Authors Note: I do not own Dead Like Me, only this story and the original characters in it.
Jane's Point of View
"Jane! JANE! Jane wake up!" I heard George yell through my dream, and when I woke up and opened my eyes she was hovering above me. "Finally! I've been trying to wake you up for like five minutes. Hurry and get dressed if you want a ride to the Waffle house" George said in her always annoyed and angry tone. I rolled off the couch and took a five minute shower then got dressed in faded jeans, a white t-shirt, and a black zip-up hoodie. I literally had my hand on the front door handle when I heard George honk her horn and yell "hurry the fuck up, if I don't get coffee in the next two minutes I'm gonna lose my shit!" I couldn't help but laugh then ran out of the house and jumped into her car.
We got to 'Der Waffle Haus' a few minutes later, where Rube, Roxy, and Mason were already waiting for us. George and I sat down at the table "Where's Daisy?" Rube asked "she went to some audition" George answered with a shrug. "You got something for me? I gotta get going" Roxy announced then Rube handed her a post-it and she left. "Yeah, me too" George said after she ordered a coffee to go, then left with her post-it as well.
Only Rube, Mason, and I were left at the table, eating our breakfasts in relative silence. When Rube finished eating his massive sized breakfast he handed me and Mason our post-its. Rube left 'Der Waffle Haus' leaving Mason and I alone. I looked at my post-it "shit" I cursed after seeing I only had an hour to get across town to my reap "what?" Mason asked "there is no way I'll make it to my reap in time" I elaborated. "We can nick a car" Mason said "what?" I asked "you know nick, steal" Mason explained and I nodded. I thought what the hell I'm already dead what's the worst that could happen "okay" I said. Mason looked at me surprised "really?" he asked "yeah, I don't have much of a choice… and I've never stolen a car before… so why not" I answered with a smile.
A few minutes later we broke into a Mercury Comet, it was easier to break into since it was an older car with no alarm. We made it across town in record time; I collected my soul and helped her move on. I got back into the car that we 'barrowed' "that was fast" Mason said as I shut the door. "When's your reap?" I asked "not for a while, what would you like to do today?" Mason asked me. "I don't know… something different, something fun. What do you want to do?" I asked. "I'm up for anything" Mason said "maybe we should just keep driving until we find something interesting" I suggested and Mason smiled "sounds good" he said and held my hand.
We had been driving for some time with the windows down and I had one hand out the window with the wind blowing through my fingers while my other hand was intertwined with Mason's (somehow we always ended up holding hands- not that I minded). I finally found something that had potential to be interesting, an open house. "Hey, let's check out the open house" I suggested, the look on Mason's face said how is that something fun or interesting "they'll probably have free food, and it's a huge house plenty of places to explore" I said and after I mentioned the possibility of free food I could tell Mason was in, he pulled the car over and parked on the street in front of the huge house.
We walked into the huge house and were greeted by a woman in a dark blue blazer and a pencil skirt that matched it "Hi, I'm Barbra Lantra the relator" she introduced and gave as a look that said we weren't good enough to be there. "Hello Barbra I'm Mason and this is my lovely…" he paused and I saw him look around the room that was mostly filled with couples "…wife Jane" he introduced and my eyes went wide even though I knew why he said it… it was still weird to hear someone call me a wife. "Ah, newlyweds!" Barbra said cheerfully but still was looking down at us, she was about to say something else when someone called her name "excuse me, go ahead and look around" she said then walked in the direction of the man who called for her.
We walked into the kitchen that had a decent spread of food which surprised me, I thought at most they'd have a tray of cookies but they had a few different trays, one with cookies and brownies, another had fancy looking cheeses with crackers, and the last one had some sort of meat that had tooth picks in it. Mason grinned at me "you were right free food" he said happily "fancy finger food" I added and took a bite of cheese and couldn't help but make a face of disgust from how gross it tasted making Mason chuckle "what's with rich people and weird cheese?" I asked and Mason shrugged. "Try a brownie they're lovely" Mason said cheerfully with a little chocolate on his lips making me smile. I walked closer to him so that only a few inches were between us "you got a little something there" I commented about the chocolate on his lips, he was about to reach for his mouth to rub it off but before he could I kissed him. When I pulled away I smiled at the surprised and joyful expression on his face "I got it" I said with a small laugh. Mason grinned at me "Are you sure? Maybe we should do that again just to make sure you got it all" he said playfully and wrapped his arms around my waist and pulled me closer to him and kissed me making me grin into the kiss. We heard foot-steps coming our way so we separated, then he grabbed my hand and we ran out of the room, not wanting to have to make small talk with the snooty relator or any of the other people looking at the house.
We had been exploring the huge house for about ten minutes when we found a study… with a liquor cabinet. "Look at all these booze, this one bottle costs more than everything I own" Mason said as he pulled out a bottle of scotch. I walked around the room filled with nice mahogany furniture "it must be weird, having strangers walk through your home… walk through your life" I thought out loud as I ran my fingers along the books on a book shelf. I looked over at Mason who was fiddling with an old record player, and then some old music came on "who-"he started to say but I wrapped my arms around his neck and slowly danced along with the music. He grinned then placed his hands around my waist and we both slowly moved back and forth to the music not really dancing, it was more like swaying. At some point he kissed me and I could taste the scotch on his lips. I didn't know how long we had been like that kissing with our arms around each other but we pulled apart when we heard someone clear their throat.
It was the relator and she looked pissed "I think you two should leave, the Phillips left their home in my hands for me to sell to a nice family not a couple who would touch their belongings and use their home as if it were a motel" Barbra scolded. "Barbra you are totally right, I'm sure they'd prefer to sell to the man with the com over who has been farting in their house the entire time making it practically toxic" I said and grabbed Mason's hand who was laughing and left the room and the relator who now wore a shocked and offended expression.
We left the house and got back into the car we stole "that was brilliant! I was wondering what that smell was I thought it was just the weird cheeses" he commented and I smiled. We started driving again leaving the rich neighborhood in our dust. "Can I see your post-it?" I asked and he pulled out the yellow paper from his pocket and handed it to me. Mason's post-it said: L. Hoover 720 Seneca Street E.T.D. 5:43 PM I looked at the clock and saw that we only had about forty minutes to get to his reap "we better get to your reap" I said and he nodded I felt stupid for saying anything of course he knows that he has to get to his reap he's been doing this for decades I thought.
We got to Mason's reap that was a retirement home about thirty minutes later. "You wanna come?" Mason asked as he got out of the car and I nodded. We walked into the retirement home holding hands and were greeted by a woman wearing green scrubs "visiting hour is almost over" she told us "not a problem we just wanted to pop in and give a quick hello to the old timer" Mason said, the nurse raised a brow but didn't say anything letting us continue to look for L. Hoover. We found Lucy Hoover's room five minutes later, Mason walked into the room with a bouquet of flowers that he stole and said "Lucy darling you have a secret admirer" he said sweetly to the old woman who was going to die in a few minutes. The old woman's eyes lit up as he handed her the flowers (while brushing her hand taking her soul) "Bernard" she said to herself, I was going to ask who Bernard was but the woman's eyes slowly slid closed and her lights appeared behind us making me jump. Lucy looked at her dead body then back to us "what's going on?" she asked scared. I wondered how Mason was going to break the news to her "well Lucy, I have to tell you something and it might upset you… you're dead" he said simply and at first I thought that he could've gone about it differently but there really is no easy or gentle way to tell someone that they died so the way he did it was just fine, he handled it better than I would've. Lucy nodded her head in understanding "what's it like?" Lucy asked "what's what like?" Mason replied "heaven, you two are obviously angels, so what's it like?" she asked. I could tell that Mason was going to correct her so I spoke before he could "yes, yes we are… and well… we can't tell you, you have to find out on your own" I lied, I could tell that Lucy would respond better if she continued to think we were angels. Lucy looked at the two of us once more before she walked into her lights and disappeared with them.
We left the retirement building and got back into the comet "how about we get some waffles" Mason suggested as he started the car, I smiled at him "sounds good" I said and leaned my head against his shoulder suddenly feeling tired.
"Jane darling, wake up" I heard Mason say softly to me and I grinned at the nice wake up "that is a much better wake up than the one I got this morning" I said thinking about the rude wake up I received from George this morning and Mason chuckled, I sat up straighter and stretched my arms and looked around "where are we?" I asked "a few blocks away from 'Der Waffle Haus' we gotta ditch the car" Mason said as he got out of the car and I nodded in understanding, We ditched the car and walked to 'Der Waffle Haus; holding hands and I leaned my head on his shoulder still feeling tired. When we walked into 'Der Waffle Haus' Rube, Daisy, and George were sitting at the usual table and George moved down so that we could join them.
"What did you two love birds do today?" George teased after Mason and I ordered waffles for dinner. "Nicked a car, went to Jane's reap, drove around then crashed an open house and ate the free food and stumbled across a bottle of very expensive scotch and then we got kicked out of the open house and went to my reap and now we're here" Mason answered for both of us honestly. "What kind of car?" Rube asked "Mercury Comet" Mason answered "what year?" Rube asked "1964" I answered and received a few shocked expressions "you know cars?" Rube asked sounding impressed "no, not really just my favorites like the 1967 Chevy impala, and the 1964 Rambler Classic, and the 1962 Plymouth. And my high school boyfriend had a 1964 Mercury Comet, that's how I knew what it was" I answered and Rube looked even more impressed. "You guys got kicked out of an open house?" George said changing the subject and I nodded "Why?" Daisy asked joining in the conversation "yeah how do you get kicked out of an open house?" George asked. Mason and I grinned at each other "apparently we weren't the type of people Barbra wanted to sell a house to… and it might have something to do with us drinking their scotch and touching their record player and dancing" I answered but didn't add the part about us making out "You two danced? Mason Danced? What type of dancing was it… please tell me it was slow dancing" George asked but we were saved by Kiffany bringing Mason and I our waffles.
Mason's Point of View
I got to 'Der Waffle Haus' where Rube and Roxy were already sitting at our usual table. I sat down and Rube and Roxy didn't even seem to notice me because they were deep in conversation… about Jane. "A bunch of little fuckers at the party took pictures of Jane before the police got there to stop them and they're all selling the pictures to newspapers and all that other media shit" Roxy said frustrated "there are no real witnesses but a few crazy fucks who just want attention keep wasting our time" Roxy continued to rant. "When do you think this'll blow over?" Rube asked Roxy both of them still hadn't noticed that I was at the table with them. Roxy sighed "I don't know, young white girl murders seem to be in the news forever, people can't get enough of that depressing shit" Roxy said and Rube rubbed his face frustrated then he finally noticed that I was sitting at the table "Mason" he greeted with a nod "when the fuck did you get here?" was Roxy's greeting "good morning to you two too" I started to say then Jane and George walked in and quickly joined us at the table.
Roxy and George left 'der haus' with their post-its and Daisy was at some audition leaving me, Jane and Rube at the table where we ate our breakfasts for the most part in silence. After Rube finished his huge breakfast he gave us our post-its and left, so that now only Jane and I were at the table. "Shit" Jane cursed "what?" I asked "there is no way I'll make it to my reap in time" she answered. "We can nick a car" I suggested, Jane looked at me confused "what?" she asked "you know nick, steal" I explained. She took a moment before she said something "okay" she said simply, surprising me that she would actually be willing to steal a car "really?" I asked "yeah. I don't have much of a choice… and I've never stolen a car before… so why not" she answered with a bright smile.
A few minutes later I picked the lock of a mercury comet and hot-wired it with ease since it was an older car and didn't have an alarm. I drove her across town to her reap, she got out of the car and reaped the person on her post-it and was back in the car within minutes of leaving it "that was fast" I said as she slid back into the car. "When's your reap?" Jane asked, I looked at my post-it to see that I had a few hours before I had to get to my reap "not for a while, what would you like to do today?" I asked. "I don't know… something different, something fun. What do you want to do today?" Jane asked. I thought about my dream and how I'd like to do what we did in my dream or what we started to do before Rube ruined it, but quickly removed my head from the gutter and answered "I'm up for anything" which was true. "Maybe we should just keep driving until we find something interesting" she said and I grinned "sounds good" I said and held her small hand in mine and started to drive.
I lost track of how long we had been driving around which would have been strange if I was with anyone other than Jane. It was easy to lose track of time with her and she was very distracting (and she didn't seem to know how distracting she was). The windows were down and her hair was blowing in the wind she looked beautiful… well she always looks beautiful but she looked peaceful and happy. Somehow we ended up in a rich neighborhood with some of the biggest houses I've ever seen "Hey, let's check out the open house" Jane said breaking the comfortable silence. She must've known that I was thinking that doesn't sound interesting or fun because she said "they'll probably have free food, and it's a huge house plenty of places to explore" she said and I was in after I heard the words free food and pulled the car over on the street in front of the open house.
We walked into the massive house and were quickly greeted by a woman dressed in dark blue "Hi, I'm Barbra Lantra the relator" she greeted with a very clear fake smile that told us we weren't good enough to be in the house. I put on my most charming smile "Hello Barbra I'm Mason and this is my lovely…" I started to say then paused when I didn't know what to call Jane. I looked around the room and saw that most of the people in the house were couples "…wife Jane" I finished. "Ah, Newlyweds!" Barbra said cheerfully, she was about to say something else but someone called her name "excuse me, go ahead and look around" she said then walked away.
We found the kitchen that had a bunch of munchies just like Jane said there would be "you were right free food" I said and grinned "fancy finger food" she added and took a bite from one of the many cheeses then her fast twisted in disgust making me laugh "what's with rich people and weird cheese?" she asked and I shrugged and grabbed a brownie. The brownie was amazing it would've been even better if they were special brownies but for a regular brownie it was pretty great "try a brownie they're lovely" I said happily then she walked over to me leaving only a few inches between us. "You got a little something there" she said looking at my mouth, I was going to wipe it away but then she kissed me. I was always surprised when she kissed me or did anything affectionate to me, I still have no idea what she sees in me but I'm glad she see's something. She pulled away from the kiss and I could tell she was holding a giggle back from the dazed and surprised look on my face "I got it" she said and a small laugh escaped her. I grinned "Are you sure? Maybe we should do that again just to make sure you got it all" I said then wrapped my arms around her small waist pulling her closer and kissed her, and felt her smile into the kiss. We separated to the sound of foot-steps coming towards us, I grabbed her hand quickly and ran out of the kitchen not wanting to have to deal with the snobby relator.
We explored the huge house for ten minutes before we hit the mother lode in a study room with a huge liquor cabinet. I opened the cabinet and looked through all the wonderful booze "look at all these booze" I said then pulled out a scotch bottle "this one bottle costs more than everything I own" I said then took a swig of the expensive scotch. "It must be weird, having strangers walk through your home… walk through your life" Jane said as she ran her fingers along some of the many books in the room I didn't say anything because an old record player caught my attention. I put the closest record inside it then a slow old song started to play. God no wonder they have so much booze to stop from being bored to death if they listen to music like this I thought. I turned away from the record player "who-" I started to say then Jane wrapped her arms around my neck and started to slowly move to the music, making me forget what I was going to say. I smiled at her and put my arms around her waist and swayed back and forth to the music that no longer sounded so bad thanks to Jane. I couldn't help but kiss her, we were interrupted by someone clearing their throat.
It was Barbra who cleared her throat and she look pissed "I think you two should leave, the Phillips left their home in my hands for me to sell to a nice family not a couple who would touch their belongings and use their home as if it were a motel" Barbra scolded. Before I could say anything Jane said "Barbra you are totally right, I'm sure they'd prefer to sell to the man with the com over who has been farting in their house the entire time making it practically toxic" she said and I broke out into laughter from what she said and the look on Barbra's face. Jane grabbed my hand and we left the room with me still laughing hard.
We walked out of the house and got back into the stolen car "that was brilliant! I was wondering what that smell was I thought it was just the weird cheeses" I said and started the car up.
"Can I see your post-it?" Jane asked and I pulled out my post-it and handed it to her. After she looked at it she said "we better get to your reap" she commented and I nodded but was already driving to the address.
We pulled up in front of the old folk's home thirty minutes later. "You wanna come?" I asked as I got out of the car and Jane nodded. We walked into the old peoples home and were quickly greeted by a nurse in green scrubs "visiting hour is almost over" she told us "not a problem we just wanted to pop in and give a quick hello to the old timer" I said and didn't wait for the nurse to respond before we continued on our search for L. Hoover. I saw Lucy Hoover written on a door not that far away and grabbed a bouquet of flowers that were sitting on a table before we walked into my reaps room. "Lucy darling you have a secret admirer" I said to the old woman and her eyes lit up as I handed her the flowers and brushed her hand taking her soul. The old woman smiled at her flowers and said "Bernard" then her eyes closed slowly and then her lights appeared behind us which made Jane jump. Lucy looked at her body then back to us "what's going on?" she asked scared, I had never been good with words so I decided to make it sweet and simple "well Lucy, I have to tell you something and it might upset you… you're dead" I said simply. Lucy nodded her head in understanding "what's it like?" she asked "what's what like?" I said even though I knew what she was asking about. "Heaven, you two are obviously angels, so what's it like?" she asked, people always thought we were angels sometimes it was really bloody annoying but with Jane around it wasn't as annoying since she was an angel. Before I could say anything Jane spoke "Yes, yes we are… and well… we can't tell you, you have to find out on your own" Jane said encouraging the old lady to move on and she did after she looked at us once more then walked into her lights.
We left the building and got back into the car we nicked when I heard my stomach growl "how about we get some waffles" I suggested, she smiled at me "sounds good" she said then leaned her head against my shoulder and I watched as her eyes slid shut and she fell asleep. I parked the car a few blocks away from 'Der Waffle Haus' then woke Jane up "Jane darling, wake up" I whispered and watched as a smile appeared on her face "that is a much better wake up than the one I got this morning" she said before she opened her eyes. I chuckled because I know how George can be in the mornings… sometimes she's just plain frightening. Jane stretched her arms and looked around "where are we?" she asked "a few blocks away from 'Der Waffle Haus' we gotta ditch the car" I said as I got out of the car and she nodded her head in understanding. We walked to 'Der Waffle Haus' holding hands and Jane leaned her head on my shoulder, when we got inside Rube, Daisy, and Georgie girl were sitting at our usual table and George scooted down so that Jane and I could join them.
After we joined the others at the table George asked "what did you two love birds do today?" she teased after Jane and I ordered waffles. "Nicked a car, went to Jane's reap, drove around then crashed an open house and ate the free food and stumbled across a bottle of very expensive scotch and then we got kicked out of the open house and went to my reap and now we're here" I answered for the both of us. "What kind of car?" Rube asked surprising me that he didn't seem pissed about us stealing a car "Mercury Comet" I answered "what year?" Rube asked "1964" Jane answered and we all looked at her surprised "you know cars?" Rube asked Jane "no, not really just my favorites like the 1967 Chevy Impala, and the 1964 Rambler Classic, and the 1962 Plymouth. And my high school boyfriend had a 1964 Mercury Comet, that's how I knew what it was" Jane answered making Rube look even more impressed. "You guys got kicked out of an open house?" Georgie girl asked and Jane nodded "Why?" Daisy asked "yeah how do you get kicked out of an open house?" George asked. Jane and I grinned at each other "apparently we weren't the type of people Barbra wanted to sell a house to… and it might have something to do with us drinking their scotch and touching their record player and dancing" Jane answered "You two danced? Mason danced? What type of dancing was it… please tell it was slow dancing" George asked but we were saved by Kiffany bringing Jane and I our waffles.
A/N: Thank you so much Superdani a.k.a Gillian Smith your reviews helped me pull together this chapter and also thank you BlackWindHowls for your review as well.
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