Thorn Fae Chapter 16: New Meetings, Old Feelings

“Goodnight my love.” I cooed at my son. Hawk had picked up a crib from the secondhand store a few days ago, and I was extremely grateful. It felt nice to have actual baby things for my baby. The whole father thing was getting easier, it was a huge adjustment but I was getting the hang of it.

As I put Aspen down for the night, Hawk entered the room apprehensively. “Uh, hey Thorn, can we talk?” He asked.

My heart jumped into my throat. Was he going to ask us to leave? Were we too much of a burden? Could he not stand to have us around anymore? My mind was racing and my anxiety was spiking. “Sure, what’s up?” I tried to act as cool as possible, I wanted to keep a little bit of my dignity.

“You might want to sit down for this.” He gestured to the bed, and I took his advice.

“What’s up?” I asked as soon as I got comfortable.

“Well, I wanted to wait until you got settled and comfortable here before I told you this.” He looked nervous.

“What is it?”

“I found your father.” He told me. “When I moved here last year, I heard a rumor that he lived here and I managed to track him down. I’ve been talking to him, I’ve even gone to visit him a few times. I’ve told him all about you.”

“Oh my god. Oh my god, he’s alive?” I asked, half-shocked and half-excited. My dad was alive, and in Bridgeport! I was right!

“He said the same thing about you, when I told him I found you.” He chuckled.

“D-does he know I’m trans?”

“He does, I hope that it’s okay that I told him.” He rubbed the back of his neck nervously. “You’ve never been shy about it so I figured it was okay.”

“It’s perfectly okay, I’m not hiding anything. But…” I hesitated, unsure of whether or not I wanted the answer to this question. “Does he accept it? Does he want to meet me?”

“He’s absolutely thrilled to have a son, and he would love to meet you.” Hawk told me, trying to suppress a smile. “He’s a very cool, accepting dude. He has absolutely no issues with it.”

“Oh my god.” I said again, I felt like I was dreaming, like my wildest fantasies about my father were coming true.

“He wants to meet you, if you want to meet him.”

“Absolutely, I’ve been waiting for this my whole life.” I nearly started to cry, I never thought this day would come.

“Well, I’ll go call him. Maybe I can set something up for the morning.”

“Thank you. Thank you so much, Hawk. I can’t believe this. This is the greatest thing anyone has ever done for me.” I was so overwhelmed with emotion, I felt like I was rambling. But I didn’t know what else to say. How do you thank someone for bringing your long lost father back to you?

“You mean the world to me, Thorn. I want to do whatever I can for you. I’ll go call him right now.” He smiled, pulled out his phone, and left the room.

It was possible that in less than twenty-four hours, I’d be meeting my biological father. It was so surreal. I had no idea what to expect, or what to think.

I was nervous, excited, and scared all at the same time.


The next morning, Hawk drove us to the house my father lived in. It was a large house, two stories and it looked very nice. My father seemed to be doing pretty well for himself.

Now that I was here, my heart was pounding. What do I talk about? What do I say? My life wasn’t exactly the nicest, I doubt he’d want to hear such depressing things. Do I ask him about his life? What if he doesn’t want to talk about it?

“It’s okay, you’re gonna do fine.” Hawk reassured me. He knew me so well he could tell when I was starting to freak out.

“I hope so.” I took a deep breath. On the other side of that door was my father…

“Ready?” Hawk smiled at me reassuringly.

“Ready.” I reached up and knocked on the door, and instantly it swung open.

“Oh my gosh, hi! Come in.”

A bright, cheery older woman quickly ushered us inside. I recognized her, she was the woman I found on social media. I was right, she did know my father.

Behind her, the man I assumed to be my father rolled up in a wheelchair. He looked the same age as my mother, though a little more worn down. He looked a lot like me. Same skin tone, same eye color, same wing color. He was without a doubt my father.

There was a man standing next to him, who looked older and way more worn out than either Honey or my father. He had the same skin tone and hair color as me, there was no doubt in my mind that we were related.

“Hi.” I said shyly. “I’m Thorn.”

“Oh Thorn, we’re so excited to finally meet you.” Come, lets all sit.” Honey gestured for us to follow her.

We all took a seat in the livingroom, and I glanced around awkwardly. I didn’t know what to say, I was a little overwhelmed.

“I’m so happy to finally meet you, son.” My father told me, it was the very first thing I’d ever heard him say. I started to cry slightly.

“I’m so happy to finally meet you too, dad.” I had been waiting my entire life to tell him that.

“I want you to know that I didn’t abandon you. I didn’t have a choice, your mother…” He trailed off.

“She’s a complete garbage person, I know. You don’t have to censor yourself around me.” I chuckled.

“She had me committed to a mental institution. I mean, I did have a psychotic break, but she made it incredibly difficult for me to get out of there. She practically made it impossible for me to get the help I needed.” He sighed. “My dad,” He gestured to the man in the chair next to Hawk, “He had to spend a lot of time and money to get me out of there.”

“Well worth it, though.” The man who was just revealed to be my grandfather smiled. “I’d do anything to get my son back.” He beamed at my father, I could tell he really cared for him. “I’m your grandfather by the way, I’m so incredibly excited to meet you.” He smiled at me.

“Me too.” I smiled back at him.

“I didn’t even know you existed for a long time. I didn’t know she was pregnant when I had my accident. I wish I would’ve known, maybe things would’ve been different.”

“I don’t blame you. I never have. I’ve always known my mother was a bad person, I always figured she had something to do with it. I’m sorry she put you through that, you didn’t deserve it.”

“Thank you. I can’t imagine the hell she’s put you through either. I’m sorry.” He looked down at his lap sadly.

“It’s okay, she’s out of my life now. And you’re in it. So that’s a damn good step in the right direction.” I smiled at him. I was so full of happiness, none of what happened with my mother even mattered anymore.

“That’s such a great thing, Thorn. I’m so happy you’re here.” Honey chimed in from across from me.

“When I first met Lake, all he could talk about was that he had kid out there that he’d never met, and all he wanted to do was meet them. But when we heard you went missing, he was so terrified he’d never get the chance to meet you. And when we met Hawk here, he helped your dad so much. None of us knew if you were alive or not, so the best we had was the stories Hawk told us about your life. And boy, did he have a lot of stories! This kid is very fond of you.” Honey laughed, and I could see Hawk starting to blush.

“When Hawk called us and told us he found you alive, Honey and I couldn’t believe it. I’ve never been so happy in my life.” My dad told me.

“Me too. I mean, when he told me you were alive, accepted me, and wanted to meet me.”

“Well of course I accept you, how could I not? You’re my son.” He furrowed his eyebrows.

“Well my mother didn’t.” I sighed.

“Ah, I wondered why she kept calling you by your old name on the television. I’m not surprised, she really is a wicked woman.” My grandfather chimed in.

“At least some good came from her not accepting me. She’s been dethroned because of my absence.” I laughed.

“That is a good thing. My brother is a much better king than her or Aloe could ever be.” My father smiled, but it dropped a few seconds later. “Where did you go?”

“Um, I was homeless, living in a park with other trans kids.” I looked down at my hands, I could feel my face getting hot.

“And where are they now?” Honey asked apprehensively.

“Dead.”

“Can I hug you?” Honey asked, with tears welling up in her eyes. I nodded, and she jumped up. “I’m so sorry. I can’t imagine what you’ve been through. But you’re safe now. Both of you. Hawk told us about your son. You’re both safe. You have your family now, and we’re going to take care of you.” She comforted me in a hushed tone.

“Thank you.” I managed to say, despite the fact I was fighting to keep myself from crying.

“Of course.” She squeezed me tightly. “I want to meet this son of yours. Next time you come here, he better be with you.” She laughed and pulled away.

“Absolutely. I’d love that.” I beamed at the idea of having such a personal relationship with my family. It was what I always dreamed of.

“Speaking of Aspen, we should probably head out soon. I don’t want to leave him with the sitter for too long.” Hawk chimed in. He’d been worried about leaving the baby with a sitter. He didn’t trust anyone else with my son, it was cute.

“Ah, okay.” I sighed, slightly disappointed. It felt like we’d just gotten there.

“Thank you for bringing him to us, Hawk. You’re right, he is absolutely amazing.” Honey smiled at both of us. He started to blush even harder than earlier, and consequently I started to blush as well.

“Of course.”

I let go of Honey and walked over to my father. “I’ve been dreaming about meeting you since I was a kid. I’m so happy we finally got to meet. I’m looking forward to getting to know you better. I’m so excited to finally have you in my life after all these years.”

“Thorn, I’ve been dreaming about this too. You’re so much better than I could’ve ever imagined. You’re so handsome, so strong. I can’t wait to get to know you and your son. Please come back soon.” My father smiled up at me.

I bent over to give him a kiss on the cheek. “I’ll be back soon, I promise.”

“I love you, son.”

“I love you too, Dad.”


As soon as Hawk and I left the house, I threw my arms around him. “I don’t even know how to thank you for this. You’ve given me such an incredible gift, you gave me a family. I don’t know how to repay you.”

“You don’t ever have to repay me. Your happiness is payment enough. All I’ve ever wanted is for you to be happy. I’m glad I could make that happen for you.” Hawk rubbed my back comfortingly.

“Thank you.”


“Hey, so Aspen is finally down for the night.” I came out of the bedroom exhausted. He didn’t seem to like the sitter, and he’d spent a few hours screaming about it. It took forever, but eventually I was able to get him to sleep. “I just want to thank you again, Hawk. You gave me such an incredible gift today.”

“Thorn, you don’t have to keep thanking me. It’s my pleasure.”

“I care about you so much, Thorn. I always have.” He sighed.

“I’ve always cared about you too. You’ve always been my best friend.” I smiled at him. He looked so pained, I couldn’t figure out why.

“I know. But I’ve always cared about you differently, Thorn. You know that.”

“What do you mean?” I asked, my face starting to get hot again. Suddenly I remembered the moment by the pool, shortly before I ran away. When he told me he was in love with me.

“I know you’ve been through a lot recently, with losing your boyfriend. And I’m not trying to pressure you into anything by saying this. I just needed you to know, since you’re still alive and you’re here.” He took a deep breath. “I’ve always been in love with you, Thorn. Always. Ever since we were little kids. I’ve always known I liked boys, and I’ve always known that you were the boy that I liked. Those feelings have never gone away. I don’t think they’re ever going to go away, even if I wanted them too. But I don’t want them to. I love you, Thorn Fae. And that’s never going to change.” He took another deep breath. “I don’t expect you to love me back, especially not now. I just needed you to know.”

Well, shit.

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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!

Lake Fae Chapter 20: Cause and Effect

 

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“Geez.” I shook myself off after coming out of the machine. I had forgotten how uncomfortable the feeling of time travel was. Every time it felt like I was in a hurricane and there was something heavy on my chest. It was not a good feeling.

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“Hello?” I called out, noticing that my friends were nowhere to be found. I glanced around the area, but I was all alone here.

“What the hell…” I muttered to myself as I noticed how different everything looked.

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The sky was no longer bright blue, but a dark, foggy green. Everything was dull and rusty, unlike the bright, shiny chrome it used to be. The more I looked around, the more I noticed. The ground had huge cracks in it, it looked as if things were falling from the sky.

“How did this happen?” I whispered to myself in disbelief. How could things change so much in a year?

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“Hello?” I called out again, this time inside the building.

“Hey baby, we’re in here.” A familiar woman’s voice called from my left.

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“Guys?” I approached one of the rec areas and saw my friends. Or, what was left of them. They looked awful. Their clothes were old and dirty, they looked like they hadn’t showered in weeks, and they all looked like they were coming down from a heroin high.

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“Oh, you’re not the dealer.” Lyra scoffed and rolled her eyes. She lazily took a puff from the joint in her hand. “You shouldn’t have come back here.”

“What? Why.”

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“Why? Are you fucking kidding me? Look around, asshole! Look what you’ve done to this place! You ruined everything.” Canis yelled angrily.

“What? How is this my fault?”

“The drugs! You left them here, everyone’s addicted now and the world is shit. It’s all your fucking fault!” He screamed, and jumped up off the couch.

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Before I could react, his fist connected with my face and sent my flying to the ground.

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“What the hell man, I didn’t fuck things up on purpose!” I defended myself from my spot on the floor.

“What were you trying to do then?” He seethed.

“I was just trying to get you guys to have a little fun. I didn’t think you guys had access to any more drugs, so when those ran out I thought you’d be done! And I was messed up back then, but I’m clean now.”

“Thanks for rubbing it in, asshole.” Canis looked as if he were about to hit me again.

“Canis, calm down.” Andromeda pleaded, her voice hoarse and tired, nothing like the exuberant person I used to know. “Lake, sit, we’ll explain everything.”

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As I took a seat, I couldn’t help but notice the extensive stash they had laid out on their table. They had weed, heroin, prescription drugs I couldn’t see the names of, and a few baggies of cocaine. Though I’d been clean for a while, it was hard for me. I still craved the highs, and being so close to these drugs probably wasn’t good.

“W-what’s going on?” I asked shakily, tearing my eyes away from the stash and focusing on Andromeda.

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“Well, after you left we used up the rest of your stash. But we wanted more, so we sent Orion back to your time to try and get some more. He met a dealer, and ever since then the guy comes once a week to drop off more stuff. Lyra usually gives him his payment.” She motioned towards the vampire on the pool table. Now I understood why she was dressed that way and called me baby…

“Who’s your dealer?” I asked, I knew all the dealers in Appaloosa Plains.

“We don’t know his real name. But he calls himself Ninja.”

“Huh, I don’t know him.” I was puzzled. He must be a new dealer or a guy from out of town.

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“We need you to do us a favor, Lake. We can’t keep living like this. But we can’t stop on our own.” Orion slurred slightly.

“Of course guys, whatever you need I can help.” I owed it to them, I got them into this mess.

“We need you to blow up your time machine.”

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“What? I can’t do that. That would set my dad’s house on fire, and I’d never be able to see you guys again.” The thought of blowing up the machine made me sick. I loved time travel; I couldn’t just give it up like that.

“Please Lake, it’s the only way.” Andromeda begged. “If we keep going like this, the entire planet will get destroyed. We need this.”

“I-I don’t know. I don’t even have anything to blow it up with.”

“I have an explosive. I would’ve done it myself but I would’ve gotten stuck there.” Orion explained.

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“Please Lake, look at Ursa.” Canis motioned towards his unconscious wife. “She’s never awake anymore. She just wakes up, gets high and passes out. I don’t know what to do.” He looked as if he were about to cry.

“Okay, I’ll do it. But can I say goodbye to Seven first? Where is she?” I asked, noticing my robot wasn’t around.

“Sure, she’s downstairs. She’s been powered down for a while though, so theres really no telling what she’ll be like.” Orion offered.

“That’s ok, I just need to see her.”

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“Seven?” I cautiously approached her so I wouldn’t scare her. If you could even scare a robot… I wasn’t sure, so better safe than sorry.

“Master?” She asked as she sprung to life.

“Hey Seven, it’s me!” I exclaimed.

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“I warned you. I told you that was a bad idea. Look at the world now.” She scolded.

“I know, and I’m gonna make it right. I’m gonna blow up the time machine. I just wanted to say goodbye to you first.”

“Good. That will fix things.”

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“I’m glad. I’m sorry I messed things up so badly. And I’m sorry I have to leave you here, but once the group gets clean I know they’ll take good care of you.”

“Yes, Master. I will miss you.”

“I’ll miss you too.” I kind of felt like I wanted to cry, but I wouldn’t let myself. Not yet, not until I got home.

“Goodbye Master.”

“Goodbye Seven.” I gave her a pat on her cold, metal shoulder and headed for the stairs without looking back.

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“I’m sorry the others aren’t here to see you off.” Andromeda apologized as I got ready to leave the future for the last time. The others were either too high or too pissed off to come say goodbye.

“That’s ok, maybe its for the best.” I responded sadly. I hated that things had to end on such bad terms.

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“I’m really sorry for all the damage I caused. I promise I’ll fix this.” I carefully placed the explosive in my pocket. My heart sped up, I really hoped this thing wouldn’t go off on its own.

“Thank you, Lake.” Orion smiled slightly. I nodded, before preparing myself for time travel, for the very last time.

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After punching numbers into the machine, I turned to them and gave them one last wave. They waved back with small smiles.

The doors of the machine opened and soon I was jumping towards that familiar purple light.

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“Bye.” I said softly to myself as I arrived back at home. My heart hurt, ever since I was little I loved robots and futuristic things, now I had to give all that up. But I messed up, and I needed to fix this. I couldn’t be selfish this time.

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But could I do this? I wasn’t sure if I had it in me. Now that the task was right here in front of me, I didn’t know if I could go through with it. Could I really destroy my brother’s work? How would I explain this to my dad?

No, I had to stop making excuses for myself. I had to do this now, I’d deal with the consequences later.

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Slowly I pulled the explosive out of my pocket. Orion had briefly showed me how to use it, and I quickly followed his instructions, threw the device on top of the machine and ran for cover.

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I covered my ears and waited for the blast. As much as I didn’t want to destroy the portal to the future, I was kind of excited to see an actual explosion.

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Within seconds, the detonator went off and the entire machine exploded and quickly burst into flames Debris was flying from the machine and all over the small garage.

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The blast was so strong it sent me flying backwards into the trash. I watched as a large piece of metal came flying at me, but right before it hit me, my vision went black.


A/N: Next chapter is Lake’s finale 🙂

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.

———-

*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…

Lake Fae Chapter 17: Bar Shifts Are Boring

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It wasn’t long before I was spending my nights in my dad’s bar. Though it was difficult at first, after a few practices mixology came naturally to me. But all that work was a little useless, the bar was practically empty except the few regulars, who usually just wanted a beer.

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But tonight was different. Around eleven the doors swung open and in walked the prettiest girl I’ve ever laid eyes on. My jaw fell to the floor like a cartoon character, I probably looked like a fool but I was so dumbfounded by her beauty.

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She was so different from Freesia. She was classy, she looked like she had her life together and most of all she didn’t look like a drug addict. Dating again wasn’t on my agenda, but maybe this girl could be good for me.

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“Evening, what would you like?” I asked her as she sat down right in front of me.

“A mojito, please” She flashed me a smile. “Hey, you look familiar, do we know each other from somewhere?” She cocked her head slightly and narrowed her eyes.

“I don’t think so, I’d remember a face as pretty as yours.” I flirted. My game had definitely improved over the years, I wasn’t very suave when I had first started dating Freesia. It had improved so much, she giggled sheepishly.

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“Hey wait, you’re the keyboardist for Time Association, right?” Realization brightened up her face.

“Was. We broke up.” I finished her drink and placed it in front of her. I had been recognized a few times before, it wasn’t completely unusual for me.

“That’s too bad, I really liked your music. You know, I was at your very first gig. When that red-head kid was your drummer.” She laughed and took a sip of her drink. That night seemed like a million years ago, it was hard to believe she remembered it.

“Wow, that’s awesome.” I chuckled as I wiped down the counter in front of me.

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“If you don’t mind my asking, what happened?” She asked.

“Uh, the drummer was banging my girlfriend, also known as our lead singer. Wasn’t pretty.” I smirked.

“Oh my god, that’s awful. I’m sorry.”

“It’s alright, I’m better off without them. They’re all crackheads.” Finding Blackberry and Freesia was a blessing in disguise.

“Well then, to new beginnings.” She held up her glass and I held up a beer, we clinked them together and took a drink. She finished her drink and set the glass down before standing up.

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She threw a wad of cash down on the counter and winked at me before strutting over to one of the few video games we had here. She was odd, but not in a bad way. She was odd in the way that it was impossible for me to figure out. It was intriguing.

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After about an hour of video games, she quit and headed for the door. She threw the doors open and strutted out, but glanced back at me before leaving completely.

“Goodnight, Lake.” She winked.

“Goodnight,” I smiled at her, and realized I hadn’t even gotten her name. But it was too late to ask, she was already gone.

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Days in the bar were even slower than the nights. The place was a ghost town, I was surprised my dad could afford to keep this place open. Instead of spending the days alone, I’d often call Allium in to keep me company. There wasn’t much to do here though, so we usually just ended up being bored together.

The girl hadn’t shown up again, it’d been a while since I’d seen her. I never even found out her name and now it seemed like I should just give up hoping, it was obvious she was never coming back.

“No offence dude, but this place is a shithole.” Al sighed from his place on the bar counter.

“None taken, it’s a crappy place but at least I’m making money.” I shrugged. A crappy job was better than no job, at least in my opinion. I needed the cash, Al and I had found an apartment and we were gonna move in next month.

“Think I could get a job here?”

“You’d have to ask my dad.” I responded while wiping down the counter for the millionth time. It seemed like no matter how much I scrubbed it, this counter would not get clean enough. This day couldn’t possibly get better.

But I was so wrong.

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The saloon-style doors swung open and in walked a girl with bright yellow hair and a red dress. It was the girl from before. Instantly my heart skipped a beat, now was my chance to make a move on her.

“Welcome.” I smiled at her, playing it cool.

“Hey Lake, how are you?” She smiled happily before taking a seat at the bar.

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“I’m great, but I didn’t catch you’re name last time.”

“Oh, right. My name is Ginger.” She smiled shyly.

“That’s a pretty name.” I gave her a flirty grin. “So Ginger, what can I get you today?”

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“Well,” She started, leaning forward nervously. “I actually wanted to see if you wanted to hang out. I know you’re working and all but I just wanted to ask.”

“R-really?” I asked, flustered.

“Yea. Do you want to?”

“Yea I do, but my boss would kill me if I left early.” Saying ‘my dad would kill me’ would be embarrassing, so I said boss instead. It technically wasn’t a lie.

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“Hey dude, this is perfect! You go and I’ll take over for you, and then you’re ‘boss’ will see how good I am and he’ll have to hire me.” Allium offered generously, I was also glad he referred to my dad as my boss, I guess he caught on.

“Really dude? You’d do that for me?”

“Of course, now go! Don’t let a girl like that get away.” He winked at me before pushing me away from the bar.

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I walked around the counter and offered Ginger my arm. She giggled sheepishly before daintily grabbing my bicep.

“Where to?” I asked as we strolled out the door.

“How about the park? It’s beautiful this time of day.” She offered.

“Sounds like a great idea.” I smiled before holding the door open for her. She smiled back and thanked me, she was so kind and polite. So different from Freesia. So much better than her. I couldn’t wait to get to know her better. Who knows, maybe she could be the one.