Chapter 36: Home or Road Trip?
I sighed to myself as a watched Stan pack up the RV with several amounts of bags and luggage. I never understood why he would want to go on a road trip when we just put up the unicorn barrier around the Shack, but hey, it was a nice episode so I shouldn't complain.
Wait, did I mention I'm not going on the actual trip?
Yeah, as sorry as I am to miss out on this adventure, there is stuff I need to do at the Shack, and that means staying behind while Stan went on his revenge trip. I also didn't want to leave Globby like I have been these past few episodes. He's been a little clingy lately. Besides, I had a feeling I can make sure Stan wouldn't come home to a poorly painted Shack.
Stan then put a number sticker saying 'CAUTION: SILVERFOX AT THE WHEEL' and hummed to himself.
"Nice. And don't forget bug spray! It's perfect for spraying in the face of hitchhikers." Stan called over to Soos as Dipper walked over.
"Whoa. An RV? Camping gear? Are you running from the law again?" He asked in concern.
"Yeah, no. But he might as well be when this is over." I snickered.
"Dude! It's the ultimate Oregon road trip adventure!" Soos called from the top of the RV.
"More like revenge trip. Every year my tourist trap competitors prank the Mystery Shack. Last year those hooligans duct taped Soos to the ceiling." Stan explained with frustration.
"That was a fun 78 hours." Soos commented.
"I'm glad I wasn't working here last year." I muttered, patting my Globby on the head.
"Well, no more!" Stan cried and pulled out a map of Oregon's tourists traps before handing it to Dipper. "This year we're visiting every tourist trap along the Redwood Highway, and I'm gonna prank back every single one." He declared.
"Bow wow! Time to let the road dogs bark!" I turned to see Grenda and Candy walking over with their bags.
"That is us. We are the road dogs." Candy smiles and pointed to herself.
I then looked up to see a familiar limo pull up and park a good distance from the Shack. Pacifica quickly hopped out with a couple bags and turned to the driver, who I'm assuming she thanked, before shutting the door and rushing over to us as the limo drove off.
"Hey, I'm not too late am I?" She asked and Mabel wrapped her arm around her and grinned cheekily.
"Nope you're right on time!" She beamed while turning to Stan. "Thanks for letting me bring Candy, Grenda, and Pacifica along for our road trip, Grunkle Stan."
"The more the merrier. Just sign these non-disclosure agreements. None of your parents are lawyers, right?" Stan asked after handing the girls the papers as they entered the RV.
"Don't worry, as long as I'm not around my parents for the next few days, you're safe." Pacifica said and I smiled softly as Soos jumped down from the RV.
"What do ya say, dude? You comin'?" He asked Dipper.
"I already went to the trouble of packing all your stuff. Even the stuff you kept in that secret box under the bed." Mabel said and accidentally dropped the box and out poured several pictures of Wendy. "Whoa. What the...? Ugh, what's that?"
"Just...Wendy stuff...from old times." Dipper explained briefly as he started to pick up the photos nervously.
"Ughh!" Mabel and Soos groaned.
"Bro, I thought you were finally past all this." Mabel questioned.
"Guys, come on, you shouldn't even be messing with people's stuff." I scolded as Dipper sighed heavily.
"Ahh, I know, I know! I know she's not interested and I know it's over, but how do you just turn off the way you feel about someone?" He asked.
"Two words, Dipper. Move. On." Mabel deadpanned and made a gesture with her hand.
"Yeah, dude. And a road trip's the perfect place to meet new people." Soos added and I looked down at him.
"Or, you could get to know someone you're already close to." I winked and pointed to the window of the RV where Pacifica was sitting with Candy and Grenda. (Globby even made the same gesture.) Dipper glanced at the photo's of Wendy and then at the pamphlets before turning to Pacifica and smiled.
CUE THEME SONG!
"Well, you all have fun on this trip." I smiled and leaned towards the twins. "Make sure Stan doesn't get arrested." I whispered.
"Got it, but are you sure you don't wanna come with us?" Mabel asked and I shook my head as I ruffled her hair.
"The RV is already super crowded, and I have something's to do around the Shack while you're away." I said and shrugged. "You guys will have fun without me anyway."
"What? No! Not true! We'll miss you!" Mabel protested and I laughed.
"Awww, that's sweet. And hey, you'll have a fun story to tell me when I get back. Just have fun okay?" I said while ruffling her hair once more and she gave me a hug.
"Thanks Emily! And don't worry, I'm gonna bring you back the best souvenir!" She declared.
"Can't wait! Now go have fun!" I said and Mabel rushed to the RV and Dipper gave me a hug goodbye before running after his twin. I waved along with Globby as they drove off and got a serious look in my face and turned to the Shack with determination.
"Okay, now let's get started."
The RV traveled upon the open road and Soos eagerly stuck his head out the window with his tongue sticking out of his mouth in a dog like fashion as Stan drove. Meanwhile, the kids were at the table very eager about their trips.
"Man, RVs are amazing. I can't believe we're sitting at a table in a moving vehicle!" Grenda cried, gesturing to her seat.
"I gotta say, it's a nice change of pace from being in a limo. There's a lot more room." Pacifica added, looking around happily as Candy grabbed the brochures from the shelf.
"Ooh! Informational travel pamphlets! I want to read them all and gain their travel knowledge." Candy gushed as she eagerly rubbed them against her cheek and Stan scoffed.
"Kid, those useless pamphlets have never helped a single person. The only wrinkly old travel guide you'll need is me. Now look alive! We're coming up on an attraction run by the most black-hearted proprietor in all of Oregon." Stan announced and Pacifica looked out the window and squinted at the sign.
"Granny Sweetkin's Yarnball?" She questioned with a large amount of confusion.
"Don't let the face fool you. This woman lit my car on fire on two non-consecutive occasions." Stan warned as he parked the RV and the kids piled out of the RV to admire the yarn ball.
"Whoa..." They gasped before going on with their prank.
"I'm going in, girls. Waaah." Mabel declared and dove into the yarn with Candy giggling before following after her.
"Yarn!" Grenda cried and jumped inside.
"Here goes nothing!" Pacifica said and took a breath and dove into the yarn.
Dipper looked after them and noticed that a tourist girl eating ice cream was walking by him. He debated whether or not he should try and talk to her, but the sound of laughing cut through his thoughts and he turned to see Pacifica and Mabel peeking out of the yarn ball, covered in several strands and laughing at the way each other looked. He felt a small smile on his lips and suddenly felt really happy inside.
"Dipper, hup to! This ball a' yarn ain't gonna prank itself!" Stan cried over the walk-in talkie and Dipper quickly grabbed a strand of the yarn ball from Mabel and rushed over to the back of the RV before tying the yarn to it.
"Hey what's with the goofy grin, we haven't even unraveled the ball yet?!" Stan asked and Dipper shrugged.
"I guess I'm just in a good mood." He replied.
"Okay, who's the girl?" Stan asked causing Dipper to flush.
"W-What? There's no girl!" He denied.
"Yeah, yeah. Trust me, I've seen that look plenty of times before. So, who is it? I doubt it's Wendy, and I really doubt it's Emily. So? You're gonna share your feelings with your Grunkle?" Stan urged and Dipper's face grew redder by the second.
"Well...Uh I...oh look! The girls are done with the yarn!" Dipper exclaimed, eager to get out of this conversation.
"Oh snap! Everyone, now!" Stan cried and everyone rushed back into the RV and as soon as everyone was on, Stan sped off, unraveling the yarn ball completely. Much to the dismay of Granny Sweetkin.
"Why, you gall darn son of a no good." She then picked up a giant knitting needle and threw it on the back of the RV. "I'll get you, Stan Pines!" She vowed, shaking her fist after them.
I walked back up to the shambles of my treehouse as Globby clung onto my back and sighed as I lifted a piece of wood off of the trunk. Which is where I kept most of my stuff. I opened my trunk and smiled as I saw that none of the important stuff I needed was missing. I closed it and grabbed one of the handles and pulled it towards what would have been a wall and looked down.
"Okay, I'm thankful that nothing in this can break so easily. Expect for this." I sighed, while holding up the gun Stan gave me. And yes, the safety is on.
(Side Note: Do NOT handle a gun as causally as Emily is. Gun safety is important! Okay, thank you for your time, back to the chapter!)
I pushed the trunk out of the treehouse and it collapsed onto the ground and landed on it's side, which I honestly should have expected. I quickly climbed down and grabbed the handle on the side before dragging it back to the Shack. I kicked open the door and tugged it inside and sighed before taking a break and noticed the stairs that I had to conquer.
"Of course..." I groaned slightly and cracked my hands before grabbing the trunk and going backward up the stairs. Thought because gravity didn't work in my favor it was not easy. When I first moved into my treehouse Soos and Wendy helped me get some stuff up there. Though now it was just me.
"Uh Emily, what are you doing?" I felt Globby's grip tighten as I looked down and saw Ford was on the edge of the stairs looking very confused.
"Dragging my trunk upstairs, what does it look like?" I retorted as I tugged on the handle again and groaned as I made it up the stairs and fell back as the trunk loudly slammed onto the floor.
"Emily, are you okay?" Ford asked and I heard his footsteps on the stairs and I quickly got up.
"Yeah, I'm fine. It's just harder to drag it upstairs when there is only one person pulling at it." I sighed and Globby's grip tightened on me as Ford reached the top of the stairs.
"Well yes, logically it is difficult." Ford replied awkwardly and I gave him a blank stare before sucking in my breath and clapping my hands once.
"Welp, I'm gonna finish this and head to the store to grab a few things. You need anything?" I asked.
"Uh no no, I'm perfectly fine thank you." Ford said and we just stood there in silence. I swear I could hear each of us breath.
"Okay then." I finally spoke up and grabbed the trunk. "See ya later."
And I dragged that trunk away as Ford hung his head silently.
The RV was now parking in the next attractions target. Upside Down Town, and it was pretty much self explanatory.
"Ah, Upside-Down Town. The nausea capital of the state. Whatever you do, don't use the bathrooms." Stan warned and Pacifica cringed slightly, but shook it off as she got out with the others and strapped on special made shoes that had velcro on the bottom. Once they all had the shoes on, they walked onto a strange device that was intended to rotate them onto the ceiling...or floor...it was a weird attraction.
"Road dogs! Woof, woof, woof!" Mabel, Candy and Grenda cried and Mabel turned to Pacifica.
"You're not woofing." She said.
"And?" Pacifica questioned.
"You're a road dog now, therefore you shall bark with us!" Mabel declared.
"Uh, I don't think..."
"BARK! BARK I SAY!" Mabel cried and Pacifica suddenly laughed, not in a mocking way, but in a happy way.
"Okay, ahem." Pacifica cleared her throat. "Bark! Bark! Bark!"
"Yes! Let the world here you!" Mabel cheered and she and her friends laughed as the device aligned them with the ceiling and they were now upside down in the house.
"Nice!" Grenda commented.
"This is so weird!" Mabel added as they looked around and Dipper smiled at Pacifica and walked up to her.
"Hey Pacifica, crazy place right?" He greeted.
"I know...none of my parents vacation houses is at like this." She added.
"How many vacation houses do you guys have?" Dipper asked and Pacifica was about to respond but hesitated and held her hands up dismissively.
"Don't worry about it's not important." She said.
"Really?" Dipper asked, cocking his head.
"I'm...trying not to sound as 'snobby rich' as I used to. I want to just seem like a normal kid for once. That way the pressure is off and I can actually relax for once. Ever since the Golf War I started to realize I have been living a life that didn't feel like mine and..." Pacifica stopped in the middle of her sentence and felt her face flush.
"Oh wow, that was way too much. Sorry, I shouldn't put this on you like this. That's weird." She said quickly.
"What? No, it's totally fine. I'm glad you feel like you can talk to me about this stuff." Dipper assured her and she looked at him in surprise.
"Really? Well...thanks. That means a lot..."
"Emma, come on! We have to get to Canada before your mother gives birth!" A man cried as he held his wife as she planted heavily.
"I'm coming!" Emma cried, rushing to her parents and they quickly left the scene and sped away in their vehicle.
"...is it bad that wasn't the weirdest thing I've seen all summer?" Dipper questioned and Pacifica laughed.
"I was with you during the haunting at my mansi...house." She said and the two laughed.
"Yeah, I guess that's fair." Dipper agreed.
"Hey Dipper! Come over here! I wanna find a good souvenir for Emily!" Mabel called from the other side of the tourist trap.
"Coming!" Dipper replied and he and Pacifica appeared in the gift shop and Grenda waved to them.
"Hey guys! Isn't this place great! It feels so weird, and the blood is rushing to my head, but it's awesome..." Grenda the trailed off as she felt herself get woozy.
"Now that you mention it...same here." Pacifica muttered and grabbed her head tightly. "How do we get down?"
"Oh there's a ladder over...watch out!" Mabel cried as Pacifica suddenly fell onto Dipper and their shoes left the floor causing them both to fall into the gift shop.
"Ow, you okay?" Pacifica groaned, rubbing her head.
"I'm fine...and I'll be better when you get off of me." Dipper wheezed and Pacifica gasped before standing up and helping him stand.
"Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry!" She cried and Dipper suddenly laughed.
"It okay, it was kinda funny." He shrugged. That suddenly caused Pacifica, Candy and Mabel to laugh and a loud thunk was heard and they saw Grenda on the floor.
"Yeah! I'm still alive!" She cried and before anyone else could react a loud voice was heard.
"NOW SOOS!" Stan cried and the two started jumping on the floor, chasing the house to fall onto it's side and eventually become right side up. Not missing a beat the group piled into the RV and drove off as Stan cheered.
"Not so upside-down now!" He laughed and his rival screamed after him. Though, in all honesty, no one really cared.
As for the next two stops, it was pretty much the same. The kids had fun in the attraction for a while before the prank preformed by Stan went into action.
In Log Land, the group went on the old ride and each got a log on a stick and had fun on the ride. Mabel not so subtly made sure Dipper and Pacifica were sitting next to each other. They couldn't stay for long since Stan unleashed the beavers onto the attraction. For the corn maze, Dipper tried to explain a certain trick to go through it, but ended up having Mabel drag them all in blindly.
Did they get lost?
Did they still have fun!
Did they accidentally leave Soos behind?
"Everyone on board?" Stan asked as 'everyone' entered the RV and Mabel poked her head out.
"Probably." She said, giving a thumbs up and they drove off, leaving a confused Soos behind.
"Guys? Hello? Anyone?" Soos called out and heard no reply form his friends and seemed to shrug it off. "They'll come back for me."
I have to admit, the grocery store at Gravity Falls had a pretty good variety of food. I walked down the isles and looked at my list. Frowning slightly, I should probably buy a few other things so it doesn't look too weird. Grabbing a gallon of milk I sighed and placed it in the basket and looked at my list.
"Okay, corn syrup...how is it different from regular syrup?" I questioned to myself and walked down the isle to where I assumed where the corn syrup would be and looked through the different products.
"Corn syrup is made form cornstarch while maple syrup is from the maple's tree sap." A familiar voice explained and I turned to see Nate smirking playfully holding his phone in one hand and a bottle corn syrup in the other.
"Nate! Hi, what are you doing here?" I asked happy to see him and he handed me the bottle and shrugged.
"My parents are grabbing a few things for the week and I felt like tagging along." He explained. "How about you?"
"Same thing, basically. The Pines went on a road trip and I decided to grab a few things we needed." I replied and placed the bottle in the basket.
"Why didn't you go with them?" He asked as we walked down the isle. "You seem so close with one another."
"Well, the RV was pretty crowded already and I didn't want to leave the Shack with Globby. Heck, I just came here because I needed a few things." I explained.
"Well, I'm glad that you stuck around. This means we can spend some time together." Nate said and wrapped an arm around me. I laughed and noticed the chocolate syrup and quickly grabbed it off the shelf.
"That does sound nice." I said and heard an unfamiliarly voice call out.
"Nate! There you are! Your father is in line for checkout and..." It was a women who I didn't recognize and I couldn't help but notice she resembled Nate in a way...oh wait...
"Hi mom! This is Emily!" Nate waved and gestured to me and she gasped lightly and began to shake my hand.
"Well it's so nice to finally meet you! Nate told us a bit about you, but we've never really gotten a chance to meet you!" She smiled warmly and I laughed slightly awkwardly. Nate's parents were never seen in the show, heck I doubt Thompson's and Tambry's were either (despite being mentioned a few times) So I had no idea what to except.
"Uh...it's nice to meet you too...sorry I haven't met you until now, I've just been busy with work...and a bit of other stuff." I explained.
"Yes, Nate mentioned your were working at the Mystery Shack for the summer. That must be a...unique job." She said, seemingly interested in what I did.
"Yeah, it has its perks. Well I hate to keep your husband waiting, I'll just finish my shopping and I'll see you around." I clapped my hands and gestured back towards the isle and I saw Nate's mom eyes light up with an idea.
"Oh Nate, why don't you invite her over for dinner tonight!?" She suggested eagerly and Nate seemed to be fond of that idea too.
"Yeah, what do you think Emily? Are you free tonight?" He asked hopefully and I looked between them and smiled.
"How could I say no?" I joked and the three of us laughed and Nate's mom turned to her son.
"You go on and help her with her groceries, we'll see you tonight!" She waved and headed off towards the check out area.
"Sorry, my mom can be a bit pushy." Nate apologized and I brushed it off.
"Oh, it's fine. I just haven't been invited to a dinner like that before..." I explained.
"Well, you'll love my parents cooking!" Nate smiled and I laughed.
"I'm sure I will." We walked over to the check out line and were soon heading back to The Shack. Once we were there Globby was quick to greet us and I quickly put the groceries along with Nate. Ford then walked in the kitchen and once he noticed us, he quickly cleared his throat.
"Ahem, welcome back Emily, I didn't realize you were bringing a guest." He greeted.
"It was a last minute decision." I explained while shrugging and put away a box of cereal and bag of beef jerky away. "By the way, I'm going to be over at Nate's for dinner tonight. I trust you can handle dinner on your own?"
"Um...yes, yes I can." Ford replied and all 3 of us (4 counting Globby) stood there silently.
"Great...need anything else?" I asked, breaking the silence.
"No...no...have a nice dinner." Ford said and walked out of the kitchen without another word.
"What was that all about?" Nate asked.
"Ford and I...well we aren't exactly seeing eye-eye at the moment." I explained briefly while sighing.
"What happened? I thought everything was fine?" Nate asked, showing a huge amount of concern.
"Well...it's kinda complicated. Ford's been through so many dangerous dimensions, I guess it makes sense he has some trust issues..."
"Trust issues? Why wouldn't he trust you?" Nate questioned and I felt myself grip the emerald of my necklace and suddenly my hand shook nervously.
Why was I so nervous?
"Emily? Hey, come here." Nate pulled me into a hug and I returned the gesture.
"I'm sorry Nate, I want to tell you, I do, but I'm afraid that if I do...something really bad could happen to you..." I explained and felt a few tears stream down my face.
"I've already lost Georgia, I can't go through that again! I just can't!"
"Hey, hey. It's okay, look do you want to cancel dinner tonight? I'm sure my parents will understand." Nate asked and I smiled up at him and shook my head.
"No, I'm okay. Just a heads up, if your mom tells me an embarrassing story about you, I won't forget it." I said playfully and he laughed.
"That's what I'm counting on." He winked and I pulled him in for a kiss and sighed.
"Okay, I'll take Globby upstairs and be right out." I said and headed upstairs and Globby was put down on my mattress by Bear-Bear and he looked up at me like he didn't want me to go.
"Please don't give me that look, Nate's parents would freak of I brought you to dinner. I'll be back later tonight with a doggie bag. Promise, and please, do not give Ford a hard time! He's stressed out enough as it is." I sighed and Globby gave me a nod and I patted him on the head before walking downstairs and heading out to meet Nate.
Here goes nothing.
The group had settled down for the night at a place called 'Septic Ridge RV Park' and were winding down. The girls were huddled around the camp fire while Dipper and Stan were in the hot tub and Stan was recounting a tale from his past.
"So then I said to the bouncer, 'Where's your ID, ugly?' That's were I got this scar." Stan explained, showing his right arm where the scar was.
"Grunkle Stan, I gotta say this was one of the best days ever." Dipper laughed and relaxed in the hot water.
"It wouldn't have any thing with the Northwest girl would it?" Stan asked slyly and Dipper tensed up and his eyes widened.
"W-what? N-no! I just had a fun day!" Dipper insisted, but Stan only laughed.
"Ha! I knew it! I gotta admit, she seems more your type, and bonus; her family is loaded!" He nudged Dipper playfully, who's face was becoming redder and redder.
"It's not like that...she's just a lot nicer and really fun to hang around." He explained.
"Ah, you like her, just admit it." Stan said smugly and Dipper laughed nervously. Meanwhile, the girls were laughing as their marshmallows were roasting on the fire.
"Okay, it's time for..."
"Truth or Dare or Don't!" Mabel and Grenda cried and pointed to Candy.
"I choose...don't!" Candy decided, annoying the others.
"Ugh! You always choose don't." Grenda groaned.
"Why is that even an option?" Pacifica questioned as she fiddled with her marshmallow stick.
"Fine. Uh, truth." Candy answered.
"Do you like someone?" Mabel asked eagerly.
"Well, I haven't really meant someone who I felt that kind of connection with." Candy explained, much to Mabel's dismay.
"Awww, I was hoping for something for juicy." She pouted and turned to Pacifica eagerly.
"Hmmmm, I guess I'll go with...truth." Pacifica shrugged and started to eat her marshmallow from the stick.
"Do YOU like someone?" Mabel asked slyly and Pacifica chocked on her marshmallow before coughing and stared at Mabel.
"You can't ask me the same question you asked Candy!" She protested.
"There is nothing about the rules that are against it." Candy clarified and Pacifica felt her face flush, and it wasn't from the fire.
"Uh-oh. Someone's blushing." Grenda teased.
"N-no I'm not!" Pacifica denied and Mabel beamed excitedly.
"Oh my gosh, who is it? Who is it!?" She asked excitedly and Pacifica bit her lip and looked away.
"It's not like that, I don't think it would go anywhere anyway. You two are leaving at the end of summer." Pacifica sighed and her eyes widened as she slapped her hand over her mouth as she realized what she said, and the others had heard and gasped excitedly.
"Ready girls? Three. Two. One." Mabel, Candy and Grenda then took a big breath before squealing loudly and excitedly, catching the attention of Dipper and Stan.
"Man, coyotes sound a lot worse than I remember." Stan commented, both obvious to the actual conversation taking place.
"Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! All my life dreams are coming true right now! My brother, and one of my best friends, being together!" Mabel squealed excitedly.
"I can't breathe! I'm so excited I can't breathe!" Grenda cried as she fell backward off the log.
"After pushing your feelings down for so long, you're letting yourself become open to your true emotions." Candy gasped, hand on her cheek as her eyes widened in admiration.
"Come on guys, don't make a big deal out of it." Pacifica pleaded. "Besides I doubt he feels the same, I was awful to you guys, and it's a miracle that I was able to become friends with you guys..."
"That's a load of discolored sparkles! I bet if you two got some alone time, you'd hit it off in a snap!" Mabel declared.
"I rather not..." Pacifica started only to be cut off by an excited Mabel.
"And Mabel's got a plan!"
"Oh boy..." Pacifica groaned knowing full well there wasn't gonna be a way out of this.
It was dark when we came to Nate's house and the door was already unlocked so we were able to walk in and taking a look around I noticed a few family photographs on the walls. Most of them were of Nate's childhood and I smiled at them as we headed towards the kitchen.
"Mom? Dad? We're here!" Nate called and his mom was taking a dish out of the oven and once it was placed onto the counter and waved to greet us.
"Good, just in time! Dinner will be ready in a few minutes!" She smile brightly.
"Thank you Mrs..."
"Oh please, call me Jacquie." She insisted and I was cut off guard and smiled awkwardly.
"O-okay." I replied and Nate lead me over to the table that was already set. I could tell it was usually made for 6 people, two chairs on the end while the four were on either side, though I guess they didn't use all the chairs every night. Nate and I sat next to one another on one side as...Jacquie placed the dish down and I realized that it was lasagne. Well, at least it wasn't too fancy.
"Scott! Dinner's ready!" She called and footsteps from upstairs were heard and I turned my head slightly and saw an older man heading over. I could tell right away that he was Nate's Dad, he even had a couple of tattoos that were similar to his.
"Mmmm, I can smell this from upstairs." He joked and wrapped his wife in a kiss.
"Scott, this is Emily." Jacquie gestured to me and I waved.
"Hello, nice to meet you."
"Well, it nice to finally meet you. Nate told us that he was seeing someone, but pretty much kept you to himself. Glad we finally got to meet you before school started." He said while shaking my hand before he sat down next to wife.
"Alright, now lets eat!" Jacquie said excitedly and Nate held out his plate for his mom to give him a slice of lasagna and she turned to me.
"Would you like some Emily?" She offered.
"Oh, yes please!" I said quickly and held my plate out. She gave me a slice and Nate passed a dish with green beans and I was eager to take those too.
Dinner passed somewhat normally. We mainly ate and made brief conversations. The lasagna was delicious, I could see why Nate's dad was excited earlier.
"So, how long has your family been in Gravity Falls?" Jacquie asked and I suddenly choked on the green bean I was eating and coughed quickly. Nate's hands where reached out towards me, expecting to help, but I was fine and I took a breath before turning to him.
"You didn't tell them?" I asked as quietly as I could through my gritted teeth.
"It...never came up." Nate shrugged and I sighed. He was right, you can't just say that your girlfriend was an orphan out of the blue...
"Tell us what?" Scott asked, looking to and from Nate and me.
"I...I didn't come to Gravity Falls with my family." I explained briefly and Nate's parents turned to one-another, realization dawning on their faces.
"Oh...oh!" Jacquie gasped and drew her hand to her mouth, a guilty look in her eyes.
"I'm so sorry dear, I guess it never occurred to us. Nate only mentioned where you worked, he never talked about your family...I guess I just assumed." She apologized.
"No, no. You couldn't have known..." I sighed. "Nate's right, you can't bring these stuff up out of the blue."
"Well as long as you have a roof over you head, that's all that matters." Scott said and I nodded.
"Yeah, the Pines have been really nice and let me stay at The Shack for the time being." I assured them and Nate smiled softly at me and I returned the gesture.
"And I'll be going to school here in the fall too."
"Wait really?" I turned to Nate to see his surprised look.
"Why so shocked? I wasn't gonna let Stan homeschool me." I joked and Nate laughed.
"You sure you wanna deal with high-school, that might be a little too much drama." Nate teased and I laughed.
"After dealing with crazy costumers, I think I can handle a couple tests and essays." The whole table chucked and we quickly went back to eating.
I sighed and watched Nate and his family laugh with one another, and while it may seem cliché, I felt a feeling of warmth inside. It got even better when we made our way to the couch and Jacquie brought out a family album, Much to Nate's dismay.
"And here was his fifth birthday, he couldn't eat his cake without making a mess for the life of him!" She laughed and I giggled at the photo where a young Nate had blue frosting all over his face and was smiling like any little kid would be if they had just eaten cake.
"Mom...please." Nate begged as his face was buried into his hands attempting to hide his blush.
"I think it's cute." I teased and placed my hand over his and he rubbed the back of his neck awkwardly and we turned back to the photo album.
This was a great night.
"Alright, campers. We got another day 'a breakin' laws and breakin' hearts. Everything up until now has been a walk in the park compared to our next attraction." Stan announced to the group as the RV drove on the highway.
"Is it a walk in the world's biggest park?" Mabel asked excitedly.
"Eh sort of." Stan shrugged and gestured outside towards a sign. "There she is kids. Mystery Mountain. Five times the size of the Mystery Shack, and what's worse: she has real attractions."
"Oh! I have read about this place. It has sky tram. And a mummy museum. And sightings of half human, half spider creatures." Candy explained showing the pamphlet of the attractions they were heading towards.
"Even their made up legends are better than ours. Today, the mountain falls." Stan declared and continued driving as he plotted his revenge and Pacifica was using a nail file and failed to notice Mabel nodding at Candy and Grenda before raising her hand.
"Question. The back seat makes me car sick. Can I sit up front today?" She asked, Stan didn't get a chance to respond before Grenda spoke up.
"Also question. I'm the size of two people. Can I have a whole seat to myself?" She asked and Pacifica slowly looked up from her nails.
"And another question, could I lay down on a seat and rest?" Candy asked and Pacifica eyes widened and tried to signal them to stop, but it was already too late.
"Eh, I don't know, sure." Stan shrugged and Mabel rushed to the front seat while Candy and Grenda sat Pacifica down in the back seat.
"Whooo! Change up!" Mabel cried and shoved Dipper into the back seat.
"But wait! That means it'll just be me and..." Dipper turned to see Pacifica sitting next to him with her face flushing.
"Hey..." She greeted.
"Oh...uh...hey." Dipper responded and the two remained quiet for a moment as the other girls giggled, Grenda closing the curtain between their seat and the front of the RV.
"So, the Mystery Mountain should be interesting." Pacifica said, fiddling with her fingers.
"Uh, yeah...Candy mentioned a few cool exhibits." Dipper replied and the two were silent again. Suddenly Stan slammed the breaks on the RV and Stan got out.
"Alright, road dogs! I got five bucks for whoever can tip the big blue ox! Go, go, go!" He cried as Mabel, Candy, and Grenda rushed out towards the ox. Dipper and Pacifica were the last to exit and each took a deep breath.
"So, I'm going over there now." Pacifica said and she rushed over to the others. Dipper watched her go and Stan took notice.
"Hey, what's going on in your head?" Stan asked.
"I don't know!? It's like when she and I were alone, my brain shut off! I couldn't think of anything to say to her! How was that possible?" Dipper questioned, waving his hands around.
"That's called having a crush kid, your little nerves are getting in the way. I thought the book we read went over this stuff?" Stan explained.
"What?" Dipper question, only fro Stan to wave it off."
"Doesn't matter. Anyway, you gotta stop worrying about embarrassing yourself, you just got to roll with what comes out of your mouth like you meant to say it." Stan said confidentially before turning to a ticket booth a noticing the infamous Darlene.
"Speaking of which..." Stan grinned.
"But what if I say something really awkward and weird?" Dipper asked.
"Ah ah ah! Watch and learn." Stan cut him off and walked over to the ticket booth.
"Oh, I seem to have lost my number! Can I borrow yours?" He flirted causing Darlene to laugh.
"You are a riot! What brings you here? We don't normally get men this handsome around these parts." She asked, leading Stan on.
"Heheh. Well, Darlene, between you and me, what I'm doing here is a little secret." Stan explained, leaving several details out. Though, so did she.
"Oh, you seem like a man with secrets." Darlene commented causing the two to laugh.
"Ugh." Dipper groaned, briefly considering if he should have stayed at the Shack.
"You know, I'm going on a break. You wanna take the sky tram up to Widow's Peak?" Darlene asked, gesturing to the dark trail up ahead.
(Brief interruption brought to you by the author who is sorry this came out so late)
Emily: You see kids, you should never go in a DARK CREEPY TRAIL with a complete stranger I do not know what Stan was thinking...now if you excuse me, I have to be in a scene for the next chapter, though I'm more worried about if it'll be out soon...
Me: I'm trying gosh darn it! School is so draining! Not to mention all the other stuff going on this year!
Emily:...yeah okay fair point. Thank you to those who were patient with us, it means a lot.
(And now, back to the show!)
"Take my advice or don't, but clearly I know what I'm doing." Stan whispered to Dipper and offered his arm to Darlene.
"Oh, fancy." She gushed as they walked towards the entrance and Stan briefly pointed at her while smiling at Dipper.
"Okay, just relax and have fun." He sighed and walked over to the girls. "Hey guys, so you want to check out Mummy Town U.S.A?"
"Sorry, but Candy, Grenda and I are heading to the gift shop to find Emily something, but Pacifica can go with you!" Mabel explained and pushed Pacifica over to Dipper while grinning widely. "Right Pacifica?"
"Uh...yeah sure." Pacifica said as she and Dipper laughed awkwardly.
Not five minutes later, Dipper and Pacifica were heading inside the exhibit as Mabel, Candy and Grenda watched from the bushes.
"Oh! I can't believe this is happening. A real date! I wonder what they'll name the baby." Mabel gushed happily.
"If I had a baby, I would name it Grenda 2: The Sequel!" Grenda said eagerly.
"You would make such a good mother." Mabel said.
"And I vow to be the best bridesmaid and auntie for you both!" Candy declared.
"Awwww, come here you!" Mabel cried as she hugged her friends.
Meanwhile, inside the exhibit Dipper and Pacifica were sitting on a bench and looking at the several mummies displayed.
"Well, this place is certainly interesting." Pacifica commented.
"Sort of confused by the phrase 'New Mummies Daily', though. I mean, how does that even work?" Dipper questioned.
"I don't know, maybe it's the tourists who want to speak to the manager." Pacifica joked me the two started laughing for a moment and sighed.
"Good one." Dipper smiled and they trained to each other.
"Sorry if I was weirded earlier, I guess Mabel caught me off guard." Pacifica admitted.
"Yeah, she does that sometimes." Dipper nodded.
"She's been a really good friend though, she really forgave my easily even after all that happened between us..." She trailed off.
"Hey, you apologized for all that, and you helped get us that unicorn hair." Dipper said and placed a hand on her shoulder. "We all know you turned a new leaf."
Pacifica smiled at Dipper and quickly pulled him into a hug.
In the giant spider forest, Stan and Darlene had made their way onto the trail and sat down on a bench.
"Oh, are you sure you wanna go this deep into the forest? It's so scaaary." Darlene asked nervously.
"Heh, don't worry, toots. That spider people stuff is just an urban legend. I can't believe people fall for it." Stan laughed, pulling Darlene closer as he put an arm around her.
"You're so brave." She gushed.
"What can I say? I'm a real catch." Stan smirked proudly and Darlene smirked.
"Yes." She blinked and her eyes became black and her voice deepened. "The catch of the day."
"Uh, I think your contacts fell out..." Sagan began and his screams then echoed through the forests.
After dinner with Nate's family, I came back to the Shack and headed straight to bed. Globby was there to greet me and we fell asleep very quickly. The next morning I got to work on my secret project and mixed up the ingredients I got yesterday. Once it was done I poured a red liquid into a jar and tightened the lid and nodded proudly.
"Hopefully I won't have to use this, but I might." I sighed and placed the jar into a plastic bag and rushed to the remains of my treehouse and placed the bag in a corner before heading back to the Shack and started washing the dishes that I had used.
I turned to see Ford at the doorway, standing awkwardly and Globby quickly latched onto my back in fear.
"Oh...hey." I greeted.
"I feel like we should talk..."
"Okay, about what?"
"I owe you an apology. I shouldn't have judged you so harshly, but with Bill threatening our dimension because of me, I don't want any loose ends." Ford explained and I sighed.
"Look I get it, Bill's a freak and dangerous to our world, but we're own the same side. I don't want him destroying our home anymore than you do." I said and placed the spoons in a drying rack.
"I know, but I still have a few questions for you." Ford admitted and Globby glared and tightened his grip on me. I patted his head and turned to Ford.
"Sure, go ahead."
"Do you really not know why your necklace is powerful?" He asked and I glanced down at my necklace and sighed.
"I don't. All I know is that it was Georgia's mother's before it was given to her, and when she died, it was given to me. That's all I know." I explained.
"She never mentioned it having any abilities."
"Hmmm, well it seems that Bill may be interested in that necklace. It might be the only thing that can repel him..." Ford said thoughtfully.
"Yeah, I guess so..." I muttered. "Listen, I don't want us to have this much tension between us. Or between you and Stan for that matter."
"Stan and I..."
"Need to make up, if you want to beat Bill so badly, then you can't fight with the people you love. The side that's broken is the one that will lose." I explained.
"You, may have a point..." Ford said awkwardly and I thought for a moment.
"Listen, I have an idea that I haven't told the twins, or anyone. But I can tell you, it's just in case things go south." I explained as I looked around nervously.
"What type of plan?" Ford asked and I took another look around before gesturing for him to come closer and I whispered the plan into his ear. His eyes widened.
"Emily...you know the consequences of that..."
"Yeah, that's exactly why the twins, Stan, and Soos can NEVER know. They would try and talk me out of it." I said sternly.
"Then why are you telling me?" Ford asked.
"Someone should know, and you know better than anyone how dangerous Bill is. You know we have to do whatever it takes." I explained and Ford nodded.
"I understand. You have my word that I will not tell any of them." He vowed.
"Thank you, now, would it be too much to ask for something else?" I asked.
"You know how Stan is on a revenge trip with the twins?" I asked, he nodded. "Well, if the ones in charge of the tourist traps are anything like Stan, they won't let him off the hook so easily."
"So, what is your solution?" Ford asked and I grinned excitedly.
"Follow me, also how's your acting?"
"Ah, ah, ah! Flame Retardant Raccoon says: don't hug forest fires." And animatronic raccoon said as Dipper and Pacifica walked past it.
"It doesn't look like your uncle has done anything to prank this place. It's been almost an hour." Pacifica commented and Dipper nodded.
"Yeah it's weird. We barely got to ride the log on that tourist trap before the beavers were released." He commented and suddenly heard his walkie-talkie buzz and took it out.
"Heeey, buddy boy. So you remember how I was saying you should just go with whatever you say? Well it turns out you should pay more attention to what's going on around you." Stan said.
"What? What are you talking about? Where are you?" Dipper asked.
"The good news is, I've solved the mystery of where Oregon's mummies come from. The bad news is...I'm about to become one. Turns out Darlene is one of those spider people. But beyond that, the date's been okay." Stan explained, as he was tied up in webbing while in a dark cave with the remains of the previous victims.
"I'm sorry, what?" Pacifica asked, eyes widening.
"Wait, wait, wait. Darlene's a spider person?! How is that possible?" Dipper questioned.
"Please, don't ask that!" Pacifica pleaded, gagging slightly.
"I don't know. One minute we're having the perfect date, and the next minute she's growing extra legs and encasing me in webbing. Women, right?" Stan explained, while joking slightly.
"You couldn't tell she was a spider?!" Dipper exclaimed in disbelief.
"Yeah, something tells me that would be VERY noticeable." Pacifica added.
"Hey, I was blinded by flattery! Also, this acid she spit in my face. I'm up the mountain at Widow's Peak." Stan explained.
"Alright, I'm gonna find you. Stay put!" Dipper said and Stan looked at his predicament and gave a serious nod.
"...you got it." A string of webbing then latched onto the walkie-talkie and it was retracted into Darlene's hand, who was now in her half-spider form.
"Ah, aaaah! Trying to escape?" She taunted before throwing it at a rock, breaking it as Stan glared at her.
"You tricked me! I'm 80% certain you don't really love me at all!" He spat angrily.
"Hah! Men will fall for anything." Darlene laughed, playing with her hair. "You're so funny, great story, I love a man with shoulder hair!"
"You...you didn't mean it about my shoulder hair?!" Stan asked sadly and Darlene got up into his face.
"Tell me, Stan. Before I transformed, who'd you think was in charge? You, with your cheesy lines and 'fake confidence'?" She asked and started walking away.
"I'm the master pickup artist here. Sorry, toots! This time, you're getting used for your body! Which, to my weird species, is food. Allow me to slip into something more horrifying." Darlene then used her legs to open her mouth and reveal the rest of her true form.
"AAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!" Stan screamed.
"I wonder what beverage pairs well with a vintage 70-something year old man?" She questioned and walked out while laughing evilly. "Be right baaaack!"
"Come on Dipper, where are you?" Stan asked frantically.
Meanwhile, Mabel, Candy and Grenda were outside the gift shop and looking through the gift bags they had.
"Emily is gonna love this!" Mabel exclaimed as she held up her bag happily.
"I wonder how Dipper and Pacifica are doing." Candy said thoughtfully.
"We can ask them since they're running towards us in a panic!" Grenda cried.
"Wait, what?" Mabel asked as she turned to see Dipper and Pacifica rushing over.
"There you girls are! We need your help!" Dipper cried.
"What's going on?" Mabel asked.
"Stan's in trouble!"
"He got kidnapped by his date that turned out to be a spider monster!" Pacifica exclaimed.
"WHAT!?" The three cried.
"Come on, we gotta hurry!" Dipper urged and the five of them rushed off towards the cave.
Back at the cave, Stan was struggling in the webbing as Darlene sang in the background.
"Doo, do-doo, doo..."
"Please. I don't know if you're really up there or not, but if you are, please save me, Paul Bunyan!" Stan prayed desperately.
"Mr. Pines!" A deep voice cried.
"Whoa, did that really work?" He questioned and turned to see the kids running into the cave. Grenda let out a battle cry as she punched through the webbing causing Stan to fall onto the cave floor and the kids gathered around him to pull the webbing off of him.
"Quick! Before the rest of the venom sets in!" Stan cried as the webbing was pulled off of him and everyone was quick to rush out of the cave. Though, Darlene was not far from them.
"No! Where are you?" She cried and rushed after them.
"What do we do!?" Pacifica exclaimed.
"The sky tram! Everybody on! I have a plan!" Candy cried and the group piled into one of the trams.
"Haha yes!" Mabel cheered.
"Perfect!" Grenda cried.
"Ride like the wind, sky tram!" Stan exclaimed, only for the tram to move at a very slow speed.
"Welcome to Trambience, the world's slowest treetop tram ride. Enjoy the sights at 0.1 miles per hour." A recording said causing Grenda to groan.
"Move, move, move!" She urged, stomping the floor with her feet.
"Come on! We gotta get out of here! I don't want to be spider food!" Pacifica cried.
"Ugh, can't this thing go any faster?" Dipper asked.
"No it can't. This is Trambience." The voice spoke again and Pacifica glared up at the speaker. Meanwhile Darlene was jumping on several trams and quickly spotted the oke Stan was in and rushed over.
"Enjoying the view?" A loud bang was heard from the top of the tram. "Take a picture!"
"I'm gonna sue that recording." Pacifica growled and Darlene hissed through the window causing everyone to scream in terror and she began to spin her webbing around the tram.
"We're doomed!" Stan cried.
"We're all gonna dude!" Dipper screamed. Candy then quickly looked through her pamphlet.
"Listen carefully! This sky tram has an emergency drop switch. Below us is Oregon's largest Paul Bunyan statue! And Old Reliable goes off in 5...4." Candy explained and grabbed the switch.
"Candy wait! Don't pull that lever!" Dipper pleaded.
"Kid, are you crazy?!" Stan cried.
"Now!" Candy pulled the lever and the tram was disconnected and the group screamed as it fell down. Old Reliable then went off and the water pushed the tram into the air, causing it to roll across the mountain and barreled through the ticket booth. Finally the giant statue of Paul Bunyan fell on top of Darlene.
"My only weakness! A giant boot! A giant newspaper or a giant cup would've also been pretty bad." She groaned as she struggled to get free. Then the door was pushed open by the group and they stumbled out.
"Thank you for riding Trambience sky tram! Tell your friends it was a boring, boring ride." The announcer said.
"Of course it still works." Pacifica grumbled.
"Kid, that was ingenious! How'd you know that would work?" Stan asked.
"Useless travel pamphlets." Candy explained holding them up.
"Staaaannnyyy..." Everyone turned to see Darlene change her head to her human form. "I'm sorry. I dunno what came over me. You'll let me out, right?"
"What?! After all that? Seriously, do I look like an amnesiac?" Stan asked.
"You're so funny. Have you ever considered becoming a comedian?" She laughed and Stan's eyes widened.
"You know, I actually have. Comedy is too subtle these days. My style involves more over-sized props. Here, let me get you out from there..." Stan said, suddenly flattered and walked over to her. The kids pulled him away as she changed back to her true form and attempted to bite him.
"Oh yeah, right." He sighed.
"You win this round, Stan! But mark my words, as long as there's men like you out there, with their dumb one-liners and pickup moves, I'll never run out of prey!" Darlene declared and spat acid at Stan's feet.
"Aah! Get the car, get the car!" Stan cried and the group rushed off and piled into the RV before driving away. Dipper was sitting next to Stan in the passenger seat and noticed Stan to be down.
"You okay?" He asked and Stan sighed.
"Alright, kid. I gotta admit something. I'm no expert on women. Truth is, I've been divorced once, and slapped more times than I can remember. Confidence can buy you a lot, but at the end of the day, pickup artists tend to get our heads bitten off. When it comes to women, I'm a failure." He explained sadly.
"Hey, you're not a failure to us." Dipper assured him and Stan smiled. "You actually did make a good point, I shouldn't worry so much about what other people think about me or how I say something."
"Huh, looks like I did teach you something." Stan chuckled as Dipper glanced back to Pacifica who was laughing with Mabel, Candy and Grenda. Soon enough, the RV entered Gravity Falls causing the others to cheer and Stan headed towards the Shack.
"I still feel a little bad about wrecking those tourist traps." Dipper admitted.
"Ah, come on. Everyone loves my pranks! And the best part is, I never have to face any consequen...WHAT THE!?" Stan cried as she saw his rivals at the Shack, only Emily was running out of the Shack in a panic.
"Run! Leave this place! You do not know the terror that is in there!" She cried in a dramatic like fashion.
"Kid, just get out of the way." The upside down town owner said and shoved her aside.
"This place is full of baloney..." He trailed odd when he saw a tall figure emerge with his hands extended forward and tentacles waving around on his head. Letting out a strange hiss/roar.
"AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!" The rivals of Stan screamed and rushed off to their vehicles and drove off in a panic.
"Ahahahahaha! Way to go Emily!" Stan laughed as he exited the RV with the others.
"Thanks, but I can't take all the credit." Emily said and clapped her hands twice and Globby jumped off of Ford's head and latched onto her back.
"Wow, you totally fooled those guys!" Dipper cried and Emily winked.
"You know it, now how about a hug?" She asked, opening her arms and Mabel quickly rushed over with Dipper and they hugged Emily.
"We missed you! Don't worry, we all made it back in one piece." Mabel assured her.
"Oh yeah? Where's Soos?" Emily asked, while smirking and the groups eyes widened.
"Uh..." Mabel trailed off.
"Oh boy." Dipper sighed and it suddenly became very windy and everyone looked up to see a helicopter above them, and on the dangling ladder was none other than Soos.
"Hey dudes!" He cried while waving and was lowered to the ground.
"Hi Soos." Emily waved and he turned back to the pilot of the helicopter.
"Thanks again dudes!" He called up to them and they waved before flying off.
"Looks like everything turned out alright." Emily commented and the group laughed and she hugged the twins. Candy, Grenda and even Pacifica joined the hug. Ford then adjusted his glasses as he noticed Emily's necklace starting to pulse softly as is glowed.
She definitely was different from everyone, only question was; How different was she?
Bill Cipher: Well, well, well. It seems there are some people that are still reading this story despite a certain Author starting to neglect her work. Isn't that something? Any-who, you're probably wondering why I decided to appear this time. You see, Angelwings was having a hard time balancing her school work with her writing. So she decided to call upon me. Then we struck a deal, I help her with her writing and in return she gave me...
Angelwings2002 (Me): *busts through the door* WILLIAM ALEXANDER DOLLAR TRIANGULAR CIPHER!
Bill Cipher: That's not even my real name!
Me: Well it's the best I could think of! Also, what the heck are you doing here!?
Bill Cipher:...Uh...it's not what it looks like.
Me: Yeah sure, cause to me it looks like you're trying to scare my readers into thinking I made a deal with a devil!
Bill Cipher:...well then I guess it is what it looks like.
Me: Okay, out! Back to your inter dimensional void! Go on, shoo! Vamoose! Bye-bye! Adios! So long! Get out!
Bill Cipher: Okay, okay! I'm going, I'm going! You don't need to be snippy about it! Sheesh! *disappears*
Me:...is he gone? Okay great, now I can actually explain myself.
As you probably have guessed I have not been updating as frequently as I would like. Most of that has to do with school. You know, the thing people go to in order to learn about...stuff. Also finals happened, and I burned myself out with that. Yeah, it's been a lot so far.
Please remember this when you feel like an author is taking too long to update; Do you think they want to neglect their work and leave their readers hanging? I sure don't, school is important, but I managed to get this chapter done! Hope for more to come soon, and thanks for being patient!
Now onto the reviews!
mew mew 124: Sorry this took so long, and I'm glad you liked the last chapter, I thought it made more sense for Emily to be on the unicorn quest. I known it's weird for Emily to not go on the main plot of the story but I wanted to try something new! Hope you liked it!
TheMysteryperson1X: Sorry this took so long!