Ghoul School -- Revisited: Grimwood Girls Are Back

by Martial Arts Master

Scooby-Doo and all related characters copyrighted by Hanna-Barbera and Cartoon Network. However, I need to add a little note: at the very end of the "Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School" movie, there were some new students introduced to Grimwood, which caused Scooby and Shaggy to run out. These students were a Martian's daughter, the daughter of the Creature from the Black Lagoon, and the daughter of Godzilla. I made up the names for them, for they will be appearing in this fic. This fanfic takes place after the "Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School" movie, and it also takes place a long time after Scrappy-Doo left the gang. I have finally decided that I will not allow the events of the live-action movie to happen, because they treated Scrappy-Doo like dirt, and made him into something that he wasn't in the original series that he appeared in. Anyway, here, you finally get to meet the Grimwood Girls themselves, especially the new ones. Now, on with the fic!

Our heroes were cruising along towards the Grimwood Finishing School for Girls in their Mystery Machine. Fred, Daphne, and Velma were looking forward to meeting the girl ghouls, and Shaggy and Scooby were, of course, looking forward to meeting them again.

Briefly, they thought of their departed friend, Scrappy-Doo. Scrappy-Doo was a little puppy at the time of his membership in the gang, and he had been Scooby-Doo's nephew. Scrappy-Doo had been slightly obnoxious, and very brave. He believed his uncle Scooby to be infallible, and thus idolized him.

Scrappy had, however, eventually grown up, and had also eventually left the gang to pursue his own interests. He had recently joined a K-9 Police unit, and sometimes sent letters to the gang to inform them of his progress.

"Shouldn't we be at the school by now, Shaggy?" Daphne asked, flipping her hair impatiently. She was still looking forward to meeting the so-called ghouls, and she was still skeptical about the idea.

"Ro, re rill reed ro ro ra rittle rarther," Scooby-Doo replied calmly, actually meaning "No, we still need to go a little farther."

Velma, meanwhile, was preparing a notepad and pencil for herself. If there really were monster girls that were basically harmless, think of all the stereotypes it could dispell! The word "monster" had negative connotations, such as "You monster! How could you do such a thing?" and "EEEEEK! It's a giant monster!"

But the girls that Shaggy and Scooby spoke of so fondly could break those stereotypes if introduced to the world. Of course Velma only had the best of intentions. She wasn't like an advertising agent, who would probably use the girls as a money-making scheme.

Fred was calmly driving the Mystery Machine, but he, too, had some level of excitement.

Pretty soon, the gang noticed a small town to their right, and it was rustic-looking, a harkening to the days of yore. It was down a slight hill, and the whole town could be seen because the gang was not currently on the road leading to it.

"Yeesh, what's that old place?" Daphne asked. "It looks like...Salem...or something."

Velma gave her the name of the town, and then added, "That town doesn't have that great a reputation. The people are very hard-working, but they don't take kindly to those who are different. They have really bad attitudes about anyone who threatens the social order. Supposedly it's been like that for centuries, even back to the days before the colonies became independent states after the American Revolution."

"Sounds like that's a place we'd never want to visit, considering we have a talking dog," Freddy joked, chuckling a little. "Scooby-Doo's about as different as they come."

"Rhat's right!" Scooby-Doo added for good measure, actually meaning "That's right!"

The gang then fell silent, and continued driving. The journey was pretty uneventful, although the scenery was interesting. Wild birds flitted about rapidly, and there were even a few deer at sporadic intervals. The trees were beginning to regain their leaves after a long winter, and here and there was a small stream or two.

Then, rather abruptly, the scenery changed. The gang began, on their journey by vehicle, to come across whole fields of trees that were gnarled, crooked, and without leaves. Clouds began to cover the horizon, and the ground itself also seemed to have an air of jaggedness and crookedness around it.

"Uh, who turned off the cheer?" Velma asked, looking around. "It's like we walked into the movie set of a horror movie."

"Or the Twilight Zone," Fred added to the joke.

"Nah, nah, you worry too much," Shaggy commented. "This just means we're really, really close. This area is deliberately kept gloomy because that's how the Grimwood Girls and Ms. Grimwood like it."

Everyone else looked at Shaggy in astonishment.

"Shaggy...for once in your entire life, you're not afraid of something spooky!" Fred exclaimed, turning his head to look at Shaggy. "Who are you and what have you done with the real Shaggy?"

This last sentence was also meant as a joke, but Shaggy responded, "Oh he's right here, because he's been here before and doesn't have anymore reason to be frightened."

Just then, there was a resounding CRUNCH, and something hit the Mystery Machine with a dreadful bang, causing it to jerk and stop abruptly, throwing the occupants back in their seats. There was a brief hiss, and then, no matter how hard Fred pressed the gas pedal, the Mystery Machine wouldn't move.

After taking a moment to peer over the windshield, Fred realized that while he had been teasing Shaggy about his newfound confidence, he had not been paying attention, and had stupidly driven the Mystery Machine into a boulder that lay beside the road.

Soon, this realization fell upon the rest of the gang as well, and a collective groan rose among them. They all reluctantly left the car, and upon doing so, Daphne expressed the respective sentiments of the gang by slapping Freddy in the face.

"Are you nuts?!" Daphne shouted. "You never take your eyes off the road when you're driving! That's like...Driving 101...or something!"

"I'm sorry, guys," moaned Fred, hanging his head in shame. After he opened the front hood of the Mystery Machine and looked at the engine, he assessed its condition by saying, "The engine's completely smashed. It looks like we're gonna have to hitch a ride to the Grimwood place."

Shaggy, meanwhile, had been looking over the top of a hill that lay a bit in front of the gang by car terms, and he pointed out excitedly, "No we don't! I can see part of the roof right over that hill! If we hadn't crashed we would've been right there! All we have to do is walk, and we can call for help when our stay at Grimwood is finished!"

At this, the gang cheered. Then, they began walking with renewed confidence. However, you must understand that things that look close by car can actually take a while if you're walking on foot, and thus it took our heroes half an hour to walk to the hill and then over it.

However, the walk was worth it, for there, in front of the gang, was the old Grimwood place, exactly as Shaggy and Scooby remembered it.

The Grimwood Finishing School for Girls was colored dark and grey, and looked somewhat like the old manors one could sometimes see in horror films. Right next to it our heroes could see the Calloway Military School, which actually had good weather around it. But right now, they were focusing on the Grimwood Finishing School for Girls. The roof was made up of red shingles.

Also, right outside the Grimwood school, near the moat, a very tall girl wearing a yellow shirt and green overalls could be seen putting in, rather than pulling out, weeds. This girl had black hair that was done straight up, and it had a white streak in it. She was also wearing brown shoes.

Immediately, Shaggy and Scooby recognized this girl. It was Elsa Frankenteen, the daughter of Frankenstein's monster. She had been one of the original students whom Shaggy had taught as a gym teacher.

"Hey, Elsa, ahoy there!" Shaggy called as our heroes began crossing the bridge that lay across the moat.

Elsa stopped what she was doing and turned around to respond. She didn't recognize Fred, Daphne, and Velma of course, but Shaggy and Scooby were familiar.

"Shaggy! Scooby!" she shouted, running over to the middle of the bridge. To Daphne it sounded like Elsa wasn't very bright, for her voice reminded one of the sort of stupid person who might become a sidekick for a villain. However, she knew of course that you shouldn't judge people by voices.

"Hey, great to see you, Elsa!" Shaggy replied, grinning and hugging her. "How've you students been since I was away?"

"Pretty good, Coach," Elsa replied. When Shaggy and Scooby had been gym teachers at the Grimwood Finishing School for Girls, she had the habit of calling Shaggy "Coach".

"My name is Fred Jones, and this is Daphne Blake and Velma Dinkley," Fred said, shaking Elsa's hand. "Did Ms. Grimwood tell you we'd be coming."

"Yeah," Elsa responded. "Nice to meet you. I was just out here putting weeds in the garden for our new moat monster to eat."

At this, Shaggy gulped audibly.

"M-m-m-m-m-moat m-m-m-m-m-monster?" Shaggy stuttered. Scooby, as usual, echoed him.

"Oh, he doesn't come out unless there's trouble or it's feeding time," Elsa responded, waving nonchalantly.

"Rou've rotten a rot raller, Elsa," Scooby commented, actually meaning "You've gotten a lot taller, Elsa."

"Yeah, that's because I'm older, duh," Elsa snapped, then grinned to show she was joking. "Hey, come inside, everyone, and let the others get to know you new people."

With that, Elsa rushed inside. Our heroes shrugged, and then followed.

Inside the Grimwood Finishing School for Girls was just as creepy as the outside. It appeared to have been redecorated since the last time Shaggy and Scooby were there. There were fake skeletons hanging on the walls, and a much larger amount of cobwebs than last time.

Fred, Daphne, and Velma were looking around nervously, while Shaggy and Scooby were for once the bravest members of the group, having been here before.

"It's kinda spooky in here," Daphne muttered.

"It's spooky every supposedly haunted place we go to, Daphne," Velma retorted. "Yet they all turn out not to be haunted at all. You're just creeped out because this place actually houses monsters, albeit nice ones."

The gang continued exploring, led by Elsa. Suddenly, there was a huge shriek throughout the place, causing our heroes to jump, startled. The shriek sounded inhuman, like someone dying slowly...and painfully.

"That does it! I want out!" Daphne screamed.

Elsa frowned.

"Phantasma, stop playing practical jokes!" she shouted.

A strange sight for Fred, Daphne, and Velma materialized. It looked like a teenage girl, except she was see-through, obviously a ghost. She had white hair with a blue stripe through it, and was wearing entirely blue clothes only a slightly darker shade of blue than her skin. She was laughing to herself, obviously pleased at having got a reaction out of our heroes.

"Sorry, but you should've seen the looks on your faces!" she said, and then laughed.

Her laugh was as strange a sight as her body was. It was unusually high, for example, and it alternated from high to low and back to high again.

"Do that again, and I'm going to tell Ms. Grimwood," Elsa warned Phantasma. "These are the guests we've been expecting. Shaggy and Scooby are back, and they've brought friends this time."

"Well duh, of course they're the guests!" Phantasma replied. "That was obvious because no other humans besides Ms. Grimwood or Colonel Calloway even come in here. Hey Shaggy, Scooby, welcome back to the school! Too bad you can't be our gym teachers again, we've got a strict one this time. I miss your relaxed style."

"Well, like they say, no pain, no gain," Fred commented, extending a hand. "Hello there. You must be Phantasma, judging by Elsa calling you that. My name is Fred Jones, and these are my friends Daphne Blake and Velma Dinkley."

"Nice to meet you, but you can just call me Phanty if you want," Phantasma said, making herself physical and shaking Fred's hand.

"How interesting!" Velma exclaimed, writing something in her notebook. "A ghost that can make herself physical and back to immaterial again."

"Well, two down...where are the other three, and where are the new ones I've heard about?" Shaggy asked.

Before Elsa or Phantasma could say anything, a furry form toppled down the stairs with a loud crash. She appeared to be fine, but she was wrestling with something in her paw. Her appearance was that of some cross between a girl and a wolf. She had frizzy orange hair, and she was wearing a dark blue dress, except that the sleeves of the dress had been cut off, leaving her furry arms bare. There was a light blue ribbon on the front of her dress.

"Blasted thorn! I can't believe this!" she shouted. "I've been trying to get it out for the whole day! This is ridiculous! Werewolves are some of the fiercest creatures in this country and I can't even get rid of one lousy thorn!"

"Oh dear, does it hurt?" Daphne asked, concerned.

"Heck no, not that much, anyway," the werewolf girl replied. "Something like this would be really painful to a human, but to a werewolf like me it's more like an annoyance. Grrrrrrr, lousy, stupid---"

"I think I know why you can't get it out," Daphne hypothesized, walking towards the werewolf girl. "The thorn appears to be small, and your fingers are much larger than normal humans', making them too big to grasp it. Let me help you with that."

The werewolf girl was about to say something when Daphne grasped the thorn and pulled, eventually managing to take it out. The werewolf girl gave a gasp of pain at first, but then a sigh of relief.

"I didn't need your help, but thanks anyway. My name's Winnie," said the werewolf girl, shaking Daphne's hand.

"Happy to help, and my name's Daphne Blake, and these are my friends Fred Jones and Velma Dinkley," Daphne replied, chuckling. "You've already met Shaggy and Scooby."

"Boy, have I ever!" Winnie exclaimed. "Hey Shaggy, Scooby, how've you been? It's been years since I've last seen you!" "Well, we haven't done too badly for ourselves," Shaggy said, grinning. "We've solved a lot more cases, although I haven't really done any more gym teaching since then."

Meanwhile, Velma was taking more notes, saying to herself, "A Frankenstein's monster's daughter, a ghost, and a werewolf. This is great!"

"You haven't seen anything yet," Phantasma commented.

She then shouted at the top of her lungs, "Tanis!!! Our guests have arrived! Come and say hello!"

In response to this, another girl came rushing towards the group. She was also rather unusual by human standards. This was because she was completely wrapped up in bandages, with not a trace of skin visible. Her eyes and mouth were still uncovered, enabling her to see and speak, respectively, and she was wearing a pink ribbon on top of her head.

"Oh, Shaggy, Scooby, you're back!" Tanis exclaimed, hugging Scooby.

"Reah, row are rou roing?" Scooby asked, actually meaning, "Yeah, how are you doing?"

At this, Tanis frowned.

"Our gym teacher's not as nice as you two were," Tanis grumbled. "Very strict."

"Tanis, the new people are Fred Jones, Daphne Blake, and Velma Dinkley," Winnie told Tanis.

"Nice to meet you," Tanis said politely, curtsying.

"Tanis is the Mummy's daughter," Winnie explained to the confused Fred, Daphne, and Velma.

"And last but not least, at least among the old students, there's me, Cybella," said a voice from the rafters of the Grimwood Finishing School for Girls.

Everyone simultaneously looked up, and saw nothing but a small purple bat. She had a black nose, her skin was light purple, and her fur was dark purple, and she had purple wings.

However, the bat flew down, landed on her feet, and there was a chiming sound, accompanied by a puff of purple smoke.

When the smoke cleared, in place of the bat was a very tall girl. Her skin was light purple as the bat's had been, but she was wearing dark purple clothes, and she had red lips and fangs in her teeth.

"I heard your names," Cybella said to Fred, Daphne, and Velma. "It's 'fangtastic' to meet you."

Cybella then chuckled at her own joke.

Velma took even more notes in her notebook.

"What a coincidence that you came back at this particular year," Cybella said. At this point Fred noticed something odd. Her voice had an odd sound to it, as if it was asking you to go to bed with it. Fred assumed that this was the normal female vampire way, and didn't question it.

"You see, this is my last year at Grimwood Finishing School for Girls, being the oldest one here," Cybella continued. "Once I finish this year, I'll be graduating, and becoming an apprentice vampire. Once I learn the vampire-specific skills, I will finally be a full-fledged vampire!"

Shaggy clapped.

"Congratulations, Cybella, for your future accomplishment," Shaggy told her. "But we were told there were some new students as well. I even remember seeing them, and they caused me to panic at the time."

"Well, dinnertime's about to start," Tanis piped up. "Why don't you join us, and you'll meet the new students there?"

"Great, I'm starved! I could eat the whole meal!" Shaggy exclaimed, rubbing his belly in anticipation.

Scooby copied Shaggy, also being known to eat a lot.

Eventually our heroes and the Grimwood Girls were led to the table by Ms. Grimwood herself ringing a bell, and they sat down. The dinner table was lavish, at least to Shaggy and Scooby, having not eaten there the last time they came. There was a white bedspread, and the table appeared to be made of wood designed a century ago. The new students followed after, and humans would have considered them as odd as they would have considered the rest of the girls.

The first one was a tiny girl who looked like a Martian you might see in a horror flick, only much cuter. Her head was round and colored some cross between purple, pink, and magenta, and she was wearing a space helmet on her head, with fuel tanks attached to her back. To top it off, she was wearing a green space-suit.

"This is Mary, a Martian's daughter," Cybella explained to everyone. "She's dressed like that because on Mars, the air is different than on Earth, so without the space suit and the fuel tanks her father sends to her every day, she wouldn't be able to breathe on this planet. She's actually here to study Earth culture for the other Martians on her planet. You see, in Martian culture, intelligence and knowledge are one of the highest priorities, and they place great value on them. The other priority in Martian culture is kindness, love, compassion, and empathy. You see, on our planet Earth, evolution dictated that to survive, creatures had to compete against each other in order to survive. But on Mars, evolution dictated that creatures had to work together to survive. So when the Martian race evolved, they became a very sociable race, and so the emphases on kindness was necessary. So Mary, as a result, is very sweet, very smart, and very unassuming, as well."

"Cybella, a little tip: next time you explain something, keep it short," Daphne advised Cybella. "You sounded boring just then."

Cybella's eyes narrowed, but then she mentally decided to forgive Daphne, because Daphne was probably a direct person and most likely didn't realize that she'd just said something unkind.

Meanwhile, Mary was blushing at Cybella's description of her, and Velma guessed that Cybella may have exaggerated a little bit due to some fondness she may have had for her, but Mary merely said, "It's nice to meet you all."

The second new student looked like she was probably the daughter of Godzilla. Specifically, she looked like a huge lizard only a little shorter than Fred, and she was also obese. Her skin was colored white, she had tiny black scales running down her back, a couple of her teeth were visible despite her mouth being closed, she was wearing a pink ribbon on top of her head, and most noticeably, she was wearing a frilly pink ballerina's tutu.

"This is Godzina, Godzilla's daughter," Winnie said, pointing a thumb at the aforementioned. "She's actually an exchange student from Japan, where Godzilla makes his home. She speaks perfect English---" here she mumbled "thank goodness", and continued, "---but she eats a lot, and she grows fast, too. Ms. Grimwood explained to us before you came that this was because she has to grow fast in order to reach Godzilla's size when she becomes an adult. That's a problem, because she'll eventually grow too big for the finishing school, and that will be years before she even graduates!"

"Winnie!" scolded Ms. Grimwood's voice, as Ms. Grimwood finally arrived.

Ms. Grimwood looked very big-boned, and she had curly black hair partially hidden by a red headdress. She was wearing pink all over her body, and red high-heeled shoes. Her voice had an aristocratic accent.

"Winnie," she continued as she sat down at the dinner table, "when you introduce someone, you don't talk about their problems right off the bat! Didn't I teach you good manners? Honestly, if you weren't a werewolf and naturally this way, I'd call you uncivilized!"

Winnie grumbled but didn't say anything.

"Oh, I don't mind," Godzina spoke up for the first time. She had a loud, boistrous voice, and very deep for a little girl. "I keep telling them I could sleep outside when that happens, but they won't hear of it. Anyway, let's stop talking and start eating!"

"A girl after my own heart!" Shaggy said admiringly, ruffling Godzina's black scales from his seat, which happened to be next to her. Probably his comment was in reference to his own love of food.

"Oh, but first we need to introduce the final new student, Goonie," Tanis said, pointing to the third and last new student.

This particular girl ghoul looked like the daughter of the Creature from the Black Lagoon. She had a red bow on her head, and her skin was brownish-orange colored. She had no hair on her head, and she was wearing a brown full-body loincloth similar to the kind a caveman might have worn back in the days of the Neanderthal or the Cro-Magnon. She also had gills on her neck and a mouth on her face, suggesting that she was capable of breathing both on land and in the water. What was most unusual about her, however, was that her gaze was unfocused, and her face generally looked like she was out-of-touch with reality.

"This is Goonie, the Creature from the Black Lagoon's daughter," Tanis commented. "She can live both underwater and on land, so naturally she's the best swimmer out of all of us. Whenever we do swimming, our gym teacher always praises her on her ability. Unfortunately, she's not so great at everything else, because she's mentally disabled. All of us have to help her out at times, because she sometimes loses touch with reality. We don't consider it a problem, though, because she's willing to listen and she's really nice to boot."

The idea of a monster that was mentally disabled caused Velma to go into a laughing fit. This was a big mistake, because everyone else glared at her, thinking that she was making fun of Goonie.

She said "sorry" in a meek voice, and after a while, they forgot about it.

"All right, now let's start the meal!" Ms. Grimwood said enthusiastically.

Everyone began eating immediately. The meal consisted of a whole collection of foods. There were all kinds of meat, assortments of vegetables, fruits, and even a stray dairy product or two like cheese or milk.

Shaggy, Scooby, and Godzina were eating the most, obviously. Phantasma was eating the least. Ghosts didn't need to eat, she would later explain, because they weren't technically alive and therefore did not suffer hunger. They only ate at all because they enjoyed the sensation of taste.

There also was a humorous incident where Tanis reached for the same food as Winnie did at the same time, and Winnie accidentally bit down on the loose end of Tanis's wrappings, but nothing came of it.

Eventually, the meal was finished, and everyone sighed in contentment.

"Delicious as usual, Ms. Grimwood," Tanis told the headmistress.

"Why thank you, Tanis," Ms. Grimwood said, smiling, patting Tanis's head. Then she said, "Now, bedtime, everyone!"

The students all gasped.

"But bedtime's usually not for another hour after dinner!" Winnie protested. "Why are we going to bed so early?"

"Because tomorrow, your gym teacher will be giving you the hardest training tests yet," Ms. Grimwood explained. "That's because he wants to get you in tip-top shape for the day after tomorrow. And guess what happens the day after tomorrow?"

"The dodgeball game with Calloway Military School!" the Grimwood students all cheered.

"Correct, now, bed, everyone," Ms. Grimwood called, clapping her hands together for emphasis.

The students reluctantly trudged off to bed.

"You adults and the dog can stay up late if you want," Ms. Grimwood told the gang.

"Actually, we're kind of tired ourselves after all our driving," Fred explained, speaking for the group. "We'll be headed off to bed, too."

"Excellent, then tomorrow you can be wide awake to watch the students in their training, and maybe interact with them for the day for more than just introductions," Ms. Grimwood finished, heading off to bed herself.

"Wait, where's Matches, that little dragon you had last time Scooby and I were here? I haven't seen him the whole time we've been here," Shaggy asked.

Ms. Grimwood stopped and turned.

"Oh, Matches has been taking a nap. You can introduce Fred, Daphne, and Velma to him tomorrow," Ms. Grimwood commented, and then went into her bedroom.

Shrugging, our heroes went into the guest bedroom with multiple beds, to be ready for a bright new day the next day...

To be continued...

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