As Annie sat in her living room waiting for her friends to come
pick her up, she began hoping that maybe they forgot. Going out
to a club wasn't the best idea for Annie. She was already
anti-sociable enough. When the clock struck 8:35 she assumed
there weren't coming due to the fact that they said they would
show up at 8:00.
Annie stood from the couch and began to leave the living room.
Michelle stood in the doorway trying to block her sisters from
leaving the room. "I don't think so! They're probably just late,
you know how long Nicky takes to get ready," Michelle said as she
stood in place. Annie walked right through Michelle and sneezed
momentarily after. Michelle disappeared and reappeared in front
of the stairs. She held her hands out in hopes to push Annie way
from the stairs but instead stumbled forwards and moved through
Annie again who sneezed.
"Why am I sneezing so much lately?" Annie asked herself as she
began walking up the stairs. About halfway up the stairs a loud
knock came from the door. Annie stopped in her tracks, looking
over her shoulder and through the small window she saw her friend
Ashley standing there. Annie turned and walked back down the
stairs to the door and yanked it open.
There stood her friend Ashley in a tight little black dress that
was far too short. Annie was starting to wonder if it even was a
dress and if it was just a tight shirt. "Sorry Ann, Nicky took
forever to get ready," Ashley said with a sigh.
"Told you!" Michelle exclaimed from behind her sister and walked
out to the car. At the car Michelle sat in the middle where she
would normall sit. It was always inbetween Annie and Nicky.
Michelle and Nicky always had to be beside each other. For four
years they were in a very secretive relationship and had planned
on letting everyone else know the same night Michelle was shot.
Now whenever Michelle saw Nicky she felt guilty for leaving
behind her girlfriend who still hadn't moved on. There were
lovers and one-night stands, but that was it. "Miss you Nick,"
Michelle said with a sad smile like she would each time Michelle
would come close.
Annie and Ashley both got into the car shortly after Michelle
had. Ashley pulled away from the side of the road and headed
downtown to a club that Michelle had stumbled across by accident
one night. The group would go there twice a month and they'd all
have the time of their lives each time.
Annie was only at the club for an hour and wasn't having the best
time. To her it felt weird without her sister with her. Annie sat
with Nicky at a rounded booth that seemed to be covered in drinks
that belonged to Ashley who seemed to be covered with males on
the dance floor.
Annie scanned the club and her eyes locked on someone else's.
Michelle noticed the connection and grinned to her sister who
broke the gaze quickly. Michelle stood up on the bench and
pointed at the guy who was looking at her sister. "Annie, you
need to go talk to him! He's quite the looker," Michelle said and
tried to kick her but her foot went right through Annie's side.
Michelle looked from her sister and back to the guy she was
When Michelle realized he was looking in Michelle's direction and
laughing slightly, she furrowed her eyebrows before gesturing him
over to see if it worked. He stood from the stool he sat on and
walked over to the booth. Michelle sat back on the bench and
looked at Annie with a confused look wondering if Annie had done
anything while she wasn't looking.
"Nicky, is he coming over here?" Annie asked in a panicky tone.
"Yup! We've seen him a few times without you because you know...
You wouldn't leave the house. He's slept with Ashley though,"
Nicky said causing both Annie and Michelle to laugh. That was no
surprise. As much as the three loved Ashley, she moved around
Annie, Nicky and Michelle and looked up at the fellow as he
approched the table. "Well look at this, three lovely ladies just
sitting here by themselves in this big ol' table," He said
flashing a killer grin.
Annie and Nicky gave each other weird looks while Michelle looked
at him wide eyed. "Don't say anything about me!" Michelle said
quickly. He looked at her with a confused look before sitting in
the booth with them.
"There's only two of us... The third is on the dance floor,"
Nicky said and pointed to Ashley who wasn't too far from the
table and in clear view.
"Right, my bad," He said flashing another grin. Annie just seemed
to stare at him and he turned his attention to Annie. "My names
Dallas," He said offering his hand to Annie.
Annie forgot how to move and speak for a moment before she
reached up and shook his hand awkwardly. "I'm Annie and this is
Nicky," Annie replied nodding over to Nicky. "Uhm, will you wait
here?" Annie asked and quickly pushed Nicky out of the booth.
The two left to the bathroom and Michelle looked over at Dallas
still in shock. "Can you see me?" Michelle asked for the
"Yes, I take it you're no longer alive though," Dallas said
almost sounding annoyed with the idea.
Michelle looked at him shocked and blinked a few times. She
opened her mouth to say something but nothing came out. "Uh...
Yeah," Michelle said awkwardly. "I died saving Annie," Michelle
said briefly causing Dallas to nodd slowly.
"Give me your hand, I want to see what you've seen up to this
day," Dallas said and held his hand out to Michelle who laughed.
Michelle it believed it wouldn't work because everyone she tried
to touch, she pushed right through them.
For the sake of seeing Dallas make a fool of himself, Michelle
placed her hand on top of Dallas' and was shocked when her hand
didn't move right through his. She looked at him wide eyed again
but he didn't notice as he placed his other hand on top of hers.
In Dallas' mind he saw a brief history of Michelle's past.
Michelle and Annie's first day of school in matching dresses.
Annie hated hers and Michelle sauntered around like a princess.
Their father beating their mother.
Their father drinking a lot.
Michelle and Annie walking in on their father with their aunt.
First day of middle school.
First day of high school.
Sticking up for Annie who was being bullied.
Getting suspended multiple times for being in a fight.
Annie's first kiss at a seventh grade party.
Michelle's first kiss who was Nicky. Their first date.
Michelle trying to be with a man but going back to Nicky a week
Michelle buying a ring that she was going to use to propse to
The day Michelle was shot protecting her sister and the last
thing she saw, Nicky and Annie both letting out blood curdling
screams at the sight of Michelle bleeding on the ground and a man
running away from the scene of the crime.
And now, to this day where Michelle sits with Annie as she
watches the news report and is still in grief.
"Your sister has a lot of pain bottled up inside of her. You see
it," Dallas said as he let go of Michelle's hand. Michelle nodded
and made sure the two weren't coming back. "Does she ever talk to
anyone?" Michelle shook her head no. "And you still really love
the other girl, Nicky," Dallas said and Michelle bit back her
lower lip as she nodded again. "Did you die with the ring?"
Dallas asked and right after he did, Michelle pulled the ring out
from her bra with a laugh.
"I had no pockets on the dress so I put it there and never had
the chance to give it to her... Now that gay marriage is legal in
the state, I was going to ask her because it's all we'd ever talk
about..." Michelle said as she put it back. It's not like she'd
ever get it.
"I can help you rest... I can help you find the person who killed
you and you can rest and stop seeing your sister and girlfriend
in pain," Dallas said smiling to Michelle. She looked at him
sadly and almost wanted to say no, but they would all pass on one
"Okay," Michelle agreed and right after, Annie and Nicky
returned. Dallas smiled at them and stopped talking to Michelle
For the rest of the night, Annie and Dallas talked together and
sat hip to hip. Michelle just sat there as she watched Nicky
drink so much that she blacked out. Another girl had joined them
and Nicky was all over her. It seemed to crush Michelle to see
the person she loves do that and it made her think everyone
forgot about her for a moment until Dallas patted her on the lap
gently. Michelle smiled sadly and looked up as Ashley returned to
"Hello Ashley," Dallas greeted her with a smirk and Ashley looked
It took her a moment before she gasped slightly. "Oh lord, it's
you!" Ashley said sounding like she was in disgust. Dallas
shrugged nonchalantly and chuckled to himself. "Are you girls
ready to go? It's two already," Ashley said smiling. "Well...
Girl probably," Ashley said looking at Nicky who was getting up
to leave with whoever she was with.
Annie got out of the booth after Nicky and waved to Dallas.
Ashley pointed at him with a glare. "Stay away weirdo," Ashley
said as she left with Annie.
"I'll be in touch... I'm going on a date tomorrow with Annie
anyways," Dallas said laughing. "Now go," He said and shooed
Michelle thanked him and left. She sat in the back of the car by
herself as Ashley drove Annie home. "I think you should stay away
from him... Apparently he can see the dead. He told me he saw my
grandpa and grandma once in my house. Like... What a creepster,"
Ashley said shivering as she gave Annie a warning.
"Hey, maybe he can see Michelle," Annie said sounding almost
hopeful about it.
"Oh he can," Michelle said with a smile as she looked to Ashley
who was giving Annie a strange look.
Once Annie and Michelle were home, Annie practically went right
to bed and Michelle sat at the foot of her bed. Hopefully for
Michelle, things between Annie and Dallas would last a little
while until she'd be able to rest.