Scooby Doo The Courtship of Velma Dinkley

By Andy Fuller

This Story was inspired by Littlesoprano's 'Journey of Self Discovery'

Thanks to Jack, Vicky and Joe for the Beta

Please note I'm British so take that into account with some of the spellings

Chapter 1 - Back Together

As Velma hurried through the doors of the airport terminal doors she quickly glanced at her watch and gave a small sigh of relief as she saw she still had a few minutes before Ethan's flight from New York was due in. She now looked up at the arrivals board and quickly checked which gate Ethan's flight was arriving at before making her way through the terminal until she came to the gate she needed and joined other waiting friends and relatives. After a few moments a voice came over the tanoy and announced the flight had arrived and was now disembarking. Velma quickly turned her attention towards the arrivals entrance along with the other people waiting and after a few minutes the passengers emerged into the arrival hall. Velma watched the entrance with a mixture of nerves and excitement and after about four or five minutes her wait was rewarded as Ethan emerged into the lobby. He was dressed in his usual long sleeve t-shirt with the sleeves rolled up, a pair of black jeans, black sneakers and wore a grey canvas hat on his head. In his left hand he carried a hold-all while his guitar case was strapped on his back.

"Ethan!" cried Velma in delight as she rushed towards him. As she did so she saw a big grin cross his face and he dropped his hold-all on the ground beside him just in time to catch her in his arms.

"Hey you," he quipped happily as he looked down into her smiling face, pushing a few loose strands of brown hair out of her face. "Missed you," he said softly despite the fact they'd spoken at least two or three times a day while they been apart.

"You too," replied Velma as she wrapped her arms around his neck. She now raised herself up on tiptoe and pressed her lips against Ethan's. As he kissed her back Ethan smiled inwardly. A few short weeks ago Velma would have shied away from such a public display of affection like this, but now that she wasn't so self-conscious she hadn't thought twice about kissing him right here in public. Finally a need for air forced Velma to break the kiss as and she pulled away Ethan chuckled at the sight of her flushed expression. At the same time he also noticed something else that had changed about Velma since he'd last seen her and an approving look crossed his face.

"Forgot to go to the hairdressers?" he enquired with a smile as he reached up and stroked her hair. At this Velma grinned sheepishly and gave a small shrug.

"Daph said I should let it grow a little longer," she said as she removed her arms from around Ethan's neck and took hold of his right hand while he picked up his hold-all in his left.

"Well she was right, you look great," said Ethan. "And I like the new wardrobe too," he added. At this Velma gave him a nervous smile. Daphne had taken her shopping a few days before she and her parents had left Coolville for Miami and whilst she'd allowed Velma to keep her usual colour scheme Daphne had been determined to get her best friend out off her usual sweaters which she had pointed out were as bad a choice for Florida as they had for Spooky Island if not worse. A point that Velma had had to agree with. So now instead of her usual sweater and skirt she was wearing an orange sleeveless T-shirt, a pair of red shorts and a pair of brown boots with white sport socks.

"You really like it?" she asked looking up at Ethan.

"Sure," he replied. "Although I still think you really looked hot in that ball gown," he added quietly so only Velma could hear him and laughed as she ducked her head to hide her reddening face.

"Ethan," she hissed.

"What?" said Ethan with an innocent expression. "Can't a guy pay his girlfriend a compliment?" At this Velma looked up and opened her mouth then closed it before blushing again.

"I'm being silly aren't I?"

"No," said Ethan squeezing her hand gently. "You're just being you."

"And that's why you love me right?" said Velma with a grin. At this Ethan chuckled and gave a small nod.

"You've got it." At this the pair fell into a comfortable silence as they made their way from the terminal building over to the car park where Velma had left her jeep.

"So how was New York?" asked Velma as Ethan dropped his bag and guitar in the back.

"Lonely," said Ethan with a deadpan expression.

"Ethannn!" protested Velma slapping him lightly on the chest.

"Okay, Okay, I'll talk!" laughed Ethan. "Just stop hitting me Okay?"

"Okay," agreed Velma. "So come on, what did the record people say to you?"

At this Ethan gave a small shrug. "Well I must have done some they liked. They've offered me a contract."

"Ethan, that's wonderful!" enthused Velma, a proud smile on her face. At this Ethan grinned as he grabbed her around the waist and span her around making her squeal with laughter.

"And I owe it to you," he said looking into her eyes. "If you hadn't made me go up there." At this Ethan was silenced when Velma put her finger on her lips.

"I didn't do anything," she said quietly. "You were the one up there doing all the hard work."

"Maybe," allowed Ethan with a shrug.

"Defiantly," said Velma with conviction, smiling broadly as Ethan released his hold on her before heading to the passenger side while Velma headed for the driver's side. "By the way, have you got your passport?"

"Right here," said Ethan pulling it out of his pocket. "I take it we won't be staying in Florida for the whole time then?"

"I honestly don't know," said Velma as they both climbed into the jeep. "But Father mentioned the possibility of heading over to Bermuda to check up on a Dolphin pod they've been watching over the last few years."

"Cool," said Ethan with a grin as Velma slipped on her own cap with the name 'Seacutter' in gold lettering before she started the jeep up and headed out the car park and soon joined the road that lead to the harbor where her parents ship was anchored. "By the way," said Ethan. "How did Mystery Inc.'s first case back together go?" At this Velma felt a smirk cross her face. While Ethan had been in New York, she and the others had been in Denver where they'd uncovered a gold smuggling operation being run by the local bank manager James Cartland and two of his tellers.

"It was different," she allowed with a shrug. "I mean not like Spooky Island different but it was certainly a change from our 'man in a mask' routine."

"Sounds like you had fun solving it," said Ethan pleased to see Velma happily talking about her work.

"Yeah, we did," said Velma with a nod. "I think that Scoob and Shaggy were pretty surprised when Fred paired off with Scoob and sent Shag with me and Daph."

"I bet that felt weird," said Ethan. "I mean after all those years with you, Daph and Fred going off together while Shaggy and Scooby paired up."

"Yeah, it was a bit," said Velma as she shot him a quick glance before turning back to the road. "But it was fun to have a change. Even Scoob and Shag didn't seem to get quite so scared."

"Quite so scared?" queried Ethan with a small smirk. "And what exactly does that mean?"

"That they didn't panic until about six seconds after they saw the 'ghost' rather than five," giggled Velma. At this Ethan chuckled softly and shook his head before turning his gaze towards his girlfriend.

"And how about you? How long did it take for you to get scared?"

Velma shot him a sheepish grin. "About seven seconds," she said with a shrug as she turned back to her driving. "When a 'ghost' comes out of a wall you do tend to panic. Even me, Daph and Fred."

"Out the wall?" said Ethan curiously. "What? A hologram or something?"

"Yeah, that's right," nodded Velma. "The whole mine was riddled with holographic projectors meaning Cartland could make ghosts just appear when he needed them."

"I take it they were better hidden than on Spooky Island," said Ethan remembering how Velma had spotted N'Goo's projectors almost straight away. Velma now gave a small nod.

"Yeah, they were. Plus the fact it was almost pitch black in the mines didn't help. It was only because Shaggy took a swipe at one of the ghosts and hit one of the projectors instead that we realized what was going on."

"But after that everything slid into place right?" said Ethan leaning back in his seat.

"Just about," agreed Velma. "We had to work out a couple of other things that didn't make sense at the time but they sorted themselves out quickly enough and even Fred's trap worked like it was suppose to.for a change." At this the young couple shared a chuckle.

"So Fred didn't steal all the credit?" asked Ethan shifting in his seat slightly. His legs were starting to cramp up a little what after the long flight and now the drive to the harbor.

"No," said Velma. "We let Daph explain it this time."

"Gonna share round huh?"

"That's the idea," said Velma with a nod. "I think we've learned our lesson. There's no way in hell we want to break up again. From now on everyone gets a fair share of the credit."

"Even Scoob and Shag?" said Ethan with a mock tone of shock at which Velma laughed.

"Even Scoob and Shag."