38. Rising Temperature, original chapter posted 5/27/07
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*Mike watches Janet take a sheet of cookies out of the oven. She’s wearing flowered oven mitts.*
Mike: Is Abbey new to your family?
*Janet taps her chin thoughtfully. A hint of smoke rises from the cookies.*
Janet: What’s it been.. four years now?
*Mike raises an eyebrow.*
Janet: Didn’t you know?
Mike: Abbey doesn’t really like telling us about himself.
Janet: Haha.. I’m not too surprised to hear that.
*Janet grins at Mike, who smiles sheepishly.*
Janet: What gave you the hint?
Mike: Well, Abbey mentioned his father’s name before and it wasn’t “Kevin”.
Mike: And, uh, well, the other thing is kind of obvious..
*Janet taps her mouth with a spoon, looking thoughtfully into the distance.*
Janet: Ahh, right right.
*Mike looks earnestly at Janet. Janet holds the spoon in front of her mouth.*
Mike: I’ve never really met a family like yours before..
*Janet smiles brightly.*
Janet: Yeah, we’re a little unique!
*Janet closes her eyes, smiling quietly.*
Janet: Kevin and I really wanted to start a family.
Janet: And while we’ve had some difficulties over the years..
*Janet looks up at the ceiling, smiling.*
Janet: Those kids are my life.
Janet: It just goes to show: you work with what you’re given, and things can still turn out perfect ♥
*Mike blushes a tiny bit, with a soft smile.*
*Paulo bursts into the kitchen, fist raised and snarling in irritation.*
Paulo: MIKE YOU IDIOT COME HELP ME MY LIFE IS AT STAKE HERE!!
*Janet and Mike both look startled and blush.*
*Janet smiles apologetically, still blushing a bit.*
Janet: Oh, my apologies.. I really was gabbing on back there..
*Mike flattens his ears, annoyed.*
Mike: Believe me, I’d much prefer to chat than rewrite another one of Paulo’s crummy thesis statements.
*Mike stretches out on the thick grass outside, sighing contentedly.*
Mike: Ahh~ ♥
Mike: It’s so cozy back here.. Great idea to work in your backyard, Abbey~
*Paulo glowers at Mike, huffing in annoyance.*
Paulo: See, this is why I didn’t want you to come!!
*Abbey holds up a sheet of paper and smiles encouragingly at Paulo.*
Abbey: So what’s this about? Just a comparative essay sorta thing?
*Paulo looks back at Abbey with a smile.*
Paulo: Oh, yes!
Abbey: What do YOU think about the question?
*Paulo grins and gives Abbey a thumbs-up.*
Paulo: I dunno! I didn’t read EITHER of those books!
*Abbey and Mike both freeze. Paulo keeps his confident grin.*
*Abbey starts to tremble as he holds the paper. Mike smiles awkwardly.*
Mike: Err.. I’m sure he remembers a few things from class.
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