A sunset swing helps Old Mabel prepare for another potential rough night of dreaming.
At the appropriate moment, she slides off and looks for Unch. The sun had just disappeared under the horizon.
“Can’t quite spot him from here if he’s there,” she says to herself in a low voice. “Or her,” she tacks on dutifully. Seven o’clock: time to meet Baker Bloch at the Joker’s Wild. Much to talk about!
“Hmm,” Baker Bloch says, landing just north of the mall while attempting to teleport directly inside. “Old Mabel clearly said this graffiti read: Soos.”
“You’ve dreamed about Chesterton the Librarian before haven’t you?”
“On a number of occasions,” answers Old Mabel, She swirls her lemonade around in its glass. “Night before, he was in a corner of my living room loudly munching on some delicious puffed cornmeal product.”
“In the Small House or Big House?”
“I’ve started to call them Old House and Big House. Because one was born 5 minutes after the other.”
“Ahh,” Baker responds, understanding this is a reference to her, Old Mabel, and her slightly younger twin brother Little Big. Nothing to do with the actual history of the houses in all likelihood.
“But it was Old House. That was the dream I talked to Spongebill Triangleslacks, Snowbob’s great uncle. Did you know he called him grunkle instead of great uncle? Another bleedthrough from that show.”
“Which we need to talk about in some detail, Old Mabel,” Baker says from his stool. “Map the comparisons out. But whether you believe me or not, the concept of The Bill predates finding out about the show. I didn’t make the link until early November, I believe, when, um, I retrieved that diary out of the library for Wheeler. Number 3,” he clarified. “The original find.”
“Just like Dipper first found the 3rd diary in, er, his *own* show. Not *inside* a tree, but the mechanism triggering the release of the trap door in the ground is found in the tree. It’s metal in the show. I don’t think Unch is made of metal.”
Baker pondered what Old Mabel had implied. “Unch is the source of the diary — I suppose that could make sense.”
“Maybe all 3 diaries which are actually one conglomerate work,” Old Mabel adds. “Three-in-one.”
Meanwhile, Unch tries to listen in from the the woods but can’t quite spot them.