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Posted 03 July 2013 - 01:32 PM

To say that Miranda had been looking forward to the whole camping trip was a damn understatement. The minute she'd found out about it she was talking to SGA and reserving a large spot on the site for her entire family, without even consulting them to know whether they would be able to come or not. She'd already previously mentioned to Melli that she wanted to go do something like this with all of them, after having found their camping equipment she thought it was a  perfect moment for family bonding. The school sponsored trip was like a sign that it needed to happen and she took no hesitation in making sure it would.

 

The only thing that was left was telling everyone about it and being convincing enough to make sure they all came. This was one of those things were she knew her entire family had to be there, no exceptions. It was okay if there were some people who missed out on the painting and dinner as that was the sort of thing that she understood not everyone wanted to come along to regardless, but there was no way she was going to take no for an answer for this. And Miranda could be pretty damn convincing when she wanted to.

 

Luckily for her everyone seemed to be pretty amenable. She was ecstatic that there didn't seem to be a problem with people wanting to come. She'd known people like Avery and Melli would be easy to convince, but even Nick had agreed to come and he was bringing his non-girlfriend, which made her all too excited(she shipped it okay? and really could you blame her for wanting to see her pouty awkward cousin be with someone he clearly liked?)

 

Everything seemed to be going according to plan until she found out from Pippa that her brother wasn't going. Miranda was the sort of person that loved everyone fiercely and stood behind them no matter what, regardless of the fact that he was kind of(a lot) a jerk, she still wanted him around, she still wanted him to come, even if she had to drag him there herself.

 

Which was what she resigned herself to do. She'd come all the way to Simon's place ready to kidnap him. He'd have no choice, even though he might be mad at her over it. Rapping her fist on the door, Miranda called out, perhaps a bit loudly through the wood of the door. "Simon! Siiiiiiimon! Come out to eat with me."



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Posted 03 July 2013 - 11:35 PM

For a moment, he wondered if he could pretend he wasn't there.

 

It would be easy, really; his door was locked and he could hide out in his windowless bathroom until she left. As terrible as it was, he'd done it before. Miranda dropping by unannounced was never a good thing, even if her offers through the door were harmless, and Simon was well aware of this fact by now. There was no way she could sneak one over on him-- or so he thought.

 

There was a small moment's debate as he stared at the door handle, frozen in place. He knew his sister, and he could tell from her tone that she was far too excited about a dinner, so that only meant she had ulterior motives. In the past that usually amounted to spontaneous "family trips," so yes, he was already starting to piece the puzzle together before he even had the opportunity to look her in the face. Yet her tone was usually what convinced him in the end, as although he was a cold sort of person by nature, he had trouble turning his littlest sister down.

 

He'd pushed the camping trip out of his mind the moment he'd been asked. Him camping was preposterous in his mind, though he did have plenty of experience with it and had fond memories of it, as well. Perhaps the fond memories were the problem. Regardless, he dropped the subject completely upon declining, so somehow his mind wasn't working in the right direction when she banged on the door.

 

"Just dinner?" He called through the door, standing next to it with his hand on the lock. He was acting as if he was allowing a stranger into his home, but he could never be too sure with Miranda. It took him a few moments, but he realized that she couldn't drag him out of here, so it'd be safe to open the door. "Just dinner?" He repeated as he swung it open, eyebrows raised as he pointed right at her, face set in a no-nonsense expression.


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Posted 05 July 2013 - 02:15 AM

The thing was, Miranda knew her brother pretty damn well, too. She liked to think she knew her whole family like the back of her hand, actually, though there was a lot about them that she didn't know. But Miranda knew the important parts, and that was what mattered after all. So, she knew at that moment that her brother would be hesitant. She wasn't completely oblivious and unaware of the fact that sometimes her antics could be a little too much, not that she cared, not that it deterred her at all. This was her family,after all, and who else to experience these types of things with than with them? Her siblings and her cousins were all she had, and the only ones she'd want to do these sort of things with anyway.

 

His hesitation didn't much matter to her however. She'd get him to come along one way or another, though she was pretty sure that she wouldn't have to talk him into it anyway. If everything went according to plan Simon would get in the car with her and she'd head towards the part of town with all of the restaurants, only veering off the route right before hand. They'd be on the highway headed for the campsite before he got the chance to notice. Or maybe she could just pretend she was taking him somewhere extra special and out of town. That could work, too.

 

Whatever her plan would end up being, Miranda was confident it would work, if only because she was so damn determined to have the entire family at the camping trip and it was difficult for her to back down when she was in one of these moods. She waited at the other side of the door (im)patiently for him to answer her or open the thing, finally getting a bit excited when she heard his voice from behind it.

 

He didn't give her much of an opportunity to answer at first, until he finally opened the door and Miranda grinned brightly, perhaps a little too amused by the expression on his face. "Just dinner, scout's honor," she said, holding her two fingers up and smiling at Simon as she bounced back and forth on her heels. "Now c'mon, pretty please? My treat and everything."



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Posted 05 July 2013 - 03:23 AM

Somewhere in the back of his mind, he knew that Miranda was running interference. But she wasn't asking him to pack a bag or anything like she'd done in the past, so he was under the assumption that maybe he'd be safe. Maybe. At the worst they'd just get him to a restaurant or a day long thing, which he supposed he could handle. Little did he realize that Ruth was already waiting in the parking lot for the moment they left, copied key in hand to pack a bag for him. Simon didn't have many summer clothes and likely she'd just grab whatever was in sight, but it made no difference. He'd still be there and that was what mattered, right?

 

He was used to this by now, which meant that, yeah, he'd started to learn exactly how to foil their plans before they happened. The day of painting was no different; he'd been invited down to the bed and breakfast with the innocent suggestion of a dinner, yet he heard from Wes just days later that people were being suckered into helping. It was difficult to decline Miranda just because she had a bad track record, though, and to be honest he hadn't hung out with her in a while. "Just dinner" may have been bullshit, but he was convinced to go before he even opened the door.

 

Simon still stood there a while, though, studying her face for lies. He knew her well, and had he remembered that invitation to go camping, he might have known better. But unfortunately he'd forgotten the moment he'd been asked, if only because he was busy with finals and dismissed it that quickly. Either way, the way she rolled back and forth on her feet and smiled at him screamed some sort of plan, but he sighed, figuring it wouldn't kill him.

 

"Mhm," he said, clearly not convinced. "Can't we just order a pizza or something? I know how to cook, I could whip us up something great." Honestly he did love to cook, but he was already stepping out of the doorway, keys in hand to lock it. No point in fighting her if he knew she was going to win anyway. Besides-- again, he figured if there was no overnight bag, the worst he could do was be convinced into some sort of family affair with work. Like painting. In which case he could drive away. "I'll drive."


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Posted 05 July 2013 - 06:10 AM

By now, she was good at this sort of thing. As shady as that sounded, Miranda had become well versed in the art of white lies and adorable pouts and irresistible smiles in order to get the things she wanted. She knew, of course, that most of her family bitched and moaned about their get togethers. That her antics drove everyone insane and they saw through her like she was transparent, but she didn't care much. Not that she was completely uncaring about other's feelings, she just knew that eventually regardless of whether or not they didn't want to be there in the first place, they would all end up having fun in the end. She always made sure of that.

 

Sadly, it seemed like Simon skipped out on these things all too often, and while she understood the want for alone time and that not everyone wanted to bond so often, it wasn't complete to her without her brother there. If she had to fudge the truth a little bit just to get him to come along, or you know, kidnap him against his will and have Ruth break into his apartment, well that was exactly what she was going to do. He should have been flattered, really.

 

His offer to drive did throw a wrench in her plans, as it would have been easy and she would have been scot free once she ushered him into her car and started off. Nonetheless, she knew she couldn't actually protest or he'd know something was up. Discretion(which definitely wasn't her forte) was key in her little plan, so she'd just have to figure out a way to get the keys from him eventually. Maybe she could get Ruth to give him a flat tire before they even made it out to the parking lot. 

 

"Fine," she pursed her lips and tried her best to keep a straight face as she tried to think of a plan B. "But we're not going to Pippa's, there's a Sushi place out of town that I wanted to try. It's a bit of a drive, so I hope you don't mind, but It's all you can eat." There, that might be convincing enough, right? 



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Posted 05 July 2013 - 06:25 AM

Simon eyed her carefully for a while, still determining whether or not she was pulling one over on him. Well, that wasn't quite accurate-- he knew she was pulling one over on him, he was just trying to figure out what and the extremity of it. Rarely did they schedule overnight trips, as they knew better than to put the family through that, but it still sounded equally as unpleasant to be forced to work for a while. Plus he was a bit of an oddball in the family in the sense that he didn't care all that much about meeting up with all of them at once. Every now and then it was nice to see his cousins, but he didn't like a house full. It was just unnecessary, as no one could properly socialize.

 

Despite that, he had fond memories of almost every time they got together, assuming it didn't turn out to be a complete disaster. Which did happen sometimes-- with Miranda's half-thoughts and Melli's permanent rain cloud of bad luck, it was simply inevitable. Those times were hilarious in and of themselves, though, and had Simon allowed himself to think through it, he might have realized that he did enjoy it all. He was endeared by his sister's antics and put up with them because he loved her. But he was simply too cynical by default to pay attention to anything like that.

 

"Out of town," he echoed skeptically, an eyebrow raised. Again, he didn't fall for plans so easily, but he was still making his way downstairs and towards his car, spinning his keys around his finger. After a few moments he scanned the parking lot for any familiar cars, but his other sister had been wise enough to park on the other side of the apartment building. Simon wasn't so mistrusting that he'd drive all around the parking lot to make absolutely certain, so perhaps Miranda would get away with this just yet.

 

It didn't take him long to make it to his car, and he jumped in with little hesitation and cranked it up. Automatically he reached over and started up a CD with classical (yes, he was a lot like three other particular members of his family), though he turned the volume down. Mostly it was a gut reaction to being in the car with Miranda, otherwise he'd have to deal with her loud singing the whole way to "out of town," wherever that was. "How far out of town are we talking?" He asked, backing out of the parking lot and stopping at the first stop sign. "Which way?"


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Posted 05 July 2013 - 07:42 AM

The art of subtlety was something that she definitely was not good at. Discretion and acting and nonchalance, keeping a straight face. She was terrible at all of those things, and she was damn sure her face was an open book at this moment. She was excitable, okay? It was far too easy for her to get carried away in her mind with thoughts of things to come, especially when it involved spending time with her family. Plus there was the fact that Miranda actually loved the outdoors an insane amount, she'd spend a good part of her life camping if she could. So yeah, it was hard to keep her grin at bay.

 

Plus just the thought of getting her brother to come along lifted her spirits more than they already were. The one thing about Miranda that could definitely be said was that she loved everyone, no matter how mean spirited or how much of a douche bag they could be. She was too forgiving, too open and accepting, too trusting of people, as well. It was hard to get on her bad side. There were a few members of her family who weren't the nicest and even then she was painfully nice to them.

 

The gears in her head were already spinning for a contingency plan. She'd have to enlist help, but how she didn't know. The only other thing she could actually think about was taking him to a sushi restaurant and then stealing his keys, but Miranda didn't actually know of any restaurants at all. Damn her brother was too god damn smart for her own good. Had this been anyone else she might have gotten away with it completely. Then again, had this been anyone else, she wouldn't have needed to kidnap them. 

 

"It's not that far," she said, buckling her seatbelt up and pulling out her phone,already looking to get help from some of her cousins. "Just head East on the 40, it's on the river." She hoped that was enough explanation for him. At least he was already driving, and she was already texting Wes and Cricket for their help. Poor Simon, they really were going to have to abduct him.



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Posted 05 July 2013 - 08:32 AM

Not that far. A moment ago it'd been out of town-- which for a place like this meant quite a distance. Something like a sushi place wasn't exactly in the small towns on the way to the bigger cities in Colorado-- which, the closest one was about forty five minutes away. So yeah, that was a bit far to him, and he was still under the assumption that they weren't going out for sushi at all, which was a shame-- he was hungry as fuck and she put the thought in his head.

 

The 40 didn't lead to the bed and breakfast, though, which Simon already saw as a good sign. Whatever this was couldn't be too bad, as he wouldn't have to waste time working on fixing doors or some shit with his Sunday afternoon. Already he was starting to calm himself; maybe she really did just want to go out to a good sushi place, and here he was getting paranoid and judging her far too quickly. A small bit of guilt might have hit him at that thought, and as such he began to let his guard down.

 

Fortunately for Miranda, Cricket was already on standby and ready to run her own interference if need be. As such, only a few seconds passed between Miranda's text to her and Simon's own phone buzzing, and despite all of those damn PSAs on TV about it, he checked his own phone as he drove anyway. "Shit," he cursed, tossing the phone back down as he shook his head. "Looks like we're gonna have to make a pit stop. Cricket's gank ass van broke down somewhere and she can't get Wes or Toby on the phone."

 

Already he was turning in the direction that his cousin indicated, completely unaware that he was about to drive right into a trap. Cricket had never tricked him, after all; he liked to think that she was honest and timid and wouldn't go along with silly plans unless she absolutely had to. She was close by, too, so it didn't take him long to pull into the parking lot she'd told him to go to. He stepped out of the car, sighing as he prepared himself to make another goddamn call, as he didn't know what the fuck he was doing with cars. Why'd she call him, anyway?


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Posted 06 July 2013 - 05:37 AM

Jesus. This whole thing actually made her kind of nervous. She really needed to become a better schemer. Trying to get one over on Simon was proving to be a hell of a lot harder than she originally imagined and she was starting to get a little anxious at the thought that he'd catch on to what the hell she was doing and turn right around, even be mad at her for trying to get him to come. It hadn't been the first time one of her family members had been angry with her. She was usually hard to resist, her charm usually made people give in easily, but she'd been yelled at a few times before. And that was what always worried her. She didn't want anyone to be angry with her. That was the last thing, she loved her family too much to think they might be upset with her. Especially her brother. 

 

Not that the thought that he might be upset with her actually deterred her. As eventually she knew they got over it. Miranda rather take one for the team and at least make the attempt to have the entire family together than to have someone missing. So despite the fact that, yes, she was a little anxious about the fact that Simon might end up getting upset with her, she tried to keep a positive thought. At least if they made it to Cricket and Wes he couldn't turn around. He'd be pissed then, she was sure of it, but they'd both get over it eventually.

 

It was still pretty hard to keep a straight face when he made mention of their cousin's van breaking down. She was so god damn terrible at it, her eyebrows arching up as she sat up a little straighter. "Really?" she said, with perhaps a bit too much emotion on her face than she should have. It was a good thing that it was Cricket and not anyone else. It was probably the one reason why she was getting away with it. Everyone loved Cricket far too much to be wary of her. "Kay, that's fine, I don't mind."

 

As soon as Simon stepped out of the car, she quickly made her way into the driver side and planted herself firmly there, quickly texting her cousins so they could act before her brother had the chance to realize what the hell was going on. 



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Posted 06 July 2013 - 06:46 AM

Simon heard her door open and shut, but he was under the assumption that she was following him. There was no reason to believe he was being tricked-- okay, there were plenty of reasons, but to be fair Cricket was rarely recruited in any family shenanigans. She was too honest, too horrible of a liar, too kind and understanding to let something like this happen. Yet the moment he caught sight of her face he noticed something there-- apology-- and while he thought it was over the van at first, he had a sneaking suspicion in the back of his mind that something was about to go terribly wrong.

 

He turned to look for Miranda, as he hadn't heard the crunch of gravel underneath her feet behind him, only to see her in the driver's seat of his car. "Fuck--" He started, stepping towards the car, but before he could do anything he felt a powerful set of arms lock around his torso. And then there was literally nothing he could do but scream and curse and throw a childish fit, kicking and flailing against his attacker, as he was not about to go down without a fight.

 

But against Wes he could do nothing. The guy was easily the strongest in the group, built like the goddamn house he was fixing, and before he knew it the door of the van was sliding shut and he was locked in there. The van was already moving forward, too, so any chance he had of dodging right back to the door and jumping out was long gone. He looked out of the window to watch his own car fall in pace behind the van, and he cursed under his breath.

 

It wasn't until he turned to see camping equipment that he remembered his invitation to the trip. "Jesus fucking christ," he said loudly, hardly holding back his irritation even if he knew it would hurt Cricket's feelings. "Fucking really, Cricket? I thought I could trust you and then you blindside me with this shit." The redhead frowned apologetically and he couldn't help but let it go, though as he turned to see Pippa and some dude he'd never seen before in his life, his irritation grew. "Just enjoying the fucking show, are ya? You guys promote this ridiculous behavior in them and-- jesus, who the fuck are you, anyway?" The dark-skinned guy-- Raj-- just grinned and waved casually, not bothering to answer.


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Posted 06 July 2013 - 08:28 AM

As soon as she'd heard from Miranda what she was planning to do, Pippa thought two things. The first was that she was fucking crazy, though everyone already knew that part. The second was that she wasn't going to miss this for the life of her. Not that she would actually help with the kidnapping itself--a word that when the blonde had mentioned it had made her snicker--but she sure as hell would be in the back seat watching the whole thing go down. If there was something that this family always seemed to provide it was entertaining and this would be no different. Something about Simon getting thrown in the back of the van was far too amusing to her. Hell, the fact that Wes was the one that was doing it, made the whole thing even funnier.

 

So yeah, Pippa was there, in the back of the van, next to Miranda's strange little friend. She'd had no idea how he'd known about the whole thing, though of course she imagined Miranda had told him. But whatever, he was funny and his reactions made everything entertaining anyway, so why the hell not. She herself realized that this wasn't going to be entirely a family event anyway. Not judging by the way dinner had gone. Everyone had invited someone else, somehow more than half her family had ended up with boyfriends and girlfriends or something like that all at the same time and she didn't know how the hell it had happened, but she realized they'd probably all be at the campsite, too.

 

The only thing that would have actually made this whole thing better was a bucket of fucking popcorn. Still, she was pretty content with just sitting in the back with Raj waiting for the whole thing to go down. Pippa was actually excited about camping, too, as yeah, she loved her family. And Miranda was hard to resist anyway.

 

As soon as she heard Simon's screaming from outside the van, Pippa motioned to Raj to be quiet. He was literally throwing the biggest fit and it was all she could do not to laugh her ass off, though that was short lived because as soon as he noticed the two of them sitting in the back she started cackling like a fucking lunatic. It took her a full minute to compose herself, too, and she was actually wiping tears from her eyes and shaking her head. "Everyone promotes Miranda's behavior, don't kid yourself, and it's not so bad, it's just one little camping trip, so don't start pouting now." She shrugged and turned to Raj, eyebrows raised before she looked back at her cousin. "This is my friend Raj, Miranda brought him to the house last week, if you would have come you would have known that."



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Posted 06 July 2013 - 05:13 PM

This was beyond irritating. While Simon usually attempted to calm himself down after his initial outbursts, he couldn't help but get angrier the more Pippa laughed at him and this random guy grinned at him. It was as if he was on a goddamn tv show for their private viewing only, and sometimes he had to wonder if he wasn't. If this whole family wasn't some stupid TLC reality show akin to the Duggars or whatever their names were. The Arcturus family was mostly from Arkansas, too, after all.

 

"Just one little camping trip," he echoed, perhaps a little too dramatically, "just one fucking camping trip. Just how long is this little camping venture going to be, anyway?" The flyers around campus read until Friday, though people were welcome to stay through the weekend. It was only Sunday, and he knew fully well that they could force him to stay for an entire week if they wanted to. Which just pissed him off even more, though he fumed in place more than anything.

 

"Oh, god forbid I didn't make it to the fucking circus last week." He'd been updated with tiny details here and there from Ruth-- he didn't know the full extent of anything, no, but he knew that there were nearly double the amount of people that there normally would have been, plus people lost their tempers and Brandon showed his ass. Sometimes he felt like he was the only guy in the family that realized on a regular basis how much of a douche that guy was-- Miranda certainly didn't seem to catch on. Regardless, he was glad he'd skipped, as he wasn't the type of guy who needed entertainment in that shitty form.

 

He glared at Raj for a few moments, stil unsure of how he was relevant. As if he wasn't there at all, he continued. "So why was he there last week? And why is he here this week? Is there a fucking reason or are we just taking applications to be in this crazy family by this point?" Clearly he wasn't calming down; as he remembered that he'd been fucking kidnapped he kicked the seat underneath him, crossing his arms over his chest. This was ridiculous.


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Posted 07 July 2013 - 04:12 AM

It was probably a good thing that Pippa was used to most of her family's antics. Simon acting the way he did when he was irritated was of no surprise to her, though sometimes she did get a little wide eyed, for the most part it was easy to brush off. Every single person in the family seemed to have some sort of quality that made them look absolutely insane after all and once you got used to it, it wasn't that big of a deal anymore. Despite their differences they were all pretty tight knit in a way, so tantrums didn't bother her all too much. 

 

She did wonder what Raj might think, though as she looked over at him, the grin on his face was still present. Judging by how amused he'd been at the dinner the week prior, and how he'd called everyone out the way he had, she didn't think he would be all too fazed with Simon's words. Still, for some reason, she liked the kid alright, so she turned to him and gave him a reassuring smile. "Don't listen to him, he'll calm down after a nap." Honestly Pippa was probably making the situation far worse, though that was usually her style anyway.

 

The more he bitched about the whole thing the more Pippa grinned, shrugging one shoulder nonchalantly. "It's til Friday. C'mon dude, it'll be fun, don't be way. Miranda wanted everyone to go and you're the only one that wouldn't come along. So we had to do what we had to do." That wasn't completely true, as she wasn't sure if her brother was coming along either, but he didn't need to know that. 

 

"You should have been there dude, I slapped the shit out of Brandon. Other than that it wasn't so bad, right?" She turned to Raj, still a smirk on her face. Actually it had been a disaster until almost the end, but luckily she hadn't been involved. She was mostly ignoring Simon's aggravation, acting as if this were any old conversation. Really, she didn't want to feed into his irritation at all. When he kicked in front of him she just gave a roll of her eyes and carried on. "I told you, Miranda invited him. Last week and this week. He's cool people. We're friends now, so be nice to him or I'll slap you, too." 



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Posted 07 July 2013 - 05:02 AM

From the moment he'd observed them at the dinner, Raj knew-- he wanted to be a part of this family. Not necessarily in the sense of marrying someone or something like that, but he wanted to be around when they were all together, to participate in their little shenanigans. Yeah, some of them had been sort of scary at the dinner, but the scene afterwards with all of them dancing just reeked of happiness and he couldn't help but want to be around it. And unlike other people, he didn't even start to think about why that was irrational so much as he concluded that it had to happen. 

 

It was easy, too. Checking with Miranda via text message proved to be quite helpful so far, as he'd already been invited to a weeklong camping affair with them. Usually people didn't put up with Raj that long, and he wasn't sure if they would either, but he knew it was worth a shot. He blended easily into the background anyway, and with that many people it was sort of comforting. He'd just been an observer all the while-- they probably wouldn't even notice he was there.

 

What he hadn't expected was such an easy friendship with one of the girls, Pippa, who he just naturally gravitated towards if only because she was nice. Not traditionally nice, either, which was perhaps why he valued her that much more than the others. She was hardly the type of girl who made polite gestures towards him just because they felt sorry for him-- not that she stumbled all over herself to talk to him, either, but there was something about her honesty that he really liked. She was also physically appealing, something he hadn't neglected to notice, but he never picked his friends based on that. It was just an added bonus.

 

So it went without saying that he climbed into the backseat of Cricket's van with Pippa, striking up conversation rather easily. Somewhere in the back of his mind, he wondered if she'd get sick of talk about pop culture, but she didn't seem all that bothered. Eventually a kidnapping scheme was initiated and he grinned all the while, finding Simon's reaction all too entertaining. If he'd had popcorn, he would have been crunching on it loudly the whole time.

 

"You're angry," he said, cocking his head. "I'm not sure why. It's a nice week and your family is nice, too. You should feel lucky." He wasn't trying to guilt the guy or anything, so much as he was being straightforward. He turned to Pippa, acting as though Simon wasn't even there. "Is he always this way?"


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Posted 07 July 2013 - 05:30 AM

Truthfully, Pippa wasn't always completely welcoming to strangers when it came to her family. There were times when she could be perfectly accepting of a newcomer. Someone's significant other if you will, but that didn't happen too often. So really, she wasn't used to someone hanging around them and when they did, one conversation around her usually turned them sour. Not that she scared people off, those weren't her intentions anyway, but she never hesitated to be herself, no matter who the person was and some people didn't like that.

 

Though again, it didn't happen all too often. It was why the dinner the week prior had been so strange and different. Literally everyone in the family had brought someone and it was a bit awkward to say the least. Where the fuck had all these people come from? How had some of her more...socially incompetent cousins managed to make friends or hell relationships in some case. She'd been wary of a lot of the people that had stepped through that door to be honest and she wasn't going to let it go all too easily.

 

And even Miranda's taste in people was questionable as the girl seemed to like everyone she met. It explained why she was always so keen on Brandon even though he was a massive dick, she was a bleeding heart and Pippa was often curious of the ones she seemed to hang around. For some reason though, her newest friend didn't seem to bother her all that much. She'd noticed that he was a little strange and while she didn't exactly understand she was trying her best not to be judgmental about it. There was still that curiosity there and a part of her was dying to ask, but she held it in, an accomplishment for her.

 

Still, there was something about him that she liked. Though she hadn't known him for that long, hadn't really seen the extent of his personality, from what she saw he was pretty cool. They had a bit in common and his brutal honesty was something she admired as not many people seemed to have that quality. So, yeah, she didn't mind Raj's presence one bit. In fact at that moment, she was pretty glad for it. "Nah, not always, mostly he's just...cold and misanthropic, but apparently being kidnapped turns him into a six year old, you get used to him." She waved her hand off, thinking that Simon's behavior wouldn't really bother Raj regardless. "He's gonna have fun, he just doesn't know it yet, so he'll pout for a few days before he realizes we did him a favor."



#16 Simon Antares

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 05:45 AM

Angry was an understatement. He just turned to look at this Raj guy head-on, his expression saying something along the lines of "you fucking think?" What bothered him most was the strange non-guilt trip the guy was pulling on him, and while he was well aware in the back of his mind that he should have been appreciative of his family, he didn't like to be forced into those feelings. He continued glaring at him until Pippa spoke, in which case his head whipped to her instead.

 

"Do you hear what you just said? Being kidnapped? You say it as if it's some sort of light matter, like I'm not being forced against my will to go on a goddamn camping trip with you guys. I think if any situation calls for a bit of anger it's this one. Would either of you appreciate it if you were thrown into a van without warning?" He snapped, glancing between them and attempting to calm his temper, though he wasn't succeeding whatsoever. Instead he was just getting more and more angry.

 

What made it worse was Raj's slow, thoughtful nod to his question, even though it'd been mostly rhetorical. What kind of weirdo wanted to be kidnapped? He obviously didn't understand Raj quite yet; the guy had a respect for the spontaneous and unexpected, a "twist" in his routine so to speak. Simon, on the other hand, despised that sort of thing. The mention that they'd done him a favor set him off all over again, and he just seethed for a second.

 

"Fuck you both. Fuck this whole family." With that he turned back towards the front, fuming silently and just counting down the minutes until they got there. Unfortunately he knew he wouldn't have the guts to leave, as he knew it'd just hurt Cricket and Miranda's feelings and make them feel like they'd ruined the whole thing. So yeah, he'd be staying there and bitching about it the whole time, no doubt about it.


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#17 Guest_Miranda Antares_*

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 06:04 AM

She could hear Simon's protests as he was dragged away and thrown in the van(jeez, she didn't realize how morbid that sounded until she really thought about it) and instantly a tiny frown formed on her face. Not that she was going to just take him back to his dorm, there was no going back now for Miranda but she felt kind of bad. She wasn't stupid after all, she realized that what she'd done was kind of messed up, but she didn't necessarily regret it. She just felt really really bad.

 

It was probably obvious from the look on her face, too, as she just stared ahead at the windshield waiting for Wes and Melli to get in the car. Simon was going to be pissed at her, she knew this, and she was terribly anxious about it. In a way, she wanted to prolong the drive to the campsite just so she wouldn't have to face him when he was pissed. Miranda certainly hoped that the van ride over would help calm him down just a little bit.

 

The only thing she wanted was some family time. It was why she'd taken it so far after all. It was a damn good thing she wasn't in the van, too, she figured that her brother would be in there going off and Pippa could certainly handle that sort of thing, she definitely couldn't, especially not from her brother. 

 

Eventually, Melli and Wes got in the car with her, Melli in the front seat of course, as always, and Miranda put the car in gear and started following Cricket along closely. She stayed silent for a few minutes, biting her lip as she drove, not even bothering to turn the radio on which was a rarity in her case. Finally, after a few minutes of total silence she spoke up, directing her question at both of her cousins. "Is he really mad?"



#18 Wes Arcturus

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 06:13 AM

It was strange how one minute Wes could be anxious over the prospect of being around his entire family for a few hours, and the next minute he could be agreeing so readily to something like this camping trip. Readily was a bit of an exaggeration, though; it was more along the lines of not being able to turn his sister down when she asked so nicely, as he knew very well that she loved the outdoors a bit more than normal. He loved the outdoors, too, he just didn't like to be in uncomfortable social situations, but there was this irrationally protective part of him that knew he needed to be at the campsite if Cricket was there. The idea of her being watched by only the rest of his family worried him, particularly if Miranda was involved. They'd run off and get broken ankles or mauled by wolves or something.

 

Clearly his mind only worked through the most ridiculous, negative scenarios possible. At least in the comfort of his own home or a public place like a diner, he could skip and feel like his family would survive, but on an overnight trip he was always hesitant. A weeklong trip was basically asking for him to tag along, and he figured if he went he might as well try to make a decent time out of it. Not that he thought he'd be successful, but he'd give it an attempt, if only because he really did love all of them, Simon included.


He didn't want to agree to the kidnapping plan at first. It was a last resort, though, and he knew very well how badly Miranda wanted her brother there. He saw a bit of Cricket's desperate question in her face then, too, and he simply couldn't decline. What he hated most of all was that he'd upset Simon, though (as sort of abrasive and scary as he could be, he absolutely despised the idea of his family being upset with him, to the point of turning into a worrisome little girl about it).

 

He was brooding in the back, silent for a while as the car was thrown into drive. Even after Miranda asked her question, Melli threw out an uncaring shrug, and for a while he figured it didn't need answering. "I don't know," he finally said, practically bursting at the seams with worry. "I'm the one who threw him in the van, so he's probably most pissed at me. He'll get over it, won't he? He always gets over it with you guys, right?" He wasn't used to people in his family being upset with him.


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Posted 07 July 2013 - 06:38 AM

There was absolutely no reassurance from Melli's shrug at all, and had she not been driving and you know, not trying to get themselves killed because she wasn't looking at the road--something she'd been known to do from time to time-- she would have turned to give her a bit of a glare. She wanted reassurance, not a dismissive gesture. In fact, in only seemed to make her more anxious. Melli hadn't even been involved in the whole thing so of course she was shrugging it off so easily, she'd just come along for the ride.

 

After that she tried to calm herself down in the moments of silence, she did. She tried to think positively, though it was obvious by the way her fingers were tapping against the steering wheel that she was still thinking about Simon's shouts and how he would probably go off on her when he saw her next. If she'd thought she was calming down, Wes breaking the silence didn't help at all, as it just caused her frown to deepen and she shook her head, looking at the rearview mirror and feeling even worse at his expression. 

 

"He probably already knows I put you up to this Wes, so don't even worry about it. He won't be mad at you." She didn't think anyone could ever be upset with Wes or Cricket, they rarely did anything wrong, and the one time they had it had all been her idea. "It's okay, I just don't want him to be mad at me. I just want to have fun and go swimming and have s'mores and I wanted everyone there." She sighed heavily, and looked down at her ipod to try and change her own mood. There was just no way she was going to be upset during this trip. Once she found a song she could actually sing to, she felt a lot better, and she glanced once again in the rearview mirror at Wes, bright grin on her face as she nodded along to the music. "I'm glad you came though!"



#20 Wes Arcturus

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 06:49 AM

Wes knew Miranda was trying to comfort him, so he didn't believe it for a second when she said Simon wouldn't be mad at him. How could he not? The only reason they'd actually forced the guy into the van was because Wes was ridiculously strong, otherwise they would've had to figure something else out. Which, of course, was why he'd joined the club, but he had no response for that so much as a worrisome, brooding look in her direction. 

 

But he, too, wanted everyone there. While he knew Teddy had no intentions of going (which honestly didn't bother him all that much), he couldn't stand the idea of any of them missing out, even if Simon was a dick about it. The few times they were all together were precious memories in his mind. Just last week they'd all been painting together, and while not everyone was there, it was still satisfying to watch them all dance around downstairs even if there were strangers in the mix. This would be a bit more rewarding-- or so he hoped, so long as he didn't piss anyone else off.

 

He tried to brush that anxiety off, instead offering Miranda a small smile. Besides Cricket, she was easily his favorite. She and Melli valued family every bit as much as he did, and while Miranda could be a bit misguided at times, he couldn't help but admire her enthusiasm. "Yeah, me too I guess," was all he said, nodding at her and relaxing back into his seat. He was aware that the car ride was about to get really loud, but he was okay with that. It provided some distraction from his thoughts.


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