Thorn Fae Chapter 9: Survival Mode

Trigger Warning: Transphobic/homophobic/bigoted language used. Violence, weaponry and blood are also in this chapter.


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The cold weather was fast approaching, so Pepper, Rose and I were trying to make the most of the few days we had left to sleep outside. When it started to grow colder, we’d have to move our bags into the bathroom to stay warmer. The floors in there were disgusting, so we’d try to prolong it as much as we could.

Things were tense between all of us though. Rose was going out tomorrow to start doing sex work, and Pepper was not happy about it. He didn’t want her to get hurt. I was neutral on the situation, I knew it was dangerous but it felt like our best shot at getting out of here.

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“So, guys,” Rose chimed in after a few moments of silence. “I found this great little swamp house, its kind of a mess. But its super cheap and in a few months we’d be able to afford it. What do you think?” Rose bit her lip nervously.

“A swamp house?” Pepper wrinkled his nose. “You mean that abandoned shack a few blocks over?”

“Yea, that’s the one.” She smiled, as if she were talking about a large mansion on the beach.

“That place is a dump, Rosie.” He half-frowned.

“I know, but at least it’s a roof. It’s better than freezing our asses off out here.” She retorted.

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“She has a point, dude. A shitty roof is better than no roof.” I offered. Sure, it didn’t sound like a castle but it would be much warmer than this.

“I guess, yea. Is it safe? Like is there mold or anything? And will we have time before someone wants to buy it?” Pepper asked, rapidly firing each question like a gun.

“It’s safe, yea. I checked it out the other day. And it’s not exactly being bid on.” She giggled cutely.

“Alright, I’m in.” Pepper agreed reluctantly. I could tell he wasn’t thrilled with the idea, but I think we all wanted a roof over our heads.

“HEY!” A gruff, male voice boomed from the other side of the park, interrupting our conversation.

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“Where you at, Clementine?” He yelled angrily. “I know you’re here.” The man taunted. I looked nervously at my friends, unsure what to do. “Come on out, Princess.”

“They usually sit behind the bathroom, Hemp.” A familiar voice informed the angry man. Jean.

“Thanks, doll.” The man named Hemp thanked her, his tone reminding me of my step-father. There footsteps quickly approached our hiding spot behind the building. My heart pounded, my body froze. I had no idea what to do.

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Rose whimpered, which broke me out of my frozen state. I jumped up, fists balled, ready to take on whoever was coming over here. My mind told me I was no where near strong enough to take on anyone over the age of twelve, but my adrenaline rush made me ignore it. I had to protect my family.

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“Well, well, well.” The man named Hemp finally came into view. He spoke slowly, tauntingly. Like a predator playing with it’s prey. Behind him, Jean stood with her arm draped lazily over a pretty girl’s shoulders. Jean had a sly smile on her face, and I instantly knew this was her doing.

“Oh my darling, Clementine.” The man smirked. The use of my old name made me ball my fists. I’d always hated that name, but it sounded even more vile coming from his lips.

“The fuck do you want?” I spat.

“Mmm, you haven’t heard? You’re a very wanted woman.” He knew he was pushing my buttons, I could tell by his amused expression. My fists were balled so hard, my nails digging hard into my palms. I thought I’d draw blood, but I wouldn’t let him see how his words effected me.

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“Yea, I know I’m wanted.”

“Do you know how wanted you are? The person who returns you to the queen gets five million, and your hand in marriage.” My face dropped. I didn’t know this. He knew I didn’t know this. That sick fuck was enjoying every last minute of this.

“Oh yea? Good luck getting me back there. I’m not going without a fight.” I balled my fists harder, though I felt like a toddler trying to fight a tiger.

“Mm, that would be a problem, my darling.” He smirked, pulling his shirt up slightly to reveal a knife strapped to his pants.

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“Fuck off Hemp. Leave him alone.” Rose jumped up and flung herself in front of me. “He’s not going anywhere with anyone but us. If you want him, you’ll have to get through me.”

“Shut the fuck up, Rock. You couldn’t fight me if you tried. You’ve always been a little sissy ass bitch.” He smirked, he really got off on using our dead names.

“Oh really? Did you think I was a sissy ass bitch when you fucked me in the locker room in eleventh grade?” Rose retorted. Hemp’s eyes flashed with anger, and I knew this wasn’t going to end well.

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“Fuck you, queer! That shit never happened.” He screamed as he lunged towards Rose. His fist connected with her face, a loud thud echoing through the mountains around us.

Rose landed on the ground, her hands taking the brunt of her fall. “Never, once was enough. You’re too small for me.” Rose spat something out on the ground, it looked like a tooth covered in blood.

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“You little faggot!” Hemp pulled his knife from his waist and crouched down over Rose. For a split second, she looked up at me and we made eye contact. Her expression was urging me to do something, but I knew she didn’t want me to help her. She wanted me to run.

But I couldn’t, I was frozen on the spot.

Rose looked back at her attacker, not a single trace of fear in her face. “Kill me if you want, but just know you can’t enjoy five million dollars while in prison.” She spat at him.

“I won’t go to prison, dumbass. No one cares about a queer like you. You’re nothing. Besides, I’ll be a fucking prince. I’ll be above the damn law.” He gave her that creepy little smirk, just before plunging the knife into her stomach and twisting it.

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“I. Will. Fucking. Kill. You!” Pepper raged from beside me, pulling my eyes away from my dying friend.

“What’re you going to do about it, Pansy?” He pulled the knife from Rose’s side with a sickening squelch. He stood over her body carelessly, as if she weren’t even a person.

“I’ll fight you, motherfucker. To the death, if I have to. Though, I’d prefer if it were your death.” Pepper taunted back. I’d never seen him like this. He was so fierce, so protective. It ignited something in me.

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“Mmm, maybe not.” A creepy smile slowly slid across his face. He dropped the knife, it bounced off Rose and landed somewhere in the grass. “I’ve got bigger plans for you, Pansy.”

“Fine, take me. Let Thorn go. I’ll do whatever you want.” He dropped his tough guy demeanor. I had no idea what he was doing, and it scared me. Part of me knew he was about to do something stupid. But, on the other hand, my heart soared at the fact that he’d sacrifice himself for me.

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Hemp pounced at Pepper, swinging his large arm towards my friend’s face. Pepper was faster though, and was able to duck. But in some freaky, martial arts looking move, Hemp swung Pepper around and grabbed him roughly by the waist.

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“Thorn, run!” Pepper yelled, while fighting against his attacker.

“Wineberry, Jean, don’t let her get away!” Hemp screamed as I started to fly off as fast as I could.

“Find Rose’s dream house, Thorn! I’ll meet you there.” Pepper screamed after me. I didn’t exactly know where I was going, but I was about to find out.

I just hoped that both of us would make it there alive.

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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!

Thorn Fae Chapter 7: Past, Present, Future

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I woke up fairly early the next morning. Sleeping outside was something new to me, and the sunrise and morning dew was enough to wake me up. I was still tired, but I was rested enough to go about my day.

Rose was up not long after I was and took a seat next to me on the swing set. “Good morning, how’d you sleep?” She asked me quietly.

“Alright.”

“Yea, it’s not easy for the first few nights. But you’ll get used to it.” She assured me.

“So you know about my family history? I’m really curious to learn more about them.”

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“Oh yeah,” Her face lit up. “You have such an interesting history. I guess I’ll start with where everything went wrong.” She chuckled. “Basically, the Fae empire was going strong for hundreds of years. The last king and queen before the fall of the empire could only have one child, so they did all they could to protect her. She didn’t like that, so eventually hooked up with one of the servants. She fell pregnant, and was urged to abort. But she refused, and ran off with the servant. The empire fell because there was no longer an heir to take over.” She explained.

“Damn, that is interesting.” I commented. “What happened next?”

“The two of them lived happily together for a while, they had another kid, but then the humans discovered the existence of supernatural creatures. The parents were killed, the first born was taken to a government research facility, and we’re unsure what happened to the son.”

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“The daughter, Primrose, lived here actually. This used to be an experiment town. She had two kids, a vampire son and a fairy daughter. The son took on the legacy, because the daughter passed away fairly young. His life was full of drama, ghosts and murder. His first girlfriend murdered his second, then he eventually married the second girlfriend’s sister. They had three kids.”

“Wow, he sounds pretty interesting. I really do have an interesting family.”

“Yea, that’s for sure. But here’s where it gets real interesting. Their firstborn was the very first vampire-fairy hybrid. She was your grandmother, her name was Jasmine. As a teenager, Jasmine accidentally used her powers and emotionally tortured a classmate. The classmate committed suicide, and Jasmine was devastated. She took a mission to travel by boat away from Sunset Valley, unsure if she’d survive.

“She ended up in Bridgeport, which was also an experiment town at the time. No one is really sure what happened to her there, but we do know that she got pregnant and was eventually discovered by the police. They kept her in a cage while they talked to the human government. But, she managed to escape. She apparently went to an isolated island with the son of the Bridgeport Mayor. They had two kids together, one of them being your dad.”

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“Do you know what happened to my dad?” I asked excitedly. Maybe I could actually find him.

“Unfortunately, no one knows where he is now. But he had a lot of issues when he was younger so most people assume he’s dead or just really messed up.”

“What kind of issues?” I asked.

“Drug issues. He was a musician and he got involved with the wrong crowd. He was doing alright when he met your mom, but there was some kind of explosion and he had a bit of a breakdown. Your mom had just found out she was pregnant and now we’re here.”

“So no one knows where he is?” I asked dejectedly.

“No, but I bet if you tried you could track him down.” She encouraged.

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“Sounds kind of impossible at this point. But thank you, I’m really glad I got to learn about my family history.”

“I’m glad I could help.” She smiled at me.

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A little later that day, all four of us sat next to the small pond and just talked. It was a nice day, and I was really enjoying their company.

“Do you guys have any long term plans?” I asked. After hearing my family history, I thought maybe I should start planning for the future.

“You mean like when we’re adults?” Pepper questioned.

“Yea exactly.”

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“Well I don’t really. All I know is that I don’t want to live in a park forever.”

“Do you have any passions?” I asked him.

“I guess I’d really like to work with animals. They’re really cool.” He responded.

“That’s awesome. Animals seem cool, I’ve never really been close to one though.” I admitted. Mother didn’t want me to have any.

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“You seem like you’d love animals. We’ll have to take you to a pet store or something eventually.” Jean offered.

“That sounds cool”. I turned to her. “What about you, what would you like to do?”

“I’d really love to be a tattoo artist. There’s just something so cool about a living, breathing canvas.”

“That sounds hard, I’d be scared to mess up.” I chuckled.

“Yea, I can see that. But the thrill of doing it is enough for me.” She told me.

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“What about you, Rose?” I asked her.

“Probably a historian. Something about history is just so fascinating.” She beamed. I could tell she really was passionate about it.

“Yea, you’d be really good at that.” I told her, and she smiled even wider.

“You think?”

“Yea definitely.” I told her, and she blushed.

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“W-what about you Thorn?” She asked, slightly flustered.

“I want to be a video game developer. I spent a lot of time playing video games with Hawk and I think making them would be the best job in the world.”

“Yea I bet.”

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“Well, here’s to getting our shit together.” Jean said enthusiastically, making the rest of us chuckle.

‘Yea, we don’t need parents, or school. We can do this on our own.” Pepper chimed in.

I was really excited to look forward to my future.

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But first, I needed to get over my past. The past few days my life did a huge one-eighty, and I barely had time to adjust. One minute I was fine, and the next I felt like I couldn’t breathe. The woman who raised me was dead. And I just ran. I left my best friend to deal with the death of his mother, and I wasn’t there for him. I felt like such an awful person.

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“Thorn, are you okay?” Rose asked timidly from my left.

“I don’t know.” I answered honestly.

“Can I sit? Or do you wanna be alone?”

“You can sit.”

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“Is this about your nanny?” She asked quietly. I nodded. “Thorn, there was nothing you could’ve done. She would understand why you left. That was not a healthy environment, you’re so much better off without them.”

“But what about Hawk?” I asked.

“He has his dad. He’s probably confused, but he won’t be forever. Someday we can track him down, we should just let things cool down for a bit.” She suggested.

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“What if he hates me? Or blames me for what happened?” Aloe was the only one there who really knew what happened that night, and who knows what he told everyone. I didn’t trust him at all.

“I doubt that. You’re his best friend, he loves you. There’s no way he’d blame you.” Rose assured me.

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I just really hoped she was right.

Thorn Fae Chapter 6: Riches to Rags

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Somehow, I managed to sneak my way onto a subway. I had no idea where it was taking me but I knew I had to get as far away as possible.

When I got to the subway station, I was in a bright, sunny place. It didn’t look anything like the gloomy, foggy Moonlight Falls.

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I took a seat outside on the bench outside the station. My feet hurt, I was tired as hell and I hadn’t eaten since the day before. For a split second, I felt like breaking down. My entire life had been uprooted in one night, I was technically homeless now, and I had no plan whatsoever.

But I didn’t break down. I know that Nutmeg would want me to be strong, she’d want me to get through this.

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So I picked myself up off that bench and started walking. The only way I would get somewhere is if I started going.

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*A few hours later*

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It took me a while, but I finally made it into town. I found a park in the middle of everything, so I decided to stop there and rest.

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I saw a swing-set and decided to rest there. Hawk and I spent hours on our swing-set when we were young, and maybe sitting on it would help me feel a little better.

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As I sat down, I noticed someone around my age making their way over to me. Immediately I got nervous, I was in an entirely new place and I didn’t exactly have great social skills.

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“Hey, you look a little lost. Are you alright?” They said as they took the swing next to me.

“A little. I’m not from around here.” I admitted.

“Well I’ve lived here my whole life, I’ll be glad to show you around. I’m Pepper, by the way.”

“I’m Thorn.”

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“You look really familiar.” Pepper said, squinting slightly. “Are you…?”

“The ‘princess’?” I asked, using air quotes. Pepper nodded. “Yea I guess. But I prefer just being a regular guy.”

“So you’re trans?” I nodded. “Cool, I am too.”

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“Woah, really?” I was amazed, I’d never met another transgender person before.

“Yea. Is that why you’re here?” He asked.

“Sorta. Lots of shit went down at home. I had to get out.”

“I understand. I don’t live at home anymore either. My parents kicked me out, they didn’t want a ‘queer’ kid.”

“Where do you live?” I asked, hoping I wasn’t being rude.

“Do you have a place to stay tonight?” He ignored my question and I shook my head. “Then I’ll show you where I live, and you can stay there too.”

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“Really? You don’t even know me.”

“I know, but I know how hard it is. You shouldn’t be alone out here. Especially considering who you are. I bet people are looking for you.”

“Yea, probably.” I muttered, suddenly extremely aware of how out in the open I was.

“C’mon, let’s go. Just keep in mind that it’s not a castle.”

“Don’t worry, I’ll just be happy to have somewhere to sleep.” I smiled at him.

“That I can do for you. Also, I’ll get you some different clothes, and a pair of shoes.” He said, looking down at my bare feet.

“Thank you.”

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“I’m sorry it’s so junkyardish. This is the bad part of town, but it’s the only park that doesn’t kick out homeless people. They also have bathrooms and showers, so that’s pretty nice.” He explained as we arrived.

“This is the last place anyone would ever look for me. It’s perfect.”

“Awesome. I have a couple friends that live here too, I’ll introduce you.” He offered and I followed him as he led me towards them.

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He brought me behind the building, to where a little camp was set up. Two teenagers around our age were sitting and talking.

“Hey guys, this is Thorn. He’s trans and he doesn’t have anywhere to stay, so I invited him to stay with us.”

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“Hi Thorn.” The girl with red hair smiled shyly.

“That’s Rose, she’s trans too. She’s also really shy.” Pepper explained.

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“Hey, I’m Jean. I’m not trans but I’m super gay. Got kicked out a few months ago when my parents caught me with a girl.” Jean explained.

“Hi guys, nice to meet you.” I smiled.

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“Well, I’m gonna help Thorn clean up, Jean can you find an extra sleeping bag for him?” Pepper asked.

“Of course.” Jean pulled herself off the ground and walked over to the boxes behind Pepper and I.

“I’ll show you the shower, then I’ll find you some clothes.” Pepper explained as he led me towards the bathrooms.

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“How do they fit?” Pepper asked, as I was in the stall changing into the clothes he brought for me.

“Great. Thanks.”

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“How do I look?” I asked with a smirk.

“Like a different person. The beanie really helps, you’re hair is pretty unique.”

“Good.”

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After we finished in there, we went outside to join the other two. They had gotten out an extra sleeping bag for me, which I was very grateful for.

“Thank you guys for being so welcoming. I’ve never had this many friends before.”

“Of course, we gotta help our own. Us LGBT kids gotta stick together.” Jean replied.

“LGBT?” I asked, I’d never heard the term before.

“It means Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender.” Pepper explained.

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“So, you’re trans but you’ve never heard that term before?” Jean asked.

“Yea, I grew up really sheltered. I knew I was trans before I even knew the word for it. The only reason I knew the word was because of my nanny.” I said, clenching my fists at the reminder of Nutmeg.

“Nanny? Geez, you must have an interesting story.”

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“I guess you could say that.” I chuckled.

“So, let’s hear it.” Pepper prompted. So I told them. Everything, from realizing I was trans, to Hawk falling in love with me, to the events of last night.

“Woah. That is one hell of a story.” Jean shook her head. “I’m sorry you had to go through that.”

“Thanks, but I think it can only go up from here. I’m out of that place, I’m free.”

“That’s very true.” Pepper smiled. “I’m glad you have a positive attitude, this can be hard without one.”

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“What’s your story, Rose?” I asked, she had barely said a word since I got here. Pepper wasn’t lying about her being shy.

“Basically, my dad came home early one night and found me in a dress and makeup. He beat the shit out of me and kicked me out. My mom’s dead so I didn’t really have anywhere to go. Luckily I knew Pepper from school and he and I came here.”

“I’m sorry, that’s rough.”

“Thanks.”

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When it started to get a little darker, they built a fire and started to roast marshmellows.

“Sorry we don’t have anything substantial, it’s hard to keep food out here.” Jean apologized.

“Oh I don’t mind, marshmallows are my favorite.” I grabbed a stick and a marshmallow and held it over the fire.

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“So Thorn, what do you do for fun?” Pepper asked.

“Um, I really like painting. And video games. Oh, working out too.”

“Oh cool. We’ve got a gym membership, we usually just use it for the showers and the food but you’re welcome to use it.” Jean offered.

“You guys have a gym membership?”

“Yea, it’s just ten dollars a month and its totally worth it. The showers are a lot nicer than ours.” Pepper explained.

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“How do you guys make money?” I was curious, how did they survive?

“We usually find salvageable things in the junkyard and sell them at the pawn shop next door.” Rose pointed towards the building behind her.

“Oh okay.”

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“Thorn, can I ask you a question?” Rose asked, hesitantly.

“Sure.”

“Do you know your family history?”

“Um, not really. Why?”

“Because, your family is like a huge part of the history classes at our schools. If you’d like, I wouldn’t mind telling you a little bit about your history.” She blushed slightly.

“Wow, that would be great. But not right now, I’m pretty exhausted.” I chuckled.

“Of course. We should probably get to sleep.” Rose suggested.

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Jean and Rose immediately bundled up in their sleeping bags while Pepper put out the fire. I made a trip to the bathroom before coming out for bed.

“Are you doing alright?” Pepper whispered when I came back outside.

“Yea, thank you guys for being so kind.” I smiled at him.

“Of course. Goodnight Thorn.”

“Goodnight Pepper.”

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Within seconds, I was fast asleep.

Jasmine Fae Chapter 20: Stress and Love

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“Dimitri, this is bad. We can’t put another child through this.” I cried hysterically to Dimitri the next day. He was ecstatic about the new baby, and I was completely devastated. Stone was going to have a hard life here, no friends, no extended family and online school. It wasn’t ideal, and it wasn’t something I wanted to put another innocent person through. I bit my lip as I started to cry.

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“Hey, hey Jazz don’t cry.” Dimitri laid his hand on my arm reassuringly. “This is a good thing. Now Stone’ll have someone close to his own age. He’ll have someone to play with.”

“I-I guess that’s good. But what if they don’t get along? My sisters and I weren’t very close.”

“Don’t worry about that right now, alright? Let’s just get through the pregnancy before worrying about the baby’s relationship with Stone.” He said with a small chuckle.

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“I love you, you know that? You always know just what to say.” Dimitri placed his hands on my waist and gently pulled me close.

“Yea, I got to. You worry so much someone’s gotta keep you grounded.” He gave me a lopsided smirk and I jokingly smacked his shoulder.

“You are such a jerk.”

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“Yea, but for some reason you love me anyways.”

“Oh, you got me there.”

———

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A few months into my pregnancy, Stone was starting to notice that I was getting larger. He’d been asking questions for a while, so Dimitri and I decided it was time to sit him down and explain.

“So, Bud, soon Mommy and Daddy are going to be having another baby.”

“Wut does dat mean?” Stone’s cute little voice asked.

“It means that you’re going to be having a new baby brother or sister.” I exclaimed.

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“Really?” He asked excitedly. He’d been watching a lot of television with families lately, I figured that’s where he learned what that word meant.

“Yea, isn’t that exciting?” Dimitri clapped his hands. Stone copied, he was going through one of those copying phases.

“Yea!” I smiled at Dimitri. Maybe this wasn’t too bad after all.

———

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“This is bad.” I screamed as I sat on the extra bed, about to give birth to my second child.

“Shh, it’s alright baby. It’s alright.”

“I want to be in a hospital.” I groaned after another push.

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“Momma?” Stone slowly opened the door and stepped in. “Are you otay?”

“I’m fine baby.” I managed to choke out.

“You can go play, Stone.” Dimitri said sternly. Stone nodded and rushed out of the room.

“Alright, this baby’s coming, now. Push as hard as you can.” He coached. I followed instructions, even though I felt like I was about to pass out.

———

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“He’s so perfect, isn’t he Dimi?” I stared in awe at the little boy in my arms. Lake Fae was born a fairy, he had Dimitri’s skin-tone, his father’s hair, and a wing color I wasn’t sure where it came from.

“He is.” Dimitri smiled softly.

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“Can I play wit him Momma?” Stone asked innocently from the floor.

“Not yet, Baby. Not for a while.”

“Aw man.”

“He’ll be big enough soon, I promise.” Dimitri said with a laugh. It was true, they grew like weeds.

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“Y’know Jazz, is it just me or do you feel like our family needs one more?” He gave me a sly smile.

“Yea, how about you give birth this time.” I sneered at him. I was not ready for another baby, I don’t think I’ll ever be. Two was enough, and I really didn’t want to give birth like that ever again.

———

*Rose*

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It’s been a long time since my brother left. My other brother, Christian, had given up hope on finding him alive. The rest of us didn’t want to think like that, we liked to believe Dimitri was alive and well, despite the ‘crime’ he committed. Personally, I think what my brother did was brave. Mia and Sydney agreed, but we could never say that to the rest of the family. They wanted to find our brother so they could punish him for his crimes.

We often spent evenings just watching the news, hoping to hear anything that would give us a lead on Dimi. We usually got nothing, just stories about the riots starting in other experiment towns. Lots of people were getting angry, they wanted to leave their towns and go elsewhere. The scientists refused, so people were furious.

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It was pretty boring most of the time. They didn’t put a lot of the ugly stuff in the news. Especially when it made the humans look bad. They usually did stories on how the humans are trying to improve life for us. It was complete bullshit.

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It was obvious my siblings were getting bored. We hadn’t heard anything in years. Yes, we loved him, but wasting all this time on bullshit news stories wasn’t worth it. We shouldn’t be wasting our lives on something that might give us a lead.

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That night was going to be my last of watching the news constantly. I was going to tell my parents that I was almost a teenager now, and that I needed to go out with my friends.

But just as the news was about to switch to a crappy drama show, the words ‘Breaking News” flashed across the screen. I could feel the tension in the air rise as we all sat up straighter and waited for the men on the screen to give the news.

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“The body of a young man has been found washed up on the beach of Sunset Valley. Our sources say the man accurately fits the description of the missing vampire fugitive, Dimitri Todds. It has not been confirmed, they will be needing a family member to identify the body.”

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My father quickly grabbed the remote and shut the TV off before we could hear anything else. The room was dead silent, even Cheryl had stopped playing with her teddy bear.

“Oh my god.” My sister, Mia whispered. She and Dimitri were extremely close, despite their age difference. Dimitri was a teenager when Mia was born, he practically taught her how to walk.

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The next person to make any noise was my mother. A small, horrified choke escaped her lips. I knew it was only seconds before she started bawling.

I couldn’t believe my older brother was dead.

———

*Jasmine*

*One year later*

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“Hey boys, what’re you doing?” I strolled into the living room after waking up from my nap. It’s been a year since the witch faked Dimitri’s death. We weren’t sure what would happen after that, Dimitri was afraid they’d try even harder to find me.

And unfortunately, he was right. His father organized troops from all of the experiment towns to try and find me. They’d even got a few witches on their side. It was terrifying, they could come for us any time now.

That didn’t mean we stopped living our lives though. Dimitri had started bar-tending at a bar on the mainland, and I was still writing and raising our two sons.

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“Shh, mommy they’re sleeping.” Stone whispered from the floor. My baby was almost old enough to start school. Dimitri and I considered letting him go to a regular school on the mainland, but we ultimately decided it would be too dangerous. Homeschooling was our best option.

“Oh, sorry.” I whispered back with a wink. “Hey boys, wakey wakey!” I clapped my hands loudly, startling both Dimitri and Lake.

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Lake flew off his father’s lap with a laugh. Stone stuck his arms in the air and Lake grabbed them, trying to fly off with his brother.

He’d been doing that often, Lake used his wings a lot more than his legs. We weren’t really sure why, I only ever flew in emergencies so he obviously didn’t learn it from me. Lake had also been carrying his brother off, it was fun for a few minutes until he got tired and dropped him, causing lots of crying.

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Dimitri and I intervened, I took Lake and he took Stone.

“Momma!” Lake screamed, trying to sound upset but my tickling made him giggle.

“Sorry, Baby. But we don’t want Stone to get hurt, right?” I asked, and he nodded.

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“It’s okay Mommy, I’m strong!” Stone flexed his muscles, then looked at Dimitri who did the same.

“Yea, Mommy, we’re strong!” Dimitri chuckled

“I know you are, Bud. But I don’t want you to get hurt.” I smiled softly and he pouted. Dimitri laughed again and set Stone down on the floor to go play. I did the same with my toddler before approaching my husband.

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He grabbed my hands and pulled me close. My swollen belly just barely pressed against his torso.

“I guess we had nothing to worry about, they get along too well.” I laughed, remembering my worries before Lake was born.

“Yea, I feel like they’re gonna start ganging up on us.” Dimitri grinned nervously.

“Can you imagine them as teenagers? We’re gonna be so screwed.”

“Especially if this one takes their side, then we’ll be outnumbered.” He laid his hand on the side of my stomach.

“You were the one who convinced me to have one more.” I teased.

“True, but I promise this will be the last one.” He closed the gap between our lips.

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“Ew, cooties!” Stone screamed and Lake giggled. I couldn’t help but giggle too. Even though they were little terrors, I loved my family more than anything in the world.

Jasmine Fae Chapter 8: Todds Manor

A/N Hey guys! Before this chapter, I changed my graphics setting, so everyone’s gonna look a little different from here on out. I’m still tweaking it, so expect a few minor graphics changes in the next post or so. But everyone looks so much better, it’s awesome even though it makes my game super slow. Totally worth it. Also, Dimitri and his family are from one of my just for fun legacies, and I decided to include them in this. Points to you if you can guess where the kid’s names come from. Now, enjoy the chapter 🙂

WARNING: Sims in only their underwear and slight abuse in this chapter, read at your own risk.

*Dimitri*

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Todds Manor. My parent’s home, the place I grew up. It’s almost been a year since I’ve been here, it felt almost foreign to me. My family was ridiculously rich, they had more cars than actual family members. They had an entire room just filled with gems. I never really realized how insane it was until I got out of there.

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When I left here, I promised myself I’d never come back. I hated my family, I never wanted anything to do with them ever again. But now, here I was. Coming back to ask the man I despised for a huge favor. I hated that I had to do this, I wasn’t one who liked swallowing his pride. But this wasn’t about me. This favor wasn’t for me.

I slowly approached the front door. I wasn’t sure if I’d even be welcomed back. They might just slam the door in my face. My parents were cold people, I could imagine them shutting out their own son. After a lot of deliberation, I finally just knocked on the door. Rejection was a high possibility.

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“Dimitri?” Kristine stepped out of the house and closed the door behind her. Kristine was a Djinn, her kind were valued more than Fae, but less then Vampires. They were also a dying breed. So only the extremely rich families had Djinn’s working for them. But since they were so rare, they didn’t get much freedom. Kristine never got to leave our house, she was practically a slave to my family. Hopefully what I was about to do would help her.

“Hi Kristine, are my parents home?” I asked.

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“Dimi, are you sure you wanna do this?” She whispered. “You got out, you’re free. You don’t have to be a part of this.”

“I don’t wanna do it. But this isn’t about me, this is about someone else.” I smiled sadly.

“Oh!” She smiled. “I get it. But still, is it worth it?”

“It’s worth it.”

“Alright, I’ll go get them. You can wait in the living room, everyone else is in there.”

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Three out of four of my siblings sat in the sunken living room. I hadn’t seen them in so long, they all looked so different.

“Hey guys.” I strolled into the living room casually. Mia paused the game and turned around. Once she knew it was me, she jumped up. I ran over to her and pulled her into a huge hug.

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“Oh my god, Dimitri!” She squealed.

“How’ve you been?”

“I’ve been okay, you?”

“I’m doing alright.”

“Mia, don’t hog him!” Rose’s tiny little voice whined from behind us. She released me with a laugh.

“Sorry Rosie.”

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“Hi Dimi!” She jumped up and down excitedly. She’s called me Dimi since she could speak, and now every time she said it I though of Jasmine. “I really missed you.” She told my sadly. I felt awful, I hated that I had to leave her but I couldn’t stay here anymore. Rose wasn’t like the rest of us, she wasn’t a vampire. But she also wasn’t Fae. My father was really into science at one point, and one of his experiments went weirdly wrong, resulting in a half-human half-plant baby. Even though she was so different from us, we all loved her. Except I think my mother was a little jealous of her, sometimes it seemed like my father loved Rose more than her. But that’s not Rose’s fault. It’s my fathers.

“I’m sorry, but I’m here now!” I picked her up and threw her over my shoulder. She cried out with laughter.

“Dimi! Put me down!” She yelled between laughs.

“Fine.” I chuckled as I set her on the ground. I ruffled her hair and turned to my brother.

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“Hey Christian, how you been?” I asked. He glanced around the room, avoiding eye contact with me.

“Okay.”

“That’s good. How’s school?”

“It’s okay.”

“Is everything alright man?” I asked, I wasn’t used to my brother being so cold to me. We weren’t the closest siblings, but we never hated each other.

“I gotta go.” He rushed out of the house before anyone could say anything else.

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“What’s his deal?” I took a seat on the couch with the girls.

“He’s very pro-dad.” Mia explained with a disgusted look on her face. “He’s the one who’s taking over when Dad retires.”

“That explains it.” I sighed.

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“Dimitri, is that really you?” My mom’s deep, dramatic voice asked from behind us. My mother hung off my father’s arm like a child. My mother was the heiress to my grandparent’s fortune. They built this family from the ground up. I loved them, even though they were really against Fae rights. But anyway, my father really only married my mother for her money and her family. When they married all she was allowed to be was a trophy wife.

“Hi Mom.” I smiled at them awkwardly.

“Girls, can you give us some privacy?” My father asked. The girls nodded and hurried out of the living room.

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My parents replaced my sisters on the couch. I felt extremely uncomfortable near my father, I hadn’t seen him in person in over a year. Sure, he was all over the news, but I never had to talk to him then.

“So, why are you here?” My father asked. He was a no-nonsense kind of guy, he liked to cut right to the chase.

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“You better not be asking for money, you did this to yourself.” He growled angrily.

“I was wondering if it wasn’t too late to get a job with you.” His face lit up.

“Really? You, Mister ‘Fae Should Have Rights Too’ want’s to work for the Vampire Council?” He said with a laugh. I nodded.

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“Well son, welcome to the council.” He was beaming with pride. My stomach was knotted, I felt gross about what I was doing, and what it stood for. But this was my only option right now. I had to do this.

———-

*Jasmine*

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It’s been a few months since I moved in with Dimitri and Hawthorn. Not much had changed, I was still working at the club. Except I was a lot better at dancing now. I was also growing out my hair, the rocker girl hair was a little attention grabbing, and I wanted to blend in not stand out.

Bridgeport just wasn’t the place for me. I liked the guys I lived with, but I wasn’t happy here. I missed my family, I missed Ash. It wasn’t safe for me here either. So I decided I’d leave. My boat was tied up behind some trees on the outskirts of town, if I just get some food I could leave tomorrow. Dimitri was the first one I was telling, Hawthorn wasn’t home yet.

“Hey Dimi.” He was running on his treadmill when I walked in.

“What’s up Jazz?” He asked, never even glancing over at me.

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I flopped down on his bed with an exasperated sigh. “Do you ever get tired of this place?”

“You mean my room?” He laughed breathlessly.

“No, Bridgeport. I’m tired of this place. I wanna go home.”

“Are you sure?” He pushed some buttons on his treadmill and it started to slow down.

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Dimitri sat down on the bed next to me. “You really wanna leave?” He asked sadly.

“Yea, I miss my family.”

“Are you ready though?” I had told him about what happened with Cherry, and even though I was still really torn up about what happened, I accepted it. I realized my mom was right, it wasn’t my fault and it wasn’t something I knew how to control. I explained this to him, and for some reason he looked upset.

“Is everything okay?”

“I guess I’m just gonna miss you.”

“I’m sorry Dimi. Maybe I’ll come back some day.”

“Jazz, I’ve got a plan, to help the Fae that live here. I wasn’t gonna tell you for a few weeks, but I need you to at least know before you leave.”

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“What’s the plan?” I was intrigued.

“Well, today I went to my parents house and asked my father to give me a job at the council. If I can gain his trust, he’ll give me the family fortune and the council to me instead of my brother. Once I’m in charge, I can change everything. I can make it so the Fae can have the same rights as the vampires.”

“That’s pretty genius, but that’s gonna take quite a while.”

“I know, but I’m committed.”

“Do you really want to be associated with what they believe in? Do you really want everyone thinking you think Fae deserve less then Vampires?” I asked. He didn’t respond for a while.

 “No, that’s why I’m gonna take charge as soon as possible. If I show my father I’m competent, maybe I can convince him to take an early retirement.”

“Will that work?”

“Most likely.”

“Then I guess I’ll stay for a while longer, I wanna make sure you’re gonna be okay.” I smiled at him. I didn’t wanna stay, but I knew I would feel guilty leaving him right now. Going home was gonna have to wait.

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“Come on, why not?” Hawthorn begged. Throughout the months I’ve been here, Hawthorn and I had been somewhat seeing each other. What I mean by that is that he only really talks to me when he wants to make-out or have sex. I was getting tired of it, it was one of the reasons why I wanted to leave so badly.

“I’m not in the mood, alright?” I sighed and scooted further away from him.

“I can get you in the mood, baby.” He whispered seductively in my ear. I cringed away from him.

“I doubt it.”

“Please?” He laid his hand against the small of my back.

“Just be fast, alright?” I gave in, even though I really didn’t want to. But giving in was better than him complaining all night.

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“Thanks babe.” He pulled my into a stiff, awkward kiss. Kissing Hawthorn was nothing like kissing Ash, mainly because I actually loved Ash.

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Hawthorn rushed off to the bedroom before I even opened my eyes.

———–

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“I really don’t wanna do this.” I was already half naked but I just wasn’t in the mood.

“Babe, don’t do this to me. Come on.”

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“I just don’t want too right now, it had nothing to do with you.” I sighed.

“You are so fucking selfish, you fucking little mutant.”

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I was taken aback by his sudden little outburst. He jammed his finger at my face and continued yelling at me.

“You’re a selfish little bitch who only gives a shit about her own wants. What about me? Don’t you want me to be happy?”

“Of course I do, but I don’t think forcibly having sex with me would make you happy.”

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“Why do you always have to talk back?” He was screaming now, I wouldn’t be surprised if the neighbors complained. Hopefully the police wouldn’t be called, or else I’d be dead meat.

“Because, I’m not just a fucking sex object! I know that’s all you want me for, but that’s not what I am.”

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“FUCK YOU.” He yelled, before winding up his fist and plowed it right into my face.

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As I fell to the ground with a hard thump, I couldn’t help but wish I was back home in Ash’s comforting arms.