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“Yes sir,” Tommy bowed before leaving.
The next morning, Apollo sat down by Damian, who looked like he was meditating.
“Is something wrong?” Damian asked, eyes still closed.
“Not really, I’m just confused about everything. I think you could tell me a million times but it still wouldn’t register in my brain,” Apollo sighed.
“You need to figure it out yourself,” Damian said.
“Mhmm, that’s why I’m asking your permission to leave this place and explore, only for a few hours. I want to experience this place, now that I know it’s not as dangerous as you and David made it seem.”
Damian opened one eye and looked over to Apollo. “It could still potentially dangerous, depending on who you run into.”
“Yes, but thats everywhere isn’t it?” Apollo posed.
“You’re right. I can call David to come down and supervise your trip.” Damian was about to stand up when Apollo stopped him.
“No, stop. I appreciate that, but I think I just want to clear my head. I won’t go far, and I’ll be able to find my way back,” Apollo said.
“Fine, at least take my directions. Take some of this money and go buy yourself a new outfit.” Damian reached into his pocket and handed Apollo some money.
“Everyone’s a critic,” Apollo joked, looking down at his shirt. “David gave me this, so I’m not really surprised. Thanks, but I don’t really need new clothes.”
“You plan on staying here until you get Tommy on your side, right?” Damian asked. “Well, you have a long ways to go. You can’t keep borrowing David’s stuff.”
“As long as I get to go out, I’ll do it.” Apollo stood up and headed to the door. “Thanks.”
“Dont come back looking worse than you do now.”
“Alright?” Apollo laughed.
Apollo found a nice little boutique fairly close to Damian’s palace and decided to enter it. It wasn’t too far that he’d get lost and it didn’t look like it got that much business, so he’d be less likely to draw attention to himself. His eyes landed instantly on the red haired male behind the register. It was the same red haired male that he and David had been staking out the day before. He moved to leave the store, but it was too late, they had already locked eyes.
“Hey!” The man waved politely. “Are you stalking me?” He joked.
“I had no idea you worked here,” Apollo said, eye’s dashing everywhere but the man. “Funny how things work out.”
“Are you new here?” He asked, striking up a conversation with Apollo. “I’ve never seen you around before. Moonlight falls is a big place, but you just seem different.”
“Oh, yeah, I um…” Apollo paused, unable to think of a good enough lie.
“No worry man, you don’t have to tell me your life story,” He grinned cheekily. “I take it you’re here to buy some new clothes to impress your man?”
Apollo’s eyes widened. “No!” he answered too quickly. “I just want to spice up my wardrobe.”
“You’re in luck, I am always open to commissions. Follow me.” He led him to a few racks of clothing and began to pull things out. There was an awkward silence. Apollo didn’t know what to say to the guy. It was all such a strange coincidence. “Twentythree years old and picking out men’s clothing, what about you? You look like you’re in a bit of rut yourself.”
“You can tell just from looking at me?” Apollo asked.
“Here’s a secret between you and me, I’m a mage. We kind of have a good sense of intuition. You’re around my age and you’re here on important business.” He leaned in close to Apollo and held a single finger up to his lips.Apollo wore a bewildered expression and the man began to laugh. “Haha, now I know why I thought you were different. You’re a human right? That explains why you seem so lost.”
“Anyone could guess that,” Apollo rolled his eyes, “that must mean that it’s not really a secret that you’re a mage?”
“Nope,” he laughed again. “Some people like to call it being witch, but that just sounds so nasty, you know?” He leaned against the clothes rack and handed Apollo a few shirts and a pair of jeans. “Go and try these on. You need to layer the shirts.“
“Am I wearing this right?” Apollo asked, coming out of the dressing room.
“Yeah, hold on.” He grabbed the top of Apollo’s shirt and began to unbutton the top few buttons. “That’s for your boyfriend, he’ll be thanking me.”
Boyfriend. It was a strange word when spoken aloud. Boyfriend. Apollo repeated it in his head. He couldn’t help but laugh bitterly. “He’s not the one I’m trying to impress.”
“So you’re that kind of man?” The man wore a teasing man.
“What? Oh man, I didn’t even mean to say that!” Apollo stammered.
“I don’t judge man, we all have things that make us tick.” He held his arms up. “You look good, I can ring you up.”
“You’re really trying hard for that commission,” Apollo said. “I don’t know if I like wearing a button down, vest and blazer, it seems kind of excessive.”
“I promise that it looks good, for whoever you’re trying to impress. It requires a little effort, but doesn’t it all make up for it when you see that person’s smiling face?” Ella? Apollo thought to himself. Could this man be talking about her? But he was right. Even though Apollo knew a stupid shirt wouldn’t change things between him and Tommy, he’d like to think he was doing something more than just screwing things up.
“You can ring me up,” Apollo nodded. “You’re a good salesman.”
“I know every trick in the book, see that?” The man gave him a thumbs up.
“I don’t know if you’re joking or being serious,” Apollo sighed.
“Is that all?” The man punched a few buttons on the cash register before handing Apollo back his change.
“No, thanks a lot for your help.” Apollo began to count the change in his hand. “Hold on, you gave me–“
“Employee discount.” He swatted Apollo’s hand away. “Don’t worry about it.”
“Thank you.” Apollo smiled kindly as he left the building.
“Hold on, wait!” The man called out. Apollo spun around on his heels, almost too eagerly. “I never caught your name.”
“Oh, it’s Apollo.”
“I’m Ethan.” I hope we run into each other again, things get so boring in Moonlight Falls with the same faces, he thought.