Invite of the Geek: Part 5
Jane quickly found her two friends. Jennifer was laughing. She quickly found what she was laughing at. A sock had adhered itself to her shoulder. She picked it up. “Very funny, Jennie,” Jane said.
'Jennie' snatched the sock off Jane and handed it to Daria. She didn't much like being called by the diminutive but it was preferable to the name which Kevin had called her by earlier.
“What happened to Bobby Bighead?” Daria asked.
“I wasn't really interested,” Jane said, with nonchlance.
Daria noticed that Jane's lipstick was smudged, and stared.
“OK, fine. He thought my head was a lollipop
. Are you two ready to go?” Jane said, with some resigned irritation.
“I was ready to go before we got here. But I still need to look after Quinn,” Daria said.
“I think she is taking care of herself,” Jennifer said, looking at Quinn, her two friends and the Three J's dancing. Cindy and Kristen's impromptu dancing had grown more complicated, with Jamie and Joey changing between the two every twenty seconds. Jeffy looked besotted with Quinn and clearly wasn't taking notice of anything else.
Daria looked in that direction. “I guess so,” she said. She lead her two friends to the door.
“Leaving already?” Nikki asked.
“Yes. We need to get home early,” Jane said.
The trio left the mansion just as the gatecrashing college students pulled up outside (after they had raced around the estate a couple of times). 'looks like we have left just in time,' Daria thought. She knew that Quinn would be able to get away without any trouble. 'Its what she does best.'
The door slammed open as the college students entered the mansion.
“Come on in!” Nikki said oblivious.
They went to the living room, making loud noises over the dance music...
As the boisterous gatecrashers entered the living room, Quinn and Jeffy stopped dancing. “Um, Quinn, it looks like there is going to be some trouble here,” Jeffy said.
“You're right. It's about time to leave,” Quinn said. Kristen, Cindy, Joey and Jamie also stopped dancing as the gatecrashers proceeded to interrupt dance routines and conversations.
“Time to be going!” Cindy said. 'This is definitely not something I want to be involved in,' she thought.
“I agree,” Kristen said. They then began to leave.
Brittany and Angie could be heard yelling at the gatecrashers in the background.
“Why did you have to crash my party!”
As they walked out of the estate, Daria, Jennifer and Jane saw a couple of police cars scream past them towards the party.
“Are you sure that Quinn will be alright?” Jennifer asked. 'I don't want to know why the police would be going there,' she thought.
“She is too savy for that,” Daria said.
“So you think that she would be leaving as a result of those college aged crashers?” Jennifer asked.
“Yes,” Daria said.
Quinn, her friends and the Three Js left the mansion via the back door and went towards the adjacent woods.
“Are you sure its safe?” Joey asked. 'That Metalmouth story involved some woods on the edge of town...'
“It's a gated estate
, of couse it's safe!” Quinn said.
Cindy looked into the woods. She could see some of the street lights on the other side. “Let's go,” she said and lead the group in.
Ten minutes later, they emerged from the woods near the gatehouse, where Daria, Jane and Jennifer were encamped. Daria and Jane were quizzing the estate residents as they arrived home from whatever activites they had attended. Jennifer was looking on with mixed amusement.
“What are they doing?” Quinn asked.
“They are asking the estate residents rather, embarrassing questions. Like old ladies their age,” Jennifer explained.
“That's to be expected, I guess,” Quinn said, in response. 'At least its better than what she did to those two things
back in Highland,' she thought. The group sat down next to Jennifer and waited for the other two to join them.
Sandi, Tiffany and Tori slipped out of the Taylor's mansion whilst the police were talking to Brittany and Kevin.
“This party is a bust. This is a case where, like, it would be better for the parents to be at, rather than not,” Sandi said.
“How are we getting home?” Tiffany asked.
“We ask someone for a lift!” Sandi said.
“There's Robert!” Tori said.
“Yes, Tori dear, ask him,” Sandi said.
Tori sighed and walked up to Robert Korleski, as he approached his car.
'At least its a good car.' “Robert? Could you give me and a couple of friends a lift home?” she asked.
“Sure, Ma'am,” Robert said, politely.
“Cool,” Tori said, and waved Sandi and Tiffany over.
“You can sit up front, Ma'am,” Robert said as Sandi and Tiffany approached.
“Thanks!” Tori said as she quickly got into the front passenger seat.
Sandi grumbled as she got in behind Robert, but otherwise said nothing. She knew she would have done the same in her place.
As people stopped entering the estate, Daria and Jane turned to the group. “What are your plans about getting home, Daria?” Cindy asked, knowing that Quinn didn't want to ask.
“We wait for someone leaving the party who is willing to take us home. Otherwise we walk,” Daria said.
“I suppose,” Cindy said, remembering the discussion she, Kristen and Quinn had had that afternoon. She settled down to wait.
She didn't have to wait long. Robert's car with the Fashion Club came roaring out of the estate.
“Keep driving,” Sandi directed.
Robert looked at her in the rear view mirror. “Yes, Ma'am,” he said, even though he felt that there was enough room for one of the other girls or for one of his team mates. 'Next time will be different,' he thought as he drove past.
“Ooh, that Sandi!” Quinn exclaimed.
“We can get the next car,” Kristen said.
“Yeah, we can,” Quinn said, calming down.
A few minutes later, Jodie and Mack pulled up in Mack's white Plymouth Valiant.
“Anyone need a lift?” he asked.
“Sure, Mack,” Jeffy said.
“Sure, Mack,” Jamie said
“Sure, Mack,” Joey said.
Before any of the girls could object, the Three Js piled into the back seat.
Jodie saw that there was room in the front for another person so she her belt and moved over next to Mack. “There is room for one more.”
The girls all looked at each other. Daria didn't particulary want to go with any male admirers of Quinn. Quinn thought that seeing Cindy and Kristen home would be a good idea. Jane thought that Daria needed her company. Cindy decided to wait. So did Kristen. So it was Jennifer who ended up sitting next to Jodie in Mack's car.
“Bye,” she said, waving. “I'll see you tomorrow, Jane,” she said as she got in.
“Just not too early,” Jane said, with a smirk.
“Of course not, it will be Sunday,” Jennifer said, with a small smile, before closing the door.
Mack then drove off. The Three Js continued waving out of the windows at Quinn until Mack had driven out of sight.
“There will be a few more cars, I guess,” Jane said.
“There's no doubt about that,” Daria said.
“We will take the next car,” Quinn said.
“It would depend on who's driving,” Kristen said.
“Maybe,” Quinn said.
A minute later, another car came along. Upchuck wound down the passenger side window and said; “You ladies in need of a knight in shining armor?”
“Can't we just take the armor and ditch the knight?” Daria asked.
“Hey, it's a package deal, Toots!” Upchuck said.
'Like we would have taken his car and just left him here,' Quinn thought. She turned to her friends. “Let's go.”
Cindy moved to get into the back seat, but Kristen objected. “Ride home with Upchuck! Really?” she said, with scorn in her voice.
“If you're worried about him finding out where you live, Kristen, you can come to my place,” Quinn said.
“Would you risk having to ride home with Kevin?” Daria asked.
Kristen thought for a few moments. 'Both are very good points,' she thought. She definitely didn't want to drive home with Kevin. 'And I don't want to walk home alone.'
“You don't have to look at him,” Jane said, as she sat in the front, and trying to ignore Upchuck's grin.
“You do have a point,” Kristen said to Daria.
“Let's go,” Daria said.
“I'm coming,” Kristen said, as she got in behind Jane.
Quinn, Cindy and Daria got in the other side, with Daria behind Upchuck. “We're ready,” Daria said.
Upchuck drove away from the Estate.
“Where to first?” he asked.
“1111 Glen Oaks Lane,” Quinn said.
“Good street,” Upchuck said. A few moments later he went back into 'tour guide mode'; “To your left, the home of the town director of public works, built on unstable landfill. To your right, a flattened squirrel. Straight ahead, the future!”
“Stuff a sock in it, Upchuck!” Daria said.
Upchuck growled his usual flirtatious growl. “Fiesty!
'It really was a good party. That dancing was great. I don't know what to make of Jeffy though,' Quinn thought.