"You - you -" Prez tried to answer but began crying again, pulling her sister into another tight hug. She'd never let go again.
As for Bill, well, he was absolutely baffled. Nobody had ever escaped the Time Council's influence before. "Well, if you don't remember there's no reason for you to." He finally replied.
"Bill, why am I thinking of you as a girl?"
Bill tensed up and winced. He hadn't thought about his sister in years, nor did he really want to. "I don't know. Why would I know? Just a weird dream, I guess. I definitely don't have a twin sister that abandoned me for a job with the Time Council if that's what you're implying."
Both of the Appleshine sisters, the Pines, and October stared at him for at least thirty seconds.
"Are you going to tell us more about your sister?" Prez asked innocently, leaning her head on his shoulder.
"I just told you that I don't have a sister!"
"Then why are you acting so weird?"
"I'm not acting weird. You're acting weird. Pine Tree, tell her I'm not acting weird."
Dipper squirmed a little, uncomfortable with being put in the spotlight. "You are acting weird, but I don't expect anything else from you."
Bill scowled. He sensed that Girlie was getting more confused by the second, so he just went quiet.
"Is anyone going to tell me what happened?" Girlie whined.
"I can't believe you!"
Billie winced. She was sort of Rassilon's little pet; he'd never gotten mad at her before. "Well, what was I supposed to do? Let you screw up the rest of time just because my brother is keeping a terrible event from happening?"
Rassilon glared at her for several long seconds before he finally spoke again in an inhuman growl.
"Fine. You can get away with this one. But if he changes one more thing . . ."
"Can't you let him just have one person that makes him happy? You took me, and October . . ."
"What did he even do to you, anyway?"
"He existed. He refused to be controlled, and he still refuses to die." Rassilon took a deep breath to collect himself before speaking again. "I'm warning you, Willow. If you ever do anything out of line like this again, you will not be forgiven so easily. You can't help your brother any further."
When he turned away and stormed off, she grumbled "And it's Billie."
Three days later, Prez heaved the two bags up onto the bus and jumped down to give Mabel a hug and Dipper a high five.
"If my mom says okay, I'll be back for a week this summer." Prez declared.
"Awesome! Maybe you can help us find some monsters too."
"Maybe." Prez laughed. "If my daughters don't totally ruin my sense of adventure first." She looked around. "Hey, where're Bill and Girlie?"
"Other side of the bus. Girlie has something to ask him, I think."
Bill sighed, crossing his arms and leaning against the bus. "Okay, what is it kiddo?"
Girlie shuffled her feet for a moment before finally asking, "Can you bring my mum back?"
The question took him off guard. He removed his top hat and ran a hand through his hair. After a second of consideration, he put it back.
"It wouldn't really be ethical."
The darn kid gave him a puppy dog face, and he sighed.
"You know what? Maybe someday, kid. But not for a while."