Thorn Fae Chapter 8: In The Balance

*One year later*

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During the year after I left home, not much changed. Our group of four had become three, Jean left when she turned eighteen. One morning we woke up and she was gone. Pepper thinks she ran off to join a vampire gang. It doesn’t sound like something Jean would do, but I guess it was the only explanation we could really come up with.

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Now that we were all eighteen, we needed a plan. We couldn’t stay in the park forever. Our days were spent planning out what we would do, or job searching. It wasn’t easy, not a lot of places were interested in hiring homeless transgender people.

“Guys, we’re running out of options here.” Rose sighed after one of our million brainstorming sessions. “I think it’s time for desperate measures.”

“Rose, no. We’re not going to let you do that.” Pepper protested.

“Why? Sex work is really the only thing I can do right now.” She said, mindlessly playing with a blade of grass.

“It’s not, we’ll find something.” Pepper responded forcefully.

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“Pepper. You can’t shelter me forever. It’s dangerous, I know, but I can handle myself. We need the money.” Rose argued, turning to him.

“I know, but we’re not that desperate. I’m not gonna let you put yourself at risk like that.”

“What do you think, Thorn?” Rose asked me the dreaded question. I was hoping I wouldn’t be pulled into this discussion.

“I agree that it’s dangerous and I wouldn’t want you selling yourself on the streets like that. I would hate it if something happened to you. But, we really do need the money and that pays really well. I don’t think we need to result to that just yet though, I think we can wait and try a little more before we go there.” I offered, hoping I didn’t piss either one of them off.

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“Thorn, would you really want Rose going out and doing that with randos who could kill her? Things aren’t exactly great for us trans people.” Pepper crossed his arms.

“I know. It’s dangerous. But it could also get us out of this situation. It wouldn’t be permanent. Just until we can get a place, then we can actually apply for real jobs.” It wasn’t exactly a perfect plan, but it could work.

“I think that’s a good idea.” Rose agreed. “I wouldn’t do it forever, Pepper. Just for a little bit. Wouldn’t you want to have a place to stay? An actual bed, with real, warm food?”

“I mean, I guess. I just don’t think it’s worth risking your life.” He sighed. “But I guess I can’t stop you.”

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“Thank you, Thorn.” Rose cornered me in the bathroom later that night.

“Don’t mention it. I’m not too thrilled about it, but we’re kinda desperate.” I shrugged.

“I know. But I want to get us off the streets. As soon as we have a stable place and jobs, I want to help you track down your father.”

“Wait, really?” I was stunned. I knew she was interested in my family, but I didn’t think she’d actually be interested in tracking my father down.

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“Yea really. You deserve to know your father and he deserves to know his son.” She smiled at me.

“But I thought you thought he was dead?” I questioned.

“He might be. But at least you’ll have some closure.”

“Thank you. That would mean a lot to me.”

“Of course, Thorn. You’re my friend, and I’m also really interested in meeting him.” She chuckled.

“What about Hawk?” I asked, apprehensively. It’d been a year since I’d seen him, but I’d been thinking about him ever since I left. I wondered how he was doing, how he was coping with the loss of his mother and me.

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“Sure. We’ll have to be careful about it though. We don’t want anyone else from your old life finding you.” She warned. We’d found out that Aloe had framed me for the murder of Nutmeg, so I was fairly wanted. I wasn’t worried about seeing Hawk though, I knew he’d trust me over Aloe.

“Good, I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I didn’t at least try to reconnect with him.” I smiled sadly.

“I know, Thorn. We’ll do our best.”


 *Ginger*

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“Camera guy, get the hell over here! We’re on air in one minute!” I yelled towards the incompetent man we had to hire. After our daughter ran off, our assets had been frozen. We couldn’t access anything if we didn’t have the heir in our custody.

“I’m sorry, your highness.” The squirrely man rushed to the camera to start setting things up. I pinched the bridge of my nose, the stress of trying to get my rightful place back on the throne was exhausting. All of our efforts to get Clementine back to us were for naught. She hadn’t been seen since the night she fled and we were at a standstill.

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Aloe and I had been given a time limit by the council. We needed Clementine back in our custody before her nineteenth birthday, or else we’d completely lose our places. We’d be forced from the castle, dethroned and we’d have to hand everything over to Stone. I couldn’t imagine the horror that would arise with a gay man in the throne.

“Sweetheart, you know what you’re supposed to say, yes?” My darling husband chimed from behind me.

“Of course. everything we have is riding on this working. I would never forget.” I purred with a smirk. I wouldn’t give up my kingdom without a fight.

“We’re on in five, four,” The camera man starting counting down, both aloud and with his fingers.

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“Hello, this is Queen Ginger Fae, along with my husband, King Aloe Fae. We’re here to speak about my daughter, Clementine. She is still missing. It’s been a year now since the disappearance of my daughter. All I want is for her to be brought home. I just want to see my baby again, to hold her in my arms. Please, if you have any information, let us know.” I faked a sad expression.

“As a little more incentive to find my daughter, we’re upping the reward money. Instead of a million, we will now offer the person who brings her back to us five million dollars. And, if you’re a young, suitable male, I will give you my daughter’s hand in marriage. Making you next in line for the throne. So please, bring her back to me.” I gripped the edges of my podium, trying to look like a grieving mother, not a woman protecting her throne.

“As usual, the phone number to call if she’s spotted is down below.” Aloe added, making a downward pointing motion with his hand.

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“Thank you. I really hope we can bring my daughter home. Clementine, if you’re watching this, you’re not in any trouble baby. We know you only did what you did out of self defense. We promise, if you come home, we’ll give you whatever you want.” I promised, emptily of course. As soon as she was returned to me, she’d be locked away until I could arrange a marriage.

“Thank you everyone, that is all for today. I am looking forward to seeing my daughter again.” I bowed my head and the camera lights shut off.

I pulled my husband away from the camera and the camera man.

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“Do you think this’ll work?” I asked him quietly. My hands were shaking, I knew how much was riding on this broadcast.

“I do. Five million dollars and a chance at the throne is too much for anyone to pass up. Anyone out there who knows where she is will bring her back to us. We just have to be patient my dear.” He grabbed my hand and gave me a reassuring squeeze.

“You mean, ‘my queen.'” I scolded, pulling my hand away from him.

“You’re right, I’m sorry. My beautiful queen.” He gently pulled my hand towards his again. He gave me a small kiss on the back of my hand and I couldn’t help but grin.

“Thank you my king. Now, we wait.” I sighed. It would be so hard to wait while so much hung in the balance.

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“Let’s just hope she, or someone she knows, was watching.”


A/N: I am so sorry for the long break, this year has been hell for me. I went through some stuff, but I’m in a really great place now. I have great friends, an amazing job, and I’m starting college in the spring. I finally feel ready to jump back into this legacy full-force. I hope I still have readers out there, and if I do, thank you so much for being so patient and I really hope you enjoyed the chapter!

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Thorn Fae Chapter 5: Stop, Go

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“Clementine, stop struggling. I really don’t want to have to shoot you.” Aloe stopped hitting me and forced my shoulders down on the bed.

“Get off me!” I yelled, though not too loud in fear of being shot.

“You know I can’t do that.”

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“What the hell is going on?” Nutmeg screamed from the other side of the room. She must’ve been on this side of the castle and heard our struggle.

“Nutmeg, help!” I called out, just before Aloe covered my mouth with his rough, sweaty hand.

“Leave. This doesn’t concern you.” He glared at her, stupidly thinking it would get her to leave.

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“Of course this concerns me. Thorn is a son to me, get the fuck off him.” Nutmeg shouted as she made her way over to us.

She is my daughter, you’re not her mother. Fuck off and let me do my parenting.” Aloe tightened his grip on me.

“He’s not even your kid, you’re not his father. Let him go, you sick fuck.” I’ve never seen Nutmeg so angry in my life.

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“Stop that. Clementine is a girl, I’m trying to fix her. I don’t need you encouraging her delusions. Now, get the fuck out of this room and let me finish, or I will shoot you.” Aloe swung around and pulled his gun on Nutmeg.

He doesn’t need fixing, you do! Do you really think raping him would ‘fix’ him?” She spat, I’ve never seen someone so angry and disgusted in my life.

“It’s. Not. Rape.” He seethed.

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“Of course it is! He doesn’t want it, that’s exactly the definition. Just leave him alone.” Nutmeg was still defending me, even though she had a gun in her face. I would’ve understood if she backed down, this wasn’t something anyone should lose their lives over.

“Stop that, you delusional cunt, I don’t have time for this. Leave this room, or else I’ll shoot.” Aloe shook the gun at her.

“I’m not about to walk out of here and just let you rape a teenager.” Nutmeg shouted.

The gunshot was the loudest noise I’ve ever heard, or will ever hear, in my life.

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Nutmeg fell to the floor with a heavy thud. My ears were still ringing from the shot, and I felt like I was going to vomit, but I still rushed to her side.

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“Nutmeg!” I shouted as I pulled her into my arms. “Nutmeg, no.” I sobbed.

“Thorn,” She started, her voice raspy and soft. “Run, they can’t stay here without you. Go.”

With that, Nutmeg took her last breath and closed her eyes forever.

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“You piece of shit!” I screamed, after I gently laid Nutmeg back on the ground.

“Look, Clementine, I gave her a chance. I warned her. She wanted to die.” He reasoned, but I wasn’t having any of it.

“Bullshit! She was trying to save me and you killed her. You killed one of the only people who’s ever loved me.” I clenched my fists. “Fuck you.” I turned to walk out of the room.

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“W-where are you going?” Aloe panicked.

“I’m leaving. Apparently you can’t stay here without me. Enjoy your life, peasant.” I spat at him.

“No, Clementine don’t leave. We’ll work something out. I’ll buy you whatever you want. Just stay.” He was flustered. With the way he was acting, I knew that Nutmeg’s last words were true.

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I didn’t say another word to him. There were no words for how much I hated him, and how vile of a person he was. I just spun on my heel and flew out of the room as fast as I could, incase he got his shit together and decided to shoot or tackle me.

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In a split-second decision, I decided to head for the balcony instead of the front door. I didn’t know if he had some kind of security or something to stop me from escaping, so this was my best bet.

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Thanks to my wings, the fall wasn’t hard. Which was a good thing, since I wasn’t wearing shoes.

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I took off, flying as fast as I could incase someone decided to follow me. Due to my sheltered life, I’d only been out of the castle a handful of times. I had no idea what I was doing or where I was going, but all I knew was that I couldn’t stay here.

I just wish I could’ve said goodbye to Hawk before I left.

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*Hawk*

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“I-I just don’t understand.” I managed to choke out between sobs. “H-he’s my b-best friend. He l-loved her. Why would he do this?”

My mom was murdered, she was shot by my best friend, Thorn. His step-father, had come in the room after hearing the gunshot. Thorn fled after he was caught.

At least this is what I was being told. I wasn’t sure what was truth or not. All I knew for sure was that my mom was dead. We now sat in the dining hall while the rest of the staff was being interviewed about what went down.

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“Clementine is a very mentally disturbed individual.” Aloe explained condescendingly. “She must’ve snapped. It’s, unfortunate your mother was caught in the crossfire.” He said, feigning empathy.

“I mean, are you sure it was Clem?” My dad asked.

“I’m positive, the gun was still in her hand when I entered the room.”

“Where is the gun?”

“She must’ve taken it with her. I just hope she doesn’t try to use it on anyone else. She’s in enough trouble as is.”

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“I-I just don’t see why he’d use it in the first place, or why he’d even have one to begin with.” I was really struggling to wrap my mind around this all. Sure, he had been acting a little strange lately, but he would never shoot my mom… Right?

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“How would Clem get a gun?” My dad asked Aloe. I could tell my dad was suspicious. As was I, Aloe wasn’t exactly a trustworthy man.

“I have no clue. Maybe one of the peasants you let into the castle this weekend gave it to her. We have no idea what those street rats are capable of.” He sneered.

“This just isn’t adding up.” My dad rubbed his forehead in anguish.

“Well, who do you think the cops are going to believe? Me, their king, or you, the help?” He scowled. My dad recoiled and nodded.

“Y-yes sir. I-I’m sorry I spoke out.”

“Good, now shut up and understand that my story is the truth, and that brat is a murderer.”

Unfortunately, at this point I wasn’t sure who to believe.

Thorn Fae Chapter 4: Confusion and Consequences

 

WARNING: Strong, abusive language and violence. Do not read if those things are triggering to you. Thank you.

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The next weekend, my mother and step-father were out of town, so Hawk was bringing his group of friends over to hang out. We weren’t going to do anything crazy, just watch some movies in my mother’s room and get to know each other. I was nervous as hell, it was my first time meeting people my age, outside of a royal function.

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“Hey, man.” Hawk called out as he entered the room. Four teenagers followed him in.

“Hey.” I waved awkwardly.

“So, this is Forrest,” He motioned towards the red-haired boy, who gave me a small wave.

“Hey.” I said again.

“And this is Bird, Holly, and Ocean.” He motioned to the blue-haired girl, the green-haired girl, and the pink-haired girl respectively. Immediately after seeing Holly I got nervous. I’d never been around a vampire other than Aloe, and he wasn’t exactly a stand up guy.

“Uh, hey. Take a seat.” I motioned towards the couches.

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They all sat down, a girl on either side of me. I felt a little weird, but I wasn’t sure if I was attracted to any of them. I didn’t really know what that felt like yet. Maybe I just needed to get to know them a little more.

“So, this is the famous Thorn. We’ve been hearing so much about you, like since kindergarten basically.” Bird giggled, making Hawk blush. I was really hoping they wouldn’t bring up my royal status, I didn’t want to talk about it.

“Good things?” I asked.

“Yea, that’s for sure. Hawk’s very fond of you.” She replied, making me blush right alongside Hawk.

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“Yea, it’s really cool to finally meet you after all this time.” Forrest chimed in.

“Thanks man. It’s nice to meet you guys too.” I smiled at them. “So what do you guys like to do?” I asked, hoping I was asking the right things. I didn’t want to come off as awkward or weird.

“Well I’m really into sports, I’m trying to get super buff.” Forrest chuckled.

“Oh, nice.” I smiled.

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“I’m really into medical stuff, I spend a lot of time reading medical books and journals. I want to be a doctor.” Holly told me.

“Oh that’s really awesome. Hawk mentioned he might want to be a doctor someday.”

“Yea, we’ve been discussing med schools.”

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“What about you?” I turned to Ocean.

“I’m pretty athletic a well,” She motioned over towards Forrest. “But I’m a lot better than he is.” He stuck his tongue out at her.

“What’s your favorite sport?” I asked, even though I wasn’t really knowledgeable when it came to sports.

“Soccer, definitely. But I don’t like to watch sports, only play them.” She admitted, and I nodded in agreement.

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“I’m really into beauty products and makeup, I really want to be a makeup artist.” Bird told me excitedly.

“Oh that’s cool, like special effects makeup or just regular makeup?”

“I want to know how to do all kinds of makeup, being versatile is never a bad thing.” She laughed.

“That’s true.”

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“Hey Thorn, why don’t we go get some snacks?” Ocean turned to me and asked.

“Uh yea, sure. I’ll see what we have.”

“I’ll come with you.” She insisted.

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As we were walking towards the door, Ocean grabbed my hand. Startled, I glanced over at Hawk, who was pretending not to notice. When I turned back to Ocean we were already in the hallway.

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Before I could even ask her any questions, she grabbed my face and kissed me. I kissed her back, more out of instinct rather than actual lust.

When she pulled back, I tried to say something but she stopped me. “Hawk told me everything, about how he’s in love with you and you aren’t sure if you like boys or girls. I offered to help you figure that out.”

“You don’t have to do that if you don’t want to.” Was all I managed to say.

“I know.”

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“I know I don’t have to, but I’m doing him a favor. And, you’re super cute, so it’s not like it’s a chore.” She giggled.

“Y-you think I’m cute?”

“Well yea, you’re like one of the cutest guys I’ve ever seen.” I felt myself blushing again.

“Thank you.”

“Now, let’s go get some snacks so we can start watching this movie.” She grabbed my hand and excitedly pulled me towards the stairs.

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When we went downstairs, Nutmeg told us she would bring the snacks up in a bit. We offered to get them, but she insisted. She wanted to make us a pizza or something. So the two of us went back upstairs and I put on the movie. It was some kind of comedy, but I wasn’t really paying attention.

I had a pretty girl under my arm, but I wasn’t really enjoying it. Sure, it wasn’t terrible, but I wasn’t really attracted to her either.

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I thought meeting people my age would help me become less confused, but now I was questioning myself even more.

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It was Monday, and I was still confused. I locked myself in my room so I could try and work it all out. Ocean was pretty, I liked kissing her, but I don’t know if I’d want to be with her, or any girl, long term. But at the same time, I wasn’t sure if I could be with a guy. I’ve always found guys attractive, but I thought that was just because I’ve always wanted to be one.

My brain was hurting, but I felt like I owed it to Hawk to figure things out for myself. I didn’t want to string him along or keep him waiting. He deserved to be happy, whether it was with me or with someone else.

I was so lost in my thoughts, I didn’t realize I wasn’t alone in my room until it was too late.

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My step-father, Aloe, yanked my arm back and covered my mouth before I had time to scream.

“Clementine, I have a gun in my jacket, if you scream you’re dead.” I felt my heart speed up. What the fuck was he doing?

“I know you had people over. I know you kissed that girl. You disgust me, I always knew you were a rebellious little cunt, and I always knew your father was insane, but I didn’t think you’d go as far as this. I can’t believe you’re a dyke.”

“Fuck off.” I managed to mumbled from behind his hand.

“Oh Clementine, I think it’s time a man put you in your place. I’m gonna fuck the dyke out of you, you little bitch.”

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Aloe dragged me over to my bed, still covering my mouth. I tried to kick and scream, not caring about the gun, but he was too strong. He threw me on the bed and stood between my legs.

“The less you struggle, the easier it’ll be for both of us.” He glared. “I don’t want to do this to you, but your mother and I can’t afford to have a queer kid like you.”

“Then don’t do it, you fucker.” I yelled, trying to fight back.

“Oh but Clementine, I have to. Now shut up and be a good girl, and I won’t have to blow your fucking head off.” He opened his jacket slightly to reveal the gun holstered to his belt.

“Fuck. You.” I spat in his face. That pissed him off even more, which made him start beating the crap out of my face.

Between the beating and trying to breathe through the blood in my mouth, I prayed. I was about to die, and I knew it.


A/N: I’m so sorry for the long waits between chapters. I’m almost done with school so I’ve got more free time. I promise I’ll try to update more. Thanks for reading 🙂

Clem Fae Chapter 2: Don’t Call Me That

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Hawk and I spent a lot of time in the winery, my mother refused to drink any wine that wasn’t made specifically for her. She was stuck up in that way. But when it wasn’t being used to cater to my mother’s ridiculous standards, it made a great place to hide away.

“Have you talked to your mom since the other day?” Hawk asked as we idly played with our toys.

“No. But I heard her talking to Aloe, they wanna send me to therapy. They think I’m crazy or something.” I sighed.

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“I think they’re the crazy ones. I just don’t really see you as a girl.”

“Thanks Hawk.” I smiled at my friend.

“So, have you thought of a name yet?” He asked.

“Oh, yea I did.” I remembered excitedly. I hoped Hawk would like my new name choice.

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“Oh really, what is it?” He looked just as excited as I felt.

“How does ‘Thorn’ sound?” I asked.

“That’s perfect!” He exclaimed.

“You really think so?”

“I do, Thorn.” He smiled widely, making me smile as well. It was a good feeling, being accepted.

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“Are you gonna tell your mother?” He asked.

“Yea, but I don’t think she’ll actually call me that.”

“Well it’s worth a shot.”

“Yea, I’m not giving up yet. Maybe she’ll come around eventually.” I hoped, but part of me knew that would never happen.

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*Years later*

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“Clementine, when did these delusions start?” My new therapist, Doctor Ass-hat or something, I’ve gone through so many therapists just this year I don’t even bother learning their names anymore.

“Don’t call me that. My name is Thorn. And I’m not having any delusions, I’m transgender.” I explained for probably the thousandth time.

“Clementine. You believe you’re a boy. You believe you’re something you’re not. Now, I’d say that’s delusional.” He smirked with his creepy little mustached mouth. He looked so smug, I wanted to punch him. But last time my mother had to pay him off so he wouldn’t sue.

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“You see, but I am a boy. What’s a boy to you, sir?” I asked, faking respect for the douche-bag in front of me.

“A boy is someone born male, Clementine. A male is someone with a penis.” He explained, using a voice that adults use to talk to small children.

“So, basically you’re saying that people are defined by their physical attributes? You’re saying that people have to look and act a certain way because of what they have between their legs? I was always taught not to judge someone by their appearance, does that not apply here?”

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“Physical appearance and biology are two different things, Clementine. People can’t just decide to change their gender, that’s not how the world works.”

“First of all, don’t call me that. My name is Thorn. Second, that’s bullshit. If I feel like, act like, and dress like a boy, I’m a boy. I shouldn’t have to be forced to be someone I’m not.”

“I agree, I don’t think you should force yourself to be a boy when you aren’t one.” He thought he was a goddamn genius, and I hated him.

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“Sir, where did you get your degree? The University of Bigotry?”

“Clementine, this session isn’t about me. It’s about you and your issues.”

“Really? Because it seems like its about you, you keep trying to force your close-minded gender roles on me. You’re pushing what you think is right onto me, when I might not necessarily agree. So Sir, it seems like this session actually is about you.”

I could see the old man’s mustache twitch. He was getting angry, by now I could read therapists like a book. They would try their best to stay calm, but if I tried hard enough I could get them to explode.

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But unfortunately, right as the doctor was about to respond, my library door swung open.

“Excuse me, the Queen has requested the session to end early today, her birthday party is starting in an hour and she needs Clementine ready before the guests arrive.” One of my mother’s servants, Reef Crane, stepped into the room. Though I didn’t get to thoroughly piss this guy off, I was glad to get out of here. But I wasn’t glad I had to go to this party.

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I stood to leave and sighed. “Is my dress in my wardrobe?” I asked him, visibly and audibly dejected.

“Yes it is.”

I grumbled and rolled my eyes as I approached the door to leave. Reef held the door open for me and closed it behind us.

“I’m sorry, Thorn. I really wish we didn’t have to do this to you.” He apologized once the therapist was out of earshot.

“It’s okay, I understand how it is. Hopefully my mother will come around soon.” I said, but we both knew that would never happen.

“I’ll see you downstairs.” He gave me a sad smile as he headed out of my bedroom.

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When I opened the wardrobe, a hideous pink dress stared me in the face. I wanted to burn it, or maybe throw it out my window. But unfortunately, my mom had my windows locked permanently after doing that so many times before.

Hopefully I’d just have to make an appearance at the party, then when things got crazy I could just slip away. I didn’t want to have to spend any more time in this thing than necessary.

When I got the dress on, I wanted to puke at the sight of myself in the mirror. I looked so… girly. I’m not a girl. My reflection didn’t match my perception of myself, and I hated it. My eyes started to tear up as I stood there, staring.

No. I can’t cry about this. I told myself.

I was gonna have to suck it up for a while, no matter how terrible I felt.

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But sucking it up didn’t mean I had to pretend to enjoy myself. I wanted to be as pissy as possible, to let my mother know I wasn’t doing this willingly.

“Now Nutmeg, I want you to watch her, make sure she doesn’t cause problems with the guests.” My mother spoke to my nanny as if I wasn’t there.

“Yes your highness.”

“I want her to make an appearance, assure everyone that she’s alive and well, then she can leave. I don’t want a repeat of my twenty-ninth birthday.” She glared at me.

“I’m pretty sure that was your thirty-fifth birthday, mom.” I smiled smugly as she balled her fists.

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“Clementine, dear, please be nice to your mother. It’s her birthday.” Aloe scolded, and my mother beamed at him.

“Thank you, baby.” She cooed sickly. I felt like barfing. “Listen to your dad, Clementine.”

“He’s not my dad. Aloe’s my step-dad.”

“He’s the only father you’ve ever known. He’s been here, and your real father hasn’t. He’s your father.” She glared.

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“The man didn’t even speak to me until I was ten years old, I wouldn’t even consider him a family friend.”

“Clementine, would it kill you to be pleasant for once in your life? I’m so tired of this attitude.” My mother rolled her eyes.

“I wouldn’t have such an attitude if you actually let me be myself.”

“We are not getting into this right now.” She shot daggers with her eyes. “Now, why don’t you go with Nutmeg, she can help you get your makeup on.”

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I glanced over at Nutmeg, and she nodded. “Come on now, Clem, let’s go.” She wrapped her arm around my shoulders. I felt a little better, I knew we weren’t actually going to put makeup on. She was going to let me sit in the kitchen while she got the food ready. It’s what we did pretty much every party.

“Fine.” I pretended to be pissed. We didn’t want my mom to get suspicious. She smiled smugly at me, thinking that she won. I couldn’t wait until I could sneak out of the party.

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*A few hours later*

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Once a lot of people crowded the ballroom, it was fairly easy to sneak out and into my room. I quickly changed back into my own clothes and instantly felt better.

When I finished changing, I made my way to the winery. As we got older, Hawk and I stopped playing in here and started hanging out in the tower room above it. Nutmeg and the other servants helped us furnish the little room, and we all called it the man-cave.

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“Hey, mind if I join you?” I asked Hawk when I entered the room. He was completely absorbed in the video game, so I startled him a bit.

“Not at all man, take a seat.” He patted the bean bag next to him.

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I grabbed my controller and jumped right into the game. “How was the party?” He asked.

“Shitty, as always. I really don’t see why anyone would enjoy something like that.” I huffed.

“I don’t either. When you’re king, you better not have parties like that.” He chuckled.

“Nah man, my parties are gonna be way awesome. Open bars, DJs, cool stuff like that. Not stuffy people standing around talking about politics. That’s what meetings are for.”

“Dude, you’re gonna be the best king ever.”

“Thanks man, I don’t really wanna be king but if I had to, I definitely won’t be boring.”

“If you aren’t king, what would you like to be?”

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“I think maybe an artist. Or a video game designer. Something cool like that. What do you wanna do?”

“Well if I’m not a servant forever, I’d probably want to be a doctor. Or a therapist. But a good therapist.” He said quickly when I glared at him. “I want to actually help people, not make them feel worse.”

“That’s good, this world needs more people like you.”

“Thank you, Thorn.”

Clementine Fae Chapter 1: Anything You Wanna Be

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My mother was out for the day, I was able to spend some time with Hawk. The two of us sat in the library, bored and unsure of what to do. Neither of us were in the mood to play games after my mother’s outburst.

“Hawk, what should we do today? I’m bored.” I sighed.

“Dunno, maybe we should just hang out in here. If your mom comes home then it’ll take her longer to find us.”

“I guess, but what are we supposed to do in a library?” I sighed.

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“I don’t know, talk I guess?” He suggested.

“Talk about what?” I wasn’t exactly a social expert…

“I don’t know, how are you?”

“Not great, I don’t really like my life.” I admitted.

“Why?” He cocked his head, visibly confused.

“I don’t know, I guess I’d rather have a life like yours.”

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“Why? You’ve got a pretty cool life. You live in a castle!”

“You do too.” I reminded him.

“Yea, in a room with four other people. You have a sweet set up with games and toys. Why don’t you like it?”

“I-I guess I just don’t like being a girl.” I broke eye contact and started staring at my hands.

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“Well do you wanna be a boy?”

“Yea.”

“Then be a boy! My mom always tells me I can be whatever I wanna be, so you can too.” He smiled up at me.

“Really?”

“Yea!”

“What do I have to do first?” I asked excitedly.

“Well, we should probably cut your hair, so you look more like a boy.” He suggested.

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“I’ll race you to the bathroom!” I shot up and flew out of the room, eager to get started.

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I beat Hawk to the bathroom fairly easily. With my back to him, I stood in front of the mirror.

“Clem, are you sure you wanna do this?” He asked nervously. “I know it’ll make you feel better, but what about your mom?”

“I don’t care, she can’t do anything about it. Sure, she can punish me, but that’s not gonna make my hair grow back.” I smirked, she could make me change my clothes if she wanted, but she can’t break the laws of nature.

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“Hawk, hand me the scissors.” I stuck my hand out and he placed them in my hand.

I took a deep breath as I put my hair into a ponytail. “Well, here goes nothing.” I said as I cut the ponytail off.

“Your mom is going to kill us.” Hawk gulped from behind me.

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After ten minutes of cutting and styling, I was finally happy with my hair. “So, how does it look?” I asked Hawk.

“Great, you look like a boy!” He smiled at me, and I couldn’t help but smile back. I never felt so happy with myself.

“Now what do I have to do to be a boy?”

“Um, I’m not sure, I think you’re already a boy.”

“What about my name? Clementine isn’t exactly a boy name.”

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“Do you have a boy name you wanna go by?” He asked as I stepped off the stool and away from the mirror.

“Um. Not yet. I’ll think about it.”

“Well then until you do, I’ll just call you Clem. It’s not girly like your full name.”

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“Thank you Hawk, you’re the best friend I could ever have.” I reached over and hugged him.

“Yea, of course, dude.” He patted me on the back. “Now, wanna go play on the trampoline?”

“What happened to hanging out in the library?” I asked, and he shrugged.

“We shouldn’t have to be afraid of your mom. Let’s just go have fun.”

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Hawk and I spent the remainder of the afternoon bouncing on the trampoline. Even though we both knew my mom was going to burst a blood vessel screaming at me when she got home, we didn’t care. I finally felt happy with myself. No matter what my mom said to me, she couldn’t change that.

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Soon, we heard the dreadful sound of my mom’s car pulling into the driveway. I looked over and saw her get out. She took one look at me and bolted inside.

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“Clementine Fae, get your ass down here now.” She came outside screaming. It seemed like I heard her yell more than I actually heard her speak.

I sighed and looked at Hawk, we both knew this wasn’t going to end well.

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“What have you done to yourself?” She bellowed as soon as I approached her.

“I cut my hair.” I responded nonchalantly.

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“Why would you do such a thing! You look like a boy!”

“Because I wanna be a boy!” I screamed back. She looked baffled.

“That’s impossible, you’re a girl. You’ll always be a girl, and nothing but a girl. Now stop this nonsense. Get inside, right now.”

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“I am a boy! No matter what you say.” I stomped my foot on the grass.

“Get inside right now young lady, I’m going to have a long talk with your father about your behavior.”

“I’m not a lady! And Aloe is not my father.” I snarled at her.

“Get. Inside.” She glared so hard that if looks could kill, I’d be dead a hundred times over.

“Fine.” I huffed and made my way inside.

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*Ginger*

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“Aloe, what the hell is wrong with my daughter? Why is she acting like this?” I buried my face in my hand.

“I don’t know, Pumpkin, but this has to stop here. Maybe we should get her a therapist.” My husband suggested.

“Yea, maybe. Do you think she’s crazy, like Lake?” It was one of my biggest fears after finding out he was insane, I would hate for my child to end up just like him.

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“It’s possible. But I think we can stop it here. If she get’s help, she’ll be able to get out of this ‘I’m a boy’ delusion.”

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“I really hope you’re right, Aloe. This could end very badly for us. We could lose everything if we lose her.”

“I’ll call the therapist first thing in the morning.”

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*Clem*

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I could hear my mom and Aloe talking about me, so I went out and took a seat in the courtyard.

“Clem, can I sit?” Nutmeg’s voice asked from behind me.

“Sure.” I sighed. I didn’t want to be lectured by her too.

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“So I talked to Hawk, he told me everything.” She smiled, and I felt a little more at ease. Maybe she wasn’t about to yell at me.

“And?” I asked, hopeful.

“And, I’m very proud of you. I know it can be scary to be yourself. But I’m here for you, I support you. I know Hawk does too.”

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“Thank you.” I smiled at her. “But what about my mom? What is she gonna do to me?”

“I… I don’t know. But I’ll talk to her, I’ll try to talk some sense into her. Being transgender isn’t something that needs to be fixed.”

“What does that mean?”

“Transgender?” She asked, and I nodded. “It means not identifying with the gender you were assigned at birth. Since you were born a girl, and you identify as a boy, that means you’re transgender.” She explained.

“Are there other people like me?” I asked.

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“Loads, boys who were born girls, girls who were born boys.  You’re not alone.” She wrapped her arm around my shoulders.

“That’s good.”

“Yea. You’re a good kid, I promise I’m going to do my best to make sure you’re happy.”

“Thank you. I love you.”

“I love you too.” She kissed me on the top of my head. “Now, let’s get you some dinner, then get you off to bed.”

She grabbed my hand and led me out of the courtyard. It was nice to have one adult on my side.


So sorry for the long wait, I’ve been stuck on this chapter forever. Hopefully I’ll be posting more often now, thank you for bearing with me!

Lake Fae Chapter 21: Finale

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My entire body ached. Every single part of it felt like it was on fire.

I couldn’t remember what happened at first. But after a few agonizing minutes, I remembered. The future. The drugs. The explosive. That’s why I hurt so bad.

Where was I? I tried to open my eyes but they wouldn’t budge. Was I dead? No, I could feel my body, I was pretty sure I was alive.

The more I woke up, the more aware of my surroundings I became. I heard soft chatter around me and a small, annoying beep every few seconds.

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Finally, I woke up enough to move. I pulled myself into an awkward sitting position, I had to pull my left leg up because for some reason it wasn’t moving. Must be the pain meds, they probably haven’t worn off yet.

“What’s going on?” I asked, as I looked around the hospital room.

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Everyone was here. Why? I was just knocked out, right?

“Oh Lake, baby, you’re awake.” Ginger leaned forward and pressed the nurse button on my bed.

“What’s going on?” I asked again.

“Do you remember what happened?” She asked softly.

“Yea kinda, am I ok?”

“Lake, the doctor is gonna see you soon. We’ll have him explain.” My dad chimed in.

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“How’re you feeling?” Allium asked, his voice full of concern.

“Tired, sore, kinda like I’m on fire.” I laughed slightly, but stopped when I felt a horrible pain from my stomach.

“We can have the nurse give you more pain meds.” Ginger softly put her hand over mine.

“How long have I been out?”

“Almost a week, babe. They had to do a few surgeries, but that’s done now.” Ginger explained.

“What? What even happened? I thought I was just knocked out.” I responded in disbelief.

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“You fucking idiot, you blew up my supply closet! Why would you do that?” Stone practically exploded with anger.

“W-what? No I didn’t. Stone, I blew up the time machine. Remember? You built it so we could try and save Skye.” I didn’t care that we were surrounded by everyone, I needed to explain myself.

“What are you talking about? I never built a time machine, Lake. That’s not possible.” Why was he lying? Why was he acting like it never happened?

“Stone, it’s ok, we can trust these people. We can talk about it in front of them.” I assured him.

“Dude, I have no idea what you’re talking about.”

“B-but I travelled to the future!”

“Lake, the thing you blew up was a supply closet, that’s it. I never built a time machine, you never travelled to the future.” Stone looked baffled, as if he really had no idea what I was talking about. “Do you think his head injury was more serious than we thought?” Stone turned to Thyme and expressed his concerns.

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My mind was swimming. I pulled my still numb legs up to my chest, that position always made me feel safer.

know I went to the future. It was all real, it wasn’t just a head injury. Stone had to be lying, he just had to be. It couldn’t all be a figment of my imagination, right? I’ve never been that imaginative, I couldn’t create an entire world of people!

But,

It wasn’t real.

I remembered now.

The time machine was a supply closet. Whenever I got upset, I’d sit in there and imagine I was in the future. Somehow, my mind convinced itself it was all real.

“No, no!” I screamed over and over.

“Get the doctor, he’s having some kind of breakdown!” Someone yelled, I wasn’t sure who though.

“It had to be real! I know it was real!” I screamed, as I watched the horrified faces of my family and friends. Ginger was crying, as was Stone.

Then, a nurse rushed in with a syringe and within seconds I was unconscious again.

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“Hi Lake, I’m Doctor Ashburn.” A man’s voice was the first thing I heard as I came too. “How’re you feeling?”

“Tired, numb.” I responded curtly. I wasn’t in the mood to talk. My head hurt and I was still processing everything.

“Lake, we need to talk about your injuries. We’ll get to the other stuff later.” He was nice enough, but the way he spoke made me feel small. I didn’t like it. When I didn’t respond, he continued speaking. “You suffered a concussion when you fell backwards, and a flying piece of debris struck you in the stomach. Luckily your father was home and called 911 right away or else you would have bled out.”

“Oh, thats why my stomach hurts so bad.” I tried to joke but no one laughed.

“Lake, when the debris hit you, it almost severed you in half. We were able to save your life, and we were able to patch up your insides, but unfortunately, you’re paralyzed from the waist down.”

My stomach dropped. Part of me knew that was rational, I knew it was true. But the other part, the winning part, refused to believe it.

“No, I can walk just fine.”

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“Please Lake, don’t.” Ginger pleaded with me as I moved my body to the side of the bed.

“No, no, no, it’s ok. He’s wrong, I’m fine.” I smiled at her as I went to stand.

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Immediately, my useless legs gave out from under me and I fell forward.

“Fuck!” I yelled out as I landed harshly on my stomach.

“Oh my god.” Ginger started to cry again.

“Get me a nurse, we’ll help him into the chair.” Dr. Ashburn told one of my family members and within seconds I was being helped off the floor.

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“This is bullshit.” I buried my face in my hands. I felt like a child, I needed everyone’s help with everything and now here I was, crying in front of everyone.

“I’m sorry Lake, I know this is a lot to process. But we need you to learn how to use the chair now. Don’t worry, your wife will be here with you the whole time. She’ll learn how to help you the best she can.”

“M-my wife?” I asked, confused. “No, Ginger and I aren’t married. Yet.”

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“Oh god, he doesn’t remember.” I heard Ginger sob from behind me. My dad started crying too.

“Remember what?”

“Lake, baby, we got married last month. We did it in secret, the only person there was my best friend, Aloe. You remember him, don’t you babe?” Ginger sounded hysterical. But I could not for the life of me, remember this ‘Aloe.’

“I-I’m sorry hun. I don’t know him.”

“He’s here, I can bring him in. Maybe it’ll help jog your memory. Is that okay, doctor?”

“Please do.” Doctor Ashburn gestured to the door.

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*Ginger*

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As soon as I left Lake’s hospital room, I dropped the concerned wife act. This was all so amazing, it wasn’t part of my plan but everything was falling perfectly into place.

“Hey Baby, I have the best news.”

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Aloe Pinson-Shorter sat in the waiting room patiently. He came as soon as he heard about the explosion, the two of us needed a way to use this to our advantage. Luckily, he came up with just the thing.

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“Hey Babe.” He approached me with a huge smile on his face.

“I take it everything went well? All the papers are in order?” I asked excitedly.

“Yup, you and Lake are now officially married. How are things on your end?”

“Even better than expected, he’s absolutely insane. Apparently he thinks the supply closet was a time machine, so he tried to blow it up. Now it’s way more believable that he doesn’t remember the ‘wedding.'” I giggled, it was almost too easy to fool this guy.

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“This is perfect. You said you think you’re pregnant with his child, yes?”

“Yup, my period is late. I think it’s happening.” I wanted to bounce off the walls with excitement.

“Oh babe, this is excellent. I managed to talk the FRO board into speeding up their plan. Lake’s family should be back into power within the next month, and you know he’s the heir to the throne. That mean’s you’re the queen.” He grabbed my arm softly, I loved when he used that word.

“And as long as I have his kid, there’s no way I’ll lose my position. Especially if he’s locked up in a mental ward his whole life. That can be arranged. Luckily, we have the whole hospital on our side.” We promised the entire staff a huge grant if they helped us get into the throne. They agreed to do anything we needed.

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“Soon, we’ll be in control of the entire Fae kingdom. All thanks to you, my queen.” He pulled me into a passionate kiss.

“I love you, Aloe.”

“I love you too, Ginger. But we should probably get into that room, they’re gonna get suspicious.”

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*Lake*

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“Lake, honey. This is Aloe, my best friend. Remember him?” Ginger came back in the room a few minutes later.

“Hi Lake, how are you?” The unfamiliar man spoke to me as if we knew each other.

“I-I don’t remember him.” He did look familiar, but that’s because he strongly resembled my mother. Same hair color, same skin color. That couldn’t be a coincidence.

“Are you sure? We are related, remember? We found out that our moms were cousins, Venus Pinson and Jasmine Fae.” He smiled slightly.

“That is my mom’s name, but I don’t recognise the other one.”

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“I do.” My dad said from behind me. “I never knew her, but Jazz talked about her a lot. They used to be really close, then Jasmine found out Venus married her ex. She was not happy about that.” My dad sounded really sad, but it was the most I’ve ever heard him say about my mother.

“I-I don’t remember any of this.” I admitted. Maybe that head injury was really bad.

“That’s ok Lake, we’ll work on getting your memory back.” Doctor Ashburn assured me.

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“Doctor, I just got in touch with the psychologist.” A nurse walked in and quietly spoke to the doctor.

“And?”

“She says that based on your report, we should immediately send him to a mental health facility to be evaluated. She thinks he may need permanent institutionalization.”

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“What? I’m gonna be locked in an asylum for the rest of my life? I’m too young for this! I’m only twenty-three!” I started to panic, the thought of being in a hospital for the next eighty or so years was absolutely terrifying.

“Lake, this isn’t for sure. It’s just a possibility. We need to get you evaluated first.”

The entire room was silent except for the soft sobs of my family and friends. No one knew what to say or how to react.

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I was insane and paralyzed. I’d never have a normal life again.


If you have any questions, for me or any of the characters, shoot me an ask here! I’ll gladly answer anything you need, unless it’s a spoiler for the next generation.

There will be a generation five, don’t worry this isn’t the end. But there will not be an heir vote, unfortunately. Sorry about that, but I have a feeling you guys are gonna love what I have planned for the next generation. Thanks for reading 🙂