A/N: Okay, you guys win. I realized myself that if I had made this the epilogue, even with the way I had planned it out, there'd still be too many loose ends. And besides, I didn't want to leave off with such a boring chapter like that anyway, so I made this one especially epic for you guys. I really hope you like it, and I'm not sure if anything like it has been done before. If it has, let me know, and I promise I didn't steal the idea from anyone else. Hope you all enjoy what I had in store for this chapter though. I really did try my best with it. ^^
Disclaimer:I don't own Beetlejuice.
Beetlejuice could not believe it.
This thing just ate Benny, and now it's cuddling up to Lydia while she scratched its head gently.
"Oh I remember you!" she cooed. The sandworm gave out a low growl that almost resembled a purr, pulling back to lick her face with it's long, slimy tongue. Eventually he couldn't take it any more, the way that this thing just sucked up to her making him want to throw up (And believe him, his stomach is not weak).
"What is going on here?"
Lydia's eyes immediately snapped up to look at him, those large brown orbs clouded with confusion.
"Don't you remember the time that we had to save that baby sandworm? He's also the one that ate you at… our wedding…" Lydia's eyes went down to her hand, eyeing the long forgotten engagement ring.
Beetlejuice didn't pick up the torn look on the girl's face. Instead, he felt even angrier than he had before. First off, why had she gone down here, and second, how can she remember that?
"You remember that guy, but you don't even remember me?"
"What excuse could you come up with this time? Huh?"
"Just let me explain, I-"
"On second thought, I don't want to hear it."
He was pissed to say the least. It just wasn't fair that she was going to pretend to not remember anything. And then all of a sudden, this sandworm shows up, and she remembers that?
The sandworm at her side began to snarl at him as soon as he had snapped. Lydia's hand tried to reach the top of its head, but her hand had gone as far to the center of its head as it could (though she wasn't near the center at all). The movement kept the sandworm from doing anything else. Beetlejuice suddenly had a new flash of rage, no longer even afraid of it. This thing had eaten him before, no doubt would he be able to get out again.
Lydia gave him a look that was probably ten times harsher than any glare the girl had ever given him. The sandworm at her side turned to growl at him again but with a strict flick to the side of it's face had it obediently quiet once more. Beetlejuice was just about to say fuck it and juice them all back into her room. Lydia seemed lost for words and he just didn't want to deal with it. When she did finally open her mouth to say something, the ground began to shake.
If he couldn't float, Beetlejuice was pretty sure his feet would have slipped from right under him. Lyds didn't share that talent with him, however, and immediately lost her balance. The sandworm's tail caught her in her fall and wrapped around her waist to steady her.
Evangeline, the long forgotten vampire, ran screaming from one of the nests. The poor girl couldn't run nearly as fast as she had before when running from Benny, but how hard her probably worn out body forced her to move meant that it couldn't be good. She made it halfway across the distance between herself and Lydia when she stopped dead before the roaring sandworm.
Beetlejuice floated closer to the three, much to the annoyance of the large creature keeping the mortal girl in its possession. He was far too curious and on edge about what was coming up and even though the idea of just leaving was appealing, he couldn't very well leave Lydia here. Evangeline's screaming started up once again before Lydia could pull the sandworm's head away from her, trying to calm it down. Her attempts failed, the creature being too on edge to calm itself but it did back off and shift its head left and right.
"Will ya stop screamin'?" Beetlejuice finally yelled, even though Evangeline's screams had died off into whimpers. She took no notice and looked over her shoulder, her whimpers growing louder but by this point she was too frozen with fear to make a break for it.
Five sandworms, one by one, rose from under the sand the same way the first one had. Beetlejuice would have had a heart attack if he were still alive. Very slowly, each one rose form the ground, their faces fixed on the three meals sitting in front of them. The third one to rise up lowered its head to take a better look at the delicious looking figures. Almost instantly the one cradling Lydia got in its face with a growl, snarling at it enough to make it back up immediately.
The two sandworms went back and forth after that. It looked as if they were arguing, roaring back and forth and even snapping at each other every now and then. Lydia gasped out loud and Beetlejuice looked back at her, having been too awestruck at the situation at hand, to notice that the sandworm's grip on her had tightened. A louder roar had him looking back up though to see that three more were picking on the one defensive sandworm. Just when one thought it could get a bite in it would strike only to be sadly mistaken, as the sandworm would nick them in the back of the head. Over and over again, the one holding Lydia would rear his head back and snap mercilessly at either one that had gotten too close.
Beetlejuice was never one to watch a sandworm with remote interest, but at this point he was hooked. It was like watching an action movie, with the idea of an epic fight about to break out. His thoughts immediately halted, realizing that if they did begin to fight, Lydia would be in the middle of it. For the second time in a row, his thoughts stopped dead in his tracks. Why on earth did he still care about her to the point where he needed to take care of her? Lydia lied to him, and he had just snapped on her for having enough of it. He was Beetlejuice! He didn't have enough of anything, not even crap from other people!
He had completely forgotten that there was a fifth sandworm present until Evangeline made a break for it to the manhole. Immediately it was blocking the entrance, its head sticking out from under the weight of its body as it snapped at her, backing her up into the center once again. At this point they were trapped, stuck between five sandworms, with only one at the side. Given that their old acquaintance has severely outgrown his friends at this point, he was still outnumbered.
It was as if they had been waiting for their only way out to be blocked. As soon as Evangeline had been backed up into the center, one of the sandworms rammed its head into the midsection of their ally, sending it sprawling back across the sand. One would think that on impact, the sandworm would have loosened its grip on Lydia and let go, but it didn't. Its grip actually tightened further, wrapping her into protective coils as it regained its balance and towered back up to the other's height.
Beetlejuice had juiced himself next to Lydia immediately, the only thing separating them being the sandworm's coils. Lydia couldn't tug herself free, and the sandworm was a little too busy to be reminded she was there and let her go. As soon as he regained his height, he snapped at the sandworm that had attacked him, successfully wrapping his jaws around the other's neck area. Lydia reached forward just before she was tugged in another direction and grabbed Beetlejuice's sleeve, effectively pulling him with her.
Just as their sandworm had attached himself to the other, another one had done the same to him. The sandworm that had attacked first pulled one way, trying to free himself from the other's grasp while its ally tugged in the opposite direction, effectively pulling him off of his enemy. There was a loud rip when the teeth that had caught into the skin was pulled free, and taking a large amount of flesh with it.
Lydia gasped in horror when she watched this. She even cried out when her sandworm had been attacked in the same fashion and hoped that he didn't get a similar wound. The larger of the two, who was struggling to free himself, flailed his body and immediately dropped the girl, who was caught by the poltergeist at her side.
Beetlejuice held Lydia close to him and began to move away from the struggling sandworms. Much to his surprise, the girl began to protest.
"No! Go back, Beej!" she yelled, attempting to pull herself away from him, "We can't leave Wormy back there! Turn. Back!"
Wormy? She named it? Beetlejuice growled, not at the fact that she was pulling away from him after he had gotten so close to her, and that she was hitting him, but because she named a sandworm. Beetlejuice looked down to realize that they weren't far off the ground, so instead of stopping, he simply dropped the mortal.
Lydia landed on her rump in soft sand and cursed out loud on impact. No doubt she probably had sand in her underwear at this point, either. Beetlejuice banked left and eventually floated right in front of her, arms crossed and giving her the best pissed off look he could give. Lydia's distressed look she gave back to him told him that she had more to say than 'we have to help Wormy.'
"I know you don't want to hear it, Beej, but you're going to. I am sorry. I am so, utterly, terribly sorry."
Beetlejuice sighed and rubbed his temples, "Lyds, no. You can't apologize for what you did. You can't just pretend that I dropped off the face of the planet, and think that I'll put up with your shit just because you apologize."
"But I really did forget, Beej!"
"Save it fo-"
"I was in a car wreck!"
For a breathtaking moment the only sound was that of the screeching sandworms behind them, and occasionally a loud whimper from Evangeline who had been trying to stay away from them. Beetlejuice blinked, not believing what he saw as tears began to gather in her eyes. Her shoulders were shaking while she fought the urge to break out into tears. The poltergeist immediately felt awful, though what for he couldn't fathom. He believed that she had been in a car wreck. She couldn't have been in the hospital for no reason. That doesn't necessarily explain much to him, though. In fact he was kind of confused at first as to why she'd even bring that up. Feeling the immediate need to comfort her, Beetlejuice reached out to her.
And then a sandworm was suddenly between them.
Sand sprayed up from the ground, startling him for a moment and also temporarily blinding him. When he could finally see again he noticed that the sandworm between them had been slammed to the ground, his opponent's tail wrapped tightly around where his neck would be.
The creature being pinned was almost unrecognizable under the amount of blood and sand that covered the length of its body, but Lydia's scream only confirmed his worse fears. The worm protecting them was definitely losing. Wormy gave Lydia a sideways glance that seemed almost expressionless. At hearing her cry out on his behalf, the sandworm had found new strength.
Wormy's midsection flailed as his tail whipped up and latched onto the other's body, using from the tip of his tail to about his midsection to constrict the area just below the other sandworm's head. Beetlejuice and Lydia both watched in stunned silence for a moment while the two wrestled, the intense look on Wormy's face saying that he was using all the strength he had to get a tight grip on the other. At the same time, however, he was losing strength. The other sandworm had a good grip on him as well and as Wormy lost more air he found it difficult to try to outmatch the other. In a fit of desperation, he wrapped the rest of what he could around the other before squeezing as hard as he could, and then jerking part of his body in a different direction.
The sudden movement was quick and so fast that Beetlejuice swore he saw Lydia flinch. A loud 'crack' was heard as Wormy's body twitched, the sound loud enough to have an echoing effect like thunder. The sandworm that had been holding him down gave a final twitch before falling back, and all the strength that kept their sandworm down was suddenly lifted.
Beetlejuice looked over to notice that the four remaining sandworms were busy trying to catch Evangeline. While one still sat before the only exit for miles, the other three snapped at the fleeing vampire, trying to corner her between the three of them. Wormy regained his balance again and raised his head up enough to seem tall but not quite as high as before, and let out a roar that challenged the other three. The fourth didn't seem to notice, staying in its position while eyeing the vampire who dove into the vacant nest she was in before.
The three sandworms that did react charged at them. In one sweeping motion, Wormy's tail was instantly wrapped around both Beetlejuice and Lydia, cradling them both the same way he had before when he was only carrying the breather. Beetlejuice squirmed in his spot as well as Lydia and considered juicing himself out before realizing that doing so would leave enough room for Lydia to slip out, and she didn't look willing to leave her friend's side at the moment either.
One sandworm was brave enough to strike past Wormy and try to get to his tail, while another had tried to distract him. In the midst of the struggling, Lydia chose that moment to continue their conversation.
"I've had amnesia, Beej. I couldn't remember who I was at all."
Beetlejuice had to admit that his response wasn't necessarily appropriate. In fact, it would have been much better if he stared at her in awed silence and realized that she was telling the truth. However, all he could think to say was, "Lyds, you are insane. Obviously right now is not the time to be talking about this."
As he said this, he wrapped his arm around Lydia's shoulders and forced her down while ducking too, just as another sandworm's tail whipped over their heads in an attempt to swipe at them. Lydia ground her teeth together, both in anger and in an attempt to hold on tight and not get jostled around.
"This is the perfect opportunity! If you haven't noticed, this may be the last chance that I get to tell you this. Not to mention that you don't sound very surprised at all to find that I was in an accident and lost my memories!"
"There are six sandworms fighting over us like homeless people over a cheese burger! I believe that you lost your memories but if you haven't noticed, my greatest fear times a million is happening, and it's not a dream!"
"Then why haven't you juiced us out of here yet?" Lydia inquired, not screaming when a sandworm's teeth came a little too close. After Beetlejuice had not responded after a few moments the Goth girl looked over at him with a look of extreme bewilderment. When her look of realization flickered across her face, Beetlejuice fought the embarrassed flush that almost spread across his face.
"You're the ghost with the most, and yet a couple of sandworms are going to scare the juice out of you."
"Tell me you're not scared right now!" Beetlejuice challenged, his voice faltering for a moment while they were pulled in a completely different direction.
Lydia had a retort ready and was about to launch it at him when one of the sandworms bit onto Wormy's tail, dangerously close to where the two resided. Instantly the two were not only dropped, but also thrown into the sand. The mortal stood up coughing and dusted herself off while Beetlejuice still lay there, coughing and sputtering out the sand that had gotten in his mouth.
"I don't think being terrified is particularly helpful at the moment," Lydia finally said, albeit between breaths while she fought to catch hers.
"Yeah and at this point it's kind of not avoidable," Beetlejuice grumbled, sitting up. Just before he could get to his feet, he noticed one of the sandworm's preparing to strike in Lydia's direction.
Fortunately, Lydia noticed too and was all too ready to dive out of the way when it did, rolling to her feet and suddenly out of ideas on what to do next. Wormy was busy with his tail wrapped around one worm and his teeth on the other. There was no way he'd be available to help them now.
The worm that had attacked reared back quickly and made a move to strike again.
It was very hard to focus on one thing at a time right now. Not only was she practically playing a deadly game of tag with sandworms; Lydia was also fighting an inner battle of her own.
However mad and offended she pretended to be on the outside, Lydia was doing everything in her power not to jump into his arms and kiss him right now. It drove her crazy because she couldn't figure out for the life of her why. Beetlejuice was her childhood best friend, but that just seemed so cliché it made her sick. That couldn't be why, could it? Another part of her argued against the possibility, flat out denying that Lydia could fall in love with him at all. It was then she discovered that both her old 14-year-old personality had been clashing with her recent, suicidal one. Both personalities trying to fit into one was affecting her decision making greatly. Lydia was more concerned that all of these confusing thoughts clashing together revolved around Beetlejuice.
However now, her thoughts weren't on him so much as they were on her life. Dodging the first strike on her part was just pure luck. Lydia wasn't a very athletic person and didn't have a lot of stamina to spare, but she wasn't totally lazy either. The Goth teenager was now at a loss because at this point she was sure the sandworm wouldn't miss this time.
The creature before her had rose up to a height that brought just enough muscle power up behind his head to strike again, this time with much more precision and accuracy than the last.
Everything seemed to slow down when it finally decided to strike. Lydia's leg muscles bunched up, ready to move out of the way as she had last time. She was completely ready to jump out of the way and yet she didn't. Part of her felt cemented to the spot as she finally began to feel the fear that she had been missing. Sending a sideways glance in the direction where the ghost with the most had once stood, part of her was not surprised to find that he was no longer there.
She looked back at the sandworm that was now just a few feet from her person. Her body felt completely numb and for a moment even accepted her death. It's what she had been wanting anyways, right? She probably even deserved it in some cases.
A last, a small bit of her still believed she wasn't going to die, though; at least not today.
Before the sandworm could get any closer, a black and white blur had intercepted, landing on the creatures head from an angle that sent it face first into the sand and skidding away from Lydia, avoiding her altogether. The rest of its body hit the ground and it made no move to get up, the impact knocking it out cold. Lydia stared at the one who had just saved her life, the hint of a smile on her lips.
Beetlejuice stood up, panting, looking back at her like he'd just done something that both horrified and excited him.
"Don't go gettin' in front of any more sandworms because I'm not doing that again."
That made her laugh.
Beetlejuice looked at her dumbfounded, probably wondering why she'd be laughing at a time like this when she'd been so close to death. After a moment he started to crack a smile himself, which made her smile grow all the more. What was wrong with her?
Their moment didn't last very long. A loud screech brought their attention back to the sandworms still wrestling a distance away from them. Wormy had finally over powered the one he was holding with his tail, using the weight of his body to keep that one pinned. The one that he had bitten earlier was still erect, though Wormy once again had his teeth dug into the open wound he had caused for the sandworm when the fight had started.
With one jerk of his head, and a tightening of his jaw, Wormy had successfully sunk his teeth into both the worm's trachea, and its jugular artery. The sandworm let out a strangled cry before falling back limply to the ground to writhe around, and eventually become very still. The two sandworms left, not counting the one who still stubbornly guarded the exit, now faced each other. The one under Wormy's weight had whipped his body up and used its tail to hit its opponent in the head, knocking the larger of the two off. Wormy shook his head and roared.
The sandworm launched at him, letting out a furious growl as it did so. Wormy did the same, charging at the other in the same fashion. The two sandworms met butting heads, both trying to overpower the other and push it back. After a moment, Wormy's opponent lowered its head and bit into the sandworm's midsection. Wormy did the same while he still could and within moments the two became a large tangled mess of constricting and biting.
Lydia could no longer distinguish which one was which and watched with anticipation, chewing on her lower lip. Wormy let go and made an attempt to bite at the other worm's face. The sandworm reared back and made the same attempt, both looking as if they were about to bash heads again. In a slight instant, Wormy changed directions and aimed lower, catching the other sandworm by his lower jaw. The two struggled while the other sandworm bit down onto Wormy's face but it looked as if the sandworm knew what it was doing. With a quick flick of his head in a different direction, Wormy had ripped off the other worm's lower jaw.
"Ew," Lydia muttered, forcing herself to look away. She heard Beetlejuice grunt in agreement, both now looking at the only sandworm left, still toying with Evangeline like a child playing with their food. When noticing it was the only one left, the sandworm that had been holding Evangeline by her ankles had dropped her, sliding from it's spot in the entrance. Though part of it still covered the manhole, the sandworm came out from it's spot just enough to challenge Wormy. He gladly bit down on the area just behind its head and dragged it the rest of the way from the entrance.
Immediately Evangeline took the opportunity to run out of the dunes, moving so fast the vampire had seemingly disappeared altogether. Lydia and Beetlejuice shared a look before making the same attempt, running towards the manhole with the same amount of desperation.
They only made it about halfway.
Lydia had been pumping her legs as fast as they could carry her, barely being fast enough to keep up with Beetlejuice. He wasn't far ahead of her at all but far just enough to come back for her if need be, and the thought of it again made her heart panic more about him than the fact that they were in danger. The Goth girl gave one last sideways glance to the sandworms to make sure that the one she favored was okay in the fight, and noticed that while it held down the other sandworm by the spot it had bitten into in the first place, the other sandworms' tail was still free. In an act of desperation and anger at the two getting away, the sandworm shot it's tail out to grab at one of them.
"Beej!" Lydia screamed as soon as the tail had landed on the poltergeist, rolling him up in a tight grip and pulling him back towards the battle. Beetlejuice was so frozen with fear she didn't even hear him scream. He stared wide-eyed at the sandworm that had him in its grasp. Lydia screamed for him again but it didn't look like he was hearing her at all.
She started running in his direction, not like she could do much to save him at this point but she'll be damned if she didn't try. A wave of adrenaline hit her and she found herself running faster now than she had before. Just a distance in front of her, Wormy struggled to gain control of the situation and let go of his place on the sandworm to bit down on its tail. The other sandworm had countered in pushing up with its head, hitting Wormy's jaw line and knocking its hold off of its tail. And all within two seconds the sandworm had launched at its tail where Beetlejuice was with every intention on eating the poltergeist.
And he just sat there frozen in fear, still.
With tears beginning to gather in her eyes, Lydia let out a scream of fury. Why wasn't he doing anything? Why was he so terrified? Not wanting to realize that she wouldn't make it there in time, Lydia began yelling at him some more as she ran.
"Beetlejuice wake… up! Don't just sit there, do something! Please, Beej, I'm sorry, just… juice yourself out of it!"
Nothing was working.
"You can't do this to me, Beej. You can't die, don't leave me here, just snap out of it!"
Lydia realized that she was beginning to slow down. Her legs and lungs felt like they were on fire and the more she hiccupped to keep herself from sobbing the worse her torso felt. Before she could even control herself she yelled one last thing
"I love you!"
I love you!
Just after he heard that, everything went dark.
Beetlejuice felt entirely numb as he moved down the digestive tract of a sandworm, a situation that was all too familiar to him. Those three words echoed around in his head as he went, still frozen with fear and now confusion. Lydia had said those things… to him. The one person that had ever mattered so much to him said those three words that he had never wanted to hear or say.
Lydia… loved him?
No, she didn't mean it. She couldn't have meant it. Whatever she did mean, it bothered Beetlejuice more that he was happy she had said it rather than her saying it at all. It's like he'd wanted to hear that from her, but why?
Out of all the things she had screamed at him before the other sandworm had thrown him into his mouth and swallowed, that was what stood out the most. Worst of all, he'd let her say all those things to him without reacting once, and then left her all alone out there with two sandworms fighting over her.
When he had kicked the other one out of the way that had almost gotten her, he couldn't tell anyone what he was thinking in that moment. However mad at her he had been and probably will be, Beetlejuice just couldn't let anything bad happen to her. It's funny how he had just contradicted himself when all he had to do was suck in his fear like he had before, and juice themselves out of this situation. It was actually very confusing to him that he couldn't find the strength to use his powers unless Lydia was in mortal danger like that, but at this point where he'd left her she practically was.
All this thinking was getting to his head!
If anyone asked him in the future how he had managed to do what he did in the next few minutes, he'd tell him or her he still didn't know. Beetlejuice clenched his teeth and balled his hands into fists, that feeling in the pit of his stomach he'd been getting when he thought about Lydia getting even worse by the second. Then he did something he thought he'd never in his life do.
He slashed the sandworm in half from the inside out.
Part of him knew that it was possible for him to do such a feat, but Beetlejuice just couldn't believe that he had done it. A moment later he was standing and looking around him in plain awe to see that pieces of the sandworm were still falling. Apparently it had been a little more than just slash at the flesh until he was free. It looked as if he had made the damn thing explode. Beetlejuice looked up to see a smiling Wormy hovering above him; the sandworm's breathing was a little bit faster than normal while it still struggled to recover from the fight.
A shout of joy in the direction in front of him had Beetlejuice looking right at Lydia, who was again running at him once more. Beetlejuice had thought she was farther away when he had disappeared, and was surprised to find that as soon as he noticed her Lydia was jumping into his arms. She was hugging him so tight that Beetlejuice was sure if he could still breathe, he'd suffocate. Immediately his thoughts reverted back to what she had said before he was eaten, making his smile falter and a disturbed look cross his features. Had she really meant what she said?
"Lyds," Beetlejuice said, grabbing her shoulders and forcing her to sit squarely in front of him. Lydia still beamed up at him until she noticed the look on his face, her smile slowly fading to a confused grimace. Beetlejuice's eyes lingered on her lips for a moment while this happened before looking back up at her eyes, which were still unreadable to him as they had been before. There was still no doubt that she was confused, that much was for sure.
"What's wrong, Beej?"
Damn it. That look she was giving him was making his train of thought jump tracks. Trying hard to stay focused, that feeling he had inside of him before had returned and for a moment he swore his heart ached. Taking a deep breath he asked, "What was it that you said before I went into the sandworm again?"
He knew what she said, clear as day, but he wanted to hear it again. To know for sure that she had meant it as she screamed it at him, and that it wasn't just some act of desperation to snap him out of it. Several emotions crossed the girl's features before she finally settled on fear, and Beetlejuice realized that it was the fear of rejection that looked right back at him. He wanted to groan and smack himself in the head. This probably looked so bad, like an adult probably about to scold her about a bad word.
First off, he could never reject her. As much as he may have wanted to before, and even if he still wanted to now, Beetlejuice just couldn't do it. Part of him felt the same way about Lydia and the rest just wanted her. Badly. He knew for certain however, that whatever happened after this moment, no matter what, he wasn't letting that girl go.
Lydia bit her lip, probably wondering what a proper response would be. Beetlejuice's eyebrows furrowed at her, waiting patiently until she did something he least expected. Lydia, his best friend since she was twelve, leaned forward and planted her lips on his.
Beetlejuice stiffened for a moment, and didn't melt from his position as she pulled away either. It wasn't a huge or romantic kiss, just a small peck on the lips. It was, however, enough to answer his question and to make the poltergeist feel something he thought he'd never feel again. Lydia's eyes searched his for a reaction that she was looking for, and when Beetlejuice finally warmed up and gave her a small smile back, she seemed somewhat satisfied.
Not entirely sure what to do next, but wanting to feel her soft lips again, Beetlejuice leaned forward to do the same thing she had just done to him.
Damn it. He had gotten about half way there until whoever had come down the manhole had spoken, and Beetlejuice looked sharply over at the last person he wanted to interrupt him now.
Prince Vincent stood under the manhole, his comment more directed at the leftover blood bath that sat before him rather than the two standing in the middle of it. To say the least, Vince didn't look all too surprised that something like this had happened but the fact that it did was enough to get to him nonetheless.
"I just came down here to retrieve Benny… who seems to still be missing."
"That guy ate him," Beetlejuice said, a little hostile, while he jerked a thumb at the recovering sandworm. The look he gave Vince was nothing more than a silent message for him to leave, but the Prince shrugged it off and continued. Lydia didn't seem as affected by the interruption, listening to him intently as he spoke.
"Well in that case there's nothing to be done about it now. I just came down here to tell Lydia that she no longer has anything to worry about. All the other vampires have been captured and are going to be in prison for quite some time. More like dungeons really, but still. For a long while, probably until you join us here personally, you won't hear from them."
Lydia's shoulders sagged in a relieved sigh, but then she looked a little concerned, "And what about Evangeline?"
"Evangeline will be given the chance to do as she pleases as far as we are concerned. Because she helped you I'll be going easier on her but if she does break any laws she will be thrown with the rest of her clan."
Lydia nodded, looking back at Beetlejuice who still glared daggers at the prince. She smirked, noticing that his hands on her shoulders had tightened their grip slightly. Vincent took that moment then to drink in what the two were doing, and smiled at the wry look that Lydia had been giving the Ghost With the Most. He probably had more to say after that but when he noticed the situation at hand he lifted his hands, palms out, and excused himself.
"I'll have more to discuss with you two when you decide to come back to the surface but I would make it quick before more of your… ah, friends, show up."
And with that the prince was gone.
Lydia looked at Beetlejuice to see him watching the prince until he was completely out of sight, laughing as soon as he was gone only to the poltergeist's annoyance. What an interesting night this had turned out to be…
A/N:How many stories have epic Sandworm fights like that? I'm not sure, really, but still! Anyway, I tried to tie things up here in a nice enough knot, but everything that's left at this point will be what the Epilogue is all about. All the stuff with Adam, Barabara, and her family is the very end in the next chapter. So everything that's not in a nice pretty bow at the end of this chapter will be in one by the middle of the Epilogue in the next, because It'd probably going to be long anyway. Hope you guys enjoyed this chapter though! Til' then~