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Warning: Sexual references, cavorting and merrymaking, violence

How can you see into my eyes like open doors?


Leading you down into my core where I’ve become so numb

bella don


Without a soul...


My spirit's sleeping somewhere cold


Until you find it there and lead it back home.



“Did you know you have 206 bones in your body? I just did a presentation on that in school. Did I mention I’m pre-med?”

She nodded.

“But I guess what I’m really asking is...”


“Would you like one more?”


“Bonehilda’s date is rather peculiar.”

Bella Titania

“What mortal isn’t?” Titania snickered. “Where’s your daughter tonight, Bella?”

“She refused to come.”


“Because I wanted her to.”

“Ah. Getting into that age, mmm? Training must be right on the horizon.”

Bella shook her head. “Oh, not for another year at least. Not with this attitude.”

“You were her age when you started, no?”

“That’s exactly why I’m in no hurry.”

She wagged her finger. “If you do not teach her, love, someone or something else will. And then it’ll be too late for you to teach her anything.”


“How can I teach her when she won’t listen to me?”

“You have to listen as well.”

Bella hesitated. “You don’t predict anything going awry here tonight, do you?”

“I don’t do readings for free, my love.”


“Give her not a moly, Bella,” Jennicor cut in. “Her inner eye can see nothing of this place, as it is shrouded in cold iron.”

“Foiled again,” Titania sighed.

walk in

Dina happy

Michael had learned the hard way not to take dates anywhere near his sister, but he felt safer knowing Dina came with her own redheaded bodyguard. Even then, he couldn’t see how Bella could have a problem with her. She was so willing to embrace this world, even without rejecting the other.


It was kind of nice not being alone.




“Greetings, stranger. I know not your face, and yet I feel we’ve perhaps met before?”

“Well it is a masquerade.” His voice was deep and heavy, though his tone was light. “Maybe I’m in disguise.”

“But you wear no mask, sir.”

“As far as you know.” He winked.

“Oh, what an answer! I think I shall be pondering it all evening.”

“Jennicor!” Olive called out, striding across the floor with her child close behind. “Allow me to introduce my fiance, Ichabod Specter.”

“Ahhh, so this is the latest? A little older than the last, but handsomer I think.” Even Olive’s glare could not put a stop to Jennicor’s fluttering. “Specter. What a lovely name.”

“And it’s not even a pun,” he said.

“Junior will be taking it on as well. Ichabod is adopting him.”

Junior peeked his head out from behind Olive’s skirt. “My name is DJ Spectaw!”

“DJ?” Jennicor furrowed her brow ever so slightly. “Whatever does the D stand for?”

Olive crossed her arms, nostrils flaring. “Don’t ask me. I don’t call him that.”

“But you gotta admit it has a nice ring to it.” Ichabod knelt down to take the boy in his arms. “Right DJ?”

“Yes, daddy!” he giggled.

“Do you have other children, Mr. Specter?”

“No. Been married a couple times though.” He grimaced playfully. “Both came to a messy end.”

“Well, surely this one will last a lifetime, Mr. Specter.”

Surely,” Olive said.

Nina Servo

Servo dance

“I know it’s hypocritical of me to say, but is there something odd about Mr. Specter?” Servo asked. “Not bad, just...strange?”

“I kinda know what you mean, but I think that’s just Olive’s type. Tall, dark, and snarky,” she said. “He seems like a nice guy, though.”

“Oh, yes.” He picked her up and spun her around. “He didn’t even look at me funny.”

Nina Servo

“Nobody here is looking at you funny.”

Don background

“Except for that, er, scruffy fellow over there. He’s been gawking at me for five minutes straight.”



His expression morphed from shock to an aggressively friendly grin. “Nini! Fancy meeting you here of all places! What are the odds that you’d be on a date in the same place where I’m on a date?” He grabbed the skeleton woman and pulled her to his side, hip to hipbone. “This is Hildy. She’s my date.”

Don Bonehilda

“Hi,” said Nina.

Don snapped his head toward Servo. “And this must be the guy!

“This is Servo, my boyfriend.”

“Servo!” He thrust out his hand, teeth still bared. “Nice to finally meet ya, buddy! I’ve heard a...considerable amount about you!”




Don tore his eyes away from where they’d wandered. “Say, do you mind if I throw your girl around the dance floor for this one song? Just a platonic dance between two old pals?” He finally remembered to breathe, sucking in air through his teeth. “You can dance with Hildy!”

“That’s Nina’s choice, not mine.”

She considered Don’s desperate face for several seconds before giving in. “Okay.”


“We’ll keep far enough apart to fit Ms. Crumplebottom’s Book of Etiquette between us! Haha!”

Nina Don

As soon as Servo was out of earshot his voice switched to a hushed and serious tone. “He’s a robot.”

“I hadn’t noticed.”

“You said he was a vampire!”

“He is.”



They said nothing for a while, letting the music fill the silence.

“Was this a blind date?” she asked, taking his attention back from the violinist’s enormous talents.

“Yeah. Not exactly my usual, but she’s been fun. And a great listener!” He cleared his throat. “By the way, it’s not legally considered necrophilia if they’re reanimated. I looked it up.”

“I’m not judging, Donald,” she said. “And I hope you’re not judging me.”

“No, totally not! Robots are cool. Vampire robots are even cooler.” He bobbed his head from side to side. “I just can’t help but be curious...”


He gulped but covered it with a smile. “How does he...you know?”

“Make love to me?”

Don nodded.


Nina raised an eyebrow. “Spectacularly.”

bonehilda servo

“HEY!” Don released Nina and stomped across the dance floor. “Are you hitting on my girl?”

“No, sir.”


“I just saw your hands all over her!”

Servo took a step back, hands up like he was under arrest. “I was trying to pry myself free without breaking anything.”

“The only thing getting broken here tonight is you, buddy!”


“Donald, what the hell are you doing?”

“I’m defending your honor, Nini! This man is a cheater!” he shouted, getting the attention of the rest of the party. He turned back to Servo, fists raised. “I know your type. You think you can just swoop in and steal other people’s girls, breaking hearts left and right like some kind of casanova. Well maybe it’s time for someone to swoop in and show your FACE the same disrespect!”

fight 2

“I’m not sure if I understand, sir?”

“You and me right here, right now, mano y roboto.


“I don’t think that’s a very good idea, Mr. Lothario.”

“Chicken, huh?” Don scoffed. “Come on, be a man!”

“Excuse me?”

“...Donald, if you hit him —” Nina started, but was cut off by the sound of crunching bone.




Nina punch

Jennicor stepped forward, waving everyone away with her fan. “All right everyone; this demonstration of human frailty is over.” She snapped her fingers at her granddaughter, who was creeping towards Don’s unconscious form. “Gvaudoin, the family rule still stands. If thou dost bite it, thou dost buy it.”

“Aw, grandma!”

“We can’t leave him here,” Bella said.


“Take him to the basement.”


There was only one way to get the party back on track.



Nina was eager to tend to Servo’s nonexistent wounds, but it was really her that needed tending. “I know it’s hard to believe but there are times when he is not an obnoxious terrible person!”

“You wouldn’t have kept him around so long otherwise.”

“And then he does something like this and it’s like he’s someone else! Or trying to be,” she sighed.

“He was jealous.”

“Where does he get off being jealous of anyone? He doesn’t want to commit but he thinks everyone should be committed to him? If anyone has a right to be jealous, it’s me and I didn’t even try to pick a fight with that skinny maid!”

“I was jealous too, actually.”

“Of Donald?” Nina sputtered, shaking her head. “You have nothing to be jealous of. He’s a clown!”

“He’s human,” Servo said. “It’s not just him, it’s every man I meet. Everyone with flesh and blood and a beating heart.”

Nina blinked away her tears and put her arms around him. “You know I think you’re perfect.”

“I don’t.”



Their embrace was broken by a gasp from Servo.


“What?” She craned her neck towards the house. “What are you pointing at?”

“You don’t see...him? In the window?”

“Who? There’s no one in there.”


dj 2


“Are you okay?”

“I’m fine,” she said, picking herself up before he could get to her.


A flash of blue and purple in the sky caught her eye.


“Is that Servo?” The redhead trailing after him implied ‘yes’. “Let’s go see what they’re up to.”


She went on ahead of him as he stopped to pick up the mask she’d dropped. Only when they were almost to the door did he see what was standing on the other side.

uh oh



“Mr. Specter!”


“Quick, somebody do CPR!” Dina shouted.

“I don’t have lungs!”

“Nina can do it!” she said, turning to her sister. “Nina?”


She didn’t respond.

“Nevermind CPR, defibrillate him with your brain, Servo!”


“You’ve electrocuted people before!”

“Once, and I don’t think that makes me certified for resuscitation!”

Dina grabbed the lapels of his jacket. “You have to save him so little Junior can have a father!”


“You kids could at least check for a pulse before you decide to electrocute a guy.”


“You’re alive!”

“For now. I was just resting these old bones for a spell.”

“In the middle of the floor?”

“Little trick I learned in my fratboy days.” He winked and nodded towards Nina. “You okay, girl? You look paler than a pale horse.”


“I’m fine,” she said weakly.

“She has PTSD.”

“Triggered by dead old guys?” He nodded. “Sorry I scared you, kid.”

“It’s my fault. I’m sorry for this, Nina.” Servo walked with her over to the couch, but kept his touch light when he saw she was shivering. “And for waking you, sir. I just thought I saw something...someone...and I assumed the worst.”

“Can’t say I’ve seen anyone in here besides you fine folks.”


“I didn’t see anything either,” Nina said. “It feels weird, though. Cold. Just like at Bella’s party.”

“The reaper.” Dina remembered Cassandra’s words. “Did you see the Grim Reaper, Servy? Normal - er - non-magical people can’t see him.”


“Not exactly true. Everyone sees him eventually.” Ichabod chuckled. “Come to think of it I did catch a glimpse of a tall bony specter in that mirror over there but I figured it was just my own reflection.”


“Why would I be able to see him?”

“You are technically undead, Servy.”

“But why would it be possible? Does he come for robots?”

Ichabod frowned. “Why wouldn’t he?”


Servo shrugged. “I don’t know. Maybe I’m just malfunctioning. I mean, he was talking on a cellphone. A purple cell phone!” He shook his head. “Probably just glitching.”


“You’re not,” Mike said, reminding the others he was still in the room. He took a deep breath and then another, before clarifying. “I saw him too. Cell phone and all.”


Nobody questioned him. Only Servo looked at him with surprise and even that may have been imagined. Dina was beaming.

“Urgh, great.” Nina slumped back on the couch. “Should we start the search for bodies?”

Ichabod rolled his eyes. “What makes you think someone’s dead?”

“What else would Death himself be doing here?”

“Having a good time?” His deep, hearty laugh was still in the air even after he left the room.

“I need a drink,” Nina said. “And I still don’t get why the hell he was on the floor.”

“Maybe he fainted at the sight of the reaper,” Dina said, not taking her eyes off Mike. “But doesn’t want to out himself as a warlock.”

“I guess that makes a bit more sense. He did seem to know a lot about it.” Servo took Nina’s hands. “I’m sorry it’s been a downer evening for you, Nina. Let me make you a drink; anything you want. Spline Reticulator? Simoleon Sunrise? Woohoo on the Beach?”

“How about a woohoo in the cemetery next door?”

“I’m not familiar with that one,” he said, slipping an arm around her as they headed for the door. “But I imagine I can learn fast enough.”


“So you can see the reaper, hmm?” Even in the dim light she could see his face was red.

“Not because I’m undead.”

“Because you’re a warlock?”

“No.” He gave the room a once over before leaning forward to whisper in her ear. “Because I’m a wizard.”


Cut-text and opening song are “Bring Me to Life” by Evanescence.

In case anyone’s interested in Mr. Specter’s stats:

Ichabod Specter
Taurus (I know the wiki says Aquarius, but I have my reasons for this which I’m sure some of you have already guessed. ^_~)
Neat - 4, Outgoing - 5, Active - 2, Playful - 8, Nice - 6


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Nov. 1st, 2012 01:23 pm (UTC)
Eeep Evanescence is kinda in my favorite sim story!
Nina and Servo stop being cute... I don't think I can take it any more and my throat hurts from awwing at you.
What's Grimmy up to? Guess he's jealous that Olive has a new guy.
I cannot wait for the next part! =D
Nov. 1st, 2012 10:01 pm (UTC)
It just seemed to fit Gvaudoin, and the lyrics work well too I think.

The Grim thing will be revealed in the next part.

Thank you for commenting!
Nov. 1st, 2012 01:29 pm (UTC)
I LOVED this update!!! Also love the use of the Evanescence song, I thought it was perfect :)
Nov. 1st, 2012 10:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I love that song and I listen to it on repeat all the time. I can't picture Fricorith doing the rap part, so I guess Remington would have to it. (Or maybe Mary Sue would be better :P)
Nov. 1st, 2012 01:35 pm (UTC)
I love the shot of Mike with the angel wings. So awesome!
Nov. 1st, 2012 10:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :D I love that imagery for him. I used to think "Michael" was a boring name, but it's not when I think of it in terms of the archangel.
Nov. 1st, 2012 02:12 pm (UTC)
Awesome chapter and lovely pictures! :D

I´m also excited to see what Grimmy was doing there... Little Junior is adorable under his little mask. Don is definitely lots of fun to read about in your story, and I was kinda surprised when I saw him dating Bonehilda this night - but very interesting pairing! :)

I started reading your story pretty recently and I catched up entirely 2 weeks ago or so, so I´d also like to thank you for this great story - it has given me several pleasant reading hours:-)
Nov. 1st, 2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
Don is good to use for comic relief, but I'm hoping to give him something less goofy to do pretty soon.

Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :D
Nov. 1st, 2012 02:42 pm (UTC)
“By the way, it’s not legally considered necrophilia if they’re reanimated. I looked it up.”

CMOF. Hehehe.

Really enjoyed the use of tension and release in this chapter.
Nov. 1st, 2012 10:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad the tension and release had the appropriate effect!
Nov. 1st, 2012 03:48 pm (UTC)
Woooo I get a feeling Ichabod is not so innocent...
And poor Don, hope he's gonna be okay :o
Great chapter! Cant wait for the next one.
Nov. 1st, 2012 10:29 pm (UTC)
Ichabod is mysterious and suspicious for sure. Don is in Jennicor's hands now. >:D

Thank you!
Nov. 1st, 2012 04:03 pm (UTC)
Oh man there is a lottttt of sexy in this chapter!

Ichabod is sexy as heck (also wow I didn't even realize he was grimmy until the very end!)

'Because I'm a wizard.' WOOOOO VERY SEXY LINE.

Awww looks like the bonehilda/don ship has sunk. We'll always have 'would you like another' though! Also poor (except not) Don getting stuck in their basement.

Also now that Bella asked if something bad would happen makes me 100% more sure bad stuff will happen.

Great chapter, once again! (and thanks for the follow on tumblr! I fangirled a bit when I saw you did, lol)
Nov. 1st, 2012 10:36 pm (UTC)
I'm glad other people find Ichabod sexy, because I sure as heck do.

Heh, yes, unfortunately Hildy wasn't too impressed by him. At least Bella has some pity for him, and we'll see how Jennicor decides to deal with him.

Thank you! I enjoy reading your speculation!
Nov. 1st, 2012 04:59 pm (UTC)
Yay! I picked the right day to stay home from school (I'm sick) so I could comment early.

Ichabod is Grim right, and DJ means Death Jr????

I love all your pictures which I'm sure you get tired of hearing, but my favorite has to be the last picture of Dina and Michael...they're the perfect couple.

Poor Don, first his date prefers Servo over him, then he gets knocked out by Dina, and stuck in the basement. Deep down I think he really is more than a Casanova.

Favorite line: “Where does he get off being jealous of anyone? He doesn’t want to commit but he thinks everyone should be committed to him?" That's exactly how I play Don in my game too.

Can't wait for part II :)(sorry for the long comment)
Nov. 1st, 2012 10:42 pm (UTC)
DJ does indeed stand for Death Jr., and Ichabod's deal will be revealed very soon.

I really put Don through the ringer tonight, but I only do it so that he can come out stronger.

Thank you, and no need to apologize. I love long comments!
Nov. 1st, 2012 05:31 pm (UTC)
OMG at Ichabod. :O

Great stuff as usual! Sorry for my useless comment.

Little Nervous is so cute. <3
Nov. 1st, 2012 10:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I hope that's a good ":O" reaction to him.
(no subject) - meetme2theriver - Nov. 2nd, 2012 04:52 pm (UTC) - Expand
Nov. 1st, 2012 06:00 pm (UTC)

I love the picture where Mike is standing in front of the statue, it looks like he has wings.

And I must say I absolutely love your story, I've been following it for quite some time and I'm always excited when I see a new chapter has been uploaded. I love your take on things!

Greetings from Belgium!

*Goes into lurking mode again*
Nov. 1st, 2012 10:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you and welcome, Belgian lurker! :D I love doing creative merger shots like that with the angel wings.
Nov. 1st, 2012 06:05 pm (UTC)
Another fantastic update. Those shots of Ichabod and Olive clinking glasses are the best. Very nicely shot.
Nov. 1st, 2012 10:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm proud of how those shots turned out. :D
Nov. 1st, 2012 08:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, this was fantastic. Don's line to Bonehilda was so terrible but it had me laughing! XD And man, that shot of Grim at the window was creepy!
Nov. 1st, 2012 10:56 pm (UTC)
Lol, I looked through a lot of bone puns to find that one. I probably should have given that it's own warning.

I'm glad that shot came off as creepy, I know it's a little hard to make out what's going on.
Nov. 1st, 2012 09:16 pm (UTC)
I didn't get the Ichabod = Grim connection until reading it in the comments and then rereading the chapter. I think I was more noticing - Is Nylissit getting it on with her sister's husband? And who's the brunette kid on keyboard?

I'm getting the vibe that Olive doesn't realize he's her Grim. As she doesn't know what the "D" stands for... hmm. And who's making out (?) on the bench in the background of Ichabod & the statue image, I wonder.

Anyways, I loved it. As always, every detail is amazing. You have such talent, Skell.
Nov. 1st, 2012 11:06 pm (UTC)
There's a lot of clues to what's going with Ichabod, but a lot of them are only obvious in hindsight. That's a teenage Remington on keyboard.

First it's Kiernen/Nyllisit and Kvornan/Jennail making out on the dance floor, then Kiernen/Jennail at the buffet table and on the bench, and Kvornan/Nyllisit behind the skeletal unicorn statue. I was wondering if anyone would notice the partner swapping. :D

Thank you! ^_^
Nov. 1st, 2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
Dangit. I like Ichabod and I already know that he's going to die. His actions are, in fact, very suspicious, but his whole demeanor screams "personal reasons" for secret. Time to guess.
Ichabod Specter is either:
a) Some sort of incarnation of death, who won't be around too darn long.
b) Has unfinished business of some sort with death or the dead, which may or may not have anything to do with Olive
c) A wizard or warlock of some sort who will be important later in the story, since we don't actually know that much about warlocks and wizards and the like, except from what we've seen of Bella and what we know of her mother.

Also, that shot of Nervous swinging between his mom and his prospective adoptive daddy? It was priceless.

Other than that:
- Don. You're a jealous fool. Get your hand fixed soon.
- The Tricous: that's actually a family rule that makes some sense, regarding vampirism. You can't have the teens wandering around munching people who they think are hot and then moving on.
- Nina and Dina just look awesome in those dresses.
Nov. 1st, 2012 11:36 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you like him! He's kind of my new favorite. He does have some BIG secrets that somebody might stumble into soon.

I love the swinging pose! I'm so glad to have found that posebox since the toddler animations are pretty limited.

Poor Don. At least there's a magic healer nearby who takes pity on the underdog.

Thank you for this wonderful comment. :D
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Nov. 1st, 2012 10:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks for such an amazing chapter!

I too didn't get the Ichabod-Grim vibe until after I read the comments. But reading it again I see a lot more.
Nov. 1st, 2012 11:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading and commenting!

I noticed a lot of people picked up on more of the clues after re-reading.
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