Kira almost toppled through the front door, a heavy grocery bag in her arms, as she tried to shut the door quietly with her foot. She had Michael's large birthday cake hidden inside the bag and didn't want him to catch her. Ms Mead had left the day before and had seemed to have forgotten Michael's birthday so Kira had taken things into her own hands. Michael was Kira's only real friend, and that still meant something to her. She groaned when the doorbell rung, as she heard shuffling coming from upstairs. Using her telekinesis, she quickly moved the grocery bag into the kitchen and turned back around.
"Can I help you?" Kira questioned, raising an eyebrow at the angry-looking man in front of her.
"Where is he?" The man snapped, as he shoved past her, walking into the house.
"Excuse me? Who are you?" Kira inquired.
"I'm your neighbour. I live across the road" The man answered.
"Good for you. Now get the hell out of my house" Kira insisted, placing her hands on her hips.
"I know that freak is in here! Get down here, now!" The man yelled, walking over to the staircase.
"Look, I don't know what your problem is, but if you don't leave in the next five seconds, you're going to be sorry" Kira warned him, as the man span back around.
"Oh no, you're the one who's going to be sorry! I only came here as a courtesy call…now I'm calling the police" The man threatened, taking out his phone.
"About what?" Kira scoffed.
"He killed my cat!" The man yelled as Kira grimaced.
"Not again" She murmured, running a hand through her hair.
"Again?!" The man gaped.
"Let's just talk about this-" Kira began, feeling the situation was spiralling out of control.
"Sure, we can talk about it at the police station" The man retorted, as he began dialling on his phone.
"Wait!" Kira exclaimed as she grabbed the man's arm.
Suddenly, he raised his other arm out and slapped Kira in the face with the back of his hand. She touched her now stinging cheek, as she felt blood on her lip. Kira looked up at him, a dangerous look on her face.
"You really walked into the wrong house, asshole" Kira growled, as she made her hand into a fist and destroyed the phone with her telekinesis.
The man's eyes widened, as Kira watched his face pale, realising he was out of his depth. Kira wasn't sure what she would have done next but never had to find out, as suddenly the man's head exploded, as blood splattered over Kira's face.
"Seriously?!" Kira cried, seeing Michael standing behind the man's body, which flopped to the floor.
"He hit you" Michael stated, a dark tone in his voice.
"So, you killed him? He was just upset you killed his cat, M" Kira complained, wiping some of the blood off her face.
"He shouldn't have hurt you" Michael insisted.
"You can't kill everyone who hurts me" Kira retorted.
"Yes, I can" Michael frowned, as Kira shook her head.
"You could have at least told me to duck" Kira sighed, as she walked towards the bathroom to see how much blood she had on her.
She cringed as she looked in the mirror and saw her face was practically dripping with blood, but luckily it had missed most of her hair as it was up in a ponytail. Grumbling under her breath, Kira picked up a towel and began to clean her face up.
"I didn't mean to do it…I just get angry and things happen" Michael pouted, as he stood in the doorway.
"That's the second guy you've killed this month. We're going to run out of room in the backyard to bury them" Kira stated.
"I could burn him?" Michael suggested.
"Are you forgetting why we had to move out of the last house? You set the kitchen on fire" Kira pointed out, as she finished getting the last bit of blood off her cheeks.
"I'm sorry," Michael told her, as he came to stand behind her, giving her puppy dog eyes in the mirror.
"I know you are…why'd you kill his cat, anyway?" Kira asked.
"I know you hate it when I kill animals and…well, I was kind of mad at you" Michael admitted.
"I'm not the one who just splattered you with blood and guts…why are you pissed?" Kira queried, as she turned to face him.
"It's my birthday tomorrow," Michael told her, raising an eyebrow.
"I'm well aware of that" Kira replied.
"You are?" Michael frowned.
"You thought I forgot your birthday? That's why you were angry with me?" Kira realised as Michael nodded with a sad expression.
"Well your birthday cake is downstairs as well as your present, which you are not opening until tomorrow" Kira grinned.
"You got me a present?" Michael beamed.
"You're going to love it" She smirked, proudly.
Michael smiled back, as he raised his hand out and brushed her lip with his thumb. Kira felt her heartbeat quicken, as Michael pulled his thumb away to reveal blood on the tip. She realised her lip must have still been bleeding and was about to grab the towel to stem the bleeding when Michael began to lean forward. She swore her heart stopped when she felt his lips press against the corner of her mouth. Kira was in too much shock to respond, as Michael pulled away, an almost smug look on his face.
"That's the saying, right?" Michael questioned.
"Uh…what?" Kira stuttered; her eyes wide.
"Kiss it better" Michael replied, as he left the bathroom, leaving Kira speechless.
Early the next morning, Kira jumped a little when the light in the living room turned on, revealing Michael standing in the doorframe.
"Surprise?" Kira giggled, from where she was perched on a ladder, hanging up a birthday banner.
There were balloons and banners strung up all around the room, not to mention a full breakfast ready and waiting on the table.
"Is this for me?" Michael beamed.
"Nah, it's for the other antichrist. Of course, it's for you, idiot" Kira grinned, as she jumped down from the ladder.
"Have you been up all night doing this?" Michael inquired, looking around the room.
"That and burying a body…its lucky demons don't sleep, huh?" Kira shrugged.
"This is great! Thank you" Michael smiled, as he pulled her into a tight hug, his arms wrapping around her waist.
"Well, you only turn five once, right?" Kira giggled, as he swung her around in his arms.
Kira happily rested her chin on his shoulder, enjoying the feel of being in his arms. It felt warm and safe. Something she wasn't used to.
"Can I open my present now?" Michael questioned, pulling away.
"Sure, it's on the table" Kira nodded, ushering towards the wrapped parcel on the kitchen table.
Michael instantly rushed over and began ripping the paper away, revealing two curved Chinese daggers. His eyes widened in awe, as he held them against his palm.
"Do you like them?" Kira asked.
"I love them" Michael grinned, as she walked over to him.
"They have thumb holes so you can twist them around like this…" Kira trailed off, as she placed the knives properly against his hands, as he swung them around.
"Just don't kill any more cats please" Kira begged, as Michael got a thoughtful look on his face, as he placed the daggers down.
"Hold that thought" He exclaimed, as he rushed back up to his room.
"Well that was an ominous exit" Kira mumbled to herself, as she could hear Michael rummaging in his room.
"Um…why do you have a dead cat in your arms?" Kira grimaced, as Michael came running back down the stairs.
"Watch this" Michael announced, as he pressed his hand into the cat's fur and began chanting quietly.
After a few seconds, Kira heard a soft meow and suddenly the cat was stirring in Michael's arms.
"How?" Kira gasped, as Michael handed the cat over to her, who purred in her arms.
"It's the power of resurgence. A powerful witch called Misty Day had the ability to even bring back humans" Michael explained.
"She was one of Cordelia's closet friends, right?" Kira nodded, as she stroked the cat.
"Ms Mead will be happy to hear you have been listening to her research…has she still not come home?" Michael frowned.
"She must be doing something really important to miss today" Kira suggested, seeing the downcast look on his face.
Kira had just started to cut Michael's birthday cake, which was big enough to feed a whole family when the door opened. Ms Mead looked surprised to see the living room decorations, not to mention the cat that came up to greet her.
"I have great news" Ms Mead announced.
"You didn't forget my birthday?" Michael inquired, with a hopeful look.
"Of course not but I had an important task to prepare for. I've been observing the warlocks and I think I've come up with the next step of our plan" Ms Mead informed them.
"You couldn't have taken the day off?" Michael accused.
"I know your upset but-" Ms Mead began, as Michael stood up from his seat and shoved past her.
"Michael, wait!" Ms Mead called after him, as he ran up the stairs.
"Just let him go. He's upset. You don't want to mess with him when he's upset" Kira pointed out.
"He'll understand. The information I gathered was very valuable" Ms Mead told her.
"More valuable his birthday? You're like a mum to him" Kira exclaimed.
"That's why I'm doing this. To help Michael do what he was put on this Earth to do" Ms Mead insisted.
Kira sighed, as she knew there was no point arguing with the older woman. Ms Mead was very much a believer in the apocalypse to come whereas Kira wasn't so sure what she wanted.
"So…what's the plan then?" Kira asked.
"Michael will infiltrate Hawthorne Academy…while you will infiltrate Cordelia's coven" Ms Mead grinned, as Kira's eyes widened.
"There's one small problem with that plan…I'm not a witch" Kira pointed out.
"You still have some powers that are close to a witch. I'm sure you'll be able to sell it" Ms Mead suggested.
"Yeah, until I'm found out and burnt at the stake" Kira scoffed.
"This has nothing to do with seeing your sister again?" Ms Mead questioned, a knowing look on her face.
"Would you stop bringing her up?" Kira rolled her eyes.
"You're worried she'll see through you" Ms Mead stated.
"I am her sister. What if she recognises me?" Kira retorted.
"It's nothing dyeing your hair and wearing contact lenses can't fix" Ms Mead insisted.
"I'm supposed to be protecting Michael, I can't do that from the coven" Kira went on.
"You'll be protecting him by finding out what you can from the witches. Besides, this will give you a reason to practice your teleportation to keep an eye on him. It's similar enough to the witches' power of transmutation" Ms Mead explained.
"This all sounds like a big risk" Kira sighed.
"The warlocks are more desperate than ever to find their saviour, it's the perfect time" Ms Mead told her.
"…When do we go?" Kira inquired.
"Next week" Ms Mead replied.
"Next week?! But…but that's not enough time" Kira cried, beginning to panic.
"You'll be fine, dear. I'm off to bed now…big day tomorrow" Ms Mead grinned, leaving Kira speechless in the kitchen.
As Kira began to follow her up the stairs, she questioned what she was so afraid of. Was Ms Mead, right? Was she scared to face her older sister again?
"I don't want to go" A voice mumbled in the darkness, as she reached the top of the landing.
"Neither do I, but we don't really have a choice" Kira sighed, seeing Michael lounging against the wall.
"Why not? I like living here with you and Ms Mead. I don't want it to change" Michael pouted.
"It's this or we keep stalking the witches for another year…and I'm getting really tired of those stakeouts, aren't you?" Kira explained.
"I won't fit in with the warlocks. I'll have to pretend to be...good" Michael grimaced at the word.
"You know you're not as evil as you'd like to believe. And besides, I'll still visit you all the time. You can show me you're improving using your new daggers" Kira grinned.
"I'll miss you" Michael admitted, a frown on his face as if he didn't understand the way he was feeling.
"I'll miss you too" Kira replied, as she reached out to intertwine their fingers.
"Night, M" Kira mumbled, squeezing his hand before letting go.
Michael's hand flopped back down to his side, as he watched her walk away with a sad expression. He should have been happy that he was a step closer to destroying the witches, but he wasn't sure if it was really what he wanted anymore. With a frown, he wondered if it was really what he had ever wanted.
Author's Notes: I hope you all enjoyed this chapter! We'll be seeing the reunion between Zoe and Kira soon enough, I wonder how that will go? Is there anything, in particular, you want to see in this story? Please leave a review:)
A Fearless Knight's Fairytale: Aw, thank you! I'm glad you like Kira, and I hope you enjoy this next chapter:)
Faora: Thanks for the review! Michael is so cute when he wants to be. It's definitely a romance, but fairly slow burn:)