A/N: There's not enough love for this pairing, so I figured I'd try to contribute my own little story to Ray and Amanda. I couldn't work with the idea of him being a ghost who needs blood, so I just made him a vampire, but he's not your usual lovey-dovey vampire. And yes, there will be snippets of Slappy and Amy :) Can't have a RayXAmanda story without a little SlappyXAmy!
R.L. Stine owns Goosebumps, Amy, Ray, Slappy, and Amanda. I don't own anything :/
Chapter 1 - Phone Call
Amanda opened the door to her house and stepped in, grateful for the warmth inside. The cold air outside had chilled her to the bone.
"I'm home!" she called, dropping her backpack near the front door.
There was no reply, so she figured her parents were still at work and her brother was still at soccer practice. Ever since Amanda and her family had moved here, Josh fell in love with soccer. That's all he ever talked about at dinner. Amanda had never seen someone with such athletic motivation as her brother.
Amanda went into the kitchen and grabbed an apple from the counter. Taking a seat at the table, she let the day's events run through her mind.
She was never worried about her classes; Amanda was a sharp girl in school. Ever since she moved away from Dark Falls, things seemed to take a turn for the better.
Dark Falls... The mention of that place made her shudder.
Amanda refused to deal with the weird memories surrounding that place. The old, creaky house, the odd children, the creepy realtor... It was too much. Now that she was back in normal society, she didn't want to think about that dark location.
The phone rang, pulling Amanda from her thoughts. She set the apple down and answered the phone.
"Hey," Josh breathed. He sounded like he was out of breath.
"Is Dad home yet?"
He sighed. "I was going to ask him if he could pick me up, but I guess I can take the bus. See you soon."
"Okay. See you."
Just as Amanda went to sit down, the phone rang again.
"Hey, chill out, girl!" a peppy voice giggled. "I was just calling to say hey!"
Amanda smiled. "Hi, Amy."
Amy was her best friend, among other girls at their school. Even though Amy was extremely nice, Amanda was kind of jealous. Amy had this natural tan that every girl would kill for, and she always styled her shiny black hair just right. Amanda had thin brown hair than fell to her shoulders and boring brown eyes.
Compared to her supermodel of a friend, she was plain Jane.
"I'm at the park with Kendra and Natalie," Amy said. "Wanna hang out with us?"
"Can't," Amanda replied, twirling the telephone cord around her finger. "I've got homework and Josh is coming home soon. Maybe tomorrow?"
With a sigh, she hung up.
Amanda picked up her backpack and brought it into the living room.
Best to get started on her pile of homework now than later.
Dinner was uneventful. Mr. and Mrs. Benson talked about their jobs and Josh prattled on about soccer.
Amanda didn't have much to say; she was exhausted from the day's events. When she finished helping her mother clear the table, Amanda practically ran upstairs and flung herself onto her bed.
It didn't take long for her to fall asleep.
Amanda was awoken by a vibrating noise. Her cell phone was vibrating on the night stand, the screen shedding light on the ceiling.
She groaned and picked it up.
The raspiness of the voice made her blood run cold.
Oh, no... Not him... It wasn't possible...
"W-w-who is this?" She knew damn well who it was. She just didn't want to acknowledge the fact that Ray had been able to contact her, after four years.
"You don't remember?"
"N-n-no." God, she sucked at lying.
"You're stuttering, Amanda."
"S-shut up, Ray," she grumbled softly.
He chuckled. "So you do remember me."
How could Amanda forget? The memory of Dark Falls was still fresh in her mind, even though four years had passed. After they moved back to normal civilization, Amanda had to take medication to help her sleep. She kept having nightmares; her twelve-year-old mind hadn't been able to handle all that terror.
Amanda knew it was pathetic, but a certain blonde-haired vampire continued to haunt her dreams.
"Unfortunately, I do," Amanda replied dryly.
She could almost see the sly grin forming on his face. He liked it when she was 'feisty', as he called it.
"Well, I certainly remember you. I don't think I ever saw a prettier girl."
Amanda glanced at her alarm clock and nearly sighed.
Three in the morning.
It had only been four hours; she needed at least three more to get through Friday.
"Is there a reason why you called?" Amanda asked. "I've got stuff to take care of in the morning and I really need the sleep."
Ray cleared his throat, but it didn't do much. His voice was always raspy.
"Actually, yes. Ever since you left, I couldn't stop thinking of you. It's been four years, and you're not getting any younger. I was wondering if you'd like to come back and stay with me. We could be together, just you and me. All you would have to do is offer your blood to me."
Amanda burst into hysterical laughter. She couldn't help it; was he out of his mind?
"No way!" She said between laughs. "Why would I offer my blood to you? You nearly killed my family! You've got to be crazy!"
There was silence on the other end of the line. When Amanda finally calmed herself down, she was still chuckling.
"Oh, man, I'm sorry, Ray, but that's just insane to ask. You can't just attempt to kill someone's family and then ask them something like that. Is that all? Can I go back to sleep, now?"
Ray sighed. "Not quite. I was afraid you'd say no."
Humor still laced her voice. "Why?"
"I'll give you two options. Either you come with me willingly, or I'll come to you. If you try to fight me, the lives of your parents and your brother will be at stake."
"You're stuck in Dark Falls, Ray. There's no way you can come all the way out here. You've got your limits as well as everyone else in that town."
Ray chuckled. "Oh, really? Are you telling me you want me to come find you?"
"Sure," Amanda said with a smirk. She was in a daring mood. "I'll be waiting."
"Okay, Amanda. If that's what you want. I'm warning you, though, you really shouldn't underestimate me."
She snorted. "We'll see, Ray."
"Funny. I thought you'd be scared."
"I'm not twelve anymore."
"Oh, I know, but you're not the sassy type. You're a quiet soul."
Amanda's heart leapt in her chest. "How do you know that?"
"I've been following you."
The realization of the deal she made hit her like a ton of bricks.
"So, you're telling me that you've been around my house?"
He chuckled. For a dead guy, he sounded quite alive. "More times than I can count. By the way, I love your room. The blue wallpaper fits your personality. Quiet, calm, beautiful..."
Amanda bit her lip. Fear was beginning to well up in her stomach.
"Well, I'll let you get back to sleep. I can't wait to see you tomorrow. Oh, and remember one thing for me, will you?"
"I love you."
Amanda hung up on him.
She slammed her cell phone back onto the night stand, grumbling under her breath.
What a rotten way to start her Friday.
One thing was for sure, though; whether Ray was bluffing or not, she had to watch out.
Something in her gut told her that he wasn't kidding around.
Sooo what do ya think? :)