Thursday, August 30, 2012

4.14 - Smile for Me

BEFORE YOU READ

This chapter contains plot themes most, if not all, people have strong feelings against. This is not considered a political statement or debate opener either for or against incest and I ask that you respectfully decline turning it into such. If you find that it bothers you to a great deal, please do not comment regarding the relationship. If it bothers you on a level more than that, please feel free to resume reading after this subplot has been properly concluded. A notice will be posted at the top of the entry at this time to welcome you back, mostly likely near the end of Generation 5, or start of generation 6.


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Coral loves to paint. Always has, likely always will. Thanks to her little skill in painting, she doesn’t even mind or notice when her parents keep everyone home, or are letting the kids play at the park. She spends most of her spare time in her room.



She doesn’t even really notice her birthday passing. 




Nico notices, and figures its about time she knew about his mind reading. He even goes as far as to complain about how close he was to accidentally tipping Danika off about the trap. “If she’d managed to learn about the trap... Dammit, Coral. I wish I were stronger. I need to learn to defend myself, and how to protect you guys. Pearl says they might go after you guys next, and I’d never forgive myself if that happened.”




“Oh please.” Coral laughs. “I’ll be alright. Pearl takes care of us, and you did great the other day. Everyone says so. If you’re so worried about your abilities than just practice with me. We can hang out a bit every day, you teach me to close my mind, and while I try to keep you out you’ll be able to practice getting in. It’s perfect.”

“But you’re not a vampire.” He points out. “You can’t.”

“Telepathy isn’t just a vampire thing, Nico. Everyone has the potential for it, but being a vampire automatically unlocks it. I just need training and I’ll be able to protect myself. I know Pearl can do it, her grandfather trained her, and you can train me.”




He decides they don’t have anything to lose. Right off the bat though, he can tell Coral sucks at this. Plus he’s been reading her mind since they were children, its practically second nature already to read her. “You’re considering vegetarianism? Really? Why?”

“Oh Watcher, I was trying to hide that. I just... meat’s gross. I don’t know how you can drink Plasma juice all the time. It’s nasty!”




... That’s hurtful. “Okay, let’s try this again...”




Coral tells Walt all about her and Nico training together.




And Walt tells Pearl. She’s so thankful her kids are confident and mature enough to take care of themselves. Hopefully they’ll be strong enough to not fail like she did when she tried to save her brother.




Reed’s a teen too, by the way. He and Daphine go out bug hunting together. 




Jade’s getting older, and although Pearl was a teenager before her abilities began to appear, she decides it’s time Jade knew what to look for. 




“So... we’re magic?”

“No sweety, we’re fae. You and I can do things Coral, Reed and Daphine can’t. When you’re older and have your own children you’ll have to train them as well, but for now all you have to worry about is keeping an eye on yourself, and telling me as soon as anything strange begins happening to you.”

Jade’s beginning to understand how Nico feels. Does this make her a freak too?




Pearl’s never been a restless sleeper, usually sleeping straight through the night until her alarm rings to wake her up for work. Tonight isn’t a normal night, and she finds herself waking often, restless, and feeling nauseous.




Finally the nausea hits a peak and she finds herself running to the bathroom to be sick. Her dinner wasn’t bad, and she hasn’t been feeling under the weather, so it can be only one thing... she’s pregnant... Great.




Walt breaks the news to his girls, and both seem utterly indifferent to it. What’s one more? They have the room for it. 

Walt takes one look at his girls and hopes for a third. He loves his daughters.




The other children are told once they get home from the beach. 

Nico and Reed are both hoping for another boy to make the house equal, but Coral is just annoyed. She’s happy that her sister is taking care of her, but now that she’s older she can see just how bizarre her family situation is. She isn’t Pearl’s child, she’s Pearl’s little sister and she’s beginning to feel like an unwanted guest with every word in Pearl’s rant about the upcoming bundle of joy.




Even her afternoons with Nico fail to cheer her up. Nico of course sees her sadness and tries to make her smile.




“In your mind... I see the face of Dilton Avendale-McKinley. He’s wearing a handsome tuxedo and holding out a pink corsage for you on prom night.”




Coral’s almost impressed, she’d forgotten about that scene herself. “Don’t make the mistake of thinking that was a happy memory, Nico. Dilton asked me to dance, and then found out how young I was and ditched me for Maranda! The jerk didn’t even give me my first kiss! I mean... boys suck.”




“Girls suck just as much.” Nico responds, looking over at Coral. “I asked Maranda out and she just laughed and kept walking.”




Coral stands up, and pulls Nico up after her, pulling him into a hug. “Bah, screw them all. We can be lonely and single together, mkay?”




“Single doesn’t mean we have to be lonely.” He points out. “And you’re young, you still have a long time before you even think about having a first kiss. I’ve been kissed and it doesn’t mean anything.”

“I know.” She sighs. “I still just wish I could scratch it off my bucket list.”

Nico really can’t understand why this means so much to her, but he’ll do anything to cheer her up.




So he kisses her. Just a peck, but he figures it counts.




“There.” He states, body tense. “First kiss. No big deal, no need to feel sad over it anymore. I care about you, and so does our Aunt Pearl. So can you smile for me now?




If his body is tense, hers is relaxed, almost as if she’s going to fall from the slightest gush of wind. She's smiling. “Okay, you win. I'll smile.” His eyes are clear, not glazed so she knows he isn’t reading her mind, and that gives her the freedom to wonder just what the heck that kiss meant, if anything at all.




That same night Pearl begins to show, and quickly changes into some new maternity wear. Her old dress still fits, but it holds bad memories of her father’s death... and her mother’s. But her life won’t end like her mother’s did. She’s so much younger than her mother ever was, she’s healthy, and for now at least she’s safe.




Walt walks up to her, eyes full of worry. He knows full well how her mother died. “Maybe you should go lie down while I make sure everyone’s had dinner and-”

“I’ll lie down when you come and join me.” Pearl teases, shushing her husband with a finger to his lips. For the first time in a while she’s truly happy and relaxed. Danika has been dealt with, and her boss’s sources assure her Jeffery Dracule is busy dealing with an uprising from his Bridgeport council. He has bigger fish to fry than her, and all her children are enjoying their individual training to keep themselves safe. She’s going to have another baby, and her husband is loyal and loving. What more could a girl possibly ask for?




Little Jade sees both these couples, watching their every move closely, although she isn’t facing either of them. A wall stands between herself and her older relatives. Her cousin and her aunt as they giggle and blush before parting ways. Nico is happy he cheered Coral up, Coral is acting like a child. 

Jade can see her parents as well, even though they’re upstairs by now. She’s young, but she understands them more or less. She’s figured by now that this is what her mother meant by her abilities manifesting themselves, but she’ll keep quiet for now. She wants to take things at her own speed.



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Jade's writing herself, and she makes it so easy. She's sweet, but also feisty and loves pranking. She's going to be a good heir, and although I haven't done the set up yet, I'm going to be moving Gen 5 to Moonlight Falls. Just because these kids are immediately related to about 40% of the town, including everyone their own age. Story progression has failed me.

Also, that pose in the second last photo was made by my very good friend, FukothePixie. She's awesome, and adorable, and loves trying new things. That was her first attempt at pose making (although she has made animations) and honestly I think she's amazing. She's going to be helping me a lot in upcoming chapters with poses and decorations for sets and as soon as she has a blog set up I will be linking to her. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

4.13 - Speak The Truth


Surprisingly enough, the option to be homeschooled wasn’t as much of a battle as Pearl expected. All it took was a bit of paperwork, a few meetings with the local head of the education committee and Nicolas understanding that its going to be a lot harder to sneak out of the house from now on. He feels almost like a prisoner.



Then again, it isn’t impossible to leave the house. At least this time when Nico wants to go outside he tells his family exactly where it’ll be, and makes sure to take a few officers with him. Artemis comes from a long line of vampires, but her family is famous for having children by humans. She’s diluted and weaker than Danika by far, but she still knows a few tricks and promises to teach Nico what she can.




“I don’t just want to learn how to block my mind.” He explains. “I want to be able to protect myself, fight back.”

“I don’t think you’re strong enough for-”

“I am.” He insists, looking her straight in the eyes. His father may have been human, but his mother’s line is more than pure. He’s got strength Artemis can’t even imagine, and he plans to tap into as much of it as he can.




With Jade and Daphine no longer in need of constant attention, Walt has returned to his music. It helps calm him down and relax enough to be the rock Pearl needs him to be.




Jade goes to school, and she does her homework, but they aren’t allowed out of the house without an adult. So Jade gets restless. 




And when Jade gets restless... she pranks.




Walt really doesn’t want to deal with a rebellious daughter on top of everything else. “Jade, I know you’re feeling restless and cooped-up, but you have to behave! Your mother is under a lot of stress right now, and we all need to do our part. Please try and be a good girl for us. You know we love you, and what you’re doing isn’t fair.”




Her dad acts as if she’s dumb. As if she doesn’t already know her family doesn’t need more hell... but she’s going to keep doing it. At least until she gets what she wants, and that’s for her parents to stop spending so much time with Nico, and spending more of it with her. 




At least her siblings always have time for her. Nico’s training has kept him mostly exhausted and busy, even with being home schooled, but he always sits with the younger kids to help them with their homework. 




Reed and Daphine are fast friends. Mostly since Watcher will completely ignore them for this entire generation.




One night Pearl returns home late from a work meeting. 




“Nico went behind my back.” She explains, voice betraying only the slightest shred of anger. “He went to my boss, talked him into letting him lure that vampire girl into a trap. And my boss even agreed to it! Can you believe this?”




Walt pauses to consider his words carefully. “He’d be surrounded the whole time. If Danika does work for Mister Dracule, she won’t harm him physically. I think its a good idea, and Nico is more than ready. He’s stronger than you realize.”




Pearl sighs, and falls into Walt’s arms. “I know he is... I’ve been so focused on making sure I can train Jade that I’ve completely ignored Nico’s need to protect himself. I’m so glad he had the sense to see Artemis, maybe she can do what I never could.”




“You took Nico in when he needed protection.” Walt states, pulling away from his wife enough to smile at her. “You raised him into a strong young man, you love him, and you’re still doing everything you can to keep him safe. So what if you can’t train him? You’re a great aunt and mother, Pearl, and I can’t imagine my life without you.”

“How do you always know exactly what to say?”

“I only speak the truth.”

Pearl wonders everyday how she managed to land the perfect man.




Nicolas finds Danika in the last place he expected, outside his old high school.




“Hey.” She greets as he nears. He feels a buzz in his mind and her face slips into a frown. “You’ve learned how to close your mind. How’d you manage that in such a short amount of time?”

He shrugs. “We aren’t the only vampires here, y’know. I asked a cousin to help and she did.”

“You’ve got vampires in your family?” Her mind is still closed to him, but her tone of voice seems honestly surprised. 




“Of course.” He responds. “How do you think I came to be a vampire?”

“The way you said it the other day led me to believe you were adopted.”

Oh she’s good. He almost believes her for a moment. “I was, by my aunt and uncle. My mother was a vampire, but we have plenty of vampires on my dad and aunt’s side of the family. But speaking of the other day what happened? You sort of just disappeared on me.”




“I’m sorry, Nicolas. Your guardian showed up and he looked so angry. I was scared of getting in trouble so I took off.”

“You really hurt my feelings.” He says, deciding to pull the trap as soon as he can. “I might forgive you if you decided to go out with me again.”

“Sure!” She smiles happily. “How’s now?”

He matches her smile. “Now is perfect.”




He takes her to the local beach, empty, far enough from the city to avoid a hostage situation, but close enough to the streets for his aunt’s team to be positioned to make the arrest.




“You’re really cute, Nico... I hope we can see a lot more of each other from now on.” 




Danika’s smile is perfect, her violet eyes teasing him and flirting, but Nicolas feels nothing but distaste for her. If he has to be in her company for a moment longer he’ll puke, so he makes the hand signal to bring his aunt in, and springs the trap. They’ll need confirmation she works for the Dracules before any arrest can be made. 

“If you want to see more of me you’d have to stay here.” He says. “Because I’m not going back to my grandfather with you.”

“Why not? He’s paying good money for me to find you, and he’d never hurt a hair on your head. He just wants an heir, and you’re a far better match than your mom is.”





His jaw drops in surprise. He hadn’t expected the confession to be so... easy. Where’s the denial? The fighting? The cursing?

“You’re shit at protecting your mind.” She explains. “I can still read bits and pieces, enough to know you know who I work for.”




“The real question is why you dragged me all the way out here to talk... I may not be strong enough to physically knock you out and bring you to your grandfather, but I have other ways.”




“Don’t even think about it!” Pearl yells, startling Danika from her threat. “You’re not laying a finger on my nephew!”




This may not be the hardest punch Pearl’s given, or the best way to take Danika into custody... but damn it all, it felt GOOD. The war isn’t won just yet, but Pearl will savor winning this battle for a while.



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This generation will never end O_O.