Just a few hours away from his breakfast, Dipper Pines was now going on his first, and hopefully not his last, date with Pacifica Northwest, who was busy being slightly annoyed over the current conditions of their first date. Dipper was currently sporting something that Wendy had sent him during when the Pines Twins were away from Gravity Falls. It was a red flannel lumberjack shirt which was sent with a letter attached to it, saying,‘From one of my bros, still smells. Hopefully, you’ll remember all of us here when the smell hits you. We miss you guys ~ Wendy.’. It took Dipper five weeks of constant scrubbing to make it smell at least presentable, but Dipper soon learned through multiple experiments that girls seemed to like the whole lumberjack spice the shirt had. With that in mind, Dipper tried to maintain the shirts condition and kept it fresh until he would need it again, which would definitely be today. Dipper also decided to wear his regular sneakers as well as a pair of jeans. For his last change of dress, Dipper decided painfully to leave his hat back on his bed, just so that he could have a little bit of added manliness that the hat would not give. Thankfully, Dipper’s bangs were enough to hide his birthmark, only a little bit of it was shown that would make most people think it was a weird zit. Pacifica, on the other hand, wore something similar to what she would always wear. A purple shirt with white pants, wearing her cowgirl boots again to make everything appear to clash well. Besides that, Pacifica also sported a giant annoyed frown over their date not going as she planned it to go. Besides how the couple felt, it was a beautiful day in Gravity Falls as the sun was out and not a cloud in sight. A few joggers past the group of picnic goers with small estranged looks, not that they thought that the coupling of a Northwest to anyone else that didn’t have ten thousand dollars on them at all times was odd, it was more of who was tagging along with them which made most of the commoners look confused.
“I’m really sorry Pacifica, she just kept asking me so many… Weird questions. I just had to do what she said!” Dipper began to apologize for the twelfth time as they started their journey towards the special spot, hoping to wipe off the look of total spite on Pacifica’s face.
“Dipper, for the hundredth time, it’s alright! Really, it is. If I had a twin brother or sister like yours, I would have probably given up when she started to bring up sexual questions about you. I’m not angry with you at all. But she isn’t taking this trip seriously at all!” Pacifica said as she pointed to Mabel Pines who was running in circles around bother Her, Dipper and Waddles who had a fairly large pack filled with picnic essentials strapped to him. Since they began their journey out into the forest from the Mystery Shack, Mabel had not stopped running around them while having her arms stretched in the form of an airplane for a single second. Mabel had also superglued multiple gems and bits of glitter on one of her more plain sweaters, which formed into a heart made out of gems, and in the middle of the heart was a very glittery D and a just as glittery P. Most people would think on first glance that Pacifica had hired a very low grade cheerleader to have around her whenever she and her boyfriend ever went out, which was sadly not the case due to the fact Pacifica couldn’t fire Mabel at any time if she wanted to. Mabel would also giggle to herself as she ran around them, one time chanting in a very singsongy tone,‘Dipper and Pacifica, Sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G! A-N-D, N-O-T, S-T-O-P-P-I-N-G! B-E-C, A-U-S-E, M-E A-N-D W-A-D-D-L-E! S, W-E-R-E, W-A-T-C-H-I-N-G.’ Mabel was happily giddy as she couldn’t stop herself from feeling happy over her brother and his new girlfriend’s relationship, even if it meant that she had to make it look like the greatest event in human history.
“Alright. Let me just… Tell her to calm down.” Dipper said as he walked over to Mabel in order to save his first date from going up in flames. Dipper waved at Mabel and she slowed down from her jog as she was going to make another circle around the both of them.
“Hey, Mabel, Nice… Uhm… Enthusiasm!" Dipper said as he complimented her energy.
“I know right? I would've brought the megaphone to, but we were in a hurry.” Mabel said as she brought up her original plans for making the date into more of a spectacle than it already was.
“Ahh, that’s, uh… Yeah, that’s a shame. But hey, how about you just, you know, walk with Waddles and… Stop running around in circles.” Dipper said, coming straight to the point and told Mabel to tone it down a little bit. Mabel looked up in the air for a few seconds, pondering her order and looked back down at her brother with a smile.
“Okay!” Mabel said as she then ran past Pacifica, who still had an annoyed scowl on her face, and straight over to Waddles as she picked up the pig and began to give him a piggyback ride.
“Ready! Let’s get going!” Mabel announced as she waited for Dipper and Pacifica to continue walking. Pacifica gave a long glance at Mabel, then proceeded to walk up to Dipper to continue their march.
“Fixed?” Dipper asked as he rubbed the back of his neck.
“Let’s just try to look like we don’t know her.” Pacifica said as she crossed her arms and continued to walk to their destination. Dipper and Pacifica began to walk a little more casually now that Mabel was slightly under control. Dipper and Pacifica began to chat with each other for the time they continued on the dirt path, Dipper glancing back every now and then to see Mabel with a wide grin, Waddles resting his head on her shoulder. Dipper then would take long looks from the corner of his eye at Pacifica and enjoyed her beauty. Dipper looked at the way her hair would bounce as she walked, the confident strut she had while next to him, and Pacifica would also have a small and very soft smile when they were talking. Dipper immediately fell in Love with that smile. It wasn’t a large, toothy grin that he or Mabel would have, rather it was just a small smirk that oozed of confidence and bravery. Of course Dipper had his own self-confidence and bravery at times, but when he was around Pacifica, he felt like he could do and beat anything.
“Alright, we need to take a right here.” Pacifica announced which caused Dipper to fall out of his day dreaming stare as she pointed over to another woodland trail that was connected to their dirt path.
“How much further Sis-Sis? Waddles is getting super heavy!” Mabel said in a whiny tone as she continued to struggle carrying her pet.
“Why couldn’t you just left the thing back at the Shack?” Pacifica said in what Dipper would begin to call Pacifica’s ‘Mabel Tone’.
“Last time I left Waddles alone in the Shack, he there an animal party. We had to totally take down a wall in order for the elephants to leave.” Mabel told Pacifica which caused her to look at Dipper to see if that was true. Dipper could only chuckle over remembering how Waddles broke out twenty zoo animals so that he could have a house party.
“The funny part is that Grunkle Stan tried to keep the tigers and lions. He said that we were going to make a Mystery Zoo for the Mystery Shack.” Dipper said, adding in another chuckle which caused Mabel to join in and laughed with her brother. Pacifica soon got infected and began to giggle with the twins as more stories were told, both funny and straight up embarrassing. All of the stories were also told mostly at the expense of Dipper. The trio continued to walk on the unbeaten trail, trusty pig still being carried. Dipper soon realized that even he didn’t know where they were heading and was about to ask Pacifica if they were going in the right direction, when suddenly, Pacifica gave a loud gasp.
“Oh No!” Pacifica exclaimed as she stopped walking and put her hands over her mouth in shock.
“What?! What’s wrong?!” Dipper said as he assumed a ‘Mythical Beast Battle’ position in case they were in danger.
“The bridge is out!” Pacifica shouted in despair as she pointed to a medium sized river with the small sign of a broken down bridge by the sides of the river. Dipper walked towards the water and examined it, seeing it was rather shallow.
“Well, it doesn’t look that deep. I think we can cross it if we just march over it.” Dipper said as he began to roll up his pants so that his clothes wouldn’t get wet.
“And get Pacifica wet?! Are you insane Dipper?!” Mabel shouted from behind both Dipper and Pacifica, setting Waddles down to the ground from the piggyback.
“Well do you have any ide-.” Dipper began to say until he saw Mabel, with a giant grin, reach into the pack that Waddles carried on his back.
“No.” Dipper said immediately as he recognized that grin Mabel had. That specific grin that meant she was going to handle things her way. The extreme way.
“Yes!” mabel shot back at her brother.
“Little brother… Yes!”
“Mabel, it wasn’t even safe when we did it back when we were twelve!” Dipper exclaimed, arguing back and forth with his twin sister. With each retort from brother and sister, Pacifica’s eyes shot from Mabel and Dipper until she had to interrupt.
“What are you two-.” Pacifica began to question until she was interrupted by Mabel.
“Grappling hook!” Mabel yelled as she held up a gun that had a hook like appendage on the front that was also connected to a rope.
“Mabel, their is no way that grappling hook is going to work this time! We’re to old, to big, the line will probably snap and we’ll end up falling into the river and just get wet.” Dipper rationally began to explain how the grappling hook idea would fail.
“Are you calling me and Pacifica fat?” Mabel asked, shocked over Dipper’s speech.
“What?! No! We just weigh more then we did when we were twelve!” Dipper yelled to try and defend himself.
“Dude! That is so cold of you to call your twin sister and your new girlfriend fat!” Mabel continued to accuse Dipper of making weight accusations.
“I’m just saying-.” Dipper began to argue with his sister one more time before another interruption.
“Can it work?” Pacifica ask annoyed.
“Yes!” Mabel shouted happily.
“No!” Dipper shouted at the same time as Mabel.
“Pacifica. Imagine if you will about using a grappling hook to swing around from place to place whenever you want. This is totally, one hundred percent safe! Seriously!” Mabel said as she walked over to Pacifica and placed her arm around Pacifica as she aimed the grappling hook by a tree branch.
“Mabel, I still don’t know about this.” Dipper said as he stood next to both of the girls, crossing his arms in protest.
“It’s either you swing with us or you get to swim. Either way, i’m going to totally save your date from a watery pit stop!” Mabel stated her facts plainly as she contained to hold Pacifica across the shoulders. Dipper began to rub the back of his neck as he looked over the situation carefully, trying to see a way to not use the grappling hook.
“Well… It could be… Fun?” Pacifica said with a nervous smile. That smile will always seal the deal when it comes to anything Dipper and Pacifica would be at odds about. Pacifica would say Two plus Two equalled Eight with that exact same smile and that would be all the proof Dipper would need for her to be right. Dipper sighed and then stood close to Pacifica, willing to do the grappling hook idea. Mabel then hummed in confusion and looked between Dipper, her and then Waddles.
“Well, theirs no way I can carry all of you, so…” Mabel said as she picked Waddles over her head and threw him across the stream. Waddles landed with a soft thud onto the other side, totally unaffected from the toss.
“There! Now, both of you hook your arms around mine and we’ll go on an awesome adventure!” Mabel announced as she regained her aim towards the branch, while Pacifica and Dipper looked at each other a little worried at first, but then Dipper gave a nervous fein and then they both hooked their arms around Mabel.
“Grappling hook!” Mabel yelled and shot her grappling hook onto the branch, and with one swift jog with each other, the gang jumped over the river and soared shakily over the creak. While in the middle of their swing, a loud snap was heard above them which caused the rope to dip down.
“Uh-oh.” Mabel muttered lowly as they were only about a couple of feet away from the other side as their sense of gravity began to shift and Dipper, Mabel and Pacifica began to fall forward and tumble across the ground onto the other side of the river. Dipper and Pacifica tumbled on their sides as they landed, while Mabel landed on her rear. Dipper sat up angrily and was about to yell at Mabel for putting Pacifica in harms way, until he heard the most beautiful sound he had ever heard Pacifica begin to laugh heavily after the small tumble. Going with this, Dipper began to slowly chuckle with Pacifica, which caused Mabel to laugh as loud as Pacifica. Hearing herself and the others, Pacifica stiffened for a second and then cleared her throat as she got up from the ground and dusted herself off from the tumble.
“Well… That was certainly different. Hopefully we don’t have to do something like that when we need to go back to your Shack. Onward now.” Pacifica said as she extended a hand out to mabel for her to get up, and as the good twin Mabel was, Mabel ran over and past Dipper and snuggled with Waddles who was still wearing the picnic package on his back. Dipper shot out an angry look at how his twin sister could value their pets life more than his, and glanced to his left to see Pacifica hold out her hand towards Dipper to help him up, still having her small smile on her face. Dipper smiled and accepted Pacifica’s hand and got himself up. As soon as Dipper got up, Pacifica continued to hold onto Dipper’s hand and she lead the group further down into the woods to get to the star gazing spot. As of now, it was getting late, the sun was setting, and the real show was just about to begin.
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