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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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!

Generation 5 Prologue

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“Please, Clementine. Please don’t give me trouble today.” My nanny, Nutmeg, practically begged. This was our daily routine, she had to dress me in whatever ridiculous outfit my mommy picked out for whatever royal function that was happening that day.

“No dresses!” I pouted.

“Mommy needs you to wear one, its your pretty princess dress. Won’t that be nice?”

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“No! Dresses ugly!” I protested. I hated the stupid dresses my mommy made me wear, the frilly pink gowns were dreadful and uncomfortable.

Nutmeg sighed and ran her fingers through her hair, visibly frustrated. “If you wear the dress, I’ll take you and Hawk outside to play.”

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I considered it. Hawk was Nutmeg’s son and my best friend, they lived here in the castle with us. Mommy said we were better than them, but I wasn’t so sure. They didn’t have to wear ugly clothes and sit in boring meetings or have their pictures taken a million times. They just got to be normal, and I was jealous.

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“Nutmeg, why isn’t she dressed yet?” My mommy’s harsh voice scolded the nanny.

“She’s being difficult again.” Nutmeg sighed again. “She really doesn’t want to wear the dress.”

“She’s a baby for gods sake! Who cares what she wants, just dress her! She can’t overpower you.”

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“Y-yes your majesty. I’ll get right on it.”

“Thank you, and when you’re done with that, please remove your child. He can stay in the castle, but I don’t want him socializing with Clementine too much. She’s better than you common folk.”

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“No! He’s my friend!” I cried, I didn’t understand why my mommy didn’t want me to be friends with him.

“Oh, Clementine, you’re so much better than him. He’s not your friend, he’s just the help.” My mommy laughed, but I didn’t really think what she said was funny.

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“No! No dresses! Hawk stays!” I started to cry, making my mommy’s face scrunch up like she smelled something bad.

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“Ugh, deal with this. I have to go make sure Aloe is ready for our appearance.” She turned and walked out, the clacking of her heels echoing through my large bedroom.

Her leaving made me cry even harder. Why didn’t my mommy ever comfort me when I was upset? Hawk’s mommy always did that for him, while my mommy only ever held me for pictures.

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“Shh, it’s ok.” Nutmeg scooped me into her arms and cuddled me. “It’ll be over before you know it, then you can come back here and play all you want.”

“W-with Hawk?” I sniveled.

“We’ll see honey, we’ll see.” She rubbed my back soothingly, and I realized that Nutmeg was more of a mommy to me than my actual one.

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Growing up in a castle might seem magical, but my experience was anything but. Sure, there were more rooms than I could count and more cars than people, but I didn’t want these things. I didn’t want the intricate dresses or the constant flow of gifts from the ‘subjects’ in my mom’s kingdom. I just wanted to be normal.

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The only bit of normalcy I had in my life was Hawk. Whenever we played together, I was able to forget about my royal life and feel like a regular kid. He’d lend me clothes whenever we played together, the dresses my mom made me wear were hard to play in. I liked boys clothes better anyways.

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There were a few perks of living in a castle though, the backyard was full of play equipment and cool things for Hawk and I to do whenever we were back there. We’d often run from activity to activity, we could never decide what we wanted to do so we’d just try to do everything.

“What should we do today?” I asked him as we sat in the sand.

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“I dunno, but we shouldn’t be outside long, it’s cold.” Ah, typical Hawk, always cautious.

“Don’t be such a weenie,” I teased. “But if you want I guess we could go play video games in my room.” I suggested, I hated being in my room but I did like video games.

“Really?” His eyes lit up, I knew he wouldn’t suggest we do that, but I also knew that’s what he wanted to do.

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“Yea, I don’t really mind. Besides, if I’m looking at the video game I don’t have to see my hideous room.” I laughed.

“Oh, ok.” He smiled at me before jumping up. “C’mon, I’ll race ya.”

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“Hey! No fair, you got a head start!” I jumped up as well but he was already halfway to the deck.

“It’s not my fault you’re slow!” He laughed as he took off inside the castle.

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 Hawk beat me to my bedroom, so I was determined to beat him at video games. I stared intensely at the screen while pressing the appropriate buttons as fast as I could.

“You are so going down, Hawk.” I trash-talked through gritted teeth.

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“Yea, I know. You’ve got all the high scores on every single one of these machines. There’s no beating the master.” Hawk admitted with a small laugh. I blushed a little, it was a little embarrassing that I took this so seriously.

“Well how about we play the table ones? That way we can play against each other.” I offered.

“Alright, but I bet you’re still gonna win.”

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We made our way over to one of the table games and started it up.

“Do you have to do any royal stuff today?” Hawk asked.

“I usually don’t know about the stuff until right before it happens. But hopefully I don’t, I’d rather play this all day.”  I pressed the buttons and made my character shoot his. “That royal stuff is so dumb.”

“Yea, it is. I wish you could go to regular school too, it would be a lot more fun with you there.” Hawk sighed. He went to the local public school while I had a private tutor who taught me everything I needed to know.

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“Me too. You’re really the only person I know my age. I’d like to have some other friends too.”

“Yea I wish you could play with my friends, they’re really cool.”

I was about to respond when the bedroom door flung open.

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“Clementine Fae, what on earth is going on in here?” My mom yelled. She looked like her face was gonna blow up, that’s how mad she was.

“Hawk and I are playing video games.” I responded calmly.

“Get out, now!” My mom screeched at my best friend. He looked terrified, and simply nodded before jumping up and running out of the room.

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“Mom!” I yelled at her, angry with how mean she was being.

“Oh Clementine, you should know by now that you’re too good for him.” My mom pouted.

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“No, that’s not true! We’re no better than anyone else. Why are you so stuck up?” I exploded. I knew I shouldn’t be talking to my mom like that, but she was just being so terrible.

“We are better than everyone else! We own them, dear. I am in charge here. You will not be hanging out with him anymore, I don’t want you to be influenced by him.”

“I need interaction with people my own age, Mom! He’s the only one I know. It’s not fair.”

“Fine. But your time together will be short and restricted.”

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I stomped my foot on the floor, making my mom look me over. “Clementine, what in the world are you wearing?” She looked as if she would pass out.

“This is what I’m comfortable in.” I retorted.

“You look hideous. You’re a girl, you should dress like one. I better not see you in this filth ever again.”

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“That’s not fair! The dresses you pick out for me are awful! I want to wear these clothes.”

“Oh Clementine, you’ll learn some taste as you grow up. You’ll thank me in the long run.” She smiled slyly, as if she knew me better than I knew myself.

“Yea right.” I pouted.

“I really don’t have time for this. Change into something else. I’ll have the nanny come get you for dinner in an hour.” She spun on her ridiculously high heels and walked out of my room.

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As soon as she was gone I climbed up on my bed and brought my knees to my chest. I didn’t even care that my shoes were getting dirt all over the bed. The bed was dumb and ugly anyway.

I hated my mom. I hated my life here. I was always being told what to do and how to act, I was never allowed to be myself. She was so controlling. I wished that Nutmeg was my mom, or that I lived with my real dad.

Aloe was just my step-dad. He hated me, it was pretty obvious. He’d only be near me for public appearances and then he’d get as far away from me as he possible could soon after. I always wondered what my real dad was like. Why wasn’t he here? Did he love me? Did he even know I existed?

I couldn’t help but fantasize about a better life with my real dad. I would do anything to get out of here.

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 🙂

Lake Fae Chapter 19: Weird Love

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The next morning Ginger and I woke up and had a little fun. Afterwords, the two of us laid quietly, it was a comfortable silence. The kind of silence between two people who really understand each other. I loved that we had that, she really was special.

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“So what’re you getting up to today?” Ginger asked sleepily. I was hoping she wouldn’t ask that, I really hated lying to her. Well, technically I wouldn’t be lying, but I’d be leaving out most of the story. I didn’t like that either.

“I’m gonna go visit my dad, actually.” I responded casually.

“Oh? Why, is everything ok?” I didn’t visit my dad often, so of course she would find it odd that I randomly decided to go over there.

“Yea, I just wanna check up on him. I also wanna dig through some of the stuff in the garage, see if I can find any of my old things.”

“Oh ok, do you want me to come with you?”

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“That’s ok babe, I know you have campaign stuff to do. And I doubt you’d like digging through a bunch of trash.” I laughed, hoping she wouldn’t insist on coming with.

“You’re right.” She giggled. “I just wanted to offer and be nice.”

“Thanks love. But I’ll be fine.” I kissed the back of her head, silently thanking whatever god existed for such an amazing girlfriend.

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“But if you need me, call me. I know it’ll be hard for you.” She turned over and grabbed my hand, giving me a reassuring squeeze.

“What do you mean?” I asked.

“Babe, some of that stuff belonged to your sister. I know it’ll be hard for you to see that.” She frowned slightly.

“I know.” I breathed shakily. I almost forgot some of her stuff was there too. My stomach turned, as it did every time I thought about her. I still felt guilty for not going back to save her.

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“I’ll just be a phone call away. I can be there in five minutes.” She smiled softly, making my heart flutter. I was so lucky.

“Thank you, I couldn’t ask for a better girlfriend.” I kissed her softly on the lips. “I love you.”

“I love you too. I’ve got to get ready to leave, but I need to make a call first. Campaign stuff. You know how it is.”

“Yea of course. Just make sure to kiss me goodbye before you leave.”

“Will do.” She smiled and pulled herself out of bed, grabbing her phone before quickly hurrying out of the room.

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*Ginger*

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I stepped out of that shitty apartment and immediately pressed call on the number of his current burner phone.

“Hello?” His gruff voice called out from the other line.

“Hey baby, it’s me.” I responded quietly, in case the boys were eavesdropping.

“Oh hey, how are things going on your end?”

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“Perfectly, he’s totally in love with me. Every part of our plan is falling perfectly into place. I wouldn’t doubt it if he proposed to me tomorrow.” I laughed, and so did the voice on the other end.

“Wonderful. You have to be married to him at least a year before we can take any further action.”

“I know, I know. As soon as he proposes, I’ll suggest a quick wedding. I’ll tell him I just can’t wait to be his wife.” I laughed, knowing that sucker will eat it all up.

“Perfect.”

“How are things going on your end, do you know when things will be back in action?” I asked vaguely, just incase someone was listening. I couldn’t risk this getting out.

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“Well, the current F.R.O. leader thinks it should happen within a few months.” He whispered.

“Hopefully we’ll be married by then, with a kid on the way, that way we can set our plan into action as soon as possible.”

“Try to be, maybe start dropping hints.”

“Great idea. I’ll start as soon as possible. I’ve gotta go, he always wants me to kiss him goodbye.” I rolled my eyes. It was obnoxious, I honestly couldn’t stand him, but it would be worth it in the end.

“Alright, this’ll all be over soon. I love you.”

“I know. I love you too.” I ended the call and took a deep breath. It was hard pretending to love someone you can’t stand, but I knew it would be worth it. Aloe and I would finally get the life we deserved.

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*Lake*

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My father’s house was a modest little one bedroom in the suburbs of Bridgeport. I felt a little bad that he lived alone, I tried suggesting he get a dog or something but he refused. He told me he didn’t mind being alone but I knew that was a lie. It was obvious he was lonely, and I knew he would never date again after my mother. But I can’t control him, so I try to be there for him whenever I can.

I had my own set of keys to the house, so I just let myself in. Before I came over I sent my dad a text, letting him know I’d be coming so he wouldn’t think I was an intruder.

“Dad?” I called out into the small house.

“Hey, I’ll be right out!” He called from his bedroom.

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He came out about a minute later, and surprisingly he looked a lot better than he has in years. Maybe living alone was actually good for him…

“How are you son?” He smiled brightly at me.

“I’m doing great Dad, things are going great between Ginger and I.”

“That’s great to hear. When will you be popping the question?” He winked, making me blush slightly.

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“I’ve actually been saving up all my tips, I’m planning on surprising her with a trip to Paris and proposing there.”

“That’s a fantastic idea! She’s gonna love that.”

“I hope so. I really wanna make it special.” I felt a little embarrassed about being so sappy, but I couldn’t help it. I loved her so much.

“That will definitely be special, there’s no way she can say no.” He chuckled. “By the way, I better get some grandkids out of you, you know your brother won’t have any kids.”

“You never know, Thyme might just convince him.” I laughed, my brother was very opposed to having kids, he said he was way too busy with his job to be a parent.

“Maybe, but I want at least one.”

“Don’t worry Dad, you’ll get some.” I winked, I was hoping Ginger and I could start having kids right away.

“Alright,” He laughed, then shooed me out of the room. “Now go look through the garage, I know you have other things to do today. Be careful in there.”

“I will.”

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I made my way through his kitchen and into the garage, I’d never been in the garage at this house before, and I was a little shocked at how dirty it was already.

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On one side, there was just piles of old trash and boxes, and the other was where all the stuff from the old house was.

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The time machine was right next to the door. I couldn’t help but wonder what my dad thought of this. Did he know what it was? Did he ever try and use it? Or did he just ignore it, thinking it was just one of Stone’s weird inventions? I didn’t want to ask.

I stared up at it excitedly, I couldn’t wait to see how my friends were doing. Part of me wanted to bring Seven back with me, but I knew that was impractical. How would I get her out of here? Where would I keep her? I’d just have to leave her there and visit when I could.

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Enough stalling! I told myself. It’s time to get going. I pressed the familiar numbers into the machine and waited as the gears started turning.

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For a moment, I thought it wasn’t working anymore. But after a few agonizing seconds, the doors opened and the bright, purple light lit up the garage.

“Bingo!” I whispered to myself, before jumping into the light.

Lake Fae Chapter 18: My Future, Their Future

A/N: I just wanted to say, I’m sorry I had to jump so far ahead in this chapter. Appaloosa Plains has completely stopped working in my game, so I had to move everyone to a new town. Thanks and enjoy the chapter 🙂

*One year later*

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“I’m gonna whoop your ass straight into next year.” Allium growled, clicking his game controller furiously.

“I think you’ve forgotten that you’re playing the master.” I elbowed him roughly in the arm, making him lose focus enough for me to win.

“Dude! You suck, I want a rematch.” Al pouted childishly.

“Can you boys hold off on that for a few minutes? I have to leave for work and I’d like to say goodbye to my boyfriend.” Ginger spoke from behind us.

A lot had changed in the past year. I started dating Ginger, she was a politician and due to her job we moved to Bridgeport. Al and Thistle came with us, neither of them had anything tying them to Appaloosa Plains. We all lived in a small two-bedroom apartment, sometimes it got a little crazy but we liked it a lot.

Not long after we moved out here, my dad and my brother moved here too. Dad grew up here and met my mom here, it was hard for him to be back but he said he wanted us to be together. It was nice to have him so close, and he even bought another bar out here, so I had a job here as well.

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I got up from the couch and made my way over to Ginger. We laced our fingers and softly brought our lips together.

“Have a good day at work, Love.” I smiled at her as I pulled back. The last year with her was the happiest I’ve ever been, she made my life complete. We barely fought, we had similar interests and I felt like I could actually be myself around her. Ginger was the best thing that’s ever happened to me.

“Thanks, Babe. Have fun with the guys.” She gave me one last kiss, then left for the day. I sighed like a lovesick teenager, I loved that we were still so crazy for each other even after a year.

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“You guys are so gross.” Al joked as I rejoined him on the couch.

“You’re just jealous.” I laughed, and he rolled his eyes.

“Yea right dude, I get more girls than you’ve had in your life.” Al retorted. He wasn’t lying, he was a bouncer at my dad’s bar and he went home with a girl almost every night. How he managed to juggle that and classes at the local college, I’ll never know. But he did somehow and I had to admit I was impressed.

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“You guys honestly sound like a bunch of twelve year olds.” Thistle chimed in from the floor. He was doing better now that we were in Bridgeport. He hadn’t moved on from my sister yet, but he had a job and actually got out of the house so he was making good progress.

“Oh shut up.” Al glared at him, making all three of us laugh.

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Almost every day was like this. Allium, Thistle and I would play video games until Al had to leave for class. Then Thistle and I would play each other for a little while, then he’d go off to work and I’d stay home, I’d either take a nap before my shift at the bar or practice playing one of my instruments.

I wasn’t in a band anymore, but I still loved music, so I tried to play as often as I could. Ginger loved it, she was always a fan of my music and she said she could watch me play all day. She didn’t play anything, but her enthusiasm for my interest was nice.

Life was good here in Bridgeport, I should’ve been one-hundred percent happy. But I just could stop thinking about one thing.

The future.

I hadn’t time travelled in over a year, and I was itching to do it again. I was constantly debating with myself whether or not I should do it, and I still hadn’t come to a conclusion yet. But as each day past, my need to time travel increased.

Maybe one little visit wouldn’t hurt…

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Later that night after my shift at the bar, Ginger still wasn’t home. Some nights she worked really late at city hall, she was working on a campaign and it was taking a lot of time out of her day. I missed her, but I didn’t mind that much, she was doing what she loved. It did get a little boring though, Al was always out with a girl and Thistle was always sleeping. Usually I spent my time on my laptop watching tv shows.

But tonight, I was planning on how I would make my trip to the future. Stone brought the time machine with him to Bridgeport, he kept it at Dad’s house in his garage. I didn’t visit my dad often, so I’d have to make an excuse to give him and Ginger for why I was going over there. At the moment, my best option was to tell them both I was looking for something from my old room, travel to the future, then when I get back I could grab a random item and leave.

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“Hey hottie, I’m home.” Ginger silently slipped into our room and startled me. I quickly closed my laptop, I had been writing out excuse ideas on there and I didn’t want her to see.

“Hey Babe.” I smiled as normally as possible, her sudden arrival made me a little nervous, I hoped she wouldn’t ask what I had been doing on my laptop. I had to make sure she wasn’t suspicious, so I did what I normally did when she got home.

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I grabbed Ginger’s waist and she jumped in the air. We touched lips quickly and I put her back down. My heart was pounding, not only from my anxiety but also from kissing her. I hated that I had to lie to her about this, but I couldn’t risk the secret of time travel getting out.

“I missed you today. ” She pouted. “I love politics but I hate being away from you. I wish I could bring you to work with me.”

“Well, if city hall needs a bartender or a musician, let me know, I’ll take the job in a second.” I joked, making her giggle.

“I’m exhausted, I need to get in my pjs.” She walked past me and towards our shared dresser.

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“What did you do today?” She asked as she dug through one of the drawers.

“Uh, you know, the usual.” I acted as casual as possible, hoping she didn’t hear my heart pounding out of my chest.

“Ah, so pretty boring then?” She teased as she started to change.

“Yea pretty much.” I laughed. Ginger finished changing into her pajamas, then turned to the bed and laid across my chest.

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“I wish I wasn’t so tired.” She grinned seductively.

“Ah that’s ok Babe, you need you’re sleep. Besides, we always have tomorrow morning.” I kissed her nose softly.

“How did I get so damn lucky?” She bit her lip with a smile.

“I’m pretty sure I’m the lucky one here.” I gave her a kiss on the lips. “Go to sleep Hun. You’ve had a long day.”

“Goodnight Lake.” She blew me a kiss before crawling under the blankets.

“Goodnight Ginger, love you.”

“Love you too.”

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She fell asleep almost immediately. I laid there, staring at the wall. I knew I wouldn’t be able to sleep for a while, I was too nervous and excited for my trip to the future. My mind was racing with thoughts of jetpack flights, hanging out with Seven, and learning more cool things about the future. It was gonna be awesome.

I just hoped everything went smoothly…