“I can’t believe this.” I said. “You’ve filled my house with all the empty take-away coffee cups I’ve discarded over the past month?!”
“Yes, well, I thought it would be a good way to show you what exactly you’re doing to MY house, and honestly, this-“‘Earth’ gestured vaguely with her hand. “This doesn’t even begin to cover it!” she raised her voice shrilly.
“But-but you’ve made my house STINK!” I was losing my mind.
“You’re making my house stink too, you know? You’ve been making it stink for over 100 years now! What am I to do about that eh?”There was a sudden rumble. And just like that, the only clock I owned crashed to the floor.
Earth looked at the shattered pieces silently. “Sorry about that. I didn’t mean to lose my temper.” Her shoulders sagged and she looked so miserable that I felt my anger evaporating.
“You do know there are over a billion people living in ‘your’ house and dirtying it and you choose to fill my house with garbage?”I asked. “What’s the deal?”
She frowned and said, “I don’t know, I gravitated towards you because you looked pretty lonely, I guess.” She shrugged.
My insides twisted like a pretzel. “That’s below the belt. Even for someone like you. I am not lonely.” I hissed at her. “I just prefer to be alone.”
“Hey, whatever floats your boat. But I wish I could be like you in that case, because you happen to be killing all MY friends!” she lashed out again.
I sighed. “All right. What would you have me do? Given your way, I mean.”
She looked up. There was a strange light in her eyes. “Actually, that was the point of my cornering you like this. It’s all part of my grand plan to take matters into my own hands and-“
“All right all right, come to the point.” I said, interrupting her before she got worked up again.
Her eyes glittered. “One week. Give me one week’s time to tail you everywhere and teach you how to treat me better. I’m confident that by the time I’m done, you’ll be leaving a much smaller trail of chemicals and garbage behind you.’’
I blinked, speechless.
“Do I have a choice?” I edged.
“Uh, no. Not at all.” She smiled cheerfully.
I huffed and turned towards the colossal heap of plastic overflowing over my mouldy couch. “Do I take that as a yes?” she asked, behind me.
I closed my eyes. Truth be told, I was rather alarmed at what she’d shown me. Is that how much coffee I drank in a month? With a sickening thought, I realized just how much waste I would’ve created all my life. I took a deep breath.
“Okay. I’m in.” I turned towards her. “However, im gonna have to find another place to crash. I can’t take the smell anymore.”
“Oh, I can fix that. Don’t worry.” She snapped her fingers and the smell disappeared.
I whipped around to see my room looking exactly like I’d left it in the morning. “Good old fashioned magic huh.” I whistled.
“Yup. And you better get to bed early. Netflix is no longer an option. You won’t believe what I’ve got in store for you.” She said, clapping her hands enthusiastically.
“Careful” I warned. “You might start a tornado or something.”
She rolled her eyes. “I’ll be back when you wake up.” She said, walking out of the door.
“Wait! Where will you sleep?” I caught the door before it swung shut again.
She was gone.