It was a cool and bright spring day at the Colton household.
Eva slid the final part of her casual outfit, a crimson t-shirt over the top of her grey long-sleeved one and looked herself over once more in the mirror. She wore this outfit often, both shirts keeping her warm when the weather was cool, and didn’t become uncomfortable if it decided to warm up a little.
The dark blue jeans she had were also a common to wear, and were adorned with her black and gold belt on which she occasionally hung pouches for holding a variety of items and gadgets. Today, though, it was bare.
It was Saturday after all. And she planned to relax.
Eva smiled and adjusted her ponytail before making her way out of the bathroom, the brown color of most of her hair contrasting the smaller red coloring in the front. A common trait between her and her twin brother.
Eva walked out into the living area of the small apartment they shared. It was a small place, big enough to be comfortable, and usually tidy. Lining the walls of the room were several shelves with a variety of pictures and small objects, mementos of the many different places and people they’ve met throughout their travels.
Eva smiled before breaking out into a yawn. “I wonder what time it is...” she wondered aloud.
The girl brought her blue eyes to a small digital clock near the tv, which read: 11:45AM.
“Yikes,” she remarked, “I didn’t sleep in THAT late, did I?”
In fact, she had actually woken up as early as she usually did, around 8:30AM, but refused to leave her bed and instead sleepily played the new Zelda game for nearly three hours before leaving her room to dress.
Eva chuckled lamely as she recalled her morning laziness and then focused on the slight pain coming from her stomach, her lack of breakfast finally catching up to her.
“Well, I guess I’d better make something then. I wonder if Hiro ate all of the lunch meat.” She thought aloud to herself as she made her way to the kitchen, which was almost as big - if not larger - than the living room, if one could believe it, and it was ironically less filled than it.
Aside from the empty plate of what was presumably her brother’s breakfast in the sink, the kitchen really only had a few canned goods and some-odd variety of food in the fridge at any time.
Ignoring the mostly barren countertop, Eva reached down and pulled out the remains of a loaf of bread from the lower drawer before moving over to the fridge.
“Let’s see,” she mused as she opened the door, “hmm… Aha!”
Eva pushed aside the mostly empty bottle of OJ - her personal bottle, Hiro prefered Hawaiian Punch - and snatched up her prize: a package of sliced deli ham!
“Perfect!” She hummed as she quickly grabbed the small mustard bottle as well and closed the fridge, preventing more of the cold air from escaping.
Sliding a plate onto the nearby countertop she began constructing her masterpiece, a ham sandwich.
Not the best meal of all time, but for what it’s worth, it was exactly what Eva was looking for. Once she finished with this, she could hop over to the couch and catch up on some anime while she ate.
Placing two of the bread slices on the plate and dropping a decent helping of the deli-meat on top, she began to apply the mustard in different small shapes and lines.
Before long it was complete, and Eva wiped her finger across where some of the mustard had hit the plate before placing it in her mouth.
“Ah, maybe we have some chips as well!” She turned away from her sandwich, the second slice of bread yet to be placed on top, and reached above the fridge for the last bag of potato chips.
As she reached, however, a loud crackling began to sound from behind her, and she whirled to face it.
Before her was a purple sparkling of electric-like energy, ripping open a hole out of the air-
-and it was right above her precious sandwich.
“AT LAST. I HAVE BEEN FREED FROM MY PRISON.”
An echoing voice rang from the opening, wind began to pick up out of nowhere as the curtains and several other items in the room began to wave and shake.
From the portal, a deep red being with horns and long, spindly looking arms began to pull itself from its depths. It had glowing yellow eyes that glared outwards as it continued to speak.
“FOOLISH MORTAL. YOUR CARELESSNESS HAS UNLEASHED THE POWERS OF DEMON LORD ZAERAX UPON THE REALM OF THE LIVING ONCE MORE! WITH THE MIGHT OF A THOUSAND DEMONS I WILL DESTROY-”
Eva sighed dispassionately, she was barely listening to the demonic creature ramble on. All she wanted to do was eat her sandwich and watch Boku No Hero Academia.
But no. Now she was in the middle of a small twister that was currently ruining her hair, there was a “dangerous demon creature” rambling at her…
...and she still didn’t have her sandwich.
Eva rubbed her eyes in annoyance, she could easily come up with dozens of different ways to knock this wannabe villain into submission: Magic, Missiles, Magic Missiles.
Unfortunately, she was without any of the items that would let her do any of that, not that she would let that stop her either way. But this was her day to relax. And she wasn’t about to let this part-time-devil get in the way.
“-ND NOW THAT YOU KNOW ALL OF THIS, YOU’LL HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO SURRENDER TO MY SUPERIOR MIGHT, OR DIE ALONGSIDE THE REST OF YOUR...
...what are you doing?”
Demon Lord Zaerax watched, baffled, as the young girl simply walked over to the cupboard and retrieved a second plate from within before setting it next to the first.
“Did you not HEAR ME, GIRL?! HOW DARE YOU IGNORE MY-”
“Yeah, yeah. I’ve heard it aaaalll before…” Eva interrupted “Now do you want mustard or not?”
Zaerax was completely at a loss for words as he allowed the wind and energy in the room to die down as he observed the girl casually brush her hair out of her face and make another sandwich. Eva held up the bottle of mustard as the Demon Lord struggled to speak.
“Look buddy,” Eva shook her head, “It’s been a long week. All I want to do is eat my sandwich, and watch tv. If you want to try and fight, I’ve got a spare set of demon fighting gear in the closet. Otherwise, tell me what you want ON YOUR DAMN SANDWICH!”
Zaerax flinched at the girl’s words and eyed the half made sandwich on the plate.
Never did he think that the first human he would come across would be so… spirited. She carried herself with a lack of fear at his presence and almost seemed as if-
Zaerax gulped, “Mu… Mustard is fine.”
“THANK YOU.” Eva huffed and spread a layer of mustard onto the second sandwich before plopping a second slice of bread on top, dropping a handful of the potato chips alongside it as well. She did the same with her own sandwich before handing Zaerax his, to which he quickly accepted before she turned and almost stomped into the living room and dropped onto the couch.
Eva sighed and half-heartedly turned on the tv, flipping through the menus and selecting her anime of choice before taking a bite of her sandwich. The one day she has the house to herself and this happens. At least she could FINALLY relax.
Eva turned her unamused gaze to the side where the demon was standing and looking between her and the tv. She groaned and rubbed her head before scooting over to the end of the couch, motioning for Zaerax to take a seat.
The demon was surprised but quickly took his seat next to the peculiar human, biting into his own sandwich a moment later.
“What kind of shows do they have up here then?”
Eva shrugged, “Pretty much everything I guess. Not sure what you’d like, but I’ve been all about Hero Academia recently.” She looked over at Zaerax, “I’m only on episode four, we can watch the first three if you want.”
“Y-Yeah, if that’s alright.” Zaerax felt a bit strange, sharing what was likely kindness with a human, but the hospitality here with humans was far better than where he came from. And the sandwich was pretty tasty as well.
Eva nodded and switched back to the first episode before standing up, “Yeah, it’s fine. I’m going to grab us some drinks then, we may be here a while.”
Eva made her way past her new viewing partner and into the kitchen to pour a pair of drinks. It wasn’t how she expected the day to turn out, but she supposed she could still relax as intended.
“I sure hope he likes orange juice.”
From then on, Zaerax joined Eva every month to watch anime, where they would eat sandwiches and drink glasses of orange juice on the couch.