Riley had just woken up from a comfortable sleep on one of the couches of the private jet. She pulled out of Evan’s arms, with a yawn, and looked out the window. The plane was beginning its descent in the early hours of the morning. The ground was covered in fog, but a few green mountains loomed over the fog. They stepped out of the airport and got into the waiting limo. Riley and Liz gazed out the window at the old architecture and all the people walking around the streets. Riley looked up at a mountain and saw the old castle looming above everything. It dominated the city with its high walls and dark appearance. She gasped and pointed it out to Liz. Damon smiled looking up at the castle.
“Syd, are you going to be bored this trip?” Riley asked taking a picture of the castle.
Syd looked at her, smiled mischievously, and shook his head, “There is no way anyone would be bored on this trip.”
“Are you guys tired or do you want to see the castle first?” Damon asked.
“Castle,” Riley, Liz, and Genevieve (Chris’ girlfriend) said eagerly. Damon laughed and winked at the guys.
“I’m surprised, Damon, I didn’t see you as the type to be into castles,” Riley said.
“Well you know castles have been around a long time and they’re the best place to go to see them,” Damon replied with a smirk.
“See what?” Liz asked.
Damon looked at her and wiggled his fingers, “Ghosts.”
Liz’s face dropped instantly, “Well ghosts only come out at night, right? So… we’ll be okay.”
“Where do you think we’re staying?” Syd asked raising his eyebrows.
“No way! There is no way in hell you are getting me to stay in a creepy old castle with fucking ghosts around!” Liz yelled looking scared.
“It’s not like we’re actually sleeping there,” Damon said with a shrug, “I got us some cool ghost hunting things. It’s gonna be great!”
“Rex, tell him no!” Liz demanded. Rex looked at her and shrugged.
“You can always leave,” Chris stated, giving her a bored look. Liz took a deep breath and straightened her back. She glared at Chris who just shrugged back.
“I wouldn’t mind if you left,” Liz said in return.
“Liz, simmer,” Rex said, setting a hand on her shoulder.
“What is with you guys and my family’s sloppy seconds?” Chris asked moving his gaze from Liz to Riley.
“Oh, grow up Chris! That is so high school!” Syd said looking over his sunglasses at Chris. Chris frowned and crossed his arms.
“Yeah, just face it. Your parents are never, ever, ever, getting back together,” Evan said singing the last part. Chris glared at him. Then everyone in the car busted up laughing, even Chris. He knew he should have been mad but it was funny to hear Evan sing Taylor Swift. Riley looked at Evan and shook her head. He gave her a goofy smile and shrugged, making her laugh more.
She glanced over at Chris, he was looking at her thoughtfully and rubbing his finger along his lip. Riley quickly looked away. Evan leaned over and kissed her neck. A smile pulled at her lips as she turned and looked at him giving her puppy eyes.
“You’re not mad at me, are you? You know, for bringing you along?” Evan asked.
“Oh, hell no, I’m with Damon! This is going to be awesome!” Riley said grinning at Damon. Damon, Syd, Rex, and Evan all looked at her in shock.
“You’re kidding me, right?” Evan asked, “You’re afraid of thunder and lightning, but not scary castles and ghosts?”
Riley smiled and shrugged, “Now if you combine them, I might be terrified, but really a ghost can’t do anything to you? Have you ever heard of a person being killed by a ghost?”
“No, but there’s all sorts of movies with ghosts that scare the shit out of me,” Syd said, “I guess I’ll have to rely on Liz to scream like a girl with me.”
Liz smiled, “We can hide out together.”
“No hiding,” Damon growled, “Come on! I do everything you guys want to do! It’s my turn, you’re going to participate and like it or I’m not going on any more stupid trips with you!”
Syd pouted and looked at Rex. Rex shrugged and went back to messing around on his ipad. Syd looked to Evan for help, but he just shrugged as well.
“Alright! Fine, I’ll do your stupid ghost hunt,” Syd said shaking his head and crossing his arms. Damon smiled and looked back at the castle.
They spent the day touring the castle and then wandering around the city, enjoying the sites. Riley and Liz shopped in the little tourist stores while the others went to the castle they were staying at to take a nap. Riley knew she’d be tired but couldn’t resist the opportunity to get some knickknacks from Scotland. They returned to the castle and were surprised to find the guys all wearing kilts.
“What do you think?” Damon asked.
“I think you guys are crazy! It’s cold out there,” Liz said shaking her head.
“Hey Princess Rose, guess what’s under it?” Damon asked wiggling his eyebrows.
“I don’t think I want to know,” Riley replied, smirking.
“Dude, I thought you were joking about that,” Syd said, “I hope you wore something under that. I don’t need to see your shit, man.”
“Seriously I’d be worried about freezing my nuts off,” Evan said playfully punching Damon’s shoulder. They ate dinner together and then made their way back to the castle. Damon grabbed some hard cases from the trunk handing one to each of the guys. He was grinning from ear to ear as they entered the castle.
“This is ridiculous,” Syd complained following them in. They went to a room where they set up “base” and opened all the cases to find little video cameras. Riley and Damon were excited to begin the adventure as they passed out night vision cameras to everyone.
“I call dibs on Riley!” Damon shouted. Evan looked at him funny and put his arm around Riley.
“Oh, come on, Ev! She’s the only one as excited as I am!” Damon pleaded. Riley nodded and smiled at Evan.
“In that case, I call Liz,” Syd said, “She’s the only one as un-excited as I am.”
Liz laughed and linked arms with Syd.
“Okay so me and Riley are hunting together, Syd’s with Liz. That makes Evan and Rex together, and Chris can go with what’s her face,” Damon said smiling and handing Riley a camera.
“Her name’s Genevieve,” Chris said.
“Whatever,” Damon said with a shrug and pulling Riley out into the dark hallway.
“I can’t see anything,” Riley whispered.
“Use your camera, it has night vision,” Damon whispered back. She turned on her camera and pointed it at Damon. He looked creepy with white pupils and Riley laughed.
“You look possessed Damon, I think I found our first ghost,” she whispered. She screamed when strong arms wrapped around her waist and swung her around. Pointing the camera behind her she saw Evan’s face smiling.
“Aww aren’t we a cute possessed couple?” Evan asked. Riley let out a snicker and shook her head.
“We’re going this way, you guys go the other way,” Damon said, “We have to stay in small groups or we’ll scare off the ghosts.”
He linked his arm with Riley’s and dragged her down the castle hallway. They went into what was once a bedroom and looked around.
“Check out the heat vision,” Damon whispered showing her his camera and putting his hand in front so she could see the difference in the colors. Riley giggled and tried it herself.
“Let’s look somewhere else,” he whispered. She followed him further down the hall and he led her to an area that looked like a prison of some sort. She turned around and looked into the rooms that supposedly held prisoners of war. When she turned back around, Damon was gone.
“Damon?” she whispered, “Where are you?”
She crept along the walkway, “Damon don’t you dare play a prank on me.”
She looked through all the rooms in that building and couldn’t see him. Damn it! He’s going to prank me, I know it, she thought. She heard a scream echo down the hall and then the sound of feet in heels running. Must be Genevieve, Riley thought, slightly relieved at not being pranked by Damon. She could still feel her heart racing. She never realized how freaky these ghost hunts actually were. Being surrounded by darkness and looking for any sort of light that looked ghostly. She jumped, swearing something cold just touched her arm. Riley took a deep breath and gulped looking around with her camera.
“Riley, is that you?” someone whispered.
“Who’s there?” she squeaked.
“The ghost of this castle,” Chris joked coming into view of her camera.
“What do you want Chris?” Riley asked sounding annoyed.
“Your partner scared off my partner. Have you seen him?” Chris asked.
“No, but I heard someone scream,” Riley replied. She watched as Chris looked deep in thought for a moment.
“Everything echo’s in here, so you probably won’t be able to figure out which way they went. I guess we should stick together until we find them,” Riley said turning to walk away. Chris grabbed her arm and swung her around to face him.
He took a deep breath and then whispered, “Riley, I’m sorry. I was a jerk to you, and that’s not who I am. My dad’s the jerk, usually. Anyway, don’t tell them, but my friends were right about you. I should have listened to them.”
Riley smiled as she looked in the camera and saw the sincerity on his face. He looked like he was sorry as he sadly watched for her reaction.
“It’s okay, Chris,” Riley whispered, “Just don’t do it again.”
“Hug?” Chris asked. Riley nodded and hugged him. He squeezed her tightly and rested his head on her shoulder. Riley could feel his warm breath on her cheek. She tried to push him away.
“Okay, that’s enough,” Riley said.
“You still want me, don’t you? You liked kissing me,” Chris whispered, his mouth moving closer to hers.
“No, no I don’t,” Riley said putting her hand over his mouth, “Sorry, but I never loved you, the way I do Evan.”
Chris grabbed her hand, his other hand pinning her against a wall, “You know you want to...”
"No-," Riley started.
“Chris!” someone shouted, Riley felt Chris pull away from her. Then she heard a crack echo through the hall.
“Shit! Evan! Did you just punch me?” Chris asked. Riley lifted her camera to see Chris holding his jaw.
“You know I did, Riley is my girl! Keep your fucking hands off of her! I knew you were going to try something! She’s over you! She was never that into you!” Evan growled, shoving Chris back. Riley saw the look of surprise that came over Chris’ face.
“You really like her, don’t you?” Chris asked stepping closer to Evan. Riley watched as Evan’s fists clenched.
“Is she really worth it? You’d risk our lifelong friendship for some slut?” Chris asked, pressing his chest to Evan’s.
“I know for a fact that she isn’t a slut, and yes, I would. I love her. I would do anything for her, even kick your ass if I have to,” Evan replied, his jaw clenching. Riley’s heart melted. Evan loves her!
Chris smiled and shrugged, backing up, “Okay, if you really feel that strongly about her. I hope it works out for you two.”
“Wait, really?” Evan asked, surprised. He was expecting a brawl, or at least more of a fight.
“Seriously, you deserve someone good like Riley. I should have never treated her like that. Sorry again, Princess,” Chris said, patting Riley’s shoulder.
“Thanks, Chris. You’ve changed,” Riley replied, “I hope you find love, too.”
Chris rubbed his jaw frowning, "I won't end our friendship over this Ev, but damn that fucking hurt! You've got a mean right hook."
Evan pulled Riley into his arms and planted a kiss on her, his tongue brushing her lips. She grinned as she deepened the kiss.
“Oh my god! You guys are such a fucking soap opera! Get a room, for cryin’ out loud,” Damon said. Riley pulled back and looked up at the ceiling.
“Shut up, Damon,” Evan growled, shooting a glare towards Damon.
Evan turned back to Riley, touching his forehead to hers, and then whispered, “I love you, Riley.”
“Love you, too,” Riley replied, entwining their fingers.
“Awww,” Damon said, “You guys need your own soap. Dun Dun Duuuuuuuun, Is Riley pregnant? Will they ever get married? Find out on the next episode of Evan Sucks!”
Evan chuckled and flipped off where he thought Damon was.
“She’s not pregnant,” Evan said shaking his head. He pulled Riley in for another kiss and they heard Damon groan.
“Come on you guys. It’s time to meet up with everyone,” Damon said walking out. Riley linked arms with Evan as they followed Damon to the meeting room.
Damon opened the door and growled, "Damn it, Syd!"
Syd was sitting at a table playing poker with Genevieve and Liz. Instead of chips they were using the shortbread cookies the girls had brought to snack on.
“You guys are supposed to be looking for ghosts! Great, poker in here, a soap opera out there, but where are the fucking ghosts?” Damon demanded.
Riley shrugged, “Maybe they're dying to play poker? I want a camera like yours!”
Damon handed her another camera, this one was infrared. She laughed pointing it at the guys and seeing how red it was.
“Looks like there are a lot of hot blooded males in here,” Riley said. Damon laughed and swung his jacket in the air like a stripper.