"Great!" Barrel said. "We'll have music and snacks and such, but you can bring something if you want."
He stood up and collected his things.
"See you tomorrow!" he said cheerfully.
He headed out with his purchases to find some more of their friends. The square was bustling. There really weren't many monsters out and about - or many more monsters to invite, either. Huh. It was times like this where he realized just how small Halloween Town was. Or maybe it was just that there were so few monsters the trio's age.
Barrel strolled past the fountain and up to the gate by Town Hall that lead into the main residential area. On his way to Vampire Castle, he saw Sobki and...what was his name? Chud? Whatever. Sobki was one of their friends, and here he was. As Barrel got closer, he briefly overheard their concersation.
"...derstand her fascination with Egyptian mythology," Sobki said, "but I don't think she understands that I'm not actually a god."
"What's she want to be called again?" Chad asked. "Basket?"
"Bastet," Sobki corrected, "the cat goddess."
"Maybe I should break up with her..."
"Bro, no offense, I know every dude wants a girl that worships him, but you can get dat ass anywhe--"
"Hey, Sobki," Barrel said.
He completely ignored Chad.
Sobki looked up, somewhat with relief at the sudden topic change.
"Hey, Barrel," he said.
Chad looked up at the newcomer.
"Ooooh, this one's Barrel!"
Barrel grinned. Looked like that trick was over.
"Yeah, that's me." He turned back to Sobki. "Can I talk with you for a minute?"
"Sure," Sobki said. "About what?"
Barrel briefly glanced to Chad. While he had been helpful getting the door down yesterday, he also remembered Shock's discomfort and fury in his presence. He wasn't going to risk Chad not having his older sister's permission to be in their home.
"...It's personal," he said.
Chad calmly held up a hand.
"Reading you loud and clear, bro," he said, then gently waved. "Catch you later!"
Barrel and Sobki both waved back. As soon as he was out of sight and earshot, Barrel turned back to Sobki.
"We're having a gathering at the lair tomorrow night," Barrel said. "Just a small celebration for Carver getting their old body back. Anyway, you can come if you want."
"...Actually, yeah, that sounds fun," he said. "I need to get my mind off of Veronica anyway. We're...having some difficulties."
Barrel shook his head.
"Mortals," he said.
"It was nice starting out, but now...I don't know." Sobki shook his head. "Anyway, who else is coming?"
"Agatha," Barrel replied, "and I was about to ask the vampire twins."
"Lillith will probably come," Sobki said, "but...Carmilla? In the same room as your sister?"
"Yeah," he said. "It's gonna be great!"
"...You're serving popcorn, aren't you?"
"Along with other stuff," Barrel said as he held up his bag from the Witches' Shop.
With that, he headed to Vampire Castle.