Sophie Rodgers-Von Gould invites Gem over for a play date after school. She lives in a mansion.
She’s a fairy, her adoptive mother is a human, and so is Sophie’s younger brother.
Sophie’s step dad? ... Terrifying.
Jade’s finally making an effort, but she can’t physically handle twins 24/7. So Coral does help out when she can.
Nico always takes over with Trinity. He spends almost all of his spare time with her.
Gem doesn’t remember his dad spending that amount of time with him when he was a toddler...
Coral tucks Marise in to sleep while Jade tries to change Maven’s diaper. Tomorrow, Gem becomes a teenager, and not long after that Trinity will become a child. Coral almost wants to have another baby... almost.
Nico and Coral spend most of the morning planning a big party for Gem, so he’s on babysitting duty.
He likes playing with Trinity. She’s cute.
The party begins, and Gem suddenly realizes he’s the youngest of his group of friends. (Vampire in the background there is Tristan, Sophie’s older half brother... their dad is a little over protective.)
Gator does not approve of Sophie’s sad attempt at cleavage.
Gem blows out his candles.
And grows up hot. Really... really... hot...
Coal can’t believe her baby is so grown up. Soon he’ll be an adult, and married, and then she’ll feel OLD (obviously she still hasn’t gotten used to the concept of vampiric youth...).
Gem spends most of the party dancing with Sophie.
Gator DOES. NOT. APPROVE.
Sophie knows full well that she was adopted. Her mother never kept that fact hidden, and her step father was very careful to treat her no differently than his biological children. But even then, she knows Gem’s situation is different. He’s filled her and Gator in on his suspicions of Coral not being his biological mother, but if she isn’t his mom than who is? And why won’t his parents talk to him about it?
Tristan doesn’t hear what the kids are talking about, he just wonders if his dad would approve of a relationship between his precious princess and Gem Sari. Sure the kid seems to be a descendant of the Dracule family, but the Van Goulds and Dracules were never on exactly friendly terms.
Are these two thinking of romance? Heck no. At least, not yet. Come on Tristan, let them get used to their new body parts before you think of setting them up.
As curfew approaches, the kids head home and the house settles down. Gem offers to help Jade put the toddlers to bed and Coral sits down with Nico.
“He keeps asking about her.” Nico mutters softly, so only Coral can hear him. “What do I do? What do I say?”
“You can’t tell him about Danika just yet.” Coral smiles, wiping a tear from Nico’s face. The memories still hurt him, but they don’t affect her at all. She was happy when Nico’s mom stopped by with Gem to give them the tragic news. “He isn’t old enough to understand what happened between you and Danika.”
“I don’t think he’ll ever be old enough to know he was an accident.” Nico sighs, focused completely on his wife. “And I KNOW he’ll never be old enough to understand why I have him. How do you tell a kid his mom tried to kill him? I can’t do it, Coral, I just can’t.”
See that hottie up there? Yeah. He's my heir now. I couldn't help it.