"Read books, mostly." Andy replied, "Fantasy novels, sci-fi, romance. I am especially fond of romance novels. What kinds of things do you like to do?"
"Well, I like taking trips, adventuring, but when I'm home I work out, swim, or go on walks. I like to keep myself busy. Lately though I've not been too keen on doing anything like that. I uh, had an unexpected adventure that affected me more than I thought it would." Tom thought back once again to the other dimension. "I... lost someone who reminded me of a friend, and even though she's still okay, my actual friend I mean, I don't know what I would do if I lost her again." Tom thought to himself, wondering what Annabelle was doing at the moment.
"I didn't think you were." Tom laughed. "I do know what it's like to be attached to something. This jacket was my father's, and I also have a hat that I left back home that was his as well." Then he leaned in close. "Possessions may mean little to people who take them for granted, but not to me."
"Yeah," Andy smiled, "Great people are hard to find, and sometimes you don't find them in the first person you meet, but i
Back home, Annabelle came face-to-face with herself. "Who is she?" The other Annabelle, who had a tint of magenta rather than purple, asked. "Is this some kind of joke, John?"
"No, it is not." John said, staring down both identical women. "There are two Annabelle's now. This is what I told you about, Annie. Remember?" He looked at both Annabelles, but was talking to the one in purple hair. "I said that I developed a tool that would copy your entire structure through the teleporter in case something went wrong, and apparently the device thought something went wrong and initiated the fail safe."
"Not.. technically." John replied. "According to... whatever... you are Annabelle." He then pointed to the purple Annie, "And so is she. In fact, you are the exact same person, right down to the molecule and the memories. However I don't think the teleporter had the ability to generate your original Amethyst color, resulting in your magenta-like coloring."
"So what happened?!" Both Annabelle's asked simultaneously, startling John. "Why is she me-"
"-and me her?!"
"Well I can't figure it out completely until I get the computer downstairs working, but as far as I can tell the teleporter tried to teleport you but couldn't, and it had to teleport SOMETHING, so it took the data saved through the fail safe device of you, Annabelle, and created, you... Annabelle... at the same time to compensate."
Both Annabelle's sat down on the couch, then after a short time thinking, the one in purple spoke up. "So, what, how long will she be here?"
"Will there be any ill effects on her-"
"-or her? What's going to happen to me-US?!"
"HEY!" Both Annabelle's yelled out, "this is kinda serious! Focus!"
"I know!" John said, "I'm just saying, maybe this might be a massive scientific breakthrough that no one else has achieved. I got to-"
Keera, being a clone herself, was not nearly as surprised and said sarcastically "So... who do I call 'mom' here?"
"Me!" The Annabelle in purple said, startling the one in magenta. "I am the real Annabelle, see my purple-tinted hair? This is... is..."
"She's a mirror-Belle." Kelly chuckled as she walked into the room. "Sorry, I know this is kinda serious, but I heard the entire conversation from the foyer and I have to ask... at this point in our lives, after meteor-summoning supervillains, unicorns, rapidly-created clones, magical aliens, and traveling to an alternate dimension, is ANYONE surprised by this?! Genuinely surprised?"
"-so what happens now?"
"I don't know." John replied. "Until I can figure out what went wrong, I can't say anything for sure right now. My best guess is you'll have to learn to live with yourself."
"Who knows how easy that will be." The magenta-haired Annabelle said, and then the one in purple said "We'll have to see how that will work out."
Tom and Andy drove back to the manor, and Tom was the first one to walk in. "Hello? Anyone here?" After a few seconds of no one answering, he turned back to Andy. "Well I guess no one's here. A shame, I really wanted them to meet you."
"Yeah I got it." Tom said. He knew that if he didn't get the wedding book he would be faced with a moderately-upset Scarlett, and the last person who "moderately upset" Scarlett wound up with three stitches in the shoulder.
"Yes, come in, we're dressed now!"
"I know! I've never seen- Oh, hey Tom."
Tom pushed the rest of the door open and saw two Annabelles standing in the room, chatting. Having not been aware of the fact that they were split, he was understandably shocked. "What the... what is going on here?! Who is she?"
"Well..." Annabelle said. "This is me... sorta. I tested the teleporter for John and something obviously-"
The purple-haired Annabelle smiled. "Alright. She sells sea-shells down by the sea-"
"SHORE! See? I told you!"
"Actually I was going to say 'seafood market', but that works too. My point is we are two different people now. You have the opportunity to be anything you want to be, except a singer, I am a singer."
"Why can't we both be one?" The other Annabelle asked. "I could stand in for you! Then again I did always want to be a magician, remember other... Annie? You couldn't be both and now you can!"
"PLEASE!" Tom said exasperated and unable to concentrate on who Annabelle said what when. "Can we get back to the topic at hand?!"
"Yep." Both Annabelle's said. "It's like we're two peas in a pod." Suddenly they both turned to Tom. "DON'T MAKE A JOKE!"
"I-I wasn't!" Tom said, so surprised by this new development that he couldn't bring himself to make any kind of quip. "Is it permanent?"
Tom covered his ears for a second, "It's like an echo chamber in here." he thought to himself. "I have to go, it's hard to concentrate in here."
"I know what you mean, Tom. Say no more, just as long as it doesn't involve a green joke." The magenta-haired Annabelle said, "If it does... I'll hear, and you will get a double punch to the face." With that, the Magenta Annabelle left the room.
"Annabelle... how do we know she's who you say she is? Who she says she is?" Tom asked, whispering. "I know it's convincing, her appearance, voice, and all that but do I we know she isn't... you know... evil?
"This is... Andrea, well Andy. I met her outside the book store today." Tom whispered in Annabelle's ear "She's really nice, I like her and she likes me, we really hit it off."
"I'm sorry, she looks... familiar, and I don't like that." Annabelle said, glaring at Andy. "She looks-"
"Tom, I just have problems trusting random strangers! You should too! Remember how much you looked up to Jack Toomes before he tried to kill you?!"
"I didn't trust Jack as much as I thought! You're just jealous is what you are!" Tom yelled out, "That's the problem! If I wasn't interested in this girl you would be climbing over obstacles to be friends with her! So admit it! Oh that's right, you can't admit your true feelings!"
"I will NOT!" Annabelle said, "...and you are wrong about me! If I feel strongly enough about something you'd be DAMNED RIGHT I will tell the whole world about it! And what about you!? Hypocrite much? You never admitted your-"
"Actually we thought it was pretty obvious." Kelly said, knowing what Annabelle and Tom did when they were alone in the French summer home. "I don't see why you had to keep it secret, then again..."
Scarlett almost teared up. "Well, Happy Birthday to me." She thought to herself.
Annabelle, still fuming from the argument between Tom and herself, stormed into her bedroom and stood next to her bed. "I can't believe he told everyone what happened in France! I am... GRRRRR!!!"
"Yeah. Sorry for that whole... business out there." The purple-haired Annie said. "She looked like... Mary Knight. I don't know why!"
"Me neither." The purple Annabelle said. "Now, if you'll excuse me I need to sleep. This whole, US, thing and the argument with Tom really put me into a stressful mood and I want to sleep it off."
"Well, it matches my hair so I think I should sleep in it." The purple Annabelle said awkwardly. "Tomorrow we can go to the store and have a magenta bed put in an upstairs room."
I've spent every night for the past three years sleeping in this bed, waking up in it every morning! I deserve to sleep in it tonight!"
"I don't feel comfortable sleeping with ME in the same bed! You obviously understand where I'm coming from, being me and all."
"No, technically I'm not you! You said yourself that ever since the transporter thing we have a chance to be two different people, but arguably, since we've both shared the same life, I feel deserve to sleep in the bed!"
"Where are you going to sleep?" The magenta Annabelle asked.
"None of my damn business!" Annabelle said, and slammed the door.
Kelly was at her computer, shutting it down and getting ready for sleep, when she heard a knock on her office door. She opened it and Annabelle was standing there, upset. "Hey Kelly, I'm sorry to ask this but, can I sleep in your room tonight?"
Tom and Andy were standing inside the garage of the manor, talking about the argument between the two friends before. "I am really sorry I was the cause of that argument." Andy said. "I'd hate the idea of two friends breaking apart because of me."
"If you knew half of what I've been through you'd think I was the crazy one!" Andy laughed, then said "I even know magic! A bit, at least. The book I mentioned before, it was a spell book that I lost. I found a second volume, but it didn't have nearly what I remembered. Again, I know that's crazy!"
"I only need a few moments. I need to ask you something." Aurora replied. "Have you seen a tiny piece of metal, gold, about five inches in diameter and... glowing? You see, I need it for a project."
"Sorry, young lady. If I owned anything gold, I'd sell it. Museum doesn't pay much anymore."
"I do not know what you're talking about!" The owner said, getting a little frightened from the woman's eerily cheerful attitude. "Please, leave NOW!"
"I sold it, okay! It's probably all the way in Starlight Shores or Appaloosa Plains! Please, let me down!"
"Thank you." Aurora said."Now, how will I kill you?"
"You... YOU SAID YOU'D LET ME GO!" The owner replied, screaming his head off. "PLEASE!"
Suddenly Andy started grabbing her ears in pain, screaming. Tom, who didn't know what was happening, tried to comfort her. After a few seconds, she stopped and said "I'm sorry, I have to go." Without any more words she turned and ran outside, leaving Tom behind to sulk.
After a few moments, Andy found herself in the museum that Aurora was in, and screamed when she saw the woman standing over the owner's skeleton. "WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU DOING!?"
"You're darned right it does!" Andy said. "You're... you're out of control! This is evil!"
"And you're too *good* to live! All your happy bubbly 'OOH I LOVE PEOPLE I LOVE THINGS!-iness' Tell me, Andy, have you revealed your identity, or are you too frightened to do so? Have you told Tom you're Nightmare yet?"
"Oh yeah, I know, but I'm the better half. You are nothing compared to me... you're just a frightened, goody-two-shoes coward. You won't tell him, but yeah, how will he react?"
"Yessss", Aurora said with a twisted smile on her face "And I know how I'd do it, too. I would lovingly crush their skul-"
"Andy... no." Tom said, holding her. "I told you twice that magic doesn't affect me. I don't like you because a spell made me, I like you because YOU made me, YOU as a person. Your personality was the 'like at first sight' spell I guess. And besides, magic is the least odd thing that's happened to me in my life."
She wanted to tell him that after following Aurora to the town to see what she was going to do, she saw Tom on the bench that morning and instantly fell for him, and realized that he could have been a target for Aurora as well. She bought a brown outfit and wore it to sit next to him, hoping it would attract his attention, using the book she loved to read as a conversation starter.
"I am sorry I ran off earlier.", she said, not wanting to reveal why she did so, in case Tom would get angry at her and tell her to leave, like Aurora had predicted. She cared too much for Tom to risk the idea of him never wanting to see her again.
"I, I haven't told this to anyone in a long time, but Andy, I really care for you."
"I care for you too.... that's why I came back." Andy couldn't explain exactly why she came back, to protect him from Aurora, so she instead decided to say, "I wanted to see you again."
"Well I'm glad you came back." Tom said. "I too wanted to see you." The two smiled, but Andy lowered her head in despair, depressed that she couldn't tell Tom the truth.
"Hey... interesting new look you got. Anyway, I've been working on that computer in my room this whole time, I can't figure it out." John said. "I don't know-"
"Yes, but... why?"
"Thanks to the teleporter incident, I can be in two places at once... but I don't want to do that. In fact, I want to be a different person than Annabelle. I want to follow my own path. I... can pass myself off as her long-lost twin! And I know what name I want."
"Okay, what is it?"
She smiled, and said "Mirabelle".