Hi! Okay! So this is what's to know: This fic takes place after Attack Of the Slime Monster; the gang is out of school for the summer and Jamal, Lenni, and Alex will all be going to high school. Rob is back from Australia and staying with Jamal while he takes a writing course at the Community Center. Casey is back with her mom now and she won't be a big part of my story; she may be mentioned though. I'm new to fanfic and new to writing stories like this so please be patient with me, I'm learning! 

Disclaimer: I don't own Ghostwriter or any of the characters.

Chapter 1: Uno

It was summer, and a few members of the ghostwriter team were enjoying the sun at the park. Alex and Jamal played basketball while Gabby watched.

The game was close; Alex was winning by two points when Jamal scored with a lay-up. Gabby took this opportunity to recite the cheer she thought up.

"Jamal! Jamal! Shoot that ball! Score on Alex and make him fall!"

Annoyed, Alex turned to glare at his sister, "Be quiet Gabby or go sit down. No one wants to hear your lame cheers."

"Hey," Jamal interjected, "I didn't think it was that bad."

Gabby smiled at Jamal, and said to Alex, "You see! Jamal liked it! Goooo Jamal!"

Alex rolled his eyes, "Whatever. Check me in." and turned his attention back to the game.

Not too far from the park Rob was walking over to Lenni's house. He had just come back from the community center where he was taking a writing course. As he took a shortcut through an alleyway, he heard a strange noise that stopped him dead in his tracks.

He looked around, "What was that?" It had sounded like a wail or someone sobbing. Another sound erupted, and this one sounded like a horrible choked scream. Rob was so spooked that he began to run until he was out of the alley and Lenni's house was in view.

'What the heck was that—or who?' he thought to himself. Out of breath he slowly climbed up the stairs of the apartment and banged loudly on the door.

Lenni was making the final preparations for Gabby's party when someone knocked on the door.

As she walked over she called out, "Who is it?" She heard a male voice say "me" and guessed it was Rob. She unlocked and swung the door open.

"Hey Rob I was—whoa, are you okay? What happened?" She asked as she pulled the sickly looking Rob into the house. He was still breathing heavily from his run to her house. She sat him down on the sofa, and went to the kitchen to grab him a glass of water.

Rob took the moment to calm himself down; pushing his hair back with his hands, but when he thought about the scream his heart accelerated again.

Lenni came back with the glass of water and handed it to him before sitting down beside him.

"What happened Rob?" she asked calmly.

He took a sip of water and exhaled deeply.

"I was just walking to your place, taking the same shortcut I do every time. Take a left on ____St., and cut between the old brick building, and that Sport's Bar—when I heard something strange." He looked over at Lenni.

Her eyebrows came together as she tried to understand, "what kind of strange?"

Rob stood up and ran his hand through his hair. "First I thought I heard someone crying, it was faint, but loud enough to make me stop. And then, then I heard this…this awful screeching that made shivers run down my arms. It was the scariest thing I've ever heard! Like someone was being tortured or having their limbs torn apart piece by piece or—

"That's enough, I get it." Lenni said rubbing her own arms. She looked up at Rob questioningly.

"Where do you think it was coming from?" He sat down by Lenni again and leaned over, placing his elbows on his knees.

"I don't know, but I plan to find out." Lenni got up from the sofa and walked over to the computer.

"Maybe we should get Ghostwriter in on this, and the team."

"Yeah, but maybe we should get some more information first, go back to the alley and see what we can find." Rob suggested walking over to Lenni.

"Yeah, I'll call a Rally." She began to write when she remembered.

"Oh! I can't, I forgot! Ghostwriter is sleeping in the word bed Gabby made for him."

Robs eyebrows came together in confusion. "Why is Ghostwriter sleeping?"

Lenni smiled, "he's preparing for our slumber party tonight! Since it's Gabby's birthday she decided she wanted Ghostwriter to come too so she can play word games with him and tell stories. We plan to stay up until 3:37 am which was when Gabby was born."

Rob grinned. "Sounds like fun. Where is she anyway, I didn't see her at the Bodega."

"She and Alex went to the park, I think Jamal's there too. Let's go so you can tell them what happened. Then we can really make a case out of it!" Lenni grabbed her key, and hat and walked out the door with Rob not too far behind.

At the park the day was winding down, Alex who won the last game, was shooting 3 pointers. Jamal and Gabby were sitting on the bench drinking sodas.

"So Jamal," Gabby began, but he cut her off with a raise of his hand. "Gabby, for the last time, I'm not going to tell you what I got you for your birthday." She exhaled annoyed. "Come on Jamal! A clue, just one clue wouldn't give it away." She pouted "Please?" Gabby put her on most innocent face. Jamal rolled his eyes and chuckled. "Fine, one clue and that's it." "Yes! Thanks!" Gabby grinned.

"Okay," Jamal said, thinking hard about what clue to give, "your gift is… in a box."

Gabby's grin fell and she glared at Jamal. "A box, that's your clue? Anything could be in a box! Can you at least tell me what size?"

"Gabby! Stop being a pest, you've got one more day until your birthday party and you can wait until then." Alex scorned. She made a face at him.

Rob and Lenni were in view of the park now. Gabby saw them and perked up.

"Rob!" she yelled, before running over to meet him. He smiled. "Hey Gabby, excited about your party?" Gabby grinned. "Yep, you're coming right? You know it's not a party until we get to see you dance." He grinned and nodded. "Yeah, I'll be there." Then he walked over to where Alex, Jamal, and Lenni stood talking.

"Rob has something to tell us, I would've called a rally but Ghostwriter's sleeping." Lenni announced.

Everyone turned attentively to Rob, who began to fidget under the attention.

"Well," he said, rubbing his neck, "I was walking down the alley, between the Sport's Bar and that old brick building…" he looked up at the group and Jamal encouraged him to continue. "Well, I heard something strange. At first it sounded like someone crying, but then there was this loud wretched scream. I don't know who or what it was, but it sounded like it needed help." He looked around at each team member.

Jamal looked deep in thought, Gabby looked sad and concerned, Lenni nodded in agreement with Rob, and Alex looked skeptical.

"I don't know about that Rob; you could have misinterpreted what you heard."

Rob looked at Alex confused. "What do you mean?"

"I mean, what if it wasn't a scream, it could have been something scraping against something else. There's a lot of construction going on around that area and when metal scrapes against metal it can sound like a loud screech."

Rob shook his head. "I don't think so. It sounded too much like a person."

"What if it was a TV, or someone acting out a scene where they had to cry and scream?" Gabby added.

"In an alley?" Lenni interjected. Gabby shrugged her shoulders.

"Well I guess it wouldn't hurt to check it out anyway." Jamal added noting Rob's distress.

"Yeah, I guess," Alex added, "but I think we should wait until after Gabby's party, tomorrow." Jamal nodded. Everyone turned to Rob again for confirmation.

"Okay, tomorrow."

Rob let it go for now as the rest of the gang talked excitedly about Gabby's party, but the sound of that scream still haunted him. He wouldn't be able to rest until he figured out who it was.

So…what did you think? Please review, give me some writing and grammar tips I'll accept them with open arms! I love GW!