Halloween is that one special night where everything seems to come to life. Ghouls, ghosts, goblins, witches, and many more mystical creatures that you could think of for the day. This is the one day, however, that I always love and always hate.
I looked at myself in the mirror, seeing the faint color that came to my cheeks as I made sure my shoulder-length blonde hair wasn't too messy as I placed the halo headband in top of my head. I could see that my hair gave a slight wave to it in the middle. I couldn't help but wonder why he wanted me to dress this way, but I didn't care. I would do anything for him on this day that we had together.
"Little birdie~" I heard that familiar, German accented voice from my opened window. I quickly looked over the angel costume I was wearing to make sure it didn't look strange before I quickly walked over to peer down at the figure below. I smiled, glad to see those familiar red eyes staring at me. I could feel my face heating up as he showed that all too familiar grin of his that he always had. I couldn't make out his costume, but I could assume it had something to do with matching my outfit.
"H-Hi Gilbert," I greeted, slightly fumbling with the glasses that were beginning to fall off my face.
"Are ya ready~?"
"I-I am! I'll be down in a minute!"
"Alright~" He smiled sweetly at me before I closed my bedroom window and quickly placed on the high heels I had gotten for my costume so I wouldn't be tripping over the fabric. I made sure I looked decent before I walked downstairs and out the door. The rest of my family was out so I didn't need to say good-bye to anyone. They already knew I was going to be going out tonight, but I didn't tell them who it was. My family wouldn't understand and would probably only think I was crazy. Once the front door was securely locked, I made my way over to where Gilbert was standing at the end of my driveway.
When I got close enough, I could see that he was wearing a black devil's costume. His hands were covered in fingerless black gloves that matched his black tank top, his black pants, his black boots, and his black cape. Each item was stripped with red and on top of his head sat a pair of horns that were black and red as well. With the complete of his platinum blonde hair, he looked very nice. I could feel my face heating up even more. I was an angel and he was a devil, a forbidden love like ours was.
As Gilbert took my hand, he spoke. "Let's go Maddie~ This is the only day I can spend with you until next year~ I want to make the most of it~"
I nodded in reply. I wanted to spend as much time with him as I could as well. I could never explain to anyone why Halloween was so special to me; even now I don't want to speak about it since I don't want it to end. I knew that, even for a night that seemed endless, it would eventually end.
Before I knew it, we were already walking around the neighborhood hand in hand. I was happy to be with him. I looked down at the dress I wore. It went down all the way to my ankles and had a flowing design at the end. The sleeves were long and were opened like that of a kimono. I had added a golden colored rope around my waist so it looked better. When I looked back up, I noticed that we had stopped walking and that Gilbert was looking down at me. Even in these heels I had on he was still much taller than I was.
"I-Is there something on my face?" I asked confused. I didn't know why Gilbert had suddenly started staring at me.
"Nah~ I just wanted to know if you were really paying attention~" Gilbert slightly teased, though I knew it wasn't entirely meant to be a tease. I knew he really was a bit concerned for me since I had been a little spacey. I couldn't help it though. My mind wanted to wander a bit. It was still hard for me to believe that Gilbert was here with me.
The day went on like most Halloweens would normally go for teenagers. Loud music from different houses could be heard and the excited laughter from children outside trick-or-treating with their friends and families. Gilbert and I weren't one of those people though. He liked to dress up for the holiday, but we didn't really care much about anything else besides being together.
Before I knew it, we were in the park which was filled with what seemed to be a small Halloween Festival. It was really nice looking. Jack-o-lanterns lined the way to different booths where small trinkets or food were sold.
"This is pretty Gilbert," I said exasperated. Gilbert softly laughed.
"I'm glad ya like it~ We'll spend a little time here and then we'll go do somethin' else~"
I nodded in reply. That's exactly what we did though. We played a few games which Gilbert won me a small stuffed ghost and we ate bit of candy that Gilbert bought. We even went inside a small haunted house, though it wasn't really scary to us. Once we were out of the park, we just continued to walk for a while. I had no idea where we were going, but I didn't care. However, as I looked at Gilbert, I saw him frown a bit. I knew what that meant. It meant that our time together was running low.
"Maddie… I have to tell you something…" I heard Gilbert finally say as he stopped in the middle of a small field in the back of the school. It was completely deserted and there wasn't much light around. I was a bit nervous when I heard Gilbert speak. He was only ever serious unless it was important, so I knew this had to be.
"W-What is it?" I softly asked, feeling my heart starting to race. I felt Gilbert's hand slid out of mine as he took a few steps forward and turned back towards me. His crimson eyes seemed to glow in the dark, which only made my heart race even more.
"I know you don't want to hear this, but I have to say it." Gilbert averted his gaze from me and I swore I could see a saddened smile appear on his face. "Maddie… this will be our last year together."
I could feel my eyes widened and everything starting to spin. That wasn't something I wanted to hear. I didn't want to hear that from the person I loved with all my heart. I tried to speak but my throat was dry. It couldn't be true, right? This couldn't be their last year together. Gilbert's slight, hurtful chuckle told me it wasn't though.
"I know it's hard to hear… but I have to cross over now… I've been on this side too long."
I felt tears welling up in my eyes as I stared at him. I knew this day would come, but I never thought it would actually happen. I thought we'd have another year or two to spend with each other. I always knew it couldn't be like this though. Gilbert wasn't even alive except for this one day. I took off my glasses as they started to fog up from my tears. I couldn't believe it. I couldn't believe our time was finally coming to an end. As I regained my composure, however, I couldn't believe what I was seeing. Gilbert's body was being engulfed in a light and I didn't know what it was for.
"Maddie… I really did enjoy my time with you," Gilbert said in a hushed tone. "I never thought I would fall in love with you, but I did. I'm sorry it had to end like this…"
"G-Gilbert…!" I cried, not caring that my voice cracked. I didn't want him to go.
"I don't know if you felt the same as I did, but I was happy anyways." I could see his body becoming more and more transparent as he spoke. He looked back at me and took a few steps towards me, leaning down as he took my chin. "I love you Maddie, and I always will. In this life and in other lives that we might have together." Just before his body completely disappeared, he pressed a soft yet loving kiss to my lips.
I stared at the spot where Gilbert once stood as the tears just continued to flow down my face. My knees finally gave out on me and I fell to the cold grass. Gilbert was gone and I would never see him again. I clenched the spot over my heart as he bent down and let out a heavy cry, almost screaming in agony. It hurt so bad to know that the only person I had loved was gone from my life forever. I would, now, forever be alone with no one to notice that I even existed.