Soooo sorry for taking forever to update this. I've been extremely busy. You wouldn't BELIEVE how much it sucks to write a ten page paper...
Or, you know, maybe you would.
Anyway, here it is: the fourth chapter! (Reviews are much appreciated.) Thank you so much for reading! I promise I will update 'We Live in Chaotic Times, My Friend' ASAP!
Moby stared at the closed door for a long moment. Maybe he was wrong, but he was pretty darn sure that he saw Allegra and Viggo walk in there a few minutes ago. Completely alone, to make matters worse.
Aw Lord, he thought, disgusted. I think I'm going to vomit-
An instant later the door burst open, and out stepped Allegra and Viggo. Both looked totally innocent, but of course Moby had to comment anyway.
"Oi," he shouted down the hallway. "Spare me the nasty details, but please don't tell me you kids were doin' what I think you were doin."
Even from a distance, Moby saw Allegra roll her eyes.
"Get your mind out of the gutter, Mobes," she said. "We were in there so we could call Griff without psycho path getting in the way."
Of course. Psymon. That's what all that ruckus was about earlier. Moby should have known.
"I still say that stupid bloke needs to be locked up for good," he muttered. "Anyways, so why were you all callin' Griff?"
"Because we don't know where hell he and Mac are," Viggo replied. "The last time I saw them, they were going to play video games downstairs. Grand Theft Auto, Mac said. I really don't think Griff should be playing that-,"
"Mac and Griff?" Moby said. Why hadn't they asked him sooner? "No worries, mate. I know where they are."
Allegra looked like she could have kissed him. "You do?!" she exclaimed. "Where?"
"They took one of the cars out," Moby replied, scratching his head. "Said they were bored with all the packin' and needed to go 'ave a little fun. Didn't say where they were headed, but I can at least tell ya that they're not here."
Viggo sighed in relief. "Phew, at least we know he's not off doing what he tried last year. Damn that was ugly-"
Suddenly, Allegra's cell phone started to ring, blaring out Led Zeppelin's Kashmir. Moby didn't know why, but this pissed Viggo off.
"What does that sick bastard want NOW?"
"No, no, it's Griff!" Allegra exclaimed, quickly flipping her phone open. "Hey, kid! Dude I was so worried about you-,"
Moby watched as her eyes suddenly became the size of two golf balls.
"Well I think that's all of it," Nate announced, wiping down the floor one last time. He turned around to face the others, and let out a heavy sigh. "Now, who wants to be the one to go up and tell Elise that Allegra broke her coffee pot?"
Kaori shrunk down shorter than she already was, obviously not volunteering. Zoe- now fully clothed with a pair of sweats she'd snagged from the laundry room- immediately shot her hand up in the air. There were very few things that scared Zoe Payne, and an angry Elise was definitely not one of them. Not even close, actually.
"Pff, I'll do it right now," she said, marching toward the stairs. "Be right back, people. Or you know, maybe I won't-,"
Before she could say another word, a heavy door slammed somewhere outside.
A TRUCK door.
Zoe let out a low growl. She knew that sound too well. They all did.
What the fuck is he doing here? And just when I was actually starting to enjoy my evening…
Nate narrowed his eyes after hearing the sound. "Is that who I think it is?" he asked Zoe, who responded by smacking a hand to her forehead.
"What the hell were you THINKING?" Allegra screamed into the phone. "Griff…"
Viggo heard Griff's tiny voice explode into protests as he rambled on to explain whatever had happened, and Allegra just stood there frowning.
Huh. Maybe we were wrong, Viggo thought. Maybe he retried his stunt from last year. I thought he'd learned his lesson. Then again, I also thought Mac was smart enough not to let him…
Although with Mac, you never really knew. On some days he surprised everyone and did something smart, but on most days he was…well, a complete dumbass. Viggo wasn't even about to try and deny that fact, pathetic as it was.
"Okay," Allegra finally spoke. "Okay, okay, fine. I'll be there in five minutes."
She shut her phone, stared at it for a moment, then looked back up at Viggo and Moby.
"What the hell was that all about?" Moby was the first to demand.
Allegra let out a sigh. "Well, thanks to douche bag Mac, Griff just wrecked one of our cars."
"WHAT?" Moby shouted. "Whaddya mean? The kids only 13. He ain't allowed to drive!"
"Duh, but Mac decided it would be perfectly ok to let him take a little test drive."
Irritated, Viggo let out a deep sigh. Not quite as bad as last year's incident, but it was damn close. "Well are they ok?" he asked.
"Oh they're both fine," Allegra said. Then she muttered, "Unfortunately."
"Well whose car was it?" Moby was furious. "If it was mine I swear to God-"
"Oh don't even worry; it was Nate's TrailBlazer," Allegra said. "But still. The idiot rear ended some guy at a stop light, and he says the damage is pretty bad."
"For crimeny sakes…" Viggo growled. He blamed the situation completely on Mac, not Griff. Hell, if Mac was going to let the kid drive, he should have at least started off by letting him ride around in a parking lot, not on a busy road. It was times like this that Viggo had no choice but to conclude that Mac really had no common sense at all.
"And you're gonna go pick their asses up?" Moby asked.
Allegra nodded, rolling her eyes. "Yes. And I'm leaving right now, in case you didn't catch that."
"I'll come with you, then," Viggo quickly said. "I don't want to be around when Atomicka gets here anyway."
Moby glared at him, looking even more furious. "Atomicka? Since when is he comin' over?"
Right on cue, Kaori came scrambling up the staircase, so quickly that she slipped on the last step. She let out a tiny scream, luckily managing to catch herself on the railing and regain her balance before she could tumble backward.
Viggo smirked in amusement at the scene. "What's up, spazmo?"
"Everyone, everyone! Come down!" Kaori exclaimed, not realizing that Viggo was making fun of her. "DJ Atomicka is here!"
Allegra let out a weird noise.
Kaori stared at her in confusion. "What is wrong?" she asked innocently. "Atomicka likes you, no? Eli-chan said so." She obviously still hadn't caught on to the fact that Atomicka favored Allegra for all the wrong reasons.
But Allegra was already halfway down the hall. Viggo was right behind her, naturally.
"Oi where are YOU two goin'?" Moby shouted.
"Pff, we're gone," Allegra laughed. "Later, Mobes!"
"'Ey! You can't jus' leave me here!" Moby protested.
Neither one of them answered.
Worried, Kaori chased after Viggo and Allegra as fast as her tiny feet would carry her. "You are leaving?" she cried. "But where…how…"
"We sneak off Viggo and Mac's balcony all the time like this!" Allegra said, knowing what she meant. "Later, K! Give A-bomb hell from me!"
The tall, almost menacing figure of DJ Atomicka stood still in the lodge doorway. Nate went to open it for him, but before he even had his hand on the door knob Atomicka burst in, wearing his dark, trademark sunglasses. He scanned the room for a moment, his expression clearly showing that he was pissed off, as usual.
"All right WHERE ARE THEY?"
Nate, Zoe and Psymon all looked at each other in confusion. None of them had any clue what he was talking about.
"Uh, DJ Atomicka, dude? Ever heard of knocking?" Zoe said seriously. "Burglars do exist on Big Mountain, ya know. And murderers. And don't even get me started on that orange cat incident you kept talking about last year…did that really happen? Because, dude, that gave me nightmares like you wouldn't believe."
"I asked you a question, my dear," Atomicka snapped. "Where are they?"
"But I'm serious," Zoe said, totally ignoring what he'd just said. "I was scared shitless for like two weeks-and by the way, do you ever take those things off? You can't expect me to believe you drove here like that. I mean how would you see? Unless of course you've got super senses of some kind."
Annoyed, Atomicka shook his head and muttered something to himself about knocking her in the jaw. "Yeah, anyway," he continued. "Since you idiots obviously have no idea what I'm talking about, Allegra called me a few minutes ago and said that Griff and Mac disappeared. They back yet?"
Nate frowned. "I didn't know anything about Griff and Mac disappearing," he said. "You say Allegra told you this?"
Atomicka sighed in aggravation. "Don't you people ever talk around here? I mean my God you live in the same house…" He stopped to look around the room again. "Speaking of Allegra, where the hell is she? Didn't she tell you all I was coming?"
Nate shook his head. "No. She conveniently went upstairs right after Psymon made a mess, and I haven't seen her come back down."
"Damn it, she never does what I tell her," Atomicka muttered. "Maybe I should put some of my mountain cams in here so I can monitor you guys closer."
"Umm, excuse me, you're not putting cameras of ANY kind in this lodge," Elise spoke, coming down the stairs with Kaori and Moby trailing behind her. "That is disgusting and wrong on SO many levels."
At the sound of her voice, Atomicka smiled devilishly. "Ah, Elise. You're looking lovely this evening."
"Can it, A-bomb, and just tell me why the hell you've decided to spoil my evening."
Atomicka took a step back, pretending to be offended. "Whoa. You need to work on that attitude."
Elise just snorted.
"But since you asked," Atomicka continued, "I came by to inflict some discipline on young Mac and Griff. Now where are those idiots? But more importantly, where the HELL is Allegra? Is she hiding from me again?"
Psymon let out one of his disturbing laughs. "Nah, she's prolly hiding from me." He grinned evilly, tapping his fingers together. "Heehee, I made her break the coffee thingy. It went BOOM!"
After hearing that, Elise shot him a death glare. "WHAT?!"
"Somethin' about coffee…yeah, don't care," Atomicka waved it off. "Anyway-"
"Don't you DARE 'anyway' me, pal. I spent over 40 bucks on a brand new coffee maker for us and you mean to tell me it's ALREADY BROKEN?"
"The maker isn't broken," Nate quickly spoke. "Just the coffee pot. Allegra dropped it after Psymon-"
"WHAT? So it's HER fault?" Elise snapped her head in the direction of the staircase, narrowing her eyes. "She'd better not be up there, because if she is I am SO going to beat her face in -"
"Elise, NO!" Nate quickly put a hand on her shoulder before she could even take one step. "It was an accident. I'll just buy a new one."
"Oh puh-leez; it was NO accident!" Elise shouted. "She broke it just to piss me off, I KNOW she did!"
"Oh will you …shut…UP?" Zoe interceded. "It's just a stupid coffee pot. God, you really need to get a life."
"Oho I need to get a life?" Elise chuckled in amusement. "You're the one who rides a bike around in the dirt and calls it 'fun'!"
"Oi, don't be dissin' our sport!" Moby fumed. "It takes a helluva lotta skill to maneuver those bikes."
Elise snorted. "Yeah, right, skill. I learned to ride a bike when I was five."
"It ain't the same thing!"
That's when suddenly, Atomicka drove his fist into the wall. It didn't leave a hole (naturally, since he would have had to pay for the damage), but the sound had been so startling that it definitely shut everybody up.
"Oh so strong," Elise mocked after a few moments of complete silence.
"You know what? I can't take this anymore," Atomicka said, ignoring her. "I'm gonna go upstairs. You all can just stand down here and fight. Or kill each other if you want. I really don't give a fuck at this point."
He turned to go, but Moby stopped him.
"Oi, I know where Allegra is," he said. "She'n Viggo both."
Moby stopped for a moment to think about what he was doing. He knew that Allegra would probably kill him when she discovered that he'd been the one to rat them out, but hey, they'd had it coming. Maybe next time they snuck out, they would get smart and let him come too.
Atomicka instantly spun around to face him. "Oh yeah? Where?"
"I'm SORRY!" Griff sobbed for the millionth time. He was crying so hard that he almost fell as he stepped out of Allegra's pick up truck.
Allegra let out a growl, and climbed out after him. "I'm not happy with you, kid. NOT happy."
"Waaaaah, I know!"
"Oh stop bein' a baby," Mac spat, stepping out of the car parked next to them. "It's your fault and y'all know it."
Allegra glared at him. She had driven Griff back to the lodge in her truck, and Viggo had grudgingly allowed Mac to ride with him in the wrecked car. She had felt very sorry for Viggo. Five minutes alone in the car with Mac was probably as close as you could get to hell on earth.
"Uh, sorry, but I beg to differ," Viggo spoke before Allegra could.
Mac wheeled around to face him. "Whaddya mean by that?" he demanded. "He was drivin'!"
"Yeah, but who should've told him he wasn't allowed to drive in the first place?" Viggo asked.
Before Mac could reply with another excuse, Griff let out an ear-popping shriek. It had been so loud and so sudden that it startled them all to some extent, especially Mac.
"Yo what the HELL is your deal?" he demanded right after he'd jumped about a foot in the air.
Griff didn't answer. His shrieks turned to high pitch screams, and he was staring up at the night sky, his eyes bugging out in horror.
Viggo let out a short chuckle, immediately knowing what was going on. "Griff, calm down, buddy." He gave him a pat on the back. "Whatever you saw, I promise you it was not a UFO."
Griff just continued to scream, still looking upward at the sky.
Finally having enough, Allegra seized his shoulders and shook him. "GRIFF! Stop it."
"For God's sake. WHAT DID YOU SEE?"
Whimpering, Griff pointed a trembling finger upward. "There's an alien on the roof."
Immediately, Allegra, Viggo, and Mac followed his gaze. Sure, enough, there was a figure standing on the lodge roof, so dark that it looked like a shadow. Although there was something oddly familiar about the way the person had their arms tightly crossed…
"Pff, that's no alien," Allegra said. "That's A-bomb."
"Hey, hey! She just called you A-bomb!" Mac quickly exclaimed, jabbing a finger at Allegra. "Ain't she gonna get in trouble for that?"
Atomicka just stared down at them for a moment. "No," he finally replied. "I don't care if she says it. Just you."
"Yo that ain't even fair! I'm the one who came up with it in the first place, dawg!"
"Shut up," Atomicka snapped. "You're in enough trouble as it is."
Mac frowned. "I dunno what you're talkin' about, dude," He turned his head sideways and squinted, as if thinking very hard. "Say, how'd you get up there anyway?"
"Magic," Atomicka said in a monotone. "Now-,"
"Hey, would you look at that; how convenient. I've got a slingshot in my back pocket!" Viggo announced, holding out a huge rubber band. He sneered up at Atomicka. "Griff, go find me some rocks, would ya?"
"You even try that and I'll have you suspended you little smartass," Atomicka said seriously.
Viggo smirked, looking pleased with himself. "Really? It might be worth it-,"
"Shut it, Viggo," Allegra cut him off. "Look, Atomicka, you can come down from there already. You've successfully intimidated us…" She stopped and looked at Griff, who was standing practically elbow to elbow with her. "Well, one of us anyway."
"What about you?" Atomicka asked her. "I don't make you feel intimidated? Nervous, even?"
Allegra rolled her eyes. "No, sorry, but you don't," she said, imitating his voice as best she could.
"Oh, I think I do."
"Well then you're just flattering yourself."
"Don't make me come down there-"
"All right ENOUGH!" Viggo yelled. "The point is you can knock off your power trip. You're in charge of us, you're the authority-WE GET IT. And STOP hitting on Allegra. Dude do you even realize-,"
"But she likes it," Atomicka insisted. "You can just see it on her face!"
Allegra quickly crossed her arms, refusing to even look at him.
"Oh. I see how it is," Atomicka said. It was too dark for them to see his expression, but it was more than obvious that he was grinning. "When I come down there you are so gonna get it-"
"Atomicka, shut the fuck up and leave her alone," Viggo snapped.
Atomicka pretended to be hurt. "I came over here just to make sure you kids were ok and this is the thanks I get?" He shook his head. "For all I knew Mac and Griff could have gotten trapped in an avalanche. There's been quite a few incidents the past few nights, you know. I was really starting to worry."
"Bull shit, man," Mac muttered.
"But since now I see that both of you are safe and sound…where were you?"
Griff scooted even closer to Allegra. "N-nowhere," he stammered. "M-me and Mac j-just went out for a r-ride. Mac drove, of course. NOT me. No, no, no, definitely not me. I'm just a kid, you know? Oh and Mac was a very safe driver. Haha, yeah, you don't even have to worry. We didn't hit anything. It's all good, man." He gave a thumbs up sign to finish it off, laughing weakly.
Atomicka was silent for a long moment, his expression unreadable.
"What do you think I am, stupid?" he finally said. "I saw the front of the car when you guys pulled up." He uncrossed his arms, and took a step closer to the edge. "So tell me. Which one of you idiots did it?"
He eyed Mac in particular.
Mac threw his hands up in the air. "It wasn't me, dawg!" he exclaimed. "Griff did it! I ain't playin'!"
"Don't listen to him! It wasn't my fault!" Griff quickly denied. "He let me drive!"
"Yo don't go pushin' this on me! You rear ended the guy, not me!"
Now Atomicka was furious. "You mean to tell me you HIT SOMEBODY?"
Griff hung his head low. "Y-yeah. I was at a red light, I slid on the ice, and uh…it was kind of a Mercedes. The other car, I mean."
"Kind of a Mercedes? KIND OF A MERCEDES?" Atomicka yelled. "It either was or it wasn't."
"Okay, okay, it was!" Griff cried. "But please don't get mad. Please, please."
"Mad? Oh I'm not mad. I'm fucking pissed. You're gonna pay for the damage. Every last cent of it."
Griff looked near tears. "B-but I don't have that much money."
"Well that's you're problem now isn't?"
"You tell him, A-bomb!" Mac cheered.
Atomicka glared at him. "As for you. The kid is right. You should've been a responsible adult-like me-and told him he wasn't old enough to drive."
Allegra snorted. "You? An adult? Oh yeah, that'll be the day."
"And so," Atomicka continued, although using a tone to make it obvious that he'd hear her. "Guess what, Mac? Since it was Nate's car you guys smashed, you get to buy him a brand new one."
Mac's eyes widened. "Me?"
"Yeah. You. Any car he wants, you're buying."
"Yo you gotta be jokin'!"
"Did I stutter?" Atomicka snapped. "I really mean it."
Mac let out a nervous laugh. "Aw come on, A-bomb-,"
"Did I stutter?" Atomicka repeated. "And if you fucking say that one more time I'll make you pay double." He looked at Allegra. "As for you-,"
Allegra had her middle finger out before he could say another word. "Whatever you're thinking, you'd better keep it to yourself," she warned.
Atomicka smiled wickedly. "Okay. Tell you later, then."
"Uggh," Allegra groaned, finally having enough.
Without another word she turned and stormed off into the lodge. Viggo ran after her, and shot one last death glare up at Atomicka before slamming the door behind them.
"Do you want me to go up there and push him off?" Viggo said seriously the second they were inside. "Just say the word and I'll do it."
Allegra groaned. "No."
"But you know I'd be more than happy to, don't you?" Viggo looked at her. "You know that, right?"
"Yes. I just…" She put her hands out in front of her and squeezed them tight, as if strangling someone. "I would want to do it myself."
"So do it," a familiar voice said.
Allegra and Viggo turned to find Zoe sprawled across the couch, watching TV. Neither of them had noticed her when they first came in.
"You're talkin' about Atomicka right?" Zoe asked before either one of them could say anything.
Allegra nodded. "Duh. Who else?"
Zoe chuckled, sitting up straight. "Yeah, he told us he was gonna surprise you guys on the roof," she said. "I knew it would probably piss you off, but hey, I wasn't gonna argue with him."
That's when suddenly the door burst open, and in stepped Mac and Griff. Griff was crying again, and Mac looked furious.
"Here it comes," Zoe muttered.
"Is he gone yet?" Viggo asked the two.
Mac leaned against the wall, his face full of attitude. "Yeah," he said. "And dude, he's gonna freakin' make us pay for all that shit! I didn't even do nothin'-,"
"And the worst part of it is," Griff cut him off with a sob. "He's not gonna let me go to Disney World with you guys tomorrow!"