2007-08-30: Moss, Moths, Sloths

Starring:

Erin_icon.gif Mikayla_icon.gif

Summary: Erin tracks her sister down at a softball game in Ohio. Then almost RUINS the reunion.

Date It Happened: 30 AUGUST 2007

Moss, Moths, Sloths


Middle of Nowhere, Ohio

Right, so it's summer, and that's a good time to play softball, 'cause then it involves more sweating and discomfort. At least it's not cold, though, 'cause that'd suck. And we get to wear these nifty shorts. And—oh, crap, the game's over! All these things and more go through Mika's head as she sits on the sidelines, just dully observing the last part of a game against someplace in Ohio — after all, she's all about batting, she's not big on the outfielding stuff. When it's all over, she joins the flock of gals running out to have the whole 'yay we won' gathering in the middle of the field. After a bunch of jumping up and down and celebrating, Mika, heads for the lockerroom with all the others — a perfect time for some little kid from a Coke commercial to intercept her. That, or, y'know, somebody else.

—-

Summer, and also Labour Day weekend, which means no filming for three days. And… Erin's been feeling a little nostalgic lately, or maybe she's just growing up and wants to, you know, hang out with her estranged family. She already found Caleb, and while the two haven't really 'bonded' so much as just talked awkardly for awhile, it was a step in the right direction. Next? Visiting one of the other triplets. Which is hard, because she's very rarely in one place for long. HOWEVER, online schedules are awesome, and so Erin arrived somewhere in the sixth inning, just in time to see the end of the game. As the heads toward the showers, there's someone standing nearby one of the walls on the outside, looking otherwise nondescript, reading a newspaper; as soon as Mikayla walks by, Erin jumps out and grabs her sister around the middle. "Boo."

—-

Mikayla gasps in surprise — and that's at the sudden crumple of newspaper — she always was jumpy. When the whole snagged-around-the-waist thing registers, she squeals and thrashes and squirms for a second and tries to get away — that is, until she sees who it is. Then, she pauses and squeals again, but this time in a much more gleeful way rather than fearful, "Eeeeeee! Sis!" That's capped off by a super-super-super tight hug of her favorite sister with all that strength she's built up from all her sportly activities. After a second, she draws back and beams at Erin with a giant grin, "Where'd you come from?!"

—-

Apparently family feuds are easily forgotten. Erin had been counting on that, though, at least from Mikayla. It's Janet who might be a little less forgiving.

Unfortunately, Erin somehow forgot that after a softball game, the players tend to sweat and smell bad, and now she's— Well, the hug is eventually cut off short when Erin grabs Mika's shoulders and kinda sloooowly pushes her back. You know, to get a good look at her and all. "New York," she says, smiling. Ow, that was an incredibly painful hug. "Congrats on the win, you guys doing good this year? Everything okay? Feeling all right?" Unsaid, but — She'd really like at least one of her siblings to tell her that they're weird, too. Erin doesn't like to be singled out.

—-

Mikayla's response to the 'New York' thing goes along with her usual…blondeness, and loudness — the part of her that -didn't- get along with Caleb, "OH MY GOD, I know, right?! I moved to New York 'cause I heard you live there, miss Soap Star, but whenever I try and look you up, everybody's all thinking I'm some weirdo fan or something! It's really lame!" Mika then slouches her shoulders and puts on a big pout…but then remembers the other questions, "But, um, I'm okay! I'm good, actually! Working, playing, kicking butt, actually! How's showbiz? You don't need, like, a guest character, do ya?" Mika always -was- a little jealous of the whole showbiz thing, but never really pointed any negative feelings from it toward Erin. Other than a lot of pouting and whining.

—-

Erin… tries to hint to Mik to keep it down, because there are people around here, and some of them probably do watch soap operas. What else is there to do in friggin' Ohio, after all?! Indeed, there are people starting to turn, curious, and Erin purses her lips and gives Mikayla a shake…

"Hey, keep it down, Loudmouth," she says under her breath. She's not wearing sunglasses at the moment, which is a bit of a worry, considering her new talent. But when people seem to lose interest, Erin calms down significantly. "I came here to see you, not sign autographs." She leans in to add, "I got a contract with — I can't tell you right now, but it's big. But just keep it down, okay?" Guest character? Erin has to shake her head. Not at the moment, but… "There are always auditions in the city. If you want, then go for it. But, look, I heard you were trying for a spot on the American team." In other words, you can't do both, and Erin likes being special. SO THERE.

—-

Mikayla blinks a little and glances around, looking just a bit guilty about being all loud'n'stuff. However, the simplest solution is to avoid people! So, she grabs Erin by the hand and tugs her in the same direction everyone else is going — toward the parking lot, "C'mon! Where're you staying? I'll totally go home with you! I don't feel like riding on the bus anyway… .even though buses are really cool." The last bit carries a tangible tone of regret, as if missing one of her five thousand bus trips is painful for her. Nonetheless, she heads for the parking lot! "But, yeah, I don't think there's going to be much competition! I mean, I'm one of the best hitters there is! I mean, not as popular as you, but softball people know all about me!"

—-

Avoiding people! Excellent solution, for now, at least. There's a time and place for being around people, and now is not that time. "I have a rental car. Just found a nice hotel in the area. Days Inn. It worked well, it was close, and it had a pool. "I'm not popular," she says. And, by comparison, she isn't - not like some people. She can actually get away with going around in public without having her picture taken all the time. After all, not everyone watches soaps. It's just that when you announce that there could be someone famous around, people tend to flock. "Besides, you're gonna be the one with your picture on a Wheaties box." Grabbing her sister's arm, Erin leads her toward a small Saturn she rented at the airport. The outside doesn't look so special, but the interior's got some awesome stuff. Just sitting in the car is like Christmas. "I made some sandwiches for us at the hotel. We can rent a movie or something and catch up. What's it been, a year?" Erin knows damn well how long it's been. She's just… trying to figure out how to fit her Weird Thing into the conversation. She's not sure she'll be able to say it. She couldn't even tell Caleb.

—-

Mikayla grins, despite any humility she may have, at the idea of being on a box of Wheaties, but flops into the car with no complaint about how renty it is. And then…stuff! Mika peers around at all the stuff in the car and coooos a little — in half a second, she's already playing with the GPS navigation system, getting directions to Disney World, and then to Transylvania, and then to the North Pole. Obviously she doesn't think you'll need it for getting home. Despite her toying with stuff (she's notoriously bad with anything electronic), she manages to maintain conversation, "A year, yeah! A little, more, actually. I think the last time I saw you was…Christmas before last or something like that! You got a boyfriend yet?" Mika pauses there as a piece of earlier conversation comes back and stabs her in the back of the brain, "Omigod, maybe when I go to China I can get a cute Chinese boyfriend. But a tall one. Like Yao Ming. But not as frumpy-looking."

—-

'Turn Right on Main' isn't exactly the first direction you'd expect to hear when dricing to the Noth Pole. "Watch this," Erin says, after Mik starts pushing buttons. She scrolls through the directions until she gets to 'dive over the ocean' part of it, and pushes the talk button so the directions are repeated aloud. Obviously, Erin thought the GPS was cool, too.

But at least Erin knows where she's going, which is back to the hotel about a dozen miles away. The question about a boyfriend does make her pause for all of a second. "Nope, not yet." And it's probably best for various reasons if she doesn't have one, at least for not. Taine might say otherwise. "Just concentrate on — How many times do I have to tell you, Mik? One thing at a time." She'll overload and her brain'll fry, and who'll have to clean it up!? ERIN, THAT'S WHO. "So, I heard this story the other day. They're saying there's aliens on earth or something. How weird is that?"

—-

Mikayla giggles rather girlishly for her age at the 'drive over water' command, but then stares off into space, knitting her brow and concentrating when she hears the aliens then, trying very hard to think seriously about it, but…despite herself, her first thought still passes that verbal barrier, "WAIT, YAO MING IS AN ALIEN?! I KNEW IT!" Mika does the clench-of-fist thrust-in-air motion of victory aaaand, a moment later is rubbing her knuckle and scowling at the evil windshield of pain. Eventually, she gets back around to the subject at hand, "But, um…duh. We've known about aliens forever! You know, Roswell and stuff! You're so behind, this stuff happened way back in, like, the 80s."

—-

Sometimes. Sometimes Erin recalls why she didn't always get along with this one. After a year, it became easy to forget… After all, family is family, and the whole— completely clueless thing that Mikayla has going for her does tend to get under Erin's skin sometimes. It's the giggle that starts it, especially because she's actually trying to tell her sister something important. NOT ANYMORE, THOUGH! There's a hint of irritation in her voice. "What, did you take a softball to the face, Mik? No, I don't— I hardly even know who Yao Ming is." She hunches down over the wheel a little. Plus, Mik's telling her she's 'behind' when she might very well be one of those aliens. For the love of CHRIST. "Why don't you try to use your brain once in awhile."

—-

Mikayla would've been fine with the softball part, as she's somewhat aware of her random leaps of thought, but the last part is like a dagger — so much so that Mika actually flinches a little, tears pretty much instantly welling up — she always was the crybaby out of the triplets, compared to quiet Caleb and Janet. She draws in a deep breath, though, and does her best to suppress it — after all, that's pretty much the only way she's gotten along in the real world with the personality of a fourteen-year-old girl. Only after a long moment of driving in silence (with the exception of a sniffle or two), Mika mumbles, "I'm sorry, Sis. I didn't know you were so serious about aliens…"

—-

The driving in silence at least gives Erin a little time to think. She doesn't have the best temper, she's easily frustrated, and she just essentially called her little sister an idiot. Well, crap. This isn't how this meeting was supposed to go. It… was supposed to be a reunion, yeah? Nice work, Erin - you dumbass. Unfortunately, she's not comfortable bringing up serious things anymore, because now she's got to cheer Mikayla up somehow. "So, you still like chocolate shakes?" It's not an apology, but it's about as close as Erin's likely to get. "There's a place right across from the hotel that makes really good ones." Then they can go back to her room and just hang out or something for the rest of the weekend, and— Forget this ever happened. Yeah! No aliens, and Erin certainly has nothing wrong with her. Just a trip into the middle of nowhere to watch a ballgame. "And I got you a ticket for the plane so we can go back together. I have filming on Tuesday, though, so…"

—-

Mikayla nods her head quietly to the idea of a shake and just starts to cheer up — however, the mention of a plane ticket puts her well back into the domain of 'cheerful' — though she still has that stuffy-nosed tone to her voice, she grins at her sister, "Awww, you thought far enough ahead to buy me a ticket? That's so sweet! If you were a boy and not my sister, I'd totally go out with you for that." After one last sniffle and a wipe of her nose on her sleeve (Hey, it's already dirty as hell.), Mika exhales as heavily as she inhaled a moment ago and does her part to stoke the conversation and distance themselves from the whole awkwardness, "So, yeah…no boyfriend here, either. Maybe we can track down Caleb, that way I can have a guy in my life and not have to worry about finding a boyfriend…"

—-

She's so weird. It makes Erin feel normal by comparison. Chancing a brief look off the road, she gives Mikayla a glance that clearly asks, 'What!?' "That has to be the strangest thing anyone has ever said to me. Ever. There's that little 'you're crazy' smile on her face, but still, it seems the mood in the car is back at a stable level. Sort of. She did just make her sister cry, and she does feel bad about that, but really — Okay, so there's no way anyone could have known that Erin was talking about herself when she mentioned aliens, but, dammit, she had a whole thing planned for this speechy… thing, and now she can't say ANY of it! Sigh. "I actually stopped by Caleb's place awhile back. He's working with…" What the hell did he call them. "Moss. At the zoo." That doesn't sound right. It had that sound, though. "No, what was it he said…" Stupid animals.

—-

Mikayla tilts her head to the side a little and furrows her brow a little, "Moths? No…Caleb was always more into animals, he's no entomologist! …what else sounds like moss?" Sure, she can pop out with 'entomologist,' but 'mollusks' is ever so elusive. Mika is, as ever, clueless to Erin's internal turmoil, while her own head is as blissful and carefree as ever…with the addition of the little bit of sulkiness that's still there. She fidgets in her seat a little and looks out the passenger-side window idly, "THE zoo? Y'mean he's in New York, too? Wow! I guess we were really tired of being in the country, huh?"

—-

And after all that, she comes up with the word 'entomologist,' and Erin just boggles. "Uh… Not moths, no." Moths seems closer in a way. Moths. Oths. "Sloths. The muppet-looking things with the creepy faces. That's what he— he had one on his shirt." Slothzilla. It was weird. But Caleb is incredibly weird. She's always known this - they've all always known this. "I mean, he could have picked wolves ot rabbits and he went with sloths? I didn't even know what a sloth was." She pauses. "Well, Caleb's in the Bronx now, but I think he's been close to the city for awhile."

Eventually, she pulls up to that shake place she was talking about. There's a drive-through around the side, so Erin orders a shake for each of them, and then they wait in line! "I haven't heard from Janet in awhile."

—-

Mikayla wrinkles her nose a little at the idea of sloths, "Eeew…sloths are weird…they only have three toes. Would you study something with three toes? But…yeah…it's Caleb, so I guess there's nothing too surprising about it! I just wish he'd gone with something neat, like…horses. Or cats. Or foxes." Then, there's a mention of Janet and Mika furrows her brow slowly, "Ummmm…I thiiink, last I heard from Mom, Janet was going to California or something. I don't remember why…or if it was for a long time…but, well, you know me'n Janet don't get along as well as me and you. Or me and Caleb." Aaaand then she's got a shake, which occupies her lips with something other than flapping.

—-

…California? Well, crap. Sure, Mik could be wrong. She has been before, but it makes fixing things a little more difficult. Well, if Janet really is that far away, it'll be all right to just… wait and see what happens, right? "Wait, you knew what sloths are?" Is Erin the only person in the world who had no idea what a SLOTH WAS? This just goes to show that Mikayla isn't near as dumb as she lets on sometimes… And Erin just rolls her eyes. Eventually, they'll reach the Days Inn. Nice place, pool out in the front, lots of rooms with air conditioning. "I'll grab your stuff out of the back." (At some point, Mik's stuff must have gotten into the car, right??!)

—-

Sure! Why not? Mika gasps a little, almost starting to make another boyfriend comment, but, well, even for her, finding a boyfriend at the pool at a Days Inn in Ohio is a bit low. She grins lopsidedly at the question about sloths and nods a few times, "Uh huh! Of course! That's why me and Caleb got along when we were little. I used to call us Animal Crackers. 'cause we were all cracked up about animals. …and then I turned six…and realized that was lame." And no, the pause after six wasn't because she didn't know what to say, she just had to stop herself from putting 'teen' on the end. A white lie, right?

—-

Well, if she finds a boyfriend at a random pool at the Days Inn, more power to her. Erin's just here to relax, where hopefully not a whole lot of people watch Daytime TV. Before leaving the car, she does grab a pair of sunglasses. Not to hide her potentially alien eyes this time, but because it's damn sunny outside. Opening the back, she pulls out Mik's stuff and kinda drops it into her sister's arms. Hey, she said she'd get it. Didn't say she'd carry it. "You were almost seventeen," Erin notes idly as she heads toward the room at a run. She's going to need a head start, because she already knows Mikayla can catch up with her really fast.

—-

Mikayla blinks when her stuff is plopped in her arms, then, again, at that comment. After it sinks in, she struggles to run after her sister with a double-armload of stuff to hoist along with her, shouting after her as she pursues, "HEY! I WAS NOT! SHUT UP! And you call me a loudmouuuth!" Conveniently, Mika's arms are too full to allow her to tackle or otherwise punish Erin for her truthful remark — and, so, she just follows her sister to the door looking dejected…and kinda paranoid that somebody might have heard.

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