Chapter 4.17: The future

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

This chapter is written from a third person perspective. 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Is not. Just wait and see.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“And how is that working out for you?”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chapter 4.11: A new life

This chapter is a bit more rushed than the ones I usually write. I do feel a bit bad about it but I really can’t be arsed to go back and take more pictures… Hopefully you’ll feel like you understand what’s going on anyway…


Screenshot-1137A couple of weeks after we came home from China I discovered that I was pregnant. We had known since day one that pregnancy was a risk when you had carefree sex like us. Protection had never been an option, if we got pregnant that was what was meant to be. So even though it wasn’t planned,¬†it was the greatest gift I could think of. Just the thought of someone growing inside me was enough to get me in to tears. Even in this early stage of pregnancy, I loved that little baby with all my heart.

Screenshot-1145And Berrian loved it too. Whenever I gave him the chance he would rub my belly and talk sweet words to it. Before we went to sleep during nights he laid his head on my stomach and sang soft lullabies for our baby.

I cherished the thought of having a family with the man I considered my soulmate. For the first time in my life, I would be part of a real family.

Screenshot-1148Bittersweet was really supportive and excited too. Even though she had since long moved out of our house, she was still around a lot of the time. She was still my best friend so it really wasn’t that strange. Her and Romeo were going steady by now, but any advancing in their relationship from there was still far away as far as I knew.

“You’ll have a boy” she kept saying during the pregnancy and motivated it by the fact that all Twist’s that we knew of had boys as their first child. I really didn’t care whether it was a boy or a girl for I knew I would love my baby no matter what.

Screenshot-1150The pregnancy was pretty much a cloud of happiness and excitment and before we knew it my water broke and my contractions started. It all happened at breakfast in the kitchen and both Watermelon and Berrian freaked out when they realized what was about to happen.

It felt like an eternity passed before Berrian had gathered himself and our bags and was ready to take me to the hospital. At first we wanted to have a home birth because it felt the most natural, but when we read about it we realized it was a far greater risk for both me and the baby and in the end we didn’t want to risk anything.

Screenshot-1152They took great care for us on the hospital and after a long and painful delivery with me refusing any kind of drugs or medication until the very end, we had a little baby boy. It certainly seemed like the big brother gene ran strong in our blood, just like Bittersweet had noticed. Yew Twist was a perfect little baby with ten toes and ten fingers. The first few days both me and Berrian laid close to each other just watching our little baby, trying to grasp the fact that we had created something as perfect as him. It was an amazing feeling, really.

We got so much help at the hospital with getting prepared for taking our little baby home that when it was actually time it almost felt like we were stealing him from someone. How could we possibly take such a little being with us home and care for it without any help? Of course, I knew I could do it for I had done it before. Still, it was hard to understand that he was all ours.

Screenshot-1157When we got home Watermelon met us with the biggest smile on her lips. I remember it so well for I thought that I had never seen her smile like that in her life before. She seemed genuinely happy and even in the clouded state I was in, it was a great thing to see.

“I need to show you something” she said after the initial welcome home greetings. She raced the stairs to the upper floor and I ¬†followed her slowly, still sore in every part of my body after delivering Yew. Watermelon stopped outside Taxus’ old room for a short moment before she slammed the door open. I almost lost my breath when I saw the room. It was completely changed from how it had looked the morning we went to the hospital. When it had all sunk in I started to cry.

“Me and Salmon did it” Watermelon said with a proud voice. “We mixed your colors because we didn’t know what the baby would look like. Do you like it?”

I sniffled in response and Berrian put his arms around me and pulled Watermelon too in to the hug. “It’s perfect, Melon” he said.

Screenshot-1158Watermelon sure did love her little nephew and I could see so much of my younger self in how she cared for the little baby. The difference was that she did it out of her own will while I had been forced in to it because no one else did.

During the first few weeks with our new family Watermelon went through a big change. It had started a long time ago but there was really a rush now. She went from being a rather closed and low young woman to become a much more open and happy one. I strongly suspected that Yew was part of the reason that she did change. I loved watching her interact with him and he loved being in her arms.

Screenshot-1161She even gained a few new friends, which really showed how much more accepting and social she had become. She hung out a lot with a boy called Peridot who was a few years younger than her. I realized that whatever relation she had with him was far from as good as the relation she had to Celeste, but it did her good to broaden her circuits. Especially now that Celeste had three kids and a lot less time for Watermelon.

It was safe to say that we all adored the new addition to our family and that he was a great gift for us. Everything was better when we had Yew to cuddle with and look at. Sure, he woke us up during the nights and his diapers smelled like shit, but the love and happiness he gave us was more than enough to make up for it.

Screenshot-1167We should had known, of course, that happiness and harmony has a way of not rooting in our family. Just a few weeks after Yew’s birth Thunderbird came to our house with a toddler in his arms.

At first, it was only surprising for I hadn’t seen Thunderbird during the past few years since mother’s rampage, but when the initial surprise had wore off I found myself irritated. What right did he have to show up at our house and disrupt our peace?

“You don’t look happy to see me” Thunderbird noted and I found myself lost for words. The only thing I could do was stare at the toddler in his arms. It was Thunderbird’s hair color alright, but the skin was far too light and pale to come from him. It almost looked like… But it couldn’t be, could it?

“This is Lava” Thunderbird continued and ruffled the toddlers hair. “And I need you to take care of him.”

Screenshot-1168Instantly my hands flew in the air in front of me. No no no, he did not need me to do that at all. With all my heart I wished he would just take back what he had just said and leave for if he didn’t, I would know that the boy in his arms were my brother. My much younger brother and I had not signed up for caring for any more siblings. I had my own baby now. My own family.

“Was this what you agreed to?” I wondered, remembering the frightening agreement Thunderbird had done with my mother after the killings.

He nodded, “She said I was a hypocrite for wanting to get rid of the fetus. It was murder too, in her book. If I let her keep it she would drink plasma. She kept her part of the deal during the pregnancy but she says that she has to eat ‘real food’ now to be a good mother. It wasn’t part of the deal so I need you to take Lava. Please.”

Screenshot-1171I couldn’t understand why my mother had wanted another child when she had never cared for the ones she already had, but I figured Thunderbird wouldn’t know either, so I didn’t care to even ask. The scene of mother killing Precious repeated itself before my eyes and I knew I couldn’t let that happen again. Without much thinking, I was suddenly holding Lava in my arms and somehow it felt familiar. I knew how to care for toddlers, I was good at it – even.

“I’m keeping her locked in for now” Thunderbird said and looked at Lava with sadness in his eyes. “I’ll hold her until she’s clean and perhaps when she’s accepted the terms we can take him back. Until she learns to really accept the plasma, this little one is better off with you, though. Unless we want him to grow up to be a monster, of course”

When Thunderbird left out house that day, I still felt confused and overwhelmed of what just had happened. Out of nowhere, I suddenly had another baby to care for. A vampire baby.

Screenshot-1178Except for the pointy fangs digging in to whatever soft toys provided for him, Lava was like any kid. He learned stuff every day and he laughed when someone tickled him and cried when he didn’t get his ways.

Both me and Berrian were on our toes about him though for we knew that some day his vampire genes would kick in and he would be a lot different than normal babies. Taking him in had perhaps been a rushed decision but luckily Berrian agreed that if we had to choose between taking care of Lava or letting him grow up to a killing machine in the hands of my mother, there wasn’t really much of a choice.

Screenshot-1196Watermelon adored her little baby brother too. It seemed like she adored every child she ever got to know and I found myself thinking that she would be a perfect mother one day.

About a week after we had taken Lava in to our family, Thunderbird called and asked us to come visit them. At first we were hesitant because mother had only ever given us trouble and I could not see what good it would make to visit her ever again. However, there was still a little part of me that hoped she was still capable of changing to a better person. After thinking it through together with Berrian, we decided to go. Lava was left in Watermelon’s care for I feared that mother would want to take him back and I didn’t want him to grow up like her. She would break him just like she had broken the rest of us.

Screenshot-1155Thunderbird led us out to the garage when we arrived ¬†to his house and when he opened the doors I could barely believe my eyes. Inside the garage he housed a sturdy cage and inside the cage my mother sat on a stone bed. She looked nothing like the last time I saw ¬†her. The dangerous and evil killer machine she used to be had faded and left was a pale and thin woman. Under her eyes big bags revealed that her body was running low on energy. Hadn’t it been that I knew the reason for her imprisonment I would have felt sorry for her. But now I felt nothing. She had brought this on herself.

She squirmed at us when we came in but soon went back to staring down at her own knees. “How is Lava?” she wondered. Her voice just managed to form the words and she sounded just as weak as she looked.

“He’s growing each day” I replied and was surprised by how strong my voice was. The sight of my mother locked in a cage affected me less than one could have imagined.

Screenshot-1154Mother sighed. “When will I get him back?”

“When you’re off the blood” Thunderbird replied before I could say anything. He made it sound like mother was on some heavy drug, which probably was about the same thing as being a vampire addicted to blood.

“He’s going to need to feed eventually. What will you do then, Coral?” Mother wondered and coughed afterwards. Speaking was obviously hard for her.

“One day at a time. He’ll have a normal childhood. That’s best for him” Berrian said and took my hand. We were in this together.

Mother sent a few hateful words after us while we stood there and after a while we just decided to leave. There was no gain in staying and it did not do any of us any good. We didn’t like each other and the less we had to do with each other, the better it would be for us both.

“I’ll have to release her eventually” Thunderbird explained before we left and both me and Berrian agreed. It wasn’t fair to keep her locked up even though she was a horrible vampire. “I will really try to keep her off the blood but I would suggest you take your family far from here when she’s learning to deal with her new diet. I don’t know what it is, but she’s been determined to raise Lava ever since she first found out she was pregnant. I don’t even want to imagine what could happen if they lived together. Two vampires like her? We can’t let that happen to Fondant Fields. And Lava deserves better. He’s my son too, after all.”

Screenshot-1184Screenshot-1185Thunderbird gave us some time to come up with a plan and during that time we made sure to always have people around. In the case of mother escaping her cage, it would be better to keep witnesses around. It was safe to say that I worried for my whole family, but I was quite sure not even mother would sink as low as to kill us all. Or kill in front of everyone. She cared too much of her reputation still.

Salmon decided we should host a pool party on leisure day and he went about inviting the people he thought would like to come. I was quite surprised when Ocean showed up. Not because she wasn’t invited, but because we apparently were half sisters. Father had left mother a long time ago because he found love in a woman who waited his child – this child was Ocean. She still lived a happy family life with both mother and father alive. It was a bit unfair, really. But she was a sweet girl so perhaps she deserved it.

Screenshot-1183Bittersweet came with a big smile on her face. Ever since she and Romeo decided to go steady she had been a lot happier. The death of Precious seemed to have sunken in and she had gotten over it and come out strong. When she arrived for the pool party she was the first one to climb in to the pool. “First time I swim in this pool” she laughed. It was strange, but I had never swum in the pool either. That was mother’s place and I kept away from it. Besides, there was nothing wrong with the river if you cared for a swim.

Screenshot-1182“Eeeew, that’s gross” Salmon complained when Taxus and Hyacinth lovingly kissed each other in front of him. Those two were the only ones I knew of that shared the same passionate love as me and Berrian.

Screenshot-1188Obvoiously it wasn’t the actual kissing that was gross to Salmon for just minutes later he was sucking it up with Tosca by the pool. I had no problem watching signs of affection and love and seeing my brothers kiss just gave me a warm fuzzy feeling. Everyone deserved to feel love. It was the meaning of life, after all.

Screenshot-1189Watermelon had invited Peridot over and I was quite sure that love was growing between them two, too. It would probably take some time for Watermelon to trust anyone enough to love or be loved, but her relation with Peridot was definitely a step in the right direction.

Screenshot-1194It was great having my closest friends and family around and I knew I would miss them when we decided to leave. It was inevitable that we leave, though. Especially for Yew’s sake. He was our son and I would do anything to keep him safe. As would Berrian. Besides, the idea of being on the road wasn’t that horrible. In fact, it was a life we had both dreamed of but found no possibility of actually going for. If you refrained from looking at the reasons behind, it was lovely to finally have a chance to go and explore.

We had worked out a fine plan which involved a camper, our family and many new places. We just wanted to wait until Yew was a bit older as traveling with an infant sure could be a lot of work.

Screenshot-1192And before we knew it, Yew had grown big enough for us to actually put our plan to work.

Screenshot-1200We bought ourselves a camper and a car strong enough to drag it and hit the road. Our first stop was Egypt. I loved Egypt the last time we went there and I couldn’t wait to explore more of it. Bringing my whole family was just an extra treat.

We all knew we wouldn’t stay for very long as it was likely that mother went looking for us, determined to take Lava back. But what did it matter, as long as we could see new places? This was a new life. A good new life.

Chapter 4.9: A problem

Screenshot-995Me and Bittersweet had been planning protests and handing out flyers about it for a few days and it was the day before the actual protest when Thunderbird came to our door. Unlucky for him, he was met by an angry Watermelon who refused to let him in to the house because she couldn’t remember him and therefore did not trust him.

Screenshot-997“Relax Watermelon” I heard Thunderbird saying. “I just want to speak to your sister. She knows me.”

Watermelon continued to keep him out of the house. She really did have some trust issues which I knew I would have to deal with one day. I felt sorry for her and I wanted to help her, but things had a way of coming in between the entire time. I hurried out in the hallway before Watermelon would try to harm Thunderbird. “It’s alright sister, I know who he is. Let him in.”

She muttered something that I couldn’t hear before turning on her heel and stomping up the stairs. I looked after her as she descended and then back to Thunderbird. “Sorry about that, she’s a little… moody sometimes.”

Screenshot-1040“Life hasn’t treated her the best I suppose” Thunderbird shrugged as he stepped inside. “Besides, with the recent attacks, she is right to worry.”

“The animal attacks? I’m sure no animal would harm us at our home.”

“I know how you feel about the matter” Thunderbird said and walked past me and in to the kitchen. “I heard you and Bittersweet are protesting against the hunt of the animals behind the attacks. Is that true?”

Screenshot-1041I nodded in response and Thunderbird stood lost in thought for a moment, which I used to talk a bit myself. “It’s not right to kill anything that defends itself. This world is their home too.”

“I want to help you with the protests” Thunderbird said and locked eyes with me.

“You?” It surprised me for I had never pictured Thunderbird as a man who treasured nature like me and my sister did.

“It’s very important that no one go after that…” he hesitated before uttering his next word, “… animal.”¬†I raised my brows towards him, trying to understand what it was he was saying. Somewhere inside me I realized that there was something he didn’t tell me but so far I couldn’t put the pieces together.

Screenshot-1042“Whoever tries to put a stop to that animal will get killed. They can’t stop it” Thunderbird continued and this were the words that helped me understand. Although, since I felt rather scared about being right, I didn’t dare to ask him up front. Instead I took a detour, praying that my suddenly born suspicions were wrong:

“You are talking about these attacks as if it was a single animal behind it. Singular, not plural. Why?”

“Because I’m quite sure it was a single animal that did it. Or whatever we should call ourselves.”

I lost my breath. What he said did confirm my fears. My mother was behind the recent killings in town. Or someone else like her which was unlikely. Even though I had never felt love for my mother or cared much about her, I found myself hoping that Thunderbird was wrong and that she hadn’t slipped so far off any moral standards. I desperately wished that she wasn’t the one to blame. However, the suspicions made our future protests a lot more important. I did not wish for a mob to go chase after my mother, for if it was true – I knew Thunderbird would be right about which side ended up dead. It wouldn’t be mother.

Screenshot-1162Lots of berries showed up on the protest but there wasn’t a single one who shared our opinion. Instead they raised huge signs with pictures of the dead berries above their heads, demanding justice. No matter what arguments me, Bittersweet and Thunderbird tried, they refused to budge. I was almost at tears when we left the park that day. Not because the townsfolk would go chasing after my mother but because they would die as they did.

Weak berries didn’t stand a chance against a newly fed vampberry such as mother. Thunderbird told me this, even if I understood it myself even before that.

Bittersweet seemed a lot more worn down than I felt myself after the protest and Romeo decided to take her home while Thunderbird went with me and Berrian home. It was a strange feeling knowing that things were about to go to shit in our town.

Screenshot-1165“Why don’t you stop her?” Berrian asked Thunderbird, who in turn explained that he, as a vegetarian vampire lacked the strength required to have any chance against mother. Her being fairly newborn and full on fresh blood meant that she had a strength he wouldn’t be able to match even if he did feed on fresh blood. Our only hope was to reach out for mother’s¬†conscience, which as we all know had never been the greatest.

“She escaped my house some week ago and has been feeding freely since. She comes home now and then, but I can’t make her stay. I’m too weak while I’m alone. I do think you could maybe help me Coral. Even if it doesn’t seem like it, she cares for you. She always has. You and Bittersweet were her babies and she has missed you after the transformation. It might be a long shot but I do believe that maybe you could help her get a grip of herself.”

Screenshot-1044I don’t know how he managed to talk me in to it, but in the end I agreed to go with Thunderbird during the night to look for my mother. I suppose a part of me actually wanted to help her. A part of me thought that there was still hope for my mother, even if it was a long time since I last thought about that.

According to Thunderbird, her hunts usually started around Sweet Pastry, which he thought depended on the simple fact that the only man she had ever loved could some day be there. Precious, Bittersweet’s father. Perhaps if things had turned out differently between them she would have been a different person. A nicer, less selfish person.

Chills ran through my body as I stood next to Thunderbird, wondering about what to do next. I did not know if it was because of the chilly night air or if it was fear creeping through my body. Perhaps a little of both. “She’s not here” I whispered, feeling both relieved and scared.

Screenshot-1045Just as the words had left my lips a man came out from the back door of the caf√©. I recognized him immediately. Precious. I wanted to yell for him to leave but no words came out of my mouth. I took a step forward, ready to take my sister’s father under my arm and guard him to safety but Thunderbird took a hold of my arm, preventing me from taking even the slightest step towards Precious.

“Stay back, she’s there” he hissed and my heart dropped to my ankles.

Screenshot-1047In the flash of a moment my mother appeared out of nowhere and jumped straight at Precious who had no chance of reacting whatsoever. My first reaction was a will to dive straight for Precious and try to save him but Thunderbird held my arm in a firm grip. “There’s nothing you can do now” he whispered and in his voice I could hear sadness.

It was the first time in years that I saw my mother and what I saw before me was even worse than what I remembered.

Screenshot-1049Her eyes were blank as she dug in to Precious’ arm and my whole body sunk together as the color of Precious’ body faded as my mother fed on him. Berrian gasped for air next to me and Thunderbird just sighed.

I knew nothing of vampires, but I realized that the scene in front of me had to be one which Thunderbird had caused several times himself. As I watched Precious running out of life and blood dripping down my mother’s chin I couldn’t help but think that perhaps the best thing for this town would be if that animal in fact did get killed. She didn’t act in defence, her attacks were simply for joy and amusement. She could live on plasma, as Thunderbird did. Feeding on, and killing, berries were her own choice.

Screenshot-1053It all happened so fast, no more than a few seconds can have passed before¬†she let go of Precious’ arm. A thump was heard when his lifeless body hit the ground. The sound made me realize what had just happened and I cried out loud.

Screenshot-1051In the blink of an eye mother turned around and stared at me. Her face was covered in blood after the recent feeding and her mouth was open, revealing two sharp fangs. She growled in a way I could never have thought possible for a berry. It was loud and fierce and she sounded really dangerous. Chills ran through my body and for the first time in my life I felt pure fear.

Screenshot-1055I heard myself sniffle and Berrian sighed and covered his face in his hand. Thunderbird sighed, too, but it was a whole different sigh. “You’ve made a mess again” he said and the growl from mother stopped as her mouth turned in to a smile.

“You knew it would happen. We need blood, it’s our food. We’re predators, you shouldn’t deny it” she said and smiled. It wasn’t a happy smile, nor a smile which made me feel better about the situation. No, the contrast of her smiling mouth and her blood covered face along with Precious lifeless body rather made me even more scared.

Screenshot-1054“I don’t hunt” Thunderbird said. “And neither should you, if you want to live.” Mother simply laughed at him and we all knew that she was stronger than the three of us combined and that it would be impossible to force her to do anything she didn’t like. A subtle nudge to my side from Thunderbird made me remember that perhaps I could help her. And the town.

I stuttered as I spoke but I was proud that I was even capable of speaking with the fear that held my whole body in a steady hand. “Let’s get you home, mother.”

Screenshot-1056I don’t know how it happened, but after a short while we found ourselves following mother to Thunderbird’s home. Her face was still covered with blood and yet she walked with easy steps as though nothing had happened. I found that I was starting to actually dislike her a lot. Even though I had known she was selfish before, this was something I hadn’t expected even from her.

Mother walked to the back of the house and Thunderbird asked me to go talk to her and then pulled Berrian with him inside. To clean up the traces of Precious, I assumed. And of course to give me some time alone with mother. Not that I wanted any for I was still scared of her.

Screenshot-1057“Why are you here Coral?” she asked without even looking at me.

“I want to help you” I stuttered, barely believing the words myself. I was actually starting to think that she was beyond saving already.

“I need no help” she spat and turned to look at me. “I am doing perfectly fine, thank you.”

“Why are you doing this?” I wondered in a whisper.

Screenshot-1059Every emotion was gone from her eyes as she stared at me. If what Thunderbird had said about my mother missing me was true, she hid it well. Thirteen years had passed and she showed no sign of caring about it. She didn’t care the slightest about any of us children. In a way I had always known, but seeing it before me still hurt.

“I’m a vampire” mother snarled. “This is what we do.”

Screenshot-1060I don’t know where my courage came from. Perhaps it was the realization of mother not caring about us at all, perhaps it was a tiny little spark of hope that still saw an opportunity. Whatever it was, it helped me take the few steps up to mother and really confront her. “Thunderbird does not hunt. You don’t have to do it either. You choose to do it, that’s how it is.”

“You know nothing” mother said with a blank voice. “You are a fool to come here and a fool for thinking you could help me. I am what I am and I do what I have to.”

“You have a choice!” I cried and was starting to feel desperate of actually getting her to understand and take some responsibility of her actions.

Screenshot-1061She faked a yawn before looking at me again and snarling, “And I have made a choice.”

“What happened to the mother I had who rushed in to buildings on fire to save this town’s berries? What happened to her, mother? Does that not matter anymore? Would you rather see this town die?”

“I’m different now” she said and turned her back to me. I did not know what to say anymore, I had no chance against my mother and I knew that she could kill me before I even realized what was going on, so I took a step back and sighed.

“You’re not my mother anymore” I said. In truth, she had never been my mother except for in a biological matter. We both knew that, but it still stung to say it out loud.

Screenshot-1062I started to walk away, wanting to get to Berrian and Thunderbird but I had managed to take no more than four steps before mother blocked my path. She leaned in towards me and growled while showing off her pointy fangs. “I wonder what you’d taste like” she snarled and the only thing I could think was that I felt sorry for my younger siblings. They would break when the news of my death came to them for they had already lost too many people. Perhaps Romeo and Berrian would be there for them. I hoped they would.

Screenshot-1063“I was going to search for your father next, but I could make do with you” she continued and I thought I could see her fangs sparkle. I closed my eyes and waited for the bite to come.

But it didn’t and after a few moments I opened my eyes again, just a little, and saw that mother stood with her fangs still exposed and eyed me from top to toe.

Screenshot-1066Shortly thereafter she started to circle around me, while still making the same growling sounds. The air was electric around us and I was terrified. I knew that I could be dead within seconds, even if a small part of me hoped that she would have killed me long ago had she wanted me dead. I did not manage to convince myself of that matter, though, and at mother’s every move I jumped a little. A smile played on her lips, most likely because she enjoyed scaring me. Perhaps that was more amusing than killing me. I could only hope.

Screenshot-1065“What do you want!?” Mother suddenly yelled and turned around facing the house. Her sudden explosion had me jumping at the spot. I had really never been so scared in my life before.

“Back away from her. She’s your daughter Soda. You don’t want to harm her.” Thunderbird’s voice was calm and steady and as he spoke he walked slowly towards us.

“I have no children” mother snarled and her eyes turned back to me.

Screenshot-1067¬†“Besides, it’s all your fault Thunderbird Almond” she spat. The words were clearly not for me, even though her dead eyes seemed to look straight through my body.

“Let’s get inside now” Thunderbird said, ignoring mother’s hateful words. He walked up to us and placed a hand on mother’s shoulder. She jumped a little and first I was afraid she would harm him, but shortly after her body relaxed and she followed him inside. I went after them with shaky legs.

Screenshot-1069I went to stand next to Berrian once we had come inside and Thunderbird quickly went to get mother a can of plasma. When he handed it to her she scorned, “This is no food” she said.

“It’s what I’ve been living on for the last 150 years. It does the job” Thunderbird said and shrugged.

Mother wrinkled the can with her bare hand which splashed red liquid around her before she threw the can in the corner of the room. “I’m not drinking that.”

“If you ever want a relation with your kids or friends again you have to drink that” Thunderbird pleaded but mother showed no sign of caring.

Screenshot-1070After that she turned to look at me and Berrian and again it sent shivers through my body. “I don’t have any children anymore” she said. Her eyes were blank but in her voice I thought I could sense a small sign of sorrow.

I said nothing. I just looked down at my hands which were moving on its own in nervous movements.

Screenshot-1071“You have the most amazing kids, it’s a shame that you throw them away.” It was the first thing Berrian had said since we found mother and despite the serious situation we were in his words warmed my heart. Perhaps I had no mother, but at least I had him.

Mother reacted like one should have foreseen by growling and exposing her fangs. She even crouched in an attack position, as if she was about to jump at Berrian. Without thinking I took a step forward, placing myself between her and my man. Thunderbird in his turn again placed a hand on mother’s shoulder. It looked like a soft touch but I assumed he was holding her with his full power.

Screenshot-1072“I need you to stop killing” Thunderbird said and his voice was calm and steady and very serious.

“Not unless you give in. You can save this town, Thunder” mother said. “I need one single word and I will drink your stupid plasma.”

Screenshot-1073Thunderbird seemed to lose whatever strength he had at mother’s words and I couldn’t for my life understand why. “If I give you my word, will you stop?” he sighed defeat.

“You have my word” mother smiled.

Screenshot-1075“I shouldn’t trust your word. But I’ll have to try” Thunderbird whispered and looked down at his feet. It seemed like the two of them had almost forgotten about me and Berrian being in the room and they seemed to have their full attention at each other. Silence laid over the room for a moment before mother chuckled victoriously.

“So that’s a yes?”

A deep sigh escaped Thunderbird’s mouth before he whispered “Yes.”

Whatever it was Thunderbird had said yes to, I knew it couldn’t be good. I just hoped that I would never find out what it was.

Chapter 4.8: Animal attacks

Screenshot-1002When Romeo first asked Bittersweet out on a date she had trouble believing it. Romeo was friendly, smart, funny and good-looking. To think that he would want to date her was amazing. 

They met up in the northern central¬†park, outside the town’s sports bar, The Waterhole. Bittersweet felt a little nervous when she stood waiting for her date, thinking he might have changed his mind and not show up at all. Of course, Romeo did show up and when he did he greeted her with a hug. He was a bit nervous too, because he really liked Bittersweet and he desperately wanted the date to go smooth.

Screenshot-1009As the true gentleman he is, Romeo had of course brought his date some flowers. Hand picked, of course. In fact, he had picked them on his way to the park – which was the reason why he was a little late.

Screenshot-1010Bittersweet loved the gesture and she closed her eyes and inhaled deeply to let the scent of the flowers stick in her nose. When she opened her eyes again Romeo looked at her with warmth in his eyes and a kind smile on his face.

Bittersweet could not help herself, if Romeo wanted to be with her he would have to deal with her silliness anyways and she put the flowers on the ground and reached out for him. “You’re it!” she cried as her hand touched his arm and then she ran.

Screenshot-1005She ran until she was out of breath and had to lean over to regain it. And that was when Romeo caught up with her and gently put his hand on her shoulder. With a laugh he said: “No, Sweet, YOU are it.”

Screenshot-1006After that it was Romeo’s turn to run and Bittersweet simply laughed and started chasing him. She thought to herself that if Romeo truly enjoyed this childish little stunt of hers, she would have to be careful to not let him slip. This was exactly what she needed in a man.

Screenshot-1008Before Bittersweet managed to catch up with Romeo he stopped and turned around so that Bittersweet nearly bumped in to him when she was trying to come to a stop herself. Romeo thought of the last time he had been running with a girl with the last name Twist. That time he had been completely naked and absolutely in love. Yet, this time felt a lot better.

“I don’t know about you but I’m getting a bit tired of running” he said and panted a bit.¬†

Screenshot-1011Bittersweet just looked in to his eyes. She wondered where their pink color came from. Did Romeo have a pink father, or a perhaps a pink mother? Perhaps that piercing pink eye color went even further back. She found herself wondering if she would ever get to know. “What should we do instead” she asked and was surprised herself to realize that she spiced her voice with a flirty tone.

Screenshot-1007Romeo caught the tone in her voice and felt his heart flutter as he did. He did not quite understand why he felt so nervous around Bittersweet because he was usually a very social and charismatic man. And he had been in love before. At least he thought so.

“I happened to notice that they have a foosball table in the pub over there” Romeo said and nodded towards The Waterhole. “And I am currently undefeated at foosball. Would you dare to face me?”

“Challenge accepted” Bittersweet grinned.

Screenshot-1014The two played foosball until darkness enveloped the town. Bittersweet found that she genuinely laughed and smiled several times in the company of Romeo, which meant she really enjoyed spending time with him. Actually, she couldn’t quite remember when she had last had this fun. She had no chance of beating him in foosball, even though Romeo refrained from playing at his best.¬†

Until Romeo asked her out, Bittersweet hadn’t thought of him as anything but a friend but after spending the day with him she was slowly starting to change her mind. The smile that remained on Romeo’s face even when she showed her most childish part told her that he was exactly the type of man she wanted. It told her that she had a life ahead of her which would be more than caring for her younger siblings and running her mother’s home. There was a place for her, Bittersweet Twist, somewhere.

Screenshot-1016Once they both grew tired of the foosball game they headed out to the pub’s porch where they sat down. Unsure of what the other one was thinking, they both considered the date as a really successful one. There hadn’t been much flirting and there had been no touching, yet they both thought that there was some kind of chemistry between them.¬†

When they sat next to each other, they would have heard – had they really listened – that not only one heart but two beat faster than what was normal. When their eyes met as they looked to the side just to steal a look at the other, they both blushed and looked away again.

Screenshot-1015Seeing that Romeo also tried to steal secret glances at her, Bittersweet found enough courage to place her hand on top of his. It was the first physical touch between the two and it was followed by moments of awkward silence. None of them dared to move until they were sure whether the touch was desired by both parts.

Screenshot-1018Romeo broke the silence eventually and leaned backwards, tilting his body slightly closer to Bittersweet’s. “I’ve had a great time” he said.

“So did I” Bittersweet agreed.

Screenshot-1019They remained seated on the porch until one of the employees at The Waterhole told them that they had to leave. When that happened, they took company home and went their separate ways, finding their place in adjacent bedrooms. Romeo fell asleep with a smile on his face. Bittersweet did too.

Screenshot-1004While Bittersweet and Romeo were off on their date I decided to give Taxus and his family a visit. First of all because I needed to keep myself busy to not be all too nervous for Bittersweet and Romeo’s sake, but also because I hadn’t met my nephew since he celebrated his birthday and because I had a new little niece who I couldn’t wait to get to meet.

Taxus and Hyacinth had failed to find a place of their own which they liked enough to raise their family and ended up moving in with uncle Loquat in what I had learnt was our family’s first real home. It was a simple and small white house with a lot of charm.

Screenshot-1003Hyacinth was just feeding little Citrine when I came though the front door and she had a proud, content smile on her lips as she watched her little baby eat peacefully from the bottle.

“She’s always falling asleep while eating” she whispered and motioned for me to be quiet. I nodded as a sign of my understanding and went closer to just look at the little baby girl. Like her elder brother, Citrine had the yellow skin of Hyacinth’s mother Canary and a tiny cute little nose in the middle of her face. She was adorable.

“She’s so cute” I whispered and touched her head gently. Hyacinth nodded without taking her eyes off her precious little daughter.

Screenshot-923“I cwute too” Mystery said with a light and happy voice by my feet and I bent down to pick him up.

“Oh yes, you are really cute too, Mystery. Auntie’s little cutie!” The boy giggled as I lifted him in to the air.

Screenshot-991“Tell me everything! How was the date?” I pretty much attacked my sister as soon as she came through the front door after her date with Romeo. A big smile played on her lips, which was hopefully a good sign.

She turned around and slowly took her shoes off before once again turning towards me, still smiling as she did. Then, a sigh escaped her mouth. I hoped it was a content sigh and not one that meant her date with Romeo had been a disaster.

Screenshot-994“It was great” she finally said and I could breathe out. It was a true relief to hear my sister talk about the date with my other best friend as a pleasant experience.

Screenshot-926A few days had passed since Bittersweet’s date with Romeo, and Berrian had started planning another trip for us. I loved travelling, I really did, but I also enjoyed being at home to care for my garden and siblings so I did what I could to calm my man down. Of course, I would go with him at any time, but right now my siblings needed me more than ever. Especially Watermelon. I wouldn’t leave her behind this time.

Screenshot-1001“I’m going to look at a house today” Bittersweet told me while I was doing the dishes. She didn’t even look at me from behind the newspaper when she told me and I dropped the plate I was holding down the sink and watched it break in to two pieces.

“You are what?”

“I’ll be moving out, I think. It seems like a nice house, it’s just in the centre of town, right behind Sweet Pastry, you know?” Slowly she folded the newspaper and looked at me. I must have looked quite perplexed. At least I felt that way. I didn’t want her to move out. “You had your time away from here and I need it to. We’ll still help each other out, of course. But I have to get out. Get some air under my wings. You understand, don’t you?”

I did understand. Of course I did. But that did not mean I wanted her to move out. How would I cope without my baby sister? But I said nothing about it, instead I asked her if she wanted me to go with her to look at the house. She looked incredibly happy that I asked, and that made me happy too. I had Berrian after all, I would be fine.

Screenshot-999After the short conversation and my blessing about her moving out, Bittersweet unfolded the newspaper again and started reading where she had stopped earlier. “Did you read this article about the animal attacks?” she wondered. “I find it so weird. Like, how can they blame the animals when all we do is push them out of their homes? Wouldn’t you fight if someone threatened your territory?”

“I haven’t read it yet” I said. “What does it say?”

“Apparently they found two bodies last night at the foot of the river. Torn to pieces, it says. But it doesn’t make any sense. No animal kills unless it feels threatened. And you know what’s gonna happen? I do, even if it says nothing in the paper. They will hunt those animals down and they will kill them. It’s not right. We push the animals out of their homes and when they try to defend themselves they get sentenced to death. I can’t stand this.”

My sister was clearly upset, which made sense since she was such an animal lover. She had a point, too. This town used to be cornered with forests and trees but as the town grew the forests were cleared and the animals who lived there had to find new homes. It annoyed me too, but there wasn’t much we could do about it now. Those animals had killed berries and we both knew that they would have to pay for that with their lives. Not until then would Fondant Fields be happy.

“We are going to protest against their killing” Bittersweet said and stood up, slamming the paper on the table in front of her. “You and me, sis. We can’t just sit back and let it happen. You are with me, right?”

“Right” I nodded. I would have my sister’s back anytime.

Screenshot-1141Before we started planning our protest, we had a house to visit though. We headed straight for it as soon as I had finished the dishes. On our way there we heard lots of townsfolk gossiping about the animal attacks. I knew right then, that Bittersweet was certainly right. Even if it was fear rather than hate that fueled the berries in our town, our nature would soon have to take a big hit. There would be crusades going after the poor animals. And I would certainly not stand by to just let it happen. I would definitely have my sister’s back.

It was hard to focus on the house with all the anger boiling inside me. But I suppose it was a nice house. Bittersweet certainly thought so and I knew that she would buy it before she even told me. Perhaps it was a good thing that we had the animal protection protests to bind us together now, because it would hurt to see her leave. At least now we would have another reason to be together, besides sisterhood and friendship.


How cute is Mystery? Remember that you can always stay up to date with the extended family and their babies through the Family Tree.

Bittersweet and Romeo are now Romantic Interests but that’s as far as I’m going to push them. From here we will have to rely on our dear friend StoryProgression since Bittersweet is moved out of the household, as according to the rules. The house Bittersweet will live in is built my the talented risastorm and is available for download on her tumblr.

Chapter 4.1: A broken family

Screenshot-750I woke up one day and mother was nowhere to be found in the house. I didn’t think much about it because there had been times when she spent the night at some other place or mornings when she had to rush out for an emergency. It wasn’t weird that her bed was neatly made and no breakfast was prepared for any of us children.

No, I was used to making breakfast both for me and my younger siblings. And I rather enjoyed it, cooking with my own fruits and vegetables.

I didn’t think much about it the second day either. Or the third. On the fourth I started wondering, although not worrying. At least not until uncle Blizzard called and wondered why mother hadn’t showed up for work. I told him truthfully that I didn’t know. It probably worried him more than it worried me.

I tried calling her but her phone sprung to life in her bedroom. If it hadn’t been weird enough that she skipped work, it was certainly weird that she had left home without her phone. She had always had this constant need to be contactable. Leaving her phone was not like her at all. So I wondered, but I still didn’t worry. Nor did I miss her. She had never really been around in our childhood even when she was physically present. Not having her here was no real difference, really. Bittersweet felt the same way, and Watermelon never mentioned any of it. She, too, was used to being without mother and simply having me or Bittersweet taking care of her. Salmon was still too young to understand any of it.

Screenshot-782Several days later Thunderbird showed up at our house just to tell us that mother was with him and that she wouldn’t return home for a long time. I tried to ask for an explanation but he dodged every question as well as he could, only letting me know that we would be better off without her. That was probably true, no matter what the reason behind it was.

Screenshot-754We kept dealing with everyday chores the same way as we used to. It didn’t matter too much to me that mother was gone, for in reality she had always been absent. If it weren’t for her empty bed and the spring gnomes appearing everywhere in the house there was no proof she had ever been here. Except for us children, of course.

I did my best taking care of us all. Being the oldest meant I felt responsible. I worried nothing about myself or Bittersweet since we were both old enough to care for ourselves. But what would happen to Watermelon, who had just started school? Or Salmon, who was still only a toddler? I never asked to be their guardian, yet I never complained about it either. Now that this had fallen in my lap and I simply decided to deal with it as best as I could.

Screenshot-757Watermelon asked about mother at one point and even though it didn’t matter too much to me where she was or why she wasn’t here, it hurt to think that little Watermelon would have to keep wondering because I didn’t know the answer.

“Didn’t she love us?” she asked and tears welled up in her eyes. It hurt to tell her the truth, she was still so young, but she deserved to know.

“No, sweetie. Not enough. She only loved herself. We’ll be fine, I promise. You know we’ll take care of you.”

A single tear ran down my younger sister’s cheek and she wiped it off with the back of her hand before stomping hard with her little foot in the ground. “I hate her. She’s stupid!”

Screenshot-756“And she’s gone. Don’t worry honey. We will be fine, I promise.”

“I don’t have any parents anymore. That feels stupid. No mom and no dad.”

“You do have a father, Melon. He’s just not here very often… And you have a mother too, I suppose. And you have us, me and Bittersweet. We’re still a family.”

She shook her head again, which made her braid wobble from right to left causing a puff of wind to my face. “A broken family. I hate broken things.”

Screenshot-759 Screenshot-758That night Watermelon made herself comfortable in mother’s bed. She crawled under the sheets and inhaled deeply, taking in the remaining scent of mother’s perfume that had nestled itself in to the pillow. It made me feel uncomfortable being in that room for I was old enough to know that the bed was certainly well-used. But since it seemed to calm Watermelon down a bit, I didn’t complain and simply sat down on the edge of the bed and started reading her a goodnight story. I was determined to give her a childhood as normal as I could for I was scared that she would end up as broken as mother had always been if I didn’t.

I knew that this family had some seriously fudged up history and as it seemed, it wasn’t about to change yet.

Screenshot-755Bittersweet took a big responsibility too and we both cared for the younger kids as best as we could. We were definitely too young for this kind of responsibility but then again, it wasn’t like it was new to us just because mother wasn’t physically present anymore. We had been doing this for years already.

In contrast to Watermelon, Salmon didn’t seem to notice that something was even different. Perhaps he was too young to understand or perhaps he simply didn’t have many memories concerning mother yet. At least he was too young to understand that our family was different.

Screenshot-783A few days before my own and Salmon’s birthday Thunderbird came over again and said we needed to talk. He looked tired, which was strange for I had never seen him look tired before, and for what I knew vampires didn’t sleep and therefore shouldn’t be tired. He asked me to sit, but I preferred standing. I had just put the young ones to sleep and was about to finish the dishes and I just didn’t have time for any long conversation.

“I turned her” he blurted out when I refused to sit and I felt my whole face twist. What he had just said couldn’t be true, could it?

Screenshot-765“You did what?!”

He sighed and for a brief moment he looked even more tired than before. I tried reading his face but failed. “She tricked me in to it. Oh maker you should know I never wanted this Coral. Fudge, I know you deserve to have your mother around and everything and I should have learned to control myself but she smelled so good and the simple thought of having someone around who were like me. I couldn’t resist. But I regret it, I really do.”

I scratched my head for a moment and tried to wrap my mind around the facts that had just come to me. My mother was a vampire? If I thought this family was creepy and weird before, this took it to a whole new level. “So she won’t be coming back?”

Screenshot-784He shook his head again. “She’s so fudging impulsive. She’d bite anything that moves, I’ve kept her locked in until now but eventually she will need to get out and I’m not ready to release her here. I have to bring her out of town. Until she can control herself better. It’s not safe for anyone here with her trying to learn how to control her hunger. I’m so, so sorry I did this to you.”

Screenshot-764“Wow. This is… A lot to take in” I said because I did not know what else to say. It wasn’t so weird imagining a town without my mother (except for the fact that she had actually been a fine firefighter and it would be a loss to the department) but it was no doubt weird thinking that she was a vampire. I was just lucky I had known that Thunderbird was one in the first place for taking in the fact of supernatural life forms along with the news of your newly turned mother would most likely have been too much. I felt my face twist in to a displeased grimace, not because I would miss my mother very much but because I realized my own life would now evolve around cleaning up after mother’s mistakes. Before my own life had even started, I had two kids to care for.

I mean, I wanted kids one day. But not like this. Definitely not like this. I quickly released that thought, though, for it would do me no good spending my days thinking too much about it. I had always thought that things happen for a reason and that there is no real use to think of what could have been. I was good at adapting and making the best of what I had before me. This would be no different, I would manage just fine.

Screenshot-769Uncle Blizzard surprised us with coming over with the rest of the family for Salmon’s birthday. Even father came over for Salmon’s birthday and I couldn’t help but find it ironic that he cared so much more about us than mother had ever done, even if he was usually physically absent. He had probably been more present than mother anyhow.

We hadn’t initially planned for a party for it was tough enough to keep the house in shape while we were all in school and Salmon had a sitter. Mother’s savings were shrinking rapidly and I was very grateful for the garden I had laid out earlier for it provided us with enough ripes to keep us from going hungry. I don’t know what we would have done without it and I seriously feared the upcoming winter.

Screenshot-768Salmon seemed to always be happy and when Blizzard helped him to blow the candles of the cake they had brought a smile formed on his little face. I didn’t dare to tell my uncle that I didn’t like the cake and that it was filled with millions and billions of unhealthy additives. It was a nice gesture and for that I simply thanked them. I didn’t eat any of it, though.

It was probably weird for all of us to gather like this and not having mother around. When it came to hosting parties, she had been great. Not everything she had done had been stupid, even though most of it had been selfish. We celebrated like nothing was missing this day though and no one even spoke about her absence.

Hyacinth and Taxus were awaiting an addition to their family already, which really didn’t come as a surprise. They had been so eager to get married that I had been¬†anticipating¬†that pregnancy ever since the wedding. I was happy for them but also a bit jealous because they got to live their life as they wanted – without having to take care of mother’s leftovers. Not that I saw my younger siblings as leftovers for I really loved them. It was just the raising bit that annoyed me – I didn’t want to be their mother, I wanted to be their sister. Not that anything had really changed with mother’s disappearance when you really thought of it.

Screenshot-772When everyone had left I myself aged up with Bittersweet as my only witness. Watermelon and Salmon were both asleep and me and my sister had cleaned the place so it looked decent again. No sign of a party. The leftovers from the birthday cake went straight to the bin for I did not want to feed this family with additives. I wanted to know exactly what we ate and my own little garden along was more than enough to feed us all.

It felt weird having a grown-up body for I had been living as an adult for many years already. It was as if my physical body finally caught up with the circumstances I lived by.

Screenshot-762Bittersweet cried when she saw me and when I asked her why, she told me she wasn’t ready to see me leave but that she knew it was inevitable.

“I’m not leaving” I said. “How could I?”

She handed me a letter she had been hiding in her back pocket. It was crumbled but once I had straightened it out it was perfectly readable. ‘ADMISSION NOTE’ I read on the top and when I continued further I felt confused. Berryniversity had approved my application to their Science class – but I had never sent in an application. And I couldn’t go now – I had a family to care for.

“I applied for you” my sister said. “Suits you perfectly. You’ll get a chance to be young, meet some friends and get a degree and hopefully some job offers. When you get back home you can provide for this family. You have to go. You deserve it, sister.”

Screenshot-785 Screenshot-786I tried to make her change her mind but she was set on me leaving even though it made her worried and sad. In a way I think I was glad that she kind of pushed me out, for I would never have left her otherwise. I explained to Watermelon that it was only for a short time and that I would be back home before she was a teenager and then we would be together for as long as she wanted. And Bittersweet promised to be there for her until I came home. I would miss my siblings for sure, but once I started getting set for leaving I also started to look forward to it. This was what fate had in store for me – and I would simply embrace it, like always.

Generation Finale: Transformation

Screenshot-691Taxus got married. Watermelon aged up. Dad died.

Time passed and made sure to let me know. I had been living in a bubble where routines had cornered my days. Routine was safe and something you could expect. But I realized now, time was passing – even for me.

I stood and watched myself in the mirror. I had always loved my reflection. It had always been perfect.

Screenshot-689But now? There were wrinkles around my eyes and my forehead was far from as smooth as it used to be. My cheeks were getting sloppy and wrinkly too. A few strands of grey hair hid among my usually colorful mane.

I was starting to look old. And I did not like it. Not one bit.

Screenshot-690I clenched the fists in front of me, pushing my nails in to my palms until it hurt. I did not want to become old and wrinkly. It was simply not for me.

As I stood there looking at my own aging reflection an idea formed in my head. I decided to work towards execution as soon as I could since I knew each day that passed brought me closer to a completely wrinkly face and completely faded grey hair.

Screenshot-692Thunderbird sounded surprisingly happy when I called him. Perhaps he needed my company as much as I now needed him. Since dad passed away I suspected Thunderbird was feeling quite lonely. From what little I knew, he didn’t exactly have a huge arsenal of friends. Perhaps only Mithos left alive, and he was very busy with his own family and running the town in the right direction.¬†It would soon be time for him to resign from the post as Mayor, but he had a few years still and Canary had let me know that her father did everything he could to make sure the town remained safe for berries no matter of their color.

Thunderbird never went to check on the younger kids who were playing upstairs and he didn’t even ask one single question concerning them. It probably still hurt him to think about the hope he had built up and how it had been all shattered when Lychee turned out to be the father. Instead, he sat down next to me in the sofa and smiled at me.

Screenshot-693“You needed to talk with me?” His eyes seemed to burn right through me. He was gorgeous. The high cheek bones, the rarely exposed fangs and the fiery eyes. I felt a familiar feeling of lust grow inside me but did my best to shake it off. I had not invited him for the simple pleasure. We had business to discuss.

“What’s it like? Being a vampire?”

“What?” He seemed surprised.

“What’s it like? You never said anything about it. Except the fact that you can grow old without aging.”

Screenshot-694“It’s a curse” he said and stared at me. For a moment I thought he would mind control me somehow, making me forget my plan of perhaps becoming a vampire myself but I didn’t feel any different when he finally turned his eyes away.

“We’re predators and we’re constantly hungry. And most of us can’t stand the sunlight and on the rare occasion we actually befriend humans we see them die before we even get to know them. I know what you’re thinking Soda, and I won’t do it. You deserve better.”

“I don’t want to grow old” I said and probably sounded like a child who didn’t get the lollipop she wanted.

“You don’t know what you’re asking” Thunderbird protested and stood up. But I knew exactly what I asked for, I wanted him to turn me. I wanted to leave the human life behind and die or whatever it meant to become a vampire. I wanted the everlasting youth and the sexy fangs and the whole package, even if I didn’t know exactly what it consisted of.

He started to walk away, which must have been his way of saying no, but I followed him and stood between him and the front door, preventing him from walking out unless he physically pushed me aside. I didn’t think he would do that.

Screenshot-695“Please Thunderbird. At least consider it. I have nothing to bind me to this life. I want to become one of you. A vampire.”

He shook his head, “No Soda. You don’t. You just think you will get a never aging pretty face. But that’s not all. It really is a curse, you know. The urges are overwhelming sometimes. And you’re a social being and being a vampire is a lonely life. You reside on your own, you are on your own. It’s the only way of survival. You get to watch the friends and family you care die, several times. You go through your days wishing you would age just another year. What’s a lifetime for you now, is nothing for me. You do not want that. You don’t want to go through the effort of learning how to control the urge to kill the first living being you see. You do not want to learn how the smell of blood twists your throat begging you to rip the berry in front of you to pieces. You do not want to experience the longing for knowing what your best friend tastes like. And you, Soda Pop Twist, could never stand the eternal loneliness. I’m not doing it.”

Screenshot-688He walked away and again I found myself in front of the mirror. It seemed like the wrinkles had doubled since yesterday and I saw several more grey hairs. I needed to make him turn me, it was the only way I could stop the transformation that had begun.

Each day afterwards I called him. And each day he shot me down, saying I could never handle the life as a vampire. But with each no, I grew more determined. And with each no and each new reason he gave me, I learned more of what it meant to be a vampire.

It seemed like the tales of vampires we all knew weren’t so far from the actual truth, even though Thunderbird promised me that it was a lot harder to actually be one and that it had taken him several lifetimes to manage to control himself enough to be out among berries. And even so, the urges sometimes got to him and he had to vanish from the scene to not do something he would forever regret. Nothing he told me made me change my mind though. I wanted to become a vampire and I was ready to fight for it.

Screenshot-696“Pretty please with sugar on top Thunder” I said the next time I managed to convince him to come around and I stretched my arm out in front of his nose. I could see how his nostrils fluttered when the scent of my blood came close. His eyes lit up, even if it was barely noticeable.

“Soda, no. I can’t make you go through it. Do you even know how many times I wished I was different, more normal? Do you know how many times I’ve wished that I would age along with my friends? Do you even realize how much you would have to leave behind?”

I kept my arm below his nose as I answered his question, “I would leave my house, my kids, my brothers, Plum and Canary. I would leave my job and my entire life. I know. It’s the only thing I want. I want to be a vampire Thunderbird. I really do.”

Screenshot-697“Then you are the stupidest berry I have ever met” he said and shook his head.

“Please do it. Turn me. You won’t have to be alone. We can live together, you can teach me everything I need to know. I’m ready to leave it all. Please?” I almost whispered. I needed him to turn me and that within the next few days unless I wanted to age in to an old lady. And I couldn’t do that, it would be impossible.

“No. It’s final. I can’t do it to you or your kids or your friends. It’s not fair.” He turned his back against me and clenched his fists along the sides of his body. I had never seen him so focused before and I hoped that perhaps it was because it was hard for him to say no. Perhaps he was actually that lonely that he did consider turning me.

I took a pin from my hair and used it to tear a hole in my wrist and when the blood started to pour out from the tiny wound I noticed how Thunderbird’s body stiffened and his fists clenched harder by his side, turning the knuckles white as my own skin.

“I’m bleeding” I whispered and pressed out a few more drips of blood.

Screenshot-698Before I knew it, Thunderbird had turned around and taken my arm in a steady grip. He growled from the bottom of his throat in a way I had never heard him do before and at that moment I was glad that my children were all in school. He held my arm with such strength that for a moment I was afraid he would break it. Just shortly afterwards his fangs sunk down in my flesh and I felt how the blood pumped in my veins as he fed on me.

Screenshot-701The pain that came with his feeding was overwhelming. It felt like my arm was on fire and the more he ate off me, the more it hurt. My knees wobbled and I was probably being held up only by the force of Thunderbird’s grip. But even through the pain, I felt myself smile. My plan had worked. This was what I wanted all along.

Soon enough the venom from Thunderbird’s fangs would spread in my body and my berry blood would be transformed in to vampire blood which could flow through my veins even though my heart would stop beating.

Screenshot-702Thunderbird groaned slightly as the blood travelled through my veins and in to his mouth. My vision turned red and before I lost my conscience I found myself wondering if he enjoyed the taste of my blood.

I woke up when his fangs left my flesh and when his grip of my arm loosened and I started falling to the floor. He caught me easily with one hand and when I opened my eyes and saw the blood dripping down from his mouth I smiled.

Screenshot-703With a smacking sound Thunderbird licked his mouth and removed any sign of the blood that had covered the lower part of his face just a moment ago. I was still weak but I managed to stand on my own. “Was it good?” I wondered, my voice barely managing to speak.

“I haven’t fed on fresh blood in two lifetimes” Thunderbird admitted.

Screenshot-707Just a moment later he walked away to the other end of the room and I heard him gasping for air as the realization of what we had just done hit him. I didn’t say anything. I didn’t dare to.

“Fudge” he cursed with his back still turned to me.

Screenshot-705I walked up to the biggest window of the livingroom and looked out at the sun. I would need to buy blinds for all these windows. Perhaps I would miss the sun once the transformation was complete. But it was a small price to pay for eternal youth.

“What now?” I asked. I did not know what to expect of the actual transformation, except that it would be ‘the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through’.

“You’re the biggest idiot I know Soda. Fudge. Fudge.” Thunderbird looked like he wanted to break down and cry, but as far as I knew vampires couldn’t cry.

“This was what I wanted” I said blankly. “Thanks. But what now? I need to buy blinds, don’t I?”

Screenshot-704“No. You won’t need any blinds. You can’t live here. Fudge!” He talked like that now, spreading curses among his normal speech. It wasn’t like him but I suppose his life was about to change along with mine. “You’re going to wish I killed you. And fudge, I should have!”

“For how long? When will it be complete?”

“How should I know? I never turned anyone.”

“But you turned once. How long did it take?”

“I was passed out the entire time. I don’t know. I guess we’ll see. Fudge, I didn’t sign up to be your mentor Soda.” The entire time he spoke he didn’t turn to look at me a single time. His voice revealed that he was very angry and disappointed. Probably as much with himself for doing it as with me for tricking him in to something he didn’t really want to do.

I walked up to him and placed a hand on his shoulder. “Thunderbird, thank you. And I’m sorry.”

After a little while Thunderbird let out a heavy sigh and told me to pack my things. It wasn’t until then I realized that I was really going to leave my life behind and run off in the sunset with Thunderbird. I was going to become a vampire and when I did, I couldn’t be near any of my old friends or my kids. It wasn’t until then that I realized that I had no idea of what I had signed up for. But I wasn’t scared – it was simply exciting. It was a new adventure and while I packed my belongings I smiled.

Screenshot-734Three small suitcases for a new life.

It wasn’t easy to decide what things I should bring with me, but in the end I just packed whatever clothes I first laid my hands on. I considered packing my trophies and my prom picture and the crown and all the awards my career had brought me, but in the end I decided against it. They were all parts of the life I was leaving behind and not the life I was heading towards. And in a way, they belonged to this house.

Screenshot-736Thunderbird brought me to a huge house in the outskirts of the town. I had never seen the house before but it looked really old so it must have been there for quite some time. I suspected that it was where Thunderbird lived.

He didn’t speak to me on the entire way to the house and when we got to the doors he simply opened them and pushed me inside, still without speaking. I stumbled a little as I was pushed over the doorstep and when I regained my balance I looked around. The room was big with stone walls and all the windows were covered with heavy curtains. It was very dark, the only light source a few flickering candles hanging on the walls.

Thunderbird walked past me and sat down in a big leather chair further down the room. He covered his face with his hands and his body started shaking. I did not know if it was some sort of crying or something vampires did. I knew nothing about being a vampire and that was just as exciting as it was frightening.

Screenshot-738A while later Thunderbird showed me to a room on the upper floor. Judging by the cob webs covering the furniture it hadn’t been used for quite some time. “Get yourself comfortable, I’ll be back later” Thunderbird said, still angry with me for tricking him. I sat down on the bed and the springs squeaked under my weight. So this was my new home?

Screenshot-740I didn’t see Thunderbird for the rest of the day, even though I did go look for him. I didn’t make it very far though, as my body still felt as if it was on fire and I felt very weak. It didn’t take long until I gave up and just laid down on the bed and fell in to an uneasy slumber. I had weird and bad dreams that night and when I woke up the next morning my body hurt even more.

There was a fire within my body and it travelled through my veins with such aggression that the only thing I managed to do was to cry. I was used to fires, but this one was something I never could have imagined. I twisted and turned around in the bed, my fists clenched and my throat pursed together. It felt as I was being smothered and I gasped for air. The more I breathed in, the more it hurt and in the end I just pressed my lips shut and screamed without a sound.

Screenshot-741Thunderbird came in to my room at one point, but I don’t know how long he stayed there or what time it was when he did come. “You’re turning” he said blankly and his eyes were without emotions what-so-ever.

“It hurts” I groaned and the fires in my body licked my insides. It felt as if I was dying, which I probably was – in a way.

“I told you so” Thunderbird said and left me on my own, which made me furious. He couldn’t just leave me like this, could he? I needed him now, more than I had ever needed anybody before.

Screenshot-742Because it was dark in my room I did not know how much time had passed and while I laid in the bed the pain just kept growing and growing. At one point I called out for Thunderbird and when he appeared in my room I begged him to kill me. He did come up to me then, with a wooden stake in his hand. “I’ll pierce your heart with this and it will all go away. Is that what you want?” he wondered and caressed the stake in his hands. I nodded and begged for him to do it. He raised it over my chest and I closed my eyes, thinking it couldn’t be worse than the pains I already had. But he never pierced my heart with the stake, instead he leaned over my face as if he was going to kiss me. “It should be over soon” he whispered and stroked my forehead.

Screenshot-744And so one day I woke up and the pain was all gone except for a burning throat. I went downstairs and found Thunderbird sitting in a sofa. He didn’t look at me when I entered the room but he nodded towards a glass that was filled with a thick red fluid. “You need to drink” he said and I took the glass, knowing exactly what it contained but even so it didn’t make me feel disgusted. I drank the blood without any hesitation and to no surprise it tasted like heaven. No doubt it was the best thing I had ever tasted and when the glass was empty I instantly wanted another.

“Is there more?” I asked and smacked my lips.

Screenshot-745Thunderbird shook his head no and told me I had to be careful with how much I drank, especially now in the beginning. I needed to learn how to control myself. It was a short lesson, but it gave me the basics. He ended it with saying that I was to find my own place as soon as I could control myself and as soon as he could be safe knowing I wouldn’t go on a killing spree in town. “And fudge Soda, I seriously hate you for this. You are the most impulsive ‘bow I’ve ever met, you’ll be the worst vampire ever.”

Screenshot-747“You’re not sorry” I said, feeling strong and invisible after my drink. “You’re actually happy that you’re not alone anymore. I’m not leaving you and you don’t want me to.” I don’t know how I could be so sure, but somehow I knew¬†that was what he was thinking.

“You’re right” he muttered came closer to me. “But you’re also wrong because I am sorry. Do you know how much it hurts for your loved ones to lose you? It may take an eternity until you can control yourself and they won’t ever know what happened to you.”

“They will know for you will tell them. You will leave them a letter. This was what I wanted. This is the right thing.”

Screenshot-748He shook his head again, clearly not agreeing with me, even though he was happy to get some company. “You really are going to be the worst vampire ever. Fudge, you’re going to be dangerous for real!”

Despite his worries about my capability as a vampire, he did take me under his wing and he did teach me how to control my hunger – even though I was a slow learner. It wasn’t easy, always longing for blood. The pure smell of it made my throat twist and my fangs sharpen. I knew he was right, I would most likely never see my kids or friends again for I would simply want to kill them.

Screenshot-749Still this was what I had wanted and when I looked myself in the mirror I felt content. I made a really stunning vampire. I would always be beautiful. Always.


This marks the end of Soda Pop’s generation. I’ve enjoyed playing her very much and now I look forward to playing Coral instead. Soda’s rolls are not quite fulfilled yet (and in game she still lives in the legacy home – but in the story she doesn’t) and I will make sure to fulfill them as soon as possible. Since Salmon is just a toddler yet, it will take some time. With all the renovations to the legacy home, including the spa in the garden (I’ll show you in the next update) I count the Luxury roll as completed. Deadbeat Parents are still left, though.

Thanks for reading and much love!

Chapter 3.15: D√©j√† vu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“How could you know?”

“What?”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I felt miserable. Truly, truly miserable.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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Chapter 3.14: Reunion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Screenshot-496Hung out with my kids.

Screenshot-494And behold! Precious.

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

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

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

Screenshot-580Precious Pastry, he sure was unique.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thunderbird laughed, “We’ll see.”

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

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

“29” he replied and grinned.

“And for how long have you been 29?”

“For approximately 250 years.”

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Oh, and Taxus went to prom with Hyacinth (she asked) and during the night they decided to go steady. How sweet is that?
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