Kim lay in the grass outside of her home, gazing up at the stars. She had died, been saved by her husband, died again, had her soul put into this new, young body, and now was a widow. What to do next...hmmmm.
Well she was certain that she wasn't going back there
. After all, Roddy was the only one that could do it and now...well...he's dead, isn't he? A lifetime is a short time to wait to be with someone for eternity anyway, so he could wait. It had been a long time since she had been young and skinny, and she was enjoying it. Ah yes, life is good for Kim. This time, things would be different. She wasn't the same sickingly sweet, naive Kimberly like she was in her previous life.
Just as she was starting to doze off, Christopher came out to talk to her.
"So...umm...Mom" he stammered "It's your lucky day. Pop showed me how to use the machines in his lab, so I can send you back."
"What do you mean, send me back
?" she retorted.
"Umm, well you get to go back to the other side, or wherever it is that people go after they die, and be with Pop forever. I'm really not thrilled about having to do this, so let's get this over with".
"No way Baker Boy. You think I'm going to give up all this?", she said, waving her arms around at the house, the grounds and her young firm body. "He can wait for 50 years or so. Trust me, it'll fly right by for him. After all he
is the one that gave me this second life. You can't just take it back!"
Christopher was shocked, and a bit angry at his "mother's" behavior.
"OH YES I CAN AND I WILL", he told her,. "This was Pop's last wish. All he wants is to be with YOU. That should mean something
He poked her in the chest and said "Now get your butt upstairs MOTHER so that I can zap you back to where you belong!"
Christopher stormed off to prepare the RADG machine, leaving Aiyana/Kim behind to get over the fact that her baby boy just thumped her in the chest and talked to her in a raised tone.
"Humpf", she thought to herself "he doesn't know who he's messing with".
Aiyana/Kim starts making plans in her head for how she's going to stop Christopher. She could turn off the power. She saw Roderick cause that blackout once. She could do that. Then Christopher wouldn't be able to use the machine for a good 7 hours or so. That would give her enough time to get out of town.
As she walks past Christopher to grab a Coke out of the fridge, she tosses him a wave and says "Bye bye Baker Boy. You gave it a nice try".
Then she turned and added...
"Oh and you can kiss your precious money goodbye too since I'm the rightful heir to it all now. Bet your precious Jasmine wouldn't love a poor man too much, now would she?". She giggled, then moved back towards the fridge.
Oh he's really not liking his mother this time around. What the heck happened to her when she was switched? She's so mean and she used to be so nice. Yes, he certainly was not enjoying his time with his mother at all.
Christopher's never tried this before but figures anything is worth a shot.
"Aiyana - if you're out there, I could use some help. Any help..."
Oh who was he fooling. He had no idea where she was. His father didn't even know where she went after he switched them. He was prepared to have to drag his mother upstairs by himself, tie her to the chair and zap her, if that's what it took.
Christopher went upstairs and tried to remember the directions his father taught him.
"Let's see" he mumbled "Put the thingy in the thingymajigger...turn the discombobulator on...oops, but first turn the whatsahoozit all the way up. Don't want the popalopajop to blow a gasket. Crazy freakin' directions..."
Finally it was ready. He loaded what he hoped was Aiyana's soul into the RADG2 machine. Now he just had to get his "mother" up there.
Downstairs, Aiyana/Kim was having a bit of a struggle of her own. She was trying to get upstairs to use Roderick's machine and cause a power outage, but everytime she got close, she''d see...
her own ghost! She tried her hardest to ignore her, but everywhere she turned she'd see herself and hear the voice saying "Give me back my body!"
Aiyana/Kim started chanting to herself as she paced through the house..."I can't see her! She's not there!"
"Yes she is Mommy" answered Annalise. "I can see the ghostie woman right behind you. She doesn't look happy at all Mommy".
Suddenly the ghost charged at Aiyana/Kim, giving her only one way to run, and that was up.
"CHRISTOPHER HELP ME!" she shrieked. "IT'S AFTER ME!"
Christopher saw his chance, and took it.
"Come over here Mother. I'll protect you", he coaxed.
He positioned her just as his father had taught him too and managed to slip the switch to it's "on" position while she was distracted.
"Wait a cotton pickin' minute here" said Aiyana/Kim suddenly "I remember this machine. This is the one your Daddy used on me just before he..."
Before she could finish her thought, Christopher zapped her. He hoped and prayed with every bone in his body that he had done everything right and that she was going to come back as Aiyana...a nice Aiyana would be an added bonus.
He knew that if this didn't work, she would be VERY mad and she was right - as Roderick's wife she'd inherit everything. She'd certainly kick him and his children out of his lifelong home.
As the smoke cleared, Christopher held his breath and tried to see who was standing before him.
Aiyana gasped for breath.
Christopher was able to breathe again. It worked. He had done it.
"Do you know where you are?" he asked
"YES! I'm back home. I've been trapped in that awful place for so long. How can I ever thank you enough?" she said, with a tear in her eye.
"I think I should thank you", replied Christopher "I assume that was you that helped me get my mother back up here?"
Aiyana laughed "Yes. It's the only fun I've had the whole time I was there". She went on to tell him about being trapped in between planes, and how sad and confusing it is. She told him that at the end, when he put her soul in the vials, she was clinging on so that she could scare Kim into the attic, then felt herself being pulled away. That's when she opened her eyes and found herself home. She said she had been watching Kim the whole time and knew about Annalise and Molly, and was looking forward to being their mother.
Then she said "I'm so sorry about your father. Christopher, he's stuck there too - they all are. Jebidiah, Jan, Quinten, Willow, your father and now your mother. It's a horrid place, which is why they haunt this house. They want to be at rest but don't know how to finish crossing over".
"But don't worry" she added "I'll help you figure out how to give them the peace they deserve. Right now, will you come with me? I want to go meet my children".
Christopher nodded his head and sighed a heavy sigh. He had a feeling that this was only the beginning of his experiences with his family ghosts.<- RODERICK'S LAST WISH
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