Generation 4 Prologue

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I don’t remember my mom much. She left us when I was only a few years old. My dad explained to me that my mother was a hero, she sacrificed herself to set all the supernatural beings in the world free from the awful experiments the humans inflicted on us.

But what I do remember is coming to Appaloosa Plains. My little sister and best friend, Skye, was scared of the new house. This whole ordeal was scary for her, none of us had ever left our old cabin and now suddenly we were in a neighborhood filled with other supernaturals. It was definitely a scary experience, but even at my young age I felt like I needed to protect my little sister.

My father had just pulled up to the new house and got us all out of the car. The four of us stood in front of the new house and just stared at it.

“Lake, this house looks scary.” Skye whispered to me. I grabbed her hand to try and comfort her despite my own fear.

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“It’s okay.” I turned to my sister and smiled, making her smile along with me. It didn’t take much to calm her down back then.

“You kids go inside and explore, I’ll unpack the trunk.” Dad gave a half-hearted smile. Honestly, I don’t remember a lot about my life before Appaloosa Plains, but I do remember that my father used to be a lot happier. Now, the smile never reached his eyes and he frowned every time he thought we weren’t looking.

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Stone took Skye’s other hand and the two of them raced inside. I dropped her hand just in time, I was only seconds away from being dragged along with them. My hesitation to enter the house was obvious to my dad. He gave me a soft smile, ruffled my hair and ushered me inside.

I wasn’t very interested in looking around, unlike my siblings who were already racing up the stairs. Well, not racing exactly, Skye was still pretty young so Stone had to help her go up them.

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The only thing I was interested in at the time was the TV. I was a little scared of upstairs, and I knew that Stone wouldn’t lead me up there like he did with Skye. Ever since Mom left, he’d taken more to Skye. Which meant he spent less time with me, and eventually we started to grow apart. I didn’t mind, I knew that Skye and I were a lot closer than they were.

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Appaloosa Plains wasn’t very exciting. There wasn’t much to do here, so the majority of the time the three of us spent our days in the backyard. It wasn’t the prettiest backyard, the play equipment was old and the yard was overrun with weeds. But it was all we had. It scared Skye sometimes, she often thought that monsters were hiding in the weeds or that the swing would break and she’d fall down. It used to take a lot of convincing to get her outside, but eventually I was able to get her outside with minimal coaxing.

This particular day was more boring than usual. It was a Saturday, we’d been playing in the sand the entire day and it was getting pretty lame. Sometimes on weekends, Stone would take us down to the park or something cool like that, and today I was hoping he’d be willing to take us out again.

“Hey Stone, can we go somewhere today?” I turned away from my sand castle to face my older brother. He was practicing chess at the time, and he just grunted.

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“Oh come on Stone, you have to be bored of that game by now, you’ve been playing for like, a hundred years!” Skye complained as she threw a handful of sand at a half-assed attempt at a sand castle.

“You’ve been playing in the sand for like, a hundred years!” Stone mimicked her without looking up from his table.

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“C’mon Stone, we’re bored. There’s nothing to do!” I chimed in. Usually if the two of us complained, he’d take us out just to shut us up.

“There’s plenty to do guys.” He sighed, again without looking up from his board. I had a hunch that he didn’t wanna stop playing chess.

“I know, but we wanna hang out with you, Stoney.” Skye said with a sweet smile. She could get either of us to do whatever she wanted with that smile.

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“Fine.” He sighed again. “But we’re gonna have to do something here, Dad has the car today and the park is too far from here for us to walk.”

“What can we do here?” I asked, turning towards him once more.

“We can do some exploring.” He said with a mischievous smile.

“Like explore the attic?” Skye asked nervously. The attic was where our Dad slept, none of us had ever been up there, we weren’t allowed. So of course Stone and I were curious. What could possibly be up there? Why didn’t Dad want us up there? It was something that could drive two adventurous boys insane.

“Not today.” He said, sounding as equally disappointed as I felt. “There isn’t enough time, Dad might be home any minute.”

“Then where? We’ve been everywhere else.” I was curious to know what his idea was.

“How about the garage, none of us have ever been in there?” He smiled even wider. He and I both jumped up and ran over to the garage door. Skye got up slower, obviously nervous at the idea.

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“I-I don’t know if this is a great idea guys, what if there’s something in there that Daddy doesn’t want us to see?” Skye always did this when one of us wanted to do something awesome.

“It’s just a garage, Skye. We’ll be fine. I promise.” Stone gave her a reassuring smile as he approached the door.

“Is it locked?” I asked.

“No.” He turned and gave me that wild smile he always does when we do something we’re not supposed to be doing.

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Stone quickly swung the door open and stepped into the garage. I waited a few seconds, just so he could make sure it was alright for the two of us to come in.

“Oh cool!” He yelled from inside, making both of us rush into the garage.

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“What’s so cool about this?” I asked, visibly disappointed when all I could see were boxes and an old, crappy car that looked like it hadn’t been used in years.

“Over here.” Stone exclaimed.

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“What is that?” I asked as my brother picked up a hammer and started to hit some scraps of metal.

“It’s an inventing bench, Lake. This is so cool, I’ve always wanted one of these!”

“Can I try?” I wanted to try and build a robot, Skye and I loved to watch cartoons about robots in the mornings.

“I don’t think so, it’s pretty dangerous.”

“Then why do you get to do it? That’s not fair.” I crossed my arms at my brother.

“Sorry Bud, I don’t want you to get hurt.”

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I was mad at my brother. It wasn’t fair that he got to have fun and make inventions when I didn’t. He was hogging it, I deserved a turn! Stone was just being a bully.

“You’re so mean Stone!” I yelled at him, before flying past a startled Skye and out into the backyard.

So much for having a fun adventure.


A/N: Hey guys, just a little announcement: I’m switching over to mediafire, from now on I’ll be putting my sims on there instead of the exchange. I’m getting annoyed with how often they take my sims down, so this way I don’t have to worry about that. The first one on there is Dimitri, you can download him here if you’d like him in your game 🙂

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Jasmine Fae Chapter 22: Finale

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My last month was up and it was time for me to turn myself in. Dimitri and I had been paying attention to the news, it was obvious that everyone was counting on me to set them free. Part of me was angry that they placed this burden onto my shoulders. It didn’t seem fair, my children were still young and they needed their mother. But another part of me was glad. Given what they were asking of me, if it were anyone else I doubt they’d turn themselves in. Years of torture and testing wasn’t something people were lining up for.

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I stood in front of my family for the last time in my life. Skye was still too young to understand what was happening, and I wasn’t entirely convinced Lake did either. Stone obviously understood, but true to his name he was being the rock for the rest of the family. My dear husband looked like he would break down any second.

My heart couldn’t take it anymore. I had to get started on my goodbyes.

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“Hey baby.” I cooed softly as I lifted Lake into my arms.

“Don’t go Mama.” He whispered, visibly upset. Unfortunately he did understand the situation.

“I’m sorry baby, but I have too.” I quietly explained. He sighed and placed his tiny hands on my cheeks.

“I love you Mama.” His small voice made me start to tear up. I didn’t want to start crying already, I wanted to wait until I was on my boat, so my children wouldn’t have to see me cry.

“I love you too, be good for Daddy okay?”

“I will Mama.” He smiled. I gave him a big kiss before setting him down on the ground.

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“Mama!” Skye giggled innocently. As  I suspected, my one year old daughter had no idea what was going on.

“Hi sweetheart.” I smiled softly at my little baby. I cuddled her close to me and took in her scent. It hurt, knowing that I’d never be able to watch my children grow up. Especially Skye, she probably won’t remember me. I’ll just be a picture in the living room.

Even though I knew he never would, I wished Dimitri would re-marry. Or, marry, since we weren’t legally wed. I wanted my children to have a mother, even if it wasn’t me.

“You’ll be good for the boys, right?”

“Yeah Mama!” She squirmed excitedly in my arms. I couldn’t help but chuckle at my daughter’s energy. I set her down on the ground for the last time.

Next up was Stone. He’d known about my leaving for a few weeks now, and he’d been pretty moody about it.

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But when it came time to say goodbye, all of his anger vanished. My little boy ran up to me and threw himself in my arms. I was able to catch him and keep the stumbling to a minimum.

“I’m sorry, Mom.” He frowned as I adjusted him on my waist.

“It’s okay sweetie, I understand.”

“I’m gonna miss you. I promise I won’t forget you, and I promise I’ll tell Lake and Skye all about what a great mommy you are.” His words caused a small sob to escape my lips.

“Thank you, Baby.” I squeezed him tight, not wanting to put my little boy down. I wanted to stay, at least for another few months. But part of me knew that if I didn’t leave now, I’d never be able to. It had to be now.

“I love you.” Stone smiled sadly and kissed me on the cheek.

“I love you, too.” I choked out as I tried to keep myself from crying.

But that was all in vain. As soon as I set my oldest down, it was time to say goodbye to Dimitri.

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I threw myself into Dimitri so hard he almost toppled over. We squeezed each other as hard as we could, each one trying to melt into the other.

“I love you.” I managed to whisper between sobs.

“I love you too.”

“Promise me you’ll take them somewhere safe?” I whispered quietly into his ear, specifically trying to keep the kids from hearing.

“I will.”

“Please, don’t be miserable for too long. They need you.” I warned. Part of me feared he’d curl up in bed for weeks at a time.

“I’ll try, there’s no telling until I actually lose you.” He nuzzled his face into the base of my neck. “But I promise you I can try.”

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Finally, it was time to kiss him goodbye. It was a weird feeling, knowing you’re doing something for the last time. It was the last time kissing my husband. The last time holding my children. Hell, it was the last time I’d be seeing my children.

With all these lasts, I couldn’t help but think about all my firsts. My first kiss with Ash at the playground. The first time I used my powers, which ended up killing a girl. The first and only mission I took for F.R.O. My first time meeting Dimitri. My first time riding in an elevator and being in a building taller than three stories. My first time dancing in a strip club. My first time being pregnant. The first time I held Stone. The first time I kissed Dimitri.

All these moments flashed through my mind as I kissed him. For the first time since the message aired, I felt content. My life wasn’t perfect by any means. But it was mine, and now that it was almost over I could appreciate the beauty of it. I’d lived a good life, sure it had it’s bad moments, but the good definitely outweighed the bad.

Eventually the two of us had to come up for air. I stared into Dimitri’s eyes for a few seconds before blinking away my tears and turning away.

“You guys be good.” I warned my children once more. The three of them were sat quietly on the stairs. They all nodded, earning a smile from me.

“Bye Mommy.” Stone waved sadly. I gave him a small wave before opening the front door.

“I love you guys, never forget that.” They all smiled weakly at me and nodded.

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Before I could stop myself, I stepped outside and shut the door behind me. Dimitri had already pulled the boat into the water and programmed Bridgeport into the GPS for me.

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The four of them came out onto the deck as I climbed into the boat. I could hear Lake wailing despite the crashing of the waves around me. He was screaming for me, he wanted me to come back. Dimitri’s attempts to sooth him were in vain, the toddler would not stop screaming.

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As I started up the boat, I couldn’t help but glance back at my family one last time. They were my everything, I hated to leave them like this. But I didn’t have a choice. This was bigger than me, bigger than my children. I couldn’t put my wants in front of an entire world’s worth of supernatural beings.

It broke my heart as I once again sped away from a place I used to call home in my boat. But this time was different. This time, I knew for certain that I was speeding off to my death.

GEN 4 HEIR VOTE WINNER! And Announcement!

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The votes have been neck and neck the entire week, but the results are in and we have a winner!

Generation 4 heir/heiress is:

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Lake Fae! He won with 26 votes out of 58. Skye got 25 and Stone got 7. Like I said, it was very close.

I’m very excited to start this generation, and I can’t wait for you guys to read it. We’ve still got one more with Jasmine but after that we can start with Lake 🙂

But the winner of the vote isn’t the only thing I’m announcing today.

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I’m starting a second legacy! It’s called Magicis Mortem. It takes place in the same world as the Fae’s do, so there will be a few references to the Fae family in the Mortem Legacy and vise-versa. I’m very excited, it’s gonna be a little difficult writing two different stories, but I think I’m up for the challenge.

Don’t worry, I won’t be neglecting the Fae’s, they will be my number one priority.

The Mortem blog is here, the prologue should be up within the next few hours. Also the finale of Jasmine’s generation should be up either later tonight or tomorrow.

Thank you so much for voting and reading!

Generation 4 Heir Vote!

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It’s that time again, time for you guys to vote for your favorite potential heir to run the next generation! I’m gonna do it a little early, Jasmine’s story isn’t finished yet, but I need to know who the heir is before I finish it. Also, I won’t be giving a summary of their storylines, just a brief description of each kid’s personality.

Now, without further ado, the Generation 4 Kids!

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Stone Fae

Traits: Evil, Genius, Ambitious

Occult Type: Vampire

Current Life Stage: Child

Personality: Ever since he was a child, Stone’s been pretty serious. He’s a smart kid, he knows a lot about a lot of things. He spends a lot of time play chess or reading science books instead of playing outside with his siblings. He’s very closed off from anyone, especially his family. Stone usually speaks unless spoken to. He’s always thinking, always planning. Stone likes to tinker with gadgets and scraps of metal to try and create things. He wants to be an amazing scientist when he grows up. Hopefully, he’ll use his smarts for good.

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Lake Fae

Traits: Absent-Minded, Virtuoso

Occult Type: Fairy

Current Life Stage: Toddler

Personality: Lake Fae is a fun-loving kid without a care in the world. He’s always joking and messing around with his family. Lake is the middle child, but sometimes he feels like he’s the oldest, especially when his brother and sister fight. He’s very close with his younger sister, they’ve been inseparable since she was born. Lake can tell Stone is jealous of their bond, but he can’t help it if Skye loves him more. He’s always been like the protector of his sister, staying by her incase she needs him. But unlike his sister, Lake is a very sociable person. He’s easy to talk to and is quick to make everyone laugh. Being such a people-person isn’t always a good thing, if he isn’t careful he could end up ignoring the people closest to him.

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Skye Fae

Traits: Clumsy, Easily Impressed

Occult Type: Vampire

Current Life Stage: Toddler

Personality: Skye Fae is a child at heart. She and her brother are almost always playing some type of game, no matter where they are. Skye and Lake are practically inseparable, if you see one you’re likely to see the other close by. Neither of them have many friends, people think they’re ‘weird’ and ‘nerdy’, but that doesn’t bother them. As long as Skye has her brother, she’ll be fine. Without him, she’s shy and awkward. She doesn’t know how to act around others, so she tenses up and talks about science, usually boring or scaring people off. She’s also a bit of a klutz, which has put her into many unwanted awkward situations. Who knows what it’ll get her into next.

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Now that you know a little more about each candidate, it’s time to vote! There is a possibility of a duel heirship, but only if the two kids get the exact same amount of votes before the end of the week.

Remember: outfits, makeup, hairstyles, and clothes are subject to change.

Happy voting!

Jasmine Fae Chapter 21: With a Price

A/N Next chapter is Jasmine’s finale, and I will be posting the heir vote shortly after this chapter. Also, sorry about the grass’s color change in the last scene. My game was giving me a lot of trouble, otherwise I would’ve fixed it. Thanks for all the reads guys, it means a lot 🙂

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“Lake, put your sister down right now.” I scolded my son, who held his younger sister in his arms as he flew around the deck. I didn’t mind them flying in the house as much as I did them flying outside. My biggest fear was Lake dropping her off the deck and into the water.

“Don’t worry Mama, she’s safe.” Lake assured me with a cute smile. I crossed my arms and glared at him.

“Put her down.” I demanded, and he set her down safely onto the deck.

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“Dimitri, weren’t you supposed to be watching them?” I turned to my husband who sat quietly on the bench.

“I’m right here, Love. I won’t let anything happen to them.” He smiled at me. “Sit.”

I sighed, I was slightly angry at him for letting the kids be reckless, but I couldn’t resist cuddling with him.

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As soon as I sat down on the bench he wrapped his arm around me.

“You gotta stop worrying, Jazz. They’re kids, they should be able to have a little fun.” Dimitri chuckled in my ear.

“I just don’t want any of them to get hurt.”

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“Kids get hurt, that happens to everyone.”

“But if they get seriously injured, we can’t just take them to a hospital and expose them like that.”

“I can take them, I’m dead, remember? And they have no idea what the kids look like, so as long as I wear a hat or something no one will know. Besides, this entire town is on our side.”

“I’m a mother, I’ll still worry no matter what you say.” I stated, making him chuckle.

“Yea, but the kids can’t get too hurt from flying around. Hell, Lake can’t even lift Skye higher than the railing, there’s no way they could fall off.” He assured me, knowing my concerns before I even voiced them.

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“One day he’ll be strong enough.” I countered him.

“Yea, and by then we’ll have taught him not to fly beyond the deck. Don’t worry so much, we have smart kids.” He chuckled again.

“Why do you always have to win these?” I faked being upset, making him laugh.

“Someone has to keep you grounded.”

“I’m glad it’s you, then.” We smiled at each other before closing the gap between our lips.

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“Ew gwoss!” Skye and Lake giggled from the block table. I stuck my tongue out at the two of them, making them both break out into a fit of giggles.

“I’m gonna get you!” Dimitri wiggled his fingers at them and growled. They both shrieked and ran away as he chased them.

“They’re all insane.” Stone mumbled from the chess table. He was becoming a very smart young man, he was always doing something to improve his intelligence.

“Tell me about it.” I leaned back against the old bench with a smile.

I’d never been happier in my life.

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*Bryce*

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“Listen Todds, it’s been too long. We need to take drastic measures here. This thing could be planning an attack, we can’t risk the lives of so many people.” The human’s president sat across from me in the small conference room.

“I just don’t know if this is necessary, Sir.” I tried to convince him that his plan was crazy.

“Listen, we can’t wait for it to strike first, we need to find it before then. It’s obviously protected by heavy magic, so if we can’t go to it then we need to lure it to us.”

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“But we don’t have to go through with it, once we have the mutant we can retract on our initial claim.”

“Todds, I may be a politician but I am an honest man. If I promise these beings their freedom, I will not back out.” He glared at me. His plan was to air an announcement, telling everyone that if the mutt turned herself in, then he would grant every supernatural being in an experiment town their freedom.

If he did this, I would lose all my power. I ran this town, and if everyone was free to come and go as they please, I wouldn’t have any control. So I was fighting it, I wanted the mutt in custody but I was not willing to give up my power.

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“Y’know,” Carson chimed in for the first time this meeting. “It might not be that terrible of an idea. If Vampires and Fae aren’t confined to the same place, then maybe they’ll stop mating and there will be a less of a chance of more mutts.”

“Exactly. It’s a win-win here, Todds. We get the mutt, and there won’t be any more.” They had a point, but I was still hesitant.

“Will I still be in power? How can I control a city if people are coming and going whenever they want?”

“That’s what you’re worried about?” The president sounded appalled. “Of course you’ll still be in charge, you just won’t be able to have complete control.” He explained. I was a little relieved, I’d still be in charge, just less in charge. I guess it was a sacrifice I was willing to make.

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“But wait, if people can leave, where will they go? Human towns?” My son, Christian spoke up. I could tell he was against this as well.

“I guess, that’s not really my problem.” The president chuckled slightly. “They’ll have to figure that out for themselves.”

“Would humans be able to come to our towns?” Christian asked.

“Yes, I don’t see why they would want to, though.”

“They could come to kill us, they’re scared of us!” He started to panic. I laid a hand on his shoulder to calm him.

“I doubt they’d want to risk they’re lives for that, son. We’ll be fine.” I comforted him even though I had the same concerns.

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“So it’s settled then, the mutt for their freedom. I doubt it’ll be able to pass this up.” The president grinned at his secretary who’d been scribbling notes throughout the entire meeting.

“How long of a time frame do we give it, Sir?” Carson questioned.

“A year, we don’t know how far it is and how long it’ll have to travel. We’ll give it a year.”

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*Jasmine*

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“Stone, be careful!” I yelled out to my oldest as we ran outside for the beach.

“Yea, okay Mom.” He called out as he ran into the waves.

“Down Dada!” Skye struggled against Dimitri to be put on the ground.

“Alright, alright.” He laughed while putting the squirming toddler onto the ground. Lake pulled his hands out from ours and ran down the beach, Skye quickly following behind.

The kids didn’t notice the tension between Dimitri and I, and I was grateful. The human president had aired a message for me, saying that if I turned myself in he’d shut down all the experiments and set everyone free. Obviously I wanted to take the offer, but Dimitri was hesitant.

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As soon as the kids were out of earshot, I turned to Dimitri. “Babe, you gotta let me do this. This isn’t just about our family.”

“Jazz, you can’t, this shouldn’t be on your shoulders.” His voice was strained, I realized he was trying to keep himself from crying.

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“It shouldn’t, but it is. I have to turn myself in, I can’t just ignore this and let those people stay in their experiment towns. I have the chance to change things, I’m not gonna pass that up.”

“But what about us, Jazz? What’re we going to do without you?” He whispered.

“Leave, go find a house somewhere. Find a good school for them, and let them have the childhood they deserve.”

“No. No, I’m not leaving. Especially not without you.”

“Please, Dimitri, don’t fight this. We both know I have to do this.” I tried to grab his hand but he pulled away.

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“You can’t do this, what will I tell the kids? How will I explain this to Stone?”

“I don’t know, but we’ll figure something out. I won’t leave for at least another month.”

“What?” He asked loudly, almost grabbing the attention of our younger kids. “A month? They gave you a year!” He was becoming visibly upset.

“The sooner I leave, the sooner everyone gets their freedom. The sooner my family can come out of hiding, and the sooner you guys can start a new life.” I tried to be reassuring.

“Jazz, you can’t leave. I won’t let you.”

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“Please, Dimitri. You have to let me go. Don’t you want our kids to live a normal life, and for both sides of our family to be free?”

“I do, but I wish it didn’t come with such a price.” He sighed.

“I’m sorry. I wish I didn’t have to do this to you.” I smiled sadly at him. We both knew that if I turned myself in, I’d never see him again. I’d never see my kids again, or my family. It hurt, but this wasn’t about me anymore.

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“I wish you didn’t either.” Dimitri looked as if he were about to cry. “But, I’m gonna let you do it anyway. This sucks, and I really don’t wanna lose you, but if you really want to give yourself up I can’t stop you.”

“Really?”

“Yea, it’s gonna be hard, but if you need to do this I’m on board.”

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“Thank you.” I smiled sadly at him and pulled him into a kiss.

Part of me wanted to just ignore the message and continue living on the island with my family. But that was selfish. I couldn’t put my personal happiness above thousand’s of supernatural beings’ freedom.

Leaving them was my best option, even though it would rip my heart out.

Jasmine Fae Chapter 20: Stress and Love

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“Dimitri, this is bad. We can’t put another child through this.” I cried hysterically to Dimitri the next day. He was ecstatic about the new baby, and I was completely devastated. Stone was going to have a hard life here, no friends, no extended family and online school. It wasn’t ideal, and it wasn’t something I wanted to put another innocent person through. I bit my lip as I started to cry.

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“Hey, hey Jazz don’t cry.” Dimitri laid his hand on my arm reassuringly. “This is a good thing. Now Stone’ll have someone close to his own age. He’ll have someone to play with.”

“I-I guess that’s good. But what if they don’t get along? My sisters and I weren’t very close.”

“Don’t worry about that right now, alright? Let’s just get through the pregnancy before worrying about the baby’s relationship with Stone.” He said with a small chuckle.

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“I love you, you know that? You always know just what to say.” Dimitri placed his hands on my waist and gently pulled me close.

“Yea, I got to. You worry so much someone’s gotta keep you grounded.” He gave me a lopsided smirk and I jokingly smacked his shoulder.

“You are such a jerk.”

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“Yea, but for some reason you love me anyways.”

“Oh, you got me there.”

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A few months into my pregnancy, Stone was starting to notice that I was getting larger. He’d been asking questions for a while, so Dimitri and I decided it was time to sit him down and explain.

“So, Bud, soon Mommy and Daddy are going to be having another baby.”

“Wut does dat mean?” Stone’s cute little voice asked.

“It means that you’re going to be having a new baby brother or sister.” I exclaimed.

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“Really?” He asked excitedly. He’d been watching a lot of television with families lately, I figured that’s where he learned what that word meant.

“Yea, isn’t that exciting?” Dimitri clapped his hands. Stone copied, he was going through one of those copying phases.

“Yea!” I smiled at Dimitri. Maybe this wasn’t too bad after all.

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“This is bad.” I screamed as I sat on the extra bed, about to give birth to my second child.

“Shh, it’s alright baby. It’s alright.”

“I want to be in a hospital.” I groaned after another push.

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“Momma?” Stone slowly opened the door and stepped in. “Are you otay?”

“I’m fine baby.” I managed to choke out.

“You can go play, Stone.” Dimitri said sternly. Stone nodded and rushed out of the room.

“Alright, this baby’s coming, now. Push as hard as you can.” He coached. I followed instructions, even though I felt like I was about to pass out.

———

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“He’s so perfect, isn’t he Dimi?” I stared in awe at the little boy in my arms. Lake Fae was born a fairy, he had Dimitri’s skin-tone, his father’s hair, and a wing color I wasn’t sure where it came from.

“He is.” Dimitri smiled softly.

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“Can I play wit him Momma?” Stone asked innocently from the floor.

“Not yet, Baby. Not for a while.”

“Aw man.”

“He’ll be big enough soon, I promise.” Dimitri said with a laugh. It was true, they grew like weeds.

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“Y’know Jazz, is it just me or do you feel like our family needs one more?” He gave me a sly smile.

“Yea, how about you give birth this time.” I sneered at him. I was not ready for another baby, I don’t think I’ll ever be. Two was enough, and I really didn’t want to give birth like that ever again.

———

*Rose*

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It’s been a long time since my brother left. My other brother, Christian, had given up hope on finding him alive. The rest of us didn’t want to think like that, we liked to believe Dimitri was alive and well, despite the ‘crime’ he committed. Personally, I think what my brother did was brave. Mia and Sydney agreed, but we could never say that to the rest of the family. They wanted to find our brother so they could punish him for his crimes.

We often spent evenings just watching the news, hoping to hear anything that would give us a lead on Dimi. We usually got nothing, just stories about the riots starting in other experiment towns. Lots of people were getting angry, they wanted to leave their towns and go elsewhere. The scientists refused, so people were furious.

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It was pretty boring most of the time. They didn’t put a lot of the ugly stuff in the news. Especially when it made the humans look bad. They usually did stories on how the humans are trying to improve life for us. It was complete bullshit.

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It was obvious my siblings were getting bored. We hadn’t heard anything in years. Yes, we loved him, but wasting all this time on bullshit news stories wasn’t worth it. We shouldn’t be wasting our lives on something that might give us a lead.

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That night was going to be my last of watching the news constantly. I was going to tell my parents that I was almost a teenager now, and that I needed to go out with my friends.

But just as the news was about to switch to a crappy drama show, the words ‘Breaking News” flashed across the screen. I could feel the tension in the air rise as we all sat up straighter and waited for the men on the screen to give the news.

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“The body of a young man has been found washed up on the beach of Sunset Valley. Our sources say the man accurately fits the description of the missing vampire fugitive, Dimitri Todds. It has not been confirmed, they will be needing a family member to identify the body.”

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My father quickly grabbed the remote and shut the TV off before we could hear anything else. The room was dead silent, even Cheryl had stopped playing with her teddy bear.

“Oh my god.” My sister, Mia whispered. She and Dimitri were extremely close, despite their age difference. Dimitri was a teenager when Mia was born, he practically taught her how to walk.

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The next person to make any noise was my mother. A small, horrified choke escaped her lips. I knew it was only seconds before she started bawling.

I couldn’t believe my older brother was dead.

———

*Jasmine*

*One year later*

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“Hey boys, what’re you doing?” I strolled into the living room after waking up from my nap. It’s been a year since the witch faked Dimitri’s death. We weren’t sure what would happen after that, Dimitri was afraid they’d try even harder to find me.

And unfortunately, he was right. His father organized troops from all of the experiment towns to try and find me. They’d even got a few witches on their side. It was terrifying, they could come for us any time now.

That didn’t mean we stopped living our lives though. Dimitri had started bar-tending at a bar on the mainland, and I was still writing and raising our two sons.

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“Shh, mommy they’re sleeping.” Stone whispered from the floor. My baby was almost old enough to start school. Dimitri and I considered letting him go to a regular school on the mainland, but we ultimately decided it would be too dangerous. Homeschooling was our best option.

“Oh, sorry.” I whispered back with a wink. “Hey boys, wakey wakey!” I clapped my hands loudly, startling both Dimitri and Lake.

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Lake flew off his father’s lap with a laugh. Stone stuck his arms in the air and Lake grabbed them, trying to fly off with his brother.

He’d been doing that often, Lake used his wings a lot more than his legs. We weren’t really sure why, I only ever flew in emergencies so he obviously didn’t learn it from me. Lake had also been carrying his brother off, it was fun for a few minutes until he got tired and dropped him, causing lots of crying.

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Dimitri and I intervened, I took Lake and he took Stone.

“Momma!” Lake screamed, trying to sound upset but my tickling made him giggle.

“Sorry, Baby. But we don’t want Stone to get hurt, right?” I asked, and he nodded.

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“It’s okay Mommy, I’m strong!” Stone flexed his muscles, then looked at Dimitri who did the same.

“Yea, Mommy, we’re strong!” Dimitri chuckled

“I know you are, Bud. But I don’t want you to get hurt.” I smiled softly and he pouted. Dimitri laughed again and set Stone down on the floor to go play. I did the same with my toddler before approaching my husband.

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He grabbed my hands and pulled me close. My swollen belly just barely pressed against his torso.

“I guess we had nothing to worry about, they get along too well.” I laughed, remembering my worries before Lake was born.

“Yea, I feel like they’re gonna start ganging up on us.” Dimitri grinned nervously.

“Can you imagine them as teenagers? We’re gonna be so screwed.”

“Especially if this one takes their side, then we’ll be outnumbered.” He laid his hand on the side of my stomach.

“You were the one who convinced me to have one more.” I teased.

“True, but I promise this will be the last one.” He closed the gap between our lips.

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“Ew, cooties!” Stone screamed and Lake giggled. I couldn’t help but giggle too. Even though they were little terrors, I loved my family more than anything in the world.

Jasmine Fae Chapter 19: Life and Death

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“Be careful, Bud. Don’t go too far out.” Dimitri called out to Stone, who was playing in the water. I was a little nervous about letting him play in the waves, but Dimitri promised me that nothing would happen to him, since the both of us were only feet away. He was right obviously, but I couldn’t help but worry about my little boy.

Things were a little tense around here after the message from Dimitri’s father. His threats terrified me. The thought of everyone I loved being killed was haunted me. Even though Dimitri was positive his threats were empty, I wasn’t so convinced. There was no way for us to know for sure, but there was one way to prevent anything bad from happening. Dimitri wouldn’t tell me exactly what it was, all he told me was that a witch friend would be coming to visit us soon.

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To distract ourselves, we tried to spend every second with Stone, or with each other. So far it was working.

Dimitri and I watched as the hyper little boy kicked and splashed around in the water. He’d been running around all day, making Dimi and I chase him. I was exhausted, I was amazed at how much energy my son seemed to have.

“I love you, Jazz.” Dimitri whispered in my ear without warning.

“I love you too, Dimi.” I gave him a confused smile. His proclamation came out of nowhere. He had a huge smile on his face, confusing me further. “What?”

“You just look so gorgeous in this lighting.”

“Thanks, you don’t look to bad yourself.” I joked, earning myself a small laugh.

“Marry me.” He whispered, I spun around to face him, unsure if I heard him right.

“What?”

“Marry me, Jasmine Tulip Fae.”

“We can’t get married, we can’t exactly sign any legal documents.” I chuckled. He was sounding completely insane right now.

“Doesn’t matter, we can have our own little ceremony, and call each other husband and wife. We don’t need a legal document for this.” He explained with a soft smile. But even if it wasn’t a real wedding, I still felt a bit uneasy. I never thought of myself as the marrying type, I guess I never thought I could commit to something like that. But this was Dimitri, the man I loved and the man I knew I wanted to spend my life with. So why did I feel so apprehensive about this?

“I-I don’t know Dimi.”

“What?”

“I don’t know, weddings make me nervous.” I admitted with a small, nervous laugh.

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“Then it won’t be a wedding, it’ll just be an exchanging of vows.”

“Now that is a lot less scary.” I smiled, as I extended my neck to kiss him. His lips curled into a smile as I did, and I couldn’t help but smile too.

———

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“He’s so peaceful when he’s sleeping. It’s hard to believe he’s such a little terror.” I joked after Dimitri and I put Stone down for the night.

“Oh he’s not that bad. He’s just going through a phase.” He chuckled and pressed himself tightly against my back.

“Let’s hope so.”

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I could tell he rolled his eyes by the way his jaw clenched.

“Hey, don’t roll your eyes at me.” I scolded quietly.

“How the hell did you know that?” He asked, bewildered. This time it was my turn to roll my eyes.

“Doesn’t matter. Shouldn’t we get started on this ‘vow exchange’? It’s getting late, and I’m exhausted.”

“Yea, sure.”

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Dimitri took me out onto the deck. I shivered as we walked outside. Whether it was from the cold or from my nerves, I couldn’t tell. Either way I wanted to get this over with.

“You’re tense.” Dimitri pulled me close and pulled my chin close to his. “It’s alright, we don’t have to do this if you don’t want to.”

“No, it’s important to you. Therefore it’s important to me.” I squeezed his hand to assure him that this was something that I wanted too.

“Alright, I’ll go first then.”

“No, I wanna go first.”

“You sure?”

“Yea.”

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“If it weren’t for you, I’d have died many years ago. You’ve risked your life for me on more than one occasion, even though I never asked you too. You’ve always put me first, even if it meant losing everything and everyone you’ve ever loved. I have no idea how to repay you, I don’t think I’ll ever pay off that debt. But I want to try and make you the happiest man on earth, so tonight I’m going to do something I vowed I’d never do. I’m going to give you my hand in marriage.” I wiped a stray tear from my eye. Then, I realized I didn’t have a ring to give him. So I pretended to hold one up and slid the invisible band onto his finger. The two of us couldn’t help but giggle, even though we were both about to cry.

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“Jasmine, you mean the world to me. You’ve been my entire world for longer than you’ve even known. I’d do anything to keep you safe. I’d risk my life a billion times if it meant you could live another day. You, and Stone, mean everything to me. If I lost either of you, I don’t think I’d be able to survive. I love you Jasmine. You don’t have to try and make me the happiest man on earth, because just waking up next to you every single day already does.” He smiled at me, and slid a beautiful diamond ring onto my finger.

“Where did you get this?” I asked curiously.

“It was my grandmothers. I brought it with me when we left.”

“So you’ve been planning this since before we even got together?”

“Yea, pretty much.” He chuckled sheepishly.

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“You are such a dork.”

“Yea, but I’m your dork now.” We laughed. I wrapped my arms around him and pulled him close to me.

“I love you, Dimitri.”

“I love you too.” He smiled just before he kissed me.

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And even though we weren’t technically married, we still acted like newly weds.

———

*Ivy*

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“What do you mean they’re all gone?” President Todds screamed at Carson.

“I’m sorry, Bryce. But they’re all gone. All of them, even the distant cousins and family friends. None of them are there.” Carson explained. Bryce decided to capture my family after he aired the threat. I warned him, I knew that was a bad idea. But he wouldn’t listen.

“Dammit. Now what do we do?” He asked angrily.

“We could get all their pictures and post them on the news stations, just like with the mutt and Dimitri.” Christian offered.

“No, there’s too many of them. We need to focus on Dimitri and that thing he’s with.” He sighed and ran his hands over his beard. He then turned to me and glared.

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“This is all your fault. You suggested this, and now we’ve lost all of our leverage.” His voice didn’t even sound like him. His growling reminded me of the strange animals on the television.

“I-I’m sorry Sir. I didn’t think they could all escape so fast.” I gulped. Even though I warned him this would happen, he still blamed me. But I knew better than to talk back.

“I’m going to slit your throat, you piece of shit fairy.” He made the throat slitting gesture.

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“Dad, ease up a bit. She didn’t know. Why would anyone assume that an entire family could just up in leave without a trace in a day? It’s an easy mistake.”  Christian gave me a sympathetic look. President Todds was ruthless, we all knew that. And for some reason, Christian was trying to save me from his wrath.

“Shut it. She screwed this up, she must pay.”

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I gulped again. I screwed him over big time, and now I was probably going to die.

———-

*Jasmine*

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“Dimitri, are you sure this is a good idea?” I asked my husband as we sat at the table, waiting for the witch to come. He’d called her, and asked her to help us with this situation with my family.

“Positive. She’s going to help us.” He assured me just as the doorbell rang. I jumped a little, I’d never heard it before. We never got any visitors up here. “I’ll get it.” He rushed off to let our guest in.

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A few seconds later, Dimitri strolled back into the kitchen with an elderly woman in tow. I couldn’t help but clutch my chair tightly. Part of me knew she wasn’t human, but she looked so much like them it was hard for me not to fear her.

“Jasmine, this is Adrienne. Adrienne, this is my wife, Jasmine.”

“Hello dear. How’re you doing? This all must be so hard on you.” I expected a frail, soft voice from the woman but her voice was booming, but oddly comforting.

“I’m dealing, thank you.”

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Adrienne conjured a lamp out of nowhere, making both Dimitri and I gasp. She chuckled at our reactions as she set it onto the table.

“Alright, so I will use this lamp to see your family. It will tell me where they are, and if they’re alive or not.” She explained.

“Will we be able to see anything?” Dimitri wondered.

“No, but I’ll tell you what I see afterword.” She pressed her hands together and started chanting in a language I didn’t understand. It sounded like giberish to me. I was about to stop her, until the lap started to glow purple.

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“What’s it saying?” I couldn’t help but ask.

“It’s saying a lot of things. Your family is safe, all of them. Your cousins, grandparents, parents, even family friends have all gotten to safety.” She told me with a small smile.

“Where are they?”

“I can’t tell, there must be a spell, hiding their location from me.”

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“Is it saying anything else?” Dimitri questioned.

“Yes, it’s saying that a Fae named Ivy is in a lot of pain. It’s telling me she’s committed many crimes, and now she’s paying for it.” Her voice was pained. I didn’t share her unhappiness however, my sister was the one who betrayed my family and got them into this mess.

Not long after, she stopped the spell and the lap turned itself off. She waved her hand, and the lamp vanished as quickly as it appeared.

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“Thank you so much for your information, Adrienne, but I have one more think to ask.” Dimitri stopped her before she left.

“What do you need? I’m glad to help.”

“I need you to help us fake our deaths. If they think we’re dead, they’ll stop looking for Jasmine’s family and we can live without fear.” He asked quietly.

“Oh Dimitri, I can definitely fake your death. But, just your death. I can recreate your body no problem, but Jasmine’s mixed status keeps me from recreating her. There’s also the baby, I can’t recreate a pregnant woman.” She explained.

“Pregnant?” I whispered.

“Oh, did you not know? Sorry, dear.”

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No, I definitely didn’t know.