Elizabeth went home at ten o’clock and hugged her mom and dad, not without a few tears, and went straight to bed because she had a long, exhausting night. Jessica met Jake’s mom and dad, who decided Jake was growing up and needed some time to enjoy his last couple of years of high school. They vowed to work on their own schedules so Jake would not have to always be saddled with his little sister. Jake said he did not mind, but that made his mom just say, “See?”
Mary, the witch, cast a little spell so when the kids woke up in the morning they would remember having a wonderful time, but the details would be fuzzy. This was a good thing, because Mike the nerd spent most of the night talking to Jack-o-lantern, wondering if it was made in Japan, and wondering how it worked. He said the programming almost made it sound like it knew what it was talking about, and he marveled at how they got the words and the mouth to work together so well.
Blockhead spent the night trying to explain football to Big Tooth, who understood the game, but enjoyed stringing the kid along. Serena, on the other hand, marveled at the goblin costumes, which is what she thought they were.
“Second best costumes I’ve seen in my life.”
“Second best?” Marrow was offended until Serena explained. The Italian dance troop with the naturally hairy legs dressing up as fauns was shear genius, and Marrow agreed.
Thomas “Tommy” Kincaid Junior spent the night trying to impress Sage with his money, his car and his presence, that is, whenever he caught Sage in her big form. That was most of the time because Cinnamon insisted the girls not take their fairy form in front of people. Cinnamon took it upon herself to make glamours to disguise as many of the spirits, people and creatures as she could. They did not really object because they knew they were not supposed to be parading about on Earth in the open like they were. Sage rewarded Tommy at the end of the night with a little kiss on the lips. The poor fellow took a long time to get over that.
In all, it was a good night and people did not seriously begin to leave until just before sunrise. Cinnamon had to make the portal because Mary Procter and Greely Putterwig were fast asleep in their chairs on the porch, and snoring. Jake walked Jessica home.
“What are you thinking?” Jessica asked when she turned into his arms for a good night kiss.
“I’m a guy. What do you think I am thinking?”
“Oh.” Jessica thought or a moment before she said, “OH. Let’s not go there yet.”
Jake shrugged. “I was wondering how the Pirates and Indians are making out.”
Jessica smiled. “See you in school.” She ran to her front door.
In fact, the Pirates and Indians were tied in the top of the third, nothing to nothing. They had been playing one night per year for almost a hundred years and only reached the top of the third inning. But the Pirates had a man on first, and John the Butcher Roberts was at bat.
The bat boy found a skeleton head on the ground. He jammed it into a complete skeleton and pointed. “Look, a double header,” which proves conclusively that a sense of humor is not improved by death.
The Indian pitcher palmed the skeleton head they were using for a ball. He sent in a literal screaming fastball. The Butcher backed away, and Pusshead, the home plate umpire called it a ball.
“What?” The Indian catcher protested. “It went right over the edge of the plate. You must be blind.”
“Not blind,” the skeleton head ball said. “He’s an ogre, you know, a moron.”
The pirate on first could not help himself. While they argued, he tried to steal second He slid head first, but his body stopped about ten feet shy of the grave they were using for second base. His hands, however, finished the journey, and as the Indian shortstop went to tag the runner, the hands squirted under the tag. The pirate got up grinning and ambled up to catch up with his hands. The occupant of the second base grave stuck his head out of the dirt.
”Safe,” he said.
The Indian shortstop got so angry, he took out his tomahawk and split the skull of the second base umpire. This, of course, resulted in a bench clearing brawl in the infield which, again, is why after a hundred years the teams had yet to make it past the third inning.