THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 258
…May I say that you don’t look a day over….well you look younger than that…
Deimostra takes her turn as tour guide inside the Newfoundlander, “This is the room I was born in.”
Gradually more comfortable with the improbable idea of having a sister, Gus misunderstands, asking a question that could have been better thought out, “Does that mean that you were conceived down here?”
Celeste hears this and yanks him back unceremoniously, “Come on Gus, you talk to her like she is a “thing”.”
“I was born on the Fourth of July, Stardate 2031.” Any insensitivity blows right past her.
Gus sheepishly affirms, “Wow, Independence Day, can you imagine that.”
Deke goes in a different direction. “That means that Sis was conceived on the way to Mars!?”
Celeste cuts in. “All right then Deke. We will discuss the details later.”
He does not stop at that.
“Call me Sammy, Deke, Daddy does.” Again meaningless details do not affect her.
“Deke McKinney, cease and desist! Let’s just become a family again,” Mom pleads.
Gus cannot resist one last qualifying, identity verifying question.
“Where were the 2030 Winter Olympics held Dad?”
“Who cares about the Olympics Gus, the damned Astros lost the World Series to the damned Japanese team in the American League Championship Series.”
“Yep, these here McKinneys are the real thing!”
“What is the world series?” Sammy asks.
“We will discuss all that, along with the other stuff we aren’t supposed to, later.” Gus corrals his sister and hugs the Errordannias out of her.
Their first glimpse of John Q. Eridanian, other than the exceptionally humanoid Cerella, comes while on the way to some McKinney family space. Deke & Gus try not to stare, but subtle double-takes take place from on either side of the alien fence. The ho-hum-ness of this chance passing goes far in assuring the new visitors, that not only are they accepted , they were also expected.
THE RETURN TRIP