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58-The Next Wave

posted Feb 5, 2012, 5:21 AM by Gregory Taylor   [ updated Mar 14, 2017, 7:19 AM ]

Once again, Maud debated whether it was time to remove his sunglasses and explain his motivations. However, the bartender decided against it, knowing now there were a number of other mathematical relations with which he was not yet personally acquainted. The twin brunettes who arrived just before closing only served to reinforce his decision.

"Tan-tan! There you are!"
  "Tan-tan! There you are!"
The two of them spoke simultaneously, though slightly out of phase with each other.

"What's the deal, running off for a whole day?" the one with OH on her shirt continued.

"Yes, and why are you wearing that silly 'm' hat again?" continued her twin, whose shirt read AH.

The two of them were staring at Slope, who curled her fingers in and out of fists as she stared back at them. "I said STOP calling me Tan-tan!  My name is Tangent!!"

"It's what?" Lyn said in surprise.

Slope, aka Tangent, turned to look at Lyn before again regarding her two older sisters. "In fact, you know what? It's not. It's Slope! I'm done. I'm not going back home, I've found a new family here! Go handle the Trigonometry all by yourselves."

There was a moment of stunned silence. Then Elly calmly reached back for her cup of Ovaltine, remarking, "I sense the need to sign and cosign a waiver."