Chapter 3.16: Tying the knot

Screenshot-650One day when I got home from a call-out I found Lychee in Salmon’s nursery. “What are you doing here?” I asked and felt both angry and sad at the same time. It was adorable watching him snuggle with Salmon but it made me sad to think he had chosen to be involved with another family. I wanted that help I saw in front of me and my kids would do good with a man in the house.

Screenshot-651“I didn’t know we had a son” Lychee replied after a while and kissed Salmon on his tiny little mouth. My heart almost stopped from the cuteness.

“I have a son” I corrected him. “You’ve chosen another family so Salmon is my son.”

Lychee slowly turned to look at me. “Soda, I still love these kids and I won’t stop coming to see them. Don’t you understand that?”

“You will once you have your other child. The love child” I pouted. Lychee promised me he wouldn’t but I knew he was lying. Why would he go through the effort of coming back to Fondant Fields when he had everything he needed in Briocheport?

Screenshot-652You never really stop working when you’re the Fire Chief and when I did such a simple thing as eat a dinner with my oldest nephew at the diner a fire broke loose at the table next to us. It was Jewel’s best friend, Deluge, who was playing with his napkin when it suddenly caught fire and when he raised the napkin in panic over his head his hair also caught fire.

Screenshot-653Everyone at the diner jumped up from their seats and started crying in panic. I felt the usual adrenaline kick that always came with a fire but I remained calm. I knew how to deal with fires by now. I took out my extinguisher and started putting the fire out. The small portable extinguisher I always brought with me was far from as effective as the ones I was used to and it seemed like the flames got higher instead of dying out even though I pushed the extinguisher to its full effect.

Someone called my co-workers and it felt like it took forever for them to get here. Drops of sweat ran down my forehead and the only two sounds I could hear was the hungry flames spreading across the young boy’s body and Jewel’s desperate cries, begging me to save his friend.

Screenshot-656I did everything I could, but the fire was too strong and soon the little boy collapsed on the ground. It wasn’t until the fire was completely put out that I realized he was already gone. It was my first, and biggest, failure as a firefighter.

Screenshot-655I had never been very affected by other bow’s misery or destinies but seeing the young boy die before me broke my heart. I was a good firefighter and the fact that a young boy with his whole life ahead of him could die at my watch was unbelievable. Jewel cried and cried and cried behind me and the sound of that just added to the feeling of failure that I felt.

What kind of woman was I? I couldn’t even take my nephew out for dinner without getting him scarred for life.

Screenshot-657I could do nothing to comfort him. I knew nothing of the pain he was going through even though my life had been so much longer and even though I had been through a few losses of my own. “He was my best friend” Jewel sniffed and buried his face in his hands. The thought of losing Plum or Canary pierced my heart like a knife. How could I put him in this situation. It was my fault. I should have done better. I should have saved his friend.

When I brought him back home, in a crying and broken mess, Blizzard promised me it wasn’t my fault. He said that I had done everything I could – but I knew he couldn’t know because he hadn’t been there. Maybe there was something I could have done?

Screenshot-658A few days later Bittersweet celebrated her birthday. I couldn’t celebrate and only cheered half-heartedly as she blew the candles of her cake. I hadn’t been able to forgive myself for letting the young boy die.

Screenshot-659Bittersweet looked a lot like Precious now that her pudgy child cheeks disappeared and her more grownup facial structure took its place. It was my coloring, but she was sure her father’s daughter. I smiled faintly. It still hurt to think I had lost him and that I had to raise our child by myself, but I realized that he was still around – in our daughter. A part of her was him and even if I never wanted a family or dreamed of children, it was rather amazing to see how genetics were passed down. She was sure a mix of the both of us, just like Coral was a true mix of myself and Lychee.

I felt a little bit of curiosity towards seeing the other two kids grow up too.

Screenshot-660And speaking of grown-up kids… It wasn’t rare that Taxus brought Hyacinth with him home from school. In fact, it was more rare that she didn’t come with him. Their eyes sparkled when they looked at each other in a way I had never felt my own eyes sparkle. They were young, but they loved each other.

“We’re getting married” Taxus announced one day and I just nodded. I wasn’t surprised.

Screenshot-661“I know we’re young” he continued and Hyacinth rolled her thumbs nervously next to him. “But we want to do it. We’re meant to be together.”

“I know” I said. It made perfect sense and was no doubt the truth.

Screenshot-664“But they’re too young” Plum said a couple of days later when we discussed the matter.

I agreed, even though I also thought it made sense to let them get married. I mean, only the two of them could know if it was really true love, right?

“Hyacinth is only fifteen! It’s too early.” Plum started walking back and forth in the room and I could tell it was upsetting her to realize that her little girl was growing up. She had no other, she couldn’t hold on to the childhood like I could because of my other kids. With Hyacinth aging, it became so clear that we were aging too. And Plum wasn’t ready.

Screenshot-665“I can’t believe she’s grown so much” Plum said and looked sad. “Felt like yesterday she came in to my life.”

“You can be glad she’s older and can take care of herself” I said just as Watermelon started crying hysterically for what seemed like no reason at all.

Screenshot-666Plum went to pick her up and played air-plane with her. She still enjoyed my kids’ young age. She still adored them. It struck me that she had become such a good mother over the years. She was like a second mother to all of my kids, and soon Taxus would technically be her son-in-law. Our families would officially be tied together. It was a pleasant thought.

Screenshot-667We agreed to help them with the marriage under the condition that they waited until they had both finished high school. Knowing how funny time was, that would pretty much be tomorrow.

Screenshot-668And once both Taxus and Hyacinth had graduated they started preparing themselves for the upcoming wedding. I was pretty much as excited as them about the whole deal and spent a lot of time helping them pick out the right cake and setup a reception area in our garden. And the time before the wedding passed very fast and when my son and his fiance took a picture the last day before becoming a true family I actually shed a tear.

It was just so sweet to see.

Screenshot-672On the day of Taxus’ wedding our closest family and friends gathered in the garden. Since it was really a bond between two families of friends, no guests had to really pick a side or anything. It was just a logical bond declared official. I was happy to see my son marry a Spring. From what I understood, our two families had always been close and a marriage was a fine next step.

Although, it did pain me to realize I had a son old enough to get married. How old did that make me?

Screenshot-671Not a single eye was dry that day. It was touching to see Taxus and Hyacinth declare their love for each other.

Screenshot-678 Screenshot-676The whole gathering swooned as the two lovebirds shared their vows and for the first time in my life, I realized that perhaps there was such a thing as love. It certainly seemed true to the two under the wedding arch. It was the only possible explanation to why their eyes sparkled like they did when they looked at each other.

Screenshot-675Taxus looked as if he couldn’t believe that it was actually happening when he slid the ring on Hyacinth’s finger. And in all honesty, I could barely believe it myself. Hyacinth was stunning, while Taxus was modest – at the best.

Screenshot-673Screenshot-674Still, Hyacinth smiled when she slid the ring on Taxus finger without even the slightest of hesitation. She was sure that he was the one.

Screenshot-677It made me happy. All my life, I had just wished for my kids to be happy. I clearly saw that Taxus was just that in Hyacinth’s arms. It made proud of myself when I understood that all those years I had done everything I needed to push Taxus towards the future where he belonged – to the girl he was meant to be with. I had been a good enough mother – even though I never knew how to.

Screenshot-679After the ceremony the two of them just stood looking lovingly in to each others’ eyes. It was as if they were trying to understand that this was the beginning, that they would always get to be together. I couldn’t believe it myself.

Screenshot-680Screenshot-681Once the sun set we moved the party inside where we could all cheer on Taxus while he cut the cake. Bittersweet seemed incredibly happy for her big brother’s sake. But then again, Bittersweet was pretty much always happy about something.

In the end of the day, Hyacinth was named Twist and Taxus had married his princess and the guests all had a good time. It had been a good day.


Okay, the writing for the wedding is kind of meh, but I just couldn’t get it right. Since it’s not really that important for the rest of the story I let it be. Taxus is now moved out of the household along with his Hyacinth. They actually moved in with uncle Loquat – which I assume has to do with StoryProgression trying to keep the Founder house in the family. In a way it makes sense because Taxus isn’t that much different from Loquat in the sense that they are both quiet but incredibly friendly men.

There will be an Heir Vote up before too long now since Coral is also getting close to become a YA. Keep your eyes open!

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Chapter 3.15: Déjà vu

Screenshot-577True to his word, Lychee came around whenever he had business in Fondant Fields and always made sure to spend some time with his daughter. It was sweet watching them two forming a bond I had never been able to form with any of the children. It was also nice getting under the sheets with him and get to feel wanted and attractive if only for that particular night.

Screenshot-572Hyacinth and Taxus’ friendship lasted through elementary school and to high school until it took a little turn and they got romantically involved. I was thrilled about it. My son couldn’t possibly have chosen a better girl to have by his side than my best friends’ daughter.

Screenshot-573I didn’t intentionally snoop on them but they were rather open with showing off their affections so it was hard not to notice them.

Screenshot-574Hyacinth was definitely the one to take the most initiatives and I think Taxus was rather insecure of himself, although I couldn’t for my life figure where that came from. It was certainly not something he had inherited from me and from what I knew about his father he was anything but insecure too.

Plum suggested that it did have to do with how little attention I had shown him during his early years but that didn’t really make any sense. He had always got everything he asked for.

Screenshot-588I myself had earned another promotion and was now among the top squad firefighters and I had earned myself a new, mighty suit to show off in. Shame I never really got any use for the old firefighter card anymore, though. Not that my progress within the career went by unnoticed because I got stopped out on the streets occasionally just to get praise for what I did for this town.

Screenshot-589 Screenshot-590I was very busy with work and kids and transforming my house in to a home, which was getting easier with every promotion and the raised salary, but when I did have some time to spare I used it as always – by hanging out with friends and family. Blizzard and Spray had recently had a little baby boy who they named Jewel and he was actually quite cute. He had the same skin color as Blizzard and Spray’s orange hair.

Even after having three kids myself I was a bit uneasy being with toddlers. They seemed so fragile and would start crying for the smallest thing.

Screenshot-593It seemed that it was only yesterday Bittersweet and Coral celebrated their last birthday and yet the time for another one had come. Bittersweet went first because I couldn’t wait to see her grow up to a child and leave me with no babies or toddlers to care for. It had certainly been a long time since that happened last.

Once little Bittersweet had aged up she grabbed one of the partyhorns and started cheering on her older sister for all that her lungs could manage.

Screenshot-592And Coral aged up and once again surprised me with her stunning looks. She looked so much with Lychee and it was funny because I had never really considered Lychee himself to be a looker. I realized looking at my daughter that he had to be, though.

Screenshot-594Poor little Bittersweet didn’t have an easy time being the minor of the family and she seemed to constantly be jumped upon, especially by Taxus. I guess that’s just how teenagers are but it still surprised me since he had been really caring about her when she was a toddler.

Screenshot-598When Bittersweet went for her first school day I had a bit of a déjà vu. I hoped it would be simply food poisoning, but I feared that I was once again pregnant.

My fears soon got real as I started showing off another baby bump. My kids all thought it was weird, and I didn’t blame them. It wasn’t like I had been the best parent to them, and yet I was going to go through it all again.

As for the father this time, I knew it had to be either Lychee or Thunderbird as they had been my only partners during the past few months. I had no idea whether vampires could breed and certainly not whether they could in that case breed with berries. I tried to ask Thunderbird about it without revealing my own suspicions that he could be the father of my own unborn child, but of course that did not go very well.

Screenshot-604Both he and Lychee interacted with my belly after that as if the baby inside was theirs.

Thunderbird himself wasn’t sure whether vampires and normal berries could reproduce either but it seemed to make him even more excited. I suppose the thought of being the first of the kind made him excited and it honestly made me quite excited as well, even though it also made me worried. I knew nothing about vampires except what Thunderbird himself had shared with me and I was quite sure that he hadn’t explained it all.

Screenshot-600Taxus never rebelled against me after aging up to a teenager, but Coral did – in her own way. She decided to become a vegetarian, which in my ears was rather weird. Anyhow, when she asked me for a plot of land in the garden to grow her own vegetables, I agreed and bought her everything she would need to get started. I even went about and bought her a recycling bin, which I promised to try to learn myself.

Screenshot-599She rummaged through town for seeds lying about and picked whatever ripes she could plant seeds from and started growing her own little garden. I didn’t understand how she could find it fun to crawl on the ground getting dirty, but she certainly seemed to enjoy.

Screenshot-602She tended to those plants as if they had been living things and I simply couldn’t understand what the joy in it was. Still, I let her be at it as it eased the stress on myself trying to keep her occupied. Bittersweet liked being out there and watch her older sister and she kept asking questions about the process. It was a good thing because it meant I was left mostly to care for myself.

Screenshot-603During the third trimester of my pregnancy the whole family took a trip down to the festival lot. The snow was lying wet and heavy on the ground, telling us that spring was right around the corner.

Taxus and Hyacinth couldn’t keep their hands off each other and were seen sucking faces pretty much the entire day.

Screenshot-606I myself gathered spring eggs around the lot.

Screenshot-609Screenshot-608And Coral… Well I’m not sure where she gets everything from but she is certainly a lot different from me. Why would anyone dive willingly down to a container? “We need to be more careful about the world” she simply said. “Way too much things gets thrown away even though it’s perfectly usable.”

I just shook my head, that was definitely something I would never understand. She had only needed to ask and I would have given her anything she wanted. But no! She wanted to search for it herself, in the dumpsters. She even brought some of the stuff she found with her home! I considered forbidding the stuff to get through our front door but then Bittersweet was overly happy about the new side table she got for her room and I caved in.

Screenshot-610Later that night I went in to labour. Perhaps it had been the stress over the new garbage furnitures in my home or perhaps it was simply time. With the fear of it being a vampire child, I decided to head to the hospital this time and I called both Lychee and Thunderbird, asking them to be there.

Screenshot-611In the end it was Lychee who got to head home with us. A few tests had been run on the baby and both Lychee and Thunderbird and as such we found out that Lychee was the father of the child.

Thunderbird looked a bit sad when we got the news but he shrugged it off and left us alone shortly afterwards. In a way I was relieved that my baby was no vampire since I had no clue how to raise a vampire. At least I had some experience with normal babies, even if I never pretended to be an expert. Lychee loved the baby with all his heart and just as he had done when he found out that Coral was his, he came over frequently to check on his new daughter. He was also the one to choose the name for her: Watermelon.

He still had lots of work to do with his record company in Briocheport and even though he said he would want to be around more often, he just couldn’t leave his job unattended for long periods of time. I was secretly happy about this since I was certainly not ready to live the normal family life.

Screenshot-620And with Lychee away, I was free to keep spending time with Thunderbird. He kept going in to look at Watermelon and I figured he was imagining a scenario where she was his and not Lychee’s. I never approached him about it and he never brought it up, but surely he had to feel rather lonely with everyone aging around him. I couldn’t even imagine how many friends he must have lost along the way. I don’t think I could have done it.

One day he suddenly announced that he couldn’t do it anymore, that it hurt him to see Watermelon and not be her father. That his hopes of having a baby had been so high and were now crushed in to dust and that he needed to get away. I never saw him again.

Screenshot-614I told Canary and Plum about it of course the next time they came over. They just shrugged though, unable to understand how I could even want to have all these men in my life. According to them I had to settle and start providing a decent life for my children.

Screenshot-615“Isn’t that what we have said too, mom?” Coral teased and looked up at us. I twisted my body back and forth. They simply didn’t understand, did they?

Screenshot-613“I’m serious Soda” Canary said when I started shaking my head. “You can’t go on like this. You’re not a teenager anymore. You’re a grownup woman with four kids to care for. You have to accept that.”

Screenshot-621Maybe they had a point. After all, Coral and Taxus did take a great responsibility at home and were constantly checking on Watermelon. Especially Coral, who must have loved the fact that they were real siblings with the same parents.

Screenshot-617 Screenshot-618Bittersweet kept looking up to her older sister and did whatever she could to impress on her. Usually Coral let her help in the garden but sometimes she grew tired of her and sent her away to ‘fish or something’.

The few times Bittersweet actually brought some catches home they made use of it as fertilizer in the garden and if they didn’t Bittersweet just put her catches in a tank in her room. There was never even the faintest idea of us actually eating them.

Screenshot-638 Screenshot-639In fact, Bittersweet brought a lot of stuff home that she had found in the nature. Bugs included. They were gross but as long as she cared for them herself I didn’t complain.

Screenshot-619Like her older sister, Bittersweet enjoyed the nature and what it had to offer. She often repeated her older sister’s words about taking care of the earth and the world and be careful with its resources. Words far too big to come from a young child as herself. It was pretty clear that I was not her biggest role-model, even though I was the best firefighter in this town.

Screenshot-625Sometimes the two girls went out to fish together and I knew that it was the best thing Bittersweet knew. She loved it whenever her older sister gave her credit for anything, and just hanging out with her was the greatest pleasure the younger girl could imagine.

Screenshot-626It was during such a day, when the two girls were out fishing and Taxus visiting Hyacinth that I realized I was pregnant again. I had never heard of a woman as fertile as myself and that was the worst curse I could think of. I never wanted a child and yet I had more than anyone I knew.

Screenshot-627I had almost forgot how much babies scream but Watermelon made sure to remind me. She seemed to cry constantly, always demanding something. I was stupid to even get in to the position of awaiting another child. I swore to myself to never woohoo again in my life. I couldn’t go through this anymore.

Screenshot-630When Lychee came over the next time he gave me a bouquet of red flowers, which made me suspicious because he had never bothered with anything of the kind before. Could he really have figured that I was pregnant before I even told him?

“I have to tell you something” he said once I had put the flowers in a vase.

Screenshot-631“I’m having another child” he said.

“How could you know?”

“What?”

“How did you know we are having another one? I never told you.”

Screenshot-634“Oh” his smile faded and his shoulders started to slouch. “You’re pregnant?” he whispered and I suddenly understood that he had not been referring to me in the first place.

Screenshot-632“Fudge!” I screamed and felt the tears burning in my eyes. I couldn’t go through this! Not again and certainly not alone. “Yes Lychee. Yes I’m fudging pregnant!” I screamed and it was loud enough to wake Watermelon who started crying as well.

Screenshot-636“It’ll be alright” he promised. “I’ll still send you some money…”

Money? I sniffed. Money would do no good to keep me sane with another child in the house. But what could I do?

“I need your help with this Lychee” I whispered, admitting my own shortcoming out loud for the first time.

Screenshot-635“I’ll send money. You’ll be fine” he said again. It was certainly not the words I had wanted to hear. “But Soda, you and I… It was never love. We just needed each other and we took advantage of each other. And now I’ve found love again and I never thought that was possible after Butterfly Bush but I’m feeling happy and she’s having my child. I need to be with her.”

I had heard these words before, hadn’t I?

Screenshot-633I started to cry when I realized there was nothing I could do and Lychee picked Watermelon up from her crib and left me alone in the nursery. “I hope you’ll find the right one sometime too. You deserve it, Soda” he said when he left the room.

I felt miserable. Truly, truly miserable.

Screenshot-645When we celebrated Watermelon’s birthday it was done with only my family and friends gathered. No fathers.

Screenshot-646She had my nose and a couple of thin locks of my hair color. And my mother’s eyes. I shrugged, it was a shame anything of my mother had to live on in my own kids. Taxus had her eyes and now Watermelon as well.

Screenshot-647It was a quiet and still celebration with people who knew pretty much everything about each other and who enjoyed each others’ company.

Screenshot-648The last kid I would ever had was born a few days later. It was a little boy with my pale skin. I decided to name him Salmon.

Screenshot-649The last baby. I swore to myself to never again enjoy the sensual and sweet thing that was known as woohoo. I seemed to be cursed with fertility and I did not want to risk another baby or we would outgrow the house I loved so much.

It was a soothing feeling, knowing that Salmon would be the last and it actually made it bearable to go up in the middle of the night to feed him or change his diaper. I even found myself smiling now and then while carrying him. It wasn’t so bad when you knew you would never have to do it again and instead I could enjoy the moments we shared, making them something worth remembering.


I’m sorry about the hopping back and forth between partners in this generation but StoryProgression does not seem to approve of Soda’s lifestyle and pairs her partners up whenever I think I’ve come to a decision. Depending on who will be the next heir this is most likely the last time she has to go through a lover leaving her for someone else. Lychee got a daughter with the other woman – I’ll add her to the familytree eventually just for you all to see. 

Lychee and Coral are actually Best Friends, which makes Coral the only of the three older kids to be friends with her father. And holy schmoly is she a gorgeous teenager?! She did roll the Vegetarian trait as well as the wish to learn gardening – which is really good for the story in the next generation as I will need a garden but couldn’t for my life figure a way to let Soda Pop start it. That being said, Coral is not named heir yet. I want to see the other children grow before deciding whether to throw an heir vote or before I decide the heir on my own. 🙂

And sorry to everyone who was rooting for Thunderbird. He simply couldn’t knock her up, even though I used ‘Try for Baby’. It seems it wasn’t meant to be. Luckily he’s a vampire so we don’t have to count him out off the family tree yet. 😉

Soda Pop has reached level 10 of the firefighter career and can now work from home. I found it incredibly funny when she autonomously changed in to her career outfit and went to check herself out in the mirror. That, dear readers, is Soda Pop in a nutshell!

I now have six bedrooms in the house and Soda Pop’s own is the only one which isn’t properly furnished. That shall be done with the next paycheck she receives and after that I will build a swimming pool and a spa in her garden and once that’s done I think I’ve fulfilled the Luxury roll.

Here’s a picture of the newly decorated laundry room (don’t ask me why I prioritized this because I have no idea. I like it, though. It only needs some paintings now):

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