Okay, so I kinda lied, there won't be so many parts to finish out the run. We've got these two here, two more, and the bonus features! So, enjoy, my many fans, as we finally find out what Marley is up to!
On the road to Tory's house, and then at Tory's house... Please imagine it's nighttime. Honestly, I'm not even sure if his neighborhood still looks like this because I've made a few changes since I started this story cj more than a year and a half ago. Oh well! Enjoy!
Dan-O: Don't worry, you two. We won't let you guys out of our sights for even a milisecond. For even a nanosecond! For even a-
Nina: Hahaha, we got it, Dan-O! Geez!
Nina was crammed into the backseat of the car with kari, Momo, and Ayumi and they had spent most of the ride as a chorus of nervous giggles. Taro drove and Dan-O kept him company in the front seat.
Kari: There is totally like, something huge giong down at this party. This is probably like the biggest one he's had since that WinterFest one last year.
Nina: *dryly* Yeah, and everyone knows what happened there.
Ayumi: It's amazing that you weren't even the big story at that one.
Nina: We were one of them, though.
Ayumi: Well, Marley has a way of upstaging everyone else.
Kari: If not for her, you'd probably be Prom Queen.
Ayumi: *shrugs* There are plenty of girls like us in school.
Ayumi had begun to feel uncomfortable with being lumped in with them and decided to tactfully add the three other girls in the car with her.
Ayumi: Remove any one of us and it's still a tight race.
Kari: Any bets on who'd win if not for Marley?
Momo: *proudly* Is me! Everyone think I am such great and beautiful girl!
Dan-O: Hahahaha, not to mention how modest and humble you are, too!
Momo: I do not want to remember those words. I am the best ryuugakusei in the history.
Nina: Hehe, please do your best to shield us from sight tonight, Momo-chan.
Momo: No one can see something except my glorious oppai.
Kari: *facepalm* Glorious oppai? Oh my god.
Dan-O: Hey! I didn't teach her that, I know that's what you're thinking! She came at me with that all by herself!
Kari: You two are undoubtedly a match made in heaven.
Everyone fell silent as they pulled into Tory's subdivision. The street was lined with many of their peers' cars, and Taro drove slowly past them all in search of a suitable spot. They reached the house at the back of the neighborhood, cars were parked up and down the lawn on either side of the driveway, so Taro pulled the car into the vacant area at the foot of the driveway and turned it off. They could hear hiphop/dance music thumping softly in the warm night air, mingled with the sounds of revelers' voices happy in the distance. They drew a collective sigh and The Six exchanged nervous looks before exiting the old car and making their way towards the house.
The rain had ended sometime around dinnertime enveloping the island in a warm, humid mist. Everything felt damp and sticky and slick at the same time, making the party quite a sweaty affair. Walking up to the house through the mist created an atmosphere of mystery, and their anticipation (dread?) of what was in store of the night mounted.
Taro: Well, here we are, you guys.
Taro was reluctant and excited at the same time.
Dan-O: Remember, keep each other in sight at all times. Don't even go to the bathroom by yourself!
Kari: Okay, like, jeez, Dad. All we gotta do is make an appearance and then we'll be free to go for the night.
Taro: Yup, remember the escape plan, and keep your eyes peeled for anything out of order, that'll be our cue to leave.
Dan-O: Let's do this.
Dan-O and Taro, side by side, led the girls up the steps and into the crowded, noisy house.
Forester students were everywhere, laughing and talking with each other, drinking and dancing, and so many had come that the party had spilled out into the backyard. The Six wandered in and stuck together as they wound their way through the crowd, exchanging greetings and pleasantries as they went. They settled in near the back of the house near a window with a view of the backyard and the mountain that rose abruptly beyond.
Taro: What're we supposed to be watching out for?
Nina: I don't know.
Taro: Who's something going to happen to?
Nina: Uh, I don't,uh, know? *glances at Taro apologetically* Maybe Tsukino? Is she coming?
Dan-O: Well, when's it going to happen?
Nina: I... I don't know...
Dan-O: God, Nina, do you know anything?!
Nina: Shut up, Dan-O, I know more than you!
Dan-O: *exaggerated anger* Nuh uh! I can build robots! Can you build robots?!
Ayumi: Wow, no wonder you guys weren't part of the in-crowd. You really are pretty nerdy.
Kari: Hahaha, and you're the one hanging out with us all the time!
Ayumi: Yes, well, there's the in-crowd, and then there's friends. And now I'm quite satisfied with my choice.
Marley: Nina! Woo!
Marley, with an inebriated exuberance that was too put-on to be 100% real, came dancing through the crowd to join The Six. She put her arms around Nina's neck and, catching Nina completely by surprise, kissed her on her lips and laughed.
Marley: Hahahaha, quite the different atmosphere than the last time we partied together, huh?
Nina: Ugh, Marley, you stink like a brewery!
Nina made a face and pushed her away before Marley could plant another kiss on her face. She saw the innocent expression on the small girl's red face and rolled her eyes.
Nina: I don't know what you've got planned, but-
Marley batted Nina's words out of the air with a wave of her arms.
Marley: You are too worried, sweet little Princess Nina. I thought I already told you, you're untouchable. You don't honestly think we threw this whole party for you now, did you?
Nina: *frustrated* You did last year! Or did you think I forgot about that!?
Marley: Don't remind me of all the reasons I wanted to kill you, Nina.
Marley's reply was made in a loud, firm voice, sober violence in her suddenly very clear eyes.
Nina: Then don't do the same to me!
There was a tense moment as Marley and Nina glared at each other. That year's peace was on the verge of being destroyed. They appeared ready to trade blows right there in the house amongst everyone when kenji materialized between them, a happy grin glowing on his face.
Kenji: Ladies, rather than fight, why don't you come upstairs with me and we can work through your differences in a much more peaceful, intimate way?
Nina: Kenji, you just won't give up, will you?
Nina stepped out of his arm and looked at him and Marley unhappily.
Marley: Hahahaha, Kenji, you've ragged on my lack of tits so much it's crazy to think that you've got a shot at what's between my legs!
Marley was all smiles once again as she slapped Kenji away playfully.
Marley: And you guys, thanks for coming, do try to enjoy yourselves before your early departure. *walks away laughing with Kenji*
Kari: Early departure? God, how does everyone in this school know everything?
Ayumi: *under her breath* Except for us, we still have no idea what's gonna happen tonight.
Momo: Maybe is now... *anxiously, points towards the front of the house* Look!
There was a commotion coming from that direction, and they all paused to check it out. Tsukino was angrily pushing her way through the crowd. Oddly, however, was the nonchalant manner by which they seemed to be simply accepting it. Her rude shoving did not appear to ruffle any feathers or interrupt any drunk conversations. She spotted Nina and The Six and beelined straight towards them, taking care to make sure she filled Momo's vision. Momo blinked in confusion and stepped backwards to keep the angry cheer girl out of arm's reach.
Tsukino: *angrily* What the hell, [expletive]?! Where do you get off telling everyone that I've got STDs? You sure as hell don't know, you've never even made a pass at me, let alone seen me naked!
Momo: What? I don't know what you say, I only said to Nina and Ayumi.
Momo took on a look of feigned confusion. Tsukino did not scare her after her encounter with Chrystal.
Tsukino: Nobody's talking to me, and you're the reason why!
Momo: You are too stupid. The students are not caring for that I said. You did something to get this not talking to you thing, not me.
Tsukino: I know it was you, you bi-
Kari: No one's talking to you?
Tsukino: Huh? No one, that's ri-
Kari: Then we aren't, either. You want to know why, go ask Marley, she's right there in the backyard.
Tsukino: What? [expletive] Marley! I-
Ayumi: *very coldly* Tsukino, you'll get nothing more from us. We are not your friends, we don't owe you anything, and you are not intimidating at all.”
Tsukino: Argh! Everyone here is such a [expletive] [expletive] tonight! *storms off through the crowd*
Ayumi: You know, she's probably the reason this party is this big. You really should probably let the Marley thing go, Nina...
Nina: Yeah, you're probably right. We can probably go now-
Nina was at once relieved that she was most likely off the hook and embarrassed for being so suspicious and worried in the first place.
Tory's loud voice drew the attention of everyone in the room, and what a sight it was...