Archive | December 2012

127. Summer Chillin’

A/N: Have a Happy New Year! ūüėÄ

The kids had their birthdays and life started to take on some sembleance of normalcy.

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Ricky decided to try out the broom arena in the backyard.¬† I can only guess Holly or Alice had it installed before we moved here, because I would not have put up a broom arena if I’d had a choice.

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Later he danced with Rory.¬† Rory’s a real dance machine.

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It’s hard to tell who Selena looks like most¬†in her features, but I love her smile.¬† It really stands out.

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Nikial¬†has his father’s eyes but my magic.

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Though Richelle looks the most like me, I think she is more like Selena in personality.

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You’d think Nikial would have the advantage in tag, but Richelle always outruns him.¬† It’s the wolf in her.

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“Hey, Ricky, want to go to the summer festival?” I asked one day.

“I was actually going to ask you!¬† I’ve been wanting to go ever since it opened.¬† I wish Rory were home so she could come too.”

“It’ll be open all summer, there’s time for her to go yet,” I said.¬† “C’mon then, I’ll round up whoever else is home.”

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In the end, only four out of six of us made it to the festival, not counting the babi(es) in me.  I sat out the hot dog contest.  No need for me to throw up anymore than I already had.

“Ha, you two are so going to lose!” Ricky said.¬† “I’m the biggest, so I can eat more than twice what you can.”

“Yeah, well, Nikial and I are triplets, so that means us plus Richelle can eat triple what you can,” said Selena.

“That doesn’t make sense,” said Nikial.¬† “We don’t have one stomach that we share among the three of us.¬† So we really can’t eat more than Ricky can.”

“Oh shush.¬† Let’s just start,” said Selena.¬† “On your mark, get set, go!”

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“Oo ooze, oo ooze,” mumbled Ricky.

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Selena was focused.  Nikial kept choking and gagging.

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Ricky crammed his last bit of hot dog down, then held his hand over his mouth to keep from hacking it up.¬† “I in,” he mumbled.¬† “Toldja.”

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“Too late, loser!” Selena giggled.¬† “I’m a werewolf, we eat fast.¬† Neener neener!”

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Poor Nikial still determinedly crammed it down.¬† I wish I’d told him to stop, but I was preoccupied.

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I’d got a brain freeze from too many snow cones.¬† I can’t help it – those things are addicting!¬† They just calm me right down.

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“Look at me, I’m skating!” Ricky called.

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“That’s not skating, stupid,” said Selena.¬† “Yer flying.¬† Just because you’re flying on a roller rink doesn’t make it skating.”

“Yeah right.¬† This is how all the figure skaters do it.¬† I’ve seen them!”

“Figure skating is for ice rinks!” Selena shouted.¬† “Did all those hot dogs make your brain go mushy?”

“She’s right, Ricky,” said Nikial.

“Of course I am,” said Selena.¬† “I’m not stupid.”

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“Aww, come have some nice calming snow cones, guys,” I said.

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Back home, my kids listened to¬†my mellow tunes without screaming in pain.¬† I guess¬†I’m not completely out of practice.¬† Or maybe it’s my shiny aura that gets them to pay attention to me.¬†¬†No, I’m pretty sure they like my music.¬† It has nothing to do with my magic.

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I gave birth to Aston the next morning.¬† I wonder how much of¬†the Master¬†is in him.¬† Guess we’ll find out soon enough.

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I try not to worry or stress about anything anymore.¬† My snow cones are the cure to all my troubles.¬† I don’t need to fret about some guy who may or may not be my husband, or about how my son is the child of a super-strong magical loan shark, or that my triplets are¬†descended from¬†a zombie-killer.

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I just got to chill, man.  And what better time to do that than in the summer?

126. Whose is the Truth?

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The kids were in bed by the time the Master and I emerged from my room.¬† He pulled me back into his arms and I wasn’t opposed to it – his kisses were an intensity that left me wanting more and more no matter how tired I got.

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He pulled back from me.¬† “Don’t flatter yourself.¬†¬†You are¬†a minor game in the grand scheme of things, merely something to pass the time before that meteor shower.”

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I pulled away.¬† “Wait, what meteor shower?”

“Nothing that concerns you, little fish,” he said.

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Before I could inquire further, he pulled me into another kiss and I forgot anything about a meteor shower.

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A sound made me break away from the Master.¬† I’d heard something in the front yard.¬† I moved to the window and saw…

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…my daughter Zoey and a man whose face nudged at a memory deep inside me.¬† But it slipped away and I was left staring blankly at him.¬† Who was he and why did Zoey look so distressed?¬† Why was she holding him back?

He tore away from her and marched inside.

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“How could you, Elena? How could you? I thought we were working on this, I thought you were as committed as I was!”

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“I’m sorry,” I said.¬† “But I don’t know who you are.¬† What are you talking about?”

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“Oh, right,” he said.¬† “The amnesia.”

I looked to Zoey.¬† “Could you explain to me what is going on?¬† Who is this man, and what is he accusing me of?¬† And why am I once again being told I have amnesia?”

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“So it didn’t wear off when you saw him?” she asked, just further confusing me.

“So what didn’t wear off?”

“The amnesia.¬† You still don’t recognize him?”

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“Oh.”¬† I said, and her eyes lit up.¬† “So is he the man I got pollinated by to have you, Jerome, Anna, Victoria – ”

“Yes, yes,” she said, before I could list all of her full-blooded brothers’ and sisters’ names.¬† “So you do remember him?”

“No.¬† I’m only guessing because you two look so much alike.¬† And because I knew you went off looking for your father.”

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“Oh my Berry,” she said.¬† “Of course it had to be that and not the many times we’ve explained to you that you’re married to Dad, whom you’ve been in love with for a long time.¬† And that Yori took away your memories of him.”

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“Did Elena mention any of this to you?” he said to the Master, who had been standing quietly by.

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“I did not need to ask Elena anything.¬† She was a more than willing participant.”

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“Look here,” I said as Zoey’s pollination father made a move towards the Master, and I grabbed his arm.¬† He looked to me as the Master moved smoothly out of reach.¬† “I am sorry for whatever¬†impressions Zoey may have given you.¬† But I am not, and I never was, your wife, and that is the end of that.¬† You have no claim over me.”

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“Mom, please stop,” said Zoey.¬† “You don’t know what you’re talking about.”

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“You hush,” I said.¬† “It’s bad enough you put these thoughts into Lana and Tamia’s and Holly’s heads, but then you had to go and drag your bio-dad halfway across the simverse on the off-chance I would believe your lies and fall madly in love with him?¬† Just stop.”

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“But they’re not lies.”

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“Maybe this will work,” said the man.¬† “You know how in the movies true love’s kiss will break any curse?”

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“Get away from me!” I exclaimed.¬† “Ya think I’m gonna kiss a person who’s delusional?”

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He looked down.¬† “You think I’m delusional?” he asked.

“Of course you are, if you really believed Zoey’s story.¬† I mean, you came all the way out here, so you must’ve thought you’d have a chance to browbeat me into believing it too.”

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My aura bubbled up inside me and I let it out.  I needed some way to relieve my stress.  This evening had started out so nice, and now look where it had gone.

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“What was that for?” he gasped.

“You know what.”

He stared at me for a long moment as his teeth slowly stopped chattering.

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“You’ve changed, Elena,” he said.¬† “It’s not just the fairy wings, or the weird powers.¬† Something about you is different.¬† You used to really care about us staying together.¬† Even after what you put me through, I knew you would ccome back to me.¬† But now…”¬† He shook his head hopelessly.¬† “I don’t think this will work anymore.”

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“Goodbye.”

“I’m sorry, Mom,” said Zoey.¬† “I knew I shouldn’t have brought him here from Hidden Springs.¬† I just thought…I don’t know, that just seeing each other would break this blasted curse on you, this amnesia.¬† I guess I was wrong.”

“It’s okay,” I said, saying it more because I didn’t want more of my kids mad at me than because I really meant that I forgave her.

“No, it’s not okay.¬† But I’ve gotta live with it for now because I don’t know any other ways to break the spell.¬† Bye.”

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“Daddy, wait, come back!”

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It took me a minute to realize that I was completely alone.¬† Well, not completely.¬† Bonehilda, Selena, and Richelle were in the nursery and Nikial, Rory, and Ricky were in the fairy house.¬† But that room was empty of everything but me.¬† The Master had gone when I wasn’t looking.

I felt briefly as though I’d lost something.

And for a moment, I entertained this thought:

Was it possible they were all right and I was the one who was wrong?