Fourteen-year-old Prezanika Madison Luna Nightshade-Appleshine stared out the bus window. Her younger sister, GirlOfManyFandoms Appleshine, seven, was reading a book and occasionally clicking her Doctor Who pen.
They had been driving across the country to some place called Gravity Falls for... how long? Two days? Three? Either way, they'd been bus-hopping for a long time. The fact that it was the middle of the night, they were the only ones on the bus, and Prez felt like she was being watched did nothing to help.
"Do you think we're too close for me to take a nap?" Girlie asked with a yawn.
Prez looked to her little sister with a small smile. She adored the girl, especially when she ignored her maturity and acted her age. She supposed it might be sisterly affection combined with the maternal instincts that came with being a teen mom with two sets of twins.
"Nah, you can take a nap but I'm waking you up when we get there whether you like it or not."
So the second grader yawned and leaned on her shoulder, falling asleep.
Prez's mind began to wander as she looked back out the window, scrolling through the pros of being shipped off to Oregon with her little sister.
I can ignore my mommy duties, though I have to take care of Girlie, and she can take care of herself pretty well. It'll be nice to be in the quiet for a week. Maybe make some new friends, not that I had any to begin with. And the Mystery Shack Mom said we'd be staying at sounds kind of cool.
For the first time since she'd gotten on the bus trail, Prez actually felt excited for this coming week.
A billboard appeared in the headlights, declaring the town they were rolling into to be Gravity Falls, Oregon. Prez stared at the small, sleepy town coming into view as she shook her sister awake.
"Girlie, we're here! Welcome to Gravity Falls!"