"Hey. What's shaking, kid?"
"Um, well, nothing, thank goodness. No major fault lines run through New Haven, happily."
"Well, you learn something new about seismology every day."
"That was my motto for a month in 8th grade."
"Yeah, but then I moved on to volcanos."
"Ah, yes, I remember that. It was your natural disaster phase."
"Yep. What was I after that?"
"Um ... Emily Dickinson."
"Hope is an earthquake with feathers."
"I'm not sure that's accurate, but points for trying. Hey, listen. Where do I get a tiny listening device."
"Still here. I think you have me confused with your other daughter, Veronica Mars."
"Mom, why would I know anything about bugs?"
"See, you know the right terms for them! Bugs! See, where would I know things like that?"
"Every detective show from the last thirty years?"
"Seriously, you don't know some place I can get a ... whaddaya call it ... a bug in the next two hours?"
A heavy sigh.
"Okay. Lane picked up one this one time to spy on her mom."
"No," Rory continued. "It was just one time. She was convinced it was a defensive move - she thought her mother was secretly eavesdropping on her, and wanted to bug her mother so she could prove it. Still not sure what she would have done with the evidence, it's not like you can bust someone for spying if you're spying on them to find out."
"I think they covered that in the Patriot Act."
"Whatever. Anyway, Lane used it once, heard way too much of her mother singing 'Blessed Assurance" and hid it away. But you know Lane - she never throws anything away if it could be useful somewhere down the line."
"Will she let me borrow it?"
"I'll give her a call," Rory offered.
Lorelai teased,"on your two-way wrist radio!"
"Actually, I'll probably just use the old standby cell phone."
"But I'll tell you it's on my utility belt, if it'll make you feel better."
~ ~ ~
He had forgotten how a simple hot shower could