You might have noticed when I was showing the house around that Gareth became an adolescent. It was rather quick and painless. He spent his last day as a child making an igloo. He’s the youngest, see, so once he ages up, no more SecondGen children. They’re all growing up so fast!
I miss Pierette when she was a child. I love her now, still, but she was so cute when she was a kid!
Gareth’s an Animal Lover now. Oh boy. The last thing we need are cats, lions, tigers, and bears running around.
Pierette had been working feverishly for days in the shed, so when she finally emerged after a long weekend in which there was a great deal of hammering, welding, and near-accidents related to fire, everyone took notice. None had the courage to actually approach and find out what it was that she had been working on.
So early in the morning, Cadmus finally took a stand. He’d heard her dragging something into the spare room late in the night. But when he opened the door, he was greeted with an unexpected sight.
‘Uh…Pierette,’ he said cautiously, ‘I know I’m going to regret asking but…what the heck is that?’
‘A time machine,’ she answered, as if he’d just asked a question about the weather.
‘A time machine,’ he repeated. ‘As in a “going-back-in-time” time machine?’
‘Don’t be silly, Cadmus!’
He let out a sigh of relief.
‘You can go into the future, too!’
‘What’s your problem? Normally you love a little danger!’
‘Not when it involves my little sister building a time machine.’
‘It’s perfectly safe. Look, I’ll show you.’
She didn’t come back for a few hours, after which she regaled the family with a tale of going to the future.
‘It looks a lot like now, but sunnier, and there are aliens running about!’ Pierette explained at the dinner table. ‘I had the most lovely chat with a girl named Clementine. I wanted to bring her back to meet you guys, but the people managing the team stream kicked me back into the present. I wouldn’t have minded so much but they gave me a fine!’
‘What kind of fine?’ Fawn asked, alarmed.
‘Five bucks – can you believe it?’
Fawn breathed a sigh of relief.
‘On account of inflation, in the future, five bucks in the future is the equivilent of 20,000 dollars! Good grief. Clementine gave me a present before I left, though – a guitar! It looks exactly like the guitars we have now, too! Isn’t that strange? You’d think they’d have…I dunno, space guitars!’
Eventually everyone managed to loose interest, on account of her exceedingly strange tale getting too tall to believe.
She got a medal from the mayor, anyways, so that counted for something. She hung it up in the gallery.