She had no reason to do her best to look pretty when she would physically be alone, but she decided to go all out. After all, Gerold needed some cheering up too since he still couldn't move on to the afterlife.
When she was leaving the house for school, her brother frowned at her for a moment, before he went back to rushing to prepare for school since they both took the subway but at different times.
Upon reaching school, there were small comments about how her dress was cute, or curious questions as to why she was so dolled up that day. Her response was that she was going to go to the amusement park after school which seemed to heavily imply a date.
"Who is it? Does that mean you win our bet?" Roxane asked with wide eyes.
"No way. It's an imaginary boyfriend. There's a super chocolate sundae that's free for couples. I was just hoping that I might be able to trick people into thinking that I'm on a date and I'm grabbing the ice cream for my lazy boyfriend who didn't want to go with me," Violet half lied.
"You want us to come with you?" Roxane asked.
"It won't look like a date if you guys tag along," Violet huffed as she crossed her arms. "You two with me would be a dead giveaway."
"Leave her be, Roxane. She might be too shy to reveal who he is anyways," Vanessa said with a shrug.
"Why not?" Roxane asked.
"Look, if I was going with anyone special, then I'd tell you," Violet huffed. "Besides, you wouldn't even know him…"
Roxane and Vanessa looked surprised as Violet realized what she had just blurted out.
"I-I mean, uh…"
"Well, tell us about it after the date then," Vanessa huffed as she rolled her eyes. "Whenever you feel ready."
"But does that mean Violet won our bet?" Roxane asked.
"Not until she admits to it," Vanessa said. "So far, it's not a date, remember?"
Well, it's a date, but there's no way Violet would admit it to her friends. How the heck could she explain going on a date with a ghost without being referred to a mental institute?
After school, Violet took the bus and then the train to the amusement park where she saw Gerold waiting for her. She approached him.
"Were you waiting long?" she asked him.
He shook his head.
"I just got here," he said with a grin.
"You sure you didn't stay the night over here because you were so excited?" Violet asked.
"Of course not," Gerold said with a laugh. "Come on. Let's go get your ticket."
Violet walked over to the guy at the gate.
"Ticket for two?" he asked.
"…Two?" Violet repeated.
The guy blinked.
"Paying separately then?" he asked.
Violet looked around her but could only see Gerold near her.
"Me… and him?" she asked as she awkwardly gestured towards Gerold.
The guy frowned at her.
Gerold suddenly grabbed Violet's shoulder. Instead of a hand phasing through her, she was shocked to feel something heavy and firm squeeze her shoulder. She and Gerold cried out in surprise, shocking the guy at the gate.
"So… separately?" the guy asked with a concerned look at Violet and Gerold who were staring at each other in disbelief.
Realizing the situation, Violet turned her attention back to the guy.
"Y-yes! I-I mean no! Ticket for two!" Violet cried out. "I'm paying."
She was clearly flustered, but the guy, glad for a decisive answer, rung her up for two tickets.
"Since you're a couple, it's a discounted price," he said as Violet handed him the amount that showed up on the register.
He gave them both their wristbands.
Gerold didn't waste time and grabbed Violet's hand. It was still a shock to her that he was even touching her as he dragged her into the amusement park.
"Do you know what this means?" Gerold asked her.
"What?" Violet asked.
"I can eat ice cream too!"
"Then what are we waiting for!" Violet cried out.
They hurried over to the food court and ordered the sundae right away, which was free since they were a couple.
"I can eat chocolate! This is a dream. Are you dreaming, Violet? Am I real?" Gerold asked as he stared at the chocolate longingly. "Will I be able to taste it? What will I do if I can't taste it?"
"Take a bite! Hurry!" Violet snapped.
Gerold dug his spoon into the sundae and then glanced at Violet.
"Take a bite with me," he said. "Hurry, shove your spoon into the ice cream. At three, we bite together!"
Violet did as she was told, and they pulled out a big spoonful of their ice cream.
"One," Gerold started with his hand trembling.
"Two…" Violet added.
"Three!" Gerold finished, but he was already moving to put the spoonful of chocolate syrup covered ice cream in his mouth.
There was a moment of silence as they savored the taste.
"It's really chocolate!" Gerold said happily as he moved for another bite.
Both of them didn't speak as they easily finished the sundae.
"That wasn't enough," Gerold said.
"There's probably another food court area around here," Violet said. "This park is big. We can order another one from another section."
"Come on, let's try," Gerold said as he got up.
They cleaned up their table and then went in search for another area that sold ice cream. They were able to find it at another section of the amusement park where Violet and Gerold didn't hesitate to order the sundae, and they had another round of silence as they enjoyed their sundae.
"That was satisfying," Gerold said as he patted his stomach. "I'm so happy to be able to eat again."
"Want me to order something else?" Violet asked. "I'm full from the ice cream, but I can get you something savory too?"
"No. Let's walk around for a bit. I wanna hit the rides too," Gerold said. "But it's best we don't do it right after eating."
Gerold got up from his seat, and Violet slipped her hand in his.
"So we're just walking around?" Violet asked.
"Let's let our stomachs cool down," he said. "Unless you dare to ride the teacups after eating all this ice cream."
"I'd like to keep my ice cream down, thanks," Violet said as Gerold began to pull her along.
It was strange. It was like a real date. Violet had never gone out on a date, and it wasn't like she and Gerold officially declared their love for each other. Yet, she was happy. There was a warm feeling in her chest, and she suddenly didn't want the moment to end. Was she dreaming?
His hand was so big, and it felt so warm and real. No one looked at her as if she was strange, so Gerold had to physically be with her. Not to mention she was given the sundaes when she asked without any question or suspicious looks. And there was no way this could be Denzel. For one thing, he wouldn't have been so surprised when he found out people could see him, and she doubted Denzel could replicate Gerold's personality this well.
Violet snapped out of her thoughts as Gerold slowed his walk and stopped to turn and look at her. Violet squeezed his hand.
"This would be so weird if it was a dream," she said nervously. "I wouldn't know how to talk to you when I wake up."
Gerold gave her a soft smile.
"It's alright," he said. "Because if it was a dream, then just ask me to make it not a dream and go on a date with me to this same amusement park."
"And do it properly with you as a transparent being?" Violet laughed.
"Well, at least we'll get to be on a date together," Gerold said. "Come on, let's not waste the day. Enjoy the dream while it lasts."
Gerold untangled his hand from hers and put an arm around her waist so that he could pull her along. Violet awkwardly clung to his shirt as she tried to match his long strides.
"Let me know when your stomach settles. We're going to set the bar high with a roller coaster," Gerold said told her.
"My stomach will never settle if a roller coaster is involved," Violet huffed.
"Then that means you're ready! Let's go! There's one that we passed that I wanted to try," Gerold said.
"Are you serious!?" Violet cried out as he dragged her along with him.
She didn't know how many roller coasters he made her ride. She didn't know how she miraculously kept all her ice cream and butterflies in her stomach while the maniac next to her laughed like a hyena during all of the rides.
"You look exhausted," Gerold remarked after they got off their last roller coaster.
"You think? They're all terrifying! Let's go ride something calmer! I demand the teacups!" Violet huffed.
"They won't be very calm if I'm around," Gerold said as he rolled up his sleeves.
"Never mind! I change my mind!" Violet cried out.
"Too late, we're going!" Gerold said as he dragged her over to the teacups.
When they took their place in their cup, Violet braced herself as she grabbed on tightly to the wheel in the middle. She felt hands on top of hers. She opened her eyes and saw Gerold grinning at her.
"Relax," he said, as he took hold of the wheel and began to spin it ever so gently.
The teacup spun slowly, but all Violet could see was Gerold. The spinning never sped up, and it felt calm as if she was on a boat on a lazy river.
And then it was over. The ride came to a halt and Gerold stood up. He helped Violet get up from the cup.
"That was fun," he said as they climbed out. "Where do you want to go next? The sun is starting to go down. I think the park will be closing soon."
"I want to go to the ferris wheel," Violet said.
"Oh yeah. Can't have a good date without that," Gerold said.
And so for their last ride, they went to the ferris wheel. They entered the cage and took their seats across from each other.
"Are you afraid of heights?" Gerold asked as the wheel began to move slowly.
"I think I'll be okay here since it's not a roller coaster," Violet said. "I just… kind of don't want the night to end."
Her cheeks turned pink as she spoke. She was afraid that Gerold would tease her for being sentimental, but she was prepared for it. She wanted to let him know she had fun.
"Mmm… me too," Gerold said. "It's hard to believe that I…"
Gerold sighed as there was a moment of silence between the two.
"I wish we didn't have to meet the way we did," Gerold said finally. "That we met on more natural terms, and maybe we wouldn't have to have just one date."
The reality was slowly sinking in as Violet started to realize where this was going.
"Well, we can always come back another day," Violet said with a shrug.
"Violet… I think this is it," Gerold said. "I'm getting a weird feeling that we should cherish this moment."
Violet glanced at Gerold. He was staring at her intensely.
"I remember how I died," he said. "And even knowing the outcome, I'd do it all over again."
"How did you…?"
"Everything is going to be alright," he said softly. "You'll be alright. You have a wonderful family, and you have some really good friends."
Violet's hands were starting to shake. It sounded like he was trying to say goodbye. He leaned forward and took her hands.
"And you'll find someone, who will take you on dates just like this and more. It won't end with just one," he said.
Violet nodded as a warm feeling came over her.
"Thank you, Violet."
Violet jolted awake. She was sitting in the ferris wheel, but there was no one across from her. The ride stopped and the door opened as the attendant looked at her, expecting her to step out.
She stepped out of the ferris wheel, her hands were still warm from his touch.
She'd see him tomorrow right? He's just playing a prank on her… right?