It was time to separate the cast again. Families exist. They get worried when the young adults don't make appearances. So, Ayel and Kieu go home again. Kristi, coming from a different and far more isolated town, doesn't have the problem. The commute to Moose Factory is a little harsh. I do plan on having some of Kristi's family show up next arc.
Kieu has an annoying superpower - she is comfortable for small animals and fae to sleep on. Worse, Kieu tends to not notice while she's asleep. Ginger is basically a cat on two legs. I wasn't planning on going that way, but the LOLfae just went that direction. So, she'll sleep wherever she likes, can get her nose out of joint over a perceived insult, and will perk up on the mention of treats, in Ginger's case, coffee. If it works, it works.
Ayel's sister Tiffany reappears, this time a little brattier, trying to foist off Benedict Flyffybutt. The morning chaos strikes, though not as bad as it could be on a workday. Four people all trying to get ready for work/school? Yeah, traffic control is needed. On a Sunday morning, it's not as bad. This is the first Ayel's parents have heard of her side job. Janet wants her daughter to be safe. Having an employee licensed to carry a handgun doesn't inspire confidence. Brad is missing details, so his wife is getting Ayel to fill them in. And, yes, I named Ayel's parents after Bran and Janet in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Brad was the last to be named and I resisted as long as possible, but I reached a point where I had to name him. And once that door opened, of course they're about to go out with the Munroes. The Hapschatts appear next chapter.
Since I've mentioned Tiffany, Ayel's middle name was originally going to be that. Except, when I needed to name her sister, Tiffany worked better there. I haven't used Ayel's middle name, or, really, her proper name at all in this chapter, so it's not an issue yet. At some point, though, I'll have to figure it out. Ayel gets her nickname from the initials of her hyphenated given name, A. L. She really doesn't like her proper name.
Kieu finally gets home after her date. Her parents are so used to her disappearing that they call the police when she does show up at home two days in a row. And don't ask where Kieu not wearing panties during her date came from. I'm not sure if she was being sarcastic or being truthful. Kieu isn't like Mara. Your guess is as good as mine right now.
Mysteries do eventually need to be solved. I now know who and have an idea of why, but that still means the clues need to be collected. Each character has an area of expertise - Kristi and art, Ayel and business, Kieu and technology - so each one has a way to dig for information. Kieu's affinity for technology helps get that one last clue I needed to point at the right person.
Friday, revealing Old Man Peterson, in Hauntings Anonymous Chapter 13, "The Phantom Unmasked".
Also Friday, over at Psycho Drive-In, Robocop the Animated Series.
Saturday, over at The Seventh Sanctum, adaptations of adaptations.