Merrill's Life: A Signs Fanfic

Summary: After the alien attack, things go back to normal for the members of the Hess household. But Merrill meets someone who may change the path of his life. This is the story of Merrill's life after the attack, and what things happen to him.

Disclaimer: I don't own any of the characters or anything else from Signs. Those belong to M. Night Shyamalan.

Chapter 1

"Hey Graham!" Merrill yelled from the couch, with a mouthful of chips. "Come check this out!"

Graham came walking into the living room. "What now, Merrill?"

"The Yankees just scored the winning home run against the Braves!"

"And....?"

"That means I won the bet this week! I get $150!"

"That's great, Merrill, but you can't make a living like this. You've got to get a new job."

"Graham, where will I find one?"

"Merrill, you have a college degree in teaching. Become a teacher."

"That won't be an easy job to get. The local school isn't looking for anyone new."

"Check in Philly. There's so many schools there that there's probably a job opening all the time."

"Okay, maybe you're right. You're my big brother, so I should probably listen to you."

"That's right. Now that you're listening to me, could you pick up the kids from school? I've got to go to the church again."

"Sure." Merrill got off the couch. "But you have to help me look for my keys."

"What? You lost them again?"

"Yeah. They just keep disappearing."

"Sure....well, okay, I'll help."


"Uncle Merrill, can we go get ice cream?" asked Bo.

"I don't think your dad would want you to have any before we eat," Merrill answered.

"But today, in the cafeteria, they served meatloaf, and it was disgusting," Morgan said. "And we're both hungry."

"Please please please please please?" Bo pleaded.

"Okay, fine. You got me. But this is a secret, okay?"

Bo and Morgan nodded, and Merrill pulled the car up to the diner.

"Okay, everybody out!" he said, and Bo and Morgan ran inside. Merrill followed them, and they sat down at a booth.

"Hi, welcome to Jodi's Diner, how can I help you?" asked a waitress.

"We'll have three hot fudge sundaes," Merrill said.

"Okay, that'll be out in a couple of minutes."

"Thank you." Bo and Morgan started talking about school, and Merrill looked around the restaurant. A young woman sitting alone at a table caught his eye. She was eating a banana split and reading the newspaper. She looked up, saw Merrill staring at her, and smiled at him. Merrill smiled back and turned to Morgan and Bo. "You kids stay here. I'll be right back," he said.

Merrill got up and walked over to the woman. "Hi," he said.

"Hi," she said back. "I'm Tracy. Tracy Woods." She held out her hand, and Merrill shook it.

"I'm Merrill Hess."

"Nice to meet you."

"You too." Merrill sat down across from her.

Tracy thought for a moment. "Merrill Hess....oh I know who you are! You have a lot of Minor League records, right? You hit that one 500-footer over the wall...."

"That was a long time ago. I don't really play anymore."

"That's too bad." She paused. "Are those your kids over there?" She pointed to Bo and Morgan in the booth.

"No, no. Those are my brother's kids. I just picked them up from school."

"Oh, I see. Do you live with your brother?"

"Yeah, in the garage-house. I moved in after his wife died. But enough of me. Tell me about yourself."

"Well, I'm a teacher at Philadelphia East High School. I teach 9th Grade Biology, and I live outside of Philly."

"You're a teacher?" Tracy nodded. "Do you know if there's any job openings?"

"They're looking for a full-time Advanced Geometry teacher. Why?"

"I need a job, and I have a degree, so I thought I'd try teaching, if there was a job for me."

"Well sure!" Tracy smiled. "You should come down there. They need a teacher who could start in September, and it's May already, so you might want to check in to it."

"Yeah, that would be great!" He turned back to the booth. "Well, I should probably get going. Take the kids home. It was nice meeting you." He got up from his chair.

"You too. But hang on a second...." Tracy dug in her purse for a pen and piece of paper. She jotted down her phone number and handed it to Merrill. "Call me sometime." She smiled.

"I will," Merrill said, smiling, and he walked back to the booth.

"What's that in your hand?" Bo asked.

"Uh....nothing." Merrill put the paper in his pocket. "Are you both done? We should get going."

"We're finished," Morgan said. "But you didn't eat your sundae."

"I'll take it to go. Let me pay for this and I'll meet you in the car." Bo and Morgan ran to the car and Merrill went to the cash register. After paying, he walked to the door and looked over at Tracy. She looked up, smiled, and waved goodbye. Merrill waved back before walking out.


That night, at supper, the table was quiet until Graham asked, "So, how was everyone's day?"

"Good," Morgan said. "I didn't get much homework."

"That's good," Graham said. "And what about you, Bo?"

"School was fun," she said. After taking a bite of food, she looked at Graham and said, "Uncle Merrill has a secret."

Merrill looked at Graham. "I do not," he said.

"Yes you do," Bo said. "You hid something in your pocket."

"You can tell me what it is," Graham said to Merrill.

"It's not important," Merrill said.

"But what is it?"

"It's nothing, really."

"Show me what it is."

Merrill stared at his brother. "Fine, you win. Here you go." He handed the paper to Graham.

"Hmmm...." Graham said as he examined the phone number. "I don't recognize this number. Who's is it?"

"Just a girl that I met."

"Who?"

"Tracy Woods."

"I see. I'll have to meet this girl."

"Graham, you're acting just like Mom and Dad would act whenever I had a new girlfriend."

"She's your girlfriend?"

"No, not yet."

"Hmmm...." Graham handed the paper back to Merrill.

"Well, since I can't keep any secrets from you, I'll tell you what else happened. I found out that Tracy is a teacher in Philadelphia, and there's an opening at her school."

"Are you actually going to apply?"

"Why not?"

"That's great, Merrill! Now you can get off of my couch all day and stop eating the chips that I bought for poker nights...."

Chapter 2 coming soon!! Please Read and Review!!