“Trick or treat!”
“Hola my little boys and ghouls,” Zita said, smiling warmly through the skeleton paint on her lips. “What have we here? A scary vampiro, a pretty princesa, a strong vaquera, and… a stormcloud?”
“I’m Darkmatter!” piped the child from his mass of black and grey painted craft batting. “I’m going to rule the world!”
“I’m sure you will,” Zita said, stifling a laugh. “Just be sure to keep an eye on Lord Vlad here, you wouldn’t want to have to fight him, right?”
Vlad was a foot and a half taller and mostly looking bored. “I’m already slated for minion duty,” he said.
“Well, that’s how it goes sometimes,” Zita agreed and scooped a serving of candy into his bag. The princess and the cowgirl each got a scoop as well. Then Zita pulled out a felt bag with a giant dollar sign on it. “Would the villain prefer the lootbag?”
“Wow! That’s a great prop!” said the mini-villain as he took the loot bag full of dried banana coins and fruit jerky cash. “Where’d you get that?”
“From me,” Dacia rumbled in her Nimbus-shifted voice. Zita let her smile split wide and eerie as her girlfriend wrapped strong arms encased in slick shadows around her waist in a hug that would seem to swallow her whole. “Muahahahaha!”
The kids shrieked and ran away, and Zita felt Dacia kiss her cheek as she pulled the door shut behind the departing trick or treaters.
“Thank you for staying in with me on Amateur Night, Honey.”
“Of course, Babe,” Zita said, turning to hug her back as Nimbus dropped to cat form beside them. “There are lots of heroes out there to keep the slip-ups in line, but I only have one girlfriend. It’s not a hardship to keep you company if you aren’t comfortable going out. Besides, I love Halloween and you come with special effects! Nimbus is much more comfortable to hug than painted batting.”
“Oh you think this is funny now,” Dacia snarked. “But just wait until a little Quest doppelganger comes along.”
“I’d be flattered,” Zita said firmly.
“You weren’t the one who got shot with glitter water,” Dacia said, pulling a face. “It was horrible. It took months to get it all out of the lair.”
The doorbell rang again. Dacia and Nimbus stepped back to one side.
“Trick or treat!”
Zita's skeleton makeup looks like this:
Dacia-as-Darkmatter looks like this: