Repercussions Chapter 6

All four of Lydia's "parents" were sitting at the table. Charles was still in shock. They had been sitting there for over an hour, and he hadn't said a word. Delia, on the other hand, was making up for his silence. "She needs to be locked up," Delia screamed, " she is obviously insane." The others looked at her. "What?" she asked, incredulously, "she cannot love that monster…" No one had the strength to argue anymore. Barbara had tried to convince them that Lydia did appear to have her mind made up, but Delia wouldn't hear of it. "Charles," she snapped at the silent man, "go talk some sense into your daughter." Charles sighed heavily and pushed his chair away from the table. "Delia," he said, "it's late, I am tired and confused, I'll be in the den." With that, Charles left the dining room and went to open a bottle of something strong.

Juno was frowning. Her plan was crumbling. She had expected the parents to be a bit clueless about the whole thing, but the Maitlands…..they, of all people, should be furious. They met Betelgeuse, they knew how he was. But it seems that everyone trusted Lydia to a fault. Obviously, that girl was smarter than Juno gave her credit for. She took a long drag on her cigarette. What if she couldn't stop this? What if Betelgeuse got out like he wanted? Juno frowned. Hell, she didn't even want to think about it. She decided that she would just have to pay the Maitland-Deetz house a little visit. The only one raising any kind of fuss about the whole situation was that high strung wannabe artist, and Juno was smart enough to know, that when it came down to it, the opinion of that woman wouldn't amount to a hill of beans. She had to do something, and fast. She took one last drag on her cigarette, and faded out with the smoke.

No one else had moved. The three remaining parents were still sitting around the table, staring silently at one another. "You people are really a piece of work," Juno said, snapping them out of their stupor. "Are you all just going to sit back and let this marriage happen?" All eyes turned to the old ghost. Adam sighed, "We trust Lydia, Juno," he said wearily, "ultimately, it's her decision." Barbara frowned, but nodded in agreement. "She loves him," she said. Juno sat down at the head of the table. "Love might not be enough when he gets out for good," she said pointedly. Barbara's eyes grew wide. "What do you mean?" she asked. Juno lit another cigarette. "I mean," she said, "that man will have free reign over the land of the living once Lydia says 'I do'. Do you really think he will stop to consider her feelings once he gets a 'get out of jail free' card? He's a con man, plain and simple. You really think he doesn't know what this marriage means for him? You can't be that stupid." Barbara visibly paled, which was quite a feat for a ghost. "You think he's just using her?" she questioned. Juno shot her a stern glance. "I'd bet my afterlife on it." she said. "Oh Adam," Barbara said, "what are we going to do?" Juno regarded the two for a minute before replying, "Well, whatever you do, you better do it fast." she said. With that, she disappeared. She returned to her office, very pleased with herself. Maybe she was playing the passive-aggressive role, but Betelgeuse unleashed on the living world was definitely something she didn't need, and she intended to do everything she could to stop it from happening. Lydia's heart, would just have to be a casualty of war.

Betelgeuse was uncharacteristically quiet. Lydia looked up from her paper, and eyed him suspiciously. "What?" he asked defensively. "What's the matter with you?" she asked. "Nothin'" he replied. "Uh huh," she said doubtfully, "you are too quiet. What's wrong? Betelgeuse huffed. "I'm bored," he whined, "I can't stand being stuck in here…I wanna be out there with you, or hell, even have you in here with me." Lydia almost laughed at his childish behavior. "Being locked up with me for three months not good enough?" she asked playfully. Betelgeuse frowned. "It was only three months to them," he replied huffily, "It was only like a week for me." Suddenly, he grinned like a Cheshire cat. Lydia eyed him suspiciously, "What?" she asked. "You agreed to marry me…" he said smugly. "Yeah," she replied, "I thought we established that." Betelgeuse shot her his best unimpressed look. "Soooo, technically babes, you agreed to marry me after knowing me a grand total of like a week and a half. Hell, even I didn't know I was that good." Lydia rolled her eyes at him. "According to Juno," she replied smugly, "I've known you for centuries." Betelgeuse laughed out loud. "I guess you have, babes." Lydia laughed as well. "Although," he said, drawing it out for emphasis, "I might know a way around this little problem….." Lydia eyed him suspiciously. "Really?" she asked, "and what would that be?" Betelgeuse shot her a grin, "You still wanna get 'in'?" he asked. Lydia raised an eyebrow at him. "I already told you, killing me is not an option," she said. Betelgeuse grimaced at her. "Nah, nothing like that, babes," he replied, "but I do know a way you can visit. Besides, my lips're getting lonely…" he said, waggling his eyebrows. Lydia smiled, "Oh you poor baby," she said sarcastically. Betelgeuse mock frowned, then juiced up a pen and paper. After quickly scribbling something, he pressed it up to her mirror. "All ya gotta do is say this, and bam, you're here…" he said. Lydia looked at the messy prose. She was impressed, he had written it backward so she could read it. "Seriously?" she asked, "I could be there?" The grin crept back onto his face, "Yep, just say the magic words…." Lydia squinted at the paper, and matched his almost feral grin. "Cool," she said. She took a deep breath and began the words "Though I know I should be wary…still I venture someplace scary…Ghostly haunting I turn loose…Betelgeuse Betelgeuse Betelgeuse!" She was immediately transported to his side of the mirror. Lydia gasped. That had given her a major head rush. Suddenly, she felt his arms around her. She turned to face him. "Miss me?" he asked playfully. Lydia chuckled. "Nah, not really," she replied. Betelgeuse's eyebrow shot up. "Oh really? Well, we'll just see about that." he said, pulling her closer.

Lydia couldn't decide what to look at first. Everything was so strange. She was completely fascinated. "This is amazing, Beej," she said. The pair walked down the street hand in hand, earning gasps and strange looks at every turn. "Why is everyone staring at us like that?" Lydia asked. Betelgeuse shot annoyed looks at everyone around them. "Guess they can't believe that someone finally snagged the most eligible bachelor in the Neitherworld, " he said, "but never mind those deadbeats, let's go somewhere a little less…..populated." He snapped his fingers, and they were standing outside an odd looking building with a flashing neon sign that read BJ's Roadhouse." Lydia raised an eyebrow at the strange sight. "Welcome to Casa de BJ," he said, grinning. Lydia frowned a bit at the run down building. "I hope that's not a metaphor," she said. Betelgeuse laughed. "Hey," he said, "I can't be held responsible for what you may or may not wanna do to me, once you see the inside…" Lydia rolled her eyes. "Keep dreaming," she said smugly. Betelgeuse winked at her and opened the door.