Across the town, out and away from Sunset Plateau, Nate was just waking up. Stage Crew's merger would be official in a few weeks but everyone seemed to think it best he at least move in with his new owner before then. He stretched in his bed, a modified prop from Les Miserables and slowly got out of bed.
"Come on Nate, Mr. Dresner will be at the school already" Mr. Rolfe said, already getting ready to go. "I am sorry it did work out this way."
"That's ok," Nate said sadly, "I guess I couldn't be the Phantom forever."
"The Phantom, Todo, a Jet, a literal teacher's pet, a grim-reaper" Mr. Rolfe said, listing some of the cat's roll's with the stage crew's musicals. "Just take the time off to be yourself."
While two teachers were in the office working on paperwork, Nate walked back and forth outside. He wasn't happy. Pacing back and forth was his usual way of handling stress. In crew, he annoyed everyone with pacing at those bad times. It was even said he had forever darkened part of the light room floor from walking back and forth over it so many times. "Come on, maybe the board will have over-turned their descision?" he said to himself, continuing to walk back and forth.
With an "oof", the cat's pacing stopped as he walked right into Mr. Dresner and fell on his butt. "Umm, hi Mr. Dresner" he said, from the ground as he looked up at the human.
Andrew didn't know quite what to say. 'Ah, not another one' came to mind in that, Archimedes hadn't wanted to call him dad and it was a bit shaky with Eve. A pet calling the owner 'sir', next there'd be a military dog saluting him in the morning and playing reveille. "Hello Nate" he said, "the adoption paperwork is all finished. I won't be home for a bit, but your brother and sister will be."
"Brother? Sister?" Nate asked, "you already have pets?"
"Two dogs" Andrew said, leading the way to the door "you'll meet them when we get there."
Outside, he knelt at his motorcycle and pulled out what accounted for a glorified harness. "I wasn't sure what size you needed" he explained, "I think I can adjust Archy's to fit you for now though."
"Wha wha, what's that for?" Nate asked, hoping he wasn't going to be lead everywhere on that. Oh, what embarrasement that would be.
"Pretty much a seat belt" Andrew said, adjusting it and starting to fit it on the cat. "it'll help hold you on."
"Can't I hold on myself?" Nate asked, preferring not to wear a harness just to ride a glorified bike.
"You can, but I prefer to be cautious" the teacher said as he tightened the harness for a better fit.
"Ack!" Nate coughed, "too-tight!"
"Ok, hang on" Mr. Dresner said, loosening some parts of the harness. "That should work, so, hop up and we'll get you to your new home. I'll get your stuff from Mr. Rolfe later."
All was fairly quiet and calm yet in the neighborhood. The sound of a motorcycle came to just slightly disrupt the peace,but only slightly. It coasted in, riding mostly on his momentum as the engine spun down to a few thousand less RPM's. Still going at a decent speed it turned up a driveway and stopped outside a set of garage doors.
Inside the house, this noise was just enough to wake up Archimedes. He would have slept in, but he caught an odd sound for this point in the morning. He grabbed his collar, climbed off his bed and walked lazily downstairs to the front door. "I'd have woken up soon anyway" he said to himself, reaching the door he looked out to see his dad, back several hours earlier than expected... And with a cat? Rather than interupt what could just be some minor thing for the school, he waited inside the door to see what'd come of this.
It didn't take long for Andrew to lead the cat up to the doorway. He had taken a longer route to let the cat calm down a bit. He'd seemed upset, so, a bit of time on the road couldn't hurt too much. "Alright, here's home," he said, reaching out to open the door. It pushed inward and there stood the white dog and behind him all the geek-tech of the house in plain sight.
"Brother!" Nate said, charging forward and glomping the dog. His mood had changed considerably with the mention of siblings. Up until now, he had been largely alone in the world. Everyone he got close to moved on to college and came back only once or twice a year if he was lucky. That and the ride out on the motorcycle was fun, he'd only ever ridden in school vans and an ancient car.
"Ack!" Archimedes said being tackled to the ground by a very large cat.
Behind them, Andrew chuckled, "Archimedes, this is your new brother, Nate. Remember I mentioned we might be adopting again?"
"Some more.... up to date warning would be nice!" Archimedes said as he was squeezed to death.
After a minute, Nate was back up and he pulled the dog back to his feet. "Nice to meet youuuu!" the dog said as he was quickly pulled up.
"Okay, Archy, keep an eye on things and give him a good welcoming" Andrew said, already heading back to the door. "I have a bit of work to do, then I'll be home."
"Bye dad" the white dog said, waiving as Andrew retreated out the door.
"So... what do you do for fun around here?" Nate asked, not having a clue what there was to do. Usually if he wasn't sleeping he was working on lights, mics, risers or other stage things.