Keeping Up with the Triplets
Take Me to the Moon 5.6
Dennis Tesla was about halfway through his pre-med internship.
The doctors, nurses, and orderlies all passed off tasks to him, including the most menial.
But the good thing was, he got familiar with all the areas of the hospital, even the operating theater and labor, delivery, and the NICU.
He was getting a feel for the different roles in medical careers.
He was finding he was in the right profession. He had quite a bedside manner, and really helped calm patients
Sometimes, when he walked past the koi ponds during the work day, he couldn’t wait to get home and fish.
But then he would walk in, and find a patient needing someone to listen to them, or move along the process so they could be seen.
Even though he wasn’t really supposed to examine patients, he sometimes would. It just seemed so rude to leave them sitting there waiting when he was able to check their vitals.
One day, his cousin Delaney’s husband, Alexander, was waiting in one of the shared rooms. Dennis had to help him to his EKG. Alexander had been becoming easily fatigued, and finding it hard to catch his breath after trying to take up running again. He told Dennis how frustrated he was that now that he was trying to get in shape, it seemed too late.
Alexander was unhappy about having let his fitness deteriorate to the point he was forced to be in the hospital, but Dennis soon had him laughing.
That day when Dennis went home, he especially treasured those moments fishing with his dad.
After fishing, around sunset, Dennis got cleaned up. He called his best friend, since he moved in to this Willow Creek, Adrianna Walker. Ever since they’d met on the camping trip just after they moved back, he and Adrianna had been so comfortable together. They were both so outgoing and confident, although Adrianna would probably never want to go fishing because it involved what she referred to as “unnecessary grossness,” they shared a no-nonsense approach to life and loved to laugh.
Lately, they had become more than friends, enjoying some flirting along with the good company.
Meanwhile, Dennis’ brother, Dashle, was working two jobs. During the day, he worked as an entertainer at a club. Between jobs, he’d run home, clean up, fix some food,
and try to fit in some time writing songs.
If only the other members of the family wouldn’t leave icky dishes scattered in the family room kitchenette. That was disgusting, and just uncalled for.
At night, Dashle moonlighted at an upscale piano bar in Oasis Springs, The Crystal Club.
Dashle loved this job the best. Jazzing the place up with his own music was the most fun he could imagine.
It was also a great way to meet ladies.
Between his musical talent, and his self-assured attitude, he felt like he had it made.
Unfortunately, this particular woman felt that Promising to Dedicate a Song when you just met, could be a construed as coming on a little too strong.
Dashle quickly put the embarrassment of rejection behind him, and soon had most of the patrons and the bartenders laughing.
Soon it was time to get back to work at the piano.
The next day, back at home, Cacey and Gavin were enjoying each other’s company. Cacey had not retired yet; she hoped to make it to Double Diamond Agent before retiring.
She had one more promotion to go and she was still able to go for an endurance run. At her age, she was quite proud of that accomplishment.
Adrianna was spending a lot of time at the house. She met Dennis’ mom. Cacey enjoyed talking with Adrianna, who was studying at the Police Academy to become a detective. Not so different from being a Secret Agent, really.
Adrianna made use of the Tesla’s home gym equipment; she was in the physically grueling stage of police academy and it seemed like she was always exhausted, but she had to keep pushing herself.
Dennis and Adrianna were also getting pretty intense.
Ewan had come over hoping to catch Dashle between jobs. He hadn’t expected to see Adrianna there.
She chatted with her old friend, and it almost seemed like old times.
Adrianna said she needed to get to work. Ewan was quite pleased to find that Dennis’ goodbye kiss didn’t leave him feeling embarrassed or jealous, in fact, he was happy for his cousin and his ex. He suddenly realized he was relieved it hadn’t worked out romantically with Adrianna. With Zoe, he and she were the only people in the world, sometimes, even in a roomful of people, and when she looked at him, she didn’t see anything missing or inadequate.
At work, Adrianna was learning the ropes. There was a big case that the hot-shots were working on, and after they’d all collected evidence, they sent her and the other academy students to see if they’d missed any clues.
This witness, Athena, didn’t seem very sure of what she’d seen; she thought the perp may have run off towards the big old tree at the canal. Adrianna wasn’t sure, but she wondered if Athena’s look betrayed a level of guilt.
This witness had an earful for Adrianna.
When she returned to the station, hoping for lunch, she was asked to fingerprint and book newly arrived suspects.
Adrianna carefully completed all she was asked to do, but what she really wanted was to be out stopping crime; not babysitting.
When it was time for her mid-semester review, she went into the chief’s office without her usual confidence. She didn’t feel she’d had enough opportunity to show what she was capable of.
But she came out feeling much happier. She had met half the requirements for becoming an officer. It was just a matter of time till she would graduate Police Academy.
That evening when she told Dennis about her good review, he suggested they go out to Willow Creek to celebrate. It was a gorgeous, late spring evening, with the pink dogwoods in full bloom. The warm breeze carried the scent of magnolias everywhere.
“This is nice, but you know, I haven’t graduated, yet,” Adrianna said.
“That’s ok,” said Dennis, “I haven’t graduated either.”
“I just don’t see any reason to wait to let you know. I never want to live without you. Will you marry me?”
Adrianna said yes.
- Ewan and Adrianna’s relationship panel still says “It’s Complicated,” and “It’s Awkward.” The complicated part comes from being best friends and love birds. The Awkward part comes from the break-up. But Ewan didn’t seem embarrassed or upset by Dennis and Adrianna’s kiss, and I felt, as happy as he’s been lately, he would be very content and ready to move on.
- I was SO shocked when I zoomed in on Dennis’ next patient to take food to, and it was Alexander! He really just had “gas and giggles,” but since he was struggling to get back in shape a bit since his elder birthday, and getting fatigued from running, I thought I’d write it in that way.
- Playing the hospital career is REALLY fun, and so is the detective career. I plan to keep checking in on Dennis and Adrianna, and Dashle, Cacey, and Gavin regularly. I didn’t really play Darryl, the youngest triplet much, and don’t know if I will or not in the future. He’s a commitment-phobe, so it is unlikely he will have any progeny for the family, and so far, I just haven’t connected with him like his brothers. It’s probably pretty obvious, but Dennis and Adrianna are my plan for keeping Cacey’s line going.
- It is pretty funny playing Dashle moonlighting at the club. Between his piano skill, which puts him in a very confident mood, and his self-assured trait, he doesn’t even skip a beat after being rejected. And I love hearing him play the piano. It is really beautiful.