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.

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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.”

——-

*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.”

——–

*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.

——-

*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 1: Good Luck, Solider

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I arrived at my sister’s house a few minutes later. I needed advice, and she was the one person I knew who was the best at giving it. Misty had recently met her real mom, and I hoped she would give me some pointers. When I reached the door, I noticed it was partially open. I figured she was home, so I swung it the rest of the way open and stepped in the house.

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When I entered, I saw something I probably wasn’t supposed to see.

“Oh god, I’m so sorry.” I apologized as my sister jumped off the couch.

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“Oh, Hey River.” Misty said awkwardly.

“Hey…” I smiled tightly. “I’m sorry, it’s just the door was open so I assumed…”

“It’s okay, that’s my fault.” Misty smiled.

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“It’s nice to see you, Misty.” I approached her quickly and hugged her as tight as I could.

“You too kiddo. How you been?”

“I’m okay, how are you?”

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“I’m great!” She smiled. The vampire on the couch cleared her throat. “Oh right. River, this is Amber, my girlfriend.”

The teal haired girl jumped off the couch excitedly.

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“Hi River, I’ve heard so much about you. Missy just gushes about you all the time. It’s so nice to finally meet you! I know you haven’t heard anything about me, Missy’s been a bit weary about telling her family.” She babbled excitedly. I honestly never really thought about my sister’s sexuality. But it’s not really my business anyway. Whatever makes her happy, right?

“It’s nice to meet you too.” I laughed.

“How is everything at home?” Misty asked.

“It’s good.” I stated. “I’m kinda on a time crunch, so I gotta cut to the chase. I’m meeting my father today.”

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“Oh god, River are you sure that’s a good idea?” Misty worried.

“Yes. I came over here to get some advice.” I admitted. “I don’t really know what to say.”

“Well, I don’t really know what to say. Honestly, when I met my mother, we kept it short, sweet and we haven’t talked since. Neither of us wants a relationship, but I bet that’s not the case with you, is it?”

“Right. I do want a relationship with him.”

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“Well, my advice is just be yourself, ask him questions about himself, and also don’t be accusing. There are two sides to every story, and its been quite a while since everything happened. So I guess you should just go in with an open attitude.” Amber suggested. I thought it over, and it seems like a good plan.

“Thanks Amber, I think I’ll do that.”

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“Good luck, Soldier.” Misty joked. I laughed, we said our goodbyes, and I headed out to meet my father.

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“Sorry, we don’t want whatever you’re selling.” A teenage boy who resembled me quite strikingly said when he answered the door. This house was in the bad part of town, did my mom really live here once? And did my dad really live here now? Maybe I have the wrong house.

“I’m not selling anything. I’m looking for a man, his name is Vance. Maybe I’ve got the wrong address.” I mumbled as I started to leave.

“Wait, did you say Vance? That’s my father’s name.” I swung back around. No wonder this kid looks so much like me.

“Really?”

“Yea, he’ll be home from work in half an hour. You’re welcome to stay if you want.” He offered.

“Thanks, that’d be nice.” We entered the house and each took a seat on either couch.

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“I’m Carrot, by the way.”

“I’m River.” I smiled awkwardly.

“That’s a cool name.” He gushed.

“Thanks.”

“So, whatcha need my dad for? Does he owe you money too?” He asked, as if that were a regular thing to say.

“What? Um no, he’s um, also my dad.”

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“What? Really? I don’t believe you.” He glared.

“Why is that so hard to believe? I mean, we look so much alike, it’d be weird if we weren’t related, right?” I said cautiously, he might be younger than me but I doubt I could take him in a fight. He stared at me for a long time.

“I guess. I don’t know if he’ll be too happy to hear this. Let’s hope he’s in a good mood today.”

“Wha-” I started to say, but was interrupted by the sound of the door opening.

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“Carrot, who is this?” A teenage girl about a year younger than me asked.

“I’m River.” I half waved. She had the same hair color as me and Carrot, so I assumed she was also a child of Vance’s.

“Why are you in our house?”

“He claim’s that dad is his father.” Carrot huffed. The girls eyes widened.

“Fourreal? Damn, I thought Mom was joking when she said dad cheated on her. I guess not. I’m Fern.” She threw her purse down in the corner of the room and took a seat next to me on the couch.

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“So, I’ve seen you around school a few times. You graduated last year, right?” She asked, and I nodded. “Yea, I remember you. Who knew we were related.” She laughed. She seemed like the exact opposite of her brother.

I was about to say something, but I was once again interrupted by the door.

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“Who is this?” A large, purple man growled.

I jumped off the couch and faced him. He definitely resembled me more than my mother.

“I’m R-River Fae.” My voiced cracked. He furrowed his eyebrows, as if he were trying to remember something.

“Kids,” He spoke to the teenagers seated on the couches, “Go in the bedroom.” they nodded and quickly obeyed.

I approached him calmly, I tried not to let my nerves show. But wow, this was my father. Not exactly what I imagined him to be.

“You’re River, correct?” I nodded. His grim expression changed into a smile.

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“I wondered when you’d be showing up around here. Come, take a seat. Let’s talk.” He placed a hand on my shoulder and guided me to the couch. I’m gonna take a wild guess here, but it seems as if he’s in a good mood.

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“So, you’re Vance?” I questioned. He nodded.

“Yea, I bet your mother has said some pretty terrible things about me, right?” He laughed.

“No, she hasn’t really said much about you, actually.”

“That’s surprising. She usually has a lot to say.” We both chuckled this time, my mom sure did talk a lot.

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“Look, I’m not proud of what happened between Primrose and I.” He sighed and put his face in his hands. “I was such a dumb kid then. I made a lot of mistakes. Hell, I still make a lot of mistakes. And honestly, I didn’t love your mother. But I did care about her. I didn’t want to hurt her like I did, but my fiancee at the time was insistent. She wanted me to make sure Primrose was never in my life again.

“After I left, Champagne and I got married. We had two kids, I know you’ve already met them. We agreed to stop sleeping around after we married. She held up that deal until after Carrot was born, but soon after she started again. I tried to get her to stop, but we ended up fighting too much. She left me with the kids, she didn’t want them to burden her. But I guess you don’t care about that. I just needed to let you know, I guess.” He ran his fingers through his greasy hair and sighed again.

“It’s okay.” I smiled and patted his shoulder.

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“So what about you kid, what’s your story?” He questioned. I didn’t really know what to say. What was my story?

“Well, I’ve got a step-dad, two step-siblings and a half sister.”

“So Prim moved on? Good. I’m happy for her, she really didn’t deserve what I did. Who did she marry?”

“Jeremy Shepard, he’s a musician.” I explained.

“Oh yea. I know that guy. He seems like he’s a good match for her.”

“He really is.” We sat in silence for a while. He wasn’t at all what I expected. I expected a douche bag who didn’t give a rats ass about what other people were feeling. But that wasn’t the case at all. He was a man who made a lot of mistakes, but lived with regret. I half expected to hate him, but I couldn’t. After all, he was only a dumb kid when I was born. I guess it wouldn’t hurt to have a relationship with him.

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“Kid, I hope you don’t mind, but I’d really like to have you in my life. And I bet you’re siblings would like that too.” Vance offered.

“I’d like that.” We smiled at each other. He glanced over at the clock and gasped.

“Oh god, Kid, it’s getting late. Your mother is probably wondering where you are.”

“I am an adult now though.” We laughed again. He understood my humor, so that’s a good sign. We both got off the couch though, I knew it was late and I should be heading out.

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“It was really nice meeting you, Kid.” He hugged me quickly.

“It was nice meeting you too. I’ll contact you soon, maybe we could get lunch sometime.” I didn’t mean to sound so formal, but I guess I wasn’t exactly comfortable with him yet.

“Sounds good. Night.” He said as we walked to the door.

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“Wait, River!” My half-sister called as I was walking down the walkway. I still didn’t know her name but I wasn’t going to admit that.

“Yea? What’s up?”

“I can do it too.” She trembled.

“Excuse me?”

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“I can do it too. Talk to the dead.”

“What? H-how did you-“

“I can sense it. You’ve got the gift, I’ve got the gift, and I assume your mother has it, mine does too.” She replied.

“Okay…”

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“Don’t let it go to waste. Our gift is so important, we can do so much with it.”

“What am I supposed to do with it?”

“You’ll know soon, I promise. But please, when the opportunity arrives, don’t pass it up. We’re capable of so much.” She was practically begging now.

“How do you know?”

“This isn’t the only gift I’ve got, dear brother. Now, you should be heading home.” She ushered me to my car. “Oh, and be careful with Clover.”

“Wait, what?”

“Bye River! Oh, and my name is Fern, if you were wondering.”

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 11: Family Ties

*River*

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For the past month that name has been stuck in my head. I just had to know who it was. So late one night, I snuck out. It was hard to get dressed without waking Poppy, but I managed. I was gonna take one of the cars, but even though it would take less time it would be more obvious.

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I took my dad’s bike up to the cemetery. Usually, I’d never sneak out. But there’d been rumors around school. One of the girls who lives right by it has been talking about ghosts. It seemed childish at first, but as people started talking about ghosts with wings, I had to check it out.

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Unfortunately, I wasn’t the only person at the cemetery that night. There were people scattered all around the place, and it made it more likely for me to get caught. But it was too late to back out now.

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My heart was pounding so loud in my chest I thought it would burst right out. As I got closer, I realized that this figure was a person. She was obviously a fairy, she had dark blue wings sprouting from her back.

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“Hello?” I asked, not sure if she could hear me.

“River? You can see me?” the woman asked cautiously. Her voice echoed and sounded far away, like she was standing on the other side of a cave.

“Um, yea? Who are you and how do you know my name?”

“Oh dear, I’m your grandmother.” She sighed. “You shouldn’t be here. Not at night.”

“What’s your name?” My mom never talked about her mother. She never said anything about her life before the experiment. I never really wondered about my grandparents, I just assumed no one knew their grandparents.

“Flora. I noticed you came by a while ago.” She giggled.

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“So we are related. Who’s buried next to you?”

“My husband, your grandfather.” She smiled.

“How did you guys get buried here? I thought you died before the experiment.” It might’ve been an insensitive question, but I was dying to know. No pun intended.

“Well, I died first. Your grandfather was knocked out, and they thought he was dead too. They threw us in a trunk, your grandfather never let go of my body when he woke up, bless him. When they found out he was still alive, they killed him too. They did experiments on out bodies, but when it came time to bury us, they had run out of places in their graveyard. They were still developing this place, so they just dumped us here. They were nice enough to give us headstones though.” She laughed, like she had told a joke. She was a little odd.

“How come they didn’t just cremate the bodies?”

“Good question.” She laughed again. “I’ve got to get going, and you should go too. I’d say tell your mom I said hello, but I wouldn’t want to get you in trouble. Or locked up in a loony bin.” She laughed, and disappeared before I could say goodbye.

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*Primrose*

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“Dad, we’ll come and visit.” Missy promised. She and Dill we’re both out of high school now, she was in the military and he got a job at the theater.

“I know, but I’m still gonna miss you guys.” He stuttered.

“Dad, the trucks here.” Missy laughed, still wrapped in her fathers arms. He let go and smiled sheepishly.

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“Bye guys, we’ll call you soon!” Dill said as he and Jeremy put the boxes in the truck. We all waved at them as they drove off.

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Their house was just down the mountain from us, so I knew we’d be seeing them pretty often. But still, it was gonna be a little strange without two of our babies at home.

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“Babe, do you think they’re gonna be okay?” Jeremy asked for the thousandth time that night.

“Yes, I think they’re gonna be fine. They’re adults now.” I picked up his guitar and handed it to him. “You’re stressed.”

“Thanks Prim, you always know what to do to calm me down.” We spent that night jamming random songs, something we used to do when we were younger. It was nice.

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*Poppy*

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“I am so sick of you!” I yelled at my dumb brother.

“What did I do?” He stuttered. I almost laughed, it was funny how nervous I could make him.

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“You are so freaking lame! All you ever do is play video games or make dumb things with that table out back!” My brother was such a nerd, it was so embarrassing. I didn’t even want to call him my brother.

“So? Why does that bother you?”

“Ugh! Because, if you’re lame people will think I’m lame.” I rolled my eyes. How are we even related?

“That doesn’t make any sense.”

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“You are so stupid. Don’t even talk to me. I’m tired of seeing your face every single freaking day.”

“Poppy, we share a room.” He bit his lip, trying not to laugh.

“I don’t care. I’ll move into Missy’s old room.” I fumed.

“Whatever.” He crossed his arms.

“Oh, and stay away from Clover. Shes MY best friend.”

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“What? Clover chooses to hang out with me, it’s not like I force her too.” He muttered.

“I don’t care, she’s my best friend.” I growled.

“You sure she feels the same? Why do you think she always leaves you for me?” He laughed. I restrained myself from slapping him, Mom said if I hit him again I’d be grounded all summer.

“I hate you River.” I stormed into the kitchen away from my dumb brother. He was ruining my life.

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*River*

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“There’s nothing to do, the rain sucks.” Clover complained. It was her birthday, she had been planning a party at the beach but had to cancel due to the rain.

“Sorry, Clo. We could go play video games?’ I suggested. Clover was really my only friend around here since Misty left. Poppy told me to stay away from her, but I’m not gonna let a child tell me who to hang out with. And besides, Clover likes me better.

“We always play video games, it’s getting old.”

“Then what do you suggest we do?” She looked back at me and sighed.

“River, do you like me?”

“Of course I like you, you’re my best friend.”

“No, I mean romantically.” She smiled nervously and pulled her legs up on the bed.

“What?”

“I really like you, River. I know I’m younger than you, but I’m willing to try and make this work.” She was speaking really fast, I knew that was a nervous habit of hers.

“I-I don’t know what to say.” She laid her palm down on my knee and smiled. “I’ve never really thought about you that way.”

“Then think about it, if it repulses you then I’ll back off. But if it doesn’t, would you want to try?” I thought about it for a moment. Clover and I got along really well. We liked a lot of the same things, and we enjoyed spending time together.

“Clover, you don’t repulse me.” She smiled wide and laid across me.

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“Do you really mean that, River?”

“Of course. But what about our parents? I mean, I’m older than you. It could be weird for a while.” Her dad was in the military, he kinda scared me sometimes.

“We can keep it a secret until I’m old enough.”

“It’s gonna be hard.”

“I know. But I’m willing to try, are you?” She asked.

“Yea.” I smiled at her.

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She swung he leg over me and kissed me hard on the lips. She caught me off guard, I was so shocked I almost bit her tongue. But I didn’t, so I kissed her back. Kissing was something I wasn’t very experienced in and I was pretty self conscious. I didn’t want her to think I was a bad kisser.

“I’m so glad you’re gonna try, River. I’ve been dreaming about this for so long.” She told me when she pulled back for air.

“I had no idea.” She laughed and kissed me again.

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For the rest of the evening we alternated between making out and talking. Now, we were cuddling on her bed just talking. We were chatting about school, our friends, and our after school activities.

“River, did you know my mother, before she died?” She asked me suddenly.

“I-I did.” Chrissy wasn’t someone I liked talking about.

“What was she like?”

“I was only four when she died, I don’t remember that much about her. But I do remember that she was really loud, and she laughed a lot.” I answered honestly. “My mom and her were best friends, I bet my mom could tell you all about her.”

“I’ll have to ask her.” She smiled sadly. I couldn’t imagine my life without my mother. She was one of my best friends, no matter how lame that sounds.

“It’s getting late, I should probably head home before my mom suspects something.” We sat up and I shrugged sadly. We climbed off the bed and she walked me to her bedroom door.

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“Goodnight River.” She shifted slightly onto her tip-toes and kissed me. I touched her face gently and pulled back.

“Goodnight Clover, sleep well.” I pecked her one last time and left her bedroom. I touched my lips gingerly, they were swollen from all the kissing from the day. Hopefully mom won’t notice. I thought to myself as I headed down her stairs.

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*Primrose*

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Now that all of our kids were out of the house during the day, Jeremy and I had some alone time. We worked nights so we slept in and just hung out around the house. Today started out just like any other. Jeremy and I were on the couch watching a random movie, just enjoying each others company.

Our down time was interrupted when the doorbell rang. “I’ll get it.” I told my husband, pulling myself off the couch. I threw the door open carelessly, expecting the maid. But the person behind the door was definitely not our maid.

I couldn’t breathe. This couldn’t be real. I must have made some kind of noise, because Jeremy jumped up from the couch and was behind me in a few seconds.

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I hadn’t seen him in so long. He was obviously much older now, and he looked so different, but I knew it was definitely him.

“H-how,” I started, but then I remembered he couldn’t hear me. I fumbled with my hands, trying to remember the sign language I learned all those years ago.

“Prim, I can hear you just fine.” He said, his voice was deep and scratchy, like it had been strained recently.

“B-but how?”

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“It’s a long story, can I come in? It’s raining pretty hard right now.” He asked nervously.

“Oh god, of course, come in.” I ushered him in, getting a closer look.

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Despite the huge scar covering his face, I knew without a doubt this was my baby brother.

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A/N Sorry this chapter is a little all over the place. But I think Prim is gonna have 3-4 more chapters, and then our next heir will take over. I’ll put the heir vote up soon (probably later today or tomorrow), before Prim’s gen is over so I can have it up while I play/write and so I can focus more on the winner’s story. Thanks so much for reading, it means so much!

Primrose Fae Chapter 10: The Truth Comes Out

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Time was flying by way too fast for me to register it. Dill was in his last year of high school, and River was just about to start eighth grade. Our three kids were so close, they rarely ever fought and they always hung out with each other. It made our lives a lot easier.

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River was a lanky little thing, he was so skinny I thought he would fly away. But I knew he would bulk up soon, he was really into sports. He joined the basketball team at his school, and he was always in the backyard shooting hoops. He often pulled Dill out with him, even though Dill wasn’t much competition. He was more of a musical guy.

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I was so thankful that the teenagers didn’t give us trouble, because Poppy was a handful. Ever since she became a toddler, she was throwing tantrums left and right. She was always screaming about something. It was usually about the highchair though, she hated that thing.

“Please Princess, calm down.” Jeremy cooed at our kicking toddler. She didn’t listen and continued to fight, so he pulled her out of the chair.

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“Do you know what happens to little girls who are bad?” Jeremy taunted. Poppy shook her head, tears still running down her face.

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“The tickle monster come for them!” He laughed and started tickling her. She screamed with laughter, all traces of her tantrum flew out the window. I watched them from the kitchen with a smile on my face. Poppy could be a handful but at least my husband knew how to deal with her.

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The only time Poppy didn’t scream was when Clover was over. The two of them were as thick as thieves. Clover was a little older than her and she could talk in full sentences, but they still had fun playing together. They reminded me so much of Chrissy and I, their personalities were so different but they worked well together. My little Poppy was loud, sneaky, and rebellious. Clover on the other hand, was much quieter and was usually a follower.

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I babysat Clover during the week while Hero was at work. All I had to do was put them in front of the dollhouse and they could keep themselves busy for hours.

“My dolly is da daddy and yours is da mommy.” Poppy explained to Clover. I bit my lip and waited for Clover’s response.

“What’s a Mommy?” Clover asked, cocking her head like a confused puppy.

“Hello?” Hero’s voice boomed from downstairs. Thank god.

“We’re up here.” I called out.

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“Hi honey.” Clover threw her dolls down and reached up for her dad. Poppy pouted, she didn’t like her friend giving anyone else attention.

“Daddy!” She squealed as he adjusted her on his hip. He kissed her on the forehead.

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“I missed you sweetie.” He turned to me and smiled. “Thanks Prim.”

I looked up from my book and waved him off. “No problem. Poppy loves the company.” We laughed, and he left.

As they were leaving, I heard Clover ask “Daddy, what’s a mommy?” His footsteps stopped on the stairs. He didn’t respond and left the house as fast as he could.

I felt terrible about what happened, but I didn’t have much time to dwell on it because Poppy started another tantrum.

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*River*

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Our evening had started just like any other, me doing my daily exercise routine, and Dill practicing one of his many instruments. Misty was out with Dad getting driving lessons,and Mom and Poppy were both already asleep. I guessed they had a hard day. I’m not a bad kid, neither is my brother. But tonight we were alone, and there was something I really wanted to do.

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I clicked off my video and headed toward my brother, motioning for him to put his guitar down.

“Hey, can you give me a ride?” I whispered in his ear,

“Where to? Did mom say it was okay?”

“No, I didn’t want to wake her up. Besides, you’re almost eighteen, have you even done anything remotely rebellious?” I cocked an eyebrow and he sighed.

“Fine, but we’ve gotta be back by curfew, okay?” He searched the room for his keys.

“But that’s like, in an hour! It’s gonna take us at least twenty minutes to get there.”

“What? Where are we going?” He put his keys down on the desk.

“The cemetery. I wanna check those unmarked graves out.” He gave me a bewildered look and shook his head.

“No way man. The thugs hang out there at night. We can’t.”

“We’ll only be there for five minutes, I promise.” I begged.

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Twenty minutes later we arrived at the cemetery. I jumped out of the car and took off running for the graves. There were two unmarked graves right next to where Chrissy was buried. My mom said they must’ve been put here before any of us moved here. No one could figure out what they said, but I think they weren’t trying hard enough.

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The graves were fenced off with a gray fence that was about up to my waist. People weren’t supposed to go over the fence, but I needed to get a closer look.

“River, I don’t know if this is a very good idea.” Dill gave me a weary look.

“We’ll be fine, I promise.” I said, and started to squeeze myself through the small space in the fence. Once I was in, Dill followed suit.

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I chose one of the graves at random and knelt down in front of it. It was covered in dirt and starting to fall apart in some places. It was obviously cheaply made and not well cared for. I brushed some of the dirt off with my hands, revealing some words.

“River, we should get going.” Dill was looking over at the street with a nervous look on his face. I craned my neck to see what he was looking at. A car had parked, a man about my fathers age got out of the car and let a woman out of the passenger seat. He was purple, and his hair color was similar to mine. I ignored them and got back to cleaning off the grave.

“I’ll be fast, okay? I’ve already got something.” I assured him. I got down closer to the grave, the tiny letters were carved crudely into the stone, spelling out a name. Flora Fae.

“What does it say?” Dill whispered.

“Flora Fae. She has the same last name as me, do you think we’re related?”

“It’s a possibility, but River we’ve gotta go.” He pulled me off the ground and took off running.

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I slowly jogged after him, my mind occupied with thoughts of this mysterious Flora. Was she related to me? Maybe my parents know who she is. I couldn’t ask them though, at least not yet. Maybe I could come back this weekend and check out the other grave. Is that person a relative too? It was all so exciting.

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It was almost midnight when we got home. The house was quiet so I knew Mom was still asleep. Dill and I grabbed some leftovers from the fridge when then front door opened.

“What are you two boys still doing up?” Dad asked as he headed for the fridge.

“We lost track of time, you know how video games are.” I never lied to my parents, I was surprised at how easy it was.

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“Ah, I know how it is.” Dad laughed. “I won’t tell Mom, I promise.” We were lucky our parents were so cool.

“How did driving lessons go?” Dill wiggled his eyebrows, and Dad groaned. Misty was a bit reckless, and had a short temper with everyone but me.

“I bet you can guess.” Dad rubbed his temple, making us laugh again. “You boys should head to bed before your mom wakes up.” He suggested, throwing his juice box in the trash and headed up the stairs.

I said goodnight to Dill and followed Dad up the stairs. Poppy was still asleep, so I had to be quiet so I wouldn’t wake her up. I did that once on accident, and she wouldn’t stop crying for hours. I felt so bad, my mom couldn’t sleep all night.

I usually didn’t have trouble sleeping, but that night my mind was racing too fast to relax. There was too much to think about.

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*Primrose*

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“River, can you get dressed and go downstairs please? Your father and I need to talk to you.” I told my son, who was playing blocks with Poppy on the other side of the room.

“Sure thing, Mom.” He smiled at me and stood up. I gave him a stiff smile and quickly left the room.

Today Jeremy and I were going to tell River the truth. He was older now, and even though I really didn’t want to, I knew it was time. River was usually a calm, quiet kid but I was terrified to see how he reacts. My heart was pounding as I went to find Jeremy, who ended up being in the kitchen.

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Five minutes later, River sat on the couch and Jeremy and I stood in front of him. I balled and unballed my fists nervously.

“Mom, what’s going on?” River looked between the two of us nervously.

“River, sweetie, there’s something I need to tell you.” My voice wavered. I took a seat on one side of him and Jeremy did the same on the other.

“You guys are really scaring me.” He admitted, looking back and forth.

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I rested my chin in my hands and fixed my gaze on the table.

“River, we love you. So much. What I’m about to say won’t change that, okay?” I couldn’t look at him. I didn’t want him to see me cry.

“Mom… this is really freaking me out.”

“Honey, I bet you’ve noticed that you’re different from Dad and I, right?”

“Yea, I just assumed I had recessive genes.” He told me, I could tell he didn’t believe that. “Wait, are you saying I’m adopted?”

“No, you’re definitely my son. I can’t forget those hours of labor.” I joked. “It’s just, well. Dad isn’t you’re biological dad.”

“What?”

“You’re father was my boss. We um… had an affair of sorts. He lived with me, and we were dating for a few months. One day I found out he was engaged, and he left me. The next day, I found out I was pregnant with you.” I summarized the story, I didn’t want him to hear the specifics.

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“Y-you’re not my Dad?” River jumped off the couch and looked down at Jeremy. Both of their expressions were filled with pain, it broke my heart.

“I may not be your biological Dad, but I love you like my own son.” Jeremy told him.

“So does this mean, Misty and Dill are my… step siblings? And Poppy is my half sister?” I nodded sadly. He glared at me. “You lied to me. How am I supposed to trust any of you ever again? This is bullshit!” He yelled. I’ve never heard my son curse. I cursed plenty in my life, but it was still shocking to hear it from your fourteen year old son.

“River Fae, we don’t cuss in this house. I know you’re upset, but that kind of language is inappropriate.” Jeremy scolded.

“Why do I have to listen to you?” He screamed, tears started streaming down his face.

“Please calm down baby.” I stood up and tried to pull him into a hug. He pushed me off him lightly.

“Leave me alone.” He his voice cracked, and he took off running out of the house.

“Oh Jeremy, I messed up so bad.” I buried my face in the nape of his neck. “What if he doesn’t come back?”

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“Don’t worry, Love. You didn’t mess up. And he’ll be back. He just needs to calm down a little.” He stood on his toes and kissed me on the forehead. “I think I know someone who can help.”

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*River*

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Everything I knew was a lie. My Dad wasn’t really my dad. My siblings weren’t really my siblings. My real father had no idea I even existed.

Sure, I thought it was strange that Dill, Misty and I were all vampires and our parents were fairies. But I never really gave it a second thought. Does this mean that my father is a vampire? What about Misty and Dill? Did they have the same mother or different mothers? It was all too much. My mind was racing. I knew I shouldn’t have snapped at my parents, I was just too upset to think rationally. I really hope they don’t punish me.

I’m not really sure how I ended up at the park. I’ve only been to this park a few times, I preferred the park a few blocks over when I was younger. But I guess something drew me to this park.

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“Hey River.” A voice broke through my cloud of thoughts. I looked up from the swing, and my ‘sister’ stood nervously beside me.

“Yea?”

“You okay?” I glared at her. “Okay, dumb question. How’re you doing?”

I ignored her question. “Did you know?”

“River…” Her voice trailed.

“Did. You. Know.” I growled.

“I did.” She admitted.

“Why didn’t you ever tell me?” I jumped off the swing and yelled, the few other people at the park looked over.

“Please River, calm down.” She whispered, looking around nervously. “Come here.”

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She pulled me into a tight hug. Once her arms were around me, I couldn’t hold it back anymore. I don’t cry often, let alone in public. But right now I didn’t care. She held me while I cried, comforting me by rubbing circles on my back.

“I love you, River. I don’t care if we’re related by blood, you’re as much of a brother to me as Dill is.”

“I love you too.” I croaked. My throat was dry from crying so much. “Do you know her?”

“Know who?” She pulled back a little and looked me in the eyes.

“You’re real mother.”

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“No, nor do I want too.” She stated. “Why?”

“I don’t know. I might want to meet my real dad.”

“I don’t know if that’s a very good idea River…”

“I’ll think about it.” I wanted to know what he was like.

“Okay. Well, I think I’m gonna head back home, coming?”

“Can you give me a ride to the gym, I need to cool down a bit before facing Mom and Dad again.” I asked hopefully.

“Sure, but they aren’t mad at you. They understand that you’re upset.” She smiled, her braces sparkled in the sunlight. We left the park arm-in-arm. I wasn’t as upset as I was before, but I definitely had a lot of questions for my mom.

Primrose Fae Chapter 9: Right Here, Right Now

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The past few months had been really hard on me. What Jeremy told me was hard to process. I wasn’t mad at him, I knew it wasn’t his fault. It was just hard to find out the truth about what happened. It was also a little strange to me that he was half human. He didn’t look human at all, he told me he took after his mom mainly except for his eyes. But still, it was weird.

There was also the stuff that Chrissy told me. I still couldn’t figure out if it was just because I missed her or if she really did contact me in my dreams. I had no way of finding out if I was really royal or not, the humans has taken all of our historic documents into observation. I hadn’t had another dream like that since that night. So I came to the conclusion that it was just how my subconscious was dealing with my grief.

It was really hard to get through most days. Jeremy was always there to help, but he couldn’t always give me what I needed. I needed a girlfriend, and I wasn’t sure I could ever replace the one I had.

Today was one of those hard days. I sat in my living room with my head down on the couch cushion. I was crying silently, even though I was alone. Or so I thought.

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I didn’t even feel the couch dip when he sat down on it, I guess it’s because he’s still so small.

“Momma, are you sad?” River questioned. My head shot up to look at him. He was sitting on the other end of the couch, leaning towards me.

“I’m okay sweetie.” My voice cracked.

“You’re too pretty to cry, Momma.” River smiled innocently.

“Thanks baby. But everyone gets sad sometimes.”

“Are you sad about Chrissy?” He whispered. I nodded, and her frowned. “I miss her too Momma. But you know what always makes me feel better?”

“Whats that?”

“A kiss!”

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He jumped off the couch and took my head in his small hands. He kissed me softly on the forehead. “I love you Momma.”

“I love you too baby, thanks for making me feel better.” River was such a sweet kid, he was always trying to cheer everyone up, or make someone feel good. He was a great kid, and I couldn’t have asked for a better son.

“No problem Momma, I like making you smile, it’s so pretty.”

My boy was too cute.

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“How was you’re day, Love?” Jeremy asked me later that evening as we stood in our bedroom.

“Hard. Thank god for River though, he cheered me up a bit.” Jeremy smiled.

“Yea, he’s pretty great at that.”

“He must get it from you.” We giggled. River didn’t get his personality from me or his actual father.

“I think I know how to make your day even better.” He smiled.

“Oh really?” I flirted, giving him a questioning look.

“Yes really.” He started to lower himself to the floor.

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“Jeremy, what are you doing?”

“Something I should’ve done a long time ago.” He was down on one knee now, and he was reaching into his pajama pants pocket.

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He pulled out a small black box and opened it, revealing a beautiful engagement ring.

“Primrose, I’ve had a crush on you since you started working at the theater. I didn’t act on it at first, because you were so badass it was intimidating. When I met Becca, my crush went away, but I still thought you were gorgeous. After Becca threw me and the kids out, I was so lost. I had no idea how I was gonna raise two kids on my own. When we ran into each other at the park that day, I knew it was meant to be. You saved me from a dark place in my life, and I owe you my life for that. I love you Primrose, and we’ve been a family for so long now, and I think it’s time to make that family official. Marry me. Right here right now.” Only Jeremy could use the word ‘badass’ and mention an ex girlfriend in his proposal.

“Yes! And no. I’ll marry you, but not right this second. I want the kids with us. This wedding isn’t just for us, it’s for our family.” I replied, a smile spread so tight across my face I felt like my head was going to explode.

“This Saturday then? Just you me and the kids.”

“I’d love that. I love you, Jeremy.”

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“I love you too, Prim.” He kissed me on my cheek. “C’mon love, lets celebrate.” He winked and pulled me too the bed.

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We decided to get married on the same beach Chrissy and Hero got married on. We invited Hero, but he was exhausted from taking care of Clover all night so he stayed home. I let Missy do my hair, she made it wavy with her curling iron and put it up. It looked amazing, she was pretty talented.

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We kept our vows short and sweet. We didn’t want River to get bored, and I didn’t really know how to put my emotions into words. Mainly the last reason… But anyway, it was a gorgeous wedding and more importantly we were finally an official family.

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And of course, in a true newly-wed fashion, we came home and immediately consummated our marriage.

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*Hero*

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I snuggled Clover closer to me. “Hey Clo, it’s your birthday today.” I whispered quietly to the bundle in my arms. She gurgled in response and I chuckled. Even though she couldn’t talk yet she always tried to respond to me.

I took her into our bedroom and laid her down on the bed while I changed into my everyday clothes.

“C’mon Princess, lets go celebrate.” I lifted my daughter off the bed slowly and carried her downstairs.

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The birthday cake was already set up. We were celebrating alone, the Fae’s were all out that day. Everyone wanted to distract themselves today. I know I did too.

I carried her to the cake, lit the candle and sang happy birthday softly to the baby in my arms. I blew the candle out for her when I was done and sat her on the floor. I stood back and watched my baby transition.

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When the sparkles cleared, a gorgeous little toddler sat where my baby used to be. She had her mother’s hair and my eyes. She reminded me so much of her mother, it made my chest ache.

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I scooped her up into my arms. “Hey Clo, wanna go visit Mommy?” I cooed. She giggled, so I took that as a yes.

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Fifteen minutes later we stood at the familiar grave spot. I sat Clover on the ground and faced my wife’s headstone.

“It’s been a year, Chrissy. I still miss you so much. I wake up in the middle of the night and reach for you, until I realize you’re gone. It’s been so hard Chrissy. I don’t know how to live without you. Clover and I need you Chrissy.” I sobbed, Clover gurgling innocently by my feet. “I miss you Chrissy. We all do. I promise, you won’t be forgotten. I promise our daughter will know what an amazing woman you were. I love you, my little flower.”

I always spoke to Chrissy when I came to visit. I was usually the only one there, the only other graves here were some unmarked ones and ones for pets. Even if someone else was here, I still talked to her. I didn’t care if I seemed crazy, she was too important for me to care.

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I picked up Clover and tossed her in the air. She screamed with delight and I smiled. Clover was the only person who could cheer me up. It was hard for me to love her at first, but her giggling was so sweet and innocent, I couldn’t blame her for what happened anymore.

“We love you Chrissy.” I blew a kiss at the headstone and headed out, Clover bouncing on my hip.

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*Primrose*

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“River, how would you feel about being a big brother?” I stopped River by the shared mailbox, he was probably heading over to see Clover, who had just become a toddler.

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“That would be so cool!” He squealed. “I’ve always wanted a younger sibling Momma!”

“Well you’re in luck buddy, your Daddy and I are having another baby!” I announced. His face lit up and he jumped up and down.

“This is so exciting Momma, I can’t wait! When are they coming?”

“In a few months, so we gotta be patient.” I smiled. His smiled dropped a little.

“Aw man. That soo long.” He whined. But then his face lit up again “But its still gonna be so cool!”

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“Where is the baby, Momma?”

“They’re in my tummy, would you like to feel?” He nodded and I placed his hand on my tiny bump.

“I can’t feel anything.” He frowned.

“Yea, they’re still really tiny, but you’ll be able to feel them soon.” He smiled. “Now you can’t tell Daddy, he doesn’t know yet.” I put my fingers to my lips. He nodded and ran into Hero’s house. I smiled and shook my head.

“What doesn’t Daddy know yet?” A deep voice asked from our porch.

“Well that Daddy doesn’t know that in a few months he’s going to be a Daddy of four instead of three.” I smirked as I watched his expression changed. It went from questioning, to confusion then to excitement.

“Oh my god, you’re pregnant?” He squealed like a child. I nodded, my eyes starting to leak tears. He ran down the stairs and immediately put his hand on my stomach.

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“Oh my god Primrose, I can’t wait.” he looked up at me, his eyes watering too.

“I’m nervous.” I admitted. When I found out we were expecting, my immediate reaction was panic. I was scared, no doubt about it after what happened with Clover’s birth. I knew it was silly, that kind of thing isn’t very common. But still I was afraid.

“That’s understandable, babe. But I promise, I won’t let anything happen to you or our baby.” I smiled through my tears. I was so thankful I had the father in my life this time around.

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This pregnancy went by a lot faster than my pregnancy with River. It’s funny how much has changed since then. I had a real family now, and I didn’t have anything to worry about.

“Prim, I can feel her kicking.” Jeremy and I had found out we were having a girl. When she’s born, we’ll have two sons and two daughters. A perfect balance.

“She probably trying to kick her way out.” We laughed, I was almost a week over my due date, and if I didn’t go into labor by tomorrow, I was gonna have to be induced.

“Why don’t you try exercising? I read online that that can help induce labor.” Jeremy suggested. We had tried a few things already and so far nothing has worked.

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So I ran upstairs and changed into some work out clothes and put on an old exercise video. I did all the stupid routines for about an hour, until I got bored and had to pee.

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When I went to the bathroom, a horrible pain ripped through my abdomen. I freaked out, Chrissy was found in her bathroom, and I thought this was a bad sign.

“Jeremy!” I yelled.

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“I think s-AHH” I screamed as a contraction hit. Jeremy rushed in the bathroom and helped me out to the car.

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Five minutes later we were rushing into the hospital. We were more than ready to have this baby.

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Later that night we brought home our new daughter. We named her Poppy, Jeremy came up with the name late one night. We both loved it and so it stuck. We set up a crib in River’s room, he really didn’t mind sharing, he’s a very heavy sleeper so the baby’s cries won’t wake him at night.

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Once Poppy was settled, Jeremy pulled me into a kiss.

“Thank you Prim.” He whispered softly against my cheek. “She’s beautiful.”

“I could’t have done it without you.” I smirked. Our moment was interrupted by the bedroom door flying open, revealing a wide eyed River standing in the hall.

“Is that her? Can I see her?” He cried with excitement.

“Of course Bud, just be quiet, she’s sleeping.” Jeremy said, ushering him toward the crib.

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“Wow, she’s so tiny.” He whispered, pressing his face against the side of the crib. “She’s so pretty Momma.”

“She is.” I smiled and Jeremy wrapped his arm around my waist.

“Was I ever this tiny?” I laughed.

“You were actually smaller, Poppy is a pretty big baby.” River looked up at us with a bewildered expression.

“I don’t believe that.” We all giggled softly, then he turned to the two of us with a serious expression. “Momma, how come her skin color matches Daddy’s, but mine doesn’t match either of yours?”

Oh god. I was not ready to explain this. Not yet. “River, it’s passed your bedtime, isn’t it?” He frowned at the change of subject, but thankfully let it go for the night.

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Happy new year guys! Thanks for reading so far, and I hope you all have a great 2014.