A Bittersweet Memory

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And now, introducing...

Chapter 8

Casper University

"Well, it's not very different from high school," Vlad muttered under his breath as he guided Ember through the crowded halls of the school.

"I'm sure it will be very different, Vlad," Was Ember's reply.

"Ember! What are you doing here!" A familiar female voice asked.

Ember turned around to face Maddie who appeared behind them with Jack and Nora. "What do you mean what am I doing here?" she asked, confused.

"You're with child, you should be at home, resting, not walking around! Vlad, how could you let her do this?" Maddie declared, getting a little over-protective.

"Let her do what? She's fine!"

"Maddie, calm down," Jack urged.

Nora studied Ember carefully, before stepping forward and fixing her glasses. "How far along are you, Ember?" she asked, curiously.

Ember shrugged, not really sure of what to say.

"Maybe you should go on home, Ember," Maddie continued, taking her by the arm.

"I'm fine!"

"Embs," Vlad spoke softly, placing a hand on her shoulder. "Perhaps I should take you back to the house and let you get some rest."

Ember frowned at Maddie, then turned and smiled slightly at Vlad. "Okay, let's go, then," she agreed.

Maddie frowned, watching them leave. "I don't get her."

"Aw, don't let her get to ya, Maddie!" Jack smiled, wrapping an arm around her shoulders.

Vlad opened the door to a fancy, yet pleasant looking Victorian house, allowing Ember to take the first step inside. "This...is where we live now?" she asked, in awe.

"I guess it is," he shrugged, studying their new surroundings. I guess that old timer out did himself this time. He isn't half bad, he thought, smirking a bit.

"It's beautiful," Ember breathed.

"Come on, let's get you upstairs," Vlad urged, gently taking her by the arm.

He led her up the stairs and studied the doors; there were two of them. The door on the left opened to the bathroom, so the door on the right must be...the bedroom. Ember's eyes scanned the room, studying the red and black wall-paper...the king sized bed placed in the center of the room...

"Not much..." she muttered.

"At least it's something," Vlad spoke up, a sly smile on his face.

He picked her up in his arms, causing Ember to let out a yelp of surprise as she was being lifted, and placed her gently on the bed. "Vlad..." she growled, playfully hitting him.

His smile remained on his face as he leaned down to kiss her. "Get some rest now, my queen," he whispered. "I'll be back later."


"I promise."

Vlad...you never did show up. What kept you? You couldn't have forgotten where we live. How could you forget me and the baby? The promise...you broke it...you bastard.

Casper U

Vlad had stayed after class hours to help Maddie and Jack with a Proto-type Ghost Portal.

"I'm telling you, Jack, it won't work!" he protested.

"Bogus, V-Man, it totally will!" Jack declared.

He and Maddie walked over to a table, leaving Vlad alone to study the portal. Maddie picked up some papers while Jack picked up a small remote control. "Jack, these calculations aren't right," Maddie started.


Jack had pressed a button which caused a bight green light to burst out of the portal and wash over Vlad's face. "BOGUS!"

He blinked his eyes a couple of times before looking back at Maddie and Jack. When he saw the shocked expressions, he covered his face and ran from the school.

I can't face Ember like this...Forgive me, Ember, he thought, as he continued to run to wherever fate would carry him.

2 be continued!

A/N: In case you hadn't noticed, I used the qoutes from the Ghost Portal from the episode: "Bitter Reunions".

Reviews greatly appreciated!

At least one more chapter to go before the sequel!