The characters in this story were first established in my 2002 Academy Halloween
Surfing", but you dont need to read that story to follow whats
going on here. Thanks to Angel and Di for their help.
A Monster Bash
The metallic green Trailblazer wove its way along the dark, windy roads. There
hadnt been another car for at least 20 minutes and the driver was beginning
to wonder about their destination.
"AJ honey, are you sure about those directions? It seems pretty desolate
out here. Maybe you should let me look at the map."
The passenger glanced over at her partner, "I have a wonderful sense of
direction, thank you very much."
"Yeah, it always seems to direct us into trouble." Chase muttered
under her breath as she moved a hand through her dark locks.
"Fine, you think youre the map queen, how about you navigate and
"I dont think so Speedy, but good try."
The blond frowned, "Come on, Chase, youve had the car a week now
and you havent let me drive once. Pleeeze."
Chase smiled, "Well I wasnt sure if your little feet could reach
the pedals." She saw the cute pout her partner was giving her and sighed.
"Fine, you can drive."
"Woo hoo, yeah baby," AJ rubbed her hands together gleefully.
The brunette rolled her eyes as she pulled the Trailblazer over to the side
of the road. AJ quickly unbuckled her seatbelt, exited the SUV and hurried over
to the driver side door waiting for the taller woman to give up her seat.
AJ settled herself behind the wheel and was a little annoyed to find her feet
couldnt safely work the gas and brake. She ignored Chases smirk as
she used the electronic seat adjustment buttons to move it forward. "Okay,
Chase turned on a light and examined the map her partner had been using to
navigate. "And where is it you think we are?"
," the blond pointed at a spot on the map, "There?"
Chase looked at the area AJ was pointing to and shook her head. "Are you
sure you werent holding the map upside down? This is where you said the
party is," she motioned to a location, "and if Im right this is
where we are right now." She circled an area about 20 miles east with her
"Yeah, yeah. So I got a little turned around, so sue me."
"Nah, Kindergarten teachers dont earn enough to make it worth the
effort. Ill think of something else," she joked. "Now drive straight
and therell be a turn off a few miles ahead on the left that should get
us going in the right direction."
AJ turned onto the new road; trees lined both sides and it was as dark as the
previous one, with no streetlights in sight. "See, I told you there was nothing
to worry about, Im a good driver."
"Uh huh, " Chase flipped through the CDs trying to find something
to listen to. "What should I put in?"
"How about Disco Divas Live?"
"How about I just poke red hot knitting needles in my ears."
"Geez, no need to be so dramatic, a simple no would have done."
"No, I dont think it would," she pushed a CD into the player,
"that music gives me hives."
The Imperial March from Star Wars filled the enclosed space and Chase hummed
along with it.
"You know," AJ began, "Ive wondered if I would be tempted
by the Dark Side if I was a Jedi."
"You? Nah, youd be a good guy like Yoda. Youre about the same
"Ha ha very funny. What about you?"
"Hmm, I figure Id be drawn to the Dark Side, but youd help
keep me on the right path." Chase moved her hand to pat AJs thigh,
but stopped when movement from the side of the road caught her eye. "AJ,
The blond swerved hard to avoid hitting the doe eyed deer that had walked onto
the road and froze. Unfortunately that caused the Trailblazer to end up nose down
in a ditch.
Chase looked over at AJ, "Are you okay?
"Just peachy," she rubbed her head. "Do they do that on purpose
to see how many cars they can get to wreck? Or maybe its some sort of deer
reality game show."
"Maybe theyre just really dumb," the brunette suggested as
she checked her partner over. AJ jumped when she hit a sensitive area, "Youve
got a bit of a bump there."
The shorter woman gingerly touched the spot, "Its nothing. I think
the bump was bigger the time I hit myself in the head playing with my Gab whacker."
Chase laughed at that memory, "Fine, but I think we should get some ice
"Okay, just let me get the car out of this ditch and we can head back
The architect shook her head, "I dont think so Crash. I gave you
a chance to drive and see what happened." She smiled to take the sting out
of the words. "Its my turn."
AJ waited until Chase vacated her seat before she crawled across to the passenger
side and sat down muttering something about stupid deer.
The sound of spinning tires cut through the otherwise silent night. The SUV
was stuck. Chase turned the car off and unclipped her cell phone, intent on calling
AAA, but she had no service in the area. "Your phone working out here in
"Nope. Guess that Verizon guy hasnt been out here yet. And you know,
I wonder if hes ever tried that Can you hear me now? thing at
Disney World. That place is a signal black hole. I mean there was this one time
Chase waited for the short blond to finish, hoping it wouldnt take too
long for her to reach the end. Her thoughts drifted away to things she needed
to do that weekend.
AJ glanced over at her partner and saw a glazed look in her eyes. She knew
she was being tuned out. "So then me and Spanky decided to stalk Disney princesses,
but they seemed to have been warned, so we went to the House of Blues and shared
some red headed sluts instead.
This last part got the brunettes attention, "What?"
"You were talking about Disney, then I heard something about red headed
sluts?" Chase raised an eyebrow.
"Yeah, well maybe next time youll pay more attention to my stories."
She stuck her tongue out impishly.
The older woman rolled her eyes, "Okay, we have two choices. We can either
wait here and hope someone comes by, or we can start walking down the road and
look for a house that will let us use their phone."
"I vote for the second one, this road seems to be pretty deserted. Not
that I wouldnt want to spend some alone time in the dark with you christening
the new car, but Ive seen too many horror movies to know messing around
in a vehicle at night in the woods is never a good thing."
Chase rolled her eyes, "But walking around in the same conditions is okay?"
AJ sighed, "Trust me on this. Ive seen more scary movies by the
time I was 16 than you have in your entire life."
"Wow, maybe we should call Guinness and see if they have a category for
most hours in a life wasted watching horror movies."
"Yeah, yeah, real funny. Now get off your smart ass and lets see
if we can find a house."
Chase grabbed a flashlight from beside her seat and joined AJ by the side of
the road. "So you ready to trek out into the great unknown?"
"Sure, maybe well come across something interesting."
"With you along, I have no doubt we will."
The pair had been walking for about fifteen minutes when a house came into
sight. The lights were on inside and loud music was emanating from the structure.
"Looks like we found us a party," AJ commented as they walked up the
drive. "Just hope they arent freaks."
Chase bumped her with a hip. "Well if they are, youll fit right
"True, I do seem to attract them, I got you after all."
They climbed the steps onto the wooden porch. Chase rang the doorbell and hoped
the occupants inside could hear it over the din. She glanced over at AJ who was
moving to the beat of the music and was pretty oblivious to what was going on
around her. The brunette returned her attention to the door and was a bit surprised
to see it open with a big, white bunny standing there.
"Can I help you?" The woman in the costume asked.
AJ stopped dancing when she heard the voice. In front of her was a red headed
woman, a little taller than she was, wearing a white bunny costume with a pair
of bunny ears attached to a headband. "Thats really cute," she
thought until the woman talked and AJ saw gleaming white fangs.
Chase smiled at the homeowner, "Were sorry to bother you. Our car
is stuck in a ditch about a mile down the road and we need to call AAA to tow
us out. May we use your phone please? Or could you make the call for us?"
"Sure, come on in," she held the door open, "Im Buttercup."
The brunette had to poke her partner to get her to stop staring and enter the
house. "Im Chase and this is AJ."
"Its nice to meet you. The phone is right over there, help yourself
and Ill be right back."
Chase walked over to the small table in the entryway and picked up the phone
receiver. It was an old rotary phone and should have had an instant dial tone,
but she heard nothing. She pressed down on the switch hook button several times,
but the phone still didnt work. She glanced over at AJ who was watching
her intently, "Its dead."
"Great, that figures. The phone is always dead in movies right before
the killer strikes."
"What are you talking about?"
AJ lowered her voice to a whisper so only Chase could hear her. "Did you
see her teeth? What kind of person wears fangs with a cute bunny suit?"
"Umm, I dont know, a creative one?"
Buttercup rejoined the women before the pair could finish the costume conversation.
"Did you get hold of AAA?"
Chase shook her head. "Actually the phone is dead, I couldnt get
a dial tone."
"Im sorry, that happens out here in the sticks sometimes, but it
usually only stays out for a little while. Would you like to join the party while
"We wouldnt want to intrude," the brunette politely replied.
"No problem at all, the more the merrier."
Chase looked at AJ for her opinion. "Sounds like fun," the smaller
Buttercup adjusted her bunny ears. "Great, let me introduce you to the
gang, unless youd like to put a costume on first. I have some things upstairs."
"Is it a costume party?" AJ inquired, the hostess nodded her head,
"Then I say we put on a costume too, if you dont mind us borrowing
"Not at all, just go up the stairs and its the second door on the
Chase and AJ found the room with the costumes in it. There were quite a few
in there and many different sizes.
"Ooh, this is really cool." AJ began sorting through the clothing
on the bed. She pulled out several items and tried them on, topping the ensemble
off with a worn, brown hat. She turned to show Chase her outfit, and her jaw dropped
when she eyed the taller woman. Chase was dressed in Jedi robes and was twirling
a lightsaber around like shed been doing it all her life. "Whoa, thats
"Thanks, you dont look so bad yourself Indiana Jones, or should
I call you Janice Covington. So do you know how to use that whip?"
AJ took the coiled leather from a hook on her belt and got a pretty good crack
when she swung it out.
"Impressive, most impressive, but you are not a Jedi yet."
"Uh huh. Come on Obi-Wan, lets get down to that party."
Chase and AJ walked back downstairs and entered the room the party was taking
place. AJs eyes opened wide when she saw the other partygoers, they all
seemed to be wearing two costumes.
Buttercup watched the pair come into the room and motioned them over to where
she was. She admired their costumes for a moment, "Great choices. Now let
me introduce you to the others." She pointed to a Werewolf in stormtrooper
armor, minus the helmet, "Thats Jack, and over there is Frank
AJs eyes swept over the Frankenstein Elvis and moved onto the next person,
a Pirate Mummy named Katrina, followed by Peter, a Star Trek uniform wearing Creature
from the Black Lagoon, and after him was Gertrude, a witch wearing Dorothys
costume from The Wizard of Oz. This last costume sent a shiver down the blondes
spine, there was just something wrong about it.
"I think thats everyone," their hostess announced, "no,
wait. Wheres Guido?"
Suddenly a little figure, about 3 feet tall, hopped out of the tub of dark
liquid they were standing next to and landed on the ground next to AJ who almost
screamed in surprised, but instead grabbed hold of Chase.
"There you are Guido," Buttercup addressed the leprechaun snorkeler.
"I forgot you were looking for Franks sunglasses." She returned
her attention to the women in front of her, "We were bobbing for shrunken
heads and Frank decided he was going to keep his Elvis sunglasses on while doing
it and lost them. Luckily Guido volunteered to retrieve them.
Guido checked out the newcomers, "Hey, how you doin?"
"Uh, pretty good," Chase answered since AJ seemed to be speechless.
"How about yourself?
"Better now that youre here." He gave them his best attempt at
a sexy smile, but AJ decided the act would give her nightmares for weeks if not
longer. "If Id know we were going to have such hot chicks here Id
have worn my red Speedo."
Buttercup cleared her throat, "Guido, how about you go dry off and get
back into your costume, were starting the next game."
"Yeah, sure, fine." He gave Chases butt a pat as he passed
Chase saw AJ was about to go after the little man so she placed a restraining
arm around her, "I dont think its time for midget wrestling."
The smaller woman looked up at her, "Fine, but if he does that again,
Im going to shove his Lucky Charms where the sun dont shine."
"Sorry about that," Buttercup looked apologetic, "Guido pictures
himself as a ladies man. Would you like to join our next game? Pin the severed
head on the body." The women nodded, "Great. Hey everyone, this is Chase
and AJ, lets make them feel welcomed. Now were going to play another
AJ stood in line behind Jack and admired his shiny stormtrooper armor, and
the werewolf part of his costume was amazing. She was about to ask him where he
got it when Peter came by handing out the heads for the next game. The teacher
looked at the cardboard cutout shed been given, it was in the shape of a
head and the face on it appeared to be screaming bloody murder. "Looks like
my Aunt Cindy when I showed her my pet spider when I was a kid."
Chase peered over her partners shoulder at the game piece she was holding,
it was the thing nightmares were made of. "Glad you dont take after
that side of the family," she teased as she glanced at her own piece. It
was tame in comparison to AJs, just looked like an ordinary person smiling
closed mouth at her.
Gertrude saw who Chase had and stomped her ruby red slippers, "She got
Fredrick, I wanted him, I always get Frederick."
Buttercup shook her head, "You get who Peter gives you, and this year
you got Wendell."
The witch waited for Buttercup to move on before whispering menacingly to Chase,
"Ill get you my pretty, and the little one too."
AJ watched as the others had their turns and then she was at the front of the
line. Buttercup tied the bandana around the blondes face the black cloth
covered her eyes. "Three spins and youre off," the bunny informed
her as she began the spinning. "Go."
The smaller woman walked straight ahead with the hand that held the cutout
head out stretched in front of her. She tried to peek out from under the eye covering
but found it was pitch black. She walked slowly until her hand came into contact
with something hard and she stuck the head on it.
There were snickers from the others as she took her blindfold off. She had
managed to stick the object on the bodys groin area, it wasnt her
fault she was vertically challenged and the body seemed exceptionally tall.
Chase was up next; she had to lean down a little so Buttercup could tie the
material over her eyes. Three spins later and she headed towards her target. AJ
watched in amazement as the brunette walked right up to the target and placed
the head almost perfectly on the neck.
The spectators were silent for a moment before erupting into cheers. Chase
didnt even look at her work as she uncovered her eyes and smiled at AJ.
"She cheated," Gertrude complained loudly.
"And how did she do that?" Katrina questioned. "You know no
one can see through that cloth." The others murmured their agreement with
The witch wasnt going to let it go, "I dont know how she did
it, maybe she has a third eye or something."
Jack rolled his eyes, "Its your turn so stop bitching and go before
we drop a house on you."
Snorts and muffled chuckles were heard throughout the room. Gertrude was furious
now. "I dont play with cheaters," she huffed and stormed out of
"Oh forget her," the werewolf announced. "Since no ones
going to beat Chase, lets break out the piñata!"
Buttercup led the group into another room where a piñata was hanging
from the ceiling. It was good sized and shaped like a bloody skull. She picked
up a box, with a hole cut in the top, and walked over to the participants. "Okay
everyone, reach in and pick a piece out, this will determine the order for hitting
the piñata." She held up a Scrabble looking tile.
AJ was the first to pick out a piece. She reached her hand through the hole
and almost pulled it right out when it came into contact with something cold and
slimy. She tried to convince herself it was just spaghetti and it was not moving
around. She maneuvered her hand around until it hit a small wooden tile. She wrapped
her fingers around it and removed her hand from the box. She was surprised to
see it was clean. AJ held up the tile, see shed gotten a D.
"Your turn next, Stud," the blond remarked and her partner placed
her hand in the box. Chase attempted to ignore the feeling that dozens of spiders
were crawling over her hand as she searched for a tile.
The architect grabbed a tile and took her hand from the box. She showed it
to Buttercup. "B," the vampire bunny announced and took the item from
her guest. "Next."
After everyone had picked, they got in a semi-circle around the piñata,
standing in the order of their draws. AJ stood between Katrina and Peter.
"So what does AJ stand for?" The pirate mummy inquired as they waited
for Guido to get blindfolded.
"Nothing actually. My folks couldnt come up with a name when I was
born, so they just used the first letter of each of their names, Alyssa and Jack."
"Whoa," Peter piped in, "thats kind of weird."
"Yeah, tell me about it. You dont know how many times Ive
had to explain it when I fill out forms."
They turned their attention to Guido who was valiantly trying to whack the
piñata with a stick almost as tall as he was. Jack was in charge of pulling
the rope to make the paper skull move up and down, and from the evil gleam in
his eye, he appeared to be enjoying making the leprechaun miss.
Buttercup checked her watch, "Okay, your two minutes are up. You can get
back in line, Guido, and have another shot if no one else breaks it."
The small man handed the blindfold and stick to Buttercup and began to get
back in line. He slowed as he approached Chase, thinking he could cop another
feel. His hand began moving towards the target when he felt a brush of air followed
by a loud cracking sound and a sudden stinging sensation to his hand. He placed
the hand under his arm and glanced up to see AJ replacing the whip on her belt.
"Ooh, a feisty one."
Guido walked past AJ grinning, he liked it when women fought over him.
Katrina leaned over to the small blond, "Good one, I've wanted to do that forever.
Looks like your girl is up next."
AJ smiled, "Yeah, MY girl," she thought as she watched Chase take the
stick from Buttercup.
AJ knew if the brunette wanted to she could finish this right now with
one swing, but she also knew her partner wouldn't do it out of courtesy
to the others since she's already won a game.
The tall woman made a good show of trying to hit the piñata, and the
stick grazed the object several times, but she didn't make solid
contact. When her time was up, she decided to skip an additional turn, and
encounter between Guido and AJ. She moved to the side
of the room as a spectator.
Katrina wasn't able to accomplish the task, so now it was AJ's turn.
The teacher choked up a little on the stick as though it was a baseball
bat and got ready to swing away.
Jack had to jump out of the way from AJ's first cut. Chase shook her
head, she figured he'd have to do that a few more times before the
smaller woman's time was up.
Suddenly there was a loud shrieking sound and Gertrude stormed into the
room with a wand in her hand. She was headed straight for a
"AJ watch out." Chase warned as she jumped into action herself.
"What?" AJ was confused and turned to where she heard Chase's voice. As
she did so, the stick followed along with her and crashed into
the witch's skull.
She started hearing more voices around her, and she turned towards
them, almost taking out several more party guests until Chase managed to
grab hold of the whacker.
When Chase helped AJ take the blindfold off, she saw Buttercup kneeling
over an unmoving Gertrude. "Oh my gosh, Im sooo sorry, I didn't mean
to hit her."
Chase chuckled, "We know, slugger. But it was her fault, she kind of
ran into your space." She didn't want to alarm AJ by saying the witch
had wanted to harm her.
The others followed her lead and tried to make AJ feel better about
knocking the woman out for the count.
Chase heard a chirp and checked her cell phone, it had finally decided
to give her service. "The phone's working now. I'll call AAA and then we
can head back to the car. It's getting pretty late."
"Or early," Buttercup stated. "Jack, would you get an ice pack, I think
she's going to have a bump when she wakes up."
Chase and AJ said their goodbyes to their new friends and promised to
come back the next year to party with them. Buttercup walked them to the
door, "I apologize for the incident in there, she'll be fine, though her
head will ache for a little while."
"Please tell her I'm sorry," AJ opened the screen door and walked out
onto the porch.
"Don't worry, I'll definitely let her know." Buttercup would be having
a good talk with Gertrude about actions on the evening.
The walk back to the car was an uneventful one. AJ had been having so
much fun, she hadn't realized the time and was surprised that by the
time the tow truck showed up the sun was beginning to rise. The driver
gave the women a raised eyebrow at their attire, which reminded AJ they
had left their clothes at the house and needed to return the costumes.
After paying the tow truck operator for pulling them out of the ditch,
the pair drove to Buttercup's house, but the place was deserted and
falling apart. They got out of the car for a better look, "Are you sure
this is the right place?" AJ questioned.
Chase nodded and pointed to the porch where their clothes were sitting,
neatly folded. The taller woman went up and retrieved them, returning to
give AJ the note that was sitting on top of the pile.
The blond unfolded the note and read it out loud. "I hope you guys had a
good time, we really enjoyed having you as our guests. Please keep the
costumes as mementos of the evening, and maybe you can wear them next
year. Farewell my friends. Buttercup."
AJ and Chase exchanged looks, and for the first time the brunette could remember,
her partner was speechless. "Come on shorty, lets get you home."
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