Chapter 5.7: Getting Help

Ah, I felt such a strange feeling of satisfaction after reading about your confusion after the last chapter. Sorry. I’m horrible, I know. And then I’ve kept you waiting for this chapter for like… forever. My life went quite hectic with the start of the new semester at Uni. However, I finally got this done! There’s not that much clarification in this chapter because it would be too long if I added even more, I wanted it published instead of postponing it further.

Screenshot-2514I was led down stairs, through some narrow corridors and was eventually put in a cell. My head was spinning too fast to make any sense of the feelings I had. I was confused. Lost.

I lost the sense of time almost immediately. Possibly even before I was put in the cell. I couldn’t tell if it had been hours or days since I came here, but the cell felt cold and frightening. It was definitely not a place I wanted to stay in. And why should I? I heard some of the officers talk and I knew they suspected me for terrible acts. I don’t know if I was mostly angry or hurt that Aquamarine would force me to go through this. A regular custody case would have been much easier. And more fair.

Some times I was brought out from the cell and to a questioning room. Police officers glared at me and wanted me to confess kidnapping Hunter. It made no sense. I couldn’t confess something that I had not done. Hunter was my son and it had been my right to have him at my place. I understood that Aquamarine wanted to share the parenting with Jacinto and that she wanted me out of their lives, but this way was just wrong. I had not deserved this. The questionings lasted until the officers gave up and brought me back down in my cell.

Had it been days? Had it been hours? I couldn’t tell.

Screenshot-2629Though, eventually mom and dad came to visit along with Sonic and a woman I had never seen before. Two officers stood outside the cell watching us as we talked to each other. I was not allowed privacy even when I met my family.

“You need help, son” dad said and hugged mother’s hand on the other side of the bars. Sonic stood behind them and said nothing, but I could see that he was hurting too.

“You have to get me out of here. I want my son back” I replied. They were the only chance I had.

Screenshot-2630Mom closed her eyes and took a deep breath, but neither she or dad said anything. A few moments passed and then the unknown woman started to speak, “Yew” she said and looked at me with caring and calm eyes. “My name is Tangerine Blossom, and I am here to help you.”

Screenshot-2631“Can you get me my son back?” I asked, hope raising within me.

Tangerine smiled. There was something about her that made me feel calm. Even though I knew nothing about her, I trusted her. “We’ll get you out of here to begin with” she said.

Screenshot-2632After saying a temporary goodbye to my parents, me and Tangerine were escorted to a questioning room by a muscular and grumpy officer. “Holler if you need me” he said to Tangerine before he closed the door and left us to talk.

Tangerine looked at me and I started fiddling with my hands under the table. Suddenly, the whole situation felt uneasy. “Yew, do you even know why you’re here?” Tangerine asked after a short moment.

I sighed, it was hard to accept that Aquamarine was the devil herself, but there was no other truth. “Because I’ve been tricked” I said. “Aqua tries to keep me from my son. It’s not right.”

Screenshot-2633“How long would you say have you known Aquamarine?”

“Since I moved here. We started dating almost immediately.”

“Yew, I might have to tell you some things that will be hard for you to understand. But I can help you make sense of it all. But, before that happens, I have to know that you really want my help. And it is very important that you are being honest with me the entire time. Do you think you could do that?”

“I never lie” I replied.

Screenshot-2634“That is what I think too” Tangerine said and smiled. “And that is what makes me think I can help you.”

“It seems I could do with some help” I joked and looked around. It was a fitting joke, but also the hurtful truth. I needed help to get out of this place.

“If that is what you want, you will have to trust me” Tangerine continued. Her eyes told me that it would not be easy. But I was ready to fight. Oh, I was.

Screenshot-2516I spent the days leading up to the trial by walking from the bed to the toilet in the other corner of the room. It was by no means a satisfying way of spending my time, but I had little other options. Being a prisoner sucked. Sonic did come and hang with me a few times, but it just wasn’t the same when he couldn’t come in to the cell. And, Tangerine also came to talk to me at least once per day. She asked me all kinds of questions about my life both here in Isla Caramello, and the life I had lived back home in Fondant Fields.

Screenshot-2658The trial was just awful. Aquamarine and Jacinto held each others’ hands and looked at me with disgusted frowns. To them, I was a monster. I wondered when I had become that. I wondered what had changed our initial relation. But I couldn’t figure it out. It was a mystery.

Screenshot-2660I was called as a witness and I swore to tell the truth, and nothing but the truth. I told them how me and Sonic had met Aquamarine at the beach and how she later had become my girlfriend. I told them about the pregnancy and how Jacinto kept coming in between. I told them how much I loved Hunter and how I treasured the time I got to spent with him. I told them just how important he was to me. I also told them about the work me and Sonic was doing, without revealing too much before the story was published. To summarize, I told them how my life had shaped up since I got to Isla Caramello.

Yet, I was ruled guilty for the kidnapping.Β I was a kidnapper.

From there on I shut off. I could see Tangerine giving a statement for my case and I could see how different important berries checked their notes and took new notes. But I could not hear anything except the echo of the word Kidnapper.

Eventually, I was led out the door by two police officers. Tangerine walked next to us but no one else was allowed to join us. Mother and father cried. And my siblings, who had all come to support me, also cried. Only Sonic, who sat in the back of the room, waved to me as I left. I raised my hand and waved back.

Screenshot-2662“What happened?” I asked Tangerine once we were left alone.

She made me sit down in a chair in front of her and kneeled before me before she spoke. “Yew, I know this will be hard to understand. But you will understand it eventually, with my help.” She paused for a second during which she kept looking me straight in the eye. “You have a serious dysfunction. Not everything that happens in your life, happens outside of your body. You make things up. Not intentional, but things happen inside your head. I will help you understand what things are real and what things are not, but you will have to work with me. Okay?”

Screenshot-2661I stared at her, unable to process what she was saying.

“You are not Hunter’s father and you were never Aquamarine’s boyfriend. That means that you really did kidnap him.”

“I’m not a kidnapper” I whispered.

“I know” Tangerine said. “You are not well, Yew. We will help you get through this. Until you are feeling better, you have to come with me.”

Screenshot-2655I think I protested but I’m not sure. However, I was brought to a huge house and locked in to a room. It was a lot better than the cell I had been living in for the latest time, but I was still a prisoner. I sat down on the floor with my arms around my knees and my head was spinning. The last few days had been just too much. I did not understand, and it scared me.

Outside my door I could hear Tangerine talk: “It’s going to take time and it’s going to be tough for him. But I do think he will get better. Delusions and hallucinations are really not that bad once the patient understands that it’s not real. He’s going to need your support to get through it, though. Some of his hallucinations are quite long gone, and he might have trouble letting go of them. You are all going to work hard too, remember that he cannot help it. He’s not stupid, he’s not stubborn, he’s simply sick.”

“But he will get better, right?” It was dad’s voice and it was weak and cracking.

“As soon as he is ready to” Tangerine replied.

So, perhaps some things got clearer? I’ll add some further clarifications: Yew really did kidnap Hunter. Aquamarine was never his girlfriend, she was together with Jacinto the entire time and Hunter is their son. However, the story that has been told earlier, with Yew being Aquamarine’s boyfriend and Hunter their son, is really how Yew perceived it. To clarify even more: He imagined it so.

And, I’m adding this here because I’m not sure if it will get much space in the forthcoming story: Yew is not a journalist. He is still a paper boy.

I’m sorry Sonic isn’t in the pictures even though he is mentioned in the text. He refused to cooperate this chapter. Sigh.

And lastly, the lovely Tangerine is made by nirar22. I think she is lovely, don’t you? The starring guest page is updated accordingly.

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  1. I’m pretty sure his condition is supposed to be sad but, really, all I can think is “freaking brilliant”. This generation is fantastic and I’m loving it and the direction you’re taking it. I know I haven’t been commenting much but I promise, I have been keeping up.

    Tangerine is really lovely. So bright and cheery looking. I think Yew is going to need that.

    • I can settle with sad and freaking brilliant. πŸ™‚ I like writing this story, but I love it so much that it almost becomes hard to write. Does that even make any sense?

  2. annasommer

     /  February 7, 2014

    Thanks for explaining, but I think you already made things very clear at the end of the last chapter… at least for me. Thing is, I know a guy who is suffering from pretty annoying hallucinations, and we have been talking about it since the time before he got the right meds… so this storyline is particularly fascinating to me, and I am looking forward to reading more ^^
    Ah, to mention- I am going on vacation tomorrow and will be gone for two weeks. So donΒ΄t be irritated if I should not comment in the meantime :o)

    • Oh, now you put pressure on me. πŸ˜‰ I have NO idea of how hallucinations and delusions really work or how they are treated. I’m just making it all up. Lol.

      • annasommer

         /  February 25, 2014

        Hey, it’s not like I know a lot about it. I guess it’s simply hard to grasp unless you suffer from that yourself
        As for the treatment- meds, to set the brain chemistry straight, that’s what worked for my friend

      • Ah good. Meds was what I was going for. πŸ˜€

  3. I knew when that baby came out looking like Jacinto and Aqua that something was up. Plus, it seemed to be veering into gen 2 territory (with the tracking down corruption angle) and I know that you wouldn’t do that. :p

  4. Another great chapter! Poor Yew, he really is confused. I like his version of mental illness over Soda’s though, Yew is not malicious or anything, he’s just confused, the same cannot be said for Soda, lol
    It was so neat to see Tangerine! I love what you’ve done with her character, it sounds like she’s going to be a big help for Yew. I can’t wait to see what happens next, and eventually find how in the world Yew is going to get a legitimate heir, instead of a kidnapped one! =)

    • Yew is still a warmhearted person! He’s supposed to be good. πŸ™‚ Soda was… not.

      Tangerine will indeed play a big part in getting Yew better. I think she is just lovely. Thanks for sharing her.

  5. AliH

     /  February 8, 2014

    Poor Yew! I really hope Tangerine can help him sort out the difference between what’s just in his head and what’s actually real

  6. I’m with heaven. While I feel awful for Yew, and just want him to get better, I can’t help smiling as I read because it’s just such an amazing twist!
    I hope he makes a full recovery, though I realise it may not be too speedy. I worry that he’ll be very lonely, though. Sonic isn’t real, and Aqua and Jacinto aren’t really going to want anything to do with him. I hope he meets someone in recovery who can understand his hardships and be there for him. And I hope the law goes easy on him. He really had no idea what he was doing and although it’s an awful thing for parents to go through, I hope Aqua and Jacinto can forgive him. i think that would mean a lot to him.

    I hope you start to get a bit more time now! πŸ™‚

  7. Hej hej! I’m all caught up now, that took me a while! I just have to chime in with the other readers – this generation is brilliant. (I could write to you in Swedish but I don’t want to exclude other readers). Your legacy makes me really tempted to populate a berry world, something I haven’t really been interested in before. Your screenshots look really good, and your story is entertaining.

    • Well done catching up. It should be easier to follow now, ’cause I don’t tend to update too often. :p You should definitely try your hands at Berry sims! I didn’t like them at first either, but once I gave them a try there was no turning back, lol.

      Thanks for the comment on this generation’s storyline too. It means a lot to hear you guys enjoy it!

  8. IvoryButterfly

     /  February 19, 2014

    EEEEEeeee!!!! I was SO excited to see you finally got this out… yes I’m late myself to replying but… oh I could just run over and hug you if I was near by!!! *HUGS* Loving it all so much, and glad you got your uni stuff sorted!!!

  9. I seem to be very late to this chapter but I really enjoyed it. I figured that this was what had happened. But it’s still sad to see it played out like that. I wonder how easily Yew will be willing to get help. And since Sonic is an illusion and also the only one, aside from Tangerine, who he really seems to connect with right now I wonder if that will prevent him from acknowledging his hallucinations…

  10. Oh dear. Not even a journalist. Bless his heart. He has a long journey ahead of him.

  11. Awww and he finds out he’s insane. I hope Tangerine can help him understand. She seems like a nice woman. Poor guy it has to be so wierd hearing you are a kidnapper when you had no idea you did it. LOL. Great chapter.

  12. Yew is quite the stalker then. πŸ˜› Makes sense now, the fact that he immediately snapped a pic of Aqua when he first saw her on the beach and put her pic above his bed. Creepy crazy stalker type! But still cute. πŸ˜‰

  13. This is amazing. Simply amazing. You’re extremely talented to make the whole story seem harmless and then add a plot twist like this and turn everything comepletely inside out. Amazing. Poor Yew. This is going to be hell for him… but if he comes out, he’ll come out better.


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