Wednesday, October 31, 2012

6.10 - Who You're Meant to Be


The day before the twins’ birthday Maleena sends over some spells books. Enough to keep both of them occupied for a long time on the off chance Jade refuses to let Maleena train them.

Marise gets to work right away.



Transfiguration has always been her strong suit. If Jade lets her go to Avalon she’ll have to leave all her little friends behind. 




Jade celebrates her birthday while the twins are at school for their final exams.




She gets OLD. And WRINKLY.




“You look beautiful.” Markus smiles.

Jade laughs at him. “You’re such a terrible liar.”

“Then you must know I’m telling the truth.”

She just rolls her eyes.




Fawn hasn’t been feeling too sick, but she quickly learns her slight nausea might have been due to her pregnancy. How exciting!




She tells Gem the second he gets home from work. 




Finally! (Watcher’s response, not Gem’s.)




Gem’s response is more fitting a loving husband. “How are you feeling? Oh wow, I can’t believe it! How’s your back? Any pain? Here, let me try this massage technique we’re supposed to teach expecting couples at work.”

Their baby is barely the size of a peanut and thus has no effect on the state of Fawn’s back, but she doesn’t tell him that. She likes being massaged.




When he’s home, Gem spends almost every second near his wife. Some would find this annoying but Fawn just melts from the constant attention. It’s not like he’s treating her any different now that she’s pregnant, he’s been amazing ever since he first asked her out that day at the library. 




However Gem can’t stay home 24/7. He’s been back to work for a few days now and he won’t be allowed any time off for Fawn’s pregnancy, or their child’s youth. So some days Fawn’s left home alone. She could of course hang out with Jade and Markus (they really wouldn’t mind) but instead she prefers to stay in her room, studying the pink elixer and wondering how it would feel to be a real fairy.




When the twins’ birthday does arrive Jade feels a slight pang at the sight of Fawn’s belly. She remembers the day she found out about her own pregnancy, Jeffery’s attack, Coral’s hospitalization and then later finding out Markus had disappeared.




She’s happy Fawn’s child will have both parents nearby. Jade doesn’t know when she’ll ever get her own grandchildren, so she’s happy Fawn’s letting her be a pseudo-grandma to this one.




The twins celebrate together.




Marise.




And Maven.




Marise was ready to fight for her right to choose her own path and go to Maleena for training, but Jade surprises her with her consent.




“I just want you to promise me you’ll be careful.”

“Of course, momma. I love you.”

“I love you more.”




Maven already has his eye on a nice little house out on the far side of town, across the river. It’s small but has a big bedroom in case Destiny wants to move in... and start a family.

“You do know Maleena’s invitation extended to you as well, don’t you? As my son you’ll be welcome into Avalon whenever you wish, and Maleena isn’t the only master there. Anyone would love to have you as a student, and Destiny could always join you since her family has the same roots.”



“We might go one day to visit.” Maven says. “But Avalon isn’t my home, Moonlight Falls in. I wouldn’t want to raise my family anywhere else and Destiny agrees.”

“Well then why don’t you stay here? There’s more than enough room!”

“... What, and deal with Gem and Fawn constantly going at it? No thank you. I’ve been counting the days to my birthday! Love you dad, come visit sometime. Leave the love birds at home or only bring one.”



Fawn stops by her family’s home to announce her pregnancy.




Dahlia’s so excited to be a grandmother! 




“Do you think my baby might have wings?”

The truth is on the tip of Dahlia’s tongue, but she just can’t bring herself to tell Fawn the truth. “We never know, dear. We never know.”




The next time Fawn visits her parents she might just have a surprise for them. 




The Gem gets home, Fawn has another announcement for him. “I think after the baby is born I’m going to take the elixer Jade gave us and become a fairy... are you alright with that? Can uh... can you support my decision?”




A part of Gem wants to say he can’t support her, that he’s hurt she’d be so ready to live long after he died. Perhaps the only thing Jade’s elixers can’t do is return his vampirism to him. He’s stuck as a human, and she wants to move on so soon after their marriage...

Another part of him sees the hope in her eyes, the need to feel like the person she was meant to be. If he were in her position wouldn’t he want to do the same?

He smiles at her gently, running a hand through her hair. “I’ll support any decision you make, Fawn. I can’t wait to see you get your wings.”

The smile she gives him tells him he said the right thing.



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Baby's a toddler in game. Really cute. : ) 

Daaaamn Maven! He can be downloaded here. Marise by clicking here. And Trinity by clicking here!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

6.9 - She Can Do That?


Fox Wolff-Van Gould becomes a toddler.



Topaz thinks her little sister is weird, but whatever. Mommy likes her.




Jade and Markus marry in the Moonlight Falls park, in the small clearing right next to the base of the waterfall.




Markus was beginning to fear this day would never come. He’s already 87! But hey, better late than never, right?




Maleena Grimm is Markus’ sister, the current matriarch of the family. She’s older than him but her years in Avalon have slowed her aging down so she’s now physically younger than him. She travelled day and night to be here for his wedding, not out of duty but because he asked her to.




She blesses their union with a luck spell. Normally she’d also give them a procreation spell, but she figures it would go to waste considering their age. 




The twins get bored easily, and it doesn’t take them long to realize that their magical energy doesn’t fade when around aunt Maleena. 




Maleena and Markus were only a days apart in age, and only half siblings with a shared mother. But they were closer than any of their mother’s own children and Markus support his sister’s bid for matriarchy stronger than any of their other siblings or relatives. Despite being her mother’s favourite to inherit the title, Maleena was sure she’d lose out to a young sister due to her being unable to have a direct heir herself. Markus was there for her when she needed him, and now that she’s getting older he’s there for her again.




“I hear the council was giving you grief about picking an heir again?”

“Markus do we really need to talk about that now? I thought you invited me here for a vacation!”

“Vacation is a bad word.” He reminds her. “And I just wanted you to know I’ve solved your problem. Speak to my daughter and you’ll see what I mean.”




Picking the daughter of a son is a political no-no and Markus knows that. So having him even suggest it must mean his daughter is either unbelievably strong or he’s finally gone senile. 




She decides to give the little girl the benefit of the doubt. At the very least Marise looks the part of a member of the Grimm family. Even with the flaming red hair.




“I’ve been using magic since I was a toddler.” Marise tells her aunt. “Started using real spells before my teenage birthday and I’ve been practicing ever since. Stopped using my wands a few days ago and haven’t had any spells go wrong since.” 




Maleena’s always been a gambling woman, so she asks Marise to place a very simple level spell on her so she can judge the young girl’s power level and control.





And its good!




Jade is so not okay with sending her baby girl to another world to train in with craft! What if she never comes back? What if something happens? It’s dangerous!




“Magic is inheiretly dangerous.” Maleena points out. “I won’t ask your daughter to join me until she’s come of age, and I would never take her from you without your consent but I do what you to at least think about it. I need an heir, and your daughter is quite a prodigy.”




Jade really wants to go to Avalon.




Jade really doesn’t want her daughter to go to Avalon. They’ll talk about this again... later. 




After all, right now Jade just wants to focus on the fact that she’s a glowing newly wed.




The house’s other newlyweds are enjoying every second Gem’s time off work gives them. 




He still has to go in for emergencies, but on the whole they’ve had nothing to do but be lovey dovey and annoying.




Jade’s gift is finally unwrapped, to reveal two glowing elixers. 




One evening before dinner Fawn finally asks Gem if he knows what they are. 

“I’m not sure what the blue one is, but the pink one must be the Bottled Gift of the Fairies. At least thats what Jade told me it was. She thought you’d want that.”




“Bottled... she can do that?”

Gem nods. “Alchemy can do anything, love.”




From the kitchen Jade calls them to come eat and Gem heads off. Fawn starts after him then pauses to look back at the two elixers. When she became a young adult she thought she’d come to terms with her humanity. But it hurt her to see both her younger siblings with wings when she’d been born with nothing and that’s why she’d left. 

But if there was a way for her finally become like the rest of her family? Well... why shouldn’t she take it? Why shouldn’t she be what she was always meant to be?



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I like Maleena. She was fun to make. : )