IMPORTANT NOTE: Before going on to read the rest of this story, I would like to notify new readers that I have edited most; if not all, of the chapters in order to avoid errors and even the (shudders) dreaded MARY SUE.
I also strongly encourage past readers to re-read WUTB in order to get my point straight that this was not a deliberate Mary Sue story because I was blind to the actual meaning.
I was able to read on it and my heart dropped 10,000 leagues under the Earth's crust and now I'm doing all I can in order to atone for my misdeeds.
However, when I took The Universal Mary Sue Litmus Test, Molly was able to score a 20, so she's still in the green, but I did more editing and now she's even less of what you might consider a Sue. For those interested, Google it! I still have a lot of work cut out for me since this is the first story that I have ever subconsciously given the characters the Sue treatment (Accidental Sue).
I originally intended for this story to be light hearted and optimistic, but I guess things went to hell in a handbasket without me even noticing.
Thank you all for my readers and reviewers! Arthur belongs to Marc Brown and PBS, protected under copyright of law therefore I claim no ownership whatsoever. Now, on to the main event, enjoy!
Monday, September 9, 2012
Elwood City High School
A young woman of about 25 came out of the door of the building and was slowly making her way to the bus stop, dressed in a long sleeved shirt under a red sleeveless sweater with black trousers and black work shoes.
After a few minutes of waiting under the street light, she looked at her silver watch, it was already 8:47 and the bus still hadn't arrived. She waited a bit more until a light blue car came near.
It stopped in front of her, and the window soon opened revealing a man of about her age in the driver's seat wearing a red long-sleeved shirt and black trousers; a pair of coke-bottle glasses rested comfortably on the ridge of his nose.
The woman recognized him immediately and proceeded to enter the vehicle, "I was about to walk home, guess the bus is late tonight," she said,
The man stepped on the gas and resumed driving, "Well, I just got out of work, it sure was super lucky of me to drive by Molly,"
"Are you by any chance stalking me? Because I seriously doubt that this wasn't entirely coincidental Arthur," Molly said with a grin on her face.
"Yes, I am a stalker who is obsessed with his girlfriend and will pick her up along the way from work to drive her safely home and give her a goodnight kiss," Arthur chuckled at his sarcastic remark
Molly was about to reply with her own witty comment before her cellphone suddenly rang in her pocket.
Taking it out and looking at the caller ID, she sighed a bit before pressing the button, "Talk to me! Rattles, how many times do I have to tell you that I don't want to come over for a few beers, I'm…no…yeah, I'm with Arthur, Rattles says hi by the way, look I'm tired, and I really need to get home, catch ya later," Molly sighed and put her cell back into her pocket.
Arthur gave her a curious glance, "What's Rattles up to?' he said as he was moving along the parking lot of Molly's apartment building, "Oh you know, he just got back from work himself and now just wants to get drunk as a skunk" Molly said with a grin on her face,
"Since when has he been into drinking again?," Arthur asked nonchalantly, but Molly could sense the uneasiness in his voice, "Nothing personal Arthur, we've strictly gone under the bridge about that, and I have told him to take it easy, besides, it's not like he and I will ever stop being friends over it,"
"Of course not, I know Rattles too, and if I recall he still attends that knitting circle right? I can't imagine the kind of crosses he'll make if he keeps hitting the sauce," Arthur said good-naturedly; Molly just laughed at that remark.
The car stopped in front of the building and Molly quickly got out of the car and after she closed the door, she gestured for Arthur to come closer with her finger in a subtly alluring way, which the Aardvark was just all too happy to comply, "Want me to escort you home again tomorrow?" he said before making contact with her lips, "Nah, I'll just take the bus, besides I might take up too much of your time," Molly replied after breaking away.
Arthur just shrugged, "I do have time, and I can manage," he said before closing the window and driving away, with a smiling Molly waving goodbye.
Molly then entered the building and made her way to her room. When she was finally in front of her door, she took the key out from her purse before feeling a sharp pain from her rear end which greatly startled her, ""AH! What the he-…!"
She quickly turned around; ready to pound whoever did that, only to see a familiar face that quickly shifted her anger into surprised glee; the perpetrator was none other than one of her good friends Slink, "Slink? Wha-what are you doing here!?" she said as she embraced him.
Slink hadn't changed at all in appearance; he still sported his signature neck-length hair that covered his eyes, although he was already taller than Molly.
On his person he was sporting a black shirt under a white vest, blue jeans and sneakers, "Just passing by Moll! Heard from James this is where you crash now,"
Molly quickly gestured for him to come inside as she opened the door, "So how have you been? Haven't heard from you since you left for university," Molly said while hanging up her purse by the stand.
Slink quickly resigned himself to the couch, "Oh you know, I just graduated, thought I'd come back and make a few stops, already been to Binky's by the way," Slink said as he surveyed the room, and was slightly amazed by Molly's interior décor.
The room was surprisingly clean, and found that the place was modestly furnished, the sofa he was sitting on was made of black leather, while there was a bean bag at his right (Molly always liked them), in front of him was the TV which was resting on a wooden shelf riser; with the cable box just under it, followed by a rattan coffee table. A bed of daisies was positioned comfortably by the window that held a great view of the outside.
"I gotta say this is some place , how did you even manage it," Slink asked her.
Molly was already bringing two glasses of orange juice and setting them down by the table before replying, "Oh you know, I have a job, and I practically worked for most of the stuff I have now," Slink took a sip before giving a drawled "Nice!"
"So where are you off to Slink?" Molly asked after taking a huge sip, while Slink finished his in one long swig before turning to face her, "Been thinking of taking up a job at the local pharmaceutical company,"
"Oh yeah, you took up medicine right? So how was it?"
"Not as boring as one might think, it's pretty interesting if you have the heart for it. I'm just excited to get started, I already passed them my résumé and gave me the green light," he said as he was setting his glass down, "Well, I just wish you the best of luck on that Slink," she said in a congratulatory tone.
Molly then finished hers before taking Slink's and headed for the kitchen, "You hungry Slink? Because I have some great meat loaf left over in the fridge," the other man just hand waved her offer, "Nah, already had dinner, besides, I won't be here for long, just wanted to stop by and check up on you, and by the look of things, you're doing quite well. What do you do anyway?"
Molly turned around slightly from the sink, "I work as a guidance counselor at Elwood City High," before continuing with soaping the glass in her hands.
Slink only laughed in disbelief, "No seriously, what do you do?" he waited for a response but was met with nothing but silence, this was enough to drive the message in, "Whoa, you are serious! Molly MacDonald? Helping troubled and bullied teenagers? Now this is the find of the century!" he said with evident humor,
"Hey, I grew up, and apparently so did you...mostly! You could even say…all of the Tough Customers grew up," she said with some pride in her voice.
Slink could only agree, "Yeah, well you always did give good advice, but those were some great times huh? Giving kids wedgies, hanging them upside-down for their lunch money, and beating the likes of…what was his name again? Oh that's right, Arthur! Man he was some four-eyed, dwee-!"
Slink stopped in mid-sentence when he spotted Molly giving him an ominous look, with her right hand on her hip, "That so-called "four-eyed dweeb" happens to be my boyfriend, if you didn't know!"
When the words came out of her mouth, Slink couldn't decide whether to laugh out loud, or roll around the floor in hysterics, "Okay, now Molly that is one joke just too funny for me to act out in this room for the sake of your neighbors, but again I must ask you; seriously?"
She was serious!
"Whoa, whe-when the hell did that happen?" Slink said with surprise,
"During my last year of university, we kinda hit it off from there," Molly said as she placed the two glasses back in the cabinet.
Slink just sat there in mild disbelief, the fact that Molly; his friend whom he had known for years and was part of the Tough Customers, was dating one of the kids they picked on at school.
"Come on Slink, it's not that impossible!" Molly said as she sat down next to him,
"Yeah well, it's not like you told anyone about it," Slink said while crossing his arms,
"I e-mailed about it to everyone when Arthur and I started dating, when was the last time you checked your inbox?" she said a bit irritatingly,
"Sorry, but some of us were kinda busy with studying, so anyway, what's the little dwe-I mean, what's Arthur like? You know, when we aren't messing with him," Slink said with a grin,
"He's great; I mean he's well adjusted, hardworking and an all-around nice guy. Oh, and last time we went to the beach, he booked us reservations to this really classy restaurant; what was the name again? Oh right, Blue Maverick, and we had a lobster dinner and everything, it was so romantic! " Molly had a dreamy look on her face as she described their exploits together,
Slink mentally stuck his tongue out in disgust. Despite being already an adult, Slink still retained some of his childish traits, but at least this time he was mature enough to keep his thoughts to himself.
"Wow, he sounds like a real Casanova,"
"Your sarcasm is duly noted, but honestly Slink, I'm happy with him," Molly said with confidence,
Slink couldn't help but feel a pang of jealousy, "Well, if he's treating you nice, then I don't mind; lucky him," Slink stretched his arms out and placed his right one around Molly's shoulders, something which she didn't mind, but only with mild discomfort,
"Don't get any ideas wise guy, I'm already taken!" Molly grinned at his friend before ribbing him,
"Heh, so what does Arthur do nowadays?" Slink asked with (genuine) curiosity,
Molly smiled at that question, "He's a pianist, and he gives lessons at the Rec Center. Oh, and he performs occasionally too,"
"Yeah, and he's been teaching me how to play too, not that I'm getting any good at it. I just can't seem to get my fingers to coordinate that well," Molly giggled at her own remark while wiggling her fingers,
After a few more exchanges and one look at the clock, the two decided it was time to call it in, with Molly proceeding to escort Slink out to the door.
"It sure was great to see you again Slink and you be careful going home, alright?" Molly said patting him on the back and giving him a slap on his behind as payback from earlier,
"Yeah well, it's not like I'm going anywhere anytime soon…and if you and Arthur ever decide to go grab some coffee let me know okay? I'd like to do some more catching up, and by that I mean I wanna give your beau a noogy for having the balls to date you," Slink said good-naturedly, which earned him a light push from the redhead.
Several minutes later...
While preparing for bed, Molly couldn't help but do a recap of today, "Wow, it sure was great to see Slink again, it's been ages since I last saw him, but if I didn't know any better, I'd say he was being a little jealous of Arthur. Well, he's a nice guy; I just hope he takes it easy on my "beau" when they do meet! Hmm, I think it'll be nice to do some catching up on the old gang...that's it! I could arrange for a little reunion, maybe make a few calls and go to a nice place to party…of course I have to ask if Arthur would like to join in, I mean he was never a member but still…a Tough Customers reunion; that sounds good!" she thought before setting down her hair brush, she looked at herself in the mirror and surveyed her appearance.
Outwardly, Molly had barely changed at all; save for being much older and sporting longer hair that reached all the way down to her shoulders, but still having her signature bangs that mostly covered her eyes. She was wearing navy blue pajamas that barely accentuated her figure.
Molly then slowly moved to her bed and turned off the lamp, with the bed covers having just been washed and the AC at just the right adjustment; she could tell that this was going to be a good night's sleep.
Well this is a one-shot from yours truly, and if I get a positive review I will continue. Don't flame me because of the pairing as I will explain why in this "parallel universe" (Yeah, let's go with that) Arthur did not end up with Francine and I'm not gonna focus on just these two because I will have other characters make appearances and stories as well. See ya!
Additionally, if some of you think that my story has Mary Sue tendencies, don't hesitate to give me a review. I won't care if it's bad and I won't blame you. This is possibly the longest story that I have ever made and I'm sticking to it till the end, and I'll try to keep my characters balanced.