- Genre: Angst, Supernatural AU, Fluff
- Word Count: 2,564
- Pairing: Reader x Jake
- World: YouTube
Dating a YouTuber came with its own set of hardships, but that list was nearly tripped when you dated a reckless one. Jake Webber was the embodiment of reckless – he never considered consequences, he just wanted to live for the moment and make videos. The site itself was partially to blame. So many were losing ad revenue and getting demonetized, making it nearly impossible to survive doing what they loved. With this, people had to find more creative and insane ways to ramp up their view and sub counts. Jake was no exception.
“Hey, babe. Do you work tomorrow?”
You glanced down at your boyfriend who was using your legs as a pillow and scrolling through his YouTube comments. “No, why?”
He leaned his head back to look up at you. “There’s someone a few hours from here that claims their house is haunted. They invited us to stay the night.”
“Is staying at a strangers house overnight really the smartest thing?”
“No,” he paused, grinning. “But it’s not the dumbest thing I’ve ever done. Come on, it’ll be fun!” He sat up, pulling you into a messy kiss. “He says that there’s some poltergeist activity. Think of the views!”
“I’ll protect you~” He pouted, playing with the pendant around your neck. It had been a gift from him when you first started dating. “I know you love haunted locations.”
That’s what he thought because you always insisted on joining him on his haunted trips, but you didn’t enjoy it at all. If you were to be honest, you hated it. You grew up in a family of people who hunted and killed things that go bump in the night, and you know how dangerous spirits can be. Not just spirits, but his group sometimes comes across demons, as well. Jake is a skeptic and doesn’t take the paranormal seriously. Of course, you have to tag along – that idiot would get himself killed without you. He doesn’t know about your past, however, or your current job of taking care of supernatural creatures. Colby is the only one in the house that knows.
“Please?” He snuggled into your neck, pressing his lips against your skin. He smiled when you sighed in defeat, knowing he had won.
“You’re going to be the death of me, Jake Webber.”
He chuckled. “We’ll go together, babe.”
The house was tucked back in a wooded area of the mountains, surrounded by thick trees that towered over the Earth. It was a mixture of old Victorian and wooden cabin and it sent chills down your spine. The grass was overgrown and the house was in bad shape. It wasn’t the least bit welcoming and looked like the kind of place a serial killer would stay.
Demons and ghosts, you could handle. They were predictable and straightforward with what they want and how they act. But humans? They scare the shit out of you. They’re unpredictable and you never know what someone can and will do. You’d take the supernatural over humans any day.
Jake’s hand slipped into your own. “Are you scared~?”
“This is a bad idea, Jake.” You stated firmly, despite knowing that he wouldn’t change his mind.
“Thank you!” Corey cried from behind you. “At least I’m not the only sane one in this group.”
“It’ll be fine.” Jake waved us off as he approached the house. “This guy’s a fan!”
“So he says,” you muttered under your breath. Did he forget that human beings lie all the time?
Colby came up behind you, leaning close so the others wouldn’t hear him. “Do you sense anything?”
“No, nothing paranormal, but…”
“But?” He prompted.
“Something doesn’t feel right.” Was all you said as you headed toward the house. Jake had already knocked and was talking to the homeowner – a balding man with a beer belly and beady eyes. He looked at you when you approached and you felt a sense of dread in the pit of your stomach. All you wanted to do was turn tail and run, but you couldn’t leave your idiot boyfriend behind. He was as stubborn as he was reckless, and would refuse to leave. Knocking him out was always an option, but you had the rest of the roommates to worry about too.
Jake threw his arm around your waist when you settled by his side. “This is my girlfriend, Y/N. That’s Colby, Sam, and Corey.”
“Nice to meet y’all.” The man smiled, but it didn’t reach his dark eyes. “Name’s George. Come on in, I’ll show you around.”
The inside of the house was even worse than the outside. The floor creaked under your weight, feeling like it could give at any moment. The smell of ammonia and mothballs invaded your nose, stinging at your eyes. You didn’t even want to think about the various cobwebs that covered the walls. The furniture was old and worn, and the couch looked as if it had been taken from a dumpster after twenty years of being chewed on by rats.
You refused to sit on the couch, so you decided to inspect the rest of the room. The wallpaper was faded and peeling, stained a pale yellow. There was only one single painting in the living room, of an older woman sitting on the very couch in which Jake now sat. Her gray hair was pulled back into a tight bun, her thin lips pursed and beady eyes narrowed.
“That’s my ma,” George had come up behind you, far too close for your comfort as he breathed into your ear.
You quickly stepped away, nearly stepping on Sam’s foot, since he was beside you.
“Where is she now?” Sam inquired.
“Dead,” The way he said it with no emotion or attachment unnerved you.
“Did she die in this house?” Jake asked, not stopping to think that it may be insensitive. You shot him a look and he just shrugged, making you want to facepalm.
“Yeah. She was attacked in the kitchen and dragged to the basement where she bled out.”
“Attacked?” Corey was looking between all of you with wide eyes. His own unease was growing and he was regretting letting Jake talk him into this.
“It was a break in. They never caught the guy.”
Something told you that there was more to the story, but you didn’t ask.
He took the group on a tour of the house, pointing out areas that he deemed ‘hot spots of paranormal activity’. Jake asked to see the basement, but the man refused, saying that it brought back too many bad memories and he didn’t want the door opened. After finishing the tour, he said that he was going to run into town to get some beer and would be back soon.
Jake waited until the old pickup truck was out of view before he turned to the group with a grin. “Let’s find out what’s in that basement.”
“What?” Corey looked between him and the other boys. “He specifically said he didn’t want us in the basement.”
“Think about it, bro. There’s got to be something down there! If she died in the basement, it’s gotta be the most haunted area.”
“I checked the door earlier, it’s locked,” Colby added, his hand resting on the side of his neck.
Jake approached the door, which was off to the side of the living room, and wrapped his hand around the doorknob. It turned with ease, clicking as it released.
“I swear it was locked.” He looked at me with confusion in his eyes.
“Well, it’s not now.” Jake shrugged, pulling it open. “Let’s go, boys. And babe,” he added as an afterthought.
“I am not going down there.” Corey folded his arms over his hoodie.
“Fine, you can be the lookout. Yell if you see him coming.” Jake rolled his eyes and started to descend the stairs, followed by Sam. You and Colby brought up the rear.
“Y/N,” Colby followed close behind you, his voice a whisper. “Do you think he unlocked it before leaving?”
“I don’t know…” You sighed, feeling a headache beginning. “I thought it was strange that he left right after giving us a tour. This could be a trap.”
“God, it reeks down here.” Jake scrunched up his nose, using his phone flashlight to look around.
“It smells like death,” Sam commented, bringing his shirt up to cover his nose.
It was a smell you had become familiar with after years of working as a hunter – the smell of a rotting corpse. Your body became tense as you realized what was happening, but Sam yelled before you could say anything.
“What the fuck is that?!” Sam pointed his phone towards the corner of the basement, but the light wasn’t bright enough to fully cut through the darkness.
“We need to leave.” You stated, your voice full of authority as you locked eyes with Jake. “Now, Jake.”
He hesitated, but seeing how serious you had become, he reluctantly stepped back, glancing back in the direction of the corner. Sam took a step forward but Colby grabbed his arm and pulled him towards the stairs.
Corey appeared at the top of the stairs, looking panicked. “He’s back!”
You all picked up your step, rushing up the stairs and slamming the door moments before he entered. He wasn’t carrying any beer, and his face was blank as he stared at the group. You caught sight of a knife concealed under his shirt and tucked into his faded jeans.
You stepped forward, standing in front of Jake. His hands went to your waist, fingers digging into the fabric of your pants.
“We’re going to leave,” you announced, doing your very best to make your voice loud and confident. “You’re not going to stop us, and we’re going to forget about all of this. Right?”
His lifeless eyes met yours – he seemed to be contemplating your words. “I can’t let you do that.” He reached for the knife, slowly pulling it from his pants. It glinted in the low lighting. Like everything else, it was ragged and rust covered the blade in several areas. It would do some serious damage.
“Woah, calm down.” Corey took a step back as the group tensed. Jake tried to tug you back, but you didn’t budge, nor did you let him place himself in front of you.
“Babe – ”
“Trust me.” You whispered, eyes not leaving the man’s. He didn’t step away, but he didn’t try to move you.
The man tilted his head.
“It was you, wasn’t it.” You stated, eyes narrowing at him. “It wasn’t a break in. Youmurdered her and staged it to look like one.”
Sam took in a shaky breath. “That means…”
You nodded – the thing Sam had seen in the basement was the rotting corpse of George’s mother.
‘Jeez, why couldn’t it have been a demon? I can’t read this guy!’, your lips tugged down, hand inching towards the pocket on your thigh.
Jake frowned, looking at Sam in confusion. He hadn’t seen the body. Corey looked just as confused but more terrified than anything.
“Why did you do it?” You asked.
“Why?” He echoed. “She was a bitch.”
You scoffed. “If people murdered everyone that was a bitch, more than half the population would be wiped out.”
“That would be beautiful.”
“Is this guy Thanos?” Corey whispered, harshly.
The man stepped forward and Jake pushed you back. Using his body as a distraction, your hand quickly reached into the pocket on your pants, fingers wrapping around the handle of the blade. Placing your free hand on Jake’s back, you pushed him aside and threw the blade. It flew through the air, slicing the man’s wrist before embedding into the wood behind him. The sudden wound made him drop the knife and you rushed forward, using the momentum to slam your fist into his face. He grunted in pain, stumbling back.
“Go!” You ordered, tugging the knife free from the wood before rushing after the boys. They didn’t hesitate, aside from Jake, rushing towards the back door. Colby unlocked the car and the group scrambled to get inside. Corey was screaming for him to hurry as the man rushed out of the house, clutching the knife again. Colby threw the car into reverse and peeled out of the driveway.
The drive home was completely silent, no one knowing what to say. No one said a word even after returning home. Aaron asked how it went, not expecting you to return so quickly, but Colby just shook his head. Everyone went to their rooms.
You watched as Jake pulled his shirt off, throwing it onto the hamper. “I’m gonna take a shower.”
You remained silent, eyes watching him as he left the room. The headache was worse now, your temple throbbing. The events of the past few hours were swirling in your brain. Should you call the police? You doubted that he or the evidence would still be there, but… if you didn’t, it would haunt you. You pulled out your phone and called up an old acquaintance of your family. He worked as a detective for the L.A.P.D and he thanked you for reporting it, promising to reach out if anything came from it.
After the call, you grabbed the bottle of meds from the dresser, hoping to relieve the pressure against your skull.
Jake re-entered the room, sweatpants hanging low on his hips. He wasn’t wearing a shirt. His lips tugged into a smirk when he caught you staring. “Like what you see?”
“That’s a stupid question.” You ran your hand through his damp purple hair. “If I could get away with it, I’d spend my life just staring at you.”
He chuckled, his hands gripping your waist as he pulled you close, forehead resting against yours. “Do you realize your sexiness went up like crazy tonight?”
You raised a brow, running your thumb under his bottom lip as you hummed. “Do tell,”
His lips found yours, body pushing you until you fell onto the bed. He hovered over you, his lips moving slow and sensual. Your hand gently traced patterns in his stomach, making him groan in approval. The need for air won and he pulled away, both of you breathing heavy.
“I love you, babe.” He whispered, pressing a kiss to the corner of your lips.
“I love you, too, even if you are a reckless idiot.”
He pouted, “That’s not called for.”
You laughed and he dropped his weight on you, cutting off your laughter. You didn’t complain, allowing him to snuggle into you as you ran your hand through his hair. It wasn’t long before you both fell asleep.
That night, you dreamed of the woman from the painting. She didn’t look nearly as angry as it had depicted her. She thanked you for solving her murder and allowing her to move on.
The next morning, George’s face was all over the news. The police had arrived just as he was fleeing the house. He tried to cover up his crime by setting fire to the home, but the police arrived in time to stop the fire and preserve the evidence. He was locked away for life, and the roommates soon forgot about the events that took place thanks to an old friend who knew how to manipulate memories.