Our Daughter, the Cupid Killer is the eighty-seventh chapter of Zak Saturday's Immortal Love Life. It was first published on March 27, 2016.
This was just weird and freaky.
Today was Valentine’s Day. Sarah and I, of course, were planning on going out to dinner, but nothing too fancy or romantic since we were bringing Jasmine along with us. And since we weren’t the only one couple who had a three year old child, Zack, Selena, and Peter were going to join us.
During the day, they came over and visited us.
“Aww. He is so cute,” Sarah said.
“I know, right?” Selena agreed.
Peter was just in his diaper with a red sash across his chest and a small bow and heart-shaped arrow in his hands, and he was sucking on the middle section of the bow. Poor little guy.
Sarah sometimes likes to dress Jasmine up in dresses, but her being a girl, she likes it too.
“He’s Cupid,” Selena said about Peter.
After she had said that, all chaos broke loose.
I don’t know why, but Jasmine was playing wish some of her toys on the floor when she suddenly stood up and walked up to Selena since she was carrying Peter, jumped up, and grabbed onto his foot.
“Jasmine, what are you doing?” I asked.
She pulled him down, out of Selena’s hands, climbed on top of him, and started punching him. “Die!”
“Stop, Jasmine!” Sarah said.
She and I grabbed her arms, pulled her off of him, and I held onto her.
He was crying.
Jasmine was struggling to break free from my arms. “He has to die.”
“Why?” I asked.
“Selena, get him out of here,” Zack said.
“Right,” Selena replied.
She picked up Peter and opened the front door.
“No!” Jasmine said. “He can’t leave here alive.”
She bit my arm really hard and I dropped her. She ran to the front door, but Selena had already closed it.
Jasmine stopped. “And stay away.” She turned toward me and Sarah. “I want to play, Mommy and Daddy.”
Sarah and I looked at each other.
“Uh, play what?” I asked.
“With my pets.”
In other words, her stuffed animals.
Sarah, Zack, and I were confused.
“Jasmine, why were you trying to kill Peter?” Sarah asked.
“I wasn’t,” she replied seeming confused.
“Yeah, you were,” Zack said. “You even hit him.”
“No I didn’t. I wouldn’t hurt him.”
“But you just did.”
“No I did not.”
The three of us were totally confused.
“What the hell is going on here?” Zack asked.
Sarah shook her head. “I don’t know. But maybe Mom does. Let me call her.”
Raylee came over a few minutes later, along with Nick and the animals and Emily, and we told her what happened.
“Well, that’s weird,” she said when we were finished.
We nodded in agreement.
“And Jasmine doesn’t remember attacking Peter?” Nick asked.
“No,” Sarah said.
“Let’s bring Peter back in here and see what she does,” Nick suggested.
So we did that, and Jasmine tried to attack him again and Selena took him into one of the bedrooms and closed the door. Jasmine didn’t remember doing it again either.
“Ok,” Raylee said. “Selena, take the stuff off of Peter and come out with him just in his diaper.”
“Uh, that’s not gonna happen,” she replied through the door.
“Because Peter is too scared to come out.”
“Just try. Please.”
She did and came out of the room with Peter just in his diaper, but he was clinging on to her shirt. When he noticed Jasmine, he turned away from her.
Jasmine didn’t react to him at all. She just sat happily next to Komodo with one of her “pets”, keeping him from biting its head off.
“What’s going on with her?” Zack asked. “Did she just not like the costume?”
“Maybe,” Sarah said. “But that’s a weird way of her saying so.”
“Only one way to find out,” Raylee said. “I need one of you guys to put on a Cupid costume.”
We stared at her.
“Raylee,” Nick said. “I love you and I would do anything for you, but not that.”
“Then you wouldn’t do anything for me,” she said. “But I actually think Zak should do it.”
“What?” I asked. “Why me?”
“Because you’re her father.”
“She’s right, Zak,” Sarah said, trying to hide her smile and failing.
I sighed. “Fine.”
“I had my powers put the outfit in your room,” Raylee said.
“Ok. Let’s get this over with.”
I went off to put on the stupid costume, which took a few minutes because I was very reluctant to do it. When I came back with the Cupid costume on, Zack and the male animals couldn’t help but laugh. The girls were stifling theirs.
“You owe me for this,” I said.
“I know,” Raylee said. “But it appears to make your daughter want to kill you.”
She was right. Sarah was holding Jasmine tightly in her arms and she was struggling to break free and come after me.
“Mommy, I need to kill him before he hurts us,” she said.
“He’s not going to hurt us,” Sarah insisted.
“Yes he will. Let me go, Mommy.”
“Jasmine, it’s me,” I tried.
She stopped struggling for a moment, hesitating, then continued. “He’s already hurt Daddy!”
“No. I’m your daddy.”
“No you’re not!”
I felt really hurt by that. How could she not recognize me?
“Guys, look at her eyes,” Raylee said.
“They’re red,” Zack said. “Like a vampire’s.”
He was right. Jasmine’s eyes were red and screaming for blood. My blood, to be exact.
“Ok,” Raylee said. “I’m going to zap Zak’s clothes back on him and you guys watch her eyes.”
Raylee used her powers to get me out of that costume and back into my natural attire.
“Good riddance,” Jasmine said. Then her eyes turned back to their usual color: a dazzling black. “Daddy, you’re not hurt.”
“Uh, no,” I said.
Sarah put her down and she ran to me and hugged me. “Thank goodness.”
“Jasmine, who did you say ‘Good riddance’ to?” Raylee asked.
“Ok. Why do you want to kill him?”
“Because he’s bad.”
“But he’s all about love. How is that mean?”
“It’s not. But he’s mean about it.”
“How do you know?”
“I don’t. I just know. And that’s not what he looks like.”
“What does he look like?”
“I don’t know. But he doesn’t look like that.”
Raylee looked at the rest of us, making sure we heard her right, then turned back to Jasmine. “Ok. How about you and Peter go play while I talk to your parents, ok?”
“Ok. Come on, Peter.”
He was reluctant to go with her, but he did eventually and they went to her bedroom.
“So, she hates Cupid,” Raylee summed up. “And quite a lot for just being three. Has this happened before with her?”
“Once,” Sarah said. “But not with a real person.”
“When?” I asked.
“I told you. A year ago, I gave her a Cupid doll, and the next day, I found it ripped to pieces in her crib. She had used a knife, and she told me that he hates him because he’s mean to the people that hide their love. I had asked her why she thinks that and she said she didn’t think it, she knew it.”
“I think I remember you telling me that,” Selena said.
“I think so too,” Raylee agreed. “But however she knows that about Cupid, she may never know herself. But we have to keep her from ever seeing Cupid again or she’ll—”
“Go kill him,” Zack finished.
“Yes. You got it, Zak and Sarah?”
“Yes,” Sarah said. “But I really wish I got a picture of Zak in that costume.”
“And I’m glad you didn’t,” I said.
“Oh, but my powers can make me one though.”
I groaned. This nightmare was never going to end.
Well, that was confusing. Some of you may know a little bit as to why Jasmine is that way to Cupid, even though it won't be revealed for a very long time.
Anyway, Happy Easter!
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