Happy Afterlife Day!
Slightly a bit inspired by this post from @willexx bc the two definitely would! But then brain did whatever brain did and made this!
July 22nd, 1995
“A little down... ah ok... a little tiny bit to the right.” Julie directed to Flynn on the ladder. “Oh right there! Tape it there.”
Flynn did as directed and put the tape on the last gold letter.
“Perfect!” Julie excitedly let out as Flynn came down from the ladder.
“Do you think they’ll like it?” Flynn asked standing next to Julie to admire their work on the rafters of the garage.
“Hopefully, took me long enough to come up with an excuse for all of them to be out of the house at the same time.”
The garage had been last minute decorated. Streams tapped to the ceiling, few balloons here and there. The chairs in the garage had been moved to the side to make way for a table to be put there. The table had been filled (with help from mostly Ray) plates of food. It was pretty useful that they found out the guys could eat if they touched Julie. At least hugging wasn’t the only weird thing they could do as ghost now. Also on the table where three gift bags that were colored pink, red and blue.
“Do you know when they’ll be back?” Flynn asked seeing as everything was basically ready.
“Maybe at any point now hopefully.” She looked around for any last minute things that might have been forgotten. “Oh!” She took an empty bowl from the table. “Could you go inside and fill it with chips?”
“Can do!” She took the bowl and went out the doors to the house.
Julie looked to see if there was anything else that was missing. Then, she heard a collective poof behind her by the doors that was followed by bickering.
“Really?” Alex asked to Luke.
“What? It’s not my fault there was a person behind me.”
“You should have looked before you picked up the pen.” Reggie input to the two bickering.
“It’s not like everyone saw.” Luke argued.
“Watch everyone start to say that place is haunt now and then no one will come there.” Alex argued back.
“So how did gig scouting go?” Julie wondered how effective her impromptu excuse was.
“Aside from Luke picking up a pen without thinking and making a lady turn blue with fear, pretty alright.” Alex recapped for her.
“You didn’t say anything when Reggie moved people’s plates.”
“They were on their phones no one saw.” He replied in the defensive.
Julie nodded. “Sounds like it went alright for the most part. Well not to make you guys sad but I just needed a way to get you all out of the house to set up this.”
That was when the boys noticed the decorated garage. Julie went to the middle of the garage and stood underneath the decorated rafter to present it. They looked to the gold letters that were taped on there.
“Happy Afterlife Day!” She said enthusiastic.
“Afterlife day?” Luke asked.
“Well you know,” she started to explain, “instead of you guys being down with today being the day you died, why not celebrate instead? After all, if it didn’t happen, we wouldn’t have met.”
“You set all this for us?” Alex had to admit everything looked pretty nice.
“With Flynn’s help.” She gave credit where credit was due.
“Are those ribs?” Reggie noticed the food.
“Yeah. Dad helped with making the food.”
She noticed their expressions, they looked speechless. “Does it look... rad?”
They smiled at her using their slang.
“More than rad.” Luke smiled.
She remembered the gift bags. “Oh! Before you say anything else.” She gabbed the three bags and handed them to their respectful person.
“For us?” Reggie asked surprised. Alex and him seemed taken a back to receive a gift whereas Luke started taking out his blue tissue paper right away. Until he noticed the other two didn’t do the same and he stopped.
“Yes it’s for you guys.” She giggled. “Come on now open them!” She was eager to see their reactions.
Luke resumed taking out the tissue paper of his that landed on the floor. Where as the other two kept their tissue paper in their hands when revealing what was in their bag. Alex got to his first.
He took out the flimsy rectangle wrapped in pink tissue paper and took it off.
“I hope you like them! They were a bit tough to write on.” She said when he got to what was under the tissue paper.
When he took off all the paper, he saw his gift. New drumsticks, but they had a Julie touch. Both were filled with Julie doodles that were coordinated to him. How she wrote that small on them, was a mystery to him. The more he looked the more the more doodles he found. He even spotted different handwriting that had wrote ‘hey hotdog!’ on the stick. He looked up to her.
“I love them. Thank you.” He went to her and brought her in for a hug which she gratefully accepted.
Alex hugs were unique hugs. He’d put his chin on her head when hugging her due to his tall frame. When she opened her eyes in the middle of hugging Alex she noticed Reggie got to his gift. Alex let go of her, quite interested to see what she gifted Reggie. Reggie took out the red tissue wrapped rectangle.
“A new strap from you bass if you want it.”
The new strap though, also had a Julie touch. It was a white strap but Julie had also doodled on it and it filled with Reggie themed doodles. A pizza doodle here and there, Ray wrote stuff here and there for him as well. Every inch of the strap was filled.
“Of course I want it.” He smiled and pulled her in for his own hug.
Finally, Luke got to his gift.
“It’s a little similar to Reggie’s, hope you don’t mind.”
He unwrapped the blue tissue rectangle to see he had been gifted a new strap for his guitar but again, the white strap had Julie’s custom touch. He had a strap filled with Julie’s doodles and little messages for him covered all throughout.
Each of the gifts had their own Julie touch and was designed for each of them. Similar but yet completely different for them.
“It’s perfect Jules.” Luke smiled and couldn’t help but hug her too. “You definitely changed our lives.” He said coming out of the hug.
“Your afterlives.” She corrected.
“Whatever boss.” He chuckled as she saw Reggie changing out is old strap for his new one and Alex twirling and testing out his new sticks.
She was reminded more and more the longer she had them that they were her phantoms. Her little ghosts that she wouldn’t have met if they hadn’t eaten those bad street dogs 26 years ago. They not only changed her life but she definitely changed their afterlife and, not that they would forget, it was nice they had a little memory now of how much they did. Definitely a very happy Afterlife Day.
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