With Kory gone and Mari still sleeping it was up to Dick to keep the party going. About a half and hour after Kory left Dick was struggling to keep spirits up so he decided to take out his camera and begin taping new messages for Mari to see when she was 18 years old. With a smile on his face Dick approached Vic and Karen who made themselves comfortable on the love seat couch.
"Hey guys, you mind if I borrow you two for a sec?" Dick asked.
"Sure Dick," said Karen as she looked up at him. "What is it?"
"Well I was hoping that you two would tape a message to Mari for her 18th birthday." Dick said, showing them the camera.
Vic and Karen took a moment to themselves to look at each other before turning their heads and nodding at Dick, letting him know they were okay with it.
"Okay," Dick said as he raised the camera. "Action."
"Hey Mari!" Vic said happily. "It's the year 2024, are you still enjoying your nap?"
"We're aunt Karen and uncle Vic by the way," Karen cut in with a fake warm smile on her face. "You may not recognize us because we haven't spoken to your parents in 17 years."
"We used to be married but then we missed a weekend away together and things kind of unraveled," Vic said dryly. He then smiled. "Because of you!" he frowned. "Happy birthday."
Dick lowered his camera and his lips were pressed together in a tight frown, his eyes were narrowed as he glared at his two friends. "You guys suck."
"Well what do you expect, Dick," Karen snapped back. "Vic and I should have been gone already."
"I know, and I'm sorry, but this is really important to Kory and I. I just wish you guys would realize that."
Vic sighed. "Way to guilt trip us."
Dick smirked. "It's what I do best."
"Hey Dick," called out Gar as he held up the house phone. "Kory's on the phone and she says she's in trouble."
"What?" Dick quickly walked over to the kitchen where Gar was standing and took the phone from him, a look of concern on his face. While Dick spoke on the phone with a hushed tone the others began to gather around, watching Dick with worried eyes. With a sigh Dick hung up the phone and turned his head towards his friends, a grim look on his face. "Kory got arrested."
The others gasped, completely shocked by the news.
"Oh my lord, not my baby!" cried Luanne, throwing her arms around Myan's neck and sobbing onto his chest. "She's becoming just like her sister!"
"Would that be such a bad thing?" Gar whispered to Vic. "I mean, Kom is hot."
"Did she say why she was arrested?" Tara asked.
"She was rushing and got pulled over," Dick replied. "She didn't have her license with her either."
"Oh thank goodness," Luanne breathed out, placing a hand to her chest in relief. "I thought she became one of those Hollywood whores for a moment there."
Dick rose a brow but chose to ignore Luanne's statement. He grabbed his coat off the coatrack and Kory's purse which contained her id, licence, etc.
"I have to go get Kory," he said absently as he put on his jacket. He looked over at Gar. "Gar, you're in charge. You make sure nobody leaves."
Gar gave a mock salute. "Got it."
Dick nodded at Gar, hoping that he could trust Gar with this task. With nothing more to be said Dick was out the door, leaving the others in silence. Vic began to cross the room and Gar quickly caught sight of him.
"Hey, hey, hey," Gar quickly blocked Vic's path and crossed his arms, hoping to have put on a macho appearance. "Where do you think you're going?"
"To the bathroom!" Vic said angrily, pushing Gar out of his way.
"All right," Gar looked away as Vic closed the door behind himself and turned towards the others. "Well, the rest of you get comfortable, because we're going to be here for..." Gar stopped himself as something just occurred to him and he looked back at the closed bathroom door with wide eyes. "Wait a minute, there's a window in there!"
"Oh, no," Tara shook her head and stood up from her seat. "He's not getting away that easy!"
Gar and Tara quickly barged into the bathroom in hopes of stopping whatever attempt Vic had in mind to leave the party. However, their actions were proved to be a bit over-board.
"What are you doing?" Vic shouted angrily. "Get the hell out of here!"
Gar and Tara quickly left the bathroom with wide eyes and they closed the door behind them.
"Well," Gar began awkwardly, looking over at Tara. "That one did not have Mari's face on it."
"Oh yeah." Tara said uncomfortably.
Karen chuckled and shook her head, an amused grin on her face. "To bad we didn't get a recording of that."
"Well," said Myan suddenly as he stood up and helped Luanne up from the couch. "I think that's enough excitement for us for one day. We must get going now."
"Oh, sure thing Mr. and Mrs. Anders," Gar said as he quickly crossed the room and opened the front door for Kory's parents. "You two have a safe drive home."
"Thank you, Garfield," Myan said as he and Luanne walked out. "Give Kory, Mari and Dick our regards."
"Will do sir," Gar said kindly as he closed the door behind them. He turned around and saw the shocked faces of his friends. "What?"
"What the hell was that?" Vic asked as he glared at his friend, having just come out of the bathroom to witness Gar's actions.
"What do you mean?" Gar asked, still completely clueless.
"Gar, you just let them go." Tara said as if it was the most obvious thing in the world.
"So," Gar said as he crossed his arms. "Myan is a war hero."
"No he's not!" Karen said.
"Gar, you're thinking about that movie 'Saving Private Ryan' again."
Gar blinked in surprise and paused to think. Myan-Ryan. He put two and two together and came to the conclusion that Karen was right. Gar stomped his foot much like a child would if they had a tantrum. "Aw man!" he turned around and quickly locked the locks on the door. "That's it, no one gets in or out until Kory and Dick get back!"
It was exactly after Gar said that when Tara's cell phone began to ring. Tara quickly brought out her phone and in a cheerful voice she answered it. "Hello... Oh, hey Mr. Wilson... really?...," Tara ran a hand through her hair. "Wow, I totally forgot... okay. I'll be right over."
Tara put away her cell phone and looked at the others with the sweetest face she could muster up.
"Oh no," Karen shook her head. "No! You do not get to leave, Tara!"
"But you guys, Mr. Wilson is a very important massage client of mine. I can't just bail on him." Tara said as her rebuttal.
"Gar," Vic said as he looked at Gar. "Say something."
Gar shifted uncomfortably in his spot. He hated it when he was put in situations like this. He was never really good at choosing between friends. But luckily for Gar his cell phone began to ring. Gar quicky grabbed his phone and answered it.
"Gar, honey, it's me."
"Mom?" Gar said with a raised eyebrow.
"No you dolt! It's Estelle."
"Estelle," Gar sounded surprised to hear his agent on the phone. Even though he already had a career as an actor on a popular soap opera show Gar found it important to try and spread his name. That's why he hired Estelle to be his agent. With her help Gar would find other acting opportunities, such as in the local theater. "How's it going?"
"Listen Gar, we don't have time for chit chat. You have an audition today at Jump City's finest Broadway theater; The Rose. Your audition starts in a half an hour."
Gar blinked in surprise. "But you didn't tell me about an audition before."
"I know. I forgot. Just get your butt over to the theater and have a skit ready."
"A skit? How am I..." Gar trailed off as he spotted the book 'Love You Forever'. Remembering how his friends loved his dramatic reading he quickly grabbed the book. "No problem. I'll be over there soon."
"Good luck kid." With that said Estelle hung up the phone.
"Hey guys," Gar began. "I have an audition to get to so..." he trailed off and made a run for the door with Tara right behind him.
"Hold it!" Karen shouted. "You two do not get to leave. We promised to stay."
"Yeah," Vic said agreement. "Besides, if anyone gets to leave it's Karen and I."
The four of them began to bicker with each other, each one of them defending their rights to leave. It didn't stop until Vic loudly told everyone to shut up.
"You guys," he said. "This is getting us nowhere."
"So how do we decided who leaves and who stays?"
"Okay, how about this?" Karen said as she grabbed the gift bag her and Vic got for Mari. "I've got windup toys for Mari for her birthday. We can make them race and whoever comes in last stays."
"Yeah!" Tara jumped up and down with a smile on her face clapping. "Let's do that!"
"That sounds more fun than the thing we were going to do in Vermont." Vic said with eager excitement.
"Okay," said Karen as she placed all the toys on the table before them. "Everyone pick your toys!"
"Okay," Tara looked at the toys with a bright smile on her face. "I want the dolphin!"
"That's a bear." Vic pointed out.
"I'm too excited!" Tara said with much enthusiasm and Gar rubbed her arms to make her calm down.
"Alright, um," Karen picked up three toys and passed one to Vic, Gar and Tara. "Gar, you get the robot. Tara, you can have the rabbit and Vic and I will have the dog." Karen then picked up two paper cups and set them on the floor opposite of each other. She pointed to the one of the left. "This will be the starting point and this is the finish line. The first two toys that passes the line wins and geta to leave. Got it?" Karen turned her head and frowned at her friends who were playing with the toys.
"Dadada, dun dun, danger dog!"
"Evil robot GL has come to destroy!"
"Cute and cuddly rabbit saves the day!"
"Guys," Karen exasperated. "The race."
The others nodded sheepishly and wound up their toys and held them on the starting point.
"Okay, ready... set... go!"
They all released their toys at the same time and the race was on. The dog Vic and Karen dog took the lead with Tara's rabbit is second place and Gar's robot following closely behind in last.
"Go danger dog go!" Vic cheered.
"Faster!" Tara yelled at her rabbit, getting on her knees and yelling at the plastic toy. "Faster damn you!"
"Come on GL you can do it!" Gar cheered for his robot.
"I think we're gonna win." Vic said to Karen.
Just then the dog Vic and Karen chose barked and sat down.
"What is it doing?! Move you stupid dog!" Karen yelled as the dog flipped.
"Yes!" Tara jumped in excitement. "The rabbit wins! The rabbit wins!"
"Stop flipping!" Vic yelled at the dog.
"Haha!" Gar jumped up with Tara as his robot finished the race before Vic and Karen's dog did. "I won!"
Tara and Gar gave each other a high five.
"Wait a second," Karen said as she looked at Tara and Gar and then at Vic. "The deal was the two toys that passed the finish line would leave. Technically our dog didn't pass the finish line so that race really doesn't count-"
"They left." Vic said bluntly.
Karen whipped her head around and saw that Gar and Tara were no longer there. They had left whole she was talking.
Karen sighed and hung her head low. "Aw poo."
Author's note: Well, there you have it. This chapter was longer than the rest so, yay! One more chapter left dudes and dudettes. Hoped you all enjoyed.
Disclaimer: Blah, I don't own anything, blah.