the dinner with worked at.
"How's it been Devon?" I asked while walking out of my room, pulling my hair into a high loose pony tail.
"Dandy, business is up." He said absentmindedly strumming his fingers on either side of the store where the teapot sat over high flame. He whipped his face up when he realized what he said a few minutes later.
"I... I meant..." He stuttered "I just meant unfortunately businesses up. I mean I've been busy." He sighed and shrugged his shoulders. I nodded.
"I get it. Speaking of..." I tapered off hoping he wouldn't make me ask.
"Heart attack. Which reminds me, if you could call emergency services for her, that would be an amazing gesture." He looked at me pointedly before snatching the tea pot off the stove as it started to whistle, pouring it into two cups before putting it on the back of the stove. He walked around the counter and set one of the cups in front of me. I bent down to smell it.
"This isn't green tea." I pointed out.
"Mmm yes." He said at last, wallowing a sip of hot tea. "How perceptive you are, it's Tension Tamer. I know you said green but you don't need green. You need Tension Tamer." He said matter-of-factly. I didn't feel like arguing with death after the day I had so I picked up the cup and took a sip. He watched me expectantly. I nodded my head furiously while setting the cup down and going into the kitchen.
"You're right, it's just missing one thing." He eyed me as he watched me go over to the cupboard and pull down a bottle of peppermint schnapps, a smirk sliding across his lips.
"Well... Had I known that was available I would have poured you some myself." He chuckled, pushing his tea towards me so I could add some of the alcohol to his cup too.
"How have you been Emma?" He asked, pulling the cup back and taking a sip. "Mmm." He grinned. I waited until I was on the other side of the counter and back in my seat before I responded.
"Brian broke up with me." I said softly.
"I'm sorry to hear that." Was all he said and he took another sip of the tea. I couldn't think of anything to say so I shrugged. We sat in silence for a little while, until finally Devin started laughing.
"What is so funny?" I demanded.
"Remember the first time I came to you?"
"That was funny?" I glared at him.
"No, but to think you went from screaming to drinking hot toddies with me and your kitchen." He chuckled. I laughed too I'll admit.
The first time Devon came to me I screamed so loud, it's probably will save my life. I petrified poor Devon though. We met again a few times and my reaction lessened and each time. Lately though Devin has been stopping by when he had a pickup in the neighborhood. Our relationship is progressing if you ask me.
"Yeah, I have to say I didn't see that coming. I thought I was a goner the second time for sure! I mean it's rare for death to come for you once and you live, but twice?" I scoffed.
"Ah, but you escaped more than twice." He pointed out.
"It feels a bit excessive to say I escaped nine times." I looked at him lazily. He laughed and downed the rest of his tea.
"Well Emma, I must be on my way to 2D. Thank you for the lovely drink."
"Hey anytime, I quite enjoy your company on these rare visits." I winked at him. He put his cloak on and went to the door.
"I'll see you soon Emma." He winked back at me and then softly shut the door, on his way to escourt Mrs. Harris out of this world.
"I look forward to it." I whispered. I finished off my tea and then called nine-one-one to tell them I heard some noise in my neighbor's apartment when I walked by and she wouldn't open the door. Assuring them I wanted to make sure she was okay, I hung up the phone and retreated to my room. As I got ready for bed I saw Devon leaving the building from my window. He turned and waved, so I waved back. When the fire trucks, police, and ambulances arrived I climbed in bed, shut off my light and went to sleep.