"Lexi, I donít know what to do. You know I cannot afford nightmares," Ashley said as she wiped the tears from her eyes. "If I get Jack, that woman will haunt me until my dying day! What the hell was her name? Is she even related to me?"
"Ash, itís all about you." Lexi sighed, wishing she could somehow help. "But Iím grounded from all civilization forms, remember?"
Ashley nodded sadly. "What to do?" she asked.
"Look, ignore this woman. What did you say her name was?" Lexi smoothed her cousinís hair out of her face to better see her. She was a mess. Ashley shrugged her shoulders and more tears formed in her eyes.
"Oh." Lexi leaned into her fluffy pink boyfriend pillow, wishing she wasnít grounded. "Look, why donít you go clean yourself up and weíll try to sort this thing out. Okay?"
Ashley nodded and went to take a shower. A half hour later, she came back to Lexiís room, who had taken a Ouija board from her closet. "Say what?" Ashley looked at the strange-looking board.
"Itís a Ouija board; it helps communicate with the dead. You just put your fingers on the letters and spell out your question, and the spirit moves your fingers around the board spelling out the answer for you. I got it at a thrift shop in San Francisco when I was nine and never really used it, but I think it could really come in handy now. Letís use it in your room, since that is where the occurrences happen most."
They went into Ashleyís room and closed the door. They sat on the plush lime green area rug that covered the hardwood floor. "Get a pen and paper so you will be able to understand what whoever shows up is saying."
Ashley got into the top drawer of her desk and grabbed her metal ballpoint pen and a notepad to take notes. "Letís get started."
"One question. Will this work?" Ashley clicked her pen open and shut.
"It will if you stop clicking your pen! Actually, Iíve never touched this thing, because Iíve been scared of what it could do."
Ashley nodded her head skeptically, knowing that Lexi had probably used it before in California to bring back the dead, just judging by the outgoingness of her character. "Whatever. Letís get going." Lexi placed her fingers on the letters, concentrated, and asked a question.
"Is there anyone by the last name of DeWitt Bukater or Calvert who wishes to communicate with us?" Lexi asked the air. Suddenly, her fingers went over the letters. Ashley wrote down the letters it stopped at and it spelled out yes.
"So, anything?" Lexi whispered to Ashley. She nodded her head. "Yes. Thatís what it spells. There is someone who wants to have a talk with us."
"Whatís your name?" Lexi asked. Her fingers moved around the board over the letters R U T H D E W I T T B U K A T E R. Ashley spelled it out and showed it to Lexi.
"Who is that?"
Ashley shrugged, keeping silent.
"Who are you? What is your relation to me?" Her fingers moved over the letters G R E A T G R E A T G R A N D M O T H E R. W E H A V E M E T B E F O R E.
Lexi looked at the board with a quizzical look. "Have we?"
Y E S I H A V E M E T A S H L E Y B E F O R E. K E E P A W A Y F R O M R O S E!
"Does that answer your question of who came into your room earlier?" Lexi asked Ashley. She nodded her head slowly.
"Why do we need to keep away from Rose? Is she dangerous?" she asked the board.
N O, the board answered. Ashley looked to make sure that was the correct answer.
"Then why do you want to keep us away from her?"
B E C A U S E I K N O W T H A T J A C K I S A L I V E. D O E S T H A T A N S W E R Y O U R Q U E ST I O N?
Suddenly, the board spelled out another message. D O N O T L I S T E N T O H E R L E X I A N D A S H L E Y. F I N D J A C K.
"I think we need to do some research. Weíll be back, so just leave this." Lexi got up and dusted her legs of any small particles, even though there were none.
Ashley went on the computer while Lexi did the boring bookwork. This is what I get for being groundedÖ
"I found something!" Ashley yelled. Lexi came to a sliding stop at the computer desk behind Ashley. She had typed in the search engine DeWitt Bukater and came up with a page of the family history.
"Our great-great-grandfather was one hell of a gold diggerÖ" Ashley pondered aloud as she read on.
"HockleyÖRe-Google his name and see what comes up." Ashley reopened her Internet to another page and typed in the last name. Lots of articles about the Hockleys came up, so many that Ashley and Lexi were confused.
"Go back to the board and spell out Hockley. Those two know something, Iím sure." Lexi went back to the board and spelled out Hockley, just as Ashley had asked of her.
H O C K L E Y... C A L E D O N O R N A T H A N?
"UhÖlet me check on that." Lexi sprinted back to the computer room, where Ashley was downloading an article or something.
"Hockley, Caledon or Nathan?"
"There are two? Oh, well. Both, I suppose." Lexi jogged back to the Ouija board and spelled out the word both.
N A T H A N H O C K L E Y W A S C A L E D O N S F A T H E R. C A L E D O N W A S R O S E S F I A N C E. MONEYR I C H; H E W A S H E I R T O H O C K L E Y S T E E L.
W H E R E A B O U T?
P H I L A D E L P H I A.
Lexi got her information and went back to the computer room. "Here." Lexi threw the notebook on the glass-topped desk. Ashley read it over and then typed Hockley Steel into the computer. More articles came up, confusing Ashley.
"Come on. More info is needed. Get back to the board!" Ashley shooed her out of the room.
M O R E A B O U T H O C K L E Y S T E E L.
B U I L T A L M O S T A N Y T H I N G M A D E O F S T E E L, I N C L U D I N G T I T A N I C. A B A N D O N E D I N 1930S C A L K I L L E D H I M S E L F . D O E S N íT A S H L E Y H A V E A P O R T A B L E C O M P U T E R ?
Lexi left that questioned unanswered. She, for one, had no idea who was answering her, but she was pretty sure it was Rose. Who else would have given her all this information?