"So, wait a minute let me get this straight... actually that's not possible in this situation." Willow started to laugh on the other end of the call, filling my ear with its musical sound. "So both Amity and Luz have crushes on one another, but they're too afraid to admit it?" Willow managed to pull herself together enough to hum in response.
"And now, they're both in the same band." She started to chuckle again, a few muffled snorts slipping out. "I'm sorry I just can't get over your joke." Willow cracked and busted out laughing once again. I laughed, lightly shaking my head.
"It's fine." I could hear her clear her throat on the other end, taking in a few deep breaths to compose herself. "But now that we know that information, what's the plan?"
"Honestly, I don't know." She muttered, probably tapping a finger against her chin. "By now, we could probably just let things take their course and they'd turn out fine."
"There's one problem with that babe." I looked around at the orange trees that surrounded me, noticing some of the creatures that scampered across the ground. "One of them is an oblivious dork, and the other can barely hold herself together when the other is in the room. Waiting on one of them to make a move would take forever."
Willow sighed. "And we can't just directly tell them that the other has a crush on them..." She trailed off for a moment, muttering under her breath for a moment. "So, we'll just have to nudge them in the right direction. What does Amity think about Luz right now?"
"What do you mean by that?" I asked, glancing down at my nails for a moment. Honestly, I really needed to change their color.
"I mean, does she think she has a chance?" I sucked in a breath through clenched teeth, letting it out with a sound that basically said no.
"Not really." She sighed at my response. I could hear her shifting for a moment, then she put me on speaker. In the background I could hear the sound of running water for a moment.
"Well then you need to nudge her in a direction that will make her think she has a chance." The running water stopped and I could hear her walking in some direction.
"We've already tried that." I remember the events from yesterday. The sound of water reappeared again, confusing be slightly. "Also, are you watering plants right now? Is that the background noise I'm hearing?"
"How exactly did you guys try to do that? And yes, I am watering my plants." The water sound disappeared for a moment, then came back.
"When me and Em were poking fun at her yesterday, she told us that she has no idea what kind of people Luz is attracted to, so Em told her that Luz swings both ways." Willow hummed again, probably nodding her head.
"And how did she respond to that?" She asked.
"I'm pretty sure she didn't believe us." Willow choked back a laugh, falling silent for a moment.
"I..." She paused, trying to think of something to say. "You can't be serious... she didn't believe that? Has she... has she not seen the way Luz acts?" Her reaction made me laugh, making me barely able to hear her rambling on the other end.
"Apparently not." I glanced up ahead, noticing the studio slowly coming into view. "Then again, it's Amity we're talking about here."
"But it's so obvious!" I could hear the exasperation in her voice. "The way Luz dresses, the way she acts, just everything about her screams bi! How does Amity not see that?"
I shrugged. "Like I said before, she can barely hold herself together when Luz is in the room. Not only that, but she's terrified of screwing up."
"Honestly though, who wouldn't be?" She softly asked with a sigh. "So, I guess until one of them makes a move, we're just gonna keep pushing them in the right direction, right?"
"That sounds like a pretty good idea to me." I glanced up again, seeing how close I was to the studio. "Alright well, I've got to get going. I'll let you know if anything new pops up."
"Alrighty! You have fun with the band okay? I love you!" A big smile slowly crept onto my face.
"I love you too babe." My scroll clicked as she hung up. I made my way to the studio, pulling open the front door and walking inside. A low chatter floated to me from the main room, and walking into the main room I was met with the Blights and Luz.
Looking around, I noticed Matt wasn't out here with them. But to be honest, what's new there? "Morning guys." I muttered, gaining their attention. Luz waved at me, a big smile plastered on her face. Amity shot me a smile while her siblings just gave me a nod.
"Morning Boscha!" Luz chirped, sounding as optimistic as always. Moving over to the table, I pulled out a chair and took a seat by Amity. Glancing between her and Luz, something seemed off. After a bit of time, Luz noticed I was staring. "Something the matter?"
"Are you guys wearing the same outfits from yesterday?" They both looked nodded their heads. "Wait, did you guys sleep here last night?" Both of them nodded again.
"Yep! Amity didn't wake me up so I just spent the night here." I shot a sly look over to Amity, watching her roll her eyes.
"What? Walking to the owl house in the dark is dangerous because the Night Market is nearby, and I wasn't just gonna leave her here by herself." Nodding my head, I hummed in response, then turned to the twins.
"So, why are you two here this early?" I asked, watching Edric take a small sip of his drink.
"We brought them breakfast." Emira stated, motioning towards the two of them.
"You guys really didn't have too. Honestly, we could've just eaten some candy for breakfast." Luz said, making Amity turn in her direction for a moment, then she turned back to me. With a deadpan look, she slowly shook her head, making me chuckle.
"So Mittens, since we're all here early, are we starting practice early?" Edric asked, finishing off his drink. Deciding to be obnoxious, he continued to sip to get the few drops at the bottom, making an annoying noise in the process.
It didn't take long for Emira to smack him upside the head to get him to stop.
While Edric whined in pain, Amity shook her head. "We can wait to start practice for a little longer. It's early and besides, Matt still needs to show up."
"Emira could easily do his work." I pointed out, Emira nodding in response. Amity sighed, but she nodded in agreement.
"You're right, but you know he gets mad whenever we touch the sound equipment. Apparently, we mess up his perfect settings." She put air quotes around her words as she rolled her eyes. "So we can just wait for him to show up."
There was a bit of silence for a moment, then Luz slowly stood up. "While we wait for him, I'm gonna go work on some song lyrics for a bit, if that's okay with you guys?" Amity's eyes widened slightly as she turned to Luz.
"Mind showing me what you've got down?" Luz blinked a few times, then nervously chuckled, rubbing the back of her neck.
"There really isn't much written down. I had to fix a bunch of it." Another nervous chuckle escaped her as she slouched forward. Amity shrugged and stood up, giving the girl a soft smile.
"That doesn't matter, I'd still like to see it." Her tone was surprisingly soft, but I couldn't tell if she was doing it intentionally or not. Luz froze, clearly scrambling for an answer. Finally she just smiled and shrugged.
"Alrighty then." The two of them walked off towards Amity's room, leaving me with her siblings. Once we heard a door close, Emira lightly smacked her hand down on the table.
"Something happened last night." She muttered, still staring at the hallway.
"Do you mean something between those two?" I motioned towards Luz and Amity, but the twins shook their heads.
"No definitely not between them." Emira leaned back into her chair, folding her arms. "If something happened between them, Mittens would probably be distraught and they'd be avoiding each other."
"But, it does have to do with Mittens." Edric muttered, finally tearing his gaze away from the hallway. "Something's been up with her all morning. Can't tell if it's a good or bad thing."
"Any clue about what it is?" They both shook their heads. "Well, I don't have a clue then either, unless it happened after I left."
"It probably did." Amity and Luz's muffled voices floated out from their room, and the three of us strained to listen what they were talking about. After a couple of minutes, Edric sighed, then got up and slowly crept over to the hallway.
He peered over the corner, listening to them talk for a moment. "What are they saying?" His twin asked, but he just shrugged. Their voices got louder, making him jump and quickly dash back over to his seat.
Edric barely managed to get in his chair to play natural when they appeared from around the corner, happily chatting away. "Matt told me yesterday that you were busy, that's why he said he'd help me with the lines himself." Luz said happily as she flipped through her notebook, Amity's ears going down in response.
I slowly leaned over to Edric, Emira copying my actions. "What did they say?" Our eyes followed the two of them as they moved to the bean bags.
"Something about scribbled out lines?" He muttered, confusion laced in his voice. Emira raised an eyebrow, side eyeing the two behind us. I could hear Amity sigh before the two of them flopped down onto the bean bag chairs.
"Well, I wasn't busy, he just thought he could take charge for a moment." I could just barely hear the anger that was in her voice. Edric perked up, blinking a few times before turning around.
He leaned on the back of his chair, putting on his usual smirk. "So, how are the lyrics?" He questioned, putting on a casual tone. Amity and Luz looked over at him, Luz glancing up at Edric for a moment before turning her gaze to Amity, waiting for her response.
Amity hesitated for a moment, then smiled. "A few things need tweaked here and there, but so far, they're pretty good." I could see the look of relief flood Luz's face.
The studio door opened, gaining our attention. In walked a very tired looking Matt, who slowly shuffled into the room before stretching. He slammed the door behind him, making me jump slightly.
"Morning Matty!" The twins chirped, making him groan.
"It's too early for you to be annoying." He muttered, moving over to the table and taking the seat furthest away from us. Both the twins look at each other, then smiled.
"It's never too early for us to be annoying." Edric laughed, smirking at Matt. "Just ask Mittens."
"Yeah, you'd be surprised how early we decide to be annoying." Emira added with her signature smirk. "You're lucky to be a part of the later bit." Luz chuckled.
Matt rolled his eyes, laying his head down on the table. "Whatever." He grumbled, making me roll my eyes.
Amity stood up, slowly walking towards the table. "Now that you're here though, we can start practice whenever you guys are ready." She leaned on the table, just barely in front of me.
"Ehh, we can start practice here in a couple hours." Edric said as he leaned back into his chair, turning his head to pop his neck. "Give Matty a chance to wake up a little."
Edric started to laugh and Matt lifted his head up, a low growl coming from his throat. But instead of saying anything, he rolled his eyes and leaned back into his own chair, pulling out his scroll. I noticed that he seemed tense, but I couldn't tell why.
"Oh, Amity! I gotta ask you something!" Luz jumped up, quickly flipping through a few pages of her notebook before stopping on one. She starting to quickly mutter something to Amity that I couldn't understand, but Amity just nodded her head. "Alright, that's what I thought!" Luz then started to ramble about something, Amity still nodding her head.
I could see Matt trying to subtly glare at the two of them, but Amity looked up from Luz's notebook at him. She glared back at him, making his eyes widen before he quickly looked away.
I quickly nudged Edric, gaining his attention. He leaned closer to me. "Something had to have happened between her and Matt." Edric nodded his head, nudging his other sister and quickly telling her what I just told him.
They both looked at each other, then gave a quick nod. Standing up, they both moved over to Amity, Edric placing his hands on her shoulders while Emira did the same with Luz.
"Sorry cutie, but we've gotta steal Mittens away for a little bit." Amity looked between her two siblings, raising an eyebrow at the both of them. Edric started to drag her away and Emira let go of Luz's shoulders, giving her a little wave before following Edric. "We promise we'll bring her back though!"
The three of them disappeared around the corner, a door opening before quickly closing. Luz stared at the hallway for a moment, then shrugged, taking a seat at the table by me.
She glanced down at her notebook for a moment, then turned towards me. "So, how's your morning been?" She gave me a lopsided smile.
Her and I started to have some small chat while we waited for the others to come back. Matt sat there the entire time, not saying anything to the two of us as he typed on his scroll.
It didn't take long for me to realize why Amity liked talking to her so much, she somehow managed to make everything interesting.
Eventually, the Blight siblings came back, Edric and Emira both had giant smiles on their faces while Amity remained neutral. They both shot Matt a knowing smile that he didn't see before they both took their seats.
Edric leaned over to me. "Mittens almost rocked Matty last night." He managed to say before chuckling, I looked over at him with a look of awe, then turned towards Amity. She didn't acknowledge that I was looking at her, but I could see the faint ghost of a smirk on her face.
"What for?" I questioned, honestly disappointed that she didn't knock some sense into him. Because if we're being honest, he really needs someone to do it.
"He was messing with Luz. Basically trying to act like he's in charge." Emira said, softly shaking her head. "I'm honestly surprised Mittens didn't go through with it."
"Me too." I muttered, watching as Matt stood up and started to leave. Amity's eyes followed him as he left, her ears twitching slightly.
"Matt!" He froze in place, then slowly turned his head to face the singer. "We're starting practice in an hour, be ready okay?" Matt stared at Amity for a minute, then turned forward and continued walking, saying nothing.
We heard his door open down the hall, leaving the five of us with one another. I pulled out my scroll, quickly unlocking it and going to Pensta. Leaning back in my chair, I started to scroll through the photos, halfway listening to Edric when he started rambling to Emira. Luz continued to work on her song, quickly jotting down lines.
Time passed and the five of us would chat and crack jokes every once and awhile, but most of the time was spent in silence. Matt came out of his room a few times, poking his head over the corner or going into the sound room before disappearing once again.
I noticed that every once and awhile, Amity's attention would be divided. She had her scroll out, but her eyes would constantly glance back at the girl next to her, staring for a moment before snapping her gaze back to her scroll.
Smirking, I lightly nudged her brother, subtly motioning to Amity. He watched Amity for a minute, a faint smirk appearing on his face. "Whatcha doing over there Mittens?" Amity jumped slightly, then looked over at her brother.
"Just scrolling through Pentsa." She tipped her scroll in his direction for a moment, then turned her attention back down to her scroll.
Edric hummed, shaking his head. Still paying attention to Amity, it wasn't long before she went back to her pattern, scroll, stare, swoon, repeat. I was a little surprise that Luz hadn't noticed her doing it yet.
Luz started to mutter something under her breath, then she looked up at Amity, who quickly looked away from her. Amity's ear twitched, and I could tell she was nervous, probably worried she was gonna get caught.
But instead of saying anything, Luz just stared. She was completely transfixed just observing the singer. A smile appeared on her face, her brown eyes glazed over as she tilted her head.
Amity's eyes darted at Luz for a moment, then back down to her scroll. She swallowed, then looked over at Luz again, finally turning in her direction. "Need something?" She asked, instantly snapping Luz out of her trance.
Luz shook her head, nervously laughing and waving it off. "No sorry! I was just zoned out." Luz laughed again, then quickly turned her gaze down to her notebook, a dark blush appearing on her cheeks.
I could see Amity smile, her ears going pink and moving down slightly. With a low chuckle, I finally turned my eyes down to my scroll and continued to look through social media.
More time passed, Emira disappeared to her room, leaving me with Amity, her brother, and Luz. Edric leaned back in his chair, summoning tiny illusions with the twirl of his finger.
He chuckled, making a few tiny blue hearts and floating them over in Amity's direction. They managed to catch her attention, her eyes following them as they moved around her. Then, they floated just above Luz's head, and an arrow formed and pointed to her while the hearts danced around her head.
Amity turned and glared at Edric, motioning for him to get rid of the illusion. He complied, flicking his wrist and making the illusions disappear. I could see her breath a sigh of relief, mouthing something as she shook her head.
She then stood up, lightly nudging Luz's shoulder, snapping her out of her little world. "Alright, let's get practice started." She said, moving towards the hallway. "I'll go get Em and Matt, you three go get your equipment."
Edric and Luz stood up, both of them heading out to go grab the drums. I stood up and made it to the sound room, pulling open the door and quickly snagging my bass.
Amity quickly came back from the hallway with Matt and her sister in tow. She went into the sound room and reemerged with her guitar, then started to make her way to the recording booth. Emira went to the studio's front door, probably to help Luz and Edric carry in the drums.
I followed Amity, hearing Matt's footsteps behind me as we walked to the room. The three of us made it to the door and Amity tried to open it, but it wouldn't budge.
She sighed, then roughly kicked the bottom of the door, which made it open with ease. The three of us shuffled into the room and Matt made sure to wedge the door open so we wouldn't get stuck inside.
Matt instantly took a seat by the sound board, fiddling with a few of the dials. A few minutes later, The twins and Luz lugged in the drums, Edric leading the two of them where they would set it up.
Luz was quick to start setting up, getting guidance from our previous drummer. Emira moved over towards Matt, watching him work on the sound board.
"So Matty, are you excited?" Edric asked, moving away from Luz. He leaned on Matt's shoulder, making him sigh.
"Excited for what?" He hissed, glancing up at the Blight.
"Excited for me to be out here with you guys instead of in there!" Matt sighed again, making the twin chuckle. I glanced down at my bass, giving it a few experimental strums to test the strings.
Amity mimicked my actions, wincing at the sound of one of the notes before quickly going to tune it. Once all our equipment was set up and tuned, Amity and I stepped into the room where Luz was, where she sat down excitedly at her drum set.
I could see Amity smiling, her gaze lingering on Luz for a moment before she cleared her throat. "Got the sheet music?" She asked Luz, who vigorously nodded her head. "Great, we're gonna start with Prom Night, then we can move on to 505."
Luz quickly flipped through her pages before landing on the one she wanted, then she shot Amity a thumbs up. The singer turned to me, and I gave her a nod. She then turned to the three outside the room and shot them a thumbs up, and we got started.
Blocking out most of what was going on around me, I started to strum my bass. This song was practically muscle memory at this point, which meant I didn't have to listen for cues.
We made it a little less than halfway through the song before Amity stopped us. She turned back to Luz, who was nervously fiddling with one of her sticks, her eyes quickly scanning over a page.
"Sorry, read the music wrong and messed up." She pointed to the sheet music and nervously laughed, nearly dropping her stick in the process. Amity shot a soft smile, then turned back around.
"It's fine." She said, gaining Matt's attention before signaling a redo. "Let's take it from the top." Luz and I nodded, readying ourselves for her to start. She hesitated for a moment, then we began.
The song went on like it did before, but this time Luz didn't mess up on the part she missed the first time. In fact, we managed to get through the whole song without stopping. Once it was finished, we all sat in silence for a moment, our breathing heavy, finally Amity took a deep breath and turned to face the two of us.
"How was that?" Luz asked softly, her leg bouncing up and down. I slowly started to pop my fingers, one eye focusing on our singer while the others focused on our drummer. She seemed to hesitate for a moment.
"It was pretty good for the first run through." She started, then she turned to me. "But, Luz, your timing is slightly off, and Boscha, I can hear that you're out of tune." I looked down at my bass, quickly strumming the strings to find the ones out of tune.
Amity stepped out of the room for a moment, going over to talk to Matt. "I'm surprised how fast you're picking this up." I said to Luz, slightly adjusting one of the string's dials. She laughed, balancing her sticks on the drums.
"I'm a bit surprised myself to be honest." One of her sticks fell and clattered against the hard floor, making her eyes widen slightly. "But, that was only the first song, so who says I'm any good with the rest?"
She quickly picked her stick up off the ground, placing both of them back in her hands. "Oh come on." I strummed a different string on my bass, tweaking its respective dial accordingly. "With how you did at auditions, you're definitely gonna be good with the rest."
The door opened again, Amity reentering the room. She glanced at me, then moved to her spot. "Your instrument tuned?" I nodded. "Good. Alright, we're doing Prom Night again, ready?"
"Ready." Luz and I said in unison.
"Great, let's get started."
We went through Prom Night a few more times, each time sounding even better than the last. Then, when Amity was satisfied with how that sounded, we moved onto 505 and repeated the process.
After the third time of going through the song, Luz slumped down a little, letting out a tired sigh. I could see Amity's shoulders go down, but she stayed quiet. Edric popped his head into the room.
"You guys are doing great!" He gave a thumbs up, making half a smile appear on my face. "How bout you take a break for a minute? I'll get you guys something to drink, whaddya want?"
"The usual, just some warm water." Amity said, her voice soft. Edric nodded in response.
"Same as Amity, but add some burrberry if we have some." I said, leaning against the wall. Amity turned to me, raising an eyebrow. "What? Not like I've been singing the entire time like you have. I want a bit of flavor."
She shook her head, clearly rolling her eyes. Edric turned to Luz, who was carefully leaning on her drums. "What do you want?" She stiffened up a little, her eyes darting around for a moment.
"I guess, the same as Boscha?" I could tell it was more of a question than a statement, but the twin gave a smile and a nod, then disappeared. Luz looked over at me, a bit of concern lingering in her eyes. "What's burrberry?" She asked.
"It's a common fruit around here." Amity muttered, grabbing one of the stools from the corner of the room and taking a seat. Luz nodded her head, leaning back down on her drums, now trying to balance one of her sticks on her nose.
A few minutes later, Edric arrived with three drinks in his hands. He passed them off to us, each of us thanking him. Luz took a sip of her drink, her eyes instantly lighting up. "This stuff tastes like blackberry!"
"Like what?" Amity asked, taking another sip of her drink.
"Blackberry! It's a type of fruit on Earth." I could hear a small oh come from Amity as she nodded her head. "So, what songs are we doing after this?"
Amity cleared her throat, lowering her drink. "We'll probably run through Prom Night and 505 a few more times, and if it's not too late, then maybe we can move on to another song."
"How many songs were we doing for this gig again?" I asked, noticing that Luz quickly finished off her drink, then set the cup on the floor.
"We're doing six songs for this next gig, then the one after we're doing four songs." She took the last sip of her drink, then stood up, balancing her guitar against the wall before grabbing Luz's cup and walking out of the room to take care of the cups.
I glanced back at Luz, noticing how nervous she looked. "When are the gigs?" She mumbled, lightly drumming her fingers against the side of her seat.
"There's the one in three weeks, then there's one three or four days after that." I could hear a low whimper escape her as she stared down at her drums, her fingers drumming against the chair a little faster.
"So, just gotta memorize ten songs in that time." Her statement made me snort, which only made her look over at me with an eyebrow raised.
"Nope. You've just gotta learn six for now." Luz blinked a few times, clearly confused.
"But, Amity said six songs at the first gig and four songs at the second." She quickly started counting off, making me have to stifle my chuckles.
"We're playing the six at the first gig, then we're taking four songs from that gig and playing it at the next one." The door opened again and Amity stepped back inside, glancing at the two of us before smiling.
"What are you guys talking about?" She asked innocently, picking her guitar back up and letting it hang off her shoulder. I placed my cup down on the floor by the wall, making sure it was in a place where I couldn't knock it over.
"Just the gigs. You almost gave our poor drummer a heart attack Am." She raised an eyebrow, confusion painted on her face.
"I just thought I had to memorize ten songs in like, three weeks." Luz chimed in, chuckling afterwards. Amity's eyes widened slightly, then she quickly shook her head.
"Oh gods no, you've just got to memorize the six. Sorry, I should've said that." Luz waved it off, shooting Amity a little smirk.
"Nah it's alright, no biggie." She placed a finger gun under her chin, her eyes lighting up. "Though, you did manage to drum up a lot of tension." Luz pointed down to her drums, which only made me groan.
"That was terrible." I muttered, making her raise an eyebrow.
"Oh come on! It wasn't that out of tune!" She joked again, and that somehow managed to make Amity chuckle. Luz's eyes lit up again, a bit of a blush appearing on her cheeks. "Hear that? That's music to my ears." She jabbed a thumb towards Amity, who chuckled again.
"Alright nope, not dealing with more puns." I threw my hands up in the air, grabbing my cup off the floor and moving towards the door. I quickly left before she could make another dumb joke, closing the door behind me with a sigh.
"You look annoyed." Emira said, taking my cup from my hands. She drew a quick spell, then the cup disappeared. "What's up?"
"Luz is making puns." That made Emira's twin perk up, a smile appearing on his face.
"Puns?" He asked excitedly, but Emira and Matt shook their heads.
"Don't even start." They both said, making Edric's expression and ears drop. He sighed, leaning against the corner of the sound board.
"You two are no fun..." He muttered, barely loud enough for me to hear. I went back into the room, finding Luz and Amity laughing. Luz was struggling to breathe, tightly holding her sides.
"Okay okay..." She started, pausing to laugh some more. "We've sure been drumming up quite a commotion haven't we?" Luz wheezed, nearly falling over in the process.
I rolled my eyes, grabbing my bass and giving it a quick strum to gain their attention. They both looked over at me, Luz wiping her eyes. "Are you two done? We've still gotta practice."
"Right right, practice." Luz said, her chuckles slowly fading out. She grabbed her sticks and gave the drums a few taps before smiling. "Where do you wanna start Amity?" The drummer asked as she twirled her stick in her hand, trying to be cool. That lasted a solid ten seconds before she smacked herself in the face with one.
Luz hissed, rubbing the part of her face where she got hit. "Let's go back to 505, I feel like that one needs a bit more practice." Nodding, the three of us started practicing once again.
We rolled through the songs a few more times, practicing for a couple more hours. When we finished the song, Amity stopped to stretch. "What now?" I asked, popping my fingers. My hands were starting to hurt, but I wasn't going to complain.
"Honestly, I think that'll be enough for the day." I could see Luz smile, running a hand through her hair.
"That's good, cause honestly I feel like my arms are gonna fall off." She muttered, lightly shaking her arms a few times before sighing.
"I'll go get Edric to help you dismantle the drums." Amity said, heading towards the door, I followed after her. We both left the room, Amity motioning at her brother, then towards Luz, where he got the hint and went into the room to help her.
The two of us made our way to the sound room to drop off our instruments. I lightly nudged her in the back with the head, laughing when she squeaked in response. She turned back to face me, shooting me a glare.
"You two were flirting~" I teased, watching as her ears went down. Amity shook her head, opening the sound room door and walking inside.
We placed our instruments in their respective spots. "We weren't flirting." She muttered, avoiding eye contact with me. "We were just joking around."
"Sure you weren't." I said, sarcasm dripping in my voice. She turned to face me, trying to keep her poker face but failing. "Well, if you weren't flirting with her, she was definitely trying to flirt with you."
"No she wasn't." I shot her a look, but she quickly avoided eye contact. Rolling my eyes, I pushed her out of the room, almost making her run into Emira.
"Watch where you're heading Mittens!" She said, Amity holding her hands up defensively before glaring at me. The two of us made our way to the main room, where we found Matt sitting at the table on his scroll.
I watched as the others dragged the drums out to the storage before they quickly returned empty handed. I flopped down in a chair, pulling out my scroll to check my notifications. Out of the corner of my eye, I could see Luz standing in the doorway, popping her back.
"Well..." She started, stretching her arms out for a moment. "I better head back to the owl house, let Eda know where I why I wasn't there last night." She smiled at all of us, then her eyes widened.
Luz walked over to Amity and pulled her in a hug. Her hands gripping tightly on the back of Amity's shirt for a moment, then she let go and spun on her heel before giving us a salute. "See you around!" Then, she disappeared. My gaze remained focused on the front door for a moment, then my gaze turned to Amity.
She was frozen in place, her arms hung loosely at her sides. Her face was going a light shade of red, her ears going down and following in suit. The twins laughed, moving over to her before perching themselves on their sister's shoulders.
"What's the matter Mittens? Short circuiting?" Edric asked, lightly tapping her temple. She didn't respond, still staring at the door.
"Hello?" Emira waved a hand in front of her face, still getting no response. Finally, she just shook Amity, which managed to snap her out of her trance. "Mittens get your head out of the clouds before it gets taken by a griffon!" Emira laughed, ruffling her sister's hair.
Amity however, didn't give a reaction to her actions. Instead, she looked down, bringing her hands up to stare at for a moment. "She smelt so nice..." I could barely hear her mumble, which made her siblings laugh.
"Mittens that's creepy." Edric chuckled, lightly shoving her shoulder. Amity waved him away, but her expression didn't change. She moved away from both her siblings, then disappeared around the hall, probably going to her room.
Edric and Emira moved over by me, both of them shaking their heads. "A hug managed to break her, wow." Emira shook her head, but she was smiling.
"Oh it probably did worse than that. She didn't even react when you ruffled her hair." Edric chimed in, I nodded in response. "Little ol' Mittens fell deep in the whirlpool of love."
"Deeper than the old dead sea trench." I muttered, both the twins nodding. They took a seat by me, pulling out their scrolls. Matt glanced up at the three of us, scowling before standing up, giving us a curt wave, then walking out the front door.
"How long you think it's gonna be till Mittens accidentally spills?" Edric asked after a bit of time, making me glance up at my scroll. "A week? Two weeks?"
"No no no no, Mittens is definitely gonna try to plan some sort of confession." Emira said, glancing over at her brother. "You know she can be cool when she wants to be."
Her brother sighed, making his scroll disappear before he folded his arms over his chest. "Fine, how long do you think until she goes through with her confession?"
"Three weeks tops." Emira stated without hesitation, turning her gaze back down to her scroll. "Real question is, will Luz last that long?"
"She might." I said, making my scroll disappear. "I mean, we all know that she's kinda oblivious." The twins nodded. "Then again, who says she won't confess first?"
That made both of them perk up, their eyes widening slightly. "You've got a point." Edric mumbled, tapping his chin for a moment before smirking. "Alright, let's place our bets now. Who's gonna confess first?"
"Mittens." Emira stated, making Edric nod before turning to me.
"Luz." I said, no hesitation at all. Luz is impulsive, so if she wanted, she could just quickly spit out her feelings. Amity however, is more collected, and with that, she's also a lot more hesitant. She could make a great plan, but she'd probably back out last minute.
"I think Luz will too." Edric said, shooting a sly smirk towards his sister. "Alright, these are our final answers right?" The two of us nodded, which Edric clapped his hands together. "Great!"
"How much are we betting here?" I asked, raising an eyebrow at the ex drummer. He froze for a moment, his eyes darting around for a minute while he thought.
"Let's say.... I don't know, fifty snails?" He suggested, but Emira shook her head.
"Seventy-five or no deal." Edric considered it for a moment, then he sighed. He held both his hand out, waiting for the two of us to take one, which we did, shaking on the deal.
"Shouldn't we have done an oath?" I asked, but Edric shook his head.
"It's not that serious." He chuckled, but Emira looked over at him.
"If you try to cheat me out of my money, I'll cheat you of your life." She threatened, and even though Edric laughed, I couldn't tell if she was serious or not.
Suddenly, the studio front door opened, and there stood Luz, who was practically radiating with excitement. "Hey guys!" She said, bouncing up and down. Looking around, her expression dropped for a moment. "Where's Amity?"
"Down in her room. What's up?" I asked, her excitement never wavering. She squealed, struggling to pull something from her pocket.
"I got a scroll!" Luz exclaimed, finally managing to pull it out and showing it off. "I wanted to give Amity my number so then it's easier to communicate!" Then, before we could say anything else, Luz darted off down the hall.
The three of us fell silent for a moment, then Emira spoke up. "Oh gods, Mittens is gonna explode one of these days."
"Wanna bet she'll be up late messaging her?" Edric chuckled, keeping his voice low just in case one of them came back.
"No doubt about it." His twin responded. We all fell silent when we heard their voices getting louder down the hall, then Luz and Amity appeared, both beaming.
"Wait! Let me see your scroll!" Luz tried to reach out for Amity's scroll, but she playfully pulled away.
"Why do you need it?" She asked, chuckling as she pushed Luz away.
"You got to set your contact name in my scroll, I wanna do the same for you!" Luz managed to nab Amity's scroll, quickly tapping a few buttons. Amity didn't try to stop her, rather, she just playfully rolled her eyes and folded her arms over her chest. "And, done!"
Luz handed her scroll back to the witch, a big smile on her face. Amity's eyes scanned it over for a minute, then they widened. While she stood in place, Luz bounded over to the three of us, quickly chattering and getting us to tell her our scroll numbers.
Once she managed to get all of them, she made sure each of them had dorky nicknames. Then, just as fast as she arrived, she disappeared again, saying she'd meet up with us tomorrow.
"Wow." I said when she left, blinking a few times. "She's really sporadic, isn't she?" The twins hummed in response, nodding their heads. I looked over to Amity, who was still standing in the spot she was at before. "Am? You okay over there?"
"I'm peachy." She managed to say, smiling from ear to ear. Her siblings looked over at her, both of them glancing at each other before back at her.
"Alright Mittens, you're using Luz's phrases, so what did she do?" Amity slowly walked over towards us, her eyes glued to her scroll.
"She put a heart at the end of her contact!" She said, her excitement taking complete control of her voice. I could see her faintly bouncing out of excitement, but she quickly cleared her throat, putting on a poker face.
"And what did you put for your contact in her scroll?" I folded my arms over her chest, chuckling at her hesitation.
"The same thing..." She muttered, turning away from me. Both Edric and Emira busted out laughing, lightly hitting Amity on the back.
"Oh gods Mittens, you're priceless." Edric managed to get out, making Amity tense up.
"What? It felt weird to just put my name, so I added the bit at the end of it! Luz did the same thing so it doesn't mean anything!" I shook my head, honestly I couldn't tell who was more oblivious, her or Luz.
"Whatever makes you feel better Mittens." Emira said as she ruffled her hair, making Amity scowl. Then, she stood up, leaning on Amity's shoulder for a moment. "Well, we might as well head home." I nodded, standing up as well.
Me, Edric, and Emira struck up a conversation, but Amity stayed silent, still staring at her scroll. We all made it to the door, exiting the studio and making sure to lock the door behind us.
"I'll see you guys tomorrow." I waved to the twins, then nudged Amity. "Hey Am? Don't stay up all night texting your crush." Her ears went down as she tensed up, then she nudged me back.
"Don't stay up all night texting your girlfriend." She retorted, which only made me roll my eyes.
"Whatever." I gave her a wave, and she waved back to me before we headed off in our respective directions, finally going home for the night.