Dipper and Mabel were packing for the long trip back to Gravity Falls, their parents were called by the president, who demanded the twins be taken to the little town. While the family was getting into their car, a helicopter bearing the Northwest logo landed nearby and a disgusted- looking Preston Northwest stepped off. Dipper grew angry at the sight of the conceited jerk that he believed was to blame for Pacifica disappearing, but before he could yell at him, Grunkle Stan and Ford stepped off also.
“Grunkle Stan! Grunkle Ford! We missed you!” Dipper and Mabel shouted as they rushed to their Grunkles and hugged them, but the sweet reunion was broken when Preston snorted in disgust and loudly cleared his throat.
“Yes yes just sweet, but now that you have the brats back, we need to start on the matter at hand.” Stan gritted his teeth and Ford just nodded, but also had a angered look on his face.
“Hey wait, what’s going on here?” Mabel asked.
“Is it Bill? Is he back?” Dipper questioned also.
Ford and Stan said they would explain in the helicopter, but before they left Mabel and Dipper hugged their parents. Both parents grabbed one of the Stan twins and whispered in their ears. “Keep your eye on that man, he doesn’t seem right. You two keep our kids safe, before he passed away, my dad told us all he ever wanted was to get to know his family. You two never gave him that chance, but we know that if you were any ounce the man he was, you will take care of them just fine.”
Both Stans were hurt by their words of never really paying attention to their little brother, with Stanley always committing crimes and not wanting his brother to be the same, and with Stanford never seeing anyone after discovering Gravity Falls. They were right, so much had happened between them that they let that overshadow the one person in their family that went out of their way to get to know them. They both nodded and got onto the helicopter as it began to rise. The first five minutes of the ride was spent in silence and while Mabel could let the adults have their thinking time, five minutes was asking for a lot from the hyper girl.
“Grunkle Stan! Grunkle Ford! You never told us what was going on!” Mabel said with a pout and an annoyed expression. They both snapped back to reality and decided to explain.
“It seems that since we were able to get Stan’s mind fixed after weirdmageddon, that may have somehow also allowed Bill Cipher to return in some way. He is not in the physical world yet, but something is triggering weirdness all around the globe.” Ford explained before his brother began to talk.
“This nut job,” Stan began, pointing at Preston. “Actually sent the government out after us and we are rebuilding that dumb portal Ford built, so we can go to Cipher’s dimension. There maybe someone there with the power to finish off that demon once and for all.”
Dipper nodded, eager for adventure since they left the little town, but he questioned why they needed him and Mabel for this. Ford explained that he wanted to have the zodiac signs, just in case they were needed. Dipper glared at Preston, who just glared back. “Where is Pacifica? I heard the news that she has been missing, that can’t be good for business.”
Preston sneered at the boy and waved him off. “After you two brought her down to your level, she ran off to find herself or what has you.”
Dipper stood up, but Mabel put a hand on his shoulder to calm him. “We brought down to our level?! After the years of abuse you forced on her?! I’m happy she finally got away from you! I would have thought that you would have learned some manners after what Bill did to you, but I suppose someone like you never learns.”
Preston looked ready to retort, but stopped when he saw the glares of the Stan twins. He would feel much safer were they not five hundred feet above ground.
. . .
Robby ran to the Mystery Shack after hearing the voicemail left from Wendy saying that she need him to get there fast. Wendy was not one to be overly serious, so if she needed him to get there fast then the only reason Robby could think of was it had to do with Cipher. Robby shivered at the memory of being captured and turned to stone, nightmares of the one eyed demon turning him into a flag resurfaced and nearly made him turn and run away. However this time they will be ready to fight and things will be different.
Robby arrived at the shack and was immediately grabbed by the government agents there. They walked him to where Soos, Wendy, and Old Man Mcgucket were standing and let him go. Robby fixed his hoodie and glared at the agents, before looking at the others. “What’s going on here? Why did you call me?”
Wendy was reading a magazine and answered him. “From what I heard, there has been things happening everywhere since weirdmageddon and I think the government wants the zodiac signs here.”
Robby crossed his arms and sighed looking around. “So the pines are coming back? Even with them we still need Northwest and Gleeful, and I heard the rumors that Northwest is gone.”
Before anyone could answer, Gideon Gleeful entered handcuffed with the agents behind him. They tossed him to the group with the key to the cuffs, as the others helped Gideon, the agent rolled his eyes. “I can’t believe I’m here babysitting you all when there are real troubles out there, all this talk of demons and monsters is just stupid.”
They ignored the man and uncuffed Gideon, who threatened to curse him. The agent walked away as the group went back to killing time, but an hour later the Pines family and Preston Northwest entered. “Okay it’s good to see you all here, but I hate to ask you all to put yourselves in risk when you don’t have to. We are going to Bill’s home and find the one who can fully destroy him once and for all. After Bill and his influence is gone, hopefully the world will heal from this wave of weirdness that has been spreading. If you all are ready to put this behind us for good, I hope you will come.” Ford gave his speech and left with Mcgucket to finish the portal that the agents were making with their blueprints.
DIpper looked around and noticed that they were still missing Pacifica, but Mabel smiled at him. “Hey Bro Bro, don’t worry about her. If I know Pacifica then she’s just fashionably late. She’ll be here.”
Dipper looked at the portal as it began to glow with blue energy. “I hope you’re right Mabel. I really do”
. . .
Pacifica was running toward her hometown, but she was still a good thirty minutes away when Bill Cipher appeared in her mind again. Growing used to the demon's antics, she just continued to run as they spoke to each other.
“So Llama, you understand the plan right?”
“Yeah yeah, get to the portal, stop the others from awakening your enemy, destroy the portal, and find a way to get rid of you.” Gobby chirped under Pacifica's hat, which she guessed was a laugh. Cipher rolled his eye and floated next the the girl, ready to get back to the falls. As they neared the town, small bursts of energy were occurring making then float and fall.
“IQ is almost done with the portal, they must be under that old shack. I feel a strong ancient power, the other zodiac signs must be together as well.”
“Dipper and Mabel are back? Are they being controlled by the enemy? Mr. Pines and the others are smart enough to not do things without thinking them through.”
“Someone near them is allowing themselves to be controlled, but I can't tell who. As for the others, they aren't thinking. After what I did with weirdmageddon you can understand that anything to do with me won't be taken lightly. IQ, Stanley, Shooting Star, and Pine Tree would be blinded by their hate for me and the others by their fear.”
“Which they are right to feel, after all you turned us into flags and everyone we ever cared about into stone. I see it! Gravity Falls! The Mystery Shack is nearby!”
. . .
Dipper and the others were standing in front of the president of the United States, he was sending several soldiers with them for protection. He deemed them as heroes and saluted them as the portal was finally finished and they were getting ready to enter it, but right then they heard a familiar voice. They ran outside and saw Pacifica running toward them, causing Dipper to innerly cheer. He thought she looked good for someone who has been missing lately, but as she got nearer, one of the blue shield activated and threw her back.
“What the hell? I'm not near the shack!” Pacifica said as she got up and knocked on the shield.
Gideon walked towards her, looking confused. “This was the portal I made over Gravity Falls to protect it from Cipher, it should only affect him.”
Ford and Dipper approached, looking at her in shock and dismay. “Pacifica have you been interacting with Bill?”
Pacifica turned from their gaze, telling them all they needed to know. “I know this looks bad, but we need to listen to him. Something worst is on the other side of that portal, please you have to hear him out!”
The others all walked toward her, each with their reasons to not trust Cipher.
“He turned me and my parents to stone!”
“He made me dance for hours!
“Because of him, I lost my mind!”
“He nearly got rid of Mr. Pines!”
“I'm sorry Pacifica, I spent enough time with Bill to know that he never helps anyone but himself.” Ford said as he and most of the others turned toward the portal, causing Bill to make a drastic action.
Pacifica's eyes turned gold and she slammed her fists against the shield. “You fools! You'll doom every dimension if you don't listen to me! Don't you dare wake that thing up, or so help me I swear I'll-” Bill’s rant was stopped when Mabel punched Pacifica's body in the stomach. She looked shocked at her actions and covered her mouth in regret.
“I'm so sorry Pacifica, but I couldn't take seeing Bill take your voice. You're one of my close friends and I promise we'll get rid of Bill. Grunkle Ford and Dipper will find a way.” Mabel ran inside the shack in tears at having to hit a friend. The others joined her until only Dipper was there.
Pacifica looked up, her eyes back to their normal color, and saw Dipper sadly shakes his head and turns. ”Dipper… please… you have to trust me…”
“I trust you Pacifica, but I can't trust Bill. I'll save you and get rid of him I promise.” Dipper said as he joined the others.
“Who is going to save you?” Pacifica whispered and lowered her head as Bill made himself appear, looking depressed and angry. Pacifica dumped out her book bag, hoping for anything that could help them.
“It's over Llama, nothing can break one of these shields and the others will get there before we can.”
“There has to be something I know it!”
“It's over Cipher.” Preston Northwest stated as he looked down at his daughter with a red tint to his eyes. “Soon this world and all others will be mine again, and this time all the ones able to beat me are gone thanks to you. Now I also have all the zodiac signs, well all except for you. But don't worry yourselves Llama, after they are gone you won't have the power to save anyone!” Preston laughed and walked away, leaving Bill and Pacifica helpless.
The two had given up, their allies gone and in danger, the worst demon in the universe about to escape, and being this close and no way to stop it. Pacifica took off the pine tree hat and hugged it, scared for her friends. Gobby jumped off her head and, after failing to make her smile, started playing with Journal 4. The little rock monster opened the book and messed with the pages, eventually finding a page it liked. Pacifica looked up and noticed the word origin. She read the page and grabbed Gobby, hugging him close and calling him a genius. Bill asked what was she doing and Pacifica grabbed the demon by the hat, running off toward the cliffs just outside of Gravity Falls.
“I found a way to get in!”