Chapter 6.4: The things we knew

Screenshot-68After a few months of research and hard work, Mars had gathered a decent amount of information on vampires. The noteboard in our bedroom was covered with printed pages, post it-notes, pictures and Mars’s own handwriting. There were so many different leads that it was pretty damn hard to figure out what was true and was what not. At least, Mars had figured out a few things that were most likely true, even if it was impossible to know for sure:

  • One becomes a vampire by being bitten by another vampire (well, duh?)
  • Vampires feed on human blood (although we also knew they could feed on plasma)
  • Vampires cannot cross running water (not many sources held this information, but since no vampire has visited our island, we guessed this must be true)
  • Vampires have fangs and pale skin
  • They cannot be out in the open sun for longer periods of time

When it came to information on how to kill a vampire, it was even harder to know what was real and what was not. As far as we knew, not many vampire-killers were known and the ones who claimed they had killed one were always humiliated and mocked on the Internet. However, Mars had found three main strategies for destroying vampires:

  • Burning them
  • Staking them through the heart or mouth (with either a wooden, silver or hawthorne-oiled stake)
  • Decapitation

We knew that we, in order to get rid of the vampires, needed to find out what of this would work, and I think we both hoped it wouldn’t be decapitation. It just seemed like that one would be a bit… messy. But we also agreed that we would do what we had to.

Screenshot-76“I wonder if we could turn one if these sticks in to a stake if we sharpened one of the edges…” I said one Sunday when we had taken just a few hours off from our vampire mission to just hang out. But even when I had a break from actually working on the case, my mind was always drifting towards it.

Screenshot-77“Petite, could we please talk about something other than the vampires some time?” Mars said, clearly annoyed. “I mean, you can of course sharpen a tree stick in one end. It’s not exactly rocket science.”

“Jeez bro, you on your period or something?”

“Shut up” Mars snarled at me. “I’m just getting tired of only talking about that all the time. Could we instead talk about the terrifying fact of me meeting Shamrock’s family tonight?”

Screenshot-79“You are?” I smiled big when I heard what he said. It was really about time that the two of them made their relation official, and I was glad that they had come to that after all this time. Honestly, I didn’t quite understand why they hadn’t already.

“It will be fine, you guys love each other” I continued.

“I’m not so sure…” Mars muttered. “His parents don’t know he’s in to boys, and our parents don’t know that either. Not everyone thinks that’s cool…”

“Well, not everyone thinks vampires exists either and they’re just idiots. Love is love and it’s none of their business if you happen to be two boys or a boy and a girl. If they think otherwise, fudge them!”

Screenshot-81“I’m not convinced they’ll like me more if I tell them to to fudge off…” Mars said and smiled faintly. “No, but really… I actually really like him and I want to make a good impression.”

“Eh, you’ll be fine. Just be yourself, but with a bit less talk about vampires than usual, perhaps. You’re perfect. Everyone likes you.”

Screenshot-82“Dad, did you know that you probably did the exactly right thing when you brought us here?” I said when we had dinner on the porch that night. I had hated our island for many years, but now that I knew it had probably kept us safe for all these years, I felt really thankful.

“It felt right” dad answered. “Or what do you mean?”

“Oh, we just found out that vampires probably can’t cross running water. So we’ve actually been all safe out here. Or, at least we think so.”

“Is that so?” dad didn’t say much more but I could see that something troubled him.

“You’re not happy about it, are you? I’m trying to say thank you here, but you make it hard for me.”

Dad sighed, “You think that is hard? You know nothing about what’s hard. I left everything to get you here, your mother is locked in at a stupid treatment center because she wants to keep us safe, and I left my family and it got my niece killed. We might be safe, but it’s not enough. Nothing will be enough until they’re gone. Nothing.”

Eden didn’t say a thing, he just kept chewing nervously on his hot dog. He rarely said anything, he always managed to keep in the background (which probably wasn’t that hard in this freaky family). It annoyed me that dad got angry at me for saying thank you, and it annoyed me that he thought I didn’t know about hardship. I spent pretty much all my time on trying to overcome the threat that had haunted our family for generations, yet he had the guts to say I didn’t do a thing.

“You’re being so unfair” I said silently. I was so angry that I couldn’t even scream or make a fuss. “I do everything I can to figure out how to beat those things. I hurt from this too and I also miss mom. I don’t find anything in this easy, but I do my best. Why can’t that be enough for you?”

Screenshot-83Dad got silent and I angrily ate without looking at him. However, I could see at the corner of my eye that dad was crying.

“You’re right, that was unfair. I’m sorry” he said after a while. “I just miss her so much. I really want your mother to live here with us. And you just said that she ain’t safe where she is. That none of them are safe on the main island. Right?

“I guess so…” I mumbled.

“And your brother, is he also in danger at the main island tonight, or where is he?”

“On the main island… But hopefully not in danger at all. He’s meeting his boyfriend’s family, is all.” I said it before I thought it through, unveiled his secret with my perfect sense of speaking before thinking.

Screenshot-84“With his boyfriend?” Dad stood up and angrily pushed his chair towards the table so that the plastic legs of the chair bumped in to the table with a loud bump.

“Oh come one” I sighed. “Like it matters if it’s a boy or a girl. He’s in love, you should be happy for him. Now you’re just ridicolous.” It made me so angry to think that dad would care for such a thing. I had always thought of him like an open and accepting parent.

“I don’t fudging care whether it’s a boy or girl” dad snarled. “I only care that there’s anyone at all. Or perhaps you think it’s wise to put someone you love in that danger? The vampires don’t care about love, they only crave blood and death.”

Oh shit. I hadn’t thought about it that way and I don’t think Mars had either. We needed people in our lives that were not just our closest family, but was it really worth risking their lives for? Wasn’t that rather selfish?

Screenshot-89When Mars came home later that night he slammed the front door shut, marched in to our bedroom and slammed that door shut too. Moments later I heard him crying while his fists slammed to the walls of the room. I had never seen my brother so angry before.

“Ey, stop that!” I went up to him and put a hand on his shoulder and when I did he just collapsed in to my arms and cried.

“What happened?” I asked later, when he had calmed down enough to speak. He walked to the window and looked out over the ocean for a few moments before he turned to me slightly:

Screenshot-88“Well that was a fudging mistake. I should have known it was too good to be true. Nothing good ever happens to us. This family is fudging cursed and filled with freaks. We should just let the vampires kill us. Save the world from our presence.”

“Come on, tell me what happened instead, okay?”

Mars took a breath: “Did you know that dad kidnapped a kid before they had us?”

I nodded, they had told us the whole story when we were younger. Why mom was at the treatment center and how they had met there, so we both knew.

“Well, turns out that kid is Shamrock’s older brother, Hunter. Isn’t that convenient? You think his parents were thrilled to see me there?”

“Ouch…”

“Yea, so I guess I won’t be seeing Shamrock anymore.” Tears started rolling down Mars’s cheeks again. “That’s probably for the better anyway, our family is haunted. No one can ever be happy with us in their lives. They’ll just be in danger.”

Screenshot-90I didn’t know what to say. There was nothing I could say. History was what it was, dad had kidnapped that kid when he hallucinated and the family still hated him for it. It was unfortunate and stupid that Mars had fallen in love with their other son. But it didn’t make sense to keep them apart because of something that happened sixteen years ago. And something that Mars or Shamrock hadn’t been part of at all. They deserved to be happy, both of them. But I wondered if they would get their happy end, they sure had a mighty hill to climb first, and I couldn’t know if Shamrock was ready for that. Or Mars, for that matter.

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Chapter 6.3: Hard work

Screenshot-22I took my new mission very seriously and even though I had never really worked out before in my life, I had this idea that my body would immediately cooperate and become strong and powerful. Not without working for it, of course. I spent a lot of time trying to build both muscles, endurance and speed.

Screenshot-24Let’s just say I was wrong…

I had definitely thought it would be easier. I mean, all the sports-dorks at school made it seem so easy. I was so much smarter than them, yet it was incredibly hard for me to master the physical exercise. But, I was determined to succeed, so I kept working on it.

Screenshot-53We spent pretty much all of our time outside school to focus on the vampires and how to get rid of them. Mars scavenged the Internet for every forum thread that had ever been posted about vampires, and he read theoretical texts about the origins of vampires and the different myths surrounding them. It quickly became clear that the majority of berries around the world knew very little about vampires. It also became clear that vampires’ weaknesses and strengths differed a lot depending on what text you read, or what author it was. It would be a lot of work to figure out what was true and what was wrong and I was glad that I had put Mars on that, so that I only had to come with input whenever he needed it.

Mars was a mastermind when it came to doing tables and organizing things. He had put up a noteboard in our room where we gathered the things he had read and he had some kind of system worked out where he could see what things came back in several texts and what things were rare. It didn’t make perfect sense to me, but Mars knew exactly how to read his own work.

Screenshot-52We spent so much time on working with the vampires and getting ourselves ready to face them that many other things fell behind. I just didn’t have time for much else. I even wanted to stop going to school, but dad was already furious because my grades were dropping now that I didn’t have time to do my homework. He just didn’t understand, nothing was more important than my life quest.

“This is not everything, Petite!” he said. “Unless you get your grades up, I won’t let you workout so much.”

“This is everything!” I complained, but he just wouldn’t listen. And I knew then, that I would have to find a way to balance everything.

Screenshot-55Jazzberry had also become disappointed in my priorities. I hadn’t seen him since Cashmere’s death, because I didn’t think I had time to do so.

“We never tried Insomniac. It might help you.” I read Jazz’s message quickly before I got changed for my after-school workout. I had been so wrapped up in myself and my new quest that I had completely forgotten about the new brew we were going to try. And now that he had reminded me, I smiled. He was definitely right; if Insomniac worked, I wouldn’t need to waste time on sleeping and I could manage both working out and homework. It was definitely worth a try.

Screenshot-48When I came in to Jazzberry’s shed I was filled with a warm tinglig feeling. I had missed going here. I always felt happy and exctied when I was here, and it made me a bit sad to think that I had not been here for weeks.

“Let’s try it!” Jazz smiled and it was just as if those weeks when we barely spoke in school didn’t exist. He was still my best friend and he had already forgiven me for abandoning him. I made a mental note that I shouldn’t do it again. My life needed a friend like him.

I followed him back to the cauldron and watched as he threw minced wolfbane in to a already boiling transparent mixture. It crackled and sizzled and the mixture slowly turned in to a bright red colour. It looked poisonous and I remembered how Jazzberry had told me that the flowers we just added to the brew could kill us if we used too much. It was exciting, but scary, to think about soon drinking this for the first time.

Screenshot-49“I missed you” Jazzberry suddenly said while stirring the cauldron. His eyes just barely glanced in my direction and his voice didn’t change tone at all. He said it without any sign of emotion, but I still knew he meant it. And I realized that I had missed him too. I had missed him a lot, actually.

“I’ve missed you too” I said quietly. “I’m sorry. I really am.”

We didn’t say more about it, we didn’t need to because now we both knew that we were friends for real. That awkward beginning our relation had that was based on a pink and fluffy brew, had actually turned in to something real.

Screenshot-54When I came home later that day, Mars sat by the computer as usual. I looked at him and saw that he was tired, his eyes squinted at the screen and underneath them small dark circles had started to appear. I wondered when he latest saw Shamrock, and if they also missed each other behind all this vampire deal.

“There are so many idiots out there” Mars sighed and drew his hand through his hair. He always did that when he was annoyed. “Some things I read make me think we are the stupid ones because we actually believe in the vampires and then I realize that we are right. And these people are so certain that we are the idiots. How can they be so stubborn when they know so little?” He closed the laptop with a thump and sighed loudly.

“Have you seen Shamrock lately?” I asked instead of commenting on what Mars had just said.

“We had maths today.”

“Outside of school, I mean.” They were still not open with their love and the only times I had seen them kiss and hug were at Jazzberry’s place, whenever we took the Fluff Brew.

“Nah. Hadn’t had time” Mars replied and I could hear traces of sadness in his voice.

“Then go see him. We can’t devote all our time to this.”

Screenshot-56Mars never said anything about seeing Shamrock, but a few hours later he walked out the door and left and I was pretty sure he went to see him. It was quiet in the house, dad and Eden had gone to see mom and I decided to try the Insomniac brew. The liquid bubbled inside the small bottle and it felt like my intestines did the same inside my stomach. How could it be so exciting to drink something?

Screenshot-57 Screenshot-58I took a deep breath before drinking the new brew and as soon as I had swallowed it, I felt a rush throughout my body and my brain immediately felt so… alive.

Screenshot-23I changed in to my workout clothes and did a session of about an hour. Dad came home and shouted about homework shortly thereafter and I promised to complete them before I continued my workout. While dad read Eden goodnight, I took a quick shower and ate. Even though it was late afterwards, I still felt much awake and I knew I could stay up for hours more.

Mars got home and went straight to bed, and dad went to bed too. “Don’t forget your homework” he said.

Screenshot-59I struggled with homework in the middle of the night, but when I was done I still had energy for another workout. I realized that night that the Insomniac Brew would give my days another 10 hours, which meant I would have time for both school, vampire preparations, seeing Jazzberry and homework. This was revolutionary!

Screenshot-61A few weeks later it was time for Eden’s birthday. It was strange because I really loved my little brother, but I never really spent any time with him. Perhaps it was because me and Mars were so close that Eden ended up being rather alone. Perhaps it was because he was younger. I don’t know why, but I knew very little of my brother and I found myself surprised at the fact that her would become a teenager. My little baby brother would soon go through his first love, his first heartbreak and he would gain friends who made him do both fun and stupid things. He was about to grow big.

We decided to host a little party for him, and I invited Jazzberry to come celebrate the day together with our family. I suggested that Mars invited Shamrock too, but he wasn’t ready for that.

Screenshot-62 Screenshot-63Jazzberry came and were his regular goofy self. “I know it’s not your birthday, but I brought you flowers anyway” he smiled and jokingly fluttered his eyelashes up and down. I went along with the little game and let out a surprised little scream: “Oh Jazzie, you shouldn’t have! Oh, they’re beautiful!” And then we both laughed. I was glad that he was back in my everyday life.

Screenshot-65When it was time for Eden to blow the candles of the cake we all gathered and cheered for him. It was nice when we could have gatherings like this when no one thought about vampires, even if Lavender was unable to make it due to anxiety after what happened to Cashmere. So I guess that worry was still there, but it was overshadowed by joy and happiness for the birthday celebration.

Screenshot-66It was strange to see my little brother all grown up. I could definitely see him breaking a few hearts in the coming years, and I actually looked forward to seeing it. It was exciting with birthdays and time passing. I liked thinking about our family moving forward, because it meant we have lived through the vampire threat. Nothing made me happier.

Chapter 6.2: Kill them all

So, this chapter features characters that went lost when my computer crashed. You can find their pictures in the Family Tree if you don’t remember them. Other than that, I can only write them in to the text without pictures, sorry.

Screenshot-30Before this day, I had never seen our entire family gathered at the same place, it was too risky considering the vampires who wanted to kill or turn us all. But today we had made an exception. Grandmother had spent her whole life trying to keep us all safe, and it was only right that we honored her by all gathering and supporting each other. It pained me to think that she was gone and that I would never again get to see her, but at the same time I was glad that she could finally let go of the pressure of keeping everyone safe. It was up to us now, me and Mars.

Screenshot-29Everyone was dressed in their regular clothes. Grandmother had never been much for dressing up or following dress-codes, so it was the only thing that felt right. Some of the family members had even left their shoes at home and came barefoot, a humble way of showing respect. When I saw Lavender barefooted my eyes teared up and I decided to leave my own shoes in the car too. None of Lavender’s children had shoes on either. I hadn’t met my cousins many times before, but Cashmere was basically a copy of grandmother Coral. Her skin had the same red color and her hair was the same light color as my own – inherited from generations earlier.

Screenshot-32Rhubarb arrived last, and when he did dad threw a tantrum. Many years ago, Rhubarb had taken Raindrop under his wings, doing his best to help her handle her vampirism in a similar way as Thunderbird had – only feeding on plasma and living in harmony with the ordinary berries. Dad had always thought he was crazy to sign up for the task and because of that, we had never had much contact with Rhubarb. It wasn’t worth the risk, dad had decided. Of course, Rhubarb had every right to be at the reception, it would have been awkward if he weren’t, but what upset dad was that he had brought Raindrop. A vampire at grandma’s funeral. Insane.

“Are you out of your fudging mind?!” Dad screamed when he saw them both come. “This is an insult to our mother, you crazy, selfish, rotten berry!”

Rhubarb answered calmly, probably prepared for the reaction: “She’s my family, Yew. Mom would respect that.”

“She would respect it?! She devoted her life to keeping us safe from those things.”

Screenshot-34“We don’t need to be kept safe from Raindrop. She doesn’t feed on humans.”

“You keep her the fudge away from my family, or I’ll personally rip you apart” dad growled and Lavender had to come and pull him away.

“Relax” she said. “She’ll keep away from us.”

Screenshot-40I glanced over at Raindrop, who stood at a distance from the rest of us. She almost looked normal, yet she made me shiver. The whole vampire threat had always been quite surreal to me, and even though I often thought about the pressure of mom’s predictions, I had never really understood that it was real. I had never seen a vampire before. And there she was, one of the creatures me and Mars would eventually defeat. I decided to keep an eye at her at all times, I didn’t trust her at all.

Screenshot-31We had all eaten our pizza even before Rhubarb came, so he had to sit on his own in the kitchen and eat while the rest of us hung out in Lavender’s livingroom. We spent the time by telling each other memories from grandmother and trying to not be too sad. Grandma was never really the sad type, even when things had gone completely wrong.

Dad told us about the time when grandpa got abducted by aliens and they didn’t know what had happened. According to dad, grandma wasn’t even too sad then. She was worried, of course, but never really sad. She always had a way of looking at life in a bright light. I found myself hoping, or wishing, that I had got some of that too. I already knew I had her fighting spirit, but it would be nice to get some of that positivity too.

Screenshot-41“Trust me, you are a lot like her” Lavender said and smiled towards me. “You have that same way of living in the moment as she did. I see so much of her in you.” It was the greatest compliment I could have possibly got.

It had been a perfectly fine afternoon. Toned-down and calm, just as grandma would have liked it. Everything seemed to be going just fine, but we should have known, of course, that things would change. Nothing in our family every goes just fine.

It happened so fast. No one even had the chance to react.

Screenshot-28Cashmere and Pearl were sitting on the floor, playing with their dolls. They were not really that close to each other, but somehow Pearl managed to crawl over to Cashmere and pull her doll out of her hands. Cashmere reacted by slapping Pearl in the face, who immediately started crying at the same time as she bit Cashmere in the ear. She must have bitten hard because when she let go, Cashmere’s ear was bleeding. All of this happened in the blink of a second. None of us had even begun standing up to go and separate the girls before Raindrop stood crouched over Cashmere.

Not until then did the rest of us react. I screamed, Froly screamed, Lavender screamed and Pearl cried. Raindrop looked up at the sound of our screams and she looked me straight in the eyes. Her eyes were blank and empty and from the corner of her mouth came a single drop of blood. She was gone before I could blink.

Screenshot-39Dad screamed, not out of fear but out of anger as he ran out of the room. It was impossible to make out any words, but I knew he was running towards the kitchen where Rhubarb did the dishes. It was strange how the room felt silent even though we all screamed and dad’s footsteps loudly echoed. The only one who was silent was Cashmere. Her little body laid seemingly lifeless on the floor and blood trickled to the floor from two small marks on her neck. My young and innocent little cousin had been bitten by a vampire. As the fact sunk in I felt anger rising within my body. My fists clenched themselves and my back straightened up.

Screenshot-35Screenshot-36“You said this wouldn’t happen!” Dad screamed with an anger far from anything I had ever experienced before. “You promised! This is YOUR FAULT!” Rhubarb had no time to defend himself. Dad had taken his neck in a steady grip and kicked his feet away before he even had the chance to react. “This is on you, Rhubie!”

No one even cared to try to stop them and dad gave his brother quite the beating. We heard ouchs and ows into the livingroom but no one did anything about it.

Screenshot-38“You are not a part of this family anymore” dad growled and pushed Rhubarb out through the front door. Rhubarb didn’t complain, he just limped away – beaten and bruised.

I could not believe what just had happened. Lavender had fallen to her knees on the floor next to her daughter. She held her hand on Cashmere’s chest and her eyes were filled with tears and fear. “It’s beating. Her heart, it’s beating”” Lavender started crying of relief as she understood her daughter was alive and the rest of us breathed out.

Screenshot-42“We cannot take her to the hospital” mom said quietly when everything had settled a bit.

Lavender held her daughter in her arms and looked at mom with angry eyes, “I have to, or she’ll die!”

“She’s already in transformation. And what would you say? A vampire bit her? They’d lock you up along with me.”

“Transformation?!” Lavender cried again. “My baby, she’ll be a vampire?”

All of the warnings we had gotten throughout our lives ran through my mind. ‘Babies make the best soldiers’. This was exactly what Soda Pop had wanted to do to myself and my brothers but we had been kept safe. All these years, we had been kept safe by grandma and dad. I had so much to thank them for.

Mom walked up to Lavender and Cashmere and put her hand on Cashmere’s forehead. “She’s burning. Her blood, it’s already… It’s too late.” It was the first time I saw mom cry.

Screenshot-4795Cashmere died two days after the bite. It was tragic, but I couldn’t help but to think that it was better it went that way than that she had transformed. I wouldn’t have coped with the thought of killing her, even if she was a vampire.

“Mom, did you know?” I asked when I visited her the day that Cashmere’s heart stopped beating.

“I can never know for sure.”

“But you had seen it? You had seen her die?”

Screenshot-4797“Not really” mom paused for a moment. “I saw her as a vampire, but I didn’t know how it would happen.”

“But then you were wrong, I thought…”

“Like I said, I can never know for sure.”

“But how can we know that we can stop them then? If you can’t know. What if we get bitten too?”

“I’ve seen many futures, honey. Both you and your brother are in all of them. I’ve seen you overcome the vampires in so many different ways. I know you will do it. It’s the only future I’ve ever been completely sure of.”

Screenshot-43“This shit Mars, it’s real. The vampires, they fudging exist and we can stop them.”

Mars shook his head slowly. “Didn’t you see her? We can never beat that.”

“Mom says we can. And she has to be right.” I wasn’t all convinces myself, but I held on the mom’s words as hard as I could because I really wanted to beat them. I wanted to avenge Cashmere and all the other berries who had been harmed by vampires.

Screenshot-45“But mom doesn’t know everything. You know that.” Mars’ voice was breaking. He was scared, but I knew I would convince him to fight with me. I always managed to convince him.

“There has to be a way. Nothing is unbeatable. We just have to figure out how to do it.”

Screenshot-44“We’ll be risking our lives” Mars kept complaining. He was a coward at heart, but I knew I could push him past his boundaries.

“We’ll risk so many more lives if we don’t try” I said and smiled. Mars frowned and sighed, and I knew that he was about to cave in. “We’ll do it together. I know we can do it. This is what we’ve been waiting for our whole lives.”

Screenshot-47Mars was quiet for a moment before he muttered, “It’s what I’ve been dreading my whole life.”

“So you’ll do it?” I was scared to, but more than so, I was excited to finally go on this adventure. I was done waiting, and ready to do this.

Screenshot-46I hugged my brother tight before sitting back to my corner, feeling determined and strong. “So, this is what we’ll do; We’re going to read everything we can find about vampires, mark down every strength and every weakness that has ever been told about them. We’re going to read fiction and non-fiction, watch movies and documentaries, read on those silly supernatural web-forums. We’re going to learn how we can beat them. Some of the stories has to be true, we’re just going to figure out which ones. You’re an amazing student Mars, this is what you will do.” Mars nodded and smiled nervously.

I smiled back at my brother before I continued, “As for myself, I’m going to get strong and fast. I have to be in perfect condition to take them out.”

“You are crazy” Mars said. “But I’m with you. For Cashmere, and everyone else.”

I stood up, filled with excitement and determination, “Let’s  kill them all.”

Chapter 6.1: Friendship

As you probably know, I’ve had some troubles with my computer and my game. I’ve kind of fixed them. At least I can play the Twist sims. However, I lost the saves and therefore the houses, but I’ve done my best to rebuild it. The houses might look slightly different than they’re supposed to, but this will have to do. The bloodline has also been broken since the current family is a reincarnated version. The most important part is that I’m able to keep the story going. Sorry for the inconvenience.


Screenshot-4790I smiled slightly as I sat in the chair in Jazzberry’s familiar shed. My head was feeling light and when I looked at the boys in the room, my heart skipped a beat. They were my best friends and I loved them so much. After trying the elixir for the first time, me and Mars had come back more times than I could count. In fact, being effected by the brew was almost as familiar to me as it was not being it.

Screenshot-4792Mars had complained the first few times we went here, but the more times we imbibed it, the less he argued against doing it. By now, he was just as hooked as myself. As if he could read my thoughts, he sighed content and laid down on the floor with his head on Shamrock’s chest. Shamrock instantly started running his fingers up and down Mars’s arm while humming on some silly tune. It was almost ridiculous how great life was when under the effect of the Fluff-Brew. Perhaps Mars and Shamrock were in love without the brew too, but it sure wasn’t so easy for them to express it.

“We should try one of the other brews some time” Jazzberry said and stood up in his couch, jumping up and down as a little child. I laughed at him. He was the goofiest person I knew and it didn’t make sense that he had become my friend. I tried to stay under the radar most of the time. I wasn’t a freak but I wasn’t exactly popular either. I just was. Perhaps it had to do with dad’s constant warnings about vampires and the threats our family lived under. I knew, of course, that they were real but it wasn’t something I constantly thought about. Sometimes it popped in to my mind that mom somehow thought me and Mars could stop them, and it made me feel excited and scared at the same time. Those vampires had hunted our family for generations, so I couldn’t understand why I or Mars would be special enough to stop them.

Screenshot-4089“Petite, come and look” Jazz pulled at my arm and dragged me towards his cauldron and the huge book he kept next to it. I was oddly fascinated by that book and its contents. The hand-writing was old and it was intriguing to think that generation after generation of Jazz’s family had added things to the book and made changes to the recipes. I was probably just as excited as Jazz about it, and we had fantasized about what changes we would bring to it.

‘Insomniac – when there is no time for sleep’. I read the writing out loud and followed the recipe to its end. Like the Fluff Brew, the whole recipe took up no more than a page of the book. It didn’t seem hard to make. “We should try it” Jazz exclaimed and left the book open and pulled my hand as he went for the door. “We need wolfsbane, and I think I know where I can find it!”

Mars and Shamrock had no intention of going anywhere and I was happy to leave them right there on the floor. The adventure of looking for woldsbane and possibly trying out a new recipe from the book was far more interesting for me, so I followed Jazzberry out the door.

I let Jazz hold my hand as we walked across the island looking for wolfsbane. His hand was warm in mine and the only thing I could think of was how that very same hand had stirred the big cauldron, added ingredients to the brew and overall created this magical thing that we called the Fluff Brew. Perhaps later today, it would make new magic. And I was there, being a part of it.

Screenshot-11“Look!” Jazz let go of my hand and ran towards a bush, lifting some of the leaves up. “Wolfsbane! I knew I would find it around here.”

I walked up next to him and bent down. Under the shrubbery grew small purple flower on green stems. Each stem housed a dozen small flowers, all growing close to the stem. They looked like ordinary flowers. I had never known myself that they were something special or even what their name was. “Wolfsbane” I touched one of the flowers and tasted the word in my mouth. It was really nothing special.

“It’s highly toxic” Jazz said and moved my hand from the flower. “We have to treat it carefully. Mixed correctly and in a high enough dose, this little fella could kill you.”

Instinctivle I took a step back. Jazz didn’t seem to think it was a big deal and while I breathed heavily he delicately picked the flowers and put them in a plastic bag. It was so fascinating to see him work with his alchemy.

“How do you know these things?” I asked when we walked back to his house.

He smiled and shrugged, “I just know”.

Screenshot-5When we got back to his house, Jazzberry’s mother sat outside in a bathrobe. I had been to Jazz’s place many times before, but I had never seen his mother before. She looked so tired and… worn. “There’s no food” she said when we came close enough. “You didn’t get any food, Jazzie.”

Jazzberry shook his head and pulled me past her without saying anything. “You wanna keep me hungry, huh?!” His mother screamed as Jazz closed the door behind us. The look in his eyes changed instantly. The excitement and happiness was all gone and now he looked just sad and tired.

Screenshot-18Mars and Shamrock was making out when we entered the room but pulled apart at the sound of the closing door.

Jazzberry threw the plastic bag with the wolfsbane towards the corner where the cauldron was. The careful way he had handled the flowers earlier was all gone. “We’ll do this some other day” he said. “I think you should leave now”.

I walked closer to him and took his hands, but he pulled away and turned around. “Just leave, please.”

Screenshot-7“What’s wrong with Jazz’s mother you think?” I asked Mars later that evening when we were back home in our secluded island house.

“What do you mean?”

“No clothes on, screaming like that on him… I mean, our parents are actually crazy but they seem more sane than her.”

“Don’t know. It’s probably not easy being her” Mars replied. “Our life hasn’t been exactly easy, but we’ve always had support from our family and there has always been money to somewhat keep us safe. I wonder who we’d been if we hadn’t had all that money. Our family would have been completely different.”

“What does money have to do with it?” I didn’t understand how my twin brother reasoned. Not until after the question had been asked. I had never thought about the state of Jazzberry’s house, but now I suddenly did. I had always took for granted that Jazz’s shed looked as it did because he was eccentric, but it was probably because he couldn’t afford to furnish it any other way. All his furniture were basically made up by old things one could find lay around in dumpsters and around shops’ containers. It was stuff that people threw away. And the bigger house on the lot had the same rusty pink and yellow plate exterior as Jazz’s own shed. It was not a house for rich people. It surprised me that I hadn’t thought of it before.

“They clearly do not have that much money” Mars said, stating what was suddenly so obvious.

Screenshot-8 Screenshot-9Right thereafter Eden came in to the room, ready to go to bed. “Mars, will you read to me?” Eden’s big eyes pleaded and Mars could not resist. Every night, Mars had to read for Eden until he fell asleep, and every night I laid in the top bunk listening to the same story. Only that this night, I fell asleep listening to when Mars read while my thoughts were on Jazzberry and his family. I wanted to help them, somehow.

Screenshot-19“NOOOOOOOOO!”

We all woke up instantly at the sound of dad’s heartpiercing scream. I basically jumped down the bunkbed in the same second as I woke up and ran out to the livingroom. My brothers did exactly the same. In the livingroom we saw dad sitting on the floor, clenching his phone to his chest while screaming and crying out loudly. Eden stopped and just watched and he looked scared. I’m sure I was scared too, but I was the bravest of us three so I walked up to dad and pulled him up. He collapsed in to my arms without trying to keep himself upstraight and I nearly dropped him. Had Mars not come running towards us to help me catch our father, I’m sure we would have fallen to the floor.

Screenshot-20Dad was uncontrollable. He just cried and cried, I had never seen him like that before. It scared me. I wanted to know what had happened, but at the same time, I was too scared to ask.

We placed dad in the sofa, gave him some water and waited for him to calm down enough to be able to speak. Mars kept holding his hand while I tried to comfort Eden. I don’t know how we managed, but eventually dad calmed down. He sniffled and tears kept running from his eyes. “She’s gone” he said. “My mother… Dead”.

It was unreal. Impossible to grasp. Grandmother, dead.

We all cried. Just sat there in the sofa for hours and cried. Looked around at all the photos on the walls that dad had taken of her. She was so beautiful and so kind. A better ‘bow would never live, never walk on this planet.

“She was old” Mars said. It was true, she had lived a long life, experienced many things and the last few years she had been so fragile. It had been time, and yet it was too early.

“She’s with dad now” dad said and showed us a picture of them both.

Screenshot-21“I’d prefer if she was here” I said. I hated it. Hated death, hated that it stole good people from us. Grandmother had devoted her life to protecting her family from the vampires, yet she was taken away before the vampires were gone. It was not fair. I had wanted her to see when we defeated them. And she would never do that. That was the most devastating of it all.

Heir Vote!

petitePetite Twist

Traits: Virtuoso, Good, Workaholic, Daredevil
Favorites: Classical, Vegetarian Lobster Thermidor, Turquoise
Current age: 
Teenager

Petite is a real daredevil who is used to getting her way. She’s determined and works hard towards her goals. Sometimes, she pushes people around and sometimes she puts herself i danger because she seeks adventures and adrenaline-kicks. Luckily for her, she always has her brother there to protect her and to stop her when she goes too far. Petite knows that she would never be the same if it weren’t for him. He is her best friend and her natural side-kick. When she really starts taking up the fight against the vampires it’s because she wants to keep him, and the rest of her family, safe. She’s had enough of the threats, of the bites and of the deaths and she’s determined to kill each and every one of the vampires – as soon as she has found a way to do so. 

marsMars Twist

Traits: Excitable, Clumsy, Easily Impressed, Animal Lover
Favorites: Soul, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Hot Pink
Current age: 
Teenager

Mars would never get in as much trouble as he does if it weren’t for his twin sister. She is his best friend and his true side-kick and despite ending up in endless troubles, he would never dream of saying no to her. He knows, and she knows, that she needs him as much as he needs her. Mars is more thoughtful and trustworthy. He makes sure Petite doesn’t get involved in too much trouble and when she does, he does what he can to get her out safe and he considers himself both a guardian and a guide. In contrast to his sister, Mars does not want to find a solution to the vampire problem simply to eradicate and be known for it, instead Mars is dreaming of a cure. 

edenEden Twist

Traits: Couch Potato, Family-Oriented, Party-Animal
Favorites: Pop, Tofu Dog, Violet
Current age: 
Child

Eden stays out of his sibling’s way as much as he can. He’d rather be at home and chill while they try to save the world. As far as he’s concerned, it’s not up to him. No one ever asked him to save them. No one ever asked him to do anything. In fact, no one ever seems to notice that he is even there. Eventually, that gets boring and Eden starts doing what he can to be seen. He crashes parties, breaks hearts, lies, mess around with boys and girls in relationships and generally causes a great deal of problems. In fact, he starts doing whatever it takes to be seen while still staying out of his sibling’s quest. It’s not until he finds himself very much involved that he starts to care, and by that time it might already be to late.

Chapter 5.18: The Fluff Brew

So, this fall has not been easy for me. To put it light. Me and my husband has gone through four deaths among our circle of close family/friends and I’ve been so grateful for having him with me and getting to spend time with him when we needed it most. Naturally, I’ve not had much energy or will to play Sims or write stories about it. However, we’re facing a new year and I believe this one will be a lot better than 2014. I’m so looking forward to it. So, after a long and unannounced hiatus, here’s the last chapter of Gen 5 before the Heir Vote. It’s written in third person perspective and hopefully it has been worth the wait. 🙂 


Screenshot-4069“We’re just trying it out. Come on, it’ll be fun!”

Petite had dragged her brother to the backside of the school building, taking shelter from the rain underneath the stands for the football team. They could faintly hear the coach’s whistle from where they stood and none of them envied the kids who had to run drills out on the muddy field this afternoon.

Screenshot-4067“I don’t know sis… It could be dangerous” Mars protested, but only half-heartedly.

He was a good student and a well-behaved teenager most of the time. It was just that he had a real soft spot for his sister. She was much more of a brave heart and most of the times she managed to convince him to come with her. It was stupid that he did, because he was somewhat of a coward. Yet, he reluctantly went with his sister on various adventures. Both of them had lost count on how many times Petite had saved him after pushing him too far in their adventures. ‘You can climb higher than that, softy’ she teased and Mars climbed higher only to have to get help from Petite to get down later on.

Petite teased him a lot, but she didn’t really think he was wimpy. The truth was that she loved her twin brother and had he not gone with her, she wouldn’t have done half of the things they had done together. It just wouldn’t be the same without him.

Screenshot-4065“It’s not dangerous at all. I swear! Jazz has tried it many times before and he says it’s wonderful!” Petite knew that Mars would come with her eventually, that she only had to work a bit to convince him. It was part of the deal.

“Can we at least call dad first?”

“Call dad? Are you crazy? You think dad would allow us? Let’s live, Mars. Dad doesn’t need to know everything. We’ll be home before it’s dark.”

Screenshot-4064“I don’t like this…” Mars muttered silently and they both knew that it meant he’d do it. He always muttered to prove that he went with her not because he really wanted to, but because he had to look after his sister. They looked after each other, always.

Petite cheered excitedly, “You’re the best, bro!”

“No, I’m just stupid…”

“Don’t worry. It’s all natural ingredients that Jazz has picked himself. It’s supposed to make everything around you pink and fluffy. It’ll be a blast, I promise.”

Screenshot-4077Mars was not sure at all, but he went with his sister to the shed where Jazzberry Cosmos lived. The kids in school used to make fun of Jazzberry because he was different. His hair was never combed and he talked about strange things that few understood. His passion for chemistry was unmatched, and when a teenager showed openly that he likes stuff that is done in school, it was frown upon. Jazzberry didn’t try to fit in, and the highschool students took advantage of that.

However, during the past few weeks Jazz’s status had suddenly improved. Through what could only be explained as experiments, Jazz had come up with a formula that, when imbibed, made everything around you appear in a pink, fluffy glow. Apparently, it made all problems in your life disappear for a moment, and instead made everything feel absolutely perfect. It was exactly what every teenager needed. Petite was eager to try it, of course. She was always eager to try anything that could be remotely dangerous. She always sought that kick. Mars was more hesitant, more calculating. What were the risks? What could go wrong? Yet, he went with his sister to Jazz’z place.

Jazzberry Cosmos had his own shed on the lot where his family lived. They didn’t care much about what their son was up to because he got good grades and few complaints. He was a good son and he had proven that he was a responsible young man. Therefore, they gave him freedom.

Screenshot-4079“Welcome to my hut” Jazzberry said with a big smile on his face once they had come through the door. He did not stand to greet them, but instead waved his hand in front of him, motioning for them to sit.

Screenshot-4078There was another boy in the room, a green berry who Mars recognized as Shamrock – a kid two years older than themselves and somewhat of an outcast. Somehow, it wasn’t surprising to see him at Jazzberry’s place. ‘Weirdos unite’ Mars thought to himself.

Petite walked up and took the seat next to Jazz in the sofa, which Mars was grateful for, because his nerves couldn’t stand the thought of sitting next to Jazz with what they were supposed to do.

Screenshot-4082“So you heard about it too?” Shamrock frowned a bit and did not seem pleased to see that there were more guests.

“Relax dude, there’s enough for all of us” Jazz said.

“Well, there won’t be if you keep telling everyone you ever fudging talk to” Shamrock said annoyed.

Screenshot-4080“I don’t tell anyone” Jazzberry said. “Rumours spread, you know.”

Petite and Mars sat anxiously silent. Petite knew Jazz only briefly and had never spoken much to him. Although, his weirdness intrigued her and she realized that she was probably among those who had spoken the most with him. He wasn’t exactly known to have friends.

“So…” Petite tapped her fingers against her thighs. “How does it work?”

“You drink it and everything becomes nice” Jazzberry said. “But I have to create it first.”

“Where?” Petite wondered.

Screenshot-4081“Back there.” Jazzberry pointed at a foldable wall made out of wood.

Petite walked closer to take a look. Behind the wall stood some ancient wood sculpture with a copper cauldron by its side. “That thing?”

Screenshot-4083Jazz stood up too, notably glad to show off what he had come up with. “I found this huge book on granny’s attic when she passed away. It’s like a hundred years old or something and filled with strange recipes. I bet it’s worth a whole of money!”

He opened the book and waved towards Petite to come closer and look. The book was filled with small, small letters and she could tell that it had been written a long time ago. “Look at this” Jazz pointed at one of the pages. “There’s another handwriting than the first. I think people have made changes to the recipes with time.”

“And this can make everything fluffy?” Petite wasn’t so convinced anymore.

Screenshot-4086“Yup, I’ve tried it many times. I just add a bit of this and a bit of this.” It looked like Jazzberry threw ingredients in to the cauldron at random, but once every now and then he consulted the big book in front of him, so he must have been following some kind of recipe. Petite watched him brew up the Fluff-elixirs and she thought to herself that it was almost sexy how geeky Jazz was.

“I don’t think this is a good idea” Mars said from where he was sitting on the other side of the wall.

“It’ll be fine. I know what I’m doing” Jazz said while he stirred the brew. 

Screenshot-4713 Screenshot-4715A little while later, all four teenagers held a small vial in their hands. The liquid inside it was pink and had small bubbles within. It smelled disgusting and Mars pinched his own nose to try to block the smell. “What’s that smell?” he wondered and turned his head to the side. 

Jazz didn’t answer, but instead looked at Petite and smiled. “On three?” he said and Petite nodded eagerly. One the count of three, all teenagers poured the elixir in their mouths and before they knew it, their surroundings changed to something more sparkly, pink and fuzzy.

Screenshot-4716 Screenshot-4717Petite and Mars forgot everything about vampires, about mentally ill mothers, about being secluded on an island no one even knew about. Everything felt fine and fun now that the brew had gotten hold of them. And they knew, all too well, that this would not be the last time they sought this refuge. 

Screenshot-4074Yew had been walking back and forth in the livingroom for almost an hour, filled with worry for his children. Neither Petite nor Mars had answered when he tried to call them, and the sun had set in the horizon about twenty minutes earlier. And when the twins finally came home, Yew’s worry transformed in to anger, which he instantly released on Petite. 

He knew, of course he did, that Petite was the one to blame. She always was. “Where the fudge have you been?” Yew yelled at the top of his lungs, not caring about waking Eden up. 

“Jeez” Petite recoiled. “Just at a friend’s place”. Mars giggled behind Yew’s back, still affected by the elixir he had imbibed a few hours earlier, but Yew was still too focused on Petite to notice.

Screenshot-4073Petite tried to stay focused, locking her eyes to the frying pan hanging further away on the wall. But she couldn’t help but to glance at her father as he lectured her and when she did she started laughing. The elixir hadn’t run off her completely either and she couldn’t help but laugh when she saw her father’s face. The corners of his mouth pointed downwards like a lemon wedge and his eyebrows frowned in such a funny way. And that nose of his, the way it crinkled like a little rabbit’s nose did. 

Yew paused for a moment, unsure of what had caused the sudden attack of laughter. But he soon collected himself. “Are you HIGH?!” He yelled so loudly now that Eden looked out through the door, wondering what was happening.

Petite kept laughing, and Mars had collapsed on the floor. Also laughing. High? No, they were not high. They were just happy.

“This is not acceptable” Yew said, now in a more collected voice. “You two…” He pointed first at Petite and then turned around to point at Mars on the floor, “… are grounded until I say otherwise”. 

Screenshot-4718Yew  felt like the biggest failure ever. The twins were his responsibility. He was supposed to guide them and teach them about rights and wrongs. Had he done his job right, they would never try drugs. But he had failed and he was ashamed when he told Myrtle about it. 

“We have to let them go eventually. Perhaps now is the time” Myrtle said on the other end of the line.

“Now? Let them run wild with drugs. It doesn’t seem wise to me” Yew replied and wiped a tear from the corner of his eye.

Screenshot-4719“They are smart kids, Yew. They’ll do the right thing. But they have to be young too. You know, they will save the world one day. But we have to let them, we can’t keep them short. How will they then discover how to get rid of the vampires?”

“I’m not sitting by while they OD on drugs!” Yew yelled now. He was angry because Myrtle failed to see the gravity of the situation. “I’m not losing them like that.”

Myrtle stayed calm, like always, and kept talking about how the twins were the only ones who could do something about the vampires. And that their responsibility as parents were to guide them in a way that could help them discover just how much they could do. She was of the opinion that the children had to learn from their own mistakes, and perhaps this little misstep would help them. “After all, there’s a reason why it’s them and not us” she finished and Yew dropped his guard. When put that way, he could see how Myrtle could be right. If neither he nor Myrtle could do anything about the vampires, it had to mean that the twins would do something he would never do himself, which would lead to a solution. He still didn’t like it, but he agreed to releasing their curfew just a few days later. 


AN: I started generation 5 little over a year ago and quite frankly, I’m glad it’s soon over. Yew’s story has been funny but challenging to write and I’m looking forward to wrapping some of the loose ends together in the sixth generation. And creating some new twists as well, of course. The family picture of generation 5 is added to the right page and the heir vote will be up within the next few days. 

Also, Jazzberry was created by cuteplumbbies a long, long time ago. I’m so excited to finally get to use him. XD

Chapter 5.17: Island Life

Okay, it has been ages since my last post. I kind of vanished in to that thing called life. September and October have been more than crazy for me. Both friends and relatives have passed away and I’ve also had to deal with some social issues at work. It has all been very energy and time consuming and I haven’t even thought about games. It seems to settle a bit now, and I’ve managed to type up this chapter. It might not be fully as good as what I’ve done previously, but at this point I just wanted to finish it. I still want to (and aim to) finish this legacy. It just has to be a bit slower for some time.

Thanks for sticking with me. You’re the best.


Screenshot-4040I loved my rowing boat, but when we moved to the island it was just not possible to keep it. Moving between our island and the main island took way too much time (and energy!) if I was going to row every time. So, as a treat to myself I got myself a motor boat instead. That way, it was actually possible to go between the two islands as much as we pleased. For instance, I could drop the kids off at school and collect them at the day’s end. It seemed an unnecessary risk to let them go with public transport when I could arrange it myself.

Screenshot-4014The twins adapted quickly and thought it was quite cool to live on an island. Though, they had promised to not tell their friends at school which island it was because “we wanted to keep it our secret”. The lie worked so far, but the twins would see through it eventually.

Soon, our lives fell in to a steady routine: I dropped the kids off at school, went back home and spent the day with Eden, picked the kids up from school, went home to cook them dinner while they did their homework. On the evenings we played video games or swam in the surrounding sea before I read them a goodnight story and tucked them in.

Screenshot-3997 Screenshot-3999Everything was just ordinary until it was time for Eden’s birthday. Mom, Lavender and Myrtle came over to celebrate and have some cake. It was the first time Myrtle visited us on the island and she was breath-taken by its beauty. I promised her she would live here one day but she listened only with half an ear.

“Let’s blow the candle” she said instead and grabbed Eden from his crib and walked up to the cake. I liked the fact that she was the one bringing him to the cake. I wanted her to be a part of the kids’ lives but it was hard as it was. We had to do the best we could.

Screenshot-3998Petite was excited about the “party” and mom had even brought some party horns to make it look like a real party. She blew as hard as she could and the silly sound from the horn brought a smile to my face.

“Happy birthday Eden!” she shouted and watched eagerly as Myrtle leaned forward and helped Eden blow the single candle on the cake.

Screenshot-4002“He looks a bit like you, daddy” Mars said when Eden had aged up. I could see what he meant, the red skin and the purple hair certainly came from me. However, in my opinion, Eden was far cuter and far more precious than myself.

Screenshot-4012Petite and Mars were probably most excited about the cake and as soon as Eden had blown the candle they grabbed a big bite each and went to munch on it in the sofa. Myrtle, on the other hand, loved the opportunity to do the everyday mom-chores. She decided to be the one to put Eden to bed and I stood in the doorway just peaking at her when she awkwardly, yet beautifully, prepared him for sleep.

“Mommy loves you” she said and kissed his forehead. Eden stretched his arms’ towards her, begging her to take him in her arms.

Screenshot-4011 Screenshot-4010 Screenshot-4009“Now sleep, little treasure” Myrtle said and put him in his crib. Once he laid down, she softly begun to sing a lullaby and I had to leave my lookout because it was sweet enough to bring tears to my eyes. It wasn’t fair that she couldn’t be here always. She was so good with the kids, and berry should know that I needed her.

Screenshot-4016 Screenshot-4018 Screenshot-4019During the days, it was just me and Eden at home (I had gotten some time off from work to be with my youngest child), and we worked endlessly on his necessary skills. He took to walking quickly and was soon tumbling around the house leaving myself sometimes losing track of him. Like Petite, he was adventurous and challenge himself more and more for every day.

I tried to improve my writing so that I could have a chance at a promotion at work. Dealing newspapers wasn’t a job I wanted to go back to, especially not now when vampires where out on the streets. I wanted something where I could be at the office or where I could do something more valuable. Perhaps I could get that job I had imagined myself having all those years ago. Perhaps I could one day write about how my children overcome the vampires. Wouldn’t that be something?

Screenshot-4024There was no sign of the vampires after we had moved to the island. Yet, I could not shake the feeling that they were out there, looking for us. Petite, Mars and Eden seemed to be safe out here and I was so grateful for finding the island and creating a place where we could be safe for now. However, with longer distance to the treatment center, we saw Myrtle less often than I would like. We went there at least once a week, but I would have wanted my kids to spend more time with their mother.

“Why doesn’t mommy live with us?” Petite wondered one morning and I found myself at loss for words. I should have known the question would come one day, but me and Myrtle had never discussed how we should tackle it. As far as Petite and Mars knew, Myrtle was staying at a hotel. Could I tell them that it was really a mental hospital?

Screenshot-4021“Because she’s staying at the hotel” I said and dodged the question.

Screenshot-4022“Told you he wouldn’t answer” Mars said and stuffed his mouth full of food.

“If you don’t ask you would never know!” Petite screamed at him and stuck her tongue out.

“No fighting at the table” I said.

Screenshot-4023Petite went silent and put her fork down on the table without even finishing her pancakes. “Really dad. We’re not babies anymore. Mommies and daddies should live together, everyone else’s does. So why doesn’t she want to live here with us?”

“She loves you” I replied, still dodging the question. This upset Petite and she shoved her chair backwards and left the table in anger.

Screenshot-4032After dropping the kids off at school that day I called Myrtle. I needed to give them a better answer, but I did not know what it should be.

“Oh for fudge’s sake Yew” Myrtle sighed at me in the other end of the line. “Just tell them the truth already. Or you’re just like everyone else. I thought you believed in me.”

“I do” I protested.

“Then tell them.”

Screenshot-4031“That you’re crazy? That I’m crazy?” I felt my voice shiver.

“We’re not crazy. They need the truth. My visions, the vampires. Their task. They’re ready for it.”

I loved that woman so much. The truth. Of course our children deserved the truth. I had been stupid to think anything else.

Screenshot-4028That afternoon I played with Eden outdoors while I went through what I would tell the twins once they got home. I even practiced it on Eden a few times and he smiled back at me, as if he approved of my words. The truth. It was so simple, yet so hard.

Screenshot-4043When the twins got home we sat down on a blanket on our own beach. I gave them some sandwiches, some watermelon and juice before telling them that I needed to speak with them.

“About mommy?” Petite asked and looked at me. Eden twisted a little as if it pained him that his sister was so straight-forward.

“Yes, about Myrtle” I said.

Screenshot-4044“Your mother is a very special berry” I said and Petite looked at me with curious eyes. Something about the way she was looking at me told me that they were indeed ready for the story that I was about to unfold. She looked so understanding and for a brief moment I wondered when she had become that big.

“Your mother knows many things. More things than anyone else. She even know some things that has yet not happened” I said.

“The future?” Mars sounded skeptic but Petite nodded.

“Yes, she can sometimes see the future” I said and nodded. Mars shook his head in disbelief but I continued the story. “When she was young, she saw some things that would happen that frightened people around her and they started calling her crazy. She had trouble knowing what things were actually visions of the future and what things had actually happened, so I think that sometimes her stories did indeed sound crazy. In the end, her parents sent her to a special hospital were they treat crazy people. But she was never crazy, she just had a gift that no-one else did. So now she’s stuck there.”

Screenshot-4045I continued by telling them the truth about how I met Myrtle and about Sonic (although I never told them about the incident when I kidnapped Hunter, because it was definitely not something I was proud of) and they both listened carefully without interrupting. I also told them about my family, and the threats that our family was facing.

It was easier than I thought it would be to tell my children about all the fears and all the chaos that surrounded us. And when I finished with saying that Myrtle had seen “our children” taking care of the vampires they both smiled.

“I bet it will be me” Petite said and smiled with pride.

Screenshot-4048It was as if a rock lifted from my shoulders that afternoon. I had not understood just how much it stressed me out to keep the secret from my children. How much it had pained me and burdened me. It was nice to share it with them.

I felt happy that afternoon. My kids were so brave, so understanding and so ready.

Screenshot-4003A few weeks later Lavender came over and told us that Cashmere was going to become a big sister. The news didn’t frighten me as much this time. Seeing Petite and Mars so ready for the fight ahead had given me new courage. We would overcome our dangers. Eventually.

Screenshot-4004Screenshot-4006Lavender’s pregnancy felt exciting in a way no pregnancy had felt before. Mom felt it too and she made awkward, happy, humming sounds when I leaned in to listen to whoever was hiding inside my sisters belly. This was what mom had wanted all her life. A happy family with tight bonds. Shame that it couldn’t always be like this.

Screenshot-4026Screenshot-4027Eden shared bedroom with Petite and Mars and most of the time it worked out fine. However, some nights Eden cried and cried and woke both twins up. They did not appreciate it, yet they never yelled at him. Instead, they tended to stand by his crib offering him soothing words. I’ve said it before, but it can be said again: My children were so, so perfect.

Screenshot-4015“I want to have a sleepover party” Petite looked at me with innocent, begging eyes. The thought of inviting people outside of the family to our house still scared me. It would ruin our cover if it got known where we were living. How long would it be until Soda Pop found us if we started exposing ourselves like that? At the same time, I didn’t know how long I could keep the children locked away like I did. I wanted a safe and normal childhood for them, and what we had was not normal.

“You know we can’t” I said, even though it pained me to do so.

“But it’s our friends” Petite said. “None of them will harm us.”

I don’t know how she did it, but in the end she had convinced me and we started planning for a sleepover party. Their friends would come home with them after school and go with them to school the day after. No-one but the kids would know where our island was. Not even the parents. That was the deal. It surprised me that there was parents who would willingly leave their children in someone else’s care for a night without even knowing where they were. Then I remembered that other parents didn’t live with the same threats as me. Their children were not hunted by vampires and wanted in a fudging vampire army.

It would do my kids good to have something normal. To almost be like everyone else for a night.

Screenshot-4033Our little house was filled with kids on the night of the slumber party. There were kids all over the place. They laughed loudly, no sign of worry in their voices and I found myself enjoying the chaos. This was so peaceful, their worries so small. It had been a good idea to invite them all over.

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Chapter 5.16: I would die for them

Screenshot-3973When it was time for the twins’ birthday, me and mom decided to celebrate it just with the four of us. We simply did not want to risk gaining the vampires’ attention by hosting a big party. It hurt to think that my kids needed to be secluded from everyday matters, but if that was what it took to keep them safe, I had to do it.

It was only for a limited time anyway, I thought to myself and longed for the island retreat to be finished. I did most of the work myself, because any chance for Soda Pop to track us was a risk not worth taking.

Screenshot-3974“And blow as hard as you can” mother said and leaned over Mars’s cake to take him closer to the candles. Her voice pulled me back to the present and when Mars blew out his candles he sent a shower of saliva over the cake. It was gross and cute at the same time. Mom just smiled at her grandson and put him down on the ground. She was the best and I was so grateful to have her in my life.

Screenshot-3975Screenshot-3976“Me too!” Petite said and clapped her little hand against my chest. “Petty blow!”

“Oh, you’re so eager little one. Okay, okay” I smiled. Petite was far more talkative than Mars and she was constantly eager to try new things. She had surprised both me and mom by climbing out of her crib just a few weeks ago. Mars had never tried something like that, he was a rather calm and still child.

But Petite, boy, had she kept us busy. ‘Little Daredevil’ mom used to call her and it was certainly an appropriate nickname. She threw herself head first in to any challenge in front of her.

“Okay, blow the candles” I said and leaned forward to help her put out the light. However, she quickly proved that she needed no help and before I had begun blowing myself, she had already finished the job.

Screenshot-3977“Well done” I laughed and put her down on the ground next to her brother. They both giggled and clapped their hands and as I looked at them I was filled with love. My babies, my perfectly perfect little babies. Already so big. They grew too fast. Before I knew it they would be old enough to deal with the vampires. Tears welled up in my eyes at the thought of it. Petite and Mars would never get the chance to be just normal teenagers with normal teenager problems – they would be stuck with a task that no ‘bow should ever need to be stuck with. My kids would need to save the world one day.

Suddenly, I realized that it would be my task to prepare them for that. But how could I? What parenting was needed to make my kids ready for the problems they would have to face? How could I teach them to take care of a problem I had only ever run from myself? It was something I would never know.

Screenshot-3981 Screenshot-3982Unsurprisingly, they both grew up to amazing children. I pulled my camera up and as I prepared to take their picture, Mars put his arm around Petite’s shoulders and pulled her closer. The picture ended up being amazing, of course.

It was convenient to see them being friends because it meant that their future task would be easier. They would not have to go through it alone because they had each other. What a team.

When I put them to bed that night, I told them that I loved them very much. I needed to remember to tell them often because with the dangers surrounding us, I could never be sure to get another chance at saying it. Supid world and stupid problems.

Screenshot-3914Soda Pop came to our front door just hours after the twins had gone to sleep. Mom had gone to sleep as well and the sun had just set in the horizon. I was just making myself comfortable in the sofa in front of some silly comedy about a man who never aged.

Screenshot-3915Every muscle in my body tensed at the sound of the doorbell. I had never seen Soda Pop before, but when I first saw her this time I knew instantly that it was her.

Soda Pop Twist.

My grandmother.

The vampire who wanted my children. 

Screenshot-3929I wasn’t even scared when I went out to meet her. I should have been, of course. But all I could think of was to keep my children safe. If I got myself killed in the process did not matter, as long as I prevented her from getting to my kids.

“Get the fudge of my property” I hissed and my body was pumping with adrenaline.

Soda Pop smiled, but she looked far from friendly. “I came to congratulate Mars and Petite” she said.

I took one step closer to her and waved my arms by my side as if I was a rooster picking a fight, “Get off my property” I snarled again.

Screenshot-3927“Jeez, relax. I wouldn’t do anything rash if I were you” Soda Pop said.

“Can you just leave? No one likes you anyway.”

“Yew Twist” Soda Pop sighed. “Just let me talk to your children and no one will get harmed. It’s easy like that”.

Screenshot-3931Her cold white eyes stared at me. It felt nearly like they stared through me. Like she could see every thought in my brain through my eyes. Perhaps she could, what did I know?

“You’ll never get close to them” I snarled back and clenched my fists in front of me.

Soda Pop suddenly exploded, “And you think you can keep me from that? Hahaha, you silly weak little thing. I always get what I want. Always.”

“Not this time” I replied calmly. I would die for my children, if I needed to.

Screenshot-3932“You stupid, petty human!” Soda Pop yelled and slammed her body against mine. She was a lot stronger than me and my body hit the ground with a loud thump. I felt, and heard, some of the bones in my back cracking loudly but I felt no pain.

“I’ll kill you if I have to” Soda Pop snarled and scratched my face. I felt numb. There was nothing I could do except taking her beating. Whatever happened, I would not let her in my house. She would not get to my kids.

Screenshot-3935“Just say the word and you’ll be free again” she said and pulled me up in a standing position. She held my head secured under her arm and I tried to get a few punches in against her body. I don’t think she even felt them because there was no strength in my body. It was all transformed into willpower and I just waited for her to kill me.

Mom will keep the twins safe. Mom will keep the twins safe. I repeated it like a mantra inside my head. It wouldn’t matter if I died. The house on the island was almost finished and mom would keep the twins safe.

I would die for them.

It was okay.

Screenshot-3936Suddenly though, Soda Pop kicked me in the back and let me go. “You stupid idiot. I’ll get the babies eventually” she said. I massaged the lower part of my back where her heel had hit me and before I had turned around to curse at her she was gone. I had survived. And I was still human.

Screenshot-3994I slept uneasy that night, tossed and turned and reacted to every little sound outside the window. When mom got up from bed I joined her in the livingroom and told her about what had happened last night. Of course, she was shocked to hear about it.

“I don’t know what to do” I said, feeling like I had lost and that everything was meaningless. Soda Pop had been right, she would get what she wanted. She always did. And she was so much stronger than me, there was no way we could stop her.

Screenshot-3996“You know exactly what to do” mom replied and smiled faintly. “You’ve got the island.”

“But when she finds it, we’re doomed.”

“Hopefully she doesn’t. Took her some time to find you here, didn’t it? Perhaps the twins will be old enough to care for themselves once it happens” mom said. I hoped she was right, but I could not know for sure. The only thing I did know for sure was that my kids were in greater danger than I had originally thought.

“Wait for Myrtle to birth your child and then move” mom continued. All these years she had devoted her life to keeping us safe. And she still did. I nodded, to show that I agreed. I would take my children and run, as soon as I could.

Screenshot-3995“Sometimes you have to leave things behind to protect the ones you love” mom said and I could hear sadness in her voice. Had it been like that for her? Had she been in pain every time she had to move? Had it pained her to leave Bittersweet behind? Of course it had. Why had I never understood that before? The sacrifices she and dad had made, just to keep us all safe. I owed everything to them.

“Lavender!” It struck me then. Lavender had a child too and I didn’t know if Soda Pop had visited her as well. I didn’t even know if my sister was alive.

Mom jumped off the sofa and called Lavender straight away. Luckily, she was safe.

“There’s no room for Lavender in the island house” I said when mom returned.

“I’ll be with her” mom said and touched my arm. “You’ll be fine, Yew. It’s time for me to move on. Your sister needs me now.”

I knew that mom was right and that Lavender would need her more than me. Still, it brought tears to my eyes when I thought about living without mom again. She had been there for me whenever I needed it. When I got ill, when I met Myrtle, when the twins were born, when dad died. When the vampires came. And now she wouldn’t be with us anymore. But it was the right thing to do. Me and my kids would be safe on the island.

Screenshot-3984Eden was born shortly thereafter. He looked so much like myself. Red skin, white eyes and a small patch of purple hair on his little head. The first time I held him my heart melted. What was it with babies that touched the very inside of one’s body? They were magical and fragile and true miracles. To think that part of this one came from me, it was hard to understand. How could two broken ‘bows like myself and Myrtle create something so perfect?

I brought him back to the house and left mom to look after him and the twins while I went to check on Lavender and her family. I would be leaving the main island to live at my safe haven within days, and I wanted to make sure that Lavender was okay.

Screenshot-3993“I can’t believe she came to your house?” Lavender was still startled about Soda Pop’s visit and the was the first thing she said when I came to visit them. I had already told her the story of our grandmother’s visit several times, including the fact that she had actually left without harming any of us seriously. However, it did little to calm my younger sister down.

“I could never protect Cashmere if she came here” Lavender continued and her worry was obvious.

Screenshot-3991I was worried too. Anything else would have been stupid. Cashmere sat on the floor close to us and played with her feet. She was a happy child and I feared what would happen to her if Soda Pop got to her. Would she be happy still? Would she become a deadly monster? The only way of not getting the thoughts drive me crazy was to put them aside and try to convince myself that none of our children would ever be taken by the vampires. Somehow, we would beat them.

“Well, mom will help you” I said. “And you have Mountain too. You’ll be fine.”

Screenshot-3992“Why does this happen to our family? It’s not fair!” Lavender said. “First you go and kidnap some fudging kid because you’re totally fudged up in the head and then some fudging vampires threaten to take our kids. Fudge!”

“We’ll manage” I said. It hurt to hear her curse about me and my past. I had overcome it, and it wasn’t fair of her to hold me against something I did while I was sick. Still, I couldn’t blame her. She worried for her daughter’s safety and she had the right to. Besides, my own issues had no doubt affected her and my other siblings too. Our lives were sure filled with enough drama to lay ground for some stupid soap opera. Perhaps one day it would get better.

Screenshot-3985Screenshot-3986When I got back home, mom had put the twins to bed and was now by Eden’s crib. I could see that she was crying while she hugged my newborn. “I’ll miss you” she sniffed.

“It’s for the best” I said. I don’t know if I tried to convince myself or mom the most. It didn’t seem to work on any of us anyway.

“We’ll be fine” mom said and put Eden down in the crib. She threw one last glance at him before turning the lights off and leaving the room. That night, we sat in silence next to each other in the livingroom. Some silly action movie played on the TV but even though I watched it, I couldn’t say what it was about because my thoughts were elsewhere.

It was going to be alright. It had to be.

Screenshot-3987Mom left early the next morning and when the kids woke up she was already gone. I didn’t know how I was supposed to tell them that we were moving so I pretended to read the newspaper while we ate breakfast. Petite ate her yoghurt in silence while Mars pretended he was some kind of ruler over some kind of kingdom. I don’t know.

Eventually, I had to tell them. I folded the newspaper in half and put it on the table in front of me. “We’re moving” I said. Just straight like that because I didn’t know how else I would say it.

“Will we get our own room?” Petite wondered.

“You will share with Mars and Eden” I replied.

“But not with you?”

“No.”

“Cool!”

Like that the conversation was over. They held no affectionate memories of this house and to them moving was just another exciting adventure.

Screenshot-3983I had already furnished the house on the island so I simply told the twins to bring their favorite toys. They could fill a backpack each, but anything else had to be left behind. There were no complains, and they simply wanted to bring their teddy bears. All in all, it went much smoother than I had expected and soon I could point from the boat to our new home.

“A whole island, just for us?!” Petite was stoked about it, but I wondered how long that would be true. Eventually, they would start feeling secluded and lonely. It would be tough to keep that from happening, but I would do my best.

“Yea, the whole island is ours” I said and secured the boat on the back of the house.

“This is awesome!” Petite shouted and ran off. Mars followed her, but he wasn’t as excited as his sister. At least not until he discovered a seashell on the beach. His discovery made him clap his hands in excitement and that was all it took for them to appreciate our new home.

This was it. Our new start. We would be safe here.

It would be fine.


Eden is the last child needed in Yew’s generation and now I’m just waiting for him to grow old enough to get a personality. ^^ I might host a heir vote as per usual, or I might choose the heir myself because one of them fits better for next generation’s rolls. But we’ll see.

Coral has now been moved out of the household and she lives with Lavender and her family. Also, I couldn’t fit it in the actual chapter, but Bittersweet has passed away. Coral has taken it quite badly and has been mourning a lot in game. It’s heartbreaking. 😦

Chapter 5.15: All you can do is run

Screenshot-3910I tried to focus on caring for my babies and to devote my thoughts to their progress instead of my brother’s and Soda’s impending attack. Needless to say, it was impossible. Even as I sat with Petite to teach her new words my mind drifted and I ended up being absent from the moment. I couldn’t let them become soldiers in a vampire army. But how could I stop it?

Screenshot-3911“Vamp-eyh” Petite suddenly said and looked at me with thoughtful eyes. It was the straw that broke the camel’s back and instead of trying unsuccessfully to teach my children the necessities, I placed them in the twin carrier and headed to the treatment center. Myrtle would know what to do. She always knew.

Screenshot-3963“He said we could beat them” I said, referring to Rhubarb, and looked at Myrtle with disbelief in my eyes. Raindrop’s visit had occupied my thoughts ever since it happened three days ago. It was nice to finally be with Myrtle and go through what had happened. She looked sad but still she nodded slowly:

“We can. But not yet.”

“How? When?” I was desperate. The image of Petite and Mars as vampire soldiers were glued to my eyelids and it kept me awake during the nights. If I wasn’t crazy before, then this was certainly capable of driving me insane.

“When the kids are old enough to help. They’re the only ones who can do anything about this. You’ll have to keep them safe until then. It’s the only chance we have.”

Screenshot-3944I looked down at Petite. She was busy playing a game with Makro, which consisted of her crying as loud as she could, and him jumping at her to lick her in the face. She was so small, way too small to be the solution to the problem with my ancestor vampires. It would be an eternity before she could do anything about it and I didn’t know how I could possibly keep them safe if Soda really wanted to get to them. It seemed impossible.

Screenshot-3959When I got back home that day my sister was sitting next to mom in the sofa. When I walked through the door mother clapped her hands together and said cheerfully: “Well, that’s just some fantastic news, honey”. Judging by my sister’s swollen belly, I knew what those news were even without them telling me. However, I didn’t find them fantastic at all.

Screenshot-3950 Screenshot-3949Mars, who had recently learned how to walk, tumbled towards the toy box in the other end of the room and laboriously opened the lid. Once it slammed open, he crawled in to it and messed about for a short while before peaking up the edge with his favorite dinosaur in his hand. His smile was genuine, something that could not be said about the one I tried to master when congratulating my sister.

Screenshot-3960Apparently, Lavender noticed my fake smile because she snapped: “Jeez, I’ll go to the bathroom” before getting up from the sofa and leaving for the bathroom. Mom remained seated and watched how Lavender closed the door to the bathroom before turning to me.

“You could at least pretend to be happy” she hissed quietly.

“I did” I said in protest and shook my head.

It was silent for a short moment before mom began to cry. “There is something fudging wrong when I cannot be happy about my daughter’s pregnancy” she sniffed. I agreed. Something was incredibly messed up in our lives. And now I needed not only to worry about my own children, but also about Lavender’s coming child.

“This is not on you” said mom, as if she could read my thoughts. “You have your family. Lavender can take care of herself.”

“But she doesn’t know” I said.

Screenshot-3958Mom never got the chance to reply because Lavender opened the bathroom door at that moment.

“What is it I don’t know?” she asked and sat down next to mom again. I shook my head and picked my kids up again and went upstairs. This was not a conversation I wished to participate in. It was not on me, like mom had said. As I left the room I heard how mother begun telling Lavender about Raindrop’s visit and Myrtle’s visions but once I got upstairs, I closed my eyes and focused on what I needed to do, for myself and my family. I could not stand to listen to how Lavender panicked. I had enough on my own plate.

Screenshot-3912Lava came to our house a few weeks later. Sun was just setting behind the hills and the twins had just been put to bed when he walked up to our front door. I saw him from the window and went down to meet him before he would manage to ring the bell.

Screenshot-3922I was not happy to see him.

“Long time no see” Lava grinned, perhaps in an attempt to make me feel better about his presence. It did not work.

Screenshot-3921Instead, I thrust my index finger to his chest, ignoring the part of me that told me to be careful. “You are not welcome here!” I hissed.

Lava stumbled backwards by the force of my finger, which, I supposed, meant it had taken him by surprise.

“I want you to leave. Now.” I continued and took a step forward to minimize the distance between us again.

“Easy now” Lava growled and his sharp fangs glowed in the corners of his mouth. It did not frighten me. All I could think of was that I needed to keep my children safe.

Screenshot-3923“Leave my property” I hissed back and took another step towards him and tried to make myself look as big as possible. Lava growled again, but his eyes showed hesitation.

“I did not come to fight” he said. “I came to warn you.”

“I don’t need your warnings!”

Screenshot-3924Lava suddenly exploded. He took a step closer to me faster than I could react to and his face was close to mine in an instant. “Then you’re stupid, Yew. My mother knows about your babies and she will get to them if you’re not careful. She’s stronger than anything you know. There’s nothing you can do to stop her. All you can do is run. And even that won’t help forever.”

The anger ran off me. Lava uttered the worries I had kept hidden within me ever since Raindrop first came to warn us. If Soda Pop wanted my children, there was nothing I could do to stop it. I was only an insane ‘bow who pretended he knew how to care for babies. The hopelessness overwhelmed me and I did what anyone would do when being told that their family is doomed.

Screenshot-3934I blamed the messenger.

I should have known I would get my ass kicked by my vampire brother, but in the moment I did not care. I wanted to hurt him. Bad.

“Just try to not let her catch you” Lava said before he escaped after kicking my butt.

Screenshot-3968It took me quite some time before I dared leaving my kids even for brief moments, but after some time mom reminded me that she had managed to keep me and my siblings safe throughout our entire life so Petite and Mars would be safe with her. In the beginning I left them just for short times, but as days passed by I slowly dared leaving them more and more. Mom was a great babysitter and my kids would be safe with her. I hoped.

It did me good to get away for myself now and then. If not only to not be driven insane with worry and stress from raising the twins. They were adorable, but also demanding.

Screenshot-3969Most of my lone time consisted of me getting in my boat and rowing out on the sea. I found that the sea breeze and the sound of the clucking water calmed my nerves. Also, I felt safe out on the sea. Untouchable.

Again, I found myself dreaming of a future in which me and Myrtle could be married and live with out children on one of the smaller islands surrounding the main island. I was almost sure that we would be safe out there. Lava and Soda Pop would never find us out there, would they?

Screenshot-3966It came as a shock when I saw the tiny island in front of me. From what I could see where I approached, it was barely nothing except a small, grass-covered slope. My heart beat faster as I got closer. I had never been out here before, and from the maps I had seen of the area, there should be no islands out here. Yet, there, before my eyes, was a perfect little desert island. I rowed around it and found that the other side was more flat.

Perhaps flat enough to build a house on, I thought to myself.

I jumped in from the boat to swim the last bit to the island and dragged the boat after me in a rope secured in the front. I went ashore on the flat side of the island and pulled the boat up. Once there, I tied the rope in a palm tree swaying in the wind. Except for a few palm trees, some bushes and a small pond, the island was empty. It was really not much to see, but in my eyes it was the greatest treasure I could imagine. An island that only I knew about, an island that was absent from all local maps and on which I could build my family a house and a future life. It was the island that would keep us safe.

Screenshot-3049“I found it!” I yelled even before I came in to Myrtle’s room at the center. Her eyes opened up and she raised one eyebrow.

“What, Yew?”

“I found an island and we will be safe there” I continued, still too excited to notice that Myrtle herself were far from happy. “I’m going to build us a house there and then we can live there and be safe. It’ll be great!” I could not remember the last time I felt so positive as I did to my newly born idea. In my head, nothing could go wrong.

Screenshot-3962“I hope you’re right” Myrtle said and looked down. There was a faint smile on her face, but it was hard to tell if it was genuine or if it was filled with worry. Her hands slowly caressed her stomach and a few quiet moments passed until my excitement had settled enough for me to notice the swelling her hands were moving over.

“You’re pregnant?” I questioned and the excitement ran off me in an instant and was replaced with the far too recognizable worry that had filled my life for the past months. I wanted another child, but the world our kids were born in to were dangerous and it felt almost selfish to bring more lives in to it.

“I’ve never seen this island” she said and looked back up at me. It knew it was an attempt to sooth my nerves, but it helped nonetheless. If she hadn’t seen my island in her visions, it was actually possible that it would work. I could bring my family there and we could raise our kids in safety until they were old enough to put a stop to whatever Lava and Soda Pop were up to.

“You haven’t?”

Screenshot-3957 Screenshot-3956Myrtle closed the distance between us and wrapped her arms around my neck and I drowned in her eyes.

“I knew you would find a way to keep them safe” she whispered before closing the gap between our lips.


Author’s Notes: It was quite the surprise that Yew found the deserted island when he went out with his boat. He was on his way to some park, I think, when he stumbled upon it. Actually, it happened quite some time ago, but I thought it would be a nice solution to how to keep his family safe once the vampires returned. I don’t know if you guys have played with IP much and found the different islands, but this one is really tiny. I’ve built the house on it, but it can just barely hold the small family.

Also, as mentioned in this chapter, Myrtle cannot always predict the future and sometimes even she gets surprised by some events. She knew all along that Yew would keep their babies safe, but she did not know how. I imagine her being a bit worried that it took him so long after the twins’ birth to come up with a plan. Perhaps she was even starting to doubt her own vision. That was why her new pregnancy was worrying her. 

And my last note for now; I really hate the Fighter roll. I’ll never play it again. I don’t like keeping enemies for my sims. 😦

Chapter 5.14: Never let them in

Life went on even without dad. It was hard and painful, but for every day that passed his death became easier to cope with. At the same time, everyday chores became easier to deal with. And one day, it no longer hurt to get out of bed. I still missed my father, and I would keep missing him for as long as I lived, but one day, it was suddenly bearable. I could go up and feed my babies without breaking at the seams. I could go on with my life.

It took months to get there and by the time I thought my life could proceed, it was time for the twins’ birthday.

Screenshot-3890Their birthday was also the first time that Myrtle was allowed to come visit us. We had, of course, visited her numerous times in the months before that, but it was exciting to have her visit us at home. Especially for her. It was the first she visited anyone in several years. “I brought pizza” Myrtle said happily when she entered our house in company of Tangerine and Slate. “Tangerine said it’s appropriate to bring something when invited to a party, and we all know I want to be appropriate“. Myrtle chuckled at her own joke and I laughed too, she was definitely the least appropriate person I knew, even if she brought pizza.

Screenshot-3891“You can put it on the table” mom said without even looking at Myrtle. Dad’s death still held her in iron claws and it was more common to see her sad and down than the opposite. Today was extra hard because it was one of those days when we both wished dad would have been there. It was the twins’ first birthday. A milestone.

Myrtle put the plate on the table and went up to my mother and hugged her. “I’m so, so sorry. He was great. I liked him.” Mother didn’t hug back and she didn’t reply. She just sniffled, wiped tears from her eyes and went upstairs to the babies.

Screenshot-3895When it was time to blow the candles Sonic suddenly came outside to watch. By now, I was aware that he only appeared on the days when I had forgotten my medication, and it seemed the stress of arranging the twins birthday party had made me forget today’s dose. Not that I minded much, I quite enjoyed seeing my old friend. Especially on such a special day as today, and even more so since another important person from my life was missing. Sonic’s presence made it less obvious that our family was forever broken.

Screenshot-3896We let Mars go first and once the single candle on his cake was blown out, I placed him on the ground and watched him age up. Myrtle, Tangerine, Slate and Sonic cheered and shouted excitedly as Mars transformed, but mom stood silent and with her arms hanging loose by her sides. It was not a cheerful event for her. It was the first birthday after dad’s death and she was hurting more than anyone. She would never be whole again. I knew that because I was going through something similar every day. Myrtle was alive and well, but she was still very much absent from my life.

Screenshot-3897My thoughts were soon interrupted by a gurgling sound and when I looked down Mars looked back at me with big eyes. His ears were pointy and along with the big eyes they showed clearly who his mother was. Except for those features, he was very much a Twist boy. He had my red skin, my mother’s light blue hair and her light eye color. He was beautiful.

Next, we let Petite blow her candle. She too aged up to a beautiful little being. Her green skin and green eyes had the exact same color as Myrtle’s and her light blue hair was, like Mars’s, a product of my own bloodline. The two little beings filled my heart with a warmth I had never experienced before and when Myrtle sneaked up behind me to hug me tight I forgot all about life’s misery and felt just pure happiness. “This family is fudging great” Myrtle whispered and hugged me tighter. I turned around slowly to kiss her. She was right, our family was perfect in all its brokenness.

Screenshot-3898Time passed and for every day, mom seemed to get better and better. I knew she would never forget about dad and that she would never be okay, but I hoped she would start appreciating life again. I hoped, with all my heart, that her last years would be spent in happiness, and that she would not only wait for her death to come. I thought that perhaps there was a chance that Petite, or Mars, could make her want to live another day.

I watched mom interact with my children every day. She smiled at them a lot, which was great to see because there wasn’t much else that made her smile these days.

Screenshot-3900 Screenshot-3901Honestly, there were many reasons to smile at my children. They were constantly up to something and they constantly discovered new things. Seeing them grow was amazing and it gave me so much joy. I only wished Myrtle would have been by my side to experience it too. But she was not. We visited her often, but we couldn’t always be with her. And when it came to seeing the kids grow, no time except always was enough. They learned so much and they grew so much when Myrtle wasn’t around that it hurt. Imagining how it must hurt Myrtle was even worse.

She loved her children but she couldn’t be with them. Because someone, somewhere at some point, had decided that there was one way of being that was normal and that anything that differed from that way was abnormal. That abnormal needed treatment and that abnormal was to be locked in. It was strange to think that anyone could fail to see Myrtle’s magnificence. Her way of being different defined her, and I loved it. She would have been no harm to me, or my children. Yet, she was denied the essence of life. She was denied her family, just because she could see the future. Because people were afraid of what was different.

Screenshot-3902“I love you” I said first thing when she visited us the next time. “I love you just as you are.” I took her hand and twirled her around, as in a dance before I lowered her towards the floor with my left arm supporting her back. Myrtle laughed and smiled.

Screenshot-3903Before she could say anything, I leaned in and kissed her. My precious beloved girl.

“I love you too, crazy” she said once I had helped her get up on her feet again. “But now I wanna go. Come on.”

Screenshot-3904Tangerine had agreed on letting us go to the beach for a day. She would be close by in case anything happened, but all in all me and Myrtle would be on our own. Apparently, I had been well enough to be trusted to take care of my girlfriend.

Mom would watch the twins. She had been overjoyed when I asked her, and I suspect it was because it made her feel important. Like she was needed. And that day, on the beach, was the first time she smiled genuinely since dad passed away.

Screenshot-3907While mom played with the twins in the sea, me and Myrtle rowed out on open water. I had bought the rowing boat when I first moved to Isla Caramello, but I had never used it before this day. It was exciting to be out on the water alone with Myrtle. It was the first time ever that we were alone together and therefore, this was our first date. I giggled when the thought struck me; We had two kids together and yet this was our first date.

“Why are you laughing?” Myrtle asked and stretched her leg as to kick me. The boat rocked when Myrtle moved and she cried and quickly put her foot back underneath her. I couldn’t help but laugh at her.

“Don’t fudging laugh! We could have died!” Myrtle yelled and stared at me with big eyes. It struck me that it was the first time I had ever seen her scared and somehow it made me love her even more.

“Then sit still” I winked and kept on rowing, taking us further out on the sea and further away from the beach. I wanted us to be completely alone now that we had the chance.

Screenshot-3906Myrtle calmed down after a while and seemed to relax a bit. It was nice to row when she sat in front of me and while we rowed in silence, I remembered how much I loved the sea and why I moved to Isla Caramello in the first place. This was how I had pictured life. The main island where my house was located was beautiful, but it was nothing compared to the smaller islands that surrounded it.

“One day we’ll live out here” I said to break the silence. Myrtle looked terrified at first and I understood that the fear she had shown in the beginning of our tour was bigger than I had first thought. Water frightened her, I could see it in her eyes. “On one of the islands” I continued, to calm her down.

“I won’t” she said sadly and looked down.

“You will” I retorted. “I’ll get you out one day.”

“I’d like that, but I know it won’t happen” she whispered back and twisted her hands in her lap.

Screenshot-3908“It might” I said, desperate to hold on to the hope I felt. Perhaps it could happen. If I kept being fine and she kept laying low. Myrtle could see the future and the truth, but in the future I saw, I was going to marry her and live with her and our children on one of the smaller islands. I refused to let her visions rob me of that dream.

“And I’d like another child with you” I said. The words surprised myself as much as they surprised Myrtle.

“Perhaps one day.” Myrtle smiled briefly before looking down. She sat like that for a while, silent with her eyes looking down at the bottom of the boat and I could sense that something was troubling her.

Screenshot-3909“Yew…” Myrtle begun and chewed nervously on her upper lip before she continued. “The vampires. You must never let them in. Can you promise me that?”

The vampires. I had not given much thought to the things she had said about the vampires and my brother many years ago. Not since she said it, but now that she mentioned it, it all came rushing back. My brother would cause the death of our species? That truth could not be true. “What have you seen?” I demanded and turned the boat around. I wanted to take us back to the beach and our children as fast as I could.

“Just… Don’t let them in. They can’t hurt you if you don’t let them in the house. Okay?”

“Lava? He wouldn’t hurt me.” I said it without believing it myself. I wanted to believe it, but I knew it wasn’t true. The Lava I knew was long gone.

“He’s not the same anymore. He’s a pawn, remember? Just don’t let him in. Or any other vampire for that matter. Okay?”

“What will they do to us? Our children?” Panic rose within me and my heart beat fast. I rowed as quickly as I could, but it wasn’t quick enough. I wanted to be back on the beach now.

“Hopefully nothing. My visions might be wrong. There’s always more than one truth.”

“But you’ve never been wrong before” I complained. Myrtle said nothing in response, but her silence was answer enough. She had, indeed, never been wrong before.

It took way too long, but eventually we got back to the beach and I could see that mom and the twins were alright. Still, I couldn’t shake the fear of what would happen if the vampires found us. I knew there were many of them by now. Soda Pop and Lava raised an army, they had been working on that for years and by now all of Fondant Fields could be turned. Before we parted that day, I promised to never, ever, let a vampire in to our house. We didn’t know if it would help, but for now it was the only thing we could do.

Screenshot-3892I had told mom about Myrtle’s visions because she needed to know it was important that we never let the vampires inside, should they show up on our doorstep. Of course, mom said we were crazy to even think Lava or Soda would come after us now, after all these years, but I persisted in making her promise to never let them in. Eventually she budged and made her promise.

A few weeks later, I heard mother cry in the kitchen and when I ran there, I saw Rhubarb along with Rainbow outside my front door.

Raindrop. A vampire.

My heart started racing as I walked towards the door and opened it slowly. “You cannot come in” I said and closed the door behind me. I didn’t care if she ripped me apart as long as the twins were safe inside.

Screenshot-3893“You’re smart” she said and nodded. Rhubarb turned his head and looked away and I wondered if he’d been as smart or if he had let her in.

“I came to warn you” Raindrop continued. “Soda knows about the twins and you need to keep them safe. Never let her in. Ever.”

“I’m not stupid” I hissed and felt the blood pulsing in my temples. “And you should get the fudge off this island. No one wants you here!”

Rhubarb looked at me with tired eyes. “She never asked for this. We’ll help her. I’ll help her.”

I looked at him, terrified. “And they say I’m crazy?! Fudge sake Rhubie. She’s a vampire. She’ll rip you apart!”

Screenshot-3894Raindrop complained: “I can control myself, I’m nothing like them! I’d never hurt anyone.”

I shook my head in disbelief. “You’re a vampire. That’s all I need to know.”

“I’ve never hurt anyone. Thunderbird helped me and that’s why he’s dead. They killed him for helping me control my hunger. I feed on plasma. That’s it. Never blood. Ever.”‘

Rhubarb looked at me again. “Yew, just don’t let them in. Take care of your babies. I’ll take care of Raindrop. You just care for your family, okay? They want the babies, nothing else.”

“Why?”

“Because babies are formable. They make good soldiers.”

Petite and Mars as vampire soldiers? I shuddered at the thought. I would never let that happen. Ever. They were my babies and I would do whatever it took to keep them safe.

“We can beat them” Rhubarb said before tugging at Raindrop’s arm to get her to leave with him. He didn’t believe his own words, but I had to believe them to keep functioning. They were the only comfort I had right now.


Author’s Note: Okay, this chapter might be a little confusing but I’m trying to tie the story with Lava together. He joined Soda Pop long ago because he felt she was the only one who truly understood him and his needs. The reason why they want babies is that they have found out that vampires who are turned at a low age make better blood suckers. People who are turned at older age seem to be more successful in staying away from blood and living on plasma. Soda Pop is an exception and why she is, they do not know. I picture it being because of two reasons: 1. She is incredibly impulsive, 2. She is evil and manipulative.

In addition to the above reasons, Soda Pop actually cares for family, even if it’s in a sick way, and she wants her bloodline to follow in her steps. Hence she is chasing babies born in her legacy. That also explains why she kept chasing Coral and Berrian around when they had their children. Both to get Lava back and to take her grandchildren along in her journey. Also: Yes, Soda Pop killed Thunderbird because he stood in the way of her plans. He helped Raindrop after Lava turned her and that caused him his death. Now, Raindrop tries to help the ones she can just as Thunderbird did. For now, that meant going after Yew to warn him about Soda’s plans. Of course, Raindrop doesn’t know about Myrtle and her visions.

I know the story might have holes in it but I hadn’t decided beforehand how to tie it together, and now that I’m trying I find it quite hard. If there’s anything you wonder about or anything that doesn’t make sense, please do ask and I’ll see if I can answer it. Both for your sake, but also for my own. I might have left a few too many loose threads in this story. Hopefully I’ll tie some of them together eventually.

And, as a last note; The Downloads page has been updated as I’ve added Lavender, Rhubarb, Froly and Yew to it.

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