Tuesday, October 30 – Charlotte, North Carolina
Ryan and Darrell had been standing at the end of the haunted house for a bit now, tapping their feet, now almost impatient as they waited for Chase to make his way through.
“Where is he?” Ryan questions with a sigh, even trying to take a peak back through the exit he should’ve used.
“It’s Chase we’re talking about,” Darrell starts. “He gets afraid by the smallest little scare…” Ryan lets out a sigh, knowing that was true. Hence why they always avoided scary movies.
“That’s why he has a dinosaur to protect him.” Darrell had to chuckle in response, though also noticed a bit of hesitation in his friend’s voice.
“What are you thinking?” Ryan wanted to shrug it off, but couldn’t virtue of his own previous experiences.
“Alison.” Darrell freezes immediately as he looks over surprised.
“You don’t thin-”
“She’s stalked him secretly before, she’s done everything imaginable. I wouldn’t put it past her to know that we’re here tonight.” Ryan then takes one more peak. “Screw it, I’m going looking.”
“Are you serious?” Ryan then makes his way through the exit, set to follow the halls back up through. “Wait for me!”
The pair make their way through the halls, ultimately catching the characters off guard who were questioning them going the wrong way.
“We lost something,” Ryan quickly pawned it off each time. “The manager said we could look through.” Each character simply nodded their head accepting, before retreating back to their hiding spot. Clearly, it hadn’t been the first time.
They had been going for awhile, before they noticed a wall slightly off, almost a secret door open.
“You don’t think, do you?” Darrell questions, and even before he was finished, Ryan was opening it the rest of the way.
“Shit!” The only words to escape Ryan’s mouth as he ran over right away, trying to find the break-open latch.
Stuck in a tall glass tube, they saw their best friend – with his dinosaur unfortunately deflated, shivering as cold ice and water came down over top of his head.
“Here it is!” Darrell then opens it immediately, which releases cold ice water on them right away.
“Chase?!?” Ryan questions as he gives him a pull out of the center, getting a shivering response.
“So…cold…” Chase managed quietly, shivering before them as he tried to wipe any bit of water away.
“Go get help!” Darrell gives a simple nod, pulling out his phone to dial 9-1-1 while running off to find someone. He wouldn’t mind that dead doll popping out for a change now. “Get your wet clothes off…” Ryan then helps pull the costume that Chase was wearing off, before throwing a roll of paper towel.
“How’d you know?” Ryan knew him standing there shivering with nothing on wouldn’t help, as he stripped out of his own costume next.
“You were taking too long.” He then hands him over the beast costume. “You need to get war-”
“What about yo-”
“I’m not the one that was just standing in ice water for who knows how long!” Chase easily instructs, slipping on the pants, before Ryan helps him out with the shirt. “Better?”
“Still…freezing…” Ryan could tell by the shivering that his legs were still really cold.
“Try dancing around.” Chase tried to move around as much as he could, as Ryan tried to find anything that would help. “Damn it, hurry Bubba!”
“Wrap this around your legs,” a new voice chimes in, causing both to look over as Christopher Bell was standing there, dressed as Chef Boyardi, handing off the apron.
“Thank you,” Chase simply replied before doing as instructed. “What are you doing here?”
“We came to check out the haunted house – just like you probably did,” Morgan Kemenah comments as Ryan could only chuckle at her cardboard noodle costume. “Keep wiggling your toes, keep moving your legs. That’ll get the blood flowing and help warm you up with the layers.”
“Put these gloves on and rub your legs too,” Christopher adds, handing over the oven mitts that went with his costume. “The friction should help.”
After what seemed like an eternity, the manager arrived over to them with some paramedics in toe. Despite assurances from Chase that he would be fine once he got some more warmth, he was sent with them to go get checked out at the hospital.
“You go with him,” Christopher instructs as he looks over at Ryan. “We’ll go pick up Sarina.”
“Okay,” Ryan replies, accepting. He would’ve preferred to tell Sarina himself, but also knew it’d be strange in sticking Chase and Christopher together. “Hey Christopher, be careful in telling her the news. Make sure that she knows he’s alright.”
“I got thi-”
“I mean it, Christopher. Make sure that she knows he’s alright and she doesn’t panic or freak or anything. Just make sure that she stays calm, please…” The repeated comments initially caught both Morgan and Christopher off-guard, but Christopher gave a nod of approval.
“I promise Ryan, I’ll be careful.”
It didn’t take Christopher long to reach where he had parked, with both him and Morgan set to head back to the Elliott household.
“Ryan repeated that a couple more time than necessary,” Morgan comments as she puts her belt on. “It’s almost like there’s a hidden mess-”
“Sarina is pregnant,” Christopher cuts her off, earning a surprised glance in return from Morgan. “I wanted to say something the other week myself to her about it, but I noticed that her firesuit was looking a little tighter around the stomach area.” He then pauses, realizing how that probably sounded saying it out loud. There was also a time that I stopped by to see her, that Chase had his hands resting very suspiciously there.”
“You’re going to need to warn him about that if they’re trying to keep it secret…” Christopher nods his head as they head out to the house. “And Christopher, I know what you were thinking. I’m not worried.” She then reaches over, placing her hand on top of his as it rested on the shifter. “I know you love me, and I love you with everything. I know that we have nothing to worry about with you doing something with her, or vise versa. So if you’re worried about that looking comment, it’s fine. You guys spend lots of time together as friends so it’s bound to happen.”
“I love you.” He then turns to her, giving her a kiss, before focusing his eyes on the road.
Tuesday, October 30 – Carolina Medical Center
Sarina walks into the room, walking over to Chase and wrapping both arms around him immediately.
“Are you okay?” She questions, earning a nod in response. “Are you sure?”
“I told them that I was fine there,” he answers. “But with these nice warm blankets, I am toasty right now. Every bit of feeling, warmth, whatever is back in my legs.” She then kisses his lips, feeling the blankets as she does so.
“Those are nice and toasty. Do you think we can get some for the trailer?” He smiles back in response.
“Anything for you, as always.” He then leans in for another kiss, which she obviously accepts.
“Did they say anything?” Christopher asks Ryan as the couple embraces.
“They’ve given him their seal of approval,” Ryan answers. “There doesn’t look to be any longing effects or anything, so I think we got there in the nick of time for that. They’re just keeping him for a couple hours to make sure nothing develops.”
“I got what you were saying when you repeated it twice…” Ryan then looks over, a bit of horror and surprise mixed together. “Relax, I won’t say anything, I promise.”
“They’re doing whatever they can to keep it a secret until the banquet.” Christopher looks back over at the pair cuddled up together.
“Well, just warn him about hand placement in the garage area. I mentioned to Morgan that I saw something suspicious a week ago, and combined with your repeated messages, I figured it out.” Ryan knew he would have to pass along the message in a timely fashion. “So that announcement about next yea-”
“Stay tuned. She’s going back racing once she has the baby in the new year.” Christopher smiles as he was looking forward to competing against her once again. “She’s like 15 weeks along.”
“Really?” Ryan nods his head. “So she was pregnant at Talladega. That’s why she was crying afterwards.” Ryan nods his head once again. “Well, I hope for the best as they deserve it.”
“Hey Christopher!” Chase says, getting his attention, before throwing the apron and gloves back at him. “The chef needs his apron and oven mitts if he’s going to get any baking done. But thank you, once again.”
“I’m glad that I could help,” Christopher replies. He then glances over at Ryan with a comment of his own in the mixing, as Ryan rolls his eyes. With a look back at the couple, he couldn’t hold it in. “I heard you were doing some baking of your own. Congrats on the bun in the oven.”
“You figured it out?!?” Chase questions, earning nods around the room. “Thanks…”
“And be careful on your cuddles. I almost figured it out without Ryan’s help..” Chase looks over at Sarina, giving her a wink.
“I’ll try, but man, I can’t wait for this little baby to be here..” He then places his hand on her stomach as he had been doing so many times recently. “I still say it’s a little girl.”
“I don’t care, as long as he or she is healthy,” Sarina comments, placing her hand on top of his.
Wednesday, October 31 – Charlotte, North Carolina
Chase fixes the outfit once again on Max, taking a step back and giving himself a nod of approval.
“You look good Max,” he says, before giving the dog a treat for co-operating as he dressed him up.
“Are you sure you’re okay?” Sarina questions from upstairs, earning the millionth eye roll of the day. “I mean, I think you should be relaxing.”
“I could say the same thing for you.” She then lets out a sigh, growing very tired of his repeated remarks.
“Meanwhile, I wasn’t the one in a hospital just last night because a crazy chick had attempted to freeze me alive while holding a gun to my face.” While Alison’s other attacks had left him with after thoughts for days, surprisingly he was moving forward very smoothly after last night’s events. It just further enhanced his rules about not entering haunted houses anymore, though.
“She also killed my dinosaur, remember…” He checked over his own appearance in the mirror. He had managed to get his hands on another Mario costume, though wasn’t able to find the one with Yoshi in time. “I think that’s a good thing, though. Max didn’t like the dinosaur.”
“Did the costume fit Max, by the way?” While he had spent the morning relaxing per Sarina’s orders, she ran to the store to grab his new costume, something for herself, and managed to get an outfit for the dog in the process.
“He looks great. Now, can I finally see your costume?” She then makes her way out of the bathroom, down the stairs, and stopping at the bottom with a smile.
“A Mario needs his Peach to save…” A smirk forms on his face immediately, as he wraps his arms around her, picking her up.
“No Bowser would ever kidnap this Peach.” He then kisses her lips, before slowly setting her back down on the ground.
“You may be my Georgia peach, but I am your Peach tonight.” He then gives her a wink in return, as she just chuckles with a smirk of her own. “I almost want this Halloween night to be at the end to see what you’re thinking.”
“I don’t know if you can handle all of this sexiness.” She then grabs the straps of the overalls, pulling him close.
“I’ve handled them before, and I plan to handle them again accordingly…” She then slowly kisses his lips, as she backs him against the wall. “I don’t know if you can handle everything that I want to give you.”
“I’m not complaining, ever….” A bark from Max cut their fun off as they both knew it meant someone was at the door. “You should’ve dressed Max up as Yoshi.”
“I looked but they were out of Yoshi dog costumes.”
They had been having a smooth evening, handing out candies to the various kids that stopped by. Although they had critiqued some of the outfits for going too far to themselves, they had to admire others as there were some cute princesses and monsters.
In-between handing out the candy, the pair were naturally spending their time in the living room, playing either Mario Kart or Super Mario Brothers. It was Max’s bark that alerted them to pause and hand out the candy, accordingly.
“Beat ya again!” Sarina lets out, having crossed the finish line first.
“That stupid shell,” Chase commented, as he had been leading until a green shell she threw hit him.
They then heard Max’s familiar bark, glancing at each other before both getting up and going to the door. Chase reached the door knob first, opening it, before having to look down at who was there.
“Here to save the day!” Brexton let out, before a classic superhero pose. Both Chase and Sarina chuckled in response.
“Is that so?” Sarina questions, earning a nod from Brexton. She then scoops him up in her arms.
“But whose going to save Brexton from Tickle Monster Mario?” Chase asks, before beginning to tickle him as Sarina kept a hold on him. The giggles immediately escaped from the little boy.
“Daddy…Mommy,” he lets out in between chuckles.
“Let him go!” Samantha and Kyle appear from their hiding spots, both dressed in superhero costumes as well. Chase stops immediately, as Sarina puts him down.
“My princess!” Brexton then gives Sarina a big hug, which she easily accepts.
“I think you lost your princess for the night now,” Kyle comments, earning a shrug of the shoulders from Chase. HE actually thought it was adorable in seeing the bond that Sarina had formed with Brexton this year, and it had him ready for moments like these with their own child one day.
“So I heard that you lost Yoshi last night,” Samantha adds, earning a nod from Chase as Kyle simply gives her a glance. “I’m glad you’re alright.”
“Just thankful that Ryan came looking when he did,” Chase says, before looking back over at Sarina and Brexton with a smile. “Say, what do you say for a treat?”
“Trick or Treat!” Brexton lets out, before going back outside to grab his bag off of the porch.
“That’s a lot of candy!” Chase then drops a couple chocolate bars in as he looks up with a smile.
“Thank you.” Brexton then gives him a hug, as well.
“Ready to go visit more houses?” Samantha asks and Brexton nods his head.
“Have fun!” Chase tells him, as Sarina offers one more hug for him before watching the Busch family leave together. They stood on the porch together, with Chase wrapping an arm around Sarina’s back. “That’ll be us in a couple years. Are you ready?”
“I’m in charge of the costumes, right?” She questions, earning a chuckle from Chase.
“Do I trust you?” She then gives him a playful punch, which just increases the chuckling.