Nalin comes up to his wife one morning and pulls her into a hug. “I’ve missed you, love.”
Winter steps back, concerned. “Baby? I talked to you last night, it wasn’t more than twelve hours ago! Is everything okay?”
“Oh... yeah. Everything’s fine!” He assures her. “Maybe after the triplets are older we can go out on a date night again. I miss having you to myself.”
Casey’s been spending a lot more time over at the Sari house than ever before. He’s over before Topaz is even awake this time, and gets Zahara dressed and washed up before bringing her downstairs to play with the triplets.
“You’re Topaz’s sister-in-law right?”
“Oh I’m still going to threaten you!” Winter laughs. “I died as a teenager and Nalin was working on bringing me back from the dead. He found himself in some trouble and Topaz found a way to bring me home safe and sound. I owe her my life, and if you ever break her heart I’ll scramble your brains so bad you’ll spend your life thinking you’re an eight year old girl named Sally.”
“You... can’t actually do that, can you?”
She tries to show him just how powerful she is by reading his future, but...
Topaz gets up eventually, finding Casey in the living room. “Oh... I didn’t know you were coming over today.”
“Dada gave me candy.” Zahara admits right away.
“Did you really give Zahara candy for breakfast?”
He shrugs sheepishly. “She didn’t want her bottle, and it was only a lollipop, I swear! She ate breakfast after.”
“Speaking of breakfast, I should probably go grab some myself.”
He takes the chance. “My treat? We can catch a show later and call it a date.”
No one’s more surprised than Nalin when Topaz agrees to the date and heads out with Casey, leaving her brother to babysit Zahara. He sets her down with the triplets before turning to his wife.
“So how exactly should we be handling this? I still think Casey’s an asshole but Topaz wants to give him a second chance so should we accept him? Should we be guarded? What if he hurts her again?”
Winter sometimes wishes her husband wasn’t so overprotective. “Hunny, your sister is a full grown adult, I think she’s old enough to make her own decisions and live with the consequences. I don’t think Casey’s being dishonest right now, and if Topaz wants to give him another chance I think we owe it to her to be as supportive as we can. She gave us a miracle, Nalin. I’m glad she’s finally happy.”
He smiles at last. “You’re right as always. Thanks, baby.”
While visiting the local library, Prim runs into a familiar face.
“Hey, Cruz!” She greets happily as he sets his book down. “Where’re the girls?”
“At school.” He smiles. “It’s Wednesday, remember? They’re doing really good. Much better than I ever did.”
“Maybe they got my dad’s genius.” She points out.
“Well they certainly didn’t get it from my side of the family.” He jokes. “But hey, did you want to come over? We could have some quality time together before the girls get home. Maybe we can even head to the festival after.”
“I dunno... what about Madeline?”
His smile fades, but before he can say anything an older woman comes around the corner. “Oh there you are, Cruz.”
Instinctively, Cruz and Prim step away from each other, but it takes Prim a moment longer to realize who the old woman is.
“... Madeline? You’re so- uh...”
The older woman nods with a smile. “Old? I know, Primrose. We can’t all be eternally young and beautiful like you. Some of us have to grow up and turn old.”
Prim has to force herself to smile and lie. “You don’t look so old, Madeline. I think you still look beautiful.”
“Not beautiful enough to keep Cruz’s attention, it seems.” She sighs, giving Prim a pointed look. “Don’t think I don’t know what’s going on between you two.”
Prim wants nothing more than to crawl into a hole and not come out after that accusation. She hasn’t done anything with Cruz since breaking up with him, but goodness knows she’s wanted to. He hurt her, he took away her babies, but whenever she’s with someone else she’s thinking about him.
She ignores his phone calls for the rest of the day, ignores the ache in her chest that wants to call him and ask him to give her another chance. But he’s married and has three children that aren’t fairies. So what kind of person would Prim be if she asked him to break up with his aging wife?
At the very least, Topaz’s date has gone well.
Very well, in fact. Part way through brunch Casey got a call from his agent asking him to attend a theatre production to give the show some publicity. Topaz, of course, went with him and when the show is over she pulls him in for a kiss. “Can you spend the night?”
He moans against her lips before pulling away slightly. “I want to, but not yet.”
“After Z’s birthday tomorrow.” He promises. “I have a surprise for you, and after that I’ll spend every night with you if you want me to. I love you.”
“I love you too, Casey.”
I was going to add the next chapter to this one to make it longer but then the next chapter has Epsilon returning to collect her due so I didn't want to overshadow that, or have the events of next chapter overshadow Topaz and Casey's reunion and Prim's inner troubles.
Also, I totally forgot I could kill off child-age sims through drowning! That makes the story so much easier. : )