A 8-post collection

Challenge #01234-C139: Slice of Life


2) It smells fantastic. It does not taste fantastic. -- Gallifreya

[AN: This will put the gap count down to 12]


It had been a dark and stormy night. Now that it was a quiet and star-lit evening, Vivi had the job of helping Lewis calm down.

He never had liked thunder or lightning. And now that he was ectoplasm, he liked it even less.

Therefore, Vivi wandered the halls of their haunted house. She periodically stopped in her meanderings and said, "Are there any ghosts in here?"

At least until Lewis lied, "No."

This was where the book came into play. "Are there any ghosts that just need to escape life's troubles and read some Nancy Drew with me?"

Nancy Drew had always been his favourite. Though hardly anyone dared comment on his choice of reading material. Lewis had learned fast that a seven-foot teen with muscles like grapefruit and hands bigger than most people's heads could do whatever they liked without much fear of peer pressure.

The lure worked. Lewis edged out of his hiding place between the walls. He still looked terrified about the general state of affairs.

Vivi smiled. "I'll start. Then you can do the next chapter."

It wasn't long before they were snuggling and reading together. Storm long since forgotten.



Vivi glared blearily at the clock. Awful things happened at 3AM. Most of them being associated with herself not getting enough in the way of sleep.

One side of her bed was empty, and the other had Lewis hovering vaguely over it. The sheets had fallen through him again. Okay. Two things. Arthur couldn't sleep... and he was about to get into trouble.

Except... something smelled delicious.

Vivi decided to spare him certain death just for the smell, and journeyed down to the kitchen to see what was happening.

Arthur usually wasn't allowed to cook. Lewis said he just didn't know how to do it properly, but Vivi held the secret opinion that he'd probably overclock the toaster and make a robot out of the oven.

This time, he had actually cooked something.

"Why are you cooking at three in the morning?" she croaked.

"I had an idea," grinned Arthur. This would be the only explanation she could comprehend before her brain kicked into gear. And it was way too early for anything like that.

"Uhuh? Is this one of those ideas that bite you in the ass or a Holy Shit idea?"

"Uhmmmm... you know I have trouble telling."

O crap. "It's too early in the morning for this," she croaked.

"Just try one of these and see if I'm right."

It was brown, lumpish, and looked vaguely like a cookie. It smelled like Heaven on a really superlative day. Vivi risked a bite.

Unfortunately, it tasted like a big mistake. The unholy progeny of a camel turd and an ashtray.

"Ur yuck," she whined. "Why?"

"Remember those kids who egged the house after we gave them candy?"

O yeah. "They'd deserve these," she mumbled, discretely spitting out her mouthful into the trash. "Serves the little bastards right."

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Challenge #01207-C112: Little and Fierce -- Gallifreya

Lewis was relatively easy to calm down. What there was of his fury ebbed quickly and his rational mind prevailed. And Vivi could always restrain him until he saw logic and reason.

Arthur lost count of the number of times that Vivi stopped Lewis from turning some unthinking lout without a brain-to-mouth bypass into grease.

She would begin with physically restraining him. Holding him back from the kind of confrontation that would end

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Challenge #01183-C088: When Lewis Met Vivi -- Gallifreya

Lewis didn't know what hit him until long after she had carried him away from the laboratory mishap. Nothing more than noxious smells, but they were lingering noxious smells that resulted in the entire wing shutting down so that cleaners in hazmat suits could get rid of them.

"Thanks," he managed, watching the greenish clouds leaking out of the building.

"Not a problem," said the girl. She had blue hair. And the kind

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Challenge #01181-C086: An Alternate Re-union

I don't even know where I was going with this but have a comic -- Gallifreya

"This is a very bad idea," said Arthur.

"I heard you the first time you said it," said Vivi. She was rummaging around in the back of the van. "This is our job. We find restless spirits and we help them leave the mortal realm."

"This one isn't just restless, Vivi. He's homicidally enraged!"

Vivi wasn't listening. All that

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Challenge #01179-C084: Musical Proposal -- Gallifreya

[AN: For those of you who've been living under a rock for the past five years or who've been avoiding Mystery Skulls Animated, Lewis' canonical last name is Pepper. He's the adopted son of two other Peppers who I've named Bel and Cayenne. There's no definitive names for the triplet sisters, so I'm going with Ebony, Ivory, and Chilli. (Black pepper, white pepper, chilli pepper...) Because theme naming is allegedly funny]

Vivi should

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Challenge #01174-C079: In His Hands

there is also the audio version (which has some additions) -- Anon Guest

Vivi couldn't remember the last time she had seen Arthur like this. Not even during the Unpleasant Time that had shattered her memories. He was cursing a streak. Pale and perspiring and shivering and occasionally retching. And driving with just one aim in mind. To get Out.

There was a nightmare, she had it a lot just

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Challenge #01139-C042: One Fine Re-union in a Theatre

Phantom of the Opera parody, starring the flaming purple skeleghost -- Gallifreya

[AN: Skipping the double prompt because (a) foreign lands and far away from the overlap score (b) my time is limited]

"According to Google, this place isn't even here," said Arthur. "This might be a level O manifestation[1]."

Vivi seemed almost possessed. "I've been here before. I can feel it..."

"Yeah, a brand-new century-old abandoned theatre? I don't think so. Let's g-get out of here, Vivi."

"...vivi...?" whispered another

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Challenge #01128-C031: The Ghost is the Most

1) Logistical problems of a ghostly boyfriend

2) Mystery Skulls, meet Maestro Leopold (See the animatic for Magic, or if you prefer, substitute Bugs Bunny equivalent) -- Gallifreya

[AN: This puts the overlap down to 24. Plenty to go yet]


"The souflé!" Lewis shrieked, and flew straight for the kitchen.

Unfortunately for both him and Vivi, she was between him and the stove. Vivi shrieked, "Yaugh! Cold!"

Arthur, shedding oven mits, stepped aside to show the finished souflé. "I told you

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