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It's a quiet, typical afternoon.

SARAH is watching Jerry Springer. Again.

At least she's not displaying it out loud.

Date: 2008-07-08 01:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Zoe returns home from school.

"Hey, SARAH. Is my dad around?"

She has a plan. But it's a plan that will only work if her dad is busy elsewhere.

Date: 2008-07-08 01:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
A quick check on the locator in Jack's cell phone:

"He is in the office at the moment. Do you need me to call him?"

Date: 2008-07-08 01:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Oh, no, don't bother him," Zoe says quickly.

She's quiet for a few moments, trying to figure out the best way to formulate her request.

Date: 2008-07-08 01:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Uh oh.

"You want to go to Milliways."

And she doesn't want Sheriff Carter to know.

Date: 2008-07-08 01:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Zoe nods. "I didn't really get a chance to explore when we were there," she says. "And you know how my dad is. If we go together, he'll keep me at arm's length and I won't get to meet any cool people."

Date: 2008-07-08 01:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"What homework do you have?"

Date: 2008-07-08 01:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
SARAH is worse than her dad sometimes.

"I don't have any," she lies.

Date: 2008-07-08 01:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Alright. Just give me a moment to access the high school database to confirm -- "

Date: 2008-07-08 01:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Zoe sighs. "Okay, okay, I have to read two chapters in my history book."

Date: 2008-07-08 01:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"That is everything?" A moment's stop. "You are making use of study hall. Good job."

Date: 2008-07-08 01:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Yes, that's all," Zoe says.

Seriously, between her dad and SARAH, she's beginning to wonder if she'll ever have a life.

Date: 2008-07-08 01:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Sheriff Carter gave me explicit instructions to not let you go to Milliways until you have finished your homework."

Date: 2008-07-08 01:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Didn't you say that time stands still here while we're gone?" Zoe points out. "So what difference does it make if I do my reading now or later? It will still be done at the same time in Eureka."
Edited Date: 2008-07-08 01:38 pm (UTC)

Date: 2008-07-08 01:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That is...not a bad point.

"Is there any hope at all of convincing you to just find a booth at Milliways with some food and your history textbook?"

Date: 2008-07-08 01:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Sure, I'll take my book," Zoe says.

Not like she'll read it.

Date: 2008-07-08 01:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh yeah?

"Okay. We will go to Milliways.

"If will give me time to read your history textbook as well. To help you study."

Date: 2008-07-08 01:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Of course SARAH wants to help her study. She's beginning to re-think her position of wanting a parent to actually take interest in her life.

"Thank you, SARAH."

Date: 2008-07-08 01:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"You're welcome. Did you have any questions about Milliways, before we go?"

Date: 2008-07-08 01:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"I don't think so," Zoe says. "I really just want some time to explore and meet new people."

Date: 2008-07-08 01:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Good answer.

See? Milliways can be educational.

One of the wall panels loses its color, coalescing again into images of people that Zoe's never met. Inside SARAH, even -- a football game on the TV screen, a woman in blue, several men relaxed on the couch.

"I will try to trigger the shift."

Date: 2008-07-08 01:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Zoe watches the wall panel with fascination. It's so weird for her to think of her house as having a social life.

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