Finally, the P-factor was over. The villagers filtered out of the stadium slowly, and soon, all but one remained.
“I’ll uh, be back soon Leena. Just gotta… do somethin,” Alexis explained to Leena.
Leena smiled, “Okay Alexis, see you later.” She left along with everyone else to go back home.
Now Alexis was alone besides one green pinata.
Langston was looking over some stats on his small clipboard when Alexis walked up to him.
Alexis fiddled with her hands as she asked the pinata a question she already knew the answer to, “Um, are you Langston?”
Langston turned around and looked up at her, obviously a bit shocked to see someone with a paper bag on their head. “Yes, I am. How can I help you?”
“Well,” Alexis started, “you’re in charge of like, all of Pinata Central, right?”
Langston nodded slowly, wondering where the odd girl was going with this.
Alexis continued, “So, could you possibly tell me how you put pinatas back together after parties?”
Langston’s eyes widened, “Oh! Yes of course! Let me see… how best to explain the process?...” He seemed to be thinking, “I suppose, the best way to explain it, would be to show you how it’s done. Would you like to come on a tour of that section of the factory?”
“That would be awesome!” Alexis was overjoyed. She hadn’t thought she would actually get an answer to her question, but this was even better!
“Great! Why don’t you come to the factory’s east door tomorrow at noon?”
“Okay! Will do. Thank you Langston,” Alexis shouted as she ran out the doors.
“Goodbye!” Langston waved as the excitable redhead exited the building. He quickly scribbled a reminder down on his paper schedule, and turned to go back to his home.
“Goodnight honey!” Yoto kissed Storkos on the cheek as he left the base of egg mountain. They had enjoyed a date at Arfur’s after the P-factor, and now it was time to go home.
Yoto grinned, watching Storkos fly up the mountain to her house. Once she reached it, she stood in the doorway and waved down to Yoto before going inside. The young man sighed happily, and began to walk to his final destination of the night.
Before he went home, he needed to stop by Avalon’s house to ask her a favor. “I hope she’s home,” he said to no one in particular. “I keep forgetting to ask her, but tonight I will remember!”
He continued down the dirt path, and reached Avalon’s garden in a few minutes.
Yoto looked around. He was about to call out to see if she was in her garden, but he paused when he heard a noise.
It sounded like talking, and then the sound of a bird squawking.
Yoto jumped a bit when he heard the bird. What the heck was that?! He thought he saw movement behind a shed, and began to slowly walk over to it.
He was about to look and see who was there when someone from behind him said, “Hey there buddy!”
Yoto screeched and whipped around.
The sight he saw only scared him further.
Avalon and Dastardos both jumped at the sound of Yoto’s scream. Avalon gasped, “That’s Yoto! Why is ‘e ‘ere? Doesn’t matter right now, you gotta ‘ide!”
Dastardos nodded, and phased backwards into the shed they were behind.
Avalon gave a sigh of relief, and began walking around the shed toward Yoto.
It was a night watchling, which, in Yoto’s opinion, is one of the creepiest helpers there is. He panted and held his hand over his heart, which was beating much faster than it should be. “Jeezez! Ugh… why...who are you?”
The watchling seemed completely unaffected and grinned a terrifying grin, straight from Yoto’s nightmares, “I’m the night watchling of course! I keep pinatas outta the garden. Who are you?” He accentuated the last word with a poke to Yoto’s chest.
Yoto grimaced. “I’m Yoto, Avalon’s best friend. Is she here?”
The watchling nodded enthusiastically, “Sure is! In fact, she’s right behind you!”
Yoto turned around, and there was Avalon walking up to him. “Aviie!” He ran up to her and hugged her tightly.
Avalon was knocked back a step, but reciprocated the hug. “‘ey Yoto, what brings you ‘ere?”
“Okay bye!” The watchling ran away, probably to scare off a pinata, without another word.
Shuddering, Yoto let go of Avalon and responded, “I have to ask you a HUGE favor.”
Avalon nodded, “Go on.”
Yoto blushed, “Well you see… I was wondering if you could maybe help me propose to Storkos?”
The two heard a loud screech come from the shed.
Yoto looked at the building and took a step toward it, “What was tha-”
“Nothing,” Avalon interrupted. “Sure, I’ll ‘elp you propose. What’s your idea?”
Though he wasn’t convinced about the noise being ‘nothing’, Yoto returned his attention to Avalon and told her his plan. “I was thinking maybe, you could romance two pinatas, and I could write a huge message to Storkos in the grass! Like, with food dye that wouldn’t kill the grass or anything.”
Another noise came from the shed, this time a metal THUD.
Yoto jumped, “Okay seriously, what do you have in there?!”
“THAT SOUNDS LIKE A GREAT IDEA YOTO,” Avalon was determined to keep Yoto away from the shed, so she took a step in front of him, blocking his path to the door.
Yoto squinted his eyes, “What’s up with you? You’re acting weird .”
Avalon deadpanned, “No I’m not.”
Yoto rolled his eyes, “Okayyy then. Guess I’ll just” he ran around Avalon and threw open the door before she could stop him.
Avalon reached out to grab Yoto, but missed. She yelled out, “Yoto no!”
It was too late.
Yoto cocked his head to the side, “What in the heck?”
Dastardos was floating there, holding a Dastardos shovel up in the air, looking like he was about to whack himself.
Avalon stood behind Yoto, “What are yew doing.”
Yoto whipped around and looked at Avalon, then back at Dastardos. “You knew he was in here?!”
Avalon sighed, “Yeah. Seriously Dastardos, what the ‘ell are yew doing?”
Dastardos slowly hid the shovel behind his back. “I’m uh… looking for… ah shit, I give up.” He floated through the back wall and disappeared.
Yoto looked up at Avalon, “Why was Dastardos in your shed?” He answered his own question before Avalon could, “Wait, were you guys hanging out?! Didn’t you say you were friends or something?”
Avalon didn’t want to admit it to Yoto, but she knew there was no other way to explain this, “Yes, we are. ‘e’s really not that bad-
“Yes I am!”
Both people looked out into the forest, but saw no Dastardos.
Yoto sighed, “That’s weird, but… you do you I guess.” He shrugged, and stepped out of the shed. “So you’ll help me with proposing?”
Avalon nodded, “Yeah. Thank yew for… kind of understanding, Yoto.”
Yoto grinned, “Anything for you Aviie. Now, I gotta get home before my uncle sends Yen after me!” He turned around a ran out of the garden as Avalon said goodbye.
As soon as he was gone, Avalon turned to face the woods and asked, “Are yew still ‘ere?”
There was no response.
Avalon sighed. I guess not. Oh well. She looked up at the stars, smiled, and then went into her house.