Chapter 4.12: Almost a real family

Screenshot-1198Being out traveling was a real blast for our family. And it wasn’t just the fact that we didn’t have to worry about mother coming to hunt us down, it was a lot of other things too. The sun warming your back even when you knew winter was coming around back at home, the matte colors that felt smooth in your eyes. The presence of the closest family – which, after all, was what really mattered.

Being part of a real family was something both me and my siblings had always lacked while growing up and finally being a family with strong love bonds was a real gift. I missed Bittersweet every day, but seeing Salmon or Watermelon interact with Yew made it all bearable. As did the knowledge of Bittersweet having a decent life at home with Romeo. They deserved each other and they would keep each other safe. Thunderbird had promised that mother would be after Lava, and from what we had heard so far Bittersweet and Romeo had been in no danger. Although, it would be a lie if I said I never worried for I did. I worried for Bittersweet every day and we talked on the phone on a regular basis. It would have been impossible living a relaxed life had I not known she was alive and safe.

Screenshot-1201Berrian treasured the time traveling around most of us all and he went for adventures each and every day, sometimes bringing Salmon with him for we wanted to give Salmon a billion experience to take with him as he grew in to a grown-up man. The two of them were still great friends and it made me happy to see them spend so much time together.

Screenshot-1202Like Berrian, Salmon loved to explore tombs and whenever the two of them went on a new adventure Salmon would come back to our camp with a certain spark to his eye which exposed how much he loved the adventures. I knew it was hard for both Salmon and Watermelon to be apart from their lovers and friends. They both became low and sad whenever there was a quiet time in our camp because it meant they had time to think of all the things they had left behind.

I did my best to comfort them with the promise of eventually going back, at least to visit them.

Screenshot-1207It wasn’t always easy. I was lonely a lot of the time because Berrian did what he could to keep my siblings busy and our sons needed their sleep. I didn’t mind too much, but I did miss Bittersweet awfully much at those times. It was hard to not hate mother then. My whole life she had forced me to chores and places I never thought about taking on myself. Except for Uni and Berrian, she had done all the important choices in my life and now I was stuck traveling the world because she threatened to hurt my family or take her son back and raise him to a killing machine.

Thinking about the things she could do to us, it was hard to even imagine us ever going back to Fondant Fields, even though we all knew we had to. And deep inside we also wanted to. Most of all, I didn’t want to keep Salmon and Watermelon from their friends and force them in to a life they didn’t want. I knew far too well what feelings that fueled and I never wanted them to hate me like I hated mother.

Screenshot-1217So we went back home. Occasionally and without and consistency. But when we had to go back home, we did. It probably wasn’t too hard to figure out when we were going back, because it mostly happened when big life changing events were supposed to be taking place.

Such happenings as Watermelon and Salmon’s prom. My two siblings looked absolutely smashing when they were ready to go and both of them were incredibly happy to even be able to go. They had never said that they wanted to, but I knew them well enough to know that prom was something none of them actually wanted to miss.

And most right, they both came back home giggling with excitement and talking non-stop to tell me everything that had happened during their epic night. Salmon and Tosca had been inseperable the entire night and I already knew that those two were as much soulmates as me and Berrian were. Watermelon had danced a few dances with Peridot, but there were still no sign of actual love between the two of them. Which, of course, didn’t matter for she was happy simply to be with him.

Screenshot-1212In fact, he was around our place mosty of the timewhen we were actually at home and Watermelon seemed pleased to have him around, too. She still talked and hung out alot with Celeste, but since the birth of her children it was good that my sister had yet another friend.

Screenshot-1213Lava and Yew were usually easy to keep track of as we mostly put them together on the floor along with a few toys to let them enjoy themselves. Yew played nice and easy at all times whereas Lava would wail and flail his arms whenever he didn’t get his ways. I couldn’t help but think part of mother’s stubbornness had been passed on to him. I could only hope that none of her evilness had done so too.

Screenshot-1026Screenshot-1025Once prom had passed we went on the road again. A new place awaited us. I liked to see it as though we were traveling and exploring rather than running away. Though, we all knew that running away was the main reason for our travels. That didn’t mean, however, that we couldn’t do our best to enjoy the adventures we got to go to.

Screenshot-1032 Screenshot-1034Screenshot-1033Screenshot-1035And enjoy them we did.

Screenshot-1214The next time we had to go back home was due to me being very pregnant and a pending birthday for Lava. It was stupid to go back home to celebrate Lava’s birthday for it was a huge risk. Mother would be sure to look for her son when she knew he was about to age up. But we went home anyway for we had sworn to give Lava a normal childhood and that meant a birthday party with family and friends. Mother excluded, of course.

Screenshot-1215Besides, my pregnancy was hard on me and my back hurt a lot. It was hard to be on the road when you had to stop and stretch your back and legs every fifteen minutes. And the camper beds weren’t very comfortable either. I hated to admit it, but the pregnancy forced me to seek the comfort of our home back in Fondant Fields.

Screenshot-1216Even though I knew Berrian disliked going back to the safety of the house he did it without complaining. For him, the adventurous and traveling kind of life we were living, although forced upon us, was everything he had ever dreamed of. I loved sharing it with him, but I couldn’t help but secretly wish that we could have set the rules ourselves.

He was a great help during my pregnancy and whenever I needed him to, he would come and take the kids to enlighten them. I never could have gone through life without him by my side. Never.

Screenshot-1218And I had to admit, I did enjoy coming back home to my garden, even if the death of one of the herb plants caused me to cry. I felt responsible for its death, even though it was really mother’s fault. Everything was her fault. Perhaps the pregnancy hormones played their part, too.

Screenshot-1219Berrian was a natural father and he played with Yew as though it was something he had been born to do. And Yew sure adored his father. I had a feeling that little one would grow up and be a lot like his father: perfect.

Screenshot-1226Before our next child was born, Watermelon aged up and decided to move out of the house. While she had been fine with going with us on our first travels she had never been that real traveler or explorer like Salmon or Berrian was. In fact, I think she was a lot more like me because she cared for the family and friends first and foremost. It came as no surprise when she told us she was moving to live with Celeste and her children as that family was as much Watermelon’s family as her real one were.

The hardest part with letting her go was the knowledge of leaving her behind when it was time for us to flee Fondant Fields again. Hopefully she would be just as safe as Bittersweet was and because Lava was coming with us, mother would leave them be.

Screenshot-1225Autumn was on the verge of leaving room for winter when little Rhubarb was born. He was, of course, perfect in every way. As soon as I laid my eyes on him, I knew I would come to love him with my whole heart.

Just like when Yew was born, Watermelon and Salmon helped each other to transform one of the bedrooms in the house in to a nursery for the newborn baby. There’s no way I could have wished for a better aunt or uncle for my kids. We were almost a real family now. With an extra baby to care for. Who also happened to be my brother and a vampire. And whom my own mother wanted to take from us and raise in to a killing machine. But almost a real family. Almost.

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