I cant find my shield!
I dont want to be The Hulk, Alfie!
Wheres my bag for my candy?!
Why cant Kumajiro wear a costume too?!
I want two candy bags!
Alfies going to steal my candy!
You sigh heavily as you sit on the couch, running your hands through your hair. This has been your week. The same questions and statements repeated over and over again. Daily. Having two hyper-active six year olds the week before Halloween is a nightmare, and if it isnt for your husband, Arthur, you might go mad from the constant whining.
________, love, do you want some tea? Arthurs voice comes from the kitchen once hes finally put the boys to bed.
Thatd be great, you tell him, yawning widely, having just spent half an hour making Kumajiro, Matthews bear, a black cape and mask after your youngest twin whined too much for your liking. Alfred tried hard to convince you he really should have two bags to hold all of his candy in instead of just one, but you didnt give in to that.
Arthur comes into the lounge and puts your cup on the coffee table, saying, Here you are, poppet.
Thanks, sweetie, you say, sipping the warm drink and humming in appreciation.
Arthur sits next to you and looks at the few decorations dotted around the place, Itll all be over tomorrow.
Yeah, great, then Ive got to spend as long as their treats last stopping Alfred from stealing Matties and eating it all in one go. Matts good with his candy, but
You shake your head and continue, You know, I caught Alfred stealing from the candy bowl again.
Well hide it from him next year, Arthur says with a chuckle, relaxing back into the couch. He picks up todays newspaper, this being the only chance hes had all day to read it, and he sips his own drink.
Of course, the boys are just as hyper on the thirty-first. You manage to keep them quiet until lunch time, but only because you make their lunch Halloween themed (English muffins with tomato sauce, cheese and black olives to look like mummies).
But, despite everything, the two of them are being good today, not whining or complaining at all. Alfred has settled on one candy bag, Matthew is happy now his bear has a costume and theyre both watching Halloween specials on one of the kids TV channels, Matthew drawing too, until Arthur gets home so you can take them out trick-or-treating.
After that, they both decide to put their costumes on. Well, Alfred decides to do so and he drags Matthew off to change as well. The elder of the twins chose Captain America for this years costume whereas his brother has chosen to be a simple ghost. Youve tried hard with Matthews ghost instead of just draping a sheet over his head with eye holes cut in it.
You dont need a costume. You can pass for a ghost without one, Alfred told him one morning, People dont notice you, anyway.
He received a stern telling-off from his father whilst you consoled his wailing brother.
Mama, do I look okay? a quiet voice asks as youre putting the bowl of candy by the door for the trick-or-treaters coming to your house tonight. You turn to see two purple eyes peering through eye holes in the hooded cape youve made for him, hood coming down to just under his nose, light chains draped around his neck with the word boo! sewn onto his shoulder. You kneel in front of him, smiling.
You look very cute, Mattie, you tell him, kissing his forehead gently.
Im not meant to look cute! he complains, dropping the specially named masked-toothy-terror (Kumajiro being his secret identity) to the floor, Im meant to be scary
You do, Matt! you say, recovering yourself, Very scary. Better not sneak up on Daddy, okay? You wink and Matthew giggles, and you can tell he is secretly plotting an idea right this second.
AND HERE COMES THE HERO! a yell comes from the top of the stairs. You look up just as Alfred is running down, shield hooked on his arm and mask pulled over his face. He grins as he stands in front of you, hands on his hips, Have no fear, Captain America is here!
Very nice, Alfie. I think Im going to feel safe out there with the rest of the monsters if youre right next to me, you say, smiling, Right, your dad will be home in a minute. Go and tidy up your toys that you left on the floor.
They both nod and run off to do so. You smile to yourself as you stand up again, fixing the Halloween banner thats gone lopsided on the wall. Matthew and Alfreds pumpkins are sat by the door, waiting to be put outside. They both drew faces on and scooped out the insides, but you had to cut the faces out. Theyre not bad this year, unlike last years disasters. Theyve both managed to draw easy to cut out, sinister looking faces.
As you put them outside, Arthurs car pulls up onto the driveway. You notice Matthew waiting for him out of the corner of your eye, and he jumps down to most probably find a hiding place. Arthur smiles as he gets out, Hi, love.
Hi, Artie. Good day? you ask as he approaches you and presses a kiss to your lips.
Not bad, I suppose. The boys have been keeping you busy, I assume? he says, following you inside.
Theyve been alright. Oh, but when Matthew jumps out at you, act scared, you whisper, gesturing for him to go first.
Its alright. Ive got it covered, he replies, lifting the corner of his mouth to reveal vampire tooth caps. You giggle and let him go. Hopefully this wont scare Matt in return.
Arthur steps into the lounge and, of course, your youngest son jumps out. Boo! he shouts, arms thrown up into the air as Kumajiro goes flying. Arthur jumps back and clutches at his chest dramatically, playing the part.
Oh, Matthew, you nearly frightened me to death! Arthur says, but then he kneels down so hes face to face with him, Well, that would be the case
if I were capable of dying so easily. You see him bare his teeth in a sinister looking grin. Behind the hood, Matthews eyes widen in horror.
he whimpers. Before you know it, hes off like a rocket, charging behind Alfred, Alfie! Daddys a vampire!
He what? Alfred says, looking up at his father sceptically. Eventually, he shakes his head and mutters, Its always the quiet ones
This makes you collapse onto the couch with laughter as Arthur stares back at Alfred in disbelief. You dont know if he was trying to scare or shock the elder of the two boys, but either way, it didnt work. He should have seen this coming, really. Alfred isnt like other kids
When youve calmed yourself, you say, Alright, so were going to put on our costumes, too. Dont wreck the lounge and, Alfie, dont take any candy from the bowl!
The time soon comes for when Alfred and Matthew can go trick or treating. They started getting fidgety when the first trick-or-treater (a Frankensteins monster) comes to your door.
Mama! Mama, we can go too, right? Alfred says, grabbing his candy bag Captain America patterned, of course and Matthew picks his ghost patterned one up, too.
Of course. Cmon then, boys, lets go, you say. Youre letting your now appropriately dressed vampire husband to answer the door for trick-or-treaters whilst you take the boys out. Ill see you in a little while, okay? you say to Arthur.
Alright. Have fun, you two, he says, ruffling Alfreds hair before he pulls his Captain America mask on his head. Theyre out the door like lightning, so you have to run after them, yelling at them to slow down. Normally, anyone would pause and stare if a woman in a cat costume was chasing a hyperactive superhero and ghost carrying a masked polar bear down the street, but its Halloween, so its not so out of place tonight, you guess.
Alfred, you call. He comes to a halt at last and you point at the nearest house, Go on. Ill wait here.You stand at the gate whilst Alfred and Matthew go wandering up the path to hammer on the front door. You know this is Tonis house, so you lean on the gate and watch with a smile.
Hola guys! Toni says as he answers the door, a big bowl of candy in his hands, Oh, wow, you both look so awesome!
Captain America wants two pieces of candy! Alfred says, holding his bag out.
Alfred! you say, Dont be greedy!
Nah, its okay, Toni says, putting two pieces of candy in his bag, How are you, chica? Youre looking great tonight.
You giggle, Oh, yeah, dressed like this? you hold up your fluffy tail with one hand and smirk,
Where are Lovi and Feli?
Theyve gone out with Gilbert and Ludwig even though Lovi really didnt want to. Gilbert offered, seeing as he was taking Ludwig out anyway. If you see a tomato with Buzz and Woody from Toy Story, thats them.
Mama! Im going now, Alfred announces, walking back down the path holding Matthews wrist.
Hey, say thank you to Toni! you say.
Thank you, Toni! they both shout as theyre walking away.
You roll your eyes, Honestly, what am I going to do with you two. You turn back to Toni and grin, Thanks, Toni. Have a good night.
You too, chica. See you later!
He shuts the door and you follow the boys next door.
After a little while, when their bags are getting quite full, you say, Okay, I think youve got enough now. Lets go home.
Nooo! Alfred wails, but you take his hand.
Yes! Youve been good until now, Alfie. Dont ruin it.
Matthew walks next to you, yawning widely, holding Kumajiro in one hand and his candy bag in the other. Can we eat some candy? He asks.
One piece tonight, you tell them, walking up to your house. You let them in just as some kids are coming to get candy, so you deal with them and then let the boys into the lounge. Arthur smiles as you come in.
Hi. Did you get lots of sweets? he asks.
I got two pieces from everyone! Alfred announces. You roll your eyes.
Yeah, no matter how hard I tried to stop him from asking, he went ahead and did it anyway, you tell him, sitting next to him on the couch as the boys race to the floor to see what candy they got. Matthew was given two pieces each time, too, so it was fair. They swap some pieces and you watch, Arthur still answering the door when people appear.
The boys eventually get tired, but both of them have one piece of candy and then brush their teeth, ready for bed. Youre sure Alfred sneaked more than one piece, but youve had enough of that for one night. At least you can keep their candy somewhere so they cant steal it now. Once theyre in bed, you come downstairs and sit back with Arthur. He puts his arm around you and says, Another year done with.
Yeah. Theyre really cute together, though. You should have seen Alfie making sure Matt got as much candy as him and
well, yknow, being a good brother. You can take them next year.
Speaking of which, look what I found earlier, Arthur says, leaning forward to grab some paper from the table to pass it to you. Its definitely a drawing by Matthew, you can tell easily between his and Alfreds. The picture is of the two of them in their costumes, but Alfred is in the middle, much bigger than Matt. The title at the top reads My brother the hero.
That is just too adorable, you say, smiling.
Arthur nods, They might be really hyper, but I think they enjoy just doing these things together. You nod, too, putting the picture back on the table. That is the best part about these events and holidays, just seeing the boys together.
He thinks so much of Alfie. Its so sweet.
Speaking of sweet. You reach forward and pick up a fun-size chocolate bar from the remaining candy you were handing out and bite it in half, Arthur taking the other half when you offer it to him.
Thanks, love. Sweet like you.
That was very cheesy, but very cute.
Arthur stands up and says, Im going to get changed.
Happy Halloween. He swishes his cloak around him and grins, baring his vampire teeth with a wink, making you giggle.
Happy Halloween, sweetie, you reply.
________, why is there a clove of garlic on my pillow?!