“Wait, you’ve really never been trick-or-treating?” Shannon asks.
“Mm, that wasn’t really the kind of thing my family did.” Alexis tugs at her earring. “Like, if we wanted candy, we could get it whenever we wanted. In our game room, we had a bunch of those li’l candy machines, you know, where you put in a coin and get candy? Anyways, once I started modeling, I had to watch my sugar intake obviously.”
Shannon tries not to visibly grimace at how deeply sad stories from Alexis’ childhood make her feel. “Okay, but did you ever dress up in costumes?”
“Um, David was always more into playing dress-up than me, but one year our nanny, Adelina, made us costumes and we went from room to room in the house and Adelina and the housekeeper and chef and, I think even the driver, all handed us sushi. David was, like, super into sushi at the time. It was fun, but we didn’t do it again.” Alexis waves her hand dismissively.
“What did you dress up as?” Shannon tries to imagine a much younger version of Alexis, all dressed up and walking around her mansion collecting sushi. It’s a strange image, but still very cute.
“Um.” Alexis plays with a strand of hair and closes her eyes in concentration. “I think a superhero and a princess?”
“Aww!” Shannon smiles at the image. “I bet you were the cutest princess.”
“Oh my god, no.” Alexis shakes her head. “David was the princess. I was a superhero. I had the cutest little cape, and I wore my ballet leotard. I looked very cute and chic.”
“The chicest superhero ever.” Shannon laughs and steps closer to Alexis, wrapping her arms around her waist and leaning up for a kiss.
“Babe, is this, like, a sex thing?” Alexis shimmies and plucks at the blindfold.
“No, not a sex thing. Just another minute and you can look, I promise.” Shannon gives her hand a squeeze and leads her from the bedroom out to the living room where she has everything set up.
“Well, that’s disappointing.” Alexis gives an exaggerated pout. “Maybe it can be a sex thing later?”
“Hm, maybe. If you’re good.” Shannon kisses Alexis’ pout. “Okay, you can take off your blindfold.”
Alexis peels off the blindfold with a flourish and blinks slowly, a furrow forming between her eyebrows. “Um, Shan, what exactly am I looking at?”
“Our costumes!” Shannon pauses, suddenly doubting herself. “Um, I thought it would be fun if we got dressed up and went trick-or-treating around town.”
“Aw, babe! Aren’t you just the sweetest?” Alexis clasps her hands under her chin and shimmies happily. “Which one is mine?”
“Well, I thought we could both be superheroes, like when you were a kid,” Shannon says. “I’m Catwoman because, you know, I’m a vet, and you’re Wonder Woman. Only if you want, of course.”
“Shan! I love this for us.”
“Are you sure? You can tell me if you hate it.” Shannon wrings her hands anxiously, but Alexis nods emphatically and wraps her arms around Shannon in a tight hug.
“Babe, I totally love it. This is probably the sweetest thing anyone has ever done for me.” Alexis kisses her deeply, and Shannon melts into her. “Let’s put on our costumes!”
“Trick or treat!” Alexis and Shannon shout in unison.
Ronnie narrows her eyes. She still has one hand on the doorknob like she’s considering slamming the door in their faces.
“Hm,” she hums, looking from Alexis’ eager smile to meet Shannon’s gaze. Shannon silently pleads with Ronnie to play along. “Fine, but you’re only getting one piece each. I only bought one bag of candy, and I’m saving it for actual kids.”
Alexis lets out a pleased squeal as they skip down Ronnie’s driveway and cross the street to the Schitts’ house. Shannon’s heart flips in her chest as she is filled with overwhelming affection for her girlfriend.
“Are you having fun, Alexis?”
“Yes, babe!” Alexis grabs her hand and swings their clasped hands enthusiastically as they walk. “Like, I never really understood why kids liked trick-or-treating, but this is actually super fun. Plus, I get to check out your cute little tushy in spandex!”
“I’m really glad you’re having a good time,” Shannon says.
“Thanks for doing this for me, Shan.” Alexis’ expression suddenly goes serious. She stops on the sidewalk and pulls Shannon close, looking in her eyes intently. “Seriously. You give me things that I don’t even know I want, and make me feel like the most important person in the world.”
“You are the most important person to me, Alexis,” Shannon says, but her words are lost as Alexis presses their lips together in a fierce kiss.