38. Rising Temperature, original chapter posted 5/27/07
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*Abbey, Paulo and Mike walk to Abbey’s house.*
*Abbey, Paulo and Mike walk up a neatly landscaped front path.*
Abbey: Well.. Here we are.
*Abbey fumbles with his keys.*
*Abbey opens the front door wide and walks into the house. Mike and Paulo follow close behind.*
Abbey: I’m hoooome!!
*Kevin smiles pleasantly at Abbey as he loosens his tie.*
Kevin: Hello, Abbey! Just got back from work myself!
*Abbey smiles back.*
Abbey: Hi, Kevin.
Kevin: Who are your friends?
Abbey: Oh.. this is Paulo and Michael! I’m helping Paulo with an essay today.
*Mike smiles, waving hesitantly.*
Paulo: .. Hi.
*Paulo frowns, deep in thought.*
Paulo (thinking): Kevin?
*Janet comes down the stairs. Kevin glances over and smiles at her.*
Janet: Is that Abbey I hear?
Kevin: Yes, honey! He just came in with some friends!
*Janet smiles cheerfully at Abbey as she enters the room. Her ears flop forward conspicuously.*
Janet: Hi, Abbey! How was your day, sweetie?
Abbey: Fine as always! Let me introduce you to Paulo and Michael..
Janet: Hello, you two!
*Mike smiles nervously.*
Mike: Oh..! Hi!
*Paulo stares at Janet in confusion.*
Paulo (thinking): Eh?!
*Janet smiles affectionately at Abbey. Abbey relaxes.*
Janet: So you’re helping with some homework? That’s nice of you!
Abbey: It’s really nothing.
Janet: Well, I only just put cookies in the oven.. So I guess you’ll have to share whatever comes out!
*Abbey laughs a little.*
Abbey: Haha, not like you don’t usually make extra anyway..
*Janet turns to go to the kitchen. Abbey waves as she leaves, smiling. Behind him, Paulo and Mike stare, still confused.*
Janet: I’ll go check on them now!
Abbey: Remember the oven mitt!
*Kevin smiles pleasantly at Abbey.*
Kevin: I was about to head up and change clothes. Should I take your book bag?
*Abbey smiles at Kevin, looking a bit nervous.*
Abbey: Oh, thanks, but I gotta get a few things from my room anyway. I’ll come up myself.
*Abbey turns to Paulo and Mike. Paulo still looks confused. Mike smiles brightly at Abbey.*
Abbey: I won’t be long. See you in the kitchen in a couple minutes, okay? Janet’s in there with the cookies.
*Paulo and Mike watch Abbey go upstairs. Paulo looks lost. Mike smiles.*
Mike: Well, they seem really nice.
*Mike notices Paulo staring and glances at him with a curious expression.*
Paulo and Mike: …
Paulo: How’d she have him when cats and dogs can’t have babi--
*Mike scowls at Paulo, narrow-eyed and irritated.*
Mike: HE’S ADOPTED YOU IDIOT
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