Chapter 5.12: A day out

This chapter will be mostly pictures and not much text. It’s simply a filler chapter in which we get to meet the extended Twist family. However, it still contains some very important events, and those are written out as normal. If you want to, you can listen to my favorite summer song while reading this, because it is a sunny and summery chapter.


Screenshot-3344It wasn’t easy for Myrtle to kneel at the end of her pregnancy. The big belly touched her knees already half way down. And yet, she fought against it and kneeled down to pet and feed Makro at least once every day. “Today is a big day, little one” she said happily. “It’s going to be good. I’m sure.”

It was a big day indeed. Tangerine had agreed on taking us to the beach for a day out with my family. For both Myrtle and Slate it would be the first day out of the center in years. We all looked forward to it very much, and me and Myrtle had been talking about it all week. Had Slate been able to talk, I’m sure he would have too. But he had simply smiled and nodded in agreement whenever me and Myrtle brought the subject up.

Screenshot-3356The weather was perfect, as always on Isla Caramello, and it was nice to see my family all gathered again. Even my aunts and uncles came from Fondant Fields. Some of them brought girlfriends and boyfriends, and all in all, we were one big happy family gathered there at the beach.

Screenshot-3346Cosmo, Salmon’s son, enjoyed the warm sea water and splashed around happily.

Screenshot-3349And Froly’s girlfriend Cyan came to spend the day with us.

Screenshot-3348Screenshot-3376And aunt Bittersweet along with her beloved Romeo.

Screenshot-3361Lavender was incredibly happy about spending the day on the beach and in the sun.

Screenshot-3355And aunt Watermelon smiled, even though she was limping as she walked with support on her cane. She looked so much older than the last time I saw her. In fact, she looked much older than any of her siblings, even though she was younger than both mom and Bittersweet.

Screenshot-3345Even Sonic was around, because in the stress of getting to the beach in time, both me and Tangerine forgot about my medication. It didn’t matter to me, I was just glad to have him around. After all, he was part of my family too. Real or not.

Screenshot-3357Uncle Salmon and Tosca came all the way from Fondant Fields.

Screenshot-3359My youngest brother brought a boombox and played loud Chinese music. It brought a summery and happy feeling to the whole beach.

Screenshot-3363And of course, Rhubarb came with the biggest smile he could master. He was always happy, my brother.

Screenshot-3371Screenshot-3372Our cousin Mystery had become a professional football player and Froly watched in awe as he showed off his skills.

Screenshot-3373Bittersweet was kind of a free spirit like my own mother, and it was easy to tell when she threw herself in to the water and swam. She looked peaceful in a way I had only ever seen mom do before.

Screenshot-3381I, myself, sat on one of the swings behind my whole family, just watching them. Myrtle stood by my side and I felt happy. More happy than I had felt in a long, long time. This was exactly how I had pictured life when I moved to the island. Carefree and warm days at the beach with people I cared for. This was the life I wanted for my kids.

Screenshot-3382Suddenly, Myrtle pointed at Tangerine and burst out in her famous hysterical laughter. “Oh my… I can’t even. Oh berry…” She tried to explain what she was laughing at between the chuckles, but could make out no full sentences. Instead of trying to understand her, I looked to what her finger was pointing at.

Screenshot-3364Screenshot-3365I nearly fell of the swing when I saw what she was laughing at. Tangerine stood a few feet away, totally eyeing Rhubarb from top to toe. I could almost hear her making smacking sounds as she checked him out. It was pretty clear that our therapist thought my brother to be a handsome one.

Screenshot-3375Soon, Tosca noticed the same thing and started giggling. It was probably not appropriate for my doctor to hit on my brother, but Tangerine did move closer to Rhubarb to speak with him. “Will she succeed?” I asked Myrtle, but she refused to tell me what their future held.

Screenshot-3370The day proceeded in the same peaceful and happy state as it had begun and it was a truly amazing day. One of the best days of my life, actually.

Screenshot-3391Everyone seemed to have a good time, and even as we interacted with each other and spent some quality time together, we also got time to just be on our own and enjoy the weather and the beach.

It was peaceful.

Screenshot-3383However, the peace was interrupted some time in the afternoon when Slate came running down the path leading from the island to the beach. I had never seen him be in a hurry before and it definitely caught my eye. However, what was really surprising was that he was screaming at the top of his lungs: “YEW! You fudging imbecile.”

Screenshot-3384I was surprised to hear his voice. But the anger of his insult was my most apparent feeling and I snapped instantly. Who was he to interrupt this perfect day by insulting me?

“What did you call me?” I yelled back and slammed my finger in to his chest with force that made him stumble backwards.

Screenshot-3385“You’re the fudging worst boyfriend ever. You should take some berry fudging care of Myrtle. You hear that? She’s…”

Screenshot-3386*SLAP!*

I slapped him before he could finish the sentence and I felt my face get redder with anger. “I’ve been good to her!” I screamed when Slate touched the cheek where I had just hit him. He still looked at me angry and shook his head.

“A good boyfriend wouldn’t let her give birth alone” he muttered.

Screenshot-3387“AND I WON”T!” I screamed and jumped at him. He was Myrtle’s friend, but as long as he insulted me, or questioned my ability to be a good boyfriend, I wouldn’t stand back. I had always thought of him as a freak, and the last few months’ friendship meant nothing if he thought he could tell me whatever he felt like.

Screenshot-3389I hadn’t expected him to be so strong, but Slate got the overhand easily and held my head in a steady grip under his arms. “That is just what you’re doing” he said between clenched teeth. “She’s having contractions and you’re down here fudging fighting with me. Worst. Boyfriend. Ever.”

Screenshot-3390He spat next to me before throwing me on the sand. “Now go to her” he finished before turning around and walking away. “She needs you.”

Screenshot-3394It took me a while to gather myself enough to understand what Slate had said. Contractions? But, when I looked around on the beach Myrtle was nowhere to be found.

Luckily, Lavender understood what was happening long before I did, and started running to catch up with Myrtle. I heard her screaming while running: “Myrtle, wait! We’re coming with you!”

Screenshot-3395In the end, it was Bittersweet who came to drag my arm and pull me back to reality. Myrtle was about to give birth. Now. And she needed me.

I don’t think I have ever run so fast before. But I ran, with all the speed I could master because I needed to catch up with my girl.

Screenshot-3396I caught her before we arrived at the hospital and my whole family soon joined us. Mom and dad sat in the waiting room while I helped Myrtle the best I could. Truthfully, there wasn’t much I could do and it pained me. She was hurting and she was struggling, and all I could do was watch and give her some cheering from the side.

It felt like an eternity before her struggles paid off and the first baby came screaming in to the world. A little baby girl. The next baby came with less effort just a few hours later. To me, it was a miracle how Myrtle could handle yet another birth so soon afterwards, but she did it without complaining. And so, a perfect little boy was born.

Screenshot-3397A few days later we could leave the hospital with our new family. Myrtle smiled proudly with the basket in her hand. Inside were treasures. Two perfect little babies.

It felt both perfectly right, and quite strange to bring our family back to the center. It was our home and it was where we had met. But would it be possible to raise our babies there?

Screenshot-3400Screenshot-3402Screenshot-3403Screenshot-3404Screenshot-3405Screenshot-3419Once we were back and had gotten the babies settled, we cuddled down in the sofa. Myrtle was exhausted, of course, and I was so proud of her. It had been magical to see her give birth to my babies. And it would be magical to raise them along with her.

Even though I had only known the babies for a few days I knew that Myrtle had been right. I would do anything for them. I already knew that the only thing that would ever matter was that Petite and Mars had the best father possible.


The babies are finally here! Petite is the girl and Mars is the boy. I am so excited to see them grow up. 

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Chapter 4.17: The future

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

This chapter is written from a third person perspective. 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Is not. Just wait and see.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“And how is that working out for you?”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chapter 4.15: Impossible

Screenshot-1350I was going sick with worry when we lost Berrian, of course. I paced around our tiny little camper, forbidding any of the kids to even step outside until I knew it was safe out there. Occasionally I sat looking towards the sky, trying to understand who or what was behind Berrian’s abduction. The answers I came up with was just about equally frightening.

Screenshot-1351Lava was great during these days. “He’ll be back, I’m sure” he said comforting and even though I knew that he couldn’t possibly know anything about it, it felt good.

Yew and Rhubarb didn’t understand it like Lava did. Perhaps because they had not witnessed their father disappearing in the night as we had. But they asked, every day Berrian was not with us they asked. “Where is daddy?” “When is dad coming home?” And what could I say? I didn’t know. Was it better to be honest and tell them that or was it better to lie to protect them? I hated not knowing and I hated the fact that Berrian was not here to make the decision with me.

“I don’t know” I answered truthfully in the end. At least truth would not come back to haunt me, and perhaps we could all help each other to get through it.

I can’t tell you how we did get through it, but the three days Berrian was gone felt like an eternity. But then on the third day he just stood there outside the camper, smiling his typical adventurous smile. He looked happy.

“I was so worried!” I cried and threw myself in his arms. Berrian held me close and stroke my hair but constantly smiled behind my back. While I had been worrying sick he had just experienced the adventure of his life and since I knew him so well, I understood that he was happy about what had happened. Especially since he seemed to be just fine.

Screenshot-1352 Screenshot-1353The kids all hugged him too for just as me, they had all missed him. And of course, they had been worried too. Little Rhubarb followed his father around for a few days afterwards, refusing to let him out of his sight. I would have done the same thing if I could, though I needed to take care of my own things as well. Gardening and kids, mostly.

A few weeks after Berrian’s return he started having horrible stomach pains. It, no doubt, worried me. And in all honesty, it seemed to worry him too. “I don’t know what they did up there” he confessed and described how they had run several tests on him. He showed no sign of regret or fear, though, and perhaps it was still an adventure to him. To me, it was just worrying. Nothing else. And I hated the fact that I now had to worry for both Berrian and Lava. It was a hard job.

Days passed and Berrian’s pains did not go away. In the end I succumbed and decided we needed to go to the only doctor I would ever trust – Tosca.

Screenshot-1327It was the first time we went back to Fondant Fields in many years and it was weird being back. It honestly scared me like crazy for it was an idiotic opening for mother to get to Lava, but Berrian needed care and my herbs had done no good. So we went back home. Mother’s pride stood shining in its yellow color like it had always done. It was impossible to understand that no one had lived in that house for years. It looked so cared for, which meant Bittersweet, Salmon and Watermelon had all been visiting it frequently to keep it in shack. For times like this, when me and my family needed to go back. I loved them so much for everything they did for me.

Screenshot-1302Berrian’s stomach pains had gotten worse for each day and by the time we came back to Fondant Fields, he himself was quite worried too. It was hard to believe his story about aliens running “tests” on him, but then again our oldest son was a vampire – so it wasn’t like supernaturals was a completely new phenomenon to us.

Screenshot-1333Tosca and Salmon came over to our house as soon as we asked them and I like to think that it was mainly because they had missed us and just secondly because Berrian needed their help. Seeing their familiar, smiling faces was a blessing. I had missed them so much during the last few years and just seeing them in the same house as me again made me fall in to tears. However, our welcoming ceremony didn’t last very long for Berrian suddenly had awful cramps in his stomach and had to go lie down. Tosca followed him in to the bedroom to take a look at him.

She poked his stomach at various spots and Berrian ouched and aowed when necessary. All the time I stood anxiously by the side of the bed and my eyes played ping-pong between Tosca and my man. “It’s impossible” Tosca mumbled once she had taken a step back from Berrian and I stared at her wondering exactly what it was that was impossible.

“It really can’t be. Unless it was impossible, I’d say you’re pregnant” she said with a tone that revealed that she didn’t believe her own words.

“So that was what they did” Berrian mumbled in response, as though the fact of him (HIM!) being pregnant wasn’t the most shocking news we’d had since Lava came in to our lives.

Screenshot-1306No matter how shocking it was, it soon became clear that Tosca was right. I recognized many of my own symptoms in Berrian and did what I could to repay the favors he had been doing me during my pregnancies. That included cooking the weirdest types of food. Spaghetti and Ice cream? Don’t ask, he simply needed it. It also included foot massage (which can’t have been nearly as bad as for him to give it to me after a life of walking around bare foot) and back massages. And sex. I don’t get the ‘bows who refrain from having sex during pregnancies, and luckily Berrian didn’t either. There’s nothing so relaxing as giving yourself completely to your partner.

With Berrian pregnant and us having no clue of what that meant or what would happen we decided that, despite mother, we would be safer in Fondant Fields where Tosca could come check on Berrian if needed, than on the road. While it was scary to think that we were in the same town as mother again, it still felt good. I was in the same town as Bittersweet too, and boy had I missed her!

Screenshot-1309I tried to be supporting as Berrian’s belly swelled up and I really tried to not think it was weird. I liked to think that whatever was thrown upon us was just there to deal with. And we did. But I’ll admit it was tough and I was scared about it. Berrian was too, of course. Neither of us had heard about male pregnancies before and just the thought of the actual delivery was enough to get the most strong-willed person freak out. We simply refrained from thinking too much about it.

The whole situation got even more delicate when we discovered that I, too, was pregnant.

Screenshot-1360 Screenshot-1361On top of that, Yew started showing signs of being a bit… strange. It wasn’t weird considering the family situation we had. Knowing that your brother is a vampire and discovering that your father was abducted and pollinated by aliens could do that to anyone. I saw him talking to himself at times, but not as the regular “Where did I put that?” but whole conversations. And when he entered such a conversation it was nearly impossible to get in touch with him. I could practically stand right in front of him, waving my hands before his face without him noticing me.

We didn’t do too much about it, simply figured it was a phase he was going through. We knew that somehow personality problems had a way of solving themselves once you found out who you really were and what you wanted of life. Whatever was going on in Yew’s head was clearly a part of him finding himself. No matter of his strange personality he was perfect – just like all of our kids.

Screenshot-1307In fact, Rhubarb too had a way of playing and talking to someone clearly only he could see. It was probably more common in his age though to have imaginary friends than it was in Yew’s. Perhaps it was a result of never having a real home and the chance to make actual real friends that did this to my children. Perhaps it was something completely different. Most likely it was nothing to worry about.

Screenshot-1313When it was time for Berrian to deliver his baby he freaked out. In all the years we had been together, I had never seen him so scared or so pained. It was weird almost knowing what he was feeling but then at the same time have no clue. We did not know what to expect, how was the baby supposed to get out? Was it even a baby in there?

“Aaaarrrhhaaaa!” Berrian cried and I laid my arms around his shoulders, breathing with him while calling for Lava to call Tosca.

Screenshot-1311Tosca never had time to get to our house, and even if she had done so, I don’t know what she would have done about it. She was just a doctor, not a midwife. She never had time to get to us, for just a few minutes after the pains had hit a strange green glow sparkled around Berrian’s swollen stomach. He tried to grab his belly, curious and scared to what was happening but the green glow laid like a shell around the stomach preventing Berrian from touching himself. It honestly freaked me out too but I tried not to show any fear. We would get through this, we got through everything together.

Screenshot-1315A few moments later the green glow disappeared again and a little boy, looking surprisingly normal, crawled through a hole in Berrian’s stomach, placing itself in his arms. The whole then healed with a speed that was out of this world and Berrian soon stood with a little green skinned baby in his arms, showing no signs of having been pregnant just minutes ago. It was completely surreal and amazing.

“I… I am a mother now” Berrian said and a warm smile spread in his face. He had always loved all of his children, but I could tell that there was something special about this little one. It wasn’t weird at all. He had, after all, carried this one inside him for several months. They knew each others heartbeats and each others rhythms. I knew exactly how it felt.

“Can I see him?” I whispered and Berrian carefully handed me the baby. He was so light in my arms. And he looked at me with his huge black eyes and I realized that you needed not to deliver a baby yourself to feel like it was yours. To feel that you would love it with what power you could. This was my son, even if it wasn’t.

“I want to call him Mulberry” Berrian said and hugged us both. It wasn’t a name I would have picked for him but it was a nice name. Mulberry Twist – our supernatural and impossible little miracle.

Chapter 4.13: A nightmare

Screenshot-1231We should have known, of course, that coming back home to Fondant Fields to celebrate Lava’s birthday was a bad idea. Honestly, we did know, and yet we came back. In an attempt at giving the boy a normal childhood we brought him back to our old hometown to host a party with family and friends. It could have been a good idea, but it wasn’t.

I regret it with my whole heart. But I had hoped that it would pass without too much hassle. Of course, with the mother I had, I was wrong. Very wrong.

Screenshot-1238The party had been going on for an hour and laughter filled our kitchen. Bittersweet, Romeo, Watermelon, Celeste and her children had all come to celebrate Lava’s birthday and we were all playing a game of “Who am I?” when the the doorbell interrupted Bittersweet in the middle of a question.

I stumbled backwards in shock when I saw mother outside the door. “Hello” she said with a cold and calm voice. Her eyes revealed no sign of expressions and chills ran over my body. “I have a gift for my son for his birthday” she continued and I found myself frozen at the spot.

Screenshot-1239I was afraid of my mother, but the thought of what could happen if she got to meet Lava was even scarier than the thought of her fangs digging through my own neck so I stepped outside and closed the door behind me. “You need to leave” I hissed.

Mother stayed calm and she seemed empty of expressions as she coldly replied: “He’s my son”.

“You have no children” I snarled back, and felt my heartbeats race.

Screenshot-1241Mother stumbled back in pretended shock before a cold and heartless laughter escaped her lips. “You’re a fool if you think you can keep him from me forever. He’s a vampire, he’ll need me eventually. Just you wait.”

“Besides, I am his mother” she added afterwards. Be it that she scared me senseless but the ironic words about her actually being a mother disgusted me. I see myself as a forgiving and positive person, but forgiving mother for the childhood and life she had forced upon me and my siblings would never happen. She was as far from a mother you could be unless you counted the biological part. And honestly, being a mother concerned a lot more than just giving birth to a child. Being a mother is something that comes from your actions and thoughts, not from your womb. I had learned that the hard way.

Screenshot-1244I. NEED. YOU. TO. LEAVE.” I snarled with more power and furisoity than I had ever borught up before. “You have no part in my or my family’s life. It’s too late.”

Mother covered her face with her hands and laughed. “You think you can keep me away? From my son? You’re a true fool, Coral.”

As her words landed I heard the faint sound of footsteps behind me and when I turned around Lava was coming through the door. Instinctively I turned towards him and took a step in front of him so that mother would have to pass through my back if she wanted to reach him. I would not give up the poor boy without a fight for I had come to love him as my own son, despite his vampirism. “Mommy, who was that?” he wondered and looked straight at me with curiosity in his eyes.

Screenshot-1246I glanced over my shoulder and realized mother had fled the scene and I was left all alone with Lava. “That was someone who’s very bad” I replied and hushed my son indoors again. Once inside we made sure to secure every lock and every door. The party had naturally come to a halt and we were all quite worked up and scared of what just had happened. It had only been a fraction of time, but mother’s appearance affected us all anyhow.

“Her eyes were glowing kind of like mine” Lava noted once I had come back to the living room after securing all doors and windows. “Neither yours or daddy’s eyes glow like that” he said and I was surprised by his ability to notify such a small detail in the short time he had laid eyes on mother.

“Well…” I cleared my throat to prepare for a decent answer. I would have to tell him about his biological mother one day, but that day was not now. “She is your grandmother” I said instead and explained to him that she was a murderer and that we wanted nothing to do with her because of what she had previously done. Now, crime and bad guys was a concept Lava did understand after endless video game sessions with Salmon and cartoons. Good versus Bad was a concept that children learned even before they could walk and Lava nodded to show me that he had understood.

Screenshot-1253I had always been grateful for the family I had and even more so today, when we needed each other’s support. Salmon was, as always, a great help in the house and when it was time to put the babies to sleep he stepped in and sang Rhubarb to sleep. I myself was all too worked up and stressed to put anyone to sleep so I just sat in the sofa while Berrian and Salmon got the kids to bed.

It was hard to understand how mother could still affect our family after all these years. Lava had been with us for over five years and even though this was the first time mother actually came around and tried to get in touch with him, we had lived under the stress and fear for that to happen ever since Lava first arrived. It wasn’t hard to see why it teared on us, and I wanted nothing less than to find a solution that would let us free from mother’s iron hand.

Screenshot-1259“What did she want then?” Bittersweet asked me a few hours later when the kids had been put to sleep and I told her in detail about what had happened. My sister also lived in fear, although she had less of what mother was after because yet she had no children – and certainly not mother’s children. It must have been hard for her to understand the stress and fear I lived under when being responsible for Lava’s childhood and well-being. No matter, she did a good job at supporting me even when I traveled the world. I could never have wished for a better friend.

Once the situation had been described it didn’t take Bittersweet long to realize we would soon have to leave again. We were just not safe while we stayed in Fondant Fields.

Berrian was kind of involved in the conversation but occasionally went upstairs when any of the kids groaned or mumbled in their sleep. He was a real guardian and tucked them in whenever he found that they had kicked their blankets off. I know it was both a way for him to steal yet another kiss from them as well as a reassurement that they were still sleeping safe in their beds.

Screenshot-1266While the fear for the possibility of our children getting snatched out of their beds was present, it almost felt like an impossibility for it was simply too frightening. Still, that was exactly what happened on the night after Lava’s birthday.

Berrian first noted that the door to Lava’s bedroom was slightly open and when he peaked inside he found the bed empty. Not wanting to stress himself too much, Berrian calmed himself by thinking that the oldest son had simply gone up to use the bathroom. It wasn’t until he had assured himself that both bathrooms were unoccupied and that Lava really was gone from the house that he came and told me about it. I panicked straight off and lost my mind. This was my worst nightmare coming true.

While I sat down, staring straight in front of me, picturing my son under the killing wings of my mother, Berrian remained focused and headed out to look for him. Perhaps he was still to be found.

Screenshot-1267While Coral was way too worried and stressed up to function normally, Berrian walked around town looking for their adopted son. Despite not having had anything to say in the matter of bringing the boy in to their family Berrian had come to love and care for him as though he were his own. May be it that Berrian wasn’t the typical family man and rather traveled and went on adventures, but that had never stopped him from loving his family to pieces. Like Coral, it scared him to think of what could happen if Lava had actually been kidnapped by his biological mother. And thinking about the possibility of the boy running out in to the night on his own scared him even more.

Berrian walked with determination and forced himself not to cry or worry too much. He simply needed to find the boy and since he couldn’t have been gone long until they discovered it, he hoped that he shouldn’t have made it very far. He walked for hours, looking behind bushes and trees, searching colorful backyards and secret hideouts but Lava was nowhere to be found. He refused to give up hope though and kept on walking. 

Several hours after he had left the house to look for the boy Berrian walked past the playground located just outside their own house. And there, inside the jungle gym stood the boy he had been looking for. 

Screenshot-1269All the worry he had been feeling made the relief of finding the boy come out in an angry tone and as he swiftly approached his son Berrian couldn’t help but curse at him. “Lava Twist! You get down here right now.” As soon as the first yelling words had left Berrian’s mouth he calmed down a bit. “We were so worried. Don’t you ever run away like that again.”

Screenshot-1268“You lied to me!” Lava yelled as he slid down the ladder of the jungle gym. “You lied about that woman. She’s not just my grandmother, she’s my mother and she needs me and I need her. I have the right to see her!”

Lava’s eyes were glowing in the dark and a determination Berrian had never seen in a kid before glowed around his son. He knew then, that no matter how hard they tried to raise Lava in to a normal child, he would always be different. He was a vampire, and that was something they could never change.

“I’m more like her than I am like any of you” Lava cried and tears welled up in his eyes. Be it that his family had never known, but he had known. He had always been different. His temper had been different and his urges had been different. And seeing the woman tonight had made that so much clearer. There were people like him out there, people who could teach him to control those feelings and urges his parents would never understand. He hated them for keeping him from that, from who he was.

Screenshot-1270“We were going to tell you eventually” Berrian sighed. He knew he was defeated and that the time had come. Lava was big enough to know, even if he wouldn’t be big enough to understand. And perhaps Berrian and Coral needed to change the way they brought him up, perhaps they too had to learn how to control a vampire’s urges and needs. For their son would always have stronger impulses and a more unstable mind than they did. Their oldest son would need to learn how to live with his differences, and if they wanted to keep him, they would have to work with him to figure something out.

“I’d say we get you back home to your momma so she can see that you’re safe. And once we’re there, I promise we will tell you everything” Berrian said and placed his arm around Lava’s shoulders. The boy didn’t fight it, instead he curled up against his father’s side and walked with him home. He was happy to have been found, and he was glad to know that they had worried. No matter what the crazy woman with the shining eyes told him through telepathy, his parents were Berrian and Coral. For they were the ones had come looking for him after all. Though, that didn’t change the fact that he was curious to what it meant to have shining eyes and pointy teeth. But he was sure he would find out eventually.

Screenshot-1271That night, Coral and Berrian did tell Lava everything they knew about vampires and his background. It wasn’t much, but they decided to not keep anything a secret anymore. Coral was still hesitant because she wanted the boy to grow up without any outside expectations to who he was to become. For her, the part of finding yourself and the person you want to be was the most important thing in life and she wanted to give her children a childhood were they felt free to become whoever they wanted. She hated the fact that perhaps being a vampire somehow limited Lava, but after some persuasion from Berrian she agreed to talk to the boy about the things they knew. And Lava was pleased to know, it was a true relief for him to find out that the want to bite his siblings in the neck was not simply him being a freak but actually part of his nature. And it was nice to hear his parents promising to support him in the attempts at having a normal life. 

After a long conversation, both Berrian and Coral tucked Lava in and stayed with him until he fell asleep. Berrian left after that, but Coral couldn’t get herself to leave Lava’s side and sat on his bed the entire night. It was impossible to shake off the fear she had felt when they realized that Lava was gone and she knew it had everything to do with her mother. As long as Soda Pop was around, Coral and her family would never be able to relax. And she knew right then that the only way of life they could possibly live was one where they kept moving from place to place. She knew right then something she had always known but never been able to accept: That her family would never be able to call a place home. 

Screenshot-1249We left early the day after Lava’s birthday. I hadn’t slept a single minute during the night which meant I was both exhausted and still stressed out from the night’s nightmare. It was a long drive and I managed to get some sleep even if I had to wake up just to count my children ever so often. I knew we were most likely safe once we had crossed the country borders, but I could never be sure and I swore that I would never wake up to find any of my children missing again.

Egypt had always felt like a home to us. I had always managed to relax there and I had always loved being there. That had changed now. Not even the warming sun or the matte colors could calm me down. I had become a nervous wreck. The days during the weeks closest to Lava’s disappearance I just sat mindlessly rocking back and forth at the front of our camper with Rhubarb in my arms. I refused to let him down for he was the weakest and most fragile out of all our kids.

Screenshot-1248I’ll admit that I stopped functioning as I should have. I was simply too scared. Mother had finally been able to push me over the edge. I had become a mother who was so scared for my children to get hurt that I had trouble letting them out of my sight. It was far from how I wanted to be. I wanted my children to explore life by themselves. To travel and meet new people and experience new things. And now I just kept them around the camper, refusing to let them even leave our little plot of land.

Berrian and Salmon did what they could to activate Lava and Yew but it wasn’t hard to see that my fears were tearing on us all. None of us were cut out to stay put like this. Especially not Berrian.

Screenshot-1251Yet, he did the best he could. He played catch with Lava and encouraged the fast reactions and powerful throws the kid managed. Whenever a vampire feat shined through Berrian did his best to point it out and praise it. It made me cringe. I had never asked for a vampire child and it made me sick to think of the things our poor child would have to go through. I had seen mother go through it in her transformation and I feared the day our son would refuse to eat anything but blood. But Berrian did wonders. As always. He found the good parts of Lava’s vampirism and he taught Lava to value them.

Screenshot-1250And Lava loved his father. Even though I was living in a bubble of fear I could see that the boy progressed and grew. He was on his way to finding himself and while I had trouble enjoying it, I could see that Berrian was proud.

And they tried to help me too. They talked to me, tried to take me on walks but I constantly worried that something would happen. Every step we took I felt sick and the further away from the camper we got, the more scared I became. I kind of lost myself and the only thing occupying my head and thoughts was the worry and the need to keep my family safe.

Screenshot-1260Months passed and before I knew it Salmon was growing up. I cried when he left us to go home and start his life with Tosca. I cried because I was losing him. Like I had lost so many before. I cried because he would no longer be around to help me with the kids and I cried because I would miss his wedding ad his life with Tosca. And I cried for the same thing applied to the rest of my siblings. But despite my crying, he went back home to Fondant Fields. I knew he was happy to for it had pained him to be apart from Tosca.

Screenshot-1261He told me that Tosca had pretty much moved in when he came home but that Tosca also had a hard time accepting him growing up. She was certain that he would leave her once he aged up and gained new perspectives. It was a silly fear, of course, for Salmon would never dream of anyone but Tosca. And he promised her time after time that he would wait for her. Always.

Screenshot-1262It did little to calm Tosca down, though. And I should know. Promises don’t do wonders, only yourself ca overcome your fear and worries. I still hadn’t managed and perhaps Tosca wouldn’t manage either until she was grown up and able to actually form a family with Salmon.

Screenshot-1265And perhaps she was right to worry for Salmon was a gorgeous and amazing man. Tosca was lucky to have snatched him early for he could probably get whichever girl he wanted. Of course, I knew that the only girl for him was Tosca. And I was happy for them. But sad in the same time because her getting him meant that I lost him. I had gotten used to having him around and we would surely miss him now that he started his own adventure.

Chapter 4.10: Caretaker

Screenshot-1092It felt as if someone had turned my life upside-down and shaken the container after the confrontation with mother. The night after was pretty much sleepless and I found myself tossing and turning even though Berrian kept his arm around me the entire night. The next morning I sent Watermelon and Salmon off for school without telling them of the events that had taken place the night before. I would of course tell them, eventually. First, I wanted to visit Bittersweet and tell her about it. It was crazy to think that I had watched her father getting killed by our mother.

When we arrived at her house Romeo was already there and judging by their facial expressions, they had already heard the news.

Screenshot-1094“I never knew him” Bittersweet sighed. Her eyes were red as if she had been crying, which honestly was the right thing to do. “I suppose it shouldn’t matter, but it does” she said and Romeo started stroking her back.

“I’m sorry sister” I said. It was a poor attempt to comfort her but I knew that there was nothing I could do. No words would bring her father back or make her mother a decent berry.

Screenshot-1093I had never felt awkward around these people before. The room consisted of my best friends and most beloved ‘bows in the entire world, yet an awkward silence filled the room. The only thing to break it was the occasional sighs from Bittersweet and the sound of skin brushing against clothes as Romeo stroke her back.

“It happened fast, I’m sure he didn’t feel any pain” I said after a while. Another poor attempt at providing comfort. It didn’t matter, Bittersweet only glanced at me quickly before going back to staring in to the wall in front of her.

Me and Berrian stayed for an hour or two but there was nothing anyone of us could do to make it all feel better. In the end Bittersweet commanded that we go home before Watermelon and Salmon got home to an empty house. We would have some explaining to do once they got home, that was for sure.

Screenshot-1172Telling my younger siblings about what had happened proved to be a lot easier than talking to Bittersweet. Salmon had no memories of mother what-so-ever and merely reacted to the very fact that his mother was a murderer. Watermelon in her turn already despised mother so the news simply added to the hate she was already feeling. I promised myself I would keep being the best substitute mother I could for my siblings, they would sure need it.

The next few days were a blur of arranging a secret funeral for Precious (who had been taken care of by Thunderbird and whom the town therefore knew nothing about), supporting Bittersweet and caring for my younger siblings while also trying to get back to a normal life myself. I knew it would never be the same again after watching my mother so cold-hearted kill a man, but I had to make the best out of it.

When the spring festival was upon us I decided to make it a family outing and we did our best to pretend that we were all alright.

Screenshot-1098Watermelon met up with her best friend Celeste, who I had got to know fairly well by now. Celeste had the misfortune of getting pregnant in her early teenage years and had decided to keep the baby. A few weeks before the whole incident with mother she had given birth to a little baby girl named Surf. Whenever Watermelon looked at the little baby there was a spark in her eyes which I had never seen before and my sister seemed to soften up to that little one in a way that was not like her usual character. It was satisfying to see, to say the least.

Screenshot-1099Salmon in his turn met up with a girl from his class who I had never met before but of whom I had heard lots of things. Tosca Thorn was a cute girl with a face full of adorable freckles, who seemed to have a personality which was nowhere as soft and cute as her looks. From what I understood Salmon was having some pretty strong feelings for this girl but he was unsure whether she felt the same way. I kind of wondered what that was like for I had never experienced a first love which wasn’t mutual.

Screenshot-1100Me and Berrian stayed at the back for a while to make sure both Watermelon and Salmon were alright. It was quite fascinating to just stand there holding hands watching my younger siblings interact with ‘bows they cared deeply for.

Tosca soon took Salmon’s hand and pulled him with her indoors which made him blush and quickly stumble after her. Watermelon needed no guardian while she was with Celeste so when Salmon was no longer to be seen me and Berrian went indoors to amuse ourselves, too.

Screenshot-1109Inside the festival building there was a “love machine” which said it could measure how true the love between two berries were. Of course it was simply a way to rob the festival visitors of their money, but me and Berrian decided we had to try in non-the-less.

When Berrian’s hand touched mine electricity ran through my body. Even after all the time we had been together, I was still just as in love with him as I had been the first time. If this machine didn’t explode by our touch it was sure broken.

Screenshot-1110It was silly, really, but when the lights climbed to the very top of the machine – letting us know our love was burning – both me and Berrian started clapping our hands. It wasn’t like we didn’t know our love was pure before, but it still felt good.

It also felt good to forget about the tumult in our lives and feel genuinely happy for a short moment.

Screenshot-1106When we turned around we saw that Salmon was in the rollerskating rink with Tosca and they were holding each other’s hands and skating around in a circle. It sure was sweet to watch them and whenever Salmon’s face was turned towards us I could see how a big smile covered his face. It was nice to see him smiling despite everything that had happened the latest time in his life.

Screenshot-1108Me and Berrian stood and watched Salmon spinning around with Tosca for a long time before Watermelon came running  towards us and asking if it was alright that she headed back home. Celeste had to leave to put Raindrop to sleep and Watermelon felt no need to stay now that her best (and only) friend had left. I was still worried about her, but she did seem happier than she used to, so I said she could go and promised to be back home before too long.

Screenshot-1111I didn’t intentionally follow Salmon and his friend around, but the festival building wasn’t very big and they didn’t try very hard to hide from my curious eyes so I did catch the two of them holding hands on the upper floor later that day. I found myself wishing their relation would work out well and made a mental note to make sure Tosca wouldn’t hurt my younger brother. He deserved to be happy for he was the sweetest young boy I could think of.

Screenshot-1112Not that Tosca seemed to have any intention of hurting him for she too smiled and looked happy as their arms swayed from one side to the other. It was incredibly sweet to watch really and I almost felt jealous for not experiencing that young love that the two of them seemed to do. I had never had time for love or friendships during my teenage years and seeing before me what I had lost was sad. Then again, the love I had experienced – and still experienced – was far greater than any young love could have ever been. There was no reason for me to feel sorry for what had been.

Screenshot-1113Before we left for home, Salmon found the courage to steal a kiss from Tosca. I almost let out a loud “Naaw”  but managed to control myself. Instead, I squeazed Berrian’s hand extra hard and felt extremely grateful for everything that still was in my life.

Perhaps life wasn’t perfect and perhaps I had the worst possible mother, but there was still so many things to be grateful for.

Screenshot-1139When we got home Watermelon had placed herself in the mud bath in mother’s spa in the back of the garden. She sure didn’t seem too upset about the latest events since she could do such a trivial thing as take a relaxing mud bath. That was good, of course.

Screenshot-1177Even though our life was pretty much turned upside-down by mother’s actions Berrian kept being restless and eager for new adventures. He behaved exemplary the first few weeks and was a great support for our entire family but once the initial shock had blown past he started planning a new trip. I was eager to go with him too, for I desperately needed to get my mind on something brighter than the last weeks incidents but I was also hesitant to the idea of leaving Watermelon and Salmon alone at home.

In the end, Berrian came with the idea of letting both Watermelon and Salmon go with us to China. Once that was decided I couldn’t wait until we were on our way.

Screenshot-1118Just as when we had been to Egypt, Berrian arranged a camp for us to live far from the normal tourist spots. It was a beautiful spot just steps from a breathtaking waterfall. The climate was a lot more humid than it had been in Egypt but way hotter than back home in Fondant Fields.

As soon as we stepped on the soft grass of the camping spot I felt the troubles from back home disappear to the very back of my head and an adventures lust and excitement took its place. It was indeed a very welcome change.

Screenshot-1122We begun our vacation with grilling some lunch over the open fire. Both Watermelon and Salmon looked happy to be here and I was already starting to believe that this vacation was the best thing we could have possibly done in our situation. Back at home Bittersweet had Romeo, so she would be fine.

While we sat by the fire Berrian told my siblings some of his tomb exploring stories which made them both eager to come with us to one of the tombs close by. Berrian promised to teach them as much as possible once we were there.

Screenshot-1123Later that afternoon Berrian lead us all to a tomb close to our camp. According to his words it was a great tomb for beginners and would therefore suit both me and my siblings well. I suspected it wasn’t exactly the most exciting adventure for him but he seemed glad to take us all.

When we got down in the dark and moist tomb I quickly realized what he had meant the last time we went exploring and he told me that it was easy to see the leads once you knew what to look for. Huge statues stood along the walls and on the ground you could see areas that were lighter than the rest of the floor – a clear sign that it was something special about it.

Screenshot-1124Berrian commanded Watermelon to move the statue towards the lighter spot on the ground and her whole body lit up when she got a task as important as that. She used her full strength to even be able to move the statue but not once did she ask for help. When the statue started to move we all clapped our hands and Watermelon gained new strength which helped her get the statue in place. A rumble was heard and soon after another part of the floor sparkled slightly.

Screenshot-1126“What was that?” Salmon wondered, eyes wide with what could be either fear or curiosity. It surprised me how calm I felt myself for the last time I had been exploring with Berrian I had been a lot less relaxed.

“It was the sound of us being on the right track” Berrian smiled. “Salmon, do you see that stone in the floor that looks a bit different from the others. Go stand on it.”

Screenshot-1125After searching for the right stone for a little while, Salmon found it and placed his feet steadily on it. At first nothing happened and Salmon looked as though he was ashamed, perhaps he thought he had somehow failed.

“You might be too light, jump a little” Berrian said and Salmon did as he was told which caused a loud breaking sound in the room. Just seconds later a hidden door was revealed in the far side of the room and we all went through it.

Screenshot-1127The next room was small and huge piles of rocks and stones laid in the corners. A wooden door was locked securely by a giant rusty padlock. Watermelon and Salmon looked around curiously, mesmerized by the splendor of the place. I myself felt a bit taken, too. It was amazing to think that these places were built eternities ago.

Berrian did not stop to take the surroundings in, though, and instantly started to dig through one of the stone piles. It looked sweaty but once the stone started to give in a marked floor tile was revealed so I suppose it was worth the hassle. Berrian himself stood on the marked spot and a hole appeared in the wall next to Watermelon.

Screenshot-1128Screenshot-1129After a nod from Berrian she reached her arm in to the hole, at which I held my breathe for the memory of Berrian’s insect covered arm came to my mind. Watermelon almost had her full arm in the hole as she searched for something. When her hand touched something solid her face first turned in fear but when she realized she could pull it she smiled and looked victorious.

With a click the giant padlock opened itself and fell to the ground, leaving the wooden door unlocked and free for us to enter.

Screenshot-1130We came in to another small room with a strange pool in the middle. The water inside the pool looked surprisingly fresh and clear. Yet, this was the first time Berrian told us to step back and let him handle the puzzle that would lead us forward. “We’ll have to swim down this well” he said and nodded towards it while keeping his arm out to prevent us from getting too close. “Sometimes they’re awefully deep and I’ve even encountered obstacles on the way to the other end. I’m sure there is another end, though, there always is.”

Screenshot-1131Before I could say anything or try to stop him, Berrian had jumped high in the air and dove down the pool with a big splash. Watermelon went up to the pool and looked down after him but announced directly that she could not see him.

Salmon looked at me with fear in his eyes and I tried my best to stay calm although it felt like an eternity before a door appeared in the wall next to us. We stayed in the room with the pool until Berrian came back the same way he had disappeared with a big stone statue in his hand and a content smile on his face. “Finders keepers” he grinned before leading us through the newly open door and back to the camp.

Screenshot-1132The next day we took my siblings to the kind of exploring I had found I enjoyed the best in Egypt: We went to pick fruits and vegetables from the local open gardens. I could see quite clear that none of my companions enjoyed this kind of traveling as much as I did, but no one complained and they even helped me pick the fruits.

Watermelon found some kind of wooden doll which Berrian told her was a martial arts training dummy and once he had showed her the little he knew of the chinese sport she was hooked. While the rest of us tasted the exotic fruits she had several boxing rounds against that dummy. She seemed happy and that made me happy, too.

Screenshot-1135When we got back to the camp Berrian and I took some time for ourself inside our tent while Salmon and Watermelon prepared the fire so we could cook up some dinner. I felt no need to hide the fact that me and Berrian had sex with each other for I considered it such a natural part of any ‘bows life.

Life is too short to not do the things that makes you feel good. That was my most important motto.

Screenshot-1136After a fire roasted dinner we remained seated by the fire just talking and wathing the flames play with each other. I was curious to what my siblings thought of the relaxed way of living that came with traveling and exploring and was pleased to know that they had both had a good time.

Watermelon’s favourite experience had been the martial arts dummy while Salmon’s had been the tomb exploring.

All in all, it had been a good trip but when it started to close in to our journey home, the stress about mother slowly came back. I did not want to go back to that, it had been way too good to forget about it for some time. Still, I had a garden at home that needed my care. And both Salmon and Watermelon had friends they needed to get back to. I wouldn’t uproot them by deciding to stay traveling, even if that was what both me and Berrian really wanted.


Actually, Celeste has three babies already. Surf is the middle kid. Her older sister is named Raindrop and her younger sister is Baby Blue.

And how cute is Tosca, who Salmon was paired up with on prom? I can’t wait to see them two produce some babies. ❤ And speaking of babies… Generation 5 is on its way!

Also, while traveling I bend the rules for “Home Made” since I let my sims eat raw ingredients simply grilled over a fire. I reckon that’s fine since the time away doesn’t really count since they don’t age. They still cook everything from their own ingredients while they are home. 🙂

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