Last semester of highschool, senior year, and you'd think Emma would be studying and applying for colleges...yet, she sat on her floor, spellbooks around her and candles lit and the Ouiji board infront of her. She was whispering chants until somebody interrupted..

"Emmaaaa!" called Spike. Her mother.

Emma scoffed, and opened her eyes. She sat indian style and muttered, "Only time I need you, you're not here..and when you are here, I want you gone." she said to herself about her parents, getting up and going up the stairs. It was probably dinner time. Since her best friend had died about a month ago, it's like Spike and Snake finally felt bad about leaving her stranded most of her child hood so now, when she was a young adult and wanted complete space, they were smothering her and trying to 'be there' for her.

Emma jogged up the stairs for dinner but then sighed sadly and looked back at the spell she was trying to create and rolled her eyes. It wasn't working. Who was she kidding? Manny was much more better at the magic thing.

When she left the room alone though, a small familiar laugh was heard and the ghost of Manny stepped where Emma once sat and shook her head. The Ouiji board, cute. Her and Emma use to always fool around with it when younger and just when they had started playing with magic, Manny had suggested it and Emma turned it down. Ironic she'd bring it back to get a hold of her. She sighed, knowing Emma wouldn't be able to deal with her death well. Then again, it's be the same thing the other way around.

When an hour went by, Emma got away from dinner by not having much of an appetite.. she never did since that night happened. When she dragged her feet down the stairs she stopped at the end of them, and gave a wierd look. The candles were out... .she didn't blow them out. She went to the ouijii board and saw the triangle glass on top of it had pointed to the word 'hi'. She bent down slowly and her eyes looked startled.

"...Mannny?" Oh god, what if it wasn't her. What if she just disturbed someone else from the dead, and now they were going to go all 'Insidious' on her and her family.

"Boo."

Emma yelped and fell back on her butt, staring up at Manny who suddenly appeared out of thin air infront of her and began laughing hysterically.

Emma was scared, heart pounding, but happier than she's ever been in weeks. "MANNY!" she sat back, up staring at Manny who sat across from her, across the oujii board. She didn't know weather to be mad at her or not.

"Shhhh." laughed Manny, glancing up the stairs and hoping Emma's parents didn't hear her, she then looked down and saddened, "what are you doin Em?" she pouted a bit, seeing Emma had maybe lost it.

Emma was still staring at her. "Oh my god."

Manny pointed to the Oujii board, "This? Doesn't work by the way. I can come visit you anytime I want as long as you want to see me."

"I-I.." Emma couldn't do this. Was she dreaming!? She stood up and Manny did too, "Can I hug you?"

Manny smiled disappointingly, "Sadly not. I'm dead, sweetie."

Emmas face twisted in pain, and her eyes flashed in denial, "No. You're not. I mean you are, but we are dealing with it." she went around the ghost of Manny to show her what her plan was.

Manny gave an odd look and turned to Emma who shuffled through her night stand, "Dealing?" she repeated. Emma turned around, a big smile finally slapped on her face and excitement gleeing in her eyes. She handed the spell book out for Manny to take and Manny gave her a 'are you serious?' look as she put her hand out to reach it, and her hand went through the book. "Ghost, Em." Manny reminded.

"Oh ..right!" Emma shook her head and shut her eyes. That was silly. She hopped down on the bed and explained to Manny, "How to raise the dead." she pointed to the novel.

Manny froze, and her eyes softened, "Emma... This is dangerous stuff. BIG magic. You can't handle this."

"I need you back." Emma's voice cracked, but she tried to stay strong and pretend she hadn't fell apart since Manny had died, "Ellie's doing it. Ellie's good, she was born a witch, she can do this easily-"

"I knew this was hard on you, Em.. but I didn't think you'd go this crazy without me." Manny tried to joke lightly but meant it, and gave Emma a serious look, "This isn't healthy-"

"I'm bringing you back." she said sternly.

Manny paused. She just, she couldn't believe that they could do that. Once you were dead, you were dead. "does.." Manny scoffed and thought of anything she could to stop Emma from doing this, "Does Jay know you're doing this?"

Emma put her head down, opening her book to look distracted.

"Emma." she scowled.

"Its not his business. This is between me and you." Emma declared, looking back up at her.

"No, it's not! It's all you! How do you know if I WANT to come back?" Manny paused and awkwardly shifted, "maybe I like being dead.."

Emma gave her a stupid look, "Do you?"

Manny grumbled, "Theres no pizza over here I must admit. Or Lucas. Or you...But other than that I guess I'm safe and sound." the brunette cracked, "Fine! I'm in hell. I mean, I literally think I'm in hell. I died a murderous werewolf and I think I'm stuck here haunting you guys or something." she sat down on the bed next to Emma, "I've seen Lucas. But he can't see me. Only you can, cause you've been continuously summoning my spirit." she teased Emma.

Emma sighed hopelessly and honestly, "I'm lost without you." she went serious and looked down, playing with her hands sadly, "nothings the same without you, and I'm always feeling like I'm in this black hole and as much as Jay is probably the only reason I'm still here... but I feel like, if he wasn't here.. nothing would hold me back from-"

"don't even finish that sentence." Manny warned darkly, not liking to hear Emma talk about stuff like that.

Emma miserably nodded.

Silence.

Manny took a few seconds to think and took a deep shakey inhale, "Ok." she admitted, "I wanna come back. I wasn't ready to die and I miss LIFE. I miss you guys. I miss pizza!"

Emma had to giggle a bit and loved the fact her best friend was sitting right next to her...and tomorrow, she was going to bring back Manny physically.

"Lets do it."

((***))

THE NEXT NIGHT

Ellie stared at the ghost of Manny "Your kidding right?" she turns to look at Emma who laughs and shakes her head no. Manny snickers crossing her arms over her chest and walked over to beside Emma, eyeing Ellie down

"I thought you said you believed in everything." Manny taunted Ellie, "Wolves, fairies, yada yada... .. why didn't you figure ghosts could be real too?"

Ellie was just mortified and in shock. This spell they were doing to bring back Manny was scary enough, but now they were literally hanging out with a ghost.

"So.." Ellie swallowed the lump in her throat and asked Emma, "Have you told Lucas yet?"

"What am I suppose to say?" Emma said, sharing a look with Manny, "'Hey, remember when Manny died? Well, she's living as a ghost in my house now if you wanna go see her."

Ellie nodded understandingly, "It'd freak him out. He's been pretty upset."

Manny crossed her arms slowly and bit her lip, "Is it weird it makes me feel happy that he's so heart broken over me? I haven't moved on either." she'd hate to see Lucas with another girl or over her. Even if she was dead...

Emma had to laugh, rolling her eyes. But, on the serious side, Lucas really was torn apart..he wasn't even around anymore. Not even Jay could say he'd seen him ever in the last month and a half. Lucas barely spoke to even Jane, and he hated being near Emma because she was a reminder of Manny.

Meanwhile, Jay came into the house from upstairs. Emma had told him her parents were gone this week and she gasped, forgetting to mention that didn't mean COME OVER. He had no idea of their plan.

"HIDE THE SPELLBOOKS!" she hissed at Ellie and Manny.

Ellie dove for them with the blonde as Manny stood there, rolling her eyes, "HELLO!? Ghost remember? How many times do I have to say it?"

"Then disappear." hissed Emma from the ground, shoving the books under the bed and stood up when Jay came down the stairs and her and Ellie smiled too brightly when he stopped at the end of the stairs, and looked at them.

He was handsome as ever, as always. His icy eyes squinting at the suspicious girls and smirking a bit oddly at them with those lips. It was sometimes really hard for Emma to lie to him."What are you doing?" he asked them, raising an eyebrow..

Ellie never wanted to mess with a vampire so squeaked, "nothing." she turned, and grabbed her bag, "Just leaving actually. Bye!"

Emma scowled, watching Jay turn to watch Ellie run out and up the stairs, slamming the door behind her. Jay turned back to her, now stepping closer and eyes narrowing at her closely. He knew her too well, "What are you up to?" he corrected.

Emma froze up.. but then slyly grinned. She didn't like lying and she didn't HAVE to lie, she knew other ways to distract Jay. He wore a black windbreaker over his shirt and jeans, and her hands clenched both parts of it that unzipped jacket and sat down on her bed, bringing him with her.

"I'm up to whatever you wanna be up to." she said seductively, smiling a bit as he grinned and laid on top of her, carefully holding himself up so not to crush her under him. He growled a bit when she ran her fingers up the side of his neck to the back of his head and through his hair until she leaned up and kissed him. His hands went on her hips and gripped them, easily pulling them up and against him and she felt how hard he was already. Well, she had to admit, she'd been putting a lot of time into this Manny thing and hadn't seen him much which sucked. So, guess now it was time to make up for it.

Speaking of the devil, or should we say Ghost? Manny mouthed 'ew, ew, ew' as she ran out of the room. She was STILL here you know?!

When completely alone, the lovers laid on the bed happily gazing into anothers eyes and his smirk turned into a slow grin. He didn't smile much, but when he did it was around her and because of her. She melted, and he ran his thumb across her cheek, "I'm glad you're getting better." he said lowly.

Emma frowned. He meant about the whole Manny thing... .and she was only better because she was 'fixing' that 'problem' and Manny wasn't really gone. Ugh. Now she felt bad lying to him.

"I love you." he said seriously, pushing a strand of her hair behind her ear as she looked up at him hopelessly.

She groaned and got up, heart skipping wildly, "You had to say that now?"

Jay blinked, staring at where she once laid under him and then crawled up while looking at her insanely, "You want me to take it back?"

"No!" she then scoffed and rolled her eyes, "Course I don't." she'd been waiting to hear it since she met him! She always kinda knew deep down, and it was like a silent thing between them that they didn't need to say out loud.. but hearing it ? Ugh. Even better..

..but even HARDER for her to lie to him after that...

Jay stood up, looking down at her like she was from a different planet "I've been alive for 100 years and I haven't met one girl who acted the way you just did to her boyfriend finally telling her he loves her." Jay licked his lips, glaring slightly ridiculously at her. Did she not know how hard this was for him? He hadn't said this to ANYONE before.. not even when he was human.

Emma's body was melting, knees weak. He EVEN called himself her boyfriend. She had to awe out loud, sliding her hands up his chest to his shoulders and looked up lovingly at him, "You're turning into a softy."

Jay glared down miserably at her for speaking the obvious out loud, but sighed and wrapped his arms around her waist, nodding. He pulled her into him rather roughly but playfully and she yelped, then giggled. She smiled up at him and he smirked, putting his finger to his ear as he turned his head slightly, "I'm waiting." he listened up for an 'i love you too'.

Emma bit her lip while still giggling and coughed slightly, trying to go serious. "I love you too." she yelped again when he lifted her up and she wrapped her arms around his neck, legs around his waist.

"I think I deserve a little more than that." he huskily said while Emma's back met with the wall and she moaned when his hips pressed against hers and she teased him back, moaning the way he liked it.. loud and against his ear. He returned it by nuzzeling her neck, and sucked against the healed scar on her neck and she threw her head back.

"Emma!" they suddenly heard and pulled apart, Emma gasped. Emma then growled herself. Her FRIGGEN mother was back home.

Jay even glared up the stairs, "I liked it better when they weren't around."

Emma headed up the stairs and muttered, "me too." she looked behind her shoulder, "Don't go." she said. He nodded, and sat on her bed, waiting for her to come back. What he didn't see, was his foot right near a spell book.

((**))

"Ya?" Emma asked Spike

Spike and Snake turned to her suspiciously, "Em, do you want some dinner?"

"Not hungry." she insisted and watched her mother give Snake a look. Emma sighed, "I ate already."

Spike took a deep breath and raised an eyebrow, "Your sure your eating?"

Emma resisted rolling her eyes. Here comes the concerned parents. The ones who never cared and would rather take 100 trips around the world then raise their daughter until her best friend died.

"I'm fine." she snapped

"Is it drugs?" Snake had to asked.

Emma had to laugh and covered her face with her hands, "Oh my god you guys."

"We are just concerned!" Spike exclaimed.

((((***))))

Emma walked back down the stairs to Jay laying on her bed up against the bed frame. He smirked when she came over to the bed and groaned. "Did you hear all that?"

"You're on drugs and they're just concerned parents." he said with a grin, pulling her onto his lap as she rested her hands on his shoulders.

"I don't know if I want to tell them the reason I'm so different lately is because of drugs or cause I'm dating a vampire." she teased Jay.

He chuckled, tucking a piece of her hair behind her ear. "Dating huh?"

"Your the one who called yourself my boyfriend." she said with a grin

He looked up, and sheepishly cringed, "I did, didn't I?"

She answered that by lowering her head, pressing her lips against his and he moved his passionately against hers, running his fingers through her hair.

He was more than some silly boyfriend. So much more..

Baby, listen please
I'm not on drugs, I'm not on drugs,
I'm just in love
Baby, don't you see?
I'm not on drugs, I'm not on drugs,
I'm just in love
You're high enough for me
You're high enough for me
You're high enough for me

-Tove Lo (Not On Drugs)