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!

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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Chapter 3.14: Reunion

Screenshot-493Taxus had become a teenager already and it was the first birthday ever in this house that we didn’t host a party for. I felt a bit bad about it but he assured me it was just fine. I gave him an easel for his birthday and he was pretty much glued to it the entire night so it probably wouldn’t have made much difference if there had been a lot of people in the house anyway. He seemed happy.

I was still thinking about a way to make the kids get to know their fathers because I didn’t want them to have the same childhood as I had and when I was sitting with Taxus I brought the idea up with him.

“A gift giving party with our fathers?” he asked and didn’t sound very excited. “Don’t bother inviting my father. I don’t care anyway. But maybe the girls do, what do I know…”

I thought about it a lot but in the end I decided to invite Flamenco anyway. He didn’t show up though. Perhaps he thought the trip would be too long or he simply didn’t care enough about a teenage son he had never met.

Screenshot-498Lychee and Precious came though, along with the rest of my closest family. Which was growing quite quickly and also involved my cousin Butterfly Bush because she and Lychee were a couple. Appletini also came with her son Ferrari as a part of Precious’ closest family. And dad brought Thunderbird, they seemed to hang out more often now that mom was gone and dad was lonely while Mithos still had his big family. I certainly did not complain, Thunderbird was h-o-t.

Screenshot-499Screenshot-500Screenshot-501Screenshot-504Screenshot-503The party was alright even if the kids didn’t exactly speak too much with their fathers (and the fathers didn’t try too hard either) and even though not everyone was overly happy with their gifts. But still, it was alright and I had given my children the opportunity to get to know their fathers and that meant I had done what I could. I would probably keep trying because I didn’t want my own children to feel as abandoned as I had felt.

This is what I gave my kids: Taxus got some new paint brushes and a big sketch pad. Coral got a toy oven and a painting of a horse. Bittersweet got a toybox.

Screenshot-506And I myself got the best possible gift once the party was over. I couldn’t think of a better way to end a gift giving party than to woohoo in the igloo your kids had built in your garden.

Screenshot-495Life kept going its steady course after that. I worked a lot.

Screenshot-496Hung out with my kids.

Screenshot-494And behold! Precious.

Not that it was intentional most of the times, he simply happened to be at Appletini’s place when I came to visit and it actually seemed like my little outburst had done wonders to him because one day he suggested that he come to visit me and Bittersweet. I tried to hide the massive joy I felt and simply agreed. Maybe he would want to be by my side after all. Maybe!

However, that did not happen. He came to visit a few hours each time he was in town but he always left shortly after without so much as a hug. I realized that I dug that grave myself by lying in the first place and then repeating the lie but as the truth. At least he was around now and then and at least Bittersweet would know her father. And the few times he was actually around were the happiest moments in my life nowadays.

Screenshot-507I could stand just watching him as he played with his daughter or the times he brought Ferrari with him we would stand next to each other and just watch the two kids play. Simply being close to him sent tingles through my body, which was something I had never experienced with anyone else.

Screenshot-580Precious Pastry, he sure was unique.

Spending time with Precious was like riding a roller coaster that only went uphill. I was so happy in his company even if we weren’t romantically involved and I obviously wished for that to happen. The thing with rollercoasters, though, is that they need to go downhill at some point and when they do it may take you by surprise and leave you feeling both surprised and sick. At least that was how I felt when the Precious-coaster crashed down.

Screenshot-581“I’m seeing someone” he said one day. I had never considered such a thing to even be an option and as soon as he said it the world crashed on my shoulders and it felt like everything went black.

“But, we have a baby” I murmured while a wave of nausea rushed through my body. He couldn’t be seeing someone, we were a family for berry’s sake!

“And she’s adorable but I’m not in love with you, We have no future.”

Screenshot-586“But we have a past!” I couldn’t let him go. I couldn’t accept him being with someone else. I needed him, he should know I did.

“A past, yes. But I have a future too, and it can’t be with you. I think I’m in love with this girl Soda. I want to take the chance.” He looked down as he spoke and he looked genuinely sad.

Screenshot-585Bittersweet kept playing as if everything was normal and as if the whole world wasn’t falling apart at this moment. Precious smiled when he looked at her and I kept cursing to myself over the fact that he was so good-looking and over the fact that he was like no other guy I had ever met. I cursed the fact that I had fallen head over heels for him and I cursed the fact that I could be so blue-eyed and believe that there could even be a thing such as love.

I grabbed his arms and kneeled down to be able to look him straight in the eye as I said: “If you walk away you lose us both.” I knew that I wouldn’t be able to spend time with him if my chances of having a future with him was taken away. I had lived on that hope, had imagined us like a family and he just stomped on that image as if it was worth nothing. So I had to make him choose, either he wanted his daughter (and I could tell he adored her) or he walked away from us both.

Screenshot-582He kneeled down and kissed Bittersweet on the forehead. “I have to take this chance” he whispered. Before I knew it he was gone. From the room, from my life, from our family but not from my dreams. I sunk down on the floor in Bittersweet’s nursery and cried. Never before had my life felt so hopeless.

Screenshot-515Since becoming a mother I hadn’t gone out to party or drink much. It was weird thinking about how much my life had changed even though I had been determined to not let it happen. The day after Precious revealed his plan to leave me and my kids to go chase some lovelife he had suddenly found I decided to go to the pub for the first time in many years. I called the babysitter after I finished work and asked her to stay a bit longer and then I went straight to the pub.

Not much had changed it seemed, even though The Blank Slate was one of the few places that offered anything in the kind of nightlife it was quiet. Perhaps it also helped that it was in the middle of the week and only the really lonely and poor souls would make their way to the pub at 4 ó clock.

Screenshot-510I went upstairs to drown my sorrows with juice. I felt more miserable than I had ever done in my life before and not even a day at work had managed to ease my mind. Juice was the only escape I could think of now. Until I came upstairs and saw Lychee by the bar, that is. I stopped in my track towards the bar and just looked at him. Lychee Button, also a father to one of my kids. He looked so lonely by the bar and I couldn’t help but remember the sight of him when I saw him in Briocheport. Back then he had been surrounded by snake girls and had looked happy and content and now it was the complete opposite. I decided to go up to him.

Screenshot-511He barely looked at me when I took place next to him but he waved to the bartender and ordered a drink for me. I smiled and drank it without even saying a word to him first. He finished his glass too before speaking and when he finally did I noticed that he slurred. He had probably finished quite a few drinks already. “Ish not like Brioshh-portsh eschatly” he said and ordered another drink.

“It’s not” I agreed and ordered another drink myself.

Screenshot-512“She dumped me” he slurred after another sip of the juice and I could barely believe my ears. “She dumped Lyschee Buttshon. Ha!”

Screenshot-514I tugged at his sleeve and made him come with me away from the bar as I realized the bartender’s ears had grown way too big overhearing the subject. “Why would she do that?” I wondered and my own troubles suddenly seemed much more distant, even though Lychee’s troubles were a perfect reflection of my own.

“She doeshn’t love me anymore” he sighed and fell in to my arms, sobbing. It felt weird, comforting Lychee. I had learned to see him in a whole new way after meeting him as an adult and this sobbing mess was not how I pictured him.

Screenshot-513“Then she’s an idiot” I said and was surprised to realize that I meant it. Lychee was a good guy, he was cute and he was rich and famous. Lots of girls wanted him and throwing him away was a real waste. I suddenly enjoyed comforting him and when he stumbled down the stairs I followed him.

Screenshot-516Screenshot-518I stood waiting outside the toilet stall and tried to shut out the pouring sound from within. When Lychee came back out I threw myself in his arms. I needed this comfort and he did too. That didn’t stop him from being surprised by it all, though.

Screenshot-520“Whatcha doing?” he wondered once he managed to break free.

Screenshot-521“I’m kissing you” I replied and threw myself in his arms again and this time he didn’t object but instead returned the kiss. He tasted of alcohol and as we kissed I managed to forget about Precious. It was a good distraction.

Screenshot-522 Screenshot-523When he followed me home it was only the natural step. It was something we both needed – to feel wanted and to have some company. And the next morning one of my kids could eat breakfast together with both her mother and father and that was definitely out of the ordinary.

Screenshot-524“Do you mind if I come here to see you and Coral once every now and then?” Lychee asked during the breakfast and I said that I definitely wouldn’t mind. Both he and I really needed each other’s company now.

Screenshot-561A few days later we met Thunderbird and dad at the Winter Festival. It all happened because of three reasons: 1) Dad wanted to see his grandchildren and was feeling very lonely after Oceana’s passing. 2) Both Taxus and Coral had been begging to get to see Thunderbird more. Taxus thought it was cool that he was a vampire and Coral wanted him to teach her how to skate. 3) I wanted to see his gorgeous face again.

I had never realized how much he meant for my father or how close they had been but it became rather clear now that my father was grieving. It seemed like neither his siblings or two best friends had any time for hime and as such Thunderbird stepped in like some kind of savior.

It was nice hanging out with Thunderbird not only because he was good on the eye but also because he told me things about my father I never would have guessed. Apparantly my father had been a very brave young man back in the days. It was quite hard to believe.

Screenshot-562Coral raced for the skating rink as soon as we got to the festival lot and she looked very unstable as she tried her hand at the skating. “Please help me Thunderbird” she cried and he excused himself from my side and went to skate with my daughter.

Screenshot-566Although I must say it was rather cheaty with his vampiric speed. He was usually trying to keep a low profile and not everyone knew that he was a vampire, but since it was a school day and not many people at the festival he took the opportunity to show off. Coral looked at him dreamily as if she wished to have the same skating skills. I doubt she even noticed the fact that he wasn’t even wearing skates.

Screenshot-564Dad was mostly cuddling with Bittersweet the entire time and it seemed to make him happy so we mostly let him be. When Coral was tired of skating she threw off her jacket and went up to Thunderbird. “That was so cool on the ice” she said and smiled impressed. “You’ll teach me some day, won’t you?”

Thunderbird laughed, “We’ll see.”

Screenshot-568Both Bittersweet and Coral got quite tired at the end of the day and dad offered to take them home. Taxus followed them, which meant it was only me and Thunderbird left. It didn’t take long until he approached me with a seductive smile. “You’re just as gorgeous as every Twist woman before you” he said and placed his arms around my neck.

“How old are you?” I wondered, realizing he could be several hundreds of years.

“29” he replied and grinned.

“And for how long have you been 29?”

“For approximately 250 years.”

Screenshot-567Maybe it should have made me scared and made me want to get off him. I knew nothing of vampires except the things I had read in books. Maybe they were dangerous and it seemed very possible that he would be able to tear me apart just with a snap of his finger.

But it didn’t make me scared or nervous. It made me thrilled. I saw in front of me a new adventure, a new experience and I decided to take my chances.

Screenshot-569“You are a better kisser than your aunt Sweet Corn” Thunderbird said when our lips parted.

“I guess I had more training” I replied, not even bothered by admitting my loose nature. I knew I wouldn’t be at his rate anyway. When he literally sweeped me off my feet and carried me over to the photo automate I didn’t object. I smiled in his arms and it was the best adventure and experience I had ever had so far. Experience pays off, after all.


StoryProgression pushed Precious in to a relationship and made Butterfly Bush and Lychee break up so once again I changed my plans for Soda Pop’s future story. And because Thunderbird was also a popular choice among readers (and Soda herself) he also became a potential father. Both Taxus and Coral rolled relation-building wishes concerning Thunderbird too, so I decided to go with that. I have let Soda have RiskyWoohoo with both these men and we will see who will eventually become the father of the next child. 🙂

As you can see Bittersweet has a few paintings of dogs in her nursery, they are all in fact gifts from Precious to Soda Pop through the game’s attraction system. I thought it was rather fitting to put them in the nursery of his daughter. I’ve let her develop a real love for animals overall from those pictures. ^^

With the woohoo in the igloo, Soda Pop fulfilled her LTW to romance with five different guys in five different places. She has also reached Level 9 in her Firefighter career and is finally starting to make some decent money so the house (outside the kids’ rooms) will start looking a bit more furnished from now on. 

Oh, and Taxus went to prom with Hyacinth (she asked) and during the night they decided to go steady. How sweet is that?
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Chapter 3.13: Long time no see

Screenshot-444I took Bittersweet with me to Sweet Pastry just a few days after she was born. I was almost sure that if Appletini saw her niece with her own eyes she wouldn’t be able to deny the fact that Precious was the father.

“A girl?” Appletini said and smiled as soon as she was done serving her customer. I nodded as a reply.

Screenshot-445“This is Bittersweet, your niece.”

Appletini sighed and looked down, avoiding eye contact. “You have to stop that Soda. You can’t keep saying you’ve given birth to my brother’s kids every time you have a new baby.”

“But this time it’s true, I swear!” I said and stretched Bittersweet towards her. “Look, it is Precious’ daughter. You can see it, can’t you?”

Screenshot-448“She’s cute, but please, for my sake, and your own, stop saying it’s Precious’.” Her hands dropped down to her sides and as my eyes followed them I saw that her belly was looking a bit swollen. It was really subtle, but it sure did look like a baby bump. I should know one when I saw one. When she noticed that I was looking she tugged a bit at her shirt, pulling it down as if she was trying to cover up.

I wanted to ask her about it, but I figured she would probably just force me to leave if I did. Instead I said, “It is Precious daughter, I’m not lying. He came to my house and we made a baby. He could even confirm it if you asked him.”

Screenshot-447“Look, I don’t know why you’re so obsessed with my brother because really, he’s bad news. I don’t even talk to him that much. And I won’t have him either confirm or deny that baby. It’s none of my business really.” Her voice reared up at the end and once she was done talking she rubbed her lower back. It should have been an innocent gesture but I knew exactly why she did it. Because that spot she had rubbed was the exact spot where my back had been hurting during the first few weeks, and especially when I got worked up about something.

I knew for sure right then, Appletini was pregnant. Bittersweet was going to have a cousin.

Screenshot-446“Look, I really need your help” I said. “I don’t know how to get in touch with your brother and he should at least know that he has a baby, that he is a father now. It’s only fair.”

Appletini just shook her head and walked off behind the counter. I wouldn’t give up so easily though and I followed her, “Just give me his phone number, please?”

In the end she caved in and scribbled down his number on an old receipt. I hung on to it as if it was the most valuable of treasures – which in my case, it was.

Screenshot-457I never found the courage to actually call Precious that day, because really, what should I say? It was most likely the last chance I would get and I did not want to blow it. I needed him. So. bad.

The next day I started dialing his number three times but interrupted the call every time. Why was it so hard? The fourth time I actually managed to keep the phone to my ear for two signals before I hung up. I sighed and put the phone back in my pocket. I couldn’t do it. I didn’t know how. I needed to see him, needed to look him in the face when I told him about Bittersweet. In fact, he probably needed to see her himself. But how on earth could I make that happen?

Screenshot-459“Just do it already” I eventually thought to myself and dialed the number for a fifth time, this time around without hanging up before his answering machine took the call. I hung up again, there was no way I would tell him the big news over the machine.

Screenshot-458Since I had finally gathered enough courage to actually do something, I decided to not let that opportunity slip and sent him a text saying I needed to talk to see him. I did not know if he would reply and in all honesty I doubted it. He was like me, he walked away once he got what he wanted. Fudge.

I waited several days and just kept looking at my phone every other minute. I imagined it vibrating when it didn’t and when it actually did I was only disappointed when it wasn’t Precious. I was going rather crazy over the whole thing.

Screenshot-454I went to see Appletini a couple of times too but it only made me hurt more to see her. She was in a lucky relationship with the father of her baby and she always looked so happy. And she looked so much like Precious too. Perhaps I tried to be her friend only to be able to get to Precious in the end. I don’t even know myself any more.

Precious Pastry. It was the only one, and the only thing, I could think of.

Screenshot-432Taxus was rarely ever at home now that he was old enough to go to school. Ever since the day I bought him his bike he was constantly exploring our town. It was nice to have him out of the house. I felt rather cramped with all these kids around. And besides my obsession with Precious felt huge too, it was as if it needed a whole room of its own. Don’t ask me how that works, but it was about how it felt.

Screenshot-416And so, before I knew it summer had passed and the leaves on the trees were turning red and yellow and then fell down from their branches. I found myself surprised by this because I hadn’t realized how much time had passed. All I had done for weeks was feed kids, work and think about Precious.

I decided to host a costume party just to get my mind on something different, if only for a night.

I dressed myself and Coral up as bunnies and Taxus decided he wanted to be an alien. I was nowhere near as excited as I used to be for a party.

Screenshot-423Canary, Plum and Hyacinth arrived first. I can’t even try to describe how much I love that family. Seriously, if it weren’t for them I would never survive my own days. Both Plum and Canary was there for me whenever I needed it and they had helped me with my kids so much that I owed them my life.

Screenshot-429While Canary cuddled with Bittersweet I got a phone call from my cousin Butterfly Bush who wondered if she could bring her new boyfriend who was just visiting from Briocheport. I said honestly that I would love it if she did.

Screenshot-420She came as a zebra, or something. I don’t even know. She looked quite silly, however and she even managed to scare Coral just by stepping in to the nursery.

She was smiling and you realized just by looking at her that she was very much in love, and that she was happy.

Screenshot-417I had not expected her to introduce Lychee as her boyfriend, though, and I was startled to say the least. And he just smiled when he said hi, as if it was the most normal thing in the world that he was at my costume party.

I cringed, this would be quite the party once he realized he had a daughter in this house – with the cousin of his new girlfriend. “Hey Lychee” I said and managed a smile.

“Long time no see” he said with confidence. “I hope you had a good time in Briocheport.”

Screenshot-418I glanced over at Coral who was now sitting happily on the floor. She giggled a little and pounded her toy rabbit to the floor. Lychee looked over at her too and it wasn’t until then I realized that the room was empty, except for myself, Lychee and our daughter.

Screenshot-419“I didn’t know you had kids” he said without letting his eyes leave Coral.

“Uhm, ye.. Three actually” I said and nodded, desperately trying to come up with a way to get him to look at me and not at the wall behind Coral. I had begun hanging the trophies from the father’s in their respective room and right now it seemed like an incredibly stupid idea. If Lychee saw himself on the wall above the changing table he would do the maths and realize Coral was his daughter. I didn’t want that to happen. That would risk the relationship between him and my cousin and she seemed so happy.

Screenshot-427As on delivery Mustard and Canary came in to the room at that very moment and with that the awkwardness was gone. I couldn’t stop worry that Lychee would ask about the photos though and as soon as I got a moment I took them down and placed them upside down on the changing table.

The party was a success despite the awkward knowledge of my cousin dating the father of one of my children. Neither Plum or Canary (who were the only ones who knew for sure) said anything. Did I mention that I love them?

Screenshot-438Screenshot-439After the costume party I went back to thinking about Precious and how I could get him to come see me. Very few things could distract my thoughts, but one of them was work, I loved the excitement of the station and the probability of a sudden alarm. While I was there I could forget the fact that Precious really didn’t seem to want to meet me since he never replied to the text or answered the few times I dared to call.

Several months passed without me hearing from him and it was soon time for yet another batch of birthdays, Coral’s and Bittersweet’s to be precise:

Screenshot-461Dad came but he cried the entire night because mom passed away a few weeks earlier. It didn’t affect me except for the fact that it was sad to see my father so upset.

Screenshot-464Before I brought Coral to the cake I stood with her in front of the pictures of me and Lychee and I told her that he was her father. She gurgled something in response, but like Taxus she never learned how to actually speak.

Screenshot-465Lychee came in while we stood in front of the pictures and when he saw them he smiled. “Hah, you kept them!”

I felt my cheeks turned red and I didn’t dare to turn around and look at him as I replied, “Yea, I did.”

He didn’t say anything more in the matter even though I’m fairly sure he understood. Her age was just right and she had his skin and his facial structure and his adorable downhill-nose. Not that I would enlighten him of the matter, of course.

Screenshot-467 Screenshot-468I helped Coral blow the candles while our friends and family cheered in the back.

Screenshot-469Dad’s old friend Thunderbird had even come to celebrate the birthdays. He looked incredibly young to be my father’s friend – but I guess that’s just how it is with vampires. I hadn’t met him much and I think he tagged along just because dad was hurting and needed support and I certainly approved because he was really nice to look at, handsome as he was.

Screenshot-470Coral grew up to be a very cute little girl and yet again I found myself astonished with how adorable that downhill-nose was. Lychee had good genes, that was one thing that I could be happy about.

“Is she mine?” Lychee whispered while we were watching her taking her first steps as a child and I blushed again. “I just need to know” he whispered again, so low that it was impossible for anyone but me to hear.

I nodded slightly, “Yes. But you have to be with Bush” I whispered back.

Lychee nodded, “I know. I’m no father.”

“I know” I whispered back and then went to grab a piece of cake before anyone would start wondering what we were doing.

Screenshot-475Bittersweet looked a lot like me when she grew up but she did have Precious’ pointy ears, which I was happy about because it would make it easier to convince him that she was indeed his daughter – once I got the opportunity.

Screenshot-471 Screenshot-472 Screenshot-473Coral didn’t even eat any cake before heading back in to her room. She climbed on top of her rocking horse and seemed to pretend that she was a cowboy. She looked funny. And cute.

I realized again that I actually did like her.

Screenshot-478I kept waiting for a reply from Precious but nothing ever came. I had almost given it up all together when Appletini called to tell me she had her baby, a little boy who she and Blackeye named Ferrari. As soon as I heard the news I rushed over to her house to meet the little one. Appletini herself was at work so Blackeye just showed me in to where Ferrari was lying content and happy in his crib.

I picked him up and looked at him. He had that freckly red skin that both Appletini and Precious had and I thought it was rather unfair that Bittersweet hadn’t inherited it too. It was just way too adorable.

Screenshot-476I had brought Bittersweet with me but she did not approve of being left alone in the kitchen while I inspected the newborn baby and after just a short moment I had to rush out to get her.

Screenshot-484Appletini came home while I was still there and at the sight of me she looked rather nervous. Or in fact, that nervous look was pretty much her natural look. “Oh, Soda Pop… Hi” she stammered when she saw me.

“Hey, congratulations on your baby” I said and smiled.

Screenshot-485“Uhm… Thanks. But really Soda… I must ask you to leave, you can’t just come here whenever you want. You have to call first.”

Screenshot-486“Wowow, look Apple, I just came to see him and congratulate you. This has nothing to do with your brother!” It was true but the words had barely left my lips until the front door was opened and Precious stood in the doorway. My heart skipped a beat at the sight of him and I felt my cheeks turn red. He looked at me startled and then at his sister in a questioning way. She just shrugged.

The next moment he had scooped Bittersweet up in his arms and tickled her before turning to me, “Another baby, huh?”

Screenshot-481I blushed. This was it.

“Uhm, yes…” I stammered. It was incredibly hard to utter the fateful words. “And… this time… she really is yours.”

Precious took a long look at Bittersweet and it was almost possible to see his brain working to process the news. “Why should I believe you this time?” he finally asked.

Screenshot-483“I can prove it!” I said.

“And how is that?”

“We take a DNA-test. You will see. She really is yours.”

Screenshot-479“And why would I agree to that?”

My heart sank. He had a point, why should he?

“Because she is your daughter Precious. She really is.”

Screenshot-482He suddenly looked incredibly sad and Bittersweet decided to rest her little head against his shoulder as if she was trying to comfort her father. “I knew you lied with Coral. She couldn’t have been my daughter. But this one here, she actually can. And no, I wouldn’t want to give you the pleasure. You ruined that by lying in the first place.” He paused and handed me my daughter. “She is yours. The only thing I want to do here in Fondant Fields now is to be a good uncle to Ferrari. I won’t stay. And you can’t force me to take any test. That’s final.”

My whole world crashed at that moment.

Screenshot-487“You will” I snarled. “You will take responsibility and you will come visit her because she is your daughter and she deserves to know you. You don’t know what it’s like to grow up with only one parent, do you? Well, I have news for you, I DO! And I am not letting Bittersweet go through that. You will come and visit, DNA-test or not. And that, Precious Pastry, is final!”

I had never thought about it that way before, but now that I said it to Precious, I realized it was true. My kids deserved to get to know their fathers and I would do whatever I could to make that happen from now on.


Once again StoryProgression decided to lead the way in this story. I wasn’t entirely sure whether to let Precious or Lychee be the guy wanting to know their kid (and as such be around for more baby making 😉 ) but then SP knocked Appletini up at the same time as it paired Lychee and Butterfly Bush (Soda Pop’s cousin) up and as such the “decision” was made. Lychee will definitely be around for as long and he and Butterfly Bush are together and Precious will also come to visit now and then. And since I have rolled 5 kids, only time will tell who the next father(s) will be.

I’m sure you’ve all figured by now, but Soda Pop’s generation will be longer that the previous ones. I would guess we end up at around 20 chapters or so.

Chapter 3.8: Briocheport

Screenshot-132Once we were settled in the apartment we had rented for the weekend we changed in to our party outfits and decided to check out the club scenes. I had read about this one fancy club that I was just dying to see.

It was located in one of the fancier districts of Briocheport and outside the place the ground was clean and potted plants followed the big alley that led us there. It was a place for celebrities and rich berries and it was therefore a place where we would most likely enjoy ourselves. It was a place where the true me belonged, the one who didn’t have a kid at home to care for. It also sounded as a place where Precious was likely to hang out. He was rich and powerful and probably quite known in this town.

Screenshot-133A big muscular black ‘bow was guarding the doorway and as we came up he took a step to the side to cover my way pass him. “I don’t know you” he snarled and I realized they wouldn’t let just anyone in.

“I’m from Fondant Fields” I said and waved my lashes while smiling towards him. Surely, he would soon see how beautiful and rich I looked and let us both in. Plum just stood silent beside me and tried to look cute.

“So?” The man tilted his head and locked his eyes with mine. “You expect to just waltz in on the celebrity scene the first thing you do in the big city? Ha, think again!”

Screenshot-134Desperate times call for desperate measures.

I hauled up a bunch of money and handed him hundred simeoloans in discretion. “Maybe I can get you to change your mind” I purred. He smiled at me and accepted the money by folding them in half and putting them in his pocket.

“I wouldn’t think so” he then said. “Now you better run off to a place where you’d fit in better.”

Screenshot-135I snapped.

I screamed and cried and begged to get in because this was a place where I actually did fit in, where I needed to fit in. It didn’t help, though, and after a while Plum pulled me out of there. We left the fancy districts and headed to a more shabby bar where we had no trouble of getting in. It was actually a bar where no-one would have trouble getting in. And therefore, a bar Precious never would bother going to.

Screenshot-159Screenshot-158Plum didn’t seem to mind too much and enjoyed herself with dancing on top of the bar counter, which made the bartender look at her with desire in his eyes.

‘If he only knew that she played for the other team’, I chuckled to myself before remembering that this was not a fun night. It had not exactly gone according to plan and I was no closer to seeing Precious again, or even finding out where I could see him again. In fact, I didn’t even know if he was in town or not.

“Come, dance with me Soda” Plum called from the top of the counter and I just shook my head. I wasn’t really in the mood.

Screenshot-160“You look like you need some of these” the bartender suddenly smiled at me and placed a plate of fried onion rings in front of me. “There’s nothing those rings can’t cure” he continued and I smiled back.

He was cute, and it was a very nice gesture. In the middle of my blues it felt nice to be seen like that.

I chatted to him while eating my onion rings and while Plum danced herself sweaty on the bar. He told me about the fancy bars and how only the snobby idiots actually went there and that the most interesting people actually went to the shabbier clubs where the music was actually danceable rather than that classic music they played at the snobby places. “There’s more in life than money” he said and with that I was only more firm to believe that I did in fact belong in those fancy place rather than here. Money was the most important thing after all. It just made things so much easier.

Screenshot-161The next day we tried the fancy bar again and once again the muscular black ‘bow in the door stopped us from entering. While I was trying to persuade him, Plum suddenly whispered in my ear, “Is that Lychee?”

I peeked over the shoulder of the bouncer and was very surprised with what I saw. It certainly did look like Lychee. I hadn’t seen him since high school and I didn’t know what had become of him, but judging by what I saw it was something.

Screenshot-162He was standing in the middle of the dance floor with girls dancing close to him, twisting like snakes who wished nothing but getting under those clothes of his.

I stopped the persuasions and instead decided to see if the bouncer was up to some gossiping. I didn’t think it would work, though. “Is that Lychee Button” I asked and nodded towards the dance floor.

The bouncer rolled his eyes, “Why do you ask?”

“We went to school with him. I dated him for a while.”

“You dated Mr. Button? But why didn’t you say so?!” He suddenly stepped aside and pulled the strings of the fence, letting us enter. I thought it looked like he was blushing, but that could have been my imagination.

Screenshot-163“Lychee?” I asked and stepped up close to the guy who had been madly in love with me throughout my entire school years. The snakes by his sides vanished when he stopped dancing and looked at me.

“Soda Pop?”

Screenshot-165“Wow, what are you doing here?” he asked and smiled. It was one of those smiles that come to you when you remember something joyful.

“Vacation with Plum” I replied and pointed at Plum who had gone straight for the bar. “And you?”

“I live here.”

He continued to tell me how he had moved from Fondant Fields after graduation and how he had climbed the career ladder here in the big city. He started out as a roadie and now he was owning his own record company and held the power to decide which artists to turn in to stars and which would be left to fade. That explained the snakes, I thought.

Screenshot-166“You’ve done good” I winked and took a seductive step closer to him. It was hard to understand. Lychee Button?! The school’s nerd and the pathetic puppy who had followed my every wink as a teenager. He was powerful and rich and… famous. That made him quite sexy.

Screenshot-167He suddenly started laughing and it took me by surprise. “I’m not him anymore” he said once he had gathered himself.

“I can see that” I winked again.

Screenshot-169In the corner of my eye I could see that Plum had jumped on top of the bar again. In a way it made me ashamed because this was clearly not a place where you were supposed to dance on the bar. However, no one seemed to really notice her and with that I turned my full attention back to Lychee. “I wondered where you took off after graduation” I lied.

He sighed. “Don’t give me that Soda Pop Twist. I know your type. You taught me after all. And you haven’t changed a bit I see. And no, you don’t get to come here and think I’m still in love with you after all these years. It doesn’t work that way. I’m sorry.”

Screenshot-168“I don’t think that” I said. “I realize that you got over me many years ago. But that doesn’t mean it’s fun to see each other again. Right?” I couldn’t believe it myself. Had I come all the way to Briocheport just to try to score Lychee Button?

Although, from what I had seen and heard this night, it was worth it. He was famous and rich and powerful and sought-after and scoring him would give me some status as well. My hunt for Precious suddenly felt really distant. I had a new quest now.

Screenshot-172“You still look good” Lychee admitted after another hour of sweet-talk and I stepped in to his arms and let myself be embraced. He was warm and soft and I remembered that I had always thought he had the cutest nose. It was the way it was bent like a hill. I softly pulled my finger along it.

“You’ve always had such a cute nose” I whispered.

Screenshot-171And then he kissed me. It was our third kiss ever and I could tell he had been practicing quite a lot since our last one. His tongue played with mine in a perfect speed, causing my body to feel as if it was lit on fire. I wanted him.

“You are still gorgeous” he whispered and interlaced his fingers with mine, pulling me off the dance floor. We didn’t make it further than to the elevator before my dress was unzipped and his hands started playing with my breasts. I would never have guessed I would come to Briocheport to sleep with Lychee, but so it happened and I had to admit it was nice and thrilling and steaming hot.

Screenshot-173Plum wouldn’t stop laughing about the whole thing afterwards. Lychee Button? It was ironic, I had to give her that. But he had really changed, he wasn’t pathetic any more, he was rich and famous. I felt rather satisfied with myself and the fact that I had learned nothing nw of Precious’ whereabouts didn’t matter as much. We did go to Sweet Pastry one day, but I wasn’t surprised that he wasn’t there.

We didn’t look for him more after that, instead we spent our last day by going through toy store after toy store. I wanted to bring something home for Taxus. Something nice. Plum tagged along and bought one dress after the other and more toys than her bag would be able to handle for little Hyacinth. I just wanted that one special and perfect thing for my son and so far I hadn’t found it. It was probably lucky for Plum since that meant she could fit some of Hyacinth’s dresses in my bag.

It didn’t matter to me that I didn’t know what kind of toys Taxus preferred as I was simply determined to give him something nice. Something of good quality.

Screenshot-174I didn’t find it until we were starting to run out of time before our flight would leave. On the bottom shelf in a corner of a small toy shop we had passed several times during the weekend. It was a shining red fire truck and it was perfect. A kid with a firefighter mother just couldn’t get away with not having a toy fire truck.

I felt pleased with the trip when I packed my bags. The fire truck laid at the top, its rear lights sticking up from the bag, showing that  I was a good mother who cared for my kid. It had been an expensive toy and that was just what Taxus deserved – the best toys there was.

Besides, it was a fire truck.

Screenshot-190I was feeling really proud when I walked i to Taxus room with the fire truck in my hands. I felt a smile forming on my lips, which really was rare when it came to being close to Taxus. I still hadn’t forgiven him for storming in to my life and putting it on its edge, even if he wasn’t really the one to blame. At least it felt a bit better now after the trip to Briocheport because I had realized my popularity wasn’t fading just because of him. I was still attractive.

Taxus didn’t even look at me, or the truck, as I put it down on the floor next to him. He just kept sucking on the bottle Canary gave him before catching up with Plum again. I stood and watched him for a couple of minutes, waiting eagerly for when he would notice the truck and start to play with it.

Nothing happened and once he had finished eating he simply crawled towards his toy box and brought a small green stuffed toy dragon out to play with. So much for that perfect fire truck toy, huh?


AN: The Briocheport trip happened in an alternate save where I moved Plum in with Soda Pop. In the main challenge save Plum has not been a part of the household as that would have been against the rules for the single parent roll.

Chapter 3.1: A good-looking reflection

Screenshot-1074The reflection looking back at me in the mirror had always looked good. Now I pulled a few strands of my hair behind my ear and saw the new glittering jewels in my ears and sighed happily – they made the reflection perfect. They glittered and sparkled in a way that went really well with my eyes. My eyes were a bit like diamonds too, I realized and a smile formed in my face.

The new earrings had been a gift from Lychee, a lovesick boy in our school. It was fun to toy with him, making him run me errands and do me favors. The only payment he needed to keep at it was hints that I might be somewhat interested in going steady with him at some point. Poor guy didn’t realize I had no such intentions at all and that I merely found pleasure in having him woo me.

Screenshot-1146It all started one day when I had been hanging out with Plum after school and as usual the lovesick boy was staying close, staring at us in a way that probably should have made me feel uncomfortable, but which felt strangely good. I liked being sought after. “He would do anything for you, you know” Plum giggled.

“He’s quite pathetic, isn’t he?” I chuckled and looked over my shoulder, back to where Lychee was sitting. He didn’t even care to turn his eyes away and kept staring at me even though he knew I could see it. I shook my head and focused my attention at Plum again. She was my best friend, we had met during the first week of high school and her outgoing personality had me hooked in an instant. It was great having a girl friend since my home was so filled with testosterone that it was a wonder I hadn’t grown a penis myself yet.

Screenshot-1145“Should we get started on that fudging math homework?” Plum sighed, reminding me of why we had decided to go here in the first place. We both loved socializing and doing homework around people were just a lot more fun than doing them at home. Not that it made them enjoyable, but at least it got a bit better.

“Ugh, I hate math” I groaned.

“Tell me about it!” Plum agreed.

Screenshot-1125It didn’t even take two seconds until Lychee was standing by our side smiling goofy, “I could help you with the math.”

“Ye?” I asked and looked at him. It was one of the first times I had really looked at him. I mean, looked at him and actually seen him. He didn’t look to bad, I admitted to myself.

“I’d do it if you go out with me” he said again and smiled another goofy smile. He winked with one eye, probably in an attempt to look flirty, but which only made him look like a dork.

“She’ll do it if you do my homework too” Plum decided and went up to him, shoving her blue notebook in his chest. He had no choice but to take it and as soon as he did, Plum tugged at me arm and left him standing alone with two homeworks in his hands, watching us leave.

“Saturday at 3?” he called after me and I raised my hand and waved at him without looking back.

Screenshot-1156Once we were back at my place Plum started laughing hysterically and I soon followed. Lychee would indeed do anything for a date! How pathetic was that!?

“I bet you’ll be going to a chess contest or something” Plum giggled and imitated how Lychee had looked when he offered to do my homework in exchange for a date.

“Well, I think I’ll keep him around for convenience if he’s going to offer to do maths for me” I said and gave my friend a hug before she made a leave to get home before curfew.

Screenshot-1071The well-known steady mechanical sound of the treadmill caught my ears as soon as Plum was gone and silence surrounded the room. Blizzard was apparently working on his physical perfection yet another day. Ever since dad told us about his mother and her father’s firefighter career Blizzard had seen it as his lifetime calling to also be a firefighter one day. He had been running miles on that treadmill since then. How fun could it be?

Screenshot-1122“Had fun tonight?” Dad asked with a smile plastered on his lips. I wondered if it was a true smile or merely a mask he put on. I mean, could he be sincerely happy after having lost his one true love and his parents? It was hard to believe. Yet, he smiled every time he spoke to us, always making us feel so… loved.

“I suppose” I shrugged, not feeling like talking to my father at all. I know he meant well but I just didn’t want to tell him things. He was old, and quite boring.

Screenshot-1124Instead, I went to my room where, to no surprise, Loquat was seated in front of the Domino game I had got for my last birthday. I had tried it once and decided it wasn’t exactly fun and after that it had pretty much belonged to Loquat. I don’t know why we didn’t just move the fudging game in to his and Blizz’s room since they were the only ones using it. But it remained in my room as a constant reminder of something dad’s friend had thought I would like but which had proved to be very wrong. It was also one of the reasons why Loquat annoyed me so much. I was just never allowed privacy. One day I would indeed move that board in to their room.

Screenshot-1129The saturday came faster than I thought it would and I had to go on that date I had promised Lychee. At first I kind of thought I would have to spend the day at a chess contest, as Plum had suggested, so I was quite surprised when he asked me to meet him at the Flyin’ Burrito. I found him on the upper floor, by the pool table.

“Pool?” I said in a disapproving voice and he was so startled that he hit the ball in a surprised move, making it bounce off the table and land by my feet.

“Uh, hi” he stammered and went to pick up the ball. I just looked at him as he did and took joy in the fact that it seemed to make him nervous. “Here’s for you” he said and handed me a white box wrapped in a red silk band. I opened it and found two glittering earrings. They looked like diamonds.

“Thanks” I said and put them on, still not showing much affection towards him.

“So, you wanna play?” he asked and handed me a cue.

Screenshot-1131“Not really” I pouted and put the hand on my hip, trying to show him just how much I disliked his very company.

Screenshot-1133“Oh… Okay” he stammered and went back to the table where I had first seen him. He placed the white ball, aiming at the cup in the other end of the table. Without another word he made a perfect shot and the white ball flew over the table and landed straight in the cup. Once it had landed he looked up at me with a proud smile on his face.

“Not bad” I admitted and went to take a cue on my own. “I suppose we could play one game.”

Screenshot-1138He smiled and gathered all the balls in the triangle in one end of the table. “Eight ball?” he suggested. I figured it was some kind of pool game, but I didn’t know much of pool at all so it didn’t tell me much.

“What’s that?”

“Well, whoever puts the first ball down decides whether to be stripes or full and the goal is to put all of your balls in the pockets and finish with the eight ball.”

“Regular pool then, sounds easy enough” I decided.

“You wanna break?”

Screenshot-1141“Right” I said and stepped towards the table, moving the white ball slightly to the right of the middle and aimed at the fully blue ball in the third row. I don’t exactly knew why, but I had learned at some point to not aim at the top of the triangle for a better break. I didn’t usually care much for pool, but I felt a desperate need to win over Lychee. As if my honor were at stake, or something.

My shot failed. Only three balls was broken out of the original triangle and I heard Lychee supress a laugh. “Better luck next time” he said and walked up to take his own shot – which, of course, was perfect. Not quite fair to take your date to play pool when you’re prectically a pro.

Screenshot-1136“You’re quite good at this” I said and watched him make one shot after the other, lowering his striped balls at every shot. Once he was done with his streak, he had two balls left whereas I had all of mine.

“Well, I’ve played quite a lot…” he admitted and stepped away from the table, making room for me.

“I could almost guess” I said and smiled. It was a genuine smile.

Screenshot-1134“Focus” he tutored as I practically just swung my cue, missing every ball on the table. “Let’s re-do that shot, but this time you’re actually going to take some time to aim before you shoot.” He took the white ball in his hand and placed it back at about the same spot as it had laid when I made my poor attempt at a shot.

“You have to calculate the balls curve” he said and pointed where I should hit the ball to make it hit the ball I wanted to. “See, you want to hit it about here to make it go down in to that pocket. And not too hard, okay?”

I nodded, I could clearly see how the ball would go if I hit it where he had pointed out. I rested the cue between my thumb and my forefinger and made a loose hit. It didn’t go exactly as planned, but at least I hit the ball I had intended to, and that was a big improvement.

Lychee lowered the rest of his balls in two rounds after that, winning easily. He didn’t shove it in my face though and instead he insisted we play another game. I agreed.

Screenshot-1140“Okay, try to hit the ball right in the middle and shoot quite hard” Lychee instructed and cheered on me while I made the break. This game wasn’t so much of the actual competition but instead Lychee did his best to teach me how to play better. While it was quite annoying to take instructions from him, it did improve my game. And it was a lot more fun to play when I also lowered a few of my balls.

Lychee did win again, though, but this time I only had two of my balls left on the table. “You’re getting there” Lychee smiled and hung our cues back at the hanger on the wall.

“You’re really good!” I said again and wondered how much practice it would take to be about as good as he was. Probably a lot.

Screenshot-1147After the games of pool we moved towards one of the arcade games and enjoyed ouselves by hunting aliens. It was a better occupation because we could team up, rather than compete against each other. And, I was a lot better at this than I had been at playing pool and I didn’t need to be instructed.

It was good for my ego.

Screenshot-1148“Shoot him!” Lychee was all caught in the game and acted like a total nut. He was real nerd. And honestly, who wears such a hat? It was incredibly silly. But still, I enjoyed myself. He was a good escort and knew how to treat a lady. I had a good time.

Screenshot-1151“That was fun” Lychee said once we were starting to wrap the night up.

I nodded in agreement, “It was.” It suprised myself even, because it was true. I had a great time.

“You wanna do that again some time?” he wondered and looked at me with that desperate, lovesick, look that I hated and loved at the same time. While I didn’t exactly want to be his forever, or even his exclusive or his anything, it was nice having him looking at me like he did. I enjoyed to see him in love with me. And those earrings he had given me, they were really beautiful. And probably expensive too. Besides, he did my math homework and was certainly good to keep around.

“Maybe” I answered, keeping my doors open.

Screenshot-1154To really make sure he would keep being around me I leaned in and kissed him. A girl needs to feel wanted and adored, and all means to an end. Right?

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