The next day Mr. Walters called Marcel and told him he would accept Ruby and Ginger into his school. Whoops and cheers went up all around Niadon, and by the next Monday Ruby and her little cousin Ginger were attired in their smart school uniforms and on their way to Mt. Geneva Academy.
â€œThank you, hot tub!â€
Once Marcel had gotten the girls into private school, he was once again at a loss for things to do. He no longer had the patience to write novels, so he helped around the house or played darts, his new favorite game. In the meantime, Thomas had decided to follow in Marcelâ€™s footsteps and max his skills, too. At all hours he could be found donning the strange knowledge enhancement helmet and playing piano or chess.
â€œMarcel, does it ever strike as you as a bit odd that weâ€™re always playing games by ourselves?â€
Sierra had a theory about Thomas maxing his skills â€“ she figured he was nearing the last years of his life, and he was trying to cram everything in before he departed. Realizing she might not have much time left with her beloved, Sierra decided to do something she should have done long ago: she broke up with Sheldon once and for all. This time she wouldnâ€™t let him fight it â€“ she insulted him so terribly that it overpowered him.
â€œThou dissembling earth-vexing dewberry! Fie on thee!â€
With a final stamp of her feet, Sierra flung her engagement ring at Sheldon. He didnâ€™t stoop to pick it up, but merely turned away and started crying. Feeling suddenly liberated, Sierra whipped out her MP3 player and started jamming.
â€œSince you’ve been goneâ€¦I can breathe for the first timeâ€¦â€
Now that she had finally gotten Sheldon break up with her, Sierra was free to marry Thomas. They held a lovely little ceremony in the gardens before Niadon II. The whole Shanley family attended, dressed in their most elegant finery.
â€œHey Juan, arenâ€™t you supposed to be hunched over to the side and moaning?â€
Sierra promised to love Thomas forever, even if he became a ghost and started freaking her out in the middle of the night.
â€œAnd I promise to love and adore you, Sierra, as long as it doesnâ€™t interfere with my skill-building.â€
After the wedding, Thomas went back to frantically working on his skills, while Marcel and Mia decided to spend more time with their family. For Mia, this meant retiring from her career as a superhero and passing along the torch to Amadeo, her sidekick. The Grammanator was no more.
Freed from her responsibility to save the world, Mia was finally able to relax and enjoy life at Niadon II to the fullest.
*Mia busts a move*
Her granddaughter Ruby, who was very interested in making money, spent hours on the computer looking for the perfect afterschool job.
â€œMinimum salary: Â§1200 a day. Willing to work 8 days a week.â€
Ruby was disappointed to learn that she would be lucky to make Â§60 a day, but figuring it was better than nothing, she took the job that promised to pay big eventually: Waterboy for the Mt. Geneva Llamas kickball team. The ambitious young woman worked so tirelessly at keeping the kickball playersâ€™ thirsts quenched that she was quickly promoted to Locker Room Attendant, followed by Team Mascot. Thatâ€™s right, Ruby followed in the footsteps of her Grandpa Marcel and became a llamahead.
â€œThink the llamaâ€¦breathe the llamaâ€¦BE THE LLAMA!â€
Around the same time, her dad was promoted to Team Mascot for the Mt. Geneva Llamas badminton team. He wasnâ€™t crazy about the suit (he had always made fun of Marcel in his llama costume), but he figured it was better than sitting at home all day thinking of brains.
With all of the llamas running around, the Shanleys went through a revival of school spirit. Marcel and Delaney tried to see if they could remember the school cheer, and although Marcel forgot some of the words, he shouted them with enthusiasm.
â€œGerbits, Lerbits, Dooooo Verbits!â€
Marcelâ€™s forgetfulness had been growing worse since he had maxed all of his skills, and though he seemed perfectly content to putter around the house, the rest of the family worried about him. Mia was especially disturbed when Marcel leaned in to kiss her and whispered, â€œIâ€™ve been waiting for this moment all my life.â€
*cue violins, fireworks, smooch noises*
â€œBut Marcel,â€ said Mia after the kiss, â€œWeâ€™ve been married for years. Weâ€™ve had two kids. We had woohoo in college, for goodnessâ€™ sake! Weâ€™ve kissed a thousand times!â€
Marcel just shrugged and wandered off, whistling the school cheer.
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