Jasmine Fae Chapter 5: Mission Impossible

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“Thanks for gathering on such short notice.” My parents stood at the front of the room. They called an emergency F.R.O. meeting with just a few board members.

“Let’s jump right in, Hero, would you start us off?” My mom gestured to our old family friend.

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“Well, as you all know, my men and I have been working on disarming the trap in the ocean so we can send people out. So far, we’ve only been able to disarm it for a few minutes at most. But yesterday, we were able to disarm it for forty-five minutes.”

“What does this mean?” Iris asked excitedly.

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“This mean that we’ll be able to send someone out there.” Grandma explained.

“This is huge.” Grandpa exclaimed.

“Yes, but are we sure we’re ready for this? We don’t know what’s out there. Sending someone out there could be a suicide mission.”

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“I’ll do it.” I blurted out. It was perfect, I needed to get out of this place. I also loved F.R.O., so why not volunteer for this?

“Jasmine, we can’t let you do this.” My grandma sounded worried.

“I’m turning eighteen next month, there’s not really anything you can do to stop me.” I gave her a tight smile. I get that she was worried, but I had to make my own decisions.

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“Sweetheart, I think you should think about this. This is a huge decision, you should at least take a few days to think it over.” My grandpa suggested.

“No, I’ve made up my mind. I’m volunteering.” I turned to Hero. “What do I have to do and when do I leave?”

He didn’t answer me and looked at my dad.

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“Jazzy, I can’t let you do this.” My dad said.

“You can’t really stop me.” I crossed my arms defiantly.

“Look, I can’t let you go on a suicide mission, Jasmine. What kind of father would I be if I let my daughter do something so dangerous?”

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“You don’t have to let me, I’m going whether or not you ‘let’ me. This is something I want to do, so I’m gonna do it.”

“This isn’t something you want to do.” My dad shook his head sadly.

“How do you know what I want?”

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My dad looked over at my mom. She smiled sadly at him, and nodded slightly.

“Fine, we won’t try and stop you,” She said, “But just think about this, okay?”

“I’ve thought about it, Mom.”

I looked around the room. Everyone was giving me looks of pity. I didn’t deserve their pity. I did something awful, and I needed to be punished for it. Dying slowly and painfully on a boat in the middle of the ocean sounded ideal.

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“I don’t need your pity.” I stood up and glared at them, then turned to Hero. “Call me, tell me what I have to do, and I’ll do it.”

I left the room without another word.

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“So you’re really gonna do this?” I met up with Venus, Ash and my sisters after they got out of school the next day. I hadn’t been back at school since what happened, and I wasn’t going too. But at least I was actually leaving the house.

“Yea. I leave a few days after my birthday.” Hero and I had talked on the phone, and he gave me all the details. He’d be teaching me how to drive the boat in a few days.

“So, after that I’m never gonna see you again?” She asked sadly. I hated all the sadness surrounding this. I was doing a good thing.

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“I guess.”

“Have you told Ash?” I shook my head. “You should probably tell him. How do you think he’s gonna take it?”

“I don’t know, I hope he’ll be happy for me.”

“What? Why would he be happy about this? He’s probably never gonna see you again and you expect him to be happy?”

“Yea, but he’ll understand. We both love F.R.O. and I know he’d do the same thing if he could.”

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“Maybe he should go with you.” She suggested.

“No, this is something I have to do on my own.”

She sighed. “I’m really gonna miss you, Jazz.”

“I’m sorry.”

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“I hope you come back someday.”

“That doesn’t seem likely. I’ll probably die out there.”

She sighed again, and shook her head. “Whatever. Maybe you should go talk to Ash.”

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I could tell she was upset with me. But it didn’t matter, I’d be out of here soon, and it’ll be easier on her if she hates me when I go.

“Yea, good idea.”

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I approached him excitedly, I wanted him to think of this as a good thing, like I did.

“Hey babe, guess what.”

“What?”

“I’m going on a mission in about a month!” I smiled widely at him.

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He took my hands in his. “Oh my god, that’s amazing! What kind of mission is it?”

“An expeditionary one. They’ve figured out how to disarm the ocean traps long enough for me to get past them, and then I just explore the ocean, hopefully finding an island or another city.” His smile fell.

“Babe, that sounds dangerous.”

“Don’t worry. I’ll be fine. And besides, you and I both know I would die for this organization.”

“I know, I just don’t wanna lose you.” He sighed.

“Hey, we’ve still got a month.”

“Yea, but then what?”

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I took him in my arms and kissed him. “Let’s cross that bridge when we get to it, okay?”

“Okay.” He smiled. “I’m proud of you, babe.”

“Thanks. I’m glad, everyone else is trying to talk me out of this.”

“I know better, you’re stubborn and you’re dedicated, there’s no stopping you.”

“Thanks.”

“You’re welcome.” He grabbed my hand and started pulling me away. “I’m gonna win you something, so you can take it with you on your mission and if you miss me, you can just look at it and remember me.”

“You are such a sap.” I joked.

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He led me to the claw machine game. He wasn’t very good at the game, but I cheered him on anyway.

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To my surprise, he actually won me something. It was a tiny, plastic little animal. He grabbed it from the little slot and handed it to me.

“So you’ll always remember me.”

“Thanks.” I couldn’t help but smile.

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“I promise I’ll keep it with me all the time.”

“Good.”

“I’ll miss you.”

“I’ll miss you too.” He said. I gave him a small kiss and left the arcade. It was getting late, and I know he was hurting, and I didn’t want to make it worse.

 ———

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One month passed a lot faster than I thought it would. My birthday came and went, and now it was time for me to leave. I went around the other day, saying goodbye to all my friends and family. I didn’t want a lot of people at the beach saying goodbye.

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But still, my family showed up to see me off. I went down the line and said goodbye to all of them. First up were my grandparents.

“Oh Jazz, we’re gonna miss you.” My grandpa spoke sadly.

“I’ll miss you guys too.”

“Please, don’t let this be the last time I see you.” Grandma was about to cry, I’ve never seen her cry in my life. It was a weird feeling.

“I’ll try.” I lied. I knew I was gonna die out there, I only had a months worth of food, I doubt I’d be able to find any place before I die.

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Next up was Venus. She looked a lot different, her mom got her extensions and a new wardrobe for her eighteenth birthday. It was like I didn’t even know her anymore.

“Be careful, okay?” She said awkwardly. Things between us got weird after I volunteered to do this. I didn’t like leaving on a bad note with her, but I didn’t really have a choice.

“I will.” I lied again, lying to them would make me leaving easier.

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My parents were next, and they were the ones I was most worried about.

“I really wish you weren’t doing this.” My father crossed his arms.

“I’m sorry.” I didn’t know what else to say. What do you say when you’re leaving the two people who raised you? After a few seconds of silence, I finally choked out a small “Thank you.”

My father nodded slightly, and I nodded back. There wasn’t anything else to say.

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“Why do I have to lose everyone I’ve ever loved?” I heard my mom whisper to my dad, barely audible over the crashing of the waves. I felt my heart break, I hadn’t even thought about how my mom lost her parents and her husband during a mission. She also lost her sister, and now she was about to lose one of her daughters. I swallowed my tears and moved on to my sisters.

“You guys be good, okay?”

“We will, you be good too.” Iris smiled sadly at me. I worried about her, she didn’t have very good judgement. Hell, she was considering dating Sage until I told her that he was Venus’s ex. I just hoped she wouldn’t get into any serious crap after I left.

“I’ll miss you.” Ivy whispered.

“You too kiddo.”

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Ash was the last person in line. As soon as I saw him, I couldn’t help but kiss him.

“I love you Jazz.”

“I love you too.”

“Don’t forget me, okay?” He asked, his eyes brimming with tears. I felt horrible for hurting him, but I’d feel even worse if I stayed.

“I could never.”

I kissed him one last time before climbing into my boat.

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I sped off into the vast ocean, never looking back.

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Jasmine Fae Chapter 3: Red Hot

A/N Sorry for the wait on this chapter, I wish I had a valid excuse but I don’t. I got way too into Supernatural and I’ve been watching it obsessively instead of playing sims. But I managed to pull myself away long enough to get a chapter put together. Thanks for waiting!

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Mom and Dad planned a huge party for Ivy and Iris’s birthday. They were turning fourteen, they were gonna be starting high school soon. They were both really excited, they couldn’t wait to be able to do older kid things.

My parents were sad that their youngest kids were getting older, so they decided to throw a huge party with all of the family. When I say all of the family, I mean all of them.

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The first ones to arrive were Aunt Fern and Uncle Palm. They had just had a new baby, a little boy named Ficus. The middle child, Periwinkle was becoming a handful, just like Venus. But that didn’t make Venus like him any more.

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The second ones to arrive were Aunt Missy and Aunt Amber. They weren’t officially married, they said they didn’t need to. They also didn’t have any children, but they were happy with just the two of them.

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The next to arrive was Uncle Dill and Aunt Alyssum. Alyssum was Dill’s third wife, he divorced his first wife before I was born, married his second wife soon after, divorced her a few years later, then married again. Alyssum was Aunt Fern’s half-sister, which made the whole thing a little strange. They weren’t exactly my favorite relatives.

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Papa was the next to show up. We didn’t see him often, he was involved in some sketchy stuff but Dad still wanted us to have a relationship with him. He never remarried after his wife left him, but I know he’s been dating around.

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Uncle Carrot and Uncle Maple showed up soon after. They were probably the most famous couple in our family. Maple was a famous television actor, and Carrot was a star athlete. Iris looked up to him, she was obsessed with sports and she wanted to be just like him.

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Last but certainly not least, my favorite relatives arrived. Grandma and Grandpa were the coolest people I’ve ever met. Grandpa was a rockstar, he still sold out shows every weekend. Grandma had retired from music, but she still drove her motorcycle everywhere. That’s pretty bad-ass for a woman approaching sixty.

Uncle Basil was pretty cool too. He was actually my great-uncle, but it was just easier to call him uncle. He was an author, he wrote about his times with the scientists and how they fixed his hearing. He also still volunteered for experiments, so he could steal our old texts from the scientists.

My cousin Aster was a tough guy. His mom recently died, Aunt Poppy was a drug addict and she overdosed a few months ago. He wasn’t too affected by it, his mom abandoned him when he was a toddler and he’d lived with our grandparents his whole life. He spoke to her probably ten times in his life, but still it had to have been hard on him.

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We all had to gather in the backyard, since the house would probably explode if we tried to fit everyone in there. My sister’s were anxious to get into their teens, so we started almost immediately after everyone arrived.

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Ivy went first, since she was born first. I also think she wanted to go first so she could get this over with. She hated being outside, and she hated being surrounded by people, so this was pretty much hell for her. But she was excited to be a teenager, so she didn’t complain.

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Iris went right after. She was ever more excited than Ivy. High school for her meant sports, and she couldn’t wait.

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Even though they were twins, they honestly couldn’t be any different. Ivy was even more shut in now that she was a teen, all she wanted to do was curl up with a book and ignore everyone. Iris on the other hand, only got more social. As soon as she finished her transformation she was texting someone. She was like a little butterfly.

But even though they were polar opposites, they were the best of friends. They were practically inseparable at home, I just hope they can keep that bond throughout high school.

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After cake, everyone just started talking and hanging out. It was nice to have all my family together, I don’t think we’ve all been together at once like this.

“Hey babe, having fun?” I asked Ash, the girls let me invite one person, and since Venus was already a relative I decided on Ash. He had to meet my family eventually, why not get it all done in one shot?

“Yea, Your family is awesome! Why didn’t you tell me your uncles are Maple and Carrot Reyna? They’re like the two coolest guys ever.” He told me excitedly. I laughed, I never took him as the kind of person who’d get star-struck.

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“It never came up.” I teased. “So, you like my family?”

“Yea, they’re a little nuts but all great families are.” He smiled. He was right, we were pretty nuts.

“My parents seem to like you.” My parents weren’t really strict about boys, so I wasn’t surprised when they told me they really liked him.

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“That’s good.” He took my hands in his and smiled at me. “Jazz, I know we’ve only been dating a few weeks, but I feel like we really get each other, and well, I’m in love with you.”

“Wow, that was unexpected.”

“Sorry. Did that make you uncomfortable?”

“No, of course not. I thought you’d be freaked out by my family, I didn’t expect you to like them, and I didn’t expect you to say that you love me after meeting them.” I said with a laugh.

“Oh, good.”

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“Oh, and just so you know, I love you too.”

———-

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The party lasted for a few hours, but before long it was time for everyone to leave. Me, Iris, Ivy and Ash decided to hang out here for a while, we had nothing better to do for the rest of the day.

We tried to get Venus to hang out with us, but she hasn’t been herself lately. With the abortion, the break up, and her new little brother, she was under a lot of stress. I’m hoping that she’ll bounce back soon, especially after I confront Cherry next week. Maybe after I put her in her place, Venus will feel a little better.

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But right now I was gonna talk to my sisters about high-school.

“So guys, you excited for high school? I asked.

“Hell yea.” Iris cheers from the floor.  “I can’t wait to enter tournaments, it’s gonna be awesome!” Since our school was the only one in town, we didn’t have a rival school to play team sports against. So our school did single-person sports, and held tournaments every five weeks.

“Yea, of course you will. You’re more of a sports freak than Uncle Carrot.” I joked. “What about you Ivy?”

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“Well, I’m looking forward to the library. I hear they’ve got thousands of books there.” I cocked an eyebrow.

“Is that it?”

“Yea, and I guess I’m excited that I’m finally old enough to start sitting in on F.R.O. meetings.”

“Oh yea, that’s gotta be cool.” Ash said. He knew about F.R.O., but he was too young to join. The only reason we were allowed in the meetings was because our parents ran the entire organization. And because one of us would be taking on the leadership role in a few years.

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“I can’t wait until you’re old enough to join, it’s gonna be so awesome.” I scooted closer to him.

“Me either. Maybe one day we could go on a mission together.”

“Mmm, you know I love it when you talk about missions.” I half-moaned, making Iris make a fake puking noise.

“God Jazz, I never expected you to be the love-y type.” She joked. I threw a candy wrapper at her.

“Shut up.” I pouted, and she stuck her tongue out at me.

Maybe now that my sisters are older, we could actually be friends.

———-

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“You okay V?” I asked my cousin as we walked into school a few days later. She’d only been back to school a few times since what happened.

“I guess. I just wanna get this over with.”

“Hey, isn’t that your sister?” Ash whispered quietly to me, and pointed over to the corner where Sage’s locker was.

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“Holy crap I think it is.” I whispered back. Iris was standing at Sage’s locker, and it looked like she was flirting with him.

“Shit.” He cursed under his breath.

“I’ll deal with that later. I’ve got someone else I’ve gotta deal with right now.” I clenched my fists and made my way over to Cherry.

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“Hey Cherry, can you stop sucking face for a second? We need to talk.”

“Go away Mutt, can’t you see I’m busy?” She pulled away from Rye and glared at me.

“I don’t really give a shit.”

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“What?” She snapped, and pushed Rye off her. He walked away, and called his little jock friend to follow him.

“What is wrong with you?” I knew this wasn’t going to end well, but I didn’t care.

“What’s wrong with me? Haven’t you looked in the mirror? I’m not the weird Mutt girl.” She sneered.

“Screw you. Why are you always such a bitch to everyone?”

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“I’m not a bitch, I’m just giving you what you deserve.”

“I don’t really care what you do to me. You can call me names and whatever the hell you want, but why did you have to do such a terrible thing to Venus?”

“Aw, your cuzzie needs you to stand up for her? That’s so sad.” She laughed, and so did her little side-kick.

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“Listen, all I want is two things. One, I want you to leave Venus alone. Two, I wanna know why you torment me so much. I haven’t done anything wrong, and there’s no reason you should be messing with me at all.”

“You are the reason, you filthy little mutt.” I could feel my blood start to boil. She was really pissing me off.

“All I want is an explanation, then you can continue to give me all the shit you want.” I was pushing her, because I knew there had to be a reason for her to be doing this.

“I already told you. God, is your little hybrid brain that tiny?”

I don’t know what happened. I felt a huge rush of something over my body, it felt like a electrical shock, but like in a wave.

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All I saw was red and Cherry’s snobby little face cowering against a locker. I had my arm pinned against her neck, I don’t remember how it got there though.

“Tell me.” A voice growled. It sounded so savage and barbaric, but I soon realized it was my voice.

That snapped me out of it. I took a step back, removing my arm from her neck. She fell to the floor, and the red light vanished.

“Oh my god, Cherry.” I was freaking out. I was terrified I might’ve hurt her.

I held my hand out to help her off the floor. She pulled herself up, ignoring my hand.

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She stood in front of me with a blank expression on her face.

“I’m so sorry, are you okay?” I asked, but she ignored me.

“There is a reason I tease you.” She admitted, but her voice sounded monotonous, and I realized what I had done. My mom had told me about it when she was teaching me about fairy powers. I had put her into a truth trance.

“My mother had an affair with a fairy when I was six.” I was wracking my brain, trying to remember how to stop this. A crowd had gathered around us, and I had a feeling this wasn’t something she wanted people to know.

“She got pregnant, even though she was so careful. She tried to play it off as my father’s baby. But her plan was ruined when the baby came out with sparkles. But on closer inspection, they realized the little boy was also a vampire.”

I was shocked, I thought I was the only hybrid to ever exist. As soon as she said that, everyone started to whisper.

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Despite my best efforts to reverse the trance, Cherry was still talking.

“They decided not to let anyone know, and tell them the baby was a still born. They took the baby deep into the forest, and threw him into the electric field that surrounds the Valley. They couldn’t stand the thought of being outcasts. I torment you, because I’m jealous of you. I’m angry that you got to live, and my little brother didn’t.”

Everyone silenced. No one knew what to say.

Cherry broke out of her trance soon after she finished. I’ll never forget the way she looked at me. Her expression was filled with terror and sadness. She ran off crying after realized everyone was staring at her.

I couldn’t believe what I had done.

River Fae Chapter 18: Second Chances

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Jasmine was the greatest thing that ever happened to Hydrangea and I. She was such an amazing baby, neither of us wanted to leave her. But Drea started working at the elementary school, and I started taking night shifts at the bookstore so one of us could be with her at all times. We didn’t want to hire a babysitter or a nanny, we were extremely protective of our baby.

But we couldn’t keep her to ourselves forever. Mom was begging me to come over, she was dying to meet her first granddaughter, and she was so hard to say no to.

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My parents came over about a week after Jazzy was born. They brought Aster with them, and I was excited to try and get to know my nephew better.

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“How are you guys?” I asked my mom after I greeted them at the door.

“We’re doing okay.” She smiled tightly then turned to Drea with a huge grin. “So, where’s my little granddaughter?”

The girls headed upstairs to visit with the baby, and Dad and I headed for the video game system that Aster was already setting up.

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“Hey, what’s up kiddo?” I asked as I sat down next to Aster.

“You have a lot of video games.” he stated without looking away from the TV screen.

“Yea, I’ve been collecting since I was your age.”

“You’re old.” He said, and Dad laughed.

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“Hey, I’m not that old.” I picked up my own controller and joined him. “You are so on. Dad, wanna join?”

“Sure, why not.” He laughed and grabbed the remaining controller.

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“I’m gonna destroy both of you.” Aster threatened.

“I’d love to see you try.”

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*Hydrangea*

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“Oh my god Drea, she’s gorgeous.” Primrose carefully lifted Jazz from her crib.

“Thank you.”

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“Hi sweetheart. I’m your Gamma.” She said in a baby voice. Jazzy cooed, and snuggled against Prim’s shoulder.

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“How are you guys doing?” She asked when she turned to me.

“We’re doing good, we’ve developed a system, and it’s been working so far.”

“Good, that’s good. Are you guys nervous?”

“About being parents? Yea, I guess you could say that.” I admitted. I was terrified of messing up, but I guess all parents feel like that at some point.

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“No, that’s normal sweetheart. I was talking about her… status.” She hesitated, and suddenly I understood what she was saying. She was worried about Jasmine’s mixed occult status.

“Oh. Yea, I’m nervous. But the doctors said not to worry, it was bound to happen eventually, now that vampires and Fae are interacting.

“I know, but I’m a little worried. Technically speaking, she shouldn’t even exist. Hybrid occults aren’t supposed to happen.” I was a little offended, but she did have a point. We always learned that it was physically impossible.

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“I know. But it happened, so now what?”

“Well, we don’t know what kind of power she has. There’s a number of possibilities. She could have extremely heightened powers from both states, or she could have extremely dull powers.”

“Which would be better?”

“The dull powers. If she’s too strong, people will get scared. And when people get scared of someone, the do terrible things. We need to watch out for this one.” She said, snuggling Jazzy close to her.

“What do we do?”

“All we can do is wait.”

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*River*

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“Are you serious?” Dad whined when Aster beat the both of us.

“I told you I was gonna destroy you.” He laughed.

“Yea, yea, whatever.” I brushed it off, I was pretty embarrassed to get my ass handed to me by a six year old boy, but I didn’t let them know that.

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“I’m bored.” Aster tossed his controller onto the coffee table. “Do you have anything fun around here?”

“We just got some new playground stuff put in the backyard, wanna go test it out?”

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He was running out the back door before I could even get off the couch.

“Watch out for that one, he may seem sweet but that’s how he reels you in.” Dad said as he was starting a new game.

“He can’t be that bad.” He’s just a kid, he can’t be that terrible, right?

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He was already up in the tree house by the time I got outside. “Hey kiddo, how’s the tree house?”

“It’s so awesome!” He yelled back, before disappearing inside it.

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I took a seat at the picnic table and made sure he didn’t get hurt. The kid was still a little hostile towards me, but it definitely wasn’t as bad as the first time we met. He was a pretty good kid, and he deserved a better mother than my sister. Poppy had willingly given custody to our parents and now no one knew where she went. Dad thinks she’s with her latest boyfriend, who’s a part of the crime circle in the bad part of town.

The poor kid didn’t have either of his parents in his life. But t least he had my parents, which were probably better than his actual parents anyway. But still, people want their biological parents in their life in one way or another. I know I did.

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“Hey, Uncle River, come over here.” Aster called, breaking me away from my thoughts.

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“Hey bud, what’s up?”

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He stuck his head back into the tree house, and was confused. Why would he call me over here if he didn’t want something?

But I realized too late what he was about to do.

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Somehow, he’d gotten a bucket full of water up there. He emptied the entire thing onto my head, in the middle of winter. He was so gonna get it.

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“ASTER. GET DOWN HERE.”

“No. You’re not the boss of me.”

“Fine, then I’ll go get someone who is.” I felt like a child, but I didn’t exactly know how to handle a situation like this.

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“Oh my gosh, River what happened?” My mom asked when I came storming inside.

“Aster.” I said before heading for the shower upstairs.

——-

*Hydrangea*

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“I’ll go talk to him.” Jeremy laughed before heading outback. I felt bad for River, but it was kinda funny.

“God, that kid is gonna be the death of me.” Prim said with a small laugh. “Hopefully Jazzy won’t be so difficult.”

“I hope so too.” We laughed, and Jeremy came back with Aster in tow.

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“Jasmine is getting fussy, I’ll take her upstairs.” Primrose said as soon as they took a seat.

“Am I in trouble?” Aster asked.

“Yes, that wasn’t nice, bud.”

“It was just a joke!”

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“It wasn’t very funny.” Jeremy scolded, making Aster roll his eyes and look at me.

“Aunt Drea, did you think it was funny?” He asked. It made my heart soar to hear him call me his aunt. I honestly never thought I’d be an aunt after I lost Tuli.

“I can’t answer that.” I glanced at Jeremy, who was biting his cheek to keep from laughing.

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“Am I allowed to come back here?”

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“Of course, It’s fine with me, but all you gotta do is apologize to your uncle.” I hoped I was saying the right thing, I honestly didn’t know much about disciplining a child.

“Fine.”

“We’ll have him call later.” Jeremy smiled at me, and I knew I said the right thing. “We should get going, Aster’s got a soccer game later.”

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“Can I come back in the summer? I really wanna try out that water slide.” He asked.

“Of course, we’d love to have you over.”

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“Thanks Aunty, I can’t wait!” He cheered.

“Of course. Good luck at your game today.” I added, and gave him a hug goodbye.

It felt great to be an aunt.

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*River*

*Two months later*

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Drea and I were finally comfortable with having a babysitter, so we decided the first thing we’d do was get married. Mom did most of the planning, but there wasn’t much to plan. We were just having a small wedding with some family. Not everyone could make it due to work or other commitments, and we didn’t really mind. We knew that they’d be here if the could, and that’s all that really mattered.

Drea looked absolutely gorgeous in her dress. As she walked down the aisle towards me, I felt like my chest was going to explode. I really, really loved her. And now I was about to marry her.

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“Hi.” She whispered when she reached the arch.

“Hi.” I said back. We stood the for a second, just staring at each other. I wanted to remember every second of this day.

“We should probably get started.” She laughed.

“You can go first.”

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“Okay, well um River, honestly when I met you I didn’t think much of you. You were important to my organization, but back then I didn’t realize how important you would become to me personally. But I’m so glad you’re in my life now. You’ve given me so much. A second chance at happiness, a home, and a daughter. The least I could do is give you my hand in marriage.” Both of us were tearing up as she slid the ring onto my finger.

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“I remember getting that first call from you, asking me to help you with the case. In all honesty, I almost didn’t answer. I had no idea how much that one call would change my life. We’ve both been through a lot, but now we have each other, and we never have to go through anything alone. I want to make you the happiest woman in the world, because you’ve already made me the happiest man.” I slid her ring onto her finger, and now everyone was bawling.

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“I love you, Hydrangea Fae.”

“I love you too, River Fae.”

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We shared our first kiss as husband and wife, and it was absolutely magical.

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Everyone cheered as we pulled apart. I grabbed her hand and squeezed it.

I couldn’t wait to spend the rest of my life with her.

River Fae Chapter 6: Nice to See You

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This case became my top priority, even after what happened last night. Right now my main priority was finding Gardenia and getting her home safely.

Besides, we were both exhausted last night. Neither of us knew what we were doing, so it probably meant nothing. Everything I said last night wasn’t thought through well. I did love Clover, I guess we were just growing apart. But I think I know how to fix it.

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“You texted me, what’s up?” Clover came into my room and leaned against my dresser.

“I did. I’m ready, Babe.” I told her, and moved all my stuff off the bed and onto the floor.

“W-what do you mean?” She cocked an eyebrow at me.

“I think you know exactly what I mean.” I smirked and jumped off my bed. I wanted to prove to her that I loved her, and maybe this would help us get closer.

“Babe are you sure?”

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“I’m sure that I love you.” I wrapped my arms around her waist and kissed her. It wasn’t entirely truthful yet, but I’m sure it will be once the deed is done. I mean, everyone says sex brings you closer, right?

“I love you too.” She beamed, she’s been asking for this for a while now. I picked her up and carried her over to the side of my bed.

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“Babe, are you really sure?” She asked me again. I responded by kissing her chest, up to her neck, then finally stopping at her lips.

“Positive.”

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“I love you, Clover.”

“I love you too, River.”

And well, you can guess what happened next.

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“Wow. That was amazing.” Clover curled up next to me later on. I grunted in response, earning myself a soft kick to the shin.

Honestly, I thought all my problems were gonna be solved by doing that with her. But it didn’t. At all. It made things worse, actually. I did love Clover. But I don’t love her in the way I thought I did. I didn’t love her like I was supposed to.

“We should do that more often.” She giggled. I nodded and kissed her forehead.

I knew I needed to break up with her, but we were living in the same house for a year, it’d be impossible to avoid her. Also her mood swings, I can barely handle it when I’m with her, how would she react if I tried to leave her.

I was in a very sticky situation.

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“All she’s gonna do is ask you some questions, then we can go home, okay?” I led Clover out to the truck, I was taking her to meet with Detective Blu so she could get questioned.

“Okay. It won’t take too long, right?” She groaned.

“Don’t think so.” I held the car door open for her and we drove off.

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“Hey Fern.” I greeted my half-sister when we entered the headquarters. There was no one else there, as usual.

“You can just go right in.” Fern directed, never looking up from her typing.

“I’ll try to wait for you, but I’m meeting with a client soon and I might have to leave. But if I do, Fern said she can give you a ride home.” I told Clover, and gave her hand a little squeeze.

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“I’ll see you later, love.” She walked out of the room and into Detective Blu’s office.

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I brought a random book from Clover’s collection with me, I didn’t know how long I’d be waiting out here for. Detective Blu suspected Clover was involved in the disappearance of Gardenia.  I was slightly offended she would even think of such things, but I guess she did have her reasons. But still, Clover couldn’t even hurt a fly, let alone a grown woman.

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“You’ve got a lot on you’re mind.” Fern startled me, I hadn’t even realized she was next to me. I had been here for quite some time now, and I was getting really into this book.

“How did you know that?”

“I know a lot of things, dear brother. Now, what’s bothering you?” I didn’t want to talk about this, not with Clover in the building.

“Gardenia is missing, that’s what’s bothering me.” That was the main thing, so it wasn’t really a lie.

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“You and I both know that’s not what I’m asking.”

“I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

“Fine, I can tell you don’t wanna talk about it. But I’m still gonna give you advice. Remember what I said to you that night we first met. I really mean it, River.” She sighed, and I tried to remember what she told me that night.

‘Be careful with Clover.’

I remember her saying that, and I thought about it a lot for the first few months afterwords. It still gave me the chills, how could she have known we were dating when we were so careful? It didn’t make sense then, and it still didn’t make much sense now.

“I don’t know what you’re talking about. Everything is fine.”

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“Whatever you say.” She giggled. Her cell phone buzzed, and she gasped. “Oh gosh, it’s already five, don’t you have a client?”

“I do. Thanks for reminding me. You can drive her home, right?”

“Of course. Good luck brother, with everything.” She chuckled.

I grabbed my book and my keys and left the headquarters thinking about everything but my job.

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“Hey Kiddo, come on in.” My uncle ushered Clover and I inside my parents house. I decided to stop by and see them, I was really stressed and seeing them might do me some good.

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“Hey Mom.” I came in and she jumped off the floor and attacked me.

“Oh River sweetie its so great to see you.” She said. Clover took a seat next to Dad and they started to chat.

“Oh, who’s this?” I asked, noticing the toddler playing on the floor.

“River, this is Aster. He’s your nephew.”

“Oh Dill had a kid? Why didn’t he tell me I mean I know he’s busy but-” I started to say but my mom shook her head.

“No, this is Poppy’s son.”

“Oh.”

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“Well hey there little guy.” I took a seat on the floor in front of his toy box. He ignored me and tried to shove the cylinder block in the triangle slot.

“Hey, I think it goes in this one.” I offered, and he gave me a death glare. I didn’t even know babies could give death glares.

I glanced at my mom and she shrugged. “He’s a little hostile.”

“He gets that from his Mom.” Dad joked, making us all laugh.

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“Ugh, I thought I heard your voice.” My little sister came out from the bathroom with a scowl on her face.

“Nice to see you too, Poppy.” I smirked, making her even angrier.

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“I’m too hungover for your shit today. I’m going to bed, don’t piss off my son.” My mom sighed, making Poppy roll her eyes.

Poppy stomped up the stairs and slammed her door.

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“She’s been going out every night, getting piss drunk. Dad and I are getting tired of it, so we’ve given her an ultimatum. She has one more month to get sober or we’re kicking her out and taking custody of Aster.”

“Are you guys sure you want to raise another kid? I mean you’ve already had four. What about his father?”

“He’s worse than she is. That’s how they met, both got piss drunk and ended up sleeping together. She’s dating some other loser right now and his father doesn’t wanna be in his life. I can’t understand why, he’s adorable.” She smiled sadly and pet his head softly.

“Oh. Well I hope it works out.”

“Thanks kiddo. How are you? How’s work?” Mom and I didn’t talk often, but she did know I was working on the missing person case.

“It’s going okay. We don’t have any new leads as far as I know.” I said, and Aster threw his block down on the carpet angrily and started to cry. “Oh god, did I do something?”

“Of course not, he’s just hungry.” She picked him up off the floor and gestured for me to stand too.

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“Oh sweetheart, I hope everything works out. I’ve been following this on the news, it’s so strange, how someone can just disappear.”

“Yea, it is pretty weird.”

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“Have you tried talking to her spirit?”

“I have, either she’s not dead or she’s hiding until the body is found. I’m hoping for the former.”

“I think we all are. Have you spoken to Flora?” She asked, and Aster started to get fussy again.

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“Hold on sweetie, Gamma’s gonna get you a bottle in a sec.” She tickled the baby, making him scream with delight. “Anyway, have you?”

“I have, but she couldn’t give me anything useful.” I had to lie a little, I wasn’t supposed to give out a lot of details.

“Yea, they usually can’t.” She rolled her eyes “Darn spirits. It’d make life so much easier.” We both laughed, but stopped when my phone started to ring.

“I gotta get this.” I gestured to my phone. She nodded and headed to the kitchen to get Aster something to eat.

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I barely got a ‘hello’ out of my mouth before she started to speak. “River Fae, it’s Detective Blu, we’ve found Gardenia.”

River Fae Chapter 2: Like Father, Like Daughter

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“A-are you sure we should do this? So many things could go wrong.” Clover paced her small bedroom, wringing her hands and muttering to herself.

I stopped in front of her and grabbed her hands. “Babe, it’s okay. I promise. You’re legal now, remember? There’s not much they can do to stop us.”  I assured her.

“But still. You know how my dad is. I’m his only child. We don’t know how he’ll react to this.” She tried to break away from me, but I held on tighter. But not tight enough to hurt her, I’d never want to harm her.

“Clover, I know it’s gonna be hard on him at first. But I promise, I’ll be right there to support you.” I cupped her face in my hands and she smiled at me.

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“You always know just what to say to me.” She remarked.

“That’s because I love you.” I kissed her softly.

“I love you too.” She laced her fingers in mine. “C’mon, we’ve been waiting for this.” She giggled and pulled me out of the room. Here goes nothing.

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My parents and her father sat on her living room couch. I don’t think they had any idea what was about to happen. It was terrifying, standing in front of them when I knew what we were about to admit. Clover glanced at me, and I nodded slightly. We decided she would be doing the talking, she’s always been better with words than me.

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“Prim, Jeremy, Daddy. I’ve,” She glanced at me, ” I mean, we have something to tell you. River and I are dating.” She bit her lip and looked around the room nervously. Mom was smiling so wide I thought her face would break. Dad looked bored, and Hero’s face was turning a dark blue.

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“How long has this been going on?” He raged. Clover was trembling, and I wanted to comfort her but I also didn’t want to anger Hero any more.

“A while.” She whispered.

“I asked how long.”

“Since River was in high school.” She shrunk back against me.

“WHAT? He’s been out of high school for four years!” He glared at us, balling his fists. He started lunging at me, but Clover stopped him.

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“Daddy, please don’t be mad. I love him. He loves me.”

“What you’ve been doing is illegal, Clover!”

“What we’ve been doing? What do you think we’re doing? I am a VIRGIN Daddy. We’re simply dating, and he’s never tried to do anything like that with me.” She was angry now too, and I was terrified this was gonna get out of hand.

“Clover…” He sighed and put his head in his hand.

“Daddy, I’m an adult now. You can’t stop me.” She crossed her arms.

“Clover, I love you. And you’re right, you’re an adult now. And well, I’m glad it’s River. He’s a decent kid.”

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He turned to me and smiled. “You better treat her right, Boy. Or you’ll have to get a new ass.” He laughed heartily, and I laughed nervously. He really did scare me.

“I will.” I promised. He pulled me into a hug and squeezed me tightly. I wasn’t sure if he was trying to hug me or trying to kill me.

“Daddy, don’t hurt him” Clover giggled. He let go and laughed.

“Fine. I’ve gotta get to work.” He waved us off and left.

My parents had been sitting quietly this entire time, but as soon as Hero left my mom jumped off the couch and screamed.

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“Oh River, I’m so happy for you!” She jumped on me and hugged me. “Chrissy and I always talked about this! Oh gosh, I can’t believe this! This is so exciting!” She was squealing loudly and jumping around, pretty much the opposite of Hero.

“Thanks Mom.” I laughed.

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“Oh Clover sweetheart, this is so great!” She turned her attention to my girlfriend.

“Thanks Prim, I’m glad you’re so supportive.”

“Why wouldn’t I be? I’ve been hoping this would happen!” She kept squealing, and my dad finally stood up off the couch and grabbed her hand.

“C’mon Babe, let’s go home and calm you down.” He laughed.

“Fine. But this is so exciting!’ She was still squealing as he dragged her out the front door.

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“So baby, how do you think they’ll react when we tell them we’re moving out next week?” Clover smirked.

“Hopefully they’ll take it well.” I pulled her close to me and kissed her.

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“I can’t believe you’re moving out!” My mom cried as she clung to me. Clover and I were moving out today, and my mom wasn’t taking it very well.

“We’ll be just down the mountain Mom, you can visit us any time.” I assured her. She nodded and wiped her eyes.

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“I know, I know. I’m just emotional.” She choked. “I love you sweetheart.”

“I love you too Mom.”

“I want grandchildren. You’re siblings are lacking in that department. I’m getting old! I need grandbabies to spoil!” She started gushing.

“Mom, I’m not even married yet. I’m not ready for a child. Maybe you should talk to Dill about that, he’s the married one.” I laughed, and she nodded.

“I’ll call him right after you leave.” She grabbed my hand and squeezed it softly. I squeezed it back and smiled. “Oh Poppy, say goodbye to you’re brother.” She suddenly turned to my younger sister.

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“See ya later, Loser.” Poppy mumbled. She and I still weren’t very close. The older she got the less we liked each other. She was part of the reason I was leaving.

“Bye Poppy. It’s been nice sharing a room with you.” I joked, and we both snorted. The moving truck pulled up and honked. She jumped off the boxes and gave us a small wave before heading inside.

We all packed the boxes into the truck, and soon we were heading off to our new place.

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“So, what do you think?” I pulled Clover close to me.

“It’s perfect.” She gasped. I kissed her on the cheek.

“I’m so glad you like it. Hopefully our roommates are as great as the house.” We laughed.

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It was a three bedroom, two bathroom, three story house. Clover and I each got our own rooms on the second floor, and our roommates shared the one on the third floor. We hadn’t met them yet, but how bad could they be?

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“I’m gonna tear you another asshole if you beat me, Maple.” A blue haired girl screeched.

“I’d like to see you try.” The guy named Maple growled back.

Clover cleared her throat and they looked up from their video game. “Excuse me, we’re your new roommates.” She announced. The girl smiled and started over towards us, the boy following close behind her.

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“Hiya, I’m Tulip, this is Maple. Sorry about that, we get a little aggressive when it comes to video games.” She laughed.

“It’s all good. I’m River, and this is my girlfriend, Clover.” I smiled and held her hand. She gave them a small wave.

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“So, you guys like hot tubs?”

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I’ve never actually been in a hot tub before, and it was an amazing experience. It was so relaxing. It was also a good place to get to know our new roommates.

“So, how long have you guys been together?” Maple asked us.

“About five years.” Clover explained. “What about you guys?”

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Tulip looked at her with the most amused expression I’ve ever seen someone make. “We’re not together, Maple here bats for the other team.” The two of them laughed.

“Oh, I just thought since you shared a room…” Her voice trailed off, making the two giggled harder.

“It’s a pretty big room, there’s two beds there. But it’s okay, we actually get that a lot. No worries.” Maple smirked.

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“Well then, I hope neither of you make a move on my man!” She joked, except it sounded a little too threatening to be a joke.

“We won’t. He’s not exactly our type.” Maple assured her. “Tuli and I only date brothers.”

“Oh.” She laughed softly and leaned closer to me.

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She pulled my face to hers with a little more force than necessary, and kissed me passionately right there in the hot tub. I still wasn’t exactly comfortable with PDA, especially in front of people I just met.

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“Do you guys always make out like this?” Tulip asked. I pulled away from Clover quickly and shook my head.

“No, we’ve been dating in secret for a long time, I guess we’re still excited about being able to do that whenever we want.”

“Ah, that makes sense.” They said at the same time. We all laughed, well all of us except for Clover.

We chatted for a while, I learned a lot about my two new roommates. Tulip has a sister who’s a detective, though she hasn’t had many cases lately. Maple didn’t have any siblings, he was an only child but was kicked out of his family when he came out as gay. I felt terrible for him, but he didn’t really seem to mind. They met in high school, and they’ve been inseparable ever since. They’ve been living in this house for a year, and the previous roommates got kicked out because they kept stealing from them. I assured them we wouldn’t be like that.

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“It’s getting pretty late, I’m gonna hit the hay.” Maple climbed out of the hot tub.

“Night Maple.” We all said in unison.

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“We should be getting to bed too, Clo.” I offered. It was almost midnight and she was starting her new journalist job tomorrow.

“Yea, I think I’m gonna go too.” Tulip piped in. We all got out of the tub and dried off.

“Goodnight guys.” She called after us as we headed inside.

“Goodnight Tulip.” I replied, and Clover completely ignored her. I really hoped I didn’t have a problem on my hands.

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The next morning, I woke up feeling terrible about how hostile Clover was to Tulip. I felt like I should apologize, so that’s what I went to do. The third floor was small, there was a little reading nook, a door to my right, and an open doorway to my left. I assumed the open doorway was their room, and I was correct. I knocked on the wall to give them some warning, and Tulip called out “Come in.”

“Hey Tulip, can I talk to you?” I entered her room cautiously. Maple wasn’t there, but his bed was clearly slept in.

“Sure, come on in, take a seat. She gestured to her bed.

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“What’s up River?” She asked, yawning loudly after. I was a little uncomfortable, she was only wearing panties and a t-shirt. I’ve never really been alone with a half naked girl before, besides my little sister but I don’t think she counts.

“I’m sorry about last night.”

“What do you mean?”

“Clover. She was a little… hostile. I’m sorry, she’s just overprotective of me. I’m sure she’ll come around.” I explained quickly.

“It’s fine, I totally get it.” She smiled, and hopped off the bed, and pulled me off it too.

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“So River, what’re you doing today? Maple is working and I have nothing to do.”

“I’m about to go to the gym, would you like to tag along?” I offered. Clover hated the gym, so I always had to work out alone.

“I’d love too! Give me five minutes to get dressed.”

“Of course, I’ll meet you downstairs.” I waved as I left the room. I realized I needed to grab my gym bag, so I stopped by my room quickly.

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“What the hell were you doing upstairs?” Clover was standing in the middle of my room completely outraged.

“I was talking to Tulip.” I didn’t see any reason to lie to her, so I didn’t.

“Why?”

“We live with her, I think we should at least get to know her.” I bit my lip. I didn’t really want her to know what we were talking about.

“Didn’t you do that last night?” She crossed her arms.

“Clover…”

“Are you going somewhere?” She noticed the keys in my hand.

“Tulip and I are going to the gym.” I sighed. I didn’t want to fight.

“Oh no you’re not.”

“Fine. I’ll make up some excuse. Happy?” I gave up, it wasn’t really worth it.

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“Very.” She laced her fingers through mine and kissed me. Her entire demeanor changed and she was giggling happily.

That was weird.

Primrose Fae Chapter 14: Finale

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Hero and I were spending the afternoon with Chrissy. Our kids were getting older, as were we, and we didn’t want her to think we forgot about her. So once a month we would stop by and just hang out for a few hours.

“Do you think she’s proud of me?” He wondered aloud.

“Of course, you’ve done a great job with Clover.” I fiddled with a blade of grass and stared up at the sky. I wondered the same thing, I really hoped my best friend was proud of me.

“I bet she’s proud of you too, Prim.” He said, as if he knew exactly what I was thinking. He probably did, he was great at reading people. I sighed. Even though my life didn’t turn out exactly how I wanted, it was a pretty damn good life if I do say so myself.

“What do you think she’d be doing right now, if she were here?” I asked. We talked about this a lot when we came here, envisioning her here helped us keep her memory fresh.

“Well, I bet she’d be hanging out with Clover. Probably doing their nails or something girly like that.” We laughed, when Clover was younger she would make him do her nails. I knew it made him sad, but he did it anyway. He was a really great father.

“Yea I bet. She’d probably have Poppy with her too. She’d probably have better luck with her, Her and I are too similar to get along. Chris always kept me grounded, and I bet she could’ve done the same with Poppy.”

“I think you’re doing a great job. So Poppy is a little out of control. She’ll get over it soon.” He chuckled.

“Yea easy for you to say, your daughter hasn’t caused any trouble in her life!”

“She will eventually. Every kid does something stupid at least once.” He didn’t sound worried at all. Unlike me, parenting didn’t scare him. I’m still afraid I’ll screw up. But not him, he’s pretty much fearless when it comes to kids.

“Y’know, out of all the guys here Chrissy could have picked, I’m so glad she chose you.” It was true, there were so many asshole guys here, believe me I’ve had my fair share of them, and few actually decent guys. Hero was one of those decent guys, and I was glad he married my best friend and raised her daughter.

“God damn Primrose, you’re making me cry.” We laughed and he threw grass at me. “But thanks. I still love her more and more everyday.”

“Me too.”

We laid in silence for a while, just watching the clouds and playing with the grass.

“Hey Prim, we should get going, Clover needs me to drive her to her creative writing class and I can’t be late again.” He broke the silence a little while later and pulled himself off the ground.

“Oh yea, of course.” I jumped up and dusted the grass off my dress.

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Before I could walk away Hero wrapped his arm around my shoulder and pulled me to his side.

“I miss her.” He sighed.

“Me too.”

“I wonder if she missed us too.”

“I bet she does.” I smiled at him, and he kissed my temple softly.

“Thanks Prim, you’re the best friend Chrissy and I could’ve ever asked for.”

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I hugged him as tight as I could. “C’mon, lets get Clover to her writing class.” I pulled back from the hug and noticed he was crying. I wiped the tears off of his face and smiled. We didn’t say anything else as we left the cemetery.

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“Oh come on Poppy, can’t you do better than that?” We all sat in the living room, Jeremy and I on the floor, Poppy and River playing a round of video games. We didn’t have much family time these days, ever since the older two moved out and Poppy got into high school, they’ve all been pretty busy. But tonight was one of those rare nights where everyone was home.

“I’m letting you win, wimp.” She laughed and he glared at her. They didn’t get along often, and when they did, they were usually fake-arguing.

“This is nice, isn’t it?” Jeremy murmured in my ear. I turned around and straddled his legs.

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“It is. I wish everyday was like this.”

“Me too. Y’know, we should invite Dill and Missy over soon. I really wanna meet Sha Sha.” Jeremy suggested. Dill had recently eloped with an older woman, and while we weren’t mad, we were just upset we didn’t get to go to the wedding.

“That’d be nice. Have you talked to Missy lately? What has she been up to?”

“Not sure. I asked if she was lonely now since Dill moved out, but she said she’s doing fine. I think she’s got someone living with her.” He smirked.

“Well hopefully we’ll have an actual wedding to go to soon, I’ve got a dress I’ve been dying to wear.” I ran my finger through his hair and smiled.

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“Well first we gotta meet this guy, make sure he’s good enough for our daughter.” He grinned.

“Very true, just don’t hurt anyone. I don’t wanna cover up a murder.” We laughed, and he pulled us back and kissed me.

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“Ew guys, get a room.” Poppy groaned.

“Hey, we own this house.” Jeremy warned jokingly. Poppy rolled her eyes and got back to her game, which she was clearly losing.

“Maybe we should take this upstairs.” I whispered seductively against his lips. He smirked, and pulled us both off the floor.

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“We’ll be back.” Jeremy chuckled, grabbing my hand and pulling me towards the stairs.

“Ew guys I was joking!” Poppy yelled and threw the controller on the coffee table. We laughed and rushed up the stairs.

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My life wasn’t perfect by any means. But it was mine, and I wouldn’t change it for the world, because I already had it.

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And that’s a wrap!

Gen 1 is officially finished. I had so much fun working on this, and this is only the beginning! Thank you so much for reading so far. Don’t worry, this won’t be the last we see of Prim, Jeremy and Hero. They will definitely be making appearances in Gen 2! I’ll have the Gen 2 Prologue up as soon as I can, I am so excited for River’s story, it’s gonna be interesting…

Primrose Fae Chapter 12: Basil

A/N Text written in italics is Basil explaining what happened to him. Screenshot-1600

“Prim, it’s so great to see you again.” He pulled me into a bone-crushing hug. I hugged him back as hard as I could, not really caring that he was soaked from the rain. Jeremy stepped out, he knew I would want to catch up with my brother alone.

“Basil, I thought you were dead.” I started to cry into his shoulder.

“Shh, it’s okay Prim. I’m not dead. I’m here.”

“C’mon, we’ve got to catch up.” I grabbed his hand and pulled him towards the couch.

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“I guess I should start from the beginning?” I nodded and he sighed.

Well, as you know, I was only a baby when this all happened. After you left me in the cabin, I stayed there for a day or so. I was confused, I didn’t know where anyone was.

“Wait, Basil how do you remember this? You were only two.”

“I have Hyperthymesia, it means I can remember almost everything that’s ever happened to me.” He explained.

“Oh, carry on then.”

Well, a group of independent scientists searched Moonlight Falls after the human government scientists did. I was apparently the only supernatural left in the town. So they took me with them.

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First, they took me to a hospital of sorts. I don’t really know what it was, humans are pretty strange. But anyway, I was extremely confused, they looked so much different from us, I couldn’t hear them and they were getting frustrated. 

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They put me on a table and examined me. The woman was getting frustrated for some reason, but the men were trying to calm her down. Being a baby, I didn’t really understand or care what was happening then. They were talking amongst themselves and not to me. 

They eventually stopped and turned their attention back to me. The woman took me in her arms, and the four of us left.

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They took me to a small research center. The kept me in a room with glass walls. They ran a bunch of different tests on me, specifically my wings. It was extremely painful.

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They weren’t completely heartless, the did give me a few toys to play with. But still, that didn’t make up for the torture they put my through every single day.

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Years passed like this. The man and the woman were there every day. Some days they didn’t do tests, they just used their weird machines and never even looked at me. 

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When I was a teenager, the woman took me out of my room and tried to do weird scans on me. I wasn’t very cooperative, the machines were huge with flashing lights, and I could feel their vibrations through the floor. I fought against her, I refused to be hooked up to one of her machines. 

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She attacked me that day. She kicked me, her face was twisted with anger like I’ve never seen. She was probably screaming at me, but I couldn’t hear her.

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I was on the floor by the time she was done with me. I was having a hard time breathing and I was sure I was gonna throw up. But it wasn’t over yet. She got a vile from the other room, and poured the contents all over my face. It burned like hell. I tried to wipe it off, to make it stop. But it only made it worse. 

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I gasped, his story just kept getting worse and worse. “Even I wasn’t treated so horribly. Oh god Basil this is all my fault.”

“No it’s not Prim, it’s the humans fault.” He told me, and continued with his story.

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As you can see, my face never fully healed from that. From that point on I never resisted. She did all these weird scans on my head. I never really understood what she was doing, but I obviously couldn’t ask.

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One day, she knocked me out. Not with her fists but with actual medication. I’m still not sure how long I was out for, but when I woke up everything was different. 

I could hear.

It was extremely strange, being able to hear things after a life of silence. It was a long process, learning to speak and understand their language. 

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I had been able to hear for a year, I could speak Simlish fluently by this point. Their names were Dr. Marx and Dr. Lee. They were both out that night, like they usually were. But that night was different. I was breaking out. 

I had no idea where we even were, but I knew that anywhere was better than here. 

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The door was made of glass, so it was fairly easy to break out of it. I didn’t own any shoes though, so my feet got cut up pretty bad. 

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It wasn’t that hard to get out of there. I mean, the front door locked from the inside, and my walls were made of glass. I guess they didn’t think I was smart enough. 

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I walked for hours. I had no idea where I was going, but I just kept moving. It was around midnight when I was found. But I was found by someone from the human government, and well they cleaned me up, rehabilitated me for a while. 

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“Then they dropped me off in front of your house, and now we’re here.” He finished with a chuckle. His story was anything but funny though. It hurt so much, to think of my baby brother going through all that torture. I felt so guilty.

“I’m so glad you’re still alive.”

“Me too.” He rubbed his hands together nervously. “So, are those you’re kids?” He motioned to the picture of Dill, Missy and River on the wall.

“Yea, two of them are my step kids but I consider them mine. But I’ve got two of my own.” I smiled. “They’re at school right now, but they’ll be home soon. They’ll be so excited to meet you.”

“I can’t wait to meet them. I’ve always wondered how you’re life turned out.” He smiled sadly.

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“Well, at least now we can spend our lives together. We’ve got two empty bedrooms, if you need a place to stay.”

“That’d be nice.” We smiled at each other.

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Basil and I just sat and talked for a while. I told him about my life so far. He was really interested in my kids, it was sweet. Speaking of my kids, River should be home soon.

“Oh gosh,” I suddenly remembered my husband was home. “I forgot to introduce you to Jeremy!” I called out for him, and he came rushing in a few seconds later.

“Yea Prim?” He smiled.

“This is Basil, my little brother.”

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They introduced themselves, and soon they were talking like they were best friends. I was glad, I knew Jeremy didn’t have many friends besides me, Hero and a few guys from work.

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Basil and Jeremy were in a deep discussion about something science related, (I had no idea my husband was so into science, who would’ve guessed?!) when River came home.

“Hey guys, I’m-” He called, but stopped when he noticed we were right there. “Oh, hi.” He glanced at my brother curiously.

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“Hi sweetheart.” I hugged him, like I did everyday when he came home from school.

“Hi mom.” He pulled back and gave me a questioning look.

“River, this is your uncle Basil.” I smiled stepping aside to give River a better look.

“I have an uncle?” I nodded, and he smiled. “That’s so cool!”

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“I’m River, but I assume my mom has probably told you.” He joked, and Basil let out a snort.

“Yea, she sure can talk.” All four of us laughed, I could talk a lot once I got started.

It was still a huge shock to me that Basil was here. We were having a great time, getting to know each other again. But of course, once something in my life is going good something has to ruin it.

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“Mommy, what’s going on?” A small voice snarled from behind me. I didn’t hear the door open through all the chatter.

“Oh, sweet heart, this is your uncle Basil.” I told her cheerily.

“Okay?” She rolled her eyes at me.

“Don’t give me attitude, Poppy. We’ve been through a lot today and I really don’t need your sass.”

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“What happened to his face?”

“Poppy!” Both Jeremy and I shouted. Basil touched his scars softly, his expression turning hurt under his fingertips. River put a hand on his shoulder and squeezed reassuringly.

“What?”

“That was extremely rude, you can’t say stuff like that to people.”

“I just did though.” I narrowed my eyes at her but she didn’t flinch.

“Poppy Chrysanthemum Fae, you apologize to your uncle or you won’t be having a birthday party.” I warned.

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“Are you serious? First I have to share my room with my disgusting brother, I have to share my house with that, and now I can’t even have my birthday party? This is so unfair!” She screamed, making both Basil and River cringe.

“What’s unfair is how you are treating your family.” I said softly, and Jeremy came up behind me.

“Up stairs, now.” He growled. Poppy’s eyes widened with fear, and she ran up the stairs right away. Jeremy didn’t get mad often, but when he did, it was scary.

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“Oh god Basil, I’m so sorry.” I ran over to him and squeezed him as tight as I could.

“It’s fine. I can find another place to stay if you want.”

“Nonsense. Poppy is just being a brat, she’ll get over it. I refuse to let you leave, not after all you’ve been through.” I squeezed him even harder.

“Thanks Prim.” He patted my back. “I can’t breathe.”

“Oops, sorry.” I let go and we both laughed.

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