Chapter 5.13: Moving home

Screenshot-3407We helped each other care for the babies during the first weeks – me, Myrtle and Tangerine. It was almost like we were a real family, even if we could never be just that. No real family is locked in a treatment centre and medicated on a schedule. But we were, we had to be, to not lose grasp of what was real and what was not.

Screenshot-3875Looking at the babies in their cribs made it bearable.

Petite is real, her tiny fingers are real and the happy gurgling sound she makes when she has just been fed is real. And Mars is real. His different cries are real. The loud, piercing and fierce cry when he’s hungry and the desperate cry when he wants comfort or closeness is real. My babies are real, and that is all that matters.

Screenshot-3421Tangerine watches how we provide for the babies and help us when we need it. I don’t know where she learned it, but she seems to know exactly how to be a mother, even though she’s never been one.

Screenshot-3876Myrtle, on the other hand, seems distant. She feeds the babies or change their diapers when asked but there is no spark of love in her eyes when she does it. Neither do she look at them with the same warmth as myself. I know it’s because she doesn’t want to attached. She knows that I will take them with me and leave the centre whereas she will have to stay. And I know it pains her. If I could, I would take her with me, but I know it won’t be possible. I know it because she has said so herself. She will never get out.

Screenshot-3868After a couple of months, Tangerine decided I was well enough to move back home with the twins. It came as a slap in the face even though I knew it was going to happen. It was scary and sad to leave the center, because it had become my safe haven and my home. Besides, moving back home meant I had to leave Myrtle behind and that was not something I had looked forward to.

Nontheless, it was exciting to bring the babies back to my old home.

I had redecorated my old bedroom to fit both of their cribs. Since I had now realized that Sonic needed no bed to sleep in, I had got rid of it and instead placed the mirror and the chess table where his bed used to be. The cribs, in their turn, were placed by the overlook to the ground floor. That way, I would hear them clearly even if I went downstairs when they slept. It would be a good arrangement, I was sure.

Screenshot-3874Screenshot-3869Mom and dad was a great help during the first time back at home. Not only did they help me to feed the babies and put them to sleep, they also helped me to not lose my mind when I was struck with sadness due to Myrtle’s absence. If it weren’t for my parents, I never would have overcome that initial barrier to an independent life outside of the center. It made me happy to see my babies with my parents too, because it reminded me of what family was, and why it was important.

Screenshot-3871Froly aged up shortly after my returning home, and not long after did he move out. It wasn’t surprising because Mars screamed all the time and there were few nights when anyone in the house could sleep through his cries. And just like that, all of my siblings had grown big and moved out to live their own lives. I couldn’t even imagine how that felt for mom and dad. I couldn’t even picture the twins moving away from me to form their own lives, and that was exactly what had just happened to mom and dad.

Petite and Mars probably reminded my parents of a far gone time, and I think it was partly because of that they were so eager to help me. That, and the fact that they were the kindest and most caring people I had ever met, of course.

Screenshot-3878Life proceeded, even if Myrtle was stuck at the center. I felt awkwardly lonely at times and I realized that except for Sonic and Myrtle, I had never really had any friends. I still had no friends except my family. Mom suggested that I could invite someone from work to join us for dinner, but they all thought I was crazy after everything that had happened. Dad suggested that I got myself a hobby, and I decided to start playing ranked chess games. It wasn’t exactly a way of gaining friends, but it was a way to keep myself occupied and in company of others.

That, along with my work as a paper boy, the twins and my family kept me busy for quite some time.

Screenshot-3881I had been living at home for a few months and I was slowly getting accustomed to it when tragedy struck at our home. I was in the livingroom when I heard mom gasp in shock up in the bedroom. The pure sound of her breath gave me goosebumps.

Something had happened.

Something terrible.

Screenshot-3884I raced up  the stairs, two steps at a time. It took me less than 15 seconds to get up there, but on the way several scenarios of what could have happened rushed through my head. Petite had stopped breathing. Mars had fallen out of the crib. Petite had crushed all of the family photos. Mars was choking on a button from his teddybear. One scenario was worse than the other.

However, none of the scenarios that rushed through my head was as bad as the one that actually happened. I put my hands before my mouth at the sight, as if that would silence the cry that came from my mouth.

Screenshot-3879 Screenshot-3880Before our eyes, dad was dying.

It was easy to see how life slowly left him and was replaced by nothing. It must have happened fast, but it felt as an eternity before dad ceased to be. I cried, out of grief and loss and pain whereas mom was quiet. She didn’t cry, but the loss and pain was evident in her eyes.

I sat down on the floor and memories of adventures with my father passed before me. There would be no more memories. These were all I had, and all that I would ever get. At that time, I couldn’t understand how I would ever be able to continue my life. Dad had always been there for me, and now he wouldn’t be anymore. There were so many things yet to encounter, so many more things we should have been able to do together.

Screenshot-3887Dad wouldn’t be there on the twins’ birthday. He wouldn’t teach them how to ride their bikes. He wouldn’t get to see them graduate or to go through their first love or first heartbreak. He wouldn’t be there when my siblings had their babies.

He wouldn’t be there when I married Myrtle.

I had never thought about marriage before, but when I thought about the things dad wouldn’t be there for, my marriage with Myrtle was one of them. And it was the most painful thing of them all. I would get married one day, and dad wouldn’t be there.

Screenshot-3889I cried for a long time while mom stood silent. Eventually, she started crying too. Perhaps it took her some time to understand that it was true. That dad was gone. When she finally broke in to tears, she sniffled a pained and sad “He’s gone”.

Life would go on somehow. We both knew that. Life had to go on, so it would. But we also knew that it would never be the same again. Dad had left a hole in our hearts and our lives that could never be filled with anything else. Eventually we would learn to cope with it, but for now we would do the only things that made sense. We would cry and mourn. We would wish that things were different and that dad would have gotten a few more days. We would be sure that we could never be healed. We would go over every memory we had of him. And we would honor his memory as best as we could. We would keep loving him even if he had ceased to be. We would do all of that, because it was the only things we could do.

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Generation 5 Profiles

yewYew Twist

Traits: Couch Potato, Heavy Sleeper, Mooch, Insane, Flirty
Favorites: Hip Hop, Crêpes, Irish Green
Lifetime Wish: Visionary

Yew never had an easy time making friends. Most of the time, he just hung around with his elder adoptive brother but once the family settled in Fondant Fields and it became clear that Lava was a vampire who had very specific needs and ideas, Yew was left alone. Being surrounded by the chaos that characterized the Twist family got to him and he started acting in ways that seemed odd to the ones around him. Yew himself could never understand why no one else saw what he saw or heard the things he heard. In fact, he never really realized that others around him didn’t. He was pretty much trapped in his own world where things were far more normal than in the real world around him. His oddness aside, Yew is an ambitious young man with his mind set on great discoveries. He is a master with words and know that he will one day reveal to everyone just how messed up the world can be.


lavaLava Twist

Traits: Evil, Couch Potato, Kleptomaniac, Supernatural Fan, Heavy Sleeper
Favorites: Geek Rock, Lilac, Cheesesteak
Lifetime Wish: Turn the Town

On the surface, Lava Twist seems to be doing great. His family loves him for how well behaved he is and how he excels at controlling his blood thirst. But they don’t know that Lava is an excellent liar. Lava hasn’t been doing well with his blood thirst and hasn’t been able to control himself for a very long time. Or, perhaps he could control himself if he wanted to, but to be honest – impulsive and instinct driven evilness is a lot more fun. He was born a vampire after all, and his deepest wish is to be the best one this world has seen. Raindrop may be his girlfriend (forced or not) but really, she is just the first tile of the game. Lava knows that he is much more like his real mother than Coral or Berrian wants to see – and once time is right he and his real mother will do great things together.

rhubarbRhubarb Twist

Traits: Night Owl, Heavy Sleeper, Hates the Outdoors, Animal Lover, Irresistible
Favorites: Soul, Veggi Rolls, Irish Green
Lifetime Wish: The Ark Builder

Rhubarb is an introvert and calm young man. Despite the drama that surrounds his family he remains at peace with who he is and has found a way of channeling any doubts or worries that comes in to his life: writing. By putting words to all the craziness around him, Rhubarb manages to stay out of it. While it hurts him to see how much his siblings hurt, he never intervenes for he knows that his only way towards peace and a happy life lies in his capability of coping with what is around him. This does not mean that he is a heartless man, for it is really the opposite. Rhubarb has a huge heart for the ones who really needs it. He simply cannot help but to help creatures that seem helpless, be that his baby brothers, stray cats or dogs in town or even that poor girl who clearly fell for the wrong man. 

lavenderLavender Twist

Traits: Can’t stand art, Clumsy, Loser, Photographer’s Eye, Family-Oriented
Favorites: Roots, Cheesesteak, Spiceberry
Lifetime Wish: Surrounded by Family

Being the only girl with five brothers isn’t very easy. Lavender knows this for she has grown up that way. It’s not so much the fact that there is a big difference between them due to their sex, but finding someone to be with is hard when you have five brothers who thinks that the person you’ve fallen in love with must pass all of their respective safety checks. She loves her brothers, but sometimes they tend to be a little too overprotective. Though, having to constantly fight for her own way has given her a mind of her own and her whole family – including herself – knows that when she wants something, she won’t leave without a fight. Unfortunately, she never seems to win any of those fights, so perhaps it is lucky that her brothers are there to help. 

mulberryMulberry Twist

Traits: Good, Lucky, Mean Spirited, Kleptomaniac, Shy
Favorites: French, Porcini Risotto, Blue
Lifetime Wish: Leader of the Free World

Being the result of some sick supernatural experiment wasn’t always fun. Not being able to walk down the street without at least one ‘bow throwing a disapproving look your way was bound to get to you eventually. And it sure got to Mulberry. Sure, he had a very supporting family, but that wasn’t always good.  The fact was that the huge support his big family showed him instead made him feel quite uncomfortable speaking about the shame he felt. Instead, he hid it behind a happy facade and pretended to do well. No one was to see that Mulberry Twist, the alien, was hurting. Unfortunately, even hard shells break sometimes. And when they do, it’s quite surprising for everyone involved.

frolyFroly Twist

Traits: Evil, Hopeless Romantic, Couch Potato, Supernatural Fan, Gatherer
Favorites: Chinese, Cobbler, Turquoise
Lifetime Wish: Professional Author

Froly dreams of a life full with romantic encounters, happy love and marriage. Though, in his dreams he fails to realize that this is something that can only come out of a mutual agreement. To him, it seems that what is required for a happily ever after to happen is his own will and his own tries towards it. He may look like a kind and harmless person but once he gets his mind set on an idea he is willing to do anything to make it happen. Once he realizes his understanding of love and relationship isn’t exactly true for other’s understanding it is already too late to make it right. While it does change him to a, perhaps, better person, it also means his life turns out far from how he had anticipated.

Chapter 5.3: Family visit

Screenshot-1816I had been going to the thrift shop on a daily basis the last week because I had found a new love at that place. Even though the girl behind the counter was cute, she was not the center of my attention. It was a Gladiator QX40. At their normal price such an investment would be worth about five of my monthly salaries as a paperboy, and thus beyond my reach. But there, at the thrift shop, it was a bargain. Still too expensive for what I had saved, but within reach before too long. Unless someone else grabbed it before me, of course.

It was a nervous venture going there before I could make sure the Gladiator was still there. Rose, who worked there, smiled at me whenever I got there and by now I didn’t even need to ask. She knew why I came. “Still here,” she said and nodded towards the shelf behind her head. It was a mighty camera and right now I couldn’t think of anything I wanted more than that.

Screenshot-1817I took extra hours at work just to be able to save up money quicker. Obviously, calling mom and dad asking for help would have been easier but also less independent. I wanted to earn it myself. Handing out newspapers was neither fancy nor fun. It didn’t even pay me well but I worked hard. 

I even worked hard enough to earn a promotion, which got me off the streets and in to the actual office. The promotion itself wasn’t what made me the most happy, though. It was the bonus that followed. A bonus that got me enough to actually get the camera. I felt proud and excited when I entered the thrift shop that day and Rose must have seen it. “Today is the big day, isn’t it?” She smiled and I returned the gesture. It was indeed a big day.

Just a couple of minutes later I held the treasure in my hands. My own Gladiator.

Screenshot-1820That night, me and Sonic went to the pub to celebrate. He bought me fancy cocktails at the bar and we sipped them like kings. It was only a camera, but to me it felt like a huge victory.

Screenshot-1826When Aquamarine joined us after work we had already downed quite a few drinks and I was already feeling it. Sonic beamed when Aqua entered the pub and run to greet her in a big hug. I expected him to come back to me afterwards, or at least let me greet her, but he stayed with her. I was stranded behind them and Aquamarine didn’t even seem to notice that I was there.

A few seconds passed and I watched them interact with each other. Aquamarine laughed as Sonic kissed her on the cheek. Sonic kept his hand on her shoulder. He leaned in and whispered something in her ear. They took each others hands. Sonic took a step closer to her and I heard them both giggle. It made me sick.

He was supposed to be my best friend and yet he had the guts to flirt with her right before my eyes.

Screenshot-1829I went up to them and shoved Aquamarine to the side with my left arm. Sonic took a step back and opened his mouth to speak, but before he said anything I shoved him backwards. “That’s my girl” I hissed.

Screenshot-1830“Anyone said something else?” Sonic replied and shoved me back. His eyes were black and I could tell he wouldn’t back off. Neither would I. I wouldn’t just stand to the side while my best friend seduced my girl friend. No, that would not happen.

Screenshot-1831Screenshot-1833I had never been in a fight before and I would never have guessed my first one would be with Sonic. Yet, that was exactly what happened. We rolled around on the pub floor, kicking and punching whatever body parts we could reach. Both of us trying to prove that we had been right. She was my girl and he should have known.

Once someone pulled us apart Aquamarine had left the pub. I looked for her outside but couldn’t find her. I called her, but she didn’t answer.

Screenshot-1819My celebration night obviously didn’t end up like I had wanted. The camera was luckily unharmed after the fight, but both Sonic and Aquamarine had fled the scene. I could only hope they hadn’t done so together.

foto-12A few days later mom and dad came to visit and they ended up being the first ‘bows I took a picture of with my new Gladiator. It kind of shocked me to see how old they had become in just the short time since I last saw them. Mom’s previously fragrant blue hair had faded and now was now more grey than blue. Besides, both mom and dad were wrinkly and looked tired. Aging was inevitable, I knew that, but it was still weird to see my own parents look that old. However, they didn’t seem to mind too much themselves and I envied the love and bond between them. There hadn’t been a single time during my lifetime that I had seen them disagree or fight. They were truly meant for each other and having them as my parents was a blessing.

I couldn’t help but wonder if I was meant to be with Aquamarine in that same way. I certainly hoped so.

Screenshot-1840My siblings all came with mom and dad as well. It was great seeing them, but my little house sure got crowded with them all here at the same time. Luckily, they were not to stay at my place but rather at one of the resorts in town. I’m not sure we would have made it through the week if they had all stayed here the entire time. I had got used to living on my own quite quick, it seemed. Truth be told, I didn’t see that much of my siblings during the week at all. They were all too busy exploring the island on their own. Not too strange considering exploration had always been encouraged by our parents.

Screenshot-1879 Screenshot-1880Mom and dad, on the other hand,  decided to stay at my place. They said they had not come here to explore, but to let me show the surroundings. I didn’t mind too much, although I’ll confess that it was strange stepping through my door in the morning to see them both make out in their underwear. They had never been much for hiding their affections.

Screenshot-1858We got through one whole day before my parents asked about Aquamarine. “When are you introducing us?” mom asked. She had been admiring the pictures in my home during the afternoon and it wasn’t the least strange that she wanted to meet my girlfriend as well. Unfortunately, it was impossible to arrange this week.

Screenshot-1859“I’m afraid she’s away with her family this week” I said truthfully. Aquamarine’s family had bonds that my family had never had. They did all kinds of things together and this specific week, they were out sailing. “I’m sorry. I wish you could meet her.”

“Oh, no worries” dad said and smiled. “You’ll introduce us eventually, right? It’s no rush.”

“And you’re sure Sonic won’t mind having us two old folks staying here?” mom asked after having swallowed the fact she wouldn’t get to meet Aquamarine this time around.

“Oh.” I had to swallow to get rid of the lump in my throat. Sonic had not been home since we had that fight at the pub a few days ago and it was starting to worry me. I knew mom and dad would notice my worry so I decided to just be honest about it and tell them what had happened.

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The next day I took mom and dad to the Rocky Reefs for some snorkeling. Having my parents around was a relief now that Sonic was missing and Aquamarine was spending time with her family. Had my own family not been here I would have become even more worried about my and Sonic’s friendship and I would just have been sitting around missing Aquamarine.

The water around the reefs were crystal clear and you could see all the way to the seabed. It wasn’t unusual to see all kinds of fish and anemones just through snorkeling. Actually, diving was only necessary if you wanted to explore the underwater caves, and that was probably not the first thing you showed your old parents.

Screenshot-1838They were both excited about the snorkeling, though. Despite all their travels it was something they had never tried before. Dad got the hang of it rather quickly but mom had some trouble with sticking her snorkel below the water at first. I almost thought she would give up before she suddenly managed to do it right.

We stayed out all day. Even though it was almost fall the water was still warm. It wasn’t until it became too dark to see below the surface that we called it a day and headed back home.

Screenshot-1755Back home Lavender was sitting reading and humming to herself in my livingroom. It was weird seeing anyone else but Sonic in my house when I wasn’t there. But I guess Lavender was welcome. When she saw us coming she put the book down and went to greet us.

“I love this place” she beamed. Her happiness could not be mistaken. “I met this really cute boy today, down in the park. I’ve never met someone as polite as him ever before.”

Lavender had always been open with her relations and always ready to jump head first towards whatever boy had just caught her interest. I wasn’t surprised that she had already met someone here on the island, and neither was mom and dad.

Screenshot-1851The next day I took mom and dad scuba-diving. We decided to go back to the Rocky Reefs to also get to explore the place from under the water. I wasn’t a very skilled diver but after living on the island I knew a thing or two that mom and dad could impossibly know. It was weird being the more experienced one but I enjoyed it. I told them what history I knew about the reefs and I pointed out fishes we encountered.

All in all, it was a great experience and after that first day, mom and dad were ready to continue exploring the island’s underwater on their own. I was more than happy to be on my own since it meant I could take my Gladiator for a tour around the island.

Screenshot-1860Having my siblings coming and going to the house as they pleased was not only enjoyable. Especially not when Froly got some time on his own. I had never really got to know him when we were younger but I’m quite sure he was a spawn of the devil himself.

Screenshot-1861 Screenshot-1862It was either that or that he was simply a horrible person. I couldn’t see any other reason for him to mess with my bathroom sink so it would explode over the next person trying to use it. I kind of regretted my hospitality…

Screenshot-1866Mulberry, on the other hand, kept mostly to himself. He had always been an outcast in the family. Literally, of course, but also because of his personality. It was as if he didn’t really want to fit in or socialize with us. I actually think he was missing something. Perhaps he felt rootless? At least, he was constantly looking for clues about his background. The search history on my computer led to all kinds of strange supernatural forums. I knew of course that supernatural things were most real – my own family was a living proof of that, but some of the things that those forums suggested was a joke. In a way I understood that it must hurt Mulberry to see how others laugh at the idea of his existence and others trying to prove it through badly processed photos or other silly things. I wondered if perhaps Mulberry wanted to back to wherever he originated from. I kind of thought so.

Screenshot-1857Before my family went back to Fondant Fields we celebrated Rhubarb’s birthday. Like Mulberry, Rhubarb stuck mostly to himself and preferred to stay out of the spotlight. I could already see him moving to a house on his own with a bunch of rescued stray animals, which was the plan he had of life. Mom said he made her proud because he reminded her of Bittersweet. It was true, they were equally smitten by animals and equally concerned about others’ wellbeing. I liked to think that me and Rhubarb could have made good friends but the truth is that I was probably way too shallow for him. He was a lot more thoughtful than myself.

Screenshot-1846Lavender went on a date with Durian on the night before going back home. He took her to one of the more romantic ponds on the island and I had to refrain from telling mom and dad that several teenagers had lost their virginity up there. Not that I think mom and dad would have mind since they wanted us to experience life at its fullest. They were more likely to encourage it and I think that was an even stronger reason not to tell them.

Screenshot-1842They had a nice evening up there and Lavender fell in love with the boy by her side. In her opinion he was caring and polite and most loveable. That was of course not the truth, which she also learned as the night progressed. But at first, she fell in love with him.

Screenshot-1841“This place is beautiful” she said and smiled brightly.

“I know” Durian replied and looked down at his hands. He had brought her here for the same reason any boy brought a girl up there but now it didn’t feel right. Lavender would go back to Fondant Fields the next day and Lily wouldn’t have to know. Lavender was gorgeous and also most willing, he knew that much. He would be stupid to back off now. He had imagined and pushed for sex for so long but Lily just never gave in. So why did he hesitate now that he had the chance?

Screenshot-1843Lavender kept talking about how beautiful and romantic the place was and Durian listened while debating with himself of what he wanted of this night. Perhaps he and Lily wasn’t meant to be? And if they were, he could still do it with Lavender without anyone ever knowing. It was a too good opportunity to pass out on, wasn’t it?

Lavender soon stood up and took Durian’s hands. She knew of course why she had been taken to this place. There could only be one reason for a boy, or girl, to bring anyone up here. Especially when they were just two. She felt excited about it. She wanted this.

Screenshot-1846But when she leaned in to kiss Durin he pulled away. Perhaps he was stupid not to take the opportunity before him, but then be it. Lily trusted him and even if he wasn’t completely in love with her, he wasn’t going to hurt her like this. He had to do it the right way.

Screenshot-1845“I’m sorry” he said and took a step back. “I can’t do this. I… I have a girlfriend.”

Screenshot-1847Lavender was hurt. She hadn’t expected to be turned down. “Then why the fudge did you bring me up here for?”

Durian couldn’t give her any good answer. He mumbled something about ‘doing it right’ and ‘another time’ before he turned around and walked away.

Screenshot-1848Lavender felt beaten. She rarely got these opportunities and she had been looking forward to finally trying sex. It seemed she would have to wait even longer. And Durian could rest assure that there would be no next time. She was not about to wait for him or come back for him. She could get someone else.

Screenshot-1722My family left the next day and just a few hours later Sonic came back home. It was a sweet reunion and we both apologized to each other.

It was great having him back. Isla Caramello just wasn’t the same without him by my side.

Heir Vote!

It’s time to choose the fifth generation heir! This time you will only be able to vote on Coral’s biological children, that means you have four choices: Yew, Rhubarb, Lavender or FrolyOnce you’ve voted the results are open for you to watch.

When voting for color I want you to pick your favorite two or three colors.  As per usual, the scores on the color vote will remain a secret.

If you want to, you can take a look at the Generational Rolls before placing your vote. The children will have somewhat different approaches to the rolls, decided by their traits and bios below.

Here are the possible heirs: *Note that hairs and clothes may be subject to change.*

yewYew Twist

Traits: Couch Potato, Heavy Sleeper, Mooch, Insane
Favorites: Hip Hop, Crêpes, Irish Green
Current Age: Teenager 

Yew never had an easy time making friends. Most of the time, he just hung around with his elder adoptive brother but once the family settled in Fondant Fields and it became clear that Lava was a vampire who had very specific needs and ideas, Yew was left alone. Being surrounded by the chaos that characterized the Twist family got to him and he started acting in ways that seemed odd to the ones around him. Yew himself could never understand why no one else saw what he saw or heard the things he heard. In fact, he never really realized that others around him didn’t. He was pretty much trapped in his own world where things were far more normal than in the real world around him. His oddness aside, Yew is an ambitious young man with his mind set on great discoveries. He is a master with words and know that he will one day reveal to everyone just how messed up the world can be.

rhubarbRhubarb Twist

Traits: Night Owl, Heavy Sleeper, Hates the Outdoors, Animal Lover
Favorites: Soul, Veggi Rolls, Irish Green
Current Age: Teenager 

Rhubarb is an introvert and calm young man. Despite the drama that surrounds his family he remains at peace with who he is and has found a way of channeling any doubts or worries that comes in to his life: writing. By putting words to all the craziness around him, Rhubarb manages to stay out of it. While it hurts him to see how much his siblings hurt, he never intervenes for he knows that his only way towards peace and a happy life lies in his capability of coping with what is around him. This does not mean that he is a heartless man, for he is really the opposite. Rhubarb has a huge heart for the ones who really needs it. He simply cannot help but to help creatures that seem helpless, be that his baby brothers, stray cats or dogs in town or even that poor girl who clearly fell for the wrong man. 

lavenderLavender Twist

Traits: Can’t stand art, Clumsy, Loser, Photographer’s Eye
Favorites: Roots, Cheesesteak, Spiceberry
Current Age: Teenager 

Being the only girl with five brothers isn’t very easy. Lavender knows this for she has grown up that way. It’s not so much the fact that there is a big difference between them due to their sex, but finding someone to be with is hard when you have five brothers who thinks that the person you’ve fallen in love with must pass all of their respective safety checks. She loves her brothers, but sometimes they tend to be a little too overprotective. Though, having to constantly fight for her own way has given her a mind of her own and her whole family – including herself – knows that when she wants something, she won’t leave without a fight. Unfortunately, she never seems to win any of those fights, so perhaps it is lucky that her brothers are there to help. 

frolyFroly Twist

Traits: Evil, Hopeless Romantic
Favorites: Chinese, Cobbler, Turquoise
Current Age: Child

Froly dreams of a life full with romantic encounters, happy love and marriage. Though, in his dreams he fails to realize that this is something that can only come out of a mutual agreement. To him, it seems that what is required for a happily ever after to happen is his own will and his own tries towards it. He may look like a kind and harmless person but once he gets his mind set on an idea he is willing to do anything to make it happen. Once he realizes his understanding of love and relationship isn’t exactly true for other’s understanding, it is already too late to make it right. While it does change him to a, perhaps, better person, it also means his life turns out far from how he had anticipated.

Chapter 4.17: The future

I realized just before posting this chapter that its title may make you think that the newest expansion will be seen here. Such is not the case, sorry. 😉 This chapter simply contains a lot of story about the kids – who all, in a way – are the future of the Twist family. One of them definitely more than the others, but that will be up to you to choose. 

This chapter is written from a third person perspective. 


Screenshot-1395Mulberry was hiding up in Lava’s room. He didn’t like it very much when Froly had friends over. Or when anyone else in the family had friends over, for that matter. ‘Bows outside of the family always looked at him with such weird eyes. As if he was some kind of freak. Perhaps he was? It was true that he looked nothing like the rest of his family, or anyone else he knew for that matter. Yet, his mother and father always said that he was a miracle. But miracles should be something good and to him it didn’t seem as the world thought of him as good. More-so, it usually felt like he was from some other planet or something. He had asked his father about that at one time but he hadn’t wanted to hear anything of it. He had just said that Mulberry was his son and that they all loved him very much. Not much of an answer, was it?

Screenshot-1408“Your brother is weird” Hydrangea said to Froly, who couldn’t really disagree, even though he didn’t know what brother she referred to. Was it the vampire one, the crazy one or the alien? No matter, he sure had weird brothers. Rhubarb was probably the only one, except himself of course, who could be considered normal.

“It doesn’t matter because you will never marry them. You will marry me” he said and smiled.

Screenshot-1409“What? No, that’s gross!”

“Is not! I will give you pretty things and kiss you and we will have lots of fun and be in love” Froly declared. Despite his young age, he knew quite a bit about love after having grown up in a family where his parents never hesitated to show each other affection while the kids were around. Besides, he had read many stories and the strongest and coolest guy always got the girls he wanted. And he was cool and one day he would be strong, too.

Screenshot-1410“You know, being married is awesome and that is what people do sometimes when they’re in love and want kids. Mom and dad are not married even if they are in love, but it’s because they think it’s silly. But really, it’s not silly at all because it shows that you always want to be together. You will see, one day we will be married” Froly continued proudly, making it very clear that Hydrangea had little to say in the matter.

“You’re crazy Froly. We are related. You can’t marry your second cousin. That’s gross.”

“Is not. Just wait and see.”

Screenshot-1399Out on the front Lavender was busy playing with the puddles that the spring rain had brought. She loved it when the splashes sent drops to her face and she couldn’t contain her giggles as her clothes got wet from the rain water. “Hey aunt Tosca!” she cried when she caught sight of her aunt coming closer to the house, though she couldn’t for her life get herself from stop jumping around in the puddle.

Screenshot-1402Tosca barely managed to get a mumbling ‘Hey’ out before she had to bend over and puke. Lavender watched her curiously, she hadn’t seen a grownup throw up before and it made her a bit confused. When she was sick herself she always had to stay in bed and she couldn’t wrap her head around why Tosca wasn’t staying at home in her bed if she was sick.

Then Lavender thought that perhaps Tosca had come over to stay in a bed in their house because she didn’t want to infect little Sapling. Lavender still waited eagerly to get to see the baby. She liked babies and how small they were. They almost looked like dolls though her mother had said that you couldn’t keep them upside down like you could with dolls. Lavender knew that now because she was older, but when Froly had been a tiny little baby she had sometimes begged to get to play with him as her doll because he cried like real babies and that was way more fun than her silent dolls. Of course, she had known that he cried like a real baby because he was a real baby. It had just been a bit hard to understand why she couldn’t use him as a toy. That did not mean that she was stupid, thank you very much.

Screenshot-1403Yew, in his turn, was hanging out in the centre park in the shadows of the birch trees. Him and Sonic were engaged in a tight chess match. Yew liked it when Sonic found time in his busy schedule to hang out with him, though it was quite rare. Between school, after school activities and an extra job there was only so much time left. Sometimes Yew even considered going to school himself, though he always thought against it in the end. He was skilled with words already and he knew nothing else he needed to learn. At least not that he couldn’t learn outside of those school walls. 

Screenshot-1405“You’ll graduate soon” Yew said between and moved his pawn two steps forward. He couldn’t wait until Sonic was out from school and left with more time for him. It became quite lonely and boring only waiting for him to have some free-time. 

“And you’re celebrating your birthday” Sonic replies. “We should do something after that. Get out of here.”

Yew considered it for a moment. Get out of here? He had rarely even been here in the first place, though that also meant it wasn’t exactly his home. “Where would we go?”

Screenshot-1406Sonic smiled quickly before turning his attention back to the game. “We could go anywhere. Do anything. The world is the limit.”

A short moment of silence fell around them as Sonic contemplated his next move. For not going to school at all, Yew was awfully smart and played the game well. His brain seemed to work in ways not too common for the usual teenager and that was what Sonic liked about him. Yew was unique. “We could get a house in sunny place and spend our days on the beach, watch girls in their bikinis and just sip nectar” Sonic said after a while and smiled sheepishly. “And we could write. I know we both like writing.”

Yew smiled too, the idea didn’t seem too bad and he really did like writing. If he were ever to have a job, he wanted it to be with words. What else could he do?

Screenshot-1510Rhubarb held the little baby up in front of him. It was amazing, how one could be so small and yet look like a real person. Rhubarb liked children, he had always done, so when Salmon and Tosca asked him if he could babysit Sapling a few nights per week he had agreed on the spot. He enjoyed those nights. Watching Sapling sleep and perhaps write a bit. It was quiet in his uncle’s house when there was just him and Sapling there. And the cats, of course, but they made little noise. Rhubarb felt strangely a lot at home there and he thought that perhaps that was somewhat of a future he could see for himself. A little house, some cats and perhaps one day a kid. 

Screenshot-1511It wasn’t hard to care for babies. They were predictable. Food, clean diapers, lots of hugs and even more sleep. That kept them happy. They were like cats, in a way. With the obvious difference that they grew up, of course. But that was predictable still. He barely dared think about it, but yet Rhubarb thought that he would make a really good father one day. 

Screenshot-1509Salmon and Tosca were grateful for the help they got from Rhubarb and they made sure to praise him after every night. They knew, of course, that Rhubarb did it because he enjoyed it, but that didn’t mean that he wasn’t eligible for praise. 

Screenshot-1507And many nights, Rhubarb even stuck around after they had come home just because he enjoyed hearing them talk about the excitement in awaiting another baby. He liked being a small part of it. To drop name suggestions and hear them discuss what approach was better to eventually teach Sapling to speak. It was new to him because his own parents had never, as far as he knew, taught him or his siblings to speak. It had all come to them anyway.

Screenshot-1513Tosca went in to labor one night when Rhubarb was there and it was a big experience for him. She wailed so loud that she awoke little Sapling and Rhubarb couldn’t for his life figure how she would ever be able to get through those pains. It was so obvious that it was troublesome and uncle Salmon almost carried his wife out the door that night. 

He sat on their couch waiting, anxious to hear from them about the new baby. Sapling was easy to put to sleep again and while Rhubarb got no sleep that night, Sapling didn’t seem to understand that his life was about to change too and slept peacefully the whole night. The next afternoon Salmon got back home, announcing that they had got another perfectly healthy little baby boy. It made Rhubarb surprisingly happy and when Salmon also revealed that they had, in fact, chosen one of the names Rhubarb had suggested, Cosmo, he was even happier.

Screenshot-1517Lavender met the news of her new little cousin with mixed feelings. Cosmo had been born on the same day as herself and she now feared that he would overshine her own birthday. Though, no matter if he took the spotlight it felt good to be a teenager because she had really longed for it. She saw boyfriends, kisses, parties and loads of fun in her own future.

Screenshot-1502It was also getting closer to Lava’s birthday and a few days before, Thunderbird decided to check in on him. It was unbelievable that his son was already about to face the world on his own. Thunderbird had regretted so many times that he didn’t simply put Soda Pop out once their son was born, but even though Soda Pop was a lethal and horrible vampire, Thunderbird couldn’t stand the thought of killing her. He couldn’t stand the thought of killing anyone. But he hated her for keeping him from Lava. He hated that he had to be there and keep her in shack instead of raising his son. Berry should know that a teenage vampire could have needed his father. Now, Lava was nearly all grown up and Thunderbird didn’t know him, and likewise, Lava knew little of Thunderbird.

Though, even if Lava knew little of Thunderbird firsthand, he knew quite a bit from the information Soda Pop gave him. As such, he knew that Thunderbird frowned upon the actual vampirism and that he tried to persuade Soda to refrain from drinking blood. It sounded an awful lot like what his own parents tried to push upon him and that said quite a bit. He was who he was, after all. Despite that, Lava was still curious on his biological father since he too was a vampire. There was surely things Lava could learn from him, even if he advocated another kind of life than what Lava wanted for himself.

“Hello son” Thunderbird said as he entered Lava’s room a few days before his birthday. Looking around, Thunderbird could see that not much had happened in the room since he had first left Lava there. Not surprising, since the family had just recently returned to Fondant Fields. Just because Lava being left in their care. Coral and Berrian had surely done everything in their power to provide a better life for Lava.

Screenshot-1345“What are you doing here?” Lava wondered. He found himself curious, though Soda Pop consistently tried to keep him on edge. She had her suspicions on why Thunderbird had decided to go visit Lava and she did not like it one bit. Lava was her son. Thunderbird had just been a piece in her game. Thunderbird said something about congratulating his son on his birthday. And something about missing him. Though the real reason for his visit was something entirely different.

“I heard you have a girlfriend now” Thunderbird said. Soda Pop hadn’t managed to keep it a secret and the mere existence of a human girlfriend in a teenage vampire’s life was enough to send chills through Thunder’s body. 

“Raindrop” Lava declared with pride in his voice. To him, it didn’t matter that Raindrop was hypnotized in to the relation. She was still his girlfriend.

“And how is that working out for you?”

“Just fine, thank you” Lava said, hearing Soda Pop cursing at Thunderbird inside his head. It was confusing to talk to them both at once. 

“She’s a human” Thunderbird said and wrinkled his brows. “You must be careful. You’re so much stronger than her.”

“Not for much longer” Lava smiled. The four words were enough for Thunderbird to take a step back. The few words revealed so much. Not for much longer. Thunderbird knew exactly what it meant and the reason behind Soda Pop’s strong wish for a baby suddenly crashed down on him. She had never wanted a family. She wanted an army. And Lava was just an easy way to get there. His tries of talking sense in to Lava after the realization were useless. Lava was determined already. Brainwashed, if you so wish. Thunderbird left the Twist home beaten that day. He was the only one who could even hope to put a stop to the two and he needed a new plan. Even though Lava had been raised in a home full of love, he had become exactly the young man Thunderbird feared he would be. 

Screenshot-1500Lava felt confused that night. Though, he had decided. Two more days, then he would be out of there. He would leave the family he had always been living with to be with his biological parents. And Raindrop would be his forever. It had been Soda Pop’s idea initially, but it had appealed to Lava instantly. Raindrop hadn’t complained when he told her either. She would be a good vampire.

Lava sneaked in to Lavender’s room that night. She was the only one of his younger sibling’s who slept on the upper floor and whom he could get to without risking to wake their parents up. Lavender looked so at peace where she slept in her bed and Lava sat down on her bed. Soda Pop had tried convincing him to turn them all. She wanted their whole family to be together but Lava simply couldn’t. He loved the idea of a big vampire clan, of a town of vampires, but he couldn’t let his siblings go through it. He cared for them all too much. They were who they were, and he was who he was. They were no vampires. He would never let Soda Pop get them. Anyone else was fine, but not his family.

Screenshot-1516Lava aged up two days later and he left his old home before anyone else had woken up. There was a lump in his throat but he tried to suppress it. He was way too much different to them, they would all be better apart. And he had such an exciting future ahead of him. He and his real mother would create amazing things together, starting with Raindrop.

“Welcome, son” his mother smiled when he got to her house. Their house. His new home.

Chapter 4.16: Born to be

First of all I just want to thank you all for sticking around and reading and commenting. I love you all!

Next, I want you to know that some of this chapter will be written from a third-person point of view. When that is the case the text will be in italic and I hope it won’t be too confusing. When the text is not in italic we are reading from Coral’s point of view. The reason is that some things in this chapter happens outside of Coral’s knowledge. I hope it will make sense. 🙂


Screenshot-1390Lava had hoped that coming back to Fondant Fields would finally give him the opportunity to get a real friend. Someone who wasn’t his crazy brother Yew. It had pained him when he realized that the kids in Fondant Fields were far from accepting towards ‘bows who fell outside the norm. It seemed like despite the fact that a lot had happened since Lava’s ancestor Marshmallow Puff was frowned upon for being colorless, the town was still plagued with little understanding for those ‘bows who were not “normal”. But Lava had really tried to seem normal, still it had only taken a few days for the teenagers in Fondant Fields to see through him. After that he was the freak. No one wanted to be friends with the freak.

He really tried. He wanted to make his family happy and he knew that Coral and Berrian’s worst fear was that he would fall for his vampirism and become more like his biological mother. So he had tried for all of his life to be normal. To not be a vampire. Though, it was hard when the only one really accepting him for who he was, was Soda Pop – his biological mother. Everyone else just tried to get him to suppress himself. 

Screenshot-1389“I don’t want to be your friend, you fudging freak!” Raindrop cried when Lava for the hundredth time tried to get close to her. It pained him, knowing that it was because of his vampirism he had trouble getting along with anyone. He scared them because he wasn’t like them. Raindrop left the park along with the rest of the teenagers who had come to hang out and Lava was left alone. 

He had never felt lonelier than he did in Fondant Fields, and this was supposed to be their home. No one understood him. It made it hard to ignore the attempts Soda Pop made to communicate with him. She understood what he was going through and she accepted him for the vampire he was.

Screenshot-1400When Raindrop and the other teenagers had left the park Lava sat down on the swings. It was far too common for him to be left on his own like this. Much more common than he would have liked it to be. He couldn’t understand what he was doing wrong. All his life he had followed Berrian and Coral’s words, really doing his best to fit in and be normal. He didn’t want to be a monster, neither did he want to be a freak. Though, it seemed like despite his effort that was exactly what his peers thought of him. 

“You know, you could always make them like you.” Lava didn’t even bother looking around to find the source of the voice for he knew very well that it was only present in his own head. He knew the voice very well, it was one that he had tried to shut out for the most part of his life since it belonged to the woman he had always been told to stay away from. Not that it had done him any good so far. He was simply a confused, angry and lonely teenager.

“You can do whatever you want. You have the power. You’re a vampire, not a freak. Let me teach you” the voice continued and since Lava was sick and tired of always losing he finally caved in. He would no longer suppress his vampirism, instead he would embrace it. He would be the boy he was born to be.

Screenshot-1362It wasn’t hard to see why Lava decided to just use his vampirism instead of suppressing it after all the hurt his peers made him go through. Being who he was born to be was simply so much easier than trying to be someone else. So, after accepting the fact that he was a vampire he followed the teenagers to the town centre. As expected, he wasn’t very welcome and as expected, Raindrop was the one to let him know. Lava didn’t know for sure, but he thought that Raindrop’s opinions weighed heavy in the teenager group and there was also something about her that he really liked. So, Lava went for Raindrop. If he could make her like him, easier times would follow.

“Didn’t we ask you to go away” Raindrop snarled and barely looked at him when she spoke.

“I just want us to be friends” Lava replied and did his best to not look victorious just yet. Though, he knew, even if he had never tried, that Raindrop would never be able to resist. He was strong. He could feel it.

“Well, I don’t want to be your friend. I just want you to stay the fudge away from me. You freak.”

Screenshot-1363Hearing Raindrop once again calling him freak was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Without knowing exactly what he was doing Lava fixed his eyes on Raindrop. Inside his head Soda Pop told him exactly what to say, all while chuckling victoriously. 

“I think you actually want to be my friend. In fact, you actually like me very much” Lava said, copying the words from Soda Pop.

Screenshot-1364Raindrop was lost in Lava’s eyes. Her mouth slowly opened, revealing a perfect set of white teeth. Even though she didn’t typically want to listen to what he was telling her, it was impossible not to. ‘I actually want to be his friend and I actually do like him quite a lot’ she thought to herself, confused to why she had failed to see that before. 

Screenshot-1365Blueberry who had been sitting right next to the two, trying to get the last part of his homework done, jumped up at the sight of how Lava seemed to harass Raindrop. “What part of leave us alone didn’t you understand you freak?!” he yelled and hit Lava hard on the shoulder. Blueberry wasn’t usually a fighter, neither was he a tough ‘bow. Though, he liked Raindrop a lot and would do anything he could to keep her safe.

Screenshot-1368“You really think you can tell me what to do?” Lava growled once he was done with Raindrop and crouched at Blueberry’s legs, showing off his pointy fangs. It was not something he would have done an hour ago, but the newly found strength in being a vampire had changed him. It was powerful to see Blueberry shake in fear as Lava threatened him. And it was powerful to see how Raindrop looked at him with admiring eyes instead of disgust.

Being a vampire was far better than being a freak.

Screenshot-1370It didn’t take much effort to get poor Blueberry to pass out. He had always known that Lava was a freak and a monster, but he had never seen it so up close before and naturally, it scared him. Before dropping to the ground, he saw his life pass before his eyes, so sure that Lava would rip him in parts, ending his miserable life just there and then.

Screenshot-1343After that night, Lava made it a habit to now and then remind Raindrop about the fact that she liked him. Perhaps it wasn’t friendship in its right meaning, but it was a lot better than feeling lonely. 

Though, it shall be said that Soda Pop had something completely different from friendship in mind. For now, Lava shut those words out, but he was also afraid that she was right. Friendship, or even romance, would never be enough. He wanted Raindrop by his side, forever. That was the only way he, and his biological mother, had any chance of changing Fondant Field’s opinion on vampires.


Coral’s POV:

Screenshot-1337We had pretty much settled back home in Fondant Fields by the time Froly was born. He was a small child, much smaller than the rest of his siblings had ever been. Though, despite that, he still came with the same amount of love in to our family.

It was scary feeling at home in the house and town for I knew mother was out there, biding her time. Lava would never be safe here, we all knew that. Still, we stayed. For the rest of the children would feel better having their aunts and their uncle around. And having a real, stable home gave them all the time to get some friends.

Screenshot-1344In fact, Lava was the one who first got himself a friend. The girl who he decided to befriend was by no means unknown to us since it was Celeste’s (Watermelon’s best friend’s) daughter Raindrop. Their friendship would never have been a possibility had we not decided to stay in Fondant Fields, for then they would never have met in the first place. It was easy to tell when you looked at Lava that he treasured the friendship with Raindrop and it did us all good to see him grow in to a teenager with friends, just like any teenager. It was almost possible to forget about his vampirism that way.

Screenshot-1334Screenshot-1335And our little miracle baby Mulberry grew in a steady pace too. It felt as though he had just recently came in to our family but already was he grabbing things on his own and seemed to be aware of his surroundings. Seeing Mulberry grow made me realize I would never get used to their aging. It really was a magic experience. In a way, it felt like yesterday that I met Berrian for the first time, but in another way it felt like he and our family had always been a part of my life. I felt at home with them all by my side.

Screenshot-1383Lavender was a lot different from her brothers. She reminded me so much of the Romeo and Berrian I had first got to know. She was just as eager for new experiences as Romeo had always been and just like him, she was a perky little girl. It was impossible to keep the names of her new friends straight and it surprised me every time she brought someone new home. We never forced her, or any of the other kids, to school – yet Lavender went there of her own will for she wanted to meet new friends and learn new things.

“This is my home” she declared proudly once any of her friends had made their way in to our home. In contrast to her elder brothers, Lavender didn’t seem to remember much of the life before when we moved from town to town, never being able to call any single place our home. To her it seemed like this house in Fondant Fields with pictures of our ancestors covering the walls was her only home. Or perhaps she so proudly presented this like her home because she had missed having a stable place to grow up. Whatever reason, I saw so clearly in her that it did my children good with some stability. And so far so good.

Screenshot-1385Lavender jumped head first in to every new game her friends taught her. The sound of her giggles were more common than any other sound in the house and we all grew accustomed to it. Nearly to the point where we all found it strange when Lavender’s happiness failed to echo between the walls.

Even though Lavender had played rock-paper-scissors several times, she seemed to always lose. Despite that, she still found it fun to play.

Screenshot-1386Though, upon losing she never failed to look surprised. “You cheated!” she always complained afterwards whereby most of her friends would deny with a giggle. Macchiato, however, did not. “Let’s play again” he said and smiled victoriously.

“I lost again” Lavender sighed once the game was over and Macchiato laughed at her. “You cheat, don’t you?” Lavender asked, starting to lose the interest in the game since Macchiato didn’t seem to laugh with her but more-so at her.

Screenshot-1387Before Macchiato had time to clear himself Lava had stormed down the stairs to support his sister. “You better treat my sister nice or I’ll show you!” he growled with his fangs exposed. Macchiato stopped laughing in an instant and stammered something inaudible in response.

“Ah, stop it Lava!” Lavender cried. By now, she was getting sick and tired of her elder brothers constantly coming to her rescue whenever they thought she needed it. So far, she hadn’t needed it a single time and all their rescue plans did was to scare her friends away. This time was no exception and Macchiato was soon on his way home and Lavender knew she had most likely lost yet another friend. It made her sad, though she didn’t let it get to her for she was happy to have her brothers around even if they were berryholes sometimes.

Screenshot-1393Yew talked a lot about one of the friends he had made upon returning to Fondant Fields. His name was Sonic and from what Yew told us he was a creative person who played a lot with words. Apparently he worked a lot outside of school so he was busy most of the times, which meant it was hard for Yew to bring him home for introductions. Not that it mattered, the important part was that he had someone by his side. I knew exactly how important friends were, for Romeo had been a lifesaver to me. Knowing that my kids had friends on their own made me incredibly happy and I looked forward to them all sharing experiences and memories with me eventually.

Screenshot-1372Though Rhubarb preferred sticking to himself or to hang out with any of the younger boys. That was perfectly fine too. It was after all what I myself had done for most of my life too, before I met Romeo and Berrian. Besides, it was a great help having Rhubarb feeding the toddlers or changing their diapers. It left me with more time to care for the garden.

And get a job. I never thought that day would come when I got myself a job but now that we were more or less stationed in Fondant Fields we needed extra money to pay the bills. Berrian could no longer search for treasures to sell so I signed up for a job. In fact, Romeo fixed it for me. It consisted of looking at different pieces of art and tell whether it was an original piece or simply a copy. In the future there could be the possibility to appraise it too, but for that I needed more experience.

Screenshot-1373So, while I worked and Berrian cared for the house and the younger kids, Rhubarb helped him. He seemed to be especially fond of Froly, which was good for Berrian was definitely more fond of his little miracle baby. I understood – it was after all the only baby he had carried himself for several months – though I still found it a bit annoying. You weren’t supposed to play favorites with your kids. They were all equal.

Screenshot-1379Little Froly grew bigger for each day too and while I loved seeing him become a ‘bow with his own personality and interests it pained me to realize that he was the last child I would get to watch grow. Me and Berrian had never discussed how many kids we wanted or if we even wanted kids, yet it had been exciting and welcome every time a new child came in to our lives. But now, we were both getting old and it was fairly certain that our time had passed. There would be no more offsprings from us.

It shouldn’t have bothered me like it did for we had the most perfect family one could have wished for. But yet, it did.

Screenshot-1382I was so happy with my children and the berries they were becoming. In many senses they were so alike each other, and in other they were so different. We were a family for sure, and I loved it.

Rhubarb was growing in to such a calm and collected young man. It was peaceful to see because my own life had always been surrounded with drama. But Rhubarb seemed to shut any hint of drama out. He was always polite and always so thoughtful. Perhaps he would be a big thinker one day.

Screenshot-1380He sat on his own a lot of the time, writing stories or journal entries. He seemed determined to put words to all the feelings and happenings that were part of his life and I felt so proud when I watched him. This was far from anything that we could have encouraged him in to if we had tried to intervene with his aging. Neither me or Berrian were any beings of words, but still Rhubarb had found his peace in just that. He was growing in to exactly the man he was born to be.

Screenshot-1374The few times when he weren’t either writing at home or taking care of his younger brothers, he went out to the centre park where several stray cats roamed around. Like Bittersweet (who by that time had seven cats) Rhubarb had a really big heart and he did what he could to provide a better life for those poor stray cats.

Screenshot-1378I know I’ve said it many times already, but I was so proud of my family. So, so proud. Of each and every one of the kids.


So, that’s pretty much Lava’s story. He is soon a YA and will therefore soon move out of the house. You’ve also got to know the rest of the kids a bit better. I hope to have a mini-chapter from Yew’s POV out before the heir vote, but I’m not sure if I manage because I have so much school work to do. Hopefully. The Family Pictures page is updated with this generation’s picture.

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